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Reagan

Reagan

Joined June 2016

(she/her) cat mom, dog mom, human mom
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Red X: A Novel by David Demchuk
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The Push by Ashley Audrain
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Wolf Road by Beth Lewis
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The Pet by Charles Grant
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4 3 2 1 by Paul Auster
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American Wife by Curtis Sittenfeld
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An Untamed State by Roxane Gay
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The Sisters Brothers by Patrick DeWitt
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Hard Cash Valley | Brian Panowich
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Mehso-so

Okay. I started this book and it was so good, I immediately decided I needed to read the first two books first. So I did and then it turns out that the third is the worst ☹️ it‘s not bad but the first two were SO GOOD that it‘s just like eh 🤷🏼‍♀️
And I could not stand the female characters. So there were some highlights but it just didn‘t stand up the books 1 and 2.

- fin -

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Hard Cash Valley | Brian Panowich
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My guy had emergency surgery this weekend, we still aren‘t sure what exactly happened but he is home and resting. Nothing like an emergency to remind you how much you love your baby. I‘m taking a couple of days to care for him, and I did manage to get some reading done in the middle of the night 😕 good book though.

DrexEdit Poor doggo! I hope he feels better soon! 💖 1mo
LeahBergen Aww, poor guy! ❤️ 1mo
MicheleinPhilly ☹️ Feel better soon, bud! 1mo
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Soubhiville Oh no! I hope he‘s all better soon. 1mo
Kdgordon88 Hope he recovers quickly & completely. He is handsome? 1mo
TheSpineView Poor baby! Hope he is better soon! 1mo
Hooked_on_books Oh, poor cone baby! That must have been so scary for you. I‘m glad you‘re able to spend a little time with him now as he‘s on the mend. My MIL had this situation a year ago and she‘s so lucky her dog made it (it was really touch and go for a while). It was such a terrible time for them. I really feel for you, going through something similar. 1mo
quietjenn Poor pup, I hope the situation improves soon (and you get some answers). 1mo
Cupcake12 Hope he feels better soon 💕🐶🐾 1mo
Dragon Hope he heals quickly 🐶💚🐉 1mo
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The Husbands | Chandler Baker
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Mehso-so

Kind of a slog if I‘m being honest. I didn‘t dislike this but I love The Stepford Wives and this was clearly inspired by that one and that‘s really all you need to know. It‘s that but with a gender twist and the issue of course being the unsung and emotional labour of motherhood. I‘m a firm believer in that, don‘t get me wrong but this wasn‘t for me.

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Untamed | Glennon Doyle
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I‘m not an inspirational book gal but when Brandi Carlile is a fan, I‘ll check it out. Some parts of the tagged book are not for me and that‘s okay but 80% of this is excellent. Lots of stuff I will keep to share with my kiddo. Who is an overexplainer 😆

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The Husbands | Chandler Baker
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Reading with my number one guy this morning, he is only allowed on the bed with mom on weekends 😀
I had taken out so many library books, I had to make some tough calls, and return a handful unread. This made room for the 4 new ones I got yesterday! I am glad that I gave the tagged a chance, I was a bit in the fence but I‘m about halfway through and enjoying it though it is slightly range inducing at times.

Prairiegirl_reading Beautiful dog!!! 💜 2mo
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Long Bright River | Liz Moore
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Things have been crazy! I‘ve been watching a lot of reality tv 🫤 and reading a lot but not actually finishing any books. Thankfully this morning I was up early and picked up Long Bright River and read half of it! So good!

EvieBee LOL! 2mo
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Lucy approves… of anytime I cuddle with her. It snowed here so bed is where I will stay for the foreseeable future.

5feet.of.fury Lucy! I really liked that book 🎥 3mo
Reagan Oh my gosh it was so good @5feet.of.fury maybe my favourite Riley Sager book so far. 3mo
5feet.of.fury @Reagan between this and Final Girls for me! So good 3mo
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We‘re coming back to the library weekly! Good for my mental health, not good for the hundreds of unread books that I own 😬

EvieBee Lol! I‘m in the same boat. 😩🥸 3mo
Reagan @EvieBee I can‘t stop 😬 3mo
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Jaws | Peter Benchley
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I don‘t have enough words to express how much I disliked this well written book. Maybe it is a classic but maybe sometimes movies are better than books. I will remember a cast full of unlikeable characters, some good deaths, and too little shark. Hated it.

