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Booksnchill

Joined August 2017

Good wine, engaging with books and Whiskey the wire haired dachshund- that's my chill! 🐾🍷🎨
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Swann's Way | Marcel Proust
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So, we are half way through February and I have loved all of your posts- if anyone has missed any, search the hashtag. I am now into Swann in Love and remembered the 1984 movie with Jeremy Irons- has anyone seen it? I went searching for images and this is my image of Swann- this is JM Whistler‘s Arrangement in Black and Gold. I do not have a grip on Odette in my mind yet- any thoughts?

Lcsmcat I don‘t have a good visual on Odette, but having dancers for a sister and daughter, I think her name should be Odile. 😀 6d
Booksnchill @Lcsmcat that would be more Swan! 6d
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catiewithac I‘m finding it difficult to read Proust casually. Like I should be making out with this book. Still in the overture. It just demands so much attention and focus that I don‘t have enough. 6d
Booksnchill @catiewithac i will admit this is my third reading- my first was audio and I think that helped me get the flow- if that is something you would consider it is available- free on youtube or if you have scribd or overdrive (libby) you could find it there as well. 6d
Centique I‘m definitely finding the audio a huge help. I am doing a bit of both - so I get some overlaps. When I read something I‘ve just heard on audio, it reads much more easily. As you say @Booksnchill it has a much better flow once you‘ve heard it - at least it does for me! 😊 6d
TheBookHippie My first reading, so I am going slower to take it in. I never do well with audio, I wish I did! Slow and steady seems to be working for me. 6d
Booksnchill @TheBookHippie 🕰☕️🥰 5d
MellieAntoinette I‘m behind. But mostly because I grab a cup of tea and take a nap. So I‘m styling Swann circa The Overture right now! 🙃🙃🙃 5d
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Notes on Camp | Susan Sontag
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Apparently reviews on Sontag biographies are good for afternoon nap taking!!!! This has been a pupplic service announcement!🐾 #DogsOfLitsy

squirrelbrain 🤣❤️🐶 6d
LeahBergen 😆😆 6d
Aimeesue 😂 6d
Hooked_on_books 🐶💚 6d
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84, Charing Cross Road | Helene Hanff
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My philosophy at age 50 plus is get what you want as a gift for yourself and you will be happy. I subscribe to “Slightly Foxed” as a journal and their podcast is excellent. They produce these lovely “Slightly Foxed” editions and this is my love letter to books order for Valentine‘s Day- my favorite 84 Charing Cross Road- a lovely Monkey 47 gin cocktail, lobster ravioli and asparagus and the evening is set💖 #BookLove to all the littens!

ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled I love the way you think 😁👍 1w
Aimeesue I ❤️❤️❤️ Slightly Foxed. Their books are just tiny perfect book jewels. 1w
Booksnchill @Aimeesue Exactly!💖 1w
LeahBergen I love Slightly Foxed, too! Well done. 👏🏻👏🏻 1w
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Pine | Francine Toon
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Well, perhaps the best part of a book depository order is forgetting what you ordered until it arrives! #BookLove

CaramelLunacy Surprise gidts fron your past self! 1w
Booksnchill @CaramelLunacy funny how I know just what I want!!! 1w
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Swann's Way | Marcel Proust
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Ok all #Proust2020 readers, we are 9 days in so sound off- what do you think? Published in 1913, Samuel Beckett observed that “the whole of Proust‘s world comes out of a teacup”. This first 50 pages, referred to as the “Overture” includes the kiss of Maman and the madeleine. Are there evocative smells, tastes, sounds that spark your memories - mine is my grandma‘s sanka coffee- ever present.☕️

