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Margaret the First
Margaret the First: A Novel | Danielle Dutton
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One of both Flavorwire and The Millions Most Anticipated Books of 2016Margaret the First dramatizes the life of Margaret Cavendish, the shy, gifted, and wildly unconventional 17th-century Duchess. The eccentric Margaret wrote and published volumes of poems, philosophy, feminist plays, and utopian science fiction at a time when being a writer was not an option open to women. As one of the Queens attendants and the daughter of prominent Royalists, she was exiled to France when King Charles I was overthrown. As the English Civil War raged on, Margaret met and married William Cavendish, who encouraged her writing and her desire for a career. After the War, her work earned her both fame and infamy in England: at the dawn of daily newspapers, she was Mad Madge, an original tabloid celebrity. Yet Margaret was also the first woman to be invited to the Royal Society of Londona mainstay of the Scientific Revolutionand the last for another two hundred years. Margaret the First is very much a contemporary novel set in the past. Written with lucid precision and sharp cuts through time, it is a gorgeous and wholly new narrative approach to imagining the life of a historical woman.
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batsy
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#7days7covers #covercrush Day 5

@twohectobooks please join us in posting favourite covers if you're up for it :)

Lcsmcat Ooh, I like what they did with this one. 2mo
batsy @Lcsmcat Yes ❤️ 2mo
vivastory I feel like a publisher could easily scroll through this hashtag & compile a book of the greatest book designs with our selections. I know I'd buy a copy! Great choice! 2mo
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Cathythoughts ♥️♥️nice 2mo
Leftcoastzen Wonderful cover! 2mo
Moray_Reads Such a beautiful cover 2mo
LauraAndTaraAndBooks Love this cover...I had been planning on doing it tomorrow! 2mo
erzascarletbookgasm Gorgeous cover 2mo
Megabooks Great cover! 2mo
batsy @vivastory Right? I'm having such a great time seeing everyone's selections! 2mo
batsy @Cathythoughts @Leftcoastzen @Moray_Reads @LauraAndTaraAndBooks @erzascarletbookgasm @Megabooks The delicate detail of the title as a necklace is so perfect 😍 2mo
Nute Yes! So beautiful! I wish that I had remembered this one!😊Perfect choice, Ms. Subashini! 2mo
Tanisha_A I loveeeee that blue feather! 2mo
LeahBergen 😍😍😍 2mo
readordierachel Oh, yes 😍😍 2mo
batsy @Nute Thank you, Kimberley! 🙂 2mo
batsy @Tanisha_A Perfect detail, isn't it 😍 2mo
batsy @LeahBergen @readordierachel I've been coveting this book for so long I was so happy to find it at the discount store 😁 2mo
CarolynM 😍😍😍 2mo
twohectobooks Thanks for thinking of me! Saw this when you posted and have been racking my brain for potential covers. Should have something to post soon. 2mo
batsy @twohectobooks No worries! It should be fun and stress free so I hope I didn't impose :) 2mo
GatheringBooks deceptively simple but truly effective. 2mo
Centique I have this on my TBR - it looks sooooo good! 2mo
twohectobooks @batsy not at all! 2mo
batsy @Centique Right? At some point I should read it 😆 2mo
BiblioLitten There‘s something about that cover.💙💙 2mo
batsy @BiblioLitten I love it so much! 2mo
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myreadingdays
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Mehso-so

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So this left me with more questions than answers but I think that‘s because I have never heard of Margaret Cavandish before I opened this book
It‘s a great starting point as it gives a good overview on Margaret‘s life from start to finish. And luckily the author gives 2 recommendations of more comprehensive books about this really interesting woman. She also credits A Room of One‘s Own by Virginia Woolf for opening up Margaret to her.

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AnneCecilie
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#HelloThursday

1. -3 degrees C with snow ❄️

2. Around 20 C, but over 22 C is too hot

3. 20 C

4. I read inside and doesn‘t care. If I‘m going outside see no 2

5. I tagged one of the books I read this month. I read according to mood, so anything I want to read is a winter read.

wanderinglynn Thanks for playing! 💜 And stay warm! 🥶 10mo
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AnneCecilie
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From the blurb:”Margaret Cavendish was the first woman to address the Royal Society and the first Englishwoman to write explicitly for publication. Wildly unconventional, she was championed by her forward-thinking husband and nicknamed ‘Mad Madge‘ by her many detractors”.

In this short novel, just 160p, Dutton brings Margaret to life. The novel is told through vignettes and tells of her entire life.

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AnneCecilie
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Next up. I think this is fiction based on a real person, but if not tell me.

