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LeahBergen

LeahBergen

Joined May 2016

Reader and collector. www.goodreads.com/LeahBergen
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Something in Disguise | Elizabeth Jane Howard
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@shawnmooney and I have been reading the novels of Elizabeth Jane Howard in publication order and this is our current read. As usual, it‘s brilliant!

Ruthiella Beautiful (first?) edition! 😍 2d
BarbaraBB Love this author! 2d
Tamra Looks 🥹 1d
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LeahBergen @Ruthiella Thanks, it is a first edition! These covers are so different from the recently republished ones. 😆 1d
LeahBergen @BarbaraBB I do, too! 1d
LeahBergen @Tamra I‘m still early enough into this book where I‘m trying to figure out why this was a choice of cover art. 😆 1d
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They Knew Mr. Knight | Dorothy Whipple
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CarolynM Long gone here, and I don‘t think I recognised it in the moment😆 2d
willaful @CarolynM We never do... 2d
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LeahBergen @CarolynM @willaful @daena Nope. We sure don‘t! 2d
Cathythoughts Agreed @CarolynM we don‘t believe it at the time .. 2d
Cathythoughts Yes fleeting beauty ❤️ I‘m enjoying my laughter lines 😂 it‘s the only way to go. X 2d
LeahBergen @Cathythoughts I‘m enjoying mine as well! 😆 1d
andrew61 Great quote leah, it goes so well with the opening image of her in bed admiring her hands. I also like how celia's awareness of her aging is at the same time as freda is just becoming aware of herself. 1d
LeahBergen @andrew61 That‘s so true, Andrew. And there‘s also a touch of sadness in how much Celia is willing to sacrifice to ensure that Freda enjoys her youth, isn‘t there? 24h
andrew61 @LeahBergen, yes, freda is a bit of a madam. But I loved Ruth and Douglas. 4h
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They Knew Mr. Knight | Dorothy Whipple
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It‘s now April so that means it‘s time for one of our #PersephoneClub reads!

It‘s my pick this month 👏 and we‘ll be reading They Knew Mr Knight by Dorothy Whipple. This is a casual buddy read; read and comment on each other‘s posts and reviews as you see them. We usually aim to finish by the middle of the month but that‘s not written in stone. 😉 And anyone is welcome to read along with us, of course!

Aimeesue Yay, Whipple! 2w
Tamra 🎉🎉 2w
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jlhammar Looking forward to it! 2w
CarolynM Lovely! I got my copy out this morning🙂 2w
Bookbuyingaddict Thanks so much for doing this ☺️Iv had that book on my shelf for years ! Il be starting it next and keep you all posted. Happy reading 📖 2w
Cathythoughts I‘m looking forward to it. It will be a reread for me. I must get the book down from the shelf. ❤️ 🎉 2w
Caryl I‘m excited for our next Persephone! 2w
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Before the Coffee Gets Cold | Toshikazu Kawaguchi
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My current read for my IRL book club.

I can‘t say that I‘m loving it exactly but I‘ve already found myself teary. 😆

Princess-Kingofkings I love your mug! 2w
LeahBergen @Princess-Kingofkings Thanks! It‘s a big chunky mug from a local potter. 2w
Princess-Kingofkings @LeahBergen even better that it was made locally 💙 2w
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MaureenMc I love this series. 🥰 2w
Cathythoughts Lovely photo ♥️ Looking cosy. 2w
batsy That's exactly how I felt about this book! 2w
rubyslippersreads The cover is cute. 😸 2w
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A couple of my current vintage reads.

The Golden Collar (originally published in 1955 as The Smith‘s Hoard and then as Hidden Gold) is a children‘s holiday story. A brother and sister go to spend some time at their great aunt‘s house and end up finding an Iron Age hoard. I‘m always down for a good hoard!

Cathythoughts These look great Leah 👍🏻♥️ 4w
lazydaizee Nice book covers. 4w
jlhammar Both sound wonderful. Love those vintage covers. 4w
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Tamra Sweet! 4w
Ruthiella So pretty! 😍 And who doesn‘t like a story about finding hidden treasure? I was fascinated by archeology as a kid. (edited) 4w
LeahBergen @Cathythoughts I‘m into very light reads of late. 😆 4w
LeahBergen @Ruthiella I was, too! I would‘ve loved this one as a kid. 4w
SayersLover Yay! Miss Read is so restful! @LeahBergen 4w
LeahBergen @SayersLover Isn‘t she? 🥰 4w
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Robinsheugh | Eileen Dunlop
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Twelve-year-old Elizabeth is sent to spend the summer with her distracted, scholarly aunt at a Scottish manor house and finds herself mysteriously able to interact with the 18th-century family who once lived there.

“Time-slip” stories were a huge childhood favourite of mine and this 1975 novel is such a good addition to the genre.

elkeOriginal Sounds delightful! 1mo
slategreyskies I really should pose more of my books with some of my Blackwings. Love them! 1mo
batsy Scholarly aunt and Scottish manor plus timeslip? How perfect 😁 1mo
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Librarybelle This sounds so good! Stacking! 1mo
Aimeesue Such a wonderful genre 💙 1mo
jlhammar Sounds wonderful! Great cover. 1mo
Tamra So pretty! 😍 1mo
LeahBergen @slategreyskies The absolute best pencils! 👍 1mo
Cathythoughts What a gorgeous book ❤️ lovely photo. 1mo
LeahBergen @Cathythoughts Thanks, Cathy! 😘 4w
rubyslippersreads I need to read this. Although I think my edition is called 3w
LeahBergen @rubyslippersreads I think you‘ll like it! 3w
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Anna and Her Daughters | D.E. Stevenson
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Anna and her three daughters are left with very little money after the death of their husband and father. They must pull up stakes and leave their posh London life for a small cottage in Scotland (as one does). It starts off with this very Sense and Sensibility type plot but moves on into the familiar world we come to expect from DE Stevenson.

I thoroughly enjoyed it but liked the first half a wee bit more than the last.

#FurrowedMiddlebrowClub

Tamra Lovely review! Hoping to start this weekend. 😊 1mo
jlhammar Wow, love your edition! I‘m also hoping to start this weekend. 1mo
CatLass007 Would you please remove me from your tag list. 1mo
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Ruthiella Ooh! I didn‘t even think about the S&S parallel. I‘m barely 1/4 of the way through but quite enjoying it! 😃 1mo
LeahBergen @CatLass007 No problem! 👍 1mo
LeahBergen @Tamra It‘s a speedy read! 1mo
LeahBergen @jlhammar Thanks! You‘ll have to tell me who you think is each character on this cover. 😂 1mo
LeahBergen @Ruthiella And just like S&S, I‘m looking at this “little cottage” (on the cover of my edition) and thinking “that‘s not so small”. 😆 1mo
CatLass007 Thank you. 1mo
quietjenn I read the first chapter or two at the beginning of the month, then set it aside because I wanted to read it straight through and couldn't at that point. But this weekend is supposed to be another rainy one, so ... Will definitely be on the lookout for those parallels! 1mo
rockpools 😍 These covers! 1mo
rubyslippersreads Gorgeous! 😍 1mo
BarbaraBB Are these children books? 1mo
erzascarletbookgasm I‘m in love with these covers! I envy your collection 😍 1mo
LeahBergen @quietjenn I felt the same way when I first picked it up. First person narration works for me that way sometimes! 1mo
LeahBergen @rockpools @rubyslippersreads @erzascarletbookgasm Thanks! I always seem to like the colour palette on covers from this era. 😊 1mo
LeahBergen @BarbaraBB No, these are vintage editions of an author reprinted by Furrowed Middlebrow Press (I can‘t remember if you‘ve read any of these with us? 🤔). She writes light, mid-20th century romantic fiction, primarily set in Scotland. Very cozy type reads! 1mo
LeahBergen @BarbaraBB Oh, and Persephone Books has republished a few of her novels as well. 1mo
BarbaraBB I know her only from Miss Buncle but will certainly check these out, thanks! 1mo
batsy Will come back to the review once I've read it but just echoing all of the cover love 😍 1mo
julieclair Not finished yet, so will come back to the review, but those covers make me want to become a collector! 1mo
rubyslippersreads @julieclair @LeahBergen is the best enabler. 😂 1mo
Jess_Read_This Lovely cover! I‘m looking forward to this one. I need some D.E. comfort reading this weekend! 1mo
elkeOriginal As one does! 1mo
LeahBergen @batsy @julieclair Thanks, you two! I‘m looking forward to your reviews. 😘 1mo
LeahBergen @rubyslippersreads Buy ALL the books, I say!! 😆 1mo
LeahBergen @Jess_Read_This This definitely ticks the “comfort read” box! 1mo
LeahBergen @elkeOriginal Naturally! 😆 1mo
Cathythoughts Fabulous covers 🥰🥰🥰 1mo
jlhammar Okay, my guess upon finishing...Anna is in the forefront with the pink coat (looks too mature to me to be Helen and Helen and Rosalie are said to resemble her, right?) and Jane in the yellow coat. Helen & Rosalie in the background near the cottage. What do you think? 1mo
LeahBergen @Cathythoughts Aren‘t they? 😘 1mo
LeahBergen @jlhammar That was my guess, too! 👍 1mo
CarolynM I didn‘t think of S&S, but you are right! For me, though, this one was a bit more fun. Looks like your dust jacket is in a bit better condition than mine😆 1mo
LeahBergen @CarolynM And just like in the movie version of S&S, I was thinking here, “Hey, that cottage doesn‘t look too small and shabby to me” 😆 1mo
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A Helping Hand | Celia Dale
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Friday night reads!

