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dylanisreading

Joined March 2016

"It was good to walk into a library again; it smelled like home." - The Historian. BLM. ?️‍⚧️ goodreads.com/alwaysbringbooks
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Joan Is Okay | Weike Wang
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I've begun my #BookerPrize22 reading with Booth and picked up the tagged book during a library browse over the weekend. It's the dark horse of my recent reading. The understated writing, the bitingly dry humor, Joan herself. I'm surprised I haven't seen more talk about it on here.

#dogsoflitsy

Ruthiella I loved Fowler‘s We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves but was less impressed with The Jane Austen Book Club. Booth will be the tie breaker! 1w
HeatherBookNerd I‘m in the middle of this now and it‘s great! 7d
dylanisreading @Ruthiella Haven't read any Fowler before this, but I'm liking Booth so far! 6d
dylanisreading @HeatherBookNerd Awesome! I really liked it. 6d
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The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida | Shehan Karunatilaka
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Been at a bit of a loss as to what to read next and then saw the Booker Prize longlist. Thanks go to the person who posted about this quiz that tells you which book to start with! I think I'll try to read as many of these as I can this month. It'll be good to push myself out of my reading comfort zone.

BarbaraBB This was my recommendation too! 7d
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Readathon: Occasional List : Geleentheidslys | Gauteng (South Africa). Education Media Service
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Wrap up for #20in4 readathon:

22+/24 hours read
5 manga
Finished ACOMAF
Read ACOWAR
Read a web comic in Webtoon

@Andrew65

Andrew65 Wow! Brilliant 👏👏👏🥳🙌🍾🥂😍 2w
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Dekoboko Sugar Days | Atsuko Yusen
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Cute, funny, adorable. A light BL read with minimal angst. I love the art style.

First book completed for #20in4 readathon. I'm definitely continuing with the manga reading. Will probably throw in some fanfic too because why not?

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A Court of Mist and Fury | Sarah J. Maas
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I'm definitely joining #20in4 this month. My goal is 20 hours. I've got some manga from Hoopla on my tablet and more waiting for me at the library, and I need to finish listening to ACOMAF.

@Andrew65

5feet.of.fury 🦇🦇 enjoy! 3w
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Upgrade: A Novel | Blake Crouch
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Mehso-so

Huh.

It was okay.

SW-T Love the concise review. 😂😂😂 3w
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Just Like Home | Sarah Gailey
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This blew me away. Dark, eerie, unique, creepy, it's more Gothic haunted house horror about parent-child relationships than thriller. If you go into this thinking it's going to be action-packed from the beginning, you're going to be disappointed. It starts off slow, and there are dual timelines--both from the main character's POV--and man was it worth the build up.

I recommend the audiobook. Xe Sands does a nearly perfect performance.

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Comfort Me With Apples | Catherynne M. Valente
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Not at all scary or satisfying but intriguing nonetheless. A thought-provoking, feminist retelling with lush prose and a fairytale aesthetic.

The audiobook narrator is top-notch.

My fifth and final read for #summerween (read a short nonfiction about haunted places in the US yesterday).

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The Craftsman | Sharon Bolton
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It starts off a bit slow but ultimately becomes a banger of an audiobook. Nathalie Buscombe does a great job.

Definitely different from any other thrillers I've read this year.

Book three of #summerween.

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The Craftsman | Sharon Bolton
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I DNFed The Fireman at 24% because I didn't care about the characters unfortunately. Then my hold on the tagged book came up in Libby. The audiobook is excellent so far. #summerween

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The Fireman | Joe Hill
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Why is Jacob such trash?

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The Helm of Midnight | Marina Lostetter
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Day 3 of #summerween. Finished The Hollow Places last night (spoiler alert: I loved it). Today's read is for the Halloween colors prompt.

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The Hollow Places | T. Kingfisher
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Day 2 of #summerween. I've got coffee, tabs, a live reading sprint, and the house to myself for the next several hours. This is my read in the dark pick. We shall see how creepy it is.

ravenlee I love your mug. 1mo
Jas16 That is an amazing mug. 1mo
mcipher I loved this book! Super creepy and weird 1mo
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Liatrek This mug is everything ❤️❤️ 1mo
Reggie This book ended up being funnier than I expected. 1mo
Maria514626 Your mug is fantastic! ❤️❤️❤️🙌🙌🙌 1mo
dylanisreading @ravenlee @Jas16 @Liatrek @Maria514626 Isn't it great? It was a gift. The gifter really got me. 😂 1mo
dylanisreading @mcipher I loved it too! I don't think I've ever really read anything like it before. 1mo
dylanisreading @Reggie Definitely. I flagged the lines that made me chuckle. 1mo
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Near the Bone | Christina Henry
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THE TENSION. THE SUSPENSE. THE CREEPINESS. Not to mention all the viscera. Highly recommend the audiobook.

