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Melmoth
Melmoth | Sarah Perry
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Twenty years ago Helen Franklin did something she cannot forgive herself for, and she has spent every day since barricading herself against its memory. But the sheltered life she has crafted for herself is about to change. A strange manuscript has come into her possession, and its contents have the power to unravel every strand of her fragile safety net. It is filled with testimonies from the darkest chapters of human history, which all record sightings of a tall, silent woman in black, with unblinking eyes and bleeding feet: Melmoth, the loneliest being in the world. Condemned to walk the Earth forever, she tries to beguile the guilty and lure them away for a lifetime wandering alongside her. Everyone that Melmoth seeks out must make a choice: to live with what they've done, or be led into the darkness. Despite her scepticism, Helen can't stop reading, or shake the feeling that someone or something is watching her. As her past finally catches up with her, she too must choose which path to take. Exquisitely written, and gripping until the very last page, this is a masterpiece of moral complexity, asking us profound questions about mercy, redemption, and how to make the best of our conflicted world.
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Annashep
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First read for 2020!!! 📚📚❤️❤️😊⭐️

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Annashep
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My final end of 2019 tally ... I‘m not a super fast reader so I don‘t think I did too bad .. I‘d hoped for 30 so fell a little short but sure I‘ll get to more in 2020 ... first book of 2020 Melmoth by Sarah Perry!!!

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Biblionut
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Mehso-so

Beautiful writing but slow. I felt this way about The Essex Serpent as well. Melmoth is a doomed woman that wanders the earth witnessing terrible deeds done by people and then preys on their guilt and despair to join her as a companion.

BookNAround I didn‘t love this one either. 3w
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quietjenn
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Opting for this in the flight back to Philly.

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quietjenn
Melmoth | Sarah Perry
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When your indecisive at the airport bookstore and there's a sale. (I think the ale is always on, but I usually don't like the options. Today, it was hard to select just three!)

Sharpeipup Smash burger ...mmmmm.... 4w
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andrew61
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I really liked this very atmospheric and creepy story written with great skill which absorbed me from beginning to end. Melmoth, a spirit, the woman who went to the open cave after the crucifixion denies seeing jesus and is doomed to wander forever drawing sinners to her. The bk, set in Prague, finds Helen drawn into the mystery of lost papers abt melmoth, +we see stories of crimes as well as helen's own mystery. A great rd for dark winter nights.

Tamra I need to revisit this in print, I really enjoyed the atmosphere but got lost in some of the details on audio. 1mo
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JillR
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Pickpick

This was good! Gothic, sinister, sad. It felt historical despite being largely contemporary. A good story, well told; I loved the writing (ps my one complaint about library books; shiny covers!)

ju.ca.no Great picture😍 2mo
Branwen I love this book so much! 💕 📚 2mo
JillR Thanks @ju.ca.no :) 2mo
JillR @Branwen I‘d read such mixed reviews, I was so pleased I enjoyed it! 2mo
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veritysalter
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“Do you see her? Has she come?” Melmoth the Watcher is cursed to bear witness to the worst of humanity; be careful not to attract her attention, least you be doomed to join her. The descriptions of Prague are magical, the story one of sorrow and loss, is there hope for redemption?

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TheBookstorePodcast
Melmoth | Sarah Perry
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For the second day of my own personal #spooktober is modern gothic horror. Plus the cover is fantastic. Melmoth the Witness is always watching. We read this for Episode 34!

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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Awesome lineup 🖤🧡📚 4mo
LeahBergen Ooo, lovely! 👍🏻 4mo
veritysalter @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @LeahBergen Thank you, I‘ve been longing for October, unfortunately it‘s very wet here rather than crisp, but the house is cosy and warm and I have some spooky books. Happy Spooktober to you both and happy reading. 4mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @veritysalter you too!! I‘m wishing for cooler temps!! 4mo
OriginalCyn620 👌🏻😊📚❤️ 4mo
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rachelm
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Starting this creepy read on a rainy fall day. Like it so far. And I love that my library switched to the #Libby app system last year. So easy to navigate!

