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ValerieAndBooks

Joined April 2016

Never enough bookshelves for all the books 📚😊. ❤️ non-fic, art, memoirs, most fic genres. Ravenclaw. 🇺🇸
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On the Road by Jack Kerouac
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Roar by Cecelia Ahern
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My Own Words by Ruth Bader Ginsburg
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Vicious by V. E. Schwab
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On the Road | Jack Kerouac
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Starting this one, and now I‘m thinking of Ducks, Newburyport (of which I still need to get, but we all know about “the fact that...” and the stream of consciousness within). 😂

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Ruthiella I know! I haven‘t even read Ducks yet but every time I hear or read “the fact that” I think of it!😆 6h
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The Last Chinese Chef | Mones, Nicole
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Main character is a young widow and food writer who finds herself in China for both food-writing work and for personal reasons. The plot was somewhat predictable, but really enjoyed the descriptions of authentic Chinese cuisine and it‘s intertwinings with the culture there. I‘ll give this a pick.

(I love this cover 😍. It‘s an ARC. The local used book store that benefits senior citizens takes donations rather than payments for ARCs).

Reggie That cover is striking! 2h
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Happy birthday to Oscar Fingal O‘Flahertie Wills Wilde, born on October 16, 1854. 🍾🥂

Tanisha_A @batsy And it's Wilde's birthday too! 😀 18h
Demibom Love this book 17h
ValerieAndBooks October 16th is a good day 😊! @Tanisha_A @batsy 11h
ValerieAndBooks @Demibom I love it too 💖 11h
batsy @ValerieAndBooks @Tanisha_A it is indeed 🥰 5m
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Roughing it | Mark Twain
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My mom just sent me three more of my Dad‘s books. This was one of them, and looks like it‘s been...roughing it. Really cool to find my dad‘s inscription inside and these two cards stuck inside the pages. Apparently both sites are still standing and Mark Twain once spoke at the opera house. that saloon‘s name though 😂 !!

LauraJ That is so freakin‘ cool! 2d
LeahBergen Fantastic! 😍😍 1d
JazzFeathers This is so awesome! 1d
ValerieAndBooks @lauraj @leahbergen @jazzfeathers it was neat that I talked with my mom after discovering the ephemera inside, and she was telling me that they both went back there about 25 years ago (the 1960 visit was just my dad; he hadn't met my mom yet). Then my hubby said he was at that saloon with his family as a kid! Think now I have to visit for myself someday 🙂. BTW the book itself is in good condition; it's the cover that isn't. 19h
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From Time to Time | Jack Finney
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Really more in-between pick and so-so. The sequel *From Time to Time* wasn‘t as compelling as *Time and Again*. This time around, the same main character time-travels to 1912 New York City.

I‘m still staying on the lookout for the time travel books some of you recommended a while back 👍😊!

jillrhudy Agreed! Adored “Time and Again“ but the sequel notsomuch. 2d
ValerieAndBooks @jillrhudy Yes. I wonder if it would have been a stronger book if it had been published sooner after the original -- as it was, they were out about 20 years apart. 19h
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Americanah | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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A few dropped threads & an abrupt conclusion kept this overall well-written novel from being great in structure. But there is much food for thought here which I‘m still digesting, so it‘s a pick. Lots to think about (& discuss) regarding race relations. I thought about my and others‘ experiences of being Deaf (& that being white & Deaf is “easier” than being black & Deaf). I wonder if author Adichie is more intersectional in general elsewhere.

Reviewsbylola I really enjoyed this one. 3d
HOTPock3tt ♥️♥️♥️ 3d
ValerieAndBooks @Reviewsbylola it definitely is was a compelling read; still thinking about it!! 2d
kspenmoll ❤️❤️ 1d
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From Time to Time | Jack Finney
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That term “Time patriots “. Makes me think of certain politicians who want to bring us back to “better times”. 🤔

Ironically I‘m starting this sequel to *Time and Again* because my iPad is charging and I can‘t get back to my current ebook (*Americanah* by Adichie) yet.

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“...false eyebrows made from mouse skins...”

Original meaning for eyebrows on fleek?! I love historical trivia minutiae like this. The passage on this page is describing a birthday party for Queen Charlotte, wife of George III.

MicheleinPhilly 😣😣😣 5d
Ruthiella What humans will do for fashion is eternally fascinating! 5d
readordierachel That must have been quite a sight! 4d
kspenmoll Yuk!!‘ Mouse skin eyebrows!??! 4d
ValerieAndBooks @MicheleinPhilly @Ruthiella @readordierachel @kspenmoll 😜 those eyebrows are definitely an icky thought!! 4d
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“I am much hurt”...such an understatement by George III after learning about the Boston Tea Party 😏.

