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ReadingOver50

Joined April 2016

I am 50+ and enjoy reading a wide variety. Bookstagram @readingover50 Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/2423216-julia
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Tin Badges by Lorenzo Carcaterra
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Things You Save in a Fire by Katherine Center
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Tin Badges | Lorenzo Carcaterra
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My latest read. An ARC I received from #netgalley This is a hardcore detective story and it sounds pretty intriguing. A retired detective gets involved in bringing down a drug ring. It‘s been awhile since I‘ve read a book like this so I am excited.

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My Principal Is a Superhero | Melanie Acker, Joey Acker
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This book is not in the database. The Scariest Book in the Whole Entire World by Joey Acker.

A fun little picture book. Minimal words. I liked the drawings and the rock character. I think kids will find it hilarious.

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No Ivy League | Hazel Newlevant
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This graphic novel sounded so interesting I just had to read it. I loved that Hazel got a summer job working in the local forests pulling up ivy. As she tries to fit in with her coworkers, Hazel realizes how sheltered her life has been. She seems pretty naive but also friendly and open to new experiences. In the ARC I read, the artwork wasn't fully finished, but I think it will be stunning when it is done.

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Tash Hearts Tolstoy | Kathryn Ormsbee
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This book was great. Tash and her friend Jack are producing a web series, a modern retelling of Anna Karenina. I was super impressed by how ambitious Tash and her friends are. They are only in high school and doing way more than I would. Their web series becomes popular on the internet. I loved the ways Jack and Tash deal with their new found fame. Tash is also an asexual character. I haven't seen too many asexual characters represented in books.

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Teacher Alex Witt is new to Stonebridge Academy. As a new teacher trying to learn about her students and get the lay of the land, Alex uncovers some disturbing things going on. As she investigates further more and more people get upset. And the lengths they go to maintain the status quo is chilling.

The book is fast paced and has a strong message about the objectification of women. I found myself eagerly anticipating what would happen next.

Melissa_J This one sounds interesting. 5d
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Tash Hearts Tolstoy | Kathryn Ormsbee
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I am 65% done. I am enjoying it, but right now it is moving a little slow. I can‘t wait until she finally arrives at the Golden Tuba Awards.

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Tash Hearts Tolstoy | Kathryn Ormsbee
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I received a free copy from Riveted by Simon Teen (Simon and Schuster). I have been wanting to read this for awhile and I jumped at the chance to get a copy. Never mind the hundreds of other books staring at me accusingly, waiting to be read.

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I‘m loving this book so far. I‘m want to finish tonight. I am at the 78% mark. So close. I hope tonight is slow at work so I can get some reading done.

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Untitled | Anonymous
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Just looking at a shelf full of books makes me feel calmer and happier 😄

megnews Me too 1w
CoverToCoverGirl This poster is in my local used bookstore. ♥️ 1w
I_Like_Big_Books ❤️❤️❤️ 1w
BiblioLitten Me too! 1w
Jaimelire True 1w
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Magic for Liars | Sarah Gailey
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I am a big fan of Harry Potter. I also love books set in boarding schools, whether magical or not. So this book checked all the right boxes for me.

I loved the character of Ivy Gamble. The nonmagical sister of a magical prodigy. You can just imagine the resentment she feels towards her sister. The mystery was interesting, and I liked the addition of a "chosen one" prophecy. The book was enjoyable. I would love to read more set in this world.

AutumnRLS My copy is coming tomorrow. It's next up after the Hazel Wood! 1w
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Cari Mora | Thomas Harris
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Beautiful artwork on the inside cover.

Lindy Oooooh! 2w
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Magic for Liars | Sarah Gailey
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I don‘t usually make a formal TBR list but this is my TBR for June. I am really excited for Cari Mora because I love Thomas Harris. The rest are ARCs that look interesting.

OwlReader Thanks for the likes!! 2w
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Untitled | Anonymous
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Pretty good reading month. I liked what I read, but nothing stood out to me as my favorite. I am pleased that I read 5 books for the unread shelf project. I am trying to get my unread physical books down to a manageable level 😄

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Awesome! 💖📚💖 2w
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Thinner | Stephen King
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I didn‘t like the ending. After all Billy goes through I wanted more for him. I loved the gangster character. He added a fun tone to the book. There is more to this story than I remembered. I enjoyed reading it very much.

