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monalyisha
A Properly Unhaunted Place | William Alexander
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The best middle-grade novel I've read in years! Rosa's mom is both a librarian & an “appeasement specialist,“ which is basically like a ghost hunter but instead of “hunting“ or banishing ghosts, she simply calms them down. The idea is that libraries are meant to be haunted because they're such storied places, with so many people passing through them & so many memories nestled between pages.

*Review cont'd below.👇🏻

monalyisha 1/2: When Rosa‘s dad dies in a supernatural event gone wrong, the two remaining Diaz‘s move to a town that‘s famous for being totally ghost-free. Rosa, who loves her mom‘s work, is devastated. But, of course, the town‘s not as safe from hauntings as its residents have been led to believe. With her mom silenced by grief, Rosa is the only appeasement specialist left. It‘s up to her to save the town she never wanted to move to in the first place. (edited) 5d
monalyisha 2/2: What I love about this book is the unique world that Alexander‘s created (with its own rules), its diverse characters who acknowledge their difference but whose stories are not solely about this difference, and the way that absence means as much as presence. It‘s like an intro to close-reading for young, developing minds. I can‘t praise it enough, and I can‘t wait to read the next book in the series! (edited) 5d
monalyisha My only criticism is that the story leans upon the “MC moves to a new town“ trope, which is *heavily* overused in MG fiction. But everything else is so unique that I'm more than willing to overlook it. 5d
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monalyisha
A Properly Unhaunted Place | William Alexander
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What it sounds like when a dead banishment specialist gives the speech from “Matilda”:

“Surrender,” he said. “Your art is made of compromise and embarrassment. Mine reshapes the world and its possibilities according to my stronger will. And I will not yield.”

Spoiler Alert: Your girl doesn‘t surrender. ✊🏻

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monalyisha
A Properly Unhaunted Place | William Alexander
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“Think it‘ll work?” Jasper asked.
“Yes,” Rosa said. “Kinda. Maybe. Hopefully.”

This is the kind of answer I can get behind. 😅

Clare-Dragonfly I prefer “it would take a miracle” 😆 2w
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monalyisha
A Properly Unhaunted Place | William Alexander
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Hi. I‘ve found my new dream job. Library appeasement specialist. Rosa‘s mom is both a librarian & an “appeasement” specialist, meaning that she comforts (rather than hunts) ghosts — especially those that live in libraries. SIGN ME UP.

“Libraries need to be haunted...Whenever you open an old book, you read it along with everyone else who‘s ever read that same book. You‘re supposed to. Hauntings don‘t end. Ghosts don‘t ever just go away.”

VioletBramble Love it! 2w
monalyisha Disclaimer: I don‘t *really* believe in ghosts. I suppose that could be a problem. 🙈 But how cool is the idea?! 💡 2w
Tamra How fun! 2w
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DaveGreen7777 👻👻👻 2w
Pricel101 This is perfect for you!! So fun 📚👻 2w
TheLibrarian This does sound like the perfect job! 2w
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erzascarletbookgasm
The Little Stranger | Sarah Waters
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At the heart of the story is Hundreds Hall, a decaying mansion which may or may not be haunted by evil spirits. The foreshadowing of the horror, fascinating narrative and memorable ending makes this a #haunting read. Loved it!
#NamasteNovember

Bookzombie I loved this one too! 2w
LeahBergen So good! 😍 2w
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
The Broken Girls | Simone St James
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Loved this one!!! Mysterious murders, a haunted boarding house, and a mystery that spans 60 years!! What more could you want!! 👻

#Haunting
#NamasteNovember

Can‘t wait for her new one to be released!!

catebutler This sounds excellent!! 2w
Eggs Unforgettable book!!! I want to read her other novels 2w
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ferskner I just finished this too and it was so fabulous! I love books with modern mysteries that overlap with crimes of the past. Plus ghosts! 2w
Copwithabook I suggested this one to everyone last year! 2w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Eggs we are reading her upcoming book for #BotmBuddyRead 🙌🏻🙌🏻 2w
Andrew65 A great book! 2w
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TheEllieMo
Lanny: A Novel | Max Porter
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Max Porter performs part of his novel with musical duo Alula Down. The combination of music, vocal and reading make for a #haunting performance that adds new depth to the book.

#NamasteNovember @Eggs

Eggs What fun!! 2w
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Eggs ❤️📚😱 3w
BookHoarder32 This one and night of the living dummy were the scariest for me 😬 3w
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veritysalter
Ghost Stories | M. R. James
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#NamasteNovember Today‘s prompt is #Haunting, this book is a collection of my favourite ghost stories.

Eggs Great cover! 3w
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Eggs
Book Thief | Markus Zusak
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A story narrated by Death, this book is both #haunting and heart-wrenching

#namastenovember

Mishu94 I love this book! ❤️🥺 3w
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