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ferskner

ferskner

Joined September 2016

Librarian with a podcast: wellreadpodcast.wordpress.com
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Gratuitous photo of me at Eurovision.

sprainedbrain What a great photo! ❤️ 3w
zezeki That's amazing! Who are your favourites? 3w
DivineDiana What fun! ❤️ 3w
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BarbaraBB Cool! Who‘s your favorite? 3w
ferskner @zezeki @BarbaraBB I don't listen to the songs beforehand (other than Denmark and Sweden because I follow those national finals) so I'm not qualified to say, but I adored Ukraine and Moldova last night! 3w
BarbaraBB Exciting! 3w
Gissy Nice!🤗❤️❤️❤️ 3w
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3. Christie brings in several detectives from past novels. Did you enjoy revising these characters? Which detectives would you have liked to be included in this group?

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2. This book introduces Ariadne Oliver, who is widely considered to be a stand-in for Christie herself. What did you think of this character? What commentary is Christie making on her role as the author?

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TheAromaofBooks I am not always a fan of authors writing themselves (or versions of themselves) into their stories, but I absolutely love Ariadne. She's so funny and self-depreciating, and listening to her complain about how she randomly decided to make her detective a Finn and now she's stuck with him just brings me joy every time haha 3w
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#agathachristieclubR2: I'm trying to get caught up on stuff, I have no idea what month we're on, so here we go!

Please remember to tag anyone who has previously commented!

1. Did you like this book? Why or why not?

TheAromaofBooks This isn't my favorite Christie, but I did enjoy it. I really liked the way that she made this a sort of “locked room“ type mystery with only three possible suspects. 3w
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The Maid | Nita Prose
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I read a bit of this book at a Silent Reading Club event at a fancy Nashville hotel earlier this week. It felt very fitting to read a book set at a luxury hotel while at a luxury hotel.

BarbaraBB Sounds very nice! 2mo
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Body and Soul Food | Abby Collette
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I'm home with a headache today, but it's hard to feel bad with a cozy and a doggie at my feet.

ozma.of.oz Hope you‘re feeling better! 2mo
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Bingo! | Rosemary Wells
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I firmly believe that it's never too late to post my #bookspin list! 🤣 @TheAromaofBooks #doublespin #bookspinbingo

Gissy Interesting books! 📚📚📚📚❤️ 2mo
TheAromaofBooks LOL You are correct! NEVER too late to BookSpin!! 😂 2mo
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4. This novel seems to rely on psychological insight of the victim more than other Christie novels, perhaps because she was based on a real person, Catherine Wooley. Do you think her assessments are accurate, or fair? Did you like this kind of characterization? #agathachristieclubR2

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3. Poirot makes quite a late appearance in the book. Did you think this worked? Did it benefit the plot or make it less enjoyable for you? #agathachristieclubR2

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2. This is Christie's first novel set in the world of archeology, a theme that will continue, thanks to her marriage to Max Mallowan. How did you like her treatment of the setting? #agathachristieclubR2

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I'm so late on these #agathachristieclubR2 questions that it's been my next month already! I was traveling at the beginning of the month and didn't get my book requested, so I was late in reading it. But here we go!

1. Did you enjoy this book? Why or why not?

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Everything is trash right now except for this book coming out. 😍

janeycanuck Dan Pashman just interviewed him on the Sporkful podcast. Made me want to run out and get the cookbook right away! 2mo
ferskner @janeycanuck it's sooooooooooooooooo great! I watched an online conversation with him and he's just so interesting. 2mo
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Mysterious | Nora Roberts
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Getting caught up on life, as per usual, but I wanted to do a quick post because it's just so exciting when you finally get to visit one of your top 5 dream bookstores.

Suet624 💕💕💕 3mo
wanderinglynn Ooh, where is this? 3mo
LeahBergen I want to make it there one day!! 3mo
ferskner @wanderinglynn it's in NYC - an all-mystery bookstore! @LeahBergen you have to go! It was so fun. 2mo
Linsy So jealous!!! Definitely one of the highlights of travel 2mo
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Murder in Mesopotamia | Agatha Christie
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Here's the upcoming schedule. I don't know why my phone didn't include the background, but it looks 3D to my eyes!

