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PurpleyPumpkin

Joined May 2016

“So many books, so little time.“ ~Frank Zappa📚 https://www.goodreads.com/purpleypumpkin
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Persuasion by Jane Austen
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Kindred by Octavia Butler
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The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story by Nikole Hannah-Jones, The New York Times Company
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True Detectives: A Novel | Jonathan Kellerman
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#TLT Couldn‘t resist the fun since mysteries are my favourite genre! There are so many great detectives to choose from so I made two lists 🕵️

Professional Detectives
1. Hamish Macbeth
2. Adam Dagliesh
3. Thomas Pitt & his wife, Charlotte

Private Detectives
1. Hercule Poirot
2. Mis Marple
3. Sherlock Holmes

(February 8, 2024)

Cuilin I like this breakdown, love Dalgleish!!! 3w
dabbe Excellent distinction between the two! I've read short stories re: Macbeth and Dagliesh (in ELLERY QUEEN's magazines) but never books. On the TBR! Never heard of #3; on the TBR, too! Thanks for playing! ❤️💜🩷 3w
PurpleyPumpkin @Cuilin Yes!!! This list reminded me that it‘s time I get back to reading PD James. It‘s been a while. 😅 3w
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PurpleyPumpkin @dabbe This was fun, thanks for the prompt! I realized after I posted that I could have made a list for cozies too. So many great books out there! 3w
dabbe @PurpleyPumpkin Ooh, that's a great idea for another #TLT! I'll add it to my list. 🤩 3w
UwannaPublishme Hmm…maybe I need more mystery in my life. 😉 2w
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Really enjoyed this instalment in the series. Some very serious and important issues were discussed. Looking forward to reading Volume 5! 💜 5⭐️
(January 22, 2024)

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Sunny Rolls the Dice | Jennifer L. Holm
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First book finished for 2024 and it was a great way to start my reading year. This series continues to be nostalgic for me with lots of reminders of my childhood. This instalment felt a bit choppy but was enjoyable nonetheless. 3.5⭐️
(January 11, 2024)

UwannaPublishme You‘re reading up a storm already. Yay! I must add more graphic novels to my list too. 2mo
PurpleyPumpkin @UwannaPublishme They really are a nice way to fill in the gaps between heavier books. ☺️ 2mo
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Persuasion | Jane Austen
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It‘s back to reality today after enjoying 2 weeks off, sigh. Spent part of yesterday reading my #AuthorAMonth pick and enjoying a coffee in my new favourite cup. Loved how the book and mug are colour coordinated! Thank you @UwannaPublishme for this awesome bookish gift!😘
(January 8, 2024)

UwannaPublishme Great photo! I knew when I saw this mug, it had your name on it. 😊 2mo
PurpleyPumpkin @UwannaPublishme Aww Donna, you‘re the best! You know me so well. 🥰 2mo
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Last Year | Robert Charles Wilson
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I finally had a chance to tally up my 2023 reads and update my Goodreads list. I‘m quite happy with the end result although I‘d have preferred that I‘d stuck with my goal of reading mostly my own books. There‘s just so many good ones at my library!😅 I‘m going to try to make more of a dent in my TBR this year. And I‘ve upped my GR goal from 60 to 75 books. 🤞🏽Hope everyone has an amazing reading year in 2024!💜
(January 4, 2024)

TieDyeDude 🎉 🤘 2mo
marleed You could apply my theory to library loans… I few years back I saw a breakdown on my taxes and I think it was $245 went toward my public library. So let‘s say I can get new books at a discounted $15. That means I need to read 16 books to nullify my tax cost. Same theory after 16+, I start subtracting $15 from my tax bill for each book read! …So, now it‘s totally justified when I hit my library TBR over my physical TBR! 2mo
PurpleyPumpkin @marleed That‘s a fantastic approach! Looking at it this way, I HAVE to use the library for at least some of my yearly reading. I like it! Thanks so much for sharing!🙌🏽 2mo
marleed @PurpleyPumpkin Absolutely, I don‘t consider my library use as free until I‘ve surpassed 16 loans. Then I still don‘t think of it as free so much as making tax dollars work to my advantage. 2mo
UwannaPublishme Wow!!! Way to go! 🥳🙌🏻📚📚📚 2mo
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I'm so enjoying this series! I've already got the 3rd on hold at my library (please, book gods, let it be available soon!). I've been reading the audiobooks & the narrator, Susan Denaker, does a great job of capturing the voices of the various characters. These books are so engaging & wholesome. This one was the perfect read for this time of year since it takes place during autumn. Such a delight! 4⭐️
(October 25, 2023)

