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O Caledonia by Elspeth Barker
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Voting Day | Clare O'Dea
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🚨REMINDER 🚨 #LitsyToB24

A week from now the #LitsyToB24 starts!
We hope you‘ve enjoyed the shortlisted books and you can now vote for the opening round matches and your Zombies!

Note that you do not need to vote in every match to have your overall votes count. Also, can use the link in the email automatically sent to you by Google Docs to edit your form until March 5.

https://forms.gle/FeUBRi3F11eBk4d49

Looking forward to our tournament 🦃

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#LitsyToB24
Although I found the book too long and narrator Mia drove me crazy at times I really enjoyed this book. I went in looking for answers to what happened to Mia‘s father after her little brother Eugene, who has autism and angelman syndrome and can‘t talk, comes home alone, totally upset. Later on I realized the story is not about getting answers but about communication and perception and I really liked what Kim Angie so thoroughly did.

TheAromaofBooks Great review!!! 13h
Librarybelle Echoing @TheAromaofBooks …great review! 12h
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Jas16 Glad you ended up liking enjoying it. Great review. 10h
sarahbarnes Great review! 10h
Deblovestoread Glad it worked for you! 7h
BarbaraBB @Jas16 @Deblovestoread I enjoyed it more than I expected. Definitely a pick for me! I am curious to see where it‘ll end up in our tournament! 4h
Hooked_on_books I really liked this one, too! I actually really liked Mia. There are things about her that remind her of a younger me, so I felt tender toward her. 4h
Kristy_K Great review! I had the same experience and thoughts. 🙂 (edited) 2h
Ruthiella Great review. It was frustrating to read at times but I think you are right that the author wasn‘t going for a thriller but more about assumptions humans based on our ability or inability to communicate. 53m
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Tuesdays Like That | Carina Taylor
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#TuesdayTunes

“These massive egos, so big they bend the light”

I used to love Radiohead in the nineties. Now frontman Thom Yorke has started another band, The Smile, which I just discovered. It takes some getting used to but I‘ve been listening to it a few times now and it‘s growing on me!

https://open.spotify.com/track/4WlKWgWG030Cpatn5P6uGE?si=VmGaid7aSbChR9G3i3ldUg

AmyG I enjoy it, too. 1d
TieDyeDude Thanks for getting things started this week. I forget that my morning is everyone else's lunch time 😅
I haven't heard of this, but I enjoy Thom Yorke's offerings. Thanks for the recommendation!
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Billypar This has been on my list to try and I keep forgetting... listening now! 1d
Jess By far the best record of the year so far. I‘ve had it on repeat. Great pick! (edited) 21h
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The Postcard | Anne Berest
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I thought reading this book would take me much longer but I couldn‘t put it down. It‘s deeply moving.

The narrator receives an anonymous postcard and in search of possible senders she gets caught up in her family‘s past. The story moves between the present and the horrors of the holocaust and the years in between. I teared up several times and the ending will stick with me for a long time 💔

Another #EuropaCollective winner for sure.

jlhammar Yay, that‘s wonderful to hear! I‘ve been eagerly anticipating this one. Hope to get started this weekend. 2d
LeeRHarry Have requested it at the library, sounds fascinating. 2d
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charl08 I agree, the ending is a powerful one. 2d
TrishB This looks good 👍🏻 2d
Librarybelle Stacking! 2d
squirrelbrain Great review - like @jlhammar I‘m also hoping to start this weekend 2d
Gleefulreader Fantastic review! Really want to start this one in the next few days. 2d
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2d
Daisey This one is on my list for later this year, and your review is making me look forward to it even more. 2d
LeahBergen Well, I must grab myself a copy! 2d
Aimeesue I‘m looking forward to starting this one soon! 2d
Crazeedi I'll look for this for sire 2d
erzascarletbookgasm Sounds good, will look it up 2d
Cathythoughts Great review. I have it stacked already. 👍🏻❤️ 2d
tpixie @BarbaraBB I‘ve been wanting to read this book for a long time, so I was excited to see that it was a #buddyread for March. I couldn‘t wait for March to start reading it either. It is a gripping tale. @jhammer #EuropaCollective 1d
GatheringBooks I just got my copy and excited to dig into this one soonest! 💕💕💕 18h
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Lulu is an actress in her 60s. She‘s been forgetting her lines and flees to the village of her past, Snow Road Station in Ontario. She becomes part of the community and starts wondering about her life and how to fill the rest of it. It is a very hopeful book showing how, despite age, you can still dream and look forward and make things happen.

#52BookClub24 - Includes a wedding (no spoiler)

Hooked_on_books Nice! I picked this one up after the TOB longlist came out and look forward to it. Glad it‘s good! 4d
LeeRHarry Like the sound of this one. 😊 4d
DinoMom Beautiful flowers 💐 4d
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squirrelbrain Sounds great - this was one I was interested in from the ToB longlist, but it wasn‘t easily available here. 4d
Librarybelle Stacking! 4d
Chelsea.Poole Lovely table and review! I remember seeing this cover but I don‘t think I took the time to read anything about it. Also, my grandpa‘s nickname for me is Lulu. 🥰 4d
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 3d
Tamra Love the blooms! 3d
Deblovestoread Great review! 📚 3d
youneverarrived What a beautiful photo. The book sounds great 💕 3d
BarbaraBB @Hooked_on_books @LeeRHarry @squirrelbrain @Librarybelle @youneverarrived It is an entertaining and optimistic book about a strong woman in a fantastic setting. I do recommend it! 3d
BarbaraBB @Chelsea.Poole I think you‘d like it. And Lulu is a wonderful nickname ❤️ 3d
Bluebird Great review! Sounds lovely. Stacking! Love those flowers! 😍 3d
LeahBergen Gorgeous flowers! 3d
Centique I love the sound of this - and your flowers are beautiful. 3d
Crazeedi Interesting review!! 2d
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#WeeklyForecast 10/24

Since taking this photo I‘ve already finished Snow Road Stayion, a lovely read. Review will follow.
I am now starting the tagged book, my ultimate one for #LitsyToB24. I‘ve also had an early start with our next #EuropaCollective book, The Postcard. It‘s fantastic and heartbreaking, as to be expected.

Cathythoughts I enjoyed Happiness Falls. 👍🏻❤️ 4d
Tamra I think I‘ll start Postcard today too, but I‘m having a bit of hangover from North Woods. I was having difficulty sticking with a book. 3d
BarbaraBB North woods was good indeed. I do think you‘ll have no problem sticking with The Postcard though. 3d
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The Trio | Johanna Hedman
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#BookReport 09/24

I read a lot again this week. I had high expectations of all three of them, too high I think in hindsight. Hard Girls is really good, just not what I expected. Both others, hmmm 🤷🏻‍♀️

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Hard Girls | J Robert Lennon
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He usually is so original yet this new J Robert Lennon is a more straightforward noir spy story. Two estranged sisters in search of their mother who left them as children. It is a fast paced story with strong characters yet I was expecting more. A light pick.

#ATY24 #Pop24 Published in 2024 #52BookClub24 Published by Hachette

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 6d
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Librarybelle The cover does give off noir vibes! 6d
batsy Great cover and photo 🤩 6d
JenP Love the photo 5d
Traci1 Ooh I love that cover! 5d
BarbaraBB @Traci1 @batsy @JenP The cover fits the book perfectly. It‘s noir and cool! 5d
sarahbarnes Good to know! I put this on hold at the library and was really excited. I will temper my expectations a bit. 5d
Ruthiella Interesting that he‘s changing his style like that. 🤔 5d
BarbaraBB @sarahbarnes @Ruthiella It‘s still a good book, he‘s a very good writer, I just always expect the unexpected from him 🤷🏻‍♀️ 5d
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Pantone: Colors | Pantone
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And another four prompts ticked off for #Pantone2024!

