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Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore
Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore: A Novel | Matthew Sullivan
When a bookshop patron commits suicide, his favorite store clerk must unravel the puzzle he left behind in this fiendishly clever debut novel from an award-winning short story writer. Lydia Smith lives her life hiding in plain sight. A clerk at the Bright Ideas bookstore, she keeps a meticulously crafted existence among her beloved books, eccentric colleagues, and the BookFrogsthe lost and lonely regulars who spend every day marauding the stores overwhelmed shelves. But when Joey Molina, a young, beguiling BookFrog, kills himself in the bookstores upper room, Lydias life comes unglued. Always Joeys favorite bookseller, Lydia has been bequeathed his meager worldly possessions. Trinkets and books; the detritus of a lonely, uncared for man. But when Lydia flips through his books she finds them defaced in ways both disturbing and inexplicable. They reveal the psyche of a young man on the verge of an emotional reckoning. And they seem to contain a hidden message. What did Joey know? And what does it have to do with Lydia? As Lydia untangles the mystery of Joeys suicide, she unearths a long buried memory from her own violent childhood. Details from that one bloody night begin to circle back. Her distant father returns to the fold, along with an obsessive local cop, and the Hammerman, a murderer who came into Lydias life long ago and, as she soon discovers, never completely left. Bedazzling, addictive, and wildly clever, Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore is a heart-pounding mystery that perfectly captures the intellect and eccentricity of the bookstore milieu and will keep you guessing until the very last page.?
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Martta
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This wasn't at all what I expected but I loved it! This was way darker than I anticipated and reminded me of Romeo and Juliet for some reason even though the story is totally different. This is a book for thriller fans.

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Martta
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Best of Christmas! ❤🎄

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Martta
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My second choise for this Christmas's reading. I'm already hooked. I'm soooo happy with both of my choises! This and the Melinda Gates one. 😍

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OriginalCyn620
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Darker than I was expecting, but a decent mystery.

EvieBee Right? 3mo
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Julsmarshall
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Interesting. Loved the bookstore setting in Denver and the slow burn of the mystery. Didn‘t live how one dimensional some of the characters were, others were more fully crafted so it seemed a little disjointed. I did enjoy it though and it was good on audio. #BookspinBingo @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 3mo
EvieBee I liked this one. Unexpectedly dark but enjoyable. (edited) 3mo
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Julsmarshall
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Read-y_Picker
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My reward today was to finally take some time to go through my last #LMPBC package from @DinoMom

I just LOVED reading through the commentary on this book, kinda makes me wish I‘d sent it out first and then read it after you all marked it up.

Also filling my #littensdressedinblood prompt for #mugandbook. This is actually my first bookish mug and it looks to be the perfect shape and size for tea!

Thanks to you again Sharon and to all the GroupX

zezeki Love the bookmark! 😍 5mo
Read-y_Picker @zezeki yeah it‘s fantastic! Smells like a watermelon Jolly Rancher lol. @dinomom has mad bookmark game! 5mo
BookishTrish This is a lovely pic. ❤️❤️❤️ 5mo
brittanythebookdragon I LOOOVVVEEEEDDDD THIS BOOK!!!!! 5mo
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DinoMom
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Yay , no damage! Also @BookishTrish bribery in the form of nerds is always the way to go. Happy these two picks have arrived safely… see my last post!!! Someone at the post office spilled a lot of coffee on this package by the smell and look of it. Thanks @TheKidUpstairs and @Read-y_Picker for the picks.
#LMPBC #groupx11 @suvata

TheKidUpstairs Can't wait to read everyone's thoughts! 7mo
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BookishTrish
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It looks like it took its sweet time getting to NB, Sharon. Let me know if you got it! #lmpbc @DinoMom

DinoMom I will go check the P.O. Box tomorrow and let you know 7mo
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BookishTrish
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@DinoMom Thers an #lmpbc package heading your way.

DinoMom Yay! Thanks. 😊 8mo
DinoMom Just checking if you mailed it … this post was two weeks ago. No worries if you didn‘t yet, just wondering in case it is lost in the mail somewhere. 7mo
BookishTrish Totally mailed the day it was posted! I‘ll see if I have a tracking # 7mo
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BookishGirl06
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Bailedbailed

I‘m kind of bored by it.

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BookishGirl06
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Just started this, so idk how to feel about it yet since I‘m only 30 pages in but hoping this is ok.

