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The Turn of the Screw (Collins Classics)
The Turn of the Screw (Collins Classics) | Henry James
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Joshsandaker
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Mehso-so

This book has been on my TBR since I read about it in ‘Danse Macabre‘ about a decade ago. They‘re adapting it for the follow up to Netflix‘s ‘Haunting of Hill House‘, so I figured it was a good time to check it out. It had some good creepy moments, but other than those moments there really isn‘t much going on. It‘s a story within a story but it doesn‘t bookend with the “first” story and that bugged me. Felt like it should have. It was okay.

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rretzler
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Mehso-so

I was a little disappointed in this book. It was very wordy and “stretched-out”, so it didn‘t surprise me to find that it was originally published serially. The governess as an unreliable narrator was interesting, as was the ambiguity of what was happening with regards to her two small charges. Honestly it‘s somewhere between so-so and a pick - I can‘t stop thinking about the ambiguities, if only it hadn‘t been so wordy. 3.5/5.0⭐️ #2019

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laurenslibrary
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Finished this audiobook last night! I know opinions on it are mixed, but I really enjoyed it. Emma Thomson's narration is wonderful! 🎧👻
See my full review on my new blog: http://bit.ly/2QibNJY

dariazeoli Ooooh Emma makes everything better! 4w
rretzler I‘ve been eyeing this on Audible for some time! I think I need to buy it now. 4w
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laurenslibrary
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New puzzle! 🤓🦉
#audiopuzzling

Karkar Love it 😍 1mo
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nu-bibliophile
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Got some spinning and cooking done for the #bookfitnesschallenge
My sister said this book is creepy but my friends said it's not, so I thought it was time for me to read it and find out for myself.
@wanderinglynn

Caterina That's a lot of spinning, great job! I've heard mixed reactions to this book too, I'm interested to hear your thoughts! 1mo
Itchyfeetreader Wow 70 minutes!! Awesome job! 1mo
wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 1mo
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4thhouseontheleft 70n minute spin, WOW!! 🙌 🙌 1mo
BookwormAHN Fantastic 👏🏻 1mo
nu-bibliophile @Caterina Thank you and yes I'll post a review when I'm done with it. 1mo
dariazeoli Nice spinning! 💪 1mo
Clwojick Yummy! Your food looks delicious 1mo
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ElizaMarie
Mehso-so

So... I did like this one. But didn‘t love it (I wish there was a category between so so and pick) . Anyway all in all I‘m glad I read it :)

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ElizaMarie
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Some reading during lunch break :)

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ElizaMarie
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ElizaMarie
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New book to start

emmalouise1 I recently finished this book . I ignored all if the negative reviews and found myself really enjoying it . Happy reading 😘 3mo
ElizaMarie @emmalouise1 I actually haven‘t heard any reviews. My husband was telling me the second season of Haunting is Hill House will be loosely based on this. So I wanted to pick it up... I‘m excited to read this :) 3mo
emmalouise1 @ElizaMarie that's the reason I read it :) I also really enjoyed the haunting of hill house :) 3mo
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Ericalambbrown
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Mehso-so

So, Hank the Book Sniffer and I disagree on this one. While I thought the illustrations were lovely, the story was a whole lotta words for a whole lotta nothin‘. Talk about overly verbose! For a man who Faulkner supposedly said was the nicest old lady he ever met, he sure can‘t write women worth a damn.

Hank, on the other hand, found the bouquet of this 70 year old book entirely irresistible and gives it a
⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ rating. #hankthebulldog

mreads ❤🐕 3mo
SleepyDragon The cover is worth 3 ⭐s alone. So lovely! 3mo
Ericalambbrown @NeesyBeth The illustrations are gorgeous, too. I can‘t believe I found this at a flea market for almost nothing. 3mo
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Jess_Franzino
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While I‘m not a huge fan of audio books (I can read the books at least two times faster than listen), I got Audible to listen while I do chores. Decided to start with “The Turn of the Screw” because the next installment of Netflix‘s “Hill House” takes place at the Bly House. Curious to see what they do with it. Either way, “The Turn of the Screw” is both haunting & heartbreaking. I almost cried at the end.

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Ericalambbrown
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I started the 1949 Heritage Press illustrated version of The Turn of the Screw that I got last week. The illustrations are 😍

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Ericalambbrown
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I have thing for old books, as many of you do. I can‘t pass a box, shelf, stack of books at garage sales, thrift stores, well . . . anywhere. I‘d rather have an old hardback book than a new paperback. Today I found this little lovely. It‘s a 1949 illustrated version of Henry James‘s The Turn of the Screw. I found it in a 50 cent box at a thrift store. The illustrations are gorgeous, as shown in the road to Bly Manor on the left.

