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The Death of Jane Lawrence
The Death of Jane Lawrence: A Novel | Caitlin Starling
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BC_Dittemore
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Mehso-so

This was close to being a Pick for me — there are some legitimately terrifying sequences, and certainly some moments where I was anxiously turning the next page. But there is something ‘off‘ about the overall tone of the book. The best way I can put it is that I never felt grounded in Starling‘s world; from the faux Victorian setting to the characters, it all felt like a sketch or vague idea.

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MsRadioSilence
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Mehso-so

If you like math, you‘ll love this book. I don‘t like math, and I don‘t like paradoxes in my plots. I did like the romance, and the mystery, and the ghosts tho! Finally, an author that will let her FMC be MAD!! I love it.

#scarathlon #scarathlon2023 #scarathlon23 #teamwhoyagonnacall #whoyagonnacall #witchathon #readlikehellathon #fallingforbooks #spookoween #31by31 #outstandingoctober #booklyreadathon

MartinaLove Makes me want to read it now! 9mo
MsRadioSilence @martinalove the blurb compared it to crimson peak, and while ive never seen that (show? movie?) it reminded me a lot of the mike flanagan shows on netflix with a touch of (edited) 9mo
MartinaLove @MsRadioSilence Thank you for the recommendation! 9mo
TheSpineView Fantastic! 9mo
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Aimeesue
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#Audiocrafting Pumpkins, now with stems!

I found the brown stem yarn at Upcycle Creative Reuse Center, which is a kind of thrift store for art supplies. It was marked "handspun wool" -which it *is*, technically - but it‘s so uneven and lumpy, I can‘t see how it could possibly be used for knitting or crocheting. It‘s great for pumpkin stems, though!

dabbe 🤩🤩🤩 9mo
mabell 😍😍 9mo
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Lycanthrop3

I'm only 6 chapters in and I am hooked.

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Buchbeeg
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Mehso-so

A 2022 read.
This book is inspired by Crimson Peak which, I didn't love so I'm not sure why I read this, besides I was told I would enjoy it by a friend 🤷🏻‍♀️
It was okay, but moved too slow for my tastes and the ending was a bit off.

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Saknicole
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#Libby checkout on my Kindle. I‘m 50 pages in and liking it so far. I‘ve seen mixed reviews but the vibes are speaking to me. I love contemporary written works with those classic gothic vibes.

Has anyone read this and enjoyed it? I also loved Mexican Gothic, and Crimson Peak.

In the same vibe I was a DNF for Anatomy: A Love Story.

#gothic #auvictorian (I think?)

Kimberlone Let me know what you think! 1y
Kimberlone I‘m surprised you didn‘t finish Anatomy? Was the grave robbing make out scene not doing it for you? (edited) 1y
Saknicole @Kimberlone idk what it was. I let the hold elapse multiple times after reading like half on my first borrow. I don‘t think I cared that much about her? Should I finish it? 1y
Saknicole @Kimberlone I would obs be into the grave robbing make out. I just never got there. 1y
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BekaReid
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Pickpick

This dark, brooding, and atmospheric gothic horror is full of magic and the macabre. It's a story about guilt and despair and how these emotions can haunt. I was riveted from page one and absolutely devoured this novel.

RaeLovesToRead Oh god, the cover 😱😱😱😱😱😱😱 2y
BekaReid @RaeLovesToRead Isn't it brilliant?! 2y
RaeLovesToRead Haha, that's not exactly the word I would use 😅😅 it's certainly distinctive!! 2y
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BekaReid
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Loving the opening lines

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BekaReid
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Merry Jólabókaflóð! 📚🍫

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bookishbitch
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This cover completely hooked me. Who else falls victim to a great cover? Which book hooked you?

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Laughterhp
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Mehso-so

This book wasn‘t really what I was expecting. I‘m not sure if I actually liked this book.

Jane marries a doctor in a business relationship. The one rule is she‘ll never spend the night at his manor house. But she does. And there is magic and ghosts and spirits.

