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KennethTolesJr

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Joined May 2016

I'm an author. I‘m an audiobook narrator. A grad student. A husband. A dad. I'm also a reader and a teacher.
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Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
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Enemies & Allies | Kevin J. Anderson
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Bailedbailed

I take back everything I said...

This is the first book I'm officially bailing on.

My mom and grandmothers used to tell me, if you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all. Well, I want to preface this by saying: Sorry Ma and G-ma.

I got to chapter nine, and I'm over it. I understand it's a novel, and it will have slow parts. But, this book has 9 chapters straight of slow parts. The little action it had was boring. I can't...

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This story was really good. It was heart-breaking... It is really short, so if you can spare 30-60 minutes, it's a magnificent read.

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Enemies & Allies | Kevin J. Anderson
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Not bad so far. I've only finished chapter one while sitting here in the library, but I can see the idea. It's really getting into the minds of the characters, starting with Batman. I'm always down for a good Batman story. And this is the first novel I've actually started reading about the Bat.

#rockfordpubliclibrary #batman #librarybook #goodread #E #bookchallenge #AtoZ

Karkar Batman is my favorite DC character. 1mo
KennethTolesJr @Karkar Mine too. Though, lately, I've been leaning more towards Jon Stewart's iteration of Green Lantern. 1mo
Karkar @KennethTolesJr will have to check that out! Thanks! 1mo
KennethTolesJr @Karkar No problem! 1mo
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Heart-Shaped Box | Joe Hill
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My beautiful and very lovely wife, @TheBookAddict recorded our latest Bookish Impulses #podcast episode yesterday. We reviewed Slade House by David Mitchell and Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill, and of course, we continued to talk about other books because...just because.

#books #greatreads #bip

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Kalahari | Jessica Khoury
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This was kinda tough. Lol. I encourage all to try it. I really had forgotten about Katniss...

#alphabetbookishquiz

@RealLifeReading

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Slaughterhouse-Five | Kurt Vonnegut
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#BarnesandNoblebookhaul today! Weirdly enough, it was my idea again to go book shopping! But of course the wife, @TheBookAddict is always down to get bookish! She found me the Keto cookbook, and it has some awesome recipes in it. I just started reading Slaughterhouse-Five tonight, and the first chapter is all a dedication it seems...smh...(22 pages) but I'm excited for the story. I've heard great things.
#bookhaul

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Slade House | David Mitchell
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Mitchell knows how to write a good story. I liked it a lot, and I wasn't expecting some of the things that happened. However, the ending felt a little rushed. I won't give anything away here, but I will be writing a full review soon for our new blog, which can be found here: https://bookishimpulses.home.blog/ and I'll be talking about it when we record our next podcast, found everywhere you listen to podcasts (Bookish Impulses).

3.75/5 Stars

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Dark Tower: The Gunslinger Born | Stephen King, Peter David, Robin Furth
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Oh, the humanityyy! I have a bit of work to do tomorrow. My #TBR runneth over. My wife did this to me. She got me hooked.

#mountTBR
#TBRpile
#TBRreads
#bookaddict #bookaddictproblems #readinggoal #bookhaul

KennethTolesJr @TheBookAddict YOU did THIS to ME! 2mo
TheBookAddict @KennethTolesJr you‘re welcome! 😁🙌🏽 2mo
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Whispers | Dean R. Koontz
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Went to Half Price Books today with my lovely love, @TheBookAddict and we got quite a #bookhaul

Admittedly, it was all about horror for me. Ended up with a ton of Koontz, courtesy of my wife.

#halfpricebookshaul
#halfpricebooksbookhaul
#halfpricebooks
#bookaddict
#bookaddictproblems
#readinggoal

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Slade House | David Mitchell
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What my wife, @TheBookAddict said...

Good times.

#books #bip #kennynyesireads

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Slade House | David Mitchell
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So far, so good. It resembles a YA story in the first part, but I don't think it's going to stay that way. Not sure where it's headed honestly. But it's good. I'm going to finish it this week, and we'll discuss it on the podcast this weekend. The Bookish Impulses podcast.

Found on all your podcast apps for free.
(Shameless plug)

#goodread
#sladehouse
#bookishimpulses

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You | Caroline Kepnes
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Joe is a nut-job. But Beck is a nut too. I'm only just going into chapter 4, and I've shaken my head more than I ever have.

