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Bird Box: A Novel | Josh Malerman
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I finally read this! I found the tension great & the character development to be surprisingly filled in for such a short novel. Having read some of the criticisms, I feel that perhaps I filled in a lot with my imagination, but I was well-satisfied. I immediately proceeded to watch the movie... which was very good.. though some of the huge differences are curious... Of course, the book was better. ;)

Thank you @Jess#halloweengoespostal 2017! ♥️

Chrissyreadit I really enjoyed this- my kind of horror.... 3y
marleed I liked this too. I read it the day after I saw the movie. I much preferred the kids in the book. The movie failed to capture their heightened senses from a lifetime of blindfolds. But I preferred Sanda Bullock‘s take on the MC - she was more badass in the movie. 3y
Avanders @Chrissyreadit mine too! 😁 @marleed interesting to have read it right after the movie — I agree with both of your assessments! 😄 3y
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Chrissyreadit I‘m glad you liked it too! 3y
SamHeartCoffee Can‘t wait to read this too! The movie is awesome. 3y
Avanders @SamHeartCoffee do you have it? You‘re welcome to my copy! 3y
SamHeartCoffee I sure do! It was a gift for a swap. 😉 3y
MaleficentBookDragon I think it will be interesting to read this one after 3y
Avanders @MaleficentBookDragon I did the same... very different feels 🙊🙈🙊🙈 3y
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Repost for @LibrarianRyan :
I was hoping to see some Halloween swaps posted over the weekend. Since I didn‘t I decided to host one. The #NightmareSwap is a Halloween swap.

Matches sent the 15-20th. Open date Halloween.

This is in country ONLY. If there are not 2 people from your country, I will not be able to match you.

Kids and teens welcome.

Feel free to share.


LibrarianRyan Wow! You are fast and Awesome!! Thank you. 3y
LitsyHappenings @LibrarianRyan 😁 ha I just happened to be logged on right then — the timing was perfect! 😘 3y
AmyG Thank you @LibrariianRyan ...I can‘t resist a Halloween swap. I‘m in. 3y
MatchlessMarie Awesome! I was holding out for #halloweengoespostal but I'm not sure if it's happening this year. Glad I caught this just in time 👻 3y
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Repost for @sprainedbrain and @Meaw_catlady :
Looking for a witchy swap for Halloween this year? We have the swap for you!

Signups are open now through 8/16. Matches sent by 9/1, opening date 10/31.

See the form for more info & to sign up, and share!


Mad props to @monalyisha for having this brilliant idea last year!


sprainedbrain Thanks!! 3y
Meeko93 Anymore swaps like this available since I missed out on this one?? 3y
LitsyHappenings @Meeko93 not that I‘ve seen yet, but I believe @Maleficentbookdragon and @BookishMarginalia will be doing their #AllHallowsReadSwap and #HalloweenGoesPostal respectively again this year... 3y
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We are heading into the biggest SWAP season of the year here on Litsy. Since our @LitsySwaps page has been inactive for a bit, and we have a TON of new Littens, I thought I would write up a primer for everyone about how swaps work, dos, don'ts, etc. And give those who need, place to ask general questions.

This will be a thread and it may be long

Pictured above are the general swap rules as created by various hosts and @LitsySwaps


LibrarianRyan 2. Any and all specific host rules may overrule these general rules, but most do not. Most will include these rules into their rules in some form or another. They may not be word for word (I'm lazy, I copied and pasted years ago and still use it) but most rules DO NOT CHANGE.

If there is a rule you do not like in the swap THEN DON“T DO THE SWAP! It is that simple.
LibrarianRyan 3. Pay attention to the theme if there is one. Please do not sign up for a Steampunk swap, if you hate steampunk. Just putting in the additional notes that you hate steampunk but wanted to do a swap, is NOT a good way to get involved. All us hosts want you to have a great time both giving and receiving, so please don't start up on the track to fail. If you are open to trying something new swaps ARE a great way to do so, just mention it. (edited) 3y
LibrarianRyan 4. Commit to your commitments. Do not sign up for a swap you know you can not afford. Also, If you can only afford 1 swap, do not sign up for 2.