Lcsmcat I‘m going to gain so much weight reading these books! All the references to food make it too tempting to grab a snack! But I‘m loving the prose, and his attention to smells and tastes are amazing. 2w
MellieAntoinette Boy just reading this post made me want tea dipped madeleines with a side of Proust! ☕️ 🍪 2w
arubabookwoman I'm loving the lushness of the prose. I wanted to share this quote of Nabokov describing it: "A tendency to fill in and stretch a sentence to its utmost breadth and length, to cram into the stocking of the sentence a miraculous number of clauses, parenthetic phrases, subordinate clauses, sub-subordinate clauses. Indeed in verbal generosity he is a veritable Santa." 2w
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TheBookHippie My cooking is going to hit an uptake as is the kettle ! I love the prose it goes well with Les Miserables ! 2w
MellieAntoinette @arubabookwoman Ha! 🤣🤣🤣 2w
Booksnchill @arubabookwoman how apt. I have read several reviews that mention the difficulty Proust had getting published because of the very characteristics of his prose for which he is now recognized as a genius. 2w
catiewithac I‘m not starting until I finish a mystery. But now I‘m so excited to read yummy Proust! 2w
Centique @arubabookwoman that‘s a gorgeous quote - thank you for sharing it 😍 I‘m loving the vivid descriptions but I‘m reading SO slowly because I keep having to stop and think about it and see it in my own mind. Thanks @Booksnchill for the tip about the YouTube audio - that‘s helped me a lot. Normally audio is too slow for me - but not with this prose! 2w
Booksnchill @Centique good! I have listened to parts of it and the pronounciations in my head are vastly less french!!🤣 2w
Booksnchill @catiewithac it is Yummy! 2w
Booksnchill @TheBookHippie i have a madeleine pan- now to bake! (edited) 2w
Booksnchill @MellieAntoinette i highly recommend them!!! 2w
Booksnchill @Lcsmcat i agree- I am now wanting to name my long walks but I don‘t think “the water tower way” has the same ring! 2w
Lcsmcat I love the description of little Marcel , when forced to go outside, taking his book out and finding places where he could hide and read. 2w
Booksnchill @Lcsmcat he has my juvenile heart... 2w
TheBookHippie @Booksnchill Fox Run 44925 Non-Stick Madeleine Pan, Carbon Steel, 12-Cup https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0083RTULM/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_Ac2qEbMB38JY8 Ordered yesterday 🤣🤣🤣 2w
Booksnchill @TheBookHippie great minds!! 2w
TheBookHippie @Booksnchill I‘m so excited 2w
TheBookHippie @Booksnchill @Lcsmcat I‘ve always called mine Walkabouts 🤣 2w
Booksnchill @TheBookHippie are you Australian? 2w
TheBookHippie @Booksnchill no I saw it on a sign when I was small in Hawaii and it stuck 🤣🤣 2w
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The Old Drift | Namwali Serpell
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I love book serendipity when it comes along. I have been reading The Old Drift and then I decided to listen to Michael Palin read his commentary for the travel documentary Pole to Pole. When Palin gets to Rhodesia and Zimbabwe the events and history mentioned matched where I was in Serpell‘s novel. Those moments just make me smile!🥰

CaramelLunacy I love it when it all slots together like that! 3w
Booksnchill @CaramelLunacy seems almost magical☺️ 3w
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Swann's Way | Marcel Proust
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I hope I have tagged anyone who said they might be interested in a Proust read a long. All are welcome and nothing is required. I have no schedule other than February is Swann‘s Way and then a volume every 2 months- should be about 15 ish pages per day. I will post with the hashtag #Proust2020 . Feel free to comment or add info on the background, history, art, food, music that is such a part of these works. Audio is free on youtube. Tea brewed🕰

