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Excellent Women
Excellent Women | Barbara Pym
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AmyG
Excellent Women | Barbara Pym
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Read this today and absolutely enjoyed it. Mildred is such a wonderful character. A “rom-com?” For the post WWII times? In England! Thanks @CarolynM

#NewYearWhoDis @monalyisha

monalyisha That was fast! ✨💨👟 4d
CarolynM Glad you enjoyed🙂 @Ruthiella directed me to this one next, and it is the perfect follow up 4d
Ruthiella @CarolynM @AmyG Barbara Pym ❤️ 4d
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batsy I love this book. 4d
Cathythoughts I enjoyed this one too ❤️👍 4d
AmyG Thanks @CarolynM I will definitely check that one out. @monalyisha .....ha, I spent the entire day reading this little gem. 4d
SRWCF Gorgeous cover! 3d
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CarolynM
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#12booksof2021 #10thbookof2021 #October

Barbara Pym was one of those writers I've known of forever but never got around to reading. That changed this year with some encouragement from @Centique @LeahBergen @Cathythoughts and @Ruthiella I loved this book and its sort of sequel Less Than Angels.
@Andrew65

Ruthiella Always pleased to have another convert to the Pymverse! ❤️ 2w
Centique Yay! So glad you‘re a Pym fan too 💕 2w
LeahBergen Yes!! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2w
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AmyG I have this next up for my #NewYearWhoDis! 2w
Graywacke I need to read Pym! 2w
jlhammar Such a great book! 2w
Andrew65 Looks good. 2w
Cathythoughts I really enjoyed this too 2w
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AmyG
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I am going to try to read these three books for #NYWD2022 #NewYearWhoDis2022 @CarolynM
@monalyisha

Thrift books order complete. I am very excited!

monalyisha Yay! 😍🙌🏻💓 2mo
TrishB Behind the Scenes ♥️ 2mo
Cathythoughts Nice pics 💫💫💫 2mo
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CarolynM You've chosen a nice variety. Hope you enjoy them😘 2mo
AmyG @CarolynM It‘s funny…a friend just told me to read Walters. And I‘ve always wanted to read Pym. I have read Atkinson bit not this book. So all 3 - I am excited to read. 2mo
CarolynM We Begin at the End and The Push have been on my TBR for a while too. Looking forward to January 2mo
Crazeedi @CarolynM we begin at the end is excellent 2mo
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CarolynM
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Excellent book. I'm tempted to leave it there, but I need to add what a delight the whole thing was and how much I liked Mildred. I'm absolutely a convert to Pym and I will definitely be reading more.
#Doublespin @TheAromaofBooks

batsy It's so good! I need more Pym in my life 💛 3mo
Ruthiella I suggest you read Less Than Angels next. There‘s the tiniest follow up in it re: Mildred. I think almost all her novels are a little bit connected with characters from other books mentioned or having a cameo. I call it, unimaginatively, the “Pymverse”. 3mo
BarbaraBB Great review. I should read more by her too. 3mo
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CarolynM @batsy @Ruthiella @BarbaraBB I have a few that I've bought second hand over the years, including Less Than Angels, so I'll get on to that soon🙂 3mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 3mo
AlaMich I am a recent convert too, and I am currently reading my fourth. Excellent Women is my favorite of those I‘ve read. 3mo
LeahBergen Total Pym convert here, too! 🙋🏻‍♀️ 3mo
LeslieO Yay for Pym! 3mo
kspenmoll My mom loved her & so I have read sone of her books. 3mo
Centique I love this one! A book I could read again and again. 💕 3mo
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CarolynM
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"...if I ever wrote a novel it would be of the stream-of-consciousness type and deal with an hour in the life of a woman at the sink"
I didn't know the idea of "kitchen sink" as a style came from Barbara Pym, I thought. I looked it up and it's attributed to a male art critic in 1954, no mention of Pym who published this book in 1952. ?

Ruthiella 😡Barbara must be vindicated! 3mo
MrsMalaprop Well of course it is 😒. 3mo
LeahBergen Hmph. 😠 3mo
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andrew61
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Post war London and Mildred, at the centre of the local church, is living a quiet life until a couple move into the flat below hers and cause ripples in her otherwise ordinary life. A gentle and comic novel which was a joyful read and a perfect introduction to a writer who I have not tried before but will definitely read again.

EvieBee So glad you liked it! One of my favorite authors. 6mo
kspenmoll Great author, great book. My mom introduced me to her. 6mo
LeahBergen A fave! ❤️ 6mo
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andrew61 @kspenmoll what a great mum to give the joy of a good read 🙂 6mo
andrew61 @EvieBee definitely going to read more 🙂 6mo
rwmg You have such treats in store 6mo
Centique I‘m so glad you liked this too! I think I have to read it again soon. I recently read her book Quartet in Autumn, a lot sadder but so very good. I love the way she values smaller quieter lives and shows the beauty/depth in them. 6mo
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andrew61
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"Do we need tea ?" She echoed....
It was the kind of question that starts a landside in the mind.

My first Barbara pym for my reading group and this quote probably sums up the joy I am getting today from this gentle but very satisfying read like a cup of tea .

charl08 Too much tea? Heresy. 😂 7mo
Ruthiella Love Pym and I love this book. ❤️ 7mo
TrishB It‘s never a real question@is it!? 7mo
andrew61 @TrishB crazy 🙂 7mo
Cathythoughts Brilliant 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 7mo
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In_the_stacks
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#CuriousCovers Day 14- These are two editions of one of my favourite books by one of my favourite authors.

