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MallenNC
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I mailed my #jolabokaflodswap package today! It is on its way to you @ralexist in a priority mail envelope. It doesn‘t say Litsy on the outside but it does say it on the interior envelope. It should get to you in plenty of time for opening. I‘m sorry this wrap has glitter on it; I didn‘t realize when I bought it. @MaleficentBookDragon

ralexist I will keep an eye out for it. I'm excited to receive it! 3h
MallenNC @ralexist I hope you like what I picked. I always worry about these swaps arriving ok, so let me know if there‘s any issue. 3h
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I‘ve finished two of my four reading challenges for 2019. The tagged books were the last two I read for the Modern Mrs. Darcy challenge & I met my Goodreads goal. Still a few more for PopSugar and one more for Nonfiction 2019. #challenges

OriginalCyn620 Awesome! 1d
MallenNC @OriginalCyn620 I think I have 3 left for popsugar. Maybe four. But two books will finish it for me. 1d
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Mini Shopaholic: A Novel | Sophie Kinsella
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Mehso-so

Finishing this one wrapped up one of my challenges for 2019. That said, I didn‘t really enjoy it. I had quit this series years before but continued to enjoy the author‘s other work. I think Becky‘s charm has worn off for me and her bad qualities have gotten worse. I still plan to finish the series sometime.

wanderinglynn I agree. Becky‘s antics were charming at first. But then after so many books, it ceased be charming and it was more like grow up. Her lack of character development is what failed for me. 1d
MallenNC @wanderinglynn Yes! In the first few books she seemed to learn from her mistakes and she was resourceful. It‘s been years since I stopped this series so it was jarring when she was worse than ever in this one. A lot of her issues would be avoided if she were honest with herself and others. 1d
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Pickpick

This short, dark humored collection of linked stories was fun to read. I enjoyed being in the mind of Maud, the title character. Also, outside of being “up to no good,” I liked her independence and that she liked to travel.

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Snowman Magic | Katherine Tegen
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I love snowmen! I can‘t have a Christmas tree because there‘s no place to put it that my cats wouldn‘t destroy the decorations, so I usually just put out snowmen figures. Plus they can stay out all winter. #snowman #hollyjollyreading

OriginalCyn620 Cute cover! 6d
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Best Christmas Pageant Ever | Barbara Robinson
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I loved this book so much as a kid! I reread it a year or so ago and still enjoyed it. #HolidayBook #HollyJollyReading

OriginalCyn620 I‘ve never read this one! 1w
MallenNC @OriginalCyn620 I remember having it read to me and then reading it myself in elementary school. It was good! 1w
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Thanks to #NFNov I marked off three more #Nonfiction2019 bingo squares. Just one more to go!

Here are the ones I did this month:

With pictures: Separate is Never Equal
Something with music: Acid for the Children
Something you saw on Litsy: The Five

Riveted_Reader_Melissa Great job! I have 1 left too! 1w
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This is my #DecemberTBR (I think). The tagged book is for book club and the rest are to finish my 2019 challenges. #HollyJollyReading

OriginalCyn620 Awesome! 1w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 💚🎊❤️📚 1w
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If you want a Christmas book with #lights in the title, there are lots of options! The tagged book sounds good. #HollyJollyReading

OriginalCyn620 It does! Pretty cover too! 1w
MallenNC @OriginalCyn620 I like the cover! 1w
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Pickpick

This was the book I intended to start with for #NFNov but it ended up being the last one for the month. I can‘t put my thoughts fully into words but it was such a worthy reading experience. By sharing their lives and not their deaths, she gives these women back their dignity. She makes them people and their stories made me cry. It also made me grateful for my much easier life. It deserves all the awards it has gotten.

