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monalyisha
Elatsoe | Darcie Little Badger
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Pickpick

At one point, Little Badger writes “Don‘t rush stories. That‘s sacrilegious.” I think this may have been a bit of meta-commentary, getting ahead of the criticism that her book is too long — because it is…but just a little! Her story of an asexual, 17-year-old Lipan Apache girl (with OCD) trying to solve the mystery of her cousin‘s murder with the help of her ghost dog & her cheerleader bff, Jay, is enchanting. 👇🏻

monalyisha 1/1: The mix of her family‘s folk legends & oral stories along with some monster lore readers may be more familiar with “sucked” me right in (pun intended). I didn‘t expect the story to be so focused on vampires but I was into it! It‘s been awhile since I‘ve indulged my latent vampire obsession (thanks Buffy) so I was delighted. Commentary about racism, dispossession, & monoculture abounds but it never detracts from the narrative, only adds to it. (edited) 3d
monalyisha **After reading some other reviews, I do want to comment on a popular criticism. Like others, I also felt that Ellie reads younger than her 17 years. I couldn‘t tell, though, if it was because of my cultural biases (is it because she‘s so close with her family — or because she‘s disinterested in romantic relationships?) or if it was something more intrinsic to the writing. So, I left it out of my review. But it did give me lots to ponder. 3d
monalyisha Oh, and thanks to @kellyann28 for gifting me this book in the #hauntedhollowswap! @wanderinglynn 3d
kellyann28 I'm glad you enjoyed it! I actually read this recently also and I felt the same about Ellie's age. She felt VERY young to me. 3d
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wanderinglynn
Strange Practice | Vivian Shaw
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Mehso-so

While the synopsis was intriguing, the execution fell flat for me. One of main aspects that drew me to this book was the fact that Greta is a physician for the underworld. Some of the scenes I liked best were when she cares for Varney, sees to the ghoullet, & discusses an upcoming foot-bone replacement surgery for a mummy. Those were the parts I wanted more of & yet her practice (despite the title) is not even a subplot.

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wanderinglynn My other big disappointment was the antagonist. Dealing with that just didn't really fit for me within the set-up for this world. A slower build up over 3 or 4 books to this kind of antagonist would have worked better. But diving right into this kind of story before even really fleshing out the world made me lose interest. There are some other issues, but this is the biggest one. 2w
Andrew65 Doing great 👏👏👏 2w
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wanderinglynn Oh I almost forgot! This was my October #bookspin. @TheAromaofBooks 2w
bio_chem06 That book sleeve is 🔥 2w
wanderinglynn @bio_chem06 Thanks! I love it. It was part of my #HauntedHollowSwap box from @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego 😀 2w
TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 2w
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wanderinglynn
Untitled | Unknown
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#wondrouswednesday

1. So many! The Babysitter‘s Club, Mary Poppins, Little House in the Prairie are the first that come to mind.

2. Any! No matter the weather, I want to be reading.

3. Awesome Litten swappers! We had another successful #HauntedHollowSwap! I‘m so grateful for everyone who participated. 🧡

Thanks for the tag Sherri!

Eggs Thanks for playing 🥰🥰 @wanderinglynn 1mo
Trashcanman ❤️ 1mo
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nichollinlove
Untitled | Unknown
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Thank you @wanderinglynn for gifting me all this! That was very kind of you to step in for my #HauntedHollowSwap box! I'm so excited to read all three of these books, I'll have a hard time picking which to read first. 🧡🖤

wanderinglynn Yay! I‘m so happy it arrived. Thank you for being so awesome. 🧡🧡🧡🎃 1mo
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Lauranahe
Horrorstor: A Novel | Grady Hendrix
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Y‘ALL! I got the best #hauntedhollowswap!! 3 books, and so many things I couldn‘t get a good pic with them all in it. Thank you so much @Graciouswarriorprincess !! (Horrorstor is on my tbr list, and the book is so cool; it looks like an IKEA catalog on the inside!) AND mini waffle maker that makes the waffles into spider web shapes. 😃🕸

