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The Enchanted April by Elizabeth Von Arnim
The Enchanted April | Elizabeth Von Arnim
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“To Those who Appreciate Wistaria and Sunshine..” - The Enchanted April

☀️No Italian castle on the shores of the Mediterranean planned for my April. I do however, quite appreciate wistaria and sunshine. Here‘s to wishing for an enchanted April. 🌱

#currentlyreading #spring #vmc #virago #viragopress

erzascarletbookgasm Such a pretty cover. I‘ve heard good things about this book. Enjoy. 2mo
Jess_Read_This @erzascarletbookgasm I‘m really looking forward to reading it! A 2019 goal was to read from my shelves and last night I was looking for my next read and saw April and took it as a sign 😄 2mo
LeahBergen I‘m planning to get to this one this month, too (finally!). I have The Darling Buds of May waiting for next month. 😆 2mo
Jess_Read_This @LeahBergen 😆 That‘s perfect! 2mo
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🥳I‘ve been contemplating my reading goals & participation for 2019. I became a hermit the latter half of 2018 as well as encountered one of the biggest reading slumps of my life.
🍾Cheers to 2019🍾

🥂Read mindfully but also with forgiveness
🥂Read 100 books
🥂Participate more frequently in my book clubs. Maintain & cultivate the friendships I‘ve made in the book community.
🥂Accept that there are just some genres that just aren‘t for me. 😉

Reviewsbylola I love your resolutions. 🥂 to 2019! 5mo
Jess_Read_This @Reviewsbylola Thank you!!🥂📚Cheers to a wonderful new year! 🥂 5mo
Magpiegem I love your resolutions, they are very similar to my own although much better explained! I have been in an awful slump too both with books and audiobooks but starting to come out of it. Have a wonderful new year! Xx 5mo
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Jess_Read_This @Magpiegem 🥂Here‘s to us and our resolutions! I am just coming out of my slump as well. Isn‘t it a great feeling returning to bookish normalcy? Happy New Year to you too! Looking forward to all our 2019 book chats! 5mo
Susanita Good goals! 5mo
Crazeedi I've been in a bad place last few weeks too. So I didn't quite reach my goal. But it's ok! And you will feel better in the new year! Pat yourself on the back for what you accomplished this year! 5mo
Jess_Read_This @Susanita Thank you! ☺️🥂Happy New Year! 5mo
Jess_Read_This @Crazeedi Well said! We‘ve accomplished a lot this year in reading! I tend to be hard on myself as a reader and need a good reminding that this is a fun hobby and I need to keep it fun. 🍾Happy New Year! 🍾 5mo
Crazeedi @Jess_Read_This I know 😉 that's why we love to read, it's a personality thing I think. I was upset for a minute about not reaching mine then went wait, how many people don't even read!? So on to a new year! 5mo
Izai.Amorim Happy new year, Jessica! 5mo
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5⭐️ Just a smashing good book. I lost count of the times I laughed out loud, guffawed, and snickered at Bertie‘s antics and predicaments. Schott has done just a magnificent job in his homage to Wodehouse. This truly is a perfect book to lift your spirits.

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❄️A fresh blanket of snow popped me back in bed with a cuppa of Earl Grey.

This book is proving to be a real treat. I‘ve laughed out loud a few times and have pretty much been reading with a permagrin on my face.

readinginthedark Permagrin! 😆 4mo
Jess_Read_This @readinginthedark lol! It‘s a frightening thing on me! 4mo
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The Wall Street Journal has an excerpt from this... it‘s positively gripping! I need to get a copy because the end of the essay left me hanging. I need answers!

Has anyone read this? Would love to hear your thoughts, Plath fans!
Edit: aaaaand after searching, I see it won‘t be released til February 2019.

batsy I'm very excited about this 💜 5mo
Jess_Read_This @batsy Me too! That essay had me at the edge of my seat in total suspenseful wondering what was happening on the train. 5mo
elkeo_TheBookDragon Oo - I need to look into this... 5mo
Jess_Read_This @elkeo Did you get a chance to read the blurb in the WSJ? I loved seeing Plath‘s name in print next to a current date. For some reason that just thrilled me. 5mo
elkeo_TheBookDragon I‘m going to google it now! You are right - very cool to see her with a current date! 5mo
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Doreen | Barbara Noble
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My Persephone Books haul:
“The Blank Wall” by Elisabeth Sanxay Holding
“Doreen” by Barbara Noble (plus one copy for a pal)
Ornament from Persephone endpapers
*not pictured: a splendid Persephone tote*

It was so hard to limit myself.. especially when the couple shopping next to me were hauling 10+ books. But I knew I had to save suitcase room for the loot I might find at the bookshops on Charing Cross Rd...


GatheringBooks very nice! 5mo
Jess_Read_This @GatheringBooks Thank you! I am still practically pinching myself to be sure the experience was real. ☺️ 5mo
Leftcoastzen So wonderful! Hope to get there one day. 5mo
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LeahBergen The Blank Wall is so good and I have Doreen waiting on my shelf. 😍 5mo
elkeo_TheBookDragon That postcard is lovely! 5mo
elkeo_TheBookDragon @Jess_Read_This @LeahBergen Sounds like we need to buddyread Doreen! 5mo
LeahBergen @elkeo @Jess_Read_This I think so! 👍🏻 5mo
Jess_Read_This @LeahBergen @elkeo Yes!! Let‘s do it! Let me know when a good time is for your reading schedules! 5mo
quirkyreader Wonderful choices. 4mo
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🍸”I was idling away the pre-cocktail ennui...”

Loving this first line. He‘s put into words perfectly a feeling I‘ve had many times. 😏


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❤️Finally got to see it in person! ❤️


quirkyreader Lucky you. Take tons of photos and show us your book scores. 5mo
BekaReid It's an amazing shop, isn't it?! We just had to stop while in London a couple months ago. 5mo
Jess_Read_This @quirkyreader I will show my haul! We are home now and I‘m already missing it all! 5mo
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Jess_Read_This @BekaReid It‘s just a dream! I love the old telephone that is still in use and the relaxing music when you enter. It‘s just the loveliest shopping experience with gorgeous books! 5mo
Reviewsbylola I got to visit last February. It‘s an adorable shop! 5mo
Leftcoastzen Dreamy ! 5mo
LeahBergen You lucky thing! 😍 5mo
Jess_Read_This @Reviewsbylola Yes!! It just exceeded all expectations. 5mo
Macnjen My daughter and I just visited last week and the shop is wonderful and unique! 3w
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The Mangle Street Murders | M. R. C. Kasasian
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M.R.C. Kardashian crafts consistently intriguing mysteries. I love that his characters are flawed, misguided, societal outsiders, and yet each has redemptive qualities that I find endearing. This fall was my second reread of the series. I still was left in admiration of his wit, story telling, and subtleties in directing attention towards societal problems into his work.

Anyone else a fan?

#mystery #mysterylover #whodunit #rereads

The Santa Klaus Murder | Mavis Doriel Hay
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🎅🏻Murder in the English countryside?
🎄During a Christmas house party?
🎅🏻Suspect found with a gun dressed as Santa Claus?
🙋🏽‍♀️Yes, please! I‘m all in!

