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MaureenMc

MaureenMc

Joined March 2016

“I never look back, darling, it distracts me from the now.” - Edna Mode
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Starting this one in my new bedroom reading nook.

tpixie Enjoy your nook!! 🪑 📕 💗 6h
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Apricot Sky | RUBY. FERGUSON
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What a lovely, warm cuppa of a book. I loved every minute I spent with the MacAlveys and all of the people who populated their lives that summer. Adored Ferguson‘s comedic timing, too. Must try to hunt down more of her work! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Ruthiella Glad you enjoyed this one! All the DSP Furrowed Middlebrow books I‘ve read so far have been winners! 4w
CarolynM It made me feel like I'd been on summer holidays too😀 Lovely book. Glad you enjoyed. 4w
LeahBergen Yes!! 👏👏 Isn‘t it wonderful? 4w
Cathythoughts I loved this one too ❤️ 4w
MaureenMc @LeahBergen Yes! Pure delight from start to finish. 😁 4w
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It had been a while since I had read Kate Morton. Her storytelling always sucks me in. This one is very gothic in its story, with its crumbling castle, inherited madness & secrets upon secrets. Loved it.

BookBabe It‘s been years since I read one of her novels, but I really enjoyed them! Also, she was very sweet when I met her at a book festival. ❤️ I‘ll check this out. #stacked! 1mo
Kristin_Reads I loved this one! She is one of my auto-buy authors. (edited) 2w
MaureenMc @Kristin_Reads Yes! Isn‘t she due for a new novel?? 2w
Kristin_Reads @MaureenMc I keep checking for something from her… it‘s been a few years since 2w
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Happy St. Patrick‘s Day, all! Check out who was playing on SiriusXM - @Cathythoughts
Fabulous tune!

Cathythoughts Oh very good ! Thanks , I must let him know 👍🏻💚 2mo
Cathythoughts Happy St Patrick‘s Day 😘 2mo
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There is Confusion | Jessie Redmon Fauset
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Well-told story of three African-American friends in early 20th century New York, trying to achieve their own ambitions while bearing the burdens of their families‘ dreams for them, all under the increased burden of racism.

LeahBergen Lovely photo! 2mo
MaureenMc @LeahBergen Thank you! 😊 I had a hard time finding a decent background for a fluorescent green cover! 😆 2mo
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1. I enjoy both, but I really do love multiple POV when it‘s done well. (Tagged my current read-aloud with my daughter that has multiple POV)
2. No, unfortunately
3. Although I like the idea of lists, I‘m a mood reader all the way.
#WondrousWednesday
If you‘re reading this, please consider yourself tagged. 😁

Eggs Thanks for playing 💗💗 3mo
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This novel is the definition of epic, covering hundreds of years of Georgian history through the lens of a single family. Cruelty, brutality, & much loss, but also love, duty, and a touch of magic. The prose was beautiful; kudos to the translator(s).
And with that, I‘ve completed my #chunksterchallenge2022! Woot!

DivineDiana Congratulations! 👏🏻📚👏🏻 3mo
Amiable Fabulous! Great job! 3mo
MaureenMc @DivineDiana @Amiable Thank you! 😊 3mo
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AmyG Congrats! I am reading this and I have 2 lives left! Really enjoying it. 3mo
Texreader Congratulations!! 3mo
MaureenMc @AmyG I meant to tag you & ask how it‘s going! I‘m glad you‘re enjoying it, too. 😁 3mo
MaureenMc @Texreader Thank you! 3mo
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Overall, I enjoyed this read with the #PemberLittens. I didn‘t connect with all of the essays, but there were some real gems. Many of the Mansfield Park essays gave me a new appreciation for that novel. I also really enjoyed Woolf‘s takes on Austen‘s earlier and unfinished works.

