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StellaDz

StellaDz

Joined May 2016

All books, any book; they make me happy 😊 Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/AshleyDz (Send me an add!)
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Good Omens by Gaiman, Neal
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Skagboys by Irvine Welsh
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Good Omens | Gaiman, Neal
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Ciara hates it when mommy starts a new #audiobook because it sometimes means a haircut. I liken it to getting a bowl cut from your mom when you were a kid. 😂

Megabooks Lol!! 🤣🤣 17h
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Things My Son Needs to Know about the World | Fredrik Backman, Neil Smith
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The world: it‘s beautiful, it‘s flawed, and we are the same. Backman writes another stunning book. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ without a doubt. I really didn‘t expect it to be so funny! But it‘s also touching, and I don‘t even have kids. He has such a way with words, that readers can‘t help but be awe-inspired.

**Finished it on my trip to the Cabot Trail, Nova Scotia. Pictured above is White Point

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Things My Son Needs to Know about the World | Fredrik Backman, Neil Smith
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Backman defines what parenthood is like absolutely perfectly. Eleven pages in and I‘m already laughing out loud. 😂😂

marleed This was on my 2019 Top6Reads. I love it so much! 2w
StellaDz @marleed this is the only author that on page one I know it‘s gonna be a 5 star read. I love everything I‘ve read from him! 2w
marleed I agree! 2w
Megabooks Great book!! 2w
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Things My Son Needs to Know about the World | Fredrik Backman, Neil Smith
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Needed something good for the soul. #currentlyreading this book and, of course, popcorn!

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This was my least favourite of the trilogy. Some great tales but it kind of dragged. That being said, I did scream while reading it when my lamp shade fell off the light. So, in the grand scheme of things, if a book of scary stories makes you jump, scream, or look at every dark corner? It‘s doing its job. 👍👍

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ShyBookOwl Haha nice. I love this podcast and have been curious about the books 2w
StellaDz @ShyBookOwl I love all of his podcasts! These books are sort of a refresher of the podcast. A lot of the same stories. I listened to Lore so quickly though that reading helped me catch the little details I missed. There a few new stories in each of the books, and the art is super nice! They are beautiful books! 2w
ShyBookOwl @StellaDz awesome! The artwork looks great 2w
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I heard this story on the Podcast, and it is legit my fave of the 100+ tales. I‘m glad there was a piece of art for it. It is so beyond messed up, that I couldn‘t believe it actually happened. #currentlyreading

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Black Hills | Dan Simmons
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Bailedbailed

Nope. Nope. Nope. I like Simmons but this book just wasn‘t working for me. The portions from Black Hill‘s POV were interesting and full of culture. The portions from Custer‘s POV were basically just reading letters to his wife about their sexcapades. 😳 Annoying. With 17 more hours to go and still no progression in the story, it was a bail.

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On to the next! They‘re all due back while I‘ll be away on a trip so I have to read them before I leave!! No rest for the wicked! 😂 #currentlyreading

ljuliel Does your library have the vacation extension thing ? Like here, if you check books out and are going on vacation, they‘ll extend your loan for an extra number of weeks. 3w
StellaDz @ljuliel I‘ll have to check! The last city I lived in wouldn‘t renew if there was a waiting list and there always is in this city 😳 (edited) 3w
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This is similar in style and layout to the first book in the trilogy: Monstrous Creatures. It is still the podcast, but once again, having listened through it so fast, it‘s a nice refresh. Plus this one is about horrible people: serial killers, con artists, you name it. Just the scum of the earth. And that‘s my jam. First story was about H.H. Holmes (who has a few in this book), and I immediately squeeed in excitement.

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Starting the next Lore book in the series! I‘m excited for this one! Also, perfect summer drinking glass 😂😉

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Here‘s the thing: this is the podcast in written form. Obviously I would say listen to Mahnke tell the stories because he‘s amazing. But if you do like I did, and caught up on 100+ episodes really quickly, reading them again is nice. Quick horror stories covering vampires, werewolves, hauntings, creatures such as Mothman, and even Annabelle... what‘s not to love?

Only downside? I wish there were more drawings, because they are gorgeous.
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Vampire hunters in Bulgaria are born into the tradition, but only on specific days. Sometimes superstition and lore make sense... sometimes they seem too random. 😳 #currentlyreading

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Picking up this book today! I love Mahnke‘s podcasts (one of the same name) and this book is gorgeous inside!

Also, unplanned matching with book 😉

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I love reading anything RuPaul puts out. This being a first book, it‘s not as polished as her others, but it was enjoyable seeing the progression and creation of RuPaul. Her struggles, successes and failures made her the fierce queen she is today! A fun and amazing read.

