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This House is Haunted
This House is Haunted | John Boyne
1867. On a dark and chilling night Eliza Caine arrives in Norfolk to take up her position as governess at Gaudlin Hall. As she makes her way across the station platform, a pair of invisible hands push her from behind into the path of an approaching train. She is only saved by the vigilance of a passing doctor.It is the start of a journey into a world of abandoned children, unexplained occurrences and terrifying experiences which Eliza will have to overcome if she is to survive the secrets that lie within Gaudlins walls...
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KimmyM
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Sunday morning reading

Mandoul Cool thanks, i do love John Boyne! 1mo
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erzascarletbookgasm
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Pickpick

An interesting and engrossing ghost story set in late Victorian London/Norfolk with all the essential elements of a good gothic read...old manor house with a history, constant fog, unfriendly house staff, unusual children, reticent villagers, and a malevolent ‘presence‘. Tensed atmosphere, captivating narrative, it‘s wonderfully spooky, (nothing too scary) and well written from a skilful author.

#ScreamathonReadingChallenge
#Screamathon RC

Cathythoughts Nice review 👍🏻♥️.... I agree with everything you say 1mo
batsy Great review! Spooky gothic read sounds perfect 🖤 1mo
4thhouseontheleft Great review! 1mo
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MaleficentBookDragon
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A perfect #LMPBC package from @Avanders
The books are great for October and #screamathon #Scarathlon #TeamStoker. @TheReadingMermaid
I may have already eaten the Pocky. I ♥♥♥ the tea tins. Thank you!

TheReadingMermaid 🧟‍♀️ 2mo
Avanders 😘🧟‍♀️😘🎃🖤 1mo
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Tamra
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Pickpick

The prose is so good that I was engrossed from the beginning! A crumbing house, living deaths, and grisly “accidents” make for a gothic story that fits the bill for the season. 🕷🖤🎃 There was only one cheesy element I had to 🙄 at, but I can overlook it for the otherwise excellent writing.

Cathythoughts Great prose 👍🏻♥️♥️♥️ 2mo
squirrelbrain Glad you liked it - I did too! 2mo
lele1432 I can't wait to read this one! 2mo
erzascarletbookgasm Yes, a good Gothic read! 👍 1mo
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erzascarletbookgasm
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The copy of my #currentread is autographed! Unfortunately my name is not Elliott...this is a preloved copy and I didn‘t see the signature till now!

@Cathythoughts I saw your review 👍.

“I blame Charles Dickens for the death of my father” The first line got me hooked!

Cathythoughts Great first line .... ♥️ 2mo
Libby1 Very good - both the signature and the first line! 2mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 Now I want to know who Elliott is. Lol (edited) 2mo
CarolynM You could always change your name...😂 1mo
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Tamra
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50F and dreary rain all day - perfect setting for this read. I am going to curb my guilt induced impulse to do chores and cozy up with my Kindle instead. (It‘s just so silly how cold fall feels and come spring this will be a heat wave.)

Nute Does he have a new book already? 2mo
Cathythoughts Enjoy!!! This is one cosy ( haunting ) read 👍🏻♥️ 2mo
erzascarletbookgasm I‘m reading this too! 👍 2mo
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Cathythoughts
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What a great story. !!! It seemed perfectly written to me. Set in 1860‘s ... setting a strange & haunting atmosphere in Gaudlin Hall. A teacher comes to mind & intruct 2 young children. By the second half , the atmosphere is fully created ... I‘m starting to feel unsettled in myself.
My 2d John Boyne ... and again he brings depth & characters & a compelling read.
5⭐️

