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The Little Stranger
The Little Stranger | Sarah Waters
From the multi-award-winning and bestselling author of The Night Watch and Fingersmith comes an astonishing novel about love, loss, and the sometimes unbearable weight of the past.In a dusty post-war summer in rural Warwickshire, a doctor is called to see a patient at lonely Hundreds Hall. Home to the Ayres family for over two centuries, the once grand house is now in decline, its masonry crumbling, its garden choked with weeds. All around, the world is changing, and the family is struggling to adjust to a society with new values and rules.Roddie Ayres, who returned from World War II physically and emotionally wounded, is desperate to keep the house and what remains of the estate together for the sake of his mother and his sister, Caroline. Mrs. Ayres is doing her best to hold on to the gracious habits of a gentler era and Caroline seems cheerfully prepared to continue doing the work a team of servants once handled, even if it means having little chance for a life of her own beyond Hundreds.But as Dr. Faraday becomes increasingly entwined in the Ayreses lives, signs of a more disturbing nature start to emerge, both within the family and in Hundreds Hall itself. And Faraday begins to wonder if they are all threatened by something more sinister than a dying way of life, something that could subsume them completely.Both a nuanced evocation of 1940s England and the most chill-inducing novel of psychological suspense in years, The Little Stranger confirms Sarah Waters as one of the finest and most exciting novelists writing today.
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HettyG
The Little Stranger | Sarah Waters
Panpan

The word that describes this book for me is unsatisfying. It was far far FAR too long, a meandering story that just never turns into anything particularly interesting, not even at the end.

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carlthecattt
The Little Stranger | Sarah Waters
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#lmpbc finished and being sent off tomorrow.

Avanders 💃🏽💃🏽 3mo
Avanders Also, the next book was supposed to be delivered today, but it looks like it‘s been delayed… hopefully soon!! 3mo
carlthecattt @Avanders that‘s okay! I‘ve got another one I need to start and finish really fast before getting sent out :) 3mo
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Avanders Update: it should be there today! 🤞🏽 and I know the feeling… 😁😁 3mo
carlthecattt @Avanders just checked my mail and it‘s here! :) 3mo
Avanders Woohoo! 👏🏽👏🏽 3mo
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carlthecattt
Little Stranger | Sarah Waters
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Michigan is getting hit with lots of snow, and we are loving every second. But it‘s throwing off my shipping schedule.
Valentines Swap will be mailed out tomorrow! I received yours yesterday ☺️ @BookwormAHN
Trying to finish my way through the #lmpbc picks for this month, and will hopefully have those shipped Monday at the latest!

BookwormAHN I'm glad you received it and I'll watch for mine. Stay warm 😺 4mo
Tera66 Beautiful picture!❄️ 4mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful 🥶 ❄️ 4mo
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Buechersuechtling
The Little Stranger | Sarah Waters
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Still, nice sleeve cover, also.

I think, I grabbed this book from a book thrift years ago because I found the blurb on the back interesting.

I‘m sure it took me too long to pick it up since then . I‘m pretty sure that my bookish interests have shifted in the meantime. 🤷🏽‍♀️ Sorry, not sorry.

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Buechersuechtling
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Bailedbailed

I like the hard book cover. 😍 But I dislike the book. I scarcely made 100 pages and since I began reading, I kept asking myself if there finally will be something happening. It‘s just boring story telling for me. 🙄 (Insofar as I want to grant the book something like a plot, a story.)

I didn‘t like how disrespectful the men talked about Caroline, either, and found myself less and less interested in the characters and the plot.

So: Time to bail.

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Buechersuechtling
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“A clever boy like you should know better" [...].
I had to listen to such remarks from adults all the time when I was a child. [...] They put me in a helpless, silent rage every time, because on the one hand I was desperate to live up to my reputation of being a clever boy, on the other hand it seemed very unfair to me that this intelligence I had never asked for was suddenly being used to reprimand me.” (page 10)

⬆️⬆️⬆️ I so much feel him.

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Avanders
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Pickpick

Finished Little Stranger. I thought the beginning & end were strong, but the middle a bit of a drag. Overall, a definite pick. Won‘t say more as this is an #LMPBC book … and I‘ve sent it on to you @carlthecattt !

