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The Year of the Witching
The Year of the Witching | Alexis Henderson
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A young woman living in a rigid, puritanical society discovers dark powers within herself in this stunning, feminist fantasy debut. In the lands of Bethel, where the Prophet's word is law, Immanuelle Moore's very existence is blasphemy. Her mothers union with an outsider of a different race cast her once-proud family into disgrace, so Immanuelle does her best to worship the Father, follow Holy Protocol, and lead a life of submission, devotion, and absolute conformity, like all the other women in the settlement. But a mishap lures her into the forbidden Darkwood surrounding Bethel, where the first prophet once chased and killed four powerful witches. Their spirits are still lurking there, and they bestow a gift on Immanuelle: the journal of her dead mother, who Immanuelle is shocked to learn once sought sanctuary in the wood. Fascinated by the secrets in the diary, Immanuelle finds herself struggling to understand how her mother could have consorted with the witches. But when she begins to learn grim truths about the Church and its history, she realizes the true threat to Bethel is its own darkness. And she starts to understand that if Bethel is to change, it must begin with her.
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Bamazin
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A creepy walk in the woods and an unfortunate #dnf
I just couldn‘t get into and then got scared of being outside with the descriptions of the woods in the book 😂😂 #26

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eri.reads
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The Darkwood is off limits. It is said to be home to witches. When an outing goes away, Imanuelle is forced to venture into the woods and defy the Prophet. Will this leave her unfazed enough to continue in her life of submission and devotion to the Father? Or does this help her to realize just how wrong it is to be a woman in Bethel?

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sparrowssavvy
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Finished up this amazing read. This book was everything I wanted the tv show Salem to be. I loved the eerie ambience. I originally thought that this was historical fiction, but loved the originality of recreating similar religions and cultures. I found this book kept building and building and really nailed the ending. It unfolded in a great manner and the pacing really worked.

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FantasyChick
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Oh I definitely needed this book. Puritan, cultist, witchy, "Burn that shit to the ground" vibes. I couldn't put it down!

#bookspinbingo #aestheitcallymatched #jumpstart2022 #joyousjanuary @TheAromaofBooks @Lizpixie @Clwojick @Andrew65

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 4mo
Andrew65 Great 👏👏👏 Stacked. 4mo
Tera66 I loved it too 4mo
Clwojick Yes! You're the first to match this photo! great job! 4mo
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FantasyChick
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It appears we are stuck in our house today and the storm continues. That means the slow cooker is on, Movies being watched and lots of reading and puttering around to do.

Tagged #audiobook on while I make up some waffles for breakfast 😊

#SnowDay

Laughterhp Wow! That‘s a lot of snow! 4mo
AmyG That storm! Enjoy your snowy day. 4mo
deeannloso Holy cow! That‘s a lot of snow! 4mo
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JaneyWaneyB
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A brilliant, sinister tale of what happens when witch craft and religious fanaticism meet. I was hooked by the story and it had pace that kept you reading. It is dark, gory and a little horror but that made it a good read.

#Horror #Witches #Power #Feminism #Patriarchy #BookWitch #WitchyReads #BookNerd #Bookworm #InkDrinker #LibraryMouse #ReadersLiveAThousandLives #WeekendAllBooked

ddbookreviews Do you know about Readers favorite? They pay gor some reviews. 5mo
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Nik_reads
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Excellent story! Grabbed my attention from the first page and I couldn‘t put it down. Wanted a little more from the ending but I‘m like that with some books. Especially the ones I like because I‘m not ready for the story to end.

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JaneyWaneyB
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First morning commute in a while but I get to get stuck into this thrilling horror or so the cover says. Happy Hump Day Littens. Have a great day 😀

#ReadingCommuter #TrainJourney #Reader #BookWitch #InkDrinker #LibraryMouse #BookNerd #BookGeek #Books

thegirlwiththelibrarybag I‘m towards the end of my hump day - and I‘m finishing with gado gado from my favourite restaurant near work (we‘ve only just reopened to the public after lockdown) - happy reading! 6mo
JaneyWaneyB @thegirlwiththelibrarybag hope you enjoyed your gado gado 😊 6mo
thegirlwiththelibrarybag @JaneyWaneyB, sure did! and the curry puffs 😍 6mo
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Littlewolf1
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Here is my wrapup for October 2021. All in all it was a pretty good reading month, with pretty high reading marks on everything. Still some questioning regarding Soulless, but I‘ll have a better understanding of my feelings after the next book.

