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AshleyHoss820

AshleyHoss820

Joined November 2016

I‘m tall…for a Hobbit. She/her. INTJ. Enneagram 5, with a 6 wing. Nebraska, 🇺🇸. 1,001 Books List Adventurer.
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The Nix by Nathan Hill
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Beasts of No Nation by Uzodinma Iweala
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Beasts of No Nation | Uzodinma Iweala
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My first #BookSpin and #DoubleBookSpin ever! A couple of year‘s ago, I deleted my GoodReads TBR…and then built it back up to an astronomical height. 🙄 The Nix is the longest-standing book on my GR TBR, so it will be nice to cross it off my lists! 🍀🍀🍀

TheAromaofBooks LOL I commented on your earlier post before I saw this notification - apparently you had no problems finding the numbers!! 😁 I added you to the tag list, too!!! 2w
AshleyHoss820 @TheAromaofBooks 😂 I have so many friends who do this every year, so I followed the breadcrumbs back to you! 😊 2w
erinreads I absolutely loved The Nix! Hope you enjoy it. 2w
AshleyHoss820 @erinreads I‘m glad to hear that because I‘m really looking forward to it! 😊 2w
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Waiting to Be Read | Jonika Antoinette Haynes
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I have been eyeballing the #bookspin and #doublebookspin challenge for a LONG time! I think I‘ll give it a shot this year! Hopefully, I‘ll do it right! If I understood the rules, and because I‘m a big mood reader, I threw in some vague numbers. RM from BTS, Rory Gilmore, the 1,001 list, and my TBRs from here and GoodReads! Here‘s to more reading in 2022!!

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Glad to have you along!! I posted January's numbers this afternoon, so just let me know if you can't find them!! 2w
AshleyHoss820 @TheAromaofBooks Thank you! One of my resolutions is to read more and think this will be just what I need to keep me focused!! 😊📚🧡 2w
rabbitprincess Great list! I do a mix of books and categories too. And last month my list was almost all categories 😂 2w
AshleyHoss820 @rabbitprincess I‘m really glad I‘m not the only one! Im just a horrid mood reader and if I don‘t read something when it strikes my fancy, I may not be into it later! 😄😂 2w
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Oh my GOSH. This is going on the list of books that stay in the forefront of my consciousness for the rest of my life. This novel examines how we look at sanity & also how we approach life itself. Do we value our lives more when faced with the loss of it? Veronika decides to die, but she awakens in an asylum & is told she only has days to live. The impact this has on Veronika & the other inmates is what follows & it‘s lovely. 213/1,001 #1001Books

BarbaraBB I loved this book too 🤍 1w
AshleyHoss820 @BarbaraBB Yay!! I love when that happens! ☺️ It was just so good and thought-provoking! 1w
BarbaraBB Such an original book, while I am not a real Coelho fan. 1w
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AshleyHoss820 @BarbaraBB This is my first Coelho, and I was very nervous because he gets pretty mixed reviews. There‘s quite a few of his works on The List too! (edited) 1w
BarbaraBB Indeed! I wouldn‘t have read this one if it weren‘t on the list to be honest but I am very glad I did! 1w
AshleyHoss820 @BarbaraBB I‘m a little nervous to read his other books since I enjoyed this one so much! McEwan is another List author I go back and forth with. I loved Black Dogs and Amsterdam but had a hard time with Enduring Love. 1w
BarbaraBB Same re McEwan. And he has so many books on the list! My favorites are Atonement and 1w
AshleyHoss820 @BarbaraBB I‘m super glad to hear you like those because I still have those to read! I was thinking of sneaking in Child in Time and see how it goes! 😄 1w
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The Piano Teacher | Elfriede Jelinek, Joachim Neugroschel
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This book is tough to read. It will not appeal to most. It takes all the wounds and injuries we inflict on each other in the name of love & presents them as a physical reality. Erika Kohut is a possession. She has associated love with submission and pain. In the hands of a competent Dom, she would have blossomed. Often, in our desperate need for a connection, we end up repelling others. Such a sad book. ⚠️ Self-harm, violence 212/1,001 #1001Books

