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Her Body and Other Parties
Her Body and Other Parties: Stories | Carmen Maria Machado
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Emilymdxn
Her Body and Other Parties | Carmen Maria Machado
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Pickpick

I love eerie magic realist short stories. I loved how raw and quietly frightening they were, and how small vignettes sketched in fascinating characters and bizarre worlds. Great book to follow You Know You Want This - a similar tone but more tender and melancholy than monstrous. I also recommend for fans of LGBT relationships being seamlessly included in non-romance fiction. At least - gender was a little confusing sometimes but I think so!

Weaponxgirl I loved this one too 😍 6d
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TK421
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Thanks for the goodies @Avanders ! You and @Chrissyreadit spoil us. You both are making this round of #LMPBC fun for us.😊

Chrissyreadit 😍😍😍😍 3w
Avanders 👏🏽👏🏽 Glad you enjoy ☺️☺️ I think Laura can eat those yummy cups? 😘🥰 3w
cobwebmoth @Avanders Yes! Thank you so much!🤗❤ 3w
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frantastk
Her Body and Other Parties | Carmen Maria Machado
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Can‘t wait to start this one!

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lele1432
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This struck me as such a perfect way to show the awkwardness of being tormented by someone, but not being able to explain that to their loved one because, in their eyes, your tormentor is a different (better) person. #shortstories #popsugarreadingchallenge #pop19

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mldkennedy
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(January 2019) Unlike anything I've read before - grotesque, poetic, thought-provoking, and unabashedly queer.

Weaponxgirl I loved this collection 😊 1mo
mldkennedy @Weaponxgirl me too! It really was unlike anything I've read before and I loved it 1mo
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j9brown
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This was such a fun swap! Loved shopping for it and couldn't wait to open it!
Many many thanks @ness for this lovely package! I can't wait to try the candy (sounds so tasty!) and I've been a big tea fiend these days (and it's adorable!) The stamp is super cute and I can't wait to get reading! 📖🤗😁🎉

And a big thanks to @Avanders for hosting and organizing! #scififantasyswap #SFFS

Avanders 🧬🦄♥️👏🏽👏🏽 1mo
ness Yay! I hope you enjoy! ADSOM is one of my favourites. 💖💝 1mo
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Melli
Bailedbailed

I had to bail I enjoyed the first story but after listening to the next three I was like ok maybe this isn‘t for me.. it‘s just weird and half the time I was like umm what is happening.. so I tried..

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Melli

Ok so the Get Booked podcast is now becoming dangerous to my TBR.. I‘m literally listening and they just finished recommending this book and I had the need to read it or rather listen to it.. #getbooked @a

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Dolly
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Rated between pick and so-so. Good, not great. I skipped one whole story about ideas for a crime show that went on and on and on.

Laughterhp I skipped the same story when I read this book! 2mo
Dolly @Laughterhp after looking at some reviews we aren‘t the only ones. 2mo
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tholmz
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I absolutely adored these stories and the writing. I‘m not a Law and Order SVU person so that chunk wasn‘t my favorite but everything else was so good that I‘d still forever recommend.

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Megabooks
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Admittedly having an off day so I‘m reading some short stories. After finally picking up this collection, I‘m feeling like McKayla with the silver medal. Not. Impressed. 👎🏻 We‘ll see...

JamieArc That‘s exactly how I felt when I listened to it. Just not for me, I guess 🤷🏻‍♀️ 2mo
jmtrivera At least I know it wasn't just me. 2mo
Megabooks @JamieArc @jmtrivera I was afraid this book was all hype. I‘m going to read it, but I‘m not going to feel bad skipping stories. And I‘m glad it‘s a library check out! 2mo
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JamieArc @Megabooks Especially don‘t feel bad if you skip the SVU storyline. That one drove me crazy and dragged on and on! 2mo
jmtrivera @Megabooks Agree with @JamieArc ! Some things aren't for everyone, and you definitely shouldn't read what you don't feel like reading. Skip away! 2mo
Megabooks @JamieArc Oh I definitely skipped that! I‘ve never seen the show. 🤣🤣 I‘ve only read two stories and I‘m over50% in! @jmtrivera I‘ve gone back to listening to The Nix audiobook and doing paint by sticker 👍🏻 2mo
jmtrivera @Megabooks 👍🏼👍🏼 2mo
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MelissaSue81
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Mehso-so

Read for #ReadingWomenChallenge #LambdaLiteraryAwardWinner. I had NO idea what this was going in. Mostly, these weren‘t for me. A few of the stories I enjoyed despite their strangeness. a few of them were just WAY TOO weird.. and a couple of them I just didn‘t have a freaking clue what was happening. She definitely writes in a way that intentionally keeps the reader off balance.. but some of them were just 😒.

