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Book of Speculation
Book of Speculation | Erika Swyler
One of BuzzFeed's 24 Best Fiction Books of 2015"As Simon, a lonely research librarian, searches frantically for the key to a curse that might be killing the women in his family, he learns strange and fascinating secrets about their past. A tale full of magic and family mystery, "The Book of Speculation" will keep you up all night reading." Isaac Fitzgerald, BuzzFeed Simon Watson, a young librarian, lives alone in a house that is slowly crumbling toward the Long Island Sound. His parents are long dead. His mother, a circus mermaid who made her living by holding her breath, drowned in the very water his house overlooks. His younger sister, Enola, ran off six years ago and now reads tarot cards for a traveling carnival.One June day, an old book arrives on Simon's doorstep, sent by an antiquarian bookseller who purchased it on speculation. Fragile and water damaged, the book is a log from the owner of a traveling carnival in the 1700s, who reports strange and magical things, including the drowning death of a circus mermaid. Since then, generations of "mermaids" in Simon's family have drowned--always on July 24, which is only weeks away.As his friend Alice looks on with alarm, Simon becomes increasingly worried about his sister. Could there be a curse on Simon's family? What does it have to do with the book, and can he get to the heart of the mystery in time to save Enola? In the tradition of Sara Gruen's "Water for Elephants, "Erin Morgenstern's "The Night Circus, "and Elizabeth Kostova's "The Historian, The Book of Speculation"--with two-color illustrations by the author--is Erika Swyler's moving debut novel about the power of books, family, and magic.
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Pageturner1
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found this at dollar tree store for $1.25! 😃
#dollartreebookfinds

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BarbaraJean
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This was a low pick for me. It was fascinating & a bit quirky, a family saga with interwoven timelines gradually revealing the secrets of the past—and a mysterious book at the heart of it all. Following the family through its lost history was interesting, but I didn‘t connect with it as much as I wanted to. The characters felt a bit distant. The settings were so rich & vivid, though—I‘d love to see a film adaptation! This was my June #DoubleSpin.

monalyisha Did you read her other one? (I loved that one, so I‘m wondering if it‘s her writing you‘re not blown away by or just this specific book.) 4mo
BarbaraJean @monalyisha I haven‘t read her other one—hadn‘t heard of it! Honestly I think it‘s just this specific book. I can‘t think of any issues I had with the writing, just a sense of disconnection with the book overall. I wasn‘t turned off to her as a writer, and I‘d be interested to see how I feel about this other one. 4mo
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Bookgoil
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I‘m a little late but I read 29 books in August a lot less than normal but between COVID and starting a new job (which I LOVE!) I‘ve found less time and space in my brain to read at times.

I read so many great books though!
Some stand outs:

Graphic novels:
• Isla to Island
• Little Monarchs

Audiobooks:
• Obie is Man Enough
• Thanks a Lot Universe
• The Book of Speculation
• All Systems Red

lots of great books but those are my standouts!

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BarbaraJean
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I‘ve cleared the decks on my fiction reading, so I‘m deciding what to read next. I pulled these five from the shelf; all of them are on my June #BookSpin list and I‘m not sure which I‘m most in the mood for. After looking through Goodreads and Litsy reviews/ratings, I think I‘ve narrowed it down to the three in the foreground… now to read the first few paragraphs of each and see which pulls me in. What‘s your method for picking your next read?

HeatherBookNerd Crossing to Safety is marvelous. 8mo
Centique Repeating what @HeatherBookNerd said! 8mo
BarbaraJean @HeatherBookNerd @Centique That‘s the one I ended up picking! It‘s lovely so far. 8mo
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Gissy
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See the beautiful surprises inside the sss box?@SpeculativeSpringSwap 📦 Definitely, I love the books! Great selection!👌Awe! Love the stationary items, the journal, the notepad, the pencils!😱perfect😍The candle🕯smells so good and I love the socks! 🧦🧦I already tasted the hazelnut toffee😋I love to try goodies that are typical from my match state, in this case Oregon. Thank you so much @kdgordon88 I really really love everything! 🥰
@Avanders

Deblovestoread I‘m so glad you like everything! It was a fun box to put together. Happy Easter 🐣 10mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Awesome 💛 10mo
LeahBergen Lovely gifts! 10mo
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Gissy @Kdgordon88 Than you so much! I‘m planning to read The School for Good Mothers on May because we celebrate Mother‘s Day so it will be fun and interesting to read it! ☺️ 10mo
Gissy @LeahBergen @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thank you! 🤗📚❤️ 10mo
Avanders Oooh fun!! 😍😍🔮🧬🦠 10mo
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sprainedbrain
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“Perhaps the book opened a door; books have a way of causing ripples.”