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Cazxxx
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🦇 The perfect day to start this book 🕷

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sleepy.ash87
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4/5
This was a fun read, especially for Halloween. It was engaging for a long time, then very exciting about 3/4 into the story. I would recommend this book. I don't think there was enough development around many of the characters, though. It was a great storyline and fun, but I think the author could have done better in that regard. I don't know. I'm also only just warming up to fantasy, so...? Send rec's if you have them!

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tracey38
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Very creepy, witchy book that isn't my usual read. But I enjoyed it for this October spooky season. It has the whole ugly patriarchal theme that is horrible and women suffering. But the storyline of Immanuel was intriguing.

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LaraS
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The pacing was a bit off for me on this book, but overall I enjoyed it - great witchy vibes for the season, perfect to curl up with under a blanket with a cup of tea! #screamathon #witchinthetitle

Artwork from:
https://www.deviantart.com/mimadeo/art/The-Old-Forest-756992372

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StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego
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A witchy read in the vein of The Handmaid's Tale, there was no way I wasn't going to love this book. Lots of creepy bits, and a strong female MC. #Screamathon @4thhouseontheleft

Jee_HookedOnBookz Love your bookmark! 7mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego @Jee_HookedOnBookz Thanks! It's a book tracker, but it's too pretty for me to write on. 7mo
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wanderinglynn
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#unpopularopinion but I didn‘t care for this book. Despite an intriguing premise, I found it basic and lackluster. Too many themes that are never adequately addressed. And that ending was utterly disappointing.

Book 15 for #Screamathon + week 3 hocus pocus
#SpookOWeen readathon
#roaringwolf – complete book during full moon

TheSpineView Hate when that happens. 📖📚🧙‍♀️ 7mo
wanderinglynn @TheSpineView yeah. But there‘s always more books! 📚📚📚😀 7mo
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Laughterhp Glad I bailed on this one last year. 7mo
wanderinglynn @Laughterhp I almost bailed but I kept thinking it would get better. Nope. I did skim more than half and had no problem understanding what was happening. It was that basic. 7mo
Roary47 Wow! You got all 6 challenges! Awesome job. 😍💛 7mo
CherMoreBooks I was wondering how this book was! Thank you for your review. The cover is stunning but I wasn‘t sure about it. 7mo
wanderinglynn @CherMoreBooks to be fair, I am in the minority. A lot of readers really liked it. 7mo
CherMoreBooks @wanderinglynn ah okay, good to know. Thanks 😊. 7mo
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Littlewolf1
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5⭐️ yes, yes and yes… this book was so good. It had a false accusations, conspiracy, political injustice, and seriously dark witches. I received this book last year one of my swaps, and finally got a chance to read it now. I‘m so mad at myself for waiting. I loved everything about the story. This is also my #bookspin for #bookspinbingo. #TeamHendrix #scarathlon2021 #scarathlon

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 7mo
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LadyCait84
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Fitting seasonal read with a strong feminist core.

Its setting - in both time and place - is fictional, but pulls strongly from historic influence (17th century Salem, the Crusades) as well as classic dystopian stories (Handmaid‘s Tale, for example).

Those who like witchy things, and/or have felt the burn of righteous fury over patriarchal injustices, should pick this one up.

sleepy.ash87 I just placed it on hold through my library. Can't wait to start! 7mo
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Nelnjali
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My #Screamathon reading is going well. I'm 2 for 2 on the challenges. The tagged was my book for last week's challenge. I plan on reading The Midwinter Witch for this week's challenge.

