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DivineDiana
Middlesex: A Novel | Jeffrey Eugenides
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Happy for two reasons:
1. I finished this book in time for Book Club.
2. I read another book from my TBR shelves.

Winning the Pulitzer Prize in 2003, it is a family saga of an immigrant Greek family. My expectations were high. The buzz for this book was about the narrator,Calliope who is a hermaphrodite.
The majority of the book follows the story of Calliope‘s grandparents, and parents. I found that part the most interesting. ⬇️

DivineDiana The struggles of Calliope‘s discovery of gender, while informative, was not as developed. I felt sympathy for the characters, and despite the seriousness of the subject, it was delivered in a light hearted way. #familysaga #immigrantexperience (edited) 23h
Tove_Reads On my TBR. Own it. Maybe now is the time? 20h
DivineDiana @Tove_Reads Maybe.🤔 It was for me! 🙂 19h
rwmg It's no. 47 on my virtual TBR shelf. Maybe next year? 12h
DivineDiana @rwmg Sounds like a plan! 🙂 49m
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Fizzles | Samuel Beckett
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I visited the Jasper Johns exhibit at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. It was inspiring.

I spotted a staff member sitting by an open display of a large book. On closer inspection, it was an opportunity to put on gloves, and actually turn the pages in this valuable book. Well, I have seen this done in the movies, but had not had the experience myself. I stood in line, and now I can check it off my list!

Lindy That experience would thrill me too. 😊 5d
DivineDiana @Lindy It was exciting! My friend chose to continue to look at the exhibit, while I waited in line. Only a Litten can understand my glee! ❤️ 5d
Lindy @DivineDiana Yes, that‘s one of the reasons why I‘m grateful for Litsy. 🤗 5d
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merelybookish How fun! Totally would have waited in line as well. 5d
DivineDiana @Lindy As am I! ❤️ 5d
DivineDiana @merelybookish I think all of my Litsy friends would have joined the queue! I felt like such a book scholar! ❤️ (edited) 5d
TieDyeDude Very cool! 5d
DivineDiana @TieDyeDude I thought so too! 🧤📚🙂 5d
MicheleinPhilly 😮That‘s amazing! We‘re planning on checking out that exhibit so I will keep my eyes peeled for this. Did you eat at Stir? My cousin is the executive chef. ☺️ 5d
DivineDiana @MicheleinPhilly I didn‘t really know much about Jasper Johns, but walked away with such an appreciation of his creativity and intelligence. Would love to read his biography! I saw Stir, and it looks amazing. We were so late, that we just grabbed something in the cafeteria before it closed! Next time. That‘s so cool about your cousin! 5d
BennettBookworm I think I saw the same exhibit!! 4d
DivineDiana @BennettBookworm Wonderful! Are you living in the Philadelphia area? 4d
BennettBookworm No I‘m in NYC but my family is still in PA and we LOVE visiting the Philly art museum at least once a year :) 4d
DivineDiana How nice! With the new renovations, it is even more spectacular! 👏🏻 🖼 🧑‍🎨 4d
UwannaPublishme How cool! 4d
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This book was chosen for a One Book Community Read. My Book Club always reads the annual choice. This year, the author is a resident of the town. There were so many reserves for this book, that I did not receive it until weeks after our meeting. Decided to read it anyway. #bookclubpick

@Cinfhen You will recognize the Library! 😉

Cinfhen Hi!!! I do, indeed!!! 6d
DivineDiana @Cinfhen 👋🏻📚😘 6d
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The Rose Code | Kate Quinn
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I did not finish this 600+ page book in time for Book Club discussion, but I persevered and am glad that I did. Another WW2 Codebreakers saga was not of interest to me, but this turned out to be so much more than that. It was a story of female friendship, and the question will the friendship still be honored,even if a friend‘s conduct has hurt you deeply. I also loved the detailed descriptions of the fabulous wardrobes these women wore.
4⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Middlesex: A Novel | Jeffrey Eugenides
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Book Club read. Using a combination of audio and printed book to expedite my read. This strategy is more enjoyable(when it is possible) than reading a book on audio and a different printed book. I am always using both formats. Also thrilled because this has been on my shelves for way too long! #mttbr