#currentlyreading #whodunit #hastherebeenamurder

batsy I just got this in the mail, hope I actually read it this year 😆 6mo
Jess_Read_This @batsy I got this one earlier this year and have been saving it in anticipation of the holiday! 6mo
LeahBergen I‘ve been saving this for a Christmas read, too. 👍🏻 6mo
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LeahBergen @batsy 😆 You‘ve described me perfectly. 6mo
Sarah83 I really loved this one last year. 😍 @batsy @LeahBergen 6mo
batsy @Sarah83 Nice! I remember you posting about it ☺️ @LeahBergen We're incorrigible 😂 6mo
Jess_Read_This @batsy @LeahBergen So if I get distracted and this one falls to the wayside, it‘s completely forgivable? 😂 6mo
batsy Absolutely! No judgment from me 😂 6mo
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❤️I love how Kate Morton has threads of her story all in pieces and then weaves an extraordinary tale with them in the end. She‘s always so rock solid in her books.

LeahBergen Your background books! 👌🏼 6mo
Jess_Read_This @LeahBergen Thank you! I kind of slid Kate Morton in there with a slew of good company books. ☺️ 6mo
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The Great Gatsby | Francis Scott Fitzgerald
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I couldn‘t pass up the #Read prompt for #QuotsySept18. This has always been one of my favorite quotes about reading and the sense of belonging it instills. We have the best hobby! 📖📖📖

#FScottFitzgerald #Reading #Booklover #QuoteLover

TK-421 Love this! ❤️ 8mo
Victoriahoperose Fave 😍 8mo
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I'M SORRY I MISSED YOU | Glenn G. Tucker
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Omg. My last post was a month ago. 🤦🏽‍♀️ I just want to publicly apologize to the group reads I didn‘t keep up with and the folks I delayed in replying to. And thank those that sent the lovely messages to me inquiring on my whereabouts. You all are the greatest and I consider you the fun people! ❤️❤️❤️

GingerAntics YES!!! 🍻 9mo
julesG Glad you're back! 9mo
LeahBergen 👋🏻 9mo
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Bklover 😃Welcome back! 9mo
Jess_Read_This @GingerAntics 🍻Indeed!!! 9mo
Jess_Read_This @julesG @LeahBergen @Bklover @erzascarletbookgasm Thank you!! It‘s good to be back! Some kids went back to school today, I went back to Litsy! 🍎📖🍎 9mo
Sha0102 😃😃😃😃 9mo
whatshesreadingnow 👋🏻😁Glad you‘re back! 9mo
Jess_Read_This @Sha0102 @whatshesreadingnow Thank you!! Can‘t wait to talk books with you! ❤️ 9mo
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Crooked Kingdom | Leigh Bardugo
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“I‘ll tell you a secret, Hanna. The really bad monsters never look like monsters”-Kaz

📖What a beginning to the book already. I just feel like that every word Bardugo puts to paper is intentional and meaningful.

#ATB #ATBWeekendReadathon #YA #CurrentlyReading #JazzLover #CandleLover

BookBabe Sweet record player 👌🏻 10mo
Erin7 Interesting that there is a play on bad guys not always necessarily being bad at the beginning of both books. 10mo
Jess_Read_This @BookBabe Thank you!! It was an impulse Prime Day purchase last year that has been a lot of fun! I‘ve really enjoyed chilling with my books and records on the weekend. (edited) 10mo
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Jess_Read_This @Erin7 Yes!! And both quotes are from Kaz, which immediately caught my attention at what she‘s trying to tell us about the character. Though, we‘ve seen his caring (or caring for him) side a few times already. (edited) 10mo
LoverofLit Yes! I agree. Her opening paragraph in this book she writes a line like "stewing in the world's worst cup of tea" or something and I remember being SO impressed, from that first page! 10mo
Jess_Read_This @LoverofLit oh yes... that first paragraph is striking!! I was caught up on how miserable and frigid Retvenko was when whiskey fails to warm him.. then she describes the city with that tea sentence! It‘s quite unique writing and she conveys emotions so well. I‘m finding myself more drawn to this series than her Grisha one. 10mo
JaclynW Wow! It sounds like every word is intentional. That's how I feel reading Neil Gaiman. 10mo
CindyMyLifeIsLit This is next on my list! 10mo
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Six of Crows | Leigh Bardugo
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5⭐️ I loved this book and was completely absorbed in the tale. The world building and magic was just masterfully created. I grew to care about the characters and appreciated their diversity. Bardugo creates flawed characters with redemptive qualities quite well. I‘m so glad past Jess looked out for future Jess in buying the boxed set of this series... 😉

#ATB #ATBWeekendReadathon #YA #Recommend #CouldntPutItDown

Erin7 So glad that you loved it. I‘m about 3/4 of the way in myself and am loving it. 10mo
Jess_Read_This @Erin7 I‘m glad your enjoying as well! I just love cerebral characters- so Kaz just appeals to me. Though his methods are a bit flawed... 10mo
elkeo_TheBookDragon Past Jess is a smart cookie 😉 9mo
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King Richard II | William Shakespeare
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“Thou art a traitor and a miscreant,
Too good to be so, and too bad to live,”

💥Those be fighting words...Act 1 starts with a bang in Richard II. So many names and players, it seems a bit chaotic initially. Thankfully, the #ShakespeareReadAlong group has helped keeping it all sorted out!

#Shakespeare #TheBard #PelicanBook #CurrentlyReading

GingerAntics He‘s got so many cousins Richard can‘t even keep them straight. He just calls them all “cousin.” lol 10mo
Jess_Read_This @GingerAntics I think “cousin” will be my go to response if I‘m ever questioned in a trivia competition about a relationship to RII... 10mo
GingerAntics That‘s a good call, actually. I think most of the characters ARE his cousins. lol 10mo
TheBookHippie 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻❤️📖 9mo
readinginthedark I love your copy! 😍 9mo
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Six of Crows | Leigh Bardugo
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“When everyone knows you‘re a monster, you needn‘t waste time doing every monstrous thing”

Obsessed with this book so far. I can‘t put it down- read while eating dinner, brought it outside for fireside reading, and I foresee a late night in my future!

#ATB #ATBWeekendReadathon #CurrentlyReading #YA #Obsessed

Erin7 Glad that you‘re enjoying it too. And that quote makes you think doesn‘t it? 10mo
AceOnRoam What a great place to read! 10mo
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Jess_Read_This @Erin7 It really does. Such a layered statement right off the bat in the story. I think it‘s telling us a lot about Kaz. 10mo
Jess_Read_This @AceOnRoam It really was so relaxing last night... except for my neighbor‘s maniac dog barking most of the night lol 10mo
AceOnRoam I'm really looking forward to this book now!!! 10mo
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Six of Crows | Leigh Bardugo
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🖤Kicking off my wonderful bookclub‘s weekend readathon with this book that I‘ve been meaning to read for ages!

