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A Royal Christmas by Louise Cooling
An English Murder | Cyril Hare
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My favourite English country house murder is an English country house murder at Christmas. 😆

Day 8

KarenUK Love that cover! 💕 5h
Aimeesue Those *are* the best murders! 4h
Tanisha_A Weeee, that cover! 😍 3h
merelybookish Nothing like a murder at Christmas! 😀 43m
erzascarletbookgasm Ah the festive season..gathering of old feuds, strangers, irritating people at isolated/snowed in country houses. How can a murder NOT happen? 😉 22m
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The Christmas Cookie Book | Virginia Pasley
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It‘s almost time to start planning a little holiday baking!

Day 7

Tanisha_A What a pretty cover; 20h
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Christmas Tree | Eleanor Furneaux Smith
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This 1933 novel tells the story of seven people who meet in a London department store while shopping for Christmas trees on Christmas Eve. And what a cover! ❤️

Day 6

gibblr That cover rocks! 😍 2d
Aimeesue Great cover! 2d
kspenmoll You find the most fascinating old books. Love the cover. 2d
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Leftcoastzen Super cool cover! 2d
Cathythoughts Looks great 👏🏻 👏🏻👏🏻 2d
BookNAround This looks so good! 2d
merelybookish A treasure! 1d
rubyslippersreads Gorgeous! And by the author of one of my favorite books 12h
LeahBergen @rubyslippersreads I have that one, too! I‘ll have to read it soon. 😬 12h
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This is the perfect mixture of stories, essays, and recipes (and several of the recipes are from other authors 👏🏻).

Day 5

GypsyKat I read this last year and loved it! I‘ll definitely be rereading it this year! ❤️ 3d
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful 🤍💙 3d
Aimeesue I love this one! I adore Jeanette Winterson. ❤️ 3d
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Aimeesue There‘s a lovely interview with Winterson about this book here: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/vintage-books/id395664824?i=1000379105811 3d
JennyM That‘s just beautiful ❄️ 3d
LeahBergen @GypsyKat Oh, good! I‘m so looking forward to it! 3d
LeahBergen @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @JennyM It‘s such a pretty cover! 3d
LeahBergen @Aimeesue Thanks! I‘ll give that a listen. 😘 3d
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Untitled | Anonymous
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I received the sweetest little surprise parcel in the post from @veritysalter !

Thank you so much, my friend! 😘😘😘

veritysalter You are very welcome Leah, I am so enjoying Litsy and all the amazing people I‘ve met and chatted with. ♥️ 4d
Stacypatrice Isn‘t @veritysalter the sweetest? We are so lucky to have met you 🤗 4d
LeahBergen @Stacypatrice She certainly is! 😍 4d
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As the cover of this 1958 mystery states, this is “A Christmas Story With a a Difference”. 😆

Recently widowed Imogen‘s house is filling up with unexpected Christmas guests ... and then she begins to receive anonymous phone calls, accusing her of killing her husband.

I heartily enjoyed another of this author‘s books, The Hours Before Dawn (recommended by the lovely @Cathythoughts 😘).

Day 4

batsy I recently bought The Hours Before Dawn because of @Cathythoughts & @erzascarletbookgasm 😁❤️ 4d
Reviewsbylola That tag line is funny! 😆 4d
LeahBergen @batsy I think you‘ll like it! 4d
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LeahBergen @Reviewsbylola Right?? 🤔 4d
charl08 Sounds good! 4d
Cathythoughts Thanks for sharing .... we are away on a little break & I have just downloaded this one this minute .. we got upgraded to a suite with a Christmas tree .... so , perfect 👍🏻❤️ 4d
Cathythoughts Fab pic too ❤️🌲 4d
erzascarletbookgasm I‘ve got all Celia Fremlin books stacked after reading The Hours Before Dawn 😊👍 @batsy @Cathythoughts 4d
Cathythoughts @erzascarletbookgasm @batsy I‘m looking forward to this one Leah. The situation with the telephone sounds nice & creepy 🤣🙃 4d
LeahBergen @charl08 It does, doesn‘t it? 👍🏻 3d
LeahBergen @Cathythoughts Oh, lucky you! Your break sounds perfect! 😍😍 3d
LeahBergen @erzascarletbookgasm I was looking at several others and they ALL sound good! 3d
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Christmas at High Rising | Angela Thirkell
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This is a collection of festive short stories set in Thirkell‘s fictional world of Barsetshire. ❄️

Day 3

BookNAround I thought I had all of Thirkell‘s Barsetshire books but I don‘t have this. Must purchase immediately! 5d
LeahBergen @BookNAround 😆😆 I have a mixture of these Virago editions and a bunch of the old hardcovers but I STILL don‘t own them all (yet!). 5d
mabell Want! 😍 5d
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Cathythoughts Sooo cosey. This is definitely my favourite season ❤️📚👍🏻 5d
merelybookish What a delightful cover! 🎄 5d
GypsyKat That cover is adorable! 🎄😍 5d
AlaMich I have this! 😊 5d
Reviewsbylola I love the whimsical cover. 😍 5d
rubyslippersreads This looks like a great holiday read. 😊🎄 5d
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Over the Gate | Miss Read
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I‘m turning the pages VERY quietly. Do NOT wake the beast. 😆😆


