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Libby1

Libby1

Joined September 2016

American living in Northern Ireland. I love historical fiction, classics, and literary fiction.
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Moon Over Soho | Ben Aaronovitch
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Purley is an area of South London that I used to frequent. How marvellous to unexpectedly see the name of a small, beloved place in print! ❤️🧛‍♂️❤️

Velvetfur I used to live in South Norwood, as you know that's kinda near Purley - I liked Purley, there's a very good TK Maxx there! Didn't see any vampires around there though 😂 17h
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Before the Coffee Gets Cold | Toshikazu Kawaguchi
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I finished this a couple weeks ago and forgot to post!

This book is based on a popular Japanese play, and as such can read in a bit of a stilted way. The story can be repetitive, but if you‘re looking for a pleasant, unchallenging read then this will suffice.

Cool cover, and those pancakes were really good. 😊🥞

CarolynM I didn't know this started as a play. That does make sense.🙂 2d
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“The only time I‘ve ever genuinely wondered if I could develop a super power was when I was bitten on the left breast by a guinea pig... I sat in the dark for hours waiting for my special abilities to appear, Susan Calman Guinea Pig Woman! I have no idea what would happen if I became such a hybrid hero. I understand that these furry rodents eat their own feces, so that was something to look forward to.”

My GP with his bum in his food bowl. 🤣

wanderinglynn What a cutie! ❤️ 3d
Caroline2 Cute!!!! 💖 3d
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#NonFictionNovember

About unpleasant people on the internet:

“There are some horrible, nasty people in the world who delight in making other people unhappy... if you were at a party and there was an obviously aggressive dickhead there, would you try to engage them? Would you earnestly try to explain why they were wrong or would you instead spend your time with people who don‘t make you feel like shit?”

Good advice.

MicheleinPhilly Seriously. I‘ve never understood why people take the time to engage with trolls. 3d
TrishB @MicheleinPhilly @Libby1 exactly! If you were in the pub you‘d just walk away. 3d
MicheleinPhilly @TrishB The sad thing is that I feel the vast majority of these people would never behave that way in a pub (or anywhere else IRL.) It‘s the anonymity that empowers them. 3d
TrishB @MicheleinPhilly so true 😕 3d
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Moby Dick: bl velryba | Melville Herman
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Actual photo of me trying to read Moby Dick last week. Review to follow.

And if you haven‘t heard of them, The Language Nerds post brilliant things on Facebook.

JennyM 😂🤣😂🤣 5d
julesG Did you finish it? I had to read Moby Dick for a university class and I wanted to accidentally on purpose drop it in the recycling bin several times. 5d
Hooked_on_books “Actual photo” 🤣 5d
Bklover 🤣🤣🤣 5d
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Moby Dick: bl velryba | Melville Herman
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My copy of Moby Dick has the most spectacular illustrations.

BarbaraBB Are you enjoying the book? 1w
Libby1 @BarbaraBB - I‘m having a bit of a love/hate relationship with this book. I‘ve reached a section now near the end which is similar to the start of the book: beautiful prose and striking imagery. There was a large section in the middle that I had to skim. Northern Irish people would say there was a lot of “waffling” going on in that section! After skimming for a couple hundred pages I‘m now reading each word slowly and carefully. 🤷🏼‍♀️ 1w
BarbaraBB Skimming for a couple hundred pages... I think I postpone reading it for now! 1w
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Libby1 Understandable, @BarbaraBB . I‘ve long wanted to read it as I am fascinated by whales, but, as you can imagine, I‘m always hoping for the whales to overturn the boat instead of the hunters catching the whales. 1w
BarbaraBB Yes that is what I hope for too! Have you read this one about whales? 1w
Libby1 No, I haven‘t read it, @BarbaraBB , but I‘ve added it to my TBR now. Thanks! 1w
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Moby Dick: bl velryba | Melville Herman
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My copy of Moby Dick has the most spectacular illustrations.

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Ghost Wall | Sarah Moss
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Hello, @jenniferw88 and @jhod ! Here are four possibilities for #lmpbc . I‘ve not read any of them. Do you have a preference? Have either of you selected your book yet?

If any Littens would like to give their views on these books it would be most welcome.

