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Soscha

Joined May 2016

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Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur by Brandon Montclare, Amy Reeder
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Corpse Flower by Anne Mette Hancock
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Hotel Dare by Terry Blas
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Far Sector by N K Jemisin
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Five Total Strangers by Natalie D. Richards
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Legally Blonde by Amanda Brown
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Walden by Henry David Thoreau
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The Warden by Anthony Trollope
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The Siege of Vicksburg by Captivating History
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The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers
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Alligator Candy: A Memoir by David Kushner
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Charade by Peter Stone
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Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
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Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
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Relentless in Texas by Kari Lynn Dell
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ReMade: The Complete Season 1 by Kiersten White, Gwenda Bond, Carrie Harris, E. C. Myers, Andrea Phillips, Matthew Cody
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Caged by Ellison Cooper
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Tempest Rising by Tracy Deebs
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Home Before Dark by Riley Sager, Todd Ritter
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Chromosome 6 by Robin Cook
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Beloved by Toni Morrison
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The Vivisector by Patrick White
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No Exit: A Novel by Taylor Adams
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Readathon: Occasional List : Geleentheidslys | Gauteng (South Africa). Education Media Service
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Escape For 24 Hours Readathon starting tomorrow, on Discord—

All‘s Well (Awad) (Prompt: Already Owned)
Love Me, Love Me Not 3 (Io Sakisaka)
Something‘s Wrong With Us 3 (Natsumi Ando) (Prompt: Red-Green Cover)
The Water Dragon‘s Bride 4 (Rei Toma)
A Tropical Wish Yearns for Snow 4 (Makoto Hagino)
Squad (Maggie Tokuda-Hall)
Goblin Girl (Moa Romova)
One By One (Ware) (Prompt: Cold Setting)
All of Us Villains (Foody) (Prompt: Poll Pick)

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Punk Mambo | Cullen Bunn
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Mehso-so

This was such a disappointment. It was a Hoopla Free Borrow, and Cullen Bunn? Punk? Afro-Caribbean bend? 😲

And yet…it‘s painfully derivative, lower rent Constantine, and not very respectful to Vodou, which is a real religion.

Truth be told, I‘m just not fond of Valiant. I won‘t pan it but I‘ve not desire to read any further.

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Alice | Christina Henry
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I finished this audio in an altered state of consciousness so that may have something to do with my highly rated recommendation.

Not for kids, not for many adults either. Thing is Alice in Wonderland is pretty creepy in its natural state, so the author here is just giving it a harder tweak.

If you‘re in the mood do check it out, but be mindful of potential triggers.

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Last Girl Ghosted | Lisa Unger
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Mehso-so

Good, but not great, mostly due to editorial decisions by the author. I didn‘t much care about the main character‘s backstory and didn‘t see the need for the dual timeline element, especially since that time would be better spent on the budding relationship with the guy that ghosted.

But the first few chapters are ka-boom, the subsequent a fizzled firecracker. And the ending?—Your novel was over at least two chapters ago, author! Let it lie. 🙄

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Oh yes, I need this whether I want it or not—I‘ve got some emergency TBRs! I‘m plotting for Friday through Monday, with try or die finishings of *The Riddle of the Sands*, *A Good Girl‘s Guide to Murder*, *Frankenstein in Baghdad* & heavy headway on *The Porpoise*. 😱

How about you?? @Andrew65

#Halloween #20in4 #Readathon

Andrew65 I‘m taking the five days still to finish False Witness and read Skin Gods, Survivor Guilt, Dead Mercy and On A Night Like this before the end of the month 😱 3mo
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🧡 As tagged, plus “Frankenstein in Baghdad”—book discussion on Halloween. 🎃

🧡🧡 The book discussion mentioned above + Week 6 of my History of Ancient Egypt lecture on The New Kingdom 🐪

