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JulAnna

JulAnna

Joined April 2016

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The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin
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Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman
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H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald
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The Blind Assassin: A Novel by Margaret Atwood
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Thanks for all the birthday wishes! The notifications that popped up during the day really brightened my day! 💕to the Litsy community!
@robinb @Crazeedi @erzascarletbookgasm @Birdsong28 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @JessClark78 @gradcat @starlight97 @Librarybelle @squirrelbrain @julesG @LitsyBirthdays

RaimeyGallant Happy birthday! 3d
Tamra Happy Birthday! 3d
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful!!! Happy Birthday again ❤️❤️❤️ 3d
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Eggbeater Happy Birthday!🎉🎂🎈 3d
ljuliel Happy birthday 🎂 3d
kezzlou85 Happy birthday 🎂🎉🎊 3d
TheLibrarian Happy Birthday! 3d
Nute Happy Birthday! 3d
DrexEdit Happy birthday! 🎂 🎈🎉🎉 3d
Librarybelle Beautiful arrangement! 3d
gradcat Pretty flowers...and you are sooo very welcome! ♥️ 2d
ScientistSam Happy belated birthday!🎂 1d
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#KeepLitsyActive #detective

Chief Inspector Gamache
Well developed character, flawed yet admirable
@ljuliel

RaimeyGallant And that duck! 3d
ljuliel Great picture and post ! Thank you. I must be missing something , as I‘ve been trying to play Where‘s Waldo , but looking for a duck 🦆 ? 3d
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#KeepLitsyactive

I love historical fiction about almost every time period. It is probably easier to say what time I don‘t care for (the 1920‘s), than list all the rest 😂
The tagged book is one of my favorites and is set in the Middle Ages, I also like WW2 fiction. This year I tried to find some more books set in WW1.
@ljuliel

ljuliel Thank you. A very nice post ! The only WW 1 Book I‘ve read is 4d
ljuliel ☝🏼It was really good ! 4d
JulAnna @ljuliel I read and really liked (edited) 4d
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Crazeedi A great great book 4d
ljuliel I‘ve heard lots of good things about that one but have yet to read it. Can I ask if there‘s lots of romance or bedroom type scenes in it ? I don‘t do romance. I‘d rather read about the war and tanks and airplanes. 4d
JulAnna @ljuliel There is a love story component, but I wouldn‘t call it a romance. A lot about the war and the trenches. 4d
ljuliel Sounds good to me. I‘ll take the trenches any day over a sappy romance. 4d
Cathythoughts @ljuliel I‘m with you there ... I can‘t deal with the romancy stuff ( unless it‘s the big brilliant drama like Gone With the Wind ..... & @JulAnna (edited) 4d
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A Man Called Ove: A Novel | Fredrik Backman
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#LetsKeepLitsyActive

This is a book that touched me. I found it unexpectedly funny at times and I loved the message of small connections making a great impact in people‘s lives. I have enjoyed all of Mr Backman‘s books that I have read, they are ‘keepers‘ on my bookshelves!
Perhaps it is time for a re-read? 🤔
@ljuliel

Lucy_Anywhere I loved Beartown - I need to read other books by the same author 5d
readingjedi Nice Backman stack you got there - he's one of my favourite authors right now. 5d
Bookwormjillk I‘m rereading Ove right now. I love it. 5d
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ljuliel Thank you. I need to give this another try. With his, I always hit a clog a little ways in. I did that several times with Britt Marie , but I e day I was in the mood and just pushed past the clog and ended up really liking the book a lot ! I think I‘d be the same with his others. Thanks for sharing. 5d
rwmg He is so good at taking people you don't much like at first and then breaking your heart over them
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Andrew65 @Lucy_Anywhere Us Against You was also a great follow up to Beartown. 5d
Andrew65 @rwmg Totally agree. 5d
Andrew65 Ove is a great book, a personal favourite, and it does get you. 5d
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I had a nice audio walk yesterday with the What should I Read next? podcast. Anne Bogel and Charlie Lovett. It was fun listening to them have a live book nerd talk in NC.

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Headed your way tomorrow!
@ScientistSam
#postlit

ScientistSam Great! 1w
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This Tender Land: A Novel | William Kent Krueger
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Mehso-so

This might be an #unpopularopinion
I thought the book was very slow in the middle and dragged a bit. But despite that, the ending felt rushed and wrapped up too neatly. I feel it would have benefited from a change in perspective along the way. While Odie was an interesting character, I did get tired of his ‘voice‘. Not sure all historical references were accurate. **The writing was beautiful in places and I may try other books by this author.

