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I picked this book based on the cover alone, and I‘m happy to say it worked out! It was told in three timelines but all centered around one English garden. It‘s so super cold here this week I enjoyed reading about a garden in bloom.

My Garden | Kevin Henkes
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Eggs Beautiful collage 🍎🌸🫑🌼 2w
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The Garden of Abdul Gasazi | Chris Van Allsburg
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Book That #BeginsWith #Garden Day 3. From my review of this book: Yet again, Chris Van Allsburg effectively played around with the boundaries of the real and the fantastical, taking the reader to an awesome surreal journey you can‘t possibly miss: https://wp.me/pDlzr-1Yo

andrew61 I had never heart of this book but it looks fascinating and your thread is illuminating. Hopefully I can find the book as I would love to read it 2w
Crazeedi Wow this looks absolutely amazing 2w
Eggs ❤️❤️ Van Allsburg❤️❤️ 2w
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Life in the Garden | Penelope Lively
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Just realised I‘m wearing pants that nearly match my book! Book lovers eventually come to resemble their books right?

vivastory This is the goal 👏📚 3w
Jeg 😂😂 3w
Nute I had to look closer at first. They go perfectly together!🙂 Hmm…what am I reading right now?😳🤣 (edited) 3w
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Ruthiella 🤣🤣🤣 3w
LeahBergen Love it! 🤣 3w
CarolynM 🤣 3w
batsy Haha, love it! What @vivastory said *glancing worriedly at copy of Crime & Punishment* 😆😆 2w
Reggie Lolol 2w
vivastory @batsy 😂 *Nervously side eyes Collected Edgar Allan Poe* 2w
Centique @batsy @Reggie @vivastory there‘s a horror story starter for you! 😂😂 2w
Cathythoughts Very good 😂😂😂.... my Christmas book still didn‘t get to you .... soon 🤞 2w
Centique @Cathythoughts you are lovely to think of me 💕 the post is terrible because fewer ships and planes are coming down to NZ than before - But it will get here eventually! 2w
Crazeedi Cover crush!! 2w
readordierachel Love this! 2w
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It's immediately apparent to me how much research went into this book. You can spend a lot of time investigating the illustrations. #gazingbooks

SolaRaynor Beautiful. 3w
mandarchy @SolaRaynor It really is a beautiful book. It reminded me of Jan Brett - she also does a lot of research before she creates. 3w
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Curious Garden | Peter Brown
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Gorgeous picture book about a boy who brings life back to his city.

SamanthaMarie We just read this one this month. It was really good!! 3w
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My second Jólabókaflód joy! Thank you so much @MittenGirlPeach for picking such a wonderful book for me - I can‘t wait to read it!, and for sending yummy s‘mores chocolate *and* beautiful pens!! I absolutely love it all!! Merry Christmas!!

MittenGirlPeach I‘m so glad you like everything! I‘ve been wanting to read that book too. Merry Christmas! 3w
BookBosomed1 Ooooo. That book cover.🥰 3w
LeahBergen Oh, lovely! 😍 3w
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Avanders @MittenGirlPeach ♥️🥰😘 @BookBosomed1 I know it‘s so inviting! 😄 @LeahBergen ☺️😘 3w
BethM That chocolate looks awesome! Merry Christmas friend! 3w
Avanders @BethM that chocolate *is* awesome .. I think it might be my favorite take on s‘mores 🤤🥰 3w
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#Top21of21. Lots of good reading this year. Loved all these books (even Matrix by Lauren Groff 😮 ).My most MOST favourites are An Episode of Sparrows; Ducks, Newburyport; The Street; Wayward, and I Am I Am I Am. Oh, and The Cazalet Chronicles and all the titles in Laurence's Manawaka series.🙂
Thanks for the tag @Ruthiella @Centique @Nute @Graywacke And thanks @Cinfhen for getting it going!

