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The Rachel Papers by Martin Amis
The Rachel Papers | Martin Amis
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Up next (and hiding from the puppy again ).

This current read for my IRL book club looks like it might be a bit “dirty”. 😆

AlaMich I guess he‘ll have to grow into being a good reading buddy. 😊 10h
saresmoore Ooh, suggestive! 10h
ValerieAndBooks 😮 !! The cover of my copy (still TBR) is very generic looking!! 10h
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merelybookish I loved this book when I read it in my 20s. I wonder how I'd feel about it now. 🤔 10h
IamIamIam I've threatened to read Martin Amis in the past, lol. I'm interested to see how your book club finds this!!! 10h
CarolynM Same @batsy @merelybookish I haven't managed to get through any of his others. 3h
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Rebecca | Du Maurier-Dame Daphne
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I took a load of books in to my local secondhand bookshop and couldn‘t resist this cover.

It may be time for a reread of this old favourite! 💖💖

Lcsmcat That is a great cover! 4d
Carolhreads I liked this book I read it around Halloween last year I believe 4d
quirkyreader Lovely cover. 4d
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Ruthiella I understand why you couldn‘t resist! 4d
rubyslippersreads Fabulous cover! Is that Mrs. Danvers? 3d
batsy That's fab! 3d
erzascarletbookgasm I‘m amazed at all the covers available! This is a great cover. 3d
youneverarrived That‘s so cool! 😍 3d
Aimeesue That's a rather steely Mrs. Danvers! Nice. 2d
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Friday night. I‘m hiding from the puppy to get some reading done. 😆😆


Bookzombie 😆 5d
rubyslippersreads ❤️❤️❤️ that cover! 5d
erzascarletbookgasm The wine matches the cover. 👍 And we miss the 🐶 already! 5d
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BarbaraBB Your picture and evening are similar to @Leftcoastzen 🍷❤️. I‘ve started too. 5d
batsy 😂 5d
LeahBergen @Bookzombie It needed to be done. 😆 5d
LeahBergen @rubyslippersreads Isn‘t it fantastic? 5d
LeahBergen @erzascarletbookgasm He‘s an absolute terror! 😆 5d
LeahBergen @BarbaraBB I‘m really enjoying it so far! 5d
LeahBergen @batsy Thank God my little home library has doors! 😆 5d
rubyslippersreads @LeahBergen I need to get a copy and catch up. Also, one of these days you‘re going to find out if puppies enjoy knocking glasses off tables the way kitties do. 😹 5d
emilyhaldi Lol 🐶 5d
LeahBergen @rubyslippersreads Yeah, well ... he definitely isn‘t shy about cramming his face into a glass and taking a drink. 😆😆 4d
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A Memoir of Her Royal Highness Princess Mary Adelaide, Duchess of Teck | Sir Clement Kinloch-Cooke, Princess Mary (Duchess of Teck)
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My current read (another royal buddy read with @shawnmooney ❤️ and not in the Litsy database) is this biography of the original “People‘s Princess”. The Duchess of Teck was the great grandmother of the current queen and one of the last members of the “old royal family”.

(I was contemplating covering his “bits”, @LauraBeth . 😆😆)


erzascarletbookgasm Aww 🐾 💤 2w
vivastory He's too adorable! 2w
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Cinfhen He‘s too cute!!! I can‘t take it!!!! 2w
batsy I'm with the rest! His cuteness is too much to take! ❤️❤️ 2w
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego He kinda reminds me of Wishbone!! (The 90s TV dog that acted out classic literature, hope in not dating myself lol) 2w
Hooked_on_books Gaaaa!!!!! I missed your initial introduction post. He‘s the cutest little guy ever! 🐶💙 2w
LeahBergen @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego @vivastory I loved Wishbone! I got my first Jack Russell Terrier (that looked a lot like this guy) in 1997 - pretty much at the height of Wishbone‘s popularity. Little kids always yelled, “Wishbone!!” when I‘d take him for walks. 😆😆 I actually still have a couple of old Wishbone bookmarks with him in literary costumes. 😆 2w
vivastory I love that. I can just picture him 😄 2w
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego I love everything about that story! 😆💖🐶 2w
Cathythoughts Gorgeous #Johnnybergen he is a lovely Litsy fellow.... I love the puppies ❤️ (edited) 2w
batsy @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Wishbone was the best 😁💜 2w
mabell Such a baby! ❤️🐶😍 2w
Sace Such a cutie! I feel bleesed to have been a parent to a Wishbone fan. I can still hear her 1st grade self singing "what's the story wishbone" ❤️ Thank you for this post so I could take this little trip down memory lane. 2w
Simona Precious moments of peace and tranquility ♥️ 2w
MicheleinPhilly I ❤️ that gorgeous baby. 2w
Zelma What a sweet little boy. 😍 2w
rubyslippersreads 🐶🐶🐶💤💤💤❤️❤️❤️ The People‘s Puppy! 😊 (edited) 2w
youneverarrived He‘s just adorable 😍 2w
DGRachel He's soooooo cute! 2w
LauraBeth OMG I just saw this! He is SO itty bitty!! 😍😍 2w
readordierachel I can't even handle it 😍 2w
Aimeesue Fun fact: The fictional boardinghouse in Muriel Spark's Girls of Slender Means is named after her. 'The May of Teck Club was established by Princess May of Teck during the First World War "for the Pecuniary Convenience and Social Protection of Ladies of Slender Means below the age of Thirty Years, who are obliged to reside apart from their Families in order to follow an Occupation in London"' 2w
ValerieAndBooks Those tummy freckles 😍 ! 2w
LeahBergen @Sace Awww! I was just singing 🎶 “What‘s the story, Wishbone?” 🎶 to Johnny yesterday. ❤️ 2w
LeahBergen @Aimeesue Oh, that‘s actually her daughter who became Queen Mary (grandmother of our current queen). They are such a cool family. 👍🏻 And I need still need to read that Spark novel! 😄 2w
Aimeesue @LeahBergen You know, it would really make it easier for the rest of the world if the British royal families would use more than six names between them! 😂 2w
LeahBergen @Aimeesue Right?? 😆😆 Well, there‘s an Archie now! 2w
rohit-sawant How adorable! 💜🐶 2w
BookNAround Johnny is too precious! 2w
saresmoore Ooh, I‘ll be interested to hear what you and Shawn think of this book! 1w
LeahBergen @saresmoore We‘re about halfway through and quite enjoying it (although a bit too much time is spent on her relatively uneventful childhood in comparison to her more exciting post-marriage years). 1w
MrBook 😻😻😻😻😻😻😻 1w
Reviewsbylola She looks like she‘s rolling her eyes in the cover pic. 😆 7d
emilyhaldi Omg I can't!!! 😍😍😍😍😍 and he really is the emoji 😆🐶 5d
UwannaPublishme Omg, your puppy is so precious! ❤️ 1d
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Golden Age | Joan London
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@CarolynM , it has arrived! Thank you so much for the beautiful Australian card and book. I‘ve actually been wanting to read this one as I‘ve read another one by this author (Gilgamesh) and really enjoyed it.

It was so thoughtful of you to think of me on my birthday! Much love to you, my friend. 😘😘😘

Cathythoughts What a lovely gift ❤️ I must read this one too. 2w
CarolynM I'm glad it has arrived at last. I hope you enjoy it. I liked Gilgamesh a lot too, but I liked this one even more. 2w
LeahBergen @CarolynM Oh, that‘s good to hear! 👏🏻👏🏻 Thanks so much again! 😘😘 2w
MrBook @LeahBergen Want to chat sometime? ☺️ We can exchange numbers via email, if you‘re interested. jasonvigorito@gmail. 2w
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Untitled | Anonymous
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I‘ve read about 15 pages this week. 15 pages!!!



