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A Discovery of Witches
A Discovery of Witches: A Novel | Deborah Harkness
A richly inventive novel about a centuries-old vampire, a spellbound witch, and the mysterious manuscript that draws them together. Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library. Diana has stumbled upon a coveted treasure lost for centuries-and she is the only creature who can break its spell. Debut novelist Deborah Harkness has crafted a mesmerizing and addictive read, equal parts history and magic, romance and suspense. Diana is a bold heroine who meets her equal in vampire geneticist Matthew Clairmont, and gradually warms up to him as their alliance deepens into an intimacy that violates age-old taboos. This smart, sophisticated story harks back to the novels of Anne Rice, but it is as contemporary and sensual as the Twilight series-with an extra serving of historical realism.
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lil1inblue
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Thanks for the tag, @eggs!
1. My unusual talent is that I can write backwards (mirrored) in cursive. (Like Da Vinci only not as smart. 😂)
2. Diana Bishop's magical powers are activated in A Discovery of Witches. Love this book, and the rest of the series.
#two4tuesday

TheSpineView Cool talent! 😎 Thanks for playing! 2w
AmyG Wow…that is a talent. 2w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Wow! So cool 😎 ✍️ 2w
Eggs Awesome 👏🏻 2w
lil1inblue @thespineview @amyg @alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @eggs Haha. Thanks! It's kind of a party trick. 😎 2w
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deeannloso
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Bailedbailed

I‘m going to leave this one for a while. It‘s a really dense book and I don‘t have the bandwidth right now to retain all the information. I‘ll come back to it later.

deeannloso @dabbe 👍🏻😊 1mo
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deeannloso
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In this tale of passion and obsession, Diana Bishop, a young scholar and a descendant of witches, discovers a long-lost and enchanted alchemical manuscript, Ashmole 782, deep in Oxford's Bodleian Library. Its reappearance summons a fantastical underworld, which she navigates with her leading man, vampire geneticist Matthew Clairmont.

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DebbieGrillo
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1. A Biblical character.

2. How about a book I love with an author who has the same first name as me?

#Two4Tuesday @TheSpineView

TheSpineView An author works! Thanks for playing 2mo
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SlytherinBookLady
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Pickpick

Holy!!!! The research that went into this series… oh my word!! I absolutely loved the first book. I will be reading the others. The tv series is so good too if you haven‘t watched it. If you love the paranormal you absolutely have to pick this series up, then go watch the tv show!!! You can‘t tell, but my is annotated fairly heavily. There‘s so much stuff that happens that I had to mark!

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jackilynn
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Finally a new one. Yipee!!!! Of course I tried to preorder it already but the links aren't up yet 😩

Meshell1313 Oh good news indeed! Thanks for sharing!! 5mo
jackilynn @Meshell1313 Your welcome! I was super excited when I saw the cover releases this morning and I figured if anyone else would be just as excited they would be found on Litsy lol 5mo
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ReadingVampire
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Mehso-so

Diving into 'A Discovery of Witches' was like embarking on a magical mystery tour - a whirlwind of fantasy, romance, and scholarly secrets! But whoa, the storytelling was a bumpy ride, hopping from a vampire's bird's-eye view to inside a witch's mind. Plus, it was like getting lost in a maze of too many details & thoughts on repeat. Wished for a snappier, more spellbinding journey through this enchanting world! Loved the narrator of the audiobook!

Captivatedbybooks This is the few times i‘ll say the tv show was 10000xs better 6mo
ReadingVampire @Captivatedbybooks 💯 agree! 👍🏻 6mo
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JessClark78
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Pickpick

‘It begins with absence and desire.
It begins with blood and fear.
It begins with a discovery of witches.‘

Always a great read. Love how detailed the writing is.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

#RushAThon #31by31 #SpookOWeen #Witchathon
#Falling4Books #20in4 #FinalStretchathon
#SeriesLove2023 #Scarathlon2023
Related to Halloween +25
#ScarathlonWordSearch (2,056) +20,560

+20,586 points #HHC #HalloweenHexesCoven

Read4life 🍁👻🎃 7mo
annahenke I just finished watching the tv adaptation on Max and adored it! So true to the spirit of the books. 7mo
Texreader @annahenke I adored the tv series as well. I want to reread the series but mom has my books. 7mo
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TheSpineView Fantastic! 7mo
Andrew65 I started reading this two years ago then got COvID which wiped me out for over a month and never got back to it. I really need to go back and start this again as I was enjoying it, 7mo
dabbe 🧡🖤💜 7mo
Catsandbooks 🙌🏼🦇🧡 7mo
DieAReader 🥳🥳🥳 7mo
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JessClark78
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Finally opened one of my Monster Cereals. Had a bowl of Boo Berry, now I‘m ready to finish A Discovery of Witches.

