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The Historian
The Historian | Elizabeth Kostova
To you, perceptive reader, I bequeath my history....Late one night, exploring her father's library, a young woman finds an ancient book and a cache of yellowing letters. The letters are all addressed to "My dear and unfortunate successor," and they plunge her into a world she never dreamed of-a labyrinth where the secrets of her father's past and her mother's mysterious fate connect to an inconceivable evil hidden in the depths of history.The letters provide links to one of the darkest powers that humanity has ever known-and to a centuries-long quest to find the source of that darkness and wipe it out. It is a quest for the truth about Vlad the Impaler, the medieval ruler whose barbarous reign formed the basis of the legend of Dracula. Generations of historians have risked their reputations, their sanity, and even their lives to learn the truth about Vlad the Impaler and Dracula. Now one young woman must decide whether to take up this quest herself-to follow her father in a hunt that nearly brought him to ruin years ago, when he was a vibrant young scholar and her mother was still alive. What does the legend of Vlad the Impaler have to do with the modern world? Is it possible that the Dracula of myth truly existed-and that he has lived on, century after century, pursuing his own unknowable ends? The answers to these questions cross time and borders, as first the father and then the daughter search for clues, from dusty Ivy League libraries to Istanbul, Budapest, and the depths of Eastern Europe. In city after city, in monasteries and archives, in letters and in secret conversations, the horrible truth emerges about Vlad the Impaler's dark reign-and about a time-defying pact that may have kept his awful work alive down through the ages.Parsing obscure signs and hidden texts, reading codes worked into the fabric of medieval monastic traditions-and evading the unknown adversaries who will go to any lengths to conceal and protect Vlad's ancient powers-one woman comes ever closer to the secret of her own past and a confrontation with the very definition of evil. Elizabeth Kostova's debut novel is an adventure of monumental proportions, a relentless tale that blends fact and fantasy, history and the present, with an assurance that is almost unbearably suspenseful-and utterly unforgettable.
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MoonWitch94
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Just signed up for this one! Now I need to start planning out my #2020 books! Can‘t wait! Visit @Librarybelle & @BarbaraBB pages for the details! #ReadingEurope2020

BarbaraBB Thanks for sharing! Looking forward to it and your choices! 💕 5d
Librarybelle So happy you‘re joining us! 4d
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jb72
The Historian | Elizabeth Kostova
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#gratefulreads #over500pages

I generally don‘t look at page count or length, but I must say some of my favorite books have been long involved stories that I wished would never end.

The Historian
The Name of the Rose
It
Jane Eyre
The Book Thief

Kaila-ann Loved The Historian ❤️ 2w
OriginalCyn620 🙌🏻📚❤️ 2w
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QuietlyLaura
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I went with this fascinating historical thriller about Dracula for #Over500Pages It‘s intriguing how the author wove stories within stories within letters. One of my favorite books.
#GratefulReads
@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @OriginalCyn620

OriginalCyn620 📚🙌🏻🖤 2w
Nute I love this book! It will always be one of my favorite stories. 4d
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Ddzmini
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Well almost but I kept reading 😖🤷‍♀️

vivastory Such a great book! 3w
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MumWhoLovesToRead
The Historian | Elizabeth Kostova
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Absolutely brilliant book totally recommend this to anyone who loves historical fiction and vampires :)

CoffeeNBooks Welcome to Litsy! 📚 3w
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Scochrane26
The Historian | Elizabeth Kostova
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#thriller obv makes me think of the song, but the tagged book was also a thriller for me. #chillingphotochallenge
Every yr, my city does a Thriller parade. I have a few friends who have participated but don‘t think any this time. People dress as zombies, & the video is re-enacted, along with other floats & a band. It‘s a huge crowd, last time I went, they had hired 3 people to be Michael because of so many zombies. @Clwojick #scarathlon

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Branwen
The Historian | Elizabeth Kostova
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Favorite book + Favorite time of the year = Pure bliss! 🍁📚💕 It is gorgeous here today, so I couldn't resist taking my book to the park for some outside reading!

