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ninjypants

Joined April 2016

Criminal-defense lawyer when necessary, hermit whenever possible. I can neither resist nor complete a reading challenge.
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How‘s everyone coming along? I stayed up late last night and got a fair amount of reading done. Slept in this morning and feel refreshed and ready to spend all day with my head in a book! Except I‘m hungry so maybe a bowl of cereal first. Happy reading! #24in48

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Helloooo Littens! I‘m super stoked for #24in48 this weekend and my boyfriend is going to participate with me for the first time! His stack is on the left and mine‘s on the right. I think I‘m going to start with the tagged book and after that I‘ll see what grabs me. Happy readathoning!!

Samplergal Oreos.... jealous! 1y
ninjypants @Samplergal my faves! 1y
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Loved this one! My first from @Pronounced_ing and a big winner. I wrote a little more personally about it on goodreads (link below) but the tl;dr version is that it really hit home for me and I‘ve once again experienced that feeling as though perhaps some unseen forces compelled you to pick up a certain book at a certain time in your life. (That‘s not just me, is it? haha)🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

ninjypants Read my 5-star review of Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2229204087
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rather_be_reading so good! 2y
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I just had to stop for about 15 minutes and reflect on these two paragraphs and how freaking *perfect* they are, how perfectly they relate back to the title of the book, and how they encapsulate everything that terrified me about adulthood when I was young. I thought you had to sacrifice what‘s inside you to live a normal adult life. Thank goodness I embraced my inner rebel before I got completely brainwashed lol. Can‘t imagine living like this.

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Next up! So excited about this one. Not sure how much I‘ll get read tonight because Saturday nights are boxing nights at my house lately (not sure how this happened exactly but I am deeeeep in that rabbit hole lol). 💪🏻🥊

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I‘ve had this on my kindle forever. It‘s not a particularly uplifting collection, though it‘s not really sad either? Beautifully written collection of short stories featuring some really lonely people who end up connecting with other really lonely people. This was my first van Booy and I‘ll definitely read more of his work.

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The Hate U Give | Angie Thomas
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Outstanding. I always try to lower my expectations when a book seems to be universally loved (skeptic at heart and all) but it wasn‘t necessary here. Everyone should read this vitally important, engaging, enraging, and at times downright hilarious book.

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A few weeks ago I listened to a long podcast featuring this author and when I got home I immediately ordered her book. Excited to dig in and learn!

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A Wrinkle in Time | Madeleine L'Engle
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It‘s been easily 33-35 years since I read this and I‘m happy to state it still holds up! Reread in preparation for the movie next month, which looks FABULOUS. Can‘t decide now if I should read the next one or come back to it later. Happy Sunday! #bookout

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A Wrinkle in Time | Madeleine L'Engle
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😂 Y‘all. I asked my now 20-year-old daughter if I could borrow her well-worn copy of A Wrinkle in Time (she read the series when she was about 12, I think?) to reread before the movie comes out and I just opened it and found this. DYING. #childofalawyer #sueallthethings

Jess7 If/when I have a child I assume he/she will be the same! 2y
ninjypants @Jess7 it sure makes for some hilarious conversations! 2y
Zelma 😂👏👍 2y
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House of Leaves | Mark Z Danielewski
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you guys, I DID THE THING! I will forever be envious of those who get to read House of Leaves for the first time. what an adventure! terrifying, funny, infuriating, and just gorgeous. definitely in my top 3 favorite books of all time, and MAYBE the #1 spot after I cogitate a few days (weeks). this will stick with me forever. “Of course, real horror does not depend upon the melodrama of shadows or even the conspiracies of night.” 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

mcipher @MinDea and I are planning to read this in October! I‘m getting excited. ☺️ 2y
ninjypants @mcipher @MinDea You guys, I‘m not even kidding a little when I say this book is a game changer. I hope you both love it! I can‘t wait to read it again lol. 2y
mcipher Yay!!! I can‘t wait!! 😄 2y
MinDea @mcipher 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻 2y
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House of Leaves | Mark Z Danielewski
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Considering that the first time I participated in #24in48 I didn‘t even hit double digits of reading time, I‘m pretty happy with this result! All but 2 hours of this were spent on HoL, which I am absolutely loving. Can‘t wait for the next readathon!

