Home Feed
Home
Search
Search
Add Review, Blurb, Quote
Add
Activity
Activity
Profile
Profile
Librarybelle

Librarybelle

Joined September 2016

reading now icon
Murder in G Major by Alexia Gordon
reading now icon
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bront
reading now icon
All the Ways We Said Goodbye by Beatriz Williams
reading now icon
Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak
reading now icon
The City of Brass by S. A. Chakraborty
reading now icon
The Widow Queen by Elzbieta Cherezinska
reading now icon
Beatrice and Benedick by Marina Fiorato
reading now icon
Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
reading now icon
The Downstairs Girl by Stacey Lee
reading now icon
Rutherford Park by Elizabeth Cooke
reading now icon
Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow
reading now icon
The Golden Hour: A Novel by Beatriz Williams
reading now icon
The Professor: A Tale by Charlotte Bront
reading now icon
What the Lady Wants by Rene Rosen
reading now icon
Lilac Girls: A Novel by Martha Hall Kelly
reading now icon
The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker
reading now icon
We Went to the Woods by Caite Dolan-Leach
reading now icon
The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
reading now icon
The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith
reading now icon
Arabella by Georgette Heyer
reading now icon
The Marriage of Opposites by Alice Hoffman
reading now icon
Girl Waits with Gun by Amy Stewart
reading now icon
Julian Fellowes's Belgravia by Julian Fellowes
reading now icon
Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
reading now icon
The Mysteries of Udolpho by Ann Radcliffe
reading now icon
The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
reading now icon
Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell, Pat Conroy
blurb
Librarybelle
Northanger Abbey | Jane Austen
post image

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen this picture this morning with my boys. My copy is a Penguin paperback edition, and I‘m looking forward to my revisit (maybe 3rd or 4th) to Catherine Morland‘s fantasies and escapades! #PemberLittens #CatsofLitsy #Zeke #Vladimir #SebastianKitty #Xander

UwannaPublishme I almost missed #4, then I saw him by your door. 😸❤️ 2d
Librarybelle @UwannaPublishme Very much I Spy or Where‘s Waldo (or Vladimir in this case)! 😂 2d
71 likes3 comments
blurb
Librarybelle
post image

I was able to post the questions before work! Random House has an amazing list of thought provoking questions, so I posted just a sample. Note that some definitely require spoiler answers. Questions can be found on my feed, the book‘s feed, or by searching #LiteraryCrew .

Anything else you wish to discuss? Did you like/dislike the book? I know some of you are still reading or haven‘t snagged a copy yet…post whenever!

Thanks for joining!

Librarybelle And, if you wish to be tagged for next month‘s book and haven‘t had an opportunity to tell me yet, let me know! 3d
julieclair Can‘t wait to join in once I finish the book! 😀 3d
CarolineLovesToRead Still finishing this one. Hope to be done by tonight 2d
megnews I‘d had this on my tbr for awhile. No telling when I might have gotten to it. Glad you chose it! Enjoyed discussion. 2d
PurpleyPumpkin Yup, I‘m still reading this one too! I‘ll be sure to take a look at the questions when I‘m done. 😉 1d
56 likes5 comments
blurb
Librarybelle
This post contains spoilers
show me

8. Can the evolution of language ever be a bad thing? ~from Book Club Kit, Random House #LiteraryCrew #BuddyRead

Ann_Reads Well, the word 'thongs' meant one thing when I was a kid and now means something completely different. I guess, judge for yourself if one definition is an improvement over the other, lol. 3d
megnews I think not. It is always growing and changing like everything else. 2d
Bluebird 🤣 @Ann_Reads i think the evolution of words is always good..as long as we keep the history and can look back on the changes. Not erasing the old. 2d
7 likes3 comments
blurb
Librarybelle
This post contains spoilers
show me

7. This book explores linguistic inequality - the idea that not all words are equal. To what extent do you think this phenomenon exists in modern English? ~from Book Club Kit, Random House #LiteraryCrew #BuddyRead

megnews VERY much so. African Americans developed AAVE out of a need to survive. I‘m no expert but it is a creative twist with defined rules and reasons but is very much judged in schools and the general public. AAVE and certain accents or colloquialisms, such as that of “hillbillies” is deemed to mean inferior intelligence which is not necessarily at all the case. 2d
6 likes1 comment
blurb
Librarybelle
This post contains spoilers
show me

6. Consider Esme and Lizzie‘s relationship. In what ways are the women similar? How are they different? ~from Book Club Kit, Random House #LiteraryCrew #BuddyRead

CoverToCoverGirl Esme is curious and questioning-Lizzie is quietly resigned to her circumstances. 3d
5 likes1 comment
blurb
Librarybelle
This post contains spoilers
show me

5. Do you think this is a hopeful story? Why or why not? ~from Book Club Kit, Random House #LiteraryCrew #BuddyRead

CoverToCoverGirl Yes. It shows the human spirit is resilient and that we are connected to and influenced by past events. History has a way of influencing and changing our future. The ripple effect. 3d
megnews I think so. It shows that the underdog can find ways to salvage their history or world despite attempted erasure by those in power as so many have had to do. And that‘s important. 2d
5 likes2 comments
blurb
Librarybelle
This post contains spoilers
show me

4. Is the ending of the book just? Do the characters get what they deserve? ~from Book Club Kit, Random House #LiteraryCrew #BuddyRead

CoverToCoverGirl Good not just. No. Life isn‘t a fairytale and bad things happen to good people. For me it made the story more realistic and impactful. Life happens and we can only move forward, hoping we make the right decisions. (edited) 3d
megnews I didn‘t care for the ending. Like @CoverToCoverGirl I appreciate realistic over a tidy wrap up. But this ending felt too quick to me. Perhaps we didn‘t need to make it all the way to the end of Esme‘s life. I didn‘t feel enough closure on the story of her daughter to justify rushing through the end of her life. 2d
Bluebird I liked the ending. Esme‘s work was not just lost to history upon her death and showed a longer standing meaning to all her efforts. 2d
5 likes3 comments
blurb
Librarybelle
This post contains spoilers
show me