Started reading Leave the World Behind.. about 1/3 in and very intrigued! I see it doesn‘t have a lot of Goodreads love, so also curious about that 😁

And THANK YOU @Chrissyreadit for this very cool name display!! I love it! ♥️♥️♥️

mklong Totally agree on Little Stranger! I mailed Winter at Death‘s Hotel on Monday so you should get it soon. 4mo
Chrissyreadit I thought it could be a fun book mark or something…. 4mo
Avanders @Chrissyreadit oh definitely a bookmark, but I‘m also thinking I could use it in my office ☺️ it‘s beautiful! ♥️ @mklong sweet! 😁 4mo
Chrissyreadit 😘❤️😘 4mo
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Avanders
Little Stranger | Sarah Waters
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Yay, received my #lmpbc #groupw package from @mklong - thank you! I love this cover 🤩 And can‘t wait to read it! 👏🏽👏🏽

Avanders #AVeryMerryReadathon @TheSpineView I‘m so bad at remembering this 🤦🏽‍♀️ 5mo
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Therewillbebooks
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Pickpick

Just released our episode on Sarah Waters' The Little Stranger. Pictured is Peter, who lost a bet with yours truly, and now has to wear a moustache for a week. I think he should keep it.

https://open.spotify.com/show/6A6hXZ7eaOG7BtHOSJpCTI

BarbaraBB Great picture! The mustache suits him! 5mo
wanderinglynn I second @BarbaraBB Great photo & the mustache looks good on him. 👍🏻 5mo
JamieArc What a great photo! 5mo
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BarbaraBB
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I think I received your gift Jessie and I am SO happy with it! I love Sarah Waters and I‘ve heard the best things about this specific one. Thank you so much!! ❤️❤️

AmyG It‘s a good book. I love all the books I have read of hers. 6mo
erzascarletbookgasm I hope you‘ll love it, it‘s such a good read. 💕 I hope to watch the adaptation. 6mo
batsy I just read this and loved it 🖤 Hope you enjoy it too! 6mo
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Michael_Gee
The Little Stranger | Sarah Waters
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Pickpick

Waters is just incredible. This leisurely paced gothic teases out its mystery until the end, & even then I left book club w/a totally different understanding from my own reading: SO COOL. Intricately wrapped up in this is the politics of a changing England, with preoccupations of class and upward mobility. I thought it was claustrophobic, fatalistic, and creepy. As a book club pick: A bit long to read in a month but the conversation was great.

LeahBergen I thought this was fantastic. 👍 6mo
Michael_Gee @LeahBergen Yes!! One of my favorite reads in the past year/or so was Affinity. Have you read that one? 6mo
LeahBergen I have! I think my favourite of hers is Fingersmith. Have you read that one? 6mo
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LeahBergen But I‘ve heartily enjoyed them all! 😆 6mo
batsy Great review. I found this so spooky and menacing and psychologically compelling! 6mo
Cathythoughts This was the first one of hers I read & loved it. Like Leah @LeahBergen Fingersmith is my favorite 👍🏻 6mo
Michael_Gee @LeahBergen @Cathythoughts I‘ve not read Fingersmith but it is on my list! Honestly prob everything she‘s written is on my list. I‘ll bump it up. 6mo
Michael_Gee @batsy Yes! Yes! And yes! Totally agree with you. 6mo
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batsy
The Little Stranger | Sarah Waters
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This book did subtle menace & creepy in all the ways that hit right. Families, burdens, responsibilities, class difference, property, & what Karl Marx said: "The tradition of all dead generations weighs like a nightmare on the brains of the living". I took as long as I did to read this because while the book is very good, it's also deeply unnerving & uncomfortable in how it brings to light the aspects of human nature that transcend the empirical.

