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MaureenMc

MaureenMc

Joined March 2016

“I never look back, darling, it distracts me from the now.” - Edna Mode
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On the Rooftop by Margaret Wilkerson Sexton
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Leaving Atlanta | Tayari Jones
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Jones explores the joys and pains of fifth grade when there‘s child kidnapping and murder happening in your city. Beautifully written yet heart-wrenching.

Cathythoughts It does sound heart wrenching 💔♥️ 5d
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A seemingly simple story of a family‘s annual holiday to the seaside, wrapped in a melancholy blanket. A novel of expectations - for ourselves and others, & what happens when they aren‘t met. Do we become disillusioned and bitter, or do we resolve to carry on and make the most of it? Highly recommended. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

LeahBergen Lovely review! 2w
Ruthiella Love that cover! This is also one of my favorites. Such a gentle story. 2w
MaureenMc @LeahBergen Thank you! 😊 2w
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MaureenMc @Ruthiella Yes, I love this cover. 🥰 2w
Cathythoughts Great review! I really want to read this one 👍🏻♥️ 2w
Cathythoughts And fab pic 💫 2w
MaureenMc @Cathythoughts Thank you! 😊 2w
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August was a great reading month! Here‘s hoping for an equally awesome September!

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Thank you so much @TheAromaofBooks ! Looking forward to reading it this fall. 😊

TheAromaofBooks Yay!! I hope you enjoy it!! 1mo
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Thoughtful, atmospheric exploration of family, love, loyalty, guilt, & redemption focused on foreign emigrés‘ experience in WWII-era Hollywood. Marra is a master of balancing dark stuff with humor. Loved every second of it!
In other news, we adopted a kitten earlier this month! This is Cinderella (Ella). She‘s added much cuteness to our household. ? #Littenkittens

AmyG She is a beauty! And I am happy to hear this book got all the stars. 1mo
LiteraryinLawrence Welcome to Litsy, Ella! 1mo
Prairiegirl_reading Adorable!! 1mo
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IndoorDame She‘s lovely! Congrats!! 1mo
Deblovestoread She‘s adorable! Congrats on your new edition. I‘m also excited about this book. 1mo
mabell A purr-fect name! 😉 Such a cutie! 1mo
Megabooks What a pretty girl!! 🤩🤩 1mo
Cathythoughts Great review! Stacked. Congratulations on your new kitten ♥️ 1mo
DivineDiana Ella is a beauty! 😻 1mo
BookNAround Ella is such a lovely little lady. 1mo
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Project Hail Mary | Andy Weir
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1. Yes, I think I have done this, if I couldn‘t find a piece of paper. 😄
2. I‘m a total mood reader, so naming the exact next book I‘m going to read is tricky. I‘ve tagged my book club‘s September pick, which I know I‘ll get to sooner rather than later.

Thanks for the tag @EadieB !
#TwoforTuesday @TheSpineView

EadieB You‘re welcome! Thanks for playing! 1mo
TheSpineView Thanks for playing! 1mo
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Marking Time | Elizabeth Jane Howard
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1. Fairly frequently. The tagged is one I remember.
2. Generally, Fridays are my favorite and Mondays are the worst.
Thanks to @Eggs @Kdgordon88 @EadieB for the tags!
#wondrousWednesday

EadieB You‘re welcome! 2mo
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This novel explores the lives of a group of young women who live in a boarding house for “girls of slender means” in post-WWII London. Spark tackles themes of duty, politics, faith, feminism (probably more I didn‘t catch). All packed into less than 200 pages. Her style is darker and edgier than I‘m typically drawn to, but I‘m really enjoying her work.

