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Joined November 2016

The novel takes in and takes on invention like no other literary form.-Michael Schmidt
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The Long Ships | Frans G. Bengtsson
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🎶I want to be, I want to be
Where the drownings are...🎶
Still TBR. Good enough for Michael Chabon? I'm definitely intrigued! Plus, I love the cover.
#RedRoseSeptember
@arlenefinnigan @Cinfhen

Cinfhen I think my hubs would like this one!!! Awesome cover, too!!!! #BonusCoverCrush 23h
vivastory @Cinfhen NYRB never disappoints with their covers! What authors does your husband like? 23h
Cinfhen Well, his guilty pleasure authors are Steve Berry and Sharon K. Penman ~ but he mostly reads and enjoys NF history. Especially anything to do with the Crusaders, Templars and Vikings. Any recommendations???? 23h
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vivastory @Cinfhen I haven't read it yet, but I heard great things about 23h
Cinfhen Hubby has that book and a few others by Dan Jones. So you hit the nail on the head😉 23h
Ruthiella This book is great! It‘s pretty funny too!😀 23h
arlenefinnigan Great cover. Suitably intimidating 😉 20h
BarbaraBB That cover 😍😍 17h
AlaMich I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. I was apprehensive going in, but it's goood! 16h
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Trainspotting | Irvine Welsh
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#KinkyAfro is a single from Happy Monday's album Pills 'n' Thrills & Bellyaches. I've never heard an album title that more succinctly sums up Welsh's books.
#RedRoseSeptember
@arlenefinnigan @Cinfhen

Cinfhen Hahahaha 2d
Cinfhen 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 2d
arlenefinnigan Great pick! Filth by Irvine Welsh would work too 😉 2d
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Untitled | Unknown
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Has anyone noticed the Forward series Amazon is publishing tomorrow? Original content by 6 authors. The other 3 are NK Jemisin, Paul Tremblay & Amor Towles. I have been reading a lot of novelettes lately, so I'm pretty excited for these!

LibrarianRyan Yes. I just noticed the Roth one last night. I love the cover but I am ANTI AMAZON. If it's in print or available from the library, I will probably try them out. Kindle, or Amazon only, I guess I will have to do without. 2d
vivastory @LibrarianRyan I completely understand. 2d
8little_paws I would be interested in the Jemisin Crouch, and the Towles. 2d
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Caffeinated_Reader I‘m going to need that Blake Crouch book for sure! 2d
readordierachel N.K. Jemisin!!! 2d
vivastory @readordierachel I will definitely be grabbing that one! Did you see there was a cover reveal for her next novel? 2d
readordierachel Just saw it! So stoked. It sounds amazing! 2d
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The Folly of the World | Jesse Bullington
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Leftcoastzen Nice cover!I always like that woodcut look. 3d
vivastory @Leftcoastzen Same! I could have used any of Bullington's covers for this hashtag. 3d
madamereadsalot1 Love this cover! 3d
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readordierachel Good one! 2d
sprainedbrain This book looks fascinating... 2d
vivastory @sprainedbrain It's still TBR. I've heard good things about it & I really liked Bullington's 2d
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I just wanted to post an acknowledgement for a fellow Litten. I might be mistaken, but I'm fairly certain that the #covercrush #7covers7days originated with @Cinfhen It's been incredible watching how quickly it caught on & the enthusiasm for it has been remarkable. I've been on Litsy for nearly 3 years & don't recall another hashtag getting as much love as this one. Well-done Cindy!

Cinfhen Ha!! I actually didn‘t “start” the tag 🙈 @jenniferw88 initially tagged me 🙏🏻I only added the hashtags but it did seem to spread like wildfire, in the BEST way possible. Thanks for your kind words and it has BEEN WONDERFUL to see all the enthusiasm displayed. #WonderfulLife here on Litsy ♥️♥️♥️ 3d
jenniferw88 @Cinfhen @vivastory thanks, but I can't really take the credit - @mommyincolor tagged me first! But it's really you Cindy who made it take off by adding the #! 🤣😊😘 3d
Cinfhen @jenniferw88 😘😘😘😘😘 3d
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Cathythoughts Well done @Cinfhen @jenniferw88 it has caught on like wildfire! Well done Everyone 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 3d
Cinfhen Thank you lovely @Cathythoughts ❤️ 3d
Leftcoastzen Yay @Cinfhen (edited) 3d
Cinfhen Awwww , thanks @Leftcoastzen 🥰 3d
Leftcoastzen Love the Chip Kidd ! He‘s amazing. 3d
vivastory @Leftcoastzen He really is! I was astonished by how many covers he had designed that are not only among my favorites, but in many instances iconic 3d
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Having a TBR I will never conquer, precariously placed stacks in my apartment that occasionally fall, & having spent a small fortune on books...I must say, this is truly a #wonderfullife & I wouldn't want it any other way.
#RedRoseSeptember
@arlenefinnigan @Cinfhen

Melissa_J Well played! 3d
Suet624 💕💕💕👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 3d
Cinfhen Wonderful ❤️ 3d
arlenefinnigan Well said 👏 3d
OnlyYoo ❤️❤️❤️ relatable 3d
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Bad Man: A Novel | Dathan Auerbach
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It's books like this that make me wish for a more nuanced ratings system. If I rate it as a so-so I'd be ignoring what I liked about the book, there's plenty to praise & it is more than mediocre. By rating it as a pick I'm ascribing a brilliance that Auerbach is capable of, as demonstrated in "Penpal", but honestly isn't fully on display this time around. So, a pick. With reservations.

