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Lynnsoprano

Lynnsoprano

Joined July 2016

I thought retirement meant I could read all the time. Uh, no.
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Thanks for the tag, @TheSpineView

My favorite restaurant is our neighborhood Italian restaurant, Agliolio‘s in Wellington, Florida. Delicious homemade pasta, world‘s best garlic bread, fantastic everything. Having lunch there on Thursday with a friend.

I love books that involve food, especially when there are recipes included.

@dabbe @Texreader @tpixie , want to play?

#Two4Tuesday

jamield1993 Oooh, I could just eat some garlic bread 🤤🤤🤤 3d
Lynnsoprano @jamield1993 I know what you mean! Theirs comes dripping olive oil, and I‘d be perfectly happy with a couple plates of that and nothing else 😂😋 3d
jamield1993 @Lynnsoprano Sold 🤣 throw in a bowl of olives and a nice chilled white wine and that's the dream! 3d
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tpixie @Lynnsoprano thanks for the tag! Yum! I love dipping bread and olive oil and pepper!! I‘ll play a little later today when I get a chance! 3d
CatMS Recently moved to Kalamazoo Mi and still trying to find good restaurants. Would love to find great Italian, and Mexican restaurants. The books including food that I like are usually written by chefs. 3d
TheSpineView ❤️ ❤️❤️❤️❤️ pasta. Now I am craving Italian! No really good Italian near me. 😕 Thanks for playing 2d
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Our Fathers | Rebecca Wait
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This was recommended by a dear friend who has never steered me wrong. She usually challenges me to move out of my reading comfort zone, and it looks as if this do the same.

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A Sinister Revenge | Deanna Raybourn
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My absolute favorite historical mystery series, and this most recent installment is one of the best. Multiple murders, more than one murderer, the usual red herrings, and the always fascinating relationship between Veronica and Stoker. Nobody writes better dialogue than Raybourn, I‘m convinced. I took the picture at the Orlando Science Center, and it fits perfectly with the book, but you‘ll need to read it to find out why 😄

CatMS I love getting into series, some you can jump in anywhere and others such as the Three Pines by Louise Penny you should start from first book. How does this series stack up, begin from first book or jump in anywhere? 3d
Lynnsoprano @CatMS I think this is a series that would definitely be more enjoyable if you start with the first book. There‘s a lot of background about the characters that you‘d miss otherwise that really adds to the story. 3d
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Oh my goodness! Thank you @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks and @StayCurious I expected the book I won in a #LitsyLove giveaway. I didn‘t expect all the other goodies, and such a beautiful package, I almost didn‘t want to unwrap it😂. You are so generous, and it‘s a privilege to be part of the group.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Yay!! We are happy you like everything!! Took a chance on the gardenia scented car freshie! My daughter makes them. If you don‘t like it just pass it along ❤️❤️ 5d
Sleepswithbooks The car freshies are so awesome smelling!! And it helps me recognize my car because all cars look the same to these old eyes🚙👀 5d
dabbe @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Now how cool is that? Pretty. Darn. Cool. 😊 5d
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I added this to our granddaughter‘s birthday stack. The activities look like a lot of fun. I also like the “mess-o-meter.” I know her parents will enjoy doing the experiments with her, but I hope I get a chance, too.

tpixie Fun! 7d
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#Two4Tuesday
1. Obviously, my choice is influenced by the character‘s songs. So I‘m going with Ariel because I love Part of Your World.
2. I‘m going with Pride and Prejudice, because I think Elizabeth Bennett would fit right in with some of the feisty Disney heroines.

TheSpineView Love Ariel! Thanks for playing 1w
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Pi day is tomorrow, and our granddaughter‘s birthday is next week. I added this to her gift bag. Her dad is a math nerd and her mother is an excellent baker, so I think the whole family will enjoy this.

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A Sinister Revenge | Deanna Raybourn
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The only reason I hadn‘t started this yet was the fact that both hubby‘s and my alma maters ran deep in the Big 10 basketball tournament. I‘ve got until the NCAA Tournament really gets rolling on Thursday to get through this. I doubt it will take me that long, since I have trouble putting these books down.

