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The Historian
The Historian | Elizabeth Kostova
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gossamerchild
The Historian | Elizabeth Kostova
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This book has nothing to do with a #campfire, but it's absolutely something I could see myself reading around a campfire. Just to freak myself out. This is one of my favorite seasonal reads and I'll probably have to pick it up again this fall. There's something so satisfying about a slow burn, epistolary vampire story.

#OminousOctober #Scarathlon2022 #TeamSlaughter @clwojick @alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @eggs

Eggs Perfect 🤩 4d
Soubhiville Ok now I need to read this right away. Wonder how soon I can get to the library… 4d
gossamerchild @Soubhiville oh my goodness, it is SO good! I hope you can get it 🎉 4d
sprainedbrain I love this book! ❤️ 4d
Ddzmini Agree 🤗📖 3d
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RebeccaRoo7
The Historian | Elizabeth Kostova
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"Are you trying to intimidate me out of my library book?"

#vampires #history #creepy #halloween #research #readKY #mystery #readingstamina #fall #coffee

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RebeccaRoo7
The Historian | Elizabeth Kostova

"The very worst impulses of humankind can survive generations, centuries, even millennia. And the best of our individual efforts can die with us at the end of a single lifetime."

#creepy #halloween #dracula #folklore

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Andrew65
The Historian | Elizabeth Kostova
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Playing catch-up after being away from Wi-Fi the last week.

#LetterH #TheAlphabetGame

Loved everything about this book, a great read.

@AlwaysBeenaLoverofBooks

AllDebooks I reread it recently, a great book 2mo
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Natalieeliz
The Historian | Elizabeth Kostova
Mehso-so

If you‘re a fan of the legend of Dracula, Vlad the impaler, this is a great book for you! The story weaves a fictional narrative through real facts and history, similar to The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown. Some of the writing is overly descriptive, but for the most part the plot moves at a good pace. Some moments are so spooky you don‘t want to be in the dark alone!! 7/10. Id recommend it only to people who are already intrigued by Dracula legend.

annahenke I love this book! 3mo
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living_for_literature
The Historian | Elizabeth Kostova
Mehso-so

Very informative. Long-winded, reads like a Victor Hugo novel--but shares a lot of historical facts and inspires wanderlust. It can get confusing on who's perspective you're reading when there's stories within stories within letters.

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AllDebooks
The Historian | Elizabeth Kostova
Pickpick

Always a sucker for a gothic, Dracula tale. See what I did there? 😁🧛‍♂️🦇

Blueberry 😆🧛 6mo
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AllDebooks
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Here we go, another month spinning. This is such a fun and effective way to finally getting round to those long neglected books on the dusty tbr shelf.
Trying to think of ways to condense reading challenges, so this months picks include ones for my nature writing and read harder challenges.

@TheAromaofBooks
#bookspinbingo #bookspin

Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick I think the only way to condense is planning, research, and more planning. I've found a few that fit prompts in 3 or 4 different challenges. I am a fan of using Goodreads groups & lists for ideas. 6mo
AllDebooks @Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick It really is, I usually wing it as and when I choose a prompt. This year I've really thought about what subjects/genres I want to read and researched appropriate books. I started a book journal. Honestly I've loved that as much as the reading, which surprised me as I always thought it would eat into valuable reading time. 6mo
TheAromaofBooks I've also been planning my reading more than I have in the past, and have been pleasantly surprised at how I am actually getting books off the TBR. I chose a few challenges and dedicated them to specific piles of books and it's really helping!! 6mo
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Ddzmini
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🧛🏾‍♀️🧛🏼🧛🏼‍♂️

StaceGhost I laughed way too loud at this 6mo
Ddzmini @StaceGhost right 🤣 6mo
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kam01
The Historian | Elizabeth Kostova
Pickpick

I read this book on the priviso it would be a scary read. Although it was an enjoyable read, it didn't have that fear factor

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MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm
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Bailedbailed

Nope.
Done.
I reached 47% and finally had to skip to the end to see if it was worth pushing through. I know this gets high praise from some people but I can‘t get around the plodding plot, cardboard characters, unexplainable coincidences, unrealistically detailed letters or the humorlessly non-threatening antagonists.

majkia I bailed on that one as well. 8mo
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eeclayton
The Historian | Elizabeth Kostova
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Mehso-so