Dolly This doesn‘t solve your rating problem but I‘ll be taking on a new rating system. I‘m going to be judging books from this year but the judging doesn‘t conclude until a whole year from now. For a start I‘ll assign a likability number from 1-100. Then I need to watch a video by a BookTuber that uses a 25 pt scoring system that I may adopt. 3d
vivastory @Dolly That sounds really interesting. I use Goodreads to track my books & I always rate them with the Stars, but even the star system is flawed. I just feel like this system reinforces the inherent hyperbole of social media. 3d
readordierachel "Pick, with reservations" should totally be a category. I also find myself leaning toward "pick" because "so-so" can seem too dismissive. 3d
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batsy Completely agree about ratings system here and also the star system on GR. 3d
Reggie That describes half my picks on here, lol. 3d
ValerieAndBooks Yes! I keep wondering why @Litsy hasn‘t added an in-between rating yet 😊! (edited) 2d
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Radiance: A Novel | Catherynne M. Valente
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#covercrush #7covers7days Day 6
@Leftcoastzen @Hooked_on_books @sprainedbrain @madamereadsalot1 @readordierachel
If you haven't been tagged, consider yourself tagged!
7 covers. 7 days. No explanation.

Leftcoastzen Very cool over. 3d
Ruthiella I love this one two. Simple yet descriptive of the content!😀 3d
vivastory @Ruthiella It really is! 3d
Cathythoughts Great cover 3d
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The Whisper Man | Alex North
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A solid psychological thriller/ police procedural. I've seen mixed reviews on this one. Some seem disappointed that it wasn't more creepy or scary. This could be a marketing problem (Goodreads has it mistakenly labeled as horror fiction) & a lot of people have (justifiably so imo) pointed out that there are a lot of unsettling moments in this book. It's along the lines of JD Barker's 4MK series, or Thomas Harris. There's even a nod towards a 👇

vivastory specific Harris novel, but I won't say as it's a spoiler. I thought it was well executed & I completely agree with the blurb from Kirkus, "A terrifying page-turner with the complexities of fatherhood at its core." 4d
Captivatedbybooks Never heard of Thomas Harris what do you recommend i‘d start with? 4d
vivastory @Captivatedbybooks I recommend the following & if you enjoy it, I'd read Hannibal afterwards 4d
lele1432 I hate it when marketing creates unrealistic expectations lol. From the synopsis I figured this was a crime novel/police procedural. I look forward to reading it. 4d
Cathythoughts Good review! I really enjoyed it 4d
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It is extremely rare when I visit Reddit, but the above gems were prompted by a post from yellowdragon17, asking for advice on how to handle her non-reader husband who told her that "reading isn't the same as doing something." #GroundsForDivorce
#RedRoseSeptember
@arlenefinnigan @Cinfhen

arlenefinnigan Yeah you deserve to get dumped pal 4d
lele1432 I was just thinking about this the other day! I can't read around some people because they act like it's lazy, but they will also sit and watch hours of TV lol. 🙄 (edited) 4d
vivastory @lele1432 Or when they find out I like to read, they make comments along the lines of, "I don't have the time to read" I'm not a fan ? 4d
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lele1432 Right lol!! 4d
sprainedbrain I have no time for these people. Or most people. 😂 4d
saresmoore @sprainedbrain Ditto that! 🙄 4d
Bookish_Gal Reading is totally doing something. Actually doing so many things 4d
OnlyYoo I think that people who hate reading just haven‘t met the right book yet 4d
Cinfhen Priceless post 😉❣️❣️ 4d
Suet624 My ex used to get so upset when I read. He is dyslexic and he thought I was showing off. Five years ago he discovered audiobooks and dove in. He has since apologized to me for his attitude toward my reading. (edited) 3d
vivastory @Suet624 That's a great story! Dyslexia is more common than I think a lot of people realize 3d
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#7days7covers #covercrush Day 5
@Leftcoastzen @Hooked_on_books @sprainedbrain @madamereadsalot1 @readordierachel
If you haven't been tagged, I tag you! 7 covers. 7 days. No explanation.

