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The Blue Castle
The Blue Castle | L. M. Montgomery
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When Dreams Come True All her life, Valancy Stirling lived on a quiet little street in an ugly little house and never dared to contradict her domineering mother and her unforgiving aunt. Then she gets a letter—and decides that very day things need to change. For the first time in her life, she does exactly what she wants to and says exactly what she feels. At first her family thinks she's gone around the bend. But soon Valancy discovers more surprises and adventure than she ever thought possible. She also finds her one true love and the real-life version of the Blue Castle that she was sure only existed in her dreams... What Readers are Saying: "This just became one of my all-time favorites! In fact, this may be my favorite L.M. Montgomery book, and I'm a huge 'Anne' fan!...I loved the drama and the romance, and the beautiful descriptions of the Canadian wilds. What a great book! It's a treat to read, just a joy with every page!" "The sweetest...
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rubyslippersreads
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@LeahBergen @Sarah83 I‘m behind in sharing a picture of my copy. I haven‘t had a chance to start on the next 15 chapters (I was really tempted to just keep going but had to stop to read a book for my IRL book clubs). 😊

LeahBergen Oh my! 😮😮😮 I‘m green with envy! This is GORGEOUS. ❤️❤️❤️ 3d
Aimeesue So pretty! I just finished this and LOVED it. ❤️ 3d
Tamra It‘s very pretty! 3d
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MiqueMarie One of my favorites! 3d
saresmoore 😍 3d
CoverToCoverGirl Vintage books.. ❤️❤️ 3d
kspenmoll Love the cover 3d
LeahBergen Oh no!! You just “liked” my Goodreads update! I was hoping that you didn‘t see that I couldn‘t help myself and finished it! 😂😂😂 3d
rubyslippersreads @LeahBergen I knew you wouldn‘t be able to resist. 2d
LeahBergen 🤫🤫🤫 2d
batsy What a gorgeous edition of one of my favourites 💙 2d
Sarah83 What a great edition. 😍😍😍😍 I am also behind. I hope to read a lot today and tomorrow. 🤩 2d
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Aimeesue
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Good gracious! Not enjoyable books! Anything but enjoyable books! 😂

bookandbedandtea I love this book! 5d
LeahBergen I know! 😮😮 5d
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Aimeesue
The Blue Castle | L.M. Montgomery
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I'm totally blaming this one on @LeahBergen
It's so good!

BarbaraJean Ohhhhh.... this is one of my all-time favorites!! 💜💜💜 6d
Aimeesue @BarbaraJean I am taking umbrage on Valancy's behalf! SO MUCH UMBRAGE! People are awful. But I can't wait to see what happens! 6d
BarbaraJean I KNOW!!! Umbrage is called for!! Her family is so terrible. Stay tuned for the vindication, though! 6d
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Aimeesue @BarbaraJean I can't wait! 6d
Eyelit One of my faves! Enjoy 😁 6d
Daisey It has been so long since I read this. I should make time for a reread! 6d
LeahBergen I‘m loving it! 😍😍 5d
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LeahBergen
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Well, isn‘t that a fun little coincidence? 😄

Avidreader25 I love it when that happens! 2w
BiblioLitten 💕😃 2w
Blaire Yes! Always makes me feel I‘ve picked the right book. 2w
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saresmoore This book! 💙 2w
Aimeesue I adore seasonally appropriate timely reading. ❤️ 2w
Jas16 I could talk for hours about how much I love this book. 2w
StephanieMarie This is one of my favourite books!!! 💖 2w
Cathythoughts Ahhhh ! A May morning 👍🏻 1w
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LeahBergen
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I‘m just about to start this one (a buddy read with @Sarah83 and @rubyslippersreads ).

