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White is for Witching
White is for Witching | Helen Oyeyemi
High on the cliffs near Dover, the Silver family is reeling from the loss of Lily, mother of twins Eliot and Miranda, and beloved wife of Luc. Miranda misses her with particular intensity. Their mazy, capricious house belonged to her mothers ancestors, and to Miranda, newly attuned to spirits, newly hungry for chalk, it seems they have never left. Forcing apples to grow in winter, revealing and concealing secret floors, the house is fiercely possessive of young Miranda. Joining voices with her brother and her best friend Ore, it tells her story: haunting in every sense, and a spine-tingling tribute to the power of magic, myth and memory. Miri I conjure you . . . Superbly atmospheric. The dark tones of Poe in her haunting have the elasticity of Haruki Murakamis surreal mental landscapes Independent The kind of prose that creeps off the page, crawls up the spine and burrows deep into the readers paralysed mind Daily Mail White is for Witching should establish Oyeyemi as an ambitious voice in modern macabre; master of the light, lyrical touch and dark, half-hinted suggestion The Times Entrancing TLS Helen Oyeyemi was a literary prodigy. Now, she is ready to make the transition from wunderkind to established author. Remarkable Daily Telegraph
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Reggie
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#21DaysofHorror Day 19. This is one of the best haunted house novels I‘ve ever read. The story is told from different perspectives and one of them happens to be the house itself. We follow Miranda and her twin Eliot and their dad, Luc, as they grieve their mother and wife. They live in a very sinister house that at one point describes its killing of one of the family‘s relatives. It is one of the scariest things I have ever read.

vivastory I've read a few by Oyeyemi and this remains my favorite. Great choice! 1mo
SamanthaMarie I don't like being scared but that cover alone makes me want to stack it 😍🤣 1mo
Reggie @SamanthaMarie lol, Yeah it totally has a Xmas cozy vibe to it, right? 1mo
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Reggie @SamanthaMarie but if you look between the black trees and focus on the white it looks like the outline of a person? The witch, perhaps?!! 1mo
Reggie @vivastory I‘ve only read one other by her and the odyssey I felt she took me on was totally one not expected. 1mo
SamanthaMarie Yes! Not to mention the spooky skulls and photos floating around. Definitely Xmas vibes but very deceitful. 1mo
Bookzombie I definitely need to bump this one up. I haven‘t read anything by Oyeyemi yet. 1mo
Centique I loved this book! Reading it with you was such a great experience. 😍 1mo
Reggie @Bookzombie she totally writes that book a college class can be built around. Luckily for me I had @Centique to talk it all out with🖤❤️🖤. 1mo
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Gissy
White is for Witching | Helen Oyeyemi
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Unpopular opinion here. This one didn‘t work for me😬, at least not at this moment. It was boring in some parts and confusing in others. But I will try it again in the near future to see how it goes. Sometimes a re-read helps me to change my perspective, or opinion about a book. 2.9/3 ⭐️

TheSpineView You can't like everything. 2mo
Gissy @TheSpineView That is true🤗 2mo
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KatieDid927 I totally get why this one isn‘t for everybody. 2mo
Ruthiella Oyeyemi doesn‘t work for me either. I‘ve not read this but have read a couple others from her. 2mo
sharread That's a cute Witchy lady. 🎃🧙 2mo
Andrew65 Oh dear 🙁 2mo
TheAromaofBooks Great progress!!! 2mo
Gissy @sharread Thank you! 2mo
Gissy @Ruthiella Good to know that I‘m not alone in this one, some persons think that something is wrong with you if you don‘t like the book😳☺️But there are books out there for everyone, for every taste🤗 2mo
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KatieDid927
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Really atmospheric and poetic. The narrative flows out in a dreamlike state. It feels like things aren‘t happening while they are kind of happening? I‘m not entirely sure, but I do know it still somehow kept me captivated. I really liked it. This is also my official submission for this week‘s #Screamathon prompt! @4thhouseontheleft

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CoraHirashiki
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Cream will do though.

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KatieDid927
White is for Witching | Helen Oyeyemi
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Thank you so so much Diane @Crazeedi for such a lovely #LittleChristmasSwap! It was a joy to open! The book choices are perfect. I‘ve badly wanted to read both for awhile. And the treat choices are also perfect! A lovely way to wrap up the holiday season. And an extra thank you to @bookish_wookish for hosting!

bookish_wookish What a great swap package! 11mo
Crazeedi Quite welcome! Enjoy💕💕 11mo
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Rockconey
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Slippery, chilling, and worth obsessing over.

