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mariaku21
Done and Dusted | Lyla Sage
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I love a slow-burn romance but it's been a while since I've read one that I enjoyed from opening line to the last one.
Her Emmy and Brooks had me hooked. Sage has a great way of writing that really showed through the more I read, even as I tried hard to pace myself, but this one was too good and it gave me what I needed.

#pantone2024 #24in24 #taylorswiftreadingchallenge

I can't wait for my library hold for the next one.

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Reggie
The Trees: A Novel | Percival Everett
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Book #5 in #24in24. The writing gymnastics one has to have to have dry, witty and humorous, dialogue while still having this important weight of horrible history hanging over it is astounding. I found laughs bubbling through me on one page only to be so angry and sad on the next. The care certain characters got in here when it came to their murders while there was a whole century of people who sometimes didn‘t even get names to their bodies,👇🏼

Reggie infuriating. This book is just brilliant. Pick! (edited) 2mo
batsy I'm in awe of what he did with this book and have no clue how he was able to do it. Just brilliant. 2mo
Reggie @batsy the names were hilarious. Governor Pinched Wheyface. Pick. L. Dill. What killed me was how accurately he captured the outrageousness of characters, that made me laugh. They seemed like a caricature, the exaggeration, BUT he wasn‘t wrong. And because he wasn‘t wrong I felt like I shouldn‘t have laughed because how much those characters have done in real life. He has me tumbling over myself. 2mo
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batsy @Reggie "Tumbling over myself" is such a good way to describe how it was to read it. So true!!! 2mo
JamieArc Brilliant is exactly the word I use to describe this author. 2mo
Aimeesue Such a great book. The names! Just brilliant. 2mo
Tamra Isn‘t it fantastic?! Such creativity! If you haven‘t already, I recommend reading 2mo
BarbaraBB Loved all I read by him. Brilliant indeed! 2mo
Jas16 I loved this book and have and have not stopped recommending it to people since I read it. Great review. 2mo
youneverarrived I need to read this! Great review. I‘d recommend So Much Blue too by the same author if you haven‘t already read it 🩵 2mo
Ruthiella Agree, this book makes you laugh and cry. The balance is amazing. It‘s a masterpiece. 2mo
Centique I loved this too. Great review Reggie! 😍🙌 2mo
Reggie @JamieArc @BarbaraBB @Jas16 @Ruthiella @Centique It reads so easy all the while he‘s Trojan horsing you. It was amazing. 2mo
Reggie @Tamra I definitely want to read that one. My parents loved the movie. 2mo
Reggie @youneverarrived I have read that one. The part about him being in El Salvador all those years later and he meets that father again whose son he helped bury all those years ago. Gets me every time I think about it. I need to read more of him. 2mo
Reggie @Aimeesue Junior Junior, Triple J, Pinched Wheyface was my favorite, Pick L. Dill, Mister Mister. There was a lot of fun being had. 2mo
vivastory Just know that mentally I am sending you a link for the Daniel Bryant “Yes! Yes! Yes!“ GIF Fantastic review, friend. This is such a great book & I still think about it 1mo
Reggie @vivastory Thank you, Scott.Lolol I had to go look that gif up. Hilarious. Part of the style in here, it reminded me of Brian Evenson a little. 1mo
Rissreads I‘m excited to read this one 1mo
Suet624 This was the first of his that I had read and I couldn‘t believe I had never heard of him before. Just as you say, I was amazed at how he made me laugh and be horrified page by page. 3w
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hes7
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#bookreport

read:
—17 books
—3 out of 9 forecasted
—all on audio
—5⭐️ for flight of the raven, signal moon + this spells love #botm

reading:
—? a curse so dark and lonely #24in24
—?? evelina #randomclassics #serial
—?? les misérables #serial
—? sarai
— ? the wonderland trials

Suet624 Impressive! 2mo
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Reggie
Camp Damascus | Chuck Tingle
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Book # 4 for #24in24. This made me sad. I hate when kids are the victims of adult bigotry. We follow Rose Darling a 20yo member of The Kingdom of the Pine religion. Their claim to fame is Camp Damascus, a conversion camp with major results. It‘s funny because most of the book doesn‘t even take place there but it is no less compelling. Rose Darling starts to see scary apparitions and throws up mayflies every so often. What could be wrong? Pick!

Jas16 What could be wrong indeed? You always make me curious about books I know I should never read. 2mo
Bookzombie Great review! 2mo
Reggie @Jas16 one day I will convince you to come to the dark side! 😁 2mo
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Reggie @Bookzombie I thought of you when they tell that Saul he was in a cult. He says we don‘t believe in anything that crazy. We‘re just like all the other religions with just small differences on how we interpret a book. AND the game the mom played with her giving Rose the scenarios around the neighborhood. What a sicko! 2mo
vivastory Lol love your see no evil hear no evil speak no evil zombies 2mo
Reggie @vivastory I‘m trying to keep it fresh with these rotting zombies. 🧟 🧟‍♀️ 🧟‍♂️ 2mo
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julieclair
The Mystery at Lilac Inn | Carolyn Keene
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Whew! My head is spinning over all the wild and crazy things that happened to Nancy Drew in this book! Lots of fun!
#NancyDrewBR @Librarybelle #SeriesLove2024 @Andrew65 @TheSpineView #24in24 @Jas16