3. How do you think not having a mother influenced the trajectory of Esme‘s life and her character? ~from Book Club Kit, Random House #LiteraryCrew #BuddyRead

Ann_Reads It seemed most of Esme's role models were from the Scriptoriam and she had a rather unconventional upbringing. Her closest female role model was Lizzie. Even though Lizzie wasn't that much older than Esme, she provided some stabilizing and emotional support. 3d
megnews Esme seemed like her father‘s daughter and a young girl on a different path from most. Still, the presence of her mother could have shifted that trajectory to some degree. I was very glad she had Ditte. (edited) 2d
Bluebird I think she would have been an entirely different person. I suspect she would have had minimal exposure to the Scriptorium and would have been more involved in ‘women‘s work‘. She may have still had a love of words from her time with her father, but she wouldn‘t have sat below the sorting table and likely never have found the slip of paper with the word ‘bond maiden‘ 2d
5 likes3 comments
blurb
Librarybelle
This post contains spoilers
show me

2. What does this book tell us about power? ~adapted from Book Club Kit, Random House #LiteraryCrew #BuddyRead

CoverToCoverGirl As history has shown, men controlled the narrative, even for the most part the compilation of the Oxford dictionary. Having the final say as to what words were acceptable to the ruling class and discounting the words used by the lower classes. Power and influence. 3d
megnews Absolutely agree with @CoverToCoverGirl It‘s a little surprising, though, that academics, who one would think would have an interest in fully documenting the world, would actively choose to leave things out. 2d
5 likes2 comments
blurb
Librarybelle
This post contains spoilers
show me

1. The book essentially asks this…do words mean different things to men and women? And if they do, is it possible that we have lost something in the process of defining them? ~from Book Club Kit, Random House #LiteraryCrew #BuddyRead

Ann_Reads I think words can mean different things to men and women. The meaning of words can also be influenced by one's life experiences, such as Esme versus Lizzie. Even today, some accepted meanings of words might be completely overlooked in the official dictionaries, until an updated edition is published. 3d
CoverToCoverGirl Yes. I think words can resonate and have different meanings to an individual just based on each person‘s life story and emotional make up. Words influence us. 3d
megnews I agree with @Ann_Reads & @CoverToCoverGirl that words mean different things to men and women and also from culture to culture. 2d
Bluebird Yes! Agree with you all. Words can mean different things to different people based on sex, culture and individual experience. The meaning of words can change for one individual depending upon their stage of life. Ex. As a child, the word ‘love‘ meant something different to me than it does today. 2d
Bluebird Although flawed, I think defining words is an important way we can have some sort of common basis to interact and understand one another. We just need to be cognizant that not all will agree with the definitions and that frequent revisions and updates are necessary though. 2d
6 likes5 comments
blurb
Librarybelle
post image

October starts the next #LiteraryCrew #BuddyRead …a historical fiction by the Duchess of York!

Read the book at your own pace, with discussion on the 31st!

All welcome to join! If you would tagged in periodic posts throughout the month, comment below!

Tagging those who have expressed interest in this selection.

PurpleyPumpkin Yes please! 👍🏽 4d
megnews Not this time around. Thanks for checking! 4d
See All 13 Comments
Librarybelle Not a problem, @megnews ! 4d
Deblovestoread I really hope to get to this one 🤞🏼 4d
BethM I‘m going to try to get this one squeezed in! 4d
Librarybelle I hope you‘re able to join, @Deblovestoread @BethM ! 4d
CoverToCoverGirl Yay! I‘ve been waiting for this one. 🙂. I can‘t imagine that it will be as good as 4d
Librarybelle @CoverToCoverGirl Dictionary is a hard act to follow! 4d
Desha Please add me to the tags for this one! Thank you! 💛 3d
Librarybelle Of course, @Desha ! Yay! 3d
CarolineLovesToRead Add me too please. 😀 2d
54 likes3 stack adds13 comments
review
Librarybelle
post image
Pickpick

This book is a collection of snippets - part travelogue, part history, with gorgeous illustrations - of some well known and some not so well known American Revolutionary spots. Van Doran visits these places, recognizing the Founders‘ perspectives on enslavement and the Indigenous communities in the colonies - I was impressed. Highly recommend!

kspenmoll This sounds like our family‘s kind of book! 3d
Librarybelle @kspenmoll It was fabulous! Definitely worth a try for your family! 2d
72 likes4 stack adds2 comments
blurb
Librarybelle
Untitled | Unknown
post image

Thanks for the tag, @Eggs ! ❤️❤️❤️

1. While I love historical fiction and history in general, over 2K years ago is not my usual era of interest. I‘ve read plenty of histories about the Romans, but not really any historical fiction.

2. I‘ve heard good things about the Flavia Albia mystery series by Lindsey Davis. Not sure if this is ancient enough, but I loved Signe Pike‘s The Lost Queen.

#Two4Tuesday

mabell I didn‘t think I‘d read any fiction set in ancient times, but then I remembered the Christie mystery 😄 5d
Librarybelle Oh! Good one, @mabell ! 5d
TheSpineView Thanks for playing! 5d
48 likes3 comments
blurb
Librarybelle
Untitled | Unknown
post image

If you have not had a chance, check out @LitsyEvents feed to help out the group!

blurb
Librarybelle
Untitled | Unknown
post image

I‘ve been terrible at keeping up with #bookspinbingo , but this does not stop me from preparing for next month!

October is a good month for spooky reads!

