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Melmoth
Melmoth | Sarah Perry
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Twenty years ago Helen Franklin did something she cannot forgive herself for, and she has spent every day since barricading herself against its memory. But the sheltered life she has crafted for herself is about to change. A strange manuscript has come into her possession, and its contents have the power to unravel every strand of her fragile safety net. It is filled with testimonies from the darkest chapters of human history, which all record sightings of a tall, silent woman in black, with unblinking eyes and bleeding feet: Melmoth, the loneliest being in the world. Condemned to walk the Earth forever, she tries to beguile the guilty and lure them away for a lifetime wandering alongside her. Everyone that Melmoth seeks out must make a choice: to live with what they've done, or be led into the darkness. Despite her scepticism, Helen can't stop reading, or shake the feeling that someone or something is watching her. As her past finally catches up with her, she too must choose which path to take. Exquisitely written, and gripping until the very last page, this is a masterpiece of moral complexity, asking us profound questions about mercy, redemption, and how to make the best of our conflicted world.
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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
Melmoth | Sarah Perry
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A strange book indeed. A damned soul/folk tale monster walks the earth as a witness to humanity's evil; she offers her hand to others to walk with her. Her story is told through the stories of many, including half through old letters and diaries from different periods around the world. In the present there is Helen, whose particular evil is a mystery until 3/4 of the way in. Gothic, uncanny writing about sin and redemption, mostly set in Prague.

CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian I really liked this book, but am not sure I understood it? It probably would have been better for me to read it in print, although the #audiobook narration was fantastic. 1w
Emilymdxn I love this book! Great review 1w
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scowler1
Melmoth | Sarah Perry
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Pickpick

Another strange one from Sarah Perry. Strange and creepy and quite brilliant. This kind of novel should be read at night, alone in an empty house and by candlelight.

saresmoore I am going to take that reading suggestion. 1w
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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
Melmoth | Sarah Perry
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This is deliciously gothic and spooky. Also very European (set in Prague with Czech, German, and British characters). I love the #audiobook narration!

rretzler I'm glad to hear someone is enjoying it. For some reason, I'm struggling through it - it's just not keeping my attention and I thought I would like it. 2w
CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian @rretzler I had a similar problem with her other book actually! 2w
Branwen I really didn't care for her first book, but this one I absolutely adored! 2w
CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian @Branwen Same experience for me! 1w
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TheLibrarian
Melmoth | Sarah Perry
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Panpan

Hooray - I‘m finally done with this book and can move on to a much better read. This book was definitely not for me. I don‘t want to say much because it‘s part of my #LMPBC

@monalyisha - sorry for the delay but this should be hopefully sent out to you soon! I‘m leaving for a conference so it‘s up to the hubby to actually mail it.

emmaturi I wasn't too fond of it either! 3w
BookNAround I read this last year and didn‘t like it either. 3w
monalyisha No worries! I haven't mailed mine yet either but will do so in the next two days! 3w
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Expandingbookshelf
Melmoth | Sarah Perry
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Lazy Sunday 💚

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Birdsong28
Melmoth | Sarah Perry
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I am using the tagged book for this prompt for my #52booksin52weeks challenge 📚📖

@Schnoebs

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Birdsong28
Melmoth | Sarah Perry
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Pickpick

Good. Captivating and disturbing at the same time. You are taken on a journey throughout this book that will be with you for a long time after you finished with the book.

#ProfileBooks

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TheLibrarian
Melmoth | Sarah Perry
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@Elma I got my #LMPBC #LMPBCnC package today. I look forward to reading it along with your thoughts/comments.