EvieBee I read it the same way! I loved the narrator but also enjoyed reading on my own. Great book. 2w
DivineDiana @EvieBee Thank you for telling me! ❤️ 2w
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The Angel's Game | Carlos Ruiz Zafon
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Thanks to @Soubhiville and the #authoramonth challenge, I have finished my first Carlos Ruiz Zafón book, just in time! He is a fantastic storyteller! This story is for book lovers everywhere! Dan Steven‘s narration was perfect, but I know that I missed information not having it in print. I was moved by certain passages about books, and would have shared. Barcelona came alive for me! Struggling writer,bookshop haven,love triangle,demon,cinematic.

Soubhiville I‘m so glad you enjoyed it! His writing is full of the most beautiful bookish quotes. 2w
DivineDiana @Soubhiville Yes! At times, I even got a bit teary eyed over the beauty of his words. 😢 2w
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I am fascinated by this woman- Marchesa Casati. #bookmail

LeahBergen Wow!! I haven‘t heard of her and she sounds amazing! 2w
DivineDiana @LeahBergen She is definitely a wow! Her name kept appearing as a style inspiration. I decided it was time to read her story. At least, I now have the book! 2w
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This is my first completed book for November, a carryover from witchy October. I was introduced to this on Litsy, and the title was intriguing. At first, this story of a 74 year old woman, a mother of three, was not capturing my attention. Thought it might be the time(1618) or the place(Germany). Slowly as I continued, it struck me how easy it is for people to spread rumors, and how difficult it is to explain the truth. Based on a true story.

marleed This book fascinated me. I always think of Massachusetts when it comes to witch trials so it was interesting for me to read this in a European setting. 2w
megnews I had this on my tbr last month and didn‘t get to. Definitely want to next October. 2w
DivineDiana @megnews I saw so many books on Litsy that I thought would be good for next year! 2w
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Fingersmith | Sarah Waters
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I read this historical crime novel in October,and it was ideal for the season. Critics have called it Dickensian, and it brilliantly evokes the sights and sounds of neo-Victorian London. Two orphaned heroines, one who lives with a group of thieves(fingersmiths) and one who lives with her rich uncle and helps him with his rare books,are brought together by a plan to steal the fortune. A thriller with an unexpected turn around every corner! 4.5 ⭐️‘s

Leftcoastzen Love the gloves! 3w
EvieBee Lovely review and photo! I recently heard on a podcast that there is a 2016 Korean film adaptation of this called The Handmaiden. 3w
Jas16 Great photo! 3w
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LeahBergen Lovely photo! This book is a favourite of mine. 3w
MrsMalaprop Mine too @LeahBergen ❤️ 3w
Ruthiella Great photo! This is also one of my favorites! 😀 3w
IuliaC Great review and photo! 3w
DivineDiana @Leftcoastzen Thank you! I have a fondness for gloves. ❤️ 3w
DivineDiana @EvieBee Thank you! So interesting that there is a Korean film adaptation! ❤️ 3w
DivineDiana @luliaC @Jas16 Thank you so much! ❤️ (edited) 3w
DivineDiana @LeahBergen @MrsMalaprop @Ruthiella Thank you! Glad to know that I am in good company! ❤️ (edited) 3w
AlaMich @EvieBee I recommend The Handmaiden to everyone who enjoyed Fingersmith. It is set during the Japanese occupation of Korea and is very well done. (edited) 3w
DivineDiana @AlaMich Thank you! I will look for it! ❤️ 3w
DivineDiana @AlaMich I found it on Prime! Excited to watch it! 5d
AlaMich @DivineDiana I hope you enjoy it! 15h
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Bingo! | Rosemary Wells
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My completed October Bingo Card, and my first Bingo since I joined the challenge!
@TheAromaofBooks #bookspinbingo

TheAromaofBooks Yay bingo!!! Great month!!! 3w
DivineDiana @TheAromaofBooks Thank you! 🙂 3w
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Bingo! | Rosemary Wells
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My list for November #bookspinbingo
IRL Book Club reads. Litsy challenges. Nonfiction November. Some carryover from previous months. And books that friends have given me.
@TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! I drew the numbers yesterday, so just let me know if you can't find them!! 3w
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The Angel's Game | Carlos Ruiz Zafon
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Started a new audiobook for #authoramonth @Soubhiville

Enjoying the narration by Dan Stevens #blameitonlitsy

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Untitled | Unknown
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Thank you @Eggs for the tag!

