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The Grip of It
The Grip of It: A Novel | Jac Jemc
106 posts | 91 read | 116 to read
One of Nylon's "50 Books We Can't Wait To Read In 2017" One of Chicago Reader's "Books We Can't Wait To Read In 2017" A chilling literary horror novel about a young couple haunted by their newly purchased home Jac Jemcs The Grip of It tells the eerie story of a young couple haunted by their new home. Julie and James settle into a house in a small town outside the city where they met. The moveprompted by Jamess penchant for gambling, his inability to keep his impulses in checkis quick and seamless; both Julie and James are happy to leave behind their usual haunts and start afresh. But this house, which sits between lake and forest, has plans for the unsuspecting couple. As Julie and James try to settle into their home and their relationship, the house and its surrounding terrain become the locus of increasingly strange happenings. The architectureclaustrophobic, riddled with hidden rooms within roomsbecomes unrecognizable, decaying before their eyes. Stains are animated on the wallcontracting, expandingand map themselves onto Julies body in the form of bruises; mold spores taint the water that James pours from the sink. Together the couple embark on a panicked search for the source of their mutual torment, a journey that mires them in the history of their peculiar neighbors and the mysterious residents who lived in the house before Julie and James. Written in creepy, potent prose, The Grip of It is an enthralling, psychologically intense novel that deals in questions of home: how we make it and how it in turn makes us, inhabiting the bodies and the relationships we cherish.
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KadeLexical
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It is difficult to believe in any given trajectory, physics being an interpretation of the world and not an explanation.

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TheReadingMermaid
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With everything stated above I don't think I'm going to be recommending this book. I just have too many issues with it.

Please read my full review here:
https://tamarathereadingmermaid.weebly.com/book-reviews/the-grip-of-it-by-jac-je...

BlameJennyJane Great review! I, too, am a tad tired of the alternating POVs. Looks like this maybe a pass. 4mo
tammysue Great honest review, Tamara. I‘ve had this on my Oct reading list, now taking a pass on it. Thanks! 4mo
LaurensLibrary I wasn't crazy about this one, either 4mo
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Squidapus
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Squidapus understands how people can love or hate this book; he liked it quite a lot. A lot of his issues were easily looked past due to the overwhelming dread this book evokes with each passing page. Like the best horror it is focused on it's characters, the secrets between them and the relationship that hides under the surface which horror distressingly unearths. The prose is downright poetic (towards the end distractingly so) and evocative.

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Squidapus
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Squidapus has heard quite varying opinions on this book but figures he'd give it a shot himself. He really wants to read more horror/thriller books but has no real reference points lol.

CindyMyLifeIsLit This is on my tbr list—it looks fantastic!! 9mo
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taylorlynn
Grip of It | Jac Jemc
Mehso-so

This book started out with great potential I thought, I didn't mind the back and forth between characters In the chapters. It's a decent story about a couple having creepy and weird things happening in their new house. I had a lot of questions throughout the book, but the ending was abrupt and none of my questions really got answered.

Reggie Lol, right? No answers whatsoever. I‘m in a horror bookclub and all of us were frustrated with this one in the end. 9mo
taylorlynn Haha yeah, I got to the end and thought my book was missing chapters or something. 9mo
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4.5 🌟 - full review here:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31574739

Two things to know:
1. This was a rec from MyTbr.co. Now I can not only recommend this book, but also this service. Let an expert tell you what to read - try it!
2. If this book appeals to you at all, take some of that Christmas money you‘re about to get & spend it on this - you won‘t regret it.

Read this book! ❤️📚

Kaye I like these firm reviews like this, where a person really likes a book and ends up saying READ IT. 11mo
Sweettartlaura @Kaye glad you approve 👍🏻 11mo
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Sweettartlaura
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Vacation #TBR ❤️📚

Last night I hit my #MountTBR goal, and all my other challenges are satisfied for the year. Now I‘ve got free rein over allllll my books.

So from now until the New Year, I‘m working on:
My next two MyTBR.co picks
A book by a friend
A January book club pick
A couple auto purchases I had to put off
& some graphic novels.

One more day of work, & then all this ☝🏻🙌🏻❤️📚

Cinfhen I really really really liked 11mo
Sweettartlaura @Cinfhen yay 😁. Seems we‘re in sync these days, so here‘s hoping I like it just as much 🤞 11mo
Cinfhen Hope you like it!!! It was a hit or miss for lots of Littens 🤪 11mo
Sweettartlaura @Cinfhen it was a hit for me 🥰 10mo
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Sweettartlaura
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Hey, do you know about MyTbr.co? It‘s a service that gives Tailored Book Recommendations! You fill out a questionnaire, share some notes about yourself, and pick your service level. And then you get an email (or package of books) with recs based on your likes, dislikes, & willingness to try new things. I just got my first sets of recs, & I‘ve decided to treat myself to the books, too, & see how good my bibliotherapist is 😜. Check it out!

