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The Last House on Needless Street
The Last House on Needless Street | Catriona Ward
127 posts | 110 read | 104 to read
*THE MUST-READ GOTHIC THRILLER OF 2021 FROM THE SHIRLEY JACKSON AND AUGUST DERLETH AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR OF LITTLE EVE AND RAWBLOOD * 'I need it' - STEPHEN KING 'A chilling and beautiful masterpiece of suspense' - JOE HILL 'This is the best horror novel I have ever read. Even Shirley Jackson, her majesty, would have to concede to this one' - NATASHA PULLEY This is the story of a serial killer. A stolen child. Revenge. Death. And an ordinary house at the end of an ordinary street. All these things are true. And yet they are all lies... You think you know what's inside the last house on Needless Street. You think you've read this story before. That's where you're wrong. In the dark forest at the end of Needless Street, lies something buried. But it's not what you think...
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Nessavamusic
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I loved this! It was dark, disturbing and very atmospheric. I was completely hooked and the character work is excellent. I can understand this not being to everyone‘s taste, but I highly recommend to those who like weird horror. Also, the audiobook is excellent. 5⭐️

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keithlafo
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Pickpick

A remarkably written story that weaves together luscious prose with taut suspense. Read the afterword, too. While I always love reading authors notes, this one is important for the story.

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Rissa1
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Mehso-so

I enjoyed the concept but it felt a bit long. #Scarathlon #TeamCryptKeepers

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Rissa1
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I swear this has been the busiest October of my life!! I will keep going. hopefully, #TeamCryptKeepers had some heavy hitters this round. @LiseWorks #Sarathlon

LiseWorks Don't feel bad it has been busy for me too, my point are not that great either. 🙃 Hopefully week 3 and 4 will be better for us. 5mo
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K.M.-Forester
Pickpick

I‘m in between pick and so-so on this only due to the beginning. At first it was a slow read then about a quarter or so in I couldn‘t put it down. Every time I thought I figured out which way the story would go it a different way. Beginning kind of bleh but then it‘s just wow for me. I love the main character development as well as the others. Definitely one you should check out. Olivia is fave material all the way ❤️🐈‍⬛

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Rissa1
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SomedayAlmost
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Pickpick

A missing child, a black cat & a scarred man lead the reader down a dark road with devastating twists! Creepy, unique & well- crafted. Don‘t miss this one, horror fans. #5stars #horror #darkthriller #plottwists

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ShawnYLibros
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This book is all kinds of fucked up. Im loving it

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ShawnYLibros
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Just started this tonight

currentlyreadinginCO Oh this is fun 👀 7mo
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TheLudicReader
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Pickpick

This book lands squarely in the wtf category…up until the twist, which I had not been spoiled for. Ted, his sentient cat, Olivia, and his daughter, Lauren, live in a boarded up house on Needless St. Dee moves in next door because she is convinced Ted is responsible for her sister‘s abduction 11 years prior. I have never read a book quite like this one. It‘s a total page-turner.

dabbe You like it; I stack it. 😍 7mo
TheLudicReader Oh my gosh, @dabbe , so much power! 7mo
dabbe @TheLudicReader You ain't the Ludic Reader for nothin'! 🤣 7mo
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CindyMyLifeIsLit
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Happy weekend reading, Littens! I‘m currently working on
1. The Last House on Needless Street by Catriona Ward and
2. Beauty Queens by Libby Bray

Very different, but both engaging! #WeekendReads

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she.hearts.horror
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Mehso-so

#TeamOlivia … not sure about the rest

Bklover I keep thinking I should read this because Stephen King recommended it but I haven‘t gotten there yet! 8mo
she.hearts.horror @Bklover it‘s an interesting premise and way to present the story. I just always feel a bit underwhelmed with this author… it‘s something in the execution itself. Did you read Sundial? I just tried to start her most recent book about 3 times this week and it‘s just not working. I may try again later. 8mo
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BiblioLitten
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Let‘s see if it lives upto the high praise. I did not like the first chapter but the second chapter narrated by the cat got me curious. 😽

#currentread

currentlyreadinginCO Oh I loved this 9mo
Ast_Arslan I totally loved this one 9mo
paper.reveries This is an amazing read, I hope you enjoy it just as much! :) 9mo
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Balibee146
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Next up.
I abandoned the Audible version of this a couple of months ago but just discovered it on my Kindle too (ooops 😅🤦‍♀️).

