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So many books,📚so little time. 🕰 Irish 🇮🇪 living in the US, Teacher, #BookedInTime #NoPlaceLikeHolmes #WhatTheDickens
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A train ride to Birmingham, a walk to an office, a greeting and then somebody‘s trying to hang themselves. It was rather shocking. What are your thoughts?

Librarybelle Great question! This deserves a lot of thought. I initially thought Conan Doyle used this tactic to start dissuading the public from reading Holmes—he himself was sick of Holmes for a time. But, the public likes macabre stories. This is also written post Jack the Ripper, so the public still has those gruesome killings in mind. If Conan Doyle wanted to dissuade, he failed. I‘m not 100% sold on this theory; I need to think on this! 14h
Cuilin @Librarybelle so not necessarily a literary tactic, but more of a phasing out. I wondered about Doyle‘s Irritation at Holmes at this point. He did reach a stage where he wanted to be done with him. Are we at that point in this story? Possibly. 14h
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Librarybelle @Cuilin I actually looked up the timeline of stories—we‘re fast approaching the infamous story. This one was written about 6 months before the infamous one. The timing made me wonder… 14h
IndoorDame I actually found myself wondering about the “too good to be true job trope”. Doyle does write a lot of social commentary about larger issues. Is it possible he was subtly trying either to call out or educate readers about smaller issues like one this related to London‘s growth and social change at the time? 13h
dabbe I wonder how much this is a problem for detective writers in general. It must be difficult to have to create an entire new crime + solution for one's detective. And all of them seem to fall short in a few of their stories--probably from I-have-to-create-yet-another-new-crime-for-my-detective fatigue. 😀 9h
CogsOfEncouragement @Librarybelle Interesting point about Jack the Ripper. That timeline connection would not have occured to me. We have so much violence on the news now, it is normal really. I also personally read tons of cozies - all these murders in quiet little villages with cute bakeries & handsome detectives. lol This may have had a much bigger bang for the original readers. To think someone takes your job & name, then murders on a Saturday afternoon. Yikes. 7h
Librarybelle I love cozies, @CogsOfEncouragement ! They are a perfect way to escape from the violence in reality. 7h
Cuilin @dabbe fatigue syndrome for crime writers has to be a thing. And the pressure must be greater when your audience clamors for more. 7h
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Librarybelle I think this shows how important this partnership is—how both men play off of each other. Watson is a good foil, but yet also holds the clues to some of these cases. In this instance, he was essential in administering his medical knowledge. 14h
Cuilin @Librarybelle yes I do like it when Watson gets to show his skills and talents. 14h
Aimeesue I think Watson role in the stories is maybe a bit muddled in the public‘s mind. We tend to see him as the backup and the stand-in for expository purposes. We forget that (1) he has his own skill set and observations, and (2) processing and refining thoughts is a big part of Sherlock‘s method. That‘s a lot easier to do with another person, vs inside your own head. 13h
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IndoorDame It‘s a little convenient that Sherlock seeks him out at home, seems sort of out of character, and then he‘s needed for his medical knowledge in a way no one predicted. Makes me suspect that one of our authors is sending a message, but there‘s so many layers to the authors and relationships that I couldn‘t decide on what with all the possibilities. 13h
dabbe @Librarybelle Agree 💯. Watson gets to show his medical abilities in quite a few stories, and I always love it when Sherlock defers to him on such matters. That's one reason they're such a perfect dynamic duo. 9h
CogsOfEncouragement Watson and Sherlock are such an enjoyable pair. Watson is still impressed by SH and enjoys being in the mix. SH respects Watson more than maybe anyone else on the planet. I think Watson rightly deserves the respect for his skill, loyalty, honesty, on and on. (edited) 8h
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I usually read the story and then do my research for the discussion questions. I was surprised to hear that this is not a particularly popular story. I for one enjoyed every bit of it. Did you like the story?

Librarybelle To me, this one seemed a little more mundane than others we have read, though the scene mentioned is pretty gruesome. I did like it. This is one I felt all the pieces were there for the reader…I did not have everything solved before Holmes‘s unveiling, but I rarely do for any mystery. 😂 14h
Cuilin @Librarybelle I figured out that somebody took Pycroft‘s place, but I had no idea why. Except for the Redheaded League, I can never figure out the full mystery. 14h
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Librarybelle @Cuilin If I can figure out the full mystery, it‘s either dumb luck on my part or the author made it really obvious. There were one or two of the Holmes stories we read so far that I had things figured out. 14h
Aimeesue I really liked that one of the clues was dental work! 😁 14h
IndoorDame @Librarybelle I agree, this one doesn‘t have the wacky details we tend to expect. I got as far as @Cuilin with solving it, but I never solve mysteries so this one may have been simpler than usual. Still, I thought it was a really fun read. 13h
dabbe This one to me is a weaker “Red-Headed League“: the mundane job to cover for a bank heist. There are some subtle differences and more violence, but that's about it. 9h
kelli7990 I liked the story. 9h
CogsOfEncouragement I liked this one. I always shake my head at these characters taking “easy“ jobs for tons of money and really thinking they are not being used in some way, but I also think it is human nature and not unbelievable. I didn't find the scenes all that violent. What happened is told, there are no gruesome details written. Am I getting callous due to reading too many cozy mysteries? lol 8h
Read4life I agree with that assessment, @dabbe Well said. 6h
dabbe @Read4life 🤩🤗😀 5h
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When you‘re waiting for the storm to pass but you don‘t mind because you brought your book!!!

#NeverLeaveHomeWithoutOne #AlwaysBePrepared

KadaGul Hell Yeah 📖☔ 1d
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Not Like the Movies | Kerry Winfrey
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Very low score but in my defense I had young children and the only reason I watched these movies was because they were either animated or Harry Potter. 😆 I can‘t really say if I had any favorites. 🤦‍♀️.

#TLT @dabbe

dabbe I scored low, too, but I have absolutely no defense! 😂 Thanks for playing and sharing. 🤩🤩🤩 2d
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David Copperfield | Charles Dickens
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@Texreader and I are planning on reading David Copperfield starting in September and are opening up this buddy read to anyone who would like to join.

The plan is to read about 220 pages a month, with a check in at the end of the month. Let me know in the comments if you would like to be tagged.

CaitlinR Yes, please. 4d
RaeLovesToRead Ooh, I'm in! 4d
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Cuilin @RaeLovesToRead fabulous, I just read your post about starting Ulysses in September too. It will be a very high brow reading month and I‘m here for it!!!! 4d
RaeLovesToRead We are so fancy 🧐😄 (I'll probably have some fantasy and some smut to read alongside so I don't get too bogged down. From what my Dad says, David Copperfield isn't a barrel of laughs.) 4d
Fortifiedbybooks I'm in! Please tag me 😁 4d
Cuilin @RaeLovesToRead Same, though one must live a balanced life. 😆 4d
Cuilin @Fortifiedbybooks absolutely 👍 4d
BarbaraJean Ohhh, this is tempting! Please tag me! 3d
AnneCecilie I might join, I need to see what I have time since I‘m planning on reading Ulysses with @RaeLovesToRead (edited) 3d
LeeRHarry I‘m reading this atm otherwise I would have definitely joined in. Will look forward to everyone‘s thoughts. 😊 3d
quietjenn Probably! My Read All the Dickens project had stalled a bit, so this could help. 3d
Cuilin @LeeRHarry I may do another Dickens in January. 3d
LeeRHarry @Cuilin ooooh count me in if you do! 😊 3d
Cuilin @LeeRHarry will do. 👍 I‘ll tag you in the David Copperfield discussions too. (edited) 3d
LeeRHarry @Cuilin thanks 😊 3d
BookwormAHN I'd love to join, I've been meaning to read this book for ages 😺 2d
Cuilin @BookwormAHN wonderful 👍 2d
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The Salt Path | Raynor Winn
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Sometimes a book finds its way into your hands at just the right time. Dealing with my own diagnosis, this book, was uplifting without being sentimental and inspired me to push against the single story of disability. A memoir telling the story of a couple who lost everything and walked the 600+ miles Coast Path in SW England. I loved the descriptions of the coast path and the people they met along the way. A movie is in production right now. 5 ⭐️

dabbe 💚💙💚 5d
kspenmoll Keep on pushing, you are more than a your diagnosis although there are days when I am sure u do not feel that way. My son was diagnosed with Autism when he was 6- when he was little I just saw him as quirky like my family & met him where he was- had such fun in his world. He is sooo much more! 5d
Cuilin @kspenmoll thank you. I met an amazing rheumatologist last Friday and I‘m feeling so much more hopeful. We‘re a neuro-spicy family too. Your son is very lucky to have you as his mom. 💗 5d
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shortsarahrose I totally understand that sentiment. I read the tagged after my Crohn‘s went into remission and it really stuck with me. 4d
Cuilin @shortsarahrose so glad to hear about your remission. I‘ll check out the tagged book, thanks. 3d
kspenmoll @Cuilin So happy you like your new MD & feel hopeful. Do read the book Between Two Kingdoms- amazing woman, still fighting. She is on instagram & you can join her journaling workshops @suleikajaouad & @theisolationjournals. On FB - Suleika Jaouad (edited) 3d
Cuilin @kspenmoll thanks, I just looked her up. Amazing. 🤩 3d
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Biko - Cry Freedom | Donald Woods
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Shout out to @AllDebooks for suggesting Africa as a location.

