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Hestapleton

Hestapleton

Joined May 2016

Writer. Editor. Storyteller. Voracious reader.
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A Place for Us | Liza Gyllenhaal
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Mehso-so

Nothing stunning. A cozy setting with family drama involving a sexual assault. This story could have been much deeper than it was, but it felt very surface level with a nice tidy ending. This is one topic that I do want to see portrayed grittily and Gyllenhaal couldn‘t get there. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

mdm139 Pretty cover though 7h
Hestapleton @mdm139 I know right?! So cozy. 7h
OnlyYoo Oh geez I saw cozy family and I was like oh that‘s nice. And then I saw sexual assault and it went from nice to sour hella quick 5h
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The German Midwife | Mandy Robotham
Mehso-so

This was good, but not great. The premise was interesting, and the ending suspenseful, but nothing carried this book into spectacular. The past/present chapters were confusing and probably not necessary. The story would have been smoother if told chronologically instead of back and forth. #netgalley ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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My final stats are definitely not what I wanted to see. I think I bit off more than I could chew this round, coupled with some depression and a reading slump that made it hard to stay on track. BUT I did read more Netgalley books than I probably would have otherwise, I‘m focusing on more veggies in our meals and I‘m walking a lot more. It might not be the progress I had in mind, but it‘s progress all the same! #brcr3 #bookdragons

wanderinglynn I think those looks like some pretty good stats. 🙌🏻 Maybe it‘s not what you wanted, but take a minute to celebrate what you did accomplish. 🎉👏🏻 Way to go! 3d
IndoorDame A lot of hard work went into those stats! Way to go! 👏👏🎉🎉 3d
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Mehso-so

I‘ve never had a child or lost a child and I think that made this book harder for me. Grief is slippery and so is this novel. As the speaker converses with her dead son about language and the nature time, I found myself getting lost. A good character introspection, but if plot-driven novels are your jam, skip this one. #netgalley Book 6/12 for #bfcr3 ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Jensen has an easy, gripping way of writing. It felt like sitting back with an old friend and a drink, catching up on his life over the past few years. The middle was a little disjointed—I had a hard time keeping track of all of the different cases. The ending was a bit more “call to action” than I like from nonfiction, but I get it. If you watch a lot of Investigations Discovery at night, this is for you. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ #netgalley Book 5/12 for #bfcr3

CoffeeK8 I really enjoyed this book 2w
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Sneaking in some early alone time on my day off with coffee, true crime and rambunctious kitten.

AlaMich I see everything but the kitten in this pic...🤔😉 2w
Hestapleton @AlaMich hahaha that‘s because he knew I was mad at him for knocking over my first cup of coffee on the carpet before I got to drink any. 🙃 2w
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The Chain | Adrian McKinty
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Mehso-so

I love holiday weekends and time for long reading stretches. This was a little overhyped, in my opinion. The concept is fascinating and it has twisty and propelling moments. But the first half of the book got boring pretty quickly. It was good, but not spectacular. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Mehso-so

My last book for #booked2019 summer! I chose this for genre busting, since it‘s fiction trapped very well inside a nonfiction guise. That said, this wasn‘t my cup of tea. I don‘t think historical murders are my thing. But I liked the author‘s inventiveness and I can see why it got shortlisted for the Man Booker a few years back! ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Cathythoughts I loved this one 👍🏻 3w
Ruthiella I would have liked it to be more suspenseful than it was. Just so so for me too.😏 2w
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Panpan

Yikes. The frame narrative was completely unnecessary, but the characters there were the only ones I really liked being with. The narrator of the main story, Olivia, was completely self-absorbed and didn‘t help matters by having her story told, instead of shown. The ending was trite, even though it had some potential to go somewhere. Firm pass. #netgalley Book 4/12 for #bfcr3

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Pickpick

Prepping for the Witcher series in Netflix. These short stories are a bit disjointed and feel more like a scattered novel. But it‘s a good introduction to the series and I‘m willing to dive into the next volume of stories. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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I went in for the tagged book and came out with more. What should I start?

