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Jess_Read_This

Joined May 2016

reader, wanderer, aspiring epicure IG:@Pages_and_Wicks 📸 📖🕯🌱
📚https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/28497722-jessica.
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Death in High Heels | Christianna Brand
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A new to me Golden Age British mystery writer. Brand uses her experience as a salesgirl in this first novel (1941) which she based on “a fantasy of murdering an irritating coworker”.
My thoughts in order:
1. 🫢 OMG.
2. I‘m glad I don‘t work in her HR.
3. Did they even have HR back then?
4. Hope she kept that bit to herself for awhile and didn‘t share it til she left.
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🐈‍⬛ 📸 Lola Cat cameo

Cathythoughts Looking cosy here ♥️ 6d
elkeOriginal Very valid fantasy 😁 5d
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Dear reader, I order the sequel and promptly followed the author on Twitter (her only social media, I believe, without being too stalkerish) halfway through this wonderful mystery. I loved the writing, the characters, the plot. I might have guessed at one plot line but was surprised in the end when the case tidily wrapped up. A post WW1 mystery dealing with “shell shock” and the lives left in the aftermath of it all.
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Cathythoughts Sounds interesting! Stacked. 6d
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Someone at a Distance | Dorothy Whipple, Nina Bawden
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The September Raising the Middlebrow Book Club selection on Goodreads. My second Whipple and I rather enjoyed it! I couldn‘t stop myself from some comparison to the play/movie “The Women”. I kept picturing the main character Ellen as Norma Shearer. It‘s a look at a happy family and marriage where infidelity takes place. The ending was unsatisfactory but I might say the same for “The Women” depending where your sympathies lie.

Kimzey Thanks for the review! 1w
LeahBergen Pretty photo! 1w
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Jess_Read_This @LeahBergen Thank you! Persephone Books just make it so easy for a pretty photo. I love the greys and the artwork editions! 1w
Jess_Read_This @Kimzey Thank you! ❤️ 1w
quirkyreader I have a preference more towards the grey covers. 1w
elkeOriginal All those Persephones! *swoon* 1w
Gissy I‘m glad you enjoyed it🤗Beautiful photo! 👌I love that cover!😍 1w
Jess_Read_This @Gissy Thank you!! ❤️❤️ 6d
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I believe this was the first biography I‘ve read that I couldn‘t put down! Worsley‘s conversational yet educational tone made this incredibly enjoyable. The confiding manner in which she writes has moments shared that show how relatable Christie can be. A rather brilliant life led with problematic moments thoughtfully addressed. Highly recommend this one! #jessreads2022

jlhammar Now I'm even more excited to read this! 1w
Jess_Read_This @jlhammar I loved it! Seeing the breadth of time she lived all outlined out in historical context was amazing. She was born near the end of a luxurious Victorian time period, had an Edwardian adolescence into young womanhood, saw and served in WW1, the aftermath, WW2, the aftermath, and the 1950‘s-early 1970‘s. Worsley tries to show how it all influenced Christie and her writing. 1w
RebL I‘ve been looking all morning for my AC biography. I even folded my laundry purgatory pile. Tryna solve the mystery of my lost book. 1w
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Untitled | Unknown
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🎄Ohhh! So excited to see this pop up in the book news. I‘ve enjoyed buying the British Library Women Writers series. The three authors mentioned alone on the cover have me reaching for my wallet.💸📖

charl08 And what a fabulous cover! 1mo
Jess_Read_This @charl08 I love it too! I‘m really looking forward to this one. 1mo
LeahBergen I can hardly wait for this one! 👏👏 1mo
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quietjenn Oooo, nice! 1mo
batsy I know! I was so excited when I saw! 4w
elkeOriginal Thank god I did not order this for you - I almost did! 🎁 3w
Jess_Read_This @elkeOriginal I couldn‘t order it fast enough 🎄 2w
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I enjoyed this quite a bit, being drawn in by the rural spell as the tenants were. I couldn‘t shake the feeling of melancholy that sat with me while reading. I think because the narrator sets the reader up for the inevitable departure? The domestic burden placed on the mother was overwhelming. I‘d be haunted by the scullery maid‘s ghost too! It felt like a social experiment at times bridging the gap between the old and new post war world.

Kimzey Thanks for the review! I brought it with me on my trip, but haven‘t started yet. Looking forward to reading it! (edited) 1mo
Jess_Read_This Domestic Burden: which even shared amongst three women (two paid and organized into a 40 hour work week). It still read as the house ruled the mother. The amount of work to keep the place presentable was incredible. I could see the challenge in keeping anyone long term when other options for service/employment were available. Yet, I appreciated the begrudging love the family has for the house. I recognize that love in that of my love for my house (edited) 1mo
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Tamra I‘m looking forward to the ghost! 👻 1mo
Jess_Read_This @Tamra lol! The narrator refers to her a few times whenever things don‘t quite go her way in terms of the domestic burden of the house. 1mo
batsy Great review! And you read fast 😁 I find the bits about the amount of labour involved truly mind-blowing. It truly demystifies the romanticism of a country manor, even though you can really feel the love that she had for the place. 1mo
Jess_Read_This @batsy Thank you! I‘ve been home with a summer head cold this weekend with not much else do but recover and read. It‘s been nice to be able to get to the club books but I also appreciate the ability to breath through my nostrils again too 😂 1mo
Ruthiella Wow! You read quickly! 😃 I‘m about 30% through and I know what you mean about the foreshadowing. It does cast a mood over it. So far it‘s reminding me of those American humorist housewives books and columns from the mid 20th century, Like Please Don‘t Eat the Daisies by Jean Kerr or The Egg and I by Betty McDonald or this fabulous Shirley Jackson collection (edited) 1mo
Jess_Read_This @batsy I like how you put it “it truly demystifies the romanticism of a country manor” the book did that for me. I love a good country manor book setting and this one allowed me to see it for the hard work that running one actually is. 1mo
Jess_Read_This @Ruthiella I actually just recently picked up a copy of Please Don‘t Eat the Daisies after watching the movie on Turner Classic Movies! I‘ve got a copy of Egg and I too- I haven‘t read it yet. Raising Demons is also one I haven‘t read yet. Good comparison! I hadn‘t thought to compare it to Daisies but you are 💯 right on that. 1mo
LeahBergen Ooo, you‘re speedy! I‘ll come back and read this when I‘m done. 😆 1mo
Cathythoughts Great review! I‘ve only read the first few pages, I need to get a move on. 4w
CarolynM I‘m just getting started. Like Leah I‘ll come back to your review when I‘ve finished reading🙂 4w
MrsK Wonderful review! I‘ve finished too and my review will follow soon. I will say that I was struck by the sense of melancholy throughout. (edited) 4w
LeahBergen Lovely review! I felt such a pervasive sense of sadness while reading this (which was not helped by all the coverage of the Queen‘s death that I watched at the same time 😆). 3w
Jess_Read_This @LeahBergen @MrsK The melancholy and sadness was hard to shake while reading for me. Leah, I couldn‘t imagine combining the coverage and reading this book!💔 2w
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It‘s a mark of a good author, in my humble opinion, that keeps me buying each 400+ page book in a mystery series that is now nine books and counting. I have come to adore Lane Winslow and the characters I‘ve met in King‘s Cove. Just a brilliantly and thoughtfully written whodunnit series.

