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The Collector
The Collector | John Fowles
Hailed as the first modern psychological thriller, The Collector is the internationally bestselling novel that catapulted John Fowles into the front rank of contemporary novelists. This tale of obsessive love--the story of a lonely clerk who collects butterflies and of the beautiful young art student who is his ultimate quarry--remains unparalleled in its power to startle and mesmerize.
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Caroline2
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I‘ve been meaning to read this for years! A working class guy comes into money in the 1960s so, like you do, he kidnaps a posh art student and holds her prisoner in his cellar. It was a lot deeper and more sinister than I expected; I cried at the end. 😟 This is a good book! #scarathlon #teamstoker

zezeki I love this one! 4w
Cathythoughts Nice review ! Stacked 4w
RachelAmphlett Chilling, isn‘t it? I read it about 20 years ago and have never forgotten it! 4w
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BarbaraBB I loved this one too! 4w
quirkyreader This is one of those books that sticks with you. 4w
TheReadingMermaid 🧟‍♀️ 4w
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collegecatlady
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What an amazingly unsettling novel about a butterfly collector who kidnaps a young woman he is captivated by. This definitely has connections to Lolita and You right off the top of my head. This is hailed as the first psychological thriller and deserves that place in the canon.

ephemeralwaltz Yes!!🙏🙏🙏🙏 3mo
TrishB A great read 👍🏻 3mo
rachaich Excellent book. 3mo
Howard_L Might have to check it out... 3mo
zezeki I've read this years ago and it still stayed with me. 3mo
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TheEllieMo
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Trashcanman 👊 4mo
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GatheringBooks
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#QuotsyJuly19 Day 24: #Insect
I own a copy of this book and look forward to reading it soonest!

Cathythoughts Great quote. I have this stacked & looking forward to it 4mo
Suet624 I read this book as a teenager and it completely freaked me out. 4mo
kathedron I'm with @Suet624 on that! 😨 4mo
TheLudicReader @Suet624 got it right. Also creeptastic as I recall. (edited) 4mo
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JMEdwards
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A beautiful day at the #NorthfieldBookFair. Think I have some interesting finds!

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Leftcoastzen
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#anglophileapril Frederick Clegg collects butterflies, then he goes on to collect his crush Miranda Grey . I think he qualifies for the label #creep

Cinfhen Been on my TBR for a long time!!! 7mo
LeahBergen He sure does! 7mo
Reviewsbylola I‘m actually really drawn to this cover. 7mo
Leftcoastzen @Reviewsbylola it is the 12th paperback printing from 1970 , I suspect it was the same cover as the original Dell printing of 1964.Of course the mention of French Lieutenants Woman, was added to drive sales. (edited) 7mo
emilyhaldi Diggin this creepy book and awesome cover! 7mo
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rachaich
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Wow! I am gobsmacked. This has blown me away.
The ending is fantastic and whilst the diary section didn't enamour me to her as much as I'd assumed it would, it was still great.
Massively recommend 😊😊😊

erzascarletbookgasm 👏 Ooo, I‘ll put this further up my tbr 😊 8mo
twohectobooks I‘ve read two of his books so far and really enjoyed them, this one is the next on my list. 8mo
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rachaich
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Just sterted this as I adored French Lieutenant Woman.
How creepy is the male protagonist in this? ???? Blimey!

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zsuzsanna_reads
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A literary thriller about a psychopath and the girl he kidnaps. It can be read on many levels: as a straight thriller, a commentary on class, a criticism of angry young man literature, a parable on a certain kind of marriage. Even though they are forced together they are unable to understand the first thing about each other.

Creepy, thought provoking and a quick read.

4.5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Suet624 This is an older book, right? 8mo
zsuzsanna_reads @Suet624 It's from the sixties. But it has aged well. 8mo
Suet624 Yes, I remember reading it a very long time ago and being so freaked out by it. 8mo
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Kalalalatja
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Inspired by a lot of other Littens, I‘m going with two books published in 1963. I‘m not sure they were published in #December1963, but what you gotta do 🤷‍♀️ both books are great, and should be read!

