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Book haul from an art museum book sale benefiting the SF public library 😄- for any Bay Area peeps, it‘s going on at SFMoMA tomorrow as well!!

erzascarletbookgasm Nice tote and haul! 4y
Aimeesue I loved A Voyage Long and Strange. Kind of like Sarah Vowell's Assassination Vacation in the way Horwitz travels around to visit the places he writes about, but more focused on the history. Great read! 4y
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BethM Great tote! 4y
LoverofLit I'm in love with that tote! 4y
TNbookworm Tote love💙 4y
Velvetfur Genghis Khan!! I'm fascinated by him, what's the title and author of that book, please? Oh and I love that tote too 😊 4y
Velvetfur Sorry, I can see the title is Genghis Khan, but I'm wondering if there's also a subtitle 😊 4y
scowler1 That Genghis Khan book is great. I've read it twice and keep picking it up when I want to bore someone with a random bit of history. 4y
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“The heart is built of starlight
And time.
A pinprick of longing lost in the dark.
An unbroken chord linking the Infinite to the Infinite.”

Unexpectedly really enjoyed this read. Bought via a Kindle $1.99 sale. Went in thinking it would be cute and light. Ended up reminding me a lot of Howls Moving Castle, which I adore. I could totally see this being made into a Studio Ghibli animation. Full of magic, dark twists and bittersweet moments.

Ericalambbrown Oooooohhhhh . . . I‘ve been working my way through her Dreadful Young Ladies and Other Stories. I‘ve enjoyed it so far. Stacked! 4y
Fernoppy I loved this. Unexpectedly beautiful. I‘d love to see it as a Studio Ghibli production, that‘s a great idea! Maybe we should send them a copy 😆 4y
TsundokuAleax I keep meaning to read this and this review just makes me want to even more. 4y
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Clare-Dragonfly Howl‘s Moving Castle is one of my favorite books. Now I have to read this! 4y
Charysselya Adored this book! Surprisingly deep emotional concepts in here. 4y
Wan.der.love @Ericalambbrown this was my first read of the author‘s - can‘t wait to check out more!! 4y
Wan.der.love @Fernoppy seriously - maybe I‘ll start emailing their contacts info 😂😂😂 would be over the moon if this became an anime 4y
Wan.der.love @TsundokuAleax it‘s a great read - whenever you‘re feeling like a magical escape this is a perfect one to start 😊 4y
Wan.der.love @Clare-Dragonfly me too!!! It has a lot of the same feels, minus the love story 4y
Wan.der.love @Indiefishsteak totally agree - I was not expecting that but made me love it even more 4y
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Magritte's Imagination | Susan Goldman Rubin
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“And rooms are filled with roses!” Another art museum, another children‘s art book purchase ? this time we saw René Magritte at the SFMOMA. Seriously, where were these kind of board books when I was a kid?!

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“Cleverness is a quality a man likes to have in his wife as long as she is some distance away from him.”

Quick, unique, attention keeping read. Story alternates between Penelope‘s POV and the 12 maids represented using a mixture of different writing styles (poetry, interviews, even court case transcripts.) True Atwood fashion: exposing sexism and manipulation of women. If you enjoyed Circe/the Odyssey this is a great addition to that theme!

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A Picnic with Monet | Julie Merberg, Suzanne Bober
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“Cross a magical bridge to a place beyond...”

I love taking my son to museums and stumbled upon this “A Picnic with Monet” board book after taking him to an art exhibit. Started collecting these at each exhibit we went to and then found the rest at book stores. Great way to expose kiddos to art - perfect because they are board books and tell a fun/simple story through the images.


Cinfhen Lovely 4y
Kaylark Love this!! 4y
JillR We also love the Katie books by James Mayhew for the same reason :) 4y
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Lovesbooks87 I love these books. I use them with the two year olds that I teach! 4y
Chrissyreadit My kids loved them when they were toddlers too! I was so happy to have found them. 4y
Wan.der.love @Cinfhen @Kaylark thank you!! Really are beautiful books 4y
Wan.der.love @JillR oh nice!! Will add those to our reading list! Thank you!! 4y
Wan.der.love @Lovesbooks87 @Chrissyreadit yes! Such a great way to teach art, love the little stories in each one. 4y
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The Fates Divide | Veronica Roth
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“There's poetry in it, in that poetry can be raw, and cruel, and strange...”

Enjoyed this series. The world building was interesting, though I would have loved to see more of the other planets. Really enjoyed the Ogra aspects. Visible energy, super human powers, oracles, and change ups I didn‘t see coming all were captivating. It seemed like Roth was experimenting with writing style which was a little distracting but overall kept my interest.

