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The Invited
The Invited: A Novel | Jennifer McMahon
A chilling ghost story with a twist: the New York Times best-selling author of THE WINTER PEOPLE, returns to the woods of Vermont to tell the story of a husband and wife who don't simply move into a haunted house, they start building one from scratch, without knowing it, until it's too late... In a quest for a simpler life, Helen and Nate abandon the comforts of suburbia and teaching jobs to take up residence on forty-four acres of rural land where they will begin the ultimate, aspirational do-it-yourself project: building the house of their dreams. When they discover that this charming property has a dark and violent past, Helen, a former history teacher, becomes consumed by the legend of Hattie Breckenridge, a woman who lived and died there a century ago. As Helen starts carefully sourcing decorative building materials for her home - wooden beams, mantles, historic bricks -- she starts to unearth, and literally conjure, the tragic lives of Hattie's descendants, three generations of "Breckenridge women," each of whom died amidst suspicion, and who seem to still be seeking something precious and elusive in the present day.
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Papyrus
The Invited: A Novel | Jennifer McMahon

What people don‘t understand, they destroy.

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Lauranahe
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I enjoyed this! It‘s a ghost story, but not super creepy. A couple is building a new house, and the wife is basically building it haunted. Add in some murder mystery and a couple twists, and it‘s a quick, fun read.

WJCintron I have a copy of this one! Thanks for sharing, I'll add it to my next month's TBR! 😃 👍 2mo
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Suelizbeth
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I don‘t normally read this type of book because I‘m a scaredy-cat, but this was an excellent novel! I did have to sleep with the lights on a couple of times and tried not to read it at night, but eventually the scary parts weren‘t so scary and actually play an intricate part in the mystery and I was able to read through them and I‘m so glad I did. The only evil was in the hearts of the living. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Cathythoughts Great review! Stacked 👍 3mo
Suelizbeth @Cathythoughts Thanks! 📚❤️ 3mo
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Jgacreations
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Wasn‘t bad. Got through the audio book quickly. I‘ll def continue to read her books.

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CaitlinR
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Mehso-so

Helen and Nate have left their secure live to build the house of their dreams on land near a small New England village. As a former history teacher, Helen is excited by her ability to investigate stories that the land is haunted, and to include relics from previous owners in the design of their house. Then they begin to see things they can‘t explain.

Not her best, but entertaining.

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rsteve388
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Happy Dance #PreOrder

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FelinesAndFelonies
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Jennifer McMahon is always reliable for a great book! This is probably one of my least favorite books that she has authored but it was still ⭐⭐⭐💫 stars. It started slow & it took 60-ish pages for me to get into it. The paranormal element & witchy history made it a great read for October.

Alfrazier21 I loved this one!! 8mo
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DGRachel
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Cranky review ahead. The first chapter was awesome and I was excited for the rest of the book. Now, I‘m just bored as the book appears to be turning from a ghost story into domestic, small town drama. I am not here for that. Supposedly it eventually picks up with clever twists, but I want to slap Nate, Helen, and Olive. I don‘t want to spend any more time with them. (Pic of Bailey because she‘s better than the book)

LeahBergen Bailey is better than ANY book! 🥰 8mo
MicheleinPhilly I ❤️ cranky reviews! And Bailey. 8mo
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Leftcoastzen Life is too short ! Sweet Bailey! 8mo
LauraBeth Awww 🥰 8mo
Lindy I‘m guessing that Bailey is better than ANY book. 💕 8mo
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MaleficentBookDragon
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I‘m slowly getting better at making book sleeves. I just finished this fun retro one with sleepy owls inside. It‘s for a friend of mine that loves anything retro and colorful. Not perfect , but I‘m happy with it.
I almost have the measurements right. I need to add another half inch to the height. AND learn to cut straight. 😕

KateReadsYA I think it looks great. :) 9mo
TheSpineView Cute! 🧡 book sleeves 9mo
Avanders Adorable! ☺️ 8mo
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JacqMac
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I always like Jennifer McMahon. This wasn‘t my favourite of hers, but I still liked it. It was a bit easy to predict. But I enjoyed her spin on a ghost story. It was more comforting than creepy.
#scarathlon #TeamHarkness @StayCurious
17:55 on the readathon clock #necronomathon @Patchshank #spookoween @TheSpineView #wickedathon

