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The Diary of a Provincial Lady
The Diary of a Provincial Lady | E. M. Delafield
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GingerAntics The answer is clearly no. 1mo
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Crazeedi Very pretty 2mo
LeslieO Those are beautiful! 2mo
Lcsmcat Beautiful! 2mo
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LeahBergen Yes! 😍😍😍😍 2mo
writerlibrarian I love these. 💜 2mo
batsy 😍 2mo
erzascarletbookgasm Oooo 😍 pretty! 2mo
CarolynM 😍😍😍 2mo
KarenUK Gorgeous! 💕 2mo
jillrhudy GASP! What publisher is that?
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Mdargusch They are from Virago @jillrhudy ! Aren‘t they gorgeous? 2mo
Reviewsbylola I have two of these. I love the covers! 2mo
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Aimeesue 😄I love The Provincial Lady. 3mo
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Jakaranda
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Can‘t wait to escape into the life of a 1930s British wife and mother living the “provincial” life so like my own.😀 Found this shopping for books in Canada and was recommended as a humorous read which I need right now. Thanks LB

Aimeesue Such fun! The Provincial Lady books are delightful. ❤️ 9mo
LeahBergen Yay!! 😘😘 9mo
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When your next read color coordinates with the surroundings. It only makes sense as I am reading a book from a feminist press (Persephone Books) while sitting in a feminist co-work space/social club (The Wing). I can‘t think of a better way to spend Super Bowl Sunday. 😉

LeahBergen Are you enjoying it?? 😍 9mo
HardcoverHearts @LeahBergen So much! I can‘t stop chuckling. It‘s terrific. 9mo
HardcoverHearts @LeahBergen - I read it straight through. I couldn‘t stop. It‘s just fantastic. Thanks for recommending I start with that one. I‘m sad it‘s over! 9mo
LeahBergen Oh, I‘m so glad! I loved this book ❤️ (and prefaced all my questions by saying “query” for a week or two 😆😆). 9mo
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merelybookish
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A lovely Christmas surprise! And what a cool cover!😍 Thank you so much Jessie! 😘 It's been on my TBR for ages and now it's going on my (ever growing pile) of books to take on Xmas holiday.
I hope the Xmas season in Malaysia is merry and bright! 🎄⭐🥂
(Btw, did that other delivery from Book Depository ever arrive? 😬) @erzascarletbookgasm

TheBookHippie I just put this on my TBR !!! 11mo
erzascarletbookgasm I hope you‘ll enjoy the book and have a lovely Xmas holiday! ❣️ 11mo
erzascarletbookgasm I‘m afraid I have not received your other book from BD. ☹️ Only the Mary Oliver one. I know, it has been so long, right? Perhaps you can write to BD to inform them and request for a refund. 11mo
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merelybookish @erzascarletbookgasm Darnit! 😤 I sent them an email and will see what they say. 11mo
LeahBergen I loved this book. 11mo
merelybookish @LeahBergen That bodes well!! 11mo
erzascarletbookgasm I hope BD agrees to refund you, Margot. Insist upon it! I never received the other book! Out of curiosity, what book was it? 11mo
merelybookish @erzascarletbookgasm Ive had some email correspondence. They think it was shipped to the US instead. 🤦 But may take 5-8 weeks before they can determine where it is and/or issue a refund. 🙄 Anyway, some day in May it may be all sorted out. 😆. I ordered three books at the same time. The Mary Oliver, a John Keats collection and Sylvia Plath's Ariel. Why 1/3 made it is a mystery! I'm disappointed for both of us. 11mo
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I loved these asides to herself in her own diary! #questions #quotsyjan18 @TK-421

LeahBergen Me, too! 😆 2y
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Brona
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Sunday morning - a pretty book, a strong coffee & a cool breeze to take the edge off the temp from the past few hot, hot days - delightful!
http://bronasbooks.blogspot.com.au/2017/12/the-diary-of-provincial-lady-by-e-m.h...