SassenachTheBookWizard I'm reading this in December! 1w
MallenNC @SassenachTheBookWizard I have had it on my TBR for months and am so glad to have read it. Let me know what you think of it! 1w
Librarybelle One of my favorites from this year! I‘ve been recommending this like crazy to people I know, as well as to library patrons. 1w
Clwojick 6 pt 1w
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The Huguenots | Geoffrey Treasure
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For #NFNov I wanted to share the Noble Blood podcast. It tells stories from royal history that are kind of bloody or sad. I‘ve learned a lot and the host has the best voice! In this episode I learned about the aftermath of the wedding of Margot of Valois and Henry of Navarre. Spoiler alert: there was a massacre. #TIL

raeintheworld Every single episode has been great! 2w
MallenNC @raeintheworld They really have! It‘s exceeded my expectations. 2w
Skygoddess1 This description made me think of the Red Wedding from Game of Thrones. Will have to check this podcast out 2w
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MallenNC @Skygoddess1 The host‘s tweet about this episode said “if you liked Game of Thrones wait til you check out history!” 2w
Skygoddess1 Lol, I‘m so glad I was right in picking up on that and not imaging thinga 2w
Clwojick 9 pt. 1w
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I‘ve been meaning to read this since I first saw it on Litsy. If I‘m lucky, I might be able to finish it as one last #NFNov My cat is helping by staying still!

Clwojick 1 pt 1w
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Snoopy's Thanksgiving | Charles Schulz
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Happy Thanksgiving, Litsy! I‘m thankful for this community of readers. I hope the holiday allows for at least a little reading. #Thanksgiving

ljuliel Happy Thanksgiving 🍁 2w
Nute Thankful for you, Ms. Melyssa. I hope that you had a wonderful day yesterday!🧡 2w
MallenNC @Nute Thank you! That‘s very sweet! Also I just noticed I wasn‘t following you when I thought I was. Maybe there was a glitch with Litsy (edited) 2w
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I‘m probably not going to finish another nonfiction book this week so here‘s my #NFNov bingo card. This was a fun month of reading. Here‘s what I read:

True Crime: The Less People Know About Us
Children‘s Picture Book: Separate is Never Equal
Free Space: Here We Are
Culture: The Witches Are Coming
Suggested By a Friend: Shout
Audiobook: Invisible Women
Released this year: Acid for the Children

Clwojick woohoo! an additional 10 pts for the BINGO 2w
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Pickpick

Done! I enjoyed this. I didn‘t realize that this ends just as his music career starts. He had an interesting childhood. It got a little less interested once he finishes high school. Some of that felt like filler. But I love that he loves books, and the insights on his relationship with Anthony Kiedis (whose book I loved) are great. How would his life have turned out if he‘d stayed in Australia rather than moving to the U.S. as a kid? #NFNov

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I just watched a documentary on my local PBS called Her Majesty‘s Secret Service. One of the segments was about Bletchley Park, and #TIL about Mavis Batey, one of the top code breakers who worked there during World War II. I looked her up, and found she lived to the age of 92, having becoming a gardening historian and campaigner for the protection of historic gardens. The whole doc was interesting but she stood out to me. #NFNov

Clwojick 9pt 2w
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Shout | Laurie Halse Anderson
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Pickpick

Published years after Speak, this memoir in verse reveals the real life roots of that novel. It‘s a tough read but it being in verse gives it a different weight than a traditional memoir. I‘m hoping to find some interviews about why she chose to share her story in this style. It‘s very powerful and shows why Speak resonates with so many readers. #NFNov

Clwojick 6 pt 2w
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Shout | Laurie Halse Anderson
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I‘m definitely finishing this today. Unless cat naps are contagious. I‘ve never read a memoir in verse before. #NFNov #catsoflitsy

rubyslippersreads Catnaps are totally contagious! 😹💤💤💤 2w
MallenNC @rubyslippersreads The catnap was contagious but I still finished my book after the nap! My cats are professional sleepers. 2w
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I‘m getting a cold so I‘m having an easy Friday night of Dateline NBC and this book, which is my book club‘s Nov/Dec pick. #NFNov

Clwojick 1 pt 2w
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Pickpick

This book is so eye-opening. She covers everything from why the lines for women‘s restrooms are so long (and why they shouldn‘t be) to how being left out of medical and safety research is literally killing women. The data gap, meaning the lack of inclusion of women, is so clearly shown in this book. I listened to the audiobook but also got a hard copy so I can reference its information more easily. #NFNov

