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Irretrievable | Theodor Fontane
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I thought it might be appropriate to go with a love theme for February even though I loathe Valentine‘s Day with a vengeance. Cast your votes! #NYRBBookClub #NYRB

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sisilia Yay! I vote for Irretrievable 💕 2w
Reviewsbylola Oooooh what a tough choice. I think I‘ll vote for the Elizabeth Taylor. 😁 2w
Graywacke All three look beautiful (I don‘t recognize the titles or two of the authors.) 2w
TrishB How beautiful they look ♥️ 2w
sprainedbrain All three look interesting, but I vote for 2w
Suet624 I read Taylor‘s book so I would go with Irretrievable. 2w
Suet624 Actually In looking through the comments under my review of Hide and Seek, I see that this was when @vivastory came up with the idea of this book club!! 2w
vivastory @Suet624 How cool! You're right! I've been wanting to read Taylor, so that gets my vote 2w
batsy All three look amazing and I'll be happy to read any of them, but my vote goes to 2w
BarbaraBB I‘d love to read alle three but my vote goes to 2w
youneverarrived I‘ve wanted to read this one for a while 2w
BarbaraBB Michele you forgot to tag @merelybookish and @Liz_M ! 2w
emilyhaldi Gosh this is a hard decision!!! Love your choices... I think I'm going with 2w
mklong Tough choice, but I‘ll vote 2w
MicheleinPhilly @BarbaraBB WHOOPS! Thanks for catching that! 2w
LeahBergen Oh, man! They all sound so good. I‘ve been feeling like another Taylor read, though, so my vote goes to 2w
Theaelizabet Tough, tough, tough! I‘ll go with 2w
Liz_M I am voting for the only one I own : 2w
Leftcoastzen They all look so good! 2w
GatheringBooks awesome! thank you for putting this up early! my vote goes to 2w
merelybookish I've been wanting to read Taylor so my pick is 2w
saresmoore Well, shoot! Sorry I totally missed this! Don‘t worry, @vivastory , I cast my vote for the winner: 2w
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Here are my 19 favourite reads (I think) of 2019. I was going to make a nice graphic but I‘m too lazy and just pulled the titles from my shelves. 😆

Thanks for inspiring me to do this, @Centique ! 😘

And here you go, @Cinfhen and @BarbaraBB ! 😘😘

KarenUK Took a screen shot so I can take a closer look! 🤓💕📚 3w
LeahBergen @KarenUK 😆 I was thinking people may have to do that to read the titles (and I do that ALL the time here on Litsy)! 3w
vivastory It makes me very happy that 3 of these are from the #NYRBBookClub 🙌🙂 3w
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britt_brooke Such a pretty photo! 3w
Centique @LeahBergen me too with the screen shotting! Currently adding some to my TBR 👍👍 3w
Avidreader25 Wonderful selection! The Blue Castle and Miss Pettigrew are two of my favorites! 3w
Aimeesue Miss Pettigrew and Cold Comfort Farm are two of my faves. I loved/hated Judith Hearne, too. 👍🏽 3w
Daisey Great photo! I‘m always impressed by people who can pull together a stack of read books like this since most of mine are library reads with a mix of physical, audio, and ebook. 3w
Tamra I see a greenish aura....💚 I really need to try The Blue Castle. (edited) 3w
Cinfhen Amazing that you still have ALL 19 titles on your shelf!! The minute I read a book it‘s out the door 🤪 3w
BarbaraBB Three of our bookclub! Love that. And I just bought a #NYRB edition of The Enchanted April, so I‘m excited to see it made your list 💕 3w
LeahBergen @vivastory I love our little book club. 😄 3w
LeahBergen @britt_brooke Thank you! 😘 3w
LeahBergen @Centique I hope you find some that you like! 3w
LeahBergen @Avidreader25 They‘re so good! ❤️ 3w
LeahBergen @Aimeesue Judith does that to a person, doesn‘t she? 😆 3w
LeahBergen @Daisey Thanks! And I do actually get rid of many books throughout the year but I guess I hang on to my favourites for a while. 😄 3w
LeahBergen @Tamra It is pretty greenish. 😆 Read The Blue Castle when you have a good tolerance for sweetness in a story. 3w
LeahBergen @Cinfhen I get rid of so many books over the course of a year but I hang on to favourites for a while. I seem to immediately get rid of mysteries/thrillers. 🤔 3w
LeahBergen @BarbaraBB I‘ve had such great reading experiences with our book club picks! 👍🏻 You‘ll have to save The Enchanted April for April. 😄 (edited) 3w
BarbaraBB Oh really? I thought it was a name, I didn‘t think of the month! 3w
batsy Fab photo 😍 3w
Suet624 Those NYRB selections were so good! 3w
LeslieO I love the old timey look of this stack! 3w
Balibee146 Brilliant 👍happy new year 🎉🎉🎉 2w
rubyslippersreads Lots of favorites here, and lots of TBRs. Happy bookish new year! 😘🥳 2w
Bookwomble I have the sane Folio Society edition of Cold Comfort Farm 💖📖💖 2w
Reviewsbylola This stack is way more beautiful than any graphic. 😍 2w
emilyhaldi What a gorgeous stack 😻 I‘m taking note of all that I haven‘t read! And fun idea too.. may have to take a look back at my favs for the year 2w
tpixie Great stack!!! I‘ll need to check some out! 2w
merelybookish Black wings almost made my list too! And I'm hoping to finally read Enchanted April! 2w
lynneamch Always appreciate your recs! Thank you 2w
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A poetic, stream of conscience kind of memoir about WWI. Not for me. #1001books

