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The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires
The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires: A Novel | Grady Hendrix
Fried Green Tomatoes and Steel Magnolias meet Dracula in this Southern-flavored supernatural thriller set in the '90s about a women's book club that must protect its suburban community from a mysterious and handsome stranger who turns out to be a blood-sucking fiend. Patricia Campbell had always planned for a big life, but after giving up her career as a nurse to marry an ambitious doctor and become a mother, Patricia's life has never felt smaller. The days are long, her kids are ungrateful, her husband is distant, and her to-do list is never really done. The one thing she has to look forward to is her book club, a group of Charleston mothers united only by their love for true-crime and suspenseful fiction. In these meetings, they're more likely to discuss the FBI's recent siege of Waco as much as the ups and downs of marriage and motherhood. But when an artistic and sensitive stranger moves into the neighborhood, the book club's meetings turn into speculation about the newcomer. Patricia is initially attracted to him, but when some local children go missing, she starts to suspect the newcomer is involved. She begins her own investigation, assuming that he's a Jeffrey Dahmer or Ted Bundy. What she uncovers is far more terrifying, and soon she--and her book club--are the only people standing between the monster they've invited into their homes and their unsuspecting community.
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UnidragonFrag
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There were parts of this that were just hard to read. One particular scene before the time jump had me SO mad! This was such a great read though about friendship and vampires. As with all of Hendrix's books I've read so far, the time and the place is so spot on.

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peanutnine
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Mehso-so

I almost bailed on this one. Horror is typically out of my wheelhouse but I wanted to give this one a go for Halloween. There were certainly some gross and tense moments that I did not enjoy, but what really almost made me quit was the horrible gaslighting by the men! That is a huge trigger for me 😳 But I skimmed through cause I wanted to see how it ended. I'm glad I got through it, even though the ending felt rushed.

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Gissy
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This one was a different vampire story. For me all characters were so annoying but that Carter, please, a psychiatrist who was so manipulative and psychological abuser. Terrible. But you have to read the story. I think it was more character driven, maybe that was why I enjoyed it more. Absurd but interesting. 3.8⭐️

Gissy I forgot to say, that the story is gory and dark in some parts but that‘s what I like in this type of story
Reading hours 13x10 points =130
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130x9=1,170+50 (buddyread) +15 (theme) +1 (Litsy post)=1,236 points
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TheSpineView Fantastic 1mo
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Blackink_WhitePaper
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I enjoyed #Scarathlon2021 and cheers to all #teamHendrix members. Special thanks to our host @StayCurious n @Clwojick 🥰 you both are amazing. First time I read this fantasy genre. But I enjoyed thoroughly. Most of these were MG books as I am scared to read spooky stories 😬 I may try few in the future. Looking forward to #wintergames2021.

Clwojick You did great this month! Thank you for joining us 🖤 1mo
StayCurious Amazing job! 4w
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ozma.of.oz
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Mehso-so

“I wanted to put Dracula against my mom. As you‘ll see, it‘s not a fair fight.”

I‘m not sure how I feel about this. I appreciate the discussions of issues of race, class, and gender, although I feel some parts where better done than others.

There‘s an insidious, creeping, gaslighting kind of horror that permeates this book from every single husband, entirely separate from the vampire that assaults and murders black children. 🌕🌕🌗🌑🌑

ozma.of.oz CW 👇🏻 1mo
ozma.of.oz Off page child deaths, assault of a child Chapter 17, rape Chapter 33, racism, classism, sexism 1mo
Branwen I absolutely found the gaslighting husbands to be waaaaaaay more horrifying than the vampire! 1mo
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ozma.of.oz
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I live in a fairly religious neighborhood, so I‘m expecting at least a few trick or treaters tonight that won‘t want to go out tomorrow. Doing some spooky reading of the #TeamHendrix #BuddyRead and some quality control checks on the candy! 😉

MatchlessMarie Can never be too careful 😜 🍭 1mo
BookishBelle I‘ve been doing some quality control here this evening as well. 🎃 Most cities around here moved trick-or-treating to tonight. 1mo
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TheBookbabeblog84
Pickpick

I had a hard time with parts of this book. Mainly it was the racism and sexism of the book that bothered me but it wasn‘t until I really thought about it that I realized that that was the entire point. Hendricks did a beautiful job of showing the BS in US culture. Also the book is really funny. I will definitely end up reading this again.

