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Jess_Read_This

Joined May 2016

reader, wanderer, aspiring epicure IG:@pages_in_musings 📸 📖🌱
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Mistletoe Malice by Kathleen Farrell
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My Salinger Year | Joanna Smith Rakoff
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Once I started, I couldn‘t put this book down. I eagerly turned the pages in half anticipation half suspense in following Rakoff‘s job as the assistant to J.D. Salinger‘s agent. When Rakoff shared she‘d never read Salinger‘s work as it never came up in school or interest; I felt connection. As I too have never read his work. 😬 Yet when she describes how moved she was when she did, I‘m tempted to make this year a Salinger reading year. More ⬇️

Jess_Read_This It‘s a real coming of age story in the mid 1990‘s New York. Where computers and emails were making their way into the workplace. Where Rakoff learns about credit card debt, student loans, wanting to write, having to pay the bills, dead end romance, sketchy apartment living, and the literary scene. Slight Foxed has republished this one. I definitely recommend! 3w
LeahBergen I was thinking of buying that new Slightly Foxed edition! 3w
Jess_Read_This @LeahBergen It was a fascinating read! I‘m tempted to buy the Slightly Foxed one myself since this was a library copy. 3w
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Ruthiella The early publishing experiences of the main character in Vintage Contemporaries reminded me of this book. Also, her awful boyfriend! I couldn‘t believe how long it took to realize he was a wastrel (except for I could believe it, having been young once 😆). 3w
Leftcoastzen I remember loving this book, publishing stories I just love, and love Salingers books , maybe not so much the person 3w
jlhammar I loved this book! 3w
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Anna and Her Daughters | D.E. Stevenson
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I enjoyed this one immensely. I needed the soothing rhythm of Stevenson even though the circumstances the daughters are in were hardly soothing. I was disappointed in the loss of Anna as a character once she remarried. The tidy far too convenient way we reached the happy ending. And after rereading the passage, I‘m irked we aren‘t told what exactly was wrong with Helen? And I missed the witty acerbic Augusta Millard. #FurrowedMiddlebrowClub

Ruthiella Helen died of the novelistic disease of being “no better than she ought to be”. 3w
LeahBergen Right?? Helen just faded away like a Regency woman who got her feet wet. 3w
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Jess_Read_This @LeahBergen @Ruthiella 😂 I‘m going to need to see the ICD-10 medical billing codes for those conditions. That was really the part of the book that irritated me. I couldn‘t figure out if Stevenson was insinuating something due Helen‘s lifestyle, or was it a congenital condition that she didn‘t keep up on treatments, or was Stevenson at a loss herself how to end it so let‘s blame the French language barrier in Jane and the reader never knowing. 3w
rubyslippersreads Were we supposed to think Helen had TB? 3w
jlhammar Agree about wanting more Anna. She was such a interesting character in the first part of the book. 3w
kwmg40 Good points in your review! I really enjoyed the book too but was also bothered by some of the things you mentioned. 3w
CarolynM I thought consumption too @rubyslippersreads but I prefer @Ruthiella ‘s diagnosis🤣 3w
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Anna and Her Daughters | D.E. Stevenson
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A dramatic scene that broke my heart for Rosalie! And left me wondering what exactly the timely “little red pill” was provided by Mother.

I‘m finishing this #FurrowedMiddlebrowClub read at the eleventh hour! Then will backtrack to the discussion! 🥴

Aimeesue Just the generic little red pill 😂 3w
Ruthiella It‘s the‘50s. No doubt tranquilizers were prescribed freely! 😬 3w
Jess_Read_This @Aimeesue 😂 indeed! 3w
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Jess_Read_This @Ruthiella Such a different time! I found it so interesting how casually it was mentioned. But like you said, freely prescribed back then. 3w
LeahBergen @Ruthiella Probably big ol‘ over-the-counter horse tranquilizers. 😆 3w
Jess_Read_This @LeahBergen @Ruthiella Well, after Anna‘s talk about horses and blinders, you might not be far off 🤣 (edited) 3w
LeahBergen 😆😆 3w
quietjenn Good old Mother's Little Helpers 😉 3w
batsy Yes! All those "little pills" back in the day. 3w
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Cottage Sinister | Q. Patrick
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📬Recent bookmail.
Season of Snows has newlyweds torn apart by the war. While the husband is serving, the wife finds herself being pursued by the married partner at the firm where she works. Then her newly released POW husband returns. (Queue dramatic 🎶)
Cottage Sinister is one of the Quentin books that is co-written by a woman. And it sounds like a terrific read.
Doesn‘t this Belgian chocolate bar look like the perfect Middlebrow accompaniment?

rubyslippersreads I 💙 everything about this photo! 3mo
Ruthiella It does! 🍫🇧🇪😋👍 3mo
Aimeesue A perfect pairing of chocolate and books! 3mo
batsy Yes, it does! Too cute 😍🍫 3mo
LeahBergen Ooo, the books sound so good (and so does that chocolate)! 3mo
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4⭐️ The “tragic comedic elements often found in domestic relationships” (Guardian quote from her obituary) were indeed present in this novel. I found the writing acerbically funny, entertaining (see scene where teenagers throw house party), and reflective on stages of moving on in relationships. That being said, the ending disappointed me. To be fair, Mrs Fytton was always clear on her end aim. I, the reader, just didn‘t believe her.

Jess_Read_This Link to the Guardian obituary if anyone is interested: https://www.theguardian.com/books/2023/jul/04/mavis-cheek-obituary 3mo
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Currently reading. My first Mavis Cheek novel and at 33 pages in, I know I‘ll be seeking out her others. Her writing so far is clever and relatable. Any one else read her novels and enjoy her work?

