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Larkken

Joined September 2016

She/her Grad school survivor & chronic fantasy and speculative fiction reader. On Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/11989434-larkin
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In the Dream House: A Memoir | Carmen Maria Machado
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I decided at the start of this year to read slower and to savor books more. And success! Halfway through January and here is all that I‘ve finished- much fewer than this time last year 😉 fav so far is tagged…
However, I am reminded of why I was a little more amped up in pace when I realized I also have 7 other books in progress and most of those are back on library hold 🤦🏻‍♀️

IndoorDame Way to go! I made a read slower resolution as well, but I think I‘m failing at mine. Still having a good reading month though, so I guess that‘s what counts. 2w
SamAnne Great selection. 2w
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Middlemarch | George Elliot
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#pemberlittens
I am /very/ behind 😂 suffice to say, I was using Serial but didn‘t realize it doesn‘t always deliver whole chapters to read!
As I caught up with Ch 4, I was struck by this sentence from Mr. Brooke and rabbitholed (while evocative I didn‘t know what an “irregular solid” is) only to discover Sofja Kowalewskaja, a Russian mathematician who developed an equation to describe any irregular body revolving around a fixed point - and she ⬇️

Larkken Even met Eliot! This seems to be too much of a coincidence for me to believe this sentence doesn‘t reference her and her “top” - which is pretty cool 🤓 link to article about Kovalevskaia: https://www.bbvaopenmind.com/en/science/mathematics/sofia-kovalevskaya-the-woman... (edited) 3w
Larkken And one about the math (it also has a video of the top): https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/roots-of-unity/a-few-of-my-favorite-spaces-... (edited) 3w
BkClubCare This *is* cool!! 3w
Clare-Dragonfly OK, that is awesome! 3w
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Middlemarch | George Eliot
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Hooray for the new year! Hope it‘s off to a great start for all, and that we all have luck with our respective #bookspin and #doublespin lists. Not listed are a few read-slows that I‘m trying in order to chill out my reading (like the tagged for #pemberlittens 🥰). I did not get much reading done these holidays, so we‘ll see how much of a dent I make in the new year‘s challenges…
#aam #ToB23 #RH23 #Pop23 #roll100 #SeriesLove2023 #ALSpine

Larkken Except for #auldlangspine, of course! I‘m planning to start with Death and the Penguin and Chouette, but I might try to keep reading off @jhod s list for a couple months into the new year too 😘 Thanks again, @monalyisha for organizing! 4w
Andrew65 Best of luck and hope you have a good reading year. 4w
TheSpineView Good luck! 4w
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 4w
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I love the StoryGraph stats! I like that I can separate out my yearly goals between pages read and overall books finished, since I go through audiobooks pretty quick when I‘m at work. And it looks like I had a pretty great reading year 🥰
Next year I think I‘d actually like to read less, and do more savoring, but I‘m still impressed at the number of pages i devoured this time around!
Last read of the year tagged (💙 MurderBot, but it was just ok)

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Case Histories | Kate Atkinson
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Here are some series that have been on my tbr for a while - looking forward to #serieslove2023 to try them next year!

There are also a bunch of series where I‘ve read all but one or two books that would be good to finish up… we‘ll see how far I get 📚

Andrew65 Some great series here, I especially loved the Jackson Brodie Series, good luck. 😁 1mo
TheSpineView Loved The Throne of Glass series! Good luck! 1mo
Ruthiella I also love the Jackson Brodie books! 😀 1mo
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Bookzombie I love your graphic! 1mo
Larkken @Andrew65 @Ruthiella oh, good! I have the first spin up on my kindle for January and am looking forward to it 😍 1mo
Larkken @TheSpineView I liked ACOTAR and co, so I figured it was time to tackle this series 🤩 1mo
Larkken @Bookzombie thank you! I love the excuse of Litsy to use Canva (sometimes too much) 🤓 1mo
TheSpineView @Larkken No time like the present as they say! 1mo
CarolynM I‘m a Jackson Brodie fan too🙂 Enjoy! 1mo
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Vita Nostra | Sergey Dyachenko, Marina Dyachenko
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Well, I‘ve not been online enough for the more traditional #12booksof2022 - too many lovely other things going on with family! - & I couldn‘t narrow my faves down to 12 😅 but I do love a good list, so here‘s my favs in 2022.

