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The Essex Serpent
The Essex Serpent | Sarah Perry
Set in Victorian London and an Essex village in the 1890's, and enlivened by the debates on scientific and medical discovery which defined the era, The Essex Serpent has at its heart the story of two extraordinary people who fall for each other, but not in the usual way. They are Cora Seaborne and Will Ransome. Cora is a well-to-do London widow who moves to the Essex parish of Aldwinter, and Will is the local vicar. They meet as their village is engulfed by rumours that the mythical Essex Serpent, once said to roam the marshes claiming human lives, has returned. Cora, a keen amateur naturalist is enthralled, convinced the beast may be a real undiscovered species. But Will sees his parishioners' agitation as a moral panic, a deviation from true faith. Although they can agree on absolutely nothing, as the seasons turn around them in this quiet corner of England, they find themselves inexorably drawn together and torn apart. Told with exquisite grace and intelligence, this novel is most of all a celebration of love, and the many different guises it can take.
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I'm diving in, a little late to the game.
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#literarycrew #buddyread

Librarybelle No worries! Hope you enjoy! 3w
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I was initially drawn to this book because of the beautiful cover but luckily it‘s also fantastic historical fiction.
Taking place in the late 1890s, we meet newly widowed, Cora, who is ready to embrace her new freedom and, inspired by Mary Anning, explore the world around her. Tales of a killer sea serpent are at the center of the story. There were so many characters I grew to love.
Read if you like strong female mc bucking the norm.
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Librarybelle Thanks for joining! I am very drawn to the cover too! 1mo
batsy It's a good one! So glad I read it too. 1mo
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I was so close to reaching my #FabulousFebruary #20in4 Readathon goal!
219/251 pages
Falling asleep during a readathon is my downfall too often.
But I loved this book and the motivation the readathon gave me to read a little more every day!
Thank you @Andrew65 !
#bookly

Andrew65 Well done 👏👏👏🙌🎉🎊🥳 1mo
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Interesting story about a mythical serpent, about starting afresh, about finding true friendship, about finding yourself and moving on with life.

I like the balance between mythology and science and how certain things in the story can be interpreted either way depending on the reader.

Great descriptions of Essex and the landscape made you feel you were really there.

Librarybelle Great review! 1mo
batsy I really liked it, too! 1mo
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BookwormAHN
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I enjoyed this book and would have enjoyed it more if the narration had been better. This book is about Cora, who is recently widowed, heads to Essex to find their legendary serpent.
#LiteraryCrew @Librarybelle
#WickedWords #Lake @AsYouWish
#Litsylove

Librarybelle Glad you enjoyed it! 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I love this cover 💚💛💚💛 2mo
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Librarybelle
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#LiteraryCrew friends: it‘s time for the discussion! I have 8 questions posted as spoilers. You may find them on my feed, the book‘s feed, or searching for #LiteraryCrew #BuddyRead .

While I try not to post too many questions with big spoilers within the question, this time there are a few. Fair warning, in case you haven‘t finished the book but wish to preview the questions!

Our March book is Hour of the Witch. I‘ll post a reminder tomorrow!

julieclair Not finished yet. Thanks for the heads up about the spoilers! 2mo
IMASLOWREADER same…life got in the way 😢 2mo
willaful I couldn't get past the first page. :-( Very rough month for me and I couldn't concentrate. 2mo
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Sargar114 I started but don‘t know if I‘ll be able to finish. I may bail and try next months, the subject matter seems real interesting 2mo
rubyslippersreads I‘m way behind, but I‘ll come back to the discussion when I‘m done. 2mo
PurpleyPumpkin I‘m still reading it and finding it very interesting! I‘ll be sure to circle back to the discussion when I‘m finished. 👍🏽 2mo
BookWrym I have just finished will look for the questions still learning my way round Litsy 1mo
Librarybelle @BookWrym Welcome to Litsy! I see you found the questions…hooray! Thanks for joining! 1mo
BookWrym @Librarybelle thanks for the welcome 😀 1mo
PaperbackPirate I loved it! Thank you for hosting! 🐉 1mo
Librarybelle Thanks for joining, @PaperbackPirate ! 1mo
Crazeedi @Librarybelle I've been MIA, so bust, I'll look for the questions later today , thanks Jess 1mo
Librarybelle No worries, @Crazeedi ! 1mo
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Librarybelle
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8. Apple TV+ recently turned the book into a miniseries. Has anyone seen it? Plan to see it?

