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Louise

Louise

Joined May 2016

Reader, writer, editor, musician, artist. I'm armchair traveling with the Reading Around The World challenge and loving it!
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How does one live in the present when the past was defined by war, abuse, and loss? And how does one build a brighter future? In this novel, the characters are dealing with these questions and finding their answers through the many forms love takes. #audiobook

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I found this #audiobook a bit too “on the nose” with its theme of a self-sacrificing woman learning to set boundaries and take care of her own needs. It includes themes of the power of stories and the importance of family and forgiveness. It was an okay listen while lazing about fighting off a seasonal bug.

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Days of Reading | Marcel Proust
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“There are no days of my childhood which I lived so fully perhaps as those I thought I had left behind without living them, those I spent with a favourite book.” So begins Proust‘s beautiful essay “Days of Reading (1)”. In his distinctive, densely detailed style, Proust shares his thoughts on reading, writing, art, machinism, society, Ruskin, and more. This is a slim volume filled with gems. #France #ReadingAroundTheWorld

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The War that Saved My Life | Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
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What a beautiful, heart-warming #audiobook! A young girl with a club foot is evacuated from London to the English countryside with her little brother at the start of WWII. Having suffered physical and emotional abuse at the hand of their mother, young Ada and little Jamie begin to blossom under the loving care of their guardian Sarah. Sarah, too, comes back to life with renewed fervor. Highly recommended!

erzascarletbookgasm I loved this book 👍 2w
Bookwormjillk A favorite of mine. 2w
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Happy Birthday! | Ariel Books
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Fellow Littens, please join me in wishing the Happiest of Birthdays to @Chelleo — Litsy-how-to-video Queen, fabulous academic librarian, mom of 2 growing readers, and #Litsypenpal extraordinaire! May the coming year bring many happy hours of reading! (Michelle, a little something for you will be arriving a few days late.).

Birdsong28 Happy birthday @Chelleo 🎉🎊📚📖 2w
Freespirit Happy birthday @Chelleo xxx 2w
JacqMac Happy birthday @Chelleo 🎉🌸🎉 2w
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Sace Happy Birthday! 🎁🎉 2w
Jerdencon Happy Birthday @Chelleo 🎉🎉🎁🎈 2w
Kaylamburson Happy happy Birthday, @Chelleo !! I hope it's the best one yet! 2w
jb72 Happy Birthday @Chelleo 2w
Butterfinger Hope you have a great birthday @Chelleo 2w
Chelleo ...and BTW...I LOVE the Peanuts gang! Louise, I'll be writing to you from the mountains of Georgia this weekend!
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Dragon Happy birthday 🥳 @Chelleo 🍰🍧! 2w
NeedsMoreBooks Happy birthday! 2w
Come-read-with-me @Chello Happy birthday to YOU!!!! 💐🌈💫🎂 2w
Louise The mountains of Georgia! Sounds like a really fun trip. Safe travels, and have a great time! @chelleo (edited) 2w
AnneCecilie Happy birthday 🎁🎂🎈🎉 @Chelleo 2w
Ddzmini Happy birthday 🎁🎂🎈🎉🎊 🥳📖😋 2w
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Notes from the Sofa | Raymond Briggs
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I took my time savoring this book of Raymond Briggs‘ reflections on life and especially on growing older. The book is a collection of columns he wrote for the humorous British magazine The Oldie. His dry English wit and clever observations are a delight!

ljuliel Sounds like a cute book. It could also be the title of my life . 🛋 3w
Louise @ljuliel The sofa is a wonderful place! 😊 3w
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Book Love | Debbie Tung
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Many Littens will recognize their own reading and book-loving (and book-sniffing!) habits in this fun gathering of cartoons by Debbie Tung. It‘s a quick read that would make a nice gift for oneself or a book-loving friend.