FAIR WARNING: There is a BLACKLIST. Actually there are at least two, maybe more. We hosts talk and keep notes. Yes you can get off the blacklist, but it requires someone willing to trust you and give you a chance. Meaning, it may not be easy.
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LibrarianRyan 5. in partnership with 4, if your in trouble, say something. Let your host know. We know about and understand emergencies. Weather its illness/death in the family to hurricanes we hosts will work with you. We talk to your swap partners and work out alternative, switch things up, cover, etc. COMMUNICATION IS KEY. The sooner we know, the sooner we can help. We want this to be fun for all, not a burden or a concern when life happens. 3y
LibrarianRyan 6. Still going with 4 and 5, please do not think that just because you change your screen name that you will automatically get off the blacklist. Sorry. Does not work that way.

You should AT NO TIME between signing up for a swap and opening day change your screen name. You should also have your account set to public. If you have blocked specific littens, please let your host know if you end up paired.
LibrarianRyan 7. Just as their are bad swappers, I will be honest there are hosts who are better than others. I know when I host swaps I can be a bit of a nag, so I would not be surprised to find out I was on someones “nope“ list. At the same time, I personally keep track of swaps I did not enjoy and why. What makes a good host is different to everyone, so a awesome host to me, may be someone else's night mare and vice versa. That is okay. 3y
LibrarianRyan 8. If you want to host a swap, you can. There is nothing holding you back. But know ahead of time it is a lot of work. Even the simplest smallest swap takes up soooo much time. For a newbie, think of it this way, you will probably spend one - two hours on your swap for everyone who signs up.

That means you could spend 40 hours on work for a swap of 40 people. The more you do it, the easier it gets, but not always.
LibrarianRyan 9. Go into swaps for the fun, for the excitement, the joy. Don't go into swaps for what you will get out of it. Some will post spending limits, or have you pick a price range, some do not. Don't look for a me verses them: what did I spend, what did they spend. Set your own budget. What you want to do and what you can afford. And be understanding that not everyone may be in the same situation you are in. 3y
KatieDid927 Thanks for this! When I first started doing swaps I had to hunt for the original Litsy rules. I also have toyed with the idea of hosting so this is helpful insight for me on that end as well. 3y
LibrarianRyan 10. Be open to not getting what is on your wishlist. If you only want and will only except books on your list, you may limit the person sending to you, to something they can not do. Wishlists are great ways for matches to get ideas, but if you are a core believer of “only want I want“ you may want to do a book store run rather than a swap. (edited) 3y
LibrarianRyan 11. Over all, what us various hosts want is for everyone to be happy. We want everyone to have fun and be energized for books! But we can not do it all. We need your help as someone who signs up for a swap to help make them all they can be. And i bet they will be great. 3y
LibrarianRyan 12. Last thought, as mentioned Halloween Swaps are the biggest time of the year Last year there was at least 5. So far this year we have

#ScreamathonSwap by @4thHouseontheLeft
#BasicWitchSwap by @Sprainedbrain

Every year I look forword to the
#AllHallowsReadswap and the #Halloweengoespostal. I have not tagged hosts in case they choose not to host this year.

Last year there was also a #hocusPocusswap and other.

Happy Swapping ALL! 😁
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LibrarianRyan @KatieDid927 Yeahh. Any questions, just ask. If I don't know the answers, I have done all the most popular host's swaps and we are all willing to help answer questions. 3y
BookwormAHN Halloween swaps are the best 👻 3y
LibrarianRyan @BookwormAHN Yeah baby. I sign up for way to many of them. I think I did all but one last year. And I now myself, i will probably to it again this year. But I am so planning ahead. 3y
4thhouseontheleft @librarianryan how can a first time swap host see the blacklist? 😃😃 3y
Scochrane26 @librarianryan what‘s the best way to find out about swaps? I‘ve seen the 2 offered so far because they were shared by others. 3y
4thhouseontheleft And for anyone interested, here‘s the link for the #screamathon swap! Signup here: https://forms.gle/jcx64L78Vj4Xhufc6 3y
LibrarianRyan @4thhouseontheleft The big list is is held by @Avanders. I have access to list #2. What I usually do is supply a to the “listmaster“ a list of my participants and their real name, and the list master gives an okay, or notes a name that has been problematic. I forgot to get my last last #Makerswap checked by the big list and ended up having to add to it. It also meant I didn't catch someone who changed their screen name. 3y
LibrarianRyan @Scochrane26 follow these two accounts @LitsySwaps, and @LitsyHappenings. Most of us swap hosts tag these two accounts. We also try to tag big friends and those in the 6 digit club. Litsy Swaps has been dormant for a few months, but Happenings is still going strong.

