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sprainedbrain

Joined May 2016

LibraryThing member sprainedbrain

Equal-opportunity reader. Indomitable huntress of erudition. 😉 www.sprainedbrain.blog www.goodreads.com/sprainedbrain
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The Clergyman's Wife | Molly Greeley
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I can‘t remember the last time I posted about a book subscription box, but I can‘t remember the last time I was tempted to buy one again. 😂

This one has my attention, and I thought I would share for any fellow Janeites that may also be interested. 🥰

Tagged book is adult choice, there‘s also a YA!

https://www.bookishboxinfo.com/?mc_cid=7f2cf0958a&mc_eid=fc2c1e1ffa

Tagging a few Austen fans off the top of my head...please tag anyone I missed!

wanderinglynn Thanks! This looks interesting. 👍🏻 16h
Chrissyreadit Ohhhh!!! I‘m going to keep that on my radar for after the holidays! Thanks for sharing! 16h
rubyslippersreads 😍😍😍 Thanks for sharing! 15h
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CrowCAH Eeek yes will have to purchase the Jane Austen box!!! 😍 15h
Daisey Thanks for tagging me! @sammisho Have you seen this? 15h
Librarybelle Awesome! Thank you for tagging me! 😍 14h
mabell That‘s cool! Thanks for sharing! ❤️ 14h
OriginalCyn620 Awesome! Thanks! 😉 13h
LeahBergen Ooo, fun! 👏🏻👏🏻 10h
quietjenn That is very interesting ... 9h
erzascarletbookgasm Ooo, very nice! 😍 Thanks for the tag! 9h
4thhouseontheleft Looks good! 1h
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Winter's Tale | Mark Helprin
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I‘m struggling... this a big book. I am supplementing with audio to help get through the giant paperback.

It‘s had funny parts, and I was enjoying things quite nicely, and then BAM. Everything changed and I‘m not even halfway through and it‘s wholly different characters and omg what is happening here.

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wanderinglynn Sounds intriguing. 👍🏻 2d
batsy I've had this book on my radar. Will wait for your review 😁 1d
sprainedbrain @wanderinglynn @batsy update: more things have happened and now some characters are back and I‘m no longer confused. 😂 1d
readordierachel 😆😆 1d
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I spent some time planning my reading goals for 2020, and now I‘m all signed up for this awesome swap.

See Megan or Chrissy‘s posts for more info and the link to sign up. 🥂🎉

#ReadInTheNewYearSwap

MeganAnn Yay!! Super excited you‘re joining us 🎉😘✨🥂🎉 4d
Chrissyreadit 🎉🙌😘 4d
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The Starless Sea | Erin Morgenstern
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I have a new best book of the year. This book is amazing, and I have changed my vote on Goodreads for fantasy of the year (sorry, The Winter of the Witch).

My full, glowing review is on my blog: http://sprainedbrain.blog/2019/11/15/all-the-stars-for-erin-morgensterns-the-sta...

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sprainedbrain @HOTPock3tt I‘ve really enjoyed buddy reading with you, Kenya! Can‘t wait to talk more about it when you finish! ❤️ 5d
cariashley Wow! Ok, I‘m sold! 5d
valeriegeary Better than winter of the witch? Uhoh. I better get my hands on a copy asap! 😆 5d
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Ashley_Nicoletto I can‘t wait to read it. Trying to clean up my library holds so I have time! 5d
BarbaraBB Great review. I loved the Night Circus but I‘m hesitating again because it‘s fantasy. I always do. 5d
Bookwormjillk I better move this up on my list. 5d
sprainedbrain @valeriegeary I have to get one of those lovely hardcovers to keep. 😃 5d
sprainedbrain @cariashley @Bookwormjillk I hope you love it! Looking at the reviews on GR, people seem to either love it or hate it. 😬 5d
sprainedbrain @Ashley_Nicoletto I should have done that... I moved it ahead of some other library holds and now I‘m scrambling. Whoopsie! 😆 5d
sprainedbrain @BarbaraBB It is very much fantasy, but if you liked the Night Circus, I think you‘ll enjoy this one. 😁 5d
UwannaPublishme Great review! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 4d
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I‘m all signed up for #ReadingEurope2020! Hoping that I can use a lot of my tbr books and #1001books.

See posts by our lovely hosts, @Librarybelle and @BarbaraBB for more info and link to sign up! 😃

BarbaraBB I‘ve been thinking the same, this will be a good way to get rid of some #1001books! Thanks for joining 💕 5d
Librarybelle Yay! Thanks for joining us! And, definitely a perfect way to read some of the #1001books ! 5d
Liz_M I'm working on my spreadsheet so I can have ALL the 1001-possibilities listed. 😁🤗 5d
sprainedbrain @Liz_M Haha! I‘m working on my list right now, too... I‘m finding quite a few 1001 books to fit countries, but finding copies of a few is going to be difficult! 🤪 5d
ValerieAndBooks This is something I need to do with my my list too — seeing if I can knock out some #1001books at the same time! 9h
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Untitled | Unknown
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I missed this one last year, so I‘m very excited that Chelle is doing it again! 😊

Sign up to send one book and some chocolate, to be opened on Christmas Eve and enjoyed that night. Visit @MaleficentBookDragon for more info and the link to sign up.

#JolabokaflodSwap

InBooksILive This is the best tradition I've ever heard of! 😍 1w
sprainedbrain @InBooksILive are you joining? ❤️ 1w
InBooksILive @sprainedbrain I just did! Lol couldn't resist this one 1w
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The Starless Sea | Erin Morgenstern
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I think I might be agnostopagan and belong to the same church as Zachary.🖤

I am loving this book!

Also, moonrise was no joke tonight. 😍

Daisey I watched the moon come up here as well, and it was beautiful tonight! 1w
WorldsOkayestStepMom Beautiful quote! 1w
Reggie I‘m barely on pg45 of this one but it‘s like a love letter to storytelling and stories. Nice quote. 1w
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sprainedbrain @Reggie well said! 1w
sprainedbrain @HOTPock3tt how far are you? I just finished ‘The Inn at the Edge of the World‘ and I have literal chills. ❤️ 1w
sprainedbrain @HOTPock3tt ‘For no mortal can love the moon. Not for long.‘ 😭 was 1w
sprainedbrain @HOTPock3tt I just started Book 5. 😂😂😂 7d
HOTPock3tt @sprainedbrain That WAS really sad!! 😥 I was hoping she would stay with him, I didn‘t even realize she was the moon until that statement😪I‘m at the end of book 3 🤣 and so far I‘m LOVING the Simon and Elenor story even more than the main story!!! So curious to hear what happens with them 🙃🤗 (edited) 7d
HOTPock3tt Dorian said “strange isn‘t it? To love a book... when the words on the page feel so precious that they feel like part of your own history.. because they ARE.” reminds me of what we were discussing last night about the Outlander series 🤗❤️ @sprainedbrain (edited) 7d
sprainedbrain @HOTPock3tt YES! I just love all of this so much... Simon and Eleanor, Zachary and Dorian, the Keeper and Mirabel, the heart and the starless sea and all of the little stories and the way they are all coming together. ❤️ 6d
HOTPock3tt YES!! ♥️I also love Zachary and Dorian as a couple! 😃I‘m kind of shocked to find out that the stories are all related! I thought of them as a collection of fairy tales... @sprainedbrain 6d
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Lab Girl | Hope Jahren
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I struggle to read non-fiction. I‘ve always thought I might enjoy this book, but kept avoiding it anyway because not fiction. 🤷🏻‍♀️

Thanks to #readingwomenchallenge for the ‘featuring a woman in science‘ prompt... I LOVED this book!

The science was fascinating (I love the way she talks about trees!) and Hope Jahren‘s stories of her life were even more so. Such a smart, accomplished woman with an honest and compelling story.

