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Libby1

Libby1

Joined September 2016

American living in Northern Ireland. I love historical fiction, classics, and literary fiction.
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Girl with a Pearl Earring | Tracy Chevalier
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At the Vermeer Centre in Delft a number of contemporary artists have reimagined The Girl with a Pearl Earring.

This portrait, to me, was the most striking. She is instantly recognisable in her look and posture. It‘s as if Vermeer captured something universal.

Apologies for the strange light on the picture. It was truly beautiful.

Hooked_on_books Wow, that‘s so arresting! 2d
batsy That's stunning. 2d
erzascarletbookgasm Certainly striking! 👍 2d
LapReader I like the light. 1d
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The Holy Bible | Crossway Bibles
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According to Google, this inscription and book ornament above a door in #Delft mark the building where the first Bible in the Dutch language was published in 1477.

I took a photo to remind me to look into this, as I wasn‘t sure of the translation at the time. Do you know if this correct, @BarbaraBB ?

tessavi It would translate to something like 'the gold clasped bible'. 2d
BarbaraBB @tessavi is right and it is indeed about the first bible printed in the Netherlands. You can ‘read‘ it here: https://www.bijbelsdigitaal.nl/view/?bible=db1477&page=1&mode=1 2d
BarbaraBB I hope you are having a good time. I am so sorry we won‘t be able to meet! 😘 2d
Libby1 Thanks, @tessavi and @BarbaraBB . I‘m having a great time here and am now waiting for a train to Amsterdam. Maybe next time, @BarbaraBB ! Let me know if you‘re ever in Northern Ireland. 😊 2d
tessavi Enjoy your trip! 2d
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#LittleFreeLibrary Dutch style!

There was a one book in English that I almost took about the discovery and history of quinine.

#Delft

CrowCAH So cute; it‘s on wheels! 3d
TheSpineView ❤❤❤ 2d
Libby1 @CrowCAH and @TheSpineView - I know, the wheels are cute. 😊 It was so lovingly decorated, too. I‘ve seen little free book areas in a supermarket and a coffee shop here, too. Lovely. 2d
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How funny that I can easily translate the title of this book. 😃

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Girl with a Pearl Earring | Tracy Chevalier
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Hello from #Delft !

This mosaic is in the Market area (Markt) near the Vermeer Centre.

batsy I love that 😍 3d
Tanisha_A Love it 3d
mrp27 😍😍😍 3d
Libby1 @batsy , @Tanisha_A , @mrp27 - you see her all over the place here. Lovely. 2d
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The Peppermint Tea Chronicles | Alexander McCall Smith
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My view at breakfast this morning. 😻

Do you have any books or series that are #ComfortReads for you? The 44 Scotland Street series by Alexander McCall Smith is always there for me.

I‘m in the Netherlands for a few days at an Airbnb with this furry friend, and instead of rushing out first thing in the morning I‘m cuddling on the sofa with the cat and this book. Sheer bliss.

I hope wherever you are you will share in the peace I feel now. ❤️

QuietlyLaura Aww! What a wonderful breakfast companion! I wouldn't want to leave. 😻📚 3d
Libby1 @QuietlyLaura - I still haven‘t left the sofa! She‘s sitting on my lap, purring. It‘s now nearly 11 AM where I am so I should start this day! I think this was time well spent. I hope you‘re having a good day. 🍁 3d
QuietlyLaura I hope you have a good day as well! It's 5 AM here in Indiana and I really should try to get some more sleep before my day starts. Pet the kitty for me! 3d
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Sace Time with cuddly kitties is time well spent. 3d
Chrissyreadit This sounds like the best way to spend time! Hope the rest of your day is as lovely. 3d
Chrissyreadit My comfort read is either The Belgariad by David Eddings or Into the Wilderness by Sara Donati. 3d
CoffeeCatsBooks What a beauty! 😻 3d
Libby1 @QuietlyLaura , @Sace , @Chrissyreadit , @CoffeeCatsBooks - thanks for your greetings and reading suggestions. I‘m (standing!) on my way to Amsterdam by train now, and actually cried when I left the flat. I didn‘t want to say goodbye to the cat. 😿 2d
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Autumn | Ali Smith
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1. Autumn by Ali Smith

2. The Blair Witch Project 🤷🏼‍♀️

3. Fallen Leaves by Nat King Cole, but I‘m specifically thinking of Eva Cassidy‘s version

The tagged book is beautiful and strange and I loved it. Thanks to @Moray_Reads for sending it to me. 🧡

#ManicMonday
@JoScho

JoScho Thanks for playing 🍁🧡🍁 2w
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Nicholas Nickleby | Charles Dickens
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#WeekendReads
@rachelsbrittain

1. Nicholas Nickleby and a book called The Birds Our Teachers by John Stott. The second is a Christian book about how we can learn about God through birds. The author calls it an “orni-theology” 😊

2. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - no, I still haven‘t read all the HP books!