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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
White is for Witching | Helen Oyeyemi
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I racked up points for #TeamHarkness this weekend for #Scarathlon2020!

110 points for hours in @DeweysReadathon (I read all 4 books pictured above!)
95 points for books read (mostly non-Halloweeny but a few spooky ones incl. picture books!)
5 points for watching the Buffy season 2 episode Halloween
TOTAL: 210 points

The most points I've got in the #Scarathlon so far. I know it doesn't compare to others but I'm proud! @StayCurious

StayCurious You should be proud! Great job! 13mo
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daisyheadmaesie
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#dogsoflitsy This is our little (big) weirdo, Zora. She‘s majestic only when she needs to be (don‘t tell her I didn‘t pick a majestic shot for this). The rest of the time she‘s flopping backwards on beds for naps and sideways onto people for full body cuddles. She is the best reading buddy!

I want to meet your fur babies 🖤 Tell me about them in the comments, or tag me in a post! :)

BookDragonNotWorm 🥰😍 Gorgeous girl! I have a 14 year old Schnauzer mix who still thinks he's a puppy. 13mo
MsMelissa I have a 6YO miniature schnauzer named Ellie. She is currently on my lap snoozing. She‘s often timid and usually quiet, and sometimes acts more like a cat than a dog 😂 13mo
daisyheadmaesie @BookDragonNotWorm She is! Awwee cute little pooch! 13mo
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daisyheadmaesie @Book_Fiend_Melissa Seems there‘s a little Schnauzer clan over here! Hahaha hopefully she has the independence of a cat, and not the attitude of one 😂 13mo
AnansiGirl Gorgeous gal! We won‘t tell her about her non majestic pose being shared. 🤐 13mo
daisyheadmaesie @AnansiGirl I knew I could trust you guys. 😉 13mo
Freespirit Gorgeous pup💕 13mo
Scochrane26 I have a cat named Griffin. He‘s handsome, part Siamese. Sometimes he‘s in my Litsy pics. 13mo
daisyheadmaesie @Freespirit Zora thanks you! 13mo
daisyheadmaesie @Scochrane26 Going to stalk your page right meow! 13mo
TrishB Gorgeous 💜 13mo
tpixie Hi! Saw your post on Goodreads! Pretty puppy. We have 2 little dogs these days! 🎃 📚 🐶 🐶 🎃 13mo
MicheleinPhilly Check out this tag. I‘ve taken it over. 😉 13mo
daisyheadmaesie @TrishB She is quite the stunner— and she uses it to her advantage. 😂 13mo
daisyheadmaesie @tpixie Hey, thanks for coming to find me! How cute. :) Do they get along? 13mo
daisyheadmaesie @MicheleinPhilly I seriously can‘t hande it!!! HIS NAME IS PICKLE 😩😩♥️♥️ 13mo
KendallHershey Cutie!! 13mo
daisyheadmaesie @KendallHershey Sometimes it physically hurts to look at her she‘s so damn cute. 😭😂 13mo
BookNAround I have a 10 year old miniature schnauzer, aka couch ornament, named Gatsby, a white and grey scaredy cat named Ozzie, and a one-eyed black and white anti-social cat named Sammy. Both Gatsby and Ozzie make appearances on my Litsy feed. Sammy almost never does because, well, anti-social. 13mo
daisyheadmaesie @BookNAround Never a dull moment in your household, I‘m sure! I‘ll be looking out for Gatsby and Ozzie in your upcoming posts. :) 13mo
DinoMom What a cutie! My boxer lays the same way! 13mo
daisyheadmaesie @DinoMom It‘s the perma belly rub position! 😂 13mo
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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
White is for Witching | Helen Oyeyemi
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Finished my first #Readathon book! Melancholy and spooky. I felt like the whole reading experience had me teetering on the edge of discomfort. The house in this book isn't so much haunted as it is alive. It's a monstrous character who keeps the Silver women for itself. It also *is* the women. There's also a delightful amount of queerness and interrogation of the UK's racist and anti-immigrant/refugee ideologies, plus Oyeyemi's beautiful writing.

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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
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Full sunshine streaming in through the window while I'm almost done #Readathon @DeweysReadathon hour 2 ☀️

I was starting to wonder if the reports of queer content in this book were wrong, but ...

