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Hex | Thomas Olde Heuvelt
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Kaylamburson
HEX | Thomas Olde Heuvelt
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This was super creepy and the last book for #LMPBC! I enjoyed the storyline and the writing, although so many of the characters made me want to scream. It was certainly creepy, but less so than I expected. Even with a witch on the scene, it felt realistic. At least until the end. I really did not like the last 30 pages or so (felt so rushed), and I'm curious how the Dutch version ended. Any Dutch Littens that have read the original??

Kaylamburson So sorry it took me so long, @Hestapleton , @Stacypatrice , @jb72!! I'm mailing it Monday. 😊 3d
jb72 It‘s taken me a few extra days to finish Brother. I felt the same about Hex...the witch was creepy, but I felt a bit rushed at the end. 3d
Kaylamburson Yes, I didn't realize how long it was and started too late. But so rushed. I was so confused lol. I think it of all four Brother was my favorite. @jb72 3d
jb72 @Kaylamburson so far Brother is pretty good. I‘m halfway through it. 3d
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britt_reads
HEX | Thomas Olde Heuvelt
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The perfect book to finish on Halloween 🎃 It normally takes quite a bit for a book to really creep me out, and this one succeeded.

#teamslaughter @Clwojick

MoonWitch94 Agreed! It did creep me out too. 2w
Lifeisasnap I love your Audrey II! 2w
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LaceyDoesLit
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Linsy
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Great book!! I didn‘t love the ending, but I enjoyed the read thoroughly... even when my heart was pounding like crazy.

I also finished the #ScaryScavengerHunt just in time! A book #thatscaresyou was last on my list and this one definitely delivered! 😱

#teamtheme #teamslaughter #scarathlon

ShelfRighteous This has been on my tbr forever! Maybe I'll start this next🤩 2w
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MoonWitch94
HEX | Thomas Olde Heuvelt
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I am shocked I read this many books this month. But, here is my #ScaryScavengerHunt book list: Hex by Thomas Olde Heuvelt (w/ a matte cover)🎃Halloween by Silver Ravenwolf (about Halloween)🎃Spellbook of Katrina Von Tassel (w/a witch)🎃One Night in Salem (pumpkin on cover)🎃In a Dark, Dark Wood (that scares you)🎃Complete works of Edgar Allen Poe (character dies)🎃Interview with a Vampire (w/a vampire) 🎃 Wicked (200+pages) #TeamSlaughter

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inthegreensandblues
HEX | Thomas Olde Heuvelt
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I also started reading Hex this week. Now that I'm finally feeling the Halloween spirit, I had a major craving for horror. Perfect weird, creepy vibes from chapter 1. 🎃

Laughterhp This one was too creepy for me! 2w
BillBlume This book is bizarre as hell. And the author is an incredibly nice guy (met him at an author event here in Richmond back when HEX came out). 2w
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Linsy
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I didn‘t finish the full #24b4Monday, but I got 20 hours for #TeamSlaughter! Still going to read Hex late into the night. I‘m getting so freaked out, but I don‘t want to stop! ☠️

britt_reads I‘m reading this one now too! 2w
Clwojick oooh this book sounds good! And congrats on your total time! You did great! 2w
Andrew65 That‘s a fantastic time. Well done and thanks for playing along. 👏👏👏🙌🍾🥂🍾🥂🥳 2w
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MusicallyMorgan
HEX | Thomas Olde Heuvelt
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Dexter and I love it when I have a day off from school. #doggiedreamingdexter

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Kaylamburson
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I just started this #LMPBC book, and since I was just looking up this old Spongebob clip after seeing a cosplay of this scene, I am now imagining this as the Gramma mentioned in the text, haha. Definitely helping me to not be so afraid of what's going to happen, lol.

@Stacypatrice @Hestapleton @jb72

Hestapleton Hahaha that‘s amazing! 1mo
jb72 LOL good one! 1mo
Rhugen Read the book it‘s so good. Hope you enjoy it 1mo
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MoonWitch94
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What a way to start a novel! #Hex #Scarathlon #TeamSlaughter

Meaw_catlady Did your Basic witch swap package arrive ? It says it was delivered! 🥰 1mo
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megzlynn
Hex | Thomas Olde Heuvelt
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Today‘s Prompt

Blood and Gore: Choose a book that was so scary that you had to stop while reading it.

