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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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ElizaMarie
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Spending the morning with this :)

Loving getting lost in this. The show is so beautiful!!

#AllSouls #DOW #SeasonOfTheWitch #DiscoveryOfWitches
@MoonWitch94

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Dragon
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@MoonWitch94 #thoughtfulthursday. @Eggs 1. Agatha Christie remains the Queen of the unreliable narrators so the novel has to meet that standard. 2. Audio colouring books 3. The tagged book is the first in my favourite series

tpixie She wrote this book with a nod to Christie & her earlier books, including Roger Ackroyd 2d
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katy4peas
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I really enjoyed listening to this one as part of @MoonWitch94 ‘s read along. It was full of humor, likable characters, and interesting science and history that pulled me in. I find all of the evolution and DNA parts fascinating and think Harkness did a great job with research in order to be able to add that to her storyline. I couldn‘t put it down and I‘m looking forward to book 2!! #teammatthew

katy4peas I will say I don‘t like that Matthew is so possessive of Diana. However, it is explained that that is in a vampire‘s nature and I appreciate that he shows growth in being able to let her take charge of the time walking (because he has to) but he also shows growth in other ways where he lets her be herself and take care of herself and he tries to back down. She is also very independent in her own right. 3w
Vansa Quite honestly, this book was still when Deborah Harkness was hewing to Twilight tropes- Matthew's domineering nature, Diana's deference to him to begin with,watching her while she sleeps and so on.She dismantles these tropes entirely, as you said,from the last third of the book and completely in the next 2( except for one more Twilight trope she keeps but only one!) 3w
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ElizaMarie
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Started to watch this series. It follows the book very well. And it's just visually stunning. But.. I was busy doing things when I was watching (like it was in the background) so I might restart it soon (got to episode 3?)

#AllSouls #DOW #DOWRTR #SeasonOfTheWitch @MoonWitch94

MoonWitch94 I really loved it! It was pretty true to the book which I loved! 2w
ElizaMarie @MoonWitch94 I had tagged you when I first wrote this and totally misspelled witch! ha! anyway, I had been watching it in the background while doing homework, but no I feel like I have a better chance to focus on it. it was just so pretty so far! 2w
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galueth28
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Finally finished my October #bookspin. I loved the worldbuilding and the atmosphere, didn't mind the slow pace, although it lagged in the middle. That was also when vampire Matthew was at his most controlling and possessive and witch Diana at her most tell, don't show, about how sturbon and brave she is. But things do pick up at the end, with a bunch of conspirators coming together and the haunted Bishop house being the best house.

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4thhouseontheleft
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I forgot to post my review when I finished this!

I first read ADOW not long after it was first published, and I hated it. At the time, I think it came on the heels of Twilight and way too much vampire-centric fiction. This time around, I enjoyed it much more, and am already almost finished with the second book.

This is why I rarely give 👎 reviews. My reaction to a book is sometimes more about my mood than the book itself.

#pop21 #dowrtr

JamieArc I have the same thoughts about panning books. My reviews are so subjective to my mood at the time that it‘s best to take them with a grain of salt, whether they are not so stellar reviews or over-the-top good reviews 😂 3w
Lizpixie I was exactly the same with this one too, I bought it when it was released the DNFed it fit over two years before picking it back up. It‘s now one of my favourite magical realism series👍 3w
MoonWitch94 I‘m so glad you liked it this time! 3w
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peanutnine
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Thank you @MoonWitch94 for hosting the #DOWRTR
It made me finally cross this amazing book off my TBR! I loved the slow pace of the schedule. (I only read ahead the last couple chapters because it was just so good) I loved the characters and the magical world of creatures. Such an interesting take on the normal witches and vampires. And of course I enjoyed the forbidden romance of Diana & Matthew. I'll definitely be reading the rest of the series.

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MoonWitch94
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#Chapter43 #November1st #DOWRTR

This chapter is bittersweet & the first time I read it, I was teary-eyed when I saw the note Matthew leaves for Sarah & Em. Such a sweet gesture.

