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The Day of the Triffids
The Day of the Triffids | John Wyndham
The Times wrote of John Wyndham’s terrifying post-apocalyptic thriller The Day of the Triffids that it had, “All the reality of a vividly realized nightmare.” It may best serve our purposes to tell what triffids actually are. Triffids are odd, interesting little plants that grow in everyone’s garden. Triffids are no more than mere curiosities until an event occurs that alters human life: what seems to be a spectacular meteor shower, turns into a bizarre, green inferno that blinds everyone and thus renders humankind helpless. What follows is even stranger: spores from the inferno cause the triffids to suddenly take on a life of their own and they become large, crawling vegetation with the ability to uproot itself and roam about the country attacking humans and inflicting pain and agony. William Masen somehow managed to escape being blinded in the inferno (yet he was still hospitalized, eyes bandaged following surgery), and he is now one of the few surviving human beings who can see and who can avoid being attacked by the triffids and who just might be able to save mankind from the terrible chaos as well as possible extinction. The Day of the Triffids is generally held to be Wyndham’s finest novel, and it was his first truly significant work. Wyndham’s writing style has aptly been described as “speculative fiction”. However, the real power of this book lays not in its pure invention but rather in its matter-of-fact depiction of such bizarre phenomena happening so suddenly in the midst of day-to-day life. The narrative voice of William Masen is calm and reasoned as he describes the ongoing nightmare and the attempt of those who try to prevail as he recalls the struggle from an almost historical perspective. The story is therefore mesmerizing and has never lost its quiet terror.
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ephemeralwaltz
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Mehso-so

Ice cream season is finally here, yes!
I was really drawn to the premise of this dystopian/sci-fi classic. The majority of the world's population seens to have gone blind after a strange meteor shower and, suddenly, the world as we know it is gone and humongous man-killing plants, the triffids, roam free. I was expecting more action but this turned out to be an suspiciously current reflection on (hu)man's effect on the environment and nature.

ephemeralwaltz While Bill and Josella, who have kept their ability to see, fight against the clock for survival, they have to rethink their position in the world and make way for a new concept of humankind in a space they haven't yet figured out how to exist in. 2w
BarbaraBB I agree the premise is better than the book itself! 2w
Reggie I don‘t know, after your description I‘m still in. Stacked! 2w
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Clare-Dragonfly I went into this book with no expectations and found it great fun—I can definitely see how you would expect more action and be a bit disappointed! 2w
readordierachel I have this on my shelf. I will go in with lower expectations 🤞🏼 2w
ephemeralwaltz @Reggie it is really interesting! You'll like it. 2w
ephemeralwaltz @Clare-Dragonfly that's awesome. I don't know what I was expecting, to be honest. But I couldn't put it down! 2w
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ephemeralwaltz
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#currentlyreading ☀️☀️☀️

TobeyTheScavengerMonk Classic! Love the cover. 1mo
ephemeralwaltz @TobeyTheScavengerMonk it's a new edition in Catalan targeted at a YA audience! 😍 they've done a fantastic job. 1mo
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xicanti
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Mehso-so

Holy genre-definer, Batman. THE DAY OF THE TRIFFIDS has obviously had a huge influence on all the post-apocalyptic fiction that's come after it, and that makes it fun to read through an academic lens. It's also very much a How Stuff Works book, with a strong emphasis on the mechanics of survival. Yay!

That said, it's super dated in its treatment of gender and disability, and the ending doesn't entirely satisfy given all the lead-up to it. Poop.

wordzie 🙌 Batman 4mo
Avanders lol 💩 4mo
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xicanti
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Sometimes you stage a photo shoot to show the good people of Litsy your excellent copy of THE DAY OF THE TRIFFIDS, but you can't get a shot that shows both the book and the little black dog who's helping you read it. Then the little red dog who usually helps you with readerly stuff bursts in and tries to EAT the book, and you give the whole thing up.

MCYmermaid 😂 4mo
Tamra 😂😂 4mo
meghan2714 Orange edition 😍 4mo
TobeyTheScavengerMonk I bought this with a wonderfully lurid cover from a library book sale when I was too young to understand the treasure I had found and it has since been lost to time... or my parents‘ attic. 4mo
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xicanti
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Here's my December spending log and 2018 total. My excellent GENERATION X haul at Curiosity bumped my total way up, as did THE GROWLER (a fabulous BC craft beer guide) and my lucky Joan D. Vinge find at Bastion Books. Otherwise, I thrifted a bunch of stuff and spent gift cards.