TrishB Great review Cathy 👍🏻 he‘s a very talented writer. 2mo
Tamra Yay! I‘m only 66% in and engrossed. 👻 2mo
batsy Sounds great! I'll add it to the pile 👍🏽❤️ 2mo
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Nute @Cathythoughts @Tamra You both have got me sooo pumped up for this book. Agreed @TrishB, John Boyne is an amazing storyteller! Doing the same as @batsy, adding it to the PILE!🙂 (edited) 2mo
Andrew65 @TrishB He is! 2mo
erzascarletbookgasm Great review, Cathy! What a coincidence, I‘ve just started reading this! 😁🙌 2mo
Cathythoughts Thanks Trish ! I loved it. He is so talented 👍🏻 2mo
Cathythoughts @Tamra it‘s good 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2mo
Cathythoughts @batsy I think you will like it 👍🏻♥️ 2mo
Cathythoughts @Nute look forward to your thoughts 👍🏻♥️ 2mo
Cathythoughts @erzascarletbookgasm oh I can‘t wait to hear what you think ... ♥️ 2mo
Centique This sounds so atmospheric! 😍 1mo
Cathythoughts @Centique it is & so beautifully written 1mo
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AsYouWish
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Day 1 of #ChillingPhotoChallenge This house was totally “haunted”!

#Scarathlon @TheReadingMermaid #TeamStoker

TheReadingMermaid 🧟‍♀️ 2mo
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lele1432
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#ScreamathonSwap #Screamathon Part 2/3!

Do you see this beautiful Día de los Muertos throw!!??! The gorgeous plate is going in our curio cabinet! I can't wait to wear my socks, eat the gummies & chocolate covered sunflower seeds! But most touching of all, you got my almost 1yr old her first Halloween book & Litsy bookmark!! ????♥️These books are perfect! Using tagged book for #Haunted prompt #Scarathlon #TeamStoker 1pt #ChillingPhotoChallenge

TheReadingMermaid 🧟‍♀️ 2mo
Sg1224 Haha. I‘m soooo happy you liked it! If you ever need a work out, just carry around The House of Leaves...haha 2mo
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Tamra
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Perfectly spooky start! 👻

BarbaraBB I‘ve never heard of this Boyne! Starts promising! 2mo
Cathythoughts Sounds good 👍🏻I stacked it recently 2mo
Cathythoughts I just got on kindle ..... I couldn‘t resist 😁 2mo
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Tamra @BarbaraBB I hadn‘t either until @squirrelbrain posted it. 😄 2mo
Tamra @Cathythoughts the writing is very good - totally feels like a gothic period piece. I‘m hooked. 💀 (edited) 2mo
squirrelbrain Oh I‘m so glad you‘re enjoying it @Tamra! It was a birthday present courtesy of @TrishB - definitely recommended @Cathythoughts @BarbaraBB 2mo
TrishB He has some hidden gems 😁 2mo
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squirrelbrain
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I don‘t usually read ‘ghost‘ stories but really enjoyed this one for a change - just goes to show how Litsy can widen your horizons!

It was an engrossing read from the very start and kept me hooked until the very end - highly recommended for those of you who like a ‘spooky‘ read in October! 👻 🎃

Thanks for sending this to me @TrishB 😘

Cathythoughts This sounds great Helen 👍🏻stacked 2mo
erzascarletbookgasm Thanks for highlighting. I may read this for October. 👀 👻 👍 Love Boyne! 2mo
TrishB Glad it was good 👍🏻 I haven‘t read this one yet. 2mo
Caroline2 Sounds good! Stacked! 😉 2mo
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lele1432
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Just waiting for a couple of more things to come in, and then I'll be sending off my #Screamathon #ScreamathonSwap package! Saw this new swap and couldn't resist signing up lol. I think I'm addicted to swaps already! #NightmareSwap #LitsySwaps #Halloween #Horror

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSciW3IXw5VmFTafc3hOLYLqLSzdzYA_dB_PJZbu...

LibrarianRyan That is very easy to get addicted to. 2mo
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whippoorwill815
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These are my recent Kindle purchases. They were both on my TBR and I got them both on sale last week.

But the real message here is: I‘m ready for fall!!

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TorieStorieS
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Pickpick

Another great pick for #TeamDracula! Thanks, @sprainedbrain for choosing this one- I don‘t think I would have read it otherwise and I really liked it! I feel like it‘s been a while since I read a genuine ghost story so this was a lot of fun!! Looking forward to seeing what we read next!!

