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Tara

Tara

Joined March 2016

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Impossible for me to rate on a star scale, but this is a pick for me. This is part road trip memoir where Carroll travels across the states asking women “what do we need men for?” interspersed with anecdotes about the awful men in her life. The structure is all over the place, the tone varies from absolutely hilarious to straightforward and brutal. It‘s tough to get through because yikes she‘s really been through it. TW for terrible terrible men.

tpixie Happy Litsyversary!! 🌺🦄🪻📗 3mo
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It‘s Hardy so this is still bleak and dramatic, though not as enraging as Tess nor as depressing as Jude. There are no clear villains here, just unfortunate circumstance. (Tbh I didn‘t care for Clym or Wildeve.) Also leave it to Hardy to have a minor character develop a catastrophic gambling problem in one evening only to be cured by it the next day. Wish Eustacia and Thomasin had ditched their subpar men and run away to Paris together instead.

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Dracula | Bram Stoker
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For the Dracula nerds! (Me, I‘m the Dracula nerd.) I‘ve been growing my own Hungarian paprika this year and these are finally ready to dry! Now I just have to find a good vegetarian paprika hendl recipe 🤷🏻‍♀️🧛🏻‍♂️

AnnCrystal ❤️🥀🌹🦇🌶️ SWEET 👍 9mo
tpixie Pretty! I love black lentils! 3mo
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Secrets of Hartwood Hall | Katie Lumsden
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Had lots of fun reading this one, Victorian gothics are my catnip. Just a couple minor annoyances, nothing that really detracted from overall enjoyment. I didn‘t care for Paul the gardener, he comes across more himbo than romantic lead in a gothic. Also lots of steadily held gazes and furrowed brows. Overall I think Lumsden shows a lot of promise and I‘m looking forward to what she might write next.

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The Villa: A Novel | Rachel Hawkins
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I think I liked this one more for the connections to the summer Mary Shelley wrote Frankenstein than anything else! A good start to spooky season 👻

Tara I will say I kept waiting for the reveal that it was Chess poisoning Emily! Did I fall for red herrings or was it just meant to be left inferred by the reader? 9mo
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Fall baking is here 🤤🍏 Apple Tart from Dessert Person. My rough puff could have been puffier but this was delicious all the same!

AnnCrystal 🧐😍🍎🍏😊. Looks good 👍. 9mo
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Cursed Bread: A Novel | Sophie Mackintosh
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What a bizarre little book. A mysterious and wealthy couple moves to a small French village (post wwii) and Élodie, the neglected wife of the baker, develops a psychosexual obsession with them. That is most of the book! Based on the real life mass poisoning ?☠️ of Pont-Saint-Esprit in 1951, I think I got more out of the book knowing that bit of history. (And also having read Who Was Changed and Who Was Dead.) I loved it but it‘s not for everyone!

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I LOVE KELLY LINK. So many moments where you just stop and go “how does she do that????” These stories are clever and playful and grim and unsettling and and and and…! This is an author at the height of her power and we are all just along for the ride. All but one story were 5⭐️ reads for me (I didn‘t click with the Hansel & Gretel retelling.)

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Cursed Bread: A Novel | Sophie Mackintosh
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Me, absolutely delighted: WHAT is wrong with these people?

Not very far into this one so far, and I understand all of the mixed reviews/comments. It‘s totally working for me though.

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“Pity the introvert with the face of a therapist or a kindergarten teacher. Like the werewolf we are uneasy in human spaces and human company, though we wear a human skin.”

suvata I‘m a big Kelly Link fan 10mo
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Mehso-so

Ok I do love gossipy books about neighborhood drama, but this one fell short for me. The characters felt flat and tropey, the twists were predictable, and it was just missing, idk, heart? It seemed like the author cared as little about the characters as I did. But it seems like mine is the minority opinion on this one so ymmv!

Tara Side note in the comments because it‘s a little snarky: which established male author is trying to break into the domestic suspense market by hiding behind a gender neutral pseudonym? This book‘s marketing/blurbage is too good for an author with zero internet presence. 10mo
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Sea Change | Gina Chung
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This one has been a little slow going for me so far. Wouldn‘t have expected that from a book with a giant octopus! (think the book should feature more of the octopus 🐙)

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Fruiting Bodies: Stories | Kathryn Harlan
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So many gems in this collection! Stories featuring mostly lesbian or bi women, lots of the stories have themes of climate change and have elements of magical realism. I‘m not always a short story person, but I found these really rich and immersive. Favorite here was “Fiddler, Fool, Pair” but really all of them are great.

