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Jess_Read_This

Jess_Read_This

Joined May 2016

reader, wanderer, candle lover IG:Pages_and_Wicks 📸 📖🕯🌱
📚https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/28497722-jessica.
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Spring Magic | D. E. Stevenson
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☕️📚Lamenting my overzealous goal setting in my 2019 Reading Challenge... am a wee bit behind but there‘s still time. (Right?)

@elkeo_TheBookDragon I‘m hooked! I might even finish today. You weren‘t kidding about the first chapters bringing you into the story.

#currentlyreading #DEStevenson #ReadingGoals

HardcoverHearts That cover is so beautiful! 3mo
twohectobooks This is why I always set my reading goal very low and adjust as the year goes on haha. 3mo
mabell Cute mug!! 3mo
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Jess_Read_This @HardcoverHearts I think so too! I love the covers this publisher has done for these rereleases. 3mo
Jess_Read_This @twohectobooks hehehe... I should have done that. Normally I can hit my target but I had just the worst reading slump for two months. I like the adjust as you go along approach in reading goal setting. 3mo
Jess_Read_This @mabell Thank you! It‘s a Target find- the Hearth and Hand line by Joanna Gaines. ☺️ 3mo
LeahBergen This book is delightful . 💕💕 (edited) 3mo
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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. 6mo
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 😄 6mo
LeahBergen I‘m planning to get to this one this month, too (finally!). I have The Darling Buds of May waiting for next month. 😆 6mo
Jess_Read_This @LeahBergen 😆 That‘s perfect! 6mo
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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! 9mo
Jess_Read_This @Reviewsbylola Thank you!!🥂📚Cheers to a wonderful new year! 🥂 9mo
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 9mo
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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! 9mo
Susanita Good goals! 9mo
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! 9mo
Jess_Read_This @Susanita Thank you! ☺️🥂Happy New Year! 9mo
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! 🍾 9mo
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! 9mo
Izai.Amorim Happy new year, Jessica! 9mo
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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.
Tinkety-tonk!

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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! 😆 8mo
Jess_Read_This @readinginthedark lol! It‘s a frightening thing on me! 8mo
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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 💜 9mo
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. 9mo
elkeo_TheBookDragon Oo - I need to look into this... 9mo
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. 9mo
elkeo_TheBookDragon I‘m going to google it now! You are right - very cool to see her with a current date! 9mo
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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)
Postcards
Bookmarks
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...

#PersephoneBooks

GatheringBooks very nice! 9mo
Jess_Read_This @GatheringBooks Thank you! I am still practically pinching myself to be sure the experience was real. ☺️ 9mo
Leftcoastzen So wonderful! Hope to get there one day. 9mo
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LeahBergen The Blank Wall is so good and I have Doreen waiting on my shelf. 😍 9mo
elkeo_TheBookDragon That postcard is lovely! 9mo
elkeo_TheBookDragon @Jess_Read_This @LeahBergen Sounds like we need to buddyread Doreen! 9mo
LeahBergen @elkeo @Jess_Read_This I think so! 👍🏻 9mo
Jess_Read_This @LeahBergen @elkeo Yes!! Let‘s do it! Let me know when a good time is for your reading schedules! 9mo
quirkyreader Wonderful choices. 8mo
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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. 😏

#InsomniaAndSnacks

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❤️Finally got to see it in person! ❤️

#persephonebooks

quirkyreader Lucky you. Take tons of photos and show us your book scores. 9mo
BekaReid It's an amazing shop, isn't it?! We just had to stop while in London a couple months ago. 9mo
Jess_Read_This @quirkyreader I will show my haul! We are home now and I‘m already missing it all! 9mo
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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! 9mo
Reviewsbylola I got to visit last February. It‘s an adorable shop! 9mo
Leftcoastzen Dreamy ! 9mo
LeahBergen You lucky thing! 😍 9mo
Jess_Read_This @Reviewsbylola Yes!! It just exceeded all expectations. 9mo
Macnjen My daughter and I just visited last week and the shop is wonderful and unique! 4mo
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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

