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DivineDiana
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So, my friends returned to their home in Colorado a few months ago, and left me a few books to read. They are returning the end of the month, and I am trying my best to have read at least two of them before they return! This one is a chunkster. Luckily, I found the audio on Libby. Now, I can exhilarate my completion! #readingthebooksofothers

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The Rising Tide | Ann Cleeves
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I attended an online author event with Ann Cleeves discussing her new book. My local Independent Book Store was one of the bookstores that offered the opportunity. Excellent interview, and I was able to pick up my signed copy at Main Point Books, even though Ann Cleeves was in England. Plus a Vera bookmark! The wonders of technology!

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Anne of Green Gables | L M Montgomery
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While searching for a book in my home library to complete the #booked2022 prompt for #setinacanadianprovince, I was giving up hope,until I realized that this book would work! The story of Anne warmed my heart and soothed my soul. I read this as a young girl after my mother gave it to me for Christmas. Reading it again,I realized that she must have chosen it, not only for the wonderful story, but also because of the character, DIana. #kindredspirit

Cinfhen Gorgeous photo and lovely review 💚💚💚 3w
DivineDiana @Cinfhen Thank you! 😘 3w
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This book is informative about the changing demands that public libraries face today. I understand that it is controversial,because the author left her position working in Washington DC after a short period of time. There are 11 pages of source materials in the Notes section at the end of the book. I appreciate that it raises awareness.

This photograph was taken in front of a local library. The memorial fountain was erected in 1924.

Graywacke I was certainly curious. Glad you enjoyed it. Wondering what was controversial. 4w
DivineDiana @Graywacke Some feel that the author‘s experience working as a librarian was too brief for her to be an authority on the subject. (edited) 4w
Graywacke @DivineDiana thanks for explaining 4w
DivineDiana @Graywacke You‘re welcome! 4w
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Black Cake | Charmaine Wilkerson
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Meeting tomorrow to discuss with my IRL Book Club.
I had never heard of the Caribbean Black Cake. It was a thread that ran through this story of siblings discovering,after their mother‘s death, many, many secrets. Interesting characters. Strong women. Far fetched. Filled with surprises. Just keep swimming. 🏊🏽‍♀️

Cathythoughts Looks delicious 😋 4w
DivineDiana @Cathythoughts I searched for recipes online and there were many! There were even shops that would mail you a cake! 4w
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Anne of Green Gables | L M Montgomery
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Current audio/ physical book combo. Loving it!

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Hiroshige's Tokaido in Prints and Poetry | Hiroshige And?, Reiko Chiba
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This is an exquisite book. I found it in a thrift store in NYC when I was in college. Thanks to Litsy and the #FoodandLit #japan challenge,I finally read it. In 1832, Ichiryusai Hiroshige, when he was 35, traveled the highway from Tokyo to Kyoto called the Tokaido. There were 53 stopping places about a day‘s journey apart. He created 53 colored prints of a view from each station. There is one on each page with a Japanese poem. A treasure.

Texreader I think I would love this! Do you have to be able to read Japanese? 1mo
Bookwomble That's a beautiful book 😊 I love Hiroshige 💞 1mo
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Librarybelle That looks so beautiful! 1mo
DivineDiana @Texreader Not at all. It is an English translation. 1mo
DivineDiana @Bookwomble And the actual pages are miniature masterpieces! I knew nothing about Hiroshige until I read this. And now a door has opened. ❤️ 1mo
DivineDiana @Librarybelle It really is a work of art! ❤️ 1mo
Catsandbooks Gorgeous! 1mo
DivineDiana @Catsandbooks And the book cover is made of fabric. 1mo
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What Is the What | Dave Eggers
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A remarkable book based on the true life story of Valentino Achak Deng, who left his home in Sudan at age 7 by force and walked hundreds of miles to find safety. Very sad, but written in a way that celebrates the tenacity and strength of a boy who becomes a man. Reading it reinforced my gratitude for all that I have. I alternated between reading the printed book and listening to the audio. The narrator on the audiobook, Dion Graham, was fantastic!