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sprainedbrain I really enjoyed her sense of humor, her relationship with Bill, her motherhood anecdotes, and all of the literary references.

I listened to the audiobook: I do love a memoir read by the author, and this was no exception, but wow... it seemed even slower paced than most books. I had to speed it up to 2x (1.75 is my normal speed these days). 😬

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Crazeedi I absolutely adored this book! I gave it to my daughter to read! I agree with you!❤ 1w
TheBookKeepers Same Im not a big non fiction reader, but I loved this one!!! 1w
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LauraJ Her passion is contagious. My favorite part of the book was her relationship with Bill too. 1w
Megabooks Such a fantastic book! 1w
Laughterhp I‘m currently listening to this one on audio! It‘s a little long, but I‘m enjoying it. 1w
TheRiehlDeal Glad to know you liked it! I've had this on my TBR for awhile and still have not gotten around to reading it. 1w
jillrhudy A really good memoir 👍🏻 1w
CaroPi I prefer non fiction in audio. But has this one in my TBR for ages 1w
UwannaPublishme I loved this book! 🙌🏻 I was even inspired to plant a tree after I read it. 🌲 1w
sprainedbrain @UwannaPublishme that part brought tears to my eyes! We are past planting season for this year, but I‘m planning to help some of my giant maple‘s babies survive next year! (edited) 1w
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Llewellyn's 2020 Sabbats Almanac: Samhain 2019 to Mabon 2020 | Llewellyn, Blake Octavian Blair, Suzanne Ress, Charlie Rainbow Wolf, Michael Furie, Charlynn Walls, Ember Grant, Jason Mankey, Mickie Mueller, Laura Tempest Zakroff, Kate Freuler, JD Walker, Daniel Pharr
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We‘re almost to the Frost Moon, and it‘s definitely frosty in my part of the world. Blessings to the wonderful @Meaw_catlady for letting me help a little with this month‘s #moonreflections.

1. A warm shower followed by a hot cup of cocoa or tea, incense or candles, a snuggly blanket and a good book.

2. ❤️ to @monalyisha @4thhouseontheleft @AprilMae @MeganAnn @Chrissyreadit @Gaylagal2 @phatsallylee @MaleficentBookDragon @wanderinglynn

sprainedbrain Also, I‘m admittedly a fan of most things Llewellyn, but the Sabbat Almanac is one of my favorites every year. ❤️ 1w
Meaw_catlady Sounds so cozy!! Blessings to you lovely ! 🖤 thank you so much for gifting me a copy of this years almanac ! I‘m excited to see what it has for the rest of the year ! 🖤 1w
monalyisha I love your graphic! Thanks for thinking of me. ❄️🔥📚 1w
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sprainedbrain @monalyisha oh the graphics are always @Meaw_catlady 😊 1w
wanderinglynn 😘 Thanks for the tag. 💜 Love your self-care. 1w
phatsallylee Thank you for the tag! I agree with your methods for self-care! 1w
Chrissyreadit Thank you! I think I want to get this Almanac! And I love the beauty of sharing blessings🧡 1w
Gaylagal2 Love ya girl! Thanks for the tag😘 5d
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Mehso-so

I got this book 3 years ago in a LitCube box... so I‘m right on schedule for reading it. 😂

Whimsical and creative, with lovely language and fun characters. A little Victorian gothic, a bit of Nancy Drew mystery, and a whole lot of wit made it a quick, light read. But at the end of the day, this is a children‘s book, and I haven‘t really been into kids books since I was about 10 years old, so...

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vivastory 😂😂 1w
Cyberkitty I read this book and it gave me serious Lemony Snicket vibes 1w
sprainedbrain @Cyberkitty I think my girls might have liked it when they were younger (they were Lemony Snicket fans). I‘m going to see if my 8-year-old son can take a break from reading and writing comic books to give it a shot. 😂 1w
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This book has been on my shelf for years, but I just turned off the light and the dang thing is glowing in the dark.

A quick scan of Litsy and I see this is not new information, but damn it, it was news to me!

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Megabooks 😁⭐️ 2w
PaperbackPirate The same thing happened to me when I read mine! How was a glow in the dark cover kept secret from me?! 2w
Eyelit Lol, same! Didn‘t know it glowed until I had it about a year or so and found out it glowed by accident 🤣 2w
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BarbaraBB It‘s the same and felt appropriate somehow with 2w
sprainedbrain @BarbaraBB having just read the description, I think I will check out Sourdough... not just for the glow-in-the-dark cover. 😂 2w
sprainedbrain @PaperbackPirate @Eyelit @Megabooks It seems pretty appropriate for the title, I guess, but what a surprise. 😂 2w
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Winter Garden | Kristin Hannah
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The last half of this book saved it for me. I was bored with the first part and couldn‘t really stand Meredith. The story of the Siege of Leningrad was what I came for, and truly the best part.

Kristin Hannah‘s books always have a bit of the unbelievable to them, but the lovely writing and storytelling make up for it. She managed, once again, to make me cry, and the ending, though rather fantastical, was sweet and satisfying.

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sprainedbrain Also, this book made me think often of one of my favorites... and that‘s never a bad thing. 😍 2w
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled I‘ve read two of her books and had the same kind of assessment. They‘re a little too long and a bit unbelievable at the end, but still enjoyable and glad I read them. I‘ll still read more of her stuff. This one sounds right up my alley 2w
sprainedbrain @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Which ones have you read? I LOVED The Nightingale and really liked The Great Alone and Night Road. 😃 2w
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Those first two! The Nightingale and The Great Alone. Really enjoyed them! I have Night Road in my stack 👍 2w
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Winter Garden | Kristin Hannah
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1. Mr. Penumbra‘s 24-Hour Bookstore + tagged book

2. ‘You carried your pain with you in life. There was no outrunning it.‘

3. Peppermint cocoa 😋

#weekendreads

Lcsmcat Love peppermint cocoa! 2w
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Panpan

I love Austen. I loved choose-your-own-adventure books as a kid. I did not like this book.

I found myself always choosing to do what Elizabeth did in P&P. Because I want to marry Mr. Darcy in the same way she did. Duh. After I finished, I realized I should have just reread P&P, or watched the movie.

So, I went back and tried some other paths, which I didn‘t like because I WANT TO MARRY DARCY.

Gave up on the silly scoring pretty early.😂

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vivastory The WTF is the best 😂 2w
sprainedbrain @vivastory I have WTF sticky notes at work. Since I didn‘t have one here, I had to improvise. 🤪 2w
ChasingOm 😂😂😂 2w
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LauraBeth 😹😹😹 2w
BookNAround LMAO! 2w
Librariana I loved this review! Two enthusiastic 👍🏼👍🏼😁 And yes! A reread of Pride & Prejudice (or a rewatch!) sounds divine and earned! 2w
EliNeedsMoreShelves I really wanted to love this as an experience. I ended up just being annoyed that I had to make so many choices to get Mr Darcy. 😂 2w
emtobiasz I just got this from the library. I opened it to find that I needed to keep score, and considered returning it immediately. Seeing your review, I think I‘m going to give in to that impulse. 😬 5d
sprainedbrain @emtobiasz I just really felt like I was forcing the same ending as the book... and I'm not sure why I bothered. ha! 5d
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Choke: A Novel | Chuck Palahniuk
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Chapter 1 of this book warns you not to read it because it‘s going to piss you off and only get worse from there. Not sure what it says about me, but I liked it anyway. 😂

It‘s about a sex addict (maybe?) who gets money from strangers by pretending to choke in public places. It‘s also about his horrible mother and truly terrible childhood. It takes all the sexiness out of sex. It‘s graphic, dark, foul, unrelenting, and freaking hilarious.