#JessReads2024

rubyslippersreads I‘ve only read this one, but definitely want to read more. 3mo
Tamra I‘ve not tried any, will check it out! 3mo
quietjenn Oo, I don't know her at all! 3mo
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batsy Haven't heard of her! This sounds delightful. 3mo
LeahBergen I‘ve been meaning to try one of her books for ages! 3mo
Jess_Read_This @rubyslippersreads the ending irked me. After all of her growth and learning. I mean, she taught herself how to make ale from hundreds year old diary.. and it was good ale. Planted a herb garden successfully with her two hands. Raised chickens. Traveled to South American for Christmas. Seemingly building a life for herself… and she becomes her ex husbands mistress in the end. I slammed the book shut. 3mo
Jess_Read_This @Tamra @quietjenn @batsy @LeahBergen Don‘t read my spoiler comment above. It will ruin the novel. But I hope you all read it because I‘m dying to rehash the book and its ending! I thought it was very well written, acerbically funny, quirky characters, and not at all domestically driven as I expected. The Guardian called her writing tragic comedy (paraphrasing) but I can see it in this novel? 3mo
Jess_Read_This “Her novels celebrate her affection for the absurd alongside the tragic-comedic elements often found in domestic relationships – usually ones that disappointed” this is the Guardian quote about her writing in her obituary. 3mo
Tamra @Jess_Read_This now I‘m really intrigued! I will try to find a copy. Edit - just ordered from the library. 😊 (edited) 3mo
Jess_Read_This @Tamra I can‘t wait to hear your thoughts on it. And to be able to talk about the ending. Which I guess that makes it a pretty decent novel if I‘m still mulling the ending over the next day? 3mo
rubyslippersreads For anyone who has Kindle Unlimited, most of her books (including this one) seem to be available there. I think that‘s how I discovered her. 3mo
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Murder While You Work | Susan Scarlett
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What stood out for me was the departure from family centered domesticity to outright family dysfunction in this Scarlett novel. The heroine isn‘t a beloved older daughter from a loving family, but a more worldly veteran of bombings, factory work, and trained in nursing on the job. The villain is pure evil. The victims undeserving and vulnerable- which was the hardest part of the book for me to read. Overall, a page turner on a blustery winter day.

jlhammar Great review! I agree, definitely a page-turner. And really interesting to get something a bit outside the formula of the other Scarlett novels we‘ve read. 3mo
kwmg40 Great observation about the family relationships. 3mo
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Tamra Fantastic review! Pure evil indeed. 3mo
quietjenn Very much agree, especially about the victims. 3mo
batsy Yes, well said! 3mo
Ruthiella Great review! And definitely a u-turn from the previous Scarlett books we‘ve read together. 3mo
LeahBergen Great review! I was totally onboard for this Scarlett departure and loved it. 😆 3mo
CarolynM You‘re right about how different this family is from the those in the other SS books we‘ve read. She did it just as well, though. 3mo
Jess_Read_This @jlhammar Thank you! I did rather like the change of pace and theme in this Scarlett novel. It felt more “grown up” in its tone. Probably due to murder and a more worldly heroine. (edited) 3mo
Jess_Read_This @kwmg40 Thank you! I think the relationships really stood out to me because the other Scarlett novels we‘ve blurred together for me. But I did recall the strong loving family foundations in her others. 3mo
Jess_Read_This @Tamra Right? She would have been the perfect Dateline documentary villain! 3mo
Jess_Read_This @quietjenn I really struggled with that. And even internally screamed “not the dog too!” No one was safe. Then my mind was worrying there was going to be some wild plot twist and the monster kid was the killer! 3mo
Jess_Read_This @batsy Thank you! 💛 3mo
Jess_Read_This @Ruthiella @LeahBergen I didn‘t expect the u turn to be quite so sharp of one! But I was very glad for it. I think the previous Scarlett novels we read were blurring together due to the similar themes. This one jolted me out of that! Though I was internally screaming “not the dog too!!” 3mo
Jess_Read_This @CarolynM I agree. I thought it was very well done. And such a shame she didn‘t write more suspense mystery novels. 3mo
julieclair Excellent review! And you are so right about the family relationships - great point. 3mo
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Cranford | Elizabeth Gaskell
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I spotted a well loved edition of Cranford in the library of Meadowbrook Hall. I asked the docent if the family read the books in the library or collected books. I was told the books were the family‘s books, they indeed read them, however, there was a secret staircase leading to a loft for the less visually appealing paperbacks. I said “Oh, the books they didn‘t want people seeing they read?” and the docent didn‘t find me funny. She said no.

DGRachel 😂 Yes. The answer is yes. (and I think that‘s hysterical) 4mo
rubyslippersreads Their guilty pleasures. 😂 4mo
Tamra 😂 The books we the little people read? Honestly, I vastly prefer paperbacks. 4mo
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Ruthiella Honestly if people were touring my home I would probably also only show the books I wanted people to be impressed by! 😂 4mo
LeahBergen 😆😆 The hidden Danielle Steels. 4mo
Jess_Read_This @Ruthiella lol! Agreed. My kindle is the warehouse for my not so proud moment collection of books 🤣 3mo
Jess_Read_This @LeahBergen 🥴I might have a few of that genre hidden around the house. 3mo
Jess_Read_This @DGRachel Me too! 😂 3mo
Jess_Read_This @rubyslippersreads I‘ve definitely got my guilty pleasure reading too 😂 3mo
Jess_Read_This @Tamra 😂 yes to us little people 3mo
Jess_Read_This Apologies for the late replies! Between the holidays and then Litsy not working for me (I kept getting a white screen), I was delayed in getting back to the app 3mo
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Mistletoe Malice | Kathleen Farrell
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“A stylish and penetrating comedy of manners: Chekhov with more cigarettes and English emotional frigidity..”

I happily was influenced by bookstagram to buy this one. But the book blurb on the back cover has me sold! Slipping in a holiday read under the wire it feels like. Where has December gone? And still, I‘ve managed to find the time to eat far too many Christmas cookies. 🎄

batsy That is an enticing blurb! 4mo
Tamra Yes, where has it gone? 4mo
Ruthiella Oh yeah! “English emotional fragility” would grab me too! 4mo
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Happy Mail from yesterday! It‘s something to look forward to when I rest my feet after hosting Thanksgiving today. 🧡 Anyone else get their copy?

LeahBergen Not yet but it should be here soon! 👏 5mo
Jess_Read_This @LeahBergen Yay! Getting the Foxed Quarterly really brings me joy in life. Something to look forward to instead of just bills/ads in the mail 😂 5mo
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Babbacombe's | SUSAN. SCARLETT
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So glad for the lovely #FurrowedMiddlebrowClub members that tagged me in all their lovely reviews. I immediately got hustling to participate and enjoyed the book immensely. I love reading books that make me smile while reading. The wholesomely sweet Carson family charmed me. Just the right amount of light suspense in a jealous cousin, young romance, and a happy Christmas ending was what I needed.

