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The Paying Guests
The Paying Guests | Sarah Waters
The New York Times bestselling novel that has been called a tour de force (Wall Street Journal), unputdownable (The Washington Post), a delicious hothouse of a novel (USA Today), effortless (The Economist), seductive (Vanity Fair) and pitch perfect (Salon)Superb, bewitchingForget about Fifty Shades of Grey; this novel is one of the most sensual you will ever read, and all without sacrificing either good taste or a "G" rating NPR One of the years most engrossing and suspenseful novelsa love affair, a shocking murder, and a flawless ending Will keep you sleepless for three nights straight and leave you grasping for another book that can sustain that high. Entertainment Weekly (A rating)Volcanically sexy, sizzingly smart, plenty bloody and just plain irresistible." USA Today (4 stars)It is 1922, and London is tense. Ex-servicemen are disillusioned; the out-of-work and the hungry are demanding change. And in South London, in a genteel Camberwell villaa large, silent house now bereft of brothers, husband, and even servantslife is about to be transformed as impoverished widow Mrs. Wray and her spinster daughter, Frances, are obliged to take in lodgers.With the arrival of Lilian and Leonard Barber, a modern young couple of the clerk class, the routines of the house will be shaken up in unexpected ways. Little do the Wrays know just how profoundly their new tenants will alter the course of Francess lifeor, as passions mount and frustration gathers, how far-reaching, and how devastating, the disturbances will be.Short-listed for the Man Booker Prize three times,Sarah Waters has earned a reputation as one of our greatest writers of historical fiction, and here she has delivered again. A love story, a tension-filled crime story, and a beautifully atmospheric portrait of a fascinating time and place, The Paying Guests is Sarah Waterss finest achievement yet.
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Andrea4
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It is so rare for me these days to read a PHYSICAL book. It's not that I don't have time. I can binge watch shows while mindlessly scrolling on insta so why don't I read? Good question. Tonight, with the dog firmly planted I've decided to finally jump into this one.

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RaeLovesToRead
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It's Bookspin time! 💕💕💕
No Bingos for January but I read quite a few chunky books and it was a good start for the year.

Yuki_Onna You have such a good penmanship! 😊 8mo
RaeLovesToRead @Yuki_Onna Aww, thanks! 😊 8mo
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BiblioLitten
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My favourite book by Sarah Waters is The Night Watch followed by Fingersmith. She‘s totally my jam even though I just noticed that her books aren‘t very popular on Litsy. Any other Sarah Waters fans out there?

#currentlyreading #friyay

AmyG I loved The Paying Guests, The Little Stranger and Fingersmith. Definitely a fan. I have Affinity somewhere. 14mo
Ruthiella I LOVE Sarah Waters! ❤️ Fingersmith, Affinity, and The Little Stranger are my faves! I liked The Night Watch and Tipping the Velvet a lot. I was a little disappointed by The Paying Guests. I wanted a little more ambiguity regarding Lilian and her motives. 14mo
LeahBergen I‘ll read anything she writes! 14mo
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Cathythoughts I loved the ones I read … must read Night Watch 👍🏻 14mo
batsy I'm a fan and I loved this one a lot! 14mo
MicheleinPhilly I am a HUGE fan! 14mo
BiblioLitten @AmyG @Ruthiella @Leahb @Cathythoughts @batsy @MicheleinPhilly So happy to see that her books are loved by all of you. Her books are a default read by now. 😊 14mo
rubyslippersreads @BiblioLitten @AmyG @LeahBergen @Cathythoughts @batsy @MicheleinPhilly I see I‘ll have to move her books up my TBR list. 😊 13mo
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CuriousG
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I'm posting one book per day from the ever growing unread stacks in my personal library. No description or explanation, just books I own and plan to read. #tbr

Day 32

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S.Web
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It took awhile to get into this one - the first 200 pages definitely could have been edited down significantly. It does pick up eventually and the last half of the book made it worth it. The writing was amazing though. You get such a sense of the atmosphere of post-WWI London. Tension and lies, on both a large and small scale, are huge themes in this book and are exquisitely wrought. A great psychological study. Will be reading more by Waters.