ravenlee One of my favorite kids‘ series ever. 😍 4mo
Librarybelle Beautiful photo! 4mo
PurpleyPumpkin @ravenlee I can‘t even remember how I came across this series, but I‘m so glad I did! 🙌🏽 4mo
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PurpleyPumpkin @Librarybelle Thank you! 🥰 The fall colours are quite vibrant this year. They‘ve just about peaked! Autumn passes so quickly. 🍁 4mo
Librarybelle Indeed! 4mo
BookNAround This series is a complete delight. 4mo
PurpleyPumpkin @BookNAround Isn‘t it just? I‘m about to start reading the next in the series. Very much looking forward to it! 4mo
UwannaPublishme Gorgeous photo! Hope you‘re doing well and staying warm, my friend! Happy December and Happy Reading! 🤗 3mo
PurpleyPumpkin @UwannaPublishme Aww thanks Donna! Doing well and looking forward to the holidays. It‘s been busy and I know it‘s been the same for you! Thanks for your email. I will do my best to write back soon!🤞🏽 3mo
UwannaPublishme Glad you‘re doing well Kimberly! Yes, it‘s such a busy time. Hope you get to relax and enjoy the holidays and hope Santa brings you many new books. Holiday hugs to you! Maybe you‘ll even get my Christmas card before the New Year. 😁 3mo
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The Witch's Heart | Genevieve Gornichec
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Holy cow this was one great book! Jane Entwistle‘s narration was spot on and added much enjoyment to my reading. The story itself was captivating. Nearing the end of it, it almost felt like a history lesson of sorts, a history of Norse mythology. There was just so much detail that the author covered. Really well done and I highly recommend the audiobook. Looking forward to the #LiteraryCrew #BuddyRead discussion at the end of the month! 5/5⭐️

Librarybelle So glad you liked this!!! 4mo
PurpleyPumpkin @Librarybelle Me too! Thanks for another great pick!👍🏽 4mo
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The Hundred and One Dalmatians | Dodie Smith, David Roberts
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The #ChildrensClassicRead2023 for August was a clear winner! I read the audiobook which turned out to be a BBC ensemble performance. It was excellent, very entertaining. Really enjoyed the story too. 4/5⭐️
(September 5, 2023)

TheBookHippie Oh how wonderful!!!! I really enjoyed reading this one! 6mo
PurpleyPumpkin @TheBookHippie I really did too! Can‘t believe I hadn‘t read this classic already. Glad I have now, thanks to you. 😉 6mo
UwannaPublishme What fun to listen to a full-cast ensemble! I loved this one too. 🐶👍🏻 5mo
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Lily and the Octopus | Steven Rowley
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"There's no shame in surrender when it's time to stop fighting." p.180
This quote pretty much sums up this novel for me. Anyone who's ever had the privilege of sharing their life with a pet will identify with this novel. Poignant, humourous, and hopeful, I thoroughly enjoyed the heartwarming story of Ted and Lily. 4/5⭐️
(August 25, 2023)

UwannaPublishme Sounds like another winner! Stacked! 😊 6mo
PurpleyPumpkin @UwannaPublishme It‘s quirky but I think you‘d like it!🙌🏽 6mo
UwannaPublishme Quirky is my middle name! 😂 6mo
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The House of Eve | Sadeqa Johnson
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Is there ever a lot of hype about this book! It‘s deserving as it‘s very well-written and engaging. But as other reviewers have mentioned , it‘s somewhat predictable and aspects of the ending were a little too pat for me. This novel deals with some important issues and I‘m glad I read it. Rating: 3.5/5⭐️ It reminded me a lot of another novel that I read last year and which I highly recommend, “Looking for Jane.”
(August 14, 2023)

PurpleyPumpkin Thought I‘d tag this book for anyone who‘s interested! 7mo
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As others have said, this is beautifully written. The audiobook was narrated by Daisy Donovan who did an excellent job bringing the author‘s work to life. Even though the subject matter was intense, it was not without hope. I‘m looking forward to reading more of O‘Farrell‘s work. 4/5⭐️ #AuthorAMonth
(July 30, 2023)

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Ahh, it was wonderful being back in this world again! While the story lacked the depth of the novels, which stands to reason as it's a play, I did enjoy this follow-up with HP & crew as grownups, raising their own children. I also liked the use of the time-turner & enjoyed how the plot took the reader back in time & illustrated how changes in time affected the present-day world. Word of advice, read before you see the play! 4/5⭐️
(July 25, 2025)

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Blue Heron Books | Uxbridge, Ontario, Canada (Bookstore)
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Week 1 of my summer vacation is in the books (pun somewhat intended😂). It flew by! The highlight was visiting my local indie bookstore and snagging these beauties. Yay for summer reading!
(July 22, 2023)

