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ShyBookOwl

Joined February 2019

Mom, Reader, Writer & Sometimes Blogger (slashingpages.com)
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Four Found Dead by Natalie D. Richards
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Does this ring true for any of you reader-parents??

My reading life changed significantly after having my son, and audibooking while choring is my main reading time now 😅💕

slategreyskies I get that. I like audiobooks when I‘m cleaning and also when I‘m prepping meals. It helps cut the monotony. 6d
ShyBookOwl @slategreyskies It really does! I used to podcast while cleaning but now that I have so little reading time, it's always an audiobook lol 6d
AmyG Yep. I had a 2 1/2 year old when I had twins. I wound up hiring our son‘s pre-school teacher in the afternoons to babysit….so I could get a break….I‘d to in my bedroom and read. (edited) 6d
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ShyBookOwl @AmyG Good for u! 6d
jewright Yes, I listen while cooking, cleaning, and working in my garden. 6d
ShyBookOwl @jewright 😌❤️ 6d
Tamra Truth! 6d
Anna40 Haha! So true! 5d
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Spells for Forgetting | Adrienne Young
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There were tales that only the island knew.

Happy #FirstLineFridays !!

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Four Found Dead | Natalie D. Richards
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Mother's Day treats from my hubby that I'm looking so forward to reading with this evening! Wine, ice wine chocolates, and 2 big bags of gourmet popcorn 🍷🍫🍿 📚

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Go hubby!! 💙 2w
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"9-1-1, what is your emergency?"

This is sooo good so far!

Sace That is a great first line! 3w
ShyBookOwl @Sace It is! 3w
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Murder Road | Simone St. James
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Ummm... did anyone else not realize Spotify now offers tons of audiobooks? Turns out, dozens of audiobooks in my Audible Wish List are INCLUDED in my Spotify membership... like... at NO EXTRA COST 🤯🎧📚❤️

Zuhkeeyah Yup! It's great for books with long wait lists at the library. Just a heads up, you're limited to 15 free hours a month. You can pay to add more hours. 3w
ShyBookOwl OHHHH... good to know! Thx! 3w
CaramelLunacy I enjoyed Murder Road and its creepiness. Is it good on audio? 3w
ShyBookOwl @CaramelLunacy I haven't listened yet. It's on my TBR, so I was excited to see it included on Spotify. I'm sure I'll be listening shortly! 3w
ShyBookOwl @CaramelLunacy Yes! It was very good on audio! 6d
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Four Found Dead | Natalie D. Richards
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Sick as all get out this morning, but luckily my mom is visiting, so while she entertains my little guy, I get to stay in bed with a book and a slice of my husband's leftover bday cake 📚🍰

kezzlou85 Hope you feel better soon 3w
Librarybelle Hope you feel better soon! 3w
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TheBookgeekFrau Feel better 💕 3w
ShelleyBooksie Hope.you are.on the mend soon! 3w
CaramelLunacy Hope you feel better soon 3w
marleed Oh dang. Get well soon. 3w
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Darling Girls: A Novel | Sally Hepworth
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Another month of only thrillers & horror. Is it a rut if I love it there?? Still reading and loving Vengeful, but it's a slow go. Hopefully it'll make into my May Wrap Up 😅

Darling Girls ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Curse of the Reaper ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5
Secluded Cabin Sleeps Six ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Don't You Cry ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
The Island ⭐️⭐️⭐️.5

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The carcass is splayed in the middle of the table.

#FirstLineFridays The sentence is referring to what's left of their Xmas turkey, but unfortunately, I've seen the slasher, Thanksgiving, so all I can see is... well, I'll spare those of u who haven't watched it the imagery 😅

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Peekaboo Morning | Rachel Isadora
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15 months old, and already hiding at nap time with a book 😅

wanderinglynn ❤️❤️❤️ that‘s adorable! 1mo
Ruthiella So cute! 🥰 1mo
Sargar114 So cute!!! 1mo
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dabbe 🤩🤩🤩 1mo
Hooked_on_books A true Litten! 1mo
Reggie lol cute! 1mo
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Anyone else find themselves excessively browsing their own libraries? So instead of thinking about what actual book you own that you'd like to read, you just come up with a list of criteria and endlessly browse and re-browse your own library, waiting for a book that meets said criteria to suddenly materialize ... or is that just me? 😅 #moodreader