Eyelit Excellent! 2y
DebinHawaii Awesome!! 🎉📚🎉Congrats! 2y
GypsyKat Great job!!!🎉📚👏👏👏 2y
MissAimz_55 Amazing job!! 2y
Bookzombie ⭐️⭐️⭐️👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2y
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House of Leaves | Mark Z Danielewski
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UPDATE I fell asleep watching TV earlier (thanks to the dulcet tones of David Attenborough) but only for a couple of hours, and I cannot put this book down now. Right at 9 hours of reading time for #24in48, 7 of which I‘ve devoted to this book. I am so hooked. Also may never sleep again? I may not reach 24 hours of reading but I bet I get close.

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House of Leaves | Mark Z Danielewski
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UPDATE Lap 2 is how much time I just spent on House of Leaves without even looking up omg 😮 Gonna take a TV break in about an hour to watch Blue Planet II and after that I may be up all night with this one. I am hopelessly invested to the point I‘m getting irritated at my poor boyfriend every time he dares to speak lol. This book is hypnotizing! #24in48

mcipher Is it scary?! I have heard such good things but I‘m waiting to plan a buddy read with @MinDea ☺️ 2y
ninjypants @mcipher It‘s definitely SUPER creepy and I believe it‘s going to get more so. Hard to explain, but it really gets in your head and takes over, if that makes sense. Definitely requires your full attention and maximum brain power because of cross-references and footnotes and such. 2y
mcipher 👍 So waiting is good since I‘m immersed in harry potter and can‘t commit to anything else seriously! 😂 2y
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ninjypants @mcipher absolutely! 😍 2y
MinDea @mcipher can't wait to read this with you!!! @ninjypants looking forward to your review! 2y
mrozzz Ooooooh. Enjoy 🙂🙃🙂 2y
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House of Leaves | Mark Z Danielewski
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Gonna dip back into this for a bit Only on page 55 and it‘s slowwww reading for me but I‘m loving it so far. And how‘s this for a first line? CHALLENGE ACCEPTED, GOOD SIR. #24in48 #firstlines

OhNoMersault One of the best non-conventional horrors ever 2y
ninjypants @OhNoMersault I have high expectations! It‘s taking me forever because I keep stopping to look things up, but I‘m afraid of spoilers so I need to stop that lol. It‘s quite a challenge! 2y
Moray_Reads It's absolutely infuriating and just brilliant 2y
ninjypants @Moray_Reads perfect! just what I‘m in the mood for! 2y
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Nimona | Noelle Stevenson
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Any book with a shark on page 2 is my kind of book! Nimona is precocious AND precious, and I enjoyed her banter with the villain Lord Blackheart. The only better named character in the book is the “hero,” Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin 😂 Super fast read, lovely artwork, and an ending I wasn‘t expecting. Loved it! 🌟🌟🌟🌟 (first book finished for #24in48)

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Nimona | Noelle Stevenson
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Getting a late start on #24in48 with this one that‘s been in my tbr pile for way too long. Happy marathoning, everyone!

Leniverse Nimona is the best! ❤️ 2y
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Bad Feminist | Roxane Gay
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Finished this morning after an extended hiatus and am so glad I picked it back up again. Feminism is complicated, and I appreciated how honest Roxane Gay was about competing interests and her own difficulties in finding a balance. She labels herself a “bad feminist,” but I think she sells herself short. She struggles with it, just like the rest of us, and if she‘s a bad feminist, well, then so am I. Aren‘t we all? We can always, always improve.

TheWhiteHatter My wife @GypsyKat just finished the audiobook of this and really liked it. I am looking foward to reading it. I totally agree with you, we can all do better. 2y
ninjypants @TheWhiteHatter @GypsyKat I flagged a ton of pages because I know I‘ll come back to it again someday. Obviously some essays resonated with me more than others, but I didn‘t dislike any of them. 2y
GypsyKat @ninjypants I kept listening to parts over and over again and had to post a ton of quotes! Now I know I want to buy a physical copy so I can mark passages with post-it‘s. 2y
ninjypants @GypsyKat exactly! I wrote a ton of quotes down in my journal. 2y
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House of Leaves | Mark Z Danielewski
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I‘m going in, you guys.

suvata If we don‘t hear from you, we‘ll send help. 😝 2y
ninjypants @suvata I‘ll require snacks with my rescue team pretty please 😂 2y
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Dark Matter | Blake Crouch
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Finished this today. I liked it and am glad I read it, but the writing was a bit annoying in places. Read my 4-star review of Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2008564343

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Sing, Unburied, Sing | Jesmyn Ward
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I just finished this book and y‘all, my heart. Read the whole thing in 24 hours (RIP reading slump?!) and it will be with me forever. Absolutely beautiful writing and character creation. The terrible thing I knew would happen at the end was more terrible than I even imagined and yet it was beautiful in a way I can‘t find the right words for. Must read. 💔😭💔

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Sing, Unburied, Sing | Jesmyn Ward
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Y‘all I have not read one single word in about a month, maybe longer. I was rereading It and I made it to about page 900 ish and I haven‘t looked at it since. And I‘ve read it before! And I love Stephen King!!! But not wanting to finish It made me feel like I also couldn‘t start something new (#DNFguilt). Well, I‘m done with the guilt and starting this today while I wait for my mom at the doctor. Hope everyone has been well!