Research led me to these books. The only one I‘m familiar with is Cry Freedom. They all seemed really good. I think I will be choosing Cry, the Beloved Country.

ChaoticMissAdventures This is great!! I have read a couple of books about the after effects like Trevor Noah's autobiography but nothing about this particular time. Glad to have a reason to go down a book rabbit hole. 1w
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Cuilin @ChaoticMissAdventures oh my gosh, my daughter read the Trevor Noah biography, and I saw it sitting on her shelf and that is what inspired this theme/prompt. Enjoy the research. (edited) 1w
slategreyskies I passed through South Africa a few times in 98-99, & I stayed with a white host family one of those times. They were some of the kindest people I‘d ever met until somehow the topic of black people came up at the dinner table. The hatred was so abrupt & harsh & complete, & I didn‘t understand how anyone could think that way. Years later, I studied apartheid & realized it had only just stopped when I was there. It will likely take a long time ⬇️ 1w
slategreyskies (Cont.) for the pain & hatred & racism to be pushed out. It is so important to learn about this sort of thing. I think, if we learn about what happened, then maybe we can keep it from happening again. 1w
Karisimo This has been on my list for awhile! 1w
Cuilin @slategreyskies what an interesting experience, I agree it‘s important to learn and acknowledge the ugly truth of racism and white privilege. We can only do better when we face and confront our own bias. 1w
Cuilin @Karisimo it looks really good. 1w
ChaoticMissAdventures @slategreyskies oh my goodness, I don't know what I would have done in this situation. It is so utterly bizarre to me to hate people in this way. And to share that hatred so openly? 1w
LeeRHarry I read Cry, the Beloved Country for a bookgroup read years ago - Pamela Jooste is also an author worth checking out. (edited) 1w
AllDebooks Yay! I'm really looking forward to researching this one. I highly recommend 6d
Cuilin @AllDebooks great suggestion!! 6d
Cuilin @julieclair thanks I started entering my books 📚 6d
Cuilin @sblbooks good reviews!!! Enjoy!! 1d
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Emma | Jane Austen, James Kinsley, Adela Pinch
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#WondrousWednesday @Eggs

Thanks for the tag @SpellboundReader

1 Iris Murdoch, I honestly don‘t know where to start with her novels. I also have some Dickens I still need to get to.
2. The twilight series.
3. Emma by Jane Austen started a love affair with all things Jane. I have reread her books many times.

@Itchyfeetreader @Lizpixie @Karisimo @IndoorDame @julieclair care to play?

Texreader I ❤️ Dickens. Start with the Christmas Carol, which has such hilarious descriptions. 1w
Cuilin @Texreader I love Dickens too. I read Carol nearly every December. I‘ve read some others but not all. I should probably read a new one a year at least. Bleak House is probably my favorite. Do you have a favorite? 1w
Eggs Agree on #2. Thx for joining in 🩵 1w
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Texreader @Cuilin I‘ve only read many of his short stories and The Christmas Carol is still the best. I‘ve read A Tale of Two Cities but don‘t remember it. And I‘ve listened to half of David Copperfield. I want to get back to his books but one really must plan ahead to read those chunksters 1w
Cuilin @Texreader I haven‘t read David Copperfield. Are you interested in a buddy read for fall/winter? 1w
Texreader @Cuilin Absolutely!! 1w
Cuilin @Texreader Yay!!! I can see if others would like to join us. I‘ll post a survey to gauge interest and we can come up with a plan. September-December? 1w
Texreader Sounds great! 1w
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Shout out to @Itchyfeetreader for prompt.

I have not read any of the books pictured except Midnight at Malabar House, which I liked. The night diary is Middle Grade. I did order A Suitable Boy as I‘ve always wanted to read it.

@dabbe @desha @rachel52 @rubyslippersreads @chaoticmissadventures @barkingmadread
@megnews @sblbooks
@thebookgeekfrau @bookwormjillk @deblovestoread @jenniferw88 @spellboundReader

kspenmoll These look like great book ideas! Thanks! 2w
ChaoticMissAdventures Oh this is a great prompt! I have enjoyed Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni's books and been wanting to read 2w
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Karisimo I‘m kind of tempted to try ASuitable Boy as it‘s been on my list forever! @ChaoticMissAdventures Independence is great! 2w
Amiable I loved “A Suitable Boy” 2w
julieclair Ooohhh… great prompt! @itchyfeetreader 2w
julieclair I have updated the StoryGraph challenge to include this prompt https://app.thestorygraph.com/reading_challenges/f6f6ac21-909a-4d7e-9e1c-2084aab... 2w
Itchyfeetreader Yes I have just the book for the this one! 2w
Cuilin @Karisimo I‘m definitely trying A Suitable Boy. 2w
Cuilin @ChaoticMissAdventures Oh Independence sounds good too. 2w
sblbooks I've read the night diary. It's excellent. 2w
Cuilin @sblbooks I‘ve read great things about it. 2w
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In Memoriam | Alice Winn
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Apologies for not posting sooner. I picked a time period hoping we may all have books for this prompt already sitting on our TBR‘s. The tagged book and the suggestions are ones I‘ve read and recommend. I will be posting August and September prompts today.

@dabbe @desha @rachel52 @rubyslippersreads @chaoticmissadventures @barkingmadread
@megnews @sblbooks
@thebookgeekfrau @bookwormjillk @deblovestoread @jenniferw88 @spellboundReader

Deblovestoread The tagged book and The Absolutist are both fantastic. Highly recommend to everyone if you haven‘t read them yet. I‘ll be scanning my shelves soon. 2w
AllDebooks I've read and enjoyed Birdsong, Regeneration & Mr Mac and me. 2w
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Karisimo Lines of courage is a great middle grade option for WW1 2w
ChaoticMissAdventures I just read In Memoriam this year and it was amazing! One of my favorites for the year. I also recommend this one, I had no idea the French conscripted Senegalese men to fight for them 2w
Cuilin @Karisimo yes!! I also included Private Peaceful for YA. 2w
Cuilin @AllDebooks I love the whole Regeneration trilogy 2w
Cuilin @Deblovestoread both beautiful books. 2w
AllDebooks @Cuilin me too, Pat Barker is such a great author 2w
Cuilin @ChaoticMissAdventures A Long, Long Way by Sebastian Barry is about young Irishman conflicted because he decides to fights for the British in World War I right when Ireland was trying to gain its independence. Amazing read. 2w
rubyslippersreads I‘m sure I‘ll be able to find something from this time period. 2w
Amiable Oh, “The Absolutist“ is wonderful. Highly recommend. 2w
ChaoticMissAdventures @Cuilin oh the Barry one sounds so good! I also like the idea of The Absolutist, I might go easy on my self, I have always been curious about the series 2w
Cuilin @ChaoticMissAdventures I love Maisie Dobbs. Enjoy. 2w
julieclair @ChaoticMissAdventures Maisie Dobbs is excellent! 2w
julieclair I have updated the StoryGraph challenge to include this prompt https://app.thestorygraph.com/reading_challenges/f6f6ac21-909a-4d7e-9e1c-2084aab... 2w
SpellboundReader I have a short audiobook called The Best Christmas Present in the World and also a longer novel 2w
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This Is Happiness | Niall Williams
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I will never be able to do justice to this novel. On the surface it‘s a very simple story about a 17 year old boy living in the West Coast of Ireland when the parish is getting electricity for the first time. However, it is so much more. If you read it, be prepared to not only enjoy the story and the wordsmithing, you will laugh and cry but you‘ll come away having your heart and soul somewhat healed. 5⭐️
@Suet624 @Gissy set in Ireland 🇮🇪

Suet624 This was the first book I read of his and I was stunned by its beauty. I think of it so often. Absolutely loved it. (edited) 2w
Cuilin @Suet624 I thought you had read this. Oh my gosh, it‘s so beautiful. I‘m now off to find everything else he has written. 2w
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Lcsmcat I loved this book too! 2w
Cuilin @Lcsmcat it was such a joy. Have you read anything else by him? 2w
Lcsmcat @Cuilin Not yet, but I intend to. What do you recommend? 2w
Cuilin @Lcsmcat this was my first by him. I was going to ask you the same question. I‘ll tag you if I read and review another of his. (edited) 2w
Lcsmcat @Cuilin Same! 2w
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The Four Winds | Kristin Hannah
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This is our 12th #BookedInTime prompt. It‘s been a whole year!!
What you are reading this month? Did you have a favorite era? Novel? As I plan the next few months, is there a specific time period you would like to see soon?

