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The Crimson Petal and the White
The Crimson Petal and the White | Michel Faber
Step into Victorian London and meet our heroine, Sugar - a young woman trying to drag herself up from the gutter any way she can - and the host of unforgettable characters that make up her world.
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CallMeIshmael
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When you work down the street from a wonderful bookstore and they have a great used book section (7 books for $5) you then have to carry the books back to work #nerdproblems

ValerieAndBooks You got your workout for the day! 👍💪📚 4d
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Cinfhen
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I have zero self control, although I did hold back from ordering $35 worth of books to earn free shipping 😜The other three books were already in my cart...so I thought, why not?!?!

Chrissyreadit That is on my TBR in real life too. 1mo
emilyhaldi You went for it!!! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 1mo
Reviewsbylola Glad I helped talk you into it. 😆 1mo
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Hooked_on_books I virtually always order enough to get free shipping. It‘s like I can‘t get over the hurdle of spending 5 measly dollars and have to spend (sometimes) 30 dollars more. 🙄😆 1mo
Cinfhen I‘m usually the biggest sucker for “free shipping” @Hooked_on_books but today I wised up 😉 1mo
Cinfhen I‘ll send you the book after I read it @Chrissyreadit 💕 1mo
Redwritinghood Love the tagged book. One of my favorites. 1mo
melissanorr I really enjoyed The Professor and the Madman! 1mo
Kalalalatja Yay, I‘m so excited you are finally going to read it 🙌🙌 1mo
erzascarletbookgasm This reminds me, please email me your address, I‘ll like to send you a book off your tbr wish list for your birthday! issejchoo at yahoo dot com 1mo
Cinfhen How sweet @erzascarletbookgasm Thanks for thinking of me 😘😘😘 1mo
Cinfhen There was lots of #LitsyPressure to read tagged book @Redwritinghood Hope I don‘t bail @Kalalalatja @Reviewsbylola @emilyhaldi 😬 1mo
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Centique
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#wanderingjune #londoncalling

If you go #calling in Victorian #london for a call-girl, you might meet our fabulous protagonist Sugar who knows all the ways of wooing. This book shows you behind the scenes and all is not as it seems!

And while we‘re at it - I LOVE The Clash. Probably my favourite band of all time. 😍

BarbaraBB So much London in this book. Great choice. And how cool that you like The Clash so much! 1mo
Cinfhen It‘s still on my TBR but I think I‘ll be adding it to my next book order 😉 1mo
batsy Such a good book! 1mo
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Cathythoughts I gave this one on my kindle ... I‘m looking forward to it ♥️👍🏻 1mo
Reviewsbylola Love this book!! 1mo
Reviewsbylola Do it!!! @Cinfhen But be forewarned, it‘s a chunkster!!! 1mo
Cinfhen I know @Reviewsbylola which is why I keep putting off buying it 🙄#PageCountPhobia 1mo
Cinfhen But you love it @Reviewsbylola and so does @Kalalalatja and @Centique that I think im ready to commit 1mo
Kalalalatja Do it, do it, do it @Cinfhen 👏👏 I promise, the pages will fly by! 1mo
Reviewsbylola @emilyhaldi loved it too! @Cinfhen I can‘t think of anyone that didn‘t love it. 1mo
emilyhaldi @Cinfhen I promise you the pages will not be an obstacle once you get started... I didn‘t want it to end! 1mo
LeahBergen Loved this book (AND The Clash 😆😆). 1mo
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Reviewsbylola
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It‘s #aharddaysnight when you‘re a lady of the night. Sugar is a young lady in Victorian London who is determined to rise in society above her current station as a prostitute in a brothel. This was a stellar 5 star read for me and ranks as one of my favorite books ever. #anglophileapril

Melissa_J I loved this one too 😊 3mo
Cinfhen Damn!!! I NEED to finally bit the bullet and get this book 3mo
MicheleinPhilly 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 3mo
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hlgreenfield This book has been on my tbr list for so long. Really need to check it out 3mo
Kalalalatja Yesssssss 🙌 3mo
Mdargusch I‘ve never heard you mention this book. Stacking! 3mo
Reviewsbylola It‘s so good. @emilyhaldi really liked it I think. I gifted it to her. @Lorinda45 didn‘t like the ending as I recall. 😆 @Mdargusch 3mo
emilyhaldi Best everrrrrrrrrrr 3mo
Reviewsbylola You for sure do. @Cinfhen 3mo
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beaconhillbooks
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Pickpick

Immersive historical fiction, wonderful character driven novel.