AlaMich I love that retro cover! 7mo
erzascarletbookgasm It‘s so good, right? Very well-put review 👍 7mo
batsy @AlaMich It fits the atmosphere of the book so well! 7mo
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batsy @erzascarletbookgasm Thank you! I really enjoyed it and just realised there's also a film adaptation, which is fun 🙂 7mo
LeahBergen I thought this was just so well done (and creepy 😬)! 7mo
BarbaraBB This should be my next Sarah Waters! 7mo
batsy @LeahBergen Yes! I'm still thinking about it. She combined creepiness and the underlying sadness so well. 7mo
batsy @BarbaraBB I absolutely recommend it! 7mo
johncadams It sounds very intriguing. 7mo
batsy @johncadams It really is! 7mo
Hamlet Wonderful review! I‘ve only read one of her novels so far; I think this will be my second. 7mo
Centique Great review Suba! I‘m looking forward to this 💕 7mo
batsy @Hamlet @Centique Thank you! 💜 I hope you both give it a go and that you find it worthwhile... It's a slow burn that gets under one's skin. 7mo
Cathythoughts Great insightful review… I really enjoyed this book 6mo
batsy @Cathythoughts Thanks Cathy... This one was just so subtly creepy. 6mo
BiblioLitten Yet to get to this one. Looking forward to it now. 😊 6mo
batsy @BiblioLitten It's a nice one to have waiting for you! ❤️ 6mo
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ElizaMarie
The Little Stranger | Sarah Waters
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Pickpick

Loved love loved it! Thanks again @Avanders for gifting this one to me. It was a great source of creepy that really fit the season!

#FallTBR
#IPromiseToRead
@AkashaVampie

batsy I'm reading it now and it's really unnervingly creepy! 7mo
ElizaMarie @batsy ooo but it‘s super good :) 7mo
Avanders Yay!! 👏🏽👏🏽 7mo
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batsy
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I'm about a 100 pages in and there's already been a pretty unnerving scene that kind of hits you out of nowhere. There's a bit of that subtle menace underlying everything but it still made me feel 😰

Sarah Waters knows how to set a scene...

LeahBergen I thoroughly enjoyed this one! 7mo
Cathythoughts I loved this one 👏🏻👏🏻😁 7mo
Michael_Gee Yes! Omg I know exactly what scene you are talking about because I read it last night 😳 7mo
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Ruthiella This book was so good. My first Sarah Waters I think. So creepy. 7mo
batsy @LeahBergen @Cathythoughts I'm really enjoying it so far 💜 7mo
batsy @Michael_Gee I've read on a bit since then and 💔and also 😨 7mo
batsy @Ruthiella I love her! I'm not sure why it took me so long to get to this but I'm glad I got here 🙂 7mo
Centique I love Sarah Waters but I haven‘t got to this one yet. It‘s on my shelf eyeing me creepily now! 7mo
Lindy So atmospheric! I was at an event where Bill Richardson interviewed Sarah Waters and he said all her books featured lesbians, so, in this book, the house is obviously the lesbian. 7mo
batsy @Centique It's so well done, the creepiness. I also have a weakness for the haunted house trope done well! 7mo
batsy @Lindy OK, that is so fascinating to think about! I need to come back to this comment once I'm finished. 7mo
BiblioLitten Subtle menace is just the right way to put it. 💙 7mo
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rachelm
The Little Stranger | Sarah Waters
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Capping off spooky season with this read, which has been on my TBR for years. Home with the kids right now, since two of them have COVID (😓). Not very serious, thank goodness, but it does mean a lot of togetherness time. This is a nice read during their rest time.

MicheleinPhilly Hope they recover quickly! 7mo
rachelm @MicheleinPhilly thank you! 7mo
Ephemera This book has a really creepy vibe to it. After you read it, you should watch the movie version 7mo
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ElizaMarie
The Little Stranger | Sarah Waters
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@Avanders I am started this yesterday (so far its been hard to do my school work because I don't want to put it down!) Anyway, thank you again for being so amazing!

#FallTBR
#IPromiseToRead
@AkashaVampie

Avanders Awesome — I‘ve heard such good things about this book!! ☺️☺️ 7mo
ElizaMarie @Avanders I am really enjoying it so far. I should be done today (hopefully) I could send it to you (it's a good book but one I wouldn't read again because you know, I will know everything!) 7mo
Avanders Sure if you wanna send it back, I‘d read it! 🤗 (though of course… no guarantees on when 😜). If you‘ve changed your mind and want to keep it, though, no worries! I‘m friendly with our local bookstores and the library 😁😁 7mo
ElizaMarie @Avanders I would love to send it to you (of course.. the timing might be off as I get caught up in all sorts of things) but... It sill now be on my “list of things“ to do :) 7mo
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mklong
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What do y‘all think of these options for our winter spook fest #LMPBC round?

