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PatriciaU

PatriciaU

Joined July 2016

Reader.Parent.Partner.Librarian in Rochester NY http://itsallaboutthebook.org
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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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Mehso-so

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! 11h
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. 11h
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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! 6d
Ddzmini 👻🤣🤣🤣 6d
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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! 😊👍 1w
sprainedbrain That‘s so cool! 1w
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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 😆😆😆 1w
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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. 😡 2w
CarolynM Hope you're well again soon 💐 Happy New Year 2w
Suet624 Oh gosh. I‘m so sorry. 2w
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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! 😄 3w
wen4blu Enjoy! 3w
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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. 4w
sprainedbrain Gorgeous! 🎄 4w
CarolynM Lovely tree😍 4w
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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!! 4w
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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 ❤️❤️❤️ 1mo
JessClark78 ❤️❤️ 1mo
EvieBee 🤗♥️ 1mo
Bookzombie ❤️❤️❤️ 1mo
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Root Magic | Eden Royce
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I love it when a book teaches me about pieces of cultures that I have not encountered previously. Here, it‘s the Gullah culture, which is fascinating. The deep connection to nature experienced by enslaved African people brought to America and how the knowledge passed to their descendants is a common theme in books for adults, but I‘ve not come across it treated quite so beautifully in a children‘s book. Highly recommended.

PatriciaU Btw, tapping this one for the Newbery Medal. 1w
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Finally got my #Jolabokaflod packages in the mail today! I ended up with two because the email for my first entry sorted to my junk folder and I thought it hadn‘t gone through, so I filled out the form again. That about sums up how my year has been! LOL.

Thank you @MaleficentBookDragon for organizing.

Bookish_AF Hello hello!! I just wanted to check in and see if you did in fact receive your #jolabokaflod swap from me? I sent it around the beginning of the month and since you aren‘t far from me I think it was delivered the next day 😀 USPS makes me nervous this time of year now after the craziness last year ! 1mo
PatriciaU I did receive it. It came the week we had to make the tough decision to say goodbye to one of our pups, and I just forgot about posting a picture. Getting it was a bright spot that week! Can‘t wait to open it! 1mo
PatriciaU @Branwen, one of these is headed your way. Tracking says USPS tried to deliver yesterday and didn‘t have access to your address. Just letting you know they are trying again today. 1mo
Branwen Oooh YAY! Thank you so much! I'm super excited! I will post a pic and tag you when I get it! The USPS in my area is total crap - when they say they didn't have access, that is code for 'we didn't deliver any mail to your building at all that day'. *sigh* I will keep an eye out for it! 💕👍📚 1mo
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Lady Sunshine (Original) | Amy Mason Doan
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Spent a few hours today reading this beauty. I was drawn to the story because the early part takes place in 1979 when I was almost the same age as the two girls who form the story. This kept my attention, which is a hard task these days.

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The Curse of Morton Abbey | Clarissa Harwood
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If you love gothic romances, this is the book for you. It‘s got it all - mysterious isolated mansion, brave heroine, curmudgeonly man with shady past, and a dark secret. Very atmospheric.

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The Lighthouse | Christopher Parker
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Muddled and mislabeled. This is not a mystery or a romance. It is a journey through grief for a family that has experienced an unimaginable loss and it was not the book for me.

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Burning Pages | Paige Shelton
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Leaves need mulching but this book isn‘t going to finish itself!

Lindy I like your attitude 😁🍂 2mo
Bklover 👍👍👍 2mo
PatriciaU Update: So, the hubs decided to mulch the leaves with this old lawn mower he found in the woods and meticulously restored. He did great, except he totally left a “landing strip” down the middle of the yard. It got raked up before I got a pic, but it was hilarious! 2mo
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Kissed a Sad Goodbye | Deborah Crombie
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The day can‘t decide if it‘s going to rain, snow, or shine so I‘m opting for some audio crafting with Deborah Crombie and Santa. #BritishMystery #audiocrafting #GettingReadyForTheHolidays #MakingGifts

wanderinglynn That looks like a fun craft! I hope you post a photo of it when it‘s done. 👍🏻 2mo
PatriciaU @wanderinglynn I will! My french knots are really improving. There are dozens in this project! 2mo
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Burning Pages | Paige Shelton
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These old girls are settling in for a nice evening on the couch. #beaglesoflitsy #cozy #ARC #ScottishMystery

Texreader Awww! 🥰 2mo
RachelAmphlett Oh, bless 😍🐾 2mo
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The Murder Dance | Sarah Rayne
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Spent the day cleaning my house, which has been somewhat neglected due to work, health issues, and just general angst. Feeling good about having a clean house and am getting ready to settle in for a few hours of reading a new ARC from one of my favorite authors! Happy Friday everyone!

