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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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TheAliceEvers
Piranesi | Susanna Clarke
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This is one of my favourite books that I‘ve read recently! Brilliantly innovative and the world building is exquisite. I truly felt like I was in the grand halls and seeing the ocean and the statues, I didn‘t want the story to end. I‘ve also read some reviews of people finding the descriptions too much and Piranesi‘s constant documentation tedious but I love that kind of ordered confusion. I wish I could read it for the first time again! Recommend

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JessVanW
Piranesi | Susanna Clarke
Mehso-so

I‘m just not sure about this book.
The first 100 pages or so were quite difficult to get in to, description heavy with not much actual plot. Towards the end I did start to enjoy it, however it‘s not a book I will read again. I didn‘t get much from it.

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Jenofur
Piranesi | Susanna Clarke
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I adored this book. I devoured it when first came out a couple years ago…the images it created , the exquisite storytelling and oh! The waves, the waves! It is one of those small but mighty books-It has stayed w me as a movie would- image upon image, senses all alight.
I recently discovered the work of artist Pablo Genoves and his Dystopia series (a few pictured above) instantly called to mind the wet, decaying labyrinth of Piranesi‘s house.
🖤

TrishB Great match with the pics. 2w
batsy I love this book so much. Thanks for sharing those images—perfect match. 2w
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JuniperWilde
Piranesi | Susanna Clarke
Bailedbailed

I couldn‘t settle into this one. Could be that I‘m also knee deep in research for my thesis paper. Anyway, it‘s back on my TBR pile and I‘ve picked up Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus instead.

ozma.of.oz Good luck on your thesis! 🍀 3w
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JuniperWilde
Piranesi | Susanna Clarke
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up next 📖

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jenniferw88
Piranesi | Susanna Clarke
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#ukkindledeal would work for #booked2023 prompt 17 - chosen because of weird review or book was more weird than expected.

@Cinfhen @alisiakae @BarbaraTheBibliophage

Cinfhen Yup!!! And it‘s such a GREAT PRICE!!! 4w
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Astroneman
Piranesi | Susanna Clarke
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Mehso-so
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Writeme
Piranesi | Susanna Clarke
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Really enjoyed this quirky, imaginative story of a man who is the only inhabitant of a strange world consisting of an infinite house filled with oceans and tides and statues. He is content, until he realizes that he has an entire past he can‘t remember, and was once part of an entirely different world. Interesting and well written. Highly recommend.

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AllDebooks
Piranesi | Susanna Clarke
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#alphabetgame #letterP

@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Such an amazing book by Susanna Clarke, also wrote my J pick Jonathon Strange and Mr Norrell

Also The Princess Bride, Persuasion and Pride and Prejudice. For my fellow #pemberlittens

batsy I loved Piranesi. A book that continues to linger in my mind 💕 4mo
AllDebooks @batsy it really is a haunting story isn't it? I think it's going to be one of those that reveals more layers and meaning the more you reread it too 4mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thank you for playing!! 4mo
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rachaich
Piranesi | Susanna Clarke
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Goodness, how to review...
Just full of beauty, thought and other worldliness. With plenty to contemplate.

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Nebklvr
Piranesi | Susanna Clarke
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Mehso-so

The writing was simply beautiful but the story….glory, the story…..was so very strange.

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TracyReadsBooks
Piranesi | Susanna Clarke
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Mehso-so

Undoubtedly an #unpopularopinion but I didn‘t love this book. I think…maybe…I liked it but it never really came together for me in ways it obviously did for many readers. A man stuck in a labyrinthine house regularly flooded by an ocean contained within its walls is a great premise with a fantastic setting. Ultimately, however, while quirky and well-written, the story didn‘t live up to its promise. Likely a me not the book problem. Just ok.

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TracyReadsBooks
Piranesi | Susanna Clarke
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Next…

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Nebklvr
Piranesi | Susanna Clarke
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Giving this one a try.

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rachaich
Piranesi | Susanna Clarke
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Well, no idea what to expect from this book, although I vaguely recall hearing some of it on radio 4 some time ago.

