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Swallows & Amazons
Swallows & Amazons | Arthur Ransome
Set in England's Lake District in the 1930s, "Swallows and Amazons" is the rollicking story of four young children--John, Susan, Titty and Roger--who embark on an island adventure in their boat, the Swallow. Upon arriving, the friends are besieged by Amazon pirates, Nancy and Peggy, who claim ownership of the land. Luckily, the Swallows and Amazons soon call a truce and set off together on wild escapades, camping under open skies, swimming, fishing, and exploring. This deluxe hardcover edition of Arthur Ransome's charming tale will find a treasured spot in many home libraries as well as transport children to a real-life Neverland, a fantastical place where they can roam freely without an adult in sight.
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TheAromaofBooks
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Thanks for the tag @4thhouseontheleft !
1. Puttering about this morning, then pork & good-luck sauerkraut for lunch with the fam. Probably watch one of our traditional New Year's movies today (High School Musical, While You Were Sleeping, & Bachelor Mother are the options!) while napping.

2. Hard to choose, but the tagged book is definitely high on the list.

3. @texreader @Butterfinger @aeeklund - thanks for following!

#WondrousWednesday @Eggs

Texreader So happy to follow you! And dinner sounds amazing. Here in TX good luck food is black-eyed peas. Yum!!! 3w
Beatlefan129 I love While You Were Sleeping, such a cute movie 3w
TheAromaofBooks @Texreader - who knows - maybe sauerkraut is only good luck food because Grandma wanted to trick is into eating it when we were kids? 😁 3w
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TheAromaofBooks @Beatlefan129 - right?? It's a family favorite. So many great quotes! 3w
Eggs Happy New Year and thanks for joining in ❣️ 3w
Butterfinger In NC we have to eat black eye peas, fried cabbage, and pork. Thanks for tagging. I'm getting my tbr list ready. 3w
4thhouseontheleft Are you PA Dutch by chance? I grew up eating pork and sauerkraut with mashed potatoes on New Year's! I don't like sauerkraut, so as an adult I make braised cabbage instead. And I add in black-eyed peas since we live in NC now. 3w
TheAromaofBooks @Eggs - thank you, and the same to you!! I really love your Wondrous Wednesday posts!! 3w
TheAromaofBooks @4thhouseontheleft - not PA Dutch, but I do think that is a German combo, and I was born a Wagner!! 3w
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TheAromaofBooks
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1. Tagged. This is one of my favorite books I've read this year.
2. Everyone has such creative answers! I think maybe being able to teleport - & take a person along with me - it would be awesome to travel instantaneously!
3. Libra
4. Finish painting the lower room & maybe get out Christmas decorations!! Also Thanksgiving with the in-laws.

#FriyayIntro @howjessreads

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TheAromaofBooks
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Thank you so much for the tag @ezrascarletbookgasm, and congratulations on your milestone, @SixDigitSamurai !!!

I completely fell in love with this very old children's classic when I reread it this year, and now I'm working my way through the whole series!

Litsy has been such a surprise and a delight. Everyone here has been welcoming & friendly, making this basically the most positive social media experience ever!

Tagging @IvoryLunatic

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erzascarletbookgasm
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The first book that introduces the Walker family and their adventures in Lake District.
#LetsTravelAugust #Lakeside

On a different note, it‘s really frustrating when one of the books in the series are not the same edition.

OriginalCyn620 👌🏻📚💙 5mo
batsy I loved this book! I need to collect the whole series. I love your editions 😍😍 5mo
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TheAromaofBooks
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1. I enjoyed this book so much.
2. Haha I suppose Mother Hen. I was always the oldest out of the batch of friends, & I'm a bit of a fusser when it comes to rule-breaking!
3. Any kind of bread. I'm a sucker for carbs.
4. Weekends are fluid around here - my husband is a lot more spontaneous than I am, so I just go with the flow, since during the week I can schedule my time to my heart's content. :-D My guess is little projects & maybe a drive.

