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  1. Discuss the show while you watch! Note: We will unlock this thread when the show begins on the East Coast and close it when it ends on the West Coast. If you wander in here before it airs in your area, you will be spoiled.
  2. I'm looking forward to reading this one. It is the October book for my Marginalized Authors book club and I'm waiting a few weeks before starting it so that it will be fresh in my mind when we discuss it.
  3. Hey folks, it's time to bring the conversation back to race and ethnicity on TV. If you would like to continue the current conversation, you can do so over at this thread.
  4. I finished Pretty Things by Janelle Brown last night. It was...fine. I enjoyed it, I didn't see some of the twists coming (but I did see others coming) but it isn't something that I found especially memorable. I did feel like it lost me in the epilogue, though. The book would have been better without it. I started You Are Not Alone by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen. Normally, I would not read two thrillers back to back, but there are holds on this one and I won't be able to renew it. I wasn't wowed by the first of their books that I read (The Wife Between Us), so the bar is a bit low. Still working through my re-read of The Butterfly Girl by Rene Denfield (for my book club) and my listening to From Scratch by Tembi Locke.
  5. Oh no...Uncle Cliffy! Today (at last night) have been too 2020 for me to handle.
  6. I'll be reading Mexican Gothic in the near-ish future. My friend and I have started a book club where we only read marginalized authors and that is our October book!
  7. I recently finished two books. First was Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate. I know this is a popular book, but it just didn't work for me. There are a lot of books with historical and contemporary story lines about women in some sort of transition or conflict and the two timelines come together and this was just one more of those. It was very paint by number. I was also really put off by the very dated and cliched depictions of African Americans. The second book was The Cutting Season by Attica Locke. I've been wanting to read Locke for quite some time and, when I finally got a chance, I decided to go into her back list and choose something that was a standalone. I really enjoyed this book--it's a well done traditional mystery (as opposed to a thriller or something like that) and I didn't figure it out until the reveal, which is unusual for me. It also does a great job of blending the past and the present. But, most of all, Locke does an amazing job of creating the setting of the story. Next up is Pretty Things by Janelle Brown. I'm starting it tonight--it has come highly recommended to me, but I'm going in blind on it!
  8. Okay guys, time to redirect the conversation to things that only happen on TV and not in real life. Discussion about the murderers in our lives can continue over here.
  9. I had a hard, hard time with The Underground Railroad—not so much with the subject matter, but with the structure. I also had read Kindred not too long before I read The Underground Railroad, which I actually think was a more effective book with the same basic message. I just finished reading Darling Rose Gold and, um, that was something. There were good things about it—I never saw the twists coming—but it was a truly uncomfortable read. It’s basically two horribly damaged people doing horrible things to each other. I am about to start The Cutting Season by Attica Locke—I’ve heard great things about her, so I’m looking forward to this one. I’m also in the middle of an audiobook written by her sister! (From Scratch by Tembi Locke.
  10. I read this several years ago for a book club and really enjoyed it. I really should read more by Larsson. So, I finished The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett last night (er....early this morning) and am still in awe of it. I feel like I only captured about 1% of it--but I have a podcast episode about it saved up to listen to and it will be the first book in a new book club my friend and I are starting where we only read books by marginalized authors. I also have Darling Rose Gold going, but I'm finding it a little too unsettling, so I'm not sure I'll finish it. Next up is Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate, which I'm not especially excited about. but it is the book of the moment for 2 book clubs (I know it sounds like my life is nothing but book clubs!) so I really should read it. I may be dropping my current IRL book club and stick with just my postal group and my new marginalized authors book club because it keeps choosing books like this.
  11. Friends....just so I could live in Monica's totally realistic (ha!) rent controlled apartment.
  12. Another strange and delightful new content: Jackson Galaxy is still filming My Cat From Hell, from his house and visiting cat families remotely. Not only can he spy on them, but various members of his expansive menagerie make unscheduled appearances.
  13. Klutzy actor who lives next door to your main character
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