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The Bookman's Tale
The Bookman's Tale: A Novel of Obsession | Charlie Lovett
A mysterious portrait ignites an antiquarian bookseller's search - through time and the works of Shakespeare - for his lost love. Guaranteed to capture the hearts of everyone who truly loves books, The Bookman's Tale is a former bookseller's sparkling novel and a delightful exploration of one of literature's most tantalising mysteries with echoes of Shadow of the Wind and A.S. Byatt's Possession. Hay-on-Wye, 1995. Peter Byerly isn't sure what drew him into this particular bookshop. Nine months earlier, the death of his beloved wife, Amanda, had left him shattered. The young antiquarian bookseller relocated from North Carolina to the English countryside, hoping to rediscover the joy he once took in collecting and restoring rare books. But upon opening an eighteenth-century study of Shakespeare forgeries, Peter is shocked when a portrait of Amanda tumbles out of its pages. Of course, it isn't really her. The watercolour is clearly Victorian. Yet the resemblance is uncanny, and Peter becomes obsessed with learning the picture's origins. As he follows the trail back first to the Victorian era and then to Shakespeare's time, Peter communes with Amanda's spirit, learns the truth about his own past, and discovers a book that might definitively prove Shakespeare was, indeed, the author of all his plays. Charlie Lovett is a writer, teacher, and playwright whose plays for children have been seen in over 3000 productions worldwide. He served for more than a decade as writer-in-residence at Summit School in Winston-Salem, NC. He is a former antiquarian bookseller, and he has collected rare books and other materials related to Lewis Carroll for more than 25 years. He and his wife, Janice, split their time between Winston-Salem and Kingham, Oxfordshire. 'With The Bookman's Tale, Charlie Lovett tells us a terrific story - there's mystery and suspense, murder and seduction - but more importantly, he shows us how it's all connected, all of this: the reading and the keeping and the sharing of books. It forms a chain long and strange enough to tie a heartbroken young scholar from North Carolina back to the Bard himself, who might or might not have been William Shakespeare. Every link along the way is a bookman's tale all its own, and Lovett tells them all, except the very last, of course: because that's you, about to read this book right now.' Robin Sloan, author of Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore 'This book has it all: antiquarian books, deceit, love, murder, passion, Shakespeare, death...and (spoiler alert) a secret passage. What more could you ask for?' Herald Sun 'Author Charlie Lovett meticulously merges love, despair and mystery in this enchanting ode to literature.' Limelight 'The Bookman's Tale is a homage to antiquarian book collectors, a journey in grief, a whodunnit and more rolled into one.' Courier Mail 'For bibliophiles everywhere, this is a joyous mystery from the present day to Victorian England and back to Shakespearean England. Charlie Lovett's The Bookman's Tale is about the thrill of the chase, obsession, love, passion and the joy of discovery.' The Hoopla 'One has to admire the author's audacity in how he fits in dastardly Victorians, Dickensian maidens, present-day outspoken American women, stereotypical British gents and families of vast fortune...It tells a great mystery and is hard to put down.' Otago Daily Times 'Author Charlie Lovett, a former antiquarian bookseller himself, dives effortlessly between centuries and characters as he tells the story of the portrait, and though this novel has a love story at its heart, it develops into an extremely well-plotted thriller. Highly recommended.' Weekend Herald
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Palimpsest
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Finished this book 11/19. So behind, but I loved this novel. It has so many things I love:antique books, Shakespeare, Victorian artists, and a small story about going to a Mozart opera that I totally related to. I felt like this book was written for me as it catered to all my loves. The romance was a bit twee, but not enough to spoil my opinion of this book. ♥️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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JulAnna
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I had a nice audio walk yesterday with the What should I Read next? podcast. Anne Bogel and Charlie Lovett. It was fun listening to them have a live book nerd talk in NC.

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Readswithcoffee
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Mehso-so

Things I liked about this book: the three timelines and the information about old books & forgeries. The thing I didn‘t like about this book: the Peter/Amanda romance had too much of a “Nicholas Sparks vibe” for me. So,if you are a Shakespeare aficionado & you like Nicholas Sparks-style romance, this book might just be for you. It just wasn‘t to my taste.

