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Piranesi
Piranesi | Susanna Clarke
The Beautiful Orderliness of the House is what gives us Life. Piranesi has always lived in the House; or, for as long as he can remember. Day after day, Piranesi records in his notebooks with precision and carefulness the House's endless halls, their great and strange statues, the ebb and flow of the tides within its walls. He speaks to the birds; and brings tributes of food and waterlilies to the House's Dead. Once in a while, he sees his friend the Other. But mostly, he is alone. Then messages begin to appear, scratched out in chalk and spelled out in pebbles. A new person has come to the House, and there is something they are trying to tell Piranesi. But another story is unfolding, within the pages of Piranesi's own journal. A story written in his own hand, that he cannot remember writing; a story of a group of strangers, in an unfamiliar world. The Beauty of the House is immeasurable; its Kindness infinite.
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Messiejessie
Piranesi | Susanna Clarke
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A bit of a slow start, I took some time to get into this and get my head around it, but it was ultimately intriguing.

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Sargar114
Piranesi | Susanna Clarke
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I‘d like to thank the internet for not spoiling this one. Most of the (positive) reviews I have read advised best to go in knowing nothing and I absolutely agree! That was part of the appeal to me. The negative reviews I can see, the first two sections were rough, a bit confusing, and felt repetitive. However, if you can get through those you‘re in for a wild, a little sad, but beautiful ride.

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bekakins
Piranesi | Susanna Clarke
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Wonderfully weird… devoured this one! Reminded me of Annihilation in some ways as you are completely immersed in the world with no explanation… also reminded me of Room in some ways… loved it!!

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Sargar114
Piranesi | Susanna Clarke
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Bad News: woke up with a stomach flu on Thanksgiving
Good News: got to read since my husband, parents, and in-laws did the cooking while I rested #silverlining

BookNAround The getting to read part is good but the stomach bug, not so much. Hope you‘re better quickly. 1w
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TH3F4LC0N
Piranesi | Susanna Clarke
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Finally read this book! 😃 Overall I thought it was pretty good, though not nearly as Earthshakingly awesome as everybody else seems to think it is. I admired the narrative voice in which the story was told, although the way the plot develops was...questionable, to say the least. But still, it was a fun book, though not one that I‘ll probably reread anytime soon.

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Nessavamusic
Piranesi | Susanna Clarke
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This is odd and tedious and I‘m not digging it. Sticking to my goal of DNFing books I‘m not enjoying. My first sort of #bookspinbingo as it‘s off my tbr!

TheAromaofBooks I've seen almost universally good reviews for this one, but I also saw almost universally good reviews for her other book, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, and I couldn't stand that book haha 2w
Nessavamusic @TheAromaofBooks I actually kinda liked Jonathan Strange, but I know sooo many people who DNF‘d it 2w
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strangexlonely
Piranesi | Susanna Clarke
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This is very weird but also really awesome and I loved it. Totally not what I expected.

Cathythoughts 💔💔💔I loved it too 2w
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Magpiegem
Piranesi | Susanna Clarke
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Book 28- 2021 Thank you so much to @rockpools for suggesting this book. It was absolutely fantastic. Magical, mysterious, compelling, beautiful... I could go on. I‘m afraid to say too much as this one definitely has to be discovered for itself. I would love to know more about Clarke‘s process in imagining and writing this novel. It is so masterfully done. And to top it off it fulfills my #booked2021 #musicalinstrumentonthecover prompt 😁

Libby1 This will likely end up as my top book of the year. 2w
rockpools I‘m so glad you loved it 🥰- I think this‘ll be one of my top reads of the year. 2w
rockpools @Libby1 Snap 🤣🤣 2w
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Libby1 @rockpools ! You‘re up late, too! 😊 2w
BarbaraBB Great pic! 2w
Cinfhen I‘m so glad you enjoyed this book! It‘s magical 🪄🪅 2w
BarbaraTheBibliophage Cool - quite a few folks used this for this prompt! 🎶 2w
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Anoukeboek
Piranesi | Susanna Clarke
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This book intrigued me a lot. In the beginning I had difficulties with understanding the world, but after a while everything became so logical. I can't say I understand all the methaphors, nor what exactly happened in Piranesi's head, but I grew to care about him. It was interesting to see the backstory unwhirl, before he did himself. I also kinda want to visit the House, but just for a very little while.
Loved it!