"The first kiss with Cat might have been in a public place -- at the cinema, I think. It's hard to say because I was so scared that it felt as if we were kissing in front of everyone every time." ?

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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
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#Readathon time! Technically it started at 5am on the west coast but I can't get up that early, even for my beloved reading. But 7am is still pretty good! It's just starting to get a teensy bit light here. I'm starting with White is For Witching, my current read. Then I've got a stack of shorter books to choose from for the rest of the day. Happy reading fellow readathoners! @DeweysReadathon

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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
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"Suryaz and Deme would each need a talisman, an object that smelt lovely, or that felt kind to the hand; such things are little suitcases to put sad feelings in so that they can go away by themselves."

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mollyrotondo
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⭐️⭐️⭐️ So I liked this book better than this author‘s latest book Gingerbread. It was way sadder than I expected but the ending was pretty spooky. I think the eating disorder problem was the scariest part for me. If you‘re looking for sad scary then I recommend. If you‘re looking for Halloween scary this one doesn‘t hit that note. This was my #bookspinbingo No. 6 and it was on my #screamathon list.

TheAromaofBooks Great progress!!! 14mo
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Kayla8
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

2020 Reading Challenge
14. A Book with a Color in the Title

It‘s not so much that the house is haunted as much as it is alive...

•An altogether eerie and unsettling atmosphere (Hello, Poe).
•Prose so poetic it borders on lyrical.
•Bewitched from page one.

Helen Oyeyemi knows that ghost stories aren‘t just for kids.

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ImperfectCJ
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Based on this book and Gingerbread, I think Helen Oyoyemi would be very interesting to talk to about food. There's a lot here about nurturing someone vs consuming them and how fear can turn a place of protection and safety into a prison. It's also possible there's an allegory for systemic racism and/or isolationism, but I'll have to mull it over some more.

+16 #scarathlon2020 #teamharkness #screamathon @StayCurious @4thhouseontheleft

4thhouseontheleft Great review! 1y
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ImperfectCJ
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Mid-morning snack. I've discovered that, either because I'm in my 40s now or because of the anxiety caused by 2020, my body needs a little more attention than I usually give it. So this morning was a 12-mile bike ride with my spouse followed by stretching, meditation, and now a little reading and a snack that is not inspired by the main character's preferences.

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ImperfectCJ
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"Miranda Silver is in Dover, in the ground beneath her mother's house."

#FirstLineFridays @ShyBookOwl

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JessTedrick
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Pros: the writing is gorgeous and unsettling
Cons: each character‘s POV has them living a different version of the same story but none ever seem to come together at the end. It feels unfinished on every account.

I really did enjoy it but I just wanted it to go deeper than it did.

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JessTedrick
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Trying to digest this book. Finished it last night and stayed up thinking about it. I‘m not positive how I feel.
My main wish right now is that it had been more of a story of Ore finding her Soucouyant. I think for me, that was the most interesting part of this story.

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Centique
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@Reggie this quote!! White people (me incl) think everybody is living in the “same house” having the same experience - oblivious to POC experience, who in this house are always in serving positions etc. House is full of dead white ppl - Lily‘s inheritance is both property and generations of bitterness. Property/privilege comes with the hatred attached!😨 Really thought provoking. And I think Miri must be responsible for stoning Tijana‘s cousin.