SusanInTiburon Great book, and what a pretty copy! 2y
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Just finished writing my full review of this novel on Goodreads and added this scene to it, one of my favorites. It made me cackle!

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I can‘t think why it took me so long to read this. I‘m a delayed gratification person to no end when it comes to books, but I‘m thinking of making 2018 my year of reading 5-⭐️ predictions.

This book was so funny, witty, satirical and hard to believe it was written in 1930! It‘s timeless really. Running a household is still challenging, and sometimes we buy dresses (or books) when our account is overdrawn and we don‘t want to adult. 🌹🌹🌹🌹 #vmc

DivineDiana I own this book, and believe I read it years ago. But you have caused me to schedule a reread!💗 2y
EvieBee @DivineDiana It‘s so charming, isn‘t it? I bet when I revisit it, I‘ll come away with points I completely missed the first time around. (edited) 2y
rubyslippersreads Now I really can't wait to dive in for #litsyclassics! 2y
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EvieBee @rubyslippersreads This has you written all over it! A vintage 💎. 2y
LeahBergen This is definitely one of my favourites of the year (and I, too, can‘t believe it took me so long to get to it 😮). Are you going to read the rest of the series? 2y
LeahBergen And I have this one, written by Delafield‘s daughter (it‘s set in the 1950s) 2y
JanuarieTimewalker13 Oh geez, I love that clock so much!! I would pair that with Simon Savidge‘s yellow chair and be in heaven!!! That background would be perfect for my copy of TIn Man!! Lol @SavidgeReads (edited) 2y
EvieBee @LeahBergen It‘s good! I was planning on it (I own a few old copies) but after the introduction said this was the best of the collection, decided it probably won‘t be a priority anytime soon. 2y
EvieBee @JanuarieTimewalker13 I too ADORE his chair!! Lol! It would pair well with your book, also...which is the most brilliant shade of yellow. 2y
Kendra.Diane Such a pretty book!! 2y
EvieBee @Kendra.Diane Thank you! ♥️ 2y
JanuarieTimewalker13 Yellow is such a happy colour! Yes, using British spelling bc I prefer it...I have to get there!! Lol 2y
EvieBee @JanuarieTimewalker13 So thank you very much for sending me on a Simon spiral. Just spent 2 hours watching his videos. Sigh. 2y
JanuarieTimewalker13 Hahahahaha!!! I do it too!! Simon👍🏽 2y
Jess_Read_This I‘m taking too long to read this one. Your review is the nudge I needed to get going on reading it! 2y
EvieBee @Jess_Read_This Please do! I would allow myself to read only a month per sitting and that worked pretty well for me. Not too many pages. (edited) 2y
rubyslippersreads @LeahBergen This sounds good too. 2y
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I love that! This little old lady is never alone as long as she has “Her Books.” They really are friends. Sigh.

#vmc

TheWordJar So true! 2y
Cathythoughts ❤️❤️❤️ 2y
EvieBee @TheWordJar @Cathythoughts This book is chock full of literary references and book love! Had no idea! (edited) 2y
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Ddzmini True true 😝📚📚📚 2y
Sarah83 Loved this sequence. 😍😍😍 2y
EvieBee @Ddzmini Right?! 2y
EvieBee @Sarah83 It‘s so perfect! 🤓 2y
Sarah83 Yes indeed 💝❣️ 2y
rohit-sawant 💜💜 2y
Ddzmini Yep! 2y
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Sarah83
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rubyslippersreads Thanks so much for all your hard work matching us up! 😘 2y
Sarah83 @rubyslippersreads you're welcome 😍 2y
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I chuckled at this. Nice to know that even in 1930 women looked forward to the #BOTM selection(s). Glad we have more options nowadays.