LaraReads 🤣🤣 love the pun! 7mo
PurpleyPumpkin @LaraReads 🙌🏽😂 7mo
UwannaPublishme Nothing beats visiting a local indie bookstore! Happy Reading! 😁📚 7mo
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I quite enjoyed listening to Simu Liu narrate his memoir. His story is interesting and very honest. His relationship with his parents seems very complicated, but it appears to have evolved into a much more loving and supportive one. If you think Liu's success came easily, think again. He takes us through his trials and tribulations but also acknowledges his good fortune. An entertaining read. 4/5⭐️
(July 17, 2023)

UwannaPublishme How have I not heard of this memoir? I must check it out! 7mo
PurpleyPumpkin @UwannaPublishme I think you‘d enjoy it! I found his journey to stardom interesting. The fact that he narrated his own book was thoroughly engaging. I really enjoy memoirs when the authors read their story!☺️ 7mo
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I‘ve been reading a lot of middle grade graphic novels lately and they do not disappoint! This one started out with a sad event but quickly moved on to adventure and mystery. Something about the thread of the story seemed convoluted at times but not so much that i lost it altogether. Loved the artwork! 4/5⭐️
(July 9, 2023)

UwannaPublishme What fun! Stacked! 7mo
PurpleyPumpkin @UwannaPublishme Total fun! Lately, I‘ve been able to borrow the ebook versions of a number of graphic novels from my local library and I‘m hooked! 7mo
UwannaPublishme Thanks for the tip. I just found this ebook at my library! 😊👍🏻 7mo
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PurpleyPumpkin @UwannaPublishme Awesome! I hope you enjoy. ☺️ 7mo
UwannaPublishme This author is so talented! I loved the illustrations too. This was a fun adventure to escape into. Thx for that. 😄 7mo
PurpleyPumpkin @UwannaPublishme I‘m glad you enjoyed it! It was a fun adventure, wasn‘t it? This book certainly set up the next one nicely, assuming there is a next one!🤞🏽 7mo
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The Summer Book | Tove Jansson, Thomas Teal, Kathryn Davis
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This was a lovely book with which to start the summer. A collection of short stories of a family‘s time spent at a summer cottage in Finland. The relationship between Sophia and her grandmother was rendered with grace and love. The author really captured the essence of both characters, likely because they were the image of their real life counterparts. I can see myself rereading this yearly as I ease into the warmer season. 5/5⭐️
(July 7, 2023)

slategreyskies That‘s almost exactly what I wrote about it when I read it at the end of last summer! I loved this one! Maybe I‘ll get out my copy and give it a reread. :) ☀️ 8mo
quietlycuriouskate Lovely book! 8mo
PurpleyPumpkin @slategreyskies Just saw your review! 🙌🏽 I so enjoyed this book. It was the perfect fit for me both for the time of year and for the feelings it evoked. Loved it! 8mo
PurpleyPumpkin @kathedron Wasn‘t it though? I don‘t often read novels as ebooks but it didn‘t matter to me with this one. I was so completely drawn in from the get-go! Now to buy my own physical copy… 8mo
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The Wednesdays | Julie Bourbeau
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Thanks for the tag @Eggs 😊
1️⃣I would love to visit Scotland one day and have read a number of books that have encouraged this interest. 😊
2️⃣ Definitely! The Last Thing He Told Me was an entertaining read!👍🏽
3️⃣ Started Freaky Friday today.

TheLudicReader Did you watch the series for The Last Thing He Told Me? 8mo
PurpleyPumpkin @TheLudicReader I haven‘t! When the show started in April, it reminded me that I wanted to read the book. Have you seen the show? 8mo
TheLudicReader @PurpleyPumpkin I did watch the show…but I haven‘t read the book, and I probably won‘t now. I love Jennifer Garner, so I couldn‘t wait. 8mo
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PurpleyPumpkin @TheLudicReader Ohh sounds like you enjoyed the show! I was wondering if it would be worth it to subscribe to Apple TV so I could watch it. It looks good! 8mo
TheLudicReader It‘s worth it to subscribe to Apple to watch Ted Lasso, @PurpleyPumpkin 8mo
PurpleyPumpkin @TheLudicReader Yes! Ted Lasso is another series I‘d like to watch. I need to make a list of must-see-Apple-tv. 😉 8mo
Richryan52 Are you a Sherlock Holmes fan? 8mo
PurpleyPumpkin @Richryan52 I am! And I see you are too. 🙌🏽 8mo
Richryan52 This is my eighth novel. Small indie publisher. Anything you can do would be great! 8mo
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It‘s been a while since I‘ve read a truly absorbing suspense novel. This one definitely fit the bill. Great pacing combined with an intriguing story makes for an excellent start to my summer reading. I figured out part of the mystery just before the MC did. But from there, she was way ahead of me. I was rapt until the full story unravelled to its satisfying conclusion. I‘ll definitely seek out more books by this author! 5/5⭐️
(June 20, 2023)