6 digits are those who have been around forever and have six digits in their litfluence. You can con your way to 5 digits, but not to 6.
rather_be_reading YES Great idea!! 3y
Crazeedi Thank you for posting this! 3y
sprainedbrain Excellent idea! Anyone know what‘s happening with the LitsySwaps account? I‘m about to need the naughty list, and no one is answering my email. 😳 3y
LibrarianRyan @sprainedbrain no idea about the swaps account. I have access to a very small ⬛️list and I don‘t remember all, but @a Anders has access to the original larger list. 3y
sprainedbrain @Avanders Could I please get access to the naughty list? I had it ages ago for the Jane Austen swap but deleted it because I didn‘t think I would host another swap. 😳 And now I‘m co-hosting another swap. 3y
Avanders @sprainedbrain @4thhouseontheleft just email me at Leathy18 at gmail dot com. ☺️ I‘m sorry it has to exist, but also glad it does. Hope it helps! 3y
LibrarianRyan @Avanders @sprainedbrain @4thhouseontheleft I made the mistake of not checking for my last real swap and finally hit bad luck 2 flakes. One had changed screen names multiple times and one was a newbie. It sucks it has to exist but years ago there had repeat offenders and there had to stop it somehow. 3y
sprainedbrain @LibrarianRyan it does suck... happened to me once back in the early days and I don‘t want anyone to every have to experience having a dud for a match! 3y
4thhouseontheleft @Avanders Thanks! I‘ll email you soon. @LibrarianRyan I‘ve been matched with a few duds myself. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 3y
LibrarianRyan @4thhouseontheleft I think it‘s cool how much fun this is, and how much it brings joy to people. I love doing it. I will say, the bookmark swap has been the hardest. No complaints, everyone has been great, it was just a lot to match everyone. I had so many people do the bookmark swap who was their first time, or worried about how everything works. I hope I didn‘t come across as a witch, it wasn‘t my intention. Just to prepare newbies. Good luck 3y
LibrarianRyan @4thhouseontheleft I look forward to the acreamathon. I keep wanting to start books, just to say, nope not yet. 🧛🏼‍♂️🧟‍♀️🧛‍♀️🧟‍♂️🧞‍♀️🧞‍♂️ 3y
4thhouseontheleft @LibrarianRyan It‘s a good thing I have #BBRC to keep me occupied until October arrives. 😃😃 (edited) 3y
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Pretty Monsters | Kelly Link
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For some reason I was expecting more horror. Some of the stories were creepy, though. I liked the title story and The Faery Handbag best. The Cinderella Game was probably the creepiest one of the lot, I think. Link has an interesting way of writing that took a while to get used to.

I got this book from @Marmie7 from #halloweengoespostal 2017 - thanks!

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Playing Cupid | Jenny Meyerhoff
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Why not? #CupidGoesPostal #ThisOrThat

😎Coffee! Nespresso pods
🤓Any excuse to give and receive (dark) chocolate is great
😇Bookmarks, socks, totes, pins, Funko Pops, journals...
👍🏼 citrus scents but 👎🏼to flowery scents like rose and gardenia
🙂soft and cozy
🙃Shower, not bath — love gels and sugar scrubs
😍Any books except mass market paperbacks with small print (old 👀)
🥰Love cats, owls, sloths! Paper products

PagesByTheWater How does this swap work? 4y
kspenmoll Replied to you; so sorry you had to find me. Will be in it ASAP. 4y
BookishMarginalia @PagesByTheWater Basically, you commit to sending books and goodies to a Litten you are matched with so the package can be opened on February 14 for this one (or June 21 for #SummerSantaGoesPostal or Oct 31 for #HalloweenGoesPostal etc). 4y
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PagesByTheWater @BookishMarginalia Who hosts or does the matching? I may skip this one, but would love to do the others (edited) 4y
BookishMarginalia @PagesByTheWater There are many different #LitsySwaps to fit all budgets, themes, temperaments, seasons... @LitsyHappenings has all the announcements for signups, deadlines,etc. if you want to ease into swaps, a simple one that is accepting signups now is #JustaBookSwap 4y
TheBookKeepers Thanks for the tag ❤️ 4y
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Halloweiner: Blank Journal Notebook | Dartan Creations Staff
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I‘ve been stalking the #HalloweenGoesPostal tag since the beginning of the month and was wondering if anyone was taking over this exchange this year? This was my favorite swap last year. Anyone know anything? Maybe @Avanders @MrBook @BookBabe 🤔🎃