1. Screamathon
2. None for November. Working on reading those divine piles of #TBR books! But the new ones from Amor Towles and Anthony Doerr keep tempting me!

@TheSpineView

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Dark Places: A Novel | Gillian Flynn
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Just wrapped up my final read for the month as I await the Trick or Treaters. A perfect Halloween read. Libby was seven years old when she escaped “The Satan Sacrifice of Kinnakee, Kansas”. Her mother and two sisters were violently murdered in their farm house. Her brother Ben was found guilty. Decades have passed, and Libby visits her brother in prison. Uncertain of his guilt, she begins an investigation. Well written, suspenseful. disturbing.

Reggie She writes so dark. I read one by her and I had to go read a romance afterwards to wash Flynn away. 4w
DivineDiana @Reggie Very dark. At times, I did question “Why am I reading this?”, but her writing drew me in. I wanted to know who was the killer! Some of the characters were sympathetic. Just caught in a web and trying to escape. 4w
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Dark Places: A Novel | Gillian Flynn
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New audio book + physical book. Goal to finish another Halloweenish book for October.

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Later | Stephen King
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Jamie has seen dead people since he was a child. He has told his mother and it is their secret, until it isn‘t. That‘s when the trouble starts. The audio is well done! Quick pace. Holds your interest.
I know the Litsy community loves Stephen King, so when someone posted about this shorter than usual book, I decided to give it a try. Not fond of the ending, but the story was a thrill ride, and perfect for the season! #blameitonlitsy

Reggie Yayy, for giving King a try. I have not read this one but glad you liked it. 1mo
DivineDiana Thank you, Reggie! I did read two others, Bag of Bones and The Bazaar of Bad Dreams. He certainly can tell a story! 1mo
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Later | Stephen King
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My latest audiobook. #blameitonlitsy

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This was a page turner, and perfect for the season! My first Ruth Ware, and there are two more waiting on my shelves. All the action takes place at a “hen” (which seems to be the same as a bachelorette party for the bride-to-be) in a large, modern home in the woods of England, surrounded by glass. What happens is sinister. The ending was not strong for me.

Susanita Yeah that all glass house was a little creepy. 1mo
DivineDiana @Susanita It certainly was! 1mo
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Trying to fit in another scary read for this festive season! 😱 #mttbr

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Manners and Monsters | Tilly Wallace
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First in a series of paranormal mysteries that was free on Kindle a few weeks ago. I scooped it up in preparation for October themed reading. Reads like a cozy. A bit of a mashup of Jane Austen and Buffy the Vampire slayer. Entertaining.

julesG I knew I had seen the book mentioned on Litsy. Thanks! 4w
DivineDiana @julesG You‘re welcome! And the funny thing is I also saw it posted on Litsy! #blameitonlitsy 4w
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The Rose Code | Kate Quinn
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New Book Club pick. Not in the mood for a chunkster nor yet another book about women codebreakers. We‘ll see. Not my choice. 🤷🏼‍♀️

Crazeedi I've enjoyed some of her books, but I have to take breaks from war books. I havent read this one 1mo
Larkken Agreed. I like her books but feel the WWII and women spies/codebreakers fields are a bit saturated atm… 1mo
DivineDiana @Crazeedi So have I! It‘s just that I am anticipating more of the same,and over 600 pages is not what I want right now. (edited) 1mo
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DivineDiana Glad that I am not alone! @Larkken (edited) 1mo
Crazeedi @Larkken yes totally agree with you. 1mo
Crazeedi @DivineDiana I hear you, you definitely have to be invested to read a book like this 1mo
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Little Witch (Anniversary) | Anna Elizabeth Bennett
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I enjoyed reading this classic children‘s book which remained in print for more than forty years! The illustrator, Helen Stone, studied in New York and Paris and received two Caldecott Honor Book citations. This fantasy is one of my favorites: a group of elves helping with the preparation of meals.
This book satisfied my desire to read seasonally, but without the violence and gore. #childrensclassicread2021 @TheBookHippie