Richryan52 I like your reviews very much 4y
Wan.der.love @Richryan52 thank you so much! 4y
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Sounds about right for the perfect long weekend 😊🍷📚🍇🎻

Eggs Perfect 4y
Wan.der.love @Eggs 😉😄😄 4y
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Sphere | Michael Crichton
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My husband wanted to read a book together, and his favorite author is Michael Crichton - so we picked Sphere.

Not my usual read but loved it. Science, fantasy, adrenaline. Really enjoy how Crichton writes too, gets exactly what he needs to across without overdoing it on the details.

Also perfect for #worldwaterweek

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Thinking “The Penelopiad” will be an interesting read after “Circe.” Time to see things from Penelope‘s side. Fully expecting Margaret Atwood‘s signature mental and physical oppression of the female.

Photo is my own 💙 #worldwaterweek

KathyWheeler Love the picture and reading The Penelopiad after Circe is a great idea. I‘ll have to check it out. 4y
Billypar Wow.... Beautiful! And that is one Atwood I have yet to try- love the quote. 4y
Wan.der.love @KathyWheeler thank you!! will be interesting to see Atwood‘s take on Odysseus... 4y
Wan.der.love @Billypar thank you!! I‘m looking forward to this read myself 4y
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The Fates Divide | Veronica Roth
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Finally reading the sequel to Carve the Mark - I actually enjoyed the first book (contrary to popular opinion) but not sure about the second book. All the switching from characters and first to third person is a little much. Oh well, ferry rides are great reading time! #worldwaterweek

Hollyreadsalot I really enjoyed them both! Second one did take a bit of an effort to get into, but worth it! 4y
CouronneDhiver I haven‘t read it, but I suspect that the vast majority of the mob that caused the big uproar didn‘t either (at least not well). Lol 4y
TheBookKeepers Nice view!! 4y
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Wan.der.love @Hollyreadsalot I‘m for sure in it til the end! Invested in the characters 😄 and I‘m back into now. 4y
Wan.der.love @CouronneDhiver so true. People just need to go into the first book with an open mind... 4y
Wan.der.love @TheBookKeepers it‘s not a bad way to cross the Bay, that‘s for sure 😉 4y
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It‘s World Water Week! 💦 my son loves this book, the illustrations are bright and happy, all about Mother Earth. Even though he doesn‘t really understand it yet, I‘m trying to raise a little human that gives a sh*t about the planet. Bonus, you can buy temp tattoos of the animal illustrations from this book at Tattly. 🐙

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Lilac Girls: A Novel | Martha Hall Kelly
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“After that, we were like flies stuck in honey, alive but not really living.”

Torn on this one. History side important and insane part of WWII not often discussed. I enjoyed how the author presented story. Well documented. Fiction parts frustrated me a little and I‘m not sure I finished this with all the closure I‘d like. Highly recommend reading authors notes at the end. Heartbreaking moments that stayed with me well after finishing chapters.

ReadZenRites Gorgeous photo 😊💕 4y
Reviewsbylola So beautiful! 4y
Raemorales Amazing book!!! I recommend it to everyone 4y
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tpixie Lovely photo! Heartfelt summary 💜 4y
Wan.der.love @ReadZenRites @Reviewsbylola thank you much 😄😄 4y
Wan.der.love @Raemorales important part of history everyone should know about, for sure! 4y
Wan.der.love @tpixie thank you - this book really hit me emotionally. 💔 4y
tpixie @Wan.der.love me too!!! 4y
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I think if I was ever talented enough to write poetry, I‘d have to find a way to illuminate it like this collection. What I would do to own something this gorgeous... even more eye catching in person 😍

Wishing you a whimsical weekend ✨

bewareofwords 😍 those colors are so vibrant! 4y
Velvetfur My goodness, what a work of art, that's just too beautiful! Where is this treasure kept? 4y
Wan.der.love @bewareofwords and I couldn‘t even capture the more metallic golds - it‘s a beauty. 4y
Wan.der.love @Velvetfur it‘s a traveling piece I believe, last seen at the Legion of Honor museum in San Francisco 😊 4y
Velvetfur @Wan.der.love Ah ok, maybe it will come to the UK one day then! Thanks for the info x 4y
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Between the Sea and Stars | Chantal Gadoury
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Anyone read this one? It came in my monthly box subscription (The Enchantment Box, theme this month was mythological mermaids 😍) and I haven‘t heard of it. First book in the series that seems to be a darker spin on The Little Mermaid.

