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Linnets and Valerians | Elizabeth Goudge
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When the Linnet children run away from their strict grandmother, they just so happen to arrive on their Uncle Ambrose‘s doorstep. He “reluctantly” takes them in, and so begin their adventures—including a mysterious reclusive lady of the manor, a village witch and her cronies, some friendly and protective bees, and more than a touch of magic along the way. This was an enchanting classic children‘s book ⤵️

BarbaraJean (Cont‘d) …of the “English children having adventures in the countryside” type—one of my favorite genres! The ending resolved everything a little too quickly and neatly (I wanted clearer consequences for the villains!), but otherwise, this was a delight. This was my 1964 pick for #192025. 1d
Librarybelle Love the photo! 1d
BarbaraJean @Librarybelle Thank you! I love this quilt and the colors just match so perfectly! 10h
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The Baker Street Letters | Michael Robertson
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What happens when your place of business coincides with the infamous Sherlock Holmes Baker Street address? It could lead to a mystery!

There were parts I liked & others that fell flat. From the first page, it felt like I was reading not the first in the series…it was almost like the reader was dropped in the middle of the story with facts about the characters left out. Some are slowly revealed, but it left me feeling meh overall. #192025 #2009

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I finally took the time to update my #192025 list. I managed to complete 9 more years, for a total of 55 years for the challenge.

I‘m loving this challenge so much, as I am now to the point of researching titles to read—they‘re really not happening organically anymore. It‘s fun to discover new-to-me books!

I already read the 2010 years and am nearly complete with the 1990s and the 2000s. Still have a lot of 1930s and 1970s to read!

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Ella‘s been a SAHM most of her married life, but now the kids are old so she has gotten a job as a reader for a literary agent. The first script is Sweet Blasphemy. A book about Rumi and his spiritual companion Shams of Tabriz. Shams is a traveling dervish, and he has 40 rules for life and love, and he follows a philosophy on unity of people and religion. Not everyone agrees with this

#Turkey #foodandlit #2009 #192025

AnneCecilie I‘ve read a couple of Shafak‘s latest novels, but haven‘t loved them as much as everybody else. Maybe my expectations where too high after hearing how great they were? This one on the other hand, I didn‘t know much about and was completely swept up in the story. 5d
Librarybelle I like the cover of that edition! 5d
AnneCecilie @Librarybelle Me too 😊 5d
Texreader Great review 4d
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Letters to a Young Poet | Rainer Maria Rilke
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I‘ve encountered so many of Rilke‘s quotes on art and writing over the years, and I loved reading them in context here, along with so many other gems sprinkled throughout. There‘s so much wisdom in this slim volume of letters! This is my 1929 read for #192025.

Librarybelle Good choice! 6d
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Another belated review! This was my #BookSpin for June & my 1950 pick for #192025.

This was my first Heyer outside of a couple of her mystery novels, and it was so much fun to read! Sophy swoops into her cousins‘ home, takes stock of everyone‘s lives, and happily meddles in everything to hilarious effect. The witty dialogue and Sophy‘s deft machinations were a delight. And then the ending went a bit off the rails, but I loved it anyway!

BarbaraJean Of the books pictured above, I've only read Sophy, The Unfinished Clue, and Behold, Here's Poison. Looking forward to the rest! 6d
Librarybelle I need to read more Heyer! 6d
BarbaraJean @Librarybelle I need to check the publishing dates of these against my #192025 list! 😁 6d
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Librarybelle Yes! 5d
BarbaraJean @Librarybelle I have two winners! The Nonesuch (1962) and Black Sheep (1966) both fill years I have yet to complete. 5d
Librarybelle Hooray!! 5d
TheAromaofBooks Yay!! I quite love this one. Black Sheep is another favorite. I enjoyed The Nonesuch but not quite as much, although it's been a long while since I read it. I absolutely love Fredrica - it's one of my favorites of hers. She has a whole passel of siblings under her care and I just love the way the hero ends up falling in love with the whole family haha 5d
BarbaraJean @TheAromaofBooks I was going to read Frederica for #192025, but then The Velvet Room snuck in there for the same year! 😆 But that doesn‘t mean I won‘t read Frederica… 😁 5d
Leftcoastzen I‘ve always heard this is a good one ! 5d
CarolynM I‘ve read most of the mysteries (loved them) but I‘m only just getting started on the romances. I read The Nonesuch recently and enjoyed it but my favourite so far is 5d
BarbaraJean @CarolynM I will add that one to my list! 5d
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I'm updating the spreadsheet we use to admin the @LitsyEvents page and share all your great events/games/buddyreads/readathons/competitions, etc.

