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Winterland: A Novel | Rae Meadows
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TheKidUpstairs Those look spectacular! 😍😍 8h
TheBookHippie Oh how lovely! 8h
PaperbackPirate 😍 Can‘t wait for the happy mail! 8h
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IndoorDame Such fun details!!! 8h
Soubhiville Your stickers are so much fun! 7h
BookwormAHN Lovely 🤍💚🤍 7h
dabbe My eyes! 🤩🤩🤩 Gorgeous! 6h
Deblovestoread The backs are so beautiful! 6h
Texreader 💚💚💚 6h
julieclair Oh my! Gorgeous! I can see I‘m going to need to up my sticker game if I‘m going to be a part of this group. 😂 5h
Chrissyreadit wow🤍🤍🤍🤍🤍 4h
DinoMom They are so beautiful!!! 21m
Cuilin @DinoMom thank you, I had fun 💕 6m
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A Christmas Carol | Charles Dickens
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it‘s almost December. Some of us from #BookedInTime are reading a Christmas Carol. I thought I‘d open it up to anybody who would like to join in this buddy read. All are welcome. There are kindle deals, and few options on Audible. Many libraries will have copies. It‘s a quick read. Just let me know and I‘ll tag you in the discussion.

dabbe 🩵❄️🩵 2d
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Napoleon: A Biography | Frank McLynn
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#BookedInTime November Reads Napoleons Era

DNF‘d the Glass Blowers, may read at a different time.
Still reading Finding Napoleon which is a bit meh.
Finished The Secret Life of Country Gentlemen which is a total blame it on Litsy read. Spicy 🌶️ not my usual read but it was great. How were your Napoleon Era Reads? See the movie?

Bookwormjillk I really wanted to get to Jonathan Strange but didn‘t. I do plan to see the movie soon! 2d
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Cuilin @Bookwormjillk looking forward to your thoughts on the movie. I have comments!!!! 2d
AnnR I finished The Glass Blowers but I'm not sure that I'd recommend it to others. The beginning third of the book was the most interesting but after that the political/family drama really dragged on. 2d
Desha We are going to see Napoleon but haven‘t yet! Looking forward to it! 2d
TheBookgeekFrau How is it the last day of November??? There was just no time to read about Napoleon 😣 2d
Cuilin @TheBookgeekFrau I get it!!! 2d
dabbe It only took me 11 months, but I finally finished WAR AND PEACE, thanks to the translation recommended by @Cuilin. A definite pick for all the obvious reasons, but I did like ANNA KARENINA more. 🤩 2d
dabbe Reminder:
Here is the link to our spreadsheet: https://tinyurl.com/tzx2rza5
If you have a moment at this SLOW time of year (ha), please look over all of the books from all of our eras and make sure I have them in the right spot. Also, let me know how you would rate it for the benefit of all of us. We are quite an impressive group! Thanks, @Cuilin, for your magnificent leadership. 🩵❄️🩵
Is the Victorian era next up for December or January? ⬇️
dabbe P.S. I also made all of you editors on the document, so you can add/change what you'd like, too ... or just let me know, and I'll be happy to do it, too! 🤩 2d
Deblovestoread Well it‘s another failed month for me. I didn‘t get very far into my book and set it aside for other things. Hope to give it more time in the future. Looking forward to seeing the movie. 2d
Cuilin @Deblovestoread no failure here. It‘s all good. 😊 2d
Cuilin @dabbe Victorian for December. Thanks for all your work on the spreadsheet Denise. 🫡 You are a star. 2d
Cuilin @dabbe congratulations 🎉 I loved W&P. 2d
Deblovestoread @dabbe I‘m the weirdo who LOVES W&P and has read it more than once. Congrats on finishing! 2d
dabbe @Cuilin 🩵❄️🩵 2d
dabbe @Cuilin 🤩🤗😍 2d
dabbe @Deblovestoread You're not a weirdo AT ALL! I loved the characters and their storylines; I just didn't fare so well with the “war“ part or the epilogue where Tolstoy shared his thoughts of Napoleon and the other leaders for PAGES AND PAGES! 🤣🤩🤗 2d
Cuilin @Deblovestoread I love that. I‘d definitely reread!! 2d
julieclair I plan to watch the movie. I actually visited the house where Napoleon was born in Corsica a few weeks ago, so I‘m extra excited about the movie! 2d
julieclair I haven‘t started my Napoleon book, Tree of Gold, but really want to read it. I never seem to get to all the books I want to read in any given month. I have decided that for 2024, I will cut down on the number of buddy reads I‘m doing. But I am definitely keeping this one, as it‘s one of my favorites! 2d
julieclair @dabbe Congrats on W&P! It‘s inspiring to think it took you a year. That means there‘s hope for me, lol. 2d
dabbe @julieclair I could only handle about 10 pages a day. I felt like the tortoise against the hare: #slowandsteadywinstherace 🤩🤗😍 2d
Cuilin @julieclair How wonderful to visit Corsica! I always think I have more time to read than actual reality. 2d
rwmg @dabbe Just to point out that on the spreadsheet “The Building of Jalna“ is included in lmmigration to Canada and in the Napoleonic Era while it should only be on the Immigration to Canada page. 2d
dabbe @rwmg Got it fixed! Thanks! 2d
Bluebird @dabbe congrats on reading W&P! Quite the chunkster! 2d
Bluebird I finally read Naomi Novik‘s his Majesty‘s Dragon! Historical Fantasy. Napoleonic War with dragons. Hee hee. Excellent start to a new series for me! 2d
Cuilin @Bluebird I love that. 🐉 2d
Mollyanna I am about a third of the way through The Tide Watchers. It‘s a little slow as all the characters are introduced (there are a LOT of characters…), but the pace is picking up. Hope to get it done soon. @dabbe Congrats on W&P, it‘s on my TBR 1d
Cuilin @Mollyanna sounds like an exciting read. 1d
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Thanks for the tag @RamsFan1963

1 Favorite read of November is tagged book not a very popular one but I loved it especially reading with #hashtagbrigade @BarkingMadRead
2 Looking forward to A Christmas Carol #BookedInTime and Great Expectations #RereadingTheClassics @AllDebooks


AllDebooks Me too, December is always Dickens time 3d
TheSpineView 🎄💚❤️📖📚 3d
BarkingMadRead 😍😍😍 3d
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Don Quixote | Miguel de Cervantes
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“the style is fatiguing, the action incredible, the courtesies clumsy, the battles long, the language foolish, the journeys nonsensical”

Well I laughed when I read this!!! This novel can be so tedious at times but I‘m hanging in there. @TheAromaofBooks #randomclassics

ChaoticMissAdventures It was much too long. So many of these older books needed a good editor! But I did enjoy it overall, glad you are finding pieces to like. 1w
Cuilin @ChaoticMissAdventures it definitely needed a good editor. 1w
TheAromaofBooks haha that's a FANTASTIC description! 😂 I feel a little behind the last couple of days but am catching back up. This is quite the crowd we've gathered at the inn! 1w
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Graywacke Glad you‘re hanging in there. Some day I‘ll give this a try. 1w
Cuilin @TheAromaofBooks right? crazy eclectic group. 1w
Cuilin @Graywacke thanks it‘s more entertaining than not. 1w
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Complete Sherlock Holmes | Arthur Conan Doyle
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Are you interested in joining a Sherlock Holmes buddy read? If yes, let me know in the comments.

Denise and I are excited to start this. We thought to start small with the short stories. We want to make this a fun and accessible buddy read so we‘ll also have some games and prizes along the way.



