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JoeMo

JoeMo

Joined September 2020

Others: “Oh no, summer is almost over!” Me: “Hell yes we‘re getting closer to October and Halloween!”
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Pickpick

This is a nonfiction memoir about a man‘s participation in a group tour to see the concentration camps in Poland and Germany. He over shares with the reader to include his train wreck of a personal life, the happenings between the various group members, and his political views, which mostly involve comparing the Trump administration to the Nazis. It took me some time to get used to the book, but it grew on me.

JoeMo Stahl did well in describing how the camps have become tourist traps complete with never-ending lines and snack bars and cafés. The commercialization is disturbing, but the author still had a deeply poignant and meaningful experience. A similar trip has been on my bucket list for around fifteen years. It remains on my list after having read this, despite now being aware of some of the annoyances I would face. (edited) 3d
PageShifter Sounds interesting! I have also planned to see them one day but I didn't know they have become tourist traps! (edited) 3d
TheAromaofBooks Great progress!!! 2d
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Here‘s my bucket list for the Halloween season! Hopefully I‘ll be able to check most of these off this year.

#scarathlon
@StayCurious

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Here‘s my watchlist for October! Additionally, I‘m sure I‘ll watch Muppets Haunted Mansion a couple times and I have the goal to finally watch The Nightmare Before Christmas for the first time…I‘ve only ever seen parts of it for some reason!

#scarathlon #TeamMonsterMash
@StayCurious

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So here hopefully is my final list for all of the fun in October! As of right now, I‘m using this list for #scarathlon #bookspinbingo #promptmaze #31by31 and #Spookoween2022 with some of these titles also being used for #littenlisten and #trappedonanisland. Who knows, I‘ll probably add another readathon or bingo style of event between now and October 1st!

#teammonstermash
@TheAromaofBooks @StayCurious @aperfectmjk @TheSpineView @Catsandbooks

TheSpineView 👍🤩🌞🧡📘🎃 6d
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 6d
Catsandbooks Great spooky selections! 👻🎃🖤 6d
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Time is running out to sign up for Scarathlon 2022! It‘s a great way to celebrate Halloween all October long with a fun team competition! This is the time of year larger society doesn‘t judge me for what I read and watch…..and I earn points for my team too! 😂

For any folks new to Litsy, this is a great way to get involved and connect w/ others!

The last day to sign up is 9/28/22. Sign up by going here:
https://forms.gle/UdTQPJKzvsvHM8iW7

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Pickpick

This was a cute and brief graphic novel about Death taking a year-long vacation away from work. There‘s nothing really deep or riveting here, but it was fun.

#bookspinbingo

@TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 6d
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Unnecessary Woman | Rabih Alameddine
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This was a lovely book…I felt like I was having a private conversation with a friend where I learned about her life story. This is a simpler, quieter novel than Alameddine‘s The Hakawati, but it‘s a solid book in its own right. This will appeal especially to introverted literature lovers!

Props to @vivastory who have me the extra motivation to finally read this.

#bookspinbingo @TheAromaofBooks

vivastory I'm glad that this worked for you! It's been far too long since I've read Alameddine. I recently placed a hold on 2w
jlhammar Such a wonderful book! Loved this one. 2w
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 2w
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1. I‘ll stick to my black cat 🐈‍⬛
2. Ghostland by Dickey, A Season with the Witch by Ocker, and The Halloween Tree by Bradbury.
3. Yelling, laughing, cheering…it‘s a great time
4. The Hearse Song by Harley Poe
5. House on Haunted Hill (w/ Vincent Price), Evil Dead II, Muppets Haunted Mansion, The Babadook

#HHS #HHS22
@wanderinglynn

wanderinglynn 👻🖤🙌🏻 3w
MatchlessMarie Omg Harley Poe that‘s a name I haven‘t heard in years ⚰️ 2w
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Untitled (Untitled #1) | Laura Brooke Robson
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This looks fun!
-ghost
-2 Halloweens per year would be amazing
-scary maze
-something scary
-corn maze
-cider
-make one if I have enough time
-trick
-I‘d drink it
-I would want to save it, but it would be all gone in a day or two

#HHS #HHS22
@wanderinglynn

wanderinglynn 🦇🖤🙌🏻 3w
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wanderinglynn 🎃🙌🏻👻 3w
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Mehso-so

This collection started well, I was really into the first two stories. The premise of the book became tiring though. The idea is that the main character is hiding things from others or being deceived by others. With some of the stories, I just didn‘t care about the characters or what happened to them. That being said, the author has talent with a unique way of describing things. This collection would probably click for a number of readers.

