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ValerieAndBooks

Joined April 2016

Never enough bookshelves for all the books 📚😊. ❤️ non-fic, art, memoirs, most fic genres. Ravenclaw. 🇺🇸
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Ladies of Liberty by Cokie Roberts
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Vicious by V. E. Schwab
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Money | Martin Amis
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#7days7covers #covercrush Day 7

(Re-using my photo from a post I made last year)

These hashtags are sooo much fun to follow 😍! Anyone not playing yet, please do!!

CrowCAH I like the money! 💰 14h
KarenUK 😍😍😍 13h
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Ladies of Liberty | Cokie Roberts
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Just learned author Cokie Roberts has just passed. Thanks for bringing attention to women involved in some parts of American history.

(ETA: I need a new non-fiction read after finishing Betsy Ross, so I‘m going to finally start reading the tagged book now — been TBR a long time!)

Ericalambbrown I am just so very sad to hear of her passing. I will miss her voice of fact and reason terribly on NPR. 💔😢 17h
MicheleinPhilly Such a tremendous loss for journalism. I will miss her insight and intelligence fiercely. 16h
Graciouswarriorprincess This is so sad. She was a remarkable journalist and woman! 16h
Kimzey 😢 One of my all-time favorite NPR journalists! 12h
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Not as much is known about Elizabeth (Betsy) Griscom Ross Ashburn Claypoole as compared to her contemporaries, but the author does her best to flesh out Betsy with the available evidence. Learned a lot about early Philadelphia (I live near there), the Quakers —Betsy left when she married her non-Quaker 1st hubby but later joined Free Quakers— and her family business. She worked almost all the way to her death at 84 years old as an upholsterer &👇

ValerieAndBooks and seamstress. Did she make the first “Betsy Ross” flag? Her descendants says she did. But she certainly did provide upholstery projects at Washington ‘s request. A lot of info packed in this book. 19h
MrBook Love this picture and review! 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 19h
ValerieAndBooks Oh and flag quilt wall-hanging was made by my mom years ago 😊 19h
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ValerieAndBooks @MrBook thanks 😊! I learned A LOT from this book — it‘s not a fast read though. 19h
Suet624 This picture is so colorful! 18h
Smrloomis That quilt is beautiful! 18h
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Oh, those are apples! So much for my plan to use tomatoes as a prop 😂. @Lynnsoprano ‘s cover is much more eye-catching. We‘re embarking on our third annual #buddyread with this novel.

Lynnsoprano My goodness, that cover is so different! Already enjoying this. I only had a little reading time today, and I‘m already through four chapters. 2d
cathipink This book randomly showed up in my Little Free Library this week 🙂 1d
ValerieAndBooks @cathipink oh, that‘s cool! Same cover? 1d
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cathipink Yes 🙂🙂 1d
CafeMom I loved this book. Enjoy. 1d
LauraBeth I've had this on my mental TBR forever! I'm officially stacking it so hopefully, I can remember it! 20h
Suet624 Ooohhh, already stacked. 18h
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A Clockwork Orange | Anthony Burgess
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#7days7covers #covercrush Day 6

@Hollie have you been tagged yet? Post a cover you love, each day for 7 days. No explanation needed; use the hashtags ☝️

KarenUK Very bold! 😍😍😍 2d
britt_brooke Ooh, great choice! 2d
ValerieAndBooks @KarenUK @britt_brooke I have been wanting this cover for a long time !! I have two other covers, but they just aren‘t as awesome as this one. 1d
Hollie @ValerieAndBooks I haven‘t...but now I‘m off to search my bookshelf for some cover love 💕 1d
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Girls of Riyadh | Rajaa Alsanea
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#7days7covers #covercrush Day 5 (I will go ahead and explain anyways that pics don‘t do justice to this shiny, tactile cover, not even the close-up).

Want to play @Liberty 😁? Post a cover you love, each day for 7 days. No explanation needed; use the hashtags ☝️and feel free to tag others 😊

KarenUK 😍😍😍 2d
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Emma | Jane Austen, James Kinsley, Adela Pinch
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#7days7covers #covercrush Day 4

Anyone want to play along that hasn‘t done so yet 😊? Maybe you, @CrowCAH ?

Cathythoughts Crush 👍🏻♥️ 4d
CrowCAH I could get on this bandwagon. Are we just posting seven covers we love for seven days? 4d
Leftcoastzen So gorgeous! 4d
ValerieAndBooks @CrowCAH yes, one cover that you love, no explanation needed, per day for seven days 😊. Use hashtags ☝️ in post . 4d
LeahBergen Pretty! 💕💕 4d
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#7days7covers #covercrush Day 3

@Reggie have you been tagged yet? Just post a cover you love, each day for 7 days. No explanation needed; use the hashtags 😊