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A bit late, but better late than never, as they say. 😆
💖No Valentine‘s pics this year, so I‘m sharing a pic of my daughter reading aloud to her fish, Olaf. 😁
💙Tagged my current read, which is for #Chunksterchallenge. Definite pick so far!
🖤 Today I‘m grateful my daughter only has a half-day of school, as we‘re expecting freezing rain & snow. 😬
#wondrousWednesday

AkashaVampie Did Olaf melt and then turn into a fish?? Haha 3mo
Cathythoughts What a beautiful girl 💕 3mo
mabell I love this! 😄❤️ 3mo
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AkashaVampie @MaureenMc ur welcome for the laugh!!! 3mo
Eggs Oh my gosh how sweet is that!?!♥️♥️ 3mo
MaureenMc @Eggs 🥰 3mo
Nute OMG! So precious!💕 3mo
MaureenMc @Nute 😁😊 3mo
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Miss Buncles Book | D.E. Stevenson
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Delightful, hilarious, charming, and meta. 😊 Loved this one!
A pic of our cozy cat for this cozy read. 😸

BarbaraBB A great read indeed! 3mo
LeahBergen I love this book! 🥰 3mo
MaureenMc @BarbaraBB @LeahBergen It‘s the definition of charming. 🥰 3mo
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Cathythoughts I‘m looking forward to reading this one 👍 3mo
kspenmoll What a sweet ball of snuggly cat! 3mo
MaureenMc @kspenmoll That‘s our Onyx. He‘ll be 20 in April. 💙 3mo
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1. Tagged book is my most recently added. No clue when I‘ll get to it. 😆
2. Nope.
3. The Eighth Life, A Truth Universally Acknowledged, and There is Confusion
#WondrousWednesday

Eggs Interesting titles! Thanks for playing 📚📚 4mo
kspenmoll I just started the Dept of Rate Books-! 3mo
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The Family | Naomi Krupitsky
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A coming-of-age story of two girls born into Mafia families in New York in the 1930s-1940s. Explores how living in this world affects your outlook on life. The characters were well developed, and I found the writing style to be engaging. Really enjoyed this one!

Cathythoughts Sounds like a good one 👍📖 4mo
Cinfhen Sounds good!! 4mo
squirrelbrain I have this as an ARC…sounds fab! 4mo
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Suet624 Sounds good!! 4mo
MaureenMc @Cathythoughts @Cinfhen @squirrelbrain @Suet624 It‘s definitely worth the read, esp. if you‘re like me & have a morbid fascination with the Mob. 😄 4mo
Cinfhen OBSESSED with Mob Wives back in the day!!! LOVED that show 4mo
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I‘ve set my Goodreads goal quite a bit lower than years past. I really want to focus on bigger books this year.

My word/theme for 2022 is Hope. 😊

I‘m definitely enjoying the tagged book!

#ThoughtfulThursday

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Between Christmas & birthday gifts, I‘ll have tons of #audiopuzzling in my future! 😁

LeahBergen Lovely! 5mo
LeahBergen Happy Birthday!! ❤️📚❤️📚 5mo
MaureenMc @LeahBergen Thank you! 🥰 5mo
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Cathythoughts So nice 😁 Happy Birthday 🥳 (edited) 5mo
MaureenMc @Cathythoughts Thank you! 🥰 5mo
BookBabe Nice! Those look like beautiful puzzles. 😊 📚😸 I had the privilege of visiting Neuschwanstein in person and it was incredible! 😍 4mo
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The Hundred Dresses | Eleanor Estes
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We‘re doing a family buddy read this week of the tagged book. We read a chapter or two at a time and then discuss. My daughter has been loving it! 🥰

LeahBergen Aww! And it‘s a lovely book, too. 5mo
Blueberry ❤️ 5mo
Ruthiella Sweet! 😀 5mo
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Cathythoughts Gorgeous picture ❤️ 5mo
Gissy She looks so happy!! 📚❤️ 5mo
Magpiegem I love that 🥰 (edited) 5mo
Nute Aww, the sweetest moment!💞 5mo
BookBabe She really looks happy! 😃 So sweet. I hope we can do this when my little girl is big enough. 🥰 4mo
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The Family | Naomi Krupitsky
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My last book of 2021 is tagged. I doubt I‘ll finish it before the new year. However, I do plan to start The Eighth Life on January 1st, no matter what. 😁