This is the second book I‘ve read by this author and I don‘t think she‘s for me.

ICantImReading I wasn‘t a fan of this one, either 😬 2y
intothehallofbooks I was so disappointed by this one. I think there was a lot of promise in the first half but the second half was just not good at all. 2y
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Linsy
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I LOVE this book so much!!! Might be time for a reread. 🖤

#black #scarathlondailyprompts #teamslaughter

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intothehallofbooks
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Panpan

I‘m so bummed by this one! There was so much potential for something gothic and atmospheric and wonderful, but it failed for me starting around the halfway point. This story tries to be too many things and in doing so, the themes are poorly-defined. I couldn‘t ever grasp what the author is trying to say. Ultimately, I don‘t know what I‘m supposed to take away from this story and, sadly, I didn‘t enjoy it like I hoped I would.

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intothehallofbooks
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I‘m 1/3 thru and not entirely sure what‘s going on yet. It‘s giving me Gothic vibes and reminding me a little of du Maurier‘s Rebecca so far. The cover is deliciously creepy!

JacqMac I have this one on my TBR. I‘m glad to hear it‘s gothic creepy. 2y
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The_Literary_Jedi
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#bookhaul for August

The tagged book was great! I was listening to it on my Libby app and HAD to get a physical copy. Also met author David Putnam (bottom of left stack) this week & he generously donated 3 sets of his Bruno Johnson detective series for my classroom library!!!

Smrloomis 😍 And also so great that the author donated some books! Such a kind thing to do. 2y
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RitzandGlamour
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Panpan

I was super excited to read this book - it was supposed to be a gothic romance turned gothic horror. And, while that was true, the "horror" part of the story was not always cohesive. There were parts that felt confusing, and unnecessary. Just very long scenes where nothing actually happens. Jane as a character and the narrator of the story is frustrating. While I did appreciate the twist at the end, I'd say pass.

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The_Literary_Jedi
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August #tbr

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katcalvin
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Pickpick

Excellent ghost story. Couldn‘t put it down. May not sleep tonight.

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CaitlinR
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Pickpick

At its heart, this is a book about guilt and despair, and because Magic is involved, those emotions take on form, and a kind of substance; ghosts if you like, and as some believe. But, as Elodie tells Jane: “ghosts aren‘t real” and that‘s the paradox that leads to a fine ending.

“There is no way to fix everything. There is only the way to this moment, now …”

There is wisdom in Starling‘s book, and I‘m glad I kept reading.

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traa
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Pickpick

This book is what I‘m all about! Great characters, alternate-historical setting, and a dark and tantalizing magic!

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GidgetsTreasures75
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Mehso-so

3-20-22: My 26th finished book of 2022! Jane Shoringfield proposes a marriage of convenience to Dr. Augustine Lawrence. He accepts on the condition that she never enter his family home. Due to circumstances beyond their control, she enters it anyway and comes face to face with a brand new reality full of horror, mystery and magic. This book moved along very slowly for me which was frustrating. ⭐️⭐️⭐️📖#️⃣2️⃣6️⃣

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NicoleCeBallos
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Panpan

This was pretty forgettable. Jane marries Augustine on the condition that she can never set foot in his family home. Of course she does and strange things start to happen. The book tried to be way too many things (gothic, horror, magical realism, cosmic horror) and never managed to get it together on any of them.

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SW-T
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Pickpick

Creepy, dark, brooding, and atmospheric. Set in a similar but alternate place you realize Jane is getting in seriously over her head. You have to wonder if she‘s going mad, seeing real ghosts, or if magic is actually real…but dark and extremely treacherous. Reading Dr Nizamiev‘s case notes at the very end makes the doctor feel even creepier and less trustworthy. Not a fast read, very dark and gruesome, but found it original and really creepy.

