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elkeOriginal

elkeOriginal

Joined June 2016

More books. Please and thank you.
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elkeOriginal
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This has zero #ThreePines connection and that was refreshing. Just Gamache & Beauvoir at a mysterious monastery in the far backwoods, where some serious real world issues rear their head. Lots of darkness vs light and many secrets to unearth. Extremely engaging from the murder mystery to the developments in the relationship between G & B. Heavy but necessary stuff - and propels me immediately into the next book in the series!
#Gamache #whodunnit

LeahBergen I‘ve been to the real abbey that this fictional place is based upon ( The Abbey of Saint-Benoît-du-Lac). And they really do make chocolates and all sorts of other tasty things. I spent way too much in their little shop. ? 3d
elkeOriginal @LeahBergen Shut up! I definitely want the chocolates. The creepy murdery monks, less so 😉 3d
LeahBergen 😆😆 And I went in autumn and the foliage was crazy beautiful. 3d
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elkeOriginal
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An autobiographical novel of a London friend group who bonded during WWII & find a house to let in the countryside post-war, it is an interesting look at trying to live an unrealistic dream. Full of detail of living in a certain time gone by but I found it simply a series of disjointed characterless anecdotes. Story-less. Choppy. When the rats have more character than the narrator‘s husband, I struggle to care. Was odd. Abrupt end. Unsatisfying.

elkeOriginal Was also disturbed/saddened by how both childbirth and her miscarriage are glossed over. Sign of the times, I am sure, but when such life events are barely covered but other daily bits are described in detail, I am left feeling disconnected 😒 1w
CarolynM I was disturbed by her saying she felt excited by early labour! Not how I remember the experience at all😳🥴 1w
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batsy Those rats are pretty unforgettable 😂😱 1w
Tamra Yikes, the rats!! 🐀🐀 1w
Ruthiella Yes, what she decided to emphasize and what she opted not to show was interesting. I‘d forgotten about the creepy rats at the end! 😱 1w
LeahBergen Oh, those rats! 😬 1w
jlhammar Okay, you all have me a little afraid to finish! I haven't encountered the rats yet. Eek! 1w
MrsK Maybe I look at things differently, but I saw this as a relationship between Ruth and the house. The events that impacted this relationship were what I feel she emphasized. 1w
rubyslippersreads I‘m almost done, but it‘s dragging. Not looking forward to the rats, though. 1w
elkeOriginal @rubyslippersreads @jlhammar HA - pretend I said geese instead of rats! Sorry to ‘spoil‘ the rat plotline 🤦🏼‍♀️ 1w
elkeOriginal @MrsK I can see it is primarily about her relationship with the house - that is what made the ending emotional. But even with that in mind re: other characters, I found her rendition of events disjointed. For me, it felt like she went from one event to the next so abruptly it was startling and affected my ability to enjoy it. Maybe if it was written more in diary format I would not have been wanting transitions in the text the way I did… (edited) 1w
MrsK @elkeOriginal you‘re right…there were several times when I felt the narrative jumped back and/or forth which was jarring 😕 1w
Jess_Read_This I think I‘ve mentally blocked out the rats. My recurrent book amnesia saves me again! 4d
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Trick of the Light | Louise Penny
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Book 7 in the #Gamache series is back in #ThreePines when a dead body appears literally in Clara‘s backyard. This installment focusses on the Montreal art scene - which is quite dramatic! Fallout in the characters‘ personal lives from events in the previous 2 books continue and connect to the current mystery. Addiction and forgiveness are both dealt with in interesting ways. Another excellent Gamache book! And onto the next…
#whodunnit

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OMG. Book 6 in the #Gamache series is brilliant and heartbreaking. Penny wove together several plots even interweaving thoughts and conversations seamlessly as Gamache remembers a recent traumatic event in the midst of a current mystery. It contains both tales of personal history for Gamache/Beauvoir as well as Quebec historical events. Magnificent.
This was so damn good I worry nothing can match it - and yet I have already opened the next one!

jlhammar I was just thinking about getting back to this series and this one (book 6) is next up for me! I'll take that as a sign. 2w
elkeOriginal @jlhammar OMG you won‘t regret it - it is incredible. It made me cry though so be sure you are in the mood for feeling things! 2w
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I was in the mood for a quick something different and this little book of odd, speculative fiction fit the bill perfectly. As with all books of short stories, some rise to the top and the best is the one that reveals more about the cat from her bestselling novel All the Birds in the Sky 😸

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If anyone in the #FurrowedMiddlebrowClub is also a user of #StoryGraph, I set up a public reading challenge as a place to track my reads. It feels good to see them all in one place & log the ones I own - plus browse all the ones I want! Feel free to search by the words shown above and ‘join‘ - there is no social aspect. Just check off books one read at a time 😉
I will add new titles as they come out once I see their order on the back page. Enjoy!

