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ferskner

Joined September 2016

Librarian with a podcast: wellreadpodcast.wordpress.com
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Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield
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Meet Cute: Collected Stories by Kass Morgan, Meredith Russo, Julie Murphy, Katie Cotugno, Emery Lord, Sona Charaipotra, Dhonielle Clayton, Nicola Yoon, Nina LaCour, Sara Shepard, Jennifer L Armentrout, Katharine McGee, Jocelyn Davies, Ibi Zoboi
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My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell
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The Grace Year by Kim Liggett
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The Girl from the Well by Rin Chupeco
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Dorie's Cookies by Dorie Greenspan
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The Hiding Place | C. J. Tudor
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Read by the delicious Richard Armitage, this is a horror-tinged psychological suspense novel that has some fantastically creepy moments.

#booked2019 #newin2019 @Cinfhen @BarbaraTheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft

Cinfhen Nice! I like a good impulse read too!! Glad it didn‘t disappoint 2d
ferskner @Cinfhen wellllllll impulse read isn't exactly right. I had to read it for work, so it wasn't on my TBR, so I didn't know where else to count it for the winter games. :) I would love for more of my reading to be impulse reads! 2d
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Cinfhen Hahahahaha/ let‘s leave it as an impulse read!!! It sounds better than work assignment 2d
BarbaraTheBibliophage Sounds like my kind of book! 👊🏻📚♥️ 2d
Crimson613 11pts!! 12-12 That cover! 😍😍😍 2d
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Happy Holidays | Janet Dailey
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App Holy Hip Hail Had Hay Yay Say Sad Said Sail Dial Pay Pays Day Days Lid Lids Sold Soap Soapy Shop Dash Ads Lop Lippy Lip Lap Holiday ;) Pal Adios Pad Pads Ad Polish Solid Salad Hold Lay Lays Yip Yippy Yap Yappy Hop Hopi (are proper names allowed?)

I'm sure there are more!

#wintergames #tmskellington @Crimson613 @StayCurious @Clwojick

Crimson613 231pts!! Awesome 😍😍 hm, go ahead and drop them and we'll see, I'd say yes but I'll double check 2d
Crimson613 12-11 2d
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I'm going to guess on most of these! #wintergames #tmskellington @Crimson613 @StayCurious @Clwojick

1.) Die Hard
2.) Happy Gilmore
3.) The Polar Express
4.) The Santa Clause
5.) It's a Wonderful Life
6.) Home Alone
7.) Miracle on 34th Street
8.) White Christmas
9.) A Christmas Carol
10.) Elf

Crimson613 22pts 12-11!! Nice guesses 😮👌👌 2d
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There's nothing better than GBBO, except a holiday episode! Watched episode 1 (with more to come!).

#wintergames #tmskellington @Crimson613 @StayCurious @Clwojick

xxjenadanxx My favorite. I need more episodes! 4d
Crimson613 6pts!! 4d
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A Christmas Carol | Charles Dickens
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1) Hark the Herald Angels Sing 2) Deck the Halls 3) It Came Upon a Midnight Clear 4) The First Noel 5) O Little Town of Bethlehem 6) God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen 7) Silent Night 8) Frosty the Snowman 9) Jingle Bells 10) O Holy Night

This one was fun!

#wintergames #tmskellington @Crimson613 @StayCurious @Clwojick

Crimson613 51pts!! 😎😎😎 4d
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Not as many bingo spots as I'd thought! But I was also busy cackling through the whole thing. #wintergames #tmskellington @Crimson613 @StayCurious @Clwojick

Crimson613 1pt!! 4d
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Next up: The Knight Before Christmas! Destined to become a Christmas classic, especially when you have a medievalist best friend you can message to tell you everything that's wrong in the movie. Come for the cheesy premise, stay for the gorgeous sweaters. #wintergames #tmskellington @Crimson613 @StayCurious @Clwojick

Crimson613 6pts!! 4d
Kimberlone I would totally wear Vanessa Hudgens sweater 4d
ferskner @Kimberlone they were the true stars of the show. 4d
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Holly's Secret | Nancy Garden
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Bingo points for Holly Star.... Honestly, there maybe have been more of them, but I was so uninspired by the movie I was zoned out. #wintergames #tmskellington @Crimson613 @StayCurious @Clwojick

Crimson613 1pt!! Uh oh, guess it's not recommended then 🙃 4d
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I watched a bunch of Christmas movies this weekend - first up was Holly Star. It.... wasn't very good, and there were lots of puppet sequences because, of course, she's a puppeteer. Sigh. The things I do for my team! :)

#wintergames #tmskellington @Crimson613 @StayCurious @Clwojick

Kimberlone I thought the romance was cute but too slapdash. The dream sequences and buried treasure plot were just silly 4d
Crimson613 6pts!! Taking a hit for the team 😂😂 4d
ferskner @Kimberlone yes! It had potential but it was just blah. 4d
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Snow Day: A Novel | Billy Coffey
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As a native Arizonan, I've only experienced snow days a couple of times since I moved away, and they were all literally the greatest thing that's ever happened to me. Books are a necessity, obviously, and also Netflix (fingers crossed that the power is on). Also everything I'd need to bake something really delicious - I'm thinking some kind of bun, right? Homey but special. Cardamom buns. That's it.