shanaqui I vote The Calculating Stars, because I tore through it in just a couple of hours, personally! 3w
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Crazeedi Nice stack! 3w
Reagan-reads Oooh Dead Wake! The library is such a slippery slope 😂 3w
OnlyYoo I really want to read The Binding and Five for I vote for those two! 3w
Scash1114 Supermarket and Midnight in Chernobyl are both 😲😳 3w
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House of Leaves | Mark Z Danielewski
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1. House of Leaves! So intimidated.
2. A Court of Thorns and Roses series. I read it at least once year.
3. Goodreads says 803, but once you factor in Litsy stacks, at LEAST 1,000+
4. Calm the F*ck Down by Sarah Knight. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ funny and sometimes helpful. Not earth shattering.
5. Passing on the love to more #BookDragons @StayCurious
Thanks for the tag @mhillis #wonderouswednesday

Eggs Thanks for playing 👏🏻🤗📚. Yeah, those Litsy stacks 😳 3w
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The Library Book | Susan Orlean
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This was simultaneously heartbreaking and heartwarming. Orlean tells the story of library people—how they fight to create spaces for learning and living and how they rise stronger from tragedy. If you ever felt at home in a library, even once, you need to read this book. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ #Netgalley Book 3/12 for #bfcr3

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Ugh this was not my week. Work is busy and my anxiety has been high. I didn‘t make much progress on anything. I think I‘m going to drop the 7 minute goal. I have a hard time hitting it and I‘d rather focus on my shoulder exercises anyway. Hoping for a better week 4. #bfcr3 #bookdragons

IndoorDame I‘m sorry you had a hard week! Getting clear on your priorities, and focusing in on the goals that really matter is totally the way to make sure you succeed. Let us know if we can support you going in to next week 💜 3w
wanderinglynn You made some good progress. 🙌🏻 One step, one day at a time. And absolutely, if the 7 min goal isn‘t working, drop it. 👍🏻 3w
StayCurious I‘d love to see some of your cross stitch projects 🙂 3w
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The Rain Watcher | Tatiana de Rosnay
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Reading this was like walking through a rainy, humid day—slow and foggy and all you want is to be inside and dry. This story meandered too much to cling to any central plot and the ending was too abrupt to make sense. A firm pass from me. ⭐️⭐️ #Netgalley Book 2/12 for #bfcr3 (SO BEHIND).

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Not my best #bfcr3 week, since work was crazy and I had family in town, but I did the best I could with what I had. No Netgalley progress, but I DID get out of my reading slump, so all hope is not lost. Ready for a productive week 3!

Hufflepuffle Looks like a good week to me! 😊 1mo
IndoorDame Congrats on breaking your reading slump! That's awesome news! 1mo
wanderinglynn Looks like a good week to me too! 🙌🏻 1mo
StayCurious I think you did great! Having a change in routine - like family in town - can be a challenge for sure. 1mo
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The Gunslinger | Stephen King
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Who is in a big ole‘ reading slump? 🙋🏼‍♀️
Who is really hoping this pulls me out of it? 🙋🏼‍♀️🙋🏼‍♀️🙋🏼‍♀️
📷 Featuring one of the lovely bookmarks @LibrarianRyan sent!

WhatWouldJaneDo Hope it breaks the slump! I feel like I'm on the verge of one, hoping to hold it off... 1mo
LibrarianRyan Yeahhhh 1mo
Brandon_Lee_Hayes This is one of the books that really got me into reading. Definitely give it a shot! It's very different than most other Stephen King novels though. 1mo
Hestapleton @Brandon_Lee_Hayes I listened to it on audio and few years ago and didn‘t care for it. I‘m working on reading through all of King‘s books, and I like it better in print and with a good soundtrack in the background. 1mo
Brandon_Lee_Hayes @Hestapleton It's hard for me to get into audiobooks sometimes. I'm glad you're enjoying it a bit better in print. Don't burn yourself out with too much King! I've certainly done it myself. 1mo
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I set ambitious goals this round and I feel it! Sticking to the workout regimen will be tough. I‘m prioritizing shoulder exercises and the 7 minutes ones are just a bonus. Giving my self some slack this week cause of a tetanus booster. Keeping up with my bullet journal and gratitude will be hard as work gets busy, so I‘m brainstorming a good time to do those this week! Onward! #bookdragons #bfcr3