Libby1 You‘re welcome! 🤣 4mo
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Lizpixie
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This was not only a beautiful book to look at, it was also a beautiful book to read. It has such an air of melancholy but also a touch of hope, the kind of hope a drowning man clutches at to the end. The writing itself was almost dreamlike, poetic & lyrical. It‘s an adaptation of the story of Melmoth the wanderer, a woman condemned to walk the earth alone forever unless she can persuade the guilty to join her. Perfect for #SomethingWickedFall

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Lizpixie
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Up next is a book that I started awhile ago but wasn‘t quite in the mood for, but I need some #gothichorror for this months #SomethingWickedFall #readathon and thought this may fit the bill. I‘m a few more chapters in and I‘m hooked! Guess I‘m in the mood for it now.👁👁

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Librarybelle
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Is the legendary figure of the Melmoth a #human or something of gothic folklore? For the protagonist in this novel, she‘s about to find out the truth... #ayupaugust

ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled I liked this one! 5mo
rretzler Curious to find out what you think about it. I‘ve been struggling to get through it - I‘m not finding it very interesting. 5mo
SauerPatch I didn‘t realize she had another novel! Thanks for showcasing it. I really liked The Essex Serpent so I cant wait to look into this. 😃 5mo
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Cinfhen Well played 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼I liked this one but not as much as 5mo
Librarybelle @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled @Cinfhen I liked Essex Serpent, so I‘m hoping I will like this one too. She has such a gothic writing style. 5mo
Librarybelle @rretzler Good to know! I would like to read this one in the fall, so I‘ll definitely post about it. 5mo
Librarybelle @SauerPatch I liked Essex Serpent, so I definitely had to grab this one when it came out. 😁 5mo
squirrelbrain I think this one got more mixed reviews than The Essex Serpent @SauerPatch (not that I‘ve read either yet!) 😁 5mo
Crazeedi I haven't read, but my daughter did and she loved rhis 5mo
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BookwormAHN
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Thank you so much @TheLibrarian My books arrived today. I'm looking forward to reading them 😸
#95kgiveaway

Branwen Melmoth is sooooooo good! 7mo
TheLibrarian Glad they made it ok. Enjoy!! 7mo
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monalyisha
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FINALLY finished this! I don‘t want to say too much because there‘s still one #LMPBC‘er waiting to read it but it‘s a “Pick” for me. I get what others are saying about it being slow. It IS. Much of it‘s *painfully* slow, but it‘s an intentionally-set pace that matches the book‘s themes (dread, guilt, shame, history). I don‘t know if I always ”enjoy” Sarah Perry‘s books but I‘m always impressed by her craft. And there‘s real emotion to be found.

TheLibrarian Glad you liked it! I‘m trying to get through Sea Monsters. @Elma Did send me the last book. I just got it yesterday. 7mo
Crazeedi I've been thinking I want to read this 7mo
monalyisha @MirrorMask I‘ll send this to you by week‘s end! 7mo
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Caterina
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Thanks for the #giveaway @TheLibrarian and congrats on 95K! ❤️ I would love to win Melmoth and Looker. 😊 #95kgiveaway

TheLibrarian Thanks for entering! 7mo
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monalyisha
Melmoth | Sarah Perry
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Testing out our new tent before our camping trip in a few weeks. I approve. 🙌🏻

#LMPBC

LapReader Where did you get that mattress? 8mo
heikemarie What a good plan! Maybe I‘ll find a tent to test in my backyard this weekend ☺️ 8mo
monalyisha @LapReader I got it on Amazon. It was stupidly expensive...like, as much as the tent. But it‘s worth it to not have it deflate in the middle of the night & wake up with my hip bones on the ground! 🙌🏻 This one‘s a double; it fits two people pretty comfortably as long as you‘re both not super-sprawlers. 😉 8mo
monalyisha Thanks @heikemarie! I recommend it. 😎 8mo
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monalyisha
Melmoth | Sarah Perry
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I haven‘t posted for the #bookfitnesschallenge yet this week but I‘ve completed 2/4 walks!

