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sprainedbrain

Joined May 2016

LibraryThing member sprainedbrain

Equal-opportunity reader, unapologetic liberal, Jane Austen fangirl/organizer of #PemberLittens www.sprainedbrain.blog www.goodreads.com/sprainedbrain
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These books are so, so good…

But I‘m starting to wonder if I‘m supposed to hate Lila with the heat of a thousand suns or if I‘m just doing this wrong?

Because I didn‘t really like child Lila, and I really, really don‘t like her ‘grown up‘ married teenager Lila. Ugh.

😬

merelybookish Lila is complicated. Lenu doesn't even like her sometimes. 35m
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Lore | Alexandra Bracken
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This was a super fun audiobook, and I have no regrets about squeezing it in between my planned books this month.

Why I loved it:

-That cover!

-MC Lore is a badass and not annoying about it.

-Greek mythology successfully made modern urban fantasy.

-Action-packed, violent, twisty, and sexy.

-YA that didn‘t make my eyes roll.

-A great, diverse cast of characters.

-Excellent narration.

-Again, that cover!

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

reading_rainbow I loved this one! I think it‘s super underrated! 20h
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Harlem Shuffle: A Novel | Colson Whitehead
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I‘m kind of surprised by the very mixed reviews I‘ve been seeing for this book… but I‘m also surprised by how much I loved it, when I only really expected to like it. 🤷🏻‍♀️

Full review on my blog: https://sprainedbrain.blog/2021/11/25/review-harlem-shuffle-by-colson-whitehead/

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KatieDid927 I‘m glad you liked it! I was surprised that I kind of didn‘t. 1d
MelissaSue81 One of Colson Whitehead‘s talents is the ability to write a diverse range of genres. This genre was just not my jam. (edited) 1d
squirrelbrain I‘m struggling a bit with this one, although it is starting to grow on me (about 30% in). 1d
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Half Sick of Shadows | Laura Sebastian
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I‘ve been a fan of all things Arthurian legend since I was small, and I loved this twist on the Camelot story. Told from the perspective of Elaine, the Lady of Shalott, the story jumps around from the youth of our heroes to Arthur‘s quests, and on to the tragic later events, presenting an original view on these legendary characters and stories. Beautifully written, and omg did it complicate the Lancelot feelings for my Team Arthur heart.

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sprainedbrain A new record for me: I‘ve actually read a swap gift book within mere months of receiving it.😅 Thank you so much for this lovely book, @DebinHawaii ❤️ 1d
keys_on_fire I wish I had brought this with me to my parents for the holiday! Going on my list for January! 1d
BookBelle84 One of my favorites that I've read this year! So well done 1d
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#PemberLittens!

Thank you so much to the 62 of you who filled out the form and gave me your thoughts on how to continue the group! I‘ve compiled all of that great info and have a proposal, but since I‘m excited and far too wordy for Litsy, if you‘re tagged, I‘ve sent you an email. 😉

Can you please take a look and let me know what you think? I‘d love to get something going for us for December or January.

Thank you!

❤️

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Bookwormjillk Got your email! I like the idea of 3 books every 2 months starting in January. Thank you! 2d
mollyrotondo Thank you for the email! I agree with @Bookwormjillk that 3 books every 2 months sounds like a great idea! That way the discussions and time to read can be spread out and anyone who wants to read all 3 can fit it into their schedule. Thank you for all your time that you put into this! 2d
ravenlee I‘m with them 👆🏼. It sounds like a great plan to me and thank you so much for working it all out! Pemberlittens forever! 2d
LeahBergen I agree with everyone above 👆🏻! Three books every two months with the option to jump in and out sounds perfect. Thanks so much! 😘 2d
Chrissyreadit 🙌🥳sounds like a plan 2d
quietjenn Yep, chiming in to agree! Thank you for your thought and planning - excited for this iteration of things! 2d
batsy Thank you for the detailed email and the hard work that goes into this 💕 I'm also in agreement with the rest; three books every two months is ideal and being able to jump in and out depending on interest also works perfectly imo! 2d
Cathythoughts Thanks so much for your email ! Yes , I agree & would be delighted with this plan .. three books every two months & having the choice 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻❤️ 2d
Kdgordon88 I'm on board with all the above! So happy to have this group continue reading together. Thank you for keeping us going. Love ❤ this group so much! 2d
erzascarletbookgasm 3 books from different categories every 2 months with the options of reading along sounds great. 👌 Thank you for your effort! 💛 2d
jenniferw88 Agree with above, and willing to host the buddy reads for non-fiction books about Jane, and also to help host for the other authors. 2d
SarahBookInterrupted Yes, I agree too. 3 books every 2 months is perfect. Will you still be doing your funny little summary posts? I love those so much. They don‘t have to be daily obviously with 3 books but was just wondering. 2d
SarahBookInterrupted @sprainedbrain thank you for all the work you do and have done for this group. It‘s much appreciated! 2d
StayCurious I agree with everyone here and am happy to get involved with the group! 1d
megnews I like your plan and I‘m excited to join in. Thanks for all your work on this. (edited) 1d
BarkingMadRun Agree as well! 1d
nanuska_153 I agree with everyone above, 3 books every 2 months sounds perfect cause it gives you the time to read more than one if you are interested. Thanks for all the hard work! 1d
TheAromaofBooks I like that the consensus seems to be leaning towards three books/two months, because I also like that schedule! Thank you so much for taking the time to send your informative email!!! 1d
MaureenMc @sprainedbrain Thank you for taking the time & putting so much thought into this. I truly appreciate it. 😊 I, too, like the 3 books/2 mos. proposal. 1d
Daisey I agree that this plan sounds great, and I‘m very much looking forward to reading with this group again. 1d
Librarybelle Everything sounds good to me! Thanks for taking the time to write a very informative email…lots of hard work on your part, so thank you so much for coordinating! 1d
Amandajoy I love the ideas! The 3 books / 2 months is a great schedule. They‘ll be good variety & low pressure. I also love @nanuska_153 ‘s idea that in honor of Austen we should focus on writers who have contributed to the feminist canon. (Along with some retellings, because, let‘s face it, while fun, not all retellings are great works of feminist literature.) 1d
katy4peas 3 books/2 months is a great timeline for me as I am a slow reader. 🙂 This seems like a great way to include lots of interests and you obviously put a lot of thought and detail into it. I think it will work very well. Thank you for your hard work of organizing the group and for reorganizing us. 💕 I‘m excited to read with this group again! 1d
rubyslippersreads Sounds great to me! Looking forward to more Austenish reading! Thanks for organizing us. 😀 1d
Q84 Every 2 months sounds great! 1d
DebinHawaii I echo everyone else, the 3 books in 2 months & option to drop in-and-out is great. Thank you for giving it so much thought & effort! 🤗 1d
I.be.Stef Thanks for the email! The stated options sound good to me, granted though that I won‘t be able to join every time. I‘m excited to join the group again! 1d
Reggie Thank goodness, because even though I don‘t participate I was missing all the haiku, meme, collage content. Lol love the passion of your group. 23h
mom2bugnbee Echoing everyone else - the plan outlined in your email sounds fantastic! Thanks for everything, Jenni - you rock at making this group so much fun! 19h
AnneCecilie I‘m with everyone else. 3 books in 2 months and participate in what you want sounds great 10h
kspenmoll Appreciate all your work- did not get email so maybe I forgot to fill your form out. But whatever you all decide I would like to join in. You may have an old gmail address I no longer have. 2h
sprainedbrain @kspenmoll I did get your form, and you were included in the email. The email address I sent to was the one on your form: kdspenmoll @ icloud dot com. Was that not correct? 1h
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My most recent postal book club read. Perhaps a bit outdated (this book was published in 2001), but bell hooks‘ poetic writing and searing observations are quite timeless.