Spending a quiet Friday night by starting this history chunkster, the first in a planned trilogy! 🤓

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Moby-Dick | Herman Melville
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This whale bookend set was a gift from my mom for my birthday last week 😍 .

Tanisha_A Oh wow! A perfect gift! 7d
ju.ca.no Oh cool!! 7d
AmyG That is great! 7d
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batsy That's beautiful! 7d
cathipink I love it! 7d
thegirlwiththelibrarybag I‘m sensing that you like Moby Dick? 🐳 🐳 🐳 awesome bookend! And happy belated birthday! 7d
Cathythoughts That‘s great 😍 7d
Ruthiella Great picture! 😀 7d
LeahBergen I love them!! 😍😍 7d
rohit-sawant Love this! 7d
AmyRebecca Nice!!! 7d
MicheleinPhilly Happy Belated Birthday! 7d
readordierachel So cool!! 7d
Jess Beautiful. Happy birthday!! 6d
Reggie Lol, that‘s awesome!!! 6d
JazzFeathers Fantasfic! And happy birthday 😁 6d
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The Secret History | Donna Tartt
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I loved this! Even though we know from the very beginning who was killed and by whom, this novel set at a small and remote liberal arts college still manages to create foreboding and suspense throughout. These college students, “friends” with each other, were not at all endearing. But young people, even college kids, don‘t always make good choices in friendships or actions (hopefully not leading to murder IRL). Highly recommend!

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Hoopiefoot I love this book. Just picked up another copy for a fall reread! 1w
Suet624 Still on my TBR pile. Grr... 1w
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ValerieAndBooks @Hoopiefoot 👍!! I feel like fall or winter is a good time to be reading this one. 1w
ValerieAndBooks @Suet624 hey, it takes place in Vermont 😉. It was in my TBR for a very long time too; should have picked it up earlier!! 1w
Suet624 Oh really? Vermont? Well that little piece of information might have just moved it up nearer to the top of the pile! 1w
batsy Love the book, love your pic :) That hefty anthology of Greek poetry looks very interesting! 1w
ValerieAndBooks @batsy it‘s a nice volume that I dip into now and then! 5d
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Americanah | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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My library hold for this just became available! So I‘ll start this for #authoramonth , before reading her *Purple Hibiscus* which I already own.

CafeMom I really loved this book. 1w
Soubhiville I love this one. Enjoy! 1w
ValerieAndBooks @CafeMom @Soubhiville it‘s off to a promising start 👍! 1w
Tanisha_A I love love this book! 1w
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Short, but powerful. Adichie advises her friend on how to raise her daughter— but all parents should read this, not just mothers of daughters.

Adichie is an author I‘ve been meaning to read, and am glad to finally get around to her for #authoramonth. @Soubhiville this is really essay-length rather than a book, so it‘s up to you to decide whether this counts. Purple Hibiscus coming up soon!

Soubhiville It definitely counts! There‘s a lot of good info in there, I thought. 1w
ValerieAndBooks @Soubhiville I agree there‘s good info. Requested from the library this one of hers, probably similar message 1w
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A Legacy | Sybille Bedford
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Book haul for today! The auxiliary at the medical building I was at this morning sells used books.

Lcsmcat I haven‘t read that one, but I live Doug‘s writing! 1w
LeahBergen I have the tagged book, too. 👍🏻 1w
ValerieAndBooks @Lcsmcat I read a bit of Doig while in the waiting room, and it‘s lovely writing! Will get back to him soon after finishing up my current reads. 1w
ValerieAndBooks @LeahBergen I couldn‘t resist a nyrb 😊. It looks good, too. 1w
Suet624 NYRB! Awesome! 1w
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My youngest ‘s first college semester classes has some interesting readings 😍! He‘s also taking Latin. One of his classes has only 4 students.

Leaving tomorrow for Parents Weekend and can‘t wait to see him and celebrate my birthday there (and hoping he‘s not having too much of an The Secret History experience there — because also, his work study job is in the Classics Department 😂) !

Tamra Terrific selection! 2w
batsy Let's hope his experience is totally not like The Secret History 😬😂 That's a really interesting selection of books! 2w
LeahBergen I loved the Classics courses I did at uni! 😍 2w
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Suet624 What an interesting college start. Have fun visiting! 💕💕 2w
Reggie Have fun!!! 2w
Redwritinghood Happy birthday! 🎂🎂 2w
thebluestocking Happy birthday!! 🎉 (We‘re birthday twins!) 2w
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Well @Lynnsoprano my attempt at Ukrainian baking, as inspired by our #buddyread of A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian, did not result in pretty rogaliki 😂. I think it was just too warm today and the dough was supposed to stay chilled. Still tasty, even if I probably won‘t make it again. Rogaliki means “little horns” and I‘m trying to imitate that devilish Valentina 😂😈. Recipe from tagged cookbook; can find online w/ various fillings.

