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PurpleyPumpkin

PurpleyPumpkin

Joined May 2016

“So many books, so little time.“ ~Frank Zappa📚 https://www.goodreads.com/purpleypumpkin
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The Anomaly by Herv Le Tellier
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The Black Pearl by Scott O'Dell
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Jackpot by Nic Stone
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Looking For Jane by Heather Marshall
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The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story by Nikole Hannah-Jones, The New York Times Company
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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. 1mo
UwannaPublishme Great review! Totally agree! 4w
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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!! 1mo
PurpleyPumpkin @Librarybelle It really was excellent. Thanks for the pick!👍🏽 1mo
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. 1mo
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. 😊 1mo
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! 🌻 1mo
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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. 😎🎉🏖🏕📚 2mo
PurpleyPumpkin @UwannaPublishme Our vacation was great! Lots of sun and fun. Hope you‘re enjoying your summer too!☀️ 2mo
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. 😄📚 2mo
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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! 😉📚 3mo
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!👍🏽 3mo
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! 3mo
MrsK Love Aunt Dimity. Definitely lightweight, but always fun and entertaining to read ❤️ 1mo
PurpleyPumpkin @MrsK I completely agree! This series is my go-to when I need a light and entertaining read. 😉 1mo
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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. 4mo
PurpleyPumpkin @TheLudicReader I really did too! The writing was excellent and the story so intriguing. 4mo
UwannaPublishme I keep hearing great things about Kate Atkinson! 3mo
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. 👍🏽 3mo
UwannaPublishme Thx for the heads up! Not sure if I can handle “strange” these days.🙃 3mo
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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! 🤗📚👏🏻 4mo
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. 💌 4mo
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. 😉 4mo
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. 😉 4mo
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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 ❤️📚 7mo
TheBookHippie We read this as a #childrensclassicread2019 June ♥️ I just love Pooh I love this set! It‘s in my wishlist! 7mo
LeahBergen Lovely editions! ❤️ 7mo
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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! 7mo
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!📚 7mo
TheBookHippie @PurpleyPumpkin It‘s just lovely to read. It‘s like a hug! Enjoy! 7mo
UwannaPublishme Gorgeous! 😍 6mo
tpixie @PurpleyPumpkin ah! It‘s a Folio Edition. So lovely 🥰 6mo
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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! 🤗 7mo
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! 7mo
UwannaPublishme We‘ve got rain coming this weekend. At least this weather gives us a reason to stay in and read. 😆 7mo
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Mom & Me & Mom | Maya Angelou
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This was my first Maya Angelou read and I thoroughly enjoyed listening to her reading her own work. Both Angelou and her mother were strong, fearless women who faced some really harsh moments. Somehow, they always found a way to rise above adversity. And, after a rocky beginning, both supported one another unconditionally in adulthood. I look forward to reading Angelou's other biographies as well. #AuthorAMonth
(February 21, 2022)

Soubhiville Sweet. 7mo
PurpleyPumpkin @Soubhiville I‘ve already started I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings and I‘m enjoying it also!👍🏽 7mo
UwannaPublishme Great review! (And you‘ve added another book to my list. 😉) It‘s so true, once you read one of her memoirs, you want to keep going. 7mo
PurpleyPumpkin @UwannaPublishme Yes, I want to read them all now! I believe that this was her last, but I didn‘t mind reading out of order. It provided a great overview of her life and look forward to further readings. 😉 7mo
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For Love of Money | Mary Walton
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I have had this book on my TBR for decades! The true-crime story was intriguing, if written in a bit of a pedestrian manner. Still, it held my interest. The events occurred in the 1980s but continue to remain a hot topic in Florida where the murders happened. I always find the study of the human condition alluring and this book provides insights into what compels people to do the (terrible) things they do. 3/5⭐️
(February 16, 2022)