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sprainedbrain Reading this book felt sort of like listening to one of those rambling, partially incoherent drunken college party conversations. Only it made sense and had a definite outline, if not really a purpose. The author‘s note and the discussion with the author at the end are awesome, and I always like to listen to authors read their own stuff. 2w
sprainedbrain My first Palahniuk, but I‘m sure not my last. Also a #1001books selection (had to check my notes on that one lol) and this was my #BookAboutAddiction for #Booked2019. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Now, can anyone share their ideas on what exactly is wrong with me that I enjoy this sort of book? 😬🤣
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vivastory I haven't read this one, but I really liked Rant, Lullaby & Survivor. 2w
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Meaw_catlady Interesting ! I‘m intrigued 2w
Mynameisacolour Chuck P. Definitely is not for the faint of heart! Haunted is another pretty twisted one and I loved Rant! I started reading this one a couple years ago and had to put it down 😅 2w
Cinfhen Chuck P is odd for sure but he can write!!! Have you read this one @britt_brooke ??? 2w
britt_brooke @Cinfhen Yes, but it was just okay. He‘s super hit or miss for me. I loved Fight Club (as you know), hated Diary, hated Adjustment Day, and liked Invisible Monsters. 2w
Reggie Honestly it‘s hard to talk about this book to people without sounding crazy because yes I love what the whole different announcements mean but my favorite part is about the rape fantasy scene. Not because it‘s about a rape fantasy but just because we can want something so much only to ruin something spontaneous by micromanaging it. I laughed so hard. Try Invisible Monsters or Haunted by him next. 2w
sprainedbrain @Reggie oh that‘s a great observation. I think that‘s what was so funny about the whole book. Victor is irreverent about every societal norm, but so meticulous in his planning of his ‘choking‘ scheme. I think my favorite parts where his taking responsibility for all of the things the hospital women were remembering and his unchosen different identities there. And the airplane Kama Sutra. 😆 I have Haunted on my shelf! (edited) 2w
sprainedbrain @Mynameisacolour I have Haunted! 2w
BarbaraTheBibliophage Good job! I‘ve never read any of his books. Sounds like an intense project. 2w
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It‘s that time of year again... time to start obsessively planning for my 2020 reading challenges.

I‘m all signed up for #Booked2020 and pretty excited about some of these prompts.

For more info or to sign up, visit one of the lovely hosts: @4thhouseontheleft @Cinfhen and @BarbaraTheBibliophage 😃

Cinfhen Thanks for sharing xx looking forward to seeing your plans!!! 2w
BarbaraTheBibliophage Yay! Glad to hear you‘re joining in. And thanks so much for sharing. 2w
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I finished catching up with my feed for the last couple of days. I actually read the posts from the people I follow, and I have learned some things.

Please accept my apologies, as I may have been annoying people and Litsy-ing all wrong since May 2016. Sorry for all of the non-book posts, swapping, linking to my blog in some of my reviews, not posting or commenting enough, being a Halloween freak, tagging books wrong, being boring, etc.🤪