#ATB #ATBWeekendReadathon #CurrentlyReading #YA

AceOnRoam Yay! 10mo
AceOnRoam I feel like I everyone is reading this but me 🙂 I need to get to this soon! 10mo
Jess_Read_This @AceOnRoam It‘s becoming an impromptu August read for the group! I‘m only on chapter two but am already completely hooked on the story! 10mo
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AceOnRoam I'm checking if the library has it... 10mo
JaclynW @AceOnRoam I haven't read this yet either! You aren't alone. It has been on my list for a long time. Maybe I need to bump it up... 10mo
Jess_Read_This @JaclynW @AceOnRoam I‘m kind of glad I‘m not alone in not having read this one! It‘s always been on my radar (I even bought it a looong time ago) but never got around to it. When you read it, we will definitely have to talk about it! 10mo
JaclynW @Jess_Read_This There is a long wait list at my library. I'm #32. 😬 10mo
bookandcat I'm trying to finish this for the Litsy read that just discussed it 😂 I'm behind 😂😂 it's way better than the grisha trilogy so far (I haaaaaated the grisha trilogy) 10mo
LoverofLit This is such a great read! 10mo
jb72 I‘ve not yet that book either. I heard about some time ago, but never looked it up to in depth. 10mo
CSeydel @JaclynW @AceOnRoam I was supposed to read this for Freaky Friday but never got to it. I still plan to read it ... 10mo
Jess_Read_This @bookandcat Yes!! I made it through book one of the Grisha trilogy and still haven‘t gotten over my disappointment with what happened with the Darkling. I bought all three too and haven‘t touched book 2 or 3 yet 10mo
Jess_Read_This @LoverofLit I‘m absolutely loving it!!! 10mo
Jess_Read_This @jb72 I can‘t put it down. Completely into the story. 10mo
Jess_Read_This @CSeydel @JaclynW @AceOnRoam I‘m almost halfway through and I can‘t put it down. I read through dinner and now at our summer bonfire... it‘s pretty good! 10mo
JaclynW @Jess_Read_This 👍 You are selling me even more!! At this rate, you will be done by tomorrow. 😁 10mo
Jess_Read_This @JaclynW ☕️☕️☕️And I‘ll need the coffee to recover from it! 😂 10mo
JaclynW @Jess_Read_This 😜🤪🤣 10mo
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Dear Mrs. Bird | A J Pearce
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5⭐️ This will be a 2018 go to book rec. I couldn‘t put this book down. Such an absorbing story of friendship, loss, grief, determination, grit, and the plucky spirit of a girl dreaming of becoming a War Correspondent. A mistakenly accepted job lands her typing up Mrs Bird‘s responses to Acceptable questions sent into woman‘s mag. But what about Unacceptable or Unpleasantness questions? Emmy can‘t help but secretly responding to these letters.

SilversReviews I want to read this book. LOVE the cover. 10mo
Jess_Read_This @SilversReviews It is such a great book. I hope she does a follow up to it. I love the cover too! 10mo
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DebbieGrillo I almost bought this on Saturday but ended up leaving it on the shelf. I guess I'll be going back for it. 10mo
SilversReviews @Jess_Read_This I will check my library today...thanks. 10mo
CarolynM Just bought a copy of this today after seeing all the Litsy love for it. Looking forward to it. 10mo
Jess_Read_This @DebbieGrillo I hope you like it as much as I did! I can‘t wait to read your review. ❤️ 10mo
Jess_Read_This @CarolynM Nice!! Let me know your thoughts on it once you‘ve read it! 10mo
MayJasper I like the sound of this 😊 10mo
thea-block I just started this one! Really looking forward to it 😃 10mo
BookNAround I loved this one. It was really lovely. 10mo
elkeo_TheBookDragon Nice review! 10mo
Jess_Read_This @MayJasper It‘s a good one! Let me know if you liked it! 10mo
Jess_Read_This @thea-block I hope you are enjoying it. I just saw on the author‘s IG that she is working on a sequel!! 10mo
Jess_Read_This @BookNAround I just saw on AJ Pearce‘s IG account that she is working on a sequel this month! 10mo
Jess_Read_This @elkeo Thank you!! I think you might like this one too. 10mo
BookNAround @Jess_Read_This That‘s great news! 10mo
JaclynW Great review! I love this cover. I'm intrigued... 10mo
Jess_Read_This @JaclynW This was another one I couldn‘t put down last weekend. I‘ve been on a lucky streak w books! 10mo
JaclynW @Jess_Read_This Nice! I love being on a lucky streak! Enjoy!! 10mo
thea-block @Jess_Read_This That is so exciting! I definitely enjoyed the story, but I‘m very excited for a sequel... I felt there was a lot more story left in the characters and their situations! 10mo
Sydsavvy I loved it, too! 8mo
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Dear Mrs Bird | AJ Pearce
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✉️”So I signed the letters as Mrs. Bird and posted every one” -ch. 8

I am loving this book. It‘s completely absorbed my attention this weekend. Even when I‘m not able to read, I‘m still thinking about the story. Highly recommend this one for your book radar.

Best wishes to the Dewey Readathon participants today! Wish I could be joining you. ❤️📚❤️

#ReverseReadathon #CurrentlyReading #GoGetEmReaders #DeweysReadathon

Jess_Read_This Not sure which Mrs Bird to tag...both the UK and US edition have lovely covers. 10mo
Samplergal I loved it as well. 10mo
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Nightingale Wood: A Novel | Stella Gibbons
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4⭐️ The writing style took some getting used to. The characters just a hoot. Each has annoying quirks that Gibbons overcomes with either redeemable traits or like able tendencies. Young, silly, & not terribly clever, widow Viola must navigate her way in a world dominated by men and her FIL. Her SIL finds herself in love w the chauffeur. The drunk squatting Hermit makes trouble for all. Witty, sad, w just enough humor to soften harshness of life.

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It Begins In Betrayal | Iona Whishaw
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5⭐️Inspector Darling is at the center of a murder investigation. His wartime service and leadership are questioned as he is accused of murdering one his men. Lane quickly realizes this has the fingerprints of a Special Service cover up all over it. She has to use every skill learned while in Service to unmask the killer and piece together what really happened that tragic night so long ago.

🔍 #Mystery #WhoDunIt #MysteryLover #Recommend 🔍

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Wild Strawberries | Angela Thirkell
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4⭐️ A gentle, relaxing treat of a read. It isn‘t at all a plot driven book; rather just immerse yourself in the delicious descriptions of 1930‘s big house life in the countryside. Lady Emily‘s dotty, scatter brained dialogue is amusing as she presides over the collected family members in her home. My first Thirkell and definitely not my last. An enjoyable light, perfect for summer read.

#BookanistaBookClub #BookanistasBeReading #BBC

LeahBergen Lovely photo! 🍓 10mo
Jess_Read_This @LeahBergen Thank you so much! Summer strawberries are just the best. 10mo
elkeo_TheBookDragon Fantastic photo! Hungry for strawberries now... 10mo
Jess_Read_This @elkeo I figured since I spend so much on organic strawberries (#1 in the Dirty Dozen) I better photograph some too and get my money‘s worth! 😂 10mo
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1. You Guys..or an occasional All Y‘all
2. 2 for every day.. 3 when I‘m feeling fancy.
3.Litsy, GR, Hoopla, Overdrive, Serial Reader.
4. I‘m on the lake in Traverse City, MI after spending an afternoon at the old Northern MI Asylum turned shops, restaurants, tours, brewery, bakery etc. complex. “Beauty is Therapy” (tagged book) is a quote from Dr. Munson who founded it.
5. @Erin7 @jb72 @AceOnRoam @elkeo ❤️❤️❤️
Thanks @rohit-sawant @KristinaRay

elkeo_TheBookDragon I love saying “all y‘all” 😁 10mo
Erin7 Sounds like a great day😎 10mo
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Wild Strawberries | Angela Thirkell
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“Henry, you mustn‘t mind. It is really a kindness to have him.‘ ‘Well, I do mind, Emily,‘ said Mr Leslie, getting up. ‘Kindness is one thing and your family is another.” 😂

🚙📖Road tripping with this gem has made for a few giggles along the way.

#BookanistaBookClub #BBC #BookanistasBeReading #VMC #Virago

SilversReviews Great photo...love the book cover. 10mo
Weaponxgirl Yay! Virago 😍 10mo
kspenmoll Yes, great photo! 10mo
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Jess_Read_This @SilversReviews @kspenmoll Thank you so much! Virago makes the best books. 10mo
Jess_Read_This @Weaponxgirl You know you can never go wrong with a Virago book! 🍏🍎🍏🍎 10mo
CarolynM I love Angela Thirkell's books. It's great to see the re-releases at the moment. Have you read Summer Half? That's a good one🙂 10mo
Jess_Read_This @CarolynM I haven‘t read that one- adding it to the TBR now! This is actually my first Thirkell though I have been buying the Virago editions of her books with confidence that I‘ll like them 😂 10mo
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An Old, Cold Grave | Iona Whishaw
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5⭐️ A 40 year old skeleton of a child is found buried in a root cellar. The quiet community of King‘s Cove is stunned. Lane calls Inspector Darling to help solve the mystery and put the bones to rest. As the community grapples with the idea a killer is among them, Darling begins to realize how invaluable Lane‘s former intelligence background is.

