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PatriciaU

PatriciaU

Joined July 2016

Reader.Parent.Partner.Librarian in Rochester NY http://itsallaboutthebook.org
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Madwoman | Louisa Treger
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I just placed a bunch of holds at my library. Wanna bet they all come in at once? Hoping this one comes right away. It looks amazing!

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Spice Road | Maiya Ibrahim
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Just started this ARC and I am utterly captivated. The first book in an epic fantasy series set in an Arabian-inspired land with secret spice magic. Raised to protect her nation from the monsters lurking in the sands, sixteen-year-old Imani must fight to find her brother, whose betrayal is now the country's greatest threat.

PatriciaU This book was fantastic. If you enjoy fast-paced fantasy with lots of magic and monsters, you will LOVE this! So, so good! 6d
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Just got home from a relaxing weekend away from the grind to find this. My daughter was helping clean out my in-laws home and she found her grandmother‘s super-secret stash of recipe cards. My SIL graciously allowed my daughter to keep this treasure. Both in-laws died of Covid last year so this is so special.

Cinfhen So special 💕 2w
Cortg Wonderful find! ❤️ 2w
Dragon Those rum balls sound yummy 💚🐉 2w
Megabooks 💜💜💜 2w
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First book well begun this weekend: an ARC of A Killing of Innocents by Deborah Crombie. If you enjoy witty, intricate British mysteries, Crombie‘s Kincaid and James series is one of the best. This is her newest, which hits the shelves Feb 2023. So far it‘s pretty damn good!

PatriciaU Finished this tonight and will say it‘s one of Crombie‘s best in the series. I can usually spot the guilty one at least halfway through most mysteries but I was totally wrong on this one! It‘s a captivating continuation of the series, but if you haven‘t read the earlier ones, you can still follow the plot here. But then go read the earlier books in the series. You‘ll enjoy them! 2w
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Lake Life: A Novel | David James Poissant
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The last couple weeks have been a little challenging at work for both the hubs and me so we‘re ditching the city for the NY north country. Here‘s to a weekend of reading, good coffee, and the start of autumn!

Dragon Sounds heavenly- enjoy 📚💚🐉 2w
RebelReader Enjoy! 2w
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Fairy Tale | Stephen King
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“But yeah, mostly it was the dog. I loved her, you see, and I didn‘t want to let her go.”
I lost the best beagle ever almost a year ago. I can really connect with Charlie on this one.

Texreader What a cutie. I‘m sorry you lost the best beagle! Losing a pet is massively hard. I still grieve some pets I‘ve lost as a child and decades ago. 3w
kspenmoll I am sorry you lost your beagle. I had one growing up- so loving! 3w
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Fairy Tale | Stephen King
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I‘m about 1/3 of the way through Fairy Tale and just realized - this is a Jack Tale!!!
Photo courtesy of AppalachianHistory.net

Leftcoastzen 👏😉 3w
TrishB I‘m a third of the way through too ❤️ trying not to rush! 3w
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The Book Eaters | Sunyi Dean
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Anyone who loves to read will be captivated by this story centered on the concept of books as actual food, overlaid with what turns out to be a pretty harrowing & dark tale. Dean‘s writing is some of the best I‘ve read this year – tight and descriptive then flowing and expansive – all coming together in a whopper of a story.

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Questions, Questions | Marcus Pfister
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Murder Games | James Patterson
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A few years ago, the staff at my library did an internal summer reading program. All the titles and authors they read were put into this word cloud, then made into a poster. The image showed up in my online memories today and reminded me how much fun this was!

kspenmoll What a creative idea! 4w
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Fairy Tale | Stephen King
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So how many people will go to work tomorrow completely sleep deprived because this beauty arrived in the mail today?

#BookMail #JustOneMorePage

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Daisy Darker | Alice Feeney
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Feeney has a way of peeling back the layers of her characters to reveal the worst. She writes some pretty horrible humans into her books & gives us a couple doozies here. (Daisy‘s sisters are the worst.) There‘s a lot that‘s been written about “unlikable characters” but I think Feeney *wants* us to dislike these characters. In the end, it doesn‘t matter if we like them or not. The book still slaps!

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#BasicWitchSwap

Color: all the “royals” but esp blue &purple

Scents: lilac, basil, rose, violets

Witchy book: Practical Magic

Tarot card:no favorite

Gemstone: amethyst, moonstone

Candy/Treat: payday candy bar; chocolate & mint

Essential oil: civet

Fave part of Halloween: listening to The Halloween Tree audiobook

sprainedbrain I‘m thinking of making the audio for Halloween Tree a tradition! 🖤 4w
PatriciaU @sprainedbrain that performance is so perfect. I wish more audiobooks were like that! 4w
sprainedbrain Silly question… you did receive your match email for #BasicWitchSwap, right? 😉 3w
PatriciaU @sprainedbrain - Yes I did! Happily stalking and shopping! 3w
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The Girl in White | Lindsay Currie
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There‘s always one spooky middle grade book published every autumn that completely blows me away. The Girl in White is that book for 2022. Currie spins a riveting and eerie story that will make even the bravest reader shiver and check their closet. See full review at http://itsallaboutthebook.org.