Aims42 Right here with you 🙋‍♀️ And explaining this to a non-mood reader? Good luck 😂 2mo
ShyBookOwl @Aims42 😂 Mood Reader Problems 2mo
Bookwomble Ha, ha! Snap! 😄 2mo
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Booksblanketsandahotbeverage Me to myself: But I was excited by all of these books at the time I bought them… 2mo
Leftcoastzen Oh yes! 2mo
Bookbuyingaddict @booksandblanketsandahotbeverage @ShyBookOwl @Bookwomble isn‘t that all of us 😆Im ashamed of my spare room I need a sort out! I deed watch a book vlogger with a great 👍 idea 💡 number each book 📖 on each shelf I.e. S1 B5…etc put in a TBR jar 🫙 then mix em up and when your ready for next read pull one out and hey presto 😆 how old am I 🤣🤣 sometimes it‘s the little things ! 😘 2mo
ShyBookOwl @Bookbuyingaddict Omg, I have a jar on my bookshelf filled with little pieces of paper upon which are written TBR titles. The plan was to grab one at random once a month. I did it once, wasn't in the mood for the book, never tried again 🤣 2mo
Bookbuyingaddict @ShyBookOwl me too ! I did it once beginning of March it‘s still in the window 🪟 untouched 🤣🤣your not alone 🤣😘 2mo
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Out for an #audiowalk with tagged book. It's a great story to consume outside! I'd love to take it to a forest sometime.

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The Island | Natasha Preston
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I upload my latest trailer to TikTok, advertising my new YouTube video, Killer in the Family, and I sit back.

#FirstLineFridays

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Nothing like an April snowstorm to make you contemplate whether your current read is really right for you.

Suet624 What a coincidence. I just dropped one book and started a different one, all while watching a storm outside my window. 2mo
ShyBookOwl @Suet624 Haha it really is a good time to do so. U see the snow and know you'll be inside more than usual and need a book u can invest in lol 2mo
Suet624 Exactly! 2mo
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The Cotton Candy Massacre | Christopher Robertson
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Here's a conundrum. Late last night and half asleep, I was half-heartedly reading a book for the book club I moderate. There was a sex scene. I thought nothing of it. Later, it seems to be revealed that the male party in the sex scene is actually a 10 yr-old boy... which means I've been tricked into reading what was actually a child rape scene! 🤬 I'm livid and want to bail. Is it okay to bail on your own book club?!

rabbitprincess Yes, definitely bail! 2mo
Hooked_on_books Given the circumstance, yes. And if you‘re far enough out from book club, you could even contact everyone and change up the book. I‘m sure there are people who will be glad to not have to read that scene. 2mo
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Soubhiville I‘d agree with @Hooked_on_books , let your club members know and suggest a change. Or if they choose to stick with the book, sit this month out or go without reading it. My bookclub usually has one or more members who didn‘t read or didn‘t finish the book who still come to the meeting to listen to the discussion. Sometimes talking about why you DNF can be one of the more interesting conversations. 2mo
ShyBookOwl @Soubhiville @Hooked_on_books I appreciate hearing this! Thank you. I have set up a vote for the club to choose to power through or switch to the book that got the 2nd most votes when we chose this one. Either way, I've officially bailed and feel much better! 2mo
ShyBookOwl @rabbitprincess Thank you!! 2mo
Hooked_on_books Sounds like you‘re on a great path! And the fact that you feel better shows how important bailing was. 2mo
ShyBookOwl @Hooked_on_books 💯 I'm so relieved 2mo
BookmarkTavern #HailtheBail ! 🎉🎉🎉 2mo
ShyBookOwl @BookmarkTavern haha 🎉 yes! 2mo
Princess-Kingofkings Absolutely ~ bail away! 2mo
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Vengeful | V.E. Schwab
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A household cold means we've pushed our Easter gathering to next week, which means more reading this long weekend... can't complain about that... especially since my symptoms are very mild and this book is very good 😌

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How to Survive Your Murder | Danielle Valentine
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Panpan

⭐️⭐️.5

I don't enjoy giving low ratings, but I couldn't talk myself into rounding up for this one. A passive lead character and a ton of unanswered questions left me very disappointed with an otherwise fun premise with a lot of potential. Full review on my blog 👇🏽

https://slashingpages.com/2024/03/21/how-to-survive-your-murder-danielle-valenti...

