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mabell
Roman Britain: Outpost of the Empire | Howard Hayes Scullard
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Pickpick

The sales pitch for this book could be “Perfect for Bedtime!”

1. Interesting enough to keep your attention
2. Boring enough you begin to feel drowsy
3. No temptation to read “just one more page”

In all seriousness, this is quite an approachable book on Roman Britain, a time period I knew absolutely nothing about. The only prior knowledge I had was Bryson stumbling across a mosaic in Notes from a Small Island. Britain may have been an outpost ⬇️

mabell but it still was run with the singular Roman efficiency. I find what the Romans were able to accomplish quite fascinating, especially with regard to infrastructure like the Roman Roads and Hadrian‘s Wall. 5mo
mabell Just one of many points I found interesting - Romans tended to blend religiously better with polytheistic territories, as they generally took the stance, “We‘ll accept your gods, and we expect you to accept ours”, a principle which obviously would not be satisfactory to monotheistic religions. 5mo
Librarybelle Love the sales pitch! 😂 Glad you liked this one! 5mo
mabell @Librarybelle I did! And I‘ve moved on to Egypt, which will hopefully have the same tagline 😆 5mo
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Ann_Reads
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Published in #1979, A Gathering of Days won the Newbery Award. Though written for a younger audience, I absolutely loved it. The fictional journal details the experiences of 13 year old Catherine Hall, from 1830-1832. The writing closely imitates the speech patterns of the early 1800s, but the phrasing is much different than our modern speech. I'd recommend listening to it on audio; Madeleine Potter's narration is excellent. #192025 @librarybelle

Librarybelle Great choice! 5mo
julieclair Ooohhhh…. This one sounds right up my alley! 5mo
Ann_Reads @julieclair This one is really good on audio. I hope you enjoy it! 5mo
julieclair Just checked, and Scrib'd has it, so I've saved it to my account. Thanks for the heads up about the audio. I often find that a good narrator can add tremendously to the story. 5mo
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Eyejaybee
1979 | Val McDermid
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Eyejaybee
1979 | Val McDermid
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Blaire
The White Album | Joan Didion
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As in any book of essays I ended up skimming some, but the ones that caught me really drew me in. My particular favorites were on Hawaii, migraines, Malibu, okeefe, and relationships. She has a particular way of capturing human experience and is a keen observer of culture and the way people think. Captures life in California and Hawaii I‘m the 1960s. #1979 #publishedin1979 #40thbdaychallenge

janerzy I like her essays too! 3y
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Blaire
The White Album | Joan Didion
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Post-bedtime porch read. Enjoying this lovely night and Didion‘s essays. #1979 #40thbdaychallenge

Bradleygirl happy 40th year! mine was this February. #1979solidarity 4y
Blaire @Bradleygirl yay for 70s babies! My 40th is in October. 4y
Cathythoughts I love where you live ♥️👍🏻 4y
Blaire @Cathythoughts thank you! Trying to take full advantage of it this summer. 4y
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Onioons
And Still I Rise | Maya Angelou
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I love that the #birthdaychallenge is getting me to read books I usually miss #1979

LibrarianRyan That is one of my favorite poems. It has been recited in a few Tyler Perry movies too. 5y
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Josie
The Dead Zone | Stephen King
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Oh man. I finished this last week, but I've been too busy to post a review! I started a new special education course at school and it is very time consuming. Anyway, I really do love this book. However, it does feel very disjointed to me. There are too many storylines, which King did a lot of in his early work. Either way, not my favorite but not the worst. #epicstephenkingreread #book8 #1979

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Josie
The Dead Zone | Stephen King
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Up next! I have been dying to get to this book. I remember loving it so much. @Gayan adores it, too. This reread is the best decision I've ever made (besides deciding to birth the tiny human). #epicstephenkingreread #1979 #book8

Little_Reader I love following your reread posts! I ❤️ Stephen King! 5y
Josie @Little_Reader aw yay I'm glad you're enjoying them!!! It's been 10+ years since I've read some of his stuff, so this has been so much fun. 5y
Gayan This is a favorite of mine! 5y
Sha0102 One of my favorites and it was the first one I read by King. ❤❤❤ 5y
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Flingogal
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Growing up this was one of my favourite picture books. So I am excited to tag it first in my #picturebook #birthdaychallenge #1979