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This was an eye-opening, heartbreaking read written by a female journalist in 1887. Nellie Bly had herself (all too easily) committed to NYC insane asylum to expose the horrific treatment shown to the patients, many who were completely SANE. This was a beyond disturbing account of her 10 days spent on Blackwell Island. Thank you @IndoorDame for posting & sharing. #Pop22 #VictorianTimes #SocialHorror #Booked2022 #WrittenByAJournalist

Megabooks Yeah, this one‘s a no for me, but great review! 7mo
Cinfhen Really disturbing @Megabooks completely heartbreaking 💔 7mo
Cinfhen Just emailed you @Megabooks xxx 7mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen just sent a quick email back! 😘 going to try to finish this before the house wakes up 7mo
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Vox | Christina Dalcher
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Sorry @Cortg I‘m a lousy buddy-read partner. I think the premise had potential but the execution wasn‘t quite right. The plot felt a bit implausible & the author drew the MC in such an unflattering light that no matter the outcome I was never going to respect her. Plus there was too much we were asked to accept off page. Between a so-so & pan. #SocialHorror #PoP22

RaeLovesToRead I thought this one started well but the second half was rushed and there were major shortcuts taken with the world building. 7mo
Cinfhen Yes @RaeLovesToRead EXACTLY!! It bugged me that SO MUCH happens off page and we‘re just told certain events occurred. It bugged me. 7mo
Cortg @Cinfhen No worries! I'm only about 50 pages in, but it's made me think. I know it's far out, but that to me is the point. I keep thinking of a couple things while reading, I'm reminded of Afghanastan and also TX (and a handful of other sates) with their new abortion laws, anti-CRT, book banning & states trying to take voting rights away or make it much more difficult, and the hate crimes here in the US, espcially religous ones (Steven's AP class) 7mo
Cinfhen I understand what the author was trying to highlight and I agree, there‘s a lot to think about @Cortg but ultimately the premise didn‘t work for me. Keep me posted on your thoughts. I enjoy learning from others. 7mo
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Vox | Christina Dalcher
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I‘ve started my #SocialHorror book #pop22 @Cortg
No pressure to read right away.
It‘s easy to get lost in but the premise seems wayyyy to far-fetched. #DystopianHorror

Megabooks I think this was a bit more fear inducing and believable when it came out in 2017. 7mo
Cinfhen I think you‘re 💯 right about the timing @Megabooks 7mo
Cortg Nice! I‘ll start it tonight 😀 7mo
Cinfhen Yay @Cortg I can see the Handmaid comparisons but the Atwood felt more believable. I‘m curious to hear your initial thoughts ☺️ 7mo
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Cherish Farrah: A Novel | Bethany C. Morrow
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Eh. This #SocialHorror book was a slow build, but even with the interesting ending, I‘m still not sure it was worth the effort.

Farrah always tries to stay a step ahead of everyone, especially her mother and her best friend Cherish. When her once wealthy parents lose their home, she fights to live with even more wealthy Cherish‘s family. But when a series of “accidents” befall her, she slowly questions if everyone is who they seem. 3⭐️ #pop22

BarbaraBB Your review makes it sound good actually 😂 7mo
squirrelbrain Oh dear, sorry it was a bit meh…. I‘ll unstack it! 7mo
Cinfhen Agree with @BarbaraBB but I‘ll trust your instincts and hold off on this one for now. #SoManyBooksSoLittleTime 💜 7mo
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Megabooks @BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain @Cinfhen yeah, I think it was a bit of finding Farrah very annoying and that being a big deal because of the slow pace. Think The Other Black Girl but with teenagers. Maybe it‘s a thing now?? (edited) 7mo
BarbaraBB I didn‘t like The Other Black Girl either so I know now not to get this one. 7mo
Megabooks @BarbaraBB 👍🏻 7mo
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Cherish Farrah: A Novel | Bethany C. Morrow
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Starting my #pop22 #SocialHorror book. It sounds interesting. 👍🏻 it was helpful that the blurb outright said social horror! 😂

I have three reviews to write. Hopefully they‘ll come later today. I‘m going through one of those times where life just catches up with you. 🤷🏻‍♀️ hopefully things will improve soon! 😁