My full year total is higher than I'd like, but I always knew it would be. I tried to buy one new book per month at the beginning of the year, and those ain't cheap.

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kuhkuhbird
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Pickpick

Though dated, I enjoy all versions of this plant-based apocalypse. The 2009 TV series, the 1962 film (by far my favorite), the radio drama, etc. When most of the world is blinded by a meteor shower, this crazy ass plant decides to take over the world.

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Clevercactus
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So here is my current snapshot of where I stand in the #litsyatoz2018 books-into-film version.

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Clevercactus
Day of the Triffids | John Wyndham
Mehso-so

Hmm. How can I describe Day of the Triffids? Think Walking Dead with walking plants instead of zombies and the plants stab and kill you instead of biting and killing you. It even starts the same as TWD - the hero wakes up in a hospital unaware that the apocalypse started. Things that make you go hmm. #justsaying #litsyatoz2018

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Clevercactus
Day of the Triffids | John Wyndham
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So, for letter “D” of #litsyatoz Books 📚 into Film 🎥 I chose The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham.

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Mcoun
Mehso-so

I found this to be a very ordinary post-apocalyptic novel. It was written in the 50‘s, so I‘m guessing it has inspired others. Nonetheless, it was a quick read and still enjoyable.

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bookishbitch
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I had no idea this was a book. I saw the movie when I was a kid. (It was in black and white.) This is actually a postcard I got in a box of 100 classic sci-fi covers from my local favorite bookstore. Written in 1951 and the movie came out in 1962.

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bookitaabuku
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I was emerging as my own master, and no longer a cog. It might well be a world full of horrors and dangers that I should have to face, but I could take my own steps to deal with it - I would no longer be shoved hither and thither by forces and interests that I neither understood nor cared about.

trioxin_sematary Love this cover!! And book! 😊 11mo
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tournevis
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1️⃣ Iris Versicolor.
2️⃣ Carrots and mushrooms.
3️⃣ We have a small patch of carrots and radishes, plus lettuce, tomatoes, strawberries and one brocoli in pots. We have two very new house plants, grown by our son in school, so hopefully they won't die a violent death like the previous ones.
4️⃣ Ok.
#gardenparty @REPollock

tpixie If you come to Hutchinson during the end of May : beginning of June, you‘ll have to check out our irises!! 12mo
tpixie Do radishes and carrots well in pots? 12mo
Clare-Dragonfly I love your plant book recommendation! 😆 12mo
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REPollock Your veggie patch sounds lovely! Thanks for perpetuating the meme! 12mo
tournevis @tpixie Don't know, which is why they are in the patch. The others do well in pots 12mo
tournevis @Clare-Dragonfly It was inevitable. 😁 12mo
Crazeedi @tpixie radishes do great in porch boxes! Carrots probably do too as long as container deep enough. 12mo
Karkar Die a violent death....🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣 12mo
tpixie @tournevis lol I read it wrong!! Do you plant the broccoli from seed? 12mo
tpixie @Crazeedi thx! I wondered! 12mo
tournevis @Crazeedi That makes sense. @tpixie 12mo
tournevis @tpixie No, we saw one at the garden store when we went to get tye tomatoes. We just decided to try it out. 12mo
tournevis @Karkar Teehee 12mo
tpixie @tournevis fun ! Good luck! 🍀 12mo
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quirkyreader
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I also went to the Salvation Army to find clothes. I found a few things and they were having a book sale. And we know how dangerous those are. One book that is missing was about the writer of “Out of Africa”. I gave that to my mum because she has been wanting it for years.

Aimeesue I love The Day of the Triffids! Wyndham‘s great. 12mo
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MrBook
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#TBRtemptation post 5! Another horror classic. This is the first installment in the Triffids series. Bill Masen misses the UK's most spectacular meteorite shower since his eyes are bandaged over. Removing them the next morning, he finds masses of sightless people wandering the city. He meets Josella, who has also kept her sight, and they leave the city. But beware the Triffids(!): tall, walking, deadly plants! #blameLitsy #blameMrBook 😎

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ephemeralwaltz
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Isn't it pretty!😍 I love books with colorful #rainbow covers. Just bought this as a gift for a friend. I haven't read it myself.

