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Librarybelle

Joined September 2016

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A Walk in the Woods | Bill Bryson
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Tagging this book, as Bryson does make a brief visit to my area on his trek. For some reason, Bryson‘s humor got to me in this book, though so many love this book, but I digress…

I do not do much walking outdoors. If given the chance, I‘d walk along the New England coastline. There is something about the salt air and the sea breeze while gazing at the rocky coast that is calming.

However, my parents‘ backyard, pictured in this very old photo ⬇️

Librarybelle ⬆️ from a dozen years ago, borders the Appalachian Trail. When I was a kid, we would spend a few hours on the trail by simply cutting through the farm field directly behind us and meet up with the trail. Within a mile of the house is a tiny brook with a little foot bridge that gurgles and is so peaceful. I‘ve not been on the trail in decades, but with it near my parents‘ house, when I visit, I have to watch for hikers crossing roadways. I love ⬇️ 8h
Librarybelle ⬆️ that the area around my parents is protected, since it is designated federal government property due to the trail. A fun little tidbit! #WednesdayWanderings #LitSolace #MidsummerSolace 8h
AllDebooks This is wonderful x 8h
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Librarybelle I also normally avoid tagging books in these posts, but despite my misgivings with Bryson‘s humor in this one, it‘s a good look at the pros and cons of thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail, or really any massive trail. I did like his descriptions of the scenic areas he hiked. 8h
mabell Very cool! I‘d love to see a portion of the trail one day! (Thru hiker I am not 🤣) I really enjoyed this book, but I agree about Bryson‘s humor - it can be a bit much at times 6h
Librarybelle @mabell Yeah, I‘m definitely not a thru hiker. 😂 Props to those who are!! 6h
TheBookHippie I love all this! Fascinating! I cannot read this author 😅😵‍💫🫣🤷🏻‍♀️ 5h
Librarybelle @TheBookHippie I read a couple others by him that did not bother me. This one is my least favorite of what I read. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 5h
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Thanks for the tag, @Texreader !

I scored 46/100…though I feel like I saw a lot of movies over the years, it makes me wonder if I just saw the same ones over and over again. 😂

The list misses some really good ones IMO - Office Space and Clueless immediately come to mind! - but from the list:

1. Notting Hill
2. My Best Friend‘s Wedding
3. Tie between Sleepless in Seattle and Beauty and the Beast

My picks line with my love for 90 rom-coms

#TLT

dabbe They most definitely do! Sometimes I love to just watch the ending of NOTTING HILL on YouTube--over and over again. 😂 Thanks for playing and sharing! 🤩🤩🤩 2h
Librarybelle The ending is so good, @dabbe ! 2h
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Who would have thought a mysterious letter would cause so many issues??? Nancy breaks a postal regulation, is followed and attacked, and also has an altercation with a woman. Plus, she has to cheer on Ned at the football game! I‘m so loving the #NancyDrewBR ! Discussion on the 15th!

#Xander #CatsOfLitsy

Bookwormjillk I gave up on my library and bought a kindle copy today. Looking forward to diving in. 24h
Librarybelle @Bookwormjillk Sorry! At least you have a copy now! 24h
Ruthiella I think any postal worker would read this as a horror story! 😱😂 24h
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RaeLovesToRead Xander!!!! 🥰🥰🥰 23h
DGRachel I am definitely liking them more as we go along! 22h
dabbe There's one of your “boys“! 🤩🖤🐾🖤🤩 21h
Librarybelle Yes, @dabbe ! 😻 21h
TheAromaofBooks I was like no wonder my packages go astray half the time, they're probably getting caught up in a lonely hearts scam! 😂 9h
Librarybelle @TheAromaofBooks I know! 😂 I loved that little twist…what a concept to add for Nancy to discover and solve with her other mysteries. 9h
Allylu Yes, but she has help from the little kid up the street - no problem. 😊 1h
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I loved this one! Definitely more adventure than mystery, with just a little bit of romance, this is a snappy and creative look at the Regency era from the perspective of a 42 year old unmarried woman and her twin. I loved Lady Augusta, who is snarky and quick-witted and breaks any spinster stereotype. I laughed quite a lot while reading. I gasped a lot too - Goodman uses the narrative to discuss female injustices in the 19th century. ⬇️⬇️⬇️

Librarybelle ⬆️⬆️⬆️ It‘s a stark reminder that women had no power. Women‘s health, inheritance rights, child and women abduction/prostitution - just some of the issues addressed. The narrative made me feel so many emotions, and to me that means this is a good book. Rumor is there will be a book two - I sincerely hope so! 3d
Deblovestoread Great review! I need to move this up the kindle tbr ladder. (edited) 3d
Librarybelle Thanks, @Deblovestoread ! I hope you enjoy! 3d
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Texreader Excellent review. Stacked! 3d
tpixie Great review! stacked!! 2d
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Combined #BookReport and #WeeklyForecast : Though I read a lot this past week, I managed to complete one book. The Irish Goodbye was a fun listen!

My plan for this week is to just keep reading!

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I caved…complete FOMO! I went through several images and did not get the book shot, and this one did not display a lot of décolletage. ?

https://bridgertonportrait.com

Deblovestoread Lovely! 6d
TheBookHippie Oh I love it! 6d
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Texreader Love it!! 6d
Librarybelle Thank you, @Texreader ! 5d
CrowCAH I agree. I feel like I have to go back and see if I can‘t get the book pose 5d
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Cordelia needs to escape from her grief and decides to spend a summer off the coast of Ireland. She literally runs into Niall on her first day…literally. It is not love at first sight.

This is a romance story, but it‘s also a study in grief and learning to cope with memories and discover oneself again. The romance bits are extra spicy, totally NSFW. I listened to the audio, and I greatly preferred the female voice actress over the male ⬇️⬇️

Librarybelle ⬆️⬆️ voice narrator. As for the story itself, Cordelia did get on my nerves a little bit with her extreme bashfulness and her constant fretting over everything - perhaps she hits a little too close to home for me. My favorite character by far is Rosheen, an older woman who lives on the island and is hilarious. Really, really hilarious. Overall, this is a good summer read. Perfect beach read, and it makes me really want to go to Ireland! 7d
willaful So annoying when there's more than one narrator and the quality varies. I've had to switch to print many a time. 7d
Librarybelle Thanks #NetGalley and the publisher for this #ALC ! 7d
Librarybelle @willaful The male voice narrator could not do a female voice at all. They all sounded so shrilly, unfortunately. I did like his narration of Niall‘s voice, though. 7d
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I was so close to a bingo on May‘s #BookSpinBingo card! I will manage a bingo one of these days…

My June card is ready to go!