UwannaPublishme Glad you‘re enjoying such great reads this month! 8mo
PurpleyPumpkin @UwannaPublishme How are you my friend? It‘s been quite a month. But yes, I‘m determined to fit in my reading time. Looks like you‘ve been able to do the same! Here‘s hoping it continues. 🤞🏽 8mo
UwannaPublishme Doing well here and hope you‘re doing the same! It‘s a short month, but like you, I‘m trying to read more...at least an hour or 2 a day. Before duty calls me away. 🤪 8mo
PurpleyPumpkin @UwannaPublishme Good for you! I‘m not getting quite as much reading time in as you, but I try to make up for it on the weekends. 😉📚 8mo
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The Mercies | Kiran Millwood Hargrave
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All the stars! What an excellent book. It was dark and foreboding, but how could it not be given the subject matter. I'm always surprised with how cruel humanity can be when people don't understand something. Fear is a great motivator, unfortunately. This story kept me thinking. Even when I wasn't reading it, my mind would wander back to it. I feel sure that I'll read this again someday. 5/5⭐️
#LiteraryCrew #BuddyRead
(February 11, 2022)

Librarybelle Yay! So glad you liked this! 8mo
PurpleyPumpkin @Librarybelle I truly did! So much to think about and digest. Thanks again for selecting this one. 👍🏽 8mo
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Pinocchio | Carlo Collodi
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On the last day of the month, I finished reading January‘s #ChildrensClassicRead2022! As with other classic fairytales (think Grimm‘s), there are many lessons that are learned at a heavy cost. Not fun and I‘m glad I didn‘t read this as a kid!😅 But I‘m glad I read it now. Thanks for this pick @TheBookHippie 👍🏽 3/5⭐️ #SerialReader
(January 31, 2022)

TheBookHippie 😂🎉♥️ I‘m glad I read it now. 8mo
rubyslippersreads I was just not able to reread this. The sentient piece of wood on the first page was too much. 😂 8mo
batsy @rubyslippersreads Honestly 😆 8mo
UwannaPublishme @rubyslippersreads 😂🤦🏻‍♀️😳 8mo
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Fat Chance, Charlie Vega | Crystal Maldonado
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Sweet story! I thought the author captured the growing pains of young relationships well. I have to say tho, these 16/17 YOs are WAY more put together than I was at that age. Yes, they‘re grappling with a lot of stuff, but they‘re much more mature about it than I was. Maybe it would have been more appropriate if the characters were in college? At any rate, it still works and I enjoyed this story a lot. 4/5⭐️
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(January 30, 2022)

UwannaPublishme Great review! 8mo
PurpleyPumpkin @UwannaPublishme 🥰 I might read her next book that‘s coming out soon. But also with a MC that‘s 16, so I‘m on the fence about it. 🤔 (edited) 8mo
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The Bean Trees | Barbara Kingsolver
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Enjoyed a cozy day of reading yesterday and was able to finish my first Kingsolver book. Let me tell ya, it won‘t be my last! Loved the themes of finding your own family, strong women making a life with the help of each other, & mother/daughter relationships. There was a lot going on, but at its heart, this was a very tender story. 4/5⭐️
#AAMIA #AuthorAMonth
(January 23, 2022)

bookishnerd I am pretty sure this was my first read by her, too. Then I read a few more of her books and then just stopped. Should revisit her! 8mo
KCofKaysville @PurpleyPumpkin My first by her too. Loved it. 8mo
Nute I love a book about women discovering their strength and making a way!🙌🏽 8mo
UwannaPublishme Yes!🙌🏻 Must read more of her books. 8mo
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My last holiday book for this Christmas! I thoroughly enjoyed my journey back to Fethering. But I think a closer edit of the writing was in order. Still, this was a fun whodunnit. I really enjoy the relationship between the MCs, Carole & Jude. They are complete opposites, and yet they work seamlessly together. It truly was like visiting old friends. 3.5/5⭐️
(January 21, 2022)

DannyDan Love your tree! Is that hand-made!?😃 8mo
PurpleyPumpkin @DannyDan You know, I‘m not sure! It‘s painted metal and reminds me of the Christmas trees in Whoville.🎄 8mo
DannyDan @PurpleyPumpkin Ooh I get the semblance!😀 It looks pretty! 8mo
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Reading More, Reading Better | Elfrieda H. Hiebert
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Thanks for the tag @ShelleyBooksie 😊

1️⃣I don‘t read ebooks on my cell phone as it‘s too small. 👀 But it‘s great for listening to audiobooks!

