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Tara

Tara

Joined March 2016

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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. 2y
Tara @shortsarahrose I definitely think you‘d like it! 2y
mab-solenne Awesome plant lookalike! 2y
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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! 2y
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Call Me Zebra | Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi
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Library haul 📚😬

shortsarahrose Impressive (and/or intimidating) 2y
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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?! 1y
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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... 2y
bitterbear (Book) 2y
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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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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.” 2y
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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! 3y
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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! 3y
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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! 3y
shortsarahrose This looks pretty wonderful. I would say my answers are C (though tempted by B), then E. 3y
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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. 🤘🏻 3y
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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! 3y
jessberk13 I have the same Pygmy puff 😊 3y
shortsarahrose I just finished today! I have never been so happy to have a job that lets me read at work. 3y
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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! 3y
brendanmleonard And by candle I mean cover...☺️ 3y
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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! 3y
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So ready to jump into this 😁😍⚡️

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

BookBabe 😸 3y
MrBook 😻👍🏻 3y
Varshitha Cute kitty!! 3y
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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! 3y
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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. 3y
MrBook Diitto what @Yossarian said. 3y
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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 🐥🌱🌾🌼

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The Seed Collectors | Scarlett Thomas
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Jacques Derrida: high cheek-boned dreamboat

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Marrow Island | Alexis M. Smith
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I loved Smith's Glaciers, and knew this one was going to be amazing as well by the first chapter. Absorbed most of this on a plane, and the flight attendant had to ask me 3 times if I wanted something to drink before I actually registered that someone was talking to me 😳😳😳

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Diving into volume 3 🙀🙀🙀

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Carmilla | Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
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There is A LOT going on in this Carmilla illustration

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This book is a bit of a labyrinth, and lots of fun if you're in the right mood for it

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Roses and Rot | Kat Howard
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An artists' retreat that intersects with something dark and magical 🍃🌹🌿

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Girls on Fire | Robin Wasserman
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Girls on Fire? Cat on Book.

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The Darkest Corners | Kara Thomas
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Planned to start this before going to bed, but then accidentally the whole thing

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HEX | Thomas Olde Heuvelt
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It took a while for me to adjust to the writing style and there was definitely a weird fixation on nipples, but this was terrifying 👻

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Kind of beautiful, really. Read it in one sitting.

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Featuring licorice shoplifter and teen arsonist, Lucia. I'm a fan of Jesse Ball, and this is probably his most accessible novel yet.

mauveandrosysky Can't wait to read this. I love his other books. 4y
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Charming and creepy and I muppet arms-ed throughout the whole thing

Yossarian ❤️muppet arms! 4y
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The Vanishers | Heidi Julavits
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finally picked up one of my favorites in hardcover 🌸🌼🌺

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Why We Came to the City | Kristopher Jansma
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Stayed up late last night to finish this one 😁

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