Hoping it‘s a good one!!🧜🏼‍♀️🧜🏽‍♂️

Clare-Dragonfly No, but I‘ve read this, which is a light fantasy mermaid story! 4y
Wan.der.love @Clare-Dragonfly too funny, that popped up when I was searching for the title! Wonder if the one I posted is a bit of a knockoff?? 4y
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True Love: A Practice for Awakening the Heart | Thich Nhat Hanh, Sherab Chodzin Kohn
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“We are surrounded by miracles, but we have to recognize them; otherwise there is no life.”

Meditative and insightful, read this years ago and come back to it once and a while to refresh. Great way to practice awareness in the present. My favorite topics are: recognizing the presence of others, deep listening, and caring for your pain.

We can all get in our heads - it helps to remember to embrace the beautiful things too, no matter how small. ✨

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A Dance with Dragons | George R. R. Martin
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“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one.”

Wishing you all a happy Monday and a wonderful week of many literary lives and journeys 😊😊

sallymerza Happy Monday to you too 😀 4y
sudi Happy Monday to you too 😊🙌 4y
jmofo I always take pictures of those books! I love them so much, so simple and so magical. (edited) 4y
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BarbaraBB Great pic! 4y
Reviewsbylola That is quite the mural! 📖 4y
readordierachel One of my favorite spots! 4y
GripLitGrl 😍😍 4y
belacat Where is this gem? 4y
Wan.der.love @sallymerza @sudi thank you! Hope your weeks are going well 😜 4y
Wan.der.love @jmofo right? Me too - and night time is just as fun for photographing them 4y
Wan.der.love @BarbaraBB thank you! It helps when what you‘re photographing is already ascetically cool 😂 4y
Wan.der.love @Reviewsbylola there are so many amazing murals in SF. Love this one obviously for the floating books! 4y
Wan.der.love @ReadOrDieRachel me too! Adore north beach ❤️ 4y
Wan.der.love @belacat it‘s in the north beach area of San Francisco - close to city lights bookstore - and it lights up at night! 4y
jmofo @Wan.der.love the first time I saw them, I was visiting folks and it was at night. It was pure magic! 4y
belacat @Wan.der.love I'll make a point to see it the next time I make it to the West Coast! I would live to see this at night. 4y
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The Language of Flowers: A Novel | Vanessa Diffenbaugh
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“I had been loyal to nothing except the language of flowers. If I started lying about it, there would be nothing in my life that was beautiful or true.”

Bought flowers today and this book always comes to mind. Since reading, I‘ve never looked at flowers the same way.

Mixed reviews from others, but I enjoyed the journey of the story. Not a “fun and feel good” kind of read - this one is heavy with some rough topics. Beautiful symbolism throughout.

shellleigh33 I really loved this book too!!! 4y
britt_brooke Pretty photo! 4y
Ashley85 I bought this book almost 2 years ago and still haven‘t read it. I need to move it up on my TBR stack! 4y
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MotionChickness I recently stumbled across one of my boxes from moving that I forgot to unpack a while ago and this was in it! I remember starting it... but I guess I packed it up before finishing 😅 super excited to get back to it! 4y
Wan.der.love @shellleigh33 😄 was beautiful and rough all at the same time 🌸 4y
Wan.der.love @britt_brooke thanks much 😊 4y
Wan.der.love @Ashley85 @Stephuhhnieee I really enjoyed it - seriously, you‘ll never look at flowers the same way again 😉 4y
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“For the ones who dream of stranger worlds”

My favorite things: London, 19th century, talented/mysterious lead character, and of course magic.

Easy, enjoyable read. My first V. E. Schwab book and it didn‘t disappoint. Four parallel worlds where magic is a living thing - either ravaged, suppressed, embraced or forgotten. No YA love triangles (yet) just interesting character/story development. Last quarter dragged a bit but ending was on point.

Magicalme This series is amazing! I would suggest vicious as well. The second book comes out next month and that series is amazing as well. 4y
mutlee One of my favorite series! I‘ll second a Vicious recommendation, too. 4y
HOTPock3tt Just started this and love it so far! 4y
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jillrhudy SUPER trilogy. 4y
PaperbackPirate My friend just recommended this to me. 4y
Raemorales This trilogy is amazing! 4y
Wan.der.love @Magicalme @mutlee will definitely check out Vicious, adding to my TBR!! Thanks 😊😊 4y
Wan.der.love @HOTPock3tt I read through it so fast - lucky the other two books in series are out to read immediately 😂 4y
Wan.der.love @jillrhudy @Raemorales I‘m so happy all the books are out so I can jump right into the rest 😄😄 4y
Wan.der.love @PaperbackPirate it‘s a fun read - I can‘t believe I just found out about this series. Also, one of the main characters wants to be a pirate 😜 4y
Magicalme @Wan.der.love I would also check out dark duet. It‘s another one of her series, but it‘s more ya. It‘s really good though. :) 4y
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Blind Date | R. L. Stine
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Posting this one for all the Malaprops lovers who recommended I check out this bookstore in Asheville ☺️ loved their blind date display 😍 had my whole family wandering around picking out books 😂 👍🏻

(Side note - I actually want to read the tagged R. L. Stine book now. Goosebumps was my childhood...)