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PuddleJumper
Piranesi | Susanna Clarke
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Well this was fucking weird, enjoyable but weird. I'm not sure if I liked it but it was an experience to read it

November #bookspin @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks I keep going back and forth about whether I want to read this one!! I think I may try it eventually. 3w
PuddleJumper @TheAromaofBooks I'm glad I read it, she is a great story teller, but it was still strange 3w
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ChaoticMissAdventures
Piranesi | Susanna Clarke
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Wow. I absolutely loved this. A rich and unusual read. I enjoyed this much more than her first book, probably because the pacing was better here. Clarke has imagined a captivating world and has brought in intriguing with plausible memory loss and unreliable narrator and supporting characters.
This is a fantastic magical realism book. 4.5⭐

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ke1lbe1l
Piranesi | Susanna Clarke
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I was in a bit of a slump, but coming back strong for October with a variety of great reads. Would recommend the left and middle columns; the third column reads were meh. Happy belated Halloween to everyone! ☠️🎃

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Minervasbutler
Piranesi | Susanna Clarke
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More than most, this is a book that depends for its effect on knowing very little about it before you dive in, which makes it a bit of a bugger to review. It's short enough to be read in one or two sittings, though, so that would be my tip. And don't give up in irritated bafflement after a few pages. The Beauty of the House is immeasurable; its Kindness infinite.

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perfectlywinged
Piranesi | Susanna Clarke
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Absolutely could not put down this unique book about a man exploring a mysterious house with an ocean in the center (you can tell there is more to the situation) that was so hopeful.

Suet624 I loved this one so much. 2w
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ChaoticMissAdventures
Piranesi | Susanna Clarke
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#weeklyforecast getting some of that recent backlist read!

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful photo 📚❤️ 1mo
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Booklover2
Piranesi | Susanna Clarke
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Just a lovely, beautiful, calming story with a sweet protagonist. It‘s not about the tidy ending, but the wondering journey through the magical world of the house. Lovely quick read.

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Cazxxx
Piranesi | Susanna Clarke
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Very unpopular opinion incoming! This book bored me stupid. If I‘d been able to take a shot every time the word hall was mentioned I think I‘d have been able to get through it lol. Tedious and repetitive and I never engaged with the story at all. I felt the book was pointless and the main character had no personality, So it‘s a pan from me

Twainy Noooooo LOL I just caved and got it in my October BOTM box due to the rave reviews LOL 2mo
Cazxxx @Twainy I only read it due to the rave reviews but I hated it! I will say that fantasy isn‘t my favourite genre and I may not be the intended audience so you may love it! 2mo
Texreader I hate boring books. Taking it off my tbr. Thanks for saving me the trouble 2mo
Twainy Same, fantasy isn‘t my go-to. Well unless you count grim dark. Well I won‘t rush to read it :) 2mo
Cazxxx @Texreader so disappointing after all the great reviews. I just don‘t get the hype 2mo
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AReedCollett
Piranesi | Susanna Clarke
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Time for the Roger's Public Library Books and Brews bookclub. Can't wait to get everyone's take on this wierd little read.

BkClubCare Beers and Books! 2mo
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CyaneFillion
Piranesi | Susanna Clarke
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This was a really calming and nice book. It's refreshing to have a genuinely nice and innocent protagonist in a book, and the fact that it was a kind of magical mystery with an infinite house made it even better. Highly recommend it, it's short and the flow of the books is very easy. Read it in one sitting.

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ChaoticMissAdventures
Piranesi | Susanna Clarke
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Yoga mats, Mayhem cat, and #black covered books on my #tbr this month.
I am a day late for #photochallenge #scarathlon because work was so busy yesterday!
@Linsy

Riveted_Reader_Melissa I love the ferocious yawn picture! 2mo
ChaoticMissAdventures @Riveted_Reader_Melissa yes. Ferocious. Mayhem is terrified of everything, which is an exhausting life to live 😂 😂 2mo
Linsy Cutest kitty! 🖤 1mo
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nitalibrarian
Piranesi | Susanna Clarke
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What strange lovely book. I was enthralled. Beautifully written. I loved the way Piranesi looked at his world. The book is almost like a labyrinth itself as you try to piece all the story together. 5⭐️ #botm

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BilboBookends
Piranesi | Susanna Clarke
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“In my mind are all the tides, their seasons, their ebbs and their flows.”
“The cover of this book caught my eye at the bookstore and boy am I happy it did. I absolutely loved this book!*

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Nich
Piranesi | Susanna Clarke
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Here's my September Wrap up
I read 6 books this month (one has been passed on so not in photo)

Mexican Gothic - 4⭐
Zoo - 3⭐
Caraval - 4⭐
Blood of Elves - 4⭐
Piranesi - 5⭐💜
Scythe - 4⭐

Picking my book of the month was a tough one this month but Piranesi stands out to me as my favourite of the bunch.I didn't know what to expect going into it but thought it was brilliantly written from the perspective of Piranesi and his journal entries.

