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Ruthiella

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Untitled | Unknown
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1️⃣ Winter is major Tournament of Books reading time so mostly contemporary fiction 📚

2️⃣ Chili Cheese Fries 😋

3️⃣ High 75 ℉/ 24 ℃
Low 48 ℉ / 9 ℃

#wonderouswednesday
Thanks for the tag @Eggs ! 😀

Eggs You‘re welcome! Thanks for playing 🤗🤗 4d
RidgewayGirl Yup. It is ToB reading time! 4d
Ruthiella @RidgewayGirl I‘m lucky I get a full week off from work too between the years which really helps! 4d
Eggs Thanks for joining in 👏🏻🤗👏🏻 4d
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Dombey and Son (Revised) | Charles Dickens
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My last of Dickens‘ completed novels and a real high note! Paul Dombey Sr. is crippled by his overweening pride and is jealous of the affection his son and heir shows for his sister. Tragic yes but also classic Dickens with its bright spots of humor and fantastic supporting characters! ❤️ #ClassicsChallenge2020

thebluestocking You are a Dickens machine!! 💙 6d
Ruthiella @thebluestocking I ❤️ Dickens. 6d
Centique That‘s so good to know. I am slowly getting round to finishing Dickens at one book a year! Will get to this one eventually 😍 4d
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Ruthiella @Centique I‘ve read him slowly too over the past 15 years. Now I get to reread ( or maybe read Edwin Droodge after all? I am wary of reading an unfinished novel...🤔) 3d
Centique @Ruthiella I‘ll be interested to hear what you think! That one will be years away for me 😂 Good to know it is an achievable goal though 👍 3d
Centique @Ruthiella what‘s your favourite? I think mine so far is Bleak House although I find myself remembering scenes from Great Expectations far more frequently. 3d
Ruthiella @Centique hard to say! Martin Chuzzlewit will always have a special place because it was the first. Bleak House, Great Expectations, Nicholas Nickleby, and Little Dorrit are also favorites for me! 😀 3d
Reviewsbylola Of Dickens, I‘ve read A Tale of Two Cities, which I HATED, and A Christmas Carol, which was more enjoyable. What else should I try?! 1d
Ruthiella @Reviewsbylola I didn‘t like A Tale of Two Cities as much as I have others from Dickens. I would suggest you try Great Expectations next and if that‘s not your cup of tea, enjoy one of the many TV adaptations! They are wonderful (and less of a time investment!). 1d
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The Testaments: A Novel | Margaret Atwood
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My last TOB shortlist book to read. I‘m a little over half way through. I am enjoying it but I think The Handmaid‘s Tale didn‘t “need” this complementary volume and is more powerful on its own. #tob #tob2020

BookwormM Completely agree the power of the Handmaid‘s Tale was in the not knowing 1w
Ruthiella @BookwormM Our reader imagination is often more effective than the author‘s explanations.😀 (edited) 1w
BarbaraBB Your last one! Impressive. Which book must win? 1w
Ruthiella @BarbaraBB I would vote for Girl, Woman, Other or Your House Must Pay but I don‘t have a feel for which book might actually take the 2020 Rooster 🐓! If I‘ve learned anything by following the TOB it‘s that anything can happen! 😮 1w
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The Duke's Children | Anthony Trollope
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I completed my first book for #classicschallenge2020! This is the final novel in Trollope‘s six-book Palliser series. This book (and the series as a whole) didn‘t quite have the same emotional punch for me as his Barchester series but still it was a very satisfying experience...romance, politics, intrigue and always with the author‘s patented humor and humanity.😍

BarbaraBB Wow, you‘ve read a lot of Trollope! I read the first two in the Palliser series but somehow didn‘t pick up the third installment 🤷🏻‍♀️ 1mo
Ruthiella @BarbaraBB I love Trollope... I don‘t exactly understand why but I do! Lucky for me Trollope wrote 40+ novels so I have lots to choose from.😀 1mo
Linsy Oooooh, I've only done Doctor Thorne, but you're inspiring me! I'll definitely finish out the Barchester series before I start Palliser then. So fun! ❤ 1mo
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Ruthiella @Linsy I loved the Barchester chronicles! Dr. Thorne was a particularly good one too! 😀 1mo
Reviewsbylola Well done! I‘ve never read Trollope but I‘ve been planning to. Any advice on where to start? I own 1mo
Ruthiella @Reviewsbylola The Eustace Diamond is a good a start as any. It is the third in the Palliser series but can very much stand alone. Another suggestion is Rachel Ray which IS a stand alone and relatively short. 😀 (edited) 1mo
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All Systems Red | Martha Wells
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#19in2019

Thank you for the tag Centique! We have a few overlapping titles. My criteria for choosing one book over another is completely random and unscientific! Ask me again tomorrow, the list might change. But not the tagged book. I read all four Murderbot novellas in 2019 and loved them so! 😍I can tell they will stay at the top of my all time best of list!