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sprainedbrain I love this community and all of the great book friends I‘ve made here. I love how much more I have read every year since joining, and I love that I am always adding new-to-me and exciting books I wouldn‘t have know about without Litsy to my tbr. 2w
sprainedbrain I love seeing what you‘re reading, what you‘ve been up to, how your pet is, your funny memes, what you got in the mail today, what you made for dinner, what your reading plans are, your kids, your spouse, your houseplants. I love that I can fail miserably at photo challenges and readalongs and not be judged. 😂 2w
sprainedbrain I love that I can do Litsy my way and you can do Litsy your way. I also love that I can keep scrolling if I‘m not interested, mute hashtags, and unfollow at will. I promise my feelings won‘t be hurt if you unfollow me, because honestly I‘m probably not going to do things any differently moving forward. 🤷🏻‍♀️😂 2w
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SW-T I enjoy reading your posts. You read lots of interesting books and I enjoy seeing what you‘re reading next 😊 2w
Insightsintobooks I love how you do litsy. I love that everyone can do litsy in their own way. And I love seeing everyones posts even if they aren't always book related! 2w
4thhouseontheleft I like you (and your posts) just the way you are! 💜 2w
sprainedbrain @SW-T right back at you, Sallie! 🤗 2w
mrp27 Keep on posting the way you do, I love it all! 2w
Kimberlone You do you! 2w
Tamra I‘m okay and you‘re more than okay. That is the beauty of Litsy. 👌🏾💜 2w
Mimi28 You‘re awesome!! Don‘t change!! Thanks for your support on my posts!! ❤️❤️ 2w
Craftylikefox Keeping being you 💕 2w
JSW Do what you like and what has meaning for you! ❤️ Litsy is big enough for all of us. 2w
AmyG You were doing things wrong in the first place? I so enjoy following you and reading your posts. Don‘t change. 2w
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego There is no such thing as Litsy-ing wrong! Keep doing what you are doing. 2w
Come-read-with-me @sprainedbrain You are PERFECT!!! Keep it up! 💫 2w
4thhouseontheleft It seems I have been annoying people too, now that I had a look through that Litsy questionnaire # 🤷🏻‍♀️ 2w
sprainedbrain @4thhouseontheleft YOU keep doing you. Love your posts and everything you‘ve organized. ❤️ 2w
Texreader I love following you! Don‘t change a thing!!! 😘. You too @4thhouseontheleft ! Keep all the posts coming! People can sail right by the ones they don‘t like. 2w
sprainedbrain @Kimberlone @Tamra @Mimi28 @Craftylikefox @JSW @AmyG @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego @Come-read-with-me Thank you! I wasn‘t fishing for compliments, I swear. Just hoping people aren‘t getting discouraged by some of the things going around, and I‘m perhaps a teensy bit sarcastic. 😂 2w
quietjenn *shrug* I'm glad I found you, via one of those silly swaps 😉 2w
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego I'm with you. I don't care for the tone, and mild and hopefully unintended post shaming going on right now. This is supposed to be a supportive, safe, and positive place. Let's get back to that! ❤📚 2w
Eggbeater I really like following you. For what it's worth. 2w
Jennifer3 I love your posts and I love you Litsy! I post some non-book stuff too! 2w
Lcsmcat @sprainedbrain @4thhouseontheleft Not everyone filled out that questionnaire because many of us like Litsy the way it is. A “creed” in my faith says it best: all may, some should, none must. ❤️ all the Littens. 2w
Ddzmini I didn‘t notice anything I like our conversation and everything you have on Litsy 🤗 so Litsy on 📖😋🙌🏽 2w
merelybookish You're one of the original Littens! What would Litsy be without you?! 2w
LibrarianRyan You are awesome. There is almost no wrong way to Litsy. I like you, you like you, and so do lots of others. Everyone else, it‘s their own thing. Do what you want, when you want. 😍😃👍 2w
Tamra @sprainedbrain sarcasm is good. 😏 2w
Chrissyreadit I think Litsy is fine the way it is and I invite others to join one toe in, wade in carefully or jump in the deep end -there will be others waiting in any location. 2w
erank58 Keep on doing what you do-- I know that for me, Litsy is a place I can truly be myself, and I hope that's the case for others in the community. I love it for what it is and the people on here 😊 2w
Bookzombie I‘m very frustrated with this whole survey thing. I didn‘t do it. I‘m happy with Litsy. When I‘m not interested I scroll past or mute a hashtag. @sprainedbrain @4thhouseontheleft I have followed you both for a long time. Please don‘t change! You are lovely just as you are. 2w
Branwen There is no wrong way to litsy! And @4thhouseontheleft that goes for you too! *hugs for everyone* I love seeing your posts! You're amazing! Keep on litsy-ing, friends! 💕📚 2w
Kalalalatja Seriously, you do you, and embrace your “annoying” qualities 😉 2w
BarbaraBB I had to laugh reading your post and that it‘s a little bit sarcastic! I‘m happy with how we‘re doing things here. Let‘s not take thinks too seriously. Everyone can post what they like and scroll by or mute posts they don‘t like. 💕 I like following you and all the things you do “wrong” 😀 (edited) 2w
marleed I love following you. You do you! 2w
LeahBergen Yassss! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2w
BookwormM I have been ignoring the survey posts as I don‘t join in with the answering questions posts 🤣🤣 2w
Reggie Lol, you‘re one of my Litsy OG‘s and always will be. ❤️ 2w
batsy ❤️❤️ 2w
mabell This is awesome! You summed it all up perfectly. Reading the posts today had me all - WW Jenni D - and you totally came through! 😂🤣 2w
sprainedbrain @Chrissyreadit very well said! 2w
sprainedbrain @erank58 I agree with you completely! 😃 2w
sprainedbrain @Bookzombie @Branwen Thank you, friends! ❤️ 2w
sprainedbrain @Kalalalatja @BarbaraBB I will continue to do annoying, wrong things. 😘❤️ 2w
sprainedbrain @marleed Right back at you! ❤️ 2w
sprainedbrain @BookwormM Ok you just made me giggle. 😆😘 2w
sprainedbrain @Reggie Same, Reggie! ❤️❤️❤️ 2w
sprainedbrain @mabell I wasn‘t going to say anything... but I struggle with not saying anything. 😂 ❤️ 2w
sprainedbrain @quietjenn Yay for awesome swap partners! ❤️ 2w
sprainedbrain @Eggbeater it means a lot! I love your posts and your taste in books. ❤️ 2w
sprainedbrain @Jennifer3 @Lcsmcat @Ddzmini I‘m just happy that everyone here does it how they want. What a great community! ❤️ 2w
sprainedbrain @merelybookish I‘m sure it would survive 😂. I am so glad that so many have stayed active since the first year, and happy to still Litsy with you! ❤️ 2w
sprainedbrain @LibrarianRyan Haha, that book tag was 👌🏻. Thanks, Ryan! ❤️ 2w
Chrissyreadit I‘m really glad you posted by the way, because after I completed it I saw it in a different light- I think litsy is fine. I‘m curious as to what @TimSpalding would say needs to happen for sustainability on their end, but it needs to meet a wide range of interests and personalities of readers on a platform and amazingly it does that. The only thing I would change is searching the tbr- with over 1,000 books on mine its difficult to maintain. 2w
ljuliel My intentions with doing the questions was to give people the opportunity to voice their opinions . I read through every single one and didn‘t see anyone being rude or disrespectful. If you ask 100 people for an opinion, you‘ll get 100 different responses . Everyone likes different parts of Litsy. There‘s no wrong way to DO Litsy. Just post whatever you want. 2w
sprainedbrain @ljuliel I didn‘t say anyone was being rude or disrespectful, and everyone is certainly entitled to their opinions. I follow a lot of people, and I saw many posts and comments indicating that people disliked a lot of things I do and have done regularly, and I figured that there may be others who also saw some of that and were disheartened. It is odd to see people wishing for more activity here and also wanting less of some types of posts. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 2w
sprainedbrain @Chrissyreadit I agree that there are many things that could enhance the experience, and making the tbr more functional is at the top of my list. I just would hate to see limits on the social side of things. I love the community. 2w
Shadowfat I really like everything about this post and all the wonderful comments of support! I joined Litsy to share my love of books with people as passionate as I am. Plus I enjoy the pet and food pics too 😁🐕🍝. Also I enjoy how supportive everyone is when you have a bad day or health issues! 2w
ljuliel I‘ve sorta learned in life that you‘ll never please everyone . No matter what you do, someone will find fault with it. I think you‘re a really valid member ( as everyone else is) , and we each add our own flavor to the mix, for lack of a better term. All those flavors are needed to make Litsy what it is. I‘m sorry if anyone offended you. I‘m sure lots of other people post the same things as you, so I don‘t think anyone was pinpointing one person. 2w
ljuliel I also think that all of the extra things help to make Litsy unique. I like seeing what someone made for supper, funny pictures of pets, things that are happening in daily life. It makes it more interesting. The one comment that came up a lot is that book posts had gone down , so that‘s why I‘m hoping to promote that. I don‘t see that anything needs eliminated. 2w
Chrissyreadit 🥰my name is Chrissyreadit and I may be addicted to swaps, pet pics, food posts and books....oh- and challenges...buddy reads... conversations...sigh- I have no desire to stop. 🤣📚😎📚 2w
youneverarrived You‘re one of my faves on here 💕 2w
vivastory You know I think you're the cat's pajamas. 🙌 2w
readordierachel I love all your posts 💞 Keep on keeping on 2w
sprainedbrain @ljuliel no, I didn‘t feel pinpointed or offended it all. I was more concerned with other, newer people seeing some of that and bing scared off. I have read 180 books this year and posted at least a review, sometimes a blurb, for every one. I‘m here for the books, but the friends are nice too. 2w
ljuliel Wow, that‘s a really great number for the year ! This was a bit of a poor year for me. I only got to around 50 some so far. Been a challenging year. I‘m hoping for better in the coming year. Thanks for understanding. I really don‘t want to upset anyone in here. I just miss Litsy from a couple years ago, when people posted a book review and you‘d get 100 likes. 2w
sprainedbrain @ljuliel I know what you mean! It is down a bit. 2w
sprainedbrain @Shadowfat yes! There are some really great people here. ❤️ 2w
sprainedbrain @youneverarrived And you‘re one of mine! 😘 2w
sprainedbrain @vivastory Thanks, my friend. I‘m going to shoot for the bees knees next! 😉 2w
vivastory It's good to have goals in life 😂 2w
sprainedbrain @readordierachel Rachel, you are one of my original Litsy buddies! ❤️ 2w
jillrhudy You get a like for that book title tag 👏🏻 👏🏻 👏🏻 2w
HOTPock3tt You are nowhere NEAR boring!!! 😱 your posts are always fun!! You‘re definitely one of my fave Littens!! ♥️♥️♥️ @sprainedbrain 2w
sprainedbrain @HOTPock3tt surprising no one, I feel the same way about you, #booksister ❤️ 2w
HOTPock3tt #Booksister ❤️ Don‘t change a thing!! 😎✌️ @sprainedbrain 2w
Jillylovesbooks @sprainedbrain I‘m relatively new here, but I‘ve enjoyed these past few months on Litsy and I‘ve enjoyed getting to know everyone. Life has limited my posting and getting involved with some of the extra activities here, but I enjoy reading others posts about those activities. I like that Litsy gives everyone opportunities to enjoy it their way. 2w
sprainedbrain @Jillylovesbooks That‘s my favorite part of Litsy, too! I don‘t participate in everything all the time, but it‘s still fun to follow all of the posts. 😃 2w
Ddzmini Exactly I like how Litsy is why change a great site 💁🏼‍♀️ 2w
UwannaPublishme What? Boring? You??? You‘re so much fun to follow. Your reviews are so colorful and honest and your comments crack me up. Keep entertaining us, please. 😁🙌🏻 2w
Erofan I really like your posts on Litsy! Keep it up! 2w
sprainedbrain @Ddzmini Indeed! 😃 2w
sprainedbrain @UwannaPublishme Awww... you are too kind Donna! 😘 2w
sprainedbrain @Erofan very nice of you to say! 😘 2w
rubyslippersreads ❤️ your posts, and ❤️ seeing how everyone “Litsies” in their own way. 😊 5d
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The Starless Sea | Erin Morgenstern
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I feel like I‘ve won the lottery: my hold came in the day after it released. Hooray for requesting ahead of time on Overdrive! 🙌🏻

