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elkeo_TheBookDragon
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I love my UK cover. I love getting to the finale of this fantastic and magical trilogy. So much action and magic and the amazing Vasya. Damn that girl gets shit done!
Tears were shed, and I feel seriously book-hungover.
#seriesread #bookanistabookclub

ChasingOm Oh, I love that cover!! 11mo
readordierachel 😍😍 11mo
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elkeo_TheBookDragon
Kingdom of Copper | S A Chakraborty
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Pickpick

So so so so good! A brilliant book 2! It picks up 5 years after City of Brass which in many ways is perfect. The world is brilliant, the characters - for good and bad - are intense, the magic is f*cking amazing. And the ending is crazy fantastic.
And yes, it is a cliffhanger—that I will gladly hang off of for however long it takes for the finale to be published...

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Melissa_J Well this confirms it. If the second book also ends in a cliffhanger I won‘t be giving this trilogy a try until all three books are published. 11mo
elkeo_TheBookDragon @Melissa_J That is what I try to do mostly, but this series is SO good I am glad I jumped in! 11mo
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elkeo_TheBookDragon
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While I had mixed feelings about Jane Austen being a character, this was a delightful Christmasy read and almost a How-To for throwing a 12 day Regency Christmas - with a bit of murder, of course. Nice dose of history mixed with characters that felt straight out of her novels.
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LeahBergen This sounds so fun! I have the first in this series (still TBR 🙄). 12mo
Jess_Read_This Agree with your thoughts on it! And your tree in the background is lovely! 12mo
elkeo_TheBookDragon @Jess_Read_This This one is mom‘s tree! With the straw stars ✨✨ 12mo
Jess_Read_This @elkeo Tell her I am still waiting for her Etsy shop. 12mo
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elkeo_TheBookDragon
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A delightful Cinderella story set in the late 1930s where mousy down-on-her-luck Miss Pettigrew is mistakenly—and fortuitously—sent to the wrong address by an employment agency. The following 24-hour period is chock-full of adventures and various twisty plots with her new glamorous friends and their soap opera level romantic issues. She breaks out of her shell and finds she is quite spunky after all. #happyending #persephonebooks

emilyhaldi Nice review, this is on my list!! And I love that stack of persephones 😍 1y
writerlibrarian Such, lovely, lovely edition.💜 (edited) 1y
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Dragon So funny and quirky, a delightful read. 😀🐉 1y
Zelma I don‘t know how close it follows the book, but I thought the movie with Frances McDormand was delightful. 1y
LeahBergen This photo! 😍😍 1y
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elkeo_TheBookDragon
Wild Strawberries | Angela Thirkell
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This is not in my normal reading wheelhouse so take my opinion with a grain of salt. Privileged rich folk frolicking in their English country house in the 1930s exuberantly insulting one another with amusing banter & falling quickly into romantic crushes. Amusing peek into a bygone era & a class of people, but I was easily annoyed by these flighty folk.
Quick, light read. And I can‘t give anything less than a pick to a lovely Virago edition.

emilyhaldi Sounds right up my alley!! 1y
Jess_Read_This You always so eloquently sum up these books! 1y
minkyb 👍🏻 1y
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Jess_Read_This
Wild Strawberries | Angela Thirkell
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4⭐️ A gentle, relaxing treat of a read. It isn‘t at all a plot driven book; rather just immerse yourself in the delicious descriptions of 1930‘s big house life in the countryside. Lady Emily‘s dotty, scatter brained dialogue is amusing as she presides over the collected family members in her home. My first Thirkell and definitely not my last. An enjoyable light, perfect for summer read.

#BookanistaBookClub #BookanistasBeReading #BBC

LeahBergen Lovely photo! 🍓 1y
Jess_Read_This @LeahBergen Thank you so much! Summer strawberries are just the best. 1y
elkeo_TheBookDragon Fantastic photo! Hungry for strawberries now... 1y
Jess_Read_This @elkeo I figured since I spend so much on organic strawberries (#1 in the Dirty Dozen) I better photograph some too and get my money‘s worth! 😂 1y
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Wild Strawberries | Angela Thirkell
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“Henry, you mustn‘t mind. It is really a kindness to have him.‘ ‘Well, I do mind, Emily,‘ said Mr Leslie, getting up. ‘Kindness is one thing and your family is another.” 😂

🚙📖Road tripping with this gem has made for a few giggles along the way.

