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lele1432
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Audio loan didn't come back until yesterday, which was perfect because I was able to finish this & have it count towards the #WinterGames! Glad I finally read it. Obscene, creepy, & will make you think of Christmas in a different light lol. Filled with kids & adults doing horrific things & showcases a frightening innocence that does not discern evil from fun. Kate Mulgrew's narration really brought this to life. #HolidayRead #TMSkellington 4⭐️s

lele1432 Using the non-movie tie-in cover as my #WinterReadsBingo for Ugly Cover lol. #PopSugarReadingChallenge #PopSugar2019 #Pop19 Read in season it‘s set it (edited) 7d
Crimson613 26pts! Honestly, this sounds like something i'd be into :00 (edited) 6d
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lele1432
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Missed the post office yesterday before leaving town, so this will be sent to @rachelm first thing in the morning!

Wholly different from what I was expecting, this short novel proved to be an important work in its own right. Its strength was the use of surrealism to convey the truths & nuances of present-day issues on the topic of immigration; bridging cultures & languages. The translator's note was very informative! 4⭐️s #LMPBC #Round7 #GroupI

Carolyn11215 Sounds amazing! Can‘t wait to read it! 1w
lele1432 @Carolyn11215 I hope you enjoy it! It took some getting used to, and as the translator notes at the end, it's non-standard and colloquial. And just a heads up, there are no quotations used. But there came a point when everything "clicked" and I was like, okay, I get what the author's doing with this and the themes he's conveying. Can't wait to hear your thoughts! 1w
rachelm Exciting! I‘ll keep my eyes open for it! 1w
lele1432 #PopSugarReadingChallenge #PopSugar2019 #Pop19 Zodiac Sign or Astrology Term in Title 7d
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4thhouseontheleft
Otherworld | Jason Segel, Kirsten Miller
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Mehso-so

Well, this was an interesting concept, but not the greatest execution. The MC, Simon, really got on my nerves, I actually wish the book had been written from Kat‘s POV. I don‘t think I will be reading the other books in the series.

It is my FINAL ✔️ for #popsugar2019! 🎉🎉 This fills the #LitRPG prompt. Also #BBRC #TeenAngst : not appropriate for MG (violence)

#MountTBR #pop19

LibrarianRyan Yeahhh 2w
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lele1432
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A pretty insightful history of how the last shipment of slaves landed in the U.S. #TIL when these slaves were freed and denied the option to go back to Africa, they banded together, worked hard and saved their money to be able to purchase land from their previous slave owner, who wouldn't even give them a discount. 4⭐️s #NFNov #PopSugarReadingChallenge #PopSugar2019 #Pop19 #PublishedPosthumously

rsteve388 9 pts 2w
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lele1432
Salt Slow | Julia Armfield
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Loved! 4.25⭐️s! Continuing my mini-reviews of each story below & in comments.

Smack: Armfield's strength at writing gross, yet captivating descriptions with a sense of foreboding is on full display here. A woman going through a divorce barricades herself inside the beach house where a smack of jellyfish continuously invade the shore, bursting open.

Cassandra After: A woman is visited by her dead girlfriend in this sad tale of shame & regret.👇🏽

lele1432 Formerly Feral: Could not be a more accurate title! Grotesque, unsettling, and filled with olfactory details that will make you want to shower immediately, this was a strange tale about an unlikely pair of sisters. (edited) 3w
lele1432 Granite: Slightly depressing. A woman ignores unsolicited opinions from other women and chooses between solitude and love on her own terms. 3w
lele1432 Salt Slow: A pregnant woman gives birth while living out at sea with her boyfriend, surrounded by monsters in some post-apocalyptic altered present. Great example of writing that shows rather than tells. 3w
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4thhouseontheleft
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I think this is what I will read next. It‘s been on my #botm backlist, plus it fills the #twofemaleauthors prompt for #pop19, #anothercountry for #nonfiction2019 and works for #NFNov.