📜What did you think of the novel? Did you enjoy it? Did it meet or exceed your expectations?

📖Would you like to move on to Shadow of Night as a group? The real-time read is more chaotic, but we could go at a simpler pace? Let me know below!

Librarybelle It was a bittersweet end! But, I‘m so glad I read this book, so thank you for leading the real time reading on Litsy! I did start Shadow of Night and had planned to do the chaotic real time read but would be interested in reading as a group in a not so very chaotic group read. 4w
katy4peas I would read another one with the group. I have about 5% of the book left, but I know I will want to jump into the next book! I hope the rest of the series is as good as this first one! 4w
BookNAround I went out and bought 2 and 3 immediately. I didn‘t expect to enjoy it nearly as much as I did so I‘m so glad for the push to read it. And yes, I‘d read along again. 4w
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Lynnsoprano Thanks for putting this together! It‘s the slowest read of this book I‘ve done, and I admit to finishing early anyway ☺️ Since Shadow of Night is my favorite of the trilogy (I know, I‘m weird, but part is set in my beloved Prague) I‘m definitely in on a read together, real time or otherwise. 4w
Catsandbooks Yes definitely will be reading the rest of the series! And would love to have a group to discuss with! 4w
peanutnine I enjoyed this readalong immensely! I am planning on reading the next book and would love to read with the group for discussion ☺️ 4w
AFrostCauseReads I enjoyed this book so much more than I was expecting to! I was about to read the next one too, might as well do it as a group! 4w
Laughterhp Yes! I already have the second book ready to go! 4w
catebutler This has been one of my favourite read-alongs, so thank you so much for hosting this!! I would love to continue with the series, so just let us know when you want to start. 4w
ElizaMarie I loved it! I think the next book will end up being audible because I didn't have it purchased yet.. But I am super excited about it! Thank you again for hosting!!! 3w
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Catsandbooks
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5/5 ⭐️ I loved this book!! It was the perfect mix of all things I love; magic, supernatural creatures, romance, historical and science fiction! I definitely will be continuing this series!
#DOWRTR
#scarathlon2021 #teamhendrix #spookoween #screamathon #Wickedathon #bookspinbingo #20in4

Andrew65 I‘ve still to finish mine. Well done 👏👏👏 4w
Catsandbooks @Andrew65 Thanks! Hope you enjoy it! 4w
TheSpineView Awesome! Loved the whole series! 4w
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 4w
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JessClark78
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Loved this as much as I did the first time I read it. It was interesting reading it in real time. I did finish a day early to include it with my October reading. The end revolves around Halloween so I gave it 25 points for #Scarathlon2021. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

#DOWRTR Thanks for hosting @MoonWitch94

#Screamathon #SpookOWeen #Wickedathon #20in4 #Readathon

+26 points #TeamHendrix

TheSpineView Great book! 4w
Andrew65 Well done on finishing it 👏👏👏 4w
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Librarybelle
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I am so glad I finally took the time to read this book! Many thanks to @MoonWitch94 for hosting #DOWRTR . I was captivated by the mixture of history and alchemy and witches and vampires and daemons. The story unfolded nicely, and I plan to continue to the next book, using the real time reading guidance by Harkness.

Diana and Matthew‘s stories are very intriguing, and I cannot wait to learn a bit more.

#Zeke #CatsOfLitsy

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ElizaMarie
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Finished a day early but... Just couldn't NOT finish! It was so great! Thank you @MoonWitch94 for hosting!

#AllSouls #DOW #DOWRTR #SeasonOfTheWitch

Need to consider the show (anyone see it?) Do you all know where its streaming?

MoonWitch94 It‘s SOOOO GOOD! Stream it on AMC+ 4w
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MoonWitch94
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Ch. 42: October 31st 🎃Halloween🖤

I found this chapter so beautiful & emotional. Matthew‘s gentle side shines in his interaction with kids trick or treating. I tear up reading this chapter when they prepare to leave the house.

