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The Persephone Book of Short Stories
The Persephone Book of Short Stories | Harry Hill
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Most of these stories focus on the small, quiet or unspoken intricacies of human relationships rather than grand dramas. The use of metaphor is delicate and subtle; often the women are strong and capable and the men less so; shallow and selfish motives are exposed. The dates of these stories range from 1909 to 1986 and there are thirty in all. The ten stories which are already in print in Persephone editions of their work are by Katherine Mansfield, Irne Nmirovsky, Mollie Panter-Downes (twice), Elizabeth Berridge, Dorothy Whipple, Frances Towers, Margaret Bonham, Diana Gardner and Diana Athill. The ten stories which have already been published in the Quarterly and Biannually are by EM Delafield; Dorothy Parker; Dorothy Whipple; Edith Wharton; Phyllis Bentley; Dorothy Canfield Fisher; Norah Hoult; Angelica Gibbs; Penelope Mortimer; and Georgina Hammick. And lastly the ten stories which are new are by Susan Glaspell, Pauline Smith, Malachi Whitaker, Betty Miller, Helen Hull, Kay Boyle, Shirley Jackson, Sylvia Townsend Warner, Elizabeth Spencer and Penelope Fitzgerald.
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It arrived yesterday.

#persephone #persephonebooks

LeahBergen Yay! 👏🏻👏🏻 5mo
ShariEstaLeando One of my favorite places to visit! 5mo
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I ❤️ Persephone Biannually day!

LeahBergen Yes! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 5mo
BarbaraBB 😍 5mo
quirkyreader Still waiting on mine. 5mo
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Aimeesue @quirkyreader Hope it arrives soon! 5mo
quirkyreader It arrived yesterday. 5mo
Aimeesue @quirkyreader Huzzah! Enjoy. 5mo
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It‘s always a grand mail day when The Persephone Biannually (and bookmark) shows up.

#DontStopMeNow ... I‘m off to read the whole thing! 😆


catebutler A highlight for me too! 5mo
Reviewsbylola You can do some real damage! 5mo
Cathythoughts Beautiful cover & bookmark ♥️♥️ 5mo
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Tanisha_A 😍 5mo
rohit-sawant Echoing @Cathythoughts! Love this! 💕 5mo
mklong I‘m saving mine for the weekend, but I‘m already using the bookmark. I‘m a Persephone newbie, so I had no idea this little gem was coming. 5mo
kspenmoll Gorgeous! Drooling! 5mo
LeahBergen @mklong Isn‘t it great? I always enjoy the short story and mini reviews of their books by bloggers. 5mo
quirkyreader I am still waiting for mine to show up. 5mo
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Mdargusch Thanks for sharing the article. I had heard about it but hadn‘t read it yet. 6mo
LeahBergen Great article. 👏🏻 6mo
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❤️Finally got to see it in person! ❤️


quirkyreader Lucky you. Take tons of photos and show us your book scores. 10mo
BekaReid It's an amazing shop, isn't it?! We just had to stop while in London a couple months ago. 10mo
Jess_Read_This @quirkyreader I will show my haul! We are home now and I‘m already missing it all! 10mo
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Jess_Read_This @BekaReid It‘s just a dream! I love the old telephone that is still in use and the relaxing music when you enter. It‘s just the loveliest shopping experience with gorgeous books! 10mo
Reviewsbylola I got to visit last February. It‘s an adorable shop! 10mo
Leftcoastzen Dreamy ! 10mo
LeahBergen You lucky thing! 😍 10mo
Jess_Read_This @Reviewsbylola Yes!! It just exceeded all expectations. 10mo
Macnjen My daughter and I just visited last week and the shop is wonderful and unique! 5mo
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#somethinglikethis is what gets me into trouble.... 💸💸💸


Reviewsbylola I put mine away. I can‘t be tempted rn. 🙈 1y
Mdargusch I haven‘t read it yet either. 🤦🏼‍♀️ I‘m waiting until I can go back in person. 1y
TheReadingMermaid ❤️ those 💐 1y
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BarbaraBB Oh that must be a dangerous magazine... did you buy any new Persephones? 1y
Cinfhen Stunning photo 💕 1y
emilyhaldi I‘m holding back for now 🙏🏻😩 @BarbaraBB 1y
BarbaraBB You‘re a saint 😇 1y
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Hold my calls, please. It‘s here!