UwannaPublishme Looks like you‘re enjoying some great books. Yay! Happy Reading! 8mo
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Invisible: A Graphic Novel | Christina Diaz Gonzalez
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Read this yesterday in one sitting. A definite 5⭐️read! Loved the characters, the storyline, and the artwork.
(June 5, 2023)

ravenlee I just checked this out last week! Looks so good, so it‘s nice to see a good review. 9mo
PurpleyPumpkin @ravenlee Oh yay! I Hope you enjoy It. I thought the idea of being invisible was explored quite well and on many levels. I also liked that both English and Spanish were used throughout. Really well done. 👍🏽 9mo
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Have y‘all heard about Bookriot‘s Tailored Book Recommendations? They‘ll select books based on your preferences and Goodreads profile. After filling out a questionnaire and doing some research, they made these 3 suggestions, none of which I‘d come across before! I love being introduced to new authors and books. Thanks for this awesome bday gift @UwannaPublishme it was the perfect gift for this bibliophile!😘
(May 6, 2023)

UwannaPublishme Yay! 🎉🙌🏻 So happy the Book Riot team came through with some cool recs for you! I actually read one of them— Auntie Poldi…and really enjoyed it. Looking forward to hearing your reviews on these. 10mo
PurpleyPumpkin @UwannaPublishme Auntie Poldi sounds like it‘s right up my alley. Can‘t believe I haven‘t come across it before! I‘m really looking forward to reading these. Thanks again for this thoughtful gift!💜 10mo
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My TBR for May is pretty ambitious. I had to make a list just to keep it straight in my brain! So, I thought I‘d post as well to keep myself on track. Looking forward to a fun month of reading!😅
(May 2, 2023)
#AuthorAMonth #ChildrensClassicRead2023 #LiteraryCrew #BuddyRead

TheBookHippie Oh let me know how Emily‘s House is! 10mo
Librarybelle Hooray!! 10mo
PurpleyPumpkin @TheBookHippie I‘m just finishing that one off and really enjoying it!👍🏽 10mo
PurpleyPumpkin @Librarybelle 🎉Almost finished last month‘s pick and looking forward to May‘s selection. 🙌🏽 10mo
Soubhiville Nice! 10mo
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Betty White was a delight as was this book! The audiobook was read by BW herself. It was lovely to hear her voice and her stories. She was such a positive person and the world‘s a little dimmer with her loss. When I grow up, I wanna be just like her!4/5⭐️
(April 7, 2023)

UwannaPublishme Love Betty and this book! 🙌🏻💕 10mo
PurpleyPumpkin @UwannaPublishme She was a fabulous lady!🤩 10mo
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The Pearl | John Steinbeck
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This is the first ever Steinbeck book I've read, which surprises me given how much reading I've done in my life! You'd think I would have read at least one of his books during my formative years, but nope. I listened to the audiobook and it was a quick read. It reminded me of a book I read last year, tagged below. Same setting, similar themes and outcome. 3/5⭐️I‘m looking forward to reading more Steinbeck in future! #authoramonth
(April 3, 2023)

UwannaPublishme Welcome to the John Steinbeck Fan Club! My top faves are Travels with Charley and Cannery Row. 11mo
PurpleyPumpkin @UwannaPublishme Ooh I‘ll move those to the top of my JS list. Thanks for the recommendations!😉 11mo
Tamra One of my all time favorite novellas. So theme rich! 💙 (edited) 11mo
PurpleyPumpkin @Tamra Indeed!🙌🏽 11mo
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The Black Stallion | Walter Farley
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This was a fun adventure about a young man who bonded with a horse. I enjoyed it throughout! The lead-up to the race and the race itself made the book for me. I thought the "live coverage" of the tv/radio commentator was really well-written. And, of course, the ending was just as a reader would want it to end. I think this story would appeal to any kid, no matter how old. #ChildrensClassicRead2023 4/5⭐️
(March 31, 2023)

UwannaPublishme Totally agree! 🐎 11mo
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Well, it took me about 7 months, but I FINALLY finished this book! Not sure why it took me so long. I found this to be highly readable and very interesting. Learned a lot about the start of the NACA/NASA and the women that contributed so much to make it all successful. Now to watch the movie! 5/5⭐️
(March 27, 2023)

UwannaPublishme Yay! Another one off your TBR! I loved the movie, but for some reason could not get into the book. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 11mo
PurpleyPumpkin @UwannaPublishme I‘ve heard the movie was good! I enjoyed the book when I read it, but seemed to have a hard time getting back to it! Glad I stuck with it and glad it‘s off my TBR. 😅 11mo
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I've long believed in the strong connection between mind and body, that if you're stressed, unhappy, anxious, or in a negative headspace, that it can detrimentally affect your body. This book confirmed all of my theories and it did so using anecdotal and scientific evidence. I read the audiobook version but plan to purchase a physical copy so that I can reread some sections in order to more fully absorb the material. 5/5 ⭐️
(March 19, 2022)