LauraJ Nice picture! 1mo
Lynnsoprano Love the picture and the book! 1mo
Branwen @LauraJ @Lynnsoprano Thank you! 😊💕 1mo
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Branwen
The Historian | Elizabeth Kostova
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Not only is this my #favoritefallread but it's one of my favorite books EVER! It's spooky, historical, compelling, mysterious, and such a slow burn that it feels like melting caramel. 😍 Plus it takes you to such beautiful places, like Oxford, Budapest, Istanbul, Bucharest, and Paris. It's a dreamy, intriguing sort of a book and I love it so much! Plus, you know ... vampires! 🦇👿💕

#fallisbooked @OriginalCyn620 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Liatrek I really need to bump this up on my TBR list 😊 nice review 1mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Great description ❤️🖤 1mo
LeeRHarry I loved this one too, I read it ages ago and I still remember it 😊 1mo
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kspenmoll Wonderful review! 1mo
OriginalCyn620 👌🏻📚🍁🍂 1mo
Branwen @OriginalCyn620 @kspenmoll @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Liatrek Thank you so much! 😊💕 @LeeRHarry It definitely is a book that stays with you! 1mo
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QuietlyLaura
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1. The Historian would make for a nice, long read.
2. Socks most of the time and especially in shoes. My feet can‘t handle shoes without socks!
3. I don‘t know. Mount Rushmore? The St. Louis Arch?
4. There are too many! Seafood. Nasty, squirmy little things!
5. No.
#friYayintro @howjessreads

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vivastory
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If your favorite part of Indiana Jones, & similar movies, is the research into musty & forgotten archives & libraries all over the world then you will love Kostova's book. Like Dan Simmons' The Terror, this reads more like historical fiction tinged with horror elements than a horror novel. This book is an original, erudite & clever take on the vampire legend. I adored it & will definitely reread it at some point.

Tianarose Loved this one! 1mo
vivastory Side note: Bottom right photo is of James Barber. A Connecticut farmer who died 200 years ago. Suspected of being a vampire his body was disinterred & dismembered. He was only recently identified through tests. 1mo
rachaich This was ace! 1mo
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Texreader Excellent review of an excellent book. I‘ve reread it many times. 1mo
batsy I've been meaning to read this for many, many years! Glad that you enjoyed it so much. I'm looking forward to tackling it at some point. And your side note!!! 1mo
Hufflepuffle I feel like I want to read this immediately after reading your review! 1mo
avgeyer Stacked- I'm intrigued!! 1mo
Scochrane26 Love this book. I don‘t read horror books, so I guess this is the closest I‘ve gotten to the genre. A friend recommended it a few yrs ago. 1mo
TalecArashi @vivastory I recently read an article about the American vampire scare! That was nuts, I don't think I'd ever heard about it before (despite growing up in the northeast) 1mo
readordierachel Great review. I am so sold! 1mo
vivastory @readordierachel I hope you like it. It's a bit long, but I really enjoyed it 1mo
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vivastory
The Historian | Elizabeth Kostova
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The beginning of my current book memorably begins with the narrator recalling a trip taken with her diplomat father into the melancholy Slovenian countryside, surrounded by #AutumnLeaves
@4thhouseontheleft
#screamathonphotochallenge

Nebklvr This book is so atmospheric 1mo
Hooked_on_books One of my all-time faves! 1mo
4thhouseontheleft Great pick! 🍂🍁 1mo
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MoonWitch94 It‘s so good. I have yet to finish it, BUT, I love it. 1mo
Scochrane26 Love this book! 1mo
readordierachel Oh, I like this. 1mo
Texreader One of the best books ever 1mo
sprainedbrain I adore that book! 🥰 1mo
youneverarrived Wow that really takes you there. I‘ve wanted to read this for ages. 1mo
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Aloisi_tribe
The Historian | Elizabeth Kostova
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One of my very favorite #vampire novels.

#chillingphotochallenge @Clwojick

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vivastory
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1) Count of Monte Cristo, The Secret History & the tagged. I know I will love them & they will become new personal favorites, but I keep delaying them for some reason. Although I am planning on definitely reading Kostova's before Halloween. (Hopefully...)
2) The Inferno & Gilgamesh in different translations.
3) I have no idea. I use Amazon for my TBR & I have my books separated by genre. I should switch to Goodreads.
4) Killer Across the Table.👇