Top 5:
1. Vita Nostra (here grouped w/ another great cerebral fantasy, Babel)
2. The Sentence
3. The Thursday Murder Club series
4. The Argonauts
5. A Memory Called Empire

(W/ Bunny + Our Wives Under the Sea close behind!)

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Rooster | Don Trembath
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#tob crew, I am ambling through the current and former brackets and need help understanding the zombie picks 😫
How are these chosen? I see it is a poll… does everyone who participates in the poll pick their favorite from among the shortlist, and the two with the highest votes that were also eliminated in previous rounds make a comeback in the quarterfinals?
I don‘t remember those who tob, so consider yourself tagged if you like, and thanks!

BkClubCare Hello! @ruthiella is more an expert than I but will attempt to answer: The zombies are a poll and offered very early in the process. Yes, it does seem like a popularity poll. I rarely have enough read to make even an educated guess so I have been known to skip it, sadly. Many try to consider that”best” or favorite that might get not do well in the bracket. Ah! It is all gambling! Anything can happen. So, as a book fails to advance its _ 2/3 (edited) 1mo
BkClubCare _ its bracket, they consider the highest zombie vote getter that could still end up for the zombie rounds. Ask away, if this doesn‘t make sense. I voted for Tomorrow as my zombie this year; I didn‘t vote last year. 1mo
Ruthiella You got it @BkClubCare ! I‘m no expert. 😅It usually is a popularity contest in that the zombie poll is so early and I can‘t imagine anyone having read all the shortlist by then. I voted for Mouth to Mouth only because so many on Litsy really liked it. I hadn‘t yet read it. 1mo
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BkClubCare @Ruthiella - thx for chiming in! AND… I always tell everyone that the whole point of the TOB absolutely is the ridiculousness of attempting to “March Madness” books in a play off!!! It probably most-decidedly shouldn‘t be taken seriously and is all a nutty time to have amazing book discussion. Do not get seduced by any book being better than another. It is the fun of the digging, the analyzing, the thing you hadn‘t thought of. 1mo
Larkken @BkClubCare @Ruthiella excellent. Thanks!! That does make sense - it‘s a way for folks to give another shot to the book they are secretly rooting for! Ha, love it. It means I can use it in my own bracket as a “second chance” for my own faves 😉 since my own bracket is all for fun anyway (edited) 1mo
Larkken I agree entirely @BkClubCare - I‘ll never be able to keep up with the current tob list, but I love getting the opportunity to compare each book as I read it with everyone else‘s thoughts, even if I read them way after the competition! I was ready to discount Mouth to Mouth as fine but maybe a bit meh but others‘ comments really made me look at the narrative structure in a new way and one which brought more to my analysis of the story 👍🏻 1mo
BkClubCare @Larkken - I find it to be one of the best lit discussion corners of the universe. We will have to see what/how Discord/Disqus changes it, tho. Change is inevitable 1mo
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Death and the Penguin | Andrey Kurkov
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I've not been on Litsy much lately... Now that the Read Harder Challenge has been released, I've been happily plotting and planning for next year. I'm planning to do #AuthorAMonth, #Booked23, #Pop23, #RH23, #52Book, #NoShame, #AuldLangSpine, and #roll100 so far, and I'll also try to do my local library yearly reading challenge 😅 Or at least, I'll spreadsheet the f* out of them 😂 Any of the rest of you getting ambitious?

