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The Secret History
The Secret History | Donna Tartt
Donna Tartt,winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prizefor hermost recent novel, The Goldfinch, established herself as a major talent with The Secret History, which has become acontemporary classic.Under the influence of their charismatic classics professor, a group of clever, eccentric misfits at an elite New England college discover a way of thinking and living that is a world away from the humdrum existence of their contemporaries. But when they go beyond the boundaries of normal morality their lives are changed profoundly and forever, and they discover how hard it can be to truly live and how easy it is to kill.From the Trade Paperback edition.
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merelybookish
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Loved it! Dark academia is my jam. 🖤

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BookLineNSinker
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Well... One upside to my night terror is I often wake up in the middle of the night and go to my Libby app and boy did I get a book haul from Libby tonight! Ready to get the tagged book started and have several others coming up next!

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merelybookish
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And now for a re-read...
I believe I read when it first came out in the early 90s. The Once Upon a Time at Bennington College podcast made me want to revisit it.

LeahBergen That‘s when I read it, too! 2w
vivastory I've yet to read Donna Tartt. Hope to do so soon. 2w
jewright The Goldfinch is my favorite, but I love this one too. 2w
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Palimpsest I‘m reading it now for the first time. Hooked! 2w
merelybookish @LeahBergen It's been so long it's like I'm reading it for the first time. 2w
merelybookish @vivastory She is an undeniably good writer and her books are probably always at least 200 pages too long. 2w
merelybookish @jewright I liked the Goldfinch too but also thought it was too long! 2w
merelybookish @Palimpsest It's very compelling!! 2w
sarahbarnes I loved this one, much more than Goldfinch. I still have a copy of Little Friend on my shelf to read someday. 2w
merelybookish @sarahbarnes The Goldfinch was too long. 😴 This one is long too but it doesn't bother me because it's so good. I have never read The Little Friend but am curious after the Bennington podcast. 2w
batsy @merelybookish @sarahbarnes The Goldfinch is my least favourite. Felt like she tried to make it a sweeping epic and it was mawkish, in the end. The Little Friend is my next favourite after The Secret History, though LF seems to be her least popular book. 2w
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Onioons
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I suppose at one time in my life I might have had any number of stories, but now there is no other. This is the only story I will ever be able to tell.

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Leftcoastzen
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vivastory I've never read Donna Tartt 😬 1mo
Leftcoastzen @vivastory I was a little skeptical about this one, decided to read it and really enjoyed it . only one of hers I have read . Not meant to offend anyone, but I think I would not like The Goldfinch 😄 1mo
Eggs Brilliant 👍🏼 1mo
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Leftcoastzen @Eggs thanks!😃 1mo
vivastory I've heard great things about Little Friend 1mo
sarahbarnes I really liked this book, too! @vivastory I think you would enjoy it. Not so much The Goldfinch - @Leftcoastzen you are safe skipping it in my opinion. 😂 And I‘ve had a copy of Little Friend on my shelf for awhile that I really want to get to. 1mo
Leftcoastzen @vivastory I think there is a copy here somewhere in the teetering piles !😁📚📚📚📚📚📚📚📚📚📚📚📚 1mo
vivastory @sarahbarnes It's one of those that I just know that I'm going to love that I just haven't gotten around to. I have heard wildly mixed reviews on The Goldfinch, mostly negative. I think I will start with Secret History & Little Friend. 1mo
vivastory @Leftcoastzen I've told my family that I want on my tombstone “I plan on reading that one soon“ 😂 1mo
Leftcoastzen @vivastory 👏👏😂 1mo
Tamra I so disliked Goldfinch I‘m reluctant to try another. 😅 1mo
Leftcoastzen @Tamra your comment & the others make me want to steer clear of the bird ! 😄 1mo
BookLineNSinker Have never read the author before, The Goldfinch was recommended to me by my mom but I didn't think I'd like it. So this is book is my first experience with this author. 6d
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Kimberlone
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#Scarathlon #TeamSlaughter #DailyPhotoPrompt #Day27 #Death

Bunny‘s death is nonchalantly revealed in the iconic opening sentence of this novel.