Info on the series, from the Apple TV+ website: https://www.apple.com/tv-pr/originals/the-essex-serpent/

#LiteraryCrew #BuddyRead

BookwormAHN I don't have apple TV but I have considered getting it to watch this. 2mo
tpixie Yes, I wondered if it might help me try to read it again at some point. Or it just might give me more an excuse not to read it! 😂 2mo
Cuilin Yes, I think they did a really good job. Especially creating the atmosphere. 2mo
batsy I've watched the first 3 episodes so far and I prefer the book. The setting, the costumes, and the actors are all very good but owing to having to adapt some elements of the story, it feels like the rich, complicated, and interesting relationships between the various characters are not as well-explored in the TV show. But I'm only midway through. 2mo
BookWrym Hadn‘t heard of it don‘t have Apple TV don‘t watch much TV anyway so it doesn‘t really appeal if it makes it to free view I will probably give it a go 1mo
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7. The novel sets up Cora to choose between two men and in the end she chooses neither. Do you think this is a comment on traditional literary plots? Do you think the novel sees friendship as more valuable and enduring than romantic love? ~from Reading Group Guide #LiteraryCrew #BuddyRead

BookwormAHN I don't think it was in her character to want someone else so soon. But yes I'm sick of reading books where the woman says over and over again that she's not ready for a new relationship and then at the end has magically found her true love 🤦🏼‍♀️ 2mo
Cuilin For true independence at that time you had to be financially secure and unmarried. If she chose a suiter, then that hard won independence would be no more. It was too much to lose. 2mo
batsy Agree with @Cuilin and it does feel like a deliberate choice in plot and character. But it is ambiguous and open-ended with regards to her relationship with Will. 2mo
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BookWrym I think Cora is a loner at heart so the outcome is not a surprise in that way. It is a non traditional ending from the Victorian norm. 1mo
PaperbackPirate I liked the ending because Cora seemed to find her true independence on her own without Luke, Martha, The Ambrose‘s, or even Francis there. But I also got the feeling that when Stella dies she and Will will be together. 1mo
emz711 I'm not sure that it's fair to say that she chose neither. I agree that things could change after Stella's death. I find the “cleaving“ description so fascinating and I feel like there's probably a lot of instances of that in my life.

But I had thought that at the beginning of the book that Cora and Martha were a thing?
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6. One of the subplots of the novel is the disappearance of Naomi Banks. She and Joanna Ransome argued and Naomi ran away. By the end of the novel, she has returned and Joanna is trying to cope with the imminent death of her mother. Do you think they will become close friends again, for good, or are the differences between them simply too great? ~from Reading Group Guide #LiteraryCrew #BuddyRead

BookwormAHN I hope so but I suspect that Naomi had some problems at home too. 2mo
batsy I think they can be. They seem to be the kind of girls who can work it out but it's the different circumstances of their families that made the friendship knottier than it would have been. 2mo
BookWrym I think they can have a new and different but just as deep friendship. 1mo
PaperbackPirate They had a period where they grew apart, but they are true friends and will grow back together again. 1mo
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5. Cora‘s physical size and mannish habits of dress are frequently commented upon by
other characters in the novel. She rejects a lot of society‘s expectations of her as a
woman, whereas Stella Ransome is the living embodiment of the perfect housewife. Despite their differences, they are friends. What do you think Perry is trying to tell us by having Cora save her rival instead of quietly letting her drown? ~from RGG #LiteraryCrew #BuddyRead

BookwormAHN That she is not a monster. Besides even though Cora was having an emotional affair with Stella's husband I'm not sure she wanted anything more. 2mo
tpixie @BookwormAHN I like this answer. 😀 2mo
BookWrym I think Cora is a loner and really doesn‘t need anyone else . Stella is not a threat or a rival she is a friend and Cora wouldn‘t hurt a friend deliberately. 1mo
PaperbackPirate I think she continued to defy society‘s expectations by saving her friend. I think it also brought to the forefront of her mind that she would never want harm to come to her in any way which is why she stepped back from Will again. 1mo
emz711 I find her idea of trying to cover herself physically something that I've done for a very long time, thinking it would help me professionally.
There was a point where she actually says that about one of them (I don't remember Luke or Will) only thought of her as a disembodied voice - but that's what she wanted and then she comments as if that's not what she wanted! Part of being a women, wanting to be looked at as a woman and also for her brain
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4. Many of the characters have unequal relationships: Cora and Martha, Spencer and Will.
Do you think that viewing someone as a means to an end necessarily precludes loving them? ~from Reading Group Guide #LiteraryCrew #BuddyRead

