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Girls of the Hamlet Club by Elsie Jeanette Oxenham, Elsie Jeanette Oxenham Society
The Lark | E. Nesbit
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Jane and her cousin Lucilla are fresh from school in the aftermath of WW1 when they discover that their guardian has gambled away their inheritance and they are left with only 740 and a cottage. Through various money-making schemes they meet, and have a lasting effect, on their new neighbours.

A sweet and witty tale for whenever you need a little “lark” of your own. Loved it!


Ruthiella Romantic too! I just finished it today. What do you think: Did Mr. Dix and Miss Antrobus maybe also become engaged? And Mr. “Tombs”...did he maybe return later and sweep Lucinda off her feet? 🤔 6h
LeahBergen @Ruthiella It definitely was! I was wondering the same. I thought that Mr Dix and Lucilla would get together but then Mr Dix was very appreciative of Miss Antrobus near the end, wasn‘t he? I must say, I was surprised that Mr Tombs was the chauffeur… and the guardian! 6h
batsy Lovely review! I enjoyed this so much. Had something about the spirit of the children's books in this. 6h
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Tamra @batsy I‘ve never read her children‘s lit, but it must be quite charming. 😊 6h
batsy @LeahBergen @Ruthiella I was wondering about Mr Tombs! I'm holding out hope that he returns to sweep Lucilla off her feet. But there's an entire backstory there with him so I'm sad there's no sequel of sorts 😆 Initially I thought Mr Dix was meant for Lucilla and I do appreciate that it went in a different, not so tidy direction... 6h
Tamra Perfect review! For certain it was a lark. 6h
Tamra @batsy a sequel would have been wonderful! 6h
batsy @Tamra I haven't read most of it yet which I must fix 🙂 but I *adored* The Railway Children, Five Children and It, and The Treasure Seekers as a kid. 6h
CarolynM @Ruthiella @batsy I loved all those revelations at the end - everyone knew about Aunt Harriet, Miss Antrobus wasn‘t after Mr Rochester, the charming Thorntons were burglars, Mr Tombs was so much more than he appeared😂 I definitely thought we were left with 3 couples although not yet fully declared. I liked that the story addressed the aftermath of the war with such a light touch. 3h
Ruthiella @batsy @CarolynM The reveal that EVERYONE knew about Aunt Harriet was hilarious. 😆 2h
batsy @Ruthiella @CarolynM I loved that everyone thought everyone else hadn't caught on 😆 2h
LeahBergen @CarolynM @Ruthiella @batsy Yes! And everyone was all “oh no, your acting was wonderful. I was the only one who figured it out…” 😆😆 1h
LeahBergen @batsy @Ruthiella Like you, I totally appreciated that it wasn‘t a “pat” conclusion as to who ended up with who. And I so thought I‘d like a sequel. I also wanted to see what happened to tarty Gladys. 😆 Did she land Simmons? (was that his name?) 1h
LeahBergen @Tamra @batsy I‘ve only read a couple of her children‘s books but I remember they had the same feel and wit. It DID feel like a children‘s story for adults, didn‘t it? 1h
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These Our Monsters: The English Heritage Book of New Folklore, Myth and Legend | Paul Kingsnorth, Edward Carey, Sarah Hall, Sarah Moss, Graeme Macrae Burnet, Adam Thorpe, Alison Macleod, Fiona Mozley
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What a wonderful #RecipeSwap parcel, @Avanders !!

The recipes sound amazing and how thoughtful of you to send the spices for your chili. I think I‘ll try that recipe first! The book is gorgeous; I loved Eight Ghosts, another one in this English Heritage series, so I‘m very excited! All the stickers are so cute and I think I‘ll have a cup of that Salted Caramel tea this afternoon. Thanks so much! 😘

And thanks to @BennettBookworm for hosting! 😘

BennettBookworm You‘re so welcome! 13h
merelybookish That book looks great! 13h
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My best friend is reading this with her book club and I thought I‘d tag along (as I think it‘s been sitting on my shelves for about 15 years 😆).

robinb This sounds good! 😊 5d
Bookwomble One of my favourite books. I hope you love it ❤🍏🌹 5d
Tamra How fun! 5d
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Ruthiella I‘ve heard great things about this title! 5d
Cathythoughts I read this years ago and loved it. The title always makes me smile. 5d
Jess_Read_This I had to pop over to your page to let you know there‘s a copy of Christmas At Nettleford on Abebooks added today - https://www.abebooks.com/Christmas-Nettleford-Malcolm-Saville-Hodder-Stoughton/3... 2d
LeahBergen @Jess_Read_This Thank you! I mean … you‘re a bad influence. Yes, I just bought it. 🤣🤣🤣 1d
Jess_Read_This @LeahBergen Always happy to enable… err.. help! Please post a photo when it comes! ❤️ 1d
LeahBergen @Jess_Read_This 😆😆 I will! Thanks again. 😘😘 1d
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The Lark | E. Nesbit
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Ruthiella I‘ve only read the first two chapters and am super curious as to what will happen next! 1w
Leftcoastzen I love your lady pot! 1w
Centique You have the BEST accessories 😍 1w
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Tamra Just starting now! 😁 1w
wordslinger42 I love E. Nesbit, but I haven't heard of this one. I'll have to find a copy! 1w
rubyslippersreads I‘m loving it. (And you lady is adorable.) 1w
batsy I'm about 200 pages in and absolutely enjoying it. Genuinely a lark 😆 Love your photo! 1w
erzascarletbookgasm Haha! I love that lady! I‘ll start next week. 1w
quietjenn That lady - who I totally thought was Angela Lansbury - is amazing. Looking forward to getting to this one, which I loved the first time I read it. 1w
BarbaraBB That lady 😍 1w
Cathythoughts Oh she‘s brilliant Leah ! 😁🥰 I love her. Book is good , I‘m still on chapter one.. life is way too busy. 1w
LeahBergen @Ruthiella I was thrilled that it started with a manor house library scene. 😆 1w
LeahBergen @Leftcoastzen @Centique Thank you! 😘😘 1w
LeahBergen @Tamra I was sucked in right away. 👍 1w
LeahBergen @wordslinger42 I had only read her children‘s stories. This is an adult novel and really charming so far! 😊 1w
LeahBergen @rubyslippersreads Thank you! I‘ve had several of these head vases for years and don‘t know why I haven‘t hauled them out for a Litsy photo before. 😆 1w
LeahBergen @batsy Thanks! And I‘m feeling in need of a good lark right now myself. 😆 1w
LeahBergen @erzascarletbookgasm Thanks! And I think you‘ll like this read. 👍 1w
LeahBergen @quietjenn Thanks! And oddly enough, I was thinking the very same thing when I took this photo today. I‘d never seen the resemblance before. 😆😆 1w
LeahBergen @BarbaraBB Thanks, Barbara! 😘 1w
LeahBergen @Cathythoughts Thanks, Cathy! And yes, you‘ve been a busy Granny of late, haven‘t you? 🥰🥰 1w
batsy @quietjenn I thought exactly the same! 😁 1w
Amiable I always love the composition of your book photos, but this one might be my favorite! 1w
CarolynM Loving the book. And I thought Angela Lansbury too, @quietjenn specifically in Blue Hawaii😂 (edited) 1w
BookNAround I‘ve ordered it so I‘m hoping it‘s there when I get home! 1w
MaureenMc 🥰🥰🥰 1w
LeahBergen @Amiable Aww, thank you! 😘😘 1w
LeahBergen @CarolynM Yes, I just looked up some images of the movie and there‘s one of her in a big hat! 😆 1w
LeahBergen @BookNAround Oh, good! I hope you enjoy it, too. 😊 1w
EvieBee Let‘s just agree that ANY cool vintage finds NEED to be included at some point. Ja‘dore! 😍😍 7d
DivineDiana Isn‘t she lovely?!! Agree with @EvieBee! 6d
UwannaPublishme 😍😍😍 4d
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Thirst for Love | Yukio Mishima
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Our two big charity book sales are back; the first ones since 2019. 👏👏

Here‘s a shot of some of today‘s finds (not shown: a few more Enid Blytons and some Ladybirds 🐞).

