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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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Went up to CT this weekend to see daughter dance. In between shows, hubby and I went to the local history museum. These books were on a shelf labeled FREE! 🤩! Tagged two-volume set is an extensive collection of first-hand accounts of participants in the war. All these published in the 1950s. Have to wait until next week after I get back from California to look closely.
Happy Thanksgiving, American Littens & hope everyone has a good week.

Alfoster Free books? Yahoo!!❤️❤️ 2w
Sace Score! 2w
Crazeedi This is very awesome, and they look very interesting 2w
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Reggie Happy Thanksgiving to you too and hope your week goes well!! 2w
Bookzombie Happy Thanksgiving to you too! 2w
Cinfhen Hi!!! Have you been able to make any contact with @DivineDiana ?? I tried emailing and through Litsy but no reply. It‘s not like Diana to be silent for so long 😞 5d
Suet624 Great find! Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. 3d
kspenmoll Any chance it was CT Historical Society? 3d
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The Remains of the Day | Kazuo Ishiguro
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I bought the 1001 Books (and the app) two years ago. I keep that bookmark in it as a reminder lol. My efforts to keep up have been fruitless 😜. Sometimes I feel like giving up! Especially since so many are chunksters and that the app says I need to read 4/month from the list 🤪. This Ishiguro, fortunately, is just 245 pages. Starting it tonight. #1001Books

CafeMom Your App still works? Mine stopped working. You can do it, one book at a time. 2w
LeahBergen I enjoyed this book! 2w
ValerieAndBooks @CafeMom yes it still works— but it always had this one glitch (since I had it) where it crashes if you try to take a picture of the book cover, while still in the app. Have to “upload “ it instead. Did yours stop working with a newer phone, perhaps? And thanks for the encouragement— guess I have to live a very long time 😂!! 2w
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ValerieAndBooks @LeahBergen I have to admit I didn‘t much like Never Let Me Go, but this is okay so far! 2w
Daisey @CafeMom @ValerieAndBooks My app still works too, but it has that same glitch. Hoping it keeps on a while longer. 2w
dragondrool I'm glad someone else didn't care for Never Let Me Go. 2w
LeahBergen This is the only book of his that I‘ve read (and I‘ve heard decidedly mixed reviews for Never Let Me Go 🤔). 2w
Liz_M You just have to choose your chunksters wisely -- some 700 page books read faster than 70 page novellas!

Also, I love how Ishiguro can write such different novels, many very successfully, from sci-fi, to quintessential British novels, to more ethereal Japanese books.
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Suet624 4 a month? Yikes. 3d
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The Shining | Stephen King
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Found this at Goodwill when dropping off donations 😮! It‘s going to be for my younger son who collects/reads SK in hardback 😊 . So, my book buying ban doesn‘t count. Even if I re-read it someday 😉 — I read this way back in HS from a mass market that I no longer have.

TheSpineView Gifts don't count! 2w
Reagan-reads Nice! I love the vintage hardcovers. I bought a vey early edition of A Time to Kill last year, not worth much but a beloved book and so neat to have a copy that isn‘t the mass market paperback. 2w
TrishB Nice copy 👍🏻 2w
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LeahBergen Nice! I read the old mass market back in my teens, too. 2w
ValerieAndBooks @TheSpineView they sure don‘t 😂 as long as I know it‘s something *they* would read 😊 2w
ValerieAndBooks @Reagan-reads that‘s cool! I think my son has that too — he has a few Grishams. And, given the fact that my eyes are getting older, I can‘t read from mass markets that well anyways, so why not 😊 (edited) 2w
ValerieAndBooks @TrishB I was surprised to find it there! It‘s a book club edition from 1977 with a young SK photo on the inner back flap 😊 2w
ValerieAndBooks @LeahBergen yes— mine was the gray tone cover with the blank face. Should have kept it for nostalgia ‘s sake 😂 2w
TrishB It‘s a great find! 2w
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Author effectively summarizes the whys & hows that led to the Separatists journeying to the New World, & describing the excruciating first year there. Many deaths & hardships. And describes the getting acquainted with the indigenous peoples there.

However, he often presents his info very tongue in cheek, and I‘m still wondering over his choice of using “savages” until they meet the Pilgrims, even though he explains his reasoning in the preface.

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M Is for Magic | Neil Gaiman
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Some of these stories I‘ve read elsewhere— a few are also in Fragile Things (which I read a few years ago). My favorite, which is in both collections, is “How to Talk to Girls at Parties “. What a mind trip that one is!

#authoramonth

erzascarletbookgasm I read that story in Fragile Things recently. Cool story. 3w
Soubhiville I hadn‘t heard of this collection before 😊. Logged 📚 3w
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Ah, young Francis Billington. Ancestor of President Garfield (I did not know this) , and myself. This story of how Billington‘s Sea was “discovered “ had been recounted a few times from my dad.

Bookwormjillk Cool! 3w
ValerieAndBooks @Bookwormjillk there‘s good info in this one!! 3w
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Coraline | Neil Gaiman
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“When you‘re scared but still do it anyway, that‘s brave”. — Coraline

Do you have those dreams where you discover your house has rooms you never knew (or forgot) existed? And you explore, and meet people? This story is like that, but a lot creepier! A creepy I could handle, though. still have to watch the movie someday.