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heikemarie
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Good start to the day! New tattoo, new book, fresh box of Toffifee - only thing standing between me and happiness is some work 😩 happy Monday Littens!

TheKidUpstairs Tattoo looks great! 2mo
Shadowfat That's an awesome tattoo! 2mo
Robothugs That tattoo though!! 😍 2mo
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JoScho Love the tattoo 🖤 2mo
Nessavamusic Awesome tattoo! 2mo
Emory Amazing tattoo! 2mo
CouronneDhiver Sweet 2mo
readordierachel Love the tattoo! 2mo
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Toniyesss
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Hello Litsy! My first post. I just finished this book while visiting my brother-in-law for the weekend.

4.5🌟 rounded to 5🌟 I really loved these dark stories. One in particular, told as synopses of fictionalized Law & Order SVU episodes, really stuck with me - what a unique format. Though hard to stomach at times, the constant thread of how women and our bodies are seen/treated/experienced rang true and feels important to give voice to.

Lauram Welcome to Litsy! 2mo
Toniyesss @Lauram thank you! 🤗 2mo
BooksForEmpathy Welcome! Yay! First post! Just seeing this. I‘m so happy you‘re here. 2mo
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lele1432
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Almost DNF‘d because of this piece. I literally had no clue what was going on, yet I also felt like there was too much going on. It meanders around from an imaginary (I think) baby in past & present, a possibly mentally ill woman in present, long, drawn out descriptions of nature & food in the fridge, then domestic violence...At this point I don't even know if anything the narrator described is reality. I hope the remaining stories get better!

ItsAngel @lele1432 I just made it to this part and I have no idea what to think!! From what you said you‘re glad you pressed on. I think I may give it a little more time, but boy is this a strange book. 2mo
lele1432 @ItsAngel I have to admit I put this one down! I plan to finish it this weekend. We'll see! 2mo
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Weaponxgirl
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If you want to read a collection of weird and dark stories then this is for you. Fairytale and apocalypse themes throughout that gave me a queerer Angela Carter vibe from the first story. for me that‘s a massive win.
As with any collection some were less successful for me but when it was good it was excellent! Good bi representations. I can‘t wait to read more from this author. #readingwomenchallenge2029 #readharder2019

ephemeralwaltz I'm so glad you enjoyed it! It's an incredible collection and really hit me hard. She's releasing a memoir in October 🙆🙆🙆🙆 2mo
ephemeralwaltz Btw my copy of The Member of the Wedding still hasn't arrived... 2mo
Weaponxgirl @ephemeralwaltz yay on the memoir release! She has real talent that‘s going to be exciting to watch. 2mo
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Weaponxgirl @ephemeralwaltz don‘t worry, do you want to push it back to next month? No one has put a reserve on my library copy so I can easily hang onto it and there‘s no hurry. 2mo
ephemeralwaltz I'll definitely let you know when it arrives and we can plan it from there! Should we make a weekly plan and share it with the rest of Listy?
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ephemeralwaltz And yes, very excited to see her grow! She did an excellent interview on the Between the Covers podcast, I highly enjoyed listening to it after finishing the book. 2mo
Weaponxgirl @ephemeralwaltz that sounds good 👍 it‘s not a very big book so should be easy to get through 😊 2mo
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jhod
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Just seemed to fall into Foyles today, ooops...

squirrelbrain And then some books fell into your hands whilst you were there.... such a shame! 2mo
jhod @squirrelbrain just couldn't be helped! 2mo
kezzlou85 Sometimes it happens and you just gotta go with it. 2mo
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sakeriver
Pickpick

I don‘t really know what to say about this book except: whew. WHEW.

suzisteffen Love this book so much. 2mo
sakeriver @suzisteffen Yeah. Me too. 2mo
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sakeriver
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Holy shit

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sakeriver
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Next

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nikirtehsuxlol
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This book is SO overdue at the library. But I‘m just gonna pay the fine and finish it bc it has holds on it. Sorry #21 in the queue, I have reading needs.

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lele1432
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"The Husband Stitch" from this collection was a little horrifying! There's a kid version of this lol?? I'm glad I never read "The Green Ribbon" when I was younger!

I thought this was a solid short story, and pretty explicit, with themes surrounding marriage, desire, and how it feels to give your S.O. basically everything but that still not being enough. I'd give this story 3 or 3.5 stars. Trying to get through the rest of the collection today.

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lele1432
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Gonna go with a digital #TBRShelfie as I have some titles to get through this weekend before they're returned. 😅 And also, my #LMPBC pick!