KarenUK The butterfly is beautiful 😍😍😍 4d
ValerieAndBooks @KarenUK it is ! 🦋 😍 4d
DebinHawaii Mahalo for the tag! I‘ll start tomorrow. 🤗 3d
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My daughter is turning 21 next Tuesday 😱 but I trust her to be careful! This is going her way — she‘s in her last year of college— along with some spending money 😊. Tagged little board book was a Dollar Tree find — has fun and easy recipes. (Not pictured— second margarita glass — both plastic)

Macker11 Omg I love this ! 6d
LeahBergen I love it! 👏🏻👏🏻 6d
LauraJ You are a good mom! 6d
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jillannjohn Love this! 6d
JoScho I love this care package 🖤 5d
batsy Love it ♥️ 5d
ValerieAndBooks @macker11 @LeahBergen @LauraJ @jillannjohn @JoScho @batsy Thanks all 🙂 ! Hope she likes it. After this picture was taken, I wrapped some of these items before mailing out. 5d
Reggie Awww you‘re awesome!!!! 4d
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#7days7covers #covercrush Day2

@DebinHawaii this made me think of you— maybe you‘d like to play along 😊? Just post a cover you love, each day for 7 days. No explanation needed. Use hashtags ☝️.

Leftcoastzen Lovely cover! 6d
KarenUK 😍💕 6d
Lynnsoprano I‘m hungry just looking at that cover! 6d
Liz_M Not just a beautiful cover, but also a wonderful cookbook! 5d
DebinHawaii One of my favorite covers! Thanks for thinking of me. I will start tomorrow. It was a crazy work week! 😉 3d
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Book mail. I won this in a giveaway I entered at a history books website (not sure if it was for this specific book or one chosen by them). It looks interesting. I was in my first year of college when the marine barracks was bombed, killing 241. Blurb states it was the worst terrorist attack towards Americans until 9/11/2001.

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#7days7covers #covercrush Day 1

@KarenUK thanks for the tag🥰!

@Lynnsoprano would you like to post one cover you love, each day for 7 days? no explanation needed and use the hashtags 😊

erzascarletbookgasm Love the Europa editions 🙂 7d
Leftcoastzen That‘s how I feel when I read!😂 7d
BarbaraBB Great cover indeed! 7d
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KarenUK I love this one! 💕 7d
LeahBergen This is a great cover! 7d
ValerieAndBooks @erzascarletbookgasm Yes! And I always scan the spines for their logo when I‘m at bookstores 😊 7d
ValerieAndBooks @Leftcoastzen same, especially if it‘s a good book 😂! 7d
ValerieAndBooks @BarbaraBB it is, and the title fits, too 😂 7d
ValerieAndBooks @KarenUK still TBR, but I have it staying out so that maybe I‘ll start it soon 🙂 7d
ValerieAndBooks @LeahBergen there‘s another Europa cover by this author that is lovely, too — I may post that this week too 😊 7d
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Agnes Grey | Anne Bront
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Agnes Grey was better than I expected 💖. From her difficulties of being a governess to horrid kids to observing class differences to discussing reading and books ☝️ with the guy she falls in love with — very good. All covered in about 200 pages, but still satisfying 😊

Read for #1001Books

SaraFair Thank you for this review! I have it on my shelf and now I am encouraged to get to it-🤓 1w
ValerieAndBooks @SaraFair I hope you enjoy it 💖 1w
CafeMom I enjoyed this one too when I read it. 1w
ValerieAndBooks @CafeMom I wasn‘t expecting to like it — glad I did and that you did too 😊 1w
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Vicious | V. E. Schwab
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Not sure if you can see it, but the library copy is water damaged throughout — at least I hope it‘s just water 🤢. Library E-book hold won‘t be available for a while, but I‘ll read the sample here. I also can switch over to the other VE Schwab I borrowed. #authoramonth

Megabooks 🤢 1w
ValerieAndBooks @Megabooks right?! This was a pick-up reserve so I didn‘t notice the damage until I got home — probably would have if I had taken it off the shelf 😒. 1w
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Loved Rick Bragg‘s *The Best Cook in the World* , just as I did his earlier volumes about his family. In this one, his momma‘s home-cooking recipes go hand-in-hand with family stories. Many are more for historical merit — poke-weed salad (poisonous if careless in prep) or possum or turtle soup, anyone? I was glad there‘s a recipe for pecan pie that doesn‘t use Karo. Will try it someday & see if it‘s as good as my Southern grandma‘s was 💖.

Kappadeemom Turtle soup is actually good! I‘ve had it in New Orleans :) 1w
SaraFair His stories bring back so many memories. 1w
ValerieAndBooks @Kappadeemom I‘ll take your word for it 😊. The at home recipe seems like a lot of work, not to mention having to catch the turtle in the first place! 1w
ValerieAndBooks @SaraFair I know what you mean— very evocative of a time and place similar to my what my grandparents had until they migrated to CA. 1w
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West Chester Public Library | West Chester, PA (Library)
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Went to the branch in town to pick up my holds for September‘s #authoramonth, V.E. Schwab! Will I finish both this month? Will I like her— she‘s a new-to-me author.

