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Louise

Louise

Joined May 2016

Reader, writer, editor, musician, artist. I'm armchair traveling with the Reading Around The World challenge and loving it!
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Labyrinth of the Spirits by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
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Notes from the Sofa by Raymond Briggs
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Thornfield Hall by Jane Stubbs
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Soul Mountain by Gao Xingjian
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Frozen Assets | P. G. Wodehouse
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This was my first P.G. Wodehouse #audiobook and certainly won‘t be my last. Cleverly read by Simon Vance, this witty little blend of comedy and romance is a great listen. Wodehouse is a master storyteller!

CrazyLibraryGirl Love Wodehouse! ❤️Especially the books about Jeeves and Bertie Wooster. 2d
Louise @CrazyLibraryGirl Good to hear! I have some Jeeves and Bertie audiobooks on request from the library. Looking forward to them! 2d
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Bailedbailed

I am bailing on the #audiobook version of this book because the reader is so terribly distracting. I find the emphasis is put on the wrong words so often that I almost have to translate the lines to make better sense of them, and the tone and cadence of the voice is completely wrong for the character of Flavia as I understand her. I might try reading the printed version sometime instead!

julesG Agree. I couldn't do the audiobook for this either. 2w
LeahBergen Really? That would annoy me! 2w
Bookwormjillk I bailed too! Going to try again in print. 2w
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Blueroseis I found the print copy enjoyable and quite exciting in places so it is worth a read. The series went down hill around the 5th book so I no longer follow Flavia's adventures. 2w
lahousewyfe So sad that the audio is bad! I loooved this book and found Flavia such a fun character. 2w
emz711 Omg read it! You'll be hooked and then read them all! 1w
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Gratitude | Oliver Sacks
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What a beautiful #audiobook! Oliver Sacks shares his thoughts as he faces terminal illness. Rather than focusing on illness, he reflects on what makes life good and expresses deep gratitude for the lessons and opportunities he has experienced in his 82 years on earth. This slim, beautiful volume is well worth a read or listen.

Tanisha_A Beautiful quote too! 2w
KerriArista Oh that sounds good. 4d
Louise @KerriArista It really is a gem of a little book. 4d
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The Wednesdays | Julie Bourbeau
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Thanks for the tag, @ju.ca.no ! Will write soon! 1) Brilliant writing, at least one likable character, multiple layers of meaning; 2) Bérets; enamel pins; 3) Over the years, I‘ve gathered my favorite recipes into a 3-ring binder; 4) Paul Matthews; 5) @robinb #wondrouswednesday @Eggs

Eggs A beret collection! How fun🤗 2w
Louise @Eggs Yes! Artisan crafted bérets are so lovely and filled with such cultural history that one tends to accumulate them in various sizes and colors! 2w
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Mehso-so

This #audiobook served well as a story to listen to while falling asleep at night. It was good company during a night of insomnia too. Read by Simon Vance at a relaxing pace, the mystery seemed convoluted at times but came to a clear resolution at the end.

Mdargusch I love that it says “meh” now! 2w
tournevis @Mdargusch Still says so-so in the Android app. 2w
Clare-Dragonfly @Mdargusch @tournevis It still says “so-so” for me, on iOS. 🤔 2w
Mdargusch Funny @clare-Dragonfly @tournevis because it says meh on the new website. (edited) 2w
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Mehso-so

In true #blameitonlitsy fashion, I borrowed this #audiobook because I‘d seen it in my Litsy feed several times. I had no idea what it was about. So now it‘s official: I have survived my first (and hopefully last) zombie apocalypse! Thankfully, it was fictional. Not really my fare, but the author took an interesting look at what it means to be human, at the power of education, and at an alternative evolutionary step into the future.