#WinterWonderland

Cinfhen I‘m hoping to read this book in 2019 11mo
NikkiRobson73 Collector is a dark read but fantastic ! 11mo
TrishB Love both of these ❤️ 11mo
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tessavi
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The Collector has been on my TBR list for a while. I finally read it and am disappointed. What the main character did is awful, but I disliked Miranda so much that I couldn't feel the usual victim sympathy for her. I almost bailed a few times reading her chapter and only finished because I wanted to know what happened.

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Kalalalatja
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When you are such a massive #JealousGuy you have to “collect” your obsession - that‘s this book ☝️

#NoFemmeber

Cinfhen You know what I‘m about to say...... #soManyBooksSoLittleTime 12mo
JennyM Such a gorgeous pic 12mo
Kalalalatja @Cinfhen I know the feeling.. although, at the moment, I have a lot of time, but no mental focus. It is frustrating! @JennyM thank you! 💕 12mo
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ephemeralwaltz Ughhhh 12mo
Billypar Read it this year and really enjoyed- good feminist messages throughout. This villain was evil in more of a banal-evil way: I believe someone like him could actually exist more than a Hannibal Lechter. 12mo
Cinfhen I‘m sorry about the job situation. Stay hopeful ~ it will happen 💗I mailed u a birthday gift xx 12mo
Kalalalatja @ephemeralwaltz he is such a creep! @Billypar totally! We have seen similar cases in Europe, with children being kept in cellars for YEARS. It is terrifying! @Cinfhen yeah, it sucks. But I‘m trying to keep my spirits up. The average unemployment time for new psychologists is 6-8 months, so I know it will take a while. 🤷‍♀️ you did?? You are so sweet, thank you! Now I‘m even more excited for my birthday 😄 12mo
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AshleyHoss820
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Someone probably should‘ve checked on John Fowles every once in a while...just to be safe...😊 This book is chilling but not in the normal sense. It‘s what ISN‘T written that stays with you. It‘s the fact that this actually happens. You have a villain who doesn‘t think he‘s a villain...and he‘s just stretching his legs. 149/1,001 #1001Books (the photo is from Open House Theater‘s stage production)

BarbaraBB Such a chilly read! 13mo
AshleyHoss820 @BarbaraBB Absolutely!! 13mo
Joy0201 This is a darn scary book. 13mo
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AshleyHoss820 @Joy0201 It really is!! 😱 13mo
Joy0201 So this was a play version? 13mo
AshleyHoss820 @Joy0201 No, I read the novel! But when I was looking for pictures to use for my review, I found this one of the play and I liked it! 😄😄😄 13mo
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DivineDiana
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This is the first edition book cover and the one that I remember. This frightening story has never left my memory, although I read it so long ago. #onewayoranother a man obsessed with a young woman will add her to his collection. #octoberxfiles

TrishB What a lovely version ❤️ stayed with me too. 13mo
DivineDiana @TrishB Rest up! ❤️ 13mo
Cinfhen I‘m hoping to add this to my 2019 TBR 13mo
DivineDiana @Cinfhen You‘re planning ahead! 🤗📚👍🏻 (edited) 13mo
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DavidDiamond
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Published in 1963, this book was considered one of the first modern psychological thrillers. The 2nd chapter (sadly the largest of all 4) is told in diary form by the victim, Miranda, a 20 year old art student. Her account is so unbelievably pretentious & ponderous that I was hoping her story would be interrupted by her sudden death at the hands of her kidnapper...or at the very least she would run out of writing implements.

readingjedi 🤣🤣🤣🤣 1y
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Kalalalatja
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#KnowingMeKnowingYou makes me think of a stalker caught stalking someone. Like “I know you know me all too well”. Maybe it‘s just me 😄

But it made me think of this book, where things get a bit ugly, to say the least, because of one man‘s obsession with a young girl 👀

#ABBAinAugust

sprainedbrain Great book! 1y
emilyhaldi Love this cover 😍😍😍😍 1y
Meredith3 What gorgeous books! 💛🧡💙 1y
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Cinfhen Clever choice and beautiful edition 😊 1y
Mdargusch Nice! 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 1y
ephemeralwaltz 😍😍👏 1y
Reviewsbylola Sounds Lolita-esque! Love the cover! 1y
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Chili
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Yeah! I received the book from @sprainedbrain today. Thank you for the adorable bookmark.

