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The Witches
The Witches: Salem, 1692 | Stacy Schiff
The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Cleopatra, the #1 national bestseller, unpacks the mystery of the Salem Witch Trials.It began in 1692, over an exceptionally raw Massachusetts winter, when a minister's daughter began to scream and convulse. It ended less than a year later, but not before 19 men and women had been hanged and an elderly man crushed to death. The panic spread quickly, involving the most educated men and prominent politicians in the colony. Neighbors accused neighbors, parents and children each other. Aside from suffrage, the Salem Witch Trials represent the only moment when women played the central role in American history. In curious ways, the trials would shape the future republic.As psychologically thrilling as it is historically seminal, THE WITCHES is Stacy Schiff's account of this fantastical story-the first great American mystery unveiled fully for the first time by one of our most acclaimed historians.
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AnotherAngstyTeen
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I would highly recommend this to history junkies and fans of The Crucible. It is beyond informative, recounting the Salem witch trials with close attention to detail and beautiful writing. Whether you‘re reading for pleasure or for a high school lit class, you will appreciate it. It may get boring at times, but the book leaves you feeling more informed of the dark time in history.

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Carla
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I think I have found the source for That Line in the horror movie The Witch: “Dost thou wish to live deliciously?”
71-year-old Amesbury widow Susannah Martin was accused by a man from Salisbury of witchcraft. He said she offered him the devil‘s book to sign so that he would receive “all the delectable things, person, and places that he could imagine”.

Dost thou wish butter? And fine dresses? Dost thou wish to live deliciously? #horror #history

VioletBramble In Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (Netflix) the witches have on a few occasions described their satan given powers as delicious. I didn‘t realize that was a witchy thing. 1w
Carla Another reference! @violetbramble I need to watch Sabrina. I have read the first 2 issues of the comic it is based upon and have enjoyed it so far. (edited) 1w
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mklong
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@Catsandbooks oh my goodness, thank you so much for my #BasicWitchSwap package! I love everything and you have given me all I need for a perfect cozy Halloween! I‘ll be curling up with the tagged book, in my new cozy socks, with a glass of red wine, and candles burning on this chilly, rainy Halloween. Thank you!!

Huge thank you too to @sprainedbrain and @Meaw_catlady for organizing such a fun swap!!

BethM Those socks! 2mo
Meaw_catlady Ooh sounds so cozy! Happy Halloween 🖤 2mo
Catsandbooks So glad you like everything! I had so much fun finding stuff! Happy Halloween! 🧡🖤 2mo
sprainedbrain Awesome gifts! Happy Halloween to you! 🎃 2mo
mklong @catsandbooks @sprainedbrain @meaw_catlady Happy Halloween to you too! Thank you for making this one so much fun! 2mo
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FantasyChick
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1. Wicked Witch of the East
2. Maleficent
3. Jadis
4. Glinda
5. Sabrina
6. Samantha
7. Wicked Witch of the West
8. Ursula
9. Tia Dalma
10. The Pendle Witch Child
11. Winifred, Sarah, Mary
12. Grimhilde
13. Melisandre
14. Cher, Michelle Pfeiffer, Susan Sarandon
15. Bewitched

#scarathlon #teamslaughter @Clwojick

Clwojick 🙌 🙌 🙌 🙌 🙌 2mo
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VioletBramble
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#screamathonphotochallenge
#witchy
@4thhouseontheleft

Here‘s a small sample of witch related fiction and nonfiction from my TBR shelf. Most of them have been there for a while now.

4thhouseontheleft Almost all of these are on my tbr! 2mo
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kd_lawson
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“Salem is in part a story of what happens when a set of unanswerable questions meets a set of unquestioned answers.”

Mariposa_Bookworm I just bought this two days ago at work! 2mo
kd_lawson @Mariposa_Bookworm Awesome! I really enjoyed it. 2mo
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Tex2Flo
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Without being too literal, midway through the history of the Salem trials, Schiff starts really poking fun.
#spooktober #witches @Eggs
“Meanwhile, most of Essex County seemed to be flying through the air, on very crowded sticks.”

