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A Series of Unfortunate Events #1: The Bad Beginning: The Short-Lived Edition
A Series of Unfortunate Events #1: The Bad Beginning: The Short-Lived Edition | Lemony Snicket
Dear Reader, The book you are holding in your hands is a short-lived edition of a book that will likely make your life shorter as well. The tale of three Baudelaire children, who find themselves thrown into an unhappy situation containing a treacherous villain with an evil scheme and bad manners, becomes more and more dreadful on each page, and everyone so foolhardy as to read it will find themselves weeping and moaning by the end of the book. This book is offered at an introductory price, but it introduces the reader to such unpleasantries as a disastrous fire, itchy clothing, a baby trapped in a cage, a plot to steal an enormous fortune, and dusty curtains. I made a solemn promise to write down these wretched tales, but you have no such promise, and if I were you I would put down a book this terrible, no matter how reasonably priced. With all due respect, Lemony Snicket
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allycrothers
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Date Published: September 30th, 1999
Author- Daniel Handler
Illustrator - Brett Helquist
Genre- Mystery, Gothic-Fiction
This book follows the 3 Baudelaire siblings- Violet, Klaus, and Sunny. Their life has many unpleasant events after their parents suddenly perished in a home-fire. Count Olaf is an evil man and will do anything to get his hands on the Baudelaire fortune. I love this book for children! Great plot, characters, and use of vocabulary!

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AkashaVampie
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#Audiogaming for this morning so I don't go back to sleep.

#ReadMyRoom

@ElizaMarie @AsYouWish @jb72

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Clwojick
The Bad Beginning | Lemony Snicket
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I loved doing this #seriesreadathon back in the beginning of the year. Looking for some suggestions for mores series that I can knockout in a weekend. Childhood rereads, ya, adults, etc. I‘m good with any and all suggestions.

Some that I‘m considering:

Percy Jackson (still only read the first one)
Small Spaces (only read the first)
Wayward Children (read and adored all of them)
Pretty Little Liars (not sure how many I‘ve read)

Clwojick Stalking Jack the Ripper ( haven‘t read any of them) 6mo
Clwojick Confessions of Georgia Nicholson (classics from childhood) 6mo
Scochrane26 I love Percy Jackson as well as the 2nd series with him—Heroes of Olympus. Both series are great on audio. 6mo
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flamingolucifer Which character would you say you enjoyed about reading the most? (Other than the mainstream ones) 6mo
kplovesbooks If you haven't read the How To Train Your Dragon series. Or also Secrets Of Dripping Fang. Both are excellently corny and enjoyable, fast reading. 6mo
Clwojick @kplovesbooks Oh my gosh! I didn‘t know there were How to Train Your Dragon books! 6mo
LiteraryinLawrence Do you do graphic novels? I loooove Giant Days, about a group of friends going to university. 6mo
kplovesbooks @Clwojick Girl. Yes!! And IMHO, soooo much better than the movie!! 6mo
LiteraryinLawrence I also loved James Ponti‘s trilogy Framed (middle grade) and Maureen Johnson‘s Truly Devious series (young adult). 💗💗💗 6mo
thereadingpal Percy Jackson! And the other series by Rick Riordan 6mo
RebL The Pandava Quintet is a smart, funny MG series that incorporates Indian mythology. 6mo
PageShifter John Gwynne‘s The Faithful and the Fallen is an amazing series. Starts with this tagged book 6mo
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The_Book_Ninja
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Ahhh..I miss the days when I read to my kids. I never read this to them as they were reading on their own by the time this came out. But I‘ve been promising @she_she I‘d read the series for years so here we are…Book the First complete, looking forward to the next instalment. 🪝🪝🪝🪝🪝🪝🪝 7/10 hooks.

she_she quick read! 7mo
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The_Book_Ninja
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Well it‘s not very often you read a book and this happens🙀

Bookwomble 🤯😄 8mo
she_she 🐟 7mo
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Traci1
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Big sister (19) finished this book, and Henry (6) asked what it was about. She said it was about 3 kids. "Can they do magic?" No, but they're really smart. "Like me?" Yes. So now he's reading about the smart kids like him. ?

IamIamIam 😍😍😍 10mo
Addison_Reads Love this! You'll have to let us know what he thinks. 😀 10mo
Gissy So cute! Good for him to find out how smart are those kids☺️But I know he is smarter 🤗 10mo
Tera66 Adorable!!!😍 10mo
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Bookybookitybook

#4/50
I read these books about 15 years ago, but never finished the series so I decided to reread them. The adults are extremely frustrating, but I remember I related to that when I originally read the books. They still hold up.