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I really enjoyed a few weeks of starting my day with a couple of chapters of this book. There are plenty of nuggets of advice and inspiration for writers, and I also discovered some new-to-me writers whose work I‘d like to read. My copy is now filled with underlined, bracketed, and starred passages that I will return to now and then. Glad to have this on my bookshelf! #writersoflitsy

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At the Edge of the Orchard | Tracy Chevalier
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I am always amazed by Tracy Chevalier‘s ability to bring a certain historical time and place to such vivid life. This #audiobook is very well presented by the voice actors. The story of the harsh life on the American frontier for a family of apple-growers and of the son who makes his way to California—first for gold and then to harvest seeds and saplings of redwood and sequoia trees for the European market—is rich in history & emotionally moving.

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Salt to the Sea | Ruta Sepetys
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Perhaps I missed some of the magic of the writing by listening to this in #audiobook form. While it taught me about a historical event I hadn‘t known about, I wished the characters‘ stories had been more fully developed. It seemed that an expectation of more of their individual stories was set up early on and then left unfulfilled. However, the book had many beautiful moments. Photo from Wikipedia: the Wilhelm Gustloff in 1939.

rmaclean4 I had the same reading experience! 1mo
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My response to this book was mixed. There were so many twists in the story of the crime that I‘m still not entirely sure what happened. (Perhaps that‘s the drawback of listening to the audiobook at night while falling asleep!) But that doesn‘t really matter because the main pleasure of the Three Pines books is spending time with the main characters. And now the wait for the next book begins. Godspeed, Writer, Godspeed!

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While it was interesting to learn more about Gregorian chant and the daily life of a contemplative community, I found the setting of this book claustrophobic. I missed the residents of Three Pines, who add such flavor to the other books in the series. The book became monotonous. However, I respect the author‘s willingness to experiment with unusual settings and plots. Image: ABBEY OF SAINT-BENOÎT-DU-LAC, the inspiration for the fictional abbey.

MallenNC This one wasn't my favorite either, but I agree with you on respecting her willingness to try unusual settings. 1mo
Bette I agree, not my favorite. But I was at a book signing and asked her if it was a Monty Python reference when that guy shows up and someone says, nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition...and she said it was. It made me happy that she likes MP. 🤣👍 1mo
grumpygirlbooks I kind of felt the same way! This is actually the book that made me want to read the series lol, but I agree - not my favorite! 1mo
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Louise @Bette I caught that too and figured it must have been deliberate—a tasty morsel for MP fans! 😂 I‘ll bet she was pleased that you mentioned it! 1mo
Louise @MallenNC Yes, I felt the same way about the book that used the artistic process as a means to guess the whereabouts of an artist. It didn‘t quite work for me but I appreciated her risk-taking approach to writing. (edited) 1mo
Louise @grumpygirlbooks Glad it got you interested in the series! There are some really good ones in the series, especially after she has developed the characters in Three Pines. Their humorous banter and care for one another make for good reading. 🤓 1mo
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For those interested in the work of Willa Cather and in her ideas about the art of fiction—both her own and the work of others—this slim volume is a treasure. It is filled with passages to return to and savor! #writersoflitsy #catherbuddyread

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Shadows on the Rock | Willa Cather
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What a beautiful book! Willa Cather captures the simplicity and religious sincerity of Québec‘s early French settlers with a spare yet descriptive writing style. Delving into this book is an escape from the modern world. Cather brings to life the traditions, herbal remedies, attitudes, and seasonal calendar of these salt-of-the-earth people. The writing is superb! #willacather #Canada #Quebec

Anna40 Sounds wonderful! :) 2mo
cmastfalk Oh, I love Willa Cather, but I hadn‘t heard of this book. 2mo
Louise @cmastfalk Oh, you are in for a treat! Enjoy! 2mo
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Louise @Anna40 Yes, it really is wonderful! 2mo
CarolynM Looking forward to getting to this one @Graywacke 🙂 2mo
Graywacke Nice review. I have an old copy waiting for me. Hope I‘m ok with the religious aspects. It‘s Cather, so probably I will be. @Carolyn - I think it‘s three books away...no, actually five. We‘ll get there though. Next will be A Lost Lady. ( #catherbuddyread ) 2mo
Louise @Graywacke @Carolyn In a letter about this book, Cather wrote: “. . . it is the curious endurance of a kind of culture, narrow but definite. There, among the country people and the nuns, I caught something new to me; a kind of feeling about life and human fate that I could not accept, wholly, but which I could not but admire.” ⬇️ 2mo
Louise “Those people brought a kind of French culture there and somehow kept it alive on that rock, sheltered it and tended it and on occasion died for it, as if it really were a sacred fire—and all this temperately and shrewdly, with emotion always tempered by good sense.” From pp.14-16 of (edited) 2mo
Graywacke @Louise thanks for that quote - very eloquently put by her. 2mo
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Based on a real network of mostly female spies in WWI, this novel weaves historical fact with fiction to show how events from WWI influenced some people‘s choices and behaviors in WWII and beyond. It jumps back and forth between 1947 and the years of WWI. People endured so much hardship and needed such courage during the two world wars. Hats off to my grandparents‘ and great-grandparents‘ generations! #audiobook #WWI