Bookwomble I thought it was amazing - hope you like it 😊 4mo
CBee Better to go in blind on this one - I loved it! Hope you do too! 4mo
shanaqui I find it magical -- hope you enjoy! 4mo
Palimpsest I love this book so much. 4mo
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Kimberlone
Piranesi | Susanna Clarke
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Final results of my July #BookSpinBingo. I finished both of my #BookSpin and #DoubleSpin, but did not get any bingos. Still slowly working through my #BOTM backlog!

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! Fantastic month!!! 4mo
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Bookworm54
Piranesi | Susanna Clarke
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By finishing Piranesi, I have got my first #BookSpinBingo line in my memory (maybe I got one before but it will have been a loooooong time ago!)
Yay me! 😂

7 books this month:
•From Brick and Darkness (FairytaleReadingChallenge)
•A Monster Calls (Bookspin)
•The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (Roll100)
•Dangerous Liaisons (FoodAndLit)
•Dragon Bound (Previous Bookspin)
•Piranesi
•And Why We Sleep (Previous Doublespin started in June)

PuddleJumper Nicely done! 4mo
Julsmarshall Woohoo! 4mo
TheAromaofBooks Yay bingo!!! 4mo
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Bookworm54
Piranesi | Susanna Clarke
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“The beauty of the House is immeasurable; it‘s Kindness infinite”

Piranesi lives a seemingly simple life in the house. Recording the tides, the halls, and the statues, and surviving on the food and warmth the House provides. Piranesi knows of 15 humans. 13 are dead, one is the other, and one is him. But the possible arrival of 16 shows that maybe there is more going on than Piranesi remembers.

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Kimberlone
Piranesi | Susanna Clarke
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I don‘t think I have any new words to describe this book that haven‘t already been written, but this is truly a unique novel.

Piranesi (who doesn‘t believe that is his name) spends his days exploring and documenting the infinite halls, alcoves, and statues that populate the House he lives in. Slowly, the reader is drawn into the mystery of his surroundings and the truth about who he is and how he got there.

5 ⭐️ read!

DimeryRene This has been on my list for so long! 4mo
Kimberlone @DimeryRene I‘ve also had it on my shelf forever 4mo
Bookwomble I'm glad you liked it - I think it's a wonderful book 😊 4mo
batsy It's so special and memorable 💜 4mo
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Kimberlone
Piranesi | Susanna Clarke
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It‘s finally happening…

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Kimberlone
Piranesi | Susanna Clarke
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Super late posting, but I did actually prepare this much earlier in the month. Majority of boxes are still #BOTM backlog titles, with free spaces to be used for library borrows.

#Bookspin is Piranesi (finally going to prioritize reading this one!) and #Doublespin is A Visit From the Goon Squad (I started reading this like a decade ago and never finished it, trying to read it now so I can get to The Candy House after).

Bookwomble I loved Piranesi. I'll be interested to see your thoughts on it 😊 4mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Looks great!!! 4mo
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IselaKay
Piranesi | Susanna Clarke
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I really enjoyed this unique story. The pace at which it all begins to make sense was great and the ending left me satisfied—though I‘m still left trying to analyze the wider message if there is one. I feel like I got a lot from this story, yet, it‘s hard to explain.
Definitely see for yourself!

Great, great read.

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brittanythebookdragon
Piranesi | Susanna Clarke
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I was absolutely drawn in and questioning what was going on for the majority of the book. I loved Piranesi. I thought shit was terrifying.

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JGadz11
Piranesi | Susanna Clarke
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This book was a lovely surprise✨

britt_brooke This is sitting on my shelf patiently waiting. One day! 5mo
JGadz11 @britt_brooke it‘s really unique; I‘ve never read anything like it! You could definitely finish it in one sitting💖 5mo
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Hazel2019
Piranesi | Susanna Clarke
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Another great book! Much of it is about solitude, about pure and simple feelings and intentions, and about the other(s) - other people, other feelings, other places… there is some palpable uneasiness throughout majority of this novel, but that must go with the themes.

I say dive in and experience all of it for yourself…

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MommyWantsToReadHerBook
Piranesi | Susanna Clarke
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I'm late to the party as usual, but absolutely loved this beautiful book! ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

BarbaraJean I‘m late to commenting on your review but I absolutely loved this one, too. 💜 3mo
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Robotswithpersonality
Piranesi | Susanna Clarke
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Fascinating premise. Inventive but, alas, frustrating rather than compelling for the first 2/3rds! The style of first person storytelling wherein the narrator has limited knowledge and the reader can tell they're being manipulated by another character - not a comfy reading experience for me! I'm also not big on stories told entirely in journal entries, feels restrictive. Liked random capitalization, timeless language, unmoored from 21st century.