#audiobook #librofm

Cinfhen Super curious to hear your thoughts on this one!!! It‘s totally new to me 8mo
AmyG I am curious to hear how this one is, too. 8mo
squirrelbrain The blurb of this is fascinating - awaiting your thoughts! 😁 8mo
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BarbaraBB How do you find these books?! Fascinating 😀 8mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen @AmyG @squirrelbrain about 20% in and still deciding how I feel. The book starts in the middle of the story, so I‘m still gaining traction. 8mo
Megabooks @BarbaraBB lol! I browse audiobooks the way people browse in a bookstore. 😂😂 work with what I got! 8mo
Suet624 I think I might be @BarbaraBB ‘s shadow - I was wondering the same thing. You find and read so many books I‘ve never heard of. 7mo
Megabooks @Suet624 thanks! Yeah, I just like browsing on the internet because we have no bookstore in my town. Plus audiobooks don‘t take up space! 😂 7mo
BarbaraBB @Suet624 My shadow? You‘re mostly my influencer 😀😘 7mo
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Laughterhp I don‘t see why not. As long as it is still getting the message across, I think a nonfiction book is okay. 8mo
Cortg This if from Popsugar and says nothing about it having to be fiction or nonfiction! Enjoy! I love a good NF book 📚
a type of book or film that uses elements of suspense and horror to augment or highlight instances of oppression in society.
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RaeLovesToRead I'd never even heard of Social Horror as a genre until this challenge! I've chosen The Circle by Dave Eggers 8mo
Cinfhen I know @RaeLovesToRead same!! I think because it‘s still early in the challenge im gonna look for more of a “classic” style horror book but if I don‘t find one ill count this one @Laughterhp @Cortg @jenniferw88 Thanks for your input ♥️ 8mo
Cortg I‘m using Vox for this prompt. Frankenstein and Beloved would work as classics if you haven‘t already read them. 8mo
Cinfhen I have Vox on my kindle @Cortg so maybe it‘s the excuse to FINALLY read it!!! 8mo
Cortg @Cinfhen There ya go! I found a hardback copy at the dollar tree last year 🙌🏼 8mo
Cinfhen Maybe we can buddyread together @Cortg 8mo
Cortg I would love to! 8mo
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The Only Good Indians | Stephen Graham Jones
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Not sure how I feel about it. The writing/character narration style is like one long run on sentence #socialhorror #popsugarchallenge2022

littlebeesreads I couldn‘t get into it 😵‍💫 7mo
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1984 | George Orwell
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I just received this text from the #CovidPolice - I have tested positive for Covid and in order to quarantine at home I had to agree to allow my phone to be tracked for the next 5 days to make sure I adhere to the mandated quarantine protocol. I‘m pretty sure this type of surveillance would NEVER pass in other countries. It says they will FaceTime me in the next 5 days and I have 30 minutes to respond, to be sure I am home. I‘m still processing.

