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Carpe Demon
Carpe Demon: Adventures of a Demon Hunting Soccer Mom | Julie Kenner
47 posts | 34 read | 14 to read
Kate Connor is your average mom with two kids, a husband, and one very big secret ... she used to be a Demon Hunter. Now retired, she's more interested in the domestic than the demonic. But when that demon attacks her in her kitchen, retirement is no longer an option. Like the saying goes, Carpe Demon ... and Kate intends to do just that.
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Redfern85
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Pickpick

Fun read about a retired demon hunter turned suburban mom.

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Bookishgal71
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Well #teamharkness its a little late but better late than never! Finally finished one of our reads. This book is Buffy the Vampire Slayer all grown up. Light and only a little tiny bit gory. Sarcasm galore. @StayCurious

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swynn
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Mehso-so

As an urban fantasy reader above a certain age, I adore the premise: what if the vampire/demon/etc.-slayer weren't Buffy but Mrs. Summers instead? Great premise, but it needs something more -- without Buffy's clever dialog, or an early-middle-age version of its teen angst, it's just a demon-fighting Mom. Which: yay Mom, but for me it's just okay.

nanuska_153 I'm listening to the podcast Buffering the Vampire Slayer, where they comment every episode. They made a comment about how we don't really see the art gallery where Buffy's mother works and how she could be living a secret life being an adult slayer 😂 1y
swynn @nanuska_153 Her story needs to be told! 😊 1y
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Read-y_Picker
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Mehso-so

Well, I did it. Picture worth a thousand words... it wasn‘t the absolute worst so it gets a so-so but I definitely won‘t read the sequel. Thanks to the mods for mixing it up for the 2 #teamreads though!
#screamathon #scarathlon2020 #TeamHarkness

Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick The cheese background!🤣🤣🤣 1y
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TheSpineView
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Mehso-so

Here is another book that I wished had more character development. I also didn't care for the internal dialog the main character kept having with herself. If I read the word "schlep" in a sentence one more time I would have thrown something. Yeap, the prose was a bit lack luster. The plot was okay. I am chalking this one up as not my cup of tea. 3⭐
#screamathon2020 @4thhouseontheleft #Scarathon2020 @StayCurious #TeamHarkness Points = 50

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 1y
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BookwormAHN
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Mehso-so

This was a cute little book about a retired demon hunter turned soccer mom. It had rather a Buffy the Vampire Slayer vibe but it seemed a little dry. I think I would have enjoyed it better if I hadn't read so many Stephen King books this book 😈 51pts
#BookSpinBingo @TheAromaofBooks
#Booked2020 #BookClubWorthy @Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraTheBibliophage
#Scarathlon2020 #TeamHarkness @StayCurious

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 1y
BarbaraTheBibliophage Haha. Who knew there was a cozy demon series? 🤪 1y
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Skygoddess1
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Being a long time fan of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, I rather enjoyed this book. It was the perfect light read to escape into for awhile and take some time out from everything currently going on. #Scarathlon2020 #TeamHarkness +51 pts

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MidnightBookGirl
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Mehso-so

Woot, I finished our Team Read for #TeamHarkness!! I've read A Discovery of Witches three times already, so I wanted to go for a new book. I actually have this book somewhere on my physical TBR shelves... but audio just fits my life better these days. I liked this one, but won't continue with the series. I guess I love romance in my cozies, and Katie's already married. View my spoiler below on that point.
#Scarathlon2020 @StayCurious 51pts

MidnightBookGirl I found Stuart so boring (Stuart is his name, right?), that I was disappointed he wasn't a demon. Also... I feel like Katie most definitely owed it to him to tell him about her demon slayer days, you know, before they got married. 1y
MidnightBookGirl Also, I sometimes love a cozy, but a lot of them, especially ones not written recently, contain a lot of slut-shaming, homophobia, fat-shaming... etc. This one definitely has it's moments. Plus... Katie doing all of this behind her husband's back (despite the fact that I didn't like him and was rooting for him to be a demon), didn't sit well with me. I didn't find her all that likeable. 1y
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candority
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I'm sorry #TeamHarkness, but I just can't do it. #scarathlon2020 @StayCurious

Read-y_Picker Haha I‘m just starting this one now. I got the Kindle version on sale so I figured why not. First thing that struck me is the sections that other readers have highlighted like right at the beginning. Don‘t get it. 1y
StayCurious Aw that‘s ok - some books just don‘t speak to us...even if they‘re audiobooks lol 1y
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britt_reads
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I finished this #teamharkness #buddyread today. It isn‘t something I normally would‘ve picked up, but the Buffy comparisons drew me in. I thought it was a fun read, and it was nice to be able to get lost in something a little lighter during an otherwise stressful week.