Larkken In related news: I just figured out I have the tagged book! Good news! Turns out I've owned it since 2015, haha, and thanks to #auldlangspine I can remember to enjoy it! Thanks for the kick in the pants, @jhod and now I have another reminder of just how badly I need #roll100! 2mo
Bklover I had to screenshot your spreadsheet so I could see it and it looks absolutely amazing! I do love a beautiful spreadsheet! (Although now that I‘m retired I seem to have lost my spreadsheet skills.). Sometimes planning to read the books is as much fun as reading them. Sometimes it‘s more fun! 2mo
jhod No probs on the kick in the pants 🤣 1mo
Larkken @Bklover thank you! I love books and lists and lists of books… 😂 and you are right about the planning! 1mo
Larkken @jhod 😅🤦🏻‍♀️ 1mo
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Death and the Penguin | Andrey Kurkov
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Lovely to meet you, @jhod ! I've just spent the evening most enjoyably exploring your #auldlangspine list since they are almost all completely new to me and very intriguing 😁 the five indicated are the books that struck me the most so I'll start there - the tagged looks especially fun!

I'm looking forward to getting to know you a little better @jhod - thanks for the match, @monalyisha 💖

Cinfhen Cool list @jhod - there‘s a bunch that are new to me too and a few I read & enjoyed!! Have fun @Larkken 2mo
RebelReader I‘ve seen The Colony on several lists. I‘m gonna have to check that one out. 2mo
jhod Ha! I had forgotten some of my recommends! I would check out Tara Isabella Burton's first book, Social Creature as well. 2mo
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Memorial: A Novel | Bryan Washington
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This year I discovered the bittersweet fiction by Bryan Washington, whose stories are filled with queer, diverse, and intensely human characters. They made me feel all the things - not least of which was how much I miss Houston, TX.

His books also fit the #booked2022 prompt: main character has AIDS. So, worth a consideration for any last-minute challenge scrambling!

#adventrecommends @emilyrose_x

BkClubCare This one was lovely 1mo
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Prodigal Summer | Barbara Kingsolver

#adventrecommends day 1

This book was probably my favorite read in January. It lifted me out of a reading slump (I had 2 bails in January! And I almost never bail!!) AND I wouldn‘t have picked it up if it hadn‘t been for #aam. So this post is as much a rec for the #aam challenge as it is for the book 🥰!

Now that Kingsolver is on my radar - does anyone have any favorites I shouldn‘t miss?

LeeRHarry Prodigal Summer is my fave but I highly recommend The Bean Trees and it‘s sequel Pigs in Heaven 😊 2mo
Larkken @LeeRHarry ooh, I will check them out, thank you! 2mo
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Book of Night | Holly Black
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Finally committed to a final tbr #bookspin list for 2022 / gave up on getting through my November list 😂😉

(I already started the tagged book! 🤫)

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A Memory Called Empire | Arkady Martine
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I know I‘m late to the party, but I still really liked this Jadzia Dax / Aztecs / Byzantine Empire mashup. Excited to read book 2!

Plus, I finished my #bookspin and #doublespin for November, read one book for #aam, did some damage to my backlog from challenges, and got a bingo. Surprising for a month where I said I‘d be doing more “relaxed” reading!

TheAromaofBooks Yay!! Fantastic month!!! 2mo
Megabooks Dax - what a great character! 2mo
Larkken @Megabooks right? I keep meaning to rewatch DS9 for characters like her/them 2mo
Larkken @TheAromaofBooks 😊 it really was! 2mo
SamAnne This has been in my TBR stack for a long time!!! 2mo
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This book about the early 20th archaeological explorations by Britts under the city of Jerusalem is a mess. Which is too bad, because it actually does a great job with the archaeology itself! I couldn‘t stand the organization, the fictionalized conversations and internal monologues, and how it jumped around in time and among minor characters‘ povs. Read at your own risk I guess.

