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The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires
The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires: A Novel | Grady Hendrix
Fried Green Tomatoes and Steel Magnolias meet Dracula in this Southern-flavored supernatural thriller set in the '90s about a women's book club that must protect its suburban community from a mysterious and handsome stranger who turns out to be a blood-sucking fiend. Patricia Campbell had always planned for a big life, but after giving up her career as a nurse to marry an ambitious doctor and become a mother, Patricia's life has never felt smaller. The days are long, her kids are ungrateful, her husband is distant, and her to-do list is never really done. The one thing she has to look forward to is her book club, a group of Charleston mothers united only by their love for true-crime and suspenseful fiction. In these meetings, they're more likely to discuss the FBI's recent siege of Waco as much as the ups and downs of marriage and motherhood. But when an artistic and sensitive stranger moves into the neighborhood, the book club's meetings turn into speculation about the newcomer. Patricia is initially attracted to him, but when some local children go missing, she starts to suspect the newcomer is involved. She begins her own investigation, assuming that he's a Jeffrey Dahmer or Ted Bundy. What she uncovers is far more terrifying, and soon she--and her book club--are the only people standing between the monster they've invited into their homes and their unsuspecting community.
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Doppoetry
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The pacing and quirky writing style was engaging. The treatment of the housewives in this novel was terrible and the men in this book ranged from irritating to downright disgusting. I can't say I enjoyed the multiple SAs in this book, but aside from that, the horror element was handled really well. The ending feels unsatisfying because the threat was dealt with but wasn't permanently ended. I still can't tell if the SA was *REALLY* necessary--

Doppoetry or if it was peppered in for shock value. Overall I enjoyed it but a lot of things I personally didn't care for.

I think it's very important to establish things like that in horror from the getgo (I am a huge horror fan but I also know how plenty of authors love to put shocking things for the shock value and use 'horror' as an excuse)
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Doppoetry I also feel like the book would have been a lot more suspenseful if the reader hadn't known that the main antagonist was a vampire from the start but had learned it along with the MC. 1mo
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Doppoetry
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#Bookreport

📚Currently reading:

📕A Feast for Crows
📕The Goblin Emperor
📙The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires

Progress:

Finished Dr. Moreau and a short story this week. Made some progress with the tagged book. Hoping to get through it faster this upcoming week. Hoping to hop back into TGE and the rest this upcoming week as well.

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Billypar
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#TuesdayTunes
There are a couple decades in between my two most recent favorite albums, and they are not remotely similar except both were clearly labors of love. I also enjoy albums where every song doesn't sound the same - there's a lot of variety in both of these.
Thanks for starting this @TieDyeDude - I'm always curious what people are listening to 🎶

merelybookish I am clearly not her demographic but I love Olivia Rodrigo. My daughter and I listen to this album a lot. 4mo
Billypar @merelybookish Yeah, I'm also a bit far from her demographic I'd say 😅 But I guess that speaks to how good of an album it is. The songs have been playing on repeat in my head for awhile. 4mo
KathyWheeler I love that Arrested Development album. I haven‘t listened to Olivia Rodrigo. 4mo
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BarbaraBB I don‘t know Olivia Rodrigo but coming from you I trust that I‘ll love it. Like I love Arrested Development 🩶 4mo
TieDyeDude Thanks for playing. @WildAlaskaBibliophile is a fan of Arrested Development. I haven't listened to much Olivia Rodrigo (her SNL performances didn't do much for me), but I might try her album. 4mo
Chrissyreadit I loved Arrested Development- and i should listen to Olivia Rodrigo and see what I think. 4mo
Billypar @KathyWheeler @BarbaraBB @Chrissyreadit I missed out on Arrested Development when they were popular but when I got to Tennessee I had one of those 'Ohhh... this song is them?!' moments. 4mo
Billypar @TieDyeDude I didn't see her SNL or Grammy's performances, but it wouldn't shock me if the studio versions are better. Vampire seems to me like a song you probably can't help overdoing live (and at karaoke for sure). 4mo
AmyG I just love her song Bad Idea, Right? She is awesome. (edited) 4mo
TheKidUpstairs Arrested Development is one of those bands that I totally forget just how great they are, and then have so much fun being reminded. What a great album. I only learned recently that Dionne Farris featured on People Everyday! 4mo
TheKidUpstairs And I join you in the Olivia Rodrigo love, her music is perfect for blasting in the car and singing at the top of your lungs! 4mo
Billypar @AmyG Yeah, that's the song that's in my head the most - very addictive! 4mo
Billypar @TheKidUpstairs I don't know Dionne Farris - I'll have to give her a try. I do confess to singing Olivia Rodrigo in my car (I should probably probably not 😅). 4mo
Billypar @TheKidUpstairs Ohhhhh - I love this song! I never knew who did it. Same thing as with Tennessee, actually. 4mo
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Violetsunrise84
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I ended my Goodreads Challenge with a book about vampires. The story is not what I expected. I guess I was a bit disappointed by that. It satisfied the criteria for a horror novel but I hated the husband more than I disliked the antagonist. Over all, the story was okay. I really liked the ending though. #thesouthernbookclubsguidetoslayingvampires #gradyhendrix

