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Booksnchill

Joined August 2017

Good wine, engaging with books and Whiskey the wire haired dachshund- that's my chill! 🐾🍷🎨
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Feral Creatures: A Novel by Kira Jane Buxton
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Still Life | Sarah Winman
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Well, I fell in love with Florence in 2004 and have returned twice since then as it is a place that never leaves my soul. Like character Evelyn Skinner, I first spent a month in Florence studying art and exploring and that trip was a gift. Still Life is a beautifully quiet book with love and found family and the beauty that is enduring friendship, enduring love and Florence. Read it when you need to feel a connecting love and you will find it.5⭐️

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The Comforters | Muriel Spark
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Taking a cue from my best reads of 2021 I have decided my big challenge for 2022 is to complete Muriel Spark‘s Novels/novellas. I need to read 16 and I am trying to go chronologically by publication date. This is number 1- I recommend this as a challenge as she remains in print and her novels are relatively short but so much fun. As an ancillary also reading Barbara Pym and Nancy Mitford- hooray 2022!

LeslieO What a great challenge! I was doing Anita Brookner a couple years ago but stalled. 7mo
Booksnchill @LeslieO Brookner is very much in line with what I am enjoying- read my first Brookner last year and loved it! (edited) 7mo
LeahBergen I need to read some more Muriel Spark! I think I‘ve only read two? Memento Mori and The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie. 7mo
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Booksnchill @LeahBergen strangely those are 2 of the most read but not in my top for her- try The Abbess of Crewe or The Driver‘s Seat- she can be very salty and just plain bizarre and I love that! 7mo
LeslieO @Booksnchill in addition to Pym another one I enjoy is Mary Wesley, I love all her books and would love to do Reread. @LeahBergen those are also the only ones I‘ve read by Spark. 7mo
Booksnchill @LeslieO was Chamomile Lawn a movie as well? I think I have seen that. 7mo
LeslieO @Booksnchill it was a movie! 7mo
LeahBergen @Booksnchill Thanks! I‘m putting those on my list! I pick them up when I see them at book sales. The others I have on my shelf are The Girls of Slender Means, Far Cry From Kensington, Aiding and Abetting, and The Only Problem. 7mo
LeahBergen @LeslieO I buy Anita Brookner whenever I find her in my book scavenging outings. 😆 I‘ve yet to read Mary Wesley but I‘ve picked up three at book sales. This may be the year! 7mo
batsy That sounds lovely! I've been meaning to read Pym chronologically but have been putting it off. And I'm pretty sure it was @shawnmooney who gave me that idea 🙂 7mo
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Matrix | Lauren Groff
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Set in the 12th century the story follows Marie de France and her removal to an abbey by Eleanor of Aquitane. Full of the triumph of the feminine overcoming the poverty and dismissal of all things female, this book is more lyric tale than narrative. Short and clearly well researched it was only a 3⭐️ for me although I suspect I am in the minority.

EliNeedsMoreShelves I also felt kinda meh about this one. 7mo
Ruthiella You are not alone. I disliked it. 7mo
Tamra This was a so-so for me too. 7mo
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Booksnchill @EliNeedsMoreShelves @Ruthiella @tamra @britt_brooke I have gone and looked at reviews from others and see that this is not an uncommon reaction. This was my first Groff and I read it because the subject and length appealed- oh well. 7mo
britt_brooke @Booksnchill I‘m happy you saw my review! It was my first Groff, too. Interesting premise, and beautiful writing, but couldn‘t hold my attention. (edited) 7mo
Tamra @Booksnchill I was really looking forward to it - the premise was intriguing! But it felt sorta of flat or mono dimensional. Hard to put my finger on it. 7mo
Booksnchill @Tamra agreed, like there was an agenda I was not following. 7mo
EliNeedsMoreShelves @Booksnchill I felt like the author was purposefully holding readers at a distance from the story. Like, she left the facts in but took out all the emotion. 7mo
Booksnchill @EliNeedsMoreShelves a very interesting observation- I love the way people have considered this book and not just dismissed it. I found the large leaps of time left me thinking the best bits of Marie were perhaps found there? 7mo
EliNeedsMoreShelves @Booksnchill I very much understand this. I will say that Groff certainly left me with the urge to learn more about Marie, if nothing else. 7mo
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Highland Fling | Nancy Mitford
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As I discovered from my reading list in 2021, I enjoy modern classics written by women so decided to read this first novel of Nancy Mitford. Like much of her work it is a satire of her own “set” and family. Clearly a first novel but still a good eye for characterization and for skewering pretensions- here the gentry, old peers, bright young things, those of artistic sentiment and couples who are “poor but blissful”. Only 3⭐️ from me but a fun read