3. I have some doorstoppers I want to finish by year end. In October I‘ll either read Moby Dick or Schindler‘s Ark.

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Do you have any pets with #LiteraryNames ?

We‘re considering Klaus from A Series of Unfortunate Events.

#LittenKitten

Clwojick So cute!!! 4w
Melissa_J How sweet! My dog isn‘t named for a literary character, but rather a Queen! Her registered name is Queen Eleanor (as in Eleanor of Aquitaine). 4w
xicanti I think Klaus would be the perfect name for this little one! 4w
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CoffeeK8 Not exactly literary but we named our Labradoodle after Hurley from lost 4w
JoScho Adorable! We have a dog named Church from Pet Sematary. 4w
madamereadsalot1 Klaus is a great name! I have Agnes from Good Omens and one of my foster kittens we call Pickles, which I took from The Fire Cat. 4w
SauerPatch We went with names that are fictional in general: Merlin the cat and Zorro the husky. 🙂 4w
candc320 Yes! My dog‘s name is Oliver. 4w
Butterflyamore I have Annabel after Poe‘s poem Annabel Lee. 4w
Daisey Yes, my cat is named Gandalf. 4w
Aims42 I love ‘Greebo‘ from 4w
TheSpineView One of my dog's name is Bella after the Bella in Twilight. She was is a rescue and came with the name 4w
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Midnight Blue | Simone van der Vlugt
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Mehso-so

I have a major case of #KittenParalysis as I finish this book.

The setting in 17th century Netherlands was my cuppa tea, but sadly the historical aspects of this book fell flat. The dialogue was poor and sounded like the current day. One character even used the phrases “going all the way” and “in the right place for another relationship”. 🙄

I‘m glad I had such great feline company as I read my final pages!

ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled I am such a sucker for ginger cats!! 😻 4w
8little_paws Awww look at these babies 4w
Erynecki Cute cat! 4w
Dragon 😻 4w
RealBooks4ever Kitties!!! 😻 4w
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A solid little whodunnit set in Amsterdam. The main character‘s name really is Pieter Posthumus. Really.

#whodunnit
#Amsterdam

Dragon Love that name ! 👍😀🐉 1mo
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Pride and Prejudice | Austen Jane
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Methinks this might be the case!

Drunk Austen strikes again.

Ddzmini 🤣🤣🤣 1mo
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What an odd, odd book.

This is Steinbeck‘s first novel, and his sole foray into historical fiction. Set late in the 17th century in Wales and the West Indies, and written in the 1920s, it has a lot of gross racism and sexism. In both cases, I suppose it was of its time.

The writing is sometimes gorgeous, which makes up for a meandering plot. It pushes this book into the Pick category.

Also, this cover from 1969 is wonderfully craptastic!

LauraJ Craptastic, indeed! 1mo
DivineDiana Yes it is! 1mo
Smrloomis Oh that cover! 😆 1mo
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The Spirit Level: Poems | Seamus Heaney
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I knew this book was used when I bought it, but this takes “Used” to a whole nother level! (I‘m holding onto my American Midwestern roots by saying “nother”.)

Every page is like this.

@BookishMarginalia - this makes me think of you! I hope you‘re well. 😊

Mdargusch Fascinating! 1mo
sisilia Wow! 🤯 Advanced marginalia 1mo
tournevis That's one well-analysed poem! 😚 1mo
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JulietBooks He didn't have a notebook on him. 1mo
MicheleinPhilly 😳😳😳 1mo
LeahBergen Whoa!! 😮 1mo
398.2 Wow! I don‘t know if I could read it. It‘s very distracting. 1mo
8little_paws Oh I would be pissed if I bought a book with all that writing in it! 1mo
DivineDiana Hoping you find something interesting in the margins! 1mo
CrowCAH Wow that‘s dedication! 1mo
SaraFair Probably used it to write a paper? 1mo
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I posted earlier about my foster kittens.