SamAnne NCAA basketball--men ad women--is the only televised sport I get sucked into watch. And I really get sucked in.... 2w
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The Book Haters' Book Club | Gretchen Anthony
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I enjoyed this book, but the title is misleading. It‘s about a bookshop and the family dynamics of the people who own it and are fighting to keep it open. It‘s a story of self-discovery and learning what you really want from life. Great characters, even the dead one who speaks in first person! Also book recommendations for people who aren‘t avid readers. Definitely worth the time.

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The Book Haters' Book Club | Gretchen Anthony
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“We book people can be awful, prickish snobs. Why is a yummy romance any less worthy of a reader‘s love than the latest New York literary sweetheart? I say if a certain type of book isn‘t your preferred cocktail, darling, simply put down the glass and order something new. You don‘t have to act as if you‘ve been poisoned.” I love it! And I love that Litsy has room for all of us, no matter what books we love—or don‘t 😄

Daisey Agreed!! 3w
Cuilin True, room for all on Litsy ❤️ 3w
wojo Preach it! My saying is not all books are for all people at all times. 2w
Lynnsoprano @wojo Hubby and I have a 60 page rule. We don‘t have to read any book, we‘re not taking a test on it. If it‘s not doing it for me, well, life‘s too short to read books I‘m not crazy about. 2w
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The Book Haters' Book Club | Gretchen Anthony
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There are so many unread books on my Kindle, but this is the one calling for me tonight.

Crazeedi Curious to hear what you think. I'm always interested in books with "book" in the title! 3w
Lynnsoprano @Crazeedi I know what you mean! I‘ve already read three “bookshop” novels this year! 3w
Clare-Dragonfly I don‘t know if I could relate to characters who are book haters! 3w
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This was very entertaining. The relationship between the MCs reminded me of Pride and Prejudice at times. Georgiana wants to collect and study butterflies, and is reluctant to marry; she‘d rather travel the world than admit her feelings for Sir Giles. For his part, although he‘s falling in love with her, Giles is determined to think the worst of Georgie. There‘s international intrigue and a bit of spying, too. Not your average Regency romance. 👍

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We‘ve been walking most mornings, so we haven‘t had a #coffeeandbooks morning in a couple months. However, since I have an inflamed Achilles tendon, I‘m supposed to cut back on the walking. If that‘s what it takes to get a morning bagel and coffee, I‘ll take it 😃

Susanita Oof. I hope you feel better soon. 3w
Lynnsoprano @Susanita Thanks! It‘s already a lot better. For once I didn‘t wait to go to the doctor. 3w
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I swore my next read would be something other than a historical romance, but then this new release showed up in a Bookbub email. How could I resist? Besides, it will be a great excuse to post more of my plant pics 😂

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A quick, fun romance to end #loveathon2023. This is a nice variation on the marriage of convenience. The characters were what drew me into this. The MCs are a bit older, and have their foibles, which definitely keeps it from being your run-of-the-mill Regency romance. A new author for me, I‘m certainly willing to try more of her books.

Lizpixie What a stunning rose!🌹 3w
Lynnsoprano @Lizpixie It‘s actually a camellia. We were at the botanical garden in Orlando on Friday, and their beautiful collection of camellias was in bloom. The color of this one is just spectacular, I think. 3w
Lizpixie I was tossing up whether it was a camellia coz of the perfect petals but came down on rose because it‘s usually roses when you talk about love & Valentine‘s Day! I have some pretty pink & white camellias next to my carport out the front, they‘re beautiful plants. I want to get a tea camellia for a large pot on my verandah soon. 3w
Lynnsoprano @Lizpixie Even though we‘re only a 160 miles farther south, we‘re too hot for camellias, so we always try to get to the garden in Orlando when they‘re in bloom. Enjoy your blooms! 3w
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I had such great plans for #loveathon2023 and downloaded a bunch of romance novels to my Kindle. Who knew that February was going to be so crazy busy? Trying to get in one more.

Clwojick You can do it! 💖 3w
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I raided our son and DIL‘s library again this weekend. As much as I love mysteries, I haven‘t read much Christie. Her work was featured in the Wondrium course, Secrets of Great Mystery and Suspense Fiction, that hubby and I just finished. I realized I need to read more of her novels. We watched the movie version of this last week, and I decided to start here.

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I admit to being disappointed with this book. Supposedly based on Much Ado About Nothing, it strayed pretty far from the source. I frankly got tired of Edith (Beatrice) and her dithering. It was predictable, but not because I know (and love) Much Ado, but because it felt like your run of the mill pedestrian Regency romance, and not a particularly well written one.

