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lele1432

Joined April 2017

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Independence by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
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Hester: A Novel by Laurie Lico Albanese
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Shutter by Ramona Emerson
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Mehso-so

Library loan and #Aardvark pick. Overall this debut was humorous and touched on some very real topics that need to be discussed more, but it was mostly surface level, and didn‘t truly incorporate Prince into the mix. I appreciated the commentary on weaponized incompetence and unreal expectations of working parents (particularly moms), but cringed at the cheating husband excuses and general expectation that he‘d be forgiven. #Pop23 about a family

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Verity | Colleen Hoover
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A soft pick. I never thought I‘d read a Colleen Hoover book as her others seem to be focused on themes like domestic violence “romance” and that‘s just a no for me lol.🤮 But this domestic thriller got passed around during a group trip to India and it was a surprisingly entertaining guilty pleasure.🥴 Dark, fluffy, sexy. Like binge-watching a new series with a bowl of popcorn and a glass of wine. #pop23 a self-published book

IndianBookworm I hope you had a good stay in India 🥰 6d
lele1432 @IndianBookworm yes!! I‘m so glad I got the opportunity to go back! (Went one other time in undergrad with the same professor. This was his last group trip and he made it an alumni trip.) 😊 5d
IndianBookworm That is great. So, was it like an educational thing or purely entertainment? Also where are you from? 5d
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lele1432 @IndianBookworm So in undergrad it was purely educational and we partnered with some business students at a Delhi university to do some projects and presentations and we visited different companies in Bangalore as well. This time was more sightseeing but we went to different places like Guwahati, Cherrapunji, Udaipur, and Kochi. I‘m from Arkansas and went to school there but live in Houston now in the US. 🙂 (edited) 4d
IndianBookworm Omg, what a coincidence. Even I'm a business student from Delhi University. You definitely went to all the right places besides the mainstream ones. Kudos to your professor.😍 4d
lele1432 @IndianBookworm it was a lovely trip! We did the Taj in Agra of course too. I loved all the palaces in Udaipur! I think the University we partnered with was FIIB in Delhi. 😊 My professor is originally from Bangalore so he was a great guide! 3d
IndianBookworm Taj is a must, I agree. Udaipur, more like Rajasthan is an absolute beauty. I love the diversity we have here.🙈 This is all so nice, makes me wanna go on a trip with your professor. 😁 3d
lele1432 Yesss I love Rajasthan @IndianBookworm! Last time we went to Jaipur. So beautiful. Love the pink buildings lol and we rode an elephant down from one of the forts. And yes he‘s the best lol! My favorite professor by far! 2d
IndianBookworm I have done all of this years back. Can't wait to do all of this again. I can see why he's your favorite. Also, I love how wholesome this conversation has been. 2d
lele1432 Me too @IndianBookworm!! 🤗🤗 1d
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Lapvona: A Novel | Ottessa Moshfegh
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I love satirical pieces on class, religion, sexism, and power, but I‘m not sure if that‘s what this was. It was almost too ridiculous. The childish lord with no ambition who played disgusting “games” with the servants, the priest who simply pretended to be religious, the townspeople too oblivious to make a connection between their famine and the manor‘s bounty. Cannibalism wasn‘t even the most disturbing part! I‘ll read Moshfegh again though.

lele1432 #Pop23: A book I meant to read last year. (edited) 2w
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Independence | Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
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Got some reading in early this morning while my work laptop updated. I just returned from a 3 week adventure in #India and this book is taking me right back! I was pleasantly surprised to see two #IndianLit picks from #BOTM this month, and I got them both along with Lunar Love.😅 Happy Friday!

Reggie Omg!!! I had no idea she had a new book out. I love her! 4w
lele1432 She‘s new to me but I already looked her up and think it‘s cool she lives here in Houston and teaches creative writing at U of H. I‘m definitely going to be reading her backlog @Reggie! 3w
Reggie @lele1432 she‘s wonderful. Sister of My Heart is one of my all time favorite books. And she has some short stories from The Unknown Errors of Our Lives and Arranged Marriage, her collections, that I still think about today. 3w
jlhammar @Reggie @lele1432 I loved Before We Visit the Goddess and added her newest to my Jan #BOTM box. I have The Unknown Errors waiting on my shelves. Now I‘m even more excited to get to it! 3w
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Rebecca | Daphne Dame Du Maurier
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SO excited about my #HHS22 package!! Thank you so much @AmyG! I LOVE the spooky socks and notepad, sugar skull kitchen towel, sweet card, yummy tea, and cute ghost candles! I jumped up and down when I saw the candy corn mix with the pumpkins!! My youngest and I have already indulged in them.😂 The skull spatula and cookie cutter are perfect!! I‘ve been wanting all of these books for a long time and can‘t wait to read them!! #HauntedHallowSwap 🤗🎃