BkClubCare Oh yea. That looks like a great list! 7d
MallenNC I‘m still thinking about my list but I‘m planning to include a lot of mysteries. 7d
Librarybelle @BkClubCare @MallenNC I‘m really in the mood for lots of mysteries! 7d
See All 6 Comments
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 6d
PageShifter Looks good! I have never joined in that one so I guess you're doing better than me 😃👍 6d
Librarybelle @PageShifter 😂 It would be nice to actually read more than one or two from the board at some point, but oh well! 😂 6d
63 likes6 comments
review
Librarybelle
post image
Pickpick

One notebook connects several people in this quirky novel. What does it mean to be authentic…authenticity is on the mind of Julian, who decides to share his thoughts in a notebook and let it somewhere for others to read and contribute. This is a story about friendship and support and being true to oneself. I greatly enjoyed the storylines, and prepare to use a tissue or two.

76 likes1 stack add
blurb
Librarybelle
post image

Just a reminder that the #LiteraryCrew #BuddyRead discussion for the tagged book will be on Friday! Fair warning - I‘ve had some complications at work, so the discussion questions may get up in the evening Eastern Time rather than the morning. But, they will be posted!

I‘ve seen lots of great posts about this one…looking forward to the discussion!

PageShifter I finally got the book but propably not going to make it before the discussion 😒 1w
Librarybelle No worries, @PageShifter ! Feel free to jump into the discussion whenever! 1w
Sargar114 Still #21 in line for hold at my library, so not making this month. Should be able to make next month though! 7d
See All 8 Comments
Librarybelle Wow, @Sargar114 …good luck getting a copy! It‘s become pretty popular all of a sudden in my library system too. 6d
Jerdencon I‘m still waiting for my copy from the library - but will join once I finish it! 5d
Librarybelle Sounds good, @Jerdencon ! 5d
Librariana I was hoping to be finished with this by Friday, but health-related issues and work have gotten in the way a bit, slowing down my progress 😭 Plus hubby and I are getting our COVID booster/flu shot combo tomorrow evening! 😳 So needless to say, I think I might be out of commission on the energy department the next few days. I will certainly jump in once I can have something of value to contribute 😊 My apologies, @Librarybelle 💗 4d
Librarybelle So sorry to hear that, @Librariana …jump in whenever you can! 3d
45 likes1 stack add8 comments
blurb
Librarybelle
Untitled | Unknown
post image

Yay! It‘s my #Litsyversary today! One of the best decisions I made was 6 years ago, when I finally decided to download the app and sign up. I‘ve met some incredible people, expanded my #tbr pile to unachievable heights, and have just had a blast talking about books.

Thanks Littens for making this an amazing place on social media! ❤️

Librarybelle And a special shout-out to @ferskner , one of those amazing people I met through this app! Who knew we signed up on the exact same day?!?! Happy Litsyversary, Ann! 1w
MaureenMc 🎉🎉🎉 1w
IuliaC Happy Litsyversary!! 🌞 1w
See All 28 Comments
JessClark78 Happy Litsyversary! 🎊📚🎉 1w
Librarybelle Thanks so much, @MaureenMc @IuliaC @JessClark78 ! ❤️❤️❤️ 1w
QuietlyLaura Happy Litsyversary! 🎉📚 1w
Gissy Happy Litsyversary to all of you!📚📚📚🥳🎉👏👏👏 1w
Jas16 Happy Litsyversary 🎉📚🙌🏽📖 1w
Bookwomble Happy Litsyversary 😊📖 1w
Deblovestoread Happy Litsyversary 🎉 1w
JacqMac Happy Litsyversary!!! 🎉 1w
batsy Happy Litsyversary! 🎉🎉 1w
LeahBergen Woohoo! 🎉🎉🎉🎉 1w
aa_guer2021 It‘s mine, too! 😍🤩 And absolutely same! Happy anniversary! 🎉🎉 1w
Librarybelle Happy Litsyversary to you too, @aa_guer2021 ! We picked a great day to join!! 1w
mrp27 Happy Litsyversary!! 🎉📚🎉📚 1w
DaveGreen7777 Awww, Happy LitsyVersary, Jess! 🥳🎉 You are such a kind and wonderful presence here, I‘m very grateful you are in Litsy! 😊 1w
AnneCecilie Happy Litsyversary 🥳📚🥳📚 1w
Librarybelle Thank you so much, @mrp27 and @AnneCecilie ! ❤️❤️❤️ 1w
Librarybelle Thank you so much for your kind words, @DaveGreen7777 ! ❤️❤️❤️ 1w
julesG Happy Litsyversary 📚🎊 7d
Mollyanna Happy Litsyversary 🥳❤️🥳 7d
Librarybelle Thank you so much, @julesG and @Mollyanna ! ❤️❤️❤️ 7d
BarbaraBB Glad you‘re here! Congrats! 7d
Librarybelle Thank you so much, @BarbaraBB ! ❤️❤️❤️ 6d
Reggie Happy belated Litsyversary!! 4d
Librarybelle Thank you so much, @Reggie ! ❤️❤️❤️ 3d
56 likes28 comments
review
Librarybelle
post image
Pickpick

Overall, I liked this modern adaptation of Sense and Sensibility - there are some similar storylines and characters in the novel, with enough tweaks to make the story its own. Admittedly, I got a little tired of Annie and Miranda and their constant antics bordering on self-pity. But, the story itself was a great distraction read and a fun adventure that it‘s a pick for me. #2010 #192025

review
Librarybelle
post image
Mehso-so

I felt completely underwhelmed about this one. This is the story, told from Charlotte‘s POV, about her friendship with Rose. Set in the 1990s up to I think contemporary times, Charlotte relays everything the friends did together, mistakes made, etc. Frankly speaking, both are extremely unlikeable, and I was so not onboard with their attitudes towards cheating on significant others. The writing style also bothered me, very staccato at times.

review
Librarybelle
post image
Pickpick

Daisy‘s family takes center stage in this addition to the mystery series. There are a couple of mysteries in this one - a murder, of course, though it comes pretty late in the book, and who will be the next Lord Dalrymple. Heavy subjects are discussed in this one too. It was fun to learn a bit more about Daisy‘s family!

blurb
Librarybelle
Untitled | Unknown
post image

Here are the remaining titles for this year‘s #LiteraryCrew #BuddyRead . If you would like me to tag you I periodic posts for any or all of the books above, let me know!

