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Dostoyes

Joined December 2019

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The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens
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As I prep for baby boy‘s arrival, I found this method for sleep training very enlightening and encouraging; not that it‘s a sure fire plan but that I can at least have a plan vs being in reactionary mode only. Curious if anyone has any thoughts or experience with this approach to sleep training?

AmyG Wishing you all the best. How exciting! 4mo
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The Eyes of the Amaryllis | Natalie Babbitt
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I found this book among my mother‘s library and picked it up because my own amaryllis just finished its annual bloom. It‘s a haunting story of love lost in this life but still around, things that can‘t be explained, and not forgetting to look around at what you do have. Powerful message and memorable vision of the sea.

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Rebecca | Daphne Du Maurier
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One of few books I‘ve been able to get through via audiobook! The young Mrs De Winter was clearly young, and a few times that was tiresome. But the descriptions of Manderley, the gardens, the rooms, put you in a time and place. The suspense was well foreshadowed and then revealed. Now to watch the Hitchcock version! I‘m also curious if anyone knows about the Brazilian author who claims that Du Maurier plagiarized for this book.

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The Three Musketeers | Alexandre Dumas
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#chunksterchallenge2022
This book was such great fun. So many hilarious, raucous scenes with the Musketeers. And Milady - what a villain! She was terrifying. The final 200 pages I couldn‘t put down and read straight through. Onto War and Peace!

Amiable It is a fun book, isn‘t it ? So glad you enjoyed it! 7mo
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Little Town on the Prairie | Laura Ingalls Wilder
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After the Long Winter, it was lovely to read about life in town. I love how they make so much of what to us contemporary folk looks like so little. These books help ground me and make me grateful for the daily blessings I have to know so little of what was so normal to them.

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Mary Poppins | Pamela Lyndon Travers
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Wonderful bedtime book to start the year. I purchased a copy while in York last year. I loved the story of Andrew the best as it was so unexpected.

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12/28/86 - a day chosen at random and a book written about the events that happened on this ordinary day. My one addendum is it was selection of events that happened on this day, not a comprehensive view of the day. It was a mix of great writing, observation, and a little philosophy at the end. Turns out no day is ordinary. The stories will appeal most to fans of true crime. I couldn‘t put it down and it made me think a lot. #jolabokaflodswap

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Such an amazingly apropos pick for #jolabokaflodswap @Chrissyreadit ! Thank you so much for this thoughtful gift and the delicious chocolate. I‘m already enjoying both by the fire. Thank you, @MaleficentBookDragon again for organizing! Merry Christmas to all my Litsy friends!

Chrissyreadit I‘m so glad you like it! 9mo
Blaire @Chrissyreadit I loved that book!! 9mo
Chrissyreadit @Blaire I thought it sounded familiar and I had stacked it- I bet I heard you “talk” about it. 9mo
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Blaire @Chrissyreadit Yes. Likely - it was one of the last books I read last year and the concept and execution was great. 9mo
Dostoyes @Blaire I‘m sure it was your post that led me to add this book to my TBR! 2/3 done already and hard to put it down. 9mo
Blaire @Dostoyes so happy you‘re enjoying it! 9mo
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My #jolabokaflodswap has arrived! Thank you!

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My #jolabokaflodswap is in the mail and heading to you @Catsandbooks ! @MaleficentBookDragon thank you for organizing!

Catsandbooks Yay!! Can't wait! 🎄✨🎁 10mo
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Foundation and Empire | Isaac Asimov
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Unfortunately I couldn‘t stay hooked to this series. I love Asimov in general but I think I‘m not the target audience for this series. Maybe one day I‘ll pick it up again!

BookDadGirlDad I want to read them all again....one day 10mo
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Foundation | Isaac Asimov
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Started the Foundation trilogy and I found it helped to learn it was initially a set of short stories and that Asimov wrote these to make some money when he was only 21 (!!). Asimov imagines what it would have been like for the fall of the Roman Empire to have been predicted, what would people have done.

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It must be so hard to write a memoir, especially of a life that‘s so foreign to most of your readers. Elena grew up in the 60s-70s of Soviet Russia and writes of her memories. I found her relationship with her mother the most poignant, and the most Russian. :) no happy endings here, at least not American style. But the happiest ending for a Russian leaving when she did - hope.

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Wrinkle in Time | Madeleine L'Engle
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So much has been said about this book that it‘s hard to add much. I didn‘t know about this book as a kid (why?!) but I could see how it would foster a love of reading. I teared up at the end, it came together so quickly but so powerfully. I will be continuing the series!