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A good month, reading-wise. My favorites were the tagged book, Mrs. Lorimer‘s Quiet Summer, and Middlemarch.
#JulyReads

Cathythoughts 👍🏻♥️ 2mo
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Apricot Sky | RUBY. FERGUSON
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Loved this one!
Thanks for the tag @PageShifter 😊
#AlphabetGame #LetterA

batsy This was such a warm, cosy read! 2mo
MaureenMc @batsy Yes! I‘ve been trying to find other books of hers but no luck yet (other than a horse series written for children). 2mo
batsy @MaureenMc Yes, there's one title out by Persephone 2mo
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batsy And thanks to @LeahBergen I learned that she wrote a murder/horror story under a pseudonym 2mo
LeahBergen I loved this book! 😊 2mo
LeahBergen @batsy I still need to get to that one! Maybe this October. 2mo
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Mrs. Lorimer's Quiet Summer | MOLLY. CLAVERING
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Another delightful Furrowed Middlebrow read. 😊 Mrs. Lorimer‘s summer is not quite as quiet as she would like, having to deal with the relationship shenanigans of her grown-up children. Luckily, she has her best friend, Gray Douglas, to lean on.
Clavering and D.E. Stevenson were apparently good friends, and this novel is supposedly based, in part, on this friendship.

Cathythoughts Sounds lovely 🥰 2mo
LeahBergen I‘m looking forward to this one! 👏 2mo
CarolynM Another one for the Furrowed Middlebrow order😬😆 2mo
elkeOriginal Yes! It is amusing to think it is mirroring their real life friendship 🥰 2mo
MrsK Can‘t believe I‘ve never read Clavering since I‘m a huge Stevenson fan. Thanks for sharing 👏🏻 1mo
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Cocoa Beach: A Novel | Beatriz Williams
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I can always count on Beatriz Williams for a fun, page-turning read. Lots of twists in this one, with WWI and 1920s Florida as the background.
I finished the book on the Disney Fantasy 🚢. My little Cinderella is on the staircase for her post makeover photo sesh. 😁

mabell Oh my goodness! Fabulous! 👑 2mo
Gissy Beautiful! 👸🏻💖✨ 2mo
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Cathythoughts Look at your beautiful Cinderella 💕💫 2mo
MaureenMc @mabell @Gissy @Cathythoughts 😊 It was definitely one of the highlights of the cruise for her! 2mo
DivineDiana What fun! 💖 2mo
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Middlemarch | George Eliot
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Finally got around to a classic I have been wanting to read for years. (In fact, I believe I started it once before, decades ago, but quickly abandoned.) I loved this exploration of duty, faith, marriage and friendship. Big themes in a small village. Eliot‘s prose is also beautiful. This book is worth the time investment.

Ruthiella 👏👏👏Well done! 3mo
Cathythoughts Great stuff👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 3mo
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Middlemarch | George Eliot
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Finally got around to a classic I have been wanting to read for years. (In fact, I believe I started it once before, decades ago, but quickly abandoned.) I loved this exploration of duty, faith, marriage and friendship. Big themes in a small village. Eliot‘s prose is also beautiful. This book is worth the time investment.

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My June reads. Tagged was my only 5-star read, but overall, another good month.

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I know this one isn‘t timely, but I just decided I‘m going to try to do monthly wrap-ups.
May was a great reading month for me!

MaureenMc And one of these days, I‘ll figure out how not to cut off the top of my Pic Collage photos. Today is not that day. 😆 4mo
mabell 🤣 4mo
kspenmoll Enjoyed Maine & Out of my mind! 4mo
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My first Gill Paul! The story of Lady Evelyn Herbert, the daughter of the Earl of Canarvon who was involved in the discovery of King Tut‘s tomb. It goes back and forth between the 1920s and 1970s, with a bit of a mystery thrown in. Very well done historical fiction. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Cathythoughts 5 stars ! Stacking. 4mo
mabell That sounds interesting! 4mo
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Starting this one in my new bedroom reading nook.