#wintergames #tmskellington @Crimson613

Crimson613 6pts!! Ohhh sounds like a delish plan 😋😋 4d
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Oh yeah this happened today! And since I'm in the middle of 13 (😵) books, I'll fit in several more before the month is over. It's been a good reading year!

BookwormAHN Congratulations 👏🏻 1w
BarbaraBB 13?! 😱 7d
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Crimson613 1pt! 👌👌👌 6d
ferskner @BarbaraBB I know, right? I hate it. I keep having to put them aside for other stuff as I need to read for various things (book clubs, my podcast, etc.). Thank you @BookwormAHN @Jas16! 5d
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ferskner 1.) Year. 2.) Same. 3.) City. 4.) Heat. 5.) Ear. 6.) Stem. 7.) Cash. 8.) Share. 9.) Mist. 10.) Ram. 11.) Chair. 12.) Earth. 13.) Shy. 14.) Mast. 15.) Rat. 1w
Crimson613 46pts!! Interesting answers 😉😉 6d
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I Spy Christmas: A Book of Picture Riddles | Walter Wick, Jean Marzollo
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I hate puns, but I'll do this for the team. :) Answers below. #wintergames #tmskellington @Crimson613 @StayCurious @Clwojick

ferskner 1.) Q. 2.) L. 3.) A. 4.) R. 5.) A. 6.) E. 7.) G. 8.) C. 9.) H. 10.) N. 11.) J. 12.) M. 13.) D. 14.) K. 15.) F. 16.) P. 17.) I. 18.) B. 1w
Crimson613 @ferskner it looks like you have a double letter, if you want to fix it before i give it a point value 😊 6d
ferskner @Crimson613 oh shoot, 5.) should be O - not sure what happened there! Thanks for letting me know. 6d
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ferskner @Crimson613 did these points get counted? 4d
Crimson613 @ferskner nope, but that's fine, they count in the long run 👌👌 4d
Crimson613 33pts! 4d
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ferskner 1.) C. 2.) J. 3.) B. 4.) H. 5.) D. 6.) G. 7.) E. 8.) F. 9.) I. 10.) A. 1w
Crimson613 17pts!! 6d
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The Man in the Brown Suit | Agatha Christie
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December's book is the globetrotting The Man in the Brown Suit! I hope you'll join in the #agathachristieclubR2!

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Guys, I'm so far behind in every aspect of my life right now, and I totally forgot to post discussion questions for this month's #agathachristieclubR2 book. Find them below! @TheAromaofBooks @Librarybelle @AnneCecilie

ferskner 1.) First, what did you think of the book? 1w
ferskner 2.) The character of Poirot has been criticised for his pettiness, and that's really on display here in his rivalry with Monsieur Giraud. How does his behavior impact your feelings toward him? Do you prefer the kinder Suchet version? 1w
ferskner 3. One critic of the book called it a distinctly French mystery, as opposed to the very English mystery of The Mysterious Affair at Styles. What do you think he meant by that? 1w
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ferskner 4.) The solution of the mystery hinges on Poirot's knowledge of a 20-year-old case. Is this fair for a detective novel to do, since the reader can't hope to solve it themselves? 1w
ferskner 5.) Were you surprised by the murderer's identity? What made it surprising? Who did you suspect? 1w
ferskner 6. Christie famously hated romance in mysteries. Why do you think she included so much of it in this book, even finding a partner for Hastings, when she disliked it? 1w
rubyslippersreads I‘m so behind on every aspect of my life, I didn‘t know there was an #agathachristiebookclubR2. 😕 1w
ferskner @rubyslippersreads Luckily you're not too far behind with this! I hope you'll join in. 1w
ferskner @Crimson613 so it sounds like this counts for #wintergames? I don't see how, but here you go! #tmskellington 1w
Crimson613 1pt! xD 1w
Librarybelle 1. This is a re-read for me, and I forgot how much I had enjoyed it! I like the clues. Christie puts in and the red herrings that are sprinkled throughout. I couldn‘t remember the final twist, and when it did happen, I was not prepared. And, Hastings is an idiot. 7d
Librarybelle I‘ve always found Poirot to be slightly off putting - he‘s brilliant, but there is no way he‘d win an award for most charming! But, in a way, Giraud serves as a perfect character foil that made me really, really like Poirot. Giraud‘s arrogance is extreme, and I think his pettiness is way more visible than Poirot‘s in this book. Of course, Suchet is the ultimate Poirot! 7d
Librarybelle 3. Maybe more theatrics and outbursts of emotion??? Admittedly, I didn‘t see too many differences stylistically from Styles, but I also have not read very many French mysteries, so I probably don‘t have a good basis for a clear answer. 7d
Librarybelle 4. Whether it is fair or not, is hard to say. Did Christie want readers to solve the mystery, or was she concentrating more on characters and setting the scene? She does give the background story about halfway through the book, so readers do have some of the clues. She does this in later novels too - Orient Express, And Then There Were None jump to mind right away. These characters have a past that is related to the murder(s) we don‘t know at 1st. 7d
Librarybelle 5. What surprised me the most was, had you really paid attention to Poirot‘s thoughts from the very beginning, you would know he suspected the murderer. “The Girl with the Anxious Eyes.” Christie threw in so many ideas as to the final solution that I couldn‘t begin to guess (and yes, I had read this previously and still couldn‘t tell you!). 7d
Librarybelle 6. This is very early in her writing career, so maybe it was a test. Or, because this is set in France, maybe to make it more French. But, one of the biggest motives for murder is jealousy, so love can play a huge part in that. 7d
AnneCecilie I liked the book and did not see the wist and turns. I don‘t like Poirot‘s pettiness, but I think that Mr. Giraud comes out even worse. Sachet will always be my Poirot. I haven‘t read much French Mystery so I can‘t really tell. The details of the case is told in a summary to the read at some point so I assume that an observant reader will be able to solve it. I didn‘t not see the solution to crime coming. 6d
AnneCecilie I have no idea why she would find a partner to Hastings. This is not mentioned later on, is it? I haven‘t read enough Poirot mysteries to know 6d
ferskner 1) I think this one is fun, but doesn't feel as tight as some of the other Poirot's that I love. The end is really satisfying, though! 2) I'm a HUGE fan of Suchet's choices for the character, and I think it's interesting that he's said that he based every decision on something he found in the books. I think that Poirot shows his pettiness in how he responds to winning the contest, but I think it's pretty minor. 5d
ferskner 3) I think that Jess is right, that this is a more overtly dramatic mystery than the stiff upper lip feel of Styles. Passionate love affairs, over-the-top ploys, etc. It's more emotional than what we usually see in other Christies. 4) That's a good point, Jess - you're right about Orient Express. I feel that the past case is told later in this book (at least that's my memory of it) and that doesn't feel fair to me. Kind of Deus ex machina. 5d
ferskner 5) I don't remember who I expected - maybe the mother? - but definitely not Martha! This one has so much going on to distract you that it'd be hard to guess. 6) I think this goes back to the French feel of the book - ooo la la! - but she continued to include Poirot as matchmaker throughout the series, so it's surprising that she spoke out against it. I need to read her bio for more. And yes - Cinderella is mentioned many times from now on! 5d
ferskner @Librarybelle @AnneCecilie some more discussion! 5d
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The PERFECT challenge for me! Answers below. #wintergames #teamskellington @Crimson613 @StayCurious @Clwojick

