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LaraS

LaraS

Joined October 2018

Too indecisive to commit to a tag line.
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Taaqtumi: An Anthology of Arctic Horror Stories | Richard Van Camp, Rachel Qitsualik-Tinsley, Sean Qitsualik-Tinsley, Aviaq Johnston, Anguti Johnston
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Week 4 points: 15, 205
Total points: 31, 615

#Scarathlon2022 #TeamMonsterMash

This has been a fun month, thanks for hosting and doing so much work @StayCurious @Clwojick !! ☠

StayCurious amazing job! 4w
Clwojick Great job! Thank you for joining us, and all your participation! 3w
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DieAReader 🎉🎉🎉 4w
TheSpineView Awesome 4w
Catsandbooks 🙌🏼👻🧡 4w
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Bingo! | Rosemary Wells
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I'm always so late posting anything for bingos because I keep changing which book goes where until the last second 😅

Also managed to finish my #FallBucketList and escape the #ScarathlonPromptMaze

#SpookySzn @enunciatethis
#HocusPocusBingo
#bodycountbingo @puddlejumper
#TheOctoberReadathon @readingwithteri @booksinlockdown @ahobbitlibrary
#SpookythonBingo @acourtofsmutandmummas
#StabbyBookClub @jennifers.book.nook

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When I added “Halloween themed workout” to my #fallbucketlist for the #scarathlon, I was pretty sure I‘d be able to find something online with a bit of a spooky playlist, maybe some thriller, some orange sweat pants, a pumpkin shirt if I was real lucky….but at no point did I imagine finding this hilarious commitment to the bit from LVCRFT (also a new epic find all on its own) and HyperBody Fitness
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_V8aV_hRRFA&t=777s

Soubhiville What?! I may have to do this it looks hilarious! 1mo
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Can't stop staring at the deliciously pastel school uniforms in Netflix's Do Revenge, a campy teen movie very loosely inspired by Strangers on a Train. The whole wardrobe, set design, and colour pallet are fantastic, if only real life was this coordinated and colourful! #scarathlon2022 @staycurious #teammonstermash

Caroline2 Totally agree! I loved the costumes and sets on this film. 👍 1mo
Clwojick I know! I loved the costumes in this one! 🤍🤍🤍 1mo
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#ScarathlonDailyPrompt for #BlackCat @StayCurious #TeamMonsterMash

Exactly what you expect from a cozy, does what it says on the tin.

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Another book that works well as decor at this time of year! #ScarathlonDailyPrompt for #zombie #TeamMonsterMash @StayCurioius

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Another nifty coffee table book, flip it over and you go from good fairies to bad. I love the creepy artwork of Brian Froud.

#ominousoctober prompt for #Trick @eggs @alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
#TeamMonsterMash @StayCurious

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks So cool 🖤 1mo
TheShadowJournals I have this book too. It's so awesome. 1mo
Eggs Love this!! 1mo
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Go Hunt Me | Kelly Devos
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Spooky 👻 1mo
TheSpineView Well done 1mo
DieAReader 🎉🎉🎉 1mo
Catsandbooks 🙌🏼🦇🖤 1mo
Eggs 🖤 🎭 🧡 1mo
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Eggs 🖤😂💜 1mo
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Taproot | Keezy Young
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Posting this short story and awesome illustration about Baba Yaga in the Fables edition of the Taproot magazine for the #scarathlondailyprompt for Skeleton. #teammonstermash @staycurious

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I love this book for its random photos that the author crafted the story around. This is one of the rare times where not only was it a cool idea, but it was actually executed really well and didn't feel gimmicky. #scarathlondailyprompt for Missing #teammonstermash @staycurious

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It wouldn't be Halloween without a good pulpy cover! I think i'm going to start dropping “parlez-vous MURDER?!“ into random conversations for the rest of the month.

#scarathlondailyprompt for Murder #teammonstermash @staycurious

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Dark Harvest | Norman Partridge
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Each year the boys of this small town race to kill the the October Boy, an anthropomorphic pumpkin+vine monster.

Oooo, apparently they are turning this into a movie! I didn't know much about this one going in but I quite liked it.