Tamra So glad you joined in! 💙 5mo
quietjenn It really was a lovely one. Glad you thought so too. 5mo
Ruthiella The Christmas ending turned out to be well timed for us! I think S. Scarlett is going to be a sure thing in the future. 😀 5mo
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Lizpixie I‘ve just bought my own copy so looks like I‘ll be joining for this one at least!💙 5mo
batsy Lovely review! That's great that there's a Christmas ending... Still hoping go squeeze it in before the month is out 🙂 5mo
LeahBergen The Christmas ending was just what I needed! 😊 5mo
CarolynM Lovely review 🙂 Susan Scarlett writes wonderful families! Hope you enjoy this sweet story @Lizpixie 5mo
jlhammar Great review! I agree, so enjoyable and that ending was perfect timing. 5mo
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My picks for #FurrowedMiddlebrowClub May 2024 are a DSP published Golden Age Mystery by Annie Haynes and (I think Cate and I had Elizabeth Fair on the brain for 2024!) “Bramton Wick. I‘ll tag that book in the comments. Both are written by authors I‘ve been meaning to read for awhile now. Litsy doesn‘t have blurbs for either- I‘ve linked them below for plot descriptions 😄

Jess_Read_This Second Choice Tag: no blurb though. Will post link below. (edited) 5mo
LeahBergen Hey everyone! Jessica asked to throw in a DSP golden age mystery by a woman to see if we‘d be interested in that sort of thing. We DO only have a finite amount of Furrowed Middlebrows to choose from going forward! What do you all think? 5mo
Jess_Read_This Greylands plot described if everyone agrees to it: https://www.deanstreetpress.co.uk/pages/book_page/91 5mo
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LeahBergen @Jess_Read_This It‘s such a great cover, too! I‘m still deciding. 😆 5mo
Jess_Read_This @LeahBergen I‘m really trying not to be biased but that plot dramatically has me intrigued 😂 5mo
Ruthiella I‘m down for a mystery! Though by my math, it will take us 13 years to read the FMB books left at 6 per year. 😆 (edited) 5mo
LeahBergen @Ruthiella 13 years?? 😆😆 How many have we read together so far? 🤔 5mo
catebutler @Jess_Read_This Great minds!! 🥰 5mo
catebutler And this is so hard, both sound absolutely intriguing! So, on this one, I‘m going to say I‘m happy with whatever the vote is. And if Greylands isn‘t picked I will definitely be adding it to my TBR. 5mo
LeahBergen @Ruthiella I guess it seemed like we had fewer to read because I had already read a bunch when we started. 😆 5mo
Jess_Read_This @catebutler I‘m having trouble deciding too. Both are high on my want to read list! 5mo
quietjenn I've read the Fair, so am willing to branch out a bit and vote for Greylands. 5mo
Tamra Ooooooo Greylands is intriguing! 🥺 That‘s my pick. 5mo
Ruthiella @LeahBergen As a group, we‘ve read 19, starting with 5mo
CarolynM I‘m always interested in golden age mysteries, but in this case I‘m going to vote for 5mo
jlhammar I‘m torn! Very tempted by the golden age mystery with gothic vibes, but I‘ll throw my vote in for the domestic comedy 5mo
Tamra @jlhammar I‘m just going to download both 😂 5mo
LeahBergen @Ruthiella That‘s pretty impressive! 5mo
LeahBergen I can see myself buying Greylands very soon but I‘ll be good and vote for the one I already own! 5mo
rubyslippersreads I‘m in favor of branching out to mysteries by women authors, so I‘ll pick Greylands. 5mo
elkeOriginal I already own Bramton so must vote for it. That is your own fault @Jess_Read_This 😉 5mo
julieclair Both sound really good, but for me, a slight edge goes to 5mo
batsy No objections at all to adding the Golden Age mysteries! And this one sounds so intriguing so my vote goes to it 5mo
Kimzey I am completely torn. I‘ll vote for Bramton Wick, but also love golden age mysteries. So, would be happy with either choice. 5mo
erzascarletbookgasm I love a golden age mystery but voting for the other one just because I own a copy.. 5mo
kwmg40 Could you please add me to the tag list? Thanks! Both sound good, but I'll give my vote to 5mo
Aimeesue I need more "deliciously malicious humour" in my life, so Brampton Wick it is! 5mo
Jess_Read_This @LeahBergen could you double check my math? It looks like Greylands finished out ahead by one? Cate and I skipped voting because we were happy to read either one 😂 (edited) 5mo
LeahBergen No problem! I‘ll do another count before I create our reading schedule post. 👍 5mo
LeahBergen I‘ve counted twice and have it as a 7-7 tie. 😆 You can vote yourself to break the tie or else I‘ll do a coin toss. Which do you prefer? 5mo
Jess_Read_This @LeahBergen 🤣Glad you double counted! Coin toss please! Let‘s have fate decide! 5mo
LeahBergen Tails it is and Greylands wins! Just so you know how my day is going … I had to do the coin toss twice, too, as I fumbled and dropped it the first time. 😆😆 5mo
Jess_Read_This @LeahBergen lol!! Our days must have been similar since I couldn‘t even do basic math correctly 😂 5mo
LeahBergen Just a usual sort of day in my world! 😆 5mo
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Untitled | Unknown
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❄️I‘m very much looking forward to diving into this one. Simon Thomas always writes the best, most well informed, and interesting forwards to the British Library Women Writers series. Anyone else got this on order or have plans to read?

-It appears it hasn‘t been added to Litsy yet-
#britishlibrarywomenwriters #middlebrow

Tamra Oh, this looks great! 5mo
LeahBergen My copy has already arrived! 😆 I tried to tag this book, too, but no luck. 5mo
quietjenn Yes, I just heard about this book last week and am eagerly anticipating it for a cold night! 5mo
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Jess_Read_This @LeahBergen I was bummed it wasn‘t loaded in the database here. Glad you have a copy too. Hopefully we can compare notes on it! 5mo
Jess_Read_This @quietjenn So glad to hear you are getting a copy too! Hopefully we can compare notes on it! It‘s getting chillier here in Michigan which makes me think I‘ll be starting this one soon! 5mo
Jess_Read_This @Tamra I think so too! As soon as I saw the author list, I said “Take my money!” 💰 5mo
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Slightly Foxed | Slighty Foxed Limited
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🦊Friday evening unwind.

Looking forward to seeing everyone‘s weekend reading plans!

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Her sentence about having her “real life” just resonates. Summer is a lovely season. It also tends to be a busy social season. Routine is shifted, personal time is allocated differently, and I find my reading life has to become one I fight for in the summer months. It‘s nice to be able to shift in and out of real life for a bit.