TheSpineView 👍📖 9mo
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JacqMac
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I‘m suffering from a book hangover and I couldn‘t decide what to read next, so hubby pulled one from the stack for me. It‘s a cold and dreary day here. I‘m feeling a little cold and dreary, too. This should fit.
#scarathlon #TeamHendrix @StayCurious

DGRachel That‘s on my list for this month! 9mo
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MaleficentBookDragon
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This month‘s #bookspin and #doublespin picks are full of ghosts and zombies. Yay!!! 👻 🧟‍♀️
They will also work for #teamhendrix #scarathlon

StayCurious Awesome! 9mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Good luck!! 9mo
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JacqMac
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📕 I‘m working on my #scarathlon2021 TBR
🍇 Hmmm… I love fruit… watermelon.
🤩 I have been saving all the spooky reads for October and I can‘t wait to dig into them.
💞 Today I am grateful that I am loved.

Thanks for the tag @Palimpsest
#WondrousWednesday @Eggs

Eggs 💗💗💗💗 9mo
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PathfinderNicole
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1. Tagged!
2. Mostly playing video games but I also enjoy cross stitch, doing puzzles, scrapbooking…
3. Yes, two! The Final Girl Support Group and One Last Stop.
#WeekendReads @rachelsbrittain

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LibraryCin
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The chapters mostly went back and forth between Helen and Olive in 2015. There were only a few flashback chapters to traumatizing incidents. This is another really good book by Jennifer McMahon. She is very good at creepy. It would have been more so if I‘d read more at night (tried to, but I fell asleep a couple of times – not due to the book, however!). Cont in comments...

LibraryCin I found following Helen more interesting than following Olive, but of course the stories do come together with a surprise end (though I guessed it only a few pages before it was revealed 12mo
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MaleficentBookDragon
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Ghost Writer is still in the running, but I found a few more in my stacks that look good to me. What do you think?
#LMPBC #GROUPW #ROUND12

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Reggie I‘ve read The Invited and Dark Matter but any of the others sounds great. 12mo
JackOBotts I‘m game for any that haven‘t been read by others...of the group, Yesternight & The Ghost Writer jump out 12mo
BookwormAHN I've read The Invited but the others sound good, especially Ghost Writer. 12mo
Avanders I loved ghost writer… though I read it about 15 years ago - it was one of the first in that sort of “modern-gothic” genre that I‘ve read, and I was hooked. ☺️ 12mo
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Wslovell
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Mehso-so

I struggled a little with this in beginning. It got better midway.

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Nu-Bibliophile
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Great ghost story. Great mystery. Gave me goosebumps! Loved the interconnection between the two mysteries and the past and present time. Towards the end I had my suspicion on who the antagonist was. Overall the story showed complexity and depth.

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FantasyChick
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1. YES! 🤣

I'm probably more of a true crime and horror person. Thrillers are mysteries are a close next.

2. Tagged. I won't say that it really scared me but there were some parts that gave a serious sense of unease

@TheSpineView #Two4Tuesday

TheSpineView Thanks for playing! 👍📖📚 14mo
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Jilly6183
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This is a ghost story, but not a scary one. I enjoyed the unraveling of the mystery, even though I figured out the twists pretty early on. It dragged at points, and there were some areas that could have been further explored instead (Jane‘s unhinged rage, for instance), but overall this was a solid novel.

Tiffaytiffay95 Read this today in one sitting ❤️ 12mo
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Mccall0113
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I am listening to this on audio. I am enjoying the characters much more than the actual story. I am eager to find out how they make out! I hope to finish by tomorrow a s get back into my daily reading habit.

SeaToSkyes This was a good one! 1y
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BookDragonNotWorm
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Two teachers quit their jobs and decide to build a house themselves in a remote Vermont town on land that used to be owned by witches. This book had a really interesting take on the whole haunted house trope - the freshest execution I've read in a while. It was a bit sluggish at times, and I didn't love the writer's style in the beginning, but by the end I couldn't put it down because I had to know what happened!