Thanks, @BookNAround ! #lastfirst

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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Kate Bowler‘s life is amazing, & her insights are thoughtful and thought-provoking. Would have included this one on my best of 2021 list if I‘d finished it in time. 😊

Cathythoughts Sounds good 👍❤️ Lovely picture 5mo
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Here‘s my attempt at #Top21of21, subject to amendments as we still have a couple of weeks left in the year. 😁
Please consider yourself tagged, if you‘d like to participate. 😊
(This is my first attempt at Pic Collage. 😬)

EvieBee This is a nice collection! 5mo
Freespirit Great books❤️ 5mo
LeahBergen Delafield! Von Arnim! Elizabeth Jane Howard! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 5mo
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LeeRHarry I seriously could have put The Cazalet Chtonicles on my list but ran out of room - l enjoyed it so much 😊 great list! 5mo
mabell Great choices! 😍 5mo
merelybookish Great list! Cazalet Chronicles is on mine too (or will be). 5mo
TrishB Good choices 👍🏻 5mo
MaureenMc @EvieBee @Freespirit @mabell @merelybookish Thank you! 😊 @LeahBergen 2021 was definitely the year of older books for me! @LeeRHarry 🥰 5mo
Nute Fantastic reading this year! Ah! There‘s my girls, Agatha Christie and Elizabeth Jane Howard! And all the nods to the illustrated Harry Potter books! I am discovering so many new books because of everyone‘s choices. Reading through these posts is like a Saturday morning heavenly literary smorgasbord from some of my most favorite people on the planet! Such a delight!💕 5mo
MaureenMc @TrishB @Nute Thanks! It has indeed been a delightful year of reading. 😁 5mo
DivineDiana I was happily surprised to see “The Long Loneliness” on your list. What an incredible woman! 5mo
MaureenMc @DivineDiana I find Dorothy Day to be very inspiring, but also very convicting. She‘ll tell it to you straight! 5mo
kspenmoll I am having so much fun seeing people‘s book choices! My aunt & uncle( now dead) worked with Dorothy Day in NYC. They inspired me too work in. Catholic Worker House in Boston in my early 20s. 5mo
MaureenMc @kspenmoll How amazing! 5mo
Cinfhen Hurray!!!! Your post looks fabulous and so does your book list!!! Need to study for #FutureInspiration 5mo
MaureenMc @Cinfhen Thank you! 😊 I‘m getting lots of great ideas for next year from everyone‘s lists! 5mo
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All Change | Elizabeth Jane Howard
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ And so, my year with the Cazalets concludes. I loved getting to know these characters & feeling immersed in a series. (I don‘t seem to get as caught up in series as I did when I was younger.) Highly recommended!

Ruthiella I also miss that sense of immersion. Lovely when we get it back. 5mo
MaureenMc @Ruthiella Yes! I don‘t think I realized how much I missed that feeling. 5mo
Cathythoughts Nice review 👍🏻 I‘ve only read the first book … must get back to it this new year 🤞🏻😁 5mo
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merelybookish Yay! Congrats! I was a bit sad when I finished. 5mo
MaureenMc @merelybookish Yes, I will miss them! @Cathythoughts Hope you‘re able to continue the series. 😁 5mo
kspenmoll I have heard good things about the Chronicles- will check out at the library for winter reading! 5mo
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Dune | Frank Herbert
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I finished this book a while ago, but we just had our book club meeting last weekend. This one was not for me. I didn‘t find the story to be particularly engaging, & I found Herbert‘s writing to be subpar. I‘m bumping up my rating to so-so because it did make for a great discussion.