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Heart-Shaped Box | Joe Hill
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Starting this one, I guess. Lol the wife just put it in my hands. No words were spoken.

@TheBookAddict 🤣

TrishB I loved this one 👍🏻 4mo
KennethTolesJr @TrishB Awesome. I'm sure I will too. Joe's a great writer. 4mo
sprainedbrain Great book! 4mo
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IN...TENSE.

#audiobook

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I drove in the snow across town today. I braved the dangers of many idiot drivers in Rockford, IL. I had my cold hands on 10 and let us not forget 2. I kept my sore neck and head on a swivel as I traversed the known unknowns of the treacherous winter beaten path. But we managed to make it back alive and well, with @TheBookAddict 's #libraryhaul

#librarybookhaul
#listyloveslibraries
#fortheloveofbooks
#bookaddiction
#bookaddictproblems

vivastory That's dedication! 6mo
KennethTolesJr @vivastory Sure is!! Lol 6mo
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sprainedbrain The things we do for books! 😂 6mo
Kaye That deserves some type of Award 🥇 🏆Good for you ! 6mo
KennethTolesJr @sprainedbrain Right! Lol I didn't even try to tell her no. Just got up and drove. @kaye She cooked me dinner! I'll take that as a reward anytime. Lol 6mo
LibrarianRyan I get it. I really do. The roads are not much better down in central IL 6mo
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#20thingsaboutme

Here it is! This is all there is to know about me. There is...no more...

@TheBookAddict Your Turn!

Kaye Thank you ! The UFO 🛸 THING is so cool ! 6mo
KennethTolesJr @kaye It was fun! Hard, but fun! It was cool after it disappeared, but as I was looking at it at about 5am, I was shaking in my boots. 6mo
Kaye I had an aunt who was very religious. She swore she saw one on her way to work one evening. Out in CA. She was driving in her car and said it felt as if gravity was pulling her car towards it. She NEVER lied. I believe her and you. (edited) 6mo
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KennethTolesJr @kaye I believe it. It's crazy because I've always had a sneaking suspicion that there is one following my bloodline. My dad said he saw one when he was a teenager. It's crazy, but cool. 6mo
Kaye You should read Intruders by Budd Hopkins. True story. Scariest thing I‘ve ever read 👽 🛸 6mo
KennethTolesJr Nice. I'll definitely look into it! Thanks! 6mo
LibrarianRyan Love it. 6mo
LibrarianRyan And I agree about Hemingway. 6mo
KennethTolesJr @LibrarianRyan Thank you. I can't get through even a few pages of Hemingway! 6mo
LibrarianRyan @KennethTolesJr you should meet @Trashcanman he could share his dickens hate. I bet it could be hilarious. 6mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage GF here also. 👊🏻 6mo
wanderinglynn A fellow Hemingway hater! Thank goodness I‘m not the only one! 🙌🏻 6mo
KennethTolesJr @LibrarianRyan LOL! I actually don't mind Dickens. I'm not a huge fan, but I can read it and appreciate it for what it is. @BarbaraTheBibliophage It's a tough life for me, but it's always comforting to know that somebody else is living the dream also. @wanderinglynn Yes! I have been off that train since the first time I picked something up by him...blagh. 🙌🏾 6mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @KennethTolesJr I miss regular bread and stuff, but the pain isn‘t worth it! 6mo
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Oliver Twist | Charles Dickens
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"Please, sir, I want some more."

Dickens, Charles. Oliver Twist. Puffin Classics. 1994.

This one line transformed Oliver from a tiny poor orphan child, to the devil incarnate.

#LitsyAtoZ
#LitsyAtoZ2019
#LetterO
#O
#readingchallenge
#readinggoal

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Oliver Twist | Charles Dickens
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1. Wolverine: Weapon X, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, and Oliver Twist

2. Chai Latte

3. Vanilla Coke

#WEEKENDREADS

@rachelsbrittain

rachelsbrittain Thanks for joining in ☕😊 6mo
KennethTolesJr @rachelsbrittain Of course! 👍🏾👍🏾👍🏾 6mo
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Family Book Night | Holly South
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It was family reading time for us!! 30 strong minutes and then, if we wanted to keep going, we kept going. I stopped at the end of my chapter, but these two are still at it. I LOVE IT. And not only that, but it was Sy's first #librarybookhaul with his brand new library card that he just got today!

