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annkuch13

annkuch13

Joined May 2016

fantasy, urban fantasy, Star Wars, horror, scifi
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The Rats by James Herbert
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The Rats | James Herbert
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Started this one this morning. I'm really enjoying it so far.

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This takes place before The Force Awakens. The beginning didn't feel very Star Wars to me. It felt more like a typical high school, but that improved later on. There were some great cameos by well known characters. The way Karr experiences the force, his journey, and where he ends up made a great character arc. It was also interesting to see a more human side of the First Order through Maize and her father. Overall I ended up really enjoying this.

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I really enjoyed this installment of the Joe Ledger series. I liked the threat of the Seven Kings. We got to meet some great new characters as well (especially Ghost!). The twists were set up so you could figure them out but weren't too predictable. And as always, I love Ray Porter's narration.

Twainy Exactly 😁 1d
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Ghoster | Jason Arnopp
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Mehso-so

This was fun and great for binge reading. The concept is fun and watching the mystery unfold with the alternating timelines was really interesting. The only downside was it wasn't scary. At all. There were two moments where it got a little spooky, but overall the creep factor was seriously lacking.

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I really like Ali Wong's humor, so this was a fun listen. It was neat to get more personal stories, especially about here in college. The premise of writing letters to her daughters made a good framework for the book. I can't remember who, but another litsy user mentioned that the afterword by her husband felt off. I totally agree. It was interesting and sweet but overall felt unnecessary.

TW: miscarriage (not detailed but it is discussed a bit)

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The Shuddering | Ania Ahlborn
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Christmas time always seems like a good time for horror reads. Maybe because it balances out all the cheer. These are a few of the books at the top of my horror tbr. Amazing spooky ornament by @guild_of_calamity on Instagram.

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Nothing to See Here | Kevin Wilson
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November Reads

The Ruin - Dervla McTiernan 🎧
Ninth House - Leigh Bardugo
The Scholar - Dervla McTiernan 🎧
Nothing to See Here - Kevin Wilson
The Sisters - Dervla McTiernan 🎧
Blood Sugar - Daniel Kraus
The Chalk Man - C.J. Tudor
Cemetery Road - Greg Iles 🎧
The Right Hand of Evil - John Saul 🎧
Resistance Reborn - Rebecca Roanhorse
You Can Thank Me Later - Kelly Harms 🎧
Dear Girls - Ali Wong 🎧
Ghoster - Jason Arnopp

Reviewsbylola Great month! 1w
annkuch13 @Reviewsbylola Definitely my best month this year! 😁 1w
book_em_danno Impressive! 1w
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Star Wars: Resistance Reborn | Rebecca Roanhorse
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I adored this! Roanhorse does a fantastic job of pulling in storylines from the movies, cartoons, comics, and other books without making it feel like you had to have consumed everything first. I think this would be a good place to start with Star Wars books. It feels like the perfect bridge between Last Jedi and Rise of Skywalker. The Star Wars humor is captured perfectly, and I cried multiple times. I highly recommend this!
#StarWarsBuddyRead

Christine Oh good, thanks for your review! This just came in for me on audio...if only I had fewer houseguests and therefore actual time to listen to it! 😝 2w
annkuch13 @Christine Haha! That is a bummer. 😄 I think you'll like it when you get a chance to escape the houseguests! 2w
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I realized 3 hours in that I had already listened to this book on one of my many drives between Alabama and South Carolina. Despite that, it was an enjoyable read. The slow build of the evil in the story and the rotating POVs made it feel fleshed out and satisfying. This is a good, standard evil takes over a family story. I definitely felt invested even knowing what was going to happen.

TW: animal death/mutilation

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Cemetery Road | Greg Iles
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Mehso-so

So-so is the perfect descriptor for my feelings about this book. It was intriguing enough to listen to for 24 hours, but I'm still left feeling not entirely enthused. I love thrillers but I guess this is outside of my niche. It might just be the slower pace and all the extra family drama weaved into it. Plus the whole affair situation rubbed me a bit wrong. Overall it was a enjoyable read, though.