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I (finally) read Practical Magic this fall and was inspired by @mklong to read the series in chronological order.

Magic Lessons starts with the first Owens woman, following Maria from 17th century rural England to Curaçao to Salem. It‘s about women, family, the rules of magic, finding strength, celebrating love, and of course, a family curse, all with Hoffman‘s glorious storytelling and endearing characters. Of course I loved it.

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mklong Woot! So glad you loved it. Kind of knew you would 😉 2d
Jee_HookedOnBookz Yup I really enjoyed this one too! Have you read her latest? 2d
sprainedbrain @Jee_HookedOnBookz not yet, but soonish! I‘m going in order. 2d
Jee_HookedOnBookz @sprainedbrain 👍 Looking forward to reading what you think! :) 2d
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The Sweetness of Water | Nathan Harris
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Oh, this one is good. The incredibly rich characters, the increasing complexity of the story, and the gifted storytelling make this Reconstruction-era tale super engaging. I wasn‘t expecting the white characters to be so central, and while I‘m sure the redemption story wasn‘t so true-to-history, it‘s pleasant to think there may have been good souls like the Walkers.

Great audio narration took this strong debut up a notch for me, too.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2

sprainedbrain Also, if I had read this a bit sooner or could have had more than 20 books on my #NewYearWhoDis list, this one would have been on it. 😉 @monalyisha @Amandajoy 2d
Tamra I‘m anxious to get to this one! 2d
Cathythoughts Lovely review! I loved this one too ❤️ 2d
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Did I listen to this book in anticipation of the end of Draughtlander and because I needed some Scottish 🔥 in my life? Yes.

Does this book make up for its cheesy dumb cover with a solid histfic storyline, perfectly tolerably characters, and very sexy sexy-times? Again, yes.

Romance itch successfully scratched, though Tor MacLeod is (of course) no Jamie Fraser. 😉

⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2

Deifio The castle in the background looks like Neuschwanstein 🤣 3d
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Cloud Cuckoo Land | Anthony Doerr
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Finally posted my review for this book, which I finished early this month and instantly put on my best-of list for 2021.

Believe the hype on this one.

http://sprainedbrain.blog/2021/11/23/review-cloud-cuckoo-land-by-anthony-doerr/

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CindyE09 I loved it too!! Was pretty instantly grabbed and didn‘t want to put it down. My favorite was the Argos storyline but I am a sucker for sci-fi elements. 3d
sprainedbrain @CindyE09 I‘m usually more in to the historical fiction stuff, but that Argos storyline was fantastic! Loved it. 3d
BarbaraBB I didn‘t like All the Light so much do have been hesitating about this book but your review is very convincing 3d
sprainedbrain @BarbaraBB this one is completely different from All the Light, for sure. 3d
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Fingersmith | Sarah Waters
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@Amandajoy I love your list!

Five I‘ve read and loved: One to Watch, Library at Mount Char, A Promised Land, Mexican Gothic. Funny, when I was narrowing down my list I took Obama‘s book off because I technically read it December 2020. 😉

The three at the top left were already on my TBR, so definitely reading those, and I hope to get to at least the ones on the right side.