TheAromaofBooks 5. Just English, although I know the word Friday in Spanish & German... just not sure how to turn it into a declarative statement! 6mo
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TheAromaofBooks
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I was in a weird reading mood all month and read lots of rather terrible paranormal romances on Kindle Unlimited haha it was kind of like eating an entire bag of Skittles, and now I am feeling like getting back into my more regular reading for July!!

Bklover I love this description! I will now think of some of my “lighter” reads as Skittles👍👍 7mo
TheAromaofBooks @Bklover - I especially think of them that way as I tend to binge on them until I feel a little nauseous! :-D 7mo
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TheAromaofBooks
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Pickpick

Reading this book was like eating homemade bread - wholesome, cozy, and delightful. I enjoyed every page and can't wait to read the next book!

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TheAromaofBooks
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1. I met my friend Becky at a 4-H meeting back in 1992!
2. When we were in the Keys, I loved how everyone dropped everything in the evenings to watch the sunset.
3. Diesel fumes, honestly - I was in a tractor club that I loved as a kid, and grew up in a farming community.
4. Tagged - this book was an absolute delight.

#wondrouswednesday @eggs

Mitch Tractor club! Take my subscription now! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 7mo
Eggs Awww farm country smells! Sounds like my daughter‘s home-horses, sheep, cows, 4-H, and tractors 🚜 7mo
TheAromaofBooks @Mitch - It used to meet every week in January and February, at various implement dealers around the county. Theoretically, we were learning about maintenance and repair, but there were plenty of shenanigans haha 7mo
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TheAromaofBooks @Eggs - it's a good life in the wilds of farmland Ohio :-D 7mo
Mitch @TheAromaofBooks last year I went to a Tractor Racing event it was amazing! Fast, customised mean machines! 7mo
TheAromaofBooks @Mitch - lol at our county fair every year we have a combine demolition derby - so combines (minus the headers) smashing into one another until only one is left standing. It's honestly the funniest thing ever. 7mo
Mitch @TheAromaofBooks OMG - I‘m adding that to my bucket list! I HAVE to go! We have something similar which is a caravan demolition derby! 7mo
TheAromaofBooks @Mitch - okay, that also sounds awesome. I need to see that! 7mo
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rwmg
Swallows & Amazons | Arthur Ransome
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1929 children go sailing in the Lake District and play explorers and pirates. From a time when (some) children could just have fun.

Dogearedcopy At first, I read that as "one-thousand, nine-hundred, twenty-nine children!" ? 11mo
rwmg Less than 1/10 of a Dalmatian each 11mo
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rwmg
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DivineDiana
Swallows & Amazons | Arthur Ransome
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While searching for the name of another book, this popped up! Immediately, I thought that this would complete the #nofemmeber challenge for today! #amazon
I have not read it, but it appears to be a children‘s classic, beloved by all ages.

Leftcoastzen Such a cool cover! 14mo
Cinfhen I feel like @LeahBergen might be familiar with this title 😄 14mo
LeahBergen @Cinfhen You are correct! 😆 14mo
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Cinfhen @LeahBergen 😘😘 14mo
Centique Oh my lord I love these and as soon as I found out I was pregnant I bought all of the series. Of course it is the one series my kids DIDNT get into 😂😂😂 @LeahBergen 14mo
Billypar Ooh, nice serendipity there! The cover is wonderful- like taking a map you'd find on the intro pages, and adding some color. 14mo
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JillR
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Messing about on Coniston Water, like we‘re actually Swallows and Amazons... (Peel Island in the very far distance) 🚣‍♀️

Cathythoughts Fab pic 💙 1y
batsy Lovely 😍 1y
JillR @Cathythoughts @batsy it was so much fun on the water 😍 1y
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Mitch
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Tomorrow I might hire a canoe ( bottom left) and paddle out to the island.... St Herbert‘s island was used as Wildcats Island in the 2016 film of Swallows and Amazons. Better take a flask of ginger beer and a fruit cake in a tin! #relivingchildhoodbooks

