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We Have Always Lived in the Castle (Deluxe)
We Have Always Lived in the Castle (Deluxe) | Shirley Jackson
Taking readers deep into a labyrinth of dark neurosis, "We Have Always Lived in the Castle" is a deliciously unsettling novel about a perverse, isolated, and possibly murderous family and the struggle that ensues when a cousin arrives at their estate. This edition features a new introduction by Jonathan Lethem. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust theseries to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-datetranslations by award-winning translators."
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iaietta
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Pickpick

4-/5 ⭐️
Una lettura molto piacevole, nonostante parlasse di una famiglia nella quale la maggior parte dei membri sono morti avvelenati

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HettyG
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Pickpick

This was a weird and engrossing tale, the dynamics between characters was fascinating and right now this audiobook is included with my Audible membership!

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BeeMagical
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@Yuki_Onna #SundayFunday

I don‘t usually! But there are a select few that I do enjoy 😊 and a few that I would definitely consider rereading/plan to!🐰💕

Smrloomis I never do…and feel weirdly guilty about it! 2mo
BookmarkTavern Wonderful! Thanks for posting! 2mo
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Eggs
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“They are the children of the strangers,I told her. They have no faces. They have eyes.
Pretend they are birds. They cant see us. They don't know it yet. they don't want to believe it, but they wont ever see us again.”

#HauntedHouse
#StorySettings

@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

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i.z.booknook
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My second Shirley Jackson and this one was even better than The Haunting of Hill House. The Blackwood girls live with their uncle in their big, family home, shunned by the town because of suspicions of poisoning the rest of their family. Their lives revolve around mealtimes and ritual. Told from the perspective of the youngest sister, Merricat, she is methodical, has a unique view of the world, and protects the house and her sister (👇🏻👇🏻👇🏻)

i.z.booknook using talismans. This book was so engrossing, with the interesting views of the characters and the strained and complex relationships both with each other and the rest of the town. A very gothic feel, with the large house and the family living isolated, on the fringes of the town and other society, every inch of the book dripping with superstition and paranoia. I immediately wanted to read it again as soon as I finished it. 6mo
emz711 For sure better than hill house 6mo
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vivastory
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Thanks for the tag, @barbarabb Below is my tentative #top23of23 I say tentative because I have the following week off & there is the very real possibility that I will read another book before the end of the year that would make the list; As of right now, my 23 favorite reads of the year are: (in no particular order):
1) We Have Always Lived In the Castle-Shirley Jackson
2) The Color of Magic-Terry Pratchett
3) After the Quake-Murakami
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vivastory (CONT.)
4) Child of God-Cormac McCarthy
5) Country Girls Trilogy-Edna O'Brien
6) The Orphan Master's Son-Adam Johnson
7) Ghostwritten-Ronald Malfi
8) The Crucible-Arthur Miller
9) The Art Thief-Michael Finkel
10) The Handyman Method-Nick Cutter & Andrew Sullivan
11) Tomorrow & Tomorrow & Tomorrow-Gabrielle Zevin
12) The Moon Is Down-Steinbeck
13) Our Colors-Gengoroh Tagame
14) American War-Omar El Akkad
15) The Quiet American-G. Greene
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vivastory 16) Friday Black-Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah
17) Lexicon-Max Barry
18) Before They Are Hanged-Abercrombie
19) Devil House-Darnielle
20) Wounds: Six Stories From the Borders of Hell-N. Ballingrud
21) The Spy Who Came In From the Cold-John le Carré.
22) The Dutch House-Patchett
23) My Heart Is A Chainsaw-S.G.Jones
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vivastory Also, I would be remiss if I didn't mention the graphic novels & manga that helped keep me connected to the reading life the past few months while my work life has been incredibly challenging. (Esp. Blood On The Tracks, Dorohedoro, Dai Dark, Everything Is Fine & Monster). 7mo
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Ruthiella That‘s a strong list! I‘ve read quite a few already. I‘ll have to check the others out. 7mo
vivastory @Ruthiella Thanks! I will keep an eye out for your thoughts on them 😃 7mo
BarbaraBB Great list - of course! I loved Devil House too and have American War on my shelves. 7mo
vivastory @BarbaraBB I took a screenshot of your choices to check them out later, Thanks again for tagging me! 7mo
LeahBergen Great list! I‘ve had American War on my TBR for ages. 7mo
vivastory @LeahBergen It's great. I think about it quite a bit. 7mo
The_Book_Ninja @vivastory variety is the spice of life🙌🏼 7mo
batsy That's a Cormac McCarthy I must get to! And I loved The Crucible and the Shirley Jackson too. 7mo
Reggie I have read NONE of these. Booooo me. I‘m gonna have to check some of them out. 7mo
Soubhiville That‘s a strong list! I‘ll have to check out the ones I haven‘t read yet. 7mo
squirrelbrain Great list! 7mo
vivastory @batsy I hope to read Blood Meridian at some point next year. I'd been delaying reading the Jackson bc now I have only one remaining novel of her work to read (except for her letters & memoirs) 7mo
vivastory @Reggie Lol, well don't check them out TOO soon. There's a couple on this list that will be headed your way. 7mo
vivastory @Soubhiville Thank you! I'll def be interested to hear your thoughts when you read them 7mo
vivastory @squirrelbrain Thanks! It was a lot of fun to put together 7mo
TheBookHippie The Art Thief is on my list!!! 7mo
vivastory @TheBookHippie I really liked the audio 👍 7mo
TheBookHippie @vivastory oh thx I‘ll try it! 7mo
Branwen Excellent choices! 💕📚 So happy to see Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow and the Dutch House on there! 🥰 7mo
merelybookish Great list! Many on my tbr. And may I also say, I appreciate that you didn't create a collage. I plan to borrow your listing technique in the future. 😆 7mo
vivastory @merelybookish Titles in the collage are so difficult to read sometimes! Feel free to borrow away. 7mo
Aimeesue Great list! Totally agree with you about American War (among others!) I read it when it first came out and still think about it. I read American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America this year which threw a lot of light onto that one as well. 7mo
Megabooks So much goodness here! I loved 6, 11, 14, and 23! Several others I want to check out. 📸 7mo
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Bibliobear
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“I was pretending that I did not speak their language; on the moon we spoke a soft, liquid tongue, and sang in the starlight, looking down on the dead dried world.”