LeahBergen I still have this Mitford to read. 😊 7mo
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To anyone who loves trees and nature writing, David George Haskell will be well known. I discovered him in 2020 with a readalong of The Songs of Trees and this is a more compact version of the biography of 13 trees (and tree products like those pine scented car fresheners and paper used in books) that speak to his scent memory. It is a lovely renewal of a book- it has companion violin pieces and activities so take yourself out and smell a tree5⭐️

Simona Sounds very interesting! 7mo
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Mrs. March: A Novel | Virginia Feito
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5⭐️ thanks to @mklong for this great #jolabokaflod read! I don‘t want to say too much as this is one you just need to flow along with. I will say that the writing is precise, descriptive and not overdone. A gem of a novel and quite an ending!

Cathythoughts Great picture 👏👏👏 7mo
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Mrs. March: A Novel | Virginia Feito
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@mklong Katie thank you so much for the book I most wanted to read tonight and a signed copy! The chocolates will be devoured and the wrapping was so lovely- everything was so lovely! I hope you have an excellent night of reading as well! Thank you @MaleficentBookDragon for another wonderful swap!

rubyslippersreads I didn‘t realize until I saw this photo how festive the cover of Mrs. March is. 7mo
LeahBergen Aww, lovely! 😍 7mo
mklong Oh I am so glad you like it! Merry Christmas! 7mo
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The Summer Book | Tove Jansson
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2021 top reads- apparently a year of reading classics by women and non fiction about women. @britt_brooke

britt_brooke Nice!! 8mo
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The Christmas Swap | Sandy Barker
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@mklong the #Jolabokaflod package has arrived! Thanks so much! @MaleficentBookDragon

mklong Yay! And cute mug! 8mo
merelybookish That mug is adorable! 8mo
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Seven Days of Us | Francesca Hornak
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Well OK then. I got this book in 2017 as I knew it took place over Christmas and I love a Christmas, british novel. Finally, 4 years later I read it. It is about a family in quarantine after the daughter, working for the WHO battling a virus in Liberia, comes home and puts the whole family in a 7 day quarantine. In 2017 I would not have known about PPE or quarantine and this would have been a different book altogether. 4⭐️ wow did this resonate!

Texreader Holy cow, what a coincidence you inadvertently saved it until now 8mo
Booksnchill @Texreader when I started it and realized the premise I was stunned myself! 8mo
AmyG I read this before Covid and forgot about it. Still enjoyed it. I can only imagine reading it now. 8mo
Booksnchill @AmyG i think it was probably a whole new level of realism! 8mo
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The Christmas Swap | Sandy Barker
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@MaleficentBookDragon my #JolabokaflodSwap is on its way!!!!🎄📚

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Christmas Books | Charles Dickens
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The excellent #Jolabokaflodswap is back hosted by @MaleficentBookDragon I recommend this lovely low key swap- sign up until November 18 and spread the love of books and chocolate at Christmas!!!🎄📚

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It‘s that time- The Raven speaks.

