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SomedayAlmost

Joined November 2016

Writer mama. Loud introvert. Author. Booktok @bookwoman72 patriciaflahertypagan.com
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Advice needed: Is leaving honest reviews (2-5 stars) of novels written by other writers who are non competitors “unsupportive?”
I consider myself a reader first. Reviewing for other readers. Some think it‘s not appropriate to leave reviews of fewer than 5 stars for ANY book if one is a professional writer. Could use input on this! Thoughts, avid readers?

NatalieR The key word is honest. I understand it can be uncomfortable to leave a less than favorable review; however, every reader is entitled to their opinion about a book. Readers should not feel guilty for their opinions. 5d
Bookwomble I agree with @NatalieR 5d
marleed I notice on GR that Taylor Jenkins Reid marks books as read with written thoughts but doesn‘t leave any stars ⭐️. I get that. She acknowledges she read a book but doesn‘t mess with the repercussions that could come with assigning stars as a fellow author. 5d
SomedayAlmost Thanks, y‘all! Only assigning ⭐️ if it‘s 5 is one middle path I hadn‘t considered. 4d
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Yellowface | R F Kuang
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Smart, satirical, darkly funny look at race & publishing. Plagiarist unreliable narrator is by turns horrible & relatable. Cyberstalking subplot adds tension. Book group discussion possible. Highly recommend! #5stars #novels #aapiauthors

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks We are reading this next month for #LitsyLoveReads 💛 2w
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Hide | Tracy Clark
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Tracy Clark & other members of Crime Writers of Color offer great reads for Black History Month in the US. Enjoying this audiobook that starts her newest series… #audiobooks #crimewritersofcolor

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Burn the Negative | Josh Winning
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Stayed up late listening to this propulsive, chilling take of a former child star who is unable to outrun the doomed cult horror movie she starred in as a child. Is the film really cursed, or is a murderer on the loose? Highly recommend. #audiobooks

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Burn the Negative | Josh Winning
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As a horror writer, I‘m trying to listen to the audiobooks available of the novels on the preliminary ballot for the 2023 Bram Stoker Awards. #horror #audiobooks

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Such fun! Highly recommend the audiobook from the Libby public library system. Poirot and poison are a clever, entertaining couple.

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Can‘t go wrong with the fabulous Poirot! Enjoying my re-read (re-listen) choice for Mass Center for the Book reading challenge. (Jan=reread.)

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A young mom confronts her grief over the loss of her parents, family secrets, & creepy AF dolls & puppets. Seriously scary with interesting thoughts on grief & family sprinkled in between battles with the Puppet From Hell! 5 stars. #horror #familysynamics

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The Soulmate: A Novel | Sally Hepworth
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Did Pipa‘s husband try to save a suicidal jumper, or push her off a cliff? 4.5 stars for this good, twisty thriller featuring a relatively sympathetic look at the affect of mental illness on a family. One character is revealed to be much more than he/she seems. Author tries to paint sympathetic, complex portrait of mentally ill character, with mixed success on that point. Plotting & audiobook narration are very good. #thriller #audiobook

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My husband nailed it with the books he gave me for Christmas this year! Especially grateful for “How to sell…” and excited to start reading it tomorrow! #bookishgifts #tbr

Ericalambbrown I really liked this one! Enjoy! 2mo
SomedayAlmost @Ericalambbrown Pupkin! Yikes! (Still reading.) 2mo
Ericalambbrown @SomedayAlmost OMG YES!!!! That evil little sh$t!!! I was just pondering the other night how I could be so completely freaked out by puppets in general but still live the Muppets so dearly. 😂 2mo
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The Night Before Christmas. Illustrated by Leonard Weisgard | Clement Clarke Moore, Leonard Weisgard
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Merry Christmas to all the Littens who celebrate! Thanks for all the great book suggestions. #merrychristmas

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The Haunting of Maddy Clare | Simone St. James
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As suspense, the book was disappointing in the middle. The romantic subplot gets a bit over the top, and I think the narration of the audiobook exacerbated that. The first third and the final third are well-written and suspenseful. Exciting ending. Preferred this author‘s previous book in paperback.