MicrobeMom Looks like you are having a mom amazing and beautiful day! What a great view! (edited) 1y
Cathythoughts So beautiful 1y
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olivia.ferz Lovely! 💚 1y
tracey38 Beautiful! 1y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Gorgeous ❤️ 1y
Mitch It was a very special day. Great views at every turn and some very convenient slabs of stone to act as impromptu reading nooks! @tracey38 @olivia.ferz @Cathythoughts @swishandflick @MicrobeMom @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 1y
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sprainedbrain
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This audiobook was very entertaining. I wish I had discovered this book when I was a child - I loved this kind of kids-on-an-adventure story when I was young. Reading it as an adult was still enjoyable. Imaginative kids spending time camping and sailing from a little lake island on their summer holiday. Really fun, and the audio was great!

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Sophoclessweetheart Oh my! This is one of my favourite childhood books. I reread it every year. 🖤🖤 2y
batsy One of my faves 💙 2y
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sprainedbrain
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Out for my #audiowalk and it‘s a cloudy (so mercifully cooler) day for me and the bugs along the river. 😬

I wish I had found this book when I was a child...it‘s just the kind of kid-centered imaginative adventure that was my jam when I was little. Really fun!

Literary_Siren You should watch the film! Super cute. My kids really enjoyed it. 2y
Centique I loved this series so much as a kid - so much exploring and camping and outdoors stuff 😍😍😍 2y
sprainedbrain @Literary_Siren I think I will, when I‘m done with the book! 2y
JaclynW You take lovely walks! 2y
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Sophoclessweetheart
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#TuesdayTidbits Thank you @wanderinglynn 👌🏻

1) Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome (Tagged book!) It is my grandma‘s most favourite book and she brought me my first copy when I was 8 along with Jane Eyre. We read it together and it was the start of my love for books.
2) What a tough question! Georgiana of Devonshire, Bess of Hardwick, Mary Queen of Scots or Catherine De Medici. My favourite women!
3) Ignorance!
4) @miralunasbooknook 💋😉

wanderinglynn What a great memory of your grandmother! ❤️ 2y
Sophoclessweetheart @wanderinglynn Thank you 🙏 She was my best friend 💛💛 2y
LeahBergen Georgiana! ❤️ 2y
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Sophoclessweetheart @LeahBergen Local history ftw 😍💛 2y
LeahBergen @Wanderingwithwords Is she your local history?? Lucky you! 2y
Sophoclessweetheart @LeahBergen Yes. As is Bess of Hardwick. And even for a short time Mary Queen of Scots. I live in Derbyshire and am 5-25 minutes from the buildings and houses that they lived in and/or owned. Xx 2y
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samharnold
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Pickpick

This was recommended by a friend as one of her favourite books. As I started reading I‘m sure I may have read it as a child but, that didn‘t take anything away for me. This is a simply amazing classic story of children being children. Adventure, pirates and exploring. Living a life before X boxes and iPhones when children knew how to have fun. I simply loved this nostalgic look back. A must read.

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samharnold
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Quiet Easter Saturday reading this classic.

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Oryx
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This was what my partner got for part of his birthday present, from his sister. So pretty.

ju.ca.no Ooh really pretty! 2y
JenP Pretty! 2y
KarenUK Those are gorgeous.... 😍 2y
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batsy Oh my gosh, so pretty. Want 😍 2y
DeborahSmall Lovely! ❤️ 2y
Mdargusch I love these! 💕 2y
youneverarrived Wow, gorgeous 😍 2y
ladym30 Those are stunning! 2y
LeahBergen Lovely! 2y
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Sarah83
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Blueberry
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I tried to read this when the lids were younger but couldn't get into it. But I might try again after enjoying the movie.

