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Hestapleton

Hestapleton

Joined May 2016

Storyteller. Cat lover. Voracious reader. Co-host of Checking Out - A Reading Podcast
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Chimera | Mira Grant
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I stumbled across this series at the start of the month and devoured all three books! This one dragged a bit and all three books tend to follow a similar plot structure, but they‘re easy to read and I like the sci-fi premise. Ending was tidy, but I didn‘t care.

AmandaBlaze If you like fantasy, she writes under Seanan McGuire, too. 4mo
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Audiobooks are the best! I‘ve watched a lot of docs about NXIVM, but this book still offered new information and perspectives, including quotes and testimony from the trial. Absolutely mine-boggling from start to finish. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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I READ A BOOK. Stephen King gets me out of any funk. Different than some of his other works, but really enjoyable still. His character writing is always very vivid for me. #wintergames #teamgamesleighers

keys_on_fire Congrats!! I know how that feels when you finally get out of a reading slump. And what a great book to do it with! ❤️ 5mo
LibrarianRyan I get it. I‘m still trying to finish LMPBC. I love and dig in last night but let me tell you adult books and reading at home has been HARD. Good job. 5mo
StayCurious Yay! Way to go:) 5mo
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A very late #bookspinbingo and #wintergames TBR! Full of winter-y and spooky holiday reads.

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! Never too late to BookSpin!!! I posted the numbers this morning!! 6mo
StayCurious Looks great! Glad you‘re joining us! 6mo
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Been a bit quiet on here because turns out growing baby boy is requiring SIGNIFICANTLY more energy than I thought. First trimester is almost done and I‘m hoping to be able to spend less time on Netflix and more time on my books soon.

DivineDiana Very happy for you! Take care of yourself! ❤️ 6mo
BrittanyReads Congratulations!! 🧸 6mo
monalyisha We all need a little (read: A LOT) of Netflix every now & again. Do what feels right. 😉 And congratulations!!! 🎉 6mo
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La_Cori Congratulations!! 🥳💙👶 6mo
IuliaC Congratulations! 🎉❤ 6mo
Megabooks Congratulations!! 🎉🎉 6mo
AmyG Congrats! 🎉 6mo
sebrittainclark Congratulations!!! 6mo
Cazxxx Congratulations! 😊 6mo
BethM Congrats friend!! I was soooo tired my first trimester. Boys rock! 6mo
SheReadsAndWrites Congratulations! 6mo
Kdgordon88 Congrats! 🎉 6mo
julesG Congratulations!!! 6mo
FantasyChick Congrats!!! 6mo
ozma.of.oz Congrats! 🎉🎉🎉 6mo
AmyK1 Congratulations!! 6mo
marleed Congratulations! 6mo
sprainedbrain Congratulations 🎉 6mo
Chelsea.Poole So exciting!! Hopefully your energy returns asap! 6mo
Ddzmini Congratulations 🎈🎊🎉🍾 6mo
CarolynM Congratulations 🎉 Take care of yourself, your books will wait 💕 6mo
WJCintron Congratulations!!! 🎊 6mo
Bookzombie Congratulations!! 6mo
Nute Congratulations! The BEST news. Take Care! 6mo
StayCurious I‘m so excited that we‘ll have our little boys together❤️ 6mo
LiteraryinLawrence Congratulations on this exciting news! Just wanted to let you know that I mailed Transcendent Kingdom back to you today. I didn‘t read it but wanted to return it to its rightful owner. Have a great holiday season! 6mo
Jess861 Congratulations! 5mo
BookBabe How exciting! Congratulations!!🎉 2mo
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Thank you for the #ANS Halloween goodies @BeaG ! I‘ve got the pumpkin hanging on my door and I‘m excited to dig into the Stephen Graham Jones!

BeaG @Hestapleton Enjoy! 7mo
LibrarianRyan Nice!! 7mo
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No pic because I‘m hiding it, but I have received my #ANS swap!

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Halloweenies | Dan Fiorella
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Week 2 totals for #teamhendrix

StayCurious Amazing job! 7mo
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Bailedbailed

DNFing this one. I‘m about halfway through and I‘m just not enjoying it enough to finish.

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Swaps | Sherree DeCovny
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#ans and #lmpbc went out today!

LibrarianRyan Yeahhh 7mo
staci.reads Can't wait! 🤗 7mo
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Halloweenies | Dan Fiorella
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Week 1 points for #teamhendrix!