Honored to share a birthday with Shirley Jackson. Remembering her today.

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Blh87
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Pickpick

This was an interesting read. The story wasn‘t mind-blowing by any means, but I was entertained no less.

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Melismatic
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Pickpick

A cautious pick - as weird as people say but not nearly as spooky as I was expecting. More like intense melancholia.

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RowReads1
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1. I connect literary references. I color coordinate without thinking about it ?‍♀️. Mom mentioned I take two hours long bathes. I don‘t think that‘s all that quirky. 2. The above and anything by Angela Carter. #two4Tuesday @TheSpineView

TheSpineView Thanks for playing! 8mo
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Cazxxx
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Rereading this favourite 😻

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Addison_Reads
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Pickpick

This is a reread for me, and I think I loved it more this time around.

Shirley Jackson is a goddess of her craft, and the way she spins a story, building the atmosphere and suspense, is pure perfection.

The dysfunction of this family and the relationship between the sisters makes this a great read that will mess with your head in all the best ways.

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Clare-Dragonfly
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Fall vibes 🍂🍁🎃

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guidosophia
Mehso-so

Could only be described as creepy in a whimsical way. Kinda boring and I did expect something scarier or spookier to happen bc of the creepy cover. But I liked the relationship between the sisters, it redeemed the book for me

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emmaturi
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Pickpick

This is a great read, quite creepy and chilling. The sisters Constance and Mary Katherine are both great characters. From reading it feels like Mary Katherine is 12 or 13, but she is 18, I think. The sinister feelings of the villagers to the Blackwood family are great, and the cover really tells you all you need to know about it. This is my second Shirley Jackson book and definitely will read more.

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vivastory
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In June for the past couple of years I have started posting my favorite reads so far of the year. For the rest of the month I will be posting my 15 favorite reads that I have read so far. These will be posted in the chronological order in which I read them.
With the completion of We Have Always Lived etc, there is only 1 unread title in Jackson's bibliography for me. I have said for years that she is a favorite & this is Jackson at her (cont)

vivastory best. Merricat is one of the most fascinating characters that I have encountered this year & I have often thought about this novel & the mutual enmity that is so memorably portrayed in it. Highly highly recommend.