@dabbe @desha @rachel52 @rubyslippersreads @chaoticmissadventures @barkingmadread
@megnews @sblbooks
@thebookgeekfrau @bookwormjillk @deblovestoread @jenniferw88

Check out @dabbe comment re: book list.

sblbooks Time flies! I can't believe it's been a year already. I prefer recent history 1750 or after. 3w
Bookwormjillk This makes me want to read The Grapes of Wrath again. 3w
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AllDebooks @Bookwormjillk I've chosen The Grapes of Wrath. @Cuilin ❤️ that year has flown. I've enjoyed the mix you've selected over the year. I would like some Asian/African history x 3w
Cuilin @AllDebooks great suggestions, thank you. 3w
Cuilin @sblbooks 👍 more recent, got it! 3w
Mollyanna It‘s been a fun year! If I had to choose maybe some ancient Egypt. I am looking forward to the Dust Bowl category and am reading 3w
ChaoticMissAdventures Love these prompts! I agree with others on would like to read more Asian and African history, I also have on my shelves Camelot and set at the turn of the 20th Century. 3w
Deblovestoread @mollyanna I‘ve had Death of a Rainmaker on my TBR since a friend recommended it pre-Covid. I was planning on this one but may try to read both 3w
rubyslippersreads Ancient Egypt, the Wars of the Roses, the Edwardian era. 3w
dabbe @Cuilin Would you mind re-tagging everyone in this group re: the following?

Reminder: We have an awesome spreadsheet with all the wonderful books everyone's been reading! If you'd like to update/change/give a rating on any book on this list, comment below, and tag me (@dabbe), and I'll fix it!
Here's the link: https://bit.ly/4bFAh8Q
dabbe I simply have to reread one of my top five favorite books (written all in poetry) entitled OUT OF THE DUST by Karen Hesse. 3w
dabbe Thanks, m'dear! 💙🩵💙 3w
rubyslippersreads @dabbe This is great! 3w
dabbe @rubyslippersreads 🤩🤩🤩 3w
TheBookgeekFrau Happy Birthday to us!!! 🎉🎊📚 3w
Cuilin @TheBookgeekFrau yes!! Felicitations all around. 🎉 3w
julieclair A year already! This is definitely one of my favorite groups on Litsy. For the Dust Bowl, I will be reading 3w
julieclair Italian Renaissance, Golden Age of Piracy, Colonial Caribbean, American Revolution, War of the Roses, 19th Century Hawaii 3w
Itchyfeetreader For this month I am reading 3w
Itchyfeetreader Some other ideas of periods - Victorian England, Indian independence, Spanish civil war, napoleonic wars, Arab spring, Shang dynasty, restoration England, pre unification Italy, 3w
thegreensofa Is the Australian convict times an era? For the Dust bowl I am reading 3w
kspenmoll I saw that Woodie Guthrie w rote a little known book about this era. Trying to see if library system has it 3w
Cuilin @julieclair thank you for the compliment and for sharing some great ideas. 💗 3w
Cuilin @Itchyfeetreader I‘m so glad you said Indian independence. 😉 love all your ideas thank you. (edited) 3w
Cuilin @kspenmoll I hope you can find it 3w
Cuilin @thegreensofa yes it is. On the list. Thank you. 3w
ncsufoxes I have Four Winds sitting on my TBR but sadly it has been packed up. 3w
Cuilin @ncsufoxes my husband just informed me that he have our copy to his mom. 🤦‍♀️ 3w
SpellboundReader Congrats on a whole year @Cuilin and @dabbe.
As per my usual, I'm joining in at the end of a challenge and plan to read The Dust Bowl: An Illustrated History. Are nonfiction history books acceptable, in addition to historical fiction?
As for suggestions, I shouldn't have any input here but would mention 19th Century Medical History (think Florence Nightingale). The other HF books I have on my kindle are in the overdone WWl & WWll categories.
Cuilin @SpellboundReader thank you. Nonfiction are absolutely acceptable and I love your suggestions. I added you to the tag list. Welcome. 2w
SpellboundReader Thank you. 🤗 2w
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Little Women (Kobo) | Louisa May Alcott
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My copy of Little Women was the last birthday gift from my sister who passed away 8 months later.

It‘s old and fragile. Printed in Glasgow with the original owners name and address inside. 🩷

#hashtagbrigade @BarkingMadRead

IndoorDame It‘s gorgeous, and what a meaningful origin ❤️💔 3w
rubyslippersreads What a lovely book, and a lovely memory. ❤️ 3w
LeahBergen Oh, it‘s beautiful. ❤️ 3w
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Librarybelle ❤️❤️❤️ 3w
Deblovestoread A lovely copy and a wonderful keepsake 💔💜 3w
dabbe #priceless 💙🩵💙 3w
tpixie What a treasure 💎. It sucks losing a sister. I‘m sorry for your loss. I miss mine every day. I do have another sister I‘m thankful for 💙🩵💙 3w
Cuilin @tpixie thank you. I‘ve two younger sisters but miss my big sister every day. Sorry for your loss too. 🩵 3w
Cuilin @dabbe absolutely 🩵 3w
Cuilin @Librarybelle 🩷🩵 3w
Cuilin @IndoorDame 🙏🩵🩷 3w
Bookwomble 💕 2w
BarkingMadRead 💕💕💕 2w
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Silver Blaze | Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
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Librarybelle I think, to some degree, you need a bit of imagination to ponder scenarios and possibilities. Not everything is in black and white. 3w
CrystalE02 I think it depends on the story. 3w
Aimeesue Indeed. You have to be able to imagine possible ways the events could have occurred before you can figure out if the clues fit into that scenario or not, or if your suspect could have committed the crime in the way you‘ve imagined it happened. They go hand in hand. 3w
dabbe I find this observation by Sherlock to go against his other postulations when he insists on facts, facts, facts. He doesn't read fiction because it's “imaginary.“ Yet now, he believes it's necessary to employ when trying to solve a case. Could this be a case where the character changes his viewpoint somewhat? We do have to see Holmes and Watson evolve over time, don't we? Or do we? 🧐 3w
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Silver Blaze | Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
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Cuilin Did Sherlock compliment the investigator? 3w
Librarybelle He did compliment the investigator! To me, Holmes seemed a bit less pompous than in prior stories. Almost human. Almost. 3w
CrystalE02 Holmes seemed like he was more human and nicer in this story. I was sitting there thinking as I was reading this story, did he fall and hit his head. Lol!!! 3w
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Read4life I agree. Holmes was definitely more mellow. 3w
Aimeesue Clearly, the country air did him some good! 😂 3w
CogsOfEncouragement I read this collection 12 years ago. I read The Curious Incident… 2 years ago. When I read that sentence this time around I was surprised and amused. 3w
dabbe Watson made some astute observations that Holmes even complimented him on. I want to know if either one of them bet on Blaze. Watson was quite the gambler. 😀 3w
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Silver Blaze | Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
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Cuilin I really enjoyed this one. Great storytelling and a double mystery. 3w
Librarybelle I liked this one too. It was a fast read, and there are a couple of instances where Holmes was pleasantly surprised by Watson‘s observations. I was so happy for Watson! 😂 3w
Cuilin @Librarybelle Sherlock seemed “upbeat” was he under the influence??? lol 3w
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Librarybelle @Cuilin Maybe he was! 😂 3w
CrystalE02 I liked it!! I did have to reread a certain part of the story when it came to Holmes conclusion. It was fast. 3w
Read4life I enjoyed this one, too. 3w
Aimeesue I enjoyed this one! 3w
CogsOfEncouragement I caught on that the culprit just covered the horse‘s well known markings. I didn‘t critically think about who might have been able to drug the food. I enjoyed this one too. 3w
dabbe To me, this one is the precursor to the HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES (my #1 SH of all time) and the setting on the moors of Dartmoor. Dark, brooding, mysterious ... plus we have a horse in this one and a hound in the other. According to THE STRAND magazine, Doyle listed “Silver Blaze“ as his 13th favorite, and the public (who were polled in 1999) listed it as #4. Of all we've read so far, it'd be in my top ten. 🐎 3w
Cuilin @dabbe yes, and the moors are a character themselves. Very moody. 3w
kelli7990 I liked this story. 3w
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Untitled | Untitled
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#TuesdayTunes @TieDyeDude

Love the plays on BBC 4
I grew up listening to 2 fm, RIP Gerry Ryan my all time favorite DJ.
I also like NPR. Ira Glass, Terry Gross and “Wait, Wait don‘t tell me”. I liked Diane Rehm too.

