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Top Ten Tuesday: Places In Books I’d Love to Live

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Today’s Topic is: Places In Books I’d Love to Live

Ahh what an amazing topic!!! ❤ This is going to be fun!

1.) Hogwarts – Harry Potter

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Okay, but honestly who wouldn’t want to live in Hogwarts? *lol* I’m still waiting for my letter, because this is THE SCHOOL for me! All the magic and the fact that this castle always changes, not to mention that they teach magic in there! I SO want to live in one of those Gryffindor dorm rooms and I want to eat the amazing food! ❤

2.) Velaris – A Court of Thorns and Roses

I think everyone who read ACOTAR fell in love with this city! It sounds so beautiful and great, I’d love to wander through the streets and to eat in one of all those intriguing restaurants. The fact that it’s at the sea and apparently has a warm climate only makes this even more appealing! Hey Lucien, can I move into that apartment with you? *lol*

3.) Cabeswater/Monmouth Manufacturing/The Barns – The Raven Cycle

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Is there a more magical and enchanting place than Cabeswater? I don’t think so! It sounds like such a great place to be and to be honest I wouldn’t mind staying at any of the many places that are mentioned in „The Raven Cycle“. No matter if it’s Monmouth Manufacturing (who wouldn’t want to live in an old factory building and be roomies with the Raven Boys?), The Barns (gosh all the awesome things Ronan created!!!) or 300 Fox Way (Blue’s funny and crazy psychic family!) all those locations would be amazing! ❤

4.) The London Insitute – Shadowhunter Series

I love London and I’m a huge fan of the Shadowhunter Series. 😀 So there are already two good reasons why I’d want to live in the London Institute.  😉 Aside from that it’s also a place with a lot of history and charm. Also let’s not forget that Tessa, Will and Jem and all their friends and their entire family lived there. Just to be able to pick up one of Wills old books with his handwritten notes in it would already be so satisfying. *lol*

5.) The Harbour – The Starless Sea

I’m afraid Erin Morgenstern ruined me with her books! *lol* The mere idea of „The Harbour“ is such a great one that I wish I could actually live there. I mean seriously! It was basically described as some sort of subwaystation with millions of books and thousands of different rooms that all lead somewhere! You never know where you’ll get once you open one of those doors and a curious fox like me probably could get lost in there. Also the cozy atmosphere! Lots of cats and a fireplace! Ahh where is my door to the harbour? XD

6.) Jav & Stef’s flat – A Charm of Finches

This is a totally selfish choice because I love Jav and Stef and their home sounded so warm and comfortable! If I’d be friends with them I’d just crash on their couch and watch those two lovebirds being all sweet while they cook dinner! *lol* And well, of course I’d eat dinner with them too because I’m sure it would be delicous! XD

7.) The Night Circus

And here we go with another Erin Morgenstern book! 😉 The Night Circus was such a great book and I was totally mesmerized by its beauty. The details Erin wrote out for every single tent and it’s purpose, the magic of a wandering circus, the sweets and all the excitement. Ahh to be a part of this and to live with the circus would be so amazing! 😀

8.) Elfhame – The Folk of the Air

I suppose this choice is purely based on homesickness. *lol* But I AM a faerie after all and Elfhame is sort of … well, my home. ;-P I miss those islands and the green hill. And of course I miss Jude and Cardan. XD It’s about time I read the last book! Anyway! Revels, dancing, eating, cavorting, flirting, being in the company of beautiful faeries, trying not to fall for a bargain you’ll regret, watching your back so no one will stab you… Ahh, home sweet home! What’s not to love? *lol*

9.) Camp Half-Blood – Percy Jackson

After reading so many Percy Jackson books I can say that to live at Camp Half-Blood sounds like fun. XD I have no idea in which cabin I’d be sorted but as long as I’d be with my half-siblings it would be okay. 😀 To sit around the campfire at night and to sing songs like „This Land is Mino’s Land“ sounds like a good time, especially after a long day that was full of capture the flag. *lol*

10.) Skarmouth – The Scorpio Races

Okay, admittedly for most people this island wouldn’t be appealing but for me it somehow is? I dunno why, but Maggie Stiefvater wrote this place so well that I could feel the cold wind on my skin and smell the salty ocean breeze! The most interesting thing about Skarmouth are the water horses though! Such beautiful, powerful and frightenting creatures! ❤ I’d love to live on that island just to see them!

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Did you read any of the books I mentioned and did you fall in love with those places too? At which bookish places would you love to live and why? Do we have some in common? Is there a bookish place I should definitely read about?

