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Leniverse

Joined October 2016

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La Storia by Elsa Morante
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The Gormenghast Trilogy by Mervyn Peake
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Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit | Jeanette Winterson
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Excellent in every way. An unusual coming of age story. Just the right mix of troubling and funny. Need to track down the BBC adaptation next.

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Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit | Jeanette Winterson
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Everyone else has gone to bed. In the Gladstone Library lounge it's just me, a dying fire, and the wind howling against the walls. And the books. 📚🤓

@scripturient @julesG @squirrelbrain @jenniferw88 @Oryx @TrishB @CGainor3

kspenmoll So festive! 1w
TrishB Just about still reading in bed 😁 1w
Cathythoughts Fabulous! Enjoy ❤️ 1w
Caroline2 Have a fab weekend! 😁 7d
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The Ballad of Black Tom | Victor LaValle
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Absolutely the best thing that could have come out of Lovecraft's messy xenophobic Red Hook story. And finally a story where the reader can see why trying to wake Cuthulhu from his slumber might appeal.

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The final volume! For a while I was worried that the series would never get a real ending, but as it turns out 20 volumes was exactly long enough. What a journey. All the feels in this one.
Thank you @LibrarianRyan for sending the first vol. to my (strictly speaking too young at the time!) Firstborn years ago. 3/4 of the fam have been following the children of Grace Field House and their battle for survival & freedom ever since.

LibrarianRyan I really need to read this series. It‘s good to know it‘s complete. I‘m pretty sure it was an anime too. 1mo
Leniverse @LibrarianRyan From what I've heard the first season of the animé is good, but then in the second season they decided to do their own thing and completely changed the storyline. So I haven't watched it. 1mo
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Readathon storybook: Oshindonga & English | Dorian Haarhoff, Linekela Shipindo Moshindonga, Sarie Maritz
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slategreyskies Oh, jammie dodger!! Yummm!! :) 1mo
squirrelbrain 😋 1mo
TrishB Party rings and jammie dodgers, perfect 😁 1mo
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"The wages of sin is death but so is the salary of virtue, and at least the evil get to go home early on Fridays."

BookwormM Love Pratchett 4mo
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No dear, that would be Athena.
This character is such a super annoying judgey know-it-all, I'm surprised at that mistake.

Also, bored. I don't think cozy mysteries are my genre, but I need one for a reading challenge and I'm halfway through, so I will persevere in a skim read fashion. 🙄

rabbitprincess Ugh, what an error! That would be “yell at the book and immediately abandon it” territory for me 😂 4mo
Leniverse @rabbitprincess I skimmed through the rest. The killer was who I thought it was. Let's just say I have zero inclination to continue the series. 4mo
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Thas | Anatole France

"There are forces, Lucius, infinitely more powerful than reason and science."
"What are they?" asked Cotta.
"Ignorance and folly," replied Aristaeus.

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Une Vie | Guy de Maupassant
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I'm about to read a novel with a female protagonist, and the entire introduction is all about what a manly man the author is. From a long line of manly men even. Robust, masculine, sober style and virile impartiality, vigorous language. He was a soldier too. I don't know... Was Gosse trying to reassure male readers that their masculinity would not be harmed by reading a French book about a woman? 😆

BarbaraBB I think he does! 6mo
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Palestine | Joe Sacco
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Non-fiction in graphic novel form! I've wanted to read this for ages, and finally got around to buying it.

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Oh no...

julesG Famous last words. 😂😂😂 7mo
Nute Never say those words!😕 7mo
Leniverse @julesG @Nute Right?! You'd think Dream was old enough to know better, since he basically predates the planet. But he does have that emo teen thing going on, so I guess maybe it takes a lot for him to learn. 😆 7mo
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This book is netting me so many squares in the @DeweysReadathon #Bingo!

I should just change into PJs and do a 60min sprint in a different location while I'm at it!

