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Ncostell

Ncostell

Joined May 2016

"I can not sleep unless I am surrounded by books." Reader, mom and pharmacist.
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One to Watch: A Novel by Kate Stayman-London
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Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid
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Huntress by Kate Quinn
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I hinted for my husband to get me a gift subscription from my local indie RJ Julia‘s for Christmas and was delighted to receive my first book today. They have you fill out a questionnaire about your reading likes and dislikes to get a feel for what you may enjoy. I have not read any of this series and am looking forward to digging in.

Amiable I was at RJ Julia today! 👍🏼 1d
Ncostell @Amiable It‘s such a great place! I am overdue for a visit to browse in person. 11h
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Crime at Black Dudley | Margery Allingham
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This was my first read of the #roll100 challenge and was my first Margery Allingham mystery. Written in 1929 and set at an old country estate in England, this was right up my alley. Allingham had a sense of humor that was evident in this first installment of her Albert Campion series and I will definitely continue reading her work. Although I already have a long list of beloved mystery authors, I am always happy to discover more.

PuddleJumper Sounds like a great first read! 1w
BiblioLitten I was deciding between different books for this author. This post makes it easier 🙂 1w
Ncostell @BiblioLitten Glad to be of assistance! I don‘t always start mystery series from the beginning especially if there are a ton but I do like to start with the first when I can. I just happened to download this one awhile ago and was pleased to find that it is the first in the series. 1w
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Florence Foster Jenkins | Nicholas Martin, Jasper Rees
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This was a rare instance when the movie was much better than the book. Unfortunately this biography of Florence Foster Jenkins, renowned for her horrible singing, was on the dry side. It did bring to light her support of the arts and her charity efforts which I appreciated, however the movie and Meryl Streep in particular were much more riveting.

DrexEdit I loved the movie. So touching! 💜 2w
Ncostell @DrexEdit The movie was great. I am glad that I saw it first as the movie gave a much more sympathetic look at Florence compared with the book. 2w
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I needed a quick palate cleanser to start off 2022 and picked up this continuation of Joe Cawley‘s memoir of running a bar and grill in the vacation town of Tenerife in the Canary Islands. It sounds great at first but the pressure mixed with tedium of the business catches up with him after awhile. It was still fun to live vicariously through this book for anyone who dreams of ditching their day to day job and moving to “paradise” to start over.

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Growing Up at Grossinger's | Tania Grossinger
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Tania lost her father at a young age and she moved to the renowned Grossinger resort in NY owned by her relatives where her charismatic mother took a job as a hostess. As I loved the setting of Dirty Dancing and the summer resort in The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel this book did not disappoint with Tania‘s front row reminiscences of big celebrities of the time and the inside look at running such a beloved vacation getaway.

kspenmoll Good to see you again, friend! Hope you & your family are healthy. Happy New Year- 2w
Ncostell @kspenmoll I hope you had a wonderful holiday and are doing well! Happy New Year! 2w
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East of Eden | John Steinbeck
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I am finally reading East of Eden which I have meant to do for many years. No time like the present, especially during Banned Books Week! #bannedbook

BookwormM One of my favourite books ever hope you enjoy 4mo
Ncostell @BookwormM Thank you! I am almost halfway through and can see why it is considered a classic. 4mo
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Cold Comfort Farm | Stella Gibbons
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Took the kids to the #bookbarn in Niantic today as it was a beautiful day for a drive and wanted to get in a few last hurrahs before the end of summer. Of course we really should be back to school clothes shopping but book shopping is so much more fun!