IndoorDame Great first week!💜 1mo
Ash.on.the.line Great first week! Finding what works and doesn‘t is apart of the journey! 😄 1mo
LauraJ Rock it, fearless leader! 1mo
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Hufflepuffle What a great first week!!! 🌺 1mo
llawela We believe in you ❤️💙💙 1mo
StayCurious You‘re doing so well! 1mo
wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 A great week! 1mo
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The Farm | Joanne Ramos
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Mehso-so

Yeah this one was lackluster for me. I liked the premise a LOT and the middle was really strong. The beginning was a weak set up and the book seemed to abruptly end on a weird note. If you want pregnancy dystopia, go to FUTURE HOME OF THE LIVING GOD instead. #Netgalley book 1/12 for #bfcr3 ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Pickpick

Taylor Jenkins Reid writes easily and vividly. She can draw a cinematic picture and Hollywood glam stories are forever my jam. I MUCH preferred this one to Daisy Jones and the Six. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Megabooks Same here re: Daisy Jones 1mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I love Evelyn 💚💚💚 1mo
LiteraryinLititz I agree! 1mo
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EDIT: lol forgot my book goal! I blame the Benadryl. I‘m aiming for 12 #netgalley books!
So excited to star #bfcr3 with all of my wonderful #bookdragons !! I definitely set more ambitious goals this time, but I‘m going in with a positive attitude! If you aren‘t already in the WhatsApp chat, shoot me an email with your phone number so we can all connect off-Litsy!

TheSpineView Love your goals! 😊 1mo
wanderinglynn Great goals! 🙌 1mo
StayCurious Your goals are great! 1mo
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Hufflepuffle Great goals! We can do this 🙌🏻 1mo
IndoorDame We'll cross the finish line of this one too! 1mo
mhillis Great goals!! Looking forward to being a part of your group! Thanks for adding me! 1mo
llawela You got this! 1mo
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Finally doing my week 6 check in for #bfcr2. It was a crazy week and not my strongest, but I‘m ready to go into Round 3 fighting!

IndoorDame Still a really great week!! 🙌 Thank you for all you did to get us all through round 2 and onto round 3 feeling empowered! 1mo
TheSpineView Awesome showing! 1mo
wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌 A great week! 🎉 1mo
StayCurious Very happy to go into round 3 with you! 1mo
Hufflepuffle Looks like a great week to me! So glad to heading into round three with our fab team! 😊 1mo
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Pickpick

This gets ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ from me for the humor. Irby is hilarious. However, I think she and I are about as different as two people can possibly be, so there wasn‘t a lot of room for me to relate to her life experience. I had a hard time building that bridge. But she‘s funny and I love her cat, so I‘m glad I read it.

AlaMich She‘s amazing! She used to work in my vet‘s office, back when she started her blog. She‘s super nice too! 1mo
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In case anyone is curious as to what I‘m doing all day. Tagged book is what I‘m currently reading on my kindle.

Zelma Looks perfect! 1mo
laur89 Hey I have the exact same blanket! 😄 1mo
abbielistenstobooks I love Sam Irby ♥️ 1mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Perfection 📚❤️ 1mo
Branwen Looks so cozy! 🤗 1mo
IndoorDame That looks like such a comfy reading spot! 1mo
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Pickpick

Unexpectedly funny and soul-warming. A perfect summer read about never forgetting who you are and to never stop being that person, no matter what life brings. I‘m excited for the movie! 📷 feature kitten who is not thrilled about being a Litsy model and would like for me to stop messing around and feed him already.

jb72 I read this book a few months ago and really enjoyed it. It‘ll be interesting to see what they do in the movie. 2mo
brit91 Beautiful cat!😻😻 2mo
Cpg Luv the kitty and I‘ve read it also a while back now. I was interested when I heard it was made into a movie. I‘m not one to go to the theater much though. Usually ends up on video or Netflix before I see it!!! Lol! But on the big screen is usually better! 1mo
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Pickpick

Okay, maybe not the best book to bring to work. 😳 I liked this, but maybe not as much as others seem to. It‘s innovative and I love the Dexter-like premise. I feel like I‘m missing why it was nominated for many literary awards (please clue me in!) but I‘m glad I read it. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

janeycanuck Better work than the family reunion! 2mo
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The Fever: A Novel | Megan Abbott
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A solid “meh.” This is less of a horror novel (or even thriller) and more of a novel about mean girls. It bore strong parallels (at least for me) to the Salem Witch Trials, for some reason. But it was mostly boring. The plot could have had a lot of propulsion, but it got bogged down in wandering writing that didn‘t really work. Blech. ⭐️⭐️

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Wrapped | Jennifer Bradbury
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Thank God July is over cause I was out of space in my tracker!