#booktomovie #bookstomovies

JillR We watched the movie recently and loved it :) 2y
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Embellembell
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This summer I visited the Derwent Water quayside, close to where much of the film was shot. With the backdrop of mountains, it is perfectly suited to the amazing setting that Ransome created in this book! #keswick2017 #bellfamilycoffeetour

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful ❤️ 2y
Cinfhen Gorgeous ❣️ 2y
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RachelO
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Just back from a couple of days away to find a wonderful package of #bookishmail from @LeahBergen . Thank you so much, Leah - it was a lovely surprise and it's all absolutely perfect! I've never met a bookjig before- they're such a good idea 🦊! I've also never seen that S&A cover before 😍. The book flags are gorgeous, and I'm going to have to find a suitably Canadian read before I break out the Maple Mints 😋- can't wait! Thank you!

DeborahSmall I love my fox bookjig Leah got me I've used it with every hardback since I got it. She's the best 💓 2y
RachelO @DeborahSmall She is! It's such a fab design- and also 🦊! 😊 2y
TrishB Very cool 👍 2y
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batsy Fun! And what a gorgeous cover for Swallows and Amazons 😍 2y
LeahBergen Yay! I'm glad you liked them. I'm so enjoying the bookmarks you sent me. ❤️ 2y
RachelO @LeahBergen Such a great surprise 😘 2y
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TheBookDream
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This movie is a delight. Watch it if you have the chance!

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Verity
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So my pick for #maybookflowers #sunshine is Swallows and Amazons which makes me think of (mythical) long hot summers where children can camp out on an island in the Lake District and only get rained on once. I first read it when I was about 8 and loved it. This is the same version as I first read although I don't think it's the same copy! I've got quite a lot of the sequels on my children's book shelf too. ☀️ ⛺️ ⛵️ 🏊‍♀️ 🎣- what more do you want?

batsy Excellent choice. Love seeing the old Puffin paperbacks, they always remind me of childhood and long reading hours if I've managed to hide myself well ☺️ 3y
Verity I know exactly what you mean @batsy 3y
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RachelO
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Only one possible choice for #sail - Swallows & Amazons. John, Susan, Titty and Roger sailing round the Lake District, camping, islands, copper-smelting, exploring, and having run-ins with 'pirates' Nancy & Peggy. Or exploring the Norfolk Broads with Dick and Dot. A different time, a different world, and I loved it!

#litsyconfession - I don't really collect books. I keep odd favourites. This is the only series I own.

#lyricalapril @Cinfhen

Cinfhen This collection is amazing 😍 3y
Centique Oh my! I loved these so much as a kid. I have about 6 but not the whole lot so I'm definitely jealous! 😍😍 3y
RachelO @Centique 😊 I haven't met many Arthur Ransome fans - they turned me into a terrible armchair sailor! These are very well-loved (as in falling to bits & losing their pages!). 3y
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erzascarletbookgasm I love your collection! Such treasures from childhood 3y
KarenUK I loved these too! @rachelO @centique 3y
Centique @KarenUK @RachelO glad to find other Ransome fans! Those are books I really wanted to escape into and go on adventures 😍⛵️ 3y
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pitterpainter
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Raining buckets outside so I decided to visit my friend Marla at SeaOcean Book Berth here in Seattle. It is a literal treasure trove of seaworthy books, including vintage gems like the one I am holding. I always find a map or two, postcards, or a nature guide I didn't know I needed. Tucked away in Fremont/Wallingford neighborhood near the fabulous Whale Wins restaurant. #buyindie #indiebound

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Aliking1986
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I wish I had come to this book earlier. I enjoyed it as an adult but I think I would have loved it as a child. So many books, so little time-what's a girl to do?

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Aldebrn
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For whatever reason, I easily fall in love with places I've never been. In this case, the Lake District in England. And this book is viscerally pleasant, from the geography to the sailing technicalities to this idea that siblings in a large family somehow can function like a complete family.

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