Itchyfeetreader Definitely based on a real person - be keen to see what you think looks like it‘s right up my streeet 10mo
Crazeedi I'm interested in your opinion, I like these type of books 10mo
AnneCecilie @Itchyfeetreader @Crazeedi This was definitely my type of book. I really like to read about women who doesn‘t follow the expected path, but go their own ways. I would be interested in reading her work as well. 10mo
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Callsie
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Reading this in Cuzco, Peru. Haven‘t seen the real thing yet but these Llama magnets are gonna be appreciated souvenirs!

akckitty Not gonna lie, those are pretty cute 10mo
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underground_bks
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This absorbing novel is based on the life of Margaret Cavendish, the 17th Century duchess, poet, philosopher, and playwright who wrote one of the earliest examples of science fiction. Danielle Dutton‘s writing is immersive and impressionistic, imagining the lived experience of one woman‘s rule-busting imagination amidst the claustrophobic life of a noblewoman in the 17th Century.

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DannyOlda
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The quote made me want to get up and do an air kick. I hope my daughter can grow up with that confidence.

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DannyOlda
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My wife got this as a blind date from Tombolo Books and I'm borrowing it. So far a pleasant poetic, unique style.

Aimeesue Hmmmm! Interesting cover! Kind of makes me want to draw necklaces on portraits. 😁 1y
saresmoore I love this cover. 1y
DannyOlda Lol, good idea, @Aimeesue 1y
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Loreen
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Pickpick

Second book is finished. Now on to book three.

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Loreen
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I didn‘t get to this book for the last #readathon. So to make up for it, it‘s my second book of the day. #deweys24hourreadathon #thiscover

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Loreen
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Day 1: #7Days7bookcovers
Post a book cover you love.
No explanation, no information on the book.
Just a book cover you love.
I saw this tag on @RealLifeReading instagram a few days ago and had to it myself. 😁

LeahBergen I ❤️ this cover. 2y
Loreen It's just beautiful. 2y
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Moray_Reads
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7 days 7 covers. Post a book cover you love. No explanation, no information on the book. Just a cover you love.

rubyslippersreads 😍😍😍 2y
LeahBergen I loved this cover the moment I first saw it. ❤️ 2y
Kalalalatja This cover is so awesome! Have you read the book? 2y
Moray_Reads I have, it was fascinating. I'd never heard of Margaret but she had an amazing life 2y
readordierachel Gorgeous! 2y
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Booksnchill
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This is a short,160pg fictionalized account of Margaret Cavendish “the first woman to live by her pen” in Britain of the 1600‘s. The cover reminded me of this painted egg made by my Great Grandmother in the 1930‘s. The author cites Virginia Woolf‘s writings on Margaret and “A Room of One‘s Own” as inspirations and I can see that in the work- really a forray into Margaret‘s inner life and dreams- she is to be admired- 4⭐️#Femmeuary

LeahBergen That egg is amazing!! I really enjoyed this read. 2y
Booksnchill @LeahBergen thanks I am so pleased it has survived this long and I prize it. 2y
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bellasocks
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..knitting and listening #literaryknitter

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rmaclean4
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What an interesting book. I loved being in this time period. There were times that I found it hard to get into Margaret's thoughts. I am glad that I read this, but am not sure that it will stick with me in the long run.

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rmaclean4
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This beauty showed up in the mail today. Super excited to get to this soon!!

Lacythebookworm It‘s a good one! 2y
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Mitch
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Mitch
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Mehso-so

Described as an early precursor to feminism by modern day writers, in her lifetime she was Mad Madge. I enjoyed the first half of the book, where the writer uses very sparse language and observation to put us in a time and place, understanding the emotion, context and actions all within one sentence. But as Margaret's story unfolds, her eccentricity escalates and the writing changes. Dreams, other worldliness, fantasies and visions take hold.

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Mitch
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7.5 hrs of 2017 left here in London, UK. Adequate time to squeeze in a slim one! ( Although it goes against my rule of never starting a new book on the same day as finishing the last one 🤣🎉!)

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Listener15
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I am not sure if I liked this book or not. At times I flew through chapters & others that felt like a slog & I had to reread parts. It was beautifully written though confusing at times. I had never heard of this lady until I picked up this book. It seems like I would have enjoyed it more if I knew anything about the real person. But it does take an interesting look at fame. Basically nothing has changed over the centuries. Overall, glad I read it.

Cinfhen The cover is so striking!!! 2y
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LaviniaG
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Writing in the 17th century, quite bad for your health.

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Christine89
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Pickpick

Book number 2 for #deweysreadathon. What an interesting book. I loved the history and the story of a strong badass woman!