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The Happy Prisoner | Monica Dickens
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Saturday morning coffee, baklava, and the Raising the Middlebrow bookclub (on GR) July selection. Which I‘m told the cover of this book is atrocious in keeping with the plot. And a fellow member observed Dickens portrayal of post war life is very different than Panter-Downes‘ portrayal in One Fine Day (June read). All of which makes me eager to dive to see what it‘s all about. Has anyone else read this one? Would love to hear your thoughts!

Ruthiella Love that cover, even if it doesn‘t match the content. I‘ve not read any Monica Dickens but I‘ve heard good things and that she wrote very much from her own experiences. 9mo
Jess_Read_This @Ruthiella 😂 I liked the cover too. But I‘ve got some questions about a literal bleeding onion and fly. I didn‘t know that about her- writing from her own experiences. Which would be a fascinating comparison to Panter-Downes One Fine Day since I‘m guessing she wrote from hers. So perhaps two vastly different life experiences? Purely speculating since I haven‘t read it. But you‘ve sparked the research bug in me! 9mo
LeahBergen I haven‘t read her yet (but I‘ve somehow picked up a couple of her novels in my bookish wanderings 😆). 9mo
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Jess_Read_This @LeahBergen 😂My wanderings are what brought me this edition. Someone on GR said it was one of her favorites of Dickens books which I was glad to hear since it‘s my first reading experience with her. 9mo
rubyslippersreads That cover is both beautiful and bizarre. 9mo
jlhammar That is quite the cover! I haven't read her yet, but have been meaning to get to Mariana. Look forward to your thoughts. That baklava looks amazing! 9mo
Jess_Read_This @rubyslippersreads I agree! I feel like cover artists in 1930/40s had so much artistic license? Nowadays it seems covers lean on fonts and color palettes 9mo
Jess_Read_This @jlhammar I am raving to anyone who will listen to me about this baklava. Actual pieces of pistachio and dripping in honey. I guess I‘ve never had good authentic baklava until today and it‘s life changing 😂 9mo
quietjenn It's *such*an odd cover - but striking! I do have this on my Kindle and will try to get to this month, although I'm pretty awful at participating in the GR group. I loved Mariana though and bought a few of her memoirs as well. 9mo
Jess_Read_This @quietjenn Lauren from bookclub said she‘s read Mariana and really liked it. I am such a Monica Dickens newbie I didn‘t realize she has memoirs too. Hopefully you can participate this month! I‘d love to chat about it with you. But no worries if you can‘t, I know how it is to have too many books and too little time! 😂 9mo
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I am still slowly savoring May Sarton‘s words. She‘s got me contemplating the clusters of my life and finding comfort in the knowledge they occur. I am hoping to embrace a brief cluster of bookish solitude this weekend. 🌻💛

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Summer Cooking | Molly O'Neill, Elizabeth David
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“After all, it is summer. You are on holiday. You are in the company of your own choosing. The air is clean. You can smell wild fennel and thyme, dry resinous pine needles, the sea. For my part, I ask no greater luxury. Indeed I can think of none”

O‘Neill says “I don‘t return to Elizabeth David to remember how to cook, I read her to remember how I wanted to live and why I learned to cook in the first place.” I completely agree.

Tamra Must read this too! 😍 10mo
Jess_Read_This @Tamra It‘s very relaxing! Except it‘s also making me feel like snacking 😂 I wasn‘t hungry when I picked it up, but now I could eat. 10mo
LeahBergen I love Elizabeth David! 10mo
Jess_Read_This @LeahBergen She‘s just such a relaxing read for me! 10mo
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The Witch Elm | Tana French
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I always have a bit of dread on a buddy read when I didn‘t enjoy the book. Especially when I didn‘t select it. This one falls into that uncomfortable bookish category for me.

I was kept interested in the whodunnit, but the characters didn‘t seem likable and the ending unbelievable. In a sensational sort of a way that left me disappointed. It was my first French novel so perhaps it wasn‘t the right one since she‘s so popular an author?

AlaMich It‘s not just you. I read In The Woods and found it just okay. I didn‘t like it enough to read another of her books. 10mo
Jess_Read_This @AlaMich Whew.. thank you for letting me know I‘m not alone in my “meh”-ness. I‘m not really feeling like reading another either. This one read as just okay for me too. 10mo
jlhammar This is my least fav French. Haven‘t read The Searcher yet, but did enjoy her Dublin Murder Squad series. I most enjoyed Broken Harbor, The Trespasser and Faithful Place. 10mo
Jess_Read_This @jlhammar Ohh! Thank you for the recs! I figured there had to be better ones of hers due to her popularity. This one felt off to me and the detective questioning felt leading/weird. Thank you for letting me know which ones to try for another go at her books! 😄 10mo
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Loving Without Tears | Molly Keane
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📚📬Bookmail Day!

This one sounds like it could be a good bookclub or group read. Anyone read it?

#virago #middlebrow #viragobooks

Tamra No, but it sounds great! 10mo
jlhammar Lovely edition. I‘ve not read it yet, but loved Good Behaviour. Definitely want to give her others a try eventually. 10mo
Jess_Read_This @jlhammar I haven‘t read Good Behavior either. I‘ve realized I‘ve got to try to get into a few of her novels this year. She‘s an author I haven‘t really read yet. 10mo
Jess_Read_This @Tamra I thought so too! 10mo
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Review: 5⭐️ Run for a copy! All are part of the Kindle Unlimited program. And then I promptly treated myself to the set for my rereads. I couldn‘t put the books down, until the moments I was laughing too hard to keep reading. If you love a brave, cynical, witty heroine and an assorted cast of lovable friends, frenemies, and mortal enemies; this is your series! Emma‘s adventures while saving herself from ruin and grief will move you.

Tamra This looks fun! 10mo
Jess_Read_This @Tamra This series has been one of my best reads so far this year. I‘ve never encountered an author quite like Brower. She‘s unpredictable, simultaneously light and deep in her themes/plots, hilarious, and uses many literary references as Emma rebuilds her bookshelf. If you decide to read the series, please let me know your thoughts! The first two are novellas and the rest novels. But definitely are read in order as they chronicle a entire year. 10mo
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Tamra @Jess_Read_This I am definitely intrigued! 😃 10mo
Cuilin I am intrigued. Stacked. 10mo
Jess_Read_This @Cuilin oh terrific! Once you read, let me know what you think 😄 10mo
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“Begin here. It is raining”

Aptly, it‘s raining here too. And as May describes the rain ticking at the window, I hear it too.

