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Elegance of the Hedgehog
Elegance of the Hedgehog | Muriel Barbery
We are in the center of Paris, in an elegant apartment building inhabited by bourgeois families. Renee, the concierge, is witness to the lavish but vacuous lives of her numerous employers. Outwardly she conforms to every stereotype of the concierge: fat, cantankerous, addicted to television. Yet, unbeknownst to her employers, Renee is a cultured autodidact who adores art, philosophy, music, and Japanese culture. With humor and intelligence she scrutinizes the lives of the building's tenants, who for their part are barely aware of her existence. Then there's Paloma, a twelve-year-old genius. She is the daughter of a tedious parliamentarian, a talented and startlingly lucid child who has decided to end her life on the sixteenth of June, her thirteenth birthday. Until then she will continue behaving as everyone expects her to behave: a mediocre pre-teen high on adolescent subculture, a good but not an outstanding student, an obedient if obstinate daughter. Paloma and Renee hide both their true talents and their finest qualities from a world they suspect cannot or will not appreciate them. They discover their kindred souls when a wealthy Japanese man named Ozu arrives in the building. Only he is able to gain Paloma's trust and to see through Renee's timeworn disguise to the secret that haunts her. This is a moving, funny, triumphant novel that exalts the quiet victories of the inconspicuous among us."
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Debdeb
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Thank you Christine for my #winterswap #litsylove ... I opened a day early as I go on holiday later today but I shall definitely be taking this one with me ... ❤️ my happy!!

TheBookHippie Oh yay!!! That book was a beautiful read for me! I couldn‘t resist the pin . So glad you love it❤️❤️❤️ 2w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🎊🎉❤️ 2w
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ruskigurl16
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I wanted to sincerely apologize to the members of the #LMPBC #groupL members for the lack of posts and news. 😳😢 I had received the latest book some time ago, but managed to put it away and only recently found it. I know the next round has already started, but I will return it back, upon completion, with my comments. Thank you for letting me participate @suvata @Kayla.Adriena @Skeebies05 @shellleigh33 #backonLitsy #stillabookworm

Kayla.Adriena @ruskigurl16 Ohhhhh trust me no need to apologize! I have set us back since we started! No worries . It took me forever to get through Elegance of the Hedgehog 4w
ruskigurl16 @Kayla.Adriena thanks for the reassurance. Strangely enough, I suspect I am going to love this book. ❤️😁 4w
Skeebies05 No worries! Life happens, ladies!! ❤️❤️ 4w
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suvata It‘s happened to all of us from time to time. No sweat. 4w
shellleigh33 It‘s okay. Time your time and enjoy the book 😊 4w
ruskigurl16 Thank you @Skeebies05, @suvata, and @shellleigh33 for your reassurance. I really do love the LITSY family! ❤️😁 3w
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Eggs
Elegance of the Hedgehog | Muriel Barbery
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Paloma, a twelve-year-old genius is a talented and startlingly lucid child who has decided to end her life on the sixteenth of June, her thirteenth birthday. Until then she will continue behaving as everyone expects her to behave: a mediocre pre-teen high on adolescent subculture, a good but not an outstanding student, an obedient if obstinate daughter.
#childmcs
#namastenovember

Come-read-with-me @eggs This is such a beautiful book. I loved it 💗 1mo
MelissaSue81 This sounds so good! 1mo
Megabooks I loved this book! Great choice! 1mo
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Eggs Thanks everyone! This book is unforgettable *sigh* @Come-read-with-me @MelissaSue81 @Megabooks 4w
TheBookHippie Ohhh I just brought copies of this to the alternative school. It‘s a lovely book. 4w
Cinfhen I forgot how much I enjoyed this book!!! It was for my markup bookclub that fell to pieces 😢😢😢 at least the lovely @sisilia is still here 😘😘miss you @BookaholicNatty @shendrix413 4w
Eggs @TheBookHippie @Cinfhen The writing was exquisite 👌🏼 4w
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umbrellagirl I loved this book. 1mo
umbrellagirl Now I want to reread it. 1mo
EadieB @umbrellagirl I was thinking the same thing! I loved this book! 1mo
Eggs That would be my pick too🤗❤️👏🏻 1mo
EadieB @Eggs Nice! 1mo
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suvata
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#LMPBC Round 6 - #GroupB
@mynameisacolour

Like I said the other day, Litsy folks are the BEST — Hands-down. Thank you so much for the gifts.