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bookish.mum
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'If you have ever lost someone very important to you, then you already know how it feels, and if you haven't, you cannot possibly imagine it.' - Lemony Snicket

#bookworm #katherinepaterson #bridgetoterabithia #cslewis #thelionthewitchandthewardrobe #lemonysnicket #aseriesofunfortunateevents #thebadbeginning #franceshodgsonburnett #thesecretgarden #madeleinelengle #awrinkleintime

thewallflower0707 Hi, can I ask you where you bought the letter pieces? I really love your aesthetic. 10mo
bookish.mum @thewallflower0707 Thank you ❤ I just got them out of a Scrabble game I have. There are similar tiles at Kmart, like little wooden type ones 😊 10mo
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Blackink_WhitePaper
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I m planning to read this entire series. It‘s a quick and interesting read. Audio narration and background score made it more dramatic. 4.5 🌟

#seriesread2022 #firstbookoftheseries #bookspinbingo

Clwojick Awesome job! I‘m just finishing up the 5th book. ❤️ 11mo
Blackink_WhitePaper @Clwojick wow 🤩 fantastic! 11mo
TheSpineView Excellant! 11mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 11mo
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Clwojick
The Bad Beginning | Lemony Snicket
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After finishing It Happened One Summer, i seen it was exactly 10am, so I figured why not start my Series Of Unfortunate Events Readathon today! I‘m pretty sure I won‘t be able to finish them all in 24 hours, but maybe 48 including sleep! The first of the 13 books was a super quick read, and now I‘m jumping straight into The Reptile Room! ❤️ #JoyousJanuary #JumpStart2022

Cortg That's a fun series! We listened to the series during road trips over the course of a few years. It was something the whole family was able to enjoy. 11mo
Blackink_WhitePaper Even I listen to this series today 😅☺️just done with my first book 🤗☺️💐 11mo
Andrew65 What a fun Readathon. Good luck 😊👍 11mo
Tera66 I just listened to book 2 today, 😊 Tim Curry narrates and he is fantastic. 11mo
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Clwojick
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Another goal for 2022 is to reread the complete collection of A Series of Unfortunate Events, possibly during a 24 hour Readathon 😆😜 #2022Goals #2022ReadingChallenges

AkashaVampie this looks beautiful and organized. I wish i could be like that. I need to read these. I believe I have only read the first one. 11mo
Clwojick @AkashaVampie Thanks! I think I‘ve read all but the last two, but I‘ve wanted to reread them all back to back for a while now. I might host a Readathon, since I‘m leaning towards trying to read all 13 in a 24 or 48 hour period. 😆 11mo
AkashaVampie @Clwojick wow... thats totally out of my league!! Wish I could tho.... #MomLife 11mo
AkashaVampie @Clwojick wow... thats totally out of my league!! Wish I could tho.... #MomLife 11mo
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TheSpineView
The Bad Beginning | Lemony Snicket
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JazzFeathers Is that a new version of Annie? 😱 1y
Klou Good post! 1y
Klou @JazzFeathers yeah. It was made in 2014 I think. Not as good as the original. 1y
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Shallett
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I never finished this series as a kid so im going to read it now. Cant wait for the nostalgia

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AshRaye
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At times the book seems a little ridiculous, but it has a way of sweeping you along for the full crazy ride. I didn't realize how entertaining the book was until I had reached the end. The author definitely is a great storyteller and I am interested in reading more of their work.

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AshRaye
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But like so many unfortunate events in life, just because you don't understand it doesn't mean it isn't so.

Lemony Snicket, The Bad Beginning

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Bakingbookworm
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Mehso-so

3 STARS - I'm late to the Lemony Snicket party! This was a quirky story that was good but didn't wow me as much as I had hoped. Tim Curry and a full ensemble voice cast were impressive as was the tone of the book.

