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CarolynM

Joined May 2016

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The Pursuit of Love | Nancy Mitford
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I've lost count of how many times I've read this book and it still makes me laugh. Delightful. Thank you @LeeRHarry for the impetus for this reread. I'm off to get Love in a Cold Climate off the shelf. I need Lady Montdore and Cedric now.

LeeRHarry Anytime 😊 10h
Cathythoughts Fabulous cover ❤️ 9h
IndoorDame Such a lovely edition! 4h
erzascarletbookgasm Gorgeous cover! Is it a Folio? 4h
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@TrishB Your parcel has arrived at last! I'm very much looking forward to the book and I'm delighted to have more yummy Kendall Mint Cake. Thank you so much, I really appreciate it.😘

Crazeedi That book is so excellent, unlike any book I read this year 1d
AmyG It‘s SO good. 1d
TrishB Yay! Nearly 6 weeks later. I hope you enjoy the book 🤞🏻😘 1d
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erzascarletbookgasm I look forward to your thoughts on the book 👍. And is that really a cake 🍰? 🧐 24h
Cathythoughts I enjoyed this book 👍🏻 cake looks interesting 😋 21h
LeahBergen Lovely! What a great card (and I‘m still fascinated by the idea of that mint cake). 19h
CarolynM @TrishB It's had so much Litsy love, I'm pretty sure I'll like it. Thank you again💕 10h
CarolynM @erzascarletbookgasm It's basically a block of sugar strongly flavoured with peppermint. My family fell in love with it on a trip to the UK a few years ago. I haven't found anywhere to buy it in Australia. 10h
CarolynM @LeahBergen @Cathythoughts You should try it, it's delicious😋 10h
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Here's my #Bookspin list for December. Thanks Sarah😘
@TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 3d
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#BookReport for November. Not a great reading month for quantity but not bad for quality. Love and Virtue was the best for the month and one of the very best for the year.
@Cinfhen

Cinfhen Ohhhh, I‘m not familiar with that book - will go & investigate 🔬 ♥️How are things going for you guys?? Hope you‘re doing well! 3d
CarolynM @Cinfhen It's a new release #ozfiction and it's seriously good. All good here, we are restriction free (for the double vaxed) at last although like everyone else we're wondering what will happen with this new variant. Hope all is well with you too😘 3d
Cathythoughts Looks like a good month 👍🏻❤️ 3d
Cinfhen Yay!!!! So glad to hear you‘re out and about 🥳🥳🥳 3d
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State of Terror: A Novel | Louise Penny, Hillary Rodham Clinton, To Be To Be Confirmed Simon & Schuster
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Quick, easy and fun read. I kept seeing Tea Leoni rather than Hillary, but that was ok😆 I'll be discussing this with my book group tomorrow night, should be good.

TrishB I enjoyed this one too 👍🏻 4d
LapReader Enjoy your night out. Your parcel has arrived and I am super excited xo 4d
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The Pursuit of Love | Nancy Mitford
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I first encountered Nancy Mitford's books via the 1980 TV series Love in a Cold Climate which combined the stories of that book and this one (The Pursuit of Love). It left a deep impression and I can't read these books without seeing and hearing those actors. Uncle Matthew in this illustration from my Folio edition looks enough like Michael Aldridge to make me happy.
@LeeRHarry

LeeRHarry Great illustration 😊 5d
LeahBergen I haven‘t watched ANY of the series or movies (and it‘s one of my favourite books)! 5d
batsy @LeahBergen Same! I need to remedy this 😆 5d
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LeahBergen @batsy That‘s just what I was thinking! 5d
MaureenMc That illustration is amazing! 5d
CarolynM @LeeRHarry @MaureenMc Folio books are always well illustrated, but I particularly like the style in these books🙂 4d
CarolynM @LeahBergen @batsy I've only watched the 1980 one. I think it's so perfect I don't want to spoil it with later versions. 4d
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Easy reading #Romantsy that I enjoyed but I miss the spark of Lily Morton's first few books. Not yet in the Listy database.

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Spent a peaceful weekend on the shores of Lake Eildon with some bird friends. The book was pleasant and undemanding although I wish it had more depth to its treatment of one of its plot lines. #ozfiction

mabell 😍😍 6d
squirrelbrain Lovely pictures Carolyn. Sounds like a great break! 6d
Centique Oh those birds are beautiful! 6d
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MrsMalaprop Lovely. How nice to be able to get away! 🤗 6d
Cathythoughts Sounds like a lovely time 💫 6d
LeahBergen That sounds like an amazing weekend! 😘 6d
LapReader Bliss! 6d
TrishB Looks lovely ♥️ 6d
Hooked_on_books Gorgeous pictures! 6d
merelybookish Beautiful! 6d
erzascarletbookgasm Great pics of the birds! 😍 6d
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Christmas Parcel | Alydia Rackham, Suzanne Millan
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My #AussieSecretSanta and #Jolabokaflodswap parcels went in the post today! Hurrah!! Even with our currently ridiculously slow postal service they should reach their destinations before Christmas Eve 🤞🤞🤞

@thegirlwiththelibrarybag @MaleficentBookDragon

Cathythoughts 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻🧑‍🎄 1w
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Friendship: A Novel | Emily Gould
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A story about female friendship and the challenges of moving beyond young adulthood into full-blown adult life. An enjoyable read.
#Doublespin @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2w
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#NewYearWhoDis2022

Some great titles on your list @AmyG ! These are the 3 I plan to read on January.