Leftcoastzen Beautiful set! 5d
vivastory @Leftcoastzen It really is! I found it at half price books for an irresistible price. The endpapers are 👌 5d
readordierachel Oh wow, those are gorgeous! 5d
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Reviewsbylola Oh my! I may need to buy these. Love this series! 5d
Reviewsbylola You found these at Half Price Books?!? What a score! 5d
jillannjohn Oh!! ❤️ 5d
batsy These are very cool! 5d
Tanisha_A Wow! 4d
Hooked_on_books I‘ve never seen this set before. I‘ve read all the books and totally get it. Very cool! 4d
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There's a #bizarrelovetriangle at the heart of this short book that packs a wallop. I'm looking forward to seeing what Braithwaite publishes next.
#RedRoseSeptember
@arlenefinnigan @Cinfhen

Ruthiella Ooh! Good one! 5d
arlenefinnigan Hearing very good things about this 5d
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Rachel_nyc Loved this book! So much going on between the lines. 5d
gradcat On my TBR. ♥️ 4d
readordierachel Me too! 3d
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Leftcoastzen Love it,so cool! 5d
vivastory A special shout-out to @LeahBergen for posting this volume's femme fatale companion 5d
Centique That is glorious 😍 5d
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Hooked_on_books I remember seeing Leah‘s post—I can‘t forget that hair! What fun covers. 5d
LeahBergen You‘re the brunette and I‘m the blonde. 😆 5d
readordierachel Cool! I will give it some thought! 5d
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If the cover doesn't give you #panic & the title doesn't, try the warning on the back cover: You may have a huge, invisible spider living in your skull. THIS IS NOT A METAPHOR.
I loved this book, as well as John Dies at the End. I have yet to read his two following books, but definitely plan on doing so sooner than later.
#RedRoseSeptember
@arlenefinnigan @Cinfhen

arlenefinnigan Well there's a book I'm never reading. 6d
DGRachel This book is on my wish list to read this October. 😂 6d
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Tiffiney 😲 😲 😲
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MicheleinPhilly I‘m with @arlenefinnigan. Gross. I‘m so itchy now! 5d
vivastory @MicheleinPhilly Whatever you do, under no circumstances look at the endpapers for Ben Winters' 5d
MicheleinPhilly Oh never! 5d
vivastory @MicheleinPhilly I'm itchy just thinking about it..& I read it years ago! 😬 5d
Centique I love spiders @MicheleinPhilly Blame it on a primary school teacher getting us to draw and study them and make cobwebs out of string until I considered them spooky little knitters. Moths however are awful. They can FLY and land in your hair. It‘s horrifying! 5d
MicheleinPhilly @Centique Harmless house spiders don‘t bother me. It‘s the thick ones that really gross me out. Spiderwebs, the really intricate ones, are beautiful. I just don‘t need to see the tenants. ☺️ 5d
Hooked_on_books This cover gives me the heebie-jeebies! 5d
Centique @MicheleinPhilly I caught an Avondale Spider once. I suggest you don‘t google what that looks like! 😂😂 5d
MicheleinPhilly @Centique 😫😫😫Of course I did. 5d
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The Winds of Winter | George R. R. Martin
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I'm a little bit sceptical, but I feel like this is fairly promising. As far as I know this is the first time a month & year have been named by Martin for Winds of Winter. At least in recent memory.

KathyWheeler We will see. Like you, this is the first time I remember an actual month and year. (edited) 6d
Soubhiville Hhmmm. I‘m skeptical. 6d
vivastory @Soubhiville I'm reluctantly optimistic 6d
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Kimberlone I won‘t hold my breath until I see a cover and actual release date. It‘s crazy to think the last book came out before the tv series and that has already ended! 6d
Ruthiella I‘ll believe it when I see it! 6d
sudi I'm not going to believe it unless i see it in bookstores , i've learned from being dissapointed too many times before 😕 6d
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Recently unemployed & newly single, Jules Larsen answers a mysterious ad as an apartment sitter at the Bartholomew. There are plenty of peculiar rules & mysterious residents, but #moneystootighttomention for Jules. I've read every Sager book & this is easily the best one. One of my favorite thrillers of the year.
#RedRoseSeptember
@arlenefinnigan @Cinfhen

Cathythoughts Nice review... must get this one so 6d
Cinfhen I wasn‘t that impressed from her first book that I haven‘t tried any of her newer ones. Maybe I‘ll reconsider reading this book 🤓 6d
arlenefinnigan Good advice in the title, there. 6d
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Leftcoastzen @Cinfhen Riley is a dude. 6d
Cinfhen Ha!! I keep forgetting @Leftcoastzen 6d
Leftcoastzen @Cinfhen kind of a trend these days , with the thriller writers .😀 6d
vivastory @Cinfhen I recommend giving him another shot. He seems to be getting better with each book. 6d
vivastory @Leftcoastzen AJ Finn *cough* *cough* 😂 6d
Cinfhen Fair enough. Im willing to try another book by HIM 6d
Leftcoastzen Yeah , AJ Finn who has an interesting article published about him in the New Yorker back in February. (edited) 5d
vivastory @Leftcoastzen Yeah, I read part of it. I'm planning on reading the full piece after I read Finn's book. My favorite part of the article was Sophie Hannah's working title for one of her books, "You're So Vain, You Probably Think This Poirot is About You" ? 5d
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Dear Ms. Ware,
It is with sincere regret that I write my first Litsy Pan review in ages. I anticipated this book, especially when it was spoken of with the same hushed tones & reverence as Riley Sager's "Lock Every Door." Just because you have managed a twist, & I'll admit, I was surprised doesn't mean it saves an otherwise muddled mess. Ask M Night Shyamalan. If you haven't already, please read Tana French's "Broken Harbor." Similar ideas. Hers?