I‘m loving my first Celia Dale. 👍

vivastory I like your style 🍷 2mo
BarbaraBB Your night looks so good! 🥰 2mo
LeahBergen @vivastory @BarbaraBB Cheers, you two! 🍷 1mo
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Cathythoughts This sounds good. I look forward to your thoughts X 1mo
Tamra Is it reminiscent of 💙Fremlin? 1mo
LeahBergen @Cathythoughts I think you might really like this one, Cathy! 1mo
LeahBergen @Tamra It is, so far! 1mo
Cathythoughts Just ordered it 👍🏻😁 1mo
LeahBergen @Cathythoughts oh, good! 😆 1mo
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Great Granny Webster (Revised) | Caroline Blackwood
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I‘m loving this book!

It‘s weird and dark but so funny at times … like a gothic Nancy Mitford. 😆

MaureenMc Well, that description is intriguing. 🧐 2mo
Aimeesue I liked this one too. Glad you enjoyed it! 2mo
rubyslippersreads I‘ve been curious about this one. 2mo
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jlhammar Sounds fantastic! 2mo
Tamra It‘s such a great story! I could easily reread it. 2mo
Librarybelle What a description! Stacking! 2mo
Megabooks That cover!! 😍😍😍 2mo
BarbaraBB This sounds fabulous! 2mo
CarolynM I remember reading about Caroline Blackwood in the Tatler years ago. An interesting life. Stacking this one🙂 2mo
erzascarletbookgasm Sounds great! 2mo
Cathythoughts Definitely stacking ❤️ 2mo
batsy "Gothic Nancy Mitford" is all I needed to hear! 2mo
LeahBergen @MaureenMc It‘s weird and good. 😆 2mo
LeahBergen @Aimeesue It seems like “our” kind of book. 😊 2mo
LeahBergen @rubyslippersreads It‘s dark but good! 2mo
LeahBergen @Tamra It was so surprisingly good! 2mo
LeahBergen @Megabooks Right? It‘s awesome! 2mo
LeahBergen @CarolynM She seems fascinating! And this is semi-autobiographical, which is shocking. 😆 2mo
LeahBergen @Cathythoughts It‘s short and bizarre. I hope you like it, too! 2mo
Suet624 I‘m clearly going to have to find this one! 4w
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Penny Plain | O. Douglas
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I‘m currently reading this little gem of a novel, published in 1920. It‘s a light and frothy Scottish Cinderella-type story and completely outlandish (and yet completely charming 😆).

Any other O. Douglas fans here?

sarahbarnes Fantastic photo! 😍 2mo
Gissy Beautiful cover 😍 2mo
ShelleyBooksie Love your coaster 2mo
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Aimeesue Oh, lovely! 2mo
Tamra 😍 2mo
CarolynM Sounds delightful! And that‘s a lovely photo 😍 2mo
quietjenn I've enjoyed the ones I've read and have been intending to try this one, but haven't gotten to it yet. Maybe you will inspire me 🙂 2mo
batsy Such a pretty (and comforting) photo 😍 2mo
Cathythoughts Everything is lovely in this picture 🥰 2mo
LeahBergen @quietjenn I hope you enjoy it, too! 2mo
Centique O Douglas sounds familiar but i dont think ive read one! I may just have been remembering seeing her talked about here 😍 1mo
Jess_Read_This Yes! I enjoy O. Douglas and have a small little collection of her books. The Nelson editions have such great dust jackets too. I‘ve been meaning to read The Day of Small Things for a little while now. 1mo
LeahBergen @Centique They‘re old-fashioned little books, set primarily in 1920s and ‘30s Scotland. They‘re very sweet! 1mo
LeahBergen @Jess_Read_This I love the Nelson editions. Once I bought one I needed to get them all in Nelson. 😆 1mo
Jess_Read_This @LeahBergen oh very much samesies on the Nelsons 😂💸 1mo
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My previous read reminded me that I still had this memoir on my shelves. Agatha Christie writes of the time spent with her archaeologist husband on digs in Iraq and Syria in the years before WWII. It‘s incredibly witty!

See, @Tamra ? I‘m really trying to #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks. 😆

Leftcoastzen You have some great old books! 2mo
TheBookHippie These are so pretty! 2mo
CSeydel Nice! 2mo
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Tamra And that‘s a clear win for TBR!! 🥇 😆 2mo
Ruthiella I have a copy (as yet unread) of that too! I‘m all the more excited to read it now after reading the allegedly autobiographical Mary Westmacott novel 2mo
Cathythoughts Lovely book. Sounds good 👌🏻 ❤️ 2mo
batsy How cool! Great cover, too 😍 2mo
Crazeedi Sounds very interesting 2mo
GlassAsDiamonds Omg I adore her writing in this. The epilogue always makes me cry. 2mo
LeahBergen @Leftcoastzen And so do you! 😆 2mo
LeahBergen @Tamra Yep! 😆 2mo
LeahBergen @Ruthiella I really need to try one of the Westmacott books! I have several of them sitting in one of my online shopper carts. 😆 2mo
LeahBergen @GlassAsDiamonds It‘s so chatty and witty! 2mo
sarahbarnes I am also trying to do that! 😂 2mo
Ruthiella If you read only one Westmacott, I recommend Absent in the Spring. It‘s the best of all of them IMO. And the shortest! 😆 Just note, she‘s very fond of using ellipses… to the point of annoyance… 2mo
LeahBergen @sarahbarnes It‘s my never ending goal. 😆 2mo
LeahBergen @Ruthiella That‘s actually the first one I stacked ! And … oh dear… that may become annoying… 😆 Actually, I‘ve noticed her overuse of exclamation marks in this one but I‘m choosing to ignore it, so far. (!!!!) (edited) 2mo
GlassAsDiamonds @LeahBergen I love it, especially the bit at the start in the stores trying to buy winter clothes in spring 🤣🤣 2mo
LeahBergen @GlassAsDiamonds Yes! Trying to get a hat without a massive brim. 😆 2mo
mabell I think I would love this! 2mo
LeahBergen @mabell I think you would, too! 2mo
BookNAround I thoroughly enjoyed his book when I read it. I constantly suggest it to people to see a different side of Agatha Christie. 2mo
LeahBergen @BookNAround I can see why! I‘ll be recommending it, too. 👍 2mo
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Well, I‘m finally getting around to reading this book, about an archaeological expedition to Tell El- Amarna in the 1930s, and it‘s wonderful!

I had a newer paperback edition, and then I found this vintage edition, and I‘ve just recently found and bought ANOTHER book by this author. The bookish fates were telling me it was definitely time. 😆

@Centique @rubyslippersreads

Cathythoughts Beautiful cover♥️ gorgeous book, you know how to find them 😁👍🏻 2mo
mabell How neat! 2mo
Tamra The stars aligned! 😍 2mo
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TrishB Definitely a sign! 2mo
jlhammar Sounds great. 2mo
LeahBergen @Cathythoughts 😆 Thanks, Cathy! 2mo
LeahBergen @Tamra @TrishB A sign to read my own damn books. 😆 2mo
LeahBergen @jlhammar It‘s fascinating! 2mo
Tamra @LeahBergen I wish you luck with that! 😜 2mo
Centique Im so glad youre enjoying it - and this edition is LOVELY 😍 2mo
LeahBergen @Centique It was really good! I read it practically in one sitting. 😆 2mo
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Strong Poison | Dorothy L. Sayers
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Look at this #FolioSociety set that I found at a secondhand bookshop! Isn‘t it pretty?