I‘m failing horribly at my hydration challenge...but at least I‘m thinking about it??? 🤷‍♀️🙈 No more books finished yet but I‘m making good headway on the tagged book (“Melmoth” for #LMPBC) & my non-fiction audiobook, “The Road to Jonestown: Jim Jones and Peoples Temple.” Oh, and I only have a handful of poems left in “Electric Arches“!

wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 Great progress! 8mo
DivineDiana 👏🏻👍🏻😀 8mo
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monalyisha
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It‘s a reading-on-the-porch kind-of day. Eating tiny ice creams & dreaming. (Pay no attention to the sloppy pieces of wood in the corner.)

#LMPBC #LMPBCnC

DivineDiana Tiny ice cream!!! 😲 8mo
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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
Melmoth | Sarah Perry
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A strange book indeed. A damned soul/folk tale monster walks the earth as a witness to humanity's evil; she offers her hand to others to walk with her. Her story is told through the stories of many, including half through old letters and diaries from different periods around the world. In the present there is Helen, whose particular evil is a mystery until 3/4 of the way in. Gothic, uncanny writing about sin and redemption, mostly set in Prague.

CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian I really liked this book, but am not sure I understood it? It probably would have been better for me to read it in print, although the #audiobook narration was fantastic. 8mo
Emilymdxn I love this book! Great review 8mo
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scowler1
Melmoth | Sarah Perry
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Another strange one from Sarah Perry. Strange and creepy and quite brilliant. This kind of novel should be read at night, alone in an empty house and by candlelight.

saresmoore I am going to take that reading suggestion. 8mo
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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
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This is deliciously gothic and spooky. Also very European (set in Prague with Czech, German, and British characters). I love the #audiobook narration!

rretzler I'm glad to hear someone is enjoying it. For some reason, I'm struggling through it - it's just not keeping my attention and I thought I would like it. 8mo
CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian @rretzler I had a similar problem with her other book actually! 8mo
Branwen I really didn't care for her first book, but this one I absolutely adored! 8mo
CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian @Branwen Same experience for me! 8mo
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TheLibrarian
Melmoth | Sarah Perry
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Hooray - I‘m finally done with this book and can move on to a much better read. This book was definitely not for me. I don‘t want to say much because it‘s part of my #LMPBC

@monalyisha - sorry for the delay but this should be hopefully sent out to you soon! I‘m leaving for a conference so it‘s up to the hubby to actually mail it.

emmaturi I wasn't too fond of it either! 9mo
BookNAround I read this last year and didn‘t like it either. 9mo
monalyisha No worries! I haven't mailed mine yet either but will do so in the next two days! 9mo
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Expandingbookshelf
Melmoth | Sarah Perry
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Lazy Sunday 💚

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Birdsong28
Melmoth | Sarah Perry
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I am using the tagged book for this prompt for my #52booksin52weeks challenge 📚📖

@Schnoebs

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Birdsong28
Melmoth | Sarah Perry
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Good. Captivating and disturbing at the same time. You are taken on a journey throughout this book that will be with you for a long time after you finished with the book.

#ProfileBooks

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TheLibrarian
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@Elma I got my #LMPBC #LMPBCnC package today. I look forward to reading it along with your thoughts/comments.

rretzler Hope you enjoy it more than I am. I‘m slowly reading it, about 25% through and it just hasn‘t grabbed me yet. I refuse to give up on it though. 9mo
monalyisha Oh yay! 🤗 9mo
monalyisha But also...not yay, @rretzler 😖. I hope it‘s picking up for you! 9mo
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rretzler @monalyisha I‘ve put it aside for awhile, I usually do that when something doesn‘t grab me and then I‘ll come back to it later. It may take a while, but I‘ll read it eventually. 9mo
monalyisha @rretzler Bummer! It‘s coming to me as part of #LMPBC in the near future. It‘s a gorgeous cover & an interesting premise! 9mo
rretzler @monalyisha I hope it grabs you more than it has me. Perhaps I‘m just not in the mood for that type of thing right now. I agree it‘s an interesting premise and I liked, but did not perhaps, love The Essex Serpent. Timing is probably just off for me 9mo
monalyisha @rretzler I actually didn‘t love “The Essex Serpent” either. I guess we‘ll see! 🤞🏻 9mo
TheLibrarian @monalyisha @rretzler It‘s slow going for me ☹️ and I‘m about 30% in. 9mo
rretzler I‘m also around 30% and have put it aside for awhile to read other things. I‘m going to try to finish it slowly. I just don‘t know why it doesn‘t grab me, but I‘m glad to know I‘m not alone.😁 9mo
TheLibrarian @rretzler Sadly I can‘t put it aside. It‘s for a #LMPBC and I need to mail it out soon. Guess I should have started it earlier! 9mo
rretzler Good luck! Maybe it will get better? I see several Littens have really enjoyed it. A couple of my favorite books didn‘t get good for me until the second half, which is why I typically don‘t bail on a book. 9mo
monalyisha @TheLibrarian Uh oh! Well, if it‘s a little bit late coming to me, I‘ll know why/it‘ll be totally okay. Good luck! 9mo
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Book_Fairy_Mary
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Mehso-so

