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Librarybelle

Joined September 2016

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Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak
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Of Irish Blood by Mary Pat Kelly
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The City of Brass by S. A. Chakraborty
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The Widow Queen by Elzbieta Cherezinska
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Beatrice and Benedick by Marina Fiorato
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Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
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The Downstairs Girl by Stacey Lee
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Rutherford Park by Elizabeth Cooke
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The Water Dancer: A Novel by Ta-Nehisi Coates
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Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow
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The Golden Hour: A Novel by Beatriz Williams
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The Professor: A Tale by Charlotte Bront
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What the Lady Wants by Rene Rosen
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Lilac Girls: A Novel by Martha Hall Kelly
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The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker
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We Went to the Woods by Caite Dolan-Leach
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The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
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The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith
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Arabella by Georgette Heyer
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The Marriage of Opposites by Alice Hoffman
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Girl Waits with Gun by Amy Stewart
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Julian Fellowes's Belgravia by Julian Fellowes
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Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
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The Mysteries of Udolpho by Ann Radcliffe
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The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
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Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell, Pat Conroy
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My ideal cozy setting includes a comfy chair, blankets, cats, a candle, and a good book. I usually do not get all four of my boys in the same picture, so this scene from a couple months ago was rather special. #Zeke #Vladimir #SebastianKitty #Xander #CatsofLitsy #DecemberChill

MoonWitch94 What a bunch of pretty little guys!!!! 2h
Kshakal What a bunch of cuties!! And I love that blanket! 2h
JenReadsAlot I love everything about this picture!! 1h
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TheBookHippie Awe!!! So cozy. 1h
AmyG I am jealous…all those beautiful cats! 1h
CoverToCoverGirl I have four kitties too and have never been able to get a photo like this. It‘s lovely and so special. 😊 52m
Librarybelle Thank you, @AmyG @CoverToCoverGirl ! It is very rare for them to all curl up like this with me. I have other photos of them on opposite corners of the bed, but this one is the coziest by far! 39m
BarbaraBB Wow that is extremely cozy 🥰 37m
kspenmoll So so sweet!!! 28m
Simona 😻😻😻😻 now
Ruthiella Lovely! 😻😻😻 now
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Doctor Zhivago | Boris Pasternak
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Because 10pm seems like the perfect time to begin Russian literature…🙄 😂

I‘m usually in the minority when it comes to my love for Russian literature, so we‘ll see what I think compared to others participating in #DecemberChill

Cinfhen Good luck 😘 1d
Reggie 10pm is perfect because it means there‘s 8 whole free hours until 6am. Lol 1d
KristiAhlers This is one of my all time favorite classics. First one is Les Miserables. 1d
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Hooked_on_books I haven‘t even cracked it! Not sure I‘ll bother at this point, but it‘s still sitting next to my chair, so we‘ll see. 1d
Librarybelle That is so true, @Reggie ! 😂 1d
Librarybelle @KristiAhlers I‘m surprised I have yet to read Les Miserables. It‘s one of the classics I plan to read, hopefully soon! 1d
Librarybelle @Hooked_on_books I had in the back of my mind that the discussion is this weekend and yet I forgot to pull it off my shelf to read until yesterday! 1d
tokorowilliamwallace Oh the deep, dark, night definitely is for Russian literature. There's certain books I can only read at night because they get associated as 'night books' in my subconscious. Like I couldn't read William Gibson when it was perfect for a reading mood! But sometimes my reading mood can override the wiring of atmosphere mood. Dostoevskiy's The Idiot is something I want to read soon, been wanting to read it since college (probably 14 years). (edited) 22h
Librarybelle @tokorowilliamwallace You‘re right…Russian literature has that dark night vibe! 22h
tokorowilliamwallace @Librarybelle, although Doctor Zhivago itself has a obligatory-annual-government-office-queue sort of vibe to it, too (along with books about Kant; it's generally a whole separate reading mood to match the interminable environment). It's my favorite film, though! I actually have Gogol short stories to finish, 2 pamphlets by Tolstoi, and recently preordered an edited/synthesized edition of a Kropotkin anarchist manifesto pamphlet, and 1/2 Karenin! (edited) 21h
Librarybelle @tokorowilliamwallace Wow! I started War and Peace a few years ago but had to drop it because of well, life. But, I do want to read it - one of those books I have to/want to read. 20h
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Flyn visits twelve locations in the world that have been abandoned for one reason or another and examines the way the ecological system at each location has been impacted. Written with beautiful pose and reflection, Flyn paints a portrait of both devastation and a tiny bit of light and hope in some aspects. It‘s a good primer on the calamities in the world, how humanity affects the ecological system, and what we can do to help solve the problem.

SolaRaynor Very cool! 2d
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Thanks for the tag, @Eggs !

1. While technically I do this before December, I enjoy preparing holiday cards and mailing them.

2. I don‘t have one specifically, but I do love the movie Love Actually. And, I always have a thought to watch Little Women this time of year (the version with Winona Ryder).