BarbaraBB I am happy that you loved The Golden State too! And that you have Trust Excersise here, that I still need to read but gets very mixed reviews! 2mo
Aimeesue I loved Warlight - so well done! Great list! 2mo
thebluestocking This is a great reading year! I read and enjoyed several of these as well. 💙 2mo
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Ruthiella @BarbaraBB Trust Exercise left me with mixed feelings when I read it six months ago but it has really stuck with me. I think about it a lot! Re: Golden State: it actually has a lot in common with Ducks, Newburyport...very much in the head of/amid the anxieties of a modern woman in this place and time. 2mo
Ruthiella @Aimeesue Thanks! I love Ondaatje and want to read all his novels. Maybe next will be The English Patient? 2mo
Ruthiella @thebluestocking Thanks! I am pleased with the breadth of the books I read in 2019...though I could do better in the nonfiction area. 2mo
Cinfhen Nice eclectic bunch of titles m!! Just the way I like it🙌🏻🎉 2mo
Ruthiella @Cinfhen Thanks! I like to mix it up! 😀 2mo
Centique I‘m so glad you loved Murderbot and Severance and Secondhand Time too! You so often like the same books as me that I will add all the rest to my TBR. Great choices! 😍 2mo
Ruthiella @Centique Thanks! I definitely recommend Bunny to you. I think if you liked Severance you might like Bunny. The stories are totally different but the protagonists have something in common I think. 2mo
BarbaraBB I really like that subject but Ducks is such a chunkster... 2mo
thebluestocking @Ruthiella It‘s almost nice that there is always something to work on. I‘m thinking I need to read Ducks this year. 2mo
Ruthiella @BarbaraBB Understood! But if you ever feel the urge I think it might appeal to you in a similar fashion.😀 2mo
Ruthiella @thebluestocking That‘s true! It is always a work in progress! 😀 I read Ducks because I thought it might have been chosen as a 2020 TOB contender. 2mo
BkClubCare Ducks! 🦆 2mo
Ruthiella @BkClubCare Gotta love the 🦆. 2mo
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Untilted | Autechre
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I succumbed to the siren song of the library book sale. $5.50 and four books later. I figure if I leave them in my car until 2020 I don‘t have to count them as incoming for this year. 😜

LiteraryinLititz What a great time of year for a library book sale! 2mo
BookNAround I love your strategy. 😂😂😂 2mo
Ruthiella @LiteraryinLititz Unfortunately (or fortunately) I think every visit to the library is a good time for a library book sale! 😀 2mo
Ruthiella @BookNAround Thanks! 😊 2mo
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Ducks, Newburyport | Lucy Ellmann
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It took almost a month but I did it! There is something compelling about the voice of the unnamed narrator as she recounts random thoughts, memories and her anxieties about 21st century America. The text has a certain rhythm that I noted and admired. Not perfect, I have a couple of quibbles but definitely a work of genius and a book encapsulating a slice of our current fraught political and cultural landscape.

Sace 🍾🍾🍾🎉🎉🎉 2mo
Ruthiella @Sace 😂 Thanks! 2mo
batsy Nice review! And well done on finishing. I'm hoping to get to it early next year 🤞🏽 2mo
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AceOnRoam Well done. I agree, it's genius. 2mo
Suet624 You‘re the first person to actually make me think I‘d enjoy this book! 2mo
ljuliel I saw this in the library the other day. Wow 😯. Whopper ! Does anyone know how long it took the author to write it ? 2mo
Cathythoughts Well done 👍🏻❤️.... still not sure I can do it though 2mo
Ruthiella @batsy I hope you like it. It is quite the investment of reading time.😬 2mo
Ruthiella @Suet624 Thanks! Give it the 50 page rule and end if it doesn‘t work for you. I found it really compelling once I got over the initial hurdle.😀 2mo
Ruthiella @AceOnRoam Thanks! I‘m also super glad I managed to finish it before my time off from work so I can devote this time to TOB shortlist books. 2mo
Ruthiella @ljuliel I don‘t know how long it took her but for sure you can tell every word was carefully chosen. The randomness is intentional...if that makes sense. 😀 2mo
Ruthiella @Cathythoughts I totally understand. We only have so much time and energy to devote to our books. 😍 2mo
CarolynM I admire your commitment, I'm intrigued by this book but, like @cathythoughts, I'm not sure I can do it. Maybe I'll borrow it one day. 2mo
Ruthiella @CarolynM It does require a chunk of time for sure!😬 2mo
BkClubCare I am looking forward to this someday 2mo
Ruthiella @BkClubCare I wonder how it would work on audio? 🤔 2mo
readordierachel Glad to hear you liked it! I just picked this up from the library. 2mo
Ruthiella @readordierachel It was a real experience! Long but surmountable and worth it for me.😀 2mo
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Golden Hill | Francis Spufford
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#top10ofthedecade. #fictionedition

Thanks for the tag @Centique ! I went through what I read published in the past decade and picked the first 10 to which I had/still have a strong emotional reaction!