@4thhouseontheleft

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Nelnjali
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4.5🌟 This book was a fabulous creepy read. It has all of the magic and darkness one would expect from the title all wrapped up in a story that shows that it isn't always monsters that are the most horrifying. I think this book works well on its own, but I will definitely check out the sequel when it comes out.

#Screamathon - Challenge 2: Read a horror book by a female author of color @4thhouseontheleft
#Scarathlon
#Spookoween
#Necronomathon

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wanderinglynn
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#outstandingoctober

I aim to finish:
📚 the tagged for #Screamathon
📚 Sisters of the Snake for #bookspin
📚 Witches Steeped in Gold for #doublespin

Andrew65 Good luck 😊👍 7mo
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Nelnjali
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I'm achy and tired from everything I had to do today, but I get to end the day with a good book, my snuggly kitty, and companionable quiet with my partner, so all-in-all, I call today a win.

#Scarathlon

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Nelnjali
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I started reading this yesterday for the #Screamathon "Diversify your horror shelf" challenge, and I am loving it so far. I just want to read the day away, but alas, I have to work and have a mound of chores to do today.

Also reading for:
#Scarathlon
#SpookoweenReadathon
#Wickedathon
#Necronomathon

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Littlewolf1
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TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 8mo
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wanderinglynn
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#two4tuesday

1. No, but I am participating in #Screamathon2021 hosted by the awesome @4thhouseontheleft

2. So hard to choose! But I guess the tagged.

Thanks for the tag Lisa & Rachel 😘

Tagging: @Moonprismpower @AlaMich @MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm

TheSpineView You're welcome and Thanks for playing! 🖤🧛‍♂️🖤🧙‍♀️🖤🎃 8mo
Moonprismpower Are these scream or scareathons just like a reading challenge for the fall? 8mo
wanderinglynn @Moonprismpower #Scarathlon is a month-long team-based game where they watch movies & read books for points hosted by @Clwojick & @StayCurious - it had a sign-up because there are teams. 8mo
wanderinglynn @Moonprismpower #screamathon is hosted by @4thhouseontheleft & is a more casual reading challenge with weekly prompts. Much more low key than scarathlon. 8mo
4thhouseontheleft @Moonprismpower Here is a link to the #Screamathon Google From if you are interested! It is a low key challenge, kind of make what you want of it 😃. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1EFRjCTeEvr3FO_WMecKCAkoiuB8jlArb1DBLi-tvuqE/edi... 8mo
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brittanythebookdragon
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A little culty. A little witchy. A little Salem Witch Trials-eque. A whole lot of badass woman. And fuck the patriarchy!

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wanderinglynn
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#littensdressedinblood

My fall TBR stack.

This will be added to as the fall challenges start.

MidnightBookGirl That is a gorgeous stack! 9mo
DinoMom Nice stack! 9mo
wanderinglynn Thanks! ☺️ @MidnightBookGirl @DinoMom It‘s going to be a fun fall! 📚🍁👻 9mo
tracey38 Great stack! 9mo
wanderinglynn Thanks @tracey38 ☺️ 9mo
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Tera66
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#Maycharacters #Marginal
@Eggs & @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Immanuelle Moore has carried the stains of her parents sins her entire life, her parents union was forbidden by her strict religious community of Bethel. Her father was an outsider and executed while her mother fled into the woods. Immanuelle did everything she could to fit in and and follow the rules, but she was always treated as an outsider.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Awww sounds sad 😞 12mo
Tera66 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks It is...but then we have witches, then its scary😂 12mo
Eggs Great choice 🖤📚❤️ 12mo
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SilverShanica
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I am posting one book per day from my to-be-read collection. No description and providing no reason for wanting to read it, I just do. Some will be old, some will be new - don‘t judge me I have a lot of books.
Join the fun if you want. This is day 123.
#bookstoread
#tbrpile
#bookstagram

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Jgacreations
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Slow at first but def held my attention. Long read but good.

