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The Bookshop: The Gate of Angels ; The Blue Flower | Penelope Fitzgerald
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(Book Jacket Status: Jacketed) Penelope Fitzgerald, who died in 2000, emerged late in life as one of the most remarkable English writers of the last century. She began her writing career in 1975 at the age of fifty-nine, and over the next two decades she published three biographies, nine novels, and a collection of short stories. Now three of her acclaimed novels are gathered here in one volume. The Bookshopis a postwar tragicomedy of manners, set in an isolated seaside town where an enterprising woman opens a bookstore only to find it beset by poltergeists, weather, and hostile townsfolk.The Gate of Angelsis an Edwardian romance within a novel of ideas: a young doctor devoted to science and to his all-male Cambridge college finds his life and views disrupted by a nurse named Daisy.The Blue Flower,which won the National Book Critics Circle Award, revitalizes historical drama through the story of Novalis, an eighteenth-century German romantic poet and visionary genius, and his unlikely love affair with a simple child-woman. These three novels all display Fitzgeralds characteristic wit, intellectual breadth, and narrative brilliance, applied to an array of traditional forms into which she breathed new life.
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Q84
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Some books I've picked to have to choose from for #Deweys24HourReadathon
I just wanted some short books to try to get through some quickly.

#readathon

Q84 Oh good! I was curious about this one but I'd never heard of it. 1mo
Mollyanna It is a fun romp! Perfect choice for a readathon! 1mo
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PatriciaU
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Mehso-so

Just spent about 90 minutes watching The Bookshop movie with Emily Mortimer, Bill Nighy, and Patricia Clarkson. So, so disappointed in the ending! I can handle sad endings, but Patricia Clarkson‘s character *needed* her comeuppance! Still mad about it!

Blueberry Agree with everything you said. 3mo
Zelma I was really disappointed with the book. It just felt kind of sad and despondent. 3mo
Cortg I have a library copy waiting to be viewed on my coffee table. Hmmmm 🤔 3mo
Princess-Kingofkings I loved the book and movie! Sometimes life doesn't work the way we want. 😔 3mo
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Mitch
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Spent a lovely time chatting to the bookseller ( the vicars wife!) and browsing the shelves. Penelope Fitzgerald worked in a bookshop opposite here ( no longer a book shop) and used her time there to write The Bookshop.

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ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled
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Mehso-so

Book was meh 😐
It was really short, with no real conflict resolution, with some sorry characters. But at least it was original and not twee.

Hoping the film has a more satisfying ending and more character development.

charl08 Yeah I was underwhelmed too. 6mo
Sarah83 I thought quite the same 6mo
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled @charl08 @Sarah83 I‘m hoping they took a lot of liberties with the film 😬 6mo
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Blueberry
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My current read.

Theaelizabet Love this story. Love Penelope Fitzgerald. 7mo
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Felso
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So, my dog ate my book today. 😡

OriginalCyn620 Been there! 🐶❤️ 7mo
Eyelit 🙁yikes! I‘ve been there. It sucks. 7mo
CouronneDhiver Naughty! You‘re supposed to eat homework, not books! 😤 7mo
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TheBookAddict 😔 🤦🏽‍♀️ 7mo
OrangeMooseReads Oh no! 🙀😿 7mo
xicanti Oh no! I feel your pain. Casey did this a couple months ago and it was pretty terrible. 7mo
LauraBeth 🙀 7mo
Jas16 😢 7mo
BookwormAHN 🙀 7mo
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Princess-Kingofkings
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Watch out!

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Princess-Kingofkings
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not a person to trust...

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Princess-Kingofkings
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so true ~ and of the feeling of accomplishment after the test is over!

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Princess-Kingofkings
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Sounds like fun to me!

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Princess-Kingofkings
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feeling feisty

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Princess-Kingofkings
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chapter 1 page 7 ~ reading this book for the 2nd time after having also watched the movie helps me focus on the foreshadowing.