Sometimes they help me read. 😻

Thanks again for the book, @Oryx 😊

#CatsOfLitsy
#KittensOfLitsy

CoffeeNBooks Adorable kitty!! 2mo
LauraBeth Awwww 😻 2mo
CatLass007 😻😻😻😻😻 2mo
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JoScho Great picture! 🖤 2mo
Lcsmcat So cute! 😻😻 2mo
emilyhaldi Omg 🥰🥰🥰🥰🥰 2mo
Tamra 😻 2mo
AlaMich Oh my that little face!!😻😻😻 2mo
Eyelit Those eyes! 😍 2mo
Crazeedi What a gorgeous kitty! Looks like one I had the pleasure of sharing life with for 21 years 😔 2mo
GypsyKat 😍😍😍 2mo
annkuch13 😻😻😻 2mo
Oryx ❤️❤️ 2mo
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This little darling is one of the reasons I‘ve not been on Litsy much over the last month! I‘ve been fostering two kittens, taking the animal total in my house up to 6.

Thanks SO MUCH to @Oryx for sending me this lovely gift WEEKS ago. I‘m sorry I‘ve been so behind! ❤️

Crazeedi I had 6 at one time for several years, I loved them all 😽❤ 2mo
GypsyKat So cute! 2mo
Prairiegirl_reading SIX!!?? I have one puppy and I‘m barely able to read! Never mind post on Litsy lol!!! 2mo
Oryx You're welcome! 6 animals? Wow - we have enough trouble with one. They are very lucky animals to have to looking after them. 2mo
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Oranges From Spain | David Park
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David Park has become one of my favourite authors. His writing style is almost painfully beautiful. Park‘s work can also help anyone who may want to begin to understand the puzzle that is Northern Ireland.

#NorthernIreland

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Charlotte's Web | E. B. White
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Well played, Southern Adirondack Library System.

❤️🕷❤️

Tanisha_A 😂 2mo
hes7 Love this! 😂😂 2mo
Bookzombie 😂😂 2mo
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bromeliad YESSSSSSSS 2mo
QuietlyLaura 😂👏🏼 2mo
Oryx Love it! 2mo
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Dead Cold | Louise Penny
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A poem written by a character in this book. 💔

Lcsmcat I wonder why they changed the title for the American version? This one is better. 2mo
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An enjoyable, fitting end to an excellent trilogy of historical fiction for middle grade readers. This trilogy isn‘t afraid to face difficult issues in an age appropriate way with dignity and compassion.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

megnews Love this one 2mo
rather_be_reading omg i didnt know she wrote middle grade. 2mo
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The Rescuers | Margery Sharp
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A surprisingly delightful, joyfully illustrated little children‘s classic.

The book is nothing like the Disney film, which I loved as a young child. We had a record that narrated the book, and we‘d listen to it over and over, trying to do all the voices.

DGRachel One of my favorite classic Disney films! 3mo
Libby1 @DGRachel - me too! Although a number of years ago I was in a work situation and was in a meeting with someone who looked to me like Medusa; huge green eyes, angry expression, and a hair colour so bright red it could only be from a bottle. I had to try to bottle up my laughter then! 3mo
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The Rescuers | Margery Sharp
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“‘If he‘s a poet, why‘s he in jail?‘ demanded a suspicious voice.

Madam Chairwoman [a mouse] shrugged her velvet shoulders.

‘Perhaps he writes free verse,‘ she suggested cunningly.”

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The Lost Man | Jane Harper
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I was recently able to see Jane Harper at our local indie bookstore! I had finished The Lost Man earlier that day, and think this book was her best yet. She was lovely and thoughtful and personalised each book she signed. She also spoke a bit about the upcoming film of The Dry.

@MallenNC , @CarolynM , @ClairesReads - We chatted about this when I reviewed Force of Nature. I wish you guys could have been there with me!

squirrelbrain I didn‘t see her when she signed books at our local bookshop a few years ago (when The Dry was published) but everyone said how lovely she was! 3mo
Libby1 @squirrelbrain - she really is lovely. I was just so pleased and surprised that she‘d come all the way to Belfast, and that the event was free and held at a local indie bookstore specialising in crime fiction. I really loved this book. 3mo
mc916 I read Force of Nature and couldn‘t put it down! Loved it! 3mo
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MallenNC So awesome! I would love to see her. I love her books. 3mo
Crazeedi I've read 3 of her books and have fallen in love with this author, who I found through Litsy! 3mo
CarolynM Sounds like a really great session, I'm sorry I wasn't there too🙂 3mo
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It‘s my last day in Greece so time to start my new book!