2️⃣I enjoy reading ebooks on my iPad. 📖

(January 19, 2022)

TheSpineView Phones are great for audiobooks! Thanks for playing! 8mo
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I read this book in December due to its Christmas theme. But it‘s a classic whodunnit that could be read at any time of year. An enjoyable English mystery that had me guessing until the end! 3.5/5⭐️
(January 15, 2022)

UwannaPublishme Good to know! I‘m always up for a little Christmas spirit any time of the year. 9mo
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@ShelleyBooksie kindly tagged me😘, but I wasn‘t up to posting as I was feeling pretty awful after getting my booster Thursday. Oh well, better late than never!
1️⃣Read at least 60 books. Didn‘t want to set the bar too high and end up stressing over it!
2️⃣Tranquility
3️⃣Currently reading the tagged book and quite enjoying it. It‘s helping to extend the holiday vibes. 🎄
(January 8, 2022)
#ThoughtfulThursday

IamIamIam Hope you're feeling better!! 9mo
PurpleyPumpkin @IamIamIam Yes, much better today, thank you! Still tired, but it‘ll pass. It‘s a good day to catch up on my reading. 😉 9mo
ShelleyBooksie Glad to hear that you are feeling better @PurpleyPumpkin 9mo
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PurpleyPumpkin @ShelleyBooksie Aww thank you!😊 9mo
Trashcanman How have you been doing? 9mo
PurpleyPumpkin @Trashcanman Aww thanks for checking in! I‘ve been doing well mostly. Hope you‘ve been okay too. Take care. 💜 9mo
UwannaPublishme Glad to hear you‘re better, my friend. ❤️ 9mo
PurpleyPumpkin @UwannaPublishme Aww thanks Donna! Feeling like myself again.😊Glad it‘s done! Well, until the next time. 😆 9mo
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Is there any better way to begin a story than with the phrase “Once upon a time?” I love stories that begin like that and this one was no exception. Add the brilliant artwork and reading this book was a wonderful way to start my year! I was meant to read it in December for the #ChildrensClassicRead2021, but I wound up late to the party. Better late than never! 5/5⭐️
(January 3, 2022)

TheBookHippie I just loved it!!! 9mo
PurpleyPumpkin @TheBookHippie So did I! Thanks for picking it. 👍🏽 9mo
UwannaPublishme Ditto to all! 😍🙌🏻 9mo
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Phoebe and Her Unicorn | Dana Simpson
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What a great way to end my reading year! This was an absolute delight. 5/5⭐️

Happy New Year Littens!🎉🍾🥂
(December 31, 2021)

mabell Happy New Year! 🎊 9mo
PurpleyPumpkin @mabell Hope 2022 is starting well for you!😉 9mo
UwannaPublishme Cheers to a New Year filled with more great reads! 🤗🥂 9mo
PurpleyPumpkin @UwannaPublishme Happy New Year to you my friend!🎉My reading year is starting a little slower than last year, but still great. Hope it‘s the same for you!📚 9mo
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Eight Winter Nights | Liz Maverick
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I thought this was a really cute story and enjoyed that it took place during Hanukkah. Nice to read a different perspective to the traditional Christmas story. A fun holiday book. 4/5⭐️
(December 22, 2021)

UwannaPublishme Holiday themed books are always so uplifting! 🙌🏻🎄 9mo
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One Day in December | Josie Silver
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Although I wasn‘t enamoured with Jack and felt Laurie was too good for him, I was drawn in by the story of star-crossed lovers. Spanning close to a decade, the story follows both MCs through their romantic ups and downs. It starts and ends during Christmas, hence why I chose it for my holiday reading. 3.5⭐️
(December 21,2021)

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Duke, Actually | Jenny Holiday
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A very cute romcom with a slow burn that leads to romance. I listened to the audiobook and loved the narration of Stacy Gonzalez. She captured all the accents and characters beautifully! 3.5⭐️
(December 20, 2021)

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I found this true account of a man who was obsessed with collecting rare books really interesting. It‘s a compelling story that I think bibliophiles will enjoy. 3.5⭐️
(December 19, 2021)

LeahBergen I really liked this one! 9mo
PurpleyPumpkin @LeahBergen It was highly readable! And the glimpse into Gilkey‘s mindset was fascinating. 9mo
UwannaPublishme Oh, this sounds like one I must add to my list. There you go again! 😁📚 9mo
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This short story was a great way to start my holiday reading! And it‘s so timely given that we‘re still in the throes of the pandemic. A cute and hopeful story. 4/5⭐️

UwannaPublishme I just read this one this morning. That almost counts as another Buddy read with you! 😁 Rainbow Rocks! 10mo
PurpleyPumpkin @UwannaPublishme Great minds think alike! Totally agree, Rainbow rocks! So great that we've enjoyed a bunch of buddy reads this year. It's good momentum for 2022. 😁 (edited) 10mo
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Sarah's Scribbles #4 | Sarah Andersen
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Yay another edition in the Sarah‘s Scribbles series! All around fun. There was just the right amount of wit, humour, and oddball happenings to keep me hooked! 4/5⭐️

My thanks to NetGalley and Andrews McMeel Publishing for an advanced copy of the ebook in exchange for an honest review.

