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quietjenn

Joined March 2016

professional reader, amateur sleuth, punk-ass book jockey
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Swapship Troopers | Walker Long
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Finally made it to the post office today. #muglove23 and #llwbs package have both been sent off Priority.

@TheKidUpstairs @Cinfhen @TheQuietQuill
@Bookgoil @Deblovestoread @AmyG

TheQuietQuill Yay! Super excited 🥰 1d
AmyG Thanks! Yours is all set. I am just waiting on my husband as he has something that needs to be mailed. I will post when I send. 1d
Cinfhen Like the heading above 😂😂 1d
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Murder at the Vicarage | Agatha Christie
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Like an afternoon spent with an old friend, catching up and hearing all the news of the village. Such a treat. And, I remembered very little. I love Miss Marple and her debut here is so good. Plus, the Vicar's narration is particularly delightful. Looking forward to chatting about it with #goldenagecrimeclub tomorrow. Also, marveling about how so many mysteries that came after echo bits of this.

LiteraryinLawrence I completely relate to what you‘re saying!! I‘m doing some Agatha rereads right now, including the tagged book, and it‘s just so familiar and wonderful to hear from these characters again. And I also rarely remember too much about the book, so I can experience it afresh. 💗 2w
AmyG Well said. I barely remembered this one as I probably read it over 40 years ago…in high school. But it was so comforting. It too, me wayback to reading in my childhood room. 2w
batsy Beautifully put! ❤️ I agree, I loved "rediscovering" how Miss Marple made her entrance—I'd forgotten how spiky/witty this could be. 2w
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Cranford | Elizabeth Gaskell
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I hadn't really planned on buying anything for myself yesterday, but when the B&N by your bus stop is closing, so everything is 40% off & you've got 15 minutes to wait ...

batsy Nice choice! Cranford is a delight. 2w
Tamra Of course! 😍 2w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks So pretty 💛💚 2w
quietjenn @batsy it really is. I read it as an ebook awhile ago, but I'm glad I can now revisit in a pretty volume. 2w
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The Honjin Murders | Seishi Yokomizo
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I originally requested this in order to maybe read during #cloakanddaggerchristmas, but there were few copies in the library and it didn't arrive until this week. Which is fine, as I wouldn't have gotten to it in December and it makes solid lunch fare. Accompanied today by grilled ham and cheese and fries, because a) Friday and b) it's been one of of those weeks 😏

mcctrish I made grilled cheese and ham sandwiches twice this week for lunch ❤️❤️❤️ and of course fries on Fry-day 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 3w
Ruthiella Sometimes you gotta have the comfort of a grilled sandwich and fries! 😋 I liked this book and am hoping to read on in his series featuring Kosuke Kindaichi as the detective. 3w
merelybookish Looks like a great lunch! 3w
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Tamra I‘m all about the grilled cheese! 😋 3w
jlhammar Yum! What a comforting meal and the book sounds great! 3w
lauraisntwilder I got this for Christmas. Looking forward to reading it! I hope you're enjoying it. 😀 3w
batsy Mmm! Perfect combo of lunch and book. 3w
mandarchy The way you put ketchup on your fries is totally punk ass. I do that to keep my family from reaching into my stash. People who dip need to get a li... brary card. 2w
quietjenn @mandarchy haha, I confess to sometimes going the dipping route, but there is much to be said for good ketchup coverage! 2w
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My #muglove23 arrived! The benefits of being relatively nearby, @TheQuietQuill 😊 Thank you!!!
@TheKidUpstairs @Cinfhen

TheQuietQuill Holy crow that was quick! I literally just took it to the post office yesterday at 4:30 pm! Glad it made it okay 😊 3w
Cinfhen Oh wow!!! That‘s fantastic @TheQuietQuill !!!! Im REALLY EXCITED and it‘s not even for me 😂😂 3w
TheQuietQuill 😂😂🥰🥰 @Cinfhen 3w
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The Corner That Held Them | Sylvia Townsend Warner
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Completely engrossing and compelling book, centered on a 14th century convent, the women who inhabit it, and the greater community (ecclesiastical and otherwise) that support it. With a meandering-to-nonexistent plot, shifting perspectives, and a large cast of characters who wander in and out of the story, on paper it probably shouldn't work at all, but in reality it's a complete triumph. Loved it and what a book to kick off #nunlitquarterly

Tamra I found it actually a bit difficult to describe! This goes to your apropos comment about how on paper this shouldn‘t work, but it does. 3w
KathyWheeler You are right — it shouldn‘t work, but it absolutely does. 3w
LeahBergen Great review. And it really is a hard book to describe or talk about concisely! 3w
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batsy Yes! Fabulous book to kick off our nun lit readalong 💙 3w
jlhammar Terrific review! What a perfect way to describe it. I‘m almost finished and loving it. 3w
Kristin_Reads This #nunlit Buddy read is so much fun!! 2w
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Crampton Hodnet | Barbara Pym
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Sunday on the futon with Pym 😊