CocoReads Yeah, zombies aren‘t my thing either but I did enjoy the book. Haven‘t had any desire to read any more of them though. 😁 3w
Louise @CocoReads Exactly! 😆 The interactions between the characters and the philosophical questions were interesting, but I could have done without the feeding frenzies on human flesh! 😳 3w
nosferatoos I wanted to like this book. I know so many people who loved it and I just found it very dull 3w
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Louise @nosferatoos I felt the same way for a lot of it and nearly bailed but figured I‘d see it through to see how the author handled some of the themes. Still, I wouldn‘t recommend it to anyone who isn‘t a fan of zombie stories. 3w
Geeklet I really enjoyed it but I love zombie stories, lol. If you want the story without reading the book, the movie is on Amazon Prime. From what I remember, it generally follows the book pretty well. The sequel to this book is pretty meh though. 3w
Louise @Geeklet If I may ask: What is it about zombie apocalypse stories that you love? I‘m really curious because it‘s such an “alien” genre to me. Thanks! 3w
Geeklet @Louise I think it‘s just a general interest in apocalyptic stories. I was also raised around older teenage boys so horror movies and such have always been a big part of my life. Weirdly enough, I don‘t like vampire stories. 3w
Louise @Geeklet Thanks. Yes, I know from experience that the influence of older brothers is strong! 3w
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This #audiobook is a nice continuation of the Three Pines series. Inspector Gamache is beginning to grow on me. Nice dialogue and insightful character descriptions, with the exception of the description of a large young girl, which was often cringe-worthy.

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Moriarty | Anthony Horowitz
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I rated this #audiobook “so-so” because I found after a while that I didn‘t really care how it turned out. Though the text was well-crafted and even a bit old-fashioned to match the Conan Doyle stories, I didn‘t feel drawn in to the story. I kept listening because I‘d read in other reviews that the ending was exciting. And yes, there was certainly a powerful twist at the end. The author did indeed take me by surprise!

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Educated: A Memoir | Tara Westover
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What a story! The #audiobook was very well done. Many questions and themes about family, loyalty, obligation, and selfhood are interwoven. I don‘t like to read about violence or abuse toward animals, so there was an episode that was very tough to hear. There is a lot of sadness in the book as the author comes to terms with her past and builds a new future for herself. Her freedom is hard won.

Caroline2 I loved this book! 😍 2mo
StephanieGeiser Glad to hear you enjoyed this one (except for that one part about the animals - I also don‘t enjoy reading about that kind of stuff). I started a new book club at work recently and this was chosen as our first book! 2mo
Louise @StephanieGeiser You‘ll find this is an excellent choice for a book club, as there are so many things to discuss. How great that you started a book club at work! Enjoy! 2mo
Louise @Caroline2 It‘s amazing, isn‘t it, that 3 siblings went on to get Ph.D. degrees. Their thirst for knowledge could not be squelched. 2mo
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The Hollow of Fear | Sherry Thomas
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This #audiobook served as something to listen to during a night of insomnia. For some reason, I can‘t quite get into this series. The plot in this one was so convoluted that it was very difficult to follow. At one point, I wondered why the author had chosen to base it on the Sherlock books. The parallels don‘t seem compelling enough to warrant it. Why not simply invent a new late-19th-century sleuth?

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This book is another wild ride through Jonas Jonasson‘s clever nonsense about world affairs and the human condition. It‘s great fun and a welcome break from the seriousness of the current news cycle. Fans of Donald Trump might want to give it a miss, though, as he is artfully lampooned throughout! 😆 #ReadingAroundTheWorld #Sweden

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Sing Me the Creation | Paul Matthews
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#writersoflitsy #poetsoflitsy English poet and brilliant creative writing teacher Paul Matthews will be teaching a course in New Hampshire this summer with American poet Patrice Pinette. Group and individual writing, surrealist games, Spacial Dynamics, Eurythmy, and laughter will all play a role in freeing the imagination and enlivening language. Link to course description in the comments. Would love to meet some Littens there!

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Days of Reading | Marcel Proust
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When I open either of these books to any random page, I find marvelous words about literature and art. Such treasures! The cover of the Proust book is even embossed! Great #bookmail from Book Depository.

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The Hate U Give | Angela Thomas
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What a powerful #audiobook! Brilliant writing, and the audio is so well read that it feels as if the main character were speaking. It‘s a difficult story to hear, as it brings to mind so many real life cases in the USA. This story will stay with me for a long time.