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Rachiiebookdragon
Pickpick

This was a definite WTF read 😳😲

My mind is blown and I think this one will definitely stay with me 😱

Read for reading challenges.

4.5/5

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Buchbeeg
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#SundayFunday. @ozma.of.oz
I used to! I felt true shame to start a book and not finish it. It's how my habit of reading multiple books at once began.
My last bailed book was the tagged book. I had been so excited for it but there was animal stuff and I just didn't want to risk it getting worse.

BookmarkTavern Totally understand on the animal thing! Thank you for sharing! 13mo
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EverydayImReading
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I absolutely loved her writing even though I found parts very disturbing. Other parts broke my heart. One of the most unusual and intelligent thrillers I‘ve ever read. I will be thinking about this book for a long time.

Cathythoughts Great review! I have my sample ready to go 👍🏻 13mo
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Eggbeater
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Panpan

Unpopular opinion. I didn't like this book and I can't say why without giving the whole thing away.

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Aimeesue
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Just finished the audiobook, and all I can say is WOW! Ward really did a number on me. Fantastic read, and the narration was STELLAR. I can't really go into why without spoiling the book, so I'll stop there, except to say that Stephen King was 100% right.

jlhammar Yes!! This was so good. Love that image. Finished it a couple of weeks ago and still thinking about it. 1y
Aimeesue @jlhammar It really played on my biases - LOTS to think about 1y
EverydayImReading I read the book but it would be interesting to listen to the audio as well. Love the image 13mo
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Aimeesue @EverydayImReading The audio was excellent - and very creepy 13mo
she.hearts.horror Perfect pic for this lol 8mo
Aimeesue @she.hearts.horror 😹😹😹 8mo
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BeckyWithTheGoodBooks
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This one has been on my TBR for awhile. Maybe next year!!! #scarathlondailyprompts #blackcat #teamslaughter

jlhammar It's so good! My IRL book club read for this month. We met this week and everyone really liked it. Had a great discussion. 1y
BeckyWithTheGoodBooks @jlhammar Ohhhhhh! That‘s great! I am excited to read it. 😀 1y
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khooliha
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Mehso-so

You ever see a book spend 80% of its page count undermining its own message?

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Branwen
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It's the last week of spooky book reviews before Halloween hits early next week! The adult video highlights a few books by Catriona Ward! 📚 💙

YA Video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0yDRwd8pj8Y&t=111s

Adult Video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vQXm3t-39Jw&t=3s

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TheRiehlDeal
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#ManicMonday #LetterL

📚 Tagged, Lawn Boy (TBR), Leonardo Da Vinci (TBR)
✍️ Erik Larson (TBR)
🎥 The Lighthouse, La La Land, The Lion King (animated) 📺 Lost, Loki
🎸 Lacey Sturm, Linkin Park, Loathe, Lorna Shore, Lost in Separation, Loveless
🎶 Leave Out All the Rest (Linkin Park), Life After You (Daughtry), Locked (Future Palace)

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jlhammar
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Pickpick

Oh my, so different from what I was expecting, but this was pretty gd good (as Olivia the cat might say). I have a feeling that I‘ll be thinking about this for some time to come. Definitely agree with others that going in knowing as little as possible is best. Can‘t wait to hear what my IRL book club makes of this when we meet next week. Should be an interesting discussion!

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jlhammar
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“Today is the anniversary of Little Girl With Popsicle.”

#FirstLineFridays

squirrelbrain This was a *weird* one… but so good! 1y
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Andrea4
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Panpan

So I see a lot of positive reviews and I'm a little lost. I went in blind and I'm glad I didn't see the hype b/c I would have been angry. Prepare to have a changing POV and for one of those to be a cat 😑 an annoying one, if audio.
Honestly this was way better in the last 1-2hrs. But the road getting there was just ...annoying and not scary or thrilling or suspenseful.

tpixie I‘m looking at the Internet some people think everyone in that book is Ted, even Dee. And LitsyBookClub, some of us were wondering if the range it was fake or real I agree the beginning of this book was hard to see the point of going on, until the very end. 1y
tpixie I think I would call this a psychological horror book. It was not a ‘thriller‘ 1y
Andrea4 I can see the argument there but then it's kind of like well what's the point? You're never gonna figure out the murderer or if there is one. I'm not even sure in my books I would call this a psych horror. Like I said though, the very end helped redeem it. I just wish the end had been pretty much the way it was throughout. I would have found that story much more interesting to follow. 1y
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Graciouswarriorprincess
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Book 109 of the year.

