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Stories for Christmas and the Festive Season by Muriel Spark, E. M. Delafield, Stella Gibbons
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After Julius by Elizabeth Jane Howard
Stories for Christmas and the Festive Season | Muriel Spark, E. M. Delafield, Stella Gibbons
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I‘m starting the tagged book today. Aren‘t they pretty together? 😊

Tamra 😍😍 3d
AmyG They are! ❤️ 3d
TheBookHippie Oh these are lovely!!! 3d
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merelybookish So festive! 🌟 3d
ju.ca.no Oh lovely! 3d
TrishB So coordinated 😁 3d
Centique Awww gorgeous! 3d
Aimeesue Gorgeous! And so festive! ❄️ 🎄 ❄️ 3d
Ruthiella Perfect for the season and so pretty!😍 3d
JamieArc ‘Tis the season to get sucked into all the gorgeous Christmas books 😍 3d
BarbaraBB They look gorgeous 😍 3d
tpixie Lovely! ❤️💚🎄💚❤️ 3d
Read4life Beautiful! 😍 3d
ShelleyBooksie So pretty!! 3d
MaureenMc I read the tagged book last year. Clearly, I need to pick up the other this year. 😁 3d
Megabooks Beautiful!! 🤩 3d
batsy 😍 3d
erzascarletbookgasm Very festive looking! 3d
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Murder While You Work | Susan Scarlett
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Here it is, #FurrowedMiddlebrowClub : our 2024 reading schedule!

Thanks for all the speedy voting and my apologies if I‘ve missed tagging someone.

Anyone on Litsy is welcome to read along with us any month and join in on the discussion!

batsy Fun! Another year to look forward to! Thank you so much for compiling it ❤️ 1w
CatLass007 Please add me to your tag list. Thank you. 1w
Kimzey Thanks for creating the graphic, @LeahBergen ! So much to look forward to in 2024! 📚📚🎉 1w
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CarolynM Thanks Leah😘 I‘m looking forward to continuing reading these lovely books with our wonderful group🥰 1w
Jess_Read_This What a terrific line up for 2024! Looking forward to reading with everyone. Leah, thank you for organizing, prompting, and tagging the group. I sure appreciate the extra work you do for the group! 1w
jlhammar Thanks, Leah! Looks like we've got some wonderful reads ahead. Can't wait to order these beauties! 📚 1w
elkeOriginal Wahoo! Looking forward to furrowing my middlebrow with you all in 2024! 1w
kwmg40 Great line up! I'm looking forward to reading these. 1w
Tamra 😃 thank you for the summary Leah! (edited) 1w
Ruthiella Thank you Leah! This will be fun! 🤩 1w
erzascarletbookgasm Thanks Leah! Fun line up for the year! But if I do not join in for the month, means I couldn‘t get hold of the book..I‘ll look forward to seeing everyone‘s posts then. 1w
julieclair Thank you Leah! I am so happy to be a part of this wonderful group. Lots of excellent reading ahead! 1w
rubyslippersreads Thanks for organizing this, @LeahBergen 😊 Looking forward to a new year of FM reading! 1w
quietjenn Hooray! Looking forward to another fab year of FMB reading with you all! And thanks so much Leah for keeping us organized and in good shape! 1w
LeahBergen @elkeOriginal No Botox for you then! 😆 1w
LeahBergen @CatLass007 Will do! 😊 1w
Gissy I‘m still reading the books assigned for 2023 but these editions are so pretty with great stories that I will continue acquiring the books and read them but slowly. I‘m a terrible slow reader🤷🏽‍♀️ 1w
Kimzey @Gissy I‘m behind on our 2023 reading too! I read faster with audiobooks, LOL. 1w
Aimeesue I was really trying to cut down on all the spam, but if one must indulge, one must. 😄 1w
CatLass007 Wow! You‘ve added me already. Thanks for working so quickly. 1w
LeahBergen @Gissy It‘s nice to have a good stockpile of books to read. 😆 1w
LeahBergen @Kimzey Oh, well. At least you know you have nice reads to look forward to. 😊 1w
LeahBergen @Aimeesue We shall all partake of the spam together. 😆 1w
LeahBergen @CatLass007 No problem. I hope you enjoy reading with us! 1w
Kimzey @LeahBergen Yes, definitely lots more to look forward to! And I‘m loving my growing collection of Furrowed Middlebrow books! 1w
CatLass007 I get Botox injections to prevent migraines. I‘ve always considered the fact that I can‘t scowl like Worf, the only disadvantage of the treatments. Now I can‘t furrow my middle brow along with the members of this group.😣 1w
Gissy @LeahBergen Yes! And I can‘t resist those beautiful vintage covers. I have my tbr journal ready for decoration to write down all these reading challenges for 2024 but also including books from reading challenges that I couldn‘t complete this year...stacks of books 😳📚📚📚📚love them😃and there is no such a thing as “book shopping ban” for me. I know it is not going to work☺️ 1w
LeahBergen @CatLass007 😆😆 You must furrow it in your imagination. 1w
LeahBergen @Gissy 😂😂 Book shopping bans don‘t work for me either! 1w
CatLass007 Hahaha! 1w
CarolynM I assumed I‘d have some of these already, but I‘ve just had a look at my shelves and the only one I have is a hardback Anna and her daughters. Looks like it‘s a FMB Christmas for me😆 6d
elkeOriginal @LeahBergen I am updating my list of what we have read together and I remember Nothing to Report and Somewhere in England were ‘unofficial‘ in the earliest days. Was Late Mrs Prioleau also an early unofficial read - or did I just read it in my own? Thanks for any insight. After that I kept good track, I think…🤦🏼‍♀️ 2d
elkeOriginal @CarolynM A hardcover sounds fun! 2d
LeahBergen @CarolynM Oh dear. An FMB Christmas sounds simply awful. 😆 My copy of Anna is an old hardback, too! 1d
LeahBergen @elkeOriginal I scrolled back (way back 🤣) to the first post I made about what we had read from the beginning. I‘ll tag you in it! 😘 1d
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Mistletoe Malice | Kathleen Farrell
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I was just looking through some options for @Ruthiella ‘s #CloakandDaggerChristmas and realized I hadn‘t posted about this eagerly awaited and recently republished 1951 novel.

It‘s blurbed as “a darkly witty portrait of a dysfunctional post-war English family‘s festivities for fans of Barbara Pym, Stella Gibbons, Nancy Mitford and Elizabeth Taylor.”

Doesn‘t it sound great? Too bad it‘s not a mystery and doesn‘t fit any of the prompts. 😆

HardcoverHearts I haven‘t stacked something this fast ever!! 1w
LeahBergen @HardcoverHearts 😆😆 It just ticks all the boxes, doesn‘t it? 1w
Amiable I don‘t know what the prompts entail but it has the word “malice” in it so I‘d rule in your favor. Tell the judges. 👍🏼👍🏼😀 1w
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jlhammar Sounds fantastic! 1w
Tamra That sounds like fun! 1w
MaureenMc I love all of those authors listed, so *stack*. 😁 1w
Aimeesue Oooooh! Right up my alley! 1w
Ruthiella That does sound intriguing! 😮 1w
quietjenn I got this too and am really looking forward to reading it in December! 1w
LeahBergen @Amiable And holidays can make you feel a little murderous, too, so … 😆 1w
LeahBergen @jlhammar @Tamra @MaureenMc @Aimeesue @Ruthiella Right?? I‘m hoping it lives up to its great blurb. 1w
LeahBergen @quietjenn Me, too! 👏 1w
batsy Oh gosh, that sounds great! Immediate stack 😆 1w
Amiable @LeahBergen I see you‘ve met my family… 😖😀 1w
LeahBergen @batsy Right? 👏 1w
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Green Equinox | Elizabeth Mavor
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@BarbaraBB ! It‘s here!

Thank you SO much for this delightful #BBGiveaway parcel; two lovely books, tea and Dutch sweets (I can‘t wait to try them!), and the cute book socks (I can never have enough!). I love it all and especially your sweet note.

Thanks so much, my dear friend! 😘😘

LeahBergen @BarbaraBB Are the sweets like Boterbabbelaars? I loved those when we toured around Middelburg and I brought home a little antique Boterbabbelaars tin, too. 😆 I‘ll have to use it for a Litsy photo one day soon. 2w
BarbaraBB Yes they are! I can‘t believe you‘ve remembered that name! I initially wanted to buy you stroopwafels, I know you love them, but they were sold out in my store. Happy the parcel finally got there 💕💕 2w
squirrelbrain Lovely! ❤️ 2w
LeahBergen @BarbaraBB I‘m so glad you sent these sweets instead as they are new to me (and delicious)! 😘😘 2w
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Provincial Lady in Wartime the (Revised) | E M Delafield, Delafield
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I‘m current reading and enjoying the 4th book in the highly amusing Provincial Lady series.

That‘s “Cook” on the cover being fitted for her gas mask. 😆

Tamra 😲😆 Poor cook! 2w
Ruthiella I‘ve only read the first one. I heard about them years ago from your reading twin Simon Thomas. 😆 2w
LeahBergen @Tamra Yes, and they were trying on a medium-sized gas mask and the husband commented that‘s she‘s probably more like an extra large. I sympathized as I have a big head, too. 😆 2w
LeahBergen @Ruthiella 😆 We ARE pretty close in what we like to read! 2w
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Untitled | Anonymous
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It‘s time! 👏

Please make a post suggesting two Furrowed Middlebrow books for us to vote on. Let‘s start with our January and March choices first and go from there.