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The Haunting of Maddy Clare | Simone St. James
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At chapter 19, I am feeling a little tired of the romantic subplot. Get back to the ghosts & the other crimes (no spoilers), Sarah & Matthew! The Broken Girls was one of my favorite reads this year, so my expectations were high…. #historicalfiction #audiobooks

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Great reading by talented Di Ciruolo at Copper Dog books last night! If you haven‘t read Di‘s powerful memoir of resilience & healing by a sexual abuse survivor & veteran of the foster care system, get yourself a copy. An important read. #memoir #survivor #fostercare #resilience

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Gratitude | Oliver Sacks
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Grateful for y‘all Littens, especially leaders who coordinate events like Scarathlon, buddy reads & book swaps. A lovely bookish community. Happy Thanksgiving! #grateful

TheBookgeekFrau Happy Thanksgiving 🦃🧡 3mo
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Miller's Valley: A Novel | Anna Quindlen
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Huge, funky Jabberywocky Books in Newburyport, MA has a truly awesome used book room! Had fun there and scored a like-new, signed Anna Quindlen novel for half price! Indie bookstore love! #bookhaul #indiebookstores

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Looking Glass Sound | Catriona Ward
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The Haunting of Maddy Clare | Simone St. James
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Am listening. #audiobooks

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Writing Book Reviews | John E. Drewry
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Any one else trying threads? My writer friend recommended it.,Would love to know your handle if you‘ll be writing about books…

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I'm Glad My Mom Died | Jennette McCurdy
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Library book club picked this, and surprisingly, I really liked it. Sad but darkly funny, and a sobering look not just. At the Hollywood machine, but at the affect of narcissism & mental illness on a family. 4 stars. Read by the author, which gives it added power. #memoir #darkhumor

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Read fun horror this month! Now following cool Littens from #teamwhoyagonnacall. After a slow start, readathons & my son‘s new obsession with Goosebumps books & shows led to finishing stronger. Loved “Heart-Shaped Box!” Thanks for leading us in all the fun, @FlynnDewey

StayCurious great job!! 4mo
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All Hallows: A Novel | Christopher Golden
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Happy Halloween, Littens! Photo challenge & book - Halloween. #Scarathlon #photochallenge #TeamWhoYaGonnaCall #HappyHalloween

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Haven‘t read this in 20 years, & the Netflix show it loosely inspired is great, so I gave it a listen. I love the drama & hyperbole of Poe! Slightly cheesy music at transitions, but narration good. #underthewire #Scarathlon #audiobook #TeamWhoYaGonnaCall #31in31 #outstandingOctober #Finalstretchathon

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Heart-Shaped Box | Joe Hill
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Had to read fast to finish this spooky page-turner of a team read! A fading rock star & his Goth girlfriend become stronger as they fight a vengeful ghost. As a writer, I may reread the first 50 pages, to appreciate the seamless introduction of the ghostly, hypnotizing stepfather. Vivid description & clever metaphors await the reader on the night road. #Scarathlon #teamread #31in31 #TeamWhoYaGonnaCall #finalstretchathon #OutstandingOctober

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Jar of Hearts | Jennifer Hillier
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“Jar of Hearts” & jar of treats. Photo challenge & relevant book: Treat. #scarathlon #photochallenge #treat #teamwhoyagonnacall

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Trick or Treat | Sally Morris
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Bucket list item: Trick-or-treat at town Halloween walk & school pumpkin party in family Halloween costumes. Michaelangelo & April! Leonardo (husband) took the picture. #Halloweenbucketlist #scarathlon #TeamWhoYaGonnaCall #halloweencostumes #tmnt

wanderinglynn Super cute! 🎃🧡🐢 4mo
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Photo challenge: Nightmare. I love Goosebumps books, but Slappy has been creeping us out. Son‘s friend gave him a dream catcher yesterday. Hopefully it will keep bad dreams away. #nightmare #Scarathlon #Goosebumps #TeamWhoYaGonnaCall