JanuarieTimewalker13 I love book synchronicity! 10mo
batsy I love this book! 10mo
MaureenMc I just started this book, too! 10mo
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Jess_Read_This @JanuarieTimewalker13 😊 Me too! It felt so right. 10mo
Jess_Read_This @batsy I‘m loving it so much. She makes a comment about not liking people feeling they are intimates with her after a prior book. And so much of what she‘s written in this one has resonated to my core that I fear I‘m falling into that category of admirer that she doesn‘t care for! It‘s my first encounter with Sarton. Have you read other books by her? 10mo
Jess_Read_This @MaureenMc oh wow! What a book coincidence! How are you liking it so far? I‘m loving it quite a bit. Have you read other books by her? I was telling my husband about what I loved so far and he asked how I learned of her. I wish I could remember who somewhere in book social media had posted about her so I could thank the person. 10mo
MaureenMc @Jess_Read_This I‘m not very far into it, but I‘m enjoying it. This is my first of hers I‘ve read. I can‘t remember how I heard of her either! Maybe Nancy Pearl? Or Modern Mrs Darcy/What Should I Read Next? 10mo
batsy @Jess_Read_This I'd forgotten she made that comment 😁 I'm due for a reread I think because I found it very comforting, like a balm, even though she doesn't sugarcoat any aspect of life. This is the only one I've read and I should fix that. I bought it years ago because someone recommended it to read when I was dealing with grief. Not to be corny but it was one of those books that saved me ❤️ 10mo
Jess_Read_This @batsy I don‘t think you sound corny at all about it saving you. I‘m so glad you found it when you most needed it ❤️ I agree so much with you on finding it to be a balm. It‘s been that way for me. I needed this book and after two library renewals in, I know I need to buy a copy. (edited) 10mo
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I won‘t stoop to calling her a “windbag” like one reviewer did. She was 89 when she wrote this. She‘s entitled to a bit of a droning on. My disappointment was in the lack of sharing about her editor days and bookish tidbits. But that fault lies with me; the book never promised that. Overall, glad to have read it. Yet, I can‘t quite recommend it. Left it in a Free Library stand with the hopes someone else loves it more than I did. ⬇️

Jess_Read_This Also, I struggled with the on repeat stories of dealing with lack of sex, relationships, cheating, etc. We have different values but I appreciated learning from her on why she came to hers. She gives a good defense of her positions. 10mo
Ruthiella I‘ve not read it, but as I understand it, this is the memoir where she gets in to the details of her publishing career 10mo
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Back from a long hiatus combined with a Savannah, GA trip. Which is never complete unless I visit the bookshop cats at E.Shaver (subsequent purchases ensue) and The Booklady Bookshop where luck brought me two Virago green spines.

Chelsea.Poole Beautiful photo! 10mo
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3⭐️ and not even in the Litsy database. I wanted to like this one and did for the first half. Then the story seemed to have lost its way. Morton writes out a main character unexpectedly. The rest of cast wallows in their emotions and engages melodramatically in classist behavior. It was a shame because the plot was original and building upon nature vs nurture.

#jessreads2023 #vintageread #bookreview

LeahBergen Too bad (because it‘s pretty 😆). 12mo
Jess_Read_This @LeahBergen 🤣 That‘s why I bought it! The blurb really told me nothing about the plot so because of the cover I took an expensive Abebooks gamble. 12mo
LeahBergen Oh, I know those gambles so well. 😆 12mo
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Wine of Honour | Barbara Beauchamp
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As @Ruthiella mentioned, it‘s a fast read once picked up! I was absorbed in needing resolutions to each of the characters‘ stories. Angela‘s struggle with trying to help Peter knowing the correct societal norm would be to marry yet she‘s got a brilliant career ahead of her was moving. She‘s lived a life and has one ahead of her. Beauchamp‘s portrayal of the mental and physical results of the war on soldiers along with the impact of their return ⬇️

Jess_Read_This Was raw, insightful, and bleakly honest at times. Both the military serving men and women returned to a life that is both foreign and familiar. It was beautifully written for me. I appreciated the transparency in her writing on infidelity. I also loved how we end the story in the same setting as we began it. Just altered and more the wiser for some of the characters. I loved some get their HEA and we hope for the same for the others. 13mo
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Kimzey Great review! 13mo
Jess_Read_This Dick‘s struggle with a head injury and how it‘s impacted his ability to regulate emotions really made me sad for his young wife. His anger at the system and inability to hold a job was hard to reading knowing the effect it will have on the future generation. I had my fingers crossed for the entire Cobb family in the end when he‘s back working at the pub. Sadly, I struggled with sympathy for Laura. Did anyone else feel similarly? 13mo
Jess_Read_This @Kimzey Thank you! 13mo
batsy Lovely review. I didn't quite fully like Laura or Helen, but I felt sympathetic for both. And I kind of wanted Laura to have a happy ending or at least a romance of her own. 13mo
Jess_Read_This @batsy Yes! That‘s a good way of putting it. I couldn‘t fully like either either. After about 90 pages, I wanted to tell both of them to just get on with it already. They seemed never fully committed. Maybe that‘s part of the point Beauchamp was trying to make in showing all the varying characters‘ responses to post war life. I wanted Laura to escape that cottage and her father. Find love and just be happy. Instead, she seems to be turning bitter? 13mo
Cathythoughts I love your review ❤️. I really enjoyed this one 👍🏻 13mo
Ruthiella Great review! I liked that the book had realistic if less than perfect outcomes for most of the characters. But she left it open enough to allow for our imaginations to fill in their futures. 13mo
jlhammar Glad you liked it. I appreciated Angela's story line as well. I loved that we got so many different experiences and personalities (even if it did leaving me wanting more in some cases). Fantastic review and lovely photo! 13mo
LeahBergen Great review! I was really rooting for Dick to do well at the pub and I felt a bit irritated by Laura‘s limpness. 😆 13mo
CarolynM Great review! I think Laura liked being told what to do. In the services the direction was a lot more constructive. I suspect she will be somewhat lost when her father dies. 13mo
quietjenn Terrific review and such a pretty picture. I particularly appreciate you calling out Angela's story, as it's the one that has stuck with me the most. 13mo
Jess_Read_This @Cathythoughts Thank you! I‘m glad this one got selected for our group read. I very much enjoyed it as well. 13mo
Jess_Read_This @Ruthiella Well said! I think what made it impactful on me was the less perfect outcomes since Beauchamp really was speaking to the realistic post war outcomes. Thank you for pointing that out! 13mo
Jess_Read_This @CarolynM Thank you! That‘s a good observation about Laura. I‘m glad we discussed her character more because it‘s helped me see her more sympathetically. 13mo
Jess_Read_This @LeahBergen Thank you! I was so glad reading that sentence about him being back working in the pub after running out on his wife. Even though he was abrasive and honestly, just awful in scenes, I still felt sympathy because I wasn‘t sure what was due to head injury or not. We never really see how he was as a person pre-war. 13mo
Jess_Read_This @quietjenn @jlhammar Angela is the character that resonated with me. She‘s judged by other females in the book, successful professionally, kind, and seems so comfortable in her skin. So when it seems like she pauses in her rhythm and considers Peter as commitment material, it stuck out to me. As if she pauses and considers doing what all the women around her do: get married. That scene in her apt, where Peter sees the photos of her in ⬇️⬇️⬇️ (edited) 13mo
Jess_Read_This St Tropez and Singapore (? )with other men in her travels, really stood out to me that she has lived. She‘s been actively building a professional and personal life. And the whole time reading, I was wishing for her not to settle for the drunk who can‘t pay the housekeeper and lies to her face about it. I still felt sympathy for Peter. His brother‘s comment about the Navy and his “homosexual” leaning made me think Peter drinks to cope/forget. 13mo
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“Gardeners are simply custodians, each handing on the tradition of stewardship, of protecting the land and caring for the ground, until the next generation succeeds us”