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Princess-Kingofkings
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today's book 📖 mail 📪 ~ one for me & one for my #MysteryMessageSwap partner

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squirrelbrain
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Ugh, I have to go peopling now for the whole evening... It‘s my own leaving do from work so I can‘t really get out of it! 🤣

So I thought I‘d visit a bookshop on the way to stroke some books and make me feel better!

julesG Enjoy the party! 7mo
scripturient Bookshops are good therapy. Hope you can still enjoy the evening. 😘 7mo
Cathythoughts Ok your own leaving do. Sounds like the right decision you‘ve made. ( still maybe emotional to say goodbye to the nice people) onwards & upwards ♥️👍🏻 time to move on 😘 7mo
squirrelbrain @julesG @scripturient @Cathythoughts - thanks for supporting me! It was fine in the end - a nice afternoon tea (with a G&T!) and some bookish gifts! 7mo
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StephBengtson
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KarenUK
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I had a little time to kill before I met up with my friend.... so I braved the walk, in this miserable weather, to my favorite bookshop... Daunts in Marylebone..... this place is just heavenly 💕

Freespirit Wow I love it! 7mo
JazzFeathers Beautiful. I envy you 😆 7mo
Soubhiville It‘s so beautiful! 7mo
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Samplergal Daunt. Love it! 7mo
youneverarrived It really is 😍 7mo
Tamra So comfy! 7mo
Cinfhen Lucky 💜💜💜💜💜 7mo
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SaraFair
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I had to go back to the car and get another dollar to pay for my stack this week at our local “Recycled Reader”. Sometimes you hit the jackpot!

Clwojick I really enjoyed Family Pictures. 8mo
SaraFair @Clwojick - ok awesome, that will be the first one I try. Now I don‘t have to decide! 8mo
Clwojick 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 8mo
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Nittnut
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Autumnscribe
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Need a break from the world. Bye, see you in about 150 pages.

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jdiehr

"From long habit, Mrs Gamart rejected the idea that her husband might be necessary for anything." ?

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jdiehr
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Mehso-so

There isn't any reason I should not have liked this book. Great premise - a woman opens a bookshop in a town that doesn't have one, there is a ghost in the building, she has a charming little girl who comes in to help her. It was all there, but I didn't love it.

tpixie Wow, it does sound like it should be good!
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bookishbitch I thought the movie version was very good. 9mo
jdiehr @bookishbitch I'd be willing to give the movie a try 😊 9mo
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TieDyeDude
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What a delightful movie! A bit anticlimactic at the end. I'm actually interested in reading the book to see if it provides any further insight.

wordzie 😎 9mo
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Simona
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Pickpick

Story set in the little English village after the war is about the middle aged woman who is trying to open the bookshop, and this idea leads to many troubles for her. Sweet and short, with some tragic-comical moments and witty observations. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

#Booked2019 #RemindsYouOfYourHappyPlace

batsy Sweet cover on this edition! 10mo
Cinfhen Sounds like a charming little story 📚💖 10mo
Simona @Cinfhen It is, from the #borrow category 😘 10mo
Simona @batsy Sweet - just like a story 😘 10mo
Cinfhen Ha!!! I appreciate the #HeadsUp 🙏🏻 10mo
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Mitch
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I‘ve got a miserable chest infection and head cold ( in sympathy with @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks !). Struggling to look at books and print, so giving in - cuddled with blanket, 2 cats and a movie.