shanaqui Oh, I bought this for my wife for Christmas and was curious about it myself, but “gruesome“ sounds like not my thing! Thanks for the review. 2y
SW-T @shanaqui “Gore” might be a better word. However, it aptly illustrates Jane‘s resolve and fortitude. It‘ll be interesting to see what your wife thinks of the book. I ended up liking the technique and execution though I went into it with hesitation and wasn‘t expecting much. Boy, was I wrong! Definitely see it being triggering. Glad I read it though. 2y
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Rachiiebookdragon
Mehso-so

What a weird read - boring and confusing at times/in the second half sadly 😵‍💫 3.5/5 Read for November - #LiterallyDeadBookClub2021

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Asthecroweflies
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Mehso-so

This book started off great, but the end was confusing to say the least. It was a good idea over all for a book, but the ending lost me.

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Hana321
Mehso-so

There are 2 different stories here. There one at the beginning that follows young Jane on her quest for stability in her life as she seeks a business arrangement marriage to a husband, who also happens to live in some dilapidated house outside of town. A place she isn‘t supposed to go, is interesting. The second part that involves dark magic and certified mania as Jane tries to free her husband from his misfortune is difficult.

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wildwoodreads
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Panpan

I‘m so frustrated by The Death of Jane Lawrence. The beginning was great but by the end I was just reading to finish it. The plot was forced into this weird, disjointed world of dark magic. And once I lost interest I started noticing plot holes that drove me nuts. I‘m so sad that this one didn‘t work though. I wanted to love it.

Full review: https://wildwoodreads.com/2021/12/15/the-death-of-jane-lawrence-review/

Megabooks I love that cover though! 3y
wildwoodreads @Megabooks I know. I don‘t usually keep books that I don‘t like but it‘s so pretty. 3y
Asthecroweflies I thought the same thing about this book. 3y
wildwoodreads @Asthecroweflies It‘s so disappointing! 3y
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bookish_wookish
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Confession: I borrowed this from the library but only made it to page 34 before it was due back (all my holds came in at once). I was so into those 34 pages that i just went and bought it! 😅

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Amandajoy
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Y‘all it happened. I went to go pick up the book I ordered from my local indie. As I was standing in line waiting, one of the booksellers said “Amanda, I have your book right here!” Yep, they know me by name now 🤓

vivastory It's a good feeling 👏📚📚 3y
Billbar Hello how are you I liked the way you pictured yourself in your profile if you don‘t mind can we talk 💕 3y
Nute Right on! 3y
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shanaqui
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I made my wife an advent calendar this year. 😁 Some of the gifts are books, so those boxes just contain a slip of paper with a code or keyword on so I can grab the right one from the pile. Today's gift was The Death of Jane Lawrence, since they loved The Luminous Dead.

StaceGhost This is so thoughtful ❤️ 3y
shanaqui @StaceGhost I had a ball coming up with the gifts. 😁 It gave me a chance to go bananas and spoil them. 3y
StaceGhost @shanaqui I love the idea! My partner is so hard to shop for but now I want to try it haha! Thanks for the inspiration 😉 3y
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DivineDiana This is fantastic! So creative! I would be in tears to receive such a kind and thoughtful gift. ❤️❤️❤️ 3y
shanaqui @StaceGhost It's nice because some of the days can be just simple stuff like chocolate and cheap treats, or gift cards -- but altogether it becomes a pretty big and personalised gift. I got some pretty epic treats though, like "hot chocolate bombs", which melt in hot milk to make really rich hot chocolate. They have marshmallows in the middle! I admit I'm hoping I can have one of them. ? 3y
Clare-Dragonfly How delightful! 🥰 3y
Nessavamusic That‘s amazing! 👏 3y
StaceGhost @shanaqui oooo I‘ve seen those and they sound amazing— also that‘s a great gift! I might need to ask Santa haha 3y
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wildwoodreads
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November was the month of audiobooks. I read ten books this month, but only two were physical books. But I‘ve really enjoyed my time exploring audiobooks. I also caught up on my arc reviews for the year and it feels amazing. Now I just need to read five more books to beat my Goodreads goal.