📖What do you think of this chapter? How have you enjoyed the chapters we haven‘t discussed? Let‘s chat! #DOWRTR #AllSouls #SeasonoftheWitch

Librarybelle This was a sweet chapter, with lots of love but yet you could feel the sorrow and the uncertainty. 1mo
MoonWitch94 @Librarybelle I think that‘s why it makes me tear up. It‘s bittersweet & you can really feel the sorrow. Especially when Matthew is interacting with the kids; it made me think of how he must‘ve been a good Dad to his son who died. 4w
Librarybelle Yes!! 4w
katy4peas A few chapters behind, but I‘ve been reading a chapter a day and really enjoying it!! 4w
Lynnsoprano That fairy princess‘s cousin visited our house last night! She was this beautiful little girl with a group who were all a bit older, who all pushed ahead of her to get candy. Like Matthew, I can‘t give kids just one piece, and we had far fewer kids than previous years-even last year, amazingly. So little princess got 4 pieces of candy, and I‘m getting choked up just thinking about the expression on her face. 4w
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🤯😱🎃🧙🧙🏻‍♀️🧛🏻🥰🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
Amazing!!! Starting the sequel tonight or tomorrow

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SheilaChew
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Ooh this book is so good! It‘s keeping me up past my bedtime three nights in a row! #witches #vampires Happy Halloween! 🎃🦇👻🧙‍♀️🧛🧡🖤

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Serenity_Within86
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Love staring out my day like this

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Serenity_Within86
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Loving it!!!

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Serenity_Within86
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Lunch time

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ElizaMarie
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Ooo I had not read this in a while (because I had tried to keep up with the schedule) and then I missed it yesterday!!! Ha. Anyway, I am going to “catch“ up soon today so I am back on track!

#AllSouls #DOW #DOWRTR #SeasonOfTheWitch
@MoonWitch94

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Tattooedteacher
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Technically, if I have to choose I prefer witches. I really prefer witches and vampires, which is why the tagged book is a witch favorite of mine. Funny story: when my Language Arts Supervisor started in my district, we had a discussion about books and he recommended the tagged book. Didn‘t think I‘d like it, but figured I had to give it a go bc, you know, supervisor. I figured he‘d ask what I thought. I did and he did. 😀 🧙

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AFrostCauseReads
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This book was so much fun! Not perfect, but like a grown up version of Twilight I always wanted (pls don‘t judge me 😅) I tried to stick with the #DOWRTR #allsouls schedule @MoonWitch94 was hosting, but there was a point where I just couldn‘t stop, lol 🧙🏻

#RoaringWolf (Monster Mash) @Roary47 @Littlewolf1
#wickedathon #scarathlon2021 @StayCurious
#screamathlon @4thhouseontheleft

katy4peas I‘m really enjoying it! Although I am very disturbed that Matthew can‘t turn into a bat. That would be very helpful…🤔 1mo
AFrostCauseReads @katy4peas or at least a wolf, that‘s in the Dracula myth and there are already so many parallels to wolves! 1mo
katy4peas @AFrostCauseReads 🤯oh, yeah! At least that! Omg! 1mo
Roary47 I agree this first one was a lot of fun. 💛 1mo
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I know we weren‘t supposed to finish up for another two weeks or so, but the suspense was killing me, so I went ahead and finished this morning. I loved this book the second time around every bit as much as I loved it the first time around. Highly recommended! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

#DOWRTR

Moonprismpower I loved the is series. I never watched the show though. 1mo
KristiAhlers I loved that series! 1mo
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Chapter 37

How are we supposed to stop now?
And wait for 5 days?

Even with all the predictably and all the annoying love story tropes, somehow I don't want to stop reading.