Talk to me and let me know!

And as always try to stay healthy and safe!

*hugs’n’kisses*

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Made Me Laugh Out Loud

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Today’s Topic is: Books That Made Me Laugh Out Loud (Claire @ Book Lovers Pizza)

I can already tell that to find such books is going to be tough. *lol* I read way too many serious books and definitely should go for more fun reads. XD

1.) Carry On – Rainbow Rowell

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I remember sitting in the train while I read this and earning a lot of irritated glances and raised eyebrows when I burst out laughing. *lol* But seriously this book made me laugh so hard sometimes. Baz and Simon were just too hilarious and when I wasn’t laughing about their antics I was grinning like a Cheshire Cat because they were so adorable and cute. XD No wonder this book became one of my all time favourites! If you want to read my full review you can do it here!

2.) Red, White & Royal Blue – Casey McQuiston

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Ahhh! „Red, White & Royal Blue“ was such a revelation! I loved this book to bits and pieces and it made me laugh quite a lot! When I went into this I already knew that a lot of people loved it but I wasn’t prepared for all the serious topics this tackled. The world in RWARB is such an open-minded and great world and I really wish things would be like that in real life too. So in some way to read about Alex’s and Henry’s relationship gave me hope and I’m convinced we can reach this kind of contentment and equality one day. If you’re interested in reading my full review just follow the link!

3.) The Hating Game – Sally Thorne

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I had so much fun reading this because Lucy and Josh were amazing! They didn’t give each other an inch and their banter and battle of words was so damn amusing I can’t even! *lol* Boy, were they at each other’s throats! XD Their barbs were quite something and I couldn’t get enough of their witty altercations. I admit, I kinda lived and breathed for their little war. Haha! And of course I’m a sucker for the enemies-to-lovers trope, which made this an even more enjoyable read. There’s nothing better than people who are quick-witted and have a sharp tongue. ;-P

4.) Stephanie Plum Novels – Janet Evanovich

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Janet Evanovich’s books always make me laugh out loud, especially her Stephanie Plum novels! Stephanie is such an awesome MC and I love Grandma Mazur and Lula! *lol* Plus, Morelli as well as Ranger are both really fine men I certainly wouldn’t say „no“ to. XD Whenever I need a good laugh I’ll pick up this series and just dive right into the fun. I can really recommend it! ;-P

5.) Percy Jackson – Rick Riordan

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You just gotta love Percy’s sass and his defiance! Plus he’s super sarcastic and I love characters like that. 😉 This said, every single one of Uncle Rick’s books is highly entertaining and his humour is great! I might have been late to the party but I’ve read a lot of his books by now and so far I’ve enjoyed them all. So what are you waiting for? If you want to read something funny and great this is the right series for you! (And it’s extremely child-friendly too!)

6.) Six of Crows Doulogy – Leigh Bardugo

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I think we can all agree that the conversations in this duology are iconic! ❤ In fact they are so iconic that I’m still looking for another series that reaches this level of awesomeness! The banter between the six MCs is hilarious and I’ve rarely come across a book that was as quote-worthy as SoC! If you ever find another book that comes even close to this: I’m ready for your rec! *lol* And just in case you want to read my super long reviews: You can read Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom by following the links!

7.) Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda – Becky Albertalli

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Ahh I just love this book! Simon is such a relatable MC and even though „Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda“ touches a lot of serious topics it’s still a fun read that had me smiling like crazy. Yes, sometimes I even had to laugh but mostly it’s just a feel-good book that makes you immensely happy and gives you all those papilionaceous feels! Look at me throwing around all those difficult words! Haha! (I’m typing this in the middle of the night btw and my brain is running on too little coffee to think clearly… which come to think of it explains everything about me, yet nothing at all. *lol*)

8.) Boyfriend Material – Alexis Hall

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I requested this as an ARC from NetGalley and I was really happy I got approved for it! This was such a fun ride and Luc and Oliver had me laughing about their „fake-dating“ antics. Their conversation about being fake-boyfriends were hilarious and I’ll definitely watch out for Alexis Hall’s next book! If you’re looking for a short and diverting read this one’s for you. 😉

9.) The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue – Mackenzi Lee

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Okay, if you have no idea what this book is about and who’s Monty you better get your hands on a copy and start to read now, because this was HILARIOUS!!! I swear Monty’s POV already had me dying of laughter when I was just a couple of pages into the book and it basically continued in that vein until I finished the book. If you love chaotic historical road trips that have just the right amount of adorable „awww“ moments, then you should definitely consider to give this a shot! 😉

10.) The Deal – Elle Kennedy

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I know the cover is nice eye candy but don’t let it lead you astray. 😉 The content of this is great and some scenes had me wiping away tears of laughter. XD My dear friend Lia recommended me this book when I was in dire need of something funny and sexy and to say she hit the nail right on the head would be putting it more than just mildly. *lol* This said, I really enjoyed „The Deal“ and I’m looking forward to read the other books of this series too. (Apparently there are 3 more that all feature Garret’s friends and their own stories.)

