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Ghostland: An American History in Haunted Places
Ghostland: An American History in Haunted Places | Colin Dickey
An intellectual feast for fans of offbeat history, "Ghostland "takes readers on a road trip through some of the country's most infamously haunted places--and deep into the dark side of our history. Colin Dickey is on the trail of America's ghosts. Crammed into old houses and hotels, abandoned prisons and empty hospitals, the spirits that linger continue to capture our collective imagination, but why? His own fascination piqued by a house hunt in Los Angeles that revealed derelict foreclosures and "zombie homes," Dickey embarks on a journey across the continental United States to decode and unpack the American history repressed in our most famous haunted places. Some have established reputations as "the most haunted mansion in America," or "the most haunted prison"; others, like the haunted Indian burial grounds in West Virginia, evoke memories from the past our collective nation tries to forget. With boundless curiosity, Dickey conjures the dead by focusing on questions of the living--how do we, the living, deal with stories about ghosts, and how do we inhabit and move through spaces that have been deemed, for whatever reason, haunted? Paying attention not only to the true facts behind a ghost story, but also to the ways in which changes to those facts are made--and why those changes are made--Dickey paints a version of American history left out of the textbooks, one of things left undone, crimes left unsolved. Spellbinding, scary, and wickedly insightful, "Ghostland" discovers the past we're most afraid to speak of aloud in the bright light of day is the same past that tends to linger in the ghost stories we whisper in the dark."
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TheDoctor

Does anyone know where can I read this book for free? Preferably for kindle. I searched everywhere and the prices are to high for my country (the price is 4 times higher than the normal price of a book in my country because it's not translated). Audiobooks are not really my thing. Anyone?

ImperfectCJ I read it on Kindle checked from my local library's e-collection. Not sure if that's an option in your area. 3mo
TheDoctor @ImperfectCJ Thanks, I will check it out! 3mo
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emz711
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Pickpick

Finished! On to the next book pictured behind.

I really enjoyed this book, not something I've really ever read before. Are there other haunted places books that really go through the history of the area, show fact from fiction and ask the tough questions about history?

#ghosts #history #haunting

And hello @Dragonfairykats @Dhanya2277 @ImperfectCJ

vivastory I loved this one. The following is more about the legitimate science of the afterlife, but it's the only book I can think of that is similar 3mo
ImperfectCJ Ghostland disappointed me somewhat (it felt a little repetitive after a while), but I loved the next book you're reading. Enjoy! 3mo
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emz711
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Weird place to read a spooky book but I'll take it

RealBooks4ever I found this book to be interesting. 💜 3mo
emz711 @RealBooks4ever yeah it makes me want to go to all these places! 3mo
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ValerieAndBooks
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Pickpick

Not what I expected but still fascinating. This is more an analysis of what haunts us culturally, historically, and emotionally than just a collection of ghost stories. a lot of debunking of old myths as well.

Incidentally, I was surprised that a house only 2.5 miles away was mentioned— had no idea that the current owner had sued the seller because a murder-suicide had not been disclosed in the sale 😳.

Suet624 Yikes!!! 3mo
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RainyDayReading
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Not sure how I feel about this yet. Seems to be more of an analytical collection of essays regarding haunted houses more so than a collection of stories about haunted places. It‘s not bad, just not what I was expecting. Something about the authors tone bugs me though...can‘t quite put my finger on it. Perhaps I‘ll enjoy section 2 better. Hard to go wrong with bars, restaurants and brothels 🤪

Sweettartlaura Aahhh, I loved this ❤️. Yes, it becomes more of an analysis of what haunts America. But I loved that turn - it elevates it beyond anecdotes about strange happenings. Hope you get there with it, too! 4mo
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RainyDayReading
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1. Ghostland and A Memory Called Empire.
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2. My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite
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3. Uhhh....Death Note? I really don‘t know, don‘t really watch much of anything anymore 😅
#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

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chaoticgoodhufflepuff
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When I host one of the book clubs I go to, I like to make a dinner based on the book. There wasn‘t really anything food related in this month‘s pick, so I themed the dessert on my pick for next month. 👻 #bookbakes

rather_be_reading love it!! 5mo
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Asktheletters
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A fascinating look at the historical / sociological function of ghosts. So much love for Colin Dickey. Although in my mind, there‘s now a crossover universe between Ghostland and Afterlives of the Saints. The ghosts of early Christian hermits, maybe...that no one quite remembers, because hermits.

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Billypar
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Thanks @vivastory for recommending this one: really enjoyed Dickey's analysis of haunted stories in America over the past 3 centuries. Great for both fans of ghost stories and history: he begins by just describing the stories themselves (the audio narrator affects a dramatic, raspy voice 😀), and then offers insight into aspects of each story from a sociohistorical context. Fascinating and revealing- made me see ghost stories in a new light.

