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Jess_Read_This

Jess_Read_This

Joined May 2016

reader, wanderer, aspiring epicure IG:@Pages_and_Wicks 📸 📖🕯🌱
📚https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/28497722-jessica.
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Tattered Tartan | Isabel Cameron
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@LeahBergen Here is the cover of Tattered Tartan. It‘s the sequel to “The But and Ben”- which is about a female doctor in the Glen. The people figured they‘d better send to Inverness for a male doctor, but she was ready to prove her worth. I haven‘t read either yet but it‘s a 2022 goal to get to them. (As always… the TBR looms over my good intentions)

LeahBergen Thank you! I love a good middlebrow Highlands tale. 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 2w
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Mariana | Monica Dickens, Harriet Lane
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My #PersephonePick amongst all the terrific titles discussed in the hashtagged posts.

Seeing as @elkeOriginal knows I‘ve had this one sitting on my shelf since Christmas 2020.. I better join in on that buddyread.

My Storygraph is jessreadthis. Please add me if the buddyread is happening there and when do we start! 💃🏻

elkeOriginal This is one way to force us to read xmas gifts! 2w
LeahBergen Lovely shelf! 😍 My eye is drawn to that Tattered Tartan book. I must investigate! 😆 2w
catebutler Excited to read this one with you! 2w
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Jess_Read_This @LeahBergen I‘ll post a photo so you can see the cover! It‘s the sequel to “The But and Ben” which I haven‘t read but is about a female doctor in the Highlands 2w
Jess_Read_This @catebutler I am excited as well. I haven‘t read Monica Dickens yet! 2w
Jess_Read_This @elkeOriginal Ha! Quite right! 2w
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🎄 I‘ve wanted this edition for over a year now. I missed out on the first and only one I saw during that time. And when I saw it pop up on Abe, I had to treat myself.

A next year seasonal read, but I was pretty excited to unwrap it today! And maybe I‘ll read a little now, there‘s nothing wrong with keeping Christmas in your heart all year long. Isn‘t that what the movies say? 🧐

#vintageread #christmasbook #christmaspresent

LeahBergen I‘m so jealous! I‘ve been wanting a copy of this for years. 💚 3w
rockpools 😍 3w
Jess_Read_This @LeahBergen this was my fourth attempt at trying to buy this book… the first two times faster people scooped them up when I emailed the sellers condition questions and the third time the seller canceled my order. I was lucky and had some Christmas money burning a hole in my pocket. I‘ll keep an eye out for you! 2022 will be the year you get your copy! (edited) 3w
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LeahBergen Thanks! Yes, please do keep an eye out for me. Don‘t you hate when you get swooped on a book deal? 😆 3w
BookBabe I don‘t know anything about that book, but the cover is lovely! 3w
Jess_Read_This @LeahBergen I will definitely keep an eye out for you! And yes, it‘s a sore spot when I get swooped but I can begrudgingly get it because I can be too slow with my inquiries on condition where there isn‘t a photo lol. I lost out on a copy of Sylvia Warner Townsend‘s Diaries (read the Slightly Foxed email on it)Opened the description and went to add it to my cart- and someone already bought in that 30 seconds lol. 3w
Jess_Read_This @BookBabe I love it too! So much nostalgia! I hope kids still have snowball fights nowadays. I did and this book was published in the early 1950‘s so kids did then. The memories of it all drew me to the cover. (edited) 3w
LeahBergen @Jess_Read_This Grrr! And I JUST read the Slightly Foxed email about that one. 😆 3w
Jess_Read_This @LeahBergen lol- I keep telling myself I hope the person that bought it for a good $9.79 deal was a fellow middlebrow lover reading their email the same time I was this morning… 🤣 3w
elkeOriginal Wait, @LeahBergen doesn‘t own this? 🤯 3w
Jess_Read_This @LeahBergen @elkeOriginal 2022 is her year for a copy! We are going to find it! Sending all the book serendipity manifesting type wishes out into the universe she gets it. 💫 And that she gets a better deal on her copy than I did 🤣 (edited) 3w
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Middlemarch | George Eliot
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I told myself I‘d read this in 2022. And here 2022 has arrived. It feels rather intimidating but I‘ve had several lovers of George Eliot supportively cheering me on to get started. So here it goes… 📖

#jessreads2022 #readingtheclassics #currentlyreading

elkeOriginal You can do it! 3w
zezeki I've read it a few years ago and loved it! Just take your time with it! 💪🏼 3w
Jess_Read_This @elkeOriginal Thank you!! ❤️❤️ I needed to hear that! (edited) 3w
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Jess_Read_This @zezeki Thank you for the advice! And joining the group of Middlemarch lovers telling me how much they loved it ☺️ That is always encouraging to hear. (edited) 3w
elkeOriginal I loved both the book and the Masterpiece Theatre version back in the ‘90s. That can be your reward! 3w
Jess_Read_This @elkeOriginal Ohhh, I do like the sounds of watching the Masterpiece Program at the end! 3w
quietjenn I agree with @zezeki - just take your time and enjoy it! It's worth it. I've been meaning to revisit it myself. Maybe this will be the year ... 3w
Jess_Read_This @quietjenn I hope you get to it. I‘m not too far in as I‘m taking your and @zezeki ‘s advice to go slow and enjoy. And I‘m enjoying it. I already am intrigued with Dorothea and where the story will go. 3w
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The Spellbound Village: A Novel | Julia Truitt Yenni
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“People‘s people, only in a small town more so. She wrote about people”. 5⭐️

Faith Goodbind wrote about people. And the people of Two River Junction thought she was writing about them. They read the book and saw all their secrets laid bare. The entire town is in an uproar and Faith has no idea. We see the fallout, redemption, and recovery. There is also humor to balance out some of the seriousness. Highly recommend!