#readathon #goingforblackout

LiteraryinLawrence So I didn‘t look at the board at first and interpreted your comment as doing a 60 minute running sprint rather than a reading one! I was like, whoa, she is way more active than I am during her readathons! 😋 7mo
Leniverse @LiteraryinLititz 🤣 If I tried to sprint for 60 minutes I would probably drop dead. 😬 I could do a 60 minute walk with an audiobook though. Let's just say that I'm built for endurance, not speed. 😅 7mo
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Readathon storybook: Oshindonga & English | Dorian Haarhoff, Linekela Shipindo Moshindonga, Sarie Maritz
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I have my #tbr #stack ready for the weekend‘s #24hourreadathon 😁 Although I might have to expand it as I need a one word title for #Bingo 🧐

#readathon #deweys #allthehashtags

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Untitled | Unknown
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The game board is really conspiring against my return to the Hebrides and the Lewis trilogy. 😆 First book in 3rd person, then graphic novel, then book to movie, and now book with diversity. But at least it's giving me the nudge I needed to finally read The Hate U Give, which has been languishing on my shelf for two or three years. 🙄

rockpools Fun! Fairly sure THUG is still unread on my kindle too. What‘s the game? 8mo
Leniverse @rockpools It's the pre-readathon warm-up game for @DeweysReadathon which is coming up in a fortnight. You just print it out and play. Link is in the Goodreads group, but possibly on their website too. 8mo
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Unnatural Death | Dorothy L. Sayers

"To the person who has anything to conceal - to the person who wants to lose his identity as one leaf among the leaves of a forest - to the person who asks no more than to pass by and be forgotten, there is one name above others which promises a haven of safety and oblivion. London.
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London, whose rather untidy and grubby bosom is the repository of so many odd secrets. Discreet, incurious and all-enfolding London."

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Unnatural Death | Dorothy L. Sayers

"'Was it Voltaire who said that the English had three hundred and sixty-five religions and only one sauce?'
'Judging from the War Tribunals,' said Parker, 'I should say that was an understatement. And then there's America - a country, I understand, remarkably well supplied with religions.'"

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Unnatural Death | Dorothy L. Sayers
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Continuing my påskekrim reading after a quick detour to read some Sandman. We're playing the @DeweysReadathon board game, and I landed on graphic novel. Now I'm on book to movie/TV and mysteriously the Lewis trilogy has not been adapted for the screen. I don't get it, it's so visual it's like reading a TV show. But no worries, I have a Lord Peter mystery I don't think I've read yet (or if I did it was years ago).

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Meh. Way more romance than murder investigation. Which doesn't have to be a bad a thing, but the writing was all over the place; plot points thrown in left and right and a style that was either purposefully disjointed or accidentally full of tiny continuity errors.

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Finished the first book of the Lewis Trilogy, and looking forward to the other two. But first I need a book that's written in the third person for a reading challenge (the Lewis books alternate between third and first). This romantic suspense should be in keeping with my påskekrim theme, (murder victim found on page one), and moves me to the US. Not sure which state.

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Next up in my påskekrim reading: Contemporary Scottish crime. Not sure if these are police procedurals, or more psychological like my previous read. Coincidentally both were recommended by my mother.

TrishB This is a great trilogy 👍🏻 8mo
Susanita I loved these. 8mo
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The Whisperer | Karin Fossum
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Usually a crime novel starts with a crime and works up to revealing the perpetrator. The Whisperer is the other way around. A woman is explaining herself to the police. She is the epitome of a grey mouse. She can only whisper. She wants to be invisible. But she has received death threats, and committed a crime, and she wants the investigator to see and hear her. The book takes a bit too long to get to the reveal, but it is refreshingly different.