Tamra Happy Cozy Sunday 😻 1mo
wanderinglynn Sweet kitty! ❤️🐱 1mo
Ruthiella This was a fun one to read. I wonder, however, how much of it the editor posthumously added or changed… 1mo
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LeahBergen Nothing better! ❤️❤️ 1mo
batsy Utterly cosy set up 😻 1mo
jlhammar That looks perfect. I haven't read this Pym yet. 1mo
BiblioLitten Awww😻😻 3w
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Clothes-Pegs | Noel Streatfeild, Susan Scarlett
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Early in this one, our heroine Annabel has the following exchange, with fellow mannequin and friend Bernadette.
“Have you ever been at a stuffy cocktail party and come out to find a lovely night,
with a breeze to blow the drinks and cigarettes away?“
“No. Why?“
“That's how you've made me feel.“
And it's a pretty apt summation of the book overall, from my perspective. It's a light and airy confection, perfectly charming.

quietjenn Such dear parents, such an ideal understanding boss, such a low-stakes romance. It does indeed make for quite the cozy fairy tale, in every sense. #furrowedmiddlebrowclub

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Cathythoughts YesI agree ! It‘s a breath of fresh air ♥️ 1mo
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Tamra Perfect quote for your review! 😄 A ray of 🌞. 1mo
Ruthiella Indeed! A breezy and sweet story. I‘m almost finished. They‘re at David‘s place in Sussex. I‘m so very glad I don‘t have to work a half day on Saturday like Annabel and Bernadette do! 1mo
mabell Love that excerpt! ❤️ 1mo
quietjenn @Ruthiella I love that so many of us are spending/have spent this not-working-a-half-day-Saturday with this one! I hope you are enjoying yours! 1mo
Jess_Read_This That is the perfect quote to sum up the book! Nice review! 1mo
jlhammar How perfect! It really was so charming and cozy. 1mo
LeahBergen Lovely review. I kept thinking to myself while I read it, “Yes. This is exactly what I‘d want to read during the war”. There‘s enough tension to keep you invested in the story but you feel sure of a happy outcome (like in all good fairy tales). 😊 1mo
batsy That's a great quote to sum up the book! Nice review 🌞 1mo
shawnmooney I'm so glad you quoted this; that bit of dialogue really is the perfect example of how this book went deep in terms of depicting the relationships between the characters while also working so well on the lighter level. Loved it! 2w
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Wine of Honour | Barbara Beauchamp
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Hello, #furrowedmiddlebrowclub members! We thought it might be nice to get our reading for the year lined up, so everyone can plan (and buy!) accordingly, So, here are my nominations for March!

. Hopefully one of them will strike your fancy!

LeahBergen Well, I really want to read both but I‘ll be fiscally responsible and vote for the one I already own. 😆 1mo
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quietjenn @LeahBergen thank you! I did tag people and they showed up on the desktop, but didn't save and I didn't realize it. 1mo
LeahBergen @quietjenn Oh, no worries! 😄 1mo
LeahBergen And I was SO thinking of choosing Miss Carter for one of my own voting choices but I‘m trying to narrow it down to books I own. 😬 1mo
quietjenn @LeahBergen I am not always great at the fiscal responsibility, but i often find that to be how I make decisions 🤣 1mo
quietjenn @LeahBergen it's hard, although fun hard! And I tend to mostly read these as ebooks, so ownership isn't as much as issue, since those are so cheap (or sometimes free) that i just end up buying them all. There were definitely a few others that were close contenders, which I'm kinda hoping come up in other nominations 🤞 1mo
LeahBergen @quietjenn I must say, I love how frequently they give away free e-editions of these books. They‘re such a lovely small press. ❤️ And I have a few others that I‘m hoping come up for the vote soon, too! (edited) 1mo
Ruthiella Sorry @LeahBergen if this means you have to buy another book (the horror!😱) but I have to vote for Miss Carter. It just sounds like such fun and will help cheer up the last month of winter. 1mo
LeahBergen @Ruthiella Umm, PLEASE make me buy another book. I‘ll be buying it anyway. 😆😆 1mo
elkeOriginal Miss Carter for me! 1mo
CarolynM I was thinking of suggesting this one, so I‘ll vote for it instead 🙂 1mo
batsy Ooh, fun choices! I'm going with 1mo
erzascarletbookgasm This sounds fantastical and fun 1mo
catebutler Love the idea of both of these. My vote is for 1mo
Kimzey Either would be fine, but I vote for Miss Carter and the Ifrit. 1mo
LeahBergen Okay, @Jess_Read_This , you‘re our tiebreaker! What‘s your vote? 1mo
Jess_Read_This @LeahBergen I‘m horrified and apologetic! I haven‘t received Litsy notifications for the past two days. I get one today and see I‘ve missed 14 conversations! 😬 I vote for 1mo
LeahBergen @Jess_Read_This Haha! No apologies needed! Litsy‘s notifications have been glitching for the last couple of days. I figured if I bombarded you with tags , one would eventually get through. 😆 1mo
LeahBergen Wine of Honour wins by a nose! @CarolynM and @Cathythoughts , you two can post your suggestions for July and September now. @Ruthiella , I was thinking you might want to wait to see what gets nominated for these two before posting yours for November? 1mo
CarolynM @LeahBergen They were going to be my two choices. Lucky me gets two more choices😁 (edited) 1mo
Jess_Read_This @LeahBergen it‘s so odd. I‘ve never had issues with notifications. And now I‘m not getting any. Not even that you replied to me 5 min ago! I appreciate the tag bombardment- I think it needs to continue on for me sadly. I‘ll try to reload the app maybe 1mo
LeahBergen @CarolynM You do, lucky duck! 🦆 1mo
quietjenn @Jess_Read_This @LeahBergen I'm constantly having trouble with tags and notifications, so you are certainly not alone! 1mo
LeahBergen @Jess_Read_This It was happening to me a couple of days ago (and might still be, for all I know 😆). Other people on Litsy have been mentioning it, too. 1mo
LeahBergen @quietjenn You, too? It‘s annoying! 1mo
Ruthiella @LeahBergen Yes, I will wait until @CarolynM and @Cathythoughts post. 👍😊 1mo
Jess_Read_This @quietjenn @LeahBergen Thanks for understanding and commiserating! I‘m glad (but also dismayed) it‘s happened to both of you. I like to be able to select when I take a tech break from notifications and not have it forced on me 😂 1mo
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So I actually tried to read this book a few times, back before and around the time it came out, and I just couldn't get into it. Wondering if I give it another go around now with the #pemberlittens, I may have better luck? Let's see!