3. A week off of work, which is providing me with a lot of self-care.

#WondrousWednesday

Eggs Lovely post! Thanks for playing ❤️🎄🤩 2d
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To “celebrate” my 40th birthday in 2022, I wanted to do something fun and decided to commemorate the year by reading a book published in each year from 1982-2022. I‘m calling it #19822022 . I‘ve wanted to do similar challenges that encompass 100 years worth of books, but this will be a perfect smaller challenge that I can do along with other challenges.

Feel free to join me if you would like! I don‘t have a signup form, so this is very low key.

mdm139 I am turning 40 next year too. I think I will join you. 4d
Librarybelle @mdm139 Awesome!! 4d
JamieArc I turn 39 in January, so close enough 😂. Sounds fun! 4d
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aperfectmjk I am so down for this. I will be turning 40 next year too! I actually started this very challenge two years ago but never finished it. 😆 4d
Librarybelle @JamieArc I spent this year thinking about the inevitable! 😂 4d
Leftcoastzen I‘m older than you , yet I like the idea of this low key challenge! 4d
Librarybelle @Leftcoastzen I think it will be fun, whether or not you‘re turning 40 next year. Please join in if you would like! 4d
kplovesbooks What a good idea!! 4d
mabell I‘m also turning 40! 😊 4d
CoverToCoverGirl I love this idea! Please include me. 😃 3d
erzascarletbookgasm Sounds fun! 3d
CarolynM Fun idea! I'll give it a try🙂 3d
BarbaraBB Fun idea! I‘m in too! 3d
Librarybelle @mabell What fun! So cool that there are many Littens who will be turning 40 next year! 3d
Dodi Such a brilliant idea! I'm also turning 40 in 2022 and I'd love to join please :-) 3d
Librarybelle Awesome, @Dodi ! 3d
Dodi I should add that this would be my first book challenge ever 🤗 3d
Librarybelle @Dodi I plan to keep it very low key, and I think it will be a good first challenge. Hope you enjoy! 😁 3d
Dodi @Librarybelle Thanks, I'm really excited and can't wait to start! 🎉 3d
Trashcanman That's a neat idea 3d
Sresendez12 Love this! I‘m in! 2d
StayCurious What a cool challenge! 1d
tokorowilliamwallace I like to read older thrillers, drama, and foundational sci-fi (60s-80s) and look out for books published or reissued on my birthday year (85) anyway! So this could be fun for rummaging around in my book stacks, thrifting and lots more book hauling, and Instagram stack challenges. I'll join you for this where I can. 22h
TheAromaofBooks I'm also a 1982 baby, so I'm both excited for this challenge and excited to find how many of us are around! 😂 20h
Librarybelle @TheAromaofBooks It seems like there is quite a lot of us on Litsy! 😂 20h
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The December #LiteraryCrew #BuddyRead is Dollface by Renee Rosen. Tagging those who asked to be tagged for the December read, but all are welcome to join!

There are not great chapter breakdowns in this one (titles, not numbers), so not a suggested reading timeline this month. I‘ll post periodic check ins, with discussion on the 31st!

KristiAhlers Sounds great! Looking forward to this one! 4d
CoffeeNBooks I just took this one off the bookshelf and put it in my book bag today! Looking forward to reading it! 4d
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PageShifter Sounds good ^_^ 4d
Crazeedi I have this one ready! 3d
megnews I generally don‘t reread. Wondering if 4 years is too long ago to join in discussion. I really liked this one. 1h
Librarybelle @megnews I had noted you were going to try for the discussion…I sometimes amaze myself at remembering details from books I read years ago! 40m
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Of Irish Blood | Mary Pat Kelly
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Questions are now up for this month‘s #LiteraryCrew #BuddyRead ! You can either find them on my feed or by searching #LiteraryCrew !

I will post later today a reminder for December‘s book, Dollface, along with the suggested reading timeline. I‘m also compiling the book recommendations for next year, so that post will appear later this week!

Any overall thoughts to share about Of Irish Blood?

Crazeedi I will look at questions! I loved the book, I learned so much from it 4d
BethM I‘m with @Crazeedi loved it! I‘ll nominate the third book for another month lol! 4d
Crazeedi @BethM I'm definitely game for that!! Did you read the first one? 4d
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BethM @Crazeedi I did not. I‘ve not seen great reviews about it but I‘m not opposed to trying it. 4d
Crazeedi @BethM I saw that too, but I borrowed from library to read on kindle, I'll let you know!! 4d
Librarybelle @BethM @Crazeedi I‘ll add the third book to the list for next year! 4d
Jerdencon I‘m still reading it - about 1/2 way through but enjoying it! 4d
CarolineLovesToRead I got off to a good start on it but slowed down and now trying to finish it tonight. I‘m enjoying this big read 4d
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Of Irish Blood | Mary Pat Kelly
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6. I tried to highlight some of the big pieces, but inevitably in a novel this size, I‘m not capturing everything: for example, Nora‘s courage in the very beginning to flee an abusive relationship. What else struck you about this novel? #LiteraryCrew #BuddyRead