#RushAThon #31by31 #SpookOWeen #Witchathon
#Falling4Books #FinalStrecthathon #20in4
#Scarathlon2023 #HalloweenBucketList

+11 points #HHC #HalloweenHexesCoven

dabbe 🖤💜🖤 7mo
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Lizpixie
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I finished S3 of the tv series on Friday. It‘s been a few days of mayhem here so I‘m posting everything now, sorry about the flood of posts! #Scarathlon #SpookyGhostClub 71pts

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Lizpixie
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Finished Season 2 of the TV series last night. Just finishing up Season 3 which I‘ll post later, then I‘m planning on watching The Fall Of The House Of Usher tonight. Looks really good from previews! #Scarathlon #SpookyGhostClub 101pts

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Lizpixie
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I watched the 1st season of the tv series based on the first novel of the All Souls trilogy over the last few days as well. #Scarathlon #SpookyGhostClub 81pts

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Lizpixie
A Discovery of Witches | Deborah E. Harkness
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Pickpick

Bk7 of #Scarathlon is done.Started listening to it as background while #audiojournaling & updating spreadsheets before I started to get into the story again.It‘s still one of the best witch/vampire novels out there. #31x31 #Falling4Books #Rushathon #Spookaween #AfterDarkBingo #BodyCountBingo #LittenListen #ISpyBingo #Witchathon #PromptMaze #BookspinBingo #PumpkinSpiceReadathon #Friday13thReadathon #ScaredyCatRC #OctoberRC👇#SpookyGhostClub 9561pts

TheSpineView Great job! 7mo
Clwojick Woohoo! You‘re crushing it! 7mo
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Read4life Great job! 🍁👻🎃 7mo
DieAReader 🥳🥳🥳 7mo
Texreader I love this one too! Just finished watching the series last month. It‘s so good too 7mo
Catsandbooks 🙌🏼🔮💚 7mo
PuddleJumper 🖤🖤 7mo
TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 7mo
Andrew65 Sensational 👏👏👏 7mo
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Lizpixie
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I‘ve been both #audiojournaling & #audiocolouring the last few days while listening to the tagged book(yes I know, again🤷🏻‍♀️). Printed out a few free Halloween colouring pages from online, there‘s so many different ones, I‘ll be printing out more for my next audiobook! And it‘s on my #ScarathlonBucketList too. A black cat is perfect for Friday 13th I think. #Scarathlon #SpookyGhostClub 26pts

dabbe 🤩🤩🤩 7mo
Clwojick so fun! 7mo
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hissingpotatoes
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Mehso-so

2.5/5⭐ I liked the historical & magical worldbuilding & the Bishop house.

However, the romantic relationship was basically Twilight for adults. Matthew's alpha maleness & mindless possessiveness dominated the story & expected subservience at every turn. His rages were so unhealthy & worrisome, as were the ridiculous number of important secrets he & Diana kept from one another.

I have no desire to continue reading the series. #buzzwordathon

EclecticBookLover I had similar feelings. The romance is so awful. 7mo
Larkken Samesies on everything for me too! *shudder* 7mo
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AileenRR
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Pickpick

Don‘t know if I would have liked it as much if I hadn‘t seen season 1 of the show first 🤷🏻‍♀️

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Captivatedbybooks
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Mehso-so

First book of #2023. I had already knew how the book was going to be because I had seen the show on tv. I must saying watching the show was way better then the book for me.

BethM I could only do these on audio. The narrator was really good. 8mo
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Shemac77
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Pickpick

Great on audio.

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kricheal
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Starting this next on #audible

Vansa It's excellent! I loved it. 10mo
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Shemac77
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Next audio
(Dark eyed junko nesting)

CoverToCoverGirl I just started reading this today. I‘m not a fan of “magical” books but I decided to attempt this one. 10mo
SamAnne I love Juncos! 10mo
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Phelangies
Pickpick

I have all three books open. Reading through two and then going back to one to check what I missed as insignificant. Hardness writes a lot of history within her books. Book two transports me into the past. I really enjoy this book. Also peaked into the series after reading the books. Glad they left the yoga out… the book is as normal better than the show

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Bookfan1414
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I know I said a cozy read but rereading a book with witches, daemons and vampires counts right?