BookwormAHN Not necessarily like with Cora and Martha, the other seemed a bit more complicated. 2mo
batsy Yes, I think it does. One might think one loves someone but if they're only a means to an end, then it's a compromised kind of love. I don't think this reflects the relationships in the book; with Cora and Martha I think they genuinely care for each other but Martha perhaps hints at loving her more (the difference in class, Cora wanting an audience). I thought Spencer and Luke's friendship was one of the more beautiful things in the book. 2mo
BookWrym I think in every relationship there is a balance of power and benefits and that is reflected in the relationships in the book. 1mo
emz711 none of what Martha did was healthy!

and yes @batsy Spencer and Luke's relationship was so nice to see.
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3. “I‘ll fill your wounds with gold”, Michael says. He means both literally that he will make sure Cora is financially comfortable during their marriage in exchange for the pleasure of hurting her, but also that he will remake her as something more beautiful & interesting than she was before. Cora survived her marriage, but was damaged by it. What do you think the seams of gold are in Cora‘s character? ~from RGG #LiteraryCrew #BuddyRead

BookwormAHN I think it was her intelligence. 2mo
tpixie Not an answer to this question, but I had just read in another book recently about how the Japanese fix their pottery pieces with gold to make them even stronger. The coinkydink Of seeing this in one of my next books read was intriguing. It‘s funny how things happen sometimes. I did think her husband showed how cruel he was when he said that. 2mo
batsy I don't think that his statement had anything to do with Cora, but was just a reflection of a man who couldn't love something that he didn't break and put back together again. But perhaps it's Cora's curiosity and the sense of autonomy that stems from that. He wanted to break it. I'm not sure if that answers the question. 2mo
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Cuilin You know I‘d like to believe Cora had gold running through her before she met her husband. I think he tried to break her but was unsuccessful. Like @Batsy said it was a reflection on him and his cruelty. She was always going to survive. 2mo
BookWrym I am not sure about this Cora survives and thrives but how much of that is due to his repairing is beyond me I think you need to be strong yourself to survive this. 1mo
PaperbackPirate Her gold is being free from him and finally living life on her terms. 1mo
emz711 I think it's hard to know because we didn't know much about her character before marriage. 2w
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2. Many comparisons have been drawn between Sarah Perry‘s writing and the Victorian novelists who were writing at the time the book was set, including Charles Dickens and Wilkie Collins. Do you think this book feels Victorian, or contemporary feel when she effectively provides hope in the form of bread each day? ~from Reading Group Guides #LiteraryCrew #BuddyRead

BookwormAHN I haven't read Collins but I can see a little bit of Dickens in her writing style and in some of her characters. 2mo
batsy I think it did feel Victorian but also modern, in a sense. Although their styles are very different, this book reminded me of how Hilary Mantel does historical fiction. It doesn't just immerse you in another time and place, there's a kind of tension between old and new. Haven't read enough Dickens (shameful, I know 😁) but it didn't remind me of Wilkie Collins, who is someone I also enjoy. It feels like its own thing. 2mo
BookWrym To me it had a modern feeling I think the attitude and freedoms that Cora has are more modern than Victorian. I didn‘t see Dickens or Collins in the writing. 1mo
emz711 I can see the Wilkie Collins comparison, having just read him.
I'm not sure what kind of narration this is where you know what everyone is thinking and the view changes paragraph to paragraph. I thought I'd have a tougher time keeping track but it seemed to work okay.
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1. We're traveling to Essex this month for the book! I cannot help but think, as a lover of gothic stories myself (albeit very British-based gothic stories), that the setting is perfect. Have you ever visited Essex? Have you visited a place with a potential “sea monster“ lurking in the waters?

To get us in the location mood, here's a site that will take us to Essex: https://www.visitessex.com/

#LiteraryCrew #BuddyRead

batsy I have not been to Essex and I'd love to. Perry is a descriptive writer and I thought she set up the atmosphere so well. I've been looking up pictures and started watching the TV adaptation of the book, which is set in some areas in Essex that beautifully depict the marshes. 2mo
Jerdencon I haven‘t been to Essex but I was near where the Loch Ness monster was on a gloomy day - def sets the mood. 2mo
BookwormAHN I haven't been to Essex, but living in Louisiana I think a lake monster/Lake Placid sized alligator is very possible. 2mo
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Cuilin Not been to Essex, yet!! Though have been in many atmospheric coastal locations in Ireland where the mythology leaches into earth. 2mo
BookWrym Not been to Essex or anywhere with a water monster now I feel I need to. @BookwormAHN Lake Placid is one of my favourite films!! 1mo
BookwormAHN @Bookwyrm Mine too! 1mo
PaperbackPirate Funny coincidence: while reading this book I just traced my ancestry back to a man living in Essex in the 1500s so yes I would love to go there! It was already on my to-see list because I‘m a Mary Anning fan. 1mo
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#20in4 #FabulousFebruary update!
I‘ve read 128/251 pages so far with Bombadil‘s help.