Smartypants @Wan.der.love I ❤️ed RL Stine when I was young!!! We should do a buddy read! 4y
Jaszott77 I‘ve been there! Such a cool bookstore! 4y
InBooksILive That is such a cool thing they do! I wish I was near there so I could visit that bookstore and get a blind date with a book 😁 4y
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jbhops Oh, I love that idea!! 4y
Geeklet That‘s such a cool idea. 4y
TheSpineView 💜 Malaprops! You should check out Mr. K's used book store on the east side of town. They have a great bargain section. 4y
Wan.der.love @Smartypants I‘m totally down! I‘ve never done a buddy read before 😄 4y
Wan.der.love @Jaszott77 it is! Love all the decorations 4y
Wan.der.love @InBooksILive @jbhops @Geeklet - right? I wish more bookstores did this! I would totally participate at my local shops 4y
Wan.der.love @TheSpineView I ended up checking out every book store I could find in Asheville 😂 each was so unique and creative 4y
TheSpineView @Wan.der.love 🙂 4y
Smartypants @Wan.der.love me either! How does it work? 4y
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America's First Daughter: A Novel | Stephanie Dray, Laura Kamoie
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Behind every great man there is an even greater woman.

Truly made me stop and think. Jefferson through the eyes of his daughter/biggest champion, Patsy. All the accomplishments and flaws of the Jefferson family are laid bare. Convincing look into the contradictory mind of an 18th century woman.

Sally Hemings is interwoven as a graceful mistress (although not sure how one can be a mistress when enslaved.) Most painful aspect to me.


Maggie_Reads Loved this book! I read their newest about Eliza Hamilton recently. Also very good. 4y
Rebesta I have this laying around somewhere. I bought it and never started it. I should probably get around to it soon. 4y
Wan.der.love @Maggie_Reads that one is on my TBR now!! - will be interesting to see how Hamilton is portrayed after reading about his frienemy Jefferson 4y
Wan.der.love @Rebesta it‘s a good read - and educational. Took me a few chapters to get into it but once the main character was out of her adolescence I was hooked 4y
Maggie_Reads @Wan.der.love His relationship with Jefferson is definitely addressed. I learned a lot about Hamilton that I didn‘t learn in school by reading their new book. 4y
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U.S. Book Exchange Service, Special Bulletin | United States. International Cooperation Administration. Office of Industrial Resources
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Made it to Asheville, North Carolina and had to share this with my fellow Littens - the coolest bookstore ever 😍 champagne bar and book exchange/used book store. Battery Park Book Exchange. Highly recommend checking this place out if you come this way. Currently settling in with a glass of vino tinto and a charcuterie board in the “civil war” section.

Aims42 Very cool! I‘m actually reading the tagged book lol hope you have fun!! (edited) 4y
Susanita I ❤️ Asheville. 4y
TheSpineView Your in my home town! You need to check out Malaprops while you are in the AVL. A great indie book store! 😊 4y
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Smartypants @Wan.der.love I ❤️Asheville! I‘m from NC too and agree with @TheSpineView Malaprop‘s is amazing too! So many great restaurants in Asheville too! How I miss Tupelo Hone Cafe—the best biscuits ever! 4y
TheSpineView @Smartypants ❤ Tupelo Hone. If you love biscuits you have to go to Biscuit Head. Nothing else like it! 4y
Smartypants @TheSpineView I‘m going to have to check that out. Mmmm...biscuits! 4y
RidgewayGirl Oh, no! Malaprops is enough of a lure without adding another road trip-worthy bookstore to Asheville! 4y
Wan.der.love @Aims42 went to the Biltmore on Friday to see the Chihuly exhibit that is there currently - gorgeous! 4y
Wan.der.love @Susanita me too 😄😄 4y
Wan.der.love @TheSpineView @Smartypants definitely checked out Malaprops!! Loved it ☺️☺️ and stayed across the street from Tupelo Hone 😂😂 such a cool city 4y
Wan.der.love @RidgewayGirl Asheville has so many fun spots - could spend days checking them all out 😍 4y
TheSpineView @Wan.der.love 😊 4y
Smartypants @Wan.der.love I‘m glad you loved it! It is one of my favorite cities in the States. Next time, check out Jack of the Wood, a Celtic bar with beautiful wood and Celtic live music. So charming! 4y
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America's First Daughter: A Novel | Stephanie Dray, Laura Kamoie
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Finally have a little time to myself during this family road trip through Virginia - perfect setting to read about one of the most famous Virginia families in history.

