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Joined September 2020

Why don‘t readers have any extra time? They‘re booked! Bad jokes and lots of reading is what I‘m about 🖤
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Manhunt | Gretchen Felker-Martin
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Treated myself to a little book splurge for my 30th birthday 🎉 (as if I don‘t do this once a month anyways)

Guess the horror section was calling to me 😂 💀 Good thing I don‘t fear aging 😅

sprainedbrain Happy birthday! 🎉 2w
AmyG Happy Birthday 🎈🎂🎁 2w
wanderinglynn Happy, happy birthday! 🎉🎂🥳 2w
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Ruthiella Happy Birthday! 🥳🥳🥳 2w
AFrostCauseReads @sprainedbrain @AmyG @wanderinglynn @Ruthiella Thank you!!! 😊 I love this little Litsy community 🤗 2w
Nute A belated Happy Birthday wish to you!🎂🥳 6d
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Electric Idol | Katee Robert
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I started the month reading some heavier books, so it was nice to take a break with this zesty little romance between Eros and Psyche.

It‘s not the best for plot or characters, but it was entertaining and nice to let my mind rest while I read fluff 😍

@TheAromaofBooks this was my #bookspin pick for April

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! And every time I see the world “zesty“ it makes me happy LOL 2w
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The Sanatorium | Sarah Pearse
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I was hoping for a really creepy murder mystery. And I guess it‘s kinda creepy, and there‘s plenty of murder, but for some reason I just couldn‘t get into this one. Maybe the melodrama didn‘t hit right for me 🤷🏼‍♀️ Or the ending, it was a little over the top and not very well planned.

kplovesbooks Yepppp. "melodrama" is a good description for this one! ? 2w
Bklover I didn‘t care for this one either 2w
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Bingo! | Rosemary Wells
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Here‘s my #bookspinbingo list for May! 📚 @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 2w
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Spoonbenders: A novel | Daryl Gregory
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Yay! Spring has sprung! Thank you @AmyG for my #SpeculativeSpringSwap package 🌼🐝 Everything is perfectly wonderful! 😊 I can‘t wait to cozy up to these books with a nice cup of tea and some chocolate 🍫 ☕️
And thank you too @Avanders for hosting a lovely swap! ❤️

AmyG I am so happy you like everything. Enjoy! 4w
Avanders Wow! 🤩😍😍🔮🧬🦠 4w
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This was a collection of Death‘s stories from the Sandman universe, AND a handful of new stories with established characters.

I loooove the idea behind the Endless, and Death and Dream are my two favorite siblings. Of course I‘m going to love reading more about her exploits!

If you‘re a fan, definitely check out the new stories in here. Feels just like reading the Sandman again!

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Interesting and full of drama. Definitely for a mature audience who can handle more than the standard sex scenes. It also touches upon a lot of transgender topics - maybe even too many. At times, I felt like the author was cramming in too much. I found myself agreeing with a lot, but also opposed some view points.

And there‘s parts I don‘t know how to feel about. I‘m looking forward to my book clubs discussion (as long as everyone is respectful)

Ruthiella I loved the overstuffed drama of this book and the conflicting feelings it provoked. 1mo
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Station Eleven: A novel | Emily St. John Mandel
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Mehso-so

“A novel of art, memory, and ambition, Station Eleven tells a story about the relationships that sustain us, the ephemeral nature of fame, and the beauty of the world as we know it.”

I wanted to love this book, but I only kinda liked it. It kept me interested with the way it wove the characters & the before and after together. But it kept getting close to something meaningful and beautiful, then would focus on something else. I wanted more depth

AFrostCauseReads This book VERY much reminded me of Cloud Cuckoo Land. But that is a masterpiece, and this one felt like the quick and dirty/baby version of it. 1mo
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It‘s best to know nothing about this book before going in. Even the summary on the back doesn‘t give you anything past the first chapter. But I will say this so you know what type of horror this is: home invasion.