Now to squeeze it in with all of my other library books and challenge reads. 😬

ATB Lucky 2w
Crazeedi Isnt it great to be the first one to get a just released book on overdrive? That's happened to me a couple times, its neat cause you know everyone wants to read it!! 2w
sprainedbrain @Crazeedi it does feel nice! I‘ve waited months and months on hold for plenty so being first every once in a while makes me feel like I need to prepare an acceptance speech and thank my mom. 😂 (edited) 2w
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WorldsOkayestStepMom That's such a pretty book cover! I'm a collector of skeleton keys. 💜💚💜 2w
Kimberlone It‘s not even available to check out digitally from my library (in ebook or audiobook) :( I caved and used an audible credit to get this because I cannot justify paying more than $20 on a hardback new release 2w
lele1432 That's exciting! 2w
sprainedbrain @Kimberlone I was going to spend an audible credit on it, too! I was just waiting to see if the library would get it. I got lucky. 2w
sprainedbrain @WorldsOkayestStepMom it‘s very pretty😍 2w
Flaneurette Me too! I put it on hold waaaay back in June. It‘s like winning the lottery 2w
Kimberlone @sprainedbrain lucky for you! I am waiting until next week when I am on vacation to start listening, but I hope you enjoy! 2w
Kalalalatja I‘m so jealous 😍😍 2w
Reggie What she said👍🏽 I am also jealous! 2w
HOTPock3tt Super jealous!!! 😃 2w
HOTPock3tt @sprainedbrain Let‘s buddy read this one together, Jenni! ♥️ I‘ve decided I need a fun challenge lol. I haven‘t actually done a buddy read before but it should be fun. I was hovering around amazon kindle at midnight on the release date and waiting for this one to come out! I ended up just downloading a sample, but will probably actually buy it. Tell me when you start it and I‘ll start with you! 🤗 2w
sprainedbrain @HOTPock3tt oh yes, that sounds funny! I‘ve done buddy reads but I‘m terrible at them because I read ahead or fall behind. Mine is a library copy though, so I must have it finished by 4:27 pm on 11/27. 😂 2w
HOTPock3tt Yay! Ok sounds good! I‘m going to download it then and start tonight! When you do a buddy read how much is expected for the first week? I don‘t exactly know the rules 😅we‘re batting 1000 already since you‘re terrible at them and I don‘t even know the rules lmao!! 🤣🤣🤣 @sprainedbrain we just have to make sure we go thru it quickly enough to be done before you need to return it 🤔 (edited) 2w
sprainedbrain @HOTPock3tt I think we can make our own rules since it‘s just us. Haha. Looks like it‘s divided into 6 books, and I have 18 days before it‘s due back. So if we read one book every 2-3 days, we should be fine. Is that too fast? Total estimation, but that‘s about 73 pages every 2-3 days. 2w
sprainedbrain @HOTPock3tt which is making me worried already because if I really like it, I‘m going to finish it way faster than that. 😂😂😂 2w
HOTPock3tt Ok that‘s fine! 🤗♥️ #Excited @sprainedbrain 2w
HOTPock3tt @sprainedbrain even if you go faster that‘s ok... as long as were reading the same book AROUND the same time so we can chat about it 😎 2w
sprainedbrain @HOTPock3tt I‘m excited, too! I guess we can just post about what we‘ve read and discuss as we go? ❤️❤️❤️ 2w
HOTPock3tt Ok we‘ll do that! ❤️❤️❤️ @sprainedbrain 2w
sprainedbrain @HOTPock3tt perfect! I‘m so glad you suggested this! 2w
HOTPock3tt @sprainedbrain me too!! And it‘s QUITE interesting so far! 😃I started last night... I guess we can do the first discussion after we both finish book one? I‘m listening to the audiobook so hopefully they will tell me when I get to book 2 😅 1w
sprainedbrain @HOTPock3tt haha you don‘t have to stop on my account! I‘m doing the audio too, starting tonight when I finish my current book. I‘m sure I will go fast. 😬 1w
HOTPock3tt @sprainedbrain I‘m finished with book 1 (and into book 2 lol) whenever you want to chat about it 😎 1w
sprainedbrain @HOTPock3tt won‘t be long! I‘m so hooked on this book already! 1w
HOTPock3tt @sprainedbrain Me too! I‘m listening in my every waking moment 😂lol (edited) 1w
sprainedbrain @HOTPock3tt I seem to have passed right in to book 2!! (edited) 1w
HOTPock3tt I will say this: I adore the espionage in this story surrounding books! 😃Books/fairy tale realms somehow being dangerous material people are trying to protect ‘by any means necessary‘ 😂 also the place he is trying to explore after his lost opportunity ie. finding himself WITHIN the story but things REALLY started to move for me with the masquerade ball and the new players he met! ✨♥️You‘ve passed that already right? OMG! 😍 @sprainedbrain (edited) 1w
sprainedbrain @HOTPock3tt YES! I want to go to a party like that. 😍 1w
HOTPock3tt @sprainedbrain Me too! Someone dressed as Edgar Allen Poe, women with dresses made of pages, literary themed DRINKS!! 🍷 and famous authors in attendance! Omg what if Atwood was there?! 😍🎉 I also loved Dorian naming himself after picture of Dorian Gray (I loved that book!) and the sinister fur coat lady who threatened to kill his mom if he so much as TWEETS the existence of the fairy tale realm! 😱🙌🏽♥️ (edited) 1w
HOTPock3tt @sprainedbrain I think I mostly just want to dress up as a literary character and have people try to guess my costume and drink literary themed drinks lol 🍷🤣 I would go as Fayre from ACOMAF. How about you? Which character would you go as? I wanted to dress as her this Halloween but I ended up having to work on Halloween.... (edited) 1w
HOTPock3tt @sprainedbrain what if Deb Harkness was there?! 😃🙌🏽 I would LOVE to pick her brain about the characters of A discovery of witches and Elizabethan England!! ♥️♥️♥️ ok I‘ll stop now lmao! 🤣 1w
sprainedbrain @HOTPock3tt omg when he saw the ‘famous author‘ I was all like IT‘S STEPHEN KING. HAS TO BE. 😂 1w
sprainedbrain @HOTPock3tt I would want to go as Clare Fraser from Outlander. That would give me many different styles of dress to choose from. 1w
HOTPock3tt @sprainedbrain That would be AMAZING! 😍You could either do her Scottish home spun or her French high fashion or 1960‘s career woman! not to stray from topic but you‘ve read all the Outlander books too right?😃As soon as I finished the last one, written in my own hearts blood I was sad. I STILL feel like the characters from outlander are the ones I‘ve felt the closest too that I‘ve EVER read. They feel the most life-like if that makes any sense 😂 1w
sprainedbrain @HOTPock3tt Yes, I‘ve read them all and then listened to them again! You continue proving to be my #booksister. I feel so strongly about those characters, and while I don‘t think any of those books were even 5-star reads for me, when people ask for my favorite books/series, authors, or characters they are always on the list. ❤️ 1w
HOTPock3tt I know right! #BookSister I‘m STILL shocked by how similar our tastes are! I also feel quite strongly about those characters and I feel like I‘m the most invested in them than any others from any other books. In other books I‘ve read the characters are just ‘the characters‘ but Jaime/Claire +Briana and Jenny etc are THEMSELVES!! have a feeling of being AT HOME when I read the Outlander books that I don‘t have with any other series @sprainedbrain (edited) 1w
HOTPock3tt @sprainedbrain and they weren‘t 5 star books for me either!! 😂 I remember telling someone that outlander was one of my fave series and I was thinking “she‘s going to read my litsy profile and realize I rated most of them “so-so” 🤣 but they are always on my fave lists across the boards (characters/books/series etc) its the attachment to the characters + being so invested in them+ the feeling of home when you read the books... (edited) 1w
sprainedbrain @HOTPock3tt EXACTLY. I have legitimate feelings for so many characters in those books. They are like family. 1w
HOTPock3tt @sprainedbrain they really are!! ♥️that‘s the BEST description I‘ve ever heard for it. They are like FAMILY. 1w
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A very light, YA regency romantic fantasy. Really cute, and the bits of humor and wizardry kept me interested, although it took me longer to read than expected.