AmyG Yes, the movie is much better than the book. 3mo
vivastory I agree that this is one of the rare cases where the movie is better 3mo
Addison_Reads Yes! I was so excited to finally read this and when I did it was such a disappointment. Still love the movie though. 😁 3mo
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Jaws | Peter Benchley
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Jaws is my absolute favourite movie of all time. Movie making perfection in my opinion. I read the books when I was much younger and don‘t really remember it but I snagged it at the library and started yesterday. I‘ve been flying through books but slowed down end of February so hopefully this helps me pick up steam again. Have a great weekend! MacGruber in the background as a #caturday offering

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Betty: A novel | Tiffany McDaniel
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Oh goodness. I read half of this book, returned it to the library, placed and hold and d read the rest. I would recommend this approach. This is capital Heavy. I don‘t know if I loved it but I liked it very much. I‘m not sure what to say about the plot, but it‘s inspired by the author‘s mother‘s childhood (I believe). It‘s heartbreaking with some really touching elements. A confrontation at the end had me teared up. Time well spent reading.

Amor4Libros One of my favorite books last year! 4mo
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MY DARK VANESSA. | KATE ELIZABETH. RUSSELL
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I‘ve been reading A LOT. Lucy is my constant companion, and a very good girl. Finished tagged this morning and I had some feelings! Vanessa had a tears long relationship with her teacher that began when she was 15, now accusations about his behaviour are coming out. I really enjoyed this book and perhaps enjoyed is not the right word but it was a very good book. For me, I thought a lot about how we view victims in the aftermath of these things ⬇️

Reagan And if victims sometimes feel an obligation to come forward and the unfairness of that. The ending was very good, open ended but I thought it left things in a tidy-ish / satisfying spot. It‘s a very hard read but a worthwhile journey. 4mo
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Canada is INTENSE right now. I‘ve been reading a lot, because holy hell, I‘m hiding from the news and the convoys. But this one is fun! I‘m flip flopping between about 5 different books so obviously had to start a new one. Would love to see the title story in a horror anthology series like Creepshow.

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Billy Summers | Steven King
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And Billy Summers takes its rightful place on the shelf. Pick! Loved it! Billy is an Iraq war vet / hitman who is working his last job. Complications arise at every corner. It was great! I really enjoyed it, and I just loved Billy. Not really the supernatural or horror elements that I tend to expect from SK but loved it all the same.

amywithbooks Loved this one so much!! 5mo
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Billy Summers | Steven King
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The thing about Stephen King is that I put it off for so long because once you start there‘s no going back. Diving in today, only 500 pages to go 😆

MyNamesParadise I went through this book in like 3 days while working. It just sucked me in, it was so good! Enjoy! 5mo
BiblioLitten You are right about that. I did the same with a Dolores Claiborne last year but when I did get to it, I couldn‘t think about anything else. 5mo
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Me, so proud this morning that I finished my library book (Near the Bone) and now have no library books out, so I start the tagged. Then I get a notification that my new hold has arrived 😂 #NailedIt

MyNamesParadise Yeah sometimes holds come in all at the same time! Ahh! But it‘s nice when there‘s stuff to pick up! 5mo
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Near the Bone | Christina Henry
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Just starting the tagged, don‘t recall where I heard about it but a lot of library holds so I better get reading! Sitting with Whiskers who we think has developed asthma 😑 so it‘s been a long week but she‘s started a steroid treatment that should help. All the better for her to get a lot of cuddles and assist me with my reading!

Bookzombie I read this one last year and couldn‘t put it down. I hope Whiskers will be okay. 💕🐈‍⬛ (edited) 5mo
Reagan @Bookzombie really good so far! Me too, she might have to get an inhaler 😳 5mo
Reggie It‘s crazy but I had a friend with an asthmatic cat and the poor guy would wheeze all the time and I had a friend who had a diabetic cat that she had to give insulin to. I had no idea these things were possible in cats. Also, I loved that book. I wanted to read William get his face beat in so hard. 5mo
Reagan @Reggie I had no idea either and now she‘s getting a puffer 😄 William needed a beat down. 5mo
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Planning to finish the tagged today, only about 75 pages left and then if I can I‘ll start Near the Bone which is on loan from the library. I have a big stack of unread books I own but was pretty excited for that one, so top of the pile!