#WhoDunit #MysteryLover #MurderMostFoul #Mystery

robinb This sounds like my kind of series. 😊 Just ordered the first in series. Thanks! (edited) 10mo
Jess_Read_This @robinb I am completely loving this series. You are starting it with perfect timing- book 5 comes out September 25th!🔍 10mo
robinb @Jess_Read_This 👍😊🙌🏼 10mo
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Gardener's Nightcap | Muriel Stuart
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“There is an hour just before dark, when the garden resents interference. Its work, no less than the gardener‘s, is done. Do not meddle with the garden at that hour. It demands, as all living creatures demand, a time of silence” 🌼

🌷I‘ve felt this when sitting outside at night but could never put it into words. This is my summer read that I‘ve picked up every so often to fall in love with my garden a bit more.
#PersephoneBooks #CurrentlyReading

TheBookKeepers Beautiful photo! 10mo
Aimeesue My hydrangeas can't decide what color to be. The bushes run along the front of the house and, starting on one side go from pink to purple to blue. I know it's to do with varying Ph of the soul, but I like having a whole rainbow out there. 😄 10mo
Mdargusch I love this! ❤️ 10mo
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Kalalalatja Great photo! 10mo
batsy Beautiful quote and picture ❤️ 10mo
Anna40 Wonderful! Is this a chapbook? 10mo
BarbaraBB Beautiful pic! 10mo
Izai.Amorim Very beautiful flowers. 10mo
JenlovesJT47 Hey! Just wanted you to know I have a new address for #whodunitthesequel - email me At JenlovesJT47swaps@gmail.com whenever you get a chance 🙃 10mo
Jess_Read_This @TheBookKeepers @Mdargusch @batsy @Izai.Amorim @BarbaraBB Thank you so much!! ❤️❤️❤️ I‘ve been waging war with the weeds this summer and it‘s been worth it! 10mo
Jess_Read_This @Aimeesue How neat!! Mine just stay pink and I haven‘t played with the ph to make them blue. I did plant two hydrangeas that are supposed to be red this year but they haven‘t (or won‘t lol) bloom this year. 10mo
Jess_Read_This @Anna40 Thank you! ❤️ It‘s the perfect little mix of just short essays or blurbs about life in the garden. No true chapter format. Which I love bc I can pick it up and leaf through it for inspiration and relaxation. 10mo
Jess_Read_This @JenlovesJT47 Just sent you an email! 💌 10mo
jb72 I really enjoy plants. I‘m working on a garden plan to create a space (veggie) to be able to work. I want raised garden beds. Roots and Refuge on YouTube has a wonderful raised garden. 10mo
Jess_Read_This @jb72 This year has become my year of enjoying my plants. It‘s like something just clicked in my head that made me love them and enjoy gardening. I‘d love a raised veggie garden. A house a few roads over from me has an amazing one that I have been jealously watching grow all summer. 10mo
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5⭐️ I am racing through this series and loving each book. Former British Intelligence Officer, Lane Winslow, isn‘t getting the quiet life she thought she‘d get in the small wooded community in BC that she retired to. Another murder, Russian spies, and bank embezzlement challenge Lane and Inspector Darling. 🔍 🇷🇺 💰

🌲I want to vacation in rural BC now, near a lake, in a cottage.. minus dead bodies of course.

#whodunit #mystery #mysterylover

Jaimelire This sounds good! 10mo
Jess_Read_This @Jaimelire It is a great book and is part of a great series! 10mo
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The Taming of the Shrew | William Shakespeare
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Wonderfully led discussion by merelybookish (when tagging is available I‘ll properly tag you) in the #ShakespeareReadAlong.

This play left me feeling rather flat and sad to see the changes wrought in Kate by a male dominated society. Meant to be a comedy, there were portions that rather horrified me and I didn‘t laugh like I hoped I would. Best part of reading this book: the discussions with the readalong group!

Cinfhen Pretty pic 10mo
whatshesreadingnow Lovely roses ! 💗 10mo
CoffeeNBooks I agree, exactly what you said. 10mo
Jess_Read_This @Cinfhen @whatshesreadingnow Thank you so much! 💕💕💕 10mo
Jess_Read_This @CoffeeNBooks Hopefully the next one will be better! 10mo
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5⭐️My new mystery series obsession. Former WW2 MI6 operative, Lane Winslow escapes to the tranquil woods of Canada. Her cottage is in the idyllic setting of apple orchards, evergreens, a lake, and a quiet community. Until a body is found wedged in the creek dam. Her name scribbled on a piece of paper in the corpse‘s pocket. Secrets and lies unravel in a well written plot. Gorgeous scenic descriptions and overall, well done.🔍

#Whodunit #Mystery

Bookcation74 Great picture! 10mo
mabell Sounds good, and great picture! 10mo
bookandbedandtea The book sounds interesting and I love your clever picture! 10mo
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Jess_Read_This @Bookcation74 @mabell @bookandbedandtea Thank you so much! It was such a great book. Thanks for liking my scrabble tiles- I like to collect different vintage sets and this one is my latest find! 10mo
UwannaPublishme Scrabble! 🙌🏻 10mo
Daisey Creative photo! 10mo
JaclynW Awesome photo! The book sounds like fun too. 10mo
Jess_Read_This @UwannaPublishme I love Scrabble!! ❤️ 10mo
Jess_Read_This @Daisey Thank you so much! ❤️ 10mo
Jess_Read_This @JaclynW Thank you! I think this is going to be a new favorite mystery series for me. I got a kick in the pants to get reading it bc of a library overdue notice and I couldn‘t renew bc someone else wanted it. Now I‘m hooked! 10mo
JaclynW @Jess_Read_This I love discovering something new! That's funny that the overdue notice from the library played a part. 😄 Memorable book moments. 10mo
Jaimelire I am just reading it now and love it! 3mo
Jess_Read_This @Jaimelire Isn‘t it just terrific?! One of my favorite series! You are starting it at the perfect time. The latest one comes out in March, I think! 3mo
Jaimelire @Jess_Read_This That is wonderful news😀 3mo
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A Reaper at the Gates | Sabaa Tahir
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5⭐️ Tahir never disappoints. I find her writing to be original, insightful, beautiful, and also a bit wrenching at times when she gets ruthless with beloved characters. She doesn‘t hesitate to build suspense, make difficult decisions, and be artistic in her prose. I‘m fangirling rather than reviewing, but fans of the series know all about #3. Elias, Helene, and Laia play for higher stakes as war threatens all they love.
Now to wait for the finale.