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Had to add a few other books from the #cozy series as my #orange post because I do love the covers! #ominousoctober @alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @eggs #teammonstermash #scarathlon2022 @staycurious

Eggs 🧡👍🏼🎃 1mo
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A serial killer is brutally murdering all the nursery rhyme characters, and naturally it's up to a crusty teddy bear detective and a 13 year old to solve the #mystery. #ominousoctober @alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @eggs

I haven't ready this in at least a decade but i do remember loving it at the time. #scarathlon2022 #teammonstermash @staycurious

Eggs 🤎🐇🍫 1mo
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Sunflower House | Eve Bunting
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Floofy bees at the flower farm! 🌻💛
Week 2: 9,759 points for #TeamMonsterMash @StayCurious #scarathlon2022
Total: 11,500
Books read: Shadow Glass, The Collective, Taproot, An Elderly Lady Is Up To No Good, and The Test.

Managed to get some items knocked off my bucket list and watched a couple of movies. Also I totally forgot to add my word search points last week so I tacked them on to this week's total. Can't believe week two is already over!

StayCurious It's going by fast! Amazing job! 1mo
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The Test | Sylvain Neuvel
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Catsandbooks 🙌🏼☠️💜 1mo
TheSpineView Fantastic 1mo
Andrew65 Great 👏👏👏 1mo
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The Shadow Glass | Josh Winning
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An homage to Labyrinth, The Dark Crystal, and all things Jim Henson. A director from the 80s dies, leaving it up to his son to deal with cleaning out his office and attic with his treasured props. As Jack grapples with his less-than-steller relationship with his now dead father, the puppets come alive and adventure ensues.

Definitely one for fans of 80s culture!

Artwork from here:
https://www.behance.net/gallery/52552123/Fox-warrior

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The Collective: A Novel | Alison Gaylin
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What do you do when the justice system fails you? How far would you go for revenge?

This was exactly what I wanted from a mystery-thriller while #audiocleaning my house.

Amazing artwork from here:
https://www.saatchiart.com/art/Painting-REVENGE/860600/3457793/view

Using this for my #scarathalondailypromt for Murder and #ominousoctober for Mystery!

ShyBookOwl Audiocleaning = the only way my house ever gets cleaned lol 1mo
DieAReader @ShyBookOwl Ditto!🤣🤫 (edited) 1mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🖤❤️🖤 1mo
TheSpineView Excellent 1mo
Catsandbooks 🙌🏼🦇🧡 1mo
LaraS @ShyBookOwl @DieAReader Right?! What did we do in the days before audiobooks and headphones? 😉 1mo
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Sheets | Brenna Thummler
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Sis-in-law found a fab indy horror bookstore & cafe called Little Ghost Books in Toronto...so jealous I don't live there! #scarathalondailypromts for Ghost (a little late but it was too cute not to share ;) @StayCurious

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Circe | Madeline Miller
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Ugh I'm always so annoyed by those prize stickers...especially when they're not stickers but actually printed on the cover! 😐 #scarathlondailyprompts for witch #teammonstermash @staycurious

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Ten Second Staircase | Christopher Fowler
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A colleague recommended this series to me...cozies are hit and miss for me but I love the covers of these! #OminousOctober prompt for orange @alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @eggs #Scarathlon2022 #teammonstermash

Eggs Perfect 🧡🖤🧡 1mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Awesome photo 📸 1mo
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Haunted Air | Ossian Brown
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Another coffee table book that I love pulling out for the spooky season. :)
#OminousOctober prompt Skeleton @alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @eggs #Scarathlon2022 #teammonstermash

Eggs Love this decor 🖤🎃🖤 1mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful 🖤🖤🖤 1mo
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Pumpkinheads | Rainbow Rowell
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And of course Pumpkinheads is such a quintessential fall read! #OminousOctober prompt Pumpkins @alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @eggs #scarathlon2022 #teammonstermash

Eggs Great image 🖤🎃🧡 2mo
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Untitled | Unknown
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Holy cannoli I think I have to total my word search and readathon hour count when I finish the book instead of when the week is over, otherwise imma get real confused real fast 😅

Earlybird points: 40
Week 1 points: 1741

#Scarathlon2022 @StayCurious #TeamMonsterMash

StayCurious great job! 2mo
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Daytripper | Gabriel Ba, Fabio Moon
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A story about stories and the moments that make us who we are, even if we don't know it at the time. Maybe not what was intended but the photo prompt definitely reminded me of one of the author's names. #OminousOctober prompt: Moon @alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @eggs #Scarathlon2022 @StayCurious #TeamMonsterMash

Eggs 🖤🌖🧡 2mo
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Lady Cottington's Pressed Fairy Book | Brian Froud, Terry Jones
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One of my fav coffee table books to pull out for the spooky season. A young girl presses fairies between the pages of her diary. Never thought I'd enjoy seeing squished and squashed fairies, but here we are.