#jessreads2022 #middlebrow

elkeOriginal You read this SO fast! Time for me to catch up! 3w
Jess_Read_This @elkeOriginal Don‘t read what I posted about it in the club notes. Very spoilery! I tried to write big warnings too. I couldn‘t put it down yesterday! Plus I refused to do any laundry or chores 😂 (edited) 3w
elkeOriginal I noticed your all caps SPOILERS 😹😹 3w
elkeOriginal Not being able to put down a book is the best recommendation! 3w
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The Spellbound Village: A Novel | Julia Truitt Yenni
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My first buddy read of 2022. It‘s about a young author who has written a book about people in a small town. When people in her town read the novel they begin to identify themselves as the leading characters and “hidden tensions erupt from beneath the surface of village life”. It sounds a bit “Miss Buncle-esque” to me? I could be entirely wrong in my first impression from the book flap.

#jessreads2022 #vintagereads #middlebrow

LeahBergen Miss Buncle‘s Book is a favourite of mine! I can‘t wait to hear what you think of this one (and if I should buy it 😆). 3w
Jess_Read_This @LeahBergen I‘m about 77 pages into it. I‘m liking it so far! Though, I wouldn‘t say it‘s like Miss Buncle‘s Book. The author of the book that has the town in an uproar didn‘t intentionally write it with the townspeople in mind. They are finding themselves in it. Also, this novel doesn‘t have that cozy sort of feeling Buncle gave me. It‘s more serious in nature and concept. But I‘m still very much enjoying it. But not at all like Buncle. (edited) 3w
Jess_Read_This @LeahBergen I think my mind made the comparison when I heard the premise was about a book written in a small town and the townspeople get in an uproar thinking it‘s about them. 3w
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LeahBergen Thanks for the update! The coziness of Miss Buncle really adds to the enjoyment of it, doesn‘t it? I‘ll definitely keep this one on my radar, though! 3w
Jess_Read_This @LeahBergen I finished it last night and absolutely loved it. It ended up being rather funny along with serious tones. There are some very serious themes in the townspeople seeing themselves- TW alluding to child sexual molestation history, suicide. Overall, I was impressed with the writing and the story. I‘d definitely recommend. Just wouldn‘t call it cozy, per se. And that is an nice element to have in a book too. (edited) 3w
LeahBergen You‘ve totally convinced me now that you say there‘s a bit of humour! Thanks. 👏🏻 3w
Jess_Read_This @LeahBergen I enjoyed it so much, I splurged on another Truitt Yenni book! (edited) 3w
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The Bronzed Beasts | Roshani Chokshi
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5⭐️ A high rating because I love Chokshi‘s writing.

Reading this novel felt like Roshani Chokshi was letting us briefly glimpse a bit of her heart and soul. It was so raw and beautiful. Her gorgeous descriptive language immersed the reader fully into the world she built. Chokshi has a way of incorporating all the five senses into her writing, which is completely transportive.

#jessreads2022 #recommend #bookreview

erinreads I just bought a copy of The Gilded Wolves to finally start this series! 3w
Jess_Read_This @erinreads I hope you enjoy the series as much as I did. I felt with the descriptive language, Chokshi creates a true reading experience for her readers. I‘m looking forward to hearing what you think when you read The Gilded Wolves. 3w
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The Wintringham Mystery | Anthony Berkeley
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Totally influenced by @LeahBergen with this recent purchase. Which maybe that should be Litsy hashtag? 😉The mention that this one stumped Agatha Christie completely piqued my interest. I‘m so glad you shared this one, Leah. I‘m really looking forward to reading it.

LeahBergen 😆😆 Here‘s hoping we both enjoy it! 3w
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The Bronzed Beasts | Roshani Chokshi
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“Do you know how the world ends?” She asked softly.
“Fire and brimstone, I imagine?”
“No,” she said smiling. “It ends in terrible beauty”

Nice cheery breakfast reading to start off 2022…and don‘t judge my generous serving of butter. 🥞

#jessreads2022 #happynewyear #2022

bookandbedandtea Butter makes everything better! Enjoy your adorable little pancakes and your book. 3w
Jess_Read_This @bookandbedandtea It sure does! When my friend and I go out to breakfast, she eats her pancakes plain whereas my pancakes look like a five year old was given freedom with butter and syrup 😂 3w
elkeOriginal I vote for butter & syrup all the way! 3w
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AlaMich Everyone knows the pancakes are just the delivery device for the butter and syrup! 😅 3w
Jess_Read_This @AlaMich @elkeOriginal We‘d all make lovely brunch partners! 🧈🥞 3w
elkeOriginal @AlaMich Well said! 3w
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❤️You will be missed. Thank you for the memories.

elkeOriginal I. Can‘t. Deal. 😿 (edited) 4w
Dragon 💔 4w
Mollyanna 😢 4w
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batsy ❤️ 3w
Gissy 😢 3w
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The Bronzed Beasts | Roshani Chokshi
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Officially finishing 2021 with magic and quite a bit of sodium. Happy New Year! 🎉🥂

#hny #happynewyear #2021 #magicreads

elkeOriginal So decadent - I love the way you ring out a year. 4w
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A Sky Painted Gold | Laura Wood
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4.5⭐️ I wasn‘t sure how I‘d end up feeling about this heavily influenced by The Great Gatsby themed book. But Wood made it her own, despite having the sections broken up by Great Gatsby quotes. Young writer, Louise, is swept up into the glitz of summer parties and affluent life by the Cardew siblings. It‘s a coming of age novel that fortunately has a happier ending than Gatsby does. A relaxing, escapist read.
#2021 #recommend #bookreview

MeganAnn I love this cover 😍 4w
Jess_Read_This @MeganAnn Me too! All of her books have gorgeous covers like this. That‘s what caught my attention right off the bat. 4w
elkeOriginal Your cover + bookmark matching game is top notch! 4w
elkeOriginal That cover is mesmerizing. Glad you liked it since you gave such feelings fir the Great Gatsby! 4w
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Anne of Avonlea | L M Montgomery
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I loved this reread. My adult mind picked up on plot elements ten year old me glossed over. I found myself loving Marilla in this novel. She became more of a person to me. Her sense of humor is dry and wry- which always makes me laugh. I love how Montgomery really developed her as a character in this novel vs. the first one.

