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Red.Reads

Joined January 2019

Here to chew gum and talk about books. And I'm all outta gum... History 🤓, forensic psych student, true crime fan, book geek, Ravenclaw
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I've been waiting ages to read this, I hope it's as good as I've been told!
I was going to buy it a few months back, but held off as one of the members in my #bookswap club had this as their pick, and it arrived through my letterbox yesterday.
Super excited to start this...

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I'm picking this one up again. I read this a few years back, and it took me a couple of months to work through. I fully expect to find the same thing this time.
Physics fascinates me, I love listening to people talk about some of the big issues, but I have to ease myself in as I find some of it so overwhelming!

#chaos #science #physics #butterflyeffect

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Woohoo! 24 hours done!!

I'm going to celebrate my victory by finishing this book in the morning, I'm off to bed now, haha

#24in48 @24in48 #readathon #victoryismine

parttimedomestic Great job! 🎉🎉🎉 3mo
Megabooks Awesome!! 🍾💃🏻🎉🎉🥳🥳👏🏻👏🏻 3mo
CuriousG Congrats on getting 24 hours in! 3mo
LibrarianRyan Yeah. ⭐️💗👍 3mo
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#24in48 #readathon #Hour42challenge

These two have been my favourites this weekend, I LOVED them. I need to read the whole series asap!

@24in48

#horror #graphicnovel #Kindle #vampire #StephenKing

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So here it is, my final choice for the #24in48 #readathon

I'm in the UK, so I have until 5am to finish the 24 hours, but I'm certainly hoping to be asleep at that time, haha

#NeilGaiman #NeilGaimanisalegend @24in48

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Well, it's still a messed up book, but I'm still as fascinated by Iain Banks' writing as ever.

Just 4 hours left to complete for this #24in48 #readathon. I might go with another #audiobook but I need brain fuel, so I'm off to have some dinner before I make my final book choice for this weekend. ..

@24in48

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I needed some a more passive approach to this #readathon to give my eyes a bit of a rest, so I've opted for this messed up and insane novel by Ian Banks.
I've read it before, so I know what to expect, but it's still very out there...

31 hours in, 17 to go...

#24in48 @24in48 #iainbanks #audiobook

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I know it's just the same as the film, but I like it anyway ☺

Book 7 done!

#24in48 @24in48 #readathon #sci-fi #aliens #Ripley #badass

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It's tatty book time again!

I saw this in a charity shop and had to have it. Aliens was an amazing movie, and Ripley is one of the silver screen's biggest badasses. When I was younger, all the action heroes were men until Ripley came along. Sigourney Weaver is EPIC in this role, so I had to get this book.

#24in48 @24in48 #readathon #aliens #sci-fi #feminist #badass #Shero #Ripley

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Holes | Louis Sachar
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Such a great book, I know remember why I enjoyed it so much first time around.
But now I really need some sleep...

#24in48 #readathon @24in48 #NapTime #24hoursin

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Holes | Louis Sachar
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Going back to my late teens with this one!

Book 6 (I think!)

#24in48 #readathon @24in48 #YA #adventure

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11/22/63: A Novel | Stephen King
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Yes, this is a Stephen King novel about time travel, the JFK assassination, and the butterfly effect. However, it also contains one of the most beautiful love stories I've ever read. The romance between Jake and Sadie is pure, beautiful, one for the ages.
Admittedly, I don't read #romance novels. I'm the eye-roller, the one who dislikes all things smushy, but Jake and Sadie make my heart ache.

#24in48 @24in48 #hour18romancechallenge #StephenKing

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Loved it!!

Great story, amazing artwork, really just fantastic. I need more!

Book 5 in my #24in48 #readathon. Time for a break now though, to cook some dinner and maybe watch a horror movie, before starting my next book...

