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Bellweather Rhapsody
Bellweather Rhapsody | Kate Racculia
"For its darkness and its glee, I loved this novel." Robin Sloan, author of Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour BookstoreA high school music festival goes awry when a young prodigy disappears from the most infamous room in the Bellweather Hotel, in a whip-smart novel sparkling with dark and giddy humorFifteen years ago, a murder-suicide in room 712 rocked the grand old Bellweather Hotel and the young bridesmaid who witnessed it, Minnie Graves. Now hundreds of high school musicians, including quiet bassoonist Rabbit Hatmaker and his brassy diva twin, Alice, have gathered in its cavernous, crumbling halls for the annual Statewide festival; Minnie has returned to face her demons; and a colossal snowstorm is threatening to trap them all in the hotel. Then Alice's roommate goes missingfrom room 712. The search for her entwines an eccentric cast of characters: conductors and caretakers, failures and stars, teenagers on the verge and adults trapped in memories. For everyone has come to the Bellweather with a secret, and everyone is haunted.Bellweather Rhapsody is a genre-bending page-turner, full of knowing nods to pop culture classics fromThe Shining to Agatha Christie to Glee. But its pleasures are beautifully deepened by Kate Racculia's skill with her characters, her melancholy, affecting writing about music, and her fearlessness about the loss and darkness that underline the truest humor. This is a wholly winning new novel from a writer to watch.
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Karisa
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Litsy has my December #tbr branching out to many books I would otherwise never know to connect with fellow readers here. I think it‘s perfect for this time of year. 😊

Happy to be reading along with #sundaybuddyread / @TheBookHippie and #shesaid / @Riveted_Reader_Melissa as well as reading after #NewYearWhoDis buddies @erinreads and @monalyisha. Also, my #wintergames team #mistletoemaniacs 🎄

TheBookHippie 💚🎄♥️❄️ 2mo
monalyisha Curious about if you finished/enjoyed Bellweather Rhapsody! 3w
Karisa Hi @monalyisha ! Yep, I finished it and loved it. I just started Tuesday Mooney too and am enjoying that wild ride as well. Great recommendations! I am amazed at how Racculia manages to mix humor, intelligent references, and pure joy in all while covering some really dark topics. How does she do that? It‘s like a writing magic trick! @erinreads 3w
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Karisa
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I‘m so ready for this! @erinreads Your list looks awesome! I‘m planning on reading Bellweather Rhapsody before the New Year officially starts since a little birdie (. @monalyisha ) told me it connects to Tuesday Mooney Talks to Ghosts. I‘m also planning on reading the memoir you suggested; I don‘t read enough nonfiction. Finally, I loved Migrations by McConaghy. So that‘s on my tbr to be sure! 💗

#NYWD22

Karisa P.s. @erinreads My orange tabby, Han Solo, says to tell Lucy hello. 😻 He‘s a love bucket too! Cats are the best. 2mo
erinreads I too read Bellweather Rhapsody at the suggestion of @monalyisha before reading Tuesday Mooney! She was my match last time and Tuesday was on HER list for me. 😂 There is a fun little connection between the two. Hope you enjoy both and all of the ones you‘ve talked about getting to in the new year. They‘re all amazing (obviously!). 2mo
erinreads Also, I have FOUR ginger cats running around, so Lucy (currently cuddled up with me as I type this!) and the others all say hi Han Solo! 😻 Now she says to start making my post for your list so you can see what I‘m most excited about diving into! 2mo
Karisa @erinreads 😻😻😻😻👏👏👏👏💗 2mo
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erinreads
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Bellweather Rhapsody is a strange and wonderful book and the perfect read for me to kick off the new year! I love when a location is one of the main characters in a story and is immediately a place you can vividly imagine and want to go to (even if the Bellweather Hotel is compared to the hotel from The Shining 😬)! I loved the mild suspense in this one and one reveal actually shocked me, so that‘s always fun. Now I‘m ready for Tuesday Mooney!