This one checked many of my favorite boxes:

✔️ Dual timelines
✔️ Fascinating historical fiction
✔️ Engaging modern characters
✔️ Book about books
✔️ Touch of magic and whimsy

I may have been the last person on earth to read it, but I listened to the audio and really enjoyed it.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Scochrane26 I started it earlier this year, but got distracted by other books. Wasn‘t in the mood at the time but will eventually read it. 1y
Sweettartlaura There is a prequel/short story for this. Seek it out - you will love it ♥️ 1y
Jas16 Definitely not the last person on earth to read this. It is on my October TBR. (edited) 1y
Liz_M Heh. I've never even heard of this, let alone read it. 😁 1y
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Laughterhp
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Mehso-so

Finished this earlier this week. I wish I liked this more than I actually did. I really didn‘t like the main character and didn‘t connect with him. I definitely liked the back in time, circus storyline better.

Honestly, I was just glad to get this one off my TBR.

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Kappadeemom
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Got the #LMPBC book today! Thank you @suvata

suvata 👍🏻 1y
Readergrrl Great book! 1y
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suvata
Book of Speculation | Erika Swyler
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suvata
Book of Speculation | Erika Swyler
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• Read in August 2021 for Litsy Markup Postal Book Club #LMPBC Round 12 - #GroupC

From Kirkus:
“When a young librarian comes into possession of the diary of a traveling circus from more than 200 years ago, he decides the book may hold clues to a family mystery he needs to solve to save his sister‘s life.”

Note: I won‘t post past here on Litsy so as not to giveaway any spoilers.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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DarcysMom
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@suvata the book was shipped today. You should receive it by Friday.
#LMPBC @Pageturner1 @Kappadeemom

suvata Yay 😀 1y
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DarcysMom
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Pageturner1 your book on way promise 1y
DarcysMom @Pageturner1 No problem! 1y
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DinoMom
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Love this quote! So much truth! #bookquotes #quotes #theloveofbooks

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suvata
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#LMPBC Round 12 - #Group C
@pageturner1 @DarcysMom @suvata @Kappadeemom

Good so far? Let me know if I need to change anything.

DarcysMom Looks awesome! I am excited for this round! 2y
suvata @DarcysMom Me too 2y
Pageturner1 @suvata i like the whispering house 2y
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DarcysMom @Pageturner1 The books @suvata has posted have already been picked. You need to let her know what book you will be reading first and then sending on. 2y
Pageturner1 @DarcysMom Duh! what am i thinking? 2y
DarcysMom @Pageturner1 That all the books look too good to narrow down. 🤣 2y
Pageturner1 yes exactly @DarcysMom 😀 2y
suvata @Pageturner1 Perfect 👍🏻 2y
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DinoMom
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I love summer. I get to have more reading time! Yesterday I read while he was at soccer practice and today he wanted to go swimming. The pool is only 68 degrees 🥶! So I said go ahead, I think I will just wait until it warms a little more 😳! However that means I can sit and read. 📚 Yay!

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DinoMom
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Getting some reading and sitting back relaxing with my feet up time while my little guy is at soccer ⚽️. #momlife

ShelleyBooksie Looooove those sandals- where did you find @DinoMom ? Also, your toes look pretty. 2y
DinoMom @ShelleyBooksie Walmart! They come in pink, blue, black and white. Only $10. I bought one in each color, as it is so rare I can find shoes that actually fit my stupidly shaped feet 🦶🤪. Thanks, I did a Gelmoment pedicure, turned out decent. (edited) 2y
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DinoMom
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I hate when they put stickers on books! You peel them off and they either leave a sticky film, leave the white backing or sometimes even peel off the part of the cover. This book was a gift so I can‘t really complain too much , but it is just one of those things that annoy me . LOL.

AmyG Drives me nuts. 2y
AmyG Deives me nuts. 2y
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Someone said to use a hairdryer to get the stickers off books. That might work. 2y
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canbku Oh but I loved this book 2y
Scochrane26 Goo-gone works well. Only need a tiny bit. 2y
Aims42 Hit the sticker with a hairdryer for 15-20 seconds, then peel off. Dip a Q-tip into Goo-Gone and rub away any reside. Works great!! 2y
Aims42 Hit the sticker with a hairdryer for 15-20 seconds, then peel off. Dip a q-tip into Goo-Gone and rub away any reside. Works great!! 2y
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Sharpeipup
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Finally...An independent bookstore near me!

veritysalter Did you buy anything? 2y
Sharpeipup @veritysalter No actually. It became really crowded so I left. 2y
veritysalter Oh that‘s a shame, it looks so nice. I miss book shops, I can be in there hours. Hope you get to explore when it‘s less busy. 📚 2y
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Texreader
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Thank you so much @BennettBookworm for this lovely book (and the adorable bookmark)!! I‘m so happy to have won the drawing and so awesome of you to do this giveaway!! I look forward to reading it!!