MrsMalaprop Oh my. So sorry to read that. Are you in Israel? Wishing you a speedy recovery. ❤️‍🩹🥰 8mo
squirrelbrain Sorry to hear this. They did used to ring and door-knock people here in the UK; not sure if they still do and I think it was more to do with people returning from abroad and having to quarantine. Hope you don‘t feel too bad… and more time for reading! 😘 8mo
LeahBergen Wow! That seems pretty extreme. I hope yours is a very mild case! 😘😘 8mo
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starlight97 We have a similar type of surveillance here in Hungary — you have to check in on your phone from time to time and they could come to your house any time to see that you're actually home. Hope you're doing well and this will be over soon! 💕 8mo
Verity China is all this and worse I think. Little sister didn‘t catch it while they were living there but it was incredibly strict even when you didn‘t have it. 8mo
erzascarletbookgasm They do that in China, or at least in Shanghai when my cousin returned there to work, after travelling abroad & had to be quarantined. I hope you recovery quickly! 💕 8mo
Cinfhen I had a night of fever & chills and I‘m mostly congested with a sore throat and terrible sinus headaches but otherwise I‘m really ok. Thanks for the good wishes @squirrelbrain @LeahBergen Im not surprised China has a severe tracking system @erzascarletbookgasm @Verity but I‘m surprised to hear Hungary as well @starlight97 Yes, I currently reside in Israel @MrsMalaprop which apparently has the highest infection rate of omicron per capita 😬 8mo
WJCintron Get well soon!!!!
GatheringBooks Wishing you lots of healing energies! Sending good wishes your way. 😘💐🧚🏻‍♀️ 8mo
GatheringBooks I think it‘s the same here in the UAE - very stringent measures as well (edited) 8mo
Cinfhen Thanks for the get well wishes @WJCintron @GatheringBooks and super fascinating to learn about all the policies from various countries 8mo
Centique Our poor darling Cindy! Get well soon! Sending you all the love and best wishes and imaginary chicken soup from afar 💕💕💕 8mo
Cinfhen Imaginary chicken soup sounds wonderful 🍵 @Centique Thank You xxx 8mo
thegirlwiththelibrarybag I‘d be in trouble - I sometimes miss that my phone is ringing when I‘m holding it. Not entirely sure what the processes are here in Australia. There are PCR tests (results verified in a lab, you receive results via text) and those rapid antigens tests (called RATS because Australia likes to shorten everything 🙄) the you do at home - you are meant to report positive ones. Work has a whole bunch of procedures - my eyes glazed over the when I read 8mo
thegirlwiththelibrarybag the email - hoping to dodge getting it so that I don‘t have to read it for real. Hope you make a speedy recovery! And that you don‘t miss that call 😅 (edited) 8mo
Cinfhen I know @thegirlwiththelibrarybag I don‘t always respond to my phone and I honestly have been sleeping during the day so I‘ll have to be on high alert 🚨 8mo
LeeRHarry Gosh that sounds really full on Cindy! Hope you make a speedy recovery lovely 💕 8mo
Cinfhen Haha @LeeRHarry exactly, like having Covid isn‘t enough?!? Now I have the #CovidPolice to deal with !?!! 8mo
TrishB Hope you‘re ok ♥️ nothing like that here anymore. No one would take any notice anymore, it‘s all based on peoples trust now. Stay in if you have it. 8mo
sprainedbrain Oh my… that‘s a lot. I hope you make a very quick recovery! 8mo
Librarybelle Wishing you a quick recovery! 8mo
Hooked_on_books Wait, you don‘t think this would fly in Idaho? (Sorry, couldn‘t resist.) In all seriousness, I hope you mend up quickly and are back to normalcy (ok, relative now) lickety-split. 8mo
DivineDiana So sorry to hear that you tested positive. Quite shocking to learn of the government‘s response. Sending healing prayers to you. ❤️ 8mo
alisiakae Hope you recover quickly! The fatigue has been the worst for me, that is the only thing still lingering. How long do you have to quarantine? I still can‘t believe the CDC lowered the timeframe to 5 days, I‘m isolating for 10, at day 5 I still felt like crap. Those are some serious rules! I have had my phone on DND most of the last week, to give me space to sleep during the day without interruptions. 8mo
Crazeedi This is just horrible, I'm so sorry I am over this stuff. Get well soon Cindy. Sad you have to live under this tyranny. Israel most vaccinated country and most cases, so maybe it's time to just say no more?? 8mo
KatieDid927 Other countries have even stricter quarantine rules than we do. It‘s all about keeping people safe and preventing spread. 8mo
AmyG Wishing you a quick recovery. Do what you have to do and put it behind you. 😘 8mo
KarenUK Oh Cindy! I‘m so sorry…. Hope you feel better soon. And to have to deal with all this too! Thinking of you lovely friend xxxxxx (edited) 8mo
BarbaraBB So you were right after all. Weird that the PCR was negative! But I do hope you‘re a little better and that email is shocking. Big Brother! But I heard similar stories about Hong Kong and Japan. Thinking of you 🤍😘 8mo
Laughterhp Hope you‘re feeling okay! And yes, that tracking would make me feel very uncomfortable! 8mo
Cinfhen I‘m more freaked out from receiving a text with the heading PoliceCovid than actually finding out I have Covid @Laughterhp @BarbaraBB @KarenUK @AmyG @DivineDiana @Librarybelle @sprainedbrain @TrishB I TOTALLY get the overall goal is to keep all citizens safe @KatieDid927 but like @Crazeedi said it seems nearly impossible to contain this virus. Although Idaho has managed just fine @Hooked_on_books 😁😉😂 8mo
Cinfhen So protocol is 5 days of isolation on day 6 I can test again if it‘s negative I‘m done with quarantine if it‘s positive I need to wait 2 more days. Unless I test on day 7 and it‘s negative @4thhouseontheleft it all seems so random. Masks are still mandated indoors for EVERYONE! I‘m glad you are starting to feel better. My biggest issue is the headaches and the congestion/sinus pressure. 8mo
Chrissyreadit I hope you feel better- and I think getting a message from something called covidpolice is very disturbing- why not COVID management? Or hepforhealing, or magicalministry (then I‘d be looking forward to the call at least) im guessing the spread is significant because of population density? And hopefully vax rates have meant fewer hospitalizations and deaths? Sending you healing vibes friend ❤️ 8mo
Cinfhen I LOVE MagicalMinistry @Chrissyreadit that‘s BRILLIANT 😂🙌🏻 I‘m sure the policy is to keep people who are sick home because Israeli‘s are so super macho - they think they are invincible and don‘t recognize they can really infect others. And yes, our death rates are low in comparison to our infections rates. Thank Gd. And 5 days is probably a good amount of time to rest and recharge 8mo