willaful You had one of those “so many books read but somehow no bingo“ boards. So annoying! 😂 1w
Librarybelle @willaful Maybe June will be my month for a bingo! 1w
willaful @Librarybelle Sitting on my thumbs for you! 1w
TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! Looking great!! 1w
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The dedication has captured my immediate interest:

“This book is dedicated to all women out there who no longer have the patience or desire to put up with any nonsense.”

kspenmoll Love this!!!!🩵💙❤️ 1w
dabbe 🤩🤩🤩 1w
Deblovestoread Me 🙋🏻‍♀️ 1w
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My cards arrived today! Thank you, @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks and @TheBookHippie !! #LitsyLove

TheBookHippie YAY!!! 🩷🩷🩷🩷 1w
Librarybelle @TheBookHippie Sunflowers are my favorite flowers, so it was such a perfect card. Thank you! ❤️ 1w
TheBookHippie @Librarybelle 🌻🌻🌻🌻🌻 oh how wonderful!!! 1w
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Mimi28 When is your birthday? I got your letter today!! I will send you a birthday card 😉🩷 1w
Librarybelle @Mimi28 So glad you got my letter! My birthday was Saturday! 1w
Mimi28 Happy belated birthday 🎂!! I will send your card soon 😊🩷I hope it was a great one!! 🫶🏽😊🩷🤗😎 1w
Librarybelle @Mimi28 It was! Thank you so much! ❤️ 1w
Mimi28 That‘s great!! You‘re welcome ☺️ 1w
Ddzmini Happy birthday 🎊🎈🎉🎁🎂🥳📚 1w
Librarybelle Thank you, @Ddzmini ! ❤️ 1w
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I had a really good reading month in May. 16 completed books, from a wide variety of genres and age levels. My favorites were The Best at It by Maulik Pancholy and The Situation Room by George Stephanopoulos.

On to June!!

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Combined #BookReport and #WeeklyForecast :

I loved The Situation Room! Lots of great info. I‘m so glad I read that last week.

This week, it‘s time to really dive into #buddyread titles and see what #BookSpinBingo brings!

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I own a few copies of Little Women but decided to read from my most recent edition acquisition, the #BOTM version.

I‘ve read this a couple of times, so I‘m looking forward to this reread. Fun fact: If I ever had a daughter, her name would be Josephine Elizabeth, after my two favorite female characters, Jo March and Elizabeth Bennet. #PemberLittens #HashtagBrigade

IndoorDame Love the cover art!!!! 2w
Bookwormjillk I think that‘s my favorite so far 🤩 2w
BarkingMadRead Ohhhhh fun cover! 2w
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Librarybelle I loved it so much I had to add it to my BOTM box awhile ago! @IndoorDame @Bookwormjillk @BarkingMadRead 2w
LiteraryinLawrence I love the name Josephine for that reason too! With a nickname of Jo. I‘m not having kids so I always thought of it as a possible cat name. 😋 2w
Librarybelle @LiteraryinLawrence Good plan! I‘ll never have kids either, so my cats are blessed with “human” names. They‘re my kids. 🤷🏻‍♀️😂 2w
Texreader And I still haven‘t read it… 2w
kelli7990 I haven‘t read it yet. 2w
Librarybelle @Texreader @kelli7990 There are quite a few children‘s classics I have yet to read but everyone else has. Maybe someday! 2w
marleed I believe I own 3 physical copies of this book, and I too must admit, I‘ve never read it. Ohhh, maybe I should list one of my #BookSpin categories as A children‘s classic! 2w
Librarybelle @marleed I highly recommend it! 2w
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A Thousand Ships | Natalie Haynes
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New month, new book for #LiteraryCrew ! This month, we head to the Trojan War era. Read at your own pace throughout the month. I‘ll check in periodically and will post discussion questions on June 30th.

If you would like to be added or removed from the tag list, let me know! #BuddyRead

CrowCAH Thank you for tagging me! 😁 Looking forward to this one. 2w
Deblovestoread This is such a good book! Enjoy 💜 2w
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Librarybelle So good to hear it is good, @Deblovestoread ! 2w
kspenmoll I am waiting for book but plan to@join in! 2w
Librarybelle Hope it arrives soon, @kspenmoll ! 2w
julieclair So happy to be reading this. It has been on my TBR forever! 1w
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#LittenDetectives : We are two weeks away from our next #NancyDrewBR discussion! What happens when Nancy receives a mysterious letter? Let‘s find out!

Questions will be posted on June 15th!

Bookwormjillk My library only has the audiobook for this one. I‘m interested to see what that‘s like. 2w
Librarybelle @Bookwormjillk Is Laura Linney the narrator? I‘ve not listened to her narrations, but I hear they are good. 2w
BarkingMadRead Can‘t wait!! 2w
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bookandbedandtea I'm ready! I really enjoy revisiting these with a group. 2w
Ruthiella I‘ve already started reading! 😃👍 2w
Read4life I‘m really enjoying the reread and discussions. 🤓 2w
Bookwormjillk @Librarybelle no, I‘ll have to look for her version in the future if I do audio again! 2w
TheAromaofBooks I don't remember this one at all, so I'm curious to see if it comes back to me 😂 2w
DebinHawaii Just picked mine up from the library! 🎉 2w
Allylu Already have my copy from the library! 💕📚 1w
Librarybelle @Allylu Hooray!! 1w
julieclair I just love the title of this one! 1w
PurpleyPumpkin This is one reading challenge that I‘m actually keeping up with!😅Looking forward to the upcoming discussion. 👍🏽 1w
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Christie, thank you so much for the lovely gift! I love all of it. It is so tempting to break into the chocolate right now. 😂

❤️❤️❤️ I feel so special! #LitsyLove

tpixie French tea!! 🇫🇷 Happy birthday!! 🎁 (edited) 2w
Librarybelle Thank you, @tpixie ! ❤️ 2w
Bookwormjillk Happy birthday 🎉 2w
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Librarybelle Thank you, @Bookwormjillk ! ❤️ 2w
TheLudicReader Glad it arrived safely. 🥳 2w
TheLudicReader Haha @tpixie …that tea is not French. I just happen to live in Canada‘s only officially bilingual province. It is made here, though, and is my favourite. 2w
tpixie @TheLudicReader Ah! Ah!! Fantastique 🩵 2w
LeahBergen Lovely! I‘ve not tried that tea, @TheLudicReader . As a good Canadian, I must rectify that. 😁 2w
TheLudicReader @LeahBergen I would be happy to send you some! 2w
LeahBergen @TheLudicReader Oh, that‘s too kind but don‘t go out of your way! I can look it up online. 😘 2w
TheLudicReader @LeahBergen It is zero trouble. Consider it sent. 😁 2w
LeahBergen @TheLudicReader Aww, thank you!! 🥰 2w
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Thank you for the lovely birthday wishes and extras, @UwannaPublishme , @Blerdgal_Fenix , @KadaGul , and @Eggs !