#MagicalMarch
@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @vkois88

Tanisha_A It is indeed rainbow-tiful! 1y
Kalalalatja Awesome cover 👏👏 1y
Tamra Eye catching! 1y
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MayJasper What a beautiful cover for a really frightening story #coversublime to the ridiculous! 1y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks It‘s beautiful 😍 1y
ephemeralwaltz @MayJasper Penguin at its best! 1y
ephemeralwaltz @Tanisha_A @Kalalalatja @Tamra @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 😍😍 it is. I was looking for anything sci-fi and this one really stood out! 1y
readordierachel So pretty! 1y
vkois88 Pretty! 1y
vivastory I've never seen this edition. I love it! 1y
LeahBergen So pretty! 1y
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BookDude
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Mehso-so

I can't help but feel disappointed after reading this. To fully appreciate it, you must keep in mind that it was written in '51, and that it has influenced so many other works. However, the triffids themselves are just not as horrifying as I would have expected after reading that this was a horror classic. I appreciate the book, but I didn't love it.

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wanderlustforwords
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I think this classic sci-fi is my next read! #book #books #litsy #read #reading

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Kalalalatja
Day of the Triffids | John Wyndham
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"Once its prey has been stung and killed, a triffid will root itself beside the body and feed on it as it decomposes" - pretty #killertomatoes-ish. The triffids in Wyndham's novel are sentient beings (I think, it is still tbr), and they definitely have a killer instinct. With a 10ft long stinger which can kill with skin contact, they are a pretty deadly ?

#MonsterMadness2017

TheBookAddict Sounds interesting 🤔 might have to add it to my TBR. 2y
LibrarianRyan 👍🏻🤓👻 2y
bedandabook I read this years ago and really enjoyed it. Hope you find it a good read. 2y
LeeRHarry Loved this and the Midwich Cuckoos 😊 2y
readinginthedark 😱This sounds crazy!!! 2y
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TheJessWall
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The husband wanted to listen to one my favorite books on our drive home from Chicago! MY PATIENCE HAS BEEN REWARDED. #triffidlife #triffidenthusiast #scifi #dystopia🌿🌿🌿

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LondElle89
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Mehso-so

Overall, I enjoyed this SciFi/Thriller. I liked the Cold War undertones and the story. The o my downside was that it is a slow paced book and I did hit a slump towards the middle. Sometimes I felt the narration just went on to long. I enjoyed my first Wyndham novel and I'm looking forward to reading more of his books in the future. 3 out of 5.
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#books #bookish #novels #scifi #johnwyndham #thedayofthetriffids

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LondElle89
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I'm loving this creepy sci-fi novel. My first John Wyndham book. #currentlyreading #books #johnwyndham #sciencefiction #modernclassic

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BarbaraBB
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Mehso-so

I read this book in the weekend that followed upon the attacks on Paris. That made it a strange reading experience. The book describes the end of the world as we know it, in the mean time I was wondering if the same could be said of our world . Quite scary. Probably I didn't give the book as much attention as it should, because I was not so overwhelmed as many others who read it. #1001books

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hlgreenfield
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Decided to treat myself to a few books I'd been meaning to buy for a while now. This was a dangerous decision, because I finally got some penguin clothbound so I may be spending a lot of money on this collection from now on!

rustoryhuf I adore Confederacy! It's one of my absolute favorites. Enjoy! 2y
Kalalalatja Beautiful books are always a dangerous habit to aquire 😉 2y
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Book_Gnome
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Opening line: "Whem a day you happen to know is Wednesday starts off by sounding like Sunday, there is something seriously wrong somewhere." #thedayoftriffids #johnwyndham #penguinclassics #penguinbooks #book #bookgnome #firstline #bookcover #bookish

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andrew61
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#artificialintelligence #aprilbookshowers I was going to put 'do androids dream...' as the only ai book in my tbr pile but thought id post this book book still on my shelf and one i read many moons ago. Not sure if truly ai but definitely something weird going on.

DeborahSmall Loved this ❤️ 2y
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Liberty
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balletbookworm If you see any mobile carnivorous plant, run! 😱 2y
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jckphnx
Day of the Triffids | John Wyndham
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So, this weekend I decided to watch the film versions of the first two books I read in 2017. This was movie #1, brought to DVD by "Cheezy Flix". "Cheezy" it sure was, so I'll need to watch the more recent versions now.