First read for #summerween down.

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Near the Bone | Christina Henry
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My first read for #summerween. 92% in and literally can't stop listening.

Reggie I loved this book and couldn‘t help rooting for the monster against the husband!!! 1mo
dylanisreading @Reggie Same! I finished it last night and kept thinking, "GET HIM" whenever the monster appeared. ? 1mo
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Ivan isn't in the database apparently, but I read this on a whim because a good amount of the booktubers I sub to love this author. It's a bit of a non-stop ride, in an entertaining way. It's a dark mafia romance (my first), and I can see why people like this author's work. Since I have KU right now, I'll probably read another by her for funsies.

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56 Days | Catherine Ryan Howard
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Excellent. I want to read everything the author's written and will write. The narrator does a fantastic job with the audiobook.

Now to find another mystery/thriller that'll live up to this one. Anyone have any recs?

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I just read this one and it was fabulous! 1mo
CBee I agree with Misty ⬆️ Her other book, Sometimes I Lie, was good too. I want to read all of her books now. Also, I‘ve read two books by John Marrs this year, both EXCELLENT mystery/thrillers. 🙂 (edited) 1mo
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dylanisreading @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @CBee Ohh. I haven't read any Alice Feeney yet. I'll put in a request at the library. Thanks! 1mo
CBee @dylanisreading she blew my mind with both books. Like a completely crazy twist that I would never have guessed! Good stuff 😊 1mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @dylanisreading I agree with her on Sometimes I Lie! I want to read all of hers now! 1mo
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56 Days | Catherine Ryan Howard
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Started listening to this earlier today, and I'm surprised by how intriguing it is. Interesting structure. The husband is going out with friends tonight so continuing is my plan, at least until the special gummy I ate kicks in. 😅

Megabooks I really enjoyed this! 1mo
DimeryRene I borrowed this from a friend and am excited to read it soon. 1mo
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The Wonder | Emma Donoghue
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I read this yesterday. Mysterious, compelling, reflective, with fascinating characters. This was a historical fiction rec from a booktuber, and I'm glad I decided to read something different from my usual genres.

First book completed for #20in4 readathon. So far, I've read a total of 14 chapters.

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The Noh Family | Grace K. Shim
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I'm still sick and I need a mental break/some self-care so I'm joining the #20in4 readathon. My current read is tagged, and I don't know what I'll be reading after that (depends on what I can snag on Libby or Hoopla, as I don't think I have the brain capacity to read any of the chunky fantasy on my shelves rn). @Andrew65

Please take care of yourselves.

RaeLovesToRead Hope you feel better soon and that the reading is therapeutic 💙 2mo
Maria514626 Hope you feel better soon! 2mo
Andrew65 Hope the readathon helps. Get well soon. 💕 2mo
SW-T Hope you feel better soon! 2mo
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vN | Madeline Ashby
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I've got the sniffles so I'm nesting on the couch, and I was able to finish this. It's fun, pretty fast-paced, and brings up some fascinating concepts. It's a quick read, but the epilogue could've been shorter and less explain-y imo. Also, there was some stereotypical characterization of some of the characters of color that made me uncomfortable. Though I enjoyed this overall, I won't be continuing with the series.

Slump officially busted!

BookBr Always a great feeling😊 2mo
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vN | Madeline Ashby
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Finally got sucked into a book last night. Robot sci-fi. Fingers crossed my reading slump is busted. 🤞

DivineDiana 🤞🏻 📚🤞🏻 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Fingers crossed 🤞 2mo
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Hi hello. 👋 It's been around six months since I've posted here. Took a little break, and a lot of life happened. I adopted some rat boys and came out as trans--hence the username change on here.

(I was shocked and greatly saddened to hear about Jenny. I'm sure she's sorely missed.)

Today I started listening to this while cleaning the rats' cage, and I did not expect it to be so relatable. I want more unlikable main characters in YA.

Catsandbooks Congrats on coming out! 🏳️‍⚧️💕 Also on your rat friends! 2mo
Jas16 Welcome back! (edited) 2mo
Megabooks Welcomed back and congratulations!! 🏳️‍⚧️🏳️‍⚧️ 2mo
BookBr Congratulations!! 🏳️‍⚧️ And rats are fantastic pets😊 2mo
CarolynM Great to have you back😀 2mo
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Readathon: Occasional List : Geleentheidslys | Gauteng (South Africa). Education Media Service
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My wrap up for the #20in4 readathon.

