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Village School
Village School | Miss Read, John S. Goodall
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The first novel in the beloved Fairacre series, VILLAGE SCHOOL introduces the remarkable schoolmistress Miss Read and her lovable group of children, who, with a mixture of skinned knees and smiles, are just as likely to lose themselves as their mittens. This is the English village of Fairacre: a handful of thatch-roofed cottages, a church, the school, the promise of fair weather, friendly faces, and good cheer -- at least most of the time. Here everyone knows everyone else's business, and the villagers like each other anyway (even Miss Pringle, the irascible, gloomy cleaner of Fairacre School). With a wise heart and a discerning eye, Miss Read guides us through one crisp, glistening autumn in her village and introduces us to a cast of unforgettable characters and a world of drama, romance, and humor, all within a stone's throw of the school. By the time winter comes, you'll be nestled snugly into the warmth and wit of Fairacre and won't want to leave.
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LeahBergen
Village School | Miss Read, John S. Goodall
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Day 18 of #20Series20Days.

Miss Read‘s Fairacre series is a gently humorous and cozy throwback to English village life. I‘ve tagged the first book in the series. 😊

#Top20Series

Ruthiella I‘ve heard lots about this series that makes me think I‘d enjoy it! 😀 3y
Andrew65 This is a series I want to read. 3y
MsMelissa These sound so lovely and quaint 😊 3y
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CarolynM 😍Beautiful 3y
MsMelissa Seemingly random question (there is a purpose 😉) - have you read/own any books by Elizabeth Fair? 3y
batsy Oooh 💜 3y
rubyslippersreads I‘ve had this series on my TBR list for ages. 3y
LeahBergen @Book_Fiend_Melissa Why, yes. I own all of them. 😆😆 And a random query for you ... is your TBR on here up to date? I thought I spotted some books that you‘ve bought? 3y
LeahBergen @Ruthiella @Andrew65 @rubyslippersreads They are definitely very light and sweet (but sometimes we can all use a bit of that). 😊 3y
MsMelissa Damn you owning all the books 😂 Now on to Plan B, which I have to develop first. (edited) 3y
MsMelissa My TBR is not up to date, but I will update later today and remove books I own. 3y
LeahBergen 😆😆 Sorry! I never leave the house anymore so I don‘t buy clothes or makeup. One needs to spend money on SOMETHING. 😂😂 The dog park doesn‘t warrant tarting myself up. @Book_Fiend_Melissa (edited) 3y
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LeahBergen
Village School | Miss Read, John S. Goodall
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I really think all adult fiction should break up the text with little illustrations, don‘t you? They‘re like little reading rewards.

This is an illustration of Miss Pringle, the martyrish grump of a school-cleaner. 😆

Bklover I agree!! 4y
catebutler Yes! I‘ve loved these illustrations in this current Miss Read. Makes the read all that more delightful! 4y
Melissa_J I 💯 percent agree! 4y
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Lindy I agree too. 👍 4y
Andrea313 I love these books! ❤️❤️❤️ 4y
DebinHawaii They totally should! 4y
MicheleinPhilly Her methods may be subtle but her face sure isn‘t. 4y
LeahBergen @Andrea313 I‘m already looking forward to reading more of them! 😄 4y
LeahBergen @MicheleinPhilly 😆😆 Right? I‘m kind of feeling for her, job-wise and all. 😆 4y
elkeOriginal We all deserve little reading rewards 🙌🏻 4y
LeahBergen @elkeo_TheBookDragon We most certainly do! 😘 4y
batsy I absolutely agree! My Penguin Classics edition of My Antonia has illustrations and it was the loveliest surprise. 4y
keepingupwiththepenguins YES! 😅 😂 👏 4y
erzascarletbookgasm I love those! 4y
Cathythoughts She‘s great ... 4y
LeahBergen @batsy Oh, does it? I‘ll have to check if my edition has illustrations (otherwise I‘ll be miffed 😆). 4y
jillrhudy MISS PRINGLE!!! 💕 💕 💕 4y
kspenmoll She looks the part!!! Well done! 4y
rubyslippersreads They definitely should. And I ❤️ John Goodall. I have some of his little wordless picture books. 😊 4y
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LeahBergen
Village School | Miss Read, John S. Goodall
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I‘ve just started my first Miss Read novel and finding it a perfect companion for this rainy day.