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suvata
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Great month with four 5-star reads

#suvataStats #OctoberStats #Bookstagram

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🎊🎉🙌🏻📚 1mo
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Lauren.Archer
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Review: I am not even sure how I missed this book. I have read other books from Charlie Lovett and just loved them. This was no different. I love how Lovett writes a great bookish mystery. This has all the elements, love, mystery, murder and everything in between.

For my full review, please visit my blog at: http://obsessedbookaholic.com/2019/10/09/the-bookmans-tale-book-review/

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jenniferajanes
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This book is incredible! I loved the information about old books, the mystery surrounding the authorship of Shakespeare‘s works, the story of Peter and Amanda, and the mystery surrounding the whole thing. Wow! #mmdbookclub #modernmrsdarcy

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Lauren.Archer
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Next read for #MMDBookClub.

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suvata
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ModernMrsDarcy.com #MMD pick for October 2019

This is the story about a bookseller who collects and restores antique literature. During the course of his work he discovers some Shakespeare forgeries. Now the game is afoot and the book takes us through three periods of history to solve the mystery of what literature is real and what is fake. If you liked The Shadow of the Wind you will like this book too.

CarolynM My husband loves these books. I keep meaning to try one but something else always catches my attention🙂 2mo
suvata @CarolynM He would probably enjoy this. Maybe you could get it for him for a Christmas or birthday present. Just a thought. 2mo
CarolynM I meant he loves this particular book and the others in the series. He's got them all🙂 2mo
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suvata @CarolynM oh, I see. I haven‘t read all of them yet but they are definitely on my TBR. 2mo
CarolynM Actually, I'm an idiot! 🙄😳 I've just realised I was mixing this one up with John Dunning's Bookman series. He has got this one but I don't think it's part of a series after all. Apologies. 2mo
suvata @CarolynM no problem. I probably will have to check out the series you‘re talking about. It sounds like something else I may enjoy. 2mo
Amiable @suvata @CarolynM Definitely give John Dunning‘s Bookman series a try! I enjoyed them, too. 2mo
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suvata
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Coming up in October ...
#suvataPicks #OctoberTBR #Bookstagram

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Meglet
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Mehso-so

Delightful premise, but the way Peter just so happened to be able to find the right people to talk to, coincidentally at home at the right time, or coincidentally at a meeting that was coincidentally held the next day, was a bit too much. And I saw the answers coming from a mile away, but the main characters of course gasped in shock when they learned the truth at the very end. Should have been good, but too eye roll-inducing.

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HotTeaGoodBooks
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Amazing details on how someone could forge documents.

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Ross
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Bibliophilic problem number whatever (it‘s not dewey so I don‘t know):
Anyway, so I recently made an exciting find at the library. I had heard of it before and I‘ve been exited to begin reading it! Then, while rearranging my library yesterday (moving it to the master bedroom in my apartment and my room is now in the small bedroom) I was forced to exclaim (in my best terrible British accent), “Hang on a tick...” 🤷🏽‍♂️

Krisjericho That looks good! I need to come see your rearranged library and be jealous. 13mo
Ross You do! I‘m really happy with how it turned out. 13mo
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VioletCavalier
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Also spotted! A book scarecrow! I can't upload the full picture but this guy is too cool!

Reecaspieces I love that! 1y
CrowCAH Aww too cute! 1y
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debthmpsn
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@RainyDayReading I‘m just home and opening packages. I can‘t wait to dive into this book. What a great selection! Thank you so much for sharing with me. #summerbookswap

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Graciouswarriorprincess
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I also attended a session with Tom Santopietro, T.R. Simon and Charlie Lovett. It was superb. Charlie teased me by saying that I must be the only person in North Carolina who doesn‘t have his books signed! (He lives locally.).