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robinb One of my absolute favorites! I simply devour them. ❤️ 1mo
Jess_Read_This @robinb Me too. She‘s an author I immediately preorder when I see the option available! 1mo
MrsK Read your review and placed the 1st book in the series on my wishlist. If someone in the family doesn‘t get it for me I‘ll just have to do it myself! 1mo
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Jess_Read_This @MrsK I hope you love the series as much as I do! The first is probably my favorite. It made me wish to rent a cabin for a month in Vancouver. One day maybe. When you get a chance to read it, please let me know your thoughts! 1mo
batsy I have not heard of this series! Your review makes me want to seek it out. And I love the cover. 1mo
Jess_Read_This @batsy I hope you enjoy the series! I think it approaches “cozy” without crossing the line, if that makes sense? Whishaw also doesn‘t skirt around problematic portions of history post WW2 which I appreciated. The mystery is usually layered with character development in which we see them trying to get on with their lives and routines. I also enjoyed reading about the passing seasons and locations in the series. 1mo
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☕️It‘s a pumpkin spice english muffin kind of morning.

🧈Reading Middlebrow fiction has made me appreciate some of life‘s luxuries… like butter. As I was over generously slathering it on today, I wondered how much of a ration I used on a single meal. And was grateful that I have so much.

📖The promising start I‘ve heard from other #FurrowedMiddlebrowClub members made me move this one to the top of the reading pile!

MrsK I suspect you may have used your entire months ration (2 oz as per Historic UK) in one morning 😜. Can‘t wait to start on my first #furrowedmiddlebrowclub read❤️ (edited) 1mo
Jess_Read_This @MrsK 😬 That sounds about right.. I‘m a complete butter glutton. It‘s rather horrifying to realize in one sitting my entire month‘s ration would have been used up! I‘m looking forward to reading this month‘s book along with you. So glad you joined the group! 1mo
batsy Love this post! And yes about wondering how to cope with rations; I take so much for granted. 1mo
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Jess_Read_This @batsy I‘ve been realizing I take a lot for granted when I read this genre. I‘ve been astounded wondering how everyone coped with so much uncertainty, especially in an age where news wasn‘t updated by the minute as it happens and available at a push of a button. I can‘t imagine the years of not knowing what the future held and how precarious lives were. 1mo
MrsK What most don‘t realize is that rationing was more to divert the products for use in making essential military supplies. Butter contains glycerin which was used to make things like gunpowder. Sorry…I was originally a history major and a font of useless information😁 (edited) 1mo
Jess_Read_This @MrsK I didn‘t realize that! I had assumed it was to divert food for troop consumption. I had no idea about glycerin and gunpowder. That‘s fascinating. Please keep sharing all your “useless” or rather in my opinion, fascinating bits of information! 😁 I enjoy the learning and it helps with perspective and context when reading. 1mo
jlhammar Can‘t wait to start this! Lovely photo. Your post reminded me of this fascinating nonfiction title I read years ago and loved. 1mo
Tamra Perfect start! 1mo
Jess_Read_This @jlhammar Thank you for sharing that book with me. I haven‘t heard of it before and it sounds like one I need to read! Just stacked it now and will be getting a copy of it. I‘m looking forward to reading this one with you! 1mo
MrsK @jlhammar I need to find that one. 1mo
batsy @Jess_Read_This Yes, and this book kind of deals with all of that obliquely. Hence the fantasy of a country home (much of it to do with self-sufficiency). She briefly mentions the fuel crisis in England in 1947 and it feels so pertinent right now. 1mo
batsy @jlhammar That book sounds fascinating; thanks for sharing. 1mo
LeahBergen @jlhammar That book sounds awesome! I‘ll be hunting down a copy, too. 👍 1mo
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“By all these lovely tokens, September days are here. With summer's best of weather and autumn's best of cheer."- Helen Hunt Jackson?

It‘s 90 degrees and humid out. But I‘ve got college football on in the background for ambiance while digging into my autumnal periodicals. Enjoy these last dog days of summer, friends, on this fine weekend.

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LeahBergen I‘m reading this Slightly Foxed issue today, too. 👍 1mo
Jess_Read_This @LeahBergen ❤️🍁I just love reading the quarterly on the weekends. It‘s so relaxing! 1mo
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Slightly Foxed | Slighty Foxed Limited
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Summer plums and the current issue of Slightly Foxed. My favorite way to spend a humid summer morning. ❤️

Chelsea.Poole Lovely 🍑 2mo
idealityandme Cuuuuute plate! 2mo
LeahBergen Lovely! I always enjoy my Slightly Foxed time, too. 2mo
Cathythoughts Gorgeous picture ♥️ 2mo
Tamra Love that cover! 2mo
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The English Air | D.E. Stevenson
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It edged into “pick” territory for me because I couldn‘t put it down as I had to know what happens with the Braithwaites and Franz‘s story. But (as others pointed out in the #FurrowedMiddlebrowClub) the propaganda and slight preachy tones diminished my enjoyment of it. But there was a country house, lovely summer days, and nature scenic writing. I wish she‘d written a prequel on Dane and Hartley‘s time together in the service!