Cathythoughts Good luck with it this time round 👍🏻♥️ 1mo
rubyslippersreads I‘m behind on this, but will catch up soon. 1mo
StayCurious It‘s pretty good so far 1mo
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The Makioka Sisters | Jun'ichiro Tanizaki
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Thank you for a perfect #wws #winterwonderlandcswap package, @Born.A.Reader - everything is great. During the Christmas cold snap, I was cursing myself for not buying new gloves, and now I don't have to! And so much raspberry hot chocolate. I love it. And I've been meaning to read the tagged book forever, so excited to have a copy. Thank you!

@Chrissyreadit @Avanders @TheBookHippie

Chrissyreadit I love the gloves! 1mo
jlhammar I‘ve also been meaning to read Makioka Sisters forever! It‘s on my shelves. Maybe this will be the year. 1mo
LeahBergen @jlhammar I‘ve had it on my shelves for ages. 🙄 1mo
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batsy I have The Warlow Experiment, too! And I've been meaning to read The Makioka Sisters, as well. If anyone wants to do a buddy read later in the year give me a shout @LeahBergen @jlhammar 😁 1mo
jlhammar @batsy @LeahBergen I‘d definitely be down for a Makioka buddy read. I was considering reading it in May, but we could aim for a later month if that works better with your plans. 1mo
Avanders 👏🏽👏🏽 and Happy New Year! 🎇❄️💙 1mo
quietjenn @batsy @jlhammar @LeahBergen I'm always game for a buddy read! Not too particular about when, so whatever works for others. 🙂 1mo
LeahBergen @jlhammar @batsy @quietjenn I‘m definitely game for a buddy read later in the year, too. 👍 1mo
batsy @jlhammar @LeahBergen @quietjenn May (or after) would be perfect 😊 1mo
LeahBergen @batsy That would work for me, too. 👍 1mo
quietjenn @LeahBergen @batsy @johammar let's make things official - or as official as these things get - and say that a Makioka Sisters buddy read in May is a thing that will happen. I'll put it on my calendar and try to remind us all then. 🙂 1mo
LeahBergen @quietjenn Perfect! 1mo
Born.A.Reader I missed this when you posted it! So glad you enjoy everything! I had so much fun shopping for you! 😁💕 🎁 ❄ 1mo
quietjenn @Born.A.Reader yes, it was wonderful. Thank you so much! 1mo
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Royal Horticultural Society Desk Diary 2022 | Royal Horticultural Society
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Goodbye old year, hello new one. And happy new year to you, Litsy friends! 🎉

Bookzombie Happy New Year!🎆 1mo
batsy Happy New Year! 🥂 1mo
erzascarletbookgasm 🎇 Happy New Year! 1mo
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youneverarrived Happy New Year 🥳 1mo
Jess_Read_This 🎉Happy New Year!🎉 1mo
Ruthiella Well done! 👏👏👏 Happy New Year to you! 🥳 (edited) 1mo
jlhammar Happy New Year! 1mo
Reggie Wow way to go, Happy New Year! 1mo
Gissy Great!📚📚📚👏👏👏👏 1mo
DivineDiana Happy New Year! Fantastic! 👏🏻📚👏🏻 1mo
BkClubCare Awesome! 4w
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Scattered Showers | Rainbow Rowell
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I didn't want to end the year with a pair of ho-hum reads, so opted to spend the afternoon and early decision with this one. It was an awfully good call.

marleed I just love this book of short stories! 1mo
quietjenn @marleed I really loved it too! 1mo
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Mehso-so

Despite a pretty cover and catnip of a premise, this is another one I found pretty underwhelming. Annoying characters, an over the top reveal, and pretty tedious going for much of the way. At least it's of the currently reading pile, eh?