Tianarose I enjoyed this one. Happy reading! 9mo
DanaManiac This was a good one! Not at all what I expected! 9mo
Scochrane26 I really liked this one, but it was a little different than I expected. 9mo
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kimmypete1
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Really enjoyed this! Not what I thought I was getting, but in this case that was for the better. #JoyousJanuary #Readathon

Gnora This one really surprised me because the cover & marketing really didn‘t match the story. 12mo
kimmypete1 @Gnora Yeah I wasn‘t expecting something so dark, but that was ok, I don‘t mind dark! 12mo
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glo1
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I'm housesitting so I get to remember what it's like to own pets, to have someone do excited when I walk in the door... I was interested in this book because of the Denver connection, but the audiobook is driving me crazy. The audiobook reader makes it seem like everyone talks VERY SLOWLY WITH LOTS OF PAUSES and I listen at 1.5x the usual speed!

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AutumnRLS
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Got some pretty sweet book swag this Christmas. This might be one of my favorites though!

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AutumnRLS
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Can I finish this before the end of the year? I hope so. This will round me out to an even 90 for the year.

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dariazeoli
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I‘m posting one book per day from my ever-increasing TBR. No description. No explanation. Just books to read. Join the fun if you want.

Day 17.

#fromthetbrstacks

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ChaoticMissAdventures
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Apparently I didn't read the synopsis of this because I didn't realize there was going to be so much murder 😂
Besides the murders it did remind me of working in a bookstore, all the quirky characters you meet and work with.
Overall a solid read. Not one I would shove on everyone but definitely would not discourage it.

monalyisha I remember thinking that this book had one of the most accurate depictions of what working in a bookstore is really like — not just idealized & bathed in golden, floating dust motes. ✨ I love it for that. 14mo
ChaoticMissAdventures @monalyisha same! I don't know anything about this author, but I would not be surprised if they have worked in a bookstore before. 14mo
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MaleficentBookDragon
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Is it wrong that I feel the same way?

LitStephanie I love how you crossed out the spoiler. 🤣 I used to love eating and reading on my breaks at the office. For some reason, I don't do it working from home. 1y
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ChaoticMissAdventures
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November is half over and it has so far been a terrible reading month. I have a table filled with books I had been hoping to get through. With the election and the craziness after it, and with a cat that has been sick all week, and too much work I am getting no reading done! Hoping to finish out the month stronger.

Soubhiville I hope your kitty feels better and that things calm down for you soon. 1y
valeriegeary I've been having a slow reading month too. Sorry to hear about your kitty. 1y
Kdgordon88 Hope you kitty is better soon and life gets easier for you. I wanted to say back to normal but who knows what normal is anymore...🤷🏻‍♀️😂 1y
ChaoticMissAdventures Thank you all! We had multiple trips to the vet earlier in the week and she is about 80% now. So much better. Hoping she is back to her feisty self in a day or two. Sick pets are the worst. We are headed into a 4week lock down so hoping my brain can lock into some good reads. ❤️ 1y
KendallHershey Omg this space is so cute though. Glad to hear kitty is doing okay. 1y
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MaleficentBookDragon
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Crap! I forgot book club got moved up a week. I need to switch off to this one.
Photobomb by Hades.

Leftcoastzen So cute that photo bomber 1y
iread2much Best photobomb! 1y
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EadieB
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Joey Molina kills himself in the bookstore's upper room. Lydia needs to know why. She finds clues in his books that are hidden messages. Is Lydia's life about to become unraveled?
The story is a bit dark and creepy for a bookstore novel. The characters are interesting and the plot keeps you guessing until the very end. Lots of mystery and intrigue keep the pages turning. I'm looking forward to reading Sullivan's next book. Recommended.

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EadieB
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1. Listening to this audio but haven‘t finished yet. It‘s about suicide in a bookstore and Lydia gets clues from pages of books. Dark and creepy but looking forward to the ending.

2. Hot tea and cinnamon raisin toast.

3. 1776 in Philadelphia where I was born.

#WondrousWednesday @Eggs Great questions

@TheSpineView Thanks for the tag!

Can you play? @DAB @CoffeeK8 @Hooked_on_books @eeclayton @La_Cori @eanderson @lynneamch @Blueberry @hes7 @Nute

ElizaMarie Ooo I haven't had Cinnamon Raisin Toast in forever!!! Now I am craving some!!!
Also this book sounds super good. I am gonna tag it for future reference!
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TheSpineView You're welcome! 1y
Nute Thanks for the tag!💕 1y
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EadieB @ElizaMarie Yes I have cinnamon raisin toast each morning with my tea! So good! 1y
EadieB @Nute you‘re welcome! 1y
eeclayton Thanks for the tag! 1y
Eggs Great answers! 🍵 and cinnamon raisin toast!!!!! 1y
EadieB @Eggs Thanks! 1y
EadieB @eeclayton You're welcome! 1y
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CatLass007
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@Schlinkles received this today. Thank you!! #WhoDunitTheSequel
@Librarybelle

Schlinkles Excellent! 1y
Librarybelle Yay! 1y
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ErinSueMreads
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I'm enjoying this one much more than I expected.