arubabookwoman I'll be joining. Thx for the tag. I started a group read of Proust several years ago (got to vol 5), and we did 15-20 pp a day, and that seemed to wotk very well--enough to get the rhythm, but not be overwhelmed. 3w
arubabookwoman One companion book I used that I loved is called Paintings in Proust. It pictured the art works cited in the text along with highlights of that text. Unfortunately my copy is in storage for our move and I won't have access for 6 mos or do. It was not terribly expensive for an art book. 3w
Centique Yay! I‘m very excited you‘re going ahead and will start reading tomorrow. I‘ve got a few other classics I‘m trying to read this year so I‘ll probably only join in for the first volume. 😊 3w
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Booksnchill @arubabookwoman you will be the expert then! I have read Swann‘s way twice but no further. I have now read the de Botton book and the Lectures on Proust in a Soviet Prison Camp so I am primed and ready!! Also I recommend finding the Dec 2019 podcast Backlisted where they wrapped up their read of Proust in 2019- inspired me! Glad to read with you! 3w
Booksnchill @Centique wonderful! So glad for you to join in as much as you like. My thought is I have been approaching this for so long I need to dedicate the year and immerse- I have read Swann‘s Way twice before myself so it is a good stand alone! (edited) 3w
Booksnchill @arubabookwoman I have looked at it and think I will buy it- I also have Proust‘s Duchess and the graphic novel of Swann‘s Way. 3w
Lcsmcat @arubabookwoman Oh that sounds lovely. I‘ll have to look for that. @booksnchill I‘m so excited to start! Thanks for hosting. 3w
sisilia Thank you for the tag! 😘 3w
Booksnchill @Lcsmcat so pleased to have you join! 3w
LeahBergen I‘ve read the first volume and will follow along with everyone‘s posts. I‘ll see if I‘m feeling Proustian enough to jump in for second book. 😆 Thanks for the tag! 3w
BarbaraBB Good luck! I started reading Proust in 2017 and hope to finish this year July! 3w
BarbaraBB @arubabookwoman We were probably in the same group back then, hosted by @JenniferP on LT? I am still reading since then! Almost finished now 🤞🏽 3w
arubabookwoman @BarbaraBB No it wasn't the one on LT, tho' I remember Jennifer posting. My read was thru an online blog called The Corklined Room, and we started in Nov 2009. The blog is archived, and is an excellent resource. I just googled it and reread the entries for Nov 2009 all relating to Swann's Way, & I'll probably do that for each book. 3w
BarbaraBB I should have known about that blog! Sounds helpful, @arubabookwoman 3w
Bklover Hmmmmm.....I have Swann‘s Way. Maybe I will dig it out! 3w
Booksnchill @Bklover would love to have you read along 👏 3w
rubyslippersreads I‘ll at least take a peek and see if I want to join in. Even if I don‘t, maybe I‘ll eat some madeleines. 😄 3w
TheBookHippie Ack!!! I want to try!!! 3w
jewright I want to try! Add me, please. 3w
Booksnchill @rubyslippersreads I understand there is loads of food- come for the madeleines stay for the gateau..😂 3w
Booksnchill @TheBookHippie Ack, love to have you try😂😂🥳🤛! 3w
Booksnchill @jewright How great! You are added- like a February trip to the french countryside- with cakes🍓🍰 3w
catiewithac I'm not sure I can commit to an entire year of Proust, but I'm going to try to join in for the Swann's Way February read! Thanks for doing this 😁 3w
Booksnchill @catiewithac pleased to have you join for whatever part you are interested in- welcome!👍 3w
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I took advantage of the NYRB January sale and got these beauties! How can you resist these evocative covers? 💖

LeahBergen Nice! 3w
BarbaraBB Gorgeous 😍 3w
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The Starless Sea | Erin Morgenstern
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Ok- The is the first Morgenstern I have read and it is billed as not YA. I read it as it had to do with a library and was described as a “love letter to books”. I listened to it on Scribd- all 18 hours of it. The 6 narrators did an excellent job but this was too long, too convoluted and too fantasy for my tastes. Others who enjoy long rambling fantasy tales might well really enjoy this. Off to something else now.

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Can I once again say how very pleased I am with my #tbr subscription service from #BookRiot and my curator extraordinaire @Liberty ! She has once again found 3 books I have never heard of but that are squarely within my wheelhouse and I am so excited to read! I encourage you to check out this service- books shipped from indy bookstore #PrintABookstore in Portland,ME. Thanks again for 3 exciting reads!

MallenNC I love that service. Rincey is my person and her picks are great. I just get the reccs not the books. 1mo
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I found this as an audio on Scribd not realizing it was the 4th of a series but I had no problems following the characters. It is 1947 and there have been a series of execution type murders. Former Scotland Yard Inspector John Madden‘s name came up in an unsent letter from one of the victims and he is consulted. Loved the characters, the plot was good and the narration was excellent- it is post war Britain coming to terms- I will now read #1! 4⭐️

robinb Not familiar with this series...I need to check it out! 👍 1mo
Booksnchill @robinb great so far- book 6 just came out in the US👍 1mo
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Cannery Row | John Steinbeck
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This is the first of 12 classics (in my loose definition) that I am challenging myself to read in 2020 - I won‘t lie I picked this first because it is short. Cannery Row is a poem to a time and a place. To the down and out men, those who support the economics on the fringe, those who create their own communities of give and take. Do yourself a favor and spend a few hours on Cannery Row with those living on the fringe, and living well. 5⭐️

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Preparing for my 2020 Proust read by getting into the Proustian frame of mind.

