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The Historian
The Historian | Elizabeth Kostova
To you, perceptive reader, I bequeath my history....Late one night, exploring her father's library, a young woman finds an ancient book and a cache of yellowing letters. The letters are all addressed to "My dear and unfortunate successor," and they plunge her into a world she never dreamed of-a labyrinth where the secrets of her father's past and her mother's mysterious fate connect to an inconceivable evil hidden in the depths of history.The letters provide links to one of the darkest powers that humanity has ever known-and to a centuries-long quest to find the source of that darkness and wipe it out. It is a quest for the truth about Vlad the Impaler, the medieval ruler whose barbarous reign formed the basis of the legend of Dracula. Generations of historians have risked their reputations, their sanity, and even their lives to learn the truth about Vlad the Impaler and Dracula. Now one young woman must decide whether to take up this quest herself-to follow her father in a hunt that nearly brought him to ruin years ago, when he was a vibrant young scholar and her mother was still alive. What does the legend of Vlad the Impaler have to do with the modern world? Is it possible that the Dracula of myth truly existed-and that he has lived on, century after century, pursuing his own unknowable ends? The answers to these questions cross time and borders, as first the father and then the daughter search for clues, from dusty Ivy League libraries to Istanbul, Budapest, and the depths of Eastern Europe. In city after city, in monasteries and archives, in letters and in secret conversations, the horrible truth emerges about Vlad the Impaler's dark reign-and about a time-defying pact that may have kept his awful work alive down through the ages.Parsing obscure signs and hidden texts, reading codes worked into the fabric of medieval monastic traditions-and evading the unknown adversaries who will go to any lengths to conceal and protect Vlad's ancient powers-one woman comes ever closer to the secret of her own past and a confrontation with the very definition of evil. Elizabeth Kostova's debut novel is an adventure of monumental proportions, a relentless tale that blends fact and fantasy, history and the present, with an assurance that is almost unbearably suspenseful-and utterly unforgettable.
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MoonWitch94
The Historian | Elizabeth Kostova
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Dog Sitting for these two lovely ladies (Caymus & Willa) while attempting to read. Every time I pick up the book, Willa decides she needs attention. I adore these two pups & always love spending time with them when their humans are busy. #dogsoflitsy #thehistorian #caymus&willa

Chrissyreadit The furniture looks incredibly comfy. I may be in love with the chairs in the background. 2mo
MoonWitch94 @Chrissyreadit the couch is THE most comfortable couch 🛋 I‘m obsessed with it. The chairs are pretty but not really comfy. 2mo
Chrissyreadit I love that the dogs match the color scheme. 2mo
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Bianca
The Historian | Elizabeth Kostova
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I don't re-read books, but, the other night, in an effort to focus my brain on something for long enough to fall asleep, I borrowed this on Libby and am 18% in. (I need to acquire a paper copy.)

Re-reading is fantastic, especially when you're about to start a major next phase in your life (LSAT prep course). 😂

wanderinglynn Good luck on the LSAT. 🍀 And if you need any insight or have any questions about law school, hit me up. It‘s been a few years since I graduated, but the legal world doesn‘t change that much. 😉 2mo
Bianca @wanderinglynn I'm sure I'll have questions! Thank you! 2mo
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EmilieGR
The Historian | Elizabeth Kostova
Mehso-so

It was just ok

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laceyannea
The Historian | Elizabeth Kostova
Mehso-so

The Dracula lore in this book was really fun and well researched. However, there were many parts of the story that dragged on or were repetitive, and seemed unnecessary.

This is heavily history based, so I wouldn't recommend it to someone looking just for a vampire book. It is very long and focuses a lot on the history and research endeavors of the main characters.

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MoonWitch94
The Historian | Elizabeth Kostova
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Kaila-ann Read this one many years ago but it‘s one of my favorites. 3mo
MoonWitch94 @Kaila-ann This is my 3rd attempt. I‘m hoping I finish it this time. 3mo
Kaila-ann @MoonWitch94 it‘s definitely heavy. It‘s one of those books that I am proud that I finished lol. I wasn‘t sure that I would like it but by the time I got to the end, it had become a favorite. 3mo
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hermyknee
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“It was good to walk into a library again; it smelled like #home.“