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Tuesdays Like That | Carina Taylor
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#TuesdayTunes

“I left my heart in Amsterdam, where I could dream and nights were long”

I recently discovered Nothing But Thieves and really like them. Their newest album, Welcome to the DCC, is very danceable and I enjoy listening to it while cooking or cleaning.
The song I chose speaks to me because of its title 😉

https://open.spotify.com/track/454I78HEySdcHE8fcVabTb?si=C8dNc4m-RYylr3RiNz_Rog

batsy Haven't heard of them but just listening to Amsterdam and enjoying it! This song reminds me a bit of the band Editors (especially the album The Back Room). 1w
BarbaraBB @batsy Yes it is a bit like The Editors just a bit more melancholic, which I am a sucker for 🤣 1w
Deblovestoread Another new to me band. Great song 🎶 1w
TieDyeDude Thanks for the recommendation. I listened to a couple of their songs quick, I like their sound. 1w
vivastory Really liked this song. Adding the album to my library 1w
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Julia | Sandra Newman
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Mehso-so

#UnpopularOpinion

Julia is not a feminist retelling of Orwell‘s book in my opinion. Not at all. A YA retelling maybe, at the most.
Julia felt very one dimensional to me, not like a real person nor a feminist one. The plot was flat too, I really can‘t understand the praise for this book. One of my least favorites of the #Litsy2024 shortlist.

sarahbarnes I don‘t think I‘m going to get to this one, and your review makes me feel better about that. 1w
Librarybelle Good review! 1w
BarbaraBB @sarahbarnes I honestly think you won‘t like it either but I can be wrong as almost all reviews on Litsy are picks! 1w
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Jas16 Still have this one on my TBR but not especially excited about it. 1w
Ruthiella Interesting! I still need to read this and re-read 1984 as prep. 1w
Megabooks Wow! I really enjoyed this. We usually don‘t disagree this much. 😂😂 1w
BarbaraBB @Megabooks Right? I was so surprised too! 1w
Suet624 Happy to take this off my list. 1w
squirrelbrain I really enjoyed it too @Megabooks - maybe we should report @BarbaraBB to the Thought Police?! 🤣 1w
batsy A YA retelling! Love your honesty. I'm taking it off the list because I was also thinking I'd have to read 1984 and I don't want to (world's too grim already...) 1w
Megabooks @squirrelbrain lol! Yes!! It didn‘t really feel YA to me. 🤷🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️ 1w
Readerann I totally agree, Barbara. 1w
BarbaraBB @Megabooks @squirrelbrain 😂😂 the thought police! 1w
BarbaraBB @batsy That too 😬 1w
BarbaraBB @Suet624 Glad to be of help though I am a minority here! 1w
BarbaraBB @Readerann I hoped you would!! (edited) 1w
Hooked_on_books Very interesting! I‘m about to start 1984 today so I can get to Julia thereafter. Now I‘m intrigued! 1w
kwmg40 I started this one with high hopes but am struggling to continue. It just feels very flat compared to Orwell's book, but given that some have praised the book highly, I'm not sure I'm ready to abandon it yet. 5d
BarbaraBB @kwmg40 That‘s why I continued too but it didn‘t get really better imo 5d
BarbaraBB @Hooked_on_books Can‘t wait to hear your thoughts! 5d
BarbaraBB @TrishB I remember you read Both retellings but not which you preferred. I am glad somehow that it‘s not Julia 😀 2d
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The Trio | Johanna Hedman
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Mehso-so

This book felt like a De Beauvoir-about-Sartre novel of the 21st century. Set in Stockholm instead of Paris, still very European. Intellectual talks, misunderstandings, casual sex. It didn‘t really work for me, I didn‘t like the three main characters and their conversations. Other than that, nothing much happens unfortunately.

#ATY24 - Two word title starting with The #52BookClub24 - Abrupt ending

Librarybelle Great to cover a couple of prompts with it! 1w
Hooked_on_books Another excellent picture from you! (I‘m not surprised.) Even though this one didn‘t work for you, the premise has me intrigued. But then others have compared it to Sally Rooney so, no thanks! 1w
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BarbaraBB @Hooked_on_books I shouldn‘t compare it to Sally Rooney. This one feels a bit pretentious to me, but maybe you like it because it‘s more intellectual than the usual novel about twenty somethings. I prefer Rooney though 😉 1w
sarahbarnes I‘m sorry it didn‘t work for you! I agree no one does this like Rooney. I liked this when I read it, but with more distance I‘m less a fan. 1w
BarbaraBB @sarahbarnes I expected to like it just like you! 1w
batsy It sounds like just the kind of pretentious book I enjoy 😁 but that's too bad about the characters. It's the characterisation that makes a book like this good, imo! 1w
BarbaraBB @batsy I know what you mean and I usually do too but this one, hmm, no 😊 1w
Bluebird At least it fulfilled 2 prompts 😀 7d
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Hard Girls | J Robert Lennon
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#WeeklyForecast 09/24

I preordered the new J Robert Lennon and here it is! Can‘t wait to start but first I have to finish the Julia chunkster in order to finish my #LitsyToB24 reads on time (still need to read Happiness Falls as well!). I am reading The Trio partly in print, partly on audio in between. I am not liking any of the characters which makes it a less enjoyable read.

Cathythoughts Stacking Hard Girls 👍🏻 2w
squirrelbrain Hard Girls sounds good - have a great week! 😘 2w
Bookwormjillk Didn‘t realize Julia is a chunkster. Thanks for the warning. 1w
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BarbaraBB @Bookwormjillk Maybe I exaggerated, my copy is 435 pages. And it‘s a fast read! 1w
TrishB Enjoy 👍🏻 1w
Bookwormjillk @BarbaraBB seems chunky to me! 1w
ChaoticMissAdventures Julia has been on my mind, it has been years since I have read 1984, so you think a reread of that first would be helpful? 1w
Megabooks That Hard Girls cover is 😍 😍 😍 1w
BarbaraBB @ChaoticMissAdventures I know people think it added to Julia to have reread 1984 but I haven‘t. I don‘t remember a thing about 1984 yet I do enjoy Julia. So it‘s not necessary but I might be missing out on some details 1w
ChaoticMissAdventures @BarbaraBB good to know! That is about what I figured. Thanks! 1w
BarbaraBB @Megabooks Right?! 😎 1w
Gleefulreader All of these look excellent! 1w
GlassAsDiamonds Just dropping by to say Hi after one hell of a hiatus. 1w
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Voting Day | Clare O'Dea
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With less than a month until the start of the #LitsyToB24 it‘s about time to share the voting form with you! We hope you‘ve enjoyed the shortlisted books and are ready to vote for the opening round and your Zombies!
Note that you do not need to vote in every match to have your overall votes count. Also, can use the link in the email automatically sent to you by Google Docs to edit your form until March 5.

https://forms.gle/FeUBRi3F11eBk4d49

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Kitta Voted! 2w
Leniverse 😱 I am nowhere near ready! Time to put my reading in another gear 😅 2w
CatLass007 Yikes! 2w
Bookwormjillk Okay, if I don‘t do anything but read for the next two weeks I‘ll be ready to vote on time. 2w
kwmg40 Thanks! I'll have to leave my voting to the last minute as I still have lots of books to read! 2w
Megabooks Just voted! May change one of my zombies though… thanks for making the form and posting, B! 😘😘 2w
CBee I haven‘t kept up with this at all but please keep tagging me 😅 2w
Hooked_on_books This will push me to get to 1984 and then Julia. I‘m excited to vote! 2w
MicheleinPhilly @Leniverse SAME! 🤦🏻‍♀️ 2w
AmyG Thanks! 2w
Ruthiella I‘m going to wait a bit- hoping to finish a few more by the end of the month. 🤞 2w
Karisimo Is there a list of zombie choices?? 2w
Chelsea.Poole Voted! Thank you! 2w
Megabooks @Karisimo the zombie choices are any book in our tournament. The two with the highest votes that are not either of the final two left after all the bracket matches will come back and face those last two. I know it‘s a bit complicated. My best advice is to fill in your two favorites of any in our tournament! 2w
Karisimo @Megabooks thanks! I was thinking of it differently but now I get it! 2w
batsy Sadly I've not been able to get my act together cor yet another year 🙈 Won't vote or participate this time but look forward to peeking at the discussions! 2w
BarbaraBB @batsy Sorry to hear that but completely understandable, fortunately there‘ll be #CampLitsy again in summer 😉 2w
squirrelbrain I just voted, although I reserve the right to change my mind….🤣 2w
BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain Of course… we count on that 😂 2w
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Roman Stories | Jhumpa Lahiri
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#BookReport 08/24

I bailed on Sparsholt but other than that I had a great week. I read a lot and I loved both Roman Stories and These Silent Woods. I enjoyed Strangers and Tom Lake too.