#LiteraryLuck

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Maid is in one of our upcoming #BotmBuddyRead in July if you want to join for discussions!! (edited) 3mo
lele1432 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ooohh yes I'd love to! I'll have to remember to join in, thanks!! 3mo
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Mitch
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Interesting short articles about how different authors finance their craft....

https://medium.com/s/day-job

WhatWouldJaneDo Thanks for sharing, these are fascinating! Totally baffled that Elizabeth Strout thought being in law school was BETTER for her writing life, grad school killed my creativity for ages... 3mo
Mitch @WhatWouldJaneDo I‘m with you on that one! 3mo
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nikirtehsuxlol
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I‘ve read the first two stories and I‘m so turned on and sad at the same time. #love

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nikirtehsuxlol
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A friend read this in 2 days; she loved it. And seeing how the book was due at the library a day ago, hopefully I can get through it in a similar amount of time.

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readordierachel
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I'm in NY for a work trip, so I got to visit the Strand! It was as wonderful as I imagined it would be. (No pics of the actual establishment b/c it was snowing outside and then I was too preoccupied inside, so this pic of my #bookhaul must serve as evidence.)

Tanisha_A 😍 Sounds super fun! Enjoy your goodies! 3mo
LeahBergen That pouch is awesome! 😆 3mo
Bookzombie Love the pouch! 3mo
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vivastory Fun! I can't wait to return to The Strand. Any other fun outings planned? 3mo
JSW Love that place!!! 😍😍😍 3mo
Bklover Love your pouch! 3mo
Reggie Oh, The Unit!!! I liked it and hope you do, too!! 3mo
batsy Fab loot! I can't wait to read The Unit. And that pouch! 3mo
Cathythoughts Don‘t know these books .. must investigate 👍🏻♥️ 3mo
rohit-sawant So fun! Fantastic haul & loving the pouch! 3mo
readordierachel @Tanisha_A Thanks! 🤗 3mo
readordierachel @LeahBergen @Bookzombie @Bklover @rohit-sawant @batsy John Waters knows what he's talking about! I couldn't resist 😁 3mo
readordierachel @JSW It's so cool! I'm so happy I had the opportunity to visit! 3mo
readordierachel @Reggie Oh, excellent! I bought it blindly b/c of the Margaret Atwood blurb on the cover, lol. So glad to hear it's good! 3mo
readordierachel @Cathythoughts they both sound excellent 🤞🏼😊 3mo
readordierachel @vivastory I was in meetings all day, but actually went back to the Strand again for a little bit after. I couldn't resist! Then went to a bar called the Oscar Wilde, which was really cool! 3mo
FreeReadAndWrite Visiting Strand is on my bucket list! ❤️ 3mo
Pricel101 That pouch! Words to live by 😂 hope you enjoy! 3mo
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executivespooky
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Haven't had much time to read the last few days because of this little foster baby. Look at this handsome boy!! 😍

TheSpineView Awwwww 4mo
Crazeedi So precious, I couldn't foster because I'd end up with a dozen kitties...🙄 3mo
executivespooky @Crazeedi this is my first one, I'm trying really really hard not to get super attached 3mo
Crazeedi @executivespooky it's so neat that you're doing it, I just know my heart...I've had 6 at one point in my life😻 3mo
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executivespooky
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Reading a weird book.
In other news, my new kindle case is the cutest ever 💖

TheSpineView 💜 4mo
Crazeedi Love your cover 3mo
executivespooky @Crazeedi thanks! It's off Amazon 3mo
Crazeedi @executivespooky oh boy, you would say Amazon my favorite place😍 3mo
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MeganLindell
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Mehso-so

The Husband Stitch: 👍🏼👍🏼
Inventory: 🆗
Mothers: 👎🏼
Especially Heinous: 👎🏼 (read one page and decided to skip the whole thing)
Real Women Have Bodies: 🆗
Eight Bites: 👍🏼
The Resident: 🆗
Difficult at Parties: 🆗

It will be interesting to see how FX will translate these to the screen. Some I can definitely see, others not so much.

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Bookmarkie
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I signed up last minute yesterday morning. Not doing as well as I‘d hoped. I did read the tagged book and will start this one #museumofmodernlove now. @24in48
#24in48

cathysaid There‘s no way I‘m getting 24 hours in but having fun trying! Good luck! 4mo
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Victoriahoperose
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Thank you so much @suzisteffen for this new book! I have not read it and am definitely looking forward to it. I‘m definitely excited for this one 😊
#justabookswap

sarahbarnes I LOVED this book! ❤️ 4mo
TheBookKeepers That cover looks awesome!! 4mo
Victoriahoperose @sarahbarnes so glad to hear that! And @TheBookKeepers - I love the cover, too!! 4mo
suzisteffen You are so welcome! It was my top book of 2017, but it‘s not to everyone‘s taste - but I snooped on your TBR list! :) 4mo
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Jasxnicole
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Mehso-so

This was a hard one for me - while I really loved some of the stories and thought the writing was beautifully done, some were a either a drag to get through or didn‘t feel complete enough to move on to the next.

