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StellaDz

StellaDz

Joined May 2016

All books, any book; they make me happy 😊 Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/AshleyDz (Send me an add!)
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Chilling on the bed with the fur ball, and finally getting back into this read!! #readingagain

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My group of friends are doing the book box swap again this year, but this time we‘ve incorporated the blind date with a book concept! So excited. Also, my epic wrapping paper is just too awesome not to share. 😂

BookwormAHN Love the wrapping paper 🦄 4w
StellaDz @BookwormAHN I couldn‘t pass it up LOL 4w
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The Testaments: A Novel | Margaret Atwood
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Let‘s be honest, who didn‘t freak at the ending of The Handmaid‘s Tale? WHAT HAPPENED?? Well, after such a long wait, readers finally get an answer, and it is EPIC! It is a harsh, fantastic, and real.

How scary is it that these books ring true? As Atwood states, this book is based on the questions through the years, and the world we‘ve been living in.

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The Testaments: A Novel | Margaret Atwood
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It‘s hard to read with this little cuddle bug!

Sace That face! 1mo
StellaDz @Sace it‘s very distracting!! ❤️❤️❤️ 1mo
Sace The sweetest distraction though@! 1mo
StellaDz @Sace the only one I welcome while reading!! 😍 1mo
Slajaunie Awww! What a sweet Baby!! 💙🐾 1mo
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Excited that this book is chosen as the One Book One London read this year! It‘s an amazing story! Pick it up if you haven‘t yet!

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I actually wanted to read this during the day... because I‘m a wuss. Happy Halloween everyone!! 👻🎃💀

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The Fifty Year Sword | Mark Z. Danielewski
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Have you read MZD? You should. His novels are both stories and pieces of art. It‘s hard to describe. This one was perfect for Halloween. A birthday party at an orphanage turns dark when a mysterious storyteller appears to entertain the children... or is it to teach a lesson? MZD is an author that you experience. And this tale of vengeance was an absolute gem.

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This is how I felt reading this book. It is complicated, and the case is one of the most convoluted, everyone is connected to everyone, sort of case that I‘ve ever read about. I applaud Brown for breaking it down in, probably, the most cohesive way possible. I hope that it garners the reaction and result that it is aiming for: a conviction.

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NikkiRobson73 I just bought this after hearing about it on the murder squad podcast sounds great 4w
StellaDz @NikkiRobson73 I just listened to the podcast ep today! I‘m hoping with the book and now the Murder Squad, that a result is soon in the making 🤞🤞 4w
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This is a side of London, I honestly didn‘t know existed. And part of me can‘t help but think... where the hell did I move to?? 😳😳 #currentlyreading

alanacristin Right?! I read Murder City when it came out while I was living in London and excitedly told my parents when I read about my neighborhood yet again. They were not amused. Just started this one to compare with 2mo
StellaDz @alanacristin omg I haven‘t read Murder City yet but it‘s on my list! I will definitely not be telling my mom LOL 2mo
alanacristin I'm 80% through this now and have lost count of how many times I've whispered expletives of disbelief. All the connections between families and crimes and locations and all the banana pants behavior beyond the criminal activity is just overwhelming and astounding. I just reached my birth year and thought, "wait, there's more?!" ??? 2mo
StellaDz @alanacristin I couldn‘t have said it better myself. Nearly finished and still absolutely shocked. 😳😳 2mo
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I‘m not a ‘dog-earing‘ person, and it is generally viewed as evil 😂, but this hit me as very poetic. ❤️ #currentlyreading

megnews ❤️ 2mo
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I, surprisingly, didn‘t know about the Kitty Genovese murder, so it was quite shocking to read in detail the crime and the after-effects of this violent and public case. It‘s disturbing and truly saddening. The author gives great detail about Kitty‘s life, the case and the perpetrator. It is a well-researched and well-written true crime novel. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Life of Pi | Yann Martel
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Usually, award-winning novels are not for me. Life of Pi is a wonderful story of struggle, survival, and amazingly, hope and belief. It is a beautiful story.

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Well I tried! But there were so many sales, and coupons and finds, that my month of reading graphic novels equated to me basically reading... 4. 🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️The shelves are no lighter.

