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20th Century Ghosts
20th Century Ghosts | Joe Hill
Imogene is young, beautiful . . . and dead, waiting in the Rosebud Theater one afternoon in 1945. . . . Francis was human once, but now he's an eight-foot-tall locust, and everyone in Calliphora will tremble when they hear him sing. . . . John is locked in a basement stained with the blood of half a dozen murdered children, and an antique telephone, long since disconnected, rings at night with calls from the dead. . . .Nolan knows but can never tell what really happened in the summer of '77, when his idiot savant younger brother built a vast cardboard fort with secret doors leading into other worlds. . . .The past isn't dead. It isn't even past. . . .
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Blueberry
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"Modern horror is not often subtle."

#FirstlineFridays
@ShyBookOwl

ShyBookOwl I'm promising myself to read a Joe Hill this Spooktober. Idk what I've been waiting for. 1mo
Blueberry @ShyBookOwl ooh, good idea. Maybe I will hold off too. It's only 1 month away. 1mo
ShyBookOwl @Blueberry it's always nice to have at least one picked out for the season 🎃 1mo
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SerenaCrawford
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Sunday morning reads……

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vivastory
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I'm off in a couple of hours to get lunch & go to the theater to watch the adaptation of Joe Hill's Black Phone from his excellent debut work 20th Century Ghosts. I've heard only good things about it & I really like the creative team involved.

The_Book_Ninja Awesome movie 3mo
vivastory @The_Book_Ninja It was great 🤘 3mo
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HeathHof
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Today I went and saw The Black Phone with my two oldest. (20 & 17) and it gave us all some scares! After we got home, I fired up the kindle so we could read the actual story from the tagged book. Both were good but for once, the movie actually really enhanced the original story. Def reccomend if you like suspense and startles.👌

BarkingMadRun Ohhhhh I haven‘t read it yet, maybe I‘ll wait to watch the movie after I read the book! 3mo
KathyWheeler I read the story years ago and liked it.I remember seeing the trailer and not being interested in the movie. But for some reason I didn‘t connect it to the Joe Hill story. Now, I may have to see the movie. 3mo
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booklover3258
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Pickpick

My review of this book can be found on my YouTube Vlog at:

https://youtu.be/wChGGFRc8EU

Enjoy!

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Legendofcool
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Lauranahe
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Pickpick

Ooh I loved it! Some of the stories were horror, some…not so much. What an amazing group of short stories; I think Pop Art and You Will Hear the Locust Sing are my favorites. But honestly, all of them have that something that make each stand out in its own way.

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Therewillbebooks
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We're gonna hit the spooky stuff pretty hard on the podcast this month. In episode 17 we land on a #BOTM for October, and I volunteer to read The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, to get us into the spirit of things. Check it out in the link below, or listen on Spotify or iTunes!
#october #podcast #therewillbebooks

https://anchor.fm/peter-murphy8

Rachaels-book-adventures Shirley Jackson is one of my faves 😀 2y
Therewillbebooks @Rachaels-book-adventures Me too! We actually decide to go with The Haunting of Hill House for our BOTM. 😃 2y
IMASLOWREADER love joe hill 2y
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Addison_Reads
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It's not often I read a short story collection and like all the stories, but I thoroughly loved all 15 stories in this collection. The topics and themes vary, from ghosts to insects to a creepy old man who collects people's last breaths. Creative, fun, and creepy! 👻

#TeamHarkness #Scarathon2020 @StayCurious (226pts)
#Screamathon @4thhouseontheleft
#BookSpinBingo @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Great progress!! 2y
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Addison_Reads
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I finally nailed down my official list for #BookSpinBingo for October. @TheAromaofBooks This is the first month I'm taking advantage of the free spaces instead of picking 5 more books.

I will be using these for #Screamathon @4thhouseontheleft and to get points for #TeamHarkness in #Scarathon2020. @StayCurious

I also set my goals for #cyoreadathon with @Sace and I'm excited to get October started. 👻

Sace I love the Halloween colors! Glad you'll be reading with us next week! 2y
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 2y
StayCurious I love it! 2y
alisiakae 👻🙌🏽 2y
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JacintaMCarter
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#2020Book36
Like most short story collections, this was a fairly even mix of great stories and just okay stories. Based on what I know about Joe Hill (and the fact that he's Stephen King's son), I assumed these stories would be much scarier, but none were more than just a bit unsettling. The best story by far is "Abraham's Boys," so I highly recommend checking out that one.

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ReadingOver50
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This was a good story collection. Most of the stories had an element of horror, but not all would be classified as horror. All of the stories were enjoyable though some were better than others. As I was reading I realized that I had previously read "The Cape" in graphic novel form. I think I enjoyed it more in the graphic format.