#BookanistaBookClub #BBC #BookanistasBeReading #VMC #Virago

SilversReviews Great photo...love the book cover. 1y
Weaponxgirl Yay! Virago 😍 1y
kspenmoll Yes, great photo! 1y
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Jess_Read_This @SilversReviews @kspenmoll Thank you so much! Virago makes the best books. 1y
Jess_Read_This @Weaponxgirl You know you can never go wrong with a Virago book! 🍏🍎🍏🍎 1y
CarolynM I love Angela Thirkell's books. It's great to see the re-releases at the moment. Have you read Summer Half? That's a good one🙂 1y
Jess_Read_This @CarolynM I haven‘t read that one- adding it to the TBR now! This is actually my first Thirkell though I have been buying the Virago editions of her books with confidence that I‘ll like them 😂 1y
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elkeo_TheBookDragon
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An interesting book in both plot & style: Mary Jekyll stumbles into intrigue with fellow daughters of dastardly scientists (Hyde, Moreau, Frankenstein) and even Sherlock & Watson join in. Murder & a secret society supply the action, but it‘s the backstories & bonding of the gals that is superb. Stylistically, we are listening to their tales 1st person—with interruptions by each voice along the way. It‘s a fun twist + strong, fascinating women 🙌🏻

LeahBergen Lovely photo! 1y
Jess_Read_This Perfect review- you are so eloquent! Also, love the photo with the pretty flowers! 1y
elkeo_TheBookDragon @Jess_Read_This I like how the character limit here makes me choose words wisely! The flowers are in mom‘s yard🌼 1y
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Jess_Read_This
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4⭐️ An original plot involving the majority of the gothic novels‘ antihero/villains. Yet, this book is about their daughters. Mary Jekyll lost her father, then mother. Discovering her mother secretly paid for the care of a Diana Hyde leads Mary into a macabre world of alchemist experimentation and the secret society driving it. A great “girl power” read with strong female leads. 💕🔍⚗️🕵🏻‍♀️

#BookanistaBookclub #BBC #BookanistasBeReading #YA

Mdargusch Great photo! 💙 1y
Aims42 Nice photo! I love your vintage camera in it. I collect a few too 🙂 1y
batsy Great review and picture! 1y
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Jess_Read_This @Mdargusch @Aims42 @batsy Thank you so much! I just started a small collection of vintage cameras and English advertising pots ☺️ 1y
rohit-sawant Awesome review and pic! Stacking! 1y
Jess_Read_This @rohit-sawant Thank you so much! I hope you enjoy the story as much as I did. 1y
elkeo_TheBookDragon Love the english pots! But especially that subtle ‘Ladies Night‘ on the wall - perfect for this book! 👏🏻👏🏻 1y
Jess_Read_This @elkeo I‘ll have to show you the full pic! I found it for $6 at an antique mall, it‘s a round tin tray with Queen Elizabeth and Phillip‘s pic on it. Someone engraved the Ladies Night 1953 on it! I had hang it on the wall in my office over the bar area. 1y
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elkeo_TheBookDragon
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I know people enjoy a backstory of well-known villains. I, apparently, do not.
Xifeng is fated to become the evil queen of Snow White fame—but I found her reasons for embracing darkness & cruelty unimpressive. She was all over the place emotionally & there were too many annoying contradictions for me to care. She & her BFF just felt like imperial court mean girls. I can respect a quality villain (Lady Sun) but I was bored by Xifeng‘s beauty BS.

aeeklund I totally had trouble with this one, too. DNF. 2y
elkeo_TheBookDragon @aeeklund I almost DNF‘d but kept hoping to get something out of it! She‘s a #garbageperson. But not even an interesting one. 2y
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aeeklund @elkeo I‘m trying to decide if I want to push through it, since I just got the arc of the sequel/companion (about the Snow White character). Not sure... 2y
elkeo_TheBookDragon @aeeklund That is tough because I think the sequel should be good/better - when she gets what deserves! 2y
Jess_Read_This 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼Yes!!! Perfectly said review! Lady Sun was a quality villain... better than reading about Xifeng‘s whining, emotional neediness, and truly she didn‘t bring much to the table w power 2y
ScorpioBookDreams I‘ve got this on my TBR but I don‘t think I‘ll rush to read it now! 2y
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