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Short Stories.

Love ‘em, hate ‘em, somewhere in the middle?

Years ago one of my dear friends (who is a huge bookworm) and I were talking. She told me she hated short stories. I can’t remember why or if she even told me a reason. This conversation has stuck with me, because I struggle with them- why? I have no idea. I have tried different tactics to overcome this. I am s l o w l y reading one now, but I don’t gravitate toward it (not the one pictured, but it’s one I really want to read if I can ever get there).

I’d love to hear your thoughts.
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@bookstodon I just reviewed AFTER ANNIE, by Anna Quindlen. It's quite the heart-tugging story. The author does a great job with characters, setting, and narrative. This was my first time reading this author, and it will not be my last. Full review (shorter than usual, for me, anyway, because I didn't want to give away any plot points or twists, of which there are many.
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/5837755457

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@kimlockhartga @bookstodon Quindlen is a great writer. While I haven’t read this one, I’ve read a few others. Every Last One is a book of hers that left me a bit stunned. Very intense is my only word of caution.

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Flying through the second Gwendy book. I highly recommend them if you want something to change things up. Just go into them blind, start with Gwendy’s Button Box.
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As good a day as any for a reckoning.

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@EllieK @bookstodon Thanks, friend ❤️

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Cover girls.

I love discovering different-covered book editions. I had no idea the flowered cover of Lisey’s Story by Stephen King existed until I happened upon it recently. In fact, I didn’t know what book it even was because the title is not on the front & this is not a dust cover. The edition I have owned for years is the one on the right with the shovel.

Book art is sometimes just a little bit magical.
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One of the more known covers of Lisey’s Story by Stephen King that features a shovel on the cover. Also pictured is Lars (snake), who is wrapped around the handle of a shovel.

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Weekend nostalgia?

Always ❤️

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Your tail is fine, stop being dramatic.
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Nobody has ever measured, not even poets, how much the heart can hold.

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A smidge shy of 19, but she has some claws.

I struggle with short stories, & I don’t know why. I’m about halfway through this slim collection & I will say they are s t r a n g e , so I’d definitely recommend, b/c I like strange & creepy stories. I’ve yet to read her debut, Tender is the Flesh, but based on this one, I’d like to. @bookstodon

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We’ve talked about not finishing books, which I have no problem doing. There are some books, that I know I will give another shot at some point. This is one such book. I’m thinking I stopped b/c something else grabbed my attention or was more pressing (ie. library book, etc-which is actually a poor excuse b/c I always have library books in).

  1. Has anyone read this?
  2. Do you have a book you DNF, but came back to later on?
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I’m an edition snob.

Not fancy ones, just certain ones. These tiny Agathas are one such edition, & today I added two more to the stack.
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Slow
waltz
to
Friday

*I found this cute little gem last week. I believe it falls under the cozy mystery genre, which I’m slowly being drawn to.
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Come on, big guy. Let's go for a ride. Let's cruise.

  • Stephen King, Christine
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Books have
never hurt anyone.

Snooping into other
people’s stuff, well?
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I have been sometimes way too attracted by my own villains because in a way they seem to hold the secret to the heart of the narrative.

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3 people in my bookclub really enjoy reading erotica. To each their own, it’s simply not my thing. My question, & I don’t want to come across as condescending, are there any books of this genre that are well-written? I get there will be a lot of gratuitous stuff, but is that all there is to these books? Years ago, another bookclub I was in read the 1st book in the Sleeping Beauty series by Anne Rice (she wrote these under a different name) & I couldn’t finish it, I thought it was ridiculous.

Any insight?
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Your paw & giant body are in the way of my books. Please move.
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Friday, *books, & wine.

It never gets old.

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My stories are never quite good enough.

  • Anne Tyler

Actually, her stories are rather amazing.

Last night I shared that Richard Russo is a favorite of mine, Anne Tyler is another. I’ve been reading her books for over twenty years. She writes similar stories to Russo in that she captures the nuance of daily life and relationships incredibly well.
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I was convinced that there was more going on here than a simple case of vegetarianism.

  • Han Kang

Such an interesting book. Translated from Korean, this slim novel is one that’s stuck with me. Not necessarily because of the underlying message, but rather because it’s strange. This author has 2 others, Human Acts & Greek Lessons, which I plan to read.
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Guess what makes a good book?