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A mere 19 years ago, I picked this book up as a souvenir while visiting a bar named after the book in Kathmandu, Nepal. Now I‘ve finally finished it! It‘s lighthearted and silly, like if Monty Python did a movie about mountaineering. For me, I‘m relieved to have finally crossed this off my list after nearly two decades, but I can only give it maybe 3.5/5 since it‘s such a light jaunt.

#bookspinbingo
@TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks I'm still crossing books off my TBR that I picked up at random yard sales in the 1990s and never got around to reading 😂 1mo
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Here‘s my list for September! I couldn‘t wait the extra month and added a bunch of horror and generally creepy titles

#bookspinbingo

bthegood 17 was my pick for best read of August - I really liked the format of the book (like a year book) and the story - enjoy 🙂 1mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 1mo
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Zombie Bake-Off | Stephen Graham Jones
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This tale explores what would happen if the worlds of bake-off challenges, independent wrestling, and zombies collide. I prefer the author‘s more serious stuff, but this was some ridiculous fun.

#AlphabetGame #LetterZ

@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks - thanks for hosting, this was more fun than expected and I added a bunch of titles to my never-ending TBR list in the process!

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Me too!! Thank you for playing! 1mo
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If you were a fan of Elvira as I was back in the day, you‘ll enjoy this autobiography of the actress behind the character. It‘s a very positive book about a typecast but grateful B or C level celebrity doing what she can to make a living in show business.

#AlphabetGame
#letterY
@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

5feet.of.fury I loved this book! The parts BEFORE she was Elvira was a whole life in itself. 1mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🖤🖤🖤 1mo
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Similar to many, I don‘t seem to have read a book title that begins with “x.” So instead, I‘ll recommend this autobiography by Malcolm X and Alex Haley. I absolutely devoured this book and learned a ton! Im left wondering what sort of influence Malcolm X would have had if his life hadn‘t been cut tragically short. Especially as he had been going through a sort of metamorphosis or evolution in his life and beliefs at the time of his death.

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Overall, I‘d call this a weak pick. The concept was interesting and I really enjoyed the first 2/3 or so of the story. I just felt the last third or so of the book dragged once the court room stage started. I give the author kudos for the fact that the audiobook only lasted 7.5 hours, but even that felt a bit long with how the last 2.5 hours or so lost momentum.

allureofbeauty I didn‘t super like this one. 1mo
JoeMo @allureofbeauty I understand why having read it. The premise itself is interesting, but the rest of the book falters considerably…I think it was a combo of the story petering out and the author‘s format not working. Like, I still wonder why she reveals the guilty parties almost immediately. If she had kept that a mystery for a larger chunk of the book, it with have made things more interesting and suspenseful 1mo
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Beautiful coffee table style book with pics of space. I‘m ashamed to admit though that around 2/3 of the way through I was like “okay, yet another quasar,” and stopped reading the captions so closely for the remainder of the book. Overall it‘s a lovely book though!

#bookspinbingo

@TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 1mo
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Wasp Factory | Iain Banks
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Two horror picks today. Wait for Night is my favorite short story by SGJ that I‘ve read to this point. Also I‘m sharing the Wasp Factory which is an absolutely creepy novel by Banks. I was completely hooked but disturbed while reading it!

#AlphabetGame #LetterW
@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 😱 Thank you for playing 🙌🏻📚 1mo
BarbaraBB Wasp Factory 😱🖤💛 1mo
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Volt: Stories | Alan Heathcock
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Volt is a great collection of dark and gritty short stories by Alan Heathcock. It‘s been so long since I‘ve read this collection, I think I‘m due for another go around in the near future!