ferskner 1.) G 2.) M 3.) A 4.) K 5.) O 6.) B 7.) D 8.) P 9.) E 10.) H 11.) R 12.) C 13.) J 14.) N 15.) Q 16.) F 17.) L 18.) I 1w
Crimson613 37pts!! 1w
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Christmas Cake Murder | Joanne Fluke
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A pretty terrible picture of a pretty good cake. I made a white cake filled with red fruits jam and frosted with a luscious Swiss meringue buttercream and gold sprinkles. The event was my boss's work anniversary, but we turned it into an impromptu holiday party. I love a festive cake!

#wintergames #tmskellington #festiverecipe @Crimson613 @StayCurious @Clwojick

Crimson613 26pts! Ahhh I love cake!! 1w
JazzFeathers Oh, my goodness! I might steal the idea for this cake! 1w
Crazeedi Yum!! 1w
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A Christmas card | Paul Theroux, John Lawrence
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I have lofty intentions of sending Christmas cards every year, but thankfully people still send them to me. I love to display them throughout the season. I received this adorable guy from my dear friend @Librarybelle today. Thank you so much!

#wintergames #tmskellington #holidaytradition @Crimson613 @StayCurious @Clwojick

Crimson613 21pt, cute! 1w
Librarybelle Yay! Glad it arrived! 1w
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Crimson613 79pts!! :D 1w
ferskner @Crimson613 WOOOOT!!!!! 1w
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Crimson613 6pts! we have a lot of bakers on the team, i think you and me will just eat all the cookies xD 1w
ferskner @Crimson613 Well I bake too, but I'd rather eat. 😜 1w
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I'm so behind on #wintergames posts - expect a flurry! #tmSkellington @Crimson613 @StayCurious @Clwojick

1. 102
2. 104 (same every year)
3. The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand
4. The general feeling of hygge - I'm really into Denmark and this is the perfect time to indulge in everything it does best.

Crimson613 26pts! so close to making that goal!! :D Also cool, don't think many people have mentioned hygge before and i don't know too much about it but it sounds like a very self-care practice :) 1w
ferskner @Crimson613 that's a great way of looking at it! I adore it. 1w
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Revisiting an old favorite.

TheBee My favorite as well!! ♥️♥️♥️ 3w
batsy Mine as well 💜 3w
SamAnne Me too! Forgot how good it is. 3w
ferskner @TheBee @batsy @SamAnne do you guys read the regular version or the 1818 version? I've only ever read the 1818. 3w
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I'm not a huge fan of graphic novels, and while this one's artwork didn't quite hit the mark for me, I loved its message to know your own self worth and to surround yourself with people who know it too.