LeslieO I really wanted to reread this for the 30th anniversary but I don‘t think I‘ll get to it. Maybe for the 31st! 1mo
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Mdion1993
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A transfer student joins an exclusive Classics program at Hampden College and finds himself lured in by the dark influences of his colleagues.

Academia ✨ Paranoia ✨ Haunting

NOTES: TSH reminds me of books I read in high school and college, and is meant to be dissected well after the book is finished. Obvious inspiration is driven from The Great Gatsby and Greek tragedies as characters serve as the causes of their own destructive trajectories.

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erickahhh
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Nope! Everyone loves this book and I thought I would give it a whirl, especially as school is back in session and fall is in the air. I hated The Goldfinch but heard amazing things about this book that I gave it a try. I was reminded instantly why I chose to stay away from this book. Many people love the writing style but I think it just draaaaagggsss ooonnnn.

Balibee146 I dragged myself through this years ago and didn't enjoy... I keep meaning to reread at least s the first 100 pages to check... Maybe I won't! 2mo
Mrs_B Yep. I‘m with you. 2mo
erickahhh @Balibee146 I know so many people who love it! I wonder if maybe it is just me, but I just couldn't get into it. 2mo
BookLineNSinker Try it on audiobook perhaps? Changing formats sometimes helps for me and this just came out on my Libby app as an audiobook narrated by the author. I don't love the narration and I'm a little lost but it is 4 am lol 6d
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DMC_run8
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I was going to give it 4⭐️ but then I decided it reminded me of Lord of the flies so 5⭐️

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AllDebooks
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"Come then, and let us pass a leisure hour in storytelling, and our story shall be the education of our heroes"
Plato - Republic, Book II

Day 1 - Black
So excited to be rereading this beauty again for #Scarathalon #TeamSlaughter #Scarathalondailyprompts #Autumnbingo and #Bookspinbingo

@Ann_Reads @TheAromaofBooks @Clwojick @StayCurious

Clwojick Ugh! I have to give this another go! I DNF‘d it a few months back, but I do want to try it again…. 2mo
Ann_Reads I'll look forward to your thoughts about this one. I've never read it. 2mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2mo
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batsy
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This is tough because I like stuff that sometimes seems to be very specific to a person's taste? But looking back on what I've suggested that went well, the three that come to mind:

For entertainment, Donna Tartt's The Secret History
For a warm hug of a book, Tove Jansson's Moomin books (I'm cheating here, I know)
For 🤯 thrills, Jeff VanderMeer's Annihilation

Thanks @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ! Tagging anyone who wants to play! #LittensWantToKnow

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StrangeLibrarian
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#currentlyreading THE SECRET HISTORY by Donna Tartt

I‘m glad to be back to reading after an extended period with COVID. To celebrate, I‘m busting out the fancy bookmark.

Do you have a special bookmark you love? #bookmarkcollector

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TheLudicReader
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#alphabetgame catch up
The Secret History is one of the books I recommend most often even though I only read it once a million years ago. The Time Traveler‘s Wife made me bawl like a baby.
Unspeakable Things was almost unbearably suspenseful.
@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
#LetterS #LetterT ##LetterU

JamieArc I think The Secret History is probably the book I kick myself over for not having read yet. 4mo
TheLudicReader @JamieArc I do not think you will regret it. Plus, it‘s a page turner. (edited) 4mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thank you for playing 🙌🏻📚 4mo
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Emilymdxn
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Since I‘ve started pre-reading for my masters I‘ve been trying to listen to books I know I already love on audio to keep myself reading for pleasure 🥰 I loved this book SO much when I first read it age maybe 15 but I was surprised how little I‘d remembered when I stated it again. I loved it just as much as ever though. I can imagine myself rereading this every few years forever

LeslieO I have this one one my radar for a re-read. I think it‘s the 30th anniversary. 4mo
batsy Yes! I reread it every few years it feels like & derive such pleasure from it. 4mo
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rachelm
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My annual re-listen 🍂🍁🍄

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Books_and_cwtches
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A cracking read