@monalyisha

TrishB Have you brought the tagged one yet Carolyn? 2w
CarolynM @TrishB No, I haven't got that one. 2w
TrishB Phew 😁 I sent you it about 4 weeks ago so hopefully it will arrive before you want to read in January! Post is slow. 2w
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CarolynM @TrishB Thank you, that's lovely of you😘 The post is ridiculously slow at this end but I would hope that it won't take too much more than 4 weeks! 2w
TrishB Fingers crossed for this week 🤞🏻 2w
AmyG I hope you enjoy them! 2w
JamieArc The tagged book is on the list I received from my match as well, and with all the love I‘m seeing for it, will make it a January priority too. 2w
CarolynM @JamieArc Yes, it was in my TBR because of all the Litstylove. I'll look out for your review🙂 2w
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My Caravaggio Style | Doris Langley Moore
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Well, that wasn't quite what I was expecting! Overall I found it an engaging read. I was pleased to see Quentin finished up pretty much where he deserved. I enjoyed the dotty great aunt & her devotion to questionable causes, but a campaign against coffee drinking? That's beyond the pale!
#FurrowedMiddlebrowClub
@LeahBergen @Ruthiella @Cathythoughts @erzascarletbookgasm @batsy @quietjenn @rubyslippersreads @BookNAround @Sarabellum @SamanthaMarie

Ruthiella Work has been kicking my behind this week! 😫 I thought I‘d be done by Tuesday but am only 80% through. I hope to finish this weekend. 🤞I figured Quentin would get a comeuppance...just don‘t know the details yet! (edited) 2w
CarolynM @Ruthiella I know how you feel, I barely did any reading this week😣 2w
LeahBergen I‘ve been having a couple of super slow reading weeks, too. 🙄 Nice review and I can‘t wait to discuss this a little more as everyone finishes! 2w
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erzascarletbookgasm I‘ll try to sneak in some chapters in between..I need to pay attention to my couple of library loans due soon. 😬 2w
batsy Nice review! I love the aunt 😂 And I sympathise with how everyone is feeling ... It's been hard to get reading done this month! 2w
quietjenn Yep, reading ennui sounds very familiar! Also, those fake company names were cracking up, but I'll take the real coffee, please. 2w
Cathythoughts Nice review 👍🏻 I‘m hoping to finish off the last few pages this weekend… I love the dotty aunt too , Quentins visit to the aunt & all the carry-on about the furniture & ‘ finding ‘ the old book in the portable desk ( ? 😂) is my favorite part so far. And yes , me too with the slow reading ! 🙄 Looking forward to seeing Quentins comeuppance too @Ruthiella (edited) 2w
Cathythoughts Gorgeous picture 💫 2w
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Friendship: A Novel | Emily Gould
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"The temp agency's application was only four pages long, but somehow Bev hadn't managed to fill it out."

As promised @Lizpixie ?

#FirstLineFridays @ShyBookOwl

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Follow @LitsyEvents for all the latest in what's happening in Litsyland. If you are running a swap, readathon, reading challenge, buddy read or any other event you want Littens to know about tag @LitsyEvents for a repost.

Chrissyreadit ❤️❤️❤️thanks for sharing! 2w
LeahBergen Following! 👍 2w
BarbaraBB Thanks for sharing! 2w
Cathythoughts Great idea … following 👍🏻😁 2w
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The Birthdays | Heidi Pitlor
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Repost for @LitsyBirthdays

Hard to believe December is almost upon us and with it the time to celebrate all these wonderful Litsy friends!❤❤❤

If you'd like to be added to the @LitsyBirthdays calendar, please send your Litsy handle and your birthdate to litsybirthdays@gmail.com