#LitsyLove

KadaGul Your Birthday 🎂🎁🎈🎉 Corner is bursting with celebration! 2w
Librarybelle @KadaGul ❤️❤️❤️ 2w
Mollyanna Happy Birthday! 2w
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Librarybelle Thank you, @Mollyanna ! ❤️ 2w
Cupcake12 Happy birthday 🥳 2w
MaureenMc Happy birthday! 🎈 2w
LeahBergen Happy Birthday!! ❤️❤️ 2w
Sargar114 Happy Birthday!!! 🥳 2w
JessClark78 Happy Birthday! 🎊🎂🎉 2w
Eggs You‘re welcome ☺️ Hope it was fun! 2w
Librarybelle @Eggs It was! 😁 2w
UwannaPublishme Keep enjoying your birthday month! 😘❤️🎉🎂 2w
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I took time this afternoon to make my June #BookSpinBingo list!

Mollyanna Very pretty! 2w
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2w
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City of Books: A Novel | Nicole Meier
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Thanks to #NetGalley and the publisher for this #ALC !

When a small group of bookstore employees are told to immediately shut down their bookstore, they decide to stay, refusing to leave to show the importance of the store to the community. The reader sees the story from the perspective of the manager Jo, as she and a half dozen staff keep the online bookstore sales running.

It‘s a fun premise. There is the power of books and their special ⬇️

Librarybelle ⬆️ connection to people. There is growth of the characters, which was nice to see. The narrative itself seemed a little longer than necessary, and Jo‘s frequent repetitive thoughts was a little too much for me sometimes. There is a side story that I‘m not exactly sure why it was added, other than a humanity aspect. Okay listen. The voice narrator was good. I did like the book quotes throughout! And who wouldn‘t want to be in a bookstore overnight? 2w
Hooked_on_books What an awesome premise! What a bummer it wasn‘t a better book. 2w
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Librarybelle @Hooked_on_books It is a great premise! I‘m sure the author modeled it after Powells, since the story takes place in Portland. But, it just did not grab me. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 2w
LibrarianRyan Sound interesting. Is it just me, but hasn't there been a lot of Bookstore/library books written lately. 1w
Librarybelle @LibrarianRyan Yes! Totally agree! 1w
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It‘s time for our discussion, #LiteraryCrew !

I posted 8 questions as spoilers. You can find them on my feed, the book‘s feed, or searching the group hashtag.

Thanks for joining me for this #BuddyRead ! Next month‘s book is A Thousand Ships by Natalie Haynes, and I will post a reminder graphic about it tomorrow.

kspenmoll I really loved this book💕 2w
julieclair Still listening. Loving it so far! 2w
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8. Consider the mothers and daughters in this book: Veronique and Marie-Louise; Veronique and her mother, Danielle; the queen and her daughters; and Madame du Pompadour and Alexandrine. What are the common threads in all those relationships? Which ones did you most identify with? ~from Reading Group Guide #LiteraryCrew #BuddyRead

kspenmoll One common thread is that there was physical distance between them all.Also in most cases the daughters were taken from their mothers at birth or at a young age & raised separately.The mothers had to deal with the agony of that loss.The mothers either did not have a choice in this because they were under their husbands rule or as in Veronique‘s case,her mother believed what she was told that her daughter‘s life would be much richer. (edited) 2w
julieclair @kspenmoll is correct, in that all of the daughters were separated from their mothers, one way or another . It is hard for me to imagine that. I really don‘t identify with any of them. 2w
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7. What do you think becomes of Marie-Louise, Veronique, and Jean-Louis in the years after the novel ends? How do you envision their future? ~adapted from Reading Group Guide #LiteraryCrew #BuddyRead

mcctrish I hope Jean-Louis lived a good life and stayed in touch with his mom. 2w
kspenmoll I loved that fact that Marie-Louise was going to join her son in the New World. 2w
julieclair It‘s so fascinating to think that the daughter and grandson of the French king could be living like ordinary people in the new world. Imagine tracing your genealogy nowadays and discovering that! 2w
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6. How might Marie-Louise's life had differed had she known the truth of her mother and father, rather than learning years later? ~adapted from Reading Group Guide #LiteraryCrew #BuddyRead

mcctrish If her guardians had told her I think it might have crushed her and if it had been public knowledge I think she‘d have been killed in the uprisings (edited) 2w
kspenmoll I agree with @mcctrish in that she was protected during the Revolution while her husband ultimately was not because he took her dowry money that was traced to the crown. 2w
julieclair I think she would have been happier overall if she had known the truth, rather than just thinking that her parents didn‘t care about her. But I agree that not knowing probably did save her life during the Revolution. 2w
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5. Why does Marie-Louise become a midwife? What about her history may have made her uniquely qualified for this calling? ~from Reading Group Guide #LiteraryCrew #BuddyRead

mcctrish I think she needed to do something, have a role, not be disposable ( worthless) and midwifery was just what was presented to her as a viable vocation. She was smart and capable and being a midwife was seemingly the best job a woman at that time could have and keep after marriage and children 2w
kspenmoll She was interested in & studying science- she knew she could not be a doctor in the society she lives in. She did not want to be a nurse, assisting doctors. She observed how independent, in charge, respected & knowledgeable her mentor was & she wanted that life. 2w
julieclair She just found herself in that situation, and ran with it. She really didn‘t have many options. 2w
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4. Why is it so hard for Veronique to move on after the king spurns her, despite knowing that her future has been assured if she's willing to go along with the plan? Why does she continue to insist that the king is the father of her child? Would you have done the same? ~from Reading Group Guide #LiteraryCrew #BuddyRead

mcctrish She was young and thought the relationship was a two way street. The trauma of a sexual relationship so young, the lack of education and then the consequences ( pregnancy and dismissal) broke her heart and her mind. I think realizing how absolutely disposable I was would break me 2w
kspenmoll @mcctrish I agree- she believed all he had told her about being his love- just a child & he was all she had. She insists he is the father of her child because he is the only man she had sex with during that time. It is beyond her ability to grasp that he is done with her. (edited) 2w
julieclair Poor Veronique was completely under the control of others. First her mother “sold” her, then Mme. Pompadour and Lebel controlled every aspect of her life. Insisting that the king is her baby‘s father is the only thing she can control. 2w
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3. At the start of the novel, we are told that the king's mistress, Madame du Pompadour, “. . .knows that the world is not run by those who trust but by those who foresee trouble well before it is conceived.“ Do you agree? Which other characters in this novel share that approach to life? ~from Reading Group Guide #LiteraryCrew #BuddyRead

kspenmoll I am at work- will respond later in the day. 2w
Jerdencon The kings main helper (can‘t remember his name right now) definitely lived his life trying to anticipate the next step before the king. 2w
mcctrish @Jerdencon I listened to this so I can‘t look it up but you are absolutely right. I think we all live this way to some extent ( savings, life insurance, looking both ways before we cross the street ) some people have to next level it - body guards 2w
kspenmoll @Jerdencon I think his name is Lebel. He served the king so long that he knew him inside & out - he tells the king he is always “ sniffing for deceit” unlike the king who Lebel tells him he “only sees goodness and innocence around you.” His job is to know what the king needs next. 2w
julieclair I think there‘s a lot of truth in that statement. If someone has anticipated problems and is prepared to handle them, then they can have the luxury of trusting people. If their trust turns out to be misplaced, they‘re ready to deal with it. 2w
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2. Before diving into the book, I also wanted to highlight King Louis XV, who is one of the main characters in the novel, and Deer Park. Stachniak includes in her author's note that Deer Park did exist. I was astounded while reading about this!