Cinfhen Nice list!! A bunch of these are still on my #TBR 🤓 thanks so much for joining in!! Feel like I haven‘t “seen” you in weeks ☹️ 2mo
Centique I‘m screenshotting this so I can chase up some books! I know Hhhh is on my TBR somewhere 😍😍 (edited) 2mo
RachelO You‘ve reminded me I have White Tears on audio... Nice list! 2mo
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CarolynM I thought of We Are All ... this morning and wished I remembered it yesterday. 😬 2mo
ljuliel Another list of all new books I‘ve not tried yet. ❤️ 2mo
Ruthiella @Cinfhen Thanks! I‘ve been AWOL a while - work shenanigans. 😁 2mo
Ruthiella @Centique HHhH was for me a fascinating blend of facts and fiction. I have his follow up on my list still!😍 2mo
Ruthiella @RachelO Thanks!😀 White Tears absolutely surprised me with where the story went and why. Hope you like it as much as I do. 2mo
Ruthiella @CarolynM It‘s such a beautiful story, right? 😍 I‘ve not read anything since from Fowler but I keep meaning to! 2mo
Ruthiella @ljuliel Thats one of the beauties of Litsy! Discovery! 😀 2mo
merelybookish Oh my God, how did I forget The Idiot?! 🤦 I LOVED that book! 2mo
Ruthiella @merelybookish That is the refrain of this thread...”How could I have forgotten [ BLANK ].😜 Glad to find another fan of Batuman! I laughed so much while reading The Idiot. 2mo
BkClubCare The Idiot was great! I don‘t have it in me to look through a decade of reads to pick favorites! Amazing 2mo
Ruthiella @BkClubCare I didn‘t think too hard on it. I just went with my gut! 2mo
BkClubCare @Ruthiella - I quickly scanned my reads since the blog start and I just felt weary 2mo
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Untitled | Anonymous
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1. Serendipity 😍
2. Three is optimal! Favorite series? Maybe Mapp and Lucia?
3. Not a writer. I only write emails and contract drafts for work and blog post and goodreads reviews online.
4. I tag @BookNAround @readordierachel and @Erofan If you are so inclined.

Thanks for the tag @Lcsmcat
#wonderouswednesday

wanderinglynn Great word! ❤️ 3mo
Ruthiella @wanderinglynn I‘m loving everyone‘s answers for this one! So many wonderful words! 😀 3mo
Lcsmcat Excellent word! 3mo
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Eggs Love all your responses 👏🏻🤗💕🥳 3mo
readordierachel Serendipity is a wonderful word! 3mo
Ruthiella @Lcsmcat Thanks! 😀 3mo
Ruthiella @Eggs Thanks 🙏😀 3mo
Ruthiella @readordierachel I also love the fact that it is a made up word that entered the lexicon through fiction! 😀 3mo
CarolynM Hello 👋 I've missed seeing you around. I hope all is well. 3mo
Ruthiella @CarolynM Thank you Carolyn! You are so kind. 🥰 I‘m fine. I just have a lot of stuff going on at work and staying late to get it done and of course all the holiday activity sucks up any other spare time. 3mo
CarolynM That's good. Enjoy those holiday activities😘 3mo
Ruthiella @CarolynM You too! 😍 3mo
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Thank you @BkClubCare for asking Bybee to pass this on! And just in time for Nonfiction November!🥰❤️🥰❤️

BkClubCare Cool 😎 I am going to print this out and send to Bybee 😁 3mo
Ruthiella @BkClubCare Great ! I am also sending her a thank you note. 😍 3mo
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Rabbit, Run | John Updike
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Thanks for the tag @Lcsmcat . #NameChallenge Spell your name with book titles. 😀 All the titles shown I have read and liked, though Robinson is not a favorite (I know she is beloved but her genius misses me). I tag @Aimeesue and @Buechersuechtling if either of you are so inclined to play along.

Lcsmcat I need to read the Updike. It‘s on my perpetual TBR. 4mo
Ruthiella @Lcsmcat I read it many years ago in my 20s but I recall it was one of the first times I realized the importance of writing style and my enjoyment of a book. 4mo
Buechersuechtling Oh, cool. Thank you for the tag @Ruthiella ‼️🙂 I will play, I promise – but I need to think about my book titles first. Is it a condition that I need to have read all the books I spell my name with❓ 4mo
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Aimeesue I will play! Now to ponder… this may take me a while. 4mo
Ruthiella @Buechersuechtling You don‘t have to have read the books! I just mentioned it because Linda did. 😀 4mo
Ruthiella @Aimeesue I look forward to seeing what you come up with!😀 4mo
BkClubCare I haven‘t yet read any of these. Tho Rabbit Run is on my classics club 50. I need to move both the Atkinson AND the Robinson up to read soon. “Her genius escapes me”. 😂 4mo
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The Word Is Murder | Anthony Horowitz
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Two books from my mother. She liked the Horowitz but DNFed Ohio. We‘ll see what my take is when I get around to them!🤓

readordierachel I'm really curious about Ohio. It sounds good. 4mo
Ruthiella @readordierachel I‘ve heard good things... supposed to be gritty and dark. 4mo
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Slade House | David Mitchell
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FINALLY! I‘ve had this book for four years and have meant to read it every fall season for the past three years 😬. It was great. A good companion to The Bone Clocks but can also stand on its own as a short, creepy read. 😨

BarbaraBB I liked this one better than the bone clocks! 4mo
Ruthiella @BarbaraBB Now I want to go back and reread The Bone Clocks and look for connections! 4mo
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The Prime Minister | Anthony Trollope
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Just finished this the fifth book in Trollope‘s six book Palliser series. It can be read alone but was particularly satisfying since many characters from previous books pop up here and there. Trollope has become one of my go-to comfort reads.

