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Guard Your Daughters | Diana Tutton
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I read 75 pages of this book before bed last night and it‘s fantastic! It reminds me of I Capture the Castle with a bit of a Little Women March family vibe thrown in (if they were wacky and mid century British). Oh, and add a bit of the Bennet sisters from Pride and Prejudice to the mixture ... with dark undertones, to boot. 😆


Andrea313 Love all things Persephone. 😍😍😍 2w
robinb Wow...that‘s quite an ambitious book!!! 😳🤣 2w
BookNAround This sounds amazing! 2w
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teainthelibrary This sounds fantastic - just put a hold on it at the library! 2w
merelybookish You had me at Capture the Castle! 💛 2w
quietjenn It's been on my proverbial to read list for ages, but this might have me actually getting to it soon! 2w
batsy I'm pretty sure I have this stacked because of you, but after this description I'm simply dying to read it 😆 2w
Aimeesue I loved this one wholeheartedly. ❤️❤️❤️ 2w
Jas16 How could I possibly not stack it after reading your description? 2w
rubyslippersreads I need this! 😊 2w
Centique Oh my lord - you couldn‘t make it sound more wonderful than that! 😍😍😍 Did you see the new Little Women movie Leah? I really enjoyed it - the characters of Laurie and Amy particularly. 2w
mklong I don‘t think you could have added anything to make me want this more! 2w
kspenmoll Sounds wonderful- all the right ingredients!! 1w
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Making of a Marchioness (Revised) | Frances Hodgson Burnett
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Seeking help to add to my #persephonebooks collection. I received a 6-month book subscription and I need to pick 6 books! Any suggestions? It‘s so hard to narrow it down! #persephone

LeahBergen Well well well... you‘ve come to the right place. 😆😆😆 What sort of novels do you like? Coming of age? Mystery? Humorous? World War I or II? Children‘s? 4w
LeahBergen Off the top of my head (if you already like the sort of book they republish), you can‘t go wrong with Someone at a Distance, Miss Buncle‘s Book (the first Persephone I read!), The Diary of a Provincial Lady, Miss Pettigrew Lives For a Day ... and I‘ll keep thinking. 😄 4w
JenniferP @LeahBergen Hmmm. I like coming of age about women, comedy of manners, quiet books that subtly reveal real-life truths. I do also like mysteries. I will admit to a little WWII fatigue at the moment, but I'd still read from that era if the book is quality. I think I'll like most of the books Persephone publishes, so I'm needing help narrowing it down! There are easily 20 in the catalog that I'm interested in on a first glance! 4w
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LeahBergen As far as “quiet life” reads, I adored 4w
LeahBergen And one that‘s a really fun pulpy mystery read is 4w
Liz_M I endorse @LeahBergen rec for Miss Pettigrew! It's charming, fun, and a 1001-book 4w
charl08 Something a bit different is Hilda Bernstein's memoir of the anti-apartheid movement and how it affected her family. 4w
BarbaraBB I loved (edited) 4w
BarbaraBB ... it‘s a real woman-coming-of-age 4w
BarbaraBB And I am personally looking forward to this one, recommended by @Reviewsbylola 4w
BarbaraBB Also I think @emilyhaldi may have some suggestions 💕 4w
Reviewsbylola When I got a subscription to Persephone, I went thru the catalogue and marked about 20 books that I thought sounded good, then I emailed Persephone the list and told them to pick from that. It was fun because it was still a surprise as to what book I would get! 4w
JenniferP @Reviewsbylola oh I love that I idea! I might do that. Thanks! 4w
emilyhaldi Omg you KNOW my first suggestion was going to be Patience 🤗 @BarbaraBB still my favorite ❤️ I also loved 4w
emilyhaldi Another good coming of age story 💕 4w
BarbaraBB @emilyhaldi Yes I did know that 🙃. I read that one because of your review. And I love your idea too @Reviewsbylola (edited) 4w
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Miss Buncle Married | D.E. Stevenson
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I loved Miss Buncle‘s Book and this sequel was an absolute delight. A new marriage, a new town, and more of the same sweetly silly but wise Barbara Buncle. And a wonderful, witty, and warmhearted way to chip away at my stack of Persephones 😁
#PersephoneBooks #persephone

Caroline2 What beautiful books!!! 😯 2mo
Kalalalatja What a collection! 😍 2mo
LeahBergen Look at all those pretty Persephones! I‘ve decided to do my own challenge next year of reading one a month (or 12 over the course of the year, at least). 2mo
elkeo_TheBookDragon @LeahBergen What a good idea! I hope to follow your lead 😁 2mo
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Time for the bookish discussion question of the day 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻! Here it is: Which thematic suggestions do you recommend?!