So excited! ❤️

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Amandajoy Yay! I‘m glad there are some you‘re excited about. The tagged book was in my top 5 this year. I made a note in my bujo so I know where my cutoff was for this so next year I can include December books, they should totally get counted! Those December books deserve some love too 😂 (edited) 6d
sprainedbrain @Amandajoy they really do!! Fortunately, you‘ve already read my favorite December book last year. 😉 6d
Cinfhen Fun reads!! 6d
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vivastory What a great list! I frequently find myself wondering when Hawkins will release a new one. I keep meaning to read Fingersmith 6d
Liz_M I loved the tagged book! I think I included it in my #NYWD22 list, but honestly I put my list together in such a hurry/panic (I took too long last year and missed out) that I have no idea what I included. 😁 5d
monalyisha I hadn‘t ever heard of the tagged & I think it looks so good! 5d
monalyisha Oh! And I asked for/received Elatsoe in a swap, so I‘ll definitely be reading that at some point this year, too. 5d
JamieArc Ooh! Glad you‘ll be reading Fingersmith. It was my favorite a few years ago! 5d
monalyisha I think I may be the only Litten who was utterly confused by the Hawkins. If I were the type of person who reread books more frequently, I'd visit it again. Was I just in the wrong mood? That'd be an interesting list to compile, actually! Another title that'd be on it, embarrassingly, is A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. That one I *DO* plan on rereading. I read it in Middle School & didn't like it...but so many people (whose taste I respect) ADORE it! (edited) 5d
MeganAnn Looks like a fantastic list! The Nickel Boys and We Ride Upon Sticks are both on my list from @JackOBotts so I‘m planning to read those in January also. 5d
TheKidUpstairs Fingersmith is so good, and I think it's right up your alley. Great list, happy reading! 4d
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There‘s a brand new Litsy town hall-ish account, managed by a group of thoughtful Littens who want to be sure no one misses any of the awesome community activities available.

Follow @LitsyEvents and be sure to tag the account in any Litsy goings-on that need to be amplified. The account will signal boost challenges, buddyreads, readathons, swaps, and any other inclusive, Litsy community-building events.

#LitsyEvents

CocoReads Aweso@e 1w
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It‘s been a couple of days since I finished this fantastic book, and I know that Alice Hoffman writes (really good) fiction and all, but damn if all of that isn‘t as true as can be. ❤️

Kdgordon88 💜💜💜 2w
Suet624 So true. 2w
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So I‘ve been thinking about getting the band back together… I miss #PemberLittens!

We finished the 6 novels (and it was a fantastic 18 months for me), but I know some have said they would like to continue in some way, so I‘ve created yet another form for those interested to share their thoughts.

https://forms.gle/TTrcBmKdpvrPHV9S8

Open to anyone, former participant in the group or not. There‘s even a question about (gasp!) other authors!

sprainedbrain I‘m going to tag the massive list one last time, but I promise that going forward I will only tag people that are interested in continuing with the group. ❤️ 2w
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HOTPock3tt I‘m definitely interested in going forward with the group!!!! Please keep tagging me!😁 @sprainedbrain 2w
MoonWitch94 Ohhhhh yes! I was just thinking the other day that I missed PemberLittens! 🤗 2w
suvata I think that‘s a great idea. I miss the #PemberLittens. I am in for whatever you want to do. 2w
Cathythoughts Thankyou ! I responded 2w
SarahBookInterrupted Yes, I‘m in too! I miss the PemberLittens as well. I‘d even be interested in doing it all again. But new authors as welcome too. Or Spin-offs maybe? 2w
sprainedbrain @SarahBookInterrupted I‘d love it if you filled out the form and listed what you‘d like to read! 😃 2w
mklong Fun! I miss the group too. 2w
staci.reads Yes, I'd be back in! This post made me so happy! ☺ Form done ✔ 2w
Chrissyreadit Me!me!me!Im in! 2w
eeclayton Count me in! Form submitted 😊 2w
I.be.Stef Meeeeeee! 🥳🥳 2w
LeahBergen Count me in, too! 👏🏻 2w
tdrosebud Keep me on the list please! 2w
IndoorDame Count me in too! 2w
AnneCecilie This post made me so happy and I just filled in the form. Please continue tagging me 2w
rubyslippersreads Please keep tagging me! I‘ll check out the form. 😊 2w
DebinHawaii Definitely back in! Thank you! I miss the #Pemberlittens posts & group & would love to see it back together. I filled out the form just now. 2w
nanuska_153 I've been gone from Litsy for some time and came back just in time for this! It was meant to be! I filled out the form and would love to participate, but I'm due on the 25th of December🤰so I'll probably be a silent follower or not a very active participant the first months. I'm definitely up for it though! 2w
SarahBookInterrupted @sprainedbrain yes, I finally clued in on the form after I read the others comments. I have filled it out. I was so excited I didn‘t read your post carefully. 2w
sprainedbrain @nanuska_153 oh congratulations!! One of my daughters was born on Christmas Eve. 🤗 2w
DivineDiana Just completed the form! 👏🏻❤️🎉 2w
jenniferw88 Completed - have listed LOTS of books I'm afraid 😂😍 I still haven't sent your samhain card but you can ignore a bit of the message - I was asking about this group! 2w
sprainedbrain @jenniferw88 I was counting on you to load me up on titles! 2w
DanaManiac Oh awesome! I was so bummed to have come across this group right as things were wrapping up, so you know I‘m definitely in! I just filled out the form – thank you so much! 2w
jenniferw88 @sprainedbrain haha - I haven't even listed them all as I didn't want to overwhelm you! 😂😂😂 2w
mom2bugnbee Keep me in the loop, please! Was just thinking about this group yesterday! 2w
Bookwormjillk Yay!!!! Made my day ❤️❤️❤️ 2w
bio_chem06 🤣🤣🙄 2w
Kdgordon88 This makes me so happy! 2w
wanderinglynn Yay! I filled it out. 👍🏻 2w
MaureenMc Just submitted my form. 😁 2w
MeganAnn I‘m so in for whatever the group decides to continue with! I‘ll fill out the survey when we get back home tomorrow evening and I can look up some of the specific titles I‘ve been wanting to read… if you still have the form up by then. We‘re visiting my parents this weekend. 2w
sprainedbrain @MeganAnn oh yes! I will leave it open for a few days. ❤️ 2w
4thhouseontheleft Yay!!!! Happy dance!!! 💃 💃 2w
Andrea313 This made my day! Just filled out the form and am so excited to see what's to come. The #PemberLittens were a bright spot in my days this past year. ♥️ 2w
Graciouswarriorprincess Hurray!!! I signed up! 2w
rubyslippersreads I‘m still working on my form (it‘s choosing books that‘s the hard—but fun—part. 😊) 2w
sprainedbrain @rubyslippersreads take your time! I‘m leaving it open for a few days. ❤️ 2w
batsy Thank you for this! I miss the group, too. I'll fill it out soon 🙏🏾 2w
erzascarletbookgasm I have submitted my form. Happy with whatever the majority wants. Thank you for organising! 2w
HOTPock3tt Form is submitted! ✅😃 2w
ElizaMarie Submitting my form as we speak! 2w
Daisey Submitted my form and curious to see what others want to read. Thoroughly enjoy this group! 2w
OriginalCyn620 Submitted the form! Can‘t wait to hear what the consensus is! 😊 2w
sb3626 This sounds amazing! Submitting my form! 2w
Crinoline_Laphroaig Just got back on Litsy and saw this. Count me in! I just sent my response. 2w
Q84 A little late but form sent. 1w
MicrobeMom Sorry late to the party! But just sent my form and totally interested and a new Iteration of this! 5d
sprainedbrain @MicrobeMom no worries! I‘m leaving it open until Wednesday, since I won‘t be able to work on the 60+ responses until the long weekend. 😃 5d
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I‘m not missing out of this one again! All signed up for the #BestOf2021Swap hosted by @candority and I‘m so excited!

