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Doctor Sleep: A Novel | Stephen King
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Finished just in time for the movie‘s release! A passable sequel to “The Shining;” I just wish it carried over more of the creepiness.

TrishB I thought this was a much better read than The Shining 🤷‍♀️ 1w
karasu13 Don‘t get me wrong, I did enjoy “Doctor Sleep,” but I think I‘m just partial to “The Shining” lol 1w
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The Shining | Stephen King
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Still the best.

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Drood: A Novel | Dan Simmons
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Life got in the way and it took me months to finish it. I remember flying through the first 200 pages and then it became a slog.

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Seoul | Athena Ellis
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Last week I took my very first solo vacation — I went to Seoul, South Korea, for a week! I was there to fangirl over K-pop, buy all the best Korean makeup, and experience the city. One of my favourite places I visited was the Starfield Coex Library. It is more beautiful in real life, if you can believe that.

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I cannot even begin to say how important Sylvia Plath is to me. After reading her letters, it‘s official: no other writer knows my soul better than her. Her views on life, men, and the need to write mirror mine to an almost terrifying degree. Spending so much time in her thoughts makes me feel her loss so profoundly. It is devastating to read of all she wanted to achieve while knowing how her life plays out.

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As we say on tumblr, big mood.

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I wanted to love this book, since the 2008 K2 tragedy is what sparked my interest in reading about mountaineering. Bowley paints the picture as well as he can, but there‘s a lack of emotion (which you can find in the documentary “The Summit”).

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As the youths say, I felt seen on nearly every page of this book. While this is more of a memoir of Roberson‘s dating misadventures than a guide, the majority of her experiences resonated with me (a single feminist trying to navigate the world of dating). Specific sections felt like they came from my head; for example, “Interesting Topics to Think and Talk About That Are Not Some Dude You Hung Out With Two-and-a-Half Times but Never Kissed.”

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I have never seen a more accurate description of my life.

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Hidden Bodies | Caroline Kepnes
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I hate to give this book a so-so rating, but it did not have the creepy magic of “You” (which was my favourite book I read in 2018). “Hidden Bodies” was pretty heavy-handed and a little tedious at times. LA may have given him Love but it really sucked the (creeper) life out of Joe.

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Queer Eye: Love Yourself. Love Your Life. | Antoni Porowski, Tan France, Jonathan Van Ness, Bobby Berk, Karamo Brown
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This year was one of transformations for me, and The Fab Five were a major part in helping me to start living my best life. The first season was released just after I ended a 5-year relationship; the second season came out around my birthday; and their book is the perfect capstone to 2018. I‘m looking forward to putting their tips to work in the coming year!

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Dracula (Revised) | Bram Stoker
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Maybe I was expecting something more, but I was severely underwhelmed by “Dracula.” Jonathan Harker‘s misadventures at Castle Dracula were the only enthralling parts of the book. It started off with the right amount of suspense and myth-making, but I thought the rest of the plot plodded along to a rather anticlimactic ending.

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Rage Becomes Her | Soraya Chemaly
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My local bookstore hosted their first holiday open house, where I picked up “The Terror” (which has been on my wish list for a while) and “Rage Becomes Her.” I need to hurry up and finish “Dracula” so I can start these!

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I loved this! I was introduced to Gorey through his illustrations for John Bellairs‘ books back when I was in fourth grade, but I had never actually read any of his own stories. “Amphigorey” is a great Gorey starter — and of course my favourite book ended up being “The Gashlycrumb Tinies.” Deliciously unsettling artwork and nonsensical stories make for a great combination.

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My favourite limerick from “The Listing Attic.”

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Misery | Stephen King
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Annie Wilkes may be a nurse, but I wouldn‘t want her taking care of me.

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I‘ve been fascinated with haunted places since childhood (Salem and the Winchester Mystery House have always been at the top of my list). Dickey‘s book is an extensive travelogue for those who like history with their hauntings. I found myself trawling Wikipedia after each chapter, wanting to learn more about the legends featured in the book.

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Never Let Me Go | Kazuo Ishiguro
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Maybe it‘s just me, but I didn‘t find this one to be as devastating as many have made it out to be. A solid read that makes you think about the implications of scientific progress.

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Never Let Me Go | Kazuo Ishiguro
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I think I‘m reading this at the perfect time since I am 31 as well!

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Crazy Rich Asians | Kevin Kwan
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(Using a picture of Choi Siwon since I envisioned him as Nick, and hello eye candy!) A solid summer read that has made me more excited for the movie next month. Although I could have done with fewer Eleanor-focused chapters, and easily enjoyed a whole book of Astrid and cousin Oliver trading bon mots.

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Crazy Rich Asians | Kevin Kwan
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I didn‘t expect to see a 비 Rain reference! My sister would love that 😂

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Crazy Rich Asians | Kevin Kwan
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I figured I had better read this before the movie comes out and there‘s not much time left!

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The Secret History | Donna Tartt
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Who knew Classics students could create so much disorder? Although I guess if invited, I too would want to take part in a classic bacchanal. Good job on that one, Henry.

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Starter for Ten | David Nicholls
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And the final haul! So excited for all my finds!

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This is my second haul!

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Every June, my local library holds a massive sale as their annual fundraiser. It‘s my favourite week of the year because the books are cheap and my birthday always falls during that week. The books I buy are my early gifts to myself. This is the first haul!