Lynnsoprano It looks wonderful to me! 2w
ValerieAndBooks @Lynnsoprano it looks like a “Pinterest fail” ?. But still good. I should have waited to make it. 85° today, warmer tomorrow, then temps will drop way down in the 60s. Also, looks like another name for it is rugelach. 2w
Lynnsoprano @ValerieAndBooks The thing I‘ve found is that there are a lot of similar dishes across Eastern Europe/Russia with different names. Stuffed cabbage rolls are galubtsi in Ukranian, but halupki in other countries. And it sounds as if you‘re as warm as we are! 2w
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LeahBergen 😆😆 I like your pic! 2w
mcipher They look delicious! And the horn picture is so cute. 👍😆 2w
ValerieAndBooks @Lynnsoprano and I‘m sure each country/culture feels their versions are the best 😊 2w
ValerieAndBooks @LeahBergen haha thanks 😄 2w
ValerieAndBooks @mcipher thanks 🤗 2w
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The Secret History | Donna Tartt
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The writing and storytelling of this is great, but I keep having this nagging feeling it‘s reminding me of another author. But who? Not that Tartt is trying to imitate anyone, if that makes sense. It‘s driving me crazy. I keep glancing up at my books hoping it‘ll come to me.

(Popcorn with truffle salt...yum!)

Billypar According to the review I posted after I read it in 2017, it reminded me of Dickens or Fitzgerald because of the naive protagonist meeting these strong characters. I loved the way she would have Richard catch these glimpses of cryptic interactions that he is forced to try and interpret. It was modern in some ways, but felt like an older novel in others. 2w
ValerieAndBooks @billypar Great analysis! Yes, I think you‘ve helped pinpoint my thoughts in your last sentence, especially that it “felt like an older novel”. It has that narrative style. And (spoiler below) 2w
ValerieAndBooks @billypar and yes on naive Richard and cryptic interpretations. Right now I‘m at the part where he‘s puzzling over the phone call about the tickets to Argentina. (edited) 2w
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Billypar Ah, you're still pretty early: I'm jealous for everything you have in store 😀 2w
ValerieAndBooks @Billypar hoping to have more time to read tomorrow 🤩! 2w
Tanisha_A This is sooo high on my list. I have only read The Goldfinch by her, and I loved it. 2w
BekaReid Yes, I love Donna Tartt's writing, and this is my favorite of hers!! 2w
ValerieAndBooks @Tanisha_A I have The Goldfinch in my TBR so I‘ll be sure to get to that too! But maybe I should space it out, as she has written only three novels. 2w
ValerieAndBooks @BekaReid My first read by her! Looking forward to the others. 2w
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The Secret History | Donna Tartt
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Sunday morning PJs, coffee, and this. So far, totally pulled into the story! @Liberty ‘s recent #litsy post about this convinced me to finally get it out of the TBR.

Also, #1001Books

Liberty ❤️📚☠️ 3w
Cathythoughts Love this one. Time for a reread ♥️♥️♥️ 2w
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“Remember the ladies”, Abigail Adams famously exhorted her husband. Cokie Roberts did, in this history that spans the time period from when Abigail Adams was First Lady to when her Daughter in Law Louisa Adams took that same role. In between, covered are women as diverse as Sacajawea, guide to Lewis & Clark, to Rebecca Gratz (pictured 3rd from left on cover) who was Jewish and did much philanthropy in Philadelphia including helping to found 👇👇

ValerieAndBooks ...found the city‘s first school for the deaf (“and dumb” 😣). That school is now Pennsylvania School for the Deaf. Only five pages were devoted here to Gratz, and the PSD history online does not refer to her at all, as did any online references I found about early deaf history in Philly. I‘m very intrigued (deaf myself) and will investigate more. Anyway, Roberts did a good job overall of showing how real and accomplished these women were. 3w
AmyRebecca Very interesting! Good review 😊 7d
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Ladies of Liberty | Cokie Roberts
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Just finished this book— review coming soon. Many women discussed in it, and I think Dolley Madison was my favorite. She was everyone‘s favorite then, too; and I think she could have been President if women had the vote then. As it was, she was nicknamed “Presidentess”.