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jenniferw88 I haven't read any of them. For me it's a tie between Ghost Wall (which is on my GR wishlist) & Barracoon (as I've been eyeing it on Kindle!). 3w
jenniferw88 And I'm probably going to choose Macbeth as my book, as I'm doing #NonFicNov 3w
jhod Happy with any Libby, thanks! 3w
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Before the Coffee Gets Cold | Toshikazu Kawaguchi
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I just finished work and am treating myself to a yummy lunch as I begin a new book.

(I bailed on Home Fire. Sorry, everyone. You‘re review of it helped put the nails in the coffin for me, @batsy . THANK YOU.)

batsy Oh! I feel guilty when I put people off books with critical reviews 😆 But if you're relieved to have bailed then I'm happy to have helped 😁 4w
Libby1 @batsy - no need for guilt! I only check reviews when I‘m not getting on well with a book. I do that to see if it‘s worthwhile to continue. You affirmed my early feelings about it so I knew it wasn‘t for me. 😃 4w
batsy @Libby1 Thanks for saying that, because I knew I was a bit of an outlier with my review of that one 💜 4w
Libby1 @batsy - I adore Antigone, so had been thrilled to find a library copy of this book last week. But after about 15 pages I already wasn‘t feeling it. I gave it a bit more time and then turned to your wisdom! Some of the things that were bothering me were exactly what you mentioned. 4w
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Before the Coffee Gets Cold | Toshikazu Kawaguchi
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“...stood upright on her knees”?!?

How awkward.

#DodgyTranslations

Wife Like “kneeled”?😶 4w
Libby1 @Wife - that‘s my guess! 🤷🏼‍♀️ 4w
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The Peppermint Tea Chronicles | Alexander McCall Smith
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A few books ago in this series, the author sends one of his characters shopping at a posh clothing shop in Edinburgh where he buys a sweater whose colour is described as “Distressed Oatmeal”.

This name has kept my husband and me in stitches for years.

Now he‘s introduced “Engaged Strawberry”.

I nearly choked on my coffee!

🥣🍓🥣🍓🥣🍓🥣🍓🥣🍓🥣🍓🥣

CoffeeNBooks 😂 4w
Libby1 @CoffeeNBooks - I love these books. 😊 4w
Reggie @MicheleinPhilly I feel like this is a burnt sienna moment. Lol 4w
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jillrhudy There‘s also Lackadaisical Ash in men‘s clothing. 4w
MicheleinPhilly @Reggie Definitely. 😂 4w
Libby1 @Reggie , @MicheleinPhilly , @jillrhudy - excellent use of silly colour names. My husband and I actually use Distressed Oatmeal in conversation. 4w
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The Peppermint Tea Chronicles | Alexander McCall Smith
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I love his chapter titles!

😻

CarolynM Since I come from South Australia I am fascinated by this. Does it have any relevance to the story? 4w
Libby1 @CarolynM - there are always so many random things in this series! The characters extrapolate on the idea of freedom, as they read a newspaper article about cats in South Australia having to be kept indoors. It‘s more amusing than that sounds! 😊 4w
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A Hunger Artist | Franz Kafka
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What a strange and startling little story. Day after day the crowds come to watch the Hunger Artist in his cage. Why do they watch him?

Like Dickens (Dickensian) and Shakespeare (Shakespearean), Kafka truly deserves to have his name transformed into an adjective (Kafkaesque).

Thanks again, @SerialReader , for the opportunity to read this.

#SerialReader

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The Innocence of Father Brown | Gilbert Keith Chesterton
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Great fun. This book is a collection of short stories where Father Brown solves mysteries in the most clever way.

There were some unfortunate occurrences of of casual racism from some of the characters, which, unfortunately, were of their time.

Thanks for the opportunity to read this, @SerialReader !

#SerialReader

Laura317 Love the tv series. I didn‘t realize it was based on a book! 1mo
Libby1 @Laura317 - This book and its sequel, The Wisdom if Father Brown, are both on Serial Reader. I used to watch the television series when my son‘s nap time permitted, so I have fond memories of it. I can‘t believe it came out so long ago because my son is 9 now! I hope you‘re having a good day. ❤️ 1mo
Laura317 @Libby1 I will check them out on serial reader. And yes, I‘ve had a great day. 💕 4w
Libby1 I‘m glad, @Laura317 . I‘m still praying. ❤️ 4w
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Home Fire | Kamila Shamsie
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Tonight‘s furry reading buddy.