Crazeedi Like the previous question, how family is such an integral part of her life, even though Nora was apart from hers for years. How we connect with others through our lineage. Her marriage that was never really fulfilled made me very sad. Her sister Henrietta's disdain for her was a reminder of that era, when women were expected to be certain ways 3d
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5. Family. Such a huge part of this novel. And identity. Identity of oneself, identity as part of a family unit, and identity of your familial history, background and ethnic values and traditions. We could probably talk forever about this! Please share your thoughts. #LiteraryCrew #BuddyRead

Crazeedi I loved the lineage quoted when Nora met different people. And the importance of family was reinforced in so many ways. 3d
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4. Nora Kelly is also surrounded by political movements, especially the fight for Irish independence. Were you familiar with this movement? Here is a brief note from history.come about the granting of independence in 1921: https://www.history.com/.amp/this-day-in-history/irish-free-state-declared #LiteraryCrew #BuddyRead

CarolineLovesToRead Matisse‘s work has always been an interest to me and I would like to find out more about the paintings that were taken/stolen by the nazis. 4d
Crazeedi I've had this book on my tbr for a long time, I'll be reading it now 3d
Crazeedi Plus I read this book years ago about the irish struggle 3d
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Of Irish Blood | Mary Pat Kelly
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3. As a bridge between question 2 and question 4…so many real life figures are portrayed in this novel, along with real situations and events. How well do you think does the author brings to life these real life figures? Do her portrayals make you want to learn more about the people? Any standouts to you? #LiteraryCrew #BuddyRead

Crazeedi I was fascinated because I've heard of some of the Irish Patriots, but dont know much, would love to know more. I think the book would have been twice as long if she had written more about them. 3d
Crazeedi Definitely the Irish Patriots who turned on each other would love to read more 3d
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2. Nora Kelly finds herself surrounded by fashion and real life historical figures. Think about her interactions in the fashion world and those fashionistas she meets and works alongside. What are your impressions of the fashion world as portrayed by the author? #LiteraryCrew #BuddyRead

CarolineLovesToRead I found she portrayed it a bit cut throat/gossipy. I remember reading a part where Madame Simone was insulting Chanel and madame Simone‘s story about her wanting to marry a man who wanted to invest in her studio reminds me a bit of Chanel‘s story 4d
Crazeedi It seems a place occupied by top tier designers and them people copying designs to make for less money. I dont think much has changed in the fashion world! And yes @CarolineLovesToRead I kept thinking of the 2 books I've read about Chanel!! 3d
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1. This is actually the sequel to the book Galway Bay, with a third book titled Irish Above All that was published in 2019. Have you read the first? Any plans to read more of the series? #LiteraryCrew #BuddyRead

BethM I‘ve not reAd the first, will definitely read the third. 4d
CarolineLovesToRead I would like to read the next book for sure 4d
Crazeedi I have borrowed the first to read, and definitely want to read the third 3d
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I really do not know how Penny does it - writes a narrative with so many layers. This one follows multiple storylines, and while that may sound confusing, it‘s really all connected, all related to one event. She‘s a master of hiding details and evoking so many emotions. Another great addition to the series, and one that I think will take multiple rereads to absorb every little detail.

MallenNC I think this is my favorite of the Gamache books. I‘ve read all but the most recent and this one still stands out bc of how she ties so much together. 5d
Librarybelle It was so good, @MallenNC ! She‘s a marvel. 5d
MallenNC @Librarybelle Agree! And she is so fun at book events. It‘s hard to believe such a nice person comes up with all these crimes! 😀 5d
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Susanita This one is still my favorite! 5d
Librarybelle @MallenNC I‘d love to see one of her book events! 5d
Librarybelle @Susanita I can see why it is a favorite! 5d
kspenmoll I would love to see her! @MallenNC !!! 5d
MallenNC @kspenmoll @Librarybelle I‘ve been lucky to see her twice in person pre-pandemic. She seems to really like Quail Ridge Books here in Raleigh so she keeps them on her tour. I hope she‘s able to come back someday. 5d
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Die Laughing | Carola Dunn
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In the 12th addition to the Daisy Dalrymple series, Daisy finds a sore tooth can be deadly…when she discovers her dentist dead. What transpires is a set of lies and secrets that Daisy has to unravel. A great addition to the series, and Daisy knows just how to wheedle information out of suspects!

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…and my #BookSpinBingo for December!

Chrissyreadit I have so many of the same books on@my TBR. And The Midnight Library is a favorite! 6d
Librarybelle @Chrissyreadit Good to know about The Midnight Library…I feel like I‘m the last one to read it! 6d
Crazeedi Great list!! 6d
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 6d
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Combined #BookReport and #WeeklyForecast - I have a week off from work, so I‘m really hoping to carve out time for reading!

