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The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane
The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane | Katherine Howe
A spellbinding, beautifully written novel that moves between contemporary times and one of the most fascinating and disturbing periods in American history--the Salem witch trials. Harvard graduate student Connie Goodwin needs to spend her summer doing research for her doctoral dissertation. But when her mother asks her to handle the sale of Connie's grandmother's abandoned home near Salem, she can't refuse. As she is drawn deeper into the mysteries of the family house, Connie discovers an ancient key within a seventeenth-century Bible. The key contains a yellowing fragment of parchment with a name written upon it: Deliverance Dane. This discovery launches Connie on a quest--to find out who this woman was and to unearth a rare artifact of singular power: a physick book, its pages a secret repository for lost knowledge. As the pieces of Deliverance's harrowing story begin to fall into place, Connie is haunted by visions of the long-ago witch trials, and she begins to fear that she is more tied to Salem's dark past then she could have ever imagined. Written with astonishing conviction and grace, The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane travels seamlessly between the witch trials of the 1690s and a modern woman's story of mystery, intrigue, and revelation.
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MrsBibliophile
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What a great book to kick off Fall! I also jump ahead of myself this time of year and decorate early, bringing out all of my Fall/Halloween decorations and books. This was a late year purchase before we moved and I loved finding it tucked away in the library.

I would recommend this to anyone interested in the history of witches or the Salem Witch Trials.

📚📚 Happy Reading! 📚📚

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i-am-papercrane
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1. Tagged! The witches and anywhere north of Virginia just make me think of autumn. ☺️
2. Nope! Just between school and home for the Queen City Mischief and Magic (aka Staunton‘s Potter Party) and Oktoberfest early next month.
3. Me! Haha

#wondrouswednesday #autumn #school #college #travel #fall

Eggs Good old fashioned fall fun!!! 1w
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HeatherBlue
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Today‘s highlights included a pointless two hour meeting and dropping a big glob of hot glue directly onto my finger. Never have I looked forward to a bubble bath with my book more.

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HeatherBlue
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Teachers had to go back to work today. Sigh. Finally home curled up with my book 🖤

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Fantasyfan
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When you‘re 2 days from moving sand 3 days from vacation your book mark becomes whatever you can find still lying around. 😏

annahenke Love this book. 3mo
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Read_By_Red
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The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane was a fun story to read, with plenty of jaw-dropping moments. It centers around Connie, a college student who is searching for the elusive Physick Book. Little does she know she is not the only one looking for the Physick Book, and some will stop at nothing to find it. Howe creates wonderful, fully developed main characters, and I was engrossed in Connie‘s and Deliverance‘s stories from start to finish.

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Read_By_Red
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What do you do when you are 10% through The #DaughtersofTemperanceHobbs and loving it? You stop reading it and go get the first book in the series! #PhysickBook of Deliverance Dane!

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PatriciaU
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I am listening to this tonight because I just got the ARC of Howe‘s new book and wanted to refresh my memory. It‘s as good as I remember and now I don‘t want to go to bed. I may listen all night!

sprainedbrain I didn‘t know there was another book coming! I‘ve just requested it from both of my libraries. Loved this book. ❤️ 7mo
PatriciaU @sprainedbrain Jenni, this one is so, so good. Even better the second time around. Can‘t wait to delve into Daughters of Temperance Hobbs! 7mo
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Areader2
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This is an over due review
The story starts with Connie Goodwin who‘s attending Harvard as a Historian of Colonial life.She is asked by her mother to clean out and sell her grandmothers house in Marblehead Ma.the story goes back and forth to colonel Salem during the witch trials and the present. Connie finds many mysteries in the house about a woman named Deliverance Dane, it‘s a little slow but worth the great detail needed to come together.

Crazeedi I really enjoyed this book 8mo
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BacklistReader
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1: My Dolphin PillowPet.
2: About 5 hours (I think...)
3: milk chocolate or salted caramel
4: once a year. I have yet to find someone I like. (With the exception of my bf‘s hair cutter but that‘s to far away at the moment)
5: Absolutely recommend. I loved it both times I read it.

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BacklistReader
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This was my second time reading this book and I enjoyed it immensely. Howe really does spin a great witchy story that mixes the present with the past.