#GuineaPigsOfLitsy

Catsandbooks So cute!! I miss having a Guinea pig💕 1mo
Libby1 @Catsandbooks - we have 3 boars! This one is Isaac, and he‘s the friendliest of the lot. The boys don‘t get along with each other so we have to keep them separate. ☹️ When did you have piggies? 1mo
LeahBergen Aww! ❤️❤️ 1mo
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Libby1 He‘s a sweetheart, @LeahBergen . He bites his brothers so they have to be kept separate, but he gives lovely kisses to make up for it. ❤️ 1mo
Catsandbooks @Libby1 I had one in high school, so about 10 years ago. Her name was Gracie and she was so sweet. I miss her dearly 💜 4w
Libby1 @Catsandbooks - 💜Gracie💜 4w
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Girl with a Pearl Earring | Tracy Chevalier
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At the Vermeer Centre in Delft a number of contemporary artists have reimagined The Girl with a Pearl Earring.

This portrait, to me, was the most striking. She is instantly recognisable in her look and posture. It‘s as if Vermeer captured something universal.

Apologies for the strange light on the picture. It was truly beautiful.

Hooked_on_books Wow, that‘s so arresting! 1mo
batsy That's stunning. 1mo
erzascarletbookgasm Certainly striking! 👍 1mo
LapReader I like the light. 1mo
Come-read-with-me @Libby1 This is simply breathtaking. Thank you for sharing. 1mo
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The Holy Bible | Crossway Bibles
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According to Google, this inscription and book ornament above a door in #Delft mark the building where the first Bible in the Dutch language was published in 1477.

I took a photo to remind me to look into this, as I wasn‘t sure of the translation at the time. Do you know if this correct, @BarbaraBB ?

tessavi It would translate to something like 'the gold clasped bible'. 1mo
BarbaraBB @tessavi is right and it is indeed about the first bible printed in the Netherlands. You can ‘read‘ it here: https://www.bijbelsdigitaal.nl/view/?bible=db1477&page=1&mode=1 1mo
BarbaraBB I hope you are having a good time. I am so sorry we won‘t be able to meet! 😘 1mo
Libby1 Thanks, @tessavi and @BarbaraBB . I‘m having a great time here and am now waiting for a train to Amsterdam. Maybe next time, @BarbaraBB ! Let me know if you‘re ever in Northern Ireland. 😊 1mo
tessavi Enjoy your trip! 1mo
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#LittleFreeLibrary Dutch style!

There was a one book in English that I almost took about the discovery and history of quinine.

#Delft

CrowCAH So cute; it‘s on wheels! 1mo
TheSpineView ❤❤❤ 1mo
Libby1 @CrowCAH and @TheSpineView - I know, the wheels are cute. 😊 It was so lovingly decorated, too. I‘ve seen little free book areas in a supermarket and a coffee shop here, too. Lovely. 1mo
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How funny that I can easily translate the title of this book. 😃

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Girl with a Pearl Earring | Tracy Chevalier
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Hello from #Delft !

This mosaic is in the Market area (Markt) near the Vermeer Centre.

batsy I love that 😍 1mo
Tanisha_A Love it 1mo
mrp27 😍😍😍 1mo
Libby1 @batsy , @Tanisha_A , @mrp27 - you see her all over the place here. Lovely. 1mo
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The Peppermint Tea Chronicles | Alexander McCall Smith
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My view at breakfast this morning. 😻

Do you have any books or series that are #ComfortReads for you? The 44 Scotland Street series by Alexander McCall Smith is always there for me.

I‘m in the Netherlands for a few days at an Airbnb with this furry friend, and instead of rushing out first thing in the morning I‘m cuddling on the sofa with the cat and this book. Sheer bliss.