Leftcoastzen 👏😱Green Viragos! 1w
Ruthiella Nice haul! 😍 1w
mcctrish Charity book sales ❤️❤️❤️ 1w
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Tamra Yay!! Cather 💕 1w
BarbaraBB Quite a catch 🥰 1w
batsy These are some great finds! The Viragos and those Blytons! 1w
vivastory Muriel! 👏 👏 1w
Cathythoughts Wow ! You did very well ❤️ 1w
LeahBergen @Leftcoastzen I love to scan for that binding colour. 😆 1w
LeahBergen @Ruthiella Thanks! 😘 1w
LeahBergen @mcctrish They‘re the best! 1w
LeahBergen @Tamra I‘m thinking to choose this one for my next pick in my IRL book club (maybe?). 😄 1w
LeahBergen @BarbaraBB Thanks! 😘 1w
LeahBergen @batsy I was quite excited about the Olivia Manning, after liking School For Love so much. 👍 1w
LeahBergen @vivastory Yes! I already own two of the novels in this omnibus but I couldn‘t resist this nice little Everyman‘s edition. 1w
LeahBergen @Cathythoughts Thanks! I‘ve sure missed these big sales. 😘 1w
vivastory I don't hear The Only Problem mentioned very often. I might need to pick this up. The only one of these I own is Prime of Ms. Brodie 1w
Moray_Reads I loved Matrix when I read it last year. Prefer the UK cover though 😉 1w
Centique Great haul! I‘m so glad the book sales are back 😍 1w
Tamra @LeahBergen oh yes! 1w
MaureenMc I love used book sales! 🥰 1w
andrew61 Great finds. 1w
LeahBergen @vivastory The first of her books that I read was Memento Mori. I recommend! 1w
LeahBergen @Moray_Reads I prefer it, too! Here in Canada we seem to have a mix of US and UK covers, dependent on the publishing house (I guess). 1w
LeahBergen @Centique Thanks! 😘 1w
LeahBergen @MaureenMc They‘re the best. 😆 1w
LeahBergen @andrew61 Thanks! 😘 1w
charl08 Nice haul! 1w
CarolynM Some good reads there. I loved the Willow Farm books as a child - I read them several times. I didn‘t think The Children of Cherry Tree Farm was anywhere near as good 😂😂 1w
LeahBergen @charl08 Thanks! 😊 1w
LeahBergen @CarolynM 😆 Good to hear! This is actually a Blyton series that I never got to as a kid (damn, she was prolific!). I‘ll probably read these without reading Cherry Tree Farm first… but who knows? I may come across it before then. 1w
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Untitled | Anonymous
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My #RecipeSwap package arrived today, @Avanders , and I‘ve hidden it in the cupboard. 😆
Thank you so much! ❤️


Avanders Yay! 💃🏽♥️ The book is arriving separately by direct shipment… 😁 2w
LeahBergen @Avanders Yes, @BennettBookworm passed your message along to me. I‘ll let you know when it arrives. 😘😘 2w
EvieBee What beautiful editions! 2w
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LeahBergen @EvieBee Thank you! I don‘t have that many vintage cookbooks but I‘ve picked up a few at sales over the years. They‘re so fun to read. 😆 2w
EvieBee This one isn‘t new but I‘ve been eyeing it. I love their YouTube channel. https://youtu.be/M28DdlJ1YT0 (edited) 2w
LeahBergen @EvieBee Oh, I‘ll definitely check that channel out! Thanks! 2w
LeahBergen @Avanders A package from Book Depository just arrived today! I am (quite amazingly) not expecting anything from them at the moment so it must be from you. 😆 1w
Avanders Oooh yay!! I‘m so glad it made it there in time! 😄👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽♥️ 1w
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Small Pleasures | Clare Chambers
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I‘ve just started this and I can already tell that it‘s absolutely my sort of read!

Thanks again to @Cathythoughts for this lovely gift. 😘😘

Cathythoughts Oh good. Your welcome, I really loved it 👍🏻❤️ 2w
Bklover Oh happy sigh! I love that feeling! 2w
EvieBee That‘s a good feeling! That bookmark is stunning…and perfect lol! 😍 2w
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TrishB And look at that bookmark ♥️ 2w
squirrelbrain Such a good book, and ❤️ the bookmark! 2w
LeahBergen @Cathythoughts I‘m still reading in bed and immediately sucked right into the story! 😘 2w
LeahBergen @Bklover Isn‘t it wonderful? 😊 2w
LeahBergen @EvieBee @TrishB @squirrelbrain I love this bookmark! 😆 I bought it at The Second Shelf bookshop in London but it‘s from a Scottish company. It‘s titled “Book Lovers” on the back. 2w
Cathythoughts Yes that bookmark is a doll ❤️ 2w
LeahBergen @Cathythoughts The orange of the bookmark matched nicely with the orange of the cover, I thought. 😆 2w
Karons1 It‘s an amazing 🤩 book 📖 one of my favs of last year ; you‘ll love 💕 it! It gets better and better ! I loved it so much Iv bought Clare chambers back catalogue 😆all on my TBR she‘s a fantastic writer : amazing pod cast with her as a guest on you‘re booked - look it up , she talks about her favourite books of all time. Great podcast 😀 2w
jlhammar I loved this book. One of my favorites of the year so far. Enjoy! 2w
Tamra The bookmark! 2w
daisyheadmaesie Your bookmark is INCREDIBLE!!! 2w
LeahBergen @Karons1 Thanks! I‘ll definitely give that podcast a listen. 👍 2w
LeahBergen @jlhammar Good to hear! I‘m thoroughly enjoying it. 2w
LeahBergen @Tamra @daisyheadmaesie Thanks! It‘s one of my faves. 😄 2w
Megabooks This is a fantastic gift! Great book! 2w
LeahBergen I‘m taking my time with it and thoroughly enjoying it! @Megabooks 2w
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Jo Returns to the Chalet School | Elinor M. Brent-Dyer
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My current read (tagged) and I think I‘ve come to realize that my love for vintage books is directly correlated to my love for people on spines. 😆😆 Anyone else?