Isn‘t the cover delightful?

RachelO Enjoy your day! 3mo
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The Big Sleep | Raymond Chandler
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“The air was thick, wet, steamy and larded with the cloying smell of tropical orchids in bloom. The glass walls and roof were heavily misted and big drops of moisture splashed down on the plants. The light had an unreal greenish colour, like light filtered through an aquarium tank. The plants filled the place, a forest of them, with nasty meaty leaves and stalks like the newly washed fingers of dead men.”

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The Big Sleep | Raymond Chandler
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Rightly an iconic book, and a template for the genre of crime fiction. Incredibly smart and snappy dialogue.

I would gather that author Raymond Chandler didn‘t like women or gay people very much, which was sadly typical of the time it was written.

Women especially seem to be described as beasts. They do a lot of hissing when angry. 😾

REPollock I love noir, but I struggle with the inherent misogyny of midcentury pulp. Writing comebacks in the margins helps. 3mo
shanaqui He also had a lot of problems with black people. I love his style so much, but this stuff makes it really awkward to like! 3mo
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At times this book was so full of ideas that it was difficult to read, but it was rewarding.

If you‘re interested in #ChristianBooks , and in particular living a life of #Grace and being friends with God then this book is for you.

I‘ve taken 4 or 5 really solid areas of learning that will stay with me. In particular, that God desires for us to embrace everyday life and have joy! I struggle with depression but this was liberating for me.

tessavi Not book related, but your nails match that cover perfectly! 3mo
Libby1 @tessavi - they do! 🤣 It‘s the first time I ever had a special polish for vacation. I love that cover. 3mo
Charityann Sounds interesting. Added it to my stack.😊 3mo
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🐚 Gift from the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh
🐚 Beaches
🐚 The Tide is High by Blondie

#ManicMonday
@JoScho

JoScho Great song choice. Thanks for playing 😊💙🐚 3mo
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I was delighted to find this book at the left books section at our hotel. I read another book by Gibson earlier this year and it was surreally funny.

This was slower but didn‘t disappoint. It‘s the late 90s in Ireland. Conor is gay but can‘t come out to his family. His Ukrainian partner Hector is set to be deported, so Conor‘s friend Alice is roped into marrying him. And just for fun there are gangsters & a dominatrix or two.

Hilarity ensues.

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Mother Night: A Novel | Kurt Vonnegut
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An American man who worked for the Nazis claims he was actually a spy for the Allies. Can anyone believe a word he says?

This book could not be more clever if it tried. Brief, yet perfectly formed.

And there was a strange moment in the text with a talking cat. Really.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Jinster Sounds intriguing, thanks for sharing! 3mo
Libby1 Thanks, @Jinster . If you ever read it I hope you‘ll enjoy it, too. 3mo
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Birdcage Walk | Helen Dunmore
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Helen Dunmore writes beautifully so I had high hopes for this one. I‘m sad to give this a So-So rating but I just didn‘t care about the main character and what happened to her.

I‘m on holiday right now and have left it at the hotel for other readers. I was delighted that the sunset matches my book!

Cathythoughts I have this too ,,, but havnt been rushing to read it. I definitely won‘t be rushing now 👍🏻 3mo
Libby1 @Cathythoughts - some people have loved it, and while the writing is beautiful (one reviewer said that Dunmore was incapable of writing a sentence that wasn‘t beautiful) I just wasn‘t drawn in by the main character. You might love it! 3mo
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Bodies of Light | Sarah Moss
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Thanks so much to @TrishB for sending this beautiful book to me for my birthday - oh, nearly two weeks ago!

❤️

RachelO Happy belated birthday Libby! It‘s a good one 😊 3mo
Tamra Happy Bookday and what a cover! 3mo
Tamra @TrishB do you know if the second book has been published yet? 3mo
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TrishB Yay 🎉🎉 I was beginning to think I hadn‘t actually sent! 3mo
TrishB @Tamra I didn‘t know there was a second on the way! 3mo
Libby1 Thanks, @RachelO 💕 3mo
Libby1 @Tamra and @TrishB - thanks! I am just poorly organised but am on holiday right now and am trying to catch up. 😊 3mo
TrishB No worries! Enjoy when you get to it 😘 3mo
Tamra @TrishB I think it‘s this one 3mo
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This library book provided some helpful ideas to diversify my son‘s diet. It‘s packed with tasty looking recipes, although many do have some rather far out or expensive ingredients.