Texreader Ooh I missed it last year too. I hate to sign up for a third swap but I love this idea! 3w
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One of my favorite swaps of the year!

See Chelle‘s post for more info and to sign up. ❤️

#JolabokaflodSwap

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All matches have been sent for #WinterSolsticeSwap! Swappers, please respond to your email (if you haven‘t already) and let me or @Chrissyreadit know if there are any issues.

Let the stalking and shopping commence! 💙

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14 | Peter Clines
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My last audiobook finished in October had been in my audible library for a ridiculously long time, so yay for knocking another one off of #MtTBR.

I somehow managed to stumble in to several Lovecraftian books last month, including this one. Fascinating concept: a too-good-to-be-true LA apartment building with weirdness and House of Leaves vibes. Nate and his neighbors start investigating, and it only gets weirder.

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Finishing up my October reviews, fashionably late.

I read this for my #50States50Scares challenge because I needed a South Carolina book and had already read the one on the NYT list.

Friends, I should have reread the Grady Hendrix.

This book needs editing, unless it truly was written by an overzealous middle schooler at a young writers conference, in which case I apologize.

Is it horror? Cop drama? Monster movie?

Idk, but it‘s a mess.

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Leftcoastzen It seems some writers want to hit all the bases to entice a readership, but sometimes what you end up with is a hot mess! I haven‘t read it , just a general observation. 3w
Reggie An overzealous middle schooler at a writers conference- Lololol 3w
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This book checked a lot of boxes for me, and ended up being one of my most surprising picks of the year so far.

My review of this NetGalley gem and perfect fall read is on my blog: http://sprainedbrain.blog/2021/11/07/review-the-lighthouse-witches-by-c-j-cooke/

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MeganAnn Great review! 3w
sprainedbrain @MeganAnn thanks! ❤️ 3w
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Ohhhemmmmgeee I did my first #BookSpinBingo card since August and I‘m feeling pretty proud of myself, since I‘ve already finished two books and they are even in the same line! 😂

My #BookSpin this month is Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds.

My #DoubleSpin is Once There Were Wolves by Charlotte McConaghy.

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! Looks great!! 3w
erinreads Once There Were Wolves was SO good. 3w
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Winter Solstice | Rosamunde Pilcher
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Last chance to sign up for #WinterSolsticeSwap!

The form will close tonight so that we can start matching… so far, about 40 people have joined us!

More info or sign up here:

https://forms.gle/iTAwLzfqpSxYapUV8

MeganAnn So glad you posted a reminder! This week has been crazy at work so I almost missed out. All signed up now 😘✨❄️🌲 3w
DebinHawaii @MeganAnn Just saw it too—also a crazy week at work but I am signed up now too. Thank you! 🤗💙❄️ 3w
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TheBookKeepers 😩 I missed it 3w
sprainedbrain @TheBookKeepers I can open it up again really quick if you want? 3w
TheBookKeepers @sprainedbrain YES PLEASE!!!!! 3w
sprainedbrain @TheBookKeepers lol. It‘s open! Please let me know when you‘re done so we can get matches done today. 💙 3w
TheBookKeepers Done, thank you!!!!!!!!!! @sprainedbrain 3w
sprainedbrain @TheBookKeepers of course! Thank you 💙 3w
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Signups are open now through November 6 for the first ever #WinterSolsticeSwap, hosted by my friend @Chrissyreadit and me. 💙

Questions? Just ask!