TheBookHippie YAY!!! 💜 💜 💜 💜 💜 💜 💜 1mo
UwannaPublishme Yaaasss! 🙌🏻 1mo
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The Last Flight | Julie Clark
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This is a picture of UC Berkeley. It is the setting for much of the book. Two women are trying to disappear because they are frightened by their current situations. They do not know each other, but are willing to take a chance and switch their itineraries. Fast paced page turner. Finally finished my last Summer Read for IRL Book Club. 🤷🏼‍♀️

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Manners and Monsters | Tilly Wallace
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Starting a fun Halloween read that was a freebie on Amazon! I do love the title!

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Fingersmith | Sarah Waters
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This book has been on my #TBR stacks for way too long! Using the double up method (audio + book) to wrap it up!

Cathythoughts It‘s so good 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2mo
Cinfhen Me too, Diane!! It‘s been on my TBR forever 🤪I was just about to email you… 2mo
DivineDiana @Cinfhen Looking forward to it! 😘 2mo
Cinfhen I‘m afraid it‘s not going to make you happy 😔I don‘t think I‘ll be able to meet up before I leave. If anything changes I‘ll definitely let you know. 😘 2mo
DivineDiana @Cinfhen I certainly understand! 😘 2mo
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Here on Earth | Alice Hoffman
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Started this for September‘s #authoramonth, but finished it in October. 🤷🏼‍♀️ It has scary vibes, so it actually felt like a seasonal read. Sometimes referred to as a modern “Wuthering Heights”, the intense attraction that March Murray and Hollis experience is horrible to watch. @Soubhiville

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The Courage of Sarah Noble | Alice Dalgliesh
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I was looking for a book to read with my adult ESL student, so I asked a librarian for some help. She showed me the Newberry Award section, and this looked like it would work. Based on a true story, an eight year old girl goes with her father to cook for him while he builds a house in the the wilds of Connecticut. Written in 1954, the writing is spare and portrays the relationship between white settlers and the Native Americans.
Controversial⬇️

DivineDiana Considering the time it was written, the book ultimately embraces unity, although there are a few derogatory lines that can encourage discussion. Glad that I read it on Indigenous People‘s Day. (edited) 2mo
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The Last Flight | Julie Clark
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Reading before sleep. IRL Summer Book Club pick that I didn‘t finish in time for the meeting, but continued to renew!

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Thanks to @Eggs for bringing this book to my attention! I listened to it on Hoopla. It was quick because it is an introduction to V. E. Schwab‘s book “Viscious”. It is eerie, and I look forward to reading what comes next! Wanted to make sure that I fit at least one in for #authorsmonth! @Soubhiville

Soubhiville I want to read this one too! I‘m hoping I can squeeze it in this month. 🤞 2mo
Eggs 🧡🧡🧡 2mo
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The Vanished Days | Susanna Kearsley
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It has finally happened! I am ordering books in my sleep! This just arrived from a bookstore in Arizona, and I swear that I did NOT order it! Never even heard of this author, but the good thing is the cover says she is a NYT and USA Today bestselling author! However, there is an enclosed receipt with my name on it, and charged to my PayPal account. 🤔🤪📚 #bookshoppinginmysleep