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Djspens
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Taking a little break from The most Fun We've Ever Had to read something that's hopefully a little quicker to read. I'm ready to be entertained and hopefully spooked 👻😱 #pooltime

Djspens It's not scary and is a pretty slow story but I should finish it today so I'll give it a so-so 4mo
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sprainedbrain
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Not my favorite John Boyne (so far) but honestly, his others that I have read were mind-blowing. Still, it was a fun, quick read with some spookiness and lots of Victorian-gothic ghost story goodness. How can I not love a book with Dickens and Austen references? 😊

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This is my pick for the second round of our #HGPBC #TeamDracula, and I will be sending it out at the end of the month. I hope you ladies enjoy it, too!

StellarDoc I'm having trouble finding a book. Hmmmm. 9mo
AsYouWish @StellarDoc I am still trying to decide too. 9mo
TorieStorieS Excited to read this one!! I‘m ready to send soon too! 😊 9mo
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KathyWheeler
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1/ This House is Haunted (John Boyne) ebook; How to Fly a Horse (Kevin Ashton) physical book; Dark Sacred Night (Michael Connelly) night audiobook; The Hanging Tree (Ben Aaronovitch) audiobook for walking; Startup (Doree Shafrir) car audiobook
2/ Ravenclaw
3/ Supernatural

#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

rachelsbrittain Thanks for joining in 💙💙 10mo
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BookwormAHN
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Pickpick

I loved this book. This is my first John Boyne book and it was amazing. I love haunted house books anyway but this one was especially good 🖤
#MonthofBoyne #AuthoraMonth @EadieB @MinDea
#Booked2019 #IrishAuthor @Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraTheBibliophage

erzascarletbookgasm Sounds gothic and I like! Stacking. 10mo
Cinfhen I didn‘t realize just how many books he‘s written!!!! 10mo
MinDea I can't wait to read this one! So glad you liked it! 10mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage I must stack this one! Thanks! ♥️✔️👊🏻📚 10mo
JaclynW This looks great! 10mo
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CindyRene
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Mehso-so

Just finished my first read of 2019. Also my first John Boyne read. && All in 48 hours which is also a first for me 💣💥
I will definitely read more of John Boyne's work. This House is Haunted was an enjoyable read. Not scary but interesting characters and an intriguing ghost story.
#AuthorAMonth
#MONTHOFBOYNE

Crazeedi I read one book of his and totally enjoyed, I'm going to add this one! Thanks! 10mo
ferskner I loved this until the the end. It's the worst when books ultimately let you down. 10mo
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CindyRene
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🤔😂😂😳 1867??

RealBooks4ever 🤣🤣🤣 10mo
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OutsmartYourShelf
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Pickpick

A good Gothic style ghost/mystery story set in the 19th century, with a forthright Victorian heroine. The only issue was that I felt the reason behind things could have been developed a little more, & an opportunity for a twist ending went begging. 4🌟

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CindyRene
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#AuthorAMonth
#MONTHOFBOYNE
#BOOKED2019

Starting on this tonight! This will be my first John Boyne read. High hopes.

Djspens This looks good! 11mo
Sweettartlaura Ooh... this is the only one of his I‘ve DNF‘ed 😕. I hope you love it. But if not, DON‘T pass him up - he‘s a fantastic writer who gets better with each book. (Just maybe not this one? 😉) 11mo
CindyRene @Sweettartlaura thanks for the heads up! Have only made into the second chapter. But so far I'm enjoying it. I'll keep my fingers crossed and definitely remember your advice on trying some of his other work 😊 11mo
Sweettartlaura Excellent 🙌🏻 11mo
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EadieB
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Day 31 - #spookybooks #31bookpics

Looking forward to reading these, especially This House is Haunted by John Boyne!

Tove_Reads It‘s probably my least fave of his, but it‘s still good, because he‘s one of the greatest writers ever! 13mo
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DavidDiamond
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Pickpick

Another great book from Boyne!
If you are looking for a spooky, Gothic tale this Halloween season, look no further!

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Bamazin
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Started reading this while working night shift.... in the dark.... instantly scared myself on the first page..... 🙄🙄🙄

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FoxySocks
Pickpick

Whilst not the most scary, it kept me reading. Definately a good break from the fantasy I have been reading.