The edition on the left is a Folio Society edition that I found second hand for a dollar at a thrift store. The book has beautiful colour plates but it also has a coffee ring stain on the front cover 😱😱😱. The #woman in red on the cover is Mildred Lathbury, the book‘s narrator & one of the excellent women referred to in the title.

Eggs Love this ❤️📚👏🏻 7mo
Ruthiella I have that same Plume Penguin paperback edition. I think they are so pretty! 7mo
In_the_stacks @Ruthiella I agree 😊 7mo
LeahBergen Ooo, love! I have that Folio edition, too. 7mo
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ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled
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Help, Littens!
I have never read Barbara Pym! (How did I miss her?)

Which one should I start with?

LeslieO Oh I love them all! Excellent Women would be a good start I think. 8mo
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled @LeslieO Thank you! I‘ll start there! 8mo
Cathythoughts I‘ve read 2 ... I think Excellent Women too ❤️ 8mo
LeahBergen Excellent Women and then Some Tame Gazelle. 👍🏻 8mo
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kspenmoll
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#Lorraine

Just thinking of my mom this morning. One( among many)of her favorite authors that she introduced me too.

LeahBergen Pym! ❤️❤️ 9mo
quietjenn So lovely! 9mo
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Cinfhen
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This was a great book to bring me back to immersive reading. It‘s next week‘s bookclub choice and I‘m leading discussion. Lots of great passages and plenty to talk about. I think the ladies will have lots to say😉

kspenmoll Gorgeous photo- wonderful book. My mom loved this author. 9mo
Nute Lovely photo! 9mo
Cinfhen Thanks @Nute @kspenmoll the flowers are my happy 💜and this book was delightfully engaging 9mo
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OutAndAbout Beautiful flowers! 9mo
Cinfhen Thanks @OutAndAbout 🌸💜🌷💜 9mo
Megabooks How many books did you finish today??? Awesome!!! 9mo
Cinfhen Ha @Megabooks I reviewed 4 today because I‘ve been having Litsy issues... but I only finished 2 today. I started them all last week. Not my best reading month. 9mo
Megabooks Still fantastic job of wrapping things up!! 9mo
Cinfhen Thanks 😊 @Megabooks Hope you‘re enjoying mom‘s bday today 9mo
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Cinfhen
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IRL bookclub up next! Glad it‘s on the shorter side as my #VacationBrain is still lingering. To all you Littens who manage family obligations, responsibilities, career and other real life distractions and STILL manage to find time to read, I‘m fully impressed and totally humbled. Man, It‘s SO hard to FOCUS & separate. I just couldn‘t distance myself or quiet my brain from everything going on around me.

Cathythoughts I hope you enjoy this book ! I really did ! And I totally agree ... if I wasn‘t semi-retired there‘s no way I could read as much as I do. I hope you had a wonderful holiday 👍🏻❤️ 9mo
Flaneurette This is my life for the last year! Husband and 3 kids all home 24/7 and no way I can concentrate. Am looking forward to nice weather so I can at least read on the porch. First world problem I know!🤣 9mo
Cinfhen You have all of my respect @Flaneurette 🙌🏻 it‘s a lot!!! Hope you get that GREAT weather soon!! 9mo
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KatieB Such beautiful flowers! 9mo
Cinfhen Thanks @KatieB 💜They make me happy 😊 9mo
Librariana I'm delighted you got to spend time with family 😊💜 Ours are all in the Southwest United States and we are in the Pacific Northwest so I don't necessarily have to contend with those type of distractions (although I would certainly welcome them! I miss my Mamá, sister, and niece dearly!) 9mo
TrishB I have interviewed all day today, I think my brain has retired. 8 hours. On zoom. (edited) 9mo
Cinfhen That‘s 7 1/2 hours too many @TrishB xxx TGIF 9mo
Cinfhen I know how you feel @Librariana Missing family is SO HARD!! I hope you get to see them IN PERSON soon and not on a little screen 🧡 9mo
TrishB 🍻 and take away now x 9mo
BarbaraBB Hey, that‘s my life! Yet I feel now I‘ve been out of the rhythm of working and caretaking for a week, I have read less! 9mo
Cinfhen I don‘t know how you are managing @BarbaraBB @TrishB although 🍺and takeaway are very appealing!!!! I‘m still super jetlagged too so my concentration is total shit. 9mo
4thhouseontheleft @Flaneurette same here, except hubby does go to work. @Cinfhen my reading has dropped drastically in the past year since I started working again, but on the plus side I think I am more selective with my books, ans list of them have been great reads! 9mo
Cinfhen I can see how true that would be @4thhouseontheleft quality over quantity is ALWAYS better 💜 9mo
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coffeenebula
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Embarking on a new...thing 😂 🚃 👟 🧩

#AudioPuzzling

Ruthiella It‘s a beautiful day in the neighborhood! 😃 11mo
bthegood This is a nice way to listen to an audiobook on a rainy day - enjoy your new puzzle and book. 🙂 11mo
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MamaGina
Excellent Women | Barbara Pym

“Now, Julian, we don‘t want a sermon,” said Winifred. “You know Mildred would never do anything wrong or foolish.”

I reflected a little sadly that this was only too true and hoped I did not appear too much that kind of person to others. Virtue is an excellent thing and we should all strive after it, but it can sometimes be a little depressing.