batsy Nicely put! The summer atmosphere, the country house ... Those bits were so nice. 2mo
Kimzey Glad to see you enjoyed it. I may finish it yet! My summer got very complicated due to an ongoing family medical crisis, so I‘d put it aside, since the other reviews were lukewarm. 2mo
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Kimzey Also, love the woven mat. What is the cool glass object to the left of the book? 2mo
Jess_Read_This @Kimzey I hope things settle down for you and your family. If you are able to get back to it, looking forward to your thoughts on it! Thanks for liking my placemat! The glass object is a vintage glass buoy. I started collecting various ones after I found a few on a trip to Maine. This one is from Oregon- I guess they wash up on shore from Japanese fishing boats pre 1960/70s. I love the various colors and shapes! Some have stamps too. (edited) 2mo
Tamra Yes, I loved the same things about it! 2mo
erzascarletbookgasm Agree! If only it‘s not so ‘preachy‘ I would have enjoyed it more. Nice review! 2mo
erzascarletbookgasm @Kimzey I hope things get better for you and your family soon. 💗 2mo
Ruthiella Great review! 😀 Dane certainly would have been an interesting character to explore more from! He and Hartley must have had some interesting adventures for sure! 2mo
Kimzey @Jess_Read_This Thanks for letting me know about the fishing buoys. I live inland, so have not come across those. It‘s always so interesting to learn what people collect. Love that your interest started with found objects and developed from there. 2mo
Kimzey @Jess_Read_This @erzascarletbookgasm Thanks for the good wishes. Too much to go into here, but my Mom is doing better and we‘re all adjusting to the changes needed to care for her. ❤️ 2mo
LeahBergen Yes, I felt much the same. But give me a country house setting and I‘m easy to please. 😆😆 2mo
CarolynM Great review. I was hoping for a bit more about Dane too. I love those terribly British spy capers. 2mo
CarolynM @Kimzey Hope things continue to improve for you all💕 2mo
Cathythoughts @Kimzey I hope all is getting better for you ♥️ 2mo
Cathythoughts Great review! I enjoyed the romances ♥️ 2mo
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A Pin to See the Peep Show | Fryniwyd Tennyson Jesse
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June Goodreads “Raising the Middlebrow Book Club” selection. I couldn‘t put it down! Initially it felt like a slow go but I ended up completely absorbed. The writing was fantastic. Tennyson Jesse talks about class, women in the workforce, wages, marital bedroom rights, abortion, the legal system and its treatment of women, fidelity, adultery, and fulfillment-in several nuances. So much to discuss!
#jessreads2022 #raisingthemiddlebrowbookclub2022

LeahBergen I‘m looking forward to this one! 4mo
Jess_Read_This @LeahBergen It was a great read and I really enjoyed Tennyson Jesse‘s writing. It was my first by her. And we are discussing the Edith Thompson case that inspired the novel. I‘ve got Delafield‘s Messalina of the Suburbs on deck next to compare which was also inspired by the Thompson case. But Pin to See the Peepshow has so much discussion worthy material! 4mo
rubyslippersreads ❤️ your paper dolls. This sounds interesting. 4mo
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Jess_Read_This @rubyslippersreads Thank you! They came from a vintage French fashion magazine (or so the Etsy seller told me lol) They were sold as book marks but I prop them up on my bookshelf. 4mo
LeahBergen I‘m even more intrigued now! And that‘s one of the Delafield‘s I‘ve yet to hunt down (and I‘m a BIG fan). 😊 4mo
batsy Great review. I have a copy thanks to the lovely @LeahBergen and I'm excited to get to it soon! 4mo
Cathythoughts Great review! I have a copy of this and never got too far as it was a slow start …. It picks up you say! I‘ll give it another go soon 👍🏻😁 (edited) 4mo
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A memoir and essay on the works of Jane Austen? Sign me up. I love the raw authenticity of a memoir and the critical analysis of a book combined. Cohen writes with a creative writing flair but manages to convey analysis and metaphor at the same time, along with a profound exposition of her dealings with her father‘s illness and death. A beautiful book that is a moving tribute to her father.
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5⭐️ I give this rating based on the fact that I got a chill from reading the ending. Maybe it was due to the fact that the 9 storytellers in the French garden set in August 1914 felt real. Aldrich wrote this as fiction; but I believed each character existed and having the knowledge of what was to come grieved me. WWI looms and time is a thief of their joy. Fantastic storytelling in what is said and also left unsaid.
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Tamra Stacked! 4mo
Jess_Read_This @Tamra I hope you enjoy it! I recommend this one. It‘s not like any other book I‘ve read before. The plot set up and style are unique. We never know anyone‘s actual names- they are identified mainly by profession or attribute. The narrator is simply known as “Me”. It‘s rare I say this, but I‘d love to see this book translated on screen. I think it would be a terrific movie too. 4mo
Tamra @Jess_Read_This now I‘m more intrigued! 👏🏾 4mo
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LeahBergen This sounds amazing! 4mo
Cathythoughts Lovey! Stacking. 4mo
MrsK Scrolling through your #jessreads2022 and found this. Adding to my stack now. Have you read Beverly Nichols Merry Hall books? 1mo
Jess_Read_This @MrsK I haven‘t read Merry Hall yet (and am embarrassed to say how long it‘s sat on my bookshelf lol). Did you love it? I picked up another of his while on vacation this year that I haven‘t gotten to either. Should I start reading his books with Merry Hall, though? 1mo
MrsK @Jess_Read_This if you want to follow his journey the read them in order. I love all of his books…but he can be a bit acerbic in his attitude. 1mo
Jess_Read_This @MrsK Thank you for the tip and nudge to pull Merry Hall off the shelf. ❤️ 1mo
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4⭐️ I love to garden and most fiction books centered around gardening appeal to me. I enjoyed this one. Though predictable near the end, it was a pleasant afternoon easy read.

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Untitled | Unknown
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📽Anyone else watching and enjoying this show? I have been absolutely loving it.

📚Which leads me to my request: does anyone have any Gilded Age era books they can recommend to me? Both fiction and nonfiction. I‘ve been researching but always enjoy hearing recommendations from others. Please share or tag a book set in this time period you recommend!