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Velvet Was the Night | Silvia Moreno-Garcia
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I love Moreno-Garcia‘s references, so I was excited for this month‘s #aam - but tho I think this book is solid, I didn‘t connect with it as much as I wanted to and I think that is because the author didn‘t lean in to the noir aspects as much as she could have. Things I liked: hearing more about living in Mexico City during the student riots, the references to another country‘s cultural touchstones like their noir and graphic novel traditions.

Larkken Pic from a noir movie from Mexico, for more see https://bampfa.org/program/mexican-film-noir 2mo
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I am excited about #auldlangspine and just registered! I was so intrigued by this last year and looking forward to finally giving it a try! Thanks for organizing @monalyisha ! I hope the winter hibernation is going as well as can be expected. I‘ll go make sure my Litsy stacks are updated at least through the last year now… haha 😅😬

monalyisha Ha! Thanks for joining and for the well wishes! It‘s only the beginning. Check on me again in February & we‘ll see how I‘m faring. 🥶 2mo
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Bailedbailed

Oof, I just can‘t with all the mom-judgements and piling-on, even if it is done with satire in mind. I bumped this back onto my radar with all the end of year hype and the fact it made the #toblonglist but I felt like I was being buried in bad news and inescapable horridness while reading this. TOD 20%

Larkken Is there a term for when you go crazy/turn into a terrible person bc people keep treating or telling you you‘re crazy/- terrible person? Like reverse gaslighting? 2mo
Megabooks I felt the same way about this when I bailed! 2mo
Larkken @Megabooks apparently the last couple years have overly sensitized me to dystopian fiction 🙈 like, it‘s all just too possible or something haha and I just can‘t 2mo
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Half Price Books - Omaha | Omaha, NE (Bookstore)
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Oh man, I‘m so pleased with my book haul this week! Especially with the illustrated Neverwhere, to tide me over from the disappointment of not having an autographed Gaiman 😉
I did less well finding the gifts I went there for… but oh well, I guess!

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After the very fun, and very fast-paced (for me) #scarathlon, I need a little bit of a reset! I have a bunch of partly-started books to clear off my list, some challenges to clean up (so many #roll100! eep!)... and in general, I'd like to try slowing down and savoring my eyeball-reading a little more. Free spaces reserved for the audiobooks that I blast through during data entry ;)
#bookspin #doublespin #bookspinbingo @thearomaofbooks

Larkken bahaha. searched for the bookspin/doublespin numbers, and realized I don't have a number nine! Retroactive nine assignment = A Prayer for the Crown Shy. It seems like a good palate cleanser, and was on my audiobook list! :D 3mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! Enjoy!!! 3mo
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Empire of Wild | Cherie Dimaline
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#scarathlon Week 4 = 9926 for #teamslaughter
What a fun month-o-reading! Hope y‘all had as good a time as did I!
As you can see, I did a bunch of bingo boards 😅 (and got tired of fighting with the collage app.. but nm)
Otherwise… I read 5/10 for #trappedonanisland, 2 #aam novels, got stuck in the maze, 22/31 for #31by31, 5 books about witches… & I still have to figure out how I did for the #autumnatoz. Stay tuned!
Tagged is favorite from week 4!

Catsandbooks Fantastic!! 🎉🎃 3mo
Clwojick Great job! Thank you for joining us, and all your participation! 3mo
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Mrs March | Virginia Feito
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I thought this might be a nice little psychological thriller for #scarathlon, but I‘m at 34% and the Otessa Moshfegh-ness is getting to me. I get that she‘s written as an unlikable character, but it‘s getting hard to care. I like looking up spoilers for books like these, to see if they ever resolve anything or if you end up not sure what‘s just in the MC‘s head, and everyone is being very circumspect 😡 help? I need to know if I should finish!

