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Imagine having so few choices in your life because of your gender that you have to make an unspeakable deal just to experience any degree of freedom. It was because of this stage setting that I initially loved this book. And then Henry showed up. Unlike all the characters in the book who found everything they desired in Henry, I found nothing. And Addie, unfortunately, faded into the background.

Reggie There‘s this booktuber called Reading with Cindy that did a booktuber about this book and diversity and it was hilarious to me. I haven‘t read the book but she‘s always a good watch. 12mo
starrdom @Reggie Thanks for that recommendation! I watched and it was great. She's right that, even beyond the possibilities for adding diversity, there were just so many missed opportunities for ALL the things that could happen over the course of 300 years. 12mo
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Sleeping Beauties | Stephen King
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@AmyG I used to think I was a good shopper, but I bow down to you and your gifting prowess. You nailed it!!! I am so thoroughly delighted with everything I received. If all you had sent me was that Stand bookmark, I would have been over the moon. But I got so much more! Thank you @teebe for coordinating. I had never done one of these before and it was great fun. #creepychristmas

teebe Ahhh great books! 13mo
AmyG I am a huge Stephen King fan, so this was so fun for me...to go shopping for you! I am so happy you like everything. Belated Merry Christmas and wishing you a Happy 2021! 13mo
keiichirou Can you givw me some 12mo
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Luster: A Novel | Raven Leilani
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I love a book about messy women, the unusual relationships they cultivate, and the discoveries they make along the way. Although the storyline meandered some, Luster checked all those boxes for me.

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This is a great collection of short horror Manga. I love the twists and turns of a great Junji Ito story. Of course, the artwork is fantastic, too. The dust jacket is on the right, the book without jacket is on the left.

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Ring Shout | P Djeli Clark
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Balance = Dark Story + Cute Kitten

Reggie Lolol awesome sauce this pic! 13mo
keiichirou kay jay 12mo
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True Grit | Charles Portis
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True Grit-ty

barbrasbanana Yes a banana 12mo
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My Christmas #bookhaul - it‘s all Rock and horror which means it‘s pretty much perfect! 🎄

erzascarletbookgasm I‘ve been wanting to read Junji Ito! 🖤 13mo
starrdom @erzascarletbookgasm get started as soon as you can! I read my first Junji Ito last month and couldn‘t believe I‘ve been missing out all these years. 13mo
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Trying to decide- stick with it or bail? I LOVED Good Lord Bird so much but I have only spent 20 minutes or so on this one and boobs have already been mentioned three times. The first mention was funny but the second and third times weren‘t so much. I get that this is all supposed to be humorous and lighthearted but it feels so frenetic and unfunny to me so far.

vivastory This is the only Mcbride I've read. I have GLB on my TBR, but frankly I thought this one was ridiculously overhyped. One of 5 novels on the NY Times 10 boty list. Seriously?!! I rated it as a pick, but it was really more of a so-so 13mo
starrdom Thank you @vivastory ! I kept thinking, what am I not getting here that everyone else seems to get? I think I‘ll move on... and maybe circle back to it if the urge strikes. 13mo
vivastory Good idea. There's just too many books out there! 13mo
RickW This book is very NYC, in fact it is beyond that, it is very honed in to a certain aspect/place in NYC which has its own vernacular. As such it may seem very strange to people outside of that area. Additionally the book has so many layers that eventually come together. It is tedious at first but the investment is worth it. For me it‘s one of the best books I‘ve ever read. It speaks from the point of view of those who are rarely heard. 13mo
starrdom @RickW that actually makes sense and would explain why it seems to resonate so strongly with others but maybe not so much to an Okie like me 😊 I appreciate the point about perspectives that are rarely heard and that makes me want to attempt circling back to it before the #TOB kicks off. 13mo
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Crazy Brave | Joy Harjo
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Listening to Joy Harjo‘s voice and words is a pure delight. Our nation‘s first Native American Poet Laureate delivers a beautiful memoir that is unique but also feels somewhat representative. Spending an evening in fear because the family matriarch‘s enemy is sitting outside the house in the shape of a bird? I have lived that experience too but never read anyone else recall something like it before. A gorgeous, important tale of a Native life.