61 books total
28 picture books #bbrc
5 early readers #bbrc
8 nonfiction
3 audiobooks
4 Netgalley

PHEW. #julywrapup

sudi Wow that's awesome 👏👏👏👏👏👏 2mo
LibrarianRyan Nice! 2mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego 😯🤯 Amazing! 2mo
Gissy Wow!🙌👏👏👏👏 1mo
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Never Have I Ever | Joshilyn Jackson
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Sorry not sorry for all the posts. I LOVE never have I ever! #humpdaypost @MinDea @DebbieGrillo
1. Stayed up all night/pulled an all-nighter
2. Gotten a ticket
3. Eaten at Waffle House
4. Paid more than $50 for shoes

You‘re up! @wanderinglynn @jb72 @Kaylamburson

DebbieGrillo 🍷🍷🍷You need some good shoes! 2mo
Hestapleton @DebbieGrillo haha, I thrift a lot and got some nice shoes when I worked at DSW and worked my employee discount hard. (edited) 2mo
DebbieGrillo @Hestapleton just as long as you're taking good care of your feet. I don't usually spend a lot on shoes either but love my birks and Saucony shoes. 2mo
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ImperfectCJ 🍸🍸🍸 2mo
wanderinglynn Wow! 🥃🥃🥃🥃 I love Waffle House! It was a staple in my college years. 😂 And I cant remember the last time I paid less than $50 for shoes! 2mo
Hestapleton @wanderinglynn hahaha my husband keeps telling me I need to go! 2mo
wanderinglynn It actually has good food, especially if you like breakfast foods. And in college, it was one of the few places open late, so we‘d go there after going to the bar or club. 😂 2mo
AsYouWish 2 drinks 2mo
gibblr 🍷🍷🍷 2mo
jb72 Uh I‘ve done all those things 😬 Heck I got two tickets for speeding in one week 😳 😂 2mo
TheEllieMo 🥃🥃 2mo
shadowspeak17 🍷🍷 2mo
Exbrarian 🥃🥃🥃🥃 2mo
IndoorDame 🍷🍷🍷 2mo
hes7 🍷🍷 2mo
Kaylamburson I haven't done any of those things either! So non-alcoholic drink for me lol🍼 2mo
hgrimes 🍷🍷🍷 2mo
Clwojick 🥃🥃 2mo
ChasingOm 🍷🍷🍷🍷 - ouch! 😂 2mo
LauraJ 🥃🥃🥃🥃😵 2mo
sudi 🍸 2mo
JessClark78 🍷🍷🍷 2mo
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This book was raw and honest, though it has many triggers for eating disorders. Anna was a deeply relatable character. While I don‘t have an eating disorder, I related to Anna‘s struggle to lover her body, to feel like she was enough just as she was. The writing is good, propelling the reader through difficult content. A fast, important, book. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ #Netgalley

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Thanks for the tag @Hufflepuffle !
1️⃣ Lord of the Rings, 100%.
2️⃣ 80 😳
3️⃣ um probably Candy Crush. I try to delete those. Social media is harder.
4️⃣ Litsy!!!
5️⃣ some fellow #BookDragons @BethM and @LauraJ

#wonderousWednesday

Eggs Thanks for playing 🥰💕 2mo
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This is a hard book to review! The writing was excellent. Nonfiction that wasn‘t dry and was still spectacularly researched. The subject was hard. Maraniss framed the Vietnam war from the perspectives of student activists at the University of Wisconsin, soldiers attacked in an ambush, and the White House. An important book to read. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

AmberWB This sounds amazing.... 2mo
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Overall, I enjoyed the book. It was an interesting look at the history of surgery. Each chapter focused on a particular surgical procedure, with a famous example grounding the chapter. However, the author often forgot the narrative grounding, which made the text disjointed and jarring. Not bad, but wouldn‘t read again. Not my favorite ⭐️⭐️⭐️ #netgalley Book 31/30 for #bfcr2