January: @batsy
March: @Kimzey
May: @Jess_Read_This
July: @catebutler
September: @elkeOriginal
November: @erzascarletbookgasm

We have a few members who haven‘t been on Litsy much lately so I‘ll move on to the next person on the list if they don‘t respond to this post.

catebutler Perfect!! Can‘t wait!! 2w
Lizpixie May I ask what‘s entailed in this club? 2w
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CarolynM Looking forward to seeing what the options are🙂 Thanks Leah😘 2w
LeahBergen @catebutler I‘m so glad you saw this! 👏 2w
CarolynM @Lizpixie Furrowed Middlebrow is an imprint that publishes novels written by women in the mid C20th, most of which have been pretty much forgotten. The Club is a bimonthly buddy read of one of their books. You‘d be very welcome if you wanted to join🙂 2w
LeahBergen @Lizpixie It‘s a group of us who have been reading books from the Furrowed Middlebrow imprint of Dean Street Press. The people tagged are the ones who suggest reads and who vote on the book choices. Anyone is welcome to join in and read along with us and join the discussions for any month. Take a look at the tag #FurrowedMiddlebrowClub to see a bit more of what we read. And feel free to join us when a book takes your fancy! 😊 2w
LeahBergen @CarolynM I guess we were typing at the same time. 😆 2w
CarolynM Great minds🙌 2w
Lizpixie @LeahBergen @CarolynM thank you both! I‘ll check out the tag & the books they publish for sure. If there‘s any that take my fancy I‘ll definitely join in. The more books the merrier! 2w
LeahBergen @Lizpixie Wonderful! 2w
Jess_Read_This Hi Leah- the last few months have been a bit hectic for me. But I‘d still like to participate next year. But if you‘d rather move on from my nomination to someone else, completely understandable! 😄 2w
quietjenn Can't wait to see and vote on our new slate! 2w
Kimzey Thanks! I made notes for myself a few months ago on what we‘d already read and possible new selections. Now I just need to find them! Will post choices this evening. 2w
LeahBergen @Jess_Read_This Of course not! You must stay. 😆 I only mentioned that in the case of someone going completely AWOL, we wouldn‘t wait too long to plan our reading schedule. And I haven‘t been quite as active on Litsy myself lately. I‘m so glad to see you popping back in here. 😘 2w
LeahBergen @Kimzey Yay! I can hardly wait. 😆 2w
Jess_Read_This @LeahBergen Terrific! While I‘m looking at my shelves, are the DSP Golden Age mysteries written by female authors allowed? I‘ve got an Annie Haynes one that I was thinking of. 2w
LeahBergen @Jess_Read_This Hmm… good question! We DO have a finite number of FM books to choose from now that they‘ve stopped publishing. Why don‘t you choose one to put up against your FM choice and see what the group thinks? 2w
Jess_Read_This @LeahBergen Sounds good! So just wait til the others ahead of me@post their months then post mine? 2w
LeahBergen @Jess_Read_This Yes, that would be great. 👍 2w
LeahBergen @Jess_Read_This And I‘ll tag you when it‘s your time to post your choices so that you get a notification. 2w
Aimeesue Yay! More Furrowed Middlebrow! I love them, not least because the name always make me laugh 😄 2w
LeahBergen @Aimeesue Right? It‘s such a good name! 2w
erzascarletbookgasm I still have time 😄 2w
LeahBergen @erzascarletbookgasm Yes, you do. 😆 I‘ll tag you when to make your post for us. 2w
batsy I'm so sorry to be behind. Thanks for the gentle nudge, I'll post my picks soon! 2w
LeahBergen @batsy No worries! I didn‘t want to bother you but I didn‘t want to lose you either. 😆 2w
batsy @LeahBergen Not at all a bother! ❤️ And I got excited thinking about FM books again so I've already posted my choices 😁 2w
LeahBergen @batsy I “squeed” and immediately voted. 😆 2w
LeahBergen @Jess_Read_This and @catebutler Go ahead and post your two nominations for us to vote on! 👏 2w
Jess_Read_This Thanks for the tag and letting me know! Just posted! 2w
LeahBergen Okay, @elkeOriginal and @erzascarletbookgasm ! You two can go ahead and post your choices for September and November voting now. 2w
julieclair I'd love to be added to the master tag list, please. I don't want to miss anything! 💙 1w
erzascarletbookgasm I‘ll put up a post tomorrow 👌 1w
kwmg40 Please add me to the master tag list. I've really enjoyed the #FurrowedMiddlebrowClub books I've read this year! 1w
LeahBergen @julieclair @kwmg40 Certainly! Once all the choices for 2024 are decided, I‘ll make a post with our reading schedule and tag you both, too. 😊 1w
kwmg40 @LeahBergen Thank you! Iim looking forward to the new list! 1w
julieclair @LeahBergen Thank you! Looking forward to a fun year of reading ahead. 😀 1w
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Babbacombe's | SUSAN. SCARLETT
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Well, this was a delight. I‘m going to start prescribing myself a Susan Scarlett book when I need a bit of a lift!

Beth Carson, fresh from school, has a “meet cute” with the son of the owner of a big department store where she works. Throw in a scheming tart of a cousin, a beloved little brother losing his eyesight, a couple of wiener dogs, and a fancy dress ball and you‘ve got the makings of a good old Cinderella story. Loved it!

Ruthiella That‘s a prescription I can recommend! 😂 2w
Tamra Perfect bookmark! 2w
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Ruthiella @Tamra So true! I hadn‘t noticed. Very clever @LeahBergen ! 👏👏👏 2w
willaful That's the same cover as 2w
quietjenn Indeed, perfect! And I love how you summed everything up (but especially Dulcie 😆). 2w
BarbaraBB @willaful That is weird!! 2w
BarbaraBB It looks very attractive and it‘s always good to have such books at hand 😀 2w
LeahBergen @Tamra @Ruthiella So glad you noticed. I DID think I was being pretty clever. 😆 2w
LeahBergen @willaful Yes, I immediately noticed that when I bought Business As Usual after I bought this. It‘s the Greyladies edition from 2014. It must be the most popular image that pops up when you look for “midcentury department store”.😆 2w
LeahBergen @quietjenn That Dulcie was a corker. 😆 2w
LeahBergen @BarbaraBB We all need some good light reads at hand, don‘t we? 😄 2w
Jess_Read_This So glad to hear this was a good one! 2w
jlhammar It really was a delight. Great review and love the bookmark! 2w
Kimzey Great review! I‘m behind on my reading but looking forward to a happy fairy tale! I enjoyed Clothes-Pegs, so I‘m sure this will fit the bill. 2w
LeahBergen @Jess_Read_This It really was a delight! It ends in a Christmas scene so it would make a lovely holiday read. 2w
LeahBergen @jlhammar Thank you! 2w
LeahBergen @Kimzey I‘m sure you‘ll enjoy it if you liked Clothes-Pegs. 👍 2w
Aimeesue Great bookmark! So on point! 2w
LeahBergen @Aimeesue Harrod‘s may be a bit posher than Babbacombe‘s but I bet you they don‘t have a dishy catch like David in Cut Meats. 😆 2w
erzascarletbookgasm It‘s great that everyone‘s loving this! Sounds more fun than Clothes Peg. 2w
LeahBergen @erzascarletbookgasm I‘m trying to decide which one I liked more 🤔 … yep, this one! 2w
batsy Perfectly matched book and bookmark 😍 (I'm super behind but hoping to squeeze it in before the month is out!) 2w
LeahBergen @batsy This is a perfect bit of fluff for when you need it! 😊 2w
catebutler Just started, so I am very behind!! But I‘m so glad to see everyone has loved this. 2w
LeahBergen @catebutler I think you‘re going to like it, too! 😊 2w
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Untitled | Anonymous
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Reposting for @teebe !

It‘s heeeere! There‘s only a short time to join, so if you‘re interested make sure to sign up as soon as possible. Please share

#CreepyChristmas is a book swap for anyone who wants to celebrate all things spooky beyond October 31. It‘s inspired by stories like The Nightmare Before Christmas, Krampus, and Black Christmas that blend the dark and scary with the delight of Christmas.


After Julius | Elizabeth Jane Howard
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🎶 It‘s the most wonderful time of the year…🎶

Well, pretty much. It‘s the time of year in which @shawnmooney and I do our read of another Elizabeth Jane Howard novel (in publication order) and check in each week on Voxer (with lots of chatty asides and wine). Heavenly! 🥰

BarbaraBB Sounds lovely! What is Voxer? 3w
LeahBergen @BarbaraBB It‘s a free app where you can leave an audio message (up to 15 minutes in length) or chat real time by text. We started using it when Shawn lived in Japan. It‘s a handy app if two people don‘t have the same type of smartphone. 3w
LeahBergen @BarbaraBB Oh! And you can also add others into the group. Shawn, @Cinfhen , and I did a buddy read/chat together a couple of years ago and it was great fun. 3w
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Suet624 That‘s wonderful! Enjoy! 3w
BarbaraBB That sounds great, I‘ll check it out! 3w
Tamra @BarbaraBB I hadn‘t heard of it before either. Happy Buddy Reading Leah! 3w
squirrelbrain Sounds fun! Enjoy yourselves! 3w
LeahBergen @Suet624 Thank you! 😘 3w
LeahBergen @Tamra @squirrelbrain Thank you! 😘😘 3w
MaureenMc This sounds so fun! 3w
BookNAround I love Elizabeth Jane Howard! 3w
LeahBergen @MaureenMc It sure is! 3w
LeahBergen @BookNAround I do, too! 3w
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Book mail!