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NatalieR
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It took me a long time to get into this book. I‘m not a fan of Shakespeare so I think that created a barrier for me. The love story portion was really good. As well as all the talk about books. By the end, I found myself enjoying the whole story. #LitsyAtoZ #MountTBR

TheAnitaAlvarez I‘m a Shakespeare nerd and this book looks right up my alley! 1y
HotMessJess This is on my shelf! Glad to see some one enjoyed it, looks like I may need to push it up in my rotation! 1y
NatalieR @TheAnitaAlvarez You will definitely love this book then! 😊 1y
NatalieR @HotMessJess It doesn‘t have the best reviews on Litsy. I didn‘t think I was going to like it at first, but glad I hung in. 1y
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Insightsintobooks
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Just found this on sale. It is compared to Shadow of the Wind. Has anyone read it?
#kindledeal

Crazeedi I loved this book! Didnt read *shadow* so I cant compare, but this book was very good. I've read another by author that I liked too 1y
mcipher I liked it - didn‘t read Shadow either but I thought this was solid. I love a mystery about old books! 1y
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mcipher
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Starting the Easter weekend off right - a book and a Cadbury Creme Egg. 🐣 🐰

CSeydel 😋 2y
MinDea This book sounds interesting. look forward to hearing your review! Happy weekend!!! 2y
Melissa_J I love Cadbury Cream Eggs 😋 2y
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AmyG Yum. I have already had so many of them this season. 2y
Jinjer I'm a Cadbury caramel egger.😂 2y
mcipher @Melissa_J @AmyG @Jinjer @CSeydel Now they have Reese‘s Eggs! Sooooo good. 2y
mcipher @MinDea I didn‘t love it at first, but it‘s grown on me. I‘m really curious to solve the mystery of who B.B. really is. 2y
ReadingSusan Yummy!! 2y
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mcipher
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Library #bookhaul from the other day. I had problems checking out the tagged book and the librarian said “oh, its because it hasn‘t been checked out in a long time” and I felt so sad for that book, patiently waiting on the shelf long enough that it got flagged or something. My son said I‘m nuts but I think you all might feel the same way in that situation.... 🤔

AlaMich 🤣🤣 I feel that same way, like, “if someone doesn‘t check this out soon, they‘re going to cull it. So I better do it!” 2y
mcipher @AlaMich Exactly! I felt like a hero. 😂 2y
BookNAround I totally feel that way. I also had a hard time purging toys after I saw Toy Story though so I may not be totally sane. 😂 (edited) 2y
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booksandsympathy I recently bought a used, falling apart Japanese book that I cannot read because I felt bad for it. 2y
mcipher @BookNAround I think you‘re probably just nice. 😂 2y
mcipher @booksandsympathy I‘m so glad you understand. 👍 2y
xicanti I've never had that happen with a book I've borrowed, but I do get awfully sad for the books that stay on the shelf for visit after visit. When I was in BC earlier this year, I got all maudlin over a book I borrowed last year that I'm pretty sure no one's read since me. Poor, unloved thing! 2y
mcipher @xicanti poor book! 😢 2y
mdm139 That is a good book too, hopefully the librarian can include it an a display so maybe it gets checked out more. 2y
jwashreads If you're taking votes, read City of Brass first!! It's wonderful! 2y
mcipher @jwashreads It sounds wonderful! I picked it up at random and the first page hooked me. I want to finish my current read before I start anything new though. 2y
mcipher @mdm139 I‘ve been meaning to read it for years! Maybe me getting it out will remind them it‘s there. 2y
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Elizabeth2
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On a literary girls‘ weekend trip to NYC, visiting the NYPL & some cool independent bookstores. My haul so far from the NYPL store and Book Culture. ❤️📚I purchased the first book in the Neapolitan Novels series, “My Brilliant Friend”, on our last NYC trip a year ago. Thought it was fitting to buy the second one from the “Our Favorite Fiction” table at Book Culture this time.

JoScho That sounds like such a fun trip! 2y
Chrissyreadit I didn‘t know the NYPL had a store! I miss living in NYC. Did you make it to The Strand? 2y
Elizabeth2 @Chrissyreadit we might hit the Strand today. We went there last time, a year ago. NYPL has a gift shop on the main level and they sell books there. 😊 2y
Chrissyreadit @Elizabeth2 have fun!!! 2y
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ValerieAndBooks
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Had to run some errands in the vicinity of B&N, so I snuck in, knowing I had a 10% off coupon 🤷‍♀️. The tagged book (The Bookman‘s Tale) was in the 75% off bin, so its final cost was only $1.49! It should fit the #bookreading prompt for #150pnpcoverparty, as the MC was an antiquarian bookseller.