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Magpie Murders | Anthony Horowitz
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While I found the idea of a mystery within a mystery intriguing, it seemed to me that this book dragged on a bit. Maybe my view of it is skewed by the fact that I listened to it in order to fall asleep, and it worked! 😂 The #audiobook is nicely read.

Tamra I enjoyed it, but yes listening made it more difficult for me to keep track of the pieces. 2mo
Louise @Tamra You‘re right. There were so many little clues scattered throughout. It would surely be easier to follow them in the print version. 2mo
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Sea Prayer | Khaled Hosseini
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A heartbreakingly beautiful picture book about the plight of refugees. It is told from the perspective of a father speaking to his beloved son as they wait for the boat that will take them across the sea in the hope of reaching safety. It is dedicated to the thousands of refugees who have died in the attempt. #ReadingAroundTheWorld #Afghanistan

Texreader 😩 2mo
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Cathythoughts Love it 😂 3mo
julesG Perfect! I loved this book. 3mo
Soubhiville I agree! 😁 3mo
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Bailedbailed

This book is painfully clichéd in so many ways: the dialogue, the stock characters, the formulaic plot. It is very slow moving, with far too much unnecessary material. It reads like an early draft that needs some good editing. The #audiobook is also read in a boring way. Time to move on to more exciting climes!

Cathythoughts Oh no !! Because I‘d buy it for that cover .... ( I won‘t now though ... 😀 3mo
Louise @Cathythoughts I hesitated before posting such an honest review. I think of the work every author puts into a book project and about not wanting to discourage someone who is working at the craft. At the same time, it‘s important to be honest, alas. I found parts of the book instructive in the “pitfalls to watch out for” category. ☺️🤔 3mo
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Giveaway | Carolyn Finlay
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@TheSpineView has reached 50K No longer itsy bitsy! She chose to share her joyous day With #50KLoveLitsy! “Oh, my!”, we said, “what giving heart!”
And raced to spread the news! To celebrate, we all take part, And dream of books we‘d choose. 📚

eri.reads Lovely, Louise. 😉 3mo
Louise Thanks, @eri.reads. 😊 3mo
TheSpineView I love the little poem! 💜💜💜 Good luck! 3mo
Louise @TheSpineView Glad you enjoyed it! Congratulations on your Litfluence milestone.🎉 3mo
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Super proud sister here giving a shout out to my brother @HeinrichLyle , whose latest novella—The Benevolent Society of Swindlers—has been picked up by Running Wild Press. This is a terrific small press run by savvy, innovative, smart people who love what they are doing. Pub date TBA (sometime in 2019) as part of an anthology of novellas that “run outside the lines”. (The tagged book is my bro‘s 1st novel). #writersoflitsy

Graywacke Congrats to him. Love the press‘s logo. 3mo
merelybookish That's great! 3mo
Louise @Graywacke Thanks! I‘ll tell him! Yeah, I love the logo too! Let the muse run free! 3mo
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Louise Thanks, @merelybookish! We have long conversations about books and writing, and it‘s exciting to see his work finding its way into the world. 3mo
Nute Congratulations to your brother. That‘s wonderful! 3mo
Louise Thanks, @Nute! It‘s inspiring to watch his progress. While our family is cheering about this book, he‘s already busy working on the next one. It‘s like a river of stories is flowing from his pen these days. 3mo
wordzie 🙌 ❤ 3mo
readordierachel So cool! 3mo
Louise @wordzie @readordierachel Thanks for cheering! 🙌🏻🎉🖋📚❤️ 3mo
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I enjoyed this #audiobook so much! It is both a comedy of manners and something much deeper. The sweet love story between the quintessential Englishman and a richly-portrayed Pakistani shopkeeper stirs up age-old village prejudices about “us vs. them”. Simonson writes with wit, empathy, and subtle insight. I also recommend this author‘s second book, The Summer Before The War, and look forward to reading whatever she writes next.