Total hours: 23.5
Three audiobooks read.

Thanks for hosting @Andrew65 !

Andrew65 Brilliant 👏👏👏🙌🥳🍾🥂😍👍😊 Thanks for playing along. 8mo
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I finished The Vampire Knitting Club yesterday and started the tagged book as well as Dim Sum of All Fears.

#20in4 @Andrew65

Andrew65 Fantastic 👏👏👏 8mo
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I finished Neon Gods yesterday and got some holiday decorations for the house. Started the tagged book today.

#20in4

StaceGhost Oh man I love the vampire knit series!! 9mo
dylanisreading @StaceGhost I'm hooked! Finished the first book, and I'm on to the next. 9mo
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Neon Gods | Katee Robert
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Listened to about six hours of the tagged book yesterday for #20in4. Definitely going to finish today.

@Andrew65

Andrew65 Great progress 👏👏👏 9mo
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All Systems Red | Martha Wells
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Starting the #20in4 readathon today. I really need a break during which I can just read and relax. I haven't been very active here because I've been so busy and low on spoons, but I'm hoping that changes soon. Tagged book is a re-listen.

Thanks for hosting @Andrew65 !

Andrew65 Great to have you with us, hope this helps. 9mo
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allureofbeauty I vote for this thing between us. And I have read perfect days myself. 10mo
Hazel2019 The thing between us sounds good! 10mo
dylanisreading I'm going to go with This Thing Between Us, as long as no one has any objections. 10mo
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Starting this today. I can't believe this round is almost over. I've been so busy the past few months I haven't had the spoons to post on here.

RedxoHearts I just wish it was easier to replenish those spoons for us. The weather has been kicking my butt lately with my health too. 9mo
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Final Girls | Riley Sager
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Now I get all the hype about this book and this author's other works. What a fun read. I've already got The Last Time I Lied on deck.

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Started this today for #lmpbc group R. So far, I like the writing style.

I've been reading a lot of comics and fanfic this month so this is an interesting change.

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"As if they had read her mind, two men appeared at the edge of the patio and walked toward her and Elzar. Marlowe and Vellis, the scion of the San Tekka empire and his husband."

Yay more queers in SW! If one or both of them end up dying, I stg, Charles.

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Breakfast reading. I started this last night, and it is excellent so far. I'm trying to catch up with the Tides of History podcast, and the host recommended one of this author's other books in an episode about summer reading.

MadelineMcCrae This has been sitting in my tbr for a while! I‘ll have to give it a go and try that podcast 😄 12mo
dylanisreading @MadelineMcCrae I recommend the podcast! Especially the episode on the fall of Constantinople and Vlad the Impaler. The host has a PhD (so I trust he does his research), and the sound design is really good. 12mo
MadelineMcCrae @Bianca oooohhh, that sounds so interesting!! I definitely will!! 12mo
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Clean Sweep | Ilona Andrews
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This one is a fun start to the Innkeeper Chronicles, a contemporary fantasy take on urban fantasy. It plays with some of the tropes you find in UF but still has the things I like about the subgenre. Definitely going on to the next one. (Did I mention there are some beautiful illustrations included?)

#dogsoflitsy

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Bedtime reading. It's been a good day.

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The Helm of Midnight | Marina Lostetter
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New book, dinner, and a pineapple cider.

vivastory I like your style! 🌮🍻📚 Looking forward to your thoughts on the book 13mo
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Today is apparently a flare-up day, and I don't have any interest in reading any of the most recent books I borrowed from the library. 🙃 Bright side: I've got cute pups keeping me company.

Snagged this from Libby's summer scares collection. I read Paperbacks from Hell last year so I'm curious about the reissues, of course.

Anyone read the tagged book or any of the other Paperbacks from Hell reissues?

#dogsoflitsy

reading_rainbow I just recently bought The Tribe but I haven‘t gotten around to reading it yet, hopefully for August TBR (edited) 13mo
dylanisreading @reading_rainbow I am intrigued by the description. Will definitely check it out! 13mo
LiteraryinLawrence I hope tomorrow is a better day! 13mo
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Ruthiella Hope you feel better soon! ❤️ Cute pups are always a plus! 🐶 13mo
BookwormM Hope your flare passes soon 13mo
vivastory Hope you feel better today! I read Bernard Taylor's “Reaping“ about a year and a half ago. It was better than I anticipated. I have Martindale's “Nightblood“ on my TBR shelves & am saving it for the next time I'm in the mood for a vampire book. Looking forward to your thoughts on this one. I saw that Valancourt is going to publish a second volume of their international horror stories in December. Will def be looking for that. 13mo
dylanisreading @vivastory Thank you! I am feeling better today. I'll have to check out Reaping. I've been intrigued by vampire stories that are actually scary/creepy, especially since reading 'Salem's Lot recently, so I'll look for a copy of Nightblood, too. I didn't even know about Valancourt's first volume of horror stories. I love horror anthologies. I think my TBR just exploded.... 13mo
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The Roommate | Rosie Danan
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Happy Friday, Littens!