The #birthdayfairies and Litsyland look forward to YOUR special day! 😊😊

@KarenUK @Crazeedi @robinb @julesG @squirrelbrain @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

squirrelbrain 🎉🍰🎉🍰🎉🍰 2w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🎈🎁🎊🎉🎈🎁🎊🎉 2w
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My Caravaggio Style | Doris Langley Moore
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Ruthiella 👍👍👍 1mo
SamanthaMarie May I ask, what's the Furrowed Middlebrow Club?? 🧐 1mo
CarolynM @SamanthaMarie Furrowed Middlebrow is an imprint that is reissuing novels by women writers of the early to mid 20th century which have mostly been out of print for decades. Some of us who enjoy that sort of thing have got together to buddy read one of their titles every second month. This is our current choice. We would love you to join us if that sounds like something you would enjoy. 1mo
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LeahBergen I‘m looking forward to cracking it open soon, too! 1mo
batsy That looks lovely! I might not be able to start until a few days but looking forward 🙂 1mo
Cathythoughts Lovely pic ! I must get moving with it 👍🏻😄 1mo
SamanthaMarie @CarolynM Yes! I would love that!! That sounds right up my alley. 1mo
CarolynM @SamanthaMarie Yay, welcome to the club🙂 It's very low key, we read at our own pace and post/comment as the mood takes us. Hope you enjoy. 4w
monalyisha Hey there! I deleted your comment on my post. Seems weird, I know. 😅 But check your email. 3w
Dragon It‘s good to be back on Litsy , thanks 🙏 3w
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Love and Virtue | Diana Reid
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Wow! What a brilliant book! The experiences of scholarship student Michaela in her first year at university provide a backdrop for exploring issues of power, privilege, class, consent and what makes a "good" person. There are no answers, this is all about the shades of grey. It would make a brilliant book club read, there is so much to think and talk about. #ozfiction
#bookspin @TheAromaofBooks

LapReader Everyone I know who has read this one loves it. 1mo
CarolynM @LapReader It's SO good! 1mo
TrishB Out next July here apparently! 1mo
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Lindy Stacked! 1mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 1mo
CarolynM @TrishB @Lindy At first I thought it was going to be another young woman makes a pile of bad decisions, squanders her opportunities but finds some other way to succeed type book, but it's not. It has a lot more substance than that and gets more and more complex as it goes along. It deserves to be widely read. 1mo
mjtwo My sister has been pushing me to read it also - sounds as though I may have to purchase. Wish they would publish Australian novels in hardcover… 1mo
CarolynM @mjtwo I'm with your sister. I'd like a lot of people to read it🙂 4w
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Love and Virtue | Diana Reid
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My #Bookspin and #Doublespin books for November.
Thanks @TheAromaofBooks It's so good of you to keep this game running

Lizpixie Hiya Carolyn👋 Is your Litsy TBR up to date or do you update your wishlist on goodreads more regularly? 1mo
LeeRHarry Ooh I‘ve had my eye on Love and Virtue - will be interested to hear your thoughts 😊 1mo
TheAromaofBooks Yay!! Good luck!! 1mo
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CarolynM @LeeRHarry Enjoying it so far🙂 1mo
CarolynM 👋 @Lizpixie My Litsy TBR is up to date. I'm nominally on goodreads but I've never been able to get my head around it. I only stay on it to read Alexis Hall's reviews 🙂 1mo
rubyslippersreads I 💚 the coordinated book covers! 1mo
CarolynM @LeeRHarry Loved it. You should definitely read it. 1mo
LeeRHarry @CarolynM will definitely pick it up now after your glowing review! 😊 the library hold list is massive on it so I think it will have to be a purchase 😊 4w
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#BookReport for October. I loved the Pyms and enjoyed the Cleeves a lot too.
@Cinfhen

leah152 Every time I see one of Ann Cleeves books I want to put 'of' in the middle of her name lol! 😊 1mo
Cinfhen Can‘t make at the smaller pics but I‘m guessing you didn‘t love them too much!?!🤪 1mo
LeahBergen A good month! 1mo
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CarolynM @leah152 🤣 Yes, it's distracting! 1mo
CarolynM @Cinfhen The upper set of small ones (a romance and a mystery) I did enjoy, the lower ones not so much🙂 1mo
CarolynM @LeahBergen It didn't feel like if, I was surprised to count 10 books read. Apart from the Pyms it was all pretty forgettable 1mo
leah152 @CarolynM lol 🤣😊👸 1mo
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Lessons for Idle Tongues | Charlie Cochrane
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I hadn't read any of this series for a while so it was nice to be back with Jonty and Orlando in pre WWI Cambridge. Not a bad mystery but the real joy is in the characters.

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Here's my list for #Bookspin and #Doublespin for November. Thanks Sarah😘
@TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 1mo
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I finished one book yesterday and bailed on another this morning. I'm supposed to be reading The Winter Road for my book group but after 2 chapters I am seriously not interested in it. I've got literally thousands of books to choose from but right now I am undecided.

I'm going to a dinner party on Saturday night with people I don't know😰 Wish me luck!