🧡🧡🧡 I do live a pretty blessed life though it doesn‘t always feel that way. 🏵

@DarkMina @Eggs

PLAY SHARE TAG YO‘SELF!! 🎃🎃🎃🎃

Eggs Thanks for playing 😻 3mo
DarkMina @Soscha Egyptian history is fascinating! 3mo
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The Other Emily | Dean Koontz
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“She is lost, and you must find her, but she leaves no trail, no footprints or spoor of any kind, and the way is dark, for she has gone into the forest of the night, where the trees are black and leafless, where the soon and the stars do exist, where the sun will never rise, where the path is ever downward, yet he descends in a desperate search, for she does not belong here among the dead, not when she is so alive in his mind and #FirstLineFridays

ShyBookOwl So atmospheric 3mo
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This was a very interesting read about a way of life that I hadn‘t been aware of but that still seemed familiar. People like living beside bodies of water—ok, now make it the Mississippi.

This isn‘t resort living—these are mostly repurposed houseboats & self-constructed homes. A motley group of characters, as you would imagine, and always tangling with both the Mighty Mizz & greedy “land-reclaimers” trying to force them out.

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My aspirational Halloween reading list. 🎃👻🧙🏻‍♀️😈

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Charade | Peter Stone
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Sorry I‘m a day late! Still trying to figure out this new iPhone!

1. I tend to choose crime/thriller-suspense over the cozies unless the latter is for a book club.

2. The cozy generally involves food, a bookstore & a cat. Sometimes knitting. Life‘s good things, no bad. 😜

Day late but you can still & play & tag & share!!! TheSpineView 💚♥️🧡

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Havana Heat: A Lupe Solano Mystery | Carolina Garcia-Aguilera
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1. I‘ve cut down on most of them & it was a painful process. All that remains is Alignist & Introverts Retreat. Both are worth checking out.

2. I need to follow some book TikTok if you can recommend any. I‘m on IG, Twitter, FB & Fitocracy. And I still have no friends. 🤷🏼‍♀️

3. Today I‘m glad I‘m covered by 3 blankets, a comforter & 1 furry little dog. Have mercy, this is Iowa weather in Southern California! 🥶

Play Share Tag Yo‘self!! @Eggs

Eggs Thanks for joining in 👍🏼📚👏🏻 3mo
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Deep Rivers | Jose Maria Arguedas
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This one is on the list for 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die. It‘s easy to see why but it‘s one you‘ll probably have to sit with awhile.

The author is Peruvian & though written in Spanish (“Los ríos profundos”) it did have some delay in translation as several words & passages are Quechua.

The attached photo is the Apurimac, befitting the title. The “Deep Rivers” here are both of Peruvian geography as well as its Andean roots & culture.

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The Dead | James Joyce
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It‘s spooky season, yay! Halloween reads here I come! Ooh, how about “The Dead”!

Zombies, right? Decomposing bodies rising? Ooo…bring it, ye devils & demons! I am pumped! 🧟‍♀️🧟🧟‍♂️

THIS BOOK IS A LIE.

zero stars, do not recommend. 😉

(Picture is Xylaria polymorpha, the fungi more commonly known as dead man's fingers.)

eri.reads This cracked me up! 🤣🤣 Sorry it was a bust though. 4mo
sharread 😳🎃🧙👻🧟‍♀️🧟💀☠ 4mo
Lindy Great photo! 3mo
tpixie Wow! What fungus!! 3mo
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I feel like I‘ve been scarce here lately!

1. I‘m doing the #DOWRTR but that‘s about it. I have too many off Litsy bookclub reads to catch up with.

2. Raw green beans & snap peas. Yes, just raw. For cooked, probably asparagus.

3. That I‘m too big to be stalked & eaten by a praying mantis.

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Soscha Re: the mantis thing! Yes, in my SoCal gardening group & friend has a particularly large one stationed on her hummingbird feeders. They do eat hummingbirds. What an amazing & formidable insect…but, no thanks! 4mo
Eggs Fascinating 📚👏🏻🎃 4mo
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Witches' Cove | Marilyn Ross
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Not the best cover photo but I do what I can. 🤷🏼‍♀️

I got this on audio from Hoopla. Book was published in 1971, so yes, a bit dated. Marilyn Ross wrote the novelizations for the beloved old supernatural soap opera “Dark Shadows”.