Starting this one from yesterday's library haul. (Ngl, Josh sounds hella cute.)

Sresendez12 Loved this one! 13mo
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Neon Gods | Katee Robert
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Today's library #bookhaul. I swear I went just to pick up a few holds and return some books....

#romantsy

OutAndAbout It always starts with a simple book return…🤣 13mo
Johanna414 Oops! 13mo
RobinHoodReads I just finished The Roommate and loved it! 13mo
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I wasn't sure how I felt about the storyline until almost halfway through the volume. The artwork is great, no question there. Now that I've finished, and I feel as if the story arc of these issues found its footing, I do plan to read the next volume.

#comics

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Bath with some Epsom salts and a good book. Ready to sink into my #lmpbc pick.

BookishMarginalia Enjoy! 13mo
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'Salem's Lot | Stephen King
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I want to get up, but this is where I live now, at least until her dinner time.

Almost done with this book (finally).

#dogsoflitsy

Caterina Precious 😍 13mo
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'Salem's Lot | Stephen King
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I'm still down with a cold and can't wait to be able to breathe through my nose again. Started this today after realizing that I should've hit borrow on the copy of UNDER THE DOME I was reading a sample of in Libby yesterday because someone checked it out today. Go figure. 🤷‍♀️

This feels very early King to me so far.

LeslieO This one still ranks as one of my favs, but I think I read it in 1978. 13mo
ErinSueMreads This is my very favorite king book! 13mo
Caterina Did you crochet this blanket? It's so beautiful. 😍 13mo
dylanisreading @Caterina Thank you! A friend of mine who lived with us for a while made it and gave it to us as a going away gift. 13mo
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I came across this in Libby's summer scares collection whilst laid up on the couch with what I'm now sure is a summer cold and decided to give it a shot. I was looking for something undemanding that would keep my attention. Though a smidge longer than it needed to be, this fit the bill. There's a lot of action and thrillery bits with bloody violence and paranormal elements. Some dialogue frankly doesn't age well at all and came across as 👇

dylanisreading perpetuating the idea of there being model minorities in one instance and just plain racist in another. I won't be checking out any of Dean Koontz's other work anytime soon, but overall this book was fine to pass the time. 13mo
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Giant Days, Volume 5 | John Allison
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I find this series to be utterly delightful. I read the first volume thinking I might not get into it because it's slice-of-life, but I fell in love with the characters, and it made me laugh. Cut to four volumes later, and I'm still liking it.

Leftcoastzen Love your review, it‘s a great series. 13mo
llcoolnate Neat cover too! 13mo
vivastory I really need to check out this series 13mo
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The Low, Low Woods | Carmen Maria Machado
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This blew me away. @vivastory is absolutely right that it's incredible. Machado's writing and DaNi's art both profoundly affected me as I read.

CW for implied sexual violence against women and girls.

vivastory I'm glad you liked it. Definitely one of the best graphic novels I read last year! 13mo
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Abbott: 1973 #1 | Saladin Ahmed
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Today's haul from a local comic book shop. Nubia is really good so far.

(Why is Silk not in the database yet?)

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The Low, Low Woods | Carmen Maria Machado
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Did I borrow more comics/GNs from the library? Yes, I did. Am I behind in reviewing the comics I read yesterday? Yes, I am.

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This collects the entire miniseries, which launched Hill House Comics, presented by Joe Hill. I was expecting some good storytelling, but this exceeded my expectations. What a thrilling, grotesque ride! The cover art is stunning. I'll definitely be checking out more titles from this line.

Aaaand that's my #bookspin pick done for July.

@TheAromaofBooks

Addison_Reads I loved this one. 13mo
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Twainy Enjoyed it!! 13mo
vivastory Loved this one. Another Hill House that I highly recommend is Machado's 13mo
dylanisreading @vivastory Just picked up a copy of The Low, Low Woods from the library! 13mo
vivastory I hope you like it! I thought it was incredible. 13mo
dylanisreading @vivastory I agree! It is incredible. Blew me away. 13mo
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