#libraries
#litsyloveslibraries
#readinggoal
#raisingreaders
#kidsoflitsy
#kidsread
#boysreadtoo
#childrensbooks
#parentsoflitsy

@TheBookAddict

BookishMarginalia 🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼 6mo
LibrarianRyan 🎉 🎉🎉🎉🎉 6mo
sprainedbrain Love! ❤️ 6mo
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Wolverine: Weapon X | Marc Cerasini

Not going to lie... I almost bailed on it in the first 10 pages. The writing style at first was raising my anxiety. The incomplete sentences were overused.

However, the writing changed and got a lot more fluid after those first 10. Things picked up, and now, I'm All In. Once you get past those first 10, you're smooth sailing.

#TBR

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Wolverine: Weapon X | Marc Cerasini
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Decided to go with this gem from my #TBR instead of the usual Stephen King venture. Not to mention this is book number 3 that I'm reading at the same time...

#mountTBR
#TBRpile
#TBRreads
#LitsyAtoZ
#LitsyAtoZ2019
#AbecedarianTBR
#LetterW
#W
#readingchallenge
#readinggoal
#bookaddict
#bookaddictproblems
#bookishimpulses

#hashtags

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Game of Thrones | George R R Martin
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I LOVED this book! I knew what was coming because of the show, BUT, there are small details that I'm sure will have large rolls later in the series. I will say that it is slow in the beginning, but it's not boring. It's just a lot of dialogue in the beginning. But it ALL leads somewhere!

Excellent work by George RR Martin. As if I expected anything else from the Genius Mastermind of Unsuspected Slaughter.

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Sy is reading on this "fine" Friday evening. It's a pretty funny book. He loves them.

KennethTolesJr @BookishMarginalia Thanks! Nothing else happens until he reads, so he may as well enjoy it!! Lol!! 6mo
LibrarianRyan Ahhhhhhh 6mo
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Sy is currently reading this book aloud, and he says, "I don't know how to do a (dog) whine." So I demonstrated the whine that our dog does, which is just...different. So he mimics it, and it was hilarious.

It's his first book of the year out of 17 or 24. Lmao. Have to hear our podcast to know exactly what that is. Bookish Impulses Podcast, on all major podcast platforms.

LibrarianRyan I love the bad kitty books. I bet this was a riot. 6mo
KennethTolesJr @LibrarianRyan Definitely! It's one of the books that he gets hooked on. And we enjoy listening to him read it because he really gets into it. 6mo
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Started this right now, and I'm already hooked completely. Had to ask the wife, what do you call this? #AudioEating ???

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NOS4A2 | Joe Hill
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I'm out here, peeps! Looks like I'm doing the #LitsyAtoZ Challenge this year! And look, 1 down, and only 25 to go!

Buh-bye N. Hello T...for Thinner.

Thanks for always coming up with awesome Literature Stuffs, @BookishMarginalia

Bookzombie I think this is my favorite of Hill‘s books. 6mo
KennethTolesJr @Bookzombie It's the only one that I've read so far, and I loved it. I plan to read Horns eventually this year. 6mo
Bookzombie @KennethTolesJr Horns is good too! 🙂 6mo
Texreader Congrats on a good start!! 6mo
KennethTolesJr @Texreader Thanks! Hopefully it'll be a good finish also. Lol. @Bookzombie I hear it's awesome. I saw the movie and really liked it, so I have high hopes. 6mo
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The Listener | Christina Dodd
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Listening intently as my wife, @TheBookAddict explains to me how to reeeally use #Litsy because I want to be involved more on a platform that is actually awesome.

Texreader 🤣🤣🤣 6mo
Chelleo 😂😂😂 6mo
sprainedbrain 😂😂 Good plan! She definitely knows about that! 6mo
KennethTolesJr @sprainedbrain You are so right lol 6mo
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Just want to say that on this day, we should remember the brave souls who fight, have fought, and will fight to preserve our freedom. Though we should celebrate them daily, we should never forget what this day is for. #VeteransDay

Thank You To All Of Our Veterans.

PS: My son thought it was Veterinarians Day. Lol

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Wolverine: Weapon X | Marc Cerasini
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This isn't about the book... But... If you're a #Wolverine fan, You Have To Check Out This #Podcast! It's an audio drama by #Marvel and #Stitcher, and it's a available pretty much anywhere you can find a podcast.