KathyWheeler I loved this book. I haven‘t yet read The Summer Before the War. 3mo
rwmg It's on my virtual TBR shelf 3mo
TNbookworm Great book, I loved it! 3mo
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The Writing Life | Annie Dillard
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This collection of essays is a delight for writers and those interested in what this particular writer‘s life is like. Annie Dillard has a talent for making the simple details of everyday items, weather, places, conversations, and routines much more than the sum of their parts. Her attention to life gives voice to the sacredness and wonder of it. #writersoflitsy #writing

DimeryRene Wow!! Must read this 💕 3mo
Louise @DimeryRene Yes, it‘s different from many other books I‘ve read by authors about the writing life. The very way that she has written it is a demonstration of her POV and method. She tends to choose austere settings in which to do her work. No cushy writers retreats for Annie! A simple shack in the wilderness will do! 😂 3mo
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I wanted to like this #audiobook more than I did, and I‘m hoping that the next books in the series will be better. It‘s nice to read something that takes place in Québec. Penny has created a setting and set of characters I would like to see again. However, there was a lot of “telling” rather than showing through action and dialogue, and that felt heavy handed at times. Some of the scenes seemed far-fetched and a bit contrived. A light read.

Tamra Keep going! I‘ve listened to the series out of order and the cast of characters grow on you. I was describing to my husband that the cast is akin to long running TV series such that each episode is more about them than the mystery at hand. IMHO 3mo
Louise @Tamra I‘m glad to hear that! Ever since listening to all the available Maisie Dobbs books, I‘ve been looking for a fun series to listen to. Maybe book #1 was the warm-up book! I‘ll definitely try out the next book. 3mo
Cathythoughts I found I loved the setting & characters .... but it was too light for me. ..... maybe I should try #2 too @Tamra 3mo
Tamra @Cathythoughts give an audio a try! I know it‘s sacrilege, but I wouldn‘t worry about the order either. I know there are strong opinions on that! 😉 3mo
Cathythoughts @Tamra thanks! I might do that ... audio is great for cleaning etc .... 👍🏻. I think I will 👍🏻 3mo
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Excellent #audiobook. The dialogue is clever and witty, and the characters are interesting and nicely developed. The reader gets to know the characters before WWI and then experiences the effect of the war on each of them. One sees how people‘s perspectives change in the face of so much death. It is deeply moving and thought-provoking.

Chelleo Love this cover 3mo
Crazeedi Sounds really good! 3mo
Tanisha_A Hello! How are you? Wanted to check if your address is same as before, sending you a little something. It's been a while! 💕 3mo
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Louise Hi, @Tanisha_A! Yes! My address is the same as before. Looking forward to hearing from you! Hooray! 🤓 3mo
margreads I really enjoyed this author's first book but haven't read any others 3mo
Patchshank I really like the cover 3mo
FreeReadAndWrite This has been on my TBR way too long 3mo
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This is an unusual book. I found Green‘s description of the main character‘s spiraling thoughts very realistic. He captured so well the insistent and intrusive domination of anxious thoughts when a person is overwhelmed by them. This may well serve as an important book for opening the conversation with teens about mental illness and OCD. #audiobook

taylorlynn I love John Green's books, Turtles All the Way Down is one of my favorites by him. 3mo
Louise @taylorlynn Good to hear! This was my first book by him, and I‘ll definitely read more of his work. It sounds like he‘s got a huge social media presence as well. 3mo
taylorlynn If I could recommend you one of his books, Looking for Alaska is really good by him. 3mo
Louise Thanks for the tip, @taylorlynn! I will check if my library has it! 3mo
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This #audiobook is nicely done. It‘s a sweet story but a bit contrived and formulaic. For me, it was an easy listen while recovering from a seasonal bug.

minkyb Sorry about the bug. Never fun. 3mo
Louise Thanks, @minkyb! 3mo
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At the Water's Edge | Sara Gruen
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At first, I wasn‘t much into this #audiobook, as the 3 main characters were vapid socialites, and the narrator read it a bit too fast. But over time, the story of Maddie‘s awakening became very interesting; and the inclusion of some paranormal, mysterious elements plus a handsome Scottish love interest made it a fun read. Set in the final months of WWII.