Librarybelle I would be interested! I‘ve read very few of the short stories, but it would be nice to read all of Holmes. 1w
PageShifter I have read some novels but would love to read the rest of the series too! 1w
AnneCecilie I wanted to read Sherlock Holmes for years. And as always when I think about a new year, I think this is the year I‘ll actually get around to do it. So I‘d join. 1w
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IndoorDame I would be interested! 1w
dabbe Yay! 1w
TheAromaofBooks I have never read Holmes but am definitely interested - these have been on my list for years!! 1w
Aimeesue Definitely interested! I‘ve read them all before, but maybe this would spur me to listen to the Stephen Fry narrated audiobooks! 1w
kelli7990 I‘m interested. I tried reading the first story a long time ago as an ebook and I didn‘t care for it in that format so I‘m going to try listening to it on audio this time. I have 2 audiobooks of Sherlock Holmes on my Audible app. 1 audiobook is narrated by Simon Vance and the other one is narrated by Stephen Fry. I think I‘m going to try the one narrated by Stephen Fry. 1w
5feet.of.fury I have a really pretty Complete Works edition & have probably read 3 or 4 stories out of it, so this sounds like a good excuse. Count me in! 1w
Read4life I‘m definitely interested! 🤓 1w
AnnR I'm a novice who has only read a couple of Sherlock stories. I'd be willing to try and join in though, as I bought an ebook and audiobook of all the stories this year. 1w
Cuilin @Aimeesue @kelli7990 I would listen to Stephen Fry read anything. Glad you‘re both joining us. (edited) 1w
mom2bugnbee Yes, please! I've read some, but not all, & I've always wanted to read all of Holmes. 7d
Pageturner1 i would like to give it a try. 7d
eeclayton I'm interested! 7d
erzascarletbookgasm I would be interested. I‘ve only read a few random short stories. 7d
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What I was thinking, while reading chapter 18 lol
“ you can‘t do that in the Church of England, you can‘t say “You must have tea and cake with the vicar, or you die.” You can‘t have extreme points of view”
Cake or death, that‘s an easy question. Eh cake please, very well give him cake”.

IndoorDame 👏👏👏😂😂😂 2w
LiteraryinLawrence Great reference! I love Eddie Izzard. 2w
Cuilin @LiteraryinLawrence thanks, same. 2w
Cuilin @IndoorDame 🙏 😆 2w
dabbe Sheer awesomeness. 🤩🤩🤩 2w
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Stressbusters | Nan Walker
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Thanks for the tag @Pageturner1

1 Water, any type, drink it, bathe in it, listen to the roar of the sea or a babbling brook or cry salty tears.
2 Music
3 Lastly art or the poets, there‘s usually something there to inspire hope or joy.


dabbe Thanks for sharing! Love all of 'em! I'll be emailing you today re: Sherlock, too! 🧡🖤💜 2w
TieDyeDude Yes! I listen to music so much as background or to distract from other noises, I forget sometimes how relaxing it is to listen to music just for the sake of the music. 2w
Cuilin @TieDyeDude absolutely 2w
Cuilin @dabbe 🩷 2w
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Nineteen Steps | Millie Bobby Brown
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My Spotify membership now allows 15 hours a month of audiobooks. Yay! So I randomly chose this as my first one and I have to say the narration alone is delightful. I have other reading to do, but I didn‘t want to stop listening to her voice. So far the story is engaging. Looking forward to chapter 2.

Tamra Wow, and no holds/waits! My husband has a subscription & now I‘m jealous. 3w
Cuilin @Tamra I know!! I didn‘t know it was coming. I opened up my phone and there it was. 3w
Bookwormjillk Didn't realize she reads it herself. That's cool! 3w
MissyD Ohh o wonder if my Spotify account allows that. 🏃🏻‍♀️. Off to check 3w
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Apologies for delay. I hope this is an easy one for all and we can get something off the TBR!!!

Pick any location of your choice. I‘m drawn to anything London and Dickensian for this time period. What about you? @LitsyEvents

@dabbe @desha @rachel52 @rubyslippersreads @chaoticmissadventures @barkingmadread
@megnews @sblbooks
@thebookgeekfrau @bookwormjillk @deblovestoread @jenniferw88

BarkingMadRead I always read A Christmas Carol on December! 4w
Cuilin @BarkingMadRead I read some of his other “Christmas” stories last year but none compares to A Christmas Carol. 4w
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BarkingMadRead I‘ve never read the others, even though I have them 🤣 sad but true 4w
AllDebooks Perfect choice for December 😍 4w
kspenmoll I think i have 2 options in my TBR so I will join in! 4w
tdrosebud I also always read A Christmas Carol in December. 4w
rubyslippersreads This will be fun. I saw so many good recommendations during #Victober 4w
Cuilin @rubyslippersreads what is this Victober you speak of? Intrigued. 4w
Cuilin @kspenmoll fabulous 4w
Cuilin @AllDebooks thanks 😊 4w
dabbe Ooh, this will be a fantastic one! Thanks @Cuilin! 🤗

Favor: If you have moment, would you check your books on our spreadsheet and make sure I have them in the right time period? I have a feeling I've made lots of errors. If you also want to tell me if it was a pic/so-so/ban/bail, that'd be great. You can just reply here or in a new post. Thanks!
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Cuilin @dabbe 👍 4w
rubyslippersreads @Cuilin It‘s a yearly Victorian reading challenge for October. Go to YouTube and search Victober, and there are lots of videos recommending Victorian books. I didn‘t participate, but I did add some books to my TBR. 4w
Cuilin @rubyslippersreads fabulous, I‘ll check it out, thank you. 4w
ChaoticMissAdventures I have, and have been meaning to read 4w
Bookwormjillk Count me in as part of The Christmas Carol gang. I always read the book and see the play. 4w
Cuilin @ChaoticMissAdventures depressing read as it is, I loved it. 4w
Cuilin @Bookwormjillk 👍🌲🎭 4w
Mollyanna I always read A Christmas Carol too, so I‘m in for that. May see if I can find another too though. 4w
rwmg I may well while away a morning or afternoon with A Christmas Carol but I also have my eye on 4w
rwmg @dabbe I can't open your spreadsheet 4w
dabbe @rwmg That's weird; I made it available to everyone. How about this link?
Cuilin @rwmg I like both choices 4w
PathfinderNicole Probably going with A Christmas Carol but leaving my options open! 4w
rwmg @dabbe That works, thank you. For the Roman section, I read:

Bodies Politic
No Cause for Concern
Solid Citizens (plural not singular)

You have the books but not the ratings. They were all picks
dabbe @rwmg Think I fixed them all. Thanks. 🤩 4w
sblbooks I have several Christmas novels that will work for this time period.🎄 4w
Cuilin @dabbe A Place Called Winter was a pick for me. (Canada) 🙏 4w
Cuilin @sblbooks wonderful (edited) 4w
JessieKB A Holiday by Gaslight-London ❤️❄️ 3w
dabbe @Cuilin Got it! 🤩 3w
dabbe @JessieKB By Mimi Matthews? If so, got it! 🤩 3w
JessieKB @dabbe Yes that one!! 3w
Cuilin @JessieKB looks good 3w
AnnR I'll be listening to A Christmas Carol this year, too. There some awesome audio options out there. 🙂 7d
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Don Quixote | Miguel de Cervantes
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Three times a charm for me. Found this on Reddit lol. For anyone who is still deciding.

@TheBookHippie @TheAromaofBooks

TheBookHippie Wait I first read that wrong....... so I have 1,3 and 4........OY VEY!! 1mo
jenniferw88 I've got #9 arriving tomorrow @TheAromaofBooks 1mo
dabbe I've got #1; who knew except you? Thanks! 🤗 1mo
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Bluebird Oh no! I checked out the audio read by Simon Vance. It‘s the Smollett version. Will take another look at the library options…😂. Thanks! 1mo
Cuilin @dabbe this my third attempt at this novel so I had to research translations. I‘m reading # 1 too. 1mo
dabbe @Cuilin Yowza. I hope I can get through. I still have 200 pages to go in WAR & PEACE. #theneverendingnovel 1mo
Cuilin @dabbe isn‘t it (W&P) fabulous? 1mo
TheAromaofBooks Oh how fun!!! My guy didn't even make the list! 😂 I do have an old edition translated by Jervas - that's the one I've never managed to make it through! 1mo
Cuilin @TheAromaofBooks I‘m on my third attempt, three times a charm, right? 1mo
BarkingMadRead Mine didn‘t make the list 🤣 1mo
Cuilin @BarkingMadRead well at least it didn‘t make the “avoid like the plague” list 😆 1mo
BarkingMadRead @Cuilin Crisis averted 🤣🤣 1mo
Librarybelle Mine is #4 - thank goodness I should not avoid this one! 😂 @Cuilin @TheAromaofBooks 1mo
Cuilin @Librarybelle phew 😌 1mo
TheAromaofBooks @Cuilin @BarkingMadRead @Librarybelle - I was also relieved mine didn't show up on the bad list!!! 😂 I didn't even realize I was in danger!! 1mo
janeycanuck Haha - I think I saw this when I was researching translations. I picked Grossman for a reason!! 1mo
Cuilin @janeycanuck The comment section was hilarious 😂 1mo
Bookwormjillk I picked the cheapest one available for kindle. Glad to see it ranked second! 1mo
BarbaraJean Alas, mine (Raffel) clocks in at #6. It makes me laugh, in his translator's note he seemed rather pompous, saying something about being inspired to do his own translation when he realized he couldn't find one he could recommend. 🙄 At least he's not on the avoid list!! @Bluebird I thought about using Smollett's translation! I had a professor who was writing something about him, so it caught my eye. But never mind! I didn't like her class anyway! (edited) 1mo
TheBookHippie This comment section is life giving 😂😂😂♥️ 1mo
Daisey Love all the discussion with this readalong already! I‘ve got an audio version of the Ormsby translation and will probably mostly listen, but I also have a print copy of the Starkie translation. 1mo
Bluebird @Cuilin @BarbaraJean smollett version returned to the library! There was no other good option via audio, so I was going to breakdown and use an audible credit to get the book. Lo and behold, the Grossman translation was already in my audible library. I forgot I bought it awhile ago. 🤦‍♀️ I really must break the habit of perusing the library for my next read instead of checking my own shelves 😜 1mo
Cuilin @Bluebird I have been known to buy a book I already own. Lol 1mo
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Thanks Heather @Pageturner1 for the tag. The obvious one is reading, but also leading circle time, being wrong, listening, spotlighting others, teaching, apologies, phonics, mothering and logic/brain teaser puzzles. @Eggs