Full wrap up: https://wildwoodreads.com/2021/11/30/november-2021-wrap-up/

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ICantImReading
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Panpan

⭐️⭐️

This was an atmospheric and creepy Gothic tale, but it just wasn‘t for me. I didn‘t really care about the characters and it was gruesome and confusing.

CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian I didn't care about the characters either 3y
ICantImReading @CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian I‘m glad I‘m not the only one! 3y
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bookish_wookish
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Finished The Wish by Nicholas Sparks and it was really good! Now a change of pace with this one!
Meanwhile 2 more of my library holds came in yesterday! The reading rush is on!

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wildwoodreads
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Hey, guys. So I know I just sort of disappeared last week. My father passed away last Friday and I decided I needed to take some time off to process things. But in true Capricorn fashion it‘s time for me to get back to work. I‘m a workaholic and an overthinker. If I just sit and think I will literally make myself miserable. So it‘s time for a book chat. I‘ve been throwing myself into completing my reading goals. How are you reading goals going?

Moonprismpower I‘m sorry for your loss. I hope you are doing okay. I don‘t really set goals but I like to fill my planner with the books I‘ve read. Im currently listening to Under the Whispering Door, it‘s sort of a Scrooge story I think. And I‘m feeling like a couple books a month is very successful. I set my goodreads to 42 so that every year I surpass it! 3y
JessClark78 Sorry for your loss. 3y
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Deblovestoread I‘m sorry for your loss but I the need to stay moving. I just finished my book goal of 175 books last night and have one more book to read to complete #Booked2021. Take care! 3y
Lreads I‘m so sorry for your loss. Make sure you take time to care for yourself. 💕 3y
SamanthaMarie I am so sorry. How are you doing today? ♡ My current book goal is to get my reading log set up. I bought one in PDF form so I need to print, three hole punch, and put it into a binder. 3y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I‘m so sorry for your loss 💔🙏🏻 3y
Jas16 I am so deeply sorry for your loss. 3y
RaeLovesToRead I'm so sorry to hear about your father 💔 and I really hope you're doing alright ❤ 3y
RaeLovesToRead One of my goals this year was to do the popsugar reading challenge and I've done absolutely crap at it (not even half way..) Still can't wait till the 2022 prompts are announced. Also I've nearly met my Goodreads goal of 70 books so that's a positive 😊 Sorry again for your loss. Sending hugs 💕 3y
DaveGreen7777 I‘m so sorry about your father, Megan! 😢 I lost my father earlier this year. If it helps, I have found thinking of the good memories really did ease the pain some. Sending healing energy to you and your family at this time! 🙏 3y
Avanders I‘m so sorry for your loss 🙏🏽♥️ 3y
Amiable My deepest condolences on the loss of your father. It‘s hard to lose a parent. Sending hugs. 3y
wanderinglynn I‘m so sorry for your loss. It‘s hard to lose one‘s father. Sending healing energy and {hugs} 🤍🕯 3y
TheAromaofBooks I'm so sorry to hear this. I hope you're able to spend some time with family, sharing good memories. ❤ 3y
Ruthiella You have my condolences. ❤️ 3y
TheLibrarian I‘m so sorry for your loss. ❤️ 3y
TheRiehlDeal Sorry for your loss. 💔 3y
kplovesbooks So sorry for your loss. 💔 3y
Reggie I‘m so sorry to hear about your dad. 3y
wildwoodreads @Moonprismpower Thanks! And that is awesome! 3y
wildwoodreads @Kdgordon88 Thank you! And that‘s awesome. It‘s so satisfying to complete goals! 3y
wildwoodreads @SamanthaMarie Thank you! I‘m doing pretty well. He had such a hard year full of pain so to know he‘s at rest now helps some. I miss him but he‘s no longer hurting. And that is so cool. I love to log my reading as well! 3y
wildwoodreads @RaeLovesToRead Thank you so much! And I know what you mean. I wanted to complete the Book of the Month challenge but I forgot about it two months in. So I‘m giving up on that one. 😂😂😂 3y
wildwoodreads @DaveGreen7777 Thank you for the kind words! I‘m sorry for your loss as well! 💕 3y
SamanthaMarie @wildwoodreads It's really hard to see our loved ones in pain. I'm glad you have some comfort now that he's not in pain anymore. Thank you for sharing with all of us your hard thing I hope you have felt support and love in all spheres of your life. ♡ 3y
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bookish_wookish
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When all your library holds start coming in at the same time!