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Well I did it! I read Grant Morrison‘s Batman run (please don‘t tell me if I missed any). While it started and ended on a high note, it sure was a slog at points to get through. Morrison is definitely a non-linear storyteller, and that led to a jumpy jumbled tale. The twist? Not really a twist. More of an ‘oh, well that‘s obvious‘.

It sort of killed my run of reading graphic novels. I should have starting with Scott Snyder.

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Daisy Jones & The Six | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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I think this is my favourite book read this year! And as an audiobook? AMAZING! This book shows how audiobooks are meant to be done.
An oral history of Daisy Jones and an upcoming band called The Six, this novel outlines, in interviews, their rise to fame, and their ultimate downfall. With actors like Benjamin Bratt, Judy Greer and many more reading, this was an emotion-fed audiobook. It was real, heart wrenching, and just so fun!

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Clwojick Okay, I‘ve listened to probably 500+ audiobooks in the past 3 years, so they can often blend together a bit, but this one BLEW ME AWAY! The book itself was amazing, but the full cast of narrators 🤩🤩🤩 Definitely in my top 5 audiobooks of all time! 3mo
StellaDz @Clwojick agreed!! I can‘t say enough about how this audiobook basically ruined all others for me! ❤️❤️ 3mo
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Batman & Robin: Batman Reborn | Grant Morrison, Frank Quitely, Philip Tan
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I have 1 more week of reading graphic novels to cover the month, and Grant Morrison is killing me!! There are no words sometimes...

Professor Pyg doing a sexy dance for Robin...

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My Sister, the Serial Killer | Oyinkan Braithwaite
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I‘m not sure what I was expecting from this book. While I did enjoy it, I was slightly underwhelmed. ☹️ Maybe it was too fast, maybe it didn‘t focus on where I wanted. I was left grasping for something.

It covers a lot for a short book. While being a satire, it covers sibling bonds and rivalry, familial abuse, Nigerian culture, and strangely, love.

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Final Crisis | Grant Morrison
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Still working through my graphic novel pile! I‘ve finally started Grant Morrison‘s Batman run, and after taking so long to buy them and figure out the reading order... I‘m not quite sure how I feel... or what‘s happening... #currentlyreading

GrilledCheeseSamurai That sounds about right for Grant Morrison. 😂. I found his run had a lot of peaks and valleys for me. Scott Snyder's run on modern Batman was, for me, alot more enjoyable. 🤷‍♂️ 3mo
StellaDz @GrilledCheeseSamurai I‘m finding it all over the place. Not very cohesive! I have Snyder‘s run as well! I love everything he does! 3mo
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To Kill a Mockingbird: A Graphic Novel | Harper Lee, Fred Fordham
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Well for the next month, I‘m reading graphic novels! I have 83 that have been waiting for me to enjoy! Let‘s see how many I can get through!

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Recursion | Blake Crouch
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It‘s a sign of how tense a book can make you, when you‘re yelling at your radio on the way to work, as it plays it‘s last few chapters. Really, I can‘t even with this book. What does it mean for the human experience and our reason for living, if you mess with memories? Is that all we are and have? 🤔 Let Blake Crouch tell you a story. 😉

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In a House of Lies | Ian Rankin
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Rebus is iconic to me. Rankin writes real people and real problems. At this point Rebus is retired, but he still tries to work his way into investigations. He‘s slowly being phased out, through technology and his sometimes shady tactics. This becomes even more apparent when a body shows up and leads to a look at an investigation he was part of years ago. Was it done properly? Or were there too many cut corners?

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Recursion | Blake Crouch
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When you‘re trying to find a good place to stop listening, but you can‘t stop because crazy craziness just keeps happening!! #mindblowing #currentlylistening 😳😳😳🤯🤯🤯

MelissaSue81 Yeah.. I‘m not a sci fi fan but this book was definitely unputdownable! 4mo
StellaDz @MelissaSue81 I agree! While it‘s not my go-to genre, I tend to pick up anything Crouch writes. While they are crazy and mind-blowing, they make perfect sense, which is then even more mind-blowing. 4mo
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I wish I was better with abstract art. Some of it was pretty and would be things that I would want to frame and put up, but otherwise I consider it an art book. ⭐️⭐️

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Well this is definitely what I was warned about: it‘s violent, vulgar and crass. So it gets a ⭐️⭐️⭐️ rating because it‘s disgusting, but it‘s also intriguing. Kind of an anti-superhero story, The Boys are a group of individuals that work with the CIA to reign in superheroes and make them accountable. Their tactics? Possibly overkill.