Rae2 Really? It started out kind of slow for me and I put it down. Maybe I will give it another try. 1y
ErinSueMreads @Rae2 I used to live in Denver so that's most of the appeal for me I think. You should check out the bookseller by Cynthia swanson 1y
HonestBibliophile I genuinely enjoy this book. 1y
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Scochrane26
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I don‘t remember why I bought this book, except maybe the cover & setting interested me. I‘m sure I thought it was a light mystery, but I‘ve seen reviews since then that warned me it‘s dark (the suicide mentioned on the back should have clued me in). Still a good story & interesting mystery. Don‘t want to give spoilers. This is my #bookspin for September. @TheAromaofBooks #bookspinbingo

MidnightBookGirl Definitely darker than I expected! But I also liked it.
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TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 1y
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Scochrane26
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It was a good book day for me yesterday. I went by the library to pick up a hold (bottom) & got to be the first one to check out A Rogue of One‘s Own. I was really excited to fill out out my #bookspinbingo board. I‘ve had both my bookspin books for about 2 years. The tagged I just put on my list this month, the other has been on there all year.

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perfectsinner
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I really enjoyed this book! There was a lot of depth, mystery and intrigue, and of course, the bonus that a lot of the story centers around a book store, always an added bonus. I enjoyed the characters and this was another book where there's a story within another story. I really was kept guessing until the very last chapters. I'd give this 4.5 stars, and recommend it to anyone who enjoys intrigue!

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perfectsinner
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Starting

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Foragingfantasy
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Pickpick

I enjoyed this little mystery.

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perfectsinner
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IamIamIam
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Pickpick

I LOVED this book!!!! I loved every character, I didn't see anything coming and I felt justified at the end! One of bookseller Lydia's favorite patrons commits suicide and leaves a trail of breadcrumbs for her to follow, intertwining everyone's lives in the book. A definite keep and read again, which says a lot!!

thegirlwiththelibrarybag Yes, I loved how this one wound together. 1y
IamIamIam @thegirlwiththelibrarybag It was really well done!! 😁😁 1y
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LindaMcGraw16
Mehso-so

I was prepared for this book to really lure me in, and while it was quite readable and I liked it ok, it just didn‘t deliver the can‘t put it down experience.

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ScientistSam
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Pickpick

This was a slow start but gripping once I got into it, and not at all what I expected from the cover. At times atmospheric and sad, at other times creepy as all get out (I made the mistake of reading this right before bed and got to the creepy part), it was absorbing but a bit of a downer for me. Between a pick and a so-so so I'll give it a pick.
#whodunitthesequel

annahenke I enjoyed this overall but had a similar reaction 2y
RiaWritten I liked this one a lot actually but also agree with all your complaints lol. I listened to the audiobook so maybe that helped? 2y
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ScientistSam @RiaWritten perhaps, as it would definitely be a different experience! 2y
robinb I enjoyed this too...but you‘re right...creepy. (And I don‘t do much creepy 🤣). 1y
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ferskner
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I expected this to be much lighter based on the cover, but it's a fairly dark mystery with a (mostly) solid premise. I'd be happy to read more from this author.

#pop20 #bookthathasabookonthecover #litsyatoz @BookishMarginalia #whodunitthesequel

Bette It was very different but I really liked it. 👍😊 2y
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CoffeeNBooks
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 📚❤️🙌🏻 2y
OriginalCyn620 I want to read this one! 2y
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BookishMe
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#MagicalMay Midnight #matbib
(re)Posting my own post from couple of years ago 😉😉

Eggs Perfection👏🏻👏🏻 2y
BookishMe @Eggs ❣️❣️ 2y
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Addison_Reads
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Interesting book that follows a bookstore worker trying to uncover the truth about a costumer who dies in her store. The book blends the past and present to unravel the mystery. Some parts are unbelievable, but it works for the story. There are lots of literary references mixed throughout, which I enjoyed.

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CuriousG
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A good book - not crazy gripping, but more than enough to keep me interested and listening. I don't usually do mysteries, but I can recommend this one!

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robinb

@ScientistSam I got your #whodunitthesequel off today. Looks like around next Wednesday for delivery. 🤞🤞 Sorry I forgot the pic, but just look for the usual purple and white polka dot package. 🤣🤣💕 Hugs to you!