wanderinglynn Love it! 🎃 3mo
AmyG I am so glad you like everything. Happy Halloween! 3mo
lele1432 Yes I love it @AmyG! Happy Halloween to you too! 3mo
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The Ex Hex: A Novel | Erin Sterling
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Finished last night and I really enjoyed this magic-filled, dreamy, #witchy romance! Like the Halloween version of The Holiday Swap, but with spice. Nice unconventional small town location in the mountains of northern Georgia instead of the usual New England. Great atmosphere, Rhys was crush-worthy, and I loved Sir Purrcival, the black cat!🐈‍⬛ #ScarathlonDailyPrompts Day 26: #BlackCat #PhotoChallenge #TeamSlaughter #Scarathlon2022 #BOTM #Pop22

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Between a so-so and a soft pick for this #shortstory that I felt ended abruptly, but made me curious about the Warm Bodies series! I think I‘ll read the first one at least. A lonely zombie walks the streets during the Christmas holiday in search of brains to eat. Not exactly heart-warming. 😂🧟‍♀️ #Scarathlon2022 #ScarathlonDailyPrompts Day 25: #Zombie #PhotoChallenge #TeamSlaughter

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The Lies I Tell | Julie Clark
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And once again, I‘m behind! 😩 I‘ve heard good things about this #thriller. Seems like a nice pick to get lost in a twisted web of lies. 😈 #ScarathlonDailyPrompt Day 24: #Lies #BOTM #PhotoChallenge #Scarathlon2022 #TeamSlaughter

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Not the typical spooky read, but I‘m using this #Nonfiction, #TrueCrime, culty pick because it‘s just as horrifying! #ScarathlonDailyPrompts #PhotoChallenge Day 23: #Story. #Cults #TeamSlaughter #Scarathlon2022

Prairiegirl_reading I just finished watching the show. Horrifying is right! I‘m debating picking up the book. 3mo
lele1432 Ohhh I definitely want to watch the show! @Prairiegirl_reading 3mo
Prairiegirl_reading @lele1432 it‘s so well done. Definitely couldn‘t binge a bunch because it‘s just too disturbing but I would recommend it. 3mo
lele1432 Sounds right up my alley @Prairiegirl_reading! 3mo
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4,053! Had a good Week 3 thanks to the weekly game and word search! Hester and The Ex Hex have a plethora of #TeamSlaughter word search words. 😊

#Scarathlon2022

Texreader Yay teammate!! 3mo
lele1432 @Texreader 🤗🤗 3mo
bthegood good job - 3mo
lele1432 Thank you!! @bthegood 🤗 3mo
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The Getaway | Lamar Giles
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I don‘t know why but this cover makes me think of skeletons lol. I like this author even though I rarely read #YA, and one of my favorite authors (Tiffany D. Jackson) also writes YA and calls him her twin. I still need to read my #BOTM copy of his “Not So Pure and Simple.” I got a Scholastic copy of this from my daughter‘s book fair.😊

#ScarathlonDailyPrompts #PhotoChallenge Day 22: #Skeleton #Scarathlon2022 #TeamSlaughter

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Jackal | Erin E. Adams
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Black girls go missing in small-town Pennsylvania. I‘m really excited about this one! I‘ve heard it‘s like a mysterious thriller with elements of horror.

#ScarathlonDailyPrompts #PhotoChallenge Day 21: #Missing #TeamSlaughter #Scarathlon2022

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Spells for Forgetting | Adrienne Young
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A suspected murderer returns to his superstitious hometown where the murder he was accused of remains unsolved. I‘m glad I was able to grab this as a skip-the-line loan! 🥳🥳

#ScarathlonDailyPrompts #PhotoChallenge Day 20: #Murder #TeamSlaughter #Scarathlon2022

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Hester: A Novel | Laurie Lico Albanese
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Reading (listening to) this right now and I am loving it!! Generations of women in a Scottish family all have the “curse” of seeing colors in shapes, letters, and when people talk. This would also work for the #secret prompt, because although they just see the world differently, they must keep the ability hidden because of #witchcraft mania.