MaleficentBookDragon They look good. I've already read Sanatorium. I really like 7mo
Avanders Agreed! I‘ve also already read Sanatorium 😁 My top pick would be The Little Stranger, but I‘m also happy to read any of them! (edited) 7mo
carlthecattt I like the idea of Moon of the Crusted Snow 7mo
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Therewillbebooks
Little Stranger | Sarah Waters
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Looking for a creepy book to read for our October book club.

Ruthiella The Sarah Waters‘ title is good. 😱👍 8mo
Therewillbebooks @Ruthiella Yeah! I've heard it's creepy 8mo
Michael_Gee That is our horror book club‘s next pick after 8mo
Cathythoughts I loved Little Stranger 👍🏻 8mo
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SkeletonKey
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Family bookclub pick for October. I‘ve owned this book for many years so I‘m glad to finally have a push to read it.

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Nalbuque
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Pickpick

Great atmospheric thriller/mystery/horror? Think Haunting of Hill House, or Mexican Gothic… I rly enjoyed it! I love Sarah Waters in general so there you go.

JamieArc I have only read Fingersmith but loved it so I have no idea why I haven‘t read all of Waters‘ books by now! This looks like a great October read. 8mo
Nalbuque @JamieArc yes!! It‘s perfect for that! I wouldn‘t say it‘s scary, but it‘s def my type of Halloween book! Also, may I recommend Tipping the Velvet from her? It‘s a wild ride! 8mo
Andrea4 I've only read one Waters so far but have another on my shelf that I think I should give a go... 8mo
Nalbuque @Andrea4 ooohhh which one did you read and which one is on your shelf? I want to read The Night Watch :))) 8mo
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ElizaMarie
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Thank you @Avanders for the lovely #CBBC package *I already ate the macaroons!!! Also, I needed some chapstick for work! So now I have a ton to choose from and the coffee smells great! I can't wait to start the #CBBC book (and eventually I will get to this lovely book you gifted me) thanks again!!!

Avanders Yay!! I‘m so glad you like it 🤗🤗 You‘re welcome!! ♥️😘 11mo
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cdreincarnate
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I grabbed this audiobook on impulse when I saw that a friend had started reading it. It‘s a pretty solid ghost story that incorporates the rise of industrialization and the fall of the aristocracy, but it remains vague about the haunting itself. I prefer ghost stories where we get to see the ghost at some point, or figure out how it came to be there, but we never get that here. But of course, it‘s still very well written and well narrated ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Cathythoughts Loved this book ❤️ 2y
sarahljensen I saw the movie and was pretty disappointed too 2y
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LeafingThroughLife
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This was a great #bookspin pick for October. Waters is quickly climbing the list of my favorite authors. I love how quickly she can set a scene and draw you right into it. A family living in falling down post-war British estate is haunted by a ghost or is it all in their heads? Or is it something even more sinister? Waters keeps you guessing til the very end.

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2y
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CJRwriting
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Ooofff, an excellent read that doesn't so much deliver scares but an atmosphere dripping with dread and foreboding. It takes a while to get to the 'spooky' stuff, but once it begins the book doesn't lose focus. If you prefer your ghost stories to be subtly over screams, this is for you.

Recommended for fans of Michelle Paver, M R James and Elizabeth Kostova.

Cathythoughts Loved this one 👍🏻❤️ 2y
CJRwriting It was so subtle, it really swallowed me up. 2y
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jenniferw88
The Little Stranger | Sarah Waters
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Thanks @Hufflepuffle for everything in my #litsylovefallswap - I seriously ❤ everything & can't wait to start the books! @rsteve388 @Bookgoil

481pts @Clwojick #teamslaughter #scarathlon2020

Crazeedi 🍂🧡🍂🧡🍂🧡🍂 2y
Bookgoil Ooo those chocolates especially look good!! 2y
Hufflepuffle I‘m so happy you like it all 😊 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 📚🎉👏🏻 2y
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ElizaMarie
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Ooo with a quote like this how could you not stack this one!?