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Leftcoastzen I‘ve been meaning to get to this for years ! Can‘t wait to see your other picks. 13mo
vivastory @Leftcoastzen You will 💙 it! 13mo
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BarbaraBB Looking forward to your choices!! 13mo
sarahbarnes Yes! I loved this one so much. I have several of her short stories left that I haven‘t read yet. 13mo
vivastory @BarbaraBB Thanks! It has been fun reviewing my reading log 13mo
vivastory @sarahbarnes I think I might have a few short stories remaining. I *really* wish a publisher would release a Collected Stories volume! 13mo
sarahbarnes I have a collection that Library of America published - Novels and Stories. I think it‘s all in there! 13mo
Branwen I love this one too! Everything and everyone is just so unsettling! 😱 I'm thinking of rereading Hill House this fall! 🎃 13mo
vivastory @sarahbarnes For some reason I was under the impression that this volume was her selected stories. Thanks so much for the info! 13mo
vivastory @Branwen That's def a favorite of mine! 13mo
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emmaturi
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These are two books I bought today! #books

dabbe Loved Jackson's Castle. Can't wait to read what you think about it! 😊 1y
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vivastory
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Book: Tagged*White Teeth*Who Will Run the Frog Hospital*White Is For Witching*White Noise*What We See When We Read*War of the Worlds*Wind-Up Bird Chronicle*Wind in the Willows*Wuthering Heights
Author: V. Woolf*J. Wyndham*J. Winterson*J. Williams*C. Whitehead
Movie/TV: Whatever Happened to Baby Jane*Wages of Fear*Westside Story (Spielberg)*Walker (starring Ed Harris)*Wicker Man ('73)
Singer/Band: Wilco*Warpaint
Song: (cont.)

vivastory Where Do We Go Now But Nowhere (Nick Cave*Wrong Train (Psychedelic Furs)*Who By Fire (Leonard Cohen)*What's the Frequency, Kenneth (REM)*Where Did You Sleep Last Night (Nirvana)*Waltz #2 (Elliott Smith)*Way To Blue (Nick Drake)*Waiting Around to Die (Townes Van Zandt*Wandering Star (Polica)*Winter (Tori Amos)*We Hovered With Short Wings (Vic Chesnutt)*Weird Goodbyes (National/Bon Iver)*We'll Be Alright (Grace Potter)
A late #manicmonday @cbee
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Megabooks I haven‘t listened to What‘s the Frequency Kenneth or much REM in awhile, but it was the soundtrack to college! Nice choices! 1y
CBee NICE 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 1y
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vivastory @Megabooks Thanks! Monster is probably my second fave REM album after New Adventures in Hi-Fi 1y
vivastory @CBee Thanks for your dedication with posting these! Hard to believe it is almost over!! 1y
Megabooks Of course I just had to listen to it. “You said that irony was the shackles of youth” is such a fantastic lyric. Their music was so smart. 1y
vivastory @Megabooks I recently read that Losing My Religion is one of the few songs to make the charts that doesn't have what is considered a traditional chorus. I thought that was really interesting. 1y
CBee @vivastory you‘re welcome ☺️ I might do it again in a year or so if there‘s still interest - or maybe something different 🤷‍♀️ 1y
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Maeve1
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Pickpick

😳Jan 7th 2023

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wideeyedreader
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Pickpick

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I think Jackson is becoming a favorite author; her stories never let me down!

Cathythoughts Sooo good 👍🏻♥️ 2y
jlhammar Amazing book! 2y
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Rissreads
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Pickpick

What a perfect start to the year with a perfect little book. This was fabulous! Even better that I only picked it up a few days ago at a secondhand book shop for $3. It‘s been on my tbr list for sooooooo long.
I loved everything about this one and was so relieved that Jonas was not harmed, anything but that! 🐈‍⬛
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

rajithr Sisters! Aren‘t they marvellous 🤩 2y
jlhammar It really is a perfect little book! So glad you enjoyed it. 2y
Rissreads @rajithr I wish I had one. 2y
Centique I loved it too - and what an awesome find! 1y
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Ididsoidid
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Pickpick

Perfect Halloween reading. Great writing ensures a sense of something sinister on its way, a constant building of ominous energy. The ending was unexpected but it wasn‘t the explosive conclusion I think it deserved. 7/10

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dabbe
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Pickpick

Another haunting story where the house is an integral part (character) of the story. Merricat and Constance are bigger introverts than I am! #whoknew And, to top it off, one's a murderer! Or is she? The stuff that hauntings are made for.“

Favorite Quote: “I'm going to put death in all their food and watch them die.“

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Jenofur
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Time for the annual rereading of this unsettling gem by Shirley Jackson, one of my favorites.
🖤🖤🖤

vivastory I love this cover 2y
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peanutnine
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Pickpick