It‘s hard to see, but the tower says Public Library near the roof and there‘s lovely stained glass windows on the main level. 😍

mom2bugnbee My parents grew up in Downingtown! 😁 2w
ValerieAndBooks @mom2bugnbee small world! That‘s the next town over 😊 2w
DivineDiana I‘ve never seen that branch. Lovely. 2w
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LauraBeth This is your library? It looks amazing! 2w
DGRachel That‘s a gorgeous building! I loved Vicious. Hope you enjoy it, too! 2w
ValerieAndBooks @DivineDiana yes, it‘s in the borough, but about 3 blocks outside the shopping/restaurant area. 2w
ValerieAndBooks @LauraBeth it‘s the one closest to me, but I admit I prefer the larger county library slightly farther away that also has easier parking. This one is definitely lovely! 2w
ValerieAndBooks @DGRachel it is definitely gorgeous! If you loved Vicious, I‘ll start that one first 😊! 2w
DGRachel It was my first book by VE Schwab and I loved it so much that I mailed my paperback copy to a friend to force her to read it and bought a matching set of hardbacks of Vicious and Vengeful. ❤️ 2w
Soubhiville What a cool building! I hope you enjoy the books. 2w
kspenmoll Beautiful library!!! 1w
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More history books today! My mom has been sending me things she comes across, as she goes through her home and my dad‘s things. Latest box included a couple more of his books, plus some coffee 💖.

kspenmoll Read the Johnstown Flood & really thought it was well done. Think it was this author‘s first book.? 2w
ValerieAndBooks @kspenmoll Yes I also think it was his first— it was originally published in 1968. 2w
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Second Reading II | West Chester, PA (Bookstore)
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Oh no 🙈! Dropped off some books today at the used bookstore and discovered all history and biographies are 50% off in September. My kryptonite. I‘ll have to try to stay away all month. But used bookstores don‘t often have women‘s history so maybe if I tell myself that‘s only what I‘ll buy if I weaken and go back?!

Pleased to find Jefferson and Monticello, as we just visited there!

The #nyrb fiction (top) was at their regular price ($4) 😊.

LeahBergen What a great haul. 👍🏻 2w
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The Inbetween Days | Eva Woods
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A light undemanding read, but it kept me reading. Between pick and so-so, really. Rosie is in a coma but her subconscious grasps at bits and pieces of her past. It all comes together in the end. Not bad!

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My dear mom sent us a check for our anniversary and we spent it at Barnes and Noble tonight 😊📚📚! The top two are my picks (Atkinson was 50% off) and hubby got the bottom three. I plan to start with the tagged book — have enjoyed Bragg‘s other books. #bookhaul

Suet624 Ahem...Vermont... coming for a visit? 6d
Suet624 And I‘m Irish. Curious what I dont know. (edited) 6d
ValerieAndBooks @Suet624 Hopefully in the near future 😊 ! We only passed through VT a couple years ago when we went to Montreal, and want to see more! Hubby is also dreaming of where we might go post-retirement (many years in the future), possibly as a second home somewhere. Hence, the other books as well.

I'll have to ask him what the most interesting thing he learned from the Irish history book and then pass it along to you 🙂 -- he's still reading it.
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Agnes Grey | Anne Bront
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This is a great opening sentence to Agnes Grey. #1001Books

Leftcoastzen That‘s awesome! Still on my TBR 3w
Ruthiella Never read any Anne! I own both her novels too. No excuse. 😀 2w
ValerieAndBooks @Leftcoastzen @Ruthiella This has been TBR forever 🙈! But realized it is relatively short 😂! 2w
LeahBergen 😍😍😍 2w
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A good poolside read! Alternates (but not too often 👍) between the German occupation in World War I France and present-day Europe. Deals with issues of art repatriations, and a touch of architecture — and as expected, some love 💕.

As you can see by all the leaves, fall is in the air! Now having to scoop a ton out daily. We‘ll have to schedule the pool closing soon 😢 but I do like fall also 🎃

Liatrek I loved this book so much❤️ it‘s on my to be read again list. 3w
ValerieAndBooks @Liatrek 👍. I‘m a Jojo Moyes fan 💖 3w
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Thomas Jefferson's Monticello Museum Shop | Charlottesville, VA (Bookstore)
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We visited Monticello — Thomas Jefferson‘s home and pride&joy. Loved the room painted about this shade of yellow but brighter — no interior pictures allowed, understandably. Overwhelmed by the book choices at the bookstore there (taggable on Litsy!); so only walked away with this cup and bookmark. “I cannot live without books”, indeed!

Hollie What a great mug! 3w
ValerieAndBooks @Hollie it has a great toile design (partially visible here) on the other side with Monticello on it 😍! 3w
Hollie @ValerieAndBooks I need to visit Monticello on my next DC trip! 3w
ValerieAndBooks @Hollie it‘s about 100 miles from DC, so if you have the time, do it 👍! My youngest just started college (W&L) in VA, so now hoping to visit all the history down there over the next few years! We also visited Appotomax Courthouse after dropping him off. 3w
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While we were away traveling, spied this #LFL in Lynchburg, VA. 📚❤️📚🧡📚💛📚💚📚💙📚💜📚

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Walden | Henry David Thoreau
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It only took me two months to finish this! I hate giving this a so-so, but even though it occasionally had great insights on how to “live better”, it mostly lulled me to sleep 😴. Read for #1001Books.

