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LaraS

LaraS

Joined October 2018

Too indecisive to commit to a tag line.
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This really sounded like a book I would love but I just couldn‘t seem to connect with any of the characters. Felt pretty meh about it.

I also stopped by a nearby Chungchun for Korean hot dogs, and they did not dissapoint!

I seem to be having better luck with the food portion of #FoodandLit rather than the book part! 😋

JenniferEgnor I literally just had Korean corn dogs from a local food truck! Gochujang Potato and my favorite: ramen. 2mo
Catsandbooks Those corn dogs look amazing!! 🇰🇷 2mo
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Denison Avenue | Christina Wong
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I‘ve read 4 of the 5 #CanadaReads books so far, the only one left is a graphic novel. I know I can easily nab the e-book from my library‘s express on overdrive, but when it comes to graphic novels I just prefer the actual physical book, ya know? Sadly I think I have to face reality and accept that I‘m not going to get my hands on the physical one before March!

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Fibbed | Elizabeth Agyemang
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Late in posting my January #FoodandLit for #Ghana - another middle grade book with deliciously vibrant graphics and some (attempted) home made Red Red with fried plantains.

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The Way Past Winter | Kiran Millwood Hargrave
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Lovely little middle grade wintery fantasy. Three sisters and their brother Oskar live in a cabin in the woods, when one day a group of strangers stop by looking for shelter. When morning comes, the strangers have left without a word, but unexpectedly, so has Oskar.

My first #pantone2024 read!

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The Honeys | Ryan La Sala
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After his twin sister‘s bizarre death, Mars heads to her old summer camp to try to unravel the mystery of what happened to her.

Loved this one. It‘s quite the shocking beginning and then shifts to more of an eerie slow burn as Mars spends some time at camp, and then it ramps up again at the end. I recommend the audiobook, it‘s got some well placed background sounds throughout.

Awesome artwork from here:
https://everydayoriginal.com/product/hive/

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Oct 1 - 15: 10,089
Oct 16-31: 30,534
40,623 Total Points!

Sorry this is cutting it so close to the deadline 😬The tagged book was my favourite read during the #Scarathlon.

@Catsandbooks thank you so much for hosting! I had such a great time! And a virtual high fives to all my teammates on the #BatBrigade 🦇🍁🎃

Catsandbooks Awesome job!! 👏🏼 🎉 🧡🖤🦇 Glad you had fun! 😊 7mo
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Bingo! | Rosemary Wells
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Forgot to post this last night…got a few lines on the #BookCoverBingo! Really liked doing the visual prompts first this one. #scarathlon #BatBrigade @Catsandbooks @AllDebooks #naturalitsy

Catsandbooks 🙌🏼🙌🏼🧡🦇🖤 7mo
AllDebooks Great job 👏 7mo
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The Sprinter | Kate Archer
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And sneaking in the alphabet one as well...22/26 for a total of 110 points for #BatBrigade. Not to shabby! #Scarathlon @catsandbooks

Catsandbooks Yay! 👏🏼👏🏼 7mo
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The Sprinter | Kate Archer
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Sneaking in the last minute sprint games! 430 points for #BatBrigade #Scarathlon @Catsandbooks

Catsandbooks Woo! 👏🏼👏🏼 7mo
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Well now that I see it as a collective group it seems I went overboard on the bingos... 😅 #BatBrigade #Scarathlon

Texreader Loving that #scarathlonatozbingo card!! 7mo
LaraS @Texreader it's my first time attempting anything A to Z...and I gotta say it was probably the one I had the hardest time planning! 😅 Still had lots of fun doing it and snagged some points for our team though, so thanks for hosting! 😁 🌟 #BatBrigadeTeamMatesFTW 7mo
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Texreader @LaraS It is so hard and I think that‘s why I do the yearly atoz and the ScarathlonAtoZ. It takes a lot of planning ahead! I‘m impressed you did really well with it. In October I “cheat” a bit by reading kids books, but of course that‘s a welcome practice for Scarathlon and all year. But I don‘t usually count kids books for my yearly atoz challenge. 7mo
Catsandbooks Awesome job! 👏🏼👏🏼 7mo
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The Bucket List | Rachel Hanna
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I had a slow start on my bucket list but I managed to get quite a few done! 280 points for the #BatBrigade #scarathlon @Catsandbooks