sprainedbrain Hooray! Mark that f*cker up! 😂 1y
Soubhiville I love that bookmark! 1y
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sprainedbrain
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Holy shit. This book was pretty much impossible to put down once I started it... such excellent writing, and so very creepy. Wow.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I will soon be sending this book on it‘s way to my friends in #LMPBC Group F‘ing Awesome. 😎 (Karen and Angel, please note that I tagged Kerri even though she is a Litsy quitter. 😂)

#1001books

Chili I can‘t wait to get it! 1y
vivastory I'm doing a buddy read of The French Lieutenant's Woman in September with the impeccable @LeahBergen If you haven't read it, you should join 1y
sprainedbrain @vivastory @LeahBergen I would love to join you! Looks like I can get it from the library—just a short wait on hold. 😃 1y
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vivastory Wonderful! The Collector is the only Fowles I've read. I'm really looking forward to exploring more of his work! 1y
sprainedbrain @vivastory this was my first, too. Looking forward to more! 1y
LeahBergen @vivastory @sprainedbrain The Collector is the only Fowles I‘ve read, too. This will be fun! 👍🏻 1y
JazzFeathers That's one of the most interesting covers l've ever seen 1y
ItsAngel @Kerri_Messner sucks. Big quitter. 1y
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TrishB
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#gottogetyouintomylife #heyjune
One of my fav books in my teens - themes of stalking and kidnapping. I haven‘t read it since then in case it doesn‘t live up to the love in my head!

Cinfhen @BarbaraBB is this on the #1001BooksToRead list?!! My curiosity has been peaked, Trish 1y
LoveToReadLiveToRead I read this a few years ago and I found it pretty disturbing! It stayed with me for a while and I couldn‘t pick up another book for a few days.... 1y
Kalalalatja Perfect pick for this prompt! @Cinfhen I read it earlier this year, and I really liked it! 1y
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TrishB @LoveToReadLiveToRead definitely does that to you! 1y
TrishB @Kalalalatja @Cinfhen glad it stands the test of time! 1y
Cinfhen Good to know @Kalalalatja ❤️ 1y
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen Yes it is and it is a great read. So scary! 1y
Caroline2 I‘ve still got this sitting on my tbr pile to read! 👍🏻 1y
Billypar Just read it and really enjoyed it- both creepy and also great feminist themes, and musings on art, politics and class. And talk about hitting today's prompt on the nose! 1y
GypsyKat Well done! 👍 1y
TrishB @Caroline2 well worth a read! 1y
TrishB @Billypar 👍🏻 a great read 1y
LeahBergen I haven‘t reread it either. I loved it years ago! 1y
TrishB @LeahBergen I‘m afraid to burst the bubble! 1y
minkyb Oh how I loved this and The Magus. It has been many decades. 1y
TrishB @minkyb same - many! 1y
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Bookwomble
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We all want things we can't have. Being a decent human being is accepting that.

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I just need a spoiler-filled vent about this one: of all the horrible things Clegg does in this, the worst was the end when Miranda is dying and he keeps finding excuses to put off seeing the doctor or taking her to the hospital. For that entire sequence, I was so angry because it kept seeming like he was finally going to do something- and then when he utters this quote, I wanted to be like 'YES, now you're onto something you sadistic creep!' 😫

Alfoster Yes! So agree! I taught this as a choice to Seniors in Lit Circles and they all had the same response! Then we watched the old movie and had a good laugh!😂😂 2y
Billypar @Alfoster This would be a great choice for a class or a book club- I think there are a lot of directions you could go with the discussions. I love old movies but, yeah, I could see the adaptation going very wrong....I may just have to watch it now 😀 2y
bookandcat YES AGHR. 2y
bookandcat Also...there's a movie?!?!?!? 2y
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Billypar
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The jacket description calls this the "first modern psychological thriller" which is more than a little misleading- there isn't much in the way of suspense here. Instead, we have a fascinating and disturbing character study of both kidnapper and victim, with plenty to chew on as far as class, feminism, and art. I wonder if King was inspired by this in writing Misery- lots of parallels. Thanks @Dulcinella for another great #freakyfriday pick!

