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This was just okay. A heartbreaking story, but the writing and the author‘s audio narration were both quite flat.

If you want to learn more about the FLDS church and the power of religious brainwashing, this will be interesting. But if you‘re looking first for an engaging memoir, I‘d skip it.

#triggerwarning #memoir #audiobook #audio #religion #cult

Reggie The part where they don‘t take the kid to the doctor because Jeff hadn‘t said so because they had to wait until they could talk to him from jail only to find out the kid had a broken back among other things. His mind control was CRAZY. 3mo
readtheworld @Reggie That was infuriating! I kept expecting her escape from the church to be prompted by one of those incidents (there were multiple!) 3mo
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This is a good, thick #fantasy book with an amazing world and a story that pays off. #TriggerWarning for both sexual abuse and misandrist violence. #IfYouLiked The Handmaid's Tale or the worldbuilding of Ursula K. Leguin, I highly recommend it. #ifyoulikedthisreadthis

(Pictured: Holly Lisle's own #worldbuilding notes @ https://hollylisle.com/tonk-stuff/.)

What Red Was | Rosie Price
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This is an amazing novel, but an aggressive examination of rape, so consider this a true trigger warning, something I don‘t normally do.
The rape was blunt and raw and aggressive (though not long or drawn-out) and so is the PTSD as described. It‘s a powerful book , but not for everyone. #belletristbooks #triggerwarning #audible

TrishB I thought it was a good read too. 3mo
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Just finished watching and in the final credits, who do I see but “Executive Producer Michael Chabon” (among others)! I now have mad respect for not only his writing but his part in this amazing production. If you can handle the subject matter, then I can‘t recommend this series enough. #triggerwarning #netflix

Link to the Pulitzer Prize winning article:

Slajaunie 😧 4mo
Kalalalatja I can highly recommend the book, too 4mo
MicheleinPhilly I haven‘t been able to get through the first episode. I really want to watch it but I need to be in the right head space. That first episode was awful. 😔 4mo
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cathysaid @Kalalalatja Stacking! 4mo
cathysaid @MicheleinPhilly I had to look away several times in the first episode. The following episodes are less visually graphic as the focus is on the investigation. Definitely don‘t try to watch if it‘s a trigger. Maybe read the book @Kalalalatja mentions above? 4mo
melbeautyandbooks This series was really well done. 4mo
cathysaid @melbeautyandbooks It was. Perfect casting. 4mo
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Loved this book. A young woman goes back to face her past. A story of heartbreak, trauma, and comebacks. ~sensitive subject, not too graphic, but definitely a trigger warning for this book due to the subject matter #luckiestgirlalive #jessicaknoll #heartbreak #trauma #thrilling #bookworm #triggerwarning

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Parable of the Sower | Octavia E. Butler
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#unpopularopinion #triggerwarning #animalviolence

I started this today. While the writing was captivating and the story is terrifyingly real for dystopian science fiction, something happens on page 44 which I‘ll put in a spoiler comment, and I‘m out. It‘s my line in the sand. The rest of the story was already making me uncomfortable and this was the last straw.

DGRachel A dog is shot and not instantly killed. I get why they shot the dog, but the animal suffers and I cannot cope with that. When added to all the nonchalant comments about rape and murder, it‘s just too much for me to deal with right now. I need happy. 9mo
VioletBramble I loved this book but, it‘s definitely not a happy book. It left me thinking about my survival plan if this scenario should actually occur. I looked up how to make bread out of acorns. I worry a lot in the current political climate in the US that these things in the book may come true. It‘s probably best that you don‘t read it right now. 9mo
Aimeesue @VioletBramble The acorn bread! I read this a decade ago, at least, and I remember that too, vividly. And I'm planting my yard with edible perennials; I joke that it's in case of zombie apocalypse, but political unrest is a disturbingly possible scenario too. Pro tip: you can eat hostas! 😁 9mo
VioletBramble @Aimeesue Hostas? If the apocalypse occurs when I‘m at my mother‘s house we‘ll be set for a while - she has her whole backyard ringed with hostas. 9mo
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24 Panels | Kieron Gillen, Alan Moore, Al Ewing, Alex De Campi
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I loved this graphic novel but it really did have some triggers for me personally. This novel is about PTSD in regards to a specific event and the way each story is told is unique. If you're looking for something different and real feeling this is a great read. Just be aware of triggers!!