BarbaraBB I couldn‘t finish this one 🤷🏻‍♀️ 3w
AshleyHoss820 @BarbaraBB I can honestly understand that! It is a very tough read! 3w
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My brother & sister-in-law stayed with us over Thanksgiving. She brought me this book to read. Lucie‘s story alone is tragic/frustrating but the ABSOLUTE RABBIT HOLE this book goes down is insane. I‘ll post her picture because she, along with the other victims, deserves to be remembered. Perhaps if we listened to victims instead of shaming them, these monsters would be caught quicker. 🤷🏻‍♀️ Anyway, this book was a sad, frustrating, wild trip.

BarbaraBB I have a copy of this one. Glad it‘s a pick for you, I must read it soon. 3w
AshleyHoss820 @BarbaraBB I went into it with no real idea of the subject. I think some readers were disappointed because it wasn‘t strictly about the crime, but about the deeper systemic issues that create situations like this and monsters like Obara. It was interesting, for sure! 3w
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Faces In The Water | Janet Frame
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This book broke me. Istina Mavet, our narrator, details her time in two mental asylums. The treatment of the inmates by society, their families, the staff, and each other is so painfully realistic. It‘s a sad, frustrating, disturbing, beautiful read. The prose alone is worth the effort. 211/1,001 #1001Books

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Amok: a story | Stefan Zweig
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I *really* wish I had reviewed this right after I read it because I have so many thoughts! One of the threads I think people miss is the female‘s story. Her absolute lack of autonomy & agency is so depressingly relevant. (I don‘t even think she‘s named) This is a story w/in a story. We are trapped in the madman‘s narrative right along w/ our first narrator, trapped helplessly in his spiral until, mercifully, we reach dry land. 210/1,001 #1001Books

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Dracula | Bram Stoker
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*RE-READ* I needed to revisit this old favorite, to check it off The List, and I picked a good time to do it. I love how 🦇 💩 everything is in this book. It‘s just one insane journey to the next. It‘s not the same as the movies (as some of my fellow students asked) but I feel it‘s better. There‘s an oppressive, ominous presence that permeates the narrative. Mina‘s a boss. Shoulda named my daughter for her. I love it. 😊 209/1,001 #1001Books

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This book made me absolutely JAZZED to get into my own classroom! In order to teach, we must also be learning. My motto has always been: be teachable. I don‘t know everything. Our kids should know we make mistakes. We should admit when we‘re wrong. We should allow them space to write, think, and GROW. We aren‘t raising test-takers, we‘re trying to raise functioning, contributing members of society. I cannot wait to help them find their voices.

BarbaraBB That‘s so much dedication! Those kids will be happy to have you 🤍 3w
AshleyHoss820 @BarbaraBB Thank you SO much for those kind words!! I really, truly hope I can be a force for good! 🧡 3w
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Study in Scarlet and the Sign of Four | Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
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I always find myself revisiting old favorites when school/life gets hectic. Every time I venture into Holmes‘ brain, I come away with a new appreciation for Sir Doyle. This is comfort food for my mind and these two tales left me full and happy! 😊

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I‘ve been away for over a month! This semester was something else. 😅 In case anyone was curious, this is the tattoo I got in November to go with my tattoo for my Dad. My Grandma‘s handwriting & my fave Sesame Street characters for my Mom. She read to me constantly when I was small and she encouraged me to continue reading at more and more advanced levels. Now I‘m 2 semesters away from being an English teacher! But it all started on Sesame Street.

