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katcalvin

katcalvin

Joined April 2016

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OH MY GOD MY BOOK IS ON LITSY!!! Ahhhhh!!!! I totally did not think it would come up. I have a book y‘all!!!! 😆 You can read about it at katcavin.substack.com!!

everlocalwest Congratulations! 5d
BarbaraBB That is so cool! Congratulations 🎈 5d
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I read this right before a trip to Istanbul and it was such an engaging and thorough history that I thought about everything I learned and connected the dots as I traveled. Even if you‘re not going to Istanbul any time soon, this was an fascinating read about one of the most important cities in history.

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This is a deeply depressing but incredibly important book about the crisis of Venezuela and how it happened. Must read.

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China | Edward Rutherfurd
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Absolutely riveting. I couldn‘t put it down. If I had a time machine I would leap to 19th Century China immediately. I can‘t wait to read everything else Rutherfurd has ever written.

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Well, this book changed my life. I highly recommend reading and discussing with your therapist.

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Must read. I cannot believe how much of this I didn‘t know. We really don‘t know anything about American history. At all.

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Pick with a caveat. This is a very important, absolutely infuriating, and deeply honest look at one woman‘s struggle with the shitty shitty shitty American medical system, asshole misogynist doctors, and an alternative medical culture full of as many hucksters as well-meaning cynics. It‘s a very real look at what millions of women go through and should be read but also it‘s melodramatic AF at some points so prepare yourself.

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An excellent history of Los Angeles. I can‘t believe how much I learned, and written so well, I couldn‘t put it down. A must read!

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Great Circle | Maggie Shipstead
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Bailedbailed

I signed up to read a book about a daring aviatrix and instead I got a boring Twilight actress character written with every Hollywood cliché the writer could think of, so much child sexual content that I question how this book is even legal, and tired, trite prose. And it‘s like eleventy billion pages. I refuse to finish. There are other books out there. I will read literally any other one. The Booker committee, it turns out, is not infallible.

SamAnne My book club just signed up to read this one for August. 😬😳😳😬😬 6mo
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Dead Silence | S.A. Barnes
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Thrilling haunted space ship adventure. Couldn‘t put it down.

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The Hacienda | Isabel Caas
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Great haunted house story set in Mexico right after the revolution. Not perfect but draws you in and a quick read.

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Absolutely beautiful. Deeply depressing. Contains one of the darkest chapters I have ever read in my life. But ends with incredible beauty. I loved it.

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Hell House | Richard Matheson
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Classic haunted house story. Excellent read.

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Road of Bones | Christopher Golden
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I can‘t believe it took this long for someone to write a horror novel about the road of bones but I‘m so glad he did. I can‘t wait for the inevitable movie.

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Excellent ghost story. Couldn‘t put it down. May not sleep tonight.

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If you‘re interested in cults/religions/mlms/etc. and how they use language to invite, coerce, and control then this book is for you.

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Has been on my list for years but the new TV show forced my hand lol. Whether you already know a lot of Mormon history or not this incredibly well researched book will be impossible to put down. Krakauer swiftly covers a large swath of Mormon and particularly Fundamentalist Mormon history from Joseph Smith to the Lafferty brothers. It‘s a book that is still sadly relevant today. After reading I recommend watching Prophet‘s Prey.

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Mehso-so

It‘s no A Gentleman in Moscow, which remains one of the loveliest books ever written, but Towles is a brilliant writer and it‘s a good story. Did not need to be this long.

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Interesting look at the Flat Earth movement, the people who fall for it, and the larger consequences that affect all of us.

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The Plot | Jean Hanff Korelitz
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A fun read. Even if you figure out the big ending pretty early, there are still plenty of twists and turns to keep you entertained.

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Revelator: A novel | Daryl Gregory
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This is one of the wildest and most original books that I have read in a long time. I‘d call it Appalachian Gothic.

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The Good Lord Bird | James McBride
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You can‘t lose with McBride and this lively tale of John Brown‘s wild life is worth picking up.

Therewillbebooks I loved this book 11mo
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The Good Lord Bird | James McBride
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You can‘t lose with McBride and this lively tale of John Brown‘s wild life is worth picking up.

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And Then There Were None | Agatha Christie
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Another Agatha. This one is wonderfully morbid. She really was the best.

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MOAR AGATHA. Even when you know every detail of this story it is thrilling to read it again. Especially on a train traveling through Europe. Can never get enough Agatha.

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MOAR AGATHA. Even when you know every detail of this story it is thrilling to read it again. Especially on a train traveling through Europe. Can never get enough Agatha.

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Reading Agatha on trains throughout Europe is a delight. Hercule Poirot is the perfect travel companion. I forgot so many of the little details in this book, it was wonderful to read it again.

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Reading Agatha on trains throughout Europe is a delight. Hercule Poirot is the perfect travel companion. I forgot so many of the little details in this book, it was wonderful to read it again.

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The Murder of Roger Ackroyd | Agatha Christie
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Agatha does it again! This may be one of my favorites.

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Such a good trilogy. Couldn‘t put it down.

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The Haunting of Hill House | Shirley Jackson
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Nothing like the incredible netflix show but I understand why they changed it. They kept the spirit of the house though. This book was written in 1959 so it isn‘t at all of the level of horror that we expect now but back then was probably the scariest thing anyone had ever read lol. It‘s really well written though. She does an amazing job at giving the house a real personality.

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'Salem's Lot | Stephen King
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I had no idea King wrote a vampire story. It was in 75 and I‘m curious if it‘s responsible for the modern day vamp resurgence we have now. It reads like a classic (with an interesting twist) but in 1975 it would have been original and terrifying.

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The Outsider | Stephen King
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Well it‘s a classic Stephen King so you know it‘s good. Not scary at all but a fascinating interpretation of an old Mexican urban legend.

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Each part is worse than the one before.

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Barn 8: A Novel | Deb Olin Unferth
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I thought this would be witty, fun, and interesting. It was not, but it was different. Meh.

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The Stand | Stephen King
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I have spent the last two days doing nothing but read this book. Couldn‘t put it down. But of course, it‘s Stephen King. Of course it‘s good.

BarbaraBB What a great way to spend the days!! 2y
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Mexican Gothic | Silvia Moreno-Garcia
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A well written (not scary) horror story with a marvelous heroine. A quick, enjoyable read.

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The story of an Asian actor trying to break into a Hollywood that only sees Asian stereotypes. Written as a screenplay, it falters in some places but is generally fantastic.

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Pour yourself a drink and prepare for therapy. I had so many epiphanies while reading this, a must for every millennial.

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It feels like a betrayal to know that everyone has been lying to us about everything forever. This book was an eye opener and more confirmation that I have to relearn everything.

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Just re-read this series with a quarantine book club. I still laugh, cry, and love it passionately.

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The Nix | Nathan Hill
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The first half of the book is incredible, the second not so much, the ending disappointing. But worth the read for the fantastic writing early on

BarbaraBB I felt the same! 2y
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Beautiful descriptions, deeply insightful, and a little bit of slapstick comedy. Highly recommend.

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Mehso-so

Meh

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I hated everyone in this book. Even the kid. What a miserable read.

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This is a perfect book.

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Parable of the Sower | Octavia E. Butler
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Re-read the Parables. They hit different when you‘re actually living through the apocalypse.

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Not my favorite Neil Gaiman but even my least favorite Neil is better than almost anything else.

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Fascinating history of Hollywood in the 70s. Will make you reconsider the masters.

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A great follow up to The Shining and actually not scary at all!

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