batsy Nice review! You make me want to move this up my TBR (and maybe read Misery after it). 2y
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Billypar @batsy This was my first Fowles, but I'm going to have to read more after this one. Misery is an actual thriller, and there's not really any of the feminist aspects, but there are certain themes in The Collector that reminded me of it. 2y
Aimeesue Fowles is a great writer, but def not for everyone. I just led a discussion of The French Lieutenant‘s Woman, which I love, and the feminist themes are strong underpinnings of that one. Several in the group hated it because of the meta- fiction factor, which they felt spoiled the Victorian novel bit, but this was my 3rd read and I love it. The Magus, not so much. 😋 2y
Billypar @Aimeesue This one was my first of Fowles, but as a fan of meta-fiction, I'll put French Lieutenant's Woman on my list next. In the Collector I like how the feminist themes never felt forced for a 1960s novel - the characters were very three dimensional. 2y
Aimeesue @Billypar It probably helps if you're familiar with Victorian women as depicted in novels of that era - very Madonna/whore, either all good, all bad, or forced into prostitution by unfortunate circumstances, only to come to a bad end. Gross exaggeration, but you get the idea. Enjoy! 2y
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#FreakyFriday number 10 complete! @zeljka
This one is so creepy and good! The main character is a stalker/kidnapper. It is set in England and was published in the 60s so it is atmospheric of that time and place.
I'll give a shout-out to one of my favorite audiobooks - You by Caroline Kepnes - which is a modern take on a stalker's POV. They complement each other well.

Alfoster I love this one too!😍😍 2y
bookandcat @Alfoster have you read 2y
bookandcat @Alfoster it feels weird saying I like books about stalkers but...I kind of do lol. Also I really liked 2y
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Alfoster Oh yes! And I just finished an ARC of her newest one and loved it too! 2y
Alfoster Oh loved Mr Ripley too!😍😍 2y
bookandcat @Alfoster the guy from crazy ex girlfriend narrates the audiobooks and he's fantastic. I'll have to get the third book when I can!!! 2y
Alfoster Wait! There‘s more than one?? Oh gotta ck those out. Thanks!😍 2y
bookandcat @Alfoster also many many Ripley sequels though they aren't as good as the first lol 2y
Alfoster Yup! Loved Hidden Bodies! Didn‘t know about the Ripley sequels😆! You need to read 2y
Billypar I just finished it for my #freakyfriday list (emphasis on the 'freaky'). I really liked it- I almost felt like I was imprisoned along with Miranda for the whole book. Lots to digest in this one! 2y
bookandcat @Billypar yes! Very claustrophobic 2y
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SiriuslyWeasley
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Published in 1963 and as sinister as anything written today. My reading material has been deliciously grim of late.💀 Happy weekend!

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RowReads1
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#wevegottagetoutofthisplace #marchtooz A woman gets kidnapped by a creepy collector dude. It‘s similar in some ways to “Room”. Read the book, see the film, in that order. 🐛🦋🐞🐜🦗🕷

Drnkpnkprincess I loved this book! It was a required read in high school and I reread it every few years! I obviously enjoy creepy. 😂🦋🦋 (edited) 2y
RowReads1 @Drnkpnkprincess Lucky! It feels like we just continuously read “The Scarlet Letter” over and over for four years. 2y
zezeki I love this book!! Didn't know there's movie though. 2y
Cinfhen I‘ve heard about this one 😱😱😱 2y
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LoveToReadLiveToRead
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1. Joe Hill‘s Heart Shaped Box was paranormal creepy but the tagged book really creeped me out & I couldn‘t get it out of my head for days after.
2. Again, paranormal disturbing would probably be Rec or The Orphanage but I found Wolf Creek seriously disturbing.
3. My dad freaking out me & my sister by hammering on the conservatory door whilst we were watching Blair With with the lights out. We live next to the woods! 🌲🧙🏻‍♀️🌲
4. You‘re it!

