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GhostStories

Joined May 2016

I read a lot of horror and I‘m always reading Woolf. Most of my favorite writers are dead. 👻&👵🏻
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Olive, Again by Elizabeth Strout
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The Diary of Virginia Woolf by Virginia Woolf
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My Struggle, Book Six by Karl Ove Knausgaard
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Serious Concerns | Wendy Cope
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Magic Island | W B Seabrook
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This author is in a fun little collection from “The Dennis Wheatley Library of the Occult: Uncanny Tales 3.” After reading Seabrook‘s short story I was curious about him and this is what I read on wikipedia. What! Turns out if you eat human flesh once you are labeled a cannibal forever. 🤷‍♂️

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The Hunger | Alma Katsu
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One of the best horror books I‘ve read this year: Katsu brings the Donner-Reed party tragedy to life while making the story very much her own. The supernatural threat closes in, never losing its creepiness. The novel explores not only what dehumanizes us (becoming monsters or reduced to meat), but more importantly, what makes us human: the need to love, seek redemption, and sacrifice for others.

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Finished the book days before seeing SIX in Chicago on the 20th. Great to have background into the lives of the women that inspired the musical. The show was so spirited, fun, and clever and the talent of the six “ex-wives” was incredible. So glad I got to see it!

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Moby-Dick | Herman Melville
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If you can get nothing better out of the world, get a good dinner out of it, at least. #happybirthday #hermanmelville

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Let us leave pretty women to men devoid of imagination.

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Henry and Anne looked ‘like dogs falling out of a window‘, so dismayed they were by the news. 🐕🤔

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The Hunger | Alma Katsu
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Story time!

DGRachel What a great picture! 3mo
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She was rational enough in love to realise that Henry was in many ways immature, and sensible enough not to let him know it.

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Moby-Dick | Herman Melville
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Liz_M Gorgeous cover! 4mo
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French Exit | Patrick DeWitt
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This has been every bit as enjoyable as I hoped it would be!

marleed Hey, is that Small Frank on your pillow! 4mo
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Divorced, beheaded, died. Divorced, beheaded, survived. Going to see the musical Six in Chicago in a month, so my interest in the real six has been perked. Now to learn about the real women behind the show!

Nute Exciting! 4mo
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Affinity | Sarah Waters
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A day perfectly overcast to start this Victorian Gothic. 🖤🥀

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Feed | Mira Grant
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This is infuriatingly bad, perhaps more so because it came rec by NPR on their list of 100 scariest stories. Really, NPR? 🤔 This reads like self-published dreck by someone who loves predictable thriller movies. The writing, the dialogue, the characters are all painfully uninspired. The most shocking thing about it is the many lines that are finished exactly the way you would expect them to be. The shock being: how could ANYONE publish this?

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Fall On Your Knees | Ann-Marie MacDonald

“[...] a real and beautiful voice delicately rends the chest, discovers the heart, and holds it beating against a stainless edge until you long to be pierced utterly. For the voice is everything you do not remember. Everything you should not be able to live without and yet, tragically, do.”

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Night and Day | Virginia Woolf
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Fifty pages to go...I look forward to finishing it this weekend! Renting an AirB&B to have a few days dedicated to reading and writing. Glorious!

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Night and Day | Virginia Woolf

Although she had blunted her taste upon some form of philanthropy for twenty-five years, she had a fine natural instinct for an upstart or a pretender, and knew to a hairbreadth what literature should be and what it should not be. She was born to the knowledge, and scarcely thought it a matter to be proud of.

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Night and Day | Virginia Woolf
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Woolf‘s works are full of these passionate, intellectual men whose love cannot be removed from judgement. Ralph Denham is like a young Peter Walsh, who is witty and passionate and “enchanting, perfectly enchanting!” But also, with his desire to master and see to the heart of every matter can make one feel “frivolous; empty-headed; a mere silly chatterbox.” No matter how exacting, there is a thrill in being loved by such a person. But can it last?

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Droll Stories | Honor de Balzac
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Love this illustrated edition of Balzac we got at the Ferguson Library booksale.

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Night and Day | Virginia Woolf
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To revive her spirits she had recourse to an infallible remedy—she looked out of the window.

monalyisha 😍 5mo
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Night and Day | Virginia Woolf

Like most people who do things methodically, the Rector himself had more strength of purpose and power of self-sacrifice than of intellect or of originality.