#alphabetgame #letterv
@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thank you for playing 🙌🏻📚 1mo
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Uncle Tom's Cabin (Original) | Harriet Beecher Stowe
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This was truly groundbreaking in its time for showing many of the evils and the brutality of slavery. Controversial upon its release in 1852 (it was heavily criticized for not showing the “positive attributes” of slavery), this truly helped sway public opinion in much of the US regarding slavery. It remains controversial today for its depiction of some the characters, specifically Uncle Tom himself….

JoeMo I read an interesting article on NPR this morning in which the controversies about the main character were discussed and mostly attributed to distortions in early stage versions of the play that changed the plot and heavily distorted the original character. #alphabetgame #letteru. @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks (edited) 1mo
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Things They Carried | Tim O'Brien
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I swear, I don‘t just read novels about war, it just so happens a number of the best novels I‘ve ever read have been about war. This book is included in that category! The interesting thing about this book is that it‘s a series of short stories or essays about a platoon in the Vietnam War instead of being one long story.

#alphabetgame. #lettert
@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Daisey Such a great book! 1mo
SqueakyChu Oh, I loved this book! Even more, I was so impressed with the author when I had the chance to hear him speak at a past National Book Festival. Read everything of his you can get your hands on. 1mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thank you for playing 📚 1mo
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Spark of Life: A Novel | Erich Maria Remarque
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Remarque is my favorite writer…he‘s so consistent. This might edge All Quiet as my favorite work of his. I remember closing the book after finishing the last page and just sitting there in silence for several minutes….on the verge of tears, if not sobbing…while feeling a wide array of complex emotions as a result of what I had just read.

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The Right Stuff | Tom Wolfe
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The Right Stuff is a mostly accurate work of nonfiction about the original Mercury 7 astronauts picked to join NASA and to venture into space. The book is exciting and reads more like a novel than nonfiction work. My only complaint is the author‘s frequent references to individuals either being made of “the right stuff” or lacking “the right stuff.” It truly annoyed me for whatever reason! 😂

#AlphabetGame #TheLetterR
@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm The movie is one of my faves, but I‘ve never read the book. I‘ll definitely have to stack this one and get to it someday! 1mo
JoeMo @MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm It‘s funny, I‘m the exact opposite where I read the book a few years ago, but haven‘t gotten around to the movie. I think there might even be a newer limited series that came out in the past year or teo. 1mo
MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm Huh, I had no idea! My Google search says it only has one season so far and that Warner Bros is trying to find another streaming service that might pick it up. The film is excellent. I remember renting it constantly from our local Blockbuster (totally dating myself 😅) when I was a kid. 1mo
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sisilia Still in my TBR 🤦🏻‍♀️ 1mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thank you for playing 📚 1mo
JoeMo @sisilia You‘ll get to it some day….hopefully. My TBR list is out of control. I always think “I‘m not going to add anything until I read a bunch of the titles already on it.” Then I get on Litsy and GR for 15 minutes and add five more books to it! 😂 1mo
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Quiet American | Graham Greene
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I only had two titles to pick from, but this was an interesting book. It started slowly and demanded a decent amount of concentration; for a short book, it packs a ton of information in it! It had a slow, but nice build towards the ending with a decent twist to finish things off! I should definitely try more of the author‘s work.

#AlphabetGame #LetterQ
@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

batsy I really enjoyed this one a lot, too. 1mo
CarolynM ❤️ 1mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thank you for playing 📚 1mo
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Plague | Albert Camus
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I‘ve meant to read this again since the start of COVID, but I haven‘t gotten around to it yet. This is one I enjoyed in my mid-twenties, but which I think I would appreciate more now that it‘s been a couple decades.
#alphabetgame #letterp
@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I agree! Thank you for playing!! 1mo
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One Hundred Years of Solitude | Marquez, Gabriel Garcia
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This is it, probably my absolute favorite book! The prose is absolutely beautiful and I loved the author‘s use of the magical realism style. All of that being said, this is not an easy read. There are so many characters with similar names, it‘s nearly impossible to keep them all straight. I was getting all flustered about this when I read the book and just decided I was going to relax and enjoy the writing and the story, which worked for me