Ruthiella Thanks! I think I need to consider making the leap from Goodreads to StoryGraph…I just haven‘t found the time. 3w
Kimzey I‘m a Goodreads user. What are the features of Storygraph? 3w
elkeOriginal @Ruthiella This year I have used both to see how I feel but on Jan 1 am going to cut away from GR. Storygraph is giving me what I need. Love the tracking and graphs! 3w
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elkeOriginal @Kimzey I have been using both but find myself loving the more nuanced review system in SG plus the amazing graphs it makes of my reading. And the reading challenges like this one I created are a great tracking tool for a series or author - shows the books and your % read of the list. SG is more about recommendations based on what you read and seeing your reading stats. Very little social tho has a cool bookgroup feature. Perfect for list-makers. 3w
elkeOriginal @Ruthiella They make importing your GR read list pretty easy! I was pleasantly surprised. 3w
Kimzey @elkeOriginal I‘m definitely a list maker. I‘ll check it out! Thanks! 3w
quietjenn This is cool! I've not played around much with Storygraph, but I'm inspired to delve into a little more. 3w
LeahBergen I‘ll check it out! 3w
CarolynM I set up StoryGraph but I haven‘t worked it out properly yet. I‘ll have to devote some time to it soon. 3w
elkeOriginal @CarolynM @quietjenn I hope you like it! Feel free to message me over there if you need any tips 😁 3w
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The Murder at the Vicarage | Agatha Christie
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Finally read the very first #Marple and it was a delight! At first I thought ‘more Marple, please!‘ but Christie knows her business and it was the perfect build-up in getting to know Jane Marple and how people underestimate her. The vicar as narrator and the intro to the village were perfect. The mystery well done. The surprise was the wit and humor in the dialogue. Such a good read!
#agathachristie #missmarple #whodunnit

Ruthiella I love Miss Marple! 😍 3w
MrsK Marple has always been a favorite of mine. I‘ve reread this one several times ❤️ 3w
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elkeOriginal
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Book 5 in the #Gamache series was brutal indeed. Very personal to our #ThreePines residents and some favorite folk will never be the same. One of the best ones so far, for sure.

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Continuing my #Gamache reading spree. Book 4 of the series was a slower read and set in a remote luxury lodge and not in #ThreePines. Focusing on a dysfunctional well-to-do family and the lodge employees, the mystery was satisfying and all of the characters were well drawn. Was a definite plus to see more of Madame Gamache! While the locale was quite atmospheric and interesting, I look forward to the next book in our favorite murderous village 😉

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Cruellest Month | Louise Penny
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My 3rd #Gamache book and the best part was learning more about his backstory & his life. The murder mystery du jour was creepy and well done but as I will keep saying, the best part is getting deeper into the story of Chief Inspector Gamache & the primary recurring #ThreePines characters. Fun how Penny introduces new characters but makes us feel there were living here the whole time! This had a very Christie all-suspects-in-a-room scene too😉

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I enjoyed this 2nd book in the Three Pines/Armand Gamache series which drew me farther into the village life & characters. The progression of all the regulars‘ stories was a plus. Though this was a troubling murder for me - when I hate the victim SO much and am glad they have been silenced (The Worst Human EVER) and regret Gamache finding the killer 🤦🏼‍♀️
But it is best he does his job honorably, as he does.
I get it😉
#gamache #threepines

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elkeOriginal
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Loved this intro to Three Pines and Armand Gamache! The writing was right up my alley and it was surprisingly much deeper and wider than just a murder mystery. The Quebecois world and characters drew me in and the subtle humor, interesting (oddball?) characters, and outright zingers were well placed to lighten the darkness. I now ‘get‘ why people literally search for Three Pines!
I have already started book 2…
#gamache #threepines

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Marple: Twelve New Mysteries | Agatha Christie, Leigh Bardugo, Elly Griffiths, Ruth Ware, Jean Kwok, Kate Mosse, Val McDermid, Alyssa Cole, Dreda Say Mitchell, Lucy Foley, Naomi Alderman, Natalie Haynes, Karen M McManus
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As with any collection of stories by a variety of authors, the style & quality here vary. While I found this a bit uneven, it was enjoyable to have a collection of new Miss Marple stories and it was a fast, fun read.
And I will just repeat what several reviews on goodreads said - in response to the publisher‘s blurb that this can introduce new readers to Christie & Marple, I think the best thing is to read the originals!
#agathachristie