This was my first time reading this classic horror. It was very creepy and atmospheric. Merricat's narration is unnerving as she describes the life she lives with her sister and uncle after the rest of her family was poisoned years ago and the villager's reaction to their presence.
#Scarathlon2022 #TeamMonsterMash @StayCurious #31by31 @Catsandbooks #Spookoween2022 @TheSpineView #Pointsathon @DieAReader @GHABI4ROSES #AutumnAtoZ W @Texreader

AnnR 🎃🍁 Good choice for you Gothic square and a nice review. I just finished this book and felt much the same about the story. 2y
DieAReader 🎉🎉🎉 2y
Catsandbooks 🙌🏼🐈‍⬛🧡 2y
TheSpineView Excellent 2y
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SomedayAlmost
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This strange gem of a book, one of my favorites, features a sugar bowl one should avoid! #poison #scarathalon22 #photoprompt #TeamSlaughter

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Lizpixie
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#OminousOctober #Day13 #Orange A creepy family story in a classic Penguin edition. #Scarathlon #TeamSlaughter 6pts

Eggs 🧡🍊🧡 2y
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CogsOfEncouragement
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Pickpick

Sad and creepy, yet darkly funny at times.
Perfect for October.
#TeamSlaughter #scarathlon

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Cazxxx
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🦇 These are my top picks of must read books for spooky season. What would you add? 🦇

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jlhammar
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One of my favorites (and a perfect October read, in my opinion). I love the cover art on this edition with Merricat holding Jonas. 🐈‍⬛

#OminousOctober #Cat
@Eggs @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Love it 🖤 2y
LeahBergen A favourite of mine, as well! 🖤 2y
IamIamIam Love this book!!! I listened to it recently & it was spectacular!!! 2y
Eggs Great choice! Great book! 🖤🐈‍⬛🖤 2y
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bthegood
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My September #2022ReadingBracket pick @chasjjlee -

Moving on to October reads now -

Make a great day everyone 🎃

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mollyrotondo
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Pickpick

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ This was my second time reading this favorite! I read the Penguin Vitae edition this time. Just an amazing story about small town communities and a major insight into the two halves of Shirley Jackson‘s own personality. Very much recommend this one!

Palimpsest ♥️♥️♥️so much love for this book 2y
mollyrotondo @Palimpsest I will read this over and over it‘s so good! 2y
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BookMaven9
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Mehso-so

🌟🌟 I have always loved Shirley Jackson‘s style is dark and atmospheric much like her other books. I found Merricat an interesting character study in someone who suffers from mental health from abuse. The reactions from the townsfolk who were really the true monsters here was appalling. That‘s is where the true horror lies in this reading.

However this one didn‘t drop the jaw as her other books have for me.

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avila_ashland
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fav book @ my fav spot

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bthegood
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Pickpick

#BookSpinBingo
#ReadSpooky2022 @teebe
Perfectly written story. There was a tension throughout the story (what will happen next) and a creepiness, not scary but creepy - Merricat and Constance and Uncle are a family that loves one another but must work around each others psychological issues (see below for the rest)

bthegood Cousin Charles is unkind and has no idea how tight their world is and his aim to break into that world for money cannot be successful due to that, the towns people (even their friends) are cold, cruel and ignorant of how to deal with women with mental health issues - I listened to this (audiobook) and it was fantastic - could not stop listening - just a very good story!! 2y
AnnR So glad you liked the story and the audio version! This is one of the books I'm considering listening to in October. As a comparison, have you read The Haunting of House Hill? (I haven't read any books by Jackson yet.) 2y
bthegood @Ann_Reads yes - I read Haunting of Hill House and liked it but I liked this one better - I really liked the audiobook too - I hope you enjoy it (not long about 6 hours I think). 🙂 2y
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AnnR @bthegood Thank you for the recommendation. 🙂 2y
bthegood @Ann_Reads I cannot respond to your posts that you tag me in until you accept my request 🙂 2y
AnnR @bthegood Sorry about that. The requests don't show up on the web version of Litsy, which is what I usually use instead of the App. I just took my profile out of the 'private setting' as it just seems to be causing too many issues. Thanks for letting me know. 2y
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bthegood
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wanderinglynn Great goals! 🙌🏻 2y
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2y
melissajayne What does BFC stand for? 2y
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bthegood @melissajayne Books, Fitness Challenge - you make a goal each month for reading books, for fitness (like working out or eating healthy) - @wanderinglynn is the host - have a good day 🙂 2y
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bthegood
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Here is my #BookSpinBingo for the month - thanks for hosting @TheAromaofBooks

I don't re-read often - some Stephen King, Harry Potter series (but one re-read of this will be enough) and occasionally a classic (one that I haven't read since high school or college - like Jane Eyre or To Kill a Mockingbird) - #littenswanttoknow Thanks for the tag @Eggs

Make a great day everyone 🙂

TheAromaofBooks Yay!! Looks great!! 2y
Eggs Welcome 🙏🏻 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 💛💛💛 2y
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mollyrotondo
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#FirstLineFridays

“My name is Mary Katherine Blackwood.”