Carolyn11215 My favorite book of 2019! She is phenomenally talented! 13mo
Reggie Was it an owl? 13mo
starrdom @Reggie it was an owl. To this day, I can‘t stand to hear or see them! 13mo
Reggie I had a friend who used to live with this boyfriend she had. She knew his previous girlfriend and the gf‘s mother. She had heard that the mother was a witch but thought that was just gossip. One day he had left to work early and she left later. When she walked out of the house, she saw two owls on the electric line and she said she could hear them plain as day. The ex-gf and her mother just chatting and cackling. 13mo
starrdom @Reggie that gave me chills. My grandmother had a neighbor who she believed was a witch. She said he had manifested as a stampeding horse before but more often he was a screech owl. We never heard another screech owl outside the house after he died. 13mo
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MY DARK VANESSA. | KATE ELIZABETH. RUSSELL
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Put together this charcuterie board while I listened to My Dark Vanessa and the snow fell outside. I enjoyed myself immensely 😸

MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm ❤️🤤❤️ Looks fantastic! 13mo
Chrissyreadit I‘m obsessed with charcuterie boards! Yours is great! (Mine are vegan😊) 13mo
starrdom @Chrissyreadit , vegan charcuterie sounds awesome! 13mo
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This short collection of pandemic-era essays was my introduction to Zadie Smith and probably wasn‘t the best place to start. Even as she mocked her own pretentiousness during one essay, there was still a cold feeling to the writing and almost a lack of understanding of the situations of people around her. I was expecting to land at a higher level of consciousness by the end and see things through a new lens but that didn‘t happen for me.

AmyG Paula, did you recieve my Creepy Christmas box? Tracking says it was delivered. 14mo
starrdom Yes @AmyG I did! Was going to post about it today. It was HEAVY and I‘m dying to open it 😸 (edited) 14mo
AmyG Thank you for letting me know. One less swap to worry about! 🤣 14mo
merelybookish On Beauty is her masterpiece. Or earlier essay collections are worth checking out. 14mo
starrdom Thanks @merelybookish I will keep that one in mind when I give her another shot! 14mo
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The Hole | Hiroko Oyamada
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This #audiobook filled me with dread while I was listening to it and really made me think after I was done with it. I rarely want to revisit a book once I‘ve finished it but I feel compelled to check out the print version of this one now. #TOB

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Long Bright River | Liz Moore
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Two sisters live very different lives in an opioid-afflicted Philadelphia. I hadn‘t heard much buzz about this book but it is my favorite of the nine #TOB long list books I have read so far. I related to main character Mickey in a way I haven‘t with any fictional character in a long time. #feastmode @Hestapleton

BkClubCare Starting this soon! Looking forward to it so much 14mo
starrdom @BkClubCare I hope you like it! I ended up choosing this as the book to gift my reader friends with for Christmas. It‘s one of those books that‘s really great but I don‘t feel got enough mentions this year. 13mo
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I can‘t believe I am just now delving into the work of Junji Ito. This horror manga started from a crazy place (a fish with legs emerges from the ocean) and continued to get way crazier from there. I also really loved the bonus short stories at the end and appreciated the absence of typical horror tropes throughout. #feastmode @Hestapleton

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Long Bright River | Liz Moore
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I‘m four hours in and I feel the need to come up for air a little more often but I simultaneously don‘t want to pause. #feastmode @Hestapleton #tob

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Barn 8: A Novel | Deb Olin Unferth
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I read this for the premise of a barnyard heist & because it‘s on the #tob long list. There were parts that read like Ocean‘s Eleven but with the target of the robbery being chickens instead of whatever it was they stole in Ocean‘s Eleven. There were parts that read like a multi-generational Thelma & Louise. All of this was good. But there were parts that weren‘t so engaging & I longed to settle into the parts that were. #feastmode @Hestapleton

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Goosebumps | R. L. Stine
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Made a total nostalgic impulse purchase at Wal-Mart tonight. I used to live for my next pack of Garbage Pail Kids.