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rachaich
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Indulged myself in some very long reading periods over the last couple of days. And thus I've finished this book.
I got quite attached to Frances and Lily 😊 and found both of them equally brilliant yet frustrating women who seem unable to stick to their convictions. Totally understandable in many ways, given the era.
I thought the storyline was very enticing, kept me guessing until the final sentence. Whilst there were some real stereotypes

rachaich They were needed to emphasis the two women. Very pleased to have chosen and read this one ☺☺😚😚📖 2y
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rachaich
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Half way through and thoroughly enjoying both the writing and the storyline 😊😊😚😚

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rachaich
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My choice for January book club. I figured I'd best pick something from my towering TBR pile 🤣😂.
So this is my book.
I've read another by Waters and wasn't that thrilled. This one seems to be more appealing.
In other news.... it's Friday. Hurrah!!!
Having my broken oven looked at again, by a friend, this afternoon... please think positive thoughts...😊🙄😘

Cathythoughts This is a good one 👍🏻❤️ 2y
erzascarletbookgasm My copy is still languishing on my shelves 2y
rachaich @erzascarletbookgasm it's really good so far 😊 2y
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sailu112
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I love how the author set the stage of 1922 London and could draw into the story easily. I enjoyed the different plots and the complexity of the characters. However 560 pages was a stretch. Would have loved it to be at least 200 pages less

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Ruthiella
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The second time I‘ve used a Sarah Waters novel for #tropesinaugust. 😀 Frances and her mother are forced to take in a young married couple as “paying guests” (lodgers) to make ends meet in interwar London. Upper class Frances becomes friends with the wife, working class Lillian. Soon their friendship develops into something more, a #forbiddenromance...

Klou Sounds good! Great choice!! 2y
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Lcsmcat
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kathedron Not related to this post but I thought you might like to know I ordered myself some Great Courses today, following from your post the other day.😊 2y
Lcsmcat @kathedron Fun! Which ones did you order? 2y
kathedron Dante; History of English Language; Beethoven's piano sonatas; Sacred Music, and Philosophy of Religion. They should keep me going for a while! 2y
Lcsmcat @kathedron That should keep you busy! Let me know how you like them. I‘m enjoying the lecturers for the St. Augustine Confessions. They also threw in some freebies - sample lectures from other courses. My husband and I (both conservatory educated musicians) though the “how to sing” was laughably awful. 2y
Eggs Perfect 👌🏼 2y
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Abailliekaras
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I‘ve wanted to read Sarah Waters for ages & finally got to this, but it wasn‘t for me. It‘s well observed & you cringe at the Englishness of it all (the dithering, politeness & class boundaries). Compulsive reading - I kept going to see what would happen. But the characters annoyed me hugely & the tone was too gushy for me. The romance was so overwrought, the dramatic twist felt over the top & was drawn out. What should seem fresh felt staid.

MrsMalaprop Have you read others of hers? Fingersmith & Tipping The Velvet are 👌👍❤️. 2y
Abailliekaras @MrsMalaprop no I haven‘t. This one was recommended by a friend who loves Sarah Waters & told us this was the one to read. I think it‘s just a personal taste thing. I wanted to love it! 😬 2y
CarolynM I'm not a fan of Sarah Waters, I don't like that cod Victorian style. 2y
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Abailliekaras @CarolynM I‘m glad I finally gave it a try, but ... it wasn‘t for me. 🤷🏼‍♀️ 2y
Lindy @Abailliekaras I just listened to your Books on the Go episode about this and wholeheartedly agree with you. I‘ve loved every Sarah Waters book except this one, which is too overwrought for my taste. 2y
Abailliekaras @Lindy I‘m glad I‘m not alone! 2y
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jenniferw88
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I'm guessing this is my #santathing - thanks to whoever sent it - I'm looking forward to all 3!

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Cathythoughts
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#MayMovieMagic #YouGiveMeSomething This is the only book I could find that seemed to fit ... 🙃kind of. I loved the book 👍🏻♥️

TrishB Clever 😁👍🏻 3y
batsy Loved this too 💜 3y
Moray_Reads My favourite Sarah Waters 3y
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erzascarletbookgasm Oh, haven‘t read this..somewhere on my shelves 🙂 3y
Theaelizabet After seeing how much all of you loved it I may give this one another try someday. I bailed about a third of the way through. Puzzling, since I adored Fingersmith and The Little Stranger. 3y
rohit-sawant SW is one of my most anticipated authors! 💜 3y
Cathythoughts @Theaelizabet @rohit-sawant I loved this one one. But my favorite is 3y
Cathythoughts @TrishB 👍🏻♥️ 3y
Cathythoughts @batsy soooo good ♥️👍🏻 3y
Cathythoughts @erzascarletbookgasm are we not blessed with all the good books on our shelves.... happy sigh 😊😊😌 3y
Cathythoughts @Moray_Reads yes! It‘s good ! My fave is still Fingersmith 👍🏻 3y
canbku Ugh just has to return this to the library because i didn't get to it in time. Still on my list! 3y
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AmyStewart
The Paying Guests | Sarah Waters