Dostoyes Thanks @TheBookHippie for the rec via your #ChildrensClassicsRead2021! 14mo
282Mikado Your review made me think of back when I first read THE OUTSIDERS and THAT WAS THEN, THIS IS NOW way back in the early 70's. Two books that absolutely had a large part in fostering my love of reading. Perhaps they require a reread; along with a read of A WRINKLE IN TIME. Thanks for the memories. 👍 14mo
Dostoyes @282Mikado glad to hear it! 13mo
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The Westing Game | Ellen Raskin
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I wasn‘t terribly impressed with this one. Very uneven character developments, a lot of dead ends and false leads. I didn‘t understand the game aspect since few of the characters shared their clues, and those who did failed to win.

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Count of Monte Cristo | Alexandre Dumas
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It could have been twice as long and I wouldn‘t have tired. What a riveting adventure from the first page to the last. I wish I had read it sooner! Thank you @Amiable and others for inspiring me via the chunksterchallenge! Those posts motivated me to dig into it and I‘m so glad I did.

Amiable Oh, yay!! I‘m so glad you were motivated by our posts to tackle this chunkster! It really is a great book. Congrats! 🍾🎊🎉 1y
Dostoyes Thank you! This book was particularly neat for me as I‘ve been to the setting for the betrayal of Ali Pasha, Janina (Ioannina). I‘ve walked along the lake and been to the old citadel. Amazing to read a place I knew, so special. 1y
282Mikado One of my top five. I've been contemplating a re-read. 1y
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The Family Under the Bridge | Natalie Savage Carlson
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I‘m surprised this book won a Newberry. It was an odd combinations of themes and while set in Paris, it didn‘t feel particularly French.

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Good short read on sales tips. I like how he emphasizes sales is foremost an exercise in problem solving.

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Spinning Silver | Naomi Novik
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Strong female characters, who get stronger, in a fantastical world complete with monsters. The reader on my audiobook version had a slight Russian accent which was fun. The demon‘s voice was a little much. Overall, I found it a bit predictable but descriptive and atmospheric.

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A book worth discussing more than reviewing. Sometimes the less I like a book the more I have to say about it.

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On the Banks of Plum Creek | Laura Ingalls Wilder
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The adventure continues. I don‘t think I‘ll ever forget that scene of the grasshoppers and the dream of financial freedom chomped away. I laughed and cried in the blizzard scenes and grateful my own woodshed is just off the porch!

Ruthiella The blizzard and the grasshopper scenes have also stayed with me, though it‘s been over 40 years since I last read it. 😀 2y
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Little House on the Prairie | Laura Ingalls Wilder, Garth Williams
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At first I thought the details on the building of the house were tedious, but then seeing what they endured during their short year there made me appreciate their struggles. It may be a children‘s book but as an adult i found it powerful and convicting.

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Ten Little Indians | Agatha Christie
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Excellent! So fast paced, not a wasted detail throughout. I wasn‘t aware of the hype before reading it which probably helped me enjoy it more. The language was cinematographic, which explains why it‘s been produced so many times! Great read for a relaxing weekend afternoon, relishing the last bits of winter.

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The Tiger Rising | Kate DiCamillo
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A young boy and a young girl not-dealing with the loss of a parent. This was her second book and it reminded me of her Raymie Nightingale series. She explores some serious questions about life and living, not sure at what age one is truly ready to go there.

Tattooedteacher Such a good book. 2y
Addison_Reads I just started this one today and I'm loving it. 2y
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There is so much to say about this incredible book. Tuchman took you down to the battlefields alongside the generals and soldiers, and gave you a glimpse of what happened not just on the field but in their mind. I was left gutted and speechless and in tears.

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I would start by suggesting a different title: “Vignettes of people who are in some way involved in the grocery business.” Lorr found a way in each story to focus only on the unseemly bits, but didn‘t get close to the miracle of grocery. For Lorr, if there is a speck of bad or greed or self-interest, it becomes entirely bad. There is no room for chiaroscuro. The book made me think, but mostly about what he got wrong so I can‘t rec and can‘t pan.

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My brother wants to get a kindle - any recommendations? I prefer physical books so I don‘t know how to guide him. Thanks in advance for any leads!