Going through ups and downs with this book - seeing a lot of negative aspects to Jefferson (battling with the historian in me that is in awe of Jefferson as a revolutionary) about 30% in and story is starting to grab my attention.

eanderson 💕 4y
zzz Beautiful view😍 4y
jbhops I found this book fascinating! I hope you can get through it. 4y
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Nute Wow! That is a beautiful window. And the view is amazing. 4y
Reviewsbylola What a gorgeous view!! 4y
AmyG That window and view. 🙌🏻 (edited) 4y
MaGoose Nice view 😐😎 4y
Cinfhen Stunning view 4y
BarbaraBB Looks like you‘re in a gorgeous house! 4y
Trollkonstnaren Oh it is the best to find a moment to read :) 4y
Butterfinger I learned a lot from from this book. #factisstrangerthanfiction 4y
Mdargusch That view! ❤️❤️❤️ 4y
tracey38 Beautiful view! Perfect reading spot. 4y
Wan.der.love @jbhops I‘m hooked now, just needed to get through patsy‘s adolescence - totally agree with you!! 4y
Wan.der.love @Butterfinger so true. Wish I had been taught a little more of this in school 4y
Wan.der.love @Jen_is_always_reading @Nute @Reviewsbylola @AmyG @MaGoose @Cinfhen @BarbaraBB @Mdargusch @tracey38 yes, gorgeous view! At my mother in laws 😄 you should see it in the fall 😍😍 so many colors 4y
Wan.der.love @Trollkonstnaren indeed!! Haven‘t had a lot on this trip but taking them when I can 😂😄 4y
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And we‘re off. Hopefully packed enough books to keep this one entertained. Loves anything with tabs or touch things these days. This one is perfect with bold colors and pop open windows.

Mitch Gorgeous ( book AND baby!🤣). Have a great trip 4y
Erofan Cutie 👍😘📚 4y
TheSpineView What a sweetie! 4y
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Wan.der.love @Mitch @Erofan @thespineview thank you!! 😄😄 he did so well on 5 hr flight 😍😍 4y
Cinfhen Soooo cute 💜 4y
Wan.der.love @Cinfhen 😄😄 thank you! 4y
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Heading off for two week east coast visit and deep cleaning before I leave - hate coming home to messy house - thought I‘d share this DIY cleaning book I ❤️.


Anyone else into making cleaning supplies? Artificial fragrances give me mad headaches and these “recipes” are safe for babies/pets. Basically vinegar, essential oils, alcohol and water.

Only critique: it should say “toxin” free, not chemical free. Everything is a chemical.

Wan.der.love Author also has a great website with tips - I have zero affiliation with her, just appreciate her ideas!! https://www.cleanmama.net/ 4y
LazyDays I love to clean my cabinets with essential oils! 4y
Samplergal When I had my townhouse in Baltimore, I used natural stuff all the time. The only chemically thing I used was laundry detergent that wasn‘t “natural”. That stuff just doesn‘t cut it imho. I know what you mean with the headaches. And all the smells!! 4y
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Gina I use vinegar and baking soda powder on everything! Works great and so much cheaper to buy! 4y
Wan.der.love @LazyDays me too!! Love how clean and fresh they smell after 4y
Wan.der.love @Samplergal I tried “natural” detergent and was quickly vetoed after one wash by the family 😂 so I‘m with you there. That and toothpaste - the organic toothpaste just doesn‘t work for me. 4y
Wan.der.love @Gina my sink has never looked shinier than when I use vinegar and baking soda scrub on it. And soooo much cheaper. 4y
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Katherine | Anya Seton
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Currently working my way through the “Plantagenets” but my fascination with this powerful English dynasty began with “Katherine.”

In my top three favorite books of all time.