TW: child death, racial slurs, rape, war combat

SquidgetsRoom Thanks for the heads up on the TWs. Much appreciated. 2w
annkuch13 @SquidgetsRoom Of course! Some of it is quite heavy. 2w
SquidgetsRoom Good to know! I may still read it, but will probably look to borrow it from the library as opposed to buying it first. 2w
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Star Wars: Resistance Reborn | Rebecca Roanhorse
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Wild Friday night.

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The Chalk Man | C. J. Tudor
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I really enjoyed this mystery. The alternation between present day and 30 years ago was an effective storytelling device. It made the little cliffhangers/reveals at the end of each chapter hit a bit harder. There were so many twists and turns that I was kept guessing for most of the book. It's a quick read, and I recommend it if you're in the mood for a less intense thriller. ⭐⭐⭐/5

TW: abortion, sexual assault, alzheimers, child death

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Blood Sugar | Daniel Kraus
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This was such a bizarre book. Definitely not for everyone. The horror of it was less the plan to poison kids with candy and more the terrible sadness of the characters' lives. Every bit of back story that was revealed was haunting. The voice used for the POV of the young kid took a while to get into the groove of. I think the best bit was the twist/reveal at the very end. I'm still thinking about this a week later, so I guess that says a lot. ⭐⭐/5

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Star Wars: Resistance Reborn | Rebecca Roanhorse
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Up next. I'm ready for all the feels!

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Star Wars: Resistance Reborn | Rebecca Roanhorse
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Some excellent book mail to make Monday less shitty. The only problem is trying to decide what to read first!
#bookmail

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Lost and Wanted: A Novel | Nell Freudenberger
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Here's a Sunday (not)Shelfie brought to you by the towers of books in my front room.
#shelfie #botm

TheSpineView Look at all those BOTM books. I dont feel so bad now!🤣 1mo
annkuch13 @TheSpineView Haha! Yeah, they pile up pretty quickly! 1mo
TheSpineView @annkuch13 Yes they do! 1mo
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marleed I can not be trusted to have my own botm subscription. But I have a small botm collection through thrifting! 1mo
Hooked_on_books I‘m squinting, trying to read the titles at the far right edge. As though that will help. 🙄😆 1mo
annkuch13 @Hooked_on_books Haha! Yeah, I wish Litsy let you zoom like Instagram does. 4w
annkuch13 @marleed I should probably take that same advice. 🤣 4w
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The Scholar | Dervla McTiernan
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I enjoyed this just as much as the first book in the series. It was nice to get more from the POV of Carrie. The personal connection of the mystery to Cormac and Emma definitely raised the tension. Similar to the first book, the discovery of different clues is paced well, and there are enough little twists that kept me guessing killer until very close to when it was revealed. The audiobook narrator is fantastic.

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Nothing to See Here | Kevin Wilson
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I really enjoyed this quick read. It was a good balance of dry humor and a bittersweet kind of sadness. The relationships are all rather odd, but the connection between Lillian and the fire children was sweet. It was one of those books you didn't want to put down because it was so fascinating.

Megabooks Totally agree! 1mo
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Ninth House | Leigh Bardugo
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This has immediately risen to my favorites list. I actually wanted to just start it again once I finished, which is crazy rare for me. I got that same kind of magical feeling that I get when reading American Gods for the nth time. This book has everything (insert Stefon gif here) on my checklist. Murder? Check. Hidden magic? Yup. Dark academia setting? Definitely. Ghosts? You betcha. Secret societies? Check.

TW: drug use, magical date rape

Karisa I felt the same way! Did your copy have the author's annotated pages at the end (beginning scenes of Alex and Darlington)? 😍 1mo
annkuch13 @Karisa No! Thats so cool. Which edition is that in? 1mo
Bookzombie Great review! 1mo
Karisa @annkuch13 It was in the Kindle version. Made me love Leigh Burdugo even more! 1mo
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The Reddening | Adam Nevill
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Some sexy #bookmail by one of my favorite authors. This came out on Halloween and isn't in the database yet.