And along those lines I‘d like to thank you all for allowing me to post about somewhat “niche” books on here. One of the things I love most about Litsy is seeing all the little idiosyncratic reading preferences of everyone out there. It makes for such a welcoming community. ❤️❤️

Leftcoastzen I love it ! I love your selections & I‘m sad that many modern books don‘t really decorate spines as much . I love the art of the book & the various reasons people collect what they do. 2w
LeahBergen @Leftcoastzen Yes, exactly! I‘m very much in love with the whole “book as object” thing (there are courses on this that I long to take 😆😆). Seeing what people collect is such a joyful thing to me and your posts always make my day. 2w
vivastory I second that the spine is a great design space when used in new ways 👍 Will post a few favorite spines this weekend 2w
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LeahBergen @vivastory Please do! I‘m surprised that it‘s fallen a bit by the wayside in recent years (for many publishing houses, anyway). I can‘t wait to see what you post! 2w
TrishB These are lovely ♥️ 2w
squirrelbrain Gorgeous! ❤️ 2w
sarahbellum I‘m definitely one of those people who shies away from the shiny bestsellers/new releases and goes for the hidden/forgotten gems. I love your posts for that reason ☺️ 2w
Cathythoughts Charming books you have 💫 2w
Caroline2 These look super charming. 💕 2w
CarolynM Beautiful😍 I might have a pretty spine or two to photograph😆 And I totally agree about how nice it is to feel that whatever I enjoy reading I can share here. 2w
Megabooks Always love seeing your library, Leah! 💜 2w
batsy Yes, these are great! I adored the vintage Little Women copy my sisters had precisely because of the spine, which I remember clearly 💕 2w
erzascarletbookgasm These editions are gems! 💖 2w
Chrissyreadit 😍😍😍 2w
mrp27 Love seeing your vintage collections! 2w
UwannaPublishme Keep posting please! Seeing your unique and vintage books always warms my heart. 😍 2w
rubyslippersreads I‘ll have to look through my spines and take a photo. The “niche” aspect of Litsy is one of my favorite things too. 😊 2w
Itchyfeetreader See here is the beauty of Litsy - I thought my ‘thing‘ was niche and here is where I found my folks! I think I just finished my Chudleigh Hold collection and the call of the Chalet‘s is real! (Or at least Jo books - I am a Jo) 2w
Centique @Itchyfeetreader I know exactly what you mean! I thought I was the only one who liked vintage childrens books and nineteenth century poets and Greek mythology and everything ever written about the Romanovs or Sylvia Plath - and it turns out there are lots of Littens with those same book passions! 2w
Centique You know I‘m a massive fan of your library and your photos! It‘s really given me “permission” to buy a few more vintage books myself so there you go being a good influence again 😍 Abebooks should probably pay you some commission 😂 2w
LeahBergen @sarahbellum Thank you! 😘😘 2w
LeahBergen @CarolynM I just KNEW you‘d come through with some beauties! 😘 2w
LeahBergen @Megabooks Thank you! 😘😘 2w
LeahBergen @batsy Isn‘t it funny how clearly you can remember certain book images from your childhood? My sister-in-law and I were just discussing illustrations from the old Ladybird books last night. 2w
LeahBergen @rubyslippersreads And you certainly came through with some lovely ones! 😍 2w
LeahBergen @Itchyfeetreader Yes! And I need to track down the Chudleigh Hold series. 😍😍 2w
LeahBergen @Centique 😆😆 Thank you! And I love your list of “book passions”. I can‘t wait to see the vintage books you buy next! 😘😘 2w
rubyslippersreads @Itchyfeetreader Chudleigh Hold is new to me. Something new to search for. 😊 2w
rubyslippersreads @Centique You had me at vintage children‘s books and the Romanovs. 😊 2w
Centique @rubyslippersreads another kindred spirit! 😘 2w
LeahBergen @rubyslippersreads @Centique Oddly enough, two of my obsessions as well. 😆 2w
Amiable I love this photo as well! 1w
Suet624 Love seeing your posts. Thanks for always sharing your delights. 11h
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A Friend from England | Anita Brookner
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My current read and a random grab from my Anita Brookner shelf. I have so many that I‘ve bought for cheap from charity book sales that I just grab a couple, read the first pages, and decide which one grabs my attention at the moment.

Here‘s the latest winner. 😆

LeslieO 💖Brookner! 3w
Tamra Sounds like a good strategy! 3w
jlhammar Sounds really good. I've been meaning to try Brookner for ages. I have Look at Me, Hotel du Lac and The Rules of Engagement on my shelves. Not sure which I should go for first. 3w
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LeahBergen @jlhammar I loved Hotel du Lac! And I have those other two titles waiting as well. 😆 3w
Cathythoughts I must read or even reread one of hers soon. She‘s so good 🥰 (edited) 3w
LeahBergen @Cathythoughts I know! I always wonder why I‘ve waited so long when I pick up another of her books. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 3w
Centique I love her too and I‘m only up to 3. I love your strategy for reading her! 2w
LeahBergen @Centique I liked the idea of random picking for her books as I sometimes get a little too “set in my ways”. For example, I‘m reading through Barbara Pym‘s books in publication order. 😆 2w
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Untitled | Anonymous
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My #RecipeSwap went to the post office today, @BennettBookworm !



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Everyone blamed Bob, the terrier, for leaving his ball on the stairs but … was someone trying to kill her?

#JohnnyBergen, the terrier, chose my next read. And I think he‘s trying to tell me something.

Leftcoastzen 😂🐶 3w
MaureenMc 😲😆 3w
rubyslippersreads Make sure Johnny puts away his toys. 🤣 3w
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CarolynM 😆🐶 3w
Suet624 How exactly did the selection process take place? Inquiring minds want to know. 3w
ManyWordsLater I love this one!! 3w
Ruthiella I approve of Johnny Bergen‘s taste! 😆👍 (edited) 3w
BarbaraJean No need to read anything into his selection. Yet. Only if he starts leaving his ball lying around in precarious places. 😆 3w
batsy 😆😆🕵🏾‍♀️ 3w
Cathythoughts You better be on the ball ! ( 😬sorry for very corny joke 🤣 (edited) 3w
erzascarletbookgasm 😂 Oh Johnny! This is a good read though. 3w
UwannaPublishme 😂😂😂 3w
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Taken by the Hand | O. Douglas
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Happy Easter (Passover, Ramadan) weekend to all who celebrate or, like me, just have fond childhood memories of chocolate rabbits. 😊


rabbitprincess Omg such a cute mug! 😍 1mo
Cathythoughts What a cute little bunny 🥰 1mo
Chrissyreadit I LOVE your mug! 1mo
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Ruthiella Did you bite their heads off first? 1mo
batsy I'm a bit terrified of rabbits 😆 but that's a great mug! 4w
rubyslippersreads ❤️🐰 4w
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The Proper Place | O. Douglas
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@EvieBee , you asked to see the cover of the pink book in my previous post. Here it is!

I had to show you the spine, too, as I love the image of the woman waiting for her tea. 🫖

Lindy The title font is nice too.
I like everything about this jacket design.
EvieBee That is gorgeous!! Thank you for indulging me. 💕❤️ 1mo
Centique That is wonderful! 1mo
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batsy It's beautiful book design 😍 1mo
Cathythoughts Ahh that‘s fab ! 1mo
LeahBergen @Lindy @EvieBee @Centique @batsy @Cathythoughts They sure don‘t make ‘em like they used to! 😀 1mo
EvieBee I read that her brother is John Buchan! Awesome. I loved The 39 Steps. 1mo
LeahBergen @EvieBee Yes! She was Anna Buchan. I‘ve had The 39 Steps for forever but haven‘t read it yet. 🙄 1mo
EvieBee @LeahBergen I really enjoyed it. It‘s a “gentle” spy novel. Lol! 1mo
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Taken by the Hand | O. Douglas
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Here‘s another book I have on the go and it‘s my first (but definitely not my last!) by this Scottish cozy middlebrow author.