Sace Have you read the de Botton book before? It's so good! 2mo
Booksnchill @Sace i have not, have you read In Search of Lost Time? I am interested in the experiences of those who have read it- I thought the de Botton would be a way to wrap my head around the overarching themes. 2mo
Sace @Booksnchill I have not read In Search of Lost Time. 2mo
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BarbaraBB Good luck! I hope to finish In Search if Lost Time in 2020! 2mo
LeahBergen I‘ve only read Swann‘s Way. 😬 2mo
vivastory If you are planning on a Proust buddy read, I'd be interested 2mo
sisilia I‘m keen on the Proust buddy read, too! @Booksnchill 2mo
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The Book on the Bookshelf | Henry Petroski
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I think this will conclude my 2019 reading stats- mostly because I like the symmetry of the numbers! Happy 2020 Littens!🥳💥

Butterfinger Awesome! 2mo
Booksnchill Thanks- good reading year!🥰 2mo
Redwritinghood Happy New Year! 2mo
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Becoming | Michelle Obama
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So I came back to the office this morning and my great legal assistant Samuel had selected these gifts for me!!!😂😂😂😂😂 I am a unique and apparently mythical being - I shall now insist on being referred to as “Sparkles”! This has made me laugh all morning and I just needed to share the joy! Happy Boxing Day!

julesG Cool Mug, Sparkles! 2mo
Cortg Fun! 2mo
Cinfhen Adorable 🦄 2mo
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Booksnchill @julesG 🥳😂😂 2mo
Booksnchill @Cinfhen 🤷‍♀️💖🤣 2mo
LauraJ It‘s great when a coworker gets you! 2mo
mabell That is hilarious! 2mo
Booksnchill @mabell you need one! 2mo
LoverOfLearning This is amazing! 2mo
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Received these from my secret santa from the LibraryThing #SantaThing swap and I love them but I have searched and I don‘t find her username on litsy so I messaged her on Library Thing but I am not very good with that app- hope I did it right. If you are on litsy Michelynn2016 (don‘t know your name) Thanks so much!

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Nothing to See Here | Kevin Wilson
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I received this book in the #JolabokaflodSwap yesterday and although I did not finish it last night I did finish it today. Kevin Wilson has created real (weird) characters who deal with bad situations and, together, get it done. This book is sold as about twins who spontaneously combust and, yes, it is weird but it is also life affirming to that we are all odd in our own ways but we find our tribe and we survive. 5⭐️ set in TN @Chrissyreadit 💖

Chrissyreadit ❤️❤️ 2mo
Suet624 We find our tribe. Yes indeed. 2mo
Booksnchill @Suet624 👍🥰 2mo
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Merry Christmas to all! Finishing off my year of Music with Clemency Burton-Hill I highly recommend this as a way to introduce yourself to new music- or revisit old favorites- 365 days of Wonder. Blessings to all!

Cathythoughts Beautiful pic ❤️ 2mo
Booksnchill @Cathythoughts thanks- I am having a jammies and coffee quiet morning! Merry Christmas to you! 2mo
umbrellagirl Merry Christmas 🎄🎄 2mo
Booksnchill @umbrellagirl merry christmas🥰 2mo
Bookzombie Merry Christmas! 🎄 2mo
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My Christmas Eve dinner or Lobster gratin, spinach and fried Proscuitto salad and asparagus with Toasted garlic bread and my Jolabokaflod swap gifts right before openning- @Chrissyreadit hit it out of the park! Happy Christmas Eve - now to eat, drink and read!

