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The Saturday Night Ghost Club
The Saturday Night Ghost Club: A Novel | Craig Davidson
An infectious novel from literary master craftsman Craig Davidson--the first major new work of literary fiction since his bestselling, Giller-shortlisted novel Cataract City. A charismatic cast of misfits, losers, and bruisers animate this winning novel set in Niagara Falls, a.k.a. Cataract City--a slightly seedy, slightly magical, slightly haunted place, where seemingly ordinary lives are steeped in secrets, desires, troubled histories, and the occasional splash of mayhem. Like Ilium, New York, in the novels of Kurt Vonnegut, or Castle Rock, New England, in the fiction of Stephen King--or even Hawkins, Indiana, in the Netflix sensation Stranger Things, Cataract City is an invented world where lost innocence mingles with the darker shades and sharper corners of humanity. Saturday Night Ghost Club is a short, irresistible, and bittersweet coming-of-age story about a small group of kids who, under the leadership of an eccentric uncle, spend one summer investigating the validity of local ghost stories and macabre urban myths--in almost every instance getting in way over their heads. With warmth, skill, and striking, cinematic imagery, and a rare gift for conjuring totally original, unexpected, and unforgettable set pieces and tableaus that strike the reader as immediately iconic--Davidson draws us into his gritty world, reminding us that life's strange intensity and occasional magic is all around us.
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Annie1215
Saturday Night Ghost Club | Craig Davidson
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Blown away by my #hhs swap! Thank you SO much @monalyisha for this thoughtful and generous gift. I‘m already in these amazing slippers 🥰 and LOVE the thought behind the mug!

How lucky am I?!

Happy Halloween!!! 🎃👻

monalyisha Hooray! Happy Hallow‘s Eve! I‘m glad you like everything & that your toes are cozy! I couldn‘t believe it when I flipped the mug over in that little shop. I almost died. 😅 (edited) 4w
Annie1215 P.s. I‘m moving at the end of the year and am so excited to bring the new mat along with me 😁 - I‘m thinking fall decor year round in the new place @monalyisha 4w
wanderinglynn Awesome! 🎃🧡 4w
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monalyisha @Annie1215 Ha! *You* create the world you want to live in. Amazing. 😅🎃🍁 (edited) 4w
Crazeedi You got some great presents!🎃 4w
LeahBergen Thornyhold! 👏🏻👏🏻 4w
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EatSleepRead
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Strong in 80s nostalgia and a definite quirky tale with interesting characters. You know that feeling of being on the outside, not quite fitting in? This book nails that childhood that many of us had. The ending was completely not what I was expecting.

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Jess_Franzino
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This was great and a truly unique story. It‘s mostly a coming of age story with some ghost stories sprinkled in and some very interesting and well rounded characters.

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twolittlefeetreads
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This was a fun read about a 12 year old boys summer with his friends and his fun but slightly weird Uncle. They have lots of adventures and even discover a long time family secret!

#thesaturdaynightghostclub #craigdavidson

TheKidUpstairs I haven't seen that cover before, I love it! 10mo
twolittlefeetreads @TheKidUpstairs I do too! I'm bad about judging a book by its cover but I always seem to get good ones! ☺️ 10mo
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CoffeeNBooks
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This book became a lot darker than just a story about ghost stories. Jake loves to spend time with his Uncle Cal, who owns The Occultorium. One summer in the 1980s, Uncle Cal creates the Saturday Night Ghost Club, with his friend Lex, Jake, and Jake's friends Billy and Dove. They visit local sites that are supposedly haunted.