The seasonal themes were lovely to read as well. A favorite series.
5⭐️
#2021 #kindredspirits #lmmontgomery #annewithane

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A Sky Painted Gold | Laura Wood
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🎅🏻The last of the Christmas cookies and one more read to squeeze in for 2021.

Happy New Year‘s Eve!

#nye #2021 #newyear #newbooks

Tamra What a cover! 4w
elkeOriginal You need more cookies. 4w
Jess_Read_This @Tamra It‘s pretty gorgeous! This was a library copy and I‘m tempted to buy one for myself. 4w
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Jess_Read_This @elkeOriginal Or I just ate too many Christmas cookies! 🙊 4w
elkeOriginal @Jess_Read_This Regardless, you need more cookies. 4w
Jess_Read_This @elkeOriginal Seeing as I‘m loving the sweatpants life, I need less cookies 🤣 4w
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Untitled | Anonymous
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Readers of all ages commiserating over a lack of books.📚

#reader #readersgonnaread

GingerAntics What a sweet little girl. 💙💙💙 4w
UwannaPublishme 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 4w
Jess_Read_This @GingerAntics I thought so too. Just the sweetest. It makes me so happy to know there will always be future generations of book lovers. 4w
Dragon 💚books 4w
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Untitled | Unknown
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✔️Preordered!
✔️Submitted my request to the Litsy Librarians to add to the database.
I love that it‘s releasing in September. Reading about the life of Agatha Christie in the autumn months will be perfect.
“With access to personal letters and papers that have rarely been seen, Lucy Worsley's biography is both authoritative and entertaining and makes us realise what an extraordinary pioneer Agatha Christie was.”

#preorder #2022 #agathachristie

rabbitprincess Added this to the TBR! Thanks for posting about it 😊 4w
Jess_Read_This @rabbitprincess Lucy just posted about it today on her IG page. I‘m pretty excited for this one. I‘m so glad you‘ve got it on your TBR too! 4w
quietjenn Oh, this is exciting! 4w
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Jess_Read_This @quietjenn 254 days is such a long wait! 4w
LeahBergen I‘m very excited about this one! 4w
batsy Yes! 🙌🏽 4w
elkeOriginal OHHHHHH 4w
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Anne of Green Gables | L M Montgomery
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Kathleen Kelly‘s mom advised to read this with a box of Kleenex. Which I never understood until my reread of this as an adult. I cried. I cried quite a bit actually. Part nostalgia and part realizing Anne‘s predicament as a neglected orphan, escaping along with Anne in her imaginations. And then falling in love with Montgomery‘s gorgeous writing all over again. It‘s definitely one of my #bestof2021 📚

#lmmontgomery #AnneWithAnE #kindredspirits

BookBabe Yes! Love Anne of Green Gables! 😃❤️ 1mo
LiteraryinLawrence Love the You‘ve Got Mail reference! 1mo
Jess_Read_This @BookBabe She has turned into such a comfort read for me! 4w
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Jess_Read_This @LiteraryinLawrence 📬⌨️ It‘s probably one of my most favorite movies! Great life lessons, entertaining, sweet, funny… and about books! All of my favorite elements in a move. And Meg Ryan is so perfect in that role! 4w
LeahBergen I just reread the series this year, too. 😭 4w
Jess_Read_This @LeahBergen 😭 It felt like coming home for me when I reread this. There‘s not many books that do that to me. Next time we both do a reread I‘ll send you a box of kleenex too! (edited) 4w
LeahBergen 😆😆 Thank you! 4w
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🎄Christmas Haul Part One with a distinct Bloomsbury theme. I recently bought an annotated Mrs. Dalloway so have some Woolf 2022 reading goals.

Has anyone read either of these? I‘d love to hear your thoughts/reviews on them.

#christmasbooks #bookhaul #virginiawoolf #bloomsbury

elkeOriginal From the Servants description: “That room of Woolf's own was kept clean by a series of cooks and maids” - OUCH! 1mo
elkeOriginal The Servants book looks fascinating! 1mo
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Jess_Read_This @elkeOriginal That‘s been one on my radar this past year. It sounds super interesting! 1mo
TrishB I have the tagged one but not read yet! 1mo
Augustdana Really enjoyed square haunting, have to check out the other book!! 1mo
jlhammar Square Haunting is very good. Enjoy! 1mo
Jess_Read_This @jlhammar and @Augustdana I‘m so glad to hear it‘s a good one! I was pretty excited to finally get it. It‘s been on my book radar all year too. Thanks for reaffirming to me it‘s a good one. 1mo
Jess_Read_This @TrishB Lol- that‘s the story of my life! I have many tagged books but they sit waiting for me to get to them! 1mo
Librarybelle Square Haunting is on my to read list…they both look so good! 1mo
Jess_Read_This @Librarybelle I thought so too! I love a good below stairs kind of book, so am very intrigued on the Woolf one. And Square Haunting just sounds fascinating to me. 1mo
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Christmas Pudding | Nancy Mitford
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“As for the book, it‘s no good writing about the upper classes if you hope to be taken seriously. You must have noticed that by now? Station masters, my dear, station masters” Amabelle pg 26.