rretzler Hope you enjoy it more than I am. I‘m slowly reading it, about 25% through and it just hasn‘t grabbed me yet. I refuse to give up on it though. 1mo
monalyisha Oh yay! 🤗 1mo
monalyisha But also...not yay, @rretzler 😖. I hope it‘s picking up for you! 1mo
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rretzler @monalyisha I‘ve put it aside for awhile, I usually do that when something doesn‘t grab me and then I‘ll come back to it later. It may take a while, but I‘ll read it eventually. 1mo
monalyisha @rretzler Bummer! It‘s coming to me as part of #LMPBC in the near future. It‘s a gorgeous cover & an interesting premise! 1mo
rretzler @monalyisha I hope it grabs you more than it has me. Perhaps I‘m just not in the mood for that type of thing right now. I agree it‘s an interesting premise and I liked, but did not perhaps, love The Essex Serpent. Timing is probably just off for me 1mo
monalyisha @rretzler I actually didn‘t love “The Essex Serpent” either. I guess we‘ll see! 🤞🏻 1mo
TheLibrarian @monalyisha @rretzler It‘s slow going for me ☹️ and I‘m about 30% in. 4w
rretzler I‘m also around 30% and have put it aside for awhile to read other things. I‘m going to try to finish it slowly. I just don‘t know why it doesn‘t grab me, but I‘m glad to know I‘m not alone.😁 4w
TheLibrarian @rretzler Sadly I can‘t put it aside. It‘s for a #LMPBC and I need to mail it out soon. Guess I should have started it earlier! 4w
rretzler Good luck! Maybe it will get better? I see several Littens have really enjoyed it. A couple of my favorite books didn‘t get good for me until the second half, which is why I typically don‘t bail on a book. 4w
monalyisha @TheLibrarian Uh oh! Well, if it‘s a little bit late coming to me, I‘ll know why/it‘ll be totally okay. Good luck! 4w
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Book_Fairy_Mary
Melmoth | Sarah Perry
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Mehso-so

I'm still really processing my reaction to this novel, but what I do know for sure is that I didn't love it and I didn't hate. The language is absolutely beautiful, the concept dark and fascinating, but the creepy and the dramatic do not blend seamlessly in Melmoth, which is disappointing. It was interesting to learn that Perry wrote this while taking opiods to manage pain 🤔 I wonder if that's why it feels a little disjointed at times.

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RobinGustafson
Melmoth | Sarah Perry
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I think I showed some restraint while on a work trip in Berkeley and a long weekend in Santa Cruz #bookhaul #booknerd 📚📚📚📚📚

RidgewayGirl That is a fantastic book haul! 3mo
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BookishShelly
Melmoth | Sarah Perry
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Pickpick

This book has gotten so many negative reviews that I almost didn‘t read it. It‘s a good reminder that I shouldn‘t be too led by others‘ bookish opinions. I really enjoyed this book. I loved the gloomy (gothic I‘ve read it described as) atmosphere. And I always love books with letters and diary entries.

Tamra I enjoyed many aspects of it! 3mo
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uncommonpoppy
Melmoth | Sarah Perry
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Yes. This is really doing it for me. It's sombre and mysterious. It touches on WW2, topical matters, loneliness and folklore. It references #Essex. Highly recommended. #librarybook #englishauthors

uncommonpoppy Thank you @CoffeeNBooks ! Nice to connect with people who love reading as much as I do. 3mo
Severnmeadows I found the Essex Serpent in a charity shop - but couldn‘t get past the first few pages. Some books resist you, for whatever reason. 3mo
uncommonpoppy @Severnmeadows I was the same actually, despite being very keen seeing as it's one of the few books I've ever known that referenced where I lived. I had to go back to it later. This one was different, I was drawn into the story right away. 3mo
Severnmeadows @uncommonpoppy I‘ll certainly give it a go then, Thankyou. (edited) 3mo
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batsy
Melmoth | Sarah Perry
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I came home to a giant box waiting for me, all the way from New Mexico. I am totally floored!! Look at this amazing bounty of goodness. @Reggie you are too good and I don't deserve it 😭😭 A fantastic array of books and delicious chocolate, and a beautiful friendship bracelet, plus a lovely notecard. Thank you so much Reggie ❤️❤️❤️ I couldn't even fit everything into one picture.