Good writing & a story you’re interested in. A novel idea, I know, but in this day & age we are all but told who & what we should be reading. Don’t listen, read what & who you enjoy.

Below are a stack of books by Richard Russo, who I think is an incredible writer. You may totally disagree & that’s 100% alright with me.
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@EllieK @bookstodon Those are both good ones, really different from each other as well.

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@fyrfli @bookstodon So most of his are standalones, but Nobody’s Fool (which is also a great movie) is part of a trilogy, the third one just came out. Nobody’s Fool (1), Everybody’s Fool (2), Somebody’s Fool (3). Chances Are is really good, Empire Falls is also great. I have a friend who didn’t care for EF because she thought nothing really happened. I can sort of agree, but also I think that’s the whole point. I think a lot happens, but it’s a lot of just daily life stuff, not a huge plot driven novel. Chances Are is a bit more plot driven. Bridge of Sighs is a a good one as well, a love story of sorts.

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@fyrfli @bookstodon I agree . There’s something that I have always loved about stories that are simply about real people. Whereas some people crave stories about fantasy and stuff that’s different from daily life, I am the exact opposite. And that is what is so great about reading and books, there is something for everyone!

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Friday night
white-&
red.

I read and really enjoyed Chasing the Boogeyman last year, so when the second book was in from the library, I jumped on it!
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Dear Bookworms,

What’s the first book you’ve finished in 2024?

This is mine: Looking Glass Sound by Catriona Ward
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Home early
for the
win.
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Cozy mysteries?

I’ve read & enjoyed Still Life by Louise Penny, does that count? I recently found this book, The Thursday Murder Club & it was called a ‘cozy mystery.’ Do you all have any recommendations, do you like this genre or am I’m just 100 years old?
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@MardraS @bookstodon Thank you, I will check this out 😊📚

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@Subumbral @DameDuCiel @bookstodon Thank you , am looking up .

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From time to time I will read a series, but when I do, it’s not back to back. The Lonesome Dove quartet is one such series. I’ve decided to read them in chronological order, rather than the order they were written. I’ve read Dead Man’s Walk & Comanche Moon. Up next: Lonesome Dove. I’m not sure when I will start, sometime this year I think, especially since I received this beautiful edition (that I have been eyeing for sometime).

Do you read book series, if so, what’s a favorite? @bookstodon

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Home is the
nicest word
there is.

-Laura Ingalls Wilder
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I don’t miss the weekend,
& I’m not even sure what
gave you that idea. 😉
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The countdown to
a weekend spent
between pages
has begun.

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Y’all are
great & what
a fun little
place this has
turned out to be.
Thanks ❤️

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Top 10 Favorite Books of 2023 ( no order )

The Half Moon by M. B. Keene
Chasing the Boogeyman by R. Chizmar
Demon Copperhead by B. Kingsolver
Hello Beautiful by A. Napolitano
One Second After by W. Forstchen
Crow Mary by K. Grissom
Yellowface by R. F. Kuang
This Time Tomorrow by E. Straub
Ducks by K. Beaton
Our Missing Hearts by C. Ng
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Obviously.
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Lots of rain.
Not a lot of skiing.
Lots of reading.
This may be my final book of 2923.
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bookworm (ˈbʊkˌwɜːm) n.

  1. a person excessively devoted to studying or reading
  2. *Said person consumes much coffee or tea, and in the evening sips wine. All done while also reading.
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The most precious book I own is not my bible, but my dad’s bible. It was his guide for living, his notebook, occasionally an address & phone book, his prayer requests, & more. The spine cracked long ago, the binding is coming apart, & pages are loose all over the place. What I’m trying to say is that it’s the most beautiful book I own & I hope my bible one day resembles his.

As we all know, used books are the best books.
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@kimlockhartga @bookstodon Absolutely ❤️

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@genxer @bookstodon Thank you for saying 😊

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What books cause a reaction in you? These are 2 that always come to mind when I think of this question.

Still Alice brought actual tears as I read the last few pages. My dad, who had Alzheimer’s, was living with us & I was really frustrated. I read this book at the perfect time, because it brought my perspective back to where it needed to be.

Hannibal made me afraid. I read this in college & I put it on the floor every night after reading, because I didn’t want it next to me while I slept. I love that!

When words on a page can produce real feelings, that is damn good writing.
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