Ruthiella I suggest you DNF if you don‘t like books with unresolved endings. Most definitely a lot of the action is only in Mrs. March‘s head and not a reflection of reality. 3mo
Larkken @Ruthiella thanks! I really appreciate it. Im weird, but find knowing the ending can alleviate my anxiety so I can enjoy a books prose… or decide to dnf 😂 You are right, together with the unlikable narrator, I think having the ending unresolved would just bug me. 3mo
Ruthiella @Larkken I hear you! I sometimes jump ahead in a book just to find out if something terrible has happened and then I go back read what led up to it. It alleviates my tension! 😅 3mo
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Week 3 #scarathlon total for #teamslaughter = 9250
🎉🥳🎃
This week, I read 4 books including our buddy read, which was light and fluffy and fun, if not terribly believable. And loook, I found a Hallmark movie for it! Maybe I‘ll have to watch it 🤔 #spookoween

TheSpineView Well done 3mo
SomedayAlmost It is so perfect for a Hallmark movie! (And as an author, tv/film rights are where the real money is.) 3mo
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Horrorstr | Grady Hendrix;
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Oh my! Hendrix sure likes to use rats in his horror stories 😳 I also have a thing about snot - when little, people blowing their noses used to make me gag - so let me tell you, there is a certain scene in this book that was A Problem lol.
Anyway, good setting, entertaining integration of the increasingly disturbing ikea-like product descriptions, but I could do without the body horror 🤢
Read for #aam and #scarathlon

Soubhiville I actually like rats, but definitely not snot… I‘ve heard this is a really unique book. 3mo
Larkken @Soubhiville I like rats too! Grady seems to like them for ambiance in a way that is a bit unique 3mo
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It | Stephen King
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I was perusing Libby for my next #scarathlon audiobook and IT is listed as being 45 hours long! How can this be? I feel bad for the narrator, if it‘s not a glitch. Can anyone confirm that this book is this much of a tome?!

Soubhiville It is a brick of a tome so I wouldn‘t be surprised if it is that long. Of course if you speed it up you can make it shorter! 3mo
Soubhiville Looks like The Stand is 48 hours and both books are close to the same page count, so seems accurate. 3mo
Larkken @Soubhiville oh man. I‘ve been going back to Kings books that I never read before, but I dunno if I have the stamina right now for another Stand-level brick 🫠 thanks for the info! I‘ll save it for another time 😆 3mo
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Bookwormjillk Yes, can confirm. It is a looooong book. Misery is shorter! 3mo
swishandflick It's over 1000 pages so that sounds about right 😂 3mo
Kitta I read it and was reading for hours and checked my kindle and it was at 1% finished!! This book is so long. Around 1000 pages. I had mixed feelings about it but I‘m glad I read it. 3mo
Kimberlone Yes, I listened to the audiobook and it is that long. 3mo
Larkken @Bookwormjillk @swishandflick @Kimberlone @Kitta my gawd, it‘s a journey! I don‘t think I‘m mentally prepared for 1000 pages of creepy clowns, lol 🤡 Thanks for the update, I‘d hate to be blindsided like that 😂 3mo
Kimberlone @Larkken my partner and I listened to it over multiple long road trips. It was perfect for that, but definitely not the best for a low commitment listen. 3mo
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This may have been a poor choice of audiobook to walk while listening to… two younger guys looked like they were about to cross the street and called out to talk to me - bad idea! I am sure they are just LDS or some such, but someone should tell them to lay off accosting women going for a walk by themselves, and that‘s not just the book talking! If you want to creep yourself out during walks outside, I can recommend this true crime… #scarathlon 😜

Megabooks I hate it when people call out to me when I‘m walking my dog. 3mo
Larkken @Megabooks I know! Anytime I‘m doing outdoor me time just feels so necessary for renewal, I hate it when anyone intrudes. 3mo
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Empty Smiles | Katherine Arden
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Week 2 total for #scarathlon2022 #teamslaughter
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Good week, with 216 words for the weekly game, five books read, and a few bingo lines, including this one for #bookspinbingo woohoo! The tagged book was the final book in a quick and easy and very creepy middle grade series. If anyone needs scary clowns in their life or bingo boards, this will work for you!