My favorite stories were "Best New Horror", "My Father's Mask", and "Voluntary Committal."

BookishMe Interesting! His novels kinda scare me (more frightful than his father's, methinks!) I will check this out ;D 3y
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jessinikkip
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This collection was awesome! Joe Hill really has a flair for horror, and there are all different kinds of horror. Some are very gory and bloody amd some are oh so beautifully subtle. Also hits 3 bingo squares (new pet, family reunion, ugly cover)

#wintergames #TBRread
@librarianryan @Clwojick @StayCurious

BookwormM Sounds good hubby loves horror short stories I am always looking for new collections 3y
jessinikkip @BookwormM I think he would definitely love these. Some of them arent scary at all. Some of them are psychological and the mind playing tricks. And some are downright scary. 3y
BookwormM Sounds good he doesn‘t like ones that are sexual if that makes sense he likes monsters and psychological any other recommendations greatly appreciated 3y
jessinikkip @BookwormM check out the tagged collections as well. Scare Street has published two series, Terror in the Shadows and Short Horror Stories. Several volumes in each on Amazon. I enjoyed them as well. 3y
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collegecatlady
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What an AMAZING short story collection. I‘m so surprised at all the five star reads I‘ve been devouring lately! Keep it coming! #lmpbc

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collegecatlady
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#Jojen doesn‘t seem to think that #lmpbc is as important as I do. He makes getting through these stories difficult 😩

#catsoflitsy

bookaholic1 My cat is exactly the same, can't seem to sit anywhere to read without her crawling on me or the book, lol 3y
Slajaunie Same here. Crazy cat lady problem #1. 3y
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collegecatlady
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@LauraJ your book has made it to me! I‘ll try to read this one as quick as I can so it can be on its way home! #lmpbc

LauraJ No hurry. I‘ve already read it! 😉 3y
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MommyOfTwo
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Falling behind again! 🤦🏻‍♀️ #GhostStory

OriginalCyn620 👌🏻📚👻 3y
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Marmie7
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I really enjoyed this read. Thanks @LauraJ for choosing it for #lmpbc @collegecatlady @JoScho It also works for #scarathlon #teamstoker @TheReadingMermaid

BeansPage 🧟‍♀️ 3y
JoScho 🖤🖤🖤 3y
collegecatlady I just wanted to check in about this book! Did you mail it and if you did, do you still have the tracking? I haven‘t gotten it and want to make sure it‘s not lost. 3y
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JoScho
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Alright #groupH I am curled up in bed with a Morkie about to start Laura‘s pick. I‘m excited for some Joe Hill 💚
#lmpbc #horror #dogsoflitsy #mork

vivastory Loved this one. Can't wait for 3y
ladym30 Such a cute face!💝 3y
JoScho @vivastory oh I didn‘t know about that one! Thanks 🖤 3y
JoScho @ladym30 thank you! He is pretty awesome. 😊🖤 3y
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JoScho
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Got my #lmpbc package today! I am excited to read these with my awesome group. Laura thanks for sending The Dead House from my TBR! That was so sweet and thoughtful.
#grouph #round6 #horror

GripLitGrl These all look like great reads😍 3y
LauraJ Always happy to help with a TBR list! 3y
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LauraJ
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Impressive range of short stories and strong characters that cover all the emotions.
Okay #lmpbc, #grouph this will be in the mail to @JoScho soon.

JoScho Yay! 3y
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LauraJ
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Okay, #lmpbc, I‘m going in!

JoScho Yay! I haven‘t started mine yet either. 3y
Reagan 😍😻 house panthers!! 3y
Marmie7 I'm reading my selection now, hopefully It will be in the mail soon! 3y
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LinaLovesLit
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“And how about a little thanks for you, the reader... The only way I can think to repay you... is with the offer of one more story.” -Joe Hill

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vivastory
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This book is excellent. I will probably finish it tonight. The Cape has a great twist that upon reflection is a narrative consistency.

