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Lupa08

Lupa08

Joined June 2017

Read, write, love, and be merry! 📚✍💞💃🏼
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The Whispering Trees | J. A. White
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When you suddenly realize that the book you just started reading matches your bed wear and the bed cover!

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Mehso-so

Expressive prose and imaginative plot. Unfortunately, there was too much happening to too many characters, making the final execution feel all over the place. While I liked some aspects of the story, I feel if the author could have sacrificed a little more content, it would have read more smoothly.

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Roomies | Christina Lauren
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Pickpick

In a myriad of mediocre romance novels these days, this story puts no pressure on your suspension of disbelief.

Read the whole review on my blog:
https://theromanticquill.wordpress.com/2018/02/07/wednesday-reflections-36-roomi...

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1. In, on, or out of my bed.
2. I use my memory. Ta-da!
3. Only where the tension ebbs.
4. That would be a no.
5. I usually just tune out the world.
6. I'm a monogamist.
7. I'm never without a(n) (e)book at hand.
8. Silently, unless I'm chanting prayers or spells.
9. 👀
10. How do you read books w/o breaking in the spine? It's like wearing shoes w/o putting them on your feet.
11. Had to in lit classes 😢
12. @RestlessFickleBookSlut @hyacinth

RaimeyGallant 2 is hilarious! 2y
hyacinth This was fun to read. Ty for the tag 😀🤗 2y
Lupa08 BTW, I've been remiss. I was tagged by @RaimeyGallant but since I once again overshot the character limit, I couldn't tag her in the main body. And I don't know why I didn't think of adding a line in the comments' *sheepish grin* 2y
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Lupa08 @hyacinth anytime! 2y
UwannaPublishme 😁😁😁 2y
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Roomies | Christina Lauren
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This book is hilarious!

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A Scandalous Regency Christmas | Christine Merrill, Marguerite Kaye, Annie Burrows, Barbara Monalem, Linda Skye
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A collection of the most inane short stories ever. When a dowager advises her son (the current duke) to seduce a widow at her house party because the younger woman hasn't been laid in over a year and then worries if he's become impotent just because he sensibly refuses (this isn't even a villainous family) no, just no. A forward thinking conversation, to be sure, but I was officially scandalized and, frankly, a little grossed out.

Christy2318 That is an odd story line! 2y
Lupa08 @Christy2318 Isn't it? The storyline is indeed about a duke determined to seduce a chaste widow at his mother's Christmas house party in the hopes of liberating her sensuality, only he realizes how inappropriate his sentiments are when his mother tries to persuade him into the very same act, and so forth. There's liberalism and then there's just senseless aberration! 2y
Christy2318 @lupa08 Yes! No one wants to have that conversation with their mom...or their kid. 😱🤢 2y
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Pickpick

Sue Birtwistle (producer, 1995 BBC adaptation) once said that experience of reading Pride and Prejudice shifts with each revision; it is different at different stages of our lives. I could not agree more. This year, I was struck by how thoroughly Darcy's constancy refutes C. Lucas's claim that men's love have little power to sustain without encouragement.
While I continue to pace myself as I read this novel just so it would last longer. Sigh!

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I salvaged this copy in 1999 from my sec-sch library after it was placed in the Condemned pile due to its tattered condition. The lady in the cover illustration called to me despite the fact that the cover itself had fallen halfway apart. I took the book home and read the novel for the first time. I discovered my favorite novel in the world that day and have read from it every year since. Today our new maid accidentally threw away the cover 😢

RestlessFickleBookHoarder I'm so sorry. 😢 2y
Lupa08 @RestlessFickleBookSlut I anticipated this to happen someday given its physical state but I had hoped... When I showed the poor girl the book to see if she had misplaced the cover she was so desperately sorry to have thrown it away that I ended up consoling her. She only quieted after I brought forward the more recent copy I keep on my shelf. But only I know the loss of the cover. The lady was the friend who compelled me to save the book... 2y
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Duke of Desire | Elizabeth Hoyt
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Pickpick

It's a pick due to being a quick easy historical romance. However, I have some reservations about it too: Definitely the darkest of the Maiden Lane series yet - but a bit melodramatic in places. The plot is straightforward and main characters well-developed but I wish the heroine was less of a damsel in distress. She is a brave spirit but unfortunately frequently allows her sentiments to get the best of her. Still not a bad read.

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Rules of Magic | Alice Hoffman
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I had originally planned to do the review for this novel the Wednesday before Halloween. However, it took me two weeks to finish reading this book – not because it was boring but because it was so languidly mystical.

Full review on my blog:
https://theromanticquill.wordpress.com

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North and South (Revised) | Elizabeth Gaskell
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Gaskell once confessed she was heavily influenced by Jane Austen's writing and it shows in North and South. The dynamics of the relationship between Margaret & Thornton is quite similar to that of Elizabeth & Darcy - even though, given the period of time in which each author wrote, Gaskell's characters were bolder and more independent of spirit than Austen's while Austen's wit was sharper. Nevertheless, each woman did justice till the last word.

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After a recent bout of So-So reads, I was very cautious when I picked up Midnight At Tiffany's. I needn't have been. It was the kind of sweet uncomplicated romance that is trademark of Harlequin. In fact, apart from a bit of steam, it was a right fit for The Hallmark Channel.

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The Bad Luck Bride | Janna MacGregor
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Mehso-so

This debut novel began intense but then, 25% in, lost its edge. From book cover to plot concept, it had all the right elements for a very promising read. Unfortunately, the author lost focus with the many conflicts introduced and the plot devices began to fall apart. I still could enjoy reading it but as a writer couldn't overlook the flaws. I'm going to wait for the next book in the series; hoping with experience, the writing will tighten up.