#WeekendReading @Andrew65

Andrew65 Happy reading. 5mo
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Started this last year but sort of lost steam partway through. Just can back to me and I‘m hoping to finish it this week. This has been such a good start to the year, reading wise, as always I really hope I can maintain momentum. 😆 love Lauren Beukes, though not sure anything will live up to The Shining Girls but time will tell!

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Litani | Jess Lourey
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This one is a cross between a pan and so-so for me, I did not love it. Based around some real cases of child abuse during the satanic panic, it just didn‘t do it for me. Just kind of disappointing compared to Bloodline and Unspeakable Things.

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Litani | Jess Lourey
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I loved Unspeakable Things and really enjoyed Bloodline. So far Litani (inspired by the satanic panic and some real cases in Minnesota) is pretty good. Definite tw for child abuse, and while not explicit it‘s the same deep sense of dread I‘ve had while reading previous books by this author.

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Untitled | Unknown
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Alligators by Guy N Smith is not in the Litsy catalogue so please enjoy this picture of Dieter. The basic premise of this 1987 creature horror is that animal activists let out some alligators and caimans in the UK and they get into local waterways. I can‘t say this book aged terribly well, some depictions of relationships were a little off to me but it‘s 30+ years later so that will happen. The kills were pretty fun though.

Dragon 😻 5mo
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Satan's Snowdrop | Guy N. Smith
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Dentist reading is actually Alligators by the tagged author but it‘s not on Litsy 😕 in the meantime does that say 701 unread books? Yes. Am I ashamed? Also yes. Hoping to keep up momentum this year! Tell me I‘m not the only one with a shameful ebook tbr 😂

Bookzombie You‘re not. 🙂 6mo
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Then She Was Gone | Lisa Jewell
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Lucy Fur assisting mom. I really enjoyed this book! A 15 year old girl goes missing and 10 years later, there is movement on the case just as her mom starts to move on with her life.
This was a solid, entertaining read. Zero complaints. I was fully engaged, didn‘t notice any huge plot holes, it was good. I would read this author again. Two thumbs up, and book #4 of 2022. Also another off my tbr, so that‘s a win!

5feet.of.fury I liked that one! Also my black cat is named Lucy (short for Lucinda tho) 🐈‍⬛ 6mo
Reagan @5feet.of.fury awww I love black cats! 6mo
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My cuddle buddy this morning encouraged me to finish this compact little package of horrors. As with all short story collections, I connected with some more than others, but overall a strong collection. Having read Things Have Gotten Worse Since We Last Spoke, I felt prepared but I‘m not sure I was. Because it was kind of horrifying in an under the radar way but also super in your face.

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I‘m hoping to finish the tagged, and maybe also Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell. I have a lot partially read right now. I have to start finishing something!
#WeekendReading @Andrew65

Andrew65 Loved Then She Was Gone. 6mo
Reagan @Andrew65 it was so good! 6mo
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Snowblind | Christopher Golden
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Once upon a time there was a terrible winter storm in Coventry and many people died. Now it‘s about 10 years later and another bad storm is coming.
This was a fun one, creepy and maybe not the best book to read during a polar vortex 😂 but I did it. For a couple of characters the wrap up seemed too fast, but overall an enjoyable read.
That makes 2 Christopher Golden books down.
Book 1 of 2022 (I typed 2020 😬) and one off of my kobo tbr.

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Good grief, the second story is… something else. Is it more troubling to be the person who writes these or the person who enjoys reading them 🤣

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American Wife | Curtis Sittenfeld
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I lost steam on this one LAST SPRING but picked it up today and I‘m not sure why I stopped reading it in the first place. Also please note the Christmas tree that I refuse to take down. I like the sparkle.

DivineDiana We‘re still in the 12 days of Christmas! 🙂 6mo
KathyWheeler We have never taken our Christmas tree down until January 6. I liked this book a lot. 6mo
Reagan @DivineDiana @KathyWheeler it‘s so early but I know so many people who have taken their trees down already! 6mo
KathyWheeler @Reagan Me too! I know people who take them down the day after Christmas! I also know people who keep them up even longer and convert them into Mardi Gras trees. 😄 6mo
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Loved it! I adored Wordslut so it didn‘t come as a big surprise that I also loved Cultish. I loved reading about the role of language and how cults use it to their advantage. I would also read a whole book on cult language and mlms.