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mcipher
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Some potential #LMPBC options for Group M - still narrowing but has anyone read these? (two are re-reads for me that I‘d love to explore with someone else but not sure if anyone else is into that idea) Tagging the rest in the comments.
@DarcysMom @arubabookwoman @Shakespearience

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks These look good!! 2mo
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mcipher @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thanks! It‘s so hard to pick! 2mo
DarcysMom I haven't read any of these. 😁 2mo
arubabookwoman The only one I‘ve read is The Magician‘s Assistant. It was good, but Not what I consider a “rereadable” book. I just read a different book by Jess Walter that I liked a lot, so The Financial Lives of Poets was already on my radar screen. The Elegance of the Hedgehog is one I‘ve been interested in reading for a long time. I‘m not familiar with the other potential choices. 2mo
Shakespearience I just did This is How it Always Is with the last LMPBC 😅 2mo
mcipher @Shakespearience @arubabookwoman @DarcysMom Awesome, that narrows it down!! Thanks ladies. 🤗 2mo
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squirrelbrain
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One of my favourite books so far this year.... but just look at this new cover!

The back is even more beautiful than the front! ❤️

erzascarletbookgasm I must get to this book soon! Love the back of the cover 🙂 2mo
youneverarrived 😍😍 still need to read this. 2mo
Rachel_nyc I‘ve been wanting to read this for ages. I hope I can find this edition! 2mo
Caroline2 Beautiful edition! Stacked! 😍 2mo
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Skeebies05
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I forgot to mention I received this book! I will make my notes and send it on!
@Kayla.Adriena
@ruskigurl16
@Slabby
#LMPBC

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jenniferw88
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Well this arrived quicker than I expected! Thank you @wanderinglynn for the book & extra goodies for #bfcr3 - is there going to be a round 4?

wanderinglynn That‘s a good question. I go back and forth on whether to do a round 4. Thoughts? 3mo
jenniferw88 I'm still unofficially doing it & I've seen other littens wondering about one. I think you'd still have interest. @Chrissyreadit what do you think? @wanderinglynn 3mo
Chrissyreadit @wanderinglynn @jenniferw88 I‘m still unofficially doing it too- and tagging my #bfc BFF‘s anyway. I love the positive focus so much! You could put out some feelers - and see how people respond. I think support for reasonable goals heading into Winter helpful. I bet you would have a huge upswing in January too. 3mo
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Scochrane26 I think going into winter would be a good time for #bfc. Maybe around November. I‘m going to have to figure out exercise when I can‘t walk outside anymore, & it will be too easy to just stop exercise. (edited) 3mo
LapReader I‘m still unofficially participating too. Would love a round 4. 3mo
TheAromaofBooks @wanderinglynn - maybe six weeks starting October 6 - that would finish before Thanksgiving and give you a break throughout the holiday season. It must be a lot of work to organize, but it definitely was encouraging for everyone involved. 3mo
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writerlibrarian
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This is the kind of novel that you either love or find completely irritating. I loved it. I loved the whole class portrait of the rich French upper class. Renée is a "concierge" for this upper class building with 6 or 8 appartments. She hides her culture, her intelligence, her thirst for knowledge behind her door, her television. She gives the tennants what they want, what they need to see in order for their lives to go on.

writerlibrarian Paloma is the 12 years old girl that is too intelligent, too knowing for her own good and plans to end it all on her 13th birthday because she doesn't find anything worth living for. Both Renée's and Paloma's lives are on a collision course and what happens when a charming Japanese man becomes a tennant is both wonderful and heart breaking. (edited) 3mo
writerlibrarian Barbery follows through her original intent and the reader ends up with some tears and a smile after finishing the novel. 3mo
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Kayla.Adriena
Pickpick

I FINALLY finished a book ? Lots of stuff went over my head and I wished the characters had more interaction or "time" with each other

Texreader The book sounds good, but also sounds like it could be a slow tedious read—which I cannot do. Is it? 3mo
Kayla.Adriena @Texreader yes I would agree with that assessment. Overall I liked it but it has a lot of philosophy and "musings" by the different characters, it's also translated from French I believe 3mo
Texreader @Kayla.Adriena Thanks. I think I‘ll have to pass. Appreciate your honesty! 3mo
Crazeedi I have this in my tbr pile, thank for review 3mo
writerlibrarian The original French novel is divise. You either like it or hate it. I loved the whole class portrait of the rich French upper class. 3mo
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MeatPiie
L'lgance du hrisson | Muriel Barbery
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Pickpick

Un livre difficile de lire pour le vocabulaire soutenu quelques fois, mais rien qu‘un coup d‘œil sur un dictionnaire ne puisse remédier !
C‘est un livre super sympathique qui incite à la réflexion ? j‘ai particulièrement apprécié la morale de ne jamais se confier aux apparences !