Please see the signup sheet for more information and/or to join us!

https://forms.gle/iTAwLzfqpSxYapUV8

Tagging some people who have expressed interest before, but open to all who celebrate. Feel free to share!

AmyG You two are the best. Thank you. 😘 4w
Bookwormjillk Yay!! 4w
Avanders ✅😁 done! 4w
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BookBosomed1 Done! 4w
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Basic Witch | Katy Hunter
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Thank you to all of the participants in this year‘s #BasicWitchSwap 🖤

I‘ve loved all of your opening days posts (and I‘m looking forward to a few more 😉) and I‘m so appreciative of the thoughtful shopping and enthusiasm you all bring to the swap!

Huge thanks to @mklong for being an incredible cohost, and once again to @monalyisha for starting it all 4 years ago!

Blessed Samhain, my friends!

PatriciaU Beautiful photo and fantastic hat! 4w
sprainedbrain @PatriciaU I love witch hat season! 😂 4w
HOTPock3tt So cute Jenni!!! ♥️🎉 4w
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BookwormAHN Great photo. Thank you and @mklong for hosting 🧙🏻‍♀️ 4w
Chrissyreadit 🖤🙌🌛🌝🌜 4w
Gissy Nice!! 👌🧙🏻‍♀️🎃🖤🖤🖤 4w
monalyisha This is such a sweet shoutout! Thank you! 🥰 And thank you for hosting. It was magical (as always)! 4w
monalyisha P.S. GREAT hair! 😉💁‍♀️ 4w
AmyG Thank YOU! Love your beautiful picture. 4w
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I don‘t think I‘ve ever been so excited about spoons, but LOOK AT THESE. 😍

Going to make a big old pot of soup tomorrow, for sure. 😉

Thanks again, Alisia!

#BasicWitchSwap

Catsandbooks Those are so awesome! ✨ 4w
Sleepswithbooks How cool!!!! 4w
DanaManiac These are gorgeous!!! 😍 4w
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Reggie Very cool! 4w
kspenmoll Wow!!! Fantastic! 4w
AmyG Those are fabulous. 4w
4thhouseontheleft I‘m glad you like them! 🖤 4w
TheBookHippie Oh I love them! 4w
Soubhiville I love them! Great gift! 4w
tdrosebud Those are great! 4w
Gissy 😍🖤🖤🖤 4w
Clare-Dragonfly Oh my gosh, those are amazing! I don‘t know if I could cook with those but I‘d sure use them as kitchen decor 😂 4w
bnp Wonderful! 4w
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These Witches Don't Burn | Isabel Sterling
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@4thhouseontheleft Thank you so much for this incredible #BasicWitchSwap package! I love it all… the gemstones, incense, tea, trail mix, candy, all the AWESOME books, and omg these wooden spoons! Be still my kitchen-witch heart!

Thank you, thank you, thank you, and blessed Samhain to you! 🖤

4thhouseontheleft I‘m so glad you like it! I don‘t know if I mentioned in the box, but the tea is from Maia Toll‘s Herbiary shop! 4w
sprainedbrain @4thhouseontheleft you did! Very cool that it came from Maia‘s shop! ❤️ 4w
mklong 😍😍😍 4w
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We are home from trick-or-treating and it‘s time to open my #BasicWitchSwap package!

So far, I have some yummies and some new gemstones! 🖤

Alisia, I‘m laughing because we used the same wrapping paper. 😂

4thhouseontheleft That gave me a laugh too! I still have a house full of teens, but I just snuck upstairs to open mine! 4w
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And @jacksonreads opened his #AlteredNightmareSwap as well! He‘s super excited about the books and the puzzle. Please tell Carson that Jack loves it and says THANK YOU! 🎃

LibrarianRyan Yeahhhh. I will let him know!! 4w
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Cackle | Rachel Harrison
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Finally opened my #AlteredNightmareSwap from @MidnightBookGirl 💚

Thank you so much, Kate! I LOVE your art in the book, the book itself, and your card. Happy Halloween! 🎃

LibrarianRyan Yeahhh. I gave that book too! 4w
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I listened to this one to preview it for the kiddo… it‘s a pretty scary middle grade first-in-series haunted house book, about 5 kids (ages 12-13, I think) who all get mysteriously drawn to an abandoned ‘shadow house,‘ and locked-in spookiness commences. A nice twist at the ending, and I think Jack will dig it.

Not really my kind of book, but it wasn‘t written for me, so a pick. 😃

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The Changeling | Victor LaValle
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Only my second LaValle, but I‘m officially a fan.

On the surface, this is a really good urban fantasy/horror novel and a clever take on the changeling fairytale, but deeper down it‘s a lot more. Social criticism, race, family and parenthood mixed in with legends and myths, humor and terror, all with LaValle‘s brilliant writing. He can really make you feel so much for a character, and my heart just hurt for Apollo.

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sprainedbrain Thanks to @Chrissyreadit and @HOTPock3tt for inspiring me to finally pick this up, and for reading along! ❤️ 4w
Chrissyreadit You write a great review! 4w
vivastory Great review. I've loved everything by him that I've read. 4w
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sprainedbrain @vivastory I will definitely be seeking out more. I‘ve only read this and The Ballad of Black Tom. What do you recommend next? 4w
vivastory I recommend Devil in Silver. It's interesting because it takes place on a psych unit but what is most frightening about the book is the institutional power over the residents & not the potentially malevolent spirit roaming around. My fave Lavalle changes day to day. I don't think you can go wrong with him. 4w
HOTPock3tt I agree there was a lot more just beneath the surface of this book @sprainedbrain @Chrissyreadit 4w
Chrissyreadit @vivastory thanks for the recommendation! 4w
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The Revelation | Bentley Little
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This was my Arizona book for #50States50Scares, & it is a thing I read.