Lcsmcat I love Trollope! 4mo
Ruthiella @Lcsmcat He‘s wonderful! Once I finish the Palliser books I have most of his stand alone novels yet to explore.😍 4mo
Centique I haven‘t read any Trollope yet! I‘m going to have to rectify that 😊 4mo
Ruthiella @Centique Try Rachel Ray for starters. It is a stand alone and short (for Trollope). If you like it there‘s 40+ more books for you to discover. If you don‘t you haven‘t invested too much time.😀 4mo
Centique @Ruthiella I‘ve stacked it! 🤞🤞 4mo
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Dropped off a couple of bags of books at the Goodwill this afternoon! I browsed but was able to resist the temptation of buying any replacements. 😀

Aimeesue That takes nerves of steel! 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 5mo
Ruthiella @Aimeesue 😂I don‘t know what came over me! 5mo
Aimeesue @Ruthiella Well, enjoy it while it lasts, because we all know how THAT goes when autumn sets in and November gets drizzly, and there's naught to do but read . 5mo
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Super excited to read this novella in the Wayfarer series!😃

Aimeesue Ooooh! 😍 5mo
Ruthiella @Aimeesue I adore this series!🥰 5mo
Aimeesue @Ruthiella Me, too! Chambers is GOOD. 5mo
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Centique I have it on reserve! Can‘t wait too 🙌🙌 5mo
Ruthiella @Centique I predict it will be as good as her first three. 😀 5mo
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The Neverending Story | Michael Ende, Ralph Manheim
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arlenefinnigan Thanks for playing along! 5mo
Cinfhen Thanks for joining us ❤️ 5mo
Centique My friend who lives down the road has a dog this colour, with a similar face. I‘m always telling her “she‘s not a dog she‘s a luck dragon” 😍 5mo
Ruthiella @Centique That‘s adorable! 🐶❤️ 5mo
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What Alice Forgot | Liane Moriarty
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#Thethingummybob is what one says when one forgets the proper name for something so I‘m gonna link that to the tagged title about a woman with amnesia. I‘ve read two books from Moriarty before- one good one not so good...this one will be the tiebreaker. 🤔 #RedroseSeptember

Cinfhen Good choice 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 5mo
arlenefinnigan Nice! 5mo
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The Memory of Running | Ron McLarty
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I kinda hated this book. But I think I am a real outlier in this case. It is kind of a bookish equivalent to Forest Gump which I also hated... I know, what is wrong with me!?!?

An overweight, middle aged sad sack man goes on a tragicomical journey across the country on his bike to find his mentally ill sister and save her. Along the way he has adventures and meets a cast of eccentric characters. #Iran #RedroseSeptember

arlenefinnigan I hate to be pedantic but having a bike on the cover of a book with 'running' in the title doesn't seem right. 5mo
Aimeesue I definitely have to be in the right mood for those sorts of books. I tend to prefer questing cranky old people meeting various characters to sad sack protagonists, though. 🤷🏽‍♀️ 5mo
Ruthiella @arlenefinnigan 😂I know, right? 5mo
Ruthiella @Aimeesue I agree this is a book for which the reader has to be in the right mindset to enjoy. I need to read the cranky old person variation and see how I fare!😀 5mo
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#TwoTribes by Frankie goes to Hollywood was about the (futility of) the Cold War. Which makes me think of this amazing nonfiction oral history of the transition from the Soviet Era to the unbridled capitalism of the Wild Wild East. So many stories from real people. It made me think a lot about my own country‘s propaganda and indoctrination. #RedroseSeptember

arlenefinnigan Perfect! 5mo
Cinfhen Beautiful post and you just reminded me how much I‘d like to read this work. 5mo
Ruthiella @Cinfhen Thanks! It was a bit hard to get into at first-so many voices-but once I got used to the cacophony it was enthralling. 5mo
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Ship of Magic | Robin Hobb
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Excellent entry into the Liveship Traders trilogy, second trilogy in the larger 16 book Realm of the Elderlings series. #sevenseas #RedroseSeptember

arlenefinnigan Good choice! 5mo
Cinfhen I‘m sooo tempted to read this series but serious #PageCountPhobia is holding me back (edited) 5mo
Ruthiella @arlenefinnigan Thanks!😀 5mo
Ruthiella @Cinfhen 16 books is a SERIOUS commitment! You are not wrong to think twice!😬 5mo
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Not book related but I couldn‘t resist adding it. I used to watch this and American Bandstand as a kid. #groovytrain #RedroseSeptember

arlenefinnigan Excellent! 5mo
BarbaraBB Cool choice! 5mo
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CarolynM Oh goodness! I read so many Thomas stories (and watched so much of the TV show) when my son was little I felt like it was coming out of my ears! 😳😷 It never occurred to me for this prompt, though. 5mo
Ruthiella @CarolynM Sorry for bringing up such painful memories! 😂😂I feel like these last ten or so prompts are super hard for me to relate to a book title. I‘m grabbing at what ever comes to mind. 🤪 (edited) 5mo
arlenefinnigan Hahahaha love it! 5mo
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BarbaraBB My kids loved this! 5mo
Ruthiella @arlenefinnigan Thanks 😊 5mo
Ruthiella @BarbaraBB Kids love trains 🚂!😀 5mo
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Anne of Green Gables | L M Montgomery
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There‘s no #remedy for recovering from drinking too much current wine you thought was raspberry cordial except time! #RedroseSeptember

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I don‘t remember too much about this except that it was about twin brothers where one them suffered from schizophrenia and the other brother found himself conflicted about having to be his brother‘s caretaker. It was a compelling story. An Oprah pick too, so have your tissues ready!