Vaccinations

Thanks for the tag @Lizpixie #WondrousWednesday
@Eggs

Ruthiella Good luck! I find asking other people about themselves usually works in social situations. They talk, I listen. 1mo
Cathythoughts I hope you find a great book 👍🏻 Dinner party.. take care. We were at a wedding a while back & people were trying to shake our hands ( I wasn‘t expecting people to act normal… and I didn‘t like it ) It‘s such a reflex action that I shook a few hands .. but looking back and to the future I will be putting out my elbow straight away Our numbers are rising fast My husband coming out of covid self isolation today we will be upping our game 👇🏻 1mo
Cathythoughts 👆🏻 we‘re fully vaccinated, but still the basic rules apply .. hand washing etc. Plus , we have a lot of people not vaccinated here. I hope dinner is lovely & people stay safe 😘 crazy covid times 1mo
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CarolynM @Ruthiella Sounds like a plan 😘 1mo
CarolynM @Cathythoughts Good advice, we all need to keep those basic rules in mind. After a slow start our vaccination levels are now pretty good - 90% first dose and closing in on 80% double dosed. Only time will tell whether it will be enough. You stay safe too😘 1mo
Eggs ❤️💀🎃👍🏼 1mo
Jeg Hope your dinner goes well and that you all stay well. I‘m dreading the opening up here in the West. At the moment we are so free. 1mo
CarolynM @Jeg Thanks Joy, it was a pleasant evening 🙂 I don't blame your government for its caution about opening up. It seems sensible to see what happens on this side of the country before making decisions. I hope it will less scary by January. 1mo
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One Last Stop | Casey McQuiston
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I've been trying with this for the last couple of weeks but it's now time to admit defeat. While the style is very reminiscent of Red White and Royal Blue the story has none of the charm for me and I'm sorry to say I'm finding it a bit boring. I hate to bail on my #Bookspin but I can't waste any more reading time in this one.
@TheAromaofBooks

marleed Haha - I had issues with all this love happening in the subway. I could handle suspending belief for the time factor. But somehow I‘m a bit too ocd on the cleanliness thing! 1mo
CarolynM @marleed For a while I persisted because I was interested to see how the ghost/time thing was going to ve resolved, but in the end there was too much uninteresting stuff to get through first. 1mo
TheAromaofBooks Sometimes you just have to let a book go! 1mo
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Centique Hi Carolyn. I hope you and yours are all well and doing ok 💕 I want to send a little Christmas gift to you from an Aussie shop I love. Just wanted to check that your PO Box can handle parcels that are a little bulkier or fragile? I know so much depends on who looks after the service there 🤞 xxx 2w
CarolynM @Centique That's so kind of you, Paula. Our Post Office is excellent, they can handle anything, but not all shops will deliver to PO addresses. I'll email you my street address. We are all fine, although my daughter has been isolating this week - one of the kids she coached at netball on the weekend tested positive. I have been thinking of you as the news from NZ hasn't been great. The crazies have been making a lot of noise in both our locations! 2w
Centique @CarolynM thank you Carolyn that will be great. Yes too many idiots on both sides of the ditch 😬 I‘m having to practice staying calm about it after getting very angry at a friend earlier in the year who was posting misinformation.🤞🤞Best wishes for your daughter! My nephew is isolating too, he‘s a police officer and interviewed some car thieves this week who then tested positive. It‘s rife amongst the gangs at the moment. I‘m glad we have ⬇️ 2w
Centique Some good books and summer walks we can focus on instead - and hopefully get to a restaurant again one day soon which will feel like a miracle when it happens! 💕💕 2w
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Less Than Angels | Barbara Pym
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Thank you for the rec to read this one next @Ruthiella it felt like a companion piece to Excellent Women. Although I think Mildred would be a little shocked by Catherine, I suspect they would be friends. And Tom (the cad!) was, in many ways, the anti- Evered Bone. I don't know why I hadn't read Pym years ago. It won't be long till I read another one.

Ruthiella I agree that Catherine and Mildred would get along. If you can, read No Fond Return of Love next because it has the tiniest follow up to Less Than Angels. I want some clever to write a nonfiction book showing all the links between the books. (edited) 1mo
CarolynM @Ruthiella I don't have that one, I will have to go searching in the second hand bookshops 🙂 1mo
LeahBergen I did Anthropology in university and the common room in this one (and the blathering students) reminded me so much of those days. 🤣 1mo
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CarolynM @LeahBergen It felt quite a lot like a campus novel to me so I can see how it would bring back those days! 1mo
Cathythoughts I enjoyed this one too 👍🏻❤️ 1mo
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Here is New York | E.B. White
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This one is from the bottom of the bedroom pile. Written in the late '40s and even then nostalgic for earlier times, it evoked for me the New York of the old movies I used to watch on TV when I was a child. And the writing is beautiful.