Clwojick Way to go! Great job! ☠ 3mo
TheAromaofBooks Yay!! Looks great!! 3mo
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The Initial Insult | Mindy McGinnis
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Week 1 #scarathlon2022 points for #teamslaughter = 8885!
I read 4 books and watched 2 movies and 6 spooky episodes and tallied up a bunch of readathon points - no bingos yet! Favorite book so far this month is The Golden Enclaves (but not very spooky season-y!) and the tagged book was the last one I finished, and was a low pick. Should have been higher bc of all the Poe refs, but I just struggle with YA lately. This was my #bookspin this month.

Clwojick Just seeing this now, since I didnt get the tag, but I'll add them to the team total! 3mo
Larkken @clwojick - sorry! I thought I had tagged you 😓 guess I can't blame every mistake on Litsy's wonky tags! 3mo
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Resting Place | Camilla Sten
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I enjoyed this isolated location thriller/mystery in a creepy old house a little more than Sten‘s previously translated work (The Lost Village). Good #scarathlon2022 #teamslaughter fodder!

Larkken stats: 3 hours for #bookspinbingo #trappedonanisland #promptmaze #spookaween2022 #31by31 #bodycountbingo isolated location #littenlisten multiple narrators #autumnbingo dark and stormy #scarathlondailyprompts black cover (for Oct 1 - 15 pts, whoo!) @Clwojick @TheSpineView @Catsandbooks @TheAromaofBooks @aperfectmjk @ann_reads 46 word search words found + a handful of insta readathons/prompts for a total of 2325 pts 4mo
TheSpineView Awesome 4mo
Clwojick Looks good! Way to go! 🖤 4mo
Catsandbooks Wonderful! 🧡 4mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 4mo
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The Addams Family: An Evilution | Charles Addams, H. Kevin Miserocchi
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Guess I‘ll rack up some points for #teamslaughter on my flight! This is my first movie of spooky season, and Morticia is definitely #feministgoals for me. Who doesn‘t want to have it all AND pledge themselves to the power of darkness? #scarathlon2022

Larkken I‘m also counting this for today‘s #scarathlondailyprompt of killer - for the black widow killer in the movie 😉 4mo
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@Nessavamusic :
Welcome to the island! It‘s a spooky one. I found this box of books for you to read, hope you like it 🥰😉 I tried to put a variety of genres in there. And happy #scarathlon, if you are practicing!
#trappedonanisland:
Battle Royale
Uzumaki
Other Birds
Soul Taken
The Inheritance of Orquidea Divina
The Hike
The Hollow Places
The Nature of Witches
Clown in a Cornfield
Small Favors

Thanks for organizing, @aperfectmjk !

Nessavamusic Excellent thank you! 4mo
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Vita Nostra | Sergey Dyachenko, Marina Dyachenko
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September was a pretty good reading month for me with two bingos on my #bookspinbingo board! I also finished the #bookspin pick, Jackpot for #aam, and a few chunksters including Babel! Favorite book of the month is tagged.

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The Resting Place | Camilla Sten
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I‘m joining the multiple bingo boards party again with two lists for #bookspinbingo! This is mostly to keep me honest, I swear 😅
I‘m planning to use the “main” list for the usual #bookspin and #doublespin choices. Thanks as always, @TheAromaofBooks and happy #scarathlon to all players! 🍁🎃🧛🏻‍♀️

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! I have two lists going this month as well!! 4mo
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Finished this lovely-written epistolary memoir on audiobook while on vacation. The themes are fairly dark, if ultimately hopeful, and I found myself growing impatient with the author at times. Since the book consists of a series of letters, each is very much a snapshot of the author‘s state of mind at certain points - preping for a book tour, after a breakup, after surgeries, etc - which was nice in that it encapsulated change… but also ⬇️

Larkken …allowed for a certain degree of cringe at times. (No rough edges from triumphs or lows are smoothed out here.) very much worth reading, and I can see how it would be extremely helpful for anyone going through suicidal ideation, particularly from body dysmorphia. I read this for a challenge calling for a memoir by a nonbinary or trans individual. 4mo
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My bucketlist for #scarathlon has 25 things on it - you know what that means! There‘s a bingo in my future! (I totally #blameLitsy for making me into a bingo fiend!)