What say you, Littens?

I‘m in a race to finish #popsugar2019 before the #pop20 list comes out. 😂

SheReadsAndWrites I love this photo ❤️ 4w
Lauram I really liked this book. (edited) 4w
Riveted_Reader_Melissa Looks like all great reasons to me! It‘s that time of the year where things have to count for multiple categories 😂 4w
rsteve388 1 pt 3w
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lele1432
Nothing to See Here | Kevin Wilson
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Hilarious! I am kicking myself for not getting this #BOTM pick, but now I'll get it as my bday freebie. I loved the MC, Lillian. Her humor was just what I needed! Bittersweet at times, this quirky novel showcases a wide variety of bad parenting lol, but ends on a hopeful note. I never knew combustible kids could be so fun! If you like quirky humor with a side of absurdity, I don't think you'll be disappointed. The #audio is fantastic! 4.5⭐️s!

Rachel.Rencher I had reservations about this one but now I think I need to grab it! 1mo
Lynnsoprano Just read the review of this in the Washington Post this morning. Hi definitely need to read it! 1mo
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lele1432 @Rachel.Rencher I know what you mean. The description sounded so...out there lol. And I typically don't do magical realism. But I have to hand it to Wilson, his writing made everything seem so normal! I hope you like it! 1mo
lele1432 @Lynnsoprano I was so pleasantly surprised! I've never read him before, but I actually have his other one from BOTM and just never got to it. Now I want to bump it up my TBR! 1mo
vivastory I've been meaning to read him for years 1mo
Andrew65 A great time, well done. 👏👏👏 1mo
lele1432 @vivastory he just may be a new favorite of mine in this quirky genre! 1mo
lele1432 @Andrew65 thanks!!😊 1mo
MrBook Awesome! 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 1mo
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lele1432
Dear Haiti, Love Alaine | Maika Moulite, Maritza Moulite
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Absolutely♥️this! A tale of human nature where nothing is quite what it seems. Alaine is a hilarious, snarky MC who must come to terms w/ complicated family dynamics & a life that will never be the same. Steeped in rich Haitian culture & history, family curses, a charity start-up, & commentary on sometimes problematic foreign aid, this was a most enjoyable reading experience. The Great Bahni Turpin narrated & I highly recommend the audio! 4.5⭐️s!

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lele1432
Sleepless Nights | Elizabeth Hardwick
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Pickpick

Just realized I never reviewed this. Probably between a pick and so-so, but I'm going with a pick because the parts I enjoyed were pretty luminous. Other sections were less engaging, but overall I found this group of memories that go back and forth through time to be interesting. I appreciated Hardwick's eye for acute observation! 3⭐️s #NYRBClub #NYRB #Classics #PopSugarReadingChallenge #PopSugar2019 #Pop19 #BookWithUnconventionalChapters

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lele1432
Recursion | Blake Crouch
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Wow, I think I liked this even more than Dark Matter! The 1st half was a little bogged down by the science of what created FMS, but around pg 200 the action & suspense ratchets up & this mind-bender ultimately shows how humans can take a good thing & use it for cataclysmic disaster. Face-meltingly scary stuff. How willing are we to accept pain in life with the good? Are we really living if we have "cheat codes"? This needs to be a film! 4⭐️s!??

lele1432 I will say I had to switch from the audio to print. The male narrator, who also did Dark Matter, was good, but the added female narrator was almost robotic and really took away from Helena's POV. I flew through the pages once I switched. 1mo
TheReadingMermaid 🧟‍♀️ 1mo
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lele1432 Crouch plays some #Tricks with time in this one. #FallIsBooked. @OriginalCyn620 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks (edited) 1mo
Andrew65 Sounds great, well done 👏👏👏 1mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I‘ve got to read this one!!! 1mo
lele1432 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I hope you do, I thought it was really good! 1mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @lele1432 there are so many 😳🤣 1mo
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