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casvelyn

casvelyn

Joined December 2016

“Let us dare to read, think, speak, and write.“ (John Adams)
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A Novel Bookstore | Laurence Cosse
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Absolutely a perfect book about a perfect bookstore. The whole novel is beautifully written and the story is amazing. Perfect for anyone who loves GOOD books.

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Finished 2 of 8 on vacation. Not too bad I don't think.

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Really good! I love the Flavia books and really enjoyed the Canadian setting here.

casvelyn Oh, and I love the whimsical gentleman skeleton on the cover! 4mo
rretzler 💕Flavia! 4mo
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I'm going on a four-day vacation. Am I taking enough books?

rretzler Love the Flavia series!! 4mo
casvelyn @rretzler Me too! 4mo
rabbitprincess Maybe one more, just to be absolutely sure 😂 4mo
casvelyn @rabbitprincess If I can find room in my bag LOL! 4mo
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Murder at Maddingley Grange | Caroline Graham
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April reads (not pictured: Four Quartets by T. S. Eliot)

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The Yellow Room | Mary Roberts Rinehart
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Incidentally this is also why there‘s no such thing as a genealogical emergency. They‘re dead today and they‘ll still be dead tomorrow.

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Green Dolphin Street | Elizabeth Goudge

“Life was not so easily extinguished, and spring trod upon winter‘s heels. It flaunted its colors in the face of death, and laughed under its breath.”

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“‘... how much it adds to the pleasure of perusing a favorite book to have some one to compare your observations with.‘” (Eunice Callender)

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Pickwick Papers | Charles Dickens
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Well alrighty then.

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Pickwick Papers | Charles Dickens
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September reads, including my first book from the 1830s ever.

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Caring for Words in a Culture of Lies | Marilyn Chandler McEntyre
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I never had to read this in school and I finally got around to fixing that deficiency in my education. Excellent, excellent book. Scout is the best; she has such a well-formed idea of how the world is, and it all gets torn to pieces, from her ideas about school to the nature of justice and even to the truth about Boo Radley.

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Glamour in Glass | Mary Robinette Kowal
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I thought it was just okay. More like Georgette Heyer than Jane Austen: fluffy romance without any serious social commentary. I wasn't going to continue with the series, but after reading the author's note at the end, I want to read everything Kowal ever wrote just because I like what she said about language and anachronisms.

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"The past accompanies the present always, even when it is repudiated, and what we reject determines what we affirm." (p. 35)

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The Historian | Elizabeth Kostova
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June reads! I've been in The Historian six months now because it's so good I don't want it to end. Also theology, fantasy, and weather.

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The Historian | Elizabeth Kostova
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The Historian | Elizabeth Kostova

"It was good to walk into a library again; it smelled like home."

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North and South: Easyread Edition | Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell
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Loved this book! The characters, the writing, the atmosphere, everything. Definitely not a happy book, though, but I think that's realistic for the time period.

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Uncharted Territory | Connie Willis
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I love how Willis sets it up so you have certain expectations for what's happening, then goes a completely different direction.

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The Convenient Marriage | Georgette Heyer
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Everybody always raves about Heyer, and I usually find her work to be meh. The fashionable young men pretending to be highwaymen was pretty funny, though. And it was interesting to read a book set in 1776 that only just barely mentions "the war in America."

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House of Shadows | Rachel Neumeier

"The light she carried with her seemed to create, not a rival for the darkness, nor even a contrast to it, but only an accent that clarified its sweep and power."

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The Historian | Elizabeth Kostova

"Never before had I known the sudden quiver of understanding that travels from word to brain to heart, the way a new language can move, coil, swim into life under the eyes, the almost savage leap of comprehension, the instantaneous, joyful release of meaning, the way the words shed their printed bodies in a flash of heat and light."

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The Historian | Elizabeth Kostova

"For all his attention to my historical education, my father had neglected to tell me this: history's terrible moments were real. I understand now, decades later, that he could never have told me. Only history itself can convince you of such a truth. And once you've seen that truth--really seen it--you can't look away."

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The Historian | Elizabeth Kostova

"... when you handle books all day long, every new one is a friend and a temptation."

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The Historian | Elizabeth Kostova

"As a historian, I have learned that, in fact, not everyone who reaches back into history can survive it. And it is not only reaching back that endangers us; sometimes history itself reaches inexorably forward for us with its shadowy claw."

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House of Shadows | Rachel Neumeier

"Looking at the grace of the hall, Nemienne felt a new and unexpected kind of sadness rise into her throat. She didn't truly expect - or even want - to remain in this House, but for the first time she felt that this might be something to regret."