The author noted he re-read Lord of the Flies before writing this, not so much for content, but for atmosphere/mind-set. And yeah, I can see that.

The writing was really well done. Perfect to keep you guessing what the reality is.

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This might by my favorite Hendrix book now. And as of reading it, I‘ve officially read all of his novels.

He‘s not the most serious writer, but I really enjoy his wild ride of a story, the characters, and especially the female friendships in this one. Not to mention the plethora of 80‘s nostalgia! 📼🛼💋🦉

AmyG He has a wonderful imagination. I really enjoy his books. 1mo
paperwitchs I want to read this one so bad but haven‘t bought it yet lol 1mo
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Life of Pi | Yann Martel
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Mehso-so

Cool story that had some really interesting facts about animals, thought provoking questions on religion, and a survival story that adds intensity and suspense.

I remember watching the movie when it came out and thinking, “wow, I should read this!” Well I finally did, and I ruined my reading experience by trying to remember the ending of the movie the whole time 🤦🏼‍♀️

I should know better. Always read the book first 📚

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Mailbag, Volume 2 | Anonymous
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Just sent out my #SpeculativeSpringSwap package!Should reach its destination by Monday 📦📚
@Avanders

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Here‘s my #bookspinbingo for April! @TheAromaofBooks

I had to redo a few (I don‘t think my books will be in from the library in time). And I got some fancy new colored pens, lol. The bright colors make me happy 😊

Here‘s to another good month of reading!

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 2mo
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Galatea: Short story | Madeline Miller
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I absolutely adored this short story! And even more, the afterword from the author explaining her choices and source material *chefs kiss*💋
I didn‘t know the story of Galatea going in, so I didn‘t anticipate anything. And I think I enjoyed it more for that. It left magic and mystery in my mind. I loved the internal thoughts of Galatea, and how close to poetry it was.
I‘m so excited for Miller‘s version of Pandora she‘s been hinting at working on

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Okay, so I was not expecting that. I knew there had to be a reason it was a popular TikTok book, but wow, this is just erotica thinly veiled as sci-fi.

The writing was pretty good, the sex scenes were expertly done, but there were a few moments that left me feeling like the characters/setting/premise weren‘t fully formed. However, I don‘t think the audience for this book is here for those things 😆

This is my #bookspin pick for March

TheAromaofBooks Great progress!!! 2mo
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I cannot wait to discuss this with my book club!

The premise- a bunch of rabbits anthropomorphize and try to integrate into UK society, but of course, prejudice is a thing! It‘s light hearted, but still shows the dangers of not accepting people

The witty writing/humor reminded me of Douglas Adams. The satire/comments on society reminded my of Chuck Palahniuk. And the animals pointing out human problems reminded me of Animal Farm/Bojack Horseman

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Looks like my #sss #SpeculativeSpringSwap package arrived today! Yay 🌼🌤🐝 📚 @Avanders and @AmyG thank you! Now to squirrel it away and forget about it for a month 😅

Avanders 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽🔮🦠♥️ 2mo
AmyG I am happy it arrived. Sorry to torture you by sending it so early! 😂 2mo
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Violent Cases | Neil Gaiman, Dave McKean
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This was an interesting read, elegantly written and beautifully drawn. It‘s about a man reflecting on his childhood. He remembers going to a osteopath to fix his dislocated shoulder and finds out the doctor used to treat Al Capone. It gets a little eerie and the ending is open to interpretation.

A very odd little comic, but one that‘s easy to enjoy, and it helped change the way stories can be told with pictures.

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Here‘s my #bookspinbingo for March! @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 3mo
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This is everything I hoped it would be. I‘m always floored by Atwood‘s beautiful words and creativity, so her taking on a Greek myth was gorgeously done. She definitely did her research and seamlessly incorporated ancient storytelling techniques while updating a few.

This is the story of Penelope, from her perspective, from birth to afterlife. It focuses on the ending of the Odyssey, Odysseus, and the injustice of the hanged maids.