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Gracious Plenty | Sheri Reynolds
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#littenswanttoknow

A Gracious Plenty by Sheri Reynolds is always one I recommend. Just a gorgeous story.
The Maisie Dobbs series is one I share a lot. Jacqueline Winspear is a phenomenal historical mystery writer.
My Antonia by Willa Cather is arguably one of the most beautiful books ever written.

SaraBeagle One of my all time favorites! 1mo
CarolynM Love My Antonia❤️ 1mo
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B.B. Alston‘s sophomore Amari story is FIRE, my friends!

Amari and the Night Brothers was one of my favorite middle grade books last year, and the Great Game is a worthy successor to that romp of a book.

There‘s excitement beyond measure here, and a cliffhanger ending that will have fans eagerly waiting for the next installment.

The kids are gonna love this one!

Amandajoy Ohhh! I preordered this! I‘m trying to decide if I let my stepdaughter read it first. 1mo
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Thistlefoot | GennaRose Nethercott
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This is a remarkable story. Loosely based on the old Russian tale of Baba Yaga and full of symbolism, this tale will haunt you. Nethercott‘s protagonists – brother & sister Isaac and Bellatine – are challenged to resolve trauma through generational memory as they inherit the infamous Baba‘s house on chicken legs along with an age-old enemy out to destroy the house and those connected to it. Glorious & deadly prose. An absolutely stunning story.

Bette Sounds good, great picture! 1mo
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This is one weird and wonderful book! Reminded me of Terry Pratchett‘s work - audacious characters and a multi-level plot that is pretty much impossible to follow so you just have to enjoy the ride!

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Why We Read What We Read | John Heath, Lisa Adams
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Saw this cartoon this morning and thought I‘d share. Don‘t know the attribution, unfortunately.

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Birdcage | Eve Chase
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Eve Chase has become one of my go-to authors for recommending something new to friends and library patrons who have tired of Gillian Flynn and Lisa Jewell but still want a twisted, ingeniously plotted domestic suspense novel. Chase totally delivers all that and more in The Birdcage. Out July 19.

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Wake the Bones: A Novel | Elizabeth Kilcoyne
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Holy Hell! I felt like I was reading Stephen King for the first time as I raced through this amazing story. Elizabeth Kilcoyne spins a story so full of terror that your nails will be bitten to the quick before you‘re done. Everything is here - the small group of ordinary humans battling great evil, an outcast with the sight, a small-minded small town, and the greatest evil of all - the Devil himself. Out July 12!

sprainedbrain Well this sounds awesome! 3mo
PatriciaU Jenni I think you‘ll like it! It‘s borderline YA/Adult. I got a Supernatural vibe off it. 3mo
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The Clackity | Lora Senf
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A new nightmare has arrived and its name is Clackity.

Senf‘s writing is vivid and evocative, with the reader feeling every tendril of fog or greasy bit of iron. The bad folk here are B.A.D. and the good folk are flawed but awesome. With nods to Coraline and even The Frighteners, this one is a solid read for upper middle grades, teens, and adults who enjoy Neil Gaiman and early Stephen King.

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Marple: Twelve New Mysteries | Agatha Christie, Leigh Bardugo, Elly Griffiths, Ruth Ware, Jean Kwok, Kate Mosse, Val McDermid, Alyssa Cole, Dreda Say Mitchell, Lucy Foley, Naomi Alderman, Natalie Haynes, Karen M McManus
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These stories equal the original Marple stories in cleverness and boldness while still staying true to the little old lady with the steel-trap mind created by Christie so long ago. It is clear the authors have a fondness for Aunt Jane and a familiarity with her stories. Fans will find comforting nods to the original cast of characters. This is just a lovely, lovely reading experience, like getting a long hug from an old friend.

EvieBee Yes! 😍😍 5mo
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In this Laurie King novel, Holmes & Russell are in Roumania investigating suspected supernatural doings in and around Castle Bran. Witches, strigoi, ghosts, werewolves…then I saw this meme and laughed out loud.

Bookzombie 😂😂 6mo
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When We Were Birds | Ayanna Lloyd Banwo
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What do you do on a rainy Sunday when you‘re nursing a cold? Settle into the newest selection for Jenny Lawson‘s Strangelings Book Club!