LibrarianJen New series are always hard especially if it‘s the authors first book. 2y
Lupa08 @LibrarianJen Oh, most definitely! Writing a series is technically challenging in itself - building a series bible, deciding how much to reveal when, keeping the momentum going so the next book is picked up, etc. I genuinely hope MacGregor is able to refine her storytelling skills soon because she had a story to tell, I could see that from Chapter One. 2y
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Panpan

Another Twilight Saga. Acceptable concept, poor character development, and way too much drama. Yet I riffled through the 5th book because I can't bail on a story once I started and it's a continuation series. Sigh... and it could've been a good story too...😒
Fortunately, I have a friend who snorts fluff for recreational reading so I need only borrow the new books and not buy.

hyacinth snorts fluff omg 2y
Lupa08 @hyacinth Hey! I call 'em like I read 'em, lol 2y
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Cranford | Elizabeth Gaskell
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A thoroughly entertaining novel relating the "adventures" of a small town full of independent matrons who go through the years striving to retain the "old genteel ways" of living even as the Industrial Revolution threatens at their doorstep and despite any pecuniary constraints. Gaskell shares an honest yet heartwarming portrayal of feminine friendship that enlists infallible assistance even in the face of irreparable tragedies.

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Too Scot to Handle | Grace Burrowes
Pickpick

I was really happy when I discovered Grace Burrowes with her Trouble with Dukes (book #1 of Windham Brides). Book #2 Too Scot to Handle is a good sequel. Although I thought the hero of this novel Colin McHughes was pretty manageable as far as love interests go. Really, in this book, it was the English haute monde that was the trouble. Colin's older brother was a bigger brut, if we must split hairs over who makes the more traditional highland hero.

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I thoroughly enjoyed it. As delightful a Regency romance as they get. Sweet, uncomplicated, unalloyed entertainment. I loved how true to each character Ashford remained, gradually adding to their traits to reveal their eccentricities and secrets. Even more enjoyed how the MC had her pick of the gentlemen to choose from as her partner, making friends and enemies along the way. Too bad it's a stand-alone; Lord Darnell deserves his own happy ending.

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Lud! I hope I have at least some of the adventures I have read about. What a dire prediction!

Tagged by @RestlessFickleBookSlut

✔️Book series - Harry Potter, to be sure!
✔️Movie - I never tire of watching the 1995 BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice
✔️Dessert - Chicago cheesecake 😋
✔️Color - Greens and purples
✔️Flower - Gerberas

Tagging @RaimeyGallant @monogamist_reader @IolaGoulton @MrBook @hyacinth @UnidragonFrag

RaimeyGallant I'm going to play right in your comments if that's okay. But I already answered questions 1 and 2 elsewhere, so here goes for 3: I choose carrot cake, but without the cake part. I will eat all the cream cheese icing. :) 2y
Lupa08 @RaimeyGallant Cream cheese icing 😋 (edited) 2y
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It Must Be Christmas: Three Holiday Stories | Jennifer Crusie, Mandy Baxter, Donna Alward
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I'm generally a slow reader, slower when the book is so-so.
But who can blame when the distraction is so adorable! 😍😻

RaimeyGallant Adorable:) 2y
Lupa08 @RaimeyGallant 😁 thanks 2y
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Untitled | Unknown
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I added my 15 #LibrariansForTheWin for today; have you?

Courtesy:: #SmittenByLittens by @RaimeyGallant

RaimeyGallant I think I added all of them. :P 2y
Lupa08 @RaimeyGallant Lol, I don't doubt it! (edited) 2y
Louise Hello, Zaireen! Welcome to Litsy! 🎉 2y
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Lupa08 Thanks @Louise ! 2y
RestlessFickleBookHoarder I just added a bunch! 2y
Lupa08 @RestlessFickleBookSlut Great! See you among the book aisles! 2y
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It Must Be Christmas: Three Holiday Stories | Jennifer Crusie, Mandy Baxter, Donna Alward
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Summer is three months late, but now the heat is up! 😅☀🌡
Trying to catch some snowflakes to keep cool cool cool!

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It Must Be Christmas: Three Holiday Stories | Jennifer Crusie, Mandy Baxter, Donna Alward
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WHAT HAPPEN WHEN @RaimeyGallant TAKES YOU UNDER HER WINGS::

1. You find yourself downloading a cool new book app;
2. Participating in yet another author/reader community building challenge;
3. 10-fold your bookish followers overnight; and,
4. Feel compelled to keep the chakra of good deeds in motion.

So here is my pay-it-forward, courtesy of #SmittenByLittens - #FollowAttack
@kezzlou85 @AmyLarge @miamorswife @bookishpinay @Kdgordon88

AmyLarge Thank you @Lupa08 ! 😄 2y
litznbooks Yey! Thank you. ❤ 2y
Lupa08 Welcome 😃 2y
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kezzlou85 Aww thank you so much x 2y
RaimeyGallant Following! 2y
RaimeyGallant And I'm so happy you like my karma. :) No, wait, chakra. :) (edited) 2y
Lupa08 Chakra = wheel/wheel in motion; karma = wheel comes full circle and you get your returns with dividends. I think you're more of a chakra-girl than a wait-for-karma-person. 2y
Kdgordon88 Thank you 2y
Lupa08 Welcome 😃 2y
DebReads4fun Welcome to Litsy! 2y
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