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Robotswithpersonality
Piranesi | Susanna Clarke
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"I tried putting 'your enemy' but this seemed unnecessarily confrontational. I considered 'the one who will never submit to being driven mad by you' but that was rather long (and not a little pompous)."

How to sign a letter: a DILEMMA. ?

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Robotswithpersonality
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"They were all enamoured with the idea of progress and believed that whatever was new must be superior to what was old. AS IF MERIT WAS A FUNCTION OF CHRONOLOGY!"

☝?☝?☝?

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Robotswithpersonality
Piranesi | Susanna Clarke
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New fave word: 'bouncible'.

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Robotswithpersonality
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Bird Brain: ??

"Birds are not difficult to understand. Their behaviour tells me what they are thinking. Generally it runs along the lines of: Is this food? Is this? What about this? This might be food. I am almost certain that this is. Or occasionally: It is raining. I do not like it.
While ample for a brief neighbourly exchange, such remarks do not suggest a broad or deep intelligence."

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Bookgirl
Piranesi | Susanna Clarke
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Got this book from the library as I love dark academia and it was on one of those “best of” lists for that genre. An interesting choice for that list but I can clearly see why it was included. This is a unique story and one that initially will leave you asking “what the heck am I reading.” However, it quickly begins revealing itself, bit by bit. A fascinating read. Worth your time if you like fantasy and, yes, dark academia. #puremichigan

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Smarkies
Piranesi | Susanna Clarke
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Slim book which weaves in mystery and magical realism. I was absolutely drawn into the story when the labyrinths were introduced. However, I found my interest lagging slightly as we approached the halfway point of the book. It seemed to drag a little. The end really pivoted - I definitely did not think it was heading that way.
A soft pick for me (partially due to all the hype as well I think).

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MarshmallowAdventures
Piranesi | Susanna Clarke
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A uniquely captivating read and a marvel of world building, not a page passes by without the plot slowly creeping in like the tides. The ending was satisfying without feeling as though it were grasping for a happy ending.

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RegineReads
Piranesi | Susanna Clarke
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What an adventure! Almost dream-like, the mystery winds itself to a sharp peak, and then climbs down back into reality. I found myself unsure in the beginning, and then riveted all the way to the end. I fell in love with Piranesi even as he frustrated me, and I feared the halls even as I wanted to know more and more about them. I'm sad the journey is over.

BkClubCare Triumph 6mo
RegineReads @BkClubCare 😁💪🏾 6mo
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RegineReads
Piranesi | Susanna Clarke

"Perhaps that is what it is like being with other people. Perhaps even people you like and admire immensely can make you see the World in ways you would rather not."

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RegineReads
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I do not trust "the Other". I didn't from when he had access to technology, clothes, food, and vitamins that made no sense to the image of the house Piranesi's experiences have painted. But this man really just said he met 16, but that 16 didn't know the way to where they are and ensnared himself in a lie and just... left? Excuse me sir? Also don't get me started on the memory lapse conversation they had before this ?...

emz711 it's such a slow burn in a small book. enjoy! 6mo
RegineReads @emz711 it really is quite the slow burn! I'm enjoying it a lot, and trying to take my time with it - I want to know so badly so many things, but it's so small I don't want the mystery to end 🤣. 6mo
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Bookish_Gal
Piranesi | Susanna Clarke
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Mehso-so

I don‘t think I really got this book. Yeah, the halls were described as beautiful, I‘d love to visit. But it felt lol for me, only picking up in mystery of what the hall really is till halfway through. I felt lost. Feel like I missed the point of the book, being hidden in this hidden world. To many unstable unknowns for me too soon in the plot for me. Although, I always went back to reading it. Couldn‘t ”stop” all together

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Pruzy
Piranesi | Susanna Clarke
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It is what it is

BarbaraBB Haha! 6mo
LeahBergen 🤣🤣 6mo
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RegineReads
Piranesi | Susanna Clarke
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💠 Tagged! And a smattering of other books
💠 E-Book - love my Kindle Paperwhite, great for chronic illness, but miss physical library trips!
💠 So far Piranesi gets a 3/5. I'm struggling to follow the descriptions at times, I wish there was a map or drawing of the general shape of things. The questions I have, though! I'm so intrigued.
💠 I do when on my kindle! Digitally marking up is easy😊

Tagging anyone ☺️!