rockpools Gorgeous picture, as always! Miss Read reminds me of the library van, for some reason- must have been a series my gran used to borrow. 4y
catebutler I love the little stories and occurrences in a small English village. It‘s just a lovely, cozy, comfort read. I‘m working my way through this one too! 4y
LeahBergen @RachelO What a nice memory! I bet your Gran did read them; they were super popular in the 1950s and 60s. I remember spotting the odd old Penguin paperback from this author in my teen secondhand book-shopping days. 😄 4y
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LeahBergen @catebutler That‘s a perfect way to describe this book! I‘m sure I‘m going to love the rest of the books in the #MissReadAlong, too. 😊 4y
elkeOriginal You need to use the #onleahsshelf tag. I want this to become a top Litsy hashtag 😘 4y
LeahBergen @elkeo_TheBookDragon 😆😆 I probably should, at least for some of the weirder/older ones. Except I‘d feel a bit sorry for the person who unwittingly clicks on that hashtag and thinks, “What IS this pile of crap?” 😆😆 4y
jillrhudy Prozac in book form. What a lovely edition too. 4y
rubyslippersreads I can‘t believe I‘ve never read any Miss Read (even though a friend has been “pushing” them for ages. 😄) 4y
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smilingshelves
Village School | Miss Read, John S. Goodall
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful 💚💚 4y
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HotCocoaReads
Village School | Miss Read, John S. Goodall
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What a charming little book about a village school in mid century England. It includes little vignettes about the funny things that happen within the simple life of a village school headmistress. Not a huge story arc, but sweet nonetheless!

rubyslippersreads I ❤️ everything about this photo! 😍 5y
Palimpsest I completely agree with @rubyslipperreads. I love everything in your photo! ♥️💜🧡 5y
BarbaraBB Great picture!! 5y
alysonimagines Love the photo! 5y
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books_from_my_shelves
Village School | Miss Read, John S. Goodall
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My current read... I love it.♥

#missread

rubyslippersreads I've been wanting to read these. 5y
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DarcysBookBlog
Village School | Miss Read, John S. Goodall
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Honestly, not much happens, and yet just reading about their everyday life is so interesting and so different to how our culture is today. It‘s fascinating to read about. 5 ⭐️

#anglophile

ferskner I LOVE these books! They are so comforting. Glad to find a fellow fan! 5y
DarcysBookBlog @ferskner they definitely are comforting! I‘m new to them, and definitely plan on reading more of the series. 5y
Ashley_Nicoletto I 🖤 that pillow and your bedding. 5y
SaraFair @DarcysBookBlog - you must be my kind of people, because I am loving Miss Read also. Got an omnibus with 3 of the books in it at a library sale. Jackpot- 5y
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DarcysBookBlog
Village School | Miss Read, John S. Goodall
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"I soon realized that what I really wanted was time to ruminate, time to observe, and often time to be alone." –Miss Read

#fiction

bookloo This is so pretty. 😍 May I ask where you get the wood slab (?) your coffee/tea is on? :) 5y
[DELETED] 3803335244 @bookloo I've seen them at Hobby Lobby or Michael's craft store 💜 5y
bookloo @ForeverNerdy Thank you!!! ❤️ 5y
DarcysBookBlog @bookloo I got mine at Urban Farmgirl, which is a local store. 🙂 5y
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mylittlebookbag
Village School | Miss Read, John S. Goodall
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These books are charming, gentle, undemanding tales of a two-room village school in post-war England. The stories are punctuated with jumble sales, doctors who make house calls, thatched roof cottages, walks along country lanes, fireside visits with neighbors over tea, etc.
Lovable adults and children and just a few curmudgeons to add spice to the mix. Nothing much happens...but then, that's the point.
Highly recommend 👌

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Meenakshi
Village School | Miss Read, John S. Goodall
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Chronicles Of Fairacre is fictional pen and ink sketches of a country school teacher's life. Miss Read is a pseudonym, but Dora Saint, the woman behind her, was exceedingly popular in her time, other people feeling just as I did about the coziness of her stories. #bookstagram #150in2017 #mrmbookclub #nowreading

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ferskner
Village School | Miss Read, John S. Goodall
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Any other fans of Miss Read? They're as gentle as can be, and perfect comfort reading. A great pick me up after reading The Handmaid's Tale. This is the second book in the series, after Village School.

LeahBergen I love old, feel-good books like this. 💗 6y
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StephanieShepherd
Village School | Miss Read, John S. Goodall
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This is pure comfort reading. Spinster schoolmarm. Quaint English village. And all the characters and local personalities that come with it. If you love Mitford, you would love Miss Read.

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