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Last Call at the Nightingale | Katharine Schellman
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Soft pick! What worked for me: speakeasy vibes + cozy mystery. Pure brain candy. What didn‘t quite measure up imo: I didn‘t care that much about who actually killed the dead guy, and I wanted a little more complexity in the main characters. I know Schellman can do better because I love her Lily Adler mysteries. This book sets things up for future installments, so I‘m hoping the characters will feel a little more lived in by that point.

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Loved this one! A 40 something woman returns to her boarding school to teach a class, and ends up digging into a murder that happened while she was a student. I thought Makkai skillfully weaved together a compelling mystery while also exploring what it means to be “into” true crime and the ramifications it can have on victims and their families.

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Seven Empty Houses | Samanta Schweblin
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Loved Fever Dream and Mouthful of Birds. This story collection is more grounded in reality (so more approachable, if her previous stuff wasn‘t for you.) The stories here are centered around uneasiness in houses or domestic life, and I suspect different stories will resonate with different readers depending on what you‘ve got going on in your own life! The standout here is the novella, Breath From the Depths.

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legit lol. thundering enthusiasm for pete wentz here

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Haven‘t been on Litsy in 5(?) years! I‘m not sure anyone I follow is even still active anymore, lol. Wouldn‘t mind doing some casual book posting again, so! GBBO + murder, a fun cozy mystery. Anyone else get the feeling the author hates Pa*l H*llywood?

The_Book_Ninja Always interested in reading peoples‘ reviews🙌🏼 11mo
slategreyskies Oh, I haven‘t seen this book yet! I love GBBO, so I‘ll have to look into this one! 😎 11mo
DGRachel I agree about PH. I definitely don‘t look at competition shows the same way after reading this one. 11mo
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definitely didn‘t expect to come across an unsolved murder from my hometown 🤔

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Borne: A Novel | Jeff VanderMeer
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Realized “Borne” was the perfect name for my new airplant 🤓🌱

shortsarahrose Your airplant is so cute! And I still need to read this book. 6y
Tara @shortsarahrose I definitely think you‘d like it! 6y
mab-solenne Awesome plant lookalike! 6y
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The Hazel Wood | Melissa Albert
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Tentative pick. Lots of moments that were really intriguing, creepy, and magical, but it also takes a while to get going, and my interest waned at times. Very interested and hopeful for where the future books will go! (Also, gorgeous endpapers)

shortsarahrose I want that endpaper as wallpaper. So pretty! 6y
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Call Me Zebra | Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi
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Library haul 📚😬

shortsarahrose Impressive (and/or intimidating) 6y
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I‘M YELLING. This series keeps getting better. The Diviners is one of the best YA series going right now. It‘s a long wait between books, but it‘s been so worth it.

monalyisha 😂 RIGHT?! 6y
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House of Leaves | Mark Z Danielewski
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No book has scared me more than reading House of Leaves for the first time 🎃👻💀👽🕸🦇 #boobooks

bitterbear that's a good one... 7y
bitterbear (Book) 7y
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Are You Sleeping | Kathleen Barber
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As someone who was obsessed with Serial a couple years ago, I readily inhaled this one. Nothing brilliant, but definitely worth a read.

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Found Audio | N. J. Campbell
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Mehso-so

To me, this would work better as three connected short stories. The framing of the found audio tapes, the disappearances, etc never quite did what I imagined it was supposed to. Excellent concept, though.