CocoReads I just read The Diamond Eye for my book group. It was really good! 2w
Librarybelle @CocoReads So good to know!! 2w
JuniperWilde I‘ll try to get these this week - good timing. What do you know about the Oct read? 2w
See All 10 Comments
Librarybelle @JuniperWilde It was a suggested title by one of the regular readers in the group - I just know it‘s historical fiction by the Duchess of York! 2w
Deblovestoread Definitely in for December as I have it on my shelf. Will look into the other two. 2w
CoverToCoverGirl I‘m in for October, uncertain about November and I‘ve already read December‘s choice. Thanks for continuing to host. 🙂🧡 2w
lele1432 I‘d like to try to join for the remainder of the year! 1w
62 likes10 comments
blurb
Librarybelle
Untitled | Unknown
post image

A day late, but thanks for the tag @Sargar114 !!

Focusing on just 2022 releases, I really enjoyed reading:

The Unsinkable Greta James by Jennifer E Smith
What My Bones Know by Stephanie Foo
The Foundling by Ann Leary
More Than You‘ll Ever Know by Katie Gutierrez
Thank You For Listening by Julia Whelan

#LittensWantToKnow

blurb
Librarybelle
Untitled | Unknown
post image

Thanks for the tag, @MoonWitch94 and @BookwormAHN !!

1. I usually go for something like a cozy mystery or a regency romance (lots of fluff) or an old favorite.

2. Yes!

3. Pride and Prejudice

#ThoughtfulThursday

BookwormAHN I still haven't read that 🤦🏼‍♀️ 3w
51 likes1 comment
review
Librarybelle
post image
Pickpick

Daisy is at it again, with an invitation to solve a mystery for a former school acquaintance. When Daisy is one of the party, murder usually happens. Though I pretty much figured out who the killer was, it was a fun listen. I‘m nearing the end of the series - so sad! It‘s been fun following the character development of the main characters. #192025 #2012

blurb
Librarybelle
Untitled | Unknown
post image

I noticed that I reached a milestone in Litfluence today, and while I don‘t always pay attention to the number, hitting 300K seemed like a reason to celebrate.

Thank you, everyone, for your book recommendations, kind words, and supportive nature. I‘m so glad I joined years ago. I‘ve made friends through this app, had amazing conversations, and feel like I‘ve found my tribe with everyone. Thank you!!

KristiAhlers Wow! Congratulations, my friend. That‘s awesome. And well deserved. Heaven knows I‘ve bought books based on your recommendations! 4w
LeslieO Big number! 👏👏👏👏👏 Congrats! 4w
Meshell1313 🙌 4w
See All 43 Comments
AmyG Yay! Congrats 🎉 4w
Aims42 I‘m so happy you‘re here! I love seeing your posts and your cats 😻 4w
fredamans 👏 👏 👏 👏 👏 4w
JenReadsAlot Woohoo!! 4w
Mollyanna Woohoo! 🥳🥳🥳 4w
Leftcoastzen Yay!👏👏👏👍 4w
Chrissyreadit 🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉 4w
QuietlyLaura Congratulations! 🎉 ❤️👏 4w
Librarybelle Thank you so much, @QuietlyLaura ! ❤️❤️❤️ 4w
Jas16 🎉🙌🏽 4w
Deblovestoread Congrats! 4w
kspenmoll That is a huge milestone! You have brought so many wonderful book worlds into my life! I love you cat life, especially seeing Xander as a baby & watching him grow! 🤗 4w
mrp27 🎉🎉🎉 4w
robinb You go, girl!! Congratulations! 🙌 4w
CoverToCoverGirl 👏👏 🧡🧡Congratulations! 4w
julieclair Wow. Congrats! Well deserved. ? I have definitely been "litfluenced" in a positive way by your posts. I especially enjoy the #LiteraryCrew buddy reads. 4w
Ruthiella Well done! 👏👏👏 4w
Hooked_on_books Hey, look at that! 🫣🥳 4w
LeahBergen Awesome!! 👏👏👏 I just realized I‘m almost there myself! 😮 4w
Centique Well done! 🙌🙌 4w
Reggie Congrats!!! 4w
Gissy Congratulations!📚📚📚🎉🎊👏👏👏👏 4w
batsy Nice! 🙌🏾📚📚📚 4w
BarbaraBB Congratulations 🎈 ❤️ 4w
AnneCecilie Congratulations 🥳 🥳📚📚 3w
mabell Congratulations! I so enjoy having you as a Litsy friend! 3w
erzascarletbookgasm Wohooooo! 🎉👏💃🏻📚 3w
Librarybelle Thank you so much for the kind words and the celebration! ❤️❤️❤️ @AnneCecilie @mabell @erzascarletbookgasm 3w
sprainedbrain 🎉🎉🎉 3w
Librarybelle Thank you so much, @sprainedbrain ! ❤️❤️❤️ 3w
Simona Congratulations 🥂🍾 3w
Librarybelle Thank you so much, @Simona ! ❤️❤️❤️ 3w
Megabooks Congratulations!!! 🥳🥳🥳 3w
Librarybelle Thank you so much, @Megabooks ! ❤️❤️❤️ 3w
CarolynM Thank you for the positive contribution you make to this wonderful community 💕 3w
Librarybelle Thank you so much for your kind words, @CarolynM ! ❤️❤️❤️ 3w
DivineDiana Quite an achievement 👏🏻🎉📚 3w
Librarybelle Thanks so much, @DivineDiana ! ❤️❤️❤️ 3w
122 likes43 comments
blurb
Librarybelle
Untitled | Unknown
post image

Thank you for the tag, @MoonWitch94 !