Catsandbooks Spectacular! 🎃 7mo
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After the Forest | Kell Woods
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Hansel and Gretel twenty years after escaping the witch and gingerbread house. Lots to like about this book but it felt a bit slow in places, a bit of a slow epic journey. A soft pick.

awesome artwork from here: https://www.reddit.com/media?url=https%3A%2F%2Fi.redd.it%2Fafgbcl5kb1c51.jpg

#scarathlon #BatBrigade 🦇

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The Halloween Tree | Ray Bradbury
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Everyone‘s got a Nibley in their life 😁🍁🎃 #AutumnPlease #Costume #BatBrigade

Eggs Love this 👻👻 7mo
Catsandbooks 😂👻👏🏼 7mo
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I think this was my favourite read of #scarathlon so far. I didn't know much about it going in, and I think that's the best way to read this.

Incredible artwork from: https://nellasbookplanet.tumblr.com/post/633811587712663552/the-girl-with-all-th...

#BatBrigade #Falling4Books #31by31 #spookoween #LittenListen @Read4Life @catsandbooks @thespineview @aperfectmjk

TheSpineView Fantastic! 7mo
Catsandbooks 🙌🏼🦇🧡 7mo
Read4life 🍁👻🎃 7mo
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Weyward: A Novel | Emilia Hart
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Who knew mixing apple cider and ginger beer made such a good drink? Throw in some bourbon and you've got the perfect #poison to finish off some last minute #scarathlon reading.

#AutumnPlease @eggs @alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @catsandbooks #BatBrigade

Eggs Oh how fun! 7mo
Catsandbooks Ooo yum! 🧡 7mo
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The Halloween Tree | Ray Bradbury
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A quick and fun read about a group of boys who get transported all over the world and throughout the centuries on Halloween Night. I loved the illustrations in this edition, especially this one that's perfect for #AutumnFoliage #OctoberPhotoADay.

#31in31 #Spookoween #OneMoreChapter #BirthdayBashReadathon #Falling4Books @catsandbooks @thespineview @clwojick @thearomaofbooks @Read4life

TheSpineView Well done! 7mo
Catsandbooks 🙌🏼🦇🧡 7mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 7mo
Read4life 🍁👻🎃 7mo
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What October Brings: A Lovecraftian Celebration of Halloween | John Shirley, Brian M. Sammons, Brian Phillips Sammons
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TheSpineView Yum!🤍🍦 7mo
Catsandbooks Cute! What fun! 👻🧡 7mo
Read4life Looks delicious 🍁👻🎃 7mo
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This #ScarathlonSprint timing worked out perfectly, I managed to read for nearly the whole time! @catsandbooks #BatBrigade

Catsandbooks Yay! 👏🏼🦇💜 7mo
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Lavender House | Lev AC Rosen
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I love a good dedication. 🔪 My pick for #kill for #scarathlonphotochallenge #BatBrigade 🦇

The head of a famous soap empire mysteriously dies, and her wife hires a PI to uncover the truth. This book is touted as “Knives Out with a queer historical twist“, but I think that's a disservice to the book. It's a bit slower and deeper character study than Knives Out and I suspect some of the low ratings are from people who were looking for a fun romp.

Catsandbooks 😂👍🏼🖤 7mo
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A single mother moves her family to a remote island so she can paint a mural in an old lighthouse owned by the wealthiest man in town, when 2 of her daughters suddenly go missing. 20yrs later 1 of them is found, but she hasn‘t aged at all.

Loved how this book pays homage to the unnamed ppl burned at the stake for witchcraft.

Incredible artwork from https://paontaure.tumblr.com/post/659665149134831616/some-illustrations-i-made-f...

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Tinfoil Butterfly: A Novel | Rachel Eve Moulton
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^ our first meeting of 9 year old Earl. Just started this one yesterday, I love a good creepy child trope 🎃
#31in31 #spookoween #OutstandingOctober #BirthdayBashReadathon #Falling4Books

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A young man who is born into unfortunate circumstances in 18th century France has such a hyper refined sense of smell that he experiences the world through scent. He becomes a perfumer, and spends his life trying to create for the perfect scent.

