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Sapphire

Sapphire

Joined September 2016

My passions are books, travel, my dogs, theatre and fine dining.
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The Interior Castle by Teresa of Avila
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The Dream of Scipio by Iain Pears
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Braiding Sweetgrass | Robin Wall Kimmerer
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Through reciprocity the gift is replenished. All of our flourishing is mutual.

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Fire on the Mountain | Anita Desai
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This one is not my favorite of “Tookies short perfect novels” that I have read so far, but I do see why it‘s on the list. The end did quite literally take my breath away.

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Untamed | Glennon Doyle
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When we let ourselves feel, our inner self transforms.

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#readingbracket2024 #bookbracket2024 I didn‘t know how to choose between this and the Postcard, but then I saw I rated this a rare 5 on StoryGraph. I wonder if this is the year all my favorites will involve stories of differing perspectives.

Catsandbooks Awesome!! 💚 2mo
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The Postcard | Anne Berest
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Heart breaking. Absolutely adds significantly to cannon of holocaust literature. Astoundingly personal. Should be required reading to understand life and the human heart. Potent in the writing. The names, the names - the pull of generations in our lives. So relevant to today. Emotional dna. #europacollective is the cover photo Noemi?

TheKidUpstairs Totally agree. And yes, the cover is Noemie's photo 2mo
jlhammar Yes to all of that! 💔 Fantastic review. 2mo
BarbaraBB Fantastic review indeed. I loved the book too. 2mo
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The Postcard | Anne Berest

Sometimes all you can do is listen to the echoes of the silence.

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The Postcard | Anne Berest
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I have been saving this #europacollective March selection for my long drive to Ohio. I am about a third in and haven‘t gotten to anything about the postcard, but I am engrossed in the background of the family members. What a stunning portrayal of the collective and individual denial of the world in the early days of the holocaust.

jlhammar Good thinking saving this! Hope being engrossed in a great book makes your drive more pleasant. 2mo
tpixie I love listening to audiobooks as I drive! Safe driving and have a fun trip! 2mo
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I debated reading this book, each time I read the description I had a different reaction as to if I thought it had merit beyond another WWII novel. I loved this book. Its overt story is mildly interesting, but the existential questions it poses are the really beauty. Ideas of existence and meaning and identity explored in a fresh and poignant way.

Ruthiella I really liked this one too. 👍 2mo
jlhammar I loved this too. Great review! 2mo
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Revenge is a story that begins with more promises than its ending can keep.

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Crying in H Mart: A Memoir | Michelle Zauner
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This book was everywhere a few years ago and I thought I would like it but it never seemed the right time. I just finished on audio and it was nothing like I expected. Yes, I cried hard. Yes I laughed too. But it was very present for me. As different as my life as an only daughter has been, so many painful truths resonated. Some end of life wishes became very clear to me while listening on audio.

monalyisha Wow! I keep meaning to get to this one, as well. Definitely sounds like I should bump it up! 3mo
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Fire on the Mountain | Anita Desai
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Weekend reading is to make progress on working my way through the character Tookie‘s “short perfect novels” list in Erdrich‘s The Sentence. This will be #8 of 12.

Soubhiville Oh cool! I made a reading list from her recs, but I don‘t know if I‘ve gone back to follow up on any of them. 🙂📚 3mo
Sapphire @Soubhiville I made it a personal challenge on StoryGraph so I wouldn‘t forget! It‘s taking awhile. This one and the Turgev were a bit harder to find. The only one I haven‘t really embraced (it‘s hard to say like they are all beautifully written but all very dark) is Mrs Dalloway, but I will go back for that one. I am also using most of these for #192025 challenge as well 3mo
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Our Fathers | Rebecca Wait
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It was a hard choice between Our Fathers and Amina. So different but both so good. Just like last year, my first two picks of the year came from #auldlangspine match

CBee Both are ones I very much want to read soon 😄 3mo
Sapphire @CBee I recommend audio for the adventures of Amina al sirafi. It adds to the swashbuckling feel! 3mo
Catsandbooks Yay! So great the wild card option worked here! 3mo
CBee @Sapphire good to know! Thanks 😊 3mo
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This book was perfect for me at this moment in time.

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Hubby detested the stream of consciousness authors voice when we were trying a read aloud, but I am finding the mood oddly comforting. The view and Texas sun is providing nice counterbalance. I am sure this will be a high pick in general. Maybe not my favorite pandemic novel, only time will tell as The sentence is the only other novel set in 2020 I have read and I doubt much can beat that. Also, I may not move from this spot all day.

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Bought the tagged book by a local author at this indie bookstore in Port Isabel. Lovely owner who shared island history and tips with us. #unrulycactus

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Winter Beach reading.

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The Art Thief | Michael Finkel
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Road trip today with hubby. Tagged book is our chosen audio to accompany us.