Librarybelle Double challenge prompts! Hooray! 1mo
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Hiroshige's Tokaido in Prints and Poetry | Hiroshige And?, Reiko Chiba
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Dinner at a local Japanese restaurant that has been in my neighborhood for a very long time. It took a Litsy challenge to finally visit it. This challenge has gotten my husband out of his comfort zone! I only have a photo of my first course, a vegetable tempura. Vegetables were asparagus,broccoli,mushroom and sweet potato. My entree was teriyaki tofu. Both were delicious. #foodandlit #japan

Texreader This challenge finally got us to our local Japanese spot as well and we loved it. Your meal sounds delicious!! 1mo
DivineDiana @Texreader Looks like Litsy is boosting the local restaurant economy! Glad you had a great experience! 😋 1mo
Catsandbooks I tried my local Japanese place too! Looks tasty! 1mo
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DivineDiana @Catsandbooks Wonderful! We are supporting local! 👏🏻😋❤️ 1mo
TheBookHippie Oh how wonderful! 1mo
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Elizabeth Finch: A novel | Julian Barnes
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Watched an interview of Julian Barnes discussing his new book from his home in London. He is a scholarly gentleman who shared that he can only write his novels on an electric typewriter, which is visible over his right shoulder. Also, he prefers to use his physical 24 volumes of The Oxford Dictionary rather than search words online. Quite frankly, I confused him with Julian Fellowes! I have not yet read any of his books.

rwmg I think I've only read two of his books, “A History of the World in 10 1/2 Chapters“, a collection of short stories, and “Arthur & George“, a novelisation of a real case where Sir Arthur Conan Doyle helped clear the name of George Edalji, unjustly convicted and sent to prison for animal abuse. Both very good. (edited) 1mo
DivineDiana @rwmg Thank you! Interesting titles. I might try the short stories first, to see if his style appeals to me. 🤔 1mo
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At a family gathering on Sunday, my daughter recommended this book. I have already read “The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek”, so I am hoping it isn‘t too similar. Picked up at the Library today.

BarbaraTheBibliophage Haven‘t read “Troublesome” but I quite liked this one! 1mo
DivineDiana @BarbaraTheBibliophage Good to hear! ❤️ 1mo
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Black Cake | Charmaine Wilkerson
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Thought it best to start my IRL Book Club read. The meeting is fast approaching!

Leftcoastzen I‘m really enjoying this one! 1mo
DivineDiana @Leftcoastzen Wonderful! So am I! ❤️ 1mo
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This is a painting of the Lusitania, a luxury passenger ship which was sunk by a German torpedo in 1915. It was called a “Greyhound” because of its‘ speed. The book follows the story of Captain Turner, the German U-boat and many passengers. Fascinating information, although,at times, the nautical facts went over my head! Political intrigue.President Wilson‘s pursuit of his second wife added a respite from the devastation.#booked2022 #nauticaltheme

sprainedbrain I love that book. ❤️ 1mo
rubyslippersreads I found this fascinating. I was also surprised to read about Captain von Trapp from The Sound of Music. 1mo
Cinfhen Yay!!! Glad you found a good book for this prompt⚓️ 1mo
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DivineDiana @sprainedbrain I agree! ❤️ 1mo
DivineDiana @rubyslippersreads I too found that part so interesting! ❤️ 1mo
DivineDiana @Cinfhen Me too! This challenge is helping me “Read My Own Books”! Much thanks! ❤️ (edited) 1mo
Cinfhen Yay!!! Added bonus!!!! 1mo
Librarybelle This was so good! 1mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Isn‘t this being made into a Netflix show? I‘d like to read it before watching! 1mo
DivineDiana @Librarybelle It was good, and I talked so much about it, that now my husband is reading it! 🙂 1mo
DivineDiana @BarbaraTheBibliophage I didn‘t hear that! It would be fantastic! 🤞🏻 1mo
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What Is the What | Dave Eggers
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Current audio+physical book combination. #mttbr #readingafrica2022