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Meaw_catlady
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Here‘s my drawing for #inktober for today the prompt was witch! Pretty happy with how it came out. This process has really helped with my creativity and drawing skills. Loving getting to do spooky and witchy themed drawings ! #basicwitchswap #witches

wanderinglynn Great job! 👍🏻 2mo
Meaw_catlady @wanderinglynn thanks love 💕 2mo
DaveGreen7777 I love it! It‘s so hypnotic! 🤩🤩🤩 2mo
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sprainedbrain Love it! 2mo
Meaw_catlady @DaveGreen7777 ooh yes that‘s what I was going for!! 2mo
Meaw_catlady @sprainedbrain thanks sister!‘ 😊🖤😊 2mo
JoScho Looks amazing! 🖤🔮 2mo
Meaw_catlady @joscho thanks so much love !! 🖤💕 2mo
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Tex2Flo
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I‘m glad I started this early in the month because this heavily researched and extremely detailed book is taking a long time to get through. Densely packed pages of small print and smaller footnotes! It‘s taken me DAYS to get 1/3 way done.

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Carla
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Plans for Saturday: reading The Witches in tandem with my best friend, Joshua—we have started our own little two-person long-distance book club—organizing my planner, spending some time in my reading journal, and organizing my podcast planning notebook, and reading for episode 53 of There Might Be Cupcakes podcast—the second episode on the Three Mothers series (Suspiria, etc.) of horror movies. Gonna be a good nerdy day. 🧁 🎧 #podcast

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Meaw_catlady
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Witches, wizards, Yogi‘s, goddesses, children of the moon! Only 2 more days to sign up for this witchy swap! #basicwitchswap don‘t miss out! join us!
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSckjsmgphBlkftGRGgacz8QY3x2lC4M7bbYLdkE...

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MatschMomma
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Pickpick

Interesting read.

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StaceyKondla
Witches: Salem, 1692 | Stacy Schiff
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I am hardcore on a non-fiction audiobook jag - this one is up next 👍

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youneverarrived
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Bit reading time on the train back to Newcastle. Actually going to be sociable tonight 😩😂

This book is so fascinating! It‘s dense with information & it‘s not always easy to keep the names in order but I don‘t want to put it down. I loved her other book on Cleopatra, too.

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Ericalambbrown
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So I finished this bonkers book tonight. 😳 It‘s a pick for me, though it may not be for everyone. It‘s a “just the facts” sort of history book that may bore some as a textbook would. But I would argue it‘s an excellent and pretty well annotated resource if you are looking for information that isn‘t additionally sensationalized (the folks at the time did enough of that themselves). Just don‘t expect sexy ladies in bathtubs 😉

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Lizpixie
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#BookMail Pt7 The 2nd last book from last week is a non fiction about the Salem Witch trials in 1692. I love witches, ever since I was a kid when my favorite tv show was Bewitched. So when I saw all the great reviews for this I had to get it. After this week, the book mail will be almost nonexistent unfortunately. The hubby, who knows how much reading means to me & is happy to fund me, has had a mild fit about the #MountTBRStacksOfDoom🙇🏻‍♀️

Crazeedi I've been looking at this one 7mo
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Christinak
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“Cotton Mather spoke to the same fears in 1690, when he preached on New England in a state of “distress and danger as it never saw before.” His was a law-enforcing, discipline-endorsing address; in their sins and discontents they had brought down “whole armies of Indians and Gallic blood #hounds.” The authorities had failed in protecting the flock.”

#QuotsyMar19 #31DaysOfNonFiction

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MoonWitch94
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Bailedbailed

I LOVE me a witch book, especially a historical one. Since I was a child I have been fascinated by the Salem Witch Trials. This book was SUCH a disappointment! I bailed because it was more textbook than anything and 200 pages in I had learned nothing new. Should‘ve known since it was on the $5 Deal table at Barnes & Noble.

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GypsyKat
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These are a few of the books that we got at B&N today. #BookHaul

Birdsong28 The Witches is such a good book! 😘📚📖 9mo
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Kimberlone
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We are the granddaughters of the witches you could not burn.

#InternationalWomensDay

megzlynn I love that 9mo
youneverarrived 🖤🖤 9mo
Librarybelle Love it! 9mo
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sprainedbrain Oooooh! Love! ❤️ 9mo
Kimberlone @megzlynn @youneverarrived @Librarybelle @sprainedbrain thank you! It was a gift from my sister @saknicole. I know she found it on the internet but I don‘t know where... 9mo
sprainedbrain Oh thank you for the link! I‘m totally getting one. 😃 9mo
youneverarrived Thanks for the link 😘 9mo
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Librarybelle
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1692, in what is could kind of be considered #TheSuburbs of modern day Boston, a group of young girls started accusing townspeople of Salem of witchcraft. What transpired from that led to hundreds of accusations in the Boston area. #TimbitTunes