Clare-Dragonfly Dithering does NOT sound like Beatrice. 😑 3w
Lynnsoprano @Clare-Dragonfly I know. I had such great hopes 🙁 3w
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This is supposedly a retelling of Much Ado About Nothing, which is one of my favorite Shakespeare plays. I saw a really clever production of it a year ago at Orlando Shakes. I know it‘s not fair, but I‘m sure I‘m going to be comparing this to that performance. The book is subtitled A Romance Retold, so it fits perfectly for #loveathon2023

Clare-Dragonfly Ooh, I love Much Ado! Let me know how you like this! I might have to read it—especially if it has the “Kill Claudio” scene 😆 1mo
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My Lady's Choosing: An Interactive Romance Novel | Kitty Curran, Larissa Zageris
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We‘ll, that was interesting! I‘m calling this one of those “pick, but” books. It‘s really almost a satire of romance stereotypes in the form of a very long decision tree. I may, at some point, read it again and make different choices to see what happens. I read this on my Kindle, so it jumped to the correct location with each choice. Doing it in a physical book might be clumsier. I‘m sure this isn‘t to everyone‘s taste, and I came close to 👇

Lynnsoprano bailing at one point. The decision points come quickly in the beginning, and it was kind of annoying. As you get farther into your story line, there‘s more narrative and the flow is better. 1mo
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My Lady's Choosing: An Interactive Romance Novel | Kitty Curran, Larissa Zageris
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I do not know what an “interactive romance novel” is, but I‘m about to find out. Alas, I don‘t think it comes with an actual hunk of a love interest 😂 #loveathon2023

ChaoticMissAdventures Oh is this like a choose your adventure book? 1mo
Clwojick This looks HILARIOUS and I love it! 1mo
Lynnsoprano @ChaoticMissAdventures I‘ve never read any of those, but I‘m guessing it‘s the same principle. It‘s like an oversized decision tree. 1mo
Lynnsoprano @Clwojick It is alternately hilarious and frustrating, because I feel like I‘m jumping around. I‘m having to make a decision every couple of pages, and TBH, it‘s kind of annoying. 1mo
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Sorry to have been MIA. The last couple of weeks have been just crazy. I loaded up my Kindle with historical romances for #Loveathon2023 but this is the first one I‘ve had time to finish. A cute read, nothing out of the ordinary, but great chemistry between the main characters.

Clwojick I‘m trying to get more into historical romances, but I find them very hit or miss. Do you have any go to authors I should check out? 1mo
Lynnsoprano @Clwojick I tend more towards historical mysteries that involve romance, such as Anna Lee Huber‘s two series, or Deanna Raybourn. Lynn Messina‘s Beatrice Hyde-Clare novels are favorites because they combine mystery, romance, and humor. For straight historical romance, I like Cheryl Bolen, Megan Bryce, and of course Julia Quinn. 1mo
Clwojick Thanks! I‘ll check them out! I do love a good mystery suspense so maybe that‘s what I‘ve been missing. 1mo
DonnaD I‘m new here. Just downloaded the app but I‘ll definitely check this one out! 1mo
Lynnsoprano @DonnaD Welcome! This is a great community. I look forward to getting to know you. 1mo
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Oh, how I love this book! The plot, the characters, the real 1950s feel. Having grown up in the 50s, it felt so real. It‘s at heart a love story, but love on many levels. Absolutely recommend.

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After having so many people recommend this to me, I‘m excited to start reading it. If nothing else, the title is appropriate, since I married my high school chemistry teacher 😂

jdiehr Whoa!! 2mo
MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm That sounds like a story worth reading as well! 👀😅 2mo
Lynnsoprano @jdiehr @MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm It‘s not as juicy as it sounds 🤣 We met my senior year, which was his first year teaching, and didn‘t go out until after graduation. We‘ve been married 51 years now, so I guess we have good chemistry! 2mo
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jdiehr 😄💕 2mo
MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm Oh wow, congrats on the 51 years! ❤️ 2mo
Avigail @Lynnsoprano I read it last month and enjoyed it very much. 1mo
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Girl with a Pearl Earring | Tracy Chevalier
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I‘d read so many mixed reviews of this book that I put off reading it. I wish I hadn‘t, and I‘m definitely glad to have finally read it. Beautifully written, fascinating story, memorable characters and setting. It‘s one I‘ll remember for a long time.