mabell ❤️❤️❤️ 6d
Theaelizabet Awwww!💕 6d
TrishB 😁😁😘 gorgeous 6d
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squirrelbrain That‘s no beast! Such a cutie...! 6d
Cathythoughts ❤️❤️❤️❤️ 6d
kyraleseberg Be still, my heart! This is too cute! 6d
Simona 😍😍😍 The puppies are the cutest while they're asleep ... precious time. 6d
BittersweetBooks Omg 😍😍😍 6d
veritysalter Gorgeous ♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️ 6d
Tamra Haha! They are cute beasts! (edited) 6d
Suet624 Oh gosh. 💕💕💕 6d
throwmeabook 😍😍😍 6d
Kalalalatja Cutie! 6d
MicheleinPhilly Pickles has some SERIOUS competition @Soubhiville! 6d
Soubhiville Lol @MicheleinPhilly yep this is a cute puppy! 6d
LeahBergen @MicheleinPhilly @Soubhiville But not as cute as that Pickles. Johnny‘s got a serious crush. 😆 6d
Blaire Oh my!! Too adorable! 6d
Amiable Ahhh!! The cuteness! 6d
Aimeesue Oh my goodness! Puppy love. ❤️❤️❤️ 6d
rubyslippersreads 😍🐶😍🐶😍 6d
TheLudicReader Look at that belly! 6d
MicheleinPhilly She has a boyfriend but she is a bit of a floozy so I‘m sure she‘d welcome his attention. 6d
erzascarletbookgasm 😁❣️ 6d
mrp27 Oh my goodness.... 💕💕 6d
quietjenn I can't handle how cute! 6d
diovival The cuteness !!!!! 😍 6d
BarbaraBB 😂😂😍 6d
batsy My heart! ❤️ 6d
kspenmoll My heart is melting!!!! ❤️ 6d
BookNAround ❤️❤️❤️Johnny❤️❤️❤️ 6d
mklong ❤️❤️❤️ 6d
Rissreads Awwwww. Adorable puppy! 💛 6d
youneverarrived Awww 😍😍 5d
TheKidUpstairs Oh my! 😍😍😍😍😍 5d
Bookzombie The beast is so freaking cute!!!💕🐶 5d
Reviewsbylola I always say that every time I get a puppy, I instantly regret it. 🤣🤣🤣 He sure is cute tho! 5d
Reviewsbylola (Especially when he‘s sleeping) 😆 5d
LauraBeth I came here looking for puppy pictures! 😍😍😍 2d
LeahBergen @LauraBeth He‘s a rotten thing. 😆😆 22h
LauraBeth @LeahBergen can you email me your address so Auntie Laura can spoil him? 😀 familyramos1209@gmail.com 18h
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A Royal Christmas | Louise Cooling
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I‘ve been saving this heavily illustrated little history of the Royal Family‘s Christmas traditions to read since last year. 😆

Day 2

Cathythoughts Beautiful 💙💙💙 6d
Reviewsbylola Shut up! This looks like a must have! 5d
Reviewsbylola I need to know how many of these royal traditions Meghan is going to bust up. 🤣🤣🤣 5d
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So, I‘ve decided to give myself a little photo challenge this month. I‘ll post a Christmas/holiday related book each day leading up to Christmas as a sort of #BookAdventCalendar. Some will be old favourites and others will be ones I hope to get to this month

Play along with me if you like or just add a few books as you can!

Day 1: This is a newly released little book with all author proceeds going to charity. I love Kate Atkinson!

BookNAround Ooo. Let me plunge into my stacks and see what I can find to play along. 1w
JamieArc I don‘t tend to love Atkinson‘s books, but I‘m curious about her short stories - and this book is beautiful! Thanks for sharing! 1w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️❤️ 1w
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BarbaraBB Well your first choice is a gorgeous one! I won‘t join since I have no Christmas themed books but I‘ll follow your posts 🎄 (edited) 1w
saresmoore I‘m only commenting to say I will immediately be ordering this book! 1w
saresmoore Phew! Okay, I‘m back to say that this is a lovely photo and I love the idea of your challenge! 1w
erzascarletbookgasm What a gorgeous looking book! Looking forward to see your posts on #BookAdventCalendar 1w
LeahBergen @BookNAround Yay! 👏🏻👏🏻 7d
LeahBergen @JamieArc @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks It‘s a pretty little book, isn‘t it? 😃 7d
LeahBergen @BarbaraBB Well, some of my picks may be ‘Christmas murder‘ themed. 😆 7d
LeahBergen @saresmoore 😂😂 I hope it‘s good! 7d
LeahBergen @erzascarletbookgasm Thanks, friend! 😘 7d
Cathythoughts Lovely picture ❤️ 7d
batsy Look forward to your posts! And all the best in finding pockets of time to hide from the pup 😆❤️ 7d
LeahBergen @batsy He‘s asleep sprawled on me right now. 😆 6d
kspenmoll Can‘t wait for your posts. This first one is great- Did not know Kate A. had a Christmas book! 6d
mklong Oooh, I didn‘t know she wrote a Christmas book. Off to order it. Pretty sure this won‘t be the last time this happens during your challenge! 6d
Reviewsbylola I love that you have enough Christmas books for this challenge. 😍 5d
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Over the Gate | Miss Read
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A snowy day calls for some hot chocolate and Miss Read. ❄️❄️❄️