Will try to catch up on Litsy soon 💖! Need to run some errands first

DGRachel There's a whole thread on Twitter that started yesterday about how Thoreau is a fraud - his mother and sister cooked and cleaned for him while he was supposedly on his own, communing with nature. It's a riot. 😂 3w
ValerieAndBooks @DGRachel Really 😂?! I‘ll have to look that up! Maybe this book deserves the so-so, after all 😁! 3w
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The Great Gatsby | Francis Scott Fitzgerald
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Stopped to pay our respects 💖. Looks like others have, too.

(Returning home today— more later!)

BarbaraBB Save travels! 3w
LeahBergen Cool!!! But Fireball?? Hmph, I‘m sure he liked all the booze. Right? 😆 3w
Reggie Awesome!! 3w
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ValerieAndBooks @BarbaraBB thank you! Back home now and catching up on stuff and Litsy. 3w
ValerieAndBooks @LeahBergen Right?! I‘m not surprised someone would leave a bottle, but Fireball?! 3w
ValerieAndBooks @Reggie I‘m so glad I got to do this. 3w
Lynnsoprano How cool! I‘m reading Z right now, so interested in all things Fitzgerald. 3w
DivineDiana Fantastic! Where is he buried? 2w
ValerieAndBooks @Lynnsoprano how are you liking Z ? I have to admit I couldn‘t get into it and ended up donating it. Their lives are fascinating, definitely! 2w
ValerieAndBooks @DivineDiana Rockville, MD outside of Baltimore. A bit off the beaten path! 2w
DivineDiana I need to visit! ❤️ 2w
ValerieAndBooks @DivineDiana interesting back story about how/where he ended up (not his and Zelda‘s original resting spot) : https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/f-scott-fitzgeralds-long-journey-to-a-rockv... 2w
Lynnsoprano @ValerieAndBooks I keep putting it down, reading something else, and then coming back to it. No one is very sympathetic/likable and I‘m having a hard time relating to it. I‘m reminded of how I felt about the recent Picasso series on tv. After a while, who is sleeping with whom just doesn‘t interest me. 2w
DivineDiana Thank you! 2w
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Avid Reader: A Life | Robert Gottlieb
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I enjoyed this for the most part — Gottlieb‘s memoir focuses almost completely on his life and career in publishing and perhaps intentionally less on family. I liked his insights on authors (several may be more familiar to older readers like me) and books he worked with. Added a few to the TBR!

Leftcoastzen I liked it too!I like seeing how the sausage is made....sometimes !😂 1mo
ValerieAndBooks Haha, yes!! An interesting behind the scenes look. 3w
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On the Road | Jack Kerouac
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I‘m going to be away and/or busy over the next week or so! Which #1001Books should I take with me? Will probably just read for a bit each day.

We‘re first going to help daughter (last year of college 😮!) and her girlfriend move into their new apartment, then move youngest son (first year of college) in his dorm room. Our anniversary is also coming up and we may go somewhere for a couple days after dropping him off, but TBD where.

LauraBeth Why not leave On The Road behind in your son‘s place to discover and leave Kafka On The Shore behind for your daughter and her gf to discover? I‘d read A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian 🚜 I‘m a book leave-behinder 😂 1mo
JoyBlue Congratulations on all the milestones! 💙 1mo
CafeMom The only one I read was A Short History of Tractors which I loved. It is a dark comedy. I think you can't go wrong with a Murakami either. 1mo
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Q84 Congratulations! Happy anniversary! 1mo
Liz_M Sounds like a fun and hard trip! Main Street is the most straight-forward read and has a nostalgia about it that might match your mood? 1mo
Ruthiella Agree with Liz that Main Street was great! But maybe On the Road is more appropriate for a road trip? Happy Anniversary 😀 1mo
Reggie I hope everything goes well and that you have a great anniversary trip!!! 1mo
Lynnsoprano I have Short History of Tractors... and have been thinking about reading it soon. Maybe our buddy read? We‘ve both had a tough year, but I‘d still love to do one. 4w
ValerieAndBooks @LauraBeth @JoyBlue @CafeMom @Q84 @Liz_M @Ruthiella @Reggie thanks all for your kind words and recommendations! I ended up taking On The Road, but read zero words 😂! Just so busy! Will try to start it soon. 3w
ValerieAndBooks @Lynnsoprano yes, let‘s do it 💖! When? September? October? 3w
Lynnsoprano Great! I would say mid to late September. I want to get past the darn storm😄 Oh, I‘m so excited! (edited) 3w
ValerieAndBooks @Lynnsoprano It‘s a date— looking forward to it! And stay safe. 3w
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This seems to be my earliest book haul picture here on @Litsy — three years ago! This is when having a tiled posts feature would be handy (like IG) instead of endless scrolling 😅! Of these three here, I still need to start the 80s short fiction one! It‘s a chunkster. I did read the other two.