#booked2019 #comicorgraphicnovel @Cinfhen @BarbaraTheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft

Cinfhen Cover art is pretty wonderful 💕 3w
ferskner @Cinfhen agreed! There were some gorgeous panels, but overall I found the story difficult to understand through the art. 3w
Cinfhen Thats disappointing ESPECIALLY for a GN ☹️ 3w
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Carve the Mark | Veronica Roth
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Life is too short to read Veronica Roth.

I do love the title and the cover, though!

#pop19 #booksetinspace

Scochrane26 I‘ve wondered if the books she‘s written after the divergent series are good. She lost me with Allegiant, I was unhappy with most of that book. 3w
Texreader I‘m not fond of her writing either even though I liked the story told in the Divergent series. It‘s just that her writing, to be blunt, is poor. 3w
LibrarianRyan @Scochrane26 Divergent book 1 was so good, but it's like the early success has gone to her head, because everything after that just keeps going downhill. I have this but still havn't read it. 3w
ferskner @Scochrane26 @Texreader @LibrarianRyan totally! I'm still mad that I wasted a week if my life on the Divergent series. I think she has good ideas and then doesn't know what to do with them. She does have an adult novel coming out soon, and I'm curious to know if that improves anything. 3w
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Taylor Jenkins Reid writes the most compelling books in the world. Her hooks are just so good! Plus, this luscious cover makes me go 🤩
#pop19 #bookthatincludesawedding #litsyatoz @BookishMarginalia

Tamra I really expected not to like this and I was in for a delightful surprise. 😁 3w
mom2bugnbee She's become a must read author for me. And I didn't think about this one having a wedding - add this to my #pop19 at as well! 😁 3w
ferskner @mom2bugnbee it does, right? I'm not making that up? 3w
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mom2bugnbee No, it definitely does. After all, she gets married seven times! 😂 3w
ferskner @mom2bugnbee hahaha true! I think we only see one wedding though, right? 3w
mom2bugnbee I think you're right. ☺ 3w
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Once Upon a River | Diane Setterfield
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Diane Setterfield, I love you and I will read anything you deign to put in front of me.

Tamra I really enjoy her writing too! 4w
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Murder on the Links | Agatha Christie
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Oh my gosh I forgot to announce this month's #agathachristieclubR2 book, and it's already the middle of the month! I'm sorry, everyone!

I hope you'll be able to join us!

TheAromaofBooks Thank you for the reminder!! I was sad to not join in last month, as I really love The Secret Adversary, but things got super crazy at the end of October for me. Looking forward to this one!! 1mo
ferskner @TheAromaofBooks everything is crazy for me too - I feel your pain! 1mo
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All the Bad Apples | Mora Fowley-Doyle
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This seemed like the right book to read at an apple orchard.

tracey38 Oh, what fun! I've always wanted to visit an apple orchard. 1mo
ferskner @tracey38 it seems like you'd have tons to choose from in NC! My favorite one is actually near Asheville. I didn't grow up with some orchards but I've made it a must-do activity in the fall now that I have access. 1mo
tracey38 @ferskner yeah, I'll have to look some up. 1mo
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@q84 I can't believe we had each other! Thank you so much for this adorable package - the books are PERFECT for what I feel like reading right now, and the candy and treats are wonderful. #basicwitchswap @sprainedbrain @Meaw_catlady

Meaw_catlady Lovely treasures !! Happy Halloween! 1mo
sprainedbrain Wow! Hope you had a happy Halloween! 🎃 1mo
Q84 I'm glad you like! Happy Halloween! 1mo
Q84 I'm glad you like! Happy Halloween! 1mo
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Happy Halloween, friends! I dressed as an old-timey Halloween costume, which is exponentially more terrifying than anything today.

cathysaid It is!! 👏 1mo
Clare-Dragonfly That looks absolutely terrifying! Nice job! 1mo
teebe Ingenious and terrifying! 1mo
ferskner @cathysaid @Clare-Dragonfly @teebe Thank you thank you! 1mo
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The Secret Adversary | Agatha Christie
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Here are your discussion questions for The Secret Adversary! #agathachristieclubR2

1.) What are your first impressions of Tommy and Tuppence? Does your opinion change by the end of the book?
2.) How does WWI impact the plot and characters?
3.) This is the first of many Christie thrillers. How do you like them compared to the traditional puzzle mystery?
4.) Some critics have noted the use of coincidence in the plot... 👇