Reggie What a deep dive!!! I spent hours in a funk over this book because I really couldn‘t process it all together. I knew Oyeyemi was black. But then I found out her parents were Nigerian immigrants who came to the U.K. And then I thought how angry this book was. How this was her saying, This is how you treat us!!!! And your comments like this make me want to go reread this because I missed a lot. This is a really great point, Paula! I think it was👇🏼 1y
Reggie Anna who was haunting the immigrants because Eliot shows the picture of Miranda to Tijana and the cousin, he says, no it‘s not that girl, it looks like her but it‘s not her. I just really thought that her hate of all the “outsiders” was so strong combined with the house allowed her to manifest herself outside the property. 1y
Reggie One of the most scariest things I read in this book is what the house does to Jennifer. Combined with the memory Miranda has that Lily gets so angry about saying it never happened. The one where the grandmother is in her room and spreads blood all over her face from fingers that look like they‘ve been chewed on. *shivers* 1y
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Centique @Reggie yes! And then when Ore finds that the real Miri is inside Anna. It‘s like Anna and the house are one and they‘re consuming Miri and she‘s trying to fight back. I really wanted to know if they found her body in that trap door room. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 1y
Centique @Reggie and yes to that too! Jennifer wandering through the house forever. This would make a great movie. 1y
Reggie And despite all this I really thought there was lovely moments in here with the family. Like the whole bird story in Eliot‘s pocket. Or when they‘re reading in their father‘s room while he watches tv. 1y
Reggie Yes, and that the house or whoever‘s skin that was was a soucouyant. I was shouting at Ore to rub the skin with salt and pepper. 1y
Reggie Yes, I would go watch it! 1y
Centique @Reggie I totally agree. Part of me really wanted a happy ending for them - but that would have been the stereotype Oyeyemi was turning upside down. So glad Ore got out of there! 1y
Reggie P.s. Eliot never went to Africa right? Cause he has those photos of Miranda from that bridge while she‘s at school. 1y
Centique @Reggie yeah I think so. And his girlfriend chopped her hair like Miri‘s cos she knew he was obsessed with her. 1y
Reggie Omg!!!! I didn‘t even think of that!! But it makes so much sense. I really need to stop ploughing through books and sit in them a bit. 1y
Reggie Thank you for giving me the bookclub experience on this book I never would have gotten by myself, Paula! ❤️😘 1y
Centique @Reggie 😘 I only thought about the hair cutting after I started talking to you about the book! Much better discussing books with you than my IRL book club (they just discuss the wine they‘re drinking 😂) 1y
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Centique
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This disturbing tale of a haunted house and a twin suffering an eating disorder stutters and jumps between 3 POVs - the twin brother, the college girlfriend and the house itself. The effect is to leave you unsure of what is real, much like the people in the house. It can be confusing - I had to reread sections to be sure of who was speaking - but Oyeyemi writes like a poet, with more emphasis on sound and imagery than on creating clear lines. ⬇️

Centique If this book was a movie it would definitely be an arthouse movie! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Important themes around racism in here but that would give away the plot so I‘ll talk about it under a spoiler tag below. (edited) 1y
Centique There is an important thread in the book on the way that racism poisons the very structures around this white family and while “protecting” them (which ends up withering them and turning them monstrous) it is toxic to anyone non-white. @Reggie I have to go back now and reread what those little girls said when they left the house! 1y
vivastory Oyeyemi is one of the few writers I feel compelled to automatically reread, her work is so layered and smart 1y
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readordierachel I adored this book. And I love your take that she "writes like a poet." Probably why I lived it so much! 1y
readordierachel *loved 1y
Centique @readordierachel this book is also sticking with me which is a sign that it impacted more than I knew at the time and I probably need to up my rating from 4 to 5 stars 😍 1y
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Reggie
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At first I thought, what does all this racism and xenophobia have to do with this book about a haunted house. But after watching Francina Simone‘s video on Being Black. I have to say this is a book about racism dressed as a haunted house story. This is also Oyeyemi‘s rejection of the white princess “everything has to turn out ok for her” myth. This is about how hate will sour your house and will ruin futures. The oppression in here! Pick!!!👇🏼

Reggie Since the protests, I have been watching a lot of Black booktube videos because even though I feel like I‘m a certain type of person it is not enough. Francina Simone‘s video is some next level talk about the white supremacy that lives in ALL of us. If you‘re interested here‘s the link. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=PQU3ahStRNM (edited) 1y
ValerieAndBooks Litsy caused me to stack this a long time ago. Think it‘s time to get my hands on a copy sooner rather than later! 1y
Rissreads Thanks for the link. I will watch it tonight. 1y
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vivastory This is simultaneously one of my favorite horror novels AND one of my favorite books about racism I've ever read. Horror as a genre seems especially well suited to tackle this issue. 1y
vivastory Also, how fng talented is she?! She already has several great works under her belt and she's only 35!! 1y
Reggie @vivastory one of her first books was bought by a publishing house when she was still in her teens!!!! And yeah, racism makes it easy to paint the monster that it is in horror. This is my first book of hers but it definitely wants to make me read more of her. 1y
Centique Just finished this @Reggie and man it was unsettling and disturbing in the best way. Oyeyemi‘s prose is so close to poetry at times. Your review really helped me tie the racism and the haunting together too - thanks! 😍 1y
Centique I‘m excited to find out what you think of Boy Snow Bird. I feel I need to reread it because I‘m realising there‘s a lot to unpack with Oyeyemi 🙌 1y
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Reggie
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Barely on page 10 and I have no idea what‘s going on except that I love the writing. The personification of words- like “please” is a kid in someone‘s mouth acting like a petulant child saying,”I don‘t wanna!!” Which for the word please itself is hilarious. And the impatient words on the bottom are a group of people who had been trapped in an elevator. Lol @Centique #WIFWBuddyRead

