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MsMelissa

MsMelissa

Joined May 2020

Books and tea. Lover of historical fiction, fantasy, science fiction, and thrillers 🇨🇦
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Babylon's Ashes | James S A Corey
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Even though this book picks up right where Nemesis Games left off, I found the first 100 pages a bit of a slog. I set the book aside temporarily hoping it was just my reading mood. Turns out it was. Babylon‘s Ashes turned out to be much better than I thought it would be, and given the ending I‘m very curious to see where the series‘ final three books are heading.

#14book14weeks2021 Book 14 ✅

OMG I did it!! I actually read all 14 books 🥳

Ruthiella Well done! 🥳 If I‘m lucky, I will read my 13th by Monday, the last day of the challenge. 3mo
TheHeartlandBookFairy No worries, excellent job! I'm currently in the middle of book 10 so that means I have 4 more to go. I won't finish by Monday but I will finish😁 3mo
MsMelissa @Ruthiella @TheHeartlandBookFairy This is the first time I‘ve managed to finish. I‘m notorious for not sticking to any planned reading 🤣 3mo
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TheHeartlandBookFairy @MsMelissa This'll be the 1st time I don't finish on time lol😅 3mo
TheHeartlandBookFairy Congratulations! 3mo
TrishB Hope you‘re doing ok Melissa 😁❤️ 2mo
MsMelissa @TrishB Hi Trish! I‘m all good. I‘ve just switched over to Instagram/ Bookstagram as my primary book social media platform. I still plan to pop in here from time to time to see how everyone is doing 🥰 2mo
TrishB Glad you‘re ok- miss your posts. 😘 2mo
BiblioLitten Miss your posts 💜😊 2mo
Ruthiella I too miss your presence on Litsy! 😢 1mo
MsMelissa @BiblioLitten @ruthiella Are either of you on Instagram? I‘m pretty much there now for book stuff. 1mo
BiblioLitten @MsMelissa Not on Insta yet. I can only handle Litsy for now. 😅 1mo
vivastory What is your IG name? I'm on there, but as a lurker. I don't post 😂 3w
MsMelissa @vivastory It‘s what_is_melissa_reading 😊 Feel free to lurk on my posts 😂 3w
vivastory Just followed 👏 3w
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Jackdaws | Ken Follett
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I‘m going way back on Ken Follett‘s backlist with this book, which I‘ve owned pretty much since it came out 😬 As is probably obvious by the cover, this is a work of historical fiction set during WWII. It features a group of female agents behind enemy lines. I liked it. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

#14books14weeks2021 Book 13 ✅ (I‘m almost there 🥳)

TrishB I‘ve only read his ‘other‘ historical novels. 3mo
MsMelissa @TrishB I‘ve read almost all of his books. He‘s one of the few authors I started reading as a teenager that I‘m still reading today. 3mo
TrishB That‘s good to know 👍🏻 3mo
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Reliquary | Douglas J Preston
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Having only read the first book a couple of years ago I‘m totally late to the Agent Pendergast party, but I‘m here now and that‘s what matters. This is the second book in the series, and I‘m glad there was a continuation of characters from book one cause I liked them. This one was fast-paced and never felt too long despite its length. Loved learning about underground Manhattan. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

#14books14week2021 Book 12 ✅

RamsFan1963 Is The Relic the 1st book in the series? I remember an awful movie by that name in the late 90s. Are they the same? 3mo
MsMelissa @RamsFan1963 It is! I had to look up the movie and it seems it was based on the book - although the series main character, FBI agent Pendergast, isn‘t in the movie. Which seems weird to me. 3mo
RamsFan1963 @MsMelissa I was curious. I remember the movie, but I didnt remember the FBI agent character. I've been interested in reading the series, seen it get lots of Litsy love. 3mo
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The Nest | Cynthia D'Apriz Sweeney
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This book, about a dysfunctional group of siblings, seems to have mixed reviews. I really liked it. The characters were great, and I was completely invested in how their lives would play out. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

#14books14weeks2021 Book 11 ✅

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The Last Flight | Julie Clark
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I‘m doing well with thrillers this year, and The Last Flight is no exception. Focuses on two woman who both want to disappear. Fast-paced, and I liked both storylines equally. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Set against the backdrop of the publication of OED, this historical novel illuminates the importance and beauty of words, whether they be written or spoken. Hands down my favourite historical novel of the year. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

#14books14weeks2021 Book 10 ✅

TheHeartlandBookFairy Nice 😊 3mo
Ruthiella That‘s a strong recommendation! Stacking. 😀 3mo
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The Holdout | Graham Moore
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This was an entertaining murder mystery / quasi legal thriller. I love it when I don‘t see the end coming. At all. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Thanks so much for sending me this one @TrishB 😊

bookaholic1 I love those mysteries as well 3mo
TrishB Glad you enjoyed it 😁 I didn‘t see this one coming either! 3mo
MsMelissa @bookaholic1 They are the best! 3mo
MsMelissa @TrishB I suppose I should have expected it, but I didn‘t. 3mo
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The Gunslinger | Stephen King
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I know there are a lot of fans of this book, and the Dark Tower series as a whole, so my only comment is that it just wasn‘t for me.