Chrissyreadit Wow! Love this picture! 2mo
Booksnchill @Chrissyreadit thanks- making a big dent in the chocolate truffles with espresso- so good! (edited) 2mo
Megabooks Yum!! 2mo
Leftcoastzen That looks lovely! 2mo
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Nothing to See Here | Kevin Wilson
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@Chrissyreadit @MaleficentBookDragon Chrissy thanks so much for the book, great notebook and lovely artist made bookmark (to say nothing of the DeFluri‘s chocolates!). I love, love it all and you selected the book I most wanted to read on my wish list- you are a mindreader! I am so pleased with my Christmas Eve goodies from my home state of WVa and wish you a very Merry Christmas. This is the best swap! #JolabokaflodSwap2019

Chrissyreadit Glad you liked everything! 2mo
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Finishing up my Christmas Eve reading of my Short Story Advent Calendar and the biography of Santa in A Christmas Cornucopia while sitting by the fire pit in the 68 degree sunshine! About to open my Jolabokaflod package to see what I am reading this evening! My dinner- Lobster, spinach salad and dutch apple pie- I say make your own traditions!!!🥳🎄🥰

Christine Sign me up for your traditions! 😋❤️ 2mo
Booksnchill @Christine 👍💖🎄 2mo
cariashley Sounds amazing!! 2mo
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My 2019 reading goal of completing this 12 book set is now completed! I have loved following Nick Jenkins‘ friends and relatives through the 1900‘s to 1970. Over 300 characters who come and go through out the volumes, as in life. One per month for a year is just right- I will miss them all and will revisit at some point I am sure. A classic not to be missed. Here‘s to 2019 and to 2020‘s epic read- Proust anyone???

Hooked_on_books Wow, that‘s quite an accomplishment! 2mo
Chrissyreadit Wow! 2mo
Booksnchill @Hooked_on_books thanks- each volume is around 270 pages so not all that bad. 2mo
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Leftcoastzen Wow , I just found a set not too long ago, maybe 2020 is my year to read them. 2mo
Booksnchill @Leftcoastzen if you like podcasts look up the one from Backlisted for December 2018 where they talk about doing this one per month- that will let you know if you would enjoy it! 2mo
Lcsmcat I‘ll join you in Proust if you can wait to start til February. 2mo
Booksnchill @Lcsmcat I planned on reading How Proust can Change your life by Alain de Botton in January to see if I have the desire- also I think that the Backlisted podcast for December may be about Proust- they are what started me on Powell last December. My plan was 1 of the 6 volumes every 2 months (I have actually read Swann‘s Way twice and enjoyed it). I am going with the new Penguin translations last one not out yet. If that sounds good let‘s do it! 2mo
Lcsmcat @Booksnchill I‘m in, but I don‘t know if I‘ll read that translation, an older one, or attempt to read them in the original. It‘ll depend on how 2020 is going. 😀 2mo
Nute Wow! That is an amazing accomplishment! 2mo
Booksnchill @Lcsmcat how lucky that you can read without translation! That will make for interesting comparisons. I look forward to comparing thoughts! 2mo
Lcsmcat @Booksnchill It takes me more time, but I can read French much better than I speak it. 2mo
arubabookwoman Congratulations on meeting your challenge. I tried Proust once, loved the books I read, but only got about half way through. Would love to try again, so please keep me posted as well. 2mo
BarbaraBB Congrats on The Dance! I read it in a year as well and loved it. The next year I started Proust with @JenniferP, that was 2017 and she managed to read him in that year. I am still not finished but the good news is, I have reached the last installment. Good luck 👍🏼 (edited) 2mo
Booksnchill @BarbaraBB good to know as I dive in! 2mo
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No snow but I have the crimson covered! My next Christmas read on this lazy day in the sun.

LeahBergen This looks like a fun one. 👍🏻 2mo
BridgetteM Beautiful cover! 2mo
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One chapter per night from now through December 26 following 7 Christmas traditions. First up- “Why 25 December?”. The countdown is on!

