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executivespooky

executivespooky

Joined June 2018

Goth molecular biologist that loves beer, cats, historical fiction, and sp00ky books ⚰️🦇👻🎃
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Panpan

Incredibly slow to start and was very hard to care about. Not my cup of tea. Not sure what all the hype was about. Almost certainly won't read the other books in the trilogy.

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Resurrectionists | Michael Patrick Hicks
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Grave robbers! Murder! Lovecraftian cosmic horror!
1780s NYC: cadaver dissection is illegal, but essential to medicine. Resurrectionists were hired to steal bodies. Black cemeteries were favored for body snatching. Salem is a free black man that earned his freedom fighting in the war. He's now fighting for families of the deceased. Salem gets entangled with cultist doctors and chaos ensues!
I received an ARC in exchange for an unbiased review.

LauraJ Yup! Gotta stack it. 📚 1mo
rohit-sawant Oo, sold! 1mo
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Untitled | Unknown
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Won an ARC of this and it is a weird one. I like it a lot so far!

LauraJ I like weird! 1mo
executivespooky @LauraJ it's good! It's like post-revolution New York body snatching for medical cadaver dissection, but also Lovecraftian cosmic horror 1mo
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Started this last night. I wasn't really sure what to expect, but I like it!

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Of Mice and Men | Steinbeck
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Rereading this gem, time to cry.

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Calypso | David Sedaris
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I've always heard great things about Mr. Sedaris, but for some reason never read his stuff. I'm finally doing it! #botm

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The Blood of Flowers: A Novel | Anita Amirrezvani
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Picture is unrelated, but makes me laugh 💖

This book was pretty good. The pace felt kinda slow at times, but the flow was pretty good and didn't feel like it dragged or was rushed. The unnamed protagonist is dynamic and grows throughout the story. She's strong, but flawed and not so perfect that she's not believable.
Also, I'll say it again: the narrator is perfection and I could listen to her rasp forever.

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Terra Nullius: a novel | Claire G. Coleman
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Two-book Tuesday 📚🍵👍🏻

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So excited to finally read this!

AmyG It‘s so good. 3mo
executivespooky @AmyG loving it so far! 3mo
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She wouldn't get up, so she's in the picture. #nowreading

Lauram 😻 3mo
booklahoma She's so cute! And doing just what she wants 😺😻 3mo
executivespooky @booklahoma always does, she's a spoiled brat, but I'd die for her. 3mo
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Not quite a pick, but better than so-so. It's a so-so pick. Really interesting and tragic story about a legacy buried. I knew nothing of Milicent before, aside from what Mallory has said on RG. Her life was a wild ride. The "women have it rough" got old and a bit redundant for 300 pages. I had an issue with the insistence that Italians were white. In the early 20th century, Italians weren't white. Mil was among first generations to be "white."

Texreader 😻❤️❤️❤️ 3mo
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The Blood of Flowers: A Novel | Anita Amirrezvani
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Can't remember where I got this recommendation, but it looks really good! I love the narrator, her voice is perfect.

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Finally digging into this 👻

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Alex and Eliza: A Love Story | Melissa de la Cruz
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Listening to this audiobook for the Book Riot challenge, "historical romance by an author of color"

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Pickpick

Hachi machi is this a dark book, especially for a children's book. Told by the ghost of a little boy, starting from before he died. Really good although the writing is a little juvenile, but the narrator is 10 years old, so I'm not bothered by it.

Texreader Tim Tingle was a good friend of mine back when I lived in Austin. When my son was in elementary school, Tim would come to San Antonio to read his books to all the classes. I‘d never miss it. He told his stories so well. 3mo
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Looks like campus closed for a snow day tomorrow, even though it hasn't started snowing yet.
No work tomorrow! Yay!
Guess I'll stay up reading 🤷🏻‍♀️

📷: taken in the descent into the caldera at Yellowstone National Park, September 2017.

Lauram I love Yellowstone. It‘s such a beautiful place. 3mo
executivespooky @Lauram I miss it 😭 3mo
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Gigi pictured to offset depressing book feels.

Alright, here we go. This book is incredible. McGreal does a great job of reporting a complex, long-lived public health crisis that we all know of, but probably know very little about. He takes legalities and makes them interesting, enticing. My heart breaks for the victims, it truly is a tragedy. Chris is relatively objective and it's clear to see who is in the wrong, even without the emotion.