Ddzmini It‘s changed since I first read this in the 80‘s 🤨😨 5mo
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Part history, part memoir. The author researched the history of Harlem after moving there from TX in the early‘00s. She weaves her story & the stories of her neighbors with Harlem‘s past. Very well done and thought-provoking. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Casting Off | Elizabeth Jane Howard
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Volume 4 of the Cazalet Chronicles. Of course, I loved it. (Did anyone have a doubt?) So much drama & developments in the early post-war years - lots of endings but also new beginnings. Looking forward to vol. 5!
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Cathythoughts Great 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 6mo
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Dune | Frank Herbert
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Y‘all, one of my book groups has chosen Dune for our next read. I don‘t typically read sci-fi; I don‘t think my brain is equipped to process all of the world-building, new languages, etc. It‘s 600+ pages. Your thoughts and well wishes are appreciated. 😳😬

MadelineMcCrae Thick sci-fi books are not my forte either! Good luck! Maybe watching the movie after you read it will help you visualize some aspects? 7mo
Kdgordon88 I don‘t read much Sci-Fi but Dune is a great read. I read it for the second time earlier this year and enjoyed it all over again. 7mo
MaureenMc @MadelineMcCrae Ooh, good idea! @Kdgordon88 That makes me feel a bit better about my chances of getting through it! 😆 7mo
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RachelAmphlett Would love to hear your thoughts when you‘re done - I think we‘re seeing the film next week as my other half writes sci-fi but this book always looked daunting when it was on my parents‘ bookshelf, so I never tried reading it! 7mo
Suet624 I don‘t usually read this genre but I‘ve read it twice. Fantastic story. 7mo
mabell Surprising book club pick! 🤔 7mo
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Confusion | Elizabeth Jane Howard
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The completely captivating Cazalet Chronicles continues in Confusion! (I‘ve always loved alliteration.😁) We‘re in the thick of the war now, and loads more drama and angst ensues. I continue to adore some of the characters, loathe others, & want to smack several of both. Hoping to finish the series by the new year! 🤞

Ruthiella I had to pop over to @merelybookish to make sure you two knew each other! And you DO! 😃 I‘m definitely going to get to this series soon. I have the first book on my e-reader. 7mo
LeeRHarry I read this one last month - I think it‘s my favourite of the series so far 😊 7mo
MaureenMc @LeeRHarry There‘s a lot of development of the younger generation‘s characters, I think. 7mo
MaureenMc @Ruthiella Lol! @merelybookish and I have become the Cazalet Chronicles cheerleaders lately. 🤣 7mo
merelybookish @MaureenMc @Ruthiella Yes, we have made 2021 the Year of the Cazalets! 7mo
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Harlem Shuffle: A Novel | Colson Whitehead
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I‘ve seen somewhat mixed reviews for Whitehead‘s latest, but I just loved it. A thoughtfully & gorgeously written crime novel - he totally pulled it off. Something about Whitehead‘s prose always pulls me right into the story.

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Before We Visit the Goddess: A Novel | Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
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Sad, beautiful novel-in-stories about three Indian/Indian-American women (grandmother, mother, and granddaughter). Missed chances, second chances, the need for redemption that may not come. Worth the read. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Marking Time | Elizabeth Jane Howard
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The Cazalet Chronicles continues! This installment focuses on the three eldest daughters, Louise, Clary, and Polly. Although it barely covers two years in time (1939-1941), so much is explored - duty to family and country, identity, marriage, friendship. I enjoyed this one even more than the first. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
And Edward is the absolute worst! 😡

Tamra I recently ordered the first an am looking forward to it after reading all the great Litsy reviews! 9mo
LeeRHarry Have just finished this and I agree, I enjoyed this one more than the first - love the characters of Clary and Polly 😊 8mo
MaureenMc @LeeRHarry Yes, I adore both of them! 8mo
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The Personal Librarian | Marie Benedict, Victoria Christopher Murray
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I really wanted to like this book more than I did. Green‘s story (passing as White while working for J.P. Morgan during the Gilded Age) was interesting, but I never really connected with her character. I found the writing style somewhat clunky, too.