I have a large collection of old paperback gothics, Marilyn Ross was a regular writer of the genre. It reads like a more adult Scooby-Do episode. Fun & throwaway with extensive adverb abuse. 👻

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The Magic Fish | Trung Le Nguyen
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A nice graphic with interweaving stories, some with European mythology elements & others with Vietnamese origin.

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Just now getting around to leaving some reviews.

James Tynion is a must-read for me. This series is darker than most, I‘ll you. Collection V3 (issues 11-15) is the end of the Archer‘s Peak story, with some questions answered about who, what and why of The House of Slaughter.

I really can‘t recommended “Something Is Killing the Children” highly enough.

eri.reads I've been eyeing these at my library. Definitely going to pick them up! 😁 4mo
LazyOwl Love this series. I'm waiting on V3 library hold to come in. 4mo
Soscha Yes, I know he‘s evil but I love Octo. 🐙 4mo
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Save the Turkey! | Francine Pascal, Molly MIA Stewart
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Easy choices!

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🍎
🎃
👻
🔟

(It‘s hard to be a family-less vegan on Thanksgiving.)

#thoughtfulthursday @MoonWitch94

Tag Yo Selves & Play!

MoonWitch94 Thanks for playing 🍁🌻🍂✨🧡 4mo
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Pretty Things: A Novel | Janelle Brown
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This one‘s a real twisty-turny roller coaster ride! One‘s the grifter, the other the golden girl. Who are you going to root for?

I‘ll reveal no spoilers other than I‘m going to be shipping one pair of characters. 💞

(Photo is an advertisement for Harry Winston. Sweet, eh? I can only look from afar—a way, way afar.)

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Warm Bodies: A Novel | Isaac Marion
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I *finally* finished last month‘s #NovelWatchingCrew book! (But not the movie yet.)

I enjoyed it enormously, right blend of zombie grossness, humor and every color of emotional string-pulling.

I‘m not sure I‘m up to the sequel/s though. I just want the happy ending for this couple & the budding romance of their costars.

(Forgive me for not remember who I should be tagging. I will accept your rebuke & correction with roll call. 😕

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1. A good coffee

2. Candy corn. Don‘t be a hater! 🧟‍♂️

3. No. I wouldn‘t mind it though.

4. Always the scaries! Not sure what I‘ll read this year.

5. Items from Perfumer‘s Apprentice. I always need more.

6. More books? 🤔

#itsfallyall @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Awesome answers 🖤🧡 4mo
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📕 Tagged

🍇 🍓

🤩 The Forest of Stolen Girls by June Hur

💞 That foolish recall is over

@Eggs 😘😘😘😘

#WonderousWednesday

Eggs 💗📚👏🏻🤗 4mo
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The Darkness | Ragnar Jonasson
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This was my first Iceland Noir book.

Oh friends, I was not ready.

60-ish detective forced into retirement takes on one last cold case.

Dark, dark, darker ▪️◾️◼️ ⬛️

SamAnne I‘ve been in. Nordic noir kick. Stacked! 4mo
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The Witch Hunter | Max Seeck
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Finnish Malleus Maleficarum witches on the loose.

Certainly creepy & with some genuinely scary parts, if a bit hard to follow storyline.

But yes, recommended. ‘Tis approaching the season, after all. 💀🎃👻

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1. Chicago (Art Institute! 🖼), New Orleans ⚜️, 3–See: Amboy Dukes, 1968 “Journey to the Center of Your Mind” 🐲 (I‘m not well-traveled, alas.)
2. Long baths & edibles 😌🌱
3. Audiobook about The Rape of Nanking. You know, feel-good stuff.
4. The vast beauty & wonder of outer space. 🛰👨‍🚀

Tag yo‘self, friends! 😽

#wonderouswednesday @Eggs

Eggs 🎶📚👏🏻🤗 5mo
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Midnight Sun | Stephenie Meyer
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Two things. First, I don‘t see either the need nor purpose of this book. Maybe Meyer got jealous of E. L. James cashing in on the two sides to every story grift? Further, Edward‘s creepy alpha-protector mess is more prominent here thus even less enduring.