REPollock I bailed on Sparsholt too. I think there was a time in my life when I would have read it avidly. That time is past tho. 2w
Suet624 You read a lot! 2w
Megabooks Wow! Big week! 1w
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Strangers | Taichi Yamada
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After watching the movie, I bought the book All of Us Strangers is based on.
And it‘s so much better! The movie is good too but the original horror story is Japanese and that seems more fitting somehow for the plot. A man lost his parents at twelve but suddenly meets them again 35 years later in an old neighborhood in Tokyo. A short good read.

#Pop24 - Horror by BIPOC author

(Photo: Frans Hals exhibition, detail)

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Migrations: A Novel | Charlotte McConaghy
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So happy to read this on her Instagram: a new book by Charlotte McConaghy is coming 🙌🏽 It‘s not even in the Litsy database yet!

IuliaC We can add it to the database if we find its ISBN 2w
BarbaraBB @IuliaC Thanks! I‘ll see if I can find that! 2w
Soubhiville Yay! This is exciting. 🤩 2w
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ErikasMindfulShelf Can‘t wait! Thanks for sharing. 2w
squirrelbrain Ooh exciting! 2w
Deblovestoread I‘ve been waiting, waiting, waiting for this excellent news! Thanks for sharing! 💜 2w
BarbaraBB @Deblovestoread @Soubhiville @ErikasMindfulShelf @squirrelbrain I‘ve been following her on Instagram just to keep up with her writing a new book. I loved both others so much! 2w
CBee OH MY GOODNESS this is the best news 😍😍😍 2w
Hooked_on_books I didn‘t really like Wolves but I loved Migrations, so this is exciting news! The premise looks promising! 2w
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These Silent Woods: A Novel | Kimi Cunningham Grant
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I loved this book, all of it. Cooper has been fleeing from his past and is raising 8 year old daughter Finch in the remote Appalachian woods. Once a year a friend brings supplies and there‘s a hermit neighbour somewhere nearby but mostly they are by themselves. Until the moment the books starts.
What a loving and atmospheric read and that perfect ending… tears in my eyes. Loved it. Thanks for bringing it to my radar, Meg 🩶

Librarybelle Great review! 2w
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Megabooks So glad you loved this, too! 2w
Mpcacher I agree - it was a wonderful read. 2w
Deblovestoread I was gifted this book from a Litten and need to move it up from your great review. 2w
BarbaraBB @Deblovestoread Please do, it‘s a lovely book 2w
squirrelbrain Sounds great - stacked. 2w
Hooked_on_books Sounds good and love the cover! 2w
CBee @BarbaraBB I checked this out from the library today based on your review 😊 5d
BarbaraBB @CBee I certainly hope you‘ll love it too 🤞🏽😘 5d
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Tom Lake: A Novel | Ann Patchett
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Liked not loved this one. It‘s a bit too sweet to my taste, all of this loving family in the cherry orchard. In the midst of the pandemic but why use that setting when it hardly adds to the story? I liked Lara‘s story of her past a lot though. I was charmed by Duke myself too lol 😜

#Roll100 #Pop24: 24-year-old character #ATY24: botanical cover

BarbaraBB @britt_brooke I liked it better than you did Britt but I know what you meant! 2w
IndoorDame I had the same reaction to this being a pandemic book 2w
britt_brooke @BarbaraBB Totally see your perspective, too! (And pretty photo 🤩) 2w
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Tuesdays Like That | Carina Taylor
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“On the path with my restless curiosity”

I always love some music on Litsy so gladly join in #TuesdayTunes, thanks for starting this @TieDyeDude ! The latest addition to my playlist is the newest song by Beth Gibbons. She‘s the lead singer of Portishead and I was hoping for some Portishead vibes. It‘s very different yet her voice is enchanting as ever 🩶

TieDyeDude Nice! I have heard the name Portishead, but I can't say I know their music. I'll have to give them, and the solo single, a listen 2w
vivastory @TieDyeDude Portishead's fantastic! One of their best albums is their live recording Roseland. Absolutely iconic. (edited) 2w
Billypar 😮😮😮 This was a drop everything and listen right away situation. Great track. I know we've discussed our mutual Portishead love before. Excited for her album - thanks for putting this on my radar! 2w
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BarbaraBB @vivastory That‘s such a fantastic album! I hope you‘ll give it a try @TieDyeDude it‘s different from all other music imo 2w
BarbaraBB @Billypar I felt the same when I came across it on Spotify. Drop everything. She‘s even going to tour this summer, I so hope I‘ll be able to buy tickets 🤞🏽 2w
batsy Excellent. Portishead 💜 2w
Bookwomble OMG! 🤯 I love Portishead and Beth Gibbons! News of her first solo album is Port-entous!😆 I've just preorded the album 😌 Her album with Rustin Man, Out of Season, is one of my favourites - have you heard that one? And her vocals on Goreki's Symphony No. 3, so beautiful ❤️ Thank you for flagging this, Barbara - you've made my day! 2w
BarbaraBB @Bookwomble Glad to be of help 😀, i can‘t wait for the album! I love the Portishead album @vivastory mentions above but also her album with Rustin Man and vocals on that symphony. So good!! (edited) 2w
TheKidUpstairs I didn't know she had new solo music out! Love Portishead 2w
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The Sparsholt Affair | Alan Hollinghurst
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I loved The Line of Beauty but I feel like ever since Alan Hollinghurst‘s books have less plot and more sex, as if he needs a bit of a plot just to have something in between sex scenes. It gets boring to keep reading about men just staring at each other's crotch and waiting for the moment to go for it. After half the book and nothing much else happening I still don't know what happened to Sparsholt during the war but I don't even bother anymore.

LeahBergen 😆 I love this bail review! 2w
BarbaraBB @LeahBergen Thank you 😊 2w
Tkimsal I feel like this author is waaayyyyy overrated but heaven forbid anyone suggest that. I forced myself to finish one of his books, then thought I‘d at least try another one and I bailed about 100 pages in. 2w
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BarbaraBB @Tkimsal I won‘t try him again. I bailed on another one by him too and that‘s quite enough! 2w
TrishB Wholeheartedly agree! 2w
dabbe #hailthebail! 🤩🤩🤩 2w
BarbaraBB @TrishB Glad to hear that! 2w
batsy The staring at the crotch part waiting to go for it made me snort 😂 Haven't read him yet, but if and when I do I'll remember your review and be prepared 😁 2w
BarbaraBB @batsy 🤣🤣 2w
Aimeesue Oh dear! Great review, though! 😂 2w
sarahbarnes This review 😂😂 I haven‘t read anything of his since Line of Beauty. 2w
BarbaraBB @sarahbarnes Don‘t bother 😉 2w
BarbaraBB @Aimeesue Thanks 😊 2w
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Roman Stories | Jhumpa Lahiri
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This is a short story collection set in or around Rome. Returning themes are immigration, aging, racism, nostalgia and the empty nest and these themes are much more present than the city. Other than the heat it doesn‘t feel like Rome brings it all together. Never mind however, each story is fantastic and I wanted none of them to end. My new favorite Lahiri!