vivastory just happens to be much much better. You might learn a thing. Or two. Sincerely, Reader beWARE 6d
MicheleinPhilly HA! She and I don‘t get along well. 6d
Melissa_J Have you liked any of her other books? I‘ve enjoyed all of them, but haven‘t read this one yet and now I‘m scared to 😂 6d
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OnlyYoo Uh that‘s so sad because I really want to read this but I‘ve disliked two of her other books 😭 6d
lele1432 Lol aw man I normally don't end up liking these books but I really enjoyed this one. 😂 6d
Billypar I also had a rare 'Pan' recently, and unless there are some changes in one of my current reads, another is in the pipeline. I can probably count my previous pans on one hand. Hope it's not part of a trend 😬 6d
vivastory @Melissa_J This is the first one I've ever read by her. I'll give her another chance. It just might be a little bit before I do. 6d
vivastory @MicheleinPhilly There was something about her style in this one that really bugged me. I haven't read her other books, but I'm definitely not in a rush 6d
vivastory @OnlyYoo it's a fairly quick read, but I don't recommend 😬😂 6d
vivastory @lele1432 I was really surprised by my reaction. Maybe she's just not for me. If you haven't read it, I highly recommend 6d
vivastory @Billypar Although reading a book I hate feels like a waste of time. Writing a review of it is a blast. I find a review of a bad book can teach me more about books than a good review. If we rate something poorly it's because, among other things, it failed to include or poorly executed certain literary tropes & themes that are important to us as readers. Their absence in books we dislike is a good reminder of what we really treasure in books. 6d
Billypar @vivastory That's true: after long good streaks, a pan is almost a relief- otherwise I feel like I'm not discerning enough. It's true that they make you realize how much work goes into your favorites to create the effects they achieve. And, yeah, the pans are fun to write 😼 6d
lele1432 Stacking it! 6d
LeahBergen 😆😆 Okay, I really need some more #VivastorysSnarkyReviews in my life! 😆😆 6d
erzascarletbookgasm Haha! I‘m a Tana French fan (the last book of hers I read WAS Broken Harbour). I have this one stacked..maybe no hurry to read it but I‘m curious 😊 6d
erzascarletbookgasm @RealBooks4ever Mrs Westaway was my first Ruth Ware, I enjoyed it. 6d
eloreads I‘m glad someone else dislikes it, I‘m almost done with it and haven‘t liked any of it. I‘m more bored than intrigued. 6d
vivastory @eloreads I found it very very boring 6d
vivastory @LeahBergen I'm not going to lie, this was alot of fun to write 😂 6d
Centique @vivastory I love this review 😂 And your analysis about pans in your comment to @Billypar is spot on. I worry about writing pans and upsetting someone who loves the book but pan reviews are so much fun really! 5d
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Habibi | Craig Thompson
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#7Covers7Days #CoverCrush Day 3
@Leftcoastzen @Hooked_on_books @sprainedbrain
Care to join in @madamereadsalot1 ? Just post 7 covers you love. 7 days. No explanation. Try to tag someone new each day.

Leftcoastzen Beautiful! 6d
madamereadsalot1 Gladly! Thanks for the tag! 6d
vivastory @madamereadsalot1 Awesome! Looking forward to it! 6d
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Hooked_on_books Very interesting cover. I‘m loving this challenge, seeing what others are picking. It‘s been fascinating. 6d
readordierachel Very striking! 6d
BarbaraBB Gorgeous 6d
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A Confederacy of Dunces | John Kennedy Toole
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For all of my fellow CoD fans, there's an article well worth reading about Toole's alternative vision of modernity:
publicbooks.org/john-kennedy-toole-50/

Leftcoastzen Thanks for posting, incredible article! I love Walker Percy but have not read him for years 6d
batsy I just read this and thought of sharing here before I saw your post! Such a good read. Loved that it talks about the sadness that underlies the satire. 6d
LeahBergen That was such a good read! Thanks for posting. 6d
SlytheSly A nice surprise when I finished this book. It was recommended to me while on vacation in New Orleans. I think the author was a native from there. Tragic death by suicide because (amongst many things I presume) he had not been published yet. He wrote another one (Neon Bible) that I have not read yet. 6d
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#7Covers7Days #CoverCrush Day 2
@Leftcoastzen @Hooked_on_books
Care to join in @sprainedbrain ? Just post a cover you love for 7 days. No explanation. Try to tag someone new each day.