Hex was close for me. However, I am still looking for really scary books so give me some recommendations.

#litsyhumor

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megzlynn
HEX | Thomas Olde Heuvelt
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Completed my reading goal of 50 books for 2019!

MySharonaK Yay! Well done 🌷 1mo
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megzlynn
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This book was creepy. I have never read anything like it. It had some seriously disturbing parts that I‘m not sure I will ever get over. If you want a scare read this. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

https://readinginthewildwood.com/2019/10/09/hex-by-thomas-olde-heuvelt-review/

Godpants This one was a hit for me too! 1mo
Reggie The whole last 20 pages were pretty scarring. Oof. 1mo
megzlynn @Reggie For sure! 1mo
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Kaylamburson
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Thanks, @Hestapleton for sending along Hex for the last read of #LMPBC!! The four months went by so quickly!! @jb72 @Stacypatrice

And thank you soooooo much to @Lovesbooks87 for my first birthday card!!! You're so sweet and the stickers were such a nice happy surprise! Great kickoff to my birthday month!

jb72 @Kaylamburson @Hestapleton @Stacypatrice I am just a few days behind, but I will get the book in the mail this weekend. I‘m having so much fun! 1mo
Hestapleton It‘s such a good book to end on! 1mo
Kaylamburson I'm excited for it! Although, I have a feeling this will be the scariest of all of them. Feeling nervous, haha! @Hestapleton 1mo
Hestapleton @Kaylamburson oh definitely read it in the daytime. I love horror but I slept with the lights on after this one. 1mo
Kaylamburson Ahhh, now I'm even more worried. Brother was the scariest book I've read this far, so it seems the order of books for me went from tamest to most intense! @Hestapleton 1mo
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Christinak
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“Baffled and more or less nonfunctional, he set out toward the former visitor center. In order to avoid bumping into the police he took the trail through the woods, which rose up sharply among a fallow field where the ground #fog silently reflected the moonlight. The subzero temperature of the previous week had been followed by a thaw, and the air was heavy with moisture... After a few minutes he was sorry he had taken the forest trail.”

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Maude
Hex | Thomas Olde Heuvelt
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My October TBR, at least it is what's here on my shelf already :) I do have a few library holds I'm waiting on.

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MoonWitch94
HEX | Thomas Olde Heuvelt
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October 1️⃣: HAUNTED 🖤🧡🕯🌔🎃🍁🍂 This path looks very ominous & spooky. Something haunted lurking here for sure. #ChillingPhotoChallenge #Scarathlon #October #Haunted #TeamSlaughter

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megzlynn
Hex | Thomas Olde Heuvelt
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RainyDayReading Loved this book! 2mo
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MoonWitch94
HEX | Thomas Olde Heuvelt
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#7days7covers I cannot wait to start this one in a few weeks! Thanks for the tag, @Meaw_catlady 🖤

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MoonWitch94
HEX | Thomas Olde Heuvelt
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Celebrating the #HarvestMoon with some new goodies! I am a sucker for a locally owned #bookshop. #shoplocal #thelahaskabookshop #peddlersvillage #fullmoon

Crazeedi Where is PA is this? 2mo
Crazeedi I just looked it up! I've been to new hope one time 2mo
MoonWitch94 @Crazeedi it‘s pretty new, only opened 2 years & owned by another bookshop in Doylestown, PA. New Hope is great, too. 2mo
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jb72
Hex | Thomas Olde Heuvelt
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Book-a-week challenge
Book one - week one
Hex

TheReadingMermaid What did you think of it? 2mo
jb72 @TheReadingMermaid Actually I enjoyed it. 2mo
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jb72
Hex | Thomas Olde Heuvelt
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#September #readingplan
I will finish up Hex for the #lmpbc. The book will be in the mail on Tuesday @Kaylamburson and sorry it‘s a few days late. My brain didn‘t want to focus this past week.
So far, Color Therapy is pretty interesting.
I‘m super excited for the #LOTR read with @TheReadingMermaid as it‘s my first time reading the books.

