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Joined January 2022

Elementary school counselor & steady reader✨
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“Looking at the body you understand the person is gone, no longer an active player in the game of life. Looking at the body you see yourself, and you know that you, too, will die. The visual is a call to self-awareness. It is the beginning of wisdom.”

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The Whisper Man | Alex North
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Yesterday was #IndependentBookstoreDay and I ended up in Asheville, NC for my Subaru‘s servicing and decided to hit up Mr K‘s Used Books and ended up with a wonderful haul! 📚

Nute Some wonderful books found that day. Happy reading!🙂 9mo
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Mehso-so

In S. King‘s “Misery”, he spoke of a phenomenon called the “gotta”, where you cannot put a book down because “I gotta know.” This book was full of the “gotta” gene. It had all the traits, too: a thriller, fast-paced, & short chapters.
But things got out of control for me & it went beyond the realm of possibility. What brought it down for me is the way that it concluded. Too much happened in 5% of the book & there were too many speeches.
⭐️⭐️⭐️

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They say we‘re as sick as our secrets.

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“‘I love you,‘ she said.

And I knew the point of love right then. The point of love was to help you survive.”

Just finished “The Humans” by Matt Haig and it was a fantastic read. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

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Basically, the key rule is, if you want to appear sane on Earth, you have to be in the right place, wearing the right clothes, saying the right things, and only stepping on the right kind of grass.

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Kids can be hurtful sometimes. They believe if you happen to be an adult, nothing can possibly hurt you.

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Black Cake | Charmaine Wilkerson
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January wrap-up! Favorite overall was Black Cake, but this was just a great reading month overall!

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But that was the thing about death, as Marion knew so well. No matter how much the deceased were loved, life did not wait for the grieving.

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Mehso-so

This is a fun read, and I enjoyed the Marion character. Her relationship with her grandmother, especially, helped to create her into a 3D character. But: I find that the majority of other characters began to blend together. Besides Marion and her grandmother, I had a hard time remembering other characters & the who of who they were. Overall, this was a fun mystery read (with a dash of fantasy), & a pretty good introduction to a series.
⭐️⭐️⭐️💫/5

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You have to find a job that makes your heart feel big instead of one that makes it feel small.

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Black Cake | Charmaine Wilkerson

Machines are sophisticated but they cannot read love. They cannot tell researchers what it feels like to be part of the sea, to be a blip of arms and legs, a small cavern of a mouth, skimming the briny surfaces of the world.

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Every Heart a Doorway | Seanan McGuire

For us, the places we went were home. We didn‘t care if they were good or evil or neutral or what. We cared about the fact that for the first time, we didn‘t have to pretend to be something we weren‘t. We just got to be. That made all the difference in the world.

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Every Heart a Doorway | Seanan McGuire
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Pickpick

I didn't realize how much I needed a new book series in my life & I‘m delighted to have found one. The entire concept of mysterious doorways that sporadically appear to other worlds is fun, interesting, & full of possibilities. As an intro to the book's world, it allowed the explanations to unfold to its protagonist, so it was enough but not overwhelming with too much detail. (I did dock .5 star for being a bit TOO rushed at times tho)
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫

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Black Cake | Charmaine Wilkerson

This is the thing about people, Benny thinks. You can look at a person and truly have no idea what they are holding inside.

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Between Two Fires | Christopher Buehlman
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Thank you for the tag @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks #two4tuesday !

1. This is so tough because I like to stick with middle-paced reads, but if I had to pick, I‘d take fast-paced over slow-paced but the author‘s writing style can make or break either one.

2. I‘ve read some great plots lately, but the first one that came to mind was Between Two Fires. It made me NEED more medieval horror, and it was delightfully unique and well structured.