BooksCoffeeNurse Kindle Paperwhite 100% ☺️ 2y
NeedsMoreBooks Kindle Paperwhite! 2y
282Mikado I have a Paperwhite, but prefer my Kindle Fire 10 HD. It allows me to do so much more than just read books; even watch movies, which is great when I am on travel. 2y
Dostoyes Thanks @BooksCoffeeNurse , @NeedsMoreBooks , and @282Mikado for your input! Much appreciated. (edited) 2y
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The Factory | Hiroko Oyamada
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This short novella follows 3 people who work at a place referred to as “the factory.” At times the book adumbrates the question of meaning in life, but only faintly. Then there is a thread discussing the animals at the factory that I would argue attempts to create a parallel to the humans. Great read, fun in ways as it zigzags time and narrators. Overall it feels unfinished.

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Excellent. Dawson argues for a win-win style of negotiating where you get what you want only once the party has gotten what they‘ve wanted. Great tips for business and life.

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We have so much to be thankful for. Reading about Laura and Rose and their journey to MO was a humbling way to spend Jan 1st. This short book (100pgs) is part diary of Laura‘s and part reminiscence from Rose. The scene about the $100 and starving family are especially touching.

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A Stradivarius violin is renowned not only for its maker but also for the extended provenance of violinists who brought them to life in performances. Great read that packed a lot of history about the violin, Stradivari, and certain violinists in a short book. Learned quite a bit and jotted down a few recordings to seek out.

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The Name of the Rose | Umberto Eco
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Apparently the first hundred pages are a test to prepare you for the rest of the book. This isn‘t your typical murder mystery in that it‘s a slow burn with quite a few rabbit trails. Will appeal more to those who enjoy the reading experience. Completed my trip to Italy as part of my #staycationintimeswap. Thanks @AmyG for my copy!

AmyG You‘re so very welcome. I am happy you enjoyed it! 2y
Dostoyes @AmyG the final chapters were breathtaking. I felt like I was there watching the place burn. So it ended up a good choice for the swap! 2y
AmyG I had read it when it was first published and loved it. That‘s why I got it for you! 2y
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The Murder of Roger Ackroyd | Agatha Christie
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Hard to find something original to say about this classic. I wish in school we had been challenged to write a mystery — how tricky to lay out all the clues in a way that leaves them guessing, not too much and not too little.

Butterfinger That would have been a good idea. 2y
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The Secret Garden | Frances Hodgson Burnett
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Lovely to read now as I prepare my own garden for spring. So many motifs and themes to explore here, both as a child and an adult. Haunting to think how few years after this book was published Europe was plunged into the darkness of the First World War.

Chrissyreadit That is a gorgeous cover 😍 2y
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Olive Kitteridge | Elizabeth Strout
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Overwhelmingly poignant. And somehow full of hope. The writing was very vivid, it really felt like I was there in Crosby, Maine.

AmyG The next book, Olive Again is also wonderful. 2y
Dostoyes @AmyG I‘m not sure my heart could take it! At least not yet :) 2y
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Excellent biography of Wittgenstein and Popper. I learned so much about them both, their lives and philosophies. The title makes you think the premise is a bit more salacious than it turned out to be, but the story unraveled elegantly.

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Greenberg challenges us to challenge the notion that our depression — and more broadly, feelings — are just a chemical imbalance. Instead he wants to reclaim all human experience as part of the human experience, the good, the bad, the ugly. Medicine holds so much promise, but less so here than we would hope. But hope we have nonetheless.

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Absolutely excellent. Ryrie‘s short book explores the history of atheistic thought, and argues it was emotion before it was thought. In particular, anger (at the priestly authorities) and anxiety (about life‘s unanswerable questions). This book widened and deepened my thinking.

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Disappearing Earth | Julia Phillips
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Chilling. I actually felt cold as I raced through the end last night. Very vivid character studies and sense of geography in this book. I loved learning about Kamchatka as I knew nothing beforehand. Reminded me a little of Miss Smilla. Overall, kept my attention as I finished it in 2 days! Thank you @AmyG for my copy!

AmyG I‘m so happy you enjoyed it! ❤️ 2y
SamAnne Loved it too and the window into Kamchatka. 2y
Kaylamburson Just started this one last night! 2y
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Ghost Empire | Richard Fidler
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Excellent book. I had no clue what to expect and was pleasantly surprised. It‘s more of a story rather than history of Constantinople ribboned with a father/son trip and real life. Fidler pulled off an entertaining and enlightening read. I hope to see the Ghost Empire some day for myself!