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Violetsunrise84

This man knew exactly what to do. I swear the husbands in this book are so naive. #thesouthernbookclubsguidetoslayingvampires

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Violetsunrise84

I like this character for now. I have a feeling that my opinion on him may change, but he also sounds kind of cute if he turns out to be some type of vampire, that would be hilarious.

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Violetsunrise84

I really like the 90s references.

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Ddzmini
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So I enjoyed this and found the phrasing different making it a good read. It‘s not a typical vampire book and I really liked that aspect. It has that stepford wives perspective with a vampire in the mix… interesting and enjoyable… Although I would have enjoyed it more with some strong female attitude as it was more go along with the flow rather than take charge of the situation still enjoyable.

Reggie Oh man, I wanted to punch the husbands in here. Especially when he was like-apologize to him. 7mo
Ddzmini Reggie I know ow right 7mo
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Ddzmini
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Starting this now 🧛🏻‍♀️

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Bklover
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Well, this was interesting. I didn‘t really relate to the characters, but enjoyed the story. I know this was set in the 90‘s, but the way the women were treated seemed more 60‘s to me. Very gory, which I find oddly fascinating. Will probably read more of Grady Hendrix.
#TBRDeckofcards. #CastTheDie

IMASLOWREADER same for me kinda like true blood vibes 8mo
Bklover @IMASLOWREADER loved it except for the fact that those were not 90‘s women. ❤️❤️❤️ 8mo
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TLuvs
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TLuvs I was "entertained" with this title up until around the half way point. The last few chapters have so throughly disgusted me with the extreme male chauvinistic behaviors, gas lighting/mental abuse, invalidating of the wives, condescending tones, and physical abuse. I had to step away and breathe for a little. I seriously don't know if I'll finish. Nor if I'll read anything from GH again. 9mo
TLuvs Don't have much good to say but a definite case of not the author for this reader. 9mo
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PageShifter
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Mehso-so

I couldn't relate to characters and I hated how husbands treated their wives. I think my problem with this book was that this was concentrating on housewives' every day problems and fights and not on vampires. This wasn't a horror story for my taste.

I loved the writing style though!

#SummerEndReadathon

TheSpineView Excellent!👍📖📚 9mo
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ShelleyBooksie
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Pickpick

I'm still collecting my thoughts on this one. It's propulsive and entertaining, but I'm not sure how I feel about the ending.

TheLudicReader So many icky moments in this one. Loved it 10mo
dabbe Look at da sweet pup! 🖤🐾🖤 10mo
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Lin3han
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“She‘d had a left earlobe all her life and suddenly, it was gone. It felt like a friend had died.” I‘m sorry but that is one of the funniest sentences I‘ve ever read.

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NomNoms
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Pickpick

I loved this book. It was fun, scary, gory, and fantastic. It had all the elements to keep you wanting more, with a not so subtle reminder that classism, racism, and sexism are still very much alive and well in America.

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Bigcountry15
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This was an entertaining quick read. The pacing was perfect for this story. When a newcomer starts causing problems, the women of the book club must come together and overcome their traditional roles and expectations to put a stop to it. Very suspenseful and certainly gory in some spots.