#DOWRTR #SeasonoftheWitch #DOW
@MoonWitch94

ElizaMarie Ha that's exactly what I came to this page to say!!! I was like... how can I stop and take a break!? I mean I am going to try to. I have other books to read too but... still! 1mo
slategreyskies I couldn‘t wait. When I saw there was a five day break, I said, “Screw it, I‘m reading to the end.” Just finished this morning. Ha! 🤣 1mo
Enchanted_Bibliophile @ElizaMarie @slategreyskies I made it to chapter 39 before it got the better of me... So I also finished it 😅 1mo
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Chapter 32 - 36

I fell a bit behind on Wednesday, but caught up today.
These chapters is filled with so much information, my brain is still reeling.
And the questions just keeps on getting more...

#DOWRTR #SeasonoftheWitch #DOW
@MoonWitch94

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I just finished CHAPTER 36. This book is just so good! I really haven‘t remembered most of the plot twists, and I‘ve been on the edge of my seat as the plot unwinds. Currently reading this for #DOWRTR. :)

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Linsy 💙🖤 1mo
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ElizaMarie
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I am about a day behind, and it shows that these next couple of days have a bunch of chapters! The great thing is... I have the day off of work today (I took it off because --- I need to rest) and so .. yay I can catch up on this! And cuddle with my baby :)

#DogsofLitsy

#AllSouls #DOW #DOWRTR #SeasonOfTheWitch
@MoonWitch94

slategreyskies I think I‘m about a week behind. I caught up some yesterday, and I‘m hoping to finish catching up today. I‘m really loving this book! :) 2mo
ElizaMarie @slategreyskies I am too!!! This is my first time! 2mo
AmyG Such a cutie! 2mo
Sleepswithbooks I‘m in love with this little face 🥰🐶 1mo
ElizaMarie @AmyG and @Sleepswithbooks - thanks he is my little old man! 1mo
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Chapter 28 - 31

These were a few action packed chapters.
I kinda appreciate them after the soppy love part ...
Never been a fan of those.

I'm so very tempted to keep reading ...
I can't wait to see the Bishop residence.

#DOWRTR #SeasonoftheWitch #DOW
@MoonWitch94

slategreyskies I just finished these chapters. I‘m a few days behind. I can‘t wait to see what‘s next! 1mo
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Chapter 27

Let's just say this chapter confirmed that I will never be able to date a Vampire, no matter how cute, sexy or angelic he might be.

#DOWRTR #SeasonoftheWitch #DOW
@MoonWitch94

Yuki_Onna Why not? 🤔 2mo
Enchanted_Bibliophile @Yuki_Onna The hunting disgust me. I felt like throwing up through most of this chapter. 2mo
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Chapter 19 - 26

I had a bit of catching up to do. So I basically spent the whole day with Diana and Matthew, not a bad way to spent a Sunday.

So much have happened and I have so many questions...
It's hard to put the book down at this point.

#DOWRTR #SeasonoftheWitch #DOW
@MoonWitch94

ElizaMarie So I am not huge a lovey dovey type of person but.. I found this super cute! 2mo
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Finished this today at our campfire. This was so good! I tried to read this 10 years ago but think I was too young to enjoy it. I devoured it and couldn‘t follow along with the #ADOWRTR. Can‘t wait to read the rest of Diana and Matthew‘s journey.

#Scarathlon2021 #TeamHendrix +16pts
#Screamathon
#SpookoweenReadathon
#AnywayYouReadathon
#BookSpinBingo
#LittensDressedinBlood

TheSpineView Awesome! 👍📖 2mo
BookNAround I am struggling to put it down each day to stay on track with #dowrtr and suspect that one day I won‘t be able to! 2mo
kimmypete1 One of my favorite series. 2mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 2mo
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4thhouseontheleft
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We are all channeling Bernie in this house tonight, since Maya had a + Covid test result. 😬 SO grateful we are all vaxxed and she is asymptomatic, but I have one very sad teen in the house to have to quarantine for 10 days.