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I honestly didn‘t think I had that many.... 😳📚📚

rather_be_reading 🤣🤣 always 1mo
StellaDz @rather_be_reading I‘ve apparently been saying that I need to get into True Crime for many years, but have forgotten that each time I buy 2-3 true crime books 😂 1mo
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Buying used books is amazing. My bf‘s haul included this novel and inside I found this handmade bookmark. I died. 😂

Reviewsbylola I live for finding stuff like this in used books. 😆 1mo
StellaDz @Reviewsbylola totally! I fell over laughing. I generally keep them in the book as well, so if I pick it up again, I get to relive the find 😂😃 1mo
CoverToCoverGirl Hilarious and fun! 😂 1mo
StellaDz @CoverToCoverGirl I wasn‘t this creative with bookmarks back in the day 😂 1mo
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Holy man! Visited one of the big book sales here in London, and made quite a haul! I wasn‘t really ‘looking‘ for anything but managed some great finds! All for $20!

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Bailedbailed

Nope, nope, nope. I got to page 34 before I had to call it quits. The writing seemed too simplistic IMO. It was confusing and lacked the detail I wanted in a ‘true crime‘ novel. And for some reason I had the most trouble I‘d ever had in keeping people straight. If I have to look up names (because some keep changing), it‘s too much work. I have better luck with a novel about 17th century royalty... and they almost all had the same name!

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I had a 7 hour drive home yesterday, so this was my chosen audio. OMG!! This is amazing. Yes, it‘s graphic and violent. It‘s not for everyone. But listening to the investigators, the victims and the survivors, made the struggle to find this ‘man‘ (I use quotation marks because it‘s hard to see him as human) so much more real. I‘m now wanting to pick up I‘ll Be Gone in the Dark.

Amazing.

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Mehso-so

I can‘t say this was my fave. It‘s basically filler. Little side stories and stories that were meant to ‘fill in the blanks‘ that they posted online, are compiled here. For once I didn‘t mind the different artists, but the stories were meh. I would have preferred an extra volume regarding the main storyline.

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You know when you‘re just looking for a book to make your heart flutter, your smile hurt, and your laugh shake the walls? This is that book. This is a second read for me and I love it. Travis and Craig meet in high school, fall in love but drift apart during college. Twenty years later, Travis realizes his life‘s missing piece is Craig, and begins tracking him down in the hopes of a rekindling of their past feelings. Shenanigans abound.
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After reading The Terror by Dan Simmons, I became obsessed with the story of Erebus and the Terror. Palin‘s work is a well-written, well-researched and passionate study into the fate of these two boats. Listening to the audible version, you can tell that Palin loves the story and is fascinated by the tragic fate of the boats, and the men aboard them. It makes it difficult for you, as a reader, to not become engrossed.

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Catwoman: Soulstealer | Sarah J. Maas
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I LOVED this book! Seeing a young Selina Kyle work through traumas and difficulties to become such a bad*** character was so much fun. I loved that there were many other characters (Harley and Ivy ❤️), making the story even more chaotic in true Gotham City Sirens fashion. I‘ll definitely be continuing the series.

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It‘s a lovely day on vacay. On to book 5! 😃😃📚📚

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Catwoman: Soulstealer | Sarah J. Maas

I am currently on vacation, and have already finished 3 of my currently reading pile. I feel so accomplished!! Be prepared for reviews when I‘m back to the real world!

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Catwoman: Soulstealer | Sarah J. Maas
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This bookmark has been waiting for this perfect book partner!

Super enjoying these DCIcon books. I‘ve put the Wonderwoman and Superman ones on my wish list!

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Omg so close! I really need to go to a book signing event!!! 😭😭 #bookwormbingo

BoleyBooks If you live anywhere near me (Pensacola, Florida)— I‘ll sign one of my books and we can call it an event! (edited) 2mo
StellaDz @BoleyBooks I‘d take that but I‘m in London, ON 😭 2mo
BoleyBooks 😭😭😭 hugs 🤗 2mo
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Catwoman: Soulstealer | Sarah J. Maas
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Just a cute little moment. Made me smile 😊 #currentlyreading

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Catwoman: Soulstealer | Sarah J. Maas
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I think dust jackets are cool but I always take them off when I‘m reading the book. What‘s revealed underneath is sometimes fun as well! #currentlyreading

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Catwoman: Soulstealer | Sarah J. Maas
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And now for something a little bit lighter. 😃🐱🐱

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Bundy has always fascinated me. He was a true chameleon that conducted a reign of terror completely unmatched (at the time). Rule‘s perspective is something that a fiction writer could not create: friends with the killer, and unknowingly writing a book about his crimes. It was a captivating and terrifying story.