#14books14weeks2021 Book 9 ✅

TrishB The first is nothing like the rest of the series, honestly! 3mo
BookwormM I agree with @TrishB for me this is the weakest book the series is totally different and epic 3mo
MsMelissa @TrishB @BookwormM I knew going in that the first book had issues, but I honestly didn‘t expect to dislike it to the point that I care not one bit about how the rest of the series unfolds. 3mo
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rabbitprincess On the plus side, one less series to feel FOMO about 😅 3mo
DrexEdit I really thought book 1 was a waste of time. If you like Stephen King though you might try sticking with it. I found the 2nd book onwards (I think I'm on book 4 now) to be much more King-like. You only need the barest of details from book 1 to follow. I don't think even Stephen King likes book 1! LOL! 😄 3mo
Twainy Agree with some of the others … odd choice King made, but this is the slowest, worst of the series. 3mo
ItsAnotherJen I read this series ages and ages ago and only remember being obsessed with it. I wonder if I would like as much if I reread it. Probably not! 3mo
MsMelissa @DrexEdit @Twainy I haven‘t read King in years (we‘re talking since the ‘90s 😂). I doubt I‘ll continue even if the series gets better. I didn‘t like anything about it enough to continue on. (edited) 3mo
MsMelissa @ItsAnotherJen So many people seem to love it! I liked the other King books I‘ve read, so I‘m just going to chalk this one up to the story itself being the problem. 3mo
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This newest addition to my TBR mountain might be of interest to you @LeahBergen 😊

MaureenMc Nancy Mitford?! *stacked* 3mo
MsMelissa @MaureenMc I knew there would be a few other readers who would be interested in this one 😊 3mo
LeahBergen Ooo! You KNOW I love those Mitfords! 😍 3mo
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Mortal Heart | Robin LaFevers
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A good ending to a very enjoyable trilogy that mixes myth and history. While I didn‘t enjoy this one as much as the first two book, mainly because I thought the romantic subplot the weakest of the three books, I still think the end was fitting. I now want to read some pure historical fiction set in medieval Brittany. ⭐️⭐️⭐️💫

#14books14weeks2021 Book 8 ✅

TrishB Let me know if you find any! (edited) 3mo
MsMelissa @TrishB My preliminary search has yielded nothing medieval, but there is this one set partly in WWII 3mo
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I‘m officially done with this series. Sure, each book is quick and easy to read, but the storylines are essentially the same (and not at all believable). Only the locations are different. I‘m bored and don‘t care. I‘m tired of reading the same thing over and over again.

#14books14weeks2021 book seven ✅ I‘m counting this because I read more than half of the book.

TheHeartlandBookFairy That's so irritating when the author gives up and is uninspired and repetitive ☹ 4mo
RamsFan1963 @MsMelissa I've only read his Scarecrow books, but I enjoyed them very much. Yes it's sad when a series goes on longer than the writer's enthusiasm for it. 4mo
TrishB I‘ve given up on series for the same reason! 4mo
MsMelissa @TheHeartlandBookFairy @RamsFan1963 @TrishB It‘s only the third book 😂 It‘s not that it‘s bad, it‘s just that I read the exact story in the first two books. and to keep me interested there needs to be something that differentiates each book from the others. 4mo
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Summer of '69 | Elin Hilderbrand
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I do not know why I‘ve avoided reading Elin Hilderbrand, but that stops now thanks to this book! I thought it was really well done. I could relate to the characters, I loved the Nantucket setting, and I appreciated the way Hilderbrand wrote the events of the summer of ‘69 into the narrative. Plus, the music references were fantastic! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

#14books14weeks2021 book six ✅

Kangaj1 I read this recently and loved it as well! 4mo
Megabooks So glad you enjoyed it!! There‘s a follow up novella, FYI. 4mo
MsMelissa @Kangaj1 Although I don‘t love that it‘s considered historical fiction since I was born only a few years later 🤣 4mo
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MsMelissa @Megabooks Thanks for the tip! I will look for the e-book. 4mo
Cinfhen Great review!! I‘m so glad you enjoyed this one!! I loved the musical references too!! 4mo
Cinfhen And the novella was the ending you kind of wished for!!! 4mo
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Summer of '69 | Elin Hilderbrand
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Here‘s to my first ever Elin Hilderbrand novel 😊

Cc: @Megabooks @Cinfhen

Kangaj1 I just read this one and really liked it. 4mo
LeslieO I just purchased 28 Summers. My first Hilderbrand. Cheers!🥂 4mo
Cinfhen I hope you like it 🤞🏽🤞🏽I thought it was the right mix of HF, romance, family drama and summer fun 🤩 4mo
Megabooks Enjoy!! 😁 4mo
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She Who Became the Sun | Shelley Parker-Chan
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#UnpopularOpinion This novel is getting rave reviews from everyone but this reader. I read more than 100 pages, which is long past the point at which I generally decide to continue or DNF a book that‘s not working for me, but my initial feelings of apathy never shifted. I‘ve been a reader long enough to know that if I‘m not enjoying a book at the 100 page mark, I won‘t magically start to like it the further into it I get. #bailingisliberating

BookishMarginalia Life‘s too short 4mo
LeahBergen Oh dear. 😑 4mo
MsMelissa @LeahBergen I was a little sad. The book was one I really looked forward to. Oh well. 4mo
TieDyeDude Pretty much exactly where I gave up 2mo
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Today‘s #bookmail 📬