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shellleigh33
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Thank you so much @sharread for all of my goodies. I love ❤️❤️ them so much and can not wait to read the books. #bestof2020swap

candority Looks great! I read The Invited in December and enjoyed it! I hope you do too 😊 1y
shellleigh33 I can‘t wait to read it @candority It sounds so good 1y
sharread You're welcome! I'm glad you like it. Happy New Year! 1y
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suzie.reads
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Really enjoyed this it was very different to what I normally read. A well written creepy ghost story with a good ending 👻

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TamTracy
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I absolutely loved this book. Perfect to read around the spooky season! Not a particularly scary book but it was eerie with all the ghosts and witches. I love a good ghost story and this one was great! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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OwenB
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My first book from this author and I enjoyed the story. It definitely had me interested through the entire book. Good characters and the I enjoyed the ending.

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DarkMina
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A good ghost story with surprises. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

#jennifermcmahon #spookyreads 👻🎃

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DarkMina
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sharread
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Oh this was spooky, 5 stars! A couple purchases land to build their dream home on a Bog creepy things start happening. I could only read this in the day hours. Too creepy to read before bed. It started slow but then picked up in scariness by Chapter 7. 👻💀🧟‍♀️🧟‍♂️

#cocoturns50 #Halloween #spooky #scary

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Linda_Bloodworth_Author
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Bailedbailed

So boring. I literally read once sentence per page and skipped through to page 78 and I still understood what happened. I couldn't be bothered to read the rest. What a shame.

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wildwoodreads
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Here are a few of my favorite Halloween reads. They give me all the spooky vibes. Also, I am hunting books actually set on Halloween. Any suggestions?

https://readinginthewildwood.com/2020/10/06/halloween-reads/

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ShyBookOwl
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Made myself a cardamom and honey latte, pulled out my ghost story, and will be spending this grey afternoon tucked away at home. Things could be worse.

MaleficentBookDragon Sounds wonderful to me. 2y
MaleficentBookDragon Sounds wonderful to me. 2y
Kenyazero That drink sounds amazing and your day is enviable! 2y
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Bradleygirl uhhmmm. any chance of getting that latte recipe b/c it sounds AmAZing. 2y
SW-T Enjoy! Sounds yummy and cozy. 😊 2y
ShyBookOwl @Bradleygirl @Sharpeipup 1c coffe brewed with powdered cardamom (a tsp maybe), 1/4 tsp vanilla extract, 2 tsp honey, 1/2 cup hot milk 😌☕ 2y
ShyBookOwl @Kenyazero @SW-T added the recipe in the comments 😉 2y
Kenyazero @ShyBookOwl oh man I might need to try this out now! 2y
Bradleygirl @ShyBookOwl oooooOOOOOOOoooo nice thank you! 2y
ShyBookOwl @Bradleygirl no problem! Hope you enjoy it 2y
CaramelLunacy That sounds wonderful 2y
SW-T @ShyBookOwl Thanks! 2y
janeycanuck Oh, that sounds lovely. 2y
ShyBookOwl @Bradleygirl @Sharpeipup @Kenyazero @SW-T minor recipe correction after making it again: 1/2 tsp cardamom (not 1 tsp) 😌 2y
SW-T @ShyBookOwl Good to know! 😊 2y
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ShyBookOwl
The Invited | Jennifer McMahon
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It had started when Hattie was a little girl. #firstlinefridays

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HollyBahling
The Invited: A Novel | Jennifer McMahon
Mehso-so

Such an interesting story line with twists and turns at every chance. Another amazing book by Jennifer McMahon. Having said that, it didn‘t wow me like previous books from this author.

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HeathHof
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Stayed up way past my bedtime last night to finish this up for #lmpbc round 8. Loved this one! It was just creepy enough and had lots of surprises. It was so much fun reading everyone's thoughts along the way!
Also using this one for the #summerfun prompt A book picked by someone else.
@bookwormahn @rsteve388 @Alfrazier21
@4thhouseontheleft @StayCurious

Alfrazier21 This one was SO good!!!! 2y
BookwormAHN Loved this one 💜 2y
StayCurious Ooh I‘m intrigued! 2y
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BookwormAHN
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I really enjoyed The Invited, it's a nice creepy ghost story. Nice choice @rsteve388 I'll get it out to you next week @Mynameisacolour
#lmpbc @Alfrazier21

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jlabombard10315
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Switching gears here after a really long run of romances. I love Jennifer McMahon! ❤

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BookwormAHN
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@Alfrazier21 Look what finally arrived 😸 Anyway I'm looking forward to reading it #lmpbc #GroupK