#scarathlon2020 #outstandingoctober #screamathon #bookspinbingo

Andrew65 Well done 👏👏👏 1y
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 1y
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monalyisha
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Mehso-so

Finished the #BuddyRead for #TeamHarkness & #Scarathlon2020 last night. I didn‘t hate it...but I‘m glad to be moving on!

This tale of a “demon-hunting soccer mom” was published in 2005 & feels like it: “cracks” about Kate‘s “size ten butt”, jokes about “slave labor”, & labeling suicide as a “mortal sin” (once* the official stance of the Catholic Church but still sad) were cringe-worthy & made the text feel outdated. It was campy & fun but...👇🏻

monalyisha 1/1: (cont‘d)... the characters weren‘t exceptionally well-drawn & felt a bit one-dimensional (the teenagers are boy-crazy, the husbands are ambitious & work late, the best friend is stalwart & true, etc). I also saw the “twist” coming from a mile away (read: the beginning of the book — & I was right). Perhaps I‘ve just watched too much Buffy to be impressed or surprised by anything so similar (& yet...so far away). 😉😈 1y
monalyisha @StayCurious I‘ll be adding +51 to my total when I submit my points at the end of the week! Thanks again to you & @Clwojick for hosting! 1y
monalyisha *Oh, & here‘s an updated version of the Church‘s stance on suicide, as well, for those who were wondering if there‘d be any recent change or attempt to better understand mental health. After posting, I got curious; so, I googled: https://www.companionscross.org/articles-blogs/articles/ask-fr-francis-what-late... 1y
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MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm Glad to see the church‘s change of view. 👍 1y
AFrostCauseReads I felt the same way. And the homophobic remarks about being worried her son was watching a kids show with gyrating men and never letting him wear makeup or heels. Left a bad taste in my mouth 😔 1y
monalyisha @Charlene1321 Right! How could I have forgotten? I‘d be interested to see how the most recent one (2014) compares. But not interested *enough.* 😆 1y
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bthegood
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monalyisha
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I was hoping this would help my allergies (cold?) & OH GOD, is it ever. 😭😍

A black mass bath for my black mood while I read about demons for #Scarathlon2020. 🖤

Clwojick 💝 1y
ChasingOm Is that a Witch Baby Soap bath bomb?? 1y
monalyisha @ChasingOm It is! My one true love (sorry, family). 1y
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monalyisha
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Catching up on Reductress headlines. This one spoke to me, given my current (tagged) read. 😅

There are some aspects of having religion in the text that I‘m really enjoying (esp. the Cathedral setting — stones, bones, & torches) & some things I‘m really not (insensitivity re: mental health [suicide is a mortal sin]; demons can‘t inhabit the faithful; doubt makes way for evil, etc).

#Scarathlon2020
Link to Reductress article in comments.

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Sresendez12
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Glad this was picked for the #buddyread for #teamharkness. I enjoyed it for what it was- a fun read with some demons and fighting thrown in. I like the description that this is what Buffy grown up would be like. It fits perfectly. I may jump into the rest of the series right away, but may continue every October 😉 #scarathlon2020 #screamathon #bookspin 51 points!

Clwojick Awesome! 1y
Read-y_Picker Yeah I was on the fence but every time I read that description... ❣️ 1y
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AFrostCauseReads
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Mehso-so

This book was cute, but not really my cup of tea. It gets me the extra 50pts for the #buddyread though 😈

161 pts for #teamharkness #scarathlon2020 #october20in4

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starrdom
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I *think* I have 346 pts for #TeamHarkness through the first 10 days of #Scarathlon. Not sure about the accuracy of my totals but I‘m enjoying myself! My favorite read so far has been the buddy read, Carpe Demon. @StayCurious

StayCurious Yay! Great job! 1y
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MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm
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Mehso-so