scowler1 Best novel ever written. 4mo
beaconhillbooks @scowler1 extremely impressive. Have you read any other of Faber‘s? 4mo
scowler1 @beaconhillbooks Read them all, he is excellent. Very diverse though so don't expect anything similar to Crimson, except the short story collection 'The Apple' 4mo
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Kalalalatja
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Pickpick

First book finished, and close to 5 hours of reading done 💪 #24in48

Still as wonderful as the first time I read it! This counts as my #RemindsYouofaFavoritePlace, which is London. I bought this book in 2016 while on my literary pilgrimage of UK, and read it during the trip. So many memories connected to this great read ❤️

#Booked2019

ladyonequestion I love this book so much, great pick for London too, very evocative! 6mo
GatheringBooks oh gosh! i have only just hit one hour! 😭😭😭 6mo
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Kalalalatja @ladyonequestion definitely! @GatheringBooks don‘t worry, plenty of time yet! 👏👏 6mo
Cinfhen Wow!!! You knocked that out fast!!! I may need to fight my #PageCountPhobia and finally give this book a try 😬 (edited) 6mo
Kalalalatja @Cinfhen YES! It is so so so worth it 🙌 6mo
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OrangeMooseReads
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I DNF this one. I‘m not sure I even got 100 pages in before I was just done. Not sure if I will give it another shot or not.
@TheReadingMermaid

TheReadingMermaid May I ask what you didn't like about the book? 6mo
OrangeMooseReads @TheReadingMermaid some of it was the writing style I just couldn‘t get into it and the characters were not interesting to me. I‘m a mood reader too so that may have been part of it as well. 6mo
TheReadingMermaid Totally fair enough. I have started reading books sometimes and the timing just wasn't right for me so I put the book down. Usually after I pick it up a second time I will decide whether it's me or the book that's got to go LMAO 😜 6mo
BookNAround I didn‘t much like this one either although so many other people did. I will say, in its favor, they used an amazingly high quality of paper for this one. It felt absolutely luxurious. Too bad the content didn‘t do it for me! 6mo
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Kalalalatja
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Tuesday situation 📖☕️

#currentlyreading

AmyG SO good. 6mo
emilyhaldi Youre doin it!! 👏🏻 6mo
LeahBergen Yes!! 😍😍😍 6mo
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Kalalalatja
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I love Faber‘s descriptions 🙌 I feel like everything is so tongue-in-cheek and ironic, and I‘m here for it!

#currentlyreading

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Kalalalatja
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Even though I have 3 books #waiting to be finished, and 24 books #waiting to be read, I have been eyeing this book for the last couple of days. I might have to do a reread very soon. It could even work for #RemindsYouOfYourHappyPlace for #Booked2019. Decisions, decisions 🤔😄

#MusicalNewYear

Cinfhen One day I‘ll get to this!!! 6mo
erzascarletbookgasm I want to read it this year! 🤞 6mo
emilyhaldi Ugh, yes 🙌🏻 6mo
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readordierachel What @erzascarletbookgasm said 👆🏽. I read Under the Skin last year and have been wanting to read more of him! 6mo
vivastory Is it often you reread? And I echo what @erzascarletbookgasm & @readordierachel said 6mo
Kalalalatja @Cinfhen @erzascarletbookgasm @readordierachel this is still my fave book by him. Just reading the first page had me hooked all over again 👌 @emilyhaldi I couldn‘t resist, it is just soooo good! @vivastory I used to do it a lot more. I think I only reread one print book and two on audio last year. But sometimes I start thinking more and more about a certain book, and then I know it‘s time for a reread 👍 6mo
Cathythoughts On my Shelf Thankyou for reminding me .... ✨✨✨✨✨✨✨ 6mo
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Pickpick

This is one of my favorite books ever. It's about a nineteen-year-old girl, Sugar, who is a brothel worker in 1870s London. After meeting William Rackham, she begins an improbable ascent though the strata of Victorian society. This is a remarkable book that is Dickensian in scope and tells one the richest stories I've had the privilege of reading. Yes, it could be used as a doorstop (clocking in at ~900 pages), but it reads quite quickly.

AmyG I loved this book. 6mo
Alfoster I loved it too! @AmyG 6mo
juliegumdrop One of my all time favorites too! 6mo
BookBridget Loved this book! 5mo
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ElisabethRose

And here I go again unable to decide what to read so I start two of the longest books in my collection at the same time. I'm really enjoying this though, the narration is so interesting how it directly addresses the reader and almost makes them a character. I'm loving it so far.