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There were many actors in the trial of Bundy, but it is the judge that sticks with me. He was a character but came across as very upstanding and true to his role. His quote here during sentencing has always stuck with me. It‘s very poignant. I think it outlines the dichotomy in Bundy that many people have trouble reconciling. #currentlyreading

laurenslibrary Just finished this one and couldn't agree more! Ted Bundy was a monster, but he had the potential to be someone good and successful. I think the judge saw that in him. I wonder if there was some sort of intervention during his childhood if Bundy could have learned to control his sociopathic tendencies or if this was always his destiny. 2mo
StellaDz @laurenslibrary it‘s an interesting thought! Was there a point at which he could have been ‘saved‘ or was it unavoidable. 2mo
CoverToCoverGirl @laurenslibrary @StellaDz it always just kind of leads us back to that unanswerable question: Nurture or Nature? 2mo
StellaDz @CoverToCoverGirl very true. Rule made a point when discussing his sentence of the death penalty that it was a waste. If he was institutionalized, would scientists and doctors found out more about the antisocial personality disorder? He was a unique case at the time in his actions, and probably still one of the worst serial killers. Although, as years go on, more pop up... 2mo
CoverToCoverGirl Waaay too many! 2mo
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‘Add one digit to that and you‘ll have it.‘

The statements that were made by Bundy are equaling mind-boggling and disturbing as his actions. It seems that when he did decide to talk, it was still a game that he felt he was the greatest player in.

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CoverToCoverGirl Manipulation was the name of “the game” for him! An interesting and well written account. Ann Rule certainly had a unique perspective: the good Ted as she knew him and the Ted the rest of the world came to know him as — evil. (edited) 2mo
StellaDz @CoverToCoverGirl he was a master manipulator. For lack of a better word, that‘s probably what made him so successful. It‘s hard for me to imagine how he was considered so charming, but evil, I can‘t even imagine what Rule was dealing with. 2mo
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I will admit that reading about the Chi Omega Murders (despite already knowing about them) disturbed me a lot. I had trouble sleeping and had to put this one down for a bit. His reign of terror is nearing an end though. I‘m still flabbergasted. #currentlyreading

CoverToCoverGirl A well written story though. 2mo
StellaDz @CoverToCoverGirl it really is. I am enjoying it! No matter how slowly I must read it LOL 2mo
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Sabrina | Nick Drnaso
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The story is one that captivated me: a young woman is brutally murdered, but amongst a media frenzy, conspiracy theories and the video being posted online, those left living are tortured with the insensitivities of the modern world.

The art? Absolutely horrible. All men looked the same, and there were pages where I had to turn the book right into light to see the images and wording.

Good story. Bad presentation. ⭐️⭐️

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I made the plunge for Audible! This is my first choice! #currentlylistening

CoverToCoverGirl I‘ve been a audible member since 2009.. I listen whenever I don‘t have time to sit and read a physical book! 2mo
StellaDz @CoverToCoverGirl I‘ve become a big fan of audiobooks! I already have a growing wishlist on audible. LOL I might not be able to keep it to the one per month 😂 2mo
CoverToCoverGirl I get two per month but pick up others when they have discounted membership sales. 2mo
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I‘m in the mood where I pick up everything and take the longest to finish anything.

I‘ve watched The Bundy Tapes, I‘ve just watched the Efron movie, I love the movie The Riverman where Carey Elwes plays Bundy, and I‘ve studied this case in my schooling. I‘m just fascinated, and this new side (from a close friend duped) will be so interesting.

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CoverToCoverGirl I recently read this.. my very first Ann Rule.. it‘s very good and IMO well written.. a chilling telling. 2mo
StellaDz @CoverToCoverGirl this‘ll be my first Ann Rule as well! I‘m very excited to see what this brings forward. 2mo
CoverToCoverGirl I remember when this was breaking news.. most of it was familiar to me but Ann‘s unique connection was a stunner to me and a few other details as well. 2mo
RainyDayReading One of Bundy‘s victims was abducted off the campus of the college I went to. If I remember right I think they named one of the gardens or one of the buildings after her. So weird to think about that I walked in many of the same places she did decades later. 2mo
StellaDz @RainyDayReading 😳 I can‘t even imagine. That would be so unnerving! 2mo
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The Savior | J.R. Ward
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It‘s weird that the Ward books I‘m not looking forward to become ones I enjoy the most. I loved meeting Murdher and Sara, and seeing many of the brothers again. The story did seem really quick, and I‘d say like The Thief, it wasn‘t really a story about the ‘main characters‘. But FINALLY the plot is moving forward! Things are happening, and it looks like things touched on in the first few novels, are finally coming forward.