Thank you so much for choosing this book for me Helen 🤍

BarbaraBB @jenniferw88 #ATY24 - Set in one of the 25 most beautiful cities in the world 2w
TheBookHippie I liked this too!!! What is happening to us?!?! 😂😂😂♥️😘😘😘 2w
BarbaraBB @TheBookHippie lol, we recognize ourselves in the aging 😜?! 2w
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Tom Lake: A Novel | Ann Patchett
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#WeeklyForecast 08/24

I am in the midst of Roman Stories as well as The Sparshold Affair. I am loving the Lahiri (thank you Helen!) but about to bail on the Hollinghurst. I loved other books by him but this is just boring so far (at 30%). Many Littens seen to love it though. We‘ll see. Next will be the tagged, a very hyped book. I am always a bit disappointed by Patchett‘s books but have high hopes this one will change that 🤞🏽

squirrelbrain Glad you‘re enjoying the Lahiri! Don‘t expect too much from the Patchett - I loved it, but it‘s a very ‘quiet‘ book. 2w
Megabooks Looks like a great week!! 💜💜💜 2w
Leniverse Tom Lake is the only Patchett I've read, so I don't know how it is compared to her other books. Like @squirrelbrain says, it's a quiet book. Which felt really, really good amidst everything happening in the world and the slew of dark and intense books I'd been reading. Tom Lake was a balm, and just what I needed. 2w
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Pet | Catherine Chidgey
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#BookReport 07/24

Another productive reading week! I loved the tagged book, enjoyed X and was disappointed by The Details and The Stationery Shop. Not complaining though, I had a good week!

TrishB Definitely a good week 👍🏻 3w
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Biography of X: A Novel | Catherine Lacey
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#LitsyToB24 I am ambivalent about this one. I love books about art, Siri Hustvedt being the absolute master, yet in this book I didn‘t feel it. I could not feel the art and its meaning. Also I kind of hated X and her attitude toward the narrator, who let her get away with anything. And the book is way too long Yet I loved the language, the format, the notes and the dystopian context. I‘ll have to think about it a bit more. A light pick

Megabooks Very interesting thoughts on this one, B! 💜💜 3w
Ruthiella I‘m about 60% done and liking it more than I thought I would, but I do see your points. 3w
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TrishB This is still on the pile! 3w
Suet624 I felt exactly the same way about this one. In fact I eventually bailed. I love the author but this one just didn‘t work for me. 3w
Librarybelle I like the print on the wall in the background! 3w
BarbaraBB @Librarybelle Thanks! It is an oldie, an affiche for women voting rights 3w
BarbaraBB @Suet624 Of course we agree 😀 though I never really connect with Lacey. 3w
squirrelbrain I really liked this one but, like @Ruthiella , I can see all of your issues with it. 3w
BarbaraBB @Ruthiella @squirrelbrain I can see why it would totally work for both of you and many others! 3w
Hooked_on_books It was a light pick for me, too. I thought the dystopian setting she created was fantastic, but X was so talented in every way that she stopped being believable for me. 3w
brittanyreads Ooo! Former Art major here 🙋‍♀️ I am always on the hunt for intriguing art fiction. Thanks for the recommendation! Double points that it's also dystopian 👍👍 3w
BarbaraBB @brittanyreads you‘re welcome! Please do read this one too if you haven‘t already 3w
BarbaraBB @brittanyreads Hustvedt really makes art come to life. Also in this one: 3w
batsy Super intriguing review! I was really interested to read it until it was getting raves everywhere, then my inner contrarian had to rebel against the hype and then I forgot about it. Now your review is making me want to read it 😆 3w
brittanyreads Wonderful! Thank you for the recs! 2w
BarbaraBB @batsy Thanks! I do think it‘s your kind of book 😀 2w
sarahbarnes You have an really interesting perspective on this one! I really liked it, but I‘m not as knowledgeable about art as you. 2w
BarbaraBB @sarahbarnes The art descriptions felt a bit off too me indeed. I was sorry I didn‘t love it as much as you did 2w
sarahbarnes I liked hearing your thoughts on it though! 💕 2w
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We learn about the narrator‘s life in Sweden by the details she shares of her relationship with four different people who have disappeared from her life. This could have been interesting and the raving reviews in the media so certainly think so but I didn‘t unfortunately 🤷🏻‍♀️

#ATY24 - Senior citizen #52BookClub24 - Character Driven #Pop24 - About a writer

Librarybelle At least it fits a few prompts! 3w
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youneverarrived I‘m stacking as it sounds intriguing although I‘ll borrow not buy 👍 3w
Hooked_on_books Well that‘s too bad. I already had this stacked, not sure why (the raving media reviews, maybe?). I may have to rethink that. 3w
lil1inblue It's so disappointing when a book doesn't live up to the hype. Such an interesting premise, though! 3w
BarbaraBB @youneverarrived @Hooked_on_books @lil1inblue let my review not discourage you, the reviews are really good so it‘s probably me! 3w
Centique What a beautiful photo! Is it a historic building in the background? 3w
batsy Love the photo! 3w
BarbaraBB @Centique @batsy It is an open air museum where we shot a commercial for an exhibition I‘ve been working on for the past few months. 3w
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I have no idea why I bought this book but I am glad it‘s off my shelves! It‘s a romance between two young people, against Persia‘s turbulent political background in the second half of the 20th century.
It‘s okay, but the author explains everything, I‘d preferred it when I could have used my own brain and imagination but there was no need to.

#ATY24 - Main character is BIPOC #pop24 - Travel destination, not right now though…

rubyslippersreads I love stationery stores, so I probably would have bought it for the title. 😆 3w
BarbaraBB @rubyslippersreads Me too! And I am intrigued by Tehran so you‘re probably right that I bought it for its title! (edited) 3w
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Pet | Catherine Chidgey
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The tension…. What a read. Justine and her classmates all adore their new teacher, Mrs Price. They all want to be her pet and Mrs Price is a manipulator and enjoying that a lot. Then the thefts start.
In between we are in current times, Justine is 42 and visiting her father in a nursing home.
I cannot say too much but will always wonder what exactly happened. I feel for Justine and I must read more by this author!

#ReadingOceania24 🇳🇿

BarbaraBB @Catsandbooks @Texreader #FoodAndLit 🇳🇿 @cbee #TarotTBR Author starts with a C (edited) 3w
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Ruthiella Look at all those prompts you made with this one title! Impressive. 🤩 3w
CBee Sounds like an awesome read 👏🏻 3w
Librarybelle I‘m seeing so many good reviews for this one! 3w
MicheleinPhilly Helen bought me this one for my birthday. I‘m looking forward to it! 3w
monkeygirlsmama Never heard of this one, but it's now stacked based on your write up. 😁 3w
squirrelbrain I loved this one - it made my favourites of last year! ❤️ 3w
Megabooks Definitely excited to read this!! 💕😘 3w
jlhammar So good, right? Great review. @squirrelbrain It will likely be among my top reads this year! 3w
Gleefulreader I read her other novel - Remote Sympathy - and it was excellent. This one is on my TBR and I can‘t wait to read it. 3w
LeahBergen On my shelves! 👏 3w
BarbaraBB @Ruthiella Lol yeah it was a lucrative read 😂 3w
BarbaraBB @CBee @Librarybelle @MicheleinPhilly @monkeygirlsmama @Megabooks @LeahBergen It‘s so good. The characters, the plot, the writing. I hope you‘ll read it if you have the chance! 3w
BarbaraBB @CBee @Librarybelle @MicheleinPhilly @monkeygirlsmama @Megabooks @LeahBergen It‘s so good. The characters, the plot, the writing. I hope you‘ll read it if you have the chance! 3w
BarbaraBB @Gleefulreader I have that one stacked now. I definitely want to read more by her. I hope you will read this one! 3w
BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain @jlhammar Your reviews made me so eager to read it. And it was as good as you said! 3w
Hooked_on_books Huh, that sounds really interesting! 3w
Catsandbooks ❤️🇳🇿 3w
erzascarletbookgasm Stacking! And the cover is so 3D! 3w
BarbaraBB @Hooked_on_books I‘m surprised you haven‘t read it yet. Please do 😃 3w
BarbaraBB @erzascarletbookgasm the cover is great, right? I hope you will read it! 3w
KarenUK Stacking for sure! I‘m so intrigued!! 💕 3w
BarbaraBB @KarenUK You‘ll love it! 3w
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#WeeklyForecast 08/24

I am reading both Pet as well as The Stationery Shop and will finish them soon. Pet is great, The Stationery Shop not so. Next will be the tagged which I bought based on a review in I think the NYT but not sure about that. It‘s short so I should be able to make a start with another #LitsyToB24 book, one of which I have high expectations!

squirrelbrain Have a great week! 4w
sarahbarnes This looks like a great week! Pet and Biography of X! 😍 3w
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All About Turkeys | Jim Arnosky
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With just one more month to go we share the schedule for the Opening Round of our #LitsyToB24.