Leftcoastzen Love this book ! Cute reading buddy.😻 6mo
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rachelm
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This went viral on Twitter lol one of my favorite books!
You can find me over there: Twitter.com/rmmckenny

Ruthiella 😂😂😂 6mo
LeahBergen 🤣🤣 6mo
batsy The true academic experience, tbh 😂😂 6mo
rachelm @Ruthiella @LeahBergen @batsy Omg the replies of people on there who have no idea what I‘m talking about are—- so good 6mo
jewright I love this book! 6mo
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cant_i'm_booked
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Mehso-so

Richard Papen enters a prestigious liberal arts university in Vermont and befriends an insular group of classical scholars. But all of their Dionysus-worshipping, ancient Greek-speaking, Iliad-studying activity soon leads Richard struggling to keep one of their grisly secrets: a midnight bacchanalia-in-the-woods gone horribly wrong. Entertaining, but a little exhausting to keep up with what feels like a never-ending deluge of raunchy campus drama.

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Michaelalynn
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There is nothing wrong with the love of Beauty. But Beauty - unless she is wed to something more meaningful - is always superficial.

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Cortg
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I loved this one ❤️ New England boarding school and Greek studies, what could go wrong?! #booked2022 ~dark academia novel

Cathythoughts What could go wrong 🤷‍♀️….. I loved this book (edited) 8mo
Cortg @Cathythoughts 🤣🤣🤣 8mo
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reclusivepigeon
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I read The Goldfinch as a teenager and absolutely detested it. But then so many people I trust have said that this book is amazing, so I gave it a chance. I loved it. I love the dark academia vibes, the writing, and the examination of power and privilege and how things have a way of catching up to the rich and powerful in the end. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

batsy I love this book but I didn't enjoy The Goldfinch either. At points, the latter book felt like a chore. 9mo
reclusivepigeon @batsy I definitely agree. I think The Goldfinch felt like a chore because it was way too long. I feel like if Tartt had shortened it significantly I would have enjoyed it a little more. 9mo
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LindaLappin
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Inspired by their charismatic classics professor, 5 college students majoring in Ancient Greek re-enact an authentic Dionysian ritual with murderous consequences. Chilling, thrilling, dazzling, debut novel by the author while still a college student. (Photo in the post is of the Dancing Satyr, a bronze sculpture pulled out of the sea in Sicily in 1998)#SavvySettings Day 19, #campus @Eggs @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Perfect 🖤📚🏫 9mo
Eggs Awesome choice 🙌🏻 9mo
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erank58
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#TarotTakeover Day 2! My take on Two of Cups reversed is one that involves obsession, unhealthy relationships (romantic or platonic), and warped emotions that distort our reality.

IMO, the tagged book shows this dynamic perfectly. We slowly see the demise of each character as their "relationships" with each other, their professor, and their collective interests take total control. It's a chunk of a book, but so worth it!

@ErinSueMreads ?

ErinSueMreads This sounds like it's real close to dark academia??? It's popped up on my radar so many times but I've never looked into it. No real reason. Sounds like the perfect take on our card for the day! 9mo
erank58 @ErinSueMreads yes!! If you like Dark Academia this one's a must-read 😊 it's long, dense, and not for everyone, but if you're a fan of the genre you should def at least give it a try! 9mo
sprainedbrain Love that book! 9mo
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ErinSueMreads I am! Thanks!! 9mo
erank58 @sprainedbrain an oldie but goodie! 9mo
Clare-Dragonfly @ErinSueMreads This is THE dark academia book! It‘s so good. 9mo
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"Credo che avere un gran numero di insegnanti diversi sia dannoso e possa disorientare una giovane mente, come credo che sia meglio conoscere un solo libro a fondo che cento in modo superficiale"

"I believe that having a large number of different teachers is harmful and can confuse a young mind, as I think it is better to know one book thoroughly than a hundred superficially"

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wisherwishinguponastar
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I guess I am just a sucker for academic atmospheres and foolish acts of humanity because I really enjoyed this. If audiobooks are your cup of tea I suggest trying the audiobook for “The Secret History.” Donna Tartt narrates and the voice for Bunny will haunt you. #bookjournal February #doublebookspin #audiobook