TheReadingMermaid Have you seen the show on Amazon streaming yet? 4mo
StellaDz @TheReadingMermaid I haven‘t! I‘ve watched the trailer. If it‘s close to the graphic novel, I might have trouble stomaching it. 4mo
TheReadingMermaid Yea I wasn't impressed. 😐 4mo
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StellaDz @TheReadingMermaid you watched it all? I found for the first time I was sneering at pages as I read them, so I can‘t imagine what my reaction will be to seeing certain things as live action. 4mo
TheReadingMermaid Oh no honey I only watch the first episode but I still was not impressed. Like it didn't make me want to watch the rest of the episodes. 4mo
StellaDz @TheReadingMermaid ahhh okay. That makes sense LOL 4mo
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This was a super quick and thrilling read! I finished it in about 6 hours. It was great to see a bit more of the dark side of Blue, and learn more about where she came from. You‘re beginning to see a well-rounded character that may or may not completely unravel. I love Fox and her exploration into peoples‘ dark sides.

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A nice long weekend chilling and reading!

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Crimson Lake | Candice Fox
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Fox understands that people (even normal people) have a dark side, and her characters portray such a dichotomy. I love the atmosphere in her works, the feeling and the darkness. From the very first page, readers are white-knuckling it until the end. I‘m excited every time I pick up one of her books.

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If you ask people if they know of Jack the Ripper, the almost always say, of course! If you ask them to name the victims, they are generally referred to as ‘prostitutes‘. This book is a venture in women‘s study, as well as victimology. It is about the people tragically taken from this world. It is about the women that we should remember. Both enlightening and heartbreaking, it removes the spotlight from someone that doesn‘t deserve it.
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The cover first caught my attention, and then the topic sealed it. #currentlyreading

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Good Omens | Gaiman, Neal
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Ciara hates it when mommy starts a new #audiobook because it sometimes means a haircut. I liken it to getting a bowl cut from your mom when you were a kid. 😂

Megabooks Lol!! 🤣🤣 5mo
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Things My Son Needs to Know about the World | Fredrik Backman, Neil Smith
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The world: it‘s beautiful, it‘s flawed, and we are the same. Backman writes another stunning book. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ without a doubt. I really didn‘t expect it to be so funny! But it‘s also touching, and I don‘t even have kids. He has such a way with words, that readers can‘t help but be awe-inspired.

**Finished it on my trip to the Cabot Trail, Nova Scotia. Pictured above is White Point

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Things My Son Needs to Know about the World | Fredrik Backman, Neil Smith
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Backman defines what parenthood is like absolutely perfectly. Eleven pages in and I‘m already laughing out loud. 😂😂

marleed This was on my 2019 Top6Reads. I love it so much! 5mo
StellaDz @marleed this is the only author that on page one I know it‘s gonna be a 5 star read. I love everything I‘ve read from him! 5mo
marleed I agree! 5mo
Megabooks Great book!! 5mo
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Things My Son Needs to Know about the World | Fredrik Backman, Neil Smith
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Needed something good for the soul. #currentlyreading this book and, of course, popcorn!

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This was my least favourite of the trilogy. Some great tales but it kind of dragged. That being said, I did scream while reading it when my lamp shade fell off the light. So, in the grand scheme of things, if a book of scary stories makes you jump, scream, or look at every dark corner? It‘s doing its job. 👍👍

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ShyBookOwl Haha nice. I love this podcast and have been curious about the books 5mo
StellaDz @ShyBookOwl I love all of his podcasts! These books are sort of a refresher of the podcast. A lot of the same stories. I listened to Lore so quickly though that reading helped me catch the little details I missed. There a few new stories in each of the books, and the art is super nice! They are beautiful books! 5mo
ShyBookOwl @StellaDz awesome! The artwork looks great 5mo
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I heard this story on the Podcast, and it is legit my fave of the 100+ tales. I‘m glad there was a piece of art for it. It is so beyond messed up, that I couldn‘t believe it actually happened. #currentlyreading

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Black Hills | Dan Simmons
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Nope. Nope. Nope. I like Simmons but this book just wasn‘t working for me. The portions from Black Hill‘s POV were interesting and full of culture. The portions from Custer‘s POV were basically just reading letters to his wife about their sexcapades. 😳 Annoying. With 17 more hours to go and still no progression in the story, it was a bail.