After the Quake: Stories | Haruki Murakami
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Finished this book and was a big fan. The stories are so captivating and beautiful. I think my favorite was Thailand. These stories are set at the same time as the 1995 Kobe earthquake which was devastating to Japan so a lot of the stories are very dark or have dark undertones. So if you are easily triggered I'd pass on this book.
#bookreview #triggerwarning

Life After Life: A Novel | Kate Atkinson
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Time for Sunday‘s Life after Life buddy read discussion! Feel free to ask any questions you have here or make your own post! I‘m going to ask my question below because it is spoiler-y. #LAL2019 #BuddyRead #LifeAfterLife

Pruzy #TriggerWarning: Suicide - Suicide came up twice in this section, the first was when Ursula‘s mother passed away and the second was when Ursula decided to let the gas burn during the after war years. Why do you think Sylvie decided to end her life, and considering that Ursula is beginning to suspect that she can live life after life, do you think she knew it wasn‘t really the end? Dark questions, I know. 13mo
Ingerella These are such good questions! 13mo
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squirrelbrain I definitely agree that Ursula knows that the end wouldn‘t be ‘the end‘. In terms of Sylvie, I wonder if Ursula had inherited her condition / gift from Sylvie. Throughout the book so far I feel that Sylvie has had a curiously detached way of raising her children, other than Teddy, so maybe she knows that they are inheritors and therefore it doesn‘t matter what happens to them... 13mo
CoffeeNBooks @squirrelbrain Oh! Interesting thought about Sylvie also having the condition. I hadn't thought of that! 13mo
squirrelbrain Later in the fifth Armistice section (so difficult with these repetitive chapter names!) Ursula knows the names of the Shawcross children before they meet; ‘She was getting as good at keeping secrets as Sylvie‘ - could this also be a hint? Or if not, what are Sylvie‘ secrets?! 13mo
CoffeeNBooks As far as Sylvie's suicide, I wondered if at some point, we'll read where Ursula has changed that timeline so Sylvie doesn't commit suicide. 13mo
CoffeeNBooks @squirrelbrain I wrote in my notes for this week about Ursula getting as good at keeping secrets as Sylvie, and I'm very curious about what secrets Sylvie has! 13mo
daena @CoffeeNBooks I also wondered the same thing, how and if Ursula will try to change Sylvie‘s fate. Or if it is as you are mentioning @squirrelbrain (which I have been wondering myself too) is there some sort of unspoken understanding of both having this condition that neither Sylvie or Ursula can interfere in each other‘s life/lives in such a way. I agree there is so much more to Sylvie‘s story. Secrets yet uncovered. 13mo
Meaw_catlady @pruzy Interesting theory. Perhaps she left the gas on because she wanted to go back and get a chance to make things better for everyone including Sylvie. I just wondered why if she knew she could change things . Why she didn‘t change things sooner in that timeline. It seemed so bleak. 13mo
cobwebmoth I do think that Ursula knew it wouldn't be the end for herself, so it wasn't crucial for her to be careful. I'm not sure about Sylvie, but I'm enjoying all of your theories. 13mo
DivineDiana Great comments! I was shocked that Sylvie took her life! She always seemed so positive! Devastating! But now I‘m hopeful that there will be an alternate life. 🤔 As for Ursula, by this point, I expect her to start her life over again! 13mo
Laura317 I am enjoying all your comments! When Sylvia said she thought science made the world a worse place, do you think it had a deeper meaning? Or are we to take that at face value? 13mo
sblbooks I agree with @squirrelbrain and @daena I believe mother and daughter have the condition, and they both know the other has it. 13mo
Pruzy Wow, such interesting ideas from all of you! I didn‘t even consider that Sylvie might have the same ability! Once again I am looking forward to continuing reading this next week. 13mo
Pruzy @Laura317 Hmm, I didn‘t initially think that comment had more significance, but now that you are bringing it up I wonder if Sylvie has tried to get herself examined for her condition? However, considering how devastating the atomic bombs were, I think people thinking science made the world a worse place was a common sentiment after WW2 13mo
readordierachel Interesting discussion! It didn't even occur to me that Ursula was making a conscious decision with the gas. I totally read that as an accident. But now I'm wondering. It kind of makes sense; maybe she's subconsciously testing her limits. 13mo
Pruzy @readordierachel That‘s an interesting idea! 13mo
Dogearedcopy I carefully re-read "Peace | February 1947" and I think that we are actually witnessing what it is actually like for Ursula as a self-aware adult. I do not think the incident was a suicide (agreeing with @readordierachel on that reading,) but at the moment of transitioning, the language changes in the last full paragraph before "Darkness began to fall." The lack of panic, the change in perspective indicates just another episode. (edited) 13mo
Dogearedcopy As for Sylvie, out of all the children, she seems particularly attached to Teddy, expressing more distress over losing him or the thought of losing him at other points than with her other children, so it did not surprise me that she would have chosen death on Teddy's bed. I just wonder *why* she feels this way about Teddy or doesn't feel that same connection with any or all of her other children. (edited) 13mo
Pruzy @Dogearedcopy Interesting ideas! Thanks for rereading the section to see if you could verify our crazy ideas 13mo
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Lolita | Vladimir Nabokov
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Up next after my Obama and Trump comparison is a book with a major #TriggerWarning LOLITA. Going to give it a try and see if I can make it through. Remember hes around 40....shes 12.

BarbaraBB I know, but it‘s such a great book nevertheless! 13mo
AmyG Excellent book. 13mo
jessinikkip So far its been good, on page 20. Due to sone stuff in my past, I expected this to be a hard book to read, but Im willing to give it a chance because of how many people have said its a must read 13mo
j9brown I wish I could read it but just thinking about it makes me feel ill 😬 Maybe I'll tackle something else by that author instead someday. 13mo
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