Leftcoastzen Great photo! Nice edition. 9mo
Booksnchill Thanks- my original from the 70‘s 9mo
LeahBergen Happy Birthday! 📚❤️📚❤️ 9mo
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Feral Creatures: A Novel | Kira Jane Buxton
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S.T. is back and the birds are watching over the last MoFo. Such a good time to return to the land of S.T. Even if Dennis is only a sweet memory🦉🦅

britt_brooke Aw, Dennis. 💚 11mo
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I am following the Literati Atlas Obscura bookclub and July‘s pick was Ghostland. Much more a social commentary on what our ghost stories and haunted places actually signify- the retelling of a community‘s story, fiction to alter reality- a recognition of damage done and the need to explain it. I came to this book thinking I was going to read some ghostly tales- and I did, just not the paranormal ones I was expecting- spookier! 4⭐️

TuesdayReviews I read something a while back that denigrated ghost tours as kitschy tourist traps that should be avoided and I thought, “No, ghost stories are super important pieces of local culture!” 12mo
Booksnchill @TuesdayReviews if you haven‘t read this book then you should- it expresses that very well! 12mo
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5⭐️ As I expect from author Walter Isaacson, this is full of science, even handed portrayals yet what presents as honest assessments of the amazing breakthrough work in Gene editing. Read this and inform yourself about the pandemic, the science behind the vaccines and the implications for our future. Isaacson focuses on Jennifer Doudna, nobel prize winner and leader in the Crispr technology that became so vital over the last year. Great read!

Hooked_on_books While I‘m thrilled he wrote this, I‘m disappointed that it took until 2021 for him to publish a book profiling a woman. 1y
Leftcoastzen Love your bobblehead! 1y
Booksnchill @Hooked_on_books valid point certainly 1y
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Booksnchill @Leftcoastzen isn‘t he awesome? He sits on my shelf next to my crocheted Bernie in mittens 1y
Graywacke A Fauci doll !! ❤️ 1y
Booksnchill @Graywacke I enjoy his presence on my bookshelves! 1y
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The Abbess of Crewe | Muriel Spark
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The blurb says this is a morality tale where fact can be “swallowed up in the sublimities of myth”. Crewe is England and the blurb writer says “it is certain to bring acute pangs of recognition and knowing laughter to every American”. Written in 1974 - I confess a love for Muriel Spark and this American laughed but the recognition is probably for every nation that strives for their myth to triumph. 4⭐️

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Got this signed edition from #ParnassusBooks after attending a virtual event where Walter Isaacson was interviewed by John Meacham- read it! Want to know how the Covid Vaccine got done? Well here is the timely story of Crispr and genetic engineering- fascinating! Happy Easter all!

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My Libby hold came in for this book- the next in my “creativity reads” project. I have been fascinated to read this since I heard the author talk- premise: you don‘t have to master everything, the learning itself is the point. Whew! What a relief!

charl08 Love this idea. 1y
squirrelbrain Sounds great - stacked! 1y
Booksnchill 👍 1y
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Exciting Times | Naoise Dolan
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If you are a fan of Sally Rooney you will enjoy this. I am not. Good narrator on audio. This is my second book completed from the #WomensPrizeLongList and so far #Piranesi is far ahead. 3⭐️

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@Catsandbooks Thank you Thank you for the perfect Valentine‘s Box!!! This is the book I hoped I would get and the dark chocolate Dove truffles and cutie pie Chocolate puppy and bookmark of “all the feels” are all just 100% exactly me!!! Thank you so much for everything and I hope your Day is just as special!💖💖💖💖💖😍Thanks to @candority for organizing this will be an every year swap for me!!! Happy Valentine‘s Day Littens🥰