JackOBotts What an amazing tribute! 💜💜💜 3w
Chrissyreadit ❤️❤️❤️❤️ 3w
Nute A lovely post!💕 3w
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vivastory This is incredible!! Congrats on your achievements 👏📚 3w
AshleyHoss820 @JackOBotts Thank you! She loved it when I sent her the photo! 3w
AshleyHoss820 @Nute I really appreciate that!! 🥰🧡 3w
AshleyHoss820 @vivastory Thank you, Scott!! I‘m very excited to try and inspire the same love for literature in my future students!! 🤞🏻🤞🏻🤞🏻 3w
julesG 😍😍😍😍 3w
wanderinglynn Congrats! How exciting to see all your hard work come to fruition. And a beautiful tribute. 💙 3w
AshleyHoss820 @julesG 🥰🥰🥰🥰 3w
AshleyHoss820 @wanderinglynn Thank you very much! It‘s definitely surreal to be in the final stages of my first education goal! 3w
Alfoster It will be totally worth it (taught for 40 years and never regretted one day)! Congrats!👏 3w
AshleyHoss820 @Alfoster Thank you so much for the encouragement!! I went back to school at 35 & will graduate at 39! 😄 It‘s good to hear from those who taught and loved it! 🧡🧡🧡 3w
AshleyHoss820 @readordierachel Thank you!! 🥰🧡 2w
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The Hobbit | J.R.R. Tolkien
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Due mostly to Covid restrictions & life in general, I had to put off my tattoos for over a year. My Jay got together with my tattoo artist & surprised me on Friday! 😊 This one is for my Dad, who read The Hobbit to me & Bri on long car rides, sparking a lifelong love of sci-fi/fantasy. I‘m scheduled to get a tattoo for my Mom and one for my sister on Nov. 12th. Stay tuned! (I also got my Grams‘ handwriting: Work hard. Be kind. Be honest.)

wanderinglynn Very cool! 3mo
vivastory This is wonderful! I go back & forth on if the Hobbit or LoTR is my favorite Tolkien 3mo
Jas16 That is fantastic 3mo
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Sarahreadstoomuch Gorgeous! 3mo
AshleyHoss820 Thank you so much, @wanderinglynn! 3mo
BookwormAHN Fantastic 💚 3mo
AshleyHoss820 @vivastory I know exactly what you mean! Both are so important to me as well! I went with The Hobbit because, without it, I just wouldn‘t be the style of reader I am today! 😊 3mo
AshleyHoss820 I appreciate the kind words!! I knew my fellow readers would understand! Thank you all so much! 🧡 @Jas16 @Sarahreadstoomuch @BookwormAHN 3mo
eanderson I love this!!! 3mo
AshleyHoss820 @eanderson Thank you so much!! 🧡 3mo
ozma.of.oz That looks absolutely gorgeous! 🤩🤩 3mo
AshleyHoss820 @ozma.of.oz Thank you! It turned out so much better than I had hoped! 3mo
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The Color Purple | Alice Walker
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*RE-READ* I have loved this book for years. I love Celie. I love her resilience, her quiet strength, and her innate kindness that draws others to her. I love Shug for helping Celie realize her worth. I love these characters for their realness. I love this book for changing how I look at things. I picked the right time to revisit this. 208/1,001 #1001Books

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Junior makes the bold decision to leave the Rez and go to school at the wealthy white school in Reardon. This book details his struggle being in both communities and not quite a part of either. Definitely worth a read.

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This was beautiful. When we look back on our lives, what will we see? It‘s easy to look at previous generations and say how they did it all wrong, but soon it will be our turn to be the generation on the way out. Ono was such a relatable, sympathetic character. I regretted our time together ending so soon. 207/1,001 #1001Books

BarbaraBB Such a wonderful book 💔 3mo
AshleyHoss820 @BarbaraBB Yes, I agree!! 3mo
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A Question Of Upbringing | Anthony Powell
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This is one of those books you settle into. It takes you on a leisurely float through Jenkins‘ life and the intricacies of human relationships. I wish I could pinpoint exactly what it is that puts this book in my favor but excellent books resist paraphrasing. I‘m looking forward to the next! (1 of 12) #1001Books

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The Hate U Give | Angie Thomas
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This is an important read. It‘s an honest look at contemporary America but also a look at the ongoing double consciousness faced by marginalized people. Our deadliest weapon is our voice and we need stop holstering it.