I'm still really processing my reaction to this novel, but what I do know for sure is that I didn't love it and I didn't hate. The language is absolutely beautiful, the concept dark and fascinating, but the creepy and the dramatic do not blend seamlessly in Melmoth, which is disappointing. It was interesting to learn that Perry wrote this while taking opiods to manage pain 🤔 I wonder if that's why it feels a little disjointed at times.

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RobinGustafson
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I think I showed some restraint while on a work trip in Berkeley and a long weekend in Santa Cruz #bookhaul #booknerd 📚📚📚📚📚

RidgewayGirl That is a fantastic book haul! 11mo
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BookishShelly
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This book has gotten so many negative reviews that I almost didn‘t read it. It‘s a good reminder that I shouldn‘t be too led by others‘ bookish opinions. I really enjoyed this book. I loved the gloomy (gothic I‘ve read it described as) atmosphere. And I always love books with letters and diary entries.

Tamra I enjoyed many aspects of it! 11mo
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uncommonpoppy
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Yes. This is really doing it for me. It's sombre and mysterious. It touches on WW2, topical matters, loneliness and folklore. It references #Essex. Highly recommended. #librarybook #englishauthors

uncommonpoppy Thank you @CoffeeNBooks ! Nice to connect with people who love reading as much as I do. 11mo
Severnmeadows I found the Essex Serpent in a charity shop - but couldn‘t get past the first few pages. Some books resist you, for whatever reason. 11mo
uncommonpoppy @Severnmeadows I was the same actually, despite being very keen seeing as it's one of the few books I've ever known that referenced where I lived. I had to go back to it later. This one was different, I was drawn into the story right away. 11mo
Severnmeadows @uncommonpoppy I‘ll certainly give it a go then, Thankyou. (edited) 11mo
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batsy
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I came home to a giant box waiting for me, all the way from New Mexico. I am totally floored!! Look at this amazing bounty of goodness. @Reggie you are too good and I don't deserve it 😭😭 A fantastic array of books and delicious chocolate, and a beautiful friendship bracelet, plus a lovely notecard. Thank you so much Reggie ❤️❤️❤️ I couldn't even fit everything into one picture.

Reggie Did you really just get it? Lol I thought maybe you were holding on to it for Valentine‘s Day. Tracking said it had been in Malaysia for the past 2 weeks. Hey, just apologies real quick. The Castillo and the Alvarez are used and I chose very good when shopping used books but one has someone‘s name inside the cover and black marking on the book. So sorry about that. And you do deserve it!!! Hope you enjoy!!!! 11mo
batsy @Reggie Yeah Reggie I just got it... That's bizarre! I have no idea if it was sitting in our local holding centre. International mail seems to be an issue recently, just like the original jolabokalod package that arrived with its seal broken :( Gosh you must have been going crazy wondering where it went. Please don't apologise about anything! Everything is perfect. I love it. Thank you so much ❤️ 11mo
squirrelbrain How lovely! ❤️ 11mo
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erzascarletbookgasm The bracelet is so thoughtful 👍.. and that‘s a lot of chocolates, Suba! Wanna share? 😜jk! 11mo
Tanisha_A 😱😍 11mo
umbrellagirl Melmoth was excellent. Enjoy! 11mo
Cathythoughts What an amazing package to get .... love everything & something very special about the bracelet ♥️♥️♥️ 11mo
Billypar Wow - awesome box! Well done @Reggie 11mo
youneverarrived Ah how nice 🥰 Melmoth is so good! 11mo
batsy @erzascarletbookgasm Right? I'm in chocolate wonderland 😍 I'll share with you, but don't tell my family ... I've already hid it from them 😂 11mo
batsy @squirrelbrain @Tanisha_A @Cathythoughts @Billypar It is such a lovely box of goodies ❤️ So kind of Reggie 11mo
batsy @umbrellagirl @youneverarrived That's great that you both enjoyed Melmoth; it sounds so good! 11mo
erzascarletbookgasm Stacking the tagged book! 11mo
Leftcoastzen Wow! 11mo
LeahBergen 😍😍😍 11mo
Suet624 That‘s amazing. @reggie 💕💕 11mo
readordierachel How wonderful!!! 11mo
batsy @readordierachel Reggie is too kind ❤️ 11mo
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youneverarrived
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I won‘t finish my current read today so this is what I read in January - from best to least favourite. Five of these were @Pricel101 picks for #newyearwhodis 🧡 I‘ll definitely take part in something similar again. #januarywrapup