Leftcoastzen Nice! 1w
sprainedbrain Oh yes, I will play! That‘s a lovely book. 😍 1w
vivastory @sprainedbrain Looking forward to your selections! I still need to read this one. 😬 1w
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sprainedbrain @vivastory so do I... it‘s been on my list for ages. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 1w
OnlyYoo I just got this edition! It‘s so beautiful and so nice that now I can binge the whole series! 7d
Suet624 This book is so special to me. Love this cover. 6d
DrewAnderson هيم مينلهي يدخلني هيري 6d
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One of Us | Craig DiLouie
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Five books published by Orbit that are high on my SFF TBR. Orbit is second only to Tor in terms of quality & quantity of SFF publications.
#Saturn5 #RedRoseSeptember
@arlenefinnigan @Cinfhen

Cinfhen Don‘t know what this means exactly but I‘m down for it. 1w
arlenefinnigan Sounds interesting! 1w
Melissa_J I generally love Orbit‘s offerings. I have a couple of these on my own TBR pile 😊 1w
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#7Days7Covers #CoverCrush Day 1

Thanks for the tag @saresmoore & @Leftcoastzen !

Want to join in @Hooked_on_books ? 7 days, 7 covers you love. No explanation. Try to tag someone new each day.

Leftcoastzen Wow! 1w
vivastory @Leftcoastzen I haven't read it yet but when I do I will probably get a mass market edition, because I love this one so much 1w
saresmoore That is epic! I couldn‘t get into this one, but it does have some really great covers. 1w
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Soubhiville I love these books so much! 1w
Tex2Flo That is one screaming crazy cover. Nice choice! 1w
vivastory @Tex2Flo Thanks! 1w
BarbaraBB That font! Great cover! 1w
LeahBergen 🖤🖤 1w
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Gideon the Ninth | Tamsyn Muir
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I went book shopping...not pictured is book 1 of Slaughter's Will Trent series.

Leftcoastzen Fall is brutal,so many big books, I was eyeing the King and Rushdie.Just Atwood today. 1w
saresmoore I picked up The Testaments, too, and I‘m first in line for the library copy of Gideon! 1w
vivastory @saresmoore Gideon has stained edges. I'm a sucker for stained edges. 1w
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readordierachel Excellent choices. I bought Gideon today too 👍 1w
vivastory @readordierachel I'm really looking forward to it! 1w
vivastory @readordierachel I've heard the following has similar vibes to Gideon 1w
readordierachel @vivastory Ooh, that sounds promising. I mean, how can you say no to "A black tide of violence, perversity, and lush writing"? ? 1w
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Brighton Rock | Graham Greene
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I read this several years ago & although I have forgotten a few of the details, the seaside setting was unforgettable. Greene dubbed this as one of his entertainments, & while it undeniably contains elements of the contemporary thriller, the issues raised of morality & sin add a bit more heft than one would expect from his term.
#WithMyLittleStickOfBlackpoolRock
#RedRoseSeptember
@arlenefinnigan @Cinfhen

arlenefinnigan Never read this but heard good things about it. Brighton's a bit classier than Blackpool 😉 1w
Cinfhen Sounds great!! When I see Brighton, I think Brooklyn ( Neil Simon) 1w
vivastory @Cinfhen When I see Brooklyn, I think of the Lethem which I MUST read before the upcoming Ed Norton adaptation 1w
vivastory @arlenefinnigan I'm a bit ashamed to admit I know very little about Blackpool 1w
gradcat @Cinfhen Same here. I‘m a big Neil Simon fan—maybe that‘s why...♥️ 1w
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Institute | Stephen King
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In our depressing political situation, it is incredibly uplifting to remember that 2 of the greatest living English language authors, treasures really, are not only still publishing but are releasing their books on the same day.

Bklover ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️. Yes! 1w
marleed And supporting each other - imagine that! 1w
Oryx Love this 1w
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Christine ❤️ 1w
Suet624 Love this post, Scott. So true. 6d
Leftcoastzen Great post ! 6d
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March (Trilogy Slipcase Set) | Andrew Aydin, John Lewis
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Civil rights leader John Lewis is an inspiration & a true icon. March is his autobiography, told through a graphic novel trilogy. Still TBR, I will definitely be reading this by the end of the year.
#NeverForget
#RedRoseSeptember
@arlenefinnigan @Cinfhen