Ruthiella Sounds beautiful! Is this the same author of the children‘s books? 1mo
CarolynM @Ruthiella I believe so. 1mo
mandarchy Charlotte's Web and Strunk &White. He was a genius. 1mo
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Trashcanman Hi Carolyn ❤️ 1mo
CarolynM @Trashcanman 👋 Hi George. How are you today? 1mo
Trashcanman @CarolynM I'm ok, just really tired. Thank you for asking. How are you? 1mo
CarolynM @Trashcanman This is our first day out of strict lockdown since the beginning of August. I got to have breakfast at the Cafe this morning. I'm feeling good 🙂 1mo
TrishB Hope the breakfast was good 😁 we‘re still pretending nothings going on in Little Old England! 1mo
CarolynM @TrishB We are entering a difficult phase because case numbers are high (by our standards) but we are opening up as our vaccination rates rise. I don't know whether to be hopeful or fearful. Time will tell. 1mo
TrishB I think time is definitely telling here. When they tell you cases are high but deaths are low- at 200 a day that 6000 a month. That‘s just can‘t be acceptable 😞 1mo
CarolynM No, that doesn't sound acceptable at all☹ 1mo
Trashcanman @TrishB Stay safe, that sounds scary. Hugs 1mo
TrishB @CarolynM @Trashcanman thank you both ♥️ 1mo
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Boyfriend | Sarina Bowen
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This is Sarina Bowen in top form. A feisty heroine and a charming hero both with complicated family dynamics engage in entertaining banter while developing convincing connection, the 🔥 is sizzling and well placed in the story and both the jeopardy for the relationship and its resolution are believable. Might be my favourite #Romantsy this year.

LeahBergen Dang. I wish my boyfriend had THOSE abs. 🤣 1mo
Reggie @LeahBergen is that your name tattooed across his chest as well? 1mo
CarolynM @LeahBergen Mmm... I could do without the tattoos, though 🤣 1mo
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CarolynM @Reggie 🤣🤣 1mo
Cathythoughts @Reggie you‘re a sream 😂.. @Carolynm @LeahBergen looks like you‘d need a bucket of ice water nearby for this one 😂 1mo
LeahBergen @Reggie Of course. He‘s obsessed with me. 🙄 😆😆 1mo
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EvieBee Nice article! Looking forward to this one! 2mo
LeahBergen Thanks for the link! 👍🏻 2mo
batsy I haven't read her books yet but I enjoyed that interview, too. 2mo
Cathythoughts I must have a look 👍🏻 I don‘t think I‘ve read any of her books 1mo
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After Everything: A Novel | Suellen Dainty
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Another book uncovered from a stack I'm moving out out of my bedroom. Four middle aged men, friends since their youth, living lives that have not made them happy. Not a bad read, but there didn't seem to be a lot of point to it.

Cathythoughts Lovely cover 2mo
CarolynM @Cathythoughts I think that might be why I bought it and definitely why I decided to read it when I found it. It doesn't have much relationship to the story, unfortunately☹ 2mo
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The Heron's Cry | Ann Cleeves
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Just as good as the first one. I love the characters and the North Devon setting. I'll be hanging out for the next in the series, and probably reading some other Ann Cleeves books in the meantime.

TrishB Good to know 👍🏻 2mo
Cathythoughts You‘re on roll 👍🏻😊 2mo
Jeg I enjoy her books a lot. 2mo
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The Long Call | Ann Cleeves
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I was in the mood for a crime novel so I thought I'd try Ann Cleeves new series. It was a good choice - decent writing, interesting characters and a satisfying mystery. Think I'll read the next one now.

EvieBee I was wondering how it compare to the Vera and Shetland books. 2mo
CarolynM @EvieBee I haven't read them so I can't tell you. From watching the Shetland TV series I would guess that this one is a bit less bleak. 2mo
EvieBee @CarolynM Ah! Okay, good to know! 2mo
TrishB I enjoyed this one. Have put the second one on list for my birthday! 2mo
Cathythoughts Very good 👏🏻 I have some of these on my kindle, must have a look 2mo
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Excellent Women | Barbara Pym
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Excellent book. I'm tempted to leave it there, but I need to add what a delight the whole thing was and how much I liked Mildred. I'm absolutely a convert to Pym and I will definitely be reading more.
#Doublespin @TheAromaofBooks

batsy It's so good! I need more Pym in my life 💛 2mo
Ruthiella I suggest you read Less Than Angels next. There‘s the tiniest follow up in it re: Mildred. I think almost all her novels are a little bit connected with characters from other books mentioned or having a cameo. I call it, unimaginatively, the “Pymverse”. 2mo
BarbaraBB Great review. I should read more by her too. 2mo
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CarolynM @batsy @Ruthiella @BarbaraBB I have a few that I've bought second hand over the years, including Less Than Angels, so I'll get on to that soon🙂 2mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 2mo
AlaMich I am a recent convert too, and I am currently reading my fourth. Excellent Women is my favorite of those I‘ve read. 2mo
LeahBergen Total Pym convert here, too! 🙋🏻‍♀️ 2mo
LeslieO Yay for Pym! 2mo
kspenmoll My mom loved her & so I have read sone of her books. 2mo
Centique I love this one! A book I could read again and again. 💕 2mo
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Excellent Women | Barbara Pym
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"...if I ever wrote a novel it would be of the stream-of-consciousness type and deal with an hour in the life of a woman at the sink"
I didn't know the idea of "kitchen sink" as a style came from Barbara Pym, I thought. I looked it up and it's attributed to a male art critic in 1954, no mention of Pym who published this book in 1952. ?