Kaylamburson Wait, @Stacypatrice just sent me Brother. Are you sure Hex is going to me next, @jb72 ? Slade House is heading to @Hestapleton Tuesday. 2mo
Kaylamburson Ahh, looking into this I think there was some confusion. Brother was supposed to go to Jen and Hex then to me. To solve this, could Jen send Hex to Hannah and I can send Slade House to Stacy? Then that would mean I'll have Brother. Stacy, did you already mail Lovely Wife? If not that could go to Jen. If so, I can just send Brother over to Jen so we are back in order? @Stacypatrice @jb72 @Hestapleton 2mo
Hestapleton @kaylamburson @Stacypatrice @jb72 I have MY LOVELY WIFE and was going to mail it to Stacy after Labor Day. Should I still send it to her? Y‘all just let me know. :) (edited) 2mo
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jb72 @Hestapleton @Kaylamburson @Stacypatrice Whatever works for me as I won‘t be getting it in the mail until Tuesday. 2mo
Stacypatrice @Kaylamburson - Did I miss up our order?! 🤦🏻‍♀️. @jb72 @Hestapleton 2mo
Hestapleton @Stacypatrice @kaylamburson @jb72 I‘m about to go to a movie, but tonight, I‘ll sit down and see if I can work out a way to keep us on track. I‘ll send an email. 🙂 2mo
Kaylamburson Thanks so much for looking into this @Hestapleton ! 2mo
Hestapleton @Stacypatrice @Kaylamburson @jb72 I just sent an email! It‘s a bit complicated, but we can do it! Let me know if you didn‘t get the email. 2mo
jb72 @Hestapleton I did not get an email. I checked my junk folder too. Nothing yet. 2mo
Hestapleton @jb72 is the jljaded email address correct? 2mo
Kaylamburson Thank you for solving this @Hestapleton !!! I really appreciate you figuring it out! @Stacypatrice I will get Slade House out to you on Tuesday!! 2mo
Stacypatrice @Hestapleton - You‘re amazing. @Kaylamburson - Awesome. Our mail here will probably be delayed for a few days due to the hurricane so all good 🌊 2mo
jb72 @Hestapleton Yes. I just sent you an email from it along with an additional email address if it doesn‘t work. 2mo
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jb72
Hex | Thomas Olde Heuvelt
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#summersendreadathon
1. My goal will be to read 10 books and make progress on my Dr. Seuss challenge.
2. Bunny by Mona Awad
3. I‘ve always loved my Dr. Pepper but sadly I can‘t have that anymore. So now it‘s water.
4. A comfy spot to read with my pillows.
5. Yes
6. I‘m late to the game so I tag anyone who wants to join!

So far I‘ve finished two books and I‘m currently reading Hex.

Clwojick Way to go!!!! 💪🏻💪🏻 3mo
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Stacypatrice
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It‘s on it‘s way to you 🧟‍♀️📖📬 @jb72 !!

#postalmarkup #litsymail #bookmail

jb72 Great! Can‘t wait to read it. I started my book last night. 🙂 4mo
Hestapleton I‘m going to get my book in the mail to you tomorrow! July got away from me. 3mo
Stacypatrice @Hestapleton - yay!! I‘m excited 😆 3mo
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Stacypatrice @jb72 - Did “Hex” make it to to? 🧟‍♀️ 3mo
jb72 @Stacypatrice YES! I got it Saturday. Sorry I didn‘t post sooner. I‘m super excited to read it. Thank you so much too for the extras. So cute!!!! 3mo
Stacypatrice @jb72 Yay!!!! I hope you have fun reading it!! 3mo
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Stacypatrice
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Finished 🧟‍♀️ @Hestapleton @jb72 and @Kaylamburson What a fun read!!!

Jen, I‘ll be sending it along to you soon 😃💌

AprilMae Oooo, I have that in my TBR pile!! Was it good??? 4mo
jb72 It sounds like everyone‘s picks so far are good. I‘m going to start my book today. 4mo
Stacypatrice @AprilMae - YES!!!!! 4mo
BillBlume That book is intense! 4mo
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Stacypatrice
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Just got my book and read to start reading and marking 🖌for my first postal markup.