Twenty-five-year-old Beatrice, a shy homebody, is left at loose ends when her mother dies; she has a comfortable income but no home to call her home. She moves from Glasgow to London stay at her wealthy brother‘s house but as the family can‘t be bothered with her she strikes out to find where she fits in.

Continued 👇:

LeahBergen Swipe to see the truly horrendous republished cover for this 1935 novel. 🤣🤣 (edited) 1mo
sarahbarnes Omg seriously. 😂😂 1mo
EvieBee Eww. 1mo
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LeahBergen @sarahbarnes @EvieBee Right? Like there were no other stock photos available? 😆 1mo
EvieBee However! I do need to see the rest of that cute cover in pink with the 🫖. 1mo
Centique Oh my god that cover 😳 1mo
DebinHawaii @LeahBergen The republished cover is SO BAD! 😱😳😂 1mo
rubyslippersreads Does the #littlebrasshand think it‘s a biography? 😂 1mo
LeahBergen @Centique @DebinHawaii It would be more fitting for a serial killer novel. 😆 1mo
LeahBergen @rubyslippersreads It thinks it surely deserves one. 😆 1mo
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Pskekrim 2019 | Unni Lindell, Gunnar Staalesen, Karen Dionne, Anne B. Ragde, Knut Nrum, Jrgen Jger, Erik Meling Sele, Jrgen Brekke, Kjell H. Mre, Lene Lauritsen Kjlner, Merete Junker, Myriam H. Bjerkli, Per og Knut Grvell, Richard Macker, Steffen Johanssen, Lorentz N. Kvam
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Fascinating! And clearly we have been missing an opportunity for another good Litsy swap (like the Jólabókaflód swap)! ?

Here‘s the short article:


DGRachel Nordic noir, a KitKat, and an orange. I love it! 1mo
LeahBergen @DGRachel Pretty perfect, I‘d say! 1mo
quietjenn Oh, this is awesome! 1mo
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AnneCecilie The best part of Easter 🐣 1mo
CarolynM Love it! Especially the crime cartoons on the milk cartons😆 Coincidentally I have just started this classic crime novel so I am taking part in Paskekrim! 1mo
LeahBergen @quietjenn Right?? 😊 1mo
LeahBergen @AnneCecilie Yep! 😆 1mo
LeahBergen @CarolynM You are! And I especially liked the milk carton bit, too. 😆 1mo
Leniverse My mother sends me photos of the milk carton comic so we can take part. 😆 I miss having the TV stations full of crime mini series. But at least the weather is suitable for walks this year, and I have a stack of crime novels. And Kvikklunsj bought from ScandiKitchen in London, because KitKat isn't half as good. 1mo
LeahBergen @Leniverse You‘re so lucky! And I‘m definitely going to try that chocolate one of these days (when I find it)! 1mo
batsy I just read the article in full and this is definitely a tradition that needs to go global 😍 1mo
LeahBergen @batsy Right? I was shocked that I hadn‘t heard about it before! 1mo
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Falconer's Lure | Antonia Forest
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I‘ve just started the third of the Marlow books, a vintage children‘s series about the large Marlow family and their adventures during various school terms and holidays.

In this instalment, it‘s the summer holidays and Nicola discovers the art of falconry with a neighbour boy.


AlaMich “Art of falconry,” huh? Is that what the kids were calling it back in the day? 😉 1mo
LeahBergen @AlaMich 🤣🤣 I realized that might‘ve sounded a bit dirty when I wrote it but I let it stand. 1mo
LeahBergen @AlaMich And if you like that one, here‘s another vintage girl‘s horse story that I seriously can‘t ever look at without snickering 1mo
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CBee @AlaMich omg 😂😂😂😂 1mo
AlaMich “Pony jobs?” The mind reels… 1mo
LeahBergen @CBee 😆😆 1mo
LeahBergen @AlaMich Indeed! 😳 1mo
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The Crowded Street | Winifred Holtby
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This is the lovely and heartbreaking Bildungsroman of Muriel, who we watch grow from an awkward child to a struggling adult in the confines of Edwardian era, middle class Yorkshire. There were two options available to a woman of her class and time: snapping up the first remotely acceptable husband or tending to your aging parents for the rest of your life as an unpaid and unappreciated spinster.

What do you think of her choice, #PersephoneClub?

CarolynM Still reading🙂 1mo
Cathythoughts Great review👍🏻❤️ I‘ve finished too and loved it. 1mo
Cathythoughts I was happy for Muriel and her choice. I think she loved Clare when she was young , and then she loved the idea of Godfrey. Connie‘s tragedy changed her. I was so glad to see her step away from her mother ! ‘ It‘s Muriel at last ‘ .. she says. The thing that matters is ‘ to take your life into your hands and live it ..‘ Id love to know how she got on in the rest of her life. 1mo
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andrew61 Just into part 2 and muriel has taken tea at Delia's with deia's new fiancee. I really enjoyed the clare section and looking forward to reading some more this evening. 1mo
batsy Lovely review! I've been meaning to read more Holtby after South Riding. 1mo
quietjenn I've been reading this one slowly, so no opinion on that yet. But her world is feeling very small and I feel for her. 1mo
elkeOriginal I am distracted by ALL of the books on your shelves! 🤯🥰 1mo
LeahBergen @CarolynM @quietjenn Yes, sorry, I posted this a little early but I had to jot my thoughts down while they were still fresh. 😆 1mo
LeahBergen @Cathythoughts I was happy, too, and dreaded the thought of her accepting a life back in that village under her mother‘s eye. And I somehow feel that her future turned out to be a happy one! And wasn‘t Godfrey a lame and ineffectual man in the end? 🙄 1mo
LeahBergen @andrew61 I‘m glad you‘re enjoying it, too! 1mo
LeahBergen @batsy I think you‘ll like this one as it definitely falls right into the #SpinsterLit wheelhouse! And I‘m happy to have South Riding waiting on my shelves for me. 👏 1mo
quietjenn @LeahBergen no apologies necessary! It's a good motivator 😉 1mo
BarbaraBB So I‘d probably like it too? 1mo
LeahBergen @quietjenn 😆😆 1mo
LeahBergen @BarbaraBB I think you might! 🤞 1mo
andrew61 @Cathythoughts @LeahBergen Just punched the air that muriel popped pompous Godfrey's arrogance albeit he immediately focuses on Phyllis's pink dress. I was on tenterhooks in final pages dreading her answer, and would have loved to see Mrs Hammond's reaction. Great introduction as well which I of course read afterwards. Thanks Leah for the suggestion of this fascinating book. 1mo
LeahBergen @andrew61 I was so anxious that she would accept him in the end! And yes, Mrs Hammond is going to be livid. 🤣🤣 I‘m glad that I always save the introductions to read later, too, as that one certainly gave it all away. Yikes. 1mo
CarolynM The romantic in me had a little hope that love might conquer all but the way Muriel described her feelings at the end made the whole thing a lot more satisfying than a romance happy ending would have been. 1mo
LeahBergen @CarolynM I was hoping (a wee bit) for that happy ending, too, when it seemed as if Godfrey had changed. His bland reaction to her refusal of him, though! Let Phyllis have him. 😆 1mo
rubyslippersreads I think Muriel, Godfrey, and Phyllis will all be happier. (Although not Mrs. Hammond. 🤣) 3w
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Friday night reads. And yes, those ARE dog toes on my desk. #JohnnyBergen