Fun #bookhaulchallenge challenge, @Lcsmcat — thanks 😊📚!

Lcsmcat 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 1mo
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The Lover | Marguerite Duras
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This is not just the semi-autobiographical story of a young girl (15) having a relationship with a man quite older (27), but the also fraught relationships between her and her mother and her brothers. Beautifully written/translated but its structure made it difficult to follow. Between a pick and so-so.

Read this for #1001Books — I need to up my game because the app now tells me I need to read 4 books/month from the list, instead of 3 😱

writerlibrarian Duras is almost always amazing. Not easy, sometimes painfully hard emotionally but even then it's amazing. 💜 1mo
MellieAntoinette Such a good book! Beautiful cover! The French cover is plain manilla!! 1mo
Reggie I loved this book and I will always remember that passage about how they throw water on the floors to wash them as her mother plays the piano. Such beautiful writing. 1mo
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ValerieAndBooks @writerlibrarian you say it so well! I do look forward to reading her again in spite of it all — two of her other books are on the #1001Books list , plus I have one in my TBR already that is not on the list: 1mo
ValerieAndBooks @MellieAntoinette yes it‘s lovely — that photo is herself as a young person ! (edited) 1mo
ValerieAndBooks @Reggie yes that passage stood out to me, too! How she described the smell of the wet wood floors and the soap and all. 1mo
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The Haunting of Hill House | Shirley Jackson
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“Around then the house brooded, settling and stirring with a movement that was almost like a shudder.”

I finished this very atmospheric & creepy novel in one rainy night (last night) while I was home alone 😳! Maybe it was counterintuitive to do so, but I felt I couldn‘t sleep well without knowing the outcome. Very much a psychological study of characters and Hill House.

Definitely a pick for #authoramonth of August!

ShyBookOwl Great book! 1mo
Soubhiville Glad you liked it, and I like your stained glass! 1mo
ValerieAndBooks @ShyBookOwl it really was 😊! 1mo
ValerieAndBooks @Soubhiville thanks for getting me to read this 😊! The window came with the house — funny thing is that it was built in 1980, not 1890! I think maybe the original owner had it installed from an older house (we‘re only the second owners). 1mo
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The Haunting of Hill House | Shirley Jackson
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Starting this Shirley Jackson tonight for my second #authoramonth book for August!

ephemeralwaltz Lovelovelove! 1mo
ValerieAndBooks @ephemeralwaltz finished already! So good! 1mo
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Avid Reader: A Life | Robert Gottlieb
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It‘s hard to imagine that Catch-22 almost was Catch-18 or another number, but here‘s the story of how it happened.

tjwill I love this story. 1mo
ValerieAndBooks @tjwill Agree! Any other number just doesn‘t have the same ring to it. 1mo
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Avid Reader: A Life | Robert Gottlieb
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“Jane Austen had pinned me to the wall.”

Book editor Robert Gottlieb tells us how he discovers “some kind of moral compass “ after reading Emma and other novels. (page 11).

BookBabe 😄🙌🏻 1mo
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Hamilton: The Revolution | Lin-Manuel Miranda
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Glad I read this before seeing the musical on Sunday! The script has excellent supplements and Lin-Manuel‘s annotations are fantastic. (Psst... BookOutlet.com is currently selling it for only $15 😮!)

Bought a book bag 😉, bookmarks, (hard to see here) a “I‘m not throwing away my shot!” shot glass. Son got a t-shirt (I‘d have too but the only ones I liked were male/unisex which make me look like a fire hydrant). Hubby got a mug and magnet 😊.

ValerieAndBooks 🇺🇸Mints are from the hotel we stayed at— couldn‘t resist including in the pic 😊 1mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 Hahahaha!! I love that!! I fire hydrant!! I‘ve heard barrel before, and I‘ve felt like a barrel in certain clothes, but I like fire hydrant better. So happy you had fun!!! Good tip on BO!! I kind of missed the Hamilton boat, so to speak, I don‘t know why. Maybe bc I lived right near where they dueled (years ago) West NY or Weehawken, can‘t remember...but was on Boulevard East many times, living in neighboring town of Hoboken. I should see it! 1mo
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ValerieAndBooks @JanuarieTimewalker13 I would have loved to see the original cast. But with a family of five, it was impossible financially and to be able to know if the more affordable route of buying tickets way in advance would have worked time-wise! Still wasn‘t cheap this time (for three) but more manageable 😊. Yes the duel was in Weehawken. I‘d like to see the site someday! 1mo
ValerieAndBooks @mabell I would have loved to buy the scarf too, but think my hubby would have frowned 😂! Maybe another time 😊 1mo
mabell The scarf would have been fun! But now you have a fabulous shot glass 😄 1mo
ValerieAndBooks @mabell right?! I just couldn‘t resist it 😁 1mo
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Hamilton: The Revolution | Lin-Manuel Miranda
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What a show 😍! Yes the stage was partly obscured from our box seats but we still saw a lot. And son got his program autographed afterwards by Burr (today he was played by Andrew Chappelle), Washington, and Lafayette/Jefferson! And the GalaPro app that captions most shows on Broadway (screenshot ☝️) worked very well. Tomorrow I‘ll show what I bought 😊