Less than one week, #teamslaughter! #gofall

Clwojick Can‘t wait to see the pet costumes! 4mo
Clwojick hahahaha! Bingo boards! Good call! I might have to make one too! 4mo
Emilymdxn Omg I didn‘t think of a bucket list bingo board but now I HAVE to make one 4mo
StayCurious Great idea! 4mo
Larkken @Emilymdxn @Clwojick @StayCurious I‘m not sure what I was doing with my life before I found bingo boards 😆 4mo
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While I love horror books, I am a big wimp when it comes to scary movies 😬 and pretty much the only recurrent Halloween-esque movie I watch is The nightmare Before Christmas! For this year‘s #scarathlon, I promise to try and keep one eye cracked for the #teamslaughter buddy watches of Scream. I can try! @Clwojick
Early bird posts complete!

Texreader I‘m with you. I don‘t do scary movies (anymore). My daughter assured me Scream isn‘t scary. Well we will see… 4mo
Larkken @Texreader I‘m worried! We‘ll have to hang out in the back and watch through our fingers 😂 (edited) 4mo
Clwojick Agreed @Texreader Scream is more campy/slasher then eerie or scary. (edited) 4mo
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Low pick. I can‘t help but feel that if the author wanted to write a book about the actual native people who were/are active in exploration culture, they should have done so instead of writing yet another glowing biography of Burton & shoehorning Bombay into the afterword.

Photo from https://www.rgs.org/CMSPages/GetFile.aspx?nodeguid=fafd5305-a83d-4083-90e0-3d456... (Royal Geographic Society) where there is a small bio of Bombay.

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Horrorstor: A Novel | Grady Hendrix
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Thanks to #trappedonanisland, my #scarathlontbr is more organized than ever! If you're interested, @aperfectmjk is hosting this challenge on her litsy page. See their original post for details, but in brief, add books you're interested in reading for the month to a goodreads shelf for others to peruse 🕷️ mine has all the thrillers and horror novels I've bought and stuck, languishing on my kindle 🧛‍♀️ and some possibles from the library 🎃

Larkken Tagged is for #aam, and list doesn't include the #teambuddyread because I'm not sure which I'll pick. I'm leaning towards the cozy this year, hbu? Go #teamslaughter @Clwojick #scarathlon +20 pts ☺️🔪👻 4mo
Larkken And here's aperfectmjk's post on Litsy
https://litsy.com/p/Nnk4MzI3RFJj in case you missed it and want to join #trappedonanisland! 🏝️
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Clwojick Oh my gosh! I would have a hard time choosing only five, if I was chosen to pick yours! So many good ones! 4mo
Larkken @Clwojick haha, I know! I was excited to have someone else pare down my long list for once 😂 4mo
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Screamland | Harold Sipe, Hector Casanova
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Reposting as an official member of #teamslaughter: there‘s still time to sign up for #scarathlon2022! Join us 🎃🕷️🧛‍♀️! @Clwojick @StayCurious

10 pts! 😘

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScrAKF_4P5QR-kJDU9lrhzW7PQata8xPbqkHpE7...