UwannaPublishme I‘m a believer too! 🙌🏻 11mo
PurpleyPumpkin @UwannaPublishme 🙌🏽 I‘m looking forward to reading more of his work. It‘s fascinating! 11mo
UwannaPublishme Gotta say Happy Birthday to you today! Hope you‘ll be visiting many bookstores, indulging in delicious desserts and having fun! 🥳🎉❤️🎂📚 11mo
PurpleyPumpkin @UwannaPublishme Aww thanks very much my friend! I received your beautiful card and will be sure to write to you soon!😘 11mo
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One True Loves | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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😬 I‘m a bit late with my review for this book (it was my #authoramonth February pick). This is the first book I've read by TJR. I'm not sure what I was expecting, a mystery or something nefarious. But this wasn't any of that. It was a love story of sorts. There's no right or wrong here, just a review of relationships, how they change over time as people change. 3/5⭐️
(March 13, 2023)

UwannaPublishme It‘s fascinating how all of her books are so different. But I‘ve loved the two I read. And I know I‘ll read more. 12mo
PurpleyPumpkin @UwannaPublishme I definitely want to read more of her books. I enjoyed this one but kept wondering if one of the characters was up to something. It kind of threw me off. 🤷🏽‍♀️ (edited) 12mo
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Matrix | Lauren Groff
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Started reading February‘s pick for the #LiteraryCrew #BuddyRead today while enjoying a vanilla matcha latte. It‘s an interesting story so far! Hoping to finish before the end of the month. 😅
(February 25, 2023)

Librarybelle Yay!!! 12mo
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I had some time this morning to sit down and read this month‘s #ChildrensClassicRead2023 pick. This simple tale with the fun artwork brought back so many fond memories. Thanks @TheBookHippie for providing all the added reading and opening my eyes to other interpretations of this book. 3/5⭐️
(February 20, 2023)

TheBookHippie ♥️ 12mo
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So, I went down a rabbit hole yesterday. Not for the first time, I came across this list. This time around, I decided to add this list to my book challenges spreadsheet as well as tag any books that I‘ve read using Goodreads. Surprisingly, I‘ve read more than I expected! But there‘s still soooo many! Ah well, it‘ll be a lifetime project and a labour of love. 💜😉📚
(February 18, 2023)

UwannaPublishme Dare I look at this list? Of course I will. Us avid readers love lists like this! And that means many more to add to my TBR pile. 🤦🏻‍♀️ 12mo
PurpleyPumpkin @UwannaPublishme It‘s a great list but yes, it will likely add to your TBR. 📚 Fair warning, the list actually contains 1,300+ titles due to various revisions over the years! We‘ll get there together!😅👍🏽 12mo
UwannaPublishme Oh my! 😳 At least we‘re making a little progress. 😄 12mo
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Just realized that I haven‘t reviewed this one yet! It was my last book read in January and it was a good one. Whatever kind of ending I was expecting was NOT that! Nor did I realize that this would be a mystery. Actually, there were a bunch of mysteries unearthed. The author did a great job filling in the gaps of this puzzle. I'm still pondering all of the threads and connections! 4/5⭐️
(February 4, 2023)

UwannaPublishme This book sounds great! And I really need to try Bookly one of these days. 13mo
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Larose | Louise Erdrich
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Such a sad story but so compelling. The descriptions of emotions and how each character dealt with their own tragedies and challenges was really well-written. 4/5⭐️ #authoramonth
(January 25, 2023)

Soubhiville She‘s good at sad but compelling! 13mo
PurpleyPumpkin @Soubhiville Definitely! This is the first Erdrich book I‘ve read and I quite enjoyed it. 13mo
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Untitled | Unknown
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I really enjoyed listening to this Audible story/podcast. Set in the Canadian fictional town of Fletcher's Grove, the stories caught my attention & imagination immediately. The full-cast ensemble was great & the production was equally impressive. It reminded me of those old timey radio shows/plays with all the sound effects that made me feel like I was actually in the story. Well worth listening to & not just at Christmas. 4/5⭐️
(January 16, 2023)

UwannaPublishme Hope you‘re doing well and enjoying a little warmer weather over there! I need to check out more of these Audible Originals. 13mo
PurpleyPumpkin @UwannaPublishme Hello my friend 👋🏽 Sadly, no warm weather here, not even sun! And it‘s been snowing on and off for almost a week. Not sure when it‘s ending. 😅It‘s very pretty but not fun to drive in. Yes, there‘s lots more Audible Originals that I want to check out as well! So much to read, so little time. I need to retire! Hope all is well with you. 💜 (edited) 13mo
UwannaPublishme Oh my! Stay warm, my friend. I‘m now appreciating our chilly 60 degrees here.😉 I‘m counting the days till summer already. Maybe we need to bury ourselves in a beach read!😁🏖️ 13mo
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Just finished listening to this Christmas story which was a perfect read for the holidays. This book is the second in the series but I don‘t think it‘s an issue to read them out of order as I did. I enjoyed the mix of fable and history. 3/5⭐️
(January 12, 2023)