CaroPi This is also one of my favorite books. I don't know how English editions come but in the Spanish edition that I have it comes a family tree at the beginning and this helps a lot. Maybe you can download one from internet and red read the book? Every time that I read this book I learn something new! (edited) 1mo
Blackink_WhitePaper It‘s there on my TBR. I need to read this soon ! 1mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thank you for playing! 1mo
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Between Two Fires | Christopher Buehlman
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This was truly epic. It‘s a hybrid of fantasy mixed with historical fiction with elements of horror. Buehlman creates a very dark world with plenty of brutality and dark humor with small pinches of hope. The character development is fantastic…the main characters remain seemingly authentic as their motivations gradually shift over time. The ending is largely satisfying. I may have a question or two for the author, but overall this was solid! 4.5/5

bthegood I'm sold - it is stacked in my TBR - thanks for the review - have a good day 🙂 1mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 1mo
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This was one of the most powerful pieces of nonfiction I‘ve ever read. It focuses on five survivors of the Nagasaki bombing. It follows them for decades after the war and bombing. This book is tragic, infuriating at times, and ultimately inspiring.

#AlphabetGame #LetterN
@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thank you for playing! 1mo
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I‘m not kidding when I say, I love this book. Yes, there are much more “important” books, like Frankl‘s Man‘s Search for Meaning…but if I had to choose just one title, I‘m going with the lovable, furry old G! This book still cracks me up and I love trying to imitate Grover, which I do very poorly…I did not appreciate the version where they added Elmo to the mix. If I were ever okay with 🔥 books, which I‘m not, that would be the one! 😜

Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick Favorites don't have to be profound. This is one of the few books I read as a kid that I actually remember reading. I recently bought a copy to share with my niece when I see her. 2mo
Addison_Reads Great choice! I've bought and read this book for so many kids over the years. I absolutely love it and just seeing it on my shelves makes me smile at all the memories. 2mo
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Bookwormjillk This is the best for reading out loud 2mo
Purpleness I loved this one! My Mom hated it so much, but she still read it to me anyway. 2mo
Smrloomis I‘ve never read this book! I definitely need to get a copy 😄 2mo
Ann_Reads I haven't read this one but it looks adorable! 2mo
Graywacke 💙💙💙 I so enjoyed reading this to my kids. It‘s absolutely terrific. I miss those days. 2mo
Nutmegnc I‘ve read that book a hundred times. I love it too!!! 2mo
bthegood PBS has a game of this to help with fine motor skills - my grandson (two) loves it - and I love this story too - Classic Sesame Street Characters (Grover, Ernie and Bert) are fantastic!! thx for sharing this 🙂 (edited) 1mo
JoeMo @Addison_Reads @Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick @Bookwormjillk @Purpleness @Smrloomis @Ann_Reads @Graywacke @Nutmegnc @bthegood it‘s so cool to learn that this book connected with a bunch of others from when they were young or by reading it to their own kids/relatives….and it even earned a stack add! 😂 I‘m definitely old enough to feel the pull of nostalgia. At the same time, I love introducing kids and young peeps to stuff that loved when I was… (edited) 1mo
JoeMo Their age and seeing how they respond. Unfortunately, some early Muppets and Jim Henson specials (like Emmet Otter‘s Jug-Band Christmas) are slow and outdated to kids nowadays! 😂🤗 1mo
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Let‘s Kill Uncle is a fun, fast-paced adventure that‘s filled with dark humor! Even if I don‘t approve of the idea encapsulated in the title!

Other titles I really enjoy are Lies My Teacher Told Me (which had me infuriated about the history we teach in schools) and Little Women. I loved Little Women, but HATED the ending. I‘m not looking to start any fights here, but I won‘t back down from that statement! 😜
#AlphabetGame #LetterL

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Haha! 📚🙌🏻 2mo
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When I was a teen and saw Natural Born Killers, I was mesmerized. It was so unique and thrilling. Killer Instinct is the weird and wild behind the scenes story of how it was made. In the process, it takes some of the shine off major players to include both Stone and Tarantino and shows the trials and headaches of dealing with the egos and politics of making movies.

