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You | Caroline Kepnes
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Mehso-so

I don‘t want to pan this because it‘s a decent read but I‘m a little tired of dead girls.

Soscha The gendered insults in the last bit were the deal breaker for me. I get it, writer is a woman and I‘m not trying to censor anyone‘s stories. Just, misogyny; it kills. Women are living through too much triggering BS the last few years and I‘m just not in the headspace for this stuff and may never be again. 1mo
Soscha Spoiler- Also, if you‘ve read John Fowles‘ “The Collector”, you‘ve already read this book, and how I was hoping “You” wouldn‘t just be a rehash. 1mo
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I‘m going to list this under “occupation” on my next tax return.

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This prologue is profoundly disarming.

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Me, wondering how I went so long reading mainstream ‘conventional‘ romance instead of listening to super-dirty wolf shifter spanko sex on Audible.

LaurenReads 😂 love it 2mo
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The Yellow Claw | Sax Rohmer
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Mehso-so

Think this makes my point? 🥴

#adverbabuse #readersimbibingperil #ripxiv

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Pickpick

Not much to learn here as a layman except there are monsters among us & there‘s very little you can do about it except identify them early & keep them away from the rest of society.

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“So why is it so hard to figure out where you should or shouldn‘t put your penis?” 🔚

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I wanted the finish this short volume today but I‘m not sure I‘ll be able to. This is very hard reading. 🙁

TrishB Very good read though. 2mo
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Untitled | Anonymous
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I‘m reading an ARC of Renee Rose‘s “Alpha Bully” only...DUH DUH DUH....they‘ve stealthily moved up the due date 2 days.

If this wasn‘t a longer one I wouldn‘t feel trapped in a hourglass with it. Straight reading from now until it‘s completed.

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Scary, Scary Halloween | Eve Bunting, Jan Brett
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Why not another reading challenge?

Here‘s my lineup for ReadersImbibingPeril.com

#ripxiv

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Silver in the Wood | Emily Tesh
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Beautifully-told small but powerful story of the Green Man. Also, love. 👬🌳👨‍❤️‍👨

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The nature of Junji Ito‘s brilliant works best in tales such as this. Eerie, creepy, and short, disturbing bursts of otherworldly *strange*.

If you‘re not familiar with his works and curious, start here.

(My last finish of the #SummersEndReadathon! 🎉📖🥂)

rajithr I ❤️ Tomie (no pun intended 😀) 3mo
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No one will ever love me the way the old heads love Tupac.

A decent read though, full of every rap conspiracy ever.

Another one down for the #SummersEndReadathon. Hoping to get one last manga read in after this.

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All Systems Red | Martha Wells
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I have another reading challenge for next month queued up, this one for SFF180 Space Opera September. I‘ll include a link below. There‘s a Goodreads group if you‘re interested. (The book on the top left is “Downbelow Station”.)

👩🏼‍🚀💫🚀

Cool link with info: https://youtu.be/enNE784ZJ60

SW-T Nice selections 😊 3mo
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The Vivisector | Patrick White
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Getting ready for next month‘s #BookAWeekChallenge.

Yeah, I‘m trying for 5. Out of these I‘m starting with the Patrick White since it seems like it‘ll be the slog.

TheReadingMermaid Looks like a good lineup! I can't wait to hear your opinions on them 😊 3mo
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A Dirty Book | National Lampoon, National Lampoon Editors
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It took me forever to get through this ARC for “When Rivals Lose: Bayshore Rivals #2” by J. L. Beck & Cassandra Hellman. A decent read, but a bad day. It‘s a reverse harem bully romance, if that means anything to you. If not, just take my word, they are cray cray, often delightfully so.

#SummersEndReadathon

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A bit of silly fun. I‘ve never read Gail Carriger before but I enjoyed this for light reading. It reminded me of Sax Rohmer, but with less racism.

#SummersEndReadathon

SW-T I enjoyed 3mo
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Pickpick

This is a cute slice-of-life cat owner manga from horror titan Junji Ito. Be aware though Yon has since passed from a heart ailment, so there‘s a poignant update to that effect at the end of the book.