In a few weeks we‘ll share the form in which you can vote for your favorite of each bracket.

For now just enjoy these shortlisted books, Littens really have excellent taste 😀 and it will be such fun to choose a winner 🦃 from this great selection of books!

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squirrelbrain Looking forward to seeing how the voting goes! ❤️ 4w
BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain Me too, very excited about that! 4w
Bookwormjillk Yay, thanks for the schedule 4w
Caroline2 Oh I need to get reading!!! 😂 Thanks for the schedule 👍 3w
JenReadsAlot I've really failed at reading those so far! Lol 3w
Crazeedi Darn, I need to get busy! 3w
Larkken Yikes! I thought I was doing better, time to ramp up the pace :) 3w
CBee I‘m so behind 🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️ 3w
Ruthiella I‘m totally behind too! Need to put the pedal to the metal! 3w
Deblovestoread Determined to be ready! So excited to see who wins each match up and the ultimate winner. 💜 3w
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My Husband: A Novel | Maud Ventura
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#BookReport 06/24

I had another really good reading week. I enjoyed all my books although I had higher expectations of the Ernaux.

TrishB A good week 👍🏻 4w
LeahBergen Great week! 4w
Suet624 Fantastic! 4w
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Pantone: Colors | Pantone
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Four more lovely #Pantone24 colors: Capri, Blue Fox, Horizon Blue and Deep Well!

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January | Sara Gallardo
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#januarywrapup #JanuaryStats

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
The one

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️✨
The pachinko parlour
Sorrow and bliss

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Held
Crossroads
Mix Tape

⭐️⭐️⭐️✨
Flights
We moeten praten (Dutch)
Sleep no more
North woods
The Heaven & Earth grocery store
My husband

⭐️ ⭐️⭐️
Same bed different dreams
The hole
Weasels in the attic
Lovesick blossoms
A frozen woman

Teresereading Love your grid, how did you do that? 4w
maich You did so great👏👍 4w
BarbaraBB @Teresereading It is a great app for tracking your reading, called Bookmory! 4w
LiteraryHoarderPenny @BarbaraBB thanks for the tip! Off to look up Bookmory. 4w
Megabooks Great month!! 4w
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A frozen woman | Annie Ernaux
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A frozen woman: frozen in time and in life. A life that consists of being a mother and a wife. No longer a woman, nor a professional. I loved Ernaux‘ The Young Man but this autobiographical story of her life is rather boring in my opinion. Her childhood, teens, meeting her future husband, it‘s all very recognizable but not that interesting.
Also the nagging about motherhood annoys me for she‘s enduring it without trying to improve her situation.

squirrelbrain Great review though! 😃 1mo
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BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain Thank you 😘 1mo
Librarybelle Yikes! That‘s a shame! 1mo
Ruthiella Ah well. I‘ve never read any Erneaux but when I do, I‘ll start with a different one. 1mo
Suet624 Did she win the Nobel prize for this book? 1mo
Hooked_on_books Oh no, a pan for Ernaux! It cannot be! I loved this one, but she definitely has a particular way of telling a story that won‘t work for everyone. 1mo
TheAromaofBooks Great progress!!! 1mo
dabbe #hailthebail! 🩶🖤🩶 1mo
BarbaraBB @Suet624 no it was published in 1981. 4w
BarbaraBB @Hooked_on_books I was surprised too, I thought I would love it 🤷🏻‍♀️ 4w
batsy A pan for Ernaux! 😱😁 I haven't heard of this one, actually! 4w
BarbaraBB @batsy I was shocked too, convinced I‘d love it! 4w
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My Husband: A Novel | Maud Ventura
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A French woman, in her 40s, obsessed with her husband. She calls it being in love but it‘s more about being in control . She keeps track of everything he says and does and interprets in her very own way. As a reader I was waiting for something to break this cycle of neurosis and control. What happened surprised me! A fun read!

#52BookClub24 - Timeframe spans a week

monalyisha Great boots! 🤩 1mo
BarbaraBB Thanks 😊 @monalyisha (edited) 1mo
batsy This sounds fab! It's on the wishlist. Love the photo 👌🏾 1mo
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julesG Sounds like an interesting book. Enjoy your appointment. 1mo
Librarybelle Nice! I‘ve not heard of this one! 1mo
BarbaraBB @batsy @julesG Thank you. Grey hairs gone again 😂 1mo
LeahBergen I‘ve been wanting to read this book (and I need my grey hairs done again, too 😆)! 1mo
squirrelbrain I really wasn‘t sure about the ending of this - I *think* I hated it, but maybe I loved it. 🤔 1mo
BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain I was quite surprised and even though the book would have been as good without it I somehow liked it too! 1mo
Hooked_on_books Sounds interesting! 1mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 1mo
Megabooks Glad you enjoyed this too!! 4w
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After reading mixed reviews about this book I was a bit worried about what I would think of it myself but there was no need to. Again McBride creates a community of the most wonderful characters. This one is set in a Jewish-Black neighborhood in Pennsylvania where immigrants try to make the most of it. It‘s a hard life but not without love, friendship and loyalty. An excellent read. #LitsyToB24

Megabooks Glad you enjoyed it!! Are you visiting your mom this weekend? Wherever you are it looks lovely!! 💜💜💜 1mo
Velvetfur Such a pretty photo! 1mo
squirrelbrain So glad you liked it! ❤️ 1mo
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BarbaraBB @Megabooks No it is in a small village close to our beach cabin! I 1mo
BarbaraBB @Megabooks @squirrelbrain I can‘t remember of you both already read it? 1mo
Hooked_on_books Oh, that‘s great! I was one of those mixed reviewers, so I‘m glad it worked better for you than for me! 1mo
Ruthiella I‘m reading it now and am also enjoying it. I‘ve come to understand that it‘s more a meandering story than a tightly plotted novel and have tempered my expectations accordingly. 1mo
AmyG Your review now makes me want to read this. 1mo
squirrelbrain I have, I liked it but didn‘t love it. I‘m halfway through my last book from our shortlist - Same Bed. 1mo
Megabooks @BarbaraBB yes, I‘ve read it. It was more #likenotlove for me. 1mo
Megabooks @squirrelbrain I‘m halfway through birthday party, which is my last and struggling with the tiny print! 😵‍💫 1mo
CarolynM Looks like a lovely day☀️ Enjoy! 1mo
BarbaraBB @Megabooks @squirrelbrain You are both reading your last one, wow! Birthday Party has a very small font indeed, I can imagine your struggle! How are you liking Same Bed, Helen? I have two more to go: Happiness Falls and Biography of X 1mo
BarbaraBB @Ruthiella Exactly. I tempered my expectations too yet was engaged by the lovely characters from page 1. I hope you‘ll enjoy it too @AmyG! 1mo
BarbaraBB @CarolynM Thank you, cold but sunny and I can feel a tiny bit of Spring 😘 1mo
squirrelbrain I read Birthday Party on Kindle, Meg, @megabooks which I know you can‘t do, but I imagine it has tiny font in print. I guess it‘s not available on audio anywhere either. I nearly bailed on Same Bed, Barbara, but now I‘m quite enjoying it, even though I don‘t really know what‘s going on. 🤷‍♀️ 1mo
TrishB I really enjoyed this one too. 1mo
sarahbarnes I‘m so glad to see you enjoyed it! I‘ll be reading it soon. Great review. 🩵 1mo
Suet624 I‘m glad you liked it! 1mo
rockpools Oh good! I‘m reading this now, and finding it a lovely book to sink into. Was a bit confused by all the ‘meh‘ reviews. Glad you enjoyed it! 4w
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A frozen woman | Annie Ernaux
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#WeeklyForecast 06/23

