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lumbricuslibri
Anatomy: A Love Story | Dana Schwartz
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Mehso-so

Hmm, nope.
Didn't know much about this when I picked it up, I just liked the cover.
Ending was abrupt and dissatisfying.
Not gonna read the sequel (if there'd be one).

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Librarybelle
Lost Among the Living | Simone St. James
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Pickpick

Did I stay up way late to finish this one? Yes, yes I did. I‘ll pay for it tomorrow, but I had to find out what happens! Without giving away any spoilers, this #SupernaturalThriller is probably my second favorite by St James…she has this incredible way of building suspense with a multitude of clues and a creep factor that makes me keep all of the lights on as I read. Cannot wait to discuss this next Sunday! #SundayBuddyRead #BBRC #YeahBaby

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deirdrebeecher
The Thirteenth Tale | Diane Setterfield
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Pickpick

I feel like it has been a while since I read a really good book and this is really fecking good. Beautifully written at a slow pace that allows for very rich description and atmosphere while not sacrificing tension. The Characters are vivid, even the 'girl listening to the story' is herself an interesting character. Technically it is a country house mystery, but more in the vein of Rebecca or Atonement. Strong pick.

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Victoriahoperose
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Mehso-so

Quick short story collection to finish on a lazy day. Good writing, but a lot of it was slow and over detailed for me. I liked this one. But I didn‘t love it like I thought I would. Maybe it was the style, but I definitely was expecting more from this one.

SRWCF Those 👀 👁!!! 10h
Victoriahoperose @SRWCF I know. I love them ❤️ 10h
ShelleyBooksie Gorgeous kitty 10h
sarahbarnes I read this in college and have been wanting to reread it. 7h
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kspenmoll
Lost Among the Living | Simone St. James
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#sundaybuddyread #SimoneStJames #ghosts #supernatural #historicalfiction
I had to finish this today! The ending was just as surprising to me as I expected it would be. No review because I do not want to say anything to spoil our discussion next Sunday.

TheBookHippie ❤️❤️❤️ 12h
AmyG I can‘t wait to finish. 12h
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kspenmoll
Lost Among the Living | Simone St. James
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#porchlife #afternoonsnack #sundaybuddyread #SimoneStJames
I am excited to be finishing this up after today‘s discussion.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful 😍 14h
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ozma.of.oz
White is for Witching | Helen Oyeyemi
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A very interesting niche genre, let‘s talk about isolation horror! 💀

1. An island hotel, surrounded by waves and storms. ⛈
2. Tagged!
3. The knowledge that no one can come for you, that you are alone against whatever horrors are there with you.

#SundayFunday Have a wonderful day and remember to tag me!

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TheBookHippie
Lost Among the Living | Simone St. James
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#SUNDAYBUDDYREAD

I‘m sure I missed something.

I also have zero clues 🤣🤷🏻‍♀️what‘s happening …🤯

CANNOT WAIT TO FINISH! So glad I didn‘t stretch this out all five weeks of May!

Anyone have guesses????

Librarybelle No clue, but I am so ready to find out what happens! (I‘m also glad we‘re finishing as soon as we are! 😂) 19h
5feet.of.fury The week 3 chapters really brought up ALOT of questions. Can‘t wait to see how it ties together! 19h
Sargar114 I legitimately have no idea, but am thoroughly enjoying the ride. This one is my favorite of this time period. I loved seeing how much St James writing has evolved. This one is so much more layered than her other ones. 19h
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TheBookHippie @Sargar114 I agree. I love this time period! This one is much better! Although I‘ve thoroughly enjoyed every single one. 19h
TheBookHippie @Librarybelle seriously I need to know! 19h
Sargar114 @TheBookHippie I have too. And this is not my preferred genre, but St James is a master at her craft! 19h
CoffeeNBooks I'm looking forward to finishing this one to see how everything connects! 19h
TheBookHippie @Sargar114 this is so not my genre either, but I love her writing it‘s oddly soothing … 19h
vlwelser St James clearly kept improving as she went along. It seems like every one is my new fav. I'm probably just going to go ahead and finish. So 🤐. But.... Thank you for not making this 5. 18h
BookwormAHN I can't wait to finish it 😺 16h
julieclair I am fascinated to see how this all comes together. And I'm very glad this was 4 weeks instead of 5. 👍 16h
kspenmoll I cannot wait to finish either. I love her books. Too many strands, clues to keep track of as usual. 15h
DebinHawaii I am looking forward to finishing. As I was sick last week, I read the last two sections really close together & it was hard to stop. I want to see how it all wraps up. 🤗 13h
AmyG My guesses never come true. But it is so fun to guess. Really enjoying this one. 12h
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TheBookHippie
Lost Among the Living | Simone St. James
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#SUNDAYBUDDYREAD

Dead leaves what is it???

Also her mom died? WHAT?