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The Whisperer | Karin Fossum
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It is time for #påskekrim (the Norwegian tradition of enjoying crime fiction and mysteries during Easter since 1. April 1923).
I have more tv-shows and books in various crime sub-genres lined up than I can possibly get through over Easter, but I'm giving myself a week to binge. 😁 Starting today, with a Norwegian author. 🕵️

batsy That is a very cool tradition! 8mo
Bookzombie What a great tradition!! 8mo
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The Glass Bead Game | Hermann Hesse, Magister Ludi

‘If music is not serene, the people grumble and life is deranged. All this arises from mistaking the nature of music and seeking only tempestuous tonal effects.‘

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Gifts from the fam! The Book of the New Sun quartet in two vols and Flann O'Brien's complete novels. 😻 I also got a new cover for my Kindle. It's like the kids and the Spouse know me or something. 😆

TrishB Cool 👍🏻 hope you‘ve had a lovely day 🎉🎉 9mo
squirrelbrain Who knew you‘d like books hey?! 🤷‍♀️ Hope you had a good day! 9mo
Caroline2 Oh they look interesting! 😯 9mo
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The Warden | Anthony Trollope
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"No man ever resolved more bravely than he to accept as good nothing that was evil; to banish from him as evil nothing that was good. 'Tis a pity that he should not have recognised the fact, that in this world no good is unalloyed, and that there is but little evil that has not in it some seed of what is goodly."

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'When Christ sayd, the kingdome of heaven must suffer violence, hee meant not the violence of long babbling praiers to no purpose, nor the tedious invective sermons without wit, but the violence of faith, the violence of good works, the violence of patient suffering.'

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The Other Wind | Ursula K. Le Guin

'"How can I tell you everything?" she said.
"Tell it backward," he said.'

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The Other Wind | Ursula K. Le Guin

'"Once when my lord the Archmage was here with me in the Grove, he said to me he had spent his life learning how to choose to do what he had no choice but to do."'

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The Other Wind | Ursula K. Le Guin

‘How men feared women! she thought, walking among the late-flowering roses. Not as individuals, but women when they talked together, worked together, spoke up for one another — then men saw plots, cabals, constraints, traps being laid.
Of course they were right. Women were likely, as women, to take the next generation‘s part, not this one‘s; they wove the links men saw as chains, the bonds men saw as bondage.‘

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#QuotsyFeb21 @TK-421 #stage

I don't know if this quote is from one of Sean O'Casey's plays or just something he said once, but it seems an accurate observation.

TK-421 Great quote! 😄 10mo
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Hyperion | Friedrich Holderlin
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The #Reading1001 group on #Goodreads are reading two German books this month. Because the English translation was so expensive and English translations of German bug me anyway, and since this is a short book and I have more enthusiasm than sense, I decided to try reading it in the original. 😬 It's only 6pg per day... Only I didn't think to check if German has changed much since 1797. 🧐 Has it? Wish me luck, and fortitude. 😅

eeclayton I read a lot of books in original (not German though, but in English, I'm Hungarian btw) and the older texts can be challenging. Good luck for your book! 🙂 10mo
Leniverse @eeclayton Thanks! I'm Norwegian, but live in the UK and I'm fluent in English. If anything I'd find a Norwegian book from around 1800 harder going than an English one. Norwegian spelling has changed a lot in 200 years, English not so much. Not sure about German. So far so good, but I've only just started. 😅 10mo
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The Other Wind | Ursula K. Le Guin

'Alder said reluctantly, "It is a great deal to ask of a kitten, to defend a man against the armies of the dead."'

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I was a bit surprised to see John Fowles in the Women's Fiction Classics. Granted, I haven't read The Magus, but in The French Lieutenant's Woman the title character was only there to prompt and further the development and journey of the male protagonist. Maybe Fowles does a better job of it in this one? I hope so, because I do like his writing. I guess he deals with gender issues and women's rights, he's just surprisingly male centric about it.