I hope wherever you are you will share in the peace I feel now. ❤️

QuietlyLaura Aww! What a wonderful breakfast companion! I wouldn't want to leave. 😻📚 1mo
Libby1 @QuietlyLaura - I still haven‘t left the sofa! She‘s sitting on my lap, purring. It‘s now nearly 11 AM where I am so I should start this day! I think this was time well spent. I hope you‘re having a good day. 🍁 1mo
QuietlyLaura I hope you have a good day as well! It's 5 AM here in Indiana and I really should try to get some more sleep before my day starts. Pet the kitty for me! 1mo
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Sace Time with cuddly kitties is time well spent. 1mo
Chrissyreadit This sounds like the best way to spend time! Hope the rest of your day is as lovely. 1mo
Chrissyreadit My comfort read is either The Belgariad by David Eddings or Into the Wilderness by Sara Donati. 1mo
CoffeeCatsBooks What a beauty! 😻 1mo
Libby1 @QuietlyLaura , @Sace , @Chrissyreadit , @CoffeeCatsBooks - thanks for your greetings and reading suggestions. I‘m (standing!) on my way to Amsterdam by train now, and actually cried when I left the flat. I didn‘t want to say goodbye to the cat. 😿 1mo
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Autumn | Ali Smith
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1. Autumn by Ali Smith

2. The Blair Witch Project 🤷🏼‍♀️

3. Fallen Leaves by Nat King Cole, but I‘m specifically thinking of Eva Cassidy‘s version

The tagged book is beautiful and strange and I loved it. Thanks to @Moray_Reads for sending it to me. 🧡

#ManicMonday
@JoScho

JoScho Thanks for playing 🍁🧡🍁 2mo
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Nicholas Nickleby | Charles Dickens
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#WeekendReads
@rachelsbrittain

1. Nicholas Nickleby and a book called The Birds Our Teachers by John Stott. The second is a Christian book about how we can learn about God through birds. The author calls it an “orni-theology” 😊

2. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - no, I still haven‘t read all the HP books!

3. I have some doorstoppers I want to finish by year end. In October I‘ll either read Moby Dick or Schindler‘s Ark.

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Do you have any pets with #LiteraryNames ?

We‘re considering Klaus from A Series of Unfortunate Events.

#LittenKitten

Clwojick So cute!!! 2mo
Melissa_J How sweet! My dog isn‘t named for a literary character, but rather a Queen! Her registered name is Queen Eleanor (as in Eleanor of Aquitaine). 2mo
xicanti I think Klaus would be the perfect name for this little one! 2mo
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CoffeeK8 Not exactly literary but we named our Labradoodle after Hurley from lost 2mo
JoScho Adorable! We have a dog named Church from Pet Sematary. 2mo
madamereadsalot1 Klaus is a great name! I have Agnes from Good Omens and one of my foster kittens we call Pickles, which I took from The Fire Cat. 2mo
SauerPatch We went with names that are fictional in general: Merlin the cat and Zorro the husky. 🙂 2mo
candc320 Yes! My dog‘s name is Oliver. 2mo
Butterflyamore I have Annabel after Poe‘s poem Annabel Lee. 2mo
Daisey Yes, my cat is named Gandalf. 2mo
Aims42 I love ‘Greebo‘ from 2mo
TheSpineView One of my dog's name is Bella after the Bella in Twilight. She was is a rescue and came with the name 2mo
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Midnight Blue | Simone van der Vlugt
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Mehso-so

I have a major case of #KittenParalysis as I finish this book.

The setting in 17th century Netherlands was my cuppa tea, but sadly the historical aspects of this book fell flat. The dialogue was poor and sounded like the current day. One character even used the phrases “going all the way” and “in the right place for another relationship”. 🙄

I‘m glad I had such great feline company as I read my final pages!

ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled I am such a sucker for ginger cats!! 😻 2mo
8little_paws Awww look at these babies 2mo
Erynecki Cute cat! 2mo
Dragon 😻 2mo
RealBooks4ever Kitties!!! 😻 2mo
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A solid little whodunnit set in Amsterdam. The main character‘s name really is Pieter Posthumus. Really.

#whodunnit
#Amsterdam

Dragon Love that name ! 👍😀🐉 2mo
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Pride and Prejudice | Austen Jane
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Methinks this might be the case!

Drunk Austen strikes again.

Ddzmini 🤣🤣🤣 2mo
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What an odd, odd book.

