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Dead Until Dark
Dead Until Dark: A True Blood Novel | Charlaine Harris
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Sookie Stackhouse is a small-time cocktail waitress in small-town Louisiana. She's quiet, keeps to herself, and doesn't get out much - not because she's not pretty, she's a very cute bubbly blonde, or not interested in a social life - she really is ... but Sookie's got a bit of a disability. She can read minds. And that doesn't make her too dateable.And then along comes Bill: he's tall, he's dark and he's handsome - and Sookie can't 'hear' a word he's thinking. He's exactly the type of guy she's been waiting all her life for. But Bill has a disability of his own: he's fussy about his food, he doesn't like suntans and he's never around during the day ...Yep, Bill's a vampire. Worse than that, he hangs with a seriously creepy crowd, with a reputation for trouble - of the murderous kind.And then one of Sookie's colleagues at the bar is killed, and it's beginning to look like Sookie might be the next victim ...
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nibech
Dead Until Dark | Harris Charlaine
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"Day 2: Favorite Book by your Favorite Writer"

Charlaine Harris created a world I just can't get enough of. I've read all of the Sookie Stackhouse novels and rewatch the True Blood series every summer.

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AmyG That is way too cute. 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Awwww 🖤😽 2mo
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DarkMina Fun series! 2mo
Eggs Still lingering on my TBR...🥰 2mo
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wanderinglynn
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#LittensDressedInBlood 5 Sep

I‘m behind again. ??‍♀️

Dead Man‘s Party made me think of a Eric Northman in the Sookie Stackhouse books, played by the delicious Alexander Skarsgård in the TV adaptation, True Blood.

Yuki_Onna Oohhh, Alexander... 😋 3mo
wanderinglynn @Yuki_Onna right?! 😍 3mo
Scochrane26 I need to watch True Blood again. Love Skarsgård ? 3mo
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persephone1408 I just had myself a rewatch of this... 3mo
Jess I‘m almost done a rewatch. Eric is a highlight. 3mo
ElizaMarie I recently started rewatching True Blood and just love it soo much!
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wanderinglynn @Scochrane26 me too! And this is the perfect time of year to watch it! 3mo
wanderinglynn @persephone1408 @Jess @ElizaMarie I need to do a rewatch too. Love Eric! 🖤 3mo
persephone1408 @wanderinglynn eric is perfect crazy immortal Viking sexy lol 3mo
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AliD73
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Bailedbailed

I wanted to like this book so much, I really did. I loved the TV series, and I‘m looking forward to the reboot. I had to bail on this, though. I just didn‘t like it. Personally, I just didn‘t think it was very well written; it couldn‘t hold my attention. I kept comparing it to the TV series, and it just didn‘t measure up. To each their own. I‘ll be rewatching the series instead of reading the books. Can‘t wait for the reboot series!

Ericalambbrown You know, I don‘t think I‘d have liked this even if I‘d not seen the series. I was kinda amazed these have been so popular supposedly. The characters just felt wooden to me. 3mo
AliD73 @Ericalambbrown I agree. The characters just came across as two dimensional to me. I found Sookie and Bill to be unlikable and uninteresting, which totally took me by surprise. Sookie in particular just seemed shallow and not too intelligent to me. In this case, the TV series was better than the book. 3mo
Ericalambbrown @AliD73 Right? It was almost as she were written to be a simpleton or special needs in some way. I looked to see what happens in book two to decide if I wanted to give it a go on the off chance it got better. I guess Lafeyette Reynolds if killed straight out the gate in that book do I was like “I‘m out!” 😂 3mo
AliD73 @Ericalambbrown I know, right? LOL. I kept asking myself if Charlaine Harris deliberately wrote Sookie to be a moron or if that was just an accident resulting from her poor writing. It‘s rare that a movie or TV series is better than the book it is based on, but this is definitely one of those cases. (edited) 3mo
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LokiDokey
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I read two more cards this month.
8♣️ The Name of This Book is Secret
K♣️ Dead Until Dark
23/52 #TBRDeckofCards
@Clwojick

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LokiDokey
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July #wrapup
I read 26 books this month. These four were my faves.
185 books for 2021 so far ☺️

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LokiDokey
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"I've been waiting for the vampire for years when he walked into the bar."

#FirstLineFridays

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CindyMyLifeIsLit
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Mehso-so

I know this is a very popular series, but it is a little too chick-lit for my tastes. I probably won‘t continue, but that‘s just me.