Reviewsbylola Oh man, I would def bail on that too. Poetic and stream of consciousness 🙅🏼‍♀️ 3w
BarbaraBB @Reviewsbylola Exactly, a terrible combination 🤯 3w
Liz_M This was definitely a rough read! Love the #nyrb edition though. 😃 3w
BarbaraBB @Liz_M The reason I bought it... on sale 😊. Did you like it? 3w
LeahBergen Gah! 😬 3w
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The Expendable Man | Dorothy B. Hughes
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My #bathandbook tonight is super fun and colorful!

I‘m in the middle of the tagged book right now for #nyrbbookclub. The bad news is I won‘t finish it in time for tomorrow‘s discussion. The good news is it‘s my favorite NYRB title ever (so far).

Megabooks Pretty bath! 3w
emilyhaldi Ooohhh fav #NYRB ever?! I‘m not sure I could pick!!! 3w
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emilyhaldi That would probably be my first choice at this point 😁 3w
Suet624 Favorite ever? That‘s a big statement! I liked this one but I think Cassandra at the Wedding might be my favorite. 3w
Reviewsbylola Cassandra drove me crazy so I just couldn‘t connect with that one. 😆 @Suet624 3w
Suet624 Oh!!! 😂😂😂 3w
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The Expendable Man | Dorothy B. Hughes
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Reading this #nyrb book for the December group read and totally wrapped up in it. I think it will be a quick read. #nyrbbookclub

BarbaraBB Are you enjoying it? I was surprised by the twist, hadn‘t thought of it 😊 4w
JenniferP Yes, I was surprised! It put a different spin on his reactions and clarified some things. I‘m about half way through now. I think it will be a quick read. @BarbaraBB 4w
vivastory @BarbaraBB I'm halfway through the book now & the twist completely threw me! But it put everything else in perspective 4w
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BarbaraBB @vivastory It did! I felt so naive not thinking of it before. 4w
Suet624 @vivastory @BarbaraBB I literally gasped at the plot twist and was annoyed and surprised that I had made an assumption. I still think about it. (edited) 4w
JenniferP @Suet624 Agreed! I've finished the book and though I thought the unfolding of events was a little unrealistic and I didn't love the relationship between Ellen and Hugh, the cultural significance was so well-done that I liked the book anyway! 4w
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In Hazard | Richard Hughes
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In the summer of 1929 a steamship departs from the US to China. The weather turns unexpectedly rough and the ship is being swept up in the vortex of an immense hurricane. Caught in the struggle for survival, both the crew and the ship are tested as never before.

An okay read, not really my kind of book but it was nice to spend a Sunday in front of the fire while it was raining outside all day.


Megabooks You have a beautiful home! I would look at that fireplace. 👍🏻😁 1mo
BarbaraBB @Megabooks Thank you. It is always soothing, looking at the fire! 1mo
Kalalalatja Your home is perfect! Love the plants 🌿 1mo
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AlaMich I don‘t think I could read this, if for no other reason than I would be constantly imagining how horribly seasick I would be for four days! 1mo
erzascarletbookgasm Love your space! 1mo
ValerieAndBooks Looks cozy! I like your fireplace. Gas or electric? 1mo
BarbaraBB @ValerieAndBooks Gas - for as long as we‘re allowed. My city‘s policy is to substitute all use of gas by electricity in time. 1mo
Liz_M That sounds like a near-perfect day (next time I hope you choose a more enjoyable book) 1mo
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In the Freud Archives | Janet Malcolm
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Nothing like cold weather, snuggling up with a book, and having a slow morning. #nyrb #coffee