I am almost finished with The Heaven & Earth Grocery Store for #LitsyToB24 and fortunately I am liking it a lot! Next will be another Annie Ernaux. I discovered her last year and loved the book I read by her. For #ReadingOceania24 and #FoodAndLit I‘ll read Pet, of which I have read so many good reviews.

squirrelbrain Ooh, forgot that Pet would work for #readingoceania. 👍 1mo
CatLass007 I‘m glad you‘re enjoying it. I thought it was excellent. 1mo
Megabooks I really want to read Pet! 1mo
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Megabooks Looking forward to your review! 1mo
Suet624 Ernaux is 🔥 1mo
BarbaraBB @Suet624 she is but somehow this one doesn‘t work for me 🤷🏻‍♀️ 1mo
Suet624 Is it too much like her other ones? I started to feel as if she was reworking the same subject matter as I read more of her. 1mo
Sapphire I just decided on Pet for foodandlit on your post. Luminaries was probably too long. 1mo
BarbaraBB @Sapphire It is very long but do read it one day, it‘s sooooo good! 1mo
BarbaraBB @Suet624 She‘s talking is through her life and yes I feel that I know that already and even though I recognize a lot of myself in her, it is a bit boring to be honest. It‘s not a very eventful life 😀 1mo
Suet624 I think that‘s why I like her - I recognize myself. But yes, sometimes what I recognize is not what I want to be reminded of. 🥴😊 1mo
BarbaraBB @Megabooks Don‘t buy it 😉😘 3w
Megabooks I won‘t then!! 😁😁😁💜💜 3w
BarbaraBB @Megabooks 😇❤️ 3w
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North Woods | Daniel Mason
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One if the reasons I love reading is the unexpected stories you sometimes discover. This is an example of such a unique and original read. A house in the New England woods is the main character. We see it change in time. We see inhabitants come and go. There are puma‘s and beetles, apples and magic. A delight to read and surely unlike any other book!

#52BookClub24 - Hybrid genre

TheKidUpstairs I've heard such good things about this one. Glad to see you liked it too! 1mo
Librarybelle I really need to read this one! 1mo
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Itchyfeetreader Oh my this sounds like my kind of thing ! 1mo
Hooked_on_books For some reason when this was first coming out, I decided I wasn‘t interested. And now there‘s so many raves I worry it‘s overhyped. I think I‘m going to let a little time go by but will eventually give it a try. 1mo
brittanyreads Ohhh I like your cover so much better than the puma one! 1mo
Crazeedi @Hooked_on_books I started it and put it down, now I need to rethink!! 1mo
squirrelbrain I have this on Kindle and when it first came out, people either loved it or hated it, so I didn‘t read it. Your review makes me think I‘ll be in the ‘love it‘ camp. 1mo
BarbaraBB @brittanyreads I really like the one with the puma on it! 1mo
BarbaraBB @Hooked_on_books @Crazeedi I tried to stay away from the hype and think it‘s just a well crafted story, no all time favorite but very entertaining. 1mo
BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain I think so too although “love” is maybe too big a word to describe it - for me. 1mo
brittanyreads 🤣 and that's what makes collecting books so much fun..hunting for different covers! 1mo
BarbaraBB @brittanyreads Absolutely 😀! 1mo
Reggie The pulpy true crime section was one of my favorites. Also the letters from the artist to his writer friend. That was my other favorite. 1mo
Suet624 I enjoyed this one soooo much. 1mo
BarbaraBB @Suet624 I read it because of your review! 1mo
BarbaraBB @Reggie I loved those two parts too! 1mo
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Okay @TheKidUpstairs I checked out the history of the Women‘s Prize for Fiction and it turned out some of my all time favorites were nominated on it. So here are my #womensdozen (I didn‘t use books I already posted in my #bookerdozen post).

Titles below in the comments!

BarbaraBB Anne Michaels: Fugitive pieces
Helen Dunmore: A spell of winter
Yaa Gyasi: Transcedent kingdom
Jacqueline Woodson: Red at the bone
Valeria Luiselli: Lost children archive
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: Americanah
Elizabeth Strout: The Burgess boys
Siri Hustvedt: What I loved
Sarah Waters: Fingersmith
Margaret Atwood: Blind assassin
Jane Urquhart: The underpainter
Anna Quindlen: Black and blue
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TheKidUpstairs Fugitive Pieces has been on my TBR since high school when a teacher recommended it. I'm thinking I should finally get to that one soon! Only 26 years late! 1mo
TheKidUpstairs And I really have to read Lost Children Archive. I absolutely loved 1mo
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sarahbarnes Some great books here! And Fingersmith is on my list! 1mo
Ruthiella Great list! 👍 Looking at the Women‘s Prize shortlists over the years made me want to read all of them! Anna Qindlen is an author I need to try. (edited) 1mo
vivastory I feel like between the #bookerdozen & the #womensdozen I could easily be stocked up on books to read at least until the summer! So many wonderful recommendations on these posts & reminders of books that I have been meaning to read 💙 1mo
vivastory @TheKidUpstairs I saw a virtual event with several incredible authors early days of the pandemic & Valeria Luiselli read from that one & I haven't forgotten it. I keep meaning to read it. 1mo
BarbaraBB @TheKidUpstairs Thanks for the Luiselli recommendation! And looking at your choices I was thinking: I should finally read 1mo
BarbaraBB @vivastory Yes! I felt a renewed appreciation for them: so many authors I probably wouldn‘t have discovered without them! (edited) 1mo
TheBookHippie Wellllll my my my we have a similar choice !!! 😳👀♥️😘 1mo
squirrelbrain Some great books! ❤️ 1mo
BarbaraBB @TheBookHippie Finally! And it‘s a good one 👌🏽 1mo
batsy Great list! Many I have yet to read but Fingersmith and The Blind Assassin are excellent 💜 1mo
Tamra Loved Blind Assassin! 1mo
TheKidUpstairs @BarbaraBB one of my favourites by one of my favourite authors! 1mo
Readerann I loved Americanah and The Blind Assasin. Anna Quindlen is a writer who I feel is predictable but I‘m perfectly happy to read anything she writes anyway! We only part ways at Elizabeth Strout. 😁 1mo
BarbaraBB @Readerann You‘re no Strout fan? I loved everything she‘s written 😃. I haven‘t read many Quindlen books but this one stood out at the time (long ago!) and I still remember it! 1mo
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Sorrow and Bliss | Meg Mason
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So much sorrow and yes a little bliss too. Martha is so hard on herself and everyone around her. She is mentally ill but Patrick is with her, no matter what or how badly she treats him. Her sister Ingrid is there too, always extremely funny, always supportive, even with “three under fucking five”. Her father is loving, her aunt welcoming, her mother is just like her. What a bunch of characters. I loved Martha and I was really annoyed by her ⬇️

BarbaraBB I loved Patrick and Ingrid. I won‘t forget about them any time soon. I think Meg Mason did a fantastic job writing about living with a mental illness - or with someone close who does.
Thank you so much @Megabooks for this signed edition 😍😍😍
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Librarybelle I liked this one! 1mo
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squirrelbrain So glad you liked it! 1mo
Hooked_on_books Sounds fun! I do have to say that not only have I not read this author, but her name isn‘t even familiar to me. 😬 1mo
TrishB I really loved this one ❤️ 1mo
Megabooks You‘re so very welcome!! 💜💜💜💜 1mo
BarbaraBB @Hooked_on_books I think you should change that asap 😉 1mo
TheLudicReader I thought this book was awesome. 1mo
TheAromaofBooks Great review!! 1mo
Crazeedi I've not heard of this author before either! 1mo
MicheleinPhilly I need to re-read this. Read it when we were in Greece a few years ago and I was hella distracted. 1mo
sarahbarnes I loved this one too! 💕 1mo
Kristy_K Wonderful review! I haven‘t read her yet either. Just added to my tbr. 1mo
BarbaraBB @Kristy_K @Crazeedi it‘s an easy read, that with a lot of humor discusses a very serious subject. 1mo
BarbaraBB @MicheleinPhilly I saw your review when scrolling yesterday and was surprise indeed because I would have thought you‘d love it! 1mo
MicheleinPhilly Literally everyone with whom I have similar taste in books LOVED this so I think it was just me. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 1mo
BarbaraBB @MicheleinPhilly Yes I thought that too when I scrolled through the reviews 1mo
Crazeedi @BarbaraBB great! 1mo
KarenUK Sounds fantastic. Stacked! 1mo
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Man Booker Prize | Frederic P Miller, Agnes F Vandome, John McBrewster
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My LT shows that I read 230 books that were longlisted, shortlisted or won the Booker prize. Of those I have 20 books rated with 5 ⭐️, so I had to kill some darlings to create this #bookerdozen 😀. This is the result. Great idea, Scott!