tpixie Enjoy your nook!! 🪑 📕 💗 4mo
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Apricot Sky | RUBY. FERGUSON
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What a lovely, warm cuppa of a book. I loved every minute I spent with the MacAlveys and all of the people who populated their lives that summer. Adored Ferguson‘s comedic timing, too. Must try to hunt down more of her work! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Ruthiella Glad you enjoyed this one! All the DSP Furrowed Middlebrow books I‘ve read so far have been winners! 5mo
CarolynM It made me feel like I'd been on summer holidays too😀 Lovely book. Glad you enjoyed. 5mo
LeahBergen Yes!! 👏👏 Isn‘t it wonderful? 5mo
Cathythoughts I loved this one too ❤️ 5mo
MaureenMc @LeahBergen Yes! Pure delight from start to finish. 😁 5mo
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It had been a while since I had read Kate Morton. Her storytelling always sucks me in. This one is very gothic in its story, with its crumbling castle, inherited madness & secrets upon secrets. Loved it.

BookBabe It‘s been years since I read one of her novels, but I really enjoyed them! Also, she was very sweet when I met her at a book festival. ❤️ I‘ll check this out. #stacked! 5mo
Kristin_Reads I loved this one! She is one of my auto-buy authors. (edited) 5mo
MaureenMc @Kristin_Reads Yes! Isn‘t she due for a new novel?? 5mo
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Kristin_Reads @MaureenMc I keep checking for something from her… it‘s been a few years since 5mo
MaureenMc @Kristin_Reads I just saw Morton has a new book coming out in April! 2mo
Kristin_Reads @MaureenMc I saw that 🤗 I went to find this thread too to tell you but couldn‘t find it! Can‘t wait! 2mo
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Happy St. Patrick‘s Day, all! Check out who was playing on SiriusXM - @Cathythoughts
Fabulous tune!

Cathythoughts Oh very good ! Thanks , I must let him know 👍🏻💚 7mo
Cathythoughts Happy St Patrick‘s Day 😘 7mo
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There is Confusion | Jessie Redmon Fauset
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Well-told story of three African-American friends in early 20th century New York, trying to achieve their own ambitions while bearing the burdens of their families‘ dreams for them, all under the increased burden of racism.

LeahBergen Lovely photo! 7mo
MaureenMc @LeahBergen Thank you! 😊 I had a hard time finding a decent background for a fluorescent green cover! 😆 7mo
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1. I enjoy both, but I really do love multiple POV when it‘s done well. (Tagged my current read-aloud with my daughter that has multiple POV)
2. No, unfortunately
3. Although I like the idea of lists, I‘m a mood reader all the way.
#WondrousWednesday
If you‘re reading this, please consider yourself tagged. 😁

Eggs Thanks for playing 💗💗 7mo
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This novel is the definition of epic, covering hundreds of years of Georgian history through the lens of a single family. Cruelty, brutality, & much loss, but also love, duty, and a touch of magic. The prose was beautiful; kudos to the translator(s).
And with that, I‘ve completed my #chunksterchallenge2022! Woot!

DivineDiana Congratulations! 👏🏻📚👏🏻 7mo
Amiable Fabulous! Great job! 7mo
MaureenMc @DivineDiana @Amiable Thank you! 😊 7mo
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AmyG Congrats! I am reading this and I have 2 lives left! Really enjoying it. 7mo
Texreader Congratulations!! 7mo
MaureenMc @AmyG I meant to tag you & ask how it‘s going! I‘m glad you‘re enjoying it, too. 😁 7mo
MaureenMc @Texreader Thank you! 7mo
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Overall, I enjoyed this read with the #PemberLittens. I didn‘t connect with all of the essays, but there were some real gems. Many of the Mansfield Park essays gave me a new appreciation for that novel. I also really enjoyed Woolf‘s takes on Austen‘s earlier and unfinished works.