#quotsymay19 #lizdoesquotsy

JoScho 🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼 3mo
Crazeedi ❤❤❤ this quote and loved the book its from! 3mo
Craftylikefox 💕🖤💕 3mo
Mdargusch So true! 😁 3mo
gradcat Yaaasss! ♥️ 3mo
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JessNevertheless
The Historian | Elizabeth Kostova
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Wish I brought a hard copy to work today to make the most of this rooftop sunshine but this audiobook will have to suffice. 🎧🌿

Cathythoughts Nice rooftop 👍🏻💕 3mo
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HEL85
The Historian | Elizabeth Kostova
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Some tea and my book before bed

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Pamdelions
The Historian | Elizabeth Kostova
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Pickpick

I couldn't put it down! I was completely engrossed in the story, and I was sorry it had to end.
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#dracula #vampire #vampires #horror #mystery #historical

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Natetheworld
The Historian | Elizabeth Kostova
Mehso-so

“The Historian” is a grand quest set in modern times focused on redefining the legend of Dracula.

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HEL85
The Historian | Elizabeth Kostova
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Night time reading. Anybody read this book? Have any thoughts? Im enjoying it so far.

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Blueberry
The Historian | Elizabeth Kostova
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Pickpick

This was a very good story. It could have been 50 pages shorter. Fewer narrators would have made it easier follow. 4 of 5 stars.

CouronneDhiver Yikes! Creepy cover 5mo
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ReadosaurusText
The Historian | Elizabeth Kostova
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Mini TBR pile. 📚🤓📚

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Blueberry
The Historian | Elizabeth Kostova
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I tried listening to some of this on audio to multitask but switched back when I realized it was abridged. That happened recently with another book also. A lot of searching later I found where it said so.

Swe_Eva Why do they do that? I‘ve never understood abridgements. 🤔 5mo
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Blueberry
The Historian | Elizabeth Kostova
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No work today!!

Swe_Eva *envious* 5mo
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Blueberry
The Historian | Elizabeth Kostova
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Reading The Historian during a power outage. Creepy.

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Blueberry
The Historian | Elizabeth Kostova
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Currently reading. This might take awhile, it's pretty big.

JaneyWaneyB I love this book, hope you enjoy it. Once you're hooked it won't feel like a big book and you'll reread - this story has a habit of staying with you 🤓 6mo
sprainedbrain Such a great book! 😍 5mo
Slajaunie I got half way through and had to stop. I will try again on audiobook. 5mo
Ddzmini Great book 📖 5mo
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Bookish2
The Historian | Elizabeth Kostova
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My current listen. I love this book, it‘s deliciously creepy.
📚🐉

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Parisbookworm
The Historian | Elizabeth Kostova
Pickpick

I would recommend this, however, it does have a slow start. #thehistorian

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VJ425
The Historian | Elizabeth Kostova
Pickpick

One of my favorite books. I liked it more for the history and the characters' travels through Europe than the horror.

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librarygoddess619
The Historian | Elizabeth Kostova
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Panpan

This has potential but was just about 400 pages too long. I couldn't finish it. I don't mind long books, but this one was taking too long to get to the meat of the story. The writing isn't horrible, just drawn out.

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JaneyWaneyB
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Day 7 of #adventrecommends @emilyrose_x

The Historian is a wonderful tale of folklore, libaries, secret nations, detective mysteries, love & loss. The story starts with Paul telling his daughter about the hunt for Vlad Tepes or Count Dracula & how he met her mother and leads to the daughter's own hunt for the truth. I've read this book a few times & found something new every time. A must for those who love history, folklore & mystery

Texreader I love this book too and have read it a number of times and expect to read it more in the future. Love your review 7mo
JaneyWaneyB Thank you @Texreader it is an amazing book and like you I know I'll read it again and recommend it again and again 7mo
TrishB Loved this too 💕 7mo
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JaneyWaneyB @TrishB have you read any of her other books? I have The Swan Thieves on my Kindle but another one I haven't started yet 😳😊 7mo
TrishB I‘ve read The Swan Thieves - it wasn‘t The Historian but I still enjoyed it. 7mo
Andrew65 I loved this too! 😍 I need to read more of her books but not dine so yet. @TrishB 7mo
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Jazz2
The Historian | Elizabeth Kostova
Pickpick

Quite literally could not put this book down. An amazing spin off of Dracula in the late 20th century.

sprainedbrain Oh, I loved this book so much! ❤️ 7mo
Texreader One of my top ten books. It‘s a fantastic read 7mo
jillannjohn This is one of my favs of all time! ❤️ 7mo
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jillrhudy
The Historian | Elizabeth Kostova
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My October Reads!