Trust me, you'll love it.

TheBookAddict Take his word for it. It‘s good! He played it while we were in the kitchen (he was cooking and I was just sitting) and I got sucked in immediately. I couldn‘t stop listening. Makes you feel like you‘re watching a movie. It‘s just great acting and an enthralling story about one of our favorite characters. 9mo
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A Book Outlet kind of #bookhaul. @TheBookAddict treats me so fiiine. She knows me so well. I feel like I have reading material and writing inspiration for the next month at this point, but I'll have these read in a couple days MAX. My favorite graphic novel series easily. The story is just unbelievable. Check out episode 7 of our Bookish Impulses Podcast to hear me swoon over it. Lol. (The plug was shameless). #BIP

TheBookAddict 😁 you know I love to see you read! We had to take advantage of #BookOutlet‘s #Booktoberfest sale. (edited) 9mo
KennethTolesJr DO. & DID. lol And will again. 9mo
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The Infinity Gauntlet | Jim Starlin, Ron Lim
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This is my #LibraryBookHaul today!! Got 4 issues of Green Lantern and Infinity Gauntlet (which I've been itching to read for some time).

If anybody knows where I can find some John Stewart Green Lantern graphic novels, please let me know.

This trip was due totally to my wife, @TheBookAddict being addicted to books. It's not just a social media handle...it's her life. She had us in the library on a Sat. unexpectedly. Thank goodness. Lol.

TheBookAddict It‘s good to be spontaneous once in a while! 😅😁 9mo
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Episode 7 of our podcast, Bookish Impulses #Podcast, is up and ready for your ears! We talk about NOS4A2, and we do some rambling about our most recent #bookhaul and other #bookish stuff.

If you'd like to hear something specific from us, hit us up on Litsy and/or Twitter using the hashtag #BIP and we will try to get to it in the next episode.

Thanks for listening!!

@TheBookAddict

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Batman: Knightfall | Dennis O'Neil
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My #bookhaul from Half Priced Books Outlet. I finally got more books than my wife, @TheBookAddict, during a haul. We only went for one book for her, but I ended up losing my mind a little bit... Happens.

TheBookAddict 😯 what have I done to you?!? 😝 I guess Book addiction is contagious. 9mo
KennethTolesJr @TheBookAddict Maybe... Lol. Yeah. Definitely want to go back. I left so many books on the shelves! 9mo
TheBookAddict 🙌🏽 I saw some more Sherlock Holmes books I need. 😉 9mo
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"While you're dying, I'll piss in your face."

Lmao!!

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Game of Thrones | George R R Martin

It's remarkable how accurate the show is to this book. The book is still better I think because there are some small things that are different between the two forms, but man... It's a great all around story.

Karkar The first season they did pretty good. After that like an adaptation they stray more as the series goes on. But I love both. 10mo
KennethTolesJr @Karkar Right. I have heard the same thing about it as well. I guess that's just a part of television because not all TV watchers want what readers want. TV usually takes a more mushy approach to certain things. 10mo
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The Killing Joke | Alan Moore, Brian Bolland

#EveryLetter

K- Killing Joke, The
E- Ender's Game
N- Needful Things
N- Nightflyers
E- Eragon
T- Thinner
H- Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

O- Of Mice and Men
N- Norse Mythology
E- Eyes of The Dragon
A- American Psycho
L- Lost World

T- Time to Kill, A
O- Outsider, The
L- Lord of The Rings
E- Emma
S- Salem's Lot

J- James and the Giant Peach
R- Rainmaker, The

@LibrarianRyan

LibrarianRyan Wow!!! You did your full names. You are awesome!!!!!! 😁🤓👍🏻 11mo
akckitty This is great! 11mo
KennethTolesJr @LibrarianRyan Thanks! I know, I was telling my wife, "You know I have to be 'that' guy." 11mo
KennethTolesJr @akckitty Thanks! I tried. 11mo
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Arrival | Kenneth Toles Jr
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Vincent Mercury has been living a life of peace since he left the Marines. However, his peace comes to an abrupt end at the very moment the first pod lands and completely obliterates a nearby city...