TiredLibrarian Aww - it sounded so good 😕 9mo
MaureenMc @TiredLibrarian Your mileage may vary! I wouldn‘t discourage others from trying it. But maybe borrow not buy. 😁 9mo
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September | Rosamunde Pilcher
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1. Fall! 🍂🍁
2. 🍎 picking, pumpkin spice everything, lighting candles, walks in cooler temps, sitting by the fire table on the deck (can you tell I‘m so ready for fall?!)
3. All of the bookstores in Wigtown, Scotland
4. My daughter being COVID free, so far (her entire class is under quarantine due to 4 cases in her class 😞)
Thanks for the tag! 😊
#wondrousWednesday

Eggs Thanks for joining in 🍎🍁❤️ 9mo
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And with this, I completed my Goodreads goal for the year! 🎉 I was actually going to try to slow down my pace so I could read more deeply and also choose longer books without that underlying anxiety about reaching a number. Maybe that starts now? 🤔😁
Tagged book is a fantastic memoir. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Birdsong28 Congratulations 🎉🎊 9mo
EvieBee Yay! You‘re early so now you can take it nice and slow. 🎉🍾🎊 9mo
Ruthiella Well done! 🥳 In the past few years I‘ve set my goal at a number I know I can reach. I like seeing the stats but don‘t want to get stressed out about the numbers. 9mo
Jas16 🙌🏽 9mo
Gissy Congratulations 🎉🎊 📚📚📚📚📚📚👏👏👏👏 9mo
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A Hundred Summers | Beatriz Williams
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To me, summer always means Beatriz Williams. I read my first one of hers on vacation a few years ago, & now I like to uphold that tradition. This story of family secrets, first loves, & friendship takes place, in part, during the summer of the New England hurricane of 1938. Although not my favorite of hers, still a great beach read.

EvieBee Cutie! 🙋🏻‍♀️ 9mo
Cathythoughts Lovely picture 9mo
MaureenMc @Cathythoughts Thank you! She usually cooperates when asked to model for me. 😁 9mo
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Saplings | Noel Streatfeild
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My fave book fair was back this year! Generally pleased with my #bookhaul. 😊 (Pay no attention to the bookshelves in the background full of unread books. 😬😆)

BookDadGirlDad I wonder if buying more books than you can read is in the " Expensive Habits" book. ? 9mo
EvieBee Wow! What a haul! So@many greats. 9mo
MaureenMc @BookDadGirlDad 😆 I‘ll report back after I‘ve read it! 9mo
Ruthiella Wow! A Persephone!!! I never see those in the wild! 😃 9mo
MaureenMc @Ruthiella I know! I actually saw several at this book fair. Highly unusual! 9mo
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Landscape in Sunlight | Elizabeth Fair
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I impulse-purchased this one based on the cover (which is somewhat ironic because it‘s an ebook?), and it‘s part of the Furrowed Middlebrow series. It was a lovely, cozy, summery read. Also funny, although not nearly as humorous as Thirkell. 😊

LeahBergen I have this waiting on my shelves. 👍 10mo
quietjenn This is the one Fair I haven't read. Soon perhaps - it does seem ideal for the season! 10mo
Tamra I‘m attracted to the cover too! 10mo
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MaureenMc @quietjenn I also purchased A Winter Away, but must wait for winter to read that one. 😁 10mo
CarolynM I'll get to this one soon I hope. Would you like to join us in the #FurrowedMiddlebrowClub? Next up in September is (edited) 9mo
MaureenMc @CarolynM Thank you! I‘ll try to join in. 😊 9mo
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The Light Years | Elizabeth Jane Howard
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First in an historical fiction series following an aristocratic English family. This installment is set in the late 1930s, ending just before the start of WWII. Howard‘s writing is exquisite, & her character development is near perfect. (Photo taken where I finished the book - at a cabin in the Great Smoky Mts.)

mabell 😍😍😍 10mo
BookNAround I loved this series when I found it years ago. 10mo
Cathythoughts Great review! I‘ve read this one … must move on to the next soon 🤞🏻 10mo
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MaureenMc @BookNAround I‘m kinda bummed I didn‘t find it sooner! 10mo
MaureenMc @Cathythoughts I plan on starting the second soon, too. I need to find out what happens to these characters! 10mo
BookNAround @MaureenMc I worked in a bookstore when it was coming out so it was a good discovery purely thanks to proximity. 10mo
robinb Gorgeous scenery…love the Smokies! ❤️ 10mo
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Mrs. Dalloway | Virginia Woolf
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“Mrs. Dalloway said she would buy the flowers herself.”