DivineDiana Take care of yourself! ❤️ 10mo
Ruthiella Hope you feel better soon!😀 10mo
cobwebmoth Feel better soon! 10mo
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Cathythoughts Take care ... I‘m just recovered from this virus ... hope you get better very soon ♥️👍🏻 10mo
Simona Feel better soon❣️ 10mo
Birdsong28 Hope you feel better soon 😘❤️📚📖 10mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Get well soon! 💕💝💕💝 10mo
erzascarletbookgasm Hope you‘ll get better soon! 10mo
Laura317 Ugh. Take care of yourself. Hoping you feel better soon. ☕️ 📖 😊 10mo
JoScho Feel better ❤️ 10mo
daniwithtea Feel better! 10mo
youneverarrived Feel better soon 😚 10mo
JanJan Feel better! 10mo
Craftylikefox Feel better soon! 💕 10mo
Kalalalatja Hope you feel better soon! 10mo
Graciouswarriorprincess Feel better! 10mo
squirrelbrain Oh no poor you! Too much bookshopping! 😷 Take it easy.... 10mo
catebutler Feel better! 10mo
Jas16 I hope you feel better soon 💐 10mo
Chrissyreadit Feel better! I‘m suffering in camaraderie with some kind of yuck! 10mo
tracey38 This stuff is really going around right now. Hope you feel better soon and are able to get lots of rest. 10mo
CouronneDhiver 😕 10mo
CoffeeNBooks I hope you feel better soon! 10mo
Smrloomis Ugh, feel better soon! 10mo
Mitch Thank you xxxx. I‘m on the mend now... feeling sorry for myself is over, chest infection is clearing, slowly... xxxx 10mo
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Princess-Kingofkings
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While I was napping today to prepare for my night shift, my husband ran errands with the boys. Their first stop was our local library. I had requested this movie a couple of months ago after reading the book but had no idea that they had purchased it. My only sorrow comes from the fact that I can't watch it until tomorrow.

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Felso
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Any other Littens feel like this?? #introvert #meandmybooks

RavenLovelyReads 😂😂 yes!! I need to prepare mentally! 😇 10mo
OrangeMooseReads Oh my gosh YES! And yes @RavenLovelyReads the mental prep can take days. 10mo
LiterRohde Just happened Thursday night! After a full day teaching and then 4 hours of parent teacher conferences in the evening, some coworkers wanted to go for a drink. I said no, I‘d rather just go home and read. “Oh, come on, come on. It‘ll be fun.” Repeatedly. I had to say yes so as to not look like a jerk. At least that‘s how I felt. So, another two hours around people at a bar. Hooray. 🥳🤬 10mo
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CouronneDhiver Yes! 10mo
Branwen Yes! I hear you loud and clear on this! 😊💕 10mo
bookishkris All day, every day. 10mo
JacqMac Me, all the time. 10mo
rather_be_reading heck ya! 10mo
Birdsong28 Yeh 🙋🙋🙋🙋📚📖 10mo
BiblioLitten Oh yes! 🤦🏻‍♀️ 10mo
JoScho 🙋🏼‍♀️ 10mo
JamieArc All. The. Time. 10mo
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LitDrivenGirl
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@biblio_ginger caught me catching her reading and coloring at our bookshop's Read-In for #24in48 😍📚🎧. #audiobooks #coloring

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Felso
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The young one wanted to go fishing. She‘s fishes I read. #winterstormhaha #texaswinters

AlaSkaat I really liked this story. 10mo
Felso @OleAnder I bought the movie too. The movie trailer looked just as good as the book. 🤞🏻 10mo
AlaSkaat @Felso There is a movie?? 10mo
Felso @OleAnder Yes! Emily Mortimer, Bill Nighy and Patricia Clarkson star in it. Got it at Amazon. 10mo
AlaSkaat @Felso Ohh, I will check it out!! 10mo
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BookishMarginalia
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#CurrentRead — I love Penelope Fitzgerald‘s style 💜💜💜

Ruthiella I love her writing style too!😀 11mo
Crazeedi I'm reading this right now, the first I've read her. Her style is definitely unique, not sure what I'll make of the book when done! 11mo
AlaMich I loved this little book too! Her books are all different, especially The Blue Flower. I DNFed it because it was just too odd for me. 11mo
Princess-Kingofkings I loved the book! 11mo
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squirrelbrain
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Now this is what I call a bookshop! Although my ever-sensible husband was worried about how they get insurance with a real fire and a lot of vintage books! 😁