Bookwomble I read it in the early '90s, so my memory is a bit foggy, but it didn't strike me as having any particularly strong female characters independent of the central male character. 11mo
Moray_Reads Absolutely not a fan of Fowles for just these reasons. Women only exist as literary tools with no life or agency of their own 11mo
Leniverse @Bookwomble @Moray_Reads I was worried that this was a general thing with him, but I bought it anyway as it's on the 1001-List. 11mo
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Bookwomble @Leniverse I enjoyed it at the time, and it was an influence on one of my favourite TV shows, but I'm not sure I'll read it again. 11mo
Leniverse @Bookwomble Which TV show is that? And I did enjoy the writing in The French Lieutenant's Woman, I just found it lacking in that one (admittedly) pretty big respect. 11mo
Bookwomble A late '60s show, "The Prisoner", starring Patrick McGoohan and a host of contemporary British TV celebrities. The last episode is heavily influenced by the ending of "The Magus". It was so surreal, oblique and lacking in answers to the questions poised in the rest of the series that McGooghan, who was also producer, sometime director and screenwriter, took his family out of the country due to death threats! ⚪ 11mo
Leniverse @Bookwomble I love that show! "I am not a number!" Ok, I feel better inclined towards The Magus now. ? 11mo
Bookwomble @Leniverse We had our honeymoon at Portmeirion, where "The Prisoner" was filmed ? I did a lot of running around the beach, escaping from imaginary Rover's shouting, "I am not a number, I'm a free man", which I wasn't any longer ? 11mo
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Aithiopika | Heliodorus (Emesenus.)
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" ... and lives there the man of so iron and adamantine an heart, as not to be enchanted with listening to the love of Theagenes and Chariclea, though the story were to last a year?"

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The Spouse: More books?! All those books you got at Christmas that you haven't even opened, and you're already buying more?
Me: I needed this one!
The Spouse: You have so many unread books!
Me: Ah! But not in German! This one is in German. So I needed it.
Spouse: You need another set of book shelves. Which means a bigger house.
Me: I know, right! 😃

(I should probably intercept the post as I have two more books on the way - in English) 🤣

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Christmas Gifts | Mary Balogh
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Our holiday in Norway got extended due to quarantine, lockdown, and snowfall. Not too bad since it's all home learning and home office anyway. Finally made it back home last night, and we had Xmas gifts waiting for us. 😄 Very happy with this haul, (although I hate the layout of the SF Masterworks series, with tiny print and almost no margins). Especially excited that I got the translation I wanted of Madam Bovary (Adam Thorpe) 😁

BarbaraBB Lovely to have been in Norway for an extended time I think! 11mo
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Yuletide: Souvenir Christmas Edition | International Harvester Company
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Norwegians open presents after dinner on Christmas Eve, and I am super happy with my book haul. 😍 If there's one thing I've needed this year, it's an endless supply of books to get lost in. God Jul and Happy Holidays to you all. 🎄📚

Kalalalatja God jul! 😄 11mo
squirrelbrain Merry Christmas! 🎄 11mo
Cathythoughts Happy Christmas! I loved Piranesi 11mo
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Simona Happy Holidays ♥️ 11mo
AnneCecilie God jul 11mo
cozypunk Love Mrs. Frisby! 🥰 11mo
Leniverse @dandy.punk Mrs. Frisby is one of my all-time absolute animated movie favourites, ever since childhood. I'm well chuffed to finally read the book. 💓 11mo
Leniverse @Cathythoughts I'm really intrigued by Piranesi, and it's so pretty! (And although I love big books, I think I like that it is much shorter than Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norell. I mean, I did love that book but it was also a bit of a slog.) 11mo
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Sandman | Neil Gaiman
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It's gone midnight and the rest of the family has called it a night. Just me now, working my way through Sandman and enjoying a glass of Brains Black with ambient jazz in the background. Perfect.
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Readerann That‘s a lovely photo! 13mo
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Howl's Moving Castle | Diana Jones
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I never got the reference to the saucepan song, but I'm currently reading this out loud to the rest of the family, who have only seen the movie, and the kids immediately exclaimed "SOSPAN FACH!" It is apparently a song every school child in Wales knows - even those in English medium schools. And yes, sospan means saucepan. ?