ferskner ...(Tuppence using Jane Finn's name, for example.). How do you feel about this choice? 1mo
ferskner 5.) Did you figure out the identity of Mr. Brown? What clues helped or confused you? 1mo
ferskner 6.) Who was your favorite side character? Why? 1mo
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ferskner 7.) Can you see Christie's writing change or grow stronger in her second book? 1mo
AnneCecilie My library didn‘t have this book, but I‘ll be joining you again next month 1mo
Laughterhp I didn‘t read this one this month. I previously tried and bailed. I‘m definitely reading along next month! 1mo
Librarybelle 1. I think I‘m in the minority on this, but Tommy and Tuppence slightly get on my nerves. I can understand why Christie wrote them as eager and clever young people seeking adventure in post World War I, but I can‘t quite get into their persona. I think you see each of their strengths as they go through the adventures in this book. I do know too, from reading others, that you see their characters develop over the other novels. 1mo
Librarybelle 2. Part of Mr Brown‘s henchmen are German and Russian. There‘s talk of the plans spirited from the Lusitania going into the wrong hands and causing worldwide turmoil; these relate to plans made during the war. Tommy is also a veteran. 1mo
Librarybelle 3. I like a good mix of thrillers and puzzle mysteries. This one has a flavor of danger, which makes it thrilled-like. I think, overall though, I like Christie‘s puzzles more. She‘s known for her locked room antics, and she does pay tribute a tiny bit with that, thanks to the room in Soho that is hiding the much coveted papers. 1mo
Librarybelle 4. I didn‘t really think of it as coincidence, actually. Honestly, I didn‘t really think anything of it! 1mo
Librarybelle 5. This is my second reading of this, and I couldn‘t quite remember the twist. Christie almost got me again, clearly leading the reader to think that Julius was Mr Brown. She‘s also a master at red herrings. I‘m usually terrible at identifying the killer or the bad guy or the villain in books, unless it is really spelled out. 🙃 1mo
Librarybelle 6. I couldn‘t help but appreciate Albert‘s enthusiasm. A detective in the making! He‘s eager and almost makes a couple bad blunders, but he‘s highly likable. 1mo
Librarybelle 7. I feel like the twists in this book were constructed a little better than Styles. Honestly, I liked Styles more than this, but as I stated in an earlier answer, I‘m not a big Tommy and Tuppence fan. 1mo
Linsy 1. My first impressions of them are that they‘re fun and smart, but Tuppence is the one pulling things along. My opinion of Tommy raises by the end of the book. 1mo
Linsy @Librarybelle It‘s interesting because I can see what you mean, but I just love their characters so much! I wonder how much of this has to do with encountering them in different books and movies. I particularly love their rapport in the Partners in Crime short stories, that was where I first read and fell in love with them, after watching the most recent tv series of the same name. So I really have no idea what I‘d think coming to this book cold. (edited) 1mo
Linsy 2. I know that WWII has a lot to do with the plot — the papers, etc. — but it was almost secondary. Every time it was brought up, I was almost caught off guard. I kept forgetting it was part of it. Maybe I‘m just obtuse. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 1mo
Linsy 3. I‘m not sure which I like more — thriller or classic mystery — I‘ll need to read more. 1mo
Linsy @ferskner 4. I thought it was fine — How else would they have gotten themselves caught up in this business? — but it is a bit on the nose. 1mo
Linsy @ferskner 5. What‘s funny is that I‘ve read this before. I was on the right track for a bit, but that picture in the hotel room completely swayed me! 1mo
Linsy @ferskner 6. Albert! He was adorable. I found Hersheimmer obnoxious and Jane Finn flat, unfortunately. 1mo
Linsy @ferskner 7. I don‘t know about writing per se, but I appreciated less exhaustive explanations. But that might just be Poirot‘s style. I‘ve only read two of his books, but I found Hallowe‘en Party less didactic. 1mo
ferskner @AnneCecilie @Laughterhp I'm looking forward to your thoughts on Murder on the Links! 1mo
ferskner @Librarybelle @Linsy 1. I'm a fan of Tommy and Tuppence themselves, but not so much this mystery. I think it's overall pretty clever, but it's also a bit convoluted. I really love the 1980s portrayal of their relationship, but I didn't like the changes the recent adaptation made. 1mo
ferskner @Librarybelle @Linsy 2. agreed with everything you pointed out, and also that both T&T are part of that lost generation of WWI survivors who were without work and direction in the aftermath of the war. I love how Christie subtly incorporates this issue into the beginning of the book without being preachy about it. 1mo
ferskner @Librarybelle @Linsy 3. I'm not a huge fan of the thrillers! I think I like this one the best of all, but I much prefer the puzzle murder mysteries. Jess, you make a good point that she includes small elements of the puzzles into this. 1mo
ferskner @Librarybelle @Linsy 4. Haha yes, exactly, too on the nose! I'm fine with some coincidence for the sake of the plot but this seemed a bit heavy handed to me. 1mo
ferskner @Librarybelle @Linsy 5.) I agree! I knew the answer in theory from watching the adaptations but I think she does a great job of making you forget that there's another potential solution to the mystery. The photo in the hotel really is sneaky! 1mo
ferskner @Librarybelle @Linsy 6.) Haha everyone loves Albert! It's pretty hard to not find him charming. 1mo
ferskner @librarybelle @Linsy 7.) I think she feels more adventurous with this book about willing to push farther, but I think that's to its detriment. Styles feels more assured to me, but she's having more fun with this book. I guess there're plus and minuses to both! 1mo
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The Secret Adversary | Agatha Christie
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It's almost the end of the month: have you finished our #agathachristieclubR2 pick yet? I'll post questions tomorrow or Thursday!