1. I‘ll name a few favorites! The Bodyguard by Katherine Center, The Foundling by Ann Leary, Last Summer at the Golden Hotel by Elyssa Friedland, and my most recent read - The Paris Library by Janet Skeslien Charles

2. Autumn all the way - I hate the heat!

3. My camera roll is all about my cats. Recent snap of the five of us together. #Zeke #Vladimir #SebastianKitty #Xander #CatsOfLitsy

#ThoughtfulThursday

Susanita 😻 4w
MoonWitch94 Precious Kittens! 😍 Thanks for playing 🐚🍁😊 4w
Dragon 😻💚🐉 4w
51 likes3 comments
review
Librarybelle
post image
Pickpick

Yertle the Turtle was banned in Canada in 2012 for being too political…this has authoritarian rule as its main focus. Probably a much better story for older readers! #SebastianKitty was watching me read this aloud, so he must have enjoyed it. #CatsOfLitsy

The other two stories in this group serve as good cautionary tales for vanity and boasting. #BBRC #PictureBook #LetterY

Leftcoastzen 😻 4w
MoonWitch94 I did not know it was banned in Canada! This one always stuck with me at a kid, and one of my greatest insults growing up was to call someone “Yurtle the Turtle” ((aka the kid equivalent of an asshole 🤣😂🤣🤷🏻‍♀️)) 4w
Librarybelle @MoonWitch94 Haha! It was 2012, and if I remember correctly, British Columbia! 4w
See All 6 Comments
LibrarianRyan Love it! 4w
LiseWorks I have never seen this book before and I'm a big fan of the author 4w
Bookwomble An allegorical dismantling of fascism is exactly the kind of "too political" we should be encouraging children to read! ? 4w
85 likes1 stack add6 comments
review
Librarybelle
post image
Pickpick

I love this classic that teaches so much - the transformation from caterpillar to butterfly, counting, the naming of different fruits - and as always with Carle‘s illustrations, bright and cheerful.

In my search for challenged/banned books for #BBRC , I discovered that this #PictureBook was challenged in Australia for being detrimental to children. Specifically, it promoted child obesity. #LetterV

Clare-Dragonfly 😯🙄 4w
Bookwomble 🤦 4w
LibrarianRyan Interesting 4w
See All 6 Comments
Ann_Reads Hmmm.... 4w
CarolynM Good grief! Really? Must have been a crank doing the challenging. I imagine they would have got short shrift. 3w
Librarybelle @CarolynM I cannot remember the group, but they wrote an article several years ago listing multiple “detrimental” titles. This one was highlighted. It didn‘t get too far! 3w
79 likes1 stack add6 comments
review
Librarybelle
The Paris Library: A Novel | Janet Skeslien Charles
post image
Pickpick

This ranks as one of my favorite reads in 2022…I had to keep reading and basically ignored all household chores to get it done! Librarians fighting against German-occupied Paris…how much better can it get? Told in a dual timeline, this narrative embodies the power of words and knowledge, and dare I say, the importance of reading. I loved all of the book titles mentioned in this book - so many great books!

CoverToCoverGirl I loved it this one.. the ending was very moving and powerful. All the feels. 4w
CogsOfEncouragement I started this a few days ago on the recommendation of a friend. 4w
94 likes7 stack adds4 comments
review
Librarybelle
post image
Bailedbailed

I come to this book with over 20 years in public libraries, 17 of which with a masters degree…and I also don‘t like eating someone‘s personal experience, but yet, I just can‘t keep reading this.

Oliver writes with a very bitter tone. Given her experiences in her short-lived public library experience (less than a year), I can understand some of her bitterness. She works in the DC public library system, which cannot be easy. ⬇️⬇️⬇️

Librarybelle 🔼🔼🔼She highlights experiences that would be horrific to face - I‘ve had to call the police on patrons, but have not had an overdose situation at the library (though finding drug paraphernalia and residue in public bathrooms makes me fully aware that it‘s only a matter of time). I‘m not quite sure how to put it, but while I can see where Oliver is trying to get with her argument of the current state of libraries, I‘m not exactly on board ⬇️⬇️⬇️ 1mo
Librarybelle 🔼🔼🔼with the way she tries to get there. 9 months in a public library - even one that is “notorious” among other DC branches - does not give a full perspective. It certainly highlights some major issues, such as how libraries are social service centers for those in need. What I do like about Oliver‘s narrative is her look at library history, highlighting the not so good pieces of the profession. It‘s important to acknowledge these pieces ⬇️⬇️⬇️ 1mo
Librarybelle 🔼🔼🔼and move forward. Honestly, if you want a good representation of the public library, watch the movie The public, directed by Emilio Estevez. I‘ve recommended that countless times to my staff - the first 10-15 minutes of that movie with patron interactions encompasses what I have experienced (except the naked guy - though I‘ve come kinda close with men who use the restrooms to take a bath). 1mo
See All 9 Comments
Bookwormjillk Interesting. I don‘t doubt DC libraries see more than their fair share of the problems that are occurring right now in DC as a whole, but as someone who works in DC for 20 years now I‘ve always had a high opinion of the libraries. They‘re gorgeous. 1mo
Librarybelle @Bookwormjillk I personally have yet to visit any of the DC libraries. I know there was a renovation campaign to adapt spaces in some of the libraries. Where I work, it‘s close enough to DC that I had former colleagues who worked for the public libraries and current patrons who either used to live in the DC area or are still acquainted with the public libraries - I‘ve heard nothing but overall good things from them. Nothing like in this book! 1mo
Leftcoastzen Thanks! I‘m glad you mentioned that film, surprised I hadn‘t heard of it .Another chance to see Michael K.Williams!The heat is the main enemy day to day for people on the streets in Phoenix,there are “cooling stations “ around town,but they are small. Every time I‘m in the main branch that I love I see the grace & patience in the librarians often put in difficult situations.I bet often librarians wish they could just do the job & not social work 1mo
Librarybelle @Leftcoastzen As I tell anyone interested in being a public librarian, it‘s a fulfilling job when you can connect people to the resources they need. We in the profession just need to recognize that needs are changing and how can we provide the best training and tools for everyone on staff to help in these situations. 1mo
PageShifter Maybe your next book will be better 🥰 1mo
Librarybelle @PageShifter 🤞 Hopefully it will! 1mo
83 likes1 stack add9 comments
review
Librarybelle
post image
Pickpick