Another Woolf that I‘m glad I read, but I can‘t claim to really “get.”

mabell Love this photo! 💕👏 11mo
MaureenMc @mabell Thank you! I was lucky that she agreed to model for me. 😁 (edited) 11mo
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Tamra Sweet pic! 11mo
erzascarletbookgasm Pretty pic👍 11mo
Gissy Lovely photo!😍💖💫 11mo
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A super fun start to a new series! I loved Weaver‘s Amory Ames series, and I‘m really looking forward to seeing how Ellie McDonnell‘s story develops.

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Diary of a Provincial Lady | E. M. Delafield
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What a hoot! I adored this quick read of a genteel woman‘s attempts to keep up with society‘s expectations during rather hard times in the 1930s. Has that satiric edge, like Nancy Mitford, that I love. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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The Wednesdays | Julie Bourbeau
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1. The summer I was 14, I had a regular babysitting gig for a toddler. 👶🏻
2. 1st grade, Mrs. Schilling- introduced me to E.B. White and ignited my love of reading 🥰
3. My 40th - husband threw me a surprise party (the details are actually fuzzy, as I was very sleep-deprived with a one year-old still not sleeping through the night & FT lawyer job) 🥳😴
#wondrouswednesday @Eggs

Eggs Thank you for joining in🎂👏🏻🤗 11mo
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Should I get a Kindle Paperwhite? I‘ve primarily relied on my iPad to read ebooks, but now that my eyes are getting older, the glare is starting to get to me. If you have a Paperwhite, what do you like or dislike about it? Thanks!

rockpools It‘s so much easier on the eyes than a ‘normal‘ screen - I find myself avoiding/putting off reading library ebooks that have to be read on ipad/iPhone (they‘re not available for kindle in UK). I do also like the light - it‘s quite gentle and easy to read until you fall asleep. 11mo
RachelAmphlett Agree with @rockpools - the screen light is much softer for evening reading 11mo
Birdsong28 Yes. You should get a paperwhite. I got one last year as I wasn't enjoying reading on my Kindle Fire and it has been the best thing I've done. I can second everything @rockpools and @RachelAmphlett has said. It also makes you feel that you are reading a book as it is much closer in size to an actual book than an ipad. 11mo
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MicheleinPhilly Echoing all of the above. I also prefer it because you can actually read it in sunlight unlike other tablets. 11mo
8little_paws yes, absolutely you should! Reading on a tablet is terrible in comparison. 11mo
Flaneurette I have an Oasis (3rd gen) and use it every single day. 99%of my books are from Overdrive and netgalley. I love my ipad but its just not conducive to long form reading. The night mode (dark background white print) is really nice at night also when the room is dark. I would probably get a paperwhite if I had to do it over because I'm not sure the oasis is worth it BUT I do like physical buttons in addition to touch screen. (edited) 11mo
BookwormM Yep I wouldn‘t be without mine 11mo
MaureenMc Thanks, all, for the input! I‘ve just ordered a blue one. 😁 (edited) 11mo
robinb @MaureenMc Are you enjoying your Paperwhite? 😊 10mo
MaureenMc @robinb Yes, I‘m loving it! So much easier on my eyes. 10mo
robinb @MaureenMc 👍 I‘m glad. 😊 I ❤️ mine too. 10mo
BookBabe I use my Kindle every night for my bedtime reading. During the day I often use physical books. But Kindles are so much more convenient for reading in many situations. 🙂 Are you happy with yours? 5mo
MaureenMc @BookBabe Yes, I‘ve been very happy with my new Kindle. 😊 5mo
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ The story of star-crossed lovers in 1930s Shanghai. This isn‘t a story of politics or war, though. It‘s focus is relationships, between lovers, friends, and family. Very well done.