I have to see where I am on challenges, so I may start other books this week or reorganize my reading plan in order to get more prompts accomplished by the end of the year.

Cinfhen Enjoy your week off!!! 5d
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My #Jolabokaflodswap package is on its way!

I also cleaned out my post office of international stamps, so while I wait for more, not all of my #LitsyLove cards to my Canadian friends went out today. They‘ll be mailed ASAP, once more stamps arrive!

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks My post office has been out! I finally got some online! 6d
Librarybelle @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I ordered them online yesterday, just so I know I will get them in time! 6d
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The Throwback List | Lily Anderson
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Thanks to NetGalley & the publisher for an audio listening copy of this!

What if you discover a list from high school of things you wanted to do before 30? Enter the throwback list, which contains many obstacles and trials for a group of friends to accomplish 10 years after the list was drafted. I appreciated the development of the story, but at times felt a little bogged down in the narrative. Light reading with hints of nostalgia & “what-ifs.”

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All's Well | Mona Awad
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It‘s hard to review such an odd book, though I did not find it as odd as Bunny, which I surprisingly liked. This one I liked too because it is so different. Unreliable narrator, suffering from chronic pain, who meets three mysterious men who offer her a different path. It‘s hard to understand everything taking place, but I could also feel the levels of despair and elation throughout the novel.

Be prepared for an odd adventure with this one!

Cinfhen Great review 😊definitely a strange book but easier to follow than Bunny 🐰 1w
squirrelbrain Good to know it‘s not quite as weird as Bunny, which I didn‘t like! 1w
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Librarybelle @squirrelbrain It‘s still a bit strange, but definitely not as weird as Bunny! 1w
Ruthiella I LOVED Bunny and liked this one a lot too! I really want to read her debut novel now. (edited) 1w
Librarybelle @Ruthiella I‘m curious about her debut novel too! 1w
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Combined #BookReport and #WeeklyForecast …lots of library books I need to read this week!

Cinfhen It‘s a long weekend!! Hopefully you‘ll get extra reading time in 2w
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I cannot begin to say how excited I am to receive @katy4peas ‘s #NewYearWhoDis list!!

So many of these are on my tbr list, so it‘s a perfect opportunity to get these read in January. I‘ve read the Simone St James on the list and The Discovery of Witches, but am so looking forward to everything else!

Thanks for hosting, @monalyisha ! It‘s such a fun list and one I keep referring to throughout the year.

monalyisha Hooray! I think the one about the magical tea shop looks so adorable! 😍 2w
MeganAnn This is a fantastic list!! I‘ve read and highly recommend 2, 7, 8 and 11. 🎉❤️ 2w
Librarybelle I can‘t wait to read them, @MeganAnn ! 2w
katy4peas Oh yay! I‘m checking my email for your list now! @Librarybelle 💕 2w
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Reminder: December‘s #LiteraryCrew #BuddyRead selection is Dollface by Renee Rosen.

Closer to December, I will post a suggested reading timeline (I‘m waiting for my library hold on this one!). I‘ll post periodic checkins and will post discussion questions on Dec 31st.

Tagging those who are reading this month, along with those who have asked to be tagged for December. All are welcome! Comment below if you wish to be tagged in posts for December.

megnews I‘ve already read (& loved) this but I‘ll join in conversation. 3w
Librarybelle Also, I am looking for suggestions for next year. Though we tend to read historical fiction, if you have a suggestion, please share! 3w
Librarybelle Great, @megnews ! And it‘s good to know you enjoyed it - I think it looks really good! 3w
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Butterfinger @LitsyEvents I am adding as I see them. 3w
CoffeeNBooks My library doesn't have this one, so I ordered it because it looks really good! 3w
CoverToCoverGirl Me please! 3w
CoverToCoverGirl May I suggest “The Diamond Eye” by Kate Quinn. 3w
CoverToCoverGirl Or “Her Heart For A Compass” by Sarah Ferguson, I‘m really curious about this one. 3w
Librarybelle Great suggestions, @CoverToCoverGirl ! I‘ll make note of them. It‘s my hope that we‘ll have our titles selected for the coming year with plenty of time to find copies, etc. And, I‘m curious about the Sarah Ferguson one too! 3w
Kdgordon88 👍🏼 3w
CoverToCoverGirl Thank you! I can‘t wait to see your final picks. 🙂 3w
PageShifter I would like to join! 2w
Crazeedi I got my book!! Yay!! 2w
megnews Throwing a few random things from my tbr out there 2w
Librarybelle @megnews Thank you! I‘ve been eyeing Dictionary. And Company of Liars is amazing - I read it years ago, but would happily read it again! 2w
Librarybelle @megnews Beheld is also on my tbr! 2w
Jerdencon It looks good! Please tag me although in full disclosure between winter games and the holidays - I may not get to it but will try. 2w
PurpleyPumpkin I‘m definitely in for this one! Looking forward to December. 😉 2w
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Thanks for the tag, @TheRiehlDeal !