#recommend #sharingiscaring ❤️ #gildedage

AmyG I am really enjoying this show. The dresses! I love seeing what they wear. 7mo
Jess_Read_This @AmyG Yes! The fashion is just incredible! I really hope the costume designers get recognized for the amazing work they have done. I also love seeing the kitchens with the tiles, copper pots, and the elaborate table settings. 7mo
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Julsmarshall I‘m loving it too! And thanks for that link, @Jess_Read_This ! Checking it out! 7mo
Jess_Read_This @Julsmarshall Awesome! I‘m posting one more link too that has a few different books on it than the first one. Let me know if you read/recommend any of them! 7mo
Jess_Read_This I‘ve just ordered this one too- 7mo
Jess_Read_This Nonfiction: I‘ve started listening to this one. It‘s fascinating. And the references to Austen‘s characters in the intro was well done. More of a lead up to the Gilded Age heiresses and the end of the debutante around 1914. (edited) 7mo
Dragon I binge watched 4 episodes yesterday. Joanna Shupe writes Gilded Age romance novels , I heard about the HBO series on her Instagram 7mo
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Untitled | Anonymous
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❤️”The author makes no claim that this is the love story to end all love stories. And indeed, if it were, he would have performed a singularly poor service to his profession”

Only a Denis Mackail blurb flap would start off in this manner. Happy Valentine‘s Week, Littens! I‘m hopelessly delayed in extending my loving wishes for you all but at least I‘ve sent them in on this lovely Friday afternoon.

#denismackail #vintageread #jessreads2022

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Tattered Tartan | Isabel Cameron
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@LeahBergen Here is the cover of Tattered Tartan. It‘s the sequel to “The But and Ben”- which is about a female doctor in the Glen. The people figured they‘d better send to Inverness for a male doctor, but she was ready to prove her worth. I haven‘t read either yet but it‘s a 2022 goal to get to them. (As always… the TBR looms over my good intentions)

LeahBergen Thank you! I love a good middlebrow Highlands tale. 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 9mo
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Mariana | Monica Dickens, Harriet Lane
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My #PersephonePick amongst all the terrific titles discussed in the hashtagged posts.

Seeing as @elkeOriginal knows I‘ve had this one sitting on my shelf since Christmas 2020.. I better join in on that buddyread.

My Storygraph is jessreadthis. Please add me if the buddyread is happening there and when do we start! 💃🏻

elkeOriginal This is one way to force us to read xmas gifts! 9mo
LeahBergen Lovely shelf! 😍 My eye is drawn to that Tattered Tartan book. I must investigate! 😆 9mo
catebutler Excited to read this one with you! 9mo
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Jess_Read_This @LeahBergen I‘ll post a photo so you can see the cover! It‘s the sequel to “The But and Ben” which I haven‘t read but is about a female doctor in the Highlands 9mo
Jess_Read_This @catebutler I am excited as well. I haven‘t read Monica Dickens yet! 9mo
Jess_Read_This @elkeOriginal Ha! Quite right! 9mo
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🎄 I‘ve wanted this edition for over a year now. I missed out on the first and only one I saw during that time. And when I saw it pop up on Abe, I had to treat myself.

A next year seasonal read, but I was pretty excited to unwrap it today! And maybe I‘ll read a little now, there‘s nothing wrong with keeping Christmas in your heart all year long. Isn‘t that what the movies say? 🧐

#vintageread #christmasbook #christmaspresent

LeahBergen I‘m so jealous! I‘ve been wanting a copy of this for years. 💚 9mo
rockpools 😍 9mo
Jess_Read_This @LeahBergen this was my fourth attempt at trying to buy this book… the first two times faster people scooped them up when I emailed the sellers condition questions and the third time the seller canceled my order. I was lucky and had some Christmas money burning a hole in my pocket. I‘ll keep an eye out for you! 2022 will be the year you get your copy! (edited) 9mo
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LeahBergen Thanks! Yes, please do keep an eye out for me. Don‘t you hate when you get swooped on a book deal? 😆 9mo
BookBabe I don‘t know anything about that book, but the cover is lovely! 9mo
Jess_Read_This @LeahBergen I will definitely keep an eye out for you! And yes, it‘s a sore spot when I get swooped but I can begrudgingly get it because I can be too slow with my inquiries on condition where there isn‘t a photo lol. I lost out on a copy of Sylvia Warner Townsend‘s Diaries (read the Slightly Foxed email on it)Opened the description and went to add it to my cart- and someone already bought in that 30 seconds lol. 9mo
Jess_Read_This @BookBabe I love it too! So much nostalgia! I hope kids still have snowball fights nowadays. I did and this book was published in the early 1950‘s so kids did then. The memories of it all drew me to the cover. (edited) 9mo
LeahBergen @Jess_Read_This Grrr! And I JUST read the Slightly Foxed email about that one. 😆 9mo
Jess_Read_This @LeahBergen lol- I keep telling myself I hope the person that bought it for a good $9.79 deal was a fellow middlebrow lover reading their email the same time I was this morning… 🤣 9mo
elkeOriginal Wait, @LeahBergen doesn‘t own this? 🤯 9mo
LeahBergen @elkeOriginal Nope. 😆 9mo
Jess_Read_This @LeahBergen @elkeOriginal 2022 is her year for a copy! We are going to find it! Sending all the book serendipity manifesting type wishes out into the universe she gets it. 💫 And that she gets a better deal on her copy than I did 🤣 (edited) 9mo
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Middlemarch | George Eliot
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I told myself I‘d read this in 2022. And here 2022 has arrived. It feels rather intimidating but I‘ve had several lovers of George Eliot supportively cheering me on to get started. So here it goes… 📖

#jessreads2022 #readingtheclassics #currentlyreading

elkeOriginal You can do it! 9mo
zezeki I've read it a few years ago and loved it! Just take your time with it! 💪🏼 9mo
Jess_Read_This @elkeOriginal Thank you!! ❤️❤️ I needed to hear that! (edited) 9mo
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Jess_Read_This @zezeki Thank you for the advice! And joining the group of Middlemarch lovers telling me how much they loved it ☺️ That is always encouraging to hear. (edited) 9mo
elkeOriginal I loved both the book and the Masterpiece Theatre version back in the ‘90s. That can be your reward! 9mo
Jess_Read_This @elkeOriginal Ohhh, I do like the sounds of watching the Masterpiece Program at the end! 9mo
quietjenn I agree with @zezeki - just take your time and enjoy it! It's worth it. I've been meaning to revisit it myself. Maybe this will be the year ... 9mo
Jess_Read_This @quietjenn I hope you get to it. I‘m not too far in as I‘m taking your and @zezeki ‘s advice to go slow and enjoy. And I‘m enjoying it. I already am intrigued with Dorothea and where the story will go. 9mo
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The Spellbound Village: A Novel | Julia Truitt Yenni
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“People‘s people, only in a small town more so. She wrote about people”. 5⭐️

Faith Goodbind wrote about people. And the people of Two River Junction thought she was writing about them. They read the book and saw all their secrets laid bare. The entire town is in an uproar and Faith has no idea. We see the fallout, redemption, and recovery. There is also humor to balance out some of the seriousness. Highly recommend!