💙💙💙

SharonGoforth Gorgeous cover!!! 2w
bookandcat I loved this book so very much. 2w
Suet624 Such a pretty color. 2w
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BiblioLitten 💙 2w
saresmoore Oh, I am coveting this edition! 2w
batsy 😍😍 2w
Libby1 💙 2w
StephanieMarie Lovely edition!!! 2w
Sarah83 And a fitting bookmark. I am impressed 😍 1w
rubyslippersreads @Sarah83 So am I. 😍 I‘ll post a picture of my edition soon. 1w
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Sarah83
Blue Castle | Lucy Maud Montgomery
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I am back at home. So @rubyslippersreads and @LeahBergen should we start our buddyread? My edition consists of 45 chapters and 363 pages. How should we part it? #thebluecastle

Anyway are the others interested in my other bookish items I bought in Italy? 😍

jewright I love L. M. Montgomery! Do you have a favorite? Mine is Rilla of Ingleside. 2w
RavenLovelyReads Yes! Show us everything! 😍😍 2w
LeahBergen I‘m ready when you are! @rubyslippersreads 2w
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Sarah83 @LeahBergen I am ready aswell. Any ideas about how many chapters or pages to read a week? @rubyslippersreads 2w
LeahBergen I‘ll check the English edition and see if it has the same number of chapters ... 2w
LeahBergen Yep. Mine has 45 chapters, too. Let‘s wait to see when @rubyslippersreads can start. 😀 2w
rubyslippersreads @LeahBergen Mine has 45 chapters too. I can start anytime. 😊 (And @Sarah83 I can‘t wait to see your goodies. 😍 2w
Sarah83 @rubyslippersreads Just look at the next post 😍 2w
Sarah83 @rubyslippersreads @LeahBergen how about 15 chapters a week? 2w
LeahBergen 15 chapters a week sounds good to me. Will we start today and check in with each other again next Wednesday, May15th? @rubyslippersreads 2w
Sarah83 @LeahBergen for me it's a great idea. What do you think @rubyslippersreads ? 2w
Sarah83 @Buechersuechtling this was the Königskinder book I was thinking about 2w
Buechersuechtling @Sarah83 I see but I never heard of it before. My libraries don‘t have it. So I‘m curious what you all will think, so please post frequently, @rubyslippersreads and @LeahBergen ‼️😉 2w
Sarah83 @Buechersuechtling did you know (it seems like) Königskinder is part of Carlsen Verlag... 😮 2w
Buechersuechtling @Sarah83 Yepp, that it‘s part of Carlsen I knew. But it‘s already shut down (since spring 2018, I think) because they obviously didn‘t sell enough books: https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carlsen_Verlag?wprov=sfti1 2w
Sarah83 @Buechersuechtling oh. I didn't know about it. 😮 2w
LeahBergen @Sarah83 @rubyslippersreads How have the first 15 chapters been for you two? I‘m absolutely loving it! I had a notion that I had read this in my early teen years but I don‘t think I did as it all seems very new to me. I can‘t wait and have already starting reading our next 15 chapters (and I bet I go off schedule and finish this book early 😬). 5d
rubyslippersreads @LeahBergen @Sarah83 I‘m loving it too. 💙 I know I read it at least once years ago, but don‘t remember much at all. I think Valancy‘s mother and the perfectly-named Cousin Stickles are even worse than Aunts Elizabeth and Ruth in the Emily books. 3d
LeahBergen @rubyslippersreads Her family is horrible! I‘m quite surprised at how much more adult (in tone and subject matter) this one is in comparison to everything else I‘ve read of hers. I‘m on chapter 30. 😆😆 3d
rubyslippersreads @LeahBergen I think this and A Tangled Web are her only two novels written for adults. 3d
LeahBergen @rubyslippersreads I think so, too. And I‘m so glad I recently found that copy of A Tangled Web. It‘s a funny thing with me and LM Montgomery - I‘ve never ordered one of her books online. I always challenge myself to find them “in the wild”. 😆 It‘s easier being in Canada, I‘m sure. 3d
rubyslippersreads @LeahBergen You‘re certainly an expert “big game hunter.” 😄 3d
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PickwickPlockPlock
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My first L.M. Montgomery book, so I didn't know what to expect. I liked it, but didn't love it. I found the ending too far-fetched.

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rabbitprincess
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March 2019 stats: 18 books read. Fave book: The Blue Castle 💙 Binged on public-domain ebooks (4) and audiobooks (2...for me that's a binge 😂).

Also, after watching The Ribos Operation this weekend, I think Valancy on the cover of The Blue Castle looks a bit like Romana (Mary Tamm).