Tamra It always feels good to move on! 😊 1mo
Ruthiella So many modern mystery/thrillers grab me with their premise but don‘t quite wow me upon reading. 1mo
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Missing or Murdered | Robin Forsythe
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My last #cloakanddaggerchristmas read of this year and potentially my last book of 2022. Although in all honesty, I was pretty ho-hum about it, so it would be nice to finish up a book or two before tomorrow night. The amateur sleuth just really irked me, and I'm not quite sure why. Also super wordy and I'm not entirely sure it was all “fair play.“ I've a few others in the series, so will probably not give up on Forsythe/Verker just yet.

batsy Ah, that's a shame! The description makes it sound good. Hope you can squeeze in another and that it's a good one 🤞🏾 1mo
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Murder After Christmas | Rupert Latimer
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I very much enjoyed this vintage mystery buddy read for #cloakanddaggerchristmas. It was quite witty and twisty, with wonderfully drawn characters. I definitely didn't figure things out entirely before the end! And I agree with others who have said it's a very cinematic tale. I also feel like it's one that would reward revisiting.

@merelybookish @batsy

batsy Nice review! I'm almost close to the end, happily befuddled, and very much enjoying the wit and the multiplicity of mince pies 😆 1mo
Tamra I have this TBR! 😄 1mo
Aims42 I agree it‘s definitely worth re-reading!! 🙌 1mo
merelybookish Im hoping to finish today but loving the characters and chuckling as I go along! Great pic for a Xmas mystery! 1mo
Jess_Read_This Nice review! That is good to know it‘s worth revisiting. Sounds like a great read! 1mo
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Scattered Showers | Rainbow Rowell
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What a lovely and generous #jolabokaflodswap package you sent, @AshleyHoss820. I adore the fact that it is so very Nebraska, the chocolate is so good, and I'm stoked about both of these books! Thank you so much, and I hope you have a terrific holiday.

Thanks and Happy Christmas to you as well, @MaleficentBookDragon

marleed Oh, I loved Scattered Showers - one of my favorite book of short stories! 2mo
AshleyHoss820 As soon as you put Rainbow Rowell on your wish list, I, as a Nebraskan, understood the assignment! 😂 I hope you had a wonderful Jolabokaflod! I wish you love and light for 2023!! Happy reading! 1mo
quietjenn @marleed ah, good to hear! I'm going to try to make time for it soon. 1mo
quietjenn @AshleyHoss820 you passed with flying colors and did your state proud. 😊 Thank you and I wish the same to you. 1mo
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Seeing a Large Cat | Elizabeth Peters
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What a pleasure it is, to settle in with familiar characters. I still love Amelia and Emerson, even if I find Ramses and Nefret a little frustrating at times. I'm glad the library copy arrived in time for #cloakanddaggerchristmas and does, in fact, have foil on the cover. (Although, in honesty, I also checked out the ebook and will likely read more of it that way.)

Ruthiella I also find Nefret and Ramses frustrating. One thing I loved about Amelia and Emerson‘s relationship was the absence of all that romance novel will they/won‘t they… 2mo
quietjenn @Ruthiella yes! I like my crime-solving couples together by the end of the first book. 2mo
rwmg Most definitely. The early Falco stories used to drive me mad in that regard but in those days historical detective fiction was much less common, so I gritted my teeth, which is just as well because otherwise I would have missed out on lots of good things. But these days I suspect I might have just given up and read something else. (edited) 2mo
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CarolynM I‘m currently “rereading” The Ape Who Guards the Balance on audio. I always find Ramses‘s tortured yearning for Nefret kind of amusing, especially as he doesn‘t seem to mind sharing his favours with other ladies while he pines away😆 @Ruthiella (edited) 2mo
Ruthiella That‘s a good way to look at it! @CarolynM 😆 These books are awesome on audio I think. I prefer Barbara Rosenblatt‘s narration, but Susan O‘Malley does a good job too. (edited) 2mo
quietjenn @Ruthiella @CarolynM indeed! I am finding them ok in this one, so hopefully that continues. I'll have to try the series on audio. 2mo
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Finished up this seasonal #kindredspiritsbuddyread in bed last night. Lots of making amends and focus on helping those less fortunate, for some sweet (but not too saccharine) stories. I especially enjoyed the ones laced with humor, but could see revisiting many of these in future Yuletide seasons.