Moony Oh wonderful! I love illustrated books. And the title is a tbr on my shelf, too. 4mo
Clare-Dragonfly Ooh, I didn‘t really like this book, but I bet it would be really enhanced by spooky illustrations. 4mo
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JHgotham
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Oh yessss. Just heard the news that Netflix has renewed The Haunting of Hill House season 2!! This time it‘s based on the novel The Turn of the Screw. I‘m so excited for this homage to classic horror. 👻

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BookDragonNotWorm
Turn of the Screw | Henry James
Mehso-so

I remember thinking I liked this years ago. Too verbose and ambiguous for my taste now. I suspect I was just young enough to be influenced by how I thought I was supposed to feel. I'm not going to micro-analyze themes, etc. I think James wasn't sure which direction would make a better story, so he left it for the reader to decide. Lame.

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mariaku21
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Mehso-so

Thanks again to @SerialReader for another interesting read!

Definitely different than what I was expecting as I was thinking this was a novella steeped in horror but instead it's an interesting but convoluted story that features gothic elements.

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ChrisBohjalian
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And so the curtain falls on THE TURN OF THE SCREW. Loved seeing my amazing Grace Experience in this remarkable 2 person show. Guess her mother and I will just have to be groupies and follow her now to Massachusetts to see her morph from a 19th century governess who sees ghosts into a 21st century high school soccer star who sees...stay tuned. Next up for her is the 2017 Pulitzer Prize finalist, Sarah DeLappe‘s THE WOLVES, at Boston‘s Lyric Stage.

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vivastory
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I had a goal to read the tagged book last month, but life sidetracked me & #screwed up my plan. Maybe this weekend.
#Nofemmeber
@Cinfhen @Billypar

LeahBergen It‘s a bizarre little tale! 7mo
BarbaraBB Great choice. It‘s a great story too! 7mo
Cinfhen Well done 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 7mo
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Billypar Perfect! I don't think I read this, but I owned a copy that included Washington Square, so I think my brain is fooled into thinking I have 👩‍👧‍👦😨 7mo
emilyhaldi I love this book 🤗 7mo
Gina Well played sir! Well played! 7mo
Liz_M Hahaha! 7mo
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Lcsmcat
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One of the more bizarre covers that have been used for this, one of the most well known #ghoststories in the classic cannon. (Not my edition, but I couldn‘t resist.) #litsyclassics @Sarah83

kathleenaflynn I can‘t help thinking readers drawn in by this cover would be disappointed. 8mo
Lcsmcat @kathleenaflynn Indeed! They‘d probably never pick up a Henry James book again! 8mo
Reviewsbylola I love covers like this. 😆 8mo
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kathleenaflynn Also laughing as I try to imagine what Henry James would have thought 8mo
rubyslippersreads Great cover! 😂 8mo
Aimeesue 😂😂😂 8mo
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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Pickpick

Well that was a creepy little story that kept you guessing even after I finished the last page.... and no matter what truly happened, I can guess who‘ll be blamed. 👻

JazzFeathers Been on my TBR for ages, since a saw part of a film years ago. It was dark and moody film. I was really impressed. 8mo
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BookBelle84
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Mehso-so

I didn't entirely understand this. I felt the dialogue was very awkward and the ending didn't really solve anything or make any sense to me. They start the story as if it's a reading of someone's account of anhauting but they never go back to those characters. The idea was good it just wasn't organized well.

sprainedbrain I felt the same way! 🤷🏻‍♀️ 8mo
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erikgregersen
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Pickpick

I knew this was a classic ghost story, but a bit of me never really believed that Henry “let‘s explore consciousness” James could do something really scary. I was wrong. Also this is a great title, like if a slasher flick was called “Young Person Killed Every 10 Minutes.” #ghosts #HenryJames

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erzascarletbookgasm
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Did you guys see this recently? 👀 😂

readordierachel I'm against book damage, of course, but that is kinda wonderful 😂 9mo
sudi 😂😂😂 9mo
BiblioLitten Hey! Could you mail me your address at virgoarchana@gmail.com 9mo
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BiblioLitten I have your address from the jb mail but I need to confirm. 9mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage So funny!! 🤣👀🤣 👀 9mo
Mamashep That is hilarious! 9mo
SqueakyChu Love it! I think it‘s a great idea...especially for Halloween. 🎃 9mo
Kalalalatja 😂😂😂 9mo
JennyM Lol 😂 9mo
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Rachbb3
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Panpan

I was hoping that this would be a better story than it was. It was frustrating to read. The characters were awful especially the children. I tried very hard not to skim just to get through it.