DivineDiana How exciting! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 1mo
chaoticgoodhufflepuff 😱I‘m so jealous! I hope it was amazing! 1mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 Cool!!!👍🏽 1mo
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kspenmoll Fabulous! 1mo
ValerieAndBooks @DivineDiana @chaoticgoodhufflepuff @JanuarieTimewalker13 @kspenmoll I loved it. The hype is real about this one! I hope everyone gets to see it at some point in their lives. 1mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 Ok, I just commented on your other post before seeing this. I guess I better go. I‘ve seen Beautiful and Come From Away this year, so maybe Hamilton and To Kill A Mockingbird next year. Thank you for all this good info❤️ 1mo
Suet624 That's wonderful!!! 1mo
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Hamilton: The Revolution | Lin-Manuel Miranda
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Binge-reading this!! Yes this is what we got from B&N yesterday. We got last-minute tickets (Via stubhub so I hope they‘re real) to see Hamilton tomorrow! The seats will be just okay but I‘m sure it will still be fun ! Because I‘m deaf I wanted to familiarize myself with the words/plot beforehand. There‘s an app that captions Broadway shows but don‘t know how glitchy it might be. Excited!!

MicheleinPhilly We‘re going next month! 1mo
ValerieAndBooks @MicheleinPhilly yay for you!! In Philly? We wanted to do it before Colin went off to school so it‘s NYC! He‘s just as much a history geek as I am. Hubby has a work-related appointment in the city Monday so we‘re staying overnight tomorrow after the show. 1mo
MicheleinPhilly Oh how fun! Yes, we are going in Philly. 1mo
ValerieAndBooks @MicheleinPhilly where it all started 😊! 1mo
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My youngest was given a scholarship by a local law firm at graduation and along with it, this book. I have been reading it all summer but pacing myself because the true stories (originally told before audiences) nearly all made me cry even if some had humor. With that warning, this is very good. Hope son reads it eventually (he‘s very much a reader) but I wouldn‘t be surprised if he spaced these stories out as well.

JanuarieTimewalker13 I wonder what The Moth is? Is this an anthology? 1mo
ValerieAndBooks @JanuarieTimewalker13 The Moth is an organization that hosts story telling events; and yes this is one of their anthologies. It‘s very good but heart-wrenching! More info here https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Moth 1mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 Thank you😘 1mo
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JanuarieTimewalker13 That makes sense bc listen to what the Moth symbolizes: “The moth symbolizes determination, attraction, psychic abilities and faith. Although moths are nocturnal, they are driven toward the light for some unknown reason.” Ok, I recently read a book titled Absent and there was a moth on the cover...now that all makes sense...that was a really good YA novella. (edited) 1mo
ValerieAndBooks @JanuarieTimewalker13 I love what you just shared! Thanks 😊 1mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 You‘re so welcome!!🤙🏽 1mo
Reggie I love the Moth Podcast. It always has me crying or laughing on my way home from work. I‘ve only read their first book. But it‘s good to hear this one is just as affecting. 1mo
ValerieAndBooks @Reggie nice to know there are other The Moth books! Yes, the stories are so heart-touching. 1mo
Suet624 Oh gosh, yes. I drive the quiet roads in the midst of errands and listen to Moth podcasts. They all have me in tears. Truth-telling at its finest. 1mo
ValerieAndBooks @Suet624 aww yes 💖. But be careful driving with tears! 1mo
Suet624 @ValerieAndBooks I actually did have to pull off the road one time. One of the stories just really got me. 1mo
ValerieAndBooks @Suet624 I can imagine!! One story in this anthology had me in such a sobbing mess that I couldn‘t pick it up again for at least a couple weeks. 1mo
ValerieAndBooks @Suet624 it was “Walking with RJ” by Stephanie Peirolo. 1mo
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The Bookstore | Deborah Meyler
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The B&N in Wilmington DE moved one mile south (why? The former location was right by a mall). This is what the new one looks like. Son and I think it looks too much like a warehouse. But maybe they‘re not finished with the final look? It‘s definitely much smaller too. It‘s too bad to see it like this, even though we prefer indies. Any of you seeing changes with your local B&N? (bookstore tag wasn‘t in @Litsy database)