LeahBergen This looks good! 2mo
Aimeesue Pretty! 2mo
Booksnchill The prologue and first chapter were informative and funny 2mo
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A Maigret Christmas | Georges Simenon
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My next Christmas novella- love Christmas mysteries🎄🕯

DefLeppard Me too, I have this one and also about a hundred others all clamouring to be my next festive read! 🙄😂 2mo
Booksnchill @DefLeppard yes, I am faced with a stack as well- I should finish by 2025!🤣🤣🎄 2mo
mabell I still haven‘t read a Maigret! Though I have a few on my shelves... 2mo
DefLeppard Lol, I so hear you. I might finish by then too! 😆 2mo
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Another Christmas novella from a favorite series! Love Chief Bruno and St. Denis- try them if you think the french countryside and almost cozy mysteries are your jam- sort of Louise Penney and Three Pines in France.💖🎄

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Iceland | Andrew Evans
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@Chrissyreadit It has arrived! #JolabokaflodSwap @MaleficentBookDragon btw I am from WV, born there and lived there until I left for college! I don‘t know Inwood but I love getting something from WV! Thanks so much- can‘t wait for Christmas eve!!!💖🎄

Chrissyreadit Where in WV did you live? Inwood is in the Eastern Panhandle. Ten minutes from VA, 20 from MD and 1/2 hour from PA, 1 hour from DC. 2mo
Booksnchill @Chrissyreadit born in Parkersburg, HS in Charleston but mom and dad from Keyser- a bit closer to panhandle 2mo
Chrissyreadit Yup- I know where Keyser is. Did you go to college in TN? 2mo
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ChasingOm I grew up in Hurricane and now live in Huntington!! 👋 2mo
Booksnchill @Chrissyreadit no, Transylvania in Lexington, KY then Vanderbilt Law- been in TN ever since. 2mo
Booksnchill @ChasingOm 👋 Camden Park Haunted House was the best! 2mo
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A Christmas tradition is reading the Anne Perry Christmas novella every year. This one returns to Lady Vespasia and Lord Narraway at a Christmas house party where history is trying to repeat itself and old scores must be settled. I really enjoy Anne Perry‘s various historical mysteries and these Christmas novellas involving her more peripheral characters are a real treat. Merry Christmas to all!

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The gnomes helped me get this out in good time! #JolabokaflodSwap @MaleficentBookDragon

DGRachel OMG. I love your gnomes!!!!😍😍😍😍 2mo
Prairiegirl_reading Adorable!! 2mo
Booksnchill @DGRachel thanks- I went a little DIY crazy - everyone gets a gnome for Christmas!!! 2mo
DGRachel You made them!?!? 😱 2mo
Booksnchill @DGRachel those and 12 more...🤪 2mo
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Starting Volume 12 of my 2019 project to read the 12 Volumes of Dance to the Music of Time by Anthony Powell. I followed the schedule from the Backlisted podcast in their December 2018 episode- one book per month for one year. I have really enjoyed spending 12 months with Nick Jenkins and his friends, acquaintances and relatives through the 1920‘s and now in the 1970‘s. An interesting look at a certain class in Great Britain. Sorry To end it.

charl08 Well done, impressive stuff. 3mo
Nute An admirable accomplishment! Way to go! 3mo
Booksnchill @charl08 thanks! 3mo
Booksnchill @Nute it was a fun project! 3mo
Booksnchill If anyone is curious these volumes are each around 250-270 pages so not too daunting - I usually read around 10-15 pages a day. 3mo
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Ok my fellow gothic lovers I found this John Boyne homage to the 1860‘s gothic novel on Scribd as an audio and it is fantastic! Eliza Caine is 21, her father has just died and she needs a position and a place to live- so she answers an ad for a governess... and everything gothic ensues! This is Jane Austen meets Charles Dickens (who makes an early cameo in the narrative)- evil ghosts, odd children, wonderfully told 4⭐️ @ferskner

ferskner I really enjoyed this one! I thought it fell apart a bit at the end (if I'm remembering right) but it's chock full of Gothic-y goodness. 3mo
Booksnchill @ferskner I should have known you had already discovered this one! The end was a battle of the ghosts and Eliza taking guardianship of Eustace- and another ghost??? I really liked it! 3mo
ferskner Hmmmmm that's not what I remembered - I need to go back and check! I remember the faucet scene very vividly...ouch! 3mo
Booksnchill @ferskner yes- I would have been Peace out after that😱😱 3mo
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Time for a cozy read to end this stormy November night. Just right to start my holiday cozy reading I think- Kate Shackleton is on the trail of dastardly evildoers- and good photographs! Set in Yorkshire in 1928- fun so far!