@Hestapleton @jb72 @Kaylamburson - I finally got it together! 😅 I get it now 😁

litenthusiast It is such a good book! Looking forward to hear what you think. 4mo
Hestapleton So excited to see all your thoughts! 4mo
jb72 Yay! I‘m excited to get started on my book too. 4mo
Kaylamburson Hahaha I'm so excited!! Hopefully there aren't too many nightmares the next four months 😂🤣. Can't wait y on get it! 4mo
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Marmie7
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@JoScho @collegecatlady @LauraJ #lmpbc #Grouphorror
Here's a few choices for our awesome group! Anything look interesting?

collegecatlady I‘ve read Hex and Penpal. LOVED both. Brother has been on my TBR forever!! 5mo
LauraJ I've also read Hex and Penpal and Loved both. I also read Brother, which is probably Ahlborn's best book. 5mo
JoScho I haven‘t read any of these but they are all on my TBR except for The Town-haven‘t heard of it but sounds good. (edited) 5mo
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Marmie7 @LauraJ @JoScho @collegecatlady We'll go with The Town unless you want me to choose a few more since a couple of you have already read the other books😁 5mo
collegecatlady Sounds great to me! 5mo
JoScho Sounds good! 5mo
LauraJ Hooray! 5mo
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BookishJess
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Despite all the so-so reviews I actually really enjoyed this book! Super creepy horror that is based on an interesting concept. What happens when modern day technology and culture meet a small town with a three-hundred year old cursed witch?

I was disappointed with the ending though... for that I‘m giving it 3.5/5⭐️

Trigger warning for abuse, specifically child abuse, and some pretty disturbing imagery.

StephBengtson I also loved it! 8mo
sprainedbrain I loved it too! So creepy. 8mo
IndyHannaJones I loved it...until that end. Ughhhh. Also, we listened to it on audible and I loathed how the narrator did female voices. 8mo
BookishJess @IndyHannaJones Ohhh that must be why a lot of the reviews complained about how the female characters were represented? I didn‘t get that feeling from reading it. But yeah the end...what was that?? I really want to know what the Dutch ending was like! The author changed it for the English version. 8mo
IndyHannaJones @BookishJess did he now? Well, the narrator made the female voices sooo nasally. 8mo
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HippieChickHomeschool
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Panpan

Reminded me of why I don‘t read books by white men anymore. It wasn‘t terrible, but had enough weird misogyny throughout that I‘m wondering why I stuck with it. (I listened to this and the narrator made the women sound even worse than they were written. I suggest reading it if you are interested in this title.)

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Redwritinghood
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Mehso-so

I think I might have liked this book more if I was 20-30 years younger. There is a lot of use of current online tech that grounds it more in the present, but also makes it a little harder to buy into the world of the book. I also found the portrayal of the female characters here to be a bit immature. Overall, though, this has some good creepy elements and is fitting for this time of year - the story runs from Halloween to Christmas. 3⭐️

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TheReadingMermaid
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This week's book review is up you guys! Be sure to check it out:
https://youtu.be/i0rA04yyhqs

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RainyDayReading
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Finished! But I definitely need some time to process it before I can rate it properly. Thoroughly enjoyed it though. Now excuse me while I find something incredibly fluffy to read. @TheReadingMermaid you weren‘t kidding about the creep factor! I read the article you tagged me in. Definitely an interesting publishing and marketing strategy around this one.

TheReadingMermaid Definitely an interesting strategy. I think he was one of the first authors to ever do that. And yeah I'll be doing my video review of this book and another book that I read a while back that kind of have the same theme going. I'll tag you in it if you like. 11mo
RainyDayReading @TheReadingMermaid I think he was too. At least the only one I can think of. You were right, the kids prank was hilarious! I tried to film coherent thoughts last night for a readathon vlog I‘m doing but mostly just gestured wildly and stumbled over my words haha. Yes please! I‘d like to hear your thoughts on it more in your review. 11mo
CindyMyLifeIsLit It stuck in my head for a long time too. I loved the parallels with The Crucible! 11mo
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RainyDayReading @CindyMyLifeIsLit It‘s still stuck in my head haha. The parallels were great! Definitely added to my enjoyment of it. I still can‘t get over that ending! 11mo
BookBabe @RainyDayReading @TheReadingMermaid @CindyMyLifeIsLit I LOVED this book sooooo much! I totally felt like I was there, and it stuck with me too. Oh, if only there were more books like this! 10mo
RainyDayReading @BookBabe It‘s definitely been sticking with me! It‘s the first book in a long time that I‘ve been thinking about weeks after I‘ve finished! Wish I knew how the Dutch version ended though haha. 10mo
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TheReadingMermaid
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I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who likes a good horror novel. Good and creepy. Like this gets under your skin in a way that you just can't get out of your mind. And it may even make you look at society a little different from now on. 🤯

Please read my full review here:
TamaraTheReadingMermaid.weebly.com
Or you can watch my review on YouTube here:
https://youtu.be/i0rA04yyhqs