#jessreads2022 #middlebrow

elkeOriginal You read this SO fast! Time for me to catch up! 9mo
Jess_Read_This @elkeOriginal Don‘t read what I posted about it in the club notes. Very spoilery! I tried to write big warnings too. I couldn‘t put it down yesterday! Plus I refused to do any laundry or chores 😂 (edited) 9mo
elkeOriginal I noticed your all caps SPOILERS 😹😹 9mo
elkeOriginal Not being able to put down a book is the best recommendation! 9mo
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The Spellbound Village: A Novel | Julia Truitt Yenni
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My first buddy read of 2022. It‘s about a young author who has written a book about people in a small town. When people in her town read the novel they begin to identify themselves as the leading characters and “hidden tensions erupt from beneath the surface of village life”. It sounds a bit “Miss Buncle-esque” to me? I could be entirely wrong in my first impression from the book flap.

#jessreads2022 #vintagereads #middlebrow

LeahBergen Miss Buncle‘s Book is a favourite of mine! I can‘t wait to hear what you think of this one (and if I should buy it 😆). 9mo
Jess_Read_This @LeahBergen I‘m about 77 pages into it. I‘m liking it so far! Though, I wouldn‘t say it‘s like Miss Buncle‘s Book. The author of the book that has the town in an uproar didn‘t intentionally write it with the townspeople in mind. They are finding themselves in it. Also, this novel doesn‘t have that cozy sort of feeling Buncle gave me. It‘s more serious in nature and concept. But I‘m still very much enjoying it. But not at all like Buncle. (edited) 9mo
Jess_Read_This @LeahBergen I think my mind made the comparison when I heard the premise was about a book written in a small town and the townspeople get in an uproar thinking it‘s about them. 9mo
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LeahBergen Thanks for the update! The coziness of Miss Buncle really adds to the enjoyment of it, doesn‘t it? I‘ll definitely keep this one on my radar, though! 9mo
Jess_Read_This @LeahBergen I finished it last night and absolutely loved it. It ended up being rather funny along with serious tones. There are some very serious themes in the townspeople seeing themselves- TW alluding to child sexual molestation history, suicide. Overall, I was impressed with the writing and the story. I‘d definitely recommend. Just wouldn‘t call it cozy, per se. And that is an nice element to have in a book too. (edited) 9mo
LeahBergen You‘ve totally convinced me now that you say there‘s a bit of humour! Thanks. 👏🏻 9mo
Jess_Read_This @LeahBergen I enjoyed it so much, I splurged on another Truitt Yenni book! (edited) 9mo
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The Bronzed Beasts | Roshani Chokshi
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5⭐️ A high rating because I love Chokshi‘s writing.

Reading this novel felt like Roshani Chokshi was letting us briefly glimpse a bit of her heart and soul. It was so raw and beautiful. Her gorgeous descriptive language immersed the reader fully into the world she built. Chokshi has a way of incorporating all the five senses into her writing, which is completely transportive.

#jessreads2022 #recommend #bookreview

erinreads I just bought a copy of The Gilded Wolves to finally start this series! 9mo
Jess_Read_This @erinreads I hope you enjoy the series as much as I did. I felt with the descriptive language, Chokshi creates a true reading experience for her readers. I‘m looking forward to hearing what you think when you read The Gilded Wolves. 9mo
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The Wintringham Mystery | Anthony Berkeley
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Totally influenced by @LeahBergen with this recent purchase. Which maybe that should be Litsy hashtag? 😉The mention that this one stumped Agatha Christie completely piqued my interest. I‘m so glad you shared this one, Leah. I‘m really looking forward to reading it.

LeahBergen 😆😆 Here‘s hoping we both enjoy it! 9mo
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The Bronzed Beasts | Roshani Chokshi
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“Do you know how the world ends?” She asked softly.
“Fire and brimstone, I imagine?”
“No,” she said smiling. “It ends in terrible beauty”

Nice cheery breakfast reading to start off 2022…and don‘t judge my generous serving of butter. 🥞

#jessreads2022 #happynewyear #2022

bookandbedandtea Butter makes everything better! Enjoy your adorable little pancakes and your book. 9mo
Jess_Read_This @bookandbedandtea It sure does! When my friend and I go out to breakfast, she eats her pancakes plain whereas my pancakes look like a five year old was given freedom with butter and syrup 😂 9mo
elkeOriginal I vote for butter & syrup all the way! 9mo
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AlaMich Everyone knows the pancakes are just the delivery device for the butter and syrup! 😅 9mo
Jess_Read_This @AlaMich @elkeOriginal We‘d all make lovely brunch partners! 🧈🥞 9mo
elkeOriginal @AlaMich Well said! 9mo
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❤️You will be missed. Thank you for the memories.

elkeOriginal I. Can‘t. Deal. 😿 (edited) 9mo
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The Bronzed Beasts | Roshani Chokshi
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Officially finishing 2021 with magic and quite a bit of sodium. Happy New Year! 🎉🥂

#hny #happynewyear #2021 #magicreads

elkeOriginal So decadent - I love the way you ring out a year. 9mo
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A Sky Painted Gold | Laura Wood
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4.5⭐️ I wasn‘t sure how I‘d end up feeling about this heavily influenced by The Great Gatsby themed book. But Wood made it her own, despite having the sections broken up by Great Gatsby quotes. Young writer, Louise, is swept up into the glitz of summer parties and affluent life by the Cardew siblings. It‘s a coming of age novel that fortunately has a happier ending than Gatsby does. A relaxing, escapist read.
#2021 #recommend #bookreview

MeganAnn I love this cover 😍 9mo
Jess_Read_This @MeganAnn Me too! All of her books have gorgeous covers like this. That‘s what caught my attention right off the bat. 9mo
elkeOriginal Your cover + bookmark matching game is top notch! 9mo
elkeOriginal That cover is mesmerizing. Glad you liked it since you gave such feelings fir the Great Gatsby! 9mo
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Anne of Avonlea | L M Montgomery
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I loved this reread. My adult mind picked up on plot elements ten year old me glossed over. I found myself loving Marilla in this novel. She became more of a person to me. Her sense of humor is dry and wry- which always makes me laugh. I love how Montgomery really developed her as a character in this novel vs. the first one.

The seasonal themes were lovely to read as well. A favorite series.
5⭐️
#2021 #kindredspirits #lmmontgomery #annewithane

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A Sky Painted Gold | Laura Wood
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🎅🏻The last of the Christmas cookies and one more read to squeeze in for 2021.