#netgalley #andrewsmcmeel

TheRiehlDeal I need to read these books. They look so goofy. 11mo
PurpleyPumpkin @TheRiehlDeal They really are a lot of fun! 11mo
UwannaPublishme You just added another book to my TBR! 😁📚 11mo
PurpleyPumpkin @UwannaPublishme We keep doing this to each other, haha! Our tbrs are constantly growing!! 11mo
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Julian Fellowes's Belgravia | Julian Fellowes
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Historical novels are one of my fav genres so this book was right up my alley. The story revolves around two families, their various intrigues, and the things that unite them. As I got deeper into the book, I had a harder time putting it down. I needed to find out what was going to happen! And I wasn‘t disappointed. 5/5⭐️

My thanks to @Librarybelle for providing the motivation I needed to finally read this book!

#LiteraryCrew #BuddyRead

TheBookHippie Looks good! 11mo
PurpleyPumpkin @TheBookHippie I really enjoyed it. If you like history and family drama, this is the book to stack!📚 11mo
Librarybelle Great review! So glad you joined us for the buddy read! 11mo
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PurpleyPumpkin Thanks again @Librarybelle! This was such a great pick for October.😁 11mo
kspenmoll Great review! I enjoyed this read too! 11mo
PurpleyPumpkin @kspenmoll So glad you enjoyed it too! 11mo
UwannaPublishme Glad you‘re finding more great reads for November! 👍🏻 11mo
PurpleyPumpkin Yes @UwannaPublishme it‘s been another great reading month!👍🏽 Hope your November has been going well too. 😉 11mo
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I didn‘t know much about this one going in. And the way it started I was wondering why on earth I‘d picked it! But things improved and I really enjoyed what started out as a very dystopian magical tale. Looking forward to reading the next in the series. I read the audiobook and the author narrated. I really enjoyed his performance. 4/5⭐️

UwannaPublishme Glad to learn more about this series. I put it on my TBR when I found out that Glee‘s Kurt is the author. Guess he can act, sing and write! 11mo
PurpleyPumpkin @UwannaPublishme You know, I‘ve never watched Glee! It wasn‘t until after I started reading this that I learned he was on the series. He can definitely write, that‘s for sure! 11mo
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A Brief History of Time | Stephen Hawking
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This is my first book finished for the #BooklyReadathon. It‘s been on my #tbr for years, so I‘m glad that I finally got around to reading it! Can‘t say I fully understood it, but it was interesting. I feel like I‘ll have to do several rereads for all that info to really sink in. Another one for my #BookBucketList! 4/5⭐️

UwannaPublishme Yay! You‘re really putting a big dent in your TBRs! 11mo
PurpleyPumpkin @UwannaPublishme This really has been a great reading year for me. I just reached my Goodreads goal of 52 books, so it‘s all extra from here. 👍🏽 Hope you‘re doing well my friend!💜 11mo
UwannaPublishme Wow! Way to go! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 Ramona is helping me get closer to my goal of 50 books. 😊🤞🏻 11mo
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Little Witch | Anna Bennett
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Started reading this month‘s #childrensclassicread2021 pick on this cloudy rainy day. It was the perfect way to spend part of my afternoon!