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Kayla.Adriena
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Home is everything. 😊

erzascarletbookgasm Enjoy! 😘 3mo
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squirrelbrain
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#7days7covers #covercrush #Day1

Thanks for the tag @KarenUK !

Post 7 covers that you love over 7 days, no explanation needed. Tag someone new each day to play along. Would you like to join in Minette? @gradcat

KarenUK Love this book! 💕💕 3mo
gradcat I‘m already playing...I‘m sorry! Not sure what you‘re supposed to do if that happens.... 😬! 3mo
squirrelbrain I did wonder if you might already be playing @gradcat! I‘ll continue to tag you anyway during my 7 days, if you don‘t mind.... 😘 3mo
gradcat I do not mind...I love seeing your book choices! 3mo
Hooked_on_books Oh yeah, that‘s pretty. I like that cover much better than the one I‘ve seen in the US (often the case for me). 3mo
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MrBook
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I had two glorious #NYC #bookclub meetings today 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻: #The2030SomethingBookClub and #The2030SomethingLongReadsBookClub! The first one was Dan Simmons‘s “Drood”, and the second was TEotH, a great, and rare, re-read for me 😊.

We met in Central Park by the Museum of Natural History and Hayden Planetarium (overseen by Neil deGrasse Tyson). Pitch perfect day to talk books outdoors!

We all stayed afterward for drinks in the Park. 🍻

Lcsmcat I loved Hedgehog! 4mo
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Kayla.Adriena
Elegance of the Hedgehog | Muriel Barbery
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1. Chips & dip, candy, McDonald's, caffeine, anything acidic (massive heartburn), milk chocolate
2. Besides books...this little ceramic bear from Anthropologie plus my Ravenclaw tote bag
3. The tagged book
4. @laurenslibrary @madamereadsalot1 @shellleigh33
#wonderouswednesday @Eggs

Eggs Thanks for playing 🤗👏🏻📚 4mo
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Cinfhen
Elegance of the Hedgehog | Muriel Barbery
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#AyUpAugust A few titles I read this year that have an #animal in the title 🐒🦐🦈 🐯🦔🐲I think my favorites were the tagged book, Monkey God & Moon Tiger. My least favorite was probably the most popular book, Crawdads🤷🏼‍♀️Special shoutout to @BookaholicNatty & @Simona for each gifting me one of these books ♥️

Cathythoughts Nice cover on Moon Tiger ! I need to read that one 4mo
Cinfhen That‘s the edition I read @Cathythoughts and it was gifted to me by the lovely @Simona ❤️definitely read it, beautiful writing 🙌🏻 I think it‘s right in your wheelhouse 😊 4mo
squirrelbrain Loved Hedgehog! Sounds like I may need to read Moon Tiger as well! 4mo
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gradcat Beautiful post! Such a gaggle of great books here!! ♥️ (edited) 4mo
KarenUK Hedgehog is a fave of mine, and I just got Moon Tiger on book depository based on your review! 💕👍😊 4mo
Cinfhen I see what you did there @gradcat 😉oh no #Pressure #MoonTiger @KarenUK @squirrelbrain Hope you both enjoy it!!! 4mo
BarbaraBB Great post! I loved Moon Tiger, but Hedgehog not that much. And I really enjoyed Crawdads... ☺️😊 (edited) 4mo
Cinfhen Seems we‘re out of sync recently @BarbaraBB How‘s your jet lag??? 4mo
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen it was the worst (I could read Poisonwood Bible all night) but now I‘m back on track. And in sync with you again, I am looooving 4mo
Cinfhen Woohoo on LOVING “Rivers” BooHoo on jet lag😩 Did u end up enjoying Poisonwood Bible???? @BarbaraBB Are u back at work??? That must be hard too!!! 4mo
BarbaraBB Yes I did enjoy Poisonwood too! And I am back at work. That‘s hard indeed, especially since it is raining all day too. It‘s weird to think that only a week ago I was sunbathing on Hampton Beach... 4mo
gradcat @Cinfhen I‘m very punny, you know. By the way, just wanted to add that the tagged book is one of my all-time favorites—I see I‘m in good company, @BarbaraBB ! 4mo
Reviewsbylola I loved Hedgehog!! 4mo
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MeatPiie
L'lgance du hrisson | Muriel Barbery
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Good morning! 💛
Coffee and some reading before work 🤗⭐️