AFrostCauseReads @TheAromaofBooks this was my double spin pick for January! 3mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!!! 3mo
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The Guest List | Lucy Foley
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My book club picked the tag, which I read last year. So I did a puzzle while listening to the audiobook for a quick refresher.

Still a very well paced book that perfectly balances motives to keep you guessing both the victim and murderer up until the end.

And the drama! I know all these characters are adults but they act like horny, emotional teenagers with adult problems! Better than a soap opera, lol. Everyone‘s got skeletons 💀

nanuska_153 Love Hercules♥️ 3mo
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Chew #1 | John Layman
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I kept telling myself I was going to re-read this series before finishing the final volume… then years later, I finally did it! Lol

I finally know the conclusion of this wild alternate universe where the bird flu caused the prohibition of eating chicken, and the conspiracies behind it all (it involves aliens!). If you‘re looking for a different kinda comic, this is it.

Volumes 8 and 10 were my #bookspinbingo picks for February @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! Love checking off a series!!! 3mo
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Macbeth | William Shakespeare
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I had a lot of fun reading this with my book club! I‘m always a fan of Shakespeare, especially with there‘s witch‘s and murder involved.

We also watched the new movie The Tragedy of Macbeth. Wow, that movie was visually stunning! Black and white, open and empty, diagonals and textures, it feels simple and complex at the same time. Definitely worth checking out!

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This book was highly entertaining, but I couldn‘t take it as seriously as the first one. It felt like the author was more interested in jamming in as many pop culture references as possible than working on plot points.

It was chaotic energy, and I never knew what was gunna happen next - which is bad writing in my opinion, but highly fun to read if you just sit back and enjoy the ride.

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Speculation | Edmund Jorgensen
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Woooo! Just signed up for #speculativespringswap hosted by @Avanders

Go check out her page for more details and the sign up form!!!

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Binti: Home | Nnedi Okorafor
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Reading the second story ‘Home‘ was my #bookspin pick for January. That story felt more like set up for the final story (which I‘m in the middle of right now).

I immensely enjoyed the first story. It‘s sci-if, but deals with so many other issues than just murderous aliens. Extremely creative and well crafted! I look forward to finishing the trilogy!

@TheAromaofBooks

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Here‘s my February line up for #bookspinbingo @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 4mo
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Cloud Cuckoo Land | Anthony Doerr
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Slow at first, but still beautifully written. Then when everything picks up it hooks you in and doesn‘t let you go until it‘s done. Lots of story lines and characters to keep track of, but they are all so perfectly rendered with desire, background, and emotion.

The thing about this book I can‘t stop thinking about is how many parallels there are between all the separate storylines. It‘s a masterpiece with how well everything relates to each other

Kristin_Reads Masterpiece is a great description! 4mo
BennettBookworm Beautiful review!! Such an absolute masterpiece! I cannot stop thinking about it! 3mo
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This was such a delight to read! Space shenanigans reminiscent of Firefly, and characters that are easy to love. The discussions about different cultures, politics, and space science were all well written, entertaining, and mature without being preachy/predictable.

This book is much more focused on characters than anything else. Cause after 400+ pages, not much happened, but I adored every moment spent on the Wayfarer with the heart warming crew!

Ruthiella Welcome to the Becky Chambers cult...eh, I mean club! ❤️ 🚀😃 4mo
AFrostCauseReads @Ruthiella lol, I‘ll definitely be reading more from her! 4mo
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I loved this modern retelling of the Krampus myth! It has some really good conversations about the holiday season, how it‘s changed over time, religions impact, and what people want. I also really enjoyed the inventive back story between Krampus and Santa.

If you like Krampus, Yuletide, or anything having to do with Norse mythology, check out this book!

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This is my first Kristoff book and I am impressed! I usually shy away from high fantasy stuff (I have a hard time trusting authors to world/character/plot build all at once), but figured I‘d give it a try since I love vampires and wow. This book has it all, and with pictures! Now to wait (impatiently) for the sequel, lol.

Any Kristoff fans out there? What should I read next while I wait?

