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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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vivastory
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If your favorite part of Indiana Jones, & similar movies, is the research into musty & forgotten archives & libraries all over the world then you will love Kostova's book. Like Dan Simmons' The Terror, this reads more like historical fiction tinged with horror elements than a horror novel. This book is an original, erudite & clever take on the vampire legend. I adored it & will definitely reread it at some point.

Tianarose Loved this one! 3d
vivastory Side note: Bottom right photo is of James Barber. A Connecticut farmer who died 200 years ago. Suspected of being a vampire his body was disinterred & dismembered. He was only recently identified through tests. 3d
rachaich This was ace! 3d
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Texreader Excellent review of an excellent book. I‘ve reread it many times. 3d
batsy I've been meaning to read this for many, many years! Glad that you enjoyed it so much. I'm looking forward to tackling it at some point. And your side note!!! 3d
Hufflepuffle I feel like I want to read this immediately after reading your review! 3d
avgeyer Stacked- I'm intrigued!! 3d
Scochrane26 Love this book. I don‘t read horror books, so I guess this is the closest I‘ve gotten to the genre. A friend recommended it a few yrs ago. 3d
TalecArashi @vivastory I recently read an article about the American vampire scare! That was nuts, I don't think I'd ever heard about it before (despite growing up in the northeast) 3d
readordierachel Great review. I am so sold! 2d
vivastory @readordierachel I hope you like it. It's a bit long, but I really enjoyed it 2d
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vivastory
The Historian | Elizabeth Kostova
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The beginning of my current book memorably begins with the narrator recalling a trip taken with her diplomat father into the melancholy Slovenian countryside, surrounded by #AutumnLeaves
@4thhouseontheleft
#screamathonphotochallenge

Nebklvr This book is so atmospheric 6d
Hooked_on_books One of my all-time faves! 6d
4thhouseontheleft Great pick! 🍂🍁 6d
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MoonWitch94 It‘s so good. I have yet to finish it, BUT, I love it. 6d
Scochrane26 Love this book! 6d
readordierachel Oh, I like this. 6d
Texreader One of the best books ever 6d
sprainedbrain I adore that book! 🥰 5d
youneverarrived Wow that really takes you there. I‘ve wanted to read this for ages. 3d
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Aloisi_tribe
The Historian | Elizabeth Kostova
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One of my very favorite #vampire novels.

#chillingphotochallenge @Clwojick

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vivastory
The Historian | Elizabeth Kostova
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1) Count of Monte Cristo, The Secret History & the tagged. I know I will love them & they will become new personal favorites, but I keep delaying them for some reason. Although I am planning on definitely reading Kostova's before Halloween. (Hopefully...)
2) The Inferno & Gilgamesh in different translations.
3) I have no idea. I use Amazon for my TBR & I have my books separated by genre. I should switch to Goodreads.
4) Killer Across the Table.👇

vivastory 4 stars. 3 for the actual book & 1 for excitement factor for Mind Hunter season 2. 2mo
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Scochrane26 I loved the Historian, you should def get to it around Halloween. I never have tried to tackle count of monte cristo, it‘s so long. 2mo
LeahBergen I‘m thinking you‘ll heartily enjoy both TCOMC and The Secret History. 👍🏻 2mo
flying_monkeys I also picked The Count and like you I know I‘ll love it but I just keep postponing it. 🙃 2mo
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cewilf
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Crazy busy this week, but a quick check in! Skating was amazing today (there‘s a video in my insta stories!) and with one skate before school starts, I‘m thrilled with my progress. Also 100 pages left of this book, and I‘m so interested to see how it ends!! #bfcr3 #goteam @tjwill @Megabooks @bromeliad @Tineke @Emilymdxn @cobwebmoth @KathyWheeler @TheEllieMo @guinsgirlreads

cobwebmoth Hooray for a great skating day! 2mo
KathyWheeler I loved this book. Hooray for good skating! 2mo
TheEllieMo Great to hear you had a good skating day. And your cat ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️😻😻!! 2mo
Megabooks Saw it!! Amazing!! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2mo
bromeliad Yay! And that book is amazing. Great job!! 2mo
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cewilf
The Historian | Elizabeth Kostova
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Reading at the rink between sessions. Started this yesterday and couldn‘t put it down. I‘m hoping to finish it over the weekend, even though it‘s pretty long! Didn‘t skate great for the first hour, but I‘m going to try and regroup for the next one with my coach 💪 #bfcr3 #goteam @tjwill @Megabooks @bromeliad @Tineke @Emilymdxn @cobwebmoth @KathyWheeler @TheEllieMo @guinsgirlreads

Louise What kind of skating do you practice? 2mo
cobwebmoth You can do it! 2mo
cewilf @louise I compete both as an adult singles figure skater and on an adult synchronized skating team! 2mo
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Louise Wow! That‘s impressive! Good luck! 🍀 2mo
Megabooks Awesome!! 👍🏻👍🏻 2mo
bromeliad You got this!! 2mo
tjwill I liked that book! Good luck with training! 2mo
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RamblingRedhead84
The Historian | Elizabeth Kostova
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I absolutely loved this book. Filled with intrigue and mystery, exploration, history and tragedy. Suspenseful and 3 stories from 3 different time periods all intermingle. It will leave you feeling spooked, especially if reading at night. As The Historian takes you thru the times of Vlad the Impaler to near present day and back again, you will also begin to wonder...is it possible?