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This book may be my top read of the year. What a triumph- Hallie Rubenhold has done the research, spurred by the question “Why are the victims of The Ripper always referred to as prostitutes?” This is a book about the women, the social realities of lower class women in the 1880s with multiple pregnancies, dependency on men who may die or leave, work houses, and friends, lives of want and no social net other than the workhouses. Read this book!5⭐️

Booksnchill And if you like audiobooks this one is excellent! 3mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 Good to know!! Great review!! 3mo
Booksnchill @JanuarieTimewalker13 thanks- I just found out it won the Baillie Gifford prize for non-fiction 2019 so I am not alone in praising this work! 3mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 I‘m not familiar with that prize. I‘ll look it up! Thanks! 3mo
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Scandinavian Christmas | Trine Hahnemann
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It is back and you can sign up until December 2. This swap is wonderful- one book and one piece of chocolate to arrive in time to be openned on Chistmas Eve and read through the night! Go to @MaleficentBookDragon ‘s page to sign up!!!

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Hope Rides Again | Andrew Shaffer
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So it‘s been an expensive week- water heater failed so exchanged the tank heater for a tankless and rear brakes, roters and ball bearings needed. Today spent 3 hour at auto body shop while they blared the impeachment hearings but I brought my book- Obama Biden ride again and I was insulated and felt warm and fuzzy in my bubble of nostalgia- this brought me joy in the midst of the debacle- highly recommend this -inject hope into your life!🇺🇸👍💖

Bookzombie I hope you have a great weekend. I‘m sorry it was a rough week. 3mo
Booksnchill @Bookzombie How sweet, thanks! all is well! 3mo
MidnightBookGirl We've has the author at the store and he is a delight! 3mo
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Booksnchill @MidnightBookGirl i was unfortunate and missed him when he was in Nashville but I heard he was great! Hope he writes another one! 3mo
mom2bugnbee Ack! Here's to a better week next week! 🥂 3mo
Booksnchill @mom2bugnbee No kidding!🤣😱 3mo
Scochrane26 I‘ve met him a few times since he‘s local for me. I‘ll see him & his wife, Tiffany Reisz tomorrow at the book fair. I think her books are usually erotica. I‘ll ask him if he‘s going to write another, but it seems to depend on Biden‘s campaign outcome. 3mo
MidnightBookGirl I hope he does! Tiffany has also signed at our bookstore. I imagine their dinner table talk is pretty fascinating! 3mo
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#NonFictionNovember A very typical Bryson exploration of the Body, head to toe. Best when he is delving into historical ways of thinking about the functions of our various organs, weird “cures”, the “firsts” - surgery, transplant, vaccines. Then we go down the road of statistics, comparisons of healthcare in different countries and he is less engaging- not to say it is not important but not really advancing his topic. Read by Bryson 4⭐️

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Starting book 3 for #NonFictionNovember very interested in the art as commodity - especially in Modern and Contemporary markets- all that wealth seems obscene- how much of that attaches itself to the meaning of the works? Disturbing but fascinating characters- I am a fan of Peggy Guggenheim myself. Picked for me by @Liberty my #Tbr currator from #BookRiot she nails it every quarter!

ChasingOm That‘s awesome that she‘s your TBR curator! Have you read 3mo
Booksnchill @ChasingOm no I haven‘t read that one- I‘ll check it out. Liberty does I great job- I love that I get hardback books from an independent bookseller chosen by Liberty- like a great gift to myself every quarter! 3mo
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November | Georges Simenon
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Thank you everyone for the birthday wishes- Litsy really is a special place with such special people. Whiskey took me for a frosty fall morning walk for my birthday and the day was gorgeous! Your lovely wishes felt like a warm hug🥰🍁 #DogsOfLitsy

MicheleinPhilly Happy Birthday! 4mo
xicanti Happy birthday! 4mo
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The best thing about this book talk was that War Memorial Auditorium was full and the energy was high! Restored a bit of faith! 💪💖

JulAnna Happy Birthday! 🎉😊 4mo
Booksnchill @JulAnna Much Thanks! 4mo
MaureenMc Happy birthday! 4mo
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Gloria in conversation with Ashley Judd- let the rebellion begin!!!