It would be a great help if you could help me out by tagging the details of your events, hosts, dates/times, info about the group/event.

Additionally, if you no longer run an event, please let me know so I can remove it from the taglist.

Please tag me @AllDebooks or @LitsyEvents #LitsyEvents


Avanders Thank you for taking this on! 🙏🏽 1w
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#Childrensclassicread2024 - I change the year at the end of the hashtag yearly - we've been going since 2019.
#SUNDAYBUDDYREAD is every Sunday since 2017. #JournalingPrompts just started this year is once a month. #litsolace with you and the quarterly seasonal card swap ... phew
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AllDebooks @TheBookHippie thank you x 1w
Librarybelle Thanks to @dabbe for reposting this so I remembered to add mine! Monthly is #LiteraryCrew , with discussion on the last day of each month. This is a read at your own pace #buddyread , with titles selected by the group and announced at the beginning of the year. The other monthly is #NancyDrewBR . The group is reading the Nancy Drew books in series order, with discussion on the 15th of each month. ⬇️⬇️⬇️ 1w
Librarybelle ⬆️⬆️⬆️ This is our last year of reading around the world, but @BarbaraBB and I are hosting #ReadingOceania24 , also listed on Storygraph, in which participants read a book set in or by an author from each of the countries in Oceania, plus Antarctica. ⬇️⬇️⬇️ 1w
Librarybelle ⬆️⬆️⬆️ I am also hosting the #192025 challenge, which has participants read one book originally published each year from 1920-2025. The challenge ends on December 31, 2025, and it began in July 2022. 1w
dabbe @Librarybelle 🩵💙🩵 1w
TheSpineView Thanks for tracking all of the events. I am sure it is a monument task! I host a variety of things. Daily is #PoetryMatters photo challenge. I cohost with @Andrew65 the #SeriesLove2024 and I believe it is the 4th year and I plan to continue it in 2025. I also host the #LitsySciFiBookClub and plan to continue as long as there is interest. I also just started #BDBBookClub #BDBBuddyRead which is in the 2nd month. This book club is reading... 1w
TheSpineView ...the Black Dagger Brotherhood series by J. R. Ward in order and will run through the entire series as long as there is interest to continue. Lastly, is the #Two4Tuesday game played every Tuesday. It is in it's fifth year with no plans to stop. 1w
AllDebooks @TheSpineView Thank you. This helps enormously x 😊 1w
AllDebooks @Librarybelle thank you x 1w
tpixie Thanks for doing this! @AllDebooks I appreciate you coordinating all of these! 1w
Cuilin So glad others have reposted this as I would have forgotten to come back and check it out. I host #BookedInTime a monthly choose your own book for the prompt, I cohost #NoPlaceLikeHolmes with @Dabbe a Sherlock Holmes, buddy read and starting in September #WhatTheDickens yearly or biannual Charles Dickens buddy read. 4d
dabbe @Cuilin ... Tag me for the #WhatTheDickens! I would love to join that! 🤩🤩🤩 (edited) 4d
AllDebooks @Cuilin thank you x Count me in for #WhatTheDickens please 😊 4d
Cuilin @dabbe @AllDebooks so glad you‘re both joining. I‘ll tag you 🩷 4d
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The Lark | E. Nesbit
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I've read and enjoyed many of Nesbit's children's books, but didn't realize that she had also written a handful of “adult“ novels (in the sense that the main characters aren't children). Like her books for younger readers, this one was full of fun and humor, with likable characters and some silly scrapes. My biggest issue was that the ending felt really abrupt. I definitely needed to know more about the futures of all these characters, and ⬇

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) kind of felt like I was left hanging in that respect. So while I enjoyed this, it didn't become my new favorite.

#192025 - 1922 @Librarybelle
#FourFoursin24 - Lupine Goldmine @lauredhel - unbelievably, this is my last slot, so I've completed this challenge already!!! I was really vibing with the prompts this year 😂
#GottaCatchEmAll - Character Gets Cozy (Dubwool) @PuddleJumper
AllDebooks I did not know this. I will have to seek them out. 2w
Librarybelle I was not familiar either with these! 2w
PuddleJumper ❤️❤️ 2w
Lauredhel Omg congrats for finishing #fourfoursin24! I still have two left 2w
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