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kyraleseberg

kyraleseberg

Joined October 2016

www.rootsandreads.wordpress.com | Avid reader/reviewer. Accidental homesteader. Lover of pasta & rock 'n roll. Find me on Goodreads: kyraleseberg
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Whiskey When We're Dry | John Larison
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I'm only 25 pages in and mesmerized by the storytelling! Already pretty sure this will be in my top 10 for the year.

sprainedbrain It‘s so good! 2d
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Wow, it's my three year #Litsyversary 😊
The most positive app I spend time on for sure!

AkashaVampie congrats and totally agree!! I haven't been on my Facebook in months (too much drama) (edited) 6d
Sace 🎉🎉🎉 6d
Linsy Congrats @kyraleseberg! ✨ 6d
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Jas16 Happy Litsyversary 🎉🙌🏽📚 6d
kyraleseberg @Linsy Thank you! And I have you to thank for telling me about this amazing community! 🤗 6d
Linsy @kyraleseberg I‘m so glad I did!! I love this place too, although I‘m a bit off and on in my usage. Every time I come here though, it‘s like a big hug. I hope your October is going well! 🍂🍁 6d
Redwritinghood 🎉🎉🎉🎉 6d
Reggie Happy litsyversary!! 6d
kyraleseberg @Redwritinghood @Reggie Thank you both!! ☺️ 3d
kyraleseberg @Linsy Yes, that's the perfect Litsy description!! It has been a great month- Miss Haven is Student of the Month at school & Joe & I are about to celebrate our 11th wedding anniversary! Hope you and your sweet fam are doing well!!! 💗 3d
Linsy @kyraleseberg Aww, congratulations!!! I remember your wedding. You two looked so cute together! Still do, of course. And sweet Haven. She‘s a smarty! We‘re doing great. I‘m actually about to have another baby! It‘s crazy. He‘s due the day before Halloween!! 🎃 3d
kyraleseberg @Linsy Oh my gosh, so exciting!!!!!!! Congratulations!!!!!!!!! 💙 And how awesome you get to celebrate a birthday AND Halloween so close together 🎃 3d
Linsy @kyraleseberg Thanks!!! I‘ll admit, I‘m hoping for a Halloween baby 🤞 3d
kyraleseberg @Linsy That would be awesome! I'm so excited for y'all, that is such amazing news 😊 Does James understand what's going on? He's gonna be a great big bro! 3d
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Spending the morning canning apple butter while reading the tagged book.

Linsy Ooh yum! (edited) 3d
kyraleseberg @Linsy I think it's my best batch yet! 🍎🍏 3d
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The Broken Girls | Simone St James
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This was a book club pick and I really enjoyed it! The plot was interesting and surprised me a couple times, though one aspect felt a little out of place for me. I loved the paranormal aspect, which made it creepy without feeling contrived.

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I've been reading a story or two in car line each day and I'm loving it! The stories are so odd but well written. Reminds me of early Chuck Palahniuk in some instances.

Linsy I loved her Vampires in the Lemon Grove collection. Definitely checking this one out! 3d
kyraleseberg @Linsy Oh I need to add Vampires to my list because I loved this one! 3d
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Dear Martin | Nic Stone
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The county I live in just banned these three books that were suggested by teachers. I'm furious to see she essentially based literary value on the amount of f words in a book --- a pitiful excuse for what I believe is really her not wanting to deal with mature subject matter.

https://www.augustachronicle.com/news/20191008/columbia-county-schools-limit-nov...

wanderinglynn 🤬 There is no reason to ban books. Of course, if most kids are like I was, banning them just made me want to read it that much more. 😂 2w
4thhouseontheleft 😠😤 2w
Butterflyamore The Curious Incident... is such a great book and I know my husband loved Regeneration. I‘ve only seen the movie but it‘s clearly a great story. I‘m not familiar with the other one but now I‘ll have to check it out. 2w
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Butterflyamore I have to add, having now actually read the article, that I feel part of educating children should include exposing them to material that depicts controversial material to help them better understand both history and current society from viewpoints that go beyond what one might learn in a standard classroom setting. Good literature allows that opportunity and helps minds grow, regardless of the amount of profanity tucked within the content. 2w
Butterflyamore To shield students from that, especially knowing that they will be exposed to that in the real world again and again, seems absurd. I‘m sure there is far more to this than that. It‘s bothersome. 2w
Scochrane26 I‘m pretty sure teens know what the f word is and say it frequently. 🙄i have elementary kids who also say it. I read the Curious Incident a few months ago & thought it was very educational for those of us who aren‘t on the autism spectrum. A different perspective. I haven‘t read the other 2, but I‘ve had Martin recommended by booksellers. It‘s definitely a different and important perspective (like the hate u give). 2w
Scochrane26 Now that I‘ve seen Parks & Rec, I envision these people banning books as the woman who doesn‘t want Leslie to teach sex Ed. 2w
kyraleseberg @wanderinglynn Absolutely- give a kid a list of books they can't read and it becomes their mission to do so (even those who claim they don't like reading!) 2w
kyraleseberg @4thhouseontheleft Yes, that was seriously my face when I read the article this morning!! 2w
kyraleseberg @Butterflyamore So well said, I agree completely! 2w
kyraleseberg @Scochrane26 Right?! I think profanity was a lame excuse, she just doesn't want to deal with the reality and the questions these books pose to young minds. 2w
kyraleseberg @Scochrane26 😂😂😂 Now I want to binge Parks & Rec again!! 2w
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Killer mermaids aren't usually my thing but I've heard good stuff and I bought it on a whim as a daily deal a while back. We'll see how it goes!

