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tjwill

tjwill

Joined May 2016

English teacher, Book reviewer, Vonnegutian, Slytherin, INFJ, Time travel enthusiast
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Private by James Patterson, Maxine Paetro
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Stuart Little by E. B. White
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Hallowe'en Party by Agatha Christie
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More to the Story by Hena Khan
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Complete Stories by Kurt Vonnegut
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1. I‘m trying for at least 12 hours.
2. Both—I make lists but don‘t always follow them.
3. Coffee and chocolate
4. Early riser—I like to go to bed early.
5. Switch up formats and genres to keep interest and not have to rush through any individual book that you‘re not in the mood for. Plus, you can do audio while doing housework, etc.
6. Thrillers, mysteries, children‘s books
7. All!
#24b4Monday
#scarathlon #teamslaughter

Andrew65 Good luck with your goal. 😊👍 3h
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Vampyre: A Tale | John William Polidori
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Mehso-so

Meh. If you want a classic vampire story, definitely read Dracula instead. This one is short, but not that interesting.

#scarathlon #teamslaughter

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The Canterville Ghost | Oscar Wilde
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This is possibly my favorite ghost story I have read because it is so different! An American family moves into an old haunted English manor, and the ghost is extremely offended that they are not afraid of him. 😱😂
Read via @SerialReader

#scarathlon #teamslaughter
+5 book finished +1 post

tournevis Pure gold! 4d
BookNAround Sounds like the kind of ghost story I might even be able to read without nightmares. 4d
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Hallowe'en Party | Agatha Christie
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I caught myself starting a new book and had to make myself stop. To be fair, I‘m reading More to the Story with my daughter, Stuart Little with my son, and I‘m just making my way leisurely through the Vonnegut short stories. Open Borders is on NetGalley, Canterville Ghost and The Vampyre are on Serial Reader, Hallowe‘en Party is on my Kindle and Private is an audiobook. Therefore, I should be forgiven for trying to pick up a physical book, right?

Linsy Happens to me all the time! 📚 4d
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Voice from the Stone | Silvio Raffo
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I watched these two thrillers this afternoon. The tagged one (with Emilia Clarke) was the superior film. It was haunting and suspenseful, and had an interesting ending. I wonder if the book is just as good. The one with Blake Lively kept my attention, but didn‘t have as much suspense and the ending felt anticlimactic.

#scarathlon #teamslaughter
+6 movies on theme +1 post

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Halloween | Laura Marsh
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1. Chocolate, especially Twix, Milky Way, and Snickers
2. Gum
3. Reading scary books in October is one of my favorites, and I‘ve been doing it as long as I can remember.
4. Princess Jasmine when I was a kid—my mom made the costume. Snow White as an adult. I guess I like Disney princesses more than I realized. 🤷🏻‍♀️

#scarathlon #teamslaughter

Clwojick Disney Princess costumes can certainly be a blast to put together 💝 4d
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Pete the Cat is the coolest cat around, and he and his friend Callie go trick or treating in this one. He wants to have a spooky time—but not too spooky.

#scarathlon #teamslaughter
+20 Halloween +1 post

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The Ruin | Dervla McTiernan
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This Audible Original isn‘t in the Litsy database yet, but is a prequel to the tagged book. It is a short listen about sisters Carrie and Aifric, both working in criminal justice in Dublin, and who both get involved in the same case of a boyfriend accused of killing his girlfriend. Aifric is on the boyfriend‘s criminal defense team, and Carrie is an officer who finds some evidence that affects the case. I think I‘ll be reading more of this author.

tjwill #scarathlon #teamslaughter +2 theme +1 post (edited) 7d
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Mehso-so

It may be a gothic/sci-fi classic, but it‘s definitely not H.G. Wells‘ best work. Doctor Moreau‘s frightening experiments crossing types of animals—some with humans—haunts narrator Prendick. While there was a lot of action to follow, the language often felt stilted. He used the phrase “silly ass” at least 10 times (precursor to dumbass?), and what‘s with this uninspired simile?
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#scarathlon #teamslaughter
+2 theme +1 post

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I read this fun Halloween story with my kids tonight! We checked out the ebook from the library. It has costumes and candy, and Brother and Sister learn some independence and that “appearances can be deceiving.”