Blaire 😍😍😍 4mo
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1. 11 books
2. The Twisted Ones, T. Kingfisher
3. Hocus Pocus
4. The scary phrase based on your order of birth
5. Fire, popcorn, cuddles with dog and hoping for trick or treaters but with the Thunderstorms here, not much hope!
#TeamSlaughter @Clwojick

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Halloween Tree | Ray Bradbury
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My Book about Halloween with a pumpkin on the cover to finish the #scaryScavengerHunt as well as the final post for the #ChillingPhotoChallenge #TeamSlaughter @Clwojick I love this book - it is a reread and buddy read with my brother for our Brother/sister book club. It is Halloween night and the boys are ready to go out but where is Pippin? He is at the scary house and they must go on a journey through Halloween traditions to get him back!

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The Twisted Ones | T. Kingfisher
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#TeamSlaughter @Clwojick finished this thriller #Blameiton @Liberty found audio on Scribd after hearing Liberty talk about it and Loved This! I am going to say it is The Hills Have Eyes with Stephanie Plum and Lula if Rex were a coonhound! Funny, creepy, really great narrator for the audiobook- I laughed out loud between the frightening bits! Grandma who hated everyone and hoarded babydolls dies and Mouse and her dog Bongo have to clear the mess!

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#ChillingPhotoChallenge #TeamSlaughter @Clwojick today‘s challenge from my book on Gargoyles and Grotesques words by Stephen King and photographs by F-Stop Fitzgerald. Happy Wednesday Littens! #Nightmare

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Sodom and Gomorrah | Marcel Proust
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Apparently I only have 2 purple books on my shelves- both Penguins. The 4th volume of the penguin translation of Proust (bought for my 2020 year long read of Search of Lost Time) and this lovely penguin drop-cap of the norwegian classic Undset (The Wreath). #ChillingPhotoChallenge @Clwojick #TeamSlaughter

BkClubCare Wow - that is VERY purple! 💜 4mo
Booksnchill @BkClubCare yes- they did stand out a bit!🤣 4mo
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#Murder #TeamSlaughter @Clwojick this is an Inspector Henry Tibbett mystery set in the English village of Cregwall on the Manciple estate where there has been an unfortunate death, an unfortunate engagement and the most interesting family I have read about in a cozy mystery- the Manciples who bring another level to the term eccentric. I didn‘t see any of the solutions but then again they are, as the title says, fantastical 🤣

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How to Create Spectacular Halloween Costumes | Jason D. Nemeth, Louann Mattes Brown
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My new costume!!! Happy Halloween!

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The Masque of the Red Death | Edgar Allan Poe
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#ChillingPhotoChallenge #Mask #TeamSlaughter @Clwojick watched the PBS American Masters documentary on Edgar Allen Poe yesterday so an obvious choice for today‘s prompt is the Masque of the red death - liberties with the spelling but on point!

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A Bitter Feast | Deborah Crombie
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#24B4Monday another book completed. #TeamSlaughter @Clwojick a mystery- the 18th in the Duncan Kincaid, Gemma James series and I loved this one- perhaps less for the mystery than the pastoral and gastronomic touches- everyone is away at Melody‘s parents‘ house for a weekend in the Cotswalds. This book centers in on the gourmet pub, local growers, flowers and the relationships between beloved characters 4⭐️ #mystery

Cathythoughts Sounds like a great series... I must investigate ♥️👍🏻 4mo
Booksnchill @Cathythoughts i love it- it is a wide story arc but I have followed it many years and it doesn‘t get predictible- if you like Elizabeth George, Martha Grimes, PD James, this may be for you. 4mo
Crazeedi I have to look for this series for sure! 4w
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The Scarecrow | Beth Ferry
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#ChillingPhotoChallenge #TeamSlaughter @Clwojick This is a photo of the Gatlinburg TN Guinness World record winning 4000+ scarecrow display. I find kitschy scarecrows really creepy - something about a stitched-on smile... anyway, happy Sunday and 24B4Monday reading day littens!