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Linsy
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I‘ve been so spoiled!!! I love everything, @Booksnchill, thank you so much! Some of the books are on my TBR, others I can‘t wait to learn about. Little did you know that I‘ve been crafting lately, so I‘m excited to try my witch-themed crafts! I‘ve never had tarot cards, so I couldn‘t help opening them already. They‘re beautiful! I love the maleficent chapstick and witchy lotion, too. And there‘s a frog in the mug! I love it all! #witchpleaseswap

Booksnchill So pleased- I noted you recently posted about Hex but it was after the box was sent! You mentioned crafting and that you were interested in the nature/witchcraft connection so I thought the tarot cards and book on wicked plants would be of interest! So glad you liked it! 11mo
Linsy @Booksnchill Don‘t worry, I got it for a few bucks on kindle, but I‘d much prefer to read it in print! 😁 (edited) 11mo
Booksnchill @Linsy 👍👻 11mo
monalyisha Such a hearty haul! 🖤💯 Hope you had a happy #WitchPleaseSwap experience! 🔮 10mo
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BacklistReader
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Happy All Hallows‘ Eve! I‘m trying to finish this book today with a showing of It‘s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown tonight.

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Don‘t you think it‘s interesting? I‘m always intrigued by the different ways people decide what to believe. I mean, look at this-they‘re taken from all over the place. Celtic knots, Eastern philosophy, the New Age. Past and present collapsed into a buffet of equivalent options, all in the pursuit of the divine. It‘s fascinating. This funky pagan element is one of the reasons that living in Salem is so interesting, ....

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Areader2
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Current read with this little monster #dogsoflitsy
👻😈🎃📚🤓

JoScho I kinda love that little monster! 11mo
Erofan So cute!❤ 11mo
Areader2 @JoScho @Erofan thanks he is a funny little old man 😂 11mo
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BacklistReader
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Back again....

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BacklistReader
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Round 2. Still stuck at home with no car...should be done today though. No car sucks...

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BacklistReader
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‪I‘ve got my travel buddy, blanket, hot chocolate, and a book in one of my comfy spots. Since I‘m stranded at home for the day how else would I spend it?‬

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BacklistReader
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Been wanting to pick this one up again.....I couldn‘t put it down when I read it a few years ago.

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booksandsympathy
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For #witchyhistory I thought of two books. The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane was fantastic and a book I want to re-read. The Witches is sitting on my tbr shelf in the living room. I told my husband I'd read through that shelf this year and I keep getting distracted by other books and adding to it. Oops. #witchyreads

Linsy Been there! I‘m switched though. Deliverance Dane is still on my digital shelf, but I hope to get to it soon! 🤞 11mo
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sprainedbrain
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I don‘t own a lot of nonfiction, and don‘t choose to read it all that often, so #WitchyHistory is going to be historical fiction for me. 😃

I really liked this book, which weaves between a modern mystery and the Salem witch trials with solid writing, feminist undertones, and intrigue. Good stuff!

#WitchyReads

Crazeedi Good one! 11mo
Li_21 This was so good, I didnt think I'd like it as much. 11mo
Slajaunie Love the cover! 11mo
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Linsy Ooh, good to know! I have this on my kindle, but hadn‘t gotten to it yet. Will need to soon!!! 11mo
Macnjen I enjoyed this as well. 11mo
booksandsympathy I really enjoyed this book. 11mo
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i-am-papercrane
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Excellent book! I loved the characters, and I was made to care about them in single chapters, so cheers! I enjoyed the feminist overtones, and the witchcraft. I‘ve never read anything where witchcraft was actually connected to Christianity, which only made the Salem angle that much more tragic. 4.5/5

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phatsallylee
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#makemereadit #rockthevote @TheReadingMermaid

Please help me pick out my August reading list by voting on the books in the comments. You can vote for more than one book. I will start August with the book that has the most votes and work down from there.
Also include ebooks: Lab Girl by hope jahren and Queen of the Night by Alexander Chee

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mdemanatee
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Was tempted to grab this throwback from the little free library but left it for someone to discover for the first time. Looking at the copyright page and seeing it‘s almost 10 years old though 😱