Glaeken I have this in my TBR 😍❤️ 3mo
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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. 5mo
MoonWitch94 @Chrissyreadit the couch is THE most comfortable couch 🛋 I‘m obsessed with it. The chairs are pretty but not really comfy. 5mo
Chrissyreadit I love that the dogs match the color scheme. 5mo
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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. 😉 5mo
Bianca @wanderinglynn I'm sure I'll have questions! Thank you! 5mo
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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. 5mo
MoonWitch94 @Kaila-ann This is my 3rd attempt. I‘m hoping I finish it this time. 5mo
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. 5mo
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hermyknee
The Historian | Elizabeth Kostova
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“It was good to walk into a library again; it smelled like #home.“

#quotsymay19 #lizdoesquotsy

JoScho 🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼 6mo
Crazeedi ❤❤❤ this quote and loved the book its from! 6mo
Craftylikefox 💕🖤💕 6mo
Mdargusch So true! 😁 6mo
gradcat Yaaasss! ♥️ 6mo
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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 👍🏻💕 6mo
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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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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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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 8mo
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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. 🤔 8mo
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Blueberry
The Historian | Elizabeth Kostova
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No work today!!

Swe_Eva *envious* 8mo
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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 🤓 8mo
sprainedbrain Such a great book! 😍 8mo
Slajaunie I got half way through and had to stop. I will try again on audiobook. 8mo
Ddzmini Great book 📖 8mo
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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
The Historian | Elizabeth Kostova
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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 10mo
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 10mo
TrishB Loved this too 💕 10mo
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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 😳😊 10mo
TrishB I‘ve read The Swan Thieves - it wasn‘t The Historian but I still enjoyed it. 10mo
Andrew65 I loved this too! 😍 I need to read more of her books but not dine so yet. @TrishB 10mo
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Jazz2
The Historian | Elizabeth Kostova
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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! ❤️ 10mo
Texreader One of my top ten books. It‘s a fantastic read 10mo
jillannjohn This is one of my favs of all time! ❤️ 10mo
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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. 12mo
ferskner I love this book so much! 12mo
sprainedbrain Such a great book! I read it this time last year, and it was the perfect time. 😃 12mo
ladym30 This book was excellent! 12mo
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 😍 12mo
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jillrhudy
The Historian | Elizabeth Kostova
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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 😍😍 12mo
SheReadsAndWrites Thank you!!! @Megabooks We are so madly in love with her. 💖 12mo
JennyM So beautiful - I‘d want to curl up and read with her everyday 12mo
SheReadsAndWrites Right? @JennyM I have her and a weenie dog that love to snuggle. Best reading buddies ever. ❤️🐶🐶 12mo
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Andrew65
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I loved this book. ❤️😍 A truly wonderful Read.
#dracula #🧛‍♂️ #ReadingResolutions

Crazeedi Yes!!!!!😍 12mo
Andrew65 @Crazeedi Glad I am not alone on this, I felt it was a special book. Really need to try another of her books. 12mo
CoverToCoverGirl It‘s waiting patiently, on my TBR shelf, for me to get to it. (edited) 12mo
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Andrew65 @CoverToCoverGirl Enjoy when you do. 👍 12mo
Hooked_on_books I love it, too!! 12mo
Andrew65 @Hooked_on_books It‘s great when you see others like the books you love. 👍 12mo
SheReadsAndWrites I just started this! Hoping it doesn't scare me too much. 🙈 12mo
TheReadingMermaid Great book!!! 12mo
Branwen I love this book sooooo much! I'm glad you love it too! 😀 12mo
sprainedbrain Such a great book!! 12mo
BookNerd9906 One of my all time favorites. ❤️❤️❤️ 12mo
PacingTheCage I read this a few years ago and really enjoyed it! 12mo
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! 12mo
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jillrhudy
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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 😉👍 12mo
Branwen Yessssssss! 😀 12mo
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Christinak
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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. 12mo
Ddzmini 😍😍😍 12mo
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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!*😊 12mo
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! 12mo
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...🤓 12mo
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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! 12mo
Readage @ju.ca.no 😉 12mo
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TerriGreen
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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 😊 13mo
AmyG Good books! 13mo
RaimeyGallant Quite the package! 13mo
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Avanders ❤️🧡💛🎃🍁🍂😍 13mo
monalyisha Cutesy mug & chocolates! 😍 13mo
Bklover Great books!!! 13mo
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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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Butterflyamore
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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 🖤 13mo
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Slajaunie
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Samplergal I sent you a request. 13mo
angel1 I sent you both a request🤗 13mo
bullbunny Sent the request 13mo
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SassyPants617 Added! (I think?) lmao 13mo
nalinisriv Sent you request 13mo
KrystleTheBookSlayer Sent a request, I can always use more bookish friends! 😊 13mo
Sharpeipup Says pending 13mo
imabusybee Yay!! For more bookish friends 13mo
Birdsong28 I already have as it says pending ,😀📚📖 13mo
erank58 Yay! Always looking for more Goodreads friends! 13mo
Astroneman Yess! 13mo
Readingismyescape Sent a request 13mo
Purrfectpages I went to add you, but it said pending already.🤷‍♀️ (edited) 13mo
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Slajaunie
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Three loves + 📚 = perfect!

Laura317 Love this!! 💙💙💙 13mo
TNbookworm Great tee💙 13mo
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Slajaunie
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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! 13mo
Anovelobsession Perfect day!! 13mo
GingerAntics Perfection 13mo
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Slajaunie
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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! 14mo
Slajaunie @CouronneDhiver Thanks! They are my favorite! 14mo
Libby1 ❤️🐸❤️ 14mo
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Bookishthoughts This made me laugh! Thank you😆 14mo
Slajaunie Anytime @LazyDays !! 🐸🤗 14mo
UwannaPublishme 🐸🙌🏻 14mo
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