Soubhiville Fun! 👻 10mo
CoffeeNBooks @Soubhiville Thanks again for sending this to me! 10mo
Soubhiville You‘re welcome! I‘m so glad it was good. 10mo
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CoffeeNBooks
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Sunday morning #coffeeandabook

Hazel2019 Love the mug! 😁 11mo
CoffeeNBooks @Hazel2019 I love Stranger Things! 11mo
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CoffeeNBooks
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I started this book today, and I'm enjoying its quirkiness so far!

j.rye Quirky is always a good thing in my book! 11mo
TheLudicReader This is a surprisingly beautiful book. 11mo
CoffeeNBooks @j.rye Absolutely! 11mo
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CoffeeNBooks @TheLudicReader I'm not really sure what I expected, but so far it's more substantive than I thought it would be. 11mo
Traci1 I love your sleeve! 😍 11mo
TheLudicReader @CoffeeNBooks agreed. It was a real surprise for me, too. Did you know Davidson also writes as Nick Cutter? If you‘re looking for more ice, try 11mo
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TheKidUpstairs
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Thank you so much @candority for this wonderful #LittleChristmasSwap package! I've been wanting to read this book since it came out, and the treats and tea look so good (my kids think so too, you can see a little grabby hand 😂). The bookmark is so beautiful! Thank you so much for making it for me, it went straight into my current read, such a treasure.

Thanks again, Brooke! And thanks to @bookish_wookish for organizing!

bookish_wookish So pretty! 11mo
candority Yay! I‘m so glad you like everything! Especially the bookmark 🥰 I love that little grabby hand! Better hide the treats 😂 11mo
BiblioLitten I loved the tagged book! 11mo
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Coleen_Nieto
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I think I read this book at the perfect time. Part ghost story, part coming of age story, part tragedy, this book had it all. I really enjoyed it and recommend it to anyone looking for a good, but not too scary Halloween read.

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Coleen_Nieto
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1. Candy corn!
2. The Exorcist
3. By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes
#thoughtfulthursday
@MoonWitch94

MoonWitch94 Thanks for playing 🎃🖤⭐️🌙🕸 13mo
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Coleen_Nieto
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1. No real plans. We were invited to a Halloween party but I'm really hoping it gets canceled. I will see my grandson for his first Halloween and my daughter's birthday is Sunday.
2. Isabel Allende, Fredrik Backman
3. Tagged and Something Wicked This Way Comes
@Eggs #wondrouswednesday

Eggs Thanks for joining in 🎃🍁📚👏🏻 13mo
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Coleen_Nieto
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1. I'm not sure, I bought candy just in case.
2. I do not.
@TheSpineView
#two4tuesday

TheSpineView Better safe than sorry with the candy! The best part is you can eat the leftovers! 😆🧡🎃 13mo
Coleen_Nieto @TheSpineView I made the rookie mistake of putting the candy out too early. My husband will have it eaten by Saturday 🍁 13mo
TheSpineView @Coleen_Nieto My hubby is the same way!😁 13mo
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Selena85
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Ending was sad and overall book was not as scary I thought it would be. It was a quick and entertaining read and was spooky to me last night during a rainy Saturday night. If I knew that the scary bits were behind me about halfway in, I would have finished last night. Instead I woke up early to finish in time for the end of #deweys24hourreadathon

In total I read 7 hours
Finished tagged book and started another. Still working through my audio

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Selena85
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I only got 2 hours and 45 minutes of my audiobook in for #deweys24hourreadathon so far. But I had a great day with the kiddos and even have the perfect snack to enjoy as I start this one 👻

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Rachiiebookdragon
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Interesting book Read as part of the #buzzwordathon 5/5

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mdm139
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A group of paranormal fans meet through the summer at haunted places to tell ghost stories and discover some ghosts are best left alone. The book had an unexpected twist in the end. It was both a heartbreaking and heartwarming tale. Halloween is heavily mentioned in the end so 26 + 3 hours of reading = 56 pts #teamharkness #scarathlon2020 #screamathon @StayCurious @4thhouseontheleft

End of Week 1 Total 747

4thhouseontheleft 🎃👻 14mo
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KVanRead
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Mehso-so

Some excellent prose here, especially around the mutability of memory, and I loved the setting, but this one never really came together for me. Unpopular opinion, I know, but I just never connected with the characters.🤷🏻‍♀️

But it does directly involve Halloween for +25 points for #TeamHarkness #Scarathlon2020

And +55 each for #Screamathon and #Gothtober (Lies prompt) for 5.5 hrs of reading. All together +136

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quietjenn
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I'm only about fifty pages in, but really digging this one.