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FoxySocks
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Needed something shorter and a change of pace. This has been on my tbr pile for YEARS!! Anyone read it? #october #spooky #tbr

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Mccall0113
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I‘m loving this author more and more !

tpixie Cute puppy!! 🐶 #DogsOfLitsy 1y
tpixie ( Book sounds intriguing!!!!!) 1y
Mccall0113 @tpixie this is my old man, Murphy 1y
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tpixie @Mccall0113 hi! Murphy! Keep that couch warm today ! It‘s an important job! 1y
Coleen_Nieto John Boyne is one of my favorites!! 1y
tammysue Hey there Murphy! He‘s a cutie! 1y
elyseh So cute!!! 10mo
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Ms.Nic
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A surprisingly quick read that never made it to scary. Nevertheless I enjoyed it, moving through the story in two sittings.

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m.galehuxley
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I need a break from broken female protagonists.

I‘m assuming this book doesn‘t follow the pattern, but I don‘t really know.

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Ms.Nic
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Now for a drastic change of pace

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Moray_Reads
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Well...

somebooksaround Wow! That sounds wild! Thank you for posting this, hadn‘t heard of it! Definitely on my tbr now! 😃✌️ 2y
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hes7
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In the wake of her father‘s death, needing a change, Eliza Caine arrives at Gaudlin Hall to be the governess for two children—only nothing is as she thought. She quickly becomes swept up in a story full of mystery, secrets, and a menacing presence. With eerie atmosphere and haunting circumstances, this novel from John Boyne is an enjoyable, ghostly read.

#MarchMadnessChallenge

Jess7 Ohhh I own several of his books, but I don‘t own this one! Nice review! 2y
TrishB Not got to this one yet. Sounds good 👍🏻 2y
Ruthiella I haven‘t read any Boyne books yet but I had no idea he had written so many and across multiple genres! (edited) 2y
tammysue Ooh stacking! Great review! 2y
nu-bibliophile This sounds interesting. I might have to get this and read it. 2y
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swishandflick
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Extra, extra, read all about it! I'm doing a #giveaway to celebrate hitting 100K! 🤗 (Entries accepted until Friday 4/13 at Noon for US/Canada)

The Prize:
- The pictured stack of 10 books
- A $15 gift card for either Amazon or B&N (winner's choice)

How to enter:
- Make a new post about two books near the top of your TBR (one backlist and one new or soon-to-be release)
- Tag me @swishandflick
- Use hashtag #swishandwin

Good luck!! ❤️

AmyG Wow! Thanks so much! (And congrats) (edited) 2y
elizabethlk What countries will you take entrants from? 2y
JoScho Congrats!!! 😊❤️🎉 2y
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swishandflick @elizabethlk Good question, thanks for asking! I just updated my post but it'll be US/Canada. 2y
elizabethlk @swishandflick thanks for the quick response! I will definitely be entering. :) 2y
Hollie Congrats on your milestone! 2y
mrp27 So kind! Congrats on your milestone. 2y
BookishTrish Wow! What a generous giveaway! Congratulations on your milestone 🎉🎉🎉 2y
Ingerella Congrats!!🎉🎉 2y
Lmstraubie Congratulations!🎉🎊 2y
rohit-sawant Congrats! 🎉🎉 2y
Jess7 This is awesome! Congrats! 2y
swishandflick @LitsyHappenings Could you help me repost? 😄 2y
pinkpygmypuffs Congrats on 💯k 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻 2y
kamoorephoto Congrats, lady!!! That rocks!!! 👏👏👏💖 2y
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Redwritinghood
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Mehso-so

Meant to mimic the classic 19th century ghost story, this is written in that style. The book opens with an appearance by Dickens and the tone is set. A young woman‘s father dies leaving her without any family. She takes a job as a governess in a house that is haunted. She slowly learns the tragic past of the family that lives there. A bit predictable, but good narration on the audiobook.

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Redwritinghood
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Up next on audiobook. Found this on Hoopla. After reading THIF, I thought I would give more John Boyne a try.