RaeLovesToRead Aww.. the toes! 🐾❤ 1mo
sarahbellum Toes 😍 1mo
ValerieAndBooks Hello, Johnny 🐾 and Leah 💖 !! 1mo
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Chrissyreadit So cute! ❤️ 1mo
Leftcoastzen 😀🐶 1mo
rubyslippersreads Johnny‘s little tippy-toes are so cute! 🐶❤️ 1mo
quietjenn Excellent! And I love the pup peek. 1mo
Tamra 😆 Why not? 1mo
batsy Awww 🥰 Johnny's toes just about distracted me from the pretty cover 😆 1mo
BarbaraBB That Johnny 🤣🥰 1mo
Cathythoughts That‘s so dotey 🥰 Johnny toes 1mo
Cathythoughts He‘s really getting into the whole book scene .. copying the book hand 😍 1mo
CarolynM 💖 1mo
LeahBergen @RaeLovesToRead @sarahbellum @ValerieAndBooks @Chrissyreadit @Leftcoastzen @rubyslippersreads @quietjenn @Tamra @batsy @BarbaraBB @CarolynM Johnny thanks you all for being on his side in the desk matter. 😆😆 He‘s not supposed to be up there but the desk is in front of a window that looks down into my neighbour‘s yard … and right at the neighbour‘s dog. 😆 1mo
LeahBergen @Cathythoughts That‘s true! It IS like the little peeping brass hand. 🤣 1mo
Smrloomis 😂 Love the doggie toes 💕 1mo
LeahBergen @Smrloomis He‘s horrible. 😆 1mo
britt_brooke Too funny! 🐾 1mo
BiblioLitten Maybe he‘s trying to hi-5 the girl on the cover 🙌🏼 1mo
LeahBergen @britt_brooke You understand my pain. 😉 1mo
LeahBergen @BiblioLitten I think you‘re onto something there. 😆 1mo
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Keeping Up Appearances | Rose Macaulay
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Today‘s book mail is another republished work by #BritishLibraryWomenWriters. 💗

In this satiric and witty 1928 novel, Daisy Simpson tries to navigate her lacklustre social performance and “keep up appearances”.

TrishB Another gorgeous cover ❤️ 1mo
squirrelbrain They all have such pretty covers don‘t they?! 1mo
LeahBergen @TrishB @squirrelbrain They suck me right into buying them. 😆 1mo
Cathythoughts Yes ! Another lovely cover 🥰 1mo
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Death of a Bookseller | Bernard J. Farmer
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Book mail!

“Do you know, Sergeant, there are men and even women who would cheerfully kill me to get what I found today?”

Sergeant Wigan escorts home a tipsy bookseller who‘s been celebrating a huge find, a signed copy of Keats‘ Endymion. The budding bibliophile copper strikes up a friendship with the bookman and finds himself on the case when his new friend is discovered murdered in his impressive library.


BarbaraBB Gorgeous cover! 1mo
Leftcoastzen Sounds cool! 1mo
TrishB Gorgeous looking book ❤️ 1mo
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LeahBergen @BarbaraBB @TrishB It kind of makes me want to shop at that book stall. 😆 1mo
LeahBergen @Leftcoastzen I l can‘t resist stories set in the world of rare books. 😄 1mo
TrishB @LeahBergen have a look at what I‘ve just posted! 1mo
LeahBergen @TrishB Omg! How exciting is that?? Stolen and returned Darwin manuscripts! 1mo
batsy I have my eye on it, too! It's so tempting with that title and cover! 😍 1mo
Cathythoughts Sounds fab 👍 1mo
mabell Sounds like another terrific entry in the Crime Classics collection! (I have so many of these on my wish list 😆) And lovely photo! 😍 1mo
LeahBergen @batsy They get me every time. 😆 1mo
LeahBergen @mabell Thanks! 😘 1mo
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Wakenhyrst | Michelle Paver
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I had an urge for something “gothicky” and randomly plucked this one off my shelves.

A creepy manor house on the creepy fens with a creepy father and a lonely child. What‘s not to love? 😆

KristiAhlers Sounds amazing. 1mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful photo 💙 1mo
LeahBergen @KristiAhlers I‘m really enjoying it so far! 1mo
Centique And it looks gorgeous too! 1mo
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How to Be Brave | Daisy May Johnson
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I‘ve been spending a bit of my Sunday afternoon with this recommendation from @rubyslippersreads .

With lots of secret nods towards vintage girl‘s school fiction (a love of mine!), I‘m finding this middle grade boarding school tale quite quirky and delightful.

erzascarletbookgasm Sounds like a fun adventure! Pretty cover too 💙 1mo
Cathythoughts I love the drawing of the girl 💕👍 1mo
BookBabe Sounds like a fun read! 😄 1mo
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rubyslippersreads I can‘t wait for the sequel! 🦆 1mo
LeahBergen @erzascarletbookgasm @Cathythoughts Such cheery cover art. 😊 1mo
LeahBergen @BookBabe It was! 😊 1mo
LeahBergen @rubyslippersreads I was just reading the blurb about it. 👏 1mo
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The Crowded Street | Winifred Holtby
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It‘s now April so that means it‘s time for one of our #PersephoneClub reads!

@Cathythoughts ‘s pick for us this month is The Crowded Street by Winifred Holtby. 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!

CarolynM Can't wait to get stuck into this one 🙂 1mo
LeahBergen @CarolynM Me, too! It will be my first Winifred Holtby. 1mo
CarolynM I've never read her either. I've meant to ever since reading about her in Testament of Youth more years ago than I care to remember. I don't know why I've never gotten around to it. 1mo
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rubyslippersreads Looking forward to it! 1mo
Cathythoughts Looking forward to this one 👍❤️ 1mo
Cathythoughts 🤞🤞🤞 1mo
Tamra Thank you for tagging me - please keep me on board for the next selection! 😁 I miss fun reading. 😢 (edited) 1mo
elkeOriginal This is the first post in Litsy for this book? We need to give it some attention stat! I have to admit this is one time I was torn between the Virago cover and the Persephone endpaper design… 1mo
LeahBergen @CarolynM Oh, that‘s right! She and Vera Brittain were great friends, weren‘t they? I still need to read Testament of Youth. 1mo
LeahBergen @Tamra Poor you! And, yes, join in whenever you can. 😘 1mo
LeahBergen @elkeOriginal I know! I‘m loving that old Green Virago cover. 💚 1mo
quietjenn Really looking forward to this one! I was contemplating another Holtby recently, but held off because I knew we'd be reading this. 1mo
LeahBergen @quietjenn I was recently eyeing my copy of South Riding but held off as well. 😆 1mo
CarolynM Make sure you have plenty of tissues handy 😭 1mo
LeahBergen @CarolynM I‘ve heard that it‘s a sad one! 1mo
catebutler I hope it‘s okay to join you! My copy just showed up in the post, so I‘m just starting on this month‘s choice! 3w
LeahBergen @catebutler Most definitely! I‘m looking forward to your comments and review. 😊 3w
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Malice Aforethought | Francis Iles
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I‘ve just started the next read for my IRL book club.