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Night and Day | Virginia Woolf
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Ready to be an out-and-proud book nerd for the Ferguson Public Library summer reading program!! I‘ve never actually logged hours spent reading.

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All Passion Spent | Vita Sackville-West
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Finished this today then went to see the final night of the Follies revival in London. Both poignantly about memory, lying to yourself a bit, and reflecting on “the road you didn‘t take.”

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All Passion Spent | Vita Sackville-West
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The title almost describes the way we feel after our flight was delayed five hours last night before American Airlines finally cancelled. Here we are at 7:30am in O‘Hare, hoping this next flight will take us to London. We‘ve lost an entire day of our already short trip, but at least we have good books to ease the pain! #wouldbejetsetters

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Isadora: A Novel | Amelia Gray
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A picture from our Valentine‘s Day tea at the Ritz. When we discussed Gutshot, someone in our book club described Gray‘s writing as a delicately-laid tea set, and that is what comes to mind again when reading Isadora. Every choice precise, and the whole beautiful, like the description of Max‘s tea ritual, tea over sugar and topped with cream, conveying “a natural symbology: the cloud-soaked sky above spiced or subtle water above a sugar shoal.”

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Bedfellow | Jeremy C. Shipp
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Despite its awesome cover and concept, this is not a horror story, though it is certainly weird. 🦆 Too funny and bizarre to deliver any scares, it still serves as a short, entertaining read. It feels hastily written, but you can‘t say it isn‘t original. As a follow-up watch that Rick and Morty episode with Mr. Poopy Butthole. 😄🍷

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The Caregiver | Samuel Park
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A fast-paced, multi-faceted, juicy story set in 1990s LA and 1970s Brazil. Full of intrigue, sex, and violence, but at its heart this is a moving novel about grief and how you remember (and forgive) those who‘ve died. Life is a party, the book says, and it‘s a privilege, not a right, to stay to the end. 😭💔

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Makioka Sisters | Jun'ichiro Tanizaki
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A measured, dispassionate story of 4 sisters adhering to traditions as they scout a husband for their reticent 3rd sister while WWII looms in the background. Simplicity is not simplistic: Told all we seemingly need to know about them, still the younger two remain unknowable. For a book on marriage, it is devoid of romance and affirms to the end the absence of certainty in anything. A fascinating look at a particular point in Japanese culture.

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Nothing in this book should be surprising, and still I was surprised. It‘s a feat! After forty years and 730 pages, you feel you really know the family, and so the decline is devastating. Still, there is plenty of humor and insight to be found, as well as questions. Most troubling: What caused the decline? Was it inevitable or did the choices of the offspring gradually doom them?

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Independent People | Halldor Laxness
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Some books are a delight, some edifying. Some show an alien world, while others comfort in their familiarity. Some are challenges to be puzzled out. And some are compelling but don‘t move you, you are maybe ambivalent, and then you reach the end and there is one line and you are weeping, because now you understand that everything has led to this moment and it is more beautiful for all that came before. That last kind is Independent People for me.

batsy Beautiful review! What a book that was. 6mo
GhostStories Thank you, @batsy! Yes, what a book!! 6mo
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled I just got my copy today. Am saving it to read while in Iceland this summer. Excellent review! 5mo
GhostStories @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Thank you! I also read it in connection with travel. We are going to Iceland in November! 5mo
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Sabrina | Nick Drnaso
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Oof. This is an intense story. The art and dialogue is stark, and it emphasizes the isolation and loneliness of the characters‘ lives. Conspiracy theories and suspicion abound, but there are also choices of tenderness. Nothing is stable, and anything you love can disappear in a moment for reasons you will never fully understand. Oof.

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The Troop | Nick Cutter
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By far the most revolting book I‘ve ever read. It can be an enjoyably creepy-crawly experience, but at least one plot point seemed directly lifted from the superior The Ruins, and when the horror element evolves it goes from genuinely horrifying to B-movie schlock. STILL I would read Cutter again. His other books sound interesting. Has anyone read him?