#ScarathlonDailyPrompts #PhotoChallenge Day 19: #Curse #TeamSlaughter #Scarathlon2022 #BOTM

suvata I heard a great podcast about this book from Book-of-the-Month club. Here‘s the link, in case you missed it, https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/virtual-book-tour/id1623446602?i=100058223... 4mo
lele1432 Thanks so much @suvata I‘ll definitely listen! 4mo
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The Hacienda | Isabel Caas
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I‘ve heard such good things about this spooky book! I‘m loving gothic stories in general. 👻

#ScarathlonDailyPrompts #PhotoChallenge Day 18: #Orange #Scarathlon2022 #TeamSlaughter

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Although the murder victim (or perhaps perpetrator?) in this #TrueCrime #Classic was shot to death, it does include a character who possesses an extremely potent bottle of poison. And it took me a week and a half, but I am now officially back on track! 😅

#ScarathlonDailyPrompts #PhotoChallenge Day 17: #Poison #TeamSlaughter #Scarathlon2022

b.elschie I need to try and get back into this one. I started it and fell off pretty hard :') 4mo
lele1432 @b.elschie I need to try it again myself! 😅 I was reading it as a buddy read a few years ago and my library loan lapsed and I just never finished. 🙃 4mo
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The Weight of Blood | Tiffany D. Jackson
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A Carrie remake by one of my favorite authors! I hear this is one of her best yet and I can‘t wait to read it!

#ScarathlonDailyPrompts #PhotoChallenge Day 16: #Scared #TeamSlaughter #Scarathlon2022

MsLeah8417 Love it! 4mo
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#Scarathlon2022 Week 2 Total: 824 points. #TeamSlaughter

Weekly Game: 550
True Crime Shows: 10
Bucket List: 100
Readathons: 20
Participation Points: 14
Soooky Crafts: 15
Daily Prompts: 55
Word Search: 60

Clwojick Way to go! Great job! ☠ 4mo
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Night Swim, The | Megan Goldin
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#ScarathlonDailyPrompts #PhotoChallenge Day 15: #Secret #Scarathlon2022 #TeamSlaughter
I never reviewed this last year, so doing it now (not for points).

A popular true crime podcaster covers a live rape trial and begins to receive desperate pleas for help from a listener with a story to tell. As events unfold, this "sleepy" coastal town begins to show cracks in its façade, and a history of violence and rape culture starts to rear its ugly head.

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Pumpkin Patch | Elizabeth King
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Got some more things checked off my #Scarathlon2022 #OctoberBucketList! We‘ve started putting up a few decorations, and had fun at a pumpkin patch. 🎃 #TeamSlaughter

Clwojick Looks like a fun day :) (edited) 4mo
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The Chestnut Man: A Novel | Soren Sveistrup
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A serial murderer who leaves behind a signature “chestnut man” doll as a clue at each crime scene sounds intriguing! 😐 I‘ve had this on my TBR for a while!

#ScarathlonDailyPrompts #PhotoChallenge Day 14: #Clue #TeamSlaughter #Scarathlon2022

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Witches | Brenda Lozano
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I love this cover! This works for #ScarathlonDailyPrompts #PhotoChallenge Day 13: #Witch as well as an option to read #WomenInTranslation.

#Scarathlon2022 #TeamSlaughter

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From Here to Eternity | Caitlin Doughty
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I started this around October last year as a #Literati pick, but for some reason life got in the way so I didn‘t finish it, although it was very interesting! A #nonfiction #travelogue of sorts about death and burial rituals around the globe. Let‘s see if I can add this to my already too-long TBR for this month. 😁 #ScarathlonDailyPrompts #PhotoChallenge Day 12: #Grave

#TeamSlaughter #Scarathlon2022

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The Night Shift | Alex Finlay
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Late ‘90s Blockbuster nostalgia, a teenage night shift closing crew, and a stabby villain. Yes please! #ScarathlonDailyPrompts #PhotoChallenge Day 11: #Dark

#TeamSlaughter #Scarathlon2022

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False Witness | Karin Slaughter
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Using our other #TeamSlaughter #BuddyRead for #ScarathlonDailyPrompts #PhotoChallenge Day 10: #Crime. Can‘t wait to start it!