monalyisha I feel the same way about a strong setting! I‘m thrilled you enjoyed this — & a little jealous that you get to go into Tuesday Mooney with the characters fresh in your brain! 13mo
Angitron Your review got me curious, and went to read the synopsis. This sounds like loads of fun! I love a book with a good, strong setting that serves as a character in its own right. 13mo
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erinreads
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New year, same scene. I can‘t complain. 😻 Happy New Years and new reads, everyone! 🍾 #catsoflitsy

Gissy Happy New Year to you!🥂🍾🎉🎊 13mo
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erinreads
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Diving into this one before I start the other Kate Racculia on @monalyisha‘s #NewYearWhoDis list. I have an audiobook in progress and I‘m also finishing up the Anne of Green Gables series, but wanted to officially kick of my 2021 reading!

monalyisha Ah! I‘m so excited! I hope you love. 💕 13mo
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This has been on my TBR for a while and I couldn‘t have picked a better month to pick it up. Deliciously funny and creepy.

LeslieO I really enjoyed this one. Perfect pic! 1y
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lahousewyfe
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A solid addition into my top ten writers. Kate Racculia took me through another bananas adventure - this time she took me back to band festivals combined with a few ghosts and a bit of horror. Her stories are always filled with such heart and the ability to find joy and love in the midst of tragedy. I fall in love every time and weep because the book ends.

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canbku
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This was a twisty turny and totally fun murder-mystery-ghost story. Weird words for violent stuff, but id even call this one a "romp" with funny characters and real humor. And a little close to home on the details of state band!

SockieLady I read her book Tuesday Mooney Talks to Ghosts earlier this year and really enjoyed it. I'll have to check this one out, too. 2y
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canbku
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Suggested by a podcast, Strong Sense of Place. Will give it a try! Anyone read it?

nikirtehsuxlol I own it but I‘ve never read it! 2y
canbku @nikirtehsuxlol i think I'm enjoying it so far! 2y
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Monyca
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I enjoyed the characters and the story line. Looking forward to reading more from this author!

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Monyca
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Delightfully odd? Misfits and dreamers and foes? I'll give it a try!

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Read66
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I had so much fun reading this - it is a mystery set in a Stephen King like setting of an isolated and dilapidated hotel during a major snowstorm (major “The Shining“ vibes). There are historic “crimes“ that have bothered some of the staff for years and now a young woman has gone missing during a high school music festival - and her roommate is sure she saw her dead body...but nobody can find it (or her) now. Highly recommended.

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TheKidUpstairs
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I do enjoy a good melodrama, when done well as this one was. The wild, over the top stuff was centred on a good amount of heart. But I did feel that something was keeping this good novel from being great. I can't quite put my finger on it, but something needed to be tightened up. An enjoyable read, nonetheless, and the descriptions of music and its ties to emotion were fabulous!

#NewYearWhoDis @MeganAnn @monalyisha

MeganAnn So glad you liked it for the most part. I agree, the descriptions of the music and it‘s tie to emotions are excellent. They evoked a lot of my own feelings towards music and a certain nostalgia of how those feelings affected me when I was in high school. 🎶❤️ 3y
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sprainedbrain
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This book has been on my tbr for soooo long. And now it‘s on my Kindle! Thanks so much, Amber!❤️

#kindlitsy

Sweettartlaura Great book 🙌🏻 3y
AmberWB You are welcome! Enjoy!! 3y
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Lauren.Archer
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Mehso-so

Just OK

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monalyisha
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Congrats on your Litfluence achievement, @DivaDiane - & thanks for your #2x2giveaway!