Edit: it is now thanks to the amazing @Bookzombie

Bookzombie I happened to be online so I added it for you. 🙂 (edited) 1mo
annkuch13 @Bookzombie Oh wow! That's awesome. Thanks! 😁 1mo
Bookzombie You‘re welcome! I stacked it now too. 🙂 1mo
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The Ruin | Dervla McTiernan
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This was an excellent procedural mystery. There was just the right balance of tension and shock without it getting gory or explicit. I had fun putting the pieces together from the mystery in the past and the current murder, and there were a few reveals that I didn't see coming. I don't think I've read any other mysteries set in Ireland, so that was really interesting as well. The audio version of this is great.

TW: suicide, child abuse

Reviewsbylola The comparison to Tana French has me hooked. Stacking! 1mo
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Star Wars is knocking it out of the park with their middle grade books. It was so fun to see Rey, Rose, and Poe on an adventure. Ireland did a great job establishing the feel of an alien planet in such a short amount of time. It was funny and had just the right amount of tension. The switches between POV for each chapter were really smooth. Plus there were a few cut shenanigans with porgs. This isn't necessary reading, but I do recommend it.

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The Dragon Factory | Jonathan Maberry
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Mehso-so

I really like these characters and then humor in this series. I will admit I was bummed that there weren't zombies throughout the whole series like I had originally thought. I also felt uncomfortable with all the neo nazi stuff the bad guys were doing and saying. I know they're the bad guys and it's supposed to be squicky, but still. I do think the way some of the plot unfolded was clever.

TW: racial slurs, genocide

annkuch13 I was also really pissed that they fridged Grace in the end. 😡 1mo
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Ninth House | Leigh Bardugo
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Its Halloween week! The best week of the year! Time for spooky stories and too much sugar. And yes, some of those candy corns are magpie skulls. 😁

ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled 😍 magpie skulls!! 1mo
annkuch13 @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled They're the coolest! Check out @skullerygram on Instagram. They do really neat work. 1mo
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Absolutely! Thanks! 1mo
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Ninth House | Leigh Bardugo
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Leia is a super helpful reading buddy...
#catsoflitsy

TheSpineView I see she is a place holder! A cat bookmark! 1mo
Texreader @TheSpineView 🤣🤣🤣 1mo
LauraBrook She‘s a beautiful bookmark. 🥰 1mo
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TheLibrarian What a gorgeous kitty!! 😻 1mo
annkuch13 @TheSpineView @LauraBrook The cutest bookmark! 1mo
Dolly Such a pretty fluffball! 1mo
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Ninth House | Leigh Bardugo
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Did someone say bandwagon? But really, I'm super excited about this one and hope the hype is real. You can't go wrong with occult secret societies and dark academia, right? Right.

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Tithe | Holly Black
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I loved these books in high school, so of course I had to get this super gorgeous omnibus! It's probably time for a reread.

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The Toll | Cherie Priest
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Copious amounts of candy corn can cancel out that bummed feeling when you realize you can't get to all the books you want to read during Halloween season.

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Untitled | Unknown
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❤ South Carolina
🧡 28
💛 legal/HR assistant with a bit of executive assistant duties
💚 single but kind of talking to someone
💙 she/her
💜 first name + shortened last name + my favorite number
#gettingtoknowyou

JoScho I didn‘t know we had so many SC littens! 2mo
annkuch13 @JoScho Me either! It's exciting 😄 2mo
JoScho Where are you in SC? There are at least two more I have seen today. 2mo
annkuch13 @JoScho I'm in Aiken. Where are you? 2mo
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I tend to have very mixed feelings about Richard Layman books, but I am pretty excited to read this one during the month of Halloween. Plus, it has such a great cover!