@TheAromaofBooks this was my November #bookspin pick

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 4mo
Dragon If you like YA scifi 4mo
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Red Dragon | Thomas Harris
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I have been wanting to read this for years, so I‘ve built it up a lot in my head. A lot of my expectations were met! It‘s a good suspense book, not much of a detective story as you follow both the investigation then half way through the murderer too. I loved the look inside the bad guys head, along with the chase and creative ending… but the intro to Hannibal was weak. I was expecting a mastermind, but maybe that‘s reserved for the sequels?

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Annihilation | Jeff VanderMeer
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If you like the scientific method and being scared, this book is for you! There‘s a certain level of detachment from the MC since the story is told through her journals kept for a scientific expedition. However things go sideways real quick.

Ruthiella Such a creepy book! 4mo
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A Christmas Memory | Truman Capote
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I read this with my book group. I had no idea it was such a classic! Every time I mention it now it seems like it‘s someones favorite Christmas story. It was a quick read, makes you nostalgic and long for your own holiday traditions from your youth 🥮🎄🪁

@TheAromaofBooks this was my #doublespin pick for December

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 4mo
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My Heart Is a Chainsaw | Stephen Graham Jones
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I am floored by this authors literary talent and how he brings that into the horror genera. I‘m used to not taking horror books too seriously- what‘s poetic about a slasher?
But Jones has mastered the decentralized, multiple conflicts that‘s behind any good work of literature. And well rounded characters with creative motivations, and a mastery of the slasher genera. The chapter break essays by the MC also informs readers while building background

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Project Hail Mary | Andy Weir
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Yay! 🎉 I hit my goal of reading 100 books this year!!! 🍾🥳📖🖤

After reviewing all I‘ve read, I‘ve listed my favorites. I found some great books and new favorite authors. I doubt I‘m going to read as many books next year, but I‘m happy to say I at least did it this year!

My goals for next year are 52 novels, 52 short stories, and 52 graphic novels. Wish me luck!

BookDadGirlDad Project Hail Mary tops my list, too!!! 4mo
Ruthiella Well done 👍 4mo
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This is my #bookspinbingo list for January! @TheAromaofBooks
Happy New Year 🎉
Here‘s to starting new reading challenges!!! 📖

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 4mo
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Shadow of Night: A Novel | Deborah Harkness
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I liked the first in the series more, this one was definitely way more historical. I enjoyed all the literature references too, and having Kit Marlowe be a demon 😂

This follow up seemed to be losing touch with the story by throwing dozens of characters in, and having the main couple repeat the same relationship problems again and again. I hope the last book wraps everything up!

@TheAromaofBooks this was my book spin pick for December!

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 5mo
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This book was good, but not amazing. There were a few points that were essential to understand the set up of the book that I think the author should have done a better job explaining. There were some really well done moments between characters, and LGBTQ+ visibility (especially trans issues). It was funny, and quirky, but it still felt a little disjointed.

It was a good first book, but I have a feeling the writing will be better in a second book

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Good Omens | Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett
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I made a book tree this year for the holidays. My favorite Angel of the eastern gate/ antiquarian book keeper is protecting them 😊

JessClark78 🖤 5mo
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Night of the Mannequins | Stephen Graham Jones
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This little novella was so interesting and well written. It‘s not that spooky, but what kept me turning pages was the mystery, anecdotes, and the slow reveal of the narrators reliably. For that last reason, it kind of reminded me of the yellow wallpaper, but completely different subjects though.

Overall, a very interesting exercise in writing a different type of narrative, well done.

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@TheAromaofBooks this is my #bookspinbingo list for December. It‘s not ambitious, but I‘m not anticipating a lot of time to read so 🤷🏼‍♀️

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 6mo
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The Alchemist | Paolo Bacigalupi
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I enjoyed the hero‘s journey in this, and the little nuggets of wisdom everywhere. I also liked how ambiguous it was in relation to religion, philosophy, mythology, and other view points. I think anyone of any background could read this and find something useful in it.