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Just woke up from a nap and husband handed me this just arrived book. Perfection.

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Just take a load off and relax, get your mind off the pandemic with a nice book about cults. And words.

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Girl in the Dark: A Novel | Marion Pauw, Hester Velmans
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Something about a Christmas tree just makes me want to be reading. Cruising through Girl in the Dark. I‘ve been super sad because pre Covid I volunteered at the library and could purchase donations so I always give so many books for Christmas. This year, a few unexpected big costs have put a kink in my buying plans but going to do some thrifting and hopefully pick up some good gifts for people!

Reggie Just surviving right now is a win. People will understand. These are rough times. 7mo
Reggie Also, beautifully striking pic. 7mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks This is such a beautiful photo! You should have it framed! 🐶❄️ 7mo
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Secret Santa | Andrew Shaffer
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Going to decorate the tree tonight, and after finishing such a heavy book and being midway through Betty, I decided to get festive and start Secret Santa. One thing I love is Christmas based horror 🎅 🩸

Any recommendations in this kind of specific genre haha?

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Blood: A Memoir | Allison Moorer
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This was a really fascinating read. I was familiar with the music of Allison Moorer and her sister Shelby Lynne but had no idea that one day when they were young, their dad killed their mom and then himself. This book was really heartbreaking as she looks back on the memories, good and bad, and how this tragedy has affected both her and her sister. I‘m really glad I read it, she is a beautiful writer.

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Betty: A novel | Tiffany McDaniel
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Halfway exactly! Was up really early so treated myself to some beautiful and tragic reading. Making steady progress of this, not too quick because I need time to process. Hoping to finish up this week though!

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True Crime | Samantha Kolesnik
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It was my birthday yesterday! Top 3 added to my overloaded bedside table are new and I am EXCITED

RaeLovesToRead HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!! 7mo
cant_i'm_booked Happy Birthday! Your book haul looks GREAT! 7mo
wanderinglynn Happy, happy birthday! 🎉🎂🥳 What a great haul! 7mo
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marleed Happy Birthday! 7mo
JessClark78 Happy Birthday! 7mo
Karkar Happy late birthday! 7mo
Reggie Happy Birthday!!! 7mo
aperfectmjk Happy Birthday!!! Loved Betty!!! 💕 7mo
Twainy Happy Birthday!! 7mo
Nute Happy Birthday! I hope that you had a fabulous day! 7mo
Bookzombie Happy Birthday! 🧁🍪🥳 7mo
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Betty: A novel | Tiffany McDaniel
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This feels very much like that moment in The Office where they have the fire drill. 🚨 it‘s happening! It‘s happening 🚨

So far so good but with ominous undertones and despite my best efforts I saw a comparison to Bastard Out of Carolina which is like a combo of these emojis😭🤩 and filling me with a lot of dread.

Chelsea.Poole LOVE Betty but 😭 and your dish looks great! 7mo
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Hamnet | Maggie O'Farrell
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Unreservedly a pick. I know some people flew through this, I did not, I‘ve been plodding away for about a year. And I‘m glad. I almost bailed but decided just to put it down for a while (months) and come back and I did. And what a delight. Just so beautifully written, and a really inspired take on what may have transpired because we really have no idea. Loved the chapter on how the plague entered the story, and the ending, ugh, my heart. Lovely.

BiblioLitten This was indeed a beautifully written novel💕 7mo
Cathythoughts I loved this one ❤️💔 7mo
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The Island | Peter Benchley
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Panpan

This book was not good. I enjoyed the beginning, but it really went off the rails and it felt endless. I just wanted to finish it, now I have. It started off as a fun book about pirates killing unsuspecting boaters but I don‘t even know how to address the insanity in a bad way that this then turned into. What a mess.

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The Island | Peter Benchley
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I‘ve been reading very slowly but consistently and that‘s all you can ask for, right? Just halfway through The Island and it has taken an unexpected turn. I cannot wait to find the movie when I finish this book.