#MonsterSheWrote , #GothicWomen #ReadingWithTBRCrew @jb72

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Twainy
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🎧 This isn‘t your Shirley Jackson or Stephen King-like haunted house story. It‘s more like a slow burn Victorian gothic-ish creepy tale involving possible ghosts in a malevolent house. I liked it well enough to keep listening and by the last third I was on the edge of my seat! Interesting & atmospheric. This is a pick due to the last half of the book really grabbing my interest! ⭐️⭐️⭐️1/4

Cathythoughts Great review! Such a brilliant book 2y
Twainy @cathythoughts I‘m so glad you liked it. I‘ve been so overwhelmed at work that these audiobooks need to beat me over the head to drag me in & I wasn‘t kidding, I actually stopped what I was doing around 9pm & was just shaking my head. Looking at the last book on my current library list it occurs to me that the book is maybe reminiscent to Rebecca 😈 2y
AmyG Excellent book. I think the atmosphere of the story alone kept me reading. 2y
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Balibee146
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Early to bed with a new read.... Exciting Saturday night 😀😀🛏️📖

#currentlyreading

erzascarletbookgasm I enjoyed this 👍 very good read. 2y
Cathythoughts I loved this one 👍🏻and the movie is good too 2y
TrishB Hope you‘re doing ok 😘😘 2y
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Balibee146 Hi @TrishB thanks for the message. Yeah just finished homeschool for summer.... Business still dead up here so looking at other shirt term options and additional training for a new business longer term.... Not really reading at all apart from dipping a toe into accountancy textbooks for that retrain goal 😉 How are you and the family doing are you still working at home? 😘😘 2y
Balibee146 *short not shirt ha ha 2y
TrishB Hope something picks up for you soon ❤️ still working at home and prob will be til January. All plodding along annoying each other every day 😁😁 2y
Balibee146 @TrishB yeah I know what you mean... Too much of a good thing being together all the time sometimes. We are plodding along, got some help from the self employed support scheme and it is gradually picking up, though it's always seasonally quieter right now, even on a good year, with the Glasgow fair fortnight etc etc this month. 😘 2y
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ChasingOm
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I, like many people I‘ve seen post lately, have had very little attention span in order to get sucked into a book. Tonight, I told myself I was going to finish this one book that I‘ve been reading for at least a month, but I forgot it‘s kind of a ghost story and whoops, now I‘m scared. 😬👻

The book was wonderfully atmospheric though, so if you‘re looking for a little gothic creepiness right now, I would recommend.

canbku Love Sarah waters, but i haven't read everything of hers. Looks good! 2y
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ChasingOm
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It‘s cold and rainy here, but I don‘t even care because I have a warm cat on my lap. #keeplitsypositive

Now if only I could reach my book! 😂

LoverOfLearning So cozy and sweet! 2y
ChasingOm I had my phone, so I started this one on my Kindle app: 2y
LoverOfLearning I wish I had a cat. I'm super allergic! Love this! 2y
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Myhusbandhatesreading
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Panpan

Finished my breakfast and finally freaking finished this book!! Way too long and the end sucked for me! I kept thinking it was going to get better but it didn‘t. 482 pages and over 3 weeks!!

Soubhiville I adore Sarah Waters, but this is my least favorite of her books. It‘s the only one I‘ve marked as so-so. 2y
Myhusbandhatesreading @Soubhiville @MicheleinPhilly I had picked this one up because I had read another from her that I enjoyed. Oh well. 2y
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Myhusbandhatesreading
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We have been so busy with our new puppy, Cooper, that I have been reading but not posting. I have been reading this one for about 2 weeks. It is a decent read but extremely slow going for me.