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Loving this book so far! ☺️

LeahBergen 😍😍 13mo
batsy Haha, love this! 13mo
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MamaGina
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My first Pym...

LeahBergen Oooo! 👏🏻👏🏻 I hope you love it. 🤞🏻 13mo
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Hamlet
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I very much liked this post-WWII mild-mannered comedy. Pym is insightful and kind about “excellent women,” those single persons who both defend & endure the repressions & expectations of their British society. Mildred is wonderfully dead-pan in her remarks & observations. The story advances at a stately pace, but I so enjoyed the company of Mildred Lathbury and her take on her friends that I felt no impatience about the plot‘s pacing. Lovely book.

Cathythoughts Excellent book ✨ recently read as my first Pym & I loved it 1y
batsy Great review! I loved this. 1y
Hamlet @Cathythoughts This is my first Pym too! (but not my last.) 1y
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Hamlet @batsy Thanks! It has such nuanced, humorous insights. I love how much Pym loves her characters; that aspect reminds me of Wes Anderson‘s work. 1y
erzascarletbookgasm Splendid review! 1y
Hamlet @erzascarletbookgasm Thanks so much! 1y
Suet624 I haven't yet read Pym and I keep meaning to. (edited) 14mo
Hamlet @Suet624 I just bought Some Tame Gazelle as my next Pym, though I don‘t know when I‘ll get to it. 14mo
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Cathythoughts
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Do we really NEED a cup of tea ? I even said as much to Miss Stratham and she looked at me with a hurt , almost angry look, ‘ Do we NEED tea? ‘ she echoed. ‘ But Miss Lathbury........ ‘ She sounded puzzled and distressed and I began to realise that my question had struck at something deep and fundamental. It was the kind of question that starts a landslide in the mind.

5 ⭐️ More Barbara Pym for me.

Amiable As a lifelong tea enthusiast, I don‘t even understand that question. 😀 1y
Cathythoughts @Amiable I know ! We always need tea 😍😂 1y
ravenlee Tea doesn‘t ask silly questions. Tea understands. (Random meme from FB) 1y
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Cathythoughts @ravenlee 👍🏻👍🏻😁 1y
erzascarletbookgasm Of course we need tea! Tea is the elixir of life (Lao Tzu). 😁 1y
batsy Yay! So happy you loved it! 1y
Ruthiella Welcome to the Pymverse. ❤️ 1y
Cathythoughts @erzascarletbookgasm Yes! More tea please 😁 1y
Cathythoughts @batsy I did ! thanks X 1y
Cathythoughts @Ruthiella Thankyou ! It‘s lovely to be here 👍🏻❤️ 1y
LeahBergen I think you might like this one of hers, too 😊 1y
TrishB I didn‘t understand the question either 🤷‍♀️ 1y
Cathythoughts @LeahBergen Thankyou ! I‘ll be getting that one 👍🏻😁 1y
Cathythoughts @TrishB I know. ! And I love the thinking after the question ... tea is so much a part of us ... the world would fall apart without it ❤️ (edited) 1y
Cathythoughts @TrishB I know here , if any problem arises in a family ... it‘s a Barry‘s tea moment. Put on the tea .... Barry‘s are from Cork. ... they are Cork royalty ‘ THE Barry‘s ‘ ( nice tea too ) (edited) 1y
TrishB 😁😁 literally the first thing I do in the morning. And everything has to be discussed with a new cup of tea. We have to keep some traditions in this world at the moment. 1y
Cathythoughts @TrishB that first cup of tea in the morning ✨✨✨ 1y
Sparklemn I‘m a recent tea convert and now I‘m obsessed. A mug of tea, a book and my cat nearby. Life is good!! 💙🐱☕️ 1y
CarolynM 😂 The cup that cheers❤️ Tea is essential in our house. 1y
rubyslippersreads I need more tea and more Pym. Believe it or not, I‘ve never read any. 🙀 1y
rubyslippersreads @LeahBergen @batsy @Ruthiella Where‘s the best place to start in the Pymverse? 1y
Cathythoughts @Sparklemn @CarolynM What do they say ..... you can beat an egg , but you can‘t beat a cup tea ☕️😊 1y
Cathythoughts @rubyslippersreads look forward to your thoughts ☕️❤️ 1y
batsy @rubyslippersreads I've sadly only read Excellent Women! Which is excellent 😁 1y
Ruthiella @rubyslippersreads @batsy @LeahBergen I think Excellent Women is a very good one to start with. 😀 1y
Centique I‘m SO glad you loved it! And yes I can‘t even get out of bed until I‘m brought my morning cup of tea (well sometimes I have to make it myself but I try to avoid it!) Tea is the backbone of my life too @TrishB must be all that English and Irish ancestry showing through! (I swear by Dilmah Tea though 😊👍) 1y
TrishB @Centique good old Yorkshire tea for me😁 1y
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Cathythoughts
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I started this last night ! I think it‘s my first Pym & won‘t be my last. I‘ll be going on a little Pym buying spree later this morning.... 🥳🧡