Did anyone else notice the face in the apple? It took me awhile to see it 😀

OwlReader Thanks for the follow!! 2w
Henrik_Madsen That was one creepy book when I read it 25 years ago. Does it hold up well? I remember some rather strong prejudices against Romas / Gypsies that I would be surprised to see in a book published today. 2w
ReadingOver50 @Henrik_Madsen yes it was great. Really creepy. Still prejudiced but most of King‘s older books are. 2w
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I am a sucker for books set in bookstores, so I really enjoyed that aspect of it. The mystery was pretty good. Several suspects kept me guessing. I didn't like how quick they were to blame the cross dressing character. It seemed they went out of their way to accuse him. It also seemed the murderer's confession was a little to easy to obtain. This is a promising start to a new series.

QuietlyLaura This is one of my favorite series! 😊😺 2w
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Things You Save in a Fire | Katherine Center
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Check out this awesome ARC I just received from #stmartinspress I can‘t wait to start reading!
#thingsyousavebook

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Magic for Liars | Sarah Gailey
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New bookmail last week. I received a review copy from bookish first. This book sounds really interesting. I‘m excited to start it.

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Thinner | Stephen King
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Aaawww, Waldenbooks. I miss you.

Geeklet Right? My Mom would taken me to Waldenbooks every other Saturday for my biweekly fix of The Babysitters Club. Good times! 3w
Traci1 That was my first bookstore experience. I miss it. 3w
JamieArc I‘m pretty sure that 25% of the books I own at home are from when they closed and had their books ridiculously discounted! 3w
Nerdfins I loved going to Waldenbooks as a kid! 😭 3w
Shvonne Waldenbooks was my favorite mall store. 3w
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Funland | Richard Laymon
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This book is typical Laymon with horny boys who will do anything to have sex. I picked this book because of the setting, a beachfront carnival on a boardwalk. I will read anything set at a carnival or circus. A group of local teens are sick of the homeless and want to do something about it. Unfortunately their vigilantism goes to far. But wait, there is a large group of homeless that are doing some truly terrible things. So both sides are bad.

KathyWheeler I started reading this book but got distracted by other books. I‘ll have to go back to it. 3w
Reggie Layman is so crazy, and his endings..... lol. 3w
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Abigale Hall | Lauren A Forry
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This book was ok. Not great but interesting enough to want to keep reading. Eliza and her sister Rebecca are sympathetic characters at first. After they are sent to Thornecroft, Rebecca‘s behavior becomes more disturbing.

This is a ghost story and a mystery. It was not scary but did make me feel uncomfortable. The writing felt juvenile, like it was aimed towards a YA audience, although I think this was marketed to adults. I give this 3 stars.

Smoky_Embers I love the cover 😍 4w
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Funland | Richard Laymon
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Ordered this through Abe Books. It was listed in Very Good condition. It arrived like this and is grossing me out.

cobwebmoth Ugh. I would not call that "very good". 1mo
merelybookish 😨😡 1mo
TheSpineView No way can that be called “very good“. I think I would have chosen “poor“ or “fair“. Just saying.... 1mo
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DivineDiana That is an incorrect labeling of condition! Can you report your dissatisfaction? 1mo
laurenbescoby I have had this issue with abe books on several occasions. I have now stopped using them. How can we have a successful second hand book market when they di this and turn people off? The final straw for me was a copy of Good Omens, listed as very good condition, that was riddled with black mould. 1mo
Tamra 😑 Maybe try contacting? 1mo
TheLudicReader It‘s not really Abe though, is it? They just act as sort of a clearinghouse. I‘ve always had really good luck with them, but I would definitely report it so they can take it up with the seller. 1mo
LeahBergen Contact the bookseller directly (the email will be under the orders section of your account on the website) and complain (with photos). If they don‘t refund your money, take it up with Abebooks. It‘s worked for me before. 1mo
RainyDayReading I run into this same thing a lot with ThriftBooks. Just got a book I ordered in Like New condition and the spine is cracked to hell and some of the pages have tears in them 😪 1mo
CoverToCoverGirl That‘s terrible! Definitely approach the seller first then take it up with ABE. My shop orders in books for readers - we sell though ABE and purchase through them also - I‘ve received books not as described (a rare occurrence), emailed the shipper and it‘s always been handled in a timely fashion with either a refund or a replacement book! Hopefully you‘re dealing with someone reputable and this was just human error. Good luck. 1mo
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For One More Day | Mitch Albom
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I wish I had something more inspiring to say about this. A nice story about a son‘s relationship with his mother. Shows both the good and the bad. I read this in one sitting. It makes me want to be a better person. I didn‘t think it was as good as Tuesdays With Morrie.