dabbe #fanofthepan! 🤩🤩🤩 2mo
CaramelLunacy I liked this a bit better than you did, but hard agree that I was hoping for some Dad comeuppance given that he was preying on his students/athletes. That was disappointing. 2mo
ShyBookOwl @CaramelLunacy It really was! I find it odd that they decided to use that without addressing it properly 2mo
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Vengeful | V.E. Schwab
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THE night Marcella died, she made her husband‘s favorite dinner. #FirstLineFridays

I still can't believe it took me this long to read this series

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The big comfy reading chair 🤗

Texreader Awwww! ❤️ 2mo
Princess-Kingofkings Sesame Street 💗 2mo
ShyBookOwl @Princess-Kingofkings A classic, of course 🤗 2mo
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AmyG So sweet❤️ 2mo
dabbe 🤩🤩🤩 2mo
ShelleyBooksie Growing so fast!!!! Adorable ♡ 2mo
ShyBookOwl @ShelleyBooksie He is! It's surreal lol 💕 2mo
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Vengeful | V.E. Schwab
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I am LOVING Schwab's brand of urban/superhero fantasy in the Villains series. About to start book 2 and so excited! I'll have to revisit the Shades of Magic trilogy next. I really enjoyed book 1 but never bothered with the sequel. But Vicious has reminded me how much I love her style.

Fr3NcHtOaSt If you want another urban superhero style series read Bigtime Series by Jennifer Estep. It‘s classified as parnormal romance but I loved it. 2mo
ShyBookOwl @Fr3NcHtOaSt Oh thank you for the rec! 2mo
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Good morning! This kid knows how to start the week off right lol

ravenlee 😍 3mo
BarkingMadRead That hair though 😍😍 3mo
dabbe 🤩🤩🤩 3mo
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Reggie Omg they‘re growing so fast!!!! Have they surprised you yet by climbing over the crib? 3mo
ShyBookOwl @Reggie I know! It's wild. And, luckily, NO... not yet, anyway lol He is climbing all over the couch these days, though... and me 😅 3mo
ShyBookOwl @BarkingMadRead 🤗 I just gave him his first trim a couple days ago, too! 3mo
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My Heart Is a Chainsaw | Stephen Graham Jones
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This was a beautiful but challenging read. As a slasher that carefully and artfully explores everything from gentrification to racism and abuse, this is a truly unique take on the Final Girl that will stick with me for a very long time. Full review on my blog 👇🏽

https://slashingpages.com/2024/03/05/my-heart-is-a-chainsaw-stephen-graham-jones...

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I like this exchange. It's so simple, but touches on something so big. This idea of the femme fatale, or how female beauty is itself dangerous. An idea that has been used as a way to repress and oppress women since... always! Her response, so simple and nonchalant, but so perfect. Superpowers aside, this feels like a bigger statement Schwab is making.

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TheSpineView Awww... cuteness overload! 3mo
ShyBookOwl @TheSpineView Right?! 😌 3mo
dabbe 🤩🤩🤩 3mo
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rabbitprincess Awww what a cutie! And that looks like a very interesting book 🐰🐰🥰 3mo
Bookpearl Too precious!! 3mo
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My Heart Is a Chainsaw | Stephen Graham Jones
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Low book count for February (for me), but at least I enjoyed them all! Tagged was extremely challenging, but worth it in the end 🖤

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The Boy Who Cried Bear | Kelley Armstrong
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I have 2hrs left of the tagged audiobook, and after a slow reading month, I'm more excited than usual to be able to finish it on bonus February reading day 😅🎉

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Vicious | V. E. Schwab
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Ok, I know the nice weather isn't going to stick around, but I really appreciate this little spring tease 📚☀️

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The Boy Who Cried Bear | Kelley Armstrong
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Thought I'd throw out a little bookish fun this morning ☺️ Here's mine 👇🏽

Books are the most important thing.

I feel pretty good about that 🤗 #ReadingLife
Feel free to tag a current read too!

Meshell1313 Books are magic. 3mo
ShyBookOwl @Meshell1313 OH that's a good one! And true 😌 3mo
ElizaMarie Books and movies that you could read on the way to work in your home country are available on your phone. —— HA! Sounds like a PSA 3mo
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ShyBookOwl @ElizaMarie 😅😅😅 it really does 3mo
SaunteringVaguelyDownwards Books about the same thing that you have to do with the kids, and the kids are going to be a little late to the party. 😂 -- I don't even have kids, so I'm not sure why my phone is all about them! 3mo
ShyBookOwl @SaunteringVaguelyDownwards 🤣🤣🤣 that is so good 3mo
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Vicious | V. E. Schwab
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It's been a long time since I've been this into a book that isn't strictly a horror/thriller 😍🤗

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Vicious | V. E. Schwab
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VICTOR readjusted the shovels on his shoulder and stepped gingerly over an old, half-sunken grave.