Kalalalatja What happened to the top of the box??? 1w
vivastory @Kalalalatja Nothing. It still has the shrink-wrap on it. 1w
Cinfhen I‘ve heard wonderful things about this GN trilogy ♥️I need to read it as well. 1w
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Kalalalatja Aaah, now I see it. It just looked all chewed up, so I got worried 😅 1w
arlenefinnigan This sounds really good 1w
kspenmoll This is truly a wonderful trilogy! Great pick! 1w
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A pile of #History books in Mount's book. Although I read several nonfiction books a year & am fascinated by it, history is one of my least read genres. A few of these are on my TBR.
#RedRoseSeptember
@arlenefinnigan @Cinfhen

alisonrose King Leopold‘s Ghost is really good! 1w
Melissa_J I have a couple of those on my TBR pile, too. 1w
Cinfhen #Screenshot 🙌🏻🧡 1w
arlenefinnigan Cod sounds intriguing! 1w
saresmoore Hmm, I look at these and just...don‘t care. 😬😴 History is fascinating, but I think I tend to go for the sociology- or science-forward accounts and it‘s hard to know what you‘re getting, at first. 1w
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Although an occasional miss in this collection, Growing Things is another fine entry in Tremblay's catalogue. Formally innovative (there is a haunted house story with a choose your own adventure format & I have previously posted about the format of Notes from the Dog Walkers) & emotionally varied. Out of the 19 stories in this collection, 7 are first rate. Several of these (including the aforementioned Notes etc which at 40 pages is the longest 👇

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Reggie I really liked the one about the addicted mother who kidnaps her daughter and there happens to monsters coming out of the sea. The choose your own adventure one destroyed me and so did Her Red Right Hand. And also the one told from the 5yo boy‘s POV where something like nuclear war might have broken out but we don‘t really know. Tremblay‘s soooo good!!! Nice review! 1w
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Off to Alamo Drafthouse! I've been waiting for this moment since chapter 1 was released! 🎈🎈

peaknit I‘m browsing Litsy in a theater waiting for Chapter 2. 🤡 1w
Scochrane26 I love Alamo drafthouse. Really wish we had one near me. 1w
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Notes from the Dog Walkers is entirely new territory for Tremblay. It's sent me scrambling for his other books to look things up. Very meta. Inserted into the story is a convincing argument about the class bias of those who give poor writing/cliched writing in so-called lit fic/MFA fic a pass, yet consistently condemn genre (especially horror) literature as inferior.

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This short story is, as the title says, in the format of dog walkers' notes. Being a Tremblay story they begin friendly & informative, but soon turn sinister. KB seems to be the most disgruntled of all of the dog walkers 😂

LeahBergen 😆 1w
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I'm usually annoyed when a book is different from my expectations. I picked this up after reading Stephen Graham Jones' "Night Cyclist" imagining it would be similar: a long short story (Tor calls them novelettes) with a horror element. Set in a London asylum, a feline named Jeoffry is busy chasing away creatures from the human inhabitants when the devil attempts to make him a deal. Should appeal to fans of Gaiman. Although more whimsical than I?

vivastory expected, this was a pleasant surprise! This is Siobhan Carroll's first Tor publication & I wouldn't be surprised if she breaks out the way Martha Wells & Sarah Gailey did. 2w
Reggie That‘s a creepy pic!!! 2w
vivastory @Reggie It really is. That's one of the reasons I thought it would have stronger horror vibes. But it's still a unique story. 2w
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AlaMich This sounds...kinda awesome! 2w
QuintusMarcus Do you know the source of the title? It‘s a tad obscure. 1w
vivastory @QuintusMarcus I do! Christopher Smart's Jubilate Agno, "I will consider my cat Jeoffry..." The greatest poem ever written about a cat imo, possibly the greatest poem ever written about any domestic animal. 1w
QuintusMarcus Magnificent! I‘m so glad you know the work! How did you come to know Christopher Smart? My introduction was through the music of Benjamin Britten — I assume that‘s the case for most. I just love Smart, I wish he was better known. Incidentally, Lucy Ellmann references him a couple times in Ducks, Newburyport. 1w
vivastory @QuintusMarcus For approximately 10 years the vast majority of my reading was poetry. If I recall correctly I first came across it in an anthology, most likely 1w
QuintusMarcus Well, now, I‘m glad to hear that Smart is being anthologized these days - I would have thought his work to be a little too nutty to be approachable, but maybe not. Anyway, I‘m glad you know him. Penguin has an excellent compilation of his works, if you ever want to really dig in. 1w
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Jeff Guinn has been on my radar for awhile now due to his Jim Jones book. I was immediately intrigued when I heard about this Guinn & it's safe to say I've found a new favorite nonfiction author. Go Down Together is a much needed corrective for the Bonnie & Clyde myth. Guinn masterfully demonstrates that the real lives of the tattooed, poetry writing, fiercely loyal & incredibly (un)lucky criminal couple doesn't need embellishment. While reading👇

vivastory I learned that the Red Crown Tavern ambush occurred only a few minutes away from where I live. Morbid! Yet awesome! 2w
vivastory Thanks for pointing me to this book @britt_brooke ! 2w
merelybookish That's so cool! In Independence? 2w
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vivastory @merelybookish Platte City. Very close to KCI. 2w
Megabooks I didn‘t even think about how he wrote Jonestown that I enjoyed. I‘ll definitely have to read this! So cool that you live nearby!! 2w
britt_brooke I‘m so happy you loved this! Guinn makes nonfiction read like fiction. Such a talented storyteller. Great photo! 2w
MicheleinPhilly Have you read his Manson book? It‘s 👌🏼. 2w
vivastory @MicheleinPhilly Nope. It's on my list though 👍 2w
saresmoore Neat! I love it when real life and reading life collide. 2w
sprainedbrain Sounds like I need to check this author out. I‘m always looking for nonfiction that reads like fiction. And I love taking book field trips! 🙌🏻 2w
LeahBergen I‘ve been wanting to read his Manson book! 2w
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🎈+🎈🎈= Greatness
(Hopefully. Seeing it on Sunday!)
#Mathematics #RedRoseSeptember
@arlenefinnigan @Cinfhen