BehindthePages I felt the same way. 4mo
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Ericalambbrown
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Yikes. Well this is one where the book isn‘t better than the series. 😳 TBH, I thought Sookie and Bill were the least interesting characters in the show. The secondary characters made the series for me. I don‘t know what I was expecting but Sookie is written as a shallow simpleton and Bill is a boring and bossy creeper. No character development. The other characters are barely even window dressing. Zero campy fun.

Ericalambbrown I will say that Bubba the derpy Elvis vampire bit made me laugh aloud. That was by far the best bit for me. 😂 5mo
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Ksvz
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Mehso-so

April 2021 - audio rereading for the millionth time - sometimes you just want to listen to something familiar and then realize that you‘ve grown up or changed and some of the behavior now irritates you - can‘t decide if it had made me sad.

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LokiDokey
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It's supposed to rain all weekend so I've got two vampire books ready. 🦇❤️
#weekendreads

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AkashaVampie
Dead Until Dark | Harris Charlaine
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Housework ✅
Little one asleep ✅
Now its time for me to curl up in my own little bubble and listen to my book.

#SeriesBingo
#TBRCrew

@ElizaMarie @AsYouWish @jb72

jb72 Yeah I‘m finally done with a few things. My plan is to read and watch videos. 8mo
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LokiDokey
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1. Doctor's appointments, taking down Christmas decorations and putting the laundry away. (It's been sitting in the basket for days 😂)
2. My favorite local jam lady had an end of the year sale so my mother and I stocked up.
#motivationalmonday @Cupcake12

Cupcake12 I love jam on crusty bread 😋 Have a good week and thanks for playing x 11mo
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MollyLooby
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I know I‘m VERY late to the party, but I finally got my teeth stuck into this 🧛

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IndoorDame
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Bailedbailed

After starting this I realized it‘s something I read a long time ago. Not sure if that‘s the reason I can‘t get into it or not, but I gave it a few chapters and it‘s not grabbing me so I‘m bailing on this one. I may try out a later one from the series at some point though.

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Sresendez12
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Honestly enjoyed this one more than I thought I would! Vampires, mind readers, shape shifters and murders. A great book for this time of year. Total points for #teamharkness and #scarathlon is 135. It took me 1hr & 14min to finish today, which counts for #littenlisten. I‘m also participating in #october20in4 but I‘ll post that total later. This book also counts for #screamathon and #bookspin

Sresendez12 Plus one point for participation, so total of 136 :) 14mo
Traci1 I love these books. 14mo
Bookgoil Great job!! 14mo
aperfectmjk Racking up those points! Great job! 👍 14mo
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Sresendez12
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Made more progress on this yesterday and really am enjoying it! It‘s been long enough since I watched the show that I don‘t remember too many details. I‘m usually a book before movie/tv show girl, but I found out about the books because of the show. I also watched four episodes of The Order, so a total of 21 points for #teamharkness for #scarathlon2020. This one is also part of my #bookspinbingo and #screamathon

Clwojick ♥️ Ive heard this is a fun series! 14mo
Scochrane26 The books are very different from the show, but I love them both. 14mo
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Sresendez12
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Today was more about pumpkin patches and watching movies, but I did start the tagged audiobook plus read more of The Strings of Murder. Finished the #cyoreadathon with 9hrs and 20 mins and the #october8in2 with 6hrs and 14 mins. Besides Halloweentown, I watched two episodes of The Order on Netflix and Lonesome Ghosts on Disney. Total points for #teamharkness 171

Clwojick 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 14mo
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CloakNQuill
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#SuperSeptember midweek update @Andrew65
Doing well considering I haven‘t been able to dedicate much time so far.

1) Six of Crows - 51% read
2) Home Before Dark - 15% read
3) The Wise One - 10% read
4) 1 of 2 audiobooks completed.

Andrew65 Great, well done 👏👏👏 1y
CloakNQuill @Andrew65 Thanks! I‘ll have more time towards the end of the week. Hope your goals are going well! 1y
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PurpleTulipGirl
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“I‘d been waiting for the vampire for years when he walked into the bar.”

I‘ve never read any of these books. I‘m only a few pages in, so no real opinion yet.

@ShyBookOwl #FirstLineFridays

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Aussie_SFF
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Firstly I would like to say “God damn I am trash for these books!“
This was a re-read and I loved it just as much the third time as I did the first. I still think it was a crying shame they left the Man from Memphis out of the TV series.
We are introduced the world and all the main characters in such a efficient way and I just can't get enough. Not to mention that Bill hasn't turned into a giant dick yet.
3.5/5 Stars.