Shay_1113 Fangirl away girl!!! This series makes me fangirl so hard! Your review just makes me want the fourth book so much more now 😭😭❤️❤️ 10mo
Jess_Read_This @Shay_1113 😭 Me too... I half wished I didn‘t read book 3 and waited for 4 to be out so I‘d have immediate closure. Then the other half couldn‘t wait that long! But the suspense... ugh. I need answers from Tahir. 10mo
sammisho I have a hard time reviewing books that I am a fangirl for! Tahir, Maas, Burdugo...all I can ever say is "I love it!!" and use a lot of emojis! 10mo
Jess_Read_This @sammisho Yes!! 🙌🏼 That‘s about how I feel about all three of those authors. I‘m glad I‘m not the only one that fangirl reviews 💕 10mo
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4⭐️ An original plot involving the majority of the gothic novels‘ antihero/villains. Yet, this book is about their daughters. Mary Jekyll lost her father, then mother. Discovering her mother secretly paid for the care of a Diana Hyde leads Mary into a macabre world of alchemist experimentation and the secret society driving it. A great “girl power” read with strong female leads. 💕🔍⚗️🕵🏻‍♀️

#BookanistaBookclub #BBC #BookanistasBeReading #YA

Mdargusch Great photo! 💙 10mo
Aims42 Nice photo! I love your vintage camera in it. I collect a few too 🙂 10mo
batsy Great review and picture! 10mo
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Jess_Read_This @Mdargusch @Aims42 @batsy Thank you so much! I just started a small collection of vintage cameras and English advertising pots ☺️ 10mo
rohit-sawant Awesome review and pic! Stacking! 10mo
Jess_Read_This @rohit-sawant Thank you so much! I hope you enjoy the story as much as I did. 10mo
elkeo_TheBookDragon Love the english pots! But especially that subtle ‘Ladies Night‘ on the wall - perfect for this book! 👏🏻👏🏻 10mo
Jess_Read_This @elkeo I‘ll have to show you the full pic! I found it for $6 at an antique mall, it‘s a round tin tray with Queen Elizabeth and Phillip‘s pic on it. Someone engraved the Ladies Night 1953 on it! I had hang it on the wall in my office over the bar area. 10mo
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4⭐️I debated on 3..but the lovely descriptions of the gardens, plants, and food bumped it up. (See my priorities there). A Shakespeare garden with a tragic past and is deemed “toxic”. Sorrel Sparrow has a magical gift with plants and grasps this escape to revive this English garden gem. She soon learns the story that this garden is hiding and has to find a way to reconcile the past. If not, then there is no salvation for this garden or ghost.👇🏼

Jess_Read_This Thoughts: The story turns fanciful and frankly, rather absurd. The pacing changes and things seem odd kilter in the plot. The dialogue gets a wee dramatic at times as well. I feel compelled to issue a warning on that. However, it is a lovely story and worth a read! (edited) 10mo
Lizpixie This is the 2nd book about the Sparrow sisters. The first one was better I thought. 10mo
Jess_Read_This @Lizpixie You are the second reviewer that mentioned that! It‘s on my list bc there were quite a few references to what happens in The Sparrow Sisters. I loved the beginning of this one but it kind of shifted midway through and seemed rushed. 10mo
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The Iron Flower | Laurie Forest
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5⭐️ Sometimes the Goodreads First Reads gods smile at you. Full Disclaimer: I am a fan of The Black Witch and eagerly was looking to #2.

Forest wastes no time in launching into the rapidly deteriorating political climate created by the absolute rule of the Mage Council. No race or species is safe... unless it‘s the one in power. Elloren is focused on getting her friends to safety then has to make choices where to ally her loyalties. 👇🏼🖤🖤⚗️

Jess_Read_This As Elloren becomes embroiled in rescuing the Selkies and getting her Fae friends to the north, the world around them is rapidly becoming more hostile. Elloren‘s power is growing with more affinity lines appearing. Loyalties, secrets, and motivations all become key plot elements in this sequel. Absolute power absolutely corrupts. (edited) 11mo
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Prudence | Gail Carriger
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🎩Pure escapist reading into the realm of absurdity, dry wit, fantasy, and adventure. I‘ve been a fan of Carriger‘s books for awhile. I‘ve only just started this series of hers. I always find myself craving a pot of good tea and something sweet though while reading her books!

#CurrentlyReading #Steampunk

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The Great Gatsby | Francis Scott Fitzgerald
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❤️😍I couldn‘t resist these two in the new crop of PELs released this month... anyone else pick up PELs for their collection in this batch‘s release?

#PEL #BuyAllTheBooks #WhatBookBudget 💸💸💸

Literary_Siren Okay I‘ve clearly missed something. 😕 what‘s a PEL? 11mo
Tamra I stacked Elizabeth. 🌼 11mo
Jess_Read_This @Literary_Siren It short for Penguin English Library. Some folks collect them all when they come out and certain editions are super rare (Some of the Dickens ones) a few bookstagrammers have impressive collections. Penguin released some new volumes this month 11mo
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Jess_Read_This @Tamra I‘m looking forward to reading it! I have a hardcover vintage edition of it and was surprised how concise this edition looks! 11mo
Literary_Siren Oh okay! Thanks for the info! 11mo
Jess_Read_This @Literary_Siren No problem! If are on IG coraliebickfordsmith is a great account to see the new editions 11mo
Literary_Siren Awesome! I‘ve followed her. 😊 11mo
BooknerdsLife Gorgeous photo! love the new addition and have ordered these two too! 😍😍 Can't wait to get my copies 🤗 11mo
Jess_Read_This @BooknerdsLife Nice!!! I don‘t think I‘ve ever encountered a PEL I didn‘t love! 11mo
BooknerdsLife @Jess_Read_This they are too pretty to say no to! 😆 11mo
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The Taming of the Shrew | William Shakespeare
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💋”And kiss me Kate, we will be married a‘Sunday” 💋

I loved the word battle in Act Two! Of course in whirlwind Shakespearean fashion....we now have a wedding. I was surprised when Baptista told Petruchio he first needs Kate‘s love before he can marry her. Their battle of the wits ensues and bam! schedule the wedding?

So far I‘m enjoying the play but have a few questions and thoughts I can‘t wait to discuss w the group! #ShakespeareReadAlong

heatheryreads Ahhh this play. I wrote a paper about it for my Shakespeare class in my MA. Definitely not my favorite. 11mo
Jess_Read_This @heatheryreads I bet your paper was quite interesting! I can see why it isn‘t a fan favorite for people; I‘ve been intrigued reading so far mainly in part bc there seems to be some backstory with Kate that I‘m trying to piece together or imagine. 11mo
merelybookish I need to catch up before Saturday. But yes, it does seem early in the play for a wedding! 11mo
heatheryreads @Jess_Read_This true about the backstory. much of the criticism though comes from Petruchio‘s treatment of Kate. Indicative of the times though it was, it seems especially harsh and (as I argue in my essay) mentally and verbally abusive to contemporary readers. 11mo
Jess_Read_This @heatheryreads Yes!! I haven‘t read a lot of Shakespeare yet; but this one does seem harsher and like you said abusive more than the other plays I‘ve read. 11mo
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5⭐️ I started this on audio-amazing narrator. Then switched to the ebook. Loved this novel! I was captivated from start to finish following the lives and imaginings of the Punjabi widows in their writing class. A poignant tale of the difficulties of honoring tradition with acknowledgment of changing times, assimilating into a new culture, female friendships, fundamentalist religiosity, finding oneself and making novel connections with people.

BooknerdsLife Awww can't wait to read this 😃 11mo
Jess_Read_This @BooknerdsLife It was so good! I couldn‘t put it down yesterday! 11mo
BooknerdsLife @Jess_Read_This I've just picked this up from library today 😃 Now I'm really excited about it 😆 11mo
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Jess_Read_This @BooknerdsLife Oh cool! I can‘t wait to hear what you think. I hope you like it as much as I did! 11mo
BooknerdsLife @Jess_Read_This thank you! I will read it as soon as I get back from my trip this week :) 11mo
Suzze I got this in the Kindle sale yesterday. Sounds great! 11mo
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The Great Gatsby | Francis Scott Fitzgerald
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“And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer”

☀️ I always feel like life does begin over a bit with the start of summer, especially on a summer morning while listening to the birds singing. Rereading this after Corrigan‘s book has just been a reading treat. My mind is just swirling.