JenlovesJT47 I'm about to read Heart-Shaped Box, can't wait! 2y
LoveToReadLiveToRead @JenlovesJT47 it‘s really good, very creepy! It‘s aaaaages since I read it but certain bits have stuck in my mind. Hope you enjoy! (edited) 2y
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Owlizabeth @JenlovesJT47 I listened to it on a road trip and had to turn it off several times because I was driving in the dark and felt like I was going to have a panic attack! SO GOOD!! 2y
JenlovesJT47 @Owlizabeth ooh sounds good, can't wait to read it! 2y
Bookzombie I forgot out about Wolf Creek! I‘m never going to forget one scene in that movie. 😱 2y
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ephemeralwaltz
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What good are #bookishtotes if you don't fill them with books?

#ReadingResolutions
@Jess7

Kalalalatja So true! 2y
Tove_Reads Where did you get the bag? I want one too! 🙃 2y
ju.ca.no 😍😍 2y
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erzascarletbookgasm Truth! This is nice! 💙 2y
Cathythoughts You make a good point 😉 2y
AmyG @Tove_Reads I got this tote for someone at Barnes & Noble. 2y
ephemeralwaltz @Tove_Reads yes! It was a gift from @thebookmagpie but I've seen them around. I don't recall the brand name atm but I'll find out! 2y
Jess7 I love this one!! 2y
Mitch I have this - it hangs at the end of the stairs and makes me smile every time it catches my eye! 2y
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jamielaine
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Kalalalatja
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Okay, this was 🍌👖!!! I was surprised at how dark it got really fast, but I liked it! The shift in narrator part way through threw me for a bit, especially the arty-flashbacks, but it was such an interesting and disturbing read!

#ERMadLibs

Christine11 You have so many pretty books ! 😊 2y
TrishB A fav from my teens! 2y
LeahBergen Yay! I‘m glad you liked it. 👏🏻 2y
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ephemeralwaltz So glad you enjoyed it! Gorgeous photo😘 2y
erzascarletbookgasm I must read this soonish. 2y
BarbaraBB Happy you liked it 👍😀 2y
Kalalalatja @Christine11 I got this from the lovely @ephemeralwaltz for the #HalloweenGoesPostal swap ❤️ @TrishB @LeahBergen @BarbaraBB I get the hype now 😄👏 @erzascarletbookgasm soonish, my favourite time frame 👌❤️ 2y
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Kalalalatja
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I‘m not reading as much as I would like these days, so when I finally have a couple of hours home alone I‘m taking full advantage! 📖

#currentlyreading

LeahBergen That‘s a pretty edition. 2y
UrsulaMonarch And a pretty picture! 💚 2y
Kalalalatja @LeahBergen you know those Vintage Red Spines edition are always looking good 😍 @UrsulaMonarch thank you! 💕 2y
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LeahBergen
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LauraJ How elegantly creepy 😈 2y
ephemeralwaltz 😍😍😍 beautiful 2y
SilversReviews Pretty photo. 2y
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I love this photo 💞💞💞 2y
erzascarletbookgasm I‘ve not seen this beautiful edition. Nice photo! 2y
Kalalalatja I have just packed this as my bus book for today and tomorrow 👍 2y
LeahBergen @Kalalalatja I hope you enjoy it. It was one of the first psychological thrillers of this kind. 👍🏻 2y
DeborahSmall Beautiful edition ❤️ 2y
LeahBergen @DeborahSmall 😘😘 Have you read it? 2y
DeborahSmall @LeahBergen yep I have a lovely first edition from when it was first published. Not a great cover though. I love John Fowles 😘 2y
KerriNTurner Gorgeous! 2y
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shendrix413
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Congrats @Elle_Skeldon on your milestone!! Thanks for the #OneIsTheLoneliest# giveaway! My favorite loner is Frederick from Fowles' The Collector. He tried too hard with unconventional means to no longer be a loner 😂

Elle_Skeldon Whoa! That's one creepy loner! Great choice and thanks for entering! 📖🤓📖 2y
shendrix413 @Elle_Skeldon Totally creepy! Great book though! ❤️😁 thanks for the giveaway! ❤️ 2y
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TrishB
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#observer #nuyear
Frederick is a full on,creepy observer in this book - which I loved in my teens!
This song off first Numan album I got for Christmas in 1979 (😱) along with Blondie‘s Eat to the Beat. I thought if I looked like Debbie I could marry Gary 💜
Apparently Debbie not interested though as Gary said she gave him the brush off when he tried to chat her up!