Reggie Did you really just get it? Lol I thought maybe you were holding on to it for Valentine‘s Day. Tracking said it had been in Malaysia for the past 2 weeks. Hey, just apologies real quick. The Castillo and the Alvarez are used and I chose very good when shopping used books but one has someone‘s name inside the cover and black marking on the book. So sorry about that. And you do deserve it!!! Hope you enjoy!!!! 3mo
batsy @Reggie Yeah Reggie I just got it... That's bizarre! I have no idea if it was sitting in our local holding centre. International mail seems to be an issue recently, just like the original jolabokalod package that arrived with its seal broken :( Gosh you must have been going crazy wondering where it went. Please don't apologise about anything! Everything is perfect. I love it. Thank you so much ❤️ 3mo
squirrelbrain How lovely! ❤️ 3mo
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erzascarletbookgasm The bracelet is so thoughtful 👍.. and that‘s a lot of chocolates, Suba! Wanna share? 😜jk! 3mo
Tanisha_A 😱😍 3mo
umbrellagirl Melmoth was excellent. Enjoy! 3mo
Cathythoughts What an amazing package to get .... love everything & something very special about the bracelet ♥️♥️♥️ 3mo
Billypar Wow - awesome box! Well done @Reggie 3mo
youneverarrived Ah how nice 🥰 Melmoth is so good! 3mo
batsy @erzascarletbookgasm Right? I'm in chocolate wonderland 😍 I'll share with you, but don't tell my family ... I've already hid it from them 😂 3mo
batsy @squirrelbrain @Tanisha_A @Cathythoughts @Billypar It is such a lovely box of goodies ❤️ So kind of Reggie 3mo
batsy @umbrellagirl @youneverarrived That's great that you both enjoyed Melmoth; it sounds so good! 3mo
erzascarletbookgasm Stacking the tagged book! 3mo
Leftcoastzen Wow! 3mo
LeahBergen 😍😍😍 3mo
Suet624 That‘s amazing. @reggie 💕💕 3mo
readordierachel How wonderful!!! 3mo
batsy @readordierachel Reggie is too kind ❤️ 3mo
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youneverarrived
Melmoth | Sarah Perry
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I won‘t finish my current read today so this is what I read in January - from best to least favourite. Five of these were @Pricel101 picks for #newyearwhodis 🧡 I‘ll definitely take part in something similar again. #januarywrapup

TrishB Cool 👍🏻 4mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego An excellent month! 4mo
JennyM A great bunch of books you‘ve read 4mo
Pricel101 I am honoured! 😌 we are so similar in tastes despite not knowing each other! looking toward to what you‘ll be reading next! 😘 4mo
youneverarrived @Pricel101 we were very well matched 💕 it‘s been fun reading from your list 😘 4mo
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PassionatelyCurious
Melmoth | Sarah Perry
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“He gave you a life and what did you do but build your own prison.”

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emmaturi
Melmoth | Sarah Perry
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I just started this, two chapters in. Not sure what to think about at the moment. Has anyone read it? #books #bookcover #reading

Tamra There were aspects I really, really liked. But I listened to the audio version and I got muddled in the middle. It may have because of distraction - I think I‘d like to read it on paper. I was intrigued enough to now want to read 4mo
emmaturi Let's put it this way not one of my favorites! @Tamra 4mo
Tamra @emmaturi 👍🏾 4mo
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TheSpineView
Melmoth | Sarah Perry
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@TheReadingMermaid

I have said this one before. I was not a fan of Melmoth. It was a DNF for me. The plot was too slow and I never felt any connection to anything. A lot of people liked it and that is OK. I don't mind being the odd man out. Different strokes for different folks as they say. That is why there are so many choices out there. Someone once told me, "One size fits all, fits no one will."

Jerdencon Me Before You by Jo Jo Moynes - the main character (the girl) annoyed me to no end and ruined the story. 4mo
TheReadingMermaid That's very interesting. I had never heard of that book before. Thank you for sharing with me sweetie 🌺🤗🌺 4mo
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BeADragon3 I hate to say it but I just couldn't get into the Kite Runner and I HATED Olive Kitteridge 4mo
BkClubCare The Paris Wife, Pillars of the Earth, We Were Liars 4mo
Deangirl You by Caroline Kepnes. People rave about it but I wasn‘t impressed. (edited) 4mo
TheSpineView @BeADragon3 So understand.😋 4mo
TheSpineView @BkClubCare I agree on The Paris Wife but have not read the others. 4mo
TheSpineView @Deangirl Got it!😊 4mo
LeahBergen I couldn‘t stand this one 😆 4mo
BkClubCare I also fail to connect with any book by Kristin Hannah. I have tried and wonder if I have an allergy to her writing. Or it‘s like coconut; you like it or you dont! (edited) 4mo
BkClubCare @BeADragon3 - yet, Olive Kitteridge is a huge fave of mine. All good — we don‘t have to like the same stuff 😊 4mo
Crazeedi @Jerdencon I tried that one too, and it was a NOPE, I didn't care for writing style 4mo
Crazeedi @LeahBergen isn't that so funny how we are all different, I gave that one one of my few 5'stars. Huh! 4mo
TheSpineView @LeahBergen I haven't read that one. 🤔 4mo
TheSpineView @BkClubCare There are definitely some authors that seem to be either you love or hate them. 4mo
Birdsong28 I always say it would be a very boring world if we all liked the same thing. 📚📖 4mo
Djspens You.... A Man Named Ove... The Girl On The Train.... 4mo
Djspens @Jerdencon I didn't like that series, either. 4mo
TheSpineView @Djspens Have not read The Girl On The Train yet. Kind of bored with thrillers at the moment. Loved 💙 A Man Called Ove, very character driven so I see how some would not like it. 4mo
readordierachel Having different tastes is what makes reading (and the world) so interesting! 4mo
readordierachel And thank you again for sending me your copy 🤗 4mo
TheSpineView @readordierachel You are welcome! 4mo
Linda_Bloodworth_Author I tried to read a Sara J Mass book, but I couldn't get past the main character. She was so self absorbed. 4mo
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Owlizabeth
Melmoth | Sarah Perry
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Bailedbailed