Librarybelle @BarbaraBB had really good things to say about this one…it sounds very good and impactful! 2mo
LeeRHarry I read this ages ago but remember it being excellent. 2mo
Tamra Such a great book! 2mo
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JamieArc I have a vivid memory of this book making me cry while reading it in the break room during my lunch break at work. I was pretty embarrassed 😂 2mo
DivineDiana @Librarybelle I respect @BarbaraBB ‘s opinion! 2mo
DivineDiana @LeeRHarry I bought it at a used Book Store years ago! Thank you for letting me know you liked it! 2mo
DivineDiana @Tamra So glad to hear that! 2mo
DivineDiana @JamieArc Thank you for telling me. I will make certain to read it in private. ❤️ 2mo
BarbaraBB 😘 2mo
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I was reading this as part of a Litsy readalong.This is the first book in a Jane Austen mystery series. While I do like the idea of Jane Austen solving mysteries, I was counting the hours until this was finished. I found it tedious. I had read #12 in the series,”Jane and the 12 Days of Christmas”. I rated that one higher. I think the author improved her writing skills as she continued to develop the series. Had to finish early. Expires in 2 days.

TheBookHippie I liked the Christmas one as well. I‘m struggling a bit with this one. 2mo
Crinoline_Laphroaig @TheBookHippie @DivineDiana there's like 18 years between when this one came out and the Christmas one. Plus author writes other stuff. Stuff so fair point that she would improve. 2mo
TheBookHippie @Crinoline_Laphroaig I figure it‘ll get better. It‘ll be fun to see the progression. 2mo
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Sweet Smell of Success | Ernest Lehman, Clifford Odets
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I don‘t usually read screenplays, but one of the members of the Library Friends insisted that I should read this first, and then watch the movie. My husband insists the movie is too dark for me, but I think I can handle the book.

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The woman who has managed my Library Friend‘s Book Store for over 30 years has decided to move on to a life outside of the Library. She dedicated her life to the group, and will be sorely missed. This was a parting gift that she gave me. We both have a passion for classic film. She asked me to read, so that we can discuss. Need to move up on my TBR!

tpixie How sweet. Sad for the library she is leaving. Hope she enjoys her new adventure! 2mo
DivineDiana @tpixie It is! She deserves to start thinking about enjoying life! I am happy for her. ❤️ 2mo
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This book has been sitting on my TBR shelves for years. I realized that it would work for a challenge and that the audio was also available from Libby. Thus, I am using the audio + book method to quicken the process. It is my first Erik Larsen read. When I checked Goodreads, I saw that it was also Jenny Colvin‘s first Larsen. I am dedicating this read to her. #rememberingjenny

tyoung2058 I've heard if this but haven't picked it up yet 2mo
marleed I learn so much from Erik Lawson! 2mo
DivineDiana @tyoung2058 Although I know the outcome, this book does an incredible job of filling in details of the time and place. 2mo
DivineDiana @marleed His extensive research is apparent! 2mo
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Here Is the Beehive | Sarah Crossan
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“This book is just sublime...I loved every page.” Caitriona Balfe, star of Outlander. (quote on book jacket) Caitriona chose this for her Book Club. It is a fast paced novel written in free verse. Ana is a young mother who is ending an affair. A tale of infidelity and tragedy. There are surprises. I was intrigued by the Live Twitter Space,and the Book Chat also on Twitter. Fascinated by the modernity of book promotion!