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Nicely done! 📖💖 2mo
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Sarah83
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I went also bookshopping with my bestie. 😍 I love this edition 😍

merelybookish Lovely!! 2mo
LeahBergen Ohhh, nice! 2mo
rubyslippersreads 😍😍😍 2mo
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Sarah83 @rubyslippersreads @LeahBergen have you already read this one? 2mo
rubyslippersreads @Sarah83 @LeahBergen I‘ve read it, but not for ages. Might be time for a reread. 😊 2mo
Sarah83 @rubyslippersreads should we read it along for a buddyread? @LeahBergen are you also interested? 2mo
LeahBergen @Sarah83 @rubyslippersreads Yes, It‘s about time for me to reread it, too! 2mo
rubyslippersreads @LeahBergen @Sarah83 I‘d ❤️ to do a buddy read. 😊 2mo
Sarah83 @rubyslippersreads @LeahBergen Sounds great. 😍😍😍 I am doing three buddyreads right now, so I won't make it until the second week of May, since I travel to Florence thr first week of May. So would be May 8th a good starting date for you two? 2mo
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rabbitprincess
The Blue Castle | L. M. Montgomery
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I devoured this in an afternoon. Loved seeing Valancy assert herself and get the great life she deserved. It was perfect.

batsy It *is* perfect! 💜 I need to read it again soon. 2mo
bookseller_cate This had been my favourite Montgomery novel since I first read it as a teen. 📚❤️ 2mo
rabbitprincess @batsy I'm definitely going to have to buy a print copy! 💙 @bookseller_cate This was my first time reading it and I am sure I would have loved it as a teen too! 2mo
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SW-T
The Blue Castle | Lucy Maud Montgomery
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Mehso-so

Some writers and their novels age well, like Agatha Christie or Georgette Heyer, some on the other hand show their age. Blue Castle was more the latter. Not a bad read, but the first half was mostly Valancy bemoaning her lot in life. Considering the time period though, there weren‘t a lot of options for women other than marriage. Predictable and a bit slow, but Valancy takes charge of her own life and gets her happy ever after.

#hoopla

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rabbitprincess
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"Aunt Isabel prided herself on saying what she thought, but didn't like it so well when other people said what THEY thought to HER."

I'm already at the silver anniversary dinner scene and loving this book so far ?

batsy We all know an Aunt Isabel-type 😆 2mo
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TK-421
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“Days of clear brilliance. Evenings that were like cups of glamour - the purest vintage of winter's wine. Nights with their fire of stars. Cold, exquisite winter sunrises. Lovely ferns of #ice all over the windows of the Blue Castle...Ice-grey twilights, broken by snow-squalls, when their cosy living-room, with its goblins of firelight and inscrutable cats, seemed cosier than ever. Every hour brought a new revelation and wonder.” #QuotsyJan19

TK-421 I haven't read this book yet, but after finding this description of winter that speaks to my soul, I'm moving it to the top of my #tbr! 4mo
Laura317 I loved this book! 4mo
LiterRohde If only I could think of winter like this. Alas, my version is a bit (read: a lot) more pessimistic. 🥶 4mo
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Krisjericho
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I love this book so, so, so much. I love the atmosphere and the description and the characters and the friendship. I love it, I love it, I love it. I think I may have read this one as a kid, and it didn‘t really make much of an impression on me. Now, it is what I always knew Montgomery could write. After rereading the Anne series, and then being disappointed with some of her other books, I am so happy to have read this. I enjoyed every moment.

Bradleygirl ✊✊✊ I always recommend this to my friends who haven't heard about it and they are BLOWN AWAY. 4mo
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silentrequiem
The Blue Castle | L. M. Montgomery
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All my 5 star reads for 2018!

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TK-421
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“Good-evening, Miss Stirling."
Nothing could be more commonplace and conventional.
Any one might have said it. But Barney Snaith had a way of saying things that gave them poignancy. When he said good-evening you felt that it was a good evening and it was partly his doing that it was. Also, you felt that some of the #credit was yours. #QuotsyDec18

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silentrequiem
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I swoon.

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silentrequiem
The Blue Castle | L. M. Montgomery
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Took a sick day-slash-mental health day and am nearly done re-reading an old favorite.

saresmoore Such a lovely book. 6mo
ReadingSusan My favorite book 😻 6mo
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silentrequiem
The Blue Castle | L. M. Montgomery
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I mean, I have pretty good eyesight but I'm not sure I want to read an entire novel at what looks like 7 point font...