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elkeOriginal
Marple: Twelve New Mysteries | Agatha Christie, Leigh Bardugo, Elly Griffiths, Ruth Ware, Jean Kwok, Kate Mosse, Val McDermid, Alyssa Cole, Dreda Say Mitchell, Lucy Foley, Naomi Alderman, Natalie Haynes, Karen M McManus
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I have no clue why this arrived in the mail - maybe I answered a ‘request an arc‘ ad and don‘t remember? But it is a cool surprise and looks fun so I jumped in.
Will let you know how it goes!
Pubs in Sept 2022
#agathachristie #missmarple

Ruthiella Nice! 👍 2mo
BrittanyReads 😱😱😱 My most anticipated of the year! 🌹Enjoy! 2mo
LeahBergen This sounds fun! 👍 2mo
batsy Oh, that's a nice surprise to get in the mail! 🙂 2mo
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Sea of Tranquility: A Novel | Emily St. John Mandel
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5 stars.
Astonishingly good. All the threads are perfectly woven in this time travel pandemic book that doesn‘t FEEL like a time travel pandemic book.
Those things (time travel, pandemic) just allow for beautifully posited big questions with a variety of characters I was invested in across time.
I am a sucker for good endings and this delivered!

Cathythoughts Great review 👍🏻 I loved this one too. 4mo
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The Lark | E. Nesbit
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This was a fun #FurrowedMiddlebrowClub read about 2 plucky girls making their way after WWI with lots of good luck and plenty of good intentions. The writing was witty, the characters all likable, overall a very uplifting read. I enjoyed especially when Lucilla had to take on a Jane attitude when Jane was down. Turnabout was well done.
The ending was a tad abrupt and I will note my issues with that last chapter in the comments with a spoiler tag…

elkeOriginal 1. WTF was that with the guardian Arthur Penton maskerading as Mr Tombs and kissing Lucilla?!?! 4mo
Ruthiella I think he might have fallen for her! And she for him. A little icky but not uncommon for the era. Remember that John Rochester is also 10 years older than Jane. 4mo
Ruthiella Beautiful photo! 😍 4mo
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elkeOriginal And why was Jane all of a sudden all weird & Bible-y calling her ‘seeing‘ John in the woods as witchcraft and ‘wrong‘. That seemed out of left field. I thought she was putting him off the whole time in order to keep on with her adventures and make her own way. I thought these were her reasons for being against marrying not some odd notion about being / acting like a witch as a child? 4mo
elkeOriginal @Ruthiella I don‘t doubt they seem to have honestly fallen for each other - I think it was a strange move for him to return like that. I am not as bothered by the possible age difference as the history of him ruining their inheritance and then sneaking into their lives… (edited) 4mo
LeahBergen Great review! I assumed that John‘s arrival into her life freaked her out a bit as she didn‘t realize that he was actually in the woods that night and not a conjured apparition. She seemed appeased by his explanation. 4mo
quietjenn @elkeOriginal I can imagine how it might throw you for a bit of a loop, if a person you thought that you had imagined or conjured up actually appeared in real life. Also, I love your vase! 4mo
erzascarletbookgasm Lovely review and photo! 💗 4mo
erzascarletbookgasm I knew there was something fishy about Mr Tombs and his blue glasses but never guessed it was the guardian! I found it odd too that he should turn up but looks like he had a good heart after all. 4mo
elkeOriginal @erzascarletbookgasm On that point: the plot description made it sound like he was a crook and stole their money, but it seems more like he just made bad investments and felt bad. 4mo
Cathythoughts Great review & picture ❤️ 4mo
CarolynM Lovely review ❤️ 4mo
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elkeOriginal
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The latest Rivers of London was just the antidote for a bit of a reading slump. After 8 books I worried I might be getting tired of the series but there are some excellent developments here to make me rededicate myself to it! Very cool larger magical world plot points as well as Peter‘s personal life made for a fun read. Very satisfying indeed. I do wish there was more Nightingale though…
#riversoflondon #magicalmystery

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The House Opposite | Connie Willis, BARBARA. NOBLE
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Hello #FurrowedMiddlebrowClub -
Your Sept group reading decision is the choice between 2 houses: The House Opposite by Barbara Noble which is a novel of life during the Blitz with various interesting-sounding folk and A House in the Country by Ruth Adam about post-war life of a group who decide to adjust to peace time together in a country manor house they find available to rent.
I will link to the Ruth Adam book description in the comments!

