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Christy2318

Christy2318

Joined May 2016

To read or not to read is never a question. #deepintheheartoftexas
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The Magic of Living | Betty Neels
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Book haul from a Half Price Books I don‘t get to go to often. I was especially excited about the original Surgeon From Holland cover on the top of the stack. #romance #Harlequin #theuncrushablejerseydress

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Mehso-so

I liked the “meet cute” & overall plot of this #romanticsuspense. The instalove was a little weak and there were a few places the suspense plotting could have been tighter. There is more of a seasonal tie in than a lot of #Harlequin holiday books, but this is still pretty holiday light. 🎄🎄🎄

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The Henchmen of Zenda | K. J. Charles
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I quite enjoyed the audio of this retelling of The Prisoner of Zenda. I love a fun tale of adventure, intrigue, and derring do. I need more swashbuckling on my TBR. ⚔️⚔️⚔️⚔️

Dragon If you haven‘t read it this is a fun sort of swashbuckler 3mo
Christy2318 @Dragon ooooohhh!! I put that on my TBR years ago and never got around to it. Giving it a big bump up the list! 3mo
CarolynM ❤️ 2mo
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Mehso-so

Enemies to lovers is my fave trope. I loved the premise and set up for this but the execution wasn‘t great. I wasn‘t really sold on why they were enemies or on them developing into a real relationship. Thom was objectively a horrid person who uses people and the story didn‘t really sell me on why Clay was different for him. Very meh. #romance

CarolynM Totally agree 3mo
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Spectred Isle | KJ Charles
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Soft pick. I loved the alternate history universe, the premise, and characters but the story seemed short and I wanted more explanation and plot.

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Mehso-so

I liked a book in this series by a different author years ago, but this was underwhelming. Lots of weaknesses in the plot and a very minor tie in to Thanksgiving. #romance #harlequin 🔫🔫🔫

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Fairy Tale | Stephen King
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I really loved this. It‘s a slow start that builds but it works. I loved Radar, Charlie, & all the nods to fairy tales. I still have some questions, but there is magic in not knowing all the answers. 🌕🌕🌕🌕🌕

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Lawn Boy | Jonathan Evison
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I was happy to wake up today and see that efforts to flip the local school board by book banners who went after Lawn Boy and other books were unsuccessful. It was close, but cheers for free speech and diversity. It was a bright light in otherwise disappointing Texas election results.#bannedbooks

Bookzombie That‘s good news! 3mo
britt_brooke SO happy to see this!! ✨ Lawn Boy was sadly removed from high schools in my Tennessee county, but we fought for, and kept, A Place Inside of Me in elementary libraries. We‘re trying! 1mo
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Lots of Grandma & Ranger in this installment. “Babe.” Fun times. 🔫🔫🔫🔫

jewright I‘m on the library wait list for this. I can‘t wait. Stephanie Plum is my total guilty pleasure. 3mo
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tpixie Oh! I‘ve been to an event of hers! She was great!! It was for Stephanie Plum # 6! 3mo
jewright I was so disappointed I couldn‘t make it to her book signing! I love her books! 3mo
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Red Widow | Alma Katsu
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More sedate and realistic than most spy novels but an enjoyable read.

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I loved Bram & Zachary & the decorating contest. I would have liked a little more emphasis on the #Halloween prank war in the story line. This wasn‘t quite as strong a story as last year‘s Christmas story but it was still solid. 🎃🎃🎃🎃 #scarathlon #teammonstermash #harlequin

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If It Bleeds | Stephen King
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More creepy than scary. We liked it. 11 points #scarathlon #teammonstermash

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It : [a novel] | Stephen King
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My kid convinced me to watch It Chapter One. It was less scary than I thought it would be. I loved the kids & the 1989 timeline. 11 points #scarathlon #teammonstermash

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Untitled | Untitled
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Bluebeard retelling with a demon. Pretty entertaining. 💀💀💀💀 lots of word search finds. 4366 points #fairytale #kindleunlimited #scarathlon #teammonstermash

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I read the book 30 years ago but didn‘t remember much. I had never seen the movie. Long hair was not a good look for Antonio Banderas & I couldn‘t really forget Lestat and Louis were Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt. Beautiful settings. #scarathlon #teammonstermash 11 points

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Hemlock Grove: A Novel | Brian McGreevy
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Finished Season 1 & watched an episode of Season 2. I love the gothic small town meets folktales vibe. I would have been good with it ending at season 1. There was a natural end to the story arc & it‘s the kind of story that doesn‘t need all the answers tied up neatly. Binge watched 10 episodes. 101 points. #scarathlon #teammonstermash

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Continued fun adventures in the 2nd novella not on theme but good word search points 2396 points

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Not in database. 1st of 6 novellas about a white knight & a dark sorcerer. Light hearted & fun. The sorcerer is entertaining. Not on theme but I got word search points..lots of good & magic. 1886 points. #scarathlon #teammonstermash #kindleunlimited

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White Hot | Sandra Brown
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I watched this from my Hallmark movies recorded on Frndly TV last night. I liked the movie and have never read this particular Sandra Brown book. Added to my library list.