@Librarybelle

ScientistSam @robinb it came! Thank you! 2y
robinb @ScientistSam yay! Thanks for letting me know. Enjoy! 2y
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robinb
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Pickpick

I enjoyed my latest #whodunitthesequel book, a twisty and eerie mystery (really TWO mysteries, a murder mystery and an identity mystery). Alternating between past and present events, Lydia (a bookstore worker) tries to unearth the real identity of a friend and why he committed suicide. In doing so, she reopens an horrific event from her own past. Very dark and a bit too coincidental but still nicely engrossing. 4/5⭐️

@Librarybelle @ScientistSam

Librarybelle Glad you enjoyed it! 2y
Crazeedi I liked this one too!! 2y
robinb @Crazeedi Good, right?! Hope you are well. 💕 2y
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robinb @Librarybelle 👍 Be well. 💕 2y
Librarybelle You too! 2y
Crazeedi @robinb yes I'm glad the warm weather on it's way! Take care of yourself 💖 2y
robinb @ScientistSam Are you still doing well? I‘ve had you on my mind. Are your PO deliveries still coming OK? I was thinking of going ahead and mailing this early, if you‘d like? Just let me know. Be safe. 💕 2y
ScientistSam @robinb still doing ok, thank you! Hunkered down. How about you? I seem to be getting deliveries just fine so feel free to send the book whenever works for you! 2y
robinb @ScientistSam Glad to hear! We‘re still doing OK. 🙂 I‘ll go ahead and get it out sometime this week...I‘ll let you know when to expect it. 👍😊 Hang in there. 💕 2y
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robinb
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Up next is my current #whodunitthesequel book. I‘m going in with no prior knowledge. 😳😊

#coverlove 💜
@Librarybelle

MissAimz_55 I loved this book 2y
robinb @MissAimz_55 oh good! Thanks for sharing! 😊😊 2y
BarbaraBB How are you doing Robin? I hope you and uit family are all well and holding up 💚🍀 2y
robinb @BarbaraBB Hi Barbara! We are doing OK. Hanging in there. I hope you are well too? Thanks for checking in. 💕😘 2y
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CuriousG
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Just about to start a new audiobook - hope this one can keep my attention better than most books have lately.

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abookishbutterfly
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What do you typically use for a bookmark? I definitely have a soft spot for real bookmarks, as opposed to the slips of paper and receipts my husband uses in his books. I recently participated in a bookmark exchange and the friend who selected my name sent me this gorgeous bookmark made by The Pampered Book! I was automatically in love when I saw it!

BarbaraTheBibliophage My favorites are postcards from my travels. 2y
MinnieTimperley I love a real bookmark but I am hopeless at using them. Have a stack by my bed but often fall asleep reading. That bookmark is wonderful, you have a great friend. 2y
Mrs_B That‘s such a pretty bookmark. I have a pack of cute “top trumps” cards - given to me as a very meaningful thank you - which are the perfect size. I get my husband to choose a new one for each new book. 2y
ShelleyBooksie Gorgeous book mark! Using real bookmarks is my fav but I've been known to grab a receipt or slip of paper as well . Sometimes I use one of my daughters small drawings. 2y
allureofbeauty I love that bookmark. 2y
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abookishbutterfly
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As I am sure is common for all of us, there are definitely certain tropes I gravitate towards in books! Let me tell you all about them in my latest video! https://youtu.be/Bs7wV78eGhE

#booktube #booktropes #favoritetropes #bookstorebooks #abductionstories #gothicmysteries #ghoststories #unsolvedmysteries #dogbooks

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ShyBookOwl
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It took me a while to get into this, but it was a good, dark & twisty mystery. Great use of the bookstore setting and the book puzzle trope. I'm realizing that I really like novels about women working in bookstores while dealing with past traumas... not exactly a genre listed on Goodreads haha

Meglet I tried this one 3 different times and just couldn‘t get into it. Maybe it still will get better, but it was taking too long to get there. 2y
Twainy I also had to attempt it more than once but it was a good solid book! 2y
ShyBookOwl @Meglet @Twainy Glad I'm not the only one. I'm not even sure why I had trouble at first but I'm glad I stuck with it! 2y
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RosaS
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Mehso-so

My first finished book of the year! Yay! Unfortunately I didn‘t enjoy it as much as I thought I would, the beginning was a bit slow and I wasn‘t a huge fan of how the ending turned out because it was a bit too predictable for my taste. A bit blah for me but then again it isn‘t my usual genre so that might also have something to do with it.

BookishMe GORGEOUS cover! 2y
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Pamwurtzler
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Sorry this is late - I got distracted by the holidays. It‘s coming your way, @ferskner ! #whodunitthesequel

Librarybelle 😁 2y
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MeJeMiller
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Pickpick

I didn‘t quite see where this book was going but I‘m glad I read it. It‘s a nice easy read for over New Years and I love book books. I liked the characters and wish I saw more of Raj sooner.