The tagged book arrived today, the first in a four-volume series of comic mysteries originally published in the 1940s. Lady Lupin is a ditsy “Bright Young Thing” who marries a vicar and finds herself embroiled in local murders. Both the first in the series and the last (pictured) are set at Christmas.

jlhammar These sound so fun! 3w
AlaMich I‘ve always hoped to run across some website somewhere that would explain the olde-tyme English clerical term system. Vicars and curates and livings etc etc. 3w
Aimeesue Lovely! This also reminded me that I bought a copy of the first last year - now to dig it out for December reading! 3w
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Tamra A Christmas mystery! 😍 3w
LeahBergen @jlhammar Don‘t they? 😊 3w
LeahBergen @AlaMich Right? It‘s always so confusing. Here‘s a bit about vicars, curates, and rectors: https://randombitsoffascination.com/2012/01/18/rectors-and-vicars-and-curatesoh-... 3w
LeahBergen @Aimeesue Dig it out, dig it out! 😆 3w
LeahBergen @Tamra They can‘t be beat. 😆 3w
erzascarletbookgasm Lupin? 😂 These sound fun! 3w
LeahBergen @erzascarletbookgasm And I think she‘s a bit loopy, too. 😆 3w
Aimeesue @LeahBergen 📚 ♠️ (I‘ll have to use a spade, since I can‘t find a shovel emoji 😄) 3w
AlaMich Thanks for the link! 3w
LeahBergen @Aimeesue 😆😆 3w
batsy Oh, these sound lovely! And a Christmas mystery! Love the covers. 3w
LeahBergen @batsy I‘m hoping they are as good as they sound! 2w
rubyslippersreads I‘m drooling over those covers! 2w
Jess_Read_This 💸influenced… I‘ve read Who Killed the Curate but didn‘t realize it was a series! Had to pick up that gorgeous covered second book! 2w
LeahBergen @rubyslippersreads I love them, too! 2w
LeahBergen @Jess_Read_This I guess there are 4 books in this series and these are the first and the fourth. I hope they republish the other two in matching covers! 2w
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The Armourer's House | Rosemary Sutcliff
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I‘m current reading this charming story about young Tamsyn who is sent to live with her uncle and his big family in bustling Tudor London. It‘s just the sort of story I would‘ve loved as a child, with lots of daily and seasonal details of that time.

And it has recently been republished in a gorgeous new edition by Manderley Press. 👍

Tamra Eye catching for sure! 😍 3w
Ruthiella I also would have loved this as a child. 3w
youneverarrived Love the bookmark 😍 3w
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LeahBergen @Tamra It is! 😄 3w
LeahBergen @Ruthiella Kindred spirits 😆 3w
LeahBergen @youneverarrived Thanks! I just had to match with a Tudor bookmark 😆 3w
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And even more birthday love…

Thank you so much @TrishB ! This one looks crazy (in the best sort of way) AND you ordered it from one of my very favourite local indie bookshops. I love it! ❤️

#MenopauseHorror 😆

TrishB Woohoo ❤️ so glad it got there- i didn‘t get an email to say it was dispatched so I was getting a bit worried. It does look a bit bonkers in the best way. 4w
BarbaraBB What a great gift 4w
LeahBergen @TrishB We all need bonkers every once in a while, don‘t we? Thanks, again! 😘 4w
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LeahBergen @BarbaraBB It is! ❤️ 4w
jlhammar Great cover! 4w
merelybookish Happy (belated) birthday!! 🎉🌈🥳🧁💐🦄 Also that hashtag! 😂😂😂 4w
batsy Oh, nice! I have this on hold 😆 4w
LeahBergen @batsy It sounds so good! 4w
Suet624 Happy birthday! 4w
LeahBergen @Suet624 Thanks, Sue! 😘 4w
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Let‘s squeeze in one more Halloween read! 👻

AmyG I liked this one. Read it when I was a teen. 1mo
ShelleyBooksie Love the mug!! 1mo
AlaMich I love the bookmark! 1mo
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Aimeesue Eeeeeeeek! 1mo
LeahBergen @AmyG I thought I had read it in my teens but I‘m not remembering any of it. 😆 1mo
LeahBergen @ShelleyBooksie Thanks! It‘s an old freebie from David‘s Tea. 1mo
LeahBergen @AlaMich Thanks! My best friend and I spent the night at the Stanley Hotel (where Stephen King stayed and which was the inspiration for the Overlook Hotel). This is a memento. 😆 1mo
Reggie I have not read this one, but I saw the movie. The movie‘s decent. 1mo
AmyG @LeahBergen Wow! I have been trying to get my husband to go with me and stay there. He‘s just not i to it. 🤣 @Reggie I remember the book being better. (Surprise, right?) (edited) 1mo
LeahBergen @Reggie I‘m going to try to find it to watch when I‘m done reading. 👍 1mo
LeahBergen @AmyG 😆 You should! It‘s a nice hotel in and of itself, despite the spooky reputation. 1mo
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Falling Animals | Sheila Armstrong
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Thank you for this wonderful birthday bundle, @Cathythoughts ! ❤️

The tagged book sounds so intriguing and I love the other two that you picked because you thought I‘d like the covers. I do! 😆 I‘m a Jane Gardam fan but I haven‘t read this one!

The pretty reading gloves will be much appreciated in this old house this winter and, as always, I loved your sweet note. You‘re a dear friend. 😘

squirrelbrain Lovely gifts! I have Falling Animals to read shortly as it‘s featuring on the BBC‘s Between the Covers. 1mo
CarolynM Lovely😍 1mo
LeahBergen @squirrelbrain Oh, really? I‘ll look that up! 1mo
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LeahBergen @CarolynM Indeed! 🥰 1mo
squirrelbrain Here‘s the full list. Being a #listcompletist, I‘m reading them all! In fact Falling Animals is next on my list. https://www.bbc.com/mediacentre/2023/between-the-covers-series-seven It starts on Monday 6th Nov. 1mo
LeahBergen @squirrelbrain Thank you!! 1mo
batsy How lovely! 😍 I must read Gardam. 1mo
LeahBergen @batsy I‘m sure you‘d like her! 1mo
Balibee146 Belated birthday wishes xx 4w
LeahBergen @Balibee146 Thank you! 😘 4w
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Thank you so much @BookishTrish for my lovely #AllHallowsReadSwap gifts! 😍

I‘ve been eagerly wanting to read both of these books and your wrapping skills are awesome. Did you sustain a paper cut in the process? 😆😆 Thank you for the Smarties and the spooky pins and, as you can see, Regan from The Exorcist was the book clip in the mystery bag. 🤮😂 I love it all.

Thank you for hosting again, @MaleficentBookDragon ! 😘

Tamra The tagged title sounds great! 1mo
LeahBergen @Tamra It does! I love that Valancourt is republishing all these retro thrillers and horror novels. 1mo
MaleficentBookDragon LOVE those stickers. 1mo
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LeahBergen @MaleficentBookDragon They‘re great! 1mo
sarahbarnes I just started Pet - very good so far! 1mo
LeahBergen @sarahbarnes Oh, good to hear! 👍 4w
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Thank you @BookishMadHatter for this truly AMAZING #HauntedHollowSwap parcel!

I love that you chose all “House” titled books from my TBR 😆. The candies (sampled!), socks, magnets, bookmark, stickers, and eyeball mug are awesome but you KNOW my favourite things are your handmade gifts! Each book was wrapped in its own gorgeous book sleeve. And the wee candy corn, pumpkin and spider! And a cozy earband!

You‘re so thoughtful and I love it all! 😘

LeahBergen And a great big thank you to @wanderinglynn for hosting this wonderful swap again! 😘😘 #HHS #HHS23 1mo
TrishB 😯 wow- looks great. 1mo
squirrelbrain Love all the handmade pieces - that spider is cute! 🥰 1mo
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wanderinglynn Love it! 😍 🎃🖤👻🧡 1mo
Gissy Love the mug and great books👌I added them to my wish list 😂 1mo
LeahBergen @TrishB Right? 😍 1mo
LeahBergen @squirrelbrain The spider is so sweet! 1mo
LeahBergen @wanderinglynn Me, too! 😍 1mo
LeahBergen @Gissy They all sound like such good reads! 😆 1mo
BookishMadHatter So happy you like it! You seemed to enjoy the Christmas ones I made for you last year so I took a chance with making more little stuffies for you. And the earwarmer just makes sense because this is October in Canada lol. Happy Halloween! 1mo
LeahBergen @BookishMadHatter I have a nice little collection of your work now and I love it! Thanks so much again and Happy Halloween! 🎃 1mo
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Thank you so much, @CarolynM , for my birthday parcel! ❤️

An Australian vintage children‘s book?? I‘m terrifically excited to see what the Warren family gets up to at Wombat Flat and if they learn how to run a sheep station. 😂😂 I love it!