BookishMarginalia Gigi is adorable! 4mo
executivespooky @BookishMarginalia I'll tell her you said so 😅 she's very chatty, so I'm sure she'll have a response for you! 4mo
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My foster got adopted on Saturday and we all miss him a lot, sadly including one of my cats that got used to playing with him 😢

booklahoma That is sad. 😞 But yay for cats being adopted and the wonderful people that foster them in the meantime! 4mo
executivespooky @booklahoma yeah, he was adopted by a friend of mine, so I know he's in a good home and can bug her for updates on my boy 💖 4mo
AmyG How wonderful that you foster! 💕 4mo
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Purrfectpages Bittersweet for sure 4mo
executivespooky @Purrfectpages didn't cry when it was time to say goodbye though!! 4mo
BookNAround We foster failed our kitten. There was no way I was going to be strong enough to let him go. I‘m working up the courage to try fostering again (I was so sad when our first foster went home—the kitten was only our second attempt). 4mo
executivespooky @BookNAround he was my first, I'm shocked I didn't keep him. Lord knows I wanted to, he's got such a cool personality. Luckily he went to a friend, so I can keep up with his life. You can do it! Just think of all the lives you can help save! 4mo
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Stolen from the Reading Glasses fb group 😂

SharonAlger *snort!* 4mo
Caroline2 😂 4mo
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Heavy topics require a kitty to lighten the mood.

BookwormAHN Cute kitty 💚 4mo
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Why Kill the Innocent | C. S. Harris
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Mehso-so

Regency era mysterious death leads to a crazy investigation that is linked to English palace intrigue.
A decent story, though a lot of the dialogue felt a little robotic at times. Fun historical references and a genuinely surprising "who done it," I really wasn't sure how Jane died.
Nothing to write home about, but it was good book.

Purrfectpages Cute kitty! 4mo
wanderinglynn So cute! ❤️🐱 4mo
executivespooky @Purrfectpages @wanderinglynn he's my foster, but I've grown quite attached to him. He's a good reading buddy 4mo
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wanderinglynn Are you potentially going to be a foster fail? 😉 Because he is a cutie. ❤️🐱 4mo
executivespooky @wanderinglynn lmao maybe if I didn't already have 3 cats ☹️ 4mo
Crazeedi Omgosh that kitty is too darlng! 4mo
Texreader ❤️❤️❤️😻 4mo
robinb I love this series...and such an adorable kitty! ❤️ 4mo
executivespooky @robinb it's the first I've read, good to know they're enjoyable 4mo
robinb @executivespooky I started at the beginning with this one and have enjoyed the progression. 4mo
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Pandemic | Robin Cook
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Mehso-so

Underwhelming, not as much infectious disease as you'd expect from the title. More corporate conspiracy than disease fighting. Dialogue was lackluster and the character dynamics were relatively flat. Cook does do a good job of explaining molecular biology & immunology concepts for the layperson, but it read like a textbook at times. This is the first book I've read by him and while I'll give the others a try, I was not impressed with Pandemic.

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Why Kill the Innocent | C. S. Harris
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Regency era murder mystery + palace intrigue, it's pretty good so far.

Got this in a pagehabit box when I was still subscribed, just now getting around to it.

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4.5/5. The ending was strange and wasn't very fulfilling, but overall the story was great. Good pacing, decent characters, moral ambiguity. Would recommend. HOWEVER, I would NOT recommend to people that don't like graphic violence and gore, there is a lot and also pretty detailed accounts of post-mortem decomposition.

readinginthedark Your little fuzz ball blends with your shirt! 😆😍 4mo
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This book is a southern/Appalachian noir and I am in 👏🏻 to 👏🏻 it 👏🏻

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Lose Well | Chris Gethard
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"Failing because you were too cool to try doesn't give you or the world shit."

readinginthedark Great quote! 4mo
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Lose Well | Chris Gethard
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Found my boy's book at the library

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Haven't had much time to read the last few days because of this little foster baby. Look at this handsome boy!! 😍

TheSpineView Awwwww 5mo
Crazeedi So precious, I couldn't foster because I'd end up with a dozen kitties...🙄 4mo
executivespooky @Crazeedi this is my first one, I'm trying really really hard not to get super attached 4mo
Crazeedi @executivespooky it's so neat that you're doing it, I just know my heart...I've had 6 at one point in my life😻 4mo
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Reading a weird book.
In other news, my new kindle case is the cutest ever 💖