rohit-sawant Love this one. I often dip into it for a reread. 3y
vivastory @rohit-sawant I finished it last night. Definitely a new favorite collection! Nearly every piece hits the right note. I can't wait for his new collection, & Tremblay's! 3y
vivastory @rohit-sawant Have you watched NOS4A2? I'm planning on checking it out this weekend 3y
rohit-sawant @vivastory Excited about Tremblay's collection too! And no, I'm holding off checking out the show until I finish the book. I'm over a quarter of the way in and it's crazy good! He mentioned in a video once that NOS4A2 was like his thesis on horror and him embracing his dad's legacy and it shows. Already a new favorite. 3y
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vivastory
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Leftcoastzen
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LibrarianRyan Love it!!!!!!! 😁😁😁🤣🤣🤣😁😁😁❤️❤️❤️ 3y
Soubhiville Very creative! Great job! 3y
LeahBergen Good one! 😆 3y
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JennyM 👌👏🏼👊 3y
Centique 😂😂🙌 3y
Reggie Lololol nice!!!! 3y
BarbaraBB Perfect 🤣 3y
BiblioLitten Well-played!! 😁😎 3y
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madamereadsalot1
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One of my favorite short story collections is on sale for $3 in e-book format! If you like weird and/or creepy, snag this one!
https://www.harpercollins.com/9780061804762/20th-century-ghosts/

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Gaylagal2
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Just a lovely, rainy second day of vacation. But I don't care🤓 I have a great new mug and delicious ghost stories from @Callemarie ! Thanks again 🤙
#AllHallowsReadSwap

Callemarie What a wonderful little picture. I'm so happy you're enjoying your gifts 4y
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Leftcoastzen
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#ghosts #Octoberxfiles Happy Sunday 👋Knew there would be haunted material at Half Price Books!👻

Robothugs That sounds interesting! 4y
Aims42 Love, love,love our Half Price Books 😍 4y
Leftcoastzen @Aims42 You never know what you might find, the 2 closest to me have different personalities,which is good. 4y
Aims42 @Leftcoastzen I completely agree! The one by my parent‘s old house (30 mins from me) has a different emphasis on certain genres compared to the one closest to me. The variation is nice 😃 4y
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madamereadsalot1
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Slacking again. Day 8 of #sisforseptember is #spooky and that's one of my favorite things.

This short story collection is full of fun little spine tingleing, skin prickling tales of messed up people and supernatural events. Love, love, love Hill's flavor of spooky!

@CaliforniaCay

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eanderson Oooo!!! Love it!!! 4y
Cinfhen Well played 👌🏽👻 4y
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Rissa1
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2🌟 This book just wasn't t for me. I don't care for generally care for short stories, but love horror. I thought this would be a nice change of pace.

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Rissa1
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My life today. I am day 2 into taking care of 2 kids AND a husband. Headphone are in place and I am entering a world more crazy than my own. #audiobooks

AmyG Yikes! Hope everyone is better soon. What would they do without you??? 4y
Rissa1 Hopefully he will at least be able to go to work on Monday. He may not be able to do much but, he should be able to do driving and paperwork. I love him, but questioning the way my daily routine works, is getting on my nerves. 4y
jfalkens Oh no! Hope everyone is better soon xXxX 4y
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LA_Mead
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@BookishTrish look what came in the mail! I love it!!! So excited to read this book and I love the bookmark too! #litsypenpals

BookishTrish So glad you like it! 4y
rather_be_reading cute bookmark! 4y
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candc320
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Picked up the final Joe Hill book I didn‘t already have!! Now I just need to find the time to read it!

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Crash
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In bed and ready to give myself the creeps.

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UglyOldBat
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Sweet Max loves books too!

#catsoflitsy

LA_Mead Pretty! 😻 5y
UglyOldBat @LA_Mead Thanks 😚 5y
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rohit-sawant
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"Joe Hill is one stealthy bastard."
This line from the introduction by Christopher Golden describes the tenor of this collection perfectly.
Every piece is a gem, unique, vivid and solidly written. What elevates the stories is their focus on the emotionality of the characters. The horror elements, when present, have a nuanced take. Most of the stories have only a smidge of the uncanny and take you through a gamut of feelings ?

rohit-sawant from revulsion, disquiet and dread to compassion, nostalgia, and much more.
My favorites were "20th Century Ghost," "Pop Art," "The Black Phone," "My Father's Mask" & "Voluntary Committal."
5y
rohit-sawant Also "You Will Hear the Locust Sing." Ah hell, all of them are favs. 5y
TrishB Great review 👍🏻 5y
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batsy Thoughtful review, as always! 5y
rohit-sawant @TrishB @batsy Thanks so much! 😊 5y
TobeyTheScavengerMonk Pop Art might be my all-time favorite short story. 5y
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Purplerosiepage
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I found this among the 200 unread books on my Nook, and I haven‘t read a short story collection this year... so... here we go.

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ericarobynreads
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Pickpick

20th Century Ghosts by Joe Hill is an awesome short story collection that has a little something for everyone! The stories range from sweet and heartfelt, to horrifying and unsettling. To top it all off, many of the stories have paranormal elements woven into them.