#Scarathlon2022

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The Stardust Thief | Chelsea Abdullah
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I was going to grab this fantasy pick from #BOTM, but instead I just found and bought a copy with PINK SPRAYED EDGES! I think I‘m in love. 😍 A magical One Thousand and One Nights retelling for #ScarathlonDailyPrompts #PhotoChallenge Day 9: #Magic #TeamSlaughter #Scarathlon2022

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Carmilla | Joseph Sheridan LeFanu
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#ScarathlonDailyPrompts #PhotoChallenge Day 8: #Vampire. The original vampire story! I still need to read this. 🤦🏽‍♀️ 🧛🏽‍♀️

#Scarathlon2022 #TeamSlaughter

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Hallow | Olga Gibbs
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Definitely failed getting my #HHS in the post last weekend. But it‘s headed to @Nessavamusic with delivery expected Monday, October 17th! 🎃 Unfortunately I left out the card. 😩#HauntedHollowSwap #HHS22

Nessavamusic Yay thank you! 4mo
lele1432 I hope you enjoy it @Nessavamusic! 😊 4mo
wanderinglynn Yay! 🙌🏻🎃🖤 4mo
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Autumn is the end of hot, insufferable summers lol and the beginning of my favorite season and time of year! It‘s the beginning of coziness, beauty, color, magic, and multiple family get-togethers.

This October we hope to go to a nice pumpkin patch, maybe a family-friendly haunted house, take family pics, and other #Scarathlon2022 #BucketList wishes!

Thanks for the tag @Eggs! #WondrousWednesday

#TeamSlaughter

Eggs Sounds so fun🎃🍁 4mo
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Using a #TeamSlaughter #BuddyRead for the #ScarathlonDailyPrompts #PhotoChallenge for Day 7: #Victim. I have yet to read this one, but the synopsis states one of our MC‘s customers is found murdered behind her bakery amidst her chocolate chip cookies and she decides to investigate!

#Scarathlon2022

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Night of the Mannequins | Stephen Graham Jones
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After recently reading SGJ‘s The Night Cyclist, I think I‘ll read this one next! #ScarathlonDailyPrompts Day 6: #Night

#Scarathlon2022 #TeamSlaughter #PhotoChallenge

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Ghost Story | Peter Straub
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Playing catch up! These #ScarathlonDailyPrompts for #Scarathlon2022 are reminding me of many books I own that I need to read! Day 5: #Ghost #PhotoChallenge #TeamSlaughter

FortunateSon I read this one about 20 years ago but didn't really care for it. Coincidentally, I'm just finishing up a book by Straub's daughter (This Time Tomorrow). I'm enjoying her book much more. 4mo
lele1432 @FortunateSon Yeah I see the rating for this one is pretty low! Adding his daughter‘s to my TBR now, thanks! 4mo
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My Week 1 #Scarathlon2022 #TeamSlaughter total!

Early Bird: 50
Weekly Game: 70
Scary/Halloween Movies/True Crime: 20
Bucket List: 10
Readathons: 20
Participation: 9
Daily Photo Prompts: 20
Word Search: 430

Clwojick You did great! Way to go! ☠ And I love this background! 4mo
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Starting our Hocus Pocus marathon for #Scarathlon2022 #watchlist and my #OctoberBucketList! #TeamSlaughter

Clwojick Yay! 4mo
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I Heard You Scream | Emerald O'Brien
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Day 4: #Scream. Another random find that sounds really interesting! #ScarathlonDailyPrompts #PhotoChallenge #Scarathlon2022 #TeamSlaughter

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Eek!! I‘m already behind on my #ScarathlonDailyPrompts #PhotoChallenge! Playing catch-up. This is Day 3: #Killer. I really need to finally read this one! #TeamSlaughter #Scarathlon2022 🔪💚

Clwojick This one is so good! 4mo
lele1432 Good to know @Clwojick! 4mo
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Shutter | Ramona Emerson
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Using my current read for #ScarathlonDailyPrompts #PhotoChallenge Day 2: #Creature! I‘m really enjoying this story of a Native forensics photographer who attracts the company of ghosts. 👻 #TeamSlaughter #Scarathlon2022

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Helpmeet | Naben Ruthnum
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I randomly found this on a Goodreads list of gothic horror and was able to borrow it from the library! I think it will be a great read for #Scarathlon2022 and works for the #PhotoChallenge!

#ScarathlonDailyPrompts Day 1: #Black #TeamSlaughter

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Shutter | Ramona Emerson
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First book of #Scarathlon2022 for #TeamSlaughter! Finding lots of #ScarathlonWordSearch words already lol. And a strong opening chapter! 👻 🦴

Clwojick Awesome! 🖤🖤 4mo
jlhammar I can‘t wait to start this! 4mo
lele1432 @jlhammar It‘s definitely good so far! I‘m glad it‘s getting some hype! 4mo
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Finally finished this one! I‘ve been listening to these short love stories off and on for months. Filled with strong female warriors, assassins, queens, political strategists, musicians and more, I appreciated that these women were successful and capable in their own rights, and just so happened to fall in love with men and women who respected and understood them. Most were 4 or 5⭐️s for me except the last 2 stories that I didn‘t care for as much.