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Is it just me or do most of those fun reads actually have a comic like cover? *lol* Might be just my imagination but it’s interesting how comic covers kinda seem to take over the world. ;-P

Did you read any of the books I mentioned and did you laugh while reading them too? Do you have any hilarious book recommendations I just NEED to read? And are you curious about some of the books I wrote about?

Talk to me and let me know!

And as always try to stay healthy and safe!

*hugs’n’kisses*

Sig.V.Ronan

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Top Ten Tuesday: New-to-Me Authors I Read in 2020

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TTT was created by The Broke and Bookish and moved to That Artsy Reader Girl (click here for upcoming TTT topics!).

Today’s Topic is: New-to-Me Authors I Read in 2020 (If you didn’t read 10 new authors, that’s fine! Just do what you can.)

1.) Roshani Chokshi (The Gilded Wolves)

Quote: ”The world has a shit memory. It will never pay its debts unless you force its hand.”
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I think Roshani was one of the first authors in 2020 that persuaded me to continue to read her books. When I started „The Gilded Wolves“ I expected it to go into the direction of „Six of Crows“ but it definitely turned out to be so much more than that. After reading the ending that left me reeling I’ve been dying to get my hands on a copy of „The Silvered Serpents“, but so far I didn’t get a chance to read it. (Not for lack of trying. *lol* I even requested and ARC but unfortunately wasn’t approved.) Well, I suppose I will wait until the third book comes out before I read TSS because rumour has it that it ends on a cliffhanger. So in order to spare myself a heartattack I’ll definitely finish this series in one go! ;-P

2.) Kerri Maniscalco (Stalking Jack the Ripper)

Quote: „Fear is a hungry beast. The more you feed it, the more it grows.“

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I’ve heard so many good things about this series and got curious about Thomas Cresswell. (Especially after all the swooning from fans. *lol*) So I had to investigate and discovered that the first book was really enjoyable. Sure there could have been a better plot but all things considered this was a nice start into a new series. I’ll definitely read all the other books as well and „Kingdom of the Wicked“ is already on my Book List 2021. =) 
 

3.) Angie Thomas (The Hate U Give) 

Quote: „The truth casts a shadow over the kitchen – people like us in situations like this become hashtags, but they rarely get justice. I think we all wait for that one time though, that one time when it ends right.“
 
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This was my first Angie Thomas book and certainly not my last! I already put „On the Come Up“ on my TBR pile and I can’t wait to read more of her other books. She’s such a great own voices author and she tackles super important topics. It’s always important to speak up against injustice and I think Angie is doing a great job with her books! So if you haven’t heard from her yet you better run to your library and borrow this book! 
 

4.) Frederik Backmann (Beartown)

Quote: „It doesn’t take a lot to be able to let go of your child. It takes everything.“

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Up until last year I never read any of Backmann’s books and this was the first one I chose to tackle. And let me tell you this: Boy, that man can write! This book was exceptionally painful to read and had me in tears multiple times. Which is why I loved it so much but also the reason why I decided to read only one Backmann book per year. My heart definitely couldn’t take more than one of his heartbreaking books at a time. XD There are plenty of Backmann books out there and I’ll make sure to read them all. 
 

5.) Suanne Laqueur (Venery Series)

Quote: „They shared breath, poised on a shared edge, shaking all their separate pieces into one.“

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I found this series through NetGalley because they were promoting the third book and gave away reading copies for the first. And I’m so glad I clicked that request button because otherwise I would have missed out on one of the best book series I ever read! XD Suanne is a master at capturing human nature and what it means to be alive and I consider it a privilege to be able to read her books! Funnily enough we’ve also become some sort of friends after I wrote updates about her books and she stalked them. *lol* (Hey there, Suanne! ;-P) So if you’ve never heard of her Venery Series and you love intricate stories with an LGBTQ+ rep: What are you waiting for?!! 
 