candority Those Dove chocolates look so fancy! 😍 Happy Valentine‘s Day! 💕 1y
Mitch I‘m looking forward to that book too. Hope it‘s good. Enjoy xx 1y
Booksnchill @Mitch It was also the book I gave my swap match so I think many Littens are wanting to read it- I confess I didn‘t love her last book but I have high hopes for this one! 1y
Mitch @Booksnchill I saw that come up on your timeline ! 🤣. I‘ve not read anything by her - so maybe that‘s good! 1y
Catsandbooks So glad you like everything! Happy Valentine's Day! ❤️💖 1y
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Selected this audiobook for a Black History Month focused read and it is a corker! Eunice Carter was a female prosecutor in NYC in the 1930s who helped take down Lucky Luciano- I had no idea! The first 1/3 of the book covers her parents who were highly accomplished and world travelers- before that was a popular thing to do in the US. This is fascinating and the narrator is excellent! Can‘t wait to hear the rest of the story- told by her grandson.

Hooked_on_books I‘ve read a couple of his fiction books. He‘s a great writer. I highly recommend 2y
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Valentines | Ted Kooser
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It has arrived @Catsandbooks . Can‘t wait! Thanks for hosting @candority 💖💖💖🎁

candority Woohoo! 💘 2y
Catsandbooks Wow that was quick! Glad it arrived! 2y
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Thanks to @britt_brooke for this Christmas gift. I really enjoyed reading short stories in January and this is 7 short stories and a novella dealing with many aspects of race, being female under a male gaze, and my favorite, the titular novella - oh if there were such a government department to certify truth - but at what cost to delusion and hatred based on lies- and whose lies? Thought provoking - 1/2 were 4⭐️ for me- a good collection.

britt_brooke Nice review! Happy you liked this! 2y
Booksnchill 😘👍 2y
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Valentines Day | Julie Murray
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@candority #BookCupidSwap Package sent via UPS today!!! Book Llve on it‘s way to Pennsylvania!💖💖💖💖💖🎁

candority Awesome! 💕 2y
Judybskt I have a box just like that!! 2y
Booksnchill @Judybskt it is a good sturdy mailing box! 2y
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Next up this lovely Christmas swap gift from @britt_brooke Look how pretty the naked hardcover is under the jacket! Ready to dive right in!🥰

britt_brooke Oh, it‘s so pretty! 🤩 I love those nice surprises. Btw, I just finished this last night. Hope you enjoy! 2y
Booksnchill @britt_brooke well I was going to tell you I‘d send it to you once I have read it but you are too quick for me!!! 2y
britt_brooke @Booksnchill When I bought it for you, I put it on hold at the library. 🤪 2y
Booksnchill @britt_brooke great minds! 2y
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Hons and Rebels | Jessica Mitford
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This was my Classics read for December but I got sidetracked. I finished in a couple of days recently and loved this, my second read from the Mitford sisters. It follows “Little D” Jessica Mitford from her childhood with the “Revereds” through to the beginning of WW2 and marriage to her cousin, Churchill‘s nephew Esmond. The second 1/2 of the book was much more engaging and was an interesting take on America/England circa 1940 for a certain set.

Reviewsbylola I loved this one! The Mitfords fascinate me. 2y
Booksnchill Me too! Plan to read all of the books- I think Love in a Cold Climate is up next! 2y
andrew61 Can I recommend https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000qy4c it is a radio 4 programme i listened to as a podcast today. I found it fascinating and definitely will read this soon. 2y
Booksnchill @andrew61 thanks- always love those BBC radio programs and podcasts! Keep those recommendations coming!💖 2y
andrew61 @Booksnchill 🙂 enjoy. 2y
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Wow- a low key one book and candy swap for Valentine‘s Day! I am in! Go to @candority to sign up by January 10 and Get something fabulous for Valentine‘s Day while doing the same for others! Win Win and only adds one book to my almost ready to topple tbr😂😂😂😂🤪 #BookCupidSwap

candority Thanks for sharing! 🥰 2y
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For the Love of Dachshunds | Robert Hutchinson
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Whiskey says Happy New Year!!! #dogsoflitsy 🥂🥃