TrishB Lovely pic 💕 11mo
Jess_Read_This @TrishB Thank you! It was such a perfect beach day spent reading. 11mo
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youneverarrived Gorgeous photo 😍 11mo
BookishBlonde12 That looks like a lovely way to spend the day! 11mo
Leftcoastzen Lovely scene and quote! 11mo
mabell 😍😍 11mo
SqueakyChu Hahaha! I bought Josh wine last year at the beach because one of our sons is named Josh! 11mo
Jess_Read_This @SqueakyChu lol!! It‘s a pretty decent bottle of wine! I‘ve had their Cabernet too and thought it was nice. Lucky him to have his own wine!! 😉 11mo
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“And, because I still haven‘t learned enough, because I want to look harder, read smarter, I let a year or so go by and, inevitably, pick up Gatsby again.”

5⭐️ Corrigan expounds on my favorite novel. She approaches it from numerous angles with an intellectual yet fan girl love. I loved this book for pointing out themes I missed, history into Gatsby‘s creation and salvaging, and ultimately its worth of reading. Not dry & completely entertaining.

Notafraidofwords I have read the great Gatsby six times. I‘m convinced it‘s a perfect novel. 12mo
mhillis I really enjoyed reading this book too! 11mo
Susannah I loved this book! I thought the way she weaved together the novel, Fitzgerald, and Gatsby‘s impact on (popular) culture was terrific. I also was thrilled that she talked about “Gatz,” the seven-hour stage adaptation of the novel. I saw it in Los Angeles many years ago and thought it was phenomenal. 11mo
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Jess_Read_This @Notafraidofwords Yes!!! I feel exactly the same way! Especially on this reread. I‘ve been marveling at the form and development of the plot the entire time reading. 11mo
Jess_Read_This @mhillis I couldn‘t put it down! I read it in two days and my head was swirling with all the information. 11mo
Jess_Read_This @Susannah I loved it for the same reasons! She had me riveted. How neat you saw “Gatz”! What an experience. It sounds like it completely heightens the novel after seeing it. I‘m in awe at the actor‘s ability of memorization of the entire novel! 11mo
Jess_Read_This @mhillis Ohh! Thank you for the recommendation. I have an embarrassing confession. I haven‘t read Camus yet and have been meaning too. Every post I‘ve seen about Camus has been so positive and I keep meaning to read The Stranger. This is the nudge I need most definitely to get on that. 11mo
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All caught up with the #ShakespeareReadAlong and a pervading thought after Act 4 is...here‘s a damn handkerchief, Othello. I‘d like to tell you where to put it. 😒

I have to say, I‘ve been riveted reading this play once I sat down and have been able to dive in. Great choice for this month‘s group read.

GingerAntics ROTFL this is the most creative post on this play. I‘ve got some ideas on where he can put it, too. I‘m betting at least some of them are the same. lol Too bad the play doesn‘t end that way. 12mo
CrowCAH Beautiful cover! 12mo
readinginthedark 😂 Yep, still hoping they all die! 12mo
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Jess_Read_This @GingerAntics 😂We definitely can put our creative minds together on this! 12mo
Jess_Read_This @readinginthedark Me too... me too! 12mo
GingerAntics @Jess_Read_This @readinginthedark I think it needs an alternate ending where they all kill each other. Almost like the Shakespearean version of create your own adventure. lol 12mo
Jess_Read_This @GingerAntics @readinginthedark Yessss... in my choose your own adventure, it would be Hunger Game style with kitchen cutlery. 😂 12mo
GingerAntics @Jess_Read_This love the detail of the kitchen cutlery!!! It‘s all about the detail. Good thinking. 12mo
readinginthedark @Jess_Read_This @GingerAntics I love this so much. We should make the next Othello adaptation, just like this! 😆❤️ 12mo
GingerAntics @readinginthedark @Jess_Read_This who can we contact to make this thing happen?! 12mo
Jess_Read_This @GingerAntics @readinginthedark 🤔I feel like with the current programming climate on Food Network... they will be all over the rights to Othello: Hunger Games Ginsu Knives vs. Whisks 12mo
Jess_Read_This @GingerAntics @readinginthedark Or we make it Survivor like and add special weapons like electric mixers 😂 12mo
GingerAntics @Jess_Read_This @readinginthedark I agree with this!!! Also, very excited to find someone else who knows what a Ginsu knife is. lol 12mo
readinginthedark @GingerAntics @Jess_Read_This I‘m thinking we call Alton Brown, Gordon Ramsay, or Mary Berry, depending on the vibe we want! 😆 (edited) 12mo
GingerAntics Oh I see Gordon Ramsay being a total badass narrator. Can you imagine? 12mo
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♠️My apologies on the delay in posting who won the Shakespeare Comedy mug- there were quite a few entries to tally! The winner of this fine piece of china and tea accompaniments is..... @TheBookHippie !!!!
(Email me at purple_violets01 at yahoo dot com)

Congrats! I‘ve been having so much fun and learning from the great discussions being had on #TheShakespeareReadAlong threads.

AmyG @TheBookHippie Congrats!🎉 12mo
readinginthedark Congratulations, @TheBookHippie ! 😉☕️ 12mo
TheBookHippie OHHHHHHH SO EXCITED!!!! Thank you soooo much!!! 12mo
Jess_Read_This @TheBookHippie Did you get it yet? I tried to bubble wrap it up like Fort Knox style 12mo
TheBookHippie @Jess_Read_This yes!!!!! Just!!! I was out of town at a wedding it's all perfect!!!! I'll get a post up after school!!! 12mo
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Curtain | Agatha Christie
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🔍😭It was a bittersweet day for me. We drove an hour and half for other reasons, but had to stop. This gem is closing this year and I had to pay it my homages. I picked up a few mystery treasures, soberly signed my credit card receipt, and took a photo. My heart just hurts over the loss of this indie bookstore.

#supportindiebookstores #sadday #afewtearswereshed #verklempt #mysterylover #whodunit #annarbor #mittenlittens #michigan

LiteraryinLititz Sounds like it was a wonderful place. ☹️ 12mo
Julsmarshall I‘m so sorry. So sad when we lose our beautiful indies. 😘 12mo
mrp27 So sad! Looks like a great store. 12mo
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wanderlustforwords So cool! But sad! 12mo
JazzFeathers So many indie bookshop are crossing in my part of the world (ltaly). The one where l work is at risk too 12mo
Suzze I‘ve been friends with Robin and Jamie for almost 20 years. I‘ll sure miss their store! 12mo
Jess_Read_This @Suzze I‘m really going to miss it. I live north of Detroit but would make the drive for their author events. They really brought so many terrific mystery authors to our area. I‘m just so sad over this. 12mo
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“Fight for the things that you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you” -Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

I saw the movie and was utterly moved; to tears at a few points. Hearing her thoughts, opinions, and motivations was utterly compelling. She‘s a true icon and champion. I am so eagerly looking forward to her biography‘s release in October. From the blurb, De Hart spent 15 years working on this and had input from RBG.