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High Wages | Dorothy Whipple, Jane Brocket
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Finally found/made the time to sink into this #PersephoneClub book, and what an engrossing and rewarding experience it was. Whipple brings the characters and setting to vivid life with well-chosen details and clear-eyed (but not unsympathetic) prose.

@rubyslippersreads @LeahBergen @CarolynM @Tamra @elkeOriginal @andrew61 @Cathythoughts

LeahBergen Great review! ‘Engrossing‘ is right. 2mo
Tamra I‘m glad you found time for it! I agree, it was a great read. 2mo
CarolynM Such an enjoyable book! 2mo
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BkClubCare I adore Dorothy Whipple! 2mo
quietjenn @BkClubCare this is my first by her, but I have at least two others and look forward to reading them! 2mo
Cathythoughts Lovely review! It was a great read. 👍🏻♥️ 2mo
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Death in a White Tie | Ngaio Marsh
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Kicked the day off by sleeping in a bit, then leisurely finishing this #cloakanddaggerchristmas read (nobility prompt). I quite enjoyed it, even if not totally surprised by the denouement. Everytime I read Marsh, it reminds me that I should read her more 😏

batsy Glad you liked this! Feel the same about Marsh; I've enjoyed the few I've read and will add this to the list. 2mo
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Winter Wonderland | Paper & Cloth
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Packages for #jolabokaflodswap and #winterwonderlandswap packages are on their merry way and should arrive later this week. @MaleficentBookDragon @TheBookHippie @Chrissyreadit @Avanders

Chrissyreadit ❤️❄️🙌❄️❤️ 2mo
TheBookHippie Yay!!! 💙❄️💙 2mo
Avanders ❄️💙🌬️🤍❄️ 2mo
Wesleypaker Hello how are you doing today @quietjenn 2mo
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It arrived right on time, @AshleyHoss820 - sorry I didn't get a chance to post yesterday! So looking forward to seeing what you sent me. Thank you so much and I hope you have a lovely holiday! #jolabokaflodswap @MaleficentBookDragon

AshleyHoss820 YAY!! Thank you for letting me know! I really hope you like everything! I‘m really hoping the chocolate held up okay! 🫣😄 (edited) 2mo
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Winter Wonderland | Paper & Cloth
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Received my #winterwonderlandswap #wws today! Thanks, @Born.A.Reader - once again I admire you for being so on the ball. Hope you didn't mind being matched with me again. 😄 Looking forward to opening.

@Chrissyreadit @TheBookHippie @Avanders

TheBookHippie WOWIE 💙❄️💙 2mo
Born.A.Reader Absolutely not!🥰 I had so much fun shopping for you and I hope you like everything. Glad to see it made it there in one piece! December is shaping up to be a very busy month so I wanted to make sure I got it put together and sent out in plenty of time.❤💙 2mo
Chrissyreadit 🙌🎉❤️🎉🙌 2mo
quietjenn @Born.A.Reader I can for sure understand that! I'm sure I'll 💙 it. Thank you! 2mo
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Kicking off my #cloakanddaggerchristmas reading with this one, which is going very quickly. Halfway through without even trying. 😉

CarolynM I really like this series. Glad to hear you‘re enjoying 🙂 2mo
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Moon Tiger | Penelope Lively
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Timing really is everything. I've started this one at least half a dozen times in the past and never made it further than chapter two. But today it just clicked and I pretty much read it straight through, save for a few prosaic stops for things like washing dishes and going to the grocery store. And I'm pretty sure it's brilliant.

LeahBergen I have this waiting on my shelves. 👍 2mo
BarbaraBB I think it‘s brilliant too! 2mo
Tamra I don‘t know why I can‘t seem to pick up her books when all I see are terrific reviews! There is always something else calling me. It‘s frustrating I can‘t read them all. 2mo
Ruthiella I loved this title. 2mo
CarolynM I‘m in the “it‘s brilliant” camp too😍 2mo
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Villette | Charlotte Bront
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I had virtually no knowledge of this story going into it, so it was lovely to just experience things as Bronte gave them to us. Although sometimes frustrated by characters or events, I pretty much loved every minute of it.

Cathythoughts Lovely review 👍🏻♥️ I have this and keep putting it off.. it‘s long 😁. Your review will give me a push. 2mo
Tamra I must try it too. That cover is appealing. 😍 2mo
Ruthiella I love how I have no clue what might happen next! The loopy plot twists are entertaining. (edited) 2mo
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LeahBergen That‘s how I went into it, too. ❤️ 2mo
quietjenn @Cathythoughts @Tamra I think it's with the effort. Although I don't think I realized just quite how long it was when I decided to read along with #pemberlittens 😄 2mo
quietjenn @Ruthiella it's such a kick and so surprising! Really looking forward to the comments about the last handful of chapters. 2mo
batsy This is one of my favourites! 🖤 2mo
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I wasn't sure that I'd have the time or inclination for this #kindredspiritsbuddyread, but I guess I was in the mood! I'm not entirely sure I got whatever point LMM was making (I am not, generally speaking, a poetry person) and don't know how much the "Blythe interludes" really added to things for me, but overall I really enjoyed this collection of stories and am glad to have read it.