The chocolates look divine and I must show my (now adult) nephew these Hairy Maclary bookmarks; I read these books over and over to him when he was tiny.

Thanks again, dear friend! 😘😘

Tamra Happy Birthday Leah! 😘 1mo
LeahBergen @Tamra Thank you! 😘 1mo
rubyslippersreads What an adorable book! 1mo
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intothehallofbooks I love all of this! Happy Birthday! 1mo
quietjenn Happy birthday, dear @LeahBergen! 1mo
LeeRHarry Happy birthday! 🎉 1mo
squirrelbrain Gorgeous gifts! ❤️ 1mo
Billypar Happy birthday!! 🎂 1mo
Leftcoastzen Happy Birthday! 🎊🎂🎈🎁 📚📚 1mo
TrishB Lovely ❤️ 1mo
LeahBergen @rubyslippersreads Doesn‘t it look great?? 1mo
LeahBergen @intothehallofbooks Thank you! 🥰 1mo
LeahBergen @quietjenn Thanks so much! 😘😘 1mo
LeahBergen @LeeRHarry Thank you! 🥰 1mo
LeahBergen @squirrelbrain @TrishB They are! ❤️ 1mo
LeahBergen @Billypar Thank you! 😘 1mo
LeahBergen @Leftcoastzen Thank you! 😘 1mo
CarolynM You‘re very welcome. Hope you enjoy🙂 1mo
batsy What a perfect gift for you. It's all so pretty 😍 1mo
LeahBergen @CarolynM I most certainly will! 😘😘 1mo
LeahBergen @batsy Isn‘t it? 🥰 1mo
Suet624 Happy birthday! 1mo
LeahBergen @Suet624 Thank you! 😘 1mo
mabell That book looks perfect! 😍 1mo
LeahBergen @mabell Right? 😍 1mo
Centique That book cover is adorable! Amazing find @CarolynM and happy belated birthday to you @LeahBergen 💕 4w
LeahBergen @Centique Thanks, Paula! 😘 4w
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Jane Austen's Wardrobe | Hilary Davidson
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Thank you so much, @rubyslippersreads , for these lovely birthday gifts! I hope you got a copy of Jane Austen‘s Wardrobe for yourself because… wow… it is a gorgeously illustrated book! I‘ve heard of The Moonflower Vine but haven‘t read it; I‘ll be sure to now that I know it‘s a favourite of yours. And chocolates, too!

Thank you, my dear friend, for always thinking of me on my birthday! 😘😘😘

rubyslippersreads So glad you like everything. And even on your birthday, you‘re enabling me to buy myself a book. 🤣 1mo
LeahBergen @rubyslippersreads 😂😂 I LOVE it all! 😘😘 1mo
squirrelbrain Lovely! ❤️ 1mo
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rubyslippersreads @LeahBergen Be on the lookout for your birthday card. I mailed it a few weeks ago, but I guess the mail is slow. 1mo
LeahBergen @rubyslippersreads Oh, thank you! And yes, letter mail can be very slow here. 🙄 1mo
LeahBergen @rubyslippersreads My beautiful birthday card arrived on Friday! Thank you so much! 😘😘😘 3w
rubyslippersreads @LeahBergen You‘re very welcome. 😁 3w
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Bella: By Anne and Edward Syfret | Anne Syfret, Edward Syfret
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I‘ve been flying through this vintage (1976) creepy YA novel and absolutely loving it.

It‘s 1938 and Sandy is spending the summer at her family‘s holiday home in Sussex with her new friend, Honorine. While exploring an abandoned property next door they discover an old French doll and Honorine quickly becomes obsessed with it. But “Bella” has a mind of her own. 😆

It‘s been a hot chocolate sort of day here as we‘re having our first snow!

Bookwomble Loving your Premier League bookmark game! 🔖😌 1mo
Centique Oooh Bella does look creepy! 1mo
PurpleyPumpkin Oh gosh, seems too early for snow! But it sounds like you‘re enjoying it in the perfect way!📖☕️ (edited) 1mo
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jlhammar That bookmark! Looks like we might be seeing some snowflakes here this weekend. 1mo
Tamra Definitely has creepy vibes 🥹 1mo
batsy A creepy cover, for sure! Aided by that bookmark 😆 1mo
Gissy Where do you find those lovely vintage books? So pretty! 1mo
sarahbarnes That is a…very concerning cover. 😳 1mo
LeahBergen @Bookwomble 😆😆 Thank you! 1mo
LeahBergen @Centique She‘s not very nice AT ALL 😂 1mo
LeahBergen @PurpleyPumpkin It‘s even a bit early for us here! 1mo
LeahBergen @jlhammar Brrr! ❄️ 1mo
LeahBergen @batsy Nicely matched, aren‘t they? 😆 1mo
LeahBergen @Gissy I‘m always on the lookout for them at bookshops, charity book sales, thrift shops, etc. And online, too! AbeBooks, eBay, and other sites. 😊 1mo
LeahBergen @sarahbarnes Not a doll lover? 😂 1mo
Teresereading I recently found Rumer Goden‘s The Doll House in a street library, another creepy doll story (edited) 1mo
LeahBergen @Teresereading Great find! I love Rumer Godden‘s doll stories! 1mo
Gissy @LeahBergen I need to hunt like you☺️But I don‘t have many charity stores here. Maybe I should explore around other towns and maybe eBay 1mo
Gissy @LeahBergen I need to hunt like you☺️But I don‘t have many charity stores here. Maybe I should explore around other towns and maybe eBay 1mo
LeahBergen @Gissy I look in different shops whenever I travel to any other town or city. 😆 1mo
Cathythoughts Book sounds great ! First ❄️ snow. Thats the only thing I‘d like to change about our weather .. I‘d love snow. Enjoy. I sent you a parcel , I hope it makes it on time X 1mo
LeahBergen @Cathythoughts You did? You‘re so kind! I‘ll let you know when it arrives. Thank you! 😘😘 1mo
mabell Happy Birthday, Leah! I hope you have a lovely day! ❤️ 1mo
batsy Happy birthday, Leah! Have a spectacular day, friend ♥️🎈🍰📚 1mo
erzascarletbookgasm Happy birthday Leah! Hope you‘re having a great day! ❤️ 1mo
TheLudicReader Happy birthday! I hope you have a wonderful day. 1mo
MicheleinPhilly Happy Birthday, Scorpio sister! 😘 1mo
LeahBergen @mabell Thank you! 😘😘 1mo
LeahBergen @batsy Thanks so much! 😘😘 1mo
LeahBergen @erzascarletbookgasm Thank you! 😘😘 1mo
LeahBergen @TheLudicReader Thank you! 😘😘 1mo
LeahBergen @MicheleinPhilly Thank you! 🦂😘😘 1mo
rubyslippersreads I‘ve never heard of this. Looks right up my alley. How nice of the snow to make its debut for your birthday! ❄️ 1mo
LeahBergen @rubyslippersreads It was a good one! 👍 1mo
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The Godsend (Valancourt 20th Century Classics) | Bernard Taylor, Professor of Strategic Management Bernard Taylor
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It‘s time for a creepy retro horror read!

This 1976 book about a “bad seed” child has been republished by #ValancourtBooks and I‘m going in.

Reggie Yayyy for horror. Hope you enjoy it! 1mo
LeahBergen @Reggie Thanks, Reggie! I‘m really enjoying it so far. 1mo
jlhammar Oooh, that looks fun! 1mo
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sarahbarnes Looks very creepy indeed 😱 1mo
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Ghostly Stories | Celia Fremlin
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I was feeling like a ghost story and (almost) forgot I had this teeny little copy from the Faber Stories collection.

It‘s only two stories but I LOVE Celia Fremlin. Here I go… 👻

Tamra Oh, lucky you! 👻 1mo
batsy Hope it's good! Reading Edith Wharton's ghost stories now for our group read and really enjoying them. 1mo
LeahBergen @Tamra They were fun little reads! 1mo
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LeahBergen @batsy I love Wharton‘s ghost stories! 1mo
Cathythoughts Very nice !! I just finished Possession… so good 👍🏻 1mo
LeahBergen @Cathythoughts Oh, good to hear! I have it waited on my shelves. 1mo
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In 1974 Ruth Evans found a manuscript package of letters that her mother had written in Germany in WW2: unsent letters to her adult children in far-flung areas of the world describing daily life in an upper middle class household in Hamburg.