Amiable Yay Book Barn! Was it mobbed there today, or not too bad? 5mo
Ncostell @Amiable It wasn‘t too bad, the main parking lot was full so we had to park around back. Once we were in it didn‘t seem too overcrowded, people were spread out amongst the different areas. It was the perfect day for a drive out there today! 5mo
Sills Where is Niantic located? 5mo
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Sills Thank you I hope to visit CT one day. I love the New England area♥️ 5mo
Ncostell Thanks @mcipher! Yes @Sills, if you‘re ever in the area it‘s a really cool place to visit. The main Book Barn store has multiple buildings with different subjects in each area and they have other stores that are a short drive away. 5mo
kspenmoll What fun!!! 5mo
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Stationery Shop | Marjan Kamali
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I just loved this beautiful story of star crossed lovers who meet in 1950s Iran, a time when there was much political turmoil and eventual government coup. In addition to enjoying the captivating story, I also was intrigued by all of the references to lots of different Iranian foods and found myself Googling many of them. This book will pull at your heartstrings and make you hungry, a definite pick for me!

MallenNC I really enjoyed this one too. 5mo
Ncostell @MallenNC It was so good, one I‘ll think about for a long time. 5mo
BiblioLitten My friend recommended this one too. I hope to read it soon. 4mo
Ncostell @BiblioLitten Hope you enjoy it, I know there‘s always so many books to get to! 4mo
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The Lido | Libby Page
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Rosemary is an 86 year old woman who has spent her whole life swimming at her local lido. Kate is a young journalist trying to find herself and take control of her recurring panic attacks. The two form a friendship as they fight to keep the lido from being closed to make way for an expensive new apartment complex. I loved their relationship and the community involvement in trying to save the lido. A great beach read, perfect for the pool too!

kspenmoll Sounds really good! Stacked. 5mo
JamieArc This was one of my favorite reads last summer! I really loved it. The tagged book reminded me of it a lot, except instead of a pool, it was a library they were fighting to save. 5mo
Ncostell @kspenmoll It was so good, sweet and uplifting which I was in the mood to read! 5mo
Ncostell @JamieArc This is going to be one of my favorites from this summer for sure. Thanks for the recommendation on The Reading List, I just stacked it! 5mo
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Glassblower of Murano | Marina Fiorato
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This was a great beach read that I picked up on a whim at a library book sale. Set in Venice, the book has a dual time line. Corradino is a renowned glassblower in 1600s Venice who is embroiled in political intrigue of the time and Nora is his descendant in modern day Venice carrying on the family tradition while looking into secrets of her ancestor‘s past. As I won‘t be visiting Venice anytime soon, this book transported me there in its own way.

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Excited to get my signed copy of this book in the mail today after I attended the virtual Zoom event with the author this week through #rjjuliabooksellers. It was a great event and Ballard is a very inspirational person who has lead such an interesting life. In addition to finding the Titanic, he has conducted so much important research on alternative energy and food sources from the ocean. I‘m looking forward to reading this.

Amiable My youngest son went to high school with Bob Ballard's daughter. He gave a presentation one time that involved penguins -- which he borrowed from the aquarium! 6mo
Ncostell @Amiable That‘s really cool! What a memorable experience for your son! 6mo
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With my many years of reading mysteries behind me I have somehow never read P.D. James. This is book 13 in the Adam Dalgliesh series that I picked up at a library book sale so I jumped in with this one. I‘m a sucker for a mystery set on a remote British island so this was right up my alley. Now that I‘ve finally got around to reading her books, I will definitely seek out more.

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The Survivors | Jane Harper
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I finished this at Six Flags while waiting for my kids who were riding the roller coasters. While this was not my favorite of Harper‘s books, it was still a good read set in a beach town in Tasmania. She always does a great job in bringing a strong sense of place to her works which I appreciate.

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Age of Innocence | Edith Wharton
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Last week we took a trip to the Berkshires and visited The Mount, Edith Wharton‘s home in Lenox, Massachusetts. The home itself was lovely, and I learned that she was very interested in architecture and interior design and even wrote a well received book on the subject. The library contains her personal collection which was purchased back from a British bookseller who owned the collection. It‘s definitely worth a visit if you‘re in the area.