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Heart-Shaped Box | Joe Hill
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The Legend of Sleepy Hollow | Washington Irving
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Photo challenge: legend. Can‘t wait until wee boy is old enough to read this one! #Scarathlon #headlesshorseman #photochallenge #TeamWhoYaGonnaCall

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Well-crafted creature & body horror short stories by Canadian talent Jae Mazer. Limbs and blood fly in vivid (and sometimes darkly comic) ways. I really enjoyed “He Likes Vanilla Cake The Best” and “Blubber Murray” (think “Thinner” meets Bloody Mary). “Aisle Four” is quite disturbing (moms who are not hardcore horror fans might want to skip it). #horror #Scarathlon #horrorbywomen #TeamWhoYaGonnaCall #31in31 #spookoween #OutstandingOctober

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🎃 Halloween A-Z fun. 24 words in 3 minutes! (X! Halloween Xylophone? 😜) 121 points for playing & posting. #TeamWhoYaGonnaCall #Scarathlon #TeamWhoYaGonnaCall

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Jack Black movie way more age-appropriate for my kiddo. Watched it for the second time this week… #Scarathlon #scarymovie #moviebasedonbooks #TeamWhoYaGonnaCa

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Dracula | Bram Stoker
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Enjoyed rereading this classic. Vividly creepy today & innovative and scandalous for its time. Epistolary form works for me. Finished for local library book group during FangtasticReadathon. Then discussed with book group-bucket list item. #Scarathlon #vampirebooks #31by31 #TeamWhoYaGonnaCall #FangtasticReadathon #Halloweenbucketlist

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Hello kitty 🐈‍⬛ 😽 4mo
Clwojick Awee! Sweet kitty! 🖤 4mo
Catsandbooks Cute kitty! 💜 4mo
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Jack-O-Lanterns | Lola M. Schaefer
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Halloween bucket least item: carving Jack-o-lanterns with the family! 🎃🎃 #fun #Scarathlon #HalloweenBucketList #10points #TeamWhoYaGonnaCall

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Reading truly frightening hard horror tales on a beautiful fall day. Bucket list item: horror by women. Canadian talent Jae Mazer never disappoints. #Scarathlon #bucketlist #horror #TeamWhoYaGonnaCall #31by31 #FangtasticReadathon #spookoween

Catsandbooks 🙌🏼🦇🧡 4mo
TheSpineView Fantastic! 4mo
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Approaching Footsteps | ed. Patricia Flaherty Pagan
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Photo challenge: Spider. For a decade I was editor-in-chief of indie publisher Spider Road Press. A fellow dark fiction writer created this portrait of me. #Scarathlon #photoprompt #spider #TeamWhoYaGonnaHall

TheBookgeekFrau It's very cool!! 🤩🤩 4mo
SomedayAlmost Thank you! 4mo
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The 12 Days of Halloween | Jenna Lettice
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Just when you thought it was safe… wee boys drags out this battered paperback! Strained rhyme schemes, anyone? Cute illustrations and lots of Scarathalon word search words, though! #Halloweenbooks #Scarathlon #TeamWhoYaGonnaCall #31in31

Catsandbooks 😂👻🖤 4mo
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Fear Street Saga | R. L. Stine
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Photo prompt: Fear. Book signed by R. L. Stine last year and my favorite socks. (Pardon their French.) #Scarathlon #photoprompt #TeamWhoGonnaCall

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The Broken Girls | Simone St James
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Part eerie tale of ghost Mary Hand, part story of 4 “throwaway girls” surviving a Gothic boarding school, & part compelling modern crime drama, this novel is a wonderfully spooky page-turner. As a writer, I am impressed St. James pulls the threads together so we‘ll at the end. Even has enclosed book group questions. Highly recommend! (Finished during Scarathalon sprint.) #Scarathlon #TeamWhoYaGonnaCall #Scarathlonsprint #31by31 #Spookoween