$1.99 ebook today!
Hey, if you love the idea of deeply convincing historical fiction about the lives of ordinary British women just after WWI, which veers slowly into a gorgeous lesbian romance, and (I haven‘t reached this part yet, but according to the reviews) then transforms into a murder mystery—well, you will adore this magnificent novel as much as I do. I‘m only halfway through, so don‘t tell me how it ends!

Carolyn11215 I love Sarah Waters‘ books! Fingersmith one of my all time faves! 4y
scowler1 This might be my favorite. Brilliant author. 4y
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saresmoore
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I‘m impressed by Sarah Waters‘ range as a writer. Sure, like Fingersmith, this book was suspenseful and almost horror-like in its close perspective and there were elements of lesbian romance in a historical context. But it certainly stands on its own as a riveting story and impassioned character study. I didn‘t love this book, but listening to Juliet Stevenson‘s narration was a delight. Waters‘ writing is gorgeous and her dialogue is excellent.

saresmoore To be honest, I could have done with a few more twists. I was just certain that it would turn out that Leonard was having an affair with Charlie (nope). The ending was a bit of a disappointment, too. 4y
Susannah I totally agree with you. I was disappointed, but the construction of her story and development of her characters are just so good! 4y
readordierachel Juliet Stevenson could narrate the phone book and I would listen. 4y
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saresmoore @Susannah Yes, great story, but I was craving more! 4y
saresmoore @readordierachel Amen to that. She‘d probably be able to come up with a distinct voice for each entry. 4y
andrew61 I picked it up in a library sale a couple of weeks ago so looking forward to it - she is very readable. 4y
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saresmoore
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On a gorgeous #audiowalk this morning with Francis & Lillian. My, but this book is a slow burn!

Bibliogeekery Love that book! 😍 #queerbooks 4y
batsy I love the book! Can't wait to hear what you think. And this is a gorgeous picture. 4y
JillR I loved this one :) 4y
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auntie_jenn it was, and the narration was brilliant. so many voices! 4y
saresmoore @auntie_jenn She is an excellent narrator! I look forward to listening to more of pretty much anything Juliet Stevenson reads. 4y
saresmoore @Bibliogeekery @batsy @JillR I‘m loving it more as it goes on! The complexity just keeps building. 4y
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saresmoore
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I got new headphones and they‘ve changed the audiobook experience utterly. This is me #audiocooking while listening to a particularly blushing part of the tagged book. I had to put down my peeler! 😳

Moray, you are absolutely right—Juliet Stevenson is a brilliant narrator. I‘ve become lost in the story!