LauraJ 😦 Are you okay?! 2w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Whaaatttt?!?! 🤣🤣 2w
LeahBergen @LauraJ @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks This horrid little thing is running me ragged! 😆 2w
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Megabooks Cuteness overload!! 2w
Tamra 🤗 2w
readordierachel Worth it. So cute. 💕 2w
batsy Awww 😂❤️ 2w
Balibee146 Cutest little schnoozle 💕💕 2w
veritysalter But you have a puppy to snuggle, your doing well with the picture you‘ve posted, Pablo would be chewing the book. ♥️ 2w
CoffeeCatsBooks Look at that little nose! 💕 2w
saresmoore 😂 I‘m of two minds: One, but it‘s worth it, look how cute! 🥰 Two, I‘m never, ever, ever getting a puppy! 🙅‍♀️ 2w
rubyslippersreads What an adorable reading buddy! ❤️🐶 2w
BarbaraBB That‘s horrible! But Johnny looks like he‘s worth it! 2w
LauraBeth But look at his cute puppy nose! 2w
Mdargusch That nose! 😍😍😍 2w
ValerieAndBooks So cute! That fuzzy nose!! What book on the Hanovers are you reading (or trying to)? 2w
Aimeesue Awww, puppa! ❤️❤️❤️ 2w
Reviewsbylola Omg my reading has been so slow this week too! 7d
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Ghosts of Christmas Past: A chilling collection of modern and classic Christmas ghost stories | Neil Gaiman, M. R. James, Kelly Link, Muriel Spark, Robert Aickman, E. F. Benson, Louis de Bernieres, E. Nesbit, Jenn Ashworth, Jerome K. Jerome, L. P. Hartley, Frank Cowper, Bernard Capes
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What a glorious bunch of books you chose for me, @ulrichyumiodd ! 🧡🖤🧡🖤

You‘re a wonderful gift-wrapper and a perfect swap partner. Thanks so much, friend! 😘😘


IndyHannaJones These all look awesome 3w
ulrichyumiodd Looking at your TBR, I was telling myself “Oooh, I need to read ALL those books!“ And, to stay in theme with the swap, gift-wrapping is my personnal nightmare 😂 3w
TheLudicReader I love Helen Dunmore and 3w
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Gissy 😍🖤🖤🖤 3w
LeahBergen @IndyHannaJones Don‘t they?? I love them! 3w
LeahBergen @ulrichyumiodd But your wrapping was amazing! You wrapped every little thing and it all looked so good! 🖤🖤 I was mightily impressed! 😆 3w
LeahBergen @TheLudicReader I‘m so looking forward to that one! 3w
LeahBergen @Gissy Right?? 😍😍 3w
Gissy They really are so gorgeous covers 3w
ulrichyumiodd @LeahBergen Haha, thank you! 😊 3w
veritysalter I loved The Poison Bed 🖤🖤🖤 2w
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Look at all this #NightmareSwap loot (and the books aren‘t even included in the pic)! 😮😮 Thank you so much, @ulrichyumiodd ! The huge box of candy (😆), the tote, the book sleeve, the stickers, the bookmarks, the tea, the candle, the book pin, the book fan, the coffin keychain, the black cat sticky notes ... I love it all! I especially adore the little Dracula socks. 😆 Thank you!! 🎃 👻 🧛‍♂️

And a big “thank you” to @LibrarianRyan !

bookish_wookish Those socks!!! 😍 3w
LibrarianRyan Yeahhh. Those are cute socks. 3w
ulrichyumiodd I'm very happy to know you like everything! And I'm so glad you like the socks! I wasn't sure if you wore smaller ones like those, but I took a chance. The book fan is my personnal favorite. I bought one for myself as well! I'm thankful for all the details you gave on your swap form. It was helpful to know what you enjoyed! 3w
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LeahBergen @bookish_wookish @LibrarianRyan I love these socks! 🧛‍♂️🧛‍♂️ 3w
LeahBergen @ulrichyumiodd I love little socks like this, especially when I‘m wearing ankle boots (of which I have way too many pairs 😆). That fan is going to come in sooo handy with my *cough* recent midlife hormone fluctuations. 😂😂 Thanks so much again! 😘😘 (edited) 3w
ulrichyumiodd @LeahBergen You‘re welcome! I love little socks too ❤️ I wear them most of the time. 3w
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This, THIS, is why I have been so busy and have missed some of your wonderful birthday wishes (and missed the discussion of my own pick for our #NYRBBookClub as we drove to pick him up).