#unpopularopinion This was such a big disappointment for me. For about 500 pages, I was enjoying it immensely, I loved the rich details, and the mystery kept me guessing. Between pages 500-600 I began to lose my patience, I felt like the author was artificially holding back information, tossing me bits and pieces, then making me read lots of unimportant stuff. During the final 100 pages, when the big reveal came, I couldn't believe my eyes 🤦‍♀️

eeclayton Seriously? Dracula was doing what he was doing because he needed a librarian? Also, the final showdown was so meh. It's a shame that there wasn't a better motive at the heart of the book because it started out so promising. 8mo
eeclayton This was my #BookSpin for January @TheAromaofBooks 8mo
TheAromaofBooks I get so frustrated when authors hold back information in a way that makes the story drag out instead of in a way that feels natural. Another pet peeve is when main characters are given info that I don't get - “he read the letter, and suddenly everything was clear“ - but I don't get to read the letter for another 50 pages! 8mo
eeclayton @TheAromaofBooks At least the author wasn't guilty of the second one: each letter is immediately presented to the reader and each letter is extremely detailed 😂 But I agree it's so annoying when it happens. It makes one feel cheated. 8mo
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MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm
The Historian | Elizabeth Kostova
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Probably only going to get to this chunkster this weekend despite my high hopes of squeezing in two more reads before the end of the month. We‘re visiting family today and running multiple errands all day tomorrow, so my reading time will be much shorter than I originally hoped/planned.

Andrew65 Love this book. 8mo
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Bamazin
The Historian | Elizabeth Kostova
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Book 4 of 2022

“My dear and unfortunate successor”

I love a good Dracula story

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eeclayton
The Historian | Elizabeth Kostova
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#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain
(1) I'm reading The Historian. It's long and slow, but I'm enjoying it a lot 😊
(2) Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, by Philip K. Dick
(3) Bluescreen, by Dan Wells

Thanks for the tag @DannyDan ☺️
Would you like to play @Ast_Arslan @JessBookNerd ?

Reagan The Historian is so good! One of my faves. 8mo
DannyDan The second book seems intriguing!😃 8mo
eeclayton @Reagan It's so complex and well written! I'm enjoying it immensely 😊 8mo
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eeclayton @DannyDan I found it absolutely mindblowing. It has many layers and there's lots to think about long after you've put down the book. It's what Blade Runner is based on, btw, but I haven't seen the film (yet). 8mo
DannyDan @eeclayton Oh wow!!😃Will definitely check it out! 8mo
Ast_Arslan Thanks for the tag ❤ The tagged book is in my TBR from ages! 😅 8mo
eeclayton @Ast_Arslan You're welcome ☺️ I definitely recommend it! 8mo
Reagan Thanks for the tag! Missed it 😞 but I‘m always so excited when someone is reading The Historian! 8mo
eeclayton @Reagan it's okay, I can certainly understand the excitement 😀 8mo
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yoavshai
The Historian | Elizabeth Kostova
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#BookCoverChallenge
Day 140.
Here I will note 365 books (or as many as I will have before I get tired) that have shaped my taste in literature. No explanations, no reviews. Just the cover of the book.
I do not challenge anyone. You are all welcome to take part.

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vivastory
The Historian | Elizabeth Kostova
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Day 15 of #21DaysofHorror
In my review of this I said that it was more of a historical fiction tinged with horror rather than a horror novel. I stand by this assessment. This was one of the most immersive reads that I have experienced. Recently someone on social media asked for a recommendation for a horror movie where the majority of the movie was the research scenes. I feel like The Historian is the perfect book recommendation for this question.

Texreader A fave book of mine I‘ve read over and over. I 100% agree with your description! 11mo
vivastory @Texreader I wish there were more books like it. The only other that I can think of is 11mo
DGRachel It‘s been more than a decade since I read this, but I wholeheartedly agree with your assessment. I, too, would like more historical fiction with horror elements. The Terror is one of my favorites, too. 11mo
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Texreader @vivastory Well that‘s a chunkster! I‘ll have to check it out sometime when I have a lot of free time on my hands! 😁 11mo
Branwen This is one of my favorite books ever! I completely agree with your review! The deep dive into the historical aspects were just such a pleasure to read! ❤ 11mo
ncsufoxes I read this book years ago & has been one of my favorites. I don‘t like scary or horror books, this was my level of creepiness that I could handle. I love historical fiction so it‘s probably why I liked it. I should remember to read again this time next year 11mo
TrishB I loved this too ❤️ 11mo
Melli I loved this book when I read it years ago even bough a copy because ya know can‘t keep library books tried to read it again 2 years back and couldn‘t for some reason I cannot re-read books even ones I loved. This has always been a thing with me ever since I was young.. I may try again in the future 11mo
Bookzombie I tried to read this not long after it was out and bailed. Maybe I should revisit it. I loved The Terror so maybe it‘s the right time for this one. 11mo
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Kimberlone
The Historian | Elizabeth Kostova
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Pickpick