rubyslippersreads I'll be very curious to hear what tempts you. 😄 1y
RadicalReader @LeahBergen “ hold my calls I‘ll be busy reading” 😂😂 1y
Leftcoastzen 😀 1y
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emilyhaldi 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 1y
Vertabrain Mine just arrived as well. 😍 1y
Aimeesue Oh, happy day! Enjoy! 1y
Becker Me too! 1y
Izai.Amorim The cup is really cute 1y
LeahBergen @RadicalReader Exactly! 😄 1y
LeahBergen @Leftcoastzen @emilyhaldi @Vertabrain @Aimeesue @Becker I always look forward to this book mail! 😄 1y
LeahBergen @Izai.Amorim Thanks! It‘s one of my new faves. 😄 1y
Mitch Dangerous! 1y
Mdargusch We are going back to the Persephone book store next month. What are your favorite Persephone books? 8mo
LeahBergen @Mdargusch Oh, lucky you!! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 I think you‘ve already read some of my favourites but I‘m not sure. I loved The Diary of a Provincial Lady, Miss Buncle‘s Book, The Priory, The Making of a Marchioness, and The Fortnight in September. My most recent buys (still TBR) are Guard Your Daughters and Vain Shadow (they both sound great). I have several more Dorothy Whipples on my TBR - she‘s always good. 8mo
LeahBergen @Mdargusch Read the blurb for this one 8mo
Mdargusch Thanks! I have that one marked to buy already! It does sound good. 8mo
LeahBergen @Mdargusch Have you read any of the other ones above? 👆🏻I know your girls have some of them. 😆 Oh, and this one (still TBR) was the Queen Mum‘s favourite 8mo
Mdargusch Ha! I have that one marked to buy also. Yes I have a lot of the ones you‘ve mentioned but will check out the Vain Shadow. I‘m marking up my catalog as we speak. 8mo
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Ahhhh, The Persephone Biannually is here. Oh happy day!

LeahBergen 😍😍 1y
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A new bookmark and #Persephone Biannually in the mailbox today! ❤️

Mdargusch I got mine yesterday. I love the free bookmark! 💙 1y
peacegypsy @Mdargusch I know! That was an extra treat! 😊 1y
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I received this catalog of temptation via mail today.... I‘m afraid my bookshelves are already groaning! And my piggy bank needs to start eating better! 😀😊😂📚❤️📚 #Persephone

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Congratulations on your 100K milestone, @vivastory! 😀 Thanks for the awesome giveaway.
Before I sold my soul to Amazon, Crossword was my go-to place for books when I'd freshly fallen in love with reading. It's where I bought all of my early reads from classics to Stephen King books. Bookstores I'd really love to visit someday are Persephone Books and the Strand! 😍😍

vivastory Thanks, Rohit! I too have sold my soul to Amazon. I imagine if littens took a trip to Persephone we'd probably buy out their complete stock. Ditto the Strand! 2y
emilyhaldi Persephone and The Strand are definitely two of my favs ❤️❤️ 2y
BiblioLitten Crossword has a very good collection. There was this store named Spellbound. But that closed down. 😔 2y
rohit-sawant @BiblioLitten Oh, that's such a bummer. Bookstores closing shop for good is never not sad. 🙁 2y
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My first #Persephonebooks online order! I went with this volume to sample more authors. And, it‘s my tribute to Persephone and the much-needed return to Spring!🌷

theresidentromantic What is this? I'm in favor of all things Persephone! 2y
emilyhaldi I 💗 Persephone books so much!! If only shipping wasn't so expensive 😩 2y
peacegypsy @emilyhaldi Right? And you don‘t even get a little cut if you order multiple books (or I didn‘t see one). Maybe something for them to consider? If I could get 2books for the same shipping expense, I‘d buy two. Sigh. 2y
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Sophoclessweetheart @emilyhaldi if you contact them before you order and are ordering 8 or more books they do a discounted shipping. The only reason they charge shipping for each book you order is because they dispatch all books separately in their own cardboard envelope so you don‘t have to be in to get your parcel. I can see why some would prefer the cheaper shipping though! X 1y
emilyhaldi @Wanderingwithwords wow I love this insider tip!!! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 thank you!!! This might be a game changer for me... 😬 1y
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A delightful birthday #bookhaul from @Jess_Read_This - increasing my beloved Persephone shelf (and TBR!) with a couple of excellent additions. While also making me long for a trip to Literary London. And simultaneously causing swooning over these Persuasion bookmarks & new edition for my Austen shelf.
So much fun opening bookish boxes from cross-country kindred spirits 😁💕
#birthdaybookhaul 📚