Ruthiella I definitely want to read that Stephen Fry book! 4mo
LeahBergen It was a good mail day for you! 4mo
Megabooks I just finished Perversion of Justice today. REALLY good!! 4mo
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MsMelissa @Ruthiella It sounds great! And he has a few others that are similar. 4mo
MsMelissa @LeahBergen Two of the books arrived courtesy of Book Depository and only took a week to arrive. I‘m impressed because usually my Book Depository orders take weeks to get here. 4mo
LeahBergen Wow. That IS impressive. I think the soonest I‘ve received a BD order here is 2 weeks. 4mo
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She Who Became the Sun | Shelley Parker-Chan
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It‘s not even 5pm but with thunder storms and heavy rain rolling through it‘s dark and feels more like 9pm. While I should be thinking about dinner, I‘m going to dive into this book instead. I‘m very much looking forward to reading it, but I‘m not going to lie. I‘m a little worried that it won‘t live up to the hype 😬

mabell Sounds like a perfect evening! ⛈📚 4mo
TrishB Looks good 👍🏻 4mo
Cathythoughts Look forward to your thoughts! 4mo
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House of Glass | Susan Fletcher
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I went to the bookstore this afternoon. How else am I supposed to spend a Saturday? I picked up some lovely books but, more importantly, my daughter found this Jane Austen Funko! Of course I simply had to have it.

LeahBergen What is that lovely bottle of Bath Waters?? (edited) 4mo
TrishB Cool pic ♥️ 4mo
MsMelissa @LeahBergen It‘s exactly what it appears to be - a little water from one of Bath‘s hot springs. It‘s meant to restore one‘s spirits. Mind you, the bottle clearly states that it‘s not actually meant to be drunk 😂 (edited) 4mo
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MsMelissa @TrishB Thank you 😊 4mo
LeahBergen @MsMelissa I‘ve seen that water. Don‘t drink it! 😆😆 I neglected to mention that I own the tagged book, too. 😊 4mo
BiblioLitten 😍🤩 3mo
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Business As Usual | Jane Oliver
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Yay for bookish packages 🥳

Thank you @LeahBergen your generosity made my day! I‘ve already sampled the cookies and can confirm they are 😋 I‘ve not tried the Harney & Sons English Breakfast tea before, but am a fan of their Earl Grey so I suspect I‘ll enjoy this one, too. And the books! The books! Thank you so much 😊

PS - I only like poetry if it‘s about tea so the ‘Not a Card‘ is perfect ☕️

LeahBergen Well, that arrived reasonably quickly! I‘m glad you like it. 😊 I‘ll let you know when I start Business as Usual in case you‘d like to read along with me. 😘😘 4mo
Cathythoughts Lovely gifts ! Tagged book sounds good ❤️ 4mo
MsMelissa @LeahBergen Yes! I‘d love to read it along with you 😊 4mo
MsMelissa @Cathythoughts It sounds like a book you‘d enjoy 😊 4mo
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She Who Became the Sun | Shelley Parker-Chan
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I‘m facing a reader‘s dilemma. I started Babylon‘s Ashes on Sunday night, and then She Who Became the Sun showed up in my mailbox yesterday. I don‘t want to set the Corey novel aside, but I also want to dive right into Parker-Chan‘s book. I don‘t like to read more than one book at a time, hence my struggle 😂

#thestruggleisreal #bookwormproblems

Prairiegirl_reading You probably don‘t want to take advice from me!! I‘m the worst at avoiding the new, shiny thing. And that‘s why I have a disgusting number of books on my “currently reading” shelf. 🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️ 5mo
BookishMarginalia Love the bookmark! 5mo
Ruthiella It‘s simple: you need to invent a time machine. 😆 5mo
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rabbitprincess No advice, just appreciation of your bookmark 😄 5mo
Twainy Bookmarkkk! I think that book is an Illumicrate coming up … if it ever gets here? 😁 I wasn‘t thrilled so now I‘ll need to check it out. Either way you‘ll finish both of them? And if you read the sun one you can let me know if I need to adjust my TBR when it lands on my porch 😆 5mo
TrishB Readers problems indeed 😁 5mo
janeycanuck How many sick days do you currently have? 5mo
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Rebel Queen: A Novel | Michelle Moran
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This novel is a perfect example of why I love historical fiction. Set in mid-19th century India around and during the time of what‘s known as the Sepoy Rebellion, the main character is a Durga Dal - a member of an elite group of female guards who protect the rani (Rani Lakshmi). This book was not only entertaining, it also taught me a lot. We need more historical fiction like this one ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

#14books14weeks2021 Book Five ✅

LeahBergen I‘ve only read one by this author but quite enjoyed it. 😊 5mo
MsMelissa @LeahBergen Which one have you read? I really like her stuff, but she hasn‘t had a new book out in a few years 😢 5mo
LeahBergen I read Nefertiti (and then immediately read a biography of Nefertiti after finishing). 👍 5mo
TrishB I see I already have it stacked 👍🏻 I feel I have read this author but can‘t remember! 5mo
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The Paris Library: A Novel | Janet Skeslien Charles
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#Unpopularopinion This book gets lots of love on Litsy, but I had too many issues with it for the novel to work well for me. I‘ve read much better books about the power/importance of books, and about civilian struggles during wartimes. This is a dual time narrative, and the secondary narrative offers little value to the main story. Finally, I never warmed up to the main character. Yup, I‘m a #partypooper ⭐️⭐️💫