Tove_Reads I love every single one of his I‘ve read so far, but this is my least fave (but it‘s not bad). 2y
Redwritinghood @Tove_Reads It‘s really different from THIF so far. 2y
Tove_Reads And will be...! 2y
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Andrew65 Heard good things of this one. 2y
Redwritinghood @Andrew65 I‘m liking it so far, but it‘s really different from his other book I‘ve read. 2y
Andrew65 @Redwritinghood What book is that? I‘ve got a copy of The Absolutist out from the library, but so far only read (and loved) (edited) 2y
Redwritinghood @Andrew65 I‘m referring to One of my favorites from 2017. 2y
Andrew65 @Redwritinghood I have that on hold at the library. 2y
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CoffeeCatsBooks
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On Wednesday, I was heartbroken my entire subway ride home because I had left this on my desk with only 40 pages left. And then I couldn‘t read it because of the snow day! Great read and I will definitely be seeking out more books by John Boyne.

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thebewitchedbibliomaniac
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Definitely a 4.5 out of 5 for me! It was atmospheric, eerie and totally captivating! The way it ended!!! I wanted more of it!!!

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Tove_Reads
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Books to be read in 2017. 4 e-books excluded from the pic. I can do it! 💪🏽

Mdargusch Good luck!🍀 2y
dariazeoli Gorillas in the Mist is definitely on my TBR! Good luck with your stack 👍🏻 2y
BarbaraBB Exodus is a chunky but it is very captivating, I thought. 2y
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Tove_Reads
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I 💗 Irish lit!

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suvata
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My Top 10 Recommended Authors
@JoeStalksBeck

bookloo I love this list! 👏🏽 2y
suvata @bookloo Thank you. 2y
merelybookish What a fun list! 2y
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emilyhaldi ❤️❤️❤️ 2y
8leagueboot This is such a good list. Steinbeck, Jackson, O'Connor, Murakami! (edited) 2y
RealBooks4ever Nice list! 💜 2y
Cathythoughts Donna Tartt for me too. Loved secret history 👍 2y
JoeStalksBeck Love this! 2y
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KimM
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"Written in Dickensian prose, This House is Haunted is a striking homage to the classic 19th-century ghost story."

This is written by John Boyne, author of The Heart's Invisible Furies. It is spooky gothic goodness ?

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GinEyre22
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#hallowreads Day 9: Ghastly ghosts 👻👻👻👻

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LisaW
Pickpick

I think this is my new all time fav gothic horror novel! I'll definitely be reading more John Boyne!

BarbaraTheBibliophage I just read my first Boyne (tagged) and want to read more. Plus I love horror! Thanks. 2y
tpixie Welcome to Litsy!! Check out #LitsyTips and #LitsyWelcomeWagon 2y
RaimeyGallant A belated welcome! 2y
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whelanmaria
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So entertaining, I'm on a John Boyne kick right now and yet another book of his I've been enchanted by. This one is extremely different from the previous ones I've read (The Heart's Invisible Furies, The Absolutist) as it's a Victorian ghost story but it's riveting and lots of fun. Highly recommend!

whelanmaria @Yeah_I_Read It was scary but I found it more intriguing than frightening! 2y
Yeah_I_Read @whelanmaria thanks 😊 2y
Chelseylovestoread I'm so in love with The Heart's Invisible Furies that I absolutely need to read everything he's ever written 😀 2y
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whelanmaria @Chelseylovestoread That's EXACTLY how I felt. I devoured two more of his books and have three more next to my bedside table. I'm taking a quick break from him based on my library stack but I fully plan to read most, if not all, of his stuff. 😍 2y
reluctantangeleno I have yet to read The Heart's Invisible Furies (it's next on the TBR stack!), but I love the words Victorian, ghost, and story when put together! 2y
whelanmaria @reluctantangeleno Oh you'll like this one then! :) 2y
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LinaLovesLit
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Pickpick

Yesterday afternoon I finished reading This House is Haunted by John Boyne. It was the type of story that builds and makes you excited to see what comes next. Other readers spoke of a big plot twist but I didn't experience that. It was just a good classic ghost story. #Victorian #VictorianEngland

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LinaLovesLit
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I finished This House is Haunted this afternoon. I can't decide which book to read next.

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GinEyre22
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#maybookflowers Day 7: Black & White covers

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Ravenelesig
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🕯💀