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Welcome to Litsy 💖📖💖 4mo
Readswithcoffee Welcome to Litsy 👍🏻📚📖📚 4mo
CoffeeNBooks Welcome to Litsy! 📚 4mo
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Kayla.Adriena
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"When something is bothering me, I seek refuge. No need to travel far; a trip to the realm of literary memory will suffice. For where can one find more noble distinction, more entertaining company, more delightful enchantment than in literature?"

Sorry @Skeebies05 it will be late! In the middle of moving . Trying to read some this morning before the chaos commences ?‍♀️ @shellleigh33 @ruskigurl16

Skeebies05 No worries. Good luck with the move!! 4mo
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Just finished my 1st book for WIT month. This was a remarkable story & the audio was sublime. I don‘t often get on with child voice actors, as the precociousness can be a bit much. But this was just the right level of haughtiness in both character‘s voices. If you like really brilliant, difficult women who go deep into observations of the world/ their lives- this may be a book for you. I love the mix of intellectual discourse & heart!

LiteraryinLititz I love this book! Glad you did too! 4mo
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#AyUpAugust
I think Renee the concierge might be considered a #mardybum ...and she definitely sometimes ‘had a face on her!‘
“On the outside she is covered in quills, a real fortress, but my gut feeling is that on the inside, she has the same simple refinement as the hedgehog: a deceptively indolent little creature, fiercely solitary--and terrible elegant. ”
Love this book so much, but never seen the French movie... I hear it‘s great though 😊👍

Crazeedi I have this on my shelf but haven't read yet 4mo
KarenUK One of my top ten all times favorites😍 @crazeedi 4mo
Lcsmcat I loved this book! 4mo
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squirrelbrain Oh gosh I loved this book! Yes, Renee was a bit of a #mardybum wasn‘t she?! 4mo
Soubhiville Oh there‘s a movie!? I must look for it! I adore this book! 4mo
cathysaid Yes...this is one of my favorite Europa books. 🥰 4mo
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julesG
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Pickpick

Couldn't say it any better.

I was hesitant at first. It reminded me of "The Reader on the 6.23", but it soon changed and became something a lot better.

Read it!

#24in48 @24in48
book 4 ✔️
15.5 hours

Prairiegirl_reading I love the reader on the 6.23 but I couldn‘t get into this one. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 5mo
julesG @Prairiegirl_reading We can't all love the same books. 😀 5mo
Chab256 Was just thinking about picking this one off my TBR backlog... 5mo
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Prairiegirl_reading @julesG definitely and if I‘m not into something by 50 pages I usually dnf and move on to something else. Too many books and never enough time! 5mo
julesG @Prairiegirl_reading That's exactly how I do it. 5mo
Readerann Loved this. 5mo
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julesG
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Tiny break to sum up my stats and gush about the "Offtime" app. I recently discovered the app. Depending on your settings, it will only allow you access to your telephone app and mute all other distractions for 90 min.
I thought I might not need this, but it is very helpful, since message alerts can be quite distracting sometimes.

Nearly finished with this book. Thanks for the copy @squirrelbrain.

#24in48 @24in48

Megabooks Love this book! It‘s about time for a reread! 5mo
Hoopiefoot I use a similar app called Forest. A little tree grows when you leave your phone alone for a set amount of time. It really seems to help me 🌳 5mo
julesG @Hoopiefoot That sounds neat. I need to check it out. 5mo
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julesG
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#readathon breakfast - there won't be lunch today.

#24in48 @24in48

My log says 8 hours 23 minutes so far.