The author doesn‘t seem to realise that most parents don‘t have unlimited resources, or, as she mentioned on one occasion, a “garden room” where we can practice Mindfulness. That‘s OK, as I‘m happy to cherry pick whatever is helpful.

#Autism
#ASD
#Aspergers

Christine OMG. This book is a thing that exists? Stacking and stalking immediately. (Just today while we were grocery shopping, my son reminded his brother that “in my universe, vegetables are NOT actually healthy.” 🙄😝) 4mo
Libby1 Hi, @christine ! What age is your son? My son is 9 and was diagnosed last year. Good luck! ❤️ 4mo
Christine My son on the spectrum is 14. He eats many more things than he used to, but veggies (and most fruits) only in hidden form, so I‘m always up for new ideas. Best wishes to you on this journey as well! ❤️ 4mo
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Blueberry @Christine @Libby1 My 31-yr. is hughly defendant on peanut butter. 😀 4mo
LeahBergen Happy Birthday! 📚📚📚📚 4mo
Libby1 @blueberry - we‘re on holiday right now and he actually ate a bite of watermelon and liked it! @christine 3mo
Libby1 Thanks, @LeahBergen ! 👋🦋 3mo
Blueberry @Libby1 👏🎉 3mo
Christine Fantastic!! 3mo
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So Long a Letter | Mariama B
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A beautifully crafted, perfect novella.

Ramatoulaye is a Senegalese woman who has recently been widowed. She is a teacher, and the mother of many children. She writes a letter to her friend during a difficult time, and it is vibrant and beautiful and sad and hopeful.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

RachelO Sounds beautiful! 4mo
andrew61 Really good read. 4mo
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The Analects | Confucius
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Reading The Analects was difficult because I didn‘t understand its cultural or historical relevance. I spent some time looking into its history & this helped me to understand how important it is to read this as an historical document.

Historical documents aren‘t usually the most exciting reads, but I gained a greater understanding, &, I hope, appreciation for an aspect of world history.

Thanks for the opportunity to read this, @SerialReader !

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I‘d never seen the film, so this book was a complete surprise. I found it boring for quite a while until suddenly it wasn‘t. It REALLY wasn‘t.

This book is more about human psychology than the horrors of war. I find it fascinating that the author, who was French, decided to transfer his wartime experiences into a British context.

Isn‘t my copy gorgeous? 🌿

JennyM That is a lovely cover 4mo
Libby1 Thanks, @JennyM . I think it‘s an old British edition from the 1960s. 4mo
BiblioLitten Yes! I was admiring the cover. Very pretty. 💚 4mo
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Crazeedi Didn't Michener write a book with a similar title? They made a movie out of it?! 4mo
TrishB No way you could escape this film on U.K. tv in my childhood!! Haven‘t read the book though. 4mo
tournevis Fun fact: Pierre Boule also wrote The Planet of the Apes. 4mo
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Isn‘t this notecard amazing?

Thanks so much, @daydreamin_star 😊⭐️

Erofan 😍 4mo
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Get Well Soon | Julie Halpern
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This lovely parcel arrived a week ago from @daydreamin_star for #WhodunnitUK and #MentalHealthRoundRobin . Thanks to @TCLinrow and @jenniferw88 for your selections. I‘ll be sending them on to @youneverarrived and @Caroline2 soon!

quirkyreader “The Devil In The Marshalsea” looks good. 4mo
Libby1 @quirkyreader - I like it so far! 4mo
Caroline2 Ohhh I‘m looking forward to reading this one. 👍🏻 4mo
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Time travel and historical revisionism plus a dollop of humour from the writer of Blackadder.

I really enjoyed this one.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

TrishB I love this book 💕💕 4mo
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I love Greta Thunberg for many reasons.

She speaks truth to power.

She cares enough to speak and act.

She shows that people with autism can bring incredible gifts to the world.

This book contains a number of speeches; the most recent from April 2019. Some messages are repeated but that didn‘t detract from its power. All profits from this tiny and worthwhile book are going to charity. I‘m challenged to change.

🌿🌿🌿🌿🌿

(5 leaf rating)

Mandoul She is an amazing role model, for both kids and adults! 4mo
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“Avoiding climate breakdown will require cathedral thinking. We must lay the foundations while we may not know exactly how to build the ceiling.”

RachelO I didn‘t know this existed! 4mo
Libby1 @RachelO - I think it‘s brand new! I bought it in Foyle‘s in London last Friday. I hope you‘re well. 💚 4mo
RachelO @Libby1 That explains it. I‘ll track a copy down next time I‘m in town. Very well thanks - how are things with you? 4mo
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“You are not mature enough to tell it like it is. Even that burden you leave to your children. But I don‘t care about being popular, I care about climate justice and the living planet.