And wow, thanks to the internet, I found out that she was photographed late in life — 80 years old here ❤️

Tamra I was sad to hear of Roberts‘ death. I had no idea how beloved she was by her colleagues who were also her friends. And apparently a real trailblazer! 3w
Crazeedi I must say read this books! 3w
ValerieAndBooks @Tamra Yes. I had read her earlier book (tagged 👉) and her death reminded me I needed to read this from my TBR. Glad I finally did 💖. 3w
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ValerieAndBooks @Crazeedi 👍 have you read Cokie Roberts yet? If not, you might want to start with 3w
Crazeedi @ValerieAndBooks no I have not, so I'll put both on my tbr!! 2w
AmyRebecca Neat! 7d
ValerieAndBooks @AmyRebecca I thought so, too! So much character in Dolley‘s face. 5d
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My dad died a year ago today. Have been hanging on the good memories. I was just taking a closer look at this photo of him and me ❤️ , and realized the dude on the back cover wasn‘t a baseball player as I always assumed. Zoomed in with my phone; it‘s Leon Uris (I‘ve never read him). Researched what his hardback editions looked like and this is Armageddon, a historic fiction of post-WWII Berlin. I know I inherited my love of reading from Dad 😊

MicheleinPhilly ❤️❤️❤️ 3w
erzascarletbookgasm Aww ❤️ 3w
Verity ❤️❤️❤️ 3w
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AJBowers 💕 3w
TrishB Lovely ❤️ 3w
JessClark78 ❤️❤️ 3w
mrsmarch Priceless!! 3w
mrp27 💕💕💕 3w
Tanisha_A Lovely! 3w
cathipink What a sweet photo 💗💗 3w
cathysaid ❤️ All the tears with that pic 😭 3w
cobwebmoth *hugs* 3w
Follow.my.read I love Leon Uris books!! Your father had wonderful taste❤️ 3w
youneverarrived ❤️❤️ 3w
LeahBergen Aww! I love this! ❤️❤️❤️❤️ 3w
Nute Love love love this post!💕 3w
CarolynM Anniversaries can be difficult. Hugs 💕 3w
Christine So sweet! 3w
Ruthiella Wonderful photo and memory of your dad. ❤️ 3w
batsy Beautiful post and picture 💕 3w
kspenmoll Take care today. Such a wonderful photo-snugging you & reading. ❤️❤️❤️ 3w
Reggie What a great dad!!! P.s. I read Exodus by Leon Uris and what I remember it was pretty good. 3w
DivineDiana What a discovery! Sending love to you. ❤️ 2w
ValerieAndBooks @DivineDiana Thank you 💖💖 2w
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Time and Again | Jack Finney
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Stayed up past midnight to finish this. MC is recruited by a government agency to participate in a time travel project. Thus, he travels back to New York City in 1882. Much of this novel focuses on that place and era in detail (with illustrations/photos throughout); so those without an interest in old NYC may not find this as engaging as I did. I have the sequel TBR.

Any time travel recs? I‘ve already read The Time Traveler‘s Wife and 11/22/63.

Lindy I enjoyed Jack Finney too, when I went through a time travel phase. Have you read Connie Willis? If not, start with 3w
Leftcoastzen Beautiful clock 3w
LiteraryinLititz This is a book for middle grade students but I love it and have shared it with many fellow adults. 3w
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Flaneurette This one! It‘s not really super science fictiony- it uses the time travel trope to explore family relationships and it‘s also really clever and funny but also sad and elegiac if that makes any sense 3w
thegirlwiththelibrarybag Oooh! This one is an Australian classic that makes use of time travel via time slip 3w
thegirlwiththelibrarybag I haven‘t read it yet but it‘s on the tbr 3w
Kimberlone Anything by Connie Willis 3w
LeahBergen And I second @Lindy about The Doomsday Book. 👍🏻 3w
ValerieAndBooks @Lindy @Kimberlone @leahbergen I have not read Connie Willis, but definitely will look for her now! Thanks! 3w
ValerieAndBooks @Leftcoastzen thanks 😊. It‘s my husband ‘s — his mom found it in an antique shop years ago and somehow he ended up with it! 3w
ValerieAndBooks @lindy @LiteraryinLititz @Flaneurette @thegirlwiththelibrarybag @Kimberlone @LeahBergen THANK YOU all for all these great recommendations 💖 ! I have written them all down and will keep my eyes out for all of them. They all look very intriguing!! 3w
Liz_M I loved this book! 3w
ValerieAndBooks @Liz_M did you read the sequel also? I‘m going to start that soonish 3w
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Aaron Burr, feminist.

He was a big fan of Mary Wollstonecraft and made sure his daughter Theodosia was well-educated.