Read for #authoramonth

erzascarletbookgasm Haha love those buttons! 👍 3w
JazzFeathers Although nice, the movie doesn't come close. 3w
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ValerieAndBooks @erzascarletbookgasm wish I had some marbles too 😊 3w
ValerieAndBooks @JazzFeathers not surprising— “the book was better”, right😂?! 3w
ValerieAndBooks @Soubhiville 👍! Currently reading 3w
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Sister of My Heart: A Novel | Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
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Sister of My Heart shows the meaning and heartache of two girls‘ close emotional bond — a bond that is tested a few times, especially when each grow up and marry. Set mostly in India. Many lovely written passages (without being too flowery). There‘s a sequel, which I‘ll look for, but will read with trepidation because I‘m hoping for happy endings in that sequel.

Thanks @Reggie for this book 💖!

Reggie You‘re welcome!! I just glad you liked it. 3w
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Sister of My Heart: A Novel | Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
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Didn‘t get to do much #litsypartyofone last night (hubby wanted to try a brewery taproom) but tonight I‘m settling in with a warm blanket and this book! Will make a martini soon🍸 . @Reggie I had to reread the first couple chapters to get a grasp of who‘s who but think I‘ll like this!

#mrbook1inamillion

Andrew65 Always good to be able to concentrate on a night‘s reading. 4w
Lynnsoprano I just had my glass of wine 😄 4w
ValerieAndBooks @Reggie correction: I reread the first three chapters. I have a feeling there‘ll be some kind of surprise twist at the end of the book?! 4w
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ValerieAndBooks @Andrew65 yes especially when it‘s this cold out (30°F)! 4w
ValerieAndBooks @Lynnsoprano cheers 😊🍷🍸 4w
MrBook Taprooms 😎🙌🏻! 4w
ValerieAndBooks @MrBook this taproom was a nice little one just across the border, In Delaware 👍 4w
Reggie Um....idk if a twist is coming?🤷🏽‍♂️Lol I hope you like the book. I need to reread it. 4w
ValerieAndBooks @Reggie finished 💖! Review coming soon. Spoiler tag for you below👇 4w
ValerieAndBooks @Reggie yep there was kind of a twist. Near the end, when Singhji reveals who he really is! 4w
Reggie Yeah, I didn‘t want to ruin it for you. It was a big Star Wars “I‘m your father” moment for me in here. Lol 4w
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Untitled | Unknown
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Hey @KarenUK look what was for dinner tonight 😋 ! I used butternut squash instead of pumpkin and luckily halloumi is easy to find here (we love it).

It was so delicious. And perfect for this cold fall weather. Thanks for posting the recipe — you‘re the best 😘

MicheleinPhilly Love squeaky cheese! ☺️ 4w
Lynnsoprano I wish I could find halloumi. 4w
WorldsOkayestStepMom What is halloumi? I've never heard of it. 4w
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KarenUK Yay! @ValerieAndBooks I used Butternut too! I have to go to Wholefoods to get Haloumi... next time..... 💕 4w
Hooked_on_books Love halloumi. Yum! 4w
ValerieAndBooks @MicheleinPhilly yes halloumi is sooo good!! 😋 4w
ValerieAndBooks @Lynnsoprano maybe you can find it at your local Whole Foods, as @KarenUK mentions? 4w
ValerieAndBooks @WorldsOkayestStepMom ohh, it‘s awesome! Halloumi is a cheese with a high melting point, which means it‘s delicious (I‘d say even better ) grilled, or cooked on the stovetop. I find it in the gourmet cheese section of grocery stores — in some areas, it might only be found at certain stores (like Whole Foods). But it‘s worth looking for it 😋 4w
ValerieAndBooks @KarenUK I hate trying to cube squash (would I lose a finger ?!) so was glad to find that pre-cut. Hopefully Whole Foods isn‘t too far for you! We have one nearby but fortunately a couple groceries are even closer that carry halloumi. 4w
ValerieAndBooks @Hooked_on_books yay, another halloumi fan 👍! 4w
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Sister of My Heart: A Novel | Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
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It‘s #litsypartyofone weekend!! Celebrating @MrBook ‘s #mrbook1inamillion event which includes a readathon that I won‘t have time for 😢. But I plan to party with my current reads and snacks today and tomorrow 😋 . Not pictured: any drinks I‘ll be having in the evenings 🍸🍷🍺

FashionableObserver I could go for those dill pickle chips right about now! (And the beverages...especially the beverages) Enjoy! 🤓 1mo
Lynnsoprano I‘ll be having some of those beverages, too 😊 Ah, Ritter Sport! 1mo
FlowerFairy Lay‘s Dill Pickle chips are my fave! 1mo
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Andrew65 Some great snacks 😋 1mo
MrBook Oooh, I love this 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻!!! Cookie ‘n cream popcorn 😳😱?! I‘m so incredibly happy you‘re joining the fun, my good friend! ☺️🤗🤗🤗 4w
ValerieAndBooks @FashionableObserver I didn‘t get to read as much as I wanted but I did make sure to enjoy most of these snacks and drinks 😂! 4w
ValerieAndBooks @Lynnsoprano I love their marzipan version 😋! 4w
ValerieAndBooks @FlowerFairy one of my favorite flavors too— and one I know I get all to myself, as my husband doesn‘t like dill 😂 4w
ValerieAndBooks @Andrew65 have to have good snacks for this momentous event 👍🙌! 4w
ValerieAndBooks @MrBook I would have loved to participate/party more this weekend! But glad I could in a small way. You‘re awesome 😎! (And yes that cookies and cream popcorn is 👍) 4w
FlowerFairy Hahahaha!!! I‘m the only one who eats them as well. Finally a snack my kids won‘t snarfle down before I get some. 🤣 4w
Lynnsoprano When I first read this post on my phone I couldn't tell what all the books were. Looking forward to reading RBG. I'm anxious to hear what you think of the Atkinson. Hubby has read some of his other books, and I've been thinking about this one as a Christmas gift for him. 4w
ValerieAndBooks @Lynnsoprano I think Atkinson would be a good Christmas gift if he‘s enjoyed his other works. There‘s a lot of details, so it‘s slow going for me, but it‘s not dry. 3w
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@ljuliel asks what‘s our favorite time period(s) for history, whether it‘s non-fiction or fiction. I ❤️ History of all kinds, places, cultures! I go through cycles (that sometimes I return to). My current phase is the American Revolutionary War era (1770-1800). This is one of my current reads. Next year my focus may be very different. Generally I‘m fond of American history & British royalty (any era) & art history.