My priority will be on her this coming week, and doing all I can to lift her spirits. So I may be delayed in posting #Screamathon updates. Reminder this week‘s prompt is to diversify your shelf and read a POC horror author!

Lcsmcat So sorry to hear that! Sending hugs!! 2mo
AmyG Oy. May the 10 days go quickly and may you all be fine. (edited) 2mo
JenReadsAlot Ugh.... but I do love that mug! 2mo
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Trashcanman Hope she squashes the week + into a day. 2mo
ravenlee Oh no! I‘m so sorry she has to quarantine. I hope she can keep up with school with no problems. Good luck to you both! 🤞🏻 2mo
LeahBergen Oh, no! 😟 2mo
monalyisha I‘m glad she‘s feeling okay! (Quick note to say that I *may* end up being a #Screamathon dropout. I had good intentions but…you know, life gets in the way. 🤷‍♀️ Happy Spooky Season, regardless! 🧡🍂🖤) 2mo
DivineDiana So sorry about your daughter. ❤️ 2mo
CarolynM Hope the time goes quickly and you all avoid anything too bad💐😘 2mo
MatchlessMarie Oh no! My kiddo was a close contact with someone positive at school so we are testing this weekend. Hoping the time flies by without complications ❤️🙏 2mo
DaveGreen7777 Hope y‘all feel much better soon! 🙏 2mo
Bookzombie I hope the time flies by and that quarantine doesn‘t affect her at school. 2mo
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galueth28
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The leather bound volume was nothing remarkable.

#firstlinefridays

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Catsandbooks
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Yay! #Anywayyoureadathon Good for points on the #scarathlon2021

Goals:
🐈‍⬛ Continue A Discovery of Witches #DOWRTR
🎃 Continue The Old Drift #FoodandLit
🐈‍⬛ Continue These Violent Delights #sundaybuddyread
🎃 Read some children's Halloween stories

P.S. I love this picture 🧡

Eggbeater Yay! Glad you're with us! 2mo
kimmypete1 Thanks for joining! 2mo
MidnightBookGirl Love A Discovery of Witches and I need to read These Violent Delights! 2mo
TheBookHippie ♥️♥️♥️ 2mo
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Chapter 15: "Alchemy is the story of creation, told chemically.

Creatures are chemistry, mapped onto biology."

I was stuck at the doctor's office for an hour. I didn't have my book on me but luckily novelforfree.com had the book available for me to catch up. I was able to read chapters 15 & 16 while waiting.

#DOWRTR
@MoonWitch94

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Chapter 17&18

I really, really would like to visit Sept-Tours
It sounds so magical.
The Library alone would keep me happy for quite some time. 📚

Not sure what to make of Ysabeau yet... But I like Marthe.

#DOWRTR #SeasonoftheWitch #DOW
@MoonWitch94

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Chapter 15&16

I love learning more about Matthew and his back story. This info about Marcus and Ysabeau was somewhat unexpected, because in my mind he was a loner with one odd friend.
Matthew's character really intrigue me and I would read a entire book just about his life before now.

I'm a bit surprised at how hostile the witches are towards each other. I've always though of them as a close knit sister-hood.

#DOWRTR #SeasonoftheWitch #DOW

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galueth28
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Finally getting started with this one, it has been on my TBR forever 🎃🧛‍♂️🧙‍♀️ Good pick from October #bookspin

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Chapter 14: "Magic is desire made real."

Catching up on my read for #DOWRTR during a lighting storm in Southern California. The sky has been flashing nonstop for an hour now. I love it!

@MoonWitch94
#spookoween @TheSpineView

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Beautiful weather this weekend, which means not much progress on my #Screamathon goals, but 🧡🖤 the outdoor family time!

Attempting to read while every backyard is filled with kids and teens playing. It‘s a “problem” I wish I had more often! Love that most of our new neighbors love being outside as much as we do ☺️.

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ElizaMarie
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Can we all take a moment and discuss how much we need Matthew's wine cellar!!!