My full review here: http://www.ericarobynreads.com/2017/11/book-review-20th-century-ghosts-joe-hill....

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JoeStalksBeck
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This was layout no in my sister-in-laws table ! I was so excited when I seen it!

Reagan It‘s terrifying at points. 5y
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TrishB
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TricksyTails I love this book! Do you have a favorite story? 5y
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scripturient
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I was too tired last night to post this and couldn‘t do it earlier cause my battery was wheezing on its last four percent. But yes, this is me reading at the airport while waiting for a friend‘s plane to land. He had a two hour delay and this here felt like the middle of the night (even though it was only 10 PM). 😕 Thank God I had my book. 😁

Cinfhen Always need a book, especially when airlines are involved!!! 5y
Librariana Good to be prepared and have some quiet time to read! 😊 Glad your friend's flight landed safely despite the delay. 5y
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buecherwurm This airport looks so familiar to me but probably all airports look somewhat the same😕 Is this in Düsseldorf? 5y
scripturient @buecherwurm It actually is. Are you anywhere close? I‘m in Duisburg/Moers. 😊 5y
buecherwurm @scripturient yes, I recently moved to Düsseldorf but lived in the Ruhrgebiet before 😀 5y
julesG Düsseldorf airport! 😍 Such fond memories. 😁 @buecherwurm 5y
scripturient @buecherwurm Haha, awesome. 🙌🏻 I grew up in Bochum and work in Essen. It‘s a small world. 😊 5y
buecherwurm I grew up in Recklinghausen but my family is from Essen. My uncle lives in Bochum, I'll be there on saturday! 5y
scripturient @buecherwurm Cool. Whereabouts in Bochum? And don‘t say Wattenscheid now. 😂 5y
buecherwurm Wiemelhausen😀 5y
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scripturient
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Waiting for a friend and bridging the time with my book. 😍

Cathythoughts Enjoy 5y
Libby1 @scripturient - bridging the time. That‘s a lovely term. 5y
ericarobynreads Oooh!! I love that cover! 5y
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scripturient
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It‘s 2:30 AM here and I went back downstairs as my stupid cold had me coughing like an asthmatic hyaena and I didn‘t want to wake the whole house. So yes, here I am... reading. Well, what else? 😋😊 Sorry for the blurry picture. #litsypartyofone #sleepisoverrated

cobwebmoth Feel better soon! 5y
Prairiegirl_reading I hope you are feeling better soon!! 5y
TricksyTails I love this book! Hope it helps you feel better! Take care ☺️ 5y
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rwmg Get well soon 5y
Sarah83 How do you like this book? 5y
KaatjeH Hope you feel better soon! 5y
Anna40 Get well soon! 5y
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scripturient
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I‘ve stocked up on candy for the trick-or-treat-ers and the pumpkin is spooky enough, so let #AllHallowsRead begin. 🤓🎃 📖 🍫 🍷 Happy Halloween, my dears!!

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scripturient
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Tonight‘s entertainment, paired with episode three of Stranger Things 2. 🎃👻

Samantha.1020 I love Stranger Things- we are on episode 6 now! 5y
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Books_Wine_Repeat
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I loudly said, oh no, when I saw this and my son asked if I was ok. No! 😫😫😫 Is this the worst thing ever? Ugh! #firstworldproblems #overdrive

Johanna414 I had a student come running in to the library in a panic the other day because her book had expired and she was only halfway done with it. All I could do was commiserate since it had already been checked out by someone else as had the hard copy... 5y
Books_Wine_Repeat @Johanna414 Ugh!! I think I would do the same if I had the physical book. 5y
candc320 That happened to me when I checked out the audiobook version of It. I only made it about halfway through before it expired and now I‘ve been waiting to get it back for months! I‘m like #16 on 1 copy ☹️. 5y
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NadiaBatista
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Coming back to Litsy 😊
Just spent 15 hours on #deweys and I'm already missing it.

Going to continue with my current read, 20th Century Ghosts, by Joe Hill. I'm enjoying this a lot more than I thought I would 🤗

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RealBooks4ever
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Creepy stories! Favorites are; "You Will Hear the Locusts Sing", in which a teenage boy wakes up as a giant locust; "The Cape", where a child's blanket becomes more than a comforter; and "Last Breath", about an unusual museum holding nothing but bottles of dying people's last breaths. #hallowreads #ghastlyghosts

KCorter I loved The Cape and The Last Breath as well! The cape was actually written as a comic book too! 5y
RealBooks4ever @KCorter I didn't know that! Thx! 💜 5y
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