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Centique
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Pickpick

If you‘re going to spend a few days and 830 odd pages in a book, then I can wish for no better character to accompany you than Michael Faber‘s Sugar. Above image is from the TV miniseries (unseen by me), but Sugar looks just the way I pictured her! This novel takes you from the stinking slums to the perfumed drawing rooms of 19th century London and never averts it‘s eyes. But it‘s the characters that keep you rapidly turning pages. A definite pick

Centique I think you‘ll love this character @Cinfhen 😍 7mo
batsy This book took me entirely out of my life when I was reading it... So absorbing and fantastic. 7mo
Centique @batsy exactly! I‘m loathe to leave Sugar now. ☹️Might take me a while to start another book! 7mo
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CouronneDhiver Great review 👍🏽 7mo
JamieArc Love this book. Am always surprised I don‘t see it pop up more. It‘s almost like a hidden gem. 7mo
Redwritinghood One of my favorites! 7mo
CarolynM Unpopular opinion...I bailed on this one at 100 pages😐 7mo
Cinfhen I‘ve heard nothing but good things ( well except for @CarolynM 😂😂) but that PAGE COUNT!!! #pagecountphobia 7mo
Cinfhen I might recommend it to my bookclub as our big summer read... that should keep me motivated to read it. Would it be good for bookclub??? 7mo
Centique @Cinfhen I think so. A lot to talk about the changing roles of men and women, class and gender. They‘d have to be comfortable with brutally honest descriptions of sex work and “bawdy” language. It also reads way faster than any other book of this length I‘ve read! 7mo
Centique @CarolynM I can sympathise with that! I think if the characters don‘t grab you in this one, it‘s not going to have any magic for you. Fair enough to DNF. 😘 7mo
Centique @CouronneDhiver thanks so much! 7mo
Centique @JamieArc @Redwritinghood Yay! Pleased to be in such good bookish company 😘 7mo
Cinfhen I think my book ladies will like it...it‘s a departure from our normal reads. 7mo
Wife I have this and may have to bump it up in the TBR. I have to find the series after reading!🌹 7mo
LeahBergen One of my favourites! 😍😍 7mo
Kalalalatja Love this book so much! 7mo
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Martta
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Banana-Peach smoothie with a book. 😋

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Centique
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Look what just arrived @Cinfhen 😂😂😂 it‘s a biggie!

Kalalalatja Woohoo! My paperback seems a lot smaller 😄😄 8mo
Redwritinghood ❤️ this book. Enjoy! 8mo
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled I LOVE this book! The miniseries was good too 8mo
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batsy Oof, the hardback looks ginormous! I love this one, hope you enjoy! 8mo
Cinfhen O.M.Geeeeeeeeeee it‘s Ginormous 😫😫😫😫 8mo
LeahBergen It‘s so good! 8mo
Centique @Cinfhen 😂😂😂 you can do it! But maybe when you have fewer challenges on... 8mo
Centique @batsy @LeahBergen there is no higher recommendation than both of yours! 🏆🏆 8mo
Cinfhen I‘m definitely intrigued but I‘m not rushing to order it just yet. Keep me posted xx 8mo
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Kalalalatja
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A prostitute who wants to take revenge on all the men, who have treated her and all women badly. She does this by making a rich guy fall in love with her, and then makes her way deeper and deeper into his life. Need I say more about, why I picked this for #IllMakeYouSorry?

And yes, I probably should shut up about this book, but I won‘t till you all read it, so there‘s that 🙃😉