Adult historical fiction. Love story with everything that could happen in the medieval world all mixed together. War, passion, plague, revolts. The historical figures in this story set the stage for some of the biggest events in British history as well as the royal lineage.

batsy Gorgeous cover. 4y
Texreader Wow! What a review! It was already on my to read list so now I have to find it. What are your other two top books? I ❤️historical fiction. 4y
tammysue Great review, Ashley! 😊 4y
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Reviewsbylola Such a good book! 4y
KathyWheeler I loved this book. 4y
Wan.der.love @batsy it‘s a painting by Dante Gabriel Rossetti 😍 you should check out his other works, his muse was his wife ❤️ 4y
Wan.der.love @Texreader historical fiction is my go to! But strangely enough my other top favs are “Brave New World” and “The Red Tent”...I‘m all over the place ☺️ 4y
Wan.der.love @whatshesreadingnow thank you!! 😄 4y
Wan.der.love @Reviewsbylola @KathyWheeler ❤️❤️ made me search for more works by Seton 4y
Texreader I got the Red Tent for Christmas! Looking forward to reading it. 4y
toofondofbooks You should check out sharon kay penman. She is the best when it comes to the Plantagenets. But I love Seton too 4y
Bookish_B It's been ages since I read it but I remember I loved this book! 4y
TrishB Love this book 💕 4y
batsy Oh, thank you! I will look up more of his work 😍 4y
Butterfinger I enjoyed this book. So so much. 4y
Wan.der.love @toofondofbooks I will definitely check out Sharon Kay Penman, thank you so much for the recommendation!! 4y
Wan.der.love @Bookish_B @TrishB @Butterfinger ❤️ it‘s a beautiful read 😄❤️ 4y
jillrhudy This is THE historical fiction I always recommend to library patrons 4y
Wan.der.love @jillrhudy lucky patrons!!! I found this book by chance, wish I had had someone like you for guidance 😄 4y
Jess7 Welcome!!! 4y
KathyWheeler @Wan.der.love My favorite of hers is 4y
Wife Welcome to Litsy!🌹 4y
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Happy Monday! - wishing you all a wonderful week and cheers to believing in the impossible 🌞🍄

I could quote this book for days...❤️

(I‘m also going through a flamingo phase right now...🤷🏼‍♀️)

DGRachel Flamingos are awesome! 4y
Wan.der.love @DGRachel right?! Apparently you can hang out with some on a beach in Aruba...maybe one day 😂😂 4y
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And I Darken | Kiersten White
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Weekend coming to a close and so is my time with “And I Darken.” I can understand the fan love for this one, but never found myself rushing back to it. Maybe next books in series get better, but not inspired to try.

Story idea, female Vlad the Impaler? Yes please!
First few chapters = amazing
Different vibe from typical YA

Story seemed to go on repeat, dragged on, then got interesting right at the end
Never connected w/Lada

Victoriahoperose Omg 100% agree with your review. But I‘m still down to read the next book. I want to see where it goes! 4y
Wan.der.love @Victoriahoperose for sure! - I actually had “not inspired to try at the moment” written and had to delete bc of word count limit 😂 I think eventually I‘ll give the series another try - it seems to be moving into a groove now 4y
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Company of Liars | Karen Maitland
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It takes a lot for a book to completely surprise me and this one definitely did. Throw back to Chaucer‘s “Canterbury Tales” - a band of travelers in 1300s England trying to escape the plague, each character with their own secrets and story to tell. It‘s dark and addicting. Insightful look at the lives and conditions of middle age England. The conclusion blew my mind.

tpixie I never finished Canterbury Tales in college. I‘ve always wanted to revisit it. Maybe I can companion them together 4y
Wan.der.love @tpixie Canterbury Tales is for sure a beast of a read - but I love Chaucer. Company of Liars is much more entertaining though!! (edited) 4y
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1. Lol...brownies. Or chocolate coconut macaroons 🍫🥥
2. Usually no
3. 😒 yes
4. Podcasts, but really want to try some audio books


DrexEdit Thanks for the follow @Wan.der.love! Looking forward to talking books and reading with you! 😊 👋 4y
BookwormAHN Welcome to Litsy 😺 4y
Wan.der.love @DrexEdit back at ya!! Thank you!! 4y
Wan.der.love @BookwormAHN thanks so much!! 4y
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Glad to see push back on this idea. I use all types of methods for my book hoarding, but libraries are where I learned to ❤️ reading. Open access to knowledge is a foundation of society.

The OP argued we spend too much money in US on taxes for libraries. Of all the things that‘s what he wants to cut? The outrage to this article gives me hope for humanity


readinginthedark Yeah, it completely disregarded the benefits for people who can't afford the amenities he mentioned. 🙄 I'm glad Forbes took it down, as well. 4y
Smrloomis Ugh, this guy is so out of touch with reality. Glad it was taken down! 4y
BkClubCare Whoa 4y
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1. Currently rearranging to be by time period written ⏳
2. Depends on what the reader is into - my vote would be classics like The Divine Comedy, The Odyssey - Agee with @Erofan dictionary is crucial!
3. I do for sure
4. Yes, mainly at library book sales. I‘ve picked up several Jane Austen copies as they have so much cover variation. I also splurge on the new illustrated version of Harry Potter series, slowly collecting