#vmc

rubyslippersreads This makes me glad I picked this book for my #litsyclassics list. 😊 2y
RadicalReader @EvieBee can‘t believe it existed back then! 2y
MinDea Whoa crazy! 2y
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Reviewsbylola Love that!! 2y
EvieBee @rubyslippersreads It really transcends time! 2y
EvieBee @RadicalReader Right?! They have been around for awhile! 2y
EvieBee @MinDea Right?! 2y
EvieBee @Reviewsbylola Me too, especially that she wasn‘t happy about it lol! That makes for comedy. 2y
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Early morning reading! The introduction was awesome! #currentlyreading #bookandtea #vmc

Tamra Fiction or non-fiction? Very attractive cover! 2y
EvieBee @Tamra Thank you! It‘s fiction but presented like a diary. So funny! 2y
goodbyefrancie So pretty! 2y
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Tamra Stacked! 2y
Bklover Roses!❤️ 2y
Moray_Reads Excellent coordination! 2y
Sarah83 I loved this book so much. 😍 2y
bedandabook Lovely mug! 2y
LeahBergen I love this book (and I have this edition, too). 💕 2y
EvieBee @Bklover I ♥️ them! 2y
EvieBee @Moray_Reads Thank you! ♥️ 2y
EvieBee @Sarah83 I‘ve been saving it for awhile but can‘t think why I shouldn‘t just read it! 2y
EvieBee @bedandabook Thank you! ♥️ 2y
EvieBee @LeahBergen Isn‘t it gorgeous?! I want all these VMC editions. 2y
rubyslippersreads @EvieBee @LeahBergen I have this edition too, and also want more! 😄 2y
EvieBee @rubyslippersreads What was your first one? Mine was 2y
rubyslippersreads @EvieBee This was my first one! 😊 But not my last. 😄 2y
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A nice palate cleanser for those who like Mapp and Lucia. Lightly funny and yet giving a taste of life for those not quite of the Downton Abbey set, but close enough to get the occasional invitation-cum-commande to the local Manor house.

saresmoore Oh, hey, I think you just selected my evening reading! Thank you and very nice review! 2y
ferskner I forgot about this book! It's very lovely 2y
Lcsmcat @saresmoore Thanks! I hope you enjoy it. 2y
LeahBergen I'm so glad you liked it, too. ❤️ 2y
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I'm looking forward to starting this one at lunchtime today.

LeahBergen It's so much fun. 💕 2y
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emilyhaldi
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A couple of books on my #tbr that were #publishedinthe1930s 💫
#uncannyoctober

Reviewsbylola Nice! 2y
Mdargusch Both great covers! 2y
Cinfhen Gorgeous photo❤️ 2y
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Sarah83
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Was habe ich dieses Buch geliebt. Soviele schöne Verweise auf andere Bücher und der tolle Schreibstil. Das Leben auf dem Land hatte schon was. 😍

I loved this book so much. So many #bookishreferences and a gorgeous style of writing. The life in the province must have been great. 😍

#tbrbingo

rubyslippersreads I need to move this up my TBR list. 2y
Bambolina_81 You're doing well with your bingo card 😃 2y
WhatDeeReads Looking great! 2y
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Sarah83 @rubyslippersreads It was so cool. Such a great idea. 🤗 2y
Sarah83 @Bambolina_81 thank you. But I haven't finished my #litsyatoz because of that. 🤔 2y
Sarah83 @WhatDeeReads thank you so much. 2y
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Question: could this be a story of Sherlock Holmes? It seems like that. 😍

I love #bookishreferences. 😍

IamIamIam Your fun visual for the day: my kids are at school and I loudly tried to read this sentence to my dog. 😂😂😂 2y
Sarah83 @IamIamIam 😁😁😁 2y
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Driving by train to my best friend for getting your marriage organised. 😉 So I have some time for this one. I'm really curious about this book.