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CharismaRaven13
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Almost done reading this book and it‘s such a beautiful, tense, unique and eerie written book. It‘s a dark and dramatic tale of oppression and rebellion, ideology and morality. “A young woman named Immanuelle Moore, lives in a rigid, puritanical society when she discovers dark powers within herself.”

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Addison_Reads
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#TBRDeckofCards @Clwojick

I really enjoyed this one! ? There were some sections that felt a little slow, and things tended to just get "figured out" quickly by the main character without any real struggle, but overall I enjoyed it.

I loved the characters and the setting. I listened to the audiobook and felt it really helped to create the atmosphere and tone.

I'm excited to see what happens in the next book. ?

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Gissy
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Feb #DoubleSpin this is about a puritanical community with misogyny religious believes and traditions. I didn‘t like much the end but still love this story full of action, mystery, suspense, paranormal and some romance. It is about prophesies, visions, lies, betrayals, curses and witches. Love the cover😱3.9⭐️Love author acknowledgements specially when she mentioned her mom. Someone told me about a sequel, is that true? Thanks @Chrissyreadit ⬇️

Gissy @TheAromaofBooks
I finished this one yesterday ##20in4Readathon
@Andrew65
#Historathon (YouTube) prompt-HF with sub-genre
(edited) 1y
Chrissyreadit @Gissy would you make a post of your 5 star reads? 1y
Gissy @Chrissyreadit I can but I don‘t have many 5⭐️Books. I‘m not an expert but I think 5⭐️is something extraordinary in creativity and language. But that is my subjective opinion. Many books had won awards and some of them are not necessarily the most popular one. Many books in movies or TV series not necessarily have great ratings. Some of my 5⭐️Are classics: like Crime & Punishment, I loved King Lear, Cancer Pavilion, some books of Voltaire, (edited) 1y
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Gissy Chekhov Short stories, etc But my 4⭐️ And 4.5 are special because of the language, or the topic. I know, I‘m not “normal@🤣 @Chrissyreadit 1y
Chrissyreadit @Gissy yes- it‘s because it is so rare for you that I am so curious to see them 1y
Gissy @Chrissyreadit ☺️But I‘m so sentimental with my books because even if I didn‘t like them much, it is so hard for me to unhaul them, maybe because I‘m in love with the cover or maybe because there were parts that I enjoyed or adored. This month I definitely not going to unhaul any, not the so-so ones neither the Pan one. They will stay with me🤗I unhaul those that I know I will never re-read them at all for many circumstances. 1y
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 1y
Chrissyreadit @Gissy you made me laugh- and my whole body hurts from the vaccine! 🤣 1y
Bookzombie It looks like this will be a series. I didn‘t realize that until after I read it. The second book has a December publication date now. 🙂 1y
Gissy @Bookzombie Thank you for let me know. So excited. I hope they don‘t change the cover much, you know how publishers are🙄She changed the name of the year...so let‘s see if something happens a year later...🧐 1y
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CortexVortex
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This book reminds me of Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale but with a magical spin: a religious society located at the edge of an enchanted forest and governed by powerful prophets with multiple wives, some of whom are in their teens. I thought the protagonist was well-developed, and the story was persuasive.

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Jgotham
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“From the light came the Father. From the darkness, the mother. That is both the beginning and the end.”

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Jgotham
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This book started out good but I wasn‘t crazy about it. It‘s my own personal faults but I was hoping for a more focused telling of the stories of the 4 witches. How they got accused, maybe Immanuelle seeing that they weren‘t “evil women” and I wanted her to join them to destroy the church and patriarchy, not kill the most interesting characters. I just wanted more strong women! But I guess it‘s a series. I will probably still try book 2 tho

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The beginning of chapter 16.

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Lauren890
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2 A girl lives in a puritanical society plus witches. Oddly, this book was just what I needed. It‘s dark and only slightly creepy. It has a good heroine to root for and is well written. I found it well paced and not very predictable. I‘m grateful this was recommended by myTBR bibliologist because I‘m not sure I‘d have picked it up otherwise! #getTBR

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Bookzombie
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This one is on sale today for $1.99. It looks like it‘s the same for Kindle, Apple, B&N (Nook?), and Kobo.