Booksnchill Wow!! 2y
LeahBergen Miss Buncle‘s Book and Literary London are so good! I love the bookmarks. 😍😍😍 2y
LeahBergen Is today your birthday? Happy Birthday! 📚📚📚 2y
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Jess_Read_This Omigosh... when they are all assembled together!!! 😱😍 I‘m so glad you liked them and we need a buddy Persephone read pronto!! 2y
batsy Lovely gifts 😍 Those bookmarks are amazing. 2y
Jas16 Happy Birthday 🎁🎂🎈 2y
rohit-sawant Happy Birthday! 🎉🎉🎂📚 2y
Kalalalatja Lovely gifts! 😍 and I can‘t remember if I have said happy birthday already, so I‘ll say it now: Happy Birthday! 🎉🎉 2y
Mamalala13 Happy Birthday also from me! There'll be sth on the way to you from me hopefully soon :) 2y
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🍶💐✍🏼📖I wanted to share a podcast for the Persephone lovers on Litsy. Tea and Tattle with Miranda and Sophie did a wonderful podcast devoted to their favorite Persephone books (October 24). Overall, I love this podcast. The Persephone episode was one I was scribbling notes down while listening. For newbies it‘s a helpful list. Seasoned Persephone readers might pat themselves on the back for a job well done/read. ❤️


Mdargusch Thanks for the heads up. We will be visiting this store soon so it will be helpful to get ideas! 2y
Smarkies Thanks for the recommendation. Have added this podcast to my list. 😄 2y
emilyhaldi Agreed! @Mdargusch we need to listen up! 2y
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Jess_Read_This @Mdargusch @emilyhaldi Lots of pictures, please!!!!! ❤️❤️❤️ I‘m going in December 2018 and the anticipation is just growing! 2y
Jess_Read_This @Smarkies I hope you like it! I have been catching up episodes and just loving it. Both hostesses have lovely IG accounts too. 2y
EvieBee Me too! Headed to Ireland and then London April 1st! Can‘t wait to hit this store. 2y
Jess_Read_This @EvieBee How neat!!! Please share lots of pics and your experiences! 2y
EvieBee @Jess_Read_This I will definitely! We‘ll be there for a month. 2y
LeahBergen Ooo, thanks! 👍🏻 2y
elkeo_TheBookDragon Downloading... 2y
Pam.Kokomo Just subscribed! Any other favorite bookish podcasts? They are always my favorites. 2y
Jess_Read_This @Pam.Kokomo I‘m still trying to find some favorites that actually get updated regularly. I like The Readers and What Should I Read Next. For history with book recs at the end, The History Chicks are favorites of mine! 2y
Jess_Read_This @Pam.Kokomo Do you have any you can recommend to me? I need some new ones too! ☺️ 2y
Pam.Kokomo Thanks, Jess! I have been enjoying Just the Right Book and From the Front Porch. Close Reads does in-depth discussions on a book for several weeks at a time. I find them fascinating! 2y
Jess_Read_This @Pam.Kokomo 💕I haven‘t heard of either of these and both sound exactly like the kind of podcast I enjoy!!! Thank you so much!!! 2y
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This is my most cherished #bookhaul ever! I‘ve coveted #Persephone books for a long time, but they‘re a little pricey. I only own ONE grey edition like those pictured here, and when I was looking at my wishlist on BookDepo a few weeks ago to treat myself to ONE more, I noticed one was only $3. I found all these too for under $4! I was sure it was a typo so I ordered them all hoping they would arrive safely. And they did for less than $30!

ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled That is a big score!! 👏 2y
LeahBergen Eeeeee! This is a amazing! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 I loved Miss Buncle‘s Book and have Greenbanks on my TBR. 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Yay!!!! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2y
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Cinfhen How awesome ❤️❤️❤️ 2y
readordierachel Wonderful! 2y
HippieChickHomeschool Excellent!!!! 2y
Eyelit What the what?!? That‘s amazing!!! 2y
Kalalalatja 😍😍 2y
rubyslippersreads What a lucky find! 😍📚😍 2y
emilyhaldi Wow! Jealous ❤️ 2y
minkyb Amazing! Well done! 2y
EvieBee @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Cinfhen @ReadOrDieRachel @HippieChickHomeschool @Eyelit @Kalalalatja @rubyslippersreads @emilyhaldi @minkyb Thank you! I keep pinching myself! I kept expecting to get an email about the pricing error. Guess they just needed to make room. ♥️♥️ 2y
EvieBee @LeahBergen Thank you! I love Miss Buncle and own a Sourcebooks edition, couldn‘t resist this one for $3. I have been meaning to read Whipple for awhile. 2y
batsy I, too, cherish your bookhaul! 😁😁 Lucky finds, well done! 😍 2y
quirkyreader Wow! I hope you enjoy every book. Did they come with their bookmarks? 2y
EvieBee @batsy Thank you so much! ♥️ 2y
EvieBee @quirkyreader Thank you so much! Some of them did. 2y
Jess_Read_This Amazing haul!! Absolutely amazing! ❤️ 2y
EvieBee @Jess_Read_This Thank you, Jess! I keep pinching myself! 🤓🤗 2y
Jess_Read_This @EvieBee If you get a chance, the Tea and Tattles podcast has a great episode where Miranda and Sophie share their favorite Persephone books and recommendations. I was frantically taking notes! 2y
EvieBee @Jess_Read_This Thanks for rocking my world. I‘ve been blasting through all the episodes. I‘d never have found it on my own. If you can think of anymore Podcasts I need to subscribe to let me know! Thank you again! 🤗♥️♥️ 2y
Jess_Read_This @EvieBee Yay!!! I‘m glad you enjoyed it. I have never looked forward to a Tuesday before until I discovered this podcast and that‘s when they have new episodes! If you enjoy history, especially women in history, I really enjoy The History Chicks. Susan and Beckett read biographies/research a woman in history and chronicle her life from start to finish, then share reading suggestions at the end. It‘s a favorite of mine. 2y
Jess_Read_This The Readers is another one I like though not as much as Tea and Tattles and The History Chicks. Those two are my favorite. If you are on Instagram- Miranda‘s accounts are gorgeous! She‘s @ mirandasnotebook and @ mirandasbookcase. Sophie has an account too @ Sophie.perdita (edited) 2y
Jess_Read_This I‘m listening to a new podcast now. It‘s called Tea and Books. I‘m only just into the Jan 22 episode but I‘m enjoying it so far. I‘ve written down four books to look up already and I‘m 10 minutes in! I can‘t speak for any of the episodes though, so it might be worth checking out. I just didn‘t want to say I recommended it just yet since I haven‘t listened to many episodes yet ☺️ But it is seeming to be a quite promising one! (edited) 2y
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I'm still trying to figure out #bookwitty - but I noticed some #persephonebooks love earlier this week 💜


azulaco Damn it. I didn't know about #bookwitty, and now I do. More books! 2y
tea.n.books Oh man, more for my #blameitonlitsy list! Litsy is going to be the death of me, and by death of me, I mean I'm going to be buried in books and I won't even mind 📚📚📚 2y
brilliantglow I'm definitely going to have to buy some of those books😍😍😍 2y
SharonGoforth Thanks for the link! I had no idea #bookwitty was out there. 2y
LeahBergen I love Persephone Books! ❤️❤️ 2y
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"The best things come is small packages" - short stories - the literary snack of choice. Bitesize deliciousness ... hedonistic tapas for the mind

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The final piece of my #wintersolsticebookexchange #litsysecretsanta gift has arrived! Now I have the thrilling task of picking a new #PersephoneBooks book to redeem with my book voucher! Thanks again to @Betty for her generosity and thoughtfulness!!

Reviewsbylola 😍😍 3y
LeahBergen 💗💗💗💗 3y
quirkyreader If you haven't got Madame Solario try that one. Or wait until the spring when the next tittles come out. I am looking forward to the version of Effie Briest that is supposed to come out. 3y
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Hooked_on_books Oooooo! 😮 Wow! 3y
BooksForYears @quirkyreader Have you read Madame Solario? How was it? 3y
Betty I like the way they wrote the gift card. For my daughter's 40th, I gave her a Persephone book-a-month. 3y
quirkyreader Madame Solario was wonderful. I am glad that has gotten re-printed in a very nice edition. 3y
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Happy birthday to Shirley Jackson, who I first discovered in the #PersephoneBooks Book of Short Stories!