Creds: @MoonWitch94 🙌🏾

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RegineReads
Piranesi | Susanna Clarke
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I'm never reading one book at a time! This is the newest acquisition from the library in my growing list. The only challenge is juggling them all so I can finish reading before they're due back 😅. Anyway, I'm very excited for this one; it sounds like quite the adventure!

shanaqui It's a really fascinating book! It's quite short, too, so you don't need to rush it too much. 7mo
RegineReads @shanaqui Oh, lovely! Thanks for the heads up 😊🙌🏾 7mo
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Rissreads
Piranesi | Susanna Clarke
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What a fascinating book this was! I loved the world that was created. A house so beautiful and atmospheric, full of wonder. Of different floors filled with different things. The ocean and tides, birds, clouds and marble statues. Is this house real or in Piranesi‘s head? A story of both fantasy and mystery. This book was a breath of fresh air! ♥️

LeeRHarry Really?! 🤪 7mo
Rissreads @LeeRHarry obviously you didn‘t think so! 🤣 7mo
MrsMalaprop Need to read the copy you bought me. 7mo
Centique I really enjoyed this too! A curly twisty one 😍 6mo
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Patchshank
Piranesi | Susanna Clarke
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Mehso-so

I really liked it at first. Then it got meh...
It was interesting enough though. I wouldn't call it boring.

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maich
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@jenniferw88 thank you for the #SpeculativeSpringSwap #SSS package. I love bookmarks and notebook. Chocolate is my favourite and books are from my wishlist. So you really surprise me. It was the best gift I opened today. It is my BDay and I opened a few packages😆
Thank you again Jennifer💕💕

@Avanders

#BDay #surprise #gifts #bookexchange #litsyfun

jenniferw88 Glad you liked it & Happy Birthday! 8mo
jenniferw88 Oh, and everything from the battered envelope is there! 8mo
maich @jenniferw88 Thanks sweetie💕 I'm glad that everything arrived. Never before received damaged package so I'm not sure how this happened. 8mo
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Chrissyreadit Happy Birthday! 8mo
squirrelbrain How nice that you get to open a swap package on your birthday! It all looks lovely 💕 8mo
maich @squirrelbrain Thank you. It was lovely💕❤ 7mo
maich @Chrissyreadit Thank you❤ 7mo
Avanders 😍😍🔮🧬🦠 7mo
Avanders And happy birthday!! 🎂🎊🎈 7mo
maich @Avanders Thank you. Happy birthday to you too🎂🎉🥂 7mo
Avanders Thank you! 💝 7mo
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emmalouise1
Piranesi | Susanna Clarke
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What an absolutely gorgeous book from the first page to the last . This isn't something I would normally pick up but I feel so much better that I did . This book stole my heart and will be the book I recommend to everyone this year . 5 stars and my book of the year so far 🥰

Palimpsest ❤️loved this too! 8mo
emmalouise1 @Palimpsest so beautifully written ❤ 8mo
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KinaReads
Piranesi | Susanna Clarke
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🌊 april book club pick 🌊🌙

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Kangaj1
Piranesi | Susanna Clarke
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March part 2. The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye was my favorite, but most were 4 stars. Hidden Pictures made me mad.

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Kangaj1
Piranesi | Susanna Clarke
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Here's my April list for #bookspin #doublespin #bookspinbingo @thearomaofbooks

I've already started the tagged book and may finish before EOM. I'm doing a multi-month buddy read of All the Young Dudes, so I'm trying to clear other books from the list so I can dig into that one.

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 8mo
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BarbaraJean
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This was the first book I read in 2022, and it was a wonderful way to start off my reading year. Piranesi is mysterious and a bit melancholy, its twists and turns mirrored by the fantastical labyrinth of the House and its ebb and flow of tides. I loved piecing together Piranesi‘s past and the mystery of the House. Such a lovely read.

Leftcoastzen Love your bookish pillow! 9mo
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