If you haven‘t played consider yourself tagged.

Eggs You are amazing 🤩 1mo
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Novembre: Romans durs | Georges Simenon
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Some of what I hope to read this month! October was so busy with less reading. Ugh! How was your reads for #BookedIntime Canada/Colonialism? Learn anything new?

I empathized with the character in A Place called Winter, as he tried to make a new life for himself in Canada. I was a little nervous for the first few pages, but it was really good.

November‘s prompt French Rev/Napoleon I‘m reading the Glass Blowers, what did you pick?

jenniferw88 I didn't get to my October pick, but hope to this month, alongside 1mo
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AllDebooks I didn't own anything regarding Canada. I'm trying to stock to clearing my tbr shelfa little. I have a few on Grench revolutionbut I think I'm gonna joinyou with the glass blowers. I love DdM 1mo
SamAnne I‘ve started Don Quixote. I I‘m doing a smooth transition between October reads and Native American Heritage month with reading horror, spooky, speculative fiction by Native American writers. Tagged as well as Bad Cree. And planning to finish my lingering half read books. (edited) 1mo
Bookwormjillk I loved A Place Called Winter. Such a nice contrast to all of the mysteries and thrillers I read last month. Thanks for finding that one. 1mo
Cuilin @jenniferw88 I think someone else is reading that too, cool. 1mo
Cuilin @AllDebooks well done for sticking to the TBR. I do try 😬 I love DdM too. 1mo
AnnR I also didn't own anything set in Canada, so chose to skip October. Since I own The Glassblowers, I will try to fit it in if I feel up to it. 🙂 1mo
Cuilin @SamAnne great plan. 👍 1mo
Cuilin @AnnR fabulous 1mo
Cuilin @Bookwormjillk I was surprised at how much I enjoyed it. 1mo
Mollyanna I didn‘t get to my October read (In the Skin of a Lion) but am hoping to get it in this month. For this month I am reading 1mo
Cuilin @Mollyanna I love a historical spy book. Sounds great. 1mo
Mollyanna Me too. One of my favorite series is the Pink Carnation series… female spies in the early 1800s, which now that I think of it would have worked for this prompt as well. 1mo
Cuilin @Mollyanna I will have to check them out they sound great!! 1mo
ChaoticMissAdventures @Mollyanna ohh this sounds so good! 1mo
Mollyanna They are a lot of fun. Intrigue, history, a little romance, strong females… what more could you ask for?!? 1mo
Mollyanna @ChaoticMissAdventures I‘m looking forward to it. It‘s my next read. 1mo
dabbe I chose WENJACK for its shortness, knowing #Scarathlon would keep me busy. It was hauntingly beautiful and heartbreaking. Hopefully, I'll FINALLY finish WAR AND PEACE this month (started in January! 😱) as my Napoleon read. 💜🖤🧡 1mo
rwmg I re-read “The Building of Jalna“ as the only book on my shelves and wishlists that fitted the prompt. I'm going to stray outside my comfort zone with a nautical story, “Master and Commander“, for this month. It's included in my Scribd subscription so at least I'm not spending money if it turns out to be a bail. 1mo
ChaoticMissAdventures I try to stick with Nonfiction books in November as much as possible, and I was able to get this super interesting looking one from the library 1mo
Itchyfeetreader I missed October and am pontificating to November. My husband loves ‘age of sail‘ books and has been throwing out suggestions but all seem to be huge series! I may reread one of the ‘generals quartet‘ eg tagged 1mo
Cuilin @ChaoticMissAdventures can‘t wait to hear your thoughts on that. Looks so good. 1mo
Cuilin @Itchyfeetreader fabulous 👍 though I do like an age of sails/tall ships book too. 1mo
Cuilin @rwmg love M&C, great read. 1mo
rubyslippersreads I‘m so behind! 🫣 I haven‘t figured out my Napoleon book yet, but it might be 1mo
Cuilin @rubyslippersreads that looks like a great dramatic story. 1mo
TheBookgeekFrau Unfortunately, I didn't get to the October read. For Napoleon I want to re-read the Josephine B trilogy 1mo
rubyslippersreads @TheBookgeekFrau I‘ve read the first book in the trilogy, but want to finish it. 1mo
rubyslippersreads @rwmg I ❤️ the Jalna series. I think it might be time for a reread. 1mo
TheBookgeekFrau @rubyslippersreads It gets better with each book! 1mo
Deblovestoread Made it to about 25% of my October book and I‘m on the fence. Time will tell if I feel motivated to pick it back up. Looking forward to November. 1mo
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I got to be the school librarian yesterday so in between classes I read this delightful spooky book.

Dream jobs - librarian ✅

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These are quite complementary!! Anyone else reading both of these?

#PemberLittens #NaturalLitsy

 @BarkingMadRead @AllDebooks

AllDebooks I'm reading Selborne but not Tess. Might have to rethink that 🤔 2mo
Amiable Interesting pairing! I‘ve read “Tess” but not the Selborne. 2mo
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I‘m so excited for this new movie. There is quite a selection of historical fiction about Napoleon, his childhood, rise to fame, the wars, Waterloo, and his exiles. Have fun choosing a book.

@dabbe @desha @rachel52 @rubyslippersreads @chaoticmissadventures @barkingmadread
@megnews @sblbooks
@thebookgeekfrau @bookwormjillk @deblovestoread @jenniferw88

Bluebird I didn‘t know about the movie! Thanks! Looking forward to seeing it! Will check out my TBR pile, I‘m sure I have several that will fit. However, knowing me, i‘ll choose a shiny new book that is not already on my list 😂😂 2mo
dabbe I am 75% complete with WAR AND PEACE. That's gonna be my November book because I hope to have this chunkster finished by then! 🤩 2mo
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Bookwormjillk 😍 2mo
julieclair This is great timing for me! I will actually be visiting Corsica for a day in November, on a cruise. I know nothing about Corsica, except that Napoleon was born there. 2mo
Desha This is good timing as I will be in France during part of November! I‘m thinking of trying to read Les Mis again….i only got through 1/3 of it last time I read it lol! 🤪 2mo
Desha I also am looking forward to the movie! 💗 2mo
ChaoticMissAdventures Ohhh I have been thinking about the movie and how I don't know enough. (Except he wasn't as short as people think??). I am really into French books in translation so hopefully I can find something there. 2mo
jenniferw88 Another period I love! Thank you! 2mo
Cuilin @Bluebird yep I‘m probably going to order a new book 🤦‍♀️ 2mo
Cuilin @Desha wonderful, bon voyage 🇫🇷 2mo
Cuilin @ChaoticMissAdventures looking forward to seeing your choice. 2mo
Cuilin @dabbe smart move!! 2mo
Cuilin @julieclair wonderful, I‘ve never been but heard it‘s lovely. Bon Voyage 🛳️ 2mo
Cuilin @jenniferw88 you‘re welcome, looking forward to seeing your choice. 2mo
Desha Thank you! 👍🏻 2mo
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The Covenant of Water | Abraham Verghese
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What did you love or not about this novel? Was it too long?