Mdargusch That‘s rough. I don‘t think I could do it. 7mo
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Eyelit
The Blue Castle | L. M. Montgomery
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I‘ve been in a major book slump the last couple weeks... despite all the shiny new graphic novels (and other fun stuff) I‘ve been getting from the library lately I can‘t seem to get into anything.

Here‘s hoping a tried and true old time favorite breaks the slump. Elliot implores us all to ignore the tragically misleading cover. 😹

#bookslumpsucks
#catsoflitsy

batsy I have the same edition, the cover hurts me 😂 8mo
batsy And Elliott is too adorable 😻 8mo
BookInMyHands Oh I love this book. And the cover really is pretty awful 😂 8mo
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LeahBergen I read the Anne books in these same editions as a kid. 😆 8mo
Mdargusch That cover! 🙈 8mo
mcipher @LeahBergen Me too! I kind of love them. (edited) 8mo
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Purpleness
The Blue Castle | L. M. Montgomery
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Valancy won‘t use the #broom until she needs to. #newhogwartsadventure

AlaMich Makes perfect sense to me! 😊 8mo
CoffeeK8 I adore this book! 8mo
Purpleness @CoffeeK8 Me too! It‘s my favourite L.M. Montgomery 8mo
CoffeeK8 @Purpleness mine too! 8mo
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quirkyreader
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This story made me cry. Also it is Number 106 on my #MountTBRchallenge.

ReadingSusan Ahhh love this book SO much. 9mo
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Laura317
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Pickpick

I had never heard of this book until someone else mentioned it. It is sad, sweet and wonderful all at the same time. If you like Lucy Maud Montgomery‘s other books, this one will captivate your heart.

Bradleygirl Oh this is one of my favorites of Montgomery's if not most favorite. I always make friends read mine bc they haven't heard about it 10mo
Daisey I need to reread this one. 10mo
Laura317 @Bradleygirl It‘s just that good, isn‘t it? @Daisey I think I‘ll be revisiting this one again. 10mo
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Eyelit One of my faves! I‘m due for a reread 😄 10mo
Laura317 I have my own “Blue Castle” in my mind. Do you? @Eyelit 10mo
Eyelit Always 😃 10mo
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bookandbedandtea
The Blue Castle | L. M. Montgomery
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Each day for 7 days, post the cover of one of your favorite books. No words. No explanations.

#7favesin7days / day 1

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Jas16
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Post a book you love each day for 7 days, without review or comment, using the hashtag #7favesin7days in your post so we can keep it going.

Day 3

CoffeeK8 I have the same copy of this book... sigh, 💖 this book! 12mo
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batsy
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#7favesin7days
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Thank you for a fun challenge @lauren.lerner 💙

llwheeler I loooved this book! Really need to reread sometime 13mo
emilyhaldi I don‘t know about this one!!! Is it better than Anne?! 13mo
RachelO Still on my 'to track down' list. 13mo
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Blaire This is an lm Montgomery I‘ve never read. Stacked! 13mo
BarbaraJean This is one of my favorites, too! 💙 13mo
batsy @llwheeler @BarbaraJean I love it so much; it gave me a sense of hope during a dark time 💜 13mo
batsy @emilyhaldi Oooh that's a hard question to answer! I love Anne, but this one has a bit more of my heart so it's hard to be objective 😆 I think I just read it at a time when I needed it. It's a sweet story and a quick read! 13mo
batsy @RachelO @Blaire It's lovely! I'm sort of embarrassed by this cheesy cover 😆 Hoping to get my hands on the pretty Sourcebooks edition at some point. 13mo
emilyhaldi I understand reading something at the perfect time and how that colors your opinion of a book ❤️ Anne is amazing so I am excited to read more by Montgomery!! 13mo
Suet624 Oh fine. For some reason I‘ve avoided this author but both you and Sara offer rave reviews. So fine. Stacked. 🤪 13mo
llwheeler Glad this book was there when you needed it ❤ 13mo
batsy @Suet624 😁 I hope it goes well for you! 12mo
batsy @llwheeler Thank you for your kind words 💕 12mo
Centique I have heard so much love for this book and i Loved LM (as a kid I planned to call my daughter Louisa in her honor😝) Moving this up the TBR for sure. 12mo
batsy @Centique Oooh, in that case, definitely give it a try someday! And I hope you enjoy 💙 I loved Valancy, the main character, and I think as a story about claiming your own life and living it, it's needed at any age. 12mo
lauren.lerner 💗💗💗 12mo
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Purrsistently
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Wow. The beginning has been pretty triggering but I‘m very invested in seeing Valancy throw off all these horrid manipulative ignorant narcissists and live a little. Depending on how it turns out, I may start handing this book out to every cowed young person I meet🔥