I don‘t know if this already happens on Litsy, but I‘m thinking of putting together a loose-knit thematic book club here for 2020. We pick our own title for that month‘s theme, theme examples: Victorian; Book Over 500 Pages; Pulitzer Prize Winner; Magical Realms; Books To Read When You‘re Sick.

More 👇🏻...


MrBook Offer suggestions here in the comments. I‘ll add them all to a bucket and randomly pull out 12, and each pick will be one month‘s theme. Make them as vague, specific, boring, or zany as you want, lol, that‘s part of the fun!

Please share with others so we can get as many suggestions from as many amazing Littens‘ minds as possible. 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻
Amiable Narrative nonfiction is my personal jam 2mo
toric Goodreads awards winners? Then you could have one from each genre 2mo
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TheReadingMermaid Books that scare you 👻 2mo
Kaylamburson Fun idea! A few suggestions: debut author, from an indie publisher, book with a punny title, a book published in the year Litsy was founded! (Was that 2015?) 2mo
LibrarianRyan Litsy award winner. Suitable for #Litsyafterdark , POC sci-fi, cyberpunk, deselpunk , read a like for... 2mo
TheSpineView A great idea! A book published the year you were born. Books with one word titles. Books that cover art won an award. Books by an immigrant author. A book in translation. Book by a minority author. Book from a ban booked list. 2mo
Andrew65 @TheReadingMermaid Pleased to see you back, you‘ve been missed. ❤️😍😘 2mo
FantasyChick I am HERE for this. Let's see.... Banned Books, Birth Year, Movie Night (books to movie), Pride (LGBTQIA rep), OWN Voices, Indie Author, Award Winners, Worst Book List, Best Book List, Strong Women, 100 Books to Read list, School Reading List Books 2mo
FantasyChick Books recommended to you, A book you've borrowed, A book outside your comfort zone, second chance authors 2mo
TheSpineView A book from the current NY Times best seller list. 2mo
TheBookHippie Feminist, Diverse, LGBTQIA, children‘s, classic, art, language, poets, required reading, countries, year, Holocaust literature, unknown classic, immigrant author,etc I‘m in. Genre to year ... 2mo
TheReadingMermaid @Andrew65 I'm so sorry I've been gone, I have something BIG in the works 😉 2mo
Bookishthoughts Love to participate! Love everyone's ideas! Maybe a traveling theme, music theme. Ooo maybe something like a CLUE theme like a dinner mystery! 2mo
Andrew65 @TheReadingMermaid I was worried about you. ❣️ 2mo
TheSpineView Here's another one... a book that made the short list for the Pulitzer but didn't win. A book set during a time of war. 2mo
TheReadingMermaid @Andrew65 I explained everything to Jason and all was well for the readathon. So sorry I worried you my friend ❤️ I am ok and I am well. Everything is going great 😊 2mo
FantasyChick Fandom, History, Non Fiction, Around the World (set in a different country), bow chicka wow wow 😏, best sellers list....ok....I'm done now lol 2mo
Andrew65 @TheReadingMermaid That‘s all I needed to hear.😁 2mo
teebe A book that made headlines, local authors, the newest book on your TBR, the oldest book on your TBR, a graphic novel, a blind date book, a book from an author that has the same first name as you 2mo
twohectobooks Sports, western, nautical, gothic, adventure, small town setting, big city setting, rural setting. I‘m still going to be busy finishing up #modernlibrarytop100 for most of 2020 but I love this idea! 2mo
AmyG Wow. You have all covered every theme imaginable! 2mo
BookwormAHN Books with animal narrators, gothic, books from the year you were born, cover buy, books with human monsters, steampunk, graphic novel, classic novel, or nonfiction about an author 2mo
Librarybelle Oh my! Every topic I can think of has already been mentioned, I think. Maybe something like a month of Tudors or cozy mysteries or a month of favorite reads... Great idea! 2mo
BookNAround A genre you‘ve never (or almost never) read before, a book in translation, a book set in a locale you want to visit, a book with a color in the title, a book from a university press, a classic you missed in school, a book with an animal narrator, a book by a local to you author, a book set where you live, a book from the local bookstore or library staff recommends display, a book set on a boat or train, a book you‘ve always wanted to read 2mo
Soubhiville Wow, what a great thread! I‘m going to note some of these to suggest for my theme bookclub next year. 2mo
Clwojick Books to read in a public location so people leave you alone. 😂😂😂😂 2mo
Bookwormjillk Books with a blue cover, books set in Australia, a book you picked by the cover, a book about food, a book about someone you dislike 2mo
ShelleyBooksie I have never given this level of thought to my book choice! 2mo
CoverToCoverGirl I say yes to all the above suggestions! What a wonderful idea! ❣️ Books that take place in a bookstore, banned books, and books with orange covers, lol. Books that are celebrating 50th and 100th year anniversaries since they were first published... the possibilities are endless! (edited) 2mo