TrishB Cool 👍🏻 12mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego An excellent month! 12mo
JennyM A great bunch of books you‘ve read 12mo
Pricel101 I am honoured! 😌 we are so similar in tastes despite not knowing each other! looking toward to what you‘ll be reading next! 😘 11mo
youneverarrived @Pricel101 we were very well matched 💕 it‘s been fun reading from your list 😘 11mo
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PassionatelyCurious
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“He gave you a life and what did you do but build your own prison.”

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emmaturi
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I just started this, two chapters in. Not sure what to think about at the moment. Has anyone read it? #books #bookcover #reading

Tamra There were aspects I really, really liked. But I listened to the audio version and I got muddled in the middle. It may have because of distraction - I think I‘d like to read it on paper. I was intrigued enough to now want to read 12mo
emmaturi Let's put it this way not one of my favorites! @Tamra 12mo
Tamra @emmaturi 👍🏾 12mo
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@TheReadingMermaid

I have said this one before. I was not a fan of Melmoth. It was a DNF for me. The plot was too slow and I never felt any connection to anything. A lot of people liked it and that is OK. I don't mind being the odd man out. Different strokes for different folks as they say. That is why there are so many choices out there. Someone once told me, "One size fits all, fits no one will."

Jerdencon Me Before You by Jo Jo Moynes - the main character (the girl) annoyed me to no end and ruined the story. 12mo
TheReadingMermaid That's very interesting. I had never heard of that book before. Thank you for sharing with me sweetie 🌺🤗🌺 12mo
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BeADragon3 I hate to say it but I just couldn't get into the Kite Runner and I HATED Olive Kitteridge 12mo
BkClubCare The Paris Wife, Pillars of the Earth, We Were Liars 12mo
OutsmartYourShelf You by Caroline Kepnes. People rave about it but I wasn‘t impressed. (edited) 12mo
TheSpineView @BeADragon3 So understand.😋 12mo
TheSpineView @BkClubCare I agree on The Paris Wife but have not read the others. 12mo
TheSpineView @Deangirl Got it!😊 12mo
LeahBergen I couldn‘t stand this one 😆 12mo
BkClubCare I also fail to connect with any book by Kristin Hannah. I have tried and wonder if I have an allergy to her writing. Or it‘s like coconut; you like it or you dont! (edited) 12mo
BkClubCare @BeADragon3 - yet, Olive Kitteridge is a huge fave of mine. All good — we don‘t have to like the same stuff 😊 12mo
Crazeedi @Jerdencon I tried that one too, and it was a NOPE, I didn't care for writing style 12mo
Crazeedi @LeahBergen isn't that so funny how we are all different, I gave that one one of my few 5'stars. Huh! 12mo
TheSpineView @LeahBergen I haven't read that one. 🤔 12mo
TheSpineView @BkClubCare There are definitely some authors that seem to be either you love or hate them. 12mo
Birdsong28 I always say it would be a very boring world if we all liked the same thing. 📚📖 12mo
Djspens You.... A Man Named Ove... The Girl On The Train.... 12mo
Djspens @Jerdencon I didn't like that series, either. 12mo
TheSpineView @Djspens Have not read The Girl On The Train yet. Kind of bored with thrillers at the moment. Loved 💙 A Man Called Ove, very character driven so I see how some would not like it. 12mo
readordierachel Having different tastes is what makes reading (and the world) so interesting! 12mo
readordierachel And thank you again for sending me your copy 🤗 12mo
TheSpineView @readordierachel You are welcome! 12mo
Linda_Bloodworth_Author I tried to read a Sara J Mass book, but I couldn't get past the main character. She was so self absorbed. 12mo
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Owlizabeth
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I‘ve lost my momentum with this one. I like the writing style but I‘m just meh on the story and I‘ve got too much I actually want to read right now to force my way through it. 🤷🏻‍♀️