TieDyeDude Thanks for sharing! 4w
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The Silver Donkey | Sonya Hartnett, Don Powers
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During WWI two young French girls befriend a blind, British and AWOL soldier in the woods. They agree to help him get back to his very ill brother in England. He shares stories about the silver trinket he keeps in his pocket. A very sweet and sad story. #MiddleGradeMonday


Karisimo Wow! I haven‘t heard of this one, but sounds so good! Thanks for sharing! 4w
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Solace | Baird
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#litsolace #hyggehour
It‘s humid in New Hampshire this evening.

Part one: bath, new book, Grapefruit Spindrift, and sand and fog candle. Feeling good so far. Then onto
Part two: bed, Sherlock audiobook, and chamomile tea.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 💛💛💛 4w
TheBookHippie Looks so lovely !!! 4w
Chrissyreadit Perfect! 4w
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Three | Valrie Perrin
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This is as close to perfection as you can get. I can feel a book hangover on the way. I started on Friday, ignored other reads (apologies Denise, @dabbe reading Sherlock today 🤦‍♀️) and finished it this morning.
“We think we know everything about our friends when we really know nothing” and that‘s basically what this whole book is about. Even the secrets have secrets.

squirrelbrain I *really* need to get to this! 4w
BarbaraBB I loved this one so much too. And both her other books even more! 4w
Tamra Love Perrin! 4w
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Cuilin @BarbaraBB I haven‘t read Forgotten on Sunday‘s yet. Saw someone on Goodreads say it was their favorite. Guess I should order it. 4w
Cuilin @squirrelbrain it‘s been on my shelf for over a year, now I need to order the next Perrin. 4w
Cuilin @Tamra same 😊 4w
squirrelbrain Yes, it‘s been on my shelf for about that long too. 😬 I loved Fresh Water for Flowers but haven‘t read Forgotten on Sundays yet either. 4w
dabbe Now on the TBR! 🤩 4w
dabbe @Cuilin I haven't read anything by her! Should I read that one first? 4w
Cuilin @dabbe it seems to be the gateway book for fans of hers. 4w
sarahbarnes I loved Fresh Water and can‘t wait to get to this one! 4w
Cuilin @sarahbarnes I just ordered from Blackwells 4w
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The Secret Chord: A Novel | Geraldine Brooks
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#BookedInTime #BiblicalFiction

I gave it 5 ⭐️ Amazing storytelling, but the violence was difficult to read.
It is the story, told through Nathan the prophet, of King David from young child, to boy hero with a sling, to soldier, becoming king and ruler. This account sees him as both hero and an extremely flawed man.

@dabbe @desha @rachel52 @rubyslippersreads @chaoticmissadventures @barkingmadread
@megnews @sblbooks

dabbe On the list! 🤩🤩🤩 1mo
Cuilin @dabbe thanks Denise. 1mo
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Itchyfeetreader Oh I love this author .. I have a different book for this but suspect I won‘t get to it until next month. May has been all sorts of not what I planned ! 1mo
Cuilin @Itchyfeetreader Every year I‘m surprised at how busy the month of May is. 1mo
Aimeesue Great review! 1mo
julieclair I think I actually have a copy of this buried somewhere in my bookshelves. 1mo
Cuilin @julieclair it took me a little while to get into it. Glad I stuck with it. 1mo
Cuilin @Aimeesue thanks 😊 1mo
julieclair I dug around and found it on my shelf last night. Since I have only just started the book I had planned to read, I‘m going to switch to this one instead. Thanks for the heads up about sticking with it. 1mo
Cuilin @julieclair I feel I would do you a disservice to also not give some trigger warnings for violence and rape. But I think the telling of the tale is worth the read. 1mo
julieclair Thank you for the warning. I may skim over those scenes. 1mo
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Librarybelle I‘ve not really necessarily followed this thought. I wouldn‘t say this solution follows this, either, but I am admittedly not the deepest thinker. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 1mo
CrystalE02 Sometimes I can. It depends on the situation. 1mo
Aimeesue Most of the time you can, as far as crimes go. There are only so many people who could have committed a particular crime. If 3 out of 4 suspects have alibis, it‘s not looking good for #4, unless you can poke holes in an alibi. The tough part is figuring how it was done. Heart of the detective novel, right? 1mo
CogsOfEncouragement Much of the time you can figure out what happened, and these stories are enjoyable because Holmes can figure them out. Yet I think that sometimes truth is stranger than fiction and justice is not always served. 1mo
IndoorDame I‘m going to vote for no. I actually tried to reason this one out (usually I just enjoy the story) and I got a few pieces right but most wrong, but Holmes and I thought through a few totally different suspects, and that‘s just in a short story with limited possibilities, real life is infinitely more random and complex… 1mo
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Librarybelle The son had feelings for Mary, right? To me, I thought his covering for Mary was some weird shielding her from discovery out of love scenario. I think this also shows the dangers of leaping to conclusions - the patriarch immediately labeling the son as the culprit. 1mo
dabbe @Librarybelle And the father's following of stereotypes: because the son was a gambler, well he must be a thief then too, right? Wonder if that's a hasty generalization fallacy that we both thought of? 🤔 1mo
CrystalE02 The father's actions and process of thought got me, but it was the time period of the past. That was the way they thought back then. Mary would have been a pawn of her family at the time 1mo
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Librarybelle Yes, @dabbe . Agreed! 1mo
Aimeesue Son: I ain‘t a snitch! Dad: We must find the beryls to avoid National disgrace! Mary: I‘m not saying *I* did it, but Sonny Boy is innocent, I just know it! 1mo
Cuilin @Aimeesue perfect summary, I can tell you hang out with the #hashtagbrigade lol 😆 1mo
CogsOfEncouragement Love is crazy I guess, Holder's son would rather be in jail than put Mary there, no matter the circumstances. Mary's decisions make me sad. I'm sure Burnwell was using her for such a time as this. I don't trust him to have been true to her even if the scheme had worked. I think Mary did leave to be with Burnwell, I just don't think Burnwell will be interested in her for much longer and Mary will be worse off than ever. 1mo
IndoorDame I definitely think lying, knowing you may end up in prison, to protect a woman you know doesn‘t love you is all about honor, and a kind of honor that you really don‘t see anymore. 1mo
Aimeesue @CogsOfEncouragement I agree, he‘s going to dump Mary as soon as she‘s not useful. 1mo
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Librarybelle I overall liked this one. It had enough intrigue for me, along with a red herring or two, that carried me through the narrative. There were a couple of elements that I think Holmes knew but the reader did not - the barefoot prints in the snow, for example - unless I missed that description by Watson when viewing the scene. 1mo
dabbe The carbuncle vs. the beryl! 😂 I had to look these up the very first time I read these stories long ago. I love that Doyle didn't just use the regular old diamond! I enjoyed this one, especially the message of misreading people at one's peril: the often used theme of “don't judge a book by its cover.“ Favorites overall? “The Speckled Band“ and “The Blue Carbuncle.“

I'm working on the next schedule and will have it out SOON! 🤩
CrystalE02 I enjoyed this one a lot!!! This has been fun. I have enjoyed going through the short stories slowly and really looking into them. I know my stepdad is enjoying our discussion about the Sherlock Holmes stories. 1mo
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kelli7990 I enjoyed this story. I don‘t have any favorites. 1mo
Aimeesue I liked this one, but I like any Holmes story where he puts on a disguise. 🥸 1mo
CogsOfEncouragement Hi all! I was at an out of town graduation earlier today but read this one this week and enjoyed it. I was stressed out right along with Mr. Holder when he was given the coronet for safe keeping. I felt bad for him that he put so much misplaced trust in his niece.
@librarybelle @dabbe @CrystalE02 @kelli7990 @Aimeesue
I'm not sure I have a fav, I adore Holmes & Watson.
IndoorDame I definitely enjoyed this one! I‘m no good at picking favorites, but I‘ve been loving this collection! 1mo
dabbe @librarybelle @CrystalE02 @kelli7990 @Aimeesue @CogsOfEncouragement @IndoorDame ... and there are still so many more to come! 🤩🤩🤩 1mo
CogsOfEncouragement @dabbe Such an enjoyable BR to discuss them all! 1mo
dabbe @CogsOfEncouragement YES! 🤩😀😘 1mo
eeclayton I prefer the stories in which SH needs to go somewhere, look around and investigate, to the ones where he instantly forms his theory based on what the client tells him. But I've enjoyed each story so far 🤩 1mo
AnneCecilie I liked this one. I‘m not sure I have a favorite, but I guessed one and that my least favorite 1mo
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Les gratitudes | Delphine Vigan
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Denise, @dabbe thank you so much. This gift truly touched my heart. The last few months have been so challenging as I learn more and more what a Lupus diagnosis means. Your kindness means more to me than words can express. I am having some good days that we‘re naming “Flair Downs”. Thank you again. Litsy folks truly are the best!! 🥰

dabbe Two new hashtags: #flairdowns and #fds! Glad to have put a smile on that lovely face. One day at a time, m'dear. You got this. 👊💪🫶 2mo
TheBookHippie ♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️ 1mo
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Nothing Ventured | Jeffrey Archer
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Just some good old-fashioned storytelling. Did I learn anything? Not really. Did it blow my mind? Not even a bit. Did I enjoy it? Absolutely

Cathedral of the Sea: A Novel | Ildefonso Falcones
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Yes it was an epic masterpiece but it was also just a bit too much. There is only so much cruelty I can take with the racism, classism, feudal systems of oppression, religious oppression, treatment of women, and the brutality of the Inquisition. It‘s an amazing read but I was racing just to get it over with.
How is your read?