#historybooks #keeplitsyactive

ljuliel Thanks for posting. I‘ve got that book on audio. How is it ? And isn‘t it the first of a set or series ? I couldn‘t remember ... (edited) 1mo
ValerieAndBooks @ljuliel there‘s a lot of details about battles and a lot of maps but he inserts interesting things often enough to keep it moving along! It‘s the first of an “anticipated” trilogy and I don‘t know when the next one will be out. 1mo
ljuliel Well, I might just have to pick up a copy I can see then, unless the audio comes with pdf files of some sort. It sounds good I like reading the details about the battles. I think this was just recently new wasn‘t it ? If so, we‘ll probably have a bit of a wait til the next one. 1mo
MeganAnn I go through phases too! Once I get interested in a certain time/place I‘m on the lookout for everything I can read set there. 1mo
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This novel, by Neil Gaiman, really had me racing through the story! As such, I must reread again soon to catch the intricacies of this unforgettable story that felt like a mythological re-telling. I loved it.

Will catch my breath with some other book(s) before reading more of Gaiman for #authoramonth.

KarenUK I loved this one... partly because it‘s setting was so familiar ( I was born and grew up in Sussex) ... and the writing is lovely 💕 1mo
readordierachel I loved it too 🧡 1mo
ValerieAndBooks @KarenUK I know the writing is lovely but I didn‘t linger over it as long as I should have because I wanted to know what happened! So I know I will reread at some point. Setting can really add to the reading experience, especially if you relate to it and/or familiar with the locale 💖. 1mo
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ValerieAndBooks @readordierachel 👍! if you‘ve read others by Gaiman, would you say this was your favorite? 1mo
readordierachel I've only read Neverwhere and Norse Mythology, and though I really enjoyed them both, yes I would say this is my favorite. I was more moved by it. 1mo
Reggie I‘m so glad you liked this one. 1mo
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Running errands in the vicinity of the used bookstore and I *know* I‘m on a book-buying ban 🙈 but I couldn‘t help myself with their current price specials. $13 + tax for all these. Especially happy to find the tagged book!

And Infinite Jest is a #1001Books; if I never get to it, well I‘m only out a dollar 😂. And if you‘ve seen some of my recent posts, you know I‘m totally a nerd for picking up the “official” On the Road version.

rubyslippersreads This sounds really interesting. 1mo
LauraBeth Anything under $20 doesn‘t count! 😺 1mo
Sace @LauraBeth I'm making this my guiding philosophy from now on! 1mo
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ValerieAndBooks @rubyslippersreads I've been wanting to learn more about Dolley for a while, so was glad to finally come across something specifically on her. Will try to get to it soon and find out whether it's dry or not 😊 1mo
ValerieAndBooks @LauraBeth you're such a enabler 😘 ! Right, @Sace?! I just need to try to catch up a bit on my ever-growing TBR 😅 😂 1mo
Sace @ValerieAndBooks I'll never be caught up in mine 🙄 1mo
Hooked_on_books Bold to grab IJ! I only got through it because of a buddy read, so if you‘re serious about reading it, that‘s what I recommend. It‘s a beast and I didn‘t particularly like it. 😜 1mo
ValerieAndBooks @Hooked_on_books I remember there was an IJ buddy read here on Litsy — were you one of the participants? I honestly have no idea when I‘ll feel like tackling it but yes, doing it with others probably is a good idea 😂 1mo
Hooked_on_books Yes, that‘s the buddy read I did! About 2.5 years ago, I think. It also helps to break the book down into sections and read on a schedule. I‘m usually not an advocate of that approach, but it really helped for this book. 1mo
ValerieAndBooks @Hooked_on_books that long ago already? I should have jumped on the bandwagon then 🤷🏻‍♀️ 1mo
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Writers and money. That‘s the gist of this collection of essays and interviews with a variety of writers. Don‘t be surprised to find writing usually doesn‘t make you rich 😂. Still, several are insightful, particularly writers of color sharing their relationships with publishers, etc. And I can‘t help but wonder if Jonathan Franzen and Jennifer Weiner knew their pieces would be back to back 🤔 (they‘ve supposedly feuded with each other).

cathipink Lots of good authors in this one - I'll have to look for it! 1mo
cathipink I think Franzen has feuded with everyone at this point, right? 🤣 1mo
Bookzombie This sounds interesting. Stacked! 1mo
readordierachel What @Bookzombie said! 👆🏼 1mo
ValerieAndBooks @cathipink It brought to my attention some unknown to me authors, too! And yes you‘re probably right about Jonathan Franzen lol 😂!! 1mo
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November ‘s #authoramonth is Neil Gaiman. Starting tagged e-book from library! Maybe The Graveyard Book, from my TBR, will be next— depends on how soon the two other Gaimans come off my library holds. I‘ve only read one short story collection of his previously, so we‘ll see how it goes this month!