#Heaintheavyhesmybrother. #RedroseSeptember

Cinfhen STILL need to read this!!! I loved this book by the author 👉🏽 5mo
Ruthiella @Cinfhen I think you‘ll find it a quick read despite its length when you get to it.😀 5mo
arlenefinnigan That sounds tough 😪 5mo
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Amiable Love this book—one of my favorites. I reread it every few years! 5mo
Ruthiella @Amiable I need to reread more often!😀 5mo
Ruthiella @arlenefinnigan It was sad but engrossing.😔 5mo
Buechersuechtling I remember to have taken it on a beach holiday with a huge bunch of friends _years_ ago. It was the only book I had taken with me hence I was sure it was thick enough for a week of beach reading. The further I got in the more I thought: “What did you choose there⁉️” because I quickly learned that it‘s no beach read. But I ended up liking it. One of those books you never forget. Even though I don‘t remember the ending … 5mo
Ruthiella @Buechersuechtling it‘s maybe a little heavy in terms of subject matter for a beach read. I do remember it was a page turner for me though.😀 5mo
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“Once you learn to read you will be forever free” - Frederick Douglas

#setyoufree #RedroseSeptember

Cinfhen That‘s beautiful ♥️🙌🏻 5mo
CarolynM Perfect choice👏 5mo
Cathythoughts 👍🏻♥️ 5mo
arlenefinnigan Excellent ❤️ 5mo
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Interesting to think what #allaroundtheworld 🌎 meant back in the classical age of Europe and Asia Minor. How small it was and yet how complex and rich. This book was a pre-internet purchase. Back when if you wanted to know anything you likely had to look it up in a book! 📚 #RedroseSeptember

arlenefinnigan Cool picture! 5mo
Crazeedi I would read this for sure 5mo
Ruthiella @arlenefinnigan Thanks 😀 5mo
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Ruthiella @Crazeedi It‘s a fun book to flip through from time to time 😀 5mo
Cinfhen So true....pre Internet we learned so differently 🤓 5mo
Crazeedi @Ruthiella yes! @Cinfhen and I'm still a bit old school at times! 5mo
Ruthiella @Cinfhen Totally! 5mo
Cinfhen I don‘t think my son who‘s 17 has ever opened an encyclopedia- or even seen one 🙄 That might even be true for my 24 year old 😢😢 @Crazeedi @Ruthiella 5mo
Ruthiella @Cinfhen I get that! I use Wikipedia CONSTANTLY and I love it. (edited) 5mo
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The Great Gatsby | Francis Scott Fitzgerald
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To many Jay Gatsby appears to be living #thelifeofriley - he has everything money can buy. Well almost...this book shows the dark side of the American Dream and launched a million high school term papers. #RedroseSeptember

arlenefinnigan Ooh, good pick! 5mo
Cinfhen Ha!!! Ain‘t that the truth 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻well played 5mo
arlenefinnigan Mad how people had Gatsby themed parties when the recent film came out. Like, did you read the book? 5mo
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Ruthiella @arlenefinnigan I had to read the book in high school and I reread it in my 20s when I was in a situation where very few books were available and it was all I had. No parties for me though I would be curious to see the Baz Luhrman film. I LOVED Strictly Ballroom and Moulin Rouge!😀 5mo
Ruthiella @Cinfhen Thanks 😊 5mo
Centique @Ruthiella I love Baz Luhrman too! 😍😍 5mo
Ruthiella @Centique His visuals are AWESOME! 🤩 5mo
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The Nix | Nathan Hill
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I enjoyed this satire on academia, publishing, U.S. politics, gaming etc. It is a little overstuffed maybe but ultimately satisfying. The prompt #sitdown made me think of it because the protagonist‘s mother was photographed at a “sit in” in the 70s which has a lot to do with the plot. Convoluted but it‘s the best I can do.😅 #RedroseSeptember

arlenefinnigan I do love a good sit in ✊ 5mo
Ruthiella @arlenefinnigan Peace man! ✌️ 5mo
Cinfhen I initially thought of “sit in” too💟☮️💟 I still NEED to read this book. I may try the audio as it was just recommended to me by @Megabooks 5mo
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Megabooks @Cinfhen it is a long audiobook and I‘ve listened to it twice if that lets you know how good it is!! 5mo
Cinfhen The length is what‘s been putting me off @Megabooks 5mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen Totally worth it. I promise. 5mo
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My cat decided to channel Vanna White for this one. #7days7covers #covercrush

Hey @ctboeheim @rwmg @BarkingMadRun would you like to play by posting a different cover you love for seven days in a row with no explanation? It‘s fun!

Centique Your cat is Gorgeous! 5mo
Ruthiella @Centique Thanks! 😻 5mo
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The Mersey Sound | Roger McGough, Adrian Henri, Brian Patten
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This is the best I can do for the prompt #MerseyParadise #RedroseSeptember .

TrishB Good one 👍🏻 5mo
Ruthiella @TrishB I suspect you know lots more about the subject than I do! 😀 5mo
Cinfhen Betting MrTrishB owns this one @TrishB 5mo
arlenefinnigan Excellent! 5mo
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Oreo | Fran Ross
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This book was a lot of fun but also pretty crazy. It is based on the myth of Theseus which I actually got it because I had previously read The King Must Die by Mary Renault. I don‘t remember If Oreo actually has a #kinkyafro or not but she might have given the book was first published in 1974 and is contemporary. ☮️

#RedroseSeptember

arlenefinnigan Cool cover! 5mo
Ruthiella @arlenefinnigan It‘s groovy! 😀 5mo
batsy This book seems to have great covers in every edition 🙂 5mo
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Cinfhen Awesome cover and graphics 5mo
Ruthiella @batsy Agree! The library copy I read had a really cool textual cover.😀 5mo
Ruthiella @Cinfhen Thanks 😀 5mo
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Rebecca | Daphne Du Maurier, Dame
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#7days7covers #covercrush

Hey @Quirkybookworm @8little_paws @Novelista71 if you‘ve not been tagged yet and are game, will you post a cover each day for seven days with no explanation?