My favorite musical book is “Bellweather Rhapsody” by Kate Racculia. It‘s a coming-of-age story, a murder-mystery, & a beautiful ode to the healing power of music (with wonderfully quirky, realistic, flawed & damaged characters). 💖🎶

DivaDiane This sounds wonderful! Thanks, and thank you for entering! 3y
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coffeenebula
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Page 246 = HOLY FREAKING PLOT TWIST, BATMAN! 😱

BrittanyReads How is this the first I‘m hearing of this book!!? Added to the ever growing stack!! 4y
RebL I had to send a screenshot of this book to my bassoonist friend. 4y
daena Added to my TBR! 4y
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monalyisha
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1. “Bellweather Rhapsody” by Kate Racculia
2. Wilco / Jeff Tweedy
3. Probably also Wilco. I saw them at an outdoor show in Vermont, & as they played, the sun went down behind them & a full moon rose up over the mountains. Hard to beat. But I also love seeing “They Might Be Giants”; sometimes they use puppets. 😂
4. Maybe “Swept Away” by The Avett Brothers. It was our first dance at our wedding. Also, “Foxglove” by Murder by Death.

#manicmonday

GrilledCheeseSamurai Wilco! 👍 4y
AmyG Wilco ALWAYS puts on a great show. ❤️ 4y
JillR We saw Wilco last year and they were AMAZING ❤️ 4y
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Crystalblu I love They Might Be Giants! 4y
Quasifesto I saw Jeff Tweedy play solo in Marfa ‘07 in a crowd of fewer than 200... during a snow storm. Magical. 4y
monalyisha @Quasifesto That sounds amazing! Something about them just breeds magic. ✨ 4y
monalyisha @Crystalblu Heck yeah, TMBG love! 4y
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MeganAnn
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#freakyfriday Book 3
This is the kind of mystery I enjoy best! Each character is well developed, holding their own secrets. The Bellweather hotel is a vivid backdrop to the statewide music conference, a disappearance, a ghost story and the twists and turns that reveal themselves slowly until the players secrets are released. This isn‘t just a mystery though. It‘s about youthful talent and those who used to be talented in their youth 👇🏻(cont‘d)

MeganAnn 1/1: It‘s about how our past can continue to affect the choices we make in the present. And it‘s about the beauty of music and the feelings it can evoke in us in certain moments. I found the descriptions of feeling the music to be especially evocative as music has often had that effect on me, especially as a bright-eyed young adult. I absolutely loved this novel! Excellent choice @monalyisha ❤️🎶🧐 (edited) 4y
monalyisha I‘m so happy that you‘re liking them so far! (I feel like I might‘ve just cursed us by saying that. 😅 Choose the next one wisely!) 4y
monalyisha P.S. I love your pic with the piano! 4y
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MeganAnn @monalyisha I think you just made excellent choices. 😉 I'm debating between Bloodroot or Cinnamon & Gunpowder next. Suggestions? 4y
MeganAnn @monalyisha P.S. Thank you! My piano was sitting there begging for some attention after reading this one! 🎶🎵 4y
monalyisha @MeganAnn I‘d go with “Cinnamon & Gunpowder”! 4y
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MeganAnn
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Ironically page 13 was where I stopped reading last night! I chose “Statewide” as my favorite word on this page. It brings to mind preparing for music contests for both band and choir and competing to get to the state competition which I did more than once. The competitions were always like a big high school celebration because after performing, we got to hang out and make friends from other schools. #freakyfridaychallenge #freakyfriday

monalyisha Ohh! I didn‘t know you had a music background. I bet you‘ll love this on a whole other level! 💖🤞🏻 4y
MeganAnn @monalyisha I am so far! It's bringing back all kinds of memories from my high school music days. 😊🎶 4y
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MeganAnn
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Next up is book three for #freakyfriday
Love this cover! ❤️

monalyisha Love your headboard! 4y
MeganAnn @monalyisha aw thanks! My talented husband made it 😊 4y
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MeganAnn
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Came home to #freakyfriday #bookmail today! I ordered these from thriftbooks since my local library didn‘t have them. I cannot wait to start reading this stack on April 1st! ❤️📚 @monalyisha I totally used your previous photo of my favorites as inspiration for this picture 😉