TheBookHippie ♥️♥️♥️ 12mo
UwannaPublishme Yay! I‘m enjoying this one too! @TheBookHippie sure knows how to pick the perfect classics. 👍🏻 12mo
PurpleyPumpkin @UwannaPublishme I‘ve enjoyed every one of @TheBookHippie‘s picks so far!🙌🏽 12mo
TheBookHippie @UwannaPublishme 💜💜💜💜💜💜💜 12mo
TheBookHippie @PurpleyPumpkin 💜💜💜💜💜💜💜 12mo
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I decided to go with a bit of a spooky theme for my #OctoberTBR. Looking forward to an eclectic month of reading!🎃

UwannaPublishme You‘re in for a scary month! 👻 12mo
PurpleyPumpkin @UwannaPublishme I haven‘t made a dent so far, but here‘s hoping I will this weekend!🤞🏽📚 12mo
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Ahh, I wish this wasn't the last book in this series! It was the perfect mix of mystery and history with a smidgeon of romance. I really enjoyed how the author captured Daphne du Maurier as a budding author and an amateur sleuth. The nod to Rebecca, a favourite book of mine, was effective. I loved how Challis tied this novel's events together so well with du Maurier's real life. An enjoyable read. 4/5⭐️

TiredLibrarian Can this be read as a standalone? 12mo
PurpleyPumpkin @TiredLibrarian Yes, I think it definitely can be a standalone read. Honestly, I read the two previous books some time ago and didn‘t quite remember all of the events. That did not detract from my enjoyment of this story whatsoever. 12mo
TiredLibrarian @PurpleyPumpkin Good to know! Added to the TBR list 📚😊 12mo
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September | Rosamunde Pilcher
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My #SeptemberTBR looks strangely like my August one. 🤨 Actually, I was able to knock a couple off this stack last month. And I‘ve added some titles for this month just to keep things interesting. I also have an ebook and an audiobook on the go. Should keep me busy!😅

UwannaPublishme Great stack! Here‘s to more reading time this month! At least our #childrensclassicread2021 for Sept is short! 😉 13mo
PurpleyPumpkin @UwannaPublishme Yes, I really appreciate the short children‘s classic this month. Still need to finish last month‘s pick! Will do that today. 👍🏽😅 Hope your reading month is going well. 💜 13mo
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Imagine It!: A Handbook for a Happier Planet | Laurie David, Heather Reisman
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This was a quick, informative read. And it‘ll be a good reference in future. Some of the tips for making life & the planet healthier weren‘t new, but they were a good reminder. I learned a lot about chemicals & how pervasive they are. Also, I had no idea that some paper products (think tp & paper towels) are made 100% with old growth trees. 😳 A good starting point & I‘ll continue to do my own research!🌎 4/5⭐️

TheRiehlDeal There‘s a company called Who Gives a Crap that makes TP, paper towels and tissues from bamboo. And a portion of the profits go to help building toilets for those in need. 13mo
PurpleyPumpkin @TheRiehlDeal I will definitely look into this. Sounds like a great option. Thanks for sharing!👍🏽 13mo
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I have had this on my shelf for decades!😅 I bought it in university but never got around to reading it. Glad I finally did! If you enjoy Arthurian legends and tales of knights, this one‘s for you. And if you get a little lost like I did at times, Wikipedia will set you back on the right path. 😁3/5⭐️

TheRiehlDeal My brother and I saw the movie this past weekend and thought it was very confusing. Definitely not for everyone. 13mo
PurpleyPumpkin @TheRiehlDeal I'm just finding out about all the adaptations of this story! Had no idea, until you mentioned it which inspired me to do another search, that the most recent was the movie released on July 30th with Dev Patel. Is that the one you saw? 13mo
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PurpleyPumpkin @TheRiehlDeal Mmm, interesting. Having just read this story, I wouldn't mind watching this movie to compare. But, I'll look for it once it hits a streaming service. Thanks for your feedback on it! 13mo
vivastory I loved the movie. It's an A24 movie, so it has the same aesthetic as some of the others that they have produced but IMO it's one of the best of the year 13mo
PurpleyPumpkin Good to know! Thanks @vivastory!👍🏽 13mo
UwannaPublishme This sounds like one Craig would like! I think we‘ve seen all the old Arthurian movies. 13mo
PurpleyPumpkin @UwannaPublishme I think this would be definitely right up your alley then! It was a short read, albeit not easy. 😅 I mean, it wasn‘t hard but I found I really had to pay attention. Another off my reading bucket list!✅ 13mo
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All's Well | Mona Awad
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Just finished this book, perfect timing since today is pub day! Awad captures the MC‘s pain & desperation to rid herself of it so accurately. Miranda wants to believe that she can be cured of her chronic ailments, but is starting to lose faith in all the experts. Then, she meets some strange fellows and her tale takes a twist. My thanks to NetGalley & Penguin Random House Canada for an advanced copy of the ebook in exchange for an honest review.