vivastory 4 stars. 3 for the actual book & 1 for excitement factor for Mind Hunter season 2. 3mo
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Scochrane26 I loved the Historian, you should def get to it around Halloween. I never have tried to tackle count of monte cristo, it‘s so long. 3mo
LeahBergen I‘m thinking you‘ll heartily enjoy both TCOMC and The Secret History. 👍🏻 3mo
flying_monkeys I also picked The Count and like you I know I‘ll love it but I just keep postponing it. 🙃 3mo
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cewilf
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Crazy busy this week, but a quick check in! Skating was amazing today (there‘s a video in my insta stories!) and with one skate before school starts, I‘m thrilled with my progress. Also 100 pages left of this book, and I‘m so interested to see how it ends!! #bfcr3 #goteam @tjwill @Megabooks @bromeliad @Tineke @Emilymdxn @cobwebmoth @KathyWheeler @TheEllieMo @guinsgirlreads

cobwebmoth Hooray for a great skating day! 3mo
KathyWheeler I loved this book. Hooray for good skating! 3mo
TheEllieMo Great to hear you had a good skating day. And your cat ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️😻😻!! 3mo
Megabooks Saw it!! Amazing!! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 3mo
bromeliad Yay! And that book is amazing. Great job!! 3mo
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cewilf
The Historian | Elizabeth Kostova
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Reading at the rink between sessions. Started this yesterday and couldn‘t put it down. I‘m hoping to finish it over the weekend, even though it‘s pretty long! Didn‘t skate great for the first hour, but I‘m going to try and regroup for the next one with my coach 💪 #bfcr3 #goteam @tjwill @Megabooks @bromeliad @Tineke @Emilymdxn @cobwebmoth @KathyWheeler @TheEllieMo @guinsgirlreads

Louise What kind of skating do you practice? 3mo
cobwebmoth You can do it! 3mo
cewilf @louise I compete both as an adult singles figure skater and on an adult synchronized skating team! 3mo
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Louise Wow! That‘s impressive! Good luck! 🍀 3mo
Megabooks Awesome!! 👍🏻👍🏻 3mo
bromeliad You got this!! 3mo
tjwill I liked that book! Good luck with training! 3mo
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RamblingRedhead84
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I absolutely loved this book. Filled with intrigue and mystery, exploration, history and tragedy. Suspenseful and 3 stories from 3 different time periods all intermingle. It will leave you feeling spooked, especially if reading at night. As The Historian takes you thru the times of Vlad the Impaler to near present day and back again, you will also begin to wonder...is it possible?

Glaeken I have this in my TBR 😍❤️ 4mo
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MoonWitch94
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Dog Sitting for these two lovely ladies (Caymus & Willa) while attempting to read. Every time I pick up the book, Willa decides she needs attention. I adore these two pups & always love spending time with them when their humans are busy. #dogsoflitsy #thehistorian #caymus&willa

Chrissyreadit The furniture looks incredibly comfy. I may be in love with the chairs in the background. 6mo
MoonWitch94 @Chrissyreadit the couch is THE most comfortable couch 🛋 I‘m obsessed with it. The chairs are pretty but not really comfy. 6mo
Chrissyreadit I love that the dogs match the color scheme. 6mo
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Bianca
The Historian | Elizabeth Kostova
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I don't re-read books, but, the other night, in an effort to focus my brain on something for long enough to fall asleep, I borrowed this on Libby and am 18% in. (I need to acquire a paper copy.)

Re-reading is fantastic, especially when you're about to start a major next phase in your life (LSAT prep course). 😂

wanderinglynn Good luck on the LSAT. 🍀 And if you need any insight or have any questions about law school, hit me up. It‘s been a few years since I graduated, but the legal world doesn‘t change that much. 😉 6mo
Bianca @wanderinglynn I'm sure I'll have questions! Thank you! 6mo
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EmilieGR
The Historian | Elizabeth Kostova
Mehso-so

It was just ok

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laceyannea
The Historian | Elizabeth Kostova
Mehso-so

The Dracula lore in this book was really fun and well researched. However, there were many parts of the story that dragged on or were repetitive, and seemed unnecessary.

This is heavily history based, so I wouldn't recommend it to someone looking just for a vampire book. It is very long and focuses a lot on the history and research endeavors of the main characters.