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CallMeIshmael
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The 90‘s southern housewives and a vampire what could go wrong? I enjoyed this one, although I believe the author always goes a little darker than needed and totally has something against dogs (though this isn‘t as bad as his previous book). I would recommend it but didn‘t love it

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JessClark78
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I really enjoyed this one. It gave me a lot of Fright Night vibes. More of a traditional vampire tale like ‘Salem‘s Lot but in Hendrix‘s campy horror style. There were a few ucky pages that made my skin crawl but other than that the book was great.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

#Scarathlon2021 #Screamathon #Wickedathon
#SpookOWeen #Readathon

+16 points #TeamHendrix #TeamRead

AmyG My favorite of his. 1mo
TheSpineView Fantastic 1mo
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CallMeIshmael
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This dude has some serious issues with dogs….

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Catsandbooks
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Mehso-so

3/5 ⭐️ The amount of gaslighting in this book is crazy! I love vampires, but I think I like the fantasy version rather than the horror depiction. Also the roach scene in the attic was unnecessary 🤮

#scarathlon2021 #teamhendrix #screamathon #spookoween #Wickedathon #bookspinbingo

MsRadioSilence Imho there was a bunch of superfluous bs included, but the roach seen was absolutely disgusting 1mo
Nessavamusic The gas lighting was A LOT that I DNF‘d the first time I tried it. I did end up finishing it this month. 1mo
TheAromaofBooks Great progress!!! 1mo
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TravelsWithBooks
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Catsandbooks
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2/3 through this book and my rage at the husbands is fire hot 🤬🔥

#scarathlon2021 #teamhendrix #screamathon #spookoween #Wickedathon #OutstandingOctober

Andrew65 Going well 👏👏👏 1mo
TheSpineView Awesome 1mo
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JessClark78
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Andrew65 Hope you enjoy it. 1mo
TheSpineView Good luck 1mo
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Christine
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Inspired by some recent TV experiences that I really liked (Lovecraft Country, Squid Game, Midnight Mass), I finally tried some Grady Hendrix. This was so good! Great writing, characters, and setting, and I of course was way into the social commentary. (Also my beloved Bahni's narration was perfection.) I‘ll read more Hendrix for sure and am surprised by yet enjoying my apparent lean into horror content lately.

Reggie It‘s that Litsy horror effect coinciding with the state of the world today. 😜🖤 1mo
Christine @Reggie I think that's it! With a dash of escapism from the everyday. 😆 1mo
Christine @Reggie And your podcast thoughts have me even more intrigued by the genre! 1mo
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Morr_Books
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Finished this #BuddyRead for #TeamHendrix! I actually didn't enjoy it. I don't really like books where men are so cruel to women, and that was a good chunk of the book. It made me angry. I just thought this would be a more fun book than it was.
@DeweysReadathon #readathon
#Scarathlon2021 @StayCurious
#spookoween @TheSpineView
#screamathon @4thhouseontheleft
#LittenListen @aperfectmjk
#OutstandingOctober @Andrew65

Andrew65 Oh dear 😔 1mo
MeganAnn I just finished this one also and felt the same way. After the first third of the book I wanted to lock all the husbands in a basement with Harris and then see how they like him. 😠 1mo
TheSpineView I not read and know I don't feel bad for not getting to it. Thanks for the candid comment. 👍 1mo
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Morr_Books
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TheSpineView Looks good!🖤🧛‍♂️ 1mo
Andrew65 Good luck 😊👍 1mo
AmyG So fun! 1mo
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Bookworm54
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This is my second Grady Hendrix read, and I really enjoyed it.
While the vampire was a creep, the husbands in this were way worse. God I hated them! Especially Patricia‘s husband…