#AllSouls #DOW #ChapterADay #DOWRTR #SeasonOfTheWitch
@MoonWitch94

Enchanted_Bibliophile Totally agree! 🍷 2mo
MoonWitch94 Omg this is PERFECT 😂🤣😂🍷🍷🍷🍷 2mo
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Chapter 14

Can I just say... "I WANT MATTHEW'S WINE CELLAR"
I love his wine collection and wine knowledge, I love how he's teaching Diana about wine and pairing wine.

That being said ... These 2 are moving on to some seriously troubling grounds.
I'm scared to think of what Knox might do with the info we got today.

#DOWRTR #SeasonoftheWitch #DOW
@MoonWitch94

ElizaMarie OMG !!! So do I!!! 2mo
MoonWitch94 It‘s a dream! In my dream house, I‘d have it! 🥂🍷🥂🍷🥂🍷 2mo
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It's very interesting that creatures "stand out" to humans, especially when more than one are together. You'd think humans would have caught on by now but remain purposefully naive.
#DOWRTR Chapter 13
@MoonWitch94

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✨10/2: Ch. 13✨ #DOWRTR #AllSouls #SeasonoftheWitch

Diana visits Matthew‘s lab, meets Marcus, & volunteers her blood 🩸 to be analyzed for the DNA sequencing project.

🧬The science is so over my head that it‘s nice to have Diana interpret for the reader in layman‘s terms. Researching the science must‘ve taken a long while by the author.
🧬This quote is pretty epic. If the research is right, all creatures will be “equal”. What do you think? 🧐

Laughterhp I Love when authors do that. Have someone explain all the science to you so you don‘t feel dumb. 2mo
ElizaMarie I love all this sciencey aspect of this book! 2mo
peanutnine I definitely appreciated Diana's explanations, biology was never my subject 😅 Matthew's research is very interesting though. If he has such a breakthrough, it could change how all the creatures perceive each other and maybe end some prejudices. 2mo
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audreydmcgee I loved that they talked about mitochondrial DNA. Made my biologist heart happy! 🧬 2mo
4thhouseontheleft I was a dual anthro/psych major, and studied evolution, so I love all the evolutionary biology in this chapter! But also looking forward to more mouth-watering food writing when Diana goes to Matthew's for dinner. 2mo
katy4peas I find the science fascinating although I don‘t understand that much! This quote was certainly powerful though! And yes, Harkness had to research a lot of science and vampire/witch lore to be able to pull off a well written book. I‘m really enjoying it! I do wish Diana would tel Matthew about Gillian‘s threat though. 2mo
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“With thee conversing, I forget all time.” What a swoon worthy line. I keep turning it over and over in my head. Just beautiful.

This is from Chapter 12, I think. #DOWRTR

MoonWitch94 These scenes are written so beautifully! 😍 2mo
tpixie That line would be hard to turn down! 1mo
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Chapter 13
How coincidental that we find out Diana's birthday is on 13 Aug (Friday the 13th) in chapter 13... Or is it?

Matthew has the most interesting of careers. All DNA related careers has always been a favourite trope of mine. I love learning more and fact checking the fictional DNA accomplishments against real actuality of what can be attained.

#DOWRTR #SeasonoftheWitch #DOW
@MoonWitch94

MoonWitch94 It‘s such an interesting twist to have a vampire as old as Matthew be a scientist! What a perfect twist! 2mo
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Andrew65
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#DOWRTR #AllSouls #SeasonoftheWitch

I‘ve finished chapter 12 and now caught up with the others in this Real Time Read. Really enjoying reading the book, and discussing it with the others that are taking part.

Thank you @MoonWitch94 for setting it up and the work you are putting into it. 👏👏👏

Are we just reading this one or the three books in the trilogy?