But what a gorgeous cover, amirite?

Tamra I got bogged in the middle on the audio, but I figured it was the nature of trying listening to a complicated plot. 12mo
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled I liked it, but liked The Essex Serpent much better 12mo
DivineDiana It is a gorgeous cover! 12mo
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AMVP
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Seeing this new Sarah Perry for 50% off at #barnesandnoble got me to break my book fast in 2019 (where I resolve to not buy any new novels and focus solely on my backlog).

Tamra Totally worth it! I listened to the audio and I think I would have preferred it on paper. 12mo
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Ashley_Nicoletto
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With all this snow that‘s coming in - do we think I can finish all four of my library books this weekend?

Throwing myself a little mini snow day readathon starting tomorrow at 6 pm.

Dragon Sounds fun and you‘ve got interesting books! 👍🐉 12mo
Lovesbooks87 You got this! 12mo
LauraBeth You can definitely do it! 🙌 12mo
Redwritinghood Worth a shot! 12mo
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Palimpsest
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This is the first book I finished this year and I loved it! This story follows Helen, a wallflower and translator who has stumbled upon stories of Melmoth the Witness, who to most seems like nothing more than a fairytale, but the more letters and history she delves into the more Helen begins to wonder if there is more truth to the stories than anyone wants to believe and what must she face herself to find the truth? ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

BookishMarginalia I‘m looking forward to this one. 12mo
Palimpsest @BookishMarginalia I hope you enjoy it. I know there are mixed reviews on this one, but it gripped me. I liked the gothic feel. 12mo
Freespirit This is another book I need to get to! 10mo
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Owlizabeth
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So, I‘ve seen very mixed reviews on this one and I have to go to the library tomorrow, so I decided to give it a quick once over to see if I should keep it or just return it and the next thing I know I‘m over 50 pages in and I can‘t wait to see what happens next. I was unable to get into The Essex Serpent, so I was not expecting to find this book so gripping so early. I LOVE IT WHEN THIS HAPPENS. I don‘t think I‘m going to sleep anytime soon.

Tamra I really need to try this on paper. 12mo
readordierachel That's such a good feeling! 12mo
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VanessaCW
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Mehso-so

I was a little disappointed with this one. It‘s beautifully written but it didn‘t grip me like The Essex Serpent did.

rmaclean4 Agree!! 10mo
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unabridgedchick
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Mehso-so

It's extravagant. Melodramatic. Wuthering Heights and mezzo-sopranos dying on stage. Tea-and-rainy-day moody. A bit like Byatt's Possession, only far more brief. It has all the atmosphere and setting of a book I love, so I'm especially crushed that I didn't love it! Too much unanswered for me, too light a touch on events.

Tamra I too loved the atmosphere, but it got muddled for me in the middle. 12mo
emilyhaldi Great review, I agree wholeheartedly 12mo
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Kimberlone
Melmoth | Sarah Perry
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Having a low key but busy Sunday cleaning, prepping food, and doing laundry. But now my chores are wrapped up, I am ready to dig into this book on my kindle. Today is a perfect day for being cozy as this weekend the temperature has drastically dropped (2 degrees F!). But at least everything looks pretty outside with all of the hoar frost!

4thhouseontheleft Pretty! 12mo
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ChristyM
Melmoth | Sarah Perry
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Mehso-so

Such a disappointment. I enjoyed The Essex Serpent - the rich language, the characters, and the folkloric storytelling . Melmoth is filled with such a sense of despair and guilt, I found myself relieved to reach the last page. The writing felt more forced in this book and I never truly cared about Helen, the main character.