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The White Tiger: A Novel | Aravind Adiga
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One of the blurbs on the back compared this to Native Son and I think that‘s fair. It‘s a different look at oppression in a society. Balram‘s journey from a servant to an entrepreneur is well worth the read. 206/1,001 #1001Books

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You know…I just…I don‘t know. I enjoyed this book as a satire and Myra‘s one-woman mission to even out the sexes…HOWEVER, there were a few things I didn‘t enjoy. ⚠️ : rape. Also: I feel like some would/could read this book and walk away with very damaging ideas about what it means to be transgender and/or gay. I don‘t know. Something just didn‘t sit well with me on this. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 205/1,001 #1001Books

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Arrow of God | Chinua Achebe
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This book was a slow burn that left me in tatters. Ezeulu is chief priest of Umuaro. Through him & his village, we witness the slow destruction and breakdown of people & place through the direct and indirect effects of colonization but also through one‘s own actions. This one will stay with me for a long time as Things Fall Apart has done. Definitely I book I needed to read before reaching the clearing at the end of the path. 204/1,001 #1001Books

Texreader Sounds good and should work for #Nigera for #readingafrica2022 5mo
AshleyHoss820 @Texreader It‘s a fantastic trilogy! I highly recommend any of them! 5mo
Texreader @AshleyHoss820 I should have originally copied these lovely Littens: @Librarybelle @BarbaraBB 5mo
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Librarybelle Great review, @AshleyHoss820 ! And, good tag for #Nigeria , @Texreader ! 5mo
AshleyHoss820 @Librarybelle Thank you!! 😊 5mo
BarbaraBB Wonderful review. I still need to read this one. I have read Things Fall Apart but it was a long time ago. 5mo
AshleyHoss820 @BarbaraBB Thank you! I hope you enjoy it when you read it! 😊❤️ 5mo
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The book‘s epitaph is: This is not for you. And maybe it isn‘t. Maybe it‘s a warning. Maybe it‘s a challenge. It‘s a love story. It‘s a horror story. It‘s a sad story. It‘s all true. It‘s all those things. I felt so many emotions reading this book. The biggest emotion was satisfaction. Because I finished. Right? But no. Like the labyrinth at its center, this book is never done with you. 203/1,001 #1001Books

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No Longer at Ease | Chinua Achebe
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Things Fall Apart is still my favorite in this trilogy so far, but this is still a solid read. Obi returns home after attending university in England. Nigeria has changed. He fights against the old ways while trying to change what Nigeria has become, but is instead changed himself. Excellent, character-driven novel. I don‘t know why it‘s not on the 1,001 list, but I didn‘t want to read the last book in the trilogy without reading this first. 😊

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Red Harvest | Dashiell Hammett
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I wasn‘t sold on Hammett after my first two reads but this was a good one. As I was reading it, I wasn‘t sure how I felt about it. Much like Personville/Poisonville, it grew on me. The backstabbing, double-crossing, hip-deep crap-wading was fun AND not fun! These characters are all so unlikable that I started to cheer for their downfalls…we fall down the violence rabbit hole right along with our narrator. 202/1,001 #1001Books

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Contact | Carl Sagan
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This is strange. For most of the book, I was hovering around a so-so rating. However, Sagan writes such effective science-fiction, that it often read like nonfiction. This is one of the few books that digs in deeper into your psyche, long after you‘ve finished reading it. The question of whether or not we are alone in the universe pales in comparison to the fact that we are NOT alone ON THIS PLANET. Love each other. 201/1,001 #1001Books

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Dimiter | William Peter Blatty
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Like…I‘m sure there are people out there who will like this but... The prologue was so good! What happened!? Characters disappear and are then mentioned later in the book like you‘re supposed to know/care. The plot was disjointed. The big twist was…meh…Characters who didn‘t even have anything to do with the plot are main characters. I wanted to like this, I really did. But I think the *idea* was better than the execution. 🤷🏻‍♀️