#NoFemmeber

Cinfhen That plot sounds brilliant!!! Another book that I NEED to get to!!! 8mo
Kalalalatja @Cinfhen yes! And I know @emilyhaldi will second that opinion 👍 8mo
Cinfhen I need a new category on Litsy - like a TBR and then a GET RIGHT NOW 8mo
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erzascarletbookgasm @Cinfhen like a book that has been longest on your TBR perhaps? 8mo
Cinfhen There are some books I‘d like to read one day and then there are books that I feel like I need to read right away @erzascarletbookgasm but I can‘t remember which are which because I stack soooooo many!!! 8mo
batsy Great pick! 8mo
emilyhaldi This is definitely a GET RIGHT NOW contender 😉😉😉 @Cinfhen 8mo
Cinfhen 💕 @emilyhaldi this better not be like the Butcher‘s Hook .... I didn‘t love that one 8mo
Quirkybookworm Did not care too much for it.. 8mo
Kalalalatja I really think you should read it @Cinfhen but every book I have recommended to you have ended up #MoreMehThanYeah. But both @emilyhaldi @batsy and I really like it, so use that info as you like 😄 8mo
Kalalalatja @Quirkybookworm oh no! I really loved it, but people differ 😊 8mo
Cinfhen I know @Kalalalatja our tastes run hot & cold sometimes 😘I‘m still willing to give it a try 8mo
LeahBergen @Cinfhen I LOVE this book! I‘m chiming in here. 😆 8mo
emilyhaldi Omg @Cinfhen I would be so sad if you didn't like this one!!... But like @Kalalalatja said, our tastes to tend to differ 😆 this book is def my favorite I've read this year though 🙌🏻 8mo
Centique @Cinfhen I have this on order and plan to read it next month! 8mo
Billypar It does sound good, but that's quite a page count 😬 Though, with a revenge plotline, maybe that's a good thing- a big payoff, dish-served-cold sort of thing?😼🍝 8mo
BarbaraBB And here am I, another fan of the book @Cinfhen 😀. 8mo
Cinfhen I just noticed the page count @Billypar 😱#pagecountphobia‼️‼️ @emilyhaldi @LeahBergen @Centique @BarbaraBB @Kalalalatja YOU GUYS ARE KILLING ME😳 8mo
emilyhaldi Lololol @Cinfhen this definitely qualifies as a #chunkster but I'm telling you I did NOT want it to end!!! 8mo
Kalalalatja @Billypar @Cinfhen it didn‘t feel like a chunkster at all, the pages just flew by, for me 💨 8mo
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Kalalalatja
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Sugar is always my pick for #StrongHeroine 💪

#31bookpics

JacqMac This book never gets enough credit for it‘s greatness. (edited) 9mo
erzascarletbookgasm I will move this further up my TBR piles. Sigh. 9mo
Redwritinghood Great book! 9mo
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emilyhaldi 🙌🏻 9mo
Kalalalatja @JacqMac @Redwritinghood exactly! That‘s why I post about it every chance I get 👍 @erzascarletbookgasm yes! It is soooo good ❤️ @emilyhaldi #fanclub 🙌🙌 9mo
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emilyhaldi
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William Rackham sure thinks highly of himself and Sugar, his favorite London prostitute, is an expert at playing along and never letting on that she believes him to be a #stupidman. These two might have my all time favorite unconventional relationship... masterfully written!!
#septemberdanes

Cinfhen I‘ve been meaning to read this book forever ~ thanks for the reminder ❣️ 10mo
Kalalalatja Peeeeerfect pick 🙌🙌 10mo
MrsMalaprop Great book & pick for the prompt 👍. 10mo
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Reviewsbylola This is one of those books that doesn‘t get the attention it deserves imo! 10mo
Mdargusch Would I like this? 10mo
emilyhaldi Not sure @Mdargusch there's a lot of sex... @Reviewsbylola what do u think? 10mo
Reviewsbylola It‘s loooooooong too. @Mdargusch But it‘s really good! 10mo
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Quirkybookworm
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Panpan

Finally picked up the book again managed to finish it this am. I don‘t know what to say...The ending was horrid!

Herschelian Absolutely agree 11mo
Coleen I‘ve had this on Mt. TBR forever. Always heard great things. Now I‘m worried! 😳 11mo
Rcoco I did not like this over-wrought book either. The narrator was an appalling character too. 11mo
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bookcollecter I have this in hardcover and haven't bread yet...perhaps it's not worth the time...? 11mo
Q84 I too have it on my shelf waiting to be read. Maybe I should just pass it on. 11mo
AliceCastle Very odd novel 11mo
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GatheringBooks
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#QuotsyAug18 Day 10: Sometimes, it pays to be#Lazy and nourish the soul for awhile.

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magicalshelves
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All of the books I bought at a book sale yesterday for 10 cents each! They are also clean, in good condition and no broken spines in sight! 🙌🏻
I‘m really interested in the Crimson Petal and the White; it sounds excellent from the blurb and I may need to put it at the top of my historical fiction tbr.

#bookhaul #cheapbooks

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Kalalalatja
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Agnes Rackham dreams of angels, #heaven, and what she calls “The Convent of Health”. She is definitely delusional, and very naïve, about many things, but she is also one of my favourite characters from this gorgeous book ?