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One Woman Show: A Novel | Christine Coulson
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Clever format. Read in an afternoon.

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The Adventures of Amina Al-Sirafi | Shannon Chakraborty
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Aimeesue Such a good book! 4mo
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I love Books beautifully written, with evocative characters, which move me or teach me something. It strikes me now that my reading loves have morphed through life stages. As a teen and in my 20s, I was drawn to coming of age novels and generational family sagas. In my 30s the dynamics of marriage and children. In my 40s I loved novels of travel and history of countries yet unexplored. Now it‘s the interior life that draws me in. #dogsoflitsy

dabbe 🖤🐾🖤 4mo
Gissy 🐶❤️❤️❤️❤️ 4mo
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Littens, I would like to give a mentor a book of poetry as a thank you. I don‘t know what all he has, but from the poetry he has shared with me I know he likes Rumí, Mary Oliver, and Toni Morrison. He likes religious themes of divine love and personal growth/journey themes but not overly ornate forms. Any recommendations of the more obscure type so I might give him something he had not already encountered?

Smrloomis I don‘t know but saw this list with Aina Hanau and thought it looked great. https://bookriot.com/best-poetry-collections-2023/ 4mo
Sapphire @Smrloomis thanks! I will check it out! 4mo
SheilaChew This book is short stories but it has those themes and he might enjoy@it. It is a beautiful book. 4mo
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Our Fathers | Rebecca Wait
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What an astounding book. I am so grateful to have encountered it. An amazing end to a Sunday evening with tea and 🥐
#auldlangspine #europacollective #192025 Litsy has made my reading life so much richer and I love you all for it.

monalyisha What an uplifting post! Glad you‘re here, too. 💕 4mo
CBee I‘m so happy to have “met” you! 4mo
BarbaraBB Great post! So glad you loved this book too 🤍 4mo
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Librarybelle ❤️❤️❤️ Glad you‘re here too! 4mo
jlhammar It really is. So glad you appreciated it as much as I did. Yay for Litsy! 4mo
TheKidUpstairs What a great tag to wake up to. Roots was such a wonderful book. The relationship between Tom and Malcolm was so thoughtfully done, their quietest moments together are what had stuck with me the most. 4mo
TheKidUpstairs That should say "this was such a wonderful book" not "roots" 4mo
vivastory This book sounds really interesting. Stacked! Thanks for the thoughtful tag 💙 4mo
Sapphire @TheKidUpstairs yes, a wonderful depiction of love despite the frailty of being human and unsure of oneself. 4mo
Gleefulreader This literally arrived in the mail this week for me and I can‘t wait to read it now. 4mo
Sapphire @Gleefulreader I hope it is a good read for you! 4mo
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Our Fathers | Rebecca Wait

Oh my ghosts, my lovely ghosts. Come with me.

CSeydel 🥲 this book 💔 4mo
Sapphire @CSeydel so much! 4mo
BarbaraBB So beautiful ❤️‍🩹 4mo
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The Adventures of Amina Al-Sirafi | Shannon Chakraborty
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This is my current audiobook. Adventures stories are not my typical genre, but a bunch of kittens recommended it a couple years ago so I bought it. I am so caught up with it. I love the characters and all the mythology. It truly is a swashbuckler. It‘s fun to get used to the names from a region of the world I rarely read about and even more fun when I recognize cross religious stories. Halfway through and still being surprised and carried along.

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The Clarion | Nina Dunic
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No surprises here. Although I am glad I did not finish Our Fathers this month. That would be a hard call, both from #auldlangspine2024. #readingbracket2024 if you are the person who created this graphic, please remind me so I can tag you. I know I stole it from someone.

CBee That one is from Leila @Catsandbooks 😊 4mo
Sapphire @CBee thanks! 4mo
monalyisha 🥳 4mo
Catsandbooks Haha 🥰 Thanks! @cbee 😘 4mo
TheKidUpstairs 😁 🌟 🌟 🌟 4mo
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Here is my #readyourkindle list. Numbered in order left to right. Thanks for the challenge @CBee

CBee Chrysalis was a bit weird but I liked it! 4mo
Sapphire Not sure why my first row showed up again at the end. But I am going to sleep now. Will fix when I don‘t have to be up again in 6 hours. 4mo
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Our Fathers | Rebecca Wait
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90 pages in and this book is nothing like what I had thought it would be when I missed reading it with #europacollective last summer. I am so glad it was on the @TheKidUpstairs #auldlangspine2024 list to prompt me to return to it. It‘s gorgeous and atmospheric despite the gruesome subject. And I am hooked to find the secrets to be revealed.