Tamra Love that pillow! 1mo
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Bad Toy | J.W. Bouchard
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I love the premise of this novel. Children are disappearing, and the connection is they all bullied Tommy. Tommy's best friend, Howie, doesn't think Tommy is responsible. He thinks the culprit is Tommy's stuffed teddy bear Quint. A sentient toy on a killing spree has echoes of Chucky in Child's Play and I love it.

The epilogue of the book sets you up for a sequel. I hope that the book is written, because I would like to read more of the story.

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S | Koji Suzuki
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Let me start by saying this is the 5th book in the Ring universe, and the first one I have read. I have however watched all the American Ring movies. I don't know how closely they follow the books but there you go. The main characters in this one are Takanori and his fiancé Akane. Weird things start to happen to them both after watching a video of an execution. I felt the book was ok, but not as good as I had hoped. 3 stars just barely a “pick”

batsy That cover! 1mo
Geeklet Those movies are such a guilty pleasure of mine. I‘d love to read the books. 1mo
Mandoul Thanks for the review! I read Spiral last year (which i think is book 2 or 3) and was wondering whether to try any more. 1mo
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The First Mistake | Sandie Jones
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Are you ready for a series of reveals that would be at home on the soapiest soap opera? Then this book is for you. Towards the end I really had to suspend my disbelief as everybody's secrets were revealed.

The book is well written and the plot is compelling. Once I started reading, I was drawn into the story and wanted to see what would happen next.

I received a free ARC from the publisher and the author in exchange for my honest review.

StMartinsPress Great reviews and photo!! 1mo
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Untitled | Anonymous
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Anyone else excited about this? So many times I‘ve wished I could look at Litsy on my laptop. Now I finally can!

kalinichta Yep, I've been wanting this since I first joined. 🤘 1mo
TheRiehlDeal This is revolutionary! 🤣 1mo
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S | Koji Suzuki
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Currently reading. Great cover but I‘m not sure why the main character is so accepting of all the weirdness happening to him.

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Black Seconds | Karin Fossum
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This felt like a productive reading month. I read 9 books and made a good dent in my TBR. No bad books this month. I enjoyed everything 📚

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Nicely done! 📖💖 1mo
Itchyfeetreader A month with only good books is awesome 1mo
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I loved Ani's voice in this. Her snarkiness was so funny and very entertaining. This story switches back and forth from when Ani is 14 to Ani as an adult. The story of the 14 year old was my favorite. I was really interested in what was happening to her. The reader knows something traumatic happened to her as a teen, but when it was revealed, it was very compelling. I enjoyed reading this book.

Caroline2 I really enjoyed this book too! 👍🏻 1mo
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The First Mistake | Sandie Jones
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“But today it feels different, as if the roller coaster I‘m forever riding has shot straight past the station platform, where it‘s calm and orderly, and stopped at the top of the loop-the-loop, with me, hanging there upside down, waiting to be rescued.”

I often feel this way.