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Brie
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A fascinating and intimate portrait of an historical woman who did not fit in with the times of 17th century England. This biographical novel fictionalizes the life of Margaret Cavendish, an eccentric duchess who scandalized the public with her literary ambitions. I felt the novel blended history and fiction seamlessly together to form an arresting glimpse into a complicated and controversial woman's life.

batsy I will never tire of seeing this cover 😍 2y
annahenke Loved this book. 2y
Brie @batsy It is a gorgeous cover 2y
AmandaL I immediately read her biography after reading this book! 2y
Brie @AmandaL The author's note recommended that biography and now I want to read it too! It sounds great. 2y
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Brie
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Duchess Margaret Cavendish: author, poet, playwright, philosopher, feminist, and truly irregular woman of her time. #epigraphs

LeahBergen Yep. 👏🏻 2y
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Moonpa
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For the three weeks I had this book out from the library, I was mesmerized by this cover. And I enjoyed the book too!
#coverlover
#awesomeautumnbooks

emilyhaldi Pretty!! 2y
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mtns_of_books
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The writing was phenomenal-such beautiful prose. The only reason, not a 5 star for me, is something just felt off, in the way like it wasn't a flowing story-rather just little snippets of her life-and at times it made hard to connect to the main character because we would get a little glimpse into a moment, then on to another random day in sometimes less than a paragraph.
#bookish #bookcover #literature #booknerd #booklove #reader

RealBooks4ever Nice review! 💜 2y
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Brie
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Library/thrift store #bookhaul #TBR 📚

MicheleinPhilly WOW! EXCELLENT HAUL! 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 2y
Moray_Reads Wow, impressive! 2y
Brie Thanks, I think I got lucky. Haven't visited either in a while. @MicheleinPhilly 2y
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TrishB Cool 👍 2y
RealBooks4ever Nice haul! 💜 2y
emilyhaldi Awesome! 2y
DivineDiana Wow! 2y
Andrea4 Woo-hope you didn't have to carry that too far! 2y
Brie Luckily I brought a bag! @Andrea4 2y
vivastory Great haul! 2y
Lmstraubie Nice! 😁 2y
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vivastory
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A vivid, lyrical account of 17th Century Duchess & protofeminist writer. Dutton's novel left me wanting to read a biography on Margaret, yet also astounded at the impression of being well acquainted with her. Astonished because of the brevity of the book (under 200 pages). Dutton provides glimpses into Cavendish's emotional & mental states & provides the reader with a convincing portrait of a delightfully unconventional woman writer.

catiewithac This book sounds promising! 2y
vivastory @catiewithac It's short but it doesn't feel underwritten at all. Really liked it 2y
LeahBergen Yes! What a life. I found myself so wanting to read a biography of her after reading this. I was looking at this one 2y
vivastory @LeahBergen I think this one will stick with me for quite awhile. Thanks for the recommendation. Stacked! 2y
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BookishShelly
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It's an oddly told story, but I really liked this novel imagining the life of Margaret Cavendish. I'm definitely going to be looking for a good biography of her now. She was certainly not perfect, but a fascinating person and I like her or at least the her as portrayed in this little novel.

DivineDiana I so love this cover! Must own! 📚 2y
AmandaL It's a good biography of Margaret Cavendish, and I think the author referenced it for this book. 2y
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nerdybookgirl
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Starting book #2 for #readathon!

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AMVP
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@Liberty

#thisistheend

Would've posted my actual copy, but I won't be home before the end of the raffle. Regardless, loved this book and would recommend it to anyone.

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Handmade_Redhead
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I enjoyed this book, but wouldn't say it was fantastic. I am interested in finding out more about the real Margaret. I almost think she'd be more interesting outside of the fiction.

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javadiva
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No plot, no twist, no character development. Just a "pretty sentence" book.

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Moray_Reads
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At a time when women wrote rarely and anonymously Margaret Cavendish openly published works of theatre, poetry and philosophy. It's interesting and frustrating to see her struggle with the stigma against thoughtful, ambitious women that still exists today. Dutton had written a crisp, vivid, multifaceted glimpse into the life of a protofeminist using many of Margaret's own words. Now I need to read Virginia Woolf's essay on "Mad Madge".

Reviewsbylola I've always loved this cover and your blanket is beautiful. 3y
RachelO Beautiful photo! 3y
LeahBergen I'm glad you liked this one, too! I want to hunt down a good biography on her now. 3y
Moray_Reads @LeahBergen I thought the same thing. I think I'll start with the bibliography at the back 3y
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annahenke
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#marchintoreading #judgedbyitscover I started reading this book based solely on the cover. I was not disappointed! This is the snapshot review from my website: www.loveonlit.com

Cinfhen I agree, gorgeous cover 💖 3y
javadiva I'm reading it right now! 👍 3y
LeahBergen I liked it! 3y
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MamaGina
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From what I've heard, this is a great book, but honestly its cover is so gorgeous I would have purchased it for its decorative value alone!🤓

#judgedbyitscover
#marchintoreading

Lacythebookworm Same!! 3y
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javadiva
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Picked this for my work's book genre study. It's short and beautifully written, partly prose. I hadn't heard of Margaret Cavendish before. Known for her work and her prominence as England's first recognized woman scientist argued strongly for the education of women and for their involvement in scientific pursuits.