The Husband Stitch, Inventory, and The Resident were definitely the standouts for me. I loved reading a modern take on “The Green Ribbon”!

#aty2019

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saltwaterlit
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Bailedbailed

Yeah, read two more stories and decided to bail. The writing here really grated on me, with a lot of sentences that go nowhere, and seem to exist just to impress. I‘m not a prude, but sex was also used as a poetic device in ways that really made me roll my eyes and only make the characters and stories feel underdeveloped. #dnf

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VinceReads
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This got a pick from me but barely. A few really good stories in this one but one was literally a recap of hundreds of SVU episodes. Her writing was certainly powerful at times, but did I mention one short story is a recap of SVU episodes?

2.75/5

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saltwaterlit
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I started this last night before bed - read one story and considered not finishing the collection because I was a bit put off by various aspects of it, but I‘ll read the next story to see how I feel. It‘s too early in the year for a DNF! 😂

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Jasxnicole
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1 down .... many more to go!

#aty2019 #bookly

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VinceReads
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Starting this one tonight.

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Jasxnicole
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After work library haul!!

A bit of a late start, but finally ready to jump into my reading for the year! 😍📚🤓

#aroundtheyearin52books #aty2019

nomadreader Enjoy! I'm thinking of My Sister the Serial Killer for the fourth prompt too! 4mo
BarbaraBB Which prompt have you read this one for? 4mo
BarbaraBB @nomadreader I‘m reading that one for week 3: an author whose name contains A, T and Y 4mo
Jasxnicole @nomadreader I almost went with another one for the fourth but kept coming back to it - heard great things so hopefully it was the right decision! 🤞🏾 4mo
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greenhairdontcare
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Newbie here.

01. Melbourne, Australia.
02. Her Body And Other Stories by Carmen Maria Machado. Highly recommend if you like the idea of short stories focusing on a little bit of horror & sci fi, with a whole lot of feminism!
03. Too big but I‘m optimistic that I will get to it “one day”.
04. The beach, which is sadly, rare. 💔
05. The Lost Man by Jane Harper. You don‘t need to have read her first two books to read it.

#littenintro @tessavi

Sha0102 Finally a friend from abroad in this tag!!! 4mo
tessavi Welcoe to Litsy and thanks for posting! 🐹 4mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Welcome to Litsy!! 4mo
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ckonicek
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Short story collection. I enjoyed most of them!

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Naominats
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I once heard a story about a girl who requested something so vile from her paramour that he told her family and they had her hauled her off to a sanatorium. I don‘t know what deviant pleasure she asked for, though I desperately wish I did. What magical thing could you want so badly they take you away from the known world for wanting it?

I have heard all of the stories about girls like me, and I am unafraid to make more of them.

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Tiastanley
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Short stories mixed with sci-fi an futuristic elements. Sexy and feminist.

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spookyreadsbybri
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My First Read of 2019!
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I was encouraged by Ladies of Horror Fiction to start off my new year with a #ladiesofhorrorfiction book. I‘m starting off my reading year with ‘Her Body and Other Parties‘
Horror, Psychological Realism, Fantasy, and Comedy in seven short stories? YES PLEASE.
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#bookreadhappyhour- First #currentread of the year
What is your first read of 2019?

Freespirit I am reading tagged book an historical curiosity! 5mo
spookyreadsbybri @Freespirit I actually wanted to read that! Are you enjoying it? 5mo
Freespirit Just finished now. Yes it is beautifully written and really brings to life London in 1780, the whore houses and homes of the middle classes. A slowish pace...I think 4 ⭐️😊 5mo
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CaroPi
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These are my favorite fiction books for 2018. This year I didn't found a 5 stars book. But I read many good ones. #2018top5 #fiction #losdivinos #thebestwecoulddo #herbodyandotherparties #homefire #rulesofcivility

squirrelbrain Rules of Civility was one of my faves too! 5mo
AlaMich I liked Rules of Civility very much also! 4mo
CaroPi @squirrelbrain and @AlaMich is an incredible story 4mo
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deadrabbitsbooks
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Thank you @Graywolfpress for this incredible holiday package! I can‘t wait to jump in & figure out which book I‘m going to read with my high schoolers with Community-Word Project & #tywlsqueens ❤️📚🎄
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#bookstagram #books #bookshelf #bookstagrammer #booksbooksbooks #booksmatter #deadrabbits #deadrabbitsbooks #deadrabbitspodcast #deadrabbitsreadingseries #writing #amwriting #amreading #writingcommunity

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zembla
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The tagged book — strange and gorgeous — counted for both 4 (a short story collection) and 21 (a book inspired by a fairytale). All others counted for only one, in order.

I enjoyed doing this challenge, and I'm planning to try #readingwomen2019 too. #readingwomen2018 #readingwomen

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gracemom
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The Husband Stitch. Wow!

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