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Black Seconds | Karin Fossum
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This was a really good book. I liked the writing style and really enjoyed all the characters. I figured out what happened to Ida pretty early on, but that didn't diminish the fun of watching the story unfold. This is the sixth book in the Konrad Sejer detective series. So far I have only read book 3, He Who Fears the Wolf, and this one. I enjoyed this book even more than the other one. This is a series I would like to continue reading.

minkyb I like this series as well! 1mo
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The First Mistake | Sandie Jones
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Cool ARC from the publisher. I love this cover! Excited to read this 😄

hjreviews The covers are super pretty! 2mo
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The Valancourt Book of Horror Stories: Volume Two | Nevil Shute, Mary Elizabeth Braddon, Michael McDowell
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This is a great horror anthology. Almost every story in the collection is a winner. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed them. I would recommend this to people looking to expand their horizons and read some authors you may not have read before.

sudi The cover is so creepy, i love it 💙 2mo
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You can see King's writing talent in this one. The story is pretty compelling and I read this in 2 days. I didn't really like the character of Delores, but this story if full of unlikeable characters. I also didn't understand the visions about the girl from Gerald's Game. It seemed unnecessary for the story, but I guess it's away to show the interconnectedness of King world.

Well written and interesting, this is a "pick" for me.

BoleyBooks The eclipse. Yes, he does like to align the stories. I loved the IT reference in 11/22/63 too. I loved the dialogue in this one...stuck with me. 👍 2mo
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I can‘t imagine not having all my books. They make me so happy!

Laura317 This makes me smile. 2mo
Freespirit Love it💕 2mo
CoverToCoverGirl Truth! 🥰 2mo
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Black Seconds | Karin Fossum
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My Easter Sunday plans. Digging into this Norwegian thriller.

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The Shunned House | H. P. Lovecraft
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Trying to break out of my reading slump I decided to read something short on Serial Reader. This was only 4 issues so I was able to read it in one sitting.
The writing style is dated and the first half moved slowly but the ending was pretty scary. A good haunted house story.

LauraJ So, how‘s the slump? 2mo
ReadingOver50 @LauraJ still there. I think it‘s getting better. Starting a book of short stories. I want to read things that aren‘t a big commitment 😄 2mo
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The Shunned House | H. P. Lovecraft
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I learned something new. Eldritch means weird and sinister or ghostly. I always thought it was just a word HP Lovecraft made up.

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I want to read. I have so many books at home but nothing sounds good. I don‘t know what to do. 😭

sudi When i'm in a reading slump, i try and read a few children's books or the books i enjoyed when i was in school, like Goosebumps or The Babysitters Club graphic novels. It's a bit childish, but it works for me 2mo
Kalalalatja I just got over a period with low reading energy (I‘m not a fan of the term “reading slump”, and the best thing for me to do was to just embrace it. Watch some of the movies and tv series I have been meaning to watch in ages, maybe read a few poems here and there. But what really gave me my mojo back was signing up for a readathon and reading challenge. Whatever works to motivate you 👍 2mo
vumblereads I feel like I‘m on a reading slump too but then I haven‘t been feeling well. I‘ve been sick for the past couple days. Like @sudi, I read children‘s books or poetry or short stories. Sometimes I watch booktubers recommending books to get me back into reading again. 😁 2mo
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Cathythoughts I think I just keep starting different books & bailing ... until I eventually find the one that holds me & settles me into reading again 👍🏻♥️🤷🏻‍♀️ 2mo
Freespirit I would try and re-read an old favourite❤️ 2mo
Libby1 I have been since the start of the year. I‘ve hardly even been on Litsy! I hope you find something you love soon. 2mo
megnews I always try to read a short book, novella, maybe a graphic novel. 2mo
Geeklet I try to retreat back to a genre I really enjoy. For me, that‘s normally non-fiction. I recently got out of a reading slump by rewatching The Terror which got me really interested in shipwrecks again. 2mo
sudi @vumblereads glad i'm not the only one 🙌 2mo
KathyWheeler Books with really short chapters that are easy and quick to read always help me get back to reading. Robert Parker‘s Spenser books were good for this. I‘m in a bit of a reading slump right now, but audiobooks are helping with that. 2mo
Crazeedi Been there, I usually listen to podcasts, or just look at short articles. Hope you "heal" soon❤ 2mo
Eggs Reading a book told in verse helps me 2mo
hwestfall Graphic novels got me out of my slump. Hope you recover soon 😉 2mo
readordierachel Hate when this happens. Sometimes I read an old favorite to break out of it. Hope it ends soon! 2mo
NoConcernsForCarol I hear ya I‘m in a similar boat except I have books I‘m already reading I just can‘t seem to focus enough to read right now. It‘s even raining which should not be a deterrent. I‘ve hit a temporary readers wall if there is such a thing. I hope you surpass your reading slump soon. 2mo
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Sifting Through Clues | Daryl Wood Gerber
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The mystery of who killed the owner of the local crystal shop was interesting. There was plenty of suspects, as many of the town people are keeping secrets. This is book 8 in the series, but it felt like a stand alone novel. Don't feel you have to read the whole series in order to enjoy this. There was a small amount of "personal growth" in Jenna's storyline, but the book was mainly focused on the murder mystery.