@24in48 #horror #graphicnovel #Kindle #PrimeReading #vampire

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So excited to start this, volume 1 was *amazing*

Book 5 of the #24in48 #readathon @24in48 #horror #StephenKing #vampire #graphicnovel #Kindle #PrimeReading

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Amazing!!
Great story, gorgeous artwork, can't believe I've waited this long to read it!
Theres a very cheeky but subtle nod to another Stephen King piece in this piece too...

And I've just seen Volume 2 on Prime Reading for free *flails*

#24in48 @24in48 #horror #graphicnovel #StephenKing #vampire #readathon #Kindle #PrimeReading

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I adore graphic novels, particularly horror themed ones. I'm also a huge comic book fan, so you can tell I was hugely unpopular at school, haha

I've never tried this series before, but as a horror fan, a fan of vampire lore, and a Stephen King fangirl, this should tick all my boxes!

#24in48 @24in48 #readathon #horror #graphicnovel #StephenKing #vampire

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Short and very entertaining! A book of ridiculous answers to some big questions (and some silly ones too).

#24in48 #readathon @24in48 #comedy #silly

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A Life in Parts | Bryan Cranston
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I'm a bit obsessed with #audiobooks, this is just some of my #Audible collection!
They do give you a different experience than reading a book, but I have physical or e-copies of some of these books too. I loved listening to Bryan Cranston's 'A Life in Parts', & I must have listened to 11/22/63 (Stephen King) at least 7 times now!
I sometimes wonder whether I have too many books, is that even possible?..

@24in48 #24in48 #readathon #hour12challenge

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Time for a nice fun read, book 3 in my #24in48 #readathon. Heading towards hour 12 now, although I was asleep for the first 4ish hours, haha

@24in48 #funreads #lightreading #comedy

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The Rats | James Herbert
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Book 2 of my #24in48 #readathon

I've always kinda enjoyed this book. It's short, simple, and doesn't seem to want to do anything except entertain and possibly gross out the reader!

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The Rats | James Herbert
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Book 2 for #24in48

As you can see my the state of this edition, I've had it for many years and read it quite a few times, haha. This was one of the first horror novels I read as a kid that got me into the genre.

#jamesherbert #horror #childhoodfavourites #yepimaweirdo

@24in48

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[t R U T H] | Michael Payne
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A murder mystery. A surreal fantasy. The story of a thoroughly dysfunctional family. A love story. A battle between good and evil. I could go on!
I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed it. It really could have done with a better proof reader as there are a number of spelling, punctuation, and grammatical errors, but they don't detract from this strange and enthralling book.

#24in48 #PopSugarReadingChallenge @24in48

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[t R U T H] | Michael Payne
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[t R U T H] | Michael Payne
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So, I know I'm going to start my #24in48 #readathon with [TRUTH] by Michael James Payne (I decided on holding off on starting it for this event), but now I need to pick some more potential weekend books out. I also want to try and fill some of my #PopSugarReadingChallenge and #GoodreadsSummerChallenge prompts too!!
It starts at 5am UK time, so I best catch a few hours sleep.
So much choice, so little time... @24in48

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[t R U T H] | Michael Payne
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About to start [TRUTH] by Michael James Payne for my book exchange club. It looks and sounds super interesting 😃

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As a woman who has lived with mental health issues since her early teens (and now a History degree), I've always been interested in the history of women's mental health and the 'treatments' forced upon them.
This book has been on my TBR shelf for over a year (along with Hysteria by Andrew Scull & Mad, Bad, and Sad by Lisa Appignanesi) until I felt the time was right for me to really dive into the subject. Now is that time.
#womenshistory #herstory

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Mehso-so

Where do I start?...
This book details the torture of the Likens sisters, and murder of Sylvia Likens, at the hands of Gertrude Baniszewski and her children and other youths.
The subject matter is obviously very grim, but one of the major issues I have with this book is that lengthy conversations between Gertrude and Sylvia are detailed, yet Sylvia died and Gertrude never confessed to most of her crimes. So how does the author know what was said?