TheSpineView Thanks for playing! Happy Tuesday! 13mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 📚🙌🏻 13mo
tokorowilliamwallace Have you heard of or read this one (tagged), Faydra? Your genre of medieval horror immediately brought my mind to this as bearing similar vibes or feel. Found at the library years ago, this has been one of my most atmospheric reads ever (as well as close candidate to perfect European fiction writing). If I could find more like this...though I'm not entirely sure what to classify it as, or what themes to tag it with. (edited) 13mo
puzzledbooks @tokorowilliamwallace ooooh no I‘ve not heard of this one but it sounds right up my alley! Def adding it to my TBR 13mo
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White Smoke | Tiffany D. Jackson

If I wrap myself in heat again, I‘ll be the only one left burned.

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White Smoke | Tiffany D. Jackson
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Pickpick

What I like about Jackson's writing is that she is able to have teen characters without the dialogue venturing into "fellow kids" territory. Her characters have realistic dialogue, with imperfections and casual banter which is why I was pulled in. And the plot? A perfect combo of creepy, mystery and tension, and a good final twist. Each happening seemed to have a purpose, & the ending tied everything together in a very satisfying way. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

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White Smoke | Tiffany D. Jackson
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What I like about Jackson's writing is that she is able to have teen characters without the dialogue venturing into "fellow kids" territory. Her characters have realistic dialogue, with imperfections and casual banter which is why I was pulled in. And the plot? A perfect combo of creepy, mystery and tension, and a good final twist. Each happening seemed to have a purpose, & the ending tied everything together in a very satisfying way. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

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It occurred to Buddy Lee that anything could be a weapon if you were dedicated enough. Even love. Especially love.

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A story of 2 dads who spent time behind bars, & failed the unspoken test of loving their sons unconditionally, & how they cope when their sons are killed. That's really the core of the novel. Yes, it's intense & a thriller and & it succeeds on all those qualifiers but the grief that Ike & Buddy Lee go through is what made this novel 5 stars for me. Cosby stands firm in reality & doesn't pull any punches, be it with race, sexuality, etc. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

puzzledbooks Just catching up on posting my completed reads on Litsy, nothing to see here! 13mo
tokorowilliamwallace Will you be posting a review on here of White Smoke, the YA horror? I was trying to comment on your Instagram review of it but my internet is spotty/slow and so it isn't going through yet. I like that you mention it doesn't devolve into YA tropes and is more mature in how it characterizes adolescence. I've been looking for YA like this that won't frustrate me by how annoying and infantile it is. I like how old children's classics address things. 13mo
tokorowilliamwallace @puzzledbooks Don't be modest; your content matters, and you should be proud of it, putting it out there for a wider circle of bookish to see. 13mo
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Joyland | Stephen King
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My tentative list for #roll100 even though it‘s already had its first roll, but no matter!

#24 - Joyland by Stephen King (super needed especially since I live in North Carolina)

#49 - Confessions by Kanae Monaco (been on my TBR list forever, and I‘ve heard great things)

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tokorowilliamwallace Yay! This makes me happy you are doing it! Are you going to try to complete some bingos on the board, too, or just read your bookspin picks? 13mo
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Black Cake | Charmaine Wilkerson
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“She said that you had to love the sea more than you feared it. You had to love the swimming so much that you would do anything to keep on going.” His mother looked out the car window. “Just like life, you know?”

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#sundaysoapbox

Such a tough one, but these are my recent/typical go-to recommendations:

📖The Long Walk - Stephen King
📖The Book Thief - Markus Zusak
📖The Summer That Melted Everything- Tiffany McDaniel
📖John Dies at the End - Jason Pargin
📖Nothing to See Here - Kevin Wilson
📖The One Hundred Years of Lenni and Margot - Marianne Cronin
📖Beartown - Fredrik Backman
📖Razorblade Tears - S.A. Cosby

tokorowilliamwallace Yay, you found a daily challenge and one of the challenge hosts! Have you seen the #beginswith daily challenge? That's a unique one. Have you made your #bookspin and #roll100 lists yet?

I'd think I'd probably be most interested in the Tiffany McDaniel, Marianne Cronin, or Kevin Wilson picks.