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Alice | Christina Henry
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This counts as "animal on cover - real or imaginary", right? ?

#OutstandingOctober

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Sunshine | Robin McKinley
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This is my fave kind of vampire book. The kind with a moral dilemma. Yes, they are thoroughly inhuman and alien. Yes, they murder people. And yet... this vampire is quite likeable, and currently the lesser evil. But teaming up means he'll be around to kill more people.

#OutstandingOctober

Bookworm54 This is one of my favourite books 🥰 14mo
ravenlee I read this one sooo long ago. I need to get it out for a reread sometime soon (likely next year at this point). 14mo
Leniverse @Bookworm54 @ravenlee It was excellent! I wish there were a sequel. Is there a sequel? Seems like there is plenty of room for further adventures. And I have questions. Is the Grandmother (and father) alive somewhere? What is Mal? What is the Goddess of Pain? 14mo
Bookworm54 No sequel as of yet 😔 14mo
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Ugh. How is this a feel-good romance? One MC is a grieving widower, the other was abandoned at the altar and is channeling Miss Havisham. I'm 19 pages in and the writing style has me bored already. No one is feeling good here!

#OutstandingOctober

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I just don't have any spring-like covers, and haven't found any books set in the spring either. So I did a desperate search on Kindle Unlimited. I normally stay well clear of anything with cursive writing, but it's only 130 pages long. And who knows, maybe a feel-good romance is just what is needed on a rainy October day in 2020.

#OutstandingOctober

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Hounds of the Underworld | Dan Rabarts, Lee Murray
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Have finally found a book of suitable spookiness in this Maori/Chinese forensic investigation from New Zealand. Matiu senses events and emotions from rooms and objects. His sister Penny believes only in what she can measure in her lab. I‘m on board with the paranormal elements, they‘re creepy but not too scary, but I‘m not sure I buy the near-future setting. Still, I‘m entertained.

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Reggie Sounds good. Stacked! 14mo
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Shallow Graves | Patrick Logan
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DNF at 13% because the writing is just plain lacking and 90% of the first two chapters ought to be mercilessly edited away.

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Shallow Graves | Patrick Logan
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Making another attempt at "spooky" for the @DeweysReadathon pre-readathon challenge. This one promises to be "chilling, gruesome, and truly haunting" and with a twist!

#OutstandingOctober

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P.S. I Spook You | S.E. Harmon
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Mehso-so

This title seemed perfect for the prompt "read a spooky book". Except it wasn't spooky at all. There were ghosts sure, but the scare factor was 0. The ghosts are on their best behaviour because a medium is hard to find, and they really want messages delivered to loved ones and their murderers brought to justice. So it's a cold case mystery with a bit of romance and an FBI profiler who is a reluctant ghost wrangler. OK enough, but some plot holes

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Extraordinary October | Diana Wagman
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I need to read the following by the 24th, as a pre-readathon challenge for @DeweysReadathon

1. Book over 500p.
3. Randomised genre: supernatural/cosmic horror
4. A spooky book
5. 75% one colour on cover
7. Published more than 100y ago
9. Set in spring/spring-like cover
12. Animal on cover
15. Set in location I wish to visit or live in.

Goal for #OutstandingOctober is to complete at least five of these!

@Andrew65

Andrew65 Great goals. Great to have you with us, good luck 😊👍 14mo
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October Country | Ray Bradbury
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I'm currently scrambling to get through 15 prompts in the Dewey's pre-readathon challenge, so a choose-your-own-goals readathon in the run-up to the 24h readathon sounds like a good idea.

It should also get me posting more. I've been really letting my Litsy activity lapse!

#OutstandingOctober

@Andrew65

Andrew65 Good luck, great to have you with us. 😊👍 14mo
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Pretty sure they're both doing it wrong. The sequence should be salt-tequila-lime.

("Starting From Here" by Lane Hayes. Not in db.)

ErinSueMreads Totally the wrong sequence!!! 14mo
julesG I'm shuddering. 14mo
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