BennettBookworm Yayyyy so happy! You‘re so welcome ❤️ 2y
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smjohns
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I ended up loving this book, although at the beginning it was a a toss up. Each chapter rotates between past and present. Full of carnival lore, tarot cards and mermaid women, it was hard to put down.

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wanderinglynn
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Interesting premise—mysterious book, mermaids, traveling carnival. Lackluster execution.

I realized I was forcing myself to keep reading, so I finally bailed at 50%. I did skim the last chapter and felt weary that I wasted so much time even reading 50%.

Peddler410 Sorry you didn‘t enjoy it. 3y
wanderinglynn @Peddler410 it happens. I‘m sure other people loved it. 3y
LL1964 I felt the same way about this one. I used an audible credit on it too! 3y
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wanderinglynn @LL1964 if you didn‘t like it, you can request a refund on Audible. 3y
juliekay I‘ve had this on my TBR list for a long time because it sounded good. If I see a lackluster review, I usually I pass on it. Thank you for saving me time and money. 3y
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wanderinglynn
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Trying to get one more book read before the end of the month. Can I do it? 🤔🤷🏼‍♀️

If I finish it, I‘ll get another path done on my Book Pathfinder word journey! #readinggoals

Cinfhen Yes you can!!!! 3y
TheSpineView Yes!!👍🙌 3y
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Panpan

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This book was not at all what I was expecting, and honestly quite weird. The writing wasn‘t my favorite, though I really liked some of the characters. #bookspinbingo

TheAromaofBooks Hate it when a book doesn't play out right!! 3y
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AmyK1
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Mehso-so

The story was decent-I wanted to keep reading to see how everything fit together. But it was a weird book. And tarot cards & family curses are really not my thing. But it gave me my first bingo for #bookspinbingo. @TheAromaofBooks

UwannaPublishme Yay! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 3y
TheAromaofBooks Yay bingo!!! 3y
Megabooks 🎉🎉🎉🎉 3y
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Tera66
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Pickpick

I really really liked this book. I was so excited when it came out, and I think I even paid full price for the ebook, and I hardly ever. But I think I expected too much and so didn't BIG LOVE this book. But its great. Tarot cards, mermaids and deep dark family secrets!

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BennettBookworm
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Panpan

This book was....weird. I can‘t say I enjoyed it. The ending was somewhat satisfying, though.
Maybe it‘s just that I don‘t believe in curses...🤔

la_rose_noire The cover is so beautiful though! 3y
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Dramatictara
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Pickpick

Awesome book...don‘t believe the negative reviews! ❤️ the mystery, love story and magical mermaids!

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Moniel
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Picked this one up Target 🎯, hope it‘s good.

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Jenny
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Managed 3 books in February. Liked all three of them too!

thebluestocking It‘s a good month when you like all the books you read. 💙 3y
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LauraJ
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Waiting to see a new therapist. The waiting room reading material does not inspire confidence.

LiteraryinLawrence So true! Hope your session goes well. 💗 3y
Bookwomble Yikes! I hope you have a good experience with the actual therapist 🙂 3y
FlowerFairy Good luck! 🍀 Hope it goes well! I have this one on Mount TBR. Looking forward to it. 3y
Eggbeater 😂 You should bring that in with you and lead with it! 3y
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Dramatictara
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So far ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Hollie
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I was bummed today that my #botm box still isn‘t here...but a package from Misty made my day! After the stress of finals grading, coming home to a box with books and goodies was perfect. I wish I had snapped a pic with the beautiful wrapping paper! Thank you so much @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ♥️♥️♥️

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks You‘re welcome!!! I‘m sorry about your day! I hope you didn‘t have these! Merry Christmas sweet friend 😘💗 3y
Hollie @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I didn‘t, but now I do! Merry Christmas to you, my sweet friend! ♥️😘 3y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Hollie I was hoping your list was up to date!! 🤞🏻 Love you ❤️ 3y
linipanini I‘ve heard that Beloved is wild 😂 3y
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nichollinlove
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Pickpick

This story was enchanting. Bright, imaginative characters that really came to life. Their intertwined fates paired with curses and magic really gave the plot it's roots. Sadness and hope braided tightly together through time. I only wished the author had spent more time on the "what's next" part for the characters.

You can read this book at leisure but you'll also find yourself with an itch to see where the next chapter is taking you. ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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GatheringBooks
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#GratefulReads Day 2: My #PreferredGenre is best described by tagged book - a topic of speculation because I pretty much read anything and everything: literary fiction, horror, mystery, biographies/memoir, graphic novels, picturebooks, fantasy, poetry. See my book stack from #BigBadWolf in Dubai. Pretty much demonstrates that range. Posting my book hunting loot very soon!!