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Librarybelle I‘m not quite at the halfway point on my re-read of it, but I‘m determined to finish by Thursday! 1mo
TheAromaofBooks I almost forgot about this! And Secret Adversary is one of my faves!! 1mo
ferskner @TheAromaofBooks it's such a fun one! 1mo
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Drizzled with Death | Jessie Crockett
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Starting my third book of the #readathon (thanks @guinsgirlreads!) along with a location change since I'm starting to get restless legs (the bane of my existence). I also made good progress on my audiobook while I ran errands. I'm guessing that I'll fall asleep before 7am, but maybe my crazy legs will finally serve some purpose and keep me up until the finish line! @DeweysReadathon #screamathon @4thhouseontheleft

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Through the power of Halloween Oreos and Diet Coke, I'm still going! #readathon @DeweysReadathon #screamathon @4thhouseontheleft

Librarybelle Halloween Oreos and Diet Coke! 🧡🧡🧡 2mo
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The Broken Girls | Simone St James
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I'm having a busier day than I expected for the #readathon, but I did slip in some time at my local #silentreadingclub, which is the greatest invention known to man. More reading tonight after my Halloween-y event! @DeweysReadathon #screamathon @4thhouseontheleft

LeeRHarry Silent reading club - sounds intriguing 😊 2mo
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My office decorations are a little out of control this year (more pictures later), and they're a nice backdrop for the #basicwitchswap package I just mailed. @sprainedbrain @Meaw_catlady

Meaw_catlady Spooky cute! 🖤 2mo
sprainedbrain I love it! ❤️🖤 2mo
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Internment | Samira Ahmed
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It's difficult to express in a few characters why I hated this book so much so here goes: a stupid heroine who we're supposed to believe makes good decisions but actually makes every situation worse. A cookie-cutter supporting cast. Cliched dialogue with overly-long history lectures. The botching of a needed book on a vitally important topic.

#booked2019 #muslimauthorormc @Cinfhen @BarbaraTheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft

Cinfhen Thanks for your honest review. Disappointing that this book missed its mark. 2mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Yes, thanks for the review. 👊🏻♥️📚 2mo
ferskner @Cinfhen @BarbaraTheBibliophage I don't usually get worked up over books but this was such a disappointment! 2mo
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Cinfhen I ALWAYS appreciate an honest review especially when the reviewer offers solid thoughtful insights. 2mo
MelissaSue81 I agree with your review. I wouldn't say I hated this book, but it definitely did not live up to the hype.
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ferskner @MelissaSue81 yay thank you! 1w
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Lovely War | Julie Berry
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I'm usually bored by world war books (there are too many!) but oh my gosh, this book made me cry. Haunting, romantic, and heartbreaking, with a fascinating frame of Greek mythology (!!!!), plus the prettiest cover of the year. #pop19 #bookinspiredbymythologylegendorfolklore #readingwomenchallenge #mythretelling @thereadingwomen

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I walked by the house with my favorite Halloween decorations on my #audiowalk and found this year's new addition. That's legit terrifying! (Especially while listening to an extremely disturbing Jo Nesbø novel.) #screamathon @4thhouseontheleft

cathipink Yikes!!! Love seeing people get in the spirit 🙂 2mo
4thhouseontheleft Creepy! 2mo
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I couldn't for the life of me get a decent picture of Jojo Moyes at her author talk at work today, but she was so wonderful to listen to and does a decent Kentucky accent!

britt_brooke 😍 2mo
Ms_T @Birdsong28 Amazing! 2mo
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Ninth House | Leigh Bardugo
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Leigh Bardugo was here tonight to talk about Ninth House! She is such an entertaining speaker. #screamathon @4thhouseontheleft

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How to Hang a Witch | Adriana Mather
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I would have lost my mind for this book when I was a teenager. Salem witches, mean girl high school drama, hidden passages, ghosts, a bit of romance...it has everything teen Ann (and adult Ann) love. #screamathon @4thhouseontheleft

4thhouseontheleft 🧡👻🖤 2mo
Theeclecticreader @ferskner I just listened to the episode where you talk about this book. I‘m so glad you liked it because I already having on my shelf waiting to be read. Now I think I‘ll move it up on my TBR list 1mo
ferskner @Theeclecticreader yay I hope you like it! It hit so many good buttons for me. 4w
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I forgot to take a picture before putting this in the mail, but it's on its way to you, @robinb! I had mixed feelings about it, but a full review will come later. #whodunithesequel #screamathon @4thhouseontheleft

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Ridiculously, I've had an advance copy of this since 2014 and am only now jumping on the bandwagon. It is sooooooo adorable! I loved the tone and that Lara Jean felt like a real teenager (I find most YA to have overly mature characters). I can't wait to get to the next one!

#pop19 #bookwithloveinthetitle #booked2019 #booktomovie @Cinfhen @BarbaraTheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft

Cinfhen I love when I book I‘ve owned forever ends up being a total hit!! It‘s like finding $10 in your coat pocket 2mo
ferskner @Cinfhen haha I hadn't thought of it that way, but totally! 2mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage I have a few of those really old ARCs on my shelf ... good job on knocking one of yours off! 📚♥️👊🏻 2mo
Julia Harris Good pick that is a really good book 📘 (edited) 2mo
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The Stars Are Fire | Anita Shreve
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Somehow I've never read Anita Shreve before! This wouldn't have been something I'd pick on my own, but I'm really glad my book club read it. She writes complex relationships and traumas so beautifully.