🎧

Leniverse Good morning. Lunch here will be reheated pizza from yesterday. Lunch à la readathon. 😆 5mo
julesG @Leniverse I could order pizza, but I'd rather spend money on books. 😁 5mo
Megabooks Enjoy! I‘m eating out of the freezer. 🤣🤣 5mo
julesG @Megabooks So am I. The rolls were in the freezer. 😉 5mo
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julesG
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Love immersion reading. Although, with this #audiobook it's a little frustrating, the text does not always match, especially in dialogue. Probably UK edition vs. US edition.

#24in48 @24in48 #Hour12 #audiobookschallenge

AlaMich Your guard cat preventing anyone from bothering you? 😾 5mo
julesG @AlaMich I wish. She's the one to either occupy my attention or my space/seat. At that moment she was actually just waiting for me to put the phone away and my feet up. 5mo
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julesG
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#BFCR2 #TeamFlow @CocoReads @Reecaspieces @Moony @imabusybee @laurenslibrary @LibrarianJen @britt_brooke @wanderinglynn

Slow week due to one more cold.

Exercise 4/4 (might be 5/4 by the end of the day)
Floors 104/70 (again, there might be more)
Steps 35k/50k (see above)
No sweets Mon-Fri - definitely no sweets on Wednesday and Thursday
Books read in total: 28/15

#KAL #GhostCat

CocoReads Great work! 5mo
CocoReads But not about the cold though—that‘s no fun. 5mo
britt_brooke Pretty awesome week considering the cold. Keep it up!! 💪🏻 5mo
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Leftcoastzen Kitties are little nurses, mine stick close to me when I‘m not feeling well. 5mo
Daisey Great week! 5mo
wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 A fantastic week! 🎉 5mo
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Eggs
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When she was just a girl she expected the world
But it flew away from her reach
So she ran away in her sleep and dreamed of
paradise🎶

Brings to mind the character of 12 yo Paloma Josse who expected more from life than the family into which she was born. She despises their shallow bourgeoisie - she decides she‘ll off herself when she turns 13 #paradise #julycoldplay

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Butterflyamore
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I was so excited when I found this at a library book sale over a year ago! SO EXCITED! It had been a high priority wishlist book.

Now ask me if I‘ve read it yet. 😂

#france #letsflyjuly @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @OriginalCyn620

Ruthiella I like waiting to see if a wish-list book will come to me by luck via library sale or thrift store! It‘s actually more satisfying than online buying. 😀 5mo
OriginalCyn620 I do the same thing! I get a book I‘m excited about then not read for months and months! 😂 5mo
Butterflyamore @Ruthiella It really is! I am more inclined to get the new wishlist books when someone else buys them as a gift for me, which is also pretty satisfying! Haha 5mo
Butterflyamore @OriginalCyn620 Glad to know I‘m not alone! 5mo
BarbaraJean Same. And with the same book! (And many others...🤦🏻‍♀️) 5mo
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Eggs
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jb72 I enjoyed A Boy Called Christmas. 5mo
Eggs Oh yes me too! @jb72 5mo
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BrooklynBookGirl
Elegance of the Hedgehog | Muriel Barbery
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Sitting in the Charlotte airport, waiting on our flight to Rome. TRYING to read this book that‘s been on my book shelf since 2015. It‘s not so good 😑

LapReader 😭I read it for my book club and loved it. There is a movie too. 6mo
laur89 Parts of it I really enjoyed, but overall it was a bit meh to me (the word choice used was a bit lost on me). Stick around for the end though! 6mo
Hooked_on_books I didn‘t love this one. I found the writing style and characters odd. 6mo
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squirrelbrain
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Thanks for the tag @tournevis ?

1. Renée, the concierge
2. ❤️
3. She‘s intelligent, unassuming and amusing.
4. @TrishB @Caroline2 have you had a go at this one yet?

#whatwouldyoudo

Caroline2 Oh thanks for the tag! I haven‘t read this one yet! 😯 6mo
tournevis My pleasure? 😋 6mo
TrishB I shall do better next time! Spent so long thinking it became too late to post! 6mo
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Eggs
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Two #sassymc in this book! Both are intelligent, clever, colorful people who hide behind facades of how they think they ought to be perceived—it‘s less complicated that way
#jazzyjune

rachaich This was a great read. 6mo
Cathythoughts Lovely book 6mo
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julesG
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Swimming pool reading

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RavenLovelyReads
Elegance of the Hedgehog | Muriel Barbery
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...and speaking of hedgehogs, I found this adorable mug!