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Sweettartlaura
The Historian | Elizabeth Kostova
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Mehso-so

Started really strong, but eventually there was a lot of melodrama. And the structure - story within story within story - was a little too much after a while.
I did enjoy the audiobook with a full cast.

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Sweettartlaura
The Historian | Elizabeth Kostova
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Adding this in to my spooky reads - thanks for the rec, @Texreader 🙂

Andrew65 Loved this. 9mo
ferskner I love this book so much! 9mo
sprainedbrain Such a great book! I read it this time last year, and it was the perfect time. 😃 9mo
ladym30 This book was excellent! 9mo
Sweettartlaura @Andrew65 @ferskner @sprainedbrain @ladym30 I completely agree. I‘m about an hour into it, & I could just turn out the world and listen all day 😍 9mo
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jillrhudy
The Historian | Elizabeth Kostova
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Pickpick

WHY does it have to be over? 600+ pp is not enough! Everything that should be dull is in this book and I was captivated. An ultra-pick! #historicalfiction #horror #magic #vampires #OctoberPutASpellOnYou #vampirelibrarians 🧛‍♂️🧛‍♀️ 📚

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SheReadsAndWrites
The Historian | Elizabeth Kostova
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Sabrina and I feel it's a good day to curl up and read. 🤓🐶

Megabooks She‘s beautiful! I love Harlequins 😍😍 9mo
SheReadsAndWrites Thank you!!! @Megabooks We are so madly in love with her. 💖 9mo
JennyM So beautiful - I‘d want to curl up and read with her everyday 9mo
SheReadsAndWrites Right? @JennyM I have her and a weenie dog that love to snuggle. Best reading buddies ever. ❤️🐶🐶 9mo
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Andrew65
The Historian | Elizabeth Kostova
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I loved this book. ❤️😍 A truly wonderful Read.
#dracula #🧛‍♂️ #ReadingResolutions

Crazeedi Yes!!!!!😍 9mo
Andrew65 @Crazeedi Glad I am not alone on this, I felt it was a special book. Really need to try another of her books. 9mo
CoverToCoverGirl It‘s waiting patiently, on my TBR shelf, for me to get to it. (edited) 9mo
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Andrew65 @CoverToCoverGirl Enjoy when you do. 👍 9mo
Hooked_on_books I love it, too!! 9mo
Andrew65 @Hooked_on_books It‘s great when you see others like the books you love. 👍 9mo
SheReadsAndWrites I just started this! Hoping it doesn't scare me too much. 🙈 9mo
TheReadingMermaid Great book!!! 9mo
Branwen I love this book sooooo much! I'm glad you love it too! 😀 9mo
sprainedbrain Such a great book!! 9mo
BookNerd9906 One of my all time favorites. ❤️❤️❤️ 9mo
PacingTheCage I read this a few years ago and really enjoyed it! 9mo
Andrew65 @SheReadsAndWrites @TheReadingMermaid @Branwen @sprainedbrain @BookNerd9906 @dltpacngthecage A load of Litsy love for this book. I have seen some reviews that say it is too long and boring and wonder if they read the same book! 9mo
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jillrhudy
The Historian | Elizabeth Kostova
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This kind of book makes you want to quit your job and quit eating and quit sleeping and send away your family until you finish reading it. #chunkster #halloween #vampires #OctoberPutASpellOnYou #horror

Crazeedi 😉👍 9mo
Branwen Yessssssss! 😀 9mo
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Christinak
The Historian | Elizabeth Kostova
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My librarian recommended this to me. She knew I would love it. I checked it out thinking she was crazy cause this book is HUGE but I didn‘t want to hurt her feelings. Once I started this I ripped right through it. I love the modern take on Dracula. Don‘t let the size of the book scare you. It‘s worth it.
#AllHallowsRead

Texreader One of my all-time favorites!!! I‘ve read it many times now. I love her version of Dracula and how she tells the story. I would think all lovers of books would love this one. 9mo
Ddzmini 😍😍😍 9mo
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SheReadsAndWrites
The Historian | Elizabeth Kostova
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Ok, #littens. I REALLY want to try this one but I'm a total scaredy-cat and read a lot at night. Can I do this?? 🙈