Librarybelle So tragic about Jo‘s mom. I cannot help but think of decay with leaves - the decay of the facade that Dottie puts up for her family. Secrets are about to be revealed. 19h
Sargar114 I don‘t know about the leaves either but that‘s a good thought @Librarybelle As sad as it is for Jo to lose her mother, I can only imagine there is quite a bit of relief as well. While now having no blood family, she can now focus on her life and what‘s best for her…on top of all the mysteries she has to solve lol 19h
CoffeeNBooks I definitely hope St. James explains the leaves in the last section- I'm curious about their significance! 19h
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TheBookHippie @CoffeeNBooks if she doesn‘t I‘m asking on IG ! 🤣 19h
vlwelser Maybe this gives St James an opportunity to use her as a ghost. Her books do get a little crazy sometimes but that might be a stretch. 18h
Karisa Was her whole mom and scratches thing just a red herring? Better understanding of Frances/mental illness? I thought the mom dying thing came out of nowhere.,. 18h
TheBookHippie @Karisa she had that dream about someone hurting her mom and a name in the beginning of the book, was it just a red herring ? Or will it connect?! 17h
Sargar114 @TheBookHippie if she answers, you need to screenshot that and put it on here!!!! 17h
Karisa @TheBookHippie Oh yeah… I think I ignore dreams too much in books. I need to pay more attention to those details 16h
BookwormAHN According to Google dead leaves typically represent death and sadness. So maybe the leaves represent the family's turmoil and Frances' death. 16h
julieclair I'm wondering if the mom was murdered... 16h
kspenmoll The mom thing threw me- is it related? Dead leaves are sign of endings- & as yes, death. 15h
DebinHawaii Yes, her mom dying so suddenly seems suspicious & I‘m still interested in the scratches. Not sure how it‘s all related, the leaves too. 🤔 13h
AmyG I googled wht dead leaves foreshdowed. One idea was secrets. That family has some serious secrets. Jo married Alex after knowing basically nothing and out come the secrets. 12h
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TheBookHippie
Lost Among the Living | Simone St. James
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#SUNDAYBUDDYREAD

ALEX?
Just wow
And she was tying CODE?!
Hans is ALEX
…Jo had influenza when Alex left
Did she give it to him!

So are they still a couple?

All the stocking talk is the inspiration for the pic🤣

Why is he staying in bed with her? To protect her? What does he know?!

Librarybelle I kinda had suspicions we would see Alex. I‘m debating whether or not he‘s trying to be chivalrous and “protect” Jo, or if it‘s all an act. We know he‘s lying to everyone else. Is he telling Jo the truth? My hopeless romantic heart is hopeful that he‘s got Jo‘s best interests in mind. We‘ll see, I suppose… 19h
Sargar114 @Librarybelle I generally think Alex is telling Jo the truth and lying to everyone else. I think he is trying to protect her. By having a small wedding so the military and his family wouldn‘t know who she was. I also wasn‘t surprised we‘d see Alex given all the mentions of him missing vs dead but I am surprised it was so early in the book and that he‘s so integral to the story. I‘m kinda loving it! 19h
TheBookHippie @Sargar114 I‘m hoping he is telling the truth along with @Librarybelle I hope they end up happily ever after…which is quite unusual for my jaded black heart 😳🤣🤫I‘m quite liking this read! 19h
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CoffeeNBooks I think Alex is trying to protect Jo- I think he knows there's a lot of suspicious stuff going on at Wych Elm as well as with Colonel Mabry, and possibly even with people in town, like Mr. Wilde. I think he's telling her as much as he can. 19h
vlwelser That stocking thing was awesome. I love her weird sex scenes. 18h
TheBookHippie @vlwelser research 1920s stockings it‘s a whole other rabbit hole 🤣🤣🤣 18h
Karisa @TheBookHippie 🧦😂 18h
Karisa I was sick all last week. So between this book and bingeing Downton Abbey, I‘m loving all the 1920s fashion, art, and big houses in the country! 🤞Alex is not a jerk! 18h
TheBookHippie @Karisa lots of covid and influenza b around here where we live 😩 hope you‘re feeling better. I‘ve somehow managed to “just” have an RA flare. 😅 17h
Kdgordon88 I wasn‘t surprised to see Alex show up and hope he‘s a good guy. 17h
Karisa @TheBookHippie Ouch! Hang in there. I think the Covid cases are way underreported here. I called Kaiser and they were like “🤷🏻‍♀️ get better” Now my daughter has it but seems mild. Ready for an end to the pandemic! 17h
BookwormAHN I was surprised Alex showed up so soon as well and I loved the stocking scene 😸 16h
julieclair I am so hoping Alex turns out to be a good guy, but I have my doubts. I would love Alex and Jo to have a "happily ever after". But the rest of them... I could care less! 16h
kspenmoll I too am hoping everything between them(Jo & Alex)works out in the end as @Librarybelle @TheBookHippie said. 15h
kspenmoll @Karisa I am glad you are better! My husband & son both have Covid. My husband got an antiviral drug( he is older & his immune system is compromised) she he is slowly recovering. I remain neg. 🤞🏻 15h
DebinHawaii Like @Sargar114 I was surprised that Alex came back this early in the book although I fully expected him to be alive. I feel like he & Jo will solve the mystery & murder together & he is telling her what he knows & being truthful. @Karisa I feel you with the COVID thing—I was sick for a week & I am still just so tired. 😷😵 13h
Karisa @DebinHawaii @kspenmoll 😥 It‘s such a bad virus. Wishing you and yours health and 💪 12h
TheBookHippie @DebinHawaii ugh…. Awful! Hope you get your strength back soon! ❤️ 12h
TheBookHippie @kspenmoll 🤞🏻🤞🏻🤞🏻🤞🏻🤞🏻 12h
AmyG @TheBookHippie Feel better. Glad you are better @Karisa and @kspenmoll I hope your husband and son are better soon. ❤️ 12h
AmyG I knew Alex would come back. Jo wasn‘t over hum and Simone‘s books always have a love story plotline. I agree with @CoffeeNBooks that he is protecting her. I think he is telling her as much as he feels he can but there‘s more to know. And I am wondering if that more….is the Francis plot line. 12h
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