erzascarletbookgasm I have this on my tbr. Yours is a lovely copy. 🧡 1y
squirrelbrain Pretty book! 1y
TrishB Love when that happens! 1y
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Cathythoughts @erzascarletbookgasm Thanks! It has been on mine for awhile.... it‘s very good. 1y
Cathythoughts @squirrelbrain Thanks 😊! It‘s a nice one alright. 1y
Cathythoughts @TrishB Me too , life is so much better when the book is really good 👍🏻❤️ 1y
batsy I love this book so much! Pym is such a good writer. 1y
Cathythoughts @batsy The writing is excellent 👍🏻❤️ 1y
AlaMich I recently discovered Pym...she‘s a perfect comfort read for the insanity we are all living in. 1y
LeahBergen I think you are going to definitely be a Pym fan, too! 💖 1y
Ruthiella Barbara Pym is amazing. I read A Few Green Leaves first and didn‘t quite understand the fuss but when I read Excellent Women, I GOT IT. 🤯Now I am a super fan! 1y
Cathythoughts @AlaMich Agreed 👍🏻❤️ really enjoyable 1y
Cathythoughts @LeahBergen I think I will be too Leah 😊👍🏻❤️ 1y
Cathythoughts @Ruthiella This is a good one to start with so 👍🏻❤️ 1y
Centique I loved this one! 1y
Cathythoughts @Centique Im loving it too 👍🏻❤️ 1y
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llwheeler
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May #doublespin done! @TheAromaofBooks

This was only on my radar because of Litsy posts, but I'm so glad it was and that I found a copy. A delightful comedy of manners, it was exactly the type of book I'm in the mood for right now. I can't believe it isn't a BBC tv miniseries... hopefully someone will fix that cause I want to watch it. This was my first Pym, but I'll be on the lookout now for the rest of her books.

TheAromaofBooks I've been meaning to read Pym forever! I definitely need to try one! 2y
LeahBergen I love this book ❤️ 2y
llwheeler @TheAromaofBooks the litsy love was well earned, I think 🙂 2y
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llwheeler @LeahBergen you were definitely one of the people whose posts got me to pick it up, so thanks! 😊 2y
batsy I love this, too! You're so right, it needs to be BBC show ❤️ 2y
llwheeler @batsy like I really just want to watch the church ladies scolding the men for not helping with the tea... or that whole lunch scene with William being super fussy at the restaurant (a good character actor would kill that scene!) or pretty much anything with Everard Bone but especially him awkwardly waiting for her in the street... I may be thinking about this too much lol but it would be so good!! 2y
Cathythoughts Nice pic! Just starting this one 👍🏻 2y
llwheeler @Cathythoughts thanks! Hope you enjoy 🙂 2y
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LeahBergen
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#7Days7Books Day Seven

I‘ll finish off this week with the book that started my love of the so-called “Middlebrow” novel (ie; primarily British domestic fiction, written by women in the first half of the 20th century). It changed what I have chosen to read and collect over the last twenty years. 🙂

Thanks for tagging me, @BarbaraBB !

Linsy Looks beautiful! 2y
jillrhudy That MUG 2y
AlaMich I‘ve read one Pym and loved it, but I‘ve never heard the term “middlebrow” used to refer to a subgenre. What exactly does it mean? 2y
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Ruthiella Love Barbara Pym. I want to write the ultimate reference book showing all the character overlap in her Pymverse. 2y
LeahBergen @AlaMich I should actually be a bit more precise in reference to middlebrow, shouldn‘t I? 😆 I‘ll edit my blurb. For the books I‘m referring to, it usually means well-written domestic fiction from the first half of the 20th century that sold well and was popular but didn‘t have enormous “staying power” (and then they tend to be”rediscovered”). So, Virginia Woolf would be high brow and Mills and Boon/Harlequin would be lowbrow. 😆 2y
LeahBergen @Ruthiella I would buy that book ANY day! Do it! 2y
LeahBergen @jillrhudy It‘s cute, isn‘t it? I wish it was bigger, though. I like a huge tea cup. 😆 2y
LeahBergen @Linsy Thanks! 😘 2y
LeahBergen @AlaMich Oh! And there is now an imprint from Dean‘s Street Press called Furrowed Middlebrow (awesome name, right?). It republishes a lot of these type of books. 2y
AlaMich @LeahBergen That‘s the best name! 😆 2y
quietjenn 🧡 🧡 🧡 2y
BarbaraBB You shared a great seven books that perfectly reflect your reading history. Loved it! And I love your new profile pic 💚 (edited) 2y
Cathythoughts Sounds good 👍🏻stacked 2y
batsy Perfect book and photo 😘 2y
robinb Speaking of excellent women...😘💕👋 Beautiful profile pic! Hope you are doing well, sweet friend. 2y
LeahBergen @BarbaraBB Thanks, friend! 😘😘 I won‘t update with my ACTUAL look of growing-in-grey-hairs. 😆😆 2y
LeahBergen @Cathythoughts It is! I think you‘ll like it. 😘 (edited) 2y
LeahBergen @batsy 😘😘 2y
LeahBergen @robinb Thanks, darlin‘! 😘😘 And I hope you‘re doing well and staying happy and healthy, too ❤️ 2y
robinb @LeahBergen 👍👍💕 2y
BarbaraBB We‘ll come out of this with a mass of grey hair 😂 2y
Centique I love that book! 😍😍😍 2y
rubyslippersreads @BarbaraBB Thank goodness I got my hair colored just before the lockdown. 😊 @LeahBergen ❤️ your new profile pic. 😘 2y
LeahBergen @Centique 😘😘 2y
LeahBergen @rubyslippersreads Lucky you. 😆 2y
tpixie Lovely tea cup! 2y
Reviewsbylola 😍😍😍 2y
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Jess_Read_This
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🎧Letting all my fellow Pym fans know that April 13th Backlisted Podcast will be discussing Excellent Women! I‘ve really been enjoying the discussions on the podcast. I went back to listen to the Miss Buncle‘s Book and Elizabeth Taylor episodes today. It‘s such a soothing, educational, entertaining, and wonderfully bookish podcast. Anyone else a fan?