Darklunarose It counts, it counts because you have read it, you know the story and there is comfort in revisiting old favourites. 11mo
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HiMyNames_Alyssa
Discovery of Witches | Deborah Harkness
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Pickpick

One of my checklist items on my reading for 2023 is to read a series recommended by a friend. I don't generally do well with series. There's too many stories that I want to ingest for me to spend so much time on one. But I'm really glad I started this one. Book 1/3 of this series down, 2 to go and im already on the edge of my seat for #2! Then I can watch the show!!
Also Jennifer Ikeda does a phenomenal job reading this tale ❤️ 👏

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Deifio
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Bailedbailed

It was too much...to many details and definitely too much wine tasting! And I'm still not sure what the plot is. Don't get me started on the main character, she got soo annoyingly dependent on the live interest, who was super bossy and a stalker. How is that supposed to be sexy?! Long story short, DNF

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micaelapriestley
Mehso-so

"As far as I can tell there are only two emotions that keep the world spinning year after year...One is fear. The other is desire." #februarybookclub #4of24booksin2023 #bookclub

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Smlambert725

“It begins with absence and desire. It begins with blood and fear. It begins with a discovery of witches.”
#March2023

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Ladygodiva7
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I do like to read some supernaturals!

#snowflake #snowflakes #papersnowflakes

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kissmehardy
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Pickpick

Idk what wild impulse made me #reread this, but I'm so glad I gave in. I love the layers and the vampire lore and the way Matthew and Diana interact. Should I watch the TV show? #fantasy

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eden.s.volk
A Discovery of Witches | Deborah E. Harkness
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Pickpick

If I could rate this book a million stars, I would. Loved every minute of it. Magical and romantic. The romantic vibes reminded me a bit of Twilight, but this was much more intellectual than Twilight. Very heavy in history and science. Can't wait to read the next ones!

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MoonWitch94
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#Two4Tuesday

1: Tie between Hermoine Granger AND Diana Bishop.

2: Stephen Lawhead‘s Fantasy trilogy “Song of Albion”. Modern historians fall through a cairn and end up in a magical Celtic realm. To save their own time, they must save Albion—or both will cease to exist. Hermoine & Diana would do well in these novels.

✨Anyone can play; how about it, @Blerdgal_Fenix @Branwen @swishandflick

Meshell1313 Ooh good choices! 1y
TheSpineView So right, they would be awesome in that world. Great picks! 1y
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Sleepswithbooks
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Starting off 2023 on this much anticipated adventure. Thank you @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks for my series of what I expect to be a magical journey 🪄 ✨✨✨

#Happy2023 #ADiscoveryofWitches #Litsylove #Booklove #ReadaJourney #Magic #MailboxHappiness

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks You‘re very welcome 🤗💫🌟 1y
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galueth28
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I'm really enjoying this series, despite the very meandering plots and the romance being a bit iffy. But the worldbuilding is cool, and there's a cool magic house and time traveling 🤷‍♀️

#adventrecommends @emilyrose_x

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paisleyjess
Mehso-so

This is very similar to Twilight. I might have enjoyed it more if I knew that instead of thinking it was about witches in academia.

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StaceGhost
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Pickpick

Started promising but then ended cinematically. Still, there are many parts I loved! I think I‘d have preferred if it stayed more focused on old manuscripts & the mystery at the heart of it all. Still, a lovely holiday read!

Also, I took the time to decorate my desk yesterday! I love my Yuletide goat 🐐🧙🏻‍♀️

AmyG Love your plants!!! 1y
AllDebooks I love it all, gorgeous display 😍 1y
StaceGhost @AmyG @AllDebooks thank you! I‘m so excited to have an office space with enough light for plants 🪴 I don‘t even care that it‘s a cubicle lol 1y
MoonWitch94 The Yule goat is great! 1y
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Scochrane26
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Right now, A Discovery of Witches is my favorite. I think the cast is great, & I didn‘t mind small changes or what was left out. Could have done with less politicking in the first season though. #sundayfunday @ozma.of.oz

BookmarkTavern That‘s a fun pick! Thanks for sharing! 1y
WJCintron So far, the series The Queen‘s Gambit by Walter Tevis. They did an excellent job with set dressings, wardrobe and following almost every detail to a T. Even the dialogue is spot on! LOVE when they respect the books and the author‘s work which is where the story was born in the first place. 😃🙌 1y
Scochrane26 @WJCintron I still haven‘t watched that one yet or read the book. I‘ve heard such good reviews about it, so I need to watch soon. 1y
WJCintron @Scochrane26 I really recommend it. They are both great!🙌😃 I don‘t think you‘ll be disappointed. Keep me posted. 👍 1y
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Ericalambbrown
A Discovery of Witches | Deborah E. Harkness
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Pickpick

I ran across the tv series on AMC+ and gave it a go because I liked the cast. The chemistry between the leads was hot enough to melt your damn teeth so I had to pick up the books once I realized they were a thing. I really like this one! I‘m a science nerd and loved the academic bits that others apparently have found boring (according to other reviews). I really liked the secondary characters and how the author plays with the genre. Good stuff!