This is Steinbeck‘s first novel, and his sole foray into historical fiction. Set late in the 17th century in Wales and the West Indies, and written in the 1920s, it has a lot of gross racism and sexism. In both cases, I suppose it was of its time.

The writing is sometimes gorgeous, which makes up for a meandering plot. It pushes this book into the Pick category.

Also, this cover from 1969 is wonderfully craptastic!

LauraJ Craptastic, indeed! 2mo
DivineDiana Yes it is! 2mo
Smrloomis Oh that cover! 😆 2mo
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The Spirit Level: Poems | Seamus Heaney
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I knew this book was used when I bought it, but this takes “Used” to a whole nother level! (I‘m holding onto my American Midwestern roots by saying “nother”.)

Every page is like this.

@BookishMarginalia - this makes me think of you! I hope you‘re well. 😊

Mdargusch Fascinating! 2mo
sisilia Wow! 🤯 Advanced marginalia 2mo
tournevis That's one well-analysed poem! 😚 2mo
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DrawingSustenance He didn't have a notebook on him. 2mo
MicheleinPhilly 😳😳😳 2mo
LeahBergen Whoa!! 😮 2mo
398.2 Wow! I don‘t know if I could read it. It‘s very distracting. 2mo
8little_paws Oh I would be pissed if I bought a book with all that writing in it! 2mo
DivineDiana Hoping you find something interesting in the margins! 2mo
CrowCAH Wow that‘s dedication! 2mo
SaraFair Probably used it to write a paper? 2mo
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I posted earlier about my foster kittens.

Sometimes they help me read. 😻

Thanks again for the book, @Oryx 😊

#CatsOfLitsy
#KittensOfLitsy

CoffeeNBooks Adorable kitty!! 3mo
LauraBeth Awwww 😻 3mo
CatLass007 😻😻😻😻😻 3mo
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JoScho Great picture! 🖤 3mo
Lcsmcat So cute! 😻😻 3mo
emilyhaldi Omg 🥰🥰🥰🥰🥰 3mo
Tamra 😻 3mo
AlaMich Oh my that little face!!😻😻😻 3mo
Eyelit Those eyes! 😍 3mo
Crazeedi What a gorgeous kitty! Looks like one I had the pleasure of sharing life with for 21 years 😔 3mo
GypsyKat 😍😍😍 3mo
annkuch13 😻😻😻 3mo
Oryx ❤️❤️ 3mo
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This little darling is one of the reasons I‘ve not been on Litsy much over the last month! I‘ve been fostering two kittens, taking the animal total in my house up to 6.

Thanks SO MUCH to @Oryx for sending me this lovely gift WEEKS ago. I‘m sorry I‘ve been so behind! ❤️

Crazeedi I had 6 at one time for several years, I loved them all 😽❤ 3mo
GypsyKat So cute! 3mo
Prairiegirl_reading SIX!!?? I have one puppy and I‘m barely able to read! Never mind post on Litsy lol!!! 3mo
Oryx You're welcome! 6 animals? Wow - we have enough trouble with one. They are very lucky animals to have to looking after them. 3mo
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Oranges From Spain | David Park
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David Park has become one of my favourite authors. His writing style is almost painfully beautiful. Park‘s work can also help anyone who may want to begin to understand the puzzle that is Northern Ireland.

#NorthernIreland

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Charlotte's Web | E. B. White
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Well played, Southern Adirondack Library System.

❤️🕷❤️

Tanisha_A 😂 3mo
hes7 Love this! 😂😂 3mo
Bookzombie 😂😂 3mo
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bromeliad YESSSSSSSS 3mo
QuietlyLaura 😂👏🏼 3mo
Oryx Love it! 3mo
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Dead Cold | Louise Penny
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A poem written by a character in this book. 💔

Lcsmcat I wonder why they changed the title for the American version? This one is better. 3mo
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An enjoyable, fitting end to an excellent trilogy of historical fiction for middle grade readers. This trilogy isn‘t afraid to face difficult issues in an age appropriate way with dignity and compassion.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

megnews Love this one 3mo
rather_be_reading omg i didnt know she wrote middle grade. 3mo
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The Rescuers | Margery Sharp
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A surprisingly delightful, joyfully illustrated little children‘s classic.