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A bit late, but better late than never, as they say. 😆
💖No Valentine‘s pics this year, so I‘m sharing a pic of my daughter reading aloud to her fish, Olaf. 😁
💙Tagged my current read, which is for #Chunksterchallenge. Definite pick so far!
🖤 Today I‘m grateful my daughter only has a half-day of school, as we‘re expecting freezing rain & snow. 😬
#wondrousWednesday

AkashaVampie Did Olaf melt and then turn into a fish?? Haha 8mo
Cathythoughts What a beautiful girl 💕 8mo
mabell I love this! 😄❤️ 7mo
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AkashaVampie @MaureenMc ur welcome for the laugh!!! 7mo
Eggs Oh my gosh how sweet is that!?!♥️♥️ 7mo
MaureenMc @Eggs 🥰 7mo
Nute OMG! So precious!💕 7mo
MaureenMc @Nute 😁😊 7mo
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Miss Buncles Book | D.E. Stevenson
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Delightful, hilarious, charming, and meta. 😊 Loved this one!
A pic of our cozy cat for this cozy read. 😸

BarbaraBB A great read indeed! 8mo
LeahBergen I love this book! 🥰 8mo
MaureenMc @BarbaraBB @LeahBergen It‘s the definition of charming. 🥰 8mo
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Cathythoughts I‘m looking forward to reading this one 👍 8mo
kspenmoll What a sweet ball of snuggly cat! 8mo
MaureenMc @kspenmoll That‘s our Onyx. He‘ll be 20 in April. 💙 8mo
elkeOriginal This was my intro to DE Stevenson and she has become a favorite! 2mo
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1. Tagged book is my most recently added. No clue when I‘ll get to it. 😆
2. Nope.
3. The Eighth Life, A Truth Universally Acknowledged, and There is Confusion
#WondrousWednesday

Eggs Interesting titles! Thanks for playing 📚📚 8mo
kspenmoll I just started the Dept of Rate Books-! 8mo
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The Family | Naomi Krupitsky
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A coming-of-age story of two girls born into Mafia families in New York in the 1930s-1940s. Explores how living in this world affects your outlook on life. The characters were well developed, and I found the writing style to be engaging. Really enjoyed this one!

Cathythoughts Sounds like a good one 👍📖 9mo
Cinfhen Sounds good!! 9mo
squirrelbrain I have this as an ARC…sounds fab! 9mo
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Suet624 Sounds good!! 9mo
MaureenMc @Cathythoughts @Cinfhen @squirrelbrain @Suet624 It‘s definitely worth the read, esp. if you‘re like me & have a morbid fascination with the Mob. 😄 9mo
Cinfhen OBSESSED with Mob Wives back in the day!!! LOVED that show 9mo
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I‘ve set my Goodreads goal quite a bit lower than years past. I really want to focus on bigger books this year.

My word/theme for 2022 is Hope. 😊

I‘m definitely enjoying the tagged book!

#ThoughtfulThursday

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Between Christmas & birthday gifts, I‘ll have tons of #audiopuzzling in my future! 😁

LeahBergen Lovely! 9mo
LeahBergen Happy Birthday!! ❤️📚❤️📚 9mo
MaureenMc @LeahBergen Thank you! 🥰 9mo
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Cathythoughts So nice 😁 Happy Birthday 🥳 (edited) 9mo
MaureenMc @Cathythoughts Thank you! 🥰 9mo
BookBabe Nice! Those look like beautiful puzzles. 😊 📚😸 I had the privilege of visiting Neuschwanstein in person and it was incredible! 😍 9mo
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The Hundred Dresses | Eleanor Estes
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We‘re doing a family buddy read this week of the tagged book. We read a chapter or two at a time and then discuss. My daughter has been loving it! 🥰