IndoorDame Love this idea! Not sure I can suggest genres that aren‘t already on this thread, people have been pretty creative, but I‘m in 2mo
ValerieAndBooks Book by an author with a disability! With all the suggestions here, you have enough ideas for the next several years 🙂 2mo
Lynnsoprano I‘m late to the party, but here are my ideas: female sleuths; novels set in Florida (or some other specific locale); musician as a main character. I‘m sure I can think of others, but that‘s what comes to mind immediately. 2mo
Scochrane26 I like this idea! I didn‘t do a long book challenge this year but am open to one next year, esp if it‘s only one a month. (edited) 2mo
Chelleo Photobook or coffee table book? 2mo
LauraJ Start with one author, move on to an author who influenced them, and an author who influenced them, etc. 2mo
revenge4porgy How about Epileptic authors? Lewis Carroll, Dickens, Twain, Moilere, Christie? During next November? Oh, and me! Erika Abbott, author of PORGYS REVENGE 2mo
Eggs My suggestion (& one goal I‘ve never finished) to read all the Newbery winners since its inception 2mo
julesG A book set in a place that's on your bucket list. 2mo
LeahBergen #PersephoneBooks 😄 Or a book by a Canadian author 🇨🇦 Or a work of historical true crime 🪓 2mo
Cinfhen Nice idea, I‘ll be curious to see what actually gets picked! Please keep me in the loop 2mo
arubabookwoman A book by a Nobel prize winner; a book about the emigrant experience; a book set in the Caribbean; a book that is the first in a series; a fictionalized account of a true event; a book about the Vietnam war 2mo
TheReadingMermaid What wonderful ideas everyone ❤️😊❤️ 2mo
TheReadingMermaid @revenge4porgy what a wonderful idea! I don't think illnesses like that get recognized enough today but should be. What a great suggestion ❤️ 2mo
TheReadingMermaid I'm going to throw in a vote for indie authors and for books either written by or about people with mental illnesses ❤️🖤💜🧡💛💚💙💗 2mo
Andrew65 Books set in different countries or continents, books written by authors from different countries or continents, books with lead female detective, book from a new author, first book by an author, books by a particular author, books with a beautiful cover, books that should have won an award, favourite book or author, books published in a particular year or decade. (edited) 2mo
rwmg A book that was written by an author at the same age as you are now
shadowspeak17 Experimental fiction 2mo
Balibee146 Great idea.... Books that self reference themselves as a physical or eBook object, books including time travel, books that show alternate versions of history 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thanks for the tag!!! We are planning our books for 2020 #BotmBuddyRead now!! Excited for the upcoming year!! @TheBookHippie 2mo
Avanders Fun Idea!! Doesn‘t look like you need more theme ideas 😁 I‘ll try to get on @LitsyHappenings soon to repost there too so people know this is happening! 👏🏽👏🏽 (edited) 2mo
Avanders Ps I‘m *sure* this is covered, but just in case not, I‘ll throw in “speculative fiction” 😁 2mo
youneverarrived I love this idea! I‘d definitely want to join in. Looks like you‘ve got lots of good ideas already. Might have been mentioned but Women‘s Prize for Fiction winner. 2mo
Eggs Thanks for the tag Jason 🤗🤗 2mo
Eggs @revenge4porgy Hey!! Another Litsy author! How wonderful! Congratulations 🎊🎈 Our Littens are so talented👏🏻🤗👏🏻 2mo
TheBookHippie @Clwojick hahaha yes that genre!!!!! I‘m in! 2mo
TheBookHippie @Eggs oh eggs love this idea!!! Newberry ❤️ 2mo
Eggs Thanks @TheBookHippie 💕💕 2mo
Andrew65 @TheReadingMermaid Yes I love indie authors, found some great books and authors! 2mo
Andrew65 @ljuliel Hi Julie, don‘t Let the actions of 1 or 2 put you off. I‘ve loved seeing your posts and comments recently. 😊😍👍👏 (edited) 2mo
CarolynM @ljuliel Echoing @Andrew65 And as you say, you're not in middle school, so ignore people playing no speaks and just hang out with the rest of us. We missed you when you weren't around. 2mo
BarbaraBB This sounds like another great idea! I think all possible genres are mentioned for now, looking forward to the outcome. @ljuliel really? This sounds so childish. Please don‘t let it get you down, you just posted a questionnaire about things we‘re all thinking about! ❤️ 2mo
Andrew65 @ljuliel We should be able to have an open honest dialogue to make Litsy even better and encourage more use, which was what you were doing and have been succeeding in. Look at how many people have posted on your daily question. You are doing great and I really appreciate it. You only want followers of people you want to spend time talking about things. Don‘t Let this pit you off. An omelette can‘t be made without breaking some eggs. 😊😍 @CarolynM (edited) 2mo
BarbaraBB @ljuliel I have no idea what happened but please, stay. This should be a safe place for all of us! 2mo
thereadingunicorn Sound fun. When does it start ? 2mo
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Seeking Persephone | Sarah M. Eden
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My copy arrived. Yea!