Reggie Ohhh, I loved this book. Hope you‘re liking it!! 2w
kyraleseberg @Reggie I'm about a quarter in and it's a bit slow but definitely holding my interest! 2w
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We had a great day trip to North Carolina yesterday. Stopped in downtown Asheville for lunch and picked apples in Hendersonville.
Looking forward to canning apple sauce and apple butter-- but first: apple cider doughnuts!

Texreader How amazing! 2w
kyraleseberg @Texreader It was a great day! 😊 7d
Linsy So sweet! 3d
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Magic for Liars | Sarah Gailey
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Started this today and I'm intrigued already!

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This panel is so relatable!

I always enjoy Phoebe and Marigold's adventures and love reading them with my daughter.

Ddzmini 🤣🤣🤣🙌🏽📖 3w
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My 3rd Ruth Ware and certainly my least favorite. Not a whole lot going on in this one; I guessed the secret almost immediately, cookie cutter characters for the genre, and the ending was twisty yet predictable. Still, it was entertaining enough to read in car line to pick up my daughter from school.

Eggs Hmmmm just borrowed this from Libby today 😶 3w
kyraleseberg @Eggs Uh oh- what did you think? 2w
Eggs Didn‘t get to it and then returned it. 🤷‍♀️ 2w
kyraleseberg @Eggs You didn't miss much! 1w
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Unlikely Friends | Sahar Abdulaziz
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A cozy novel about grumpy librarian Irwin and his unlikely friendship with precocious teen Harper. Both have experienced hurt but responded differently to their pain. Now, with new issues tied to the past arriving for them both, Irwin and Harper will overcome their pain together.
This is a heartwarming story for fans of Fredrik Backman and Phaedra Patrick!
Bonus: it's written by my pen pal and fellow Litten @Sahar 💗

Sahar 💜 Awww—-So HAPPY you enjoyed it❣️Irwin‘s a trip— 🤣 Thank you SO much for sharing 💜 3w
kyraleseberg @Sahar 💜 Fingers crossed for a future book once again starring Irwin! 😉 3w
Sahar @kyraleseberg 💜🤞🏻🤞🏻🤞🏻💜 3w
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Daisy Jones & The Six | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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I loved this webinar! It was fun to hear the research TJR did for her novels and advice she offers to writers.

mcipher That sounds so fun! 4w
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I'm over half way and still not sure how I feel. I'm intrigued but the pace is dragging.

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A library of unwritten books exists in hell and is guarded by a badass librarian who tracks down those that go missing. This is an interesting beginning to a new trilogy. It's a bit slow in the middle but gets back on track for an exciting ending. I'm looking forward to the next!

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I absolutely loved the first book in this trilogy but everything I found charming about it began to wear thin in book two which needed some heavy editing. Still, I was looking forward to this final book and hoped it would recapture some of the magic of the first.
I was extremely disappointed that the pacing continued to be very awkward and there was little to no character development. I had to skim a good bit just to finish 😔

jillrhudy Oh no. I love the characters so much. I was hoping book 2 was just a fluke and she would do them justice in the third in the series. 1mo
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My first Jojo Moyes and I loved it!
A historical fiction novel set in 1930's Kentucky following the lives of a group of pack horse librarians.
The writing was great and I appreciated the strong female characters.
Thanks to Pamela Dorman Books for providing me with an ARC!