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CoverToCoverGirl I just finished this yesterday.. I wasn‘t quite as taken with this one! I thought it was just okay. Once again to many characters acting way to far out of character, especially V. 2mo
StellaDz @CoverToCoverGirl I do agree. I‘m really glad that she seems to be moving things forward though. The balance is still not right. We either get story and events happening, or we get characters! But I do love Ward. Guilty pleasure 💯 2mo
StellaDz @CoverToCoverGirl I also, didn‘t care about meeting Murdher before the book came out, but now I want to know more! For it being his book, we got only a little bit IMO 2mo
CoverToCoverGirl True, he still feels like a stranger amidst a group of well loved old friends.. he definitely needs to be fleshed out more. And I‘m very excited the Fallen Angel series appears to be converging with the BDB. I‘m commencing a re-read just now as I read them several years ago so I need to be refreshed on them. 2mo
StellaDz @CoverToCoverGirl I have been waiting for that to happen for so long!!! That‘s why I‘m so happy for things moving forward; I hope things are going to be dealt with! (edited) 2mo
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Bailedbailed

With 1 hour left, I‘m dropping this. I‘m shaking my head in disgust. For a memoir, it‘s crass and insensitive towards mental health, cultural differences and basically anything else it touches on. It comes across as a series of shock-value stories, that have no reason other than to offend.

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StellaDz @CoverToCoverGirl that was basically my face while listening. It was hard to judge because she‘s talking about her own mental illness in her family, but it just wanted presented well. I was also tired of hearing the R word. It‘s like the most used word in the book. 2mo
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My friend let me trial her Audible before I make the leap (I‘ll probably be making the leap), and so this is my first audiobook! Boy, does it make you grateful for your family 😳. #currentlylistening

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Bailedbailed

I tried. Twice. Years ago it was a DNF for me in tangible form, and this time in audio it was still a no for me. I love the premise, and that‘s why I keep coming back to it. Unfortunately, the non-stop crazy ramblings of EVERY character, simply put, drive me up the wall.

This is my first DNF of the year. ☹️
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Consumed | J.R. Ward
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Ward really can‘t do wrong in my books. This was certainly different but I liked how she changed her writing style, and this story was a little more real and edgier. I hope it‘s a new series; I want more of these characters.

Also, the ‘reveal‘ at the end?? Got me like 😳

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A Walk in the Woods | Bill Bryson
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This was a case of expectation vs. reality. I expected a novel full of humorous stories of two men trying to hike the Appalachian Trail. I got a little bit of that, but the rest of the book was facts and interesting tidbits about the areas they were passing through. Don‘t get me wrong, it was great. The humour had me dying, the facts peaked my interest.

It was a fun read. Just not what I expected.

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Well I‘m officially part of the group that has read Harry Potter (at least the first one), but I‘m not part of the group that is crazy in love with it. It was good. The characters were fun (Hagrid is my fave), and the settings were magical. I can see the talent of Rowling. But wizards... just aren‘t my thing 😭 I tried. It was enjoyable. I‘m just not crazy about it. #torn

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Cold War Vol. 1 Tpb | Christopher Sebela
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This was a case of a great concept, but a not so great presentation. It was disjointed and hard to follow. The art was such that I couldn‘t tell characters apart. I wasn‘t aware that one had died until another character mentioned it near the middle of the book! Not a fan, and it was so close to being a DNF. ☹️

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I‘ve ordered a lot of books lately from Indigo... so much so, that my mailman probably thinks I have stock in the company. This is my latest order! I want to drop everything and start these!! ❤️❤️

CoverToCoverGirl Great choices especially the BDB series! ❤️ 3mo
StellaDz @CoverToCoverGirl I‘m so excited to pick it up! It‘s next up on the pile! 3mo
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A Walk in the Woods | Bill Bryson
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There are no words.... #dedication #skill #drive

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Giving this a go again, but this time on #audiobook! #currentlylistening

BillBlume I did the same last year. Only reason I finished the books. Jim Dale does an amazing job with all the different voices. 4mo
StellaDz @BillBlume that‘s what I‘m hoping. I‘m not sure if I‘ll get farther than this first one, but I think I‘m already farther in than me trying to read it! 4mo
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A Walk in the Woods | Bill Bryson
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Since Mother Nature played a good April Fools here in London with a drop of winter (when we‘ve had near summer like temperatures prior), I thought I‘d continue with the humour. Already I‘m grinning and giggling. #currentlyreading

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Us Against You | Fredrik Backman
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This is a book you want to savour, but also devour. The small town mentality that is examined in Bear Town is put under a microscope in this book. And yet, despite not coming from a small town, I can connect. Backman has an eloquence in his writing that I haven‘t seen in a long time. He deals with many sensitive issues and perspectives with tact and heart. I cannot express how much I love this book and Bear Town.

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