I guess I should really get back to reading the series. 😆

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful 😍 2mo
BiblioLitten Loveeee it!! 2mo
Tamra Gorgeous! 2mo
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KadaGul @LeahBergen Adorable 💯 2mo
IndoorDame Stunning!!! 2mo
AmyG Wow…that‘s beautiful.😍 2mo
monkeygirlsmama Pretty 2mo
merelybookish Wow! Beautiful! 2mo
LeslieO What a find! 2mo
jlhammar Wow, just gorgeous!! 2mo
dabbe 🤩🤩🤩 2mo
AlaMich Those are amazing! 2mo
Ruthiella Oh my! Stunning 🤩! 2mo
ImperfectCJ Love!! 2mo
BarbaraBB Wow, what a catch 😍😍 2mo
youneverarrived So pretty! 2mo
Hooked_on_books It‘s gorgeous! 😍 2mo
batsy Oh my goodness, what a find! Lucky you ❤️ 2mo
MaureenMc 🤩🤩🤩 2mo
iread2much Lovely! 2mo
Aimeesue So pretty! Brilliant find! 2mo
CarolynM Great find! 2mo
Cathythoughts That‘s fabulous ♥️ 2mo
kspenmoll It‘s gorgeous! 2mo
UwannaPublishme Gotta love those secondhand stores! 😍 2mo
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It‘s here, @thegirlwiththelibrarybag ! Thank you so much for sharing this vintage Australian children‘s book with me. I just read the first chapter and didn‘t want to put it down. 😆 The Melbourne postcard is so lovely, too.

Thanks again for brightening my day. 😘😘

rubyslippersreads This is absolutely adorable! What a lovely gift, @thegirlwiththelibrarybag 😄 2mo
thegirlwiththelibrarybag Aww, I‘m so glad it arrived! Quicker than I thought too! 2mo
LeahBergen @rubyslippersreads Isn‘t it?? 😍 2mo
LeahBergen @thegirlwiththelibrarybag It seemed very fast! Thanks so much! 😘😘 2mo
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Still Missing | Beth Richardson Gutcheon
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I had always avoided this Persephone novel as the subject matter (a missing child) seemed so disturbing. Well, it WAS disturbing but also utterly compelling and extremely well-written. It‘s best to go in without reading any blurbs or reviews as it does have some great twists.

A solid #PersephoneClub pick!

Aimeesue I‘ve avoided it for the same reason, but I absolutely agree that it‘s an excellent book. The writing is stellar. 2mo
Tamra I went in blind and the end of the first chapter was a punch in the gut! 2mo
rubyslippersreads I felt the same, but ended up gobbling it down. I‘d like to read more by this author. 2mo
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willaful Ah, I love your background there... 😍 I have some of the same Viragos. 2mo
jlhammar Yes, so compelling! Those are some lovely shelves you have there. 2mo
sarahbarnes Well I‘m stacking this now. 2mo
Cathythoughts Haunting book. I feel the same Leah. Compelling and so well written, as you say. 2mo
Cathythoughts Look at all those divine books. You are a connoisseur my friend 👌🏻❤️ 2mo
Hooked_on_books I don‘t think you have enough Persephones 🤔 2mo
batsy Shelf envy 😍😍 2mo
julieclair I had decided not to read this one because of the subject matter, but all these glowing reviews have me second guessing that decision. 2mo
LeahBergen @Aimeesue It really surprised me! 2mo
LeahBergen @Tamra I know! 😩 2mo
LeahBergen @rubyslippersreads I know I read one of hers waaaay back in my junior high days. It was about a group of girls in an elite boarding school in the ‘60s. I‘m going to hunt it down again! 2mo
LeahBergen @willaful I can‘t resist them (especially when I find them for super cheap). I just add them to the stockpile. 😆 2mo
LeahBergen @jlhammar Thank you! 😊 2mo
LeahBergen @sarahbarnes The late ‘70s setting was really fun, too. I hope you enjoy it! 2mo
LeahBergen @Cathythoughts Haha! Thanks, Cathy. 😘 2mo
LeahBergen @Hooked_on_books I don‘t. I don‘t have them ALL yet! 😂 2mo
LeahBergen @batsy 😆 Thanks, Suba! 😆 2mo
LeahBergen @julieclair I was surprised at just how well done it was. I shouldn‘t have worried; I mean, it‘s a Persephone book, right? 😆 2mo
britt_brooke 🤩 2mo
rubyslippersreads @LeahBergen That the title that interested me too. 2mo
LeahBergen @rubyslippersreads I thought it might! 2mo
sisilia I covet your stacks of Persephone and Virago 😻😻😻 2mo
CarolynM I‘ve just started. Will come back to read the comments when I‘m done. 2mo
LeahBergen @sisilia 😆 Thanks, Sisilia! 2mo
LeahBergen @CarolynM I always do that, too. 😊 2mo
Caryl I think my favorite parts were: Those first two pages, the description near the end of Susan remembering and missing Alex that was so sensory-intense (pages 332-333), and the ending. I thought it was genius to write the ending from the perspective of Detective Menetti. 2mo
CarolynM I wouldn‘t have chosen to read this one, but I‘m glad I did. I‘m also going to track down more of her work. I really liked that she took us far enough into the darkness to have an impact without descending completely into depravity. 2mo
LeahBergen @Caryl Oh, that‘s so true! That ending from his point of view WAS genius. 2mo
LeahBergen @CarolynM You are so right! My worry abound this one (going in) is that it would be TOO gruelling (ie; as to the mother‘s pain, etc) and it totally wasn‘t. It was such a … what‘s the word… approachable?… look into a profound and horrifying experience. 2mo
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Untitled | Anonymous
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Happy Birthday to my dear friend, @rubyslippersreads !

I hope you have the most wonderful day! ❤️❤️❤️

TheSpineView Happy Birthday and many more! @rubyslippersreads 🥳🥳🥳 2mo
mabell Happy Birthday @rubyslippersreads ! 🎉🎂📚🎈🎁 2mo
AmyG Happy Birthday 🎁🎂🎈 2mo
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Deblovestoread Happy birthday! 🎂🎈📚🎉 @rubyslippersreads 2mo
rubyslippersreads Thank you so much, @TheSpineView @mabell @AmyG @Deblovestoread @Ruthiella And especially to you, my bookish friend @LeahBergen 😘 (edited) 2mo
Ruthiella Happy Birthday @rubyslippersreads ! 🥳🥳🥳 2mo
LeahBergen @rubyslippersreads My tracking says that your little birthday parcel is out for delivery. Phew! I was cutting it close this year. 😆😆 2mo
Gissy Happy Birthday @rubyslippersreads
🥳🎂🎉 🎊 🎈🎁 📚Wishing you a splendid day and some books as gifts😜
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rubyslippersreads @Gissy Thanks for the birthday wishes. As a matter of fact, I received some lovely books from @LeahBergen 😁 2mo
Gissy @rubyslippersreads Nice! 📚🤗 2mo
UwannaPublishme Happiest Birthday to you @rubyslippersreads 🥳❤️🎉📚 2mo
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Well, @Centique , this latest purchase is completely YOUR FAULT.

😆😆

tpixie @LeahBergen @Centique omg I need this book! I loved E Nesbit ! 2mo
tpixie $45 used on Amazon… 2mo
LeahBergen @tpixie Amazon is usually outrageously overpriced for any obscure old titles. Here‘s a cheaper one: https://www.abebooks.com/Magic-Magician-E-Nesbit-Childrens-Books/8129926981/bd 2mo
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Centique Ha!! Im so pleased to have fuelled the growth of your collection! 😂😂 2mo
LeahBergen @Centique Thank you for the great recommendation! 😘 2mo
tpixie @LeahBergen oh! That‘s much better! Thx! 2mo
Leftcoastzen Pretty cool! 2mo
BennettBookworm This is the author of the Dancing Shoes series, right? I remember that from You‘ve Got Mail 😂 2mo
tpixie @BennettBookworm yes! Oh! I don‘t remember those books from the movie, but I did just look up the author to see if we had the book in our library. 2mo
LeahBergen @Leftcoastzen I‘m looking forward to it! 👏 2mo
LeahBergen @BennettBookworm It is! 😆 I love all the Shoes books. 2mo
LeahBergen @tpixie You must read Ballet Shoes! 😊 2mo
BennettBookworm 😄❤️ 2mo
tpixie @LeahBergen ok! That is at my library. 2mo
LeahBergen @tpixie Yay! 👏 2mo
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The Novels of Georgette Heyer | Jennifer Kloester
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This fantastic reference work is comprised of short essays on every Heyer novel in publication order, all 56 of them. Each chapter is interspersed with snippets from Heyer‘s letters, family photos and images of book covers. We read which novels Heyer thought were her best, which ones she tried to suppress, and oodles of other fascinating tidbits. I‘m obsessed. 😆

I highly recommend it to my fellow GH fans here on Litsy!