Mitch Now that‘s a library! 💕 6mo
wanderinglynn Love that library! 😍 6mo
BookishMarginalia 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 6mo
BekaReid Yes! The Mount is definitely well worth a visit. The house and grounds are splendid! 6mo
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This Tender Land: A Novel | William Kent Krueger
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I just finished this book and can already tell that it is going to be one of my favorite reads of 2021. The story of four kids‘ journey through the Depression Era US mirrors the Odyssey and is no less epic. I already miss these characters now that I am done and know I will think of this book for a long while to come.

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Shadow and Bone | Leigh Bardugo
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Just finished Shadow and Bone which I wanted to read before watching the show on Netflix. I was quickly drawn into Alina‘s story and the Grishaverse and need to pick up the rest of the series. I also want to read the Six of Crows duology too. Looks like I have my work cut out for me!

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Me | Elton John
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I‘ve been a fan of Elton John‘s music for decades and dived into his memoir to learn more of his incredible life. He was very honest and self deprecating in this book, shedding light on both the positive and negative aspects of his history and I loved the inside glimpse of the rock & roll world of the 70s and 80s especially. Taron Egerton does a fantastic job narrating the audiobook. I got a physical copy from the library for the pictures too!

CoverToCoverGirl Loved this book! 💜💛 7mo
Ncostell @CoverToCoverGirl. It was one of the best celebrity autobiographies I‘ve read at least in recent memory 👍 7mo
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Some Luck: A novel | Jane Smiley
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I made out pretty well at my library‘s book sale today with a few cozy mysteries, some historical fiction and a bit of non-fiction. Totally didn‘t need to bring another book into my house but I just couldn‘t stay away from the $5 bag sale!

MaggieCarr Was a staff favorite at our library, passed it around like liquid gold. 7mo
Ncostell @CoverToCoverGirl That‘s good to hear. I‘ve had it on my virtual TBR pile for quite awhile so I was happy to pick up a copy at the sale. 7mo
Ncostell @MaggieCarr I picked that one up on a whim without knowing anything about it so glad to hear it was a favorite of so many! 7mo
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This has to be my favorite thus far of Fiona Davis‘s books that I‘ve read. Sometimes I tire of the dual timeline structure and enjoy one timeline more than another, however I felt myself equally drawn into each of the time periods of this one. Set in the New York Public Library in 1913 and 1993 and encompassing other topics such as women‘s rights and changing roles, this was a definite pick for me.

kspenmoll 🙌🏻🙌🏻 great review! 7mo
Ncostell @kspenmoll Thanks, this was a good one! Hope you have a nice weekend ☀️ 7mo
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In an attempt to get through some of the backlog on my Kindle I picked up this cozy mystery which is the first in a series. This was an enjoyable read with a fun cast of characters that I look for in a good cozy series. Sophia and her brother Angelo have started an investigation firm in post WWII Little Italy, NY and murder and hi-jinx ensue. It looks like there is only one other book thus far in the series which I will scope out.

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Blue Highways: A Journey Into America | William Least Heat Moon
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I read this book many years ago and decided it was time to revisit it. William Least-Heat Moon recounts his 1978 journey around the country taking the back roads. I read this slowly, enjoying it a little bit at a time and looking forward each day to find out where he was headed next.

Bookwormjillk Loved this one 9mo
Ncostell @Bookwormjillk It was definitely worth a reread and I felt like it stood the test of time. 9mo
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The Queen's Gambit | Walter Tevis
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Although I had yet to watch the final episode of this series on Netflix my library hold came in so I decided to dive into the book anyway. My knowledge of chess is decidedly limited however that did not detract from my enjoyment of the book or Netflix adaptation. Even though I knew 85% of the plot going in I still raced through this book cheering for Beth Harmon the entire way.