1. No! I‘m actually behind on my Goodreads goal, but not by much.

2. Ummm…all of them! 😂 But, it would be nice to complete those books I started this year and haven‘t finished. I have this problem of getting distracted by other books, leaving others waiting to be finished!

#Two4Tuesday

MallenNC I‘m constantly distracted by other books! 3w
TheSpineView All books sounds good to me! Thanks for playing! 2w
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Of Irish Blood | Mary Pat Kelly
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Checkin lost for #LiteraryCrew #BuddyRead …I wanted to do a checkin over the weekend and missed doing it!

We are halfway through the month…any thoughts or impressions to share? I had also planned to start this one this weekend, but best laid plans…

Jerdencon I‘m really enjoying this one - only about 1/3 way in so far but it‘s good! 3w
CarolineLovesToRead I‘m about a third in as well and enjoying it. I like the flow and writing style 3w
BethM I just remembered to start it yesterday hoping I can get it done! 3w
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CoverToCoverGirl Like you I haven‘t started yet, doing some unexpected renovations. 🤦🏼‍♀️ 3w
Kdgordon88 I decided to wait on this one. I want to read Galway Bay first. Sorry 😞 3w
Librarybelle No worries, @Kdgordon88 ! 3w
Librarybelle Good luck with your renovations, @CoverToCoverGirl ! 3w
Librarybelle I hope I can get it done too, @BethM ! 3w
Librarybelle Glad you‘re liking it so far, @Jerdencon and @CarolineLovesToRead ! 3w
kspenmoll Plan to focus on this book this week. Enjoying it- about 40% read. 3w
kspenmoll Add @Crazeedi - she was going to try & join in. 3w
Librarybelle You‘re right, @kspenmoll …I‘m so sorry @Crazeedi ! 3w
Crazeedi @Kdgordon88 I have Galway Bay borrowed and usually i read in order, but I'm making exception 2w
Crazeedi @Librarybelle thank to Katherine I'm reading it now, only about 4 chapters in, but interesting, my first impression is hard to keep the various brothers sisters aunts and uncles etc sorted out. 2w
Librarybelle @Crazeedi I really need to start this one, but trying to get through some work related reading first! 2w
Crazeedi @Librarybelle it's a pretty long one!! I hope I get it read this week 2w
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DEATH OVERDUE | Allison Brook
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I certainly could not pass up a cozy mystery set in a haunted library! While I overall enjoyed the book, I was not a big fan of the MC, Carrie. Her attitude, though understandable given her backstory, is still off putting. She does get better by the end. And, I‘d love to work in a public library that has the ability to host as many programs as this tiny library does!

I‘m interested in trying the next in this series. #Xander #CatsOfLitsy

ferskner I had the same thought!!! How do they have so many professional librarians?!?! 3w
Librarybelle @ferskner And assistants too! It‘s like the dream library! 😂 3w
Leftcoastzen 😻cutness 3w
Librarybelle Thanks, @Leftcoastzen ! 😻 3w
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Combined #BookReport and #WeeklyForecast :

I started out last week making great progress, but by the end of the week, things slowed down. I got my booster shot on Friday, and I‘ve had a very strong reaction to it, so no reading yesterday! I‘m still not feeling well, but am so much better than I was yesterday.

This week, I should play catch-up on Louise Penny‘s books for an upcoming book discussion (I‘m way behind!)…all titles not listed.

kspenmoll You will feel better-I reacted to mine too but not as strongly as you. Be patient with your body! I am happy you got your booster! 3w
Cinfhen Happy you got the booster too! The side effects should pass in another 24 hours until then just rest & relax 3w
Librarybelle Thanks, @kspenmoll and @Cinfhen ! I am rarely sick, but when I am sick, I am sick. I had a reaction the first time around, but not as severe. I am happy I got the booster, though! 3w
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Confession: I have been the worst #LitsyLove correspondent this year. The absolute worst. So many lovely letters waiting for a response!

But, as this picture shows, I‘ve been preparing my holiday wishes to everyone. Those who sent me a letter will get one too with their card! I started writing out cards and well wishes earlier this month, so everything can be sent around the US Thanksgiving holiday.

Thanks for your patience!

ImperfectCJ You can't be worse than I am with #LitsyLove this year. I even bought Halloween cards, bookmarks, and stamps to try to get back on track and sent...none of them. 🙄 3w
Librarybelle @ImperfectCJ Oh my! It sounds like we both have a lot of catching up to do! 3w
katy4peas @Librarybelle @ImperfectCJ Okay, if we are having confession time, I‘ve been terrible too! Hoping to send out holiday wishes and cards to everyone though. Good luck to you both! 👍🏼💕 2w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️❤️❤️ 2w
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Catching up on these slowly! Thanks for the tag, @Eggs !