#persephone #persephonebooks

ShariEstaLeando Oh, I love Persephone books, and the store! 2mo
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Despised and Rejected | A. T. Fitzroy
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My current buddy read with the darling @shawnmooney ... and it‘s fan-freaking-tastic!!


Gissy I love those editions! 3mo
andrew61 Looks like a fascinating read, definitely stacked and will try and find it. Thanks. 3mo
Reviewsbylola Damn, I wish I owned this one. I‘ll have to pick it up again if I make it to Persephone again this spring. 🤞🏻🤞🏻 3mo
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No Surrender | Constance Maud
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#booked2019 @Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraTheBibliophage
19 soldiers story - jenny clegg is truly a soldier of the suffragette army from posting herself to 10 downing st, disrupting a church service and society meal, to the brutality of treatment in prison and force feeding. I loved this bk, written in 1911 is a picture of history told with passion as it happened. This should be on the school curriculum as seems as relevant today as then.

Reviewsbylola Love Persephone. 🥰 3mo
Cinfhen 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 3mo
TrishB Only 99p on kindle - just brought after your review 👍🏻 3mo
LeahBergen #PersephoneBooks 😍😍😍 3mo
andrew61 @TrishB gosh hope you enjoy it! 3mo
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What‘s sweeter than honey? A Pettigrew #persephone #persephonebooks #anglophilesoflitsy

Aimeesue Oooh, Miss Pettigrew! I have the Persephone edition with the picture on the cover. Did those have the dove grey dust jackets too? Mine doesn't. Great find at a super price! (edited) 4mo
jillrhudy @Aimeesue It does have the jacket! And it was a gift from a colleague. She knows me well. 4mo
LeahBergen I adored this book! 4mo
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They Were Sisters | Dorothy Whipple, Celia Brayfield
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Always looking to add to my Persephone book collection and this biannual has lots of info on what's new, lengthy reviews and a chance to explore some classics in women's fiction that you may not have heard of.

#persephonebooks #thepersephonebiannually #classicbooks #classics #womensfiction #womenauthors #authors #fiction #bibliophone #collecting #bookcollections #bookworm #books #read #reading

Vain Shadow | Jane Hervey, Celia Robertson
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My current buddy-read with @shawnmooney .

I‘m really enjoying it so far (but will HE? He‘s been on a bailing streak 😬).


vivastory That's how he rolls 😂 5mo
Cathythoughts Nice pic 👍🏻♥️ 5mo
saresmoore Both the endpaper design and the title remind me of my dad. 🤔 Aside from the obvious “things I need to bring up with my therapist,” it makes me really intrigued by this book! 5mo
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Megabooks Oh @shawnmooney ! You‘ve had some memorable bails!! 😁 5mo
shawnmooney It‘s not gonna be a bail! 😂😂😂. Do you believe me? 😍 5mo
Aimeesue Pretty, pretty Persephone. ❤️ 5mo
TrishB Cool pic 👍🏻 5mo
Reviewsbylola Isn‘t he always on a bailing streak. 😆 5mo
LeahBergen @Reviewsbylola Well, he was actually on a NON bailing streak for a few weeks. He‘s back to his old self again. 😆😆 5mo
Suet624 He sure has been bailing! 5mo
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