Happy New Year‘s Eve!

#nye #2021 #newyear #newbooks

Tamra What a cover! 9mo
elkeOriginal You need more cookies. 9mo
Jess_Read_This @Tamra It‘s pretty gorgeous! This was a library copy and I‘m tempted to buy one for myself. 9mo
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Jess_Read_This @elkeOriginal Or I just ate too many Christmas cookies! 🙊 9mo
elkeOriginal @Jess_Read_This Regardless, you need more cookies. 9mo
Jess_Read_This @elkeOriginal Seeing as I‘m loving the sweatpants life, I need less cookies 🤣 9mo
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Untitled | Anonymous
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Readers of all ages commiserating over a lack of books.📚

#reader #readersgonnaread

GingerAntics What a sweet little girl. 💙💙💙 9mo
UwannaPublishme 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 9mo
Jess_Read_This @GingerAntics I thought so too. Just the sweetest. It makes me so happy to know there will always be future generations of book lovers. 9mo
Dragon 💚books 9mo
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✔️Preordered!
✔️Submitted my request to the Litsy Librarians to add to the database.
I love that it‘s releasing in September. Reading about the life of Agatha Christie in the autumn months will be perfect.
“With access to personal letters and papers that have rarely been seen, Lucy Worsley's biography is both authoritative and entertaining and makes us realise what an extraordinary pioneer Agatha Christie was.”

#preorder #2022 #agathachristie

rabbitprincess Added this to the TBR! Thanks for posting about it 😊 9mo
Jess_Read_This @rabbitprincess Lucy just posted about it today on her IG page. I‘m pretty excited for this one. I‘m so glad you‘ve got it on your TBR too! 9mo
quietjenn Oh, this is exciting! 9mo
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Jess_Read_This @quietjenn 254 days is such a long wait! 9mo
LeahBergen I‘m very excited about this one! 9mo
batsy Yes! 🙌🏽 9mo
elkeOriginal OHHHHHH 9mo
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Anne of Green Gables | L M Montgomery
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Kathleen Kelly‘s mom advised to read this with a box of Kleenex. Which I never understood until my reread of this as an adult. I cried. I cried quite a bit actually. Part nostalgia and part realizing Anne‘s predicament as a neglected orphan, escaping along with Anne in her imaginations. And then falling in love with Montgomery‘s gorgeous writing all over again. It‘s definitely one of my #bestof2021 📚

#lmmontgomery #AnneWithAnE #kindredspirits

BookBabe Yes! Love Anne of Green Gables! 😃❤️ 9mo
LiteraryinLawrence Love the You‘ve Got Mail reference! 9mo
Jess_Read_This @BookBabe She has turned into such a comfort read for me! 9mo
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Jess_Read_This @LiteraryinLawrence 📬⌨️ It‘s probably one of my most favorite movies! Great life lessons, entertaining, sweet, funny… and about books! All of my favorite elements in a move. And Meg Ryan is so perfect in that role! 9mo
LeahBergen I just reread the series this year, too. 😭 9mo
Jess_Read_This @LeahBergen 😭 It felt like coming home for me when I reread this. There‘s not many books that do that to me. Next time we both do a reread I‘ll send you a box of kleenex too! (edited) 9mo
LeahBergen 😆😆 Thank you! 9mo
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🎄Christmas Haul Part One with a distinct Bloomsbury theme. I recently bought an annotated Mrs. Dalloway so have some Woolf 2022 reading goals.

Has anyone read either of these? I‘d love to hear your thoughts/reviews on them.

#christmasbooks #bookhaul #virginiawoolf #bloomsbury

elkeOriginal From the Servants description: “That room of Woolf's own was kept clean by a series of cooks and maids” - OUCH! 9mo
elkeOriginal The Servants book looks fascinating! 9mo
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Jess_Read_This @elkeOriginal That‘s been one on my radar this past year. It sounds super interesting! 9mo
TrishB I have the tagged one but not read yet! 9mo
Augustdana Really enjoyed square haunting, have to check out the other book!! 9mo
jlhammar Square Haunting is very good. Enjoy! 9mo
Jess_Read_This @jlhammar and @Augustdana I‘m so glad to hear it‘s a good one! I was pretty excited to finally get it. It‘s been on my book radar all year too. Thanks for reaffirming to me it‘s a good one. 9mo
Jess_Read_This @TrishB Lol- that‘s the story of my life! I have many tagged books but they sit waiting for me to get to them! 9mo
Librarybelle Square Haunting is on my to read list…they both look so good! 9mo
Jess_Read_This @Librarybelle I thought so too! I love a good below stairs kind of book, so am very intrigued on the Woolf one. And Square Haunting just sounds fascinating to me. 9mo
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Christmas Pudding | Nancy Mitford
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“As for the book, it‘s no good writing about the upper classes if you hope to be taken seriously. You must have noticed that by now? Station masters, my dear, station masters” Amabelle pg 26.

An entirely light hearted Christmas read that is full of wit, cynicism, humor, a touch of absurdity, and sly deprecating comments. I don‘t know if it‘s her best, but it was a fun read going into Christmas week.

#book #nancymitford #bookreview

elkeOriginal OMG - those fur coats on the cover! 9mo
Jess_Read_This @elkeOriginal I think there are prettier and more kind editions out there. I happened to pick this one up years ago at a used bookshop. 9mo
Cathythoughts Great post , great cover 💫 9mo
Jess_Read_This @Cathythoughts Thank you! ☺️ It was such a nice light read over the holidays. 9mo
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August Folly | Angela Thirkell
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“Miss Tebben, I love you to distraction. Could you possibly give me any hope?”

•This line is just so reminiscent of one Jane Austen would have written. This was such a delightful and timely August read. A novel of a village play, a wryly observant donkey, a mishap with a bull, a dinner party created with absconded accompaniments, a moonlit stroll or two, and as always, one or two couples get engaged in the end. ❤️

#viragomodernclassics #virago

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“But it does seem to me that the people I used to know were more human and wise-like. There was surely less struggle for money and less running after the great ones-who aren‘t so very great after all‘s said and done. There was less vulgarity and we were content with simpler pleasures.”