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MoonWitch94
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Kaila-ann Read this one many years ago but it‘s one of my favorites. 7mo
MoonWitch94 @Kaila-ann This is my 3rd attempt. I‘m hoping I finish it this time. 7mo
Kaila-ann @MoonWitch94 it‘s definitely heavy. It‘s one of those books that I am proud that I finished lol. I wasn‘t sure that I would like it but by the time I got to the end, it had become a favorite. 7mo
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hermyknee
The Historian | Elizabeth Kostova
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“It was good to walk into a library again; it smelled like #home.“

#quotsymay19 #lizdoesquotsy

JoScho 🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼 7mo
Crazeedi ❤❤❤ this quote and loved the book its from! 7mo
Craftylikefox 💕🖤💕 7mo
Mdargusch So true! 😁 7mo
gradcat Yaaasss! ♥️ 7mo
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JessNevertheless
The Historian | Elizabeth Kostova
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Wish I brought a hard copy to work today to make the most of this rooftop sunshine but this audiobook will have to suffice. 🎧🌿

Cathythoughts Nice rooftop 👍🏻💕 7mo
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HEL85
The Historian | Elizabeth Kostova
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Some tea and my book before bed

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Pamdelions
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Pickpick

I couldn't put it down! I was completely engrossed in the story, and I was sorry it had to end.
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#dracula #vampire #vampires #horror #mystery #historical

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Natetheworld
The Historian | Elizabeth Kostova
Mehso-so

“The Historian” is a grand quest set in modern times focused on redefining the legend of Dracula.

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HEL85
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Night time reading. Anybody read this book? Have any thoughts? Im enjoying it so far.

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Blueberry
The Historian | Elizabeth Kostova
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Pickpick

This was a very good story. It could have been 50 pages shorter. Fewer narrators would have made it easier follow. 4 of 5 stars.

CouronneDhiver Yikes! Creepy cover 9mo
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ReadosaurusText
The Historian | Elizabeth Kostova
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Mini TBR pile. 📚🤓📚

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Blueberry
The Historian | Elizabeth Kostova
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I tried listening to some of this on audio to multitask but switched back when I realized it was abridged. That happened recently with another book also. A lot of searching later I found where it said so.

Swe_Eva Why do they do that? I‘ve never understood abridgements. 🤔 9mo
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Blueberry
The Historian | Elizabeth Kostova
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No work today!!

Swe_Eva *envious* 9mo
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Blueberry
The Historian | Elizabeth Kostova
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Reading The Historian during a power outage. Creepy.

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Blueberry
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Currently reading. This might take awhile, it's pretty big.

JaneyWaneyB I love this book, hope you enjoy it. Once you're hooked it won't feel like a big book and you'll reread - this story has a habit of staying with you 🤓 10mo
sprainedbrain Such a great book! 😍 10mo
Slajaunie I got half way through and had to stop. I will try again on audiobook. 10mo
Ddzmini Great book 📖 10mo
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Bookish2
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My current listen. I love this book, it‘s deliciously creepy.
📚🐉

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Parisbookworm
The Historian | Elizabeth Kostova
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I would recommend this, however, it does have a slow start. #thehistorian

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VJ425
The Historian | Elizabeth Kostova
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One of my favorite books. I liked it more for the history and the characters' travels through Europe than the horror.

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librarygoddess619
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Panpan

This has potential but was just about 400 pages too long. I couldn't finish it. I don't mind long books, but this one was taking too long to get to the meat of the story. The writing isn't horrible, just drawn out.

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JaneyWaneyB
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Day 7 of #adventrecommends @emilyrose_x

The Historian is a wonderful tale of folklore, libaries, secret nations, detective mysteries, love & loss. The story starts with Paul telling his daughter about the hunt for Vlad Tepes or Count Dracula & how he met her mother and leads to the daughter's own hunt for the truth. I've read this book a few times & found something new every time. A must for those who love history, folklore & mystery

Texreader I love this book too and have read it a number of times and expect to read it more in the future. Love your review 11mo
JaneyWaneyB Thank you @Texreader it is an amazing book and like you I know I'll read it again and recommend it again and again 11mo
TrishB Loved this too 💕 11mo
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JaneyWaneyB @TrishB have you read any of her other books? I have The Swan Thieves on my Kindle but another one I haven't started yet 😳😊 11mo
TrishB I‘ve read The Swan Thieves - it wasn‘t The Historian but I still enjoyed it. 11mo
Andrew65 I loved this too! 😍 I need to read more of her books but not dine so yet. @TrishB 11mo
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Jazz2
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Quite literally could not put this book down. An amazing spin off of Dracula in the late 20th century.

sprainedbrain Oh, I loved this book so much! ❤️ 11mo
Texreader One of my top ten books. It‘s a fantastic read 11mo
jillannjohn This is one of my favs of all time! ❤️ 11mo
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jillrhudy
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My October Reads!