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Luster: A Novel | Raven Leilani
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Reviewing Queenie reminded me I never reviewed Luster smh! Queenie was kind of what I hoped this would be. It follows a twenty-something black woman as she entangles herself in the open marriage of an older white couple. The stark, deadpan, stream of consciousness writing made me feel disconnected from the MC, and I felt like I didn‘t get to know her outside of poor life decisions and gratuitous sex. A quick read but not for me. #BOTM #pop22

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Pet Sematary | Stephen King
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My #Scarathlon spooky TBR for #TeamSlaughter! I‘m so excited to read some darker, supernatural, and fun Halloween works! #Scarathlon2022

Clwojick Looks great! 4mo
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Got my #HauntedHollowSwap package today! Thanks again @AmyG! #HHS #HHS22 🧙‍♀️🎃👻

wanderinglynn Yay! 🎃🖤🙌🏻 4mo
AmyG Yay! 🙌🏻 (edited) 4mo
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Queenie | Candice Carty-Williams
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Finally got around to reading this one! This is what I‘d hoped Luster would be. Yes, Queenie is a black millennial whose life is a train wreck, but shining light on her mental health struggles made it more relatable. A mental breakdown, family views on therapy, career woes, lack of motivation, racism, unhealthy relationships with sex, mother-daughter relationship dysfunction and more are all explored in this ultimately touching novel. #BOTM #pop22

AmyG Hi! USPS tracking said they left the package on your porch. Just want to confirm you got it. Thanks!!! 4mo
lele1432 @AmyG yayyy I see it!! I‘ll go get it now, thanks so much! (edited) 4mo
AmyG Thanks for letting me know! 4mo
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Telephone | Percival Everett
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Eeeek!! I am SO excited about my #FallingForFallSwap box, thank you @rsteve388!! These are the perfect books that I‘ve had my eye on!! I‘m going to make some of the coffee in the morning before my meeting, the bookmark and magnet are awesome, and I‘ve never seen page pointers before but I love them already! Litsy friends find the coolest gadgets! Thank you for sharing a bit of Denver with the comfy socks that I will wear tonight! 💃🏽 #FFFS

rsteve388 I am glad you like it. 5mo
Avanders 🍁🍂♥️🫶🏽 love those socks!! 5mo
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I‘ve seen some reviews that said this book didn‘t hold the reader‘s interest, and I struggled with reading a sample of the first chapter myself, but so far I‘m glad I tried out the audio version. I‘m not very far in, but I find the commentary on both fascism in Italy and early Hollywood censorship pretty intriguing! #BOTM

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Friendly reminder that #Scarathlon2022 signups are still open! There is really no better time to read than fall and winter thanks to Litsy fun! 😊🎃👻🖤 #TeamSlaughter

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScrAKF_4P5QR-kJDU9lrhzW7PQata8xPbqkHpE7...

Clwojick That‘s for the repost! 🖤 5mo
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Carrie | Stephen King
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#Scarathlon2022 #TeamSlaughter

Jotting down some spooky movies I hope to watch next month! Scream is our official team movie (yay!) and I have more classics but hope to watch some new stuff as well.

Any Netflix or other streaming suggestions? My last binges were You and All of Us Are Dead, and I also enjoyed the new Predator movie, Prey. 😊

Clwojick Woohoooo! 🦇🖤🦇Carrie is such a classic! (edited) 5mo
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Mexican Gothic | Silvia Moreno-Garcia
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Just realized I never reviewed this one. Just in time for spooky season, I may revisit it on audio. Certainly not for everyone and the end left me with mixed feelings, but ultimately I loved it and couldn‘t stop thinking about it! Weird, brooding, mysterious, and creepy. A young woman from Mexico City high society finds herself in a hallucinogenic fever dream inside a dilapidated mansion on a foggy, misty hill inhabited by a cruel, violent family.

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#HauntedHollowSwap #HHS #HHS22

1. Scarecrow (not sure I could handle a real ghost)
2. Why not both? Costumes, candy, and lots of food!
3. Scary maze
4. Cute with a hint of creepy
5. 🎃 patch
6. 🍎 cider. I‘m more of a sweet potato pie fan
7. Make a costume
8. A treat!
9. Both make and drink a potion depending on what it was for
10. Eat it slowly

wanderinglynn 👻🖤🙌🏻 5mo
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