Beckys_Books Let us know what you think! 12mo
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danibolahood
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My pick is back and @BookishTrish once again you have been too generous 💜. I've been waiting to read an American Marriage since it came out. It was great to see everyone's thoughts on the book and I'm happy everyone seemed to enjoy it more then I did. I like Trish's idea to use the same notebooks on the second go around so we can all read the entries we didn't get to see.

#screamsbymail

danibolahood @ephemeralwaltz I'm almost finished the haunting of hill house so I'm going to send both books back to you together on Friday :) 13mo
BookishTrish So happy you haven‘t read it yet 13mo
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scripturient Wow, that was quick. I still have one round to go. 13mo
ephemeralwaltz @scripturient same! And sorry, I have The Fireman on a little hiatus. I'll get back to it very soon! 😅 13mo
ephemeralwaltz @danibolahood that's great! No rush! 😍😍 13mo
ephemeralwaltz And the notebook thing is a great idea if we have enough space!👏👏 13mo
scripturient @ephemeralwaltz No worries. I‘ve already read The Fireman so it will be a quick round for me anyways. :) 13mo
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FlowerFairy
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I‘m on Chapter 19 but not sure how I feel about this one. Right now, the writing style seems both too much and not enough. #spookathon

readordierachel I bailed on this one 🙊 13mo
FlowerFairy @readordierachel I‘m trying hard to stick with it, but not certain I will. Something needs to happen soon or I‘m gonna nope this one. 13mo
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Bertha_Mason

"I go back to the edge of the yard. I look for what Julie thought was a grave. I consider burying myself there. The idea of it sounds secure to me."
Mood.

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Bertha_Mason

"Something shifts in my mind, and James looks unusual, like my husband is being played by another actor, like swapped-out kids in a sitcom series."

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Bertha_Mason

"The nights like this start to line up like matchsticks, close together, hard to count."

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Tonton
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Mehso-so

Am teetering between Pick because it is so well written, and So-So because it didn‘t have that much of an impact for me; couple buys a house in the country and very much House of Blue Leaves mashup with Paranormal. Think it is scarier when read as how a marriage can fall apart. Cover is fantastic though!

Squidapus Cover convinced be to buy it honestly 13mo
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Bertha_Mason

"Shadows caw outside the window. I know what a shadow is."

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Bertha_Mason

"Something hides beneath her skin. Like a mouse running under a fitted sheet."

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Bertha_Mason

"On my first walk through the woods, I find neighbor kids playing a game called Murder. One kid has to hide and think up a way to have been killed. Then, the others have to guess how it happened. I can see only one of the children, hanging over a high branch. I hear the others below trying to determine how the body has gotten into the tree."
I wish I'd known about this game as a kid. It sounds fun.

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BookishTrish
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Mehso-so

A creepy, gripping (sorry) read with a better cover than it deserves. I couldn‘t put it down and was bitterly disappointed in the ending. Please, Paul Tremblay, can you write Rolf‘s story for me? #screamsbymail @danibolahood

RaimeyGallant Too bad. :( 14mo
danibolahood The only thing I liked about this one was the cover lol 14mo
vivastory I did like the alternating perspective in this 14mo
cathysaid Agreed 14mo
ephemeralwaltz 👍👍👍 14mo
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BookishTrish
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Starting my last read for Round One of #screamsbymail How‘s everyone else doing? I‘d love if we share our favourites from the round when we‘re all done.

BookishTrish @Lisas.Library It‘s one of the #horrorpostalbookclub I think @teebe set it up. @TheReadingMermaid hosts another set called #hgpbc (edited) 14mo
TheReadingMermaid *HGPBC 😉😁🤗 14mo
ephemeralwaltz Oh yay! Will definitely share when we finish. I'm one and a half picks away! 14mo
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BookDude
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Mehso-so

A haunted house story that‘s more about a couple drifting apart than ghosts. It‘s an unsettling book, and you‘re left to wonder at what‘s real and imagined. I was left feeling that the whole story was a metaphor for the dangers of trying to solve relationship troubles by buying a new house.

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annkuch13
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This certainly delivered in the creep factor, though a lot of that was the can't look away horror of watching the couple fall deeper into the mystery of this house. The alternating narration keeps you guessing along with them if they're crazy or if they're being haunted. The ending was a little unsatisfying but overall I quite liked this one.

annkuch13 @MinDea I think this one is worth reading. It definitely spooked me enough to be worried walking down a dark hall tonight haha. 14mo
MinDea 😆😆😆 Thanks for the heads up! I look forward to reading it! 14mo
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annkuch13
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I'm hoping this read proves to be creepier.