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Becoming | Michelle Obama
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I've been away from Litsy for four weeks, but that hasn't stopped me from reading (like anything could!!).
Highlights were Becoming by Michelle Obama, and Mr Mercedes by Stephen King.
Low points were Torture Mom by Ryan Green, and Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick.

I also read a bunch of comics, and I'm working my way through the Walking Dead series so I can compare them with the increasingly rubbish TV show!

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The Power | Naomi Alderman
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One of the most powerful (no pun intended) books I've read in quite some time. It made me sad, angry, happy, heartbroken...
The story of an alternative world where women suddenly have the power, and what happens. To see the violence so often perpetrated against women turned on men kinda crushed me. It made the reality of today's gender politics and our fight for equality even more apparent. It left me feeling so drained that I cried.

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Mr. Mercedes: A Novel | Stephen King
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I really enjoyed this book! Its been quite a few years since I've read this, perhaps more than a decade, so I thought I'd opt for the audiobook to get a different experience.
The stories are really enjoyable, and really varied; horror, sci-fi, a Sherlock Holmes story, notes from the author, its a mixed bunch, but well worth the nearly 27 hours of listening time!

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Untitled | Unknown
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Woohoo!
I can't believe that I hit my goal so early! I haven't read this much for at least a decade 😮

Now I just need to decide whether to increase my target or save it as so it'll look even more awesome by December, haha
I also want to see if I can complete the #PopSugarReadingChallenge too... 😃

#Goodreads #ReadingChallenge #winning

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Chilling Adventures of Sabrina #1 | Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
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Mehso-so

This was... ok. I guess I liked what for me was a new take on Sabrina, but I wasn't overly struck by the artwork nor the story.
In volume 1, we learn about Sabrina's family, and how she came to live with her aunts. It's a whole bunch darker than the goofy show you remember from your childhood, that's for sure!
I'd probably pick up the following volumes, but they probably won't be the first thing I pick off the shelf.
#horror #witches #originstory

xxjenadanxx Or you can watch the show, which in my opinion is excellent :) 5mo
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Under the Dome | King, Stephen
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Finally finished my re-read (relisten?) of this behemoth!
I've been picking at it for a couple of months but went on a 4 hour long walk yesterday to try and push to the end. I really do like this book, but I might have read it a few too many times. I think I'll give it a year before I even think of starting this again, haha

#stephenking #horror #humansaretheworst

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Dead Until Dark | Harris Charlaine
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I truly enjoyed this fun, kooky novel. Having seen True Blood, I knew what I was letting myself in for, and wasn't disappointed.
Sookie is a blond waitress from Bon Temps, who just also happens to be telepathic. Her world gets even weirder when a vampire walks into her bar.
It's not a heavy read, it fun, maybe not for ppl who are not fans of kinky business, but it was right up my street.

#vampire #horror #fangbanger #funny #sexy

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Dead Until Dark | Harris Charlaine
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I needed to take a break from the weight of Chernobyl: History of a Tragedy, so I've started one of my planned 'fun' reads early.

I loved True Blood; it was fun, trashy, sexy, silly, so I'm hoping that they stayed to true to the books.

#trueblood #southernvampire #vampires #sexy #funreading

Gennic I don't think it's like the show and it's a good thing for me. It's still a great series but the tv show went a completely different direction.
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Although I'm still a proponent of nuclear power, even I had to take a moment to let this sink in. Less than 5%.
The cover-up, the lies, the generations ruined, it was all a tragedy, and continues to be so.