Leftcoastzen I read somewhere that they are testing a smaller footprint in some locations, this may be one. 1mo
Susanita The new one closest to me looks like this too. Very open spaces and enough lighting to land airplanes. 1mo
LibrarianRyan interesting. The sale of the company just went through either last week or the beginning of this week. 1mo
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avgeyer Oh hey, I'm in Wilmington too! Haven't been into the new store yet, it looks....interesting. 1mo
Susannah Nice floors. 🤷‍♀️ Open spaces in bookstores make no sense to me, though. MORE BOOKS! 1mo
cathysaid https://www.wsj.com/articles/british-bookseller-plots-turnaround-at-barnes-noble... Huh. Doesn‘t look “indie” like this article claims.... “Barnes & Noble Inc. ‘s new chief executive wants to run America‘s largest bookstore chain more like a collection of 627 independent stores.” 1mo
Bklover Is there a cafe? MUST have a cafe! 1mo
ValerieAndBooks @Leftcoastzen it does seem that way but I thought the original location was a better one — why didn‘t they lease out half instead?! 1mo
ValerieAndBooks @Susanita lol at your lighting comment. Doesn‘t feel as cozy right?! 1mo
ValerieAndBooks @LibrarianRyan it‘ll be interesting to see what happens with that🤔 1mo
ValerieAndBooks @avgeyer it only moved a month ago. I didn‘t even know until we went over there. I‘m actually just over the border in PA — West Chester, by Chadds Ford😊 (edited) 1mo
ValerieAndBooks @cathysaid interesting article; thanks for sharing. Seems like they‘ll be “independent “ in that they‘ll each have more say on what titles to emphasize. We ‘ll see!! 1mo
ValerieAndBooks @Bklover there is 👍; still pretty much the same menu. But it was weird seeing white tables and blank walls without the iconic authors from one end to the other. 1mo
BookBabe 😮 1mo
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Author provides backgrounds on several of the Founding Fathers of America, and discusses how our views of them can change over time. He also touches on how they viewed each other as well. I found this very readable.

(4th of July quilt wall hanging made by me many years ago)

bromeliad Oh man, are those all reproduction cottons you used? They're fantastic! 1mo
Crazeedi Beautiful wall hanging, I ❤ it! 1mo
DivineDiana I am impressed with your creativity! ❤️ 1mo
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ValerieAndBooks @bromeliad thanks! some might have been repro fabrics. I made this at least 20 years ago 😯 1mo
ValerieAndBooks @Crazeedi thank you 😊! 1mo
ValerieAndBooks @DivineDiana thanks 😊 ! I used to do a lot of quilting until it got too expensive and also a lack of time. But I have a few unfinished projects that I plan to get back into now, that the nest will be empty soon with the last one going off to college! 1mo
DivineDiana Sounds like a good plan! 👏🏻 1mo
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It‘s getting real — youngest moves into university dorms in 17 days 😱 ! We went to Dollar Tree to pick up some dorm essentials and I got this book for myself. I remember when I was in college myself, poor H.M. ‘s case being discussed in a psychobiology class.

Reggie Are you getting a little fidgety? Is it like a little panicky or more like can‘t wait? 1mo
ValerieAndBooks @Reggie definitely a little (actually a lot) panicky! I‘ll miss him, plus I‘ve been a SAHM for most of my kids‘ lives and it‘s like, “now what?” But I‘m sure I‘ll figure it out 🤞 1mo
Suet624 I started seeing a therapist when my last two children (twins) were in their sophomore year. 😪 😪 I spent two years talking about it. I knew it was going to be very hard for me because of how I'd dealt with my other two children leaving for college 7 and 14 years before. I can't say it helped with the separation, but somehow the therapy changed my relationship with my mother. :) (edited) 1mo
ValerieAndBooks @Suet624 I‘m glad the therapy benefitted you 💖. I feel like this whole situation is like starting a new chapter in a book, with an idea of what might happen but not totally sure it will be as imagined! 1mo
Suet624 @ValerieAndBooks That's a great way of looking at it. My best wishes to you. 1mo
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I snuck into the used bookstore today hoping to find more Shirley Jackson but no luck 😭. I did get lucky with these ($9 plus tax!). I had just been telling @Leftcoastzen that I was having a hard time finding the tagged book used, and guess what 😊!

McEwan is for #1001Books (someday); had been wanting to read The Great Santini; and the like-new HP is to replace the paperback edition my son has. Now all of his HPs are hardbacks 👍

BookwormM I enjoyed Amsterdam 1mo
Leftcoastzen Yay! Love the Great Santini! 1mo
Blueberry Hope Never Dies is a fun book. 1mo
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ValerieAndBooks @BookwormM that‘s good to know— there‘s 8 of his books on the #1001Books list and I‘ve only read one so far 😅 1mo
ValerieAndBooks @Leftcoastzen it‘s weird— I have a couple others of Conroy in my TBR but somehow felt I should get to The Great Santini first! 1mo
ValerieAndBooks @Blueberry no doubt, based on that cover alone 😂 ! 1mo
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Come Along with Me | Shirley Jackson
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Wow! Shirley Jackson is a MASTER at the art of short story. A few of these I was all “what?!” and had to go back and re-read! These were mostly arranged in chronological order (her widower edited this), so the later stories tend to be stronger.