Cathythoughts Yes I agree! It started off well ... but I DNF as it lost my interest ... some lovely descriptions of nature ... but I kind of just let it go 🤷🏼‍♀️ 1w
Tamra @Cathythoughts shoot, I‘m going to take it off my TBR. 1w
Cathythoughts @Tamra yes, I was disappointed ... if started off well ... but DNF 7d
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swishandflick I'm struggling through this right now and thought I was the only one! @Cathythoughts 6d
JulAnna @swishandflick @Cathythoughts I am glad to know it wasn‘t just me 🤓 6d
Cathythoughts @swishandflick @JulAnna I‘m glad I‘m not the only one too. @Tamra In the heat of the moment I bought his crime book - Iron Lake - ( first in the series) .... I hope it‘s good 🤞🏻😁 (edited) 6d
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This Tender Land: A Novel | William Kent Krueger
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Today‘s library haul 🤓
I am starting with the tagged book tonight.

Suet624 I look forward to your review on the tagged book. 2w
JulAnna @Suet624 I just finished this, posted a so-so review. I was disappointed overall. Did you read it? 1w
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Silver Sparrow | Tayari Jones
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This story was told in two parts and the two perspectives were brought together to form a complete story. I found it interesting that I felt I knew the whole story when hearing from Dana only, but then when Chaurisse‘s point of view was added a whole new side opened up.
Favorite quote-“people say that which doesn‘t kill you makes you stronger. They are wrong. What doesn‘t kill you doesn‘t kill you. Sometimes you just have to hope that is enough.”

MoniqueReads305 I loved that quote when I read Silver Sparrow. I'm going to have to give it a reread. 2w
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Silver Sparrow | Tayari Jones
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🎃 tagged
🎃 I am not sure, I have a trip to the library planned for Wednesday, so I will see what appeals to me then
🎃 I rarely give 5 ⭐️ to a book, my last one was Good Morning, Midnight.
#weekendreads
@rachelsbrittain

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Senlin Ascends | Josiah D Bancroft
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Book one of a planned 4 book series from what I can tell. Book three was only released at the beginning of 2019, so be forewarned.
I liked the concept of the Tower and I liked the development of a mild-mannered headmaster getting a bit out of his depth. The author also does a good job of tying in seemingly loose ends as the story moves along.
I plan to read the next books, but maybe not right away. No hurry if the series isn‘t done yet.

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Posted | John David Anderson
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A new #postlit book arrived today!
@irre
@CareBear

irre Nice to see that my book is still around! At least the second copy. 😂 @CareBear 3w
CareBear I loved it @irre 3w
JulAnna @irre @CareBear I am looking forward to reading it-I just finished An American Marriage a couple weeks ago 🤓 (edited) 3w
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Senlin Ascends | Josiah D Bancroft
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Dreary, rainy Sunday. I have the start of a cold, so I am curled up with my comfy blanket and this book. It is slow-paced, but it is an enthralling world he is building. 🤓

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Senlin Ascends | Josiah D Bancroft
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I feel as though I am starting a grand adventure!
📚💛😊

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🎃 tagged-I am a long-time Peanuts fan!
🎃 the people (co-workers and clients)
🎃 my time as a stay-at-home mom
🎃 thanks for the tag @Sharpeipup
🎃 a day late, but does anyone else want to play?

@Eggs #wondrouswednesday

Eggs Thanks for playing 👏🏻🤗👏🏻 4w
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Mixed feelings. Loved the writing and some of the individual sentences. Did not love the characters or the pacing of the book. Some of it felt too rushed, some of it felt too drawn out.
Will give this an overall pick for the important message and the beautiful sentences.

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An American Marriage | Tayari Jones
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🧡🧡this quote 🧡🧡
This is actually how I feel about the ocean 🌊 and the beach 🏖

Hoopiefoot I feel this way about mountains ❤️ 1mo
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An American Marriage | Tayari Jones
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Starting this today , I think I am in the mood for some literary fiction and I have heard good things about this one 🤓

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The River | Peter Heller
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Currently reading. I have heard some good things and liked The Dog Stars, so I have hope! 🤓

Zelma I really liked this one. It reeled me in completely. 1mo
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Baker's Secret | Stephen Kiernan
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This was a different story of WW2 for me. Set in a French village, it dealt with the troubles of ordinary people and how they endured. Very moving portrayal of the liberation and the sacrifices made by the Allied forces. Very good! 🤓

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Baker's Secret | Stephen Kiernan
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Relaxing after a long day of travel, sampled some fine craft beer here in VT

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Baker's Secret | Stephen Kiernan
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Beautiful Sunday! Relaxing with a book and some Red Zone football today 😊 🏈

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If You Leave Me: A Novel | Crystal Hana Kim
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Panpan

Meh. I thought I would like this a lot and I was very disappointed. It begins in Korea in the 50‘s and follows Haemi and her family. I never felt connected to the characters and consequently did not care for any of them.