Readswithcoffee This is one of my favorite historical fiction books. 👍🏻📚 2mo
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Day Seven. #covercrush #7days7covers I just ordered this book. What a great cover for a Pullman book on writing and storytelling! Looking forward to reading it!

Jas16 That is a great cover! 2mo
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Birthdays Happen | Herbert Kavet
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Please join me in sending warm Litsy Happy Birthday wishes to @robinb ! May the coming year bring you many blissful hours of reading!

Megabooks Happy birthday!!! 🥳🥳🥳🎉🎉🎉📚📚 2mo
cassiopia Happy birthday!!! 2mo
julesG Happy Birthday @robinb 🎉🎂📚🍫🎈🎊 2mo
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Cinfhen Happy birthday to an amazing birthday fairy and wonderful human being 💗🎂💗🥳💗 best wishes @robinb 2mo
Kalalalatja Happy birthday! 🎉🎉🎉 2mo
CarolynM Happy birthday @robinb 🎂🎈🎉 Hope you have a wonderful day 2mo
Centique Happy birthday @robinb ! 😘 2mo
hilded Happy birthday!🥳 2mo
Ruthiella @robinb Happy Birthday! 🎂 And many more!😀 2mo
DarcysMom Happy Birthday @robinb 🎂🎂🎂 2mo
Bookwormjillk Happy birthday @robinb 2mo
LeahBergen Happy Birthday, @robinb ! 😘😘😘 2mo
EadieB Happy Birthday, @robinb 2mo
BookwormAHN Happy Birthday @robinb 🎂 2mo
TrishB Happy birthday 🎉🎉 2mo
Birdsong28 Happy birthday @robinb 🎊🎉📚📖 2mo
kezzlou85 Happy Birthday @robinb 🎊🎂🎁🎉 2mo
Librarybelle Happy Birthday @robinb ! 2mo
JessClark78 Happy Birthday! @robinb 🎊🎂🎉 2mo
Jerdencon Happy Birthday 🎂🎈🎁 @robinb 2mo
Soubhiville Happy Birthday Robin!!! @robinb 2mo
SoManyBooksNotEnoughTime Happy Birthday 🎉📚 2mo
Marilyncjackson Happy Birthday 🎂 2mo
Ddzmini Happy birthday 🎉🎂🎁🎈🎊 🥳📖😋 2mo
Louise @robinb, I hope you are having a lovely birthday! I have a little package for you that will arrive late. It will go out in the mail tomorrow. 💕 (edited) 2mo
robinb @Louise You are so sweet! Thank you for this lovely birthday post, the mail to come and for being such a wonderful, thoughtful #LitsyPenPal! 😘🤗😘🤗 2mo
robinb You ALL are simply the BEST at making me feel like a queen 👸🏻 for the day!!! Thank you for all your birthday wishes, kind words and for just thinking of me today! 💕💕💕💕 @Megabooks , @cassiopia , @julesG , @Cinfhen , @Kalalalatja , @CarolynM , @Centique , @hilded , @Ruthiella , @DarcysMom , @Bookwormjillk , @LeahBergen , @EadieB , @BookwormAHN , @TrishB , @Birdsong28 , @kezzlou85 , @Librarybelle , @JessClark78 , @Jerdencon , @Soubhiville ⬇️ 2mo
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Art of Babar | Nicholas Fox Weber
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Day Five. #covercrush #7books7days This book is extra special to me because I bought it in Paris when I was 24. I bought it from an open-air bookseller along the Seine near the Old Quarter. I still get a fluttery feeling of excitement in my chest when I look at it. I think it‘s a combination of admiration for the book‘s utter charm and the stimulation of my own creative energies.