Tanisha_A Love that pattern! 5mo
Cathythoughts Lovely. Is it navy ? .. I got my daughter-in-law this edition in navy ... so nice 5mo
Ruthiella @Tanisha_A it‘s simple yet beautiful! 5mo
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Ruthiella @Cathythoughts Yes it is a blue...darker at the top and gradually more blue blue at the bottom. It‘s a Virago hardcover reprint. 5mo
Cathythoughts Yes that‘s the one I got daughter-in-law ... beautiful 5mo
batsy 😍 5mo
CarolynM Very pretty! 5mo
Ruthiella @batsy 😊 5mo
Ruthiella @CarolynM it‘s tempting to buy DuMaurier‘s other titles in these editions but so far I have remained strong!😀 5mo
thebluestocking I want this edition so bad!! 5mo
Ruthiella @thebluestocking I want you to buy all the Virago hardcover reissues and then take a picture of them for me! 😀 (edited) 5mo
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Any Human Heart | William Boyd
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One of my favorite books of all time which is pretty much a cradle to grave story of a not perfect but nevertheless #wonderfullife of one man throughout the 20th century.

#RedroseSeprember

Cinfhen #Stacked your blurb completely sold me 🙌🏻 5mo
arlenefinnigan Nice! 5mo
Ruthiella @Cinfhen Great! It was a great book and none of Boyd‘s other titles have quite lived up to it. 5mo
Ruthiella @arlenefinnigan Thanks! 😊 5mo
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Possession | A. S. Byatt
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Have you already been tagged @Tamra ? Would you like to post a cover you love each day for seven days with no explanation?

#7days7covers #covercrush

batsy Aaaah! Beautiful book and cover. 5mo
Tamra Thank you! But my books are in boxes. 😫 5mo
Ruthiella @Tamra ahh! Too bad!😢 5mo
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Ruthiella @batsy Thanks! I loved this book and the slightly creepy yet opulent cover belies the content. 5mo
LeahBergen I loved this book. ❤️ 5mo
Ruthiella @LeahBergen ❤️❤️❤️ 5mo
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Revolutionary Road | Richard Yates
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If anyone had #groundsfordivorce it was April Wheeler IMO. If only she‘d had access to reliable birth control...

#RedRoseSeptember

arlenefinnigan God bless birth control m 5mo
Cinfhen I own this book but haven‘t read it yet 🙄 5mo
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Ruthiella @Cinfhen It‘s a good book but sad! 5mo
Anna40 I loved this book! 5mo
Ruthiella @Anna40 It was very well written I thought. I need to try some of Yate‘s other titles!😀 5mo
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#7days7covers #covercrush

@monalyisha if you haven‘t already been tagged yet would you like to post seven covers you love for seven days in a row with no explanations?

monalyisha I start a new job tomorrow & the Fall semester just kicked into gear for grad school, so I don‘t know that I‘ll have time...but thank you for thinking of me! 5mo
Ruthiella @monalyisha No problem! I understand 😀 5mo
cleoh I‘ve always found these ones interesting! 5mo
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Ruthiella @cleoh The content is light mystery but particularly love the vibrant colors used for each book. 😀 5mo
Centique Oh! Love these! Now I‘m feeling the need to read a Flavia... 5mo
Ruthiella @Centique I‘ve read them all and hope to revisit on audio in future!😀 5mo
batsy I love the series and I love these candy-coloured covers 🍬🍭🍬🍭 5mo
Ruthiella @batsy Agreed! 🍭 🍭🍭😀 5mo
thebluestocking These covers! 😍 I‘ve read the first one, but need to keep going. 5mo
Ruthiella @thebluestocking They are fun but light reads. If you do audio books I recommend those read by Jane Entwistle. 5mo
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Oops! | David Shannon
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Oops! I said I was only going to see if there were any Ishiguro books for sale and leave if none...two books and one DVD later...🙊

LauraBeth This looks like a very restrained haul! Congratulations! 👏👏 5mo
Ruthiella @LauraBeth Thanks! It could have been worse! 😉 5mo
Aimeesue If there are no Ishiguro books on offer, you have to console yourself somehow! I mean, that's a terrible state of affairs. 5mo
Ruthiella @Aimeesue Absolutely! The disappointment at not finding A Pale View of Hills left a hole that needed to be filled !🤪 5mo
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Green Dolphin Street | Elizabeth Goudge
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I didn‘t love this brick of a book as much as I might have at some other point in my reading life. Romantic historical fiction isn‘t quite my jam at the moment. But it does feature a #bizarrelovetriangle! 😀

#RedroseSeptember

arlenefinnigan Good choice! 5mo
Ruthiella @arlenefinnigan Thanks!😊 5mo
Buechersuechtling Yeah, sometimes it‘s weird how one wonders how a book found its way on one‘s sub – even though week, months, years ago one felt a strong desire of taking it home and reading it. Strange, how one‘s own personality and preferences changes mostly unnoticed with the passage of time. 5mo
Ruthiella @Buechersuechtling I do believe that some books and authors need to be read at the right time in one‘s reading life. This makes rereading precarious from time to time too!😀 5mo
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Wizard of the Crow | Ngugi wa Thiong'o
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#7days7covers #covercrush

@cleoh If you‘ve not been tagged already would you like to post a cover you love each day for seven days with no explanation?