Summer, 1930. Dr. Edmund Bickleigh is hosting a tennis party and has discovered that he needs to kill his wife. And that‘s good enough to intrigue me! 😆

This is one of the classic crime novels mentioned in Peter Swanson‘s Eight Perfect Murders (for any of you who‘ve read and enjoyed that one).

batsy Ooh! I would like to read this. Hope you enjoy it! 1mo
CarolynM Sounds good 1mo
Cathythoughts This sounds good 👍stacking 1mo
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LeahBergen @batsy @CarolynM @Cathythoughts I‘m thoroughly enjoying it! It‘s subtly witty and weird and yet oddly cozy. 😆 (edited) 1mo
Ruthiella This is an interesting mystery. Not a whodunnit but a “will they get away with it”. 🤔 (edited) 1mo
LeahBergen @Ruthiella That‘s right! I‘m really enjoying it. 1mo
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Emma | Jane Austen, James Kinsley, Adela Pinch
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Day 31: #Walks

Sure, Mrs. Elton. Very natural and simple. 😆

And with this post I have completed the entire month of the #200PnPCovers challenge! It‘s been a while since I‘ve done a daily posting challenge and this was lots of fun.

Thanks so much for hosting, @CrowCAH and @mabell !

mabell Oh Mrs. Elton 😆 A quite picturesque way to end! Thank you so much for posting this month, Leah! I loved reading your pithy quotes from Jane and peeking into your lovely collection! 1mo
CrowCAH What a nice repast! Yay, I‘m so glad you joined the fun and posted daily! Can‘t go wrong with Jane Austen!!! 1mo
Cathythoughts Great quote👍 Strawberries 🍓❤️ 1mo
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Jane & Me: My Austen Heritage | Caroline Jane Knight
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Day 30: #Travel

I purchased this bookmark and book on my own travels to Jane Austen country. The author is a direct descendant of Jane‘s brother Edward Knight and was the last of the Austen Knight family to grow up on the Chawton estate (where Jane had her most productive writing years).


@CrowCAH @mabell

Gissy Beautiful bookmark!😍 2mo
Cathythoughts That‘s amazing ! The history 💫 (edited) 2mo
LeahBergen @Gissy Thanks! It‘s a favourite of mine. 😊 2mo
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LeahBergen @Cathythoughts I‘m fascinated by history like this, too. 😊 2mo
CrowCAH Aww that is super awesome, a direct connection! 2mo
mabell Sounds so interesting! But also bittersweet 2mo
tpixie Very interesting 🧐 2mo
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I‘m just starting this Canadian true crime that looks at the investigation into a serial killer who preyed on men in Toronto‘s “Gay Village” (and how the police initially screwed that investigation up). The murderer‘s arrest in 2018 was big news here in Canada.

slategreyskies I love your pencils! I need to start posing my books with some of mine. They look good with a book! :) 2mo
Singout That was a terrifying time. 2mo
LeahBergen @slategreyskies Thanks! Pencil posing should definitely be a thing. 😆😆 2mo
LeahBergen @Singout It was really unbelievable, wasn‘t it? 2mo
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Day 29: #Tea

This was a gift from the lovely @CrowCAH for #AVeryAustenHolidaySwap 💙💙



Cathythoughts Gorgeous picture 👌💙 2mo
CrowCAH Beautiful tea cup and saucer! 😍 OMG that swap was already a year ago; how time flies! 2mo
Amiable “There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.” – Henry James ❤️ (edited) 2mo
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Suet624 That‘s beautiful. 2mo
BookBabe Love the cup & saucer! The book sounds fun too. 😃 2mo
BookBabe @Amiable That‘s a great quote! 😄👌🏻 2mo
LeahBergen @Cathythoughts Thank you! 😘😘 2mo
LeahBergen @CrowCAH I know! I noticed that when I looked back at the posts. 😩 2mo
LeahBergen @Amiable So true! I love that quote. 😊 2mo
LeahBergen @Suet624 😘😘 2mo
LeahBergen @BookBabe 😘😘 2mo
mabell ❤️❤️❤️ 2mo
Centique And you let them photograph your cup for the book cover!! 😍😋 1mo
LeahBergen @Centique I thought I‘d allow it, just this once. 😆 1mo
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The Illustrated Letters of Jane Austen | Jane Austen, Penelope Hughes-Hallett
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Day 28: #Soldiers

A miniature of Frank Austen, the elder of Jane‘s two successful military brothers. He was ultimately named Admiral of the Fleet.


@CrowCAH @mabell

Centique It‘s so lovely seeing all your Jane books! And I always love the golden hand 😍 2mo
Cathythoughts There‘s that golden hand, again 😁… the hand is getting a lot of the spotlight these days 👋 2mo
LeahBergen @Centique I think it‘s safe to say it‘s paid for itself in Litsy posts ($1.00 at a flea market). 🤣🤣 @Cathythoughts (edited) 2mo
mabell I love her instruction to him 😂 2mo
CrowCAH Wow what a condemnation to be raised to Admiral of the Fleet!!! 2mo
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Persuasion (Revised) | Jane Austen
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CrowCAH I think that means I improved my looks, since I‘m past that age! 😉 2mo
TheKidUpstairs Hmm... what about when she's 39? Asking for "a friend" 2mo
Cathythoughts Lovely picture with the little hand making a cameo appearance 👌 2mo
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cariashley @TheKidUpstairs lol was thinking the EXACT same thing, as that particular birthday looms ahead of me this year! 2mo
mabell Oh 29 😆😆 2mo
TheKidUpstairs @cariashley great minds 🤣🤣 2mo
LeahBergen @CrowCAH Me, too! 😆 2mo
LeahBergen @TheKidUpstairs @cariashley 😆😆 You two are lucky. Let me just say as someone WELL past 39 … I looked way better at that age than I did at 29! You guys are peaking! 🙌🏻 2mo
LeahBergen @Cathythoughts That little hand keeps creeping in to wave at you 🤣 2mo
LeahBergen @mabell Right?? 😆 2mo
cariashley @LeahBergen 🙌 is right! 2mo
Suet624 I love this series of posts you‘re doing. 2mo
LeahBergen @Suet624 Thanks! 😊 2mo
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Day 26: #Siblings

Fanny Palmer married Jane‘s youngest brother and her experiences as a Navy wife ended up influencing Austen‘s writing (especially her novel, Persuasion).


@CrowCAH @mabell

CrowCAH And Jane Austen creates such a bond with Fanny. 2mo
BiblioLitten Artful cover ❤️ 2mo
Cathythoughts Always so nice to see your ‘book hand‘ ❤️ 2mo
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mabell Love this! 2mo
LeahBergen @CrowCAH She does! 2mo
LeahBergen @BiblioLitten @mabell It‘s a nice looking edition, isn‘t it? 2mo
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Mansfield Park | Jane Austen
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CrowCAH What a noble cause! 2mo
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Jane Austen: A Life | Claire Tomalin
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Day 24: #Proposals

In which Jane Austen herself received a proposal and could have been Mrs. Jane Bigg-Wither (😳) … if she hadn‘t changed her mind overnight and retracted her acceptance.


@CrowCAH @mabell

Leftcoastzen Bold! 2mo
CrowCAH I agree @Leftcoastzen bold indeed. But I like her brazenness to retract her acceptance and be true to her feelings. 2mo
mabell Jane wrote about such strong women characters - autobiographical! And thank goodness she remained Austen! Bigg-Wither just doesn‘t have the same ring to it 😄 2mo
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And here‘s another one I‘m currently reading (from my true crime shelf 😉).