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Happy Saturday! I‘m enjoying some reading time this morning and channeling the hygge vibes of this artwork. Isn‘t this the dream of every Litten? Love this artist‘s work!💜📚🎨
Artist: Esther Bennink https://instagram.com/esther_bennink?igshid=YmMyMTA2M2Y=
(January 7, 2023)

Bookworm83 Cozy! Hygge! 14mo
Tamra Oooo nice! 14mo
LeahBergen Lovely! 14mo
UwannaPublishme 😍😍😍 14mo
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A lovely book that‘s a quick read but packs a punch. Contains many great reminders to be kind, to love, and to be gentle. Such a wonderful book to start off my reading year! 4/5⭐️
(January 2, 2023)

UwannaPublishme Totally agree! I loved this book! 14mo
PurpleyPumpkin Glad you‘ve read this one! I think it‘s something I‘ll return to again and again. 😊 14mo
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Last Year | Robert Charles Wilson
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Happily, I surpassed my GR goal of reading 60 books in 2022. For 2023, I‘m hoping to read 60 books again, with a chunkster or two in there. I‘m also not doing as many challenges but rather focussing on reading books I already own. It‘s time to make a dent in my voluminous TBR stack! Wishing you all a wonderful reading year in 2023! 📚
(January 1, 2023)

MaleficentBookDragon I agree. Have you signed up for the GR Mount TBR Challenge 2023? It‘s for knocking books off your owned stack. 14mo
PurpleyPumpkin @MaleficentBookDragon I have! That challenge is going to be my main focus this year. Thanks for mentioning it!😉 14mo
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UwannaPublishme Yay for you! My goal was 50 and I wound up reading 62. I see we both had a great year. 👍🏻 I‘ll have to check out the Mt TBR challenge. 14mo
PurpleyPumpkin @UwannaPublishme Yay for you too! Yes, do check out Mt TBR. It‘s a low key challenge that helps to keep me focussed!😅 14mo
UwannaPublishme I just signed up! Thx for the idea. Thought I‘d start with Pike‘s Peak. How about you? 14mo
PurpleyPumpkin @UwannaPublishme 🙌🏽 I‘m climbing Mt Vancouver. At 24 books, I didn‘t summit last year. But I did summit in 2021! Here‘s hoping I make it again this year.🤞🏽 (edited) 14mo
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The Mercies | Kiran Millwood Hargrave
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And that‘s a wrap for my 2022 reading year! It was a great year of reading with The Mercies being the standout. Looking forward to more great reads in 2023!
(December 31, 2022)

ShelleyBooksie That's a cool way to narrow it down! 1y
Deblovestoread Such a great book. It made my #Top22of22. 1y
AlaMich That‘s really nifty! 1y
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PurpleyPumpkin @ShelleyBooksie @AlaMich First year I tried this book/reading bracket and I think I‘ll do it again! It was fun reviewing my reads of the year. 14mo
PurpleyPumpkin @Deblovestoread 👍🏽It really was a fantastic book. 14mo
ShelleyBooksie How did you narrow it.down to 2 books per month? 14mo
PurpleyPumpkin @ShelleyBooksie I picked my favourite book each month and then picked my favourite between two months and narrowed it down that way. I have to say that it could have been tricky picking just one fav each month. But, it ended up being easier than I anticipated! 14mo
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Santa Cruise | Mary Higgins Clark, Carol Higgins Clark
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Looks like this book has gotten very mixed reviews. Either you love it or hate it. I‘m not quite in the love camp, but I did enjoy the ride! A mystery that was interesting but not overly taxing. Perfect for what is likely to be my last read book of 2022. 3/5⭐️
(December 29, 2022)

UwannaPublishme I have this one on my shelves. I must get to it…maybe next Christmas? ☺️ 14mo
PurpleyPumpkin @UwannaPublishme It was fun! Very light and just what I was looking for. 👍🏽 14mo
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Happy holidays everyone! My husband and I have been celebrating our own Jolabokaflod for a few years now. Here‘s this year‘s exchange, all non-fiction. Looking forward to an interesting year of reading in 2023!
(December 28, 2022)

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Henrietta & Eleanor: A Retelling of Jekyll and Hyde: | Robert Louis Stevenson, Libby Spurrier
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I read this for the "spooky season" and quite enjoyed it! Definitely a retelling of Jekyll and Hyde and seemed quite gothic to me. The ensemble cast of narrators was great, it felt like one of those old timey radio dramas and was well done. Not a long read, but an entertaining one! Side note: does anyone else get peeved about how Goodreads does a page count on audiobooks? This one clocked in at 3 pages!?