This was a great reread/first-time listen. I really loved this book when I read it 4-5 years ago. I saw the abridged audiobook with full cast recording was available on Hoopla and thought it would be a great option for spooky season. I didn‘t mind it being abridged, since I‘d read the book before, and I was still surprised a few times since I didn‘t remember all the details of the plot.

#Scarathlon2021 #Screamathon #LittenListen #TeamHendrix

MidnightBookGirl I LOVE this version of the book, which I read first and didn't realize was abridged, but I've listened to it a bunch of times! 12mo
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Nute
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Pickpick

#FallTreasures - Slow Burn: I feel that this is considered a slow moving story by many. Readers seems to have a polarized opinion of its merit. It‘s love or hate with no middle ground. I thought that it was captivating not in a thriller sense which is maybe what most folks are seeking being that it is supposedly a vampire story. Its hypnotic trance is in the writing. It is lush and brooding.👇🏽

Nute Filled with rich descriptive wording and long winding passages. It is abundant in that way and probably rendered unappealing to some folks. But recall from the title it is a story of the researcher. A person on a trek of discovering and confirming information. By natural tendency it holds the expectation of being convoluted and meandering. It is her family‘s history and how it intertwines with that of Vlad the Impaler.👇🏽 12mo
Nute There were many chilling parts. Does it amount to a scary book? I don‘t think so. I like the phrases that someone used, “intellectual suspense” and “casually erudite” and “a compelling inversion of literature and history.” Yeah, that‘s more the ticket.

Always a favorite book.
Highly recommended!
12mo
TrishB What a wonderful review ❤️ I loved this book. 12mo
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Leftcoastzen I started it ,I need to try again. I was enjoying it have the feeling it was more timing issue . Love your review! 12mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks As always your words beautiful ❤️ 12mo
Trashcanman ❤️❤️‍🩹 12mo
Jobridge I love this book so much. I read it around the time I did a stage production of Dracula and it was fantastic. 12mo
Eggs Gorgeous photo capture ❤️🖤❤️🖤 12mo
CoverToCoverGirl My copy is waiting patiently for me to finally get to it. 12mo
Crewgurl Love this one!!! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ 12mo
Nute @TrishB Thank you, Trish!💕Wonderful book! 12mo
Nute @Leftcoastzen Thank you, Ms. Linda!💕 I hope that you do try again. I really enjoyed it. I think that it makes a difference not to be expecting a scary vampire story, but instead an exploration a family history involving a ‘vampire.‘ 12mo
Nute @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thank you, Misty! 12mo
Nute @Trashcanman Hi George! Sending {{{HUGS}}}💕 12mo
Nute @Jobridge Wow! Very cool timing! Did reading this book at the same time as your stage production performance give more depth to character portrayal? 12mo
Nute @Eggs Thanks, Sherri!💕 12mo
Jobridge @Nute Yes it very much was great for the vibe of the play. My director recommended it and I just loved it. 12mo
Nute @Jobridge Way cool!!! 12mo
Nute @CoverToCoverGirl Hopefully soon, Ms. CJ!🙂 12mo
Nute @Crewgurl Such a good book!🙂 12mo
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Read-y_Picker
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Mini #bookhaul!
I‘m generally not a re-reader but for the tagged I‘ll make an exception. Also pictured A Wrinkle in Time, which keeps coming up lately. It was one of my favourites growing up. I don‘t know how many times I must have read it but I don‘t remember a thing about it ☹️.

TiredLibrarian Currently re-reading A Wrinkle in Time 😊📖 12mo
Read-y_Picker @TiredLibrarian I saw! I really hope it holds up! 12mo
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Laughterhp
The Historian | Elizabeth Kostova
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#SeptemberSundays - books and football 🏈📚

It‘s the first Sunday so I‘m excited. Ask me again in December 🤣

EadieB @Laughterhp I read your book and enjoyed it! Thanks for participating in the readathon! 13mo
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Laughterhp
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My #SuperSeptember goals are pretty simple. I‘m about 225 pages into the tagged book. I‘m hoping to finish it this weekend but we‘ll see.