We are about to sacrifice our civilisation for the opportunity of a very small number of people to continue to make enormous amounts of money.”

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I didn‘t like this one nearly as much as I liked The Dry, but it was a good, solid Whodunnit.

⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2

MallenNC I agree. It‘s hard to follow The Dry but I did like this one too. The Lost Man is also good. 5mo
CarolynM I agree, I had a major problem with the resolution of this one. The Lost Man is as good as, if not better than, The Dry. 5mo
ClairesReads @CarolynM agree the Lost Man is her best 5mo
Libby1 @MallenNC , @CarolynM , @ClairesReads - that‘s good to know. I‘m going to see the author speak in Belfast in July, so I hope to read The Lost Man by then. 4mo
MallenNC @Libby1 I'd love to see her speak about her books. I was worried I,wouldn't like Lost Man bc it is standalone but I did. 4mo
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The Pale Horse | Agatha Christie
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I adored this one.

Black magic. Macbeth‘s witches. A violent scene that made me squirm and want to hide my eyes.

There is absolutely nothing light and simple in this Christie book.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

CSeydel Oh my goodness I‘ve never heard of this one! Must read- 5mo
Libby1 @CSeydel - I hope you‘ll enjoy it as much as I did! 4mo
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Agnes Gray | Anne Bront
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“I long to do some good in the world before I leave it.” ❤️

batsy 💔 5mo
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Good Dog | Graham Chaffee
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A #Belfast based independent book store called No Alibis has set up a doggy hydration and treat station! Their Facebook page says all dogs are good dogs, and deserve treats. 😍

The bookshop is small but mighty, and focuses on crime books and holding excellent author events. I‘m going to see Jane Harper there later this summer!

If you ever fancy a trip to Belfast let me know!

#NoAlibis

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Chelsea.Poole This is adorable! 5mo
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Libby1
The Colours of All the Cattle | Alexander McCall Smith
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The cover and end pages of this book are what I imagine to be the colours of Botswana: vibrant blue of sky and dusty sand of land.

This book is a worthy instalment of a much loved series.

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Libby1
The Colours of All the Cattle | Alexander McCall Smith
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Good morning, @howjessreads !

1. I was awake at 4:00 this morning, but just had some porridge with chopped dates while reading the tagged book. I still love this series 19 books in. It brings such joy. No other author has brought me such joy!

2. I have a BBQ tomorrow night with the animal shelter where I do volunteer work with cats, rabbits, hens, and ferrets. ( @Butterflyamore !) . This also makes me happy!

#friyayintro

Libby1 @howjessreads - this is a beautiful photo. 😊 5mo
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The Colours of All the Cattle | Alexander McCall Smith
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Mma Ramotswe put an arm around the boy‘s shoulder. ‘We don‘t hate people, Puso. We don‘t hate anybody.‘

He looked at her sullenly. ‘Why?‘ he asked.

‘Because hate makes you very tired,‘ said Mma Ramotswe. She wondered whether there was more to say, but suddenly she felt tired herself.

azulaco Yes. Yes it does. I love Mma Ramotswe. She is so wise. 5mo
Libby1 @azulaco - yes, she is. I love how deep ideas can just sneak up and surprise you in these books. 🦋 5mo
TrishB Yes, very wise. But sometimes it‘s hard to let go of it! 5mo
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Libby1 You‘re up early, too, @TrishB ! You‘re so right. 5mo
TrishB Having my cups of tea before getting ready for work! 5mo
Tamra 💚 My favorite series! 5mo
Libby1 One of my favourites, too, @Tamra 💚. 4mo
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The Colours of All the Cattle | Alexander McCall Smith
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‘England is far away,‘ her aunt had said. ‘They used to be here, you know, but now they have gone back to their own place. There was the Queen, and then there was Seretse Khama and our own people. That is called history, you see.‘

‘But who asked them here?‘

The aunt shook her head. ‘There are some guests who do not knock.‘

‘That is very rude.‘

‘Yes,‘ said the aunt.

What a description of colonialism!

TrishB Brilliant 👍🏻 and then take forever to leave.... 5mo
Libby1 @TrishB - yup. These books are so thoughtful. Not a lot happens in them but I don‘t mind as there are always so well observed and thoughtful. And funny! 5mo
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