#AugustisaTrip

BarbaraBB This was such a great book! 12mo
emilyhaldi I still haven‘t posted my review on this book but OMG I loved it 😩😩😩 i has such a nasty book hangover after this one. So amazing 🙌🏻 11mo
vkois88 I love the color scheme on the cover, and it sounds like an interesting read 11mo
laundry_piles Seeing your posts on this makes me want to re-read it so badly! I loved this book 11mo
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emilyhaldi
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Moving back to my #chunkster to start hour 7 😅
#24in48

AmyG I loved this book. 12mo
Reviewsbylola I recognized that plate before I saw this was your post. 😂 12mo
Mdargusch Ha! @Reviewsbylola. Great job! @emilyhaldi 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 12mo
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minkyb I spy portmeirion botanical garden! 12mo
emilyhaldi @minkyb good eye!! 👀 12mo
Centique This is on my TBR for this year but I might save it for my Christmas holidays. Hope it‘s good! 12mo
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Quirkybookworm
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I didn‘t join 24 in 48 due to starting this book couple days ago and it is not for a light reading. I picked it up again around midnight and I‘m halfway through as of 4 am. Remember, it has 894 pages and I intend to finish it today!

kathleenaflynn Such a great book! 12mo
juliegumdrop This is one of my all time favorites! 12mo
VanessaCW Fab read! 12mo
mutlee Love this book! 12mo
JackieSmith I hated this book so much! It crystallized for me why authors avoid second person point of view. And I hated the plot. My book club likewise didn‘t enjoy it, but we did have an excellent discussion! 12mo
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emilyhaldi
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Thanks to everyone who helped me decide which #chunkster to read next! These two tied with 9 votes each and so I had to make the decision myself... which took me 5 days 😆 but based on my mood, I‘m going in on the tagged book and am super excited based on all of your rave reviews!!

2BR02B I've been meaning to read this one too, but it strikes me as a wintery sort of book for some reason. 12mo
Cathythoughts They both sound great 👍🏻 12mo
LeahBergen I can‘t wait to hear what you think. 12mo
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Kalalalatja Yes, it is so good! 12mo
BarbaraBB It‘s a good book, you‘ll read it fast and then on to Steinbeck 😉😘 12mo
Reviewsbylola Enjoy! That Steinbeck cover is amazing. 12mo
Redwritinghood Yes! One of my favorites. 12mo
janeycanuck I read this a few years ago - it doesn‘t feel like a chunkster once you get started, the pages just fly by. 12mo
emilyhaldi @2BR02B I definitely considered that same thing! It seems like a good book to cozy up with during a cold winter... however, I have to say it makes rather compelling poolside reading as well!! 😄 12mo
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Quirkybookworm
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Janmah Did you like this? I have it but haven‘t read it. 12mo
Quirkybookworm @Janmah Still reading it. 😊 12mo
Janmah Ok. I got it a long time ago, started it, put it down and really don‘t remember much about it. 12mo
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Quirkybookworm
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Rissa1 I loved this book when I bought, and read it, over a decade ago. Sadly, I lent my copy out and never got it back. 😭 12mo
julesG @Rissa1 That's my story with this book, too. Loved it, lend it, never got it back. 12mo
BookwormM This is in my TBR stack 12mo
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kathleenaflynn I loved this 12mo
OrangeMooseReads I bailed on this one. I was having an extra angry militant feminist moment and couldn‘t deal with it. 12mo
Lexeegee I bailed on this one too. Just bizarre 12mo
WritethebookAnniemae 🧡 it. There were times when I couldn‘t put it 👇🏼. 12mo
Janmah I too didn‘t finish it. 12mo
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Martta
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Another summer day salad and another book! 😋☀️🥗

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Martta
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So getting back into this one. I started this months ago but somehow never finished. This is one of my goals to read through during my summer vacation so now is a perfect time to start. 😊

Kalalalatja It is so good! 12mo
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Kalalalatja
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This book is all about the #LadyMadonna/whore trope. William Rackham is married to his innocent, and a little bit crazy wife, Agnes, but she doesn‘t really do it for him. He is bored and restless. Until he meets Sugar, a not so innocent prostitute. And then William spends the rest of the book trying to figure out who he wants. Decisions, decisions 🤔