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Let's Read: A Linguistic Approach | Robert K. Barnhart, Cynthia A. Barnhart
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I don‘t often post monthly tbr stacks because I‘m such a mood reader! But, it‘s August, and I‘m trying to check off some prompts on my various reading challenges. So, I thought I‘d try to get organized. Along with these options, I‘ve always got an audio and ebook on the go. Let‘s see how far I can get!🤞🏽📚😅

Tamra Me too - I‘ve never tried to plan reading. 🙃 1y
PurpleyPumpkin @Tamra I try this periodically, usually as the end of the year approaches. It‘s hit and miss. 😂 1y
UwannaPublishme Great stack! Hope August is a productive reading month for you! 🤓📚 1y
PurpleyPumpkin @UwannaPublishme Thanks Donna! Here‘s hoping… 🤞🏽I hope your August is productive for reading too!📚 1y
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I always like to read the book before I watch the movie. So, this has been on my tbr since I heard that a movie was going to be made. Not sure why I waited so long to read this as it‘s right up my alley. A mystery set in Victorian-era England, yes please! And Enola is such an engaging MC. 5/5⭐️

UwannaPublishme You find the best audiobooks! 🙌🏻 Happy Reading, my friend! 🤗 1y
DivineDiana The movie was good! Did you get a chance to watch it yet? 1y
PurpleyPumpkin @DivineDiana I haven‘t yet! But glad to hear that you enjoyed it. I‘m looking forward to it, although it sounds quite different than the book. But that‘s so often the case with a book turned into a movie! 1y
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I really enjoyed this book! It‘s a great book to read all at once. But I think it would also be a great resource if you just want to pick and choose certain sections. 5/5⭐️

UwannaPublishme So is Bookly as much fun as everyone says? 1y
PurpleyPumpkin @UwannaPublishme You know, I downloaded this app ages ago, but didn‘t end up using it. Then recently, I saw some Littens posting about it, so I thought I‘d try it. You can use it for 10 books before subscribing. I like it, but it‘s pricey for what it is. But I‘ll continue at least for the 10 books. We‘ll see!🤔 1y
UwannaPublishme Ha! I downloaded it a while ago too. Didn‘t realize it was a subscription. It does look cool though! Hope you‘re doing well and gearing up for that beautiful summer weather! Sending hugs your way. 🤗 1y
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These two books were such comforting reads! I loved getting to know everyone in the first book. And it was wonderful to read about old characters and learn about new ones in the second book. A very entertaining series. Both were 4/5⭐️

My thanks to @UwannaPublishme for reminding me that I wanted to read these two. They did not disappoint!💜

UwannaPublishme Yay! So glad Fannie and her quirkiest characters made you smile! 😁🙌🏻🎉 1y
PurpleyPumpkin @UwannaPublishme They definitely did! And the second book provided some really interesting insights. Bud was so charming. 😁 1y
UwannaPublishme Oh, I adored Bud, too. I still feel like he‘s part of my family. 🥰 1y
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Pollyanna | Eleanor H Porter
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I really enjoyed May‘s pick for the #ChildrensClassicRead2021. It was a delight to read and the perfect pick-me-up! 4/5⭐️

Now it‘s time to get started on this month‘s pick and I‘m very much looking forward to it. 🙂

TheBookHippie 🤍🤍🤍🤍it took me a minute but now, I love it!!! 1y
PurpleyPumpkin @TheBookHippie Excellent!🙌🏽 1y
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Notre-Dame | Ken Follett
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It‘s hard to believe that it‘s been a little over 2 years since the devastating fire at Notre Dame. Whether you‘ve visited this monument or not, it was heartbreaking to witness. This book was written as an homage to the great cathedral soon after the fire. And all proceeds are being donated to reconstruction efforts. I found the history quite interesting and it wasn‘t drawn out. Absorbing and succinct. 4/5⭐️

UwannaPublishme Oh, I remember that incredibly sad day. Just heartbreaking. Glad to hear about this book and the efforts to raise money for restorations. 🙌🏻 1y
PurpleyPumpkin @UwannaPublishme It was so sad and surreal. I remember feeling shocked by this event and not wanting to believe it was true. The restoration is well underway which is great news! 1y
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When I first marked this book to read, my interest was piqued! Then I started reading some negative reviews.🤔 I dove in anyway & I‘m glad I did! Tate has a way of drawing you in & I often got lost in her story, forgetting it was nonfiction. Were her therapist‘s methods unorthodox? I would have to say yes, even Tate herself says so at times. But did this therapy work for her? It sure seems like it. 3/5⭐️