An entirely light hearted Christmas read that is full of wit, cynicism, humor, a touch of absurdity, and sly deprecating comments. I don‘t know if it‘s her best, but it was a fun read going into Christmas week.

#book #nancymitford #bookreview

elkeOriginal OMG - those fur coats on the cover! 1mo
Jess_Read_This @elkeOriginal I think there are prettier and more kind editions out there. I happened to pick this one up years ago at a used bookshop. 1mo
Cathythoughts Great post , great cover 💫 1mo
Jess_Read_This @Cathythoughts Thank you! ☺️ It was such a nice light read over the holidays. 1mo
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August Folly | Angela Thirkell
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“Miss Tebben, I love you to distraction. Could you possibly give me any hope?”

•This line is just so reminiscent of one Jane Austen would have written. This was such a delightful and timely August read. A novel of a village play, a wryly observant donkey, a mishap with a bull, a dinner party created with absconded accompaniments, a moonlit stroll or two, and as always, one or two couples get engaged in the end. ❤️

#viragomodernclassics #virago

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“But it does seem to me that the people I used to know were more human and wise-like. There was surely less struggle for money and less running after the great ones-who aren‘t so very great after all‘s said and done. There was less vulgarity and we were content with simpler pleasures.”

The timeless nostalgia of debating old days vs. new days. I adore this book and it makes me want some old days right now. Stevenson is such a comfort read. ❤️

LeahBergen I adore these books! Lovely photo. ❤️❤️ 1y
Jess_Read_This @LeahBergen thank you! I adore this series as well. I love that on each reread I discover something new I missed on the prior ones. 1y
quietjenn Great photo! I totally agree - I've been doing tons of comfort reading of Stevenson lately! 1y
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Jess_Read_This @quietjenn I‘ve just been loving her books. Between her and Thirkell, it‘s been a wonderful summer of comfort reads. 1y
quietjenn @Jess_Read_This I totally relate to that 🙂 1y
elkeOriginal Ugh, this photo is awesome 💗 1mo
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Cheerfulness Breaks In | Angela Thirkell
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💸😍When the preorders start trickling in... one more should be showing up shortly. It‘s truly been a summer of Thirkell in my reading and escapes into Barsetshire.

#vmc #virago #angelathirkell #bookmail

Sparklemn Just purchased the first in the series! 1y
Jess_Read_This @Sparklemn Yay!! Which was one is that? I probably haven‘t been reading them in order 🙈 1y
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Sparklemn @Jess_Read_This It's called High Rising. I'm a bit nutty about reading series in order. 🙃 1y
LeahBergen I received posted with an old edition of the tagged book. I love Thirkell! ❤️ 1y
Jess_Read_This @Sparklemn I‘ve got that one and Christmas at High Rising. I need to read them still. I didn‘t realize they had an order and so far haven‘t noticed too many details out of order. But I usually try to read in order too. 😬 1y
Jess_Read_This @LeahBergen Oh! How lovely! I started with the VMC series and feel I need to complete it. But you can‘t beat the vintage editions with dust jackets and gorgeous cover art! 1y
Cathythoughts Lovely! I got The Brandons after your recent post 😁🙏🙏🙏 1y
Jess_Read_This @Cathythoughts oh! That makes me happy to hear! Have you read it yet? 1y
CarolynM ❤️ 1y
catebutler I have these on my wish list! Thirkell is such a wonderful author!! 1y
Jess_Read_This @catebutler I found her to be such a comforting read this summer. It was just what I needed to read about children being children, a bit of village gossip and drama, plays being performed, young love, and a couple or two getting engaged in the end. 1y
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5⭐️ I found this to be the perfect summer read. Wonderfully paired with summer berries, laying under a ceiling fan escaping to Barsetshire on a humid July day. I count myself amongst Mrs. Brandon‘s admirers now.

#virago #vmc #angelathirkell #recommend

catebutler Thirkell is a favourite of mine. And these editions are so dreamy! ✨ 2y
Jess_Read_This @catebutler Confession time: I think I‘ve got the rest of the Virago editions of her books on the way.... save for the three coming out in August that may have also been preordered. 💸 I really enjoyed this one and am thinking of starting Summer Half next! Do you have a favorite? 2y
Cathythoughts I did order this ! So excited to get it ... ✨ 2y
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Libby1 Beautiful photo. 🍒 2y
Jess_Read_This @Cathythoughts Yay!!! I can‘t wait to hear what you think of it! 2y
Jess_Read_This @Libby1 Thank you! Summer cherries are such a treat for me! 2y
LeahBergen I‘m feeling the need to pick up another Thirkell now! 2y
Jess_Read_This @LeahBergen C‘mon, everyone‘s doing it!(intense peer pressure) You must! 😂 I think this is my summer of Thirkell. Perfect escapist reading. 2y
elkeOriginal Love the cover, love your photo even more. 1mo
Jess_Read_This @elkeo_TheBookDragon Thanks! I kind of miss the days where I styled my book photos. Now I am lucky to open the app up. 🤦🏻‍♀️ 2022 goals to get back to basics. (edited) 1mo
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📚I love my librarians. I picked up my second book hoard from them and they tucked in back issues of Bookpages I never got to read due to Covid.
🐝To which I promptly got on Book Depository to order the gorgeous U.K. edition of this because it called to my beekeeping heart.