This was a fun romance about an audiobook narrator. Whelan has so much talent, both as a voice actress and as an author. I love how Whelan kinda pokes fun at romances in general, and she makes her characters so human, with relatable flaws and insecurities.

MrsK I saw an interview with Jill Whelan about her career as a narrator and immediately placed her book in my TBR👍 1mo
Librarybelle @MrsK Awesome! I hope you enjoy it! 1mo
86 likes2 stack adds2 comments
blurb
Librarybelle
post image

Today starts this month‘s #LiteraryCrew #BuddyRead ! Read at your own pace, with questions posted at the end of the month. I‘ll also post periodic checkins throughout the month.

If you would also like to be tagged this month, comment below!

Librarybelle Just checking @BethM @CoverToCoverGirl @megnews are you able to join this month? (edited) 1mo
megnews I‘m in!! Looking forward to it. 1mo
Desha Thank you for the tag! Looking forward to this! 💛📚 1mo
See All 13 Comments
Librariana Thank you, @Librarybelle! 😊 Excited for this new Litsy experience ☺️ 1mo
PageShifter I really have to read this at some point, this looks again so intriguing. I have to say all your choices look so interesting! 1mo
Ann_Reads I've already started reading and am enjoying the story so far. The audio narration is really good. 1mo
Librarybelle @megnews @Desha @Librariana @Ann_Reads I think this will be a good read! 1mo
Librarybelle @PageShifter Thanks! And feel free to join in if you have an opportunity! 1mo
PageShifter Haha, you got me. I had to check if library has it and I have it now on hold. But it seems that I get it after 16th 1mo
PageShifter Haha, you got me. I had to check if library has it and I have it on hold now. But it seems that I get it after 16th 1mo
PageShifter Haha, you got me. I had to check if library has it and I have it on hold now. But it seems that I get it after 16th 1mo
Librarybelle @PageShifter Hopefully it will come in sooner! 1mo
MoonWitch94 Can‘t wait to start this one!!!! 4w
57 likes1 stack add13 comments
blurb
Librarybelle
Untitled | Unknown
post image

Finally ready to post my #bookspinbingo choices for this month!

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 1mo
43 likes1 comment
review
Librarybelle
The Giving Tree | Shel Silverstein
post image
Pickpick

Banned in 1988 for the sexist nature of its content, this is recognized as a classic. Rereading this brought tears to my eyes. And yet…with more life experience, I find I am not as completely enamored in it as I was when I first read it. As the “new” ending that was posted online last year shows, this is a book about sacrifice, but also a good discussion starter for boundaries. #PictureBook #BBRC #LetterG

PS: I really need to buy the US stamps!

LibrarianRyan I should probably read this 1mo
61 likes2 stack adds1 comment
review
Librarybelle
post image
Pickpick

Aidan is transgendered and is very excited to be a big brother. He remembers his struggles as he voiced his own identity, so has concerns about doing everything right for the new baby. This book explores themes of love and acceptance and finding oneself. The illustrations add to the warmness of the message.

Challenged by groups for its “mature” content and message.

It‘s a fabulous read! #PictureBook #BBRC #LetterW

LibrarianRyan I loved this book. 1mo
60 likes1 stack add1 comment
review
Librarybelle
Egg Drop | Mini Grey
post image
Mehso-so

Challenged in 2010 for being age-inappropriate, this #PictureBook follows Egg, who desperately wants to fly. The illustrations are great, but the ending…wow, just wow. Not a favorite of mine read for this year‘s #BBRC . #LetterE

LibrarianRyan Hummmm 1mo
49 likes1 stack add1 comment
blurb
Librarybelle
post image

It‘s time for this month‘s #LiteraryCrew #BuddyRead discussion! I have 6 questions posted under spoilers - you can find these by either searching the hashtag, the book‘s feed, or my feed.

Anything else to discuss? Comment below! Also, if you have not indicated you wish to be tagged for next month‘s book, The Dictionary of Lost Words, let me know! Thanks everyone!