Gissy 👌❤️ 2mo
MrsMalaprop I was chatting to a work colleagues on my first day back after summer break & she told me she discovered a new author & went down a rabbit hole, reading the author‘s many books, listening to podcasts about her etc. So I quickly stacked one of her books on Litsy to look into her later. And the author was Georgette Heyer! I will have to let my colleague know about this book, and of course to get into reading one of her books myself 😊. 2mo
kspenmoll It sounds fascinating. 2mo
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Tamra A treasure! I‘m sure you‘ll be dipping in and out of it for years. 2mo
Suet624 First I need to find a Heyer to read! This book sounds wonderful. 2mo
LeahBergen @Gissy @kspenmoll It‘s wonderful! 👏 2mo
LeahBergen @MrsMalaprop How cool is that?? Well, if she‘s the rabbit hole type she‘s going to LOVE this. 😆 I hope you enjoy your first Heyer; I‘ll be looking out for your review! 2mo
LeahBergen @Tamra It‘s the type of book that I know I‘ll pick up whenever I read one of her books. 👍 2mo
LeahBergen @Suet624 Try one of her regency ones. She‘s light and funny but a good writer (sort of a “Jane Austen Lite”). 😊 2mo
Suet624 Okay, thanks! 2mo
Aimeesue Wow! What a great find! 2mo
CarolynM I‘m going to need this, just for the mysteries! Although I am sure I will read more of the romances too🙂 2mo
BarbaraBB I have to admit I don‘t know her but I LOVE the photo 2mo
Vansa @CarolynM I found her mysteries really badly written. The romances are absolutely delightful! 2mo
LeahBergen @Aimeesue I‘m so enjoying it! 2mo
LeahBergen @CarolynM I was thinking of you while reading this! You‘ll definitely like it. 😊 2mo
LeahBergen @BarbaraBB And that‘s good enough! 😆😆 2mo
LeahBergen @Vansa I‘ve only read one of the mysteries so far but I‘m a big fan of the romances! 2mo
CarolynM @Vansa The mysteries are a lot of fun - some wonderfully awful characters and terrific dialogue. 2mo
batsy Lovely collection! 😍 I've not read enough of Heyer but the few I've read have been a delight. 2mo
LeahBergen @batsy Thank you! 😊 2mo
rubyslippersreads Did they photograph your collection for the book cover? 😆 2mo
LeahBergen @rubyslippersreads 😂😂 I wish that was my collection! 2mo
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Still Missing | Beth Richardson Gutcheon
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It‘s now February so that means it‘s time for one of our #PersephoneClub reads!

@jlhammar ‘s pick for us this month is Still Missing by Beth Gutcheon. This is a casual buddy read; read and comment on each other‘s posts and reviews as you see them. We usually aim to finish by the middle of the month but that‘s not written in stone. 😉 And anyone is welcome to read along with us, of course!

Tamra Pulling it off the shelf now! 👏🏾 Thanks for the reminder because I can‘t believe it‘s February! (edited) 2mo
Cathythoughts Thankyou ! I have my lovely copy , I confess to having started already and it‘s unputdownable …. 👍🏻❤️ 2mo
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BarbaraBB Such a good book, enjoy! 2mo
jlhammar Can‘t wait to get started! 2mo
LeahBergen @Tamra Where did January go?? 2mo
LeahBergen @Cathythoughts Oh, that‘s good to hear. I feel like something unputdownable right now! 2mo
LeahBergen @Liz_M Thank you! 2mo
LeahBergen @BarbaraBB I noticed that you enjoyed it! 👍 2mo
LeahBergen @jlhammar Me, too! 2mo
Tamra @Cathythoughts yay! Now I want to start right away. 2mo
Caryl Looking forward to this! 💖 2mo
Cathythoughts @LeahBergen @Tamra January flew by !! @jlhammar It‘s so good.. 😳 I‘m flying through it. 2mo
LeahBergen @Caryl So am I! 👏 2mo
LeahBergen @Cathythoughts Yay! 👏👏 2mo
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I better get cracking on this pick for my IRL book club. We meet next week!

thegirlwiththelibrarybag This one has been popular at my library for years, hope you enjoy it! 2mo
MamaGina I‘m currently reading The Lincoln Highway after loving both this one and Rules of Civility. Such an amazing writer! 2mo
Tamra Nothing like a looming deadline! 2mo
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Hooked_on_books That‘s a snazzy edition! 2mo
jlhammar Loved this book. Beautiful edition! 2mo
Aimeesue Ditto what @jlhammar said! ❤️ 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Love this edition 💛🖤💛 2mo
BarbaraBB What a Leah-proof edition 😍😍 2mo
LeahBergen @thegirlwiththelibrarybag I‘m always late to the party for anything written in the 21st century. 😆 2mo
LeahBergen @MamaGina This is my first by this author and I‘m really enjoying it! 2mo
LeahBergen @Tamra I do my best work that way. 😆 2mo
LeahBergen @Hooked_on_books @jlhammar @Aimeesue @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @BarbaraBB I think it might be the Australian edition? 🤷🏻‍♀️ 2mo
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A couple of vintage finds from the weekend!

I‘ve been meaning to read the tagged book for YEARS (the only mystery novel by the creator of Winnie the Pooh).

jlhammar Wow, fabulous finds! 3mo
BookNAround That mystery makes me so curious! 3mo
Tamra Jackpot! 3mo
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batsy Nice! I want to read the Milne mystery, too. (I want to read all the books referred to in Peter Swanson's Eight Perfect Murders before reading his book 😆) 3mo
mabell The mystery was unique! (I finally read it this year) And my mom loves Gladys Taber! (I haven‘t read any of hers myself) 😊 3mo
LeahBergen @jlhammar @Tamra Here‘s hoping they‘re good! 🤞 3mo
LeahBergen @batsy I‘ve read a couple AFTER reading that book. Luckily, my memory is not the best for mystery finales. 😂 3mo
LeahBergen @mabell I haven‘t read any Gladys Taber but I‘ve seen a few people on Instagram who love her. 3mo
rubyslippersreads @LeahBergen @mabell I haven‘t read any Taber either, but I have a friend who keeps recommending her. 2mo
mabell @rubyslippersreads @LeahBergen I know Susan Branch is also a big fan 😊 2mo
LeahBergen @rubyslippersreads I‘ve flipped through this book a bit and I think we‘ll both like her (she seems to adore her cat and her dogs 😆). 2mo
LeahBergen @mabell That‘s cool! 2mo
Centique These are both beautiful 😍 Great finds! 2mo
Centique @batsy i love that youre going to read that list of books first! I might steal that idea - although likely it will take me years to read them 😂 Definitely feeling in the mood for some mysteries 2mo
LeahBergen @Centique Thank you! And yes to your comment to @batsy … I‘m feeling in the mood for some mysteries, too! 2mo
batsy @Centique I, too, am worried that this might take me years and by then Swanson will put out another similar concept thriller and then I'm behind for decades 😂 Like you and @LeahBergen I want to read more mysteries as well, especially now that I'm reading some heavy fiction! 2mo
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Thrush Green | Miss Read
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I‘ve read quite a few (7 or 8?) of Miss Read‘s Fairacre novels but this is my first foray into the Thrush Green series. It‘s quiet and charming and I‘m enjoying it immensely!

squirrelbrain Oh I used to love the Miss Read books when I was younger! They had loads of them in our teeny tiny village library. 3mo
rubyslippersreads Believe it or not, I haven‘t read Miss Read. Your lovely copies are inspiring me, though. 3mo
Tamra So pretty. 😊 3mo
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TrishB Lovely ♥️ 3mo
Aimeesue Such lovely editions! 3mo
UwannaPublishme Beautiful photo and editions! 3mo
Cathythoughts Ah that‘s so nice 🥰 3mo
LeahBergen @squirrelbrain They‘re such gentle (non-stressful 😆) reads! 3mo
LeahBergen @rubyslippersreads You‘ll have to try one soon! They‘re VERY light but enjoyable. 3mo
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Book mail!

A bookshop? Tuscany? How could it be bad, right? 😁

TheLudicReader Is it a novel? 3mo
Tamra Looks lovely! 😍 3mo
LeahBergen @TheLudicReader A memoir. 😊 3mo
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LeahBergen @Tamra It‘s a pretty little cover! 3mo
jlhammar Very pretty. Sounds great! 3mo
Crinoline_Laphroaig I have that one on my stack! 3mo
BarbaraBB Right ! 3mo
LeahBergen @jlhammar I admit to being swayed by the prettiness 😆 3mo
kspenmoll That‘s a beautiful edition. I have it in paperback & it‘s not elegant like yours! 3mo
tpixie Ooo! Sounds perfect! 3mo
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One chapter in and I‘m already craving south Indian food. 😆

Leftcoastzen What a cool cover! 3mo
Aims42 This sounds delightful! Insta-stacked! 3mo
quietjenn Oh, this looks and sounds so cute! 3mo
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Tamra What an adorable cover! 3mo
erzascarletbookgasm Sounds like a charming story 👍 3mo
Cathythoughts I‘d like a stay in those apartments 🩷 3mo
LeahBergen @Leftcoastzen @Tamra Yes, I definitely think I was swayed by the cover. 😆 3mo
LeahBergen @Aims42 @quietjenn @erzascarletbookgasm It‘s quite a cozy little read, so far. 👍 3mo
LeahBergen @Cathythoughts Me, too! Especially since the guy on the top floor is a chef. 😆 3mo
charl08 Tempting. Although I don't really need any encouragement in that food direction! 3mo
Amiable What an arresting cover! It catches the eye and makes you really study it for all the details. 3mo
LeahBergen @charl08 I don‘t either! 😆 3mo
LeahBergen @Amiable It‘s great, isn‘t it? 👍 3mo
kspenmoll This sounds fascinating! 3mo
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Murder While You Work | Susan Scarlett
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Crikey, #FurrowedMiddlebrowClub ! This was a bit of a departure from our usual Scarletts, wasn‘t it? 😆 We get the “meet cute” of a charming couple that we come to expect from her novels but then she throws in a completely terrifying antagonist with an equally gruesome child. It was propulsively readable and I loved it.

