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Rooms (Bound for Schools & Libraries)
Rooms (Bound for Schools & Libraries) | Lauren Oliver
A spellbinding tale of guilt, love, and family secrets from New York Times bestselling author Lauren OliverEstranged patriarch Richard Walker has just died, leaving behind a country house full of rooms packed with the detritus of a lifetime. His alienated family bitter ex-wife Caroline, troubled teenage son Trenton, and unforgiving daughter Minna have arrived for their inheritance.But the Walkers are not alone. Alice and Sandra, two long-dead and restless ghosts, linger within the house's claustrophobic walls, bound eternally to its physical structure. Jostling for space and memory, they observe the family, trading barbs and reminiscences about their past lives. Though their voices cannot be heard, Alice and Sandra speak through the house itself in the hiss of the radiator, a creak in the stairs, the dimming of a light bulb.The living and dead are haunted by painful truths that surface with explosive force. When a new ghost appears, and Trenton begins to communicate with her, the spirit and human worlds collide with cataclysmic results.Elegantly constructed and brilliantly paced, Rooms is an enticing and imaginative ghost story and a searing family drama that is as haunting as it is resonant."
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Vivlio_Gnosi
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@megzlynn pulling out the curiosity!
With lines like:
"However, this year will be different."
And
"Now, years later, I am glad to finally have my hands on a copy."
How can you not want to check out her latest blog post?
https://readinginthewildwood.com/2019/10/12/hauntingly-good-ghost-stories/
#Halloween #ghosts

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megzlynn
Rooms | Lauren Oliver
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Ghost stories are some of my favorite paranormal stories. Here are some of my favorites.

https://readinginthewildwood.com/2019/10/12/hauntingly-good-ghost-stories/

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Rissa1
Rooms | Lauren Oliver
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Clwojick This was a good one! 1mo
Linsy Love that cover! 1mo
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TheLudicReader
Rooms | Lauren Oliver
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Pickpick

My first book of 2019...a melancholy story about ghosts, secrets and family. Beautifully written and thoughtful. I really enjoyed it.

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Monique
Rooms | Lauren Oliver
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Pickpick

Oliver's writing style is elegant, haunting, and a bit distant, like wind in the trees. I loved the shifting perspectives and the slow piecing together of everyone's hidden hurts. The ending is lovely and hugely satisfying as everything clicks together and the last of the secrets are let loose.

The skill Oliver shows in creating a rich atmosphere caused me to feel a lot of peripheral discomfort that haunted me long after I put the book down.

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Morr_Books
Rooms | Lauren Oliver
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Just started this one, but I just can't continue tonight. I'm calling it quits with the #readathon at 19 hours. I didn't do as well this time. Too many distractions, but I did complete a physical book, an ebook and an audiobook. I'm quite happy with that. Good luck to everyone who is continuing. You got this!

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NatalieR
Rooms | Lauren Oliver
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Mehso-so

Not a fan of this one and I‘m bummed about it. I just didn‘t care much about the characters or how the story was told. It has potential to be a really good ghost story. 👻 #MountTBR #Halloween #LivingDeadDolls #Signed

Macnjen Agree, I had high hopes for that one and it‘s fell a bit flat for me. 14mo
inthegreensandblues That doll is fantastic! 14mo
NatalieR @inthegreensandblues Thanks! 🎃 14mo
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Morr_Books
Rooms | Lauren Oliver
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Thank you so much @dariazeoli !!! I already sent your letter or I would have thanked you in that format as well. Hopefully I can return the kindness soon! #jb

dariazeoli So glad it got to you safely! Hope you enjoy it ☺️ (edited) 1y
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biblio_ginger
Rooms | Lauren Oliver
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"Sometimes on hot days I'd go to the store just to bend down and put my face over the lettuce and inhale, let the water hit the back of my neck and shoulders, and pretend I was nothing but a cabbage, or a flower in a greenhouse- with nothing to do but be cared for."

I love that, especially the "nothing to do but be cared for. " bit. ?

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hipney
Rooms | Lauren Oliver
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Mehso-so

so so for me

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SBoos
Rooms | Lauren Oliver
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Found on the clearance rack and selected because the dust jacket was bold and enticing. Actually ended up enjoying this one quite a bit. Tasteful blending of the supernatural with the complexities of a splintered family.

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Teakillamockingbird
Rooms | Lauren Oliver
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Day 6 (late) Colours. Here are some of my blue books #booksandshelfiesM18 #blue @Amabear sorrybim a few days out. Xx

Amabear I fell behind too! I always remember after my boy is sleeping and all my books are in his room haha! 2y
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GinEyre22
Rooms | Lauren Oliver
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My dad was admitted to the hospital on Sunday and I've been dealing with a stomach virus - clearly I'm not having a great week. So the arrival of this thoughtful Valentines package from @Smangela really made my day!
Thank you! ❤️

TrishB Hope all is well soon. 2y
Smangela Oh my, Sarah! I will be thinking healing thoughts for your dad! Hang in there :) 😘 I‘m glad it found its way to you safely! 2y
Smangela Oh yea haha I think I threw an essential oil in there that I like and forgot to put a note about it 🤦🏻‍♀️ did I? If I did I‘m pretty sure I sent you Joy - it‘s my favorite favorite and makes me so happy when I smell it :) 2y
Jas16 I hope you and your dad are both feeling better soon. 2y
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cleoh
Rooms | Lauren Oliver
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Ah the travel gods strike again! I‘m flying to BC from NB for the holidays today and am currently stranded in Vancouver waiting for my flight to Victoria, which has now been delayed twice 😂 there are many unhappy people at Guest Services, while I am just happy I packed more than one book in my carry on!