TheSpineView 💜 5mo
Crazeedi Love your cover 4mo
executivespooky @Crazeedi thanks! It's off Amazon 4mo
Crazeedi @executivespooky oh boy, you would say Amazon my favorite place😍 4mo
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Crazy Rich Asians | Kevin Kwan
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Branching out, having fun so far 🙂

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So excited for this 😁

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Devil's Day | Andrew Michael Hurley
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I'm about halfway through this book and it's still really slow, ugh

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Looking forward to this 👌🏻

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Into the Wild | Jon Krakauer
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Finally reading this, it's pretty good so far. Gigi is the best model 🦇

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Night | Elie Wiesel
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Made it through all of my education thus far without reading this and oh boy, was I missing out. This story is incredibly well written and heartwrenchingly sad, all the more because it is a memoir and not fiction. I cannot fathom the depths of despair that victims suffered, but as Elie famously said "for the living and the dead, we must bear witness."

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Hot buttered rum and a book. Great way to spend Sunday afternoon 🥃📙

keys_on_fire That sounds phenomenal! 6mo
executivespooky @keys_on_fire I'd highly recommend it! 6mo
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When you read your ARC two months after the book goes on sale... 🙈

Butterflyamore I promised myself I would start reading the ARC I received yesterday by the end of the week because I have been guilty of this, too! 6mo
executivespooky @Butterflyamore I feel so bad! I have so many "please read and review" books that I got overwhelmed and just let my library hold list take over. I'm glad I'm not the only one! 6mo
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Man, this one really fucks with you. Is it the apocalypse? Are they full of shit? A little girl, Wen, is on vacation at a remote cabin with her two dads when four strangers show up preaching the end of days. One of their little family must be sacrificed to stop the apocalypse. Chaos ensues.
NOT recommended for sensitive parents and people upset by bad things happening to children.

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Very creepy, but I'm not cruising through like I thought I would.

elyseh What did you think? I kind of hated this book lol 5mo
executivespooky @elyseh I didn't love it tbh. There were parts I really liked, but overall it was just ok 5mo
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Bridge to Terabithia | Katherine Paterson
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I cry every time

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Red Clocks: A Novel | Leni Zumas
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Coffee, homemade blueberry lemon scone, and a book 👌🏻

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We Sold Our Souls | Grady Hendrix
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Books! Metal! Betrayal! I love it, so glad to finally be able to read this 🤘🏻

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Looking forward to finally reading this 🎃

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The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society | Annie Barrows, Mary Ann Shaffer
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I LOVED this story and I HATED that it ended. It was so cute and warmed my heart to read. Now I, too, wish to visit Guernsey. My only regret is that it ended and there was no follow up. Would recommend. I now plan to watch the movie with my mom, I think she would appreciate the story, too.

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The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society | Annie Barrows, Mary Ann Shaffer
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Working on this one. It's fun. I like the series-of-letters format, keeps it interesting and makes it easy to eat read in little bits at a time.

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It | Stephen King
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I finally finished It this weekend. I started toward the end of August and read about 5 other books during that time. The story was pretty good, but there was some fat that I felt could've been trimmed. I think the story would have been more satisfying if it wasn't so stretched out. Overall, I liked the book. It was creepy and weird in (most of) the ways I like.

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It | Stephen King
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Plugging along through IT this week. I've been taking a lot of breaks because library holds keep coming up, but I'm working on it!

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Mehso-so

I don't usually go for alien invasions, but with that title, I had to try it.

First off, I think I'm about 10 years too old for this book. Hannah is 15 and totally, definitely sounds like a teen, like oh my god, Col! That being said, I enjoyed it. It was funny and rather clever.
Be warned, the paella doesn't save the world as much as the smart young girl and her alien friends do.

I received this book from LibraryThing in exchange for a review.

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Excited to read this weird food savior teen sci-fi book.

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Bailedbailed

I have tried and tried to read this book out of obligation. I purchased the kindle version out of spite when the cease-and-desist was issued following the book's release. But I hate it. I've been "reading" it for months and I'm only at 34%. Momma didn't raise no quitter, but Imma have to give up on this one. Too many books to read to waste time on this.

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