jillrhudy Perfect. 2w
Sace Lovely. I feel cozy just reading this post. 2w
BookNAround Awwww. Miss Read is so delightful. 2w
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merelybookish Pretty mug! 2w
LeslieO I‘ve ever read a Miss Read, are they charming? Also, is it reed or red? 2w
LeahBergen @jillrhudy @Sace @BookNAround It was definitely a few hours well-spent. 😊 2w
LeahBergen @merelybookish Thanks! It was a recent purchase from a local potter. 2w
LeahBergen @LeslieO They are very charming, non-taxing, and cozy. 😄 And I‘m not sure - I‘ve always pronounced it Miss “Reed” to myself. Hmmm... that would be a good Litsy handle, wouldn‘t it? 😆 2w
LeslieO We should have thought of that instead of using our real names! 2w
LeahBergen @LeslieO Right?? Geez, I was pretty uninspired when I joined Litsy. 😂😂 2w
batsy I love that mug! And I want to live inside this photo 😍 2w
Lindy So cozy… 2w
youneverarrived Ohh lovely 💕 1w
Cathythoughts So cosy 🥰 1w
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Begin Again | Ursula Orange
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And another buddy read with @shawnmooney is getting underway. He‘s been keeping me on my toes lately! 😉

Here‘s hoping this 1936 novel is as delightful as its cover! 💕


AlaMich It sounds very promising! 2w
Nute This sounds amazing. I hope that it holds up to that awesome cover art! 2w
merelybookish That cover is so striking! 😍 2w
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CarolynM That sounds really good. I look forward to your thoughts. And is a fabulous cover! 2w
batsy Love that cover! 2w
rubyslippersreads 😍😍😍 2w
Centique Oh that‘s gorgeous! 2w
Rissreads WOW! What a gorgeous cover! 💜 2w
Cathythoughts Look forward to your review ❤️👍🏻 2w
kspenmoll The cover makes me want to read the book! 2w
DebinHawaii I do love this cover! 😍 1w
Reviewsbylola I mean, the book could be complete trash and I wouldn‘t even care because the cover is that good! 5d
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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. 😊 3w
saresmoore Ooh, suggestive! 3w
ValerieAndBooks 😮 !! The cover of my copy (still TBR) is very generic looking!! 3w
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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. 🤔 3w
IamIamIam I've threatened to read Martin Amis in the past, lol. I'm interested to see how your book club finds this!!! 3w
CarolynM Same @batsy @merelybookish I haven't managed to get through any of his others. 3w
Reviewsbylola That‘s an interesting book club choice! Off the beaten path a bit. 3w
readordierachel It's been many years since I read it, but I remember really hating the protagonist 😆 2w
Rissreads I think this will be an interesting bookclub discussion! Looking forward to your thoughts. 2w
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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! 3w
Carolhreads I liked this book I read it around Halloween last year I believe 3w
quirkyreader Lovely cover. 3w
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Ruthiella I understand why you couldn‘t resist! 3w
rubyslippersreads Fabulous cover! Is that Mrs. Danvers? 3w
batsy That's fab! 3w
erzascarletbookgasm I‘m amazed at all the covers available! This is a great cover. 3w
youneverarrived That‘s so cool! 😍 3w
Aimeesue That's a rather steely Mrs. Danvers! Nice. 3w
Reviewsbylola Great cover! 3w
Christine Ooh, love this cover! (And YES to the reread - having done so recently, I highly recommend! :) 2w
Cathythoughts Classic cover 👍🏻❤️ 2w
Suet624 great cover.
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Friday night. I‘m hiding from the puppy to get some reading done. 😆😆