Tanisha_A I really enjoyed watching the show 9mo
Ncostell @Tanisha_A I enjoyed the show as well. They stayed pretty close to the book and I loved the period set design and clothing. 9mo
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I‘ve had this on my Kindle forever and finally got around to it. This is the first in a mystery series set in Boston shortly after the Civil War. I was quickly drawn into the story of Nell, a governess with an inauspicious past who tries to help clear her employer‘s son of a murder charge. I will definitely check out the rest of the series as I enjoyed the development and evolving relationships between the primary characters.

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I was originally reluctant to read this as I knew that it dealt with the difficult topic of dementia however I am glad that I picked it up anyway. Khong did a beautiful job chronicling the story of a daughter coming home to help care for her father with empathy and humor.

EvieBee I really liked this one, too. 9mo
Ncostell @EvieBee It was a good one that I‘m sure I will still think about for awhile. 9mo
kspenmoll I liked this one too! 9mo
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Oona Out of Order | Margarita Montimore
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I thought the premise of Oona living her life out of order as the title suggests was an interesting concept. However I never really formed an attachment to Oona through out her escapades from year to year which kept me from fully enjoying this one. Sometimes with time travel plots I get too tied up in overthinking the mechanics of it instead of just going with the flow so that might have had something to do with my overall impression.

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As I played field hockey (albeit poorly) and was in the graduating class of 1990 I knew I just had to read this book. The Danvers, MA field hockey team tries to make it to the Regional Championship with a little hocus pocus while discovering their innate powers as individuals and as a team. The 80s references were fun and brought back many cringe worthy high school memories. Barry ties in the Salem Witch Trials as well. A definite pick from me.

kspenmoll Sounds interesting. Stacking. 9mo
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Finding Dorothy: A Novel | Elizabeth Letts
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I loved this historical fiction with two timelines, one of the earlier life and marriage of Maud Baum to L. Frank Baum and the other detailing her involvement behind the scenes of the movie version of The Wizard of Oz. Maud was the daughter of Matilda Gage, a leader in the fight for women‘s suffrage and their backstory was fascinating as well. It was really interesting to find tidbits from Maud and Frank‘s lives that influenced The Wizard of Oz.

robinb I enjoyed this as well, but it had some unbearably sad moments. 10mo
Ncostell @robinb Agreed, there were definitely some heart wrenching parts too. 10mo
marleed I‘m reading Sold on a Monday set in the 1930s. When I think of Judy Garland in the same era, she in another sort of way, was also sold by her mother. 10mo
Ncostell @marleed Yes, that‘s true. The treatment of Judy Garland by those with power surrounding her was really atrocious and her mother seemed to turn a blind eye to it unfortunately. 10mo
robinb @Ncostell Yes, those were such hard parts to read (and the diet issues). Made me angry/sad. 10mo
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I knew very little about James Garfield before picking this up, other than that he had been assassinated. This was a fascinating look at his rise from poverty to President. The author ties in information of the state of medicine at the time which was also interesting (and horrifying) as many physicians‘ disbelief in antisepsis contributed greatly to Garfield‘s demise. It was a surprisingly quick read that I would highly recommend.

Crazeedi I've had this book for forever and still need to read!! 10mo
Dostoyes Great review - this was such a great book! 10mo
Ncostell @Crazeedi I know, it‘s so hard to get to everything! 10mo
Ncostell @Dostoyes Thanks! I really flew through this one. 10mo
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Nora Webster | Colm Toibin
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I‘m celebrating St. Patrick‘s Day with Nora Webster. I read Brooklyn several years ago and have been meaning to get to this one. Now seems like the perfect time! Happy St. Patrick‘s Day! 🍀