RaimeyGallant Interesting. 13mo
Felso I just finished this, loved it!! 13mo
Purrsistently @Felso I‘m rooting for her so hard🔥 13mo
Purrsistently @RaimeyGallant I don‘t know what I expected exactly but I sure didn‘t expect what I found😅 13mo
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Felso
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Bedtime reading. #justonemorechapter

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VintageQueen
The Blue Castle | L. M. Montgomery
Pickpick

One of my top five favorite books. It‘s witty, sad, quirky, and tragic all at the same time. The heroine is a lady who is a scared daughter totally under her mothers thumb and blooms into a free and independent woman. Highly highly recommend!

Purrsistently Can‘t wait to dig into it next month! Welcome to Litsy! 14mo
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CoffeeCatsBooks
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Okay, I was a little slow in putting together my collage but I am super excited to read these!! These 11 titles will all be new to me. Since some of these are graphic novels, I might be able to manage some re-reads from @Eyelit ‘s list (I‘ll probably laugh at this statement at the end of April). #FreakyFriday

monalyisha This is an *incredibly* intriguing list! I‘m going to have to look into a few of these titles. Looking forward to your posts/reviews! 1y
Clwojick Woohoo! I said the same thing! I‘ll read them all! 😂😅 but I feel like I‘ve been so busy lately that I‘d be surprised if I made it through 10 books 1y
Eyelit Yay! 1y
CoffeeCatsBooks @Clwojick @monalyisha @Eyelit I agree! 📚All of them are in the way to my local library. 🏛 1y
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suvata
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Probably my favorite L.M. Montgomery novel

Readage Haven‘t heard of that one! 1y
CoffeeK8 Mine too! I adore this one! 1y
suvata @Readage Check it out. It‘s a good one. 1y
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suvata @CoffeeK8 Not at all what I expected but so good. 1y
Readage @suvata I actually checked my Goodreads TBR and it was on there from several years ago! I guess I was aware of it 😉 1y
suvata @Readage 👍🏻 1y
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suvata
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Ahh, good ol‘ 1925 think.

tournevis According to all those currently living book banners, the quote still applies today! 1y
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suvata
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Reading the first of four “castle” books I plan on reading in the upcoming days/weeks.

rubyslippersreads ❤️❤️❤️ The Blue Castle! 🏰 1y
suvata @rubyslippersreads Oh good, I‘ve heard that it‘s really good. Can‘t wait to get into it a little more. 1y
ReadingSusan The Blue Castle is 🔥 1y
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suvata @ReadingSusan 👍🏻 1y
LauraJ The Last Castle is in the mail! 1y
suvata @LauraJ Yay! Excited to read it. 1y
SilversReviews Love all the castle titles. I have only read THE WOMEN IN THE CASTLE. 1y
suvata @SilversReviews Two more great castle books are I Capture the Castle and We Have Always Lived in the Castle 1y
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erinreads
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DEBBIE. They came! Thank you so much! 💕 I‘m always surprised when people can surprise me with books I‘ve never heard of. 👌🏻 I‘m excited to read a few of your favorites! 😽 #bookmail

Earlene The Blue Castle is wonderful. 1y
silentrequiem I hope you enjoy these! 1y
ReadingSusan Omg the Blue Castle 😍 1y
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Felso
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My sister @erista and I started the Jolabokaflod book exchange this year. I believe this is the start of a wonderful tradition. Now, what to read?? #jolabokaflod #merrychristmas

Eyelit 💙 the blue castle! 1y
Jas16 Such great choices. Blue Castle is one of my all time favorites. 1y
LizzyM The Blue Castle is one of my all-time favorites, too. It doesn‘t get enough love. It has my vote! 1y
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BarbaraJean
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This is especially hard when you only have three different letters in your name!