Nute Yes, I read this book and it made me feel sick to my stomach. It was disgusting! I gave it a ‘pick‘ rating because it accomplished creeping me out ten-fold. 6mo
GhostStories It definitely accomplishes that! Agreed. 6mo
MrBook This one was eh. I have his other two on stand-by...somewhere, lol. 6mo
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Reggie I liked The Deep by him but stay away from Little Heaven, that was horrible. 6mo
GhostStories Thank you, @Reggie! Will do. Was The Deep better than Troop? 6mo
Reggie The Troop edges out The Deep for me but just barely. But in The Deep, there is a part with bees, that I will never forget. Something to look forward to!!! 6mo
GhostStories @Reggie Yay! 🐝 Already horrified. 🙂 6mo
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What a fun listen! This is an enjoyable, fast-paced comedy-mystery. Set firmly in Lagos, it‘s enjoyable not only for the plot but for the strong sense of place and observations on gender, education, and class. By objectifying women, the men lose their humanity. If men see women as objects to be used, then killing them is only enacting upon them in a literal sense the same treatment. More enjoyably, it didn‘t go where I thought it would!

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Those Across the River | Christopher Buehlman
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Love the beautiful inlay of this book. In 1940s Georgia a writer and his lover hide away in a backwoods town whose step into modernity involves dispensing with certain pagan customs. The result is a horrifying and surprising bloodbath. I found much to appreciate as a horror story.

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Makioka Sisters | Jun'ichiro Tanizaki
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Just read the final sentence. 😳😂?! What a book!

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Isadora: A Novel | Amelia Gray
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My initial “wow” impression (like a thumbprint on warm dough, as Gray put it) has not gone away. Nearly every page holds a striking image, a beautiful phrase, or surprising humor. It‘s a book to savor.

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The Works of Shakespeare | William Shakespeare
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Anyone know? 🙂

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Makioka Sisters | Jun'ichiro Tanizaki
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I want to go! 💡

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The Mysteries of Udolpho | Ann Radcliffe
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Another year, another library sale. This round: mostly cheap gothic romances. YES!!! 👄🏰😱

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All Passion Spent | Vita Sackville-West
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Happy St. Jordi‘s Day! ❤️🌹📖

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We Eat Our Own | Kea Wilson
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Our commute read! At our next book club, we‘ll be joined by author Kea Wilson! If you‘ve read this debut novel, what questions would you ask the author? I want to know about the inspiration to write Andres‘s story (and all that goes with it), and to hear more about her decision to use POV shifts as well as second person narration.

BookishTrish I really liked this one. The second person narration was well done. I‘d like to know what the author‘s favourite animal is. 6mo
Reggie I loved this book. 6mo
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From the short story in the New Yorker: “ I had two small children then, both in preschool, but despite others‘ warnings, I did not feel susceptible to the various dangers that the world could dole out. If the world had a mind to harm, it would do so to the prepared and the unprepared equally.”

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Dubliners | Joyce James
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Joyce‘s birthday, so reading from this today: “Clay.” Not that this is my favorite short story collection, but I think it may be the one I‘ve read the most times (English major!).

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Independent People | Halldor Laxness
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Those were good days. They were serene days and quite undemonstrative, like the best days in one‘s life; the boy never forgot them. Nothing happens; one simply lives and breathes and wishes for nothing more, and nothing more.

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Sing, Unburied, Sing | Jesmyn Ward
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My parents sent me the program for the Anisfield-Wolf awards! Love them. Adding Jesmyn Ward‘s novel to my TBR.

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We Sold Our Souls | Grady Hendrix
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Love Hendrix! And this is going to be a fun book to pair with a soundtrack. It‘s a rock music education for me!

TobeyTheScavengerMonk I really enjoyed this one. 9mo
GhostStories @TobeyTheScavengerMonk Awesome! Do you like his other work? I loved My Best Friend‘s Exorcism. 9mo
TobeyTheScavengerMonk I‘ve read a ton of his articles on Tor.com, but this was my first of his novels. 9mo
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The Changeling | Victor LaValle
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I have conflicting feelings about this book. On the one hand I haven‘t read a book so readable and so unpredictable in awhile, and that was a joyful experience, on the other hand, I feel let down in some ways about the tidy ending. This isn‘t much of a review. Definitely a book I look forward to talking about with our book club.

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The Last Cruise: A Novel | Kate Christensen
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She really captures what it feels like to be on a cruise, the gorgeous luxury of it, but also touches on the uncomfortable disparity between the experience of the traveller and that of the employee. This complex political issue is forgotten as they all face the challenges of life trapped adrift. The author is more focused on the characters finding fulfillment through romantic love. I do have to say the ending gave me chills.

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Orlando: A Biography | Virginia Woolf
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Excited to see Woolf as the quote of the day!

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