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Beers and Fears: The Haunted Brewery | Armand Rosamilia, Tim Meyer, Chuck Buda, Frank Edler
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Mehso-so

This was a fun read of connected short stories. It wasn't really scary at any point, but there is a bit of gore. I think I would have enjoyed this concept more as a novel fleshing out one or two of the stories. This would be good if you want a spooky read that won't leave you scared afterwards.

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Violet | Scott Thomas
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Shelfie Sunday
#shelfie

MrBook Whooaaa!!! 2mo
ladym30 Stunning!😍 2mo
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Iden is very slowly starting to check out the rest of the house. And there's a lot less hissing at the other cats.

MrBook Gorgeous!!! 😻😻😻😻😻 #catsofLitsy 2mo
LauraBeth What a beautiful cat! 😻 2mo
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The Black Tongue | Marko Hautala
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I love my spooky gourd ghoul. He fits right in with the horror books.

Sace What a cutie! 2mo
Texreader He is cute! 2mo
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Beers and Fears: The Haunted Brewery | Armand Rosamilia, Tim Meyer, Chuck Buda, Frank Edler
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It's been a really fucking long week. I'm hoping to get some reading done without immediately falling asleep.

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December Park | Ronald Malfi
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My house is officially spooky now!

ladym30 Great photo! 2mo
annkuch13 @ladym30 Thanks! 2mo
ShyBookOwl Yay! I started pulling out my Spooktober decor today too 2mo
Hooked_on_books Ok, those spiders are creeping me out, so nice job! 2mo
annkuch13 @Hooked_on_books Yeah I almost didn't get that one, but after a few years it doesn't give me the creeps anymore. 😄 2mo
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Slash | Hunter Shea
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My arc of Slash by Hunter Shea came in the mail. I'm so excited to read this one, and the fact that I won it in a giveaway makes it even more exciting!
#bookmail

myellenbee And a very cool pillow too! 2mo
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Those Across the River | Christopher Buehlman
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Here's my #spookstack as part of a fun Instagram group of horror readers. These are some of my favorite horror books I've read. (Note: There's no Darcy Coates because I mostly do her on audio, but she's totally in there in spirit.)

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I actually ended up liking this way more than expected. I love zombie books but for some reason this one never seemed like my style. I really enjoyed the main character's POV and thought the pacing of the plot was perfect. Some of the parts with the bad guys felt a little too stereotypical, almost like a caricature of middle eastern people. I know that they were terrorists, but it still felt off. Also, Ray Porter is one of my favorite narrators.

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The Dread | Gail Z. Martin
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I'm excited to see how this wraps up the plot lines from the previous five books set in this world, though I'm sad to see it all end. Also, check out this gorgeous cover!

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Red Rain: A Novel | R.L. Stine
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This was very meh. I was intrigued to see what R. L. Stine did with writing for adults. I think it still felt kind of juvenile. I was never actually scared. The descriptions of the horror post hurricane and the murders mentioned in the synopsis were nice and squicky, but otherwise nothing felt adult. It was interesting enough that I finished to see how it all wrapped up. I would suggest this if you want to dabble in horror, but otherwise, skip it.

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Little Girls | Ronald Malfi
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This was a reread. I had forgotten some of the twists and really enjoyed watching it unfold. There's a nice, creepy kid vibe going on along with a little mystery. It's a fun, spoopy read without being scary. The narrator is also very enjoyable.

Beholderess Ooooh, little ghost girls. Classic 3mo
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It took me a while to read this but that has nothing to do with how amazing it is. The worldbuilding is creative, and the magic system is very cool. Plus there's some flintlock fantasy elements. Sykes has such a great sense of humor and excellent sarcastic timing, but he also pulls off deep emotions incredibly well. I went for laughing out loud on one page to intensely sorrowful on the next with beautifully written passages. I highly recommend it!