AlaMich I will have to check this out because I just discovered Pym. I‘ve only read Some Tame Gazelle, though. 2y
Jess_Read_This @AlaMich That‘s one I need to read. I‘ve read Excellent Women and Less Than Angels. I purchased Jane and Prudence and Quartet in Autumn to read this year. I really enjoyed Excellent Women. 2y
quietjenn I don't know it, but sounds like something I should check out! 2y
Jess_Read_This @quietjenn I‘ve only just discovered it recently and have been enjoying listening to the older episodes. I have learned quite a bit and had my TBR list grow from the ones I‘ve listened to! 2y
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CindyE09
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Enjoyed this humorous novel written in the 1950s about Mildred, an unmarried woman in her 30s, and her relationship with the people in her London neighborhood and church. Mildred belongs to the class of “excellent women” who seem to exist solely to assist the helpless men in their lives. A portrait of post war England, the novel examines a rapidly changing society in a light-hearted way through the eyes of Mildred. #classics #litsyclassics

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Daisey
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This book doesn‘t have much plot, simply relating the observations and reflections of the main character. Usually that‘s a style that never feels like it gets anywhere and kind of bores me, but I truly enjoyed this one. I liked the humor and the perspective of the narrator, an unmarried English woman in the 1950s. Yes, her life is simple and sometimes she daydreams of other situations, but she is also generally content.

#audiobook #Hoopla

Daisey I first read about this book in a post by @batsy about #SpinsterLit and added it to my never ending TBR list. Just recently I saw it was also on the #1001books list and downloaded the audio to listen in between some other reads. So glad I did! 2y
rubyslippersreads Between recommendations from you and @batsy I‘ll have to read this. 😊 2y
batsy I'm so glad you enjoyed it! Pym has a wonderful way with her writing. @rubyslippersreads I think this is one that you'll like 🙂 2y
LibrarianRyan I love this book cover 2y
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MamaGina
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Day Three: #7covers7days #covercrush

Thanks for the tag @Cathythoughts

Want to play @ReadingIsMyHobby ??
(A week worth of book covers, no explanation needed.)

batsy I adore these Pym covers 😍 2y
Ruthiella I prefer the earlier wallpaper print editions but I do have No Fond Return of Love in these covers 😀 (edited) 2y
LeahBergen 😍😍 2y
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Tanisha_A Lovely covers, lovely photograph! 2y
jillrhudy @aimeesue time to go out and purchase Pym (again) in a new cover format - #pymphomania strikes again! 2y
Aimeesue @jillrhudy At this rate, I'm going to have a whole shelf of Pyms and Mitfords. 2y
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RavenLovelyReads
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Whats everybody reading today?

Bklover That is the best mug ever! And I‘m reading #lmpbc group read 2y
Jinjer Well, your post is from over a year ago, but thanks to your tag, I'm GONNA be reading 1y
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jillrhudy
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I'm rally becomink quite the Entwhissle fan! I said. Sereeeenlee. All thohz bright, brisk, consonants, and draawn ouuuut vowelles! I theenk. She's entahhly syuitable, for reeeding any sawt of British lit'ratyoure!

I became acquainted with this reader via the Flavia de Luce series. #audiobooks #narrators #anglophilesoflitsy

Aimeesue Oh, rahther! 2y
Aimeesue And tell me, is there a Broadway tune for that? 😁 (edited) 2y
jillrhudy @Aimeesue I'm afraaaid I'm note entahlee shuw. Eees theh? (edited) 2y
Aimeesue Oh, duh! My Fair Lady! Can't buhleeeve I forgot! https://youtu.be/EAYUuspQ6BY 2y
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jillrhudy
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My 4th read of this book is a listen. Reader Jane Entwhistle has a gift for making overt wit and even subtext twinkle with glee. And Pym is the queen of subtext. #pymphomania #pym #barbarapym #humor #anglophilesoflitsy #audiobook #libby

Aimeesue Subtext? Like Everard Bone? 😂😂😂 2y
jillrhudy That‘s not all that subtle, I‘ll grant you. 😂 2y
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KellyHunsakerReads
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I am not quite sure why this book is on the #1001books list. It is well written but a bit too dull.

Litsi Hmm - intriguing 3y
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SReed151
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Halfway through a re-read of my favorite Pym & enjoying it so much, again, I may just make this a Pym Spring!

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Ellen_C
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My first Pym novel. Mildred Lathbury, 30, is an “excellent woman” devoted to good works and church, and a “spinster.” An otherwise ordinary life gets thrown some curveballs when the Napiers, with handsome Rocky and his wife the anthropologist Helena, move in downstairs. Then, minister and friend Julian Malory unexpectedly gets engaged to a young widow. Delightful humorous writing! https://cannonballread.com/2019/03/excellent-women-elcicco/