#BookedInTime #SpanishInquisition

dabbe I'm way behind and am still with the Celts in Ireland! 😜 2mo
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Cuilin @dabbe I‘d stick with the celts if I were you, Denise. I don‘t think I‘m likely to pick the Inquisition for #BookedInTime ever again Lol 2mo
julieclair I haven‘t started mine yet, but I was thinking I really wanted to read it. Now I‘m not so sure. Maybe I‘ll start, and if it‘s too violent & depressing, I‘ll give myself permission to DNF it. My book is 2mo
ChaoticMissAdventures Oh that is too bad. There really needs to be balance in these books to make them bearable. 2mo
Cuilin @ChaoticMissAdventures I just got a lupus diagnosis and I‘ve been pretty sick so I think this made me more sensitive to the darker aspects of the novel because there‘s no denying it is a good book. 2mo
Cuilin @julieclair what a dark time in history, whoa. No judgment if you DNF. 2mo
ChaoticMissAdventures @Cuilin so sorry to hear! Lupus is a beast, hoping you can get on a plan that helps you feel better soon, and that next month's book is happier! 2mo
Aimeesue Sorry to hear about the diagnosis. Autoimmune stuff is so hard. Hope you find a med that works well for you quickly! 2mo
Cuilin @ChaoticMissAdventures @Aimeesue thank you both. It‘s certainly a learning curve. 2mo
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IndoorDame Some jobs (like this one) are clearly sketchy, but whether people walk into them anyway because they‘re too naive to notice or too desperate to pass I think they still deserve justice when they get burned. 2mo
Cuilin @IndoorDame Right? That seems fair. He was clearly targeted. Stark knew he had no family. No one would miss him. (edited) 2mo
CogsOfEncouragement When someone confirms you are an orphan and a bachelor maybe realize they are saying “So no one will go to the police to report you missing? Cool cool cool.” And extract yourself from the situation. Also, he was given a story that this fellow wants to cheat his neighbors out of what was theirs. Despicable. To go along with this for high pay is abhorrent. I‘m not saying he deserved death, or a missing thumb… 2mo
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CogsOfEncouragement …but the engineer is seeing the injustice of not being paid for his help and the loss of his thumb rather than seeing he was willing to work for wicked, greedy men. Escaping to tell this tale at parties seems fine compensation. 2mo
dabbe @CogsOfEncouragement Also when he complains at the end, he reminded me of Jabez Wilson in “The Red-Headed League“, complaining that he lost his good job of copying out of the encyclopedia, and Holmes rebuffs him by saying he gained at least some knowledge along the way. 😂 2mo
CogsOfEncouragement @dabbe LOL these men are not that sharp. 2mo
dabbe @CogsOfEncouragement Too true! The villains have to be as smart as the detective but not the clients! 🤩😂😀 2mo
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The things I do for littens! Seriously the minute I read about the missing thumb I felt nauseous. This is when I would normally DNF (I know the clue was in the title) But I‘m glad I pushed on. It‘s definitely one I will remember.

IndoorDame Haha, personally I have a thing about those the room will crush you setups. 😱This one was definitely higher on the horror scale than usual. 2mo
CogsOfEncouragement That injury even made Watson shudder, so we are in good company to be repulsed. The moldy hallway was creepy. And yeah, @IndoorDame I would not have been so comfortable to go back into the roomsize press on my own to poke around. No way. 2mo
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Cuilin @CogsOfEncouragement Definitely darker vibes in this one. 2mo
eeclayton Did anyone else get Dracula vibes: journey in the middle of the night, someone waiting at the train station, long ride through unknown regions, arriving at a big house, lady trying to convince man to run away? 2mo
Aimeesue Somehow, scenes of attempted murder are more disturbing than the actual murders that take place off stage. 2mo
Aimeesue @eeclayton Yes! And this story was published first, oddly enough. 2mo
Cuilin @Aimeesue agreed, I like my murders off stage. Lol 2mo
Cuilin @eeclayton now that you mention it!!! Creepy 2mo
dabbe @Aimeesue Maybe DRACULA borrowed from it? 🧐 2mo
dabbe I got major claustrophobia in the almost-crushed-to-death scene. It kind of reminded me of the trash-compactor scene in the original STAR WARS (Harrison Ford again, @Aimeesue!) 🤩 2mo
Librarybelle @eeclayton Yes! Total Dracula vibes! 2mo
kelli7990 When the thumb was missing, it made me shudder. It made me squeamish. (edited) 2mo
Aimeesue Is this the right time to tell you all that I once sliced the side of my thumb off? Or should I not mention that? 👍🏼 2mo
Cuilin @Aimeesue love the thumbs up 👍 😆 hope it healed well. I get squeamish due to a horrific news story in my teens about the IRA kidnapping a dentist for ransom and sending his fingers in the mail when his family didn‘t pay up. He did get free, but the kidnapper was on the loose around Ireland for months. It was a big story in the 80s. 2mo
Cuilin @kelli7990 I was hoping I wasn‘t the only one. So many enjoy horror. I need all the trigger warnings. 2mo
Aimeesue @Cuilin Yikes! That would be traumatizing! My thumb healed nicely, but it‘s definitely a bit squared off on that side now. 😋 2mo
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IndoorDame I liked how out there it looked at first, and then how reasonable it all was when it was explained. Covering up a major counterfeiting operation is one of the soundest motives for murder we‘ve seen yet, and it definitely explains the police jumping in with no evidence and all the rest. 2mo
CogsOfEncouragement The fresh horse was certainly an important detail Holmes asked about. I enjoyed this one. 2mo
Cuilin @CogsOfEncouragement when he asked the question I remember thinking, that‘s gonna be important. 2mo
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CogsOfEncouragement @Cuilin lol Right? But then I didn‘t think about until he woke up so near the station. Then I figured that long ride had been a ruse. 2mo
eeclayton I felt like Sherlock was kind of unnecessary in this one. Even though he pointed out what he pointed out, the police would have found the house without him (they could see the fire from the train station), and the culprits completely disappeared. Even so, I enjoyed the story. 2mo
Aimeesue I particularly enjoy the Indiana Jones style escape from immanent peril! Or Star Wars. Something about Harrison Ford being crushed 😉 2mo
dabbe @Aimeesue And exactly at the last possible moment! It reminded me of the miraculous escape of the narrator in Poe's “The Pit and the Pendulum“--again at exactly the last possible moment. 2mo
dabbe @eeclayton Agree 💯. Holmes was basically along for the ride. Still a fun story, though. 2mo
Librarybelle It was a fun story, more adventure than mystery in my opinion. 2mo
kelli7990 I enjoyed this story. 2mo
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North Woods | Daniel Mason
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What did I just read? Every page I asked myself why am I reading this? It certainly has literary and artistic merit. I‘m not sure why I put it on my Libby list, it‘s not a book I would normally choose. I think it‘s a “blame it on Litsy” book. I didn‘t love it, but I didn‘t hate it. Overall it‘s good.