As the cover suggests, it‘s a biblical end times horror story, only it‘s super dated & reads like a low-budget 80s horror movie. Full of annoying tropes, rampant male chauvinism, & a whole lot of ridiculous. One would expect an 80 year old woman to have a demon baby, since she‘s old & therefore gross.🙄

I can only assume SK was high when he made the cover statement.

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rockpools I‘m hugely enjoying your reviews at the moment. Just sorry the book was umm… 4w
sprainedbrain @rockpools Haha! They can‘t all be winners, I suppose. 4w
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Southern Gods | John Hornor Jacobs
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This book probably never would have been on my radar if it weren‘t for my attempt at #50States50Scares. This was my Arkansas book and wow it‘s a heck of a debut novel. Somehow, it‘s a southern gothic/detective story/Cthulhu-ish/horror novel that just works. It‘s scary, smart, and engaging, but definitely not for everyone… very gory, really brutal, and bad stuff happens to animals, adults and kids. I really loved the main characters.

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vivastory I really enjoyed this collection of two novellas by Jacobs 4w
sprainedbrain @vivastory I will check that out! 4w
vivastory One of them gave me White Tears vibes in a good way 4w
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The Shuddering | Ania Ahlborn
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This one has been on my list for years, thanks to reviews by @Reggie @vivastory and @Klou

OMG it‘s so good.

Absolutely brutal and gory and scary… I could only do audiowalks in broad daylight with this one. This is a monster story done right, and by right I mean I finished it 2 weeks ago and I‘m still thinking about two scenes in particular that made me 😲🤢😵.

This should be a movie, which I won‘t watch because it will be too scary.

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vivastory This is one of my favorite creature horror books. I finished a book by her last night & she just gets under my skin like no other writer can 4w
Reggie Do you think he would have ended up with his baby‘s mama or would he have ended up with the sister? Lol, aside from the scary monsters I was really enjoying the human drama. Glad you liked it! 3w
sprainedbrain @Reggie I was definitely rooting for the sister… and then they all freaking died?!? This author is brutal. Lol 3w
Klou Yay! I'm so glad you loved it!! Great review!! You're right, it should be a movie! 1w
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Kill Creek | Scott Thomas
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I‘ve owned this Audible book for an embarrassingly long time—but this was the year it made my spooky-reads October list!

Although it‘s not super plausible, and some of the writing/character choices were a bit too ‘a man totally wrote this‘ for my liking, I did enjoy the premise of famous authors at a haunted house event, the book was genuinely scary, and that ending was *chef‘s kiss* horror finery.

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Bookzombie I agree with you about the ‘a man totally wrote this‘ feeling, but I still really enjoyed this one too. 4w
sprainedbrain My Kansas book for #50States50Scares 4w
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The Halloween Tree | Ray Bradbury
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I love Bradbury (Dandelion Wine is one of my favorite books EVAH), but had never read this one… I decided to listen because of how much another of my swap partners @PatriciaU loves it, and I‘m so glad I did!

A quick, spooky story starts with a haunted house, continues with a creepy character taking some trick-or-treaters through time to see the history & meaning of Halloween. All with Bradbury‘s amazing & touching storytelling.🖤

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PatriciaU I‘m so happy you enjoyed it! It‘s a simple but effective treatment of Halloween and the traditions and history surrounding it. Plus the imagery of the tree is spectacular! 4w
sprainedbrain @PatriciaU Yes! Especially at the end when all of the lights go out. So lovely! 4w
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Stoker's Wilde | Steven Hopstaken, Melissa Prusi
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I‘m going to have to post a whole bunch today to catch up my October reviews…😜

I listened to this book after I saw it on a certain swap partner‘s wish list. Bram Stoker (brooding, somewhat creepy) and Oscar Wilde (hilarious and gloriously foppish) don‘t really like each other that much, but keep getting thrown together to fight monsters. Werewolves and vampires, oh my! Such a fun ride, with lots of references to the real guys‘ books.

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HOTPock3tt I‘m going to end up doing the same thing Jenni 😂 posting like 10 book reviews to catch up! Lol 4w
sprainedbrain @HOTPock3tt we ROCK. 😂 4w
HOTPock3tt @sprainedbrain 🤣🤣🤣 4w
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I opened my second awesome swap box of the day! This is my #AllHallowsReadSwap from the wonderful @MatchlessMarie and I absolutely love it all! The tagged book has been on my wishlist for a while, and I‘m going to start it tonight, while also raising my blood sugar considerably with some of these yum yums. 😜

Love the second book you chose, the bath bomb, and the candle, Amanda! Thank you so much! 🖤

And thank you, Chelle, for hosting! 🥰

AmyG What are those ghost dots? I haven‘t seen those. Awesome. 4w
sprainedbrain @AmyG I hadn‘t either! They are all that ghosty color and you get to guess what flavor they are! Lol 4w
MatchlessMarie Yay! I‘m glad you liked your box. Happy Halloween!! 🎃 4w
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I actually got my sh*t together and did a #BookSpin list this month!

Nute Right on!🙂 4w
TheAromaofBooks Yay!!!! 4w
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Everyone please look at the adorable pins I got from @Annie1215 as part of my #HHS package. 🖤🖤🖤

Thanks again, Annie!