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On to the next! They‘re all due back while I‘ll be away on a trip so I have to read them before I leave!! No rest for the wicked! 😂 #currentlyreading

ljuliel Does your library have the vacation extension thing ? Like here, if you check books out and are going on vacation, they‘ll extend your loan for an extra number of weeks. 5mo
StellaDz @ljuliel I‘ll have to check! The last city I lived in wouldn‘t renew if there was a waiting list and there always is in this city 😳 (edited) 5mo
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This is similar in style and layout to the first book in the trilogy: Monstrous Creatures. It is still the podcast, but once again, having listened through it so fast, it‘s a nice refresh. Plus this one is about horrible people: serial killers, con artists, you name it. Just the scum of the earth. And that‘s my jam. First story was about H.H. Holmes (who has a few in this book), and I immediately squeeed in excitement.

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Starting the next Lore book in the series! I‘m excited for this one! Also, perfect summer drinking glass 😂😉

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Here‘s the thing: this is the podcast in written form. Obviously I would say listen to Mahnke tell the stories because he‘s amazing. But if you do like I did, and caught up on 100+ episodes really quickly, reading them again is nice. Quick horror stories covering vampires, werewolves, hauntings, creatures such as Mothman, and even Annabelle... what‘s not to love?

Only downside? I wish there were more drawings, because they are gorgeous.
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Vampire hunters in Bulgaria are born into the tradition, but only on specific days. Sometimes superstition and lore make sense... sometimes they seem too random. 😳 #currentlyreading

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Picking up this book today! I love Mahnke‘s podcasts (one of the same name) and this book is gorgeous inside!

Also, unplanned matching with book 😉

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I love reading anything RuPaul puts out. This being a first book, it‘s not as polished as her others, but it was enjoyable seeing the progression and creation of RuPaul. Her struggles, successes and failures made her the fierce queen she is today! A fun and amazing read.

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I honestly didn‘t think I had that many.... 😳📚📚

rather_be_reading 🤣🤣 always 6mo
StellaDz @rather_be_reading I‘ve apparently been saying that I need to get into True Crime for many years, but have forgotten that each time I buy 2-3 true crime books 😂 6mo
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Buying used books is amazing. My bf‘s haul included this novel and inside I found this handmade bookmark. I died. 😂

Reviewsbylola I live for finding stuff like this in used books. 😆 6mo
StellaDz @Reviewsbylola totally! I fell over laughing. I generally keep them in the book as well, so if I pick it up again, I get to relive the find 😂😃 6mo
CoverToCoverGirl Hilarious and fun! 😂 6mo
StellaDz @CoverToCoverGirl I wasn‘t this creative with bookmarks back in the day 😂 6mo
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Holy man! Visited one of the big book sales here in London, and made quite a haul! I wasn‘t really ‘looking‘ for anything but managed some great finds! All for $20!

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Nope, nope, nope. I got to page 34 before I had to call it quits. The writing seemed too simplistic IMO. It was confusing and lacked the detail I wanted in a ‘true crime‘ novel. And for some reason I had the most trouble I‘d ever had in keeping people straight. If I have to look up names (because some keep changing), it‘s too much work. I have better luck with a novel about 17th century royalty... and they almost all had the same name!

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I had a 7 hour drive home yesterday, so this was my chosen audio. OMG!! This is amazing. Yes, it‘s graphic and violent. It‘s not for everyone. But listening to the investigators, the victims and the survivors, made the struggle to find this ‘man‘ (I use quotation marks because it‘s hard to see him as human) so much more real. I‘m now wanting to pick up I‘ll Be Gone in the Dark.

Amazing.

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I can‘t say this was my fave. It‘s basically filler. Little side stories and stories that were meant to ‘fill in the blanks‘ that they posted online, are compiled here. For once I didn‘t mind the different artists, but the stories were meh. I would have preferred an extra volume regarding the main storyline.

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You know when you‘re just looking for a book to make your heart flutter, your smile hurt, and your laugh shake the walls? This is that book. This is a second read for me and I love it. Travis and Craig meet in high school, fall in love but drift apart during college. Twenty years later, Travis realizes his life‘s missing piece is Craig, and begins tracking him down in the hopes of a rekindling of their past feelings. Shenanigans abound.
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