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ShyBookOwl
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I would love to be part of a book club that picks monthly themes, rather than a specific book. I think it would be so interesting to chat about a broad theme within the framework of a bunch of books that handle that theme differently. Plus, its a great way to hear about more books! I don't have the social energy to start a book club, but if this exists and u know of it, please let me know 😅

BookmarkTavern What kind of themes? This sounds like a really cool idea? 1y
ShyBookOwl @ozma.of.oz I'm thinking more specific than a genre, but stuff u can know from the back cover and is broad enough to play out many ways. Like, set in a hidden/secret place, or deals with the loss of a parent, or takes place across 2 timelines or on 2 continents. I'm spit-balling, but that's where my head is at 1y
Soubhiville I have a bookclub like that. We mostly meet virtually, US central time zone. April we will be in person, but our May topic is “it‘s the end of the world as we know it.” Meeting on May 20th. If you‘re interested email me, magicbelly@gmail, we‘d love to have you attend a meeting and see if you‘d like to join us 🙂. 1y
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ShyBookOwl @ozma.of.oz Some of that is maybe too broad, but I think the idea would be to explore and learn about multiple books with one thing in common, through spoiler-free chats. That way, ppl can find more books in their wheelhouse or even expand their wheelhouse by encountering a theme they wouldn't normally gravitate towards 1y
ShyBookOwl @Soubhiville That's awesome! I probably couldn't attend anything in person as I'm in Ontario, Canada BUT super interested in virtual meetings! I'll email u 😊 thank you!! 1y
Amiable That sounds like a great idea for a book club! 1y
Tamra That does sound like fun!! 1y
ShyBookOwl @Amiable @Tamra Right?! I have a hard time committing to a certain book at a certain time, especially if someone else picks it lol This is a much more freeing approach 1y
Tamra @ShyBookOwl totally agreed! I‘ve always wanted a book club where people just show up with books they‘ve read or are reading, a show & tell. Does anyone on Litsy do the theme idea? (edited) 1y
ShyBookOwl @Tamra Show & Tell is a great way of putting it! Book chat with a common theme to ground the convo 1y
Tamra @ShyBookOwl 👍🏾 1y
TEArificbooks I have a book club on Facebook where we get four prompts a month and you read two books that meet those prompts. Through out the month we talk about the prompts and what we are reading. And sometimes we talk about random book related things. This month we talked about school required reading. At the end of the month we list the books we picked are entered into a drawing for a prize. 1y
marleed I love your monthly theme idea! 1y
thegirlwiththelibrarybag What a fun idea! The library I work at do something similar - staff talk about a couple of books they‘ve read and then open the floor up to whoever is turned up - often lovely conversations flow! 1y
BookmarkTavern This sounds like a great idea! I don‘t have the mental bandwidth to run it, but I‘d definitely join in if someone started one! 😅 1y
Margot0817 I JUST started a book club on fb. We have about five women. Idk if we are doing themes but we are submitting books to vote on. 1y
ShyBookOwl @ozma.of.oz Same 😂 1y
ShyBookOwl @TEArificbooks oh that's neat!! 1y
ShyBookOwl @Margot0817 Ooooh enjoy! 1y
ShyBookOwl @marleed Me too 😅 thx 1y
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kera_11
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Omg this book was gnarly and gory. Bored housewives with shit husbands have a book club. New guy comes to town, rich, hot, but he‘s a vampire and he‘s spotted in the poorer, Black neighborhoods, where kids are going missing or brutally unaliving themselves. This book was quite a surprise & went so many places I didn‘t expect &maybe it didn‘t need to. Not sure how I feel about it, need to think. TW: SA, gore, suicide, systemic racism, sexism etc

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DinoMom
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Starting this one today. Not very holiday but oh well.

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Reading.w.Dee
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Pickpick

This story really grows its characters into becoming strong women and breaking the 'house wife' stigma.

Understanding this book was set back in the 1990's, I'm glad that it showed those stereotypes in a way that demonstrates how terrible and demeaning they are, while still throwing a fun twist on it as these women go outside their comfort zones to protect their families and their community.

#vampires #thriller #horror

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bookish6
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Panpan

This is one of the oddest vampire books I've ever read.
It was not bad, but not my favourite. It was a quick read though, i read it in two days.
The husband's are all the worst.