elkeOriginal I think @LeahBergen and I agree it was confusing to find we own both the Ruth Adam House in the Country as well as a Persephone by the same title but different author. I know I personally was just confused when I found they were different books! 🤦🏼‍♀️ (edited) 4mo
Ruthiella My vote is for A House in the Country. 😃 4mo
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rubyslippersreads I vote for A House in the Country. 4mo
LeahBergen Ooo, good choices! And I think I will opt to read one of my two identically titled books 😆 and vote for 4mo
CarolynM They both sound good, I think I'll order both straight away. I'm going to vote for 4mo
LeahBergen @CarolynM The House Opposite is one of the few I don‘t own. I‘ll be ordering it, too. 🤣 4mo
quietjenn I have read A House in the Country, so vote for 4mo
batsy Oooh! I had a hard time deciding but since I'm forever in the mood for rural retreats in fiction, I'll vote for 4mo
erzascarletbookgasm eeny, meeny, miny, moe 4mo
rubyslippersreads For anyone who gets Hoopla through their library, both of these books, as well as many other FM titles, are available to borrow. 😊 4mo
Kimzey One of my Goodreads friends really loved The House Opposite, so that‘s my choice. 4mo
Jess_Read_This I‘m in! Can you remind me closer to September?? You know I‘ll need it! 🥴 4mo
LeahBergen All have voted now and it looks like A House in the Country has won! I‘ve been making lists (yes, I‘m THAT person 😆) so I‘ll post our updated choosing rotation. I think we had mentioned that this month was the end of our rotation; we now have two new members, so I‘ll add them to our list! Is that okay with everyone? @erzascarletbookgasm @rubyslippersreads @quietjenn @CarolynM @Cathythoughts @Ruthiella @batsy @catebutler 4mo
Kimzey @LeahBergen Thanks! 4mo
CarolynM @LeahBergen Absolutely ok with me 🙂 Thanks Leah😘 4mo
erzascarletbookgasm 👍 Thanks Leah! @LeahBergen 4mo
Ruthiella Great! Two new members! 🥳🥳🥳 4mo
quietjenn Sounds good - thanks! 4mo
elkeOriginal @LeahBergen May list makers rule the earth! 🙌🏻 4mo
elkeOriginal @erzascarletbookgasm @quietjenn @CarolynM @LeahBergen @Kimzey @Cathythoughts The voting was close so let me know if you want to buddyread House Opposite or just throw it back into a poll down the road! I personally could not choose and want to read both 🤦🏼‍♀️ 4mo
Kimzey @elkeOriginal I‘m fine with letting it go back into the pool to be offered up again later. I did add it to my Litsy stack, so there‘s a chance I might read it before it‘s an official choice. But, I have a rather large and unrealistic TBR list, so I never know what will actually rise to the top. 4mo
elkeOriginal @Kimzey I agree about the TBR! 4mo
batsy @elkeOriginal I'm fine with it going back into the poll later, too! I would love to read every one of these FM books and it'll be fun to do this in a group as long as we're able to 😊 4mo
LeahBergen @elkeOriginal I‘m assuming that a bunch of our “almost wons” will go back into our pool and get picked again, especially if people offer up what they already own. I‘ll need to read them ALL, obviously. 🤣 4mo
CarolynM I'm for sending it back to the pool. I'm sure someone will propose it again soon🙂 4mo
erzascarletbookgasm Yup, back into the pool. For now I need to purchase our July and September books 👌 4mo
quietjenn Yes, back to the pool and wouldn't be at all surprised to see it again 😏 4mo
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Yellow Brick Road | Elizabeth Cadell
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Delightful! This 1959 gem starts on an odd premise - Jody awakes from a fall determined to figure out why she has a memory of a man walking a goat - then turns into an engaging mystery plus sweet romance. Jody blossoms as a gal coming into her own when refusing to ‘just forget about it‘. The tension builds brilliantly into a dark twist. Loved how the funny, light tone drew me in and then grabbed me by the neck.
#middlebrowmystery #middlebrow

elkeOriginal #furrowedmiddlebrowclub take note! Cadell is a delight. (edited) 6mo
quietjenn I‘ve been slowly acquiring Cadell on ebooks and have really enjoyed them. 6mo
LeahBergen She‘s an author I‘ve been meaning to read for a long time! 6mo
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Karons1 Iv never heard of this author ✍️so Iv just looked her up, the book 📖 covers are beautiful 🤩 I wish they‘d republish the real thing, I prefer books to kindle 😃 6mo
batsy That cover and your lovely review—sold! 6mo
batsy Looked her up and wow, these vintage covers https://twitter.com/FurrowedMiddle/status/1496502105481236481?t 6mo
elkeOriginal @Karons1 @batsy Those vintage covers are amazing! Her family are republishing her books with these cartoony covers. At first I was annoyed they were not using the original covers, but now am just glad to have the books to read! 6mo
elkeOriginal @LeahBergen Do it! I am sure you have the real vintage covers too! 6mo
rubyslippersreads I have a vintage copy of this, which obviously I bought just for the title. 😁👠🌈 5mo
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How I have not read these Fables comics before? They are SO up my alley: fairy tale characters trying to live unnoticed in NYC. Dark, funny, definitely grown-up versions where some famous happily-ever-afters are now divorced, tensions get bloody, but they have to stick together because of where they come from. This first volume merges mystery, deceit & revolt among sly winks about characters we thought we knew. Next volume, ordered.