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intothehallofbooks
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Whew! This was fantastic. I‘d seen lots of glowing reviews which, honestly, made me worried that I may be underwhelmed. But I loved it. It was everything I hoped it would be. Lots of twists, unreliable narrators, creepy house, creepy woods. I especially loved the [very spoilery] Afterward written by the author. If you‘ve been on the fence about reading this one, go ahead and give it a chance, and go in as blind as you can. 🌳🏠🐈‍⬛🌙

MommyOfTwo Sounds good 1y
jlhammar Reading this next month with my book club. Can‘t wait! 1y
EKonrad Loved this one so much! ❤️ 1y
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TheRiehlDeal
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#AlphabetGame
#LetterL

This was such a good book! Definitely a book where you won‘t guess the twist. Christopher Ragland does an excellent job with the narration!

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 📚🙌🏻👌🏻 2y
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TheRiehlDeal
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#WondrousWednesday

1. It wasn‘t exactly 5 stars for me, but it was really good nonetheless.

2. The pic is a couple of adult geese and their goslings walking in my neighborhood.

Eggs Thanks for joining in! 2y
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DHill
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I confess. I‘ve looked at this title a dozen times and only in my Litsy title search did I finally notice it‘s Needless” not “”Needles.” 😂

perfectsinner I only just noticed the same thing lol. I guess my brain wants to correct it to needles 1y
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BeeMagical
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Book 107🎧 4.5⭐️

I don‘t want to say anything about this book, as to not ruin it. Go in blind - You will be mental assaulted. 🐈‍⬛

🧠🌱

Mccall0113 I won‘t spoil it either because so have no idea what I just read. Lol 2y
BeeMagical @Mccall0113 haha i totally get that!😂 2y
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TheRiehlDeal
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Pickpick

This book was BONKERS! I went into this completely blind and I highly recommend it! The twists were unexpected but well worth the wait. The ending wrapped things up nicely.

4.5 ⭐️
5/21/22

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TheRiehlDeal
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1. So far, it‘s great! I didn‘t expect the twist and can‘t wait to see how it ends!

2. I‘m listening to the audiobook. The narrator is doing a great job!

3. I‘ll be kind and give it 4 stars. I‘ll see how the ending unfolds and change it accordingly once I finish.

4. I‘m not a marker of books. I just read the book and move on to the next one.

#ThoughfulThursday @MoonWitch94

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wildwoodreads
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I didn‘t know a lot about The Last House on Needless Street when I went into it. I just knew that most people that read it loved it. And I think that‘s the best way to go into this one. I will say that it was a perfectly executed psychological thriller mixed with an unreliable narrator. And I absolutely loved it.

https://wildwoodreads.com/2022/05/16/the-last-house-on-needless-street-review/

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Christyco125
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Pickpick

This book has left me without words. I‘m afraid even a little will give away too much so I‘ll add more in the comments👇. But know that this is way beyond just a horror story. I highly recommend going in blind.
#IRLbookclub

Christyco125 Wow! The last few chapters blew me away. At first, I was like I get what‘s going on with Lauren and then wham! That was totally wrong. In the end this is such a heartbreaking story of survival told in horror story format. But in the end that‘s what abuse really is, a horror. 2y
TrishB I loved it too- but agree you have to know nothing when you start! 2y
EKonrad I‘m still obsessed with this book, months after reading it! So good! ❤️ 2y
Christyco125 @trishb @EKonrad Book club definitely picked a winner. 2y
tpixie @EKonrad LitsyBookClub just read it. I‘m still thinking about it! 1y
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LiteraryLona
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Pickpick

Wow. Just…wow. 😱

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Linsy
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This book is freaking me out so bad! Note to self: Beware of anything Stephen King calls a "nerve-shredder." ?