Scochrane26 I‘m feeling conflicted about this one but will prob read it. The conflict—it‘s already been optioned as a movie. Meanwhile, I don‘t think the Book Woman of Troublesome Creek is going to be a movie. Book woman was written by an author who‘s actually from Appalachia & is about the same topic. It‘s had a lot of great reviews this yr. I‘ll still check out Moyes‘ to see if I like it. 1mo
kyraleseberg @Scochrane26 I enjoyed Book Woman also. I like that it explored another lesser known Appalachian history of "the blue people". The Giver of Stars was wonderful because it gives glimpses into the lives of several women, each with their own struggles and how they overcome them. I highly recommend both! 1mo
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The Testaments: A Novel | Margaret Atwood
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It was delivered after work and before I had to pick my daughter up from school so I managed to get in 168 pages including car line time 😍😍😍

Linsy Perfect timing! 💚 3d
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I am surprised by how much I enjoyed this collection! Brutally honest with Black's comedy style, it was also an insightful look at marriage, raising children, and aging. I laughed out loud a few times in the school pick up line because I related so much to his descriptions of parenting.

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Heaven, My Home | Attica Locke
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An incredible continuation in the Highway 59 series picking up just a couple months after Bluebird, Bluebird. A new case in a small lake town sends Darren back on the road while previous plot threads and characters are more tightly woven into his personal life. I love this series!

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Bluebird, Bluebird | Attica Locke
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Whoa, this book took me by surprise! A fantastic crime novel that looks at racial tension in Texas and follows black Texas Ranger Darren Mathews as he investigates two murders in a small town. I was just as invested in the case as I was in Darren's personal life. This is the beginning of a powerful series and I'm happy to say the second book (Heaven, My Home - to be released 9/17) is just as powerful!

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Huge thanks to HMH for sending me an ARC!
I adore this cozy series so much and appreciate the equal parts research and imagination that goes into creating new adventures for the Kopp Sisters. While this fifth book doesn't focus as much on Constance as it usually does, it was an entertaining read and I'm so excited to see the direction the sisters are headed in next!

jillrhudy I‘m so jealous! I love this series! 1mo
kyraleseberg @jillrhudy It's another fun story! It focuses less on the sisters and doesn't advance their story as much as the past books have but it looks like things will be picking back up! 1mo
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Book Fair Day | Lynn Plourde
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My daughter has her first school book fair this week & it brought back alllll the great memories for me this morning! Here's our book haul 📚

Eggs True!! 1mo
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1. Euchee Creek, less than five minutes from home!

2. At least once every week.

3. E-books, e-magazines, audiobooks, DVDs, and CDs.

#getlibrarycarded

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A book about a library in hell full of unwritten stories and a badass librarian who has to track down missing ones?
I AM HEEEEEEERE FOR THIS 🙌
Huge thanks to the publisher for this ARC!

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Never Have I Ever: A Novel | Joshilyn Jackson
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Some of my favorites from August!
I am now completely devoted to Locke's Highway 59 series and cannot recommend it highly enough.

Sarahreadstoomuch I really liked Bluebird and looking forward to the next one! 2mo
kyraleseberg @Sarahreadstoomuch It's even better than the first (in my humble opinion) 🤗 2mo
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Thrilled my local library purchased a copy, I've been curious about this book!

8little_paws It's excellent 2mo
kyraleseberg @8little_paws I'm excited to hear that, I'm really looking forward to it! 2mo
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The Grace Year | Kim Liggett
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Whoa, this one really surprised me. It'll draw a lot of comparisons to Lord of the Flies, Hunger Games, The Power, and The Handmaid's Tale but this honestly stands on its own. An excellent dystopian about how female strengths are suppressed in male dominated societies and the roles religion and community play.
It's mature YA but certainly worth a read for any reader who appreciates a well-executed dystopian novel.

Alfoster Yes! Loved it too even though it‘s chilling! 2mo
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Taste of Marrow | Sarah Gailey
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I didn't love this one *quite* as much as River of Teeth but it was still fun to return to a river of feral hippos and see how things pan out for Houndstooth and his team!

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I adored the first in the series but now I'm struggling with the second because it's getting bogged down in waaaaay too much unnecessary detail 😕

xxjenadanxx It was a bit wordy but I loved it in the end! Stick it out!! 2mo
Scochrane26 It is wordy & has a lot of characters, but I loved it. 2mo
kyraleseberg @xxjenadanxx Thanks for the encouragement, I made it through! 2mo
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kyraleseberg @Scochrane26 It needed some serious editing (just my two cents!) but overall it was a good read, even though it got lost in the details at times. 2mo
Scochrane26 @kyraleseberg I noticed the 3rd one is about the same length as the 1st, so hopefully it will be better editing. 2mo
kyraleseberg @Scochrane26 I downloaded the ARC and am hoping the same thing! 2mo
jillrhudy It‘s crazy! Every time someone butters a roll you have to know about it, and the author thinks that every 15th page I forget that Cat is a puma. Did Goss fire her editor? Did they make her write 100 extra pages about nothing? 1mo
kyraleseberg @jillrhudy So much YES! I am shocked it passed any editor's desk in that state. I still have the 3rd on my Kindle but have been putting it off since this one was so tedious. 1mo
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Never Have I Ever: A Novel | Joshilyn Jackson
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My first Joshilyn Jackson & it did not disappoint! 😳

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Library love 📚📖❤️

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Taste of Marrow | Sarah Gailey
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A few library holds came in this week!