3 ⭐️s
Not exactly my cup of tea. It‘s cute and fun and I laughed out loud a few times, but am I interested enough to continue with the series? Nope. A lot of the time I just felt like I was being dragged along with Kate on daily errands. Just not a fit for me. 🤷‍♀️ Still totally worth the 50 points for the #TeamHarkness buddy read! 🤘😆🤘 + 1 participation post=51
Running total: 365 points
#Scarathlon2020
@StayCurious

monalyisha Ha! I‘m in the middle of this & totally agree with your assessment (thus far). 1y
MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm @monalyisha Lol, I saw your gothic architecture post about it and thought, “Oh good! I‘m not the only one those bits irked!” 😂🤣 1y
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick I think I'm going to read the other group read instead. Soccer mom isn't a description that resonates with me. 1y
MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm @Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick I‘m hoping to read both since I‘m greedy for points. 😅 And I‘m no good at keeping up with/being clever enough to participate in the weekly games so far. 😂🤣 1y
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MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm
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1. Tagged, and next is Frankenstein! 😍
2. Wicked
3. Hmm...not exactly any “Halloween” movies yet. We‘ve watched some horror comedies, B horror movies, and a documentary on a scary story anthology. I think tonight we are watching Hubie‘s Halloween with Adam Sandler on Netflix.
#weekendreads
@rachelsbrittain

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Butterfinger
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Scochrane26 I ❤️ Matthew, too. I also love the actor that plays him, but I haven‘t gotten to watch the series yet. 1y
StayCurious So great! 1y
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Sresendez12
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This was meant to be posted last night, but sleep caught up to me first. My total for #teamharkness is not including current readathons. I‘m making good head way with #october20in4 and #outstandingoctober. I wish I had more time for #littenlisten, but time escaped me yesterday! Loving the tagged book!

Andrew65 That‘s a great total.😊 1y
StayCurious You‘re doing so well! 1y
aperfectmjk Great job! Go Team Harkness! 1y
Bookgoil Doing awesome!! I‘m doing my points tonight after family events 😂 1y
Clwojick Amazing! Way to go!!! 🖤 1y
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Butterfinger
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Mehso-so

The only trouble I had was the cussing while at church. She was a devout hunter so what was was with the swearing? Other than that, I enjoyed the Buffy-like mom, especially the research in the cathedral's basement. #Scarathlon #TeamHarkness @StayCurious

I read 7 hours for #BookSpinBingo @TheAromaofBooks #Screamathon @4thhouseontheleft #October20in4 @Bookgoil #OutstandingOctober @Andrew65

Watched 3 episodes of Bewitched.

346 points

TheAromaofBooks Great progress!! 1y
Andrew65 Well done 👏👏👏 1y
Bookgoil Sounds interesting and ooo Bewitched what a throw back!! 1y
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Marmie7
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Finished Dead House- 10 hrs. for #littenlisten and #October20in4. Really creepy and atmospheric. Now on to our #TeamHarkness group read, Carpe Demon. @aperfectmjk #Scarathlon @StayCurious #screamathon @4thhouseontheleft #readlikehellathon

StayCurious Cool ghosty background! 1y
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Sresendez12
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Started this one yesterday to kick off #october20in4 plus did some article reading for some continuing education that I need. A total of 3 hours and 4 mins. Hoping to get a lot more in today! I also watched two episodes of The Order and started rewatching So Weird (any 90s Disney fans?), which I loved growing up! 16 points for #teamharkness

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ImperfectCJ
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Fifteen years ago, demon hunter Kate Connor set aside her holy water and ninja skills in favor of diapers and minivans, but a new threat has pulled her out of retirement. This novel is silly and sweet and I quite enjoyed it, except for the demon voices on the audiobook, which are creepy as heck.

#TeamHarkness buddy read (+50), 6 hours of reading (+60), Litsy post (+1) = 111 points.
#scarathlon2020 #bookspinbingo #screamathon @StayCurious

RedxoHearts Good to hear I've had this on my to read list for a long time 1y
monalyisha Ha! I bet the audio was a good choice! 1y
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ImperfectCJ
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Okay, so this is only book-related because I was listening to the tagged audiobook when these flowers were delivered. Turns out that in 21 years of marriage, I had never mentioned to my spouse that I loved cut flowers in the house. As soon as I did, he ordered some for me from his home office (i.e., his desk in our bedroom). It was cute and sweet and silly and they're gorgeous.