#persephone #shortstories #thelottery

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#wantasagift Visit #Persephonebooks in London, the Strand, and re-visit Powell's, Parnassus and Malaprop's. Travel, travel, #travel to #indiebookstores. Got this mug from Malaprop's in Asheville. #12DaysofXmasPhoto

LeahBergen Hang on while I pack a bag ... I'm coming with you! 3y
Jerseygirldani My favorite mug I own is from the Harvard book store in Massachusetts. I'll have to take a pic! 3y
Betty @Jerseygirldani please tag me when you put up your mug shot (pun not intended) 3y
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Before I discovered #PersephoneBooks I used just about whatever was handy for #bookmarks - so thanks Persephone for keeping my reading experience classy! #booktober

britt_brooke So pretty! 3y
ephemeralwaltz THESE ARE SO NICE😍 3y
Mindyrecycles So gorgeous! 3y
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RealLifeReading Beautiful! 3y
Whatannareads Beautiful X 3y
LitHousewife Lovely! Is it just printed paper? 3y
LeahBergen I have a bunch, too, and love them. 💗 3y
SusanInTiburon Love them! 3y
Eyelit @LitHousewife yes, it's printed on cardstock type paper. They are examples of the endpapers for the books. 😃 3y
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#septphotochallenge day 29 - short stories

This is a large and robust collection of 29 short stories, all authored by women, and originally published between 1909 and 1986. Some of the authors are otherwise published by #persephonebooks but others, like Dorothy Parker and Shirley Jackson, are not. #somethingforsept

TheLondonBookworm 😍😍😍 so pretty! 3y
quirkyreader I just love Persephone Books. 3y
LeahBergen 💗💗 3y
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All packed and ready for bookish adventure. Next stop, Washington DC. #NatBookFest or bust!

Suzze Have fun! 3y
Zelma I love the seatbelted bag. 😂 3y
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megt Love it! My brother laughs at me when I seatbelt my book bags 😊 3y
BookishFeminist Yay! I'll hopefully be meeting up with a couple other Litsy users there- we should figure out a way to meet up. Are you on goodreads, Instagram or Twitter? We could DM there 3y
BookishFeminist @BooksForYears I DM'd you on Instagram FYI. I gave you my phone number to coordinate better since texting is probably easiest. I'll be there around 10am and around the fiction I room most of the day. Shoot me a text and we'll see if we can meet up, maybe for lunch or roaming the book festival! :) 3y
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While I may live on the other side of the pond, my #1 favorite independent bookshop is definitely Persephone Books 😍😍


Eyelit 💜💜💜 I actually got to visit the shop last summer and made the photo I took of the shop the background on my phone. 😄 3y
quirkyreader Someday I will make it there. 🐸🐙 3y
BooksForYears @Eyelit I was there in April and I can't wait to go back! 3y
BooksForYears @quirkyreader It is a magical and wonderful place 3y
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Bit of a mixed bag (generally the case for short story collections), and almost a disappointment for my much beloved Persephone Books. It's not a bad collection, I just expected more from this.

CherylDeFranceschi ❤️😻! 3y
MrBook 😻😻😻 3y
LauraJ Your cat also looks less than impressed. 3y
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My Friday night in a nutshell 😻📚

Lacythebookworm 😻😻 3y
CherylDeFranceschi Love the kittehs! 3y
MrBook 😻 3y
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LauraJ Mine looks exactly the same. 3y
LitsyGoesPostal And a great Friday night it is! 😎👍🏻 Well done 👏🏻. 3y
LauraBeth Mine too 😻😻 3y
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Tilney thinks I should be reading less in bed and putting more food in bowls. 😸

BekahB HA! Funny how cats think that's the way our priorities should work. 😸 3y
Eyelit Totally @BekahB - they are not here to be our companions, we are here to serve them! 3y
BookishMarginalia 💜💜💜 3y
razmanda Poor Tilney, just wasting away! 3y
Eyelit I know @razmanda he's skin and bones! 3y
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#24in48 done and done. First time and it was fun, will definitely do again! Thanks to all for the great experience!!!

nicolani21 Dang! Way to go!! 3y
moranadatter Wow! 3y
Varshitha Wow!! That's awesome 😊 3y
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BarbaraTheBibliophage Wonderful job! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 3y
Carol 🍾🎉📚🙌👍 3y
Merethebookgal That's amazing, great job! 3y
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Taking a break for dinner. I've been dipping into the Persephone book of short stories in between graphic novels, and that's been fun. I'm only 8ish hours into the #24in48 and am beginning to suspect I may not actually be able to do 24 full hours. Fingers crossed, though. I'm enjoying it, regardless.