Stoner | John Williams
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One of the best books I've ever read. I cannot understand why it wasn't appreciated more when first published, but I'm thankful #NYRB gave it a second life! A melancholy novel about life, work, disappointment, & the love of literature, this novel was so real & incited every range of emotion in me. 5⭐️s! So so sorry for the delay, this will reach its destination in a couple of days! #LMPBC #Round7 #GroupC #WinterGames #TBRRead #TMSkellington

lele1432 #PopSugarReadingChallenge #PopSugar2019 #Pop19 Takes place on a college or University campus 1mo
lele1432 Fun fact: John Williams retired to my small hometown in the year I was born, and remained there until his death in '94. Which means I unknowingly lived amongst a world-class author during my childhood, not knowing that some 25-30 years later I would read a book he wrote and fall in love. ♥️ 1mo
TheBookHippie One of my favorites ❤️❤️❤️ 1mo
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lele1432 @TheBookHippie it was so good! Now I have to read everything else he wrote lol 1mo
youneverarrived Great story! And I love this too 💙 1mo
Bookwormjillk I haven‘t received my book for this group yet. Has everyone else received theirs? 1mo
lele1432 @Bookwormjillk it's this one! 1mo
Bookwormjillk @lele1432 oh great! Ha! This has been on my TBR for years- looking forward to it 1mo
TheBookHippie @lele1432 I came across it while researching unknown awesome classic reads a few years ago. What a find. 1mo
TheAromaofBooks Thanks for the update!! I'm interested to read this one when it comes my way because it is NOT my usual type of book! 1mo
lele1432 @youneverarrived such a shame it wasn't more successful when it was first published. It really is a great read! 1mo
lele1432 @Bookwormjillk I hope you like it! 1mo
lele1432 @TheAromaofBooks lol I look forward to hearing your thoughts! I loved it, but can see how it might not be for everyone! 1mo
lele1432 @TheBookHippie isn't it?? This is exactly what I love about NYRB. Finding overlooked gems like this one! 1mo
Crimson613 16pts!! 12-11 Ohh now I'm interested!! 😮😮😮 1mo
Bookwormjillk @lele1432 I loved this book so, so much. Thanks for choosing it. It‘s been on my TBR for years and I‘m grateful that I finally had a reason to read it. Definitely one of the best things I‘ve read this year if not ever. I‘ll be thinking about Stoner for a long time. 3w
lele1432 @Bookwormjillk yay!! And you're welcome!! I am typically not very emotional when I read books. But this one pulled at all my heartstrings. I'm still thinking about it. I wish more people knew about this book! 3w
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Butcher's Crossing | John Williams
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Williams is a masterful writer. I loved this tale of adventure and greed as four men set out to make their fortune hunting Buffalo in mid-1800s America. #nyrb

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#Stella is not entirely sure I should be reading instead of letting her lick me, but I think I've had enough Pibble kisses for today, thankyouverymuch.


vivastory Cute dog! 2mo
Aimeesue @vivastory She thinks so too! 😂 She's my daughter's dog, but since she's at college, I've been appointed Next Best Person. Which really just means I get sat on and licked to death every night as soon as I sit down to read. 2mo
vivastory 😂Next Best Person sounds okay to me... although after awhile I would want to read 2mo
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Leftcoastzen What a cutie! 2mo
Tamra What a face! 2mo
batsy 😂 What a sweetie 2mo
Aimeesue @vivastory She does let me prop my book on her back, as long as it's not too heavy, so I guess that's something, anyway. 😋 2mo
Aimeesue @Leftcoastzen @Tamra @batsy Stella says thank you, and wants to know if you have any dog cookies for a poor starving girl? 2mo
Tamra @Aimeesue I am certain we do and I‘m also certain she probably isn‘t starving. 😜 2mo
LeahBergen I‘m actually stunned by that blue and white afghan. It looks identical in colour and pattern to one I made about 25 years ago when I was teaching myself how to crochet! And I just made up the pattern myself. 😮😮 2mo
Aimeesue @LeahBergen My mom made it for us 10 or 15 years ago? It has scallopy edging around the blocks. 2mo
Aimeesue @Tamra She would convince you, if only you could hear her cry under the table as soon as she thinks we're done eating. 😂😂😂 2mo
LeahBergen No scallopy edges on mine (that would‘ve taxed my skills too much 😆). 2mo
jillrhudy How did I miss this photo of Stella? 2mo
Aimeesue @jillrhudy I dunno, but Stella is deeply sad now, and says you must bring her a dog cookie. 2mo
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