The timeless nostalgia of debating old days vs. new days. I adore this book and it makes me want some old days right now. Stevenson is such a comfort read. ❤️

LeahBergen I adore these books! Lovely photo. ❤️❤️ 2y
Jess_Read_This @LeahBergen thank you! I adore this series as well. I love that on each reread I discover something new I missed on the prior ones. 2y
quietjenn Great photo! I totally agree - I've been doing tons of comfort reading of Stevenson lately! 2y
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Jess_Read_This @quietjenn I‘ve just been loving her books. Between her and Thirkell, it‘s been a wonderful summer of comfort reads. 2y
quietjenn @Jess_Read_This I totally relate to that 🙂 2y
elkeOriginal Ugh, this photo is awesome 💗 9mo
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Cheerfulness Breaks In | Angela Thirkell
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💸😍When the preorders start trickling in... one more should be showing up shortly. It‘s truly been a summer of Thirkell in my reading and escapes into Barsetshire.

#vmc #virago #angelathirkell #bookmail

Sparklemn Just purchased the first in the series! 2y
Jess_Read_This @Sparklemn Yay!! Which was one is that? I probably haven‘t been reading them in order 🙈 2y
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Sparklemn @Jess_Read_This It's called High Rising. I'm a bit nutty about reading series in order. 🙃 2y
LeahBergen I received posted with an old edition of the tagged book. I love Thirkell! ❤️ 2y
Jess_Read_This @Sparklemn I‘ve got that one and Christmas at High Rising. I need to read them still. I didn‘t realize they had an order and so far haven‘t noticed too many details out of order. But I usually try to read in order too. 😬 2y
Jess_Read_This @LeahBergen Oh! How lovely! I started with the VMC series and feel I need to complete it. But you can‘t beat the vintage editions with dust jackets and gorgeous cover art! 2y
Cathythoughts Lovely! I got The Brandons after your recent post 😁🙏🙏🙏 2y
Jess_Read_This @Cathythoughts oh! That makes me happy to hear! Have you read it yet? 2y
CarolynM ❤️ 2y
catebutler I have these on my wish list! Thirkell is such a wonderful author!! 2y
Jess_Read_This @catebutler I found her to be such a comforting read this summer. It was just what I needed to read about children being children, a bit of village gossip and drama, plays being performed, young love, and a couple or two getting engaged in the end. 2y
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5⭐️ I found this to be the perfect summer read. Wonderfully paired with summer berries, laying under a ceiling fan escaping to Barsetshire on a humid July day. I count myself amongst Mrs. Brandon‘s admirers now.

#virago #vmc #angelathirkell #recommend

catebutler Thirkell is a favourite of mine. And these editions are so dreamy! ✨ 2y
Jess_Read_This @catebutler Confession time: I think I‘ve got the rest of the Virago editions of her books on the way.... save for the three coming out in August that may have also been preordered. 💸 I really enjoyed this one and am thinking of starting Summer Half next! Do you have a favorite? 2y
Cathythoughts I did order this ! So excited to get it ... ✨ 2y
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Libby1 Beautiful photo. 🍒 2y
Jess_Read_This @Cathythoughts Yay!!! I can‘t wait to hear what you think of it! 2y
Jess_Read_This @Libby1 Thank you! Summer cherries are such a treat for me! 2y
LeahBergen I‘m feeling the need to pick up another Thirkell now! 2y
Jess_Read_This @LeahBergen C‘mon, everyone‘s doing it!(intense peer pressure) You must! 😂 I think this is my summer of Thirkell. Perfect escapist reading. 2y
elkeOriginal Love the cover, love your photo even more. 9mo
Jess_Read_This @elkeo_TheBookDragon Thanks! I kind of miss the days where I styled my book photos. Now I am lucky to open the app up. 🤦🏻‍♀️ 2022 goals to get back to basics. (edited) 9mo
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📚I love my librarians. I picked up my second book hoard from them and they tucked in back issues of Bookpages I never got to read due to Covid.
🐝To which I promptly got on Book Depository to order the gorgeous U.K. edition of this because it called to my beekeeping heart.

#beekeeper #pollinatorprotector #beelover #savethehoneybee

GingerAntics Your librarians ROCK!!! 2y
Jess_Read_This @GingerAntics I promptly went to the library‘s social media page to publicly thank and recognize how awesome they are. It was such a great surprise to open the bag and see all the issues I haven‘t read yet. 2y
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Untitled | Unknown
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Loved animal book: 🕸Charlotte‘s Web🕸

1. Sittin On The Dock of the Bay by Otis Redding. I didn‘t know all the words but I sure loved trying to whistle along with him.
2. I‘m so thankful for air conditioning. We are on day 9 of above 90F weather and 80% humidity with no end in sight next week.

Tagging anyone who wants to share in #ThankfulThursday
@Cosmos_Moon

Thanks for the tag @ItsAnotherJen

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Saplings | Noel Streatfeild
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🥳 When you take a chance and purchase the more expensive used book listing because the seller described the dust jacket in detail in the hopes the bookmark would be present. Best extra $3 I spent lately!

#persephonebooks #persephone

Eyelit Gotta love Persephone! 💜 2y
Crinoline_Laphroaig Beautiful! 2y
Jess_Read_This @Eyelit They always do everything just right! ☺️ 2y
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Jess_Read_This @Crinoline_Laphroaig Thank you! I was pretty excited to see the matching inner page bookmark. Persephone makes such pretty books. 2y
LeslieO What a beauty! 2y
erzascarletbookgasm Gorgeous! I love the author. Have this stacked. 😊 2y
Jess_Read_This @LeslieO Love love love Persephones!❤️ 2y
Jess_Read_This @erzascarletbookgasm It sure is! I‘m excited to read this one. I‘ve gathered from reviews it‘s entirely different than her other books. 2y
LeahBergen Yay!! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2y
Jess_Read_This @LeahBergen ❤️❤️❤️❤️ 2y
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Vow of Thieves | Mary E. Pearson
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🐱🐾 Clearly he feels my time could be better spent admiring him rather than reading.

#catsoflitsy #currentlyreading #recommendsday

Leftcoastzen 😻🥰 2y
Jess_Read_This @Leftcoastzen He loves a good open book to lay on. ❤️ 2y
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Jess_Read_This @Graciouswarriorprincess Thank you! ☺️ He‘s my baby that I bottle fed last summer. He also has quite a sassy pants side to him. Our relationship is based on bickering and becoming friends again daily. 😂 2y
elkeOriginal Mr. Sassy Pants 😹 9mo
Jess_Read_This @elkeo_TheBookDragon He will always put his sassy pants on and lay on my books. 😂 9mo
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A Summer Bird-Cage | Margaret Drabble
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I didn‘t know she is A.S. Byatt‘s sister while reading this. When I learned this, it made me wonder quite a bit if there might be some autobiographical touches with the two sisters‘ relationship in this book. Drabble notes they have normal sibling rivalry.