282Mikado I visited Istanbul back in the 80's. It will be interesting to read up on it's history. 2y
Dostoyes @282Mikado Fidler is selective in his history and partial to the threads on culture and empire building - but in that thesis he weaves a very tight and compelling narrative. My mom has been to Istanbul many times and is reading it now - she‘s enjoying it too. 2y
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Staycation | Dennison Berwick, Simone Pertuiset
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Thank you so much @AmyG for this wonderful swap! Love the books and very intrigued by the Irish choice. The coffee scoop is so lovely! Lots of great treats to take me to some lovely places I hope to see again soon. Thank you @Chrissyreadit for organizing another great swap! #staycationintimeswap

Chrissyreadit The scoop is gorgeous! It looks like a great staycation!
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AmyG My pleasure! I hope you enjoy the books! 2y
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In the author‘s note to my edition, Baum insists that his children‘s story is unlike those of Andersen and Grimm, free of “heartaches and nightmares.” This comment amused me as getting picked up by a cyclone wouldn‘t be full of “wonderment” for me. Also reminded me of the many Ozs I‘ve met in my life, a good reminder in itself of the value of independence and independent thinking.

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IMHO, there are many reasons to read books, and enjoyment is only one such reason. This was the longest book I‘ve read so far in Italian. It‘s been on my shelf for 10 years, a challenge waiting to be conquered. It‘s given me the confidence to read more in Italian. What I enjoyed most was how much I understood. It was a very simple story of two people dealing with life, but not much more than that, though I think it hoped to be more.

Chrissyreadit That‘s an accomplishment! 2y
Dostoyes @Chrissyreadit grazie mille! :) 2y
AmyG Did you ever get my staycation box? I emailed you the tracking #. 2y
Dostoyes @AmyG received thanks! 2y
AmyG Thank you! One less thing to worry about. 2y
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@AmyG your package is ready to head to the post tomorrow! #staycationintimeswap @Chrissyreadit thank you again for organizing!

Chrissyreadit 🙌🎉😘yay!! 2y
AmyG Thank you! 2y
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Housekeeping: A Novel | Marilynne Robinson
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The love of family is so complicated. The Greeks had a word for it - storge - that meant “natural bond.” To me, Robinson explores in this book what happens when that natural bond is ruptured, either by life or ourselves. And what it‘s like when that bond is not there naturally, and when surprisingly, it is.

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Flowers for Algernon | Daniel Keyes
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I wish I had read this earlier in life. Helpful meditation on the value and the gift of education. As well as the responsibility. I loved the reference to Plato‘s cave. And the images of NYC.

282Mikado I read this in High School, then a couple of years ago, and am pondering another read. A true classic. 2y
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Wuthering Heights | Emily Bront
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I can‘t say I liked this book, but it challenged me. I thought it was going to be a melodramatic love story, which it kind of was, but it was so much darker and violent than I expected. I read a bit of criticism after finishing and I loved this quote the best from Alice Hoffman: “Read “Wuthering Heights” when you‘re 18 and you think Heathcliff is a romantic hero; when you‘re 30, he‘s a monster; at 50 you see he‘s just human.”

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The bridge on the Drina | Ivo Andrc, Lovett Fielding Edwards
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@AmyG wow this so so thoughtful! The book selections are excellent (how did you know disappearing earth was so high on my list?!) and I love the suncatcher/journal/tea!! Thank you so much for these lovely gifts and great new books! And thank you @Chrissyreadit for organizing! #quarencationswap

Chrissyreadit 😍😍😍 2y
AmyG Disappearing Earth is quite good. When I saw it, I had to get it for you. I enjoyed shoppinng for you! Enjoy. 2y
Dostoyes @AmyG I can‘t imagine how many times I‘ve walked by celestial seasonings fruit teas and never tried them - so so good! I‘ve been enjoying a tea after dinner while reading - I will soon need to go buy more! Thanks again! 2y
AmyG They are made in Colorado which is why I sent them. Happy to hear you are enjoying them. We are loving your treats. My daughter baked he muffins, I am loving the coffee and we are ALL enjoying the chocolates! Thank YOU! 2y
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This book challenged me. It is a story of a wronged woman who escapes a bad marriage. But it is also Anne‘s plea for her brother to change his ways. There were parts that dragged on, but so life feels when the ones you love continue to do things that hurt you. The folio society edition was a pleasure to read. My main criticism is I think the letter/diary form was a distraction. And the ending left something to be desired.

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Cards on the Table (Poirot) | Agatha Christie
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This was actually my first Christie and first Poirot. I‘ve been learning bridge (positive side effect of lockdown!) so this was particularly fun to read. Though I hope none of my future rubbers are quite this exciting.

282Mikado I love AC. It has been a while since I have read anything from her and this doesn‘t sound familiar. Into my stack it goes!😁 2y
Dostoyes @282Mikado I hope you enjoy! It was a fun/short weekend read. If I‘m not mistaken, I think AC wrote herself in as a character, which was quite amusing. 2y
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