Aimeesue Lovely cover ❤️ 2mo
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More Was Lost: A Memoir | Eleanor Perenyi
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A book that has long been on the to read pile, this memoir was really fascinating, although I found Eleanor to be somewhat detached. But that could easily be a) generational and or b) a pretty natural result of her experiences. And, it turned out to be rather relevant to present day, given that much of the places that she writes about are in present day Ukraine. Definitely a different perspective on the lead up and outbreak of WWII.

jlhammar Sounds good. I went a little crazy yesterday with my NYRB book sale order. Currently 40% off (4 or more)! 3mo
quietjenn @jlhammar YES! haha, there are currently I think 8 books sitting in my cart (down from many more). But I am making myself wait until tomorrow before I buy anything. We'll see what I end up with. 3mo
kspenmoll Sounds like a read I might like! 2mo
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Thalia | Frances Faviell
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I stayed up way too late the other night, finishing this. It was a very slow starter for me and I wasn't always sure along the way that it would be a pick - I pretty much hated every single character in the book at one time or another - but once I got about halfway through I couldn't stop and ultimately really loved it. It feels very *true* to me and while there was, indeed, a ton of melodrama, so is there in life. 😆#furrowedmiddlebrowclub

Tamra Well said! 👏🏾 They were awful in their own special ways weren‘t they? (edited) 3mo
quietjenn @Tamra Indeed! I appreciate variety in all things 😉 3mo
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batsy Nicely put! That bit about the melodrama feeling true. Life is very melodramatic 😆 3mo
Ruthiella Great review! I agree there was a lot of real life underscoring the drama and awful behavior. 3mo
jlhammar Yes, the melodrama! It also rang true for me, especially when I think back to when I was that age--18, naive, a freshman in college. I had much to learn about life and a lot of times it was the hard way. Glad this ended up being a pick for you! 3mo
LeahBergen Great review! And let‘s not discuss the melodrama of my own teenage years. 🤣 3mo
CarolynM Melodrama! Yes! And I agree the characters were all hard to like a lot of the time. 3mo
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Among many other things, I've been reading this lately, especially when I'm in the mood for something a little lighter. Like during my lunch hour on a very busy work day!

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It's taken me a really long time to finish this, but that is 100% about me and not the book. Which is Worsley's typically chatty and readable take on a really fascinating subject. I learned a ton about Victoria, her life, and the people in it.

LeahBergen I like your crown! 😄 3mo
mabell What a gorgeous crown! 3mo
rubyslippersreads Lovely crown, Queen Jenn! 😄 3mo
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Linsy Ooh, that crown! 3mo
quietjenn @LeahBergen @mabell @rubyslippersreads @Linsy - thanks! It was definitely a random, I-Don't-Know-What-I-Will-Do-With-This-But-I-Want-It purchase, so nice for it to get a little love on Litsy! 😂 3mo
EvieBee Great pic! I really liked this one, too. 3mo
DivineDiana I also adore the crown! ❤️ 3mo
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Offshore | Penelope Fitzgerald
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Note to self: read more Penelope Fitzgerald. 🙂 Recommendations welcome! There only other I've read is Human Voices.

Ruthiella I‘ve only read The Blue Flower, The Bookshop and Gate of Angels. The first is probably my favorite but I don‘t think one can go wrong with any of her books! She‘s genius at getting a lot of story across with just a few perfectly wrought sentences. 3mo
quietjenn @Ruthiella thank you! I know I have at least one or two of those, as the ebooks frequently go on sale. And it‘s so true. I marvel at it, perhaps because I myself am *very verbose in writing 😂 (edited) 3mo
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Death Bee Comes Her | Nancy Coco
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Thank you for and awesome #hauntedhallowswap package, @AlizaApp - it's pretty perfect! Looking forward to all the books and am putting the socks on as soon as I post this. Love everything else, too 🧡🖤🧡
Thanks for organizing, @wanderinglynn #hhs

wanderinglynn Awesome! 🎃 3mo
AlizaApp Yay hope you enjoy! 3mo
batsy The Other was so wild! And I have my eye on Wharton's Ghost Stories, as well. 3mo
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Milton Place | Elisabeth de Waal
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Just the sort of book I've come to expect from our #PersephoneClub reads. The intertwined story of the people and the house that brings them together. Stellar writing, a wistful air, and subtle commentary on history, class, and human nature.