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Cinnamon and Gunpowder! I love that book. 4y
monalyisha I LOVE IT! Look at all those beautiful spines! 😍 (swooning) 4y
monalyisha P.S. I‘m going to take a picture of the rest of yours that came in, & match my outfit to yours because I can & I‘m a nerd. 😅 4y
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MeganAnn @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego I can‘t wait to read it! 4y
MeganAnn @monalyisha that‘s awesome! 🤓❤️ 4y
Clwojick I just bought The Interestings for $0.50 the other day! ♥️ 4y
MeganAnn @Clwojick nice find! ❤️ 4y
Gayan I loved The Interestings so much. 💖 4y
PenguinInFlight I have The Interestings and have never read it! I‘m interested to hear your thoughts. ☺️ 4y
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Andrea313
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The Bellweather Hotel is full of many #dangerous things- ghosts and secrets and band geeks and aspiring actors- but it still manages to be a place I wish I could visit. #ReindeerReads

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Little_Reader
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#LitsyPartyOfOne Let's do this!

Reviewsbylola That's a classy little spread! 🙌🏻 4y
Kshakal Look at you and your little party!! I love it! 4y
Little_Reader It's been a while since I've had more than 20 minutes at a time devoted to reading. 4y
Sace Love it! Enjoy! 4y
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Little_Reader
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Plan to finish this novel tomorrow night during #LitsyPartyOfOne. 😊 It's the easy read I've been needing.

JaclynW This is such a fun, quirky and creepy read. Enjoy the rest of it! 4y
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Alytrue
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Here are a few of my faves that I think could use a little more love.
😍Underground Airlines - overshadowed by concurrent release of Underground Railroad

😍Bellwether Rhapsody - band geeks, haunted hotel, snowstorm

😍Lexicon - bonkers thriller about mind control

😍The Emperor's Edge - totally fun steampunk fantasy series

#anditsaugust
#needsmorelove
@RealLifeReading

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Andrea313
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Yeah, I bought 5 books today. Don't give me that look. #bookhaul

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SoniaC
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Overall this was a fun quick read. At times it did "jump the shark" for me. At least it was entertaining overall.

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Matilda
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Sometimes I look up from my book.

LeahBergen 😂😂 5y
398.2 😱 5y
LauraBrook At least The Goat is a good bouncer for your porch. 5y
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Matilda @LauraBrook 😂 she better not bill me for services. 5y
LauraBrook @Matilda Maybe she'll bill you in Snausages? 😂😂😂 5y
TheLondonBookworm That is one big lizard 5y
AJBowers 😂😂😂 5y
RealBooks4ever Wow! 😳 5y
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Matilda
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I am here for anything '80s!

Alytrue I loved this one - band nerds meet The Shining! 5y
Matilda @Alytrue that sounds perfect! 5y
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avkreads
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The blurb on the front cover says that this book is "delightfully odd." I can't think of a better way to describe it. The characters are so interesting and endearing. I will be sad when this one ends.

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This book was super strange but I really enjoyed it. Told from a host of different characters POV while staying at a hotel similar to the one in the Shining where it is the anniversary of a murder-suicide and the statewide festival for high-school musicians. This one won the Alex Award, an adult book that can be read by fans of YA. 4 stars. #read2017 #librarybook

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monalyisha
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Upon finishing, my 1st thought was "Well, that ruled."

This book is a lot of things at once -- tender & twisted, dark & witty. It's about a bunch of talented high-school musicians snowed in at an old hotel, where a murder (or is it a suicide?) occurs on the anniversary of a murder-suicide.

The characters are broken & full of pain -- unwilling to suffer alone & unable to contain it. The writing sings. Extra points for nods to Bowie & Weezer. ?

Crystalblu Sounds like fun! 5y
monalyisha @Crystalblu Parts of it were definitely fun! And even the bummer parts were well-written (and sometimes very beautiful). 5y
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monalyisha
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Natalie opens her eyes to see blood rising between the (piano) keys, rich red blood pooling around her fingertips, and she is too afraid to scream, too afraid, even, to move.

"Play" [he] says..."Play it anyway."
"I can't, it's full of blood."
"It always was. That's why you fell in love with it."