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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
#mysterylover

batsy I just got this in the mail, hope I actually read it this year 😆 10mo
Jess_Read_This @batsy I got this one earlier this year and have been saving it in anticipation of the holiday! 10mo
LeahBergen I‘ve been saving this for a Christmas read, too. 👍🏻 10mo
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LeahBergen @batsy 😆 You‘ve described me perfectly. 10mo
Sarah83 I really loved this one last year. 😍 @batsy @LeahBergen 10mo
batsy @Sarah83 Nice! I remember you posting about it ☺️ @LeahBergen We're incorrigible 😂 10mo
Jess_Read_This @batsy @LeahBergen So if I get distracted and this one falls to the wayside, it‘s completely forgivable? 😂 10mo
batsy Absolutely! No judgment from me 😂 10mo
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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! 👌🏼 10mo
Jess_Read_This @LeahBergen Thank you! I kind of slid Kate Morton in there with a slew of good company books. ☺️ 10mo
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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! ❤️ 12mo
Victoriahoperose Fave 😍 12mo
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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!!! 🍻 12mo
julesG Glad you're back! 12mo
LeahBergen 👋🏻 12mo
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Bklover 😃Welcome back! 12mo
Jess_Read_This @GingerAntics 🍻Indeed!!! 12mo
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! 🍎📖🍎 12mo
Sha0102 😃😃😃😃 12mo
tammysue 👋🏻😁Glad you‘re back! 12mo
Jess_Read_This @Sha0102 @whatshesreadingnow Thank you!! Can‘t wait to talk books with you! ❤️ 12mo
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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 👌🏻 13mo
Erin7 Interesting that there is a play on bad guys not always necessarily being bad at the beginning of both books. 13mo
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) 13mo
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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) 13mo
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! 13mo
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. 13mo
JaclynW Wow! It sounds like every word is intentional. That's how I feel reading Neil Gaiman. 13mo
CindyMyLifeIsLit This is next on my list! 13mo
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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. 13mo
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... 13mo
elkeo_TheBookDragon Past Jess is a smart cookie 😉 13mo
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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 13mo
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... 13mo
GingerAntics That‘s a good call, actually. I think most of the characters ARE his cousins. lol 13mo
TheBookHippie 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻❤️📖 13mo
readinginthedark I love your copy! 😍 13mo
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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? 13mo
AceOnRoam What a great place to read! 13mo
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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. 13mo
Jess_Read_This @AceOnRoam It really was so relaxing last night... except for my neighbor‘s maniac dog barking most of the night lol 13mo
AceOnRoam I'm really looking forward to this book now!!! 13mo
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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! 13mo
AceOnRoam I feel like I everyone is reading this but me 🙂 I need to get to this soon! 13mo
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! 13mo
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AceOnRoam I'm checking if the library has it... 13mo
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... 13mo
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! 13mo
JaclynW @Jess_Read_This There is a long wait list at my library. I'm #32. 😬 13mo
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) 13mo
LoverofLit This is such a great read! 13mo
jb72 I‘ve not yet that book either. I heard about some time ago, but never looked it up to in depth. 13mo
CSeydel @JaclynW @AceOnRoam I was supposed to read this for Freaky Friday but never got to it. I still plan to read it ... 13mo
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 13mo
Jess_Read_This @LoverofLit I‘m absolutely loving it!!! 13mo
Jess_Read_This @jb72 I can‘t put it down. Completely into the story. 13mo
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! 13mo
JaclynW @Jess_Read_This 👍 You are selling me even more!! At this rate, you will be done by tomorrow. 😁 13mo
Jess_Read_This @JaclynW ☕️☕️☕️And I‘ll need the coffee to recover from it! 😂 13mo
JaclynW @Jess_Read_This 😜🤪🤣 13mo
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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. 14mo
Jess_Read_This @SilversReviews It is such a great book. I hope she does a follow up to it. I love the cover too! 14mo
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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. 14mo
SilversReviews @Jess_Read_This I will check my library today...thanks. 14mo
CarolynM Just bought a copy of this today after seeing all the Litsy love for it. Looking forward to it. 14mo
Jess_Read_This @DebbieGrillo I hope you like it as much as I did! I can‘t wait to read your review. ❤️ 14mo
Jess_Read_This @CarolynM Nice!! Let me know your thoughts on it once you‘ve read it! 14mo
MayJasper I like the sound of this 😊 14mo
thea-block I just started this one! Really looking forward to it 😃 14mo
BookNAround I loved this one. It was really lovely. 14mo
elkeo_TheBookDragon Nice review! 14mo
Jess_Read_This @MayJasper It‘s a good one! Let me know if you liked it! 13mo
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!! 13mo
Jess_Read_This @BookNAround I just saw on AJ Pearce‘s IG account that she is working on a sequel this month! 13mo
Jess_Read_This @elkeo Thank you!! I think you might like this one too. 13mo
BookNAround @Jess_Read_This That‘s great news! 13mo
JaclynW Great review! I love this cover. I'm intrigued... 13mo