#AlphabetGame. #LetterK
@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

she.hearts.horror Loved this movie! I watched this and Kalifornia quite a bit. I never checked if that was a book too. 🤔 (edited) 1mo
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Johnny Got His Gun | Dalton Trumbo
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My pick for today is Johnny Got His Gun, the story of a wounded WWI survivor, who is basically trapped in his burnt out husk of a body. This is a pretty brutal read…I don‘t recall this book celebrating or glorifying war for one second. It‘s a painful but worthwhile read.

Kudos to all who chose Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson today. He‘s an amazing person running a wonderful organization! I thought I‘d give another book some love and attention!

KCofKaysville @JoeMo I read this at a young age and it had quite an influence on me! Powerful. 2mo
5feet.of.fury I read this 20 years ago and still think about it! 2mo
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I‘m pretty cynical, but I have to admit I was even surprised and at times angry about how deep bias typically goes with sex and gender in completing research that shapes everything from recommended medical treatments to public policy.

Another great title I‘d like to give a quick pitch for is The Impeachers by Brenda Wineapple about the impeachment of Andrew Johnson.

#alphabetgame #letteri
@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

bookandbedandtea I'm about halfway through this book but I've taken a break because it infuriates me. From what I've read so far I think this should be required reading; everyone needs to know how deep this runs. 2mo
JoeMo @bookandbedandtea - I couldn‘t agree more w/ you. It‘s why I chose it as a pick even though I actually enjoyed The Impeachers more. The truth is Invisible Women has more important information that everyone should be aware of 2mo
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House of Leaves | Mark Z Danielewski
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House of Leaves was probably the only horror book that made me feel anxious and somewhat scared. I felt unsettled for a couple days after finishing it. It was probably the most unique reading experience that I‘ve had based on both the plot and the way the author affects the feelings of the reader by how the book is printed and how words and passages are placed on the page at times. My favorite horror novel to this point!

#Alphabetgame #LetterH

JoeMo Another fantastic title that begins with H is The Hakawati by Rabih Alameddine. It blends different generations of a family‘s story with Middle-eastern fables. It takes some time to get used to the format, but its so worth it if you‘re patient! 2mo
vivastory Love House of Leaves. Definitely an all-time favorite! Adding Hakawati to my TBR. I read Alameddine's An Unnecessary Woman several years ago and it always stuck with me. 2mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Sounds scary!! And I agree with your excitement for October and Halloween 🎃 2mo
JoeMo @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I‘m glad someone agrees with me…I have friends that get annoyed when I tell them I‘m ready for October to be here! 😂 2mo
JoeMo @vivastory That‘s great to hear about An Unnecessary Woman. I‘ve owned it for a year or two but have procrastinated in reading it as I keep thinking that there‘s no way it could live up to the Hakawati!😂 2mo
vivastory Unnecessary Woman is definitely one of my favorite books about books 2mo
BarbaraBB Such a good book! Great choice! 2mo
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Griswoldville | Jordan M. Poss
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In Griswoldville, a young boy joins a militia to help protect Georgia towards the end of the Civil War. As often happens, a young lad‘s youthful exuberance and lust for adventure are challenged by the realities of war. I cannot recommend this enough to fans of war novels, especially Civil War buffs!

#alphabetgame #LetterG
@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thank you for sharing! 2mo
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The Fountainhead | Ayn Rand
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I can‘t explain why I loved the Fountainhead when I read it. Rand completely lacks anything that could be mistaken for a sense of humor. Her heroes seem more like robots than people and her characters lack complexity. If you read a Rand book, the author shares her views in a manner that is about as subtle as repeatedly whacking you over the head with a sledgehammer. Maybe I loved this book for Rand‘s celebration of innovation and creativity.

JoeMo Heck, I had a “Howard Roark, Architect” shirt back in the day. As I‘m afraid I‘d be terribly disappointed or even annoyed by the work twenty years later, I don‘t think I‘ll ever take the risk of reading this a second time! 😂 #alphabetgame #LetterF @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks (edited) 2mo
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To state the obvious, if you are intrigued by things like skulls, skeletons, medical curiosities, and all things macabre, you will really enjoy this book. If you don‘t enjoy these things, this will probably be a waste of your time. The photos are well done and the author remains respectful of the collectors and their collections at all times. This is probably going to be filling a spot on my coffee table for a long time!

