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StephTKO

StephTKO

Joined May 2016

Harasser of librarians, book hoarder extraordinaire.
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Guns, Germs and Steel by Diamond, Jared
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Trying to find meaning again. 📚📚📚

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Priestdaddy: A Memoir | Patricia Lockwood
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Retreat | Jane Espenson
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Hey everyone!! Need some advice. I‘d like to take a reading retreat on a budget. Ideally, I‘d like to go solo, somewhere in the U.S. for about a week, somewhere bed and breakfast-y, points for history, points for haunted, points if they‘ll feed me, and I‘d like it to be somewhere quiet and in nature (Lakes, mountains, woody, pass on beaches because I live in Florida). Can you think of anywhere that fits the bill? Google isn‘t really helping.

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Oh Jon, always involved in the kookiest shenanigans.

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Sing, Unburied, Sing | Jesmyn Ward
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Truly excellent. Best novel I‘ve read (well, listened to) in a very, very long time.

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More Than This | Patrick Ness
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Again, works on two levels. Love it.

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More Than This | Patrick Ness
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I haven‘t a clue where this story is going or what‘s actually going on, but the writing is certainly quotable. And much of what is happening in the story works on two levels, literal and metaphorical, me gusta.

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T-T yaaaaas. Found this on https://libraryhotel.com/en/.

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Mehso-so

I don‘t know why I fight it. No matter how many positive professional reviews or awards a book receives, if it has less than a 3.8 in Goodreads, it‘s probably not worth reading.

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More Than This | Patrick Ness
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The Giver | Lois Lowry
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So... I haven‘t read the other three novels in the quartet or looked up any critical writing on this book, but my take on the ending is that the children die. What say ye, Litsy?

Reviewsbylola I just can‘t believe that. 🙈 It makes a lot of sense though. 5y
LiteraryinLawrence I think so, but it can be argued that he goes beyond the outer limits of his community and really does find a house that looks like the one in his memory. The kids in my class had a lively debate about the possibilities when we read it. 😋 5y
StephTKO I‘d be interested in hearing what the kids think about it in general 5y
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The Giver | Lois Lowry
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Next up on audio. Somehow, I‘ve never read this.

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Between the World and Me | Ta-Nehisi Coates
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I finally got a new phone so... I‘m back. 😈 Ta-nehisi Coates on audio.

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Yup, that pretty much sums it up for me.

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Next up on audio. Please be as awesome as everyone says.

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Meh. Not great, not terrible. Reverse coming of age story.

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Had to give up on Behind Closed Doors, starting this on audio.

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Behind Closed Doors | B. A. Paris
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Alright, I've gotten to part 5 of 8. So far I dislike all the characters and I'm starting not to care what happens. Litsians who have read this: is there something mind blowing that will happen in the second half of this book that will make it worth finishing? Or should I just read a spoiler and move on with my life?

JoeStalksBeck The ending is pretty good. It's not a jaw dropping ending but it's not bad either 🤷‍♀️ 6y
StephTKO @JoeStalksBeck Is it a twist? Does Grace stop being sniveling and incompetent? 6y
JoeStalksBeck @StephTKO lmao! Do characters ever once they start!? 6y
StephTKO @JoeStalksBeck No, you're right. What was I thinking. 6y
StephTKO @JoeStalksBeck Spoil it for me, will you? I can't find a synopsis online that gives me the ending explicitly. 6y
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Behind Closed Doors | B. A. Paris
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Next up on audio, another book from the same list of "books you can't put down." Touted as the next Gone Girl. We shall see.

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Saw this on a list of "books you can't put down." Not quite that good, but excellent story telling. Not what I expected.

Suzze I read that! I gave it 4⭐️ but really don't remember it! 6y
StephTKO @Suzze it was good, it probably deserved more than 3 stars but I've been a harsh book critic lately lol 6y
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Next up on serial reader, more classic horror (that I probably won't really enjoy).

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The great god Pan | Arthur Machen
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Mehso-so

I want to love these classic horror tales but I'm afraid that I never will.

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Act Accordingly | Colin Wright
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Short. Simple. Insightful.

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Next up on audio.

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The Winter Ghosts | Kate Mosse
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Bailedbailed

Started off strong but petered out towards the middle and I lost interest.

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Probably 3.5, but maybe I'm being unkind because I really enjoyed this book. A short reflection on how familial bonds are complex, especially when the specter of childhood poverty and abuse looms in adulthood.

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The Winter Ghosts | Kate Mosse
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Well, I guess at least I'm back in the audiobook groove. Thoughts on this one?

bookwrm526 I've never read any of hers, but I keep meaning to! 6y
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Act Accordingly | Colin Wright
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Boy, I hope this is true.

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Act Accordingly | Colin Wright
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I'm trying to.

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The Dinner | Herman Koch
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I've been in a rut, unable to read anything. Making another attempt to kick start my old reading habits with these two. I wish I could find something really engrossing, no matter the genre. Recommendations welcome.