#scarathlon #teamslaughter
+5 Halloween book
+1 for the post

Clwojick I love Bearenstains! Classic! 1w
Charityann The Bearenstain Bears! Gonna have to read this one. 😁 1w
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Halloween filter #selfie Dracula style! (Via Facebook)
#teamslaughter #scarathlon

Clwojick ☠ ☠ ☠ ☠ 1w
erzascarletbookgasm 👍 🧛‍♀️ 1w
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This one isn‘t in the database, probably because it‘s an Audible Original. I guess that means it was published on audio first? Anyway, it had 4 separate stories, all about Camp Red Moon and its campers. I liked “The New Camper” and “The Ghost in the Cabin” best.

#scarathlon #teamslaughter

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Mehso-so

As I mentioned previously, this was not an easy read for me (TW for multiple violent sexual assaults) so I sped through to finish it early. This is not the type of crime fiction I usually read, but Slaughter unravels the story in a very interesting way as she alternates points of view between key players in the story.

#scarathlon #teamslaughter
+10 for buddy read

Clwojick It‘s actually 11points! 1 point for participation/posting ♥️ Sorry you didn‘t enjoy it all the way through 1w
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Baseball, sibling rivalry, witches, a zombie, a poltergeist, and lots of hijinks: brew them together to get a fun middle grade graphic novel. The Rooks Little League team has to break the curse they think is causing their losing streak, but to do that, they have to find out who the zombie following them around might be.

#scarathlon #teamslaughter
+2 for the mystery
#scaryscavengerhunt: witch and zombie

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Someone please tell me: Does this get easier to read? I‘m at 56% and I find myself getting in a darker mood as I read. The sheer amount of rape alone is hard to read for me. Some scenes have been gruesome. I can appreciate the way the story is built and new parts are revealed, but I‘m not enjoying it.
#scarathlon #teamslaughter

Clwojick i havent finished it yet... Still only on week 2's portion. Although it seems out of those who have finished it, half of the people have either said they really enjoyed it, while the other half said they found it got significantly worse after the first third of the book 👎 If you dont want to finish it, I'll still give you 5 points for getting half way through. No fun reading something you dont enjoy. (edited) 2w
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I enjoyed this thriller. The protagonist was sympathetic and relatable, in a low place after losing her job and her boyfriend in the same day. She gets a “too good to be true” apartment-sitting job in an elite building full of secretive residents. The suspense kept me racing through until a red herring near the end that made me so angry that I wanted to stop reading. Luckily, I powered through and the real conclusion was much more satisfying.

vivastory This is my favorite Sager. I don't think he's necessarily getting better with each title since I liked Final Girls more than Last Time I Lied, but he's definitely autobuy author. He announced his next book is coming out in July next year. 2w
tjwill @vivastory Good to know! This was my first, but I‘ll put Final Girls on the TBR list! 2w
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I‘m loving these illustrations.

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These #endpapers!

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We are doing a storytelling project and reading scary stories at school, so I bought some more to add to my #classroomlibrary. Kids always love the Scary Stories series, but I‘m excited about the tagged illustrated hardcover. The art is amazing.

Clwojick 😍these are stunning! 😱 2w
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Franklin's Halloween | Paulette Bourgeois
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This was a cute picture book featuring a well-known character. I‘m trying to get my kids into the Halloween spirit, so we read the ebook of this one tonight from the library. They liked the reveal of the ghost, and my 5yo son thought the haunted house part was scary, but then fun when it quickly revealed the secrets of the haunted house.

#scarathlon #teamslaughter
+5 Halloween book
#scaryscavengerhunt Pumpkin on cover

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Maisie Dobbs: A Novel | Jacqueline Winspear
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Mehso-so

Maisie is a detective who was also a nurse in WW1. This first book in the series explains how she became both. It had both suspenseful and heartwarming parts, and Maisie is a likeable character, but it didn‘t really pull my interest in until near the end. I liked how the mystery was resolved; it was a light but solid mystery, but I‘m not sure at this point that I will read more of the series.

#scarathlon #teamslaughter
+2 team theme: mystery

tjwill #scaryscavengerhunt Part of a series 2w
Aims42 Right there with ya 👍🏻 A good read but nothing that really gripped me and made me want to continue the series 2w
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Ghosts | Raina Telgemeier
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Reread this fun Halloween graphic novel with my daughter (her first time reading it)!