LeahBergen Aww! And it‘s a lovely book, too. 9mo
Blueberry ❤️ 9mo
Ruthiella Sweet! 😀 9mo
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Cathythoughts Gorgeous picture ❤️ 9mo
Gissy She looks so happy!! 📚❤️ 9mo
Magpiegem I love that 🥰 (edited) 9mo
Nute Aww, the sweetest moment!💞 9mo
BookBabe She really looks happy! 😃 So sweet. I hope we can do this when my little girl is big enough. 🥰 9mo
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The Family | Naomi Krupitsky
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My last book of 2021 is tagged. I doubt I‘ll finish it before the new year. However, I do plan to start The Eighth Life on January 1st, no matter what. 😁

Thanks, @BookNAround ! #lastfirst

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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Kate Bowler‘s life is amazing, & her insights are thoughtful and thought-provoking. Would have included this one on my best of 2021 list if I‘d finished it in time. 😊

Cathythoughts Sounds good 👍❤️ Lovely picture 9mo
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Here‘s my attempt at #Top21of21, subject to amendments as we still have a couple of weeks left in the year. 😁
Please consider yourself tagged, if you‘d like to participate. 😊
(This is my first attempt at Pic Collage. 😬)

EvieBee This is a nice collection! 10mo
Freespirit Great books❤️ 10mo
LeahBergen Delafield! Von Arnim! Elizabeth Jane Howard! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 10mo
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LeeRHarry I seriously could have put The Cazalet Chtonicles on my list but ran out of room - l enjoyed it so much 😊 great list! 10mo
mabell Great choices! 😍 10mo
merelybookish Great list! Cazalet Chronicles is on mine too (or will be). 10mo
TrishB Good choices 👍🏻 10mo
MaureenMc @EvieBee @Freespirit @mabell @merelybookish Thank you! 😊 @LeahBergen 2021 was definitely the year of older books for me! @LeeRHarry 🥰 10mo
Nute Fantastic reading this year! Ah! There‘s my girls, Agatha Christie and Elizabeth Jane Howard! And all the nods to the illustrated Harry Potter books! I am discovering so many new books because of everyone‘s choices. Reading through these posts is like a Saturday morning heavenly literary smorgasbord from some of my most favorite people on the planet! Such a delight!💕 10mo
MaureenMc @TrishB @Nute Thanks! It has indeed been a delightful year of reading. 😁 10mo
DivineDiana I was happily surprised to see “The Long Loneliness” on your list. What an incredible woman! 9mo
MaureenMc @DivineDiana I find Dorothy Day to be very inspiring, but also very convicting. She‘ll tell it to you straight! 9mo
kspenmoll I am having so much fun seeing people‘s book choices! My aunt & uncle( now dead) worked with Dorothy Day in NYC. They inspired me too work in. Catholic Worker House in Boston in my early 20s. 9mo
MaureenMc @kspenmoll How amazing! 9mo
Cinfhen Hurray!!!! Your post looks fabulous and so does your book list!!! Need to study for #FutureInspiration 9mo
MaureenMc @Cinfhen Thank you! 😊 I‘m getting lots of great ideas for next year from everyone‘s lists! 9mo
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All Change | Elizabeth Jane Howard
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ And so, my year with the Cazalets concludes. I loved getting to know these characters & feeling immersed in a series. (I don‘t seem to get as caught up in series as I did when I was younger.) Highly recommended!

Ruthiella I also miss that sense of immersion. Lovely when we get it back. 10mo
MaureenMc @Ruthiella Yes! I don‘t think I realized how much I missed that feeling. 10mo
Cathythoughts Nice review 👍🏻 I‘ve only read the first book … must get back to it this new year 🤞🏻😁 10mo
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merelybookish Yay! Congrats! I was a bit sad when I finished. 10mo
MaureenMc @merelybookish Yes, I will miss them! @Cathythoughts Hope you‘re able to continue the series. 😁 10mo
kspenmoll I have heard good things about the Chronicles- will check out at the library for winter reading! 9mo
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Dune | Frank Herbert
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I finished this book a while ago, but we just had our book club meeting last weekend. This one was not for me. I didn‘t find the story to be particularly engaging, & I found Herbert‘s writing to be subpar. I‘m bumping up my rating to so-so because it did make for a great discussion.