Sapphire Early on here in the US when tracing was still considered a containment strategy, I knew some people who got daily calls from the health department to ensure they were still isolating. 8mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks WOW!!! I can‘t even fathom this!! 8mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I do hope you are feeling better my friend! I‘m just totally flabbergasted!! 8mo
eri.reads Oh gosh...no words!! I do hope you feel better soon. 💞 8mo
Cinfhen It‘s A LOT to process @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Sapphire Israel is still relatively small enough country that they can attempt to track the spread but in other countries like the US, it‘s too vast to even pretend. I‘m just relieved I‘m not that sick to require hospitalization. 8mo
Cinfhen No words, indeed @eri.reads but thanks for the get well wishes 🧡 8mo
janeycanuck I‘m so sorry to hear this - I hope it passes quickly for you and the surveillance isn‘t too disruptive for you. 8mo
AmyG My guess is Covid Police scares people into quarantining etc. fear seems to work, sadly. @4thhouseontheleft I hope you feel better soon. 8mo
KathyWheeler Dang, that‘s creepy! I hope you feel better soon. 8mo
alisiakae @AmyG thank you! I‘m feeling lots better, just have to work to rebuild my stamina. I‘m on day 8 and 🤞🤞no secondary infection seems to be popping up. Because of my asthma, I‘m prone to develop pneumonia & bronchitis, just had bronchitis after a cold in December! 8mo
eanderson That‘s messed up! 8mo
KatieDid927 @Cinfhen Very true. Get well soon! 8mo
Megabooks I am so sorry!! I was afraid with the symptoms you had, since they were so similar to mine, that you had Covid. For me, the headache and very dry eyes were the worst. I had a sore throat but never any coughing or shortness of breath. I feel terrible for you going through that. All the comments let you know that you are not alone. Sending many hugs and much love to you!! 8mo
Megabooks When you mentioned Z got that leave and he was afraid to go out because he thought they were watching him, I was like I bet they are. I can‘t believe there is this much civilian surveillance, though. This is crazy!! Keep me updated when you can! 💕💕😘😘 8mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Cinfhen I am too!! Sending you lots of love and hugs 🤗 ❤️ 8mo
Deblovestoread Wow! That‘s a lot and quite a bit freaky. Hope you are better soon! 8mo
MaureenMc 💗💗💗 8mo
sheffner Hope you feel better soon! 8mo
Cinfhen I truly appreciate all the get well wishes - I‘m just congested but otherwise ok @sheffner @MaureenMc @Kdgordon88 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Megabooks @eanderson @KathyWheeler @janeycanuck and I‘m fine with staying put for the next 5 days. I‘m glad they cut the isolation period down from 14 days to 10 to 7 to 5!!! No need for #CovidPolice 😉 (edited) 8mo
BookwormM Scary message glad you don‘t feel too bad 8mo
Tera66 Oh no, I hope it's short and you feel better soon.💗 8mo
Dragon Wishing you a speedy recovery! 💐 I hope you have plenty of books 📚 to read during your quarantine. 8mo
Cinfhen I already slept better so that‘s a plus - thanks for the get well wishes @Dragon @Tera66 @BookwormM 😘 8mo
Reggie Hope you feel better Cindy! Also, if you read more horror this would be nothing. 😜 Lol jk. 8mo
Cinfhen Thanks @Reggie They already checked in with me this morning 😉 I‘m calling this #SocialHorror 8mo
Reggie @Cinfhen also, lol, maybe this would be a good start to the discussion of To Paradise where Hanya Yanahigara writes “The pandemic‘s best friend is democracy.” 8mo
Cinfhen Wow!!! What a marvelous quote @Reggie that I NEVER would have noticed🙌🏻 Would you consider leading an informal discussion of TP??? 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼 I thought I might be able to but honestly, my brain memory is foggy at best three weeks since reading it + Covid 🙄 8mo
Chelsea.Poole Oh wow! This is next level!! I have COVID now too, reported it to my local health department online and haven‘t heard a word 😂 they are supposed to call to give instructions but 🦗 My son had it last week and they didn‘t do anything for him either. I‘m not even sure they called his school to inform them…? Hope you‘re feeling ok! 8mo
Cinfhen The Covid police have texted me every day since I entered quarantine and I need to respond with a location pin within 30 minutes @Chelsea.Poole it‘s VERY #BigBrotherIsWatching but honestly I think it‘s more scare tactics than anything else. How are you feeling??? I‘ve had mostly sinus congestion/ pressure with a sore throat and terrible headaches (which all seem to be dissipating). I‘d say it‘s a miserable winter cold but Thank Gd nothing more. 8mo
Suet624 @Reggie great and accurate quote. @Cinfhen I finally scrolled down to this post. ❤️ I hope you continue to get better. 8mo
Cinfhen Thanks so much @Suet624 I‘m almost back to myself 🧡 8mo
Reggie @Suet624 are you gonna read To Paradise because her vision of our future is totally plausible. I think you‘d like it. So much to think about. 8mo
Suet624 @Reggie I would like to. I really liked A Little Life. Sometime this year. 8mo
kspenmoll So sorry to not pick up that you had/have Covid. Hope you are feeling better now & the covid police are off your phone! (edited) 8mo
Cinfhen I‘m really feeling better / thanks @kspenmoll 8mo
robinb I‘m so sorry that I‘ve just now seen this. 🙄 I saw your more recent post about medical issues and looked back to see what I missed. I hope that your recovery is moving along and that you‘ll soon be back to full health. 🙏 8mo
Cinfhen I‘m fine, my Covid was very mild but unfortunately for my hubby the Covid triggered his autoimmune disorder and created a full blown disaster @robinb Thanh Gd after 6 days it seems to be under control 🤞🏼🤞🏼 8mo
robinb @Cinfhen Oh Cindy, I'm so sorry but glad that he's recovering! It's so scary not knowing how this blasted thing is going to affect each individual person. My best to your hubby. God bless. (edited) 8mo
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The Other Black Girl | Zakiya Dalila Harris
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I had some issues with the pacing, but was so glad to read something that took risks, and had something to say. The ‘Devil wears Prada‘ meets ‘Get Out‘ comparisons make sense, and the ending definitely planted it it firmly in the #socialhorror category. Nella was super relatable (for most of the novel 😉) and it handled the issues of code-switching and micro-aggressions really well. Not perfect but would definitely read this author again. #pop22