LeahBergen It was a fun read! I have Cold Comfort Farm waiting on my shelf and want to read The Relic Master. 👍🏻 2y
ValerieAndBooks @LeahBergen I knew of The Bookman‘s Tale because of #Litsy (maybe even from you?!) and was sold on the Relic Master because Albrecht Durer is a character in it! 2y
CrowCAH Awesome buy! I, too, was at a B&N today!!! 2y
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Leftcoastzen Amazing to get a book so inexpensive at B&N . 2y
drokka The Relic Master is pretty good. If I remember correctly, I posted about a funny mistake. I think it was one of my first posts ever on Litsy. 2y
ValerieAndBooks @CrowCAH looks like it was a fun day for you 😊! 2y
ValerieAndBooks @Leftcoastzen I wasn‘t even sure if that book was supposed to have been in that bin, and felt that even if it hadn‘t, the original reduced price sticker would have been good enough 😊 2y
ValerieAndBooks @drokka you made me look for it (easy to do, not many posts about that book). How funny about that probable typo!! 😂 (edited) 2y
drokka I wonder if they fixed it in subsequent editions. It was just one of those things when you keep on reading for bit as your brain processes that something isn't quite right. We had a good laugh about it. 2y
batsy The Animators is wonderful! And I love that cover for Cold Comfort Farm. @LeahBergen It's great, I think it's your kind of book ☺️ 2y
LeahBergen @ValerieAndBooks I do love Durer, too. 👍🏻 2y
LeahBergen @batsy I think it would be, too! 2y
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JulAnna
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I enjoyed this book immensely! It is a mystery book for book lovers 💕😊

Tamra Sound fun! 2y
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JulAnna
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Yay! Made it to Friday! 🎉

LeahBergen This is a fun read! 2y
Andrew65 TGIF! (edited) 2y
Tamra That does look like a fun read - TBR! 2y
erzascarletbookgasm I enjoyed this :) 2y
JulAnna I tried to read this about a year ago and just couldn‘t get into it, but now I am over 100 pages in and think it is great! It is funny how that happens sometimes 😊 @LeahBergen @Tamra @erzascarletbookgasm 2y
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HotMessJess
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#Humpdaypost:
1. My first real art purchase ever! #slytherinpride and shout out to Emilyscartoons for these gems!
2. Reading goals- that TBR shelf of my nightmares
3. All of the above. My sight dropped off at 25.
4. Mountains under starry skies near a large body of water- I‘m a water-dwelling night owl :) (hope this counts)
5. Most excited for The Bookman‘s Tale! It‘s been on my shelf forever
Thanks @MinDea

emily_m_tubb Love the artwork 💚 2y
HotMessJess @emily_m_tubb she‘s one of my favorite artists! I believe she‘s emilyscartoons on instagram 2y
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Bookworm83
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@MeganAnn !!!! Thank you so much for this wonderful #lgpogsecretsanta box of bookish fun! I have wanted to read all of these books for some time now 😀 I adore all the extra goodies...the pins are perfect for my collection and the custom bookmark is 👌🏻Hugs to you! 😘

MeganAnn You are so welcome!!! ❤️ I had so much fun picking out everything for you! 2y
LeahBergen The Bookman‘s Tale and Eligible are both really FUN reads. 👍🏻 2y
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janeycanuck
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Like if Dan Brown and Christoper Moore got together to write about Shakespeare

Eyelit I‘ve never read dan brown, but I love Christopher Moore! 😃 2y
janeycanuck @Eyelit definitely give him a try, then. I‘ve read three - I liked his newest the best (about the Holy Grail) but there‘s a Jane Austen one, too, and one about Scrooge. 2y
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HeatherBlue
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Loved this book so much! Wonderful first blind date experience 🖤

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Marianna_Reads
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Have no fear, I did not drink all of those bottles of wine while reading The Bookman‘s Tale! #bookworm #charlielovett #thebookmanstale #wine

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Booksnchill
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Fun Bibliophile mystery about the discovery of a Shakespeare folio and marginalia that may prove, or disprove, who wrote Shakespeare‘s works. Easy read, sweet love story within as well. 👍⭐️⭐️⭐️🌟#TbrBingo #TbrBacklist

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Booksnchill
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#TbrList Reading this one after hearing a discussion on a podcast - liking it so far- any book about books!