Ruthiella Sweet!🥰 2mo
Louise @Ruthiella Yes, there is such a beautiful innocence in these illustrations! (edited) 2mo
KarenUK So beautiful 😍 2mo
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How to Stop Time | Matt Haig
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What a clever premise! I enjoyed visiting the various time periods in this #audiobook and following the main character‘s efforts to come to terms with his much slower aging process. The subject of TIME is nicely explored.

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Crazeedi This is an awesome cover 2mo
Louise @Crazeedi That fascinating image from an illuminated manuscript is “Zodiacal Man” in Très Riches Heures de Jean de Berry, c. 1413–16, illustrated by the Limbourg Brothers, made in France. Chantilly, Musée Condé, Ms. 65. (edited) 2mo
Crazeedi @Louise can you imagine this done in the 1400's? Just incredible 2mo
Louise @Crazeedi Simply amazing! I‘d love to see the originals! 2mo
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Day Three. #covercrush #7days7covers Post 7 covers that you like, no explanation needed, over 7 days and tag another Litten to join the fun. Today I would like to invite @TheBookStacker — if your grad school schedule has room in it for such frivolities! 🤓

TheBookStacker Thanks for the tag! As soon as I get home from studying I will post! 2mo
Louise @TheBookStacker Hooray! Glad you‘ll be joining in the fun! 📚 2mo
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Day Two. #covercrush #7days7covers Share 7 covers that you like over 7 days, no explanation needed, and tag someone to play along. I would like to invite @Sarah83 to play along.

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Thanks for the tag, @ju.ca.no ! Day One. #7days7covers #covercrush. Share covers that you like for 7 days, no explanation needed, and invite someone else to play along. I would like to invite @Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick

ju.ca.no Wow! That looks and sounds good!!🤩 2mo
Louise @ju.ca.no She is such a clever writer! I love how some of her main characters are always animals. The humor is delightful. 2mo
Louise Unfortunately, the only book of hers that is available in English thus far is the humorous (edited) 2mo
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ju.ca.no @Louise that sounds amazing!! Thank you for sharing! (edited) 2mo
Louise @ju.ca.no, if you haven‘t read Glenkill (Three Bags Full in English), that one is great fun. A flock of sheep investigate the murder of their shepherd. Of course, they see the world as sheep see it so they solve the mystery correctly but for all the wrong reasons. It‘s delightful. In the sequel, titled Garou, the flock goes to France with their new shepherdess, and something sinister is going on in the area. 2mo
ju.ca.no @Louise thank you for the recommendation!! It does sound like great fun indeed! 2mo
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick Thanks for the tag! I will certainly play along, but I may need a day before getting started so I can pull out a few books. Today was the first day back in the office after nearly 3 weeks away, so saying I'm swamped is an understatement. 2mo
Louise @Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick No worries! If you find the time and would enjoy it, please join in! If it‘s not a good time, let it go. I wouldn‘t want to create stress for you! 😘 2mo
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The Immortalists | Chloe Benjamin
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So often, I nearly bailed on this book; but I was curious to see how the author handled such a big topics as free will vs. determinism and quality of life vs. quantity of life. The characters didn‘t seem real to me. They didn‘t come to life on the page. Some of their choices seemed maddeningly senseless in light of what we knew of them. And if there‘s one deal-breaker that can turn me off a book, it‘s the abuse of animals, this time in a lab.

Clare-Dragonfly Ugh, I‘ve had this stacked for a while, but now I‘m not sure it‘s worth looking for ☹️ 2mo
Louise @Clare-Dragonfly Sorry to be the bearer of bad news! Of course, this is only one opinion. 💁🏻‍♀️ 2mo
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Listening to this #audiobook collection of letters, articles, and other pieces found on Douglas Adams‘ 4 computers after his death was a nostalgic delight. I had the great privilege of attending one of DA‘s readings in Germany in the nineties. At that time, he was promoting Last Chance To See. He was a great talent!