julieclair This actually sounds really good! It‘s interesting that you didn‘t find it lived up to its promise. Great review… very helpful. 👍 2mo
Cuilin @julieclair It is good. It‘s just not something I would‘ve chosen if I had known about the paranormal aspect. However the writing is wonderful. Do you think you‘ll read it? 2mo
julieclair Probably not, unless it is chosen as a selection for any of the buddy reads I do or book clubs I‘m in. Which I‘d be fine with. 2mo
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The Rachel Incident: A novel | Caroline O'Donoghue
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At times it gave me Bridget Jones vibes. It‘s not my usual genre and honestly, I only read it because it was set in my home city, Cork Ireland. Tara Flynn‘s narration was perfect. It truly felt like I was home again. Had the right balance of humor and drama. Five🌟

batsy It felt like Cork came alive as its own character in this one 💚 2mo
BarbaraBB I loved it too and Cork was a perfect setting! 2mo
Cuilin @batsy Cork was definitely a main character!! 2mo
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Cuilin @BarbaraBB agreed 👍 2mo
Suet624 It was a fun read and especially great because of Cork! 2mo
Cuilin @Suet624 yes. Cork humor certainly came through. 2mo
TheBookHippie My daughter loved this book! 2mo
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The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle | Arthur Conan Doyle, Sir
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CogsOfEncouragement Holmes seems to care foremost about the brain teaser. He finds satisfaction in unraveling the answer. In these short stories of not pursuing penalty for the perpetrators he always gives a list of logical reasons for doing so. It doesn‘t seem that he doesn‘t care at all, it seems he finds himself adequate judge and jury in these particular cases. He convinces Watson with his logic and I kinda trust Watson to do the right thing. 2mo
dabbe Holmes says it best: “I am not retained by the police to supply their deficiencies. If Horner were in danger it would be another thing; but this fellow will not appear against him, and the case must collapse. I suppose that I am commuting a felony, but it is just possible that I am saving a soul.“ As the world's first consulting detective, Holmes is not required to work within the constraints of the police, which was a new organization as well. 2mo
Cuilin @dabbe I loved the saving a soul line. 🫶 2mo
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dabbe @Cuilin 💙🩵💙 2mo
CogsOfEncouragement @dabbe @Cuilin Good points. Holmes is sometimes reimagined for tv as lacking in the humanity department and I feel this points to the opposite. 2mo
Cuilin @CogsOfEncouragement agreed. He sees things which others do not. 2mo
Librarybelle I loved that line, @dabbe . I agree, @CogsOfEncouragement …Holmes lays out his reasonings and does seem to make judgments as “judge and jury.” And very true about the personification of Holmes on TV…we don‘t necessarily his more humane thinking in some of these adaptations rather than in the stories. 2mo
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CogsOfEncouragement Well, I sure like Watson as our narrator. He‘s necessary. I think Holmes really needs Watson in his life too. Watson is essential. 😉 We are so far removed from men dressing this way, but I had thought that possibly a man could wear an old hat for a reason, not that the hat was his only or best hat he had. Of course not the case, just a thought I had while reading. 2mo
dabbe Agree 💯 with @CogsOfEncouragement. Watson is essential. As Holmes puts it, Watson is his “Boswell.“ Watson humanizes Holmes. Holmes's deductions re: the hat are a bit far-fetched today, but back then ... maybe not. My favorite deduction is when Holmes claims Henry Baker is intelligent just because his hat is big (bigger than even Holmes's head). Phrenology was a big deal back then--now reduced to a pseudoscience. 2mo
Librarybelle I said to myself “you can tell this is the age of phrenology” when I read about the large hat size, @dabbe ! Completely agree with @CogsOfEncouragement that Watson is essential. He serves well as the narrator. 2mo
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CogsOfEncouragement Goose chase! LOL I liked this one. Clever fun. The crime is definitely significant. Alas, the criminal is one who thought he had a spectacular plan but managed to blow it. 2mo
Cuilin @CogsOfEncouragement I thought this one was fun too. It‘s nice when authors don‘t take themselves too seriously and can have a little fun. 2mo
Read4life I enjoyed it, too. @CogsOfEncouragement it went from spectacular plan to plan blown spectacularly. 🤓 2mo
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dabbe I also believe it's the only SH story that is a close-to-Christmas caper. A fun one with quite the comic relief! 2mo
CogsOfEncouragement @Read4life haha Exactly! lol 2mo
CrystalE02 I enjoyed reading this one. I thought it was fun!!!! 2mo
Cuilin @CrystalE02 it certainly had some humorous qualities. 2mo
Cuilin @Read4life not exactly a criminal mastermind. 2mo
CatLass007 It was light-hearted enough but I still don‘t like the way Holmes just seems to know things that are not known to the reader. 2mo
Librarybelle This one was much better than the story from last week, in my opinion. It was fun and a bit light. 2mo
Cuilin @CatLass007 I understand that. I‘m one of those readers that always think they can solve the mystery themselves. So I love it when a writer provides all the clues. At least give me a chance. Lol 2mo
Cuilin @Librarybelle agreed. It‘s wonderful to see the variety in the short stories. 2mo
kelli7990 I enjoyed this story. 2mo
Aimeesue @dabbe True! It‘s one of those seasonal stories I read year after year in December. 2mo
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The Guinevere Deception | Kiersten White
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@Nessavamusic thank you so much for such a lovely package. I love everything especially the books. The Encyclopedia of Faeries 🧚 looks amazing and The Guinevere Deception has been on my TBR for awhile now. So excited to read these. 🤩 I loved this swap #LitsyFoundFamilySwap. Thank you to @KateReadsYA for organizing. 🫶

Nessavamusic Yay! I hope you enjoy everything! 3mo
KateReadsYA I want to read both of those books as well!!!! You're welcome. 3mo
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The five orange pips | Arthur Conan Doyle
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CatLass007 Short term memory is interesting. Short term memory can handle just a few pieces of information at a time. When something else presents itself the brain makes a decision about whether to forget something, move it to long term memory, or keep it in short term memory for a bit longer. Some things just don‘t need to be remembered. I think Holmes idea of long term memory being like an attic is spot on. Although he seems to have more (cont)⬇️ 3mo
CatLass007 control over what is worth remaining in the memory, the attic. 3mo
Librarybelle We don‘t see Holmes‘ methods as fully as we do in the past cases, or at least that‘s what I felt. While he does figure out the case, it‘s after the fact. This is an interesting quote…determining what to remember versus what can be shuffled around or rearranged to accommodate other thoughts. Something worth thinking upon… 3mo
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IndoorDame I think he did. Tracking down the sailors was not that interesting to me. But solving the why of the case was interesting. From a modern perspective it was immediately clear that the Klan was responsible for the threats and the murders, but it wasn‘t clear to me what the uncle‘s connection to them was. I thought of several possibilities, and Sherlock‘s actual deduction wasn‘t one of them. 3mo
dabbe This quote makes me think of Benedict Cumberbatche's Sherlock's “mind palace“, a brilliant way to illustrate this point. And where would Holmes have been on this case without his trust encyclopedia? 😂 3mo
Cuilin @dabbe yeah, this did make me think of the whole mind palace of “Sherlock” too. I was surprised that the Klan would‘ve made it into an Encyclopedia during the Victorian era. 3mo
dabbe @Cuilin Same here! 3mo
Aimeesue I highlighted this quote. It‘s something I think about a lot for my job, because available resources and contacts are always changing, so I have to know where to find what a person needs when then need it. Vs knowing the systems and processes we follow and how to make them work for folks we serve. I have a LOT of files of resources on my computer! 3mo
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The five orange pips | Arthur Conan Doyle
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CatLass007 I think Holmes feels responsible. But he seems to be embarrassed rather than remorseful. 3mo
Librarybelle I think we see as close to feeling remorseful as he can - not completely, but he acknowledges there are consequences. I like @CatLass007 noting that it seems to be more embarrassment, which I think best fits his overall thoughts. 3mo
IndoorDame I think it‘s natural that he would feel responsible, but I actually don‘t think he is. Being an investigator is a totally different skill set than being a bodyguard. After advising caution, which he did, the things he can effectively do to help protect a client are limited. 3mo
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Read4life I agree @IndoorDame. He warned him but he‘s not a bodyguard. I also agree it‘s more embarrassment than remorse. 3mo
Cuilin @CatLass007 yes, it‘s more about his failings and embarrassment. 3mo
Cuilin @IndoorDame I think Sherlock is very literal so when somebody asks for help solving a puzzle, he takes that seriously. The request was not to protect his life. 3mo
dabbe I agree that Holmes is not a bodyguard, but if he wanted to nab the killers, he and Watson could have gone with Openshaw (Watson with his trusty gun, of course), and they might have been able to catch the guys in the act--just like they did in “The Red-Headed League.“ But then it'd probably be too similar, so there's that. Plus, Watson writes about cases that are unique, and having one's client die definitely makes it--what's the word? SINGULAR. 3mo
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The five orange pips | Arthur Conan Doyle
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Cuilin This makes me think I read too many cozy mysteries as I was a little frustrated with the ending. Lol 3mo
CatLass007 Yes, it was a frustrating ending. But this sad story has an even worse real-life equivalent. The Klan never disbanded, as Conan Doyle states. It just went underground for several decades and still had a huge impact on life in the South. Even worse, they‘ve come out of the woodworks lately. They are no longer underground. They are in everyone‘s faces. (edited) 3mo
Librarybelle Totally agree, @CatLass007 . A frustrating ending and also an IRL tie-in. I had read this one years ago and completely forgot about the connection to that horrific group. 3mo
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IndoorDame I‘m not sure I would have found any ending to a story about the Klan satisfying. As @CatLass007 says less and less underground in recent years, so an ending where Sherlock bested the Klan in some grander sense would‘ve been even less satisfying. 3mo
Cuilin @IndoorDame yeah that‘s a good point. It‘s interesting that Doyle could probably see how the Klan could go on and live underground. I guess I just felt unsatisfied that these two Klan members weren‘t caught. Drowning seems too good for them. 3mo
Read4life Such good points made by @CatLass007 & @IndoorDame. Like @Librarybelle I forgot the connection to the Klan. 3mo
dabbe Doyle doesn't seem afraid to bring out atrocities: colonialism by the British over India, and the Klan ... this is also one in which the client dies. Why on earth did Holmes send him home, knowing how dire the consequences were? This one was hard for me to suspend my disbelief. Why not go with him and then nab the killers? They were in the bank all night long in “The Red-Headed League“; they could have done something similar here. 3mo
Cuilin @dabbe he could have at least sent Watson with him. 3mo
dabbe @Cuilin With his trusty gun! 🤩 3mo
Aimeesue I think this was the only possible (mostly) satisfying ending. How could they have been arrested in the US? There was no proof any of the deaths were actually murders. Even were they tried, the jury would‘ve been all Southern white men and we know how bias and racism are STILL affecting trials today, so I wouldn‘t have had a lot of hope for justice there. 3mo
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Heidi | Johanna Spyri
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I found two more copies. The picture book my MIL got for my daughter from a trip to Switzerland. The small one I got at jumble sale in the 80‘s. This is the one I wanted to read as I remember reading it when I was 12 while listening to Bohemian Rhapsody, and now I can‘t separate Heidi and Queen. But it‘s falling apart, so I think I‘ll read my grandmother‘s hardback copy. All four books are different translations.

