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A Curse So Dark and Lonely | Brigid Kemmerer

Hope blooms in my chest anyway, a tiny bud giving way to the first light of spring, petals daring to open to reveal the color inside.

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A Curse So Dark and Lonely | Brigid Kemmerer

“My father once said we are all dealt a hand at birth. A good hand can ultimately lose—just as a poor hand can win—but we must all play the cards fate deals. The choices we face may not be the choices we want, but they are choices nonetheless.”

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A Curse So Dark and Lonely | Brigid Kemmerer

When I was young and I‘d wake with nightmares, my mother always used to say, All you have to do is think of me, and I‘ll appear in your dreams. I‘ll help you chase the nightmares away. That story always worked. Too well, really. I used to think I could summon my mother by thought until I was way too old to keep believing such things. Right now, I would give anything to be able to summon her.

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The Dreamers: A Novel | Karen Thompson Walker

There is a difference between what is not true and what cannot be measured.

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Truly Devious: A Mystery | Maureen Johnson

Nate was a rain cloud, but he was her friendly rain cloud, and the world needs some rain.

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Truly Devious: A Mystery | Maureen Johnson

Where her books were, she was. Get the books right and the rest will follow. Now she could address the rest of the room.

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Old age and illness are destroyers of individuality. Just as babies look alike, so do people at the end of their lives.

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The Memory Thief | Lauren Mansy

I frown. How could he say these people were empty when they were stuffed full of rare talents and thrilling memories? “But there‘s so much inside of them!” He touches his heart. “No, nothing left of them, of who they once were . . . they‘ve lost themselves to become someone else.”

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For others who have read this, does Catherine have a SINGLE redeeming quality?! I‘m 70% through and she is still the worst at this point...

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“I don‘t know what it is exactly, but I feel safe when he‘s nearby. Not that there‘s any reason I should be afraid. It‘s more like finding something you never knew you were missing.”

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“I test my smile the way she always does in the mirror, but the result is strained, and instead of looking pretty and lighthearted, I look like a bee just flew up my skirt.”

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Truly Devious: A Mystery | Maureen Johnson

This reminds me of A Series of Unfortunate Events and I am living for it: “According to the legend, Albert Ellingham had come to the place purely by mistake while trying to get to Burlington to the yacht club. How you accidentally found yourself up the side of an uninhabited mountain in 1928 is unclear, but he had done it, and proclaimed the spot perfect.”

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Truly Devious: A Mystery | Maureen Johnson

“She had read many stories in which death was present as a character—a palpable force in the room. There was such a force in the room now, a silent visitor in the space.”

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“The house, with its strict walls and severe lines, is shamefully out of place, something modern dropped down somewhere as soft as feathers, as twisty and spreading as willow roots.”

Reading date with these two 💝

rretzler 🐰💕 3w
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It‘s here!!!

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The Dead Girls Club | Damien Walters

I‘m super enjoying this plot line and quickly devouring this book, but seriously, one more description of Heather annihilating her cuticle skin and I‘m shelving it 🤣😳

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The Dead Girls Club | Damien Walters

“You don‘t need flickering lights or doors slamming shut, the parlor tricks of a poltergeist, to be haunted. The true ghosts are made of deed and word and live deep inside the marrow and bone.”

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The Dead Girls Club | Damien Walters
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Excited for this ARC! The description is too good: In 1991, Heather and her friends were members of the Dead Girls Club. Obsessed with the macabre, they exchanged stories about serial killers and imaginary monsters, like the Red Lady, the spirit of a vengeful witch killed centuries before. Heather knew the stories were just that, until her friend Becca began insisting the Red Lady was real, and she could prove it. That belief got Becca killed.

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The Diviners | Libba Bray

“How do you sever a thread of evil once it has woven itself into the world?”

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The Diviners | Libba Bray

“There is no greater power on this earth than story.” Will paced the length of the room. “People think boundaries and borders build nations. Nonsense—words do. Beliefs, declarations, constitutions—words. Stories. Myths. Lies. Promises. History.”

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My sweet reading companion and I are loving this book. Definitely the most interesting non-fiction I‘ve read in a long time.

rretzler 😻 3w
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The Diviners | Libba Bray

“Evie stared at the long columns of windows cut into the building across the street. So many windows. Who lived behind them? Were they happy? Or did they sometimes sit on a rooftop haunted by a deep loneliness for which there seemed to be no cure?”

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These Shallow Graves | Jennifer Donnelly

“Those of us with means and voices must help those who have neither.”

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I have anxiety just reading the weather alerts that were sent out on the first day of Katrina. I absolutely can‘t even imagine what it would be like to experience this.

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The Diviners | Libba Bray

“If Harry Snyder was from Wisconsin, Evie would eat her hat. If his name was Harry Snyder, she‘d eat a second hat.”