Cathythoughts Interesting 👍 2mo
squirrelbrain Ooh, sounds great - stacked. 2mo
vivastory Speaking of true crime, did you hear that Billy Jensen has a new one being released in July? The premise is pretty explosive. He claims that serial killers in Ohio were using the opioid crisis to cover their murders. 😬 2mo
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LeahBergen @squirrelbrain It starts a wee bit slow and initially has the tone of a television true crime show but then it quickly picks up. I‘m enjoying the anthropological peek at wealthy NYC Orthodox Jewish life! And the husband is unbelievable. 😳 2mo
LeahBergen @vivastory I was just reading about that one! I‘m definitely going to have to pick it up. 👍 2mo
Suet624 @vivastory I‘ve often wondered about that. Seems highly likely. 2mo
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Sense and Sensibility | Jane Austen
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readordierachel So pretty! 2mo
Cathythoughts I like this quote 👍🏻 2mo
mabell “Amiable” - I like that 😊 2mo
CrowCAH Isn‘t it amazing how persons can change their minds? 2mo
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I was feeling a bit Pym-ish today so I allowed myself to start this one (I‘ve been rationing my Pyms 😆).

slategreyskies My favorite Blackwing!! 😍 2mo
Tamra 😅 I sometimes ration too. 2mo
EvieBee Something about spring always screams Pym to me. 2mo
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Leftcoastzen Love your mug! 2mo
Ruthiella Loved this one. The protagonist is married! 😱 The first time I‘d ever encountered that in a Pym novel. 2mo
shawnmooney Oooh this is one of my very most favorites! 💕👏💕👏 2mo
Cathythoughts Pym book and Pym cup … 💕💕you‘re definitely feeling ‘Pym- ish‘ 😁enjoy 2mo
Cathythoughts And stacked 👍 2mo
batsy What a lovely photo! 💜 2mo
LeahBergen @slategreyskies Mine as well! 😊 2mo
LeahBergen @Tamra 😆😆 2mo
LeahBergen @EvieBee That‘s so true! 2mo
LeahBergen @Leftcoastzen Thanks! 😘 2mo
LeahBergen @Ruthiella Married! AND another first person narrative! 2mo
LeahBergen @shawnmooney I know it! 😘 2mo
LeahBergen @Cathythoughts I am! 😆😆 And I think you‘ll like this one. 😊 2mo
LeahBergen @batsy Thank you! 😘 2mo
rubyslippersreads I ❤️ everything about this photo! 2mo
Suet624 I love your life. 2mo
LeahBergen @Suet624 😆 What a nice thing to say!! 2mo
CarolynM I can feel another Pym coming on...🙂 2mo
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The Watsons | Jane Austen
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CrowCAH Almost seems like another Emma Jane wrote about… 2mo
mabell Awkward… 😆😆 2mo
LeahBergen @CrowCAH Right?? 2mo
LeahBergen @mabell 😆😆 2mo
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Untitled | Anonymous
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Day 21: #Parents

Silhouette portraits of Jane Austen‘s parents.

Can I just say that I‘m happy these are no longer in vogue? I wouldn‘t relish my own beaky nose and weak chin handed down for posterity. 🤣🤣


@CrowCAH @mabell

Lindy 😂 2mo
RaeLovesToRead Oh god, me too, my silhouette would be dreadful 🤣🤣 I spend a lot of effort trying not to be looked at from the side, haha 2mo
merelybookish Especially now that my neck waddle is so big. 😬 2mo
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DivineDiana Agree! 😂 2mo
AWahle I remember doing these in elementary school but mom must have thrown them out. The teacher traced each student‘s silhouette using a projector and then we had to cut them & glue them on card stock. 2mo
CrowCAH Same. Could I have a 45 degree angle instead?! Lol 2mo
LeahBergen @RaeLovesToRead @CrowCAH Exactly! I dash around and angle myself for group photos. 🤣🤣 2mo
LeahBergen @merelybookish Gah, don‘t remind me of my waddle! 🤣 2mo
LeahBergen @AWahle That‘s so cool! I remember that they used to do them at some small fairs when I was a kid. 2mo
UwannaPublishme 😂😂😂 2mo
Suet624 Wow! I‘m with you. 2mo
Suet624 @AWahle Same here. 2mo
mabell 😆😆😆 2mo
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This seafaring gothic novel was a random grab from my shelves and I‘m very much enjoying it so far!

The story opens in 1833 and is narrated by Hiram Carver, a shipboard surgeon who is looking back at his time aboard the USS Orbis, but is now telling his tale as a doctor working at the Asylum For the Insane. 😬

TrishB This looks good 👍🏻 2mo
Cathythoughts Sounds interesting 👍 2mo
Leftcoastzen Off topic, you commented on someone‘s post on a novel about a girl who works in a department store, retro cover , I meant to write in down or put on Litsy TBR.Help? 2mo
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Leftcoastzen Oh yes! Thanks so much ! My brain has a drain & everything is leaking out!😂 2mo
LeahBergen @Leftcoastzen 😆😆 Mine, as well! 2mo
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BarbaraBB 😍😍 2mo
Avanders 🤩🤩 2mo
Amiable What a gorgeous set. 😍 2mo
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CrowCAH Therese are just gorgeous 😍😍😍 Just beau-tee-fal!!! 2mo
Cathythoughts So lovely 💫 2mo
mabell How striking! 😍 2mo
Suet624 So beautiful… 2mo
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Emma | Jane Austen, James Kinsley, Adela Pinch
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Day 19: #Music

“Mrs. Bates, deprived of her usual employment, slumbering on one side, Frank Churchill, at a table, near her, most deedily occupied about her spectacles, and Jane Fairfax, standing with her back to them, intent on her pianoforte.”

Any Regency gal worth her salt knew how to rock the pianoforte. 😆


@CrowCAH @mabell

Cathythoughts 👍😂 2mo
mabell Perfect! As is your summary 😂 2mo
CrowCAH For sure!!! Spoiler: he sent the pianoforte to her !!! 2mo
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Edith's Diary | Patricia Highsmith
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Friday night reading.

I was feeling like being in the slightly odd and dark world of Patricia Highsmith for a while. 😄