This resonated with me. Holt‘s gorgeous writing and passion for native plants spoke to my plant loving heart. I could identify with her efforts in hacking back the wilderness of an overgrown plot and transforming it into a fragrant colorful paradise. Marvelous! #jessreads2023

Aimeesue Lovely shot! 💜 1y
Jess_Read_This @Aimeesue Thanks! My lavender plants are languishing in the garage while they overwinter here in Michigan. I had to use my faux flowers to spruce up the photo! 1y
Aimeesue @Jess_Read_This poor lavender plants. . . Mine are hardy enough to stay outside here, but we're a bit warmer in Virginia than you are in MI. I'm looking forward to spring - the bees love them so much! 1y
jlhammar Lovely photo! Sounds wonderful. Have you read this one yet? I loved reading about Mrs. Todd's herb garden in coastal Maine. 1y
Jess_Read_This @jlhammar I haven‘t read or heard of that one before! I think I‘d like it. I have been wanting to read a Maine setting book after traveling there and falling in love with the coast. This one sounds perfect! (edited) 13mo
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The Winter is Past | Noel Streatfeild
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4⭐️ As an aspiring seasonal reader, the title caught my eye. Fresh off of my first Susan Scarlett novel, I was curious how this compares. This one is less romance more focus on family dynamics during the beginning of WW2 and the impact of taking an evacuee family in. The main female lead is selfish and immature (imo) but experiences character growth. She has conflict with her husband and carries it over to her in laws. ⬇️ #jessreads2023

Jess_Read_This The evacuee family brought a bit of humor and sass to the story. They also brought sadness in the end. Overall, I enjoyed the book up until the ending. It was as if Streatfeild had a pile of plot strings and just jumbled it together calling it a tidy ending. Content Warning: Pregnancy Loss along with dated mental health advice on it. 1y
LeahBergen I have this waiting on my shelves. 👍 1y
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A 2023 reading goal is to always have a nonfiction or biography running simultaneously with my fiction reading. This 2nd 2023 bio read conversationally while slipping into a Who‘s Who List on influential people Chanel mingled with. To sum it up, Chanel was mysterious, inventive, prone to mixing truth with omission and embellishment in the story of her life. Chaney tried to piece it together but it‘s very surface level and speculative at times. ⬇️

Jess_Read_This However, I was left knowing more about Chanel and the origins of No.5 than I did prior to the book. 5 was her lucky number and one of her first collections was launched on 5/5. I lost count of her affairs. She loved art, ballet, opera, and decor. She seemed unfulfilled as she lost loves and friends. Turning to morphine and sedatives, she was lonely. Yet she remained a trendsetting force. A fascinating life. #jessreads2023 (edited) 1y
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Murder at the Vicarage | Agatha Christie
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“She has a powerful imagination, and systemically thinks the worst of everyone.
‘The typical elderly spinster, in fact,” said Melchett with a laugh. “Well, I ought to know the breed by now. Gad, the tea parties down here!”

I couldn‘t put it down! I meant to read it slowly for the #goldenagecrimeclub discussion at the end of the month. It was too fantastic of a read. The Vicar as a narrator and an unknowing Watson to Miss Marple was perfect.

Ruthiella I‘ve read this multiple times and am looking forward to reading it again for the #GoldenAgeCrimeClub ! 🕵🏼‍♂️ 1y
LeahBergen Lovely photo! 😊 1y
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quietjenn I love your little church! I'm looking forward to revisiting this one. 1y
Jess_Read_This @Ruthiella Yay! I think we are going to have lots to chat about in the club discussion at the end of the month. 1y
Jess_Read_This @LeahBergen Thank you! ❤️ 1y
Jess_Read_This @quietjenn Thank you! The church is actually an old Christmas tree ornament that my grandfather had on his tree when he was a little boy. I don‘t know much else about it and the string at the top broke off, so now I place it on the fireplace mantel at Christmas. I‘ve got to put my decor away this weekend 😬 1y
quietjenn @Jess_Read_This oh, that makes it even lovelier 💙 I just packed up my Christmas things today (although they're still sitting by the basement door, waiting to be taken downstairs). 1y
batsy Pretty! I'm looking forward to revisiting this (again 😁) this month. It's such a satisfying Marple story. 1y
Texreader Great photo!! 1y
Jess_Read_This @quietjenn I love Christmas decor but sometimes it‘s also a great nice fresh feeling when it‘s all down. I try to leave the white lights up through January and call them winter lights 😂 I need some cozy light in January 1y
Jess_Read_This @batsy I like how you mentioned it‘s a “satisfying Marple story”. That is exactly how I felt in the end, just so satisfied. 1y
Mitch Yeah! I‘m glad we‘re kicking off our #goldenagecrimeclub with a good one! 1y
jlhammar My copy is on the way. Looking forward to it! 1y
Jess_Read_This @Mitch So much great discussion worthy material! 1y
Jess_Read_This @jlhammar yay!! I can‘t wait to discuss it with you! 1y
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“Again I called. ‘Miss Hargreaves-Miss Hargreaves-‘ “