Billypar The picture (courtesy of Wikipedia) is of The House of Seven Gables in Salem, MA, which inspired the Hawthorne novel of the same name. 8mo
BookBabe ❤️ 8mo
JazzFeathers Wow! This absolutely sounds right up my alley. Will have to hunt it down. 8mo
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Billypar @JazzFeathers Hope you enjoy it! 8mo
SailorMoon This sounds interesting!!! 8mo
Billypar @SailorMoon It was- it will definitely please both lovers of history and ghost stories! 8mo
SailorMoon Just added it to my TBR list! 😉 8mo
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rjsthumbelina
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Mehso-so

This was my Halloween #audiobook. He gave a lot of history about places that people think are haunted and what things have happened there. It's was interesting that he wrote about his experiences in a lot of those places. And I liked the Lemp Mansion chapter bc it's in St Louis! But it was kind of strange that he didn't end up giving an opinion about whether or not those hauntings, or any others, are or can be legit. Listened on #scribd

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Trina0401
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There‘s nowhere in this nation that wasn‘t already inhabited before Europeans arrived, and there‘s no town, no house, that doesn‘t sit atop someone else‘s former home. More often than not, we‘ve chosen to deal with this fact through the language of ghosts.

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thelizflynn
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Pickpick

“Ghost stories are about how we face, or fail to face, the past- how we process information, how we narrate our past, and how we make sense of the gaps in that history. Besides, even if we could dispel them once and for all, we need them too badly.”

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Arkrayder
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Pickpick

Colin Dickey has written a well researched book on the historical and sociological impact on the lore of ghost stories and into different types of haunted places, the myths which have grown around the realities of said myths. There is a lot to consider reading these stories and a lot of the rumors of hauntings are shown to be a concoction of the human mind. Fascinating.

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thelizflynn
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Starting this just in time for Halloween! #spookyreads #halloween

Reviewsbylola Darn, I forgot I wanted to read this one. Stacking for next Halloween! 😆 11mo
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savvy24

The dead are watching, whether or not we choose to listen to their stories

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DGRachel
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Pickpick

#blameitonLiberty thanks to All the Books podcast. I read and listened to this from #screamathon. Not at all what I expected, but so good. I highly recommend it. 🎃🎃🎃🎃

Slightly longer review on my blog: https://wp.me/pKWKW-4Q

Moray_Reads Love the skeleton flamingo and I need to read this! 11mo
Linsy I love it too! 🖤🖤🖤 11mo
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balletbookworm
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Pickpick

I picked this out of the available books on the Library overdrive because it‘s October and maaaybe I should read something a creepy.

Rather than a collection of ghost stories and hauntings, Dickey has presented a historical and sociological deep-dive into types of haunted places, what are the myths, what are the realities, and how do constructs like racism/sexism come to bear on the “haunting” of a location. It gave me a lot of think about.

Ddzmini Let me know how it is 😋 11mo
balletbookworm @Ddzmini ? I‘ve finished it and I liked it. 11mo
mdemanatee I really liked this one! I wouldn‘t mind more 11mo
Ddzmini I‘ll@have to add it to my tbr list 10mo
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DGRachel
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So far this book is both completely unexpected and incredibly fascinating. #history

Joy0201 This books is great. Not at all what I expected and delightfully so. 11mo
Leftcoastzen If you ever get the chance to go to the Winchester Mystery House I highly recommend it. 11mo
lauralovesbooks1 I read it last week and found it really interesting. 11mo
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savvy24

Embedded deep in the idea of home ownership-the Holy Grail of American middle-class life-is the idea that we don't, in fact, own the land we've just bought. Time and time again in these stories, perfectly average, innocent American families are confronted by ghosts who have persevered for centuries, who remain vengeful for the damage done.

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savvy24

There's nowhere in this nation that wasn't already inhabited before Europeans arrived, and there's no town, no house, that doesn't sit atop someone else's former home.

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savvy24
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Spooky read for the spooky season 👻☠💀

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savvy24

Our country's ghost stories are themselves the dreams (or nightmares) of a nation, the Freudian slips of whole communities: uncomfortable and unbidden expressions of things we'd assumed were long past and no longer important.

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savvy24

According to one poll, 45 percent of Americans say they believe in ghosts, and almost 30 percent say they've witnessed them first-hand. Though this belief lies outside the ways we normally explain the world-contradicting science and complicating religion- it's a difficult belief to shake.

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DGRachel
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Oof. Today seems to be a day for hard #truth in the books I‘m reading. 😔

Joy0201 I really enjoyed this book. 11mo
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lauralovesbooks1
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Ghostland is a fascinating look at American history and culture through the lens of our relationship and perceptions about ghosts and haunted places. This is not a work of sensationalism, rather it is an engaging, fact-based look at the places where the unexplained gives us insight into our past.