Kimberlone I‘m planning on doing a Sunday matinee too! I loved the first one ❤️🤡 2w
vivastory @Kimberlone Same here. I've been eagerly awaiting the second one ever since I saw the first one. 2w
VioletBramble I saw it today. I liked it. 🎈 2w
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arlenefinnigan Lovely pic! 2w
BarbaraBB I saw the trailer when I went to see Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. So much violence! I actually had to think about it when reading The Cabin at the End of the World 😂😱 2w
Cinfhen Looks scary AF 2w
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1) Matthew Desmond's Evicted is an important book. In fact, I really think everyone should read it. But it's infuriating.
2) Arrested Development, Kids in the Hall, Community.
3) Probably a cereal bar.
4) Central.
5) Gray Together
@howjessreads #friyayintro

Leftcoastzen Arrested Development! Yay!Feel the same way about Evicted 2w
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I have a lot of respect for authors who account for the fates of a large cast of characters. Human or otherwise.

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Out of all of the detectives in the Dublin Murder Squad, I think that Frank Mackey is the one with the strongest appetite for #chippytea And in case you are wondering, yes that is my DMS t-shirt.
#RedRoseSeptember
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erinreads Amazing shirt! 2w
Bookish.SAM I never would have thought there was such a shirt... love it! 2w
Cinfhen 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 2w
arlenefinnigan The Irish love a chippy tea even more than we do in Lancashire 😉 2w
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Congratulations Scott! It's been great getting to know you on Litsy.
Litsy has become a part of my routine. Even if I am busy with work or haven't had time to read, I still enjoy checking in nearly every day & catching up on other people's posts. As I have mentioned before, I have never really felt the urge to engage in social media prior to Litsy. Although I am only halfway through the series, I'm guessing that Dark Tower is my favorite book(s)👇

GrilledCheeseSamurai Great pick! Love me some Dark Tower! Thanks for playing along. :) 2w
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I'm a day late, but thanks for the tag @madamereadsalot1 !
1) Where the Sidewalk Ends, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark.
2) I think I have only posted about the tagged book one or two other times, but I remember it was pretty funny. Anything by David Sedaris. I always get a good chuckle out of the Miriam Black books.
3) Tana French's Dublin Murder Squad, Slaughter's Grant County, Christie's Poirot, Cormoran Strike, Megan Abbott.
4) I ♥ danish

Eggs Thanks for joining in 🎈👏🏻🤗 2w
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#HitTheNorth & The North strikes back, because as we all know, the North remembers! I recently purchased the tagged book & although I have not yet read it cover to cover, I've enjoyed browsing through it.
#RedRoseSeptember
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Cinfhen 🙌🏻❣️great choice 2w
arlenefinnigan Nice 😉 2w
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Ouch!

britt_brooke 😆 2w
britt_brooke PS. I love Jeff Guinn! 2w
vivastory @britt_brooke This is my first Guinn. I was meaning to read his Jonestown book but I was really intrigued by this one. I think I stacked it after your review. 2w
britt_brooke @vivastory This one is fantastic. Hope you‘re enjoying it! The Jonestown book was one of my favorites the year I read it. His Manson book is great also. Guinn‘s one hell of a NF writer. 2w
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I might be the last one to know, but I had NO idea that Lippman's spouse is the creator of The Deuce & The Wire, aka one of the greatest shows of all time. Mind. Blown. I really do want to check out Lippman's books. I've heard nothing but good things.

DGRachel I didn't know that until I joined Litsy and posted about his book, Homicide, and someone commented “that's Laura Lippman's husband!“. 2w
vivastory @DGRachel Have you watched The Deuce? Is it good? I heard Megan Abbott was a screenwriter. 2w
DGRachel I have not. I don‘t have HBO. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 2w
8little_paws Oh that's interesting--I didn't know that either! I loved the Wire. 2w
batsy I've only read Sunburn and I thought it was really good. 2w
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A murder mystery set in a dystopia with vague ambitions of social commentary. Laszlo Ratesic is a Speculator, someone who can detect untruths in a future where lying is one of the most serious criminal offenses. The core murder mystery is a solid story. Winters excels at writing offbeat characters & the surreal nuances of this world (when people greet each other they express a scientific truth, making for some memorable non sequitirs) sets this 👇