I‘m going to make it @Librarybelle and @Andrew65 !#LiteraryCrew #BuddyRead

#DogsOfLitsy #TomBombadil

Jari-chan Aww 🥰😍 2mo
batsy Bombadil is too cute! 🖤 2mo
Librarybelle Hooray! And our pet families help us a lot with reading! ❤️ 2mo
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BookmarkTavern What a sweetheart! 💕 (edited) 2mo
AnnCrystal 💕😍🐶💝. 2mo
Traci1 Aww. I love that little face. ❤️ 2mo
dabbe That face! 🤩🖤🐾🖤🤩 2mo
Gissy 🐶😍❤️❤️❤️ 2mo
Andrew65 Well done 🎉🎉🎉 2mo
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batsy
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I've been meaning to read this for years & I'm glad #LiteraryCrew gave me the push I needed. I greatly enjoyed it. Perry's writing is exquisite; loved her eye for detail & the lush, abundant descriptions of nature. I appreciated the complex characters & how invested I was in how things turned out for them. I loved the chilly beauty of Aldwinter & the strange sense of unease that permeates the book. All of it was right up my street. @Librarybelle

Librarybelle Beautiful review! So glad you were able to join us this month! 2mo
erzascarletbookgasm It‘s been on my shelf for a long time. Glad you enjoyed it! 2mo
Tamra I enjoyed the audio version. 😄 2mo
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batsy @Librarybelle Thank you for the opportunity! It's such a nice feeling to read something I already own 😆 and to find that I really like it. 2mo
batsy @erzascarletbookgasm I hope you like it when you get to it. A slow burn and a moody kind of book, but a good one imo 🙂 2mo
batsy @Tamra Nice! 2mo
Balibee146 This has been waiting and looking gorgeous in my shelves for years also. 2mo
LeahBergen I liked this one, too! 2mo
Centique I really enjoyed this too! And i may have already mentioned that the tv adaptation is worth watching as well 😍 2mo
batsy @Balibee146 It's a pretty book, isnt it 🙂 2mo
batsy @LeahBergen I am looking forward to checking out her other books! 2mo
batsy @Centique Yes, I remember! I'm hoping to be able to watch it. I want to remain in that world a little longer... 2mo
Cathythoughts Great review ❤️ The tv series is good too. 2mo
batsy @Cathythoughts Thank you, Cathy! I'm excited to check out the series 🤩 2mo
Rissreads What a gorgeous cover! 💛💚 2mo
batsy @Rissreads It's very pretty 😍 2mo
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Bluebird
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Soooooo. I tried reading this book a year ago, but I couldn‘t get into it and set it aside. Love the cover, love everything about the book blurb, and enjoy the writing. This book totally seems my cuppa! I picked it up again for #literarycrew read, but after 25% I‘m giving up. #hailthebail. It‘s just not working for me. 🙈

Texreader I really didn‘t like this book. Not at all like what I thought it would be 2mo
Librarybelle Good try, but nothing wrong with no longer reading a book. #somanybookssolittletime 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I‘ve seen lots of similar reviews 🫤 it‘s on my shelf and I‘m in no hurry! 2mo
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tpixie @Bluebird I‘m sadly not enjoying this so far either. I‘ve restarted it 3 times today. I fell in love with the cover and wanted to do the #literarycrew #buddyread but I may bail also. I‘m not good at bailing, though. We will see 🐍💚📗 @Librarybelle 2mo
Hooked_on_books It is an excellent cover! I have this one, but after mixed reviews early on I‘m a bit hesitant to try it. I may go the same way you went! 2mo
tpixie I wish he were the audiobook narrator! https://youtu.be/Hrz43MGvF9M?si=77bwc68AhB7WL2Eb 2mo
tpixie Also he says, “Bear in mind, if you are a good reader, you will discard a book mercilessly if after the first 40 pages or so you haven‘t gotten into it” 2mo
Bluebird @Texreader glad I‘m not alone! 2mo
Bluebird @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Hooked_on_books yes, no need to rush to it, plenty of other books out there! (edited) 2mo
Bluebird @tpixie thanks for the link! He‘s so enthusiastic! The book he describes sounds fabulous—but not what I experienced. I agree with you! I‘d have loved to try it with him as the reader. 2mo
Bluebird @tpixie @Librarybelle i‘m not great at bailing either. I think it‘s because I‘ve read some gems that were slow to start. However I‘m getting better and now consider bailing at about 20% read. Most of my books are long, so 40 pages seems too few. Guess I‘m not ‘a good reader‘ 😂 2mo
tpixie @Bluebird 😂 I did decide to bail this am. I‘m trying not to feel bad about it 💔 2mo
CatLass007 @tpixie You gave it a fair shot. That‘s all anyone can do. You have to know your own mind to be able to bail. 2mo
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He‘s back! @Andrew65 won‘t let anything stop him from getting a Readathon going for us each month! Thank you! 💙