Cinfhen Love this 😍😍😍where u ever a blonde??? 2y
AceOnRoam Blondie 💓💓💓 2y
Cathythoughts I love Blondie. ❤️ 2y
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Caroline2 I've had this book on my TBR shelf for years now! 🙄 is it any good?? 2y
TrishB @Cinfhen between the ages of 15-28 I alternated quite a lot between black and blonde! 2y
TrishB @AceOnRoam @Cathythoughts love them too 💕 2y
TrishB @Caroline2 I loved it when I read it in my teens! 2y
Cinfhen I NEED a #throwbackphoto please!!! I'd love to see a blonde trishb😊 2y
TrishB @Cinfhen I‘ll see if I can find any over the weekend! 😁 2y
zezeki @Caroline2 @TrishB I read this book in my teens as well and I absolutely loved it 2y
DeborahSmall I loved this, read it in my teens too ❤️ 2y
kalinichta Came across this Gary interview with Graham Norton while listening to some old club favorites and had to share in case you hadn't seen it: https://youtu.be/KkbxeBPJNqg 2y
eachwishrezigned Love this book. Going to try and read another Fowles this year. Tried Magus in the past and couldn‘t make it through. 2y
TrishB @kalinichta thank you ❤️ it‘s a good one! 2y
TrishB @eachwishrezigned I haven‘t attempted any others! 2y
jenniferw88 @TrishB @eachwishrezigned I read The Magus last year... it's a slow #chunkster of a novel which picks up after the first 300 pages!!! 2y
eachwishrezigned @jenniferw88 Maybe that‘s why I couldn‘t get into it. I think I made it to like 215 or so. I‘ll try again one day. 2y
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Elsje
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“No one will understand, they will think I was just after her for the obvious.”

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Joybishoptx
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Juliet is ready for #readathon. First book is The Collector by John Fowles. Plan to finish this.

rubyslippersreads 😻😻😻 2y
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No_One
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In Las Vegas this week so I'm Litsying on my horrible work iPhone. (apologies to all you iPhone fans!). #ShhSecrets #AwesomeAutumnBooks @Jess7 This was a really tense and intense read! I was not expecting that ending! Highly recommended, but it is a slow burn, so only if you enjoy suspense rather than thrilling action.

Jess7 I'm an apple fan all the way, but no offense taken! 🤣 2y
No_One @Jess7 ha! We humans are creatures of habit, aren't we? 😆 2y
Jess7 Yes, most definitely! 🤓 2y
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Great book with very interesting dialogs. It can be pretty hard to read. "Engaging and intellectual novel which stimulates not only your sense of fear and anxiety through the portrayal of Miranda‘s capture, but also encourages you to start a dialogue and to think about the social pressures we all face; no matter our class." Entertainment level: ????? #Perséfone #DogsOnLitsy #Sha2016

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BarbaraBB
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Pickpick

This is the story of a young man, Fred, so obsessed by a girl that he kidnaps her and keeps her as his own posession. Reading his thoughts and reasoning is creepy but so fascinating. The girl, Miranda, keeps a diary, so we know her thoughts and fears as well. She is an intelligent, good girl, but, strange as it may sound, I preferred reading Fred, whose thoughts I found so much more interesting. #1001books

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ginganinja
The Collector | John Fowles
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I have a book hangover from The Hate U Give, but now I'm on to the next one. Hopefully this isn't just a rebound book.

tpixie 🦋🦋🦋🦋🦋🦋 2y
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chroniclesofnadia
The Collector | John Fowles
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Currently reading for my English Literature class! 📖
Thoughts so far...💭 one word: INTERESTING.

While I finish up, here is the general synopsis: Withdrawn, uneducated and unloved, Frederick collects butterflies and takes photographs. He is obsessed with the beautiful stranger, the art student Miranda. When he wins the pools, he buys a remotes Sussex house and calmly abducts Miranda, believing she will grow to love him.

Review soon!