Ok, ok, i've hopped on the bandwagon - I added some little ghosts and pumpkins to cover up some unfortunate water damaged that happened to these prints. #litsycrafters #ghostpainting #BatBrigade

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 👌🏻📚🙌🏻 7mo
Catsandbooks They're so cute! I've been really wanting to try this trend! 👻 7mo
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What Lies in the Woods | Kate Alice Marshall
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Twenty years ago, Naomi, Olivia, and Cassidy spent their summer days playing in the forrest, until one of them is stabbed 17 times and left for dead.

This book was a lot darker than I was expecting (ok I know it's about a kid getting stabbed but I wasn't quite prepared for the additional trauma that was weaved throughout).

Did some #audiocrafting to this book and finished this little dude #litsycrafters #littenlisten #scarathlon #BatBrigade

Catsandbooks I love the wheel! 🧡 7mo
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The Wizard of Oz | Frank Baum
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The Wizard of Oz is definitely my pick for the #AutumnPlease challenge prompt for #Lost. A while ago I saw the Royal Winnipeg Ballet's incredible interpretation of The Wizard of Oz and this was one of their super cool stage settings.

#Scarathlon @catsandbooks #BatBrigade @eggs @alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

GondorGirl Ooo I've seen so many different stage versions, but never a ballet! How cool! 7mo
Catsandbooks Oh I bet it was beautiful! 💚 7mo
LaraS @GondorGirl @Catsandbooks It was one of the coolest things I've seen, the dancers are so talented! 7mo
Eggs Wow that must have been awesome 👏🏻 💚✨ 7mo
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Charlotte's Web | E. B. White
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Earlier this year I was fortunate enough to visit a few different states in Australia, and this was posted at the front desk of our hotel in the Blue Mountains. Points for trying, but let's be honest, if I get bit by something I won't have the wherewithal to identify what kind of creature it is let alone its sub-species.

#ScaratlonPhotoChallenge for prompt #spider

#BatBrigade

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Our After Work Book Club met at a cute and cozy GrandmaCore bar that served Murdertinis - the perfect venue for this cute and cozy romance read! A solid choice for the #potion prompt for #ScarathlonPhotoChallenge

#Scarathlon #BatBrigade @catsandbooks @clwojick @staycurious

Catsandbooks Ooo looks delicious! ❤️ 7mo
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Scarathlon | Litsy
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Wow I can't believe it's already the 3rd week in Oct
40 early bird points plus 10,049 points for the first half of #scarathlon for grand total of 10,089 points! @catsandbooks #BatBrigade 🦇

Catsandbooks Awesome!! 🎉👏🏼🦇🧡 7mo
Texreader Yay teammate!! 7mo
Deblovestoread Yay! 🦇 7mo
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What Lies in the Woods | Kate Alice Marshall
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It‘s been a crazy week, I thought I‘d be a lot further along in my #bucketlist 😅 Oh well I guess that means I have more to look forward to this month! #scarathlon #batbrigade

Catsandbooks Are those baked apples? Whatever it is it looks delicious! ❤️ 7mo
LaraS @catsandbooks thanks! they're actually baked peaches...one of my fav easy desserts 😁 7mo
Catsandbooks @LaraS ooo yum! That's such a good idea! 🍑 7mo
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Found these awesome postcards at the thrift store, spent the night putting Halloween jokes on them and sending to friends and fam for Halloween!

Aimeesue Fun! 🎃 7mo
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Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats | Thomas Stearns Eliot, Axel Scheffler
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Is it just me, or is the flying cat in the sky giving serious Luck Dragon from Neverending Story vibes? Also I think I am the last person to know the musical Cats was based on this collection of poems. #31by31 #spookoweek #outstandingoctober #pumpkinspicereadathon #orangestack

Catsandbooks 😂😂🐈‍⬛ 7mo
Andrew65 I didn‘t know about Cats so you‘re not the last. 7mo
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Yolk | Mary H. K. Choi
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Eggs Beautiful 🥚🍳🥚 7mo
Catsandbooks I love sprayed edges!! 😍 7mo
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Like all witches, Mika Moon keeps her witchy powers a secret, until she is asked to teach three young witches all about magic. A cute seasonal romance with a found family that I picked up for a BuddyRead!