Introducing #JohnnyBergen. Feel free to block me right now. 😂😂😂

@LauraBeth and @MicheleinPhilly - you two DID tell me to get another dog. 😄

vivastory I'm not a dog person at all, but I would make an exception for Johnny. Adorable! 3w
AmyG Omg he is the most adorable thing! ❤️ 3w
LauraJ Squee! 🖤 3w
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Librarybelle ❤️❤️❤️ 3w
BookNAround He is the stinkin‘ cutest! 3w
TheSpineView So 💜🐕💜cute! 3w
LiteraryinLititz Eeeeeeeeeeee!! Congratulations!! 3w
cjk Sooooo cute!! 3w
overtheedge Adorable!! 3w
Eyelit Omg the cuteness!!! 3w
Prairiegirl_reading Hello Johnny!!! You are such an adorable boy! Having a puppy has seriously put the brakes on my reading life! 3w
JoScho Yay!!!! He is adorable! 3w
LibrarianRyan BABY,!!! 3w
CarolynM What a sweet puppy! 3w
QuietlyLaura Johnny is so cute! We need all the pics! 😍🐶 3w
batsy Aaaah! He is the most adorable pupper! 😍😍 3w
Stacypatrice 🐶🥰🐶🥰 3w
Bklover Omg he is adorable!!!!❤️❤️❤️ 3w
Redwritinghood 😍😍 3w
Chrissyreadit 😍😍😍 3w
Tanisha_A WhateeCutie! 3w
merelybookish Look at that ear! 3w
teebe 🙀😻 3w
erzascarletbookgasm Awww, ❤️ 🐾 3w
julesG I might be in a sugar coma now. He's so cute! 3w
BarbaraBB That is a great birthday gift 💝 ! Welcome Johnny! As long as you post pictures of him next to some books I won‘t block you 🤪❤️ (edited) 3w
Leftcoastzen Oh my ! Adorable! 3w
Kalalalatja I can‘t handle the cuteness 😍😍😍 3w
UwannaPublishme Awwww! Best gift ever! Happy birthday! 🤗❤️🎉🎁🎂 3w
mrp27 Oh my goodness!!! Can't wait for all the puppy pics! 😍🐶 3w
Reggie Omg, what a cutie!!! 3w
Balibee146 Hells Bells he's absolutely gorgeous 😍😍 3w
veritysalter How beautiful, everyone needs a reading buddy. Welcome to Litsy Johnny. ♥️🐶♥️ 3w
Centique OMG those eyes! And the freckles on his ear! Couldn‘t get any cuter 😍 3w
Sace What a handsome pup! I'm looking forward to seeing more of his cute little face! 3w
LauraBeth Ohmergerrrrrd!!!!!!! I‘m so happy for you! And for Johnny! This may be my favorite Litsy post ever!!! 😍😍😍 3w
rabbitprincess Awwwwww adorable!! :D 3w
Gissy 🐶❤️❤️❤️❤️so cute😍 3w
mklong What a sweetie! I can‘t handle the freckles on his ear!! ❤️❤️❤️ 3w
youneverarrived Oh my gosh he‘s gorgeous!! 😍😍 3w
mabell Congratulations! You‘re a cutie, Johnny! 😍 You did say 1.5 years ago - if you got another dog, it would likely be a JRT 😄 3w
MicheleinPhilly SQUEEEEEEE!!!!! I ❤️ him! 3w
Zelma What a sweet face! Congrats on the new family member! 3w
quietjenn Oh my. Soooooo adorable! 3w
candority So cute! 😍🐶 3w
Jas16 Oh! So much adorableness! 3w
DGRachel Oh. My. Goodness! He is ADORABLE! I must have daily updates! 😍 😍 😍 😍 3w
DaveGreen7777 Awww! 🥰🥰🥰 3w
ValerieAndBooks Omg!! Johnny is so cute 😍!! 3w
Birdsong28 So cute 😍📚📖 3w
Cinfhen Mazel Tov 💙💙💙💙💙He‘s so cute!!!!!!!!! 3w
Cinfhen His ear 👂🏼 🥰 3w
ReadingRachael ❤️❤️❤️He looks so sweet ❤️❤️❤️ 3w
Suet624 Adorable! What a beautiful pup. Your heart must be so full right now. 3w
Gaylagal2 Cute!!🥰🐾 3w
Simona I‘m already in love with him😍😍😍 3w
Mdargusch Wonderful!!! And Happy Belated Birthday! We had a JRT 💙 3w
rubyslippersreads Even Sadie and Nicky think he‘s adorable! 😸 3w
readordierachel OMG 😍 The cutest! 3w
emilyhaldi Oh my gosh, I just saw this!!! What a heart throb ❤️❤️❤️ Hope he‘s settling in well! 3w
Megabooks He is RIDICULOUSLY cute! Omg, I‘m dying!! 💕💕 3w
kspenmoll How adorable!!! 3w
Lindy Congratulations! What a cutie. ❤️ 3w
DebinHawaii Ack! He is so cute! ❤️🐶❤️ 2w
Cathythoughts That‘s the best news ,JohnnyBergen is adorable 😍 2w
saresmoore So precious! 2w
Nute He is so cute!!! I‘m in love with that speckled ear!🐶🧡 2w
TrishB I have only just caught up with your beautiful Doggo 🐶🐶 ❤️💜he‘s lovely. 2w
Bookworm54 He‘s so gorgeous! 2w
britt_brooke OMG. 😍😍😍 1w
elkeo_TheBookDragon That face! The spotty ear! So.Damn. Cute!!!! 1w
Reviewsbylola ADORABLE!!! 7d
AlaMich I just saw this...congrats!! He‘s pretty darn cute alright! 🐶❤️ 5d
cathysaid Oh my Dog...that spotted ear. 💕 10h
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Thank you, @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks and @robinb for the lovely birthday cards and bookmark. Your thoughtfulness brightened my day!! 😘😘😘

GypsyKat Awe! Happy birthday!!!!🎂💖 3w
kspenmoll Happy happy birthday! Thinking of you! 🎈🎂🎊💕 3w
vivastory Happy Birthday friend! 👏📚🎂🎉🍾 3w
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quietjenn Happy birthday! I hope it's been lovely 3w
CarolynM Happy birthday 🎂🎈🎉 You have another little parcel to look forward to. Sorry it didn't get there in time. 3w
Lindy 🎂🍰🎈🎁🎉!!! 3w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Yay!! It made it!! Happy Birthday 🎈🎊🎉🎁🎂 I hope your day has been great!! 😘 3w
britt_brooke Happy birthday!! 💚 3w
Leftcoastzen Happy Birthday!🎉🎂🎈 3w
ValerieAndBooks Happy birthday to you 📚🍷📚🎂📚🍰📚!!! 3w
Suet624 Leah, happy birthday!!! 3w
ulrichyumiodd Happy birthday!! 😄 3w
Kalalalatja Hope you had a lovely day! 💕 3w
merelybookish Happy Birthday Leah! I hope it involved lots of wine, cake and fun! And books. 😘 3w
LeahBergen @CarolynM I do??? 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 You‘re too kind! 😘😘 3w
Chrissyreadit Happy Birthday!!!!🎈🎂🎊🎁🎉 I hope it‘s the start of a fabulous year! 3w
Gissy Happy Birthday! 🎂🎈🎈🎈 3w
robinb 💕💕😘 3w
veritysalter Happy Birthday 💐 xx 3w
youneverarrived Happy Birthday lovely 🍷🍷 3w
TrishB Happy belated one 🎉🎉 couldn‘t get on Litsy whilst travelling!! 3w
Reggie Happy Belated Birthday!!!! 3w
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Dew on the Grass | Eiluned Lewis, Katie Gramich
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Thank you SO much @rubyslippersreads for this delightful birthday parcel! I‘m especially intrigued by the tagged book (an autobiographical novel of a 9-year-old Welsh girl) and that bookmark is fantastic! 😮

Please thank Nicky and Sadie for their gift 😽! The Rasputin book sounds great and I love the dog notes, sticky tabs, chocolate and pretty card. You‘ve spoiled me again, my sweet friend. 😘😘