Jess_Read_This @JaclynW This was another one I couldn‘t put down last weekend. I‘ve been on a lucky streak w books! 13mo
JaclynW @Jess_Read_This Nice! I love being on a lucky streak! Enjoy!! 13mo
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! 13mo
Sydsavvy I loved it, too! 12mo
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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. 14mo
Samplergal I loved it as well. 14mo
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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! 🍓 14mo
Jess_Read_This @LeahBergen Thank you so much! Summer strawberries are just the best. 14mo
elkeo_TheBookDragon Fantastic photo! Hungry for strawberries now... 14mo
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! 😂 14mo
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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” 😁 14mo
Erin7 Sounds like a great day😎 14mo
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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. 14mo
Weaponxgirl Yay! Virago 😍 14mo
kspenmoll Yes, great photo! 14mo
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Jess_Read_This @SilversReviews @kspenmoll Thank you so much! Virago makes the best books. 14mo
Jess_Read_This @Weaponxgirl You know you can never go wrong with a Virago book! 🍏🍎🍏🍎 14mo
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🙂 14mo
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 😂 14mo
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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) 14mo
Jess_Read_This @robinb I am completely loving this series. You are starting it with perfect timing- book 5 comes out September 25th!🔍 14mo
robinb @Jess_Read_This 👍😊🙌🏼 14mo
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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! 14mo
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. 😄 14mo
Mdargusch I love this! ❤️ 14mo
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Kalalalatja Great photo! 14mo
batsy Beautiful quote and picture ❤️ 14mo
Anna40 Wonderful! Is this a chapbook? 14mo
BarbaraBB Beautiful pic! 14mo
Izai.Amorim Very beautiful flowers. 14mo
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 🙃 14mo
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! 14mo
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. 14mo
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. 14mo
Jess_Read_This @JenlovesJT47 Just sent you an email! 💌 14mo
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. 14mo
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. 14mo
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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! 1y
Jess_Read_This @Jaimelire It is a great book and is part of a great series! 14mo
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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 1y
tammysue Lovely roses ! 💗 1y
CoffeeNBooks I agree, exactly what you said. 1y
Jess_Read_This @Cinfhen @whatshesreadingnow Thank you so much! 💕💕💕 1y
Jess_Read_This @CoffeeNBooks Hopefully the next one will be better! 1y
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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! 1y
mabell Sounds good, and great picture! 1y
bookandbedandtea The book sounds interesting and I love your clever picture! 1y
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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! 1y
UwannaPublishme Scrabble! 🙌🏻 1y
Daisey Creative photo! 1y
JaclynW Awesome photo! The book sounds like fun too. 1y
Jess_Read_This @UwannaPublishme I love Scrabble!! ❤️ 1y
Jess_Read_This @Daisey Thank you so much! ❤️ 1y
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! 1y
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. 1y
Jaimelire I am just reading it now and love it! 7mo
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! 7mo
Jaimelire @Jess_Read_This That is wonderful news😀 7mo
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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 😭😭❤️❤️ 1y
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. 1y
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! 1y
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 💕 1y
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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! 💙 1y
Aims42 Nice photo! I love your vintage camera in it. I collect a few too 🙂 1y
batsy Great review and picture! 1y
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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 ☺️ 1y
rohit-sawant Awesome review and pic! Stacking! 1y
Jess_Read_This @rohit-sawant Thank you so much! I hope you enjoy the story as much as I did. 1y
elkeo_TheBookDragon Love the english pots! But especially that subtle ‘Ladies Night‘ on the wall - perfect for this book! 👏🏻👏🏻 1y
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. 1y
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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) 1y
Lizpixie This is the 2nd book about the Sparrow sisters. The first one was better I thought. 1y
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. 1y
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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) 1y
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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? 1y
Tamra I stacked Elizabeth. 🌼 1y
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 1y
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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! 1y
Literary_Siren Oh okay! Thanks for the info! 1y
Jess_Read_This @Literary_Siren No problem! If are on IG coraliebickfordsmith is a great account to see the new editions 1y
Literary_Siren Awesome! I‘ve followed her. 😊 1y
BooknerdsLife Gorgeous photo! love the new addition and have ordered these two too! 😍😍 Can't wait to get my copies 🤗 1y
Jess_Read_This @BooknerdsLife Nice!!! I don‘t think I‘ve ever encountered a PEL I didn‘t love! 1y
BooknerdsLife @Jess_Read_This they are too pretty to say no to! 😆 1y
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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