#14books14weeks2021 Book 4 ✅

janeycanuck Have you read The Book of Lost Names? I enjoyed The Paris Library (though it was a bit slow for the first half) but loved The Book of Lost Names, I thought it was better executed but similar in feeling. 5mo
MsMelissa @janeycanuck I have not, but I do own it so I‘m glad to learn you liked it better than The Paris Library. 5mo
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The Paris Library: A Novel | Janet Skeslien Charles
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Friday evening plans 📖

I‘m about halfway through this book and I don‘t love it. The themes are just too similar to those in other WWII fiction I‘ve read recently. I‘m also just tired in general. Work has been crazy since April, and I‘m putting in a lot of extra hours. My reading has suffered. I should get a break in August, but I also thought I‘d get one in July and that‘s not happening. I hate when life interferes with my reading plans🤷🏻‍♀️

CoverToCoverGirl The second half is much better. I thought is was a slow starter too. 🙂 5mo
Suet624 I hope you get time to slow down and read. 5mo
MsMelissa @CoverToCoverGirl it never got better for me 🤷🏻‍♀️ You win some, you lose some, right? 5mo
MsMelissa @Suet624 Thank you. My plan is to do nothing but read tomorrow, but I‘ll have to put in some hours on Sunday - at least I‘m still working from home so I don‘t have to actually go anywhere to work! I‘ll get a break eventually, it‘s just hard to see the end when you‘re stuck in the middle. 5mo
LeahBergen Oh, yuck. Poor you! 5mo
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Island Queen | Vanessa Riley
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Today‘s #bookmail 📬

I can‘t wait to continue with the Bess Crawford series, and Island Queen sounds so good!

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Falling | T J Newman
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Alright folks, I have a new favourite thriller of the year. Falling is one heck of a ride! Premise: Pilot Bill Hoffman is given a choice. Either he crashes the plane he‘s currently flying or his else his family will be killed. Great characters and great pacing. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

vivastory Really looking forward to this one! 5mo
TrishB Ooooh! Stacked - sounds good! 5mo
MsMelissa @vivastory @TrishB I really hope you both like it! I have such a hard time recommending thrillers because they tend to be so hit and miss. But this one, I‘m quite sure, will be a pick for most readers. 5mo
Cathythoughts Stacking 👍🏻❤️ so excited about the good reviews on thrillers these days 😁Yay 5mo
MsMelissa @Cathythoughts There are so many good thrillers being released these days! 5mo
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Between so-so and a pan, which, based on Litsy ratings, puts me in the minority on this one. There were a lot of things I didn‘t like-the portrayal of the Dionne mother and the novel‘s ending for starters-but my main issue was the narrative format. The story unfolds as a series of rather choppy diary entries. The narrative simply doesn‘t flow, and the reader is told everything, never shown. ⭐️⭐️

#14books14weeks2021 Book three ✅

LeahBergen Well, that‘s annoying. 😠 5mo
Megabooks I much preferred this nonfiction, which I read the same year I read QS. 5mo
Megabooks I had many of the same problems with this book that you did, although it was more a straightforward so-so for me. 5mo
MsMelissa @Megabooks The main character did this book no favours. 5mo
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The Cartel | Don Winslow
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This is a powerful novel. It‘s brutal, it‘s violent and was often hard to read (I had to take breaks from it). Of course I‘m familiar with the War on Drugs, and the ruthlessness of the cartels, but holy hell, the violence is worse than I imagined! The Cartel is a work of fiction, but has been inspired by true events. Not for the faint of heart. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

#14books14weeks2021 Book two ✅

vivastory What an ending to the book!!! 5mo
MsMelissa @vivastory I know! I was all “Holy Shit!” Have you read The Border? 5mo
vivastory No, I really want to but I don't want to end the trilogy 😢I probably will soon though 5mo
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Canada | Mike Myers
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It‘s Canada Day 2021, which marks the official close of the #ReadCanada challenge. Thanks to those of you who took part - I‘ve enjoyed seeing your choices.

How did everyone do? I did well, reading 10/13 provinces and territories, but sadly never got around to reading anything set in NB, PEI, or NFLD.

I hope this challenge encouraged people to read more Canadian authors. I know it did for me 😊