Lindy Headphones make a big difference. I‘m getting by with a pair that only works on one side and it‘s not as immersive as two ears full. 4y
saresmoore @Lindy I figured I just wasn‘t an audio person, but the difference is pretty incredible. I had been using a pair of outsized old earbuds that gave me a headache. Perhaps new headphones will be a holiday gift for you, this year? 4y
Moray_Reads Juliet is Audio Life. She's fabulous. Austen, Elliot, Gaskell, Woolf, I love them all 🎧❤️ 4y
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saresmoore @Moray_Reads I feel like a whole new world has been opened up to me, now! 4y
Moray_Reads I was really resistant to audio at first but now I love it. The only problem is that listening takes so much longer than reading! 4y
saresmoore @Moray_Reads It‘s true! That‘s my frustration, as well. Though I do enjoy it during crochet or working a jigsaw puzzle. Because I‘m obviously an octogenarian. 4y
Moray_Reads It's definitely nice to be able to "read" while doing others things 4y
Lindy @saresmoore Yes, good idea to drop hints about new headphones for Christmas. 💡👍 4y
LauraBeth 😂 octogenarians unite! I asked for nice headphones this past Mother‘s Day. 4y
Leftcoastzen 😂👏 4y
Moray_Reads @LauraBeth @saresmoore @lindy they make such a difference. I have Bose. They're stupidly expensive but they're so good 4y
saresmoore @LauraBeth Well, did you get the headphones? 4y
LauraBeth @saresmoore when the boss asks for headphones - she gets headphones! 4y
merelybookish A good audiobook can make laundry fun! 4y
saresmoore @LauraBeth Oh, good. I assumed as much, but in my house, there‘s a lot of insubordination going on in the form of one very forgetful husband. 4y
saresmoore @merelybookish It‘s true! I think of how productive I could be with audiobooks if I could just get rid of my needy children... 😆 4y
merelybookish @saresmoore Sometimes I put on my headphones to signal to my family to leave me alone. 4y
LeahBergen 😂😂 I love this! 4y
WanderingBookaneer I‘ve had mine for a year and am still in love. Enjoy! 4y
LauraBeth Tell him that his insubordination will reflect poorly on the year-end annual review you give him! 4y
saresmoore @WanderingBookaneer Well, that‘s great to hear! 4y
saresmoore @merelybookish Ah, brilliant! 4y
saresmoore @LeahBergen Wonder how long I‘ll associate peeling carrots with the unbuttoning of collars—*ahem*—and more. 🙊 4y
Hollie I think I know that part 😊. Perhaps I should put headphones on my Xmas list! 4y
Hollie @LauraBeth year-end review 😂😂😂 4y
Kimzey 🤭😂 4y
britt_brooke 😆😆😆 Love the ones my husband bought me for our anniversary in May. It‘s a huge “don‘t talk to me” at the gym which I love. 4y
batsy And now you'll never look at a carrot the same way again! 😳😂 4y
Moray_Reads @batsy @saresmoore I definitely find the more...intimate scenes worse in audio than in print! 😂 4y
kgriffith You‘re adorable 😍 4y
Cathythoughts I loved this book ! I‘ve also read Little Stranger & The Fingersmith ( ♥️👍🏻) what next ?? I can‘t imagine on audio... that would be interesting... I have newish headphones too ! Amazing ... LOVE S Waters 4y
saresmoore @Cathythoughts I loved Fingersmith! The Little Stranger will be next. The audio is very, erm, emphatic? Lively? Immersive? Which is great, but really intensifies this already rather intense book. Not just the sexy bits, but many of the scenes are very vivid and almost gory. I think I like it! 😅 4y
saresmoore @kgriffith Aw, shucks! 😘♥️ 4y
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saresmoore
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It‘s the perfect chilly day for a cup of earl grey and some #audiocrochet. And for rhyming, too, apparently.

Cinfhen Pretty!! And nice little ditty 😜😘 4y
RadicalReader @saresmoore best rhyme I have ever heard Earl Grey and crochet 4y
valeriegeary It's the writer in you.... 🤗 #alwaysbewriting #andrhyming 4y
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LeahBergen This photo makes me feel all cozy. 4y
arubabookwoman Love the variegated blues! 4y
saresmoore @Cinfhen Ha! Thanks! The yarn is such a beautiful color. I couldn‘t do it justice in the photo. 4y
saresmoore @RadicalReader 🎶 These are a few of my favorite things... 4y
saresmoore @valeriegeary Ooh, I could use that to explain so many of my lovable eccentricities. 🙃 4y
saresmoore @LeahBergen All three of us gals are eating up the coziness ‘round here. It‘s wonderful. 🍂 4y
saresmoore @arubabookwoman It is so gorgeous. The yarn is 50% silk, 50% camel and it is so luscious and easy to work with. I‘m very pleased! I got it from expressionfiberarts.com if you‘re interested. 😊 4y
RadicalReader @saresmoore and then I don‘t feel soooo bad 4y
Suet624 What are you making? 4y
saresmoore @Suet624 If only that were clear... I think it‘s going to be a big shawl/scarf, at this point. I‘ve been very noncommittal. 4y
Suet624 Just flying by the seat of your pants, I see. 4y
saresmoore @Suet624 More like trying to escape the bleak reality of our world in sporadic bouts of purposeless handicrafting. 😬 4y
Suet624 Hahaha. 😩😩😩 4y
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valeriegeary
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When you go home with more books than you left at your friend's house.....

#blamelitsy and specifically @LeahBergen who put the idea into my head. 📚😎😄😉😂 #sorrynotsorry

Lola Winning 😛🙌🏻 4y
saresmoore 👌 4y
LeahBergen Nicely done. 😆 4y
readordierachel As it should be 😉 4y
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Lauram
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Thank you @Trashcanman for very generous #justabook stack! I look forward to enjoying these books this winter. In the meantime, I‘m enjoying the maple leaves. Thanks @TheBookKeepers for arranging this swap.