vivastory LOVE Mendelsund's designs 5mo
Ruthiella @vivastory I had to google him. I‘m familiar with a lot of his work it turns out! 5mo
vivastory This is a great collection of his design work 5mo
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vivastory & this is one of my favorite books about books 5mo
Cathythoughts Great 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 5mo
Ruthiella @Cathythoughts Thanks!😊 5mo
cleoh @Ruthiella so in! Thanks for the tag 💕 5mo
thebluestocking Love this!! And also, I‘ve been sailing at the no explanation thing. 🤷‍♀️ 5mo
ljuliel Thanks for the tag 🙂. I‘ll see what I can find. 5mo
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I‘ve not read this but I did see most of the movie with Tom Cruise. An invasion of Earth by extraterrestrials 👽 would cause a #panic as depicted in the film and (probably) book!

#RedroseSeptember

arlenefinnigan The Jeff Wayne soundtrack is brilliant. 5mo
Ruthiella @arlenefinnigan I‘ll have to check that out! I only half watched the film on TV at the time. 5mo
Novelista71 The book is very different from the film, for a start it happens in suburban England but also there are a lot of good ideas in it. Having watched the film I think you‘ll love the book... 5mo
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Ruthiella @Novelista71 I would like to give it a whirl one of these days ! I‘ve only read The Invisible Man from Wells so far. 😀 5mo
rwmg Don't forget the rock musical 😁 5mo
Ruthiella @rwmg Oh I see that‘s what Arlene references in her comment! John Williams (of course) scored the Spielberg film! 😀 5mo
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The Sisters Brothers | Patrick DeWitt
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#7days7covers #covercrush

If you haven‘t already been tagged yet @ljuliel would you like to play and post a cover you love each day for seven days with no explanation?

LeahBergen I love this cover, too. 👍🏻 5mo
batsy So cool 👌🏽 5mo
Ruthiella @LeahBergen I know. I hope the designer won an award or something!😀 5mo
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Ruthiella @batsy Totally! 😎 5mo
madamereadsalot1 This is one of my absolute favorite covers too! 5mo
Ruthiella @madamereadsalot1 Me too! 😀 5mo
madamereadsalot1 It's such a great book. I think it doesn't get enough attention and affection! 5mo
sudi This one looks so cool 😎 5mo
Ruthiella @sudi Thanks! It was also kind of a fun read if one can say that about a book where the main characters are contract killers!😀😨😍 5mo
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Our Tragic Universe | Scarlett Thomas
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#7days7covers #covercrush

@cathipink Will you post a cover you love each day for seven days without explanation?

Thank you for the tag @CarolynM

batsy Nice pick! I really enjoyed this book 🖤 (as I have most of hers that I've read) 5mo
Ruthiella @batsy I love her. There‘s something about the way she thinks that appeals to me. I still need to read her newer stuff however. 🖤 5mo
cathipink Thank you for tagging me! About to post 🙂🙂 5mo
sudi 😍 5mo
Ruthiella @sudi 😊 5mo
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There are lots of books about growing up poor where #moneystootighttomention . This is the first one that came to mind. A classic!
#RedroseSeptember

Cinfhen Fantastic pick, I nearly choose 5mo
Ruthiella @Cinfhen Angela‘s Ashes would be another good one. I find it interesting that most Littens have so far picked nonfiction titles.🤔 (edited) 5mo
SitsWithaBook My all time favorite book. 5mo
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Ruthiella @SitsWithaBook It‘s a classic for a reason! 😀 5mo
Cinfhen Hmmmmm, that is an interesting observation @Ruthiella 5mo
arlenefinnigan Looking forward to getting around to this at some point! 5mo
Ruthiella @arlenefinnigan Hope you like it when you get to it!😀 5mo
Centique I love this book and I think this cover is perfect! 😍 5mo
Ruthiella @Centique It‘s not the cover of the edition I actually read but I chose it because I liked it better!😀 5mo
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Space Cadet | Robert A. Heinlein
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#Saturn5 is a kind of rocket 🚀 so I went with the cover of this early Heinlein novel that I‘ve not read for this #RedroseSeptember prompt. Heinlein is sort of hit and miss for me so I may never read this title! 👽

arlenefinnigan Perfect 👌 5mo
Cinfhen Not familiar with this book or author but I seem to recall a movie by that name!! 5mo
Ruthiella @arlenefinnigan Thanks 😀! 5mo
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Ruthiella @Cinfhen Heinlein is probably most famous for his sci-fi novels Starship Troopers or Stranger in a Strange Land. 👽 5mo
Cinfhen Starship troopers is definitely a film!!!! 5mo
Ruthiella @Cinfhen Yes, it was a movie. I liked it even though it was a little goofy and OTT. Plus it had Neil Patrick Harris in it! 😃 5mo
ljuliel I like the title of this. I have an X Brother in Law who called me a Space Cadet. 😁 I found it quite a compliment ,in an odd sort of way. 5mo
Ruthiella @ljuliel I think it can be a endearing nickname!😀 5mo
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#withmylittlestickofblackpoolrock was the most difficult prompt! Since Blackpool is a coastal resort town my mind did go to the first Persephone I read which was the tagged book about a family holiday to Bognor in the 1920s. This is a lovely, gentle and melancholic story about a happy family who know this will be the last summer together as the children are now reaching adulthood. Highly recommended!😍

