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💌 A little happy mail en route to you @TheBookHippie 💌
3.5-4⭐️ I enjoyed this one. I like Janetti‘s writing and humor. This is different than his IG account. It‘s more introspective and ruefully reminiscing as he reveals snapshots of his life. Janetti almost takes on a Walter Mitty approach to life in his imaginings of various scenarios in his head which show us, he‘s a dreamer at heart. He admits to being petty. He is. Yet, this book reveals he‘s human. It‘s a combo of humor and partial memoir.
🥃Wednesday afternoon became Happy Hour and a book while I wait for an event tonight.
Janetti is humorous, whimsical, snarky, occasionally pettily judgmental, all with a nostalgic charm as he self deprecatingly reminisces snapshots of his life for us. I‘m here for it. I voted for him in the Humor category of the Goodreads 2019 Best Reads. He made the semi finals by write in noms. Highly recommend sending him a vote!
🌲All this snow has me with Christmas on the brain. One of my favorite bookstagrammers has Calm Christmas in her pile of TBR. Once I read the premise, loving the idea of daily readings from late November thru January, I immediately bought a copy. Who doesn‘t love the notion of a calm Christmas or calm season in life for those that celebrate differently or not at all?
Anyone else reading this during the holiday season?
🧣Winter Weather Warning issued for my county. I was lucky to be home today. Time to curl up and be cozy with a mystery.
#LittenInTheMitten #MittenLittens #PureMichigan #Snowday #CurrentlyReading #WhoDunit #MysteryLover #MittenLitten
“I remembered it all. And he remembered none of it. Well, not me anyway. But isn‘t that the risk you take when you say to someone, “remember?””
✍🏼Janetti has such a way with words. Reading the snippets he shares from his life broadens and humanizes the person behind the hilarious yet snarky Instagram account. I‘m enjoying his writing immensely so far.
#currentlyreading #funny #memoir #amreading
☕️📚Lamenting my overzealous goal setting in my 2019 Reading Challenge... am a wee bit behind but there‘s still time. (Right?)
@elkeo_TheBookDragon I‘m hooked! I might even finish today. You weren‘t kidding about the first chapters bringing you into the story.
#currentlyreading #DEStevenson #ReadingGoals
“To Those who Appreciate Wistaria and Sunshine..” - The Enchanted April
☀️No Italian castle on the shores of the Mediterranean planned for my April. I do however, quite appreciate wistaria and sunshine. Here‘s to wishing for an enchanted April. 🌱
#currentlyreading #spring #vmc #virago #viragopress
🥳I‘ve been contemplating my reading goals & participation for 2019. I became a hermit the latter half of 2018 as well as encountered one of the biggest reading slumps of my life.
🍾Cheers to 2019🍾
🥂Read mindfully but also with forgiveness
🥂Read 100 books
🥂Participate more frequently in my book clubs. Maintain & cultivate the friendships I‘ve made in the book community.
🥂Accept that there are just some genres that just aren‘t for me. 😉
5⭐️ Just a smashing good book. I lost count of the times I laughed out loud, guffawed, and snickered at Bertie‘s antics and predicaments. Schott has done just a magnificent job in his homage to Wodehouse. This truly is a perfect book to lift your spirits.
❄️A fresh blanket of snow popped me back in bed with a cuppa of Earl Grey.
This book is proving to be a real treat. I‘ve laughed out loud a few times and have pretty much been reading with a permagrin on my face.
The Wall Street Journal has an excerpt from this... it‘s positively gripping! I need to get a copy because the end of the essay left me hanging. I need answers!
Has anyone read this? Would love to hear your thoughts, Plath fans!
Edit: aaaaand after searching, I see it won‘t be released til February 2019.
My Persephone Books haul:
“The Blank Wall” by Elisabeth Sanxay Holding
“Doreen” by Barbara Noble (plus one copy for a pal)
Ornament from Persephone endpapers
*not pictured: a splendid Persephone tote*
It was so hard to limit myself.. especially when the couple shopping next to me were hauling 10+ books. But I knew I had to save suitcase room for the loot I might find at the bookshops on Charing Cross Rd...
