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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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Ididsoidid
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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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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 4w
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Ann_Reads
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My first thought was, what did I just read? What a bizarre, melancholy, macabre story that grew on me with each page. Is Merricat mentally ill or does she just represent the darker aspects of human nature that are generally repressed? I'm not sure.
#scarathlon2022 #teamslaughter #creepy

Graywacke Ooh, such a great book. 1mo
batsy Love this book. The lines are always blurred with Jackson, which is a big part of the appeal. 1mo
bthegood loved this book - 1mo
TheBookHippie Required reading here, students have great discussions with it! 1mo
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peanutnine
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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

Ann_Reads 🎃🍁 Good choice for you Gothic square and a nice review. I just finished this book and felt much the same about the story. 1mo
DieAReader 🎉🎉🎉 1mo
Catsandbooks 🙌🏼🐈‍⬛🧡 1mo
TheSpineView Excellent 1mo
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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 🧡🍊🧡 2mo
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CogsOfEncouragement
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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 🖤 2mo
LeahBergen A favourite of mine, as well! 🖤 2mo
IamIamIam Love this book!!! I listened to it recently & it was spectacular!!! 2mo
Eggs Great choice! Great book! 🖤🐈‍⬛🖤 2mo
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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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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 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 2mo
mollyrotondo @Palimpsest I will read this over and over it‘s so good! 2mo
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BookMaven9
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🌟🌟 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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#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!! 3mo
Ann_Reads 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.) 3mo
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). 🙂 3mo
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Ann_Reads @bthegood Thank you for the recommendation. 🙂 3mo
bthegood @Ann_Reads I cannot respond to your posts that you tag me in until you accept my request 🙂 2mo
Ann_Reads @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. 2mo
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bthegood
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wanderinglynn Great goals! 🙌🏻 3mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 3mo
melissajayne What does BFC stand for? 3mo
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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 🙂 3mo
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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!! 3mo
Eggs Welcome 🙏🏻 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 💛💛💛 3mo
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mollyrotondo
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#FirstLineFridays

“My name is Mary Katherine Blackwood.”

ShyBookOwl One of my all time faves!! 🖤 3mo
mollyrotondo @ShyBookOwl mine too! I‘m rereading it now for a book club and so excited! Lol 3mo
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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. 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thank you for playing 🙌🏻📚 3mo
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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! 3mo
Cazxxx @batsy It‘s a good one! 3mo
jlhammar Great choice! Love this book. 3mo
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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. 3mo
Cazxxx @jlhammar It‘s a real favourite of mine 😊 3mo
Cazxxx @TheLudicReader I‘ve read it twice and would happily read again, it‘s so good! 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thank you for playing 🙌🏻📚 3mo
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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. 👍🏻 4mo
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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!! 6mo
CarolynM I might pick up Goodnight Vivienne next and read with you. Have you read his other TS Eliot books? They‘re so good. 6mo
LeahBergen Great review! And I‘m so glad you liked it as much as I did. 😊 6mo
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LeahBergen @CarolynM I must get to the Carroll novel you bought for me soon! 6mo
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 6mo
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. 6mo
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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! 6mo
LeahBergen A favourite of mine! 6mo
erzascarletbookgasm Hope you‘ll enjoy the book. What a lovely spot to read. 6mo
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Freespirit Thank you @jlhammar @LeahBergen I will let you know my thoughts..so far 👍🏼xx 6mo
Freespirit Hi @erzascarletbookgasm it‘s a lovely sunny spot on my verandah ❤️ 6mo
Jeg Great spot you have there. 6mo
Jeg Great spot you have there. 6mo
Freespirit Thanks @Jeg it‘s perfect with a good book👍🏼 6mo
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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!😱 7mo
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! ❤ 7mo
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Picaveli
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anniebannanie
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Those poor sisters!

AmandaBlaze There's a movie,too, that's pretty good. 9mo
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Centique
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Listened to this on audio and loved it. Narrated by Bernadette Dunne who had the perfect voice for it IMO. I didn‘t realise it was such a short book - only 5 and 1/2 hours audio. Jackson does a great job of creating perfectly formed and peculiar characters and setting, and then ratcheting up the tension. Constance and Mary Kat are unforgettable and Constance will forever be saying “Silly Mary Kat” in my brain 💕💕 5 stars.

sarahbarnes Love this one! 10mo
jlhammar Adore this book! 10mo
Littlewolf1 I loved this one 10mo
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readordierachel I really need to read (or listen) to this one! I like that narrator, too 10mo
AmandaBlaze Loved the book, and there is also a good movie made from it! 10mo
LeahBergen A favourite of mine. 👌 10mo
batsy Brilliant book 🖤 10mo
Megabooks I have this audiobook on hold at the library! Very excited. 10mo
Centique @Megabooks oh yay! It is such a great little trip 😍 10mo
Centique @batsy @LeahBergen warms our dark little gothic hearts! 💕🖤💕 10mo
Centique @readordierachel I think you‘ll like it! 10mo
Centique @AmandaBlaze oooh I‘ll have to go find that! 10mo
Cathythoughts Great review Paula! Definitely 5 stars , I loved this too 10mo
AmandaBlaze @Centique I watched it on Netflix. 10mo
BiblioLitten My favourite book by Jackson 🖤 10mo
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magyklyXdelish
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I really adored Merricat even if she was a little nuts. This was such a weird and increasingly uncomfortable read. Definitely didn‘t expect where it ended. I really enjoyed this though. Has anyone seen the Netflix movie? Is it worth seeing?