Billypar When I started reading Oyeyemi last year, she vaulted into my inner circle of favorite authors. That feeling of being pleasantly disoriented is one of the reasons I like her. You understand more as you proceed, but never too much so that it ruins the magical quality. 1y
Josee.lit.a.lu.et.lira O! My kind of love for wordplay 🥰 1y
readordierachel Yay! I loved this one. So glad you're enjoying it! 1y
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Reggie @Josee.a.lu.lit.et.lira Good to know there are others!😁 1y
Reggie @Billypar @readordierachel it‘s funny. I can read romance and don‘t feel bad about reading sex scenes but there are times I‘m reading about Eliot and Miri and Lily or with their dad and I feel like I‘m watching an extremely private family moment I have no business being a part of. Did ya‘ll ever feel that way? Still loving all that is Oyemi. -Reggie 1y
Billypar I think I know what you mean, though my memory is so poor for specific examples of anything I read over a month ago, lol. But one thing I admire about Oyeyemi's work is she can capture the essence of a small, intimate moment beautifully, even though none of her work would be classified as realism. It exists between realism and fantasy without feeling like either mode is compromised. 1y
readordierachel Yeah, I can see that. It's a very intimate book. I really need to read more of her. 1y
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Reggie
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Today I got my WIFW book and was gonna start it but then I noticed a strong smell of cinnamon and/or mint and thought how funny that someone might be trying to bewitching me into this book. Turns out there was liquid damage. So getting a replacement. Side note- watched my favorite Twilight Zone this week. Jess Belle who is so sick for the love of Billy Ben she bargains with a witch but doesn‘t realize the cost. Happy Friday night, Littens!

batsy I love that idea of being bewitched into the book 😆 2y
Reggie Honestly, @batsy if they had made it smell like a greasy hamburger and fries, I never would have put it down. Lol 2y
BarbaraBB It‘d be a great marketing tool 😀 2y
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Christine REGGIE!!!! Yay, so happy you‘re back!! Not that I‘ve been on here much lately, either, but I was worried about you and missing your presence!! Hope all is well with you. ❤️ 2y
Reggie @Christine Hey, how are you? How are you and the fam doing? I‘m doing well despite the not reading for a while. My dad has been online helping all his students out, trying to keep them learning so I think a lot about all of you who are teachers. 2y
Christine Hey Reggie! The fam and I are well, and lucky to be able to work and learn from home comfortably. My reading life has been 👎, though! How are you?? 2y
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AlizaApp
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Generations of a family are subject to the whims of a malevolent house. It‘s not that it‘s haunted as much as alive. When Miranda is in trouble, her brother Eliot tries to help but is not affected by the house the same way the women in the family are.

readordierachel Loved this one! 2y
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FantasyChick
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Last week's #bookreport and my upcoming #WeeklyForecast

The only book I actually started from last week is tagged. At least I kept to one on the list, right? 🤷‍♀️ #moodreader

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Linsy I loved White is for Witching! It took me a bit in parts to get through it, but was totally worth it. 2y
FantasyChick @Linsy I'm about half way through it right now and it's slowly starting to come together for me but still definitely confusing in spots! 😂 I'm going to keep on with it though because I'm weirdly still enjoying it a lot 2y
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FantasyChick
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A little late night reading

About half way through this one and still not too sure about it. It's interesting but a strange and confusing read so far....

#WIHM

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FantasyChick
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Tentative #FebTBR

It's Women in Horror Month and I've decided to participate in the #lohfreadathon over on IG so I'm filling my month with some great authors of the genre. Ok, so I already started The Other People, but I'm not done so it counts 😂

I'm also doing a #MistbornBuddyRead starting this month and I'm thrilled to finally get to this one!