hwheaties Ahhh this play. I wrote a paper about it for my Shakespeare class in my MA. Definitely not my favorite. 1y
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. 1y
merelybookish I need to catch up before Saturday. But yes, it does seem early in the play for a wedding! 1y
hwheaties @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. 1y
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. 1y
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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 😃 1y
Jess_Read_This @BooknerdsLife It was so good! I couldn‘t put it down yesterday! 1y
BooknerdsLife @Jess_Read_This I've just picked this up from library today 😃 Now I'm really excited about it 😆 1y
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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! 1y
BooknerdsLife @Jess_Read_This thank you! I will read it as soon as I get back from my trip this week :) 1y
Suzze I got this in the Kindle sale yesterday. Sounds great! 1y
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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.
#almaclassics

TrishB Lovely pic 💕 1y
Jess_Read_This @TrishB Thank you! It was such a perfect beach day spent reading. 1y
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youneverarrived Gorgeous photo 😍 1y
BookishBlonde12 That looks like a lovely way to spend the day! 1y
Leftcoastzen Lovely scene and quote! 1y
mabell 😍😍 1y
SqueakyChu Hahaha! I bought Josh wine last year at the beach because one of our sons is named Josh! 1y
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!! 😉 1y
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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. 1y
mhillis I really enjoyed reading this book too! 1y
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. 1y
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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. 1y
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. 1y
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! 1y
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. 1y
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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. 1y
CrowCAH Beautiful cover! 1y
readinginthedark 😂 Yep, still hoping they all die! 1y
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Jess_Read_This @GingerAntics 😂We definitely can put our creative minds together on this! 1y
Jess_Read_This @readinginthedark Me too... me too! 1y
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 1y
Jess_Read_This @GingerAntics @readinginthedark Yessss... in my choose your own adventure, it would be Hunger Game style with kitchen cutlery. 😂 1y
GingerAntics @Jess_Read_This love the detail of the kitchen cutlery!!! It‘s all about the detail. Good thinking. 1y
readinginthedark @Jess_Read_This @GingerAntics I love this so much. We should make the next Othello adaptation, just like this! 😆❤️ 1y
GingerAntics @readinginthedark @Jess_Read_This who can we contact to make this thing happen?! 1y
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 1y
Jess_Read_This @GingerAntics @readinginthedark Or we make it Survivor like and add special weapons like electric mixers 😂 1y
GingerAntics @Jess_Read_This @readinginthedark I agree with this!!! Also, very excited to find someone else who knows what a Ginsu knife is. lol 1y
readinginthedark @GingerAntics @Jess_Read_This I‘m thinking we call Alton Brown, Gordon Ramsay, or Mary Berry, depending on the vibe we want! 😆 (edited) 1y
GingerAntics Oh I see Gordon Ramsay being a total badass narrator. Can you imagine? 1y
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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!🎉 1y
readinginthedark Congratulations, @TheBookHippie ! 😉☕️ 1y
TheBookHippie OHHHHHHH SO EXCITED!!!! Thank you soooo much!!! 1y
Jess_Read_This @TheBookHippie Did you get it yet? I tried to bubble wrap it up like Fort Knox style 1y
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!!! 1y
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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. ☹️ 1y
Julsmarshall I‘m so sorry. So sad when we lose our beautiful indies. 😘 1y
mrp27 So sad! Looks like a great store. 1y
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wanderlustforwords So cool! But sad! 1y
JazzFeathers So many indie bookshop are crossing in my part of the world (ltaly). The one where l work is at risk too 1y
Suzze I‘ve been friends with Robin and Jamie for almost 20 years. I‘ll sure miss their store! 1y
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. 1y
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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.
#RBG