TheSpineView I loved both of these!😍 1mo
JacqMac These are two of my favourites from him. I either really love his books or really hate them. There‘s no middle. Lol 1mo
tjwill I ❤️ Neil Gaiman! 1mo
Reggie The tagged book is like a beautiful adult fairy tale. Hope you like it!! 1mo
ValerieAndBooks @TheSpineView @JacqMac @tjwill @Reggie So far I‘m liking it and its suspenseful overtones! 1mo
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The Sacco Gang | Andrea Camilleri
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Taking place in 1920s Fascist Italy, the Sacco family are Socialist-leaning and also believe in reporting crimes to the police, bypassing the Mafia. What ensues in this short novel is an “Italian Western”, as the book‘s blurb calls it. Between pick and so-so — would have been better if characters had been fleshed out more; it was a bit hard keeping them all straight.

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The Sacco Gang | Andrea Camilleri
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This one is grabbing my attention (hope it lasts) after recently abandoning a few novels early in!

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The Raven | Edgar Allan Poe
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Happy Halloween, everyone 🎃🧡. If you have about 12 minutes to spare, you may enjoy Crom Saunders‘ ASL rendition of “The Raven” https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Sou6wZMFdBw

More of his ASL translations of other poems (under the “ ink-stained” tab) at: http://thecromsaunders.com

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After reading Cokie Roberts‘ Ladies of Liberty, I went to Book Outlet‘s site hoping to find something on Dolley Madison. I did not, but Madison‘s Gift seems to include a lot about Dolley. Tagged book is about Louisa Adams, John Quincy‘s wife, another intriguing person!

Yes I ordered just two, although I‘d have loved to get more! My TBR is way out of control though 😂. Think I‘ll have to do a book-buying ban for myself until after Christmas.

mrsmarch I‘ve been off Litsy since Halloween because it‘s been crazy here. Louisa (& her husband, & her parents in law) is buried here in my town! 3w
ValerieAndBooks @mrsmarch that‘s cool. I want to visit Quincy someday! It really frustrated me that even though my oldest went to school in Boston (Berklee ‘18) there was never time to see everything I‘d have liked to in the area! BTW my DAR membership was verified/approved and I should be getting my membership number next month 😊! 3w
mrsmarch @ValerieAndBooks I was just thinking it‘s time to check on your application! 😂 Welcome to the sisterhood! 3w
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Roar | Cecelia Ahern
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This is a thought-provoking collection of parables themed around women and how they deal with whatever life hands them. Titles like “The Woman Who Slowly Disappeared” and “The Woman Who Cherry-Picked” hint at the tone of these stories. Borrowed, but I‘d like a print copy for myself someday!
(Note: I haven‘t read this author before).

ValerieAndBooks @marleed ‘s review is what prompted me to pick this up 👍! 1mo
marleed Oh I‘m so happy you read it. Is so wacky, and I had to take it slow to asorb and ponder it, but I really liked it. A couple times since I‘ve even inwardly smiled at the literal translations from conversation I‘ve been in. Knowing they hadn‘t and wouldn‘t read the book, I kept my smile to myself - which,come to think of it, could be another story! 1mo
marleed I read her first book when it came out 15 years ago, PS I love you. At the time she was the daughter of the PM of Ireland. By the time it was adapted to movie, I‘d become a young widow myself so it had special significance. So now I even follow her on Instagram :) 1mo
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ValerieAndBooks @marleed I feel like I‘ll be the same way now, inwardly smiling at situations that the stories refer to. Another reason why I want a hard copy is so that I can show it to my daughter (21 years old). I want her to be a strong woman (roar!). 1mo
ValerieAndBooks @marleed so this author means something to you 💖. I definitely will seek her out! 1mo
marleed Oh I hope your daughter roars through life! ...Yes, she‘s written many books in the last 15 year but PS I love you was her first. This summer, 15 years later, she wrote its sequel. It was fun to watch her in Dublin on Instagram on release day hiding newly signed copies in public locations! I wonder if authors do that - so cute to see her so excited. 1mo
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Purple Hibiscus: A Novel | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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Adichie is a gifted writer, but I absolutely hated the relentless depiction of domestic violence perpetrated by the religious zealot father. This was the most depressing book I ever read and almost bailed a couple times. I liked Americanah 100% better. Read for #authoramonth