Ruthiella 😡Barbara must be vindicated! 2mo
MrsMalaprop Well of course it is 😒. 2mo
LeahBergen Hmph. 😠 2mo
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Goodbye Sweetheart | Marion Halligan
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Another book I unearthed while reorganising my stacks. Lovely story of family and grief. I enjoyed the characters and the setting - there aren't many books set in Canberra, especially non-thrillers. #ozfiction

Ruthiella You are shopping your shelves! 2mo
Cathythoughts Nice way of putting it @Ruthiella 😁 2mo
Rissreads How is the organisation going? 1mo
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Here's my October List. I'm in for #Bookspin and #Doublespin
Thank you @TheAromaofBooks

Sorry the picture looks a bit strange - my ipad decided this morning that it won't load Litsy any more so I'm having to do it on my phone. Hope I can sort the ipad out😬🥴

LeahBergen I‘m expecting my old iPad to give up the ghost soon. 😬 2mo
CarolynM @LeahBergen I've been having a few problems with it for a while now, but Litsy's always been fine until today☹ I'll have to take it to the Apple Store when the shops eventually reopen. 2mo
Cathythoughts Oh good luck ! I‘m a 🦕… I don‘t have an iPad … but if you can get Litsy on one … 🤔 a bigger picture would be fab 2mo
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TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2mo
CarolynM @Cathythoughts I find it much easier to use on the ipad. 2mo
Cathythoughts @CarolynM I know what I want for Christmas 👍🏻😁 2mo
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#BookReport for September. After Story and Apricot Sky were my favourites this month.
@Cinfhen

LeahBergen Apricot Sky was one of my faves of the month, too. 2mo
Cinfhen Great month!!!! Hope you‘re holding up😘 2mo
Cinfhen I‘m currently listening to this audio and I‘m LOVING IT 2mo
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CarolynM @LeahBergen An excellent choice 😘 2mo
CarolynM @Cinfhen TMWDT was my next favourite, which should tell you how much I liked the other 2 🙂 Just hanging in there at the moment, we have had awful numbers the last couple of days. I fear things are about to get really ugly. 2mo
Cinfhen Oh no, I‘m so sorry. I feel like that has been the cycle here for us. Keeping you in my thoughts 💜 2mo
Jeg I loved After Story so much that I‘m keeping it. ( I don‘t usually keep books any more) . Also enjoyed The Man Who Died Twice. After not enjoying his 1st one. Take care . Stay safe. Watching the numbers from here in the west. 2mo
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I've been reorganising some book piles in my house and I came across these 3 short books. They couldn't be more different - dialogues between Irish drinking buddies discussing the news; diary excerpts from a National Trust envoy visiting British stately homes during and soon after WWII; provocative vignettes on modern life from an unrepentant Aussie stirrer - but they are all similarly amusing and entertaining.

LeahBergen I LOVED Some Country Houses! 2mo
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Murder with Oolong Tea | Karen Rose Smith
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😳 Can any of my US friends tell me if this is common usage, unusual or just a printing error?

wanderinglynn It‘s not common where I grew up. I thought a nappy was a diaper. 🤷🏼‍♀️😆 2mo
wanderinglynn I also have never used the phrase “sparkling sugar.” 2mo
CarolynM @wanderinglynn That's what nappy means to me, that's why I asked the question. "Napkin" would make sense in this context, but, in my world, if you shorten it you can only mean a covering for baby's bottom. (edited) 2mo
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CarolynM @wanderinglynn Scratch that, it wouldn't make sense because a napkin is cloth, never crystal! 2mo
wanderinglynn So I googled it because I had no idea. “Nappy, in antique glassware terms, references a shallow open serving dish with no rim and a flat bottom.” https://www.thesprucecrafts.com/old-fashioned-glassware-terms-4046546 2mo
wanderinglynn It makes a lot more sense now. 🤣 2mo
CarolynM @wanderinglynn Well, there you go... You learn something new every day. Thank you. 😘 (edited) 2mo
rockpools That throws up some interesting images in my brain 🤨 - I‘ve never heard that term either! 2mo
Cathythoughts Interesting 🤨! I‘m glad that was cleared up .. 2mo
Lcsmcat @wanderinglynn interesting! I knew all the other terms in that article, but I‘d never heard nappy used that way before! 2mo
wanderinglynn @Lcsmcat I hadn‘t either. It‘s interesting the way language evolves and changes. 2mo
julesG Thank you for asking this question. 2mo
xicanti Ohhhh! My grandma had a bunch of those things, but I had no idea they were called nappy. To me, like everyone else, a nappy is a baby‘s diaper. 2mo
LeahBergen I‘ve only heard it called a “fruit nappy” here in Canada by my old aunts. They are small bowls for individual servings of fruit. 2mo
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The six poets are Thomas Hardy, A.E. Housman, John Betjeman, W.H. Auden, Louis MacNeice and Philip Larkin. Bennett introduces them with a brief biography and indication of their generally accepted place in the world of poetry, then adds his own ideas about them as he comments on the poems he has selected. Interesting and enjoyable and reinforced my liking for these poets, especially MacNeice.