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Lizpixie
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Mehso-so

Bk14 of #Scarathlon #readathon is done! I finished this yesterday but not posting till now, so can‘t count it for the #20in4 which I‘ll be starting now. This was a so-so for me as the “do as your husband commands” part really p***ed me off, but the rest was pretty good. I loved the narrator though. #WordSearch #BodyCountBingo #LittenListenBingo #PromptMaze #31x31 #Spookaween #Pointsathon #WickedWords #BookspinBingo👇#TeamSlaughter 3,876pts

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ChaoticMissAdventures
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"He's a vegetarian, I don't think I've ever met one of those before."
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I have read that there is some racism in this, but then I saw that Bahni Turpin did the audio book, so I am going in with caution.

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Daisey
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Pickpick

This was a fun listen today and perfect for October! It‘s completely out of my normal reading wheelhouse, but I thoroughly enjoyed it for a change of pace.

#audiobook #AuthorAMonth
#DeweyOct #Readathon Book 3

tpixie Ah ha! There‘s my answer! 2y
Daisey @tpixie I don‘t necessarily think it‘s a book that will stick with me, but I definitely enjoyed it and would be willing to try another book by this author. 2y
tpixie @Daisey thanks! Right now what I‘m reading is making me so angry 😡 at Watson & Crick & Wilkins! I‘ve got to finish it today and try to shake it off before I host Book club at my house. I‘m also frantically running around trying to find places for things that are scattered about my house! I‘m not comfortable at hosting! 2y
Daisey @tpixie ooh, another Marie Benedict! 2y
tpixie Yes! 2y
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Daisey
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Good morning! I won‘t be reading for the readathon all day today, but I hope to do a decent amount and listen to most of this audiobook. I‘m starting it this morning while I work on a few things around the house.

#DeweyOct #Readathon #TBR

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Caterina
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My current #houseworkandaudiobook - seems fitting, as the main characters are housewives! An entertaining vibe for doing chores. 🫧🧛 And I'm finally making progress on #AuthorAMonth! 😊 #Scarathlon #Scarathlon2022 #TeamMonsterMash #Pointsathon #BookSpinBingo #OutstandingOctober #Readathon @Soubhiville @StayCurious @DieAReader @GHABI4ROSES @Andrew65

Andrew65 Sounds great. 2y
DieAReader Awesome!! 2y
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Lizthewiz
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This was October‘s pick for one of my book clubs. I liked it, had some unexpected salacious scenes towards the end of the book and very vivid, sometimes gory details. It‘ll make for an interesting discussion for sure.

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DHill
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I guess I‘m just not ever going to get the appeal of Grady Hendrix. My second book and my second pan.

#AuthorAMonth @Soubhiville

#TeamSlaughter #Scarathlon @Clwojick

IndoorDame I feel the same way! I know it‘s not a popular opinion but I‘ve sworn off of him. 2y
MoonWitch94 I nearly quit that book several times. It is unpopular, but I just don‘t like his style, I think. 2y
BookNAround This was the only one of his I‘ve read but it was enough for me to know I have no interest in more. 2y
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vlwelser
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Pickpick

I wish we had picked this for my book club. There's something about these ladies that reminds me of my book squad. This might be my new favorite Hendrix.

#AuthorAMonth @Soubhiville

#BookSpinBingo @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 2y
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Emilymdxn
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Hey there @BookwormAHN 🥰 here‘s your spooky #trappedonanisland list for October!

BookwormAHN Nice choices, thanks 👻 2y
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robinb
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LOL.

🧡🖤🧡🖤🧡🖤

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Blh87
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Mehso-so

I really enjoyed the writing, but the story moved a little slow for me. It may have been my fault, because I read two other books while reading this one, but I think the pace could have been picked up a bit. It was also a much heavier book than I anticipated, so I‘ll need to find something a bit lighter next!

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StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego
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Pickpick

A low pick. I was in the mood for something light and whimsical. This started out that way, but then took a turn. Not a bad thing, just not quite what I was in the mood for.

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Also I really hated the husbands, and it took too long for all the ladies to get on board and help/believe Patricia 2y
Emilymdxn I loved this book but I can see why it wasn‘t quite the vibe for what you were looking for! The husbands annoyed me so much too 2y
Reggie Yes to punching all the husbands in the face. 2y
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Blh87
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Started this a few days ago! I‘ve heard good things, and so far, I am enjoying it.