Soubhiville I agree with you. Beautiful writing but what a bleak depressing story. Have you read 1mo
Soubhiville I‘m wondering how it might fit between her other novels. PH is so different from Americanah. 1mo
ValerieAndBooks @Soubhiville I kept hoping something positive would happen, but no 😰. I put Half of a Yellow Sun on hold (ebook) from the library, at the beginning of the month. Wait time as of today is estimated to be 6 weeks. I, too, am curious how it compares to the other two novels. 1mo
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BarbaraBB I just read a raving review of this book by @Simona Interesting since I value both your opinion‘s high! 1mo
Soubhiville @BarbaraBB I actually rated Purple Hibiscus a pick. Even though it‘s a difficult subject, I still found it to be an excellent book. 1mo
emtobiasz I really liked the author‘s short story collection, but it remains the only thing I‘ve read by her: 1mo
ValerieAndBooks @soubhiville @barbarabb I kept thinking about how I would rate this. If it was based on literary merit alone, definitely a pick. But the subject matter...no one could possibly “enjoy“ reading it. We all know domestic violence is horrible. And that happy endings cannot be expected from that kind of situation. Maybe giving this a pan was too strong, but I went with how I felt while reading rather than literary analysis. 1mo
ValerieAndBooks @emtobiasz I definitely want to give her short story collection a try someday.
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Suet624 Well that one‘s off my list now. 1mo
Reggie Aww, now I want to read it more. Lol. Great review! 1mo
Simona @BarbaraBB Read it ... now 😘 1mo
ValerieAndBooks @Suet624 I‘m glad this wasn‘t the first one of hers I read (it was her first published book I think), otherwise I wouldn‘t have wanted to pick her up again and would have missed out. 1mo
ValerieAndBooks @Reggie I‘ll be curious what you think if/when you get to it! Others like @Simona have loved it. 1mo
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Rosemary's Baby | Ira Levin
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Couldn‘t resist picking up this beer 😂! Roadsmary‘s Baby Scary Good Pumpkin Ale, by Two Roads Brewing Co. Will try it tonight, along with reading a ghost story or two.

Fun fact: in this book, Rosemary‘s baby is conceived on the very same exact date I was born 😱 !

I still haven‘t seen the movie 😳. Think I will plan to this weekend, or at least before Halloween!

LeahBergen Love it! 😆 1mo
Reggie Lol, I am jealous. Hope you enjoy it!!! 1mo
ValerieAndBooks @LeahBergen the beer was good (bought just one can) but doesn‘t make me want more of it 😊 1mo
ValerieAndBooks @Reggie hubby doesn‘t want to watch it with me 🙄 so I‘ll do it while he‘s at work. I‘ll let you know what I think of it!! 1mo
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On the Road | Jack Kerouac
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When I pulled On the Road out of my TBR to read for #1001Books, I didn‘t realize it (right) was the first draft of the novel. I compared some passages to the published version (L), and while I have some issues with both, feel the first draft is more honest. For instance, the sexual relationship between Neal Cassady and Allen Ginsberg is basically censored in the final version.

Real names were changed to fictional for the published version👇:

ValerieAndBooks Jack Kerouac = Sal Paradise, Neal Cassady = Dean Moriarty, Allen Ginsberg = Carlo Marx, William (Bill) Burroughs=Old Bull Lee (edited) 1mo
ValerieAndBooks I feel I should clarify I read the “first draft “ in its entirety but just a few passages from the published version. I don‘t feel compelled right now to read the full published version but maybe someday? 1mo
CafeMom This one is so-so for me too. 1mo
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It‘s that time of year to take this off the shelf! I read a few from this annually 🍂 👻🍂.

(I‘m not much on seasonal decor in my house other than Christmas but couldn‘t resist these bookish ones 📚 💀📚💀)

ValerieAndBooks Funny to see how I‘ve posted about this one every year since I‘ve been on Litsy 🙂 1mo
LeahBergen That looks like a fun one! 👍🏻 1mo
Reggie I love the dark ambience of this photo. 1mo
ValerieAndBooks @LeahBergen it‘s a great collection. I think you might have another collection that‘s edited by him 🤔? 1mo
ValerieAndBooks @Reggie thanks! Photo is unedited— I was pleasantly surprised at how it turned out; didn‘t expect the candlelight to throw cool shadows like that 😍 1mo
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On the Road | Jack Kerouac
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I am about halfway through On the Road: The Original Scroll, and starting to realize it‘s a lot different than the version published in 1957. I‘ve never read the latter, but just did some comparisons, as above. The scroll version (typed on one long piece of blank newsprint) has no paragraph or chapter breaks and was the very first draft. Pictured: intro lines from both versions. top is the published version. Bottom: the scroll aka first draft.

Suet624 Well that‘s interesting. Divorce or death. Which is it? 2mo
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Oops — this one is also part of my non-fiction book haul! I took it in the other room to remove sticker residue, using Goo Gone.

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Profiles in Courage | John F. Kennedy
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My non-fiction haul! (See previous post for fiction haul). Tagged book‘s jacket is a bit worn, but not bad for $1.50 and being an early edition.

It‘s been rainy— perfect for reading for the rest of today!

LeahBergen 😍😍😍 2mo
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The Shadow of the Wind | Carlos Ruiz Zafon
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Went to the Lion‘s Club Book Barn today. Used books for sale, open Fri-Sun only, and seasonal: From April to October. Here‘s my fiction haul! The SKs are really for younger son although I‘ll read them someday (maybe). Have all the Dark Towers now except VIII.

Tagged book is an upgrade from my PB copy 😊. Spine really looks like that, meant to look old.

Bookishthoughts Great picks! 2mo
readordierachel 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 2mo
Suet624 Nice!!! 2mo
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On the Road | Jack Kerouac
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Starting this one, and now I‘m thinking of Ducks, Newburyport (of which I still need to get, but we all know about “the fact that...” and the stream of consciousness within). 😂

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Ruthiella I know! I haven‘t even read Ducks yet but every time I hear or read “the fact that” I think of it!😆 2mo
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The Last Chinese Chef | Mones, Nicole
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Main character is a young widow and food writer who finds herself in China for both food-writing work and for personal reasons. The plot was somewhat predictable, but really enjoyed the descriptions of authentic Chinese cuisine and it‘s intertwinings with the culture there. I‘ll give this a pick.