inthegreensandblues I also have multiple editions of my Austen faves. I have the HP series in ebook and audio and have been agonising for years over which print editions to collect because there are too many, I can't decide! The illustrated are wonderful though. 4y
Wan.der.love @inthegreensandblues I think I‘ll always have Austen books lying around my house 😂 nightstand, coffee table, bookshelves. Have been wanting to try the HP audio versions, they have to be amazing. Highly recommend illustrated - so gorgeous 😍 4y
readinginthedark Always good to have some classics on hand! 4y
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MerinEliza Wow i never thought of arranging books by time periods. That's a great idea. 4y
Wan.der.love @MerinEliza I studied history at university so it‘s always fascinating to me to see how things like literature and art were affected by the time period 😄 also stole the idea from a bookstore I recently stumbled upon 4y
MerinEliza Ah history lovers always love time periods. Yes it is fun to see the writing change with time. Also how people if that time period saw themselves as opposed to how we thought they lived. 4y
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Didn‘t expect to buy a book at an art exhibit - but when you fall for cover art, you fall for cover art.

Also, the inside of this book is stunning. History in words and paintings of the artist movement to Romanticism in the late 1800s.

Also! hair goals.

#covermademedoit #coffeetablegoals

Palimpsest I remember discussing this painting of Lady Lilith‘s symbolism in an English class in college. I love the pre-Raphaelites! Gorgeous. 4y
Wan.der.love @Palimpsest I just recently learned about this 1800s movement - love the art but didn‘t realize the impact. So cool you studied it, the art is beautiful. 4y
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And I Darken | Kiersten White
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Really trying to get into this one... started reading it when I saw people give the latest release in the series high marks. Plus, series binge possibility.

I love the idea of a female Dracula - even as a student of history I think it‘s a great twist to the legend. It reads well, but having trouble connecting with Lada.

I just want to give Radu a hug the whole time.

Is this a “get through the first book the rest are awesome” kind of series??

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With an 11 month old, I spend half my “book browsing” time looking for new stories to read with him. (Patiently waiting to introduce Harry Potter...sigh)

This is by far his favorite - it‘s funny and different and reads out loud gorgeously. Illustrations are captivating and colorful. No fear of monsters in this house! Just daddy and son monsters on a walk through the swamp 😄

Any other Litten parents out there?
#childrenbooks #booksandbabies

jdiehr My kids are grown, but I'm a nanny so I love talking children's books 🙂 4y
Wan.der.love @jdiehr yay! I love seeing new children‘s book recommendations. And good point, I bet there a quite a few kiddo caregiver/teacher Littens! 4y
theresidentromantic @LibrarianRyan Does lots of children's book recommendations 💕 4y
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LibrarianRyan @theresidentromantic thanks. I do and I have a lot to load in the next few days. Check out Rhyming dust bunnies (or any Jan Thomas) ain't gonna paint no more. The bear books by Karen.... I'm blanking but your librarian will know of which I speak.  4y
Wan.der.love @theresidentromantic nice, thank you!! @LibrarianRyan will definitely check out Jan Thomas 👍🏻👍🏻 looking forward to your upcoming posts!! Thx! 4y
obviateit I‘m #raisingreaders 😊. I have 3 boys, ages 7, 4, and the baby will be 1 in October. 4y
readinginthedark 🙋‍♀️👪🤰 I have a six-year-old and am due with my second in February! I post about children's books from time to time--my little has been really into nonfiction about insects and animals lately. 4y
Wan.der.love @obviateit yay! My son will be one in September. He‘s digging books right now, trying to keep the love going 😄 4y
Wan.der.love @readinginthedark looking forward to your insights - nonfiction makes total sense for that age, they want to know what‘s in the world around them. So fun! And congrats on the coming addition!!! You‘ll be back to black and white picture books soon 😂 4y
readinginthedark @Wan.der.love This is probably horrible for me to say as a librarian, but I didn't read many of those to my first. 😅 I'd read longer stories to him or whatever I was reading, and he'd look at and chew on board books separately. But something worked; he loves to read. 🤷‍♀️ 4y
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Stumbled upon this fun bookstore/bar in Haight Ashbury (The Bindery). Books are organized by year written. Have now decided I‘ll be cataloging my own library the same way in the future. Life goals = massive room in house for personal library. 😜 The written word is a powerful and time surpassing thing.