RadicalReader @TheReadingMermaid so happy to see such a stellar sensational review cannot wait to check out this novel sounds phenomenal. Be sure to check out the equally creepy and sensational suspense novel 11mo
TheReadingMermaid @RadicalReader that is definitely on my TBR list! 11mo
TheReadingMermaid Hey @RainyDayReading I found this that you might want to take a look at after you're finished with the book: http://www.oxonianreview.org/wp/hex-2/ 11mo
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TheReadingMermaid
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I got to get through these books this weekend! 😬 LOL the suspense is killing me 😂
Perfect timing for #25inFive @Andrew65

RainyDayReading I need to get through Hex this week too! 11mo
TheReadingMermaid @RainyDayReading I'm a little more than halfway through and it's starting to get really good and creepy!! I'm dying to see what happens next. 11mo
RainyDayReading @TheReadingMermaid I‘m not as far as you yet but I already can‘t wait to see what happens next! I think I‘ve been appreciating the humor in this the most, though I have no idea if it‘s supposed to be intentionally funny or not 🤣 11mo
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TheReadingMermaid @RainyDayReading I felt the exact same way. Especially about the prank the kids pulled. Like I was seriously laughing about the whole thing. It didn't start getting creepy or scary for me until after half way through. Now it's starting to give me the creeps. 11mo
RainyDayReading @TheReadingMermaid Haha now you‘ve got me wondering if I should continue reading it tomorrow in the daylight 🤣 I heard that supposedly the original ending is different from the ending in the English translation. 11mo
TheReadingMermaid @RainyDayReading Whaaaaaaat??? 😳😳😳 I'll have to look that up when I finish the book. 11mo
RainyDayReading @TheReadingMermaid Yeah! I don‘t know if it‘s true or not but that‘s what drew me to the book in the first place was hearing that. Don‘t let it creep you out too much! 😁 11mo
TheReadingMermaid @RainyDayReading Same sweetie! Post and tag me if you want to talk about it. I'm really enjoying the book so far. 😍 11mo
RainyDayReading @TheReadingMermaid I will for sure! I‘m glad you are! Makes me that much more excited to get back to it 😁 11mo
Andrew65 Good luck with the challenge, a suspenseful weekend looking at these books. Interested to hear what you think of the Ruth Ware books. 11mo
TheReadingMermaid @Andrew65 it's okay so far but I'm not very deep in yet. 11mo
Andrew65 @TheReadingMermaid Read one of hers and was okay but not great. 11mo
TheReadingMermaid @Andrew65 that's the feeling I'm getting with this one 11mo
Andrew65 @TheReadingMermaid A shame because she seems to have a good reputation. 11mo
TheReadingMermaid @Andrew65 I hear that a lot of the points she makes in her books bleed together. So maybe she's having the problem where she's writing the same thing over and over again and each time she does it gets a little bit more watered down. 11mo
Andrew65 @TheReadingMermaid That‘s very possible. 11mo
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TheReadingMermaid
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Things to look forward to from The Reading Mermaid in December 😁 See any books you're excited about?
#MountTBR #December

Allydanielle88 The death of Mrs Westaway I'm hoping to get to in December 11mo
TheReadingMermaid @Allydanielle88 I'm reading that one for my postal book club and I'm very excited about it too. I will definitely post my review on here when I'm finished. 😁 11mo
Hestapleton Hex scared the CRAP out of me. SO GOOD. 11mo
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TheReadingMermaid @Hestapleton I'm looking forward to that one so so much!!! 11mo
kellyann28 Hex is on my list! Interested to see what you think! 11mo
jb72 I really enjoyed Mister B. Gone. I‘ll have to see what‘s on my agenda for December. I have to find a Switzerland book too for a challenge. 11mo
litenthusiast I really enjoyed Hex. I'm interested to hear what you think. 11mo
cassiopia I'm excited about this book. But I'm waiting for it to be released in paperback. 11mo
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BibliOphelia
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While there were some things that drove me crazy, and this was a bit out of my wheelhouse, I‘d have to say it was creative, compelling horror. It‘s no surprise that we humans are the true monsters, but this was an entertaining read in that sub-genre.