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Ruthiella
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It‘s pretty rare that a book makes me laugh out loud #hohoho but this one did. About a single woman navigating life in 1950s London - Mildred is one of those “excellent women” who can be counted on to make tea, man booths at church bazaars and generally sacrifice themselves and their time for others since clearly they have nothing better to do since they have no husband or children to care for... Pym‘s humor is subtle and wry. #SeasonsReadings

batsy Yes! This is book is so good 😊💜 3y
zsuzsanna_reads The characters make a cameo appearance in one of her later novels and they're happily married 💜 3y
Aimeesue Everard Bone! Bwahahahahaha! 😂 I adore Pym. 3y
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Ruthiella @batsy I think it‘s her best but I still have a few more to read!😀 3y
Ruthiella @zsuzsanna_reads I‘ve noticed that and now look forward to finding those little Easter eggs as I read on!😀 3y
Ruthiella @Aimeesue You get the humor too!😀 3y
Aimeesue @Ruthiella yes! One of my online book groups had a knock-down drag-out fight with one member who INSISTED that Pym couldn‘t possibly have meant *that* Riiiiiiiiiiight. Just a coincidence. 😂 3y
Ruthiella @Aimeesue 🤣🤣🤣🤣 3y
LeahBergen Pym! ❤️❤️❤️ 3y
Ruthiella @LeahBergen I figured you would be a fan if you like Furrowed Middlebrow publication!😀 3y
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Centique
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I don‘t think I knew satire could be so sweet and endearing. Mildred is a single woman of a certain age living in post WW2 England. She is such a help in her community, at church and in the neighbourhood, and being ‘sensible‘ and an ‘excellent woman‘ she is rather put upon by a cast of less sensible characters. Which makes her a little bit cross sometimes. 😂 I feel ya Mildred, I really do. 💕 Best tea and cake book too.

LeahBergen Lovely review! 3y
Centique @LeahBergen thank you Leah 😘 3y
LeeRHarry This book was great, I need to read more Pym 😊 3y
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batsy I love this book! And your review 😊❤️ 3y
Centique @batsy thanks lovely 😘 I popped something in the post to you yesterday 🤞🤞 3y
Centique @LeeRHarry me too! 3y
Liz_M Lovely review and you found the best cover, too! 3y
Centique @Liz_M thanks Liz! 😘 3y
Ruthiella I think this book is almost perfect. 😍Read Less Than Angels for more delightful Pym but also for the tiny, blink and you missed it follow up as to Mildred.😀 3y
Centique @Ruthiella this is what I love best about Litsy - little tips like that one! Thanks so much @Ruthiella I will read it. And good to see you - I had missed seeing you around 💕 3y
batsy Thank you, I will look out for it! 😘 I'm so behind—as you've probably noticed from my emails 🙈—but I hope to mail you something soon ❤️ 3y
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Centique
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Never underestimate the importance of tea!

LeslieO I read Barbara Pym mainly for the tea. And the jumble sales. 3y
Centique @LeslieO this is my first Barbara Pym and YES I can totally see that is the attraction! 3y
RadicalReader @Centique always drinking tea while reading her novels sounds perfect to me 3y
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CarolynM "Do we need tea?" - what sort of a question is that???? 3y
Centique @RadicalReader nothing better! 3y
Centique @CarolynM exactly! Tea saves my life on the regular. 💕😂 (edited) 3y
TrishB Always tea ☕️ 3y
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HardcoverHearts
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I found 2 pristine Folio Society editions in 2 different shops- To Kill A Mockingbird and Excellent Women by Barbara Pym. I am enjoying reading women writers of the last century. I mentioned Pym, and my friend mentioned Larsen just this am. And voila! They both appeared for me-bookish magic. And then I am pondering my trips for next year, and trying to decide on Morocco or Buenos Aires. If you have any preference or tips, please let me know.

Reviewsbylola What a score!! 3y
HardcoverHearts @Reviewsbylola - I know!! I was giggling when one was 15$ and the other was 9$! 3y
LeahBergen Nice!!👏🏻👏🏻 3y
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Life with a kitten. 😭😭😭 We have to keep Cooper in our spare room, which just so happens to be my reading room, so I‘ve temporarily lost my peaceful reading spot and my books are apparently now food. And unfortunately this copy of Excellent Women is my mother in law‘s, so now I‘m on the hunt for this exact edition to replace for her. It‘s a good thing the kitten is cute and I love the shit out of him. #psheylitsy!

CoverToCoverGirl 😳 you just can‘t help but love them.🙄 3y
cherinium 😕Just the past few days, my cat has taken to chewing on the books on my nightstand! I don't know why he JUST decided this was a good idea. 😼🤷🏼‍♀️ 3y
erinreads @cherinium My big cat likes to push the books off my nightstand, but luckily he‘s never been much into eating them. The kitten is proving to be a whole other story. POOR BOOKS. 😹 3y
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Leftcoastzen I have a paper chewer so far only attracted to single sheets of paper , and bills . 3y
silentrequiem Caspian sheds paper and Ginger eats plastic, and then throws it up... Sigh. 3y
erinreads @silentrequiem Cyress will eat anything plastic and then throw it up immediately. If Cooper turns out to be indifferent to plastic, then I can live with the paper eating. 3y
erinreads @Leftcoastzen The only paper the kitten has access to is in book form, so who knows what other weird paper stuff he‘ll be in to. And to his credit, he‘s only tried to eat 3 books in the past month, so it could be a lot worse. 3y
AlaMich Luna used to shred paper; in fact I let her use a closet as her “shredding space.” 😻💔 Maddie likes to eat plastic but unfortunately does not immediately throw it up. 3y
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#IWonder if Mildred ever found true love or the confidence to finally stand up for herself. The beauty of this book is the genuine portrayal of flawed characters that don‘t necessarily have a neat ending tied up in a bow.
#ABBAinApril