vivastory This is one of my fave graphic novel series of all time 6mo
elkeOriginal @vivastory Already a fave for me too! I just can‘t believe I did not know about it sooner… 6mo
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Our Crooked Hearts | Melissa Albert
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A dark witchy tale of a mother & daughter discovering magic in their youth. Their alternate timelines & voices meshed very well together, and all the mysteries came together in a very tense, exciting conclusion. I will admit Albert‘s writing sometimes annoys me & there was a ritual element that was definitely a trigger that I had to skip.
Fast, dark magic read that should satisfy if you have the need!
Due out in June 2022.

Alfoster Agree with everything you said about it! It was so weird in places!😱 6mo
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Gallant | Victoria Schwab
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These decorative edges. Maybe the best I have ever seen!

p.s. this is a Waterstone‘s special edition 😉

LeahBergen Beautiful! 7mo
CrowCAH Super awesome paper edges!!! 7mo
Ddzmini I love when books are like this 🥰📖📚 7mo
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Cathythoughts An interesting one ❤️ (edited) 7mo
Tamra Ooooo gorgeous! 7mo
BooknerdsLife Love this Waterstone edition! 😍😍😍 6mo
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A thoroughly enjoyable follow-up to Elderly Lady Is Up to No Good. While the shock of Maud‘s extracurricular activities was a big part of loving the first book, this gives both glimpses of her life and past as well as setting up her future. Maud is nicely rounded out as a character and has cleaned up the streets of some less-than-likable foes. Delightful.

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I just reviewed book 1 here because I HAD to tell you that book 2 is even better! With the events of bk 1 magically removed from village memory, this opens with a downed WW2 aircraft and 3 jewish children fleeing Europe coming to a local guardian. Faye is frustrated by her slow progress with magic. Then a murder occurs, and soon we find Nazi & dark magic connections. The war is more present in this bk and the magic has higher consequences. A+!

AlaMich Those covers are gorgeous!! 7mo
LeahBergen What pretty covers! 7mo
elkeOriginal @LeahBergen I will admit that I DO judge a book by its cover 😉 7mo
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This is a hard one to describe: WW2 British village life with all the expected comedic characters. Our teen MC finds her dead mum‘s spellbook and realizes she was a witch. Then an evil spirit leads an animated crew of scarecrow folk on a siege of the town. We meet the undercover village witches, battle the evil scarecrow mob, meet folks obsessed with church bellringing, all while watching for the Luftwaffe above. Excellent combo of my fave genres!

Itchyfeetreader This sounds right up my street 7mo
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Northanger Abbey | Nancy Butler
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This graphic adaptation is a delightful way to quickly revisit a favorite Austen. The writing was spot on in covering the main plot points.
While I was at first annoyed that the interior art style was NOT the same as this wonderfully moody cover, the more cartoony style inside did grow on me - especially as it could portray movement (the dancing!) and more animated character traits.
Obviously it cannot replace a read of the original, but fun!

Cathythoughts Nice post. I love your blanket/ scarf 💚 7mo
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Sparkling Cyanide | Agatha Christie
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A very engaging read! This is a non-Poirot/Marple book but full of suspects and interesting twists, as you would expect. A death ruled suicide, letters suggesting it was murder, a very small suspect pool, a trap set, a trap foiled. A successful solution. Ah.
Well done, Agatha.

#AgathaChristie #murder

A solid #pantone2022 read - and the color name #innuendo is wonderfully fitting 😉

LeahBergen Lovely review! 7mo
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A classic tale you would assume would be in this collection but I had to share because this art is mesmerizing. Would make a lovely art print on the wall…
#fairytale

Bookgoil I‘m reading this too right now I love the illustrations! (edited) 8mo
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The Baby Is Mine: Quick Reads | Oyinkan Braithwaite
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Short and interesting. A covid lockdown story set in Lagos where womanizer Bambi is in a house with 2 women both claiming to be mother to the same baby. Weird sh*t ensues. Tense, confusing, interesting setting outside my wheelhouse, but nowhere near her amazing first novel My Sister the Serial Killer.
Well written though so will keep an eye on this author!

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In the best fairy tale tradition, some of the stories in this collection are dark. The image grabbed me and told me to read this one today. Sad and dark and gorgeous art, it is the whole package.
#fairytale

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Estranged | Ethan M. Aldridge
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These are my favorite 2 frames in this graphic novel about a Fae underground kingdom and a changeling child finding out about the many types of family.