#beekeeper #pollinatorprotector #beelover #savethehoneybee

GingerAntics Your librarians ROCK!!! 2y
Jess_Read_This @GingerAntics I promptly went to the library‘s social media page to publicly thank and recognize how awesome they are. It was such a great surprise to open the bag and see all the issues I haven‘t read yet. 2y
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Untitled | Unknown
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Loved animal book: 🕸Charlotte‘s Web🕸

1. Sittin On The Dock of the Bay by Otis Redding. I didn‘t know all the words but I sure loved trying to whistle along with him.
2. I‘m so thankful for air conditioning. We are on day 9 of above 90F weather and 80% humidity with no end in sight next week.

Tagging anyone who wants to share in #ThankfulThursday
@Cosmos_Moon

Thanks for the tag @ItsAnotherJen

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Saplings | Noel Streatfeild
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🥳 When you take a chance and purchase the more expensive used book listing because the seller described the dust jacket in detail in the hopes the bookmark would be present. Best extra $3 I spent lately!

#persephonebooks #persephone

Eyelit Gotta love Persephone! 💜 2y
Crinoline_Laphroaig Beautiful! 2y
Jess_Read_This @Eyelit They always do everything just right! ☺️ 2y
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Jess_Read_This @Crinoline_Laphroaig Thank you! I was pretty excited to see the matching inner page bookmark. Persephone makes such pretty books. 2y
LeslieO What a beauty! 2y
erzascarletbookgasm Gorgeous! I love the author. Have this stacked. 😊 2y
Jess_Read_This @LeslieO Love love love Persephones!❤️ 2y
Jess_Read_This @erzascarletbookgasm It sure is! I‘m excited to read this one. I‘ve gathered from reviews it‘s entirely different than her other books. 2y
LeahBergen Yay!! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2y
Jess_Read_This @LeahBergen ❤️❤️❤️❤️ 2y
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Vow of Thieves | Mary E. Pearson
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🐱🐾 Clearly he feels my time could be better spent admiring him rather than reading.

#catsoflitsy #currentlyreading #recommendsday

Leftcoastzen 😻🥰 2y
Jess_Read_This @Leftcoastzen He loves a good open book to lay on. ❤️ 2y
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Jess_Read_This @Graciouswarriorprincess Thank you! ☺️ He‘s my baby that I bottle fed last summer. He also has quite a sassy pants side to him. Our relationship is based on bickering and becoming friends again daily. 😂 2y
elkeOriginal Mr. Sassy Pants 😹 1mo
Jess_Read_This @elkeo_TheBookDragon He will always put his sassy pants on and lay on my books. 😂 1mo
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A Summer Bird-Cage | Margaret Drabble
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I didn‘t know she is A.S. Byatt‘s sister while reading this. When I learned this, it made me wonder quite a bit if there might be some autobiographical touches with the two sisters‘ relationship in this book. Drabble notes they have normal sibling rivalry.

I enjoyed the cerebral nature of this book. We are welcomed to narrator Sarah‘s head. It‘s a complex mind full of observation, wondering at life&relationships, and seeking a place in the world.

JamieArc I really like AS Byatt, so this is interesting to me. Thanks for sharing! 2y
Jess_Read_This @JamieArc Let me know what you think! I guess they actually don‘t get along? Byatt says the gossip columnists exaggerate their issues. Drabble says they have a natural sibling rivalry. From what I‘ve read, either way, they aren‘t too close. Which is sad. It made me look at this book in a different way when I learned that. Not a bad way, just more thoughtful on how she wrote the sisters‘ relationship in the book. (edited) 2y
CarolynM I remember loving this when I read it long ago. Margaret Drabble always seems to write about women at much the same stage of life that she is, so I've always assumed there's a bit of autobiography in all of them. I think it's particularly true of this one and her second novel 2y
Jess_Read_This @CarolynM This story really had some real feeling movements to it. It was my first Drabble and I liked her writing quite a bit. I‘ll read Garrick Year next! Thank you for the recommendation! 2y
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☕️”Peace being restored over the coffee, Mrs Brandon ate her own breakfast and read her letters.”

I made the mistake of reading the news and checking in on Twitter this morning. This sentence spoke to me as I realized, I too, am finding a bit of peace in my morning coffee and book. Along with a giant raspberry pastry.

💐Hoping you find your bit of peace today.💐

#currentlyreading #virago #vmc

AlaMich Ah, Angela Thirkell! ❤️ 2y
Jess_Read_This @AlaMich It‘s always nice to escape to Barsetshire sometimes! ☺️ 2y
AlaMich @Jess_Read_This especially these days. 😞 2y
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BookNAround Thirkell is one of my favorites. 2y
Jess_Read_This @AlaMich Isn‘t that the truth. 😕 Reading truly is my escape. 2y
Jess_Read_This @BookNAround I‘m finding her to be a comforting read in this one! I haven‘t read all her books, just a few. But I seem to always buy them when I see them! 2y
kwmg40 I love the covers of these VMC editions of Thirkell's books! 2y
CarolynM Love Angela Thirkell ❤️ This is a good one! 2y
Cathythoughts Sounds great , I‘m stacking I just wish a raspberry pastry came with it 😁 2y
Jess_Read_This @CarolynM I am really enjoying this! I‘m not too far into it but have already laughed at loud once or twice! 2y
Jess_Read_This @kwmg40 VMC makes such pretty books. I agree- their covers of hers are gorgeous! To be honest, the cover drew me into buying my first one. Now I‘m hooked. 2y
Jess_Read_This @Cathythoughts This one is really good so far! It‘s a nice summer read. I wish I had bought a few more pastries. One for you and one for me this morning! 2y
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“We like to filter new information through our own experiences to see if it computes. If it matches up with what we have experienced, it‘s valid. If it doesn‘t match up, it‘s not. But race is not a universal experience.”

This. Imagine the amazing outcomes if we recognize validity cannot be founded in personal experience. It‘s far bigger.