#RedroseSeptember

arlenefinnigan Lovely! 5mo
Ruthiella @arlenefinnigan Thank you 😊 5mo
Cinfhen I love the graphics xx such a fantastic image 5mo
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Ruthiella @Cinfhen Thanks! 😊 5mo
rubyslippersreads Adorable photo! 5mo
Ruthiella @rubyslippersreads Many Thanks! 5mo
LeahBergen I loved this book! ❤️ 5mo
Ruthiella @LeahBergen I figured you‘d loved it since it is a Persephone title!😍 5mo
Centique Oh man, an English seaside resort in the 20s - I‘m in! 5mo
Ruthiella @Centique It‘s a very sweet book-no drama, just a family‘s realization that it‘s their last summer as such. 😍 5mo
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Eggs 💗💗💗💗 5mo
arlenefinnigan Every child should read this. Such an important book. 5mo
Cinfhen I recently reread this diary , coincidentally on what would have been Anne Frank‘s 90th birthday. It was very moving to see how innocent and childlike she was in so many ways despite her circumstances. 5mo
Centique Thank you for the reminder! I must reread this soon. I read it for the first time at about 10 yo and it was so impactful. I read a piece of it in a school oral competition that year too, wanted everyone to be as affected. 💔 5mo
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Wolf Hall | Hilary Mantel
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One of the best fictional takes I have read based on real #History! I love Mantel‘s style. It takes getting used to, however.

#RedroseSeptember

Cinfhen This has been on my TBR for ages #MaybeOneDay #PageCountPhobia 6mo
arlenefinnigan Not my kind of thing but I got it for my mum and she loved it. 6mo
Aimeesue So very, very good! 6mo
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batsy It's pretty brilliant ❤️ 6mo
LeahBergen I‘m so excited for the third! 👏🏻 6mo
Ruthiella @LeahBergen I know! Me too. 😃 6mo
Ruthiella @batsy Totally! She has become one of my favorite authors! 😀 6mo
Ruthiella @Aimeesue It was excellent, right? I even developed a literary crush on Cromwell!😍 6mo
Ruthiella @arlenefinnigan That‘s great you know your mom‘s taste! I am always tickled when I recommend a book and get it right! 😀 6mo
Ruthiella @Cinfhen Ha ha. Embrace the chunkster! I find there is something very satisfying about spending a long time in one fictional world personally. 😀 6mo
CarolynM I loved it too. 5mo
Ruthiella @CarolynM Yay 😃! Another fan! 5mo
Centique @Ruthiella @LeahBergen me three! God I loved this book. I can‘t even explain it‘s draw for me - it‘s one of the very few books I just wanted to turn to the front and start it all over again. 5mo
Ruthiella @Centique Mantel has a way of placing the reader inside the action of the book. I really felt I was THERE! 😀 5mo
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I‘ve not read it yet (nor seen the movie) but this is the only book I could think of which is at least tangentially about #mathematics. 😬

#RedroseSeptember

Cinfhen Great choice 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼I heard the book was dry but the movie was phenomenal!! Watch it 🍿 6mo
Ruthiella @Cinfhen Yes ma‘am! 😀 6mo
Cinfhen Ha!! You‘ll thank me later 😉 6mo
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squirrelbrain Yes, I agree @Cinfhen - the book was rather dry. (Haven‘t seen the movie!) 6mo
arlenefinnigan Deffo want to read and watch #stacked 6mo
Ruthiella @squirrelbrain Thanks for the heads up!😀 6mo
Ruthiella @arlenefinnigan I‘d not heard of the book till the movie came out. 6mo
Buechersuechtling @Ruthiella Yeah, me neither. But hugely loved the film. And now I am a bit reluctant to read the book because I fear being disappointed because of my own expectations. ☹️ Ha‼️ Just read @Cinfhen and @squirrelbrain ‘s comments – so it seems a good thing to have skipped the book. 😇🙌🏼 (edited) 5mo
Cinfhen I bailed on the book early on @Buechersuechtling 5mo
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Amy's People | Amy Malbeuf
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The prompt #chippytea makes me think of one of my favorite Booktubers Amy at From the Dusty Bookshelf,whose nickname from another booktuber (Erica at The Perks of Books) is “Chippy Cup”. What I love about Amy is she reads way outside the mainstream. From deep dives into Simone de Beauvoir‘s complete works to Lesbian pulp fiction...she marches to the beat of her own drummer! Totally unpretentious, she is a joy to listen to.

#RedroseSeptember

HardcoverHearts She is great! Good choice. 6mo
Ruthiella @HardcoverHearts Thanks! I love how deep and broad her reading interests go! 6mo
thebluestocking Thanks for the recommendation. I‘m always looking for booktubers who do more than read YA. 6mo
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Cinfhen Thanks for sharing a BookTuber!! That‘s a great idea 💡 we should highlight more BookTubers on Litsy!!! 6mo
Ruthiella @thebluestocking OMG I will send you a list via goodreads. There are lots of lit-fic booktubers. 6mo
Ruthiella @Cinfhen We actually have a few Littens who are already booktubers like Butterflyamore and HardcoverHearts😍 (edited) 6mo
Cinfhen And @shawnmooney who goes by Shawn the Book Maniac 💕💕💕💕 6mo
Ruthiella @Cinfhen Oh yes! I forgot about Shawn! He is not my friend in Litsy but I do watch his vlogs. 😀 6mo
thebluestocking @Ruthiella Thank you! I follow a few, but “need” more!! 💙 6mo
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