SheReadsAndWrites 🥰🐶 2y
Allietaylor16 He‘s so cute!!!! 2y
mom2bugnbee WHISKEY!!! 😍 2y
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Traci1 My 5 year old was watching over my shoulder as I was scrolling Litsy. When I got to your post he gasped and said "whoever posted that speaks dog?!?" ? 2y
Booksnchill @Traci1 I adore that- Thanks for posting his lovely comment! 2y
Booksnchill @Allietaylor16 They are loves aren‘t they! Hank is adorable! 2y
Booknerd2 Happy New Year, Whiskey!💜💜💜 2y
mrp27 Happy New Year! 2y
bnp Happy New Year, Whiskey.🐕🌹😆 2y
Bookzombie Happy New Year!! 2y
Booksnchill @mrp27 Happy 2021 to us all!!! 2y
Booksnchill @bnp Happy New Year!!!🎆 2y
Booksnchill @Bookzombie Happy 2021 to us all- 💥 🍾 2y
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Swann's Way | Marcel Proust
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Here are my top reads of 2020 with the tagged book standing in for the 7 volumes of #Proust2020 year long read. Interesting reading year for me with several top reads published well before 2020 but these are the ones that will stay with me- most of the many 2020 published books I purchased I did not read- time to get to those in 2021 as apparently I need to stare at a book on my shelves for awhile🤷‍♀️ Anyway these are the top of 2020.

BarbaraBB So many good ones. Did you finish Proust within the year? That is so impressive! It took me three years 😃 2y
candority I wanted to read Ducks, Newburyport all year but I‘m so intimidated by it. Maybe I‘ll finally pick it up in 2021 2y
Booksnchill @BarbaraBB I did finish it but switched back and forth between the audio and physical books when I was walking or on long drives- It was excellent to listen to when walking along my own “Stones River Way”! 2y
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Booksnchill @candority I loved it but parceled it out in 60 page blocks and took several weeks to finish it- not that it was slow or boring but simply I like to read several books at a time and I couldn‘t really drag a 1100 page book with me everywhere! Hope you give it a go when you are ready- Happy 2021! 2y
BarbaraBB That sounds fantastic indeed! 2y
candority I may have to try breaking it into blocks as well 😊 2y
lauraisntwilder I just read Earthlings. It was wild! So different from Convenience Store Woman and yet so similar. 2y
Booksnchill @phyhill i was unsure about it as I read it but it has 100% stayed with me- I agree different from CSW but absolutely the same author! 2y
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Time Regained | Marcel Proust
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Well 2020 came to a close and so did my year long Immersion in Proust. There is an article from the New York Times that I found recently written by another reader who experienced the “plague year” reading Proust and finding, much as I did, that he was an excellent companion bringing diversion, observation and reflection in a way that resonated with me this year. I will miss him but I am sure I will return - if just to passages, for his language

LeahBergen Brava! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 (and what a beautiful teacup and saucer!) 2y
Booksnchill @LeahBergen Thank you- I got those in London back when there was travel! 2y
TheBookHippie I got through 1-4 hoping to finish as soon as I can get the rest. 🤍👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼to you!! 2y
rubyslippersreads Quite an accomplishment (and quite a teacup)! 😊 2y
KarouBlue Very well said! 2y
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A Christmas favorite as illustrated by Quentin Blake- Emily begins thanking Edward ever so properly when she receives a partridge in a pear tree on December 25- the next 11 days bring about a decidedly cooler response! I love this little Christmas treasure! 5⭐️

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Educated: A Memoir | Tara Westover
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Thank you @Sharpeipup for the lovely pillow dark chocolates and memoir- I actually listened to this on audio when it came out but it is lovely having a copy! Thank you so much for your thoughtfulness! Happy #JolabokaflodSwap @MaleficentBookDragon