I‘m listening to the first Agatha Raisin on audio. It‘s pretty good so far.

If I finish the Historian, I‘m hoping to start my 2 library books, but we‘ll see.

Work has been crazy busy and I haven‘t had a ton of reading time lately.

Hope you start feeling better soon Andrew.

EadieB Thanks for participating! Hope you enjoy your reading! 13mo
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asterese
The Historian | Elizabeth Kostova
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My Dark Academia bookmark arrived today! 💀📚 Thought this would pair nicely with these books, especially the tagged one, which is my favorite book in the world. 🖤

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5280reader
The Historian | Elizabeth Kostova
Bailedbailed

Just not a book I could get into. I guess I needed more rom coms at the time…#doublespin from Feb is now off my list!!

TheAromaofBooks Sometimes a book just isn't the right fit!! 1y
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Ast_Arslan
The Historian | Elizabeth Kostova
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I am posting one book per day from my to-be-read collection. No description and providing no reason for wanting to read it. Some will be old, some will be new - don't judge me, I have a lot of books.

Day 77th

Join the fun if you want!

#tbrpile

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Texreader
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#thoughtfulthursday

1. Three or more reads each (probably at least 5+ reads each): tagged, Dracula, Rebecca
2. Absolutely. A great cover pulls me in to see if the book might be good. I generally ignore awful covers
3. The Hobbit, especially Mirkwood

MoonWitch94 I ignore ugly covers, too. 🤣 Thanks for playing! 🌿📚☺️ 1y
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reading_rainbow
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This novel was suggested to me when I was looking for books similar to Anne Rice VC
After reading the description I‘m pretty excited to start it🖤

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WeirdAtHeart
The Historian | Elizabeth Kostova
Bailedbailed

I tried, I really did but this book is so boring! Halfway through and I stopped caring about any of it. Also, telling the story through someone's letters but not formatting it as a letter is really annoying. Does she find Dracula in the end? I don't know and I don't care. DNF.

Blueberry Lol, I liked this one. 2y
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WeirdAtHeart
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If I was going to do one bad thing, I was going to do twenty.

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WeirdAtHeart
The Historian | Elizabeth Kostova

Sometimes I read my books out loud and pretend I'm the narrator of it's Audiobook.

Yuki_Onna ❤ 💞 ❤ 1y
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WeirdAtHeart
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Has anyone read this? Opinions please!

julesG I read it but didn't like it. I'm a very attentive reader and was annoyed with the inaccuracies and inconsistencies. 2y
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DarkMina
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I am posting a book every day from my TBR.

Day 15

#tbrpile #bookstoread

Crazeedi This was excellent 2y
DarkMina @Crazeedi Good to hear! 2y
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Exbrarian
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1) The Historian
2) Let the Right One In
3) Either of the above. I also really liked 30 Days of Night.
#SpookySaturday

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Texreader
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It‘s my “Vlad the Impaler” night. I happened upon this fascinating tv show about Vlad. See my previous post about the “Vlad the Inhaler.” I have the weirdest coincidences around this, one of my favorite books.

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Texreader
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Couldn‘t resist this one!!

#wintergames #merryreaders @Clwojick

Bits 🤣 2y
batsy I choked on my coffee 😂 2y
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Texreader
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Pickpick

No real book review here since this was the umpteenth reread of this book, one of my top 3 favorites ever. It still is in my top 3. Read for #readingeurope2020 #Slovenia and #novelnovember

Andrew65 Have you read any other ones by the author? 2y
Texreader @Andrew65 I bailed on Swan Thieves, it was very slow and boring to me. Shadow Lands was very good. 2y
Andrew65 @Texreader Thanks 😊 2y
Librarybelle I had to put this one down several months ago, before the world turned upside down, and haven‘t had a chance to pick it up again. But, I loved what I had read so far! Once I can pick it up again, I‘ll probably start from the beginning, just to remind myself of everything. 2y
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Texreader
The Historian | Elizabeth Kostova
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Update for #novelnovember!

Finish:

✅ Attachment for #authoramonth
✅ A Freak of Freedom for #readingeurope2020 #SanMarino
✅ Midnight in Chernobyl for #Ukraine
✅ The Historian for #Slovenia

Make progress: The Dogs of Riga for #Latvia

@Andrew65

Andrew65 Loved The Historian, hope you enjoyed it 2y
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Texreader
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Page 566, slightly less than 100 pages to go. I‘m finally at my favorite part of the book: the incomparable description of the one place we‘d all want to visit if we could (safely). I‘m being as vague as I can to avoid spoilers but gee I‘ve been rereading this book since late September & here it is, late November, & I‘m finally at the best point in the book. Share your favorite parts of the book in the comments (with spoiler warning).