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Fasting, Feasting | Anita Desai
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Gonna get into #feastmode now. My reading goal is modest and realistic- I want to finish 3 books. @Hestapleton

Hestapleton An excellent goal! 1y
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Clap When You Land | Elizabeth Acevedo
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Scored a nice little #bookhaul (plus an AOC figurine) this weekend. Just when I think I‘m going to take a break from the Tournament of Books, they put some books on the long list (like Pizza Girl and Clap When You Land) that I can‘t resist. #tob

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#CreepyChristmas @teebe 2. I listened to it on audiobook, including on one early morning run in the dark. I will never forget hearing the voice of the demon alone in the near dark. 3. I never wanted to see the Scream franchise. ⬇️

starrdom 4. Charlie Manx of NOS4A2 (especially as voiced by Kate Mulgrew in audiobook), Art the Clown in Terrifier (film), Stripe (Gremlins), Pinhead (Hellraiser), the Invisible Man 5. Funko Pops 1y
Reggie Jeez!!! #2 that would do it. 😱 1y
jb72 Kate Mulgrew did an excellent job on that audiobook! She really brought a voice to the characters. 1y
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#Scarathlon went by too quickly. I finished up with 267 points this week and 1,928 points total for #TeamHarkness Thanks @StayCurious for keeping it all organized for our team!

StayCurious Great job! Thanks for playing! 1y
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The Masque of the Red Death | Edgar Allan Poe
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As the Red Death ravages everyone else, the Prince and his elite friends keep themselves buffeted, live like it‘s not a thing, and party it up. Isn‘t it truly frightening when reality begins to so closely mirror Poe? #Scarathlon #TeamHarkness

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The Dollhouse Family (2019-) #1 | Joe Hill, Mike Carey
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I read lots of cool stuff this week (like the first issue of The Dollhouse Family) and I finally watched Midsommar! I love how #Scarathlon is keeping my entertainment consumption so focused. #TeamHarkness @StayCurious

StayCurious Glad you‘re enjoying it! Great job! 1y
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Mexican Gothic | Silvia Moreno-Garcia
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This book started out so strong but it lost its steam for me well before the ending. Plus I had a hard time keeping the Doyles of the story straight. Virgil and Francis, Florence and Ruth ... for some reason all those names felt too similar to me. I may have had an easier time following in print versus this audio version. #Scarathlon #TeamHarkness @StayCurious

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Those first lines 👆🏽really pulled me in right away. How I Became a Ghost takes a supernatural spin on the Choctaw Trail of Tears for young readers. The Trail of Tears is a painful, horrific chapter of Native and American history and it‘s a tough subject matter but, as a Cherokee, I am grateful to read a telling of the story at a more personal level.

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188 points this week for #TeamHarkness #Scarathlon @StayCurious

StayCurious Great job! 1y
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The Phantom Twin | Lisa Brown
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What a lovely graphic novel about loss, love, and family. Isabel and Jane are conjoined twins making a living in a sideshow until the desire for normalcy disrupts their lives. If you love stories of outsiders and the bonds that bring them together, this one is perfect for you. #Scarathlon #TeamHarkness @StayCurious

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A reminder on this #IndigenousPeoplesDay

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The premise is super interesting (zombies developed as weapons of terror) but the execution left me a little cold. I think a little more suspense and less spelling out of the plot would have helped. #Scarathlon #TeamHarkness @StayCurious

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I *think* I have 346 pts for #TeamHarkness through the first 10 days of #Scarathlon. Not sure about the accuracy of my totals but I‘m enjoying myself! My favorite read so far has been the buddy read, Carpe Demon. @StayCurious

StayCurious Yay! Great job! 1y
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Ending the first week of #Scarathlon2020 in the middle of a really good Buddy Read #TeamHarkness Week 1 Total- 141 points (Books read - 45 pts / Hours read- 80 pts / Movies watched- 5 pts / Posts- 11 pts) @StayCurious

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Fangs | Sarah Andersen
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Cute, quick little read about a vampire-werewolf love affair. Perfect for grabbing some points for #TeamHarkness #Scarathlon2020 @StayCurious

Bookworm54 I didn‘t realise this was now a book! I love this comic. They are such a cute couple ❤️ 1y
starrdom @Bookworm54 totally agree- they are so adorable 1y
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Foul Is Fair: A Novel | Hannah Capin
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This flyover bitch isn‘t enjoying her time with these one-dimensional characters yet.