rubyslippersreads So glad you like everything and hope you had a lovely day. 😊🎂 Should we do a buddy read of the tagged book? 3w
LeahBergen @rubyslippersreads YES. That would be great! 👏🏻👏🏻 3w
batsy How lovely 😍 3w
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🎊🎉❤️📚 3w
rubyslippersreads Obviously I‘m psychic, having sent you that dog-themed notebook before I knew about #JohnnyBergen. 🐶 3w
LeahBergen @rubyslippersreads I thought the very same thing! 😆😆 3w
saresmoore So sorry I missed sending you a birthday wish! Here‘s a belated one with lots of love, extra sprinkles, and just one more glass... ♥️♥️♥️🧁🍷 2w
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The historical encyclopedia of costume | Albert Racinet, Auguste Racinet
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LauraJ Happy Birthday! 🎂🎈🎁 3w
rachelm Happy birthday!!!!🎊 3w
batsy Happy birthday! Hope you have a fantastic day and lots of bookish joy! 🧁🎈🥂📚📚📚 3w
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StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Happy Birthday 🎁 3w
JulAnna Happy Birthday! 🎈😊 3w
Sace Happy Birthday 🎉🎉🎉🎉 3w
readordierachel Happy birthday! 📚🧡 3w
BarbaraBB I hear it‘s your birthday! Make it a happy one and ditto year ❤️🎈🍷 3w
Redwritinghood Happy birthday! 🎂🎂 3w
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The Other | Thomas Tryon
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vivastory Best illustrations 😂 4w
Aimeesue Definitely felt like a Dr.Jekyll and Mr. Hyde situation here, at least in Niles' mind. The good/bad split is so essential to his psyche that he literally can't believe he's Niles. The good one would never be locked up in Babylon. 4w
Aimeesue @vivastory I will never see a wine cask in quite the same way again! That's another callback to Bradbury, though. The whole Something Wicked This Way Comes vibe of the traveling circus/ fair with its exhibitions of the grotesque. 4w
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vivastory I took that line to mean that Niles had identified with Holland so intensely & for so long that he had in effect replaced himself with Holland entirely. It's hard for me to say about Ada. I feel like she tried her best, but she sometimes seemed a little too willfully blind to what was happening. I think she knew more than she admitted. But if you're close to someone it's not uncommon to make excuses. 4w
vivastory @Aimeesue I will also never look at finger sandwiches the same way 😂 4w
Aimeesue @vivastory 😂😂😂 4w
Liz_M I don't know how much outcomes would have changed, but it probably wasn't a good idea to allow Niles to ignore Holland's death. 4w
batsy No identical twins in my family & didn't grow up with them or have identical twins as friends, so I'm wondering if I'm the only one who read the ending as that actually being Holland? Because of Niles' sensitivity to being able to do what he does (conjure, become possessed/overtaken by another), Holland made Niles do a Holland-like thing with the cat in the well & got Niles to die and pulled off the ultimate evil prank? Is that too far-fetched? 😂 3w
batsy ⬆️ Only because I'm wondering if family & people who knew them intimately can of course tell apart the difference between them. So Holland wouldn't be able to pull that off right? I am being far-fetched? 😂 And I think Ada is culpable to some degree. Not maliciously, but out of misplaced love & indulgence & wanting to believe the best, I think she let something go on that would prove to be extremely harmful. 3w
LeahBergen @vivastory I‘m so glad you appreciated my illustrations 😂😂 3w
LeahBergen @Aimeesue You‘re really making me want to read Something Wicked. 👍🏻 3w
LeahBergen @vivastory That‘s so true. I think a grandmother can be very forgiving of anything a troubled grandchild might do. 3w
LeahBergen @Liz_M Right?? I‘m thinking that can‘t be very good therapeutic protocol. 😳 3w
LeahBergen @batsy I was totalling thinking that and thought it was just me. I initially read it as actually being Holland in the asylum. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 3w
batsy @LeahBergen Oh, good! That truly gives the story the WHOA, DAMN!!! effect & so I'm sticking to our interpretation 😆 3w
LeahBergen @batsy Sounds good to me! 😂 3w
Aimeesue @LeahBergen Something Wicked and Dandelion Wine are my favorite Bradburys. They both have that gentle country summer into fall thing going on, but SW has that evil aspect to it as well. 3w
Aimeesue @batsy I did wonder if it really was Holland, but thought that Holland would probably have found playing Niles for long periods of time impossible. The obsessive wearing of Holland's shirt seems like it would've been a too-sophisticated double bluff for a 12 year old. But you could also see The Thing as a trophy, along with the glasses, ribbon, and ring, and the switch would make sense. 3w
LeahBergen @Aimeesue Then I shall try SW first. 😄 3w
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The Other | Thomas Tryon
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vivastory This was a reread for me, so I don't remember when I suspected that. I do feel like it was very well executed though & the magic trick metaphor is a good one 4w
Liz_M I never reached the point of questioning the existence of Holland, but since the narration is dominated by Niles, it was only with the sneaking in of an outside perspective that I began to question his truthfulness -- when Ada gently scolded him about blaming Holland for not winding the clock. 4w
Aimeesue Not until *really* late in the book. 4w
batsy At some point where Ada asks Niles "Has Holland gone away then?" and then she muses about Niles getting carried away, then it dawned on me that no one ever talks to Holland except Niles. I'm usually so dense when it comes to these things so I was pretty disappointed when it was revealed as such and I had already suspected it (this rarely ever happens ?) 4w
LeahBergen @vivastory @Liz_M @Aimeesue @batsy I actually suspected this really early but (maybe due to soap opera viewing in my pre-pubescent years) I‘m always expecting some sort of “twin switcheroo”. 😂😂 3w
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The Other | Thomas Tryon
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Question Three

vivastory It's more disturbing when evil can't be easily explained. Readers like an explanation for certain events & genres, but I think we accept ambiguity more with others. 4w
Liz_M The nature argument is simpler and allows the plot to focus on action. The antagonist is evil, can't be changed, so the story becomes good overcoming evil (or not). The nurture argument is complex and may make the reader complicit in ways that are uncomfortable. 4w
Aimeesue @vivastory @Liz_M Yes to both those things! Nature's easier - it is what it is. 4w
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vivastory @Liz_M @Aimeesue I definitely agree that Nature's easier. 4w
MicheleinPhilly Happy Birthday love! 😘 3w
LeahBergen @vivastory That‘s very true about how evil is more disturbing when it can‘t be explained (and thus our fascination with true crime). 3w
LeahBergen @Liz_M That uncomfortableness is always a part of good horror fiction, isn‘t it? 3w
LeahBergen @MicheleinPhilly Thanks, darlin‘!! 😘😘 3w
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The Other | Thomas Tryon
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Question Two

(I‘m having the worst time trying to tag you all by cut and paste with this new IOS update 🤬 so I‘ll manually tag you all in a bit!).

vivastory I see your tag in discussion post 1, so people will probably just look at the rest of your feed 4w
vivastory I think part is childhood fascination but I think Tryon's argument is that nature is "red in tooth & claw." Which also adds weight to his other argument of nature vs nurture. 4w
Aimeesue @vivastory Interesting. I saw the book mainly in terms of doubling and the uncanny other. Or the child/adult split, as the bucolic descriptions hit me in a the Ray Bradbury Dandelion Wine loss-of-innocence way, too. (edited) 4w
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vivastory @Aimeesue It has a very strong Bradbury feel to it. I was especially struck though by the passage when Niles "played the game" & focused on the dragonfly. And it said "Devour, devour, devour." There seemed to be a mirroring going on there. 4w
Liz_M I can't comment on the Bradbury feel of it, but if the author was alluding to nature's "red tooth and claw", it needed to be more obvious to make an impression on me. I don't remember any instances of animals killing other animals. And then there is the bunny that adopted the rats.... 4w
batsy Good question! I've only read Something Wicked by Bradbury & there was that grotesque funfair aspect to this book. I looked up the "red in tooth & claw" reference & apparently goes back to a Tennyson poem referring to man's capacity for violence in relation to nature vs a cultivated (Christian) nurture. With all the references to Babylon there's a sense that Tryon too is questioning whether evil is just a fundamental nature in certain people? 4w
LeahBergen @Aimeesue @vivastory I really need to read some more Bradbury one of these days (specifically The Halloween Tree and Dandelion Wine). 3w
LeahBergen @batsy I was telling myself I had to check out what the different connotations of Babylon meant after reading this (especially with that creepy harmonica nursery rhyme 😆). 3w
LeahBergen @Liz_M I liked that bunny. 😆😆 And yes, I see what you mean. I sort of interpreted this as how many close family members were killed, though. Yikes. 😬 3w
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The Other | Thomas Tryon
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Question One.