tpixie Ha! I‘ve never noticed the audiobooks info on Goodreads! I just search the book. Didn‘t know they showed audio! But 3 pages?! 1y
PurpleyPumpkin @tpixie It‘s crazy! There‘s usually other options, like a hardcover or paperback, and that‘s what I select. But as this was an Audible original, I was out of luck!🤦🏽‍♀️ 1y
tpixie @PurpleyPumpkin that‘s frustrating! 1y
UwannaPublishme 3 pages? How could that be??? 😆 1y
PurpleyPumpkin @UwannaPublishme Makes no sense to me at all. I wish they‘d guesstimate or revert to a print copy for page count. 🙄 (edited) 1y
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Thanks for the tag @TheLudicReader
Some of these are hard choices! 😅

📖 Hardcover
⚡️ I‘d have to lean towards HP, but I enjoyed LOTR also
📚Definitely real
💰I wanna buy ALL the books!
🛋️Chair
🏡Alone
🏪Bookstore
🪄Fiction
📖 & 🎧Both!
📚All the books!
Tagging anyone who wants to play 😉

TheLudicReader Thanks for playing. 1y
PurpleyPumpkin @TheLudicReader Thanks for thé tag! It was fun. ? 1y
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I don't recall ever reading this children's classic & I'm glad that I finally did! It's a feel good story that isn't complicated or sad, even though bad things happen. The children are generally unaware of what their parents are enduring. So they make the best of their changed situation. Sure, there are some problematic stereotypes, but for a book written in 1905, it was progressive for it‘s time. #ChildrensClassicRead2022
(September 5, 2022)

TheBookHippie I'm so glad you enjoyed it!! I agree with everything you said! I am so glad I read this!!! AND for 1905 I thought it was quite good. 1y
UwannaPublishme Great review! Totally agree! 1y
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As this book was July‘s pick for the #LiteraryCrew #BuddyRead, I‘m a bit late with my review. ? But I just HAD to post about this one. It was so good! The narrators were excellent and the story absorbing. The author captured antebellum South Carolina in vivid detail. Real-life sisters Sarah and Angelina (Nina) Grimké were her inspiration. They worked tirelessly to end slavery and improve women‘s rights. A compelling read.
(August 27, 2022)

Librarybelle Yay! So glad you liked this one!! 2y
PurpleyPumpkin @Librarybelle It really was excellent. Thanks for the pick!👍🏽 2y
UwannaPublishme This sounds really good. Can you believe I haven‘t read any of her books yet? I know I have at least one on my shelves. 2y
PurpleyPumpkin @UwannaPublishme I highly recommend this book! I hadn't read any of her books before either. In a hilarious turn of events, I realized, after I read the audiobook, that I have a physical copy of this book on my shelves! 😅I borrowed the audiobook from the library. At least I didn't buy it again! And happily, I have one of her other books waiting for me on my gigantic tbr. 😊 2y
UwannaPublishme That‘s happened to me before too. 😁 I think I have The Secret Lives of Bees. I‘ll have to dig around and see. Hope you‘re doing well and enjoying these sunny days! 🌻 2y
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I'll Be Watching You | Courtney Evan Tate
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I read this while on vacation and it was perfect for that. It's the kind of book that I was able to easily get back into even with extended non-reading periods. I thought I had the mystery figured out pretty early, but I was completely wrong! The story, while somewhat disturbing, was quite suspenseful with a decent twist ending that wrapped up quickly. 3/5⭐️
(August 13, 2022)

UwannaPublishme Hope you had a relaxing and wonderful vacation! Glad you found some reading time. 😎🎉🏖🏕📚 2y
PurpleyPumpkin @UwannaPublishme Our vacation was great! Lots of sun and fun. Hope you‘re enjoying your summer too!☀️ 2y
UwannaPublishme Yay! So happy you were able to escape and relax in the sun! Been busy here, but we‘re planning another day trip next month. And it will definitely involve books. 😄📚 2y
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As always, I quite enjoyed my visit with Lori and Aunt Dimity. Very entertaining and comforting. The mystery was intriguing but not scary or violent. Just light and sweet. 4/5⭐️
(June 25, 2022)