TheKidUpstairs I only ended up hitting 9/13. I will continue though, eventually I'll complete! I read a lot of Canadian authors, but books set elsewhere, and multiple Ontario/BC titles. 5mo
Josee.lit.a.lu.et.lira I‘m still working on it!!! I am about half, giving myself more time IRL. Thanks for hosting Melissa 😎 5mo
Cathythoughts You are so good to host , 🙏❤️. I have a terrible conscience about it .. I got off to a flying start & then I slowed right down. All my three Litsy challenges are in danger this year. I‘ll look up my Canada books & post them in the next few days as I really enjoyed them … Alice Munro being a new author for me & brilliant. 5mo
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llwheeler Thanks for hosting! I have 2 left, Manitoba and PEI, which I'll read in the next few weeks. (haven't posted Alberta yet but I finished it yesterday) 5mo
Librarybelle It was a great challenge! I started strong, with 2 or 3 read right away, and then really faltered. But, I have the books I planned to read mapped out, so I can continue the journey. Thanks for hosting this! 5mo
jenniferw88 Um, it's fair to say I gave up on the challenge after bailing on Oryx and Crake back in January. Will read the others at some point though! 5mo
MsMelissa @TheKidUpstairs Great! I did have lots of books for Ontario, too. 5mo
MsMelissa @Josee.lit.a.lu.et.lira You‘re welcome, and I‘m glad you‘re going to keep going 😊 5mo
MsMelissa @llwheeler Excellent! You did really well. I‘m going to try and finish my missing provinces off, too. 5mo
MsMelissa @Librarybelle You‘re welcome! I‘m happy that you‘re still planning to read the books you selected 😊 5mo
MsMelissa @jenniferw88 You tried, which is the whole point 😊 I didn‘t finish it myself so you are in good company 😂 5mo
MsMelissa @Cathythoughts No worries, Cathy. This was a no pressure challenge. The important thing is that you read some Canadian books you might otherwise not have tried. Thanks for participating 😊 5mo
Josee.lit.a.lu.et.lira @MsMelissa yes, it definitely opened me up to Canadian literature, that somehow was not on my radar. Do you mind if as I go along I keep linking my reads to the hashtag? 5mo
candority I read 7/13 on my list, but many other books by Canadian authors that weren‘t on my original list! Some of the ones that went unread I‘m going to take off my TBR completely. I put them on my monthly TBR for a whole year and never picked them up, which is a good sign that I won‘t ever get to them. They might as well go to a better home 😊 Thanks for hosting! (edited) 5mo
MsMelissa @Josee.lit.a.lu.et.lira Of course not, use it whenever it fits. In fact, I think I might do the same 😊 5mo
MsMelissa @candority I think I read only about half the books on my original list, switching them up when I found books that I was more in the mood for. I generally hold on to books on my TBR pile no matter how long, although I do occasionally do a purge to free up shelf space. 5mo
rabbitprincess I managed 5 of 13 and will get around to the rest someday! Thanks for hosting 😊 (edited) 5mo
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The Silent Patient | Alex Michaelides
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I first started this book over a month ago, but it failed to capture my attention so I set it aside. I picked it up again Thursday evening, and this time fell right into the story. I had several theories on how this would end, but it turns out I was not even close. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

EvieBee I love it when you come back to a book and it just feels right! I‘m having the same experience with my current read. 5mo
LeahBergen Isn‘t it great when that happens? 5mo
MsMelissa @EvieBee To be honest, I don‘t often return to books I set aside, but I‘m so glad I didn‘t follow my usual approach! 5mo
MsMelissa @LeahBergen Yes, mainly because it doesn‘t happen often. 5mo
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Entertaining medical thriller involving a rare and deadly meningitis outbreak, and a new vaccine. Not quite as good as Kalla‘s previous release, The Last High, but it‘s confirmed that Kalla will now be an auto-buy author for me. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

LeahBergen I‘m so glad you bought this one for me. I just loaned it to my 89-yr-old father-in-law on the weekend as he had nothing left to read. 😆 I‘ll let you know his verdict! 5mo
MsMelissa @LeahBergen I hope he likes it 🤞🏻 5mo
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Mortal Heart | Robin LaFevers
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Have to make a slight change to my #14books14week2021 stack.

I started reading Mercy Among the Children this week and it‘s just not what I‘m in the mood for right now, and likely won‘t be this summer. I‘ve decided to swap it out for the tagged book, Mortal Heart.

AlaMich Good choice!!! 5mo
LeahBergen I‘d probably end up switching them all. 😆 5mo
MsMelissa @LeahBergen I made an effort to pick books (except the one I just swapped out) that I realistically had a shot at reading. We‘ll see how it goes 🤞🏻 5mo
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The Red Power Murders is the second installment in Thomas King‘s Thumps DreadfulWater mystery series. The novel is every bit as good as the first book in the series. The mystery itself was interesting, but the cast of characters is what I love best about this series ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

#14books14weeks2021 Book one ✅

TheHeartlandBookFairy I do love a good mystery 😁 5mo
vivastory Do you read a lot of mysteries? I'd be curious to know what your fave series are. 5mo
MsMelissa @vivastory No, not a lot. Most that I do read are part of larger series and historical - Charles Todd‘s Bess Crawford series is my favourite. The mysteries aren‘t usually the big draw for me, but rather the time, place and characters are what make me a fan. 5mo
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Malice | John Gwynne
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I finally finished a book this month!

Malice may have started out a little slowly, but it picked up steam as it went on and raced to an intense ending. This is the first in a four book series, and I‘m pretty sure (based on the love for it on IG) that I‘m going to love books 2-4 every bit as much as I loved this one. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Twainy BookTube - The Brothers Gwynne 😁 5mo
Ruthiella 🥳 Congratulations on finishing! 5mo
LeahBergen Woot!! 👏🏻👏🏻 5mo
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Lucy_Anywhere I started this one but put it aside as it was very slow to start… looks like it‘s worth putting back on the TBR Pile! 5mo
MsMelissa @Twainy Thank you. I‘ve checked them out 😊 5mo
MsMelissa @Ruthiella @LeahBergen I felt like I was never going to finish a book this month! 5mo
MsMelissa @Lucy_Anywhere The first half of the book is slow as it lays the groundwork for what‘s to come, but the final half proceeds very quickly and had me totally enthralled. The book seems to be so well reviewed that I was wondering what I was missing, but when the story picked up I totally bought into the hype. 5mo
TrishB I loved this series, it‘s definitely a slow build, but worth it! 5mo
MsMelissa @TrishB I‘m so curious to see where things are going… 5mo
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Hi Littens! I‘ve not been reading much lately so haven‘t been around much, but despite my reading decreasing my TBR pile continues to grow 😂