Clwojick Sounds good! Stacking! 3w
MallenNC @Clwojick I hope you like it! It took me a chapter or so to get into it because it is (unsurprisingly) data heavy. But it is great. 3w
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4thhouseontheleft I keep seeing this book pop up everywhere. Adding it to my 🕎 wish list! 3w
MallenNC @Readage @4thhouseontheleft I hope you both like it. The section on medical and safety research made the biggest impression on me. 3w
rsteve388 6 pts 3w
ClairesReads So agree! 3w
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I could have quoted most pages in this book, but this kind of captures the idea. Women are left out of decisions and left out of research because men are seen as the default. #NFNov

rsteve388 This a TIL.. ? 4 pts? 3w
MallenNC @rsteve388 I just liked the quote. You don‘t have to count it. 3w
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Shout | Laurie Halse Anderson
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A friend at work told me today how great this is, so I dropped what I was reading to pick it up. On,y a couple of sections in and alive already said Wow three times. #NFNov

Clwojick Speak was so good! I have the graphic novel on my shelf right now. I‘ve been meaning to get to Shout. 3w
MallenNC @Clwojick Speak was great. I‘ve meant to read this one but my friend really sold it today. 3w
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Pickpick

This book was fascinating. The author and her family were the victims of identity theft during her childhood and she made it the focus of her life as a researcher and academic. She conveys the pain that this crime causes as well as its impact on a person‘s financial life. I knew going in who the perpetrator was bc the author was featured on the Criminal podcast. If you don‘t know, read it without finding out! #NFNov

rsteve388 6 pts 3w
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I was just going to read a few pages of this but now I have to finish it! I know the secret in the book bc it was the subject of an episode of the Criminal podcast, but it is still a compelling read. #NFNov

Christine I‘ve been wondering about this one bc of Criminal! 3w
MallenNC @Christine It is really good so far. There would be a lot of suspense if I hadn‘t heard Criminal 3w
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I‘ve been working my way through this book and the section I listened to today was about the issues in women‘s medical care because they are left out of medical research. #TIL women are literally dying bc they aren‘t included in initial medical research. She has talked a lot about the “default male” which means in research, men are considered “normal” people while women are something else, leading to their symptoms being ignored. #TIL #NFNov

Itchyfeetreader This is the chapter that evangelised me. It horrified and yet resonated (last year I had the ‘odd‘ one out - a Non Hoskins lymphoma which unlike almost every other kind disproportionately attack‘s women) and the extent to which women seem to be a second thought / zero thought in medical research horrified me ! 3w
MallenNC @Itchyfeetreader It is the one that has resonated most with me. This and the one about needing more toilets in public venues, but while that is a major inconvenience the medical issues are life threatening. How many drug treatments might have worked for women but were dismissed bc men were the only one in the trials? It‘s horrifying. 3w
rsteve388 4 pts 3w
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Natural History Museum Library and Archives | London, United Kingdom (Library)
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I watched two episodes of Museum Secrets, which was more about weird things in the museums‘ collections rather than secrets. But I did learn about this amethyst in London‘s Natural History Museum that is said to be cursed. Of course, the museum doesn‘t think so, but the descendant of its last owner declined to touch it for this show. Better safe than sorry, I guess! #TIL #NFNov

rsteve388 9 pts 3w
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Compact Oxford English Dictionary | Oxford University Press
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Today I learned the meaning of the word empyrean thanks to its use in Flea‘s autobiography. #TIL

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I‘m watching a documentary series called Museum Secrets. The first episode is about the Royal Ontario Museum. I‘m looking forward to learning its secrets! #NFNov

rsteve388 1 pt tell me when you finish!! 3w
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Today I learned Flea‘s journey to the US from Australia was by ship, and that it included a ceremonial dunking and two injuries. Welcome to the USA indeed. #TIL #NFNov

MallenNC This was especially for you @rsteve388 4w
rsteve388 I appreciate this so much 4 pts! 4w
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I like the Throughline podcast that NPR does because it connects history with current events. Today I learned about the 1979 siege of Mecca, when militants took over the city. I had no idea this ever happened. #TIL #NFNov

rsteve388 4 pts 4w
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Just getting started on Flea‘s memoir and today I learned he‘s from Australia. I just thought he was Californian. This is him with his grandmother, who immigrated alone to Australia from England after World War I. #TIL #NFNov

rsteve388 I am gonna love following your TIL. I hope you do one about how he came here! Interesting 4w
MallenNC @rsteve388 I am pretty sure I could go well over the TIL limit with this one! 4w
Clwojick 👏 👏 👏 4 pt. 4w
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Pickpick