Cinfhen Safe travels ✈️ 2y
cleoh @Cinfhen thank you! 2y
TrishB Don‘t know what those initials are - but safe journey 😁 2y
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ValerieAndBooks Travel safe and stay warm!! 2y
cleoh @TrishB New Brunswick to British Columbia! Canadian Litten at your service 🙋🏻‍♀️ thank you 😊 2y
cleoh @ValerieAndBooks the airport I‘m stuck in has the heating on full blast 😂 thanks 😊 (edited) 2y
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[DELETED] 206653737
Rooms | Lauren Oliver
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Still on my TBR but came to mind for 👻 #uncannyoctober

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slategreyskies
Rooms | Lauren Oliver
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On sale today! Just in time for Halloween! 🎃 👻 🍁 🦇

Jess7 Done. Thanks for the heads up 2y
slategreyskies @jess7 no problem! :) 2y
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PrezBookster
Rooms | Lauren Oliver
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Andrea4
Rooms | Lauren Oliver
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Pickpick

"Oh the secrets these walls could tell" is brought to life by Oliver. Ghosts, especially The Past, abound, watching, waiting, unlocking secrets room by room.
As a story that begins with fire and which, in truth, feels like it might burst into a roaring fire at any moment, it is the most appropriate for "fire" on my #autumnbingo card. @Tiffy_Reads

Clwojick Really enjoyed this one. 🙈 2y
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Andrea4
Rooms | Lauren Oliver
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This book is full of #ghastlyghosts even miniature breath ghosts!
#hallowreads
@Tiffy_Reads @JoeStalksBeck

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PrezBookster
Rooms | Lauren Oliver
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I am hoping this is a good Halloween Read...

laurenlovesliterature That Minna was such a hoe! 2y
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Andrea4
Rooms | Lauren Oliver
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"Monstrous," Minna says. "Absolutely monstrous. It looks like a vulva."

?technically more than 1 sentence but it stands alone as its own paragraph so I thought the full quotation was worth it.

#litsybookgame @maich

LiteraryinLititz James is all too familiar with this kind of forgetting. 2y
Andrea4 @LiteraryinLititz that could be funny or tragic depending on context... 2y
maich LOL 😂😂 2y
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Andrea4
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Andrea4
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llwheeler This book sounds creepy 2y
Andrea4 @llwheeler I'm suuuuuuper enjoying it and so far not terribly creepy except maybe for this kid with too much suicidal/homicidal intention for my liking... 2y
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Clwojick
Rooms | Lauren Oliver
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Pickpick

Finished this audiobook tonight, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It took me a while to get through, as it's been a very busy week, but I'm glad I renewed it because it was very intriguing, especially towards the end. I quite liked the characters, and will definitely be suggesting this book to friends.

Rachellynnwright The paper copy is fun to read too, for the mixed media aspect! 2y
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Clwojick
Rooms | Lauren Oliver
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Heading to bed with my headphones in and a new audiobook going. Hopefully this one is good. 👻👻

BookBabe Oooh! I'm a sucker for a good ghost story! Stacking! 2y
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Angelala007
Rooms | Lauren Oliver
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Pickpick

Lauren Oliver is a clever writer. The characters in this book made me cringe, and feel genuine concern. I'm looking forward to reading more of her work.

L_auren I loved this book!!! I friend recommended her YA book Before I Fall which I also enjoyed. Reading this made me want her to publish more adult though. 2y
Angelala007 @L_auren this is the first of hers for me. I will definitely read more but I'm pretty sure I will feel the same as you! 2y
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bookishsanctuary
Rooms | Lauren Oliver
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While I loved Vanishing Girls and Panic, I didn't really like Rooms that much. I can't pinpoint wxactly what it was that I didn't like but it just didn't draw me in.

jrosewordsmith This is so pretty! 2y
bookishsanctuary @jrosewordsmith thank you 🌸💕 2y
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Brinx
Rooms | Lauren Oliver
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Mehso-so

It was an okay read. There were times of suspense but the story unfolded and…that's it. If you are reading through heavily analytical novels, this is a nice break from those.

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Serenity_Within86
Rooms | Lauren Oliver
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I really enjoyed this book.