Graywacke Sounds terrific. 2mo
LeahBergen That sounds good! 👍 2mo
Cathythoughts Lovely ❤️ 2mo
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After Story | Larissa Behrendt
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Oh wow, I just loved this! An Aboriginal mother and daughter on a 10 day tour of literary sites in the UK, provide dual perspectives on what they are seeing and the people they are travelling with and dual perspectives on their family history and relationships. I loved the characters and I loved the way it challenged some of white Australia's assumptions about history, art and culture. Just wonderful #ozfiction

Cathythoughts Lovely review & picture 💫 2mo
MrsMalaprop I really need to get to this one! 2mo
CarolynM @MrsMalaprop I think you'll like it🙂 2mo
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Centique And how gorgeous it looks in your garden! I see I have already stacked it or else I would again. Sounds wonderful! 2mo
Cinfhen Striking cover, beautiful photo #Stacked 2mo
erzascarletbookgasm Sounds good! And beautiful photo! 🧡 2mo
LeeRHarry I loved this one too - now I need to go to her backlist 😊 2mo
squirrelbrain Sounds wonderful - stacked! 2mo
LeahBergen Gorgeous photo! 2mo
Reggie Ohh I like how the real flowers seem to go onto the cover. And the review was great, too. 2mo
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My Caravaggio Style | Doris Langley Moore
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#FurrowedMiddlebrowClub
Here's my suggestion for our November book. It's about a bookseller who pretends to have found Lord Byron's supposedly burnt memoirs, then sets about creating a forgery. Hope this is ok with everyone.

suvata Sounds good 2mo
Tamra Sounds fun! 2mo
quietjenn Works for me! Have been meaning to check out this author. 2mo
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Cathythoughts Oh great , sounds really good. I‘ll order that now … 👍🏻❤️ 2mo
LeahBergen Oh, wonderful! I‘ve been wanting to try this author. Great choice! 👏🏻👏🏻 2mo
Ruthiella Sounds good! Looking forward to another round with the club! 😀 2mo
batsy This sounds fab! I'm excited and gonna go place my order 🙂 2mo
erzascarletbookgasm Awesome! I have this book on my shelves 😁👌 2mo
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While I was fine with the romance (I rarely have a problem suspending disbelief for "Troo Lurv"?) the rest of the story didn't make much sense to me and the half baked ideas about the rights and wrongs of distribution of wealth in the 18th century were somewhat incongruous, if well intentioned. Not one of Cat Sebastion's best. #romantsy

Cathythoughts 😂 oh dear … dosnt sound like a good one 2mo
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Finding Audrey | Sophie Kinsella
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YA story about a teenager recovering from depression and acute anxiety in the aftermath of a campaign of bullying by girls at her school. An enjoyable quick read, although I found the controlling mother extremely irritating.

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Apricot Sky | RUBY. FERGUSON
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What a marvellous summer holiday I've had in the West Highlands with the MacAlveys. Such lovely people (pity about the daughter-in-law). I've sailed to the islands with the children, inspected the renovations at Larrich, heard all about Mrs Leigh's tribulations, visited the local gentry, spent a heavenly day on Skye and attended a beautiful wedding - there was never a dull moment! And soon wedding bells will ring again!
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LeahBergen Yes, wasn‘t that daughter-in-law a bag? 😆😆 I would take Mrs Leigh and her recent operation over her, any day! Great review. 😘 2mo
quietjenn Best parenthetical note 😆 and a lovely pic+review combo 2mo
Ruthiella Trina was awful! Let‘s hope those children manage to escape not too damaged...loved the subtle bits about how James can‘t manage to get home for lunch and MUST eat out. His one meal that tastes of anything! 😂 2mo
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Cathythoughts Lovely review Carolyn.. yes , Trina was an awful B .. It was such a great read. Lovely picture too 👍🏻💫 2mo
erzascarletbookgasm Wonderful review Carolyn! Lovely spot to read too. Guess I‘m the last one to finish the book 😅 2mo
batsy Great review, perfectly summed up 💕 And I'm still thinking about the picnic the kids brought out with them 😆 2mo
Tamra Trina kept it interesting! 😆 2mo
LeahBergen You can go ahead and post your choice for November‘s read now if you‘re ready. Please forgive my reminder😆… I‘m just worried about the folks who may need to order it from afar and the supply chain issues going on in the book world at the moment. 😘😘 2mo
CarolynM @LeahBergen Good thinking. I'll get onto it now 😘 2mo
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The Labyrinth | Amanda Lohrey
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When her son is gaoled for life, Erica moves to a tiny beachside settlement to be near the prison and begins to think about building a labyrinth on her land. The book explores issues of parent/child and sibling relationships and the power, both positive and negative, of the artistic impulse. I found it strangely compelling although I'm not sure, in the end, what it all meant. #ozfiction