Here's a little bit more information about Louis XV and Deer Park: https://www.geriwalton.com/parc-aux-cerfs-and-tales-of-louis-xvs-harem/

#LiteraryCrew #BuddyRead

kspenmoll Thanks! This article is better than what I found on the internet! I learned so much through this book- I had no knowledge of the Kings use of young girls. 2w
Jerdencon While I had never heard of deer park before, I can‘t say I was surprised it was going on… these kings thought they could do whatever they wanted and found an excuse to make it seem ok. 2w
mcctrish I had no idea before this book ( but it makes perfect sense) your link is fantastic. This is the best kind of historical fiction 2w
julieclair That link is so interesting. I had never heard of Deer Park before reading this book. As @mcctrish says, this is the best kind of historical fiction. Books like this are why it‘s my favorite genre. 2w
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1. We are at Versailles this month! Have you ever visited Versailles? Have you read anything prior to this book set in or about Versailles?

To get us fully immersed, this is the Versailles official website: https://en.chateauversailles.fr/

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kspenmoll I visited Versailles during my honeymoon- we spent a week in Paris & a week in Italy. The opulence is so striking. It makes you understand why the revolution occurred. 2w
tpixie Versailles is golden opulence! One crazy thing- people would come into the bedrooms of the queen to watch her sleep & get dressed- like a zoo animal !! And whenever a queen would deliver a baby there would be multiple people there watching her to document that it really was a royal birth. 2w
Jerdencon I visited Versailles many years ago - it was beautiful… I have so many pictures of the hall of mirrors! 2w
mcctrish @kspenmoll I went on my honeymoon too ❤️❤️ and again with my boys 15 years later ( watering rationing was very event the second time with only a few fountains running in the gardens on the official water days ☹️) I loved that I could imagine where the characters were when they walked the ground 2w
julieclair Versailles was so opulent that it was hard to comprehend. Such unbelievable wealth. 2w
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Wow! Stephanopoulos takes the reader through six decades of presidential history through the confines of the Situation Room. This is a fascinating look at the workings of each president from Kennedy through Biden, the apolitical staffers who interact with them, & the administration staffers. At times poignant and other times horrifying, I learned a lot, and it also confirmed some of my impressions on former presidents. 5 stars!

JenReadsAlot I'm a huge fan of George so looking forward to this one! 2w
Librarybelle @JenReadsAlot It was really good! I hope you enjoy it too! 2w
Bookwormjillk Ohhh this sounds like an episode of The West Wing. I‘ll have to check it out! 2w
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Librarybelle @Bookwormjillk Yes!!! I also thought of Madame Secretary the whole time I was reading this. 2w
AmyG I‘ve got a hold on the audiobook. Glad to hear it‘s good! 2w
Librarybelle @AmyG I could not put it down! I hope you enjoy it! 2w
Hooked_on_books I saw a clip of him on some show talking about this book and immediately put the audio on hold. Sounds like it‘s just as good as I thought it might be! 2w
Librarybelle @Hooked_on_books I hope you like it! 2w
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Digging Up Daisy | Sherry Lynn
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Admittedly, I almost stopped reading this one after the first couple of chapters - the actions of the main character just completely baffled me, and the response of those actions by law enforcement seemed completely wrong. Cozies are not meant to be real life, but this seemed over the top even for a cozy. The narrative did get better as the story progressed. Lots of suspects and mystery elements, plus a secondary mystery. ⬇️⬇️⬇️

Librarybelle ⬆️⬆️⬆️The ending was pretty dramatic, a true nail biter. So-so read in the end for me. I received a copy of this from #NetGalley , so thanks to NetGalley and the publisher, and I had found a physical copy of the book along the way. #Zeke and #Xander are clearly ready for bed! #CatsOfLitsy 3w
JenReadsAlot So cute! 3w
KadaGul The grey cat 🐈‍⬛ is like, the book 📖 was great, and now it is time to sleep 😴. Orange 🍊 cat 🐈 is like, I love ❤️ the book 📖 was great, let's read another one.#Petslife 3w
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Librarybelle @JenReadsAlot ❤️❤️❤️ 3w
Librarybelle @KadaGul Shortly after this, they were both asleep and not quite ready to leave their spots by my pillows. 😂 3w
KadaGul Ceto, Display Picture, she does the same thing. When I'm reading 📖 bed 🛏️. First, she wants to rub her body, to claim the book 📖 , every corner of the book. Then be right up the book 📖 like she can read it. The first 30 minutes go by, settling, and then the rest of the time is spent between her getting into a comfortable position and me comforting her. 3w
dabbe Too adorable! 🖤🐾🐾🖤 3w
Leftcoastzen Very cute!😻😻 3w
Ruthiella 😻😻😻 3w
IndoorDame 😻😻😻 3w
Librarybelle Thank you, @dabbe @Leftcoastzen @Ruthiella @IndoorDame ! They are the best reading companions. ❤️ 2w
UwannaPublishme Awww! Love this photo! 😻 2w
Bethaj11 What cute kitties!! 2w
Librarybelle Thank you, @Bethaj11 ! 2w
PaperbackPirate 😻😻 2w
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Combined #BookReport and #WeeklyForecast :

Last week was a good reading week, with a few #buddyread titles completed. It was a mixture of good and so-so reads, with a wide span of genres and topics.

I cannot believe it‘s time to organize the June buddy read list! It also makes me realize how many buddy reads I participate in! 😂 I think I recorded all of them for June.

Happy Reading!

UwannaPublishme Wow! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2w
kspenmoll Yes, Wow!!! 2w
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The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes | Arthur Conan Doyle, Sir
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I read this collection a number of years ago and enjoyed the reread. There was one or two so-so stories in the collection, but the majority of the stories have a fun adventure. Holmes is Holmes, of course…he‘s never going to win the most humble person award!