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FelinesAndFelonies
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I love dark academia & this book is the metric of the genre. All of the characters were mostly unlikeable. They fall into the spoiled rich kids trope. They're entitled & elite in their own way. The group of six studies Greek classics under the guidance of an eccentric professor at the exclusive Hampden University. When the group finds themselves suspects in a murder investigation they close ranks & not everyone will make it out alive. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Leftcoastzen I love this book & your beautiful photo! 9mo
FelinesAndFelonies @Leftcoastzen definitely one of my favorite books! And thank you!! 9mo
Clare-Dragonfly That mug!!! 😂 9mo
FelinesAndFelonies @Clare-Dragonfly I thought it was pretty fantastic. 🤣 9mo
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Paperback.Propensity
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Also finished The Secret History not too long ago. It is a great book, my second from Donna Tartt and I am now a big fan of hers. The way she tells a story is just legendary.

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Mrs_B
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Yesterday‘s reading spot. Trying to make some headway with this one but it‘s very slow going!

Vansa This is my personal opinion- it doesn't get any better 🤷🏾‍♀️🤷🏾‍♀️ 10mo
CarolynM @Vansa I agree. I didn't like it at all. 10mo
Mrs_B @Vansa @CarolynM oh no. Im not even halfway through and the book feels like it‘s heading towards an ending? I‘d bail if I hadn‘t promised my students I‘d read it. 10mo
ChaoticMissAdventures This is such a love it or hate it book. I loved it, but most of the books I read and love are slower and more character driven - I just enjoy the language and slow unraveling. 10mo
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Cortg
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Loved this one and can‘t wait for book club to discuss! It‘s long, too long for some, but I love really getting to know the characters, though most were rich snobs, there were plenty of layers to peel and they were nitty gritty. I loved the atmosphere and setting, loved how things escalated from one disaster to the next and I did not see that ending coming! This is one that I‘ll be thinking about for a long time. #pop22 ~ A book set in the 1980‘s

RaeLovesToRead Ooh this is on my lost of books I need to read this year. Glad it fits with a prompt! 10mo
BarbaraBB Yeah this one is really good! 10mo
Cinfhen It also works for #DarkAcademia #Booked2022 🙏🏼😁 10mo
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Cortg @RaeLovesToRead It would fit for the prompt ‘a book about a secret‘ as well! @Cinfhen Good call! It would definitely work for #Booked2022 😀 10mo
KarenUK My all time favorite book! 💕 10mo
Cortg @BarbaraBB @KarenUK I'm so glad I finally read it! Yay for reading challenges 😄 10mo
Cinfhen Hi, Cort!! You feel like reading Vox next week? Or the first week of March?? 10mo
Cortg @Cinfhen Oooh! Let‘s do it! How about the 1st week in March?! That‘ll give me time to read To Paradise that I just started and is already overdue 😂 10mo
Cinfhen Ohhhh you‘re gonna have your hands tied. We can push it off if you want as it gets closer 10mo
Cinfhen Can‘t wait to hear your thoughts on 10mo
Cortg @Cinfhen The first week in March should be fine. I‘m looking forward to a buddy read! 10mo
Cinfhen Same 😁 10mo
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Cortg
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I love when I‘m reading two books and one references the other. The Secret History is referencing the Kennedy family and I‘m listening to the ginormous JFK! Little things 😊

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acp
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expected more but still good :)

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aperfectmjk
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I enjoyed this, but I can't help but wonder why the editors never seem to think Donna Tartt's books could use a bit more revision? They're just so unnecessarily long. There was so much here that I just didn't feel added much to the overall storyline or character development. But, I suppose this is why I'm not in publishing. 😆

#bookspinbingo #19822022 (1992) #ReadtheUSA2022 (Vermont) @TheAromaofBooks @Librarybelle

Librarybelle This is on my to read list! I just need to make sure I have time to devote to it, given its size 😂 10mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 10mo
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Cortg
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Dinner for one on this drizzly dark night. I‘m adjusting to being an empty nester with a traveling hubby and really enjoying this book, with few interruptions 🙂

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KateD1
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To be completely honest, I don‘t get the hype around this book. I loved the writing, but not the plot. It dragged on. Just wasn‘t a book for me.