AmyG I viewed this as a family saga. Also, historical fiction. 2mo
Amiable Ha ha! I‘m the #ChunksterChallenge lady. No such thing as too long. 😀 I love a good literary multigenerational novel. (edited) 2mo
Cuilin @Amiable same!!! 2mo
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Bookwormjillk Not too long for me! I didn‘t want it to end, and might read it again before the year is over! 2mo
Mitch I loved the length. I love getting fully immersed in the book - the multi generations and the links between peoples lives. I think I felt really ‘satisfied‘ by the end - which tells me it was probably just the right length! 2mo
Mitch I loved the strength of the female characters. They were resourceful and inventive - resilient and optimistic. I loved the level of description- enough to put you there but not enough to put the story on hold 2mo
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The Covenant of Water | Abraham Verghese
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For those who joined the #BuddyRead or read the book since it‘s release please join in the discussion if you wish.

Amiable As someone who has lived within 5 miles of the shore for more than 50 years, I can‘t imagine a life without water. How difficult to have to navigate your entire life around avoiding it. 2mo
Cuilin @Amiable I grew up on an Island never more than 2 hours from the sea, I agree the avoidance was interesting, even bathing! 2mo
AmyG My first thought was it was a family belief that caused much fear in the hearts of it‘s members. With every drowning the family members believed this curse was inevitable. Mothers (Big Ammachi) feared for their children. Her husband wouldn‘t go to Church as he would have to travel by boat. 2mo
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Cuilin @AmyG Yes, I‘m not superstitious so when they referred to it as a curse, I thought it was some sort of coincidence! 2mo
Amiable The lengths that Big Ammachi went through to try to protect her children from water made me think of parents who have children with life-threatening allergies (i.e. peanuts and other foods, etc.)The amount of constant vigilance it takes to keep your kids safe is physically and emotionally exhausting. As well as the fortitude and faith it takes to let them out of your sight. 2mo
Cuilin @Amiable I also love the relationship she had with her daughter 💗 2mo
Mitch It broke my heart how the issue shaped the decisions that the characters made every day of their lives. The fear they lived with was so very sad 2mo
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Reading about this writer for a different book I discovered this other novel of his and realized it would work for October‘s #BookedInTime @dabbe

Bookwormjillk That looks good and my library has it. 3mo
dabbe Got it on the spreadsheet! 🤩 2mo
Cuilin @dabbe thank you 🙏 2mo
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Cuilin @Bookwormjillk Yay, I ordered it from ThriftBooks. 2mo
julieclair I was thinking of reading this one, too! 2mo
Cuilin @julieclair @Bookwormjillk maybe a few of us could read this together?? 2mo
julieclair @Cuilin @Bookwormjillk That would be fun! Although now I think I may read The Building of Jalna instead. I just can't make up my mind. If y'all decide to do a buddy read, that might help me decide. 2mo
Bookwormjillk @julieclair @Cuilin what did you have in mind? I have to give my copy back to the library early in the month. 2mo
Cuilin @Bookwormjillk @julieclair read at your own pace discuss at the end of the month? 2mo
julieclair That sounds good to me! @Cuilin @Bookwormjillk 2mo
julieclair @Cuilin @Bookwormjillk This will be fun! 2mo
Bookwormjillk @Cuilin @julieclair I read the first 10% tonight and I love it so far. 2mo
julieclair Ooo yay! Can‘t wait to start it! 2mo
Cuilin @Bookwormjillk @julieclair I started it!! The first two pages had me nervous but I‘m into it now!! 2mo
Bookwormjillk @Cuilin Yes, same! 2mo
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The Covenant of Water | Abraham Verghese
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Wow! From that first line I‘m so amazed by the storytelling. How is everyone else? How far have you read? I read so much last weekend I thought I would finish it but life, work, and, reality continues to ruin my reading plans. Thoughts? I admit there been some 😭

@AmyG @Desha @Sapphire @Deblovestoread @Bookwormjillk @squirrelbrain @Mitch @AllDebooks @Amiable @Cinfhen

AmyG I am on page 200….absolutely loving it. So detailed and well-written. 3mo
Amiable Verghese is a master with words. 3mo
Deblovestoread I started on audio but need to switch to print. Have a couple of books to finish first so it will be later this week. 3mo
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Cinfhen I loved this book and was so awed by all the threads Verghese was able to weave 3mo
AllDebooks It's beautiful. Started last night 3mo
Sapphire I am reading on Kindle and it says 23% done. Loving it but life is making long reading sessions tough. 3mo
Cuilin @Sapphire I hear you. Glad you‘re loving it. 3mo
Cuilin @AllDebooks beautiful yes. 3mo
Cuilin @Cinfhen I‘m really loving it too 3mo
Cuilin @Amiable seriously masterful 3mo
Cuilin @AmyG agrees 3mo
AllDebooks Oh my, this book!!! 😍 I can't stop reading 3mo
Mitch Really great storytelling and as the time shifts and the connections intertwine it avoids feeling forced and unreal. The scenes are so vivid - I‘m tight in there! 3mo
Cuilin @AllDebooks same 😍 3mo
Cuilin @Mitch agreed. 3mo
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@Cinfhen My #Top10SummerBookReads thanks for the tag @dabbe

Looking at these books again, makes me realize how much I really loved them especially, Fresh Water, Mayflies and Lie with me. These three made me 🥺😢😭

CBee Fresh Water was my 2022 absolute favorite book. It‘s possibly one of my favorites of all time 💚💚 3mo
Cuilin @CBee 🙌🩷 3mo
dabbe Okay, FRESH WATER is #stacked! 🤩😍🤗 3mo
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BarbaraBB I LOVED Fresh Water, Far from the Madding Crowd and Mayflies so probably will love the others too. Taking notes! 3mo
BarbaraBB @CBee Amen to that! Though I loved her two other books just or almost as much! 3mo
Cinfhen I also LOVED Fresh Water and Mayflies so I must try your other summer favorites!!! Thanks for sharing and tagging 😊❣️ 3mo
Cuilin @BarbaraBB that‘s good to know I own and haven‘t read yet 3mo
BarbaraBB I hope you‘ll enjoy it 💖 3mo
CBee @BarbaraBB I still haven‘t read Three but I plan to! And you and @TrishB mentioned Forgotten on Sunday which I hadn‘t even heard of 😊 3mo
BarbaraBB It‘s just been translated and it is fantastic! 3mo
Suet624 Forgotten on Sunday came very close to being as good as Fresh Water. I think you‘ll like it. 2mo
Cuilin @Suet624 thank you for letting me know. Tempted to get my sister to send it to me. Otherwise I‘m waiting till next June 🤷‍♀️ 2mo
Suet624 I ordered it through Waterstones. Got here very quickly. And it wasn‘t super expensive. 2mo
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Since my trip to Quebec in May and learning about La Grosse Île etc I‘m looking forward to reading about an immigrant‘s journey and narrative as they settled in Canada!! #BookedInTime Tag @Cuilin & @dabbe when you know your chosen book.