Tamra Is that coal? 11mo
TrishB Looks lovely 💕 where is it? 11mo
Reviewsbylola Looks so cozy! 11mo
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squirrelbrain @Tamra , it is coal! Probably smokeless coal, that‘s what we burn at home. 11mo
squirrelbrain @TrishB - it‘s in York (on Micklegate) so you can pay it a visit sometime 😁. We didn‘t go on our Litsy meet-up earlier this year, but I think it‘s one of my faves. There‘s another antiquarian bookshop opening just up Micklegate in January too.... 11mo
TrishB Oh thanks ❤️ will be me visiting next as he‘s home for Christmas currently! 11mo
Tamra @squirrelbrain that‘s what I wondered! 😄 11mo
GypsyKat Lovely! 11mo
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Betz
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“The weather was curious, and reminded her of the day she saw the flying heron trying to swallow the eel.”

Soubhiville Hi! Welcome to Litsy! 11mo
Cinfhen That‘s a beautiful sentence ❣️ 11mo
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Princess-Kingofkings
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Absolutely heartbreaking to read how an entire town turned against Florence. I can't imagine a life without books.

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Soubhiville
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@Hooked_on_books made me this amazing, beautiful, intricate crossed stitch with beads! Isn‘t is lovely?! What a touching, special gift. Thank you Holly, it‘s really a treasure.

Chrissyreadit Wow! Gorgeous!!! 11mo
wanderinglynn Beautiful! 😍 11mo
AmyG It‘s beautiful. 11mo
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Traci1 Thats lovely. ❤ 11mo
BookishTrish Wow 😍 11mo
LauraBeth 😍😍 11mo
Aimeesue Wow! Gorgeous! 😍 11mo
squirrelbrain That is just gorgeous! ❤️ 11mo
MaleficentBookDragon That is amazing! ♥💚♥ 11mo
Tamra Wow! 11mo
Craftylikefox Wow!! That‘s amazing! 11mo
mreads Wow! Beautiful 😍 11mo
Amiable Gorgeous! 11mo
LibrarianRyan Nice!,, 11mo
JoScho So awesome!! 11mo
LeahBergen Wow! 😍😍😍 11mo
Hooked_on_books Aw, such nice comments! Thank you. ☺️ 11mo
DivineDiana So fantastic!❤️ 11mo
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Princess-Kingofkings
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I can relate...

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Princess-Kingofkings
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Love this book! I've discovered a new to me author!

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Panpan

Definitely not for me. I don't mind when books don't have a happy ending, or when the ending isn't wrapped up in a neat bow. But to have the main character's life completely go to pieces in the last few pages is lazy and unnecessary.

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WanderingBookaneer
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BethM This is the best! 13mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa That‘s wonderful! I think we found the town for all future Litsy get togethers! 💙 13mo
Heideschrampf ❤️ 13mo
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Amiable I love this! 13mo
julesG 👏👏❤️❤️❤️ 13mo
Leigh_Medeiros So delightful! 13mo
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Zelma
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Mehso-so

I didn‘t hate this but didn‘t really like it either. Quiet, but not in an intimate, moving way. It was just too cold and distant to feel any attachment or investment. Not much plot, few likable characters, and not real sense of hope or anyone getting their just desserts. Just kind of sad and blah.

One bonus is that it‘s short and could be read in a day.

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LeslieO
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Well, this did not end as I expected.

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Aimeesue
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jillrhudy You bet. In Baltimore, where I‘m going Sunday for a mini-vacay, I shall visit a little bookshop called Greedy Reads. 1y
Aimeesue @jillrhudy Of you have time, go to The Book Thing, too. THEY HAVE FREE BOOKS! It‘s like a treasure hunt in there- you may not find the book you‘re hoping for, but you will definitely find some great books! 1y
Aimeesue Just be careful where you park. The ASL sign parking lot is not theirs and you can get towed, fyi 1y
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Caroline2
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Had a lovely day in Rochester today and of course we stopped off in here! 😍 (apologises for my husband‘s stupid pose, he refused to move out of the way for me to get a nice photo! 🙄)

Leftcoastzen Looks wonderful ! 1y
LeahBergen Ohhhh! 😍 1y
RealBooks4ever Wish I could visit there! 📚😻 1y
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SW-T
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Mehso-so

This one is about human nature and not so much books or a bookstore. Social hierarchy, subtle bullying, and the machinations of others derail a dream for a widow who just wants to provide her town with a bookstore and make use of a building that‘s been empty and abandoned for ages. Her one real ally dies, and social pressure wins.