#tbrbingo

LeahBergen I loved this one (and your cover is great!) 2y
Sarah83 @LeahBergen I read fifty pages while driving and it made me smiling the whole time. So many hints to literature and books. 😍😘 2y
rubyslippersreads Adorable cover! 2y
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Sarah83 @rubyslippersreads I have another book with so a cool cover. 😎 2y
rubyslippersreads @Sarah83 I hope you'll share! 😊 2y
Sarah83 @rubyslippersreads I'll do it on Sunday. 😁 2y
Moray_Reads It's very funny! 2y
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emilyhaldi
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#thebest way to end the week is with some long-awaited book mail and a drink! 🍷

The book on the left is Paul Auster's New York Trilogy and all of the illustrations are amazing! Definitely my favorite ❤️

Tagging some of the #foliofreaks who have influenced me to finally take the plunge 😄 And @Cinfhen bc #Augustgrrrl 🍒

rubyslippersreads You picked some beauties! 😍📚😍 2y
Jess_Read_This Oh wow. Just oh wow. ❤️😍❤️🍷Cheers to you on a Friday evening and cheers to that gorgeous Folio bookmail! 2y
LeahBergen Yes!!!! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 Is the top one 2y
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emilyhaldi @LeahBergen yes it is! 2y
RealLifeReading Gorgeous!! 2y
LeahBergen Awesome! I'll keep an eye out when you start it and read along with you (I recently bought a copy)! 2y
rubyslippersreads @LeahBergen And that edition is still sitting in my Book Depository cart, unpurchased. 😂 2y
LeahBergen @rubyslippersreads Click it! Click it! 😂 2y
Mdargusch You, @Reviewsbylola and I all have Good Behavior! 2y
emilyhaldi @Mdargusch I know! We should def do a readalong @Reviewsbylola 🤗 2y
Cinfhen Echoing all the #FolioFreaks 😍GORGEOUS ❤️❤️❤️ 2y
erzascarletbookgasm 😍love these beauties 2y
Kalalalatja Such beautiful books 😍😍 2y
Reviewsbylola Mom got me the top one for my birthday. 2y
DeborahSmall So tempted by the Paul Auster. They're gorgeous x 2y
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eastbaykate
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Endless #tbr

Jess_Read_This ❤️😍❤️ That Virago edition!! 2y
LeahBergen And now I'm eyeing those Dodie Smiths to put on MY TBR. 😆 2y
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This is a book club pick. I wouldn't have discovered it otherwise, but I'm so happy to be reading such a charming and hilarious tale!

CoverToCoverGirl Welcome to Litsy where all the best book nerds hang out! 😎 2y
DebinHawaii Welcome to Litsy! 🎉📚👍😀Hope you enjoy it here! 2y
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Finished this gem this morning under the watchful eye of Hemingway, who was there I'm sure to remind me to pay attention to him. This book, though, was witty, charming, ahead of it's time, enchanting and now I must search out all her books. 📚😍

Zelma Hemingway is beautiful! 😻 3y
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This book is so much fun! Published in the 1930s it is thought to be largely autobiographical. If that's true the author is definitely someone I would have wanted to hang out with!

LeahBergen I wanted to add a "query" to so many things in my real life after I finished this book. ? 3y
Anovelobsession @LeahBergen Lol! I keep reading sentences out loud to my husband when he asks what I'm laughing at! 3y
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"She is never alone when she has Her Books. Books, to her, are Friends. Give her Shakespeare or Jane Austen, Meredith or Hardy, and she is Lost - lost in a world of her own. She sleeps so little that most of her nights are spent reading."

• Isn't this quote lovely? I love getting lost in my book world. Thanks @LeahBergen for the recommendation! I'll still probably buy the pretty Virago copy! ?

#literature #BlameLitsy #diary #booklover #classic

DivineDiana It is sublime! 3y
LeahBergen Yay! It's such a good little book. I love this edition, too. 💗 3y
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Oh, so funny and charming. EM Delafield's commentary on provincial English society is a hoot!