My #20in4 #FabulousFebruary goal is to finish The Essex Serpent just in time to discuss it with the #LiteraryCrew.
I have 251 pages to go and my Bookly app predicts I need 7 hours to do it.

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#LiteraryCrew This is a pick but that‘s partially my way of justifying the Audible credit spent and the time I spent listening to this. The writing, the language, is beautiful! I think the storytelling is a bit weak, with lots of peaks and valleys. This is not her first published book but this was the first released in the US.

Librarybelle Great review! 2mo
tpixie Oh! You finished it!! I saw your earlier post you were struggling. I‘m struggling also. I started three times today. I think I finally made it to chapter 1. 2mo
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CatLass007 @tpixie I finished it, but I had to push myself to do so. If you‘ve had to start it three times today, it sounds like you‘re struggling even more than I did. 2mo
tpixie @CatLass007 💚 I couldn‘t stay focused. I probably need to read the book at the same time as listening to the audio. But oh well 💚 2mo
CatLass007 @tpixie I totally get it. 2mo
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We‘re a little over halfway through the month, so checkin time for this month‘s #LiteraryCrew #BuddyRead !

Any thoughts to share with the group?

Discussion on the 29th!

BookwormAHN My hold just came in, starting it tonight. 2mo
Mollyanna I should be able to start it this week. Looks intriguing. 2mo
rubyslippersreads I‘m behind, but will try to catch up. 2mo
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CatLass007 I‘m somewhere around the 75% mark of being through the book. I ought to finish it today. 2mo
julieclair Can‘t wait to start! I‘ve really been looking forward to reading this. 2mo
Librarybelle @julieclair I have to start my reread of this - I liked it the first time I read it! 2mo
BookwormM I have finished looking forward to discussion 2mo
Jerdencon I started but had a little bit of a hard time getting into it - but am going to give it another shot 2mo
Librarybelle It‘s definitely a slow burn, @Jerdencon ! 2mo
KristiAhlers I love this book. 2mo
batsy I'm going to start soon 🙂 2mo
Librarybelle @KristiAhlers I liked it the first time I read it! 2mo
PaperbackPirate I‘m about 90 pages in. I really like our main character and am looking forward to reading more of her story. 🐍 2mo
tpixie @Librarybelle I‘m behind, but trying to catch up!! 2mo
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A young man walks down by the banks of the Blackwater under the full cold moon.

#FirstLineFridays @ShyBookOwl
#LiteraryCrew #BuddyRead @Librarybelle

With help from Nova!
A young dog walks in front of a book under the warm desert sun. 😂
#DogsOfLitsy

Soubhiville 😆🐶 2mo
Librarybelle Gotta love animal photobombs! 2mo
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I was really excited for this one… gave it seventy pages then threw in the towel. Wasn‘t intrigued by any of the characters or any events that were happening.

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#LiteraryCrew I‘m trying to listen to this as an audiobook. But I‘ve fallen asleep twice. I‘ve finally finished chapter 2. Is anyone else having trouble with this?