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bookishrose
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Pickpick

The Collector is a creepy, wonderful piece of postmodern literature which you don't want to drop til the end. You have the stalker Fred who kidnaps the woman of his "dreams" and thinks it's the only right thing he could have done. On the other side are the diary entries of Miranda and her thoughts of her kidnapper and her own life. Two so extreme different lives that get involved but couldn't be further from each other.

#thecollector #johnfowles

MrBook Nice review! 2y
bookishrose @MrBook Thank you! 2y
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abookishrendezvous
The Collector | John Fowles

This book is part of my #junebookhaul and I'm eager to read it. Has anyone read it? If yes, what are your thoughts?

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DeborahSmall
The Collector | John Fowles
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#JunesTunz #taintedlove @LeahBergen reminded of my 1964 edition of The Collector. I bought it years ago in a charity shop. It had the World Books club receipt and newsletter folded up inside it ❤️📚

Sydsavvy So cool!!! 2y
LeahBergen I love it!!! 😍 2y
Cinfhen That's amazing ❤️what an awesome find!! 2y
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LeahBergen
The Collector | John Fowles
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CherylDeFranceschi Excellent choice! 2y
vivastory Thought of this a lot today as I read 2y
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LeahBergen @vivastory I've been wanting to read that one! Are you enjoying it? 2y
vivastory @LeahBergen I loved it. Just posted a review of it 2y
TrishB Love this book 😀 2y
rubyslippersreads Is that a goldfish? 2y
DivineDiana Good choice! 2y
LeahBergen @TrishB Me, too! 2y
LeahBergen @rubyslippersreads A Murano glass goldfish. 😂 2y
rubyslippersreads @LeahBergen Much lower maintenance than the real thing. 😹 2y
Cinfhen I've always wanted to read this book, I'm surprised by its lowish rating...I want a glass murano goldfish!!! That's awesome 😍😍😍 2y
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readordierachel
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This is very cool. I feel like there are some littens who would definitely qualify!

http://lithub.com/announcing-a-new-annual-prize-for-young-female-book-collectors...

saresmoore That is really cool! 2y
CherylDeFranceschi Fabulous! 2y
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CherylDeFranceschi
The Collector | John Fowles
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This book about #obsession left me sleepless for a while when I first read it. #maybookflowers

rabbitprincess Oh my, that is quite the cover! 😳 3y
rabbitprincess I read this in high school and was really upset by the end. I've never dared to reread it since. 3y
BethFishReads I have had a love-hate relationship with Fowles for years. But I still think he's always worth the read. 3y
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cariashley @BethFishReads @CherylDeFranceschi I've had a copy of The Magus on my TBR shelf for years and it's almost gone in the donate pile so many times. Is it worth it?? (edited) 3y
OrangeMooseReads Didn't they use this book for an episode of Criminal Minds? 3y
BethFishReads Yes worth it. His endings drive me nuts; yet I've read all his books and like his writing. Of course, it's been years since I read him, so who knows if I'd still like his style. 3y
CherylDeFranceschi @cariashley @BethFishReads The Magus is the only one I've never read. I've heard that different printings are VERY different. I've always been afraid I'll just get muddled. 3y
CherylDeFranceschi @OrangeMooseReads oh- I don't know. But it is a creepy book. 3y
Hobbinol I loved this book! 2y
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timiddrake
The Collector | John Fowles
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Day 2 of the #springflingreading photo challenge! I scoured my shelves and found only three(!) books that the authors name started with an F.

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sammisho
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Mehso-so

This is not a book I would normally read, it's not a genre I generally enjoy. However, I read it in one sitting. I could not put it down. And I haven't been able to stop talking about it. This story is creepy af. I am giving it a "so-so", because I like happy endings, or at least endings that give me hope, and this ending was not that at all.

TrishB I loved this book - I wasn't too bothered about a happy ending. Read it a long time ago and it left a lasting impression! 3y
sammisho @TrishB I wanted her to get free, or least for him to get caught. But I am a romantic and an idealist! I definitely didn't see that ending coming! 3y
TrishB It was unexpected! 3y
Alfoster Taught this and kids were so creeped out!😱 3y
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