My thanks to @Alora for the 🎄🎁💜

Alora Glad you enjoyed it! 💜💜 1y
PurpleyPumpkin @Alora I really did! Thanks again. I hope all is well with you! 1y
UwannaPublishme Glad you‘re finding more time to read! Hope you‘re doing great! 🤗 1y
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Pollyanna | Eleanor H Porter
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Started reading this book today for this month‘s #ChildrensClassicRead2021 pick. I started listening while vacuuming and carried right on listening while I worked on my puzzle. Pollyanna seems like a very wise little girl. 🧩🎧

TheBookHippie I love a good jigsaw puzzle! 1y
PurpleyPumpkin @TheBookHippie I do too! But this one is taking me ages.😅Almost there… 1y
ladym30 That puzzle is gorgeous!❤️ 1y
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UwannaPublishme Gorgeous puzzle and book cover! I just stated my Pollyanna ebook last night. Have a great week, my friend! 🤗 1y
PurpleyPumpkin @UwannaPublishme Hope you‘re enjoying it so far! You have a great week too!😘 1y
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The Lost Words: A Spell Book | Robert Macfarlane, Jackie Morris
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What a fantastic audiobook! So glad that I found it for the #BookRiotReadHarderChallenge2021, “Read a book of nature poems.” Listening to this book, I felt like I was in the middle of a forest surrounded by wildlife. And every so often, a beautiful voice would read a poem. Absolutely captivating! The print version looks beautiful as well. I may have to purchase it to enjoy the artwork. 5/5⭐️

UwannaPublishme Uh-oh! You just added another book to my TBR. 😁 1y
Tamra I have it in print and it‘s worth every penny. Truly. (edited) 1y
PurpleyPumpkin @UwannaPublishme Oops, sorry (not sorry)😅I think this is a great one for your TBR. The audiobook wasn‘t very long, about 47 minutes. But so worth it. Really wonderful! 1y
PurpleyPumpkin @Tamra That‘s wonderful to hear! From what I‘ve seen online, it looks beautiful. Definitely a lovely addition to my permanent collection. 👍🏽 1y
UwannaPublishme 😁 I can easily handle 47 minutes. 👍🏻 1y
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Black Beauty | Anna Sewell
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This month‘s pick for the #ChildrensClassicRead2021 was a winner! I did a combo read, both audio and print, and I really enjoyed it. This is a reread for me, and it won‘t be my last. I love the POV of this book, even though some parts were upsetting. But, the end was quite satisfying. 4/5⭐️

GingerAntics Oh, this one could be amazing on audio. I‘m checking my library right now. I can‘t believe I didn‘t even think of that before now. 1y
PurpleyPumpkin @GingerAntics I really enjoyed the audio version! I wasn‘t sold at first, but quickly came round. If you can‘t find it at your library, you can listen for free via stories.audible.com! 1y
GingerAntics @PurpleyPumpkin it looks like that exact same audiobook. I am very excited to try this when I get some reading time I little later. 1y
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Suet624 My favorite repeat read from childhood. 1y
TheBookHippie It‘s been wonderful!! I‘m finishing tomorrow ! 1y
batsy Great review. It's my first time reading it and it has honestly taken me by surprise. Darker and sadder than I expected and with good reason. I'm reading on Serial Reader so hope to finish it soon :) 1y
GingerAntics @PurpleyPumpkin the audio is amazing! Thanks for pointing me in that direction. 1y
PurpleyPumpkin @Suet624 It has become mine as well!💜 1y
PurpleyPumpkin @TheBookHippie Oh, I hope you enjoy! Such a lovely ending. 💜 1y
PurpleyPumpkin @batsy Yes, particularly given the fact that it‘s supposed to be a children‘s book, it is quite dark in parts. But it‘s told in a gentle way somehow. Enjoy the rest of your reading!👍🏽 1y
PurpleyPumpkin @GingerAntics So glad you‘re enjoying the audiobook!✅ 1y
UwannaPublishme Totally agree with you and @batsy Much darker and sadder than I expected but such an important message. 1y
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This would probably resonate more in trying times. For me, the short statements acted as reminders of how strong and resilient we can be when life gets tough. 3/5⭐️