+5 Halloween book
#scarathlon #teamslaughter
#scaryscavengerhunt: about Halloween

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This or That? | Brandon T Snider
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This was a fun one! Get a blank copy from @Clwojick ‘s post and play along! #scarathlon #teamslaughter

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I really enjoyed the mystery and suspense in this book as well as the creepy parts. A nanny gets a job in the remote mountains in Scotland, then feels watched in more ways than one. Are the children, or other forces, working against her?

I will say that I wasn‘t totally satisfied with the ending (willing to discuss below with spoilers covered if anyone wants to), but it kept me racing through.
+2 on theme #scarathlon #TeamSlaughter

tjwill #scaryscavengerhunt x3: over 200 pages; a character dies; it had parts that scared me 2w
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I watched the movie a few days ago, and didn‘t even realize at first that it was adapted from a book. It isn‘t great, but it has quite a bit of suspense as they try to find out what happened to Emily. #scarathlon #TeamSlaughter

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The Ghosts of Virginia | L. B. Taylor
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I love these books of ghost stories from all around my home state of Virginia! I used to have another volume too, but someone borrowed it and never returned it. I bought it secondhand from a small used bookstore in Floyd, VA when I used to work there.

#scarathlon #TeamSlaughter

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Scholastic #bookfair! I got several spooky books to celebrate October right! #scarathlon #TeamSlaughter

ShyBookOwl Love Agony House! 3w
tjwill @ShyBookOwl It looks very cool! I‘m looking forward to reading it! 3w
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This thriller about a nanny who finds herself in prison is based on Henry James‘ The Turn of the Screw. I‘m just wondering how closely based... It has had a few creepy parts so far! Luckily, I have some company! 😱🙀 #scarathlon #TeamSlaughter

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I sped through the audiobook, which features the daughters of several classic horror characters. I especially liked Mary Jekyll and Diana Hyde, and now I‘m starting the also referenced book, The Island of Doctor Moreau, because I had never read it. Oh, and it also contains Sherlock Holmes! Very fun mystery with monsters and science! #scarathlon #TeamSlaughter

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I feel so very accomplished to have finished this book! It took me a while! This is a philosophical look at identifying and defining misogyny. Yes, it is dense because it has so many footnotes and references, and they were all worth it. What a thorough look at a complex yet ubiquitous problem. In a nutshell, misogyny is when women are punished or thought lesser for stepping out of their prescribed social norms.
Thanks again, #NforNonfiction group!

tjwill I‘ll get this in the mail this week, Barbara! Thanks for being patient with me! 4w
Riveted_Reader_Melissa I fully agree, it was a tough read, but a great one and well worth the extra time. 4w
BarbaraTheBibliophage Great review. I‘m glad you could get through it, with life and all. I still can‘t believe I was powering through to finish in ten days (I think it was that few)! 3w
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tjwill @BarbaraTheBibliophage Thanks! Wow, ten days! It took me nearly two months! And now I really want to go back and read all the notes again. I hope you will enjoy going back through everything with all the annotations! 3w
BarbaraTheBibliophage @tjwill It was WAY too much. My poor brain was exhausted the whole time. 3w
tjwill @BarbaraTheBibliophage I can imagine! It is a lot to process! 3w
BarbaraTheBibliophage @tjwill I‘m really looking forward to seeing everyone‘s comments! 3w
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Guts | Raina Telgemeier
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#booked2019 Summer prompts

4thhouseontheleft Guts! That's on my daughter's bday wish list, although I'm kinda surprised she hasn't used her spending money to buy it already. 😂 4w
tjwill @4thhouseontheleft My daughter (8yo) loved it! I got an advance copy at the ALA conference this summer, so maybe 10 of my middle schoolers borrowed that copy and read it before it released. They loved that! We have lots of Raina Telgemeier fans at our school. 4w
BarbaraTheBibliophage Great job!! 3w
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The Prince of Mist | Carlos Ruiz Zafon
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The Scholastic book fair sent a few freebies and our school librarian let me look at them first! Here are the ones I picked!

TheLudicReader Free books are the best. 4w
Clare-Dragonfly Bone is so good! 4w
Ruthiella Oh Scholastic book fairs! How I loved them in Elementary school! 😀 4w
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jillrhudy To me this looks just irresistible!
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Ruthiella Yeah, I would pick that up in a heartbeat! 4w
jillrhudy I got the audiobook from Libby! 3w
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tjwill @jillrhudy It is excellent! You might want to check out the print copy too, because some parts are told solely on pictures—the video transmissions sent by the elf. I wonder how the audiobook covers those parts. 3w
jillrhudy In the case of the library audio it doesn‘t; the purchased audio is accompanied by a PDF. Might have to buy a copy! 3w
tjwill @jillrhudy Oh, okay! Does the library have a paper copy? I can lend you mine if you want to see it to decide first. 3w
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I‘m joining the #Scarathlon! I always try to read some scary books in October, so I need to get my #tbr list together!