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Time and Again | Jack Finney
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Breakfast and coffee with this time travel novel. So far it‘s good.

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Initially picked this up because it‘s on the #1001Books list. I might not have otherwise but glad I did! It seems deceptively simple— a dark comedy about a younger woman bamboozling an elderly man into marriage, and his two adult daughters try to step in. But also looks at issues such as elder abuse, immigrants wanting better lives at any cost, and family dynamics that feel familiar to many. Quite a book. Great #buddyread w/ @Lynnsoprano .

Lynnsoprano Glad we could keep the tradition going! I love the apples, but Toshiba apples didn‘t sound too appetizing 😂 We still need to do our Ukrainian cooking. 4w
ValerieAndBooks @Lynnsoprano in my case they‘d have to be called Kenmore apples 😂. Perhaps with some sugar and cinnamon they‘d be better? I‘ve started looking up Ukrainian recipes and trying to find something that doesn‘t involve an assembly line 😊 3w
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This made me chuckle...but also reminded me one reason why I haven‘t finished War and Peace (So many names!) 😆.

This novel was really good. Review coming soon!

Lynnsoprano At least you started War and Peace. I‘ve never worked up the nerve 😂 4w
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Dropped off some books, came home with a few. Stockpiling for fall and winter 😉. 😍 the tagged book! Some here are #1001Books.

LauraJ Good haul! 4w
kspenmoll Book of Ages was so good! 4w
ValerieAndBooks @kspenmoll your comment sparked a memory 😊 — was glad to finally come across this book! 👉 kspenmoll's post on Litsy https://litsy.com/p/UGhBSVE4dGFT 4w
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ValerieAndBooks @LauraJ Thanks! I honestly didn‘t plan to come home with this many books, but after seeing the ones I had to have, it made sense to just do their fill a bag deal instead of having them priced individually. So I threw a few more in 😊 4w
Nebklvr The Hours was ok and Liar Spy one was great! 4w
ValerieAndBooks @Nebklvr I picked up The Hours only because it‘s a #1001Books — actually bailed on it years ago; hoping this time around I can stick with it 😬! And yes the Civil War spy book looks good. I don‘t like the cover design though— looks like a headless woman novel instead of an historical account. 4w
batsy What an interesting haul! And a gorgeous spine on Book of Ages. 4w
LeahBergen And loved The Hours! 4w
DebinHawaii Great haul!! 📚 4w
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Started reading after I pulled this for #7days7covers. Actually short stories, not “novellas”. Translated from French to English by Alison Anderson (also did The Elegance of the Hedgehog), so word flow occasionally tripped up. Stories are not complicated but have a touch of profoundness. Titular story was very unexpected— about female prisoners in a Soviet gulag trying to write for their daughters on the outside. Cover photo is based on....👇

ValerieAndBooks ... the story *Odette Toulemonde* who “began to levitate” on the bus while reading her favorite author whose name is on the title in the photo. 4w
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Page 106. This is exactly what I was thinking as I got to this point. It‘s kind of obvious that things won‘t go well if an 84 year old is conned into marriage by a 36 year old wanting permanent residency — but it‘s turning into darker tones now. What do you think @Lynnsoprano ?

Lynnsoprano I read that a little while ago, and thought the same thing. At least at this point, it‘s darker than I expected. And the dad trying to play the daughters against each other hits close to home. My mom tried to do the same thing to my brother and me after our dad died, until we called her on it. Interesting that they are starting to unite in their efforts. 1mo
CafeMom I hope you all are enjoying the chapter titles, they get more absurd as the book goes on. 1mo
rwmg I want to re-read this. My brother got it me for Christmas when it first came out and I read it but I have no memory of it. 1mo
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Lynnsoprano @cafemom I see what you mean. I looked at “a half-eaten ham sandwich “ and went, what?? 😂 4w
ValerieAndBooks Right?! And now I will never forget the “squishy squashy” chapter title . 🙈🙊 @CafeMom @Lynnsoprano 4w
ValerieAndBooks @rwmg it is really something! Yeah, looks like it first came out in 2005, long ago enough to forget details. 4w
Lynnsoprano @ValerieAndBooks squishy squashy and flippy floppy will never be the same 🤣 4w
ValerieAndBooks @Lynnsoprano re: your earlier comment, I think a lot of readers can identify with the family dynamics— I‘m lucky that my parents don‘t/didn‘t play those games but I‘ve seen it done by their parents and also my hubby‘s mom. 4w
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Book Buddies: Guidelines for Volunteer Tutors of Emergent and Early Readers | Francine R. Johnston, Marcia Invernizzi, Connie Juel
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I think we‘re all related that way 😂! @quirkyreader has a great idea of sharing #litsylove by tagging and thanking their very first ten followers. So I‘m doing the same! It‘s been over 3 years since I joined, so some of mine #firstten aren‘t still active (Hope all‘s well). Some are still here 😊. Appreciate all of you, whether you joined 3 years ago or 3 days ago 💖