AmyG Happy Anniversary! 1y
ImperfectCJ @AmyG Thank you! 1y
Megabooks Awww!! How sweet! 1y
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ImperfectCJ @Megabooks It was! We're both boringly pragmatic about most things and not at all romantic (pre-covid our weekly date was grocery shopping at Trader Joe's). Cut flowers are kind of out of character for both of us! 1y
NikkiM5 That‘s so sweet ❤️ 1y
kspenmoll Beautiful!! 1y
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TheSpineView
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I know I want to finish the pictured two books during the #OutstandingOctober readathon. However, I can't decide what else I want to read after that. So I am just going to wing it. My main goal is to read at least 50 hours. Usually it is 40 but I want to really push myself.
@Andrew65

Andrew65 Great to have you with us, good luck with that great goal.😊👍 1y
TheSpineView @Andrew65 😊😍🧡🎃 1y
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bthegood
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@StayCurious and #TeamHarkess and #Scarathlon2020 I may be the underachiever of the group...keeping it simple, reading buddy read, theme books, a few posts and shows.....with grandsons arrival and work some of my energy going elsewhere! I will add some points though!🎃

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Mynameisacolour
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Finished this for #scaralathon2020 #buddyread Not something I would have picked up on my own but this was such a fun book! Not too scary and I could totally relate to the main character, Kate being a mom to teens and toddlers trying to juggle it all (minus the demon hunting, thankfully. Lol) (+51pts total, 159pts) @staycurious #teamharkness

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TheBookStacker
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This book was exactly what I expected it to be and it was just a fun ride! I love things having to do with demons and demon hunters etc! #BuddyRead #TeamHarkness #Scarathlon2020
51 points
Total: 178 points
(Sorry I‘m slow on points just happy to be apart of this)

StayCurious Hey you‘re awesome! Don‘t compare yourself to anyone else - it‘s all fun! 1y
SW-T I loved this series! 1y
MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm Your points are great! 👍 I agree that you shouldn‘t compare yourself, that makes it way less enjoyable. No one needs any added stress right now. 😅❤️ 1y
TheBookStacker I‘m loving every second of it, it also allows me to force my bf to watch spooky movies! @StayCurious @MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm 1y
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TheSpineView
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#wondrouswednesday @Eggs

📖 Soccer mom hunts demons
☕ Coffee and 🚿 Shower (must have both to function)
🕰 1925 because I would like to experience the roaring twenties.

Want to play? @wanderinglynn @klou @nute @MallenNC @JoScho @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @OriginalCyn620 @EadieB @MoonWitch94

Klou Soccer mom hunts demons... um, woah!!! 1y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thank you!!! 💞💞 1y
Nute Thanks for the tag!💕 1y
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TheSpineView @Nute You're welcome! 1y
MoonWitch94 Thanks for the tag! And Coffee & a shower ARE essentials to me 😂🤣 1y
Eggs Perfect❣️ thanks for playing 📚💗📚 1y
OriginalCyn620 Thanks for the tag! 1y
wanderinglynn Thanks for the tag! ❤️🥰😘 1y
TheSpineView @wanderinglynn You're welcome! 😊 1y
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starrdom
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Ending the first week of #Scarathlon2020 in the middle of a really good Buddy Read #TeamHarkness Week 1 Total- 141 points (Books read - 45 pts / Hours read- 80 pts / Movies watched- 5 pts / Posts- 11 pts) @StayCurious

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October 3rd results for the #Cyoreadathon hosted by @Sace. Yesterday I read just over 6 hours and finished Lover Reborn and started The Near Witch and The Witch's Vacuum. Still working on Carpe Demon.

#Scarathon2020 @StayCurious #TeamHarkness
Points = 61

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bthegood

Watched newest The Grudge, after the first one most horror movies add nothing new, this was no exception😞. Going back to reading! #TeamHarkness #Scarathlon @StayCurious

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TheSpineView
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Here are day 2 results for the #Cyoreadathon hosted by @Sace. I finished The Last Angel Warrior (hope to get the review written today or tomorrow) and worked on Carpe Demon and Lover Reborn.

#Scarathon2020 @StayCurious #TeamHarkness
Points = 111! Wahoo!!

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#FirstLineFridays @ShyBookOwl

"My name is Kate Conner and I used to be a Demon Hunter."

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Jadams1776
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October‘s #BookspinBingo with lots of books for #Scarathlon2020 and #Screamathon2020.