A link for starters https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/75796.The_Canadian_Immigrant_Experience

@dabbe @desha @rachel52 @rubyslippersreads @chaoticmissadventures @barkingmadread
@megnews @sblbooks

jenniferw88 An area I know absolutely NOTHING about - I'll be going down rabbit holes tomorrow! 3mo
Cuilin @jenniferw88 I live two hours from the border and I know very little 😞 3mo
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Itchyfeetreader Gosh I might need help with this looking forward to others ideas ! 3mo
LeahBergen ⬆️ Just a couple of recommendations from a Canadian. 😆 3mo
Bookwormjillk Great pick!!! 3mo
Cuilin @LeahBergen thank you, I was hoping a Canadian would jump in 🍁 🇨🇦 🩷 3mo
Karisimo I read this a while back, it‘s earlier than the time frame (1667) but interesting! It‘s more light than literary. (edited) 3mo
Deblovestoread Yay, something I know nothing about. Love exploring new times, places, issues. Thanks for the recs @LeahBergen 3mo
julieclair Ooohhh… I just got back from a trip to Nova Scotia and Newfoundland, and heard a lot of interesting tales of immigration. Perfect timing! 🇨🇦 3mo
rwmg Hmm, I don't think I've got anything relevant on my shelves but I'll have to look more deeply when LT comes back
Cuilin @julieclair fabulous 3mo
Cuilin @rwmg most of us need to do some research on this one. 3mo
Cuilin @Deblovestoread 💕🇨🇦 3mo
Cuilin @Karisimo 🇨🇦 sounds good 3mo
Coffeymuse Vancouver Public Library has a list that gave me an idea for a book (In the Skin of a Lion by Odnaatje): https://vpl.bibliocommons.com/list/share/80402800/1594560369 3mo
Cuilin @Coffeymuse thanks for the link 💕 3mo
sblbooks I think this is set in the 60s but maybe a possibility 3mo
Cuilin @sblbooks 👍 3mo
Cuilin @thegreensofa oh looking forward to hearing about this one. 3mo
rwmg @Cuilin @dabbe I might re-read this as the only thing I've got that seems relevant and fits the timeframe 3mo
Cuilin @rwmg looks interesting, it‘s a series too. Have you read the series or just this book? (edited) 3mo
rwmg As an adult I've only read the first 4 in the series. My grandmother loved the books and had the whole set. I used to read them when visiting her as a child but I don't really remember much about them from that time. 3mo
Cuilin @rwmg I love that story!! Hope you enjoy this reread. 3mo
dabbe Updated our spreadsheet! Let me know (@dabbe) of your books/scores/picks for all the books you've read for #BookedInTime so I can make our TBR spreadsheet SPECTACULAR! 🤩

Here's the link: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1sLpOtIgy6SwJkyU0wwno2MN4YUbe0ldjPwSusW3g...
Bluebird Great topic! I‘ve nothing on my TBR pile, so will check out the links! Thanks! 3mo
TheKidUpstairs A couple more recs from another CanLitten... 3mo
Cuilin @TheKidUpstairs thank you 🙏 3mo
Karisimo This would fit the prompt! 2mo
Cuilin @Karisimo yes, looks good. 2mo
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A Passage to India | E. M. Forster
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#Pemberlittens #hashtagBrigade I think there will be less mustachios in this one lol 😆

This is one of my absolute favorites, so looking forward to hearing what others think.

mcctrish The mustachios were their own character 👨🏻🥸👴🏻 3mo
Cuilin @mcctrish absolutely 💯 3mo
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The Covenant of Water | Abraham Verghese
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We start tomorrow!!! I will check in on a weekly basis to see how we are all doing.

Bookwormjillk ❤️ 3mo
AmyG I already started. It‘s so very well written. 3mo
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Amiable I read this in June, so I‘m eager to hear what everyone else thinks of it ! 3mo
Tamra I have it in progress - loving it! 3mo
Cuilin @AmyG 🩵 3mo
Cuilin @Amiable 🩵 3mo
Cuilin @Tamra 🩵 3mo
LeeRHarry Haven‘t been able to get it to start reading in Sept - 🤞 I‘ll get to it at some point. Hope everyone enjoys it 😊 (edited) 3mo
SamAnne I‘m far down on the library hold list. Contemplating whether to buy it! 3mo
Cuilin @SamAnne I will never talk somebody out of buying a book. 😂 📚 >💰 3mo
Cuilin @LeeRHarry no worries 😌 3mo
SamAnne @Cuilin hah! You enabler! 😂😂📚📚📚 3mo
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TheBookgeekFrau Many - Cleopatra, Caesar (Julius and Augustus) Marc Antony, Cicero, Greek and Roman Gods, etc and so on 😂 3mo
dabbe Heck ya! Claudius, Augustus, Livia, Antony, Cleopatra, Germanicus, Caligula ... I could go on and on. Same as you, @TheBookgeekFrau! 😍 3mo
rwmg The Emperor Caligula puts in some appearances. His sisters Livilla and Agrippina get walk-on parts. (edited) 3mo
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Bookwormjillk I‘m honestly not sure 🤣 3mo
TheBookgeekFrau @dabbe It's like a star-studded night in Hollywood 🤣 3mo
dabbe @TheBookgeekFrau 🤩⭐️🤩 3mo
AnnR The book refers to Emperor Caesar. The timeframe of the story is well after the reign of the first emperor Caesar Augustus. Later on, the term 'Caesar' was used as an imperial title and not particularly a personal name. 3mo
jenniferw88 Domitian Caesar - Younger son of the Emperor.
Titus Caesar - Elder son of the Emperor.
Vespasian Augustus - Emperor of Rome
Cuilin @Ann_Reads lots of Caesars. 3mo
Cuilin @jenniferw88 more Caesars 3mo
AnnR @jenniferw88 @Cuilin Thanks for the information. I think the author of Tiger, Tiger purposely made the Emperor's identity vague, as this was a fictionalized account. I was confused at first though, thinking it was the first Caesar Augustus but the general time period doesn't match. (edited) 3mo
Bluebird Nope, mine had none (or at least none that I recognized!) 3mo
Deblovestoread Cleopatra, Mark Antony, Brutus, Herod are the ones I remember most. 3mo
thegreensofa The multiple authors in my book (short stories) all took real characters and some unknown relatives, filling in the blanks with their own imagination. They tried to keep true but admitted to jazzing things up just slightly to get some points of their stories across. I think it was forgivable. Sadly, no one is left from Pompeii to differ. 3mo
AnnR @Cuilin For future tagging, I changed my profile name to AnnR. Thank you. 3mo
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Romans | Richard Platt
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TheBookgeekFrau I'm some what familiar with aspects of the Roman Empire. I want to read more bc I found the politics and back stabbing fascinating. I've already stacked a few books from this challenge. 3mo
Cuilin @TheBookgeekFrau I did too! We definitely have to repeat this one. 3mo
rwmg The books I read were Nos. 13 - 15 in a series, so I was familiar with the period and the main characters' social world. To date there are another 6 in the series I haven't read, so I will be back. (edited) 3mo
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dabbe I'm familiar with some aspects of ancient Rome, but not in such detail. It was challenging for me to know who was whom because they all kept renaming each other the same names like the kings/queens of England, and boy did they love to poison one other! Sheesh! ☠️ 3mo
Bookwormjillk It was not something I was familiar with, and I would love to read more about Pompeii. 3mo
Cuilin @rwmg that answers my other question. 😊 3mo
Cuilin @dabbe I had the same issue regarding names with Augustus. 3mo
rwmg @Cuilin @dabbe I've found reading almost anything with the Julio-Claudians it's best to have a family tree to hand 3mo
dabbe @rwmg Oh, yes, and I had one. I had to look at it over and over again! 🤣 3mo
dabbe @Cuilin It's like “Come up with some new names, people!“ 🤣 3mo
Cuilin @rwmg good idea. 3mo
AnnR I wasn't very familiar with the era, other than in a general sense. Although I liked the book, the descriptions were often brutal. I'm not sure if this is a time period I'd like to revisit. 3mo
jenniferw88 I think I studied it a long while ago, but have forgotten it. I'm definitely going to come back to it, as I enjoyed my book and it was #1 in a series. 3mo
Cuilin @jenniferw88 I enjoyed this era too 3mo
Cuilin @Ann_Reads yes some descriptions were brutal. 3mo
Bluebird I‘ve read a few books from this time period. I like a lot about it. The politics, the roman civilization, and Pompeii of course! (edited) 3mo
Deblovestoread I knew more about Julius Caesar than I did Augustus although broad strokes not in depth. I‘m very interested in this time period and will be reading more. 3mo
thegreensofa Yes, I have a fascination with Pompeii, so much so that I have been all over it and the nearby equally affected Herculaneum, and have also climbed Mt Vesuvius. I will definitely keep reading about this time period. Thanks to your challenge I found the book I read (and it resparked my enthusiasm again!). 3mo
Cuilin @thegreensofa I really enjoyed his time period too. I also read and liked a book set in Pompeii 3mo
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Itchyfeetreader I had high hopes for august and failed completely despite literally shelves of my husbands roman war fiction! I spent my time reading lovely palette cleansers so am unashamed for missing out and am ready for WW2 ! 3mo
ChaoticMissAdventures I was so excited for this, and the book never came from the library (even though when I first put it on hold the library said 2 weeks and that was before August started!) 3mo
TheBookgeekFrau I really enjoyed my re-read of When We Were Gods. It took place in Alexandria and Rome and focused on the plans & schemes of Cleopatra to marry Rome and Egypt for her and Julius Caesar's son to rule the world. 3mo
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Cuilin @Itchyfeetreader @ChaoticMissAdventures there‘ll be another opportunity as we‘ll probably circle back to this era with a narrower focus. 3mo
Cuilin @TheBookgeekFrau sounds great. Cleo featured in the second book I read for the prompt 3mo
rwmg I read 3 books in David Wishart's Marcus Corvinus series of mysteries:

Bodies Politic
No Cause for Concern
Solid Citizens

which took place in Rome and just south of Rome during the reign of Caligula.
dabbe Mine (I, CLAUDIUS) focused on the Judio-Claudian dynasty in the early years of the Roman empire, from Julius Caesar's assassination in 44 BCE to Caligula's assassination in AD 41. Most of it was set in Rome, but some major battle scenes took place in Germany. 3mo
TheBookgeekFrau @Cuilin Stacked - I'm curious to read the happenings from his point of view bc he ended up being very underestimated as an enemy in my book. 3mo
Bookwormjillk I read The Day of Fire which took place on the day Mt Vesuvius erupted. 3mo
Cuilin @rwmg are there more in the series. They sound good. 3mo
Cuilin @dabbe Why did I think it just covered Claudius 🤦‍♀️ 3mo
Cuilin @Bookwormjillk Wolf Den was set in Pompeii but years before the eruption. It‘s a trilogy so it may go there. 3mo
Cuilin @rwmg thanks for the link. The first one‘s called Ovid! I may have to try it. 3mo
majkia I'm still plodding along with The First Man In Rome by Colleen McCullough. It's more than 1000 pages. I'm half way through. Enjoying it, seeing daily life in Rome of the time but it is taking forever to read it all. 3mo
AnnR Tiger, Tiger by Lynne Reid Banks was set in 3rd century Rome. (edited) 3mo
jenniferw88 Rome and Britannia AD 70 so during the Roman occupation of Britain. 3mo
Bluebird Mine was also during the Roman occupation of Britannia. 3mo
rubyslippersreads I‘m behind, but will catch up soon. 😊 3mo
Deblovestoread My book spans a period of time from before the death of Julius Caesar through the life of his appointed heir Augustus, the first Roman Emperor. It is the the period of transition from Republican to Imperial Rome. 3mo
Cuilin @Deblovestoread My second book was about Augustus too. Have you watched the TV series Domina? It‘s about Augustus, but from the viewpoint of his wife, Livia. 3mo
Deblovestoread I haven't. Thanks for the tip! @Cuilin 3mo
thegreensofa Mine was about a pocket of civilisation in ancient Rome (Pompeii). Something we‘ll never know for sure, but so so fascinating! 3mo
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dabbe 💚💜💚 3mo
TheSpineView Perfect!🤩😍👍 3mo
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Bookstacks | Bucksport, ME (Bookstore)
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Here is a stack of eight books all set during the Second World War. Not sure which one I‘ll start with. What are you choosing from?
#BookedInTime September #WorldWarTwo @Cuilin

@dabbe @desha @rachel52 @rubyslippersreads @chaoticmissadventures @barkingmadread
@megnews @sblbooks @thebookgeekfrau @bookwormjillk @deblovestoread @jenniferw88

jenniferw88 I'm going to try 3mo
Bookwormjillk I had a few to choose from but settled on 3mo
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Cuilin @jenniferw88 sounds exciting! 3mo
Cuilin @Bookwormjillk looks good 3mo
ChaoticMissAdventures I am going to finally get to my July Bookspin - a novel set around Japan's invasion of Singapore and the lives of 3 people left after an attack on a small Singaporean village 3mo
sblbooks One hundred Saturdays looks really good. 3mo
Cuilin @ChaoticMissAdventures that looks like a difficult yet interesting read. 3mo
AnnR @Cuilin, Looks like a good variety of books. My choices are varied, based on what I have sitting on my kindle. If one book isn't interesting enough, I'll move onto the next one on my list: Without a Country, Daughters of the Night Sky, The Shell Seekers and 3mo
Cuilin @sblbooks From the holocaust Museum in DC, I stacked the Opera Sisters and 3mo
Cuilin @Ann_Reads the Ragged Edge looks really good. I‘ve never read the Shell Seekers but it looks like something I‘d enjoy. 3mo
Mollyanna I think I‘ve decided to go with the latest Electra McDonell book 3mo
Cuilin @Mollyanna oh that looks good. 3mo
Mollyanna It‘s a fun series. 3mo
TheBookgeekFrau I have two sitting on my TBR shelf that I'm going to read -- The Last Bookshop in London and Faster. 3mo
AllDebooks Great selection of books to choose from, I'm going with Slaughterhouse Five and 3mo
julieclair @Ann_Reads @Cuilin I read The Shell Seekers years ago and really enjoyed it. 👍 3mo
julieclair I have been trying to decide between When Books Went to War and Escape from Paris. But now that I see The Winter Garden in your stack, I think I'll throw that into the mix, too. It has been sitting on my shelf for years. 3mo
Cuilin @TheBookgeekFrau the last bookshop looks attractive 3mo
Cuilin @julieclair all are compelling contenders 3mo
Cuilin @AllDebooks I‘m really intrigued by the Nine 🤔 3mo
Cuilin @rubyslippersreads I‘m curious about that. Child evacuation stories interest me. One of my favorites is 3mo
tdrosebud I have no idea what I might read, I have a lot on my shelves though, so it will be nice to knock something off of my TBR 3mo
AnnR @Cuilin I think The Shell Seekers starts out during WWII but then the story continues on into more contemporary time periods. @julieclair do you recall how much of the story is set during WWII? I'm wondering if it is just a couple of chapters. 3mo
Cuilin Same 👍 3mo
Cuilin @Ann_Reads @julieclair A Goodreads reviewer said every time they read the Shell Seekers it makes them want to pack up, move to Cornwall, bake bread, and tend a flower garden. Sounds delightful. I have no idea how much of it is set during WW2 3mo
AnnR Cuilin, Well that sounds delightful, at least based on the review. :-) 3mo
dabbe Our #BookedinTime spreadsheet is updated! Let me know if I missed any from above.

If you want to let me know your scores for any past books (Restoration Period/Ancient Rome) tag me and let me know (@dabbe). You can tell me if it's a pick/so-so/dnf/bail and give me a score from 0-5. I'll happily record them on our spreadsheet: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1sLpOtIgy6SwJkyU0wwno2MN4YUbe0ldjPwSusW3g...
sblbooks @dabbe Oranges for Christmas was not restoration period. That one can be removed. I made one post for two different books, sorry for the confusion. The Great Fire of London was a three-star read. 3mo
dabbe @sblbooks Got it! Thanks. 🤗 3mo
Cuilin @dabbe thanks it‘s looking good 👍 3mo
willaful I'd like to have another try at The Enigma Game, which I think I started and didn't finish. I really loved Code Name Verity and Black Dove, White Raven. If this doesn't work out again. she has another WWII book called Stateless. 3mo
julieclair @Ann_Reads @Cuillin I don't remember how much of the book was set during WWII. It has been a number of years since I read it. I will say, I don't really remember it as a "war" book. 3mo
Cuilin @willaful Enigma game looks amazing. 3mo
AnnR Thank you, @julieclair. It is a fairly long book so I'll probably read it another time. 3mo
rubyslippersreads @Cuilin I got hooked on child evacuation stories as a kid, when I read my mom‘s old BOTM copy of 3mo
Cuilin @rubyslippersreads sounds delightful, I just stacked it. 3mo
DebinHawaii I think I am going with this one. It‘s set in Hawaii & I have read a couple of her other WWII novels & enjoyed them. 3mo
DebinHawaii Or I may go with this other book from the same author mentioned above that I have stacked: 3mo
Cuilin @DebinHawaii I‘d heard of Radar Girls both look good. 3mo
Cuilin @thegreensofa great 👍 3mo
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Migrations: A Novel | Charlotte McConaghy
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I did not enjoy this journey at all. I was so irritated with the structure. The time changes & sequences with little cliffhangers every two pages made my ADHD scream “Get To The Point!” It was completed through anger infused propulsion. I also didn‘t find much of it plausible. I didn‘t like the MC. I really thought it was going to be about a woman tracking arctic terns. Guess I‘ll have to find another book for that. #UnpopularOpinion.