#Litsyclassics
#SerialReader

JazzFeathers Oh, shame. This has been on my TBR for ages, since when l saw a film based on it and it scared the Hell out of me. I was hoping the book would be just as good 10mo
Rachbb3 @JazzFeathers Maybe I should see the film. It might help me appreciate the book more. (I know that's weird). Lol. 10mo
Joy0201 Awww I love this one. And the movie! 10mo
Daisey I did not enjoy this book at all either. It was so frustrating to read! 10mo
Rachbb3 @Daisey I'm glad I'm not the only one! 10mo
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Rachbb3
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When your current book mentions a favorite. 😀😁

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TracyReadsBooks
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I read Portrait of a Novel, brilliant by the way, & came away with an appreciation of the author‘s passion for Henry James‘ work as well as a better understanding of what his writing represented in the world of late 19th c. literature. I decided to reread some of his books starting with the tagged one. It‘s a short—121 pages—but entertaining story about a governess, her two young charges & ghosts. A taut psychological study with quite the ending.

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TracyReadsBooks
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Ohhh, the possibilities! Nothing like a few secrets, a little mystery, and a hint of gothic romance in your early Tuesday morning Henry James.

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TracyReadsBooks
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“...Oscar Wilde declared it ‘a most wonderful, lurid, poisonous little tale.‘”

Quite the recommendation!

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emilyhaldi
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A young Governess arrives at an old English estate for her new job caring for Miles and Flora. Once she notices the presence of a ghost, surely she was thinking #whydidithavetobeme who was sent to this haunted family! The shocking ending of this story will leave you hanging and wondering if there is indeed a ghost present, or perhaps something more sinister...

This reminds me that I need to get back to #SerialReader again!

#ABBAinApril

Cinfhen Nice!!! I‘m back on @SerialReader with Silas Marner but it‘s soooo boring 10mo
Leniverse @Cinfhen Silas Marner has a lot of literary merit. It's perfect for university essays. Lots to analyse. But it's terribly boring, yes. 😂 10mo
Reviewsbylola I wish I remembered this one more! 10mo
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Mdargusch Stacking! Great blurb! 👍🏼 10mo
myellenbee I've read this book several times and it always creeps me out. Classic horror. 10mo
BarbaraBB This was such an unexpected scary book for me! 10mo
Meredith3 Oooh ghosts! 👻 10mo
ValerieAndBooks Looks like a good one to read during Halloween/fall !! 10mo
Cinfhen THANK YOU @Leniverse 😘I feel vindicated 💕I can‘t go on... @Reviewsbylola suggested a different female author using male pseudonym so I‘m bailing on George Eliot 😀 10mo
Leniverse @Cinfhen I feel like I should add that I loved Middlemarch, and quite liked The Mill on the Floss, so I don't advocate giving up on George Eliot altogether! 10mo
emilyhaldi @Leniverse I swear I will read Middlemarch some day!!! @Cinfhen I will not be attempting Silas Marner anytime soon 🙅🏻‍♀️ 10mo
Cinfhen Too late @Leniverse I‘ve 💯moved on 😊 10mo
Leniverse @emilyhaldi @Cinfhen Middlemarch is forever. It will be there when you are ready for it. 10mo
MaGoose Absolutely loved The Turn of the Screw. When this book was discussed in English courses in college, the profs (usually male, sorry you guys out there), said that the governess was an unreliable narrator. I think there's something else going on besides that. 10mo
emilyhaldi @MaGoose yes for some reason, to me the story is almost even creepier if the cause of the terror is the narrators unreliability / insanity!! So I kind of wanted that to be the cause... perhaps bc it‘s more realistic (and therefore creepy in a relatable way) than the ghost story. 😬😬😬 10mo
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arlenefinnigan
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Panpan

This was as tedious and twee as I remember from school. Some lovely turns of phrase in places (maybe Henry James should have turned to poetry?) but the story and characters just didn't hold my interest at all.

sprainedbrain I read this on Serial last year and wasn‘t impressed... I picked up this audio version on sale after that, thinking maybe Emma Thompson would change my mind. I haven‘t listened to it yet, but I‘m guessing probably not. 😂 11mo
BarbaraBB I kind of liked this one. Then I read and was underwhelmed by his 11mo
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arlenefinnigan
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#ReadHarder challenge 20: an assigned book you hated
Had to read this for English Lit A level. Didn't like it. Maybe Emma Thompson can bring it to life.

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posierope
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The soundtrack to my cleaning this week. Finished the last one far too quickly so had to buy another one that was on sale...ooooops.

On the plus side, this has been on my #tbr for ages. Spoopy spook.

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dabbe
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Pickpick

A riveting ghost story.

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CindyMyLifeIsLit
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This atmospheric, ghostly tale with its unreliable narrator is a classic #horror story.
#litsyclassics

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Naz786
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Mehso-so

I heard raving reviews about this one but honestly it wasn't my cup of tea 😔

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Arkrayder
Mehso-so

I found this a tedious read. Nothing really happens, except perhaps at the very end. The story seems to revolve around the governess trying to find out why Miles, one of her charges, has been expelled from school and the appearance of ghosts which might and might not be real. Best to have read a few of Henry James‘s better writings before this.