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Hamnet | Maggie O'Farrell
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Lately it‘s been a lot of knitting and a lot of horror movies. We did finish the watching Mr. Mercedes which was a departure from the books but I loved it. Anyways, I‘m knitting tonight (pic was me winding a ball of yarn with my helper) but I am finally over halfway through Hamnet and actually really excited to read it. Definitely different and I‘ve really struggled to get into it but with such beautiful writing, the journey has been worth it.

Texreader ❤️🐈‍⬛ 9mo
Sumi I found it beautiful & heartbreaking. Meanwhile, I‘m having the opposite problem: reading plenty & unable to get into my knitting! (And other crafty projects.) 9mo
DivineDiana Absolutely loved it! 9mo
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Body Art | Kristopher Triana, Blood Bound Books
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😬😳🤮 can best describe how I felt reading this book. It‘s Frankenstein but x rated isn‘t going far enough… it is trigger warnings galore and this writer went places I did not see coming. I think I liked it for what it was. It is most certainly horrific, so mission accomplished I guess.

BekahB I‘ve heard of this one and most people seem to have the same reaction. Extreme horror isn‘t the type of horror I typically like to pick up, but this one is on my “maybe one day” pile. 9mo
Reagan @BekahB it was my first extreme horror and it didn‘t turn me off of the genre although parts gave me pause. It was sort of fascinating in a way. Who would write this and why would they do it? Why would I read it? 😬 9mo
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The Island | Peter Benchley
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Oh how I love dated books. Here, the intrepid reporter is going to speak to his boss who is upset that a Woody Allen cover story has been cancelled. Boy if Peter Benchley knew then how that was going to go 😂 I don‘t think there are any monsters in this one just pirates but the blood is already splattering.

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Blood Games | Richard Laymon
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I have a lot of trouble sleeping these days, up since 3:40 today. But that means I got to finish Blood Games and Ararat by Christopher Golden. Blood Games though ❤️ 5 college friends meet up yearly for an adventure chosen by one, unfortunately this year it is an abandoned and isolated hotel that was the site of an unsolved mass murder some years before. Things go badly. This was a really tense read from the beginning, and did not disappoint.

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Blood Games | Richard Laymon
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There is a 3rd black cat but I couldn‘t get the camera right. I am LOVING this book so much, flying through it. Celebrating my wedding anniversary a day early today (12 year ❤️) by doing my favourite thing, used book shopping!

Lucy_Anywhere What a handsome pair! Congrats on your wedding anniversary- used book shopping sounds like a purrfect (sorry, couldn‘t resist) way to celebrate 9mo
Susanita Black cats rule! 🖤 9mo
rubyslippersreads 😻😻😻 cats and books are always a great way to celebrate! 9mo
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Amiable Love all of the black cats! 9mo
Bookzombie Happy Anniversary!!! 9mo
KathyWheeler Happy anniversary! 9mo
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American Royals | Katherine McGee
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I did not enjoy this. It was not the narrator who was fine, although the husky male voices were not great, but take the thesaurus away from this author. Everyone in this book was constantly incredulous, feeling were always tinged, people felt electric and full of lightning, which was a lot for a cast of characters that was proudly virginal. Please let me never again listen to a book where every male character has a lopsided smile. I‘m too cynical.

AlaMich That kind of repetition is like nails on a chalkboard to me!😵 9mo
Reagan @AlaMich I would not have kept reading the book, and by the time I was getting really irritated I was pretty far in. Too bad because it was a good idea and I didn‘t hate the plot. 9mo
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American Royals | Katherine McGee
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Why am I listening to this and loving it? The male voices I am not into and this is not quite what I was expecting. Guilty pleasure and highly predictable, I doubt I‘ll read the second but this is solid background listening.

Please help. I can‘t stop.

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Blood Games | Richard Laymon
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Really feeling the need for horror and gore in my life, thankfully I have a shelf packed with horror for just those moods. 🥰

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Black Cat | John Russo
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I bought so many new 80s and 90s horror paperbacks last week. Stress levels here have been high high high so I wasn‘t reading too much and I didn‘t even do #bookspinbingo this month ☹️ back at it next month I think. Going to lay in bed for a while and read this novel about the panther people and their orgies of list and blood.

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