GingerAntics That‘s exciting. I can‘t wait for this either. 1y
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? 1y
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. 1y
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Jess7 RBG is one of my most favorite people. 💙 1y
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) 1y
GingerAntics Hm. I may have to see if I can get access to this, now. That does sound interesting. 1y
Jess_Read_This @Jess7 Mine too. She‘s just a constant source of inspiration to me. 1y
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. 1y
GingerAntics Oh wow. That sounds really interesting. Okay, looking this thing up right now. I‘m making an exception this once. 1y
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! 😂 1y
GingerAntics lol I tend to like documentaries, so it‘s unlikely. lol 1y
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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! 1y
Jess_Read_This @umbrellagirl 🙌🏼Yes to those of us that fling money wildly at our books! 😂 1y
monogamist_reader You are welcome! 1y
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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😌 1y
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. 1y
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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!!🎊🎉🎈📚 1y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Yay!!!! 🎈🎉🎊 1y
Yeah_I_Read So exciting! I can‘t wait to read this!! 1y
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Graciouswarriorprincess Congratulations!! 1y
lauraodom How exciting! Out of all the Goodreads giveaways I‘ve entered I have never once won one! 1y
MoBee Awesome!! Never won but I keep trying lol 1y
kspenmoll Fantastic! Enjoy! 1y
AceOnRoam Welcome back. Hope all is well 😘 1y
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! 1y
Jess_Read_This @AceOnRoam Thank you! It‘s good to be back and getting into the swing of things again. 1y
elkeo_TheBookDragon Congrats on the WIN! 1y
Jess_Read_This @elkeo Thanks!! I‘m super stoked about this one too!! 1y
elkeo_TheBookDragon I still need to read book 1! 1y
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??? 1y
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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!! 1y
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!! 1y
hlgreenfield I look forward to reading all you had to say! 😃 1y
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Daisey I just started this one last night and am really looking forward to it. 1y
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! 1y
Cathythoughts I really loved this book. Depressing & Brilliant all at once ❤️ 1y
MrsMalaprop It‘s waiting for me on my TBR shelf... 1y
ValerieAndBooks Loved it! But hated how Edith treated him 😢. Lots else to think about, too. 1y
TheBookHippie Oh I loved this book! 1y
Jess_Read_This @TheBookHippie I thoroughly enjoyed it! I honestly couldn‘t put it down 1y
tpixie @ValerieAndBooks Edith was mean and petty 1y
Jess_Read_This @tpixie Omigosh, wasn‘t she awful? My heart just hurt a few times in this book bc of her meanness 1y
tpixie @Jess_Read_This I agree! Me too!! 1y
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Doing some preparation reading in anticipation of May 1st!

🎉 #GirlShriek #LoveThisSeries #ATB #ATB24in48 🎉

JaclynW Gorgeous photo! 1y
Nute OMG! Love this photo! 1y
annahenke I can't wait! 1y
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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) 1y
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. 1y
Sydneyreads I‘ve always heard wonderful things about this series but have never read them! May need to go get them ☺️ 1y
398.2 I can‘t wait!!!!!!! I got a friend at work hooked to so we can talk about it lol 1y
MellieAntoinette Hey! Me too! I just love a book you can‘t put down! 1y
JaclynW @Jess_Read_This Great finds for a great price! My OCD would be having the same issue. 😉😄 1y
elkeo_TheBookDragon Are you rereading all three?! 😱👏🏻 1y
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! 1y
Jess_Read_This @398.2 I raced through these last weekend and now am anxiously waiting for May 1st! 1y
Jess_Read_This @elkeo I did! I didn‘t leave the house all of last weekend. 1y
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