BarbaraBB I‘m intrigued by the photo! 7mo
AshleyHoss820 @BarbaraBB It‘s Resurrection Cathedral in Tirana, according to Google! I *think* it‘s the right Tomb of Christ featured in the book. This book has SO MUCH PROMISE, but it just fell flat in the end. 😒😕 (edited) 7mo
BarbaraBB That is interesting. In Albania! I‘m not tempted to read the book though! 7mo
AshleyHoss820 @BarbaraBB I don‘t blame you! 😄 7mo
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Swan Song | Robert R. McCammon
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Oh man, did I go on a JOURNEY with this one! I was up and down. Midway, I was lagging. But I pushed through and I‘m glad I did. Evil cannot survive in the face of Hope. Think of what humans can be. Create the future you want. Make your inside face more beautiful than your outside face. 😊 I cared about the characters. Were there flaws? Sure, but I don‘t think they detract from the overall feeling this left. #PBSGreatAmericanRead

AshleyHoss820 📸: Subterranean Press 7mo
vivastory I've had this on my shelves for awhile. I was thinking of starting it soon. I know some people say they like it more than The Stand. 7mo
AshleyHoss820 @vivastory It was on my shelf for quite some time as well! It kept staring at me, so I decided to spend the summer with a chunkster..but I read it FAST. It‘s decent sci-fi. The supernatural element isn‘t quite necessary. It can be a bit heavy-handed occasionally with the religious undertones. I didn‘t like the sudden racism towards the end toward one of my favorite characters. Overall, I enjoyed the overarching message of the power of hope. (edited) 7mo
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AshleyHoss820 @vivastory Doggone it! Now I gotta read The Stand so I can compare! 🤣 That ones also been simultaneously intimidating me and beckoning me from my bookshelves! 7mo
TrishB I loved this one 👍🏻 The Stand just beats it for me, but this is a worthy contender. 7mo
vivastory @AshleyHoss820 I ended up flying through the Stand when I read it last November. 7mo
vivastory @TrishB Hmm..I just might have to bump it to the top of my TBR 7mo
AshleyHoss820 @TrishB Oh, that is good to hear! Now @vivastory is going to bump up Swan Song and I‘m going to dive into The Stand! 😂 Thank you both for the encouragement! 😊 (edited) 7mo
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Faceless Killers | Henning Mankell
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An elderly couple is murdered. The public‘s issues concerning immigration are causing problems with the investigation. Winter is settling in and the Swedish landscape is just as bleak as Wallander‘s chances of solving this case…and as bleak as his personal life. This is a GEM. A wonderful procedural. I was pleasantly surprised by the fact that I didn‘t have a clue about whodunnit until the end. This 100% belongs on The List. 200/1,001 #1001Books

catiewithac I love Wallander 🖤 7mo
AshleyHoss820 @catiewithac After this, I do too! I‘ll be looking for others in the series now! 😊 7mo
Cathythoughts Wallander ❤️.. I loved the books & we recently watched the Kenneth Branagh series … so good 7mo
AshleyHoss820 @Cathythoughts I love Kenneth Branagh! That would be a treat to watch! I‘ll seek it out! 😄 7mo
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Three kingdoms: China's epic drama | Guanzhong Luo, Moss Roberts
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This is a novelization of the fall of the Han Dynasty. (Right?) It‘s fantastic. I obviously did not read the nearly 3k page work, but I am impressed all the same. If you‘re not big on military strategy, you‘ll not find this enjoyable. There is a lot of action and people to keep straight. I can understand why this is one of China‘s important works. It‘s an anime y‘all!? I gotta find it. 199/1,001 #1001Books

Liz_M If you find an anime series, I'd love to know! I'm reading a three volume translation and having trouble keeping the hundreds of characters straight. 😵‍💫 8mo
AshleyHoss820 @Liz_M I can imagine!! I read a streamlined translation and I had a hard time keeping all the names straight! I‘ll be on the lookout because I am sure an anime of this would be awesome! 8mo
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Kiss the Girls | James Patterson
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The movie has always been a solid favorite for me. Being objective, I have a few plot-hole issues where my suspension of disbelief took a little more work than usual. However, I was deeply invested in the mystery and the easy writing style kept me turning pages. I do find the movie to be better, but the killer plot alone gives this a pick.