Meredith3 I hope she did! 🙏🏻 3y
Cinfhen I 🧡this photo and book cover!!! 3y
Mdargusch Good one! And yes she did👍🏼 3y
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Aimeesue Everard Bone! 😂😂😂 3y
Reviewsbylola I like to think yes! 3y
Jess_Read_This 🍏🍎🍏🍎Virago books are just the best. 3y
LeslieO I ❤️ Pym! 3y
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Sarah83
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No I didn't buy any books today 🙈🙈🙈

Cathythoughts 😉😍 3y
laurieluna You adopted them! For a small fee. 😂 3y
LeahBergen Nice Pym (I have that edition, too) 💕 3y
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Sarah83 @miralunasbooknook great interpretation 😍💖 I can't leave a folio in a shop. 😊 @LeahBergen so good, that I bought another book for you (even no #folio this time) 😊 3y
LeahBergen @Sarah83 How exciting! 👏🏻👏🏻😘 3y
Sarah83 @LeahBergen is it in Canada also still hot? 3y
LeahBergen @Sarah83 It‘s been hot for a few days but not like the heatwave you‘ve been having over there! 3y
Sarah83 @LeahBergen you are so lucky. 🙈 I really have a problem with this heat... Over one week 35 degrees and more each day... 3y
Sarah83 @rubyslippersreads I have read one book of her years ago 😉 hope I will like the two aswell 3y
rubyslippersreads I haven‘t read Queen Camilla yet, but I like the Adrian Mole books. 😊 3y
Sarah83 @rubyslippersreads I am really excited about the books 😉 3y
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Magslhalliday
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Why have I resisted Pym all these years? I was in need of something inconsequential and funny this week and she hit the mark perfectly. The sense of a narrator blithely unaware of her impact, of failing to see her power or potential, is a delight. It's a tiny world, a tiny small tale but an absolute gem. I need to read more Pym.

Aimeesue Pym resistance? How is that even possible? #Pymphomaniac 3y
Magslhalliday @Aimeesue I thought she was going to be terribly "women's fiction" - no-one told me she was slyly funny. ;) 3y
Aimeesue @Magslhalliday Pym has a very dry wit at times. A lot of people miss it. 🙂 3y
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As a veteran goer to 1980s church jumbles, this made me laugh aloud.

kathedron Reminds me of my Nan at the WI cake sale. 😉 3y
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Magslhalliday
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Travelling by bus a lot this week. Started this before setting off today.

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parasolofdoom
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I really enjoyed this though it's really just about an ordinary single woman in the 50s, leading an ordinary life and being very much put upon by all her acquaintance (seriously Mildred, babe, say no once in awhile)

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Still going strong! I don't get much opportunity to listen to audiobooks but I'm loving this

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HotCocoaReads
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The story is told by an unmarried “excellent” woman who seems to be at every one else‘s disposal because she isn‘t married. It was written in the 50s, set in London. I came to quite like Mildred. She gets somehow stuck in the middle of everyone else‘s drama and seems to be the one always getting the tea or helping out with the little details. Still, you can‘t help but root that people will take her seriously. Oh, and I really loved the ending!

LeahBergen What a lovely photo. I have this edition, too. 💕 4y
HotCocoaReads @LeahBergen It‘s such a beautiful edition—Did you like the book? 4y
LeahBergen I did! I have a few more Pyms waiting on my shelf. 4y
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Ddzmini 😍 the teapot 4y
emilyhaldi Poor Mildred, she really does get run right over doesn‘t she?! 4y
HotCocoaReads @LeahBergen I want to read more Pym now too! 4y
HotCocoaReads @Ddzmini Thanks—tea and books just go together so well! ☕️📖💕 4y
HotCocoaReads @emilyhaldi She really does. And no one would really listen to her either—Poor Mildred 😞 4y
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I keep starting too many things!

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#junewrapup
I didn‘t get as many books read this month - too much fun in the sun going on, so that‘s ok.
The Lambs definitely wrapped around my heart and was my favorite this month.
#readingresolutions

Kaye Do you guys buy journals already set up this way with the color codes or just use regular journals then dude them up with the colors yourself ? Maybe I could keep better track of how much I read per month that way. Although my past couple of months wouldn‘t have needed a whole sheet of paper. I could‘ve written my reads on a matchbook cover. 4y
Simona 6 is still quite a lot ... and I like your page set up❣️ 4y
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CoffeeNBooks Your journal looks so nice! Mine is always so unorganized and messy. I just used this as inspiration for my July TBR page... it didnt turn out nearly as nice as yours, though. 😂 4y
Mdargusch @Kaye I used a journal that I bought from amazon and then looked on Pinterest and litsy under #bujo for ideas. I also bought bullet journal stencils, nice fine lined pens, and washi tape. I have a page for swaps and challenges... I think you might need a bullet journal to keep everything you do organized since you have so many irons in the fire! 4y
Mdargusch Thanks @Simona it‘s definitely a work in progress. 4y
Mdargusch Thanks @CoffeeNBooks - I actually sat down one winter day and set up most of my pages for the year. Then I just go back and fill things in. 4y
CoffeeNBooks @Mdargusch That's a really good idea! I might do that this summer, while I have time before the new school year starts. 4y
emilyhaldi Wow! Great to see little lambies were a fav this month 🐑🐑 4y
4thhouseontheleft Your journal looks so pretty! 4y
Mdargusch Thanks @4thhouseontheleft I love getting inspired by everyone‘s journals on Litsy. 👍🏼 4y
4thhouseontheleft @Mdargusch I use a journal that came in my OwlCrate box to track challenges and swaps, my regular, very minimalist #bujo is a Moleskin. 4y
Reviewsbylola Awesome month!! 4y
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Reviewsbylola
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Mehso-so