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The Secret History | Donna Tartt
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So excited to start this tonight!

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The world is truly lacking without David Foster Wallace‘s insight. Reading this transcription of David Lipsky‘s interview with DFW makes his loss even more heartbreaking. His thoughts on fame (the general nature of, as well as his own) and the writing process are profound yet relatable. There‘s a lot to be gleaned from this interview but what is most noticeable is that a great voice was sadly silenced with Wallace‘s death.

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The Handmaid's Tale | Margaret Atwood
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Saw this shirt at my local bookstore and I had to get it!

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Now this is a tome. I can‘t wait to dive into this 1,400-pager!

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“A good book teaches the reader how to read it.” — David Foster Wallace

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Up next: some DFW wisdom.

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You | Caroline Kepnes
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I don‘t think I was supposed to, but I loved every second that I was in Joe‘s head. I have not been this obsessed with a book in a while; I did not want it to end and I immediately need more. The references to “Closer” and “(500) Days of Summer” (among others) made me feel like this book came out of my head. I will be not-so-patiently awaiting the adaptation (cue me swooning over Penn Badgley ❤️).

everfree7 I just got this book from the library, but did you realize there‘s a sequel? Hidden Bodies. I got that one first and then realized before I started reading. Now I have both to take with me on vacation. 1y
karasu13 @everfree7 I have to read it! I‘m so happy there‘s a sequel haha. Here‘s hoping it‘s as good as “You”! 1y
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You | Caroline Kepnes
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Joe is the textbook definition of creepy-guy-I‘d-never-want-to-meet, but I kind of love this??

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A new bookstore just opened in my town, so of course I had to check it out!

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You | Caroline Kepnes
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My secret dream is to be Natalie Portman in the final scene of “Closer.” This book is meant for me.

Jess7 🤗🤗🤗 2y
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What I liked most about Lindy‘s writing is she is not preachy when it comes to delivering advice. Reading this was like watching one of her vlogs; I could hear her voice in my head, and I knew this was authentic Bubz advice. I ended up writing some of my favourite lines in my gratitude journal, and the one I‘ve been putting into practise is, “Be willing to learn, and be willing to try.” It‘s already made a difference for me!

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So excited to start this! Lindy Tsang has been my favourite Youtuber for years (first on her bubzbeauty channel and now on bubzvlogz). This year is one of changes for me and I‘m always looking for some guidance. I‘m looking forward to applying Lindy‘s advice to my own life!

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What Happened | Hillary Rodham Clinton
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There were so many times I had to put this book down and take a breather. Reliving the 2016 election through Hillary is an experience. I respect her so much more for writing this book. A word of advice: have tissues ready for the chapter on Election Night.

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What Happened | Hillary Rodham Clinton
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Let‘s see how long it takes me to read this before I get angry and/or cry.

Jess7 I still haven‘t read this but I‘ve been meaning to for ages. @dariazeoli did you read this one? The end pages are beautiful! 2y
dariazeoli @Jess7 I did read it! I 5-starred it and I don‘t often do that. I think I reviewed on Goodreads. 2y
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A fun, breezy read that is half memoir, half social study. Hong covers every facet of Korean culture that Korea has exported or wants to export (such as its music, dramas and technology). Because K-pop has been my major obsession for seven years, the K-pop chapter was my favourite, but I did learn a lot about Korea‘s history and motivations. The one drawback? I was reminded of the 20 hours I wasted watching “Winter Sonata.” 🙃

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And now Hot Topic is selling Big Bang and G-Dragon shirts. This book predates the BTS explosion, but I agree with Hong that Big Bang is the most Western-friendly group to represent K-pop.

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Anyone who knows me knows I am an obsessive KPop fan. I‘ve been a fan of South Korean pop culture for the last 13 years and while I know the basics of the country‘s move from dictatorship to technological leader, I haven‘t read anything that covers the shift in an in-depth way. Looking forward to reading this!

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I enjoyed this for what it was: a collection of letters from 1980s London. It wasn‘t particularly insightful or anything, but it had its humorous moments. I‘m also glad to have found someone else who dislikes Shakespeare and Hardy.

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After two months of creepy reads, it‘s time for something light and funny. My friend Beth is Faye Marsay‘s cousin, and she was able to get my copy signed for me!

Jess7 Nice! Signed books are the best! 2y
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Unfortunately didn‘t live up to the hype. I did enjoy parts of it though (like the scene involving the cardboard house) but I found the “twists” too derivative. I recently read Shirley Jackson‘s “We Have Always Lived in the Castle” and predicted about halfway through how “Ghosts” would end. The best part about reading this was figuring out the nods to other writers/works.

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Continuing on with the creepy reads! I've heard good things about this one and can't wait to get started.

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The October Country | Ray Bradbury
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I loved this! It's too hard to choose a favourite story, but this will be a book I can re-read each October. I don't think anyone has captured October like Bradbury did.

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The October Country | Ray Bradbury
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I read "The Halloween Tree" a few years ago and loved it. Getting into that October mood with this collection.

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I don't think Shirley Jackson is for me. This is the second of her novels I have read and I found it a chore to get through. Merricat annoyed me and the really interesting part of the story (the poisoning) was hardly examined. I wouldn't consider this a mystery as it is obvious from the start who put the arsenic in the sugar.