I dabble and get into a lot of weird stuff, and would probably recommend what people aren't much interested in. I'd say books before 1990. Check #19822022
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puzzledbooks @tokorowilliamwallace I haven‘t! I see the hashtags but can‘t quite figure out what bookspin/roll100, etc. are 😬 any advice is super appreciated LOL 13mo
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DrexEdit Kevin Wilson 💯👍 13mo
puzzledbooks @DrexEdit soooo good. I need to read more of him this year! 13mo
tokorowilliamwallace @puzzledbooks, both are monthly number drawing challenges for readers to get stuff cluttered on the TBRs completed. The first can be done with book bingo or not, just your list: the bookspin and doublespin numbers are chosen every month, and one reads the books on one's list corresponding to those numbers. Roll100 is 2 dice rolled monthly to correspond to your list of 100 books to read this year. So 2 lists, one of 20 and 100. I'll tag you. 13mo
tokorowilliamwallace @puzzledbooks, I was very confused by the format of bookspinbingo at first, too. Can't wait to see your lists! Beginswith is just like the daily photo prompts on Instagram. You can search these tags, too, and see how others have played. I just can't remember off hand who hosts what. 13mo
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She was a shadow. She was the cruel, howling thing that could be heard during a full moon. She was the monster who crept into other children's dreams. But this is how monsters are made: from innocent things.

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History of Wild Places | Shea Ernshaw
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Pickpick

Overall, this is an interesting concept (I was nervous at first at the similarities to M Night‘s The Village, but this ended up being way more intriguing). I enjoyed the mystery and the characters, but there were a few unanswered questions for me at the end, and what felt like a wasted ability re: the Travis character.

A recommend from me: a unique plot, lovely writing, and an urgency to know what happens.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

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Every Heart a Doorway | Seanan McGuire

Before I went through that doorway, I knew there was no such thing as a portal to another world. Now I know that if you open the right door at the right time, you might finally find a place where you belong.

slategreyskies I love this quote! 💕 Welcome to Litsy!! :) 13mo
puzzledbooks @slategreyskies thanks so much! I feel like every two pages in this book I‘m highlighting a quote. ☺️ 13mo
slategreyskies @puzzledbooks I love books like that, even though it does make it take longer to finish the book. :) 13mo
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IuliaC Welcome to Litsy! :) 13mo
Smrloomis Welcome! 🥳 13mo
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julesG Welcome to Litsy! Thanks for the tag, @wanderinglynn. 13mo
Nute Thanks for the tag, @wanderinglynn 💕 Welcome to Litsy! It‘s a warm and friendly community. I know that you will enjoy yourself here. I‘m looking forward to getting to know you!🙂
Check out #LitsyEvents for a varied listing of fun-related happenings within this neighborhood of fellow readers.🤗
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Nute btw…I‘m always looking for portals to other places!🙃 13mo
damselsgotballs Welcome to litsy! 👋 It's a delightful community and everyone here is just lovely, I'm sure you'll fit in well with us. Cheers. Thanks for the tag @wanderinglynn ❤️😘 13mo
Crazeedi Welcome to litsy! (Thanks @wanderinglynn) you will love it here, check out @LitsyEvents for all the fun things happening!! 13mo
TheAromaofBooks Thanks for the tag @wanderinglynn !!! Welcome to Litsy @puzzledbooks !!! There are lot of fun buddy reads, challenges, swaps, etc. going on, so any time you see a hashtag or activity that looks interesting, just feel free to ask what it's about!!! It can be a little overwhelming at first, but this is such a fun community if you're willing to jump in!! 😊 13mo
Klou Thanks for tagging me @wanderinglynn . Welcome to Litsy! 13mo
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TheRiehlDeal Welcome to Litsy! This is the nicest social media community you‘ll find. Thanks for the tag @wanderinglynn 13mo
DrexEdit This is such a great book! I'm looking forward to reading more of this series! Welcome to Litsy! 😊👋 13mo
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