❤️Finally got to see it in person! ❤️
M.R.C. Kardashian crafts consistently intriguing mysteries. I love that his characters are flawed, misguided, societal outsiders, and yet each has redemptive qualities that I find endearing. This fall was my second reread of the series. I still was left in admiration of his wit, story telling, and subtleties in directing attention towards societal problems into his work.
Anyone else a fan?
#mystery #mysterylover #whodunit #rereads
🎅🏻Murder in the English countryside?
🎄During a Christmas house party?
🎅🏻Suspect found with a gun dressed as Santa Claus?
🙋🏽♀️Yes, please! I‘m all in!
#currentlyreading #whodunit #hastherebeenamurder
❤️I love how Kate Morton has threads of her story all in pieces and then weaves an extraordinary tale with them in the end. She‘s always so rock solid in her books.
Omg. My last post was a month ago. 🤦🏽♀️ I just want to publicly apologize to the group reads I didn‘t keep up with and the folks I delayed in replying to. And thank those that sent the lovely messages to me inquiring on my whereabouts. You all are the greatest and I consider you the fun people! ❤️❤️❤️
“I‘ll tell you a secret, Hanna. The really bad monsters never look like monsters”-Kaz
📖What a beginning to the book already. I just feel like that every word Bardugo puts to paper is intentional and meaningful.
#ATB #ATBWeekendReadathon #YA #CurrentlyReading #JazzLover #CandleLover
5⭐️ I loved this book and was completely absorbed in the tale. The world building and magic was just masterfully created. I grew to care about the characters and appreciated their diversity. Bardugo creates flawed characters with redemptive qualities quite well. I‘m so glad past Jess looked out for future Jess in buying the boxed set of this series... 😉
#ATB #ATBWeekendReadathon #YA #Recommend #CouldntPutItDown
“Thou art a traitor and a miscreant,
Too good to be so, and too bad to live,”
💥Those be fighting words...Act 1 starts with a bang in Richard II. So many names and players, it seems a bit chaotic initially. Thankfully, the #ShakespeareReadAlong group has helped keeping it all sorted out!
#Shakespeare #TheBard #PelicanBook #CurrentlyReading
“When everyone knows you‘re a monster, you needn‘t waste time doing every monstrous thing”
Obsessed with this book so far. I can‘t put it down- read while eating dinner, brought it outside for fireside reading, and I foresee a late night in my future!
#ATB #ATBWeekendReadathon #CurrentlyReading #YA #Obsessed
5⭐️ This will be a 2018 go to book rec. I couldn‘t put this book down. Such an absorbing story of friendship, loss, grief, determination, grit, and the plucky spirit of a girl dreaming of becoming a War Correspondent. A mistakenly accepted job lands her typing up Mrs Bird‘s responses to Acceptable questions sent into woman‘s mag. But what about Unacceptable or Unpleasantness questions? Emmy can‘t help but secretly responding to these letters.
✉️”So I signed the letters as Mrs. Bird and posted every one” -ch. 8
I am loving this book. It‘s completely absorbed my attention this weekend. Even when I‘m not able to read, I‘m still thinking about the story. Highly recommend this one for your book radar.
Best wishes to the Dewey Readathon participants today! Wish I could be joining you. ❤️📚❤️
#ReverseReadathon #CurrentlyReading #GoGetEmReaders #DeweysReadathon
4⭐️ The writing style took some getting used to. The characters just a hoot. Each has annoying quirks that Gibbons overcomes with either redeemable traits or like able tendencies. Young, silly, & not terribly clever, widow Viola must navigate her way in a world dominated by men and her FIL. Her SIL finds herself in love w the chauffeur. The drunk squatting Hermit makes trouble for all. Witty, sad, w just enough humor to soften harshness of life.