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bthegood I read the february book - it was good and told from a different point of view than usual for Christie. 4mo
Librarybelle I am so far behind on the schedule! Ugh…I should devote an entire reading month to Agatha Christie‘s works to catch up to the group. 🙄 4mo
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TheAromaofBooks Sounds good. I'm actually ahead on these, so I get a couple of months off!! 4mo
ferskner @Librarybelle you know you've read them before! ;) Jump in! 4mo
ImperfectCJ This appears to be the same schedule I'm using to read through Christie's books (from Appointment with Agatha on GR). What's the protocol for joining this read along group? 3w
ImperfectCJ Or rather, similar...a couple months different. 3w
ferskner @ImperfectCJ I'll add you to my tag list! I think I screwed up the order in the books but whenever I post questions I tag everyone who has expressed interest. 3w
ImperfectCJ Thanks! 3w
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4. No question, I just really like this cover! Ca-caw!

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TheAromaofBooks The background lightning strike is very dramatic. I absolutely love the insane variety of covers for her books. 4mo
Gissy I like that print😍 4mo
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ferskner @TheAromaofBooks @Gissy isn't it a trip?? 4mo
Gissy @ferskner yes!! 😍 4mo
Linsy It is excellent!! 3mo
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3. Many contemporary reviewers considered this one of Christie's best, and current lists also rank this within her top 10. How do you think this stacks up against her best novels?

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Laughterhp I won‘t be able to completely judge until I‘ve read all her books. This one isn‘t my favorite but it‘s definitely up there right now. 4mo
TheAromaofBooks I think this one is really well plotted with a clever twist. Setting up that poor guy to take the fall is also a creepy/well done part of the story. I'm not sure it's my all-time favorite, but it's definitely a solid entry. @Laughterhp 4mo
ferskner @Laughterhp @TheAromaofBooks yeah I would agree - not my #1, but probably top 10? Interestingly, David Suchet and Hugh Fraser both consider this a favorite. 4mo
Linsy @Laughterhp @ferskner @TheAromaofBooks I don't think I'd rank this in my personal top 10 Christies, but I can definitely see why it's so highly recommended. Definitely seems like a solid rec for most readers! 3mo
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2. Christie uses techniques typically seen in thrillers rather than mysteries in this book. Can you identify how this book is different than her typical Poirot novels? (If not, I'll tell you!) Did you enjoy this difference?

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ferskner I kind of answered this in question 1, but at first it frustrated me to know who did it because that's not really how mysteries work, but then of course Christie knows better than I do and is just messing with me! 4mo
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Please remember to tag all other commenters so we can keep the conversation going!

1. Did you enjoy this book? Why or why not?

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bthegood I did enjoy this book, but in my review I didn't mention why specifically. The mystery was good and it was interesting in terms of how it was written - a serial killer that is taunting Poirot (if I remember correctly?) 4mo
Laughterhp I enjoyed this one too. I first read it in 2018, so this was a reread. This time I‘m listened on audio and really enjoyed it. I remembered a little of who the killer was but not specifically, so it didn‘t ruin the story for me. @bthegood 4mo
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TheAromaofBooks Like @Laughterhp this was a reread for me. I remembered who the “actual“ victim was but couldn't exactly remember who killed them. This one definitely does an amazing job of scattering red herrings everywhere haha @bthegood 4mo
ferskner @bthegood @Laughterhp @TheAromaofBooks I feel the same way - I really like this one. I think Christie is tricky with playing with the suspense device of knowing who the killer is from the beginning (the difference I mentioned in question 3 but then turns it on its head! 4mo
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Ughhhhhhhhhh #agathachristieclubR2 friends, I've super let you down. I read this book back in October and then promptly got so overwhelmed with committee work until January that I never posted questions. Between that, work, and travel, I've never gotten caught up, and I'm sorry for that. Can we reset? ⬇️

ferskner I'll still be busy with committee work this year, but I have a better grasp on it now. That means I can gauge my responsibilities better. I'll need to take occasional months off when we're judging, but who doesn't mind a break now and then?

I'm posting discussion questions in posts following this one. Nothing too detailed because I know everyone read it months ago!
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TheAromaofBooks I'm always fine with whatever works for you!! I think scheduled months off are totally acceptable. 4mo
Linsy I'm happy for a reset! I keep getting behind as it is, gives me a chance to catch up on some other reading! 3mo
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Bingo! | Rosemary Wells
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Posting late, but here's my #bookspin #doublespin #bookspinbingo list! @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Never too late to BookSpin!!! 😁 4mo
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The Award: A Novel | Danielle Steel
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I've been almost completely MIA for weeks, but can now announce the results of a year's worth of work. I was on the Reading List committee, an ALA award to celebrate the best in genre fiction. I'm tremendously proud of the work we did: hundreds of books read and hours of discussion. You can also see the shortlists here: https://rusaupdate.org/2022/01/readers-advisory-announce-2022-reading-list-years...