ChrysFey I‘d love to participate in this! 4y
Avanders I have also been stalking a little bit 😳😜... I know she's been tagged a couple times for this, but I haven't seen any responses .. I'm guessing she's waiting for Christmas to pick it all back up. ☺️ I don't know if @BookBabe or @MrBook have better info tho! (edited) 4y
Avanders (Also -- looks like @MaleficentBookDragon is still planning on doing her #AllHallowsReadBookExchange again this year in case that helps 😉.. and there are 2 other Halloween swaps open now -- check out @LitsyHappenings ) 4y
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MatchlessMarie @Avanders Thanks! Yeah I‘ve been looking there too but just wasn‘t sure if this one was still happening. Tagged y‘all since you guys took over the Christmas one last year. Thanks for the info! 👻 4y
BookBabe Hi! Yes, I second what @Avanders said—check out the #AllHallowsReadBookSwap being run @MaleficentBookDragon ! 🎃 4y
MrBook @MatchlessMarie Sorry I'm only seeing this now 🙈😩. Unfortunately with all kinds of family things going on for us and moving out of #MiddleEarth, @BookBabe & I haven't had a moment to consider helping again if @BookishMarginalia would like that. *sighs* I think we can definitely help do the Christmas one though! 😁 4y
MatchlessMarie @mrbook No worries! I was gonna skip for Halloween but my husband convinced me to sign up for the #AllHallowsReadSwap at the last minute! 🤣 (edited) 4y
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Swaps | Sherree DeCovny
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1 or 2 Halloween swaps? It‘s my favorite holiday and season, but I‘m already doing a September swap...

TheWordJar All the Halloween swaps! 🎃👻💀 Have you seen anything for a #HalloweenGoesPostal swap? I‘ve seen the Hocus Pocus swap and the Witches swap, but I haven‘t seen that one or #allhallowsevebookexchange yet. Crossing my fingers!! 🤞🤞🤞 4y
BethM @TheWordJar I haven't heard anything on Halloween goes postal, I thought @MaleficentBookDragon was doing All Hallows' read but I have t seen anything. @Avanders any word on Halloween goes postal? There's also a swapoween one. 4y
Avanders Lol @TheWordJar 😆😁. I have heard nothing (and have been only casually stalking @BookishMarginalia 😜) about #HalloweenGoesPostal.. i suspect with their recent move to FL, she may be waiting this one out. (Tho I hope she does #SecretSanta!) Hadn't heard any update on Chelle's swap yet either 😁 I've signed up for Witch Please and Hocus Pocus .. and expect to sign up for Chelle's too 😁😁 Doooo iiit!! 🎃🧟‍♀️🧙🏻‍♀️🧡🖤 4y
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BethM @Avanders you're such a bad influence! 4y
Avanders @BethM lol the worst!! 😁😘 4y
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego I know I have little self control when it comes to these things. I say do it. 4y
BethM @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego I don't either but I thought I'd try 🤣 4y
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Because #Halloween.
🎃 Hocus Pocus or the Halloweentowns
🎃 Those orange and black Pb taffies 😁
🎃 It? The Dark Half? Slade House? 🤡👺🏚
🎃 creepy old dolls in all forms 👧
🎃 yay! 👻
🎃 yay! 🧙🏽‍♀️
🎃 owl 🦉. I just want one.

@JoScho #ThisisHalloween #fffs #fallingforfallswap #hocuspocusswap #swapoween #allhallowsreadbookexchange #allhallowsreadswap #halloweengoespostal #witchpleaseswap

BethM So many Halloween swaps! Now I'll have to decide so I can limit myself... 4y
rather_be_reading ty for including my swap! 🎃 4y
JoScho 🎃🖤🎃 4y
Avanders @BethM lol I'm trying! I've signed up for 2 already 😳😳😳 💸💸💸 4y
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