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MayginReads
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This audio performance was incredible. The subtle sounds and music in the background added so much to this. However, this isn't an audiobook you can listen to only partially focused. Every time I was distracted for a moment, I felt like I missed something significant. The book is engaging, but print might be a better format.

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Beanbot
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Mehso-so

A classic ghost story. A fair (and quick read), but not my favourite.

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Ms_T
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#WhileLitsyWasDown I finished this audiobook:

I read this novella a couple of years ago but couldn‘t resist buying the audiobook which is fabulously narrated by the wonderful Emma Thompson. As I remembered, this is a really spooky story. James‘ language is weaving and complicated and in places, ambiguous. Is this actually a ghost story or is there something else...?🤔

👻👻👻 out of 👻👻👻👻👻

AceOnRoam That tag! I powered through 2y
Ms_T @AceOnRoam 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻😃 2y
JazzFeathers What an incredible cover 😍 2y
Ms_T @JazzFeathers It‘s extremely eye-catching 😍 2y
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Ms_T
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Couldn‘t resist the Audible sale item of this classic which I read a couple of years ago. Look at that cover and look who narrates it! 😃

PS. The book-buying ban starts on 1st January 2018. Honest.

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KCorter
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Next read inspired by @JoeStalksBeck's post for #SeasonsReadings/#EclecticChristmas.

One kid is at school and the other is taking a nap, so I have some unanticipated time to myself! This book will be my creepy companion as I do some (online) Christmas shopping.

I ❤ Emma Thompson, so I have high hopes for this performance!

suvata Wow, I‘ll have to check this out. 2y
Ms_T Read this a couple of years ago. Didn‘t hesitate to buy this fabulous Audible version. Thanks for posting and bringing it to my attention! 2y
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JoeStalksBeck
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The story that held us, round the fire,sufficiently breathless , but except the obvious remark that it was gruesome, as on Christmas Eve in an old house a strange tale should essentially be..... I ❤️ this story. #eclectcchristmasread #seasonsreadings

KCorter Ooh, this may have to be my next read. I could go for a spooky Christmas tale. 2y
Cathythoughts Sounds like your style alright 😉💕💕 2y
readinginthedark I didn‘t realize this one was Christmasy! I‘ll have to pick it up, too! 2y
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Sarah83
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Anescapewithinthepages
Turn of the Screw | Henry James
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I am a sucker for gothic literature and actually read this gem via an app called Serial (I recommend). The story was perverse and suspenseful, the more you read the more sinister it got, and overall was an absolute thrill to read. If you struggle with classic lit this a great book to dip your feet into the genre with.

Art credit: Iban Barrenetxea

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Blaire
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This is the first James that I‘ve finished. An eerie ghost story - a governess comes to care for two children and begins seeing ghosts, which she believes are haunting the children. Throughout it is unclear whether they are her own imaginings or if the children can see them as well. Good Halloween reading. #misterasylum #tuneintonovember #two #novemberbythenumbers

Cinfhen Great choice & love your photo ❤️ 2y
Blaire @Cinfhen thanks, nothing like beignets for breakfast. 2y
emilyhaldi Love this story!! 8mo
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Blaire
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I‘m planning on reading this #ghost 👻 story on Halloween this year. Picked up this old copy at a library sale. #uncannyoctober #classics

JessNevertheless Love that book! 2y
TheKidUpstairs Love the typography on that cover! 2y
mrp27 Love the cover! 2y
Blaire @JessNevertheless great to hear! I‘ve unsuccessfully attempted James before and I think this will be a better one to start with. 2y
Blaire @TheKidUpstairs @mrp27 yes! I thought it was a neat find. 2y
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Myhusbandhatesreading
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Panpan

I finished this one early in the week...two weird kids, their nanny and some cook...It was blah and waaaayyyy to wordy for me. I was hoping for a bigger spook factor also.

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Well-ReadNeck
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I love the classic scary books: Turn of The Screw; Dracula; all the Poe!!! #boobooks

OwenBanner All the Poe all the time. The man truly understood madness. I still can't make it through the bills without wondering if I'm starting to hear them myself 2y
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Nebklvr
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Mehso-so

A good, atmospheric, victorian ghost story but the ending felt a bit precipitous.

JazzFeathers This has been on my TBR forever. I've seen a film from it maaaaany years ago, before l even knew it was from a book. It was chilling 😨 2y
Nebklvr @JazzFeathers It was creepy! 2y
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Christy2318
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I didn‘t like The Turn of the Screw much when I read it several years ago but this movie version was great.

DGRachel Oh, I love this short story. It's one of the works I studied in my Literature and Film class in college. 2y
Ms_T I had no idea there was a film based on this short story! 2y
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