1. There are so many bookstores I‘d love to visit! The famous ones (Powells, The Strand), but also any small independent I happen to see.

2. Sometimes. Lately, to support my favorite independent, I make up a list for them to order upcoming titles. But, part of the fun is exploring for hidden treasures on the shelves!

#Two4Tuesday

Eggs Agreed on both answers ❤️❤️ 3w
TheSpineView Thanks for playing! Any day works!🤩📖📚 3w
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This addition to the Daisy Dalrymple series was way better than the prior entry! Daisy spends the holidays with her family, and of course there is murder and intrigue. Daisy is a fun character, who tries to be a modern woman in post WWI, breaking through her titled background. Cannot wait to go on to the next in the series!

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Words cannot describe how much I loved this memoir! Grohl presents a very down to earth persona, whose humbleness with his success and the friendships he has had over the years was a delight. The love for this family, friends, and music rang true. And, of course, I had to grab the tissues for parts. Easily one of my favorite reads in 2021…I did not want this journey to end!

Cinfhen Agreed!! He seems like a genuine guy who hasn‘t allowed the trappings of fame to seduce him. Such a pleasure to read this book 3w
Eva2 This is currently in my to read pile.I‘m saving it for a rainy day. I love Dave! 😊 3w
Librarybelle @Eva2 ❤️❤️❤️ 3w
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Thanks for the tag, @MoonWitch94 !

1. So many! I‘m currently actively reading Shadow of Night, The Storyteller, Mistletoe and Murder, and Houses of the National Trust. There are others I‘m in the middle of as well.

2. I use Goodreads, have a spreadsheet on my computer, and LibraryThing.

3. Hmmm…I Google a lot of books for work! But, probably Belgravia for some discussion questions for #LiteraryCrew

#WeekendReads

MoonWitch94 How is The Storyteller?!?!? I can‘t wait to read it! 4w
Librarybelle @MoonWitch94 It is so good!!!! 4w
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I‘ve learned a bit more about Wharton, thanks to her home The Mount‘s virtual ghost tours the last two years…I had not realized she wrote ghost stories until taking part in the tour!

This collection has some spooky (to me) storylines and some not too spooky but definitely bizarre. I enjoyed this collection as a fascinating look at early 20th century ghost stories, from an author who has greater acclaim with her stories about opulence and greed.

mdm139 Did you know there is a #whartonbuddyread group? Come join us if you want. We are reading her novels/novellas in publication order based on the list on The Mounts webpage. We are on The House of Mirth. 4w
Librarybelle @mdm139 I have seen postings about the group - thanks! I will have to keep this in mind…lots of books to catch up on, but I would really like to read more by Wharton. I‘ve only read The Age of Innocence before this ghost story collection. 4w
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My combined #BookReport and #WeeklyForecast

An American Marriage examines the “truth” of the Lincoln marriage, but I became immediately turned off by the author‘s remarks about Mary Lincoln (she was no saint, but she also lived with mental illness and debilitating migraines, so IMO, contributing factors) and bailed.

LOVE The Storyteller and wish I was Dave Grohl‘s BFF IRL…

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I am not quite sure what I was expecting, but in the end, I thought the collection of essays in this book were just okay. The main essay - from the title of this book - seemed the most impactful to me, with reminders of practicing loving kindness to oneself in different ways each month. A short listen, with some essays averaging a minute long. The narration was good. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the audio copy!

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A Spindle Splintered | Alix E. Harrow
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Confession: Sleeping Beauty is my favorite fairy tale…which, according to the beginning of Zinnia‘s story, makes me a dying girl (!) and also a lover of the worst fairy tale ever. 🤷🏻‍♀️

Despite this, I loved this story! Amazing retelling, full of some wickedly clever princesses, besties, and a desire for a fuller life, not to mention honoring inclusivity and recognizing one‘s true self. The illustrations are fun too!

Hooked_on_books I‘m hit or miss with retellings, but I really enjoyed this one! 1mo
Librarybelle @Hooked_on_books I‘m looking forward to her next one in this series…I think it‘s supposed to be about the Evil Queen. 1mo
Hooked_on_books That sounds fun! I‘ll definitely read that. 1mo
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DGRachel The Disney version of Sleeping Beauty is one of my favorite animated films, but I‘ve never read the original fairytale. My understanding is it‘s very dark and disturbing so it would probably ruin the film for me. 1mo
Librarybelle @DGRachel Most of my knowledge of Sleeping Beauty also comes from the Disney film, admittedly. You learn a bit about the various versions of the fairy tale in this book, including the original, which does sound very dark and disturbing. 1mo
DGRachel I admit, though, that I love the original Little Mermaid so much more than the Disney film and that one is dark, too. It‘s been a favorite since I was 6 or 7. 😳 1mo
Librarybelle @DGRachel The Disney films certainly make everything seem happy! I am fascinated by the original, darker stories behind the Disnified films. One of those things on the to read list - see the “evolution” of some of these fairy tales brought to life by Disney. 1mo
KathyWheeler I read the original stories when I was a kid, so I was shocked by the Disney movies. 😄. I was always saying, “But what about [whatever terrible and gross thing that happened in the story]?” It‘s a wonder people didn‘t worry more about me. 1mo
Librarybelle @KathyWheeler Haha! I think that‘s awesome you read the originals first. 1mo
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Of Irish Blood | Mary Pat Kelly
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Today starts this month‘s #LiteraryCrew #BuddyRead . Tagging those who expressed interest in my last post, but all are welcome! Just comment below if you wish to be tagged in periodic posts throughout the month. Discussion questions will be posted at on the 30th.