StayCurious Wow you're doing so great! 7mo
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The Gameshouse | Claire North
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My games total for #teamhendrix is 3,810 + 1 for this post! Had a lot of fun with this one!

StayCurious wow you're a machine! Great job! 7mo
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A great into to horror for kids who like to be scared. I love how the first section also has storytelling tips to get maximum fright! 29 stories = 435 total points plus 54 readathon minutes and 1 for participation. #scarathlon #teamhendrix

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Walking Dead | Peter Dickinson
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Another great #scarathlon day yesterday! I‘d like to credit all my points to reading 5 volumes of The Walking Dead. Each volume is 6 issues, so 6x5 is 30 and 30x15 is 450 PLUS readathon points! #teamhendrix
#scarathlon #spookoween #littenlisten #necromathon #bfc #bookspin #wickedathon #screamathon (and assorted insta/blog readathons)

Traci1 Well done! Go #teamhendrix. 👻 8mo
TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 8mo
StayCurious You‘re amazing! How‘re you likeing Walking Dead? 8mo
Hestapleton @StayCurious I‘m really enjoying it but WOW is it different from the show!! I miss Daryl 😭 8mo
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#scarathlon day 1 points! Yay for lots of short audiobooks! Going to try to tag everyone but will probably miss things. I‘ll tally up early bird and game points at the end of the week. #teamhendrix
#scarathlon #spookoween #littenlisten #necromathon #bfc #bookspin #wickedathon #screamathon (and assorted insta/blog readathons)

TheSpineView 🤩🤩🤩 8mo
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Pumpkinheads | Rainbow Rowell
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My first official Halloween book for #scarathlon! Super cute and laugh out loud funny. A great way to usher in fall! And now I want pie. #teamhendrix

jb72 I 🥰 this book so much! 8mo
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Another #scarathlon audio done! This was just the title story of the tagged collection. If you like zombies or Salem‘s Lot, you‘ll like this one :) #teamhendrix

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Killer by Nature | Jan Smith
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First #scarathlon book complete! Deeply unsettling and well produced on audio. Some of the voices blurred together so it was difficult to keep track of which character was speaking.

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Yay for more #bfc21! October‘s goals are:
📚: read every day and listen to one audiobook
🏋🏼‍♀️: personal training 2x/week, HIIT 1x/week, walk 1x/week.

wanderinglynn Fantastic goals! 🙌🏻🎃🧡 8mo
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Here is my early #scarathlon2021 list for #teamhendrix and my list for #bookspinbingo. I even gave myself a list of alternates if I‘m not feeling something on my list! 🤣

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 8mo
StayCurious I love how organized you are! Great list - +50 early bird points! 8mo
LiteraryinLawrence I put Deacon King Kong in the mail to you today. Look for it by Friday! 💗 8mo
Hestapleton @LiteraryinLawrence dope! Hoping to get Dunbar and things fall apart out Saturday! @Mynameisacolour @staci.reads 8mo
staci.reads @Hestapleton @LiteraryinLawrence Looking forward to them 🙂 8mo
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This was REALLy good. I didn‘t know much about the full Epstein back story, but Brown explains things well and is compulsively readable. The content is sickening but I couldn‘t put this one down. Well reported.

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Aims42 Looks like a great evening!!! 🥰 8mo
Nute That looks scrumptious!😋 8mo
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Not my favorite Sager (nothing replaces FINAL GIRLS) but it was pretty escapist and fast-moving, which made it great for my lazy holiday weekend! A few too many twists and turns, but it was still a fun time.
Side note: I think I‘ve done more reading over the past three days than I have in three weeks!

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Night of the Mannequins | Stephen Graham Jones
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This book was SO weird and amazing and I loved every bit of it. SGJ is fast becoming a favorite and I love that he has a full backlist to explore!

SamAnne I‘m planning to read this one next week! Read Mongrels last month. (edited) 8mo
Tonton I loved Mongrels; he‘s great! 8mo
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Bailedbailed

And that‘s a NOPE for me. Dekker was one of my favorites growing up, but this did not deliver. Bad world set up, clearly self-published (needs editing) and just blah. Couldn‘t get more than 25 pages in.

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Whisper Down the Lane: A Novel | Clay McLeod Chapman
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I LOVE LONG WEEKENDS. A great book to usher in Spooky Season. It‘s a great look at the ramifications of the Satanic Panic of the 80s though it definitely had some improbable moments. Overall, a fast read, but a #borrownotbuy for me.