#scarathalonphotochallenge prompt #witch #31by31 #spookoween #littenlisten #24hReadathon #pumpkinspicereadathon #batbrigade

@clwojick @staycurious @catsandbooks @thespineview @aperfectmjk @puddlejumper @emilymdxn

TheSpineView Awesome! 7mo
Catsandbooks 🙌🏼🔮💙 7mo
Emilymdxn I‘m such a huge fan of this book! 7mo
PuddleJumper Wahoo! 7mo
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Oranges | John McPhee
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I haven't read this yet but I've got it on order from the library, based entirely on a quote from the book I read somewhere that keeps popping into my head for no reason:

Citrus does not come true from seed. What this means is: If you plant an orange seed, a grapefruit might come up. If you plant a seed of that grapefruit, you might get a bitter lemon.

#BatBrigade #scarathlonphotochallenge #Orange @clwojick @staycurious @catsandbooks

Catsandbooks 👍🏼🍊🧡 7mo
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A Dowry of Blood | S. T. Gibson
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I wasn't sure what to expect from this one but I liked it a lot more than I thought. Excellent choice for the #BatBrigade #BuddyRead

Amazing artwork from here: https://www.tumblr.com/lilithsaur/650035955511721984/my-interpretation-of-the-ch...

#31by31 #spookoween
@catsandbooks @thespineview

TheSpineView Well done! 7mo
Catsandbooks Ooo that artwork is gorgeous! Glad you liked it! 🦇❤️ 7mo
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Taaqtumi: An Anthology of Arctic Horror Stories | Richard Van Camp, Rachel Qitsualik-Tinsley, Sean Qitsualik-Tinsley, Aviaq Johnston, Anguti Johnston
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Taaqtumi - an Inuktitut word that means “in the dark“ - is a creepy collection of horror short stories by northern writers set in the arctic. I don't always love short story collections but this one was great. #scarathalonphotochallenge #dark #batbrigade @clwotick @StayCurious @CatsandBooks

Catsandbooks 🙌🏼☠️💚 7mo
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The Shadows | Zabus
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A heartbreaking graphic novel that follows a young refugee who must tell the story of how he and his sister fled their home to an immigration officer. One of the best graphic novels I read this year.

#AutumnPlease #shadow #scarathalon #batbrigade @eggs @alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @catsandbooks

Eggs Sounds so good 💙❤️💙 7mo
Catsandbooks 👏🏼🎃🖤 7mo
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The Lucky List | Rachael Lippincott
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A high schooler discovers her deceased mother's bucket list from when she was in high school, and decides to spend the summer completing it. This was such a cute read, and a perfect pick for #AutumnPlease prompt #FallFlowers (who doesn't love sunflowers?!) #scarathalon #batbrigade

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Great cover and sounds really good!! 7mo
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The Bone Houses | Emily Lloyd-Jones
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Young Ryn is a gravedigger in a small town where risen corpses roam the forrest due to a decades-old curse. When a new mapmaker arrives in the town, the corpses start attacking the town, and Ryn and the new mapmaker have to uncover the secrets of the curse.

Just starting this one for the #scarathalon, and it's a perfect pic for #AutumnPlease prompt #bones

Eggs Love the flowers and foliage arrangement 🧡🌻🤎 7mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Love it ☠️💐 7mo
Catsandbooks That's skeleton is so cool! 🧡 7mo
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Spotted this gem in a second hand shop #scarathalonphotochallenge #pumpkin #batbrigade

Catsandbooks Perfect! 🎃 7mo
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A series of essays regarding the evolution on the cover designs on Nabokov‘s Lolita, including an entire section of concept covers from various graphic designers. The essays were ok, I have to admit they got a little bit repetitive, but it was worth it to see the concept art. The ones pictured are my faves.

A leftover from Sept but still a few points for the #scarathalon #batbrigade @Catsandbooks

Catsandbooks 👍🏼🦇💜 7mo
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A Dowry of Blood | S. T. Gibson
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I'm about halfway through and I'm really enjoying this retelling of the brides of Dracula. Great choice for a #BuddyRead!