I already knocked out the tagged book before bookspin ... oops 😬 +1 for #TeamHarkness

TheAromaofBooks Looks fantastic!! 1y
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bthegood

Saw this post:
As the world fights to figure everything out, Biden, Trump, Covid, BLM, Life...I‘ll be holding doors for strangers, letting people cut in front of me in traffic, stopping to talk to someone who is lonely, being patient with sales clerks, smiling at passersby.
WHY? Because I will not stand to live in a world where love is invisible.
If you can‘t find kindness, BE kindness.
#TeamHarkness #Scarathlon2020 @StayCurious

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mdm139
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I probably wouldn‘t have picked up this book on my own, but I read it for #scarathlon2020 for 51 pts for #teamharkness and #screamathon. I did enjoy it. I may even have to read the rest of the books. It reminds me of the show Supernatural. @StayCurious @4thhouseontheleft new total 115 pts

Clwojick 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 1y
Read-y_Picker I was going to give it a go also. Had it reserved at the library but then they got shut down for 4 weeks again 🥺 1y
StayCurious Oh glad you liked it! 1y
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4thhouseontheleft That subtitle is fantastic. 😂😈⚽️ 1y
mdm139 @Read-y_Picker 1y
mdm139 @read-y_picker I checked the ebook out from the library. I prefer real books but corona changed our excess to library books and for a few months amazon was not guaranteeing deliver of books since they were prioritizing essential items. So I started ordering books from independent book stores and broke down and got Overdrive. I got lucky there was no wait on the ebook. 1y
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xxjenadanxx
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#scarathlon2020 #teamharkness #buddyread @staycurious +51 +almost 3 hours for #cyoreadathon ! (I'll tally those points at the end!)

Honestly I had low expectations for this book & had it not been a buddy read I wouldn't have picked it. Now I want to read the whole series! This was a super fun view into what Buffy could have become if she retired as slayer and lived a mundane life. I didn't figure it out until just before Kate did! 3.5 ⭐

mdm139 I just finished it too and had the same thoughts 1y
Clwojick Starting off strong! Way to go! 👏🏻🥳🎉 1y
StayCurious Great job! 1y
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Jadams1776
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Another one down for #Scarathlon2020! I loved this so much! I just wanted this book to keep going. This is a buddy read for #TeamHarkness, so it‘s worth +51 points!

#screamathon #CYOReadathon #TrickorTreadathon #sbooktober #AnUnfortunateReadathon

StayCurious Oh glad you liked it! 1y
Sresendez12 I‘m very much looking forward to this one! 1y
4thhouseontheleft 👻🎃 1y
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bthegood

Really enjoying #TeamHarkness buddy read, Carpe Demon, for #Scarathlon2020, @StayCurious !🎃

StayCurious Glad you are liking it! 1y
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monalyisha
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If the question is, “Did I adequately prepare for #Scarathlon2020?”, I‘d say the answer is, “You bet your bony ass.”

(That was a skeleton joke. All bums are beautiful.)

Tbh, I‘ll probably read ~3 of these. 🙈 But I‘m dreaming big!

TheBookStacker I hear The Year of the Witching is good! That‘s on my TBR for this as well! 1y
monalyisha @TheBookStacker I went to a talk that the author was a part of for Salem Lit Fest. It sounds like it‘s going to be great! She was very cool & well-spoken. 1y
Sleepswithbooks Yeeessssss!!!!! 1y
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Clwojick I just read Catherine House! Not sure why it‘s classified as a thriller/horror. It‘s really not. Lol. Maybe more of a sci-fi with some light suspense. I did enjoy it though 🤷🏻‍♀️ 1y
monalyisha @Clwojick I knowww. I don‘t think it fits my genre. 🙈 But it looks so good!!! I also have Mexican Gothic & forgot to include it. 1y
valeriegeary 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 1y
StayCurious Yay! Great stack! +26 1y
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TheSpineView
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OriginalCyn620 📚👍🏻📚 1y
Tiffiney American Gods...so good! 1y
TheSpineView @Tiffiney 👍😊📚 1y
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FlynnDewey
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My planned TBR for my very first Litsy challenge! Happy (early) Halloween everyone! #TeamHarkness #Scarathlon2020 @StayCurious

StayCurious Great looking collage! +26! 1y
FlynnDewey @StayCurious Thanks! My wife helped me. 1y
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SW-T
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📚Carpe Demon - Julie Kenner
📚Working for the Devil - Lilith Saintcrow

🎥 Beetlejuice

🎶 Devil went down to Georgia

#manicmonday @JoScho

JoScho 🖤😈🖤 3y
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monkeygirlsmama
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Today's #17booklove prompt for #Day3 was Red Books. This series didn't have full red covers, but the red tail was worked into every one. 👍 Speaking of these books, I need to go back and reread the first few so I can catch up on the last few. It's a fun series. 🙃 @jess.how