TheBookKeepers Yay! I have Bel Canto on my TBR too! Let me know what u think about it! Thanks for participating in the #JustABookSwap ❤️📚💚💌 4y
Trashcanman You are most welcome. 😊 4y
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rachelsbrittain
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rachelsbrittain
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Well, this book just took an appropriately dark turn for the first of October. It was Mrs Barber in the parlour with an ashtray 😱

And some incongruously lovely palm trees in the background 😂🌴

RaimeyGallant Pretty pic! 4y
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rachelsbrittain
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A little beach reading

swishandflick Great pic! 😍 4y
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rachelsbrittain
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My Thai tea count is at 4 for the week and I have no regrets except that that number isn't higher 😅

LionHeartLeo I‘m slightly obsessed as well :) 4y
rachelsbrittain @LionHeartLeo no one else I know even likes them and I m absolutely crazy about them 😅 4y
LionHeartLeo @rachelsbrittain I love them! This amazing breakfast spot near me has the most incredible Thai Tea pancakes! Sounds weird but soooo good! 4y
rachelsbrittain @LionHeartLeo oh my goodness that sounds amazing! 4y
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Cathythoughts
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5 Stars ! Really great storytelling... looking forward to more S Waters. 👍🏻❤️

LeahBergen I‘ve read and enjoyed all of her books (and can‘t wait for the next one!) 4y
MrsMalaprop Love her. Haven‘t read this one yet. 4y
JillR I loved this too! 😊 4y
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Cathythoughts @LeahBergen she is just so readable 😍 4y
batsy Yay! Glad you loved it too. 4y
Cathythoughts @MrsMalaprop this was my second of hers ... I also read & loved The Little Stranger , I chose it for our next bookclub! Will be interesting to see what the women think of it ... 👍🏻 4y
Cathythoughts @JillR yes! It‘s really good 👍🏻 4y
Cathythoughts @batsy thanks! I did 👍🏻❤️ 4y
MrsMalaprop Fingersmith is my favourite. I liked The Little Stranger too. 4y
Cathythoughts @MrsMalaprop yes Fingersmith seems a big favorite ( it‘s in my possession) 👍🏻 4y
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rachelsbrittain
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Tropical breakfast reading

Erofan Yummy!!!😍 4y
Reviewsbylola Beautiful breakfast! 4y
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rachelsbrittain
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Sarah Waters has been on my tbr for ages (ever since @Mollyegutman recommended her to me). Finally starting with The Paying Guests

LionHeartLeo I‘ve been wanting to read this for a long time now too, how is it so far? 4y
rachelsbrittain @LionHeartLeo it started a little slow (or maybe that's because I had just finished much more action-packed sci-fi right before haha), but I'm really enjoying it. The prose is just gorgeous 4y
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Cathythoughts
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I have to say , reading this book last night & any opportunity I get today. It‘s my second S. Waters , but I can honestly say I‘ve never felt more comfortable & completely content with any other writing. I‘m in the present with this book ... it‘s a wonderful experience..

Reviewsbylola I feel the same way about Waters. I‘ll read anything she writes at this point. My favorites are Fingersmith and Tipping the Velvet. 4y
Cathythoughts @Reviewsbylola She is so gifted ❤️ What is it about her ?!!! 4y
youneverarrived Exact same as @Reviewsbylola. I‘ve read all her books and those two are my faves. She is a brilliant writer. 4y
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Cathythoughts @youneverarrived this is great ! And I havnt even got to those ones yet ❤️ 4y
Cathythoughts @MicheleinPhilly I can see why !! 👍🏻❤️ 4y
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Cathythoughts
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“ There had been a pearl brooch on her lapel, and one of her gloves had had a rip in it, showing the pink palm underneath. My heart fell out of me and into that rip .... “ ❤️