Tamra Well it‘s a beautiful cover anyway! 2mo
ChaoticMissAdventures Did you order a different one? I have had them send me wildly different books then what I ordered the packing slip even said the name of the book sent. I just called them and they sent to right one out, didn't have me return the other either 2mo
JamieArc I love this author a lot. Her books aren‘t typically stories I would be drawn to, but she builds such a strong sense of place. I haven‘t heard of this one, but I hope you like it! 2mo
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Lindy What a strange surprise! 2mo
DivineDiana @Tamra That it is! 🙂 2mo
DivineDiana @ChaoticMissAdventures Thank you for letting me know that! I checked the receipt and it is for that book. 🤔 2mo
DivineDiana @JamieArc Thank you for letting me know! 🤞🏻 2mo
DivineDiana @Lindy Agree! 😅 2mo
bookandbedandtea That's very strange but I'm another who really likes this author so I hope you give it a chance. 2mo
DivineDiana @bookandbedandtea I will! And I may have solved the mystery. 🤔 Searched through my emails and found one from the bookstore about an online event with Diana Gabaldon interviewing the author. Missed the interview, but I must have bought a ticket which included the book. I think I was really interested in Diana Gabaldon😂 (edited) 2mo
Lindy Oh! That‘s happened to me too: bought a ticket to an online author event without realizing that it included a copy of the book. Until the book showed up in my mailbox. 2mo
Chrissyreadit This is one of my all time favorite authors!!! 2mo
DivineDiana @Lindy Glad I‘m not alone! But I didn‘t connect because I actually bought the ticket because of the interviewer! 😂 Wish I had seen it! 🤷🏼‍♀️ (edited) 2mo
DivineDiana @Chrissyreadit That is a great recommendation! Looking forward to it now! 2mo
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Hamnet | Maggie O'Farrell
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I absolutely loved this book! About a month ago or so, I was privileged to attend a Zoom interview with the author. At the time, I knew I was going to read this very popular book about William Shakespeare and his family. What I did not know is that I would fall in love with Shakespeare‘s wife, Agnes.
Gorgeous writing that transports you to another time and place. Audio was excellent. I combined the audio with the printed book.

ChaoticMissAdventures Love this author! 2mo
LauraBeth It‘s been a long time since I cried while reading the last page of a book like I did while reading the last page of Hamnet. Such a great story! 2mo
DivineDiana @LauraBeth I couldn‘t agree more! 2mo
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Bingo! | Rosemary Wells
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September‘s completed #bookspinbingo board! Still no Bingo! 🤷🏼‍♀️
But I did finish my #bookspin, and a total of nine books!
@TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Fabulous progress!! 2mo
DivineDiana @TheAromaofBooks Thank you. I keep trying! 🙂 (edited) 2mo
sisilia Amazing! I can only read max 4 books per month 😆 2mo
DivineDiana @sisilia Adding audiobooks helps because I can do other things while listening. Not the same as holding the actual book and seeing the words, but enjoyable. And adding of one or two children‘s books to the mix. 🙂 (edited) 2mo
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Bingo! | Rosemary Wells
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Better late than never, right? Here is my October #bookspinbingo list. Some carry overs from September. Lots of spooky selections too. Now to make the bingo card! @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Yay!! Never too late to BookSpin!! 😁 2mo
DivineDiana @TheAromaofBooks I‘m glad you are so flexible! ❤️ 2mo
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Little Witch (Anniversary) | Anna Elizabeth Bennett
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Just picked up the book for #childrensclassicread2021! Perfect choice @TheBookHippie

ravenlee I found this to be like a bag of chips - I kept nibbling at it and then it was all gone! 2mo
TheBookHippie It‘s so wonderful 💜💜💜💜 2mo
batsy I'm going to try to squeeze this in! The cover is adorable. 2mo
DivineDiana @batsy I hope you can! 1mo
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The Selfish Giant | Oscar Wilde
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This was my final read for September. I am a fan of Oscar Wilde, and was so surprised that he had written a children‘s book. Even more surprising was the ending of this book! #childrensclassicread2021 September
@TheBookHippie

TheBookHippie One of my daughters favorites growing up. 2mo
DivineDiana @TheBookHippie How sweet! I wish I had known about it when my daughter was a child. Thank you for introducing it to me! ❤️ 2mo
TheBookHippie @DivineDiana I had heard there were massive amounts of picture books of this story, so I wanted to spend time with it again. I found about 10 different picture books. Such fun. 2mo
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Love Walked in: A Novel | Marisa de los Santos
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This is a photograph of Rittenhouse Square, often mentioned in this book. When I first moved to Philadelphia, I lived “on the Square”. Cornelia ,a young woman who is not sure where she is going loves Classic Movies,particularly Cary Grant,Literature, Vintage,and her family. She meets Martin. I thought this was going to be a sweet Hallmark movie like read. Instead,it took a serious turn and addressed mental health issues impact on the family.