I‘ve lost my momentum with this one. I like the writing style but I‘m just meh on the story and I‘ve got too much I actually want to read right now to force my way through it. 🤷🏻‍♀️

But what a gorgeous cover, amirite?

Tamra I got bogged in the middle on the audio, but I figured it was the nature of trying listening to a complicated plot. 4mo
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled I liked it, but liked The Essex Serpent much better 4mo
DivineDiana It is a gorgeous cover! 4mo
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AMVP
Melmoth | Sarah Perry
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Seeing this new Sarah Perry for 50% off at #barnesandnoble got me to break my book fast in 2019 (where I resolve to not buy any new novels and focus solely on my backlog).

Tamra Totally worth it! I listened to the audio and I think I would have preferred it on paper. 4mo
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Ashley_Nicoletto
Melmoth | Sarah Perry
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With all this snow that‘s coming in - do we think I can finish all four of my library books this weekend?

Throwing myself a little mini snow day readathon starting tomorrow at 6 pm.

Dragon Sounds fun and you‘ve got interesting books! 👍🐉 4mo
Lovesbooks87 You got this! 4mo
LauraBeth You can definitely do it! 🙌 4mo
Redwritinghood Worth a shot! 4mo
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Palimpsest
Melmoth | Sarah Perry
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This is the first book I finished this year and I loved it! This story follows Helen, a wallflower and translator who has stumbled upon stories of Melmoth the Witness, who to most seems like nothing more than a fairytale, but the more letters and history she delves into the more Helen begins to wonder if there is more truth to the stories than anyone wants to believe and what must she face herself to find the truth? ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

BookishMarginalia I‘m looking forward to this one. 4mo
Palimpsest @BookishMarginalia I hope you enjoy it. I know there are mixed reviews on this one, but it gripped me. I liked the gothic feel. 4mo
Freespirit This is another book I need to get to! 2mo
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Owlizabeth
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So, I‘ve seen very mixed reviews on this one and I have to go to the library tomorrow, so I decided to give it a quick once over to see if I should keep it or just return it and the next thing I know I‘m over 50 pages in and I can‘t wait to see what happens next. I was unable to get into The Essex Serpent, so I was not expecting to find this book so gripping so early. I LOVE IT WHEN THIS HAPPENS. I don‘t think I‘m going to sleep anytime soon.

Tamra I really need to try this on paper. 4mo
readordierachel That's such a good feeling! 4mo
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VanessaCW
Melmoth | Sarah Perry
Mehso-so

I was a little disappointed with this one. It‘s beautifully written but it didn‘t grip me like The Essex Serpent did.

rmaclean4 Agree!! 2mo
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unabridgedchick
Melmoth | Sarah Perry
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Mehso-so

It's extravagant. Melodramatic. Wuthering Heights and mezzo-sopranos dying on stage. Tea-and-rainy-day moody. A bit like Byatt's Possession, only far more brief. It has all the atmosphere and setting of a book I love, so I'm especially crushed that I didn't love it! Too much unanswered for me, too light a touch on events.