#NoPlaceLikeHolmes

dabbe And that's one of the reasons we love him! 🤩🤩🤩 3w
Cuilin Wonderful review, thanks for being a part of this lovely group. 🫶 3w
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Thanks for the tag, @DebinHawaii !

1. My boys!
2. Visiting wineries
3. Book mail! New Nora Roberts and Ruth Ware
4. My first birthday card in the mail - thank you @KadaGul !
5. Murder, Mystery, and My Family on BritBox…my current binge watch!

#5JoysFriday

UwannaPublishme Happy almost Birthday! 🎉 3w
Mimi28 Happy early birthday 🎂!! 3w
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KadaGul @Librarybelle, I can't😳 believe you got it so quickly! I sent it out just two days ago, and I didn't expect you to receive it this week.#birthdaycards 3w
Librarybelle @KadaGul The mail is crazy! Some things take weeks and others are quick. Arriving a week early just gives me a little bit more time to celebrate! 😁 Thank you for the card!!! 3w
DebinHawaii A lovely list of joys! 💛💛💛 Book mail & birthday cards are joy bringers! Happy early birthday! 🎉🎂🎉 Thanks for sharing & spreading the joy! 🤗 3w
Librarybelle Thank you, @DebinHawaii ! ❤️ 3w
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Admittedly, I was curious about this one - it‘s hard not to see the ads for the movie everywhere you go! I enjoyed the beginning and the end (oh my about that!) but the middle really dragged for me. There were so many details and aspects of the relationship covered that it just seemed to bog down. I‘m not a voracious romance reader, so that explain my feelings. 🤷🏻‍♀️

NSFW scenes aplenty, so if you listen to this like I did, beware!

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Ceremony in Death | Nora Roberts, J. D. Robb
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Wow…this one was super creepy! But so good! Eve Dallas has to dive into the occult and has some pretty gruesome and graphic episodes. I highly recommend not reading this one while you‘re eating…yikes!

I greatly enjoy watching Eve grow as a person and coming to terms with her past. #InDeathLongReadalong

LiseWorks Glad you liked it, great to have you with us 3w
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 3w
StayCurious Yes this one is especially creepy! 3w
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Float Up, Sing Down | Laird Hunt
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Look what I snagged from the library, #SundayBuddyRead Littens! I loved Zorrie so much I was so excited to see this new book by Hunt.

TheBookHippie Ooo 😍😍😍😍 3w
Deblovestoread Looking forward to your thoughts😊 3w
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This is a little hard to review. On the surface, this is a good story about female friendships in the 1920s and follows them as they navigate Prohibition, depression, suicidal thoughts, and women‘s reproductive health.

I came to this book with a very basic knowledge of Dorothy Parker and her group of friends. The nuances of the 1920s is fun to read. However, after participating in the #SundayBuddyRead ⬇️⬇️⬇️

Librarybelle ⬆️⬆️⬆️there are flaws. And, maybe characterizations that are not accurate to real life. There is a balance that historical fiction authors should follow to capture the essence of the real life character without completely fabricating the character…dialogues are fine, but completely changing a persona is wrong. It seems this is the case for this book. I liked the story, but feels it has to be a so-so rating. 3w
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Arsenic and Old Books | Miranda James
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Another great addition in the series, and a perfect palate cleansing read. Charlie and Diesel are entangled in a diary and secrets that date back to the American Civil War. The bonus short story, in which Charlie finds Diesel at the library, reminded me of my real life rescue of Zeke from my car engine at the library so long ago. I made #Zeke model for the picture! #CatsOfLitsy

dabbe 🖤🐾🖤 3w
KathyWheeler This is one of my favorite mystery series, but I don‘t remember a bonus short story being included in the audiobook. I may need to go back and check. It‘s been awhile since I listened to it. 3w
Librarybelle @KathyWheeler It was maybe 15 pages. I‘m not sure if it is only available in the hardcover edition or not. 3w
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Hooked_on_books Zeke‘s doing an excellent job modeling. I can really feel his interest in the book! 😆 3w
Librarybelle @Hooked_on_books I think he‘s rather disappointed there are no yummies near the book! 😂 3w
TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 3w
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A Thousand Ships | Natalie Haynes
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We‘re going way back in time for June‘s selection, #LiteraryCrew participants!

The Trojan War from the female perspective? Sounds like a great #BuddyRead !

Read A Thousand Ships at your own pace throughout June, and discussion questions will be posted June 30th. I will post periodic checkins throughout the month.

All are welcome! Let me know if you wish to be added or removed from the tag list!

tpixie Thanks! 3w
mcctrish I can get a copy from the library 👏🏻👏🏻 3w
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AllDebooks I have this, I'm in 😄 3w
CatLass007 It‘s available at my local library via Libby. Yay! 3w
julieclair I‘m so excited for this one! It has been on my TBR for forever. 3w
Librarybelle It looks like it will be a good one, @julieclair ! 3w
Karisa Please add me 😊 3w
Librarybelle Will do, @Karisa ! Welcome! 3w
Crazeedi Just found it on audio, 9 weeks wait for the e- book, hope a good narrator! 3w
CrowCAH Could I please be added to the tag list? This book has been on my TBrrrrrr! 2w
Librarybelle Of course, @CrowCAH ! Welcome! 2w
CrowCAH @Librarybelle thanks! ☺️ ⛵️ 2w
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I just finished Chapter 21…Cathy is so evil! She gives me the creeps. Just had to say something! #RandomClassics

Image is from Wikipedia/public domain of Jo Van Fleet portraying Cathy Ames in the 1955 film.

TheAromaofBooks RIGHT!? I was just getting ready to post about this week's chapters. WHAT EVEN 3w
Librarybelle @TheAromaofBooks She almost makes Norman Bates look like a choir boy! 😂 3w
BarbaraJean Hahaha—yep!! Now I need to watch one of the film adaptations of this… 3w
Librarybelle @BarbaraJean I should too! 3w
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Combined #BookReport and #WeeklyForecast :

Last week was a good reading week, with 4 completed. Some were better than others!

My goal this week is to continue reading through the #buddyread titles and read more of the library books on my book stack!

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The Best at It | Maulik Pancholy
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When the school board of the school district I grew up in decided to rescind an invitation for this author to speak at one of the middle schools, I knew I had to read this book. The whole episode was so bizarre that it made international news…and not in a good light.