Bookzombie I have an issue with #dnfguilt myself and struggle with bailing on books. Glad you are picking up something new. 🙂 2y
mrozzz Yay! Hope you're enjoying yourself 😊 2y
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It | Stephen King
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me, every night

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Bad Feminist | Roxane Gay
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ok life update (1) yes I am still working on this book and (2) yes I am still swooning over everything Roxane Gay writes

GuiltyFeat Really? I found her writing painful and unsophisticated, like she was dumbing everything down and telling you that she was dumbing everything down. (edited) 2y
ninjypants @GuiltyFeat I'm a fan, but I should also note I've been reading this for months now, one or two essays at a time in between other books. So maybe it's easier to take in small doses? 2y
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It | Stephen King
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I'm not even gonna get close to reaching the goal in #24in48 and its mostly my own fault but I also blame Stephen King a little because I can't stop laughing about this ❗️❗️❗️

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Bad Feminist | Roxane Gay
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Getting a SUPER late start on #24in48 but better late than never! I'm mostly going to be reading It this weekend with a little Roxane Gay interspersed throughout.

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Mehso-so

I mean, it wasn't a bad book at all, and parts of it really resonated with me. Lots of good ideas and probably a wonderful way to live. It just wasn't great? idk 😬

Eyelit Good to know. My book club is reading it in August and when I first heard about it I was less than thrilled (partly because I don't like the person who suggested it, which makes me an asshole, I know). I'm still going to give it a chance 😁 2y
ninjypants @Eyelit It's short and easy to read, so whether you love it or hate it, it's not a huge time investment 😉 2y
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Well, hmm. I was SO into this book & its poignant portrayal of teen angst & first love & wanting so much more out of life... until the plot twist. I had a suspicion about the mom but as I got closer and closer to the end I kept thinking I must've been wrong because SURELY it's too late in this story to introduce a Munchausen by proxy element, RIGHT?! Alas. That really took me out of the story. 🌟🌟🌟🌟bc the first 2/3 of the book is just precious.

sprainedbrain I thought the same thing... it seemed too late for that twist, but I still enjoyed the book. 😃 2y
ninjypants @sprainedbrain I kinda wish she had just found out organically that she wasn't sick. I felt like the mom deserved more development if she was going to play that big a role in the story, you know? Anyway I still really enjoyed it too! 2y
sprainedbrain @ninjypants yeah, I wasn't impressed with how it felt like a sort of afterthought. 2y
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y'all, this book.

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stop and read it again

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I have some minor quibbles with this book so far, but this part really speaks to me.

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Bad Feminist | Roxane Gay
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my god, I love this woman

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Starting (and probably finishing) this tonight. The movie trailer makes me sob so I have high hopes! Love a good book cry.

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13 Reasons Why | Jay Asher
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Finally finished this two nights ago and meh. Meh. MEH. I had a ton of (mostly negative) thoughts about it, so many that for a minute I considered starting a blog just so I could write about this book lol. I didn't, but if you'd like to read my Goodreads review, here's the link: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1988572872

Brenley I have not read the book. It's on my list because I teach high school and my students are going crazy over watching the show. My goal this summer is to dig into it and watch the show to be able to have a conversation with the students about it. I'd be interested to see if suicide is portrayed in the same way as the book. Thanks for the review- very helpful 3y
Purrfectpages The show was just so much better than the book. I almost didn't watch it bc I found the book to be blah, like you. 3y
ninjypants @Brenley @Purrfectpages I'm about halfway through the show now and it is so much more entertaining, so to speak. My daughter kept telling me to ditch the book and just watch the show! She was right but I wanted to finish the book anyway. 3y
Onceuponatime I just read your full review on Goodreads, and I agree with you 100%. That was a great review. You articulated all of the issues I kept bringing up to my husband while we watched the show...suspension of disbelief didn't work for me with this one. I just never bought it...starting with the "malicious" nature of her suicide. No way 3y
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13 Reasons Why | Jay Asher
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About halfway through with this book and so far I'm not a huge fan, but I definitely appreciate this message, to the extent that this book delivers it. I'll wait to detail my quibbles with it until I'm finished.