Hey, everyone! I‘m going to quickly post our discussion questions and then I‘m out for the rest of the day. I know several of you are also busy today/tonight as well, so let‘s just all pop in to discuss when we can! 😘

vivastory Oh, man! That illustration! 😄👍 4w
GatheringBooks apologies again for missing this one! 😭😭😭 and thank you so much for being patient with me 💕 4w
vivastory I think this is true. Horror literature literary ancestor is the gothic. The loss is both literal (death of a loved one, passage of time & it's effect on everything humans try to make) & more metaphorical. I think that The Other is very much in this tradition, with the family living on the abandoned farm holding their annual dinner honoring their ancestor & trying to hold onto the prestige. It struck me while reading this that there are 👇 4w
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vivastory similar books being published today. Flynn's Sharp Objects is a great example. 4w
vivastory @GatheringBooks No worries! Glad you can join us when you're able 👍 4w
Aimeesue Yep. Loss and fear of loss is what drives most of our psychopathologies, innit? Couple that with our tendencies to romanticize the past and politically you get uber conservative governments that (somewhat ironically here) demonize the other. (edited) 4w
vivastory @Aimeesue Politicians have definitely exploited this fear of change. According to reviews I've read Biskind made the argument that genre entertainment is inherently reactionary in 4w
vivastory @Aimeesue And I've even seen John Sutherland make that argument before, which I don't agree with. I think as you said writers like Tryon (& as Chaon points out in the afterword Bradbury & Jackson) are writing of loss, but theirs is more personal. Often in those writers work the cultural environment is very threatening, whereas it seems like politicians are trying to resurrect past cultural (MAGA) situations 4w
vivastory @Aimeesue 😂😂 4w
Aimeesue @vivastory I've not read Sutherland, but I do kind of agree that each generation gets the monsters it most fears culturally. Vampires as the elite feeding themselves at the expense of the poor, Frankenstein's monster demonstrating the danger of scientists "playing god." Today's zombies relentlessly consuming the world … (edited) 4w
Aimeesue Personal loss is the basis for inflaming broader fears, I think. Tryon and Bradbury, and Jackson show us where those fears begin, and the depths to which they drive us. Eeeek. 4w
batsy Yes, I would agree that most (all?) of horror is deeply influenced by loss or the prospect of it. Interesting thoughts above and I appreciate @vivastory comment that maybe a loss of roots, or a sense of place, or a heritage is maybe percolating in the background of The Other. Where twins are concerned I think the constant themes seem to be loss of self/individuality coupled with the ever-present fear of losing the twin sibling, as well. 4w
LeahBergen @GatheringBooks No problem at all! We know you have a specific reading challenge for this year. 😘 3w
LeahBergen @vivastory Good point about the family hanging on to their home and traditions. 👍🏻 3w
LeahBergen @Aimeesue I‘m the worst sort of “past romancer”. 😂😂 3w
LeahBergen @vivastory @Aimeesue Your comments just reminded me that Anne Rice began writing her novels in the wake of losing her 5-year-old daughter. 😕 3w
LeahBergen @batsy Ah, yes! Loss of self. How astute! 3w
Aimeesue @LeahBergen I had no idea about Anne Rice's loss of her daughter. Hard not to read into that. 3w
Billypar I'm finally finished and I regret missing this one! Such an interesting discussion- I've never thought about horror as an exploration of loss, but I can see it. I wonder whether the genre accidentally fell into that: all the death is scary, dramatic, visceral... but then the writer is forced to write the sad aftermath afterward. I still wonder if all the horror movies I consumed as a kid are in part why I think about death so much as an adult. 3w
LeahBergen @Aimeesue The character of the little girl vampire, Claudia, is based on her, I guess. The child that lives forever. 😭😭 3w
LeahBergen @Billypar I‘m going to have to go back to the book, Paperbacks from Hell, to verify but I believe the resurgence of horror novels in the 1960s and 1970s was a result of Cold War paranoia ... something else that was dramatic and scary, as you say! 3w
Billypar Took one look at the book you tagged, and the audio version is now downloading 😂 Looking forward to it - thanks! 3w
Leftcoastzen @Billypar if it‘s paperbacks from hell you downloaded on audio, you need to see the real book . Half the fun is all the cover art .I borrowed it from the library,but I‘m keeping an eye out for a copy to buy cheap.😂 2w
Billypar @Leftcoastzen Those would have been great to see - there was one I had to Google based on the detail he was going into. This is definitely one to own, though I will say, fantastic audio narration too. 2w
LeahBergen @Leftcoastzen @Billypar It really is a great little reference book to own. The covers are hilariously awesome. 😆 2w
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Seven Gothic Tales | Isak Dinesen
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Chrissyreadit Are they good? 4w
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Despised and Rejected | A. T. Fitzroy
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My current buddy read with the darling @shawnmooney ... and it‘s fan-freaking-tastic!!


Gissy I love those editions! 4w
andrew61 Looks like a fascinating read, definitely stacked and will try and find it. Thanks. 4w
Reviewsbylola Damn, I wish I owned this one. I‘ll have to pick it up again if I make it to Persephone again this spring. 🤞🏻🤞🏻 4w
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A Shilling for Candles | Josephine Tey
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I must say, I LOVE the design of the #FolioSociety Tey series. 💚


Aimeesue Pretty! I really like Tey. And Folios. 😁 (edited) 4w
batsy Yes! So eye-catching 💚 4w
Reviewsbylola Oh good, more Folios to add to my list. 🤦🏼‍♀️ 4w
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The Other | Thomas Tryon
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BarbaraBB Thanks for organizing! I‘m afraid I won‘t make it this time. It‘s 8 PM here then and I am having a dinner party with friends. But I‘ll check in afterwards, I am so liking forward to what all of you think! 4w
vivastory 👏👏📚📚🎉🎉 4w
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Aimeesue I‘ll bring the finger sandwiches. 😂 4w
Reviewsbylola Shit I‘ve gotta give this one another shot. Especially now that I remember it was your pick. 🤣🤣 4w
batsy Yay! I think we're 14 hours ahead so I'll be asleep in this time zone 😆 and it's Diwali on Sunday but I'll do my best to catch up when I can! 4w
Leftcoastzen I‘ve had visitors for 10 days.Hope to finish reading it. 4w
vivastory @Aimeesue I'll bring the wine 😱😈 4w
erzascarletbookgasm Shall I perform some magic tricks while you all snack on the 🥪 and drink 🍷? 😁 4w
emilyhaldi Yay! I will try to pop in, tomorrow if not today!... Busy preparing for our "Haldiween" party tonight ? 4w
Reviewsbylola Update, I‘m on page 137 and it‘s much better than I originally thought. The opening in the mental hospital threw me off. It‘s way too streak of consciousness for me. 4w
Reviewsbylola That being said, I doubt I‘ll finish it in time for the discussion so I‘ll jump in a bit late! 4w
Billypar Sorry I missed the discussion. I planned my reading schedule poorly around a few weekends in a row visiting family. About halfway through but looking forward to seeing everyone's thoughts once I finish! 4w
youneverarrived Sorry I missed the discussion with being on holiday! I thought it was going to be this weekend for some reason 😆 3w
LeahBergen @Billypar @youneverarrived @emilyhaldi @Reviewsbylola Don‘t feel bad - I missed my own discussion as I was travelling. 😂😂 3w
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Elsie's Girlhood | Martha Finley
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A book (tagged) that‘s been passed down in my family and my great-grandmother. ❤️❤️


FantasyChick I love this! 🥰🥰 1mo
rather_be_reading WHOA! Awesome! 😍 1mo
AceOnRoam She's beautiful ❤ 1mo
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saresmoore She looks to have been quite the chic sophisticate! 1mo
Aimeesue ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ 1mo
mrp27 Love! 1mo
Centique What a treasure! And I could have guessed that you have beautiful ancestors! 😘 1mo
veritysalter ♥️ What a wonderful gift to have. 1mo
4thhouseontheleft What a lovely family heirloom. 💜 4w
rubyslippersreads Your great-grandmother looks too sophisticated for Elsie Dinsmore. 😊 4w
youneverarrived Lovely ❤️ 3w
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The Red Lamp | Mary Roberts Rinehart
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A #Supernatural mystery, written in 1925, about a literature professor (and all-around skeptic) who inherits a supposedly haunted seaside manor.