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The Arsonist | Stephanie Oakes
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Adored this one. A mystery, 1980s Berlin, and the best seizure alert pug ever. There‘s a whole bunch of stuff going on in this book and some of it is fairly easy to see coming, but I enjoyed it so much I truly didn‘t care. (Also hi Litsy 👋 I‘m going to try to remember to post regularly again!)

shortsarahrose Yay! Welcome back! Also, you had me at “best seizure alert pug ever.” 7y
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I'm on a work trip this weekend, but I do have a few goals for #24in48 🤓📚

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Wax | Gina Damico
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Funny, quirky characters and creepy wax imposters. Some really clever things here-- will have to check out more by Damico 😱💀👻🎃

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Wax | Gina Damico
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Love this opening 😍

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The Deal | Elle Kennedy
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Really glad I got over my judgey lit nerd phase because ohhhhmygosh are romance novels hilarious

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All the Missing Girls | Megan Miranda
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SO GOOD. The story of two missing girls is told backward, and I was a little concerned it would be too gimmicky, but I didn't feel that at all! Great pacing and energy throughout 😱🎡

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This book thoroughly distracted me when my flight was delayed. Thank you, book!!!

brendanmleonard Boo, delays! Yay, book distraction! 8y
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Enthralling. The present day/future perspectives didn't work as well for me as the 1980s one, but I loved everything about Ada and the decades long development of ELIXER. 💾💾💾

brendanmleonard Sounds amazing - this has been on my list all summer! 8y
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A Wife of Noble Character: A Novel | Yvonne Georgina Puig
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House of Mirth retold in contemporary Houston. HoM is one of my favorites, so I was a little apprehensive about this one. And while it can't quite live up to Wharton's classic, I still found it an engrossing read. (It also made me want to enroll every single character into a gender studies class)

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Multiple Choice | Alejandro Zambra
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Alejandro Zambra is a treasure. Wittiest multiple choice test I have ever read. What are your answers? I like B for both 🤓

mauveandrosysky I pick E for both! 8y
shortsarahrose This looks pretty wonderful. I would say my answers are C (though tempted by B), then E. 8y
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The Good Divide | Kali VanBaale
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A lot is packed into this relatively slim book. Bleak Midwestern, character driven, a little Ethan Frome-y, but in a good way

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Arguably, Lerner isn't saying anything new here, but this is a breezy, earnest essay that made me want to get into poetry again.

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Who doesn't love a charming tale of ergotism????

Liberty YESSSSSSSSSSS. I love her. 🤘🏻 8y
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I'm a complete olympics fiend, and luckily, with the games wrapping up, Megan Abbott was able to fill the gymnastics-shaped hole in my heart 🏅🏅🏅

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I stayed up to read this Saturday night, and promptly read it again on Sunday, because of course I did. HARRY POTTER FOREVER 🤓⚡️

brendanmleonard I love the colors here - glad you enjoyed! 8y
jessberk13 I have the same Pygmy puff 😊 8y
shortsarahrose I just finished today! I have never been so happy to have a job that lets me read at work. 8y
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The Creeping | Alexandra Sirowy
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Always up for a good 'two people walk into the woods but only one comes out' story 🤓💀

brendanmleonard OMG, that candle! Pairs great with your candle! 8y
brendanmleonard And by candle I mean cover...☺️ 8y
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A hilarious and thorough look at the years preceding the publication of The Sun Also Rises. This book is brimming with bizarre Hemingway stories I'll want to pester people with for weeks.

brendanmleonard Great title - I love this subject (early 20th century publishing), so I'll have to check this one out! 8y
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So ready to jump into this 😁😍⚡️

shortsarahrose I am so excited! 🎉📚👏 8y
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3 volumes in, things are really coming together and me and *my* familiar are totally hooked!

BookBabe 😸 8y
MrBook 😻👍🏻 8y
Varshitha Cute kitty!! 8y
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Loved this! Totally enthralling take on a father/daughter relationship, mental illness, and family histories.

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Slow burn creepy! Read it outside as it slowly gets dark around you 😱👻

MrBook Nice pic! 8y
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I am trying to READ, Pidgey!

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Mehso-so

My book club wrapped up discussion on this one recently. While there's a lot to like here (a paragraph full of garden puns!) Rushdie's female characters are cliched and all have daddy issues, and to me the book didn't have any sort of emotional resonance.

Yossarian I enjoyed, but I think you are right about the female characters. 8y
MrBook Diitto what @Yossarian said. 8y
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The Seed Collectors | Scarlett Thomas
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Terrible, botanically gifted people; murderous seed pods. There are also a couple bird pov sections that are truly delightful 🐥🌱🌾🌼