GingerAntics That‘s exciting. I can‘t wait for this either. 12mo
Jess_Read_This @GingerAntics It‘s one of my most anticipated ones this year. I‘m especially excited bc it was written with cooperation from RBG. Have you caught the movie yet? 12mo
GingerAntics I don‘t usually do movie adaptations. They don‘t usually go well. I‘m waiting for the book. It also seemed weird that the movie came out before the book. 12mo
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Jess7 RBG is one of my most favorite people. 💙 12mo
Jess_Read_This @GingerAntics It‘s a biography- not a movie based on her. So no adaptation or actors/actresses. I‘m not into movie adaptations either. Solid call to avoid them- lol. It chronicles her life with interviews with her, her children, grandchildren, friends, colleagues. Pretty much her journey through law school, cases she brought to the Supreme Court, and her time now as a Justice. (edited) 12mo
GingerAntics Hm. I may have to see if I can get access to this, now. That does sound interesting. 12mo
Jess_Read_This @Jess7 Mine too. She‘s just a constant source of inspiration to me. 12mo
Jess_Read_This @GingerAntics I think you‘d really enjoy it. I especially loved the individuals she represented in Supreme Court cases speaking about her and their cases. 12mo
GingerAntics Oh wow. That sounds really interesting. Okay, looking this thing up right now. I‘m making an exception this once. 12mo
Jess_Read_This @GingerAntics And I‘ll be utterly embarrassed if you don‘t like it and I‘ve been peer pressuring you into seeing it! 😂 12mo
GingerAntics lol I tend to like documentaries, so it‘s unlikely. lol 12mo
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Avengers/Iron Man: Force Works | Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning
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💰💸📚Well...this quiz certainly pegged my intense need for instant gratification with my books. I have been to known to buy books now and let “future” Jess worry about those pesky bills.

💥Thanks for sharing this @monogamist_reader this was a lot of fun!

☄️If you haven‘t taken the quiz and want to know your Avenger reading style: https://bookriot.com/?p=159693

#Ironman #SuperHeroPowerIsReading #FridayFun

umbrellagirl Me too! 12mo
Jess_Read_This @umbrellagirl 🙌🏼Yes to those of us that fling money wildly at our books! 😂 12mo
monogamist_reader You are welcome! 12mo
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Circe | Madeline Miller
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4⭐️ I was completely absorbed in this story. Miller really brings to life the story of the sorceress Circe. She makes her complex, relatable yet remotely unrelatable at times, and the underdog you find yourself grinning wildly over when she comes into herself and power.
This was my first Miller book and I‘m eagerly looking forward to my next.

#recommend #bookclubbook #ATB #AcrossTheBookshelves

Tameeka Thanks for this review! I was wondering if Circe was worth the hype😌 12mo
Jess_Read_This @Tameeka I was wondering the same about the book when I saw all the posts on it. It was a bookclub read and I‘m so glad I read it. I haven‘t read Song of Achilles, her other book, which two people have told me they really enjoyed it. 12mo
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The Iron Flower | Laurie Forest
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*girl shrieking*🤩

What a lovely email to receive first thing in the morning. I have to offer an apology for my absence and late participation in a few things here. It‘s been a busy month in all aspects of my life. Which quite rudely interfered with my reading and socializing. Thank you to the lovely Littens who sent proof of life messages to me! ❤️

GatheringBooks awesome! congratulations!!🎊🎉🎈📚 12mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Yay!!!! 🎈🎉🎊 12mo
Yeah_I_Read So exciting! I can‘t wait to read this!! 12mo
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Graciouswarriorprincess Congratulations!! 12mo
lauraodom How exciting! Out of all the Goodreads giveaways I‘ve entered I have never once won one! 12mo
MoBee Awesome!! Never won but I keep trying lol 12mo
kspenmoll Fantastic! Enjoy! 12mo
AceOnRoam Welcome back. Hope all is well 😘 12mo
Jess_Read_This @lauraodom @MoBee I was shocked to get this email! And even more shocked it is one I‘m dying to read this year! Every now and hen I guess the Goodreads gods smile at us because I never win either! 12mo
Jess_Read_This @AceOnRoam Thank you! It‘s good to be back and getting into the swing of things again. 12mo
elkeo_TheBookDragon Congrats on the WIN! 11mo
Jess_Read_This @elkeo Thanks!! I‘m super stoked about this one too!! 11mo
elkeo_TheBookDragon I still need to read book 1! 11mo
Jess_Read_This @elkeo Gahhhh!!! Get on it! Who am I going to have to discuss it all with if you don‘t read the books??? 11mo
elkeo_TheBookDragon On it!! 11mo
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Stoner | John Williams
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4⭐️ Thank you @hlgreenfield for selecting this gem. I couldn‘t put it down this morning.

I found this to be a splendidly written yet bleak novel. I was grasping the snippets of happiness Stoner found right along with him. Emotionally gripping and the writing is gorgeously profound in its simple pragmatic observations of the life of William Stoner. The sheer amount of layers for discussion packed in this book makes me want to discuss!

hlgreenfield I am so glad you liked it! 🙂 I found it such a beautiful book!! 13mo
Jess_Read_This @hlgreenfield I‘ve written you about five pages in the notebook and probably could have written more but it felt like such a one sided conversation! Lol!! 13mo
hlgreenfield I look forward to reading all you had to say! 😃 13mo
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Daisey I just started this one last night and am really looking forward to it. 13mo
Jess_Read_This @Daisey If you ever want to discuss as you are reading or at the end, let me know! There‘s a few topics I‘d love to chit chat with another reader of the book on! 13mo
Cathythoughts I really loved this book. Depressing & Brilliant all at once ❤️ 13mo
MrsMalaprop It‘s waiting for me on my TBR shelf... 13mo
ValerieAndBooks Loved it! But hated how Edith treated him 😢. Lots else to think about, too. 13mo
TheBookHippie Oh I loved this book! 13mo
Jess_Read_This @TheBookHippie I thoroughly enjoyed it! I honestly couldn‘t put it down 13mo
tpixie @ValerieAndBooks Edith was mean and petty 12mo
Jess_Read_This @tpixie Omigosh, wasn‘t she awful? My heart just hurt a few times in this book bc of her meanness 12mo
tpixie @Jess_Read_This I agree! Me too!! 12mo
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Doing some preparation reading in anticipation of May 1st!

🎉 #GirlShriek #LoveThisSeries #ATB #ATB24in48 🎉

JaclynW Gorgeous photo! 13mo
Nute OMG! Love this photo! 13mo
annahenke I can't wait! 13mo
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Jess_Read_This @JaclynW @Nute Thank you!!! The teapot and ironstone pitcher were $1 finds at an estate sale. (My ocd streak is screaming at me that I didn‘t put the books in the correct order though.. lol) (edited) 13mo
Jess_Read_This @annahenke Me too!! It takes a special series to get me to abandon all other reading to reread the books in preparation for it. 13mo
Sydneyreads I‘ve always heard wonderful things about this series but have never read them! May need to go get them ☺️ 13mo
398.2 I can‘t wait!!!!!!! I got a friend at work hooked to so we can talk about it lol 13mo
MellieAntoinette Hey! Me too! I just love a book you can‘t put down! 13mo
JaclynW @Jess_Read_This Great finds for a great price! My OCD would be having the same issue. 😉😄 13mo
elkeo_TheBookDragon Are you rereading all three?! 😱👏🏻 13mo
Jess_Read_This @Sydneyreads You picked the best time to read the series! You won‘t have to wait for the next ones to come out... especially with the endings in the first two! 13mo
Jess_Read_This @398.2 I raced through these last weekend and now am anxiously waiting for May 1st! 13mo
Jess_Read_This @elkeo I did! I didn‘t leave the house all of last weekend. 13mo
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🎭Act 5 and the conclusion of As You Like It🎭

📜Act 4 had a snake and lion. Act 5 brings us Hymen, the god of marriage, to bless the union of the four couples who were brought together in a varied series of events that deviated from normal courtship. The Duke Senior is restored. And I have the song lyric “with a hey, and a ho, and a hey nonny-no” stuck in my head.

#ShakespeareReadAlong folks- your thoughts on Act 5 or the play in entirety?