UwannaPublishme That‘s how I like my books lately: light and sweet! Just rec‘d your wonderful letter. And yes, there are now a few more books on my TBR! 😉📚 2y
PurpleyPumpkin @UwannaPublishme Yay! 💌 Always happy to bump up your tbr. 🤭 It‘s a crazy world we‘re living in and I felt like I was in a bit of a reading funk. It‘s times like this when I need lighter books to get my reading flowing again. This story definitely did the trick!👍🏽 2y
UwannaPublishme It sure is a crazy world, especially these last two weeks. Thank goodness for our cozy reads and classics. And my memoirs! I can get lost in those any day. 😁 Hugs to you, my friend! 2y
MrsK Love Aunt Dimity. Definitely lightweight, but always fun and entertaining to read ❤️ 1y
PurpleyPumpkin @MrsK I completely agree! This series is my go-to when I need a light and entertaining read. 😉 1y
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Life After Life: A Novel | Kate Atkinson
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My first book read this month! 😅 It‘s been a slow reading month but I‘m glad I was able to finish this book. Really enjoyed this story. Given that I had no clue what it was about when I began this book, it‘s not surprising that I found it confusing at first. But, it became clearer and I‘m so glad I read it! 5/5⭐️
(June 18, 2022)

TheLudicReader I loved this one. 2y
PurpleyPumpkin @TheLudicReader I really did too! The writing was excellent and the story so intriguing. 2y
UwannaPublishme I keep hearing great things about Kate Atkinson! 2y
PurpleyPumpkin @UwannaPublishme I should warn you that her writing/stories can come across as a bit strange. But if you can press through, I think you‘ll enjoy. I thought this novel was really good. 👍🏽 2y
UwannaPublishme Thx for the heads up! Not sure if I can handle “strange” these days.🙃 2y
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May | Kathryn Lasky
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It‘s been a minute since my last post. 😅 To kickstart June, I thought I‘d post my May reads. As you can see, I binged a bunch of novels from the Hamish Macbeth series. My favourite reads were Children of My Heart and The Price of Salt, both 4/5⭐️. The rest were 3⭐️ reads. A good reading month! 😉

UwannaPublishme Happy almost summer, my friend! Hope you‘re finally enjoying some warmer weather. And wow, you‘re on a reading roll. Yay! 🤗📚👏🏻 2y
PurpleyPumpkin @UwannaPublishme Happy almost summer to you too Donna! We‘ve had some really nice weather, but it‘s cooling off a bit today and rain is here. That‘s okay, at least it isn‘t snow! Hope you‘ve been enjoying your spring. 🌸Oh and I mailed a letter to you today, FINALLY! 😅 Hope it gets to you soon. 💌 2y
UwannaPublishme It‘s always nice to catch up with you, Kimberly! Looking forward to your letter and hearing about your latest reads. I may need to add a few more to my TBR. 😉 2y
PurpleyPumpkin @UwannaPublishme As it happens, I included a list of books for you! I love adding to your TBR. And I‘m equally chuffed when you add to mine. 😉 2y
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Winnie the Pooh | A.A. Milne
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I like to read series in publication order, so read this book first before the March #ChildrensClassicRead2022 pick. Upon finishing, I realized it‘s actually the 2nd book in the series!😂No matter, it was very sweet and reminded me of simpler times.❤️ 4/5⭐️

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks So pretty ❤️📚 2y
TheBookHippie We read this as a #childrensclassicread2019 June ♥️ I just love Pooh I love this set! It‘s in my wishlist! 2y
LeahBergen Lovely editions! ❤️ 2y
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PurpleyPumpkin @LeahBergen @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🥰 This Folio set has beautiful artwork. The books are as lovely on the inside as they are on the outside! 2y
PurpleyPumpkin @TheBookHippie I thought you might have touched on this book earlier! I‘m hoping to read the entire collection by the end of this month. 🤞🏽Thanks for the selection for this month as it encouraged to finally read these gems. I‘ve had them for ages!📚 2y
TheBookHippie @PurpleyPumpkin It‘s just lovely to read. It‘s like a hug! Enjoy! 2y
UwannaPublishme Gorgeous! 😍 2y
tpixie @PurpleyPumpkin ah! It‘s a Folio Edition. So lovely 🥰 2y
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I could listen to David Attenborough read my grocery list and be riveted! He is that good. His superior narration skills add depth to this compendium of the history of life on earth. I thoroughly enjoyed this audiobook and know that I will listen to it again. It is chock-a-block with interesting information, so much so that I found myself re-listening to various chapters. Well worth a read, or maybe several! 5/5⭐️
(February 26, 2022)

UwannaPublishme Great review! Now I want to listen to his narration. Hope you‘re doing well, my friend. I hear it‘s pretty cold over there. Bundle up and keep warm! 🤗 2y
PurpleyPumpkin @UwannaPublishme I‘m on the hunt for more of his audiobooks. 😉 It has been cold but getting a bit warmer. I wish I could say that was going to last, but I think we‘re going back to the deep freeze soon. I‘ll be sure to bundle up! 2y
UwannaPublishme We‘ve got rain coming this weekend. At least this weather gives us a reason to stay in and read. 😆 2y
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