UwannaPublishme This last year certainly tested our resilience. Glad we‘re emerging strong and mighty. 💪🏻 1y
PurpleyPumpkin @UwannaPublishme you are so right! 💜 1y
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Still Alice | Lisa Genova
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This was such an immersive and compelling read that I finished it in 3 days! It‘s been a while since I‘ve read a book that quickly. I appreciated the story being told from the POV of the affected individual. It really provided insights into Alzheimer‘s for me. A hard read but well worth the effort. 5/5⭐️

Amiable Oh, I loved this book. Have you read “Inside the O‘Briens” by this same author? Sooo good! 1y
PurpleyPumpkin @Amiable You know, I haven‘t! And I have it on my tbr too. 😅 This is my first LG read, although I own four of her books. Glad that I have lots to look forward to. She‘s an excellent writer!👍🏽 1y
Elizabeth2 Loved this book! 💗 1y
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PurpleyPumpkin @Elizabeth2 So did I! I thought the POV was really well done, so authentic. 1y
Elizabeth2 @PurpleyPumpkin totally agree, and Genova did it so well. 💗 1y
UwannaPublishme This is also on my TBR, but it‘s such a tough read and so close to home. I hope to read it one day. 1y
PurpleyPumpkin @UwannaPublishme I agree, the subject matter is difficult. This book was on my TBR for many years. I finally read it because of a prompt on this year‘s Ultimate Pop Sugar Reading Challenge, “a book about forgetting.” I‘m glad I got around to it. 1y
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Wuthering Heights | Emily Bront
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This was my last read for April. The first time I read this book was when I was in Grade 8 or 9. It was definitely time for reread. This time around, I thought I‘d do a combo read of both the audio and print versions. I was not disappointed! I found it interesting that reviewers on Goodreads seemed to either love or hate this book. I get both of those views, but I am firmly in the love camp. 5/5⭐️

MsMelissa I last read this one in grade 13 English Lit (since you‘re a Canuck I won‘t have to explain grade 13 to you LOL), and am about to start a re-read for #ThatsClassic. I‘m hoping it lives up to my memories as I‘ve always been firmly in the love camp, too 😊 2y
PurpleyPumpkin @MsMelissa Haha Grade 13 brings back memories! I hope you enjoy your reread. I have to say that the audiobook really breathed life into the narrative. If you enjoy audiobooks, you can listen for free on the internet via Audible‘s Stories, stories.audible.com. Looking forward to reading your review!👍🏽 2y
susanw I have that exact same edition sitting on my shelf, from HS English with my school stamp on the inside. Though, I think my Cole‘s Notes is long gone 2y
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PurpleyPumpkin @susanw I just can‘t part with this old friend! The Coles Notes are helpful but almost as long as the novel!😂 2y
MsMelissa Sadly, I can‘t do audiobooks. For some reason I can‘t focus on what‘s being said. The only time I successfully listened to some was during a several weeks long bout of constant vertigo. Audiobooks were my saving grace as lying in bed listening to them was the only thing I could do! 2y
UwannaPublishme I may have to put this on my TBR, though I‘m not a big fan of one of her sisters. 🤭 2y
PurpleyPumpkin @MsMelissa I completely understand! It took me quite some time to get into audiobooks. I‘m a convert now. 🎧 2y
PurpleyPumpkin @UwannaPublishme Well, you may not enjoy this one then. It‘s very dark, but I just love her writing. It‘s really too bad that she only wrote this one book. 2y
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Giant's Bread | Mary Westmacott
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I‘m on a mission to read Agatha Christie‘s works in publication order! 😅This book was published under her pseudonym and it really does read like a book written by another author. But the trademark excellent writing is still here along with a very interesting story. 4/5⭐️

Suet624 I don't think I knew she wrote under a pseudonym. 2y
PurpleyPumpkin @Suet624 I didn‘t either until I started this journey! She wrote six novels under this name so there‘s more to look forward to. 😉 2y
LeahBergen I want to read these, too. 👍 2y
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batsy I've never read her Mary Westmacott novels and I want to! 2y
PurpleyPumpkin @batsy Great writing but completely different from her mysteries, in a good way! 2y
UwannaPublishme I‘ve never heard of these! 🤔Always learning something new here. 2y
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