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Cathythoughts
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Next up : I‘m afraid there is nothing else for it ... a second helping of Sarah Waters please. (Really loved The Little stranger) ❤️❤️❤️

erzascarletbookgasm I have not read this. Soon 🤞 4y
Tashreads I‘ve started it too. I loved Fingersmith 😍😍 4y
Cathythoughts @erzascarletbookgasm just starting ... it‘s long ... but my sense is that it will fly 4y
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Cathythoughts @Tashreads Fingersmith will be next up for me ... she is such a good writer 😍 4y
erzascarletbookgasm @Tashreads , Cathy, I loved Fingersmith! 5⭐️ for me. 4y
Cathythoughts @erzascarletbookgasm Fingersmith is sounding better & better 👍🏻 4y
batsy I loved this. A slow burn but a good psychological build-up 👍🏽 4y
Cathythoughts @batsy oh good ! I like your description 👍🏻 4y
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Fingersmith and also Tipping the Velvet 👌 4y
Cathythoughts @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled thanks! I‘m on it. I‘m getting Fingersmith for a weekend break we are taking soon 👍🏻❤️ 4y
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quietjenn
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I've a very long train ride before me and a big fat novel to keep me company.

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rachelsbrittain
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Slightly artsier September tbr photo from bookstagram because I couldn't resist.

britt_brooke Pretty!! 4y
KirstieE Loooove this ! 😍 4y
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Mollyegutman
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I‘ve been thinking a lot about language and its relationship to detail and violence. Both The Paying Guests and Angela Carter‘s “The Bloody Chamber” depict violence and gore at a microscopic level of detail, but that close eye seems inextricable from the lush, twisty prose with which both stories are told.

rachelsbrittain I've really got to read both of these-- especially since The Paying Guests is still sitting on my shelf 😅 4y
Mollyegutman @rachelsbrittain you won‘t regret it! I hope. I have *feels* 4y
rachelsbrittain @Mollyegutman I have a feeling I will too. And I can't wait to discuss the feels with you. Maybe once I finish the two I'm reading right now (fingers crossed today or tomorrow) that can be one of my next reads 4y
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Zelma I recently read these two back to back. Both excellent (though I felt like The Paying Guests started strong and faltered as it went on). 4y
Mollyegutman @Zelma I don‘t think I know a single person who‘s happy with the ending! I wonder if that‘s the point, though? Maybe the shift in genre in the second half—I think it moved from a romance to something more like a thriller—makes us look at the women differently, too. I love that book almost doesn‘t *allow* us to like them by the end. What do you think? 4y
Zelma @Mollyegutman interesting take on that. I can see the switch in genre but I felt like it got too repetitive. I just got bored, to be honest. I was fine with the romance taking a backseat/fizzling; I just think the courtroom scenes weren‘t as strong as the domestic ones. 4y
Mollyegutman @Zelma oh, huh! I could see that. 4y
RaimeyGallant Adding to my tbr. And welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon Some of us put together Litsy tips to help new Littens navigate the site. It's the link in my bio on my page in case you need it. Or if you prefer how-to videos, @chelleo put some together at the link in her bio. @LitsyWelcomeWagon 4y
Chelleo Welcome to Litsy 🤗 4y
Eggs Welcome to Litsy 👋🏻🌸🤗 4y
DebinHawaii Welcome to Litsy!! 🎉📚🎉Hope you are enjoying it here! 4y
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danibel
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MommyWantsToReadHerBook
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Pickpick

I enjoyed this love story that turns into a crime story, although tbh I've had enough lesbian sex scenes to last me a while! 😊 At times I just wanted it to end as it was stressing me out, but well written and emotionally rich.

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Hollie
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Pickpick

Finished up at the pool 👙. I grabbed this at the library, not seeing much I wanted (they have a pitiful selection of books I might like to read- but a shit ton of Amish novels 🙄). I was drawn to its length (I love a chunkster) but I felt like this could have been about 200 pages shorter. I liked it, but I‘m ready to move on to The Summer Wives.

sammisho It's sooooooooo long! 4y
Hollie @sammisho and sooo slow moving! 4y
youneverarrived Agree! I love Sarah Waters but this one did drag on a bit! 4y
Hollie @youneverarrived it was my first Waters and I was definitely expecting a quicker pace. 4y
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MommyWantsToReadHerBook
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About 150 pages left and wondering how things are going to turn out... Man, my youngest has a gift for being awake at the stroke of 6:00 on a Sunday right now! We're having some "real" winter (for Pretoria) right now and I already can't wait for spring ????