Mary Roberts Rinehart (“the American Agatha Christie”) was the best-selling mystery author in the first half of the 20th century in the US and is credited with creating the phrase, “the butler did it” (although she never actually wrote it). 😄


Tamra Sounds like a fun read! 1mo
batsy Love that description and cover! 1mo
Tanisha_A Ooh that cover! 1mo
charl08 Sounds good, stacked. 1mo
4thhouseontheleft Sounds good! 4w
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Untitled | Anonymous
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Soubhiville 🤣😂🤣😸 1mo
Tamra Bahaha! That was our cat in our former 1900 house basement. 😹 (edited) 1mo
veritysalter My house is 17th century (in part), I don‘t have to decorate for Halloween, the spiders take care of it for me! 🖤🖤🕷🖤🖤 1mo
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LeahBergen @Soubhiville @Tamra @veritysalter I have a 1928 house and a cat may end up like this in parts of my basement, too. 😆 1mo
Tamra @LeahBergen a living Swiffer. 😆 1mo
Suet624 That‘s a riot! (edited) 1mo
rubyslippersreads My cat Sadie would actually prefer a real spider she could eat. 🙀🕷 1mo
UwannaPublishme 😹😹😹 1mo
4thhouseontheleft 😂 😂This is my #HelloKitty, all the time. #catsofLitsy 4w
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The Other | Thomas Tryon
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How‘s everyone making out with this month‘s #NYRBBookClub pick? I‘m about 45 pages in and surprised by how “Southern Gothic” this feels (considering it‘s set in Connecticut 😄). I‘m liking it! 👍🏻

@BarbaraBB @emilyhaldi @sprainedbrain @mklong @LeahBergen @Leftcoastzen @Liz_M @merelybookish @MicheleinPhilly @GatheringBooks @Rachel_nyc @saresmoore @sisilia @Reviewsbylola @batsy @Suet624 @Theaelizabet @vivastory

sprainedbrain I still have ‘~2 weeks‘ wait on the library hold list. 😬 I do believe I‘m going to have to download the audiobook! (edited) 1mo
ralexist Someday I need to get back to Hay-on-Wye 📖📖📖 1mo
batsy I'm planning to start today! :) 1mo
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saresmoore I just started it today. It does have a southern gothic feel. 1mo
Reviewsbylola I read two pages and wasn‘t in the mood. I actually texted @emilyhaldi to ask her if the problem was me or the book. Apparently it‘s me this time. 🤷🏼‍♀️ 1mo
BarbaraJean Love your bookmark!! 😍 1mo
BarbaraBB @Reviewsbylola I had a hard time those first pages too but am happy now I made it through them. Finished the book! 1mo
LeslieO I remember loving it when I read it oh so many years ago. I think I went through a Thomas Tyron phase. 1mo
sisilia I don‘t think I can make it in time for the discussion 😞 Currently deep in Stalingrad, and I need to stick with it. Otherwise I‘d forget all the Russian names and have to re-start 😅 1mo
merelybookish I am on the fence about starting. I get spooked so easily. 😲 1mo
Suet624 Chose not to read this one. Like @merelybookish I wasn‘t up for being scared. 1mo
Billypar Just started it yesterday: one of those opening pages that made me instantly intrigued. 1mo
batsy What @Billypar said, just started today and I'm finding it compelling and also very ominous 😬 1mo
LeahBergen @sprainedbrain That‘s crazy! Wait, is it someone from our club that has it signed out? 😆 1mo
LeahBergen @ralexist I went for the first time this summer. It was definitely a “bucket list” thing for me! 😍 1mo
LeahBergen @batsy It‘s sooo ominous from the get-go! 😮 1mo
LeahBergen @saresmoore Doesn‘t it? I think a lot of it has to do with the house (and barn). 😬 1mo
LeahBergen @Reviewsbylola Ha! Sometimes that happens. I wasn‘t immediately gripped by it either but I was after the first chapter (not the prologue). You may want to give it another try? 1mo
LeahBergen @BarbaraJean Thanks! 😘 1mo
LeahBergen @merelybookish @Suet624 I‘m about 100 pages in and finding it more atmospheric than scary actually. I‘ll cover this with a spoiler but it seems more “murder-y” than horror (at this point, anyway!) 🤷🏻‍♀️ 1mo
LeahBergen @Billypar I‘m so glad you‘re joining in! 👏🏻👏🏻 1mo
Suet624 Let me just admit that after reading Cassandra and noticing how the twin aspect affected me so much, I thought it best to avoid this one. (I also don‘t like being scared.) I have been very fortunate in having very emotionally-sensitive twins and the thought of having twins who aren‘t kind to each other or others freaks me out. 🤦🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️ 1mo
LeahBergen @Suet624 Oh, I forgot you have twins!! Yes, it‘s perfectly understandable to give this one a pass! 😬😬 1mo
sprainedbrain @LeahBergen it might be! Lol 1mo
Aimeesue Started it last night, and I'm liking it, too. Definitely atmospheric! 1mo
rubyslippersreads I totally forgot about this. Have to finish a book for an IRL book club, but may start it after that (though I know I read it years ago). 1mo
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Hell House | Richard Matheson
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Stephen King says this “is the scariest #Haunted house novel ever written” (which is probably why it‘s still languishing on my TBR 😆😆).

To those of you who have read it: is it really that scary?


LibraryCin I didnt say in my review whether or not i was scared. I did mention a lot of violence and i rated it 3.5 stars, which for me was good. I said it started off slow, but kept building as it went. 1mo
LibraryCin I will add the violence toward the women was sexual violence whereas against men was physical violence. 1mo
saresmoore The cover is too scary for my taste. 🙀 1mo
LeahBergen @LibraryCin Yikes! Thanks for the heads up. 1mo
LeahBergen @saresmoore Mine, as well! 😆😆 It was a $1 buy as I had always heard it was a haunted house cult classic. 1mo
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The Witch of Blackbird Pond | Elizabeth George Speare
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My childhood copy of this #Witchy book. I should really read it again soon!


Cedricsmom Why must men always find something to kill and destroy? 😡😦 1mo
Lcsmcat I loved this as a child, and loved sharing it with my girls when they were middle grade readers. 1mo
Reviewsbylola I feel like I read this one but I can‘t be sure. 🤔 1mo
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rubyslippersreads ❤️ this book! 1mo
batsy Great copy! I really liked this one. 1mo
4thhouseontheleft I reread it a year or so ago and though it held up well! This was one of my favorites as a kid. 1mo
LauraBrook Oh, I loved those Dell Yearling editions! I always bought one at the Scholastic Book Fair every year. 4w
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vivastory Nice! 1mo
Cedricsmom Tell us what this is about! 1mo
Reviewsbylola This looks cool! 🔪 1mo
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My current “in real life” book club read (with #Pumpkins).

The first chapter of this true story, with its disgusting disease-bearing insects and necrotizing flesh from the bite of a pit viper, is pretty #Screamathon-worthy in itself. 😳


Amiable This book made my skin crawl, ‘tis true! 1mo
LauraJ My book club had fun with this one. 1mo
Lizpixie I just saw the episode of William Shatners The Unexplained with a segment about this expedition. It was gross and completely awesome! 1mo
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Untitled | Anonymous
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And it‘s on it‘s way, @LibrarianRyan !!