Ann_Reads Unfortunately, I didn't have time to fit this in. Now with the passing of Queen Elizabeth II, I thought about reading The Queen's Secret but it doesn't look like this was a popular pick with the #LiteraryCrew.
Any other suggestions for a book about Queen Elizabeth (historical fiction or nonfiction) would be appreciated. A similar book you liked better? Thanks! 🙂
3w
Librarybelle @Ann_Reads I have yet to read this one, but I have heard really good things about it: 3w
Ann_Reads @Librarybelle Thank you. 😁 3w
40 likes1 stack add3 comments
blurb
Librarybelle
This post contains spoilers
show me

6. On top of the war and her other problems, the queen has a “mother-in-law” challenge. Does she handle this well? Is she especially burdened by her mother-in-law being a former queen? Adapted from Reading Group Guide #LiteraryCrew #BuddyRead

PurpleyPumpkin Their MIL/DIL relationship seemed pretty typical and I think QE handled it quite well. 👍🏽 1mo
Sargar114 It‘s funny, I have a similar dynamic with my mother in law. She does seem to handle it well, but it‘s hard when it‘s so obvious that your spouse is not the “favorite” child of them let alone the ruler of a country. 1mo
julieclair I thought QE handled Queen Mary very well. QM seemed like she would be a rather daunting MIL. 1mo
9 likes3 comments
blurb
Librarybelle
This post contains spoilers
show me

5. Think about Princess Elizabeth and Princess Margaret, as portrayed in this novel. How are their personalities different? Adapted from Reading Group Guide #LiteraryCrew #BuddyRead

PurpleyPumpkin I‘ve read before that PE was prepared from a young age to inherit the throne. This novel reinforced that notion and reflected PE as a more serious child that always seemed mature for her age. PM was much more rambunctious and carefree. Then again, aren‘t these the personality types for most first and second children in families? The first tends to be more serious/sensitive/practical and the second more outgoing. 1mo
Sargar114 Agreed @PurpleyPumpkin. I wonder if the older/younger child dynamic had something to do with it or just PE realizing at a young age that she would have to take over the throne at some point and just accepted it and prepared. 1mo
6 likes2 comments
blurb
Librarybelle
This post contains spoilers
show me

4. Does Elizabeth‘s hatred for Wallis Simpson stem only from the fact that Wallis was a rival whom David preferred? Or was it more? Adapted from Reading Group Guide #LiteraryCrew #BuddyRead

PurpleyPumpkin I‘ve always had the impression that Wallis Simpson was universally disliked, so Queen Elizabeth‘s hatred of her wasn‘t surprising. WS was the reason King George was unexpectedly thrust onto the throne and that, for me, feels like the main reason QE disliked her since family was so important to her. But I think there were a number of factors at play. 1mo
julieclair I think the main reason QE hated Wallis was because she was the reason Bertie became king. David‘s abdication turned Bertie & Elizabeth‘s world upside down, throwing them into lifelong rolls that they had never expected to fill, and for which they were not prepared. 1mo
Sargar114 I agree with @PurpleyPumpkin @julieclair it seemed the main reason for her hatred was Wallis being the reason her family was in the position they were in. Also agree it seems there are multiple factors and frankly she never seems to be portrayed as being a pleasant person anyway. 1mo
5 likes3 comments
blurb
Librarybelle
This post contains spoilers
show me

3. Not really a question, but some more information on “surrogacy” and “mother-like” figures among the royals. Have you heard any of these stories? #LiteraryCrew #BuddyRead

Link to Vanity Fair article below…

PurpleyPumpkin Such an interesting article! I knew that nannies played prominent roles in history, but didn‘t know details. This article was quite enlightening. (edited) 1mo
6 likes2 comments
blurb
Librarybelle
This post contains spoilers
show me

2. The “surrogate” mother solution was not unknown among British aristocrats who were childless or needed “heirs and spares.” Is it understandable that Elizabeth would hide the news? Why did she finally tell Bertie about that but not tell him her secret about David? Adapted from Reading Group Guide #LiteraryCrew #BuddyRead

julieclair I was surprised to learn this. I didn‘t realize it was an accepted practice at that time, although it makes sense, as the “heir and a spare” concept seemed to be so very important. I think that keeping it a secret was just how things were done in those times. I‘m glad things are much more open today, as I believe openness is much healthier for all concerned. 1mo
julieclair I think she was able to share her birthmother secret with Bertie because she was totally blameless in that situation. The story of her history with David was different. Although the assault was in no way her fault, she had “set her cap” for him, and was embarrassed to admit that this was the result. (I do wonder if this allegation could possibly be true? How would anyone know? But everything else written about David in the book does seem factual.) 1mo
Sargar114 @julieclair the little bit I followed up on after reading this suggests that this is speculation. I HATE that her resolution was not tell Bertie about that AND that she was relieved that she didn‘t have to. It bothered me knowing that would be the example she sets for her daughters. 1mo
julieclair @Sargar114 I agree. I was disappointed that she didn't tell Bertie. Secrets in families are never a good thing, in my opinion. 1mo
4 likes4 comments
blurb
Librarybelle
This post contains spoilers
show me

1. The Queen Elizabeth of this novel is not just the smiling, waving figure many recall. When she was Duchess of York and then queen during WWII, what were her good and bad characteristics? From Reading Group Guide #LiteraryCrew #BuddyRead

julieclair I really enjoyed this portrayal of her as a 3-dimensional person, rather than as the flat, 2-dimensional waving royal we see in photos. I think her strengths were her love for her children, her strength in supporting and advising her husband, and her interest in, and kindness to, the everyday people of Britain. On the negative side, she was a bit too controlling and manipulative, and even meddlesome at times. 1mo
Sargar114 I liked that there is more than meets the eye with her. She was smart, loving, and extremely supportive. However I didn‘t like the self depreciation nor the vengefulness that she showed quite a bit. 1mo
5 likes2 comments
review
Librarybelle
More Than You'll Ever Know | Katie Gutierrez
post image
Pickpick

I spent most of the day finishing up this book - I could snag a large print copy at the library, and it clocks at over 600 pages!

Cassie Bowman writes a blog about true crime. She comes across the story of Lore Rivera, who was simultaneously married to 2 men, which led to deadly consequences. But, Cassie senses a story that needs further told.

This debut novel is engaging and at time thought provoking. A dual narrative, with flashbacks, ⬇️⬇️⬇️

Librarybelle …the reader gets to visit the facts of the case and see that what was a pretty open and shut case in 1986 is far from open and shut. The twist at the end - I got it wrong! This is a novel, but it‘s riveting to any true crime lovers. It actually makes me want to pick up a true crime book! 1mo
79 likes2 stack adds1 comment
blurb
Librarybelle
post image

Discussion in less than a week for this month‘s #LiteraryCrew #BuddyRead - and judging from the comments I‘ve seen, this one is probably not going to be a favorite read!