CarolynM Nice review! It was quite different, but at least the good people winning and the bad losing was still there🙂 3mo
erzascarletbookgasm Cool! Can‘t wait to read this. 3mo
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Cathythoughts Great review! I hadn‘t intended to read this one , but your review has changed all that. Stacked 👍🏻♥️ 3mo
Bren912 You had me at “crikey” 3mo
julieclair Can‘t wait to read this! 3mo
Tamra 💙 Terrific! I was just describing the same to my husband; this wasn‘t a typical light entertainment from FurrowedMiddleBrow. I enjoyed the mystery departure - didn‘t want to put it down! 🥹😬 3mo
jlhammar “Chicken soup, chicken soup.” Desmond is a tad creepy. Just read that chicken carcass part last night 😬 Really enjoying it so far! 3mo
batsy Great review! I've just started and liking the tone of it so far (felt so invested in a lipstick 😆). Happy to see that it's a resounding pick for everyone so far. 3mo
elkeOriginal Perfect review - ‘terrifying‘, ‘gruesome,‘ CRIKEY! Love your book stack too - excellent set😉 3mo
Ruthiella I also enjoy this departure from the imprint‘s usual fare. It‘s a nice preparation for our upcoming May inaugural mystery read. 😃 3mo
quietjenn What a way with words you have here 😅. And you are utterly correct with them! 3mo
rubyslippersreads I just started this, but am loving it so far (except for Desmond). Mrs. Roal gives off some real Miss Gulch vibes, threatening to have Mr. Jones destroyed. 😠 3mo
LeahBergen @CarolynM As we come to expect from our Furrowed Middlebrows! 👍 3mo
LeahBergen @erzascarletbookgasm I think you‘ll like it! 3mo
LeahBergen @Cathythoughts I hope you like it, Cathy! 🤞 3mo
LeahBergen @Bren912 😆😆 3mo
LeahBergen @julieclair Enjoy! 😊 3mo
LeahBergen @Tamra It had surprisingly gothic undertones, didn‘t it? 3mo
LeahBergen @jlhammar Eek! 😆😆 3mo
LeahBergen @batsy I was like, “No!!! Go get that lipstick!” 😂 3mo
LeahBergen @elkeOriginal 😆 And thanks! I had started a Greyladies collection of her republished novels before FM decided to bring them out again. I now have a mixture of the two editions! 3mo
LeahBergen @Ruthiella I was thinking ahead to that, too! 👍 3mo
LeahBergen @quietjenn 😂😂 3mo
LeahBergen @rubyslippersreads Both he and his mother are “nasty pieces of work”. 😆 3mo
elkeOriginal @LeahBergen Honestly, I have always been deeply annoyed at how ugly FM spines are so seeing your Greyladies makes me want to collect those instead 🤦🏼‍♀️📚 3mo
LeahBergen @elkeOriginal They are ugly, aren‘t they? The covers of the early Greyladies are plain but they‘ve moved on to pretty vintage illustrations in recent years. 3mo
Jess_Read_This Terrific review! Hoping to dive into this one today. Greyladies just know how to produce such lovely editions. I‘ve got a mix too. I was late to the party on buying them. Some of the out print ones are pricey on Abe! But I always love to see them 😊 3mo
LeahBergen @Jess_Read_This There are several that I‘m always on the hunt for! 😆 3mo
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Complete Tutankhamun | Nicholas Reeves
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My “currently reading” stack (and I‘m loving them all).

Tamra Isn‘t Murder While You Work fun? 3mo
merelybookish Gorgeous background! 😍 3mo
batsy What fun! (I need to resume the Richard Osman series, I enjoyed the first) 3mo
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I‘ve become quite fond of having some sort of almanac on the go throughout the year. Here‘s this year‘s choice!

Tamra That looks like a year of fun! 😍 3mo
TrishB Lovely ❤️ 3mo
readingjedi I have this one for this year too - enjoy! 3mo
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Itchyfeetreader This looks delightful. What a lovely thing to be able to dip in and out of 3mo
merelybookish Ooh scandals! 😉 3mo
MaureenMc This sounds amazing. 🤩 3mo
Aimeesue Oooooh! That‘s . . . Very enticing 😁 3mo
Kimberlone So clever! 3mo
BarbaraBB Sounds amazing! 3mo
batsy Ooh! 🤩 Do share if the scandals are juicy 😂 3mo
youneverarrived Great idea! 3mo
jlhammar Oooh, sounds fantastic! 3mo
tpixie Sounds intriguing 🤔 3mo
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The Visitors: A Novel | Sally Beauman
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My last book of 2023 was Lucy Worsley‘s enjoyable middle grade novel about Jane Austen‘s nieces. I‘ve been feeling a little Egypt-ish of late so I‘m going to dive into the tagged book that‘s been on my TBR for several years now. I‘m trying to start the new year off by continuing to whittle down the backlog of books on my shelves… let‘s see how long that lasts! 😆

Thanks for doing this again, @BookNAround ! Happy New Year, everyone! 🎉

#LastFirst

BarbaraBB Happy new year Leah, I love that you feel a bit Egypt‘ish 😀 4mo
Itchyfeetreader I really liked the visitors - it will hit your egypt need beautifully. Happy new year! 4mo
Reggie Happy New Years! 4mo
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erzascarletbookgasm Happy New Year! 🎉 4mo
Tamra Happy New Reading Year! 📚📚 3mo
rubyslippersreads I 💛 The Visitors! Happy New Year! 3mo
UwannaPublishme Happy New Year! 🤗🎉🥂 3mo
Suet624 Happy New Year! 3mo
LeahBergen @Suet624 And to you, as well! 😘 3mo
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Scarlet Boy | Arthur Calder-Marshall
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Oh, my goodness, @AshRob22 ! You totally spoiled me!

I‘m so excited to get to these books and I love all the treats, tea, tea ball, tarot envelope, Swedish dishcloth (my faves!), ghost bookmark, stickers, and earrings. My absolute favourite though? The GORGEOUS handmade cross-stitch bookmark! 🖤 And I loved the spooky buggy burlap wrapping. 😆😆

Thank you SO much and a big happy #CreepyChristmas to you! 😘😘

Thanks again to our host, @teebe !

AshRob22 Yay!! I‘m soooooo happy you enjoyed 🥰🎄. This was such a fun swap to put together, I hope the books are exciting reads 📚👻🩵 4mo
LeahBergen @AshRob22 I absolutely love everything! And I especially love the little plague doctor on the bookmark. 😆 4mo
batsy What a lovely bookmark 🖤 I've not heard of the tagged book; it sounds really good! 4mo
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AshRob22 @LeahBergen that was probably one of my fav bookmarks to make 🥰. I‘m so thrilled you love it 🖤💛 4mo
LeahBergen @batsy Isn‘t it great? And yes, the tagged book is a “rediscovered” 1961 classic. You know how I like those! 😆 4mo
LeahBergen @AshRob22 I adore it! 4mo
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Sisters | Daisy Johnson
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This is a weird one so far … but I‘m liking it!

TrishB I enjoyed this one 👍🏻 4mo
Tamra Ohhh, sounds like family dysfunction - perfect for the holidays? 😜 4mo
sarahbarnes I really loved this one! I keep hoping she‘ll come out with a new book. 4mo
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BarbaraBB I enjoyed it too! 4mo
Ruthiella This has been on my list for forever! 4mo
LeahBergen @Tamra Right? 😆 4mo
jlhammar Glad to hear you enjoyed it - it‘s waiting on my shelves. I‘ll get to it one of these days! 4mo
LeahBergen @jlhammar It languished on mine for quite a while! 3mo
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A Jealous Ghost | A. N. Wilson
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This random grab from my shelves (to free up book space!) is a bizarre little reworking of Henry James‘ The Turn of The Screw. I‘m liking it!