AmyG Ha....then we are ALL related! 1mo
Reviewsbylola Oooooh this is fun! And what @amyG says. 😆 1mo
ValerieAndBooks @AmyG @Reviewsbylola📚📚 👏🙌📚📚 4w
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Money | Martin Amis
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#7days7covers #covercrush Day 7

(Re-using my photo from a post I made last year)

These hashtags are sooo much fun to follow 😍! Anyone not playing yet, please do!!

CrowCAH I like the money! 💰 1mo
KarenUK 😍😍😍 1mo
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Ladies of Liberty | Cokie Roberts
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Just learned author Cokie Roberts has just passed. Thanks for bringing attention to women involved in some parts of American history.

(ETA: I need a new non-fiction read after finishing Betsy Ross, so I‘m going to finally start reading the tagged book now — been TBR a long time!)

Ericalambbrown I am just so very sad to hear of her passing. I will miss her voice of fact and reason terribly on NPR. 💔😢 1mo
MicheleinPhilly Such a tremendous loss for journalism. I will miss her insight and intelligence fiercely. 1mo
Graciouswarriorprincess This is so sad. She was a remarkable journalist and woman! 1mo
Kimzey 😢 One of my all-time favorite NPR journalists! 1mo
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Not as much is known about Elizabeth (Betsy) Griscom Ross Ashburn Claypoole as compared to her contemporaries, but the author does her best to flesh out Betsy with the available evidence. Learned a lot about early Philadelphia (I live near there), the Quakers —Betsy left when she married her non-Quaker 1st hubby but later joined Free Quakers— and her family business. She worked almost all the way to her death at 84 years old as an upholsterer &👇

ValerieAndBooks and seamstress. Did she make the first “Betsy Ross” flag? Her descendants says she did. But she certainly did provide upholstery projects at Washington ‘s request. A lot of info packed in this book. 1mo
MrBook Love this picture and review! 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 1mo
ValerieAndBooks Oh and flag quilt wall-hanging was made by my mom years ago 😊 1mo
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ValerieAndBooks @MrBook thanks 😊! I learned A LOT from this book — it‘s not a fast read though. 1mo
Suet624 This picture is so colorful! 1mo
Smrloomis That quilt is beautiful! 1mo
ValerieAndBooks @Suet624 😊 I just realized I should have moved the book higher to align the blues a bit more 😂 1mo
ValerieAndBooks @Smrloomis thanks— I love my mom‘s work!! 1mo
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Oh, those are apples! So much for my plan to use tomatoes as a prop 😂. @Lynnsoprano ‘s cover is much more eye-catching. We‘re embarking on our third annual #buddyread with this novel.

Lynnsoprano My goodness, that cover is so different! Already enjoying this. I only had a little reading time today, and I‘m already through four chapters. 1mo
cathipink This book randomly showed up in my Little Free Library this week 🙂 1mo
ValerieAndBooks @cathipink oh, that‘s cool! Same cover? 1mo
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cathipink Yes 🙂🙂 1mo
CafeMom I loved this book. Enjoy. 1mo
LauraBeth I've had this on my mental TBR forever! I'm officially stacking it so hopefully, I can remember it! 1mo
Suet624 Ooohhh, already stacked. 1mo
ValerieAndBooks @CafeMom @LauraBeth @Suet624 I‘m enjoying it so far! 1mo
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A Clockwork Orange | Anthony Burgess
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#7days7covers #covercrush Day 6

@Hollie have you been tagged yet? Post a cover you love, each day for 7 days. No explanation needed; use the hashtags ☝️

KarenUK Very bold! 😍😍😍 1mo
britt_brooke Ooh, great choice! 1mo
ValerieAndBooks @KarenUK @britt_brooke I have been wanting this cover for a long time !! I have two other covers, but they just aren‘t as awesome as this one. 1mo
Hollie @ValerieAndBooks I haven‘t...but now I‘m off to search my bookshelf for some cover love 💕 1mo
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Girls of Riyadh | Rajaa Alsanea
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#7days7covers #covercrush Day 5 (I will go ahead and explain anyways that pics don‘t do justice to this shiny, tactile cover, not even the close-up).