6.) Nora Sakavic (The Foxhole Court)

Quote: „Easy, easy.“ Andrew lifted his hands in a careless shrug. „Why bother? It’s a cruel world, right Neil? You wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t.“
„It’s not the world that’s cruel,“ Neil said. „It’s the people in it.“

 
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I have no idea what it is about this book but I was obsessed with it right from the moment I started to read it! The only reason I haven’t begun to read book 2 and 3 by now is because I don’t want to rush through this series! I want to savour Andrew Minyard and Neil Josten and ahhhh I loved this so damn much. All those broken characters Nora Sakavic invented just tug at my heartstrings. ❤ Those characters are my kryptonite and I’m sooo going to read the rest of her series too! As far as I could see she only wrote this trilogy and another book named „Elysium“. So I really hope she’ll write more.

7.) Courtney Summers (Sadie)

Quote: „For some people, the future ahead is opportunity. For others, it’s only time you haven’t met and where I lived, it was only time. You don’t waste your breath trying to protect it. You just try to survive it until one day, you don’t.“

 
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Courney Summers „Sadie“ was such a revelation! I never read any of her books (apparently there are quite a few) and this was the first one I picked up. And it was so, so good. The atmosphere in „Sadie“ was exceptionally haunting and eerie, the characters either broken or already close to their breaking point. To read this was… painful and I think I’ll never get over this book. If all of Courtney’s books are like that I’ll continue to read them but I’ll make sure only to read one every year as well. *lol* Some books you just have to digest! XD
 

8.) Stuart Turton (The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle)

Quote: „If this isn’t hell, the devil is surely taking notes.“

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To read this was so much fun! I swear I never had as much fun solving a murder as I had while reading this book. „Murder on the Orient Express“ probably came pretty close but this also had a fiction element in it and I’m such a sucker for those! *lol* So yes, to piece this puzzle together caused my brain to go into overdrive. We all know that I love myself a good challenge and thrive when my braincells have to work though, so I actually enjoyed every second of it. ;-P Can I have more books like that, please? 
 

9.) Erin A. Craig (House of Salt and Sorrows)

Quote: ”The very delight of such an evening is being your complete self with a total stranger, don’t you think? Spilling your innermost thoughts – ones too dark and deep to ever speak in the light of day, confessing sins of passion and pleasure, maybe even misbehaving, and none of it matters, because if you don’t know who you’re toying with, then what’s the harm in it?”

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„House of Salt and Sorrows“ would have made such a great Halloween read! It was really creepy and sometimes even gory and the old mansion by the sea made for such an intriguing setting! I wasn’t all too attached to the characters but the atmosphere and the mystery of this book were interesting enough to make up for it. If Erin A. Craig releases  her next book I’ll definitely be there to take a closer look! 😀
 

10.) Soman Chainani (School for Good and Evil)

Quote: ”Tonight she would be taken into the woods. Tonight she would begin a new life. Tonight she would live out her fairy tale.”

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My dear friend Sabrina raved about this so often that I got really curious and I’m so glad I finally picked this series up when I found it in my library! „The School for Good and Evil“ was so much fun and even though it’s based on fairy tales it had such a unique spin that I couldn’t help but fall head over heels for this world and its characters! Agatha and Sophie are amazing and I really need to read the other books soon! Luckily Soman Chainani obviously wrote a lot of them so I doubt I’ll run out of reading material anytime soon. *lol*
 
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What about you? Which new authors did you discover in 2020 and can you recommend their books? Do we have some authors in common? Are there any new authors you want to read in 2021? 

Talk to me and let me know!

And as always try to stay healthy and safe!

*hugs’n’kisses*

Sig.V.Ronan

The Sassy Library Fox

 

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Hope Santa Brings

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Today’s Topic is: Books I Hope Santa Brings (or the Christkind in my case ;P ) I’m pretty sure it will have to make an effort because some of them are quite hard to get! XD

P.S: In Austria the Christkind is bringing Christmas presents at the night of December 24th. And it’s basically baby Jesus who is an angel and delivers presents. Don’t ask me why our children believe into a little baby angel that delivers presents. *lol* And before you even think about how unrealistic that is, hold that thought and think about who Santa actually is. I suppose the idea of a bearded man who delivers presents by jumping on a slay that is pulled by reindeers is at least as unrealistic as our Christkind delivering them with magic. *lol* So I guess we’re even in the imagination department. ;-P Anywayyyy …. let’s do this! Kids are so adorable! ❤

1.) „The Silvered Serpents“ by Roshani Chokshi

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I’ve been dying to read this book ever since I finished „The Gilded Wolves“ and even went as far as to get an account on NetGalley just to request an ARC. Which I obviously didn’t get or I wouldn’t hope the Christkind will bring this for Christmas! *lol* It’s about time I hold this book in my hands so please, Christkind! Could you finally get me a copy? Please?! *makes huge puppy eyes*
 