Elizabeth2 This is a good one! I read it years ago with my little book club. Never did read the rest of the series. 2mo
Andrew65 @Elizabeth2 If we go onto the others you‘ll have to join us. Enjoying it more than I thought I would. 2mo
MoonWitch94 I‘m so glad you‘re enjoying it! I‘m loving reading with everyone & discussing. I‘m hoping that everyone will want to continue onward & we can read the other books as well. 2mo
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Andrew65 @MoonWitch94 It has been enjoyable discussing it with others, and I‘d be game working through the trilogy. Makes sense whilst we are in the midst of it. 2mo
MoonWitch94 🥳 2mo
IMASLOWREADER such a great read loved the whole series 2mo
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Discovery of Witches | Deborah Harkness
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#DOWRTR #AllSouls #SeasonoftheWitch #Ch12

✨10/1: Ch. 12✨ Dinner at Diana‘s Place
📷 From DOW TV Show
Dinner ends in a smooch (or 3!)! Secrets are revealed. And we find out that Matthew is 1,500 years old! What are your thoughts!?!?! So exciting! I love this chapter so much.

Librarybelle It was a good chapter! 2mo
Laughterhp I‘m loving this book! This chapter was great! 2mo
peanutnine I enjoyed this chapter. I loved how hard Diana worked to make food that Matthew might enjoy. And I can't believe just how old he is! 😳 2mo
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Andrew65 That‘s an awful lot older than we all thought! An interesting chapter where we found out a lot more about Matthew and Diana‘s feelings for him. Really enjoying the book so far. 2mo
ElizaMarie I really found it so sweet that she tried to create such a nice dinner for him. It was just a sweet moment they shared! 2mo
catebutler Like everyone else mentioned, this was a really great chapter! I loved all the descriptions of food and scent, especially what Diana and Matthew smelled like to each other. The scent imagery was superb! And I also really enjoyed all the talk and discussion over alchemy and evolution. Love to attend a lecture on the topic! 2mo
Lynnsoprano I love how the author takes the common vampire tropes and manipulates them to fit her interpretation of the different creatures. We learn a lot more about vampires, along with Diana. This is my umpteenth reread, and I still find myself drawn in. (edited) 2mo
Vansa Loving this read along!Their conversations are so interesting- I love how Harkness has used to tropes of a vampire romance to explore history, genetics, evolution, and how folklore evolved.I love the explanation they discuss for the sunlight myth and the invitation myths.Also manages to be quite romantic!I felt Harkness wanted to stick with the tropes of Twilight but use them intelligently,this is one of the chapters where she starts to succeed. 2mo
4thhouseontheleft This is a great chapter! I love that this chapter starts to chip away at Matthew‘s back story. And the dinner is such a sweet scene, although I wouldn‘t be eating raw venison either, no matter how thinly it is sliced! I was imagining something like beef tartare, but with venison. I have lots of thoughts on how she incorporates ideas of evolution and genetic mutation, but I‘ll save those for later in the book! 2mo
MoonWitch94 @4thhouseontheleft @Vansa @Lynnsoprano @catebutler @ElizaMarie @Andrew65 @peanutnine @Laughterhp @Librarybelle I agree with all the things you mentioned. I feel like the author collected all kinds of vampire folklore & elevated them in a believable, educational way. It‘s fun & refreshing. Vampire lore can be repetitive so this is a nice change. 2mo
Andrew65 @MoonWitch94 Yes quite a refreshing outlook. 2mo
katy4peas I like both of the characters and really enjoyed that they are starting to trust each other. 2mo
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Chapter 12

I had that funny grin on my face throughout this entire chapter -you guys know that grin when you know that the characters is fall for each other but they don't realise it yet.

This was a very cute but at the same time very informative chapter - I do believe humans have no idea what Vampires are really like.

Can't wait for tomorrow 🤩
#DOWRTR #SeasonoftheWitch #DOW
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MoonWitch94 I agree! I had that grin & giggled so much during this chapter. The quote you chose is my favorite from this one. It‘s so true & I find it magical that Diana recognized it in that moment. So beautiful 😍 2mo
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