Aims42 I‘m about 50 pages into “Brooklyn” and I love his writing style 🥰 I‘m stacking this work by him too! 🍀💚 10mo
Ncostell @Aims42 Brooklyn was a good one! I haven‘t read too far in Nora Webster yet but some of the characters from Brooklyn are mentioned in the beginning of this book. Keep a look out for Nora‘s name in Brooklyn, I‘m pretty sure he mentions her in passing.🍀 10mo
Aims42 @Ncostell That‘s fun! I love when authors do that 😍 I‘ll keep an eye out for her 10mo
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Aims42 Nora Webster made her appearance!!! 10mo
Ncostell @Aims42 Oh good! I almost want to go back to Brooklyn and see if I can find it 😀 10mo
Aims42 @Ncostell haha, I won‘t say anything 🤐 10mo
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Tuesday's Socks | Alison Ragsdale
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I‘ve been trying to read some of the books that have been lingering unread on my Kindle for quite some time and this was one of them. Jeffrey Mere is a 64 year old Scottish man who leads a predictable life until he decides to shake things up by climbing a mountain, traveling to Rome and letting his guard down to look for love. This was a nice heartwarming book that was a good palate cleanser between some of the heavier books I‘ve been reading.

EvieBee Nice! I‘m trying to do the same thing! My oldest unread Kindle books date back to 2012. 10mo
Ncostell @EvieBee It is a good feeling to get to some of these older purchases. I‘m a sucker for a Kindle deal so they‘ve piled up over the years! (edited) 10mo
Suet624 This sounds sweet. 9mo
Ncostell @Suet624 It was a nice, light read. Just what I needed at the time. 9mo
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The Monster of Florence | Douglas Preston
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This was a book that I would not have picked for myself as it‘s a true crime story of a serial killer which is something I would usually avoid. However, as this was a gift I plowed ahead and was glad I did. The Monster of Florence murdered couples in secluded areas of the city over several decades. The story of the Italian justice system and the authors‘ personal involvement in the investigation was just as incredible as the crimes themselves.

Readergrrl Same! I didn‘t typically pick nonfiction, but I read this book as it had been gifted to me and felt obligated. I‘m so glad that I did!! I now give it as a suggestion to others as an engaging nonfiction option. (edited) 10mo
Ncostell @Readergrrl I want to recommend it to others now as well, especially as I feel the need to discuss this with someone who has read it. I think I‘ll start with my husband. He was the one who gave it to me probably not knowing what the book was about but knowing that I enjoyed The Lost City of the Monkey God by Preston and having traveled to Florence. 10mo
JamieArc Whenever people talk about the Amanda Knox case, I recommend this book. I really liked it, and the commentary at the end about the Knox case was really interesting. 10mo
Ncostell @JamieArc The afterword about Amanda Knox was really enlightening as I was thinking of her case while reading this. I thought that it really brought the book full circle. 10mo
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I picked this up yesterday when I was out shopping with my daughter. I‘ve been tracking my reads electronically but have wanted to start journaling about my reading as well. Hopefully this journal will inspire me to jot down some thoughts with its writing prompts on plot notes, character notes and favorite quotes.

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Last Train to Key West | Chanel Cleeton
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While I didn‘t enjoy this quite as much as Cleeton‘s first two books of the Cuba Saga, this was a riveting book as well. Cleeton really knows how to write a fast paced page turner and I appreciated how well she intertwined the stories of three main characters who are in the path of a devastating hurricane heading for the Florida Keys.

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I was so excited to find that the book I received today from my Shelf Subscription from #thebookshelf in Thomasville, Georgia was The Kitchen Front. This was on my virtual TBR list as I loved The Chilbury Ladies‘ Choir and this also looked to be up my alley. So psyched that I have my own copy and don‘t have to wait on the hold list at the library. Love getting good book mail!

EvieBee Nice! I preordered a copy of this one because it just felt so right! 10mo
Ncostell @EvieBee I know, it looks like a good one! Happy reading! 10mo
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Moonlit Garden | Corina Bomann
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I‘ve been trying to read books that I‘ve had on my Kindle forever as I am a sucker for a Kindle deal and I don‘t remember downloading this one. I was pleasantly surprised to find it to be an enjoyable read. An antique shop owner, Lilly is given a beautiful violin by a mysterious stranger. Throughout the course of the book Lilly tries to find her connection to the violin by traveling to London, Italy and Sumatra.