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Amandajoy
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My very messy pile of #bookmarks. Anyone have suggestions on how to organize? #fallintobooks

I-read-and-eat Love that fox one on top 😍 2y
LectricSheep I have a couple of bookmark mugs that I keep within reach of my favorite reading spots. It's low tech, but it works for me! 2y
Sarah83 If bought a little stand up display. I marked you in my post 2y
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Kalalalatja I use a flower pot 👍 2y
Karkar I use a little basket 2y
CareBear This is how I keep mine too. I love these ideas though @Sarah83 @Kalalalatja @Karkar 2y
Amandajoy @LectricSheep @Sarah83 @Kalalalatja @Karkar Thanks for the suggestions! I'm going to see what I have around the house... 2y
RealLifeReading Cute fox bookmark! 2y
LeahBergen I have a "bookmark box". ? 2y
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Alytrue
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A few books with an #occupationintitle. I haven't read any of these - have you?
#fallintobooks
@RealLifeReading

BarbaraJean The Historian is soooooo good! I just bought The Bookman's Tale today... hadn't heard of it before, but I got taken in by the blurbs. 😏Hope you enjoy them all! 2y
vkois88 That's a good book prompt! I may have to add it to my list of goals for this year 2y
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erzascarletbookgasm
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Besides exploring the historical sites, museums, and theatres, I would love a bookish #vacation where I can spend days and days visiting historical libraries and shopping at some of the world's well-known bookstores. Hay-on-Wye 2018? Let me save enough pounds and pence. 😅 The tagged book has the protagonist, an antiquarian bookseller, living in an English countryside, regularly visiting Hay-on-Wye.
Day 27 #augustgrrrl

charl08 You can have a great trip outside of festival season too - wonderful bookshops, scenery and pubs. 2y
Kalalalatja I went to Hay-on-Wye last year, and I had a blast! 👏 2y
Melissa_J That sounds like a lovely vacation! 2y
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eanderson That looks like it would be a lot of fun! 2y
LauraBrook This is a bucket list place for me for sure! 😍❤️ 2y
Eyelit That's on my bucket list! Someday 📚😍 2y
Birdsong28 Looks good might look into that. Thanks 📖📚 2y
LeeRHarry On my bucket list too, I'm often in Wales when I go back to the UK to visit family but never at the right time, or the right part of the country - one day! 😊 2y
Cinfhen Sounds like heaven 😇😇😇 2y
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Kboltz
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Really like the premise of his book but at the end I just wanted it to end. Find the truth about that one darn book and end it! Goes back and forth through time, usually like that but back in Shakespeare's time it took too much time. So now I do know that when I get a time machine, the Shakespeare era is not for me. Guess I did learn something!:)

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thereadingpetal
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A simple day...with a simple read.
Enjoying the novel so far. #gettingthroughmyebooks #kindle

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GinEyre22
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#readingwomenmonth Day 7: Books about books
@thereadingwomen

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Wife
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I had good luck 🍀 at Dollar Tree a couple days ago, so I went to another one today. They had an almost entirely different selection of books. Many Juvenile and YA titles (not my thing, but someone's jackpot). I'm thrilled to have found 4 more books for myself today. #bookhaul #playingwithfilters

Foragingfantasy ❤️ 3y
Reviewsbylola I need to check out Dollar Tree obviously! I love seeing what everyone finds there. 3y
riversong153 I've done that a few times!! 3y
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saholmes
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This was a wonderful story. Peter and Amanda have a sweet relationship despite large challenges. I enjoyed the different viewpoints from the various time periods corresponding to the book's creation, Peter and Amanda and the book's discovery. Lovett melded each section of the story together flawlessly.

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Laalaleighh
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Set in three timelines- this is historical fiction, romance, mystery, a meditation on loss, and a literary thriller all wrapped up in one.