This is such an amazing book, following Rahul as he struggles with so much - his identity, lack of inclusion and diversity in the community, and his overall desire to fit in. ⬇️⬇️⬇️

Librarybelle ⬆️⬆️⬆️Pancholy captures the awkwardness of the tween years perfectly. I learned a bit about Indian culture too! This is so good…highly recommend it. Using this for #BBRC #MiddleGrade #BackToTheDrawingBoard - let‘s just say Rahul tries a few activities to find what he is the best at (hence the title). @LibrarianRyan 4w
LibrarianRyan Wow. And the school rescinded the invite. Probably because of LGBTQ reasons, or the mere suggestion that that may happen. UGHHH I am glad you liked it. It looked fun. 2w
Librarybelle @LibrarianRyan Due to backlash, they did decide to re-invite him after all. They did not specifically say for LGBT reasons, but given his “activism” they were afraid he‘d do a political talk to the middle schoolers and that his book was part of it. I‘m pretty sure none of the board members read his books. So aggravating and bizarre! 2w
LibrarianRyan @Librarybelle Ughhhh. That is bizarre. Why would you invite an author you had never read. That seems like the first thing someone would do. Then look at other presentations, or get information about past presentations. Sounds like a lack of planning on the boards part. 2w
Librarybelle @LibrarianRyan Also bizarre, it was the school, not the school board, who initially invited. The school board took it upon themselves to rescind the invite, which I think was initially in 2020. Ridiculous! But, I‘m glad he is finally coming. 2w
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#LiteraryCrew : We are about halfway through the month, so time for a #buddyread check-in! I know a few have finished and others are waiting for their copy from the library, but for those who have read or who are reading…any thoughts to share?

Discussion May 31st!

mcctrish I loved it! Some things really blew my mind like the Deer Park girls, and not just the girls which was 😳 but the effort behind the business of the Deer Park girls 1mo
Librarybelle @mcctrish I hope to get this soon! 1mo
Jerdencon I‘m zipping through this and really liking it! 4w
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Librarybelle That‘s wonderful, @Jerdencon ! 4w
julieclair Looking forward to starting this! 4w
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Great discussion for The Clue in the Diary! If you haven‘t had a chance to participate, feel free whenever you are able!

Can you believe, #LittenDetectives , that we are on book 8 in the Nancy Drew series?

Nancy receives a letter that leads her on another sleuthing adventure. #NancyDrewBR

Discussion will be June 15th. All are welcome! If you would like to be added or removed from the tag list, let me know!!

Bookwormjillk Interesting. Nancy‘s actually in the title this time! 1mo
Librarybelle @Bookwormjillk Yes! I thought that was interesting too. 1mo
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BarkingMadRead Woohoo can‘t wait!! 1mo
bookandbedandtea Already looking forward to it! 1mo
dabbe Thanks, our hostest-with-the-mostest! 🤩😀🤗
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Bookwormjillk I was updating my #192025 tracker today and noticed these were being released around the same time as the Little House books. Not sure what my point is, but I found that interesting. 1mo
Ruthiella What skills will Nancy acquire this time!?!?😁 1mo
Librarybelle Thanks, @dabbe ! 😘 1mo
Librarybelle That is interesting, @Bookwormjillk ! 1mo
Librarybelle @Ruthiella I‘m excited to find out! (edited) 1mo
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It‘s time for our #NancyDrewBR discussion, #LittenDetectives !

I posted 5 questions as spoilers. You can find them on my feed, the book‘s feed, or by searching #NancyDrewBR .

This was a fun one to read! Jump into the conversation whenever. I will post the official graphic for next month‘s book, Nancy‘s Mysterious Letter, tomorrow! Thanks for reading with me!

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5. The diary in Swedish is the centerpiece of this book. I wanted to close the questions by sharing this collection of diaries and other manuscripts housed at the Library of Congress: https://blogs.loc.gov/manuscripts/category/diaries/

I also liked this from George Mason University about diaries and letters: https://historymatters.gmu.edu/mse/letters/whydo.html

Did you keep a diary? Do you still keep a diary? #NancyDrewBR

BarkingMadRead I don‘t keep a diary, I do have a planner which I rip pages out of as the days go by, and I have a reading journal and a workout journal. I also have a gratitude journal but I have to start it 🙈 1mo
Bookwormjillk The closest I've come to a diary is my reading journals which I've kept since 2014.

I kept thinking why doesn't she just google it? Imagine having to wait for a certain baker to come to work in order to get an answer to a question. Modern day sleuths must feel so pampered compared to Nancy!
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DGRachel I‘ve started journals off and on over the year. Mostly I have notebook ps dedicated to specific classes or coaching programs and I‘ll have sections of thoughts about the course that may dig deeper in feelings, but I always wonder how I‘ll dispose of them before I die so no one gets to or has to go through my babbling. 😂 1mo
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DGRachel And to tag onto what @Bookwormjillk said about Google - I am old enough to remember doing research via card catalogs, microfilm, microfisch, and encyclopedias. Sleuths these days are spoiled. 🤣🤣 1mo
bookandbedandtea @DGRachel One of the reasons I don't keep journals/ diaries is because I wouldn't want anyone reading them when I'm gone! 😆 RE Google, etc, when my daughter read these she was struck by the lack of cell phones. Nancy would see something suspicious then have to drive miles away to find a gas station with a phone. Detectives in the past certainly had a harder time of it! 1mo
dabbe @DGRachel Agree 💯! And how about writing your entire research paper out on index cards so that you could move them around and sort/resort? 😂😂😂 1mo
dabbe I keep a book journal full of favorite quotes from each book I read. I've also started a daily journal thanks to wonderful prompts provided by @TheBookHippie. I haven't written every day, but I've written more than I have in the past. 😀 1mo
DGRachel @bookandbedandtea The phone boxes got me, too. I think of how reliant I am on mine and wonder how I ever lived without one. 😂 1mo
Ruthiella I kept a journal when younger. I need to toss them, because reading them is embarrassing now. 😬 Definitely though, these books underscore how far we‘ve come technologically. How many people now keep notes and appointments on their phones instead of on paper? 1mo
CogsOfEncouragement My grand gave me a diary for xmas when I was young, I was never good at keeping it up. My bf (now husband) gave me a journal during our dating & I wrote in that for a time. I kept a journal as a new mom. I gave it to my daughter on her 18th. I've got one for my son that I will give him soon too. Now I keep a bullet journal. Kind of a record of what I did each day, no deep thoughts. It has already been a handy record for my family. 1mo
AmandaBlaze I had a diary when I was younger. It was more like a Harriet the Spy notebook than anything else. I wanted to be a detective back then. I didn't really keep up with it past age 8.
I have a book journal now, which I try to keep up to date.
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mrp27 My aunt gave me a Precious Momenta diary when I was young, third or fourth grade, & the first thing I wrote in it was about watching the royal wedding Princess Diana & Prince Charles. I kept up writing regularly until I got married, age 27 and threw all of them away when I moved cross country but wish I kept my childhood ones. I don‘t journal regularly anymore but I find myself writing during trying times. It‘s‘ helpful when working through stuff. 1mo
Sace @DGRachel I‘m planning a glorious (and controlled and safe) bonfire for mine. 1mo
Sace I‘ve kept many diaries and journals throughout my life. I used to keep only one at a time but now I jota notes and thoughts everywhere. Sometimes in my (analog) planner, sometimes in my journal. I do have a dedicated reading journal, but I only just recently in the last year started that one. I think my younger self wrote a lot more but older me sometimes can‘t manage more than “Good day today, but I‘m tired.” 🤣 1mo
Roary47 @CogsOfEncouragement Yes! I have a journal for each of my kids talking about their highlights. I‘ve found my memory isn‘t the greatest so when they turn 18 they will have a log of everything they did and how proud I am of them. I had a Lisa Frank journal when I was younger. I read it a while ago and was Impressed at how much I caught on to as a kid. 1mo
kwmg40 @mrp27 I too had a Precious Moments diary when I was a child! 4w
kwmg40 I‘ve kept journals, diaries and scrapbooks at various times in my life. Like @Ruthiella, I cringe at the thought of reading the thoughts of my younger self, so I never do it. 4w
DebinHawaii I journal & have a couple for different purposes. As a child I had a Holly Hobbie diary but I was never good in keeping up with it. 3w
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4. We finally meet Ned in this book! Though referenced briefly in a prior book - and that seems to me a continuity issue, given what we learn in this book - Nancy meets Ned at the scene of the fire. There is instant attraction!