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vivastory
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This was easily one of my favorite nonfiction books of last year. Dickey memorably writes about architectural anomalies that provoke unease & documents the necessary conditions for rumors of #ghosts A fascinating book.
#OctoberXFiles
@Cinfhen @Robothugs

Cinfhen I 💯believe in spirits!!! I‘m fascinated by documented sightings 11mo
vivastory @Cinfhen If you haven't read this one, I highly recommend it! 11mo
Kalalalatja Sounds fascinating! 11mo
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RadicalReader @vivastory gorgeous beautiful book cover 11mo
Wife Are there many pictures? I‘m considering the audiobook, but don‘t want to miss any content. 🌹 11mo
Robothugs This is on my TBR so it was intriguing at some point 🤔 thanks for putting it back on my radar! 11mo
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DGRachel
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Struggling a bit with Lore in print, so I‘m switching over to audiobook for that one and picking up this book for the evening. I have high hopes for it and can lay blame for this purchase directly at the feet of @Liberty 😂😂

Joy0201 This is a really good book. Very different from Lore. 11mo
LeahBergen This one sounds good! 👍🏻 11mo
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Sweettartlaura
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5⭐️ - Read this book!
This is like an alternate history of America, told by its ghosts.
Link to the full review below.
Just... read this book!❤️📚

Check out Ghostland: An American History in Haunted Places by Colin Dickey
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28815491

DGRachel It‘s part of my October stack! 11mo
Sweettartlaura @DGRachel 🙌🏻 Start it now! My only regret is that I didn‘t read this when it first came out. It‘s so, so good ❤️ 11mo
DGRachel @Sweettartlaura I need to finish at least one of the other books I have going right now (too many at one time and it‘s starting to negatively affect my mental health and enjoyment of books), but I promise it will be the next print book I pick up! 11mo
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Sweettartlaura @DGRachel if any one of your current reads is even a little bit of a dud, DNF it and move on to this - I promise you‘ll be happy 😊. I‘ll be on the lookout for your review! Happy reading 📖 11mo
DGRachel You‘re making me wish I‘d grabbed it instead of Lore when I picked up my next #screamathon read off the stack! I‘m hoping to finish Vicious tonight, but maybe by this weekend I‘ll be able to start this one. 😊🤞🏻 11mo
Sweettartlaura @DGRachel 🤣 🤞 11mo
Linsy I love this book! 🖤🖤🖤 11mo
Sweettartlaura @Linsy Yay🙌🏻. It was so freakin‘ awesome 🖤 11mo
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crhealey
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Pickpick

Had heard marvelous things about this book but was expecting something fun and lighthearted and instead got a fascinating history lesson and learned so much! Would love to read similar books/learn more about ghost stories. Any recs?

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crhealey
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Ghost stories, baseball and red wine. It must be October. #GoSox #YankeesSuck #NDfootballduringcommercials

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inthegreensandblues
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1. Either!
2. Apple pie 🍎
3. Witches 🧙
4. Both!
5. Psycho
#TuesdayTidbits #thisorthat @JenlovesJT47

JenlovesJT47 🧡🧡🧡 11mo
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vivastory
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I don't read as much nonfiction as fiction, however a great nonfiction book can be every bit as magnificent as a novel. Above are a few that I've read in the past year that really stand out. The authors knowledge, dedication, investigative spirit & #fascination with their subjects shines through.
#SeptemberDanes
@Cinfhen @Kalalalatja

Mdargusch I loved Blitzed!!! 12mo
vivastory @Mdargusch It was a really unique take on WW2, which is no small feat considering how much has been written/said about it. 12mo
Kalalalatja I have only read I‘ll be Gone in the Dark, but I want to read the other three at some point! 12mo
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Joy0201 I LOVED Ghostland. 12mo
Cinfhen I actually prefer NF to fiction...but I haven‘t read ANY of these yet!!! (edited) 12mo
vivastory @Kalalalatja Ghostland would be a great October read! 12mo
vivastory @Joy0201 Same here. I need to read his other books. 12mo
vivastory @Cinfhen I didn't know you preferred NF. I highly recommend all of them! 12mo
Billypar Was looking for a new audio non-fiction since I just finished one, so I'm getting Blitzed (pun intended 🙄). And put a hold on Ghostland. Thanks for the reccs! 12mo
vivastory @Billypar I look forward to hearing your thoughts on them! This is the perfect time to read Ghostland 12mo
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karasu13
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I‘ve been fascinated with haunted places since childhood (Salem and the Winchester Mystery House have always been at the top of my list). Dickey‘s book is an extensive travelogue for those who like history with their hauntings. I found myself trawling Wikipedia after each chapter, wanting to learn more about the legends featured in the book.