(I love this cover 😍. It‘s an ARC. The local used book store that benefits senior citizens takes donations rather than payments for ARCs).

Reggie That cover is striking! 2mo
ValerieAndBooks @Reggie it sure is — and nothing like what was actually used. 2mo
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Happy birthday to Oscar Fingal O‘Flahertie Wills Wilde, born on October 16, 1854. 🍾🥂

Tanisha_A @batsy And it's Wilde's birthday too! 😀 2mo
Demibom Love this book 2mo
ValerieAndBooks October 16th is a good day 😊! @Tanisha_A @batsy 2mo
ValerieAndBooks @Demibom I love it too 💖 2mo
batsy @ValerieAndBooks @Tanisha_A it is indeed 🥰 2mo
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Roughing it | Mark Twain
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My mom just sent me three more of my Dad‘s books. This was one of them, and looks like it‘s been...roughing it. Really cool to find my dad‘s inscription inside and these two cards stuck inside the pages. Apparently both sites are still standing and Mark Twain once spoke at the opera house. that saloon‘s name though 😂 !!

LauraJ That is so freakin‘ cool! 2mo
LeahBergen Fantastic! 😍😍 2mo
JazzFeathers This is so awesome! 2mo
ValerieAndBooks @lauraj @leahbergen @jazzfeathers it was neat that I talked with my mom after discovering the ephemera inside, and she was telling me that they both went back there about 25 years ago (the 1960 visit was just my dad; he hadn't met my mom yet). Then my hubby said he was at that saloon with his family as a kid! Think now I have to visit for myself someday 🙂. BTW the book itself is in good condition; it's the cover that isn't. 2mo
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From Time to Time | Jack Finney
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Really more in-between pick and so-so. The sequel *From Time to Time* wasn‘t as compelling as *Time and Again*. This time around, the same main character time-travels to 1912 New York City.

I‘m still staying on the lookout for the time travel books some of you recommended a while back 👍😊!

jillrhudy Agreed! Adored “Time and Again“ but the sequel notsomuch. 2mo
ValerieAndBooks @jillrhudy Yes. I wonder if it would have been a stronger book if it had been published sooner after the original -- as it was, they were out about 20 years apart. 2mo
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Americanah | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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A few dropped threads & an abrupt conclusion kept this overall well-written novel from being great in structure. But there is much food for thought here which I‘m still digesting, so it‘s a pick. Lots to think about (& discuss) regarding race relations. I thought about my and others‘ experiences of being Deaf (& that being white & Deaf is “easier” than being black & Deaf). I wonder if author Adichie is more intersectional in general elsewhere.

Reviewsbylola I really enjoyed this one. 2mo
HOTPock3tt ♥️♥️♥️ 2mo
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ValerieAndBooks @Reviewsbylola it definitely is was a compelling read; still thinking about it!! 2mo
kspenmoll ❤️❤️ 2mo
Soubhiville Logged 🤗 1mo
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From Time to Time | Jack Finney
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That term “Time patriots “. Makes me think of certain politicians who want to bring us back to “better times”. 🤔

Ironically I‘m starting this sequel to *Time and Again* because my iPad is charging and I can‘t get back to my current ebook (*Americanah* by Adichie) yet.

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“...false eyebrows made from mouse skins...”

Original meaning for eyebrows on fleek?! I love historical trivia minutiae like this. The passage on this page is describing a birthday party for Queen Charlotte, wife of George III.

MicheleinPhilly 😣😣😣 2mo
Ruthiella What humans will do for fashion is eternally fascinating! 2mo
readordierachel That must have been quite a sight! 2mo
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kspenmoll Yuk!!‘ Mouse skin eyebrows!??! 2mo
ValerieAndBooks @MicheleinPhilly @Ruthiella @readordierachel @kspenmoll 😜 those eyebrows are definitely an icky thought!! 2mo
Suet624 What?? That‘s just crazy! 2mo
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“I am much hurt”...such an understatement by George III after learning about the Boston Tea Party 😏.

Spending a quiet Friday night by starting this history chunkster, the first in a planned trilogy! 🤓

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Moby-Dick | Herman Melville
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This whale bookend set was a gift from my mom for my birthday last week 😍 .

Tanisha_A Oh wow! A perfect gift! 2mo
ju.ca.no Oh cool!! 2mo
AmyG That is great! 2mo
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batsy That's beautiful! 2mo
cathipink I love it! 2mo
thegirlwiththelibrarybag I‘m sensing that you like Moby Dick? 🐳 🐳 🐳 awesome bookend! And happy belated birthday! 2mo
Cathythoughts That‘s great 😍 2mo
Ruthiella Great picture! 😀 2mo
LeahBergen I love them!! 😍😍 2mo
rohit-sawant Love this! 2mo
AmyRebecca Nice!!! 2mo
MicheleinPhilly Happy Belated Birthday! 2mo
readordierachel So cool!! 2mo
Jess Beautiful. Happy birthday!! 2mo
Reggie Lol, that‘s awesome!!! 2mo
JazzFeathers Fantasfic! And happy birthday 😁 2mo
Suet624 I hope you had a wonderful birthday. 💕💕 2mo
ValerieAndBooks @Suet624 Thanks, yes it was good! Went up to see younger son during his school‘s parents weekend 🥰 1mo
Suet624 @ValerieAndBooks the best birthday gift of all. 💕💕 1mo
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The Secret History | Donna Tartt
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I loved this! Even though we know from the very beginning who was killed and by whom, this novel set at a small and remote liberal arts college still manages to create foreboding and suspense throughout. These college students, “friends” with each other, were not at all endearing. But young people, even college kids, don‘t always make good choices in friendships or actions (hopefully not leading to murder IRL). Highly recommend!