Imagine watching the underground train pass by…and then a DRAGON 🐉
And some commuters in the scene don‘t even notice😹😹

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Cecil | Elizabeth Eliot
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What did I just read?

For me, the 1st half and 2nd half were very different.
I thought I knew what was going on, then the 2nd half undid those thoughts. And just confused me.

I now have brain scramblies and just need a lie down on a chaise-longue to let this book either soak in or have the next breeze relieve me of all the contradictory + confused feelings I now have…

#FurrowedMiddlebrowClub
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elkeOriginal I need an Agatha-Christie-murder-mystery-character-gathering-wrap-up-in-the-library explanation. 😟 (edited) 8mo
Tamra It was not what I was expecting! 😆 But I really enjoyed it and had to keep reading on hoping for a resolution. 8mo
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quietjenn It was a doozy! 🤣 And I love your chaise lounge recovery imagery! 8mo
elkeOriginal @Tamra I agree! I could not stop reading. I just wish I knew what the heck really happened. 8mo
elkeOriginal @quietjenn A doozy, indeed. At least I don‘t regret it? 8mo
LeahBergen 😆😆 Right? It was such an odd (but compelling) read! 8mo
Ruthiella Yes, it really does throw the reader for loop! 😳 And we have to make up our own version for the bits that were not spelled out. 😅 8mo
batsy Ahahaha! I'm with you on needing a Christie-esque wrap up 😆 8mo
elkeOriginal @Ruthiella @LeahBergen It WILL stay with me - which is a compliment, I guess! 😉 8mo
Cathythoughts Nice review! It‘s a strange one 👍😄 8mo
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Cecil | Elizabeth Eliot
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The letters. Anne said early on that the weird Cecil letters to his mother don‘t sound like him, they seem as if they have been dictated.
Then it seems Lady Guthrie published a selected collection of those letters…do we think SHE wrote them herself as a rewriting of his life? That is why they are weirdly consistent with that weird ‘own boy‘ closing?
Just a random thought!
Not finished so maybe something becomes clear regarding this too…
(Ch 9) ⬇️

elkeOriginal And OF COURSE what she selected corroborates what she says! SHE selected them! 8mo
CarolynM Ooh! I like that idea. Lady G was narcissistic enough to do it. 8mo
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Cathythoughts I love this quote .. it captures the nebulous feel to the story (edited) 8mo
batsy Oh gosh, yes... That's a disturbing possibility! 8mo
quietjenn I definitely think she was judicious in the letters she included and we know she's not averse to doing that sort of thing. It would be keeping in what we've read of her, I think. 8mo
LeahBergen I was wondering about that myself! 8mo
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Cecil | Elizabeth Eliot
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I feel like I took this line from the description too seriously because I honestly have huge doubts that anything Anne tells us is necessarily the reality between Cecil and his mother.

Admittedly, I am only halfway. BUT: so far everything is basically hearsay/speculations and Lady Guthrie has not actually been terrible on screen?

Don‘t throw 🍅 at me yet - just concerned she is an unreliable narrator who never shows SHE is a decent mother…

Ruthiella Interesting hypothesis! 🤔 8mo
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CarolynM I have to admit I took Anne at face value, I didn't see anything to make me doubt her. But maybe this is the significance of the "face reflected in the glass" - maybe Anne is less reliable than I thought @LeahBergen 8mo
Cathythoughts This is a very interesting view… I got the feeling Anne was a good mother , and that she seemed normal enough … hmmmmm !!! 🤔 8mo
elkeOriginal @Cathythoughts I got suspicious from a few comments that seem to show a great distance between her and her daughter, and the boys have barely been mentioned…? Not done yet so will keep an eye out to see if I judged this too soon.. (edited) 8mo
elkeOriginal @CarolynM There were also vibes with Anne, her husband, and his cousin thru his mother that seemed like they were all looking for negatives about Lady G. Maybe bad blood about her replacing the first wife, their loyalty was with her as husband Charles‘ mother so automatically thinking the worst of the young 2nd wife? 8mo
batsy I felt this about halfway and considered the possibility that Anne was an unreliable narrator... Will be interesting to see how you feel when you get to the end. 8mo
elkeOriginal @batsy Exactly! I wasn‘t sure if it was too early in my reading to mention but it was bugging me! Reading onward… 8mo
quietjenn Definitely an interesting point to ponder! 8mo
LeahBergen What @batsy said! 8mo
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A very enjoyable childrens picture book about Edward Gorey - with Gorey-esque art and words. I always loved his books but had no clue what an interesting person he was. This book is the tip of the iceberg and now I will go deep diving to read/find out more about him…

TheBee 😍 8mo
Cathythoughts This sounds great 👍 stacking 8mo
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The Spellbound Village: A Novel | Julia Truitt Yenni
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This 1950s America tale about the effects of a local writer, a small town & a book they think is written about them was a revelation. Though the premise seemed like Miss Buncle, this is different. It is darker but still small town odd/quirky. In the midst of drama, humor.
It gets to the heart of people being people and how small towns are special.