This was a bit of a hard read at times (and especially with the current news) but I think it‘s an important eyewitness account from “the other side” about the ravages of war.


jlhammar It really was hard to read at times. I loved how they took comfort in literature and music whenever possible. I also appreciated how she realized and acknowledged their luck and advantages. 1mo
Tamra So glad Matilda decided to keep up with writing them and to save them. 1mo
LeahBergen @jlhammar Yes! I especially liked when they were reading that “exciting” Dorothy L. Sayers out loud at night. And Tilli always seemed to appreciate her advantages and then we hear from her daughter (in the afterword) how their food was inedible to her when she visited. 💔 It was very eye-opening to me as I don‘t think I‘ve ever read anything from a WW2 German woman‘s perspective before. 1mo
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LeahBergen @Tamra And to just stow them away and not ever tell her children about them. Imagine her daughters reading them in 1974? 😢 1mo
Cathythoughts Great review Leah ❤️💔. I havnt got to it yet … I‘m definitely going to be late with this one. X 1mo
LeahBergen @Cathythoughts Thanks, Cathy! I hope all is well with you and you‘re enjoying lots of grandbaby time. 😘 1mo
CarolynM Lovely review. I‘m hoping to get to this one soon. 1mo
LeahBergen @CarolynM I took a few breaks from it to read other things. It‘s quite grim. 😬 1mo
Aimeesue Spot on. I have to keep stepping away for breaks too. Important read, though. 1mo
LeahBergen @Aimeesue Right? It‘s so heavy. 💔 1mo
andrew61 Great review, Leah. I have just finished it, and like you found it difficult given the current headlines, it is an interesting perspective on the blanket bombing policy of ww2. 1mo
LeahBergen @andrew61 Thanks, Andrew! I found the afterword really interesting as well about the changing attitudes towards these bombings. 1mo
Karons1 I purchased this one in Oxford 2 weeks ago and it‘s next to my bed 🛌 ready to go I‘m late reading it as Iv been stacked out ! Glad it‘s a goodie they don‘t disappoint do they ? But he‘s in current world events it‘s all too sadly familiar 1mo
LeahBergen @Karons1 Yes, that‘s true! I hope you enjoy it when you get to it. 😊 1mo
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Well, I can‘t say I loved this one AT ALL.

I enjoyed the beginning quite a bit but quickly found myself annoyed by Clarissa‘s perfection and verbosity. I probably “hate read” a good 900 pages of this tome and only sheer obstinacy made me finish it. 😂😂

Thank you to @Lcsmcat and the rest of my fellow buddy readers for helping me finally get to this book (and for amusing me along the way with your commentary 😂)!


Lcsmcat Congratulations! 🍾 You did it! 1mo
mabell I love everything about this 🤣🤣 1mo
jlhammar 😂 😂 😂 1mo
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Daisey Congrats on finishing this one! 1mo
AmyG Ha! 1mo
LeahBergen @Lcsmcat @Daisey Thank you! I almost didn‘t make it. 🤣🤣 1mo
LeahBergen @mabell @jlhammar @AmyG It was a tough one. 😂😂 1mo
BarbaraJean 😂 😂 That face is perfect! Congratulations on sticking it out! 1mo
Amiable That face is all of us. 😖😀 1mo
Tamra You get an honor badge for this one! 😅😆 1mo
Itchyfeetreader Hate read ! Wishing you a wonderful next read ! 1mo
batsy That face! 😆 1mo
BarbaraBB Kudos for finishing. I wanted to join too but then didn‘t and now I‘m not really sorry! 1mo
squirrelbrain Love that face! I too was going to join in @BarbaraBB but I‘m glad I didn‘t! 1mo
LeahBergen @BarbaraJean @Amiable I‘m glad I wasn‘t the only one 😆 1mo
LeahBergen @Tamra I deserve one! 1mo
LeahBergen @Itchyfeetreader Thank you! ❤️ 1mo
LeahBergen @batsy I swear I looked just like that for 900 pages. 😆 1mo
LeahBergen @BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain I really can‘t say you missed out. 😆😆 1mo
Bookwomble 😂 1mo
CarolynM But the sense of achievement! Well done👏👏👏 1mo
Gissy That print 🤣🤣🤣 1mo
LeahBergen @CarolynM Bragging rights! 🙌 1mo
Centique I love that face so much! 1mo
LeahBergen @Centique Me, too 😆 1mo
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My #HauntedHollowSwap just arrived, @BookishMadHatter , and I was so excited to see it was from YOU! 😆❤️ Thank you so much!


wanderinglynn Yay! 🎃👻🧡 1mo
BookishMadHatter So glad it got to you with lots of time! And happy you're pleased ... now we just have to wait and see what you think of the contents lol 1mo
LeahBergen @BookishMadHatter Oh, I KNOW I‘m going to be thrilled. No worries there! 😘 1mo
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Yay!!!! My #AllHallowsReadSwap package has arrived @BookishTrish !

It arrived this weekend while I was away and I just retrieved it from my neighbour. I hope you weren‘t worried when I hadn‘t posted. Thanks so much! 🧡


BookishTrish Hooray! I‘m happy it‘s arrived and wasn‘t worried at all! 1mo
LeahBergen @BookishTrish I‘ve hidden it away from myself! 😆 1mo
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Betsy Was a Junior | Maud Hart Lovelace
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We‘ve been spending a longish weekend in Seattle to celebrate our anniversary and I got to attend the Seattle Antiquarian Book Fair.

Treasures were found! 😮

mabell Happy Anniversary! 🥂 2mo
dabbe Happy Anniversary! 🖤🧡🖤 2mo
Ruthiella Happy Anniversary! 🍾🥂🥳 2mo
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MaureenMc Happy anniversary! 🥂 2mo
LeahBergen @mabell @dabbe @Ruthiella @MaureenMc Thanks, all! It‘s our first time visiting Seattle and it‘s been a lot of fun. ❤️ 2mo
sarahbarnes Very fun! I really like Seattle and sounds like a very cool book fair. 2mo
Deblovestoread Happy Anniversary and happy treasure hunting! 2mo
Cathythoughts Happy Anniversary ❤️ 2mo
squirrelbrain Happy Anniversary! ❤️ 2mo
batsy Happy Anniversary! 🥂 2mo
jlhammar Happy Anniversary! I somehow missed the Betsy-Tacy books growing up. I‘m going to have to give them a read one of these days. 2mo
Tamra Happy Anniversary! 💕💕 2mo
quietjenn Happy anniversary! I got it's been lovely! 1mo
LeahBergen @sarahbarnes It‘s a great city! 1mo
LeahBergen @jlhammar Thanks! And I somehow missed them growing up, too. It was @rubyslippersreads who introduced them to me here on Litsy! 1mo
CarolynM Happy Anniversary 🥂💕 1mo
rubyslippersreads Happy Anniversary! You really did find some treasures! 1mo
Karons1 Ooohhh lucky 🍀 you happy 😃 anniversary 🥂🥰 1mo
LeahBergen @CarolynM Thank you! 😘 1mo
LeahBergen @rubyslippersreads My first hardcover in the Betsy series (and it‘s signed! 😱) 1mo
LeahBergen @Karons1 Thanks! ❤️ 1mo
rubyslippersreads @LeahBergen That‘s amazing! 1mo
britt_brooke How cool! 1mo
Centique Wow! I cant think of a more perfect way to celebrate! 🎉🍾 1mo
rubyslippersreads BTW, a package is arriving today from Amazon. Not to be opened until your birthday. 😄🎂 1mo
LeahBergen @Centique It was pretty perfect! 😆 1mo
LeahBergen @rubyslippersreads It just arrived!! 👏👏 Thank you so much! 😘😘 1mo
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My current reads!

For some reason I‘ve never felt drawn to read A Tale for the Time Being but it is a current pick for my IRL book club and I‘m really enjoying it.

Also, this month‘s #PersephoneClub. 👍

Hooked_on_books I really need to read the tagged book. I really enjoyed another of her books, yet this one languishes on my shelves (alongside so many others 😬). 2mo
merelybookish It's a good one! 2mo
jlhammar I loved A Tale for the Time Being! Glad to hear you're enjoying it. I've only read the preface on our Persephone so far. Look forward to reading more. 2mo
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LeahBergen @Hooked_on_books Oh, how I can relate! 😆 2mo
LeahBergen @merelybookish I‘m liking it! 2mo
LeahBergen @jlhammar I‘m about halfway through our Persephone but taking frequent breaks from it. I‘m finding it a bit grim at the moment on top of all the news from Israel and Gaza. 😞 2mo
Cathythoughts This one looks good 👍🏻 I havnt started Persephone yet … 2mo
Amiable Oh, I adored this book! I also didn‘t think I would, but it hooked me right away. 2mo
LeahBergen @Cathythoughts I‘m still working on both of them. 😆 1mo
LeahBergen @Amiable Good to hear! 👏 1mo
Suet624 This one is my favorite of hers. 1mo
LeahBergen @Suet624 I really enjoyed it! 1mo
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wanderinglynn Yay! 🎃👻🧡 2mo
BeeMagical MINE ARRIVED!!! @wanderinglynn 🖤🖤🖤 2mo
wanderinglynn @BeeMagical yay! 🎃👻🧡 2mo
LeahBergen @BeeMagical I‘m so glad it arrived! Thanks for letting me know! 🎃 2mo
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What a great idea for a giveaway, @BarbaraBB , and I‘m so glad we “met” here on Litsy! ❤️❤️❤️

One of my most anticipated books of 2024 is this one and I‘ll tag two people who I know also like a good food memoir: @DebinHawaii and @Mitch .


DebinHawaii Definitely stacking this book! 😉 2mo
Cinfhen Sounds great 😍 2mo
BarbaraBB So glad to have met you here too! Thanks for sharing this book, it sounds delicious and I know so little about Cambodian food! 2mo
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LeahBergen @DebinHawaii 😆 It sounds good, doesn‘t it? 2mo
LeahBergen @Cinfhen I thought so, too! 2mo
LeahBergen @BarbaraBB I was thinking the same thing about not knowing much about the food … and I could stand to learn a little more of the history, too! 2mo
BarbaraBB Exactly. So much happened there. 2mo
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Second Curtain | Roy Fuller
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Thank you so much, @ShelleyBooksie , for my lovely #FallingForFallSwap package! I‘ve been looking forward to this republished book for ages (and I‘ll be enjoying this tea in my new fall mug this afternoon). ❤️❤️❤️

And a big thank you to our hosts, @Chrissyreadit and @Avanders ! ❤️❤️❤️


Chrissyreadit 🧡💛💛🧡 2mo
Avanders ♥️🍁🧡🍂💛🍎 2mo
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It‘s now October so that means it‘s time for one of our #PersephoneClub reads!