Posting again due to Litsy bugs deleting/duplicating posts. It‘s important to me.
#currentlyreading

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Unknown Book 7535597 | Unknown Unknown
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Sorry for the duplicate posts!!! Unintentional as the app wasn‘t letting me post. And it isn‘t letting me delete duplicates. I can‘t like, comment, or add books. If you see this- The duplicate posts were unintentional. But it‘s a great book so far. I‘ve messaged Litsy to let them know.

MariaW I have had the same problem for days now. And the app doesn‘t accept my likes as well. 🙈 2y
CoffeeK8 I‘m having the same problem too. 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage Litsy has been a hot mess lately. It's not us! 2y
IamIamIam The app is so wonky the last few days!!! 2y
Jess_Read_This @MariaW @CoffeeK8 @BarbaraTheBibliophage @IamIamIam I just got an email that they fixed it. I‘m glad it wasn‘t just me but also sorry you all got affected too! 2y
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Business As Usual | Jane Oliver
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5⭐️ I think I read this with a permanent grin on my face & gave a silly sigh in response to a Private Not To Be Filed Office Correspondence. It truly is a gem. I found Jane Oliver's writing delightful. The writing combined with the clever illustrations by Ann Stafford, was perfection. It's no secret I love novels told in an epistolary format. This one is told through a series of letters, telegrams, and inter office correspondence. A new favorite.

CarolynM Sounds good. Stacked 🙂 2y
BarbaraBB Sounds great and I love all these Persephones in the background 😍 2y
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erzascarletbookgasm Stacking 👍 and the cover illustration looks lovely. Gasping at those Persephone books! 🤩 2y
LeahBergen I have this waiting on my shelves! 👏🏻👏🏻 2y
BookNAround This sounds delightful! 2y
Jess_Read_This @CarolynM Yay!! I think you‘ll really enjoy this one! 2y
Jess_Read_This @BarbaraBB Thank you! I‘m running out of shelf space for the Persephones 😬 They make the prettiest books. 2y
Jess_Read_This @erzascarletbookgasm I just loved everything about this book. The cover art got my attention too. Persephone books just make me so happy. It‘s been a fast growing collection! 2y
Jess_Read_This @LeahBergen Yay! I think you will enjoy it. I loved the classy shopping descriptions of another time. So much different than now. Though it is nice to be able order books with a tap of a button now. 2y
Jess_Read_This @BookNAround It really was wonderful. I‘m going to try to read another one of their books. I‘m also curious to see what else Handheld Press has published because this one was just so well done. 2y
elkeOriginal I need to check this out! 2y
Handheld Delighted that you enjoyed it so much. I discovered it at a book sale in a tatty 1960s edition, and was halfway through reading it on the way home when I knew we had to republish it. It's our word of mouth bestseller. 😁 6mo
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🍝 This book is pure Phyllis. Jarring in its abruptness, so much said that isn't said, and beautifully poignant in so many places. All the things I've admired in her writing for years. I find her deeply relatable on some of the struggles and frustrations women have. It‘s a memoir of her life from childhood, training as a dancer at Juilliard, discovering her passion for food, marriage, postpartum depression battles, and cooking. Told in snippets.

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Pigeon Pie | Nancy Mitford
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‘All right, keep your hair on,‘ said the old singer, taking his off and adjusting a curl. ‘Have another drink.‘

A most absurd story of Nazi spies, a murder/kidnapping of “The King of Song”, & one not too terribly intelligent heroine who is armed in charm. Sophia manages to save her godfather, dognapped Milly, & England in one fell swoop. All the while, Mitford entertains with her razor sharp satirical approach to the upper class & politicians.

Jess_Read_This I feel compelled to say that it was rather hard to review this book with Litsy character limitations. I wrote a mini essay on Goodreads. I found it to be a lovely read and having more depth than I am able to convey in my review here. ❤️ #capuchinclassics #nancymitford #bookreview #pigeonpie 2y
erzascarletbookgasm These are cool editions! 👍 2y
Jess_Read_This @erzascarletbookgasm I stumbled on this one at a used bookstore ages ago. I loved the cover. I went down the rabbit hole today researching other books Capuchin published. I agree- very cool editions! 2y
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Wordsworth: Poems | William Wordsworth
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“... And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.”-William Wordsworth

My first contribution to the tag #BloomingLitsy 💛 I was thrilled to see it come across my feed. My gardening and flower loving heart enjoys seeing everyone‘s blooms. In a tumultuous world, I‘ve been finding comfort in Nature‘s constancy.

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At the Pond: Swimming at the Hampstead Ladies' Pond | Esther Freud, Margaret Drabble, Sophie Mackintosh
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🏊‍♀️ I devoured this book in about three sittings. And that was because I forced myself to pace myself. I loved the sisterhood found at the Ladies‘ Pond (transgender persons welcome too!), the multicultural members who wrote essays on their experiences there, the peace and tranquility found in their words, and the beauty of the pond. It was such an amazing read and I‘m in awe of the winter swimmers. What a lovely read.

#recommend #bookreview

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The Reader on the 6.27 | Jean-Paul Didierlaurent
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3.5 ⭐️ Not truly a romance genre book. Guylain bleakly attends to his life destroying books at a paper plant. His solace is rescuing pages for reading aloud on the 6.27 and talking to his goldfish. He finds a memory stick with the diary of Julie, a lavatory attendant, on it. He is brought to life as he finds a kindred soul in her words.

Beautifully written with bleakness interspersed with comedy, quirky characters, & the search for happiness.