MsMelissa It‘s great!! Hope you continue to dig it 😊 14mo
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BiblioLitten
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I think this is just the kind of book I need right now. Starting my first book for #screamathon2020 #covercrush
🎃👻🎃

MsMelissa Hope you like it as much as I did 😊 14mo
BiblioLitten @Book_Fiend_Melissa I‘m really enjoying the book. I have the same feelings when I watched Stranger Things for the first time. #travelbackintime 💙 Have you read anything else by this author? 14mo
MsMelissa I learned that he writes horror novels under the name Nick Cutter, and have read one of those (The Deep), but none of the other books he‘s written under his own name. I plan to check out this one 14mo
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britt_reads
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I‘ve got my #bookspinbingo board ready to go. I‘m looking forward to participating this month!

#scarathlon2020 #TeamHarkness +1

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Looks great!! 14mo
StayCurious Some great choices! 14mo
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MsMelissa
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What a superb little novel! Davidson‘s writing, his stories, and his characters drew me right in. The book is set in Niagara Falls, Ontario, in the 1980s. As a child of the 80s, the many references to 80s stuff had me feeling all nostalgic. This isn‘t a horror novel nor a thriller, despite what you may think by the title, but rather an account of childhood, of memory, and of family. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

TheLudicReader I loved this one. 14mo
MsMelissa @TheLudicReader I wasn‘t sure what to expect, so I was very pleasantly surprised by it. 14mo
BiblioLitten You summed it up perfectly! I thought it would be like kids pretending to be Ghostbusters but it was nothing like that. I absolutely loved it! 💙 14mo
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MrsBreads
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This was good and was about a lot of things that I wasn‘t expecting which increased my enjoyment of the book.

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MsMelissa
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Since my last read did absolutely nothing for me I‘m going to immediately move on to my next one. Thanks for the inspiration @vivastory 😊

vivastory Looking forward to your thoughts! 14mo
ShelleyBooksie I've heard great things about this one. 14mo
FantasyChick Ok, I haven't heard anything about this but the cover is screaming Are You Afraid of the Dark! 14mo
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KVanRead Looks like a fun read. Live the mug!😍 14mo
MsMelissa @vivastory @ShelleyBooksie @FantasyChick I read just under half the book tonight. I really like it. 14mo
MsMelissa @KVanRead As a child of the 80s I‘m finding it very nostalgic, and it‘s sort of making me a little homesick for Southern Ontario (I may live in Ottawa now, but I‘m GTA-born and raised). (edited) 14mo
KVanRead Stacking it! 14mo
LeahBergen I love the mug! 🦇 14mo
MsMelissa @KVanRead I think you‘d like it 👍🏻 14mo
MsMelissa @LeahBergen HomeSense special $5.99 It holds an entire Venti Starbucks drink. 14mo
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vivastory
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Craig Davidson AKA Nick Cutter's book is a coming of age story set in Niagara Falls in the 80s. The horror loving Jake Baker, along with his friends Billy & Dove, hang out with his uncle & his eccentric friend as they explore the paranormal side of the city. This is vastly different from Cutter's books, more Something Wicked This Way Comes than The Troop. An enjoyable read with a bit of 80s nostalgia & a few quirky characters.