wanderinglynn That‘s too cute! 😍 6mo
squirrelbrain Cute! Loved the book too... ❤️ 6mo
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RavenLovelyReads
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@ads0123 it‘s on its way! There may be something in there for you too! #grouph #LMPBC

RavenLovelyReads @ads0123 Have you gotten the book yet? Otherwise I have a tracking number :) I hope you love this one- I really enjoyed it! 🤓 (edited) 6mo
ads0123 I got this one!! And thanks so much for the chocolate!! 6mo
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RavenLovelyReads
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Don‘t want to get out of bed this morning 🤓so I‘ll just drink my coffee right here. #LMPBC #GROUPH

TrishB Just brought this today! 7mo
Slajaunie I always drink my coffee in bed. Enjoy!💙 7mo
Blaire Enjoy! I love that book! 7mo
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TrishB
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Today‘s charity shop #bookhaul
Give money to charity and get books in return!
I think Helen is to blame for the tagged one!

squirrelbrain Always #blamethesquirrel when it comes to hedgehog books! 🐿 🦔 🐿🦔 I may go for a walk to my charity shops this afternoon, if I can dodge the showers.... 7mo
KarenUK The hedgehog is one of my favorites💕.... hope you enjoy it😊 7mo
Soubhiville The hedgehog is so good! 7mo
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TrishB @squirrelbrain just sunny here 👍🏻 7mo
TrishB @KarenUK @Soubhiville cool recommendations 👍🏻 7mo
Simona I very liked both of them❣️ 7mo
BooknerdsLife Love book hunting at charity shops! 🤗📚💖👍🏼 7mo
BooknerdsLife @squirrelbrain that‘s a great idea!! I should walk to my charity shop more often too! 😱📚📚🙌🏼😍 7mo
squirrelbrain @BooknerdsLife @TrishB well I went to the charity shops (there‘s two within 15 minutes walk) but they didn‘t have anything exciting - just got one book for my Mum. (Like I needed any more books anyway!🤪) 7mo
TrishB @Simona thanks - good to know 👍🏻 7mo
TrishB @BooknerdsLife me too 💜 7mo
TrishB @squirrelbrain aww that‘s a bit of a shame! I could have brought another three but didn‘t! 7mo
Leftcoastzen Gotta get to Hedgehog, so many good reviews! 7mo
TrishB @Leftcoastzen it definitely has! 7mo
TrishB @Cathythoughts it has a lot of love 💕 7mo
BooknerdsLife @squirrelbrain Hahaaa what are you saying? Of course we need more & more books 😂😂😂 but so nice you found one for your mom. And that‘s great your charity shop is so close by , the one near me is at least 45mins walk but hey now I have a purpose to do the walking 😆👍🏼 7mo
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julesG
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Thank you, Helen! @squirrelbrain

It's arrived safely. I'm thinking about making it my reading material for when I'm on my "hedgehog mat" (acupuncture mat).

#LitsyReadingRetreat still busting my TBR ?

squirrelbrain Yay! Glad it arrived. I shall think of you, elegantly arranged on your hedgehog mat...! 8mo
julesG @squirrelbrain 😂😂😂 I'll reserve a few choice words for when I lie down. Just for you. 😁😉 8mo
julesG @squirrelbrain Enjoy your camping trip and soak up some sun. 8mo
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squirrelbrain I‘m sure they‘ll be very special words @julesG 🤣🤣 8mo
LeslieO That's a way better cover than the edition I have. 8mo
Cathythoughts Beautiful book ! The Hedgehog Mat..... love it, 👍🏻✨ 8mo
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squirrelbrain
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Pickpick

What a beautiful book, although very sad. I‘m trying not to cry in Gladstone‘s Library.... but I‘m sure fellow Littens would understand!

The book has an unusual structure, with the MC‘s viewpoint interspersed with diary entries from another character, which is really effective.