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Week 5 wasn‘t half bad! I met my reading goal and had my longest streak ever on my daily devotions! While I‘m not perfectly hitting my goals, I‘m finding them slipping into habits. It‘s not as hard to remember to take my vitamin at work because it‘s part of my routine now and that‘s the best thing that could have come from this challenge! #bfcr2 #bookdragons

Hufflepuffle Well done you! That was a fab week! 2mo
IndoorDame Great week! Forming new habits is the ultimate goal here! 👏👏👏 2mo
wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 A fantastic week! 🎉 2mo
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TheSpineView Outstanding! 2mo
LauraJ Excellent! 2mo
StayCurious You‘re doing so well! 2mo
Mitch Thats a great week - well done! 2mo
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Work is slow, so of course it‘s prime reading time! This is my first Alyssa Cole and, while a bit slow in the beginning, it was heartwarming and suspenseful all at once. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ Book 30/30 for #BFCR2 !!!

StayCurious You crushed that reading goal! Amazing job! 2mo
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Forever obsessed with the Enneagram. I‘ve read this book before (1 with a strong 9 wing here), but it was good reading this a second time and learning about my best friend (a 4) and my husband (a 5). This book lays out the types succinctly and gives good direction on how to love each type, whether at work or in relationships. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Book 29/30 for #BFCR2

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The Westing Game | Ellen Raskin
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I loved this just as much as I did when I was younger. It‘s still a good locked room mystery, a sub-genre I love today. A great MG book for a budding sleuth. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Book 28/30 for #BFCR2

ravenlee One of my favorites! The first book I remember being assigned in school that really stuck with me. 2mo
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Rebecca | Daphne Du Maurier, Dame
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Spooky and DEEPLY atmospheric. It has a strong cinematic air and I think I‘ll check out the Hitchcock adaptation soon. A good read for fall. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Book 27/30 for #BFCR2

Hufflepuffle I need to read this! I keep picking it up and putting it back in book stores but I definitely need to read it! 2mo
Kimberlone I love the Hitchcock movie! One of my favorite movies of all time. I‘ve probably watched it at least 10 tomes 2mo
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The Ancient Nine: A Novel | Ian Smith, M.D.
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I try really hard not to bail on #Netgalley books, even if I don‘t like them. But this book can‘t decide if it‘s a college experience story or a mystery and the two aren‘t mixing smoothly. Plus, the BLATANT and inexcusable (with zero remorse from the narrator) sexism and objectification of women (like implying they like being mentally undressed by college boys) made me want to physically vomit, so I‘m done. 🤬🤬🤬

Megabooks Yuck!! 2mo
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The Westing Game | Ellen Raskin
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I loved this first page when I was 12 and read it for the first time and it is just as intriguing and delightful 12 years later.

MidnightBookGirl I had a dog named Turtle because of this book. ❤ 2mo
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Heart-Shaped Box | Joe Hill
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Mehso-so

Very Stephen King-esque, but I didn‘t think it was as scary as it‘s been hyped to be. Supernatural horror always comes off as more weird than scary to me. But it was a good book to read during some gloomy days during my down time at work! ⭐️⭐️⭐️ Book 26/30 for #bfcr2

Birdsong28 Like how you said Stephen King -esque as Joe Hill is is son!!! 📚📖 2mo
Hestapleton @Birdsong28 I know! I was surprised how similarly their horror reads. 2mo
OnlyYoo I thought the beginning was creepy and then the rest was just alright. I liked the ending though 2mo
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Reviews and Reviewing: A Guide | Albert John Walford
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Feeling personally attacked by Netgalley‘s new readathon! 😂 Anyone else SUPER behind in their #Netgalley reviews? 🙋🏼‍♀️🙋🏼‍♀️

Reecaspieces Wow! I am so behind! 2mo
Hestapleton @Reecaspieces I think I have like 60-ish books in my backlog? And I keep requesting. 🙃 2mo
allthingskayla I feel attacked...I may have 100 some books to read. 😬 2mo
LibrarianRyan Yes. But I'm trying. I read 4 during the readathon. 2mo
Birdsong28 Yes but then I get invited to read books via Netgally so then my older books get pushed back. 📚📖 2mo
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I don‘t think I get this one. The first half was weird and full of teenage angst, more angst-y than more YA. The second half, instead of providing clarity on the first, was more confusing than anything else. I left the book unsure of who these characters were or what actually happened to them. ⭐️⭐️ #netgalley Book 25/30 for #bfcr2