#currentlyreading

candc320 It‘s so good!! 2y
rubyslippersreads Love the cover, though I‘m sure it‘s too scary for me. 😳 2y
EKonrad This book slayed me! It actually was one of my faves recently. 😊 2y
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Linsy @candc320 @ekonrad Wow. I thought for sure I was going to finish this book and never look at it again it was getting to me so bad, and now I want to start over again to see how she did it. That was so touching and beautiful! I'm shocked. 2y
Linsy @rubyslippersreads I just finished! Parts of this are really rough, but if you can hang in there, it's also so beautiful. 2y
EKonrad I‘m so glad you liked it too! There were so many incredible elements to it. I was super impressed. 2y
rubyslippersreads @Linsy Nothing bad happens to the cat, does it? 2y
Linsy @rubyslippersreads No -- many twists, the story isn't what you think it is, but not like that. There are some unfortunate birds and mice though. 2y
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Branwen
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Pickpick

This book was ABSOLUTELY CRAZY! I read it in one feverish sitting last night because once I started I could not put it down! SO MANY TWISTS! 😲 I loved it!

vivastory Such a brilliant book👏👏 Definitely a favorite of the year 2y
Branwen @vivastory I still can't stop thinking about it! 2y
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Branwen
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I was planning on reading at least one Catriona Ward book during the fall when I usually do my spooky book marathon. But....they looked so inviting sitting together on the shelf at the library and I couldn't resist checking them out! Eeeep! I'm scared but excited! 🙈

vivastory I hope you enjoy! Last House is one of my favorites of the year & I hope to read Sundial soon! 2y
Branwen @vivastory I'm really excited! I keep hearing amazing things about Ward, and especially great things about Last House! 2y
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Lexeegee
Pickpick

This was one strange book. That is all I can say.

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ElleMNOpe
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Creep fest with the strangest plot, unreliable narrators, & a whole host of WTF. The construction is brilliant. I was confused for a majority of the read, but the last 1/3 blew everything apart & made this book stellar. The characters are a jumble of screwed up & mostly unlikable, but also incredibly intriguing & damaged in a way that had me both totally turned off & not able to look away. Not a for everyone. Haunting & full of trigger warnings.

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BookBelle84
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Mehso-so

This was alright. The writing was very well done as were the POVs I found I just lost interest with the reveal.
#popsugar #pop22 ~ recommended by a favourite author

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amywithbooks
Mehso-so

This was just okay for me. I had high expectations for this given some of the reviews I had seen. It just didn't connect for me. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Linsy
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Caught up on the Olympics while I tried to get into this book over the weekend. I'll be honest, the Olympics kinda won! Those ice skaters had me riveted. Yay for Peacock! I haven't had cable in years. 📚⛸️❄

BiblioLitten Oh my! I was watching them for a few moments and those moments turned into hours. Mesmerising! 2y
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EadieB
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Mehso-so

A teenage girl, a man who drinks, and a talking house cat live in a boarded-up house at the edge of the wild Washington woods. An unspeakable secret binds them together, but when a new neighbor moves in next door, what is buried out among the birch trees may come back to haunt them all. With a totally unreliable narrator, this book was hard to get into and I thought about bailing but decided to hang in until the very end.

EadieB I was glad I did because it is not until the very end that the reader finds out what is really going on. If you like strange mystery books then this book is for you. #TheLastHouseOnNeedlessStreet #CatrionaWard #FabulousFebruary #BookSpinBingo 2y
TheAromaofBooks Great progress!!! 2y
Andrew65 Well done 👏👏👏 2y
EadieB @Andrew65 Thanks! 2y
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amywithbooks
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I have heard GREAT things about this. And if Stephen King blurbs it, I will read it!!

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Erinreadsthebooks
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Stopped by the thriftstore today and found this treasure 🤩

Allyneedsbooks Great find 🙌🏼 2y
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TracyReadsBooks
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#WeekendReading

I plan to finish the tagged book first. I‘m also in the middle of Alice‘s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking Glass—one of those it caught my eye and I thought, “Huh, I haven‘t read that in a while. Seems like a good time for a reread” moments. After that, I‘ll see what jumps out at me next!

@Andrew65

Andrew65 Great choices. 2y
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