catebutler Tag away! ☺️ 1mo
Librarybelle @BethM @CoverToCoverGirl @Jerdencon - are you able to join this month? Some have had a hard time finding the book, so let me know! 🤞 1mo
Librarybelle @catebutler Yay! My copy of this arrived at the library, so I‘m looking forward to it! 1mo
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Jerdencon I‘ve downloaded it from the library and hope to get around to actually finding time to read it! 1mo
BethM Yup I‘m in! I own it :) 1mo
CarolineLovesToRead I got my copy. Wow. This one is a long one 1mo
Librarybelle Hooray, @BethM @Jerdencon ! So glad you have a copy! 1mo
Librarybelle @CarolineLovesToRead It is! I was a little surprised. 1mo
CoverToCoverGirl Thanks for the reminder! 1mo
kspenmoll Enjoying this book! 4w
Librarybelle @kspenmoll I‘m so glad! I think I‘ll be able to start it this weekend. 4w
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I am so glad I finally took the time to read this book! Many thanks to @MoonWitch94 for hosting #DOWRTR . I was captivated by the mixture of history and alchemy and witches and vampires and daemons. The story unfolded nicely, and I plan to continue to the next book, using the real time reading guidance by Harkness.

Diana and Matthew‘s stories are very intriguing, and I cannot wait to learn a bit more.

#Zeke #CatsOfLitsy

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The Ex Hex: A Novel | Erin Sterling
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What a deliciously fun read! And perfect for this time of year. Romance, magic, and mayhem are the combination in this novel about witches and curses and broken hearts and talking cats. It‘s silly and quirky, and there are times I laughed out loud. The audio version is so fun and engaging…thanks to Libro.fm‘s ALC program for a copy of this!

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Julian Fellowes's Belgravia | Julian Fellowes
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Discussion time for this month‘s #LiteraryCrew #BuddyRead !

Questions are posted as spoilers…check out my profile or search for #LiteraryCrew .

Any thoughts to share?

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6. The Duchess of Richmond's Ball before the Battle of Waterloo is true!

Not a question, but some information about the ball can be found here (including some of the dresses worn by the ladies at the ball): https://ageofrevolution.org/200-object/brown-silk-dress/

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BethM Not quite what I expected given that I saw the first episode of Belgravia during a free cable weekend. 1mo
PurpleyPumpkin And I didn‘t realize the battle took place in Belgium! That‘s why I enjoy reading historical novels as I learn something new. 😉 1mo
CarolineLovesToRead Thanks for posting. I love reading these historical articles 1mo
kspenmoll Fun!!!‘ 4w
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5. If you have watched Downton Abbey, can you make any connections to Belgravia? Are there any similar characters or themes? ~adapted from Provo Library

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BethM It‘s a much slower start but I think the drama and intrigue are similar in style. I really enjoyed that part once the book got going. 1mo
Jerdencon I did watch downtown abbey and loved it… I saw a similarity in how the staff are so enmeshed in the rich peoples lives. 1mo
CarolineLovesToRead I‘ve never seen the show but am interested in starting it now that I‘ve read this. Just so many shows that I‘m watching 😕 1mo
kspenmoll Similarity in class issues, societal constraints on women no matter what class, staff enmeshed in the lives of the rich they serve as @Jerdencon pointed out. 4w
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4. Secrets is a huge theme in this novel. A lot of family drama is brought on by people hiding the truth. There's people who keep secrets, people who try to uncover them, and people who make new ones. Who do you think is impacted the most by these secrets? ~adapted from Provo Library

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BethM Oof what a hard question. I‘d say Charles, but the grandparents were all also significantly impacted especially when you figure in grief. 1mo
Jerdencon I would say Charles too - as he is completely ignorant of what is going on with him as the central secret. 1mo
BookNAround They‘re all impacted in different but equally important ways. 1mo
CarolineLovesToRead I agree with @BookNAround they are all impacted 1mo
kspenmoll Definitely Charles- he lost so much. But all were impacted in different ways for different reasons. It‘s amazing how a “secret” can reach its tentacles & grasp later generations in significant ways. 4w
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3. Do you think Maria will be able to get out of her arranged marriage? Even if Pope's secret comes out, do they actually have a chance? ~from Provo Library