Loved it.

Huge thanks to @Jess_Read_This for gifting it!

imho, @LeahBergen needs this book.

elkeOriginal For those wondering who Miss Buncle is: 9mo
elkeOriginal p.s. I am also counting this as #Popcorn for the #Pantone2022 challenge 🍿 9mo
LeahBergen Yes, I DEFINITELY need this book! 😍 9mo
Jess_Read_This Yay!! I‘m so glad you liked it. I saw the Furrowedbrow blogspot fellow wasn‘t a fan. And I actually liked it for some of the reasons he disliked it. 8mo
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Mariana | Monica Dickens, Harriet Lane
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This is one of the few #PersephoneBooks I have with the color cover instead of dove grey - on purpose.
I just love this cover.
And want to get to know these people.
So now it is time to finally read it for #PersephonePick with my #buddyread partners. We will post here as usual, but will be testing out the #StoryGraph buddyread feature.
We will report back on how it goes!
#persephone

Mitch That‘s such a beautiful cover. 9mo
Ruthiella I have that cover too. 😃 9mo
LeahBergen I love this cover, too. I have several of the Persephone Classic editions, instead of the dove grey, just cuz they‘re so beautiful! 9mo
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Kimzey I‘ve see Litsy posts of Persephone books with grey covers. What‘s the story with the uniform book covers? Is it an option? The norm? Why? Just curious. 9mo
elkeOriginal @Kimzey @LeahBergen can correct me but the dove grey covers are the more common covers for Persephone books. I just googled and it seems the publisher did this because she ‘likes grey‘. But more recently they began publishing their Classics line of bestsellers with color covers. They say these are more ‘bookshop-friendly‘ editions. And because these color versions do not have the full color endpapers or matching bookmark, they cost a few £s less. (edited) 9mo
Kimzey @elkeOriginal Thanks, Good to know. I‘ll go to their website for more info. 9mo
elkeOriginal @Kimzey For reference: they have more than 140 titles in the grey covers vs 14 of the color Classics. Grey is the standard by far! 9mo
Andrea313 Yay, I'm so excited to see what you all think of Mariana! And curious about feedback on the Storygraph feature, too. ❤️ 9mo
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Amy sees peoples‘ flavor. She is also a time traveler of sorts: lived in deep space until her dad lost his job and they took the journey to Earth. The 30-year journey in cryogenic stasis. She is still 16, 30 years later, which makes this an interesting twist on a high school fish-out-of-water story. The art is awesome, the Earth is interestingly jetsons-y, Space boy is a mystery, and I can hardly wait to see where these lovable characters end up!

elkeOriginal Space boy‘s #snowwhite hair makes this a suitable #pantone2022 read! 9mo
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Am loving this graphic novel that starts with such a fun idea. Throughout, she sees peoples‘ flavors. And how people/flavors go together, or not.
It is delightful.
I wonder what flavor I am. You?

Riveted_Reader_Melissa Sounds great! 9mo
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Did anyone think how any dove grey #Persephone book would suffice as #NorthernDroplet in the #Pantone2022 challenge? It sure took me long enough to make the connection! Somehow this color was giving me trouble - until I saw a whole shelf begging to be chosen for this prompt 🤦🏼‍♀️

Now to make the #persephonepick

(That postcard is the old London shop. I have not had any friends make the trek to the Bath shop yet! HintHint😉)

#persephonebooks

Jas16 Hint taken- I am hoping to head to there in March. 9mo
LeahBergen What a glorious sight! 9mo
elkeOriginal @Jas16 You lucky duck! 9mo
Clwojick It‘s a perfect match! 9mo
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I am enjoying the #StoryGraph stats charts and just noticed that as a notoriously bad-at-nonfiction reader (who has no intention of improving herself by trying harder 🤦🏼‍♀️), this will be the most balanced I ever look: 2 books read, one was nonfiction (graphic memoir). ⚖️
(I will bet you a free book that at year-end I have only this 1 nonfiction book for the entire year! 😹)