EvieBee I love that kind of transformative cleaning. I did the same today. Well, half. Lol! 2mo
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The Maid | Nita Prose
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My pups are not handling trick or treaters very well tonight so I just told the hubs I was taking them upstairs until it settles down. Just realized it means I get a couple hours of uninterrupted reading time with this book!

kspenmoll Good for you!!! 3mo
PatriciaU I cannot recommend this book enough! If you like very clever mysteries with surprising ends, get hold of this one. 2mo
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Little Sister Death | William Gay
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My #HauntedHollowSwap from @sprainedbrain is magnificent!!! Books, socks, candy, Halloween decorations, nail art, and other lovely spooky things. Just what I needed on this gloomy Saturday morning! Thank you Jenni - you‘re the best. And thank you @wanderinglynn for organizing.

sprainedbrain Yay!! I hope you like everything. I added a couple of your books to my tbr! 😉 3mo
wanderinglynn Awesome! 🎃🧡 3mo
monalyisha Whole-sized Butterfingers? Yes, please! 🤤 3mo
PatriciaU Jenni is cool like that, @monalyisha! 😉 3mo
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Have you ever found a book so good that you deliberately take your time reading it so you can savor every word? This is one of those books. Gorgeous writing, superb use of magical realism. Read this.

BookBelle84 I loved this book! 3mo
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This time of year, I get asked a lot of questions about the “haunted” Rundel Memorial Library Building, where I work. If it is haunted, my own experiences have involved a very helpful spirit and elevators. #Ghostober #libraries (See comments for more of this story!)

Sleepswithbooks It‘s so pretty. 3mo
PatriciaU My first experience involved me walking through the Upper Stacks floor with an armload of books. It was early on a Saturday and there was probably only one other person in the building. As I approached the elevator, the call button lit up and called the elevator when I was still several feet away. 3mo
PatriciaU Most recently, I had a similar experience where I had arrived fairly early and there was no one around. There are 3 elevators involved in my journey from parking lot to office and, on this day, every one of them opened for me as I approached. Every one. So, if Rundel is haunted, it‘s by a friendly and polite ghost! 3mo
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A Line to Kill | Anthony Horowitz
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Horowitz just keeps on delivering intricate mysteries capped by a totally unexpected plot twist at the end. The oddly paired Horowitz and Hawthorne provide the basis for a brilliantly delivered story full of characters both despicable, insipid, and sad all overshadowed by the age-old cause for murder - revenge. I hear this series is being adapted to the screen. Looking forward to that.

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Evermore | Sara Holland
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This book isn‘t in the Litsy database but I wanted to share. I received Evermore Falls today from the author & artist, Karl Slominski. Karl was one of my “library kids” way back about 20 years ago. He was one of those kids you just love to talk to - super creative, a little nerdy, and undeniably brilliant. That‘s the original artwork for page 85. It‘s getting framed this weekend! If you can find a copy, read it!

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Halloween Tree | Ray Bradbury
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Came home after a trying Monday and found this beauty! What a spirit-lifter, especially because it‘s from @sprainedbrain ! Thank you, Jenni! Chester approves. #hhs #hauntedhallowswap @wanderinglynn

wanderinglynn Yay! 🙌🏻🧡🎃 3mo
sprainedbrain Hooray! I hope you like the stuff inside! 🎃 3mo
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I do enjoy short-form mystery stories from Golden Age writers, but this collection is not well-balanced. There are some great stories and some duds.

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Luminous | Mara Rutherford
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This captivating tale of a young girl discovering her own power falls somewhere between A Court of Thorn & Roses and MarcyKate Connolly‘s Shadow Weaver, meaning it will appeal to advanced middle grade readers as well as to teens and adults who enjoy fantasy. I was utterly captivated by the character of Margana and thought her fate, while unexpected, was well-done.

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Sin Eater | Sarah Rayne
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Benedict Doyle had always known that if he ever entered the house that had belonged to his great-grandfather, the ghost that had shadowed most of his own life would be waiting for him.

— The Sin Eater by Sarah Rayne

#FirstLineFridays
@ShyBookOwl

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Synchronized Sorcery | Juliet Blackwell
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Juliet Blackwell‘s Lily Ivory series is one of my favorites for it‘s quirky and endearing cast of characters, gorgeous setting in San Francisco, and well-plotted mysteries. This one involves mermaids! If you haven‘t tried this series yet, #Witchtober is as good a time as any!

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I‘ve read a lot of fairy tales retold and reimagined, but nothing – nothing! – like this. Chainani completely disrupts the old tales and rewrites them ferociously for all those readers who never once saw themselves in those stories. Full review at http://itsallaboutthebook.org

Branwen I just finished this over the weekend and really loved it! 3mo
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Came across this wonderful memory from 2019 - a viewing of Hocus Pocus and a meet-n-greet with Kathy Najimy. She was just lovely. Time for my seasonal viewing!

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Greenspan offers fresh takes on some familiar recipes, as well as plenty of new and creative baking ideas. I‘ve stopped using Pinterest and food blogs for recipes because they invariably suck, so books like this ar every welcome in my kitchen. Any baker worth their rolling pin will want to take a look at this. Full review at http://itsallaboutthebook.org

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1979 | Val McDermid
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Spent the day reading this new crime novel from Val McDermid featuring a female journalist in 1979 Glasgow. Not a lot of action and kind of a snoozer plot.

mandarchy Oh man, I can remember all of that. I was just thinking about that eclipse earlier this evening. 3mo
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The Peppermint Tea Chronicles | Alexander McCall Smith
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A pneumonia diagnosis calls for a pot of peppermint tea drunk out of one of my mother‘s vintage tea cups. No matter how old I am, I still long for my mom when I‘m sick!