This was a pure pleasure to read. I felt thrust into a whirlwind of dizzying action following Norman‘s experiences with a creation from his imagination, Miss Hargreaves. His fibs have turned into a reality and now he‘s got to control his creation, before she controls him? It‘s comedic gold and yet, I read it with suspense in having to know how it ends! I hope to read more Frank Baker in 2023.

quietjenn This is high on my list of books I want to get to this year! 1y
Jess_Read_This @quietjenn It was really good! I laughed out loud many times. The pace is fast too. A few times I felt as if my own head was swirling like Norman‘s seems to when Miss Hargreaves bursts around and is utterly outrageous. 1y
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Tamra I know I liked this one, but all the details escape me, sadly! 🤪 1y
Jess_Read_This @Tamra I‘m like that too! One detail that I won‘t forget because I snorted out loud in laughter was the scene in the Cathedral. She shows up while he‘s practicing and half takes over the organ. She‘s telling him to play the hymn slower or how else can her soul hark? 😂 1y
Tamra @Jess_Read_This 😂 good one 1y
LeahBergen I have this waiting on my shelves. 👏 1y
quietjenn @Jess_Read_This it sounds like great fun. 1y
batsy Great review! @LeahBergen Me too 🙌🏾 1y
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Clothes-Pegs | Noel Streatfeild, Susan Scarlett
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This was exactly what I needed on my last free day before holiday is over. A lovely selection by #FurrowedMiddlebrowClub and my first Susan Scarlett read. It‘s a simple story of a naive girl becoming a model in a dress shop and meeting a Lord to fall in love with. My favorite parts belong to the periphery characters- her parents and hard life knocks fellow model Bernadette. It‘s a sweet story of young love, friendship, and happy ending.

Ruthiella Wow! 😳 That was fast! 1y
batsy I've yet to start! 😅 Lovely review; sounds like a sweet comfort read. 1y
CarolynM Lovely review. 1y
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catebutler So happy you got to read something fun right before the end of your break. Mine ends on Monday, and I am planning on doing the same thing this weekend! 1y
Jess_Read_This @catebutler Happy Reading this weekend! 📚 1y
Kimzey I plan to start this weekend. Thanks for the review. Can‘t wait to get begin! 1y
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Clothes-Pegs | Noel Streatfeild, Susan Scarlett
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This was exactly what I needed on my last free day before holiday is over. A lovely selection by #FurrowedMiddlebrowClub and my first Susan Scarlett read. It‘s a simple story of a naive girl becoming a model in a dress shop and meeting a Lord to fall in love with. My favorite parts belong to the periphery characters- her parents and hard life knocks fellow model Bernadette. It‘s a sweet story of young love, friendship, and happy ending.

LeahBergen That was fast! 😆 1y
Jess_Read_This @LeahBergen 😂 I haven‘t left the couch all day! It‘s a definitely a be lazy and just read kind of day for me. 1y
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elkeOriginal Yay for happy endings! Congrats on your couch day 😉 1y
LeahBergen I love couch days! 😆 1y
Tamra Perfect way to end the holiday! 1y
Jess_Read_This @elkeOriginal @Tamra @LeahBergen 😆I at least put on fresh loungewear and brushed my hair. 1y
jlhammar Sounds like a wonderful day. Lovely review! 1y
quietjenn What an ideal way to end the holidays. Couch days are the best! 1y
erzascarletbookgasm Oh, I love a happy ending👌 1y
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Clothes-Pegs | Noel Streatfeild, Susan Scarlett
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📚Starting the January #FurrowedMiddlebrowClub selection today. My first Susan Scarlett novel too!

#jessreads2023

jlhammar Look at that lovely Slightly Foxed stack! I've been very tempted to subscribe. 1y
Jess_Read_This @jlhammar I just started subscribing last year and it was probably one of the best treats I did for myself. I absolutely love their issues and look forward to each one! I started picking up past issues from Abebooks over the past couple years. I always come away learning new ideas and authors from their writers. I definitely recommend subscribing ☺️ 1y
Tamra Just read the first chapter - love it! Very soothing read. 1y
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Aimeesue @jlhammar @Jess_Read_This I've done exactly the same, scrounging back issues on Abe 😁 They're such a joy to read 1y
Ruthiella I still need to crack it open! 😂 1y
Jess_Read_This @Tamra Agree! I loved the scenes with her family at home at the end of the work days. 1y
Jess_Read_This @Aimeesue Agree! ❤️ 1y
Jess_Read_This @Ruthiella 😂When you do crack it open, I think you‘ll enjoy it! 1y
LeahBergen Yay! I‘m looking forward to this one. 👏 1y
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4⭐️ to the author on substantial research and time sourcing interview material. The subject is 2⭐️? The obscene wealth, capricious cruelty to family and friends, thoughtlessness, and selfishness could not make up for philanthropic gift giving. Which quite frankly seemed ego driven rather than altruistic. I can‘t recommend it as I closed it more irritated with the divide and concentration of wealth. That‘s life, I suppose.
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Begin as you mean to go on? If that‘s true, then hopefully 2023 will be a chunkster reading (516 pages) style legend sort of year.
In all seriousness, this has been a fascinating read. Also disturbing at the obscene amount of wealth some people have. The jaw dropping excess has troubled me more than I expected. I normally enjoy vicarious luxury but sending your private plane back to Palm Springs for a forgotten scarf is a bit much.
#jessreads2023

Aimeesue For a scarf? 😳 1y
Jess_Read_This @Aimeesue Yes! I had to read that sentence over to be sure I read it correctly! Bunny‘s husband, Paul, disliked the nuisance of driving 90 min to the airport where their private plane was kept. He tried to build an airstrip on their property, a petition by the neighbors stopped that. So he built one at one of their other houses so they could leave via plane pretty much when the mood struck. 😳 1y
elkeOriginal Not my kind of people 😉✈️ 1y
Aimeesue @Jess_Read_This Yikes. I cannot even fathom the self- centered ses that would make such a thing seem reasonable. Egad. Although .. . There was a scene in Mad Men where they have a picnic in a park and just walk away, leaving all the garbage laying around. Same-same, I guess. Hoo boy. 🙄 1y
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Year in Review | United States International Trade Commission
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🥂🥳Farewell 2022 and thanks for the lovely reads you brought me!
#jessreads2022

Ruthiella Well done! 👏👏👏 1y
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The struggle of one man to reclaim order to his holiday season beginning in October was quite humorously written. Mr Baxter endeavors to have his wife stick to a budget, trim down the Christmas card addressee list, and attempts to resist the “machinery” of the holiday. Despite his intentions, he remains a sentimentalist and gamely finds himself embroiled in holiday predicaments such as office parties and gift buying.
#jessreads2022