This reads so much like a Persephone book, so I was shocked when I saw that the founder of Persephone said she has been asked why she hasn‘t published Pym, and that her reason is that she just doesn‘t care for her books. That being said, there were parts of this book that just weren‘t as enjoyable to me. I loved Mildred‘s Birdseye view of the romantic relationships of her acquaintances. I didn‘t love her own lack of self reflection.

wanderinglynn I have one of those female head ceramic things (one that seems like a vase). It was my grandmother‘s - I don‘t know anything about it. Love yours. 4y
BkClubCare Pym is already so famous? I always thought Persephone focused on authors have been forgotten or needed more exposure. (Spouting off without knowing any facts, most likely) 4y
rubyslippersreads ❤️❤️❤️ everything about this picture! (And I need to read some Pym.) 4y
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Reviewsbylola Yes, that‘s true too, at least to an extent. I just happened to google Barbara Pym Persephone and found an interview mentioning it. 😂 @BkClubCare 4y
Mdargusch Those head vases 😳😳😳 4y
minkyb Don‘t know whether I love the head vases or wallpaper more! ❣️ 4y
emilyhaldi Love the pic. Totally agree this should be a Persephone! 4y
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Reviewsbylola
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Just got to the lake house and am grabbing a few pages while the little ones bike. 😍😍

RealLifeReading Oooh pretty edition! 4y
Tamra Nice! 4y
emilyhaldi I don't know how you can concentrate on reading when they're biking 🤣 4y
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LeahBergen Have a fun family holiday! 😘 4y
CouronneDhiver I feel like I‘ve heard a ton about this author lately... 4y
Cinfhen Hope you‘re enjoying & relaxing 😃 4y
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Reviewsbylola
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I don‘t consider it breaking my book buying ban when the book in question is for book club. Amirite? I was so excited when @emilyhaldi chose this for our IRL book club because I‘ve been needing an excuse to buy it. I adore the #viragomodernclassicsdesigner. This is my first one and I need to collect them all now. 😂 There‘s something to be said about a beautiful hardcover that doesn‘t have a dust jacket!! #bookdepository #bookhaul

LeahBergen I love this series! I have seven of them and think they should add some more. 💕 4y
emilyhaldi Yes!!! I have the same edition and love it 💛 4y
Kalalalatja These editions are so great! I have five, and I need more 👏😄 4y
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Mdargusch I wish I bought that edition. ☹️ 4y
minkyb Required reading is an acceptable purchase imo! Plus it is gorgeous. 4y
KarenUK That is gorgeous...and yes you is right! 💕 4y
Cinfhen Just echoing the peanut gallery ~ I don‘t own any, but it‘s gorgeous and perfectly acceptable to purchase 😍 4y
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Mdargusch
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Time for some reading on the porch. This book is charming and I can see why so many people love it.
#coverlove #readingresolutions

Bronte_Chintz I‘ve not read this! Looks just up my street! 👍🏻 4y
Reviewsbylola Perfect reading spot. 😍😍 4y
Suet624 What a beautiful photo/setting. 4y
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Kalalalatja I would love to read there! It looks so cozy 👌 4y
Aimeesue One of my favorite books. Makes me feel like I need to make jam for the vicar. 😄 4y
emilyhaldi So you‘re liking it better now I hope?! I started today and I love her writing😊 4y
CarolynM Beautiful picture💕😍 4y
erzascarletbookgasm Lovely pic! 4y
Mdargusch Thanks @erzascarletbookgasm @CarolynM @Kalalalatja @Suet624 @Reviewsbylola once I sit down on this porch to read I have a hard time moving. 😊 4y
Mdargusch That and drink tea! ☕️ @Aimeesue 4y
Mdargusch Her writing is great @emilyhaldi and it‘s a nice story. I would definitely read more of her books. 4y
Mdargusch I saw so many people on Litsy loved it @Bronte_Chintz so I wanted to give it a try. 4y
SledgeReader @Mdargusch So happy for your reading spot and an excellent book! I ❤️ 4y
Cinfhen Such a great photo!!! Soooo much sunlight 😀 4y
LeahBergen What a beautiful photo! 4y
Mdargusch Thanks @LeahBergen @Cinfhen @SledgeReader It‘s hard to read here some days because there‘s so much going on outside those windows and I get distracted. 4y
SledgeReader @Mdargusch @LeahBergen @Cinfhen I have the same great “problem” at the lake! That‘s living the dream!! 4y
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BarbaraBB Perfect combination! Do you like the Pym? 4y
emilyhaldi I hope it gets better for you!! 🤞🏻🤞🏻 (edited) 4y
Mdargusch It starts out very slow @BarbaraBB Does anything ever happen? 4y
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arubabookwoman I don‘t think too much happens—they‘re quiet books, but I like them anyway. My favorite by her is #QuartetInAutumn, which is about aging, loneliness and mental 4y
arubabookwoman illness. (Sorry for the break). 4y
Mdargusch Ok. Thanks for the heads up @arubabookwoman 👍🏼 4y
BarbaraBB I don‘t think too much happens. I kind of liked the spinster theme. 4y
Reviewsbylola Still waiting on my copy. 🙈🙈 4y
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