Bookzombie 😆 3w
rubyslippersreads ❤️❤️❤️ that cover! 3w
erzascarletbookgasm The wine matches the cover. 👍 And we miss the 🐶 already! 3w
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BarbaraBB Your picture and evening are similar to @Leftcoastzen 🍷❤️. I‘ve started too. 3w
batsy 😂 3w
LeahBergen @Bookzombie It needed to be done. 😆 3w
LeahBergen @rubyslippersreads Isn‘t it fantastic? 3w
LeahBergen @erzascarletbookgasm He‘s an absolute terror! 😆 3w
LeahBergen @BarbaraBB I‘m really enjoying it so far! 3w
LeahBergen @batsy Thank God my little home library has doors! 😆 3w
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. 😹 3w
emilyhaldi Lol 🐶 3w
LeahBergen @rubyslippersreads Yeah, well ... he definitely isn‘t shy about cramming his face into a glass and taking a drink. 😆😆 3w
Reviewsbylola I just started this but I‘m loving it! 3w
Suet624 When do we get to see the puppy again? 2w
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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 🐾 💤 1mo
vivastory He's too adorable! 1mo
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Cinfhen He‘s too cute!!! I can‘t take it!!!! 1mo
batsy I'm with the rest! His cuteness is too much to take! ❤️❤️ 1mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego He kinda reminds me of Wishbone!! (The 90s TV dog that acted out classic literature, hope in not dating myself lol) 1mo
Hooked_on_books Gaaaa!!!!! I missed your initial introduction post. He‘s the cutest little guy ever! 🐶💙 1mo
vivastory @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Loved Wishbone! 😂 1mo
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. 😆 1mo
vivastory I love that. I can just picture him 😄 1mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego I love everything about that story! 😆💖🐶 1mo
Cathythoughts Gorgeous #Johnnybergen he is a lovely Litsy fellow.... I love the puppies ❤️ (edited) 1mo
batsy @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Wishbone was the best 😁💜 1mo
mabell Such a baby! ❤️🐶😍 1mo
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. 1mo
Simona Precious moments of peace and tranquility ♥️ 1mo
MicheleinPhilly I ❤️ that gorgeous baby. 1mo
Zelma What a sweet little boy. 😍 1mo
rubyslippersreads 🐶🐶🐶💤💤💤❤️❤️❤️ The People‘s Puppy! 😊 (edited) 1mo
youneverarrived He‘s just adorable 😍 1mo
DGRachel He's soooooo cute! 1mo
LauraBeth OMG I just saw this! He is SO itty bitty!! 😍😍 1mo
readordierachel I can't even handle it 😍 1mo
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"' 1mo
ValerieAndBooks Those tummy freckles 😍 ! 1mo
LeahBergen @Sace Awww! I was just singing 🎶 “What‘s the story, Wishbone?” 🎶 to Johnny yesterday. ❤️ 1mo
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! 😄 1mo
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! 😂 1mo
LeahBergen @Aimeesue Right?? 😆😆 Well, there‘s an Archie now! 1mo
rohit-sawant How adorable! 💜🐶 1mo
BookNAround Johnny is too precious! 1mo
saresmoore Ooh, I‘ll be interested to hear what you and Shawn think of this book! 4w
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). 4w
MrBook 😻😻😻😻😻😻😻 4w
Reviewsbylola She looks like she‘s rolling her eyes in the cover pic. 😆 4w
emilyhaldi Omg I can't!!! 😍😍😍😍😍 and he really is the emoji 😆🐶 3w
UwannaPublishme Omg, your puppy is so precious! ❤️ 3w
valeriegeary Oh my goodness!!! How old? 😍😍😍 2w
LeahBergen @valeriegeary 15 weeks of rottenness. 😆😆 2w
valeriegeary @LeahBergen I have fallen fast in love 😆🐶❤️ 2w
Suet624 oh my. seriously making me want to get a puppy to squeeze and kiss. 2w
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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. 1mo
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. 1mo
LeahBergen @CarolynM Oh, that‘s good to hear! 👏🏻👏🏻 Thanks so much again! 😘😘 1mo
MrBook @LeahBergen Want to chat sometime? ☺️ We can exchange numbers via email, if you‘re interested. jasonvigorito@gmail. 1mo
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Untitled | Anonymous
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I‘ve read about 15 pages this week. 15 pages!!!