Crazeedi Good book, and *yes you can!*😊 9mo
erank58 Yes! There's a beautiful, compelling historical backdrop to this one. And you can always put it down if you find it isn't for you! 9mo
SheReadsAndWrites Thank you! @Crazeedi and @erank58 I'm about 20 pages in and can see that I could really love it so I'm going to give it a chance...🤓 9mo
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ErikBookman
The Historian | Elizabeth Kostova

How an historian sees. “It is a gradation of towns, ... of the very look of forest and riverbank, so that little by little you begin to believe you can read in nature itself the saturation of history.... Later, traveling this route [from Istanbul to Budapest], I would also see it alternately as benign and bathed in blood- this is the other trick of historical sight, to be unrelentingly torn between good and evil, peace and war.” (p. 288).

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Readage
Historian (Revised) | Elizabeth Kostova

"I flipped through the rest of the pages--when you handle books all day long, every new one is a friend and a temptation."

ju.ca.no True! 9mo
Readage @ju.ca.no 😉 9mo
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TerriGreen
The Historian | Elizabeth Kostova
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Thank you @Liatrek for my amazing #fallingforfallswap gifts! Oh my gosh, I love the mug! I am looking forward to trying your favorite coffee in the morning. I can‘t wait to get lost in these books! They are perfect!Thanks also for the fall candle, bookmark light and my favorite snacks!!! Happy fall! #fffs

Liatrek I am so happy you like everything 😊 10mo
AmyG Good books! 10mo
RaimeyGallant Quite the package! 10mo
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Avanders ❤️🧡💛🎃🍁🍂😍 10mo
monalyisha Cutesy mug & chocolates! 😍 10mo
Bklover Great books!!! 10mo
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HannahKate
The Historian | Elizabeth Kostova
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Probably one of my favourite ever books. Elements of thriller, adventure history and scandal all in one...

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If you are on Facebook, check out The Book Drunkard. It‘s a close knit community of readers and a bookstore. The owner offers some fantastic services, including a monthly build your own subscription box and Let‘s Book It, which allows you to pick books to buy from custom selections. This is my most recent haul!

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Reveurs
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Book - The Historian
Author - Laurelle K Hamilton
Movie/Tv - Heathers
Food - Hamburgers 🍔

#manicmonday #anitablake @JoScho

JoScho Thanks for playing 🖤 10mo
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Slajaunie
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Samplergal I sent you a request. 10mo
angel1 I sent you both a request🤗 10mo
bullbunny Sent the request 10mo
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SassyPants617 Added! (I think?) lmao 10mo
nalinisriv Sent you request 10mo
KrystleTheBookSlayer Sent a request, I can always use more bookish friends! 😊 10mo
Sharpeipup Says pending 10mo
imabusybee Yay!! For more bookish friends 10mo
Birdsong28 I already have as it says pending ,😀📚📖 10mo
erank58 Yay! Always looking for more Goodreads friends! 10mo
Astroneman Yess! 10mo
Readingismyescape Sent a request 10mo
Purrfectpages I went to add you, but it said pending already.🤷‍♀️ (edited) 10mo
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Slajaunie
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Three loves + 📚 = perfect!

Laura317 Love this!! 💙💙💙 10mo
TNbookworm Great tee💙 10mo
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Slajaunie
The Historian | Elizabeth Kostova
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Weekend plans...home alone, rainy, my spot, and my companions. One not pictured because he went into the other room.

BlameJennyJane Looks super cozy! 11mo
Anovelobsession Perfect day!! 11mo
GingerAntics Perfection 11mo
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Slajaunie
The Historian | Elizabeth Kostova
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Still working on this beauty in my sexy frog jammies! I may have time to finish it before I die.

CouronneDhiver Great jammies! 11mo
Slajaunie @CouronneDhiver Thanks! They are my favorite! 11mo
Libby1 ❤️🐸❤️ 11mo
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LazyDays This made me laugh! Thank you😆 11mo
Slajaunie Anytime @LazyDays !! 🐸🤗 11mo
UwannaPublishme 🐸🙌🏻 11mo
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toofondofbooks
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Pickpick

Very good on audio. It's an abridged version, but in this case it works. Very well-done production with multi narrators including Joanne Whalley.