BiblioLitten So cool! 4w
TrishB They‘re awesome! 4w
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PatriciaU ❤️ the ghostie! 4w
AmyG Those are fabulous! 4w
Gissy 😍🧙🏼‍♀️ 👻 🎃🖤🖤🖤 4w
BeeMagical Omg I love them ALL!! So perfect! My jean jacket is jealous 😂 (edited) 4w
KatieDid927 😱 4w
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@Annie1215 I LOVE my #HauntedHollowSwap! 🖤

Thank you so much for these books I‘ve been itching to buy for myself (haha!) Love the socks, the mug, of course the chocolate, and the pins are so awesome I‘m going to do another post to show them up close.

Again, thank you so much for the thoughtful gifts! And thank you, @wanderinglynn for running such a great swap. 🎃🖤👻

aperfectmjk I love that MUG! 😍 4w
wanderinglynn Fantastic! 🎃🧡 4w
monalyisha Which socks are you going to wear first?! 😍 4w
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sprainedbrain @monalyisha currently sporting the mummy ones. 😂 4w
monalyisha @sprainedbrain YES! Waste no time! Love it! 😅 4w
Kdgordon88 That mug is so me in the morning 🤣 4w
Annie1215 Glad you enjoyed it! I was so glad to be your swap partner 🎃 4w
Annie1215 @aperfectmjk @Kdgordon88 right? I was so happy I found it 😂 4w
sprainedbrain @Annie1215 love it! you‘re the best! 4w
BethM Hahah love the mug! 4w
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Practical Magic | Alice Hoffman
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All systems appear to be go for #BasicWitchSwap opening day on Sunday! Thank you so much to everyone for making this such a fun swap. 🖤

Tomorrow, @mklong and I are going to celebrate with an impromptu witchy watch party of Practical Magic. I‘ve never seen it, and want to avoid having my witch card revoked.

Anyone care to join us? October 30 at 4 pm Eastern/3 pm Central… open to everyone, swappers or no—let me know if you want the Zoom link!

monalyisha Agh! If I were going to be around, I‘d be with you in a heartbeat! Enjoy!!! 4w
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MsRadioSilence Ahh! I would love to but I have a Halloween party starting then. :( Have fun tho!! 4w
LoverOfLearning 0h maybe!! I'll let you know. I'm loving this vibe the little group we formed here. 🧙‍♀️💀🦇🖤🧹🤘 4w
DebinHawaii Send me the link, please. I am going to try to run my errands & be back in time but don‘t wait for me just in case I can‘t get back home in time. 4w
BookwormAHN If I'm home I'll join in. I've been meaning to rewatch it 🧙🏻‍♀️ 4w
Insightsintobooks I would love to, but I have to attend a wedding. 4w
jenniferw88 I have written you a Halloween card but haven't sent yet. Will do so this week but sorry it's late! 4w
mklong You know I‘m in! 4w
4thhouseontheleft Can you send me the zoom link? We have a busy weekend (and by we, I mean my daughter, I am just chauffer 🤣) but I think I‘ll be home around then! 4w
MaleficentBookDragon I‘m in! Thank you. 4w
erank58 What a great idea! I have a committment, but I'll be sure to join in next time! 4w
Chrissyreadit I have a birthday party at that time. But I will be with you all in witchy spirit 🖤 4w
AmyG Tha ks for the invite but sadly...I will be out and about with the hubby who gets his Covid booster shot today . (I‘d rather stay home and watch. 😂) (edited) 4w
katy4peas Bummer. I‘m working today, but what a great idea! Have fun! 🧙🏻‍♀️ 4w
bridge12 Shoot! I would LOVE to do this but I‘ve already made plans to watch Doctor Sleep with my brother then 🤦🏼‍♀️ I would love a report back on Practical Magic ❤️ 4w
sprainedbrain @bridge12 there‘s another movie I still need to watch! 😂 4w
bridge12 @sprainedbrain HIGHLY recommend! Flanagan does an excellent job as director 4w
sprainedbrain @jenniferw88 you are too sweet! 🖤 4w
sprainedbrain @LoverOfLearning @DebinHawaii @BookwormAHN @mklong @4thhouseontheleft @MaleficentBookDragon Zoom link has been sent to your email! Hope you can join us, but no worries if you can‘t. 😉 4w
DinoMom We have plans otherwise I would totally join. It‘s a great movie!!! Enjoy 4w
DanaManiac Ah! This is my fave! My mom and I watched this together dozens of times. I think I can make it work if I get these errands run quickly- count me in! ☺️🥳🎃 (edited) 4w
sprainedbrain @DanaManiac I forwarded the link to you! Yay! 4w
MoonWitch94 @sprainedbrain Did you like the movie?!??! 4w
sprainedbrain @MoonWitch94 LOVED it! 🖤 4w
MoonWitch94 🎃🖤🧡 4w
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Fledgling: A Novel | Octavia E. Butler
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So glad that you picked this one for #LMPBC Charlene!

An extremely character-driven vampire story like no vampire story I‘ve experienced before. Smart, engaging, mysterious, and filled with Butler‘s social criticism, with a fairly intense vampire-courtroom drama finishing the story. There are some unusual choices early on, but I stuck with it and ultimately loved the book. Sad that this was her last book—I would have loved more Shori.