TheBookHippie I love this book. ♥️ 2mo
Blaire I loved this book too. I read the entire thing in one sitting when I moved into my first apartment after college. I distinctly remember sitting in the furnitureless studio apartment engrossed in it. 2mo
Lynnsoprano @blaire I love this, and how certain books are so closely tied to specific memories. ❤️ 2mo
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Not a bad #jumpstart2023 for me. Five books completed, and almost finished one more. I had to laugh, though: Goodreads apparently can‘t do math. It says I‘ve read 4 books for this year‘s reading challenge, even though it shows all 5 😘

Clwojick My GR numbers are always off for a bit too. They eventually catch up and correct themselves lol. 2mo
Clwojick Great job, and thanks for joining us! ❤️💗😊 2mo
Lynnsoprano @Clwojick I think I‘ve noticed it before, but it was just so obvious at the start of the year. 2mo
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A wonderful way to end a day.

TheBookHippie Agree 2mo
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If you‘ve ever sung in a choir, or enjoy listening to choral music, or actually any music, this book has so many insights. It is beautifully written, and while it‘s part memoir, it also talks about music history and the psychology of music. I can‘t think of the last time I flew through a nonfiction book this quickly. Definitely recommend. #jumpstart2023 #sharreadathon

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️❤️❤️ 2mo
Clwojick Way to go! ❤️ 2mo
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I got hooked on this series and read the first five books in quick succession. I started this, but I needed a change, so I put it down a couple months ago. Time to start again with one of my favorite characters. #jumpstart2023

Clwojick Ooo. Love the cover. Definitely looks like something I‘d pick up. 💖 2mo
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The Mayfair Bookshop | Eliza Knight
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A worthwhile read that sent me down the research rabbit hole. A dual timeline story involving Nancy Mitford, about whom I knew nothing when I started. As befitting a complex character whose life contained many trials, this is often not a “happy” story, but it does end on a positive note. I‘m glad I read this and finished it as part of #sharreadathon and #jumpstart2023

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Sounds good!! 2mo
Clwojick Great job! 2mo
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The Mayfair Bookshop | Eliza Knight
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After a week that‘s been nonstop busy, it‘s been nice to have a solid hour+ to read for #sharreadathon, and also continuing with #jumpstart2023. The tagged book is different from what I expected, but very good. Hoping to get it finished tomorrow before the football games 😄

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️❤️❤️ 2mo
Ambersstarr What app do you use to track you‘re progress in reading? Or do you just use your phn times to track how long you have read that moment? 2mo
Lynnsoprano @Ambersstarr I just use my phone timer. That‘s as high-tech as I get.😄 TBH, I usually forget to keep track of my times, so I rarely participate in readathons. But this one is special. 2mo
Ambersstarr Lol ok cool… I was asking bc I have been looking into different reading apps 2mo
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Talk about six degrees of separation: the dedication of one of my current reads acknowledges Dilys Smith. She was the daughter of my college voice teacher, and an accomplished singer in her own right. I love the connection! 🎶

IndoorDame I love it when you have little personal connections like that to books! 2mo
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The Mayfair Bookshop | Eliza Knight
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A mention of Chatsworth meant that I had to go back through my pictures of our visit. Is it really almost 7 years ago? I do know I‘d joined Litsy just about a month before that trip 😀

IndoorDame How lovely 💙 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Pretty 😍 2mo
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The Mayfair Bookshop | Eliza Knight
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I seem to be drawn to books about bookshops lately. I‘m starting yet another book for #jumpstart2023. I‘m really pleased by how much I‘ve read in the last two weeks, even though things have been crazy busy.

kspenmoll I really enjoyed this- hope u do! 2mo
Clwojick The cover alone would have me grabbing this one! So pretty! And congratulations on your reading ☺️ 2mo
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A musician friend is downsizing as she moves into a new apartment, and she gave me this today. Given how much happiness and joy I get from singing with others, I‘m excited to read this. #jumpstart2023