#ScarathalonDailyPrompts: Magic
#TeamMonsterMash @StayCurious
#31by31 @Catsandbooks
#Spookoween2022 @TheSpineView
#Pointsathon @DieAReader @GHABI4ROSES
#readlikehellathon @readlikehellathon

DieAReader 🎉🎉🎉 2mo
Catsandbooks 🧡🐈‍⬛🖤 2mo
TheSpineView Awesome 2mo
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Garlic and the Vampire | Bree Paulsen
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DieAReader 🎉🎉🎉 2mo
Catsandbooks 🙌🏼🩸🖤 2mo
TheSpineView Fantastic 2mo
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In one of the poorest neighbourhoods of Manila, thousands of people live off what they can scavenge out of the dumps. When the bodies of mutilated preteen boys start appearing amongst the dump heaps, the underfunded, under resourced, and corrupt law enforcement turns a blind eye, leaving it up to two priests to find the serial killer. 👇

LaraS I know I'm a couple days late but this is such a perfect book for #scarathlondailyprompt of Victim. Hard to read at times, it seems like everyone in this book is a victim of circumstance, of corruption, of their childhood, and their own choices.
#TeamMonsterMash @StayCurious
#31by31 @Catsandbooks
#Spookoween2022 @TheSpineView
#Pointsathon @DieAReader @GHABI4ROSES
#readlikehellathon @readlikehellathon
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Candy Hearts | Tommy Siegel
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I know this isn‘t quite the right holiday but it was too good not to post for the #OminousOctober CANDY prompt ☺️ @Eggs @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks #scarathalon #teammonstermash

Eggs Brilliant 🍭🍫👍🏼 2mo
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#scarathalongdailyprompts: Scream #TeamMonsterMash @StayCurious

Not the best book but I keep it around because I love the cover :)

StayCurious I love your pumpkins 2mo
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House of Hollow | Krystal Sutherland
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Wow this book was far creepier than I was expecting. 3 sisters go missing when they were kids only to mysteriously re-appear a month later. A decade later, the eldest sister vanishes again...
Filled with atmosphere & sisterly love, you can taste, hear, and smell everything that's going on. Who would've thought flowers could be so eerie?

Artwork from:
https://www.redbubble.com/i/canvas-print/Hollow-Sisters-by-mmwartshop/84677474.T...

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The Changeling | Victor LaValle
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#audiocrafting #scarathalon2022 #TeamMonsterMash @StayCurious #20in4
Welp this halloween wall quilt only took me 9 months to finish...😅

This book felt like a long walk for a short drink of water. You know how “From Dusk to Dawn“ starts as a pretty standard action flick and then suddenly takes a left turn into horrortown? Well that's kind of what happened in this book, but I'm not sure I really got what I wanted from either part of the story.

StayCurious wow amazing work! 2mo
LaraS @StayCurious thanks! I've never made a quilt before. Not shown: the many panicked phone calls to my Mum on how to fix whatever sewing mess I found myself in that day heeheehee 😆 😅 1mo
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#scarathalondailyprompt: Killer #TeamMonsterMash @StayCurious

As a man is waiting for his execution on death row, we hear the story of how he got there thought the eyes of the women in his life. It dragged a bit but I really liked the way the story was framed.

...and also a perfectly matched photo of the local fox who seems to have successfully “hunted“ a hot dog...probably from an unsuspecting neighbour who turned their back on the BBQ...

kbibliophilific Great book 2mo
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The Chrysalids | John Wyndham
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#scarathalongdailyprompts: Creature @StayCurious #TeamMonsterMash

I love this book but I‘ve always been a tad confused by the cover I have…maybe it‘s been too long since I‘ve read it but I don‘t remember any weird lobster insect dudes wearing fur collars

rwmg I don't remember them either, but the cover artist obviously knows his business. Who amongst us could resist a book featuring weird lobster insect dudes wearing fur collars? 2mo
LaraS @rwmg Lol so true, it‘s undoubtedly why teenage me picked it up in the first place! 😁 2mo
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Garlic and the Vampire | Bree Paulsen
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I know it's a kids book and i'm over thinking it but there's something not quite right about anthropomorphic vegetables planting, harvesting, and selling versions of themselves... 😅

Love this adorable book!