LauraJ 😦 Are you okay?! 1mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Whaaatttt?!?! 🤣🤣 1mo
LeahBergen @LauraJ @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks This horrid little thing is running me ragged! 😆 1mo
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Megabooks Cuteness overload!! 1mo
Tamra 🤗 1mo
readordierachel Worth it. So cute. 💕 1mo
batsy Awww 😂❤️ 1mo
Balibee146 Cutest little schnoozle 💕💕 1mo
veritysalter But you have a puppy to snuggle, your doing well with the picture you‘ve posted, Pablo would be chewing the book. ♥️ 1mo
CoffeeCatsBooks Look at that little nose! 💕 1mo
saresmoore 😂 I‘m of two minds: One, but it‘s worth it, look how cute! 🥰 Two, I‘m never, ever, ever getting a puppy! 🙅‍♀️ 1mo
rubyslippersreads What an adorable reading buddy! ❤️🐶 1mo
BarbaraBB That‘s horrible! But Johnny looks like he‘s worth it! 1mo
LauraBeth But look at his cute puppy nose! 1mo
Mdargusch That nose! 😍😍😍 1mo
ValerieAndBooks So cute! That fuzzy nose!! What book on the Hanovers are you reading (or trying to)? 1mo
Aimeesue Awww, puppa! ❤️❤️❤️ 1mo
Reviewsbylola Omg my reading has been so slow this week too! 4w
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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 1mo
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 😂 1mo
TheLudicReader I love Helen Dunmore and 1mo
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Gissy 😍🖤🖤🖤 1mo
LeahBergen @IndyHannaJones Don‘t they?? I love them! 1mo
LeahBergen @ulrichyumiodd But your wrapping was amazing! You wrapped every little thing and it all looked so good! 🖤🖤 I was mightily impressed! 😆 1mo
LeahBergen @TheLudicReader I‘m so looking forward to that one! 1mo
LeahBergen @Gissy Right?? 😍😍 1mo
Gissy They really are so gorgeous covers 1mo
ulrichyumiodd @LeahBergen Haha, thank you! 😊 1mo
veritysalter I loved The Poison Bed 🖤🖤🖤 1mo
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Untitled | Anonymous
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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!!! 😍 1mo
LibrarianRyan Yeahhh. Those are cute socks. 1mo
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! 1mo
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LeahBergen @bookish_wookish @LibrarianRyan I love these socks! 🧛‍♂️🧛‍♂️ 1mo
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) 1mo
ulrichyumiodd @LeahBergen You‘re welcome! I love little socks too ❤️ I wear them most of the time. 1mo
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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! 1mo
AmyG Omg he is the most adorable thing! ❤️ 1mo
LauraJ Squee! 🖤 1mo
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Librarybelle ❤️❤️❤️ 1mo
BookNAround He is the stinkin‘ cutest! 1mo
TheSpineView So 💜🐕💜cute! 1mo
LiteraryinLititz Eeeeeeeeeeee!! Congratulations!! 1mo
cjk Sooooo cute!! 1mo
overtheedge Adorable!! 1mo
Eyelit Omg the cuteness!!! 1mo
Prairiegirl_reading Hello Johnny!!! You are such an adorable boy! Having a puppy has seriously put the brakes on my reading life! 1mo
JoScho Yay!!!! He is adorable! 1mo
LibrarianRyan BABY,!!! 1mo
CarolynM What a sweet puppy! 1mo
QuietlyLaura Johnny is so cute! We need all the pics! 😍🐶 1mo
batsy Aaaah! He is the most adorable pupper! 😍😍 1mo
Stacypatrice 🐶🥰🐶🥰 1mo
Bklover Omg he is adorable!!!!❤️❤️❤️ 1mo
Redwritinghood 😍😍 1mo
Chrissyreadit 😍😍😍 1mo
Tanisha_A WhateeCutie! 1mo
merelybookish Look at that ear! 1mo
teebe 🙀😻 1mo
erzascarletbookgasm Awww, ❤️ 🐾 1mo
julesG I might be in a sugar coma now. He's so cute! 1mo
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) 1mo
Leftcoastzen Oh my ! Adorable! 1mo
Kalalalatja I can‘t handle the cuteness 😍😍😍 1mo
UwannaPublishme Awwww! Best gift ever! Happy birthday! 🤗❤️🎉🎁🎂 1mo
mrp27 Oh my goodness!!! Can't wait for all the puppy pics! 😍🐶 1mo
Reggie Omg, what a cutie!!! 1mo
Balibee146 Hells Bells he's absolutely gorgeous 😍😍 1mo
veritysalter How beautiful, everyone needs a reading buddy. Welcome to Litsy Johnny. ♥️🐶♥️ 1mo
Centique OMG those eyes! And the freckles on his ear! Couldn‘t get any cuter 😍 1mo
Sace What a handsome pup! I'm looking forward to seeing more of his cute little face! 1mo
LauraBeth Ohmergerrrrrd!!!!!!! I‘m so happy for you! And for Johnny! This may be my favorite Litsy post ever!!! 😍😍😍 1mo
rabbitprincess Awwwwww adorable!! :D 1mo
Gissy 🐶❤️❤️❤️❤️so cute😍 1mo
mklong What a sweetie! I can‘t handle the freckles on his ear!! ❤️❤️❤️ 1mo
youneverarrived Oh my gosh he‘s gorgeous!! 😍😍 1mo
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 😄 1mo
MicheleinPhilly SQUEEEEEEE!!!!! I ❤️ him! 1mo
Zelma What a sweet face! Congrats on the new family member! 1mo
quietjenn Oh my. Soooooo adorable! 1mo
candority So cute! 😍🐶 1mo
Jas16 Oh! So much adorableness! 1mo
DGRachel Oh. My. Goodness! He is ADORABLE! I must have daily updates! 😍 😍 😍 😍 1mo
DaveGreen7777 Awww! 🥰🥰🥰 1mo
ValerieAndBooks Omg!! Johnny is so cute 😍!! 1mo
Birdsong28 So cute 😍📚📖 1mo
Cinfhen Mazel Tov 💙💙💙💙💙He‘s so cute!!!!!!!!! 1mo
Cinfhen His ear 👂🏼 🥰 1mo
ReadingRachael ❤️❤️❤️He looks so sweet ❤️❤️❤️ 1mo
Suet624 Adorable! What a beautiful pup. Your heart must be so full right now. 1mo
Gaylagal2 Cute!!🥰🐾 1mo
Simona I‘m already in love with him😍😍😍 1mo
Mdargusch Wonderful!!! And Happy Belated Birthday! We had a JRT 💙 1mo
rubyslippersreads Even Sadie and Nicky think he‘s adorable! 😸 1mo
readordierachel OMG 😍 The cutest! 1mo
emilyhaldi Oh my gosh, I just saw this!!! What a heart throb ❤️❤️❤️ Hope he‘s settling in well! 1mo
Megabooks He is RIDICULOUSLY cute! Omg, I‘m dying!! 💕💕 1mo
kspenmoll How adorable!!! 1mo
Lindy Congratulations! What a cutie. ❤️ 1mo
DebinHawaii Ack! He is so cute! ❤️🐶❤️ 1mo
Cathythoughts That‘s the best news ,JohnnyBergen is adorable 😍 1mo
saresmoore So precious! 1mo
Nute He is so cute!!! I‘m in love with that speckled ear!🐶🧡 1mo
TrishB I have only just caught up with your beautiful Doggo 🐶🐶 ❤️💜he‘s lovely. 1mo
Bookworm54 He‘s so gorgeous! 1mo
britt_brooke OMG. 😍😍😍 4w
elkeo_TheBookDragon That face! The spotty ear! So.Damn. Cute!!!! 4w
Reviewsbylola ADORABLE!!! 4w
AlaMich I just saw this...congrats!! He‘s pretty darn cute alright! 🐶❤️ 3w
cathysaid Oh my Dog...that spotted ear. 💕 3w
BiblioLitten Ahhhdorable! 😍💙😍 2w
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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!!!!🎂💖 1mo
kspenmoll Happy happy birthday! Thinking of you! 🎈🎂🎊💕 1mo
vivastory Happy Birthday friend! 👏📚🎂🎉🍾 1mo
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quietjenn Happy birthday! I hope it's been lovely 1mo
CarolynM Happy birthday 🎂🎈🎉 You have another little parcel to look forward to. Sorry it didn't get there in time. 1mo
Lindy 🎂🍰🎈🎁🎉!!! 1mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Yay!! It made it!! Happy Birthday 🎈🎊🎉🎁🎂 I hope your day has been great!! 😘 1mo
britt_brooke Happy birthday!! 💚 1mo
Leftcoastzen Happy Birthday!🎉🎂🎈 1mo
ValerieAndBooks Happy birthday to you 📚🍷📚🎂📚🍰📚!!! 1mo
Suet624 Leah, happy birthday!!! 1mo
ulrichyumiodd Happy birthday!! 😄 1mo
Kalalalatja Hope you had a lovely day! 💕 1mo
merelybookish Happy Birthday Leah! I hope it involved lots of wine, cake and fun! And books. 😘 1mo
LeahBergen @CarolynM I do??? 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 You‘re too kind! 😘😘 1mo