Titles below ⬇️

BarbaraBB Kazuo Ishiguro: The Remains of the Day
Roddy Doyle: Paddy Clarke ha ha ha
Elizabeth Strout: My name is Lucy Barton
Eleanor Catton: The Luminaries
Keri Hulme: The Bone People
Jon McGregor: If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things
Kamila Shamsie: Home Fire
Niall Williams: History of the Rain
Arundhati Roy: The God of Small Things
Tan Twan Eng: The Garden of Evening Mists
Salman Rushdie: Satanic Verses
Rachel Seiffert: The Dark Room
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TheBookHippie Rushdie I‘ve read everything he‘s written I couldn‘t pick it‘d be like picking the favorite child 😂😅. Great list!! 1mo
BarbaraBB @TheBookHippie I haven‘t read all but many by him yet this one (and Midnights Children) always stood out for me 💕 1mo
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TheBookHippie @BarbaraBB Midnight‘s Children if was made to pick 😂😅 would be top. 1mo
TheKidUpstairs Great list, I had to kill some darlings, too. Paddy Clarke was on my original list, but I had to let it go. Looking at everyone's lists, I think this is the year I have to read 1mo
Ruthiella I also wanted to add Lucy Barton to my list! It‘s so hard to choose. Similar to @TheKidUpstairs ‘s comment, I clearly need to read 1mo
vivastory Not familiar with either The Dark Room or The Garden of Evening Mists. Fantastic list, Barbara! Will definitely be looking into some of these! (edited) 1mo
Suet624 So many good reads. Each one so distinctive and soooo good. 1mo
sarahbarnes So many good ones here, and some to add to my list! 1mo
Singout The Bone People is one of my all time faves. 1mo
Centique Wow! 230! I had only read about 55 and i still found it difficult! We have 5 the same and im going to have to get to the ones here i havent read 😍 1mo
BarbaraBB @TheKidUpstairs You definitely should read it! I read it a very long time ago but still remember it. 1mo
BarbaraBB @Ruthiella That‘s such a wonderful book, I hope you will! 1mo
BarbaraBB @Centique I noticed that too, which is a lot out of twelve! ❤️ 1mo
BarbaraBB @Suet624 I realized that too as well as that the Booker absolutely added a lot to my reading life! 1mo
BarbaraBB @vivastory The Dark Room is a short story collection. One of them I‘ll never forget. The Garden of Evening Mist is fantastic as well, obviously, since 12 is so few! 1mo
BarbaraBB @Singout I read it so long ago, yet it stuck with me for all those years 💔 I am thinking of rereading it. 1mo
Singout @BarbaraBB Same! I read it in 1995. What exactly is the Booker Dozen? 1mo
BarbaraBB @Singout It is something @vivastory came up with. Just post your 12 favorite Booker books (winners, shortlisted, longlisted) and add the hashtag #bookerdozen so we can all compare our various all time favorite Booker nominated books! 1mo
Liz_M OOooh, 😍If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things 😍 1mo
BarbaraBB @Liz_M Did you love that one too? It has got way too little love imo! 1mo
BarbaraBB @Liz_M Are you going to show your 12 Booker favorites? Can‘t wait to see them! 1mo
AnneCecilie I loved Jon McGregor‘s Reservoir 13 when it came out a few years ago, so have put myself on the list at the library for If Nobody Speaks 1mo
BarbaraBB @AnneCecilie That‘s great! I hope you‘ll love it too. I‘ll look out for your review 💕 1mo
Liz_M @BarbaraBB where did you get your list of 230 Booker books? I don't have many tagged, so it'll be a while for me to compare what I've read to the boiler list(s) 1mo
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This was a recommendation by @vivastory and it didn‘t disappoint. Six short and to the point murder stories. Some about who did it, often why or how the murderer did it. Packed in those typical English murder setting, this is a fun and entertaining collection.

#52BookClub24 - Revenge story

Librarybelle I really need to read more P D James books! 1mo
Bklover Thank you! Stacked! 1mo
brittanyreads Stacked! But would you mind telling me what animal death occurred? It's a bit of a trigger for me and I saw it under the book's content warnings. 👀 1mo
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RaeLovesToRead I like the picture on the right 💙 1mo
Hooked_on_books Nice! I‘ll have to keep this one in mind for this prompt. 1mo
BarbaraBB @Librarybelle I had never read her before but now I want to read more! 1mo
BarbaraBB @brittanyreads There is a scene in which a girl takes her old but otherwise healthy cat to the vet and asks him to put the cat asleep. The narrator leaves shortly after - the reader doesn‘t know if the vet obeys. I hope this is of help! 1mo
BarbaraBB @RaeLovesToRead Thanks! It‘s by Gregory Crewdson, an American photographer I like a lot. All his photos are staged and really strange 1mo
BarbaraBB @Hooked_on_books Not all stories are about revenge but enough to fit the prompt I think 🙂 1mo
brittanyreads Thanks! That helps a lot! 1mo
vivastory I'm glad that you liked this one! I hope to read more PD James in the upcoming months. 1mo
batsy I should read this! I really enjoyed this collection 1mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 1mo
vivastory @batsy I love that one too. Have you read Ruth Rendell by chance? I have a volume of her short stories that I plan on reading soon. 1mo
batsy @vivastory No, not yet! I have Rendell and PD James as two to discover soon as together they seem to constitute a big gap in my mystery reading lol. Plus Elizabeth George! 1mo
vivastory @batsy It seems like the two of them have somewhat similar vibes. I haven't read Elizabeth George either. 1mo
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Sorrow and Bliss | Meg Mason
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#WeeklyForecast 05/24

I have started North Woods but am reading it a bit at a time, so it will take me a few weeks I guess. I hope to finish Sleep No More later today. It‘s a short book with six murderous tales and very engaging.
Next will be Sorrow and Bliss, to which I‘ve been looking forward, and, finally another #LitsyToB24 read: The Heaven & Earth Grocery Store. I have been dreading that somehow.

TrishB Can‘t wait to see your reviews 👍🏻 1mo
squirrelbrain Loved Sorrow and Bliss! I have North Woods on Kindle - looking forward to seeing your review. 1mo
AmyG Ooooo love that North Woods cover. It‘s FABULOUS. And hahahahaha….I have been sort of dreading the McBride book, too. (edited) 1mo
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Bklover Sleep No More sounds very intriguing. I‘ll have to look for that one! 1mo
BarbaraBB @Bklover I just posted my review. It is a fun read with a classic murder feeling! 1mo
Megabooks I hope you love sorrow and bliss too!! 😘 1mo
Suet624 I chuckled about your dread of the McBride book. It‘s not that bad…it‘s just not as great as his others. ☺️ 1mo
sarahbarnes Looking forward to your review of Heaven and Earth! 1mo
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Mix Tape | Jane Sanderson
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This was a totally feel-good read about two young people deeply in love in the 1970s, but torn apart from one another. Decades later they reconnect by sending each other songs and lyrics on Twitter, one of them in Scotland, the other in #Australia.
Nothing deep, just all the feelings and nostalgia! Loved it!