vivastory You're in for a treat!! 2mo
sarahbarnes I really want to read something of hers! I never have. 2mo
BarbaraBB I only read one book by her but loved it. (edited) 2mo
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batsy I want to read this! But being Highsmith I definitely need to prepare myself for it 😆 2mo
Cathythoughts Sounds good to me 👍 2mo
LeahBergen @vivastory I‘m enjoying it so far! 👍 2mo
LeahBergen @sarahbarnes I started with The Talented Mr Ripley. You may like that one! Or Deep Water is really good, too. 😊 2mo
LeahBergen @BarbaraBB Which one did you read? 2mo
LeahBergen @batsy This one very quickly took some dark and weird turns. 😆 2mo
LeahBergen @Cathythoughts I‘m liking it so far. 👍 2mo
vivastory @batsy I don't know what you mean.... it's feel good family entertainment 😬😂 2mo
BarbaraBB The Talented Mr Ripley. Loved it. Any suggestions which to read next? 2mo
LeahBergen @BarbaraBB I loved it, too! I also read all of the other Ripley books (there are 4 more). Try Deep Water. I really liked it. 😊 2mo
vivastory @BarbaraBB @LeahBergen I just picked up Deep Water, really looking forward to it 👏 2mo
LeahBergen @vivastory I think you‘ll like it! I‘m a bit hesitant to watch the new movie, though. 😬 Have you seen it? 2mo
BarbaraBB Thanks Leah! Hmmm, 🤔I had it stacked already. Must be a sign! (edited) 2mo
sarahbarnes Thank you for the recommendations! I‘m definitely going to check one of those out. 2mo
vivastory I haven't watched it yet. I'm very hesitant. I like the cast fine, but from what I understand the book is very ambiguous and movies often have a hard time with that. It's one of the reasons I have been avoiding the adaptation of Passing. 2mo
LeahBergen @vivastory Yeah, from the few images I‘ve seen of the movie it doesn‘t seem to jibe with the feeling of the novel. At least for me. 🤷🏻‍♀️ And you are so right about how ambiguity is portrayed in film! 2mo
UwannaPublishme I was thinking about reading the bio of her diaries and notebooks, but it kinda scares me. Especially since it‘s 8,000 pages. 😳 2mo
LeahBergen @UwannaPublishme 8000 pages?? 🤣🤣 2mo
UwannaPublishme Oops! Culled from 8,000 pages of Patricia‘s material, but a 1,000-page book. Not as daunting, but still scary! 🤣🤣🤣 2mo
LeahBergen @UwannaPublishme You‘re right. That‘s plenty scary enough! 😬 2mo
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Jane Austen at Home | Lucy Worsley
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Day 18: #Money

I bought this little coin purse when I toured Winchester Cathedral (where Jane Austen is buried).

(And I‘m quite enjoying all of our interpretations for these prompts! 😆😆)


@CrowCAH @mabell

Bookzombie That‘s a lovely coin purse! 2mo
DinoMom Love it, such a cute little pouch 2mo
LoverOfLearning Love that!! 2mo
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AmyG Fabulous! 2mo
CrowCAH What? No quote about money in all of Austen‘s works?! Lol I LOVE the coin purse! I almost thought it was a laptop case and wanted one! I still want this cute money holder!!!! 2mo
batsy Lovely! 😍 2mo
Kdgordon88 💜💜💜 2mo
Cathythoughts Lovely little purse 💫 2mo
Gissy 😍👌 2mo
LeahBergen @CrowCAH I‘m switching things up a bit to keep you on your toes. 😆😆 2mo
DebinHawaii Live this coin purse! 😍So cute! 2mo
mabell Oh I love it!! 2mo
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Emma | Jane Austen, James Kinsley, Adela Pinch
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Day 17: #Marriage

“Mr. Elton is going to be married!”

This is an edition that I own with the lovely Fritz Kredel illustrations.


@CrowCAH @mabell

CrowCAH I think he only did it to spite Emma. 2mo
rubyslippersreads 😍😍😍 2mo
mabell The thing about Mr. Elton getting married is it brought us Mrs. Elton 🙄 2mo
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Ballet For Drina | Jean Estoril
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Anyone else? 😆😆

vivastory That settled it 📚📚📚 2mo
Ruthiella Totally! 😆 2mo
Cathythoughts Be careful 🙊😁 2mo
batsy 🤣 2mo
Megabooks 💯💯 2mo
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Jane Austen's Letters | Jane Austen, Deirdre Le Faye
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Day 16: #Mail

Wouldn‘t it be nice to receive some mail from Jane? 😁


@CrowCAH @mabell

CrowCAH Yesss, totally!!! 😍 2mo
Leftcoastzen I‘d like to stumble upon that lovely book! 2mo
BookBabe What a gorgeous edition! ❤️ (edited) 2mo
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LeslieO So pretty! 2mo
robinb Wow…this is simply beautiful. 😊 2mo
Rissreads Too pretty ♥️ 2mo
TNbookworm So pretty 😍 2mo
mabell How pretty! And I would love a letter from Jane. I can only imagine her politely scathing commentary on my life‘s choices 😆 2mo
MaureenMc 😍 2mo
Cathythoughts Elegant picture 👌🏻 2mo
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Ballet For Drina | Jean Estoril
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Bedtime reading. 😆

I know that @CarolynM is a fan of this series … did anyone else read these as a child? Jean Estoril is a pen name for Mabel Esther Allan and I‘ve read some of her other books but not these.


BarbaraBB Hi Johnny! 2mo
TrishB 🐶❤️ 2mo
Caroline2 Oh my…. How cute is your little doggie!!! 😍 2mo
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rockpools Good night! And I had no idea MEA wrote under a pen name. Enjoy 😊 (edited) 2mo
batsy What a lovely photo! Johnny is too precious 😆 2mo
Cathythoughts Oh very cosy ❤️ 2mo
squirrelbrain Aw, sleepy Johnny! ❤️ 2mo
AlaMich Still looks like a puppy! 2mo
Julsmarshall Sweet puppy! 2mo
Leftcoastzen 🐶 2mo
LeahBergen @rockpools Her ballet stories were published under Jean Estoril but she also wrote as Anne Pilgrim and Priscilla Hagon. 🤷🏻‍♀️ Who knew? 😆 2mo
rubyslippersreads Is Johnny taking a catnap? 😹 2mo
LeahBergen 🤣🤣 This is his nightly 12 hours of solid sleeping to prepare for his big days. @rubyslippersreads (edited) 2mo
mabell I love everything about this 😍❤️🐶🩰 2mo
CarolynM 💖💖 Hope you're enjoying. 2mo
LeahBergen @mabell 😘😘 2mo
LeahBergen @CarolynM I loved it so much that I read the second one in the series immediately afterwards. 😆 2mo
CarolynM I can relate? Don't you just love all the secret "Elizabeth Ivory's daughter" stuff? So romantic! And it made me feel sort of familiar with London before I'd ever been there. 2mo
LeahBergen @CarolynM I do! When the name first came up (in a list of famous ballerinas) I though, “Hmm, I can‘t recall an Ivory?” I should‘ve known. 😆😆 2mo
Centique I had a copy of this but it wasn‘t so pretty! I remember the title so well but I don‘t think I read any others. 2mo
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CrowCAH Dudes are pretty funny! Occasionally they do say something witty! 2mo
mabell Ha! But only by stumbling on it 😄 2mo
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Magpie Lane | LUCY. ATKINS
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An Oxford Master‘s 8-year-old daughter goes missing and police turn to the child‘s Scottish nanny for answers.

I‘m really enjoying this thriller so far and especially all the tidbits about “town and gown” (the realities of the city of Oxford vs those of the college).

Thanks again to @BookishTrish for this #CreepyChristmas gift!

jlhammar Oooh, sounds really good! 2mo
TrishB I enjoyed this one 👍🏻 2mo
Cathythoughts Sounds good ❤️ I like the cover 2mo
LeahBergen @jlhammar @TrishB @Cathythoughts It‘s a fun and fast little read! 2mo
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Northanger Abbey | Jane Austen
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Cathythoughts Lovely post 2mo
TrishB Loving your quotes and I‘m not even an Austen fan! (edited) 2mo
CrowCAH I agree. One must not be too hasty in declaring their love. 2mo
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mabell Oh but that is so difficult! 😆 2mo
Centique Jeesh it‘s hard being a young lady! 2mo
Suet624 So many rules! 2mo
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