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sprainedbrain
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Omg I missed a day again. It may take me 30 days to get my #20Series20Days #Top20Series 😳

I started the Southern Vampire Mysteries series long before True Blood was a thing, and I honestly had a love/hate relationship with it... but I couldn‘t stop, even at the end when she was clearly phoning it in.

I still think about these books years later. Lots of fun, some very nice sexy times, Vampire Bill, and Eric freaking Northman. 😍

Scochrane26 I love this series too, but there‘s some inconsistencies that bug me. 1y
RiverKScottWrites Binge read this series last year 😻 1y
I.be.Stef Any thing that involves vampires count me in. Stacked! (edited) 1y
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Andrew65 These are a popular series. Not read them but enjoyed the free sample I got of book 1. (edited) 1y
Laughterhp I loved this series! 1y
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick I collected these over the last few years from used book sales and I think I have them all now. I should start them in 2021 since enough time has passed from watching True Blood that I won't get storylines mixed up. 1y
Blaire Same. I read these while on maternity leave and also continued even when the last ones were really not good. But the series was perfect for a sleep deprived new mama. 1y
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CaitlinR
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Pickpick

The first, and my first Sookie Stackhouse mystery and it won‘t be my last. Light, humorous, sexy entertainment. Vampires, mind-reading, shape shifters: what‘s not to like. Great escapist reading.

I‘ve never watched True Blood. If I enjoyed the book, would I enjoy the series?

#CharlaineHarris

Scochrane26 The show is very loosely based on the books, you have to treat them as two different things. The show has Alexander Skarsgard & several other hot guys. Has a lot of nudity if you don‘t like that. It‘s a fun show, you should watch. There‘s some storylines I don‘t like as much, but most are good. 1y
CaitlinR @Scochrane26 Thanks for the helpful information. I‘ll give the series a try. Skarsgard: what‘s not to like? 1y
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RamsFan1963
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I am posting one book per day from my extensive to-be-read collection. No description or reason for wanting to read the book. Some are old and some will be new. Don't judge me - I have a lot of books.
Day 35

#tbrmountain #bookbuyingdiet

TheBookAddict No judgement here. I had this book on my shelf for the longest and I finally read it...well, I listened to it. It was really good, the narrator did a great job and the story is quite interesting. I haven‘t watched the show, so I wouldn‘t know how similar or different they are. I enjoyed it and hope that I get out of my reading funk soon so I can maybe pick up the 2nd book. 🙂👍🏽 1y
AutumnRLS I judge you to be awesome! 1y
RamsFan1963 @TheBookAddict It is still sitting on my shelf because, to be honest, I don't care for vampires. Like zombies, I think vampire lit is played out. I never watched True Blood, but I did read Harris's Midnight Texas series. 1y
TheBookAddict Yep, I understand. I usually don‘t go with vampire or zombie books, but I decided to give it a whirl. It‘s set in a world in which vampires are known about and part of society, which is why I was intrigued. This was the first book I read by Harris. 1y
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i‘ve never seen True Blood before so i‘m going in blind with this series 🦇 not sure how true the tv series is to the book series but they sound really good and these book covers are really cute

Darklunarose Saw the first season, but have read all the books. I like the books so much more. 1y
reading_rainbow @Darklunarose ooooh excellent, i‘m glad i waited to read the series first🧛 1y
Darklunarose @reading_rainbow I hope you enjoy it! 1y
AkashaVampie I have only seen the whole show. The show is really good. I have the books on my tbr 1y
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Whoa there, Luna!! What did the Kindle ever do to you?!? #catsoflitsy

rubyslippersreads 😻😻😻 2y
Birdsong28 It kept your attention away from her!! How rude! 😂😂 2y
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"...I was in my folding aluminum chaise out in the front yard, getting browner by the second." Well, Sookie, mine isn't aluminum and I'm in the backyard, but I enjoy some reading and sun too!