I‘ve never gotten around to reading Shrill but I loved this. I added it to my library holds on impulse and ended up really enjoying this collection of essays. I liked how she could take something sort of frivolous, like Adam Sandler movies or GOOP conventions, and use them to make a serious point. Several of the essays were real standouts! #NFNov

Clwojick 6 pt. 4w
Clwojick and stacking! 😉 4w
rsteve388 I am so excited to get my copy on Friday 4w
MallenNC @rsteve388 @clwojick Have you guys read Shrill? I want to now! 4w
Clwojick I haven't but it's also on my TBR 4w
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Today I learned about the Mendez v. Westminster case, which desegregated schools in California more than seven years before Brown v. Board of Education. I haven‘t read many nonfiction picture books but this was a good way to learn something quickly. #NFNov #TIL

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Getting a chapter of this in before my day gets busy. I haven‘t read Shrill but this looks interesting. #NFNov

Clwojick 1 pt 1mo
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Catching up my #Nonfiction2019 bingo card. I‘m counting Haben for a book I chose (it was our book club pick for October) and Here We Are for a book that turned out unexpectedly. I heard the author talk about her book on NPR and how it turned out wasn‘t the way I thought based on that interview. With those two, I finally got a Bingo in a few rows, but I‘m still hoping to fill in the full card before the end of the year.

Riveted_Reader_Melissa Great job, and you have plenty of time left! You can do this! 1mo
akaGingerK I listened to Haben recently! I enjoyed the audiobook- how‘d you feel about the book? 1mo
MallenNC @akaGingerK At first I didn‘t like it because it seemed like she jumped quickly through her early life, but once I got into it, I really liked it. I especially enjoyed the parts when she was in her undergrad years, and her summer at the institute for the blind in Louisiana. And her visit to the White House. We had a great discussion in book club. 1mo
MallenNC @Riveted_Reader_Melissa Thank you! I‘m doing nonfiction November so I am hoping to fill in a few more blocks soon. 1mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @MallenNC I‘m doing it too, for the same reasons! 1mo
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I am so glad I read this. Shahani told her family‘s story in an engaging and emotionally honest way. It was eye-opening to me and I thought I was pretty informed about immigration issues. Most of all her love for her father comes through. I cried at the end. #NFNov

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I *may* have been a little overly ambitious with my #NonfictionNovember holds at the library. Of course they all came in at the same time! I have a few more pages of my current read before I start the tagged book. #NFNov

Librarybelle My copy of Acid for the Children came in today at the library! 1mo
Clwojick The Great Pretender looks so good!!! 1pt. 1mo
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The Duke Lemur Center is world famous and is one of the things we‘re proud of here in N.C. Listening to the Criminal podcast, Today I Learned one of its founders was later convicted of making drugs and attempted poisoning. The tagged book is about his case. #TIL #NFNov

veritysalter I could listen to Phoebe Judge all day long, her voice is so soothing. 1mo
rsteve388 4 pts 1mo
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This book has been on my TBR forever, and it is the Audible member deal of the day today. I took that as a sign I should pick it for my #NFNov audiobook for this week. I expect to learn a lot.

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I love NPR & get so many book recommendations by listening. This memoir is by a correspondent about her own family‘s immigration story. It‘s the first book I‘ve started for Nonfiction November. #NFNov

rsteve388 1 pt! Enjoy I love NPR recommendations. 1mo
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Just finished this for book club. I really learned a lot from her story. She emphasized that being blind is “just a lack of sight” but that others often assume blind people have nothing to offer. Her book proves that is very wrong. My favorite parts were her fight to get accommodations at her college, her Harvard Law years, and her experience introducing President Obama at a White House event. This was a quick read & would be good for #NFNov

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I love nonfiction and am looking forward to #NonfictionNovember so this is a perfect challenge to help keep me focused! #nfnov Link to sign up: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfBVYCLpiUfCfne0bs0kkU99tzHQ-5hrJCpRtn0...