Aimeesue Last Chance to See is a great (but sad) book. I still mourn the Chinese River Dolphins. ☹️ 2mo
Louise @Aimeesue Yes, you are so right. 💙 2mo
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Glass Houses | Louise Penny
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In this book, Louise Penny explores the role of conscience in the lives of individuals and society. Is it ever right to do “the wrong thing” for the sake of a higher good? Another interesting addition to the Inspector Gamache series. #audiobook

Blaire This is where I am at in the series as well. Just took it out from the library in preparation for airplane reading next week. 2mo
Louise @Blaire We are very close to catching up with the author and having to wait for her to write the next ones! I started this series while waiting for the next Maisie Dobbs book. Which series will fill in the gap while waiting for the next Gamache books? I wonder. . . 🤔💕📚 2mo
Blaire @Louise I know....I always like to have a go-to series that I know I‘ll immediately be into. I don‘t know what mine will be either... 2mo
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Willa Cather‘s masterpiece brings the early Southwest of what is now the United States vividly alive through the story of two French Catholic missionaries to New Mexico and the surrounding territories. The writing is simple and breathtakingly beautiful. Readers get to know a bit about the Mexican and Native Indian cultures at that time and how they interacted with European and American settlers. Highly recommended! Image: Cather in 1912.

Becker I also loved this simple but beautifully told story 💐 2mo
Ruthiella I need to reread this one! I think I read it too young and would appreciate it more now!😀 2mo
Louise @Ruthiella Yes, I can see how it might be too quiet a book for a younger reader. It‘s definitely worth a reread! 2mo
Louise @Becker Yes, it really is so beautifully told! I have about a dozen post-it flags marking extraordinary passages. It‘s a book to be savored. 2mo
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This #audiobook brought back memories of the Canadian winters—brrrrr! The humorous banter between the characters is a delight. The book addresses multiple themes, including the opioid crisis. There are some sections that drag a little; but overall, it‘s a solid addition to this excellent series.

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Another solid addition to this series. There is terrible sadness at the beginning because a child is murdered. In the course of his investigation, Gamache is confronted by the moral question of whether risking the loss of a few lives is acceptable if it prevents the loss of many more lives. #audiobook

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This #audiobook examines the scars that run deep and can influence a person‘s life over decades. It looks at what it takes to move beyond those scars in a real way. It explores themes of artistic and personal development. It‘s a quiet book and a solid addition to this excellent series.

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This was a departure from the usual kind of mystery in this series. It was more of an examination of what an artist‘s work reveals about his/her inner process. It seemed the story was a thinly-veiled excuse for a conversation on this topic. I found it too repetitive and long-winded. It didn‘t reveal enough about the artistic process to justify the time spent mulling it over. Onward to the next one! 🤓

Penny_LiteraryHoarders I felt the same about this one too!! 3mo
Louise @Penny_LiteraryHoarders I‘m glad to hear I‘m not the only one! I still like the series, though. (edited) 3mo
Crazeedi I had same thoughts, then the next book would capture me 3mo
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Louise @Crazeedi Yes! I‘m listening to the audiobooks a little out of order based on when they come available on Libby. Some of the later books are thoroughly exciting! 3mo
Penny_LiteraryHoarders @Louise oh for sure! Just bought the latest in it the other day! 🌲🌲🌲♥️ 3mo
Penny_LiteraryHoarders @Louise oh Ralph cosham is soooooooo great. I love love his narration. It's not the same with the newest but he's okay. 3mo
CarolynM I agree with you, I think this is probably the weakest of them that I have read so far. Still better than a lot of other crime series🙂 3mo
Louise @Penny_LiteraryHoarders Yes! Cosham‘s voice has become Gamache‘s voice for so many people. Did you hear the interview with Penny and Cosham, in which Penny joked (but sincerely) that she should name one of the Bistro‘s sandwiches after him as an homage? It was so strange to hear a different voice reading one of the later books! 2mo
Louise @CarolynM Yes, it‘s still an excellent series. There is a lot of heart in it, even if that sometimes spills over into a few passages that wax poetic about the significance of Three Pines as a place for healing, etc. In a way, those passages reveal something endearing about the author. 🌻 2mo
Penny_LiteraryHoarders @Louise yes ♥️♥️♥️ funny because right now I'm looking up audiobooks narrated by Cosham. I miss him. Have narrowed down to two - or there's always earlier Gamache series to listen to too!! 😊😊😊 2mo
Louise @Penny_LiteraryHoarders I didn‘t know until today that Cosham passed away in 2014. A real loss to the world of audiobooks and to the Gamache series, in particular. 💙 2mo
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Another great #audiobook in this series. Louise Penny continues to surprise with her inventive plot lines and quirky characters. #mystery