Not sure what else I'll read but I'm hoping to finish all these at least 😊

HeyT I keep meaning to read the second book in the Mistborn trilogy but always seem to get distracted. I loved Mistborn though. 2y
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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
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I'm not feeling in the mood for my current library book, so I thought I'd try one of the books I already own. Any votes for which one I should try? From L to R:
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
White is for Witching by Helen Oyeyemi
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
Kushiel's Dart by Jacqueline Carey

Louise It so much depends on your mood! The Goldfinch is brilliant. The Night Circus creates a magical atmosphere. 2y
CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian @Louise I'm having trouble deciding what mood I'm in actually! Thanks for the notes. 2y
Jolynne I vote for White is for Witching only because I have not read it. 2y
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Viji I loved The Goldfinch! 2y
LauraJ Night Circus 🎪 2y
Prairiegirl_reading The Night Circus is very atmospheric but the pace is slow. I gave up but so many people love it! If I were you I‘d go with Kushiel‘s Dart. 2y
CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian Decided to go with The Goldfinch. Thanks for the thoughts everyone! 2y
AlaMich Kushiel‘s Dart is great, as is Night Circus. 2y
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readordierachel
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Yes, yes, yes. I loved this. I didn't always have my bearings, a bit like standing on the deck of a ship, something always shifting beneath my feet. Don't expect clear answers or a tidy resolution. Do expect eeriness and atmosphere, unsettling imagery and intriguing characters, and a commentary on racism and xenophobia skillfully woven through it all. 5 ⭐ (Now I'm off to read everything else Oyeyemi has written 👋🏼)

readordierachel Thanks @billypar for selling this to me with your review a couple weeks back! 2y
monalyisha Everything I‘ve ever read by Oyeyemi has given me that unmoored feeling. Bravo for feeling comfortable with it (I‘m still working on it)! 2y
LauraJ I feel like I‘m under a spell when I read her books. 🖤 2y
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readordierachel @monalyisha "unmoored" is a perfect word! Fortunately, I really enjoy that feeling. Drop me in the ocean and let me dog paddle in the general direction of the shore and I'm happy ? 2y
readordierachel @LauraJ Lovely way to describe it 🧡 Do you have a favorite of hers? 2y
monalyisha @readordierachel I definitely enjoy a degree of ambiguity, but she‘s like, NEXT LEVEL. 😅 2y
LauraJ @readordierachel probably the first book I read by her 2y
Aimeesue ❤️❤️❤️OYEYEMI!!!❤️❤️❤️ I loooooooove her stuff. (edited) 2y
readordierachel @Aimeesue Can't wait to read more of her work 🧡 2y
Tanisha_A Super review! Stacked! 👏 2y
readordierachel @Tanisha_A I hope you like it as much as I did! 2y
Billypar Glad you liked it! She's my top author discovery of the year. I'm thrilled that she's already written so many and, even though nothing is certain, she may write so many more based on how young she is. 2y
readordierachel @Billypar Yes, it's so nice when that happens! I can't believe she was just 19 when she published her first novel. Hope she does indeed write many more 🤞🏼 2y
Reggie Holy wow, what a great review!! I‘ve seen it around but always wondered. 2y
readordierachel @Reggie Thanks, Reggie! It was one of those books that just really clicked for me. I hope her other ones do too. 2y
Centique I love your description of “shifting beneath my feet” Beautiful review! 2y
readordierachel @Centique Thank you! 😊 2y
rohit-sawant Terrific review! 2y
readordierachel @rohit-sawant Thanks! 😊 2y
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AlizaApp
White is for Witching | Helen Oyeyemi
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Thank you so much @BethM for this amazing #basicwitchswap package! I am so excited about these books and for a very cool looking new tarot deck! Very excited for some witchy fall reading (and eating) 🧙‍♀️🖤

@sprainedbrain @Meaw_catlady

Meaw_catlady Ooh lovely !! Happy Halloween ! 🖤🖤🖤 2y
BethM I‘m so glad you like it! 2y
sprainedbrain What a great collection of gifts! 🖤 2y
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Eyelit
White is for Witching | Helen Oyeyemi
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So excited to open my #basicwitchswap box from @PatriciaU today 🥰

I LOVE everything!! That card is so pretty, the mug is funtastic, fab book choices, and all the rest is just so great! Thank you so much, Patricia! 😘

(The cats also love their treats, I appreciate you thinking of them 😻)

Also thanks to @sprainedbrain & @Meaw_catlady for organizing all the witchy goodness