Clwojick woohoo! thanks for joining! 1mo
MallenNC @Clwojick I‘m excited about it! 1mo
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The Dutch House | Ann Patchett
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I love when our local indie bookstore has events at the college where I work because I can volunteer to usher. Ann Patchett was delightful and made it worth it to go to work on a Sunday. It‘s the only book event I‘ve been to that promoted other authors‘ books as much as her own. Plus I got to catch up with @Graciouswarriorprincess A fun Sunday for sure.

TrishB Sounds cool 👍🏻 1mo
Graciouswarriorprincess It was lovely to see you today! 1mo
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Illustrated Edgar Allan Poe | Edgar Allan Poe
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I haven‘t really done a #costume for Halloween in recent years but I might wear my Poe-lka dot scarf to work that day. This is made by Out of Print. #FallisBooked

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Mehso-so

I read this a while ago and never posted my review. This was a hard book to read, so it took me a long time to get through it. I‘m glad I read it and I like the premise of it, but it was not my favorite reading experience.

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Catch and Kill | Ronan Farrow
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This book is great. Even after reading Ronan Farrow‘s work in The New Yorker and reading She Said recently, there were still new revelations in this book. It reads like a spy thriller. She Said made me proud of journalists, and this does too. But it makes me look very differently at NBC News. Highly recommended if you like nonfiction, but the subject matter is difficult in places.

marleed Rachel Maddow interviewed Ronan Farrow last night on her show - do interesting since it‘s MSNBC. NBC is releasing anyone with an NDA on MeToo‘ish stuff from that agreement. Ronan said that‘s a very big deal and may be the model for other companies to follow. So at least there‘s that. 1mo
MallenNC @marleed I saw Maddow last night and I‘m very impressed with her for using her power to bring more attention to it. I worry that NBC‘s statement about the NDAs is lip service though bc it says people have to contact NBC to be released. They should be released without that step. 1mo
marleed @MallenNC I did catch the contacting NBC first and wondered what that meant. I wish they would have spoke to that. 1mo
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BarbaraTheBibliophage This is definitely on my TBR — for soon!! 1mo
MallenNC @marleed I guess we will see if more people come forward. The news leadership at NBC needs to be replaced. 1mo
MallenNC @BarbaraTheBibliophage Barbara it is great. 1mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @MallenNC I wonder how the audiobook is? Or did you underline a ton? 1mo
MallenNC @BarbaraTheBibliophage I have heard the audiobook is great. Ronan Farrow reads it, and I‘m curious to hear his narration. 1mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @MallenNC I‘ll try to remember to tag you once I get it ... 1mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage You got it! 📚♥️👊🏻 1mo
SamAnne Important read. 1mo
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I don‘t read horror any more, so the scariest books I‘ve read lately have been nonfiction. She Said and Catch and Kill are both about Harvey Weinstein, sexual harassment (and worse) and the ways that women have been silenced. The Whisper Network is a fictionalization of the same topic. They are scary to read, but very worth it. #AScaryBook #FallisBooked

marleed I appreciate the fictionalized telling in the Whisper Network. I think it could lead to a meaningful discussion taking place without emotion of how much we may want a story to be untrue for someone we thought we knew. 1mo
OriginalCyn620 Scary indeed. 1mo
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marleed @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Oh yes, as I read it, I felt it was as much about continuing the conversation as the story itself. 1mo
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All my favorite vampires are from TV. I know some of these started from books but TV is where I found them. #vampire #FallisBooked

readingjedi Aiden Turner 😍 2mo
OriginalCyn620 Awesome! 🖤🧛🏻‍♂️ 2mo
Susanita Being Human! 2mo
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Serious Moonlight | Jenn Bennett
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I went searching for a book relating to #moonlight and found this. It sounds cute, and thanks to the title I now have David Bowie‘s Lets Dance playing in my head, so that‘s a win. #FallisBooked

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🌝💛🎼 2mo
OriginalCyn620 I want to read this too! And Bowie stuck in your head isn‘t a bad thing! 2mo
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Toil and Trouble | Tess Sharpe, Jessica Spotswood
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This book was in the Book Riot daily ebook deals today. I haven‘t read it but it fits today‘s #FallisBooked prompt. #witch

OriginalCyn620 👌🏻📚🧙🏻‍♀️🖤 2mo
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