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Bare Bones: A Novel | Kathy Reichs
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Finished my #bookspin last night! Not my favorite Brennan novel - too many plots and subplots that didn‘t clearly connect or resolve. Ready for the next one! @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 8mo
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Ehhh. I loved her on GBBO, but this was hit or miss for me. Some parts were really interesting, like her section on the holidays, but most essays felt like she was overreaching a bit. At the end of the day, food is food. There is only so much analyzing I can financially afford to do. 🤷🏼‍♀️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️
Also this book just made me crave curry. So be forewarned.

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Getting back into my posting swing by sharing my September #bfc21 goals! I‘ve joined a gym, made myself a routine, and I‘m really trying to stick with it. I can make a discord group if there are any Littens that want a gym accountability buddy! @TheAromaofBooks tagging you because I reference my #bookspin list here - just don‘t have the list on me. I‘m spinning this month!

wanderinglynn Awesome! 🙌🏻 Way to go! And we have a slack channel for BFC if you want to use that. ☺️ 9mo
Hestapleton @wanderinglynn wasn‘t sure if it was still active/if anyone posted 😂 9mo
wanderinglynn True, no one has used it in a while. But you could jump start it! 😉 9mo
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wanderinglynn If you start a discord group, let me know & I‘ll add it to my post. I plan to post later today. 😀 9mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Good luck!!! 9mo
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Readathon: Occasional List : Geleentheidslys | Gauteng (South Africa). Education Media Service
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REALLY happy with my #awesomeaugust progress! While I didn‘t hit my goal of only 3 in progress books, 4 is pretty dang close!

Andrew65 Brilliant, thanks for playing along. 👏👏👏🙌🍾🥂🥳😍 9mo
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Bailedbailed

Think it‘s time to DNF on this one, which is too bad, cause I really wanted to like it. I‘m about 200 pages in and I still have no idea what‘s happening or who these people are. The author jumps around from person to person, which makes it very difficult to follow events.

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Project Hail Mary | Andy Weir
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This book made me both laugh out loud and cry and I can‘t give higher praise than that. Very very science-y, but another winner from Weir. So glad I snuck this into my reading this month.

BookDadGirlDad I really need to read this. I thoroughly enjoyed The Martian (movie and book). 9mo
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Fractured | Karin Slaughter
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An unconventional #audiowalk today cause the Midwest is just too freaking hot!!

Tamra I cannot manage to read a print book and walk on the treadmill! I‘m impressed. 9mo
BethM This heat can go anytime. I can‘t remember a summer this consistently hot in a long time. 9mo
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Readathon: Occasional List : Geleentheidslys | Gauteng (South Africa). Education Media Service
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#awesomeaugust update! Currently reading is down from 11 to 8! I finished four books, but started PROJECT HAIL MARY since I just realized it‘s due back to the library next week 😂

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Readathon: Occasional List : Geleentheidslys | Gauteng (South Africa). Education Media Service
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My goal for #awesomeaugust is simple — FINISH SOME DAMN BOOKS. My currently reading stack is at a very overwhelming ELEVEN books and I want to get it down to at least three this week. I just keep starting new books and not actually finishing anything. Pls send thoughts and prayers 😂

Ruthiella You can do it! 💪 9mo
Andrew65 Good luck with finishing a book. 9mo
Nute Your words are pretty much describing my reading journey for the least year…many started, few finished. I like your declaration statement, Finish some damn books! You can do it! Me too!😃 9mo
Hestapleton @Nute we got this! 💪🏼 9mo
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It‘s been so crazy at Camp Kochi Kopi that I haven‘t had time to write home in days! But it‘s Friday so I‘m curling up the fire with a big old stack of books next to me, ready to read past my bedtime. #litsysummercamp @ImperfectCJ

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Good morning #litsysummercamp peeps! It‘s a brisk 55F here at Camp Koochi Kopi, which is perfect for coffee outside in a mascot mug with a new audiobook! My ideal camp weather actually reflects our current weather here in IN- mid to high 70s, low humidity, lots of sun.