BarbaraBB The shelves that keep on giving 😀 4mo
LeahBergen @BarbaraBB And giving and giving 😆 4mo
batsy That sounds intriguing! 4mo
LeahBergen @batsy It‘s pretty weird, in a Patricia Highsmith sort of way! 4mo
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House of Glass | Susan Fletcher
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I pulled this off my shelf at random to read. Why? To make room for my Christmas book gifts. 😆😆 I‘m enjoying it, though.

New Year‘s book cull … incoming. 😆

Ruthiella A cull! 😱😆 4mo
LeahBergen @Ruthiella It‘s needed! 😆 4mo
TrishB Think I need one of those too! 4mo
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TheLudicReader I cull every once and a while…but it hurts. 4mo
Tamra Life is hard sometimes. 😉 4mo
LeahBergen @TrishB @TheLudicReader I try to do a couple every year but the books seem to reproduce when I‘m not looking. 😆 4mo
LeahBergen @Tamra Isn‘t it though? 😆 4mo
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Thank you so much for these lovely Christmas gifts, @rubyslippersreads ! I hadn‘t heard of The Darcy Myth but I‘m always down for some humorous literary criticism! And this Ibbotson edition is just so pretty! I can hardly wait to dive in.

Please thank the kitties for the KitKat sampler (they‘re the husband‘s favourite… oh oh). In the spirit of Christmas, I shall share. A little. 😆

Merry Christmas to you, my dear friend! 😘

TheBookHippie Wow so pretty! 4mo
Eyelit I got the Darcy Myth for Christmas too and it wasn‘t on my radar at all! Happy Christmas surprises! 🎄💖 4mo
LeahBergen @TheBookHippie They are! 🥰 4mo
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LeahBergen @Eyelit Doesn‘t it sound good? 👏👏 4mo
rubyslippersreads I‘m very curious about The Darcy Myth myself. It might be a good read for the #PemberLittens. 4mo
rubyslippersreads So happy you liked everything. KitKat is the only type of candy approved by Nicky & Sadie. 😽 4mo
LeahBergen @rubyslippersreads I was thinking that, too, about the #Pemberlittens. 👍 And Nicky and Sadie are always so thoughtful. 😆 4mo
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Thank you so much, @thebacklistbook , for these wonderful #JolabokaflodSwap gifts!! I had heard about this book but hadn‘t seen inside it and IT IS GORGEOUS. I‘m so looking forward to kicking back this evening and paging through it with these lovely chocolates. Happy #Jolabokaflod to you! ❤️❤️

And a huge thank you to @MaleficentBookDragon for always hosting this most festive of swaps! 😘😘

#JolabokaflodSwap23

Tamra What a fabulous cover! 😍 4mo
batsy Lovely cover! Our #jolabokaflodswap book gifts are of a theme! Feeling hungry 😆 🥡🥠🍜 4mo
LeahBergen @Tamra Isn‘t it?? 4mo
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LeahBergen @batsy I was thinking that, too. 😆 4mo
erzascarletbookgasm Oh I didn‘t know Grace Lin wrote this. I loved her books especially this tagged one. 4mo
rubyslippersreads What an adorable cover! (And Grace Lin is a #BetsyTacy fan. 😄) 4mo
LeahBergen @erzascarletbookgasm I‘ll have to look that one up! 4mo
LeahBergen @rubyslippersreads She is? 👏👏 4mo
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This is a beautifully illustrated novella about an old woman looking back to a best-loved Christmas of her Edwardian-era childhood. A delightful (and melancholy) little read.

Tamra Sounds and looks lovely. 💜 4mo
BarbaraJean Those endpapers! 😍 4mo
batsy Sounds delightful! 4mo
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My #CreepyChristmas swap has arrived! I did a bit of sleuthing; is it from you, @AshRob22 ?

I‘ve paired it with a current, festive read which I‘m very much enjoying! ❄️❄️

#CC

AshRob22 Guilty! 😆😆. I can‘t wait for you to see what‘s inside ❄️🩵 (edited) 4mo
LeahBergen @AshRob22 Yayyyy! I‘m so excited. 👏👏👏 Thank you! 😘 4mo
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Here you go, @BarbaraBB (and @Cinfhen ) … my #Top23of23 in no particular order!

I just popped onto Goodreads and randomly picked the books which had “stuck” with me, without giving it too much thought. I found this so interesting to look back on as far as my reading choices went. I seemed to have went with a lot of “comfort reads” this year!

I‘m tagging anyone else who would like to play along!

BarbaraBB Wow, so many good ones. I had to take a screenshot to zoom in on the Persephones 💕 4mo
Centique These look so good! Im writing down quite a ew to hopefully get to next year 😍 4mo
batsy Oh yay for The Corner That Held Them 💚 It would make my list, too. I too am taking a screenshot 😆 4mo
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andrew61 Great selection leah. 4mo
squirrelbrain Fabulous! ❤️ 4mo
jlhammar Wonderful! Jenkins, Bainbridge, Warner and Mortimer will all be in my tops as well. 4mo
sarahbarnes Small Things Like These! 🩵 4mo
Megabooks Great list!! 4mo
Suet624 Always fun to look back and remember the books you‘ve read. 3mo
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@thebacklistbook … it has arrived! Thank you so much. ❤️❤️❤️

#JolabokaflodSwap
#JolabokaflodSwap23

Aimeesue That‘s so pretty! And old school ❤️ 4mo
mom2bugnbee I have that book! My late grandmother taught fourth grade forever & it came from her classroom library. 4mo
thebacklistbook It wrapped inside the package so feel free to open the outer package! 4mo
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LeahBergen @Aimeesue A book for .50 cents! 4mo
LeahBergen @mom2bugnbee Do you?? It‘s a lovely little book. 😊 4mo
LeahBergen @thebacklistbook Oh, good! I will! 👏 4mo
Aimeesue @LeahBergen Those were the days! As far as book buying went, at least. 📚 4mo
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Untitled | Anonymous
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#JohnnyBergen and his little #BookTree. 😆

🎄🎄🎄

5feet.of.fury So pretty! 4mo
Deblovestoread 😍😍😍 4mo
Flaneurette Love it 😍 4mo
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AmyG Fabulous tree! 🙌🏻 4mo
Kimberlone Looks so good! 4mo
Leftcoastzen Awww,lovely! 4mo
AvidReader25 That sweet pup! 😍 4mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful 😍 4mo
dabbe 🤩🤩🤩 And hello there, adorable pup! 🖤🐾🖤 4mo
AlaMich Your tree is amazing! 4mo
Centique Such prettiness and Johnny is perfectly handsome too! 4mo
Tamra Gorgeous! 😍 4mo
Ruthiella Love his collar too! ❤️🐶 4mo
Bookzombie Wow! I love your book tree! 😍 4mo
elkeOriginal Hello, Johnny! I love your amazing tree! 4mo
BarbaraBB Yearly one of my favorite photos 🩷🎄🐕‍🦺 4mo
Bette This doesn‘t look real, it‘s like a piece of art. 👍❤️🖼️ 4mo
vivastory This is fantastic 💙 💙 4mo
Hooked_on_books So cute! But I‘m a little concerned that he‘s plotting. 😂 4mo
Christine ❤️💚❤️💚❤️💚❤️💚❤️ 4mo
mabell How lovely! And Johnny you look so festive! 🎄❤️😍 4mo
batsy Beautiful tree and Johnny! ❤️❤️ Is he mulling over which book to read first? 😁 4mo
squirrelbrain Gorgeous tree! And gorgeous Johnny too! 🐾❤️ 4mo
Reggie This is beautiful! 4mo
rubyslippersreads @Hooked_on_books Me too. My cats wouldn‘t be happy till they had demolished that lovely tree. 😹 4mo
rubyslippersreads @LeahBergen Your package arrived yesterday. Thanks so much! 😘 Yours are on the way from Amazon. No peeking till Christmas! 🫣🎄 4mo
LeahBergen @Ruthiella He loves this collar and always holds his head still for it to be slipped on. I think it‘s because everyone makes a big fuss over him in it at the dog park. 😂 4mo
LeahBergen @Hooked_on_books He‘s ALWAYS plotting. He was just sneaking off with some bubble wrap before this photo was taken. 😆 4mo
LeahBergen @batsy He‘s probably mulling over the next dog treat in his daily lineup. 😆 4mo
LeahBergen @rubyslippersreads Ooo, goody! Thank you!! I‘m glad yours arrived so quickly. 👍 (edited) 4mo
julieclair Oh wow! This is beautiful! 4mo
UwannaPublishme Gorgeous! 😍 4mo
LeahBergen @rubyslippersreads They arrived today! 👏👏 Thank you! 😘😘 4mo
AvidReader25 This is too perfect!!! 4mo
LeahBergen @AvidReader25 Thank you! 😊 4mo
Suet624 perfect photo. perfect pup. 4mo
kspenmoll Love this! 4mo
LeahBergen @Suet624 Thank you! 😘 4mo
LeahBergen @kspenmoll Thank you! 😘 4mo
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My current reads (and I‘ve unwittingly colour coordinated them 😆).