#BuddyRead #Scarathlon #TeamHendrix
#Screamathon #SpookOWeenReadathon #Wickedathon

TheSpineView Way to go! 1mo
Reggie When he makes her apologize, I nearly flipped a table over. 1mo
Bookworm54 @Reggie I know right! 1mo
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Laughterhp
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So ended up bailing on this one. I just wasn‘t enjoying it and didn‘t want to listen just to listen. I knew I was probably not going to like it as it has a lot of things I don‘t enjoy it.

Crossed it off my #BookSpinBingo list
Not sure if I get any #TeamHendrix #Scarathlon2021 points for bailing. 🤷🏻‍♀️

StayCurious Aw sorry you didn't like it :( 1mo
TheAromaofBooks At least it's off the list!! 1mo
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JacqMac
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I love Grady Hendrix. He is creepy and gory, but always so campy. As expected, I loved this one, too. I will read anything he writes.
#scarathlon #TeamHendrix @StayCurious

TheLudicReader Those rats. 1mo
JacqMac @TheLudicReader So creepy! 1mo
Mommamanzi I toooootally was not expecting this book to turn out the way I did. Part of me loved it and part of me is still in shock haha. 1mo
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bibliobard
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Such a good read! I know Hendrix writes other books and after reading this one I look forward to exploring more of her work. It was a great balance of creepy with some humor and mystery. Plus the social commentary was an added bonus.
191 points!
#buddyread #TeamHendrix #Scarathlon2021

Clwojick This one was really good too! 2mo
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Linsy
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What is it with vampire book covers and bleeding fruit? I loved both of these! If forced at gunpoint to choose, I'd probably go with the Karen Russell. This collection just has so much amazing weirdness. Southern Book Club was my first Grady Hendrix and I loved it -- but it got far too gory for me towards the end. I love though that both of them have such creative takes on the vampire trope. 🧛🏽‍♀️

#vampire #scarathlon

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Jobridge
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Winding down from birthday party weekend with a good vampire book. I love having a day off during the week once in a while 🎃 #scarathlon2021 #teamhendrix

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Emilymdxn
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I LOVED this audiobook. Exactly the right mix of scary, fun, sad, and occasionally heartwarming. The pacing was the only thing I might have changed a little, but I loved the style, the characters, Patricia‘s perspective and the setting. I spent a good portion internally chanting ‘divorce him‘ and then another decent portion changing ‘decapitate him‘.

#scarathlon2021 #teamslaughter @Clwojick +6

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Nessavamusic
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I read this whole book today! I had tried to read this when it first came out and had to set it aside due the gaslighting. When it was chosen as our #teambuddyread for #teamhendrix I gave it another chance as I have enjoyed all of Grady‘s other books. Glad I did. Dark and horrific, not just in the fire but the gaslighting. The ending is so satisfying though. 4⭐️ #Scarathlon2021 +50 points buddy read +70 Readathon points

LiteraryinLawrence Whoa! A day where you read a book cover to cover is a delightful day! 2mo
LiteraryinLawrence (Maybe less delightful because of the horrifying content? But still) 2mo
Nessavamusic @LiteraryinLawrence I mean I couldn‘t put it down, so that is something! 2mo
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JacqMac
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It was a good holiday with the family. Watched Constantine with hubby. Now I‘m going to do some before bed reading. The readathons are going well.
#scarathlon #TeamHendrix @StayCurious #necronomathon @Patchshank #spookoween @TheSpineView #wickedathon

TheSpineView Well done! 2mo
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rather_be_reading
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Living my best life

Lauram Did you get the grilled macaroni and cheese? It‘s the only reason I‘m considering panera for lunch in the next week. 2mo
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Emilymdxn
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I‘m just over half way through this and…. Is anyone else finding they hate the husband significantly more than the vampire??