AnnR @Cuilin Your opinion probably isn't all that unpopular. I actually tried reading this one when it was initially published. Well, I'll just say I DNFed it after 4 chapters. Thankfully I had borrowed it thru the library. So, I think your well thought out review nicely sums up my opinion too, though I didn't finish the book. 3mo
Cuilin @Ann_Reads thanks, you did well to stop after ch 4, it got worse. I got mine second hand so not too bad. 3mo
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Graywacke @Ann_Reads i got 80 pages in before quitting. @Cuilin you get credit for pushing throught 🙂 3mo
Cuilin @Graywacke I appreciate that, thanks it was certainly challenging 3mo
AllDebooks I don't think it was such an unpopular opinion 3mo
Cuilin @AllDebooks oh, the relief! 😊Seriously, I thought it was me, so many people loved it. 🤨 3mo
Suet624 Oh my. I really liked this one. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 3mo
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The Go-Between | L.P. Hartley
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This was my favorite read of 2022. It‘s in my top five best books of all time. The novel has one of the best opening lines,

”The past is a foreign country, they do things differently there.”

#BookBinge #SmallTownSetting

Leftcoastzen It is an excellent book! 3mo
dabbe LOVE this book! It reminds me of ATONEMENT, too. 💚🩷💚 3mo
quietlycuriouskate Oh, so *that's* where that quote is from! 3mo
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Cuilin @dabbe apparently it was a great influence on him, and Atonement was an homage to The Go Between 3mo
Cuilin @Leftcoastzen yes 🙌 3mo
dabbe @Cuilin I wondered. That makes total sense! And, I read it (& ATONEMENT) in 2022 as well! 🤩 3mo
Cuilin @quietlycuriouskate yes, such a clever opening line, I mean you have to read on. 3mo
Deblovestoread On my shelf….this helps move it closer to the top. 💜 3mo
plemmdog I need to move it up in my TBR pile. 3mo
Cuilin @Deblovestoread @plemmdog Enjoy, I‘ll be looking for your reviews. 3mo
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Scary Movie | Alan Trussell-Cullen, Peter Millett
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I honestly try to avoid all horror movies but these I‘ve come across. I can‘t say I watched them in their entirety. 🫣

1 The Blair Witch Project
2 Silence of the Lambs
3 The Exorcist


If you wish to play consider yourself tagged.

Thunder Cake | Patricia Polacco
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#BookBinge #IncludesRecipes

Love, love, love Patricia Polacco‘s art and storytelling. This has a wonderful chocolate cake recipe.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful 😍 3mo
Eggs Love Polacco and have used her books all through the years in all kinds of classrooms 🩷🩷 3mo
Cuilin @Eggs oh me too. 💕 3mo
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Lady Chatterley's Lover | D. H. Lawrence
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My summary goes like this: Intriguing…. Boring, mild erotica, boring, WTF? boring, class resentment, mild erotica, racism, more mild erotica, misogyny, boring, WTF?, intellectual twaddle, WTF?, some more mild erotica, quick trip to Venice, boring. The end.

#Sundaybuddyread @TheBookHippie
I gave two stars for his mastery of language.

batsy Haha, nice review 😆 Lots of red flags in this one 🚩🚩 3mo
Cuilin @batsy I‘ve never annotated a book with so many WTF‘s? 😂 🚩🚩🚩🚩 3mo
TheBookHippie 💯👏🏼🏆 review!!! Oy and WTF every other paragraph … 3mo
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Deblovestoread Best review ever! 😂 3mo
Cuilin @Deblovestoread 😊 🙏 3mo
Cuilin @TheBookHippie yes!!! Every other paragraph was so problematic. 3mo
OriginalCyn620 🤣🤣🤣 3mo
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Delayed Rays of a Star | Amanda Lee Koe
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Went with a literal/obvious interpretation and chose an old Hollywood theme for September‘s prompt for #TitlesAndTunes #DramaQueen I‘m not sure I will actually get it read in September, but hopefully by the end of the year 🤞❤️ the 🎵

Cinfhen Fun choices!! Love the direction you went 🎶💜🤩📚 3mo
BarbaraBB Love that song 3mo
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#BookBinge #ClothesOnCover

If you have not watched the movie version try to find it, it is adorable.

TheBookHippie I love it so much!! 3mo
Cuilin @TheBookHippie so sweet 💗 3mo
DivineDiana It was an uplifting movie! 💖 3mo
Eggs Perfect 🤩 3mo
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Dancer: A Novel | Colum McCann
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Described as an erotically charged story of Rudolf Nureyev. I read this about 10 years ago when I overheard someone at a gym say they were disappointed and disgusted at this novel, (because of the gay depiction of their hero, Nureyev), well I ran to the bookstore. This is wonderfully written. 5 ⭐️

#BookBinge #Dancing

quietlycuriouskate Oooh, stacked! 4mo
Eggs One of the greats! 4mo
CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian Ha, I love it when one person's negative review is a selling point for someone else! 4mo
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Cuilin @CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian oh me too. I told them at a later date that I got the book they “recommended” the look on their face was priceless. 4mo
CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian @Cuilin ha that will teach them to not broadcast their homophobia 4mo
Suet624 This author can do no wrong in my book. 3mo
Cuilin @Suet624 seriously he‘s one of my favorites. 3mo
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@TheSpineView thanks for the tag @dabbe

1 I think the Wednesday before Labor Day
2 Oh, there‘s so many, tagged book, Old School by Tobias Wolf, Malory Towers, Gentlemen and Player, by Joanne Harris, In Memoriam, by Alice Winn, The Chalet school series, Skippy Dies by Paul Murray, I‘m sure I‘m forgetting others. I love a novel set in a school, especially an old English public school.

Care to play?

dabbe Yay! 💙🖤🩵 4mo
TheSpineView Thanks for playing! 4mo
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Set in ancient Pompeii, this is the candid story of enslaved sex workers from a brothel, and their ability to cope, survive and out wit their captors. I absolutely loved the epigraphs beginning each chapter, this was clearly written by an avid Ovid scholar. I will definitely read the rest of the trilogy. #BookedInTime.

Cuilin @dabbe thank you so much, it looks great. I want to read so many off each list. I started Augustus today too. 4mo
Deblovestoread Stacked! 4mo
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Migrations: A Novel | Charlotte McConaghy
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#BookBinge #InvolvesAnimals in this case birds, as Franny Stone tracks the believed last migration of arctic terns to Antarctica.

Eggs Perfect 🐧🧊🤍 4mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks So pretty 😍 4mo
rmaclean4 I ❤️ this book. I hope you do to. 4mo
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Cuilin @rmaclean4 Not sure yet. The jury is out on this one. 4mo
BarbaraBB I hope you‘ll end up loving it too! 4mo
SamAnne @Cuilin if it makes you feel any better I panned the book. #unpopularopinion. I get why it is so loved however. (edited) 4mo
Cuilin @SamAnne oh my gosh, that does make me feel better, I can‘t quite articulate the problem I‘m having with this novel. 4mo
Suet624 Why did I think you would really like this one? Maybe because I did. 😂😂 3mo
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The Covenant of Water | Abraham Verghese
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Reminder, we start September 1st. All are welcome to join this low-key buddy read. Tagging those who expressed interest.

Bookwormjillk I couldn‘t wait and read it already read it but will join in discussions! 4mo
Amiable I read this book in June and would love to follow along with your comments and discussion! 4mo
Deblovestoread Can‘t wait! 4mo
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Cinfhen Hope to join in discussion! 4mo
squirrelbrain I‘m still waiting for this from the library; I was 5th in line, now I‘m 3rd so I‘m not sure if it will come in time… please still tag me though. 4mo
AmyG I am SO in. I can‘t wait! 4mo
SamAnne I will follow along. Perhaps,I can squeeze this in! 4mo
LeeRHarry I‘m still waiting on getting a copy from the library too 🤞 4mo
Cuilin @Cinfhen 👍 4mo
Cuilin @AmyG same! 4mo
Cuilin @Amiable 👍 4mo
Cuilin @SamAnne 👍 4mo
AllDebooks I've got my copy x 4mo
Cuilin @AllDebooks yay!! 🎉 4mo
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#BookBinge #InvolvesaWedding

Read recently but different edition, great narrative.