#SummersEndReadathon

Clwojick 😂😂😂♥️♥️♥️ 3mo
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White Rabbit | Caleb Roehrig
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Impressive #ownvoices YA mystery/thriller

#SummersEndReadathon

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A Dirty Book | National Lampoon, National Lampoon Editors
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Another ARC down, this one for Delta James, “Zara‘s Surrender: Wild Mustang Security Firm Book 3”. It‘s basically 227 pages of spanking threats, spanking innuendo, and yes, actual spanking.

Earning it my rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

#SummersEndReadathon

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Lies We Told | Camilla Way
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Mehso-so

This was okay. It seemed to put forth plot twist after plot twist for their own sake instead of a cohesive story with any basic verisimilitude. I‘d compare it to American Idol—big on vocal pyrotechnics & most people love that 🐂 but I got better ways to spent my Sundays.

(Yes, I do have a dog named Aiken but he came with that name.)

#SummersEndReadathon #24B4Monday

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Midsummer Night's Dream | William Shakespeare
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There are only a few books I own that I‘ll put on eczema gloves to read. This is one of them. The illustrations are exquisite. Too bad I take such awful pictures. It isn‘t one of my prime valuable books but I don‘t want to Cheeto-finger it.

Now for the play itself: it has it moments but I wouldn‘t consider this one of his more feminist-friendly texts. I look forward to viewing a few different versions though. #SummersEndReadathon #24B4Monday

jb72 Beautiful artwork! 3mo
TheReadingMermaid 😍😍😍 3mo
Andrew65 Wonderful art work. 😍 3mo
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I had fun searching for “suggestive hammer man” to add an image here. Hope you enjoy! 👨🏻‍🚒

I got this as an ARC to review. Loki is my favorite smut writer. This one isn‘t her best, but I enjoy everything she releases. 🙆🏻‍♀️

And more importantly, this counts towards my #SummersEndReadathon and #24B4Monday goals.

Andrew65 Every book counts. 😊 3mo
Clwojick 😂😂😂😂 3mo
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Queen of the Sea | Dylan Meconis
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Delightful graphic with real insight into Renaissance-era convent life, inspired by the life of Queen Bess.

Not an especially auspicious day of reading (quantitatively speaking) for #24B4Monday & #SummersEndReadathon but remains, shall we say, one for the books. 🤦🏼‍♀️

TheReadingMermaid 😂🤣😂🤣😂🤣😂 3mo
Andrew65 Every little helps 👍 3mo
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Tell Me How You Really Feel | Aminah Mae Safi
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The threads of this story came a bit unraveled towards the end but I still enjoyed it. It‘s a very LA tale both with the locales & ethnic callbacks. I kept thinking Harvard-Westlake as the stand-in prep school because how many schools have a film department?

I admit this book did make me a little sad as my inner little girl always wanted the opportunity to grow up in this environment & with these opportunities.

#24B4Monday #SummersEndReadathon

Andrew65 Sounds a good start. 👏👏👏 3mo
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A Dirty Book | National Lampoon, National Lampoon Editors
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See, this is why I never try to log my ARC-reading on here—never a listing for them (and, well, sometimes the titles are something I‘d rather not admit to—looking at you, “Cuddling the Well-Hung Cuttlefish”!)

ANYWAY, I just finished the 6-book, 1221-page “Miami Masters Collection” by BJ Wane along with a novella “Daddy‘s Little Liar” by Maren Smith.

Now back to my regularly scheduled, more upstanding TBRs for #24B4Monday & #SummersEndReadathon

Clwojick 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂 That title! That brings back memories of the whole #dinoporn craze on here a few years back 3mo
Andrew65 Going well! 👏👏👏 3mo
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Tomie | Junji Ito
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Junji Ito, maestro mangaka of the macabre.

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Midsummer Night's Dream | William Shakespeare
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Some prep reading for tomorrow‘s #24B4Monday. I long ago vowed to read the entirety of Shakespeare‘s plays. I‘m only up to “A Midsummer‘s Night Dream, but that works about okay since it will qualify as a “Summer” read!

jb72 That‘s a hefty stack! Glad to have you aboard! 3mo
TheReadingMermaid Holy moly! You got this girl!!! 3mo
Andrew65 Definitely a Summer Read. Good luck with the Readathon and your hefty stack. 😊👍 3mo
Clwojick Look at those pups! 😍 3mo
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Tell Me How You Really Feel | Aminah Mae Safi
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Lineup for the #SummersEndReadathon starting tomorrow. Lots of ARCs (which I don‘t log on here tbh) & some playing catch-up.