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Liberty
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Spending a lazy, hazy summer day just reading, reading, reading. Tell me some of the great books you‘ve read this summer, please and thank you. 📖 ☀️ ❤️

Smangela I‘m currently reading The Lightning Thief and loving it. It‘ll randomly make me crack up and I just adore middle grade fiction for how funny it can be! 13mo
Hooked_on_books There have been many, but this one is especially good: 13mo
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CotziasReads Beneath the Scarlet Sky and The Great Believers 13mo
Zelma Finally read Station Eleven. What took me so long? ❤️ Dark Matter and The Looking Glass Wars we‘re also great. 13mo
Wattrat Circe and Warbreaker. 13mo
read.run.travel June: Little fires everywhere. July: Nobody is ever missing & The sun and her flowers. August: Behold the dreamers, Small great things & The Mothers. 💙 13mo
Billypar The Blazing World and The Luminaries were standouts. 13mo
Branwen Harry's Trees and The Great Believers are my favorites so far! 😀👍 13mo
Pagemasta What are the great books YOUVE read this summer? 13mo
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Bianca
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Was this book written for me?

#audiobooks

saresmoore Isn‘t it great? I really enjoyed this. 14mo
Bianca @saresmoore Yes! I'm loving it. 14mo
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Kathleenkelly
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Mehso-so

Just OK. I listened to the audible version and when I could actually pay attention, I often wondered if some of the locations described in the book had a gift shop. Merchandise would be perfect for a Litsy swap.

RaimeyGallant Nice review. :) 1y
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khooliha
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I am trying Very Hard to get better about buying a bunch of books (HA), but here's the book haul I came home to.

holarosarita You‘ll have to tell me how the John Darnielle book is. Did you read his other one? 1y
khooliha @holarosarita I haven't read Wolf in White Van yet, but I have a copy. I wanted an oil slick shiny hardcover too much to be sensible and wait to buy Universal Harvester. 1y
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rajithr
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Anthropomorphic 👻🤓

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MargoCatts
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Just heard an interview with the author and this sounds FASCINATING. What our haunted places & ghost stories say about ourselves, our fears, our unresolved issues. At the start of the interview he was asked about ghost stories being the Freudian slips of a community and I was hooked. TBR, top of the stack.

Notafraidofwords It was amazing. 1y
saresmoore Yes, I really enjoyed this! 1y
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karasu13
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A new bookstore just opened in my town, so of course I had to check it out!

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MadCatRamble
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Pickpick

This was a completely fascinating read. Dickey contextualized the familiar idea of hauntings within the framework of American history, so that the details of each haunted place became a mirror to what‘s happening in our culture at a given time. Really brilliant. I‘ll probably end up giving it to everyone I know at Christmas.

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BarbaraTheBibliophage
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Ohmigosh this is a lot of Litfluence, @Tiffy_Reads ! Thanks for the #TiffysMilestoneGiveaway chance. You‘re so sweet!

1. I love being bookish with my bookish friends so we can talk about books. And whatever else.
2. The tagged book refuses to go on Kindle sale, dammit!

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aprilpohren
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@MallenNC I was finally able to get home and open my goodies!! What a long day! Thank you so much!!! I absolutely love the Hermione Pop!!!! She is so perfect! I can't wait to sink into the books!!! I am so thrilled and excited! Thank you so much!!!! ##funkopopswap @JenlovesJT47 thank you so much for putting this together! You are awesome!

MallenNC I'm so glad you liked these! I know what you mean about long days, I thought this day would never end so I could open! You gave me too much, (and I loved it!) so I've sent you a couple surprises via Amazon. They'll be to you early next week. (edited) 2y
JenlovesJT47 💚💚💚 2y
bookish_wookish ghostland is on my TBR!! 😍 2y
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Li_21
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I started using a bookmark in December when I got my #secretsantagoespostal box from @Chelleo and it's my favorite look how lovely it is. #bookmarks

Chelleo 🤗 2y
Jess7 Pretty!! 2y
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peacegypsy
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Wise words, wondering why ghosts live on in the United States....

saresmoore I really enjoyed this book! 2y
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peacegypsy
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Going to scare myself tonight! 👻😳😱

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chaoticgoodhufflepuff
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With providing historical context, the origins of stories, and a dream road trip itinerary, this book hits so many of my sweet spots, it's not even funny. #paranormal #readingresolutions @Jess7

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BookishMarginalia
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The.Intentional.Reader That one is on my to-read list. Looks really good 2y
ju.ca.no This book was a very interesting read for me😊 2y
monalyisha How was the audio? 1y
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BookishMarginalia
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About the failure to learn from history. #Truth

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NatalieR
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Pickpick

This book became so much more than I expected. Colin Dickey provides the history of haunted places (houses, prisons, asylums, cemeteries, cities) while sharing the ghost stories and lore. As much as I want to believe in ghosts, I appreciate the history and rational perspective. 👻