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Untitled | Unknown
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1. I love cabins but I‘m not opposed to tent camping in decent weather.
2. I‘m going with Juju cause that‘s our nickname for my favorite cat (don‘t tell his brother)
3. I don‘t know if this counts, but whenever I camp I always take a new horror novel! Preferably if it takes place in the woods. THE TROOP was really good.
4. Finish BAD MEDICINE, NUT JOBS, and D-DAY GIRLS. #litsysummedcamp @ImperfectCJ

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Final Girl Support Group | Grady Hendrix
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Happy first day of #litsysummercamp friends! My nieces will be over in a few hours, so until they get here I‘m kicking off the day by enjoying an actually pleasant morning with my coffee and this highly-awaited book.

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Temperance Brennan and I are really clicking this week! Work is stressful and horrible, but these books feel like settling in with some cozy (but still bloody and murder-y). On to the next one!

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Wizard and Glass | Stephen King
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I like to call this “I don‘t know what to read next and I can‘t sleep (Sunday morning regrets)”

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Took a mental health day and I‘m curling up with this book for #lmpbc and I can‘t wait to share it with you ladies! I love it more than Homegoing!

staci.reads @ hestapleton It arrived yesterday! I'll make it my first read of August! I loved Homegoing, so I'm looking forward to this one! @LiteraryinLawrence @Mynameisacolour 10mo
Hestapleton @staci.reads yay glad it came! I loved it so much more than Homegoing so I hope you like it! 10mo
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You Love Me: A You Novel | Caroline Kepnes
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It‘s pretty clear that this book was written in response to the popularity of the Netflix series. The beginning reused elements of the first book, the middle was actually decent, and the end was just WEIRD. How no one on this island questioned a bunch of a dead bodies is beyond me. Skip it. #netgalley

Clare-Dragonfly Oh dear. I was hoping this would be a return to what I liked about the first book after I found the second weird and disappointing… 10mo
Hestapleton @Clare-Dragonfly yeah I was hoping so too. 10mo
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I adored this book! So much vibrancy leaping off every page! Definitely one I‘ll buying for my kids. #BBRC

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My Rainy Day Rocket Ship | Markette Sheppard
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I liked these illustrations a LOT but the rhyme scheme was inconsistent which was off putting. However, it‘s a great book to jumpstart some tired imaginations. #BBRC

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Did I mostly love this book because of the black cat? Yes. It‘s a cute story, but I have a hard time imagining a squirmy kid sitting though it more than once. #BBRC

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Dinosaurs | Emily Bone
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This would be good for any budding dinophole, though it‘s worth learning how to pronounce complex Dino names before attempting to read out loud. Very scientific/detached explanation of animals being eaten and dying out; which may be tricky for some kiddos. #BBRC

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Being up half the night with food poisoning means I can just spend the day reading right? 📷 Harley (my loner boy) always knows when I‘m sick and sticks right by me until I‘m better. 🥺

TheAromaofBooks Oh no!! Hopefully you are on the road to recovery now! 11mo
BookishMarginalia Get well soon! 💜 11mo
DivineDiana Feel better! 11mo
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TheDaysGoBy Feel better! 11mo
Jas16 I hope you feel better soon 11mo
xicanti Oh no! You definitely get to read all day. 11mo
Ruthiella Hope you feel better soon! 🥴❤️ 11mo
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Be Not Far From Me | Mindy McGinnis
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I have to pry this hook out of my own hands in order to be at work in time. Guess that means it‘s time to see if the audio is available on Libby! Curse you employment!

Tattooedteacher I hate when our jobs get in the way of reading. Ugh. 11mo
Hestapleton @Tattooedteacher RIGHT? So rude. How dare my boss not give any consideration to that fact that I am more invested in an alternate world than I am in the work she wants me to do? Lol 11mo
Tattooedteacher @Hestapleton LOL. that made me smile. 11mo
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BookDragonNotWorm I LOVED this one! Have you read any of her others? 11mo
Hestapleton @BookDragonNotWorm I‘ve read HEROINE and THE INITIAL INSULT. She‘s becoming a fast favorite - I‘ve loved everything I‘ve read. Any other recs? 11mo
BookDragonNotWorm Heroine was so brutal! I loved it! 😂 The Female Of The Species made me ugly cry. Lots of trigger warnings in that one, and it kind of broke my heart, but probably my favorite of hers. 11mo
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This was hard! #littenlisten

aperfectmjk Really?!? I thought I picked pretty common books. Which ones had you stumped? 11mo
Hestapleton Some of the dates and quote attributions 😝 Maybe work has just made my brain dumb lol 11mo
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