Cathythoughts Lovely review ❤️👍🏻 12mo
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Emma | Jane Austen
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Beautiful day in the Lou, so decided to take a walk while listening to the first two chapters of Emma. I love Mr. Woodhouse. 🥰 #Pemberlittens

mabell We actually got a Spring this year! I‘m so used to going straight from winter to summer - I forgot how nice it could be! 😅 13mo
MaureenMc @mabell Exactly! 😄 13mo
Cathythoughts I‘m reading Emma at the moment!Mr Woodhouse ❤️ 12mo
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The Enchanted April | Elizabeth Von Arnim
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I‘ve never felt that I could read this book in any month other than April, and this year was finally the right time. Lovely story of 4 very different English women renting an old castle in Italy. They each go through their own journeys of self-discovery while also drawing closer together. Adored it!

Freespirit Love the sound of this 13mo
LeahBergen I first read it in April, too, and ADORED it. ❤️❤️ 13mo
MaureenMc @Freespirit @LeahBergen It really was a perfect read this April, when we had snow just a week ago. 😳 13mo
Cathythoughts I read this last summer .. so good 12mo
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Hana Khan Carries On | Uzma Jalaluddin
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Delightful and thoughtful Muslim rom-com based loosely on You‘ve Got Mail. I adored Jalaluddin‘s debut (Ayesha at Last), and this one did not disappoint. ❤️

Cathythoughts Looks good 👍🏻😁 13mo
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Don't Tell Alfred | Nancy Mitford
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⭐️⭐️⭐️ Fanny and her family take center stage in this final book of the Radlett trilogy. She suddenly finds herself the ambassadress of France and zaniness ensues! Not my favorite of the series, but merely good Mitford is still pretty great. 😁

CarolynM ❤️ 14mo
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I enjoyed this historical fiction about hunting Nazis after WWII, but not as much as I thought I would. The story of the hunt for the titular character is told in three POVs, which I generally like, but I didn‘t really connect with any of them. Still, the story was well-told, so I‘m going with a “pick.”

Crazeedi I've had this on my shelf for a couple yesrs... 14mo
MaureenMc @Crazeedi I did, too! It finally felt like the right time to pick it up. 14mo
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The Wednesday Wars | Gary D. Schmidt
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1. Yes!
2. No (although my daughter does love to be read to)
3. Um, pretty much all of the books on my shelves? 😬
#wondrouswednesday @Eggs
Thanks for the tag! 😊

mabell Thanks for the tag, Maureen! 👋😊 14mo
Eggs # 3 - I hear ya🤣🤣 14mo
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Book Outlet haul! Book mail always perks up the day. 🥰 #bookhaul

Ruthiella Beautiful stack! Enchanted April is lovely 😊. 1y
MaureenMc @Ruthiella My plan is to finally read it this year! I own the ebook but couldn‘t pass up this lovely edition. 😊 1y
MsMelissa The Enchanted April was in my most recent Book Outlet haul, too 😊 1y
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This was so fun! A take on what happened during Agatha Christie‘s 11-day disappearance in 1926. Very well crafted. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Crazeedi Yes I thought this was a different and good read 1y
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The Winter Sea | Susanna Kearsley
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I loved this dual timeline story of a historical fiction author apparently channeling the memories of an ancestor in Jacobite uprising era Scotland. I actually enjoyed both timelines equally, which can be rare for these types of books. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

LeahBergen I liked this one, too! 1y
MsMelissa This was the first of Kearsley‘s books I read. She‘s one of my favourite authors, although I admit to bailing on a couple of her more recent books. 1y
MaureenMc @LeahBergen @MsMelissa This was my first Kearsley. I‘ve already picked up the other book in this series. 😁 1y
MsMelissa That‘s one of the ones I bailed on 😂 (I‘ve always meant to try again, it may just have been my mood). The other book I didn‘t like was this one 1y
robinb On my TBR…love Kearsley! 10mo
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After being reminded by other posts that I wanted to read more Godden this year, I chose this novel off my Kindle shelf. One of her convent novels, it tells the story of Lise, a prostitute/madam/murderer turned nun. While exploring themes of forgiveness and redemption, Godden doesn‘t shy away from the grittiness and messiness of life. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
(TW: violence, sexual abuse)

EvieBee I just love a good nun story, and Godden is so good! Must read. 1y
MaureenMc @EvieBee I love Godden, too. And this particular nun story is wild, but so good! 😁 1y
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