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More madcap adventures with Jane Austen references this time. Not on theme but excellent for word search points. 4386 points #scarathlon #teammonstermash #witchathon

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Fluffy, madcap romp. Reminded me of Gail Carriger‘s Finishing School series in some ways + Princess Bride references. Not on theme for #scarathlon but decent for word score points. #pointathon #teammonstermash 896 points

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Dracula | Bram Stoker
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Movie based on a book 11 points#scarathlon #teammonstermash

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Untitled | Unknown
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#podcast about horror books #scarathlon #teammonstermash 6 points

Reggie I like this podcast but it‘s better to read the book before listening to him interview an author because he‘ll spoil a whole book. 4mo
Christy2318 @Reggie that‘s good to know. I started another one last night about a book I definitely want to read. I‘ll hold off on the rest of the episode until I finish it. 4mo
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Hemlock Grove: A Novel | Brian McGreevy
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First 4 episodes of Season 1. 40 points since based on a book. Debating whether I like enough to binge the remaining 29 episodes between now and 10-22 when it goes off Netflix. #teammonstermash #scarathlon

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LIFE Vampires | Life Magazine
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The cover is the best part but there were some interesting tidbits. #scarathlon #pointsathon #teammonstermash genre & word search. 2601 points

StayCurious Love the word search game! 4mo
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ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY The Ultimate Guide to Stephen King | The Editors of Entertainment Weekly
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I‘ve seen clips and bits here & there but the only King adaptation I‘ve watched start to finish is Stand By Me. I‘ve only read Carrie, 11/22/63, On Writing, & Joyland. Probably I oughta remedy that. What‘s your favorite? #teammonstermash #scarathlon team genre, #pointsathon, & word search 1056

Reggie The Stand miniseries is on YouTube. The good version from the 90‘s not the trash that just came out. Silver Bullet from the 80‘s still holds up. With Nick Nolte and Corey Haim, and a werewolf it‘s soooo good. 4mo
Christy2318 @Reggie I will put those both on the October watch list! 4mo
StayCurious I like The Shawshank Redemption myself 4mo
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Cheesy but fun. #scarathlon #teammonstermash 11 points

StayCurious This is on my list 4mo
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2 episodes 11 points #scarathlon #teammonstermash

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Legend of the Black Dog | Catherine Lievens
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#black #scarathlondailyprompts team genre 35+1070 word search + 1 participation 1106 points mediocre MM #romance about an urban legend #teammonstermash #scarathlon

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The Ancestor | Danielle Trussoni
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Mehso-so

Modern #gothic meets The People in the Trees. I liked the first 2/3 of the story but the last part fell flat for me.

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Mehso-so

Owen & Luna have been BFFs for many years & two women Owen have a romantic relationship with die. The secrets between Owen & Luna weren‘t what I thought they would be. The story starts off slow & I almost bailed. I‘m glad I finished but definitely not my favorite Lisa Lutz.

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Husband Material | Alexis Hall
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Joe Jameson narration was spot on & there were some pretty funny parts in this homage to four weddings and a funeral. But sequels about the same couple are challenging & this just didn‘t delight the same way Boyfriend Material did. It‘s a pick but not an enthusiastic one. #romcom

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Reading is essential - to relax, to be entertained, to learn, to travel, to walk in someone else‘s shoes.
Probably my mom. I don‘t remember a time when I couldn‘t read & wasn‘t in love with reading & mom was my first teacher. I read all the time. In the morning when I‘m eating breakfast, on audio on my commute, when I have a few minutes of downtime, evenings & weekends, before I fall asleep at night. I get cranky if I can‘t read.

peanutnine I also get cranky when I can't read 😅 5mo
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Criminal defense attorney defends her husband who is accused of murdering his mistress in the bed of their lake house. No one is very likable here but the husband, Adam, is particularly whiny and loathsome. A few convenient plot points but also some entertaining twists. 🔪🔪🔪🔪 #thriller #kindleunlimited

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Just a Bit Heartless | Alessandra Hazard
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Damiano is the unwanted stepson of a mafia Don who has never been shown affection & is feared by family. Jordan is pretending to be his stepbrother‘s boyfriend when they get kidnapped together. Jordan‘s claustrophobic, Damiano gets tortured. 10 days later they have developed an obsession for each other. Hazard is the queen of this type of codependent relationship. 🔫🔫🔫🔫 #kindleunlimited