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monalyisha
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"There's a kind of beauty in accepting the possibility, if not the plausibility, of everything imaginable."

TobeyTheScavengerMonk I enjoyed this. 5y
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monalyisha
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"She was not happy, exactly, but not unhappy either. Mostly what she felt was safe, enclosed, a girl who'd opted to be locked high in a tower surrounded by a forest of deadly brambles, who would turn away any rescue attempt with a curt 'Not interested, get the hell out of my brambles.'"

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monalyisha
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Important chapter heading. 👌🏻

Literaryunicorn Haha... I love that so much. If I had a punk band I'd name it "Unremarkable Cupcake" 5y
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monalyisha
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"Alice felt the two sides of her heart leap from her body in opposite directions, one toward and one away from [him], far away, as far as it could get, so he would never be able to say such things to her again. Her heart tore itself in half, ripping into two jagged hunks of meat straight down the middle, unable to function."

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monalyisha
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Rainy New England morning.

Using my morning off to dive into Kate Racculia's "Bellweather Rhapsody." I essentially turned this tiny nook into a candle-laden altar to knowledge. Let the light in!

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Kwizgiver
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Someone described it as Glee meets Agatha Christie and I can't disagree. It fully captured the high school music festival vibe--having attended many, myself. It's a twisty turny mystery with unusual and mostly unlike able characters, I was hooked!

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#aprilbookshowers #firstline this is cheating--this is chapter one, and not the prologue. But any chapter one that starts with the marking "Andante Misterioso" deserves some applause. So far I am LOVING Bellweather Rhapsody.

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LaraReads
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#cheapthrills today come in the form of a day off of work and these #thriftstorefinds Pretty happy with my less than $10 #bookhaul! 📚🤑 #lyricalapril

mom2bugnbee Oh, Bel Canto. One of my all-time favorites. 5y
DeborahSmall I bought Bel Canto recently, looking forward to it. Great book haul 💕 5y
Cinfhen They look brand new! AMAZING 😻😻😻 5y
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Bookgirl
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Double duty here. Bellweather Rhapsody is a beautiful song of a book. Murder, a grand but dilapidated old hotel, madness, secrets, love, and the beauty of music. Compelling POVs. Loved it! Also loved this adorable, tiny bookstore in Williamsburg, VA. Mermaids were all over inside the store as well. Williamsburg oozes charm and character anyway and this little gem was a highlight, as was the book bindery and printer in the colonial area. #litsyAtoZ

Lauren_reading I miss living in that area! So many cute little book stores and so much history. 5y
sparrowssavvy This store sounds amazing! 5y
tpixie Fun bookshop! I've always wanted to see Williamsburg 5y
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laurenanalepa
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Bring it on

BookishMarginalia Pretty AND ambitious! I like it! 5y
laurenanalepa @BookishMarginalia thank you!! ☺️💖 5y
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Velvetsun
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Heard about this via @bookriot. Sounds quirky and fun! #tbr

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MMenefee
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The Westing Game meets Wes Anderson. Only $1.99 for Kindle today.

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I have no idea how this got on my TBR, or when I got it. But I am SO glad it found me!
A hotel on the brink of ruin in the Catskills; a pack of teenagers ricocheting off each other; a psychopath in their midst; and ghosts everywhere... What's not to love? Racculia builds the suspense of this tale like a symphony. And it's pitch-perfect.
PS - you'll be humming Life on Mars? for days🎶
#nextup: a story from McSweeney & a buddy read with @Jenn1

Cinfhen The Catskills...memories!!! 5y
Tonton Sounds s'wonderful! 5y
Sweettartlaura @Cinfhen ❤️. It's just the kind of place that feels like everyone's past. 5y
Sweettartlaura @Tonton It was - definitely pick it up. This one is very much worthy of your time. 5y
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When you come across a character with the same name as one of your best friends ❤️📚

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Sweettartlaura
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#nextup ... I'm already blowing through this. It's shaping up to be The Shining meets Glee... Spooky but fun - what a neat trick!

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