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This is a famous photograph of Princess Margaret taken by her husband Tony Armstrong-Jones, a professional photographer. Her love shines through her eyes. Also her boldness, bohemian nature and sense of humor. This biography combined interviews, parodies,dreams,lists,catalogs,diaries and essays. Glamorous,beautiful but never found her way in this world.Sad. Helena Bonham-Carter was excellent in “The Crown” as Margaret.#booked2022 #aboutarealroyal

LeahBergen I‘ve always loved this photo. 😄 2mo
persephone1408 I also need a bathing crown🤷🏻 2mo
Cinfhen Love the photo and your review!!! 2mo
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DivineDiana @LeahBergen It makes me smile. 🙂 2mo
DivineDiana @Persephonae I just need a crown! 😂 2mo
DivineDiana @Cinfhen I think she really enjoyed that photo shoot! ❤️ 2mo
EvieBee I loved Helena as Margaret as well. I‘ll have to check this out! (edited) 2mo
Sparklemn I've never seen this photo. Love it! 2mo
DivineDiana @EvieBee After reading this book, I appreciate her performance even more. ❤️ 2mo
DivineDiana @Sparklemn I do too! 👑 2mo
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I read somewhere that anyone involved with a public library should read this book. So, I immediately reserved it.

Librariana Noted! I'm involved with the Acquisition/Collection Services side of the public library. Added to the TBR stack! Thanks for sharing the title 😊 2mo
DivineDiana @Librariana You‘re welcome! I‘m on the Board of my local Friends of the Library group. I am learning about current library issues as I read this. Information is always helpful to create change. 🙂 2mo
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Here Is the Beehive | Sarah Crossan
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I MUST stop joining celebrity Book Clubs! #balfenationreads #caitrionabalfe

* and the bees love these flowers! 🐝

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Excellent Women | Barbara Pym
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Mildred Lathbury, an unmarried woman in 1950‘s England is an Excellent Woman. Kind,gracious,active in her Church,supportive of her friends, she is often taken for granted. When a young married couple move into her building, her world opens up to new and exciting friends. There is always tea. Mildred is often making tea for someone in need of a chat. Manners are expected. I felt soothed by the pace and language.Charmed by Mildred. #pemberlittens

Nutmegnc Great image. Totally evocative! 2mo
Cathythoughts Yes, great image 👌🏻 2mo
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batsy Lovely review & perfect choice of picture! 2mo
Librarybelle I felt charmed by Mildred too! 2mo
DivineDiana @Nutmegnc @Cathythoughts Thank you! ❤️❤️ (edited) 2mo
DivineDiana @batsy So kind! ❤️ 2mo
DivineDiana @Librarybelle Glad we agree! ❤️ 2mo
erzascarletbookgasm Lovely review. And excellent pic! 2mo
DivineDiana @erzascarletbookgasm Thank you so much! Wish I had taken the photo! 🙂 2mo
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Happy to find the ebook of this at my Library! Now, I can join in the fun! #janeandtheexcellentreadalong #pemberlittens

Crinoline_Laphroaig That's the joy of reading older series, you can find them at your Library‼️🥳 2mo
DivineDiana It is! @Crinoline_Laphroaig 👏🏻 (edited) 2mo
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I was so thrilled to win the Instagram drawing that reynoldsngriffin had for a copy of the British edition of “Ain‘t Burned All the Bright”.
It is signed by the incredibly talented artist, Jason Griffin! I actually got emotional when I held the package from Brooklyn in my hands. #treasure

Nutmegnc 😱😱😱😱 I Loved Ain‘t burned all the bright. Incredible artwork!! 2mo
Nutmegnc Interesting change of title. I guess the original was a little too colloquial? 2mo
rockpools Oh, it arrived! How fantastic! That really is worth having a signed copy of ❤️ 2mo
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DivineDiana @Nutmegnc Yes, fantastic artwork! Not sure why the title was changed. 🤔 2mo
DivineDiana @rockpools Curious how you knew it was coming? It is fantastic! ❤️ 2mo
rockpools @DivineDiana You‘d said on my last post you‘d won it. I guessed, as you hadn‘t posted a pic then, that it was still on its way to you. 😊 2mo
DivineDiana @rockpools My mind is a sieve! I completely forgot that I had revealed my win! Was very excited! ❤️ 2mo
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Excellent Women | Barbara Pym
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Current read. A bit late for the group, but looking forward to it! I see the author is much loved on Litsy. #blameitonlitsy #pemberlittens