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Go Tell It on the Mountain | James A Baldwin
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I didn‘t finish this #audiobook for two reasons: 1) the writing is so exquisite that I would rather read it in print so I don‘t miss anything, and 2) the story is so intense and the religion so zealous that it isn‘t helping me get to sleep at night! 😳 James Baldwin is a master. I look forward to reading more of his work in the printed format.

Scochrane26 He‘s been on my list of authors to read for awhile. 3mo
KathyWheeler I think he‘s an author who definitely needs to be experienced in print. 3mo
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My Life on the Road | Gloria Steinem
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This is an interesting #audiobook with stories from Gloria Steinem‘s childhood, life, and career all the way through age 74. I didn‘t know much about her, so it was especially nice to hear about how her worldview developed over time. #feminism Photo: Gloria Steinem and Dorothy Pitman Hughes, photographed by Dan Wynn, 1971.

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Meet Me at the Museum | Anne Youngson
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This #audiobook kept me company on a sleepless night. It‘s a quiet, epistolary novel. The two correspondents are at a similar place in their lives—examining past choices, their current loneliness, and the changes they need to make to create a happier future for themselves. They develop a beautiful friendship that may very well deepen into love.

readinginthedark I love epistolary novels; maybe I should try this! 3mo
Louise @readinginthedark Sure! It has received good reviews on Amazon. It‘s nicely written. I just found it to be a bit predictable. 3mo
Bookzombie I really enjoyed this one. I think for me it might have been a right book, right time situation. 3mo
Louise @Bookzombie I can see how that could happen. The book‘s gentle message about re-directing one‘s trajectory is a good thing to hear at various points in one‘s life. 3mo
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I got drawn into the suspense in this #audiobook, especially toward the end. It was very well done, with lots of twists and turns and the clock ticking toward a dramatic conclusion. A good read!

Texreader I‘m going to check it out. I‘m in need of a new audiobook this week. Thanks! 3mo
Louise @Texreader Enjoy! This series continues to get better and better! 3mo
Crazeedi Oh this is a terrific series!!! 3mo
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Louise @Crazeedi It really is! 🌟 3mo
Cathythoughts Lovely cover 3mo
Louise @Cathythoughts Yes! Some significant scenes take place in the snowy woods on the edge of Three Pines in this book. 3mo
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Notes from the Sofa | Raymond Briggs
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Got a kick out of this illustration in the tagged book. It was for a written piece lampooning a newspaper article stating that artists, musicians, and writers have trouble fitting in to the prosaic world because they are “creative sociopaths”. 😆

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Lab Girl | Hope Jahren
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What an interesting and unusual #audiobook! I particularly appreciated the author‘s honesty about the personal and professional challenges she and her lab partner faced along the way. It showed the very human side of science. Her enthusiasm for her work was beautiful to see, and the book introduced me to some fascinating facts about trees.

