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Librarybelle
4:50 from Paddington | Agatha Christie
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I had yet to read this one by Christie, so I was so glad the #GoldenAgeCrimeClub read this one this month! I‘m a few days late finishing!

Christie crafts such a dramatic, edge on your seat opening scene, that the reader has to find out what happens. As usual, Christie introduces clues and red herrings to keep one guessing. So good! #192025 #1957 #52BookClub23 #TimeInTheTitle

kwmg40 That opening scene is incredible! now
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mabell
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This was one of my favorite Roald Dahl books growing up, but I haven‘t revisited it as an adult. Still a great story! The love and friendship between Danny and his father is so special, and the way they work together (to give Victor Hazell his comeuppance) is perfect!
Quite an adventure!
And Roald Dahl writes the most nasty, villainous adults! I have to skim read their parts 🤣
(I found this fabulous vintage copy for my shelves!)

#1975 #192025

Aimeesue Beautiful copy! My fourth grade teacher read this to us and I‘ve loved it ever since ❤️ 3d
AvidReader25 I loved this one when I was young! 3d
Librarybelle That is a fabulous vintage copy!! 3d
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mabell @Aimeesue You have a good memory! I‘m trying to remember when I first read it! I can‘t think of anything I associate with it that would pin down the timing. This is going to drive me crazy 😆 3d
mabell @AvidReader25 Same! I‘m always a little nervous going back to books I loved so much, but this was just as I remembered! ❤️ 3d
mabell @Librarybelle I was so excited! It was a former school library copy that I extricated from the book cover! 3d
squirrelbrain I had this exact cover, although mine was paperback! 3d
mabell @squirrelbrain How fun! It‘s such a perfect cover for this book! I‘m trying to remember the one I had - I didn‘t remember this one, but I also didn‘t think it was Quentin Blake 🤔 2d
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AnneCecilie
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The book finally arrived from the library. I haven‘t read Nancy Drew since my teens so this was a trip down memory lane

Nancy gets interested in a missing will since this will stick it to two sisters from school she doesn‘t like

All the cliffhanger endings kept the story moving and I had to read on. It probably wasn‘t as scary as it would have been in my teens, but still an enjoyable read

#1930 #192025

Librarybelle Glad your copy finally arrived! 3d
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Bookwormjillk
Untitled | Untitled
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I‘m working on updating my tracker for #192025

1920‘s- got a way to go
1930‘s- good shape
1940‘s-1970‘s- pretty grim
1980‘s-1990‘s- starting to fill in
2000-2023- all done except 2002

I‘ve just been filling these in as they fall so far, but next year I‘m going to work on this more deliberately.

Librarybelle Excellent progress! I have a few decades that look pretty grim too! 😂 5d
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Librarybelle
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For a book about a lot of little nothings, like a Seinfeld episode, it is Pym‘s writing that kept me interested and focused. Wilmet, our MC and narrator, learns a bit about herself and life through the course of the novel and that life is filled with a “glass of blessings.” There are also parts to this that are surprisingly hilarious, as if Pym sneaks in a punchline. Another great read with #PemberLittens #HashtagBrigade #1958 #192025

Jess_Read_This Love Barbara Pym! She‘s got such a rich way of describing food and beverages in her books too. I often wonder if it was important and meaningful for her to write in a novel due to living in rationing times. 6d
Librarybelle That‘s a good thought, @Jess_Read_This ! I had not thought of that! 6d
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dabbe Hello there, sweet & snuggly kitty! 🖤🐾🖤 6d
rwmg @Jess_Read_This Barbara Pym's sister wrote a cookery book featuring the dishes from the books after Barbara's death 6d
Librarybelle @dabbe ❤️❤️❤️ 6d
Librarybelle @rwmg Thanks for the info! 6d
Jess_Read_This @rwmg Oh! I had no idea! Thank you for sharing this info with me. I need to find of a copy of her cookbook. How neat! 6d
rwmg @Jess_Read_This UK title A La Pym, US title The Barbara Pym Cookbook 6d
rubyslippersreads I like your book rest. 😸 5d
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mabell
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Meg teaches her skills as a blacksmith at her grandmother‘s new Creative Arts Center on Biscuit Mountain. Bothered by a rash of annoying and destructive vandalism, the family rallies round to save new business venture - an immersive art school - from an unknown saboteur.
Meanwhile, Grandfather is throwing trash down the mountain to try to attract rare gulls. 🙄

#2017 for #192025

Librarybelle You‘re moving quickly through the series! 7d
mabell @Librarybelle Yes, I have caught up on quite a few! It‘s nice to have a number still to go though 😄 7d
tdrosebud I love this series! I think it us the only one that I'm fully caught up on, with the exception of the newest book which I'm saving for December. 6d
mabell @tdrosebud I love it too! So well-written with fabulous characters. I have quite a few still to go (I took a few years off), but fittingly How the Finch Stole Christmas is next! In case you‘re interested in signed copies, I preorder her books through Mystery Loves Company. It‘s so fun to have them arrive in the mail. 😄 6d
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kwmg40
Watson's Choice | Gladys Mitchell
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It's been a while since I've done a #192025 update. These are the years I covered in the past couple of months. I've completed 65 of the 106 prompts so far.
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Librarybelle Such great progress!! 2w
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AnneCecilie
En liten takk fra Anton | Anne-Cath Vestly
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The 4th book about Grandma and her eight grandchildren

This one is set in the days before Christmas, Christmas and New Year‘s. So I probably read this a little too soon

Just before Christmas, a taxi arrives to the house in the woods. The family isn‘t expecting anyone. It turns out that it‘s the son of the couple the family switched houses with. So they all try to give Anton the best Christmas they can.

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jenniferw88
Sharpe's Siege (Sharpe, #18) | Bernard Cornwell
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dabbe On the sheet! Thanks! 🤩 3w
Cuilin Looks great 👍 3w
Librarybelle I‘ve heard good things about the series, but I‘m on the fence as to reading them. 3w
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jenniferw88 @Librarybelle, you definitely need to read in chronological order of events, not publication date. I've read it out of order, and it can be confusing! 3w
Susanita I‘ve been listening to a podcast about Napoleon, and they interviewed Bernard Cornwell! 3w
Bluebird Someday I‘ll get to this series. It‘s been on my list for awhile, but trying not to start new ones until I finish some of the many I‘m already reading 3w
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merelybookish
The Good Mother | Sue Miller
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Anna Dunlap was raised to be a good daughter but she failed to meet her mother's expectations. She fails too at being a good wife when she realizes her marriage is empty. What remains is to be a good mother, but that is also called into question after Anna develops a passionate relationship & must fight for custody of her daughter. A patient & careful character study that exposes the brutal sterility at the core of trying to be a good [blank].

merelybookish I read this for #192025 and thought its representation of divorce and single parenting might feel dated. And it did in some ways, although maybe not as much as I would have hoped. Also what it means to be a 'good' woman still feels relevant. @Librarybelle 3w
Librarybelle Great review! 3w
sarahbarnes Oof. 3w
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BarbaraBB Great review. 3w
merelybookish @sarahbarnes Yeah.. it's very subtle and so the gut punch builds. But oof is accurate. 3w
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