Librarybelle Welcome to Litsy! 4y
Wan.der.love @Librarybelle thanks much!! 4y
Robothugs Welcome to Litsy!! 😄 4y
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Wan.der.love @Robothugs 😊😊 thank you!! 4y
BarbaraTheBibliophage The sidelighting on the shelves is lovely. Welcome to our bookish corner of the world! 4y
Wan.der.love @BarbaraTheBibliophage it was such a well done room! And thank so much, so happy to be here 😄 4y
BethM Lovely! Welcome to the best place on the internet! 4y
Wan.der.love @BethM thank you!! Seriously, Litsy is my new favorite thing 😄😄 4y
Caksf I‘m also a big fan of that shop! 4y
Wan.der.love @Caksf I can‘t wait to go and actually have a drink there and read 😂 my kinda bar 4y
Caksf @Wan.der.love I attended a “silent bookclub” at the store. ( everyone brings a book, then reads) that was nicely done. Definitely a great space to read. 4y
mrozzz I LOVE THIS!!! 🤗 4y
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Circe | Madeline Miller
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What a beautiful experience of a read. Starting this book was like a happy dose of nostalgia. #Circe on top of #DaulairesBookofGreekMyths
*Enthralled with the ups and downs of Circe‘s immortal life
*Even though this story is interwoven tales of mythology, the characters took on a feel of reality
*Exceptional job showing the interworking of an immortals mind through several different major and minor Greek gods

You‘ll easily fall deep into “Circe”

ValkyrieAndHerBooks Great review! And welcome to Litsy! 🎉📚💕💃💃💃 4y
Wan.der.love Thank you @ValkyrieAndHerBooks! So excited to find out about this community 😍 4y
ValkyrieAndHerBooks It‘s my favorite online way to access the book community! You should check out the @LitsyWelcomeWagon they‘re pretty great! 4y
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tpixie Welcome!! And check out the link to the video tips in the bio of @Chelleo 4y
RaimeyGallant My hold for this just came in. :) And welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon Some of us put together Litsy tips to help new Littens navigate the site. It's the link in my bio on my page in case you need it. Or if you prefer how-to videos, @chelleo put some together at the link in her bio. 4y
Wan.der.love @tpixie @RaimeyGallant thank you for the warm welcome!! Will definitely check out how to links and @Chelleo 4y
Chelleo Welcome! 4y
tpixie @RaimeyGallant and @Chelleo are great to follow, too!! 4y
Nute Welcome to Litsy. You‘ll make many friends here. Your review was wonderful. I love that descriptive phrase, “a happy dose of nostalgia.” I still need to read this book. It‘s on a long list of many but a lot of Littens have me so excited to get to it that it looks like it is going to be sooner rather than later. Can‘t wait to get to know you!💕 4y
Wan.der.love @Nute thanks so much!! I know exactly what you mean - I‘m still working through 2017 books I want to read but keep seeing 2018 releases that move to top of list 😂 so excited to find Litsy and join all the Littens!! 4y
robinb Welcome to Litsy! 😊 4y
QueenOfWands Welcome to Litsy! 📚 🙌 ☺ 4y
Wan.der.love @robinb @QueenOfWands thank you!! 😄😄 4y
Andrew65 Welcome to Litsy 🤗 4y
Wan.der.love Thanks so much @Andrew65 !! 4y
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DefLeppard Is it any good? Heard so much about this. 4y
Wan.der.love @DebReads4fun thank you much!! 4y
Wan.der.love @DefLeppard I loved it! But I also love mythology. It‘s basically a mix of different Greek mythological stories, with a lot more detail and emotion, and Circe at the center - but I‘ve seen some people who aren‘t big fans of Greek mythology dislike the book. I recommend giving it a try it though 😄 4y
DefLeppard @Wan.der.love omg you got me at mythology, I LOVE fantasy, mythology etc. So my cup of tea, I am going to have to buy this soon, thank you for your reply. 😊 4y
Dr._Who_number10 Welcome to Litsy and imma folllow you because you‘re an amazing person and have a great taste in your books!!!💕💕💕💕💕😁 4y
Wan.der.love @Dr._Who_number10 well thank you!! Blushing 😊😜 look forward to your posts!! 😄 4y
Erofan Welcome to Litsy!🌹😀📚 4y
Jess7 Welcome! 4y
Wan.der.love @Erofan @Jess7 thank you much!!! 4y
tpixie Loved sneaking my kids D‘Aulaires for school and reading it!! (edited) 4y
Wan.der.love @tpixie yes!! I devoured D‘Aulaires 4y
tpixie ❤️❤️❤️ 4y
PurpleyPumpkin Welcome to Litsy! I hope you enjoy it here. I‘ve enjoyed your posts so far and I‘m looking forward to seeing more. 👍🏽😉 4y
Wan.der.love Thanks @PurpleyPumpkin - loving this community 😄 look forward to all the shares and insights! 4y
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