Chrissyreadit Happy Birthday!!!!🎈🎂🎊🎁🎉 I hope it‘s the start of a fabulous year! 1mo
Gissy Happy Birthday! 🎂🎈🎈🎈 1mo
robinb 💕💕😘 1mo
veritysalter Happy Birthday 💐 xx 1mo
youneverarrived Happy Birthday lovely 🍷🍷 1mo
TrishB Happy belated one 🎉🎉 couldn‘t get on Litsy whilst travelling!! 1mo
Reggie Happy Belated Birthday!!!! 1mo
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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? 1mo
LeahBergen @rubyslippersreads YES. That would be great! 👏🏻👏🏻 1mo
batsy How lovely 😍 1mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🎊🎉❤️📚 1mo
rubyslippersreads Obviously I‘m psychic, having sent you that dog-themed notebook before I knew about #JohnnyBergen. 🐶 1mo
LeahBergen @rubyslippersreads I thought the very same thing! 😆😆 1mo
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... ♥️♥️♥️🧁🍷 1mo
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The historical encyclopedia of costume | Albert Racinet, Auguste Racinet
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LauraJ Happy Birthday! 🎂🎈🎁 1mo
rachelm Happy birthday!!!!🎊 1mo
batsy Happy birthday! Hope you have a fantastic day and lots of bookish joy! 🧁🎈🥂📚📚📚 1mo
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StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Happy Birthday 🎁 1mo
JulAnna Happy Birthday! 🎈😊 1mo
Sace Happy Birthday 🎉🎉🎉🎉 1mo
readordierachel Happy birthday! 📚🧡 1mo
BarbaraBB I hear it‘s your birthday! Make it a happy one and ditto year ❤️🎈🍷 1mo
Redwritinghood Happy birthday! 🎂🎂 1mo
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The Other | Thomas Tryon
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vivastory Best illustrations 😂 1mo
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. 1mo
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. 1mo
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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. 1mo
vivastory @Aimeesue I will also never look at finger sandwiches the same way 😂 1mo
Aimeesue @vivastory 😂😂😂 1mo
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. 1mo
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? 😂 1mo
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. 1mo
LeahBergen @vivastory I‘m so glad you appreciated my illustrations 😂😂 1mo
LeahBergen @Aimeesue You‘re really making me want to read Something Wicked. 👍🏻 1mo
LeahBergen @vivastory That‘s so true. I think a grandmother can be very forgiving of anything a troubled grandchild might do. 1mo
LeahBergen @Liz_M Right?? I‘m thinking that can‘t be very good therapeutic protocol. 😳 1mo
LeahBergen @batsy I was totalling thinking that and thought it was just me. I initially read it as actually being Holland in the asylum. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 1mo
batsy @LeahBergen Oh, good! That truly gives the story the WHOA, DAMN!!! effect & so I'm sticking to our interpretation 😆 1mo
LeahBergen @batsy Sounds good to me! 😂 1mo
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. 1mo
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. 1mo
LeahBergen @Aimeesue Then I shall try SW first. 😄 1mo
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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 1mo
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. 1mo
Aimeesue Not until *really* late in the book. 1mo
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 ?) 1mo
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”. 😂😂 1mo
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The Other | Thomas Tryon
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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. 1mo
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. 1mo
Aimeesue @vivastory @Liz_M Yes to both those things! Nature's easier - it is what it is. 1mo
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vivastory @Liz_M @Aimeesue I definitely agree that Nature's easier. 1mo
MicheleinPhilly Happy Birthday love! 😘 1mo
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). 1mo
LeahBergen @Liz_M That uncomfortableness is always a part of good horror fiction, isn‘t it? 1mo
LeahBergen @MicheleinPhilly Thanks, darlin‘!! 😘😘 1mo
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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 1mo
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. 1mo
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) 1mo
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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. 1mo
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.... 1mo
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? 1mo
LeahBergen @Aimeesue @vivastory I really need to read some more Bradbury one of these days (specifically The Halloween Tree and Dandelion Wine). 1mo
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 😆). 1mo
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. 😬 1mo
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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! 😄👍 1mo
GatheringBooks apologies again for missing this one! 😭😭😭 and thank you so much for being patient with me 💕 1mo
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 👇 1mo
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vivastory similar books being published today. Flynn's Sharp Objects is a great example. 1mo
vivastory @GatheringBooks No worries! Glad you can join us when you're able 👍 1mo
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) 1mo
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 1mo
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 1mo
vivastory @Aimeesue 😂😂 1mo
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) 1mo
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. 1mo
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. 1mo
LeahBergen @GatheringBooks No problem at all! We know you have a specific reading challenge for this year. 😘 1mo
LeahBergen @vivastory Good point about the family hanging on to their home and traditions. 👍🏻 1mo
LeahBergen @Aimeesue I‘m the worst sort of “past romancer”. 😂😂 1mo
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. 😕 1mo
LeahBergen @batsy Ah, yes! Loss of self. How astute! 1mo
Aimeesue @LeahBergen I had no idea about Anne Rice's loss of her daughter. Hard not to read into that. 1mo
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. 1mo
LeahBergen @Aimeesue The character of the little girl vampire, Claudia, is based on her, I guess. The child that lives forever. 😭😭 1mo
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! 1mo
Billypar Took one look at the book you tagged, and the audio version is now downloading 😂 Looking forward to it - thanks! 1mo
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.😂 1mo
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. 1mo
LeahBergen @Leftcoastzen @Billypar It really is a great little reference book to own. The covers are hilariously awesome. 😆 1mo
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Seven Gothic Tales | Isak Dinesen
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Chrissyreadit Are they good? 1mo
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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! 1mo