Librarybelle So much in this one! 2mo
TheSpineView Fantastic! 2mo
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julieclair
Cooking for Picasso | C A Belmond, Camille Aubray
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Fascinating, dual timeline family saga, exploring the ways a young woman‘s acquaintance with Pablo Picasso during the summer of 1936 influences successive generations of her family for years to come. Excellent storytelling, plus I learned quite a bit about Picasso and his art. Now I want to visit a Picasso museum. And the south of France! Another excellent pick by @TheBookHippie for #SundayBuddyRead !
#24in24 @Jas16

Jas16 Wow you are making incredible progress! 2mo
julieclair @Jas16 No, just catching up on reviews from books I read in January! 😉 2mo
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julieclair
Carnegie's Maid: A Novel | Marie Benedict
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Why would Andrew Carnegie, the ruthless industrialist, use the bulk of his huge fortune to improve educational opportunities for poor immigrants? This speculative historical fiction novel provides one possible reason, immersing the reader in an engaging upstairs/downstairs type tale. The details of Andrew Carnegie‘s life, and also those of his Irish immigrant maid, Clara, are fascinating and feel well-researched. ⬇️

julieclair I really enjoyed this wonderfully entertaining and informative read. #24in24 #Pantone2024 (Spicy Mustard) #ReadTheUSA2024 (Pennsylvania) @Jas16 @aperfectmjk @BarbaraBB 2mo
BarbaraBB Great color combination 💛 2mo
Jas16 This sounds really good. 2mo
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Deblovestoread
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My first finish off my #24in24 list. #52Bookclub24 #MagicalRealism The story was ok but the descriptions of Italy were fantastic. I‘m ready to book my flight.

Crazeedi It sounds amazing, I will looked for this one. My Italian friend tells me the Amalfi coast is the most beautiful of Italy and that's saying something because it's all beautiful. My dream to go there 2mo
Librarybelle I‘ve heard too that this one is just okay. But, gotta love a book that makes you want to go to the setting! 2mo
Jas16 I have been curious about this one. Great job! 2mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2mo
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Reggie
Lone Women: A Novel | Victor LaValle
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Book 3 of #24in24. Sooooo there was a lot of nyuhhh nyuhhh grinding teeth chewing the side of my check thinking about this book because I loved the first half. But then he has identity after identity after identity show up. Just give them a little bit more than “I‘m this identity.” lol idk. I felt some of the characters were shortchanged. Adelaide, a Black woman, flees to Montana in the early 1900s to homestead and hide. Little does she know👇🏼

Reggie it‘ll take community to pull you through sometimes. And that which you hate about yourself sometimes becomes this uncontrollable monster that has disastrous consequences. Pick…. (edited) 3mo
Crazeedi Nice review! 3mo
BkClubCare Great review 3mo
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Jas16 Great review and you are making excellent progress through your stack! 2mo
Megabooks Fantastic review! I‘ve been on the fence about this one, but you make me want to read it!! 2mo
Reggie @Crazeedi @BkClubCare @Jas16 @Megabooks Thanks! I‘m excited because I found a fright night bookclub in Albuquerque at one of their libraries and this is the book they‘ll be discussing this Thursday. I‘ll be going. 2mo
Centique Oh wow - enjoy the Book Club Reggie. Hope this one has some kindred spirits. 👻🧛🏼‍♂️🧙‍♀️ 2mo
Reggie @Centique I had a great time at bookclub. Most surprising were two people who were differently abled, wheel chaired people who shocked the hell out of me with their interpretation of the “monster” in here. There were 8 of us and it was a lovely, lively time with a bunch of laughs thrown in. 2mo
Centique @Reggie i am so glad to hear that! People you can laugh with as well as who can surprise you make the best kind of book club. 😍 2mo
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Reggie
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Boom. 2nd book off of #24in24. Thanks @Jas16 for this signed book for Xmas and thanks @CarolynM for the nudge to read it. Rikker walks in to the locker room of the hockey team he just transferred to and no one is more shocked than Graham as they have a shared history that has haunted him. Queer hockey romance that at times felt like horror because of the prison Graham builds for himself by being in the closet. This was sweet and, of course, 👇🏼

Reggie I cried. Pick! 3mo
ShyBookOwl I see Camp Damascus in the shot. Have u read it yet?? It's pretty high on my TBR! 3mo
intothehallofbooks I love everything I‘ve read by Sarina Bowen! 3mo
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Lesliereadsalot Shark Heart is so good! 3mo
Jas16 Yay! So glad that you liked it! She has written other gay hockey romances and they are all really good. (edited) 3mo
Reggie @ShyBookOwl not yet, this stack of books is my TBR for a challenge this year where we pick 24 books to read off our bookshelf. I‘m just gonna keep taking pictures of the books I read off of it until it gets down to zero books. But I loved Tingle‘s Straight novella so I have high hopes for Camp Damascus. 3mo
Reggie @intothehallofbooks Yeah, I think this is my 3rd book by her and they‘re always good. 3mo
Reggie @Lesliereadsalot I have heard nothing but good stuff about it. 3mo
ShyBookOwl @Reggie Awesome! I hope to make it a summer read 3mo
CarolynM Glad you enjoyed😀 I just love Johnny Rikker. If you‘re interested there‘s a follow up novella called Yesterday in 3mo
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