I especially love the concept: this is an epistolary novel that consists of letters between two cousins/friends: Cecelia is stuck in the country while Kate is out for a season in London and magical mystery ensues. The two authors each wrote a character—that works well!

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sprainedbrain I probably wouldn‘t have read this if it weren‘t for the #popsugar challenge... it‘s sort of a cozy and those aren‘t my favorite genre at all. I needed a book by two female authors, and this fit the bill. Glad I read it! 🙌🏻 2w
batsy I enjoyed it, too. Sweet and light! 2w
Amie I've had this on my kindle for so long, and I really need to get around to reading it! 2w
MaureenMc I, too, have had the ebook for ages, but haven‘t gotten to it yet. I didn‘t realize it was epistolary- my favorite genre! (Wait, is epistolary considered a genre? 🤔) 2w
rubyslippersreads I love this book! 5d
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Tipping The Velvet | Sarah Waters
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Fun fact: I did not know what ‘tipping the velvet‘ meant until this book. Yay for learning new things! 😂

Loved this book from start to finish. In retrospect, this is not surprising as I do enjoy a good Dickens-esque, sprawling Victorian London drama. This is that, plus a lesbian coming-of-age story. 🙌🏻

Excellent writing and a wonderful cast of supporting characters. Nan is not always a likable heroine, but she‘s so entertaining.

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vivastory 🌟 The More You Know 🌠😄 2w
LeahBergen Ha, right?? 😮 2w
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Texreader So... what does it mean? 2w
sprainedbrain @Texreader I‘m going let you google it. 😬 (edited) 2w
Texreader @sprainedbrain haha! Yep. I‘m a wee bit smarter now. 2w
sprainedbrain @Texreader @LeahBergen the really fun part is that I read the whole thing not knowing until near the end when Nan found out. 😂 2w
Reggie Lol, nice, I had no idea either. 2w
sprainedbrain @Reggie happy to share my newfound knowledge. 😂 2w
BarbaraBB I didn‘t know either 🤪 2w
readordierachel You've made me want to read this even more! 2w
HOTPock3tt Yay for lesbian coming of age!! 🙌🏽♥️ I need to read this!! I started fingersmith but have yet to finish it 😅 @sprainedbrain 2w
sprainedbrain @HOTPock3tt it‘s so good! 😍 2w
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Imaginary Friend | Steven Chbosky
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I LOVED THIS BOOK.

I finished earlier today and haven‘t been able to read a word since... I am going to force myself into something completely different now to try to avoid a book hangover.

My full review is on my blog: http://sprainedbrain.blog/2019/11/02/imaginary-friend-by-stephen-chbosky/

I‘m ready to discuss this whenever you are @TorieStorieS 🖤

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Jee_HookedOnBookz Wowww! Sounds good! Stacked! ❤️ 3w
vivastory This is on my TBR. I strongly suspect this is Chbosky's take on Tony/Danny's relationship in Shining & Dr Sleep. 3w
sprainedbrain @vivastory Definitely very similar... up to a point. 😬 3w
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lele1432 I'm so glad I got this one! The sample I read was engrossing. Can't wait to dig into it! 3w
TorieStorieS How did I miss that you finished??? Let‘s talk about the end!!! I wanted even more!! Also, did the whole town have stitching scars??? 2w
Callemarie Wait this was a botm!!! Ahhh I gotta go get it right now!!! 2w
Callemarie Nooooooo its sold out my life is ruined!!!! 2w
sprainedbrain @TorieStorieS and I missed that you commented? I‘m so sorry! Quite the twist ending, right? I was so sure I had it figured out and I was so wrong. The hissing lady is Eve?? Wow wow wow. 😊 1w
sprainedbrain @Callemarie I think it sold out really fast... maybe they didn‘t have many to begin with. My kid always beats me by a day or two at ordering her BOTM. She got it as an add-on but when I ordered the next day there were none. I hope you get it elsewhere! 😕 1w
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This Is Halloween | James A. Moore
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Lots of people are in costume at work today.

I went as a 40ish-year-old witch who is thoroughly annoyed with inches of snow on our pumpkins (and messing up my commute), disgusted with the ‘leadership‘ of my country, fed up with the patriarchy but trying to chill out wearing my lovely new fire agate from @phatsallylee 🖤

Also, I wore this festive new pin.

😉

Happy Halloween to all my Litsy friends!

vivastory Yeah, this weather sucks. We got our first snow of the season last night. Happy Halloween, friend! 3w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks You look beautiful 🧡 3w
Meaw_catlady Awww you look so beautiful!! Don‘t let the bastards grind you down!!! No body is gonna rain on these witches parades!! 🖤🖤🖤 3w
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readordierachel Love it 🎃 3w
sprainedbrain @vivastory we had snow Monday night, too, but just a little. This is just stupid. Happy Halloween to you, Scott! 3w
phatsallylee No snow here just wet and yucky! You look great in the picture! 3w
Reggie And despite that, you look heavenly! 😇 (edited) 3w
HOTPock3tt Pretty!! ♥️ you look great with your hair that color!!! 😃 I usually dress up a bit for Halloween at work too but I was running late 😐. We got about an inch of snow here in Michigan too 😟lol! @sprainedbrain (edited) 3w
sprainedbrain @HOTPock3tt thanks! I‘m going to color it my normal dark soon. 😃 3w
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As if all of the wonderful stuff in my package from Mel wasn‘t enough, my witch sister/swap host extraordinaire Rachel has spoiled me even further. 😍

Thank you so much, my friend, for all of this awesomeness! I‘ve wanted the tagged book for a while, and I‘m crazy about everything else you chose for me. You are the best! 🖤🖤🖤

#basicwitchswap

Meaw_catlady You are so welcome!!! I preordered that antique anatomy tarot for myself and I was like I should get 2 because I‘m sure Jenni would love it as well!! 🖤🖤🖤 I‘m glad you love everything !! Blessed Samhain! 3w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🖤🖤🖤 3w
sprainedbrain @Meaw_catlady it‘s gorgeous! I‘m going to do a spread with them tonight. Thank you again!! 3w
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Thank you so much @phatsallylee for this incredible box of goodies! I‘m so excited about everything in it: the great books, the tarot, the tea and candy, the adorable cup and spoon, the candle, the fire agate necklace and the cute little basic witch pin! I‘m wearing both today at work. 🧙🏼‍♀️

You are awesome and I really can‘t thank you enough. Blessings to you and happy Samhain! 🖤

#basicwitchswap

Meaw_catlady Oooh good stuff !! 🖤🖤 3w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Great goodies!! 🖤🖤🖤 3w
phatsallylee ❤ i had so much fun shopping for these gifts! Enjoy! 3w
sprainedbrain @phatsallylee you seriously spoiled me! I‘m loving everything 🖤 3w
HOTPock3tt Love the tarot cards!!!! Nice size to get out everyday. My mom read them a lot when I was growing up, but we had a bigger deck that kind of had to be lugged out 😅lol! And that Nora Roberts book is also on my TBR! 🤗 @sprainedbrain (edited) 3w
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Good morning and happy Halloween/Blessed Samhain to everyone, but to all of our #basicwitchswap lovelies in particular. 😉

We can‘t wait to see all of the swap opening posts! Don‘t forget to tag your sender (and Rachel and me), and please let us know if you have not yet received a package!

🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤

Chrissyreadit Blessed Samhain 🖤😘 3w
hermyknee 🖤🖤🖤 3w
Meaw_catlady Blessed Samhain love! I am truly grateful that we got to know each other through this!!! Hope your day is magical! 🖤 3w
sprainedbrain @Chrissyreadit right back at you, friend! 🖤 3w
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The Fisherman | John Langan
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Thank you SO MUCH @Callemarie for this awesome #allhallowsreadswap package! I love everything and I‘m so excited about the books... the two from my wishlist and the Joe Hill! You are incredible. Happy Halloween! 🎃🎃🎃

Callemarie Yayyyyyyyyy I'm so happy everything arrived intact and that you love it all!!!! Happy halloween xoxo 3w
Callemarie Let me know how the fisherman is because I had that on my wishlist too 3w
sprainedbrain @Callemarie I will! It looks so creepy... the weather has gotten decidedly wintery here so I‘m planning to snuggle up this blanket and a cup of peppermint cocoa tonight! I‘m seriously so happy with all of this. ❤️ 3w
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vivastory You're going to love Fisherman! (& the Joe Hill) 3w
sprainedbrain @vivastory it was reviews by you and @Reggie that made me stack it a couple of years ago! 3w
Reggie Nice package!! Hope you like Hag and the Fisherman!! 3w
Avanders 😍😍 3w
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The Twisted Ones | T. Kingfisher
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If you are looking for a scary, dare I say twisted, backwoods creepfest that may give you chills or make you jump while also making you laugh, look no further. This book was lots of fun!

My full review is on my blog: http://sprainedbrain.blog/2019/10/29/the-twisted-ones-by-t-kingfisher/

My #screamathon streak of great reads keeps rolling along!

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vivastory I recently stacked this due to an endorsement from sff180. Glad to hear you dig it too! 3w
inthegreensandblues Thank you for the reassurance about the dog! 3w
sprainedbrain @inthegreensandblues you are very welcome! 3w
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Witch mail from @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego because she‘s awesome!

Thank you so much, Danielle... You really didn‘t have to, but I love the bookmarks and the card!

Blessings to you! 🖤

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Glad you like it! 🖤 3w
Clare-Dragonfly Oh wow, I love that art! 3w
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Jackson did an extra credit project for school... his 3rd grade class had to choose a book to read and review, and then dress up a pumpkin as one of the characters. We had read this book together last year, but he reread on his own and made this Mad Hatter. He‘s pretty pleased with it. ❤️

As you can see, Jack is a fan of the Tim Burton movies. 😂

vivastory Good job Jack! 👏👍🎃 4w
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego That's awesome! 💖🎃💖 4w
readordierachel Fantastic! 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 3w
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Meaw_catlady This is so perfect!❤️ 3w
kspenmoll Love love his pumpkin!!! 3w
Freespirit Great job! 3w
mabell Wow he did an awesome job! 3w
Eyelit That‘s amazing! 3w
youneverarrived That‘s so good!! 3w
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Last Ones Left Alive | Sarah Davis-Goff
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Bleak, sad, and taut, but with moments of hope and triumph. I cannot believe I‘m talking about a zombie book, but reader, I am.

I flew through this book, after almost not even starting. Really strong writing and a serious feminist vibe. Orpen is a character that is going to stick with me, and I must say I would not be opposed to a sequel. Her world is original and fascinating.

#screamathon pick
#deweys24hourreadathon - 2nd book done

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vivastory Sold!! 4w
Reggie Yeah, you got me. Stacked! 4w
TrishB Great review 👍🏻 4w
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aeeklund Yessssss!! I had a good feeling about this one, and it‘s SO good to hear it‘s justified! Stacked! 4w
sprainedbrain @vivastory @Reggie I think you would both like it! 4w
sprainedbrain @aeeklund I hope you love it! 4w
sprainedbrain @TrishB thanks 😊 4w
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Another perfect #screamathon read. I read this one all today—hooray for #deweys24hourreadathon!

Someone please name this very specific genre of historical fiction + paranormal and/or spookiness + light romance, because I‘m pretty sure I‘m the target audience.

Full review is on my blog: http://sprainedbrain.blog/2019/10/26/the-widow-of-pale-harbor-by-hester-fox/

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MellieAntoinette Well said! 4w
Laughterhp Loved this book! 4w
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I don‘t know about the rest of you witches, but I‘m very excited that Samhain (and opening day for #BasicWitchSwap) is only FIVE short days away! 🧙🏼‍♀️

We still need to hear from @Q84 and @Shuga to confirm packages have been sent—please let us know by email or posting here when yours will be on the way. Only 4 mailing days left!

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Shuga I‘m late checking in....I ended up with a nasty infection and have been very sick Packages have been mailed 3w
sprainedbrain @Shuga no worries! Your match posted that she has received it. I‘m so sorry that you‘ve been sick! Are you on the mend? 3w
Shuga I think so. Have to for repeat labs when I finish the last of the antibiotics. I don‘t do well taking meds so it‘s flattened me. Lol 3w
sprainedbrain @Shuga ugh. There is already so much yucky stuff going around this fall. Hope you feel great soon! 3w
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The Haunting of Maddy Clare | Simone St. James
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Another perfect #screamathon read. This one is a fast-paced historical fiction mystery with a creepy, scary ghost story and just a touch of romance. Loved the main characters, the intrigue, and the whole gothic feel of the book, but I have to say I didn‘t really care for the narrator of this audiobook. Thank goodness for 1.75 speed. 😬😂

This was my 3rd book by St. James, and I really like her style.

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mcipher She‘s a great author - I‘m curious about her newest, which seems to jump ahead a few decades from her other books. 4w
sprainedbrain @mcipher yes, I‘m looking forward to that one! 4w
Bookzombie I really liked this one too! 3w
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So this was a #screamathon read, and it definitely had scary elements, but really it was just more poetic, beautiful Bradbury, and I loved it almost as much as Dandelion Wine.

‘Is Death important? No. Everything that happens before Death is what counts. And we've done fine tonight. Even Death can't spoil it.‘

I love Green Town. I love Will. And Will and Jim. And Charles Halloway. And every single thing about this story. 🖤

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DGRachel It's been ages since I've read this, but seeing this post makes me want to reread it. Maybe I'll put it on my list for next October. :) 4w
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Readathon: Occasional List : Geleentheidslys | Gauteng (South Africa). Education Media Service
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It‘s almost time for another Dewey‘s 24 Hour #readathon!

I‘ve got a bunch of books I want to finish in October for the #screamathon and I‘m hoping I can shake this icky cold and get a bunch of hours in.

Here‘s a link to the site to sign up, just in case you needed it. The readathon starts at the same time all around the world... 8 am EST on Saturday 10/26 and runs for 24 hours. 😃

https://www.24hourreadathon.com

Meaw_catlady You have a cold too!! I‘m feeling miserable! Feel better soon! 1mo
sprainedbrain @Meaw_catlady yes, it‘s so annoying. 😷 I hope you feel better soon! 1mo
4thhouseontheleft Aw, everyone seems to be sick right now. Feel better soon! 4w
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The Invited: A Novel | Jennifer McMahon
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I‘m pretty sure Jennifer McMahon is going to be an auto-buy author for me from now on.

A perfect #screamathon read, with witches and ghosts and haunted houses and hidden treasure. Oh my!

Loved the main characters, the atmospheric setting, and quick pace of the story. I don‘t particularly like the narrator of this audiobook, but she was tolerable considering the wait was so long for the ebook. 🤷🏻‍♀️

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Meaw_catlady Oooh looks good and spooky!! 1mo
Victoriahoperose Loved this book. We read it for my book club this past month and everyone enjoyed it! 1mo
GypsyKat Sounds great! 1mo
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The Swap | Antony Moore
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I‘ve finally decided to stop buying swap stuff and managed to cram everything into boxes. 😬

All of these boxes will be on their way tomorrow morning!

#basicwitchswap #allhallowsreadswap

LeahBergen Wow! 😮 1mo
sprainedbrain @LeahBergen I may have gone a bit overboard. 😂 1mo
MatchlessMarie That's a good way to put it 😂 it's really hard once you get going 🎁📚 1mo
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The Craftsman | Sharon Bolton
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Oooooh, this one is really good!