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Lola
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I loved this little book. Great deal for the Kindle with the Audible match, too. #deals #kindledeals

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BrainyHeroine
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I promises my husband we'd clean today, but my Amazon book order just got here and this TBR from a micropress is under 200 pages! Maybe if I play vacuum cleaner noises for an hour he'll think I'm just being really detail oriented? Haha.

398.2 lol I do the same thing to my husband! I think he's starting to catch on lol 3y
annahenke It's short but I actually took a while to read it. It's so beautifully composed. 3y
Eridau Beautiful cover. 3y
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Lacythebookworm
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#bookmail I've been wanting to get my hands on this one since it came out. Love the cover! (And the story sounds fascinating, too 😊)

Cinfhen Yes, I agree great cover😻 3y
BrainyHeroine This is literally in my amazon cart right now lol 3y
Reviewsbylola Yes, totally awesome cover! 3y
LeahBergen I really enjoyed it. 3y
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Suetara
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Yay! I've been wanting to read this. Added it to my digital hoard this morning. 😜

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moonandpeach
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Pickpick

'Dazzling' seems right.

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LeahBergen
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Here are my picks for the #BestOfJanuary. #ReadJanuary

Cinfhen I love how those covers look all blended together 😍 3y
I-read-and-eat Just got The Vegetarian from the library, moving it up my TBR, so many great reviews on Litsy. 3y
DeborahSmall The UK hardback cover for Eligible is awful, putting me off ordering it. I'll have to look around for this edition 💕 3y
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LeahBergen @DeborahSmall I just went and looked at the UK cover. Yuck! It's too "chick lit" for a novel that is really more of a clever satire than a straight-up P&P-inspired modern romance. I usually always prefer the UK covers, too. ? We get a random offering of editions here in Canada - sometimes they are from the UK and sometimes the US. 3y
LeahBergen @Cinfhen It was an accidental mash-up on my desk. 😂 3y
LeahBergen @I-read-and-eat I really enjoyed it (it IS pretty bizarre and dark though). 3y
DeborahSmall So disappointing. The paperback is the same. Sometimes the paperback can be nice 3y
BethFishReads I liked Eligible 3y
shawnmooney I really enjoyed 'Margaret' - think you know my feelings about the non-meat-eater one :) 3y
LeahBergen @shawnmooney I do! 😂 3y
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LeahBergen
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I'm really enjoying this beautiful little read, my 2nd book of #24in48. I'm also taking the time to enjoy everyone's posts today ... those of you reading and those of you marching. ❤❤❤

8leagueboot Margaret the First would definitely have marched, probably while wearing a magnificent hat full of live birds ❤ 3y
LeahBergen @8leagueboot Yes, she certainly would! 😍 3y
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LeahBergen
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Here is what I plan on getting through for #24in48!💥💥💥 I'll be finishing Eligible (which I am LOVING) and dipping into these smaller ones. I even found a comic book (of sorts) to try out. What do you think?

katedensen So glad you're enjoying Eligible! And yay wine! 3y
WendyL I love your bookends 😜 3y
Gayan All of those books are on my TBR list. 3y
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The_Literary_Jedi 👍🏽🍷🍾📚 3y
Bookcation74 Why haven't I ever thought of wine bottles for bookends?! ❤️it! 3y
Bette Nice 📚 and bonus! 🍷 3y
Megabooks Great!! 3y
saresmoore Looks great! Eligible is so fun! 3y
shawnmooney I really enjoyed Margaret the First. I'll be curious to hear your thoughts on George Saunders. Have fun! 😍😍 3y
LindsayReads Oooh, I've been jonesing to read Cook Korean! Can't wait to hear what you think. 3y
MrBook Great pic! 3y
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Bookish_B
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My current read. I love this cover though I'm not sure it comes across in a picture.

SusanInTiburon This is such a great cover. 3y
Michelle_mck What a beauty 3y
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Lettters
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Maybe the best book I read last year? Written by the publisher of my favorite book the year prior... Good things coming out of St. Louis.

LeahBergen Ooo, I received this as a birthday gift. I'm moving it up the stack. 👍🏼 3y
rubyslippersreads @Lettters Glad to hear you liked it so much. I'll have to move it up my TBR list too, @LeahBergen 😄 3y
AmandaL After I read this I needed to know more about Margaret Cavendish. You may like 3y
Lettters @AmandaL thanks for the rec! 3y
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