#FirstLineFridays I can't believe it's taken me this long to start this one. I'm immediately hooked.

OriginalCyn620 I cannot stress enough how much I love this book! 🖤 3mo
ShyBookOwl @OriginalCyn620 I bought it years ago and just haven't been in the mood until now. Loving it 3mo
lil1inblue VE Schwab quickly became one of my favorite authors. This book was so good! 3mo
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Reading location is essential to any book experience. #ReadingLife

marleed So sweet! And true, there are some books that take me back to the location where I consumed the story. 3mo
dabbe 🤩🤩🤩 3mo
Leftcoastzen Awww! Cuteness! 3mo
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My Heart Is a Chainsaw | Stephen Graham Jones
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Sunday afternoon me-time, while my husband gets in some daddy-son time downstairs 😌

Ruthiella 😻😻😻 3mo
dabbe 🖤🐾🖤 3mo
maich Our youngest kitty is the same as yours🥰😻 3mo
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What Lies in the Woods | Kate Alice Marshall
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Despite guessing some of the mystery, I really enjoyed this ride. There was a lot going on, but it didn't feel convoluted, and I liked the main character. She was engaging and so was the story.

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Escaping Mr. Rochester | L.L. McKinney
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Here's a book with a premise I'm really excited about, by an author whose stuff I've not enjoyed in the past. Very curious to see how this one will go for me 🤔

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I Am Behind You | John Ajvide Lindqvist
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A little bookish humour, courtesy of The New Yorker. Which stage are you at??

My physical shelves are only at the horizontal squeeze stage. My kindle is a whole other story, though LOL If it was physical, it'd be at I'm Fine 🤣

Tagged book is one I've had on my tbr for so long, I don't recall the premise 😅

Jari-chan I'm somewhere between the secret double and misanthrope 😅🙈 3mo
ShyBookOwl @Jari-chan 😂 3mo
RaeLovesToRead Somewhere between I'm Fine and a full-on housing crisis 😅 3mo
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BarbaraJean I‘m somewhere between Misanthrope and Cry for Help. This is based on the fact that the tall bookshelf holding most of my physical TBR resides next to my bed… and I would literally be trapped under a pile of books I haven‘t read if there was a strong enough earthquake in the right direction. 😆 3mo
MariaW 😂 3mo
ShyBookOwl @BarbaraJean 😅 that is terrifying and amazing 3mo
diovival I went from horizontal squeeze straight to misanthrope 😅 3mo
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My Heart Is a Chainsaw | Stephen Graham Jones
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On the battered paper map that‘s carried the two of them across they‘re not sure how many of the American states now, this is Proofrock, Idaho, and the dark body of water before them is Indian Lake, and it kind of goes forever out into the night.

#FirstLineFridays A mouthful of a first line, and they don't get any shorter after that 😅 A challenging read, but worth it.

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What Lies in the Woods | Kate Alice Marshall
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There is a wilderness in little girls.

#FirstLineFridays I have been on a thriller kick for way too long, but I can't seem to stop. They're addictive, and this one is no exception!

RavenclawOwlCat “Revolution tastes oddly…sweet.” -Iron Flame 🔥 4mo
ShyBookOwl @RavenclawOwlCat Ooh I like that one. Really sets a tone 4mo
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What Never Happened: A Thriller | Rachel Howzell Hall
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This one had a great cold opening that hooked me right away, and I couldn't put it down for the last 15%... but everything in between really dragged for me. I almost bailed many times, but was just a little too curious to see if my theory about the killer's identity was right. I was close! Satisfying climax, but annoying characters and a slightly triggering pandemic backdrop made it difficult for me to get through.

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The Last Mrs. Parrish | Liv Constantine
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What a great reading month! I enjoyed all except, The Last Housewife, which really wasn't for me.

The Last Girls Standing & The Last Mrs. Parrish were my faves. Also, just now realizing that half the books I read this month were titled "The Last ____" ?

SilversReviews Some good titles here!! 4mo
LiteraryHoarderPenny There is the sequel to The Last Mrs. Parrish coming out this summer! Looking forward to reading that one when it comes out! 4mo
ShyBookOwl @LiteraryHoarderPenny Same! Can't wait to see where she goes with these characters!! 4mo
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FINAL GIRL SUPPORT GROUP. | GRADY. HENDRIX
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

A genre-bending gem that is more action-thriller than horror, but definitely made for Slasher fans with plenty of nods and classic nostalgia. Also plenty of twists and only a little predictable.