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wildwoodreads
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Yesterday I shared a few of my most disappointing reads. Today let‘s talk about the best books of 2021. Every single one of these were five star reads. And I think The Secret History is going to be a lifelong favorite. I had such a great time reading each of these.

https://wildwoodreads.com/2021/12/29/the-best-books-of-2021/

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Dramatictara
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This book left me thinking about it for days! I couldn‘t read another book for about a week! The twists and characters were amazing. You will have a fav character but Henry was mine. It‘s unique with the start of murder, swirls in Ancient Greece and completed mystery with strange rituals. I‘ve almost read all the Donna Tartt books but this one is my pick!

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Paperback.Propensity
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And now I just got this in the mail

suvata My favorite Donna Tartt book 11mo
Paperback.Propensity @suvata I can't wait to read it! 11mo
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wildwoodreads
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It‘s time for my last review of the year, and I‘m ending it on a high note. I devoured The Secret History the week before Christmas. I couldn‘t put it down.

After reading Ninth House, I‘ve been on the hunt for another dark academia book to satisfy me. The Maidens came close but was still missing something. But The Secret History was everything I wanted.

https://wildwoodreads.com/2021/12/27/the-secret-history-review/

KarenUK My all time favorite 💕 11mo
wildwoodreads It‘s so good! 11mo
batsy This book hits the sweet spot! One of my faves. I really want to read Ninth House. 11mo
wildwoodreads @batsy I really loved Ninth House. I know it had some mixed reviews but it was great to me. I hope you love it if you get to it! 11mo
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RickW
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After you get through the first few chapters of classic Greek and Latin, this book picks up with amazing writing and character development. I literally had difficulty putting this book down. And don‘t get me wrong. I literally hated every single character in this book! Yet I found Tartt‘s writing style so engaging that i pictured the town, the campus and dorms that she details. I will give nothing away, But it is a classic & deservedly so.

PageShifter Glad that I wasn't the only one who hated the characters xD And strangely it was okay and I think you weren't even expected to like them :D I can also understand why this is a classic 12mo
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PageShifter
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Quite slow to read but still really enjoyable.

I disliked characters but all their motives were explained so well that I could still understand why they acted like they did. Best thing in this book was atmosphere: it was amazing. I loved how you knew what was going to happen but not why. It was slowly revealed what has happened before the murder. I felt for characters involved, seeing how one horrible act can destroy many lives.

Book 1, #20in4

Andrew65 Fantastic, a Chunkster of a book. 👏👏👏 12mo
PageShifter Haha, thanks @Andrew65 it really was 😅 12mo
RickW I didn‘t see your comment before I posted the book. I just finished it tonight and I‘m so wired that I cannot sleep. The beauty of this book is the fact that the reader is on the outside looking in at the flawed characters and wondering why can they not see that what they are doing is wrong. It‘s amazing writing. 12mo
PageShifter @RickW Love to hear about your thoughts! This had then a huge impact on you, I am happy to hear you enjoyed this book so much ^_^ 12mo
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PageShifter
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“It does not do to be frightened of things about which you know nothing“

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PageShifter
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“It is a terrible thing to learn as a child that one is a being separate from all the world, that no one and no thing hurts along with one‘s burned tongues and skinned knees, that one‘s aches and pains are all one‘s own.”

kplovesbooks ♥️ 12mo
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Mrs_B
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I have fresh coffee and two hours to myself to start a new book. Best kind of Sunday. 😁

Velvetfur Gorgeous photo! 😊 13mo
erzascarletbookgasm I love this book. And your teacup! 💙 13mo
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TheSpineView
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#Movie2BookRecs @Klou
Prompt: Dead Poet's Society

Klou Perfect! 13mo
TheSpineView @Klou 📘📚 13mo
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anniebannanie
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Oh to be a young adult chainsmoking and learning Greek….