Just the tagged book was a hold but why not take out two more to go with the ten books i already have checked out!

Im trying to read all the holds first because they are due back sooner than the regular books!

JanuarieTimewalker13 Wow!! I haven‘t read The Keeper of Lost Things, but it‘s been on my TBR forever...but now it will be eclipsed by TMTSAMB!! Thanks for bringing this to my attention!! 3y
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wildwoodreads
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Marine Corps Vet Husband: You‘re sick. You need to hydrate.
Me: Caffeinate?
Him: Hydrate
Me: instructions unclear.
Him: Why are you like this?

Happy Sunday, guys. What are you reading today?

Mollyanna 🤣. Thank you to your husband for his service. My brother is currently at Camp LeJeune! Semper Fi! 3y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Almost done!! Thank you to your husband 🙏🏻 (edited) 3y
kellyann28 I LOVE your mug!! 3y
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SayersLover Glad you‘re husband gives good advice 😂 I spent a delightful hour today reading the second book in a YA trilogy, “Traitor to the Throne” @wildwoodreads (edited) 3y
rsteve388 The best line is: Why are you like this .... Hahaha 3y
LeslieO OMG that mug! 3y
Linsy 😂 3y
Gissy Beautiful mug😍 3y
BookwormAHN Fantastic mug 🧡 3y
wildwoodreads @Mollyanna Will do. And that‘s where my husband was! 3y
wildwoodreads @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Did you enjoy it? It sounds interesting! 3y
wildwoodreads @SayersLover Oh that sounds really good! Hope you enjoyed! 3y
wildwoodreads @rsteve388 He asks me that a lot more than I like to admit. 🤣 3y
wildwoodreads @LeslieO My friend got it from Target! I‘m obsessed with it. 3y
wildwoodreads @Gissy Thanks! 💕 3y
wildwoodreads @BookwormAHN Thanks! 💕 3y
MaleficentBookDragon That mug!!‘🖤🖤🖤 3y
Linsy 😂 I feel like we'd get along. 2y
wildwoodreads @Linsy hahaha I‘m sure we would! 2y
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Sumi
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Pickpick

This was quite the ride. I believe I started this book under a misapprehension: I thought it was a mystery for some reason- but definitely not! It was suspenseful & drew me in & even though it was more horror than I am drawn to typically I really enjoyed it.

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ICantImReading
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My October #AuthenticBooks box came today! Has anyone read this one? Maybe I should fit in one more spooky book before Halloween is too far away… 🤔 In addition to the signed book, curated playlist, and recipes, this month they sent sandalwood and rose incense, a “ghost stories” candle, a cedar and elemi bar of soap, and lady‘s mantle tea! #bookmail

StaceGhost I just finished this the other day and it was so good! I actually woke up in the middle of the night thinking about it some more lol 3y
StaceGhost Also what a cool box! I love the selections they sent along with it (edited) 3y
ICantImReading @StaceGhost oh my goodness that‘s such a good endorsement!! Thank you, that makes me even more excited to read it! They truly do such a great job with their boxes, I‘m always impressed by the quality and thoughtfulness ☺️ 3y
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StaceGhost
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Pickpick

1. The original Grimm's Fairy Tales
2. Snow! By the fireplace with a cup of tea ❤
3. A lot: my family, my coworkers-- heck, even my job! 🤓

#wonderouswednesday @Eggs

Eggs Great post 🙌🏻🍁😍 3y
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GHABI4ROSES
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DieAReader Awesome job🥳🎉 So happy that Pepper chose you😻💕 3y
TheSpineView Fabulous 3y
Clwojick Fantastic job! You killed it this month!🔪 Thank you for joining us! 🖤 3y
Andrew65 Brilliant 👏👏👏 3y
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nelehelen
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Happy Halloween!