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BethM Well we know the answer to this.. 1mo
Librarybelle @BethM Oh! Yeah…I probably didn‘t need to include this one! 😂 Oh well…easy question… 1mo
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Jerdencon I would say yes lol! 1mo
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2. What do you think of Susan? Do you feel badly for her or do you think she is just as conniving as Oliver? What do you think of her “secret?“ ~from Provo Library

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BethM Oh she‘s far more manipulative. Far more. I really didn‘t care for her but I cheered for Anne and how she engineered things at the end. 1mo
Jerdencon At first I hated her but at the end was happy with how she manuerved things. 1mo
BookNAround She was thoroughly dislikable but you had to feel a bit sorry for her in the end when John just laughed at her. And how she and Anne worked things at the end was pragmatic and impressive really. 1mo
PurpleyPumpkin I did not like Susan one bit at the beginning of the book. She seemed so self-centred. But, by the end of the story, she had deftly carved out a life for herself. She made the best of a very bad marriage. (edited) 1mo
kspenmoll Susan was not a character easy to like. She was self serving, but rather sad. But in the end she did try her best with a bad marriage. 4w
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#1 Do you think Anne and James should protect Sophia's secret or should they come out with it if Lady Brockenhurst does as well? What would you do? ~from Provo Library

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BethM I would‘ve come@out with it but I can see where that would be hard given the time. 1mo
Jerdencon I would have come out with it but I understood they were concerned given the tune they were living in. 1mo
BookNAround Given that even so many years after Sophia‘s death, she would have been condemned for a lack of moral character and the way that society punished whole families for scandals, I don‘t think they should have shared the “truth” while they thought Charles was illegitimate. James would lose any business he was associated with and it would have possibly dragged the whole family into penury. (edited) 1mo
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PurpleyPumpkin I'm such a private person to begin with, so I would probably keep Sophia's secret. Add to that the period, and there's little doubt that I wouldn't share Sophia's story. After all, she can no longer tell her side. Also, and I feel unjustly, but those were the times, the family would definitely suffer dreadfully! 1mo
CarolineLovesToRead Yes. They should protect the secret. Nothing good would come from it. Exactly what @PurpleyPumpkin mentions. The family would suffer. 1mo
kspenmoll Agree with protecting her secret, especially as @PurpleyPumpkin said, given the time period. 4w
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I am so excited that @BarbaraBB and I are officially announcing next year‘s challenge, #ReadingAfrica2022 ! I fully anticipate my tbr pile will become even bigger, and I look forward to seeing posts.

Here is a Google Form to register and track your reading: https://forms.gle/tKdCCsxttXxcex6p9

Hope you can join us! And don‘t forget to tag us in your posts!

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BarbaraBB Very much looking forward to another year of co-hosting 🤍 and reading Africa! (edited) 1mo
Librarybelle @BarbaraBB ❤️❤️❤️ 1mo
Bookwomble Hi - I've just signed up, and am looking forward to reading my reading horizons 🙂 1mo
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Librarybelle Hooray, @Bookwomble ! Thank you for joining us! 1mo
tdrosebud Just signed up! 1mo
Librarybelle @tdrosebud Hooray! Thank you for joining us! 1mo
Singout Do folks often include books previously read, or just ones we are reading this year? 1mo
Librarybelle @Singout It‘s usually books read during the challenge year. Some may choose to reread a book they‘ve previously read. Hope this helps! 1mo
Singout Thanks! That was what I thought. 1mo
Nute Signed up. Eager to participate! 1mo
Librarybelle Hooray, @Nute ! I am so happy you‘re joining us! 1mo
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Combined #BookReport and #WeeklyForecast

I‘m always surprised with the number of books completed each week!

Cinfhen Your upcoming books look great!!!! 1mo
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Finally had some time to update an old bingo board for November‘s #BookSpinBingo . Here‘s hoping for lots of reading time in the near future!

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 1mo
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A delightful mystery, set in WWII, featuring a thief and a problem that could change the course of the war. I‘m a fan of Weaver‘s Amory Ames series, with its enjoyable heroine, a mystery, and a dash of romance, and in this book featuring Electra “Ellie” McDonnell, Weaver does not disappoint. The plot was intriguing, Ellie is a fascinating character I‘d love to learn more about, and the setting of England in WWII is superb.

Librarybelle My #BookSpin for October. #BookSpinBingo @TheAromaofBooks . And, I realized I had an ARC of this through #NetGalley , so many thanks to the publisher for a copy. It‘s clear that I had to get my own! 1mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 1mo
kspenmoll Sounds like my kind of book! 1mo
Librarybelle @kspenmoll It‘s a lot of fun! 1mo
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