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I found the plot of this #audiobook difficult to follow. Maybe it‘s easier when one reads the printed version. Also, I listened at bedtime and frequently fell asleep! It was a nice, light book to drift off to. ☺️

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A Study In Scarlet Women | Sherry Thomas
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I can only say that I semi-read this #audiobook, as I kept falling asleep and having to go back to the place where I had dozed off. It was great for distracting my active mind so that I could sleep, and I caught enough of the story to be able to move on to the next in the series. Books serve many needs for their readers!

RebL I‘ve used audiobooks & podcasts this way before. 4mo
MallenNC I‘ve done this too! Mostly with podcasts but sometimes books. It does relax my mind. 4mo
Melli I always listen to an audio book at bed.. set with 30 minute timer.. I‘m usually half asleep at the end 4mo
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Louise @RebL @MallenNC @Melli Glad to hear I‘m not the only one! In book 2 in the series, I‘ve set the 30 minute timer 3 times so far at the part where Charlotte Holmes examines a body but have yet to hear the whole scene! Maybe 4th time‘s a charm! 😆 (edited) 4mo
RebL Potato different than re-reading, “Wait. What‘s happening?” And going back to the point where your brain quit, but your eyes ploughed forward. 4mo
RebL Also, my daughter programmed my phone to replace “no” with “potato” and I love it too much to change it, but I also forget to correct it. 4mo
Louise @RebL I like your daughter already! 😂 That‘s simply brilliant. Spell check makes so many stupid errors that it must be refreshing to take the reins and make the errors interesting! Hats off to her! 🎩👑 4mo
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This was a nice story to listen to while switching off from a very focused work project. I could leave the work behind and follow along with the messy-but-ultimately-redemptive experiences of a very likeable cast of characters. And wouldn‘t you know it, love wins in the end! 🥰

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Bailedbailed

Although Jojo Moyes has a nice, conversational writing style, I find I just can‘t get into this book. While it‘s based on historical events that could be interesting, the book doesn‘t seem to get going in a way that holds my attention. Alas!

Crazeedi I have never gotten into this author, I tried one of her books, but it just didn't capture me 4mo
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Trouble is brewing in Germany, and Maisie Dobbs is sent undercover to a pacifist-leaning university in Cambridge to ascertain whether there are subversive activities going on amongst the international professors. The book addresses the fact that there were some Nazi sympathizers amongst the well-to-do, educated students at the time. They were drawn to the populist nature of the fascist movement. Another solid read in this series.

Crazeedi Loved this series! 4mo
minkyb Love the series! 4mo
Louise @Crazeedi @minkyb Yes, I agree; this series is so good! I binge listened to the books a bit out of chronological order. Now I have to wait for the next one to be released. And for Winspear to write more! 4mo
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Crazeedi @Louise 😊👍 4mo
minkyb @Louise waiting is not my forté ? 4mo
Louise @minkyb The struggle is real! 4mo
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Becoming | Michelle Obama
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What a beautiful book. I found it deeply moving and inspiring. Michelle Obama writes so eloquently about her vision for a world in which all children can reach their potential. It‘s wonderful to listen to the #audiobook and hear her voice talking about her path from the South Side of Chicago to the White House and encouraging every person to bring to the world his/her unique story and gifts. May the Obamas‘ work continue to flourish!

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The Portrait | Antoine Laurain
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Another charming novella by Antoine Laurain. I listened to an interview with the author, in which he said he wrote this first book during quiet times working at an antiques shop in Paris. The author plays with the notion of the “life” and character of inanimate objects and how a love of objects might lead a person to discover the real life s/he can choose to lead. #ReadingAroundTheWorld #France

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Another thought-provoking and touching installment in the Maisie Dobbs series. Britain has declared war on Germany and is preparing for what is to come. Maisie is involved with a case involving Belgian refugees from the First World War, while also caring for some child evacuees in Kent. This book really had me thinking about what my grandparents‘ generation endured. War is such a terrible thing.