Tamra I too loved the atmosphere, but it got muddled for me in the middle. 4mo
emilyhaldi Great review, I agree wholeheartedly 4mo
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Kimberlone
Melmoth | Sarah Perry
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Having a low key but busy Sunday cleaning, prepping food, and doing laundry. But now my chores are wrapped up, I am ready to dig into this book on my kindle. Today is a perfect day for being cozy as this weekend the temperature has drastically dropped (2 degrees F!). But at least everything looks pretty outside with all of the hoar frost!

4thhouseontheleft Pretty! 4mo
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ChristyM
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Mehso-so

Such a disappointment. I enjoyed The Essex Serpent - the rich language, the characters, and the folkloric storytelling . Melmoth is filled with such a sense of despair and guilt, I found myself relieved to reach the last page. The writing felt more forced in this book and I never truly cared about Helen, the main character.

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youneverarrived
Melmoth | Sarah Perry
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Pickpick

Brilliant first read of the year. So atmospheric and gorgeously written. I found myself completely lost in the story, and just wanted to keep reading on. Loved it! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ #newyearwhodis

monalyisha Heck yeah! 🙌🏻 4mo
RadicalReader @youneverarrived gorgeous book cover love how magical and nature filled it is there is something so indescribably beautiful when it comes to nature 4mo
Kimberlone I also just started this! 4mo
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readordierachel I'm so happy to read this positive review! I adored the Essex Serpent and have been looking forward to this one. 4mo
youneverarrived @RadicalReader it is lovely 💙 4mo
youneverarrived @Kimberlone what do you think of it? 4mo
youneverarrived @readordierachel I‘ve seen mixed reviews with a few people saying they didn‘t like it as much as The Essex Serpent but I thought it was just as good! 4mo
Pricel101 Thrilled you enjoyed the book! Sarah Perry talks about myths and writing in this podcast! https://www.theguardian.com/books/audio/2018/nov/20/myth-making-with-sarah-perry... 4mo
youneverarrived @Pricel101 looks good thanks! 4mo
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VanessaCW
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Just about to start this one! A physical book for a change.

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Owlizabeth
Melmoth | Sarah Perry
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My little #libraryhaul - I returned a bunch of books because my semester starts on Monday and I know I won‘t get to them. But these were holds that came in so I had to bring them home.

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Kimberlone
Melmoth | Sarah Perry
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Starting this library loan on my Kindle tonight before bed. I haven‘t read The Essex Serpent yet (also on my kindle, but purchased), but if I really like this one I‘ll want to get to that one next. The description gives me vibes of The Historian.

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youneverarrived
Melmoth | Sarah Perry
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First read of the New Year. #newyearwhodis

My partner surprised me with flights to New York in October just after it turned 2019! So this year is shaping up to be a good one already ♥️ (although it‘s the year I turn 30 🙈)

Wishing you all a happy and healthy 2019 🥂

RidgewayGirl I loved this book! I hope you like it. A trip to NY sounds amazing! 5mo
SamanthaMarie What a thoughtful surprise!!! I turned 30 at the end of this year too. :) I am actually looking forward to it though. Get me out of the 20s!!! Haha. 5mo
squirrelbrain Wow amazing! New York is my favourite place in the world (been 8 times!). Best leave room in your case for when you go to The Strand...! 5mo
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Pricel101 Happy reading in 2019! NYC will be such a fun trip! 5mo
LeahBergen Happy New Year! What a pretty cup. 😍 5mo
Redwritinghood Happy New Year! 5mo
batsy What a lovely gift! Happy New Year 🥂 5mo
youneverarrived @RidgewayGirl so far, so good! Really liking it. I can‘t wait, I‘ve always wanted to go 🗽 5mo
youneverarrived @SamanthaMarie haha I think I‘m still a little bit in denial about it! And he is so thoughtful, I had a pretty bad end of the year so he wanted this year to start off good ♥️ 5mo
youneverarrived @squirrelbrain you‘ll have to tell me all the best places to go and must-sees Helen! I‘ve always wanted to go. Think I might take an extra suitcase 😂 I got your card today thank you xx 5mo
youneverarrived @Pricel101 same to you! I‘m really liking Melmoth so far. 5mo
youneverarrived @Redwritinghood same to you. Hope it‘s a good one for you 💕 5mo
youneverarrived @batsy 😘😘 5mo
squirrelbrain Oh oh you shouldn‘t have asked for my advice on NYC - I‘ll never shut up! First of all - make sure you book a hotel, most Air BNB style apt‘s are illegal 😱. Let me know if you get down to a shortlist.... 😘 5mo
youneverarrived @squirrelbrain thanks for the info! I didn‘t know that! Could you recommend a decent hotel? And haha I‘m there for 5 nights so need lots of recommendations of things to do and see xx 5mo
squirrelbrain Send me your email address to helenharrogate at gmail dot com and I‘ll send you reams and reams and reams.... you have been warned! 😜 5mo
youneverarrived @squirrelbrain 😂 thanks! Will email you in a bit xx 4mo
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Branwen
Melmoth | Sarah Perry
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My last book purchase of the year! I couldn't resist the 50% Barnes & Noble sale! I'm so excited about the Diane Setterfield book because her earlier work, The Thirteenth Tale, was just amazing and I adored it! 😊 Also I read my library's copy of Melmoth and I loved it so much I decided to get a copy! #bookhaul