A psychological crime thriller that was not at all what I expected. Exciting through the end and very hard to put down. Great writing, and this is really a perfect book for #screamathon reading. With some excellent witchy stuff that elevated it to something really special. 🔮

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valeriegeary Yes! I loved this one! More WPC Lovelady please! 😆 1mo
sprainedbrain @valeriegeary It was your posts that made me put this one on hold at the library! I‘m very excited to see there‘s another book expected next year. She‘s a great character. 1mo
4thhouseontheleft This sounds really good! 1mo
JoScho I loved this one so much!!! That ending! 1mo
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Getting Personal | Chrissie Manby
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❤️ Iowa, USA
🧡 42
💛 I‘m a human services supervisor
💚 happily divorced
💙 she/her/hers
💜 lifted it from the lyrics of a Butch Walker song 😍

Tagging @PageTurner789 and anyone else who wants to play #gettingtoknowyou

vivastory 👏👏Happily Divorced Club! 1mo
sprainedbrain @vivastory I assume the club meetings involve wine and books? 😂 1mo
vivastory Naturally!! 😄 1mo
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JoScho Thanks for joining in ❤️❤️❤️ 1mo
HOTPock3tt 💛 Supervisor? Man, you‘re a BOSS!!!! 😃 @sprainedbrain (edited) 1mo
sprainedbrain @HOTPock3tt hahahaha! I try not to be too bossy as I boss people around. 😂 (edited) 1mo
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The Whispered Tales of Graves Grove | Kelsey Keating, Elise Manion, J.S. Bailey, Matthew Howe, Mackenzie Flohr
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A collection of 20+ short stories by 17 different authors, all centered around the 150-year history of the creepy little town of Graves Grove, British Columbia, where SO MANY children have gone missing over the years... a decent, if somewhat slow, #screamathon read for me. Mainly horror with some comedy.

My full review is on my blog: http://sprainedbrain.blog/2019/10/19/the-whispered-tales-of-graves-grove-an-anth...

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4thhouseontheleft 🎃👻 1mo
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Combining both weeks, as just realized I never did last week.

I‘ve had to switch back to lunchtime walks because it‘s too dark before and after work, and work has been crazy (in a good way) as I‘ve been busy screening, interviewing, and checking references to fill a new position. Home has been crazy with senior pictures, volleyball, and homecoming.

My tracking has not been good! 😬

#bfcr4

Meaw_catlady Hope things start to settle down for you soon! But glad to hear things are good! The fact that you‘re still even attempting to track during all this busyness is a win!! 😘 1mo
wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 Even though you‘ve not tracked, your watch is and it‘s showing fantastic progress! Great job! 1mo
Izai.Amorim Is the weather there as warm as the picture suggests? Looks like summer! 1mo
sprainedbrain @Izai.Amorim Not quite as warm as it looks! Our high temperatures have been in the 60s F° during the day and much colder at night. In the last few days the leaves have really started turning, too. I will get a new picture this week. ? 1mo
Izai.Amorim @sprainedbrain We've had an exceptionally warm autumn so far. Climate change... 1mo
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Well. That was a thing I read.

This story could have been really awesome. An expedition to Antarctica that uncovers all sorts of scariness: giant alien creatures and their giant abandoned ancient ruins, a creepy blob thing that might have ended them, 6 ft tall eyeless albino penguins? Sounds fascinating! Unfortunately, our wordy, annoying narrator chooses to focus on the landscape, weather, and general tedium. 🙄

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#1001books
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vivastory I find that to be unfortunately true of a lot of Lovecraft...the synopsis makes it sound so much better than it actually is 1mo
sprainedbrain @vivastory I have not had any luck with Lovecraft so far. 1mo
Ashley_Nicoletto 🤣🤣 I love the “well this was a thing I read”. 1mo
BarbaraBB I kind of liked this one 🙈 1mo
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The Night Sister: A Novel | Jennifer McMahon
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The second of McMahon‘s books that I‘ve read, and considering I‘ve enjoyed both, I think I need to find more from her.

Just the right amount of creepiness, 3 generations, multiple POVs a mystery that kept me guessing, and an ending that surprised me. I absolutely loved the main setting—an old abandoned roadside motel (with its own little Tower of London) and the family home up the hill from it...hello Psycho vibes.😱

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#screamathon

Jovy I liked The Winter People, so I might give this a go! 1mo
sprainedbrain @Jovy I liked that one a lot, too! 1mo
meagankc21 So good! 1mo
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All Hallows' Eve: 13 Stories | Vivian Vande Velde
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I came home to my #AllHallowsReadSwap package arrived on my doorstep!

Thank you, @Callemarie 🖤🖤🖤🖤

I‘m so exited for Halloween. 😃

Callemarie YAYYYYYYY! I'm so happy it made it there safely!!! 1mo
sprainedbrain @Callemarie it‘s so BIG and heavy! I can‘t wait🧡 1mo
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Marina | Carlos Ruiz Zafon
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The Shadow of the Wind is one of my very favorite books, and this little piece of gothic horror is almost as beautifully written and poetic. 🖤

Fantastic characters, gorgeous language, some really scary parts, and truly touching rumination on life and death. Combining mystery, love story, and science fiction seamlessly. I devoured this book in one day, and I‘m certain I will read it again.

A perfect #screamathon read!

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chaoticgoodhufflepuff That sounds amazing! 1mo
BookwormM Stacked 1mo
4thhouseontheleft Stacked! 1mo
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Foe | Iain Reid
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I finished one of my #screamathonswap gifts from @4thhouseontheleft 😃

Again I‘m not sure this book should be classified as horror—it‘s a sci-fi psychological thriller where not much really happens in the way of plot, but tension does build nicely throughout. Unfortunately, I figured out the ending way too early, so it lost something there. Still, it was a short read that kept my attention.

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Thanks again, Alisia!

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4thhouseontheleft You‘re welcome! 👻🎃 1mo
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I missed a day for #screamathonphotochallenge because yesterday was a whirlwind. Catching up!

If you‘ve read this, you know all about the #poison. If you have not, do yourself a favor and add some Shirley Jackson to your life. 🖤

LeahBergen This was my pick, too. 👏🏻👏🏻 1mo
sprainedbrain @LeahBergen great minds and all that! 😂 1mo
batsy I fully endorse the last part! 🖤 #Shirley4Life 1mo
sprainedbrain @batsy this is one of those times I wish we could ‘like‘ comments. 🙌🏻 1mo
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Sharing #moonreflections from lovely @Meaw_catlady This month, she‘s given us a great ritual for the full moon.

The moon was gorgeous last night, and I‘ve got my crystals outside and ready to charge. 🖤

Meaw_catlady The moon has been so good for 3 days !! So big and beautiful!! I just put 2 mason jars of water on my windowsill to soak up that full moon energy!! Blessings sister 🖤 1mo
sprainedbrain @Meaw_catlady oh I haven‘t done moon water for a while! I‘m going to join you. 🖤 1mo
Meaw_catlady Yay!!! 🖤🖤🖤 1mo
MoonWitch94 Thanks for sharing! @Meaw_catlady @sprainedbrain 🌕🖤 1mo
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This gem is a retelling of Mary Shelley‘s Frankenstein, but it starts with what most readers of the original understand—who the real monster is—and takes it up a few giant notches.

My full (slightly spoilery) review is on my blog:

http://sprainedbrain.blog/2019/10/13/the-dark-descent-of-elizabeth-frankenstein-...

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Look what arrived today! Thanks to @phatsallylee for my #basicwitchswap package 🖤

I am getting awfully exited for Halloween!

phatsallylee It arrived and it doesn't look damaged!! Only 18 days to opening day! 1mo
sprainedbrain @phatsallylee No damage at all! I‘m so excited!! 1mo
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