Second: I really don‘t need scenes of our “heroes” hunting down & killing bears & mountain lions & laughing about it. If y‘all are so damn smart why haven‘t you invented True Blood yet? 🤔

ssllynn I was debating on reading it or not! I don‘t feel like I‘d miss out on much of I don‘t.. 😮‍💨 5mo
Soscha It‘s not necessarily terrible. If you were a great fan of the original it‘ll probably we worth it. I just had to tap out at the animal death description. Just, no. 5mo
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Catherine House: A Novel | Elisabeth Thomas
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Alas, my reading completion rate has gone down precipitously. Yes, a long weekend I used listening to True Crime podcasts.

BUT, I did finish Catherine House. It‘s beautifully set & told. Lots of mixed opinions on it though! It‘s not scary, if that‘s how it‘s being labeled. It‘s more an elusive head-scratcher, with you-pick-your-own interpretation ending. If you keep that in mind you may want to give it a go.

suvata I‘m addicted to true crime podcasts. I usually listen to them at bedtime. My husband wonders how I can sleep afterwards. 🛌 5mo
Soscha They‘re my go-to when I‘m feeling a little down & too tired to start up a book. The one I follow the most is True Crime Garage. They never get into gory details though there are ones out there that do. Obscura is one. There‘s a lot of variety in style to chose from, most of them very good! 5mo
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Don't Look | Alexandra Ivy
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This is another FREE borrow from Hoopla this month. It was labeled “romance” but have to say the romance does not take a backseat to the mystery/suspense. In that latter it kept me guessing until the last reveal.

When the “romance” does come out front & center it‘s…🥵

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Mehso-so

Part of me feels I just didn‘t give this one a fair go. It‘s more literary than a scare-fest.

It‘s gotten some rave reviews so it‘s probably just me. I‘m going to have to give another CW for animal abuse/death. 😣

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This one has gotten mixed reviews which surprises me. This was a very enjoyable audiobook for when you‘re feeling down or overwhelmed.

I believe it‘s a series but I‘ve no idea how many volumes.

It‘s current a FREE borrow from Hoopla which is why I gave it a go; It was a good call on my part.

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I liked this one, BUT…be careful with with the animal slaughter/abuse if that‘s a trigger for you.

It‘s not excessive but it‘s not comfortable. I would be careful recommending this to younger children.

It is an anime which is what this still is from. I will be checking that out.

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Don't Look | Alexandra Ivy
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In a fish-filled sea you can throw a few back. #DatingTips

(This one is a Hoopla free borrow this month. It‘s a good read.)

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Wow. This was not a light read for me. I don‘t expect feminist critique of the male gaze and r*pe culture in a shōjo manga but it‘s certainly welcome.

We‘ll see where it goes from here. That I‘m aware there are only two (translated, anyway) volumes in the series.

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Florence and Giles | John Harding
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I‘ve never read “The Turn of Screw” so don‘t spoil that one for me.

“Florence & Giles” has a slow start but it picks up quickly.

A dark tale with no pat answers. In that it‘s probably also an homage to Henry James‘s tale.

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This arrived in my post today. I‘ve not read much Barker, you?

I‘m trying to catch up on Candyman lore, which was birthed in Clive Barker‘s short story, “The Forbidden", from Volume Five.

I‘m ready for Halloween already. ???

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Unearthly | Cynthia Hand
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Of the two Angel novels I read this monthly for #ParanormalLoveCrew this was the superior. There‘s no indication it‘s part of a series but it would be a wasted opportunity if it‘s not. Great character-building, setting & world-building,

JUST one thing, which I‘ll hashtag as I‘m not sure how to do the spoiler editing.

#AlwaysSavetheHorse #SavetheHorseFirst #MidasLives

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Crystal Cadets | Anne Toole
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Mehso-so

Two down today, not bad. Sorta how I feel about this volume: not bad, but not so good either. The art is nice but the narrative is lacking. Might be better for younger audience.

It‘s presently a FREE BORROW on Hoopla.

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The Underfoot Vol. 1: The Mighty Deep | Ben Fisher, Emily S. Whitten
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Mehso-so

I feel so guilty whenever I leave a bad review.