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Outcasts of the Wildwood | Rachel Atwood
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Picked this up on a whim at the library on my way out last week. What a lovely, imaginative take on the Robin Hood and Green Man lore! Well written, good pace, and fanciful plotting made for a satisfying weekend read.

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Red Litten World | K. M. Alexander
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Look at one of the newest Pokemon!

Soubhiville Ha! 7mo
Kitta I play too! I immediately thought of #littenkitten 😂 (edited) 7mo
GondorGirl Readers are a lot like Pokemon trainers... we gotta catch all the books. 😁 7mo
Chelsea.Poole My son is obsessed. I noticed this new Pokémon also! 7mo
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'Til Death | Carol J. Perry
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I discovered Carol Perry‘s “Witch City” cozy mystery series a couple years ago and now eagerly anticipate new entries in the series. This is the latest and it‘s just as much good cozy fun as her earlier books. If you enjoy cozies, giver her a try. I recommend starting at the beginning and working your way through.

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Kirkland Revels | Victoria Holt
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Such a perfect graphical depiction of the Gothic Romance! I devoured those things when I was a teen. Victoria Holt, Mary Stewart, Barbara Michaels, the Brontes, Daphne du Maurier. So many

Tamra 😆👍🏾 8mo
Dragon So good! 🤣💚🐉 8mo
elkeOriginal 150 year old child! Oddly informed crows! 😹😹 8mo
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The King Cake Baby | Keila Dawson
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My first attempt at King Cakes. Not too bad, although I should have used more filling. What are some of your favorite Carnival or Mardi Gras stories?

sprainedbrain Those are lovely! 😋 8mo
Bookzombie Those look awesome! 8mo
Sparklemn I had never heard of king cakes so I had to do a bit of research. They look lovely and delicious! 8mo
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'Til Death | Carol J. Perry
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This is going to be me in about 10 minutes as I prepare to snuggle in with a cup of coffee and a new Carol Perry ARC. What are you reading today?

Oh, and if you‘re watching things today, I highly recommend Encanto. What a thoroughly charming movie!

DinoMom This graphic is spot on!!! 8mo
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I stayed up way too late reading this last night and have been itching to get through the workday today so I can get back to it! So, so good...

PatriciaU I finished and can say the entire story is captivating. For those who have not read Morgan‘s A Secret History of Witches, I would recommend you read this one first then Secret History, which begins where this story ends. 8mo
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Together: Our Community Cookbook | The Hubb Community Kitchen
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I was out of work for 2 weeks with Covid and found this magnificent array of community cookbooks on my desk when I got back. These were sent to me by a couple library staff. There are recipes such as George Eastman's Onion Au Gratin, Seven Apple Butter, Bishops Bread, and A Dainty Flummery. Last night I spent a few hours reading through these, all of which were fascinating. I ADORE community cookbooks. There‘s nothing better.

Megabooks We‘ve found some of our favorite meals in them! 8mo
Tamra Awesome! 🥘 8mo
Chrissyreadit Fun! Hope you are feeling a lot better! 8mo
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Another solid entry in the Ian Rutledge series positions the reader in Essex as Rutledge investigates a “murder“ witnessed by Lady Benton and committed by the “ghost“ of a man she knows to be dead. Todd has created a relatable, vulnerable, but very capable character in Ian Rutledge, who struggles with PTSD from WWI as he conducts his business as a Scotland Yard detective.

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My eagerness to read this book was slowly but surely squashed as I slogged through the first couple of chapters. I am a reader who prefers to *like* at least one of the characters. Unfortunately, every single character got on my last nerve. I found the writing disjointed, with groups of sentences describing one thing jammed in the middle of paragraphs about something else. This makes me suspect the ARC has some formatting issues.

Karisa Aw! I hate it when that happens. The book‘s premise looks so interesting too. I like to have a character I can root for too. Better luck next time! 9mo
PatriciaU I don‘t really want to pan this because I think there might be editing problems in ARC. I‘ll probably go back and take another shot at the finished book. 9mo
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The Cartographers | Peng Shepherd
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I devoured this book in one night! There‘s adventure, mystery, danger, and daring imagination here all spun into one of the best stories I‘ve read in ages. The vibe reminded me a bit of Mr. Penumbras 24 Hour Bookstore, but the story is wholly original. While this is a fantastic adventure, there is also an underlying cautionary tale about mapping and the increasingly intrusive role of AI in mapping our locations and movements.

PatriciaU The megalomaniac mapmaker in this story is probably out there in real life and that is a bit scary. This would be a fascinating topic for book discussion group debate regarding the value and danger of all the information gathering that occurs without our knowledge today through things like Alexa and Siri, our cell phone location services, our smart cars, our computers, our smart TVs, etc.