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Beachesnbooks
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Barnes & Noble had 50% off some new hardcovers and I couldn‘t resist these two!

BookishTrish Those look so good. 5mo
Emilymdxn I loved Melmoth! Really hope you like it 5mo
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unabridgedchick
Melmoth | Sarah Perry
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My TBR for my 9-day break. Yaaaaaaay!

Tamra Melmoth is an atmospheric read - I enjoyed it. 5mo
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TheSpineView
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@BookishTrish #worstreads

I lot of people liked Melmoth but it was just not me cup of tea. It gets my nomination for worst of 2018.👎

Lauren.Archer I am with you on this. I bailed with 50 pages left. 5mo
TheSpineView @Lauren.Archer Glad to know I have company. 5mo
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TheSpineView @TheLibrarian Good to know! 5mo
BookNAround I like The Essex Serpent but this one was ugh to me. 5mo
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youneverarrived
Melmoth | Sarah Perry
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Got my list of books for #newyearwhodis from my match @Pricel101 😁 Hopefully should be able to read all these! Melmoth and The Nightingale were on my tbr already.

Thanks to @monalyisha for organising this 💛

Pricel101 We are the perfect match!! I LOVE your list and can‘t wait to get started! 5mo
monalyisha This makes me happy. Thanks @Pricel101 🤗! 5mo
youneverarrived @Pricel101 😁 looking forward to seeing what you think of the books you chose to read. Agree we‘re a good match 💕 5mo
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Pricel101
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Melmoth a woman who witnessed Jesus rise from the dead, later denys doing so. For this, she‘s cursed to wander the earth until the Second Coming. In her loneliness, she lures the worst of humanity into keeping her company... 🔥🖤💀

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Branwen
Melmoth | Sarah Perry
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All my library holds came in today! Huzzah! 😀💕📚 #bookhaul #librarylove

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Tamra
Melmoth | Sarah Perry
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Mehso-so

I really enjoyed Perry‘s writing in this and the Essex Serpent. But......it got long winded, muddled, and confusing in the middle. Perhaps it‘s because I was listening to the audio and undoubtedly I focus better when I read paper. That aside, lots of gothic atmosphere, interesting character devo, and fascinating premise. Now I want to read to Melmoth The Wanderer.

I think someone is watching me. 👀

Tamra Fantastic narrator by the way. 6mo
TracyReadsBooks Love Melmoth the Wanderer and I‘ve had my eye on this one for some time now. Based on your review, I might have to give it a go. 6mo
Tamra @TracyReadsBooks I‘ll definitely get it then! It‘s in my cart. I tried it first on Libravox, but I find classics require more focus and so I need paper. You should give Perry‘s version a try. The writing is really good and the idea is nice and creepy. Like I said, I lost track in the middle. 6mo
Ruthiella I find certain books work better for me in physical copy too. 😀 6mo
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Jee_HookedOnBookz
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🎅 Melmoth, Bird Box and Poppy War
🎅Don't really have a holiday fav, but I generally like Kit Kat
🎅 Yes
🎅 The Night Before Christmas (love reading it to my LO! I have a few editions of it with different illustrations haha and A Christmas Carol
🎅 Family pic

#Christmas2018 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Kat_H I heard Sarah Perry speak a couple of weeks ago. She was fantastic! Can't wait to read Melmoth! 6mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Bird Box is really good!!! 6mo
Jee_HookedOnBookz @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks read good things about it! Hopefully I get to read it by this year! 😅 6mo
Jee_HookedOnBookz @Kat_H you're so lucky! I'm hoping to read this before the year ends 😅 6mo
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Robothugs
Melmoth | Sarah Perry
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Mehso-so

I was a bit disappointed with this. It was slow/dragged in places for me. Part 3 was great but getting there at times was a chore. The writing was beautiful and perhaps the one redemptive quality for me. Between The Essex Serpent and this one, the former was the better of the two.