GrilledCheeseSamurai Great to hear it was good. I'm looking forward to reading it. 🤘 3mo
Beholderess That cover is gorgeous 3mo
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FantasticLand: A Novel | Mike Bockoven
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August Wrap Up

🎧 Dooku: Jedi Lost - Cavan Scott
🎧 Children of Ruin - Adrian Tchaikovsky
🎧 FantasticLand - Mikr Bockoven
🎧 Lock In - John Scalzi
🎧 Head On - John Scalzi
📚 Seven Blades in Black - Sam Sykes

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Head on | John Scalzi
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I really enjoyed the mix of mystery and scifi in this sequel. Getting a deeper look into the worldbuilding and seeing more of all the characters was great. I like how the advanced technology makes it both easier and harder to investigate and solve the case. Plus there's a cat named Donut, so how can anything not be amazing about this book?

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FantasticLand: A Novel | Mike Bockoven
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I got some excellent book mail today! I'm excited to read the bottom two. I listened to the audiobook for FantasticLand, and I loved it so much that I had to buy a physical copy.

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Untitled | Unknown
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Insurance Update:
The doctor's office has to do credentialing under their new tax ID so things were being set as out of network until that happens. Once all the bureaucratic hoops have been jumped through, everything will be in network again.

Thank you to everyone that had kind words and support during my panic last night. I really appreciate this community. 💜

Megabooks Great! 3mo
BookwormAHN 👏🏻🍀 3mo
JoScho 🖤 3mo
Tamra 👏🏾 3mo
QuietlyLaura Yay! 👏 3mo
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Things are looking up. Iden has decided she trusts me now. #catsoflitsy

8little_paws So pretty!! 3mo
Bklover She‘s beautiful ! 3mo
MeganAnn 😻😻😻 3mo
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Tamra 😻 3mo
BookBabe Gorgeous kitty! 😻 3mo
BookwormAHN 😻😻😻 3mo
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I just found out my doctor is now out of fucking network because their practice was bought by a different parent company. Same building. Same doctor. Can't fucking see her anymore. She's been my doctor for like 4 years and her partner for the 10 before that. Now I get to try and find someone new who believes all my bullshit medical issues. Fuck our fucking healthcare system.
Anyway. Have some cute cats or whatever.

BookwormAHN My sympathies. Finding a dentist on my plan was nearly impossible 🤦🏼‍♀️ 3mo
annkuch13 @BookwormAHN Thanks! I guess I'm just kind of shocked. 3mo
marleed Oh no that‘s terrible. I‘m sorry. 3mo
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Megabooks I empathize! It‘s stupid. It sucks, and I‘m sorry you‘re starting at square one! 💜 3mo
annkuch13 @Megabooks @marleed Thank you! I'm talking with the insurance company and they're looking to see if there's any other way the doctor can code/bill it to get in covered. 3mo
annkuch13 UPDATE: I'm negotiating with the insurance company. There may be a way to bill it/code it differently. Still dumb this is something people have to worry about. 3mo
Megabooks @annkuch13 I really hope you can keep your doctor!! 3mo
LauraBeth Oh no - that sucks! Sorry that you have to go through that! 3mo
annkuch13 @LauraBeth Thank you. It's really stressful but might have a chance to work out okay ☹ 3mo
Tamra That is ridiculous! I hope somebody at the insurance company is human and humane. 3mo
Erofan So sorry! ☹️ 3mo
annkuch13 @Erofan Thanks! It turns out the doctor had to do some paperwork filing that makes them out of network until it's complete. Everything's going to work out okay! 3mo
annkuch13 @Tamra They actually were! Everyone ended up being very helpful and kind, and we got everything sorted out. 😊 3mo
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Lock In (Lock In, #1) | John Scalzi
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I finished this reread yesterday to refresh for the sequel. It was just as good as the first time through. Scalzi pulls off a cool mix of scifi worldbuilding and procedural mystery.

chaoticgoodhufflepuff The sequel is so good! 3mo
annkuch13 @chaoticgoodhufflepuff I started it on my commute today and am really liking it! I'm glad to hear it stays good! 3mo
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