It's like someone got the idea to mix dan brown with Nicholas sparks & see how it turned out. (Spoiler: not bad, I know- I'm shocked too)

It wrapped up a little *too* neatly for me & though the story was good it still felt like it was just this side of great but never quite made it.

Solid effort. 🌟🌟🌟⭐️

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Laalaleighh
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New dream job?

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Laalaleighh
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A large part of why I love reading so much.

sprainedbrain Me too! It's my #1 method for dealing with anxiety. 👍 3y
LauraBeth Same 😀 3y
Megabooks 👍🏻👍🏻 3y
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Laalaleighh
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Does... does the protagonist of this book have anxiety? Or even panic disorder? I never find books where characters live with panic attacks. This must be (to a much lesser degree, I'm fully aware) what it feels like to someone who rarely sees themselves represented in what they read to finally find a character they can see themselves in. I tend to have a hard time relating to characters because my anxiety shapes how I interact with the world. 👇🏼

Laalaleighh So while someone may seem just like me, they react in ways I never could and breeze through things that would cause me to end up sitting on a grimy bathroom floor trying to calm myself down. This is a bit of a revelation for me. So indulge me if I sound ridiculous, please. I know it's not the same as being from a marginalized group that doesn't receive representation- but I feel like this helps me even better understand the importance of 👇🏼 3y
Laalaleighh #weneeddiversebooks (which I already fully supported) because if just seeing a glimpse of a character going through the same life struggle as me can be this meaningful to someone who sees people who (superficially) look like me represented everywhere, I can't even imagine what it does for someone who never sees themselves reflected back in any of the art or media they consume. I thought maybe it was just comforting to be represented but it's👇🏼 (edited) 3y
Laalaleighh more than that. It's soul-affirming. It seems that no matter how much I may think that I understand it- there's always more for me to learn. It's so hard for empirical knowledge to ever compete with lived experience. I'm now an even bigger believer in the importance of representation. All because I got a tiny, insignificant taste of what it must actually feel like. Ok sorry for rambling and writing y'all a novel. I just had relevatory moment👇🏼 3y
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Laalaleighh that enlightened me while also revealing the depths of my ignorance and really needed to share. Now back to reading about the guy who possibly has panic disorder because it makes me feel less alone in the world. I would go to sleep but I'm so excited about this book now and the rain just started drizzling on my skylight so comfortingly I think I may have to pull an all nighter. Ok for sure done rambling now. Promise. 3y
ValerieAndBooks Thanks for your thought-provoking comments. I, too, feel a bit left out as not many books have Deaf characters and those that do are almost always by hearing authors. I suppose one solution might be to write these books ourselves but that's not easy. And, to talk about it, like you just did. Hugs! 3y
ValerieAndBooks BTW looks like a really good book! 3y
Dogearedcopy You are definitely not alone! I was in a very bad car accident almost 4 years ago; and since then I 'be had to deal with nightmares, panic attacks, and sleep-depriving and/or paralyzingly fears. I've passed out twice... I have this routine now though that involves engaging all five of my senses in a deliberate order. It looks funny when I'm going through it; but I'm managing it better now.... 3y
Dogearedcopy When I saw the quote about the character breathing in the books, I immediately knew what he was doing before I even read your comments! 🙂Take heart! You are not alone! 3y
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Laalaleighh
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New read! Had this one on my list for a loooong time!

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BookswithTea
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Loved it! A joy for book lovers and fans of a literary mystery!

Lizpixie This has been on my tbr for over four years now, I should get around to reading it, shouldn't I? 3y
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LeahBergen
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Let's get this #LitsyPartyOfOne started. I've poured a great big glass of wine and will dip into a bit of #InfiniteJestBuddyRead first.