AllDebooks Enjoy, it is so good x 2mo
DivineDiana @AllDebooks Thank you! I think this is just what I need now! 📚 2mo
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The Swimmers | Julie Otsuka
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The book begins with a story about a Swim Club. Swimming has played a big part in my life. Limited experience for me as an actual swimmer, but a massive amount as a “swim mom”. I could easily relate. What I was not prepared for was the turn away from the Club and the new focus on one of the swimmers. A Japanese woman who is losing memory. Deeply emotional. Spare, beautiful writing. A big thank you to my IRL Book Club for choosing this book. 5 ⭐️‘s

Cathythoughts Lovely review. I have this one ordered. 2mo
DivineDiana @Cathythoughts Thank you, Cathy. I look forward to your thoughts. ❤️ (edited) 2mo
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The Swimmers | Julie Otsuka
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Starting next IRL Book Club choice. Meeting next week!

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A weekend in the lives of Otto Bentwood, a successful lawyer and his sophisticated wife Sophie. They own both a brownstone in Brooklyn and a small country home on Long Island. They are struggling with direction in their lives. Although it was written in #1970, it feels very current. The writing is exquisite. At times,I wanted to jot down certain sentences whose beauty left me in awe. A slim book. Tense. Serious. Atmospheric. #192025

Librarybelle Great review! 2mo
DivineDiana Painting- Room in New York- Edward Hopper 2mo
DivineDiana @Librarybelle Thank you! 🙂 2mo
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Leftcoastzen Love Hopper! 2mo
DivineDiana @Leftcoastzen So do I! 🙂 2mo
BarbaraBB And I! 2mo
Cathythoughts This one sounds good! I‘m off to investigate 👍🏻❤️ 2mo
batsy Great review! It's been on my TBR. And can't ever go wrong with Hopper 💚 2mo
youneverarrived Sounds great! Stacked ♥️ 2mo
DivineDiana @Cathythoughts Happy researching! ❤️ 2mo
DivineDiana @batsy Thank you. This book simmers! Hopper‘s work is magnetic! ❤️ 2mo
DivineDiana @youneverarrived Looking forward to your thoughts when you read it. ❤️ (edited) 2mo
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“You haven‘t explained about not answering the phone,” she said accusingly.

“Because I never hear anything on it that I want to hear any more.”

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Was hoping for a delightful read about the French countryside, but I did not enjoy the emphasis on objectifying women, excessive consumption of alcohol and the celebration of men‘s focus on money and what it can buy. One character was a bright light, the charming and creative, Ernest who was the majordoma for Simon, the ad executive. Finally, the bank heist at the end turned out to be a breath of fresh air! #booked2022 #SETINAHOTEL #192025 #1973

Librarybelle I‘ve not read anything by Mayle, though I‘ve seen a movie, I think, based on A Year in Provence. 2mo
Ann_Reads Thanks for mentioning there is sexism and other things going on in this book. I think I'll skip this one, even though I liked A Year in Provence. 2mo
DivineDiana @Librarybelle I didn‘t know there was a movie! Did you enjoy it? 2mo
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DivineDiana @Ann_Reads I think I might be overly sensitive. 🤷🏼‍♀️ 2mo
Librarybelle I honestly cannot remember, it was so long ago! The actor who starred in the Inspector Morse series was the lead in the film. That‘s about as much as I remember! 😂 2mo
DivineDiana @Librarybelle I understand perfectly! 🙂 2mo
Cinfhen Great review, Diana 💖 2mo
DivineDiana Thank you, @Cinfhen! Glad to remove it from the TBR shelves! 😘 2mo
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When I received an email from the New York Times, suggesting that I join their T Book Club, I responded “Yes”! Reserved the book at the Library,.

When it finally arrived, I couldn‘t remember which challenge/book group matched it! The Librarian cautioned me that it could not be renewed, as there were four holds on it. I questioned, “Isn‘t that strange? It‘s such an old book.” Then my mind jumped to the New York Times Book Club!