MinDea I am considering​ this book for my October stack. I hope it is too! 14mo
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Reggie
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BookishTrish, look away, don‘t comeback until you‘ve read the book. I‘m so glad I was near the end of this rotation for the comments in the journal that gave me so much joy. Clara, you really broke down every question I had about this book. And it was great to see how it affected everyone in different ways. Danielle, thanks for this book. I got sick after eating something today, and while reading this book, it just made me feel worse. Lol.P.s.👇🏼

Reggie I almost bought this journal while looking for journals for this group. It reminded me of Clive Barker who I love. Also, I‘m surprised nobody commented on the little doodle on the back of the pages that looks like something someone would have drawn on a wall, or maybe a stain coming out from the page. It was meant to go with this book. Thanks again, I‘m on the fence with this book but ultimately enjoyed it. #Screamsbymail (edited) 1y
kamoorephoto 👏👏👏👏👏👏👏 1y
ephemeralwaltz I love this post!! Thanks for sharing your comments. Glad you enjoyed it - this was a fun one! 1y
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danibolahood I'm glad you enjoyed it! I was worried after I read it that I picked a stinker but I think the majority thought it was at least ok 1y
MStew This is on my tbr, I'm glad it's good 😎 1y
Reggie @meghan2714 I did like it, but it might frustrate you. Most authors throw out arrows that come back and make a circle. This one throws out arrows in every direction and none of them come back. Lol 1y
MStew @Reggie 😂 I love the arrows description 😂, hmm well THAT would be really frustrating id be wondering what was happening🤔 1y
Reggie @BookishTrish by any chance have you gotten this yet? I sent it over a month ago. You‘re pretty good about posting that you got it or showing a stack saying you have your moose reads and screamsbymail books coming up. I don‘t even need a post. Just hope it‘s not lost in the mail. 14mo
BookishTrish @Reggie It arrived!!! I‘m starting it today 🙏 14mo
BookishTrish ...and I‘m ✅ 14mo
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GatheringBooks
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#HorrorPostalBookClub #ScreamsByMail @kamoorephoto the next book is going out to you all the way from Singapore. Am hoping the chocolates won‘t get too crushed by the time they reach you. And I think I forgot to fill out the postcard meant for @danibolahood - please feel free to write on it for Danielle. :)

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GatheringBooks
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#HeyJune Day 15: This is most definitely not an #IFeelFine moment, with unexplained bruises, strange guttural sounds, the gradual unstitching of one‘s consciousness, that everything else becomes frayed as one‘s sanity unravels before one‘s eyes, triggering a double vision of sorts that has serious creepazoid elements. I enjoyed this novel @danibolahood #ScreamsByMail. Sending the book over to you @kamoorephoto this week.

Cinfhen Oooh, maybe I‘ll use this for #spookyread #booked2018 1y
GatheringBooks @Cinfhen it is definitely a literary horror read - leaning heavily on the literary part, although the creepazoid vibe is definitely a notch high too. but not everyone enjoyed it, since there are many gaps in the story that did not seem resolved, too many questions unanswered - but i enjoyed its almost-stream-of-consciousness technique that revealed the inevitable unraveling of the mind. 1y
ephemeralwaltz Awesome review! Glad you enjoyed it. 1y
GhostStories You describe it (and the reasons people don‘t enjoy it) well! How did you do the graphics for the quote? It is perfect. 1y
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GhostStories
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Mehso-so

Perfect to read while in the process of buying our 1st home! Creepy, unsettling story about uncertainty, doubt, and secrets. I agree w/other reviews here that the ending got a bit “weird.” It became abstracted. @Howardsimmons and I read it 2x week for a month and it may be best read at a faster pace to get the flow, because that quality is there from page 1, growing as the characters lose their “grip.” Going to re-read as it has more to offer.