Graywacke 🦆🦆 !! And Nora Ephron was a voice. Fun list. 1mo
vivastory Wonderful list! I have Ducks on my TBR for next year 1mo
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Ruthiella I loved Ducks, Newburyport too! 🦆 🦆 1mo
merelybookish @JamieArc I meant to tag you too! 🙂 1mo
merelybookish @Graywacke Ephron is funny. And that's not easy! 1mo
merelybookish @vivastory Thanks! Ducks is totally worth the effort! 1mo
merelybookish @Ruthiella Reading Ducks is an experience! 1mo
Megabooks I am is an all time fav of mine! 1mo
LeahBergen I think I‘ll just cheat and add the Manawaka series to my list as one book 😆 1mo
merelybookish @Megabooks It was so compelling! Like from the first encounter on! 1mo
merelybookish @LeahBergen Haha, yes that was my intention too. Because they are all so good! 1mo
Graywacke @merelybookish i think I deleted my adjective before I clicked “send”. ☺️. it was a positive one. She was a special voice - Nora Ephron. 1mo
sarahbarnes Such a great list! So many of my favorites in here. ❤️ I‘m starting Wayward tonight! 1mo
Liz_M 🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆! 1mo
merelybookish @sarahbarnes Thanks! Let me know what you think of Wayward! There are some flaws but I loved the main character. 1mo
MaureenMc Fantastic list! 1mo
merelybookish @Liz_M 😄 it's like being in a club! 1mo
merelybookish @MaureenMc Thank you! Let's talk about Villy sometime! I feel like she got some redemption in the end, but I felt she was treated unfairly by the storyline. 1mo
MaureenMc @merelybookish I 100% agree re: Villy! She did have a bit of a martyr complex, but it didn‘t seem fair how all of her family essentially abandoned her. 1mo
Crazeedi I enjoyed cazelet chronicles! Nice list! 1mo
merelybookish @MaureenMc Thank you! She was made out it be such a pill and it seemed cruel..and I didn't like what happened to Diana's character either. She was having an affair but she wasn't evil but then she married Edward and becomes a witch. I really did love the series but felt the treatment of some characters was bizarre. 1mo
batsy A great list! You had a pretty wide-ranging reading year 🙌🏽 1mo
Cinfhen What a marvelous list!! I‘ve taken the screenshot so I can study up on the books I‘m not familiar with!! Thanks so much for sharing and tagging me♥️ 1mo
GatheringBooks I want to read them all! Thank you for the tag. 1mo
MaureenMc @merelybookish I‘ve heard that there‘s quite a bit of autobiographical details included in Howard‘s fiction. I wonder if Villy‘s & Diana‘s arcs contain some of those? 🤔 1mo
TheLudicReader I so admire you for reading Ducks, Newburyport. There‘s no part of me that wants to give it a go, but yay you. 1mo
merelybookish @batsy Yes, in spite of not meeting my Goodreads challenge. 😜 1mo
merelybookish @Cinfhen Thank you! And thanks again for keeping Litsy fun! 😘 1mo
merelybookish @GatheringBooks Thanks! I look forward to your list! 1mo
merelybookish @MaureenMc Interesting! Maybe I'll do some background reading. I did mean to look up reviews to see what others had said about it. 1mo
merelybookish @TheLudicReader Haha. It is a commitment to read 🦆🦆 so I understand! And I meant to tag you. 🤦‍♀️Would love to see your Top 21. 🙂 1mo
BarbaraBB That‘s some list you share here 😍 4w
HardcoverHearts What a phenomenal list!! So many of my favorites are here. 🙌🏻 4w
LitStephanie Thanks for the tag! What a great way to share our favorites to help each other find good books to try. 4w
merelybookish @HardcoverHearts Thank you! I remember you commenting when I was reading The Street. It's such an amazing novel! 4w
merelybookish @LitStephanie Yes, it's a quick way to build up your TBR! 😬 4w
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The Rough Patch | Brian Lies
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I found the audio of this on the Libby homepage, and decided to listen.

It tells the story of a fox (who i thought was a human? The audio doesn‘t make it very apparent) with a beautiful garden he‘s raised with his pet dog. It‘s pretty short, but i enjoyed it.

Elizabeth and Her German Garden | Elizabeth Von Arnim
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Well, that was completely delightful. Originally #publishedanonymously (to avoid embarrassing her husband it seems!) This is a quiet novella of daily life… of a beautiful garden, bantering with her husband, her children, and an annoying house guest. Charming, gentle and a lovely escape…. A little gem. #pop21 Just 2 to go!!!

Cinfhen Cover looks delightful 😁book sounds lovely 1mo
Cathythoughts Gorgeous cover ❤️ 1mo
MaureenMc And the ebook with this “cover” is $1.99. *click* 😁 1mo
BarbaraBB That cover is 👌🏽! You‘re on a roll. You are almost there I guess! 1mo
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