BookNAround Very cool. That‘s a lot of work for sure. I‘m just starting up the WNBA Great Group Reads list reading period again and we only get 250 or so books to consider. I imagine you had exponentially more. 4mo
Nessavamusic Very cool, some great books there! 4mo
sprainedbrain So cool!! 4mo
Librarybelle Yay!!! I was so excited to see the list! 4mo
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Book in my ear, puppy on my lap.

Gissy 🐶❤️❤️❤️❤️ 5mo
tracey38 Love! ❤❤❤🐶🐶🐶❤❤❤ 5mo
kspenmoll Cutest face!!! 5mo
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The Jasmine Throne | Tasha Suri
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Audiobooking while hanging out with my nieces and nephew in Copenhagen. Danish Christmas is the best Christmas. 🇩🇰🌲

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Project Hail Mary | Andy Weir
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I've been so absent from Litsy lately and it makes me sad. The book judging committee I'm on is kicking my butt, and it's only going to get harder over the holidays (I planned a two and a half week trip 🤦🏻). But I'm happy to have a little moment to check in with y'all. I hope everyone is having a lovely holiday and winter season!

LeahBergen Good to see you again! 5mo
TrishB Hi 👋 5mo
julesG Hey there! Good to see you. 5mo
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ShelleyBooksie Welcome back! Merry Christmas. 5mo
PatriciaU Good to see you! What are you judging? 5mo
ferskner @LeahBergen @TrishB @julesG @ShelleyBooksie @PatriciaU hi!!!!!! 👋👋👋 I'm judging the ALA Reading List, which is for the best genre fiction of the year. 5mo
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Iron Widow | Xiran Jay Zhao
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I can't get my phone to focus on the book and the tree but the tree is just as stunning as this cover.

Alfrazier21 I‘m about to read this one for a round of #LMPBC! How was it? 5mo
ferskner @Alfrazier21 it was good! I ended up speed reading the last half because it wasn't right for the committee, but I loved her rage. 5mo
bthegood Just checking in - are you doing okay? 5mo
ferskner @bthegood yes! Thanks so much for checking! I'm super overwhelmed by the judging committee I'm on. I have to read so many books by the middle of January. 5mo
bthegood @ferskner good to know - good luck with the reading! 🙂 5mo
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Dead Space | Kali Wallace
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I'm decidedly not a sci-fi reader, but add a murder mystery and you might just pull me in. This was engaging, science-heavy without leaving me behind, and fast-paced. You can't ask for more when it's not your genre.

#booked2021 #nonfictionscienceorsciencefictionwrittenbyawoman @Cinfhen @BarbaraTheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft oh my gosh I actually finished the Winter challenge!!!!

ferskner @Cinfhen @BarbaraTheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft I haven't received emails in order to submit my books for the quarter. What's the best way to do that? 6mo
Cinfhen Congrats on completing winter ❄️ we don‘t send email reminders, that‘s something we should probably look into but we post the link on Litsy several times a quarter… here it is:
https://bit.ly/3b7rK1E
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Cinfhen Just fill in the books you‘ve read that you haven‘t submitted in the past!! Each book earns you a chance for the drawing 💚📚good luck 🍀 6mo
ferskner @Cinfhen oh awesome! Sorry, I thought the email I got when I signed up for the challenge said something about getting emails each quarter to submit books. I've been very spotty on Litsy this year so I've missed all the reminders, hahaha! 6mo
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After Alice Fell: A Novel | Kim Taylor Blakemore
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I'm super behind on reviews/book challenge posts and I'm never going to catch up, so I'm only posting something that can count for #booked2021, which I miiiiiiiiight be able to pull off.

This is a historical thriller and it's heavy on the historical, almost to the point of slowness, but I loved all the details of post-Civil War domestic life.

#covidheroes @Cinfhen @BarbaraTheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft

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Last night in Glenford. Thank goodness for this leg warmer. #dogsoflitsy

Chrissyreadit Hi Joseph ❤️ how is your ankle Ann? 7mo
ferskner @Chrissyreadit it's doing okay! Physical therapy feels pretty good so far and I can see little improvements each week. Thank you for asking! 6mo
Chrissyreadit @ferskner ❤️📚❤️ 6mo
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Cloud Cuckoo Land | Anthony Doerr
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Back in my happy place: an antiques-filled cabin in Glenford, OH for the week. This was a surprise sanctuary last year when my birthday plans were cancelled and I'm so happy to have time to relax now that my cast is off and amid a really personally difficult year. With so many new things to sniff, Joseph is also a fan.