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Sweettartlaura
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Mehso-so

Started really strong, but eventually there was a lot of melodrama. And the structure - story within story within story - was a little too much after a while.
I did enjoy the audiobook with a full cast.

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Sweettartlaura
The Historian | Elizabeth Kostova
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Adding this in to my spooky reads - thanks for the rec, @Texreader 🙂

Andrew65 Loved this. 13mo
ferskner I love this book so much! 13mo
sprainedbrain Such a great book! I read it this time last year, and it was the perfect time. 😃 13mo
ladym30 This book was excellent! 13mo
Sweettartlaura @Andrew65 @ferskner @sprainedbrain @ladym30 I completely agree. I‘m about an hour into it, & I could just turn out the world and listen all day 😍 13mo
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jillrhudy
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WHY does it have to be over? 600+ pp is not enough! Everything that should be dull is in this book and I was captivated. An ultra-pick! #historicalfiction #horror #magic #vampires #OctoberPutASpellOnYou #vampirelibrarians 🧛‍♂️🧛‍♀️ 📚

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SheReadsAndWrites
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Sabrina and I feel it's a good day to curl up and read. 🤓🐶

Megabooks She‘s beautiful! I love Harlequins 😍😍 13mo
SheReadsAndWrites Thank you!!! @Megabooks We are so madly in love with her. 💖 13mo
JennyM So beautiful - I‘d want to curl up and read with her everyday 13mo
SheReadsAndWrites Right? @JennyM I have her and a weenie dog that love to snuggle. Best reading buddies ever. ❤️🐶🐶 13mo
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Andrew65
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I loved this book. ❤️😍 A truly wonderful Read.
#dracula #🧛‍♂️ #ReadingResolutions

Crazeedi Yes!!!!!😍 13mo
Andrew65 @Crazeedi Glad I am not alone on this, I felt it was a special book. Really need to try another of her books. 13mo
CoverToCoverGirl It‘s waiting patiently, on my TBR shelf, for me to get to it. (edited) 13mo
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Andrew65 @CoverToCoverGirl Enjoy when you do. 👍 13mo
Hooked_on_books I love it, too!! 13mo
Andrew65 @Hooked_on_books It‘s great when you see others like the books you love. 👍 13mo
SheReadsAndWrites I just started this! Hoping it doesn't scare me too much. 🙈 13mo
TheReadingMermaid Great book!!! 13mo
Branwen I love this book sooooo much! I'm glad you love it too! 😀 13mo
sprainedbrain Such a great book!! 13mo
BookNerd9906 One of my all time favorites. ❤️❤️❤️ 13mo
PacingTheCage I read this a few years ago and really enjoyed it! 13mo
Andrew65 @SheReadsAndWrites @TheReadingMermaid @Branwen @sprainedbrain @BookNerd9906 @dltpacngthecage A load of Litsy love for this book. I have seen some reviews that say it is too long and boring and wonder if they read the same book! 13mo
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jillrhudy
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This kind of book makes you want to quit your job and quit eating and quit sleeping and send away your family until you finish reading it. #chunkster #halloween #vampires #OctoberPutASpellOnYou #horror

Crazeedi 😉👍 13mo
Branwen Yessssssss! 😀 13mo
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Christinak
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My librarian recommended this to me. She knew I would love it. I checked it out thinking she was crazy cause this book is HUGE but I didn‘t want to hurt her feelings. Once I started this I ripped right through it. I love the modern take on Dracula. Don‘t let the size of the book scare you. It‘s worth it.
#AllHallowsRead

Texreader One of my all-time favorites!!! I‘ve read it many times now. I love her version of Dracula and how she tells the story. I would think all lovers of books would love this one. 13mo
Ddzmini 😍😍😍 13mo
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SheReadsAndWrites
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Ok, #littens. I REALLY want to try this one but I'm a total scaredy-cat and read a lot at night. Can I do this?? 🙈

Crazeedi Good book, and *yes you can!*😊 13mo
erank58 Yes! There's a beautiful, compelling historical backdrop to this one. And you can always put it down if you find it isn't for you! 13mo
SheReadsAndWrites Thank you! @Crazeedi and @erank58 I'm about 20 pages in and can see that I could really love it so I'm going to give it a chance...🤓 13mo
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