EliNeedsMoreShelves Awww, really? I was anticipating that I would love this one... 6mo
Robothugs @EliNeedsMoreShelves You just might! Maybe you will have a different opinion. 6mo
merelybookish Cute new profile pic! 🙂 6mo
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Robothugs @merelybookish Thank you! 🤗 6mo
emilyhaldi I agree completely. Love her writing so much! But I enjoyed Essex Serpent much more. 6mo
goodthinkrebel I almost bought this but I'm glad I didn't. I loved Essex Serpent but I've not heard great things about this one. 6mo
Robothugs @goodthinkrebel I feel bad comparing - so I tried to only do it strictly based on which I‘d prefer... and it‘s definitely Essex Serpent. (edited) 6mo
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Nitpickyabouttrains
Melmoth | Sarah Perry
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Pickpick

Short and an interesting format. It was ale research with the “primary” sources. I liked what they were looking into even if I didn‘t find all the sources interesting.

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Robothugs
Melmoth | Sarah Perry
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Hanging out with Kyte today and trying to get out of this reading slump! #CatsOfLitsy #LittenKitten

Sapphire I just finished Melmoth on audible! 6mo
Robothugs @Sapphire How‘d you like it overall?? 6mo
Lcsmcat Sweet 😻 6mo
Sapphire If it gets slow in parts, it's worth hanging in to the end. 6mo
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Karionie
Melmoth | Sarah Perry
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Pickpick

I enjoyed this. It wasn‘t as good as The Essex Serpent, but it was intriguing, and a bit creepy. Perry isn‘t everyone‘s cup of tea... give it a try if you enjoy a nice, moody, languid Victorian novel.

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emilyhaldi
Melmoth | Sarah Perry
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Mehso-so

Hard to take a photo with a kitten in the house 😼 Good thing she's cute!
I‘m very sorry to say this book didn‘t work for me. I love Perry‘s writing and she knows how to set a mood so well... But I just couldn't find the tale of Melmoth to be at all believable and Perry doesn't seem to find her focus in this book. Too many detours from the main storyline that never really came together. However, I will continue to read anything she writes!

emilyhaldi Thanks again to book fairy @Cinfhen for sharing this with me!!🧚🏻‍♀️ 6mo
BarbaraBB Good to know. I‘ll unstack. I had my doubts already regarding the story and you just confirmed them! 6mo
Leftcoastzen Cute!😻 6mo
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squirrelbrain Gorgeous kitty! 😻 6mo
Susanita “No pictures of books. Only pictures of MEEE.” 6mo
Jess_Franzino I enjoyed it more towards then end when everything came together. Not to mention, Sarah Perry could write a grocery list & I‘d still find it ingenious 😂 However, I MUCH preferred “The Essex Serpent”. 6mo
Reviewsbylola Wow Winks is big!! 6mo
batsy What a cutie! 😻 Too bad the book didn't live up to expectations :( 6mo
emilyhaldi @Jess_Franzino my thoughts exactly!!! 💙 6mo
Cinfhen Hi Em!!!!! Sorry you didn‘t like this one. It worked for me but I was looking for an escape. I can see how it wasn‘t perfect but I thought the writing was special. I MISS YOU & @Mdargusch xx Hope all is well and you‘re just busy with the real world. ❤️❤️❤️ 6mo
Cinfhen And that little kitty is soooooo cute 😻 6mo
emilyhaldi All is well!! @Cinfhen I don‘t know if you saw my earlier post but my husband and I finally bought a house! 🙏🏻 We closed on 10/31 and are working on painting and fixing up at the moment ... not to mention all of the furniture, light fixtures, appliances, etc we have been buying 😅 so life has been busy but in the best way. Hopefully will have more time for Litsy soon! ❤️🏡 6mo
Cinfhen I didn‘t see!!! Congrats 💜💜💜That‘s exciting news 6mo
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umbrellagirl
Melmoth | Sarah Perry
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But I‘m in Kansas! 😐

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TheBookstorePodcast
Melmoth | Sarah Perry
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It‘s Election Day in the US and new Bookstore episode day. Today we talk Melmoth by Sarah Perry. Listen to it on your way to the polls. And remember, if you don‘t vote Melmoth is watching you. 🕴🏻

Get the episode wherever you get your podcasts!