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French Rhapsody | Antoine Laurain
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If you‘re looking for some lighthearted, nostalgic adventure in Paris, Antoine Laurain‘s novels are a good resource. In this book, Laurain takes a playful look at how we evaluate contemporary art and pop music, as well as how political messages are communicated to the public. He also looks at the dreams of our youth and how we relate to them as we age. Next up: The Portrait! #ReadingAroundTheWorld #France

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Many Merry Christmas thanks to my #Litsypenpal @Chelleo for your thoughtful gifts and hilarious bookish card! I will enjoy using the beautiful journal and spending time with the Guernsey Literary and PPP Society! It is a joy to correspond with you, and I look forward to exchanging more letters in the New Year! 💕🎄

vicgreentoriafield I loved GL&PPPS and the netflix movie too! Slightly different, but still good 5mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego A lovely gift from a lovely friend ❤💚 5mo
thewallflower0707 I think the GL&PPPS is also a Netflix movie with Lily James? 🤔 that‘s where I had heard of it! 5mo
Louise @vicgreentoriafield @thewallflower0707 Thanks for the heads up. I‘ll be sure to check out the movie too! 5mo
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The Complete Father Brown | G. K. Chesterton
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A thousand thanks to my #Litsy pen pal @robinb for these fabulous books that arrived in cheerful Christmas paper with a lovely card. I am looking forward to digging in! Wishing you a joyous Christmas and all the best in 2019! I look forward to our continued correspondence! 💕🎄

robinb So glad you liked them...I so enjoy shopping for you, sweet friend! Looking forward to more visiting through the mail in 2019. 😊👍💕 Merry Christmas! 5mo
Hunsakermountain I love anything written by Conroy. (edited) 5mo
Louise @Hunsakermountain Good to hear! This will be my first book by Pat Conroy. I love to read authors‘ reflections on the writing life! 5mo
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This was one of the most exciting of the Maisie Dobbs novels. Maisie goes undercover into Hitler‘s Germany to rescue a man who is very important to British efforts to develop the most advanced military aircraft. The world is not yet at war, but it‘s clear to those who work in Intelligence that war is coming. #audiobook

Andrew65 Not got to this one yet but looking forward to it based on this review. 👍 5mo
Louise @Andrew65 In this book, one can strongly sense the danger Maisie is in during her mission in Munich. A real cat-and-mouse kind of plot. I‘m looking forward to the next one! 5mo
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Still Me | Jojo Moyes
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I really enjoyed this next installment in the story of Louisa Clark. This time, she‘s living in New York for a year and practicing saying yes to new experiences. She learns over time that saying yes to oneself also means saying no to what isn‘t right for oneself. There was lots of good fun in this book, and I found myself cheering Louisa on. My only irritation with the #audiobook was the terrible attempts at the American accent! 🙄

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This installment in the Maisie Dobbs series is so interesting! It addresses the Indian immigrant experience in London and British colonialism in India. Mahatma Gandhi gets a mention too! Hitler‘s actions in Germany are raising red flags among Britain‘s leading minds. Some big changes happen in Maisie‘s life as the book draws to a close. #audiobook

Crazeedi Great series 5mo
Louise @Crazeedi Yes! So well written! 5mo
Richryan52 Hi. What do you write? 5mo
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Louise Hi, @Richryan52, I write poetry and have recently been making notes for a novel. In my day job, I write for non-profit arts and educational organizations. Are you also a writer? If so, what do you write? 5mo
Richryan52 @louise I write Sherlock Holmes mysteries. I was a journalist for 40 years (edited) 5mo
Louise @Richryan52 How fascinating! I will definitely make a note to try out one of your novels! 5mo
Richryan52 Wonderful. Please let me know what you think 5mo
Louise @Richryan52 Absolutely! And Happy Holidays to you! 5mo
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The human cost of war is brought home in this novel, as Maisie watches her friends grapple with the reality of their children joining the war effort. Another solid read in the Maisie Dobbs series.