This was my #DoubleSpin

Also completed one of my goals for #joyousreadathon

Andrew65 Well done 👏👏👏 11mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 11mo
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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.”

Remembering Shirley Jackson on her birthday.

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MrsReads1
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No matter how many times I read this book I always find something new to love. 5/5 stars.

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GidgetsTreasures75
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11-24-21: My 119th finished book of 2021! The sad story of the Blackwood sisters, Mary Katherine and Constance, who live with their ill uncle, Julian. The rest of their family is dead, poisoned, but by whom? The villagers despise the girls, who live a quiet life outside of town, but the sisters adore each other. ⭐️⭐️⭐️ 👍🏼📖#️⃣1️⃣1️⃣9️⃣

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MsRadioSilence
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I‘m not exactly sure what I read but I enjoyed it the whole time!!

Cathythoughts It‘s so good !! 13mo
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MsRadioSilence
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For a grand total of 2100.6 points earned over the whole month of October, and I believe that‘s a new record for me!

#scarathlon #scarathlon2021 #teamhendrix

StayCurious You did so well! 13mo
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Staci
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Disturbing and very creepy

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triplem80
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“ 'The least Charles could have done,' Constance said, considering seriously, 'was shoot himself through the head in the driveway.' “

Harsh! Yet also hysterically funny! (Or is that just my twisted sense of humor?)

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Littlewolf1
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4.7⭐️ I think this is one of those you love it or you leave a type of books… I don‘t think there‘s any in between. With that being said, what the actual f&$@ did I just read. It was so bizarre and uncomfortable. I loved it, I one of those I loved it. There‘s so many twisted wrong things about this book that it just made it so right. #TeamHendrix #scarathlon2021 #scarathlon

Ruthiella I found this book to be totally disorienting at first but grew to really admire it. 13mo
Littlewolf1 Forgot to mention that this is also my #doublebookspin for #bookspinbingo @TheAromaofBooks 13mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 13mo
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LaurenMags
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Mehso-so

I'm still unsure how I feel about this book. I remember reading The Lottery in high school and it was one of those stories that really stuck with you. This one not so much.

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Linsy
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I'm rereading this beauty with my sister and remembering just how much I love it! As Jackson's son Barry Hyman says, "She hovered on the fine line between mental ilness and the supernatural." Which is so true and exactly what I love about Shirley Jackson and Gothic fiction in general. ?‍⬛

#gothic #scarathlon #teamslaughter #scarathlon2021

suvata One of my all-time favorites. 14mo
Kayla.Adriena One of my favorite bookish magazines Bookmarks just did a story on her! What an interesting writer she was 14mo
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Singout That‘s a great one! I think she‘s a much overlooked woman writer. 14mo
TheSpineView @Singout Thanks! I agree! 14mo
Singout Just found it on Netflix I think today… Have you seen the video version & is it good? 14mo
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TheSpineView @Singout No I have not seen the video version yet. Something to put on the to-do list. 14mo
Linsy @Singout I remebered liking it! But it's been a while. 13mo
Linsy My favorite gothic! 🤍🖤🤍 13mo
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Every spooky season I see people raving about this one so I had to add it to my list this year.

I was bored out my mind.

The creepiest part of this book was the cousin trying to take over their lives & inheritance. Mary-Cat had the potential to be a really cool character, I would've loved for the story to be more about her burying her little treasures around the property & what led to the events that took place before the book begins instead.

Airykah13 I couldn‘t get into that one either. I read another one by her and it was the same. I think Shirley Jackson‘s writing style just isn‘t for me. 14mo
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AshRaye
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I honestly don't know how to describe this book. It's thought-provoking. The characters appear really simple at first, but layers are added on until you have a complex story with even more complex characters. They all struggle with mental disorders but don't receive the help they need. Society tends to shun these topics, and this book gives an accurate depiction of that, exposing a harsh reality. There are so many layers that my mind can't keep up

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iamvleigh
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Next. Let‘s go! #teamhendrix #scarathlon2021

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snapsnarlgrowl
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Some of my favorite fall rereads:
Wisconsin Death Trip, Tam Lin, The Bloody Chamber, We Have Always Lived I‘m the Castle, and Tithe.
#tbreread #autumnreads

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snapsnarlgrowl
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Some of my favorite fall rereads:
Wisconsin Death Trip, Tam Lin, The Bloody Chamber, We Have Always Lived I‘m the Castle, and Tithe.
#tbreread #autumnreads

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Clare-Dragonfly
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#LittensDressedInBlood – Come, Little Children – but don‘t come to the Blackwood house… it‘s not safe there.

suvata One of my all-time favorite books 1y
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