#scarathalon2022 #TeamMonsterMas @StayCurious #20in4 #31in31 #spookoween #omgSoManyHashtagsAndReadingChallengeGoingOnRightNow

StayCurious Hahah yeah weird 2mo
Bette 🤣 2mo
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Pitch Dark | Courtney Alameda
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This was such a good book! Unexpected, hard to put down, bad ass characters, and even the author's note was interesting. Perfect start for #scarathalondailyprompts: Black #scarathalon2022 @StayCurious

Artwork from the author's website here:
https://www.courtneyalameda.com

StayCurious Very cool! 2mo
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Daughters of the Deer | Danielle Daniel
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Posting this for Truth & Reconciliation Day…this is without a doubt one of my favourite reads all year, I couldn‘t put it down. Set in mid 1600s in Algonquin territories at the beginning of French settlements, this book is so powerful and heartbreaking. I love that women and two-spirit characters are at the forefront in this one. #integrateyourshelf

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Doing a watchlist was the hardest part cause mostly I just re-watch whatever I‘m in the mood for! 🎃 #scararhalon #teammonstermash @StayCurious

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The Secret Life of Bees | Sue Monk Kidd
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Coming of age story set in 1960s South Carolina. I really loved spending time with the characters in this one, it's the kind of book where you keep wondering what they're all up to when you're not reading the book.

Also apparently I've been living under a rock because I didn't realize there was a movie adaptation. Will have to check it out!

🐝

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House of Hollow | Krystal Sutherland
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My TBR for #Scarathlon2022! But like all my monthly TBRs they basically change every 2 days 😁 The tagged book is the one I'm looking forward to the most, I've heard good things about it. #TeamMonsterMash @StayCurious

Reggie 🖤Penpal🖤 and 🖤WorldWarZ🖤!!!! 2mo
LaraS @Reggie you always have the best horror recs so I think those two just floated up to the top of my list! 🖤🧡🖤 2mo
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StayCurious Don‘t forget you‘re on #TeamMonsterMash! 🧛‍♂️ 2mo
LaraS Haha whoops my bad :) This is what happens when you join at the 11th hour 😅 Updated my post! (edited) 2mo
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This is the kind of book that's fun to page through here and there when you can sneak just a few minutes of reading. Written in the style of a naturalist who travels to a different planet documents all the aliens he encounters, the artwork is quite something. The story isn't really a story so much as a supporting role for the artwork.

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The Promise | Damon Galgut
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#audiodecorating outside for halloween and this 8 legged dude was lurking behind some of my outdoor wood decor. I'm not that close to the water so I don't normally get wharf spiders in my backyard, but clearly this one wanted to help decorate...

This books is good but it requires a bit of big brain energy to keep the characters straight (especially on audio book) and i'm not sure I'm in the mood for that right now.

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Morning in America | Magdalene Visaggio
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After a bit of a hiatus I decided to pop back into Litsy 'cause this place is always full of Hallowe'en spirit! Totally loved this graphic novel set in the 80s about a smalltown that is suddenly taken over by mysterious monsters. 4 high school friends (& part time delinquants) decide to investigate. Loved the MCs and artwork. Also love that it's a stand-alone - sometimes I shy away from graphic novels that are series 'cause i just can't commit!

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I think this might be my favourite Peculiar Crimes Unit book so far. Such a good book for a snowy day, and definitely fits this #AestheticallyMatched photo ❄ ❄ ❄

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Circe | Madeline Miller
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The great bookish problem every time you start a new reading challenge....how to choose when my first book fits perfectly with two beautiful picture prompts? #AestheticallyMatched 😁

Clwojick It could count for both, if you‘re okay with doubling up! 11mo
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This was SUCH a good graphic novel adaptation, they really kept the heart of the story.

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Nick | Michael Farris Smith
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One of my fav things about Gatsby is the narrator (Nick) making biting comments while watching the absurd & dislikable characters around him. This “prequel“ still has dislikable characters, but since it's third person we miss out on Nick's witticism. Also I didn't read much about the storyline before diving in, and I'm just not a fan of war fiction.

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http://www.thefangirlinitiative.com/2014/11/5-reasons-why-i-love-great-gatsby.ht...