BarbaraBB My favorite book of 2024 4mo
jlhammar Really glad you're reading it. Such a good book! 4mo
TheAromaofBooks Great progress!! 4mo
TheKidUpstairs I almost skipped this one because the blurb made me expect a different kind of book. But reviews like @BarbaraBB 's made me give it a chance, and it will stick with me for a long time. I'm glad you're finding the same experience! 4mo
BarbaraBB @TheKidUpstairs 🙏❤️ 4mo
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A Fine Balance | Rohinton Mistry
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My #bookerdozen 6 are winners, 6 were shortlisted. Tagged is my favorite of all 12, although Midnights Children and The Bone People are only a hairs breath in difference of love (and those two won), followed by The Trees. What are yours?

BarbaraBB So many of them will be on my list too! 4mo
BarbaraBB .. and now that I‘ve made my list I am sorry I didn‘t include The Trees and Moon Tiger 🤷🏻‍♀️ 4mo
vivastory I *almost* included The Trees. Such a fantastic book. Also 💙 Hotel Du Lac 4mo
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Ruthiella Nice symmetry! And I also can‘t believe I missed The Trees! It was amazing. 4mo
JuniperWilde I have not read The Trees or Bone People but will check them out! 4mo
Sapphire Yes, the Trees is one that will stay with me a long time. It felt so original, and now so much reminds me of it. 4mo
Sapphire @Ruthiella it really was! 4mo
Sapphire @JuniperWilde both have stayed with me so long 4mo
Sapphire @vivastory I think I may have read hotel du lac based on something you said. 4mo
Sapphire @BarbaraBB like so many have expressed, it was hard to whittle down sometimes. I really debated Life of Pi. I was moved by it at the time, but it also became an “every of read that year” book which sometimes puts me off. 4mo
BarbaraBB I loved Life of Pi too and it could have been on my list too 🤷🏻‍♀️ 4mo
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Homegoing: A novel | Yaa Gyasi
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I had seen this book so many times, I thought I owned it. I decided to read it for January #Ghana for #foodandlit. It was amazing. Heartbreaking stories that make the evil humans do to other humans so in your face real. I wept at times. I liked how he brought all the lineage and stories together at the end. The audio definitely added to this one for me. No time to cook, but if I did it would be Yams as they are mentioned in nearly every story.

Bookwormjillk Yes the ending was perfect 4mo
Texreader I‘m looking forward to reading this one 4mo
Catsandbooks Glad you enjoyed it! 🇬🇭 4mo
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The Clarion | Nina Dunic
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This book is brilliant and poignant and beautifully written. I don‘t know how it‘s not on the “best of 23 lists”. It captures the rich and complex interior lives of ordinary people by showing us a brother and sister. Each POV is startling in its clarity, but then you see shards through the other‘s perspective and it makes it even more insightful. This author seems to understand modern humanity and a way to express it plainly. #auldlangspine2024

monalyisha Sold! 4mo
TheKidUpstairs I'm so glad you loved it! It was part of the Giller Prize Longlist this year, and I was so impressed by its quiet beauty, and the depth of connection in such a slim volume. And it's her debut! It made a few Best Of lists here in Canada, but being from a small indie Canadian press I don't think it garnered much attention outside of the country 4mo
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TheBookgeekFrau Love it!! 5mo
dabbe 🤩🤩🤩 5mo
kspenmoll Yes!!! 5mo
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The Clarion | Nina Dunic
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A long day travelling to DC and back again today. This title from my #auldlangspine2024 is coming with!

Sapphire Omg! I am loving this book. The language is beautiful and the mood rich. 5mo
TheKidUpstairs I'm so glad you're enjoying it! A quiet book, but so beautifully crafted. 5mo
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These books always feel like a guilty pleasure, and the detective stories sometimes drag - but I love Robin and Strike and how they each experience the world they live in. The author really captured how cults use and twist tenets of various world religions to draw people in to things that feel familiar and have supporters and detractors to make the control and abuse seem normal. It was ínstense in this one.

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The Adventures of Amina Al-Sirafi | Shannon Chakraborty

“These things that men obsess over when they hate what they desire, and desire what they cannot possess!”

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Wow, what a way to start.

TheKidUpstairs This was such a good book! 5mo
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Holly: A Novel | Stephen King
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Hubby and I exchange books for Christmas. Here is this year‘s selections.

Gissy Great idea📚💚❤️💚 5mo
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The Clarion | Nina Dunic
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I think these are the titles I am most excited about on my #auldlangspine2024 list from @TheKidUpstairs So much new to explore on this great list

TheKidUpstairs After seeing your list, these two fell like great choices for you! The Clarion is quietly beautiful and thoughtful, and The Furies was one that I took my time with to savour the beautiful writing. I hope they mean just as much to you! 5mo
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The Fire-Dwellers | Margaret Laurence
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I purchased the Manawaka novels more than a year ago based on @vivastory discussion of them. So I thought I had the tagged book. Review of my shelves and a check with LibraryThing says no I don‘t. How did I miss this. Thanks to @TheKidUpstairs #auldlangspine2024 list I will be correcting that now and prioritizing getting to these as well this year.