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GatheringBooks
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#ReadingResolutions Day 8: This is one of my #MostAnticipated read, especially since #HorrorPostalBookClub #ScreamsByMail book friend @scripturient was worried that it might not get here (Singapore) from Germany.

ephemeralwaltz Enjoy!! 1y
GatheringBooks @ephemeralwaltz thank you!! 😍 will probly get to this by next week or so. 🤞🏼 1y
ephemeralwaltz @GatheringBooks your food looks so good 😋😋😋 1y
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GatheringBooks
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#HorrorPostalBookClub #ScreamsByMail I Haz It!! I told ya, @scripturient - it will get here. I have faith in the reliability of the Singapore postal system. 😍🧚🏼‍♀️📚🤗

Cathythoughts 😂👍🏻📚 1y
Reggie Lol that journal looks awesome!!! 1y
scripturient Yay!!!!! 1y
vkois88 BOOK!! Holy cow, where did that come from??? I need one! 1y
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scripturient
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Hmmm, I‘m getting a bit worried about the package I sent on to @GatheringBooks It‘s been like ten days and tracking still only says that it was dropped off at the post office on 24th May. 🤷🏻‍♀️ Let‘s hope they simply forgot to scan it at the airport and that it‘s already in Singapore, read to be delivered. Positive thoughts! 🤔😕 #screamsbymail @kamoorephoto @Reggie @danibolahood @ephemeralwaltz @BookishTrish @teebe

GatheringBooks yup, it has not reached me yet, but deliveries here are fairly reliable, so am sure it has just been slightly delayed. 😍🧚🏼‍♀️ 1y
scripturient @GatheringBooks I mean, it usually takes about two weeks so that‘s okay. I‘m just worried because tracking doesn‘t change at all. :( But I trust it will get there soon. 😘 1y
BookishTrish 🤞🏻 1y
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Cathythoughts 🤞🏻🤞🏻🤞🏻it‘s just a question of time 👍🏻 1y
Sophoclessweetheart Fingers crossed 🤞 1y
scripturient It was scanned in Singapore today, @GatheringBooks 😅😃 1y
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Howardsimmons
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This book is very...gripping. (Ba-dum-dum. But seriously, it‘s pretty good!)

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Li_21
Mehso-so

This was between a pick and so-so because the ending annoyed me a little. I hoped for more but had moments where I was scared of being home alone lol. Quick read that took forever because of work but this is easily a one sitting book.

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Li_21
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This book is a breeze during the DAY, I wouldn't dare read this before bed. I'm a big chicken and I'm ok with it lol.

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scripturient
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This started out great but turned a bit weird towards the end. It did have me gripped though (pun intended) and the eerie uncertainty that weaves through the story definitely made this a very entertaining read. And look at that creepy cover art!

Heideschrampf Yeah. Way too creepy! 2y
RaimeyGallant Nice review (and pun.) 2y
aprilpohren Ohhh! This sounds good! 2y
monkeygirlsmama Stacking 2y
GhostStories Agree! 1y
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scripturient
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I‘m so enjoying this book! 😍😍

Cinfhen I love the cover, it‘s so compelling! 2y
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Grimscythe
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MommyOfTwo Scarlet ❤️ 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage Looking forward to hearing what you think of 2y
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melissa.drake
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Haunted houses are probably one of my favorite types of creepy reads and this literary horror novel was a #quickread that ticked that box quite nicely. It progressed briskly and maintained a tense, suspenseful atmosphere throughout!

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scripturient
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It‘s here, @ephemeralwaltz It actually got here a few days ago but I forgot to post about it. 🙈 Sorry. Can‘t wait to start this one. The story sound gripping (no pun intended). @GatheringBooks I sent out your next book yesterday but with the Easter weekend it might take a few days longer. Sorry about that!!!

TheWordJar Oooh, this was a good one! 😱😱😱 2y
CindyMyLifeIsLit Sounds awesome!! Added! 2y
GatheringBooks nice! :) will post once i receive it! :) 2y
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GatheringBooks and yup, absolutely no rush for you to finish this one. feel free to take the four-six weeks we are given. ;) 2y
scripturient @GatheringBooks Ok. 😊 I totally forgot to send The Girls along as I left it in the office. I promise to send it with the next round!! 🤗 2y
GatheringBooks @scripturient no worries!! :) totally forgot about it! thank you for even remembering. 😍😂😘 2y
ephemeralwaltz I hope you enjoy! I had a lot of fun with this one. 2y
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8leagueboot
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Forever reading horror novels in broad sunlight because I'm a big baby- I wasn't sold on the cadence of this book when I first picked it up, but now that I've adjusted to it, I'm finding that it has a wicked momentum.

Alfoster Great pic!😳😳 2y
ohyeahthatgirl I love Jemc's style. I'm interested to hear how you feel about the ending! 2y
batsy I can't read horror or even remotely horrorish novels any other way! ☀️☀️☀️ 2y
GhostStories This picture 💯 2y
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Rockconey
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Finished. Not rating yet. I need to think about this one, but as you can see, I‘ve made many notes.

8leagueboot I had such mixed feelings about it! 2y
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ephemeralwaltz
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I just finished the tagged book so here are my #FebStats! A pretty good reading month for me 🎉 Thanks for hosting #ReadingResolutions @Jess7 I'll be joining you in March.