4thhouseontheleft I love Rittenhouse Square! When I lived in Philly, I was in Old City, so didn‘t my make it over that way as much as I would have liked 2mo
Soubhiville What a pretty park! 2mo
DivineDiana @4thhouseontheleft I love Old City! As for me, no longer in the City. Out in the Burbs. 🤷🏼‍♀️ 2mo
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DivineDiana @Soubhiville And it sparkles at night! 2mo
LeslieO Beautiful! 2mo
EvieBee This is a book that‘s been recommended to me so many times, and I avoid it because it seems too sweet for my liking. I think I am going to read this before the end of the year. Beautiful picture, too! (edited) 2mo
DivineDiana @EvieBee Thank you! I hope you do because I would like to know what you think! The ending seemed somewhat too tidy, but perhaps that is because there is a sequel. (edited) 2mo
MicheleinPhilly Well I'm just going to have to read this now. 🙂 2mo
DivineDiana @MicheleinPhilly I could send it to you! 🙂 2mo
CarolynM Lovely book. I think I liked the sequel even more 2mo
DivineDiana @CarolynM Adding to the TBR! ❤️ 2mo
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This small book was recommended to me by a dear friend. It brings me peace when I read it. In the back of the book are directions for very simple meditations to use for a daily practice. Although I have completed the book, I plan to keep this on my nightstand, and to choose a page before sleeping for reflection.

sisilia I think I need this😃 2mo
Lesliereads Ooooo 💗 2mo
Leftcoastzen It‘s a good one, in my humble opinion. 2mo
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DivineDiana @sisilia It‘s a good one to have! 🙂 (edited) 2mo
DivineDiana @Leftcoastzen Agree! 💗 2mo
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The Committed | Viet Thanh Nguyen
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I did not enjoy reading this book,but I appreciate the author‘s skill in portraying the feelings of a young man born in Vietnam to a Vietnamese mother and a French Catholic priest,as he navigates life in Paris. It is the follow up to the Pulitzer Prize winning,The Sympathizer,which I did not read. On the surface, it is about gangsters, drug deals, prostitutes, communists, and gross behavior, but underneath,it is a book of philosophy.Not for me.

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Here on Earth | Alice Hoffman
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Finally, starting my Alice Hoffman read for #authoramonth! @Soubhiville

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The Little White Horse | Elizabeth Goudge
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This was my first read for @TheBookHippie readalong of #childrensclassicsread. This was so much fun! I was not familiar with this book, although I have read one of the author‘s adult books. The story was all fantasy, and I loved it. It made me feel like a small child reading at night under the covers. Loved the detailed clothing descriptions, the fanciful character names,the vintage writing and Maria‘s bravery and people skills!

TheBookHippie It is so lovely to read children‘s classics I think. A nice piece of Zen. 🤍 2mo
DivineDiana @thebookhippie Agree! 💗 (edited) 2mo
Butterfinger @TheBookHippie @DivineDiana it takes me back to my childhood. 2mo
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The Little White Horse | Elizabeth Goudge
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Very well, young Mistress,said Marmaduke. Mulled claret goes well with afternoon tea. And then laying down the apple at which he was daintily nibbling, and with the fire of inspiration suddenly lighting up his whole face, he murmured under his breath, Plum cake. Saffron cake. Cherry cake. Iced fairy cakes. Eclairs. Gingerbread. Meringues. Syllabus. Almond fingers. Rock cakes. Chocolate drops. Parkin.Cream horns. Devonshire splits. Cornish pastry⬇️

DivineDiana Jam sandwiches. Lemon-curd sandwiches. Lettuce sandwiches. Cinnamon toast. Honey toast. ... I always like to be prepared for more guests than we actually expected, said Marmaduke. #childrensclassicreads @thebookhippie (edited) 2mo
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The Committed | Viet Thanh Nguyen
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“The American Way of Life! Eat too much, work too much, READ TOO LITTLE, think even less, and die in poverty and insecurity.”