Vansa I loved this series!I absolutely love how cleverly she weaves in vampire stories with scientific explanations,and the bits about DNA testing and so on are excellent.And when they travel to the Elizabethan Age... absolutely LOVE it. 1y
Ericalambbrown @Vansa Exactly! And OF COURSE Christopher Marlowe was a daemon! 🤣 The whole thing with species decline and blood rage . . . I love that the vampires are all using their time in scientific discovery. But I also kinda really want Gallowglass to get his own book. 1y
CarolynM Supernatural stuff is really not my thing, but I enjoyed this book a lot and the next one even more🙂 I got distracted and didn‘t finish the third one, I hope to get back to it one day. 1y
SamAnne All these comments have just prompted me to stack a book Indefinitely didn‘t think was my genre! 1y
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Mrs_B
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Pickpick

Loved reading this book, couldn‘t put it down.
We went to Oxford today and had to of course take in some of the sights where the book is set!
Top Left: The Radcliffe Camera
Top Right: The Bodleian Quad
Bottom Left: All Souls College

My husband and I have been terribly remiss about getting our alumni reading cards for the Bodleian, we need to do that so next time we can go and read in Duke Humfrey‘s!

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Dcueto
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Figured it was about time I reas this one ❤️

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kimmypete1
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Pickpick

Just as wonderful the second time around. Can‘t wait to dive into the second one again!

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TheSpineView
A Discovery of Witches | Deborah E. Harkness
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fredamans
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I had this one on my shelf forever and decided to give it away 🖤🧙‍♀️ 2y
Eggs 🤍🖤🤍 2y
fredamans @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 😞 the book is long but very good! 2y
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Skeeterisme
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Pickpick

Just a good as the times before

Sleepswithbooks I have this in my TBR pile and am looking forward to reading it for the first time 😃 2y
Skeeterisme @Sleepswithbooks the first read is wonderful. You‘ll love it. Enjoy! 2y
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MidnightBookGirl
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After a few days off, it‘s time to join Matthew and Diana on September 30th. #ADOWrealtimeread

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MidnightBookGirl
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I'm enjoying reading a book like this! Plus, I've only listened to the audiobooks, so reading this in print has been fun- forgot Matthew's creepiness, but I guess that's why it's sometimes referred to as Twilight for adults, lol. Two more chapters to go!

**Also, if you like challenges like this, then A Night in the Lonesome October is 31 chapters that match the 31 days of October. I've re-read that a few times.

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MidnightBookGirl
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I‘m doing a real time re-read of A Discovery of Witches, which starts today- Sept 18th. #ADOWrealtimeread

Erinsuereads Ohhh what's a real time read? I've never read this but it's been on my tbr forever 2y
Bookishlie Ooooooo I might need to do this!! 2y
MidnightBookGirl @ErinSueMreads so the book opens on Sept 18th, so you read chapter 1, then chapter 2 and 3 happen on Sept 22nd, so you read them on that day, and I think it goes until October 31, mostly one or two chapters that match up to the dates@ 2y
Erinsuereads That's so fun! Can I join you??! 2y
MidnightBookGirl @ErinSueMreads Absolutely! Please do!
2y
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Hitchhikerbooks
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Pickpick

Harkness's writing style has a simple elegance to it. I can only imagine the level of research that went into writing this story. It's refreshing to see a novel of this genre and subject matter finally treated with a certain level of genuinity.

annahenke I love this series so much! It‘s definitely a favorite. 2y
Hitchhikerbooks Have just started watching the tv show 2y
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Dragon
Discovery of Witches | Deborah Harkness
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#thoughtfulthursday @MoonWitch94 thanks for the tag 1.definitely romance- need that HEA ending 2. Yes . 3. I reread this trilogy then went on to reread every Lisa Keypas historical romance I could get my hands on Tagging all the Littens who want to play 💚🐉

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MoonWitch94
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#BasicWitchSwap Favorite Things!

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living_for_literature
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Pickpick

Great worldbuilding, forbidden romance, very slow burn. Could get stuffy at time with the historical and scientific background info, but a great paranormal dark academia read.