Want to play @Liberty 😁? Post a cover you love, each day for 7 days. No explanation needed; use the hashtags ☝️and feel free to tag others 😊

KarenUK 😍😍😍 1mo
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Emma | Jane Austen, James Kinsley, Adela Pinch
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#7days7covers #covercrush Day 4

Anyone want to play along that hasn‘t done so yet 😊? Maybe you, @CrowCAH ?

Cathythoughts Crush 👍🏻♥️ 1mo
CrowCAH I could get on this bandwagon. Are we just posting seven covers we love for seven days? 1mo
Leftcoastzen So gorgeous! 1mo
ValerieAndBooks @CrowCAH yes, one cover that you love, no explanation needed, per day for seven days 😊. Use hashtags ☝️ in post . 1mo
LeahBergen Pretty! 💕💕 1mo
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#7days7covers #covercrush Day 3

@Reggie have you been tagged yet? Just post a cover you love, each day for 7 days. No explanation needed; use the hashtags 😊

KarenUK The butterfly is beautiful 😍😍😍 1mo
ValerieAndBooks @KarenUK it is ! 🦋 😍 1mo
DebinHawaii Mahalo for the tag! I‘ll start tomorrow. 🤗 1mo
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My daughter is turning 21 next Tuesday 😱 but I trust her to be careful! This is going her way — she‘s in her last year of college— along with some spending money 😊. Tagged little board book was a Dollar Tree find — has fun and easy recipes. (Not pictured— second margarita glass — both plastic)

Macker11 Omg I love this ! 1mo
LeahBergen I love it! 👏🏻👏🏻 1mo
LauraJ You are a good mom! 1mo
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jillannjohn Love this! 1mo
JoScho I love this care package 🖤 1mo
batsy Love it ♥️ 1mo
ValerieAndBooks @macker11 @LeahBergen @LauraJ @jillannjohn @JoScho @batsy Thanks all 🙂 ! Hope she likes it. After this picture was taken, I wrapped some of these items before mailing out. 1mo
Reggie Awww you‘re awesome!!!! 1mo
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#7days7covers #covercrush Day2

@DebinHawaii this made me think of you— maybe you‘d like to play along 😊? Just post a cover you love, each day for 7 days. No explanation needed. Use hashtags ☝️.

Leftcoastzen Lovely cover! 1mo
KarenUK 😍💕 1mo
Lynnsoprano I‘m hungry just looking at that cover! 1mo
Liz_M Not just a beautiful cover, but also a wonderful cookbook! 1mo
DebinHawaii One of my favorite covers! Thanks for thinking of me. I will start tomorrow. It was a crazy work week! 😉 1mo
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Book mail. I won this in a giveaway I entered at a history books website (not sure if it was for this specific book or one chosen by them). It looks interesting. I was in my first year of college when the marine barracks was bombed, killing 241. Blurb states it was the worst terrorist attack towards Americans until 9/11/2001.

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#7days7covers #covercrush Day 1

@KarenUK thanks for the tag🥰!

@Lynnsoprano would you like to post one cover you love, each day for 7 days? no explanation needed and use the hashtags 😊

erzascarletbookgasm Love the Europa editions 🙂 1mo
Leftcoastzen That‘s how I feel when I read!😂 1mo
BarbaraBB Great cover indeed! 1mo
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KarenUK I love this one! 💕 1mo
LeahBergen This is a great cover! 1mo
ValerieAndBooks @erzascarletbookgasm Yes! And I always scan the spines for their logo when I‘m at bookstores 😊 1mo
ValerieAndBooks @Leftcoastzen same, especially if it‘s a good book 😂! 1mo
ValerieAndBooks @BarbaraBB it is, and the title fits, too 😂 1mo
ValerieAndBooks @KarenUK still TBR, but I have it staying out so that maybe I‘ll start it soon 🙂 1mo
ValerieAndBooks @LeahBergen there‘s another Europa cover by this author that is lovely, too — I may post that this week too 😊 1mo
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Agnes Grey | Anne Bront
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Agnes Grey was better than I expected 💖. From her difficulties of being a governess to horrid kids to observing class differences to discussing reading and books ☝️ with the guy she falls in love with — very good. All covered in about 200 pages, but still satisfying 😊

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SaraFair Thank you for this review! I have it on my shelf and now I am encouraged to get to it-🤓 1mo
ValerieAndBooks @SaraFair I hope you enjoy it 💖 1mo
CafeMom I enjoyed this one too when I read it. 1mo
ValerieAndBooks @CafeMom I wasn‘t expecting to like it — glad I did and that you did too 😊 1mo
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Vicious | V. E. Schwab
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Not sure if you can see it, but the library copy is water damaged throughout — at least I hope it‘s just water 🤢. Library E-book hold won‘t be available for a while, but I‘ll read the sample here. I also can switch over to the other VE Schwab I borrowed. #authoramonth