I saw some comments from #LittenDetectives that they really enjoyed Bess in this one.

Thoughts to share on Bess, George, or Ned? #NancyDrewBR

BarkingMadRead I love Ned. I don‘t remember him being mentioned before, but they could just be perimenopause 🤣 Bess and George always crack me up, although they aren‘t always super nice to each other! 1mo
Bookwormjillk Bess says what we all would be thinking. Can we solve this mystery? I have stuff to do.

Ned was kind of just there. I hope he shows some personality at some point.
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DGRachel I liked that we got a proper intro to Ned as opposed to that weird one-liner. Bess and George are always delightful, but I‘ll confess that I don‘t remember a lot of specifics of their behavior in this book. 1mo
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bookandbedandtea I've always related most to Bess as I, too, am not thrilled about getting dirty, would be hesitant to jump into danger, and am usually wondering when lunch is! 😃 I remember really liking Ned because he doesn't outshine Nancy. He's always impressed by her deductions and doesn't try to coddle her or take over. He was my first #litcrush and I still have a soft spot for him. 1mo
dabbe @Bookwormjillk So many dates, so little time. 😂 1mo
dabbe Maybe we should now keep track of how many times they eat, and/or how many hot fudge sundaes Bess wants? I forgot how hungry these books make me! 🤩 1mo
Ruthiella I love Nancy‘s support Scooby Gang! Also, I‘m realizing the fact that Ned has a car is super useful! 1mo
CogsOfEncouragement Ahhhh, Ned. Fun to have him around, and he's so darn willing to help. Keep that up buddy. @bookandbedandtea

I felt a little bad for Bess, her dates have to be postponed while Nancy is having adventures with her love interest. Nothing is fair in this life. @Bookwormjillk @dabbe
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AmandaBlaze I really like Ned. He is a good mystery helper, and seems as intelligent as Nancy. As Carson Drew mentioned, she seems to like him a lot more than the other guys she dated.
I like that even though Bess scares easily, she faces up to her fears. I always enjoy George's sarcasm.
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kspenmoll It was nice to finally meet Ned & have him be such a help to Nancy & her friends- not condescending towards her enthusiasm for solving crime. 1mo
mrp27 I enjoy Bess and George I just don‘t really care for the food shaming. Thankfully there wasn‘t much of that in this book. Looking forward to more Ned and I too like that he works with Nancy and not try to out do or outsmart her. 1mo
lauraisntwilder @mrp27 I agree about the food shaming. 1mo
lauraisntwilder I love Bess. She's the voice of reason, but no one listens to her. By all means, put on your dungarees and go dig a hole on private property in the middle of the night, Nancy. Bess and I will be safely at home asleep! 1mo
Roary47 I really like this mystery team. I‘m so glad they are together and helping each other again. 1mo
kwmg40 I liked having Ned properly introduced to us, rather than just dropped in. However, if I were reading ND for the first time, I wonder if I would have been suspicious of Ned initially. 4w
DebinHawaii I feel most like Bess in these books—the more cautious one who wants to help but has other things she wants to do. Also I get hangry so I want to eat too! 😉 Although, yes, I don‘t like the food-shaming either. I actually thought I imagined the name drop of Ned a couple books back when he was introduced here. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 3w
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3. Nancy and her friends experience a few adventures in this one - the most intense for me was the road rage episode!

Are there any “danger“ aspects that stick out for you?

Note for those keeping track of the bumps on the head: While we did not have a #NancyNogginKnockout , Nancy was slapped in the face!

BarkingMadRead 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣 definitely less danger, and that road rage incident was super scary! Yikes! 1mo
Bookwormjillk This one was danger lite. I agree the scene with the truck on the bridge was most intense. I don't think she even got tied up in this one did she? (edited) 1mo
DGRachel The road rage was terrifying, I think because it‘s the event that seems most “real” of her adventures. 1mo
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dabbe @DGRachel Especially because it seems to happen a lot these days, too! 😱 1mo
Ruthiella I was expecting the road rage incident to somehow tie into the rest of the story because it usually does, but it didn‘t. 😂 Honestly, the slap surprised me the most. That‘s assault! 😱 1mo
CogsOfEncouragement @Bookwormjillk I literally had the thought “huh, Nancy didn't get tied up in this one“ LOL

Nancy sure kept her composure after being slapped too. Another one of her skills and talents to be sure.
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AmandaBlaze I agree with @Ruthuella. I expected more to come from the truck incident. It was scary, though, especially when they came to the bridge. 1mo
kspenmoll The road rage incident gave a contemporary feel to the novel! It seemed like it was intended to demonstrate Nancy‘s patience, & her ability to keep a clear head in the face of danger. 1mo
mrp27 Agree with many others in thinking the road rage incident would figure into the plot. Also agree that the slap was startling, it took me by surprise. (edited) 1mo
lauraisntwilder @Ruthiella Yes, exactly! I was sure that truck driver was going to show up again with the "bad guy." 1mo
AnneCecilie The road rage incident was scary, and as others have already said because it‘s the most “real” of her accidents. I also excepted more to come of it in the story later 4w
DebinHawaii Hopefully the slap wasn‘t hard enough to jar Nancy‘s noggin! 😉 The house explosion & road rage were the most dangerous. 3w
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2. In the 1962 edition, two chapters feature a mail theft subplot. Of course, Nancy to the rescue!