Leftcoastzen Looks interesting! 2mo
CogsOfEncouragement I read this because of its tie in with Netflix‘s You. I also borrowed it from the library. 2mo
DivineDiana @Leftcoastzen I think so too! 2mo
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DivineDiana @CogsOfEncouragement I did not know about that! Watched only one episode of that series, and made a quick decision that it wasn‘t for me.🤷🏼‍♀️ Did the connection happen in season 1? If it was a particular episode, I would love to watch it. 2mo
CogsOfEncouragement It is the first episode that Beck comes into the bookstore. She ends up buying it. It is seen in her apartment later (not sure which episode) and mentioned again then. 2mo
DivineDiana Thank you! I do remember him coming into the bookstore! Thank you. Will have to fast forward to that part! 🙂 2mo
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The Lying Game | Ruth Ware
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I am a fan of Reese Witherspoon, and I love how she chooses books to create films and TV series. So, my expectations were high for this #murdermystery involving four friends who attended the same boarding school until, they were asked to leave. The girls have grown up, have careers, but still carry a secret.Cinematic feel. I definitely can see it on the big screen. It was just too long,and I was not fond of the characters.#booked2022 #192025 #2017

Librarybelle The characters are definitely not likable in this book! 2mo
Cinfhen Great review!! I felt similarly- wanted to love it but couldn‘t get into the characters 2mo
DivineDiana @Librarybelle Agee! 👍🏻 2mo
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DivineDiana @Cinfhen Thank you! Glad I wasn‘t alone! 😘 2mo
Cinfhen I just started the new one from her and it‘s ok but nothing great 2mo
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The Swimmers | Julie Otsuka
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Morning visit to the Library to pick up my reserves for various book groups. Very happy that none are chunksters! 🥳

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New audiobook!

fredthemoose I liked this one! 2mo
DivineDiana @fredthemoose I am enjoying it! 🙂 2mo
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My dear Sister arranged a private tour at one of the most beautiful libraries in the world - The George Peabody Library in Baltimore, Maryland. It was a dream come true!

Smartypants I‘m going to have to check that out, beautiful!! 2mo
SomedayAlmost Wow! 2mo
fredamans Jelly! 2mo
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LeahBergen Lucky you!! 2mo
Gissy 📚📚📚📚Beautiful!😍🙌 2mo
Dragon Wow- beautiful library! 💚🐉 2mo
BarbaraBB 🤩 2mo
DivineDiana @Smartypants I hope you do! It is! ❤️ (edited) 2mo
DivineDiana @SomedayAlmost It was a Wow! ❤️ 2mo
DivineDiana @fredamans @LeahBergen I wish you could have been with me! ❤️❤️ 2mo
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The first book that I read by Jason Reynolds was “A Long Way Down”. I was struck by its creativity and moved by the story. My feelings for this one are the same x 1000! When the librarian handed me my reserve,she commented on the heft of it. It is a heavy book,both in weight and message.The combination of the vibrant art with the clean,spare prose is striking. Jason Reynolds and the artist Jason Griffin are long time friends. Their souls connect.

Librarybelle That looks amazing! 2mo
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UwannaPublishme I must read this one! 2mo
DivineDiana @Librarybelle It is! ❤️ 2mo
DivineDiana @UwannaPublishme I know you will love it! ❤️ 2mo
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The Lying Game | Ruth Ware
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New audio/ physical book combo. #mttbr

marleed I love combining the two formats - esp when I can adjust the speed of the audio! 3mo
DivineDiana @marleed It does speed up finishing the book! 🙂 2mo
marleed Yes it does! I also find that when I read and listen simultaneously, I‘m fully absorbed in the book. It like some sort of reading shield stat prevents my brain from allowing IRL thoughts and lists into my head! 2mo
DivineDiana I have not tried reading and listening at the same time. Something to o consider! 🤔 2mo
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A friend came to the Library Book Sale to find this book. Alas,no copy to be had. I said,”I have a copy that I can lend you”. Since it was #TBR on my shelves, I decided to read it first. I am glad that I did. The writing pulled me in, and did not let go. My plan had been to read a book by her to honor her recent death. My friend‘s request made it happen. #weremember #2005 #192025