Scuba-diving & airborne commando hamsters? You‘d think that‘d be my thing! In theory, it still is. I just couldn‘t get into this one. The characters weren‘t differentiated enough & the art was just…meh.

Oni-Lion Forge graphics tend to be hit-or-miss for me tbh. So sorry, author/illustrator—you tried. 🤷🏼‍♀️

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The author does the best she can with the scanty details that remain of women-led slave revolts. The art is arresting without doing overly graphic.

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No One Is Talking about This | Patricia Lockwood
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I liked this one but I seem to be in the minority.

One thing? I cannot imagine doing the audio. It‘s more stream-of-consciousness, and a distorted conscious for most of the book.

#BookerLongList2021

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Embrace | Jessica Shirvington
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Finished this one early. My major takeaway is Angels drink *A LOT* of coffee.

I will continue reading the series if for no other reason that somebody got to root for the bad boys. 😈

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That Hair | Djaimilia Pereira de Almeida
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Fun (?) summer reading arrived today!

(I need to make more effort to check in here, apologies 😢)

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Such a Fun Age | KILEY. REID
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Enter the readathon! #ReadingRush

1/ Read a book with a cover that matches the colour of your birth stone.
2/ Read a book that starts with the word “The”.
3/ Read a book that inspired a movie you‘ve already seen.
4/ Read the first book you touch.
5/ Read a book completely outside of your house.
6/ Read a book in a genre that you‘ve always wanted to read more of.
7/ Read a book that takes place on a different continent than where you live.

Soscha Here‘s the full list: The Face: Cartography of the Void - Chris Abani

The Lights on the Hill - Garth St Omer

We Have Always Lived in the Castle - Shirley Jackson

Kuessipan - Naomi Fontaine

ReMade - Matthew Cody

The Nomads, My Brother, Go Out to Drink from the Big Dipper - Abdourahman A Waberi

In the Heart of the Seas - S.Y. Agnon

Such a Fun Age - Kiley Reid
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Slumber Party | Christopher Pike
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Mehso-so

This is my 1st Christopher Pike read. I just missed out on the RL Stine/Christopher Pike period of children‘s/YA lit.

Ive enough nostalgia-distance to note this isn‘t particularly well-written. Major issue—Christopher Pike (pseudonym for Christopher McFadden) does not have a particular gift for writing female characters.

I‘ll be reading more Pike I‘m conjunction with the Teen Creeps podcast so hopefully they‘ll get better.

Michael_Gee I love Teen Creeps! 6mo
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Slumber Party | Christopher Pike
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This is my 1st Christopher Pike read. I just missed out on the RL Stine & Pike period of children‘s/YA lit period.

I have enough nostalgia-distance to say this is not particularly well-written. I checked—Christopher Pike is a pseudonym for Kevin Christopher McFadden.

He does not have a gift for writing female characters, at least at this point. I‘ll be reading more Pike in conjunction with the Teen Creeps podcast. Hopefully he‘ll get better.

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The Deep | Nick Cutter
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Good book.

Bad animal death.

#CN #ContentWarning

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Detective Book Club selections | Detective Book Club, New York
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My Crime A Day TBR stack!

As ever I take awful photos.

I few of these authors I‘m familiar with, other I‘m not. You‘ll notice I‘m already a third through the one in the far right. This particular compilation was published in 1971 though the Erle Stanley Gardner short stories date from the early ‘30s.

(Erle Stanley Gardner is probably best known for creating Perry Mason.)

#CrimeADay #TBRCrew

AkashaVampie Awesome stack hun! I was laugh when I see my last name (it's my married name), Gardner on anything. 2y
ElizaMarie @AkashaVampie ha it‘s like when I get all excited to see my name in print :) 2y
AkashaVampie @ElizaMarie i dont see my first name ever (Kristy) so it's nice when I see my last name 2y
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RUFUS...!

(Stand-in: My dog Aiken Drum ꒒ ০ ⌵ ୧ ♡ )

Butterfinger So cute!! 2y
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My quarantine care package has arrived!

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Prester John | John Buchan
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Written in 1910 & rRRrrrracist!

Keep that in mind and you might be able to enjoy this as a period piece.