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BeautifullyBookish
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I‘ve found my new go to vampire book! The Sookie Stackhouse series starts here and I can‘t wait to read the next book! Sookie keeps you searching for answers till the very end. Every time I thought I figured it out something would be thrown in to sway me. I 100% recommend this book for anyone looking for a mysterious tale with a little human-vampire romance thrown in. @TheAromaofBooks #bookspin

Scochrane26 Beware—a lot of people don‘t like how she ended the series. I personally was ok with it & it made sense. 2y
TheAromaofBooks Great review!! Love the dark cover. 2y
BeautifullyBookish @Scochrane26 I‘ll definitely keep that in mind as I get closer! I am one who tends to dislike any being just because of what it is, An ending. I try not to let that cloud my judgement so hopefully I can get there and feel comfortable with it the way you are! 2y
BeautifullyBookish @TheAromaofBooks thanks! I thought it fit! 2y
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Pickpick

I love the Sookie Stackhouse books, I first read them when I was 18 & then again when I was in my mid-twenties. When audible had these on sale for this cyber Monday I jumped at the chance, I got them all & am starting to re-listen to one of my favorite series. It‘s been great to visit the vampire loving southern Sookie again. Just finished book one, I loved the narrator & it was just as good as I remember it! Off to book two! 🧛🏻‍♀️🧛🏻‍♂️🧛🏻

DieAReader I must admit that I never finished reading the series (12/13) but I loved True Blood! Hubby & I both really enjoyed it & he bought me the entire series. I somehow fell behind on the last season though...🧐. I may interject that into my #24B4Monday Readathon weekend. He swears we saw the ending & for the life of me I can‘t remember it. 2y
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Christinak
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“I was reviewing the evening as I drove to my grandmother‘s house, where I lived. It‘s right before Tall Pines #Cemetery, which lies off a narrow two-lane parish road. My great-great-great grandfather had started the house, and he‘d had ideas about privacy, so to reach it you had to turn off the parish road into the driveway, go through some woods, and then you arrived at the clearing in which the house stood.” #QuotsyOct19 #AllHallowsRead

Dogearedcopy LOL, I have this thing where I tend to mirror the accent of the person I'm speaking to. I was listening to this audiobook years ago when I pulled my car into the gas station, and drawled with a heavily affected Southern accent, “Fill her up, please!“ :-D
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Christinak @Dogearedcopy Oh. My. Gosh. That is Hilarious! I‘m going to have to listen to this audiobook now. 2y
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Jesstifies
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Bill will always have a special place in my heart!
#Scarathlon #TeamStoker #ChillingPhotoChallenge #Vampire
@TheReadingMermaid @Clwojick +1 (40 total)

BeansPage 🧟‍♀️ 2y
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JacqMac
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I liked the books. But I liked the TV show much more.
#ChillingPhotoChallenge #vampire
#scarathlon #TeamStoker 1pt
@TheReadingMermaid

Ddzmini What tv show 😳 what channel or time or name of the show ... 2y
8little_paws @Ddzmini true blood 2y
JacqMac @Ddzmini Yes. True Blood. It was on HBO. And it was soo good. 2y
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BeansPage 🧟‍♀️ 2y
Nessavamusic Agreed 2y
Susannah I can‘t think why. 😉 2y
Scochrane26 I loved the show, except for the messed up ending. 2y
Ddzmini Awe I only watch the first one I‘ll have to go back and watch that then 💁🏼‍♀️🙌🏽 2y
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Scochrane26
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Today‘s #chillingphotochallenge is #vampire. My friend had to convince me to read the Sookie Stackhouse series, then to watch True Blood after because I thought both would be scary, esp the show. The first book introduces us to vampires, a telepath, and a shapeshifter. Bill and Eric are the 2 main vampires in this first book. And who doesn‘t like Alexander Skarsgard as Eric? 🔥🔥 @Clwojick
#teamslaughter #scarathlon

BookwormAHN Team Eric 🖤 2y
Caroline2 😍 2y
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Joreads
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This is a re-read for me. I have decided to finish all of the series that I have started and not finished. I still love Sookie and the vampire world that Harris has create. The first novel has a fantastic plot and the mystery is very compelling. Well worth the time.

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So far everyone in this book is a big idiot but at the same time I‘m like oooh what are the idiots gonna do next 😬

Bookjunkie57 😂😂😂 2y
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TheBookAddict
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Finished listening to this last night. I enjoyed it. I know I‘m late to the party, but it‘s ok. I‘ll be starting the next one in the series soon. #Chirp

Also, I just realized that I didn‘t post a #checkin for the #BFC on Saturday. That‘s because I was super busy. I‘ve been keeping active and surpassing my FitBit step goal. I had to change it from 9,000 steps to 11,000 to make it more of a challenge. 🙂

wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 That‘s awesome! 🎉 2y
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RedxoHearts
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#JulyWrapUp
Here are the books and a comic collection I finished in July

TheBookAddict I read Dead Until Dark too! Just finished it last night. I enjoyed it and will be starting the next one soon. What did you think? 2y
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RedxoHearts
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I enjoyed the first book of the Sookie Stackhouse series. I never really watched True Blood except for a few trailers here and there. It seems like the characters were pretty close to how the book describes though.