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LeafingThroughLife
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Pickpick

This will be my second time calling one of Grady Hendrix‘s comic satire of a horror book fun which seems weird but this book was…fun. I love how, like in Horrorstor, Hendrix has put his very otherwise ordinary characters to work fighting evil - not only the storybook evil of vampires but the more insidious evils of racism and misogyny that unfortunately plague our day to day lives.

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“I think,” Grace said, and they sat up straighter, “that it shows a remarkable lack of planning on Betty‘s part. If you are going to murder your best friend with an axe, you should make sure you know what you‘re doing.”

Jeansandatshirt I am a mood reader, and I like psychological thrillers. So let me say that the writing is excellent - vivid description, likable characters. So much to love! Also - vivid description! Ugh yucky poo! So I prefer the less graphic in my old age maybe? I‘m not saying I won‘t pick it up in the future! Limited reading time means I‘m pickier about what I read, so moving on - for now! 2y
ShyBookOwl I ADORED this one. You're right, some of the descriptions made me squirm which is REALLY RARE for a horror fan like me. I did it on audio then bought the hardcover for my shelf lol Great story with rich characters 2y
Jeansandatshirt Hmmm - I wonder if I‘d do better listening? I have such a hard time maintaining interest anymore! Stress and just life “stuff,” I think! 2y
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Monica5 😂😂 Me, too 😂😂 2y
BookmarkTavern A cousin once asked for recs on Facebook and I left a 500 word comment. 😅😅😅 (edited) 2y
Suet624 @ozma.of.oz same. 😂😂 2y
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GypsyKat
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Pickpick

Not my favorite of his books, but still a good read.

Gnora Grady Hendrix uses he/him pronouns. 2y
AmyG Ha…this was my favorite. 2y
MelissaSue81 Definitely my fave from him!! 2y
GypsyKat @Gnora my bad, I didn‘t realize. 2y
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GypsyKat
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I love when hardcovers have little details like this, also this green color is giving me life right now! 😍

5feet.of.fury I haven‘t found anything good under a slipcover in a while! That is a cute minty green too 2y
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GypsyKat
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Reading in the shade. 🥰

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks It‘s so hot here!!! I‘m ready for fall reading on my porch! Enjoy your day! 2y
GypsyKat @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks it‘s hot here too, we gave up and came inside to read in the air conditioning 😅 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @GypsyKat I don‘t blame you 😂 2y
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guidosophia
Mehso-so

I liked my best friends exorcism better but this book was also very entertaining. took a while to get to the action which made it a little slow but i still enjoyed it

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Cortg
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Pickpick

The title pretty much sums up the story. It takes place in Mt. Pleasant, SC outside Charleston and it was genuinely a fun audio to listen to. Sometimes you just need a story about book club ladies and a vampire.

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suvata
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Pickpick

It‘s not often that I come across a truly funny, horror novel but this one definitely fit the bill.

Patricia Campbell is a typical Southern housewife. She belongs to a book club solely devoted to true crime and murder mysteries. The arrival of the handsome stranger, James Harris, causes the women to piece together a deadly puzzle about deaths in the area. To protect their families, they take care of the problem in a proper-Southern manner.

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AVChrista
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Enjoying the Spring weather. Looking forward to meeting southern vamps.

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peacegypsy
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A Southern read always cheers me.

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BookLineNSinker
Pickpick

I finished this one up and boy did I love it. I didn't give The Final Girl's Support Group much of a chance but I really loved the tagged book so I'm going to try the other again. It was funny, thoughtful, timely, and relatable. I could help but think that maybe the vampire part is a nod to the opioid epidemic but that's my line of work talking... Loved it!
🌟🌟🌟🌟

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paperwitchs
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Pickpick

Just picked this up about an hour ago on my flight back from Connecticut, a quick horror read I ended up really enjoying. I have to do a total review soon, even though I‘m 3 years late 😭 #horror #quickreads

Booksarelifeaddict Loved that book he‘ one of my favorites 😊 2y
paperwitchs @Booksarelifeaddict I think Grady is becoming a new fave author 2y
Nute 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.🤗
2y
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