Meaw_catlady Oh how lovely!! Bless Samhain ! 🖤🖤🖤 2y
PatriciaU Glad you like everything!!! (edited) 2y
sprainedbrain Wonderful gifts! Happy Halloween! 🎃 2y
monalyisha Love that composition notebook! 2y
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readordierachel
White is for Witching | Helen Oyeyemi
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#libraryhaul because I just couldn't help myself

vivastory The tagged book is 👌 2y
Christine Nor should you! ❤️ 2y
readordierachel @vivastory Oh good! I'm looking forward to it. 2y
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merelybookish Good choices! I have the World Does not Require you out from the library too! 2y
readordierachel @merelybookish Nice! Great minds 😊 2y
charl08 Great range there. 2y
readordierachel @charl08 Thanks. It's nice to have a variety for mood reading. 2y
charl08 Yes - I am grateful my library permits 20 books for that v reason. 2y
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Billypar
White is for Witching | Helen Oyeyemi
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Beware if you enter Oyeyemi's world. Not all who choose to stay at this eerie bed and breakfast with the Silver's will be scared. If you've read this author before, you'll already know this isn't really a horror novel all the time- she's got about 5 pots of thematic stews boiling at any point. But if you're like me and ideas and images are what scare you, then come in, make yourself comfortable. Don't worry about the whispers. And have an apple 🍎

batsy Nice review! You've already made me a bit nervous. No apple for me, thanks 😅 2y
Billypar @batsy Thanks! And, yeah, probably wise to decline 😁 2y
vivastory What a stellar review. I loved this one. I really need to read more Oyeyemi. 2y
Billypar @vivastory Thanks! I just started reading her this year, this one and Mr. Fox. I usually pace myself and read a single author gradually, but I think I'm going to make an exception and just keep buying and reading her stuff until I'm caught up. 2y
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Mogoeg
White is for Witching | Helen Oyeyemi
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A lot of horror freaks me out, so I'm not much for #screamathon - but tor.com published a piece called 'Horror Recommendations for All Tolerance Levels' so I thought I might dip my toe into the spooky atmospheric end of the pool just a bit in honor of the Halloween season!

https://www.tor.com/2019/10/01/horror-recommendations-for-all-tolerance-levels/c...

vivastory Interesting list. Thanks for posting! Just FYI some of the recommendations are a bit off (ie Library at Mount char is definitely not a low tolerance read. It's very disturbing) 2y
cjk I concur with @vivastory about The Library at Mount Char- some of the scenes are very graphic. 2y
Mogoeg Thanks @ckj and @vivastory - she has an Elizabeth Hand novel somewhere in the middle and I once read one of her books at a guesthouse when there was nothing else around - this was 15 years ago and I‘m still scarred. I will proceed with caution! 2y
4thhouseontheleft #Screamathon is for all reading types! I only have one horror book on my pile, the rest are mild ghost stories, one cozy Halloween book, and a few witchy fantasy novels. 2y
Billypar Even though I'm in the high tolerance camp, the tagged book is on my list. I'm not in it for the scare factor as much as I just discovered Oyeyemi this year and think she's amazing. And the Shirley Jackson one is also coming up because it seems to be one of the most beloved books on Litsy I haven't read! Great article- love the concept of horror for all 👹 🙈 2y
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Billypar
White is for Witching | Helen Oyeyemi
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#7covers7days Day 1

Thanks @merelybookish for the tag!

@tournevis not sure if you've already been tagged, but if you want to play, it's 7 covers in 7 days, no explanations needed, & tag someone new each day.

Leftcoastzen Pretty! 2y
merelybookish Her books always have beautiful covers! But this one is so striking! 2y
Billypar @merelybookish I have it slated for an October read, and the cover is making me extra excited for it, in spite of the popular advice ☺️ 2y
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BeckyLeJ
White is for Witching | Helen Oyeyemi
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Another quiet morning brought to you by a tiny sleeping in 😁

I‘m not sure what I‘ll be reading over the holiday weekend but it‘ll be dark and creepy for sure!

This one has been in my plans for a very long time. Haunted house books are a favorite of mine and this one gets across the board great reviews!

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DimeryRene
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Why do people go to these places, these places that are not for them? It must be that they believe in their night vision. They believe themselves able to draw images up out of the dark. But black wells only yield black water.

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DimeryRene
White is for Witching | Helen Oyeyemi
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Pickpick

I‘ve never read a more interesting book structurally. My mind was given a workout.