Apologies to #teamslaughter for reading the wrong team‘s buddy read - I saw the blurb and couldn‘t resist! #scarathlon2021

Laughterhp Hoping to pick this one up this week! 2mo
Coueriamb Absolutely - he was such a jerk! 2mo
Traci1 Yep. He was the worst. 2mo
5feet.of.fury He sucks more than the vampire 😂 2mo
Larkken Oh yes. The halfway point was peak annoyance, too! 2mo
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rather_be_reading
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Fitting in some reading during Game 2

Wag5ive The attic scene…. 😬🙉 2mo
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Sresendez12
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A great #teambuddyread with #teamhendrix for #scarathlon2021! Any book that says “We‘re not a lunch mob! We‘re a book club!” is a winner in my eyes! Vampires and book clubs. What more could you want. Six readathons= 590 points #screamathon #spookoween #bookspinbingo

TheSpineView Awesome! 👍📖 2mo
StayCurious amazing! 2mo
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Soubhiville
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This is the second time I‘ve been surprised by how gorey and horrific Grady goes. Still, I enjoyed this. I don‘t read much horror. I‘m interested to see what my bookclub thinks, this is way outside our usual wheelhouse!

Hooked_on_books I love how he mixes horror and dark humor. But he really goes there with the gore, doesn‘t he? When I listened to this one, there were parts that stopped me in my tracks (the rats), but then I laughed my way through the dismemberment. I should feel bad about that, but I don‘t. 😬 2mo
Soubhiville @Hooked_on_books it‘s an interesting juxtaposition that parts are so humorous and then he dives into the gore. I wondered how they‘d dispose of the body, and the thought of all the squirming bags made my skin crawl! I actually like rats and have had some as pets, but that swarm 😱! It was a fun read though, and pretty memorable. 2mo
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Book 178

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bekakins
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Back on grid and updating all the books I‘ve read… all one of them 😂 #BuddyRead for #TeamHendrix done! I really enjoyed this, I liked the juxtaposition of cosy southern drama vs VERY gory vampirism. Would not recommend reading the scene with the rats when you are staying in a secluded cabin in the middle of nowhere though 🤯🤯

#bookspinbingo #Scarathlon2021

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 2mo
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Graciouswarriorprincess
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Book 126/150.

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Read-y_Picker
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I've wanted to read this one for so long. Despite a few hiccups towards the end, I finished our #TeamHendrix #teamread for a whopping 870 points!
Much of this read like a spooky cozy, so I was REALLY thrown when the horror kicked into overdrive. Still, it's a pick for me and the audiobook version was super well performed.

#scarathlon2021 #screamathon2021 #wickedathon #bookspinbingo #littenlisten #spookoweenreadathon

KristiAhlers I LOVED this book. Quirky but a fun read. 2mo
Morr_Books Glad you enjoyed it! I am hoping my copy is available thru the library this weekend. 2mo
TheSpineView Fantastic! 🧡📖🖤🎃🧡 2mo
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TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2mo
Read-y_Picker @Morr_Books Well, mostly enjoyed. In truth it was a soft pick. Having trouble with charming but overbearing, manipulative male characters lately. Just turns my stomach more than the gore. 2mo
Morr_Books @Read-y_Picker I can totally understand that. 2mo
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Read-y_Picker
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Is anyone else having trouble with this one? I've been listening to the audio version and absolutely loving it - until about 75%. I'm so uncomfortable right now, I keep having to stop it. 😣