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Lynnann
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Surprisingly I enjoyed this book. By all accounts I shouldn't have liked it but I did.

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jckphnx
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Mehso-so

The premise is incredibly strong. Unfortunately, the book's writing is a bit stale, despite the potentially exciting backdrop, but thought-provoking situations help bridge the divide.

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vivastory
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Pickpick

Wyndham's 1951 book is concerned with the destructive technological innovations from WWII. Owing much to Victorian & early 20th century authors, especially HG Wells, the philosophical musings on the instability of civilization is a result of not only the destruction of Europe during the war but also the uncertainties of Cold War. If you can tolerate archaic gender expectations, this is a worthy successor to the fine Victorian genre tradition.

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vivastory
Day of the Triffids | John Wyndham
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One third of the way through. Loving my book.

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vivastory
Day of the Triffids | John Wyndham
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I love this opening line
#24in48
#readathon

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Ksvz
Day of the Triffids | John Wyndham
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Pickpick

2017 #9 SciFi Audio wonderful to read the story that has been done, recreated, homaged, and been a part of popular culture since its creation in the 1950s. So much fun!

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Marchpane
Day of the Triffids | John Wyndham
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#readjanuary #booksaboutnature

When Nature Attacks!
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RealLifeReading I remember reading this as a teen! I think we read one of his books for our English lit class. 2y
Marchpane @RealLifeReading That would have been a terrific book to study for school!! 2y
readordierachel Love this cover :) 2y
[DELETED] 3323341091 Wyndham is so good 😬 2y
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sumaiyya.books
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Current read is also my second Wyndham. The writing and pace is perfect 😍 I love classic scifi 😍Has anyone read this?
Synopsis: A man wakes up and realises the rest of the world has gone blond because of a meteor shower, he's the only one who can see. Triffids, huge walking plants that eat humans, can finally have their day.

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vivastory @sumaiyya.books Wyndham is on my TBR. I actually might read this next. That cover is incredible! 3y
Clare_Riley I've read it and loved it! There was a TV series based on the books in the 70/80s (can't remember which, but I was very young!) here in the U.K. - it used to scare me to death! The book is scarier! Enjoy! 3y
TheLondonBookworm I loved this book! My mum recommended all of them to me when I was younger and I just lapped them up! Although I was sceptical at first I mean plants attacking- really? Hahaha 3y
dystopianaut 💜💜💜💜💜 2y
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dystopianaut
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"And we danced, on the brink of an unknown future, to an echo from a vanished past". -John Wyndham, The Day of the Triffids

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quirkyreader
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I'm torturing myself and looking at the Folio Society website. When I eventually have the funds to buy one of the editions it is going to be something I will keep, and my nephew won't get it until I pass onto whatever is next. My nephew is just 20 and has turned into a major book hoarder. He makes his auntie proud. 🐸🐙

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Anovelhaul
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One of my favourite sci fi authors and one of my favourite books.

rachellayown Great picture! 3y
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EmilyChristine
Day of the Triffids | John Wyndham
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I've been listening to Neil Gaiman's View from the Cheap Seats and he talked about this book. Checked my library and it was available! #classicscifi

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SonicPixel
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"And we danced, on the brink of an unknown future, to an echo from a vanished past."

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Kristalkitap
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Pickpick

Körlüğe, Triffidlere, haydutlara ve salgın hastalıklara karşı verilen bir yaşam mücadelesi sunuyor Triffidlerin Günü bizlere. Vicdanı yoklayan, düşündürten, ve yeniden kurulması gereken toplum düzeninde vazgeçilen değerlerden bahseden bir kitap. Boş bir eser değil. Alt metinlere odaklanmak isteyenlere harika bir ziyafet verebilecek yanında da tatlı bir atıştırmalık niyetinde keyfinizi kurguyla besleyebilecek bir kitap. #kitap #book #read #okundu

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Day of the Triffids | John Wyndham
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what is nearly as rad as bookmail? receiving a postcard, from my best bud, with an image of a groovy vintage book cover.

the work day has ended -- time for some beer and books!

BekahB I love those Penguin postcards 😀 3y
Yournewfriendsams Awesome! 3y
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