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Using one of my favorite coffee mugs this Banned Books Week!
I am forever surprised when I read articles and see what books appear on the frequently challenged lists -not sure if I should use the 😢 or 😠 emoji?
What is your favorite banned book?

MoBee Kite Runner, I think it's on the list for some reason 2mo
Patchshank Anything by Vonnegut. I think most of his books have been challenged at one time or another. 2mo
JulAnna @MoBee Yes, it is and it is one of my favorites too! 2mo
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JulAnna @Patchshank I have never read any Vonnegut-suggestion for where to start? 2mo
Patchshank @JulAnna His Two most famous books are Slaughter House Five and Cat's Cradle. My personal favorite is Timequake. If you just want to dip your toes in he has several short story collections. 2mo
Ericalambbrown Judy Bloom books. They were always banned when I was I kid and my parents didn‘t allow me to read them. I snuck them or would read them at friends houses. They were my first experience of thinking for myself and learning to form my own opinions about things. 2mo
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If You Leave Me | Crystal Kim
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I had some ‘me time‘ shopping today. Of course it had to include yarn and books! (Neither of which I really need 😂)

valeriegeary That yarn is pretty! 2mo
kspenmoll Gorgeous yarn!!! What fun to get both! 2mo
JulAnna @kspenmoll @valeriegeary Thanks! I have no idea what I am going to do with it yet! 😂 (edited) 2mo
Tamra What beautiful fall colors! 2mo
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The Light in the Ruins | Chris Bohjalian
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My reading buddy tonight! 💕😊

GypsyKat ❤️❤️❤️ 2mo
DrawingSustenance I need a furry reading buddy too...🐶🐱 2mo
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I have been away for awhile, and posting sporadically before that. I am going to try to change that in the upcoming days, as I have missed this community.
Just finished this book, I am not sure how I feel about it yet. It felt too long, too detailed in some ways, yet too vague in others.
View from my front porch on this beautiful September day! 😊

Bklover You have a beautiful front porch! Welcome back- Litsy is a great place to back to. ❤️ 2mo
Tamra So pretty! 2mo
Alora Wow what a beautiful porch! 😍 1mo
JulAnna @Alora Thank you! 1mo
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It is hard to describe this book, but I have a feeling that I will be thinking about it for a long time to come. Yes, it is violent, but not in a gratuitous way. Propulsive story, at times very hard to read. I really enjoyed the author‘s notes at the end (do not read them before you read the book). I will definitely look for more of his books.

ShyBookOwl I've heard great things! 3mo
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The Book of M: A Novel | Peng Shepherd
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My reading spot for the week! 😎

SamanthaMarie That looks lovely ♡ 3mo
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Recursion | Blake Crouch
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Mehso-so

Hmm, all the descriptions seem to apply—fast-paced, mind bending, intriguing, quick read. However, the character development didn‘t work for me, and I found the first half much more interesting than the second half. I ended up just wanting to get through it. I read a review that compared this to Inception and I think that is apt. I was confused at times, so this is just a so-so for me.

Bookworm83 This is EXACTLY the way I felt about this book! 4mo
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It is hot and humid today in central PA. I am glad that I am done with my weekend chores and can sit down and enjoy the end of this book ☀️😊
I liked this first book in the Farseer trilogy, and am glad that I finally ‘found‘ Robin Hobb!

TrishB I love this series 💕 4mo
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On its way home to you, @ScientistSam ! 😊
#postlit
@CareBear

ScientistSam Thanks, hope you enjoyed it! 4mo
irre This was one of my absolute favorites of #postlit @ScientistSam 4mo
ScientistSam @irre so glad you liked it! 4mo
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A good way to start the day! Happy Fourth of July, fellow Littens! 🎆😊

Bookladylinda Happy 4th!!!!! 🎉🎊🇺🇸 4mo
britt_brooke Cute pup! 🐾🇺🇸 4mo
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Although I am not very far into this book yet, I am enjoying it so far. I have never read any of Robin Hobb‘s books before, but I have heard good things!
It is a beautiful day, I hope all you Littens have a great weekend! ☀️😊