This concludes with a few of her essays/lectures— also enjoyable. A funny one was her telling of the (strong) reaction to “The Lottery”. Also liked the one advising how to write stories. #authoramonth 👇

ValerieAndBooks Now I feel like I need to have a complete Shirley Jackson collection 😂 1mo
AlaMich When I was an adult ESL teacher I had a class of international advanced students read The Lottery, thinking it would be great for discussion. Turned out they were mostly just horrified by the story and not sure if I was in my right mind for assigning it. 1mo
vivastory I will have to take a picture of my Shirley Jackson collection later & post it. I'll tag you. She's great. 1mo
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erzascarletbookgasm Does this collection of short stories appear anywhere else in her other books? 1mo
Soubhiville @AlaMich that‘s pretty funny! 1mo
AlaMich @Soubhiville yeah! I think the story is such a part of our culture that it didn‘t occur to me that it could be quite disturbing—in a very NOT fun way—to someone who had no knowledge of it all. 1mo
ValerieAndBooks @AlaMich I can imagine! In Jackson ‘s discussion of The Lottery, she states that readers were equally horrified when it was first published (1948) in The New Yorker— the likes of it had not appeared in mainstream media before! @Soubhiville 1mo
ValerieAndBooks @vivastory I look forward to seeing it 😍📚📚! 1mo
ValerieAndBooks @erzascarletbookgasm good question! I have only one other of her short story collections (there are quite a few) and only one is in both...The Lottery. Maybe @vivastory can weigh in here? 1mo
Bookzombie Great review and stacked! 1mo
vivastory @erzascarletbookgasm The collection I read was edited by A.M. Homes & included The Lottery among many other gems 1mo
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“...it seems unlikely that Hamilton can ever acquire a warm place in the hearts of most Americans .”

Obviously written before Hamilton: The Musical !!


DivineDiana Obviously! 😂 1mo
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Song of Solomon | Toni Morrison
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RIP Toni Morrison ❤️. All five books I have here are on the #1001Books list, and deservedly so. I do still need to read Song of Solomon and Jazz, though.

Chrissyreadit 😢 1mo
Kammbia1 I'm going to read this one as a buddy read next month in honor of her passing. Looking forward to it....as this novel will be a re-read for me. 2w
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Brave New World | Aldous Huxley
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Sick of politics? So am I!

But this list of political sci-fi books looks good (a few I‘ve already read— tagged book is in my TBR). Check it out at: https://best-sci-fi-books.com/21-best-political-science-fiction-books/amp/

His site has lots of good themed sci-fi lists.

LibrarianRyan Thanks 1mo
ValerieAndBooks @LibrarianRyan you‘re welcome 🤗! 1mo
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Confession: when I go down to the pool, I actually bring down more than one book 😂. I think today I will try reading Shirley first.

But first I must scoop out those leaves!!

(Also: my book sleeves were made by my mom 💖)

Leftcoastzen I like a book for every mood! 1mo
cathysaid I call that smart planning. 🤓 1mo
ValerieAndBooks @Leftcoastzen agree!! Sometimes it actually comes down to whatever font is easiest to read in the outdoor light!! 1mo
ValerieAndBooks @cathysaid yes, especially since there‘s a gazillion steps between the house and the pool 😂! 1mo
Suet624 I love that! 1mo
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Bailedbailed

I kept trying to get back into this — but after several weeks of reading a little at a time, calling this a bail. It‘s not badly written. May be just wrong timing or that there wasn‘t enough new (to me) info to grip me 🤷🏻‍♀️ .

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Come Along with Me | Shirley Jackson
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Have been reading this, this morning. Surprised that only one story (The Lottery) overlaps with the other short story collection I had already read.

I wish Shirley Jackson had lived long enough to finish “Come Along With Me” — it‘s both funny and creepy!

#authoramonth @Soubhiville @MinDea

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Come Along with Me | Shirley Jackson
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It‘s August now (already 😱?!) and time for a new #authoramonth ....determined by challenge host @Soubhiville .... Shirley Jackson! As you can see, I have a few of her titles. The two in front are unread, but that‘s changing this month!

Tagged book (left front of pic) is a collection of essays, short stories (some I‘ve probably already read), and the unfinished novel she was working on just before she died.

ImperfectCJ I love Shirley Jackson! Don't forget her domestic, Erma-Bombeck-esque Raising Demons and Life Among the Savages. They were very surprising to me, and completely hilarious! 2mo
ValerieAndBooks @ImperfectCJ 👍!! Yes, they are in the already-read stack in the back middle of the picture 😊. But I read them such a long time ago that I don‘t remember much....so maybe they ‘ll get re-read this month, also! 2mo
Soubhiville Wow! I‘m not sure which I‘ll choose yet, but I‘m looking forward to it! 2mo
ValerieAndBooks @Soubhiville looking forward to your choice(s) and what you think 😊! 2mo
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