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Lots of good ones!! 📚📚 3y
OriginalCyn620 🙌🏻📚❤️ 3y
GatheringBooks @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks slightly more pricey than the ones found in KL but still very reasonable. more than anything i am just relieved there is a version of big bad wolf here @OriginalCyn620 3y
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TheSpineView
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My Book Outlet order came today! Wahoo! 💜📚💜

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jen_the_scribe
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Erika Swyler's writing style is the kind that has you yearning for her words. I craved this story whenever my responsibilities called and I was forced to put it down for a while. A lonely librarian makes for an intriguing protagonist especially as he searches for answers down a long line of family tragedies. There's a profound sadness to this story, but there's magic sprinkled in.

Scochrane26 You should definitely read her Light from Other Stars. It‘s sci-fi, but I focused on the relationships in the story. 3y
jen_the_scribe @Scochrane26 I like sci-fi so it sounds perfect. Adding it to my wish list now! 3y
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jen_the_scribe
Book of Speculation | Erika Swyler

"Because there are things you do for people you've known your whole life. You let them save you, you put them in your books, and you let each other begin again, clean."

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jen_the_scribe
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"We carry our families like anchors, rooting us in storms, making sure we never drift from where and who we are."

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jen_the_scribe
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"We would bury ourselves in books until flesh and paper became one and ink and blood at last ran together."

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jen_the_scribe
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My husband thinks I have a problem, but I'm loving my growing book sleeve collection. Most are from Book Beau, but the galaxy one up top and the one most to the bottom are both from a lovely Etsy shop called Fabric Bound.

#booksleeveobsession

TheLibrarian I have a bunch of booksleeves too. Love them! 3y
jen_the_scribe @TheLibrarian Other than books, it's probably what I'll splurge money on the most lol 3y
erzascarletbookgasm Your book sleeves are gorgeous, especially the galaxy one! I love collecting them too. 3y
jen_the_scribe @erzascarletbookgasm Thank you! That's my newest one and I think my favorite so far 😊 3y
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"'My family is a little dark,' I say. 'But even Pandora's box had hope.'"

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jillannjohn
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#SFMBC package has arrived! Thank you so much @ReadingRover for the extra goodies! I‘m SO excited about the nail wraps!! Everything is so cute. 🦄💗

Avanders Yay!! 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽 And sorry for my confusion.. I was looking at sept 18, not 19! 😬 3y
Avanders Hiya Jill — just checking in re your SFMBC package to Chrys — has it been sent? Also, have you received something for November yet? Thanks! ♥️ (edited) 3y
jillannjohn @avanders I‘ll be sending it out Monday. 3y
jillannjohn @Avanders I might be losing my mind but I think I sent that package already. Maybe. I just got the book I have a month ago. 3y
Avanders @jillannjohn 🤔 lol well, you should have sent Lud-in-the-Mist and received Nyxia... 😁 3y
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jen_the_scribe
Book of Speculation | Erika Swyler

"Despite my memories and their flashes of warmth, the picture shows my mother was not a happy woman. Not something on which I ever dwelled. It's brutal to realize that someone might find a life with you in it unbearable."

Oh, my heart.

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jen_the_scribe
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Enjoying my book in a rocking chair out on the patio. It's been a rainy day too. The perfect Saturday.

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jen_the_scribe
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Tackling my stack of books, I decided to start with this gem. I thought about what Stephen King says about the first line in a story, and the first line in this one intrigued me the most.

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LaraS
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I almost forgot about this book until I saw the #screamathonPhotoChallenge prompt for the day. Hard book to forget, it was a really interesting story!

alisiakae 💜🔮 3y
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sherryvdh
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📖 Tagged
📽 Inside Out
🎼 Cathy's Clown by The Everly Brothers
#manicmonday @JoScho

JoScho Thanks for playing 💙🤡💙 3y
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megnews
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#7days7covers

If anyone else cares to play along, post 7 favorite covers for 7 days, no explanation.

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#lilithjuly #GetUrFreakOn
Loved this family story, that has a touch of magic and a whole lot of melancholy. Mysterious old books, a crumbling home, complicated families, carnival folk, the ocean.... what‘s not to like!?
This story was written so beautifully. And I was drawn as equally to Simon the librarian's present day tale as he searches to uncover his family secrets, as I was to his ancestor's story of 1700's carnival life. Really lovely. 💕

ValerieAndBooks This is in my TBR! I was actually gazing over to it the other day wondering if I should move it up from the pile it was in 😂! 4y
KarenUK @ValerieAndBooks maybe it‘s a sign! 😂💕 4y
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