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rather_be_reading i havent either 2mo
LeeRHarry I have read a few of hers, it is sad she is no longer with us 😔 2mo
Cinfhen I haven‘t read her before but I‘ve always been curious. I‘m adding this to my potential bookclub list of books!! 2mo
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ferskner @LeeRHarry oh my gosh I had no idea she'd passed away! That is so sad. @Cinfhen this would be FANTASTIC as a book club pick. 2mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage I read maybe two of her early books. Glad to know others are good too! (And sorry to hear she‘s died. 😢) 2mo
Crazeedi I enjoyed this one, I've read several of hers, it was sad to heat shes gone 2mo
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The Glitch: A Novel | Elisabeth Cohen
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This mix of women's lives and relationships with sci-fi didn't quite work for me. I was much more interested in the comedic portrayal of a Silicon Valley workaholic than the tech-gone-wrong storyline.

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Cinfhen It‘s a cool cover and I 💗the photo! Too bad book was just a so-so 2mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Sounds like an interesting premise, but sorry it didn‘t pan out. 👊🏻♥️📚 2mo
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Screamland | Harold Sipe, Hector Casanova
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My work schedule and the apartment office schedule aren't compatible, so I was finally able to pick up my #screamathon package today. I LOVE IT!!!! @guinsgirlreads you picked fantastic books (no worries on Strange Practice!) and you sent the perfect spooky items for me. I adore the bath products and candle and decorations! Thank you so much! And thanks to @4thhouseontheleft for organizing!

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The Secret Adversary | Agatha Christie
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Up next for the #agathachristieclubR2 is this first Tommy and Tuppence romp! Join us at the end of the month for a discussion of Christie's spy thriller.

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I was overwhelmed by family stuff this weekend, but here are the discussion questions for The Mysterious Affair at Styles! Please see the comments below: #agathachristieclubR2