Cinfhen I‘m so curious about this piece of history. Although I‘ve seen mixed reviews on this particular book. 10mo
Librarybelle @Cinfhen I‘ve read parts of this particular book and had to put it down to read other books for various reasons. It‘s not narrative nonfiction. It‘s definitely a drier narrative. 10mo
TheKidUpstairs I've got this one on my TBR. I've heard that it's a dry read, as you said, rather than narrative, so I need to be in the right mood to read it! 10mo
Lauram I made it through this one a few years ago and find that I appreciate it more now that a few years have passed. @Cinfhen @Librarybelle @TheKidUpstairs (edited) 10mo
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Monica5
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Mehso-so

Taking cold medicine that puts you to sleep causes you forever to finish a book. Finished taking Medicine, yesterday, and finished book today.

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Monica5
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Been sick with cold. Went to Dr Tuesday and feeling better today. Of course, it helps when you sleep all day, which I did yesterday. Plan on reading after I run some errands this morning.

Jee_HookedOnBookz Feel better soon! ❤️❤️ 11mo
LizzieChantree Get well soon. 11mo
Monica5 @LizzieChantree Thank you 11mo
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Monica5
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Had this from the library for awhile. The Salem Witch trails have always fascinated me. Hoping this book is good. Looking at past litsy's that have read it, not so sure it will be good, but I am going to give it a go.

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HighLadyoftheStacks
Bailedbailed

I‘ve been attempting to finish this book for a year and as it‘s now 2019 I‘m calling it. Gotta start the year off right.

Bookzombie I bailed on this one too. I thought it was just all over the place. I was bummed. 11mo
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Victoriahoperose
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Panpan

Not a fan of this one. I feel like honestly it was unnecessary. It‘s nothing I haven‘t read in history textbooks or The Crucible. I was hoping it would have something unique. But, not so much.

IamIamIam I got this as a gift and I had a seriously difficult time getting into it. 11mo
Victoriahoperose @IamIamIam agreed. I thought it would bring something original and was disappointed that it didn‘t! 11mo
IamIamIam I remember being really confused at the beginning and it wasn't in a way that made me curious. LOL 11mo
Amiable I agree. I wanted to like it, but it was a slog to get through. 11mo
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QuoteQueen
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Reading at my daughter‘s Twirling practice when I stumble upon the author quoting Harry Potter. 😊

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Amiable
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Mehso-so

I wanted to like this book more than I did. There was a lot of interesting information about the Salem Witch Trials of 1692, but it was written in such a way that it was a slog to get through it all. 3 stars, but barely.

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aquariusnat
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Pickpick

This was a really interesting history book . The author did great job with her research . Glad I read it .

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QuoteQueen
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Got some reading in while my daughter had Twirling rehearsal. 😊

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QuoteQueen
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October has been CRAZY busy but I finally got a chance to read while I await Costco to open.

I love how the book reads like a ghost story or thriller!

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bookishunicorn
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Mehso-so

Okay, I'm not completely done with this one, but I've gotta put it down for now....which I hate doing.....because it's a very slow read. The Salem Witch Trials have always fascinated me, and this book is chock full of information, however the length and layout of the chapters make it difficult for me to stick with for too long. I will come back to it though. I just can't bail on a book.....it's not in my nature 😊

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BethM
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@monalyisha as promised here‘s the close up of the mug. You can‘t tell that all the hats are different colors.

monalyisha Haha! 💖 Thanks for the detailed shot! ☕️ 13mo
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BethM
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4/4 #witchpleaseswap this is one of my favorite things ever! Molded beeswax witch with cinnamon EO that's supposed to last a lifetime 😱

Chrissyreadit I am so glad you like it! This artisan stand was one of my favorites at a heritage craft show! 14mo
laurenbescoby That is spectacular! 14mo
Avanders 😍😍😍 14mo
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Wife Super cool! 😍 14mo
Callemarie Beth your next coffeebean bookswap is on it's way to you! 14mo
BethM @Callemarie 👍 14mo
ReadingRover That‘s so cool!!! 13mo
monalyisha HOW. FREAKING. COOL. 🖤😍 13mo
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BethM
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3/4 #witchpleaseswap adore all these local goodies!

monalyisha What a bounty! I‘d love to see a close-up of that super-cool looking mug! ☕️ Also, YUM. Popcorn! 🤤 14mo
Chrissyreadit 🖤🧡🖤🧡🖤🧡 14mo
Chrissyreadit @monalyisha this was my favorite swap shopping ever! 14mo
monalyisha @Chrissyreadit I‘m so happy you enjoyed it! I really did, too. 🖤 Thanks for letting me know. ✨ 14mo
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BethM
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2/4 all of these lovely boxes were filled with gifts. I'm excited to try out the cards! @Chrissyreadit I'm excited for you to open your #witchpleaseswap but it's going to pale in comparison to this!