Librarybelle It‘s a slow burn novel, so I think it is a bit slow in the beginning. I read it a few years ago and have started my reread of it yet for #LiteraryCrew , but I do remember it being a slow start. 2mo
CatLass007 @Librarybelle Thanks for your insight. I think I just need to make sure I‘m sitting up instead of lying down while I listen.😅 2mo
rubyslippersreads I actually think it might be helping that I watched the TV series first. 2mo
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CatLass007 @Librarybelle @rubyslippersreads I‘m starting to get to know the characters now, which always makes a huge difference to me. 2mo
willaful I think I DNF'd the audio. Going to try in print this time. 2mo
CatLass007 @Librarybelle @rubyslippersreads @willaful Aaand I nodded off again. But it‘s on me because I decided to curl up under the covers with the kitties. I clearly told myself to sit in the chair, but I was disobedient. 2mo
Crazeedi This was a challenge to read, but it comes together. This authors style takes getting used to 2mo
Crazeedi Plus I can't do audio if I'm not moving or busy, I fall asleep every time! Lol 2mo
rubyslippersreads @CatLass007 @Librarybelle Curling up with sleeping kitties is guaranteed to put me right to sleep. 😹 2mo
rubyslippersreads @Crazeedi Me too. In fact, I often use audiobooks to help me sleep. 2mo
CatLass007 There‘s an audiobook called The Weirdies by Michael Buckley and it‘s narrated by Kate Winslet. I play it when I‘m having difficulty falling asleep. I‘ve never heard it all the way through. 2mo
CatLass007 @rubyslippersreads @Crazeedi @Librarybelle @willaful Welp, I have listened to approximately 25% of this book, so I‘m going to keep plugging along. I‘m sitting in my lounge chair with a kitty on my lap. I won‘t be falling asleep here. (edited) 2mo
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Welp, I finished it. I found the writing lovely, but really couldn't find a lot of reason to care about the characters who were, I admit, beautifully drawn.

#ReadMyKindle
#Roll100

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Julsmarshall My opinion was similar. Beautifully written but kind of hard to care about the characters. Loved the cover! 2mo
CBee Awesome job! 😊 2mo
PuddleJumper I'll give that one a miss! 2mo
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Librarybelle Yay! Glad you are joining us! 2mo
IMASLOWREADER been wanting to read it since i loved the series 2mo
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New month, new #LiteraryCrew book!

We‘re diving into this one by Perry…read at your own pace. I‘ll post periodic checkins throughout the month. Discussion questions will be posted on the 29th.

All welcome to join! If you would also like to join see @librarybelle post https://www.litsy.com/web/book/33468/The-Essex-Serpent

Librarybelle Thanks for reposting! 2mo
BookwormM @Librarybelle please tag me for this 😀 2mo
Librarybelle @BookwormM Will do!! 2mo
IMASLOWREADER im in 2mo
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Librarybelle
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New month, new #LiteraryCrew book!

We‘re diving into this one by Perry…read at your own pace. I‘ll post periodic checkins throughout the month. Discussion questions will be posted on the 29th.

All welcome to join! If you would also like to join in this month, just comment below!

AnnR Yay! Already started reading. 🙂🤓 2mo
julieclair So excited for this one! 2mo
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batsy Looking forward 🙂 2mo
willaful I'll give it a try, though I may be over committed this month. 2mo
Mimi28 I had this book out from the library for sooooo long but never read it. I may have it somewhere…??? lol I really want to read it. 😉🩷 2mo
Librarybelle Wonderful, @willaful ! I‘ll tag you this month. I can understand about overcommitting! 2mo
Librarybelle @Mimi28 Hope you get a chance to read it one of these days! 2mo
PaperbackPirate I‘m starting today! 🐍 2mo
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LitsyEvents
The Essex Serpent | Sarah Perry
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Repost for @Librarybelle

February‘s #LiteraryCrew #BuddyRead is The Essex Serpent, a gothic creepy novel…I‘ve read it before and liked it!

Read at your own pace; I‘ll post periodic checkins throughout the month, with discussion questions posted on the 29th.

If you would like to be added to this month‘s tag list, or to the every month tag list, let me know!

Librarybelle Thanks for reposting! 3mo
IMASLOWREADER ohhhh cool its been on my tbr 3mo
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Librarybelle
The Essex Serpent | Sarah Perry
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February‘s #LiteraryCrew #BuddyRead is The Essex Serpent, a gothic creepy novel…I‘ve read it before and liked it!

Read at your own pace; I‘ll post periodic checkins throughout the month, with discussion questions posted on the 29th.

If you would like to be added to this month‘s tag list, or to the every month tag list, let me know!