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I am slowly making my way through Tana French‘s Dublin Murder Squad series. This one tells the story of Mick “Scorcher” Kennedy who is teamed up with a rookie to investigate a triple murder in a housing development on the decline during the recession. French centers each book in the series on a different character and really pulls you in to their backstory, adding a layer of depth that is not seen in many other mysteries I‘ve read.

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Sense and Sensibility | Jane Austen
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I finally have Sense and Sensibility under my belt as I am making my way through Jane Austen‘s works. I am doling them out slowly as I like having another to look forward to reading. Now just Northanger Abbey, Mansfield Park and Sanditon left!

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March | Geraldine Brooks
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Having visited the Alcott residence of Orchard House in Concord, MA in 2019 and learning about Louisa May Alcott‘s father Bronson, I enjoyed this historical fiction account of Mr. March‘s Civil War journey. Mr. March shares many of Bronson Alcott‘s characteristics and I felt that Brooks did a nice job of weaving his story into the back drop of such a beloved work as Little Women which was not an easy task.

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This was YA historical fiction that I read along with my daughter who is obsessed with Hamilton. It was fun to read of the less popular Schuyler sister and her exploits during the Revolution. I finished reading this at our rental house in Saratoga Springs, close to some of the action that takes place in the book. I‘d love to come back in the summer and when life gets closer to normal and tour the Schuyler residence which is nearby.

Cinfhen Pretty view 😍 11mo
Ncostell @Cinfhen We‘re enjoying it, it‘s very peaceful watching birds land on the lake and people ice fishing too. 11mo
Gissy Nice! You lived part of what you read. Beautiful view!😍 11mo
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Ncostell @Gissy It‘s funny because I started reading the book before our vacation not realizing that some of it was set in this area. 11mo
kspenmoll Looks so relaxing! How are you? 11mo
Ncostell @kspenmoll It was really relaxing and so nice to get away finally! I am doing well, had my second Covid vaccine last week so things are looking up. How are you doing? 11mo
kspenmoll @Ncostell I love visiting places where books are set. Even if you discover that while there as you did! I got my first vaccine 2/10 so I am scheduled for #2 in March. My husband got it as well. Sense of relief... 11mo
Ncostell @kspenmoll That‘s good news! 11mo
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This is my birthday book haul from my family today. My husband did a great job picking out books that I don‘t own already and that are right up my alley.

Erinreadsthebooks Born to Run is so good!!!! 11mo
Ncostell @Erinreadsthebooks That‘s good to hear, I‘m looking forward to reading it! 11mo
kspenmoll Happy belated birthday! 🎉🎉 11mo
Ncostell @kspenmoll Thank you! 11mo
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I am kind of on the fence for this one, between a pick and so so for me. Addie LaRue makes a deal with a god of the dark making her immortal but with the catch that no one will remember her. I appreciated her glimpses of history throughout the years but felt some of the book felt repetitive and dragged a bit. I went in with high expectations which the book didn‘t quite meet for me but it was an enjoyable read overall.

julesG I'm about 15 chapters in and feel you. I've already cringed at the historical inaccuracies. 11mo
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The Gown: A Novel | Jennifer Robson
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Although the main characters of this book were fictional, they did allow me a glimpse of the work and detail that went into the creation of Princess Elizabeth‘s wedding gown. Also of interest was this time period following WWII as England was still living through austere times. I could see the wedding being a welcome distraction at the time or a show of extravagance when many were struggling. Altogether it was an interesting read.

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The Mirror and the Light | Hilary Mantel
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I am definitely going to have a book hangover after finishing this one, Mantel‘s third book in her Thomas Cromwell trilogy. She really gets into the head of this complicated man who was in the thick of the politics and intrigue of Henry VIII‘s court. I am inspired to read more about this time period after reading this, which is always a sign of a great book to me.