Of course, this does not apply to Littens!

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The Committed | Viet Thanh Nguyen
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Times running out for this Book Club pick! Can not renew because someone is waiting! Do you know that feeling? Luckily, I found a real book copy at the Library!

EvieBee Totally. I‘ve been known to put my kindle on airplane mode so I have as much time as I need even after it‘s returned. 2mo
Ruthiella Yes! I‘ve done the airplane mode trick before too! Works like a charm (unless you want to upload something new). 😅 2mo
DivineDiana @EvieBee @Ruthiella Thank you! I did not know about that trick! My Kindle is very old, but will see if I can do that! 2mo
SamAnne This is on my list! 2mo
DivineDiana @SamAnne I didn‘t realize that this is a sequel to his book (edited) 2mo
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Stella Bain | Anita Shreve
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An American woman is found at a London park dressed in a French VAD(Voluntary Aid Detachment)uniform. She is extremely weak and has lost her memory. Stella discovers that her life is complicated. Themes: the rights of women, mental health, marriage. With the back drop of World War I, the setting moves from Europe to America and back. Ultimately, a story of memory and love.
Scored low in believability, but high in fierce woman category. #bookclub

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Love Walked in: A Novel | Marisa de los Santos
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I bought this book at a Library sale because of the setting, Philadelphia (my home town). It has been sitting on my shelves for a very long time. When I was choosing books for this month‘s #bookspinbingo, that autumnal cover called! Happy to find the audio on Hoopla. Now I can listen or read depending on my plans.

Lesliereadsalot Next read Belong To Me with the same characters, while you still remember who they are! 2mo
DivineDiana @Lesliereadsalot Thanks for the tip! 2mo
CollapsingLibrary Hoopla's audiobooks are always such great quality. I'm always so picky about voice actors and find my library's selection are always a little subpar to what I need to hold my attention. 2mo
DivineDiana @purrfectfeministperspective I must agree that Hoopla has not disappointed me! 2mo
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My daughter recommended this book, and I‘m glad that she did. The author is a relationship therapist, and an Instagram influencer. This book exposed me to new ways of thinking and gave me insight into my daughter‘s reading. Not certain if I agree 100% with everything, but I do know that it is important to stand up for what you need to feel at peace.

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Beautifully written, thought provoking book. Dual stories that ultimately connect. A Japanese family leaves California after the father loses his job in the tech industry and moves to Tokyo.The 16 year old daughter, Nao, is bullied and hangs out in a French Maid cafe. Ruth, a writer living on a remote island in the Pacific Northwest finds a journal which connects her to Nao. Human connections, Zen Buddhism, and quantum mechanics,Japanese culture.

DivineDiana I do want to point out that the chapters about suicide, the bullying of Nao, and her sex work in the French Maid cafe were disturbing. (edited) 2mo
EvieBee I agree. Tough at times. This is still one of my favorite books, though! It was the gift that kept giving. So many gems! 2mo
DivineDiana Yes, so many gems! I alternated my experience by listening to the audio (read by the author) and reading the physical book. To my surprise, at the end of the audio, Ruth explains the benefits of both versions. 2mo
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Better late than never! Right? 😂
August wrap up.

9 women authors
1 nonfiction
2 children‘s books
4 MtTBR ( 3 physical books, 1 ebook)

Note to Self: practice collage skills. 😔

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Stella Bain | Anita Shreve
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New audiobook. Chosen by IRL Book Club.

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Hot Stew | Fiona Mozley
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The characters in this book are downtrodden, unhappy, and involved for the most part in living a sordid life. The setting is London, albeit predominantly at seedy bars, a brothel and the street. This was not my cup of tea. I did discover that the protest by the residents of a brothel was inspired by fact. A plus is there are some strong female characters. The book cover was captivating, and I enjoyed finding numerous references to swans and stew!