@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Eggs

Eggs Lovely cover 👏🏻💍🩷 4mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 💍👗💒 4mo
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Dragon Rider | Cornelia Caroline Funke
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#bookbinge #involvesdragons

Vividly remember reading this to my girls ❤️

Eggs Beautiful 🤩 👌🏼👏🏻 4mo
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Pictures | Robert Mapplethorpe
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I guess a picture really is worth a thousand words. Missed them on an emotional level.

So happy to see them again. Yay ❤️ 🖼️

Christine Agreed! 4mo
AmyG 🙌🏻 4mo
TheBookgeekFrau Yayyyyyy!!!! 4mo
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JenReadsAlot Yes!! 4mo
BarbaraBB Yesss 🥰 4mo
Deblovestoread Same! Amazing how much the pic adds to the post. “Don‘t know what you got til it‘s gone” 🎶 4mo
ShelleyBooksie Same!!! I could not connect/engage without the.photos! 4mo
dabbe 🤩🤩🤩 4mo
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#BOOKBINGE #leastfavoritegenre

The tell all celebrity memoir

I‘ve read some I‘ve loved, (Stephen Fry‘s Moab is my Washpot), some I liked (Janis Ian‘s Society‘s Child) but mostly not attracted to anything celebrity related.

@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Eggs

Eggs For most celebrities, I concur. 4mo
Suet624 When you say Washpot does that mean you didn‘t like it? 3mo
Cuilin @Suet624 I loved it!! ❤️ Stephen Fry 3mo
Suet624 Oh gosh. I misread it. I thought Washpot was an Irish word. I just saw it‘s the name of the book. Covid has slanted the meanings of things that I read. It‘s kind of funny and kind of not. 3mo
Cuilin @Suet624 oh it‘s confusing. It‘s a strange title for a memoir. 3mo
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Whenever I tell someone historical fiction is my favorite genre they automatically think I mean World War II. I get an abundance of gift books on this era I could do a whole year long read from my own TBR pile. This is another broad prompt, choose your own location and interest area for WW2, 1939-1945 (Prompts will narrow as we move through the #bookedInTime reading challenge)

All are welcome


dabbe I bet there are more historical fiction books about WWII than any other time period. 4mo
Cuilin @dabbe agreed, not sure if it makes it easier or harder to choose 🤷‍♀️ 4mo
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Bookwormjillk I‘ve read a lot of these too, but I‘ve been in a mood to read another since I visited a WWII museum last month. Thanks! 4mo
Deblovestoread I've read many, many books about WWII but know there are plenty more to choose from. 4mo
Cuilin @Bookwormjillk Where was the museum? Someone today said there‘s one in New Orléans. I‘d love to go. 4mo
AnnR @Cuilin Thank you for posting this early. This will be an easy one for me, as I have a variety of WWII ebooks just sitting on my Kindle. I took a long break from reading HF books set during the 1940s.
@Dabbe It sure seems like it. There definitely aren't as many HF books dedicated to WWI, in comparison.
Cuilin @Deblovestoread Same, I have a pile but will still probably stack others. 🤦‍♀️ 4mo
Cuilin @Ann_Reads You‘re welcome, I took a break too but received like 5/6 for my birthday. 4mo
Bookwormjillk @Cuilin more in your neck of the woods- Wolfeboro, NH. It was well done if you‘re ever in that area. 4mo
dabbe @Cuilin That's the fun of research! 🤩🤩🤩 4mo
DebinHawaii Awesome. I have a plethora of WWII books in my #TBR so a great excuse to get one out of there & read! 🤗 4mo
Cuilin @Bookwormjillk you‘re kidding, I can get there in under 2 hours. Fabulous. Road Trip!! 4mo
Cuilin @DebinHawaii my plan also. I figured others may too. 4mo
rwmg I've only got one book which will fit this so it's an easy choice, especially as it's been sitting on my TBR shelf for a long time 4mo
TheBookgeekFrau Oh good a reason to grab something off my TBR shelf!! 4mo
Cuilin @rwmg Fabulous choice. Beautiful book. 4mo
Cuilin @TheBookgeekFrau seems to be for most. Yay! 4mo
AllDebooks @Cuilin thanks for posting early. There's so much choice on my tbr too 🤔📚🤓📚 4mo
SassyBookworm Ohhh can I join?! Idk what to do exactly but I am a HUGE WWII (& WWI) historical fiction fan!! Those are my main genres to read! 🤓 4mo
Cuilin @SassyBookworm absolutely, and welcome. Choose any book set during WWII, post, tag me and use #BookedInTime. I‘ll post questions at the end of September. Enjoy. 4mo
Mollyanna Like many others I have a bunch on my TBR, now to figure out which one. Might be 4mo
Cuilin @Mollyanna looks good 😊 4mo
julieclair Historical fiction is my favorite genre, too. But for this one, I may read non-fiction. Thinking about 4mo
Cuilin @julieclair both sound really good. Maybe there‘s time for two 😬 4mo
Cuilin @AllDebooks many of us are struggling with this issue. Both your choices look great. 4mo
Itchyfeetreader I must have something for this sitting in the tbr pile 4mo
Cuilin @Itchyfeetreader likelihood high. 4mo
majkia I'm amazed how few books I have for WWII. Mostly I have WWI. But I do have Above Suspicion by Helen Macinnes. 4mo
Cuilin @majkia sounds good 👍 4mo
Lizpixie I‘d love to be added to the tag list! I‘ve got a few Ancient Rome books & more than a few WWII books for next month! 4mo
Cuilin @Lizpixie wonderful, added and welcome. 4mo
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A Bad Case of Stripes | David Shannon
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#Bookbinge #stripesoncover

Big hit with my daughters when they were little. Remember? @Caitlin_Sheridan

@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Eggs

TheBookHippie I love this book. 4mo
Cuilin @TheBookHippie it‘s great. A hit in the classroom too. 4mo
Eggs We ❤️ David Shannon books🤗 4mo
caittfin ofcourse🌈 4mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 💗💙💛🩵 4mo
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Big Plans | Bob Shea
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quietlycuriouskate Migrations ❤️ 4mo
TheBookHippie 🎉♥️ 4mo
AllDebooks You have some great books there 😀 4mo
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caittfin migrations is on my list too! 4mo
Cuilin @Caitlin_Sheridan you can borrow mine when I finish. @caittfin (edited) 4mo
TiredLibrarian I'm going to try The Wolf Den.
Cuilin @TiredLibrarian oh do. I‘d love to know what you think. I‘ve already finished it. 4mo
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I cannot remember who on Litsy recommend this to me, but thank you. It was delightful. I heard Millie Bobby Brown in my head as the narrator probably because it evokes the spirit and tone of Enola Holmes. This clever novella manages to be both exciting yet light. I will definitely read more volumes. #moodreading Edit: @Jess_Read_This perhaps?

DebinHawaii It sounds charming! Stacking! 4mo
Deblovestoread I concur! 📚 4mo
Jess_Read_This Yay!! I‘m so glad you loved the series! Vol 7 comes out later this month. 🎉 I‘m so looking forward to it. (edited) 4mo
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Jess_Read_This Apologies too- I thought I was following you all along! Just rectified that. Litsy is a bit wonky for me now. I can‘t see any photographs 4mo
Cuilin @Jess_Read_This No worries, thanks for the recommendation. It was adorable. The whiteout is so upsetting. 😞 4mo
Jess_Read_This @Cuilin It‘s fixed and I absolutely love how you‘ve photographed the book! 4mo
Cuilin @Jess_Read_This thank you. (I‘m trying to up my photography game here on Litsy) 4mo
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I wanted to open this immediately but I saved it as my reward for unpacking and getting travel laundry started. Thank you so much, Denise. 💗 I love the sweet corner bookmark too. You are so wonderfully thoughtful. 🫶🥰

I‘ll email you in a few day as I‘ve some ideas 💡 germinating. @dabbe

Suet624 Did you travel somewhere fun? 4mo
Cuilin @Suet624 My husband had a family reunion in Cleveland and then he and I went on to DC. Stayed at a hotel with a pool so we could do some sightseeing and relax poolside. 🤩 4mo
Suet624 How fun! Always fun to get away for a bit… 4mo
dabbe Yay! I'm glad you like it! Can't wait to hear what you have in mind! 🤩🤗😍 4mo
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