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sprainedbrain Your book will be in the mail to you today, @AFrostCauseReads ❤️ 1mo
AFrostCauseReads Yay! So glad you liked it! I was afraid it was gunna be polarizing with the “unusual choices early on”. After it got into the background of Ina culture and the politics took the main stage, I really enjoyed it! 1mo
KatieDid927 I just finished it last night myself! I loved it. My take about the “unusual choices” is that she turned the typical vampire trope on its head. Shori may LOOK a certain way, but she‘s 53. To me, that‘s way less icky than 200 year old vampire dudes aggressively pursuing actual 15/16 year old children. 1mo
sprainedbrain @KatieDid927 couldn‘t agree more! It really wasn‘t icky at all for me because Shori most definitely didn‘t have a child mentality (even if she was just a baby vampire). 😉 1mo
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Cackle | Rachel Harrison
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I was fortunate to snag the audio of this new book really early from library. It‘s a lot of fun! Sort of a cozy version of a witch story… not super scary, loaded with sarcasm and girl power, cursing (the hexing kind, not potty mouth) and cute… spiders? but with a heroine that I really wanted to shake the shit out of from time to time. 😂 Still, an enjoyable read!

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The Near Witch | V. E. Schwab
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My #AAM choice this month did not disappoint. I really love Schwab‘s Shades of Magic and Villains series, so was excited to read her debut, a witchy fantasy. It‘s fairly YA and has a bit of annoying insta-love in it, but the spooky vibe, the village witches, and the mysterious goings-on kept me listening attentively. Very good audiobook choice for the season!

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No One Goes Alone | Erik Larson
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Reviews of Larson‘s new (fiction!) audio-only release are… not good. I really enjoyed it anyway. 🤷🏻‍♀️

Part gothic ghost story, part Lovecraftian horror, part closed-room/deserted island mystery, all with a serious historical fiction undercurrent and Larson‘s signature excellent narrative writing style. Very well-done audio that creeped me out thoroughly on my evening audiowalks and gave me goosebumps. Love the author‘s note, too.

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batsy Your review and the synopsis make it sound super interesting! 1mo
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My Heart Is a Chainsaw | Stephen Graham Jones
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I‘m determined to get my October reviews posted before the end of October.😝

I did the audio/kindle combo for this book earlier this month. Easily my most anticipated book of the fall, and it didn‘t disappoint.

Full review on my blog: https://sprainedbrain.blog/2021/10/27/review-my-heart-is-a-chainsaw-by-stephen-g...

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We aren‘t even to Samhain, and @mklong and I are still knee-deep in #BasicWitchSwap, but my good friend @Chrissyreadit is hard at work on more witchy fun!

The magic doesn‘t end in October! Anyone interested in a swap themed around Yule and Winter Solstice? We are preparing a Midwinters Yule Swap.

Any thoughts or questions? Would you like to be tagged to sign up? We are looking at signups starting 11/1, so there will be short turnaround. 🖤

KatieDid927 😱 Yes please! 1mo
MsRadioSilence I would be so down!! 1mo
mklong Ooh fun! I‘m afraid I spent all my money on Basic Witch, so I may have to sit this one out. I would be 100% up for co-hosting a Beltane swap next spring if you are up for it 1mo
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sprainedbrain @mklong we could just do the entire wheel of the year! 😂 I‘m going to have to adjust my package size in that case. Or get a second job. 1mo
mklong LOL, I mean, I‘m a big fan of Mabon too 😂 1mo
Insightsintobooks Ohh fun!! 1mo
Chrissyreadit @sprainedbrain @mklong I‘m a little to happy to celebrate all of them 🖤🖤🖤🖤 even if it‘s budgeting a little more 🌛🌝🌜 1mo
bridge12 I would love this!!!! 1mo
wanderinglynn I‘m interested, providing there‘s enough time for me to shop, package, & ship. Shipping to/from here is usually 10-14 days. 1mo
mklong @Chrissyreadit @sprainedbrain I think we are VERY bad influences on each other! 🖤 1mo
sprainedbrain @wanderinglynn I think it‘s doable… we are thinking 12/18 for opening day, just in case we want to incorporate anything from the gifts in to celebrating. We would have matches out by 11/8 at the latest. 1mo
BookBosomed1 Please tag me when sign ups are ready. 1mo
Chrissyreadit @mklong @sprainedbrain 😘bad influences in all the best ways 1mo
Gissy Yes! 1mo
wanderinglynn That does seem doable. 👍🏻 1mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego So down for this, I've already started "window shopping" on Etsy. 1mo
MeganAnn I‘m so very tempted by this!!! 1mo
MaleficentBookDragon That sounds wonderful. 1mo
Avanders I‘ve already told Chrissy, but yes, I‘m super interested! ♥️🎄❄️ 1mo
erank58 YES!!! Please include me in any info you post to litsy 😊 1mo
monalyisha Oh, fun! I‘d like a tag. 😊 1mo
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@4thhouseontheleft my #BasicWitchSwap package arrived today! Thank you🖤

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October 24 and I‘m finally in to my October reviews.

This was my first audiobook of the month, and it was awesome. Definitely leans more fantasy (EPIC fantasy) than horror, but obviously, with vampires, and they are the scary/murdery variety, so there is gore. It‘s very dark, but also smart and witty—really put me in mind of Witcher at times. I was completely obsessed and devoured it quickly, and I cannot wait for the next one.

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sprainedbrain Also, I am so happy to report that Jay Kristoff is one of those super talented guys who write fantasy books that aren‘t masochistic or misogynistic, so I wasn‘t the least bit annoyed with how quickly I fell in lust with Gabriel. 😂 And the audiobook narration is excellent. Also, my #NewIn2021 book for #Booked2021. (edited) 1mo
KristiAhlers I LOVED this book. I was so useless when I was reading. 😂🧡❤️ 1mo
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