I enjoyed the cerebral nature of this book. We are welcomed to narrator Sarah‘s head. It‘s a complex mind full of observation, wondering at life&relationships, and seeking a place in the world.

JamieArc I really like AS Byatt, so this is interesting to me. Thanks for sharing! 2y
Jess_Read_This @JamieArc Let me know what you think! I guess they actually don‘t get along? Byatt says the gossip columnists exaggerate their issues. Drabble says they have a natural sibling rivalry. From what I‘ve read, either way, they aren‘t too close. Which is sad. It made me look at this book in a different way when I learned that. Not a bad way, just more thoughtful on how she wrote the sisters‘ relationship in the book. (edited) 2y
CarolynM I remember loving this when I read it long ago. Margaret Drabble always seems to write about women at much the same stage of life that she is, so I've always assumed there's a bit of autobiography in all of them. I think it's particularly true of this one and her second novel 2y
Jess_Read_This @CarolynM This story really had some real feeling movements to it. It was my first Drabble and I liked her writing quite a bit. I‘ll read Garrick Year next! Thank you for the recommendation! 2y
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☕️”Peace being restored over the coffee, Mrs Brandon ate her own breakfast and read her letters.”

I made the mistake of reading the news and checking in on Twitter this morning. This sentence spoke to me as I realized, I too, am finding a bit of peace in my morning coffee and book. Along with a giant raspberry pastry.

💐Hoping you find your bit of peace today.💐

#currentlyreading #virago #vmc

AlaMich Ah, Angela Thirkell! ❤️ 2y
Jess_Read_This @AlaMich It‘s always nice to escape to Barsetshire sometimes! ☺️ 2y
AlaMich @Jess_Read_This especially these days. 😞 2y
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BookNAround Thirkell is one of my favorites. 2y
Jess_Read_This @AlaMich Isn‘t that the truth. 😕 Reading truly is my escape. 2y
Jess_Read_This @BookNAround I‘m finding her to be a comforting read in this one! I haven‘t read all her books, just a few. But I seem to always buy them when I see them! 2y
kwmg40 I love the covers of these VMC editions of Thirkell's books! 2y
CarolynM Love Angela Thirkell ❤️ This is a good one! 2y
Cathythoughts Sounds great , I‘m stacking I just wish a raspberry pastry came with it 😁 2y
Jess_Read_This @CarolynM I am really enjoying this! I‘m not too far into it but have already laughed at loud once or twice! 2y
Jess_Read_This @kwmg40 VMC makes such pretty books. I agree- their covers of hers are gorgeous! To be honest, the cover drew me into buying my first one. Now I‘m hooked. 2y
Jess_Read_This @Cathythoughts This one is really good so far! It‘s a nice summer read. I wish I had bought a few more pastries. One for you and one for me this morning! 2y
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“We like to filter new information through our own experiences to see if it computes. If it matches up with what we have experienced, it‘s valid. If it doesn‘t match up, it‘s not. But race is not a universal experience.”

This. Imagine the amazing outcomes if we recognize validity cannot be founded in personal experience. It‘s far bigger.

Posting again due to Litsy bugs deleting/duplicating posts. It‘s important to me.
#currentlyreading

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Unknown Book 7535597 | Unknown Unknown
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Sorry for the duplicate posts!!! Unintentional as the app wasn‘t letting me post. And it isn‘t letting me delete duplicates. I can‘t like, comment, or add books. If you see this- The duplicate posts were unintentional. But it‘s a great book so far. I‘ve messaged Litsy to let them know.

MariaW I have had the same problem for days now. And the app doesn‘t accept my likes as well. 🙈 2y
CoffeeK8 I‘m having the same problem too. 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage Litsy has been a hot mess lately. It's not us! 2y
IamIamIam The app is so wonky the last few days!!! 2y
Jess_Read_This @MariaW @CoffeeK8 @BarbaraTheBibliophage @IamIamIam I just got an email that they fixed it. I‘m glad it wasn‘t just me but also sorry you all got affected too! 2y
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Business As Usual | Jane Oliver
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5⭐️ I think I read this with a permanent grin on my face & gave a silly sigh in response to a Private Not To Be Filed Office Correspondence. It truly is a gem. I found Jane Oliver's writing delightful. The writing combined with the clever illustrations by Ann Stafford, was perfection. It's no secret I love novels told in an epistolary format. This one is told through a series of letters, telegrams, and inter office correspondence. A new favorite.

CarolynM Sounds good. Stacked 🙂 2y
BarbaraBB Sounds great and I love all these Persephones in the background 😍 2y
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erzascarletbookgasm Stacking 👍 and the cover illustration looks lovely. Gasping at those Persephone books! 🤩 2y
LeahBergen I have this waiting on my shelves! 👏🏻👏🏻 2y
BookNAround This sounds delightful! 2y
Jess_Read_This @CarolynM Yay!! I think you‘ll really enjoy this one! 2y
Jess_Read_This @BarbaraBB Thank you! I‘m running out of shelf space for the Persephones 😬 They make the prettiest books. 2y
Jess_Read_This @erzascarletbookgasm I just loved everything about this book. The cover art got my attention too. Persephone books just make me so happy. It‘s been a fast growing collection! 2y
Jess_Read_This @LeahBergen Yay! I think you will enjoy it. I loved the classy shopping descriptions of another time. So much different than now. Though it is nice to be able order books with a tap of a button now. 2y
Jess_Read_This @BookNAround It really was wonderful. I‘m going to try to read another one of their books. I‘m also curious to see what else Handheld Press has published because this one was just so well done. 2y
elkeOriginal I need to check this out! 2y
Handheld Delighted that you enjoyed it so much. I discovered it at a book sale in a tatty 1960s edition, and was halfway through reading it on the way home when I knew we had to republish it. It's our word of mouth bestseller. 😁 1y
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🍝 This book is pure Phyllis. Jarring in its abruptness, so much said that isn't said, and beautifully poignant in so many places. All the things I've admired in her writing for years. I find her deeply relatable on some of the struggles and frustrations women have. It‘s a memoir of her life from childhood, training as a dancer at Juilliard, discovering her passion for food, marriage, postpartum depression battles, and cooking. Told in snippets.

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