Magpiegem This looks like heaven 😍 7mo
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Bingo! | Rosemary Wells
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It's another committee-judging month and I'm in for a world of hurt if I don't get all these books (plus more) read. Hopefully I'll get a #bookspinbingo blackout! #bookspin #doublespin @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! I pulled the numbers yesterday so let me know if you can't find them!! 7mo
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Spooky Weird! | Anh Do
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My final #scarathlon2021 post for #teamhendrix - not as much horror read this month as I would have liked, but I still had a great time! Thanks so much @StayCurious and @Clwojick!

StayCurious so glad you enjoyed yourself! Amazing job! 7mo
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My sweet little friend Fern died unexpectedly yesterday. She was just about the nicest hamster ever - she never bit me and she was okay with cuddles. It's hard to like hamsters because they don't have long lives, but they're so worth it. I loved everything about her. #hamstersoflitsy

merelybookish Ah RIP Fran. I'm sorry for your loss! 7mo
Patchshank I'm in the same boat 😢 hugs ❤️ 7mo
Graciouswarriorprincess I am so sorry. Sending hugs! 7mo
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Crazeedi Oh my heart breaks for you, what a sweet face, sending a big hug 7mo
Gissy 😢I‘m so sorry! 7mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I‘m so sorry 😞 7mo
MaureenMc 💗💗💗 7mo
AmyG Oh, I am so sorry. 😥 7mo
xicanti I‘m so sorry. 💔 7mo
slategreyskies Oh, I‘m sorry for your loss. 💔 7mo
Palimpsest I‘m so sorry for your loss. 7mo
CarolynM So sorry 💔 7mo
Readergrrl 💜💜💜 7mo
Librarybelle 💜💜💜 7mo
JessClark78 I‘m sorry for your loss. 💔❤️ 7mo
BookwormAHN So sorry. I had one hamster like that. Alex he was so sweet and barely made it 3 yrs ❤ 7mo
Avanders Oh I‘m so sorry for your loss 😢♥️ 7mo
kspenmoll So so sorry! 7mo
LeahBergen Oh no! I‘m so sorry. 💔 7mo
Bookzombie I‘m so sorry. 7mo
AnneCecilie I‘m so sorry 💔 7mo
La_Cori I'm so sorry 💔 sending hugs 7mo
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Fear Street Saga | R. L. Stine
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I watched the next Fear Street movie (1978) and it scared me so much!!!! Much scarier than the first one, but still very fun. I had to watch something funny afterward to be able to sleep tonight.

#scarathlon2021 #teamhendrix @StayCurious

Clwojick I loved the first two, but didnt make it through more than 20 mins of the third. 😆 7mo
ferskner @Clwojick Ooooooo why? That's the one I've been the most excited about because I love the Salem Witch Trials. 7mo
Clwojick I guess I‘m not very into the 1600s lol 7mo
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Chrissyreadit What are they called? This one looks like my fear level potential 7mo
ferskner @Clwojick 🤣 @Chrissyreadit They're called Fear Street with years after them. The first one is 1994. I'm not usually a slasher person but they were fun and a good mix of slasher and supernatural. 7mo
Clwojick @Chrissyreadit The 90's vibes are incredible! 7mo
Chrissyreadit @Clwojick yes! 90‘s vibes were really well done! I watched the first one last night- and will watch the other two also. 7mo
ferskner @Chrissyreadit I'm so glad you liked it! 7mo
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Spooky Stories | Compilation
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StayCurious Great job! 7mo
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Tenderness | Alison Macleod
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This book may be great, I don't know, but there was a sentence in the first chapter that was so stupid and gratuitous that I immediately quit. (Only posting this for #scarathlon points :) )

#scarathlon2021 #teamhendrix @StayCurious

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Warm Bodies: A Novel | Isaac Marion
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#teamhendrix buddy read! I almost skipped this one but I'm so glad I didn't. It's charming, funny, and sweet, but with zombies. It all works!!!

#scarathlon2021 @StayCurious

HeatherBookNerd The movie is pretty great too 7mo
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Meh. This felt like it had a lot of telling and not showing, which might make sense because it's written in the form of a letter from a woman to her granddaughter, but I wasn't feeling it.