#CloakandDaggerChristmas
(The Christmas Song: Read a classic mystery written more than 50 years ago).

Ruthiella Very pretty! 4mo
elkeOriginal English Murder = most excellent cover! 4mo
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Here we are, #PersephoneClub … our 2024 reading schedule! It looks like it‘s going to be another great year. 🩶

As always, anyone on Litsy is welcome to join in and read along and discuss with us at any time.

Tamra Looks like a terrific lineup! 4mo
jlhammar Wonderful! Thanks, Leah! 4mo
elkeOriginal Time to order a few things! 4mo
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rubyslippersreads 2024 will be a great year! 4mo
quietjenn Hooray! So looking forward to them! 4mo
BarbaraBB Such a great list! I‘ll probably jump in once or twice 💕 4mo
LeahBergen @Tamra @jlhammar @rubyslippersreads @quietjenn Isn‘t it nice to have all these to look forward to? 😆 4mo
LeahBergen @elkeOriginal I just ordered two! 😆 4mo
LeahBergen @BarbaraBB I so hope you do! 😘 4mo
julieclair These look wonderful! Please add me to the tag list for 2024. Thanks! 😃 4mo
andrew61 Great list. Thanks for organising again leah. 4mo
elkeOriginal @LeahBergen I ordered 2 too 😆 4mo
elkeOriginal FYI @Jess_Read_This in case these are on your shelf too 😉 4mo
Jess_Read_This @elkeOriginal Thanks for the tag! I do indeed have a few 😄 (edited) 4mo
daena I‘d love to be added and join in. Thank you! 4mo
LeahBergen @julieclair Certainly! I‘ll do it now so I don‘t forget. 😆 4mo
LeahBergen @daena Done! 😊 4mo
LeahBergen @andrew61 No problem, Andrew! 😄 4mo
LeahBergen @elkeOriginal I mean, we HAD to, right? 😆 4mo
LeahBergen @Jess_Read_This @elkeOriginal I imagine we all already own a few. 😆😆 4mo
Caryl I placed an order last night, and I would love to be added to the tag list. Thank you for organizing this! I love Persephone Books. 🥰 4mo
LeahBergen @Caryl Welcome aboard! 😄 4mo
quietjenn @LeahBergen @elkeOriginal I have some sitting on the cart, whilst I decide if I'm only ordering a few of these or splurging on more 😅 4mo
LeahBergen @quietjenn @elkeOriginal The age-old problem 😆 4mo
CarolynM Looks like I‘ll be expanding my Persephone collection😆 4mo
LeahBergen @CarolynM Oh, too bad! 😉 4mo
sisilia Awww I still have 3 unread titles from this year 🫢 4mo
LeahBergen @sisilia 😆😆 4mo
Bookbuyingaddict Thank you so much ☺️ I‘m in just need to catch up on the last 2 my TBR is killing me ! 🤣😘merry Christmas 🎄 x x x. X 4mo
LeahBergen @Karons1 You‘re welcome! I‘m glad to hear that you‘ve enjoyed reading with us. Merry Christmas to you, too! 😘 4mo
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Pickpick

Harriet, an affluent woman with an unspecified learning disability, falls prey to a fortune hunter and his nasty family in this 1934 novel based on a famous Victorian criminal case.

It‘s an absolute cracker of a read and (despite the grim storyline) I couldn‘t put it down!

#PersephoneClub

sarahbarnes Absolute cracker 😆 4mo
Tamra I can tell already there are some not-so likable characters! 4mo
jlhammar I didn‘t want to put it down either! Such a dark and distressing story, but so well told. 4mo
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LeahBergen @sarahbarnes It was. 😆 4mo
LeahBergen @Tamra They come into play very early on. 😬 4mo
LeahBergen @jlhammar Exactly! I was really impressed with the writing. 4mo
andrew61 Looking forward to reading it next week leah particularly after thus review. 4mo
LeahBergen @andrew61 I hope you enjoy it as much as I did, Andrew! 4mo
CarolynM Great review. I‘m hoping to get started on it soon. 4mo
elkeOriginal I did not want nor plan to read this based on the sad, dark plot but you and @jlhammar ‘s reviews are making me rethink that decision! 4mo
LeahBergen @CarolynM Thanks! I think you‘ll like it. 4mo
LeahBergen @elkeOriginal I was a bit hesitant myself but most of the story focuses on how the four people slowly came to treat Harriet the way they did (without dwelling on the horrible aspects of that treatment). If that makes sense? It‘s very well done and reads much like a Victorian novel. (edited) 4mo
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Untitled | Anonymous
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Just look at this happy mail!

Thank you @TheLudicReader ! I just love reading your Top Twenty of the Year lists and the card and bookmarks are lovely. 😘😘

dabbe 💙❄️💙 4mo
TheLudicReader I was wondering who was going to get it first! 4mo
LeahBergen @TheLudicReader And all the way across Canada (with slow Canada Post)! 😆 4mo
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Untitled | Anonymous
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My #CreepyChristmas and #JolabokaflodSwap packages went out in the post today!

#JolabokaflodSwap23

dabbe Lovely wrapping! 🤩🤩🤩 4mo
Suet624 How pretty!! 4mo
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Christine Lucky recipients!! ❤️ 4mo
AshRob22 Omg! Always so nicely done! 👏 4mo
LeahBergen @AshRob22 Aww! Thank you. 😘 4mo
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To Bed with Grand Music | Marghanita Laski, Sarah Russell, Juliet Gardiner
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Okay, #PersephoneClub … here are my two choices for April. Vote away!

(Descriptive links in the comments ⬇️).

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jlhammar So hard to choose! I‘ll vote for 4mo
quietjenn Ah, good choices. I vote for Mr. Knight. 4mo
CarolynM I'm up for a bit of juicy scandal 4mo
elkeOriginal I gotta go Whipple with 4mo
LeahBergen @Aimeesue You can go ahead and post your two choices now for us to vote on for our October read! And don‘t forget to vote on the previous four months that are up for the vote right now. (I haven‘t checked if you‘ve done that yet 😆). 4mo
andrew61 This is difficult because little boy lost is in the voting list and I've already read that . So I'll go whipple. 4mo
LeahBergen ⭐️And the winner is They Knew Mr Knight with 6 votes!⭐️ 4mo
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It‘s now December so that means it‘s time for one of our #PersephoneClub reads!

@Gissy ‘s pick for us this month is Harriet by Elizabeth Jenkins. This is a casual buddy read; read and comment on each other‘s posts and reviews as you see them. We usually aim to finish by the middle of the month but that‘s not written in stone. 😉 And anyone is welcome to read along with us, of course!

LeahBergen And we can start to vote on next year‘s books, if everyone is still interested? February is @jlhammar , April is @LeahBergen , June is @quietjenn , August is @rubyslippersreads , October is @Aimeesue , and December is @andrew61 . 5mo
quietjenn I'm game for more #PersephoneClubbing! I'll start to ponder options, but won't post until a) we are sure things will continue and b) our first two months have been posted. 5mo
rubyslippersreads I‘m definitely interested in an excuse to add to my Persephone collection. 😉 5mo
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jlhammar Can't wait to start Harriet tonight! And so excited to choose our Persephones for next year! I'll post our options for February shortly. 5mo
CarolynM I‘m looking forward to reconnecting with the #PersephoneClub for this one - and to seeing next year‘s selections😀 5mo
Tamra I have this one Kindle. Sad about that, but looking forward to the read. 😁 5mo
elkeOriginal Looking forward to next year‘s reads! Unlike @rubyslippersreads I actually hope we read some I already own! I feel so guilty every time I walk past them and they remain in the TBR… 5mo
LeahBergen @quietjenn Perfect 👍 4mo
LeahBergen @jlhammar Yay! 👏 4mo
LeahBergen @CarolynM Me, too! 4mo
LeahBergen @elkeOriginal I have a LOT unread, too. 😆 4mo
rubyslippersreads @elkeOriginal I‘m just letting @LeahBergen do her job as enabler. 🤣 4mo
LeahBergen Okay, @andrew61 , you can go ahead and post your two choices for us for December! And don‘t forget to vote on the other months we‘re voting on now. 😊 4mo
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Stories for Christmas and the Festive Season | Muriel Spark, E. M. Delafield, Stella Gibbons
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I‘m starting the tagged book today. Aren‘t they pretty together? 😊

Tamra 😍😍 5mo
AmyG They are! ❤️ 5mo
TheBookHippie Oh these are lovely!!! 5mo
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merelybookish So festive! 🌟 5mo
ju.ca.no Oh lovely! 5mo
TrishB So coordinated 😁 5mo
Centique Awww gorgeous! 5mo
Aimeesue Gorgeous! And so festive! ❄️ 🎄 ❄️ 5mo
Ruthiella Perfect for the season and so pretty!😍 5mo
JamieArc ‘Tis the season to get sucked into all the gorgeous Christmas books 😍 5mo
BarbaraBB They look gorgeous 😍 5mo
tpixie Lovely! ❤️💚🎄💚❤️ 5mo
Read4life Beautiful! 😍 5mo
ShelleyBooksie So pretty!! 5mo
MaureenMc I read the tagged book last year. Clearly, I need to pick up the other this year. 😁 5mo
Megabooks Beautiful!! 🤩 5mo
batsy 😍 5mo
erzascarletbookgasm Very festive looking! 5mo
Suet624 So fun! 4mo
DebinHawaii So pretty! 💙 4mo
BiblioLitten They‘re lovely! 🤩 4mo
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Murder While You Work | Susan Scarlett
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Here it is, #FurrowedMiddlebrowClub : our 2024 reading schedule!