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Reviewsbylola
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Looking over my #pop18 sheet. It looks like I have 9 prompts left (although I bet if I look through my GR some of the books I‘ve already read may fit in some of my missing prompts.) I have two prompts left for #booked2018. I‘m thinking I may actually do this thing! 💪🏻

4thhouseontheleft I have almost the same number of prompts left for both! I‘m currently reading a book for #nordicnoir, and my last #pop18 regular prompt is #heist, plus a few of the advanced prompts. 12mo
BarbaraBB Great! I just need a GR winner for #pop18 but none appeal to me that I haven‘t already read. 12mo
Mdargusch I sure you have read books that will fit some of those prompts! 👍🏼 12mo
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Cinfhen Wooohoo!!!! I bet you did read books that would work for some remaining prompts 12mo
Reviewsbylola I just realized our book club book this month will work for book mentioned in another book. It was mentioned in the book I finished last night! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 @Cinfhen 12mo
Cinfhen See!!! Amazing!!! Yay 😊 12mo
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StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego
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Managed to squeeze in one more book for October. It wasn't bad. I think I need to sit on it a bit longer before I can make a final judgement. Definitely a suspenseful Halloween read though. #Screamathon @4thhouseontheleft

ferskner That is an AMAZING picture! So creepy! 12mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Thanks! I was going for creepy. 😊 12mo
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AlobelThee
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I just finished HEX in the late night, early morning. The witch was a strange curiosity, but this didn't make my Halloween pick. The town officials often seem hexed by dirty minds, sounding immature with holes in the action plans. The spooky value had my interest mid-way. 🏘 HEX has me thinking of Stephen King's isolated town; almost neighbours. The story concepts are really cool, but we'll post a reader advisory on some unsettling brutalities. 😕

Reviewsbylola This was definitely one of the more graphic books I‘ve ever read. Did you like Under the Dome? I‘ve been curious about that one but the length scares me. 12mo
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AlobelThee @Reviewsbylola The length in Under The Dome does allow for a great story and ending. It has some brutal read scenes, but is really interesting for the eerie isolated town tale as well. 12mo
MinDea @AlobelThee @Reviewsbylola @Ashley_Nicoletto @bklover @Robothugs I am glad I am not alone when I would find myself cringing and feeling a tad sick about some of the things that happened in this book. Gore and brutality is not my sort of scary. Especially towards kids and animals. I feel it is a cheap sort of scary. It seems we all felt the same way about this book. It was fun doing this buddy read with everyone! 12mo
Robothugs Definitely does seem like we have all come to basically the same conclusion! 12mo
Ashley_Nicoletto @MinDea Agreed! Loved buddy reading. Didn‘t love the book. LOL. 12mo
AlobelThee @MinDea @Robothugs Indeed. I was hoping for a better town effort in Black Spring coming together around the witch mystery, before it's way more of the bad apple business going on. 12mo
MinDea @AlobelThee me too. It had such potential but just sort of fell flat. What a bummer! 12mo
Robothugs Same here. I‘m curious if the Dutch version is the same but just a different setting... but I suppose not curious enough to really look into it. 😆 @MinDea @AlobelThee I know it has a different ending but 🤷🏻‍♀️ (edited) 12mo
Robothugs @Bklover it sounds like @AlobelThee already read it. I‘m totally up for reading another book with everyone that we all have time for! (edited) 12mo
AlobelThee @Bklover @Robothugs I have read Under The Dome. More buddyreads along the way are sure to have me in! 12mo
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Ashley_Nicoletto
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Bailedbailed

#unpopularopinion

I can‘t finish this book. I made it through Part 1 okay. But Part 2. Nope. I don‘t do the suicide/murder/torture of children. There‘s only so much my mind can handle.

I can understand why so many love this book. It‘s a unique story. Unlike anything I‘ve read before. But it‘s not for me.

MinDea I wanted to bail on this book too but I forced myself to read it. 😒 12mo
DivineDiana Thank you. Just removed from my stack! 12mo
Ashley_Nicoletto @MinDea I was getting physically upset more every page and that decided it for me. 12mo
Ashley_Nicoletto @DivineDiana I wish I had known sooner. 12mo
britt_brooke I wouldn‘t be able to handle that either. 12mo
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Ashley_Nicoletto
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I have so many questions about this church name. 🤔