Alfrazier21 oh my gosh!! I am so glad!! I really sorry that it‘s late, but I‘m so happy it finally made it. I‘ve been worried all week. It‘s a great read btw! 2y
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Alfrazier21
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Group K - I finished this one this week and I‘ll be sending it on its way to @BookwormAHN tomorrow! 📫 I‘ll save posting my thoughts on the story, so as not to give anything away! 😬

@rsteve388 @Mynameisacolour

#litsymarkup

BookwormAHN Okay great I'll watch for it 😺 2y
BookwormAHN I haven't received the book yet, I know the mail is crazy right now, but could you check the tracking on it? Thanks 2y
Alfrazier21 @BookwormAHN omg I am so sorry! Let me find the receipt and I‘ll let you know. 2y
Alfrazier21 @BookwormAHN I‘ve looked everywhere for the receipt and I can‘t find it 😫😫😫 I know it was supposed to be there by 05/09 (the ONE TIME I choose to send something by media mail instead of priority 🤦‍♀️). I‘ll keep looking for the receipt and I‘ll run to the post office in the morning to see if they can help me track it. I am so sorry! 😢 2y
BookwormAHN Hopefully and most likely it will still show up. The mail is crazy right now. 2y
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rsteve388
The Invited: A Novel | Jennifer McMahon

@Alfrazier21 I sent my book to you should get there sometime next week for Group K. #LMPBC I hope you enjoy my notes.

Alfrazier21 Great!! I‘ll be on the lookout :) 2y
rsteve388 @Alfrazier21 it'll be via FedEx 2y
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rsteve388
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I read this book expecting it to be spooky and scary, but was more mystery and a twisted thriller.

I loved how the story twisted and turned just enough to make you doubt what you thought you knew. it was delightful and the evil villian I didn't see coming at all, it was left as a complete surprise, the author did a good job of keeping that character in the background and really made her seem as a secondary character.

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rsteve388
The Invited: A Novel | Jennifer McMahon

Group K for #LPMBC I am gonna finish the book today! But I won't get paid till Tuesday March 31st and won't be able to send out the book till next Tuesday or Wednesday. Also can someone send me the order that we are supposed to send to? I looked through my emails and didn't see a schedule?? Thanks In Advance!

@Alfrazier21 @Mynameisacolour @BookwormAHN

BookwormAHN I believe you are supposed to send it to @Alfrazier21 2y
rsteve388 Cool that's helpful thank you! 2y
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rsteve388
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Finally started this book for the Group K #LMPBC excited to take notes and share with y'all what I am reading. It's spooky and I love a good ghost story.

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Kimbono
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There‘s not much I like more than reading with my husband 😍

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BookishTrish
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It‘s baaaaaaaaaack! I often drop library ebooks when they expire before I finish, but I find I picked this tale of a couple unwittingly building a haunted house easy to pick up where I left off.

Reggie You moved the cemetery but you left the bodies!!!!! 2y
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BookishTrish
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Super snowy (by Vancouver standards) #audiowalk

Bklover Beautiful! 2y
guinsgirlreads 🥰🥰 2y
Judybskt ❄️❄️❄️ 2y
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Come-read-with-me Simply breathtaking-I miss the snow!! 2y
readordierachel Wow, that's lovely! Stay warm. 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful 💗 2y
Reggie This is beautiful!! 2y
Cathythoughts Magical ✨✨✨✨✨ 2y
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BookishTrish
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The claustrophobia of a recent snowfall adds to the atmosphere of this ghostly #audiobook #audiocommute #weekendlibrarian

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BookishTrish
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My 9 yo was crushed that today wasn‘t a snow day even though we have snow #beautifulBC

BarkingMadRun Lol where I live that would have shut the whole town down 😂😂😂 #southernliving #noplows #nosaltspreaders 2y
BookishTrish @BarkingMadRun a tad more and Vancouver would shut down too! 2y
CoverToCoverGirl Where we live that would‘ve passed unnoticed... ❄️❄️ winter has barely started and I already can‘t wait until summer. 2y
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BookishTrish
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@FantasyChick At 36% and the creeps are starting to amp up... but who in their right mind buys a beam from a hanging tree?

FantasyChick Right? She's a little on the disturbing side, isn't she? 2y
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