Laughterhp Oo I loved this book! 4mo
RaeLovesToRead Hello cat friends! 4mo
GondorGirl Pretty kitties! 🥰 4mo
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rubyslippersreads 😻😻 4mo
TheSpineView Fantastic!😻😻😻 4mo
Catsandbooks Cute kitties! 💜🐈‍⬛ 4mo
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October, October | Katya Balen
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Outstanding October Read-a-thon-28 hours. (Kid‘s books not pictured.) Considering the kind of month I have had, not so bad. #readathon #Scarathlon #spookybooks #TeamWhoYaGonnaCall

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Ghostly words team game-158 words! Fun way to earn points. #Scarathlon #game #TeamWhoYaGonnaCall

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Con artist finds herself in a haunted home. Or does she? A vivid & darkly funny novella. The opening is a little over-the-top, and the R-rated first paragraph probably shouldn‘t be listened to without headphones, but the story is interesting, possibly ghostly, and then twists. #ghoststories #crime #novella #TeamWhoYaGonnaCall #audiobook

FlynnDewey Awesome premise! Sounds like a great time! 4mo
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Approaching Footsteps | ed. Patricia Flaherty Pagan
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Have forgotten to post a bucket list item I accomplished a while ago: Decorating our yard with my son. This is Halloween. #bucketlist #Halloween #kiddecor #TeamWhoYaGonnaCall

TheSpineView 🖤🎃🧡👻 4mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Love it 🎃👻 4mo
bthegood 🎃🎃 4mo
FlynnDewey Looks great! I love the inflatable decorations. 4mo
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Flawed people struggle through terrifying situations. “Dark Carousel” is vivid, creature horror. I love the library & “Late Returns” makes you look twice at the Bookmobile. Title story nails the lingering affects of Vietnam on flawed vets, it‘s like Hill spent a week with my uncle if he was a biker. “In the Tall Grass,” co-written with Hill‘s dad, is frightening. #audiobook #shortstories #TeamWhoYaGonnaCall #Scarathlon

FlynnDewey I wonder if he'd always intended to write horror, like his dad. 4mo
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Poe meets “Succession?” Started the series tonight. Husband, who dislikes horror series, is intrigued. Poe in any form captivates. #horror #tv #Poe #TeamWhoYaGonnaCall

FlynnDewey Right, this just came out! Thanks for the reminder! 4mo
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Photo challenge: Zombie. Fun uncle got wee boy Zombie Dice game-kind of like Yahtzee with eating brains. (Goosebumps Zombie book didn‘t interest wee boy yet, but here‘s one he‘s reading.) #Scarathlon #zombie #photochallenge #TeamWhoYaGonnaCall

Clwojick Oooh! That looks like the perfect Halloween game! 4mo
FlynnDewey Ha, neat! Has the little dude checked out any Goosebumps yet? I loved those as a kid. 4mo
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Writing in the Dark | Tim Waggoner
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Reading & rereading these 2 books on this brisk fall day. Getting in time for the 24-hour read-a-thon. Waggoner suggests fun writing exercises… Excuse me while I go write a poem about an abandoned swimming pool… #Scarathlon #readathon #5hours #writingbook #ghoststory #TeamWhoYaGonnaCall

FlynnDewey You're gonna post the poem, right? lol 4mo
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The Haunting of Hill House | Shirley Jackson
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Photo challenge: Haunt. One of my fave reads & the wall sign I just crafted with my sister. #Scarathlon#photochallenge #beetlejuice #Halloweencrafts #TeamWhoYaGonnaCall

5feet.of.fury 🪲🧃 love it! 4mo
FlynnDewey It's showtime! 4mo
SomedayAlmost He stopped by the craft class actually. Fun ghost/actor… 4mo
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Goosebumps | R. L. Stine
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Checking out the new Hulu series. Not for most kids under 12. Plot ideas are inspired by the books, but the portrayals are very intense. #Scarathlon #horror #teenshows #TeamWhoYaGonnaCall

FlynnDewey I liked how the team who did the Fear Street movies handled them. I watched those last year and really enjoyed them. 4mo
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October, October | Katya Balen
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October at a farm near us in Mass. Photo challenge: October. #Scarathlon #photoprompt #TeamWhoYaGonnaCall

FlynnDewey I bet it smelled wonderful in that tent. Very autumny. 4mo
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