TiredLibrarian Hope you feel better soon! 😊 3mo
OriginalCyn620 Same here! Hope you feel better soon! 3mo
Karisa (((Hugs))))💐 Feel better! 3mo
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Palimpsest Get well soon! 3mo
Sara_Planz Get well soon!!!! 3mo
slategreyskies Hope you feel better soon! 💕 3mo
LiteraryinLawrence Oh no!! Take good care. 💗 3mo
BrittanyReads Wishes for lots of rest and a quick recovery 🫖☕🌼 3mo
DGRachel Peppermint tea sounds perfect. Feel better soon! 3mo
LauraBeth Hope you feel better! 3mo
DivineDiana So sorry! Sending healing wishes. ❤️ 3mo
Tamra No doubt. 🤗 3mo
Grrlbrarian So sorry! Feel better soonest ❤️ 3mo
wanderinglynn Beautiful tea cup! I hope you feel better soon. 💚 3mo
CarolynM Looks like you are taking good care of yourself. Get well soon🍇💐 3mo
JacqMac I still want my mom when I‘m sick, too. Feel better soon. 3mo
Jas16 I hope you feel better soon 3mo
BethM Feel better! 3mo
Roary47 Awww man feel better soon! 💛 3mo
Simona Feel better soon ❤️ 3mo
Chelsea.Poole I totally understand. Hope you feel better soon! 3mo
PatriciaU Thanks for the well wishes, everyone. All those good vibes have me feeling a bit better. 3mo
Anna40 Hope you feel better soon! ❤ 3mo
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I was reminded of this book by the post on monsters in picture books by @kshakal. My kids adored this book and we read it until it fell apart. The illustrations are so whimsical - and the monster with peanut butter all over his mouth was my son‘s favorite for years. #MonstrousMonday

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What Lives in the Woods | Lindsay Currie
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Settling in tonight with this creepy read. Big old scary mansion in the woods, rumors and legends about hitchhikers and shadow people, and a kick-ass 12 year old make for great #Spooktober reading, especially with the Great British Baking Show in the background. Up to Chapter 21 and so far so good!

PatriciaU Omigosh folks…this is so good! The second really well-done middle grade ghost/horror story I‘ve read this season (Halloween Moon was the first). I was a little afraid this would be a rip-off of The Watcher in the Woods, but it‘s straight-up ghost story. Got this through Early Reads so not sure when it‘s out in stores. Grab it up if you can find it. #Ghosts #Ghostober 4mo
PatriciaU My only gripe is that the title is misleading. The ghost story doesn‘t have anything to do with the woods and it‘s never established that anything actually lives in the woods. But the main ghost story is great. 3mo
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Superheroes | Jimmy Gownley
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So this happened at my library yesterday. We‘ve all been struggling - lots of angry patrons lately, some Covid cases among staff, just lots of sadness. The Circ Supervisor bought all his staff capes, masks, and Library Squad t-shirts. It was the best day in a long time!

Roary47 What a great way to boost everyone‘s spirits. I hope this is the beginning of an amazing month for all of you. 💛 4mo
BookDragonNotWorm What a great idea! 4mo
CarolynM 4mo
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Ghost-stories of an Antiquary | Montague Rhodes James
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Heading into October with this spooky, shivery classic. Nobody wrote a ghost story like M.R. James! #Ghosts #Scarathalon #Ghostober #Halloween #AllHallows

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Found this on a staff bulletin board at work this morning. Made me laugh! #catsoflitsy

Tamra Bah! So true - it‘s therapy! 4mo
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The Beatryce Prophecy | Kate DiCamillo
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Kate DiCamillo just keeps writing perfect books. This one reads like a gentle folktale featuring a trio of endearing characters (actually it‘s more of a foursome if you count the goat!) embroiled in intrigue and deception in a kingdom, far, far away. This would make a lovely classroom read-aloud and could spark some discussion about equity in education. Highly recommended.

Branwen I can't wait for my library to get this one! 4mo
PatriciaU @Branwen it is so good! 4mo
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This beauty is on its way from New York to Florida for the #HauntedHollowSwap!
Thanks @wanderinglynn for organizing!

wanderinglynn Yay! 🙌🏻🖤🎃 4mo
Mommamanzi Oh my goodness! I almost started opening it because you and my step mother in law both live in New York and have the same name! I‘m so excited!! Thank you! 4mo
PatriciaU @Mommamanzi Glad you got it! And, your MIL has the same last name as mine and lives in NY? 4mo
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Nobody ever talks about how Narcissa Malfoy is the real hero in The Deathly Hallows.

#HarryPotter #DeathlyHallows #Mothers