Update: I started looking back through my book and it looks like previously it was called Crystal Methodist Church. So I‘m thinking this is a typo. Still though. 🤣🤣

danibolahood I love this book so much but I have no recollection of that church name lol. 12mo
mcipher Wow. Not a good church name! 😆 12mo
Ashley_Nicoletto @danibolahood it just dawned on me how strange it is. Like why? 12mo
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Ashley_Nicoletto @mcipher 😂🤣😂 12mo
Ashley_Nicoletto @danibolahood @mcipher I just started looking back and realized previously it was called Crystal Methodist Church. So I‘m thinking this is a typo. 🤣🤦🏻‍♀️ 12mo
danibolahood Ahhhh lol that makes sense. I'm still surprised I missed it though lol 12mo
Bklover I thought it was so funny- I assumed it‘s the Crystal Methodist Church, which the teenagers jokingly refer to as the Crystal Meth Church! And it‘s referred to that way quite a few times in the book so I think it‘s intentional. @danibolahood 12mo
Ashley_Nicoletto @Bklover Ahhh. I could not figure out if it was intentional or not. LOL. So funny. 12mo
mcipher I love it! It makes sense now... but still hilarious. 😊 12mo
KristinaRay I kept tripping over this. I wasn‘t sure if it was a translation issue or a joke. 12mo
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Robothugs
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Mehso-so

Also sharing in the unpopular opinion. 🤷🏻‍♀️ I loved the premise and I wonder if it was in better hands for translating if the writing would‘ve brought it to life in a different way... or if maybe the Dutch version is the same. I‘m a little disappointed that it‘s a different version than the original because I almost feel like I‘ve just read an imposter book. 😆 Anyway, it was a bit hard to get through because of that. #BuddyRead

Reviewsbylola The more I think about it, the more upset I am by the ending. Not necessarily what happened but more so now it was presented. It just felt too chaotic and rushed to me. I did like that Steve sewed his eyes shut and abandoned his family to die (just because of the impact, not because I‘m a sadist 😂) but the scenes of the town imploding and everyone running wild just didn‘t work for me. 12mo
Bklover I agree with the chaos and rushed ending but I found the second half more enjoyable than the first half, which I sometimes found silly. Oh, and I liked the Steve ending too! It‘s been fun reading it with you all! @Reviewsbylola @MinDea @AlobelThee @Ashley_Nicoletto (edited) 12mo
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Robothugs @Reviewsbylola I agree with you. I really hate when the endings feel rushed, especially when the pace of the rest of the book differs so drastically. 12mo
MinDea @bklover @Reviewsbylola I totally agree. I feel like the ending had such a different tone than the beginning of the book and it felt very sudden. I liked the writing at the end better than the beginning but the book just felt so disjointed and odd to me. 🤷 12mo
Robothugs @MinDea @Reviewsbylola @Bklover Almost like two different people translated. 🤔 But I‘ve seen that with other books, too. I really would have loved to read the original version of this and not the translated one. Oh well! I guess maybe the author was fluent speaking English but not writing? 🤷🏻‍♀️ 12mo
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Ashley_Nicoletto
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Introvert lunch breaks.

Redwritinghood I think I might start this one tonight. How are you liking it? 12mo
Ashley_Nicoletto @Redwritinghood I‘m not sure I am. The story is strange and I can‘t quite pinpoint what it is that‘s bugging me. Maybe I‘m just horror/halloweened out. 12mo
LibrarianRyan Hey, I‘m doing that now myself. But my book and car are different. 😁 12mo
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MinDea
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Mehso-so

Alright so I think I have an #unpopularopinion of this book. The first 100 pages were a little too goofy for me. I honestly think it was the translation. Tenses and strange words were used and it just bothered me. However the last 280 pages of the book I thought were better but it got to be too gruesome and gory for my tastes. I like the more psychological thriller horror than kids and animals dying. I did like the social commentary though. 👇👇