wanderinglynn That waffle maker! 😍 Great box! 🎃🧡 1mo
Graciouswarriorprincess So glad that you liked everything! It was fun putting it together!! 1mo
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Bookishgal71
The Chalk Man | C. J. Tudor
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@DinoMom Thank you so very, very much! I feel so spoiled! My teenage daughter was in awe of all of the cute drawings on the packages! Im so excited to read, eat and take a bath with the candles and zombie bomb! Thanks, too, @wanderinglynn for organizing this amazing swap! #hauntedhollowswap

wanderinglynn Fantastic! 🎃🧡 1mo
DinoMom Happy Reading! Glad you like it! 1mo
Bookishgal71 @DinoMom Love it!! 1mo
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monalyisha
Stellaluna | Janell Cannon
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I featured my favorite gifted item to @Annie1215 as part of the #HauntedHollowSwap. So, I figured I should feature my favorite from the #BasicWitchSwap, too!

I found this handmade, ceramic Smudge/Incense Dish from WildFireApothecary on Etsy for @mklong & fell in love with its natural design. 🌘🦋🌒

mklong It is truly gorgeous! I already lit the palo santo to clear the space and will light the smudge later tonight! It‘s also ridiculous how much I love the little match jar! 1mo
monalyisha @mklong So stinkin‘ cute. 😉 1mo
MeganAnn This is so lovely! 1mo
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monalyisha
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Some swap weekend glamour shots. ✨

The top two are from @kellyann28 as part of my #HauntedHollowSwap gift (a sparkly Spooky Season scented candle (warm pumpkin, snickerdoodle, & autumn) & a set of intention candles; the bottom two are from @mklong and were received in my #BasicWitchSwap box (Black Soap inspired by the apothecary shop products in Practical Magic, & a “Road Opener” ritual kit, which focuses energy & helps you achieve your dreams).

Crazeedi Yum!!! I can smell everything!! 1mo
wanderinglynn Awesome! 1mo
sprainedbrain Gorgeous! 1mo
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kellyann28 I bought myself a "Spooky Season" candle because it smells that good (I thought, anyway ?)! Just like a snickerdoodle cookie! 1mo
monalyisha @kellyann28 I totally did the same thing with a couple of the gifts I bought: “one for you, & one for me.” 😉 You know I love cookies! 🍪 1mo
monalyisha P.S. @kellyann28 From what I could tell, I don‘t think there was anything packed inside my box that wasn‘t meant to be there! 1mo
kellyann28 @monalyisha Yes that is all yours! Sorry for the panic comments, I had a brain lapse 😂 that's what I get for participating in multiple swaps! 1mo
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The.Great.Catsby
Rebeca | Daphne Du Maurier
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Jill! Omg! Thank you. Rebecca has been on my TBR for quite awhile and I was having no luck at the library 😰 and I can't wait to read one of your Stephen King faves, he just has so many books, I never know where to start. The bookmarks, the candy, the notepad, and sticky notes. It's all perfect. Thank you!!! @Bookwormjillk Happy Halloween!!! #HHS #HauntedHollowSwap

P.S. Katie refused to leave, she thought the treats were for her!
@wanderinglynn

Bookwormjillk I‘m so glad you like it. I‘m just finishing a re-read of Rebecca and it‘s so good. 1mo
wanderinglynn Fantastic! 🎃🧡 1mo
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SeaToSkyes
Haunted | James Herbert
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Wow! Thank you so, so much Aletheia! I'm a little in shock getting so many awesome gifts! You've completely spoiled me and I can't decide which item is my favorite....they're all so great. Thank you so much again @Avanders !!!! #HHS #HauntedHollowSwap @wanderinglynn

wanderinglynn Fantastic! 🎃🧡 1mo
Avanders Yay you‘re so welcome!! 🎃🖤☠️🧡👻💛🎃 1mo
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