Librarybelle Lovely flowers! 3mo
DivineDiana @Librarybelle Thank you! 💐 2mo
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This has been on my shelves for years! I am putting it to good use! #foodandlit #france #booked2022 #takesplaceinahotel #mttbr

Cinfhen Woohoo 🥳 hurray for reading challenges 🫶🏼 3mo
Texreader Yay!! 3mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Ahh .. France. Yummm 3mo
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Harry Potter: fun book | J.K. Rowling
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The other part of my literary birthday gift from my daughter was a visit to The Wizarding World‘s,Harry Potter the Exhibition at The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia. So much to see! I took her to the midnight release party of the first Harry Potter book at Barnes & Noble, so it felt like a full circle moment. The show moves to Vienna after this. Definitely worth a trip if you are a fan!

Librarybelle ❤️❤️❤️ Looks like fun! 3mo
DivineDiana @Librarybelle If you are a HP fan, you would love it! 3mo
merelybookish How fun! Great pic. 3mo
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mrp27 Fun! Love full circle moments. 3mo
UwannaPublishme How cool! 3mo
Reggie This is awesome! 3mo
Gissy Wow,what a great experience!😃 3mo
DivineDiana @merelybookish Thank you! It really was! ❤️ 3mo
DivineDiana @mrp27 They are special! ❤️ 3mo
DivineDiana @Reggie Welcome back! It was! ❤️ 3mo
DivineDiana @Gissy It truly was! ❤️ 3mo
Crazeedi What a wonderful present! 3mo
DivineDiana @Crazeedi I am very thankful! 📚 3mo
LeahBergen How lovely! 3mo
DivineDiana @LeahBergen It was so much fun! ❤️ 2mo
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Celebrated my birthday with my daughter. Happy to receive these two books as a gift, and another book related surprise, which I will make a separate post.

Ruthiella Happy Birthday! 🥳🥳🥳 3mo
Jas16 Happy Birthday! 🎉🎂🎈🥳 3mo
IuliaC Happy birthday! 💐 3mo
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youneverarrived Happy Birthday 🎂♥️ 3mo
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batsy Happy birthday! 🧁💐 3mo
fredamans Happy birthday! 3mo
mrp27 Happy Birthday!! 🎂🎉🎈 3mo
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Picked up my reserve at the Library. #authoramonth #jasonreynolds

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The name,Thomas Merton,seems to pop up in my world quite often. Sometimes it is in a book that I‘m reading, or an article online and even quotes on the TV screen for a music station that is often on. A good friend highly recommended this book. It has been sitting on my shelves for years. Born in France, educated at Cambridge and Columbia,having lived a life filled with travel,adventure and many friends,Thomas decided he wanted a simple life.

Cinfhen I love book karma / sounds like a fascinating read 💞🤗 3mo
DivineDiana @Cinfhen 👋🏻 As do I! ❤️ 3mo
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Suet624 💕💕💕Merton. His life story was kind of sad at the end so I‘m glad he wrote this book while he had it in him. 3mo
DivineDiana @suet624 I am sorry to hear that. I know he died at 53 in Thailand, but I don‘t know the details. He wrote 50 books in 27 years. This one was chosen by the National Review as one of the top 100 nonfiction books of the century. (edited) 3mo
Librarybelle Good choice! 3mo
DivineDiana @Librarybelle Thank you📚🙂 3mo
Suet624 @DivineDiana it‘s definitely a good one. I‘ve read it several times during periods when I needed to hear his voice through his words. 3mo
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New read. Audio/physical book combo. #mttbr