I‘ve been so lucky with the books I chose to read during this #readingretreat - I‘ve loved all 3. ❤️

TrishB Stacked 👍🏻 8mo
Lcsmcat I loved this book! And that‘s a beautiful cover, and one I hadn‘t seen before. 8mo
Blaire Loved this one as well! 8mo
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tpixie Great book! What a fun weekend! 8mo
Cathythoughts Oh that‘s great you loved your books ... I think Hedgehog is special ♥️♥️😘 8mo
cathysaid This was my first Europa and made me fall in love with the imprint. That‘s a cover I‘ve never seen! 8mo
squirrelbrain I love this cover @cathysaid ! 8mo
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Amabear
Elegance of the Hedgehog | Muriel Barbery
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I have a new reading corner and it‘s lovely 😊

Slajaunie Looks cozy! 9mo
candority I love how bright it is! The doggo is a nice touch as well 😍 9mo
Amabear @candority lol! Her and my son fight over who gets to sit in the window now 😂 thank you! 9mo
candority That‘s adorable! 9mo
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Eggs
Elegance of the Hedgehog | Muriel Barbery
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💜 tagged 🦔
💜 every morning 🛏
💜 78 F ☀️
💜 pancake sandwich: eggs sunny side up and bacon strips sandwiched between two pancakes topped with hot buttered honey 🥞 🍳 🥓 🍯
💜 @TheNerdyProfessor @LiviaLauren @hannahx @niftytiffd
#friyayintro @howjessreads

Cathythoughts Loved tagged book too ♥️👍🏻 9mo
flying_monkeys Now I want pancakes 😋 9mo
Canndor That sandwich sounds really good 9mo
Eggs @Cathythoughts It‘s one of a kind💗💗 9mo
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YasmiNova
Elegance of the Hedgehog | Muriel Barbery
Pickpick

French critical thinking & skepticism at its finest, studded with cultural winks and nudges. Funny & profound, poised & radical, an observation & rejection of human nature and its stereotypes. Its two narrators, female and highly intelligent, are pushed by society to the bottom of the influence hierarchy because one is a child, the other a concierge, but both somehow prevail. It mocks the taming of the shrew with all the elegance of the hedgehog.

Cinfhen Read this book earlier this year... so good! Really unexpected 9mo
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Amabear
Elegance of the Hedgehog | Muriel Barbery
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My son has been practicing taking photos of my with my iPhone (he‘s 3) and I found this gem in my camera roll 😂 pregnant, cooking, and reading in my kitchen by my plants while my bacon crackled. This pretty much sums me up in this season of life.

wanderinglynn That actually is a pretty good photo composition especially considering he‘s only 3. 👍🏻 And congrats on your forthcoming blessing! 🎊 9mo
Britt_Bratt That‘s an awesome photo. Hope you paid him with lots of bacon. 🥓🥓🥓 9mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️❤️❤️ 9mo
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JennyM ❤️ 9mo
CouronneDhiver Lovely 💕 9mo
Amabear @wanderinglynn thank you! Yes he‘s getting good! 9mo
Amabear @Britt_Bratt he doesn‘t like bacon but it‘s all I‘m craving so 🤷🏻‍♀️ more for me lol! 9mo
CarolynM Beautiful! Take care of yourself❤️ 9mo
mariaku21 I love the random pics kids take. I remember my nephew at that age and have so many of his surprising selfies on my phone from that age 9mo
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laur89
Elegance of the Hedgehog | Muriel Barbery
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Mehso-so

Very quotable book but some of it felt lost in translation. Liked it but didn‘t love it; some parts felt unfriendly/boring, but the main characters were easy to enjoy. Would definitely need to be in the right mood & mindset to reread this.

Pictured: one my fav pages & my hedgehog coffee mug to fit the theme 🦔

Stacypatrice I‘m in love with your mug 😊 10mo
laur89 @Stacypatrice Thanks!! 💕 10mo
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laur89
Elegance of the Hedgehog | Muriel Barbery
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Hazelnut hot cocoa, a book, & a comfy blanket. ~

#SaturdaysAreForTheBooks

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Eggs
Elegance of the Hedgehog | Muriel Barbery
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Repost with your answers❣️#wondrouswednesday @Eggs
1. Library
2. Payday$$
3. Tagged
4. Underrated: Orbiting Jupiter
5. @rheareads @wordzie @Machinist @PJ-Coleman

ravenlee Orbiting Jupiter is definitely underrated! 10mo
Eggs @ravenlee Thanks❣️ 10mo
dragondrool Orbiting Jupiter is pretty great. 10mo
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YasmiNova
Elegance of the Hedgehog | Muriel Barbery
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"As always, I am saved by the inability of living creatures to believe anything that might cause the walls of their little mental assumptions to crumble."

Barely started and I'm loving this book already...