This was a pick for me last year. I didn‘t realize it was the beginning of a series, but I‘m really interested in next one, which is coming out in 2022.

katy4peas Oo thanks! 1y
readordierachel I also didn't know this was the start of a series and was a bit disappointed when I read it. I feel like the marketing didn't make that clear. Might have altered my experience a bit! 1y
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cleoh
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Do you ever pick up a book and just KNOW it‘s going be 5 stars? That‘s hope I feel about The Year of The Witching and I‘m honestly kicking myself for not reading it sooner 😂 I‘m only about 100 pages in, but I‘m so hoping it only gets better!

thewallflower0707 It‘s on my TBR, but I‘ve read some conflicting reviews 😬. Looking forward to what you think about the ending 😌. 1y
cleoh @thewallflower0707 ooh interesting, I‘ve only heard good things! I know it‘s supposed to be the first in a series? (edited) 1y
cleoh @thewallflower0707 wow do I have questions about that ending - I think I liked it enough to read the sequel? 1y
KarouBlue This book def gives you that 5 ⭐️ feeling! 1y
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Chrissyreadit
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I have the Secret Keeper too- and that rounds out the books I will commit to from my #newyearwhodis list. My goal is one a month.

Librarybelle Yay! 1y
monalyisha Such an appealing little stack! ✨ 1y
LibrarianBanana Currently listening to Mexican Gothic and I absolutely love the narrator! 1y
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Pogue
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This was an interesting audiobook about Misogyny and religious control. It was not an easy book to listen to but it was a good book.

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Pogue
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Audio crochet and it is done. The Seahawks blanket is done! #audiocrochet #crochet

CoveredInRust Beautiful! 😍😍😍 1y
MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm It turned out great! 👏❤️ 1y
Pogue @CoveredInRust thank you! It took 2 years to make that. 1y
Pogue @MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm thank you. I hope the person it is for likes it. 1y
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NicoleCeBallos
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I'm a big fan of this! It was the perfect book for Halloween and I really wish I had read it in October. Immanuelle wanders into the cursed woods by her town and meets the 4 witches who almost destoryed her town years ago. She accidentally puts into motion their curses and must find a way to stop them before the town all dies.

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Jen2
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Really good!

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Lizpixie
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Wow, I‘ve read some good books in the past few months! This was fantastic, it kinda reminded me of that movie, The Village? It has the same 1700s zealots feel to it, with witches and haunted forests, prophets & burnings. It‘s not a sunny book, it‘s very dark but well worth reading. I loved it, it ended on an open end so I‘m hoping for a sequel. Please?? 5⭐️

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Librarybelle
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I was blown away by this debut novel, set in a polygamous puritanical society, where the Darkwood is forbidden, witches are a thing, and one girl discovers the demons that live inside oneself. It‘s horrific and graphic in parts, yet the writing is so beautiful and entrancing. I devoured this in just a few sittings - given my limited free time at the moment, that‘s saying something for sure! Thanks to #NetGalley and the publisher for the #ARC .

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wanderinglynn
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#two4tuesday

1. The books I received for #basicwitchswap and #allhallowsreadswap including the tagged
2. No, but my Bookshop.org cart is full. I just have to narrow it down. 😉

Thanks for the tag @The_Penniless_Author

Have you played? @Megabooks @BehindthePages @JennyM @LiteraryinLititz @Reggie

Megabooks I have played! I can‘t wait for my Christmas #persephonebooks. Thanks for the tag! 💜 2y
TheSpineView Thanks for playing! 👍😊 2y
JennyM Thanks for the tag😊 2y
BehindthePages Thank you for the tag!!! 2y
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EliNeedsMoreShelves
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#weeklyforecast I have SO many books to dig into this week. The top row are books I've started; middle row are my #LMPBC and #KidsPickMyBooks selections; and bottom row are my #bookspin and #doublespin books. So much good reading!!

@Cinfhen