Clwojick This stack looks awesome! Can‘t wait to see what you think of that Camilla Way novel. I believe I have that on my #TBR 3mo
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Here‘s the books I‘ve set aside for #24B4Monday Readathon. Obviously I‘m not going to get to them all.

How “beachy” do they look?

Andrew65 Some great beach reads here! 😍 Cocoa Beach looks heavenly. (edited) 3mo
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It‘s National Book Buyer‘s Day, right?

Happy Book Lover‘s Day! I‘m looking forward to next week! 📚🎉

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Creepy & disgusting. This is what Junji Ito does, and does well.

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Calder 1898-1976 | Jacob Baal-Teshuva
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“He was called ‘The Mozart of Space‘ and gave pleasure to people, radiating a joyous zest for life beyond rigid art dogmatism and cryptic symbolism.”

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Christo and Jeanne-Claude: Through the Gates and Beyond | Jan Greenberg, Sandra Jordan, Christo, Jeanne-Claude
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Well, this was interesting if overly laudatory. I vaguely remember hearing about this work (“The Gates”) from my midwestern backwater as source of ridicule. But, *art*, know what I‘m sayin‘?

Did anyone here get to see this? Your opinion?

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I was feeling pretty good about this until I clicked over to “Friends‘ Challenges”.

I‘m in the presence of some unholy read-demons over here.

chaoticgoodhufflepuff Congrats! I try not to judge myself on my friends‘ challenges. I‘m friends with a couple of very nice retired ladies who read three or four IN A WEEK! And here‘s me just 😱😱 3mo
Andrew65 @chaoticgoodhufflepuff Yes we all lead different lives and have different amounts of time to read. I always compare myself to my previous reading achievements. 3mo
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One of Us | Craig DiLouie
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A gut-wrenching read with all too believable insight into man‘s basic inhumanity.

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Micronesian Legends | Bo Flood, Beret E. Strong, William Flood
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A tale from Palau.

With all respect, this is more uplifting than anything I was taught in my Lutheran Sunday School classes.

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Micronesian Legends | Bo Flood, Beret E. Strong, William Flood
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Starting my Hour 15 of the #reversereadathon #deweyaug

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One of Us | Craig DiLouie
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Part of my #reversereadathon. It‘s intense. I already finished *Devils Unto Dust*.

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My beach reads, or why I‘m such a fun person to be around.

Libby1 Awesome. I brought It Can‘t Happen Here for my poolside read last year. 🤷🏼‍♀️ 1y
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Unpacking these boxes is even better than visiting a bookstore. Looks like I found part of the home library‘s LOC M class.

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Also found part of the Native American section while unpacking. Now who‘s going to haul them all upstairs and try to find some open shelf space?

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Lacrosse For Dummies | James Hinkson, Joe Lombardi
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I‘ve lived here 3 years & still unpacking boxes. Looks like I found some of the sports section.

(Yes, that‘s the D&D manuals directly below. Purely for research purposes, I assure you.)

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Fanatic! | Henry Rollins
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🙀❤️

(Too bad my name isn‘t Cortney)

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Leona: The Die Is Cast | Jenny Rogneby
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I‘m DNF‘ing this one as the characters & plotting were just too off-putting. I‘m here for any spoilers someone can provide though. I already know about the big plot twist about a third way in.

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OMG!!! Now it's BREEDING!!

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I bought that thing & it's starting to freak me out.

Soscha IT KEEPS STARING AT ME! 2y
melrailey It‘s kinda cool but he definitely would not be in the bedroom. 2y
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I've long been suspicious of musical theater.

Louise 😂😂😂 2y
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The Cockatrice Boys | Joan Aiken
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Mehso-so

This one's technically DNF because I stopped with 70pgs to go & just read the last paragraph. Not a romance but the characters are still TSTL. The quote above sums up their problem without providing any insight into their reasoning.

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Tom Strong 1 | Alan Moore
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My husband missed the joke.

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Tom Strong 1 | Alan Moore
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Kudos to the Aztec letterer