#scarathlon2021 #teamhendrix @StayCurious

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The Layover | Lacie Waldon
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So, confession: I don't think I've ever read a romance that I actually found romantic. The focus so often seems to be on the physical attraction that the buildup to the relationship gets lost for me. This one, though, I found really romantic. I related to a lot of elements and I loved that it was a romantic comedy that didn't jump straight to sex.

#scarathlon2021 #teamhendrix @StayCurious #pop21 #booksetinmultiplecountries

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Out of Love | Hazel Hayes
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I don't think the gimmick of a failed-love story told in reverse worked quite as well as I'd wanted, but this was often very compelling. Dudes are a real piece of work, aren't they?

#scarathlon #teamhendrix @StayCurious

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The Girl Who Died: A Novel | Ragnar Jonasson
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This is technically a thriller but it has a pretty strong ghost presence in it say I'm counting it as horror. Spooky isolated Icelandic towns and a decades-old mystery make for some creepy late-night listening.

#scarathlon2021 #teamhendrix @StayCurious #litsyatoz @BookishMarginalia

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When Things Get Dark: Stories inspired by Shirley Jackson | Benjamin Percy, Joyce Carol Oates, Elizabeth Hand, Karen Heuler
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Finally, a book from my team's theme! Shirley Jackson is one of my top five favorite authors so of course I would be all over this book. Some stories are stronger than others, but I liked everything.

#scarathlon2021 #teamhendrix @StayCurious

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Felonious Monk | William Kotzwinkle
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Trying to get my #scarathlon2021 posts in before the week ends! I'm surprised at how much I liked this. It's not my style at all but it captures the weirdness of Arizona (my home state) so well and it has the greatest title I've legit ever seen.

#teamhendrix @StayCurious #litsyatoz @BookishMarginalia

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A Holly Jolly Diwali | Sonya Lalli
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Not even a super light fluffy novel can keep me awake at this point... It's time to call it for #readathon October 2021! I wasn't able to read as much horror as I normally like for this readathon due to work commitments, but I finished three books and made good progress through three more. This was an almost entirely audio readathon for me and next time I want to do more reading!

@DeweysReadathon

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When Things Get Dark: Stories inspired by Shirley Jackson | Benjamin Percy, Joyce Carol Oates, Elizabeth Hand, Karen Heuler
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An afternoon grazing plate that ended up being mostly fruit instead of cheese, like I'd planned. 🤷‍♀️ #readathon @DeweysReadathon

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The Burning Girls | C. J. Tudor
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One book finished, and now audio while doing physical therapy and some organization. Joseph has been my shadow all day, as my fur-covered clothes can attest. #readathon @DeweysReadathon

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Legend of Sleepy Hollow | Washington Irving
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I'm not intending all my Halloween viewing this year to be bookish, but it's sure shaping up that way! I also went to a live performance of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow tonight with a friend - does that count for points?! I'm doing it. #scarathlon2021 #teamhendrix @StayCurious

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Chilling Adventures of Sabrina #2 | Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
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Bookish spooky watching for the night! I have a love/meh relationship with this show, in that I absolutely adore the look of it but think the plot is pretty meh. I'm sure I'll rewatch multiple times in the future just to stare at its Halloweeny perfection.

#scarathlon2021 #teamhendrix @StayCurious

Ericalambbrown I need to finish that series up! I binged it all and then never made it back for the last season. It‘s so good! 7mo
ferskner @Ericalambbrown it's so beautiful!! Same, I kind of forgot about it but I'm glad I remembered in time for Halloween. 7mo
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When your publishing rep really, really gets you. 😍😍😍

LeahBergen Look how cool she was! 7mo
Leftcoastzen 😂👏 7mo
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I can't decide whether to race through this show or savor it. I love it sooooooooooooooooo much. 3 episodes tonight for 16 points. #scarathlon2021 #teamhendrix @StayCurious

Texreader I want to watch this one! Good to her you like it 7mo
Chrissyreadit Huh. What network is it on? 7mo
Avanders 👆🏽👆🏽 do tell! 7mo
Kdgordon88 @Chrissyreadit @Avanders it is on Hulu. I just started watching after my dad recommended it. 7mo
Avanders I‘ll have to check it out! 😁 7mo
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Horrorstor: A Novel | Grady Hendrix
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Not the most productive week for me.... #scarathlon2021 #teamhendrix @StayCurious

StayCurious Looks great to me! 7mo
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