Any thoughts to share before the discussion?

KristiAhlers Ugh sorry I missed this one. Than again if it‘s not a great read we will chalk it up to everything happens for a reason. 1mo
Sargar114 @Librarybelle bad books usually mean good discussion though…so there‘s that 😂 1mo
julieclair I am not finished yet, but liking it so far. Looking forward to the discussion, especially if others didn‘t like it… I always love to hear different opinions. 1mo
See All 11 Comments
CarolineLovesToRead I had set this one aside for a few days. Going to try and finish it this weekend 1mo
PurpleyPumpkin I‘ve been quite enjoying the audiobook. It‘s certainly a different take on the Royal Family‘s story. Looking forward to an interesting discussion! 1mo
Librarybelle @KristiAhlers Admittedly, I haven‘t started yet - life is getting in the way - but I‘m hoping I like it! 1mo
Librarybelle @Sargar114 So true!! 😂 1mo
Librarybelle @julieclair @PurpleyPumpkin So glad you‘re liking it! I had only seen not so happy thoughts about this, so I am so glad to see some positive thoughts!! 1mo
Librarybelle @CarolineLovesToRead I‘m hoping to get to it this weekend! 1mo
julieclair @PurpleyPumpkin I‘m listening to it on audio as well. Maybe this is going to be one of those books that‘s just better on audio. 1mo
PurpleyPumpkin @julieclair That‘s definitely sometimes the case, that the audiobook is more engaging. I really enjoyed the narrator, Bianca Amato. 1mo
56 likes11 comments
blurb
Librarybelle
post image

How can we be this close to September already???

I‘m September, the #LiteraryCrew #BuddyRead selection is The Dictionary of Lost Words by Pip Williams. This is a low key buddy read - read at your own pace during the month, and I will post discussion questions on the 30th. All are welcome to join!

Tagging those who have expressed interest in this selection. If you would also like to be tagged periodically during the month, comment below!

Librarybelle Are you able to join, @kspenmoll ? 1mo
See All 23 Comments
Desha I would be interested in being tagged periodically…I may be reading this for #LMPBC in September! 💛📚 1mo
Librarybelle Wonderful, @Desha !! 1mo
sarahbellum I‘ll be reading this for IRL book club in September. Please tag me so I can enjoy discussing it twice 🤓 1mo
BookNAround I‘ve already popped it on my #bookspin list 😁 1mo
Deblovestoread I‘m going to try to get to this one. Thanks for asking! 1mo
KristiAhlers Y‘all are in for an awesome read! 💜 1mo
kspenmoll This is such a lovely book! Enjoy! 1mo
melissajayne Thanks for the reminder 1mo
Librariana I've never done anything like this on Litsy before, so I'd like to give it a try and join along 😊 I'd also be interested in being tagged periodically, so thank you for that as well! 1mo
DanaManiac I‘d love to join! 💕 1mo
CarolineLovesToRead I ordered my copy. I‘m in 😀 1mo
PurpleyPumpkin Yes, please include me! Looks like a great read. 😉👍🏽 1mo
Librarybelle @kspenmoll I‘m excited for it! 1mo
Ann_Reads My ebook and audiobook is ready to go. Looking forward to finally reading this. 1mo
LapReader I‘m keen. 1mo
Jerdencon I‘ve been totally MIA for the past few months but will definitely try to join this month! 1mo
67 likes2 stack adds23 comments
blurb
Librarybelle
post image

Thanks for the tag, @Eggs !

1. Late yesterday, I went on yet another #NetGalley binge and found this one. From the author who wrote The Unraveling of Cassidy Holmes.

2. At this point, I will say the book I most recently finished, In the Houses of Their Dead by Terry Alford, but that could change in a week!

3. I‘ve had very limited IRL traveling experiences, so through books, I loved going to England, France, & Venice.

#WondrousWednesday

PageShifter I haven't traveled much either 1mo
Eggs Thank you for playing! 1mo
46 likes2 comments
review
Librarybelle
post image
Mehso-so

I‘m not a reader of manga, so it was not easy for me to choose one for #MiddleGrade #ShonenManga . I went with a series that is hugely popular at the library, & I know this is not the first. Obviously, I missed out on the story building from the 9 previous volumes. For someone who enjoys fight scenes & otherworldly stories, this works well. For those like me who are not big fans, well…I‘ve read worse! Manga illustrations are amazing, though! #BBRC

LibrarianRyan 🌟 1mo
SqueakyChu My nine-year-old grandson loves Dragon Ball Z. Do you have recommendations for any other age appropriate shonen manga I can get for him? TIA. 4w
Librarybelle @SqueakyChu I‘m not too familiar with younger manga series, but I do know that Pokemon Adventures is another popular series for that age group. 4w
SqueakyChu @Librarybelle Thanks! I‘ll run it by him. 4w
57 likes4 comments
review
Librarybelle
Outside Over There | Maurice Sendak
post image
Panpan

I think, at this point, I have to say I am just not that into Sendak‘s books. This is the third I‘ve read, and while it is a Caldecott Honor Book, I thought this was just a little out there. This has been challenged and banned for nudity, religion and witchcraft. Plus, the idea of goblins snatching babies in the middle of the night would have freaked me out as a kid. Oh well…at least I tried it! #BBRC #PictureBook #LetterO

mabell Hmmm not a pleasant sounding bedtime story! 1mo
Librarybelle @mabell Definitely not! 1mo
LibrarianRyan Agree. I didn‘t like this one either. 1mo
58 likes1 stack add3 comments