Cortg What a cutie! Congrats on the new pup 😀 2y
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Tamra Super cute! 2y
Caroline2 Ah he‘s adorable! 💖 2y
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erzascarletbookgasm
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At the heart of the story is Hundreds Hall, a decaying mansion which may or may not be haunted by evil spirits. The foreshadowing of the horror, fascinating narrative and memorable ending makes this a #haunting read. Loved it!
#NamasteNovember

Bookzombie I loved this one too! 3y
LeahBergen So good! 😍 3y
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BookishClaire
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For the Brit Lit Podcast's 2nd anniversary, we have a very special treat: Book Riot's Liberty Hardy talks British books, velocireading, tattoos of literary quotes, cats, and more! https://buff.ly/30KECSN

rather_be_reading i LOVE Liberty! 3y
JulietReads I don't know what this is, but I don't hate it. Lol. 3y
LeeRHarry Oh I‘m jealous of you being able to talk to Liberty - love her on All the Books 💕😊 3y
BookishClaire @leerharry It was super fun! 3y
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cjk
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Cathythoughts Loved this 👍🏻♥️ 3y
cjk @Cathythoughts It was really good! I‘ve read mixed reviews about some of her other books, but I plan on reading Tipping the Velvet and Fingersmith. Any thoughts on either? 😊 3y
Cathythoughts I loved Fingersmith... you are in for a treat there ! I havnt read The Velvet yet 3y
cjk @Cathythoughts Good to know! 3y
TheLudicReader Fingersmith is amazing. Holy twist, Batman! (edited) 3y
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sprainedbrain
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One of the challenges for #thereadingrush #readathon is to read and watch a book to movie adaptation. I finished The Little Stranger book yesterday and have already posted my review. Today I watched the movie, and now I think I actually appreciate the book even more.

Since I'm a blogger now I guess, I decided to blog about both! 😊

https://sprainedbrain.blog/2019/07/24/book-and-sort-of-film-review-the-little-st...

KateFulfordAuthor Haven‘t been so keen on other Sarah Waters but this one really grabbed me. Classic, spooky, haunted house mystery with a clever twist. 3y
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sprainedbrain
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The book is well-written and atmospheric. I love the setting: 1940s English countryside and a decaying, historical family manor. I enjoyed the pervading sense of unease of this gothic story, but I was expecting more something twisty at the end...the revelation of the little stranger was very subtlety done.

My first book finished for #thereadingrush #readathon: this was my read & watch a book to movie adaptation for the challenge.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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sprainedbrain
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I‘ve been cruising through this audiobook today for #thereadingrush #readathon but now it‘s nighttime outside and all of the sudden the story is freaking me out and it might be time to switch books until tomorrow. 😳

Once I finish it, I will be watching the movie, since this is for the read the book/watch the movie challenge prompt.

I‘m guessing I will also be watching the movie during the day.

#IAmAWeenie

chapter_fifty2017 I really liked this book haven't seen the movie but appreciated the wonderfully written spooky atmosphere so well done 😱😱😱😱 3y
Slajaunie Sold! 3y
Cathythoughts Loved this one ♥️👍🏻 3y
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Lauram I couldn‘t read this either. 3y
802Librarian Ooh, I didn‘t know there was a movie! I read this a couple months ago 👻🧐🤭 3y
WhatWouldJaneDo Read this earlier this year and then watched the movie as well. I enjoyed the book a lot and have a few more of her book in my TBR. Can't wait to hear what you think of the adaptation! 3y
sprainedbrain @WhatWouldJaneDo Ok wow... having watched the movie, I think I actually appreciate the book a little more. The movie is good, even if it seems like they beat us over the head with interpreting who the Little Stranger is. Very good! 3y
WhatWouldJaneDo Agreed! I thought the book being first person from Faraday's POV did an amazing job of building up who the Little Stranger was and showing how warped he really was. I definitely started out taking him more at face value. 3y
sprainedbrain @WhatWouldJaneDo Yes! I bought him as a reliable narrator at the beginning. She did such a great job bringing it out slowly. 3y
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twohectobooks
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Had a tough time choosing my #top6reads of 2019 because I guess I haven‘t read much this year that‘s really blown me away.

Just noticed that these are at 50/50 when it comes to author gender, though, so that‘s exciting as I‘ve been really working hard to read more books by women over the last few years.

Thanks for the tag @Lucy_Anywhere !

Chelsea.Poole I've had Little Stranger on my list for a long time. Glad to see you enjoyed it. 😊 3y
Cathythoughts I loved the Little Sranger 😍 3y
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AmyStewart
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Another amazing Sarah Waters novel. I'm trying not to inhale them all at once, but I can't seem to help myself. If you love creepy old English estates that are quite possibly haunted, love gone wrong, and ordinary people driven to madness, then you will love this book.