Non-essential stores were allowed to open back up as of yesterday, so of course I went to my favourite bookstore today! I may have been so overcome with happiness that I bought more books than usual. Oh well 🤷🏻‍♀️📚📚📚

LeahBergen A little lack of reading has never stopped ME from buying books either. 😆 6mo
CoverToCoverGirl No matter what, one always needs more books! 🙂 6mo
janeycanuck My indie wasn‘t ready to open Friday. I think they‘ll be back early this week, I‘m so excited to go browse in person soon!!! 6mo
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Cathythoughts I can relate to that … new books will inspire you to read ( that‘s my rationale 😂 6mo
MsMelissa @LeahBergen I find I actually buy more books when my reading is reduced. Like I‘m making up for my lack of reading by buying more books 😂 5mo
MsMelissa @CoverToCoverGirl I fully support that 💯 5mo
MsMelissa @janeycanuck Have they opened? I went to the local Indigo. We don‘t have any indies in my local area, but the Indigo staff all know me 😂 5mo
MsMelissa @Cathythoughts Yes, I figure buying more books will force me to read more… 5mo
janeycanuck @MsMelissa yeah, they opened Monday but we haven‘t made it down yet. Our Indigo is closer than our indie but the indie has a liquor licence so…………. 5mo
MsMelissa @janeycanuck okay, now I understand why you can‘t wait to go back 😂 5mo
rubyslippersreads @LeahBergen @Cathythoughts @MsMelissa Because what if you‘re in the mood to read and don‘t have any books? (Highly unlikely for any of us, I realize, but the thought still terrifies me. 🙀) 5mo
MsMelissa @rubyslippersreads Yup, that‘s my totally irrational fear 😂 5mo
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The Cartel | Don Winslow
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Happy Friday! It‘s been a long week, and I‘ve only managed to read a few pages since last weekend. I should be turning my attention to something fluffy because I‘m mentally exhausted, but instead I‘ve decided to dive right into this epic tale of Mexican drug lords and DEA agents 😂

TrishB I have this on my tbr! 6mo
CoverToCoverGirl You‘re brave..😲 I‘m attempting Helter Skelter this month, not sure if I‘ll be able to get through it though. (edited) 6mo
MsMelissa @TrishB Have you read The Power of the Dog? Make sure you read it first. 6mo
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FantasyChick Nothing screams Friday Night In like drugs lords and DEA agents! 6mo
FantasyChick Enjoy 😊😊 6mo
TrishB I checked and I have all 3 unread on my kindle! 6mo
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The Third Pole is a work of non-fiction that details a 2019 expedition to Mt. Everest that set out to find the body of Sandy Irvine. The books provides not only an account of that expedition and others on the mountain at the same time (2019 was a deadly season with 11 climbers dying), but also of Mallory & Irvine‘s 2024 summit attempt. The book is very well written, and left me pondering what actually happened in 1924 🤔

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MsMelissa For anyone who has read the book - do you finish thinking Mallory & Irving probably reached the summit? I did. 6mo
BiblioLitten Definitely stacking! 6mo
Megabooks Great review, and I definitely think Mallory and Irving made it!! (edited) 6mo
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LeahBergen Yep. Stacking! 6mo
Cinfhen I‘m glad you enjoyed this one! Wonderful review 💕I kept hoping he would find something!! Do you think the Chinese hid the camera??? I wouldn‘t be surprised @Megabooks @MsMelissa and yes, it would seem they reached the summit ~ which is INCREDIBLE given how crude their equipment was in 1924. 6mo
MsMelissa @Cinfhen @megabooks Yes, I totally think the body and camera have been hidden and/or destroyed. I kept hoping something would be found, too. 6mo
MsMelissa @LeahBergen I knew you would 😉 6mo
MsMelissa @BiblioLitten This is one of the better Everest books I‘ve read. Loved the mix of modern and historical expeditions. 6mo
Megabooks @MsMelissa @cinfhen China definitely took both bodies and the camera. I think this is especially true because Hillary‘s body disappeared! (edited) 6mo
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Rebel Queen: A Novel | Michelle Moran
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I suck at challenges, but I‘m going to participate in #14books14weeks2021 anyway 😊 Here‘s the stack of books I plan to tackle. It‘s a mix of genres, so hopefully my reading mood will be satisfied as I try to cross each book of my list 📚

TrishB Good luck 👍🏻 6mo
MsMelissa @TrishB Thank you! I need it 😂 6mo
janeycanuck I enjoyed The Nest and Summer of ‘69. The Dictionary of Lost Words is on my stack, too! 6mo
LeahBergen You can do it! 😆 6mo
Cathythoughts Go on !! Yes you can do it 👍🏻❤️ 6mo
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The Holdout | Graham Moore
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Look what I received in the mail today @TrishB 😊 I assume it‘s from you. Thank you! It sounds sooo good!