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Squidapus
White is for Witching | Helen Oyeyemi
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Pickpick

This book is difficult. Oyeyemi is a very subtle writer, almost falling into obtuse sometimes and her books don't follow standard literary flows. So Squidapus is unsure if he got everything that this book was doing. As usual her language is absolutely incredible and the atmosphere in the book is unnerving and stressful. Be careful; if you read this book and think it's about a haunted house and not racism/trauma/mental health/family, read closer

Squidapus Seriously, it's hard to sum up anything with this book. At times it can be too vague for a feeling to hit/idea to land but it still creates something absolutely unique and with a lot to say 2y
Billypar Tell Squidapus that I read my first Oyeyemi recently (tagged) and I loved it so much that I picked up White is For Witching. Looking forward to digging into some weighty and complex fantasy, filled with hidden meanings. 2y
Squidapus @Billypar Ha ha awesome! Mr. Fox might actually be his favorite but Boy, Snow, Bird is still pretty up there. Not sure about this one yet, need to let it marinate a little! 2y
Billypar That's a good feeling sometimes. I've already vowed to read all her work on the strength of Mr. Fox- maybe a hefty commitment based on how many she has already and how young she is 🤔 2y
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Billypar
White is for Witching | Helen Oyeyemi
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#BewitchedBotheredandBewildered #MayMovieMagic
I'm about to post a gushing review of my first Oyeyemi and after I finished it I immediately added more of hers to my TBR.
You could say I was *bewitched* by her magical style, *bothered* that I don't have more of her books on my shelf, and *bewildered* that I haven't read her before now.
@rohit-sawant @Cinfhen

Aimeesue She‘s one of my faves. Boy, Snow, Bird is my favorite of hers, I think. Or Mister Fox. Or Gingerbread. Scratch that, they‘re all good. 3y
Billypar @Aimeesue I read Mister Fox: I didn't want it to end. I could have gone back to the beginning and started over- not something I usually feel, even with books I like. 3y
Cinfhen I wish I could appreciate her uniqueness more but her books just don‘t work well for me. I do have and will try soon 3y
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Billypar @Cinfhen I don't know how her others compare to Mr. Fox, but I could see how if you weren't on board with the overall style, it would be a little frustrating. 3y
Aimeesue @Cinfhen @Billypar I love her style, but I can see why some don't. Warning, though: Gingerbread is probably the most Oyeyemi of all there's a loose plot, but you'll probably be lost a lot of the time - not a whole lot of sensible coherence. 3y
Cinfhen I‘m a little worried @Aimeesue 😬 3y
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AnneCecilie
White is for Witching | Helen Oyeyemi
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Mehso-so

In this novel we meet the twins Miranda (Miri) and Eliot, and their dad and grandmother. The story is told in first person, and since that would switch through the novel I had problems with knowing who was telling the story when. This made it hard for me to connect with the characters and the writing style.

Aimeesue Beautiful cover, though! (edited) 3y
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AnneCecilie
White is for Witching | Helen Oyeyemi
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I guess we all know this feeling.

akckitty Yep, I'm currently there lol 3y
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AnneCecilie
White is for Witching | Helen Oyeyemi
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A reference to Buffy. Buffy 💜💜💜

Weaponxgirl Love buffy! 3y
juliegumdrop Love a Buffy reference! 3y
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AnneCecilie
White is for Witching | Helen Oyeyemi
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I most confess that I haven‘t been given this much thought, but I love literary references in books

It‘s been too long since I read “Wuthering Heights” and I‘ve only watched the TV series of “Vanity Fair”, so I don‘t know if I agree with the conclusion here.

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AnneCecilie
White is for Witching | Helen Oyeyemi
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Decided to put “Swan Song” on hold for now and try this one instead.

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reema
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Pickpick

I‘m in love with this book. Oyeyemi has an almost poetical way with words that‘s enchanting and I was riveted.

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stephothebesto
White is for Witching | Helen Oyeyemi
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Panpan

This one wasn't for me, but I definitely want to read more of Oyeyemi. Her writing is lyrical and there are some lines that really stand out. But this book was too ambiguous for me, the kind that makes me feel like, am I too dumb to understand this abstract symbolism? Or is it just maddeningly vague? Read it if you like: fractured narratives, lyrical writing, creepy settings, and feeling adrift in hints.

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stephothebesto
White is for Witching | Helen Oyeyemi
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My first book by Helen Oyeyemi. A challenging read so far, but I'm into it.

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Linsy
White is for Witching | Helen Oyeyemi
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My heart is in my throat and I don‘t know what to do. All I know is that I love Helen Oyeyemi! Full stop. 💀

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