Soubhiville Ooooohhhh! Yay, one of my favorites. I hope you‘ll love her! 4mo
kspenmoll Lovely reading spot! 4mo
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Arrived yesterday! I am looking forward to reading this one, I have heard good things! 😊 This is the last stop for the book before heading home!
@CareBear @ScientistSam
#postlit

ScientistSam I hope you enjoy it! 5mo
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Overall a pick for me, but I thought it came across clearly as a debut novel. I liked the premise. I have been waiting for a while for a post-apocalyptic novel that showed a more positive side of human nature and that did happen in these pages. However, some threads were left underdeveloped and a few large questions left unanswered imo. 🤓

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Happy Saturday morning, Littens!
Starting this today, looks promising 😊

Dolly Lovely reading spot! 5mo
Kaylamburson Loved this one!!! 5mo
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So good! Story of Georgy and Zoya from the time of the Romanovs through their long lives. Russia to France to England. Enchanting story, well told! 💕John Boyne‘s storytelling 🤓

The book cover could have been better! 🙄

Samplergal Loved it. Agree with the book cover. 😀 6mo
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Enjoying a bit of quiet this Saturday morning.
I like this so far, a juxtaposition of storylines from both the first and the second World Wars. 🤓

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Mehso-so

Not quite a pick for me. I like quotation marks—enough said? 🤔

I like the cover on the right better.

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Catching up from not posting for a while. . . .

If you have ever heard that the Three Pines books get better as the series progresses you have heard correct information! That has definitely been my experience 🤓 this was a great installment!

Crazeedi Yep! And excellent series!! 7mo
Caroline2 Yep! Defo gets better but I find after book 6 it really peaks and troughs with some awesome books and some really rubbish Books too. 😲 6mo
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Mehso-so

I listened to this on audio. Terrible narration, but good information. Interesting look at the time period and how the trial was conducted. No concrete answers here, though.

Kaye Good information. I‘ve been on the fence about whether to get this. I think I‘ll pass. I read some Audible reviews that also weren‘t impressed with the narrator. 8mo
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A Place for Us: A Novel | Fatima Farheen Mirza
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#unpopularopinion
I have to bail about 100 pages along. There are simply too many changes in perspective and time for me to enjoy this right now. The shifts detract from the story, in my opinion. May try it again later, maybe not.
Sad, because I was really looking forward to this one (and I spent a gift card on it 😔)

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Finally done with my Saturday chores, so I am settling down with a cup of cocoa to start this. I hope it works for me, as I have had a hard time picking a new book. 😊

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The Weight of Ink | Rachel Kadish
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I wish I loved this, but it felt too long. I enjoyed the back and forth between the 17th century and present; I liked the storyline of historical writings; I loved the strong female characters. However, the book felt too long and there was just too much philosophical detail.

Cinfhen Yes, Yes and Yes!!!! Most of my bookclub loved this book but it was a little overdone IMO. Not sure I‘d recommend it, would you??? 8mo
Crazeedi I truly enjoyed this book! 8mo
JulAnna @Cinfhen As always, it would depend on the person asking, but overall I would NOT recommend without a (strong) warning about the philosophical sections. ☺️ 8mo
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@ScientistSam
Package on the way! #postlit
@CareBear

ScientistSam I'll keep my eye out! 8mo
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The Night Circus | Erin Morgenstern
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I finished this on audio yesterday-absolutely enchanting! Jim Dale is the narrator and I was swept up into the story. Definitely recommend!

jenniferajanes I saw your post and remembered my unused Audible credit. I picked this up. It‘s been on my TBR list since I‘ve seen Littens recommend it! #blameitonLitsy 8mo
JulAnna You will have to let me know what you think of it @jenniferajanes 😊 8mo
jenniferajanes @JulAnna I will! Working my way through another book before I start this one. 😊 8mo
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Maisie Dobbs (Anniversary) | Jacqueline Winspear
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I have been interested in reading more from the WW1 era, and this book, first in a cozy mystery series by Jacqueline Winspear, is a worthy addition to my pile. I liked Maisie Dobbs and I liked reading more about England in this time period. I will probably go on to read more of the series.

Lynnsoprano Love your orchid! 8mo
JulAnna @Lynnsoprano Thank you! I am so happy it is blooming in the winter! 😊 8mo
irre I just started this on audio and I‘m really liking it. 8mo
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Katherine | Anya Seton
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Totally immersed in this epic historical piece! 🤓

Crazeedi I read this way back when, but I really dont remember it. I may need to revisit some of the books from my past 8mo
LeahBergen I loved this book 😍 8mo
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Arrived today @CareBear 😊
Thanks, I love the bookmarks!
Great notebook @StellarDoc !! #postlit