LauraBeth Have you read 6y
StephTKO @LauraBeth nope, sounds awesome. Adding it to tbr. 6y
LauraBeth There are some folks on Litsy doing a #buddyread of it right now - could be fun way to break out of your slump 😀 6y
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JoeStalksBeck The Dinner was great! @LauraBeth good call! YOU is excellent! Join the buddy read she spoke of! So fun! And there's the #litsypartyofone with @Ambrosnazzy tonight! 🙏🏻❤️📖📚 6y
StephTKO @GoodallBookHaul and @Ambrosnazzy what's a Litsy party of one!? 6y
JoeStalksBeck It's a weekend read-o-thon where you share and talk with others about what you are reading while trying to read the book in one night! I've never been able to stay up all night! lol those girls are super dedicated 🙏🏻 and so fun! (edited) 6y
StephTKO @GoodallBookHaul that sounds like so much fun!!!! 6y
JoeStalksBeck @StephTKO it is! Get with @Tiffness83 for #buddyreads too! Or @BookishMarginalia for June book exchange!🙏🏻🌹📚 6y
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Carve the Mark | Veronica Roth
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Been an absentee reader due to life's circumstances. Hoping to get back on the wagon. (Is that a saying?)

BookFreakOut Lol yes it is a saying! I use "bandwagon" a lot personally. ? 6y
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The Duchess | Amanda Foreman
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Next up on audio.

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Fruits Basket Volume 2 | Natsuki Takaya
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Two volumes down, only 21 more to go. It's been over 10 years since I read this series last. It's like seeing old friends.

Weaponxgirl I love this series so much! The anime is fun too, a bit different from the manga but still a lot to love 6y
moranadatter Ooh! I need to reread these! 6y
StephTKO @Weaponxgirl yea love the anime too. The manga gets more than a little dark. 6y
Alisnazzy YESSSSSS!!!! 6y
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Fruits Basket Volume 1 | Natsuki Takaya
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Reliving my youth/palate cleanser.

AshleyHoss820 I love this manga! 6y
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The Haunting of Hill House | Shirley Jackson
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I need to read everything by Shirley Jackson. What a literary G.

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Dead Rules | Randy Russell
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Silly YA fun. Me gusta.

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Dead Rules | Randy Russell
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I did some damage at an indie bookshop for Black Friday. Dead Rules sounds SO cool, I bought it despite less than stellar ratings.

Nebklvr Rasputin--the Charlie Manson eyes of his time 6y
StephTKO Absolutely lol 6y
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Explanations. I need them. #NextUpOnAudio

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Annihilation | Jeff VanderMeer
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Mehso-so

I saw this touted as scary, creepy and reminiscent of House of Leaves. I stuck with it until the end for the big reveal, I somehow must have missed it. Overall, meh.

Lacythebookworm That's how I felt...meh. 6y
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Hunger Games | Suzanne Collins
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I am dying to reading something engrossing about a girl kicking butt/saving the world while also potentially falling in love. I'm looking to seriously lose myself in a fictional world. Think in the vein of The Hunger Games, Vampire Academy, A Court of Thorns and Roses. Doesn't necessarily need to be YA though. Tell me your thoughts Litsy!!!

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Johanna414 I second Shadow and Bone as well as Daughter of Smoke and Bone! 6y
BooksTeasAndBookishThings Have you read the Throne of Glass series yet? I am sure you have if you have read ACOTAR, but just in case... that is what I am reading right now and all have been so great so far! 6y
StephTKO @LauraBeth @BookishTrish @Johanna414 @BooksTeasAndBookishThings @annahenke I've read ToG, DoS&B (loved) and Graceling (also loved). I'm off to the library website for the others. Thanks so much guys! 6y
StephTKO Ok! The Immortal Rules was available. The others are on hold!!! Hooray!!! 6y
Johanna414 Enjoy! 6y
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Annihilation | Jeff VanderMeer
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I've been so busy I haven't had much reading or listening time. I'm hoping this one will pull me out of this slump!! Please be engrossing and terrifying!

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Florence Gordon | Brian Morton
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Really enjoyed this one - Florence, a feminist OG, is my favorite fictional character of the year.

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Conquistadora | Esmeralda Santiago
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Between a pick and a so-so. I enjoyed the cultural setting the most. Sort of in the style of Gabriel Garcia Marquez, minus the magical realism.

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And some #scifi to temper the terror of #scaretober 😱

Peterdamien That book is amazing. It was one of my favorite SF books in years and years. I can't wait to read the second one. 6y
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The Haunting of Hill House | Shirley Jackson
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#scaretober Doing the rounds of the all the horror books I should have read already.

Sweettartlaura I just finished this a couple days ago - same thing: I should have read it years ago, & wish that I had - enjoy! 6y
StephTKO @Sweettartlaura I'm really enjoying it so far! 6y
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Oh this? Just a little light reading in preparation for my dream job that I'm starting soon. ☺️

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Conquistadora | Esmeralda Santiago
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Next up on audio!

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Pickpick

More philosophical than informative. Good listen.

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Next up on audio! Oh science-y non-fiction, I have missed you so.

SusanInTiburon Heard good things about this one. Report back, please? 6y
StephTKO @SusanInTiburon Really enjoying it so far! 6y
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Next up on audio! Oh science-y non-fiction, I have missed you so.