@scripturient I'll be putting your next #HorrorPost #ScreamsbyMail book in the mail next week! A bit early but it was such a quick read 👻👻

Jess7 🤗🤗🤗🤗 2y
Andrew65 Well done on an excellent month 👏 2y
scripturient Looking forward to it. 😊 2y
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Kalalalatja Looks like a good month! 2y
scripturient Hey Clara, when did you send it. Just checking to calculate when it will get here as I‘m going on holiday on Saturday. But don‘t worry- my neighbours will sign for any mail coming in. Still, if you could maybe check tracking that would be great. 😊 2y
ephemeralwaltz @scripturient Stephanie I haven't sent it yet because I didn't have the time to go to the post office last week, sorry!. I was thinking of sending it this week, probably tomorrow or Wednesday. Do you want me to wait until you get back?? 2y
scripturient @ephemeralwaltz Yes, it might be better to wait till middle of next week maybe. If that‘s okay? :) 2y
ephemeralwaltz That's no problem at all! I'll make a note to send it out next week!🙌 Have a great holiday😘 2y
scripturient @ephemeralwaltz Thank you so much! 😘 2y
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TheWordJar
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Guess who has a few minutes to read while waiting in the car right now? And guess who‘s thankful she requested the Kindle Paperwhite with light instead of the plain ol‘ Kindle for her birthday, as suggested by so many brilliant Littens? (It‘s me!)

Also, “Nothin‘ at all. That house is fine,” is never a reassuring or believable answer when asking what‘s wrong with your obviously troubled house.

Kaye The Paperwhite is really handy with the light. I like mine. I need to remember to use it more often though. 2y
Tanisha_A @Kaye Hahaha, same! I just forget to use it. 😂 2y
TheWordJar @Kaye @Tanisha_A I‘ve only had it for about a month now, and this is the first opportunity I‘ve had to use the light. Otherwise, I have the light turned all the way down. I‘m not sure how much I‘ll use the light, but definitely handy to have! 2y
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"The worst nightmare appeared to be recognizing how you wanted the world to change."

Pruzy This was a really great book! 2y
ephemeralwaltz @Pruzy I'm almost done with it and so curious to see how it ends! Because I'm enjoying it a lot so far. 2y
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This was tempting me too much and I'm already 100 pages in. The chapters are very short so it's great for days like today when I don't have much reading time! #HorrorPost #ScreamsbyMail

@danibolahood @kamoorephoto @BookishTrish @GatheringBooks @Reggie @teebe

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Even reading this during sunny daytime couldn‘t assuage the creeping dread. Masterful.

RaimeyGallant Love the title. And a belated welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon Some of us put together Litsy tips to help new Littens navigate the site. It's the link in my bio on my page in case you need it. 2y
SassyBookworm Welcome to Litsy!!! The best bookish community ever!!! 2y
CSeydel Welcome to Litsy! 2y
ReadingOver50 This book looks cool 😎 2y
Kaye Welcome🌸 2y
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ephemeralwaltz
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Such a nice surprise to come home to so much Litsy mail! My first read for the #HorrorPost bookclub from @danibolahood - I'm SO excited to read this - I haven't read a good horror novel in such a long time. The journal is also great! And our last pick for the #LMPBC #groupU is also here - I'll be reading it soon and sending it back to it's original owner @Simona! Thanks for a lovely round ladies @ju.ca.no @julesG @suvata thank you for organizing!

ju.ca.no Great 😊 I won‘t be able the finish the last book in time, but I think I will be able to finish it next week 😊 2y
ephemeralwaltz @ju.ca.no don't worry! Since it's the last one you should definitely take your time! I also don't think I can read mine this week, but I will send it back by the beginning of March at the latest! 🙌 2y
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danibolahood Yay!!!! I'm glad it got there safe and sound 😊 2y
ephemeralwaltz Plus I also got a letter from @Read-eat-travel-repeat!🙌 Thanks Michele! 2y
scripturient Oooooh, this looks amazing!!! 😍 2y
GatheringBooks whoa! looking forward to this too! ;) 2y
Simona Enjoy 😘 2y
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Rockconey
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So excited to get started on this!

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LastSplash
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I don‘t often engage with horror stories because I don‘t have much of a stomach for them. This was a compelling read, though; it‘s as much an exploration of the day-to-day discomforts that haunt a marriage as it is an account of the purchase of a haunted house. It‘s truly frightening at times, though less so than, say, House of Leaves or I‘m Thinking of Ending Things. Readers are privy to first POV for both husband and wife- a great choice.

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