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#Jolabokaflodswap I received my package from someone in Florida-hooray- now to hide it from myself until Christmas Eve!!!
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Sharpeipup Good idea! 2y
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Listening to Nigel Slater read all about the Christmas windows in London and making mince pies I decided I needed to do a wintery pastel. Love this season!🤶🌲☃️🌬

4thhouseontheleft Did you paint this? It is beautiful!! 👩🏻‍🎨 2y
Booksnchill I did- it is a pastel on paper. Thanks so much🥰 2y
mom2bugnbee @4thhouseontheleft She is extremely talented! 2y
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AmyG You painted this? It‘s just beautiful. 2y
Booksnchill @AmyG thanks so much- glad you like it🥰 2y
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Wow - I love this!! 2y
Booksnchill @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled so nice of you to say so- thanks! 2y
britt_brooke Beautiful! You are so talented, Rebecca! 2y
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#JolabokafludSwap @MaleficentBookDragon Sent to Colorado Springs today!🤶🎄🍄

Booksnchill @Nute so glad it arrived!!! 2y
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Anyone else follow the tradition of reading this beautiful book from November to February 2- also, start the podcast listening on December 1 for the run up to Christmas- such a joy!☃️🎄

LeahBergen I‘m reading it right now, too. 😊 2y
Booksnchill @LeahBergen It makes me want to travel and experience Christmas in the UK and Germany! 2y
KarouBlue There‘s a podcast?!?!?! 🤯 ♥️ 2y
Booksnchill @MellieAntoinette yes- just 4 episodes but it is lovely. Called The Christmas Chronicles- hope you can find it! 2y
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Hons and Rebels | Jessica Mitford
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My November “classics” read is back to the Mitford sisters- this time Jessica on her family. This promises to be quite rebellious!
Happy Fall reading Littens and Stay safe and well📚🍁🍂🐿

Reviewsbylola I read this one recently and really enjoyed it. I have a huge crush on the Mitford family. 2y
Booksnchill @Reviewsbylola i am also watching movies and documentaries on Youtube about them. Read the third of Jessica Fellowes‘ Mitford Mysteries but not mad about them. Loved Wigs on the Green! 2y
LeahBergen I can‘t get enough of those Mitfords ❤️❤️ 2y
Booksnchill @LeahBergen they certainly help 2020!!! 2y
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#Proust2020 finished this last month and am almost finished with The Fugitive (they are usually bundled together as V. 5) but have had to go to a new edition as these delux ones only go to this book. In this volume Albertine says “Oh, Marcel” so I guess our narrator is named. I will admit Albertine gets on my nerves but the writing is still brilliant and we are nearing the end of this obsession and I don‘t go to Proust for plot. Stay well!

TheBookHippie I‘m getting there!!! 🤍🤞🏻 I do enjoy this slower pace .. need to purchase the next book. 2y
BarbaraBB Is his name only mentioned just yet? I can‘t remember not knowing it. And I loved the parts about Albertine. She‘s something else 😃 2y
Booksnchill @BarbaraBB from what I can gather everyone knows it is Marcel Proust but the name is not mentioned. I enjoyed Albertine for about 200 pages in this book- Perhaps I am more annoyed with Marcel about Albertine?😉 2y
Booksnchill @TheBookHippie we forge onward along the Proust Way! 2y
BarbaraBB Oh yes, Marcel is super annoying regarding Albertine, though that‘s what I enjoyed a lot, that jealousy! And you are probably right about the mentioning of his name, I just didn‘t notice that it wasn‘t mentioned until that late in the series! 2y
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My favorite and only swap of 2020!!! Thank you @MaleficentBookDragon for hosting this again! I highly recommend this low key, meaningful swap honoring a great tradition of reading on Christmas eve!!!