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Attachments: A Novel | Rainbow Rowell
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I forgot how could it feels to read a book in one sitting, over coffee and Lucky Charms. I forgot how cute love stories warm up your insides, straight from the soul, even when you‘re cranky and annoyed with your cat. I forgot how could it feels to be even a little bit recharged. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Book 24/30 for #bfcr2

Liatrek This book gave me all the feels ❤️ 2mo
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Two Can Keep a Secret | Karen M. Mcmanus
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Mehso-so

Not my favorite McManus, but not bad! I love teenage sleuths and I‘m always into fair-like places called Murderland. ⭐️⭐️⭐️ Book 23/30 for #bfcr2

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Couldn't Keep It to Myself: Testimonies from Our Imprisoned Sisters | Wally Lamb, Nancy Whiteley, Tabitha Rowley, Nancy Birkla, Robin Cullen, Diane Bartholomew, Dale Griffith, Brenda Medina
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Overall, I liked this. It‘s powerful to hear women in their various situations tell their own stories. I was disappointed to see only 4 stories by POC (out of 11) when black women are incarcerated at 2x the rate of white women. BUT. Stories from prison are always powerful and disparaging sentencing was easily visible in this collection too. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Book 22/30 for #bfcr2

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Despite how crazy and stressful this week was, I‘m pretty proud of my goals! Slowly but surely making some habits. #bookdragons #bfcr2

Hufflepuffle You did so well this week!!!! You should be super proud 💙 2mo
IndoorDame Great week! 💜👏👏 2mo
StayCurious Wow so proud of you! What a great week! 2mo
wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 A great week! 🎉 2mo
LauraJ I‘m proud of you for being proud of your amazing effort! You‘re a great team leader 🖤 2mo
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A Little Life: A Novel | Hanya Yanagihara
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I finished and I am not okay. Sad and tragic, bordering on emotional manipulation of the reader. Fundamentally a story of how to be a friend and how hard it can be to accept ourselves, in all our brokenness. It took me about 400 pages to get into it, but these are characters I won‘t forget. I wept through the last 50 pages. #24in48 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Book 21/30 for #BFCR2 and completes one of main book goals for the challenge!

AmyG This book changed me. I will never forget it. 2mo
Reviewsbylola This book will stay with you. 💔 2mo
Hoopiefoot I read this a few years ago and I‘m still not ok. 2mo
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Jilly6183 This book deeply affected me. 2mo
CoffeeK8 I read this like 18 months ago and I still think about it. It really sticks with you 2mo
StayCurious So proud that you finished it! 2mo
Reggie Count on a couple days of funk. Eat some ice cream!!! 2mo
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Two Can Keep a Secret | Karen M. Mcmanus
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Doing some reading while my hubby takes his exam to be a Registered Behavior Technician and get his dream job. He‘s nervous. I‘m nervous. Time for a murder mystery. We appreciate any and all prayers/vibes/etc.

wanderinglynn 🤞🏻 He‘s got this! Positive vibes and best wishes! 💚🍀 2mo
That-Bookish-Hiker Good luck to him!! 2mo
BethM He‘s got this! 2mo
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Hestapleton HE PASSED 😭 2mo
Amor4Libros Congratulations to him!!! Yay! 2mo
Bookwormjillk Great news! 2mo
Trashcanman That's awesome! So happy to hear he'll do something he loves. Time to celebrate! 2mo
Crazeedi Congrats to hubby!! Whoohoo!!👏👏🎉🎉 2mo
StayCurious That‘s such great news! Very happy! 2mo
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George | Alex Gino
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It‘s fine I‘m just WEEPING at my desk. So absolutely heartwarming. We all need to remember to be boldly ourselves. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Book 20/30 for #BFCR2 and #diversemiddlegrade for #booked2019

TrishB I think I‘m probably going to go with this one for that prompt too! 2mo
Hestapleton @TrishB It‘s so good! And also fits prompts for the Read Harder and Reading Women reading challenges! 2mo
TrishB My daughter has it and says it‘s great too 👍🏻 2mo
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wanderinglynn You‘re review sold me. Stacked! 👍🏻 2mo
Cinfhen I‘ve only seen the most glowing reviews and the author is meant to be pretty awesome as well 🏳️‍🌈 2mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Great pick for this prompt! 2mo
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