My Review: http://bit.ly/TheBadBeginningReview

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GatheringBooks
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roseread
Pickpick

A favorite series from my childhood

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Sofia.Aniceto132

Date: 03/24 - 03/24
I have decided to drop/lost interest in this book, I first started reading this because I love mystery books yet this one had me losing focus on it. Instead I found myself spacing out and just simply putting down the book right on reading a few pages. This why I have decided to drop/stop reading this book

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Karissacurrier
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This RF, AS Colorado Children‘s Book award winning novel is an unconventional story that will draw in your students. The theme of this story is that perseverance is possible even in the face of adversity. The Baudelaire siblings become orphaned at a young age and are sent to live with a man who tries to steal their inheritance. The story follows the unfortunate events that happen to them while they fight against Count Olaf. #UCFLAE3414SP21

Karissacurrier https://www.readingrockets.org/handler

This source from Reading Rockets includes great information about Lemony Snicket that can be used in an AS. The UDL principle 1.1 discusses how to customize the display of information, which will increase students engagement in the AS. The EL strategy 13 about previewing information for activities will ensure students are knowledgeable about the author.
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KimberlyJuracich
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I liked it. I read it a long time ago.

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Sofia.Aniceto132
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Fiction: *Focus on Author* - Why do you think the author began or ended the story the way he did?

In this book it started off very depressing because of the fact that the Baudelaire children had lost their parents and their house in a fire.

I think it started off like this because it need a interesting turn of events because the Baudelaire children at the beginning had just gone to a beach

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Mccall0113
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Just started this. There‘s so many sound effects. I find it very distracting. Anyone else struggle with this?

Laughterhp I hate when the sound effects/music are so loud, they are louder than the reading. 2y
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WanderingBookaneer
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CaffeineAndCandy 😂❤❤❤ 2y
readordierachel Barely 😆 2y
DAB Yes, I sure do. 2y
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The.Great.Catsby
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How unfortunate!!
15 points for #TeamSlaughter #Mystery
Onto the Reptile Room!

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Sofia.Aniceto132
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Date: 10/16 - 10/18
Fiction: It doesn't really say what year this was taken in but it does talk about the setting alot, for right now the first few setting are when the Baudelaire children went to the beach. The beach was empty because they only liked going to the beach on cloudy days because nobody would be there, and the second place was when they got home, they live in mansion but the thing is that it was burned down and with their parents.

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Auntynanny
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Mehso-so

I listened to this book on audio. I can't say that I really understand the appeal. I just found the story upsetting more than anything. The performances were pretty good, though.

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The.Great.Catsby
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👻Really excited to get started on the Series of Unfortunate Events books!
👻I started reading The Collector months ago, but got bored and put it down. I'll just need to finish that right up!
👻I always read at least one Goosebumps book in October!
#scarathlon2020 #TeamSlaughter #TBR

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Sofia.Aniceto132

Date: 10/03 - 10/03
Fiction
Well sinces I'm only on chapter one the characters only affect each other because they are siblings. There names are Violet the oldest, Klaus the middle child, and Sunny the youngest, in the first chapter they only affect each other because all three are doing a test with something Violet had invented, but it was more like Klaus and Violet who tested it because Sunny is still a toddler.

tpixie 💗💗💗 2y
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Sofia.Aniceto132
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Date: 10/03 - 10/03
Genre: Mystery
Why I chose this book is because I like mystery books and I also have already watched the show. I wanted to see what the similarities between the show and the book.

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Clwojick
The Bad Beginning | Lemony Snicket
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Amazing! When we decided to add the stackable #readathon points, we had no idea just how many events would be happening in the month of October! I keep finding more and more that I'd like to participate in, including #anunfortunatereadathon which is hosted by TheReadyReaders over on instagram. It includes a bingo board full of prompts!

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1b3sPasm4TmkF3Aaa1vHAvU6IMxVv21bGRkksPk8oA40/...

Andrew65 I think I‘ve got totally confused with all the Readathons. 🤷‍♂️🙈😳🤣👻 2y
Clwojick @Andrew65 Me too! Originally I was going to go HAM, and try to do as many as possible but I have a feeling I‘ll stick with #CYOReadathon, Screamathon and your two. There‘s just too many freaking options 🥳🤣 2y
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick I might fail gloriously and read only 1 or 2 books for each one, but it'll be fun to try! 2y
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Clwojick @Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick im hoping to find ways to have one book qualify for a prompt on multiple readathons 👻 Then even if i only read a few they‘d be worth MAJOR points 😆 2y
Sace Oh.... This is interesting. Just this week I listened to an episode of Professional Book Nerds and they recommended the audio of these books. 2y
MatchlessMarie This is awesome! I started reading them for the first time last year and I‘m on the 5th one now. Maybe this will motivate me to finish😅 2y
Clwojick @Texreader 👻👻 2y
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ahoffkosik
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Like so many kids of the nineties (and beyond!), I was a BIG fan of A Series of Unfortunate Events. Coming back to the first book in the series for my podcast was a reallllllyyyy interesting experience! The conversation on today‘s episode goes in many directions, but it kind of always comes back to one core question: how dark is *too* dark for kids? Listen in to see where we land! Link to listen in bio!