#HeyJune

laundry_piles I really enjoyed this book. I read it so long ago. I think there's a follow up boo now but I haven't read it and there was a mini series based on this book that I had watched. This book made me so thankful I wasn't born in that era! 13mo
Cinfhen I‘m intrigued 13mo
GypsyKat Well done! 13mo
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Zelma I loved this book so much! Aside from the weird Agnes POV chapters. 13mo
JacqMac I loved this book, too. I think it‘s underrated. 13mo
LeahBergen @Cinfhen It‘s sooo good, but ... it‘s a chunkster. You don‘t usually like those. 😂 13mo
Kalalalatja @Cinfhen it is true what @LeahBergen writes, but it is a very, very good #chunkster! 13mo
Kalalalatja @laundry_piles there is, it is a collection of short stories called 13mo
Kalalalatja @GypsyKat thanks! @Zelma those chapters were strange, but I kinda liked them 😄 @JacqMac I agree!! 13mo
laundry_piles @Kalalalatja have you read that yet? 13mo
arubabookwoman I loved this book too. Had it on my shelf a long time before reading it, and then kicked myself for taking so long to get to it. 13mo
Cinfhen Uh oh!! Is it also YA @LeahBergen ?!?because a YA #chunkster might be a deal breaker 🙄😬 13mo
LeahBergen @Cinfhen Nope! It‘s definitely not YA (whew! 😄). 13mo
Cinfhen Whew!! I‘m stacking for future consideration @LeahBergen 😘 13mo
Kalalalatja @laundry_piles I have. I didn‘t like it as much, but it was fun to learn a bit more about some of the characters. @arubabookwoman I read it on holiday in the UK 2 days after I bought it, I was just so excited 😄 13mo
Kalalalatja @Cinfhen not even close to YA, more historical fiction, but not sugar sweet either. It is one of the best books I have ever read, and definitely my favourite HF 👍 but I‘ll stop gushing about it, so I don‘t get your expectations too high for when you do pick it up 😄😄 13mo
Cinfhen Hahaha!!! We‘ve been there before, Katja😘 13mo
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Martta
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Another day another journey. This time I got to be home for exactly 24 hours before leaving again. On the plus side: I get a lot of reading done. 😊 🚂🚃🚃🚃

Tamra I am such a homebody, it would be hard for me to travel that much. 1y
Martta @Tamra It takes a toll on me too. I counted that this year already I have travelled about 40 350km around the world and around Finland. I hope I get to rest a bit after this week. Travelling is a bit laborious if you do it a lot. 1y
Tamra @Martta I can only imagine! We like to travel in the summer months camping, but it would be tiring for work. 1y
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Martta
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This sometimes happens in Finland; the conductor just announced that they have found a Second World war bomb under the train station I'm travelling to (they were making renovations and found it by accident). This means that before I get out of this train and before any of this area's trains get to move anywhere they need to move the bomb away. This is what we mean by bomb threats in Finland. Just my luck. 😂😂😂😂

julesG Hope you don't have to wait for too long. The tagged book is great, BTW. Similar bomb threats to happen in certain parts of Germany. Have to travel to the Rhine-Ruhr area in 11 days, hope the ground is still frozen then and any building work is suspended. 1y
Martta @julesG We are luckily already moving. It's pretty regular that this happens. Finland was bombed pretty throughoutly during the second world war. For example when they took down a school I went for three years as a child they found a bomb. It was an interesting feeling to realize that you went to school on top of an old bomb for three years. 😂 1y
julesG Have a good trip. My brother and I found WW II hand grenades playing and digging in the forest one day. Luckily we a) knew what it was due to a school drill and b) hadn't been digging so hard that we triggered them accidentally. 1y
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Martta @julesG Oh good! That could have ended in a very bad way otherwise... Luckily the old bombs seem to go off pretty rarely but it's still good to be very carefull. 1y
julesG Yeah. Tell me about it. Back then we thought it was a great adventure, now, with the eyes of an adult /mother, I think we were stupid to even play in that area. We knew pretty well to steer clear of the area. 1y
Martta @julesG It does sound like you were playing in the wrong place. 😁 But sometimes history just kicks back and there is nothing no one can do about it. 1y
julesG Your last sentence reminds me of 'Purge'. 😉 1y
Martta @julesG Now that you said it. It kind of does. 😁 1y
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Martta
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A change of book and some Easter chocolate. I have had this book on my Sony reader for ages and I'm feeling like now is the time to continue with it. Still couple of hours of train ride left before arriving to the destination. 😊📚

oOArankaOo I was thinking of getting a new e-reader, but your pictures actually make me miss my Sony. I need to figure out where I put it when we moved house! 1y
Martta @oOArankaOo I'm really attached to my old and always reliable Sony Reader. ❤ 1y
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GreydiaTheGeek
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My amazing book haul earlier this month from a library sale. All of this for $4! My kitty had to inspect them first.

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Kalalalatja
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Sugar is definitely working longer than #9to5 - She‘s a “working” girl, and she works hard to get the things she wants. Even if it means working through the night and writing on her novel by day. While at the same time ensnaring rich guys to make her lige a bit easier.