JazzFeathers I always think about that generation who went through two World Wars. I'm a Tolkien fan, and he belongs to that generation. He fought in WWI and saw his sons off to WWII. It must have been tough. 6mo
Louise @JazzFeathers Yes, it‘s mind-boggling, isn‘t it! My Oma in Germany was a child during WWI and the mother of 6 children during WWII. Those were some tough times. (edited) 6mo
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The Red Notebook | Antoine Laurain
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A delight for book lovers and francophiles! A Parisian bookseller finds a stolen handbag and searches throughout Paris to find its owner. #ReadingAroundTheWorld #France

WanderingBookaneer One of my faves! 6mo
JazzFeathers Oh, it sounds nice 😊 6mo
umbrellagirl I loved this! 6mo
Louise @WanderingBookaneer @umbrellagirl I‘m on a bit of an Antoine Laurain kick at the moment. Just read 2 and have ordered another 2 from the library. It‘s fun to roam the streets of Paris vicariously through his characters! 6mo
Louise @JazzFeathers Yes! It‘s a lovely, positive little book. And it‘s fun that it takes place in Paris! 6mo
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I‘m really enjoying the Maisie Dobbs series. The characters and settings are so well-developed that they seem completely real. Every book in the series sheds light on a few particular aspects of life in that time period and fleshes them out so the reader can gain a better understanding of history. In this book, Maisie‘s life changes dramatically, and it‘s beautiful to see. #audiobook

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The President's Hat | Antoine Laurain
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A fun, light-hearted read with a generous portion of magic and serendipity. If you‘re looking for some positivity and would like to roam the streets of Paris, Rouen, and Venice while you read, pick this one up! #ReadingAroundTheWorld #France

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Rebecca | Daphne Du Maurier, Dame
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Du Maurier was only 31 when Rebecca was published, yet she was already a master at creating an atmosphere of foreboding and insidious evil. She captures the nuances of human behavior and emotions beautifully and adeptly. I‘m curious now to see some of the film adaptations! Photo: Daphne du Maurier ca. 1930. #audiobook

IamIamIam Oh my goodness, she's Zooey Deschanel's doppelganger! 6mo
MaGoose I love the b&w movie version with Sir Lawrence Olivier and Joan Fontaine. This version is probably from the late 1930s or '40s and is the only one I've seen. I can borrow it from the local library. 6mo
Louise @IamIamIam Now that you mention it, yeah, I can see the resemblance! 6mo
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Louise @MaGoose Oh, that sounds like a great version to get from the library! I‘ll see if ours has it! 6mo
Clare-Dragonfly I‘ve been hearing a lot about this book—I think there‘s an upcoming movie. I really ought to read it. 6mo
Louise @Clare-Dragonfly Yes, I read today that Netflix is producing a new adaptation with Lily James as the main character. Maybe that‘s why I had to wait so long to get the audiobook from Libby. I‘d like to see some older film versions as well. The book is so well-written. 6mo
CaramelLunacy We watched the Hitchcock version in a film class I took and found it very atmospheric. 6mo
Louise @CaramelLunacy I‘m curious to see that version! I just learned a few days ago that Hitchcock‘s The Birds was based on a short story by Du Maurier. I‘m curious to read that short story too! 6mo
CaramelLunacy @Louise i didn't know the birds was also based on a story! Will have to put that on the list 6mo
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Thankful | Eileen Spinelli
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merelybookish Same to you! (And cute graphic!) 6mo
Branwen Love this! 😀💕 6mo
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Louise @Branwen Quentin Blake‘s illustrations are so charming, aren‘t they! Matilda is a girl after every Litten‘s heart! ❤️ 6mo
Branwen @Louise Yes! I completely agree! 📚💕 6mo
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Another solid addition to the Maisie Dobbs series. This one focuses on the media in England in the early months after Hitler rose to power in Germany and how some people with classified knowledge began to take steps to prepare for what they believed to be a coming war. What is the media‘s role in molding public opinion? Does preparing for war make war inevitable? These are questions Maisie grapples with as she investigates 3 inter-related murders.

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This wonderful book is the logical one to read after Frankl‘s Man‘s Search For Meaning. He goes into more detail about the main ideas of logotherapy and how they apply to various situations. Frankl‘s work is very life-affirming and stirs the reader to think about the tasks and goals that draw each individual beyond the neuroses of the small self and into the greater meaning Life invites each of us to fulfill in our own, unique way.

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