andrew61 Looks like a fascinating read, definitely stacked and will try and find it. Thanks. 1mo
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. 🤞🏻🤞🏻 1mo
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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) 1mo
batsy Yes! So eye-catching 💚 1mo
Reviewsbylola Oh good, more Folios to add to my list. 🤦🏼‍♀️ 1mo
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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! 1mo
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Aimeesue I‘ll bring the finger sandwiches. 😂 1mo
Reviewsbylola Shit I‘ve gotta give this one another shot. Especially now that I remember it was your pick. 🤣🤣 1mo
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! 1mo
Leftcoastzen I‘ve had visitors for 10 days.Hope to finish reading it. 1mo
vivastory @Aimeesue I'll bring the wine 😱😈 1mo
erzascarletbookgasm Shall I perform some magic tricks while you all snack on the 🥪 and drink 🍷? 😁 1mo
emilyhaldi Yay! I will try to pop in, tomorrow if not today!... Busy preparing for our "Haldiween" party tonight ? 1mo
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. 1mo
Reviewsbylola That being said, I doubt I‘ll finish it in time for the discussion so I‘ll jump in a bit late! 1mo
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! 1mo
youneverarrived Sorry I missed the discussion with being on holiday! I thought it was going to be this weekend for some reason 😆 1mo
LeahBergen @Billypar @youneverarrived @emilyhaldi @Reviewsbylola Don‘t feel bad - I missed my own discussion as I was travelling. 😂😂 1mo
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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! 🥰🥰 2mo
rather_be_reading WHOA! Awesome! 😍 2mo
AceOnRoam She's beautiful ❤ 2mo
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saresmoore She looks to have been quite the chic sophisticate! 2mo
Aimeesue ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ 2mo
mrp27 Love! 2mo
Centique What a treasure! And I could have guessed that you have beautiful ancestors! 😘 2mo
veritysalter ♥️ What a wonderful gift to have. 2mo
4thhouseontheleft What a lovely family heirloom. 💜 2mo
rubyslippersreads Your great-grandmother looks too sophisticated for Elsie Dinsmore. 😊 1mo
youneverarrived Lovely ❤️ 1mo
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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! 2mo
batsy Love that description and cover! 2mo
Tanisha_A Ooh that cover! 2mo
charl08 Sounds good, stacked. 2mo
4thhouseontheleft Sounds good! 2mo
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Untitled | Anonymous
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Soubhiville 🤣😂🤣😸 2mo
Tamra Bahaha! That was our cat in our former 1900 house basement. 😹 (edited) 2mo
veritysalter My house is 17th century (in part), I don‘t have to decorate for Halloween, the spiders take care of it for me! 🖤🖤🕷🖤🖤 2mo
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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. 😆 2mo
Tamra @LeahBergen a living Swiffer. 😆 2mo
Suet624 That‘s a riot! (edited) 2mo
rubyslippersreads My cat Sadie would actually prefer a real spider she could eat. 🙀🕷 2mo
UwannaPublishme 😹😹😹 2mo
4thhouseontheleft 😂 😂This is my #HelloKitty, all the time. #catsofLitsy 2mo
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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) 2mo
ralexist Someday I need to get back to Hay-on-Wye 📖📖📖 2mo
batsy I'm planning to start today! :) 2mo
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saresmoore I just started it today. It does have a southern gothic feel. 2mo
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. 🤷🏼‍♀️ 2mo
BarbaraJean Love your bookmark!! 😍 2mo
BarbaraBB @Reviewsbylola I had a hard time those first pages too but am happy now I made it through them. Finished the book! 2mo
LeslieO I remember loving it when I read it oh so many years ago. I think I went through a Thomas Tyron phase. 2mo
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 😅 2mo
merelybookish I am on the fence about starting. I get spooked so easily. 😲 2mo
Suet624 Chose not to read this one. Like @merelybookish I wasn‘t up for being scared. 2mo
Billypar Just started it yesterday: one of those opening pages that made me instantly intrigued. 2mo
batsy What @Billypar said, just started today and I'm finding it compelling and also very ominous 😬 2mo
LeahBergen @sprainedbrain That‘s crazy! Wait, is it someone from our club that has it signed out? 😆 2mo
LeahBergen @ralexist I went for the first time this summer. It was definitely a “bucket list” thing for me! 😍 2mo
LeahBergen @batsy It‘s sooo ominous from the get-go! 😮 2mo
LeahBergen @saresmoore Doesn‘t it? I think a lot of it has to do with the house (and barn). 😬 2mo
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? 2mo
LeahBergen @BarbaraJean Thanks! 😘 2mo
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!) 🤷🏻‍♀️ 2mo
LeahBergen @Billypar I‘m so glad you‘re joining in! 👏🏻👏🏻 2mo
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. 🤦🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️ 2mo
LeahBergen @Suet624 Oh, I forgot you have twins!! Yes, it‘s perfectly understandable to give this one a pass! 😬😬 2mo
sprainedbrain @LeahBergen it might be! Lol 2mo
Aimeesue Started it last night, and I'm liking it, too. Definitely atmospheric! 2mo
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). 2mo
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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. 2mo
LibraryCin I will add the violence toward the women was sexual violence whereas against men was physical violence. 2mo
saresmoore The cover is too scary for my taste. 🙀 2mo
LeahBergen @LibraryCin Yikes! Thanks for the heads up. 2mo
LeahBergen @saresmoore Mine, as well! 😆😆 It was a $1 buy as I had always heard it was a haunted house cult classic. 2mo
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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? 😡😦 2mo
Lcsmcat I loved this as a child, and loved sharing it with my girls when they were middle grade readers. 2mo
Reviewsbylola I feel like I read this one but I can‘t be sure. 🤔 2mo
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rubyslippersreads ❤️ this book! 2mo
batsy Great copy! I really liked this one. 2mo
4thhouseontheleft I reread it a year or so ago and though it held up well! This was one of my favorites as a kid. 2mo
LauraBrook Oh, I loved those Dell Yearling editions! I always bought one at the Scholastic Book Fair every year. 1mo
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vivastory Nice! 2mo
Cedricsmom Tell us what this is about! 2mo
Reviewsbylola This looks cool! 🔪 2mo
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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! 2mo
LauraJ My book club had fun with this one. 2mo
Lizpixie I just saw the episode of William Shatners The Unexplained with a segment about this expedition. It was gross and completely awesome! 2mo
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Untitled | Anonymous
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And it‘s on it‘s way, @LibrarianRyan !!