MsMelissa Wow! The cover for your version is so different from mine. I don‘t think I would have picked it up with this cover. Glad you enjoyed it. It‘s still on my TBR pile. I looked at it today funnily enough, so that and your review are perhaps a sign I need to read it now! 14mo
vivastory @Book_Fiend_Melissa I really like the other cover, but I actually really like my cover. I had ordered it when I found out that he's Nick Cutter. It's a quick read, my copy was 200 pages but with the formatting I think it made it longer. 14mo
MsMelissa Wait a minute! He‘s Nick Cutter??? How did I not know this 😂 14mo
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vivastory @Book_Fiend_Melissa Crazy, right? 14mo
BookDragonNotWorm I didn't know he was Nick Cutter either! This was SO different from The Troop! 14mo
Reggie That poor uncle. 14mo
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amywithbooks
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A great coming-of-age story. I would not consider this horror as it is traditionally known so don't let the word "ghost" put you off. A short, fun read that will pull your heart strings in the end. 4 ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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amywithbooks
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I am a summer girl through and through, and genuinely loathe being cold. Two days of 60 degree weather has me 😢🥶
But I am definitely not upset about my current situation- a yummy beer, my favorite blanket, and a ghost story!

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amywithbooks
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Currently reading! 👻👻

vivastory I love this cover 1y
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BookDragonNotWorm
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This wasn‘t at all what I was expecting, but I liked it anyways! Never one to pass up a coming of age story set in the 80s, this hauntingly deep and insightful novel gave me the feels. Well written and touching with a nice little twist, this one is short enough to bump to the top of your TBR list!

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veritysalter
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⭐️⭐️⭐️/⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Not quite what I was expecting, but a very enjoyable read nonetheless. A coming of age story, set in 1980s Niagara Falls. Jake and his friends Billy and Dove are taken on a ghost tour of the town by Jake‘s Uncle Calvin. As the tour progresses, Jake realises there is something profoundly wrong with Uncle Calvin. Told in a then and now format, with humour and deep sadness.

Annie1215 I‘ve *ALMOST* bought this one multiple times, but haven‘t quite committed yet. I‘ll have to add it to my TBR pile. 1y
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick I bought this ebook last month! I'll likely add it to my long list for October & see if I get to it. Looks cute & definitely for the upcoming spooky season. 1y
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Mynameisacolour
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"Growing up in a city where the erection of a new Kmart occasioned our mayor to announce, “This marks a wondrous new chapter in our town‘s history”—imagination was my greatest asset."
Thoroughly enjoyed this coming of age story that takes place during the 80's in Niagara Falls with a Stand By Me kind of vibe. ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Hooked_on_books Sounds good! You had me at Stand By Me! 1y
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Mynameisacolour
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#weeklybookreport - Finished Mexican Gothic for #lmpbc #groupQ This week I plan on finishing up A House in the Sky which I am loving so far for #groupg Started The Saturday Night Ghost Club on the kindle app to read on my phone whenever I find myself beginning to start mindlessly scrolling.😬 #weeklyforecast

Butterfinger I read and wrote the first six chapters before I realized you may not want me to write in it. I am so sorry. I'll stop and get post-its. 1y
Mynameisacolour @butterfinger no worries!! I am totally fine with it being written in. I was originally going to use post it's because I anticipated having many more and possibly lengthier thoughts on it then what I did, so it is all good!! 1y
Butterfinger @Mynameisacolour I'll continue writing in it then. 😊 1y
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Aaronlisa
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I read this between May 24 & June 1 and gave it 4 ⭐️. I really enjoyed this book. It‘s not as spooky as the title or the blurb on the back lead me to believe. I enjoyed the fact that Davidson writes about more personal ghosts and demons. I did feel that the narrator was somewhat inaccessible to the reader. But it was still a good story.

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Bookalong
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5/5🌟 It has been a while since I read a book that grabbed hold of my emotions quite like this one did. I don't want to spoil the story at all but know Davidson's writing is excellent! He captures the innocence of youth on the cusp of the realities of adulthood, and the importance of family and the things we do for the people we love in such a moving way. Its beautiful, its heartbreaking, its heartwarming, I seriously cant reccomend it enough!