B - Blue Castle (L.M. Montgomery)
A - Animal Dreams (Barbara Kingsolver)
R - Red Suitcase (Naomi Shihab Nye)
B - Bridge to Terabithia (Katherine Paterson)
A - Anne of Green Gables (L.M.
Montgomery)
R - Return of the King (J.R.R. Tolkien)
A - At the Back of the North Wind (George
MacDonald)

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erista
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Favorite covers of books I read this year. #allthebooksof2017

rubyslippersreads ❤️ both of these! 1y
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Jas16
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Valancy is certainly out of place in her family much like a partridge in a pear tree but I chose her more because this is a book I return to over and over again when I need a comfort read. So I thought of my most read book for the most repeated line. #12daysofchristmas

Eyelit One of my faves! Before I found Litsy I thought I was alone in my love for this book. So glad I‘m in such good company!! 💙 1y
BookInMyHands Yes! I was afraid that when I read it as an adult I wouldn‘t like it as much, but I do. You are right, it‘s a great comfort read. 1y
LibrarianRyan 👍🏻🎄🎅🏼 1y
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Purpleness
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Oh, Mrs. Frederick, get your priorities straight. Of course it‘s more important that your daughter accidentally married her favourite author than that he‘s the son of a millionaire.

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Purpleness
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Apparently, I lead a dangerous life😜

Bradleygirl Always will re-read the Blue Castle 👍 1y
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merelybookish
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Lindy Well done! 1y
CathyJ 💜 1y
LeahBergen 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 1y
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RebelReader Sweet! 💕 1y
Blaire Love. 💖💖💖 1y
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sprainedbrain
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Still counting down to the next #readathon 😃

A #blue book on my tbr that may be a good one for the readathon.

#30daysofreadathon

ReadingSusan Oh this book is so gorgeous. I love it so much. 2y
Bradleygirl Man I have read this one so many times ❤️ 2y
batsy This is sweet and uplifting 💙💙 2y
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TaciturnWhenReading
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Anne of Green Gables was my absolute favorite book when I was a kid. I'm excited to read The Blue Castle and revisit LM Montgomery's writing as an adult. Like seeing an old friend again after 30 years apart!

RaimeyGallant I hadn't heard of this one...and I'm from Prince Edward Island. :) 2y
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sarahgreatlove
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This was one of the loveliest books I've read in a long time. Started and finished within 2 days and thoroughly enjoyable throughout. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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saresmoore
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This beautiful story is both Bildungsroman & romance, yet deftly defies each genre. Valancy Stirling is an "old maid" who has lived her 29 years as a perpetual child under the definitive judgment of an overbearing family. She is young at heart, though she scarcely knows it until an unexpected diagnosis inspires her to destroy the façade & live as her true self. Montgomery's description, storytelling, and characterization are as vivid as ever.

Daisey It's been so long since I've read any L.M. Montgomery. It's high time I revisit some of her writing, and this standalone might be a good choice. 2y
saresmoore @Daisey I think it would be a great choice. I enjoyed every minute of reading this one. 2y
Sarah83 I love the word 'Bildungsroman' in English. It looks so curious within an English post. 😉 2y
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britt_brooke You write such thoughtful reviews! #stacked 2y
saresmoore @Sarah83 Deutsch words are some of the best—and impossible to translate! My Suisse friend recently commented how silly it is when Americans & Brits think they are posh for using ordinary French words in conversation. 😆 2y
saresmoore @britt_brooke Thank you! This is a great one when you need a break from more heady or serious reading. It's not simplistic, but still fun and gentle. 2y
LauraBrook Excellent review, my friend, and a lovely photo! Is that a new edition? 2y
saresmoore @LauraBrook Thank you! I think it must be a relatively new edition. It's by Sourcebooks and they have several of hers in the same style. 2y
Sarah83 That true. Even as if many Germans immigrated in the US, they brought their language into the land. 🙄 So the English and the German support the other language with its words. 😉 2y
TheWordJar Definitely interested in the book, even more interested in your crotchet. What are you working on with that lovely stitching? 2y
saresmoore @TheWordJar This is the very beginning of a mermaid tail blanket for my daughter. The end result will actually fold and button up into a little backpack. It's a really pretty fan design, isn't it? 2y
TheWordJar It is delightful! Lucky girl! 2y
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The Blue Castle | L. M. Montgomery
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"Don't worry, Mother," said Valancy, lightly but quite respectfully. "It isn't likely I'll do anything very terrible. But I mean to have a little fun."