ferskner 1.) Is this your first time reading Christie? What was your first impression? 2mo
ferskner 2.) If this isn't your first Christie, what brings you back? 2mo
ferskner 3.) What do you think if Poirot as an investigator? And Hastings as his sidekick? 2mo
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ferskner 4.) How does social class play a role in this mystery? 2mo
ferskner 5.) How does Christie build suspense in the novel? How do you like her style compared to other mystery authors? 2mo
ferskner 6.) Do you enjoy Christie's red herrings? Which is your favorite in the book? 2mo
ferskner 7.) Did you find any flaws in the mystery? Do you enjoy looking for them, or do you want to be carried along for the ride? 2mo
ferskner @batsy @TheAromaofBooks @Librarybelle @AnneCecilie @k.reads I remember you participating off the top of my head, but please tag anyone else you know would like to join in! 2mo
Librarybelle This was not my first time reading Christie, nor my first time reading this story. I‘ve always loved Christie‘s books for their readability. However, I‘m not a fan of her digs at minorities and those of differing religious views. Poirot can slightly get on my nerves at times - he‘s brilliant, and he knows it. Hastings I found even more annoying this second time through. He‘s almost like a comic foil to Poirot‘s little grey cells... 2mo
Librarybelle ...I find that wealth plays a role in quite a few of Christie‘s books. This one has the upstairs versus downstairs feel, with both serving staff and houseguests involved in the investigation. Christie is a marvel at the “locked room” set up - a murder in an impossible situation with so many red herrings thrown into the story. The broken coffee cup. Was it or was it not poison? Who wore the disguise? It was clever to have the killer basically... 2mo
Librarybelle ...in plain sight, having everyone suspect him then claiming his innocence. I‘m not sure I have a favorite, per se, and I admit that though I‘ve read this before, I completely forgot who the murderer is! I‘m sure there were flaws - it‘s not a perfect mystery and novel, but Christie shows her talent. Great questions!! I have to think on these some more! 2mo
Lizpixie 1. Nope, been reading Christie since my aunt gave me a 2ndhand copy of Sparkling Cyanide when I was 10yrs old. I‘ve now read every book at least twice! 2. Characters & plot. She‘s a master at both. 3. Poirot is very arrogant, but he has every right to be, though he does rub me the wrong way sometimes. Hastings annoys me a bit, not his fault, unfortunately she‘s written him as a bit stupid.👇👇👇 2mo
Lizpixie 4. Class defines British society in every way, if you‘re lower you‘ll always be regarded with suspicion & if you‘re higher no one will question you. 5. She builds it with impossible situations, like a locked door mystery, and by putting a teaspoon of suspicion on everyone so there‘s no trust. Her style can seem a bit dated, but she was the original at a lot of this stuff. 6. She can overload on the red herrings occasionally 2mo
Lizpixie 6 cont. My favourite in this book is the disguise found in Johns room. 7. Of course there‘s flaws, compared to recent mysteries she can seem a bit dated. The plot can be a bit obvious & predictable, but she was a pioneer in crime. I just go with the story, poking holes ruins it.💁🏻‍♀️ Thanks for resurrecting this, I love my Dame Agatha! #christiecrimeclub 2mo
AnneCecilie Christie was one of the first authors I read, when I started reading in my early teens. Then I read some of her books, maybe 5 or 6. Then I didn‘t read her until last year. I‘ve been watching the TV series of both Poirot & Miss Marple, and I want to read the books the series are based on. I like Poirot and find Hastings a little stupid but my impression is based mainly on the series so I‘m interested to find out if that change as I read more.... 2mo
AnneCecilie Social class plays a huge role in the mystery, both in the way the family automatically suspects the outsider, but also how the maids are afraid of betraying their employer by talking to Poirot. I find that Christie is good at pointing the finger at everyone involved and completely confuses me. Something that I didn‘t know, is that you can only be put before a judge once for one crime in the U.K. I have never heard of this being the case in Norway 2mo
AnneCecilie So I think I might have missed some of Christie‘s clues concerning the suspect. I don‘t look for flaws, and since I‘m easily fooled I probably wouldn‘t find them either, so I just like to get carried away and enjoy the ride. And feel like Hastings when everything is revealed 😉 your questions really had my thinking and I liked reading your thoughts @Librarybelle and @Lizpixie they got me thinking about the book and some parts a little different 2mo
TheAromaofBooks @AnneCecilie @LIibrarybelle @Lizpixie - hey everyone!! Life has been crazy the last couple of days so I am just getting a chance to check out everyone's comments and thoughts!! I'll add a few of my own after I read what all of you have to say. :-) It was fun to revisit Styles as it had been several years since I read this one. 2mo
TheAromaofBooks First, to answer @ferskner 's original questions - (1) Definitely not my first time reading Christie, and not even my first time reading this particular book. (2) Honestly, one of the reasons I always come back to Christie is her wry sense of humor. I also love the way that, for the most part, she let's us see the clues as well. 2mo
TheAromaofBooks (3) Poirot honestly isn't my favorite Christie character as he is a bit pompous for my taste, but I don't usually mind spending time with him. I'm fond of Hastings despite the fact that I think Christie writes him as slightly *too* oblivious. (4) It's always interesting to me to watch Christie's writing change through time, as she was living through a great deal of change regarding society & class. Here, during WWI, we are starting to see the 2mo
TheAromaofBooks breakdown between the classes. (5) I'm a simple girl with simple tastes, so I enjoy Christie's classic approach: set up the characters, kill one of them off in a way that narrows the killer down to someone else within the household, then present clues and red herrings until we have a chance to gather everyone together for the big reveal at the end. I'm not sure I would call this particular story suspenseful as I didn't really fear for anyone 2mo
TheAromaofBooks else's lives, but I thought the pacing was good. (6) My favorite red herring here was probably the overheard argument. (7) There were a couple of times where someone seemed so obvious that it was almost ridiculous that Hastings couldn't see it. However, I've read this book multiple times before, so it's possible that that was my subconscious remembering how things went! Overall, I tend to just go along for the ride and enjoy the way things unfold. 2mo
TheAromaofBooks I really enjoyed revisiting this one - although instead of reading her second book next, I almost want to jump straight to Poirot's final appearance in Curtain, which does tie back to this one in some ways. Anyway, I'll look forward to rejoining all of you at the end of October to discuss The Secret Adversary, which is actually one of my very favorites as I LOVE Tommy & Tuppence, and also quite enjoy a good (aka rather terrible) spy romp! 2mo
ferskner @Librarybelle @Lizpixie @AnneCecilie @TheAromaofBooks I love all your thoughts! I'm very fascinated by the fact that Norway doesn't have double indemnity! I really like this book and I'm astounded that it's her first novel. I definitely have a soft spot for Poirot and I love how Christie writes him - pompous, but a bit tongue in cheek. I really like that the solution is a double bluff (the killer is the original suspect)... 2mo
ferskner @Librarybelle @Lizpixie @AnneCecilie @TheAromaofBooks ...something she'll use a few more times! As far as flaws, obviously the racism is an issue, and I also don't get why the killer leaves the torn-up letter in the room. Why not put it in his pocket? Or go get it after the coast is clear? He leaves it there for days! She's not as tight of a plotter as she'll eventually be. 2mo
Linsy Okay, so I know I‘m late to the party, but here it goes... This was not my first Christie, but I haven‘t read hat many other than Tommy & Tuppence. This was a reread for me, and I enjoyed it so much more this time than the last! I can‘t tell if Poirot is just rubbing off on me or what. Hastings is a pretty terrible sidekick, but I‘m loving Poirot more and more! But in my head, he‘s Kenneth Branagh. 2mo
Linsy The “man of the manor” seems to get so much more leeway than others around Poirot. When people of the town talk of him, they can‘t conceive of their lord being the one who committed the crime, although his family is more than willing to throw him under the bus. I really enjoy how Christie built suspense slowly and methodically. The quietness of it made the suspense even more intense, in my opinion. 2mo
Linsy The first time I came to this book, I got really lost with all the herrings and explanations, so I wasn‘t so excited to pick this one up. This time, however, I had the completely opposite experience. Those things built the suspense and enjoyment of it for me. I don‘t know if it was my mood or if I‘m understanding Poirot‘s style better, but I‘m so glad you inspired me to pick it up again! 2mo
Linsy I really enjoy just being carried along for the ride. My husband likes pointing out flaws in magicians‘ performances and I‘m always like — No, don‘t spoil the magic! 2mo
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