#hoopla

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yourfavouritemixtape
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Shoutout to my favourite bookshop in the world. The English Bookshop in Uppsala, Sweden. It‘s so well stocked, you feel like you‘ll find every book you ever wanted in there. I really wish, I could just sit there and read and never leave again.

Sarah83 Where do you live? 1y
yourfavouritemixtape @Sarah83 actually in Switzerland, but I‘m on holiday in Sweden atm :) 1y
Sarah83 @yourfavouritemixtape don't know why but I thought you live in Germany. 😂 I was in Switzerland this May. 😊 1y
yourfavouritemixtape @Sarah83 probably because of all the German books? 😊 1y
Sarah83 @yourfavouritemixtape 😂😂 maybe 😉 1y
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SW-T
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Emily Mortimer, Bill Nighy, & Patricia Clarkson star in The Bookshop, opening today in select markets.
www.countytheater.org/films/the-bookshop

#bookstomovies

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ferskner
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I just love our #nashvillemeetup group! They are so fun to talk to and they want to do exactly what I like: eat good food and talk about books and shop for pretty books. Thanks for a perfect afternoon, friends! @BooksTeasAndBookishThings @clconn17 @britt_brooke @Booksnchill @mom2bugnbee @Elma

britt_brooke So nice to see you again and bond over our mutual fear of the Golden State Killer! 😵 Such a nice and fun group of ladies. Looking forward to the next one! 1y
Tamra My dream! 1y
Booksnchill I love Book Nerds!!!! (and garlic, and knots but killing dogs in books- that‘s just so unnecessary!!!😂)! 1y
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ferskner @Booksnchill hahaha! What does it say about me that I have zero memory of that in that book?? 1y
ferskner @britt_brooke I'm so glad someone gets it!!! When you come for the December meetup, I'll show you all the completely stupid things I've done to my apartment to "protect" myself from him. 1y
britt_brooke @ferskner 😆 I‘m laughing, but I also understand! 1y
mom2bugnbee @Booksnchill "She gets the garlic, I get the knot." ? Thanks for the ARCs, @ferskner ! 1y
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TheBookDream
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I think this is the best I‘ve ever seen Bill Nighy, and that‘s saying something. The costumes were amazing and made me want to wear cloaks. I‘ll have to check out the novel! #underemployedadventures

tpixie Fun! Hmm a hot pink cloak?! 1y
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JoyBlue
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My husband is threatening to take away my movie-picking privileges because the last couple have been poignant/sad/serious. My bad!

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xicanti
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I went to see THE BOOKSHOP yesterday. If you're into intensely awkward films that draw every pained interaction out to its furthest possible extent, you should see it. If not, it's a hard pass. It didn't even make me want to read the book it's based on.

The worst part was, it majorly cut into my reading time. Grrrrr.

alisonrose Ugh how disappointing 😞 1y
xicanti @alisonrose it was well-acted and it did get a bit better as it went along, but if I'd watched it on TV or Netflix I'd have turned it off after 20 minutes. 1y
AlaMich No, you have to read the book!! I haven‘t seen the film but the book is wonderful! 1y
xicanti @AlaMich I'll give it a go once the movie's faded a bit. 1y
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Pickpick

I picked up this short 1979 novel in a quaint bookstore while in Ann Arbor (Literati). It‘s the story of a middle aged widow who uses her savings to open up a bookshop in her seaside town. Fitzgerald‘s writing is brilliant, with the slow, easy tone and understated humor typical of many great British writers.

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Bibliotini
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Pickpick

Who else has read this? It broke my heart.

Redwritinghood Yeah - all her stuff is great. 1y
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