Leftcoastzen What a great cover! 1y
Jess_Read_This @Leftcoastzen The cover is why I bought it, haha! It caught my eye immediately. But the story is a cute one. I didn‘t realize the author wrote “Father of the Bride”- I always liked that movie (both original and the Steve Martin version). 1y
LeahBergen What a cover! 😍😍 1y
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Jess_Read_This @LeahBergen As soon as I saw the cover, I was throwing my money at the seller 😂 1y
kspenmoll Love the cover! 1y
Gissy That cover😍 1y
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I wanted to love this one, especially as a few of these authors are favorites. But some stories read a bit bleak or didn‘t have a strong festive theme. The blurb statement “these stories are sure to fortify you over the Christmas period” didn‘t quite ring true for me. I did very much enjoy Audrey Burton‘s “Ticket for a Carol Concert”🎄

#BritishLibraryWomenWriters #JessReads2022

LeahBergen I‘m saving this one for next year. Maybe I‘ll connect with the bleakness by then. 😉 1y
Jess_Read_This @LeahBergen Ha! Maybe I will too by then and need a reread. I think I was fresh off of the cozy feel good read of Christmas in Nettleford, so anything with a sad ending in a Christmas themed book shook me 😂 1y
MaureenMc I just finished this one today! I kinda figured that with Muriel Spark as one of the authors, there was probably going to be some bleakness. 😆 1y
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Jess_Read_This @MaureenMc 😆 Good point! I did like the Muriel Spark story. I did not see that ending happening! 1y
MaureenMc @Jess_Read_This I‘m not completely sure I understood what was going on! 😆 It was definitely a “wait, what?” situation for me. 1y
Jess_Read_This @MaureenMc same for me! I had to go back and reread the prior two pages because I thought I missed a major plot point in Tom! 1y
elkeOriginal I didn‘t manage to read this one for this season so like @LeahBergen will get my bleak on next year! 1y
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“Nothing much changes in Nettleford, darling. We just get a little older…”

🎄Loving this seasonal read while (finally) starting a small holiday break from work.

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Aimeesue What a lovely cover! 1y
Jess_Read_This @Aimeesue I love the cover too! I had been searching for this edition for awhile before I found it earlier this year. I‘ve been anticipating reading it this month! 1y
LeahBergen Just look at that little beauty! I recently bought All Summer Through and I‘m making myself read that one first. I guess this one will be a next Christmas read. 😆 1y
Jess_Read_This @LeahBergen Oh! I have to go look for that one. This is my first Saville read and so far I am just loving it! I was looking at editions of The Master of Maryknoll on Abe today- that sounds like another good series of his. But I think I ought to look into All Summer Through! 1y
batsy Beautiful edition 😍 1y
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This one was completely absorbing. Acland tells the story of Henry Aspen of Templeford Park and Mildred Charing of Blagdon Manor. Two neighbors and their friends coming of age in the English countryside makes for a relaxing beginning. However pride, ego, and a series of misunderstandings leads to life altering choices. Acland brings us to a resolution and lesson in her ending.
Terrific book albeit a bit rushed in the end.

#jessreads2022

LeahBergen And stacked so I can hunt it down! 2y
Jess_Read_This @LeahBergen I really enjoyed it. I think the ending was a bit rushed but overall, just a lovely read. 2y
batsy Sounds like a #furrowedmiddlebrowclub kind of read! Lovely cover. 2y
Jess_Read_This @batsy Yes!! I feel like we‘d have a lot chat about with this one. While reading I kept thinking that it would be a good one for the middlebrow publishers to bring back. 2y
Cathythoughts Great review! Stacked. 1y
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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.
#jessreads2022
🐈‍⬛ 📸 Lola Cat cameo

Cathythoughts Looking cosy here ♥️ 2y
elkeOriginal Very valid fantasy 😁 2y
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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.
#jessreads2022

Cathythoughts Sounds interesting! Stacked. 2y
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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! 2y
LeahBergen Pretty photo! 2y
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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! 2y
Jess_Read_This @Kimzey Thank you! ❤️ 2y
quirkyreader I have a preference more towards the grey covers. 2y
elkeOriginal All those Persephones! *swoon* 2y
Gissy I‘m glad you enjoyed it🤗Beautiful photo! 👌I love that cover!😍 2y
Jess_Read_This @Gissy Thank you!! ❤️❤️ 2y
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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! 2y
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. 2y
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. 2y
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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! 2y
Jess_Read_This @charl08 I love it too! I‘m really looking forward to this one. 2y
LeahBergen I can hardly wait for this one! 👏👏 2y
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quietjenn Oooo, nice! 2y
batsy I know! I was so excited when I saw! 2y
elkeOriginal Thank god I did not order this for you - I almost did! 🎁 2y
Jess_Read_This @elkeOriginal I couldn‘t order it fast enough 🎄 2y
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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) 2y
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) 2y
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Tamra I‘m looking forward to the ghost! 👻 2y
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. 2y
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. 2y
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 😂 2y
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) 2y
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. 2y
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. 2y
LeahBergen Ooo, you‘re speedy! I‘ll come back and read this when I‘m done. 😆 2y
Cathythoughts Great review! I‘ve only read the first few pages, I need to get a move on. 2y
CarolynM I‘m just getting started. Like Leah I‘ll come back to your review when I‘ve finished reading🙂 2y
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) 2y
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 😆). 2y
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!💔 2y
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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. ❤️ 2y
Jess_Read_This @robinb Me too. She‘s an author I immediately preorder when I see the option available! 2y
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! 2y
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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! 2y
batsy I have not heard of this series! Your review makes me want to seek it out. And I love the cover. 2y
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. 2y
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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) 2y
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! 2y
batsy Love this post! And yes about wondering how to cope with rations; I take so much for granted. 2y
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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. 2y
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) 2y
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. 2y
jlhammar Can‘t wait to start this! Lovely photo. Your post reminded me of this fascinating nonfiction title I read years ago and loved. 2y
Tamra Perfect start! 2y
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! 2y
MrsK @jlhammar I need to find that one. 2y
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. 2y
batsy @jlhammar That book sounds fascinating; thanks for sharing. 2y
LeahBergen @jlhammar That book sounds awesome! I‘ll be hunting down a copy, too. 👍 2y
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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. 👍 2y
Jess_Read_This @LeahBergen ❤️🍁I just love reading the quarterly on the weekends. It‘s so relaxing! 2y
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