@elkeOriginal ‘s pick for us this month is On the Other Side by Mathilde Wolff-Mönckeberg. This is a casual buddy read; read and comment on each other‘s posts and reviews as you see them. We usually aim to finish by the middle of the month but that‘s not written in stone. ? And anyone is welcome to read along with us, of course!

andrew61 Looking forward to it leah. I don't think it was my recommendation, I think I chose Helen Thomas but whoever did choose this it looks really interesting. 2mo
Cathythoughts Thanks Leah X Ill get my copy down now. Must finish the book I‘m reading first and then I‘ll dive into our Persephone 👍🏻❤️ 2mo
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CarolynM Thanks Leah. I‘m hoping to join in with this one🙂 2mo
Tamra I have it down off the shelf! 😃 (edited) 2mo
jlhammar @andrew61 I think it may have been Elke‘s pick. 2mo
jlhammar Hoping to start it later this week. Can‘t wait! 2mo
quietjenn This should be a really interesting one! 2mo
LeahBergen @andrew61 @jlhammar You‘re correct, it is @elkeOriginal pick! So sorry. That‘s what I get for trying to get ahead of things by writing a midnight post, I guess. 😆😆 I‘ll do an edit. 2mo
LeahBergen @Cathythoughts Great, Cathy! ❤️ 2mo
LeahBergen @CarolynM oh, good! ❤️ 2mo
LeahBergen @Tamra Me, too! 😆 2mo
LeahBergen @jlhammar Me, too! ❤️ 2mo
LeahBergen @quietjenn It‘s a bit of a different sort of Persephone, isn‘t it? I‘m looking forward to it! 2mo
rubyslippersreads I‘m going to pass on this one. To borrow a great phrase from @tamra , I‘m overbooked this month. 😊 2mo
LeahBergen @rubyslippersreads I hear you! 😆 2mo
Karons1 Hi fellow persephone bookies 😀🫶🏻im on the fence with This still undecided 🤷‍♀️ whether to order it or pick it up in hatchards in Piccadilly at the end of the month ; I‘d be interested to see what you make of it , seems to have mixed reviews . Happy 😃 reading 📖 1mo
LeahBergen @Karons1 I‘m enjoying it a lot so far but only reading it in small doses (due to the recent horrors in Israel and Gaza 😢). 1mo
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The Party at No. 5 | Shelley Smith
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Aging Mrs. Rampage lives alone and is persuaded by family to take in another widow as a housemate and companion. The relationship takes a nasty turn when Mrs. Roach has her own ideas about how things should be run and a battle of wills ensues.

I‘m very much enjoying this darkly humourous story which was published in 1954 (aside from this bland “print on demand” cover, that is 😬).

Tamra Cover does not evoke 1950‘s thriller suspense. But it sounds like an entertaining read! Stacked (edited) 2mo
LeahBergen @Tamra Especially as the house in the novel is Georgian and set in London. The cover has it as a Victorian country house. Gah! 😠 2mo
merelybookish Haha cover does not yell Leah book at all. 🙂 2mo
LeahBergen @merelybookish It most certainly does not. 😆 2mo
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I finally got to see The Mousetrap and it was so much fun!

I love the tradition that, at the end of each performance, the person revealed to be the murderer steps forward and tells the audience to “keep the secret of whodunit locked in your heart.”

Tamra How fun! 2mo
MommyWantsToReadHerBook After a few years (my children weren't born yet, so more than 11 I guess) I can't remember who did it anyway 😂 2mo
LeahBergen @Tamra It really was! 😊 2mo
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LeahBergen @MommyWantsToReadHerBook I hear you! 😆 I never seem to remember the killer in Christie‘s novels. I‘ll probably forget “whodunnit” in this play by next week. 😆 2mo
CarolynM I saw it 40 years ago and I‘ve never told 😆 2mo
jlhammar I'd love to see that someday. Great photo! 2mo
LeahBergen @CarolynM Wow, you‘re a good one with secrets. Now I know who to come to if I ever commit a “Golden Age of Crime” murder. 😆😆 It‘s good to see you back here! I‘ve missed you. 2mo
LeahBergen @jlhammar Thanks! I bought box seats so we could stretch out and drink wine. 😆😆 2mo
CarolynM I‘ve missed you too. I‘ve just been too preoccupied to read or interact with friends, IRL or online. I‘m going to try All Done By Kindness very soon. It might be a while before I can face There We‘re No Windows🥴😢 2mo
LeahBergen @CarolynM Yes, I would definitely hold off on There Were No Windows. Ooph! 2mo
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A Wreath For The Enemy | Pamela Frankau
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This 1954 novel, set primarily in a gorgeously described French Riviera setting, shows how the events of one evening go on to impact two teenagers later lives. I liked it more than you did, @squirrelbrain , but not NEARLY as much as I Capture the Castle, a novel to which it has been compared. A lower pick for me!

willaful I love I Capture the Castle! 2mo
squirrelbrain Ooh I love that cover! I‘ m glad you liked it better than I did. I think I need to re-read I Capture The Castle again sometime…. 2mo
rubyslippersreads That cover is gorgeous! 2mo
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batsy What a cover! And if it's Castle-adjacent that's enough for me to add it to the TBR 🙂 2mo
Suet624 I could be making this up but this cover reminds me of the cover of Beautiful Ruins. 2mo
julieclair Gorgeous cover! 2mo
Cathythoughts Yes ! A gorgeous cover 👌🏻 2mo
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All Done by Kindness: A Novel | Doris Langley Moore
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What‘s better than an art heist caper? A middlebrow art heist caper!

I‘m going to echo what the rest of you have already said in your reviews of this #FurrowedMiddlebrowClub pick; it was a thoroughly enjoyable and delightfully suspenseful read (and I enjoyed it even more than the last one we read by this author).

What do you all think of the illustration of the trunk on the cover of my edition? I can see several items that were mentioned! 😆

catebutler Love your vintage edition Leah! I‘m about half way through and really enjoying it! So happy this one was picked! 🩷 3mo
jlhammar Absolutely love that cover!! Delightfully suspenseful indeed. And what a great ending 😆 3mo
willaful Ah, love those old editions. Perfect #furrowedmiddlebrow 3mo
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Kimzey Love the photo and the review! 3mo
Tamra Perfect cover art! 3mo
Leftcoastzen Wow loving that cover! 3mo
quietjenn Love the cover. Everyone just forgets about the broken vase and the manuscript 😅 I like this one better too and am insanely curious about her others, which sounds totally different. 3mo
Ruthiella Love that cover! 😍 I remember liking My Caravaggio but maybe because the main character was so annoying, I like this one better? 3mo
batsy That's a fantastic cover! Suits the book so well. I preferred this to My Caravaggio, as well. 3mo
elkeOriginal Gorgeous edition! Amazing bookshelves! You kill me, lady 📚💗 2mo
kspenmoll Love the cover, even though I haven‘t read the book! 2mo
Cathythoughts I love the trunk on your book cover. Treasures 💫 2mo
erzascarletbookgasm Great edition! I love your shelves as well 😍 2mo
CarolynM That‘s a beautiful edition😍 Appropriate for a lovely book. 1mo
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Today‘s book mail!

I‘m a bit of a sucker for “literary tie-in” cookbooks; I don‘t always cook from them but I very much enjoy reading them.

jlhammar How fun! 3mo
mabell Ooo I haven‘t seen this one! Looks fun! 3mo
Tamra How fun!! 3mo
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Tamra Jinx @jlhammar 😂 3mo
Smarkies Looks like some fun is to be had! 3mo
BarbaraBB That looks so fun! 3mo
Bookwomble I think I'd want a food taster - no reflection on your culinary skills, but so many cyanide and strychnine murder plots! ☣️🤢 3mo
LeahBergen @Bookwomble 🤣🤣 True! 3mo
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Untitled | Anonymous
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AmyG Perfect wrapping paper! 3mo
Chrissyreadit 🎉🎉🎉🎉 3mo
Tamra Amazing paper! 3mo
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DinoMom So pretty 3mo
LeahBergen @ShelleyBooksie I just realized that I forgot to mark this box as #FFFS. Oops! And my tracking shows that you received it today. 😁 2mo
ShelleyBooksie I did!! Thank you @LeahBergen. Now I must resist temptation!! 2mo
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Untitled | Anonymous
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My #FallingForFallSwap has arrived! 🍁

ShelleyBooksie Yay!! 3mo
Chrissyreadit 🎉🎉🎉🎉 3mo
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Thirteen | Steve Cavanagh
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A rainy day when you‘re camping means it‘s time for a thriller (and a sleepy dog in his window seat 😆).