According to Wikipedia, some readers are less impressed with this addition to the story - they do not understand the reasoning for this addition, especially since it did not appear in the 1932 edition.

If you read the 1962 edition, what are your thoughts on this?

Link to recent case of mail theft in the US in the comments... #NancyDrewBR

BarkingMadRead Ok, I so read the 1962 version. I think the subplot helped to make our Swedish friend look a little less like a deadbeat, and it‘s definitely something that was huge back then, so I‘m not bad about it 1mo
Bookwormjillk I only read the version with the mail theft so I wasn't looking for differences. I liked it though. I thought it was kind of ahead of its time with all the identity theft issues we have going on now. 1mo
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DGRachel The cynic in me can‘t believe the postal service, Western Union, or law enforcement would act with such speed or urgency. Other than that, it didn‘t bother me as a plot point. I agree with @BarkingMadRead that it actually helped make the man whose name I cannot remember (curse of library books) a more sympathetic character. 1mo
bookandbedandtea @DGRachel I agree that it's surprising that any of those agencies would be willing to act so quickly or on her say so. I also agree with @BarkingMadRead that it helps to show Mr Swenson in a good light. I wish I had the earlier version to see how his character was treated/ confirmed in that book. 1mo
dabbe Is all of this mainly a small-town sort of thing, where everybody knows your name or at least has heard of the infamous Carson Drew? Maybe that's why they listen to Nancy and are willing to quickly do her bidding. 🤷‍♀️ 1mo
Ruthiella I agree with @BarkingMadRead ! It was added to show that Mr. Swenson was a good dad and husband. You‘d think “why didn‘t he pick up the phone “, but I guess the Swensons didn‘t have one, which might not be extraordinary in the 60s and for sure in the 30s, many people would not have a home phone. 1mo
CogsOfEncouragement It did give Nancy one more way to be a hero, and added a bit more peril for the girls. 1mo
AmandaBlaze I agree with @BarkingMadRead. Joe Swenson becomes a much more enjoyable character when you realize he isn't neglecting his wife and Honey. 1mo
Sace Honestly it never occurred to me to think Mr Swenson was a deadbeat. This is Nancy Drew and I guess I just assumed he was ok because generally the “bad guy” is not associated with “good guys”. So for instance, Foxy Felix‘s wife had character flaws. There was no way Mrs Swenson and Honey would be saddled with a deadbeat 1mo
Read4life I agree with @BarkingMadRead . I didn‘t mind the subplot at all and liked that it put Mr. Swenson in a better light. 1mo
kspenmoll The subplot is in my edition- the mail theft seemed to fit in to me- especially in the light of the Swensons. 1mo
mrp27 I agree that in my 62 edition this subplot made sense to the plot as a whole. It made Mr. Swensen a good guy and explained why Honey and her mother were struggling. 1mo
lauraisntwilder I don't think it added much and I can't believe no one else would have thought to try her "scheme" already. 1mo
Roary47 I agree with everyone it was a needed subplot to make Mr Swenson a good husband and father. 1mo
kwmg40 The subplot didn‘t seem out of place at all. However, I hadn‘t read the earlier edition, so I can‘t compare. 4w
DebinHawaii Read the later version & while I‘m not sure the subplot of mail fraud added much, it was fine & tied in well-enough. 3w
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1. While there are some differences between the 1932 edition and the 1962 (and later) edition, they are limited in scope, according to Wikipedia.

Which edition did you read? What are your overall thoughts of this, the 7th book in the series? #NancyDrewBR

BarkingMadRead I believe mine was the 1962 version, but I have to double check. I feel like Nancy put herself into less danger in this one, which was a nice change. I did see the guilty party in advance this time, but not the accomplice. 1mo
Bookwormjillk I believe I had the 1962 version, but I forgot to check before I returned it to the library. I had the one with the amazing house on fire cover. 1mo
DGRachel Pretty sure mine was the 1962 version. I think this one my best my favorite to date. Plenty to make me roll my eyes, but I didn‘t want to throw the book across the room. Progress! 🤣🤣 1mo
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bookandbedandtea I read the 1962 version. I think this is my favorite so far: Nancy hasn't recently learned a random skill* that just happens to be needed in this book, the relationships between Nancy, Bess, and George feel really solid, and we meet Ned! (*I do get a kick out of the random skills though!) 1mo
dabbe I had the later book, and I forgot how much Ned and Nancy flirted at the beginning! I just remembered him as more of a sidekick like Bess and George who happened to be male. They were adorable in this book! 1mo
Ruthiella 1962 Version! @dabbe I also was struck by all the blushing Nancy did at Bess and George‘s gentle teasing about Ned. 😊 I only remember him as a fixture (and I likely read them out of order at the time), so this meet cute is fun. 1mo
CogsOfEncouragement I've got 1962. I'm glad Ned is in the mix. He proves helpful. I laughed when Nancy sees a house on fire she of course decides she should try to get in there just in case someone needs rescuing. I was relieved when she was unable to. I also laughed when of course Nancy knew some Swedish. 1mo
AmandaBlaze I started with the 1962 edition and ended with 1931. The print version was 1962, but the ebook said 1931.
I like this one, especially the proper introduction to Ned Nickerson. I enjoyed the pacing and the mystery. It was another cross-over case between Nancy and Mr. Drew.
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dabbe @Ruthiella I read them out of order, too. Basically I read whatever I could get my hands on from the library! 😂 1mo
Sace I read the 1962 edition. This one felt faster than some I‘ve read recently. Not sure I can explain it but this one had me hooked pretty quickly. I‘m currently reading The Haunted Showboat and it‘s felt a little slower (then again, I haven‘t had a lot of time to read either). 1mo
Read4life I read the later version and enjoyed the pacing of this one. Ned and Nancy were so cute. 1mo
kspenmoll I have the 1990 edition. This investigation seems more fast paced, with alot happening. 1mo
mrp27 I read the 1962 edition. I liked this one and this one felt a lot less dangerous than the other mysteries. I love how Nancy always has a friend or family that she helps. 1mo
lauraisntwilder I have the 1962 edition. I liked this one, for not being quite so far-fetched, but I also kind of love how commonplace crazy things are for Nancy. 1mo
Roary47 I have the later version. I pretty much like this book for the same reasons everyone mentioned. I like it because it is more probable than what we have seen. Plus, we have Ned! 1mo
kwmg40 I had the 1962 edition. I enjoyed this one and liked seeing the introduction of Ned. 4w
AnneCecilie I don‘t know, I read a translation 4w
DebinHawaii Very late to the discussion party on this one even though I finished it a couple of weeks ago. I read the 1962 version & like everyone, enjoyed meeting Ned! 3w
Librarybelle No worries, @DebinHawaii ! I know you‘ve had some pretty busy weeks lately. I just realized I never joined in the discussion! 😂 3w
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