BookishMe Loved it! I remember my 💔cracking when book squelching was described but the metaphors were brilliant! 2y
Jess_Read_This @BookishMe Yes!! My mind wasn‘t absorbing what was occurring initially. I asked myself “They aren‘t doing what I think they are doing... oh no!” 2y
BookishMe Same gutted disbelief ;o 2y
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Miss Mapp (Revised) | E F Benson
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👑 “Now Miss Mapp's social dictatorship among the ladies of Tilling had long been paramount, but every now and then signs of rebellious upheavals showed themselves..”

📖Spending the morning with the ladies of Tilling and a cup of tea. Happy Sunday. The days have been running together slightly as I feel like my life has been on the same repeat weekly. Hope everyone has wonderful reading ahead of them today!

#missmapp #currentlyreading #efbenson

MaGoose The Miss Mapp books have been on my TBR list forever. I guess I need to get started on one soon. 2y
Jess_Read_This @MaGoose They are a hoot! If you start this one, let me know what you think. I‘ve just begun reading it today. We can chat about it! 2y
Cathythoughts Lovely picture 2y
Jess_Read_This @Cathythoughts Thank you! The book cover is just so pretty and colorful. I love it! 2y
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Excellent Women | Barbara Pym
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🎧Letting all my fellow Pym fans know that April 13th Backlisted Podcast will be discussing Excellent Women! I‘ve really been enjoying the discussions on the podcast. I went back to listen to the Miss Buncle‘s Book and Elizabeth Taylor episodes today. It‘s such a soothing, educational, entertaining, and wonderfully bookish podcast. Anyone else a fan?

AlaMich I will have to check this out because I just discovered Pym. I‘ve only read Some Tame Gazelle, though. 2y
Jess_Read_This @AlaMich That‘s one I need to read. I‘ve read Excellent Women and Less Than Angels. I purchased Jane and Prudence and Quartet in Autumn to read this year. I really enjoyed Excellent Women. 2y
quietjenn I don't know it, but sounds like something I should check out! 2y
Jess_Read_This @quietjenn I‘ve only just discovered it recently and have been enjoying listening to the older episodes. I have learned quite a bit and had my TBR list grow from the ones I‘ve listened to! 2y
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The Operator: A Novel | Gretchen Berg
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📞4⭐️ A fun escape to a world when telephone switchboard operators controlled telephone communication. Yet the timeless perils of eavesdropping are a constant! I wish the plot centered more on the telephone switchboard workers and their relationships with each other. However, following along on the evolution of Vivian was a treat.

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Slightly Foxed | Slighty Foxed Limited
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5🌟
Favorites:
The Paris Effect- Nancy Mitford's Parisian Novels
A Perfect Electrometer-The Journals of Dorothy Wordsworth
The Hunt for Hitler- The Last Days of Hitler
Oh Nancy, Nancy!-The Nancy Drew mysteries

A 2020 goal is to read prior journals seasonally and record my favorite essays from the issue. I love this publisher, their podcast, and the charming hardcovers they produce.

#slightlyfoxed #foxedquarterly #spring2019 🦊

LeahBergen I love everything they produce, too. ❤️ 2y
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🌾”We must not be poppies in the field of wheat”🌾

Mr Rosenblum admonishes his wife on the importance of blending into the English culture above. I have so many emotions listening to this story: sympathy for Rosenblum‘s dreams, irritation at his selfish single mindedness, sadness for Sadie‘s loss and depression, laughter in their fun, and overall worry for their future as I‘m listen to the story unfold.

#currentlyreading #audiobook

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🐈 I‘m sure nothing important was on this page anyway. Bookish problems when your feline companion has a strong sense of self worth and entitlement.

🐱 #VirginiaWoolf #BookishProblems #CatLady #CatLadyProblems #CatsofLitsy

Erinreadsthebooks 😂 😂 😂 2y
AmyG Ha! 2y
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Balibee146 #KAL 😬🐱 2y
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Untitled | Unknown
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Thanks, Litsy friends. Logged in briefly this morning after a too long hiatus.. and promptly ordered eight books from the library.
🔥 You all were on fire this morning with terrific sounding book recs!
P.S. Humble brag that I‘ve not lost a book nor do I have overdue books/fines. Litsy librarians be proud of me. ☺️

#bookworm #booklover #bookproblems #librarypatron

LeahBergen I noticed you checking out my feed. 😆😆 2y
Lindy 👏 2y
Jess_Read_This @LeahBergen 🤣🤣🤣Your feed is definitely responsible for a couple of those holds placed! 2y
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Less Than Angels | Barbara Pym
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“Catherine often wondered whether anthropologists became so absorbed in studying the ways of strange societies that they forgot what was the usual thing in their own (p. 21)”

Who knew the lives of anthropologists could be so interesting? Catherine is a marvelous outside observer to group as she is tossed by one for a younger student. The British wit, stoicism, and wry observations are perfection.

#currentlyreading #pym #anglophile #booklover

LeahBergen Pym! ❤️❤️ 2y
Jess_Read_This @LeahBergen I adore her. This one is nice but it I enjoyed Excellent Women a bit better. I think I‘m going to try Jane and Prudence after this too. ❤️ 2y
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💌 A little happy mail en route to you @TheBookHippie 💌

TheBookHippie Oh my word !!! So excited 2y
Jess_Read_This @TheBookHippie The post office said you should get it by Monday ❤️ 2y
TheBookHippie @Jess_Read_This yay!!!! Headed in now I see the gloves and mittens all over the playground warms my soul. Such a huge blessing !!! 2y
Jess_Read_This @TheBookHippie ☺️ My sister and her coworker brought me an entire bag of mittens. I couldn‘t fit all the Kleenex and Lysol wipes in this box my MIL brought me. So next package should include them! 2y
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3.5-4⭐️ I enjoyed this one. I like Janetti‘s writing and humor. This is different than his IG account. It‘s more introspective and ruefully reminiscing as he reveals snapshots of his life. Janetti almost takes on a Walter Mitty approach to life in his imaginings of various scenarios in his head which show us, he‘s a dreamer at heart. He admits to being petty. He is. Yet, this book reveals he‘s human. It‘s a combo of humor and partial memoir.