The book is nothing like the Disney film, which I loved as a young child. We had a record that narrated the book, and we‘d listen to it over and over, trying to do all the voices.

DGRachel One of my favorite classic Disney films! 4mo
Libby1 @DGRachel - me too! Although a number of years ago I was in a work situation and was in a meeting with someone who looked to me like Medusa; huge green eyes, angry expression, and a hair colour so bright red it could only be from a bottle. I had to try to bottle up my laughter then! 4mo
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The Rescuers | Margery Sharp
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“‘If he‘s a poet, why‘s he in jail?‘ demanded a suspicious voice.

Madam Chairwoman [a mouse] shrugged her velvet shoulders.

‘Perhaps he writes free verse,‘ she suggested cunningly.”

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The Lost Man | Jane Harper
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I was recently able to see Jane Harper at our local indie bookstore! I had finished The Lost Man earlier that day, and think this book was her best yet. She was lovely and thoughtful and personalised each book she signed. She also spoke a bit about the upcoming film of The Dry.

@MallenNC , @CarolynM , @ClairesReads - We chatted about this when I reviewed Force of Nature. I wish you guys could have been there with me!

squirrelbrain I didn‘t see her when she signed books at our local bookshop a few years ago (when The Dry was published) but everyone said how lovely she was! 4mo
Libby1 @squirrelbrain - she really is lovely. I was just so pleased and surprised that she‘d come all the way to Belfast, and that the event was free and held at a local indie bookstore specialising in crime fiction. I really loved this book. 4mo
mc916 I read Force of Nature and couldn‘t put it down! Loved it! 4mo
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MallenNC So awesome! I would love to see her. I love her books. 4mo
Crazeedi I've read 3 of her books and have fallen in love with this author, who I found through Litsy! 4mo
CarolynM Sounds like a really great session, I'm sorry I wasn't there too🙂 4mo
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It‘s my last day in Greece so time to start my new book!

Isn‘t the cover delightful?

RachelO Enjoy your day! 4mo
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The Big Sleep | Raymond Chandler
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“The air was thick, wet, steamy and larded with the cloying smell of tropical orchids in bloom. The glass walls and roof were heavily misted and big drops of moisture splashed down on the plants. The light had an unreal greenish colour, like light filtered through an aquarium tank. The plants filled the place, a forest of them, with nasty meaty leaves and stalks like the newly washed fingers of dead men.”

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The Big Sleep | Raymond Chandler
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Rightly an iconic book, and a template for the genre of crime fiction. Incredibly smart and snappy dialogue.

I would gather that author Raymond Chandler didn‘t like women or gay people very much, which was sadly typical of the time it was written.

Women especially seem to be described as beasts. They do a lot of hissing when angry. 😾

REPollock I love noir, but I struggle with the inherent misogyny of midcentury pulp. Writing comebacks in the margins helps. 4mo
shanaqui He also had a lot of problems with black people. I love his style so much, but this stuff makes it really awkward to like! 4mo
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At times this book was so full of ideas that it was difficult to read, but it was rewarding.

If you‘re interested in #ChristianBooks , and in particular living a life of #Grace and being friends with God then this book is for you.

I‘ve taken 4 or 5 really solid areas of learning that will stay with me. In particular, that God desires for us to embrace everyday life and have joy! I struggle with depression but this was liberating for me.

tessavi Not book related, but your nails match that cover perfectly! 4mo
Libby1 @tessavi - they do! 🤣 It‘s the first time I ever had a special polish for vacation. I love that cover. 4mo
Charityann Sounds interesting. Added it to my stack.😊 4mo
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🐚 Gift from the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh
🐚 Beaches
🐚 The Tide is High by Blondie

#ManicMonday
@JoScho

JoScho Great song choice. Thanks for playing 😊💙🐚 4mo
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I was delighted to find this book at the left books section at our hotel. I read another book by Gibson earlier this year and it was surreally funny.

This was slower but didn‘t disappoint. It‘s the late 90s in Ireland. Conor is gay but can‘t come out to his family. His Ukrainian partner Hector is set to be deported, so Conor‘s friend Alice is roped into marrying him. And just for fun there are gangsters & a dominatrix or two.

Hilarity ensues.