It's available on Amazon.
Here:
ARRIVAL https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07FC5FGZ7/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_pAMBBbE2JDK92

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Liar's Ball | K F Johnson
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This was a really good story. It really has great characters and drama. It keeps you reacting in an emotional way, and that's ultimately what you want from a book. It's a RECOMMEND for sure.

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Mountain Man: Prequel | Keith Blackmore
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You know what? Add this to your TBR right now. It's not a recommendation, it's a command. I have spoken. If you have read the first 4 books of the series, then you already know the ultimate outcome, but this book, the prequel to it all, is so entertaining that it'll have you laughing, shaking your head, pumping your fist in anger, and crying. That's right, all of those.

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Even if you don't like Kevin Hart and think he's just not funny, you would probably still like this book. He's telling real life stories, and while a lot of them are funny, there are some serious gems in here as well. RECOMMEND.

Ddzmini Omg he‘s 😂🤣🤣🤣 12mo
KennethTolesJr @Ddzmini Yes he is! I laughed until my sides hurt quite often. Lol 12mo
Peddler410 I didn‘t know who Kevin Hart was until Jumanji —- I loved his character and find him to be quite funny. 10mo
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Norse Mythology | Neil Gaiman
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This book was stellar. He really did his homework and proved to the world that he can tell a story that has been told but make it seem like he just came up with it. That's a special skill in and of itself. Neil for the WIN. I definitely recommend it.

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Behind Closed Doors | K. F. Johnson
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A brand new mug for tea! Some very good smelling tea! A HANDWRITTEN letter! A stick of natural honey! All for completing my first audiobook with the company. It feels great to be appreciated.

#FindawayVoices is so clutch!

Also, do not hesitate to grab this book, whether it's the audiobook or the hardcopy. It's a great story full of drama!

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Norse Mythology | Neil Gaiman
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Welp... I didn't make it to the full 24 hours. But, hey, it was fun. I wrapped up the challenge on Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman. He is awesome, btw. This book is fantastic. If you haven't read it, and have the itch for some "real" Thor, this book is up there.

#24in48
Here's m'time.

TrishB Well done 👏🏻 12mo
Jess7 🎉📚🤗 12mo
KennethTolesJr @TrishB and @Jess7 Thank you, thank you. 12mo
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Mountain Man: Prequel | Keith Blackmore

I chose to kick off #24in48 with Mountain Man: Prequel by Keith C. Blackmore because the original omnibus is beyond amazing. It's not your typical zombie story by any stretch and the references made in the Prequel are really hitting. So far, it's a 10/10 for me.

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Behind Closed Doors | K. F. Johnson
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If you like "dram," as in drama, then you'll love this story. K.F. really did a great job making her characters relatable, and that, to me, is what makes a story great. Not only was she able to do that, but she basically told two stories at once. Then, there are the surprises. Dang... Too bad I can't spoil them for you. It's definitely a good read, and I'm looking forward to reading book 2, Liar's Ball.

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I have a #giveaway for #Audible.com. Who wants a #FREE #AUDIOBOOK, written by Phoenix Rayne and narrated by ME?!

Instructions to Enter Giveaway:

Comment Down Below.
Share this post, tag me, and use the hashtag: #KTJGiveaway

That's It!
I'll be choosing 5 Winners at Random!
Good Luck!

#audiobook #audiobookgiveaway

TheBookAddict 🎉🙌🏽🙌🏽🙌🏽🎉 14mo
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The wife, @TheBookAddict had been telling me to read this book. She said I would love it, and I did. Great recommendation. It's creepy, and it's just interesting. It has an amazing first line. There isn't much I can say without going into spoiler territory, so I'll just say, it was a great little read.

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The Gunslinger | Stephen King
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1. Harry Potter Series
2. Nay
3. The Gunslinger (not that abomination of a film known as Dark Tower)
4. @Bookalicious

#tuesdaytidbits

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A Wrinkle in Time | Madeleine L'Engle

I need a wrinkle in time, so I can have time to get some writing/reading/wine drinking done...

Ddzmini 🥃😝📖 1y
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My wife, @TheBookAddict , was cutting this bottle to get the ice block out, and I said, "Baby nooo! Wait... Now it's Nearly Headless Bottle."

Who gets the reference?

Peddler410 Me.... 🙂 2y
DivineDiana 🙋‍♀️ 2y
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