LibrarianRyan Yeahhhh 2mo
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Balibee146 What a title lol... Stacked 👍 2mo
Cathythoughts That is surely some title 🤭 2mo
LeahBergen @Balibee146 @Cathythoughts Isn‘t it, though? 😆 2mo
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Gailthurber I could write the prologue 2mo
LeahBergen @Gailthurber You could! 😆 2mo
GypsyKat Oh interesting!💀 2mo
Reviewsbylola Yeah, I need this book stat! 2mo
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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! 2mo
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) 2mo
LibrarianRyan Yeahhhh 2mo
ulrichyumiodd Yay! Thanks for letting me know! 2mo
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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. 2mo
LeahBergen @batsy It‘s still on my TBR, too. 😬 2mo
LeahBergen @Centique Haha! I love the hashtags. 😆 Yes, I‘ve only read a few but I‘m such a fan. 2mo
Suet624 Fortunately all the Litsy lovers of Pym keep reminding me to read one of her books. 2mo
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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!!!! 2mo
LeahBergen @IamIamIam Really?? 😆 I guess I‘d better read it soon then (I love Capote)! 2mo
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. ❤ 2mo
Chrissyreadit In Cold Blood amazed me, and I loved A Christmas Memory. 2mo
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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! 2mo
TrishB Gorgeous 💕 2mo
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. 🤷‍♀️ 2mo
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Aimeesue Oh, The Empress! ❤️❤️❤️ 2mo
readordierachel Oh my 😍 2mo
batsy I love it! And I'm guessing that's The Empress on the cover? 😆🐖 2mo
Cathythoughts Such a great cover 2mo
Reviewsbylola Uh gorgeous, as always! 2mo
saresmoore ♥️♥️♥️ 2mo
GypsyKat LOVE this cover! 😍 2mo
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Bookwormjillk Good one! 2mo
vivastory Well done! Is that a tote? 2mo
RachelO 😂😂 Perfect photo! 2mo
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LeahBergen @vivastory It‘s a book sleeve (folded in half). 😄 2mo
LeahBergen @RachelO 😘😘 2mo
vivastory Nice! 2mo
Susannah That sugar bowl. Yikes. 😵 2mo
Aimeesue My favorite Jackson! Oh, Mericat! 2mo
4thhouseontheleft I love the book sleeve! ☠️ 🧪 2mo
batsy That's a great sleeve! And I also have that edition! 2mo
Hooked_on_books You have the best stuff! What a great book sleeve. 2mo
Tanisha_A My! That edition! 2mo
youneverarrived Great edition! Not seen this one before. 2mo
Reviewsbylola I‘m waiting on a copy of this book. 😍 2mo
rubyslippersreads Just started this. 2mo
LeahBergen @rubyslippersreads I hope you enjoy it as much as I did! 2mo
rubyslippersreads @LeahBergen I‘m loving it so far, but am a little concerned for Jonas. 😼 2mo
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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 ? 2mo
LeahBergen @RestlessFickleBookHoarder Bahaha! Oh oh... now I do, too! 😆😆 2mo
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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! 2mo
BarbaraBB But you did a good job 😍 2mo
4thhouseontheleft Good job finding one! 🍁🍂 2mo
Reviewsbylola But you found an amazing one! 2mo
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