#1001Books

Hoopiefoot I love this book. Just picked up another copy for a fall reread! 2mo
Suet624 Still on my TBR pile. Grr... 2mo
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ValerieAndBooks @Hoopiefoot 👍!! I feel like fall or winter is a good time to be reading this one. 2mo
ValerieAndBooks @Suet624 hey, it takes place in Vermont 😉. It was in my TBR for a very long time too; should have picked it up earlier!! 2mo
Suet624 Oh really? Vermont? Well that little piece of information might have just moved it up nearer to the top of the pile! 2mo
batsy Love the book, love your pic :) That hefty anthology of Greek poetry looks very interesting! 2mo
ValerieAndBooks @batsy it‘s a nice volume that I dip into now and then! 2mo
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Americanah | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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My library hold for this just became available! So I‘ll start this for #authoramonth , before reading her *Purple Hibiscus* which I already own.

CafeMom I really loved this book. 2mo
Soubhiville I love this one. Enjoy! 2mo
ValerieAndBooks @CafeMom @Soubhiville it‘s off to a promising start 👍! 2mo
Tanisha_A I love love this book! 2mo
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Short, but powerful. Adichie advises her friend on how to raise her daughter— but all parents should read this, not just mothers of daughters.

Adichie is an author I‘ve been meaning to read, and am glad to finally get around to her for #authoramonth. @Soubhiville this is really essay-length rather than a book, so it‘s up to you to decide whether this counts. Purple Hibiscus coming up soon!

Soubhiville It definitely counts! There‘s a lot of good info in there, I thought. 2mo
ValerieAndBooks @Soubhiville I agree there‘s good info. Requested from the library this one of hers, probably similar message 2mo
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A Legacy | Sybille Bedford
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Book haul for today! The auxiliary at the medical building I was at this morning sells used books.

Lcsmcat I haven‘t read that one, but I live Doug‘s writing! 2mo
LeahBergen I have the tagged book, too. 👍🏻 2mo
ValerieAndBooks @Lcsmcat I read a bit of Doig while in the waiting room, and it‘s lovely writing! Will get back to him soon after finishing up my current reads. 2mo
ValerieAndBooks @LeahBergen I couldn‘t resist a nyrb 😊. It looks good, too. 2mo
Suet624 NYRB! Awesome! 2mo
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My youngest ‘s first college semester classes has some interesting readings 😍! He‘s also taking Latin. One of his classes has only 4 students.

Leaving tomorrow for Parents Weekend and can‘t wait to see him and celebrate my birthday there (and hoping he‘s not having too much of an The Secret History experience there — because also, his work study job is in the Classics Department 😂) !

Tamra Terrific selection! 2mo
batsy Let's hope his experience is totally not like The Secret History 😬😂 That's a really interesting selection of books! 2mo
LeahBergen I loved the Classics courses I did at uni! 😍 2mo
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Suet624 What an interesting college start. Have fun visiting! 💕💕 2mo
Reggie Have fun!!! 2mo
Redwritinghood Happy birthday! 🎂🎂 2mo
thebluestocking Happy birthday!! 🎉 (We‘re birthday twins!) 2mo
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Well @Lynnsoprano my attempt at Ukrainian baking, as inspired by our #buddyread of A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian, did not result in pretty rogaliki 😂. I think it was just too warm today and the dough was supposed to stay chilled. Still tasty, even if I probably won‘t make it again. Rogaliki means “little horns” and I‘m trying to imitate that devilish Valentina 😂😈. Recipe from tagged cookbook; can find online w/ various fillings.

Lynnsoprano It looks wonderful to me! 2mo
ValerieAndBooks @Lynnsoprano it looks like a “Pinterest fail” ?. But still good. I should have waited to make it. 85° today, warmer tomorrow, then temps will drop way down in the 60s. Also, looks like another name for it is rugelach. 2mo
Lynnsoprano @ValerieAndBooks The thing I‘ve found is that there are a lot of similar dishes across Eastern Europe/Russia with different names. Stuffed cabbage rolls are galubtsi in Ukranian, but halupki in other countries. And it sounds as if you‘re as warm as we are! 2mo
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LeahBergen 😆😆 I like your pic! 2mo
mcipher They look delicious! And the horn picture is so cute. 👍😆 2mo
ValerieAndBooks @Lynnsoprano and I‘m sure each country/culture feels their versions are the best 😊 2mo
ValerieAndBooks @LeahBergen haha thanks 😄 2mo
ValerieAndBooks @mcipher thanks 🤗 2mo
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The Secret History | Donna Tartt
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The writing and storytelling of this is great, but I keep having this nagging feeling it‘s reminding me of another author. But who? Not that Tartt is trying to imitate anyone, if that makes sense. It‘s driving me crazy. I keep glancing up at my books hoping it‘ll come to me.

(Popcorn with truffle salt...yum!)