Ddzmini It‘s changed since I first read this in the 80‘s 🤨😨 10mo
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Part history, part memoir. The author researched the history of Harlem after moving there from TX in the early‘00s. She weaves her story & the stories of her neighbors with Harlem‘s past. Very well done and thought-provoking. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Casting Off | Elizabeth Jane Howard
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Volume 4 of the Cazalet Chronicles. Of course, I loved it. (Did anyone have a doubt?) So much drama & developments in the early post-war years - lots of endings but also new beginnings. Looking forward to vol. 5!
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Cathythoughts Great 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 10mo
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Dune | Frank Herbert
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Y‘all, one of my book groups has chosen Dune for our next read. I don‘t typically read sci-fi; I don‘t think my brain is equipped to process all of the world-building, new languages, etc. It‘s 600+ pages. Your thoughts and well wishes are appreciated. 😳😬

MadelineMcCrae Thick sci-fi books are not my forte either! Good luck! Maybe watching the movie after you read it will help you visualize some aspects? 12mo
Deblovestoread I don‘t read much Sci-Fi but Dune is a great read. I read it for the second time earlier this year and enjoyed it all over again. 12mo
MaureenMc @MadelineMcCrae Ooh, good idea! @Kdgordon88 That makes me feel a bit better about my chances of getting through it! 😆 12mo
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RachelAmphlett Would love to hear your thoughts when you‘re done - I think we‘re seeing the film next week as my other half writes sci-fi but this book always looked daunting when it was on my parents‘ bookshelf, so I never tried reading it! 12mo
Suet624 I don‘t usually read this genre but I‘ve read it twice. Fantastic story. 12mo
mabell Surprising book club pick! 🤔 12mo
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Confusion | Elizabeth Jane Howard
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The completely captivating Cazalet Chronicles continues in Confusion! (I‘ve always loved alliteration.😁) We‘re in the thick of the war now, and loads more drama and angst ensues. I continue to adore some of the characters, loathe others, & want to smack several of both. Hoping to finish the series by the new year! 🤞

Ruthiella I had to pop over to @merelybookish to make sure you two knew each other! And you DO! 😃 I‘m definitely going to get to this series soon. I have the first book on my e-reader. 12mo
LeeRHarry I read this one last month - I think it‘s my favourite of the series so far 😊 12mo
MaureenMc @LeeRHarry There‘s a lot of development of the younger generation‘s characters, I think. 12mo
MaureenMc @Ruthiella Lol! @merelybookish and I have become the Cazalet Chronicles cheerleaders lately. 🤣 12mo
merelybookish @MaureenMc @Ruthiella Yes, we have made 2021 the Year of the Cazalets! 12mo
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Harlem Shuffle: A Novel | Colson Whitehead
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I‘ve seen somewhat mixed reviews for Whitehead‘s latest, but I just loved it. A thoughtfully & gorgeously written crime novel - he totally pulled it off. Something about Whitehead‘s prose always pulls me right into the story.

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Before We Visit the Goddess: A Novel | Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
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Sad, beautiful novel-in-stories about three Indian/Indian-American women (grandmother, mother, and granddaughter). Missed chances, second chances, the need for redemption that may not come. Worth the read. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Marking Time | Elizabeth Jane Howard
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The Cazalet Chronicles continues! This installment focuses on the three eldest daughters, Louise, Clary, and Polly. Although it barely covers two years in time (1939-1941), so much is explored - duty to family and country, identity, marriage, friendship. I enjoyed this one even more than the first. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
And Edward is the absolute worst! 😡

Tamra I recently ordered the first an am looking forward to it after reading all the great Litsy reviews! 13mo
LeeRHarry Have just finished this and I agree, I enjoyed this one more than the first - love the characters of Clary and Polly 😊 13mo
MaureenMc @LeeRHarry Yes, I adore both of them! 13mo
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The Personal Librarian | Marie Benedict, Victoria Christopher Murray
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I really wanted to like this book more than I did. Green‘s story (passing as White while working for J.P. Morgan during the Gilded Age) was interesting, but I never really connected with her character. I found the writing style somewhat clunky, too.

