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Hoarders, Books Edition [11]: Thrifting Ain't Easy

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 Let me tell you why it's not easy: Because the books are cheap, you literally have to force yourself not to empty the shelves and into your cart.  Because you have the memory of a bird, you have to be careful not to take a book home that you already have. You lack self control. (See reason#1).  This is what I've been doing the past month or so. I've found myself perusing the shelves of several thrift stores in the city with the excuse of looking for a specific book. After reading Stephen King's If It Bleeds, I have the itch to read four of the books featured in his short story collection: The Outsider and the Bill Hodges Trilogy . But I somehow end up going home with something that I was not looking for. That's okay. There's no greater feeling than finding that book you're looking for. Unfortunately, I only managed to find the first book in the Bill Hodges trilogy, so I may have to either keep looking or suck it up and buy the books new. After perusing my

Book Review: Sorrowland by Rivers Solomon

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 Rivers Solomon is a new author to me. After reading Sorrowland, however, I have a feeling I will be searching high and low for their books. Their latest novel tells the horrors of being in a cult. In the beginning, the purpose of this commune was to establish a community specifically to enrich the lives of the Black members of the congregation. To become independent of a world ruled by white folks. But as years go by, lawlessness forged in independence blurred the lines between a religious congregation and that of a cult.  We meet our main character Vern, pregnant at 15 fleeing the commune. In the woods, we see the first glimpse of her survival instincts as she gave birth to her child while simultaneously running away from a hunter on her tail. And as she found a little distance from her hunter, she realized she was not done giving birth. She carried her twins, still fleeing deep into the forest. From there, we realize that her strong will and strength seemed supernatural almost. And

Reading Update: Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

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  Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy | First Published: 1877 | Edition: May 31st, 2004 | Page Count: 838 Date Started: June 7th | Currently: Page 246 on July 13th, 2021 Obviously, this is going very slow. The language is tough to get into but I'm enjoying how it forces me to slow down and absorb what I'm reading. So far, I'm getting the hang of it. The first 200 pages, I feel is like being dropped into the story right off the hop. While I'm introduced to the cast and characters, Tolstoy made me feel a familiarity with them all. It's an odd feeling, sometimes disconcerting. Because I expected to slog through the very foundation of the story, but that is not the case at all.  Here's the story so far: The novel opens at the Oblonsky's house. Stepan Arkadyich, Anna's brother is having some marital problems. His wife found the missives he exchanged with their former nanny, discovering an affair. Dolly has had it with Stepan and is close to leaving him for good. The

Book Review: One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston

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 I'm not gonna lie, this book was too long for my liking. There were times when I just wanted the book to be over. I mean, I wasn't expecting to be bowled over as much as I have been with her debut, but this was also too fantastical for my taste. The idea of someone from the past being stuck in the future via a glitch in the electrical grid back in the 70s was just not my cup of tea, you know? It's Sci-fi and fantasy and romcom mixed into one.  However, it's great to see that Ms. McQuiston has no problems flexing her writing chops. Because this was truly a flight from her first novel.              In this novel, we meet a cast and crew of a truly diverse and delightful characters. So let's get that out of the way because that's not where my problem with this book lies. I love the family that August found in New York. They may be side characters but they add so much to this novel. I also love the ongoing message that Casey continues to impart: love is love is lov

Book Review: The Outsider by Stephen King

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  I'm slowly making my way to Stephen King's books -- in reverse chronological order. Meaning, I'm trying to read the more recent releases first. So far, I've been enjoying my walk in King's House of Horrors. I feel like I did this wrong though. If you're familiar with King's books, then you would know that it's better to read the Bill Hodges Trilogy before this book. But the order in which I read this was ass backwards: If It Bleeds, then this book. I haven't even started the Bill Hodges Trilogy yet.  So this book feature a very gruesome crime: the corpse of an eleven-year old boy sodomized by a tree branch and pieces of his flesh bitten off -- possibly ingested by the killer. The suspect was the well-respected Little League coach and English teacher, Terry Maitland. Ralph Anderson, without a single thought to how the end would play out, ordered his very public arrest. Witnesses, fingerprints, and DNA looked to be a open and shut case. But Maitland