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TheBookAddict
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Another fine walk at Sinnissippi Riverfront Park. We are being more active now, going on walks. It had definitely helped us feel better physically and emotionally. 🙂👍🏽
We saw this in the river and it was too cool not to take a pic and share it. Someone painted this tree in the middle of the river green and attached something red at the ends to make it look like moving tongues.
🐉 🐉 Beautiful and creative! #BFC

Now to finish this audiobook.

wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 And very fun photo! 😂 2y
Soubhiville That‘s really cool! 2y
kspenmoll Love that tree! Glad you are enjoying your activity. It‘s so hot here I have to go out early to walk & I have avoided that lately!! 2y
DivineDiana So cool! 🐉 2y
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RedxoHearts
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Of course she moved last minute while taking a photo. I've been sitting here getting more of Dead Until Dark read while the dogs snore away

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BethM
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Panpan

I finished this through sheer grit and determination. #unpopularopinion I really disliked this. I didn‘t care for any of the characters, and the romance felt far fetched and kind of icky bc he‘s a dick.
Cozy #3 #cozyinthesun
#bfcr2 8/12

Hestapleton All your cozy mystery posts are making me want to explore the genre! 2y
Librarybelle Love your review! I‘ve yet to read this one, though I have seen part of True Blood. 2y
Kshakal @BethM Harris is so hit or miss for me! 2y
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BethM @Hestapleton I just started reading the genre a year ago but I really like it. They tend to be fun “feel good” reads. @Librarybelle I‘ve never seen the show. 2y
BethM @Kshakal probably me too. I loved the Harper Connelly books but haven‘t connected with Sookie or Aurora. 2y
wanderinglynn You‘re crushing your book goal! 🙌🏻 2y
jen_the_scribe I read this series years ago. I remember enjoying it for the most part but the last book was very rushed through and disappointing in my opinion. 2y
TheBookbabeblog84 I will say they get better over time. But largely I wasn‘t a fan of the series 🤷🏾‍♀️ 2y
ferskner I agree with you! I love the setting and keep wanting to read more for that, until I remember how much everything else turned me off. 2y
Avanders I read this a long time ago.. before the tv series.. and I think I liked it “okay.“ But, notably, I never picked up another one in the series... so... maybe I didn't like it after all... 😆 2y
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BethM
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Doing some self care after cooking and cleaning. Face masks and fingernails while I listen to this. But wow was I unprepared for the casual racism. These books aren‘t old enough for that to have made it through edits.

CouronneDhiver Jamberry! I love them 2y
BethM @CouronneDhiver me too! I just went straight polish this time. 2y
Dragonfairykats I used to sell those!! 2y
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TheBookAddict
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Why did I start listening to this so late?!? 🤦🏽‍♀️ I need to go to sleep! 😔 #Chirp #audiobook #YesiReads

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kaysworld1
Pickpick

I read this in one sitting and stayed up all night.
Good start to the series, although I want to smack bill he's useless, sookie needs to stop being so stupid!
Enjoying it so far.
#readingmyownbooks #femaleauthors #reading #vampires

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Red.Reads
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I truly enjoyed this fun, kooky novel. Having seen True Blood, I knew what I was letting myself in for, and wasn't disappointed.
Sookie is a blond waitress from Bon Temps, who just also happens to be telepathic. Her world gets even weirder when a vampire walks into her bar.
It's not a heavy read, it fun, maybe not for ppl who are not fans of kinky business, but it was right up my street.

#vampire #horror #fangbanger #funny #sexy

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Red.Reads
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I needed to take a break from the weight of Chernobyl: History of a Tragedy, so I've started one of my planned 'fun' reads early.

I loved True Blood; it was fun, trashy, sexy, silly, so I'm hoping that they stayed to true to the books.

#trueblood #southernvampire #vampires #sexy #funreading

Gennic I don't think it's like the show and it's a good thing for me. It's still a great series but the tv show went a completely different direction.
3y
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EmilieGR
Pickpick

Good installment