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The Heart of the Garden | Victoria Connelly
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This was a gentle story about relationships and building community, as a group of disparate individuals is chosen to restore a garden. A bit of mystery, a little romance, it‘s an easy and pleasurable read. This is, I think, the third book I‘ve read by this author that involves gardens, and she really does the setting justice. I want to step into the space she creates. Photo is from the botanical garden where I volunteer. #jumpstart2023

DivineDiana What a beautiful place to volunteer! 2mo
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The Heart of the Garden | Victoria Connelly
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I spent yesterday and today leading tours at the botanical garden, so starting a book that involves a garden seems appropriate this evening.
#jumpstart2023

Lindy I used to be docent at our local botanic garden. It‘s nice to even think about being in a garden at this time of year in Edmonton. ❄️ 2mo
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I absolutely adored this story. On the surface, it‘s a simple story, but there are a number of important life lessons here, too. There were times I laughed, and times I cried. It‘s well written, a relatively easy read that I had a hard time putting down. So glad I decided to read this. #jumpstart2023. (Not my photo)

Clwojick Great job! 2mo
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Any excuse to read a romance is good with me. Looking forward to February‘s #Loveathon2023 ❤️ Time to start planning my TBR.

Clwojick Woohoo! 2mo
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I‘m in the mood for a light read this evening, and this looks like it will be just what I need.

RebelReader It‘s delightful! 2mo
Lynnsoprano @RebelReader I‘m loving it ! 2mo
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Girl with a Pearl Earring | Tracy Chevalier
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I suspect that every time one of Vermeer‘s paintings is described, I‘m going to be online, hunting an image. This is the one that Griet, the MC, was just looking at.

Pogue I do that. I also listen to the music that is written about in a book I am reading. 2mo
Cathythoughts Oh that‘s gorgeous ❤️ 2mo
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Girl with a Pearl Earring | Tracy Chevalier
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Hubby and I have been watching the Great Courses lectures on the history of European art. This is one of Vermeer‘s paintings that the lecturer highlighted, so I was excited when it was mentioned in the book and I could picture the painting.

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I got book hooks for my daughter and DIL for Christmas, of course I had to get one for myself 😄

Chrissyreadit Those are cute! 3mo
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Girl with a Pearl Earring | Tracy Chevalier
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This is one of the books on the Viking reading list for our cruise, so I decided it‘s finally time to read it. I‘ve enjoyed a couple other books by the author, but I‘ve heard so many mixed responses to this. Second book for #jumpstart2023

Clwojick I liked it! I‘m very hot and cold with classics though, so hopefully it‘s a pick for you too! 3mo
ChantalReads Read this in college. It wasn't super memorable, but I didn't really dislike it either. 3mo
Lizpixie I‘ve never read this one. 3mo
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#januaryjazz #worldintrovertday

If I‘m not reading, I want to walk my favorite path.

Eggs Beautiful 💚💚 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks So pretty 😍 3mo
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Not in the database, but this looks like fun. After a weekend with our 5yo granddaughter, I don‘t have the energy for anything really deep, but I want to get going with #jumpstart2023

Clwojick Looks like the perfect comfort read! ❤️ 3mo
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Lots of reading this weekend with our 5YO granddaughter. I have been introduced to the Billie B Brown and Hey Jack books by Sally Rippin. Fun stuff.

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I passed my goal of 48, or 4 books per month. I didn‘t read as much nonfiction this year as I have the past few years, but overall there wasn‘t one book that I didn‘t enjoy. #readingstatistics

Bookzombie Congratulations! 3mo
Bklover I read 53 as well! Congratulations! 3mo
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I‘ve developed a strong appreciation for Alexander von Humboldt and his work after reading this book. His writings were incredibly prophetic in terms on environmental concerns. Extremely well written; not something to skim through. I learned so much about so many things, which was Humboldt‘s polymath style. Well worth reading.

SamAnne I bought this book more than a year ago and have not started! Thank you for the reminder. 3mo
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The Last Bookshop in London | Madeline Martin
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It seems odd to describe a WWII novel as both heart-wrenching and heartwarming, but this book is both. The descriptions of London during the Blitz are sometimes difficult to read. Yet, the story of how Grace discovers the wonders of reading, and how she shares her love of books, and how she reaches out and touches lives is incredibly uplifting. Definitely worth reading.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks So pretty 💛 3mo
Garabrandtreviews I have been meaning to read this 3mo
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