vivastory book apart from the deluge of other dystopias. He aims for social commentary, but his message is often muddled & vague. It's almost like he wanted the biting commentary of a satire without the unlikeable characters that are almost inevitable in satire. Despite a few faults, this is another satisfying book by Winters. 2w
BarbaraBB Intriguing review! 2w
Ruthiella I‘m looking forward to this one. I liked his last policeman trilogy. 2w
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charl08 Great book! I'm hoping for a sequel. 2w
Cathythoughts Stacking 👍🏻👍🏻 2w
rwmg That does sound intriguing. Wishlisted 2w
Godpants This one was so fun. 2w
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Blinds | Adam Sternbergh
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#EverybodysHappyNowadays in The Blinds. The inhabitants of this rural Texas town are either witnesses or perpetrators of a crime, but are unsure which due to having their memory of the crime erased. A clever concept with a solid execution, I really enjoyed Sternbergh's book & look forward to catching up on his backlist before his next book is published.
#RedRoseSeptember
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BarbaraBB Great choice for the prompt. I enjoyed the book too. 2w
arlenefinnigan Sounds interesting! 2w
gradcat This one sounds pretty good...stacking! 📚 2w
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Lethal White is still TBR, but I have read the rest of Galbraith's excellent Cormoran Strike series & there is no shortage of pub scenes in any of them. Especially in the second entry, The Silkworm, where it seemed like a significant portion of the dialogue/sleuthing happened over a drink or two.
#Tubthumping #RedRoseSeptember
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Cinfhen 🍺🍻🍺🍻🍺well played 2w
Sweettartlaura I just began watching this series tonight - they did such a great job bringing these two to life ♥️ 2w
arlenefinnigan Haven't read any of these yet - I really liked the Casual Vacancy so I should give them a go 2w
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The Other | Thomas Tryon
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After checking the votes numerous times, I can safely say that Tryon's book is the #NYRBBookClub selection for October. Thanks to @LeahBergen for varied & fascinating nominations. I believe this is the second month so far where the winning book has only had one more vote. In the future, if we end up with a tie for first, then the person who nominated the book will vote as tie-breaker. Thanks to everyone for another successful round of voting!

sprainedbrain Yay for a creepy book for October! 🖤 2w
vivastory @sprainedbrain It's a good one! 2w
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sisilia I‘m so excited! 2w
vivastory @sisilia I think you'll really like it! 2w
merelybookish Can we add another person to the club? (Not to choose books but to read.) 2w
vivastory @merelybookish Yeah. Anyone can join in with the discussions, they just can't vote. 2w
Leftcoastzen Yay!I remember that old paperback cover! 2w
BarbaraBB Thanks @LeahBergen for the fab picks. I already ordered the Hamilton too 😀 2w
LeahBergen @BarbaraBB It sounds good, doesn‘t it? 😄 2w
LeahBergen @vivastory I last checked the totals this morning and then I was out all day. 😆😆 It was a close one! I wasn‘t sure if we were to vote on our own picks or not? 🤔 2w
BarbaraBB @LeahBergen I don‘t think so. Did you? 2w
LeahBergen @BarbaraBB I didn‘t (but then I wondered if we should in the event of a tie 🤷🏻‍♀️). 2w
BarbaraBB That‘s smart! It would be a perfect solution in that case, don‘t you think Scott? 2w
sisilia I ordered all three books @LeahBergen @vivastory @BarbaraBB 🙈 2w
Liz_M Yay! 2w
Billypar Is it too late to join NYRB bookclub? I've been having such reading envy of your picks and the discussions that follow. Thanks in advance! 🤞🤞 @mklong 2w
vivastory @Billypar It's open to anyone who wants to read along & join in the discussion. But the selection & voting is for the current members. I will open it back up for new members once we go through the current round. 2w
vivastory @BarbaraBB @LeahBergen The person who nominated the books doesn't vote, but if there's a tie then they can vote. 2w
Billypar Great, thanks! Looking forward to it ☺️ 2w
LeahBergen @vivastory Ahh, yes. I thought so! 👍🏻 2w
LeahBergen @sisilia You did? 😆😆👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2w
emilyhaldi Very excited about this one 🤗 I already own it but I placed a new #NYRB order anyways to nab the Hamilton as well 😅 @LeahBergen (edited) 2w
rubyslippersreads I know I read this years ago, and I vaguely remember a movie. But like @emilyhaldi I got the Hamilton too. 😊 2w
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Since novels as we know them don't exist in this world, I'm guessing I'd spend most of my free time watching "People Searching for Small Things They Lost." Although it'd get boring watching myself on TV for awhile, so I'd switch to "Arguments in Restaurants." ?

KathyWheeler This is the book I‘m picking up next. I‘d started it once but I own it and all my library books were coming due, so I put it down to read them. 2w
vivastory @KathyWheeler I hope you like it. I'm about 2/3 in & really enjoying it 👍 2w
KathyWheeler @vivastory I was enjoying it when I put it down to finish my library books. 2w
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The narrator of Winters' latest reminds me of Dale Cooper, albeit more jaded & more of a loner.