Cuilin One of my favorite reads of 2020! 12mo
Ncostell @Cuilin I was trying to finish this before the end of the year but didn‘t make it. I think it will be one of my favorites for 2021 though! 12mo
Cuilin @Ncostell I loved the whole trilogy, it was hard saying goodbye to Cromwell. 12mo
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Ncostell @Cuilin I know, I stretched out the last few chapters of the book because I didn‘t want it to end. 12mo
BookwormM Even knowing history I was still rooting for Cromwell and hoping the book would end differently 🤣🤣 12mo
Ncostell @BookwormM I know what you mean, I felt the same way! 12mo
kspenmoll Great review! 11mo
Ncostell @kspenmoll Thanks! I loved this trilogy. They were not easy reads but definitely worth the effort. 11mo
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I just received my first book from my shelf subscription that my husband bought me for Christmas from The Bookshelf in Thomasville, Georgia. The Bookshelf‘s podcast From the Front Porch is one of my favorites so this was a fun way to support them. I love a good mystery so this looks like it will be right up my alley. #thebookshelf

BookishMarginalia I really enjoyed it! 12mo
Kappadeemom I love the Bookshelf! It‘s not far from my hometown ❤️ 12mo
Ncostell @BookishMarginalia That‘s good to hear! I hadn‘t heard anything about this book prior to receiving it but it looks intriguing. 12mo
Ncostell @Kappadeemom Lucky you! I would love to visit it one day but it‘s awfully far from CT unfortunately. Maybe some day! 12mo
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New year, new challenges. I‘m going to try the #bookspinbingo to help me whittle down my ever expanding TBR pile. This is from my physical book pile-I think I will make one for my ebook pile as well. It will take some of the pressure off of deciding what to read next!

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 12mo
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The Homecoming | Earl Hamner
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This was just as charming and heartwarming as the TV movie and was a nice, quick Christmas read to get me in the holiday spirit!

kspenmoll 🎄❤️💚 13mo
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Guest List | Lucy Foley
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This is the first book that I‘ve read by Lucy Foley and it will definitely not be my last. I was pulled right in to this thriller set on a remote island off the coast of Ireland where a high profile wedding will be held. Many of the guests and the bride and groom have secrets in their past that follow them to the forbidding island. This was a real page turner!

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This was the true story of Nancy Wake who served with the British SOE during WWII. She risked her life countless times to smuggle people to safety and aided the French Resistance in obtaining weapons and supplies. Of course I then went down the Google rabbit hole to learn more about her. I had been procrastinating on some work that I put off but after reading about Nancy parachuting into occupied France, I figured I could get my work done!

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The Little Prince | Antoine de Saint-Exupry
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I started to translate this in my French class in high school but I didn‘t get very far. Many years after that attempt I have finally read this book (in English). Learning of Saint-Exupery‘s history made the reading even more poignant. This is a lovely gem of a book and I am so glad that I finally got to it. I think I wouldn‘t have appreciated it as much having read it as a teenager as I have now with years of adulthood, love and loss behind me.

kspenmoll Lovely review! I have yet to read this. 14mo
Scochrane26 I didn‘t appreciate it as much when I read it in French class, but it‘s become one of my favorites now. And I agree about Saint-Exupery‘s history. (edited) 14mo
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Priestdaddy: A Memoir | Patricia Lockwood
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Patricia Lockwood and her husband move in with her parents due to financial woes. What sets this apart from the usual story of a grown up child returning to the nest is the fact that her dad is a married Catholic priest due to a loophole in the church rules. I found this book to be both poignant and hilarious at times and was actually glad I was wearing a mask in the doctor‘s waiting room while I read this as it made me laugh out loud at times.

kspenmoll I had the same response to this book. Just loved it! And yes, both poignant & hilarious. 1y
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