julieclair Aaawwww….. so sweet! 🐶 3mo
KristiAhlers Ohhhh this sounds like a good one. 3mo
squirrelbrain Aw Johnny - isn‘t rain rubbish when you‘re camping?! 3mo
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dabbe Hello there sweet, sleepy puppy! 🖤🐾🖤 3mo
TrishB Awww- sounds perfect tbh! 3mo
BarbaraBB It looks so cozy! Perfect! Enjoy the thriller! 3mo
Tamra I love rainy camper days! 🐶♥️ 3mo
elkeOriginal Oh, Johnny 🥰 3mo
Ruthiella ❤️🐶❤️🐶❤️ 3mo
mabell A perfect day! ❤️🐾🐶🌧️ 3mo
batsy Aww! I want to give Johnny a cuddle 💜 3mo
Suet624 💕💕💕 3mo
Cathythoughts Cosy 🥰 I remember really enjoying this thriller X 3mo
sarahbarnes What sweet little ears! 🥰 3mo
DivineDiana Sounds like a perfect day! ❤️ 3mo
rubyslippersreads Sadie likes to cover her eyes with her paw when she naps. I guess cats and dogs have at least one thing in common. 😸 2mo
LeahBergen @rubyslippersreads Don‘t tell Sadie that! 😂 2mo
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Creepy dolls and puppets? I‘m heading in! 😆

Aimeesue Eeeeeeeek! Have fun! 👻 3mo
AmyG His books are always fun. 3mo
LeahBergen @Aimeesue 😆 Thanks! 3mo
LeahBergen @AmyG They are! 3mo
UwannaPublishme 😬🫣😳 3mo
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Foster | Claire Keegan
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Well … that was a beautifully perfect little novella. 💙

BarbaraBB Loved them both and love your photo 😍 3mo
LeahBergen @BarbaraBB Thanks, Barbara! 😘 3mo
jlhammar Loved this one so much. I recently watched the film adaptation (The Quiet Girl) and it was also wonderful. 3mo
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CBee Yes! Perfect description 💚 3mo
AlaMich I was curious to see the movie because they speak Irish part of the time. 3mo
Tamra 💙 3mo
LeahBergen @jlhammar @AlaMich I‘m definitely going to watch the film now! 3mo
LeahBergen @CBee @Tamra It was just so good. 3mo
Tamra @LeahBergen she‘s an auto buy for me now. 😌 She has a new collection of short stories coming out in November. 👏🏾 (edited) 3mo
LeahBergen @Tamra Oh, that‘s good to know. Thanks! 3mo
Suet624 A definite auto buy for me as well. 3mo
LeahBergen @Suet624 She‘s heading that way for me, too! 3mo
sarahbarnes It was so perfect! 3mo
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Mrs March | Virginia Feito
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I‘m finally getting around to this lovely gift from @Cathythoughts and I‘m really enjoying it.

As one of the blurbs mentions, there is a bit of a Patricia Highsmith feel to it so far (and that is a definite plus for me!).

DivineDiana Love that cover! And the green pencil! ❤️ 3mo
Tamra So vibrant! This was a read I couldn‘t put down. (edited) 3mo
Christine I really enjoyed this one! 3mo
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batsy Sounds great! Such a vivid cover, too (and just only noticed the bug—roach?—on the cover, eek!) 3mo
LeahBergen @DivineDiana It‘s a great cover, isn‘t it? 3mo
LeahBergen @Christine @Tamra I‘m really enjoying it and a bit stumped by the low Litsy ratings. 🤔 3mo
LeahBergen @batsy The roach has just appeared in the storyline! 😬 3mo
Tamra @LeahBergen me too! 3mo
Cathythoughts I‘m glad you‘re enjoying Leah 👍🏻😁 3mo
LeahBergen @Cathythoughts Thank you! 😘 3mo
rubyslippersreads I‘m guessing it‘s not about Marmee. 🤣 3mo
LeslieO Ooooo I have this on my kindle. Might need to move it up the TBR 3mo
LeahBergen @LeslieO It‘s a weird one. 😆 3mo
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There Were No Windows | Norah Hoult
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I was quite dreading this month‘s #PersephoneClub pick, a 1944 novel about a famed bluestocking facing her last years alone and suffering from dementia. It ended up being a quite delicately nuanced treatment with flashes of humour and something to say about the fate of women from several different classes during the London Blitz.

A pick for me!

jlhammar Nice review - glad this ended up a pick for you! I really liked how the Blitz played into the story. Not only did it add another layer of confusion to exacerbate Claire's condition, but London as she knew and loved it was deteriorating along with her. 3mo
LeahBergen @jlhammar That‘s a great way of putting it … the deterioration of the both of them. 👍 (edited) 3mo
Cathythoughts Great review 👍🏻❤️ @jlhammar Yes , we‘ll put .. the deterioration of both. 3mo
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There Were No Windows | Norah Hoult
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It‘s now August so that means it‘s time for one of our #PersephoneClub reads!

@Cathythoughts ‘ pick for us this month is There Were No Windows by Norah Hoult. This is a casual buddy read; read and comment on each other‘s posts and reviews as you see them. We usually aim to finish by the middle of the month but that‘s not written in stone. 😉 And anyone is welcome to read along with us, of course!

willaful Couldn't get a library copy so I'm afraid I'm out this month. 😕 4mo
jlhammar Wonderful! Looking forward to it. 4mo
julieclair I will skip this month. The subject matter is a little too close to home for me right now. 4mo
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rubyslippersreads I‘m going to skip this one. Too sad for me. 4mo
CarolynM Just waiting for my copy to arrive🙂 Hope all is well with you, Leah 💕 4mo
Tamra Took my copy down off the TBR shelf. 😁 4mo
BarbaraBB I like to read along with you this month. I have the books on my shelves! 4mo
batsy Hope you're doing well, Leah! ❤️ 4mo
Cathythoughts Great Leah !! I must take my book down from its high shelf 👍🏻❤️ 4mo
Cathythoughts I may not get to start till mid-month this time. But I‘m looking forward to it. 4mo
CarolynM @BarbaraBB Great to have you along for this one🙂 4mo
BarbaraBB Thank you @CarolynM 🤍 looking forward to it 4mo
LeahBergen @willaful Oh, that‘s too bad. We‘ll see you for the next round! 😊 4mo
LeahBergen @julieclair @rubyslippersreads I was a bit worried about that myself. 😬 4mo
LeahBergen @jlhammar @CarolynM @Tamra @BarbaraBB @batsy @Cathythoughts Sorry for the late reply! I‘ve been travelling around again for the last couple of weeks and not checking into Litsy. I‘ve even been having too much fun to read a lot. 😆😆 I‘m home again for a few weeks and just starting the book today. 4mo
Tamra @LeahBergen enjoy!! 4mo
CarolynM Sounds lovely. I'm envious. Enjoy💕 4mo
Cathythoughts Sounds like all is very well with you 😘 4mo
batsy That's great! Enjoy ❤️ 4mo
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Altered States | Anita Brookner
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I sometimes think my Anita Brookners are breeding when I don‘t look at that specific shelf for a while … thus, here‘s my next read. 😆

Tamra Can there be too many offspring of Brookner? 😉 4mo
Cathythoughts Enjoy. I look forward to your thoughts Just finished one and really enjoyed it 4mo
LeahBergen @Tamra Haha! Nope. But I seem to own a lot but not ALL of them. Yet. 😆 4mo
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LeahBergen @Cathythoughts I THINK 🤔 I may have that one on the shelf? I pick them up at sales whenever I find them. 4mo
sarahbarnes Can‘t wait to read another Brookner! 4mo
LeahBergen @sarahbarnes She‘s always a reliably good read. 😄 4mo
DivineDiana What a gorgeous cover! ❤️ 4mo
Centique Brookner! 🙌 4mo
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All Summer Through | Malcolm Saville
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It‘s time once again for a vintage children‘s read!

All Summer Through (published in 1951) is the first of the Nettleford books, a series following the adventures of 3 siblings who live above their father‘s bookshop (The Wise Owl) in the small village of Nettleford.

andrew61 Looks lovely leah, enjoy. 5mo
Tamra Looks like a comfort stack! 5mo
Aimeesue Pretty covers ❤️ 5mo
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Cathythoughts These look gorgeous Leah ❤️ 5mo
squirrelbrain So pretty! 😍 4mo
Daisey I‘ve never heard of these, but the editions are beautiful! 4mo
TheLudicReader I have never heard of these books. 4mo
batsy Aaah, these covers! 😍 4mo
LeahBergen @andrew61 Thanks, Andrew! 4mo
LeahBergen @Tamra Very much so! 4mo
LeahBergen @Aimeesue @Cathythoughts @squirrelbrain @Daisey @batsy I love this cover art, too! They were republished in other editions but I had to hunt down these ones. 😆 4mo
LeahBergen @TheLudicReader He was a quite prolific author of adventure stories for both boys and girls in the 1950s to 1970s. This is my first reading of him! 4mo
jlhammar Lovely! 4mo
Suet624 Such distinctive covers. 4mo
LeahBergen @jlhammar @Suet624 And the endpapers are maps! 😆 4mo
CarolynM These sound fun, but I can‘t help thinking living above a bookshop should have been adventure enough! 4mo
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Uncle Paul | Celia Fremlin
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Book mail!

I‘m loving the cover on this newly republished 1959 novel of domestic suspense (and hope they continue with more of Fremlin‘s backlist 👍).