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Lessons in Corruption | Giana Darling
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Teacher falls for the son of the Prez of the local MC club before realizing he is now her student. King‘s too mature for an 18yo & Cressida has led a very sheltered life that makes her a naive & young 26. They are incredibly stupid about where they have sex repeatedly, there‘s sloppy typos, and it‘s kind of OTT drama. But it was very entertaining storytelling and I‘m sure I‘ll be back for more. 🏍🏍🏍🏍 #kindleunlimited

sprainedbrain This is such a great (and relatable) review, so of course I will add this to my KU backlog. 😂 5mo
Christy2318 @sprainedbrain the more crazy sauce and 🍌🍌🍌 the better. I will also never run out of KU TBRs. 5mo
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Untitled | Untitled
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Erotic #romance meets psychological #thriller Kayla & Aidan are 🔥 & it‘s all mysterious and strange. Go in blind…spoilers would ruin the story #kindleunlimited ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

StayCurious I just started this one 6mo
Christy2318 @StayCurious It‘s so good 6mo
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Even funnier than the first book, Romilly starts adopting a found family including an assassin who is older than him but his “kid”. Snark & adventures abound. #romance #kindleunlimited ❤️❤️❤️❤️

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Hilarious! Romilly is mute due to abuse as an infant & he falls for a reaper after seeing him kill multiple people. It‘s set in an alternate paranormal universe & full of snark and adventures. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ #romance #kindleunlimited

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No Good Mitchell | Riley Hart, Devon McCormack
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Terrible cover, good story. MM #romance with shades of Hatfields and McCoys. Full of great secondary characters so I was surprised this didn‘t become a series. Brody is a bit of a golden retriever personality trying to keep his family happy & Cohen is an orphan trying to grasp his roots. Lots of external and internal conflict and good storytelling had me invested. ❤️❤️❤️❤️

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The plot was a bit ridiculous & I didn‘t love this story as much as the rest of the series. But I still like the found family & the heist/con angle so I‘ll be reading the next book. ❤️❤️❤️ #romance

CarolynM I find Amy Lane a bit hit and miss. She‘s a good writer, but some of her stories are much too angst-ridden for my taste and some are so sweet they make my jaw ache🥴 6mo
Christy2318 @CarolynM I can see that. I‘ve passed on a lot of her books based on the blurb. I loved Bonfires but nothing else has really compared. 6mo
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Unmasked: Memoir | PAUL. HOLES
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After reading about Holes in I‘ll Be Gone in the Dark, I had high hopes for this. My library borrow ran out when I was 40% in & I can‘t be bothered to do another hold. It‘s very disjointed with half told anecdotes & I didn‘t care for the tone in which it was told. I don‘t really care about his personal life but if he was going to tell it, he could have done a much better job of it. Very disappointing. #truecrime

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Bailedbailed

I think Tessa just isn‘t for me. Every time I try I end feeling meh about the book. Objectively the writing was good but I just didn‘t like Piper‘s Kardashian/Paris Hilton vibe & I wasn‘t really sold on Brendan or the family secrets.

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I really disliked Velle in book 1. This showed a very different side of him. This is MMF & explains a lot of back story about the prison. Definitely to be read in order and with consideration for trigger warnings if you need them. Dark #romance #kindleunlimited 🗝🗝🗝🗝

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This is best read not knowing much about the story before hand. Dash is a bank robber who ends up in a prison that is basically Alcatraz meets an abandoned asylum. There are some plot weaknesses but it‘s quite a ride. I did not anticipate where it went. This is dark #romance so heed trigger warnings if you need them. #kindleunlimited 🗝🗝🗝🗝🗝

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Finding Sharon | Matt Birkbeck
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I watched this last night and I have so many questions. Crazy story! #truecrime

Reagan Ooh I want to watch this. 7mo
Chelsea.Poole I watched this! so tragic. 7mo
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Here Comes My Man | Lauren Blakely
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Part 2 in TJ & Jude‘s story. Blakely really packed the #tropes into this story. It‘s a nice conclusion to the story although they could have stuck with the enemies to lovers thing a little longer for my satisfaction.💗💗💗💗

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Hopelessly Bromantic | Lauren Blakely
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I love Lauren Blakely‘s characters and dialogue. To me, it‘s more contemporary #romance than #romcom because although it often has the slightly absurd reality and meet cutes of romcom, it‘s not full on comedy. I read this on plane and St. Pete beach & it ended on a semi-cliffhanger. 💗💗💗💗

jewright Such a gorgeous view! 7mo
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So This Is Ever After | F.T. Lukens
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Cute YA fantasy #romcom about what happens after a successful hero‘s journey to defeat the evil king. 🤴🏼🤴🏼🤴🏼🤴🏼