Alfoster Cheers🍷🍷!! 3y
MamaGina Party!!!🎉🥃🤓 3y
Suzze I'm just gonna guess that after a glass of wine you won't understand a word of Infinite Jest. 😜😜 3y
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LeahBergen @Suzze The wine actually helps ... to a certain degree. 😉 3y
Desha @Suzze @LeahBergen 😂😂 For me, the 🍷has to come AFTER my #infinitejestbuddyread time...I'm a lightweight and by then I need it lol 😜☺️😍📚 3y
LauraBeth I'm reading this and 😂😂 3y
britt_brooke Wine and IJ are my first stop, too. 😁 3y
MrBook 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 3y
Abailliekaras @LeahBergen looks good party on! 🍾@Suzze 😂😂😂 3y
Readage How is The Bookman's Tale? 3y
LeahBergen @Readage I'm really enjoying it but mainly for all the antiquarian book collecting details and nerdy bits about early Shakespeare plays. The mystery/thriller bit of the story is pretty light. 😀 3y
LeahBergen @Suzze @Desha @LauraBeth @britt_brooke @Abailliekaras Yep. After the big honking wine, I had to switch to the lighter reads. 😂 3y
Readage @LeahBergen it's on my TBR! 3y
JenP I'm tackling IJ with wine too😂. It's all about finding the fine balance of wine-book! 3y
Desha 😂😂😂❤️ 3y
Suzze If you want a really good mystery series with antiquarian books try John Dunning's Cliff Janeway series. The first is 3y
LeahBergen @Suzze Oh, I LOVED that series. I wish he'd written more. 3y
Suzze @LeahBergen Me too! I once saw a piece on Dunning. They showed his collection and it was amazing. 3y
Hobbinol So... do you have a party-of-one hangover? 3y
LeahBergen @Hobbinol Never. I can party-of-one like a rock star. 3y
ValerieAndBooks So weird...that book I got yesterday? I just now learned Rudyard Kipling wrote a short story "The Janeites" about Austen worship...is all that mentioned in The Among the Janeites book? 3y
LeahBergen @ValerieAndBooks Did he really? I'll have to hunt it down. I've just started the first few pages of this but I'll let you know. 👍🏼 3y
ValerieAndBooks Yes I need to find that short story too! We can probably find it online somewhere. 3y
ValerieAndBooks Thanks for finding it! I've printed it out but will wait to read it...maybe tomorrow...lots of dialect 😬 3y
LeahBergen @ValerieAndBooks Yes, I saved it for later, too (maybe after I'm done Among the Janeites). 3y
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Here's what I am currently reading. #CurrentRead #RiotGrams

Hobbinol Mr. Lovett is chair of our local book festival. I have a copy of that book, but I'm ashamed to say I haven't read it yet. He wrote a wonderful article for the NYT about all things Alice at Oxford. A fun side note is that when my partner did his student teaching, Charlie was a little 9th grader in his class. He really seems to be a great guy and genuinely enthusiastic about books and book lovers alike. 3y
shawnmooney Oh so curious to hear your thoughts on this book! 😘 3y
LeahBergen @Hobbinol Oh, that's a cool connection! The main character (an antiquarian book dealer) keeps flashing back to his formative years in N. Carolina. I'm a real sucker for a rare book tale and this one is fun, so far. 3y
LeahBergen @shawnmooney It's a fun one so far! 3y
SaraFair Where have I been? This looks great. 3y
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Today is getting better. It's always a good day when I get #bookmail!

B.Reader Love some Charlie Lovett!! 3y
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A thoroughly introverted, sensitive protagonist -- such a rare find. ❤️

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I got this book on Kobo for $1.99. https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/the-bookman-s-tale It looked intriguing and I had not heard of it. Has anyone read it?

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#booktober #wishicouldbethere Hay-on-Wye. Known for the many bookshops and antiquarians, this 'Town of Books' in Wales is a book lover's heaven! 😍📚 This charming town was also featured in The Bookman's Tale. There is of course, the Hay Festival of Literature & Arts - an annual literature festival held from May to June. @RealLifeReading

RealLifeReading Oh I would love to go there! 3y
I-read-and-eat Next holiday destination has been chosen 😀❤ 3y
BooksForEmpathy Wow!!! 3y
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Kimzey I would love to go back to Wales. This sounds like just the spot! 3y
LeahBergen I was going to pick this, too!! You've done it so well though. 👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼 3y
LeeRHarry Hay is on my travel wish list, I'm often back in Wales visiting family but I never seem to time it right!...one day ☺️ 3y
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