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Heart-Shaped Box | Joe Hill
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NOS4A2 is still my favorite but I can see why people recommend this one. An aging rockstar buys a dead man‘s suit for his collection of the macabre but it is SO much more than he anticipated. More and more twists and turns show up. Hill is deserving of the King legacy. As usual, the doggos are my fave characters. Now I want to get myself some canine familiars. My black cat, Nox, would most likely be apathetic to my safety...🤣

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Seeing everyone go all out with their true abilities is just a fun ride. I can‘t wait to see Ichigo v. Aizen. Still a solid manga. It can get a bit drawn out, but I imagine it moves much faster in the anime.

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Honestly, this just gets better for me. The battle between The Soul Society and Aizen‘s crew is heating up. My favorite villain so far: Ulqiorra (I have no idea if spelled that right...)

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Winter: A Novel | Ali Smith
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This is another brilliant entry by Smith. It‘s just beautiful. Art & his girlfriend, Charlotte, are on the outs. He hires a girl he meets at a bus stop to pretend to be Charlotte when he goes to his mother‘s for Christmas. His mom, Sophia, is hallucinating. She will see her sister, Iris, for the first time in decades. They swirl together and settle in, then swirl and settle again. It‘s relatable, tragic, real, sad, and lovely. 198/1,001 #1001Books

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I was starting to waver a little because I felt bogged down with battle after battle. Volume 35 started throwing in some backstory on Aizen and I got engrossed again. And Byakuya is one of my absolute favorites. This has one of the most sadistic endings for a villain. Every second lasting 100 years or something. Agonizing yet inventive.

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GAH! This just keeps getting better! Orihime has been abducted by the Espada. The Soul Society has deemed her a traitor, but that won‘t stop our boy, Ichigo, from heading to Hueco Mundo to save her. Awesome battle sequences and world building. Is it just me or is Grimmjow a hottie? 🤣🤣🤣

DrexEdit I don't understand anything you just said, but I'm definitely intrigued! 😊 👍 9mo
AshleyHoss820 @DrexEdit 🤣🤣🤣 This comment made my day! 9mo
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This is just such a solid manga. The character development is impressive. Ichigo & Co. are fighting against Aizen‘s Arrancar‘s. Ichigo‘s battle with his inner Hollow is fantastic. I can‘t wait to dive into the next 5 volumes! 😄

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Autumn | Ali Smith
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This is my 2nd/3rd Ali Smith & she just does not get enough love, in my humble opinion. She‘s like if someone wrote down a surreal, fever dream. Her writing engulfs you & takes you down a visual journey. Sometimes my husband asks me what my book is about & I struggle to answer with Smith because it‘s about SO MUCH. This book, about the friendship between Elisabeth and the now-101-year-old Mr. Gluck, is beautiful. I borrowed this but I‘m buying it.

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The Water-Babies | Charles Kingsley, Jr.
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Well, I am just mad. I LOVE the premise of this book. (I mean, I don‘t want to think about babies drowning, but that may have been a large concern back then too?) My problem is that it gets super preachy about a bunch of stuff and it ruined the fairy tale element, for me...doggone it. I wanted to like this. 😕 197/1,001 #1001Books