ShyBookOwl One of my all time faves!! 🖤 2y
mollyrotondo @ShyBookOwl mine too! I‘m rereading it now for a book club and so excited! Lol 2y
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erzascarletbookgasm
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I have skipped letter V and for #letterW another shoutout to Shirley Jackson.

#AlphabetGame

batsy Brilliant book. 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thank you for playing 🙌🏻📚 2y
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Cazxxx
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#alphabetgame @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

📕 One of my favourite books of all time, Jackson is a favourite author of mine, her books never disappoint 📕

batsy Excellent choice! 2y
Cazxxx @batsy It‘s a good one! 2y
jlhammar Great choice! Love this book. 2y
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TheLudicReader Such a great book, which I only read for the first time a few months ago…even though it had been on my tbr shelf for eons. 2y
Cazxxx @jlhammar It‘s a real favourite of mine 😊 2y
Cazxxx @TheLudicReader I‘ve read it twice and would happily read again, it‘s so good! 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thank you for playing 🙌🏻📚 2y
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EverydayImReading
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My first Shirley Jackson novel and I loved her writing. Thank you for recommending it Cathy. The story and characters were so well drawn I felt I was living in the castle. Such an unusual story too. Rare to find something that surprises.

Cathythoughts Great review Sinead! Yes very unusual, I loved this one too. 👍🏻 2y
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Freespirit
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Wow We Have Always Lived in the Castle is such a powerful short novel! An atmospheric Gothic thriller..with 2 young women left alone after all other members of the family are murdered..disliked by the community they live in..tragic, strange, and fascinating to read about the author who who suffered from agoraphobia and other physical and mental conditions..and died at 48!
And onto a book about the wife TS Eliot written by a great Aussie author!

Freespirit @jlhammar @LeahBergen loved it girls..brilliant!! 2y
CarolynM I might pick up Goodnight Vivienne next and read with you. Have you read his other TS Eliot books? They‘re so good. 2y
LeahBergen Great review! And I‘m so glad you liked it as much as I did. 😊 2y
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LeahBergen @CarolynM I must get to the Carroll novel you bought for me soon! 2y
Freespirit No I haven‘t Carolyn. I did see this was the last of his TSE books but was ok as a stand-alone. Love to read it with you! I‘m slow..but steady😊 @CarolynM 2y
CarolynM I read the first 3 out of order, I don't think it matters because there's no sense in which it's biography. The one I sent to @LeahBergen is the first of the quartet. 2y
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Freespirit
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A sunny reading spot this morning. I‘m starting this Shirley Jackson classic which has been on my reading pile for so long. Hope you are getting some reading time today🤞🏼🙂📖
#autumndayinaustralia

jlhammar Absolutely adored this book. Hope you enjoy! 2y
LeahBergen A favourite of mine! 2y
erzascarletbookgasm Hope you‘ll enjoy the book. What a lovely spot to read. 2y
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Freespirit Thank you @jlhammar @LeahBergen I will let you know my thoughts..so far 👍🏼xx 2y
Freespirit Hi @erzascarletbookgasm it‘s a lovely sunny spot on my verandah ❤️ 2y
Jeg Great spot you have there. 2y
Jeg Great spot you have there. 2y
Freespirit Thanks @Jeg it‘s perfect with a good book👍🏼 2y
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Ambl1966
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A quietly disturbing book with some unsettling home made witch craft. Merricat and Constance have their own world, full of rules and regulations, that at least make sense them. Constance cooks for safety and to preserve their sensibilities. Merricat protects by leaving totems buried in the ground. Cousin Charles appears and upsets their own world as well as the apple cart, glorious.

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IamIamIam
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I've read this spooky little walk down Unreality Lane before but listening to it is so much more satisfying! These two remind me a little of the Beales of Grey Gardens, especially towards the end. How are haunted houses created? Step into Blackwood House and find out....

Nute Whoa! That‘s a creepy looking place even in broad daylight!😱 2y
IamIamIam @Nute Lol!!! I thought about using a more accurate picture that replicated what happens to the sisters, but I thought it might be a spoiler! I love old abandoned buildings! ❤ 2y
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