Jess_Read_This 🎭Spoileresque Comments Below🎭 13mo
Jess_Read_This Overall: I‘m a bit torn. This was not my favorite play so far, yet there were some beautifully written lines in it. I feel like this was a hodge podge of plot elements thrown together and rapidly wrapped up with a bow... a song.. and a Roman god. But I wonder if all the plot elements were Will‘s way of testing the waters to see what worked well and what didn‘t with audiences? 13mo
Jess_Read_This Act 5: I was a bit surprised at the strength of Touchstone‘s attack on Audrey‘s country admirer. I felt bad for poor Phoebe at getting tricked into marrying Silvius- not cool, R...not cool. I kind of felt R was too heavy handed in her directing of all the players and the big reveal was “meh” in dramatics. The Duke Senior and Orlando commenting on the similarity between G and R equaled what big hard eye roll for me. 13mo
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Jess_Read_This However, I enjoyed the pastoral scene, the song lyrics, and overall, there were some great quotes in this play. My favorites were highlighted in a playbill pictured above from a Milwaukee theater company. 13mo
GingerAntics Usually, I‘m a sucker for a happy ending, but I think the only reason I‘m a fan of this play at all is because I like Shakespeare that much. It‘s just not my cup of tea. It seemed like the deposed King just magically became king again at the end. What was his actual role throughout the play? The characters I liked at the beginning, I didn‘t like in the middle, and they never redeemed themselves by the end. Eh. Just not my favourite by a landslide. 13mo
GingerAntics I‘m kind of disappointed. 13mo
Erin7 I agree that there were some great quotes in this play. I felt sorry for S actually. To have it kind of thrown in his face that P was settling for him felt sad and makes me wonder what the rest of their story together would have been like. I feel like there was some choppiness to the storyline. But I think the lyric quality to R‘s ensuring that everyone would hold true to their promises of partner commitments at the end was fun for me. 13mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Erin7 I have to agree with you. I disliked that part, but liked R‘s resolution at the ending. As an adult, the Duke who becomes King, but can‘t recognize his OWN daughter in disguise is very sad. But I have to say that I wish this is one we‘d have read in HS or Middle School before say Romeo and Juliet or Julius Cesar...it‘s a bit more fun & frivolous and I bet I would have enjoyed the goofiness more than, & definitely more than the tragedies.. 13mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa ...at that age. 13mo
Jess_Read_This @GingerAntics I‘m kind of disappointed as well. I was expecting it get better and as we read each act.. it didn‘t. I love a happy ending too but I think I was irked enough by the characters to not have a strong investment in their happy ending. 13mo
Jess_Read_This @Erin7 @Riveted_Reader_Melissa I am bit confused why he added the Silvius and Phoebe storyline. It just feels so wrong for both parties and I didn‘t see how it helped the plot along really. 13mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Jess_Read_This Same with Audrey...I think they were all story fillers and comic relief. I wish we actually knew more about the order they were written, if I had to randomly guess, because really nobody knows, I‘d guess it‘s an earlier work. It‘s not as streamlined, and all the characters aren‘t as important to the main story, etc. 13mo
GingerAntics @Jess_Read_This exactly! That is the perfect way to put it. 13mo
Erin7 @Jess_Read_This my theory is that Shakespeare was trying to add a twist to the love story. Maybe he thought the cross dressed woman help the man she loves to woo her in her true form was not enough. There would be more comedy to another woman chasing her while she helps him chase her. I think it all boiled down to bringing it around to being able to do those chain sequence lines at the end. 13mo
Jess_Read_This @Erin7 I think you completely nailed it. That makes a lot of sense. 13mo
Jess_Read_This @Riveted_Reader_Melissa I think I read somewhere that it was an earlier work. I think that‘s why I thought maybe he was experimenting with different plot elements 13mo
Lcsmcat I agree with @Erin7 , and I think, while they are all better viewed staged rather than read, this one particularly needs to be acted to work. 13mo
readinginthedark @Lcsmcat That‘s exactly what I was thinking! With the others we‘ve read, I enjoyed reading the play in a different way; I was able to catch things I wouldn‘t have in a performance. Not so much with this one. I‘ve always loved watching it, so I expected to love reading it! But it fell short for me. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 13mo
readinginthedark @Riveted_Reader_Melissa @GingerAntics @Jess_Read_This It makes sense that the Duke wouldn‘t recognize Rosalind, since he hasn‘t seen her for fourteen years or something. But the comment about Ganymede looking like her took it a little far. I think his role in the play had less to do with R and more to do with redemption (of the Duke‘s brother and Oliver) and restoring “good” people to their rightful places. 13mo
GingerAntics @readinginthedark that‘s a good point...from that POV his role in the play makes far more sense. Yeah, I‘m going with your theory. 13mo
merelybookish This was my first Shakespeare play. I read it in Grade 10 and remember enjoying it @Riveted_Reader_Melissa I do think the lovesick silliness is a good Shakespeare intro. I enjoyed re-reading it. I like that Rosalind is in control of a lot of the plot. And I like that a female friendship features so promiently. There are lots of convenient (questionable) plot developments but I enjoyed this lark in Arden forest. 13mo
TheBookHippie @Jess_Read_This I'm torn as well some of the passages of words just gorgeous but some of the plot line seemed like he was trying 10 scenarios at once. However the POV and a strong women is wonderful. 13mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @merelybookish Exactly! When I was in school we read all the tragedies. I didn‘t even really get that he wrote comedies until college. Yes, there were weird plot loops and odd character choices, but it was fun and silly, everyone turns out good, for the better, and happily every after seems like just the kind of play I would have loved and found clever and funny as a young person. The girls wit, the teaching him how to woo her (as him)... (edited) 13mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa ...tricking everyone in the logic chain into marrying the ‘right‘ person for them. As a 9th grader I think I‘d have found it funny and clever, and not even thought the side characters wandering out of the forest at all odd, but just them meeting the local inhabitants. I thought it was fun now, and I‘m sure I‘d have loved it even more then. (edited) 13mo
JennAndrew @Jess_Read_This @readinginthedark I‘m late to the party this week, sorry! I got the Charles Boyce Shakespeare A-Z this week though, so that was great! In the AYLI bit it suggests this is a play without a plot so much as opportunities for clever wordplay, & I think that sums it up for me. I didn‘t care for most of the characters & found the group marriage a weak ending, especially as I did not support some of the pairings. However, there was some.. 13mo
JennAndrew Delightful dialogue and witty repartee, so I think that was the most enjoyable part for me. The A-Z suggests Silvius & Phoebe were standard pastoral characters- the ‘sentimental shepherd & hard-hearted shepherdess‘, however, I‘d have been happier to see Phebe & Audrey bunk off together at the end, ditching those useless dudes. Either for amazing adventures or maybe to marry each other, who knows?! I just felt it would be awful to marry a man as... 13mo
JennAndrew Critical as Touchstone was of Audrey, or to settle for a man you actively tried to shun for years, like S & P. How depressing! I saw this on stage when I was younger & loved it- the forest, with love poems hanging from the branches- was dreamy & enchanting, it was funny & had more than just talking, but as an adult I‘ve found it a bit empty. I know Shakespeare can give so much more, so this was a So-So for me. 13mo
batsy My thoughts summed up: what @merelybookish said 😆 It felt very light, even flimsy where plot was concerned, but I did love the banter and the philosophical musings of forest vs. court. Seems to be that human corruption will taint even the most Edenic of places? 🤔😬 13mo
Jess_Read_This @JennAndrew I never considered the idea that this is a play without a plot and to focus on the wordplay. That kind of relaxes me a bit in my expectations, I guess? I‘d like to see Phoebe and Audrey take off together on an adventure too! 13mo
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