TiredLibrarian Aww - it sounded so good 😕 13mo
MaureenMc @TiredLibrarian Your mileage may vary! I wouldn‘t discourage others from trying it. But maybe borrow not buy. 😁 13mo
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September | Rosamunde Pilcher
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1. Fall! 🍂🍁
2. 🍎 picking, pumpkin spice everything, lighting candles, walks in cooler temps, sitting by the fire table on the deck (can you tell I‘m so ready for fall?!)
3. All of the bookstores in Wigtown, Scotland
4. My daughter being COVID free, so far (her entire class is under quarantine due to 4 cases in her class 😞)
Thanks for the tag! 😊
#wondrousWednesday

Eggs Thanks for joining in 🍎🍁❤️ 13mo
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Pickpick

And with this, I completed my Goodreads goal for the year! 🎉 I was actually going to try to slow down my pace so I could read more deeply and also choose longer books without that underlying anxiety about reaching a number. Maybe that starts now? 🤔😁
Tagged book is a fantastic memoir. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Birdsong28 Congratulations 🎉🎊 13mo
EvieBee Yay! You‘re early so now you can take it nice and slow. 🎉🍾🎊 13mo
Ruthiella Well done! 🥳 In the past few years I‘ve set my goal at a number I know I can reach. I like seeing the stats but don‘t want to get stressed out about the numbers. 13mo
Jas16 🙌🏽 13mo
Gissy Congratulations 🎉🎊 📚📚📚📚📚📚👏👏👏👏 13mo
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A Hundred Summers | Beatriz Williams
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To me, summer always means Beatriz Williams. I read my first one of hers on vacation a few years ago, & now I like to uphold that tradition. This story of family secrets, first loves, & friendship takes place, in part, during the summer of the New England hurricane of 1938. Although not my favorite of hers, still a great beach read.

EvieBee Cutie! 🙋🏻‍♀️ 13mo
Cathythoughts Lovely picture 13mo
MaureenMc @Cathythoughts Thank you! She usually cooperates when asked to model for me. 😁 13mo
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Saplings | Noel Streatfeild
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My fave book fair was back this year! Generally pleased with my #bookhaul. 😊 (Pay no attention to the bookshelves in the background full of unread books. 😬😆)

BookDadGirlDad I wonder if buying more books than you can read is in the " Expensive Habits" book. ? 14mo
EvieBee Wow! What a haul! So@many greats. 14mo
MaureenMc @BookDadGirlDad 😆 I‘ll report back after I‘ve read it! 14mo
Ruthiella Wow! A Persephone!!! I never see those in the wild! 😃 14mo
MaureenMc @Ruthiella I know! I actually saw several at this book fair. Highly unusual! 14mo
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Landscape in Sunlight | Elizabeth Fair
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I impulse-purchased this one based on the cover (which is somewhat ironic because it‘s an ebook?), and it‘s part of the Furrowed Middlebrow series. It was a lovely, cozy, summery read. Also funny, although not nearly as humorous as Thirkell. 😊

LeahBergen I have this waiting on my shelves. 👍 14mo
quietjenn This is the one Fair I haven't read. Soon perhaps - it does seem ideal for the season! 14mo
Tamra I‘m attracted to the cover too! 14mo
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MaureenMc @quietjenn I also purchased A Winter Away, but must wait for winter to read that one. 😁 14mo
CarolynM I'll get to this one soon I hope. Would you like to join us in the #FurrowedMiddlebrowClub? Next up in September is (edited) 14mo
MaureenMc @CarolynM Thank you! I‘ll try to join in. 😊 14mo
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