Redy2trvl This has been on my shelf forever! Maybe this is my next read. 1y
mdemanatee @Redy2trvl I really liked it though I couldn‘t tell you particulars 9 years later. 1y
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Jamesfahyauthor
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Unique and interesting spin on the legends surrounding Salem. (My fuller thoughts are over on IG where I‘m allowed a much higher wordcount- I like to ramble 😋)

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Laalaleighh
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@MaleficentBookDragon thank you so much for my warm soft fuzzy blanket! The book you sent is absolutely gorgeous and sounds so perfect for me! And the tea smells amazing, I can‘t wait to try it!! You are such a sweetheart and I love this package! 💙💙💙 #bookandblanketswap #bookandablanketswap #bookandblanketexchange #blanketandbookexchange #blanketandbookswap #icantfigureoutwhichtagistherightone

sprainedbrain I liked that book a lot! 2y
MaleficentBookDragon I‘m so glad. I thought the black and white would complement all the other colored blankets you have. I really like her books. I started with her YA 2y
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makaylabw
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Glad to finally mark this one off the tbr list! Been on there for years! That said, I really liked this one. Haven‘t read any historical fiction in a while, and I was interested in the particular historical subject matter (the salem witch trials) of this novel. I loved the flow of the story, very well written. While I wouldn‘t say it was absolutely captivating, it definitely drew me in and I wanted to keep reading. Good, quick read! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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calicodreamin
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One of my all time favorite reads. The book just keeps you in, you don‘t want to put it down. With twists and turns you just want to read it! And then read it again!

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Maewyn
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I enjoyed it once it got going. The audiobook narration was excellent. Publishers Weekly reviewed it saying that the English accent of one character was so bad that it was laughable. Obviously they didn‘t pay attention to the fact that it was a Brahmin accent, which was mentioned several times in the story. I enjoyed the sweet romance and felt that the pace of it was good. They weren‘t professing undying love by date two.

callielafleur I really enjoyed this too! I feel like it's not super well known either. 2y
Maewyn I agree. My sister is the one who suggested I read it. I have no idea where she finds books but her recommendations are usually good. 😉 2y
tonyahoswalt Oh, I read this a few years ago and loved it! 2y
Rae2 I found this one by chance, and perhaps a little divination. I was scrolling through Barnes and Noble. The description wasn't that great, but I decided "F*ck it, why not". I'm glad you liked it. 2y
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Susannah
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This book appealed to my love of academia and my interest in the Salem Witch Trials, so I was able to overlook some of its debut author's missteps (e.g., slow buildups/speedy conclusions, weak character development). I'd definitely recommend it for the subject matter if you're not too judgy of debut authors' shortcomings. Above is Salem's memorial to the victims of the trials. The book's author is a descendant of Elizabeth Howe.

SilversReviews Sounds very interesting. Thanks 2y
Bloomingjen I loved it. I agree it had the "flaws" of a debut book but it was a great ixea 2y
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rebeccapfenning
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Getting some badass lady witchy books for fall. And while not intentional, I think Edna and Hillary would totally fit in with their neighbors. #witchywomen

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nanneelizabeth
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Battered copy of The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane ready for annual fall re-read #1. Does anyone else have fav seasonal re-read books or is it just me😂. #katherinehowe #fallbooks #thephysickbookofdeliverancedane #halloween

Jenni_Capps Welcome to Litsy!! 2y
batsy I've been meaning to read this for years! 😁 2y
Centique I used to read The Bone People every summer but since I had children my TBR got out of control and rereading has suffered as I focus on new books! Welcome to Litsy by the way 😄 2y
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Susannah
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Late night #LitsyPartyOfOne with my latest book club read and mint Milano cookies! The book is really starting to pick up after about 150 pages. A quick read, though, so it's been painless.

@Ambrosnazzy

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NHLibrarian
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Though I found Connie to be a little annoying at times, overall this was a good story. Connie is a Colonial history PhD student with more ties to her subject matter than she realizes.

Maybe a bit early for novels with witches, but I'm starting to feel autumn bearing down on us 🍂🍁

Suet624 Me too. 2y
sprainedbrain I really liked this one, too! 2y
ValerieAndBooks Looks really good! And yes even though it's still hot here, I feel fall coming around the corner. 2y
NHLibrarian @ValerieAndBooks We have been having a cooler than normal August. It was in the 40s here the other morning and some of leaves are looking less green. 2y
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olyvianne
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It was fine! A little jumpy and disorganized re: the plot, and a few moments where I had to work hard to suspend my disbelief because the characters took a long time to make simple connections and conclusions. But enjoyable all the same.