LeahBergen Nice! ❤️ 6mo
TrishB Yay - glad it finally arrived! I really enjoyed this, very twisty. 6mo
Cathythoughts Exciting 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 6mo
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Today‘s #bookmail 📬

This is a total blame it on Litsy purchase thanks to @Cinfhen and @Megabooks as, despite my Mt. Everest obsession, I wasn‘t aware of this one until they posted about it. Will be starting right away!

Megabooks Enjoy! It‘s a fantastic book. 6mo
TrishB You‘ll have 2 soon! If my book depository order ever turns up 😁 6mo
MsMelissa @Megabooks I‘m sure I‘ll love it 🥰 6mo
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MsMelissa @TrishB Yay ☺️ I don‘t know what‘s up with Book Depository lately. My last order took over a month to get to me once they‘d shipped. It used to take no longer than two weeks max. 6mo
TrishB I‘m pretty sure it‘s about 3 weeks now. 🤷‍♀️ 6mo
LeahBergen Their reviews caught my interest, too! 6mo
Cinfhen Yay!!!! Hope you love it 😊 6mo
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Good Morning, Midnight | Lily Brooks-Dalton
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This book wasn‘t really my thing. The prose is lovely, but the narrative was too reflective for my tastes. Plus, too many questions went unanswered, and I hate that! The book is only 250 pages long, but if it had been any longer I would have bailed. The so-so rather than pan rating reflects the fact that the writing is high quality. ⭐️⭐️

LeahBergen So, stick with the Netflix film? 😆 6mo
MsMelissa @LeahBergen I haven‘t watched it yet, but apparently it has more action and some of my questions may be answered 🤔 I definitely should have watched the movie instead of reading the book 🤣 6mo
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Good Morning, Midnight | Lily Brooks-Dalton
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It‘s the Victoria Day long weekend and I should be at my parent‘s cottage, but lockdown is still in effect so we‘re spending it at home 😢

I‘m kicking off my weekend reading with the pictured book. Has anyone read it?

Cathythoughts I hope you get to go to the cottage soon .. I always love the pictures you post from there 🤞🏻💫 6mo
MsMelissa @Cathythoughts I get my first vaccine shot this week, and my daughter is eligible as of tomorrow, so we are hoping to be able to go in July or August depending on the restrictions. 6mo
Ruthiella I‘ve read the book. It‘s a little slow and very character focused, if that‘s what you are in the mood for. 6mo
MsMelissa @Ruthiella Yup, it definitely is slow. Nothing is happening so far 😂 I‘m glad it‘s short. (edited) 6mo
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The Push | Ashley Audrain
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I was unsure what to make of this book at the story‘s outset, but by page 75 I was hooked! I‘m going to make my friends IRL read this one because I need to talk about it!

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TrishB Have been on the fence about this one - you may have pushed me over. 6mo
LeahBergen This sounds a bit like We Need To Talk About Kevin (which I liked!). Is it? 6mo
MsMelissa @TrishB Honestly, I didn‘t like the beginning at all as I didn‘t like the way it was written. Once I adapted to the writing style and the narrative picked up I didn‘t want to put it down. 6mo
MsMelissa @LeahBergen I haven‘t read that one so I‘m not sure. Now I want to read it though 😂 6mo
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The Children of Jocasta | Natalie Haynes
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Today‘s #bookmail from the UK. The Ward book is a total blame it on Litsy purchase (specifically @TrishB )

LeahBergen I‘ve been curious about the Ward novel, too. 6mo
TrishB Oh I hope you like it 🤞🏻🤞🏻 6mo
Cathythoughts I‘m eyeing the Ward one too ... look forward to your thoughts 6mo
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Find You First | Linwood Barclay
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It‘s been a while since I‘ve been able to get through a 400+ page book in one day, but that‘s exactly what I was able to do with this thriller, which I finished last night. I had to suspend my disbelief on occasion, but this novel was non-stop action from the very first chapter. Note to self: must read more by Linwood Barclay! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

TrishB Stacked 👍🏻 have read all of his. 6mo
ShelleyBooksie I just finished it as well and 100% agree. 6mo
FantasyChick This is the second time I've seen this book in my feed today. I think it's a sign....must read! 6mo
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rabbitprincess I have to get this! Linwood is an auto-buy for me. 6mo
MsMelissa @TrishB Which of his books are your favourites? I‘ll look for those ones. The only other book of his I‘ve read is Elevator Pitch. 6mo
MsMelissa @ShelleyBooksie reading it was a very entertaining way to spend the day 😊 6mo
MsMelissa @FantasyChick Yes, it‘s definitely a sign! 6mo
MsMelissa @rabbitprincess Only having read one other of his books I can‘t say how this one compares, but if they are all like this one I can see why he‘s an auto buy author for you. 6mo
Cathythoughts I‘ve never read this author.. must investigate! 6mo
TrishB I loved the Promise Falls series, starts with Broken Promise. 6mo
vivastory I read, & loved, a Barclay a couple of years ago. Always meant to read more. Will definitely check out this one. 6mo
MsMelissa @vivastory I‘ve had mostly good luck with thrillers this year (Ruth Ware‘s latest novel not withstanding), and I definitely recommend this one. 6mo
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Project Hail Mary | Andy Weir
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I enjoyed The Martian, but hated Artemis so much I bailed on it. My verdict on Project Hail Mary? I LOVED it! The narrative revolves around one man‘s mission to save earth from an apocalyptic event. Sounds serious, right? This book, however, is so much fun. I loved Ryland, and all the secondary characters he interacts with (Rocky 🥰). Is it the best written book in the world? No. But the story had me engaged throughout. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Ruthiella I‘m glad it was a winner for you ! 🚀 6mo
LeahBergen I think my husband might like this one. 👍🏻 6mo
Cathythoughts Yay ! 5 stars 😁 6mo
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MsMelissa @Ruthiella I‘m still thinking about it 🥰 6mo
MsMelissa @LeahBergen Has he read The Martian? If so, he‘ll like this one. 6mo
MsMelissa @Cathythoughts I‘ve read a lot of 5 star books this year so far! I‘m usually much more stingy in my ratings 😂 6mo
Oryx Rocky! ❤️❤️ 6mo
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Unknown Book 7535597 | Unknown Unknown
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Thanks for the tag @FelinesAndFelonies 😊