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I almost never read books that could be considered “literary” or “classics”

tpixie Yes!!! 2mo
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lauren.lerner HELL YES THIS ALL DAY 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻 2mo
TheSpineView 🤩 2mo
TheLibrarian Yes!! 🙌🏻 I never read classics anymore. Probably had enough of them in college 😂 2mo
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Stitch | Mark Morris
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A well written horror story. I loved that we got real character development from Annie and Ian. They are freshmen at a university and when Annie‘s roommate falls under the spell of the mysterious Dan Latcher, Annie is determined to help her.

This book was interesting and creepy. We don‘t know exactly what Stitch is up to until the very end. I thought the final battle a little silly, but before that was a great story.

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A nice memoir. Her childhood was horrible and I am surprised she forgave her mom and stepdad as an adult. The book dragged in a couple places but I really enjoyed her story after she became an actor. She seems like a very nice person.

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Hotel Dare | Terry Blas
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A wonderful graphic novel. Beautiful artwork, a compelling story and a lesson about the true meaning of family. I really enjoyed this book!

I received a free copy from a Book Riot giveaway.

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Stitch | Mark Morris
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I don‘t know about you but I find this cover disturbing.

LeahBergen 😬😬😬 2mo
RebL To say the least! 2mo
8little_paws It's so over the top I find it hilarious tbh. But I felt the same way about the movie hereditary 2mo
TheLibrarian Well that‘s an interesting cover... 2mo
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I glanced at my shelf and noticed Black Phillip staring at me.

BookFrog 💚💚💚 2mo
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Claw: A Novel | Ken Eulo, Joe Mauck
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For the second month in a row I have only read 6 books. The month started out so promising but then tapered off. Also I was on vacation last week and barely read. I‘m hoping April will be a more productive reading month.

cathysaid I‘m with you. Reading overall is down for the year. But why do we concern ourselves with “how many”? Hmmmm...🧐🤔 2mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego You did great ! 📖💖 2mo
LeslieO Haha! 6 in a month would be good for me! 2mo
Weaponxgirl @cathysaid I read a lot this month but I‘m with you on not worrying about the numbers. My resolution this year was just to focus on quality reading that challenges me in a enjoyable way. Those books take longer for me and obviously I space them out but it‘s nice not to worry about the numbers as that doesn‘t really mean anything. 2mo
cathysaid @Weaponxgirl Good perspective. I need to keep reminding myself of that as well! 2mo
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On vacation in Sedona Arizona. Ran into this cute little bookstore. The Literate Lizard. Small with a SouthWest feel.

SW-T Literate Lizard looks nice! Enjoy your vacation 😊 3mo
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Poisoned by Gilt | Leslie Caine
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The 6th book in the Domestic Bliss series, it was nice to revisit these characters. I do like Erin, but the constant “will they or wont they” with Steve is starting to wear thin. Also the book gave me more information about building a “green” house than I needed. A solid mystery.

gradcat Love your pillow! Where did you get it, if I may ask? ❤️ 3mo
TG789 Love a good cozy mystery 😍 3mo
tracey38 Love a good cozy, too! 3mo
ReadingOver50 @gradcat it‘s from Society 6. They have a lot of book related designs. It was hard to pick 😄 3mo
gradcat Thanks for the info! 3mo
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