"Fun!" Mrs. Frederick uttered the word as if Valancy had said she was going to have a little tuberculosis.

Suet624 😂😂 2y
shawnmooney ‼️😂😂 2y
saresmoore @shawnmooney @Suet624 This book is a delight! 2y
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saresmoore
The Blue Castle | L. M. Montgomery
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It's an unfortunate #FamilyAffair for our protagonist, Valancy. Considered to be a child at age 29 and scolded for idleness and solitude, she lives perpetually under the condescending scrutiny of her mother and cousin.

I'm just taking the time to get into this book, but I can already tell it is a gem. Montgomery's subtle humor and poetic descriptions breathe so much life into yet another wonderfully complex heroine.

#AugustGrrrl

rubyslippersreads ❤️❤️❤️ this book! 2y
saresmoore @rubyslippersreads It's wonderful! There's a good chance I'll forsake all of my responsibilities in order to finish it today. 2y
LeahBergen 👏🏻👏🏻 2y
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Jas16 Love this book sooo much! 2y
HKGirl This has always been one of my favorite LMM books! 💙 2y
saresmoore @Jas16 @HKGirl I think Emily will always be my favorite of her characters, but this book is knocking my socks off so far! 2y
Cinfhen That's a gorgeous cover 2y
saresmoore @Cinfhen They have several of her books with the cover illustration by the same artist. I'm slowly collecting them. 😊 2y
Suet624 I don't think I've ever read anything by her. Guess that will have to change. 2y
saresmoore @Suet624 I do think her work is a matter of preference. But the Emily trilogy really spoke to my soul. 2y
Suet624 Hmm. Apparently I stacked that already. So I will look for it!! 2y
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EvieBee
The Blue Castle | L. M. Montgomery
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What a dear, sweet little novel! Valancy is one of the funniest characters I've read. I would have loved being seated next to her at family dinners just to hear her witty observations. 🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹 #20BooksofSummer 13/20
*The biographical note at the end of this edition said that Montgomery had a difficult time being a minister's wife, and suffered bouts of depression and may have committed suicide. 😢

saresmoore I am slowly savoring this book now. I love her characters, but didn't know that about Ms. Lucy Maude! 2y
LizzyM This is my favorite book by L.M. Montgomery. It does not get enough love IMO😜 2y
christineandbooks I am so looking forward to reading this one by LM Montgomery! And your note at the end about her... really sad to hear that... 2y
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EvieBee @saresmoore Me either! So sad. Her books bring me joy. I was slowly savoring this too and then half way through I just raced through it. She has a way of making me do that. 2y
EvieBee @LizzyM Right? I heard about it a few years ago and immediately purchased it before all these cute editions came out. I would like to read more of her lesser known works. She wrote 500 short stories! Where are they?! 😊 2y
EvieBee @christineandbooks I hope you enjoy it. Such a treat! I can picture this as a cozy Hallmark film. 😊 2y
LondElle89 Oh!!! I read this a about a month ago. I absolutely adored it! Definitely one of my favorite reads this year. I'm so happy seeing more people reading this book. Also, so sad to know about L.M. Montgomery. I did not know that she suffered from depression. She brought so much joy to her readers. 2y
mcipher How sad! This book sounds lovely, though. I need to re-read Anne and Emily and this is on my list now, too. ❤️ 2y
Caryl This is such a wonderful book! 2y
batsy This book is one of my favourites and helped me through a difficult time. So sad about her own life. 😔 Would love to read a biography at some point. 2y
EvieBee @LondElle89 Yes! So glad they are being reissued in pretty covers. That's attention getting lol! It's so ironic because her books are so joyful and peaceful. 2y
EvieBee @mcipher Yay! I'm sure you'll love it. Now I need to get to the Emily books. 2y
EvieBee @Caryl It is!!! A favorite for sure. 2y
EvieBee @batsy I wish I had read this sooner. I can pinpoint a particular time in my life when it would have been perfect! I would love to read a good biography too! I've heard of one but it relates more to how the Anne books came about. 2y
batsy @EvieBee I was looking for some and this one sounds interesting 2y
EvieBee @batsy That sounds so good!!!! My library had this children's version. (edited) 2y
batsy @EvieBee Cute cover! It might be nice as a sort of simple biographical overview 👍 2y
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