TheBookHippie How wonderful ♥️♥️♥️♥️ 3mo
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Their New-Found Family | Rebecca Winters
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Forgot to take a picture of package but it‘s on the way. @Nessavamusic This was so fun to put together. #FoundFamilySwap @KateReadsYA

KateReadsYA Yayyy 🎉 thanks for the update. 3mo
Nessavamusic @KateReadsYA Mine is also on the way, totally forgot to take a picture. 3mo
KateReadsYA @Nessavamusic Thank you for letting me know :) 3mo
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1. My parents have no idea where they got my name. There‘s a mountain range and islands of the coast of Scotland called Cuilin and the Irish for holly is cuileann or cuilinn.
2. I can‘t even get a key chain with my name but someone named an Irish Wolfhound after me.
Thanks for the tag @RamsFan1963

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A case of identity | Arthur Conan Doyle
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IndoorDame He says she won‘t believe him, and it‘s dangerous to rob women of their “delusions”. But I think it‘s actually that at that time it doesn‘t occur to him that she might need to know the true character of the people around her so she can use her own critical reasoning skills more effectively in the future, because he assumes there will always be a man around to think and decide for her. 3mo
CatLass007 Again, I see this as a symptom of Holmes‘s cynicism, probably Conan Doyle‘s cynicism expressed through Holmes. The circumstances under which the spirit of women is crushed and then they are forced to conform to the standards of society, a society that is inhabited by both men and women. The women who were crushed are now doing much of the crushing. (edited) 3mo
SpellboundReader Holmes has already decided Mary has no critical thinking skills, so why bother to tell her. His decision will allow her to be victimized again. I think the egotistical behavior of Holmes is horrible, even toward Watson. I'm not quite sure why he puts up with him. 3mo
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Librarybelle Agree, @BeeCurious ! Holmes thinks he‘s superior, no matter what, but especially toward women. Mary is not worthy to learn the solution. 3mo
CogsOfEncouragement If Holmes tells her, she loses her mother completely. She also loses the feeling of being loved and wanted as a bride. Holmes also believes the cold-blooded stepfather to end on the gallows sooner or later. 3mo
SpellboundReader @IndoorDame @CatLass007 @Librarybelle - Holmes really is a tough character to like or even respect, as he shows so little respect to others. I suppose readers can admire his brilliance and hope he mellows out a little throughout the series. This is just my personal reaction to Holmes as a character, so far anyway. 3mo
CatLass007 @BeeCurious You‘re not wrong. 3mo
dabbe Again, I have to go back to Watson. The story is told through HIS eyes, not Holmes's. I'd like to think he's being completely objective in his reports, but even Holmes tells him he gets too fanciful sometimes. On these re-readings, I have really been honing in on Watson more than Holmes for some reason. RE: women ... the mother is sly and (dare I say) evil towards her daughter: two completely opposite portrayals of women who are blood-related. 3mo
SpellboundReader @dabbe Good points, especially about the mother. During each reread I'm sure you are picking up on many different things. Many of these stories are a first read for me, so I've been hyper focused on Holmes. He is a shocking character, even through Watson's eyes. I wasn't expecting that. Of course Holmes is also a product of Victorian society with a male author, so I probably shouldn't be shocked. 3mo
CrystalE02 It could have been both of view of Holmes and Watson. 3mo
dabbe @BeeCurious I also am getting to see Holmes with new eyes, thanks to all of you! What a wonderful reading community this is. 🤩😃😍 3mo
dabbe @CrystalE02 Absolutely. They're both (ahem) Victorian men, though Sherlock does seem to have a more scathing view of women. I think Watson sees them as damsels in distress (aka his wife, Mary). 3mo
kelli7990 Maybe he didn‘t tell her the truth because he knew that she wouldn‘t believe him. 3mo
Aimeesue @CogsOfEncouragement I absolutely agree. Rather paternalistic, but Mary doesn‘t seem to care much about the money - of which they‘re shorting her of only the income, not the principal, right? What would happen to her if he did reveal the scheme? 3mo
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A case of identity | Arthur Conan Doyle
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IndoorDame It‘s a favorite quote of mine! But I see this story more as demonstrating how cruel life is than how strange. Maybe we just live in more cynical times? 3mo
CatLass007 Didn‘t Shakespeare say something similar in one of his plays? I‘m paraphrasing but the theme was “There are more things in heaven and earth than are dreamt of in your philosophy.” Or am I trying to fit a round peg into a square hole by comparing the two? 3mo
CatLass007 @IndoorDame I don‘t know that we live in more cynical times. Holmes doesn‘t just feel superior to others, his cynicism about the motives of others is on full display. 3mo
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Librarybelle I have said a few times life is stranger than fiction! 😂 Call it my years working at the library! 😂 But, I like @IndoorDame ‘s assessment, that this story shows the cruelty of life rather than strange. I see this as a story of manipulation as well. 3mo
CogsOfEncouragement I find a character in a story of fiction saying this quite funny. Real life is so strange, dear reader, please forget you are reading a story from the imagination of the author. I feel it is another bit of dry wit which makes me enjoy this series so much. 3mo
kelli7990 I think it does. I think it‘s strange and disgusting that the stepfather in this story pretended to be a potential suitor for his stepdaughter so no one else would marry her and he ended up marrying her for money. How did she not know that she married her stepfather? He must have been really good at disguising himself. 3mo
Aimeesue The lengths to which her mother and stepfather went were mind boggling. Who does that? 3mo
Cuilin @CatLass007 ah yes, Hamlet to Horatio who he believes has a narrow outlook on the world. 3mo
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A case of identity | Arthur Conan Doyle
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IndoorDame I have mixed feelings about this. I found the fiction vs. reality part of it very satisfying, but the perception of women part infuriating. So the solution itself was actually very satisfying, but then the fact that the law couldn‘t touch her her stepfather, that Sherlock didn‘t bother to tell Mary what he discovered, that he clearly hadn‘t intended to tell her even before she left his office, & how nonchalant he was about it all really rankled. 3mo
CatLass007 I completely agree with @IndoorDame! Holmes is a creature of his time, and I suspect Conan Doyle was as much of a misogynist as his creation. But I sometimes wonder if the term misanthrope would be a more apt description. Holmes is extremely condescending to his male clients and even his supposed friend Dr. John Watson. Did anyone else notice that all the female clients and/or suspects are named “Mary”? 3mo
SpellboundReader Shame on Holmes for judging Mary as having a vacuous face and then not telling Mary who the perpetrator was. How is she to protect herself? It seems Homes just took the case for his own self- gratification. 3mo
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Librarybelle I completely agree with @IndoorDame - I enjoyed the fiction but the brush off of Mary and the unwillingness to share his findings is disappointing, though not out of character. Dare I say that I figured out the mystery/solution and I am - gasp - a woman!! Interesting thought, @CatLass007 - I had not thought of that! 3mo
CatLass007 @BeeCurious You‘re quite right. @Librarybelle What exactly had you not thought of? The misogyny, the misanthropy? All the above? 3mo
Librarybelle @CatLass007 Sorry - the use of Mary for the clients and suspects 3mo
CatLass007 @Librarybelle Even Watson‘s wife is named Mary, right. Of course, initially she was a client. Irene Adler is the only character we‘ve met so far which Conan Doyle seems to have used any imagination in choosing a name. Wait, if we were still in college, which I most definitely am not, this could make a fun drinking game. Every time a character named Mary shows up or is even mentioned, everyone drinks!🍷🤪 3mo
dabbe I can't help but be reminded that it is Watson who is writing this (supposedly). So, it's also him who is showing his misogynistic thoughts as well. Plus, a 1st-person narrator is never completely reliable, so how much of these damning words against women are Sherlock's? Or are they Watson's? Or both? 3mo
CogsOfEncouragement Some people change the system and some maneuver the best they can within it. Women don‘t have a lot of rights at this time. Holmes and Watson live within these laws. I feel like Doyle told stories that got people thinking about how someone like that stepfather should be prosecuted but he actually broke no law at that time. 3mo
kelli7990 Yeah. I feel like it was satisfying. 3mo
Read4life Good point, @dabbe Definitely something to think about. 3mo
dabbe @Read4life 🤩😃😍 3mo
Aimeesue I found it satisfying, though I‘m irate at mom for going along with scamming her own daughter. Mary, you need to be more suspicious! 3mo
SpellboundReader @Cuilin Thank you for posting these thought provoking questions. 3mo
Cuilin @BeeCurious you‘re welcome, apologies for lack of responses as I was at a memorial service and with family but hope to respond today. 3mo
Cuilin @IndoorDame agree, for Sherlock solving the riddle comes before caring for the client. 3mo
Cuilin @CatLass007 yes, for Sherlock the puzzle, case always comes first. 3mo
Cuilin @Librarybelle yes , me a woman figured it out too!! Shocking 😮 3mo
Cuilin @dabbe good point but they‘re definitely Doyle‘s and of their time. 3mo
Cuilin @Aimeesue oh that was infuriating!! No Mom awards there. 3mo
Cuilin @CogsOfEncouragement I asked my husband (prosecutor) what would happen today? He said they could be charged with conspiracy to defraud. 3mo
IndoorDame @Aimeesue couldn‘t agree more!!!! 3mo
IndoorDame @dabbe such a good point! I‘ve been thinking a lot about Doyle‘s POV as the writer, but basically ignoring Watson‘s. I need to start considering his influence too! 3mo
SpellboundReader @cuilin I'm so sorry for your loss. There is no need to apologize either, as there are other things far more important than Litsy. We all appreciate the time and effort you and @dabbe have put into making this buddy read fun and interesting. I'm learning so much and am not certain if I would have even attempted to read all these #sherlocked stories on my own. 3mo
CogsOfEncouragement @Cuilin Yes, so different today. Thankful for the fight the women before us took on to no longer just be property of their father or husband, to be able to vote, to serve on a jury, etc. Sherlock puts no blame on the mother, and I think we need to remember how limited her power was too. 3mo
dabbe @Cuilin Most definitely. Sorry about your loss, too. 💚 3mo
dabbe @IndoorDame 🤩😃😍 These 3 men: Sherlock, Watson, Doyle ... #oy! 😂 3mo
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Heidi's Children | Johanna Spyri, Charles Tritten
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Story time. Yesterday I was looking for my copies of Heidi. I knew I had a few and I came across the one that my brother-in-law gave me after my sister died, I knew it had belonged to my grandmother. Well, I open it up and found a note she had written to my grandmother when she was around eight which means I was about five. I can‘t believe I have this. 🩷