Has anyone seen the movie????

erzascarletbookgasm No, but I loved the book! 3y
Cathythoughts I loved this one too. I did see the movie & I thought it was really good ♥️👍🏻 3y
Theaelizabet Loved the book. Maybe I‘ll get to the movie this summer. 3y
scowler1 Brilliant novelist. I've read them all and I'm desperate for more. 3y
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3.5⭐️ The extra half star for the narration, Vance is terrific!

The story had all the gothic elements to be fantastic: big crumbling house, atmospheric, ghostly unexplainable goings-on, mental illness (or is it?) but it kinda fizzled out a bit. I was expecting some kind of brilliant twist at the end.

I do admire the feminist strength of one of the MCs - resisting societal expectations.

Everything else about the writing was very good.

Cathythoughts Nice review! Yes al lot of my Bookclub ( who had read S Waters before) were disappointed! It was my first by her & I loved it (edited) 3y
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Once I got over expecting this to be something it‘s not, I really liked this book. A country doctor rapidly becomes entwined in the lives of a formerly wealthy family in post WWII England. Is this a haunting or is it all in their heads? The book is a slow burn almost to a fault, except that I had a hard time putting it down. Sarah Waters captures the voices of her historic setting perfectly. My first Waters but definitely not my last.

Tamra I just 10 min ago started the audio. I like the narration! 3y
twohectobooks @Tamra hurray! Hope you enjoy the book :) 3y
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I really enjoyed this one. A little gothic horror in the spring always feels right, y‘know? Taking place in post-war England, it‘s a tale of class and change and possible ghosties. Is the house haunted or is the family insane? What are the doctor‘s real motivations? What do we do when our way of life is no longer sustainable? I love Sarah Waters and this book may not have had historical lesbians, but it was still bloody good. 👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼

Cathythoughts Nice review! I loved this one too 3y
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So, instead of reading Gingerbread like I was planning, this called to me from the depths of my kindle. And I‘m loooooving it!! Sarah Waters can really tell a story. I loved The Paying Guests and I have a feeling I‘m going on a backlist binge once this one is finished!

MidnightBookGirl I am constantly recommending her book 3y
Cathythoughts I loved this one ✨✨✨✨✨ 3y
JamieArc I recently read Fingersmith and it will be one of my most recommended books too, @MidnightBookGirl ! 3y
Owlizabeth @MidnightBookGirl @JamieArc I have that and Tipping the Velvet, plus I‘ve already read The Paying Guests (which I recommend to everyone already), so I‘m stoked for a #backlistbinge 3y
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So like, this isn‘t so much a haunted house story as it‘s about an evil doctor destroying a family from within, right? (Don‘t answer that, I‘m just recording my guess so I can come back later and see if I was correct.)

Lindy 👻🏠? 🧟‍♂️?🕵️‍♀️! 3y
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#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

1️⃣ Tagged, plus Native Son and Mother‘s of Massive Resistance.
2️⃣ I feel like I‘m the only person who doesn‘t listen to audiobooks yet. I have overheard a few and I just don‘t like the rhythm of them? Have been considering trying out audio for some nonfiction though.
3️⃣ Elven Star. I‘ll be visiting my sister and I want to return it to her.

rachelsbrittain That's fair. If an audiobook is bad it's usually really bad. Depends a lot on the book and the narrator. Thanks for joining in 💜 3y
twohectobooks @rachelsbrittain I have heard that the reader can really make or break the book! 3y
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This was my first time reading Sarah Waters, and while it was a reeeally slow burn, I was completely hooked. I generally loved the characterisation even though the narrator, Dr Farraday, infuriated me at times (which I think is rather the point of his character)! What impressed me most, however, is how Waters crafts the specificity of this period, especially with respect to wealth and class within a shifting social landscape.

erzascarletbookgasm I loved it too. I‘ll recommend this as your next Waters 3y
Cweeeevs @erzascarletbookgasm ooh thanks! I've heard great things about that one, I'll have to pick up a copy soon! 3y
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