Rissreads I really enjoyed this too! 3mo
Centique You okay there with the earthquake Carolyn? That was one heck of a fright. I was very worried for you all! 2mo
CarolynM @Centique You're very kind, Paula. We're fine. It was somewhat startling and I got a bit worried when the concrete slab part of the house lurched a couple of times but fortunately it stopped straight after that. We have a few new cracks in the plaster and the cornices, but we already had quite a few so no big deal. I had a bit of post adrenaline shakes for an hour or two, though. Thanks for asking, I really appreciate your concern.😘 2mo
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Centique @CarolynM that really sounds frightening! I hope you had a good nights sleep and feel recovered today. My neice‘s brand new house got a few cracks too! 2mo
LeahBergen Eeee! I just read the above and was wondering if you felt the quake where you live!! How scary. 2mo
Freespirit Just starting this one now! 2mo
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A delight from start to finish. Took me a minute to get the joke about Joyce's Instagram username though😂

Cinfhen Ohhhh!! It‘s out?!?!! Must get audio!!! 3mo
Cathythoughts Oh good ! I hope it‘s even better than Thursday Murder Club ?!! 3mo
LeahBergen I‘ll be needing this! 👍 3mo
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TrishB I shall try and pick this up this weekend 👍🏻 3mo
julesG 🙈🙈🙈 Trying to unsee this book for the umpteenth time. But I'll have to add it to #MountTBR 3mo
FelinesAndFelonies Impatiently waiting to get my hands on this one! 3mo
BookwormM Joyce‘s Instagram account is real and she has over 700 followers when I started following yesterday 🤣🤣 3mo
CarolynM @BookwormM Love it! I wonder if it's Richard's publicity team or an opportunistic fan? 3mo
BookwormM Believe it is Osman himself or his team as he was promoting it 3mo
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#Booked2021 Winter prompts completed, form submitted. Thanks hosts😘😘😘

Cinfhen Yay!!! Thanks for posting and sharing 💗💗💗I love seeing what others read 😊 3mo
4thhouseontheleft Great job! 🙌🏽🎉 2mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage We‘ve got your submission! Great job! 2mo
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Grimspace | Ann Aguirre
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#Booked2021 #SFWrittenByAWoman
Grimspace is a kind of extra dimension that allows rapid travel through space but can only be navigated by specially trained carriers of the J-Gene such as Sirantha Jax, formerly a star of the Corp, now on the run. There's space travel, weird life forms & environments & hocus pocus about the joys/perils of Grimspace. Also romance. Jax is a great character, but not enough to overcome my lack of enthusiasm for Sci-Fi.

Cinfhen Great review!! At least you tried!! 3mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Innnnteresting … I love fantasy but also sometimes struggle with SF. So I feel ya! 3mo
Centique Sounds like it could be my cup of tea! ☕️☕️ 2mo
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The Fire-Dwellers | Margaret Laurence
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Tagged. Stacked on the recommendation of @BarbaraBB
Cherries 🍒 Love them!
I've just started one I had been eagerly anticipating - The Man Who Died Twice. Looking forward to All's Well and Something Fabulous early next year and hoping for new books by Sulari Gentil and Gary Disher.
Sunshine☀️ and spring flowers 🌷

Thanks for the tag @Mavey and @Lizpixie
#WondrousWednesday

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🌷🌼🌸 3mo
Eggs Thanks for playing 🌺🌺 3mo
Mavey No.4 is lovely!!🥰💖 3mo
LeahBergen I‘m just starting the tagged book tonight. I‘ll share it with you, if you like? 😊 3mo
CarolynM @LeahBergen That would be lovely! Thank you😘 3mo
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While Three Pines and its inhabitants were as warmly welcoming as always, I'm really not so sure about this story. I can't quite put my finger on what bothered me about it, it just all felt a little off somehow. Still a pick, but with intangible reservations.

Amiable I‘m still making my way through it — I got distracted by another book first. 😬 3mo
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Outside with my book for #AustralianReadingHour

LeahBergen It looks like lovely weather! 3mo
CarolynM @LeahBergen It's sunny but a bit on the cool side - maximum of 16C (don't laugh). 3mo
Ruthiella 16C is on the cool side where I live too! 😆 It was 36-37 today. 🥵 3mo
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TrishB 16-18 is perfect 😁 3mo
LeahBergen 😆😆 It‘s been around that temperature here, too, and starting to feel quite autumnal. 3mo
thegirlwiththelibrarybag Reading hour, you say! Looks lovely and green! ☺️ 3mo
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