Ruthiella Nice editions! 😍 5mo
Sapphire @Ruthiella University of Chicago Press. I thought so! 5mo
vivastory More Laurence! I love to see it 💙 5mo
TheKidUpstairs I haven't read the whole series yet, but obviously I loved Fire Dwellers, and The Diviners is one of my all time favourite books. 5mo
TheKidUpstairs These editions are lovely! 5mo
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What a treat I have ahead of me! I have only read one book on this wonderful list (Tom Lake); I own Our Fathers and Fire Dwellers but have not read, so those will start my year for sure. But the real fun is that I haven‘t even heard of any of the other titles/authors. My Christmas will be spent looking them all up and choosing what‘s next! So excited. Thank you for such a thoughtful list and a great pairing. Adventure awaits #auldlangspine2024

Sapphire I have guests arriving in ten minutes! I will fix that photo of the list as soon as I can. Tomorrow is super full being Christmas Eve and I may not have 5 min to myself until Christmas 5mo
TheKidUpstairs I'm glad you are as excited as I am! Have a Wonderful Christmas, and I look forward to talking books with you in the New Year ❤️ 5mo
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Covenant of Water | Abraham Verghese
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I feel like I have been with my current audible and kindle reads way too long, even though I am enjoying both. They are both chunksters but I hope to finish them by the end of the year (in 7 days!!).

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Childhood is the first precious coin that poverty steals from a child.

Sapphire Particularly poignant post as we are learning about the social system in Costa Rica that is focused first on the welfare of the child, and because of the child- the family. It‘s a security/wellness over liberty culture. 6mo
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Vacation read: Pool day

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The Bridesman | Savyon Liebrecht
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I loved this book so much. A family drama, Iranian Jews in Jerusalem. Despite the twist ending being slightly unnerving to a modern audience, the prose, the images, the dialogue- this should have been on my top bracket.

Tamra That cover! 😍 6mo
Sapphire @Tamra ikr?! I just love Europa editions. Quality paper and flaps, gorgeous art and I have really enjoyed most titles. I collect them. 5mo
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The Bridesman | Savyon Liebrecht
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On our way! Staring a new book for the flight. At 150 pages, I am hopeful to finish before arrival in Costa Rica!

jlhammar Oooh, I really want this one! Look forward to your thoughts. 6mo
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Demon Copperhead: A Novel | Barbara Kingsolver
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I know it‘s early in the month, but I doubt that my vacation reads I‘ll top the novel bookstore no matter how perfect they may be for lying on a beach in Central America. #readingbracket2023 #europacollective

jlhammar Demon! So good. Glad to hear you enjoyed A Novel Bookstore. I‘m only 50 pages in. Hope to make some good progress today. Have a wonderful vacation! 6mo
Meshell1313 Ooh great choice! 6mo
monalyisha @Sapphire Are you already in Costa Rica? I don‘t want you to have to spend money to participate; part of the beauty of the event is that it‘s free! Email me? It‘s monalitsy@gmail.com 6mo
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Starting my list now . . .

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A Novel Bookstore | Laurence Cosse
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jlhammar Great quote! 6mo
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A Novel Bookstore | Laurence Cosse
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“Don‘t you think that in France, at every meal, in every restaurant, there is at least one table where people are talking about literature?” #europacollective

Dilara Ha - if only! 😂 😂 6mo
Sapphire Maybe in 2004 when the character says it - before smart phones! But I remain hopeful. Look how many of us found Litsy! 6mo
jlhammar Wow, looks like the perfect meal to accompany this book! 6mo
Sapphire @jlhammar for as many restaurants they meet in, at least in the first half of there is very little description of the food. Much description of scenery. Interesting choices. I am loving this book. But yes, a French brasserie on my travels this week did seem appropriate to the quote. And the onion soup was very good. The book is better 😎 6mo
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A Novel Bookstore | Laurence Cosse
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Getting a jump on and digging in to my December read on my work trip to Philadelphia this week. #Europacollective

Tamra Such a prettier cover than mine! 6mo
jlhammar Yay, so looking forward to this! Have a good trip! 6mo
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Some books find you at the exact right moment. I have disliked everything by Cather I had ever attempted to read. I put this on my list because it met 1925 for my #192025 challenge. I loved it from the first beautiful phrase. It captures so much beauty and tragic heartache. In the landscape and in mankind. Nuance and realism. Truly a masterpiece. This will affect me for a long time.

Librarybelle Awesome! I need to read Cather. 7mo
BarbaraBB Wow what a review! I‘ll check this out. I only read and enjoyed her 7mo
TheAromaofBooks Lovely review!!! 7mo
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