LibrarianRyan Yeahhhh 1mo
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Balibee146 What a title lol... Stacked 👍 1mo
Cathythoughts That is surely some title 🤭 1mo
LeahBergen @Balibee146 @Cathythoughts Isn‘t it, though? 😆 1mo
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Gailthurber I could write the prologue 1mo
LeahBergen @Gailthurber You could! 😆 1mo
GypsyKat Oh interesting!💀 1mo
Reviewsbylola Yeah, I need this book stat! 1mo
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Untitled | Unknown
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@ulrichyumiodd !! They‘ve all arrived!! I‘m off to hide them from myself for the next two weeks. 😆😆 Thanks so much! 😘😘


AlaMich Does that hiding thing really work for you? 😉 I always seem to find it again! 1mo
LeahBergen @AlaMich Yeahhh... no. 😆😆 I DO put it into a closet though, so it‘s not staring me in the face, wailing its siren song. 😆😆 (edited) 1mo
LibrarianRyan Yeahhhh 1mo
ulrichyumiodd Yay! Thanks for letting me know! 1mo
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An Academic Question | Barbara Pym
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#Mask (well, make that “masks”). 😄


batsy Oooh! Somehow this is a Pym that has gone under my radar. 1mo
LeahBergen @batsy It‘s still on my TBR, too. 😬 1mo
LeahBergen @Centique Haha! I love the hashtags. 😆 Yes, I‘ve only read a few but I‘m such a fan. 1mo
Suet624 Fortunately all the Litsy lovers of Pym keep reminding me to read one of her books. 1mo
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IamIamIam You are literally the only other person I've ever found to own this book!!!!! 😂 It's one of my all time favorites!!!! 1mo
LeahBergen @IamIamIam Really?? 😆 I guess I‘d better read it soon then (I love Capote)! 1mo
IamIamIam @LeahBergen I had a teacher give this to me in 11th grade. It was so beyond me at that time but I loved the richness of the characters. Every time I read it, I get something new out of it. ❤ 1mo
Chrissyreadit In Cold Blood amazed me, and I loved A Christmas Memory. 1mo
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I haven‘t actually read any of the Blandings books by PG Wodehouse yet (only the Jeeves and Wooster ones 😬).


merelybookish Gorgeous cover! 1mo
TrishB Gorgeous 💕 1mo
Caroline2 I tried reading the first book of this series and couldn‘t get into it. Either it was too daft or I wasn‘t in the mood for that kinda comedy at the time. 🤷‍♀️ 1mo
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Aimeesue Oh, The Empress! ❤️❤️❤️ 1mo
readordierachel Oh my 😍 1mo
batsy I love it! And I'm guessing that's The Empress on the cover? 😆🐖 1mo
Cathythoughts Such a great cover 1mo
Reviewsbylola Uh gorgeous, as always! 1mo
saresmoore ♥️♥️♥️ 1mo
GypsyKat LOVE this cover! 😍 1mo
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Bookwormjillk Good one! 1mo
vivastory Well done! Is that a tote? 1mo
RachelO 😂😂 Perfect photo! 1mo
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LeahBergen @vivastory It‘s a book sleeve (folded in half). 😄 1mo
LeahBergen @RachelO 😘😘 1mo
vivastory Nice! 1mo
Susannah That sugar bowl. Yikes. 😵 1mo
Aimeesue My favorite Jackson! Oh, Mericat! 1mo
4thhouseontheleft I love the book sleeve! ☠️ 🧪 1mo
batsy That's a great sleeve! And I also have that edition! 1mo
Hooked_on_books You have the best stuff! What a great book sleeve. 1mo
Tanisha_A My! That edition! 1mo
youneverarrived Great edition! Not seen this one before. 1mo
Reviewsbylola I‘m waiting on a copy of this book. 😍 1mo
rubyslippersreads Just started this. 1mo
LeahBergen @rubyslippersreads I hope you enjoy it as much as I did! 1mo
rubyslippersreads @LeahBergen I‘m loving it so far, but am a little concerned for Jonas. 😼 1mo
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The Flibber-Ti-Gibbet | Chris Redmile
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Congratulations on your big milestone, @RestlessFickleBookHoarder !! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 And what a fun idea for a giveaway. I don‘t know what it is about this word but I‘ve always had a strange fondness for it. 😆


Sace And now I've got "How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria?" running through my head ? 1mo
LeahBergen @RestlessFickleBookHoarder Bahaha! Oh oh... now I do, too! 😆😆 1mo
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The Western Wind | Samantha Harvey
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It was remarkably difficult to find a book on my shelves with #AutumnLeaves on the cover. 🤔

(This pretty cover shows a detail from an Arras tapestry in The Cluny Museum, Paris).


RachelO Pretty cover - SO different from the UK one! 1mo
BarbaraBB But you did a good job 😍 1mo
4thhouseontheleft Good job finding one! 🍁🍂 1mo
Reviewsbylola But you found an amazing one! 1mo
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It | Stephen King
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This one always makes me chuckle. 🤡


Reviewsbylola 😆😆😆 🤡 1mo
rohit-sawant 🤣🤣 1mo
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readordierachel 😆😆 1mo
batsy 😂😂 1mo
4thhouseontheleft 😂🤡 1mo
Mdargusch 😂😂😂 1mo
rubyslippersreads 😹😹😹 1mo
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Frozen Charlotte | Alex Bell
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So, I‘ve started reading the tagged book because I thought it would be a fun and spooky kids‘ book but, ummm ....

# 💩👖

LauraJ Really? 1mo
britt_brooke 🙈🙈🙈 1mo
LeahBergen @LauraJ Dolls that bite, evil little girls, parrots that hum creepy folk songs, needles in eyeballs... I would‘ve lapped this up as a kid. 😆😆 1mo
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LauraJ @LeahBergen me too! 1mo
batsy "Parrots that hum creepy folk songs" is the part where I really get afraid ??? 1mo
LeahBergen @batsy Right?? What the hell?? 😆😆 1mo
Tanisha_A But that cover with three girls is soo 😨😱 1mo
Mdargusch 😂 those sound super creepy! 1mo
Reviewsbylola Um yeah going to have to order this stat. 1mo
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#HalloweenMovie Hmm...now I feel like watching this one again. 😄


LauraJ One of my favorites! 🖤 1mo
AmyG Great movie! 1mo
Cathythoughts Spooky cover 😬 1mo
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TrishB Cool cover 👍🏻 1mo
Reviewsbylola Every time I look at your posts, I buy books. 🤦🏼‍♀️ 1mo
4thhouseontheleft 👻🧡🖤 1mo
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Geez. I should really bump this up the TBR, seeing as I posted about it last October. 😆


sprainedbrain This looks right up my alley, though. 😃 1mo
Cathythoughts Last October 🤭.... all the books 📚😁 1mo
Reviewsbylola It will be your annual October posting. Why stop now? 1mo
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The Home-maker | Dorothy Canfield Fisher
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Congratulations, @Librarybelle on your great, big Litfluence!! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

I‘ve been dying to get my hands on the tagged book ever since reading @BarbaraBB ‘s glowing reviews. Thanks for the fun giveaway! 😘😘


Librarybelle Thank you! This looks so good! 1mo
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I read the first story in this one today (by Sarah Perry) and it was quite #creepy. 👻 #Screamathon #ScreamathonPhotoChallenge