#bookspinbingo

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 2mo
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I read the Endgame by Samuel Beckett in a college lit course many years ago. It was the strangest thing I had ever read; I fell in love with it. It is absurd, similarly to the more popular Waiting for Godot, but it is darker and really disturbing.

I‘m excited to have found some filmed versions while making this pick, so I look forward to checking them out in the near future!

#AlphabetGame #LetterE

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Devil All the Time | Donald Ray Pollock
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The Devil All the Time - I was completely hooked on Donald Ray Pollock‘s debut novel and have since read his sophomore effort and his collection of short stories. I love his dark and gritty style. Someday I may actually get around to the Netflix movie adaptation!

#AlphabetGame #LetterD
@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thank you for playing! 2mo
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Catch-22 - a novel about an American bomber squadron trying to survive the war over the closing months of WWII. It was filled with ridiculousness and dark humor. I‘ve never read anything else like this! I read this in high school to earn extra credit and this got me hooked on reading as a hobby.

#alphabetgame #LetterC

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thank you for playing! 2mo
sisilia Heller‘s a genius. I like the way he constructed the puzzle pieces 1mo
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Born to Run - this was a fun story about the author‘s foray in endurance running. I read this a very long time ago when I was actually fit and doing utterly ridiculous things like running marathons…I‘m mostly glad those days are behind me!

#alphabetgame #letterb
@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

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American Oz - the story of a journalist who decides to take on the itinerant life of a carnie worker. It‘s a beautiful but at times heartbreaking work based on the lives of the other workers the author meets along the way!

I figured I‘d join in on the fun but i definitely have some catching up to do!

#alphabetgame #thelettera

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thank you for playing! 2mo
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I‘m a sucker for old school wrestling, circus, and carnie stories…it was time to indulge in at least one of those categories and Terry Funk‘s autobiography fit the bill! I laughed my face off a number of times but was surprisingly touched by his thoughtful and compassionate side. It was interesting to learn he did so many hardcore matches because they paid more money and allowed him to be at home more with his family! He‘s a unique guy!! 4.5/5

TheAromaofBooks This one sounds fun!! 2mo
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Brief History of Time | Shaindel Beers
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I don‘t read poetry; it‘s just not my thing. When I tried Twitter for a brief moment, I got to know this author for her tweets and personality. I thought I‘d check out one of her books and it exceeded all expectations. Her poetry often reads more like short stories. Her work deals with heavy, realistic subject matter like growing up in and trying to escape a small Midwestern town, abuse, and lots of loss in various forms. Highly recommended, 4.5/5

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Book of M | Peng Shepherd
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This book had an interesting premise…people start losing their shadows and shortly thereafter, their memories. This book was a mixed bag though…there are some huge plot holes and issues and it didn‘t help that I didn‘t really care about most of the characters (some really, really annoyed me too!). Some plot twists were eye roll-inducing, while that final one was pretty dang fun!. It‘s a respectable and enthusiastic debut novel….

JoeMo Where the author really tried for something different, but a number of elements of the book didn‘t work, or at least not as well as the author had intended. This was a weaker pick for me, 3/5 I think (maybe 3.5 max). #bookspinbingo. @TheAromaofBooks (edited) 2mo
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Unknown Book 7535597 | Unknown Unknown
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Here‘s the list for August!
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Mehso-so

I was hoping for a thought-provoking collection of stories and poetry on the fleeting nature of life. Instead, I read stories with mostly bland and tired horror themes with way too many tales with the Grim Reaper. The one exception was The Dream by Charie D. La Marr about how the few remembered threads of a person‘s dream came to dominate her life with intriguing consequences. Mostly this collection passed the time 2.5/5

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JoeMo
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Just got this in the mail today….definitely my type of book!! 😂💀

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Pickpick

I enjoyed this book but to say they‘re all “lies” across America is an exaggeration. Many of the examples in the book are “omissions of historical facts across America.” The book also goes on a bit too long and gets a bit redundant at times, but I enjoyed it even if it was nowhere near as riveting as the author‘s original work. 3.5/5

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