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There There: A novel | Tommy Orange
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This is a fast paced multigenerational story of twelve Native characters, on their way to the Big Oakland Powwow. The Powwow is a celebration of Native culture. There are substantial cash prizes for the winners of the traditional dance competition. Each of the characters has a reason to attend, and as the time grows closer, their stories intersect. A glimpse into the world of urban Natives. Heart wrenching. #booked2022 #titlerepeatsitself

DivineDiana Chosen for One Book One Philadelphia- 2019 3mo
jlhammar Loved this book! 3mo
DivineDiana @jlhammar I am still thinking about it! 3mo
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Cinfhen This was a really impressive debut! I‘m excited to see what the author does next 🤓 3mo
DivineDiana @Cinfhen Yes! When this was One Book Philadelphia, I attended a program at Museum of the Revolution that tied in with the book. It was great! Our group toured exhibits related to Natives and we would stop periodically and listen to readings from the book. It has been sitting on my shelf. If it wasn‘t for Booked2022, it would still be there! 3mo
Librarybelle I have this on my to read list and hope to read it for the same #Booked2022 prompt! 3mo
Cinfhen That‘s so cool, Diane!!! I don‘t think I‘ve ever been to that museum. 3mo
DivineDiana @cinfhen It only opened in 2017. 🙂 3mo
Cinfhen That explains it then 😉 3mo
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I visited the Hillwood Estate in Washington D.C., the former home of Marjorie Merriweather Post. A fascinating woman, I had planned to read this new book. There was a signed copy in the gift shop and it came home with me. The Sevres Porcelain Book was a surprise. It was a gift when purchasing a book! If you are in the area, I encourage you to visit. It is magnificent! Also currently, there is an exhibit of Grace Kelly and Dior!

Bookwormjillk I work right up the street from there but have never visited. How was it? 3mo
DivineDiana @Bookwormjillk It is amazing! So much to see! A docent tour for the garden and a docent tour for the mansion is the way to go! Lovely cafe also! It is a treasure! I am in Philadelphia and it was definitely worth the drive! 3mo
Dragon Beautiful covers on those books. Love Grace Kelly movies 🍿 3mo
DivineDiana @Dragon ❤️ So do I! 3mo
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All Will be Well | Julian (of Norwich)
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Julian of Norwich (1342-1423) was a Medieval English mystic and spiritual writer. Her name kept popping up for me,so I bought this small book to find out more. I liked the structure which included,a short morning reading, a mantra for the day and a reading before bed. June is my birthday month,and I decided to start the 30 days daily reading on June 1. This was the final book that I read in June. I find the saying “all will be well” very calming.

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Suet624 Ooohhh, I always mean to read more about this spiritual guide. Are you enjoying it? When is your birthday? I‘m a June birthday as well. 3mo
DivineDiana @Suet624 Just like Thomas Merton, Julian of Norwich kept popping up in various places! When this book showed up in an email, I decided it was time to learn more! The perfect short read that I was looking for. Birthday June 20, and yours? (edited) 3mo
Suet624 June 24. 🙂 3mo
DivineDiana Wishing you a wonderful year! 🥳📚🎂 @Suet624 (edited) 3mo
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Dear mysterious Helen. Trapped in a marriage that was not at all what she anticipated, she eventually takes flight. Her new life begins in seclusion with her young son, Arthur. The locals discover her and want to know more, particularly, Gilbert. Atmospheric. A brave, stoic woman protecting her son at all costs.
This was a favorite of the #Pemberlittens reads.
Thank you @BarkingMadRun for leading the way. Loved your posts!

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There There: A novel | Tommy Orange
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New audiobook. Have had the actual book on my shelves for a few years, so doubling up with the audio. #mttbr

Graywacke Oh, I really enjoyed this on audio. 3mo
glamhobbit I honestly think about this book like once a week, even years after I read it! 3mo
DivineDiana @Graywacke Thank you for letting me know! Just started, but so far, I am as well. 🙂 3mo
DivineDiana @glamhobbit Thank you for sharing your experience. Only just begun, but already, there are stories and images that I know will stay with me. 3mo
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