5⭐️Inspector Darling is at the center of a murder investigation. His wartime service and leadership are questioned as he is accused of murdering one his men. Lane quickly realizes this has the fingerprints of a Special Service cover up all over it. She has to use every skill learned while in Service to unmask the killer and piece together what really happened that tragic night so long ago.
🔍 #Mystery #WhoDunIt #MysteryLover #Recommend 🔍
4⭐️ A gentle, relaxing treat of a read. It isn‘t at all a plot driven book; rather just immerse yourself in the delicious descriptions of 1930‘s big house life in the countryside. Lady Emily‘s dotty, scatter brained dialogue is amusing as she presides over the collected family members in her home. My first Thirkell and definitely not my last. An enjoyable light, perfect for summer read.
#BookanistaBookClub #BookanistasBeReading #BBC
1. You Guys..or an occasional All Y‘all
2. 2 for every day.. 3 when I‘m feeling fancy.
3.Litsy, GR, Hoopla, Overdrive, Serial Reader.
4. I‘m on the lake in Traverse City, MI after spending an afternoon at the old Northern MI Asylum turned shops, restaurants, tours, brewery, bakery etc. complex. “Beauty is Therapy” (tagged book) is a quote from Dr. Munson who founded it.
5. @Erin7 @jb72 @AceOnRoam @elkeo ❤️❤️❤️
Thanks @rohit-sawant @KristinaRay
“Henry, you mustn‘t mind. It is really a kindness to have him.‘ ‘Well, I do mind, Emily,‘ said Mr Leslie, getting up. ‘Kindness is one thing and your family is another.” 😂
🚙📖Road tripping with this gem has made for a few giggles along the way.
#BookanistaBookClub #BBC #BookanistasBeReading #VMC #Virago
5⭐️ A 40 year old skeleton of a child is found buried in a root cellar. The quiet community of King‘s Cove is stunned. Lane calls Inspector Darling to help solve the mystery and put the bones to rest. As the community grapples with the idea a killer is among them, Darling begins to realize how invaluable Lane‘s former intelligence background is.
#WhoDunit #MysteryLover #MurderMostFoul #Mystery
“There is an hour just before dark, when the garden resents interference. Its work, no less than the gardener‘s, is done. Do not meddle with the garden at that hour. It demands, as all living creatures demand, a time of silence” 🌼
🌷I‘ve felt this when sitting outside at night but could never put it into words. This is my summer read that I‘ve picked up every so often to fall in love with my garden a bit more.
5⭐️ I am racing through this series and loving each book. Former British Intelligence Officer, Lane Winslow, isn‘t getting the quiet life she thought she‘d get in the small wooded community in BC that she retired to. Another murder, Russian spies, and bank embezzlement challenge Lane and Inspector Darling. 🔍 🇷🇺 💰
🌲I want to vacation in rural BC now, near a lake, in a cottage.. minus dead bodies of course.
#whodunit #mystery #mysterylover
Wonderfully led discussion by merelybookish (when tagging is available I‘ll properly tag you) in the #ShakespeareReadAlong.
This play left me feeling rather flat and sad to see the changes wrought in Kate by a male dominated society. Meant to be a comedy, there were portions that rather horrified me and I didn‘t laugh like I hoped I would. Best part of reading this book: the discussions with the readalong group!
5⭐️My new mystery series obsession. Former WW2 MI6 operative, Lane Winslow escapes to the tranquil woods of Canada. Her cottage is in the idyllic setting of apple orchards, evergreens, a lake, and a quiet community. Until a body is found wedged in the creek dam. Her name scribbled on a piece of paper in the corpse‘s pocket. Secrets and lies unravel in a well written plot. Gorgeous scenic descriptions and overall, well done.🔍
5⭐️ Tahir never disappoints. I find her writing to be original, insightful, beautiful, and also a bit wrenching at times when she gets ruthless with beloved characters. She doesn‘t hesitate to build suspense, make difficult decisions, and be artistic in her prose. I‘m fangirling rather than reviewing, but fans of the series know all about #3. Elias, Helene, and Laia play for higher stakes as war threatens all they love.
Now to wait for the finale.