2.) „Cemetery Boys“ by Aiden Thomas

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I’ve only heard good things about this book but I didn’t manage to buy it yet so I really hope I’ll find it under my Christmas tree! XD The story of „Cemetery Boys“ just sounds too intriguing. An LGBTQ+ rep and a ghost story including a romance?! I love such things! *lol* So yep, I definitely want this for Christmas! 😉
 

3.) „The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue“ by V.E. Schwab

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This book has been all over my feed ever since the first ARCs went out to the blogging community and tell you what? I still have it on my feed! The hype didn’t die down yet and I just can’t wait to read this! Like seriously!!! V.E. Schwab is a queen and a story about a Faustian bargain is exactly the kind of tale I didn’t even know I craved for! ❤
 

4.) „Felix Ever After“ by Kacen Callender

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And here we go with another book that seemingly everyone except of me has read: „Felix Ever After“! 😉 I really want to read this: BADLY, I may add! But of course my library doesn’t have it and if I’d buy every book I want to read my flat would overflow. *LOL* (Not to mention all the money it would cost. XD) So I rarely buy books and if the Christkind brings me this one I’ll be forever grateful! ❤
 

5.) „A Scarcity of Condors“ by Suanne Laqueur

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I love Suanne and her books so much and I needed this like yesterday! 😉 Also it’s the last book in her Venery series and I just want this in my life! Suanne’s books always give me all the feels and I love them so damn much, I can’t even! XD So yep, if the Christkind brings me „A Scarcity of Condors“ it would be really appreciated!!! 
 

6.) „Any Way the Wind Blows“ by Rainbow Rowell

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Okay, technically this comes out on July 6th 2021. *lol* So I suppose the Christkind would have to get pretty creative in order to get a copy for me! But I mean, it’s the Christkind after all and if it doesn’t manage to get a copy for me, well, then no one will. XD Maybe an ARC copy? It’s Simon and Baz!!! Baz and Simon! AHHHHH!!! Christkind you can do that, right? ;-P
 

7.) „Cold Iron Heart“ by Melissa Marr

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Irial is one of the best characters ever and I was so glad to find out that this book is about him! ❤ So I definitely want to get this as a physical copy. I just love my cruel faerie king and I’ll always want more of him! Also this is a prequel to the „Wicked Lovely“ series and I might finally find out about how Irial was before he met all the others! I’m curious, guys!!!! 
 

8.) „The Extraordinaries“ by T.J. Klune

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This book has a lot of things I love! For instance superheroes, fanfiction and two best friends! „The Extraordinaries“ sounds really great and since I already put it on „My Book List 2021“ I really hope that I’ll get it for Christmas! I’d love to spend my holidays with this gem of a book and considering all the high ratings it got, I’m sure that I’ll love it! 😀
 

9.) „Sticks & Stones“ by Abigail Roux

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Now that is a really special wish and I’d love it if the Christkind would be able to give me this book. It’s not available at the moment, I can’t buy it anywhere and my library doesn’t have it as well. T_T I think the last time I checked you could buy an old copy of it on Amazon for about EUR 92,00 which is way TOO expensive. I mean it’s a soft cover copy, I could buy about 9 other books instead of that one copy. *lol* I’m just laughing because otherwise I’d be crying. T_T I really loved the first book of the series but as it seems I’ll never be able to continue with it… well at least not unless a Christmas miracle happens. >_<
 

10.) „The Core“ by Peter V. Brett

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And here is my last book and another one I still didn’t manage to get into my greedy hands. I borrowed all four former books from my library but they still didn’t get „The Core“. I’ve been waiting for years for them to finally get this last book of the series but no such luck. Apparently no one gave it to them or they just didn’t bother to buy the last book. >_< (WHY, library?! Why?) My library moves in mysterious ways… so yes, I’d really appreciate it if the Christkind would place this under my Christmas tree. *lol*
 
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What about you? Which kind of books do you hope Santa will bring to you? Do we have some in common? Do your kids believe in Santa, the Christkind, Befana or something else? How do you feel about book series you can’t finish because your library didn’t get them? Do you also have troubles to get your fingers on sequels that aren’t produced anymore? Or is it just me?! 

Talk to me and let me know!

And as always try to stay healthy and safe!

*hugs’n’kisses*

Sig.V.Ronan

The Sassy Library Fox

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