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Brinx
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This is a nice milestone 😊📚I tagged the book that helped me reach this!

JoScho 🥳💜🥳💜🥳 2y
OnlyYoo Congrats! 2y
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Brinx
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Solid 3.5 stars, though I gave it 4 stars on Goodreads. It has a “Now and Then” vibe but with male main characters and a darker backstory. It‘s a quick read.

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scripturient
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#bookmail is the best mail. Looking forward to this little gem here.

Skyrimir I read this last year and loved it. Very much not what I expected going in, but an amazing read. 2y
Meaw_catlady Loved this one! I cried so many times! 2y
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foxy_frain
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Moonprismpower
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My 2019 year in review! I‘m very proud to say I had my goal set at 24 so as not to overwhelm myself. I even felt like I was never reading at all this past year as a librarian that can put a lot of undo pressure on oneself. But I surpassed my goal! Yay!

Lovesbooks87 We had the same most popular book! 2y
Avanders 🥳🥳 2y
Moonprismpower @Lovesbooks87 I binged the entire series but stopped at the fourth book Heir which had an annoying character. I may go back but I‘m not so sure. 2y
Lovesbooks87 @Moonprismpower I binged the whole series too! 2y
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Make no mistake, the girl contains fire to evaporate oceans, light to blind minor gods. -p. 171

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There was nothing wrong with being an odd duck. I figured some people have edges that don‘t allow them to slot neatly into the holes society expects them to fit into, that was all.
-p 26

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Skyrimir
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Favorite 2019 reads part 2! What are everyone else‘s favorites?

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Meaw_catlady
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Took a quick break from The Stand to read this little book I‘ve had checked out since Halloween. This book is a quirky coming of age story with thrills, tragedy and friendship. Do ghosts haunt us? Or is it only our memories?

sudi I've been wanting to read this book for so long but for some reason the price is insane here, even for the ebook version. But it's nice knowing that buying the book will be worth it 😊 2y
Meaw_catlady @sudi wow! It‘s such a small book I wouldn‘t think it would cost so much!! I think I was the only person who had checked it out since we ordered it so I broke this library copy in. Hopefully someone checks it out it‘s a very good story. I cried at least 3 times . 2y
sudi @Meaw_catlady the pricing is weird here. Most of the times it depends on how popular a book is, if it fairly unknown you would expect it to be at a fairly low price but ther price it even higher here. I read about it on Shelf Awareness so i wanted to read it ever since. It sounded a little similar to Something Wicked comes this way by Bradbury 2y
Meaw_catlady @sudi I see! Well I definitely recommend it. I was very pleasantly surprised at how it struck me. I haven‘t read that I need to!! 2y
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DarcysMom
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🌟🌟🌟🌟
#audiobook
#cloudlibrary

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xxjenadanxx
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Book 1 for #24b4monday

A coming of age retrospective. Nostalgic with a twinge of melancholy, in the way that things set during the 80s tend to be.

Coleen_Nieto @xxjenadanxx thanks for posting, this is on my tbr! 2y
xxjenadanxx @Coleen_Nieto you're welcome! It was a good, fast read. I grabbed it on a whim while at the library. 2y
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DarcysMom
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DrexEdit That looks like a fun book to read on a walk! 😊 2y
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DarcysMom
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thegirlwiththelibrarybag I loved this book. Just so cleverly written. 2y
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DarcysMom
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StellaDz
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Excited that this book is chosen as the One Book One London read this year! It‘s an amazing story! Pick it up if you haven‘t yet!

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Squidapus
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Squidapus doesn't think this is a bad book so he would still recommend it to others; it just didn't connect with him like some people. A recounting of a young boy's life during one summer with good weird Uncle and new friends, though he'll be faced by the reality of the world that draws all kids into adults. Squidapus has almost no nostalgia for youth even when seen through an even-handed lens. The writing is good but he just wasn't invested