4⭐️ An original plot involving the majority of the gothic novels‘ antihero/villains. Yet, this book is about their daughters. Mary Jekyll lost her father, then mother. Discovering her mother secretly paid for the care of a Diana Hyde leads Mary into a macabre world of alchemist experimentation and the secret society driving it. A great “girl power” read with strong female leads. 💕🔍⚗️🕵🏻♀️
#BookanistaBookclub #BBC #BookanistasBeReading #YA
4⭐️I debated on 3..but the lovely descriptions of the gardens, plants, and food bumped it up. (See my priorities there). A Shakespeare garden with a tragic past and is deemed “toxic”. Sorrel Sparrow has a magical gift with plants and grasps this escape to revive this English garden gem. She soon learns the story that this garden is hiding and has to find a way to reconcile the past. If not, then there is no salvation for this garden or ghost.👇🏼
5⭐️ Sometimes the Goodreads First Reads gods smile at you. Full Disclaimer: I am a fan of The Black Witch and eagerly was looking to #2.
Forest wastes no time in launching into the rapidly deteriorating political climate created by the absolute rule of the Mage Council. No race or species is safe... unless it‘s the one in power. Elloren is focused on getting her friends to safety then has to make choices where to ally her loyalties. 👇🏼🖤🖤⚗️
🎩Pure escapist reading into the realm of absurdity, dry wit, fantasy, and adventure. I‘ve been a fan of Carriger‘s books for awhile. I‘ve only just started this series of hers. I always find myself craving a pot of good tea and something sweet though while reading her books!
💋”And kiss me Kate, we will be married a‘Sunday” 💋
I loved the word battle in Act Two! Of course in whirlwind Shakespearean fashion....we now have a wedding. I was surprised when Baptista told Petruchio he first needs Kate‘s love before he can marry her. Their battle of the wits ensues and bam! schedule the wedding?
So far I‘m enjoying the play but have a few questions and thoughts I can‘t wait to discuss w the group! #ShakespeareReadAlong
5⭐️ I started this on audio-amazing narrator. Then switched to the ebook. Loved this novel! I was captivated from start to finish following the lives and imaginings of the Punjabi widows in their writing class. A poignant tale of the difficulties of honoring tradition with acknowledgment of changing times, assimilating into a new culture, female friendships, fundamentalist religiosity, finding oneself and making novel connections with people.
“And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer”
☀️ I always feel like life does begin over a bit with the start of summer, especially on a summer morning while listening to the birds singing. Rereading this after Corrigan‘s book has just been a reading treat. My mind is just swirling.
“And, because I still haven‘t learned enough, because I want to look harder, read smarter, I let a year or so go by and, inevitably, pick up Gatsby again.”
5⭐️ Corrigan expounds on my favorite novel. She approaches it from numerous angles with an intellectual yet fan girl love. I loved this book for pointing out themes I missed, history into Gatsby‘s creation and salvaging, and ultimately its worth of reading. Not dry & completely entertaining.
All caught up with the #ShakespeareReadAlong and a pervading thought after Act 4 is...here‘s a damn handkerchief, Othello. I‘d like to tell you where to put it. 😒
I have to say, I‘ve been riveted reading this play once I sat down and have been able to dive in. Great choice for this month‘s group read.
♠️My apologies on the delay in posting who won the Shakespeare Comedy mug- there were quite a few entries to tally! The winner of this fine piece of china and tea accompaniments is..... @TheBookHippie !!!!
(Email me at purple_violets01 at yahoo dot com)
Congrats! I‘ve been having so much fun and learning from the great discussions being had on #TheShakespeareReadAlong threads.
🔍😭It was a bittersweet day for me. We drove an hour and half for other reasons, but had to stop. This gem is closing this year and I had to pay it my homages. I picked up a few mystery treasures, soberly signed my credit card receipt, and took a photo. My heart just hurts over the loss of this indie bookstore.
#supportindiebookstores #sadday #afewtearswereshed #verklempt #mysterylover #whodunit #annarbor #mittenlittens #michigan