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Priestdaddy: A Memoir | Patricia Lockwood
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BOTM came yesterday!

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13 Reasons Why | Jay Asher
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things your eyeballs do at hour 23 of @DeweysReadathon: instead of re-adjust, you see read-just. 🤷🏻‍♀️

Megabooks 😅😅 3y
Reviewsbylola Ha I saw it too! 3y
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Gunslinger | Stephen King
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Just about finished with this one, but I keep rereading this paragraph bc omg. Perfection. #readathon

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The Gunslinger | Stephen King
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A question for the ages. #readathon

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Bad Feminist | Roxane Gay
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Folks I am so excited because this weekend I'm going to participate in my first ever @DeweysReadathon! I picked out these books, wayyyyy more than I'll get through, but first up will definitely be Bad Feminist. Thoughts? Am I being too ambitious??

ReadingEnvy I recommend one Bad Feminist essay as a palate cleanser between other reads! 3y
ninjypants @readingenvy That is an excellent idea, thank you! 3y
Reviewsbylola You always want a lot to choose from! 👍🏻 3y
MyNamesParadise Really great stack!!! 3y
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Akata Witch | Nnedi Okorafor
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Well I've been in a terrible reading slump for the past several weeks, but tonight I finally finished Akata Witch. It is such a cute story and I loved learning about Nigerian folklore, which was all new to me. The sequel is scheduled for an October release and it's already on my wishlist! Bonus: I think my slump is broken!

Cinfhen Hope this ends the reading slump! 3y
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The Princess Diarist | Carrie Fisher
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Wrapping up this bittersweet memoir tonight on audio. So glad I chose to listen to it; it's so good to hear her voice. I know some were turned off by her journal entries, but I found them to be so poignant, especially as read by her daughter. Carrie Fisher was an absolute treasure. I feel like she kind of meant this as a farewell book, or at least it seems that way now. She references her own passing so often it's eerie. Teared up more than once.

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The Gunslinger | Stephen King
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had to look this one up. palaver: (n.) prolonged and idle discussion; (v.) talk unnecessarily at length #vocabisfab #themoreyouknow 💫

RadicalReader @ninjypants aka babble lol rotfl 3y
ninjypants @RadicalReader lol yes! except they didn't even talk that long! hahaha 3y
RadicalReader @ninjypants brief babble then lol 3y
RadicalReader @ninjypants there is always room for loop holes 3y
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Difficult Women | Roxane Gay
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I just had to share my Valentine's Day gifts from my manmeat, who tooooooootally gets me. Happy Valentine's Day, friends!

Robothugs I love that shirt! 3y
RiotMom That shirt! 😍😍 3y
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RiotMom Amazing! I'm bookmarking that shop right now! 3y
ninjypants @RiotMom My favorite part is that some of the profits go to Planned Parenthood and the ACLU! (edited) 3y
RiotMom Byeeeee money!!! 💸💸💸 3y
Robothugs Indeed @RiotMom 😬🙈 3y
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We Should All Be Feminists | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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I mean, of COURSE this is a pick. If you haven't read it, pick it up immediately. I think I copied about half of it into my reading journal. Essential.

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We Should All Be Feminists | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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About to devour this real quick-like. I've seen her TED talk and was so inspired and moved by it, and now I have the print version to read and reread a million times. Lucy cat is also a feminist, naturally. #feministcats #catsoflitsy #feministorGTFO

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The Gunslinger | Stephen King
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late night reading with Lucy cat 😻 and yes, there are two comforters on our bed (that do not match) because I get too hot if my bf and I are under the same comforter 👵🏼😅🔥 #elderly

Bookzombie I get it. My husband and I have separate covers. It's great. 3y
ninjypants @Bookzombie I don't think there's a temperature at which we would go back to just one! haha 3y
RadicalReader @ninjypants what an awesome author always got love and respect for Stephen King he's a royal writer 3y
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The Gunslinger | Stephen King
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definitely a #slowread for me because I'm taking notes as I go. I want to savor each word! and boy, can Stephen King turn a phrase. I don't care if my shelves (and flat surfaces, and kitchen cabinets, and floor) are chugging with books; I will always #makeroommakeroom for more!

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Akata Witch | Nnedi Okorafor
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loving this book so far!