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pilardib
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“They didn‘t understand it, but like so many unfortunate events in life, just because you don‘t understand it doesn‘t mean it isn‘t so“.

I loved it and can't wait to read the next one in the series! I really wish I had read this when I was younger. I watched the netflix show first but that didn't make the book any less enjoyable. The show and the book really capture what I love most about reading, books, and stories.

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BooksCoffeeNurse
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I remember these books started coming out in the late 90‘s. This was the series that really got me hooked on reading. 🙈 Anyone else love Lemony Snicket as a child? 😁❤️

WonderlandMind Some of the best books! 2y
BooksCoffeeNurse @WonderlandMind Most definitely! ❤️ 2y
LibrarianRyan Not as a child, but as a children't librarian. I only made it to book 7. My volunteer read them all and all ther books about them and was so mad after the last book.
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BooksCoffeeNurse @LibrarianRyan I‘m envious of your career. That‘s awesome! ☺️ 2y
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katy4peas
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Anybody want to re-read or read along with me with A Series of Unfortunate Events? I love this series and @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks and @OriginalCyn620 challenge of #3books made me think of this one. I would like to reread the whole series. I vote maybe an October start, and a few chapters a week as they are fairly easy to speed through. Let me know! Feel free to share! 😁 #unfortunatereadalong

Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick Yes! I'm in! I've been looking for a reason to read them. I know they're middle grade level, so I'm fine with anything as frequent as a book a week or longer. Whatever works for you & the others. 2y
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katy4peas @Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick yay! I‘m a slower reader and just started back at work last week so my reading time has been cut down a bit too, but we can adjust the timeline to suit. Just gathering interest now! 👍🏼 Glad you are joining in! 😁 2y
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick Whatever timeline works for you is good with me. Yay!! Time to start pulling the books out from their various piles. 2y
Okayaprilmae Yas! 🙋🏼‍♀️🙋🏼‍♀️🙋🏼‍♀️ (edited) 2y
The.Great.Catsby I've never read them before and am definitely interested!!! 2y
NikkiM5 Oh yes, great idea. Count me in, October works for me (edited) 2y
Meaw_catlady Oooohhh!!! I love these books! I wouldn‘t mind joining 🖤 2y
fredamans I would but am not a marathon reader... I get bored too easily and need a variety in my reading. 2y
Yuki_Onna Ayyyyy, how cool! I'd be totally down for it - but I still haven't been able to find any of the books in Germany. I'll try to order them in English and will let you know when I've found them... October sounds great as well!
Thank you so much for tagging me! 💜
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katy4peas Awesome! I‘ll put together some details and tag you all with more info. I have company coming this weekend so it might be a few days before I can post details. Thanks for joining in! 😁 @Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick @Okayaprilmae @The.Great.Catsby @NikkiM5 @Meaw_catlady @audraelizabeth @Yuki_Onna 2y
katy4peas You are welcome to jump in and out and read the first book with us if you want even if you don‘t read all of them. 🙂 @fredamans 2y
NikkiM5 @katy4peas thank you 😊 2y
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Bookishgal71
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Love this book! This will be a favorite children‘s book for me. I read it with my 11 year old for summer reading requirements. It was a second time through for me but worth it.

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annamae
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Very fun! Somehow hadn‘t read this series before but really enjoyed the audiobook. This series is always popular in my classroom library!!!

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annamae
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#weeklyforecast
With school coming back soon, I am hoping to get a few #middlegrade reads done to use as book talks!