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Ruthiella Lovely ❤️ 4mo
TheBookHippie Beautiful. 🌸 4mo
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BethM The best ❤️ 4mo
Jari-chan ❤️❤️❤️ 4mo
dabbe Simply awesome. 💚💙💚 4mo
marleed That is so sweet!🥰 4mo
LeahBergen Ohhh! ❤️❤️ 4mo
MaureenMc So lovely 💗 4mo
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Daughters of a Dead Empire | Carolyn Tara ONeil
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Here‘s the thing, was this great literature? No. However, did I turn the pages quickly because I was so invested in the story? Yes, and sometimes that‘s all you need from a book. #BookedInTime #RussianRevolution

Next up in March: Ancient Ireland.

How was your February choice, and what are you planning for March?

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julieclair This looks good! And I agree… a book doesn‘t have to be literature to be enjoyable. 4mo
TheBookgeekFrau I'm falling behind, but am hoping to catch up during the summer!! 4mo
Mollyanna For March I‘m reading 4mo
Cuilin @TheBookgeekFrau this is a choose your own path, buddy read. No worries, jump in whenever you can. 🥰 4mo
Cuilin @Mollyanna same author as mine!!! 4mo
SamAnne I haven‘t participated yet but love following the post. Ancient Ireland might be the encouragement I need! 4mo
Bookwormjillk I‘m sorry I‘m not a good member of this group but I‘m enjoying seeing what you all read. 4mo
dabbe I won't be done with my Russian book until the end of February; it's THE BROTHERS KARAMAZOV with the #hashtagbrigade. I'm a bit burnt out on Russian stuff; hence, the not-even-close Russian “Revolution“ novel. 🤩 For March, seems like a lot of us have chosen books by Morgan Llwelyn. Mine is LION OF IRELAND. 4mo
ChaoticMissAdventures I have been having a few conversations lately about the difference between a storyteller and a writer. I think we need both! 4mo
Mollyanna @Cuilin and @dabbe this prompt was made for Morgan Llewelyn 🤣. I looked at both of the books you chose as well. I‘ll get to them eventually, interested to hear what you think… 4mo
dabbe @Mollyanna I've never read anything by her. Is she good? 🤩 4mo
Cuilin @Bookwormjillk it‘s all good. Jump in whenever. 🥰 4mo
Cuilin @Mollyanna @dabbe my book is a part two. The first book, which I really enjoyed is 4mo
Cuilin @ChaoticMissAdventures absolutely, sometimes you need beautiful writing, and other times you just want to be able to keep turning the pages of a good story. 4mo
Cuilin @SamAnne no worries, whatever works for you 🥰 4mo
Mollyanna @Cuilin and @dabbe She is. Although it‘s been a bit since I read one of her books. Many moons ago I read (and liked) 4mo
dabbe @Mollyanna Good to know. Now I'm excited! 🤩 4mo
Bluebird I‘ve fallen behind. My Feb pick is one from my kindle, but I‘ve been on the go so much this month I‘ve only had time for audiobooks. I‘ve read about 20% and enjoying it so far. Hoping to finish next month.. 4mo
Mollyanna @thegreensofa your March pick is very intriguing. Looking forward to hearing how you like it. 4mo
Cuilin @Bluebird Audiobooks are great for when life is busy. 👍🫶 4mo
Cuilin @thegreensofa sounds great, though I think Anglesey is Wales. Though it‘s a short skip over to Ireland. Plus both are Celtic. I‘m relearning Geailge/Irish and want to learn other Celtic languages like Welch. 💚 4mo
Itchyfeetreader I can‘t make my mind up what I might read for March - I enjoyed my feb pick fun to read something I would never have picked up otherwise 4mo
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Perfumer's Secret | Adria J Cimino
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1 It may be obvious to say books, but I especially loved the smell of brand new school books, cracking them open and sticking my nose right in the middle.
2 A crayon/paint/Play-Doh mix. I taught Montessori preK for 27 years and the smell of a preschool classroom still makes me smile.
4 Weirdly tobacco. I am not a smoker, but I love the smell of pipes and cigars. I even have a candle that smells like them.
@Eggs & thanks for the tag @dabbe

dabbe OMG, the smell of Play-Doh. I'd love to smell your combo, too! And I can totally understand the smells of cigars; they remind me of my grandpa. 💚💙💚 4mo
Cuilin @dabbe yes I think the smell of cigars are a nostalgic reminder of the past. 4mo
Eggs #1 - oh yes that was heaven! Great descriptions 🙌🏻👏🏻 4mo
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Oh, I love her writing style. What I found particularly interesting personally was the fact that she picked two story settings in locations in Ireland I‘m really familiar with, Arklow and Achill Island. I was able to completely visualize the characters on location, which is really cool. I love when that happens. Anybody else love it when they recognize the location in a book?

Aimeesue Yessssss! It adds so much to my enjoyment of a book when I know where the streets etc are. 4mo
Cuilin @Aimeesue exactly 🫶 4mo
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