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What to read next?! I‘ll be starting Five Days at Memorial for school tonight, but probably will start another leisure book soon too...

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Man, Lestat just really refuses to die doesn‘t he?!

julesG He does, with a passion! 4w
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The Sweet Far Thing | Libba Bray
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Honestly I‘m kind of over these ups and downs with Kartik at this point. I really loved him and Gemma for most of the story but I think his dramatic “there‘s nothing for me here” exit to India is just treacherous. I almost wonder if he will turn up one more time before the book ends since he always seems to find his way back into the story.

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The Diviners | Libba Bray

I have to say, every time I think “I‘ll stop reading and go do something else at the end of this chapter” I can‘t because the title of the next chapter is always so intriguing!

Eggs Welcome to Litsy 🌺 4w
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The Diviners | Libba Bray

“He was flattering her, but she was enjoying it. She loved attention. It was like a glass of the best champagne—bubbly and intoxicating—and as with champagne, she always wanted more of it.”

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Caraval | Stephanie Garber
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I absolutely could not put this book down. I demolished it within 24 hours. My favorite part of this story is the whimsical Alice in Wonderland feel to Caraval, which has a very dark spin on it.

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Caraval | Stephanie Garber

“Scarlett tried not to be enticed, but the child inside her drank in this new world greedily. The colors here were brighter, thicker, sharper; in comparison, every hue she‘d seen before seemed thin and malnourished.”

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Caraval | Stephanie Garber
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Just started this as it was on sale yesterday on amazon! I‘m 10% through and definitely interested in this plot.

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I‘ve been wanting to read this book for quite some time, and it‘s now on the required reading for my Emergency Preparedness course (I‘m an MPH student)! Excited to start class Monday.

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I think a lot of this book was super repetitive. It definitely is an interesting case but I‘m not sure it needed an entire novel to explain what happened.

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“Prejudice, suppression, reevaluations, and wishful thinking affect our memory. Gaps are filled with conscious or unconscious confabulation, because humans crave logic and connections.”

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Today is my Friday! This morning‘s train reads ☀️

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Glory and the Lightning | Taylor Caldwell

“Everything glowed and sparkled voluptuously. The windows were open to the evening air and wind and through them came the tinkling soliloquies of fountains and the rustling murmur of the sea.”

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“This was Göran Lundblad‘s last known conversation. When he put his phone down for the night, he didn‘t know there was a hole in the ground ready and waiting for him, not far from Ställe Farm. It was freshly dug, at that point probably no older than six hours.”

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“Live in the now and be happy about what you do have, not about what you could have.”

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“Justice is a slow-grinding machine.”

Starting this e-book on kindle! I haven‘t read a true crime book in quite awhile.

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The Immortal City | Amy Kuivalainen
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I was pleasantly surprised by how much I loved this book! I devoured it in two days. The book was fast-paced so I didn‘t get bored with the plot. Although I am not a romance person, it was not overdone at all in my opinion, and I actually wanted it to happen. I was SUPER upset at the end with the plot, and it was saved within the last few pages of the book! I really hope there is a sequel or I will be seeking other books by this author for sure.

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The Sweet Far Thing | Libba Bray

“...for good stories, it seems, never lose their magic.”

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Glory and the Lightning | Taylor Caldwell
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“From the earth there rose a passionate scent of jasmine and roses and cooling stone and water, and the fountains threw up frail arms touched with gold and lilac.”

Reading to my special boy on his gotcha day!

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The Immortal City | Amy Kuivalainen

“Knowledge is sacred, whether it‘s magical or not. It‘s always worth protecting because its value is infinite.”

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The Immortal City | Amy Kuivalainen

““Why do little boys pull little girls‘ hair?” teased Alexis. “Because little boys are assholes raised in a patriarchal society who think it‘s okay to treat women however they please,” Aelia said, finishing her martini.”

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Glory and the Lightning | Taylor Caldwell

“The minds of men should be free to roam as they willed, and should be restrained only when they impinged on the minds of others and caused destruction and oppression. In short, liberty was the law of flourishing life and when it was abdicated by evil men it induced death.”

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The Immortal City | Amy Kuivalainen
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Very excited to start this! Thank you to Netgalley for the ARC 🤗 Does anyone else have this on their list?

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Edinburgh Twilight | Carole Lawrence
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This book has all the elements of a great mystery...the author throws you off track and leads you to believe multiple other characters may be the killer before you find out who it really is. I love Detective Inspector Ian Hamilton as a character. I had a bit of a hard time understanding the Scottish and English slang at some points.

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Edinburgh Twilight | Carole Lawrence

“He stroked the cat‘s head absently, and the animal reached a paw up to his face, running it lightly over his cheek. Ian burned with shame and regret. Why was it so much easier to befriend a stray cat than to be kind to his own brother?”

We don‘t deserve cats 😭💕

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