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Ddzmini
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Reading this brought a heightened awareness of all things Dracula. The realization of the quantity and mass publication of diverse subject matter on Dracula alone is amazing. This volume converts the story into a historical context in which all traces of Dracula through historical facts are recorded. Beautiful written and a magnificently detailed read. Highly recommended. 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼

Megara I have a copy of this on my #TBR shelf! Can‘t wait to finally get around to it. 😅 11mo
TheReadingMermaid This was such a good book! 😍🖤😍 11mo
toofondofbooks I'm listening to this on audio right now 11mo
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JacqMac I have this on my kindle. I think it will be on my fall TBR. 11mo
MStew Just got this 😍 11mo
ravenlee Love this book - but the last time I started to reread it I gave myself the heebie-jeebies and had to put it away until I wasn‘t home alone with just cats (you know which part I mean). 11mo
Ddzmini @Megara , @TheReadingMermaid , @toofondofbooks , @JacqMac , @meghan2714 ,and @ravenlee I love haw the history is blended in this book with the storyline of Dracula 😍😍😍📖 11mo
ShariEstaLeando Loved it! 10mo
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Slajaunie
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#TuesdayTidbits
@JenlovesJT47
1. Jesus, Julie Andrews, Einstein, Queen Elizabeth, Robin Williams
2. Victoria Holt—she was there for me during some very lonely and troubled teen years. My daughter‘s name is Victoria after her. Yes, I know it is a pseudonym.
3. @thevictoriousone

JenaJenkins I went through a Victoria Holt period also - good memories. 11mo
vkois88 My mom and I collect her books 😊 11mo
Slajaunie My daughter and I do as well! @vkois88 11mo
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vkois88 Does your daughter go by Victoria, or do you guys call her something else? 11mo
thevictoriousone @vkois88 I go by Victoria 😁 11mo
Bklover Oh, my mom and I used to read Victoria Holt books years (and years) ago! Loved them. Phyllis Whitney as well. 11mo
vkois88 @thevictoriousone 😂😂 nice. I only ask bc I go by tori 🤗🤗 11mo
JenlovesJT47 💚💚💚 11mo
CouronneDhiver Great guest list! 11mo
Slajaunie @Bklover I loved Phyllis A. Whitney as well. 11mo
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Slajaunie
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Someone, Linus, decided to eat my book.

bookandcat !!!!! 11mo
Eggbeater It kinda marks it as special now. 💕🐈 11mo
wanderinglynn Uh oh! 🙀 11mo
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hgrimes Well looks like you don‘t feed him enough! 😅 11mo
catherine2 My cat usually limits himself to the bookmarks. He used to love to eat my magazines! 11mo
Zelma Bad kitty! Mine do the same thing; I have quite a few books with telltale tooth marks in the covers. 11mo
tammysue Oh no! 💕 11mo
Reviewsbylola Linus looks like a hungry boy. 😂 11mo
CouronneDhiver Naughty! 🤨 11mo
Slajaunie @hgrimes @Reviewsbylola Linus loves paper! He‘s been on a diet for a while as well. That boy just needs to move more! 😂 11mo
Jenny Glad I‘m not the only one who has a cat that does this. 11mo
thevictoriousone I don‘t have a cat that does this, but I do have a toddler who gnaws on books. 11mo
Ilirwen It suddenly hit me: my twins have stopped gnawing on books. Which is great. Unfortunately, my son loves the sound of paper ripping. They get to ‘read‘ brochures and booklets these days. ;) 11mo
Slajaunie @thevictoriousone She does not do that at my house. 😁 11mo
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Slajaunie
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Love C.S. Lewis!
@Schnoebs
#CSGiveaway

Schnoebs Thanks for entering! 11mo
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Ddzmini
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The type of book that you read in bed at night with a bowl of popcorn 🍿... me missing popcorn 🍿 😨💁🏼‍♀️ such a great read so far I don‘t want to put it down 😋📖

lesliemarie Such a great book! 11mo
mklong I loved this one! I couldn‘t read it at night though. It scared the heck out of me! 11mo
Bianca Such a good book! Now I want to reread it. 11mo
Ddzmini @lesliemarie , @mklong , and @Bianca so far it‘s a great read 😋📖 11mo
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Ddzmini
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True history will open your eyes to human flaws and faults, but it will also show you humans ability to overcome the most difficult obstacles and oppression. I really wish we could learn from history... 🙁