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sprainedbrain
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This book has been on my shelves since it was published. I finally read it this weekend, and I'm glad I did! Very well written, with characters that feel real and an interesting plot. The story ties together the Salem witch trials with more modern day events happening around a graduate student doing research into the era. Some unexpected twists along the way kept me reading... I finished this book in two days. 😃

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batsy I've been meaning to read it since it was published too 😅 Glad to know you enjoyed it. 2y
sprainedbrain @batsy it's always good to know I'm not the only one. 😂 2y
Juli @sprainedbrain this is really great to hear considering it has been on my shelf that long too. Time to pick it up! 2y
[DELETED] 3216391035 I really enjoyed this one, too! 2y
minkyb This sounds so good! 2y
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DarcysMom
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TrishBovell I had a feeling this book would intrigue you the most! I read it a couple of years ago and enjoyed. 2y
DarcysMom @TrishBovell You pretty much jumped right inside my head - historical fiction by a historian! 2y
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@TrishBovell I am excited to dip into the awesome books you sent me, starting with this one. 💟😁💟📚📚📚

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DarcysMom
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Thank you @TrishBovell - what a perfect surprise! I love all the flamingos! I can't wait to dive into the books - they all look great!
#SummerSolsticeBookExchange #SummerSantaGoesPostal
@BookishMarginalia

WanderingBookaneer Flamingoes! ❤️ 2y
DarcysMom I have a whole flock of them that guard my front porch! The little ones have wings that spin in the wind! 💓💓 @WanderingBookaneer 2y
JoeStalksBeck ❤️❤️❤️👏👏👏👏👏 2y
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litmuggle Potatoes peel pie society is suppose to be amazing I missed it at my book club but the ladies always gush about it. 2y
TrishBovell Enjoy! I love flamingoes! It just seemed like summer to me! 2y
BookishMarginalia 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 2y
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Karionie
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Just good enough to nudge it into "pick" territory. You will figure out the mystery much, much more quickly than the main character will. Seriously. I wanted to club her upside the head with her own obtuseness. But the story is enjoyable enough, and well-written enough to warrant a half-grudging "pick" from me.

GoldenGirl I've p8cked this book up several times over the years, but just can't get into it....i think I keep it around because it's so lovely and nice to look at 2y
Karionie It is a pretty thing. Truth be told, that's why I bought it in the first place! 😃 2y
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Karionie
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"She was always puzzled that people say that darkness falls. To her it seemed instead to rise, massing under trees and shrubs, pouring out from under furniture, only reaching the sky when the spaces near the ground were full."

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Karionie
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"That's why whenever I find myself getting nostalgic about any period of history, I just think about antibiotics".

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ashlinisme
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When this book came out, I absolutely knew I had to have it. I loved it, lost it, and had it returned. It's the best thing that can happen with a book. #supernaturalmysteries #maybookflowers

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callunakeep
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ While I enjoyed this book & was always happy to return to it, there were times when I felt like things just happened too easily. The main character goes from absolutely NOT believing AT ALL to being completely OPEN to belief & ACTION in the course of just a few paragraphs; & the ending just wrapped itself up quite nicely with not much more than the smallest amount of excitement. Still, it was a good book & I enjoyed it. #litsyatoz

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callunakeep
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Currently on audio ... I've been excited about this one for a while, hopefully it lives up to the hype I imposed on it! 😝🤓

moranadatter Ooh! Let me know how it is. This has been on my TBR list for awhile too. 3y
annahenke This is a favorite! @kmdartist 3y
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sprainedbrain
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Day 14 of #ReadJanuary

When judging a book by it's cover, I am sort of a sucker for different fonts used in one title.

#fortheloveoffonts

Mccall0113 Loved death of bees!! 3y
ephemeralwaltz That cover of The Girl from the Paradise Ballroom is beautiful!!! 3y
EllieDottie I love that too!! 3y
callunakeep @DiruVamp This book sounds fabulous!! 3y
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