Read my full review on my blog 🤗 https://slashingpages.com/2024/01/29/the-final-girl-support-group-grady-hendrix/

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Elmo Says... | Sarah Albee
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#BabyBookOwl Watching his love of reading blossom is such a treat 😍📚

ElizaMarie I love this! You are raising a book lover! 4mo
Chrissyreadit ❤️❤️❤️❤️ 4mo
TheBookHippie ♥️♥️♥️♥️ 4mo
Ruthiella Adorable 🥰 4mo
dabbe 🖤🩶🖤 4mo
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What Never Happened: A Thriller | Rachel Howzell Hall
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That moment when you realize there's over 150 pages left of a book you're barely enjoying.

5feet.of.fury It‘s pandemic day. That‘s the day I got sent home from the office “for 2 weeks” lol 4mo
ShyBookOwl @5feet.of.fury Yup! The book is set against that backdrop. Where I am, we'd been working from home for about a week, but the next day (17th), the city shut down entirely. 4mo
Reggie I think Eliza sings it best-Let it goooo let it gooooo. I have done so much bailing in the past 6 months. It works wonders. 4mo
ShyBookOwl @Reggie 😂 I love it! I just might have to. Though, I am still pretty curious who the killer is... 4mo
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Amber Patterson was tired of being invisible.
#FirstLineFridays

Hoping to finish this one over the weekend. What a wild ride! I love the first line, but then there's a huge shift halfway through that hooked me all over again!

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What Never Happened: A Thriller | Rachel Howzell Hall
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#FactFromFictionTuesdays

Fiction lovers know you don't need to go to the non-fiction aisle to learn new things. So I thought this would be a fun way to spread knowledge through novel love 😍

Here's mine: Catalina Island (CA) is mostly car-free. At the time of this book, there was a 14-year waitlist to be approved for a full-sized vehicle! (I Googled it. It's now 25 years)

julesG Interesting factoid! I'm wrecking my brain as to what I recently learned. 4mo
ShyBookOwl @julesG I thought so! Lmk if u come up with anything 🤗 4mo
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What Never Happened: A Thriller | Rachel Howzell Hall
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Lazy Saturday afternoon reading 😌

Leftcoastzen The best! 4mo
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The Villa: A Novel | Rachel Hawkins
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

A fun thriller with two intertwining storylines across two timeliness (and two murders). In the 70s, we have a group of rock stars and artists in the villa, and in the present, we have two writers seeking inspiration in the villa. While I found the present storyline a little unsatisfying overall, the past storyline carried the book for me, with interesting characters, good suspense, and a great surprise ending!

Reecaspieces Her new one is sooooo good 4mo
ShyBookOwl @Reecaspieces Ahh! I didn't realize she already had another one out! My Villa hold took forever to come in 😅 thank u!! 4mo
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What Never Happened: A Thriller | Rachel Howzell Hall
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This one doesn't have great reviews, but I am a couple chapters in, and very intrigued.

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The Last Girls Standing | Jennifer Dugan
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5

I loved this book. I always forget how engaging a YA Thriller can be, but this one really hit all the marks for me! A realistic but unreliable narrator, a suspenseful mystery, and a Final Girl theme. Not to mention a roller coaster ride of a conclusion.

Full Review on my blog 🤗 https://slashingpages.com/2024/01/11/the-last-girls-standing-jennifer-dugan/

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The Last Girls Standing | Jennifer Dugan
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De-decorating soon, but for now, enjoying the ambience.

Aims42 Same 😞 De-decorating on my plans for this weekend. Booooo 5mo
ShyBookOwl @Aims42 I planned to do so on Sunday, but woke up sick. Slowly getting around to it now lol Now it's just cold, snow storms, and no festivities to look forward to until spring 😕 5mo
Aims42 Ugh, right? Don‘t be hard on yourself, while yes, I did take it all down over the weekend. It sat in the bins in our living room until last night when I took them to the basement 😂 I hope this winter flies by, I‘m so ready for spring! 5mo
ShyBookOwl @Aims42 Haha me toooo! 5mo
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The Villa: A Novel | Rachel Hawkins
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Yesssssss!

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The Last Housewife: A Novel | Ashley Winstead
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Two chapters in, and I can already tell this will be un-put-down-able.