Mandigolightly What a cute bookmark! Jsyk, I “tagged” you in a thing, but actual tagging in litsy isn‘t working for me right now. No pressure though! 4y
MommyWantsToReadHerBook @Mandigolightly I don't see anything else you tagged me in! 🙁 4y
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Hollie
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I have to be people-y today so while Anthony sleeps in a bit more, I need to read with coffee before the festivities can commence. My #fancy mug was my birthday gift from my son. #heatofjuly

Cinfhen Awesome gift and extra special because it came from your son ❤️ 4y
Hollie @Cinfhen he‘s becoming a good gift giver. One year for Mother‘s Day I got a package of Dollar General Panties and a Spider-Man balloon 😂 4y
DivineDiana He knows how to choose a great gift! The mug, that is! 😉 4y
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Hollie
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I just dripped from my cup (condensation) into a library book! I feel like a horrible book lover. In my defense, I was startled that when I shifted from my position in the local bar booth, my shoulder was stuck to the wall. Fucking small towns. Why can‘t we have nice things? I shouldn‘t stick to the wall.

LeahBergen 😂😂 4y
Ashley_Nicoletto Fucking small towns. 🤣🤣🤣 4y
ErinSueMreads 🙌🙌🙌🙌🙌🙌 4y
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asoftskeleton
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Panpan

Too long, too predictable. Dammit, Sarah Waters.

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MommyWantsToReadHerBook
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My print read should really be to finish Mr Biswas, but I was somehow intrigued by this Sarah Waters my sister loaned me YEARS ago. I didn't realise it was HF and so far I'm really enjoying it!

erzascarletbookgasm I have this on my TBR, I‘m currently reading her other book, very good! 4y
MommyWantsToReadHerBook @erzascarletbookgasm I see it was shortlisted for the Booker so now I really want to read it too! 4y
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled I ❤️ Sarah Waters - this is a good one!! 4y
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GidgetsTreasures75
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The final purchase of my used book store trip in Philly. 💖

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Zelma
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Having the absolute laziest day and loving it. Busy with chores yesterday and have rewarded myself by reading this lovely book all day. After two bailed books, I am so happy to settle in with Sarah Waters.

DreesReads I loved this one! 4y
AmyG I loved this, too. 4y
BooksForEmpathy Loved this one too!!! 4y
Zelma @AudreyMorris @AmyG @BooksForEmpathy I am really enjoying it though the beginning part 2 is a bit slow. I know changes are coming but it seems to be languishing a bit. 4y
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Anna40
Paying Guests | Sarah Waters
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I am giving this a so-so because of the second half of the book which drags on and on and because of the the ending. The first half, however, is excellent! The attraction between the two main characters is palpable, the description of the house, the endless chores, the dull life that Frances is trapped in, it's wonderfully written. Sadly, the second half was just a rushing through it to see how it ends.

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Andrea4
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Look at everything that came in the mail today! 😮😄 i love mail treats! Especially when my new glasses fit perfectly and i get #bookmail 😀😀😀
Thanks @Soubhiville this helped brighten not only a grey, rainy day but a very sad one as I and my community say goodbye to a Distress Line that has been running over 40yrs. 😢

Reviewsbylola Great mail day!! 🙌🏻🙌🏻 5y
AmyG Such a good book. 5y
Bibliogeekery Sorry to hear about the distress line! I love the Paying Guest! 5y
Soubhiville I‘m glad it arrived and I hope you‘ll enjoy it! 5y
llwheeler Lol your glasses match your book too. Glad a sad day is a bit brighter 5y
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Soubhiville
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I finished this while working on some stained glass this afternoon. I liked it quite a bit, but was disappointed with the end. I think it was an appropriate ending, but made me feel sad.
#queerbooks

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Vikkiha
Paying Guests | Sarah Waters
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I love the way Waters writes: clear but nuanced. Her characterisation is very strong. Lil was particularly complex and I never felt on stable ground with her, which made for more compulsive reading. My first Sarah Waters book but definitely won‘t be the last.

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Soubhiville
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I‘ve been enjoying this more than I did Waters‘ last couple of books. Her writing style is so relaxing to me. I just realized while entering it into my reading spreadsheet (geek!🤓) at 562 pages it qualifies as a #chunkster!

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Soubhiville
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Headed into March while reading these 3. #MarchInBooks @maich

dariazeoli I love that Carrie cover! 5y
maich I only watched the movie Carrie and I didn't liked it. 🙈 5y
Soubhiville @maich I haven‘t seen the movie, and honestly the book isn‘t great... I don‘t care for the way it‘s bouncing between kids‘ points of view and news articles and interviews. I‘m going to finish it anyway. 5y
Nute I‘ve never seen that cover before. It‘s pretty cool. 5y
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