Cathythoughts Just signed up too. I love this tradition ❤️ 2y
Booksnchill Me too! I kept watching to make sure I didn‘t miss the sign up! 2y
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I have intended to read this classic, set in one day, Dia De Los Muertos in 1938 at the Fiesta at Chapultepec. This writing is descriptive, full of the tragic despair of Mexico and the breakdown of the 20th century colonialism as envisioned through the descent of “TheConsul” into drunken release. This sounds dismal and I had avoided it for this reason but I flew through it- it is a masterwork full of symbolic myth and truth. 5⭐️

LeahBergen Happy Birthday! 📚📚📚 2y
Booksnchill Thank you! (edited) 2y
SamAnne I have this on my TBR list for December. 2y
Booksnchill @SamAnne it is so beautifully written 2y
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#HappyHalloween #GhostStories Happy Halloween all you Ghouls and Goblins! Here‘s wishing you a Spooky and healthy All Souls Day!

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Enjoying the evening watching RJ Jacobs, Joe Hill and Paul Tremblay in conversation on the Southern Festival of Books Youtube (next 2 weeks check out the schedule online) and starting my October classics read Edith Wharton‘s Ghost Stories🎃

KathyWheeler Joe Hill! ❤️ 2y
Booksnchill @KathyWheeler you should check it out on youtube! 2y
dylanisreading Sounds fun! I like that Paul Tremblay included his pronoun with his name. 2y
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Utopia Avenue | David Mitchell
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The lyrics, the music, the war, the drugs, the Haight, the Summer of Love, The Grateful Dead, the Eight of Cups, the Third Planet, the end. Wow- to a child brought up by her mother on this time, San Francisco in the 1960s, the music - it is all here- plus David Mitchell‘s time and space bending characters from here and now and then and yet to come. I loved this and it felt like the story of a real band in a real place. Mitchell does not disappoint

Leftcoastzen Nice review! 2y
Booksnchill @Leftcoastzen thanks- hard to boil down but I wanted to give the flavor! 2y
Prairiegirl_reading Sounds awesome! 2y
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Booksnchill @Prairiegirl_reading i have come to expect certain things from Mitchell and I haven‘t been disappointed yet! 2y
Prairiegirl_reading @Booksnchill I‘ve never read anything by him. Cloud atlas scared me off but this one sounds very interesting. 2y
Booksnchill @Prairiegirl_reading I would recommend reading at least The Bone Clocks before this one as they relate to one another. This is a more accessible read in some ways I agree. 2y
tjwill Great review! I‘ve loved reading Mitchell with you! I should finish it this weekend! 2y
Booksnchill @tjwill i was trying not to spoil in case you weren‘t done- I just powered through- I think the last few “sides” were my favorite part. Mitchell‘s lyrics would make some good songs! I feel as if after 4 Mitchell books we have a Mitchell bond! I will be interested to see if you and I have the same idea of some potential recurring characters from this one! 2y
tjwill @Booksnchill Intriguing! I agree—about the Mitchell bond and that I‘d love to have an album of the songs! 2y
Prairiegirl_reading @Booksnchill good to know thanks!! 2y
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Sodom and Gomorrah | Marcel Proust
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Well, it is August 2020 and how the world has changed since I started reading Proust. Finished Volume 4 and we are steeped in the narrator‘s encounters with the gay men of fashion in Paris. Mssr Charluese in particular who pursues one does not believe for lust but for attention and devotion. Society is more in evidence in its pettiness and the narrator falls in and out of obsession- finally the last sentence “I must marry Albertine.” On to V.5.

TheBookHippie Just finished four!!! Now ... I have to buy 5!! 2y
Booksnchill @TheBookHippie awesome- 5 is the last one I have so will need to get the final book in a different translation as the Penguin has only gotten to 5. How do you like it in this age of pandemic? I find it comforting. 2y
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Wigs on the Green | Nancy Mitford
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Well I am a fan of PG Wodehouse and this, my first Nancy Mitford book was a delighful Wodehousian romp! What a cast of characters and farce- I am told this is not one of her top 3 books but I enjoyed every minute! Heiresses and suitors and batty peers building nests in trees and the Union Jackshirts- clearly a farce with Oswald Mosely and Unity Mitford very losely fictionalized! This was my TBR”classics” read for this month and 4⭐️