#Chernobyl #NonFiction

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The Twisted Tree | Rachel Burge
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Mehso-so

This book is the story of a young girl who discovers that her family tree is far more unusual than she ever imagined, and what horrors and responsibilities come with that.
For me, it reads like an author's debut novel (I no idea if it is or not) where she had the crux of a great idea but not necessarily the detail to back it up. The characters lack depth, and everything feels too easy to resolve, but overall it wasn't bad. 3/5

#PopSugarChallenge

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Dumplin' (Dumplin' #1) | Julie Murphy
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For the first time in years, I read a book in one sitting. And it was this book.
I loved it, for several reasons. One was the mostly light-hearted first person narrative, but the main reason was that it was relatable. As a girl that's been fat all my life, as a girl who has even been too scared to do certain things because of how I look and how I thought I'd reflect on others, I totally understood Willowdean.
5/5

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FantasticLand: A Novel | Mike Bockoven
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FantasticLand, fantastic book!
Loved the style, really great narrative, somewhat unsettling in parts as its not that hard to imagine people being that monstrous to each other over nothing at all (it happens often enough IRL). 5/5

#FantasticLand #HumanBehaviour #HumanHorror

JamieArc My library doesn‘t have this yet on Audio and I can‘t wait to get my hands on it! 5mo
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I really enjoyed this book. There's something very inspirational about a woman who decides that she needs to reclaim her life, and a sense of who she is. I can relate to that.
The book is a nice mix of details about her experiences on the PCT, and recollections of her family, the death of her mother, her marriage, and the events that led her to hike 100s of miles alone. Solid 4/5 from me.

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Odd Thomas | Dean Ray Koontz
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Here we go again, old friend.

My seventh or eighth time reading this, and I'm still in love with Odd.

#OddThomas #literaryloves #supernatural #DeanKoontz

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A heartbreaking look into the lives of the women who were found murdered in Long Island.
Often, when we read about the victims of a killer, they're just names. They're grouped together by defining features or, as in this case, how they made a living.
In this book, we learn about some of these women in more detail, and Kolker handles them with care (even if I personally prefer the term sex-worker). 5/5

#truecrime #LISK #rememberthevictims

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A nice easy primer on the subject. It gives a little insight into some of the major theories, schools, and players in the development of Psychology. Ideal for people considering studying the subject, or just starting their studies.

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City of Bones (Reissue) | Cassandra Clare
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Bad, bad, bad!
A friend loaned me this book, telling me that I'd think it was great. Boy, was she ever wrong!
Terrible dialogue, poorly written, I had to force myself to get to the end. The 'shocking twist' was no surprise at all, and I just couldn't bring myself to care about such an annoying lead character, or any of the supporting characters (Luke wasn't terrible, to be fair).
I *definitely* won't be continuing the series.

Chelleo I hate when recommendations don‘t work out. Hope your next read is great! 6mo
Red.Reads Thanks @Chelleo I've got a huge list of others to work through, so I've no doubt I'll find one I love to counter balance it :) 6mo
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Kin | Kealan Patrick Burke
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Nope, I am not ok!! I really enjoyed this book but holy crap was it grim!!
I'm not a squeamish person, but there was some really brutal stuff in here. Show me monsters, ghosts, ghouls, and I'll laugh at them all. Show me true human horror and I'm gonna need somewhere to hide! Fast paced, terrifying, unflinchingly brutal, a must for horror fans!
#brutalAF #horror #graphic

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Loved this one! Captain Marvel is pitted against villains both on earth and from space! She teams up with the Guardians of the Galaxy, other superheroes, and a team of new recruits. Who will emerge victorious, and will all our heroes survive?
#CaptainMarvel #girlpower #Guardiansofthegalaxy

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Captain Marvel Vol. 2: Down | Kelly Sue DeConnick, Christopher Sebela
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Another super enjoyable comic with our heroine fighting alongside a former Captain Marvel, Monica Rambeau, uniting in a most unique fashion to vanish an enemy.
#CaptainMarvel #girlpower

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Captain Marvel Volume 1: Higher, Further, Faster, More | Kelly Sue DeConnick, Marvel Comics
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Much better artwork in this one, with a good storyline. Would definitely recommend :)
#CaptainMarvel #girlpower

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Can't say that I'm a big fan of comics where female super heroes are drawn as all tits and hips with no waist. It detracted from what was otherwise a decent storyline. This was the first in my Captain Marvel binge after watching the *amazing* movie
#CaptainMarvel #girlpower #unrealisticbodyimage