Hooked_on_books Love this book! 😍 3mo
Louise @Hooked_on_books Yes! I was so fascinated with the latest science on trees that I put the book she recommended in the end notes on my “get from the library” list: 3mo
Hooked_on_books @Louise Yes! I ran out and bought it. 😳😬 3mo
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Louise @Hooked_on_books Oh! How is it? I may end up doing the same thing myself! 😊 3mo
Hooked_on_books @Louise Oh of course I haven‘t read it yet. 🙄 It‘s teetering on my towering TBR. But when I get to it, I‘ll tag you for sure! 3mo
Louise @Hooked_on_books Haha! I know how it is with a “towering TBR”! 😆📚 3mo
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Bury Your Dead | Louise Penny, Penny
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This series is getting better and better. The interweaving plot lines in this one were very interesting, bringing in some important themes in Canadian history that continue to affect life in Québec. We get to know the main characters more deeply, especially Inspector Gamache and Jean Guy as they recover from an event that nearly cost them their lives. And Gamache‘s dog is a wonderful character! ? #audiobook #Canada

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Selected Odes of Pablo Neruda | Margaret Sayers Peden, Pablo Neruda
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[Photo: Sam Falk/NYT/Getty Images] Neruda‘s Elemental Odes look deeply and luminously at ordinary, everyday things—his suit, a salt shaker, an artichoke, a rooster. The odes are celebratory, clever, wry at times, and written in plain language. For a while now, I have begun each day reading a couple of these odes with my morning coffee. It‘s a practice I can highly recommend! #ReadingAroundTheWorld #Chile

merelybookish Sounds great! 3mo
Louise @merelybookish Neruda‘s odes really are wonderful. I will revisit them many times! 3mo
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Another solid read in the Maisie Dobbs series. There is a great deal of sadness in these books, given the setting in London during wartime; but in this book, the author finally brings some happiness into Maisie‘s life again. I look forward to the next installment. #audiobook

KathyWheeler Oh good! I stopped reading for awhile because Maisie‘s life was just so sad! Now that I know things will look up for her again, I can go back to them. (edited) 3mo
Louise @KathyWheeler No kidding! I started to think the author must have an extremely melancholic personality! 😩 Thankfully, there is light at the end of the tunnel in this book! 🌞 3mo
KathyWheeler @Louise It was becoming too much for me. As much as I loved these books, I just couldn‘t take the sadness anymore. I‘m glad I can resume reading them. 3mo
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What a clever romp through the landscape of literature— what it is, who reads it, who studies it, teaches it, censors it, publishes it, interprets it, writes it, and so on. It is meta fiction on steroids! It is a delight for lovers of literature. It is funny, philosophical, disorienting, & incisive. Even if you only pick it up to read chapter one on the life of the reader settling down with a new book, it‘s worth it! #ReadingAroundTheWorld #Italy

Emilymdxn This is one of my fave novels ever! 3mo
Billypar Read it about a year ago and loved it! Calvino is one of my latest favorite authors- read Invisible Cities a couple months ago and that was excellent too. 3mo
Blaire This is my favorite Calvino. 3mo
Louise @Emilymdxn @Billypar @Blaire I discovered Calvino through Litsy and have really enjoyed how freely he plays with the possibilities of what a novel can be. I plan to read all his books! #blameitonlitsy 3mo
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The Bluest Eye | Toni Morrison
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RIP Toni Morrison, a bright star in the sky of literature. Here is a link to today‘s NYT article about her: https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.nytimes.com/2019/08/06/books/toni-morrison-dead...

Cathythoughts ♥️ 3mo
riversong153 Omg are you serious? I had not heard. 3mo
Chrissyreadit 😢 3mo
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If Beale Street Could Talk | James A Baldwin
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Powerful story. Superb writing. James Baldwin was such an exquisite writer. A master of the craft. The #audiobook is beautifully read by Bahni Turpin.

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Another solid addition to this series. There is a lot of sadness in this one. It looks at the ways people deceive one another and even themselves. What will people do to run from the past, to avoid discovery, to feed a craving, to escape the consequences of ill-made choices? Apparently, quite a lot. #audiobook