Billypar According to the review I posted after I read it in 2017, it reminded me of Dickens or Fitzgerald because of the naive protagonist meeting these strong characters. I loved the way she would have Richard catch these glimpses of cryptic interactions that he is forced to try and interpret. It was modern in some ways, but felt like an older novel in others. 2mo
ValerieAndBooks @billypar Great analysis! Yes, I think you‘ve helped pinpoint my thoughts in your last sentence, especially that it “felt like an older novel”. It has that narrative style. And (spoiler below) 2mo
ValerieAndBooks @billypar and yes on naive Richard and cryptic interpretations. Right now I‘m at the part where he‘s puzzling over the phone call about the tickets to Argentina. (edited) 2mo
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Billypar Ah, you're still pretty early: I'm jealous for everything you have in store 😀 2mo
ValerieAndBooks @Billypar hoping to have more time to read tomorrow 🤩! 2mo
Tanisha_A This is sooo high on my list. I have only read The Goldfinch by her, and I loved it. 2mo
BekaReid Yes, I love Donna Tartt's writing, and this is my favorite of hers!! 2mo
ValerieAndBooks @Tanisha_A I have The Goldfinch in my TBR so I‘ll be sure to get to that too! But maybe I should space it out, as she has written only three novels. 2mo
ValerieAndBooks @BekaReid My first read by her! Looking forward to the others. 2mo
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The Secret History | Donna Tartt
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Sunday morning PJs, coffee, and this. So far, totally pulled into the story! @Liberty ‘s recent #litsy post about this convinced me to finally get it out of the TBR.

Also, #1001Books

Liberty ❤️📚☠️ 2mo
Cathythoughts Love this one. Time for a reread ♥️♥️♥️ 2mo
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“Remember the ladies”, Abigail Adams famously exhorted her husband. Cokie Roberts did, in this history that spans the time period from when Abigail Adams was First Lady to when her Daughter in Law Louisa Adams took that same role. In between, covered are women as diverse as Sacajawea, guide to Lewis & Clark, to Rebecca Gratz (pictured 3rd from left on cover) who was Jewish and did much philanthropy in Philadelphia including helping to found 👇👇

ValerieAndBooks ...found the city‘s first school for the deaf (“and dumb” 😣). That school is now Pennsylvania School for the Deaf. Only five pages were devoted here to Gratz, and the PSD history online does not refer to her at all, as did any online references I found about early deaf history in Philly. I‘m very intrigued (deaf myself) and will investigate more. Anyway, Roberts did a good job overall of showing how real and accomplished these women were. 2mo
AmyRebecca Very interesting! Good review 😊 2mo
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Ladies of Liberty | Cokie Roberts
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Just finished this book— review coming soon. Many women discussed in it, and I think Dolley Madison was my favorite. She was everyone‘s favorite then, too; and I think she could have been President if women had the vote then. As it was, she was nicknamed “Presidentess”.

And wow, thanks to the internet, I found out that she was photographed late in life — 80 years old here ❤️

Tamra I was sad to hear of Roberts‘ death. I had no idea how beloved she was by her colleagues who were also her friends. And apparently a real trailblazer! 2mo
Crazeedi I must say read this books! 2mo
ValerieAndBooks @Tamra Yes. I had read her earlier book (tagged 👉) and her death reminded me I needed to read this from my TBR. Glad I finally did 💖. 2mo
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ValerieAndBooks @Crazeedi 👍 have you read Cokie Roberts yet? If not, you might want to start with 2mo
Crazeedi @ValerieAndBooks no I have not, so I'll put both on my tbr!! 2mo
AmyRebecca Neat! 2mo
ValerieAndBooks @AmyRebecca I thought so, too! So much character in Dolley‘s face. 2mo
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My dad died a year ago today. Have been hanging on the good memories. I was just taking a closer look at this photo of him and me ❤️ , and realized the dude on the back cover wasn‘t a baseball player as I always assumed. Zoomed in with my phone; it‘s Leon Uris (I‘ve never read him). Researched what his hardback editions looked like and this is Armageddon, a historic fiction of post-WWII Berlin. I know I inherited my love of reading from Dad 😊

MicheleinPhilly ❤️❤️❤️ 2mo
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AJBowers 💕 2mo
TrishB Lovely ❤️ 2mo
JessClark78 ❤️❤️ 2mo
mrsmarch Priceless!! 2mo
mrp27 💕💕💕 2mo
Tanisha_A Lovely! 2mo
cathipink What a sweet photo 💗💗 2mo
cathysaid ❤️ All the tears with that pic 😭 2mo
cobwebmoth *hugs* 2mo
Follow.my.read I love Leon Uris books!! Your father had wonderful taste❤️ 2mo
youneverarrived ❤️❤️ 2mo
LeahBergen Aww! I love this! ❤️❤️❤️❤️ 2mo
Nute Love love love this post!💕 2mo
CarolynM Anniversaries can be difficult. Hugs 💕 2mo
Christine So sweet! 2mo
Ruthiella Wonderful photo and memory of your dad. ❤️ 2mo
batsy Beautiful post and picture 💕 2mo
kspenmoll Take care today. Such a wonderful photo-snugging you & reading. ❤️❤️❤️ 2mo
Reggie What a great dad!!! P.s. I read Exodus by Leon Uris and what I remember it was pretty good. 2mo
DivineDiana What a discovery! Sending love to you. ❤️ 2mo
ValerieAndBooks @DivineDiana Thank you 💖💖 2mo
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