I‘ll be recommending this a lot in the coming months.
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From the Publisher: Set against the lush backdrop of early twentieth century Ecuador and inspired by the real-life history of the coastal town known as the birthplace of cacao, this captivating #OwnVoices novel from the award-winning author of The Sisters of Alameda Street tells the story of a resourceful young chocolatier who must impersonate a man in order to survive.

From me: Read this gorgeous book!

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The Deadliest Sin | Jeri Westerson
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The final entry in Westerson‘s Crispin Guest series. If you enjoy mysteries set in the past, you‘ll like this series. She ends it with a series of murders in a priory which are evocative of the Seven Deadly Sins.

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Ghost Image | Herv Guibert
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Found this on a book truck of discards today. The name of the book? Spectral Images by Terrance Craddock!

mabell Ha! 9mo
Ddzmini 👻🤣🤣🤣 9mo
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I found Gigi Pandian‘s books through another favorite author - Juliet Blackwell - and was thrilled to find a new series featuring two of my favorite things: magicians and hidden staircases/rooms. Pandian introduces Tempest Raj, the youngest in a line of magicians on her mother‘s side and artists and builders on her father‘s side. Tempest is an appealing, sassy, smart female lead who has tremendous potential to grow through the series.

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The Cartographers | Peng Shepherd
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Started this ARC last night and came across this ☝️described as an “interinstitution record” (which library folk will know means OCLC). A map at the heart of this mystery just happens to be missing from MY library! I felt a little bad about that until I read a few more pages to where the main character discovers the map is missing, destroyed, or stolen from EVERY LIBRARY that owned a copy. This is a good one, folks!

DrexEdit I was very interested in this ARC also. It does look good! 😊👍 9mo
sprainedbrain That‘s so cool! 9mo
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A Book Dragon | Donn Kushner
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I don‘t know where this is from, but it made me laugh on this frigid, dark day.

wanderinglynn 😆😆😆 9mo
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Spending NYE with Marion Lane, complemented by a side of Covid and a healthy dose of anger at the selfish family member who infected multiple people on Christmas Day.

kspenmoll So sorry! So crazy right now. 😡 9mo
CarolynM Hope you're well again soon 💐 Happy New Year 9mo
Suet624 Oh gosh. I‘m so sorry. 9mo
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Settling in for a quiet afternoon with my pup and a new book. Just the pace I need today.

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Broken Girls | Simone St James
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We hosted a small family gathering this year. Once everyone went home, I settled myself in my quiet dining room and opened these two absolutely lovely #jolabokaflod packages. Thank you so very much @Bookish_AF and @Wen4blu. You have made this Christmas Eve very special indeed. Wen4blu, the cookbook is fabulous; Bookish-AF, I have been wanting to read Broken Girls for such a long time. And thanks to @MaleficentBookDragon for organizing the swap.

Bookish_AF Yay I‘m so glad you like it! 😄 9mo
wen4blu Enjoy! 9mo
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Finally got our tree up and decorated. I always enjoy unwrapping the memories that go along with the ornaments. Many have been gifts from friends over the years. You can tell when my tall daughter hasn‘t helped decorate though - no ornaments at the top of the tree! #shortgirlproblems. Btw, the tagged story is great!

TheSpineView Oh.. I am going to start this book tonight. 9mo
sprainedbrain Gorgeous! 🎄 9mo
CarolynM Lovely tree😍 9mo
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On Christmas Eve | Ann M. Martin
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Got my second #jolabokaflod package today from @wen4blu ! Christmas Eve will be very special this year! @MaleficentBookDragon

wen4blu Hooray!! 9mo
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The Haunting Season: Nine Ghostly Tales for Long Winter Nights | Andrew Michael Hurley, Natasha Pulley, Kiran Millwood Hargrave, Laura Purcell, Jess Kidd, Imogen Hermes Gowar, Elizabeth Macneal, Bridget Collins, Sara Collins
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Winter holidays and ghost stories have a long companionship throughout the past, and this new collection is an excellent addition. These stories range from traditional Victorian to contemporary to speculative and all of them will raise a hair or two or three. This would make a nice gift for the ghost-lover in your life.

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Book Life | Race Point Publishing
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Borrowed this from a friend.

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Friendship Book | Francis Gay
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2021 has been a rough year for me and my family. Lots of loss and sadness. As I‘ve been reflecting on the year and picking out bright spots, Litsy and the friends I‘ve made here keep popping up. When days were long and dark, I‘d browse through posts here and always find something to make me smile. So, friends, thank you for sharing your silliness, your kindness, your humor, and your friendship. It made a difference.

Librarybelle ❤️❤️❤️ 10mo
JessClark78 ❤️❤️ 10mo
EvieBee 🤗♥️ 10mo
Bookzombie ❤️❤️❤️ 10mo
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