#FierceFeb

batsy Great choice. Love this book! 1y
Kalalalatja @batsy it is freaking awesome! I haven‘t read one by Faber I liked as much as this 1y
Reviewsbylola Love this book!! 1y
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ElishaLovesBooks I also love this book!! 1y
emilyhaldi @Reviewsbylola just gifted this to me! Really looking forward to it 😄 1y
Kalalalatja @Reviewsbylola @ElishaLovesBooks it didn‘t feel like a chunkster at all, the pages just flew by! @emilyhaldi oh, I really hope you like it! I read while travelling around Britain, so it is tied up with all kinds of great memories, as well as being an amazing book! 1y
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HotMessJess
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#Flower: officially off antibiotics! Today‘s pick is a historical fiction from my #MountTBR

@bookloo @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks #Newyearreads

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Yay!!!! So glad you are feeling better!!!! 👏🏻😘🍓 2y
Ashley_Nicoletto This has been on my TBR foreverrrr. Glad you're feeling better! 2y
JoeStalksBeck ❤️❤️❤️❤️ 2y
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Dragon Glad to hear that ! 💐 2y
HotMessJess @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks thank you, we are officially back in action 😍😍 2y
HotMessJess @Ashley_Nicoletto this read looks SO intriguing. My Mother in Law lets me go through her book shelves and take whatever I want when she‘s done. It‘s dangerous 😳, but she‘s got impeccable taste in books! 2y
HotMessJess @Dragon thank you! So glad to be over that garbage! 2y
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled I. Love. This. Book. 2y
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled The movie is well done too - check it out when you‘re done!! 2y
HotMessJess @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled there‘s a movie too?!? I‘m so excited! Maybe I‘ll try this after Lab Girl!! 2y
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Still many hours to go, but really enjoying it!

TheAnitaAlvarez This book is fantastic! I really enjoyed it, the setting, the characters, the writing are all 💯 2y
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Kalalalatja
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Of course I had to pick this for the #crimson prompt today. This is a story about Sugar, a prostitute in Victorian (Edwardian?) England, and how she tries to change her situation. It is historical fiction at its finest, and I were hooked all the way through 👌

This is still my favourite Faber book, and I have so many good memories connected to it.

#SeasonsReadings2017

batsy This book is so good ♥️ 2y
JamieArc I loved this book! It‘s one of the few I‘m tempted to reread. 2y
AmyG I loved this, too. ❤️ 2y
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benchley1 I loved this book, could not get into the movie though. 2y
Kalalalatja @benchley1 I didn't even know there was a movie! 2y
TheAliceEvers The BBC (I think) did a great tv show adaption a couple years ago. Remember thinking what a fantastic story with incredibly complex characters. Think I should give it a read too! 2y
Kalalalatja @batsy @JamieArc @AmyG I keep recommending it to people, it is just so great @TheAliceEvers you definitely should, and maybe I should try and find that BBC show 👍 2y
Quirkybookworm I‘m reading it at the moment. I‘m trying hard not to punch that so called gentleman and other men for degrading women. 12mo
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Unexpected #bookmail part 2!

My fantastic pen pal, @Born.A.Reader sent me all of this awesomeness, and said I didn‘t have to wait for Christmas, so heck yes, I opened them. 😃

Thank you so much, Jenn! I haven‘t even been a good pen pal the last couple of months, and you are too kind! ❤️❤️

Born.A.Reader Aww you're very welcome! And don't worry, it's been a crazy few months for everyone! ❤ 2y
E-book Loved A Northern Light! 2y
LeahBergen The Crimson Petal is one of my faves! ❤️❤️ 2y
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TheAnitaAlvarez
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This book has been described as Dickensian, and it certainly has the feeling, although it doesn‘t really have the same Victorian morality. Sugar is a fascinating character, as a woman trying to make her way in a male-dominated world. And the other characters are equally interesting and eye-catching.

I bought this in my favorite bookshop in Edinburgh, and the copy happened to be a signed one!
#RoryGilmoresReadingChallenge

BookishMarginalia Love the tote! 2y
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Finished this book on a plane. Combination of audiobook and traditional book. I think I liked it! Some interesting characters. Great writing. I definitely have to think about it some more. I‘m not sure I understand everything. This will forever be my first cross stitch and read book. Might have been the best part of the book!

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wen4blu
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Up next.....I've been carrying this heavy book everywhere the last few days. Hope it is worth it!