MinDea The thought that the evil is not the witch but the people, the community itself. Black Springs That maybe as individuals we are good but as a whole we are bad. Being able to hide behind anonymity and become a mob is how we are evil. That is our undoing. If given a chance we choose to publicly flog and become a lynchmob to make public examples of people doing wrong when really we are also doing wrong by wanting that 12mo
Ashley_Nicoletto I think we‘re going to have the same opinion. I‘m only 205 pages in, but I already don‘t really like it. 12mo
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MicheleinPhilly You said it much better than I did. I think a more talented writer could have really taken those ideas to a whole new level. 12mo
MinDea @MicheleinPhilly I have a feeling it was the translation from Dutch to English and all the changes he made to the book. But also... He says he is fluent in English..but I have to beg to differ 😆😆😆 could totally tell that whoever translated the book to English that it wasn't their first language. 12mo
Redwritinghood Oh no! I was going to start this one tonight. I never made much progress with House of Leaves either. 12mo
MinDea @Redwritinghood lots of people are liking this book, so it might just be me. I hope you didn't read my spoiler! I also made no progress in House of Leaves. It just felt too daunting 12mo
Redwritinghood @MinDea No, I didn‘t read the spoiler. I‘ll likely start it later today. 12mo
MinDea @Redwritinghood I look forward to your review! 12mo
Bklover Very well said @MinDea ! 12mo
MinDea @Ashley_Nicoletto (sorry I forgot to tag you! Bad memory today!) I'm interested to hear what you think when you finish. 12mo
Beatlefan129 Your kitty looks very cozy🐱 12mo
Reviewsbylola I don‘t disagree with you, although I gave it a pick. For me, I preferred the world building in the beginning over the action packed ending. But it definitely wasn‘t a favorite from my October stack. 12mo
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Ashley_Nicoletto
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I read almost 20 hours this weekend.

I finished both of the above books. About 150 pages of Hex. And a few hours of audio on The Witching Elm.
#24B4Monday

Bklover Wow! You did great! 12mo
Redwritinghood Impressive! 12mo
TheReadingMermaid Great job! 👏👏👏 12mo
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AlobelThee
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I have a mid-way to go, possibly finished by Halloween, between work and catching a few TV shows with my folks. 🎃 I'll keep on here, looking forward to our book chats soon!

HEX #buddyread 📍 @MinDea @Robothugs @Reviewsbylola @Bklover @Ashley_Nicoletto

Robothugs I‘m still reading, too! So far keeping my interest... share your KitKat? 😆 13mo
Ashley_Nicoletto I‘m still reading as well! Hoping to conquer a big chunk today! 13mo
AlobelThee @Robothugs I always have extra boxes of Kit-Kat 😸🍫 so cool with the black cat packet! 13mo
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Robothugs It is cool! I‘ve not seen that wrapper before. 13mo
MinDea I am hoping to read a bug chunk of it today but have had no time to read lately! I just bought kit Kats for Halloween but have a feeling I'll eat most of them. Mwuahahahahahah! 13mo
Bklover KitKats!!!❤️ 13mo
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Pickpick

Good grief this was not what I was expecting! Loved it! At first it seemed kind of silly, and I didn‘t realize it was an Americanized version. But the second half I loved. And now I‘m dying to know the Dutch ending to this book, which is different from the American one. (It says this in the acknowledgements). Can‘t wait to hear what my buddy readers think!
Oh, and thanks @Cinfhen - you did good!💕💕

RadicalReader @Bklover imagine how incredible it could be as an audiobook just now getting chills thinking about it love a good spooky thrilling read anytime 13mo
Cinfhen I‘m sooo happy you liked it!!! I did not know about the different versions 🤷‍♀️ 13mo
julesG Different ending? I might have to read it now. 13mo
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Bookladylinda An audiobook would be fabulous!! 13mo
Reviewsbylola Ohhhhh I‘m going to have to google the Dutch version. I forgot they had different endings!! 13mo
Reviewsbylola http://www.oxonianreview.org/wp/hex-2/ I just found this review that seems to thoroughly explain the differences between the Dutch and English versions of the book. It sounds like the ending in the Dutch version is more Katherine based, whereas the English version pins the problem on the people themselves. 13mo
Bklover @Reviewsbylola I think you‘re right. It sounds like the newer version may be better. Also, I read why the author did an American version- he said for people to be afraid they have to be able to relate to the characters/places/situations. (edited) 13mo
Bklover @julesG when I was looking for the Dutch ending I found several people commenting that the Dutch versions on sale now have been changed to the American ending so I think you‘d have to find an older copy! 13mo
Bklover @RadicalReader @Bookladylinda I‘ll bet the audiobook would be awesome! 13mo
MinDea I appreciate that you found the first half silly but that it gets better (or less silly) as that is what I am struggling with right now. Hoping to read a big chunk of it today and hopefully finish tomorrow! 13mo
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Linsy
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Hoping to get to this next month! #hex #witchyreads

MrBook Good book! 👍🏻 13mo
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