Clwojick WOOHOO! thanks for the repost!! 4w
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#bookmail! Released today! I can‘t wait to start it! #keepYAweird

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#bookmail! Thanks, @wanderinglynn for the book and goodies! I love them all!

wanderinglynn So happy it arrived! 1mo
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Jas16 I love this one too. 1mo
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The Strange Library | Haruki Murakami
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Booksnchill Ohh- I liked that cover! I shall accept the challenge and post! 1mo
tjwill @Booksnchill 🙂👍🏼 1mo
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Little Do We Know | Tamara Ireland Stone
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#7days7covers
Tagging @That-Bookish-Hiker

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Labyrinth of the Spirits | Carlos Ruiz Zafon
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#7days7covers
Thanks for the tag, @TheEllieMo !
Tagging @Owlizabeth !

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I got a run in today! I had planned to go yesterday, but there were two sketchy guys in the parking area at the trail where I normally run, and I just didn‘t feel safe. Unfortunately, I didn‘t have time to drive somewhere else first and still get in my whole run. My in-laws kept the kids this afternoon and my husband went out with me today. #bfcr3 #goteam

TheDaysGoBy Sounds like you were being very smart - your safety should always come first! Glad you still got a run in 👍🏻 1mo
Emilymdxn That‘s a lot of v sensible decisions! Running is great to do but not at the expense of feeling safe, there‘s always another day and you managed to fit one in today! 1mo
wanderinglynn Very smart. Always go with your gut. 👍🏻 1mo
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It wasn‘t my best week, but I‘ve had a good #bfcr3! #goteam

Emilymdxn That‘s still a great week! It‘s so immeasurably better than doing nothing and that‘s what matters! 1mo
TheSpineView Still excellant! 😊 1mo
wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 Just look at how much you did these last 6 weeks. Awesome! 🎉 1mo
Charityann Nice job!😊 1mo
cobwebmoth Good job! 1mo
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Limited edition standalone #owlcrate! I‘ve been looking forward to this one going on sale! I‘m psyched for this book, the first of a spin-off series from The Raven Cycle!

monogamist_reader I bought the box as well !! I cant wait for thid one!!❤ 1mo
tjwill @monogamist_reader Yay! Me neither! 1mo
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Not strictly bookish (although now I want this tagged book!), but I got this new Frida tshirt from Target and I ❤️ it so much!

Ericalambbrown That‘s awesome! 💕 1mo
EKonrad Love this shirt! 😊 1mo
TheBookStacker From target?! I love it 1mo
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kspenmoll 💕💕 1mo
JoScho It‘s awesome! 1mo
tjwill @TheBookStacker Yes, Target! I love good, affordable, fun finds! @Ericalambbrown @EKonrad @kspenmoll @JoScho Thanks, everyone! 1mo
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Increasing my distance little by little! I ran a new way, to include this section by the railroad tracks. Gravel is not fun to run on, but part is brick and part is a boardwalk style. #bfcr3 #goteam

wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 1mo
cobwebmoth You're doing great! 1mo
Emilymdxn Incredible! So proud of you 1mo
kspenmoll Fabulous! 1mo
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#botm has arrived! I‘m saving these thrillers for October!

kamoorephoto Two of my favorite authors and two of my favorite recent reads! 💓👍🏼 1mo
tjwill @kamoorephoto Very cool! I‘m definitely excited for them. 1mo
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The Outsiders | SE Hinton
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New tshirts from the Out of Print sale!

Megabooks I got Velocireader too! 1mo
tjwill @Megabooks Shirt twins! 👯 1mo
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Emilymdxn You‘re doing amazing! Well done! 1mo
Megabooks Woo hoo!! 🎉🎉 1mo
cobwebmoth Great job! 1mo
wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 1mo
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Frankly in Love | David Yoon
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This YA romance tackles love, race, and struggling with being true to both yourself and your family. It‘s out next week! #arc

C.Perone Very cool cover 😍 2mo
tjwill @C.Perone I think so too! 1mo
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