LeahBergen I‘m looking forward to this one! 2y
Booksnchill @LeahBergen I was laughing out loud- but I find british farce very funny! Hope you enjoy it! 2y
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Mordew | ALEX. PHEBY
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How beautiful is this! I am a monthly supporter of Galley Beggar Press an independent press in the UK who I discovered when they published Ducks, Newburyport. Look at this fab signed bookplate and how beautiful is this cover artwork?💖

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Utopia Avenue | David Mitchell
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I love books where historical characters appear and interact. David Mitchell is bringing to life the London scene in the 60s and 70s and I am loving it! Above is a Francis Bacon painting “The Bull” ala Picasso. I saw a show at the Picasso Museum in Paris with Bacon and Picasso side by side and remember it still- I believe there was some Velasquez as well and you can see both influences in Bacon‘s work- messy, just like Utopia Avenue. #Buddyread

SamAnne Waiting for my hold to come in at the library! 2y
tjwill I‘m behind, but I‘ll catch up this weekend! 2y
Booksnchill @tjwill an old friend comes “knocking”! 2y
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tjwill @Booksnchill I can‘t wait! I love those parts! 2y
tjwill @Booksnchill Sorry I‘m falling so far behind. Back-to-school has been killing me. Where are you now? I‘m going to try to catch up in the next couple days. Don‘t hesitate to finish without me if you are far ahead! 2y
Booksnchill @tjwill no worries I am at next section but I was trying to stay on track as I have a trial next week and doubt I will be reading anything else so you have extra time! I have 2 big sections left which I think is right on time for 4 weeks in. Take your time- btw glad we read bone clocks or section 4 would be a head scratcher! 2y
tjwill Ok, I plan to get to there in the next week then. I‘ll keep Bone Clocks in mind as I read section 4. I‘m at the beginning of it right now (a few pages into Nightwatchman). Good luck with the trial! 2y
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Well this was a surprise- on audio read by Ronan Farrow - I am 50% in and it is a great story and very Watergate-like reporting from Farrow who has impressed me. Worthy of all the reporting prizes and just such an engaging and fast paced story- Highly recommend this on audio!

Hooked_on_books I agree! I loved the audio. 2y
Booksnchill @Hooked_on_books i mean so very good! I am amazed at the reporting that went i to this story and glad I didn‘t read it until after Weinstein was found guilty and sentenced! 2y
Hooked_on_books For sure. It would‘ve been agonizing to read before his verdict. Some of the stuff in there is stranger than fiction. It‘s unbelievable what some of these powerful men will do to try to protect their bad deeds. 2y
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Utopia Avenue | David Mitchell
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Well, part 1 completed and I guess this has a bit of the magical along with the straight(er) fiction of Black Swan Green. I was born in the 60‘s and my mom was well and truly a Woodstock hippie so this time period is dear to me- the references sent me to my vinyls (perhaps it will later send me to my mom‘s collection) to see if I could get a picture for the referenced musicians- Bowie on deck. And who is Knock-knock-knocking??? @tjwill

AmyG I was born in 1958. So I am just loving this book. I get a laugh at the YES, Rick Wakeman name drops. He had an album “Jouney to the Center of the Earth” which I listened to alot. So YES....this is a very fun book. (edited) 2y
Booksnchill @AmyG YES! I look forward to more name drops! 2y
tjwill I loved the Bowie scene! And Little Richard! 2y
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tjwill One of the things I love about the alternating points of view is that, while it‘s still in 3rd person, it really takes on the personality of the band member for that section. I especially loved Jasper‘s chapter in the first section, and I loved the dynamic of him and Mecca. And based on his references in this part, I really need to read 2y
Booksnchill @tjwill i agree Cloud Atlas and de Zoet move up the list! The Little Richard stage show scene was wonderful! 2y
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