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Clare-Dragonfly
Piranesi | Susanna Clarke
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#LittensDressedInBlood – Strange Magic – Piranesi is trapped in a strange, magical house. Of course, he doesn‘t think he‘s trapped. He loves the house.

MidnightBookGirl I really need to make time to get to this book! 2mo
Clare-Dragonfly @MidnightBookGirl It‘s SO good and it flew by! 2mo
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Nich
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"May your paths be safe, your floors unbroken and may the house fill your eyes with beauty."

Cathythoughts 💫💫💫💫💫 2mo
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nichollinlove
Piranesi | Susanna Clarke
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The book was a bit difficult to start but became increasingly engaging pretty early on. I have so many thoughts but will only share a few that won't give anything away. Piranesi is an unreliable narrator and really proves that much at the end. I also think his given name really fits the Imaginary Prisons art, right down to the very end with his last realization at the park. There's just so much to think about.

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nichollinlove This would be an excellent book club read. A lot of interpretation left to the reader. 2mo
Clare-Dragonfly My online (text-only) book club read this and definitely had an interesting discussion! 2mo
nichollinlove @Clare-Dragonfly I can only imagine the discussion! It could really go as deep as your mind will create. 2mo
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Julsmarshall
Piranesi | Susanna Clarke
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Wonderful and weird, this story is ephemeral and atmospheric and quite unlike anything I‘ve ever read. Really fabulous! #BookspinBingo @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks I can't decide whether or not to read this one! I've seen many glowing reviews, but I genuinely hated Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell haha 2mo
Julsmarshall @TheAromaofBooks I haven‘t read Jonathan Strange so I don‘t know how it compares but this one was (for me) weird and wonderful. (edited) 2mo
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Ellen_C
Piranesi | Susanna Clarke
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Amazing fantasy dealing with psychology philosophy. Piranesi lives in a vast world full of hallways, oceans, wildlife and one other person — the Other. The arrival of “16” - a mysterious outsider - threatens the stability of this world. Exciting story, full of tension and brilliance. https://cannonballread.com/2021/09/piranesi-elcicco/

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Tamra
Piranesi | Susanna Clarke
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Why yes, I‘m happy to “buy now with 1-click!” I‘ve been anxiously waiting read this one. 😄

Cathythoughts I look forward to your review… I really loved it 💔 3mo
Tamra @Cathythoughts 👏🏾👏🏾 3mo
Kristin_Reads It won the Women‘s Prize too! 3mo
Tamra @Kristin_Reads yes, I read that! Woot! 3mo
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AnneCecilie
Piranesi | Susanna Clarke
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This year‘s winner of the Women‘s Prize for Fiction.

IuliaC A great book 🤍 3mo
Lindy Yay! I love this book! 🎉 3mo
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squirrelbrain
Piranesi | Susanna Clarke
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A thoroughly deserving winner, in my opinion!

Tamra So anxious to read! 3mo
Megabooks Fantastic!! 3mo
TrishB Great stuff! 3mo
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Oryx Yes, so pleased this won. Was hoping this or the Lockwood (although I only read 4/6 on the shortlist so far). 3mo
squirrelbrain I was hoping for Lockwood too @oryx, but this was a close second for me. 3mo
LeeRHarry Disappointed but that‘s prizes for you 😏 3mo
squirrelbrain Oh no @LeeRHarry - who were you hoping for as the winner? 3mo
LeeRHarry @squirrelbrain Transcendent Kingdom 😊 3mo
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Lesliereadsalot
Piranesi | Susanna Clarke
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Don‘t know how I forgot to review this book! Can‘t even describe the story about a man trapped in a surreal world of floods and statues. It‘s one of my faves.

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TrishB
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squirrelbrain Love her memory of going to the library - I think that is probably whatI thought too! (And I loved Alison Uttley books) 3mo
TrishB @squirrelbrain at least you can have multiple books now 😁 3mo
Oryx @squirrelbrain @TrishB enjoyed this article too. And loved Alison Uttley books 3mo
batsy I enjoyed that article, too! And I adored the Sandman comics—I miss the experience of reading them. 3mo
TrishB @Oryx @batsy it was a good read 👍🏻 3mo
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Julsmarshall
Piranesi | Susanna Clarke
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#BookspinBingo card! I changed a couple of books yesterday based on new books :) @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! Good luck!!! 3mo
EadieB @MariSands You can do a handwritten list too. 3mo
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j9brown
Piranesi | Susanna Clarke
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Loved this 🤗 Loved the setting, the style, all of it. It's a slowly unraveling fantasy mystery, and really unique, I can't think of anything to compare it to.