Jgacreations It took me a while to get through also. 2mo
Enchanted_Bibliophile I eventually finished it, but can't say I enjoyed it. 2mo
wanderinglynn I second what @Enchanted_Bibliophile said. I finished it but I did not enjoy it. 2mo
Read-y_Picker @Enchanted_Bibliophile @wanderinglynn Yes, i kind of agree but I enjoyed so much of it maybe I'm just too much of a wuss for the really scary parts? There were definitely other aspects that rubbed me the wrong way too, but I tried to just brush them off for the most part. One that comes to mind was to always mind your husband and never ask why. I personally just can't abide by that attitude but I understand it's out there... 2mo
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MoonWitch94
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#Two4Tuesday
1️⃣ Just started the tagged book for #Scarathlon #TeamHendrix buddy read, Discovery of Witches for the real-time-read I‘m hosting (and need to catch up).
2️⃣ That I am hosting a real-time-read but I‘m behind 🤨😩

It‘s very late on this Tuesday, so anyone who hasn‘t played, feel free to do so!

TheSpineView Thanks for playing! 😊 2mo
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Soubhiville
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“Horse says we‘re safe with his guns, but trust me, I‘ve been dove hunting with that man. He can barely hit the sky.”

🤣😂🤣 Horse is Kitty‘s husband, lol. This book is hilarious so far, and check out the title page!

AmyG Enjoy!!! This is my favorite Hendrix book. But you already know that. 🤣 2mo
Soubhiville @AmyG the only other I‘ve read is My Best Friend‘s Exorcism. So far I like this one more. 😊 2mo
AmyG Horrorstor is probably my next favorite. He has a wonderful imagination…very unique. 2mo
StellaB I absolutely loved this one, so funny and human in spite of the vampire 🙂 2mo
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iamvleigh
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What I liked: the descriptive way that Hendrix writes. Some of it really made my skin crawl. I liked the characters and felt connected to them.

What I didn‘t like: I felt like the story fell a little flat at times. I only felt like I knew what was happening in this moment in time and left with more questions than answers but I also don‘t care enough to know the answers.

All in all, it was a quick read 3/5⭐️
#teamhendrix #scarathlon2021

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iamvleigh
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Started #scarathlon2021 off last night at midnight! #teamhendrix

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Littlewolf1
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I am running late, but it‘s still September 30 for 2 1/2 hours in AZ, so technically it‘s still before the start of the #scarathlon2021. Here is my #scarathlonTBR for #TeamHendrix.

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Jobridge
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Just the physical books on my #ScarathlonTBR because I have a ton more on my kindle I‘ve been saving for spooky season. I‘ve been waiting for this spree all year! #Scarathlon2021 #TeamHendrix

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StayCurious
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Here is just a part of my October TBR for #Scarathlon2021 and #TeamHendrix as well as #Screamathon @4thhouseontheleft - I‘ve got a mix of novels, novellas, adult and kids - should be a fun mix!

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Sresendez12
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So excited for October! I definitely won‘t get to all of these, but it‘s so exciting to put the whole list together. I‘m contemplating retreading Practical Magic and then diving in to the other books in the series that I‘ve never read. Looking forward to a great reading month #scarathlon2021 #teamhendrix #screamathon #bookspin #doublespin #bookspinbingo

StayCurious I might join you in a few of those - some great choices! +50 early bird points 2mo
Clwojick Pumpkinheads! 🧡🧡🧡🧡🧡 (edited) 2mo
Sresendez12 @Clwojick I read it for the first time last year and decided it had to be an annual book! 2mo
4thhouseontheleft Pumpkinheads is an annual read for me too! Love it so much! 🧡🖤 2mo
TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 2mo
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Read-y_Picker
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My October TBR. Beyond excited for #scarathlon21 and #screamathon, #bookspinbingo and another fantastic #authoramonth: #veschwab.

Also glad for the push from #teamhendrix for this year‘s #teamread. The tagged book has been on my TBR for far too long!

#bookspin #doublespin #aam

StayCurious Looks great! +50 early bird points for #Scarathalon2021 2mo
4thhouseontheleft Great TBR! 👻 🎃 2mo
TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 2mo
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Rachiiebookdragon
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A interesting story but I didn‘t love it as much as I thought I would annoyingly. Read for the #PopSugarReadingChallenge2021 and #Bookoplathon 3.5/5