This was my #doublespin pick for November, @TheAromaofBooks #bookspinbingo

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 6mo
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Scarygirl | Nathan Jurevicius
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Final week of #scarathlon2021 !!!🧡🎃🧡 Go #teamhendrix 🎉 !!! @StayCurious as always, thank you for being team captain, making such fun weekly games, organizing points, answering questions and keeping up morale. Surely you have magical powers 🧙🏻 🪄
1,010 points for this week 📖👻
Total for the whole event: 6,023💀

Happy Halloween 🧡🖤🧡🖤🧡

#bookspinbingo @TheAromaofBooks
#wickedathon @StayCurious
#screamathon @4thhouseontheleft
#LMPBC

MatchlessMarie 🧛‍♂️ 😂 6mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 6mo
StayCurious Thank you for being awesome! Great job! 6mo
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Here‘s my line up for November‘s #bookspinbingo
Mostly more creepy reads I didn‘t get to in October 🖤💀🖤 @TheAromaofBooks

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Bingo's Run | James A. Levine
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My final board for October‘s #bookspinbingo 🧡🖤
Glad I did both my #bookspin and #doublespin picks! I‘m a little surprised I only go one bingo out of all the ones I colored in. Sometimes it be like that. Still very happy with all the spooky reading I‘ve done! 🎃🦇👻

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The Body Snatcher | Robert Louis Stevenson
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I read ‘The Body Snatcher‘ in this. I‘m a long time fan of Jekyll and Hyde, so I was hoping for another creepy, semi supernatural story like that… but no. Body snatcher was very straightforward, no nonsense, predictable stuff. Okay, maybe the ending was a tiny bit supernatural, but nothing in the story had the same draw as J&H for me 🤷🏼‍♀️

This was my #doublespin pick for #bookspinbingo
Also #scarathlon #teamhendrix #wickedathon #screamathon

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 6mo
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Stoker's Wilde | Steven Hopstaken, Melissa Prusi
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Holy bat stickers, Batman! Lol! I absolutely love this altered addition to this book, it fits perfectly with the theme of Dracula! 🦇 🧛🏻‍♂️ The cube of Poe/artwork inspired by his writing is beautiful and the perfect addition to the little Poe shrine I have going! And I got some sweat treats, hot coco, and nail art stickers?!?!! @sprainedbrain you spoiled me with your #alterednightmareswap package 🧡🖤🧡 thank you so much!!! @LibrarianRyan

LibrarianRyan Lovely!! 6mo
sprainedbrain Oh I‘m so glad to see the Poe cube! It was wrapped so prettily by the Etsy artist I didn‘t want to peek. Happy Halloween 🎃 6mo
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Ahh! Finally, the only Grady Hendrix book I haven‘t read yet! I‘m so happy and excited it was in my #AllHallowsReadSwap! Thank you so much @MaleficentBookDragon And the fancy copy of Dracula is just *chefs kiss* 💋!!! I can‘t wait to settle in with my fancy chocolates, hot coco, and some good spooky reads! 👻📖🍫☕️

MaleficentBookDragon I had so much fun putting that together! Enjoy. 6mo
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Ohh. My. Word! I am absolutely floored by everything! I followed your directions and opened everything in order and kept getting more overwhelmed!!!🧡🖤🧡 I‘ve already eaten some caramels, love the detail of the rat on the books, and was positively speechless when I opened the Poe bust! He‘s perfect 😍 💀 Not to mention all the wonderful reading and coloring I‘m looking forward too! Thank you so much!!! @aperfectmjk #HHS21 and host @wanderinglynn

aperfectmjk Yaaaaaaay! I'm so glad you liked it and had fun opening it all! Happy reading! 😁 6mo
AFrostCauseReads @aperfectmjk I love everything, thank you again 🧡🧡🧡 You helped make this Halloween extra magical (and spooky!) Happy Halloween!!! 6mo
wanderinglynn Fantastic! 🎃🧡 6mo
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