Kalalalatja It is sooooo good! I don't want to get your expectations up. But.... it is really good! 2y
Buddys_Momma This book is great! I plan to read it again 👍🏽 2y
Redwritinghood One of my favorites. 2y
LeahBergen A favourite. ❤️ 2y
OrangeMooseReads I am of the minority on this one, I bailed because the characters annoyed me and situation pissed me off. I think I got 100 ish pages in. 2y
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I was tagged by @ForeverNerdy to give my #top10authorrecommendation. This was hard! There are so many I enjoy. For today, though, here‘s my list. It‘s a few old favorites and some more recent ones I‘ve enjoyed. I‘m not sure who‘s been tagged already or not, so sorry if I tag you below and you‘ve already done this. 😊 #10authorrecommendations

Suet624 Gah!!! I forgot Tom Robbins! So great to see his name on your list. 2y
Pruzy Ooh, I‘m gonna love doing this! 2y
AceOnRoam Oh I love the Crimson Petal and the White 💝💝 2y
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AceOnRoam Thank you for tagging me @Redwritinghood I would love to play along. I love your recs, I'm happily adding those I have never read as you have fabulous taste in books! 2y
[DELETED] 3803335244 I need to add some of these authors to my read list! Good picks ❤️ 2y
mrozzz I need to come up with a list!! 2y
Laura317 @Redwritinghood Thanks for the tag! I'll have to see what my list would be. I love your list! 2y
SilversReviews Love how you said your favorites TODAY. 😎 Oooo..I love Carlos Ruiz Zafon too...SHADOW OF THE WIND is my favorite. 2y
Redwritinghood @Suet624 👍🏻👍🏻 2y
Redwritinghood @Pruzy I look forward to seeing your picks. 2y
Redwritinghood @mrozzz I look forward to seeing who you pick. 2y
Redwritinghood @Laura317 looking forward to seeing your picks. 2y
Redwritinghood @SilversReviews I can be fickle! Love Shadow too. ❤️❤️ 2y
SilversReviews @Redwritinghood 😎😎😎😎 2y
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twohectobooks
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#booksacrossoceans Day 12: #sixwordsaturday

Need to reread this one. With the exception of my Nancy Drew collection, this seems to be the only six-word title on my bookshelf.

@pri_bibliophile @mellisarock

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LibrarianRyan 👍🏻🤓 2y
julesG Good choice! 2y
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Kalalalatja
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Agnes Rackham is completely #offtheirrocker in the Crimson Petal. I do really like her as a character though. 👍

#Characters2017

hlgreenfield I recently bought this book on a whim because it was at a charity shop. Is it good/worth reading? 2y
vivastory Are you enjoying your vacation? 2y
LibrarianRyan 🤓👍 2y
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Robothugs Did your candy ever get to you? 🤔 The last thing it says is they attempted to deliver and it's being held for you. (edited) 2y
Kalalalatja @Robothugs not yet, but it might have been delivered after I went on vacation. Hopefully it will be there for me when I get back 🤞 2y
Kalalalatja @hlgreenfield it definitely is! It is one of my favourite from last year, so I can't recommend it enough! 👍 2y
Kalalalatja @vivastory I am, thank you! The weather is awesome, the atmosphere is perfect and I am relaxing a lot 👏🏝 2y
hlgreenfield Oh yay!! That's great to hear! Maybe I'll take it when I go on holiday at the end of the month as my Holiday read 😃 2y
Kalalalatja @hlgreenfield I think it will be a great holiday book! I was completely absorbed by it 👌 2y
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Kalalalatja
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Choosing a #fave5 was hard! So I had to narrow it down to my top five of the last 12 months. And we all know, series count as one book. Right? 😄

Thanks for doing this @Oryx 👌👏

Reviewsbylola Loved Pachinko and The Crimson Petal! 2y
Oryx Michel Faber 💟 2y
Oryx Asking for it - have you read the book by the same name by Louise O'Neill? 2y
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Kalalalatja @Oryx it read both of them at the same time. It really did something for my reading experience 👍 2y
HippieChickHomeschool I LOVED Homegoing and Panchinko. I'll have to try the others you liked! 2y
maich Right😂 I agree😊 2y
Kalalalatja @HippieChickHomeschool they are very different, but very, very good, imo 👍 2y
Kalalalatja @maich good! 😄 2y
CariadLlyfr I was going to read Homegoing next. 2y
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aseriesofunreadbooks
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Totalling in at 845 pages the crimson petal and the white is a tidal wave of scrumptious detail and biting criticism. It begins with a teasing, omniscient narrator leading us through the streets of London pointing out the depravity which so often is left unsaid in many Victorian novels. The writing is astounding and immense detail saturates every page. Yet, it is the interwoven Victorian tropes such as the mad wife that make this novel.