#storygraphstats #balance #notononfiction

KellyK I set a non-fiction goal every year… I always fail. 😢☹️ 9mo
Ruthiella I also struggle to read more nonfiction. Good luck in keeping your balance! 9mo
sprainedbrain You just described me! Bad at reading nonfiction, zero plans to change that. 🤷🏻‍♀️😅 9mo
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This book is very diverse with tales from all over the world but I had to share this classic because the art just stopped me in my tracks.
Love this book. More TK 😉
#fairytales

rubyslippersreads 😍😍😍 9mo
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The Callers | Kiah Thomas
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Interesting take on a familiar magic - the calling of objects. Calling is a highly valued skill in Quin‘s family but his talent is lacking. But Quin soon finds out that ‘nothing comes from nothing‘ and the objects his world Calls are being taken from another.
Very well done as a fun but also thought provoking middle grade novel. The worlds are vivid and the magic system is well done and nicely twists expectations. The characters are quite likable.

elkeOriginal Another read for #pantone2022 - I thought this fit for #Dahlia @Clwojick 9mo
Clwojick Such a stunning cover! 😍 9mo
rubyslippersreads Gorgeous cover! 😍 9mo
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This is a heartfelt memoir in mostly drawings about several years in her young adulthood as her career and personal life were taking off.
She distills feelings SO well in one or two drawings! Noelle struggled with depression, coming out, gender confusion, religion, etc so it is not light reading.
But as a fan of her graphic novels, I am glad I read more about her in her own words/images. She is pretty amazing and brave to put herself out there.

elkeOriginal She uses all pronouns now so I used ‘her‘ as she identified herself in this book. FYI before you correct me 😉 9mo
elkeOriginal This also was my first #pantone2022 title! #bubblegum @Clwojick 9mo
Clwojick Love the colour match! 💖💖 9mo
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This book was an after Christmas gift to myself - it was SO gorgeous I could not not buy it!
There is a spread for each fairy tale, myth, or other ‘divine‘ story. I LOVE the art and with a quick page per tale, I will be dipping in and out all year to keep connected to the stories - such variety too!
(I will post favorites here 😉)

Soubhiville Wow so pretty! 9mo
LeahBergen That IS a beauty! 9mo
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The #endpapers in this book are just so festive! 💗
#christmasallyear

LeahBergen I was eyeing this book before Christmas! Perhaps I‘ll buy it for myself next Christmas. 😆 9mo
elkeOriginal @LeahBergen I gave a couple as gifts but need my own copy next year for sure! Let‘s not forget 😉 9mo
LeahBergen Ha! Yes, remind me! 9mo
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Enchanted Castle | Edith Nesbit
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A classic that somehow this magic and castle obsessed book freak never read before.
So glad I finally did!
Very much made my #bestof2021 list 📚

Jess_Read_This That‘s a pretty cover! 9mo
elkeOriginal @Jess_Read_This I agree that is what attracted me! Such a pretty castle 🏰 9mo
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I picked this up thinking it looked like a fun graphic novel set in a Bronte-esque gothic setting. But it is SO much more! Soon, the setting is revealed to be a pocket universe built to stick to gothic romance tropes but things malfunction (evil plots enacted, of course!) and there is some mind-bendy sci-fi stuff that is SO delightful!
Fun, funny, weird.
Plays on gothic tropes while satisfying our love of them.
+ top notch heroine!
#bestof2021

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Vespertine | Margaret Rogerson
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As a fan of the Fair Assassin series, I was all in for this dark, medievalish story of dark arts nuns taking care of things due to their ability to see souls & spirits. There is a bigger story of foiling evil plots but at its heart is a strong, odd girl + the friendship she forges with a revenant who possesses her in the heat of battle. Dark world contains violence/tension, but fun sparring dialogue with revenant lightens it up.
More info ⬇️

elkeOriginal Book 1 in Fair Assassin series - highly recommended! - is (edited) 9mo
elkeOriginal And rumor is Vespertine is start of a series but rest assured this is self-contained and ends properly, no cliffhanger. 9mo
elkeOriginal No romance to speak of. FYI 😉 9mo
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Mrs. Lorimer's Quiet Summer | MOLLY. CLAVERING
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@LeahBergen Have you read Molly Clavering?
She was friend and neighbor of DE Stevenson and several of her novels recently came out from #FurrowedMiddleBrow #DeanStreetPress too.

This one is supposedly a thinly veiled portrayal of their friendship. I enjoyed imagining it WAS them!
(The tagged book is the same as the one in my photo)

Leftcoastzen Very cool! 9mo
LeahBergen What a great edition! I have this one (under the other title) but haven‘t got to it yet. I ONLY got it this past summer. 🤣 9mo
LeahBergen Oh, and I have a couple of the Furrowed Middlebrow editions of her books. One was a Twitter prize and I bought the other that was a sequel to it. 😊 9mo
elkeOriginal @LeahBergen I look forward to Molly‘s books popping up in #furrowedmiddlebrowclub 😉 9mo
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