KatieDid927 🙌🏼 3mo
Cathythoughts So good & so sad too 3mo
Pruzy It‘s on my shelf waiting for me 3mo
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Lissa00
Piranesi | Susanna Clarke
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I really liked this but I just have so many questions. This would be a good book group discussion.

anitanotherbook Same! Agreed. 3mo
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Lissa00
Piranesi | Susanna Clarke
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I REALLY should go to bed but this guy is so comfortable. So, I guess I‘ll keep reading.

rubyslippersreads 😻💤 3mo
Texreader Yes we absolutely cannot disturb the cat!! ❤️🐈‍⬛ 3mo
Liatrek So sweet😻 I can never move my kitty when he is comfy. 3mo
wanderinglynn So sweet! ❤️🐱 3mo
peanutnine Cute! 😻💖 3mo
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vlwelser
Piranesi | Susanna Clarke
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This author has an interesting imagination. There's a labyrinth and missing people. And it all seems ridiculous until you figure it out.

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Avanders
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Reading the tagged book… so weird, to start! But intriguing ☺️

Almost done listening to Penny‘s 4th 🌲🌲🌲

And got these 4 lovelies today — my friend ordered from London, so we got pretty UK editions 😍😍

#bookhaul #ukcovers

ChaoticMissAdventures Why are UK versions always so much prettier? 😍 4mo
LeahBergen What a lovely book haul! 😍 4mo
JaneyWaneyB Amazing book haul and some titles that are on my TBR. Beautiful covers I wouldn't have been able to resist them either 😍 4mo
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AutumnRLS The audio of the Louise Penny books are perfection. I'm on book 10 and started listening at book 4 and I can't imagine going back to text. 4mo
Mrs_B Ohhh they‘re pretty 😍 4mo
BookBosomed1 Love me some Louise Penny. I‘m on book 7. Trying an audio version this time. 4mo
Avanders @ChaoticMissAdventures I don‘t know, but I always agree! 😍 @JaneyWaneyB @LeahBergen @MrsB Right?! 😍🥰😍 @AutumnRLS @BookBosomed1 I really like the audio version! I read the first 3, so this was my first foray into this reader ☺️😄 4mo
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Samary
Piranesi | Susanna Clarke
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Excellent! Couldn‘t put it down through the second half!

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Centique
Piranesi | Susanna Clarke
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This was a delight. Two of my favourite genres are fantasy and mystery and this is a delicious blend of both! Piranesi is writing a journal of his life in The World but the one living inhabitant he shares it with is acting strangely.
I loved trying to figure out where this was going - as I also loved trying to figure out Stuart Turton‘s The 7 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle. This is quite different but you start out just as lost. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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galueth28
Piranesi | Susanna Clarke
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I loved this one. Loved the writing, the atmosphere of the House, all the Statues, the narrator's voice. It does get weird right at the end and I still don't know what to think about that.

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galueth28
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I'm about five pages in and loving it already.

Cathythoughts ❤️💔 5mo
SamAnne Picking this one up from the library today. 5mo
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short_soprano
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easily one of my favorite books of the year, and one of my new favorite books. Piranesi is completely unique & compelling, and I hope we see a lot more from Susanna Clarke. I agree with many others that it‘s best to start reading it blind and let the mystery unfold, so even though I love spoilers and usually promote them, don‘t spoil this story for yourself!

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Samary
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Hey friends! I‘m so excited to announce something that has been in the works for a while now. It‘s my own brand of bookish accessories called Blanket and Page where I sell blankets, socks and bookmarks. Everything a reader needs 🥰
I‘d love you to check it out at www.blanketandpage.com

Avanders Super fun! Now I know where to go when the fall swaps descend …. 😁 Congrats!! 🎉🍾 (edited) 5mo
CaffeineAndCandy ❤️❤️❤️ yay congratulations 🎉 5mo
Samary @Avanders ooh! can‘t wait for fall! Thanks 😊 5mo
Samary @CaffeineAndCandy thank you!! 😍 5mo
Marikalilly So cute !!! 5mo
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HeyT
Piranesi | Susanna Clarke
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I knew this was on the shorter side but I didn‘t expect to devour it in one sitting. I love that it is told entirely in journal entries and you sort of get to piece together the background as it goes on. I loved the world and the way the narrator interacts with it. Now I can finally listen to the latest Sword and Laser episode without ruining the magic of this.

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Layali926
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My top June reads. Mostly fantasy books , which is unusual for me but I enjoyed them a lot!!

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