Cuilin I love this novel. I may join in the discussion even if I don‘t reread it. 3mo
emz711 Alright you've convinced me to tbr. I've always wavered but gothic and creepy is my jam 3mo
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Librarybelle @Cuilin It‘s been years since I read it, so I‘m hoping to reread it. 3mo
Librarybelle Welcome, @emz711 ! 3mo
AnnR Sounds good! I own it, so that makes it much easier to join in. 🙂 3mo
julieclair Yay! I‘m excited to read this! And please put me on the every month tag list, if I‘m not already there. 😉 3mo
Librarybelle @julieclair You‘re on the monthly list! 😁 3mo
tpixie Thanks! I‘ve been in love with this cover forever & it‘s still on my TBR- so February will be a great time to finally! 3mo
rwmg Please add me to the list, though that is usually a guarantee that life will get in the way 3mo
PaperbackPirate I‘m looking forward to it! Thank you! 🐍 3mo
batsy I've had this on my TBR for far too long so I'm hoping to join for February, if it's OK? Nothing like a Litsy challenge to get us going 😆 3mo
Librarybelle @rwmg Welcome! Would you like to be tagged for just this month or be on the yearlong list? 3mo
Librarybelle Of course, @batsy ! I‘ll add you to The Essex Serpent tag list! 3mo
batsy @Librarybelle Thanks! 🙂 3mo
rwmg Just for Feb for now, please, since The Essex Serpent is on my virtual TBR shelf 3mo
Crazeedi @Librarybelle Jess I've read this one too! So I'll join in to this one as well as the January one you're covering!! Whoohoo! 3mo
Librarybelle Will do, @rwmg ! 3mo
rubyslippersreads I‘d like to join and be tagged, please. I just watched the mini-series and was a bit disappointed, so I‘m hoping the book will be better. 3mo
Librarybelle @rubyslippersreads I‘ll add you to the list! 😁 3mo
PurpleyPumpkin If I could be added to the every month tag list, that would be great! While I don‘t get to read every selection, I enjoy keeping up with the discussions. 😉 3mo
kspenmoll Skipping February but will be back! 3mo
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Bookworm54
The Essex Serpent | Sarah Perry
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I really enjoyed this one in April ☺️

#12BooksOf2023

Andrew65 A popular book. 4mo
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i.z.booknook
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Pickpick

Cora Seabournce travels to Essex in her widowhood seeking fossils and a scientific explanation for the local hysteria that a serpent plagues them. This was really well written, the descriptions of the nature and landscapes were beautiful. The characters were all deeply complex and very distinct. The ending was rather open ended and maybe slightly anticlimactic but still enjoyable. There was so much detail that I‘ll think about this one often.

dabbe What a cover! 🤩🤩🤩 7mo
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IMASLOWREADER
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borrowed the book and the audiobook from the library and i am truly enjoying following along especially because the narrator is fantastic…this is one of those times when i saw the series first then just fell in love with the story and wanted to experience the written version— yes i eat pizza with a knife and fork lol 😂 #readinglife #readinggoal #audiophile #weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

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Centique
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Pickpick

Really enjoyed this series (on Apple TV here in NZ). The setting of London and Essex in Victorian era was beautifully portrayed and Claire Danes was fantastic. (Also quite happy to look at Tom for hours 😂) It‘s been a few years since I read the book but the plot was as I remembered. The stand out for me was Frank Dillane as Luke Garrett - god he made every scene he was in so interesting! Must look out for him in future.

Rissreads It sounds really interesting! 11mo
Readergrrl I forgot that this was made into a series. I loved this book! I want to watch right now! 11mo
Centique @Readergrrl I loved the book too! Hope you enjoy it 🙂 11mo
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Centique @Rissreads really good! How are you Nerissa? Hope all is well 💕 11mo
Rissreads I‘m loving my new job! How are you? X 11mo
Cathythoughts I really enjoyed the series too. Yes Tom looks good 😊 11mo
Cathythoughts Claire Danes is brilliant 👍🏻❤️ 11mo
Centique @Rissreads all good! Doing a few little trips this year, still working part time in the family business and running around after the kids like an unpaid Uber driver 😂😂 11mo
Rissreads @Centique I remember those days well! It‘s a shock when it stops, you don‘t know what to do with yourself. 11mo
Centique @Rissreads I have to remind myself of that when I start getting fed up! It‘s another passing stage so enjoy it while it‘s here 💕 11mo
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eeclayton
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Bailedbailed

When cleaning the bathroom seems more appealing than picking up the book, you know it's time to move on.

RaeLovesToRead I also found this one completely meh. Characters felt like wooden stereotypes. 11mo
Ruthiella I wasn‘t a fan of this either. 11mo
bthegood YES!! 😂 11mo
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eeclayton @RaeLovesToRead @Ruthiella thanks for your comments, it's good to know I'm not the only one 🙂 11mo
eeclayton @bthegood Life is too short, right? 😁 11mo
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eeclayton
The Essex Serpent | Sarah Perry
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#wondrouswednesday @Eggs

(1) Colchester
(2) Not really.
(3) Jurassic Park comes to mind, if that counts.

Thanks for the tag @The_Penniless_Author 🙂

Eggs 🦕🩵 🦖 11mo
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Bookworm54
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Pickpick

I just managed to finish my #Roll100 before April was done 😂

I really enjoyed this. Atmospheric, interesting characters, and sciencey. Going to give the show a go now and see how it compares!