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Clwojick
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I‘m so close to having the full collection! I only need 5,11,12&13. Although I‘m going to keep a look out for The Reptile Room (2) that is the matching edition. ♥️

Yuki_Onna @Clwojick Congrats on your collection! Those look so freaking good! 2y
JazzFeathers That's a great collection. I read the first three books in the series and really enjoyed it. I listened to the first two audiobook read by Jim Curry and enjoyed them even more. 2y
Clwojick @Yuki_Onna have you read them? I loved them when I was younger. I reread one of them this month for #Readyoursign and it brought back so many great memories. I knew I needed to collect them all. 2y
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Yuki_Onna @Clwojick No, UNFORTUNATELY I have never read them. I only discovered the series because of the movie. I had never even heard of them before. But when I saw the movie and learned that there is a series of books behind them, my interest was piqued. Apparently the books are not very well known in Germany, they're not books you grow up with. I haven't been able to get my hands on them yet... Such a pity! But I'll keep on looking for some copies... 2y
Yuki_Onna @Clwojick How many books are there in the series, by the way? 15? 2y
Clwojick There‘s 13 @Yuki_Onna 2y
Yuki_Onna @Clwojick Can they be read separately as standalones or just as part of the series? 2y
Clwojick I‘d suggest reading them in order since they tend to mention previous events that happened in earlier books @Yuki_Onna 2y
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LauraBrook
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Really enjoyed this gothic tale, narrated by 💙Tim Curry💙 and a full cast. I read this years ago and didn‘t remember much, but have decided to do a series read and finish it up. Glad that my library didn‘t have a physical copy and I got to listen to this instead! 3.5 stars, and a currently-reading finish for the #CYOReadathon.

TheBookDream Whaaaaaat?! Audiobooks aren‘t my speed (literally. It bother me that I can read faster than they talk) but Tim Curry! Be still mine heart 🥰 2y
JackOBotts Tim Curry!!! Sounds fantastic! 2y
LauraBrook @TheBookDream @JackOBotts Tim Curry can do no wrong, this was delightful! 2y
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francescareads
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Late morning read aloud.

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WanderingBookaneer
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vivastory Yup 3y
BookwormAHN 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 3y
CaroPi 😂😂😂 3y
Bookwormjillk 😂😂😂😂is there any other option? 3y
Blaire 💯 3y
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McKaylaH
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The very first book of Lemony Snicket‘s “A Series of Unfortunate Events”. I did my author study on this man and he is absolutely incredible. This series is about three orphans who go through a lot of unlucky obstacles at the hands of Count Olaf. This series is a must read for adolescents. This RF book would be good for IR, since this series can be a lot. https://www.lemonysnicket.com/ #UCFLAE3414SP20

McKaylaH UDL 2.3- Support decoding of text, mathematical notation, and symbols
EL strategy #36- Ask numerous questions which require higher level thinking responses
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ShardaeP I have never read any of the books, but I have seen the movie that came out in 2004. Jim Carrey was in it. I liked it. They also have a series on Netflix. 3y
DrSpalding You can add your author study resource as well! You did a beautiful job sharing your passion for these books. 3y
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BookKenz
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I feel like I missed out as a child by not reading these books. I definitely see how so many people loved the series. I started watching the netflix show and loved it so much that I picked the book up. I can't wait to read them all and then share them with my classroom! ❤

ShyBookOwl I had the same thought about feeling like I missed out. I bought book 1 after watching s1, but haven't read it yet 3y
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick I picked up the series book by book at library sales over the last two years. Now complete, I am going to read them closer to Halloween. 3y
BookKenz @ShyBookOwl Book one is very much like the show. I'm in love with the show, though, so I dont know which one I want to continue on with first. Lol 3y
BookKenz @Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick That's awesome! I'm on the hunt for them all now. 😬💁‍♀️ 3y
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Mtroiano
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Social distancing day 3. Planning to read this to my kids this week and if they sit still long enough to listen to the whole thing they can watch the show on Netflix. I‘m struggling to come up with activities over here 🙃

Hestapleton My friend shared this link with a BUNCH of submitted enrichment ideas for kids! Hoping there‘s a few in here to help you out. https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1KCFnWreu4v7VoO3NbgP-Qcq2LyE1FvliYSoiTLRY... 3y
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Panic70
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Reread. My 9 year old often mentions this series, and we decided to give the first audiobook another listen.

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“if you have ever lost a loved one, then you know exactly how it feels. and if you have not, then you cannot possibly imagine it.“

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felicityfeiner
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For my birthday, I was gifted one of my favourite book series 😍😍😍

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Tera66
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I loved the movie and have watched a few episodes of the Netflix show. I listened to this on audio today. The adaptations follow the book pretty well. I got a little bored because it was familiar. But all in all it was a good listen.

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biblioatsea
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10.30.19: Just finished rereading this terribly sad book. Wonder what unfortunate situation these poor orphans will find themselves in in Book 2. I‘m convinced there is a happy ending at the end of this series though!