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Lizpixie
Melmoth | Sarah Perry
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Hi everyone, I‘m back!🙋🏻‍♀️ I‘ve done nothing but sleep & eat then sleep again for almost two weeks now, but I can‘t sleep my life away. There will be lots of doctors & tests in the coming months so I need my Litsy family to give me a place that‘s about something I love instead of needles, tilttables & arrogant surgeons.💉😳 I have managed to get halfway through Melmoth by Sarah Perry, it‘s different from The Essex Serpent but also similar IMHO

tpixie Another lovely cover Good luck with your health!! 🍀🤗❤️ 6mo
CarolynM Nice to see you back.🙂 Hope you get some benefit from the medical attention. 6mo
Lizpixie @tpixie thanks lovely😘 @CarolynM Thank you sweetie, I‘m not looking forward to the tests but I‘ve put it off long enough. Hopefully it‘ll be worth it🤞 6mo
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Kaye Best wishes for your tests to soon be done so you can get the treatment needed. Stand strong. 6mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️❤️❤️ 6mo
AmyG Wishing you good health, always. And...we are always here for you. ❤️ (edited) 6mo
lynneamch Litsy hugs surround you. ❤ 6mo
Jas16 ❤️ 6mo
Lizpixie @Kaye @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @AmyG @lynneamch @Jas16 thank you all for the Litsy love🥰I really missed this community the last week. This really is the best, kindest & most giving community on the internet. Much love back at you all😘❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ 6mo
JacqMac Hugs and best wishes. 💕 6mo
Smrloomis Hope things get better for you soon 🤞🏽 6mo
LeahBergen It‘s good to see you back! Sending hugs and best wishes. 😘😘 6mo
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Robothugs
Melmoth | Sarah Perry
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Stop, drop, and reading (I am positive that‘s how that goes) for this one. So excited for this, I hope I didn‘t overhype it for myself.

Burghbookaddict It sounds so good! Hope you love it 6mo
Lizpixie This is the book I‘ve been reading during my hiatus from social media! Great minds think alike Jen🤨 6mo
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Emilymdxn
Melmoth | Sarah Perry
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#octoberwrapup part 1! I finished 32 books this month but more of them than usual weren‘t great. Some standouts tho -

From this half Melmoth, the Louise Erdrich, Circe, There But For The, and Instructions for a Heat Wave were my faves. Very glad I read the Interesting Narrative for my own education but too military and ship-route focused for me to say I enjoyed it. Some others were good but some were v disappointing.

zsuzsanna_reads Which ones were disappointing? Just so I know to keep away 😉 7mo
Emilymdxn @zsuzsanna_reads the dictionary of animal languages is a strong contender for worst book I‘ve ever read so keep well clear of that one! Jonasson was a bit disappointing too, and Ian McEwan 7mo
zsuzsanna_reads @Emilymdxn I found Jonasson books a bit disappointing in the past and Ian McEwan is very hot and miss from me. I've never heard of the animal languages one before, so easy to keep away. 😂 7mo
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zsuzsanna_reads Hit and miss, not hot and miss... 7mo
zsuzsanna_reads I also found Hotel du Lac a bit disappointing. I guess I expected more. 7mo
Emilymdxn @zsuzsanna_reads I definitely had a period of liking Ian McEwan but I feel kinda over him now... 7mo
candority I DNF The Dictionary of Animal Languages. I‘m glad I‘m not the only one who disliked it! 7mo
Emilymdxn @candority I try really hard to finish everything I started but I wanted to bail on it so powerfully badly. By the end I was just speeding through it for quotes I could laugh at with people 7mo
Moray_Reads Ali Smith is probably my favourite living author and There But For The is one of her best ❤️ 7mo
Emilymdxn @Moray_Reads I had a difficult time with how to be both and didn‘t finish it but I adored there but for the so much it‘s making me think I should try how to be both again 7mo
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