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ValerieAndBooks @Megabooks right?! This was a pick-up reserve so I didn‘t notice the damage until I got home — probably would have if I had taken it off the shelf 😒. 1mo
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Loved Rick Bragg‘s *The Best Cook in the World* , just as I did his earlier volumes about his family. In this one, his momma‘s home-cooking recipes go hand-in-hand with family stories. Many are more for historical merit — poke-weed salad (poisonous if careless in prep) or possum or turtle soup, anyone? I was glad there‘s a recipe for pecan pie that doesn‘t use Karo. Will try it someday & see if it‘s as good as my Southern grandma‘s was 💖.

Kappadeemom Turtle soup is actually good! I‘ve had it in New Orleans :) 1mo
SaraFair His stories bring back so many memories. 1mo
ValerieAndBooks @Kappadeemom I‘ll take your word for it 😊. The at home recipe seems like a lot of work, not to mention having to catch the turtle in the first place! 1mo
ValerieAndBooks @SaraFair I know what you mean— very evocative of a time and place similar to my what my grandparents had until they migrated to CA. 1mo
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West Chester Public Library | West Chester, PA (Library)
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Went to the branch in town to pick up my holds for September‘s #authoramonth, V.E. Schwab! Will I finish both this month? Will I like her— she‘s a new-to-me author.

It‘s hard to see, but the tower says Public Library near the roof and there‘s lovely stained glass windows on the main level. 😍

mom2bugnbee My parents grew up in Downingtown! 😁 1mo
ValerieAndBooks @mom2bugnbee small world! That‘s the next town over 😊 1mo
DivineDiana I‘ve never seen that branch. Lovely. 1mo
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LauraBeth This is your library? It looks amazing! 1mo
DGRachel That‘s a gorgeous building! I loved Vicious. Hope you enjoy it, too! 1mo
ValerieAndBooks @DivineDiana yes, it‘s in the borough, but about 3 blocks outside the shopping/restaurant area. 1mo
ValerieAndBooks @LauraBeth it‘s the one closest to me, but I admit I prefer the larger county library slightly farther away that also has easier parking. This one is definitely lovely! 1mo
ValerieAndBooks @DGRachel it is definitely gorgeous! If you loved Vicious, I‘ll start that one first 😊! 1mo
DGRachel It was my first book by VE Schwab and I loved it so much that I mailed my paperback copy to a friend to force her to read it and bought a matching set of hardbacks of Vicious and Vengeful. ❤️ 1mo
Soubhiville What a cool building! I hope you enjoy the books. 1mo
kspenmoll Beautiful library!!! 1mo
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More history books today! My mom has been sending me things she comes across, as she goes through her home and my dad‘s things. Latest box included a couple more of his books, plus some coffee 💖.

kspenmoll Read the Johnstown Flood & really thought it was well done. Think it was this author‘s first book.? 1mo
ValerieAndBooks @kspenmoll Yes I also think it was his first— it was originally published in 1968. 1mo
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Second Reading II | West Chester, PA (Bookstore)
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Oh no 🙈! Dropped off some books today at the used bookstore and discovered all history and biographies are 50% off in September. My kryptonite. I‘ll have to try to stay away all month. But used bookstores don‘t often have women‘s history so maybe if I tell myself that‘s only what I‘ll buy if I weaken and go back?!

Pleased to find Jefferson and Monticello, as we just visited there!

The #nyrb fiction (top) was at their regular price ($4) 😊.

LeahBergen What a great haul. 👍🏻 1mo
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The Inbetween Days | Eva Woods
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A light undemanding read, but it kept me reading. Between pick and so-so, really. Rosie is in a coma but her subconscious grasps at bits and pieces of her past. It all comes together in the end. Not bad!

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My dear mom sent us a check for our anniversary and we spent it at Barnes and Noble tonight 😊📚📚! The top two are my picks (Atkinson was 50% off) and hubby got the bottom three. I plan to start with the tagged book — have enjoyed Bragg‘s other books. #bookhaul

Suet624 Ahem...Vermont... coming for a visit? 1mo
Suet624 And I‘m Irish. Curious what I dont know. (edited) 1mo
ValerieAndBooks @Suet624 Hopefully in the near future 😊 ! We only passed through VT a couple years ago when we went to Montreal, and want to see more! Hubby is also dreaming of where we might go post-retirement (many years in the future), possibly as a second home somewhere. Hence, the other books as well.

I'll have to ask him what the most interesting thing he learned from the Irish history book and then pass it along to you 🙂 -- he's still reading it.
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