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TheLibrarian
Rooms | Lauren Oliver
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Apologies for posting so much tonight but so many challenges! #redbooks #17booklove

Aluciddreamstate Oooo...looking at ur shelves in the background I know we would be the best of friends 😀 I see palanauk, Ellis, and selby 3y
EllieDottie Ha! I feel the same way I think I've posted more tonight than any other day! But there are so many great challenges! 3y
monkeygirlsmama So many beautiful red books. 3y
Jerseygirldani I adored the Bloodsucking Fiends series. So much fun! I love your taste in books!!! 3y
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Em_Shotwell
Rooms | Lauren Oliver
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Mehso-so

Okay. I hate giving bad reviews. I just don't do it. I didn't enjoy this book- HOWEVER the writing was superb. The author proves yet again that she has a way with words. The story itself wasn't my cup of tea. It's not that anything was wrong with it, but it when I was finished, I was relieved. The characters made me sad. Many had no redeeming qualities and just felt like morally ambiguous people (at best) or simply bad people (at worst).

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wanderlustywriter
Rooms | Lauren Oliver
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This was a weird, sad, disturbing, beautiful little novel. It was really different from everything else Oliver has ever written, which is perhaps why people who are used to her work weren't fans, but I really liked it. It was beautifully written, of course, with shifting narrators and a tremendous amount of subtlety as well as misdirection, which made it a bit hard to follow at times, but it came together nicely in the end. 7/10 ⭐️

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Em_Shotwell
Rooms | Lauren Oliver
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Okay okay...everyone is giving it a meh... But so far I'm enjoying it. It is slow, but it holds my interest and I don't mind a slower pace. I'm going to finish and then will share my review. 😬 we shall see...

PrezBookster I want to be in that picture! Beautiful! 2y
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wanderlustywriter
Rooms | Lauren Oliver
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Left my other book at my friend's house 😁 so until I get it back I'm reading this. Excited despite the meh reviews mostly because I love Oliver's writing!

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Em_Shotwell
Rooms | Lauren Oliver
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Just snagged this hardcover copy from B&N for $5. Going into the never ending #TBR pile. I love this red cover. Gorgeous!

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intothehallofbooks
Rooms | Lauren Oliver
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Mehso-so

This story has slow pacing + multiple POV's. I like the characters just fine, but never felt a deep connection to this cast (possibly because it takes a while to piece together character backstories). Of all the POV's, I think Alice the ghost + Trenton the son are probably my favorites.

Tried this in print + audio but I dropped the audio: too many POV's. Full cast though, if that's your thing.

Not bad, not great. Just moving onto the next story.

Bette I like Oliver normally, I totally agree: not bad, not great. I was kind of: so what? on the last page. 3y
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MissCarrieLou
Rooms | Lauren Oliver
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Soooo I'm only on page 16 and I already am pretty meh about it. Has anyone read this and loved it? Think I'm going to take a break from it for now!

scripturient I didn't exactly love it but liked it. It didn't leave a very lasting impression though. :) 3y
JacqMac I liked it, but it was a little slow. No lasting impression here either. 3y
MissCarrieLou @scripturient @JacqMac Thanks guys! Definitely setting it aside for now. :) 3y
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InLibrisVeritas
Rooms | Lauren Oliver
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Mehso-so

Finally finished! I'm not sure why this story just didn't pull me in. The writing was fine. The story was there...but I just didn't care. I'm left feeling nothing but relief that this will be one less book on my shelves. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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InLibrisVeritas
Rooms | Lauren Oliver
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This book makes me feel like I'm turning pages in something that never ends. The page numbers are getting larger but other than that I feel like I've been stuck in the dead center of the book for days

HiddenGemBooks I hate that feeling 😕 3y
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InLibrisVeritas
Rooms | Lauren Oliver
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I find that I'm having a hard time getting through this one now. Oh to handle the curse of being a mood reader. I seriously have to finish books quickly or I run the risk of staring at it, unfinished, for months. Going to try and avoid that, and get more reading in during the daylight hours.

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InLibrisVeritas
Rooms | Lauren Oliver
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I love the way this is told, and the use of the ghosts. Though I may switch back over to Shutter and finish that one today.

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InLibrisVeritas
Rooms | Lauren Oliver
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Started this one about an hour ago. So far I like it, it's kind of depressing but Oliver's writing is fantastic.

OSChamberlain Love the cover 😱 and I don't know what it says about me but depressing stories are my favorite! 3y
InLibrisVeritas @OSChamberlain The cover is gorgeous! I tend to stay away from them, but I love reading them too! 3y
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Macnjen
Rooms | Lauren Oliver
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Pickpick

Just started this and already it's quite fun! Has anyone read this yet?

Lady.Literary I just finished this book. I loved it!! 3y
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Lady.Literary
Rooms | Lauren Oliver
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Pickpick

I loved this book. The narrators tell a sad and haunting story of the lives they once lived and the redemption the didn't know they needed.

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SomberSnail
Rooms | Lauren Oliver
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Halfway through and SO GOOD that I want to read while I'm driving. But I won't. I don't want to join Sandra and Alice that badly.