Tamra Yes!!! 😍 5mo
JamieArc “Britain‘s Patricia Highsmith”… definitely curious (and yes, VERY drawn to that cover!) 5mo
jlhammar That is a great cover! 5mo
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LeahBergen @Tamra Right? 👏👏 5mo
LeahBergen @jlhammar It‘s so good! 5mo
Tamra @LeahBergen There is a Fremlin Xmas novel with the same design style……I‘m thinking we should read it! @Cathythoughts and other Fremlin fans. 5mo
LeahBergen @Tamra Is that The Long Shadow? I liked that one! 5mo
LeahBergen @JamieArc I‘ve read a few of her novels and have enjoyed them all! 5mo
Tamra @LeahBergen yes! I definitely need to put it on my December TBR. 😃 5mo
Cathythoughts That‘s a great cover. I‘m looking forward to reading another of hers soon. 👍🏻❤️ 5mo
Cathythoughts @Tamra That sounds brilliant 🎄 👍🏻 5mo
Cathythoughts I really enjoyed this one ! 5mo
batsy The cover is so good! 4mo
batsy If don't mind, please tag me if you're reading The Long Shadow for Christmas @Tamra @Cathythoughts I've been meaning to do that for a couple of years now and never got around to it 🙂 4mo
Tamra @batsy @cathythoughts shall we plan on it? I‘m game! 😄 4mo
Cathythoughts @Tamra I think I‘ve even read it ! And I want to read it again at Christmas with you all. Leah , have you read it too ? 4mo
batsy @Tamra Let's do it! 😁 4mo
Tamra @cathythoughts @batsy great! @LeahBergen want to do a reread too? 😁 (edited) 4mo
LeahBergen @Cathythoughts I remember your review of this one, Cathy! 👍 4mo
LeahBergen @Cathythoughts @batsy @Tamra I may just reread it with you all! 4mo
Tamra @LeahBergen 👏🏾🙌🏾 4mo
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Miss Carter and the Ifrit | Susan Alice Kerby
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I can only imagine how refreshing this fairytale-like novel must have been when it was published in 1945, after the austerity of WW2.

A middle-aged spinster buys some old wood blocks to heat her home. When she throws one on the fire she unleashes a genie (an Ifrit) who suddenly brightens her home with longed-for companionship, scarce foods and other material items (not to mention finding the man she loved in her younger years!). A sweet delight.

Ruthiella Absolutely the luscious descriptions of the fruits and sweets must have been tantalizing for the WWII era readers. 🍑🍓🍒🍌🍎🍊🍍 5mo
LeahBergen @Ruthiella Right?? It gave me such a craving and I can just pop out to the shops without any coupons. 😆 5mo
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quietjenn So much, with the food descriptions. And the clothes! 5mo
LeahBergen @quietjenn The blue suit with the wine coloured coat and hat! 😍 5mo
jlhammar It really is a delight! I‘m almost finished. 5mo
LeahBergen @jlhammar I‘m looking forward to your review! 😘 5mo
Kimzey Looking forward to getting started! 5mo
batsy This sounds lovely! I haven't started yet but I hope to get to it soon. 5mo
LeahBergen @Kimzey It‘s a pretty quick read! 5mo
LeahBergen @batsy It‘s one of those “just suspend disbelief” type of reads. 😆 5mo
Kimzey @LeahBergen Great! It‘s next up as soon as I finish Demon Copperhead. I‘ll need a quick read after that! 5mo
Cathythoughts Sounds lovely! @Kimzey I‘m the same , Reading Demon Copperhead just now too. 5mo
CarolynM I‘m glad to see everyone enjoying it 🙂 I‘ve started at last and I‘m finding it just as delightful as everyone has been saying. 5mo
LeahBergen @Cathythoughts @Kimzey Well, that‘s a fun coincidence! 4mo
LeahBergen @CarolynM It‘s pretty light and frothy; just the ticket for you right now! 😊 4mo
Suet624 Sounds wonderful! Stacked. 4mo
LeahBergen @Suet624 It‘s fun and a bit silly. I hope you like it! 4mo
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Up the Pier | Helen Cresswell
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After just reading a very mediocre (in my opinion) thriller (Every Vow You Break by Peter Swanson 😐), I‘ve opted for an old Puffin that I‘ve picked up on my travels.

Ten-year-old Carrie goes to a seaside resort in 1971 Wales during the off-season for two weeks and finds a family on the pier that no one else can see, a family that seems to be stuck in 1921.

I‘m more “in the woods” right now than “up the pier” as you can see but … 😆.

Cathythoughts The woods look lovely 💚 5mo
Caroline2 Ah that‘s a charming cover and it sounds like a charming story too!! 😯 👍 5mo
BarbaraBB Great photo! I‘ll skip the Swanson! 5mo
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vivastory That's definitely not Swanson's best! 5mo
mabell 😍 5mo
Tamra Sweet cover art! 💕 5mo
youneverarrived Such a lovely cover! 5mo
jlhammar Looks like beautiful spot and a lovely find! 5mo
Suet624 I‘m so glad you‘re puttering about in the woods! 5mo
Aimeesue What a lovely cover! Enjoy the leafiness! 5mo
Centique That Puffin looks so charming - and it suits your green woods beautifully well! I hope you are getting a good read now 🤞🤞 5mo
Karons1 Wow 🤩 love the sound of that book 📖 and I‘m just back from wales 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 and I was born in 1971 😆 4mo
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Daddy's Gone A-hunting | Penelope Mortimer, Valerie Grove
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Well, I‘m chiming in to add my love to the chorus of #PersephoneClub readers who loved this book, too.

An exquisitely wrought story of a 1950s housewife who is slowly going mad until she finds a purpose: to try to save her 18-year-old daughter from the same sort of life in which she herself is stuck.

#JohnnyBergen has been finding camper life exhausting. We‘ve been on the road for a couple of weeks. 😆

jlhammar Adorable! And lovely background. Hope you've been having a wonderful trip. Brilliant review! The writing really was exquisite. So glad you loved it. 5mo
Caroline2 Oh the cuteness!!! 🥰 🐾 5mo
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TrishB Awwww Sansa says hi 👋🐶♥️ 5mo
dabbe I want to kiss the space between his eyes and bop his nose (not while he's so cutely sleeping, though!) 💙🐾💚 5mo
Leftcoastzen Awww! Sweet pup! 5mo
ShelleyBooksie He is so handsome ♡♡ 5mo
Tamra So glad you liked it and yes, camping is just exhausting. 🤣 5mo
erzascarletbookgasm Ohh camping! How fun..but tiring! 5mo
UwannaPublishme Awww! Happy Camping! 5mo
batsy Poor Johnny! Has he been made to do too many chores? 😆❤️ 5mo
youneverarrived Too cute ♥️♥️ 5mo
Aimeesue Aww, poor little guy! Travelling guard duty is rough on a fellow! 5mo
Cathythoughts Lovely pic and review ❤️ I‘m flagging behind , I‘ve had lots of family staying and everything is up in a heap ! I really enjoyed the start of this book, just haven‘t had a minute. My family prefer Tv , so have watched some good shows. Can‘t wait to get back to reality and to Litsy and reading properly. Poor Johnny is finding the camping hard going , bless him ❤️🐶. Chat soon Xxx 5mo
LeahBergen @jlhammar She was one of those authors that I always THOUGHT I might like but never rushed to read. I‘m so glad that I finally did! 5mo
LeahBergen @TrishB Johnny sends Sansa a kiss! 😆 5mo
LeahBergen @dabbe He wouldn‘t mind at all! 😆 5mo
LeahBergen @Tamra @erzascarletbookgasm @batsy SO exhausting. I mean … he‘s in a trailer with his own blankets, bed, bowls, toys … excruciating! 😆 5mo
LeahBergen @UwannaPublishme Thank you! We‘ve been having a wonderful time. 😘 5mo
LeahBergen @Aimeesue He‘s been keeping an eye out for elk and bears (from the safety of his trailer). 😆 5mo
LeahBergen @Cathythoughts I‘m going through the same thing! I just spent 8 days with family and had ZERO reading (or Litsy) time. It was all great fun, though, and we‘re now having a bit of time to ourselves. Johnny would be enjoying the wilds of Canada much more if your Lisa was here to bolster his courage. 😆😆 5mo
Suet624 So fun! It‘s great getting out of your regular routine and into the woods. 5mo
Centique I quite fancy curling up beside him for a snooze! Johnny does camping in great civilised style 😉 5mo
CarolynM I‘m glad everyone seems to have enjoyed it🙂 I‘m not in the right headspace right now, but it (or Dr Thorn) will be the first thing I pick up when I‘m ready for more than romance or cozy crime. Hope you‘re having a wonderful time on your camping trip😘 5mo
LeahBergen @Suet624 Isn‘t it, though? 🥰 5mo
LeahBergen @Centique He LOVES a snoozing partner. 😆 5mo
LeahBergen @CarolynM It‘s a great read when the time is right. I‘ve also skipped our #Trollope-ing read as I‘ve been travelling about too much. 😕 I hope life settles down a bit for you soon but yeah … we are right in that age of aging parents and such. It‘s rough, isn‘t it? 5mo
Cathythoughts God I loved it too ! It was , as you say an , exquisitely wrought story 👍🏻♥️ 5mo
sarahbarnes I want to read this! And two weeks on the road in a camper sounds amazing!! 5mo
LeahBergen @sarahbarnes It was a lovely holiday! 😊 5mo
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