#pop24 - second-chance romance #ReadingOceania24 - 🇦🇺

Librarybelle Hooray!! 1mo
Deblovestoread Sounds lovely! 1mo
Ruthiella You amaze me with your ability to find books that fit prompts and read‘em. 👍😁 1mo
squirrelbrain Sounds great - stacking! 1mo
Reggie Sounds wonderful. Stacked! 1mo
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The Pachinko Parlour | Elisa Shua Dusapin
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#BookReport 04/23

Another great week! I loved the tagged and the Franzen, and enjoyed the Dutch one. To be honest O enjoyed reading Lovesick Blossoms too but in the end I was underwhelmed.

squirrelbrain A fab week! ❤️ 1mo
Suet624 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 1mo
TrishB Great week 😁 1mo
sarahbarnes Good to know you liked the Franzen! 1mo
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Pantone: Colors | Pantone
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#pantone2024 My first four matching covers of the year: Orangeade, Sun Orange, Tarragon and Moth.

Megabooks So glad you‘re still doing this!! 1mo
BarbaraBB @Megabooks Thanks! Me too! @Clwojick is no longer hosting but I found this year‘s colors on Storygraph! 1mo
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Crossroads: A Novel | Jonathan Franzen
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All members of the Hildebrandt family seem to have an existential crisis at exactly the same moment. God, a lack of God, sex, a lack of sex, drugs and rock ‘n‘ roll: it‘s all there.
Franzen writes about a real unrealistic dysfunctional family but it was so fun to spend some time with them - despite their crises.

I am sorry it took so long to pick it up Helen, I really enjoyed it 💕

squirrelbrain I‘m glad you liked it - I really did too! Love the photo. 1mo
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BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain Thanks. View from my bedroom 😀 1mo
TrishB Must get to…. 1mo
Librarybelle That‘s a gorgeous view! My bedroom view is not as glamorous. 😂 1mo
squirrelbrain I wondered if it was from your house! I‘d spend all day staring out at the view! 1mo
BarbaraBB @Librarybelle @squirrelbrain Lol it isn‘t as glamorous as it may seem. Or maybe I am used to it! 1mo
Becker Enticing photo 1mo
Hooked_on_books Add me to the “great view!” crowd. You‘re a lucky woman! I‘ve found this prompt to be difficult. I finally found one book on my shelves that fits it after looking through about 500 books. Either instruments aren‘t a common cover theme or that‘s just the case with the books I tend to pick. 1mo
BarbaraBB @Hooked_on_books It was the only book on my shelves with a musical instrument! And about the view, yours is the best 🌴 💚 1mo
BarbaraBB @Hooked_on_books Which book did you find? 1mo
Megabooks Count me in the “Barbara has a fantastic bedroom view” camp!! 🤩🤩 this is supposed to be book 1 of a trilogy, and I‘m very excited to see where he takes it! 1mo
BarbaraBB @Megabooks Really? That is cool and I have to admit the book ended rather abruptly so a sequel would be welcome! 1mo
Soubhiville I love your view as well 🙂 1mo
Hooked_on_books I do indeed have a fabulous view. My good one is from my kitchen, so eating breakfast is lovely. Here‘s the book I found: 1mo
jlhammar I really must get to this! I bought it when it first came out and there it sits. Looking forward to it. 1mo
BarbaraBB @Hooked_on_books it‘s been awhile since I read Proulx. It might be an unexpected surprise! 1mo
batsy Oh, that is a very stunning view. And great review. (Franzen and I didn't get along so well in The Corrections 😆) 1mo
Crazeedi @BarbaraBB this book looks really good, adding, and yes the description says it's book 1 of a trilogy!! 1mo
Chelsea.Poole Loved this one! 1mo
KarenUK I‘ve been debating this one, but the #pagecountphobia is real! 😉 1mo
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We moeten praten | Jan van Mersbergen
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A short Dutch novel (“We need to talk”) by an author I know personally and whose books I always enjoy. This is one about a 10 year old boy who never talked until he starts and can‘t stop. His story contains an unusual family history, to say the least. Fun detail is a prominent role for my Red Hot Chili Peppers‘ album Californication ❤️🌶️

Ruthiella Neat that you have a double connection in that you know the author and your favorite band is referenced! 1mo
Megabooks Very cool! I alway think of you when I read a Chili Peppers reference. 🌶️❤️ 1mo
BarbaraBB @Megabooks That is sweet! I hardly ever come across such references unfortunately ❤️ 1mo
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BarbaraBB @Ruthiella Such a coincidence! 1mo
squirrelbrain How cool that you know an author personally AND that you enjoy their books! 1mo
LeahBergen That sounds good! 1mo
Suet624 Sounds interesting. 💕 1mo
Hooked_on_books What a perfect background for this cover! Plus I agree with Helen! @squirrelbrain 1mo
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Lovesick Blossoms | Julia Watts
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#LitsyToB24 Set in the repressive 50s, when women had little rights, homosexuality was mainly a sin and segregation was the way of life in Kentucky, two women fall in love. Their illicit romance is the subject of the book and although I enjoyed reading it, the book felt a bit YA to me and I think the author made the story a bit too convenient at times. ⬇️⬇️

BarbaraBB I mean Francis is a mother of three small children (which was necessary for the story) but her kids were never there. That baby napped all day while she was with Samuel. Her other kids were out playing by themselves for hours and hours. Come on! And that AJ, wtf? Coming to the house just to assault Samuel and be thrown out my Mamma Liz with her hun? I need more nuance and depth in my characters! 1mo
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TheBookHippie A baby who naps… never had one of those 😝😅. 1mo
BarbaraBB @TheBookHippie Me neither. Nor had I one who never cried 😂 1mo
Hooked_on_books This is one of two I have left to read from our list. (The other is Julia, and I have to read 1984 first.) I‘m interested to see my response to it, but between yours and @Megabooks ‘ review, my expectations are tempered. 1mo
Megabooks @Hooked_on_books yes, once you‘ve read it, take a look at Barbara‘s spoilers because I had many of the same problems. There were so many interesting directions to take and side characters to develop, and I just felt it was a bit of failure of imagination. 🤷🏻‍♀️ Great idea but very underdeveloped!! 1mo
BarbaraBB @Megabooks Yes! Boots for example could have been very interesting and Samuel too. Instead they were rather one-dimensional. 1mo
Jas16 Totally agree about the lack of depth. 1mo
Librarybelle At least it covered a few prompts! 1mo
youneverarrived Always puts me off a bit when things are made too convenient. 1mo
sarahbarnes Agree with @Hooked_on_books - I still have this one to read and not really excited about it at this point. It‘s too bad it wasn‘t executed well because the premise sounded interesting. 1mo
squirrelbrain Sorry it didn‘t work for you. 😬 1mo
BarbaraBB @sarahbarnes @Hooked_on_books It still is an engaging read so you‘ll probably have a good time with it. 1mo
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Victory City | Salman Rushdie
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It seems somehow unreal that life goes on in Israel and the mail system continues to work smoothly.
I was completely surprised and deeply moved by this lovely gift of Cindy. I miss her a lot and I will use the #52BookClub24 Book Journal and read the new Rushdie and think of her and wishing for an end to the violence in Israel and Palestina ☮️ 💜

Librarybelle ❤️❤️❤️ 1mo
Crazeedi Amen Barbara 1mo
julieclair Wow. Thank you for posting this. It is a gift to all of us. Continuing to pray for peace. ☮️💜 1mo
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julesG I am hoping for peace soon. Thank you for sharing this letter with us. I miss Cindy and keep wanting to tag her. 1mo
sarahbarnes This is so good to hear. Thanks for sharing. 🩵 1mo
Megabooks How lovely! Praying for an end to the violence. 🙏🏻🙏🏻 Such a difficult and scary situation for her, the other people there, and the world at large! 1mo
dabbe 💜🩶💜 1mo
Deblovestoread 💜💜💜 1mo
squirrelbrain How lovely! ❤️❤️❤️ 1mo
LeahBergen ❤️❤️❤️ 1mo
Daisey Thanks for sharing. 💕 1mo
youneverarrived ♥️♥️ 1mo
Suet624 I miss Cindy too. I can‘t imagine how difficult it is for her. And how special that she sent you something. 1mo
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