Bookwomble Beautiful Arthur Rackham illustration 😍 10mo
AshleyHoss820 @Bookwomble If my copy had had these illustrations, it may have been a different experience for me! They‘re absolutely lovely! 9mo
lazydaizee Lovely illustration. 7mo
AshleyHoss820 @lazydaizee Yes! I thought so too! 😊 7mo
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Watchers | Dean Koontz
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I know this is an unpopular opinion and I am SO sorry! I just went back & forth with this one. I wanted more of Einstein and The Outsider. The end was honestly so good. I really did love Einstein so much. I just didn‘t need to be hammered with all that detail and I could‘ve used less Travis/Nora. (Again, I‘m not big on romance.) So I‘m just not sure how I felt about this. I didn‘t love it, but I didn‘t hate it either. #PBSGreatAmericanRead

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No Country for Old Men | Cormac McCarthy
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Man, I am just a solid McCarthy fan. This book is atmospheric, bonkers, and has one of the best villains I‘ve read in a long time. The sheriff was my favorite. I haven‘t been so into a book that I stayed up all night to finish it in a while!

vivastory I need to read this. The movie is fantastic 10mo
AshleyHoss820 @vivastory I saw the movie and I did not know it was a novel, much less a McCarthy novel. It is honestly, in my ever-so-humble opinion, one of those rare occasions when a movie is just as amazing as the book. Fantastic adaptation! 😊 10mo
Readergrrl Cormac McCarthy is one of my favorite authors!! All the Pretty Horses, The Road, Blood Meridian, No Country.... all just breathtaking!! (edited) 10mo
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AshleyHoss820 @Readergrrl He‘s one of mine too! The Road just devastated me! All the Pretty Horses too! And now this! I can‘t WAIT to read Blood Meridian! 😁 10mo
Readergrrl @AshleyHoss820 Blood Meridian was really intense! Tell me what you thought when you finish! I found some parts to be difficult, but one doesn‘t read McCarthy expecting him to be a gentle read. 10mo
AshleyHoss820 @Readergrrl Truer words were never spoken! I‘m hoping to read it this summer! I‘ll let you know how it went! 😄📖 9mo
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I was not expecting to enjoy these tales as much as I did. Rashomon and In A Bamboo Grove inspired the movie. I borrowed this from the library but I loved it so much, I ordered a copy...😂 196/1,001 #1001Books

BarbaraBB That‘s good to know. It‘s one of the books I wouldn‘t pick up automatically! 10mo
AshleyHoss820 @BarbaraBB Same here. Akutagawa is a little morbid, but I really did enjoy these. It may have something to do with this translation as well! 10mo
BarbaraBB In which language was it written originally? 10mo
AshleyHoss820 @BarbaraBB Japanese, I think. 10mo
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Bunner Sisters | Edith Wharton
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Edith Wharton captures humanity in such a realistic, soul-bearing way. The pressure of society, isolation, familial obligation...she‘s a master. This tale of two sisters and their relationship with one bachelor is definitely worth the read. As I‘ve warned before, Wharton doesn‘t write happily-ever-after. She gives you a window into a real world. #1001Books 195/1,001

BarbaraBB All Wharton wrote is magic 🤍 10mo
AshleyHoss820 @BarbaraBB I really enjoy her work. She is so thoughtful and thought-provoking. She can take an ordinary person‘s life and evoke such emotion from it. 10mo
BarbaraBB Definitely. I do preferred her bigger books though, don‘t you? 10mo
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AshleyHoss820 @BarbaraBB Oh, yes! Age of Innocence was magnificent. By far my favorite of her, so far!! 10mo
batsy Great review! I loved this, too. 10mo
AshleyHoss820 @batsy Thank you!! 😄 10mo
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Inferno (Hell) | Henri Barbusse
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Ah! I loved this one! A man discovers a large hole between his boarding room and the room next door. He spies on the various occupants and waxes philosophic. The beauty is in the novel‘s depiction of both the solitude of man and the universality of man. 194/1,001 #1001Books

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None But the Brave | Arthur Schnitzler
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Early blatant anti-semitism aside, I related hardcore to this neurotic, clearly-anxiety-ridden Lieutenant Gustl. Gustl is called a fathead by a baker and he fails to defend his own honor...well, he just CANNOT have that so he decides the only honorable way out is suicide. So he spends an entire night over-analyzing everything. It‘a a slim volume and nearly all of it occurs in Gustl‘s thoughts. 193/1,001 #1001Books