Clwojick Woohoo! Thanks for the repost! 🖤🦇 4mo
StayCurious Thanks for sharing! 4mo
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The choices for “books featuring a feline” on my library home page made me laugh today! I guess feline shifters count… 🤔😂

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Libertie: A Novel | Kaitlyn Greenidge
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Already finished tagged book! On a roll! Figuratively only, however, as #roll100 choices are postponed until October since 2/3 were spooky books 😂

PuddleJumper Haha that's a good idea! 5mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 5mo
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Our Wives Under the Sea | Julia Armfield
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17 books for August and 2 bingos for #bookspinbingo! Oddly, the books I liked best this month are all in the top bingo row 🤔
Also complete: #doublespin and May‘s #bookspin -eternally playing catch-up, that‘s me! … or prioritizing holds for spooky season 😅

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Cold brew🧋keto cupcakes🧁and a nice morning catching up with my latest comfort-read of octogenarian crime solvers! I hope very much to be as much of a battle axe as Elizabeth someday.

Has anyone else seen a movie with a bunch of aging superhero‘s set in a nursing home? I cannot remember the name, but it has similar vibes to TMC. I wonder if osman watched it while writing?

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Uprooted | Naomi Novik
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August #bookspin and #doublespin list! Mostly challenges on the list for this month… I‘ve already read a number of this month‘s #aam pick‘s books, but thought a reread via audiobook sounded like a nice start for August 🥰
Good luck, fellow players!

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No One Is Talking about This | Patricia Lockwood
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Oh, no. I didn‘t read the trigger warnings, so this is on me; this book is about both modern life being at the mercy of social media, and also about a terminal pregnancy. Be warned, folks, and don‘t read in public!

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No One Is Talking about This | Patricia Lockwood
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My kitty and I are listening to this on the back porch and watching the rain. The meta-ness and the feeling like I‘m listening to a series of twitter posts is a bit mind-bending. I‘m impressed by the format but unsure if I have the attention span for so much randomness! It‘s interesting…

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Happy #wonderouswednesday everyone @Eggs ! It has been a while since I played 😍

1. 5⭐️ reads this year includes The Sentence, Overground Railroad, the Ballad of Perilous Graves, and the tagged novella with such delightful world building and discussion of the intersection of myth, history, and memory.

2. Enjoy this pic of my sansevieria - I was so surprised when it bloomed!

I hope all are having a good week 🏖

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Argonauts | Maggie Nelson
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New month, new list! Looking forward to many of this month‘s #bookspin #aam #roll100 and #camplitsy picks 🥰

I found the tagged book on a list of books about fertility struggles, and found it extremely moving. So much so that I was surprised to read mixed reviews about it on goodreads, honestly! Haha 🫣 If anyone has any book recommendations on the topic for me to add to my list, I‘d love to hear them 📚

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Two bingos for June!! A few books that I ended up loving snuck in towards the end of the month; tagged is my favorite.

I‘m happy to be working my way slowly through old challenges! Yay for #roll100 #bookspin and #booked for keeping me trying new things. Next to catch up on will be #camplitsy - the library wait lists for these have been bonkers, so I read ahead with Either/Or and will do what I can with the rest 😁

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The Night Strangers | Chris Bohjalian
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I fear I‘m in a bit of a rut this month! I tried the tagged book for #aam and it did not click with me - there seemed to be two competing storylines and I hated the end - however I also slogged my way through Death in Her Hands by Moshfegh, Notes from a Young Black Chef by Top Chef alum Onwuachi, and The Paradox Hotel by Rob Hart and rated them bleh to middling. I feel like there should have been variety enough there … so maybe I‘m just in a mood?

Larkken The pic is from my just-finished outside yoga session. Here‘s hoping it cleanses my mood and get me ready for #camplitsy - I confess I‘ve been too scared to try How High We Go, given my reactions to other books lately! (edited) 7mo
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The Book of Cold Cases | Simone St. James
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Oh no, I‘m running behind on June #bookspin already 😅
After figuring out my list, I‘ve plugged it into #bookspinbingo, realized I need to get started on #camplitsy, and discovered at least half of my board is made up of catch-up #roll100 #bookspin or #doublespin picks! Haha, I guess I‘ve got some work ahead of me 😂 silly me reading mostly “free” space books last month!