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Mother Night: A Novel | Kurt Vonnegut
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Pickpick

An American man who worked for the Nazis claims he was actually a spy for the Allies. Can anyone believe a word he says?

This book could not be more clever if it tried. Brief, yet perfectly formed.

And there was a strange moment in the text with a talking cat. Really.
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Jinster Sounds intriguing, thanks for sharing! 5mo
Libby1 Thanks, @Jinster . If you ever read it I hope you‘ll enjoy it, too. 5mo
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Birdcage Walk | Helen Dunmore
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Mehso-so

Helen Dunmore writes beautifully so I had high hopes for this one. I‘m sad to give this a So-So rating but I just didn‘t care about the main character and what happened to her.

I‘m on holiday right now and have left it at the hotel for other readers. I was delighted that the sunset matches my book!

Cathythoughts I have this too ,,, but havnt been rushing to read it. I definitely won‘t be rushing now 👍🏻 5mo
Libby1 @Cathythoughts - some people have loved it, and while the writing is beautiful (one reviewer said that Dunmore was incapable of writing a sentence that wasn‘t beautiful) I just wasn‘t drawn in by the main character. You might love it! 5mo
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Bodies of Light | Sarah Moss
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Thanks so much to @TrishB for sending this beautiful book to me for my birthday - oh, nearly two weeks ago!

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RachelO Happy belated birthday Libby! It‘s a good one 😊 5mo
Tamra Happy Bookday and what a cover! 5mo
Tamra @TrishB do you know if the second book has been published yet? 5mo
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TrishB Yay 🎉🎉 I was beginning to think I hadn‘t actually sent! 5mo
TrishB @Tamra I didn‘t know there was a second on the way! 5mo
Libby1 Thanks, @RachelO 💕 5mo
Libby1 @Tamra and @TrishB - thanks! I am just poorly organised but am on holiday right now and am trying to catch up. 😊 5mo
TrishB No worries! Enjoy when you get to it 😘 5mo
Tamra @TrishB I think it‘s this one 5mo
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This library book provided some helpful ideas to diversify my son‘s diet. It‘s packed with tasty looking recipes, although many do have some rather far out or expensive ingredients.

The author doesn‘t seem to realise that most parents don‘t have unlimited resources, or, as she mentioned on one occasion, a “garden room” where we can practice Mindfulness. That‘s OK, as I‘m happy to cherry pick whatever is helpful.

#Autism
#ASD
#Aspergers

Christine OMG. This book is a thing that exists? Stacking and stalking immediately. (Just today while we were grocery shopping, my son reminded his brother that “in my universe, vegetables are NOT actually healthy.” 🙄😝) 5mo
Libby1 Hi, @christine ! What age is your son? My son is 9 and was diagnosed last year. Good luck! ❤️ 5mo
Christine My son on the spectrum is 14. He eats many more things than he used to, but veggies (and most fruits) only in hidden form, so I‘m always up for new ideas. Best wishes to you on this journey as well! ❤️ 5mo
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Blueberry @Christine @Libby1 My 31-yr. is hughly defendant on peanut butter. 😀 5mo
LeahBergen Happy Birthday! 📚📚📚📚 5mo
Libby1 @blueberry - we‘re on holiday right now and he actually ate a bite of watermelon and liked it! @christine 5mo
Libby1 Thanks, @LeahBergen ! 👋🦋 5mo
Blueberry @Libby1 👏🎉 5mo
Christine Fantastic!! 5mo
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So Long a Letter | Mariama B
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Pickpick

A beautifully crafted, perfect novella.

Ramatoulaye is a Senegalese woman who has recently been widowed. She is a teacher, and the mother of many children. She writes a letter to her friend during a difficult time, and it is vibrant and beautiful and sad and hopeful.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

RachelO Sounds beautiful! 5mo
andrew61 Really good read. 5mo
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The Analects | Confucius
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Mehso-so

Reading The Analects was difficult because I didn‘t understand its cultural or historical relevance. I spent some time looking into its history & this helped me to understand how important it is to read this as an historical document.

Historical documents aren‘t usually the most exciting reads, but I gained a greater understanding, &, I hope, appreciation for an aspect of world history.

Thanks for the opportunity to read this, @SerialReader !