Thanks for all the speedy voting and my apologies if I‘ve missed tagging someone.

Anyone on Litsy is welcome to read along with us any month and join in on the discussion!

batsy Fun! Another year to look forward to! Thank you so much for compiling it ❤️ 5mo
CatLass007 Please add me to your tag list. Thank you. 5mo
Kimzey Thanks for creating the graphic, @LeahBergen ! So much to look forward to in 2024! 📚📚🎉 5mo
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CarolynM Thanks Leah😘 I‘m looking forward to continuing reading these lovely books with our wonderful group🥰 5mo
Jess_Read_This What a terrific line up for 2024! Looking forward to reading with everyone. Leah, thank you for organizing, prompting, and tagging the group. I sure appreciate the extra work you do for the group! 5mo
jlhammar Thanks, Leah! Looks like we've got some wonderful reads ahead. Can't wait to order these beauties! 📚 5mo
elkeOriginal Wahoo! Looking forward to furrowing my middlebrow with you all in 2024! 5mo
kwmg40 Great line up! I'm looking forward to reading these. 5mo
Tamra 😃 thank you for the summary Leah! (edited) 5mo
Ruthiella Thank you Leah! This will be fun! 🤩 5mo
erzascarletbookgasm Thanks Leah! Fun line up for the year! But if I do not join in for the month, means I couldn‘t get hold of the book..I‘ll look forward to seeing everyone‘s posts then. 5mo
julieclair Thank you Leah! I am so happy to be a part of this wonderful group. Lots of excellent reading ahead! 5mo
rubyslippersreads Thanks for organizing this, @LeahBergen 😊 Looking forward to a new year of FM reading! 5mo
quietjenn Hooray! Looking forward to another fab year of FMB reading with you all! And thanks so much Leah for keeping us organized and in good shape! 5mo
LeahBergen @elkeOriginal No Botox for you then! 😆 5mo
LeahBergen @CatLass007 Will do! 😊 5mo
Gissy I‘m still reading the books assigned for 2023 but these editions are so pretty with great stories that I will continue acquiring the books and read them but slowly. I‘m a terrible slow reader🤷🏽‍♀️ 5mo
Kimzey @Gissy I‘m behind on our 2023 reading too! I read faster with audiobooks, LOL. 5mo
Aimeesue I was really trying to cut down on all the spam, but if one must indulge, one must. 😄 5mo
CatLass007 Wow! You‘ve added me already. Thanks for working so quickly. 5mo
LeahBergen @Gissy It‘s nice to have a good stockpile of books to read. 😆 5mo
LeahBergen @Kimzey Oh, well. At least you know you have nice reads to look forward to. 😊 5mo
LeahBergen @Aimeesue We shall all partake of the spam together. 😆 5mo
LeahBergen @CatLass007 No problem. I hope you enjoy reading with us! 5mo
Kimzey @LeahBergen Yes, definitely lots more to look forward to! And I‘m loving my growing collection of Furrowed Middlebrow books! 5mo
CatLass007 I get Botox injections to prevent migraines. I‘ve always considered the fact that I can‘t scowl like Worf, the only disadvantage of the treatments. Now I can‘t furrow my middle brow along with the members of this group.😣 5mo
Gissy @LeahBergen Yes! And I can‘t resist those beautiful vintage covers. I have my tbr journal ready for decoration to write down all these reading challenges for 2024 but also including books from reading challenges that I couldn‘t complete this year...stacks of books 😳📚📚📚📚love them😃and there is no such a thing as “book shopping ban” for me. I know it is not going to work☺️ 5mo
LeahBergen @CatLass007 😆😆 You must furrow it in your imagination. 5mo
LeahBergen @Gissy 😂😂 Book shopping bans don‘t work for me either! 5mo
CatLass007 Hahaha! 5mo
CarolynM I assumed I‘d have some of these already, but I‘ve just had a look at my shelves and the only one I have is a hardback Anna and her daughters. Looks like it‘s a FMB Christmas for me😆 5mo
elkeOriginal @LeahBergen I am updating my list of what we have read together and I remember Nothing to Report and Somewhere in England were ‘unofficial‘ in the earliest days. Was Late Mrs Prioleau also an early unofficial read - or did I just read it in my own? Thanks for any insight. After that I kept good track, I think…🤦🏼‍♀️ 5mo
elkeOriginal @CarolynM A hardcover sounds fun! 5mo
LeahBergen @CarolynM Oh dear. An FMB Christmas sounds simply awful. 😆 My copy of Anna is an old hardback, too! 5mo
LeahBergen @elkeOriginal I scrolled back (way back 🤣) to the first post I made about what we had read from the beginning. I‘ll tag you in it! 😘 5mo
batsy @monalyisha This is our list for 2024! Everyone is welcome to read and join in, but if you want to be added to the rotation to suggest titles and vote please let @LeahBergen know. There's no official discussion with questions; everyone just reads and reviews when they're ready. It's all very low-key 😁 1mo
monalyisha @batsy Thank you! I‘m going to have to look into this. I appreciate you tagging me in the post! 1mo
LeahBergen @monalyisha I hope you read along with us if one of the titles strikes your fancy! 😊 1mo
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Mistletoe Malice | Kathleen Farrell
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I was just looking through some options for @Ruthiella ‘s #CloakandDaggerChristmas and realized I hadn‘t posted about this eagerly awaited and recently republished 1951 novel.

It‘s blurbed as “a darkly witty portrait of a dysfunctional post-war English family‘s festivities for fans of Barbara Pym, Stella Gibbons, Nancy Mitford and Elizabeth Taylor.”

Doesn‘t it sound great? Too bad it‘s not a mystery and doesn‘t fit any of the prompts. 😆

HardcoverHearts I haven‘t stacked something this fast ever!! 5mo
LeahBergen @HardcoverHearts 😆😆 It just ticks all the boxes, doesn‘t it? 5mo
Amiable I don‘t know what the prompts entail but it has the word “malice” in it so I‘d rule in your favor. Tell the judges. 👍🏼👍🏼😀 5mo
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jlhammar Sounds fantastic! 5mo
Tamra That sounds like fun! 5mo
MaureenMc I love all of those authors listed, so *stack*. 😁 5mo
Aimeesue Oooooh! Right up my alley! 5mo
Ruthiella That does sound intriguing! 😮 5mo
quietjenn I got this too and am really looking forward to reading it in December! 5mo
LeahBergen @Amiable And holidays can make you feel a little murderous, too, so … 😆 5mo
LeahBergen @jlhammar @Tamra @MaureenMc @Aimeesue @Ruthiella Right?? I‘m hoping it lives up to its great blurb. 5mo
LeahBergen @quietjenn Me, too! 👏 5mo
batsy Oh gosh, that sounds great! Immediate stack 😆 5mo
Amiable @LeahBergen I see you‘ve met my family… 😖😀 5mo
LeahBergen @batsy Right? 👏 5mo
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Green Equinox | Elizabeth Mavor
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@BarbaraBB ! It‘s here!

Thank you SO much for this delightful #BBGiveaway parcel; two lovely books, tea and Dutch sweets (I can‘t wait to try them!), and the cute book socks (I can never have enough!). I love it all and especially your sweet note.

Thanks so much, my dear friend! 😘😘

LeahBergen @BarbaraBB Are the sweets like Boterbabbelaars? I loved those when we toured around Middelburg and I brought home a little antique Boterbabbelaars tin, too. 😆 I‘ll have to use it for a Litsy photo one day soon. 5mo
BarbaraBB Yes they are! I can‘t believe you‘ve remembered that name! I initially wanted to buy you stroopwafels, I know you love them, but they were sold out in my store. Happy the parcel finally got there 💕💕 5mo
squirrelbrain Lovely! ❤️ 5mo
LeahBergen @BarbaraBB I‘m so glad you sent these sweets instead as they are new to me (and delicious)! 😘😘 5mo
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