Jaimelire I am reading this right now. 4mo
Louise @Jaimelire It‘s quite a web of a story, isn‘t it! I was surprised and saddened when I learned who the killer was. Come to think of it, so was Chief Inspector Gamache! 4mo
Jaimelire @Louise I just started. Can‘t wait to dig in tonight. 4mo
Louise @Jaimelire Enjoy the ride! 📚🤓 4mo
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Isn‘t it wonderful when books arrive in the mailbox completely unexpectedly? As if they had simply materialized out of thin air? Today‘s delightful #bookmail came wrapped in a Thrift Books envelope without a clue as to the sender. I‘m guessing I owe this lovely surprise to @robinb ! Am I right? Thank you so much! 😘

robinb You guessed right, @Louise ! 😊🤣 Sorry, but I couldn‘t find a way to send along a personal message with it. 😜 Not to spoil the surprise, but there should be one more package lagging behind. You are most welcome, and apologies for the tardiness! 😊💕 4mo
Louise Oh, wow! The abundance continues! It‘s nice to stretch my birthday out a little. Thank you for your generous and well-chosen gifts, @robinb! 4mo
Louise P.S. Have you read either of these books, @robinb? They both look excellent! 4mo
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robinb @Louise I have not read either of these, but the next one coming, I have read. I enjoyed it and hope you will as well! 😊 BTW, both my kids read the tagged book in high school as required reading. My son said it‘s about what soldiers carry with them (both physically and mentally) as they go into battle. 4mo
Louise @robinb How interesting that this book was required reading. I‘ve dipped into it a little, and the writing is excellent. Plus the way it‘s organized is fresh and different from the usual war memoir books. It has an emotional immediacy one doesn‘t often find. Looking forward to reading it! 4mo
robinb @Louise I‘m glad to hear it! I need to get around to reading it myself sometime. I think I recall my daughter talking more about it than my son. Not surprising, as she is more of a reader, and he is more geared to math/science. 4mo
Hollie I loved this book- the writing is so beautiful 4mo
Louise Good to hear, @Hollie! I‘m really looking forward to reading it, not just for the story but also to study how the author crafted the book. 4mo
Louise @robinb The other book arrived! Thank you so much! Looks like a fun read! 💕 4mo
robinb @Louise Glad to hear! It‘s a fun one...I‘ve got the second one that I need to get to. 😊 4mo
Louise @robinb It‘s great to have a new series to read! 🎉 4mo
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Some Littens had commented a while back that this series really picks up at book #4. They were right, of course! 😘 This #audiobook really took it up a notch with deeper characterization, snappy dialogue, and suspense. Looking forward to the next one!

Hooked_on_books And what a gorgeous cover! 😍 4mo
Crazeedi A really great series, waiting for her next one! 4mo
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Us Against You | Fredrik Backman
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Perhaps this #audiobook would have drawn me in more if I had read Beartown first. I found much of the writing to be cheesy and clichéd, rather than emotionally moving. Oh, well. ?‍♀️

AJBowers Beartown first is a total must. 4mo
Louise @AJBowers Yes, I can imagine that would have made a big difference. 4mo
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Memoirs | Pablo Neruda
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What a wonderful birthday #bookhaul! Thanks to family and friends, including Litsy pen pal @Chelleo ! Wishing everyone many happy hours of summer reading!

Lauram Happy Birthday! 🎂 4mo
ranjanprabhat Happy birthday 4mo
Naj Happy birthday! 💙 4mo
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QuietlyLaura Happy Birthday! 🎉🎂 4mo
Exbrarian Camus, Neruda, Rilke... I like! 4mo
Louise @Exbrarian I like them too! Some big ideas are packed into these volumes! 🤓 4mo
jillrhudy Happy birthday and. . .we share a birthday!!!
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Louise @jillrhudy Wow! Happy Birthday, Jill! 🎉💐😘 4mo
jillrhudy @Louise YAY US! 4mo
DebinHawaii Happy Birthday!! 🎉📚🎁🎂🎉 4mo
Louise @jillrhudy Woo-HOO! 🌟🙌🏻🌟💪🏻👏🏼🎉🌟👑💐 4mo
Louise @DebinHawaii Thank you, Deb! 🤓 4mo
Jas16 Happy Birthday 🎉🎂🎈🎁🥳 4mo
Louise Thank you, @Jas16 ! 4mo
jen_the_scribe Happy birthday! That's exactly what I did on my birthday last month, get a stack of books lol 4mo
Louise @jen_the_scribe It‘s a great way to have a VERY HAPPY birthday! 🎉🎉🎉 4mo
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