Megabooks 👍🏻👍🏻 great review and prompt use. I wasn‘t a fan of the pacing either. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 8mo
Cortg Nice! I‘ve seen a lot of mixed reviews about this one. Glad you enjoyed it! 8mo
KarenUK @Megabooks Thanks Meg. I think this could have been a great novella, rather than an OK book… 🤷‍♀️but I‘m always glad to read something bit different 😊 8mo
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Cinfhen I liked this until it went a bit off the rails but nice use of prompts!!! 8mo
Cinfhen If you‘re doing #Booked2022 I think it works for #BlackOwnedPublishingHouseBlackCentricImprint 8mo
KarenUK Thanks for the idea, but I don‘t think it does…. ☹️…. Did some research. Looks like it‘s an imprint of Simon & schuster with no black ownership…. But I‘m definitely doing booked2022 ! 💕 @Cinfhen I was going to read one from Roxane Gay‘s tiny press (edited) 8mo
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The Other Black Girl | Zakiya Dalila Harris
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Starting this for my #irl but currently #zoom bookclub…. Also hoping it might work for #socialhorror for #pop22 ????

canbku Loved this one! 9mo
Cinfhen I think this would work for #SocialHorror 👍🏽 (edited) 9mo
KarenUK @cinfhen Yay! 9mo
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BarbaraBB Definitely fits the prompt. Looking forward to what you‘ll think. I was a bit underwhelmed but there‘s much Litsy love for it! 9mo
Suet624 @BarbaraBB this was a book that I bailed on which I rarely do. Glad to hear your thoughts on it. 9mo
BarbaraBB @Suet624 You hardly bail indeed. I must get bank to your review to see why. But I wasn‘t a fan either. 9mo
Suet624 @BarbaraBB I listened to it which is never a good idea for me. Fiction just doesn‘t translate well. But it seemed too predictable. 9mo
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