LeahBergen I loved it, too! 💗 3y
saresmoore Lovely photo! 3y
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How have I not read this before?! It's like a drier and wittier Bridget Jones if Bridget Jones was a much put-upon, upper crust housewife in 1930s England. I'm loving it!

Jess_Read_This Omigosh. We must be on the same reading wave length today. I added this to my Goodreads TBR list and am currently trying to justify purchasing this book (same edition) on Book Depository... despite the fact I'm already waiting on 4 others from them 🙈 3y
LeahBergen @Jess_Read_This YOU NEED IT!!! 😬 3y
Jess_Read_This @LeahBergen I do....my Virago Rebecca copy I just ordered needs a friend. It's pretty good so far? 3y
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LeahBergen @Jess_Read_This It's funnier than I thought it would be. I'm really enjoying it. 😄 3y
Jess_Read_This @LeahBergen Your enabling isn't helping the situation.. 😂 I see a purchase in my quite near future. It did sound pretty funny in the description. 3y
rubyslippersreads I bought this same lovely copy from Book Depository. Now I just have to move it up my TBR list. 😀 3y
ReadingEnvy Sold! 3y
LauraBrook These editions are so gorgeous! 3y
Bradleygirl I need that teacup man 3y
Reviewsbylola I love that cover. 3y
Anovelobsession This is the power of Litsy-I find out about books I've never even heard of and they sound completely irresistible and I feel like I must read them 😂 Now I just need to find a way to support this habit 🤔 3y
CoffeeBooksRepeat Loving this!!! 3y
britt_brooke Green! 💚💚💚 3y
LeahBergen @rubyslippersreads I think you'll like it! 👍🏼 3y
LeahBergen @ReadingEnvy 👏🏻👏🏻 3y
LeahBergen @LauraBrook I love them! 3y
LeahBergen @Bradleygirl Thanks! It's Fire King jadeite. Are you a collector, too? 3y
LeahBergen @Reviewsbylola Me, too. 💗 3y
LeahBergen @Anovelobsession Exactly! Every day for me on Litsy! 😂 3y
LeahBergen @GeraldineReads Thanks! 😄 3y
LeahBergen @britt_brooke Always green! 👍🏼 3y
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Moray_Reads
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A #ruralsetting for this one, if not particularly secluded. My journey is very rural though! (Difficult to get a good picture from a moving train)

LauraBrook That's beautiful! 3y
Moray_Reads @LauraBrook We're not quite in Brontë country, too far west, but the landscape is similar 3y
LeahBergen Sigh. Lucky you! (Query: How is the book? 😂 Her queries are making me chuckle!) 3y
Moray_Reads @LeahBergen really and consistently funny. I love how she writes all the retorts she WOULD have said if A) it wasn't too impolite and B) she had thought of it at the time 😂 3y
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There's nothing like a train for a truly appalling cup of tea. On the plus side the book is hilarious, just what I need for a tedious journey

LeahBergen I just started this today! 👍🏼 3y
saresmoore I'm sending peace your way! I just did FOUR flights & three airports in two days, so I feel your pain. 3y
Moray_Reads @LeahBergen I'm trying not to snigger too loudly, I'm in the quiet coach! 3y
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Moray_Reads @saresmoore oh my! I'm cursed even it comes to travel but I can't compete with that! 3y
LeahBergen @saresmoore Whew! Are you home and decompressing now? 😬 3y
LeahBergen @Moray_Reads 😂😂 Other people sniggering at books is so annoying! I always want to know what they are reading. 3y
Moray_Reads @LeahBergen I can already tell this is going to be a go-to book for light relief 3y
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Moray_Reads
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The books patiently #onthenightstand patiently waiting for me to finish my current ARC. Soon my dears... #aprilbookshowers

Kalalalatja Great photo! 3y
LeahBergen 😍😍 3y
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LeahBergen
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I get my #CheapThrills by book-hunting. This was a recent $1 find at a thrift shop. 👍🏼 #LyricalApril