I‘ll also use this one for day 7 of #HorrorCoverCrush 👻

vivastory Thanks for joining in! Loved your posts. 1mo
Tamra I need to check out this collection! 1mo
Aimeesue $4.99 in US ebook stores AND it supports English Heritage, a foundation that preserves 400+ historic buildings and monuments. Plus ghosts! 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 (edited) 1mo
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LeahBergen @vivastory Thank you for coming up with the hashtag! I loved your posts, too. 👍🏻 1mo
LeahBergen @Tamra I‘m enjoying it slowly and reading one story a day. The back of the book has the history of each heritage home that a story is based upon and a bit about any hauntings/legends associated with it. It‘s fun! 1mo
LeahBergen @Aimeesue That‘s a good deal! 👍🏻 1mo
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The Witchfinder's Sister | Beth Underdown
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My current read (and it‘s starting out well 👍🏻).

overtheedge Looks really good! 1mo
Susannah I‘ve seen this a couple of times and been intrigued. I look forward to your review. (Wonderful cover art!) (edited) 1mo
Cinfhen I read this as an ARC. I enjoyed it 1mo
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ferskner That cover is so lovely! I like the US edition too but I think your's is better. 1mo
Cathythoughts Sounds good Leah ! Stacking 1mo
Mdargusch So pretty. And love the 🍷 1mo
LeahBergen @overtheedge @Susannah @Cinfhen @Cathythoughts @Mdargusch It was a fast 4-star read for me with some really interesting history and an appealing narrator. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 1mo
LeahBergen @ferskner I like both covers, too, but there‘s just something so appealing about that floral border. 😀 1mo
Centique I‘m in love with that border 😍 1mo
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DGRachel I think I have this one on Kindle, but I haven‘t read it, yet. 1mo
LeahBergen @DGRachel It‘s still TBR for me, too. 😆 1mo
Aimeesue I have that book, but with a much less interesting cover! I've only read half, I'm afraid. 1mo
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jillrhudy On the TBR, probably on your former recommendation! 1mo
LeahBergen @Aimeesue I‘ve only dipped into it a little myself. 😄 1mo
LeahBergen @jillrhudy Ha! 😆 1mo
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vivastory I've never seen this before. Fantastic cover design!!! 2mo
Reggie This is a pretty nice cover. 2mo
TrishB Gorgeous ♥️ 2mo
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Aimeesue Great cover! 2mo
LeahBergen @vivastory @Reggie @TrishB @Aimeesue This publisher (Valancourt) is one of my Halloween favourites. 🎃 2mo
Reggie @LeahBergen my first year on here I was tagged to post cult classics. So I did a search for gay cult classic literature and it led me to Valancourt press because they also rerelease queer literature from decades ago. The one I read from them was The Heart in Exile. It was so good and first published in the U.K. early 1950‘s. 2mo
LeahBergen @Reggie They republish some great stuff, don‘t they? I recently bought quite a strange 1930s crime novel from them called The Deadly Dowager. 😆 1mo
Reggie It has a catchy title. Lol 1mo
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Well, that‘s lucky. There‘s a #BlackCat (or two) on the cover of my current read. 😄


batsy Your cup! 👻 2mo
Cathythoughts I really enjoyed this one 👍🏻♥️ 2mo
veritysalter I loved this, have you read The Corset? ♥️ 2mo
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CoffeeCatsBooks I‘m reading this one now too! 2mo
LeahBergen @batsy I had to remember to dig it out as I only use it in October. 😆 2mo
LeahBergen @Cathythoughts I‘m really liking it so far, too! 2mo
LeahBergen @veritysalter No, but I do have it waiting on my shelf. 😄 2mo
LeahBergen @CoffeeCatsBooks It‘s a fun one, isn‘t it? 😄 2mo
Gissy I love that cover! Trying to find that book in hardcover but apparently is out of print!😱😢 1mo
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Remember this one? 😆😆


4thhouseontheleft 😱🖤 2mo
Bookzombie Yes! So creepy! 2mo
saresmoore Good grief! I wasn‘t prepared for this. 😝 2mo
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Reggie Lol, yes, ughhhh. 2mo
batsy 😵 2mo
DivineDiana Screaming!!! 😲 2mo
BookNAround It still comes to me on occasional nights when my husband is traveling. So thanks for bringing it back to the front of my consciousness when he‘s fixing to travel again. 😜😂 2mo
LeahBergen @BookNAround Oh no! 😆😆 And my husband is travelling this week, too. 😳 2mo
rubyslippersreads 🙀🙀🙀 2mo
Lindy 😳😰 1mo
ValerieAndBooks OMG 😮 1mo
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#HorrorCoverCrush Day 5 (and I present this late 1970s gem).

“For Jill and Bob Spender and their three children, the charming Tudor farmhouse had seemed a godsend, an incredible bargain, almost a gift from its owner...”. Well, that should‘ve been their first warning. 😆

Aimeesue Never take a gift house in the south. That's the saying, right? 2mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 Oh.my.goodness. !!!!!! I‘ve been waiting for over 3 years to see a Nora Lofts post!!! Thank you!! I read her a lot in High School! I remember some title with Butterfly in it 2mo
vivastory @Aimeesue Exactly! 😂 2mo
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LeahBergen @Aimeesue Yes! 😆😆 2mo
LeahBergen @JanuarieTimewalker13 Really?? 😆😆 I‘m actually surprised I haven‘t ever posted any of her books before. I loved her stuff in my teens, too, and have amassed a whole shelf of her books from charity sales over the years. I bet you‘re thinking of this one? 2mo
Reviewsbylola Totally read that as God‘s Hall at first. 😆 2mo
Sace @Reviewsbylola ditto! 2mo
Sace I've never heard of this author *adds to stack* 2mo
batsy @Aimeesue Perfect 😆 2mo
batsy Love the cover! Also a tad unrelated but maybe not so, this book just popped up in my twitter feed and I felt it was screaming your name (also @rubyslippersreads :) 2mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 Oh, yes!! Thank you!! That‘s the one!! I will definitely revisit her now!! Thanks for posting this, I stacked it! 2mo
LeahBergen @Reviewsbylola @RestlessFickleBookHoarder Oh, for Gad‘s sake, you two. 😆😆 2mo
LeahBergen @batsy Oooo, yes! You know me well! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2mo
LeahBergen @batsy Aaaaand, it‘s stacked. 😄 2mo
LeahBergen @JanuarieTimewalker13 I hadn‘t bought (or read) one of her books for years and years and then I read about this one (tagged) which many say is one of her best. (edited) 2mo
rubyslippersreads @batsy @LeahBergen Stacked for me too! 😊 2mo
rubyslippersreads I read this in my teens, along with many other Norah Lofts books. 2mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 Ok, I‘ll see if my library has this one!! 2mo
Reggie It looks so peaceful. 2mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 I was slogging through Gad‘s Hall, read other books, and then something changed and I got used to her writing again...still reading Gad‘s Hall, but really enjoying it now!! I just noticed your suggestion of A Wayside Tavern now!! So I‘ve requested The Haunting of Gad‘s Hall and A Wayside Tavern from library. I really enjoy her writing!! Thank you for posting this!! 4d
LeahBergen @JanuarieTimewalker13 Oh, I‘m glad you‘re back into the Norah Lofts groove! I‘m sure it will take me a while to adjust to her again as it‘s been years since I‘ve read her. Keep me posted on A Wayside Tavern. 👍🏻 4d
JanuarieTimewalker13 Ok, I will!! It may be awhile, however. I‘m all over the place and there‘s another SK tempting me...lol 4d
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