@LeahBergen @rubyslippersreads @CarolynM @mklong @Tamra @Cathythoughts @Sparklemn @andrew61 @sisilia @elkeOriginal

LeahBergen Lovely review. And “wistful air” is a perfect description. 3mo
Tamra Very nice! I‘m still reading in snippets, but loving it. I won‘t finish this month! 😅 3mo
Cathythoughts Beautiful review ❤️ stellar writing ! I agree ! 3mo
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kspenmoll Great review! 3mo
rubyslippersreads @Tamra I‘m glad I‘m not the only one. 😄 3mo
CarolynM Great review. “Wistful air” sums it up beautifully. 3mo
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Hotel Silence | Auur Ava lafsdttir
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Thank you, @Born.A.Reader for a fab fall swap package! I am making a nice cup of cocoa asap and the treats all smell divine! Looking forward to the books and really appreciate everything. 💛🍂

#llfs #litsylovefallswap @Deblovestoread @Bookgoil

Bookgoil Enjoy your tasty cup of cocoa looks like a fun box of swap goodies! 🍁 4mo
Deblovestoread Great box 🎃🍁 4mo
Born.A.Reader You're very welcome! I hope you enjoy everything! 🧡 4mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Awesome package!! 4mo
LeahBergen Lovely! I‘ve been curious about Hotel Silence and will keep an eye out for your review or comments. 4mo
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For the first time during #janeandtheexcellentreadalong, I've actually finished the book before it was time to discuss it. ☺️ I don't think I would've kept going with this series on my own, but I like each one a little bit more, so will probably continue. Loved the setting of this one and the real life background, if not 100% all-in about all aspects.

Crinoline_Laphroaig Woo hoo! 4mo
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Very happy-making to come home to my #hhs #hhs22 package, from @AlizaApp - can't wait to see what's inside it! Thank you!!!

AlizaApp Yay!! 🎃🖤🎃🖤 4mo
wanderinglynn Yay! 🙌🏻🎃🖤 3mo
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The Sweet Dove Died | Barbara Pym
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Flying back (and leaving family behind) is always a little bittersweet. Fortunately, I picked up this Pym at a used bookstore last week and she did serve as a bit of a balm.

vivastory Safe travels! 4mo
batsy Love that books can provide that little bit of solace 💕 4mo
LeahBergen ❤️❤️ 4mo
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quietjenn @vivastory thanks! All went well and it was much smoother than my flight out 😀 4mo
quietjenn @batsy it really is a lovely thing 💜 4mo
jlhammar Great find! I don't have this Pym yet. 4mo
jlhammar Turns out I do actually have that Pym title in another edition. Just haven‘t read it yet! 4mo
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Righton Books | St Simons Island, Georgia (Bookstore)
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Yes, please! Small but well curated and oh so friendly.

sarahbellum I‘m going to St. Simons in a few weeks! 🤩 4mo
quietjenn @sarahbellum nice! Having a long weekend here with my mom and sisters and it's been lovely! 4mo
conceptDawg I love that bookstore. It has a great art and art-history book collection. And the adjoining coffee shop has solid coffee too. 4mo
quietjenn @conceptDawg I would definitely be a regular, if I lived nearby. And I was excited to have my first coffee from Jittery Joe's! 4mo
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Matrix | Lauren Groff
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Finally taking some vacation! Which I'm hoping will entail lots of reading. Starting with today's airport book.

Ruthiella Bon voyage! 😃 4mo
LeahBergen Lucky duck! Where are you off to? 4mo
quietjenn @Ruthiella thank you! @LeahBergen mostly St. Simons Island in GA, but bookended by time in Ohio with my family. 4mo
BkClubCare I really gained appreciation for Matrix after reading, it just gets better and better with reflection and reviews of others smarter than me. All the best!! 4mo
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Let's Swap for a Day | Shu-Ti Liao
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Both my #hhs and #llfs packages have been sent and are set to arrive by the end of the week. Sorry I didn't get them out as soon as intended, but both should arrive in plenty of time!
@wanderinglynn @Bookgoil @Deblovestoread @Born.A.Reader

wanderinglynn Yay! 🙌🏻🎃🖤 4mo
Deblovestoread Yay!! 4mo
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A View of the Harbor | Elizabeth Taylor
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It's so lovely (and heartening) when you finally get to a book that you've long had on your shelf and been looking forward too, and it's just as excellent and you love it just as much as you expected.

EvieBee It‘s the best feeling! I love Taylor‘s books. 4mo
Tamra I‘m happy for you. 😊 4mo
jlhammar I love when that happens! 4mo
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BarbaraBB Echoing @EvieBee 🤍 4mo
LeahBergen It‘s a good one! 🥰 4mo
youneverarrived Love when that happens 🤍 4mo
quietjenn Thanks! It really is the best feeling! I'm glad y'all can relate! 😀 @EvieBee @Tamra @jlhammar @BarbaraBB @LeahBergen @youneverarrived 4mo
BkClubCare Yes! I read this recently!! 4mo
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The Last September | Elizabeth Bowen
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Finished my first Bowen this weekend and it was terrific. Looking forward to diving into her wonderful, deliberate writing more.