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Once you get used to the Middle English...oh, who am I kidding, it‘s no simple task to make your brain read Middle English. However, these were some neat, fun, sad, silly, interesting slice-of-life tales that I really did enjoy. Poor little Margaret. Two things: 1) Thank GOODNESS for the rise in standardization of written English and 2) I HAVE to stop taking my modern-day privileges for granted. 192/1,001 #1001Books

BarbaraBB You did it! Amazing 💪🏽 11mo
AshleyHoss820 @BarbaraBB THANK YOU! My brain really felt the strain, so it took me a lot longer to read such a slim novel than it usually would! 11mo
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Watchmen | Alan Moore, Dave Gibbons
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All right, listen...I know this is, like, my 4th reading of this book but it is just that damn good. I 100% guarantee there will be a 5th re-read within the year...There is so much to love here.

TCLinrow Ooooh I have Watchmen on my TBR list.... might bump it up a few 😁 11mo
AshleyHoss820 @TCLinrow I know it‘s not to everyone‘s liking, it‘s a bit dark and gory, but that‘s kinda my jam...🤣 I‘m a caustic, cynical thing! Moore has written something that is quite timeless, in my ever-so-humble opinion! I hope you enjoy it!! (If you don‘t, that‘s okay too!😊) 11mo
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Into Thin Air | Jon Krakauer
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Everest fascinates me b/c I have a hard time wrapping my head around it. I hate how it became about Boukreev‘s fragile ego. I never even felt Krakauer insulted him. I found out about the controversy in the epilogue. To me, a lot of simple mistakes were made by good people. Everest is a soul-sucking monster and simple mistakes can/will become fatal up there. Then you add a storm on top of that!? Krakauer, as usual, delivers a raw, emotional book.

Reagan My favourite book! It is an amazing story. 11mo
BarbaraBB I just got a copy to read for #ReadingAsia2021! 11mo
AshleyHoss820 @Reagan I think my favorite of his is still Into the Wild, but this was such a fascinating story! 11mo
AshleyHoss820 @BarbaraBB I hope you enjoy it! Everest is such a frustrating conundrum! 11mo
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Smoke and Mirrors | Neil Gaiman
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I will *never* not read a Gaiman book. This isn‘t my favorite collection, but I still enjoyed it. Chivalry, The Price, Troll Bridge, The Facts in the Case of the Departure of Miss Finch, and Snow, Glass, Apples were among my favorites!

Tera66 Love it🖤 11mo
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Magician of Lublin | Isaac Bashevis Singer
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Oh what a tangled web we weave! Yasha, a far-from-devout Jewish man leads a devil-may-care life. He is married to the devout, loving, Esther but, despite multiple mistresses, he is planning to leave everything behind for his newest lover, Emilia. One twist of fate after another, his life begins to unravel and Yasha makes an interesting life choice. I didn‘t want to care about Yasha‘s fate, but Singer made sure that I did! 191/1,001 #1001Books

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Hit reading rut. Look up short books on #1001Books list to jump start reading. Go through inter-library loan. Open book to start reading...Immediately realize this will not be a quick read...🤣🤷🏻‍♀️🤣 Flashbacks to History of the English Language class in 3, 2, 1...

BarbaraBB You‘re going to try this? Impressive 😅 12mo
Liz_M My first reaction to this on seeing the book title was "uh-oh" 12mo
AshleyHoss820 @BarbaraBB Thank you! Now that I paid the library $3 to get it, I kinda feel like I have to soldier on! @Liz_M RIGHT!? I am super grateful for some of the assignments we had in History of the English Language because I would be DYING right now. This is going to be a laborious process because the typing is so cramped and every now and then I have to play “guess the word.” 😱😂😫😅 (edited) 12mo
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