#BatBrigade #scarathalon #31by31 #spookoween #ScarathalonPhotoChallenge prompt #blood @catsandbooks @thespineview @clwojick @staycurious

TheSpineView Excellent! 8mo
Catsandbooks Yay! Glad it's good so far! 🦇 8mo
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Just started this one tonight, I'm really enjoying it so far. Apparently I was painting so aggressively my watch thought I was exercising 😂 #ExtremeCrafts

#31by31 #spookoween #LittenListen #scarathalon #BatBrigade @catsandbooks @thespineview @aperfectmjk

TheSpineView 👍🤣😊 8mo
Soubhiville Exercise and be creative at the same time! Why not? 🙂 8mo
Catsandbooks 😂🖤🔮 8mo
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I got this as a gift last year and I'm very excited to do some #LitsyCrafts for the spooky season! It's also my pick for the #ScarathalonPhotoChallenge prompt Ghost. #BatBrigade

Catsandbooks Love this!! 👻🖤 8mo
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As You Wish | Chelsea Sedoti
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Had to use this one for #AutumnPlease prompt for #CandleFlame. This follows a young teen who lives in a small desert town where everyone gets one wish, and that wish always comes true. What would you wish for?

This is one of those cheesy, predictable, maudlin teen books full of unlikable characters...but somehow I still loved reading it.

#scarathalon #BatBrigade @catsandbooks @eggs @alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Catsandbooks 🖤🕯️ 8mo
Eggs Perfect 🕯️❤️🔥 8mo
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Pumpkinheads | Rainbow Rowell
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The obvious choice for #OctoberPhotoADay prompt Pumpkin Patch! Everyone's favourite re-read to ring in the fall season.

And check out my single, solitary, lonesome pumpkin that grew in my “pumpkin patch“ that I planted last year...I did not attempt it again this year 😂

#Scarathalon #BatBrigade @catsandbooks

Catsandbooks That's a nice pumpkin even if it was lonely 😂🎃 8mo
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My pick for #scarathalonphotochallenge prompt Death. Evelyn Bishop is murdered at 11. Aiden wakes up on the same day in the body of a different guest @ Blackheath, and must solve the mystery. Cool premise, non? This is one of those books that I had a good time while reading it, but I'm not sure if I actually *liked* it or not.

Artwork from here: https://www.deviantart.com/everyfortressfalls/art/Seven-and-a-Half-Deaths-no-num...

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Haunted Air | Ossian Brown
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My fav coffee table book of the spooky season…actually I think every single post for this book on Litsy is just me raving about it for various #scarathalonphotochallenges skeleton prompts 😅 #batbrigade

Catsandbooks Excellent! I love your decorations too! ☠️🖤 8mo
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MONA | Museum of Old and New Art (Tas.)
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Earlier this year I saw an exhibit at MONA (the Museum of Old and New Art) featuring works from artist Tomás Saraceno, who “collaborates with spiders and their webs”. Multiple spiders work together, and if you look closely you can see how different species have different types of webs. Easily the coolest things I‘ve seen this year!?️?️ #AutumnPlease! #scarathalon #batbrigade

Catsandbooks I don't like spiders but this is very cool! 🙌🏼🖤 (edited) 8mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🕷️🕸️🖤 8mo
Eggs That is unbelievably cool 👌🏼🕸️🖤 8mo
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Talented Mr. Ripley | Patricia Highsmith
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Nothing says October like a cup of tea! My friend and I have an annual tradition of trying new fall themed tea flavours throughout the month. I‘m stuck travelling this week so my first #HelloOctober cuppa is the Random TransCan Motel Room Special #octoberphotoaday #scarathalon #batbrigade @Catsandbooks

Catsandbooks That's such a fun tradition! 🍁🧡 8mo
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Talented Mr. Ripley | Patricia Highsmith
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First official #scarathalon book to show up from the library, and a perfect pick for the #scarathalongpbotochallenge prompt for black!

This has been on my TBR for years and years, it‘s high time I got around to it. #batbrigade

Clwojick Hope you love it! It‘s on my TBR too! 8mo
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