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Good Husbandry: A Memoir | Kristin Kimball
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I was shocked this arrived so quickly!! Looking forward to this new memoir from Kimball because I adored The Dirty Life!

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Good Husbandry: A Memoir | Kristin Kimball
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🎉 Really looking forward to this one!!

DivineDiana 👏🏻📚👏🏻 2mo
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It has been a week of huge changes in our home! My daughter started Kindergarten and in the middle of the adjustment I've started an online writing class and have my first job interview in years tomorrow.
This ARC showed up at just the right time. I love the Kopp Sisters & definitely need a comfort read in the midst of all these big changes!

Suet624 Good luck!! 2mo
kyraleseberg @Suet624 Thank you! ☺️ 2mo
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Untitled | Unknown
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Woo-hoo!!! I think this book mail may be Kopp Sisters on the March!!!
*awkwardly moon walks in excitement*

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The Nickel Boys: A Novel | Colson Whitehead
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Quiet and matter of fact in its simplicity, this story packs a painful punch. Whitehead gives readers insight into the horrors faced by the boys at the "reform school" but is never overly descriptive or gratuitous with the violence, making it even more terrifying when readers are allowed to consider the full extent. I was not expecting the ending, which added another powerful level to the story.

MelissaSue81 Yeah. The ending punched me right in the gut. 3mo
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Started this last night and I've already passed the halfway mark!

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River of Teeth | Sarah Gailey
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Such a fun novella!
Alternate history where the US govt bred hippos in the LA marshes for meat. Now they hire Winslow Houndstooth to rid the area of the feral creatures to open the river back up to trade boats headed for the Gulf. A rag tag group of criminals is assembled to accomplish the task and allow Houndstooth to exact revenge on a man from his past.
Awesome diverse character representation and a weird and entertaining plot!

Addison_Reads 💚 such a great book. Make sure to read the sequel, Taste of Marrow. It's fun too. 3mo
kyraleseberg @Addison_Reads Already placed a hold at my library! 🙌 3mo
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The Blinds | Adam Sternbergh
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My favorite books from July in no particular order!

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Gritty, cinematic, and violent. This was a great story that was tough to put down!

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Reading Goals: Extended Readers for Basic Reading | Glenn McCracken, Charles Child Walcutt
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Finished my Goodreads goal this morning! 🎉

Merethebookgal Congrats 🎊🎉🍾 3mo
ephemeralwaltz Wow congrats!!😍😍 3mo
kyraleseberg @Merethebookgal Thanks!! 💃🤗📚 3mo
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kyraleseberg @ephemeralwaltz Thank you!! ☺️ 3mo
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We knew the drive-in would be packed this weekend for The Lion King so we arrived super early to set up our blankets & snacks & I got plenty of reading time in with the tagged book!

Kappadeemom So cool! I miss drive-ins. We don‘t have any near where I live. 3mo
kyraleseberg @Kappadeemom This one is in Monetta, a little less than an hour from Augusta so we usually make it there a couple times every summer. We're lucky to have one relatively close and the novelty never wears off! 3mo
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The Nickel Boys: A Novel | Colson Whitehead
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New library picks 🤗
Starting The Nickel Boys this evening!

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I've read a lot of children's books in the last six years and can say with certainty this one is a real gem!
My daughter and I both loved this one!

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A Song for a New Day | Sarah Pinsker
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A dystopia set in the near future when the U.S. government outlaws large gatherings after a terrorist attack.
An interesting premise focusing on music and the connection it creates. Strong story though I would've enjoyed more world building!

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3.5 stars

A true crime book focusing on women's obsession with the genre. It includes four stories of women influenced in vastly different ways by a crime, along with the author's personal reactions to and participation in the genre.
Interesting for those that enjoy true crime and appreciate the sociology aspect.

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Imaginary Friend | Steven Chbosky
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3 stars.
I liked it overall but didn't love it.
Large sections could've been removed or heavily edited to the benefit of the story. Loved the relationship between Christopher and his mom. The creep factor is a slow burn but by the end I had actual goosebumps.
Heavily influenced by old school Stephen King, this is a horror story focusing on good vs. evil building to a Biblical battle.

kamoorephoto Want to read this!! 3mo
kyraleseberg @kamoorephoto I hope you enjoy it more than I did! 3mo
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