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🥃Wednesday afternoon became Happy Hour and a book while I wait for an event tonight.

Janetti is humorous, whimsical, snarky, occasionally pettily judgmental, all with a nostalgic charm as he self deprecatingly reminisces snapshots of his life for us. I‘m here for it. I voted for him in the Humor category of the Goodreads 2019 Best Reads. He made the semi finals by write in noms. Highly recommend sending him a vote!

EKonrad Do you follow him on Instagram? He‘s hilarious! 😄 2y
elkeOriginal I am grabbing me a copy today! (edited) 2y
Jess_Read_This @EKonrad Yes!! He makes me laugh every day! 2y
Jess_Read_This @elkeo_TheBookDragon I can‘t wait to compare thoughts on this! 2y
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🌲All this snow has me with Christmas on the brain. One of my favorite bookstagrammers has Calm Christmas in her pile of TBR. Once I read the premise, loving the idea of daily readings from late November thru January, I immediately bought a copy. Who doesn‘t love the notion of a calm Christmas or calm season in life for those that celebrate differently or not at all?

Anyone else reading this during the holiday season?

#christmas #mindfulness

mklong Sounds great! I may have to get a copy. 2y
Sace I don't celebrate Christmas but this still intrigues me. I like the concept. 2y
Jess_Read_This @Sace I should edit my comment bc after I posted, I‘ve been thinking about those that don‘t celebrate or celebrate differently. I was intrigued with the idea of a calm season rather than the holiday aspect primarily too. When my copy comes, I‘ll let you know what the author seems to be focusing on? 2y
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Jess_Read_This @Sace I hope the book won‘t end up feeling exclusionary for those that don‘t celebrate, you know? 2y
Sace @Jess_Read_This please do! And thanks! 2y
Jess_Read_This @mklong Let me know if you do. I‘d love to compare notes with others reading it. 2y
TheBookHippie This intrigues me as well. 2y
Jess_Read_This @TheBookHippie I‘m really looking forward to this one. I think I‘m entering a life season where I‘ve been reflecting on quality over quantity in terms of time, experiences, and interactions. I‘m hoping this book brings some new ideas how to achieve that during the holiday season. 2y
TheBookHippie @Jess_Read_This I have always thought the holidays too stressful 🤣we switched up things about 5 years ago. Best thing I ever did. New traditions thoughtful expressions instead of the norms . 2y
Jess_Read_This @TheBookHippie I love hearing that. Do you mind sharing what you switched up to make it so much more thoughtful and better than the norms which were stressful? 2y
TheBookHippie @Jess_Read_This We do Christmas Poems to each other and attach a small gift. All year we write three things of gratitude in a journal daily &read them to each other on New Year‘s Eve. We get a gift and write a note why we bought the gift. Christmas Eve We do Jolabokaflod everyone gets a box of books or non readers get movies and we have cocoa (books etc are mostly from thrift stores) We have a huge brunch on Christmas Eve. Christmas Day we graze. 2y
TheBookHippie We do not have people over or leave other than my own kids and grandson December 24-25 no phones either 2y
TheBookHippie The money we would spend as former days we donate this year we are buying a dollhouse for one of my classrooms 2y
Jess_Read_This @TheBookHippie I love your traditions. Absolutely love them. I spoke to my sister yesterday to start to see what the family might think if I bring up adopting a family or charity for Christmas rather than do presents. She loved the idea. Thank you for sharing your traditions with me- I want to incorporate Jolabokalod into our traditions this year too. 2y
TheBookHippie @Jess_Read_This it‘s so much better to do meaningful and give back it‘s been wonderful. 2y
Crinoline_Laphroaig I'm curious to hear your thoughts on this book. I've almost ordered. 2y
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The Private Patient | P. D. James
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🧣Winter Weather Warning issued for my county. I was lucky to be home today. Time to curl up and be cozy with a mystery.

#LittenInTheMitten #MittenLittens #PureMichigan #Snowday #CurrentlyReading #WhoDunit #MysteryLover #MittenLitten

charl08 That's a lot of snow! 2y
Jess_Read_This @charl08 It is! And it‘s still snowing. We have about 7 inches so far. A bit much for early November.. lol. 2y
Lauram Snow is coming my way next. I‘m hoping for a snow day tomorrow. 2y
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Jess_Read_This @Lauram It is so beautiful (bc I didn‘t have to drive in it. Lol) I hope you get your snow day tomorrow! It‘s supposed to stop around 8pm here which gives the road crews time to clear so my hopes of a snow day tomorrow are dwindling. 2y
Cailey_Mac Yikes! We got a light dusting today, and we‘re allegedly expected to get another 12inches tonight; we shall see though 2y
Jess_Read_This @Cailey_Mac oh wow! 12 inches?! At last check we had 8 inches and it‘s still snowing. I hope you can stay home tomorrow curled up with a book! 2y
Cailey_Mac @Jess_Read_This right! We rarely cancel work though :( 2y
Jess_Read_This @Cailey_Mac ☃️No one can truly prepare us for this crappy part of adulting: work doesn‘t cancelled because of a snow day... unless you are a teacher which I feel like it‘s a small perk in the face of all the obstacles in their job lol. 2y
Cailey_Mac @Jess_Read_This right! I‘m thinking the same thing! Hence our current house search not going further than 20 minutes away from work😅💀 2y
Jess_Read_This @Cailey_Mac ha! You are wise. So wise. I have an hour commute on a normal day. Snowy days make me ponder my life choices 😂 2y
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