To celebrate, I‘m currently reading THE DEATH OF JANE LAWRENCE. Gothic horror, supernatural and mystery, this has everything I‘m looking for. Hope its good! 🤞🏼

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TheBookStacker
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Starting this tomorrow because I‘m too tired tonight. Hoping to finish this and possibly another book this weekend. I need to check out for a bit.

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rjsthumbelina
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Pickpick

This book delivered on the gothic atmosphere - the haunted house vibes and creepy magic vibes were there. But, the ending didn't fully explain what was going on, which was frustrating.

#scarathlon #teamslaughter 16 pts

#fallintoreading #spookoweenreadathon #trickortreatathon #spooktober #itsbritneywitch #bookspinbingo #littenlisten
7x10x10=700

716 total points for this one
@Clwojick

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SoManyBooksNotEnoughTime
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Pickpick

I actually really enjoyed this book. It was atmospherically creepy and a perfect October read. I liked the main character even though she definitely had some faults, like all humans do. The setting was gothic Victorian and the rambling, haunted house fit the theme quite well. I wouldn't say it's a particularly believable story but I wasn't looking for it to be.

emz711 On my TBR! 3y
Linsy I love that you did a salt circle! 2y
SoManyBooksNotEnoughTime @Linsy haha glad someone caught that 2y
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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
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Bailedbailed

I was intrigued by this gothic darkly magical book at first, with its grisly introduction that included a 19th century surgery and a unique business-oriented woman looking for a husband for practical reasons. But 75 pages in I'm losing interest and finding the romance aspect forced. This is the second or third gothic book I've dnfed this year. I think I may have to conclude that while they always appeal to me, I don't actually like reading them??

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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
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Getting some reading in with this cute little snoozing gremlin on my lap 👼📖

charl08 Aw! 😍😍 3y
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Palimpsest
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Panpan

This was one of my most anticipated books of the year as it was described as being like Crimson Peak, but it was the most disappointing book I‘ve read this year instead. I would have bailed if I hadn‘t bought it. It didn‘t need to be speculative or set in an “other” place IMO. That made no sense to me. I couldn‘t understand the main character‘s motive it wasn‘t strong enough to endure what she had to. The “magic” involved felt more like occult 👇

Palimpsest Practices than magic; involving imbibing partly formed embryonic eggs with chicken feet that was way too dark for me. The MC was alone for nearly the last third of the book which was boring and there were strange asides within the dialogue like saying “something is wrong” in italics to know what Jane was thinking. This was more about medical practice and rationalizing math to be like magic than a manor house and new hubs.This book was not for me. 3y
kamoorephoto That‘s so sad! I hate it when a book disappoints. 3y
Palimpsest @kamoorephoto perhaps I had too high expectations. I‘m not a big fan of horror, but I love gothic and the Victorian time periods. I love the movie Crimson Peak so much and I kept reading in Pages magazine, Goodreads, and other professional reviews about how good this was. It seems others like it, like I said it‘s just not for me. I do still think the cover art is amazing. 😊 3y
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Graciouswarriorprincess
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Books 128 and 129.

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Hooked_on_books
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Pickpick

Jane proposes a marriage of convenience to Dr Lawrence so that they‘ll each benefit, but didn‘t bargain on his house being super creepy. It lost me a little at the end, but this was good gothic horror. I liked The Luminous Dead better, but I liked this one, too, and love how wildly different the two books are.

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BClark
Pickpick

Where to start??? Another BN book club book. Instantly had my mind set its going to be too scary, I'll hate it, I'm a chicken at heart. Started it at 1 pm and by 7:30 pm I looked up and I was 234 pages in. I INHALED it! Suspense, Gothic horror, a smidgen of romance. It meets almost all your literary senses. I recommend!

Graciouswarriorprincess I am reading it now! So gooodddd!!!! 3y
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