Larkken This was one of my April roll100 s, too! But I did not finish it yet 😂 12mo
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REPollock
The Essex Serpent | Sarah Perry
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Pickpick

Loved this creepy tale of sinister beasts and doomed love.

Cathythoughts Lovely pic 👍🏻 12mo
REPollock @Cathythoughts my local florist CSA delivery never disappoints! 12mo
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Bookworm54
The Essex Serpent | Sarah Perry
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It is finally time to knock the Essex serpent off my tbr thanks to #Roll100 April 😂

I look forward to starting this one!

PuddleJumper 🎉🎉 13mo
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Mitch
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I just love the wardrobe they‘ve given Claire Danes! That‘s got to be the best jumper ever! If only I had your skills @julesG

julesG Wow! That's some knitwear. 😍 Can't believe they went all out having this jumper made instead of just sewing one and adding a knit shawl. Definitely need to watch the series. 1y
persephone1408 Look its Tom riddle! 1y
Cathythoughts I really enjoyed this series. I loved the clothes too ♥️ 1y
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Mitch
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Not the most popular of adaptations I know - but I‘ve just seen episode 1 and the landscape is lush and Claire Dane‘s knitwear alone will get be back for episode 2!

AmyG Where is this streaming? I have been meaning to watch this. 1y
Mitch @AmyG we‘ve got it via Apple TV. It‘s good! 1y
Mitch @AmyG we‘ve got it via Apple TV 1y
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julesG I'd watch this for the knitwear. 1y
AmyG I thought it was Apple. My husband needs a new phone so hoping for a year of free AppleTV 🤞🏻 1y
Larkken @julesG same. Gotta love good knitwear! 😂 1y
Mitch @AmyG That‘s how we‘ve just got it! 1y
operagirl Been trying to get through the 3rd ep for several weeks now... 😕 1y
Ruthiella I watch the scene in Devil Wears Prada where Ann Hathaway parades in all her new outfits OVER and OVER. I know where you are coming from. 1y
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Hannah_11
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Pickpick

Nothing better to do on a cold Monday in December 🎄
#pick #theEssexSerpent #christmas #dayoff

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Decalino
The Essex Serpent | Sarah Perry
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Pickpick

Freed from the confines of an abusive marriage, Cora moves to the countryside in search of fossils, and hears of the legendary Essex serpent. Her magnetic presence and flouting of convention make waves in the village as she strikes up an unlikely friendship with the local reverend. I can see why they made a show based on this book--great characters and an intriguing plot.

KristiAhlers I loved this story! 2y
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BookwormAHN
The Essex Serpent | Sarah Perry
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Thank you so much @MittenGirlPeach for the fantastic #FFFS box. I love it! The books are perfect. That tea is my absolute favorite. I already tried the cookie tarts & they are yummy. I can't wait to dive into the popcorn. I love the scrapbook paper & the bookmark is adorable. And I've been really wanting some chimes 😺
Thank you for hosting @Avanders
#FallingForFallSwap

Avanders 🍁🍂♥️🫶🏽 2y
MittenGirlPeach I‘m so glad you like everything! It was a really fun swap to shop for. Enjoy the season! 2y
quietjenn I need to be on the lookout for those tarts - they sound delish! 2y
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Cathythoughts
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I wasn‘t too drawn to the book, but I‘m totally enjoying the TV series. I might not have been drawn to the series either , untill I realized it starred Claire Danes .. of Handmaids Tale. She is such a good actress ❤️

Cathythoughts And the clothes are ♥️ beautiful! 2y
TrishB I could never get into the book either! 2y
Cathythoughts @TrishB The show is really good so far 👍🏻 I‘m on episode 3 or 4. 2y
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swishandflick Good to know! I was so bored with the book but maybe I'll have to give the show a go 👏🏽 2y
LeahBergen Ooo, I must remember to check this one out. I quite enjoyed the book. 2y
Cathythoughts @swishandflick @LeahBergen Oh 🤦🏼‍♀️ it‘s Elizabeth Moss in the Handmaids Tale. Claire Danes was in Homeland .. somehow they remind me of each other 🤷🏼‍♀️ anyway, it‘s very good 👍🏻😁 2y
Tamra There is a show? Need to find! I did enjoy the book, but it is a slow one. 2y
Cathythoughts @Tamra I really enjoyed the show. I hope you find it & id love to know if you think it‘s good 👍🏻❤️ 2y
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catsuit_mango
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A little time on my own. Diving into this blaming it on litsy ;)

Cathythoughts I just started the TV show , it‘s good so far. 2y
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