Cinfhen It seems you're not the only one @LeahBergen 💖I'm learning lots of Littens find the art of the chase pretty thrilling😊 3y
Cinfhen Love that cover💗 3y
Jas16 Nice! 3y
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CouronneDhiver Beautiful! 3y
rubyslippersreads 😍😍😍 3y
writerlibrarian Lovely cover 3y
ValerieAndBooks Yep 👍 , this is how I get my cheap thrills too! With two kids currently in college, I have to most of the time. Sometimes I feel bad that authors or their estate don't profit directly from me, but at least used book sellers do! And it's fun looking. 3y
Jess_Read_This Omigosh!!! What a find!!! 💕💕😍 3y
shawnmooney 👍👍❤❤ 3y
britt_brooke So pretty! 3y
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@bookriot #riotgrams day 23 - Funny Books

I'm going with a book that is just as hilarious now as when it was published in 1930. DIARY OF A PROVINCIAL LADY is comprised of scenes in the life of an upper-middle class British woman. It's so full of sarcasm and wit (with illustrations like this one) that I dare you not to laugh!

Verity I love this book. So witty. 3y
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She is never alone when she has Her Books. Books, to her, are Friends. Give her Shakespeare or Jane Austen, Meredith or Hardy, and she is Lost - lost in a world of her own. She sleeps so little that most of her nights are spent reading.

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Weaponxgirl
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Just a few of the #epistolary books that are in my #virgaomodernclassics collection for #readjanuary

EvieBee Your VMC are so lovely! 😍😍 3y
Weaponxgirl @EvieBee84 thank you :) I've been collecting them for years and have a whole bookcase devoted to them so expect them to be showcased a lot on here :))) 3y
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Diary of a Provincial Lady | E. M. Delafield

She is never alone when she has Her Books. Books, to her, are Friends. Give her Shakespeare or Jane Austen, Meredith or Hardy, and she is Lost - lost in a world of her own. She sleeps so little that most of her nights are spent reading.

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When you get to the party and there's someone else wearing your outfit #persephonebooks #macmillancollectorslibrary

#recommendsday - both THE DIARY OF A PROVINCIAL LADY and CHEERFUL WEATHER FOR THE WEDDING are wonderful reads, the former quite hilarious and the later much less so.

DGRachel That's fantastic! 3y
CarolynOliver Ha! I loved Cheerful Weather for the Wedding. 3y
BooksForYears @CarolynOliver I also enjoyed the film adaption but, as is usually the case, I prefer the book. 3y
Zelma 😂 that's great! 3y
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DIARY OF A PROVINCIAL LADY, told as a year's worth of journal entries, is a book of two levels. On one, it is a quaint tale of rural British life in the late 1920s. On the other, commentary on British and foreign classes. Many comparisons to BRIDGET JONES' DIARY, especially the fancy dress party.

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Hoping this sweet, twee book will help with my current book hangover.

RealLifeReading Lovely photo! 3y
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"December 24. - Take entire family to children's party at neighbouring Rectory. Robin says Damn three times in the Rector's hearing, an expression never used by him before or since, but apparently reserved for this unsuitable occasion."

ScorpioBookDreams Are these editions good quality? I love the covers and very tempted to buy a few. 3y
Readliterature @ScorpioBookDreams Yes, in my opinion they are! The covers are not glossy, (i don't know if that's a plus or not) and they are durable. I definitly recommend these! 3y
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My TBR for an upcoming 8-hours car ride: FRANKENSTEIN by Mary Shelley, and DIARY OF A PROVINCIAL LADY by E.M. Delafield (not pictured, PACKING FOR MARS by Mary Roach)

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Mem.: Must beware of growing tendency to indulge in similar idle speculations, which lead nowhere, and probably often give me the appearance of being absent-minded in the society of my fellow-creatures.