1. The people I work with are awesome (I really hope I can see them in person again one day soon).

2. Don‘t be afraid to say no. Don‘t let others take advantage of your generosity.

3. Make a cup of tea.

4. Read, and set my alarm.

Want to play @vivastory ?

Eggs I love your career advice-that is so true 👍🏼👌🏼 7mo
MsMelissa @Eggs I‘m now closer to the end of my career than I am to the beginning, and I still need to tell myself this 7mo
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The Witch's Heart | Genevieve Gornichec
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Thanks for the tag @Ruthiella ☺️

(1) Poseidon/Neptune, God of the Sea - I don‘t really have a favourite Greek or Roman god, but since I love water I‘m going with 🔱

(2) The Witch‘s Heart (tagged), which is a brilliant book based on Norse mythology.

#Two4Tuesday

Ruthiella Excellent choice! 😃 7mo
TheSpineView Thanks for playing! 7mo
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China | Edward Rutherfurd
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Today‘s book mail.

I will probably read the Henry book sooner rather than later, but since I have Rutherfurd‘s three most recent previous releases sitting on a shelf waiting to be read, it might be years before I get to reading China 🤣

vlwelser 😍😍😍😍😍 I'm looking forward to reading this book. But I also haven't finished 7mo
rabbitprincess Haha! I still have to read 7mo
MsMelissa @vlwelser @rabbitprincess I have both of those sitting here wondering when I‘ll read them, plus this one 😂 7mo
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LeahBergen I‘ve had Sarum on my shelves for 25 years, I think. 🤣 7mo
MsMelissa @LeahBergen That doesn‘t surprise me 😉 And no judgement from me, I have books that have been on my TBR for the same length of time (I‘m looking at you The Far Pavilions 😂). 7mo
LeahBergen 🤣🤣 7mo
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Project Hail Mary | Andy Weir
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Settling in for the evening with Andy Weir‘s latest release. I read the first 100 pages last night and am enjoying it very much. Fingers crossed my enjoyment continues 🤞🏻

LeahBergen You‘re theming like a boss here. 🤣 7mo
Ruthiella What @LeahBergen said! Love it! 🚀 7mo
MsMelissa @LeahBergen @Ruthiella Next SciFi book I read I‘ll break out the Captain Picard bookmark and mug 😂 7mo
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Happy Litsyversary! | Special Events
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Look at that, it‘s my one-year Litsyversary (at least using this account, I‘ve actually been on Litsy for about four years minus about a six-month break).

Thanks to all for giving me a space to talk books 🥰

LeahBergen And I‘m so glad you came back! 7mo
Ruthiella Happy Litsyversary 🥳🥳🥳 7mo
Prairiegirl_reading Happy litsyversary!!! 🎉🎉 I‘m happy you came back too!! 7mo
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eeclayton Happy Litsyversary! 🎉🎉🎉 7mo
rockpools Happy Litsyversary! 7mo
Cathythoughts Happy Litsyversary 📚🤗 7mo
rubyslippersreads Happy Litsyversary! 🎉🎉🎉 7mo
vivastory Echoing others that I was so happy that you came back! 7mo
Jas16 Happy Litsyversary 🎉📚🙌🏽📖 7mo
DGRachel I‘m glad you came back, too!!! 😘 7mo
MsMelissa @LeahBergen @Prairiegirl_reading @vivastory @DGRachel I missed you all too much to stay away 🤗 7mo
CoverToCoverGirl Congratulations! 📖📖🎉🎉👏🏻👏🏻 7mo
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This is an impressive debut novel about Thelma Morgan, an American who married into the British aristocracy and had an affair with the Prince of Wales before he met Wallis Simpson - in fact, Thelma was the person who introduced the Prince to Wallis in the first place. But the novel isn‘t just about Thelma and the Prince, it‘s also about Thelma and her twin sister, Gloria Vanderbilt, and the infamous custody battle for Little Gloria.

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CoverToCoverGirl So glad you liked it. I‘ll definitely be checking out her next novel coming in 2022. 7mo
Prairiegirl_reading I really enjoyed this one too! 7mo
MsMelissa @CoverToCoverGirl @Prairiegirl_reading I admit to knowing nothing about Thelma Morgan prior to reading this one. In fact, I‘d never heard of her before even though I was familiar with Gloria Vanderbilt and the custody trial. 7mo
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