LeahBergen I‘ve yet to read one of her novels but I have a few waiting (naturally 😆). 4mo
IndoorDame Love her writing! 4mo
batsy I've read only one Bowen so far and loved it 4mo
quietjenn @batsy I know I own that one. If I can find it (🤞) it'll be the next one. 4mo
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Glass of Blessings | Barbara Pym
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Oops, nearly finished another Pym ...

Ruthiella The best kind of accident! 🙊 😂 4mo
EvieBee Nicely done! 4mo
LeahBergen This is a fun one! 4mo
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Fall Mail Bid Sale | World Art Medals, Philadelphia
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Came home to my #litsylovefallswap package today. You are *very* on the ball, @Born.A.Reader - I should have yours in the mail by Monday. Thank you and i hope that y'all are safe!

@Bookgoil @Deblovestoread

Born.A.Reader We are safe! No power or water for a few days but no major damage thank goodness. So glad you received it! ❤ 4mo
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I loved this. Mandanna says in the acknowledgements that she started the book during the pandemic, wanting to create "a warm, cozy, romantic sorry about magic and family" and she's done exactly that. It's so entirely I book I would like to hug.

slategreyskies I loved this one too. :) 5mo
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Jane Eyre | Charlotte Bront
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I'm so glad I decided to revisit this, with #pemberlittens. I do not have fond memories of it - maybe because I had to read at least twice (or more?) in a short amount of time whilst in college? But I am enjoying it *so* much. Sorry for snarking on you all these years, Jane (and Charlotte)!

TheBookHippie Ha! My favorite book of all time ! I‘m so glad you‘ve made up. 5mo
batsy It's so brilliant! But it does seem like reading it the first time via assigned reading will kind of rob it of its strange power. 5mo
MrsK Love the artwork for the edition you have! Yah, being made to read a book always took the fun out of it for me too🧐. But this is now my favorite Bronte. 5mo
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quietjenn @TheBookHippie I'm glad too 😁 5mo
quietjenn @Batsy @MrsK I think it was more the endlessly analyzing the text from a million different angles that sucked the joy from things (I was always the kid who liked the assigned reading, haha). Curse of the English major! I loved it, but it did take some time to recover from. 5mo
quietjenn @MrsK I am such a sucker for these editions, but I *do* think this one is particularly good. 5mo
lauraisntwilder Ooo, I have the edition of Wuthering Heights that matches this, but I forgot they'd done one of Jane Eyre. I may need to reward myself with a copy like this now that I've actually read it (well, almost, we have a few more days). 4mo
quietjenn @lauraisntwilder I'm in the opposite boat! I was tempted to buy that one when the #pemberlittens read Wuthering Heights, but ended up just reading my old beat-up edition. But I do think they both need to sit side by side on my shelf! 4mo
lauraisntwilder @quietjenn I agree! 😊 4mo
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So Big | Edna Ferber
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Oh, Cyd! What a lovely and generous #fallingforfallswap package you sent me. For your first big swap, you really came out swinging and I just love everything! Can't wait to indulge in everything (going to read these books in the best smelling apartment). And tell your son thumbs up on the candy 👍. Thank you so very much! You really made my day.
@CBee @Avanders #fffs

Avanders 🍁🍂♥️🫶🏽 5mo
CBee Oh! Well, it makes my day to know that you love everything ♥️ I‘ve been anxiously waiting 😂😂 Enjoy! That candle is one of my favorites and goodness those wax melts smelled heavenly. I‘m all about the yummy scents. 5mo
Liz_M I spy a fabulous book! 5mo
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LeahBergen Lovely! 😍 5mo
squirrelbrain Lovely gifts! I too really liked Subdivision, as well as Passing *and* The Lamplighters! (edited) 5mo
CBee Was the wrapping all intact? I packed and repacked it and added gobs of tissue paper 😂😂 @quietjenn 5mo
quietjenn @LizM @squirrelbrain I am very much looking forward to it, as well as all the others! 5mo
quietjenn @CBee Yes! Sorry, I always forget to take “intact“ pictures, but it was a lovely presentation 😁 5mo
CBee @quietjenn hooray! Okay, first big swap = SUCCESS! 😅😂 5mo
quietjenn @CBee most definitely 😁😀😀 5mo
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Finally finished this today, but will confess that it was tough going initially and I abandoned it a few times along the way. Always felt compelled to go back though and ultimately I found the resolution well-done and satisfying. Hopefully things will tighten up a bit in the subsequent books. Have already checked out book two and am looking forward to giving it a go. #pemberlittens #janeandtheexcellentreadalong

batsy I think the books later on in the series do improve as the author gets into her groove 🙂 5mo
quietjenn @batsy I'm already enjoying the second one after only a few chapters 😁 5mo
Sparklemn @batsy I just finished the first one and plan to try the 2nd as I've heard from others, too, that they get better. Thanks for the tip! 4mo
batsy @quietjenn Glad to hear this! Sorry I missed this comment earlier. @Sparklemn I hope you enjoy it! 4mo
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