Chrissyreadit @BethM I‘m working my way to turn on lights... I have severe arthritis in one knee so mornings take me a little longer when weather changes. I‘m getting my fix by looking at Litsy. 14mo
Chrissyreadit @BethM I had so much fun putting this together!!! 14mo
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BethM
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1/4 from the amazing @Chrissyreadit for #witchpleaseswap Though it wasn't on my list, I've wanted to read The Witches. I almost got you True Magick 😂but you said no practice on your form.

Chrissyreadit @BethM I was so intrigued when I ordered yours I ordered one too! 14mo
IheartYA The Black Witch is so good! 14mo
monalyisha I remember there was some controversy over “The Black Witch”! I‘ll look forward to your review. 🖤🔮 13mo
BethM @monalyisha that makes me want to move it up mount TBR! 13mo
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aquariusnat
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Finally started my October book !

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Sweettartlaura
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Bailedbailed

I gotta bail on this for now. It‘s just not holding my attention. This is one of the most defining moments in early American history - I should be fascinated. And the potential for that is there, on almost every page. But it‘s just not catching.
Also, the chapters are too long. With this much info offered up, you need more natural breaks.
I may keep it handy, to skim through. I‘d like to finish it. But it‘s holding me up. Gotta move on.

callielafleur I had a problem with her long chapters in Cleopatra as well. Book was beautifully written, but it felt like a slog. I envy your ability to DNF! 14mo
Amiable I forced myself to finish, but I agree--it was a slog 14mo
Sweettartlaura Thanks for validating my choice, @callielafleur & @Amiable 😉🙌🏻 14mo
Sweettartlaura For what it‘s worth, I feel like the incident was summed up - even with insights new to me - very neatly in (edited) 14mo
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brianherbergerbooks
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Relaxing in a “study room” at #georgetownuniversity Can I just come here every Sunday morning to read and drink coffee?

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GripLitGrl
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Linsy A great one! 💕 14mo
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BooksBecomeYou
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QuoteQueen
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Enjoying some reading and treats while I wait for Costco to open. Oh darn. 😉

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Shawna
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Audio walking on a crisp fall morning with my side kick 🐕

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Sweettartlaura
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Seriously? Breast milk & the blood of a cat‘s ear?!?! How is that any better treatment than eye of newt? 🦎🙄

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QuoteQueen
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The new #MIPP bookclub pick!

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cinann
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I started this book a couple of years ago but never finished it.

#witch #blackcatchallenge @Clwojick
#pumpkin #litsyclassics @Sarah83
🍁 #readingresolutions @Jess7

Linsy Beautiful pic! 🍂 1y
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Linsy
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Some of my favorite witchy history! 🌙
#WitchyHistory #WitchyReads

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Lcsmcat
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Not a good photo, but an excellent book. #witchyhistory #witchyreads @Linsy

DivineDiana On #mounttbr ! I loved her book 1y
Lcsmcat @DivineDiana I‘ll have to look for that one. Thanks for the tip. 1y
Linsy I loved this book! I was gonna post it too. Great minds think alike! 🌙 (edited) 1y
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Lcsmcat @Linsy It‘s a big book. It‘ll stand up to multiple postings. 😀 1y
KarmonR Historical fiction or a history? 1y
Lcsmcat @KarmonR Well researched, readable history. 1y
KarmonR Nice. I was thinking about a visit to Salem this autumn and this book might be a good precursor. 1y
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brianherbergerbooks
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Listening to The Witches on a drive to and from a book event. Have been waking to read this since it came out, and October seemed like a good time.

Chelleo Welcome to Litsy! Hope these #Litsytips by @RaimeyGallant http://bit.ly/litsytips and #LitsyHowTo videos: goo.gl/UrCpoU are helpful. There‘s so many fun things to do: book exchanges, buddy reads, photo challenges and more! Check out @LitsyHappenings for details. #LitsyWelcomeWagon 1y
RaimeyGallant Welcome! 1y
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Welcome to Litsy 📖💙 14mo
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