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I did not expect this to be the best thing I have read this year but it is. Brazen is a collection of graphic short retellings of the lives of 29 inspirational women (including Lozen as seen above). I loved Bagieu‘s artistic style but this book also really engaged my mind, leading me to seek out more information about these subjects and create playlists of the featured musical artists (Josephine Baker, Betty Davis, Sonita Alizadeh, The Shaggs).

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If It Bleeds | Stephen King
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I can‘t remember the last time I launched into a book without reading any blurbs or descriptions of it first. It‘s kind of refreshing to have no idea of what‘s to come.

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I just finished Jojo‘s Bizarre Adventure which was so soaked with masculinity and testosterone that I‘m moving on to Brazen to give me the balance of female energy needed to propel me forth in this #readathon

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Moving from audio to print for hour 2 of #deweysreadathon I was lucky enough to meet Alison Arngrim back in February before the world turned upside down. She was as friendly, funny, and #genuine as her alter ego Nellie was ornery and selfish. #readathonhourlyphoto #deweyapril

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Valentine | ELIZABETH. WETMORE
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tpixie How was this as an audiobook? 2y
starrdom @tpixie I thought it was a good way to consume it. Performances were good but not great. As a story, some of the points of view were written much more strongly than others and I found myself wanting to stay with some of the narratives and not turn to the others. 2y
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Coming Home to Myself | Wynonna Judd
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Listening to family drama on a rainy #audiowalk .... Wynonna Judd to Naomi Judd: “I never asked to be born.” Naomi to Wynonna: “If you had, the answer would have been ‘No‘” 😲

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Nightshade Teehee Lucky Mascot | Deborah L. Duvall
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“‘Jayhawks are really hard to deal with when they get upset.‘” Especially true this past March! 🤣

Fridameetslucy Love the cover but what‘s it about? 3y
Smrloomis I‘m with @Fridameetslucy - what‘s this about? The title is intriguing and confusing 🤨 3y
Tonton Very curious about this one! 2y
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“Pink fur. Red scare.” I never expected a Snagglepuss comic to be an enlightened take on McCartheyism nor to tell such a touching story about friendship and being your authentic self regardless of the repercussions.

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Did a little #comic book shopping on my road trip to Dallas. Red Pegasus Comics is a pretty cool little store.

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This book spoke to me like no other guide to leadership before. The message I took from it is that it is not enough to want to lead and attain a position of authority. It is necessary to understand your motivation and lead with intent. And it‘s okay to admit that you have those ambitions while you‘re at it. Beyond being incredibly motivating, Abrams gives real, practical advice.

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All I really need from a #comic to please me is a three-eyed cat

DaveGreen7777 You might also like the Honor Harrington series. It‘s not a comic, but it does feature a six-legged tree cat! 😁🐱 3y
starrdom That sounds awesome @DaveGreen7777 ! I will check that out. 3y
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Frankenstein: ; Or, The Modern Prometheus | Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
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I didn‘t intend for today‘s bookstore purchases to be so matchy-matchy ...

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Sisters | Lily Tuck
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Finally made my first donation ever to a #LittleFreeLibrary

DivineDiana 👏🏻📚👏🏻 3y
Book_Gobbler Very cool! Need to get a #FreeLittleLibrary going here! 📚 3y
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#49 in Paste magazine‘s list of the 50 best #horror novels of all-time. I listened to part of it in the dark during a bout of insomnia and it really creeped me out. The horror is subtle but memorable.

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Wise leaders know how to be wrong, and they take comfort in the fact that they cannot know everything.

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Night Things | Michael Talbot
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A 1988 #horror novel with a totally 80‘s premise- entertainment journalist marries a rock star after a whirlwind courtship and is whisked off to a mysterious lake lodge for the summer. I appreciated the uniqueness. #48 on Paste magazine‘s list of the 50 best horror novels of all time.

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Ask for what you need. You are intimately involved in your daily life and aware of the complexity of your situation. No one else has that insight... Do not drop hints- they‘ll lie on the ground forever.

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