Texreader I love when they find Rossi, and we discover Dracula‘s true occupation! 2y
Leftcoastzen I need to get to this one. 2y
Crazeedi Great book!! 2y
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catsuit_mango
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So apparently Dracula, the book is way more recent than what I thought ;)

JamieArc 😂😂 2y
TrishB Lol 😆 2y
Texreader 🤣🤣 2y
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Texreader
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Another photo of the gorgeous Rila Monastery in Bulgaria, which the main characters are currently visiting.

Freespirit Wow stunning😍 2y
Karisa Gorgeous colors and detail! 2y
kspenmoll Beautiful!! 2y
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DAB That is awesome 2y
Tripex Awesome is the word 2y
Branwen This book made me fall in love with Bulgaria! 2y
Texreader @Freespirit @Karisa @kspenmoll @DAB @Tripex @branwen Unbelievable isn‘t it? Tucked away in Bulgaria! Love the places we get to visit in this book! 2y
Branwen It's so beautiful! 😍😍😍 2y
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Texreader
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Our characters are now visiting the beautiful Rila Monastery in Bulgaria. The author described it as absolutely beautiful but it‘s even more gorgeous than imagined.

SamAnne Beautiful. 2y
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Texreader
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“Everywhere I saw sunlight touching old vellum, old leather, tool bindings, hints of gilt, crumbling page corners, knobby bindings -– red and brown and bone-colored wonderful books — books and scrolls and manuscripts in a working disarray. Nothing was dusty, nothing heavy was heaped on anything fragile, and yet these books, these manuscripts were absolutely everywhere...”

One of the best things about this book are its many libraries.

sprainedbrain Gosh, I love that book. 🥰 2y
Texreader @sprainedbrain Indeed. I‘m really taking my time this go-round and enjoying looking up the places they visit and keeping track of countries they visit. Next reread I‘ll have to find something else to focus on. (edited) 2y
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Texreader
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“We joined a line of silent Bulgarians filing past Dimitrov‘s open coffin. The dictator‘s face was waxen, with a heavy dark mustache... I thought of Stalin, whose body had reportedly joined Lenin‘s the year before, in a similar shrine on Red Square. These atheist cultures were certainly diligent in preserving the relics of their saints.”

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Texreader
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In my v*e*r*y slow reread of one of my most favorite books, we‘ve finally reached another country, #Bulgaria. Of course I‘m using the book for #readingeurope2020 #Slovenia. But it‘s the perfect book for this challenge! If I recall correctly we have at least one more country to go.

And since I‘m into book coincidences lately in the books I‘m reading, this book (at least partially) and Midnight in Chernobyl are both set in Cold War Europe.

Librarybelle This is definitely a good one for the #ReadingEurope2020 challenge...so many countries! 2y
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Branwen
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#thoughtfulthursday @MoonWitch94
Thanks for the tag, @Eggs ! 🤗💖

🍁 The Historian reminds me of Autumn! I always try and reread it this time of year!

🍁 I usually have a fall book list I put together, but I keep getting off track with it this year! I blame all the great new releases that keep coming out! 😁

🍁 I'm working late tonight, so probably something quick, like waffles!

🍁 Good Omens! 💕

MoonWitch94 I have heard excellent reviews of Good Omens but haven‘t watched yet. It‘s on my list! 2y
Branwen @MoonWitch94 It's really just so incredibly good! It makes me happy every time I watch it! 😀 2y
Texreader A perfect time to reread The Historian, which is what I‘m doing right now!! 2y
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Texreader
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Such a lovely description of a library. “It was good to walk into a library again; it smelled like home...”

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Texreader
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You know how when you‘ve read a favorite book many times, and seeing the characters introduced is like meeting old friends? That‘s how I feel about Aunt Eva. As one of the main characters says: “Aunt Eva was certainly one of this vivid people, someone my memory and imagination have conspired to preserve in living color for twenty years.”

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ravenlee
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It‘s been a while since I‘ve read it, but as I recall there‘s quite a bit of this sort of education in the tagged book.

@KVanRead #LitFortuneCookie

Want to play? @hermyknee @Alfrazier21 @4thhouseontheleft

KVanRead Have heard great things about this one! Thanks for playing 😊 2y
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