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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 Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver
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Life on Earth: A Natural History by David Attenborough
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March (Trilogy Slipcase Set) by Andrew Aydin, John Lewis
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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. 2d
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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)
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IamIamIam Hope you're feeling better!! 1w
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. 😉 1w
ShelleyBooksie Glad to hear that you are feeling better @PurpleyPumpkin 1w
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PurpleyPumpkin @ShelleyBooksie Aww thank you!😊 1w
Trashcanman How have you been doing? 1w
PurpleyPumpkin @Trashcanman Aww thanks for checking in! I‘ve been doing well mostly. Hope you‘ve been okay too. Take care. 💜 1w
UwannaPublishme Glad to hear you‘re better, my friend. ❤️ 5d
PurpleyPumpkin @UwannaPublishme Aww thanks Donna! Feeling like myself again.😊Glad it‘s done! Well, until the next time. 😆 4d
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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!!! 2w
PurpleyPumpkin @TheBookHippie So did I! Thanks for picking it. 👍🏽 2w
UwannaPublishme Ditto to all! 😍🙌🏻 5d
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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! 🎊 2w
PurpleyPumpkin @mabell Hope 2022 is starting well for you!😉 2w
UwannaPublishme Cheers to a New Year filled with more great reads! 🤗🥂 5d
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!📚 4d
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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! 🙌🏻🎄 3w
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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! 1mo
PurpleyPumpkin @LeahBergen It was highly readable! And the glimpse into Gilkey‘s mindset was fascinating. 1mo
UwannaPublishme Oh, this sounds like one I must add to my list. There you go again! 😁📚 3w
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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! 2mo
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) 2mo
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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. 2mo
PurpleyPumpkin @TheRiehlDeal They really are a lot of fun! 2mo
UwannaPublishme You just added another book to my TBR! 😁📚 2mo
PurpleyPumpkin @UwannaPublishme We keep doing this to each other, haha! Our tbrs are constantly growing!! 2mo
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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! 2mo
PurpleyPumpkin @TheBookHippie I really enjoyed it. If you like history and family drama, this is the book to stack!📚 2mo
Librarybelle Great review! So glad you joined us for the buddy read! 2mo
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PurpleyPumpkin Thanks again @Librarybelle! This was such a great pick for October.😁 2mo
kspenmoll Great review! I enjoyed this read too! 2mo
PurpleyPumpkin @kspenmoll So glad you enjoyed it too! 2mo
UwannaPublishme Glad you‘re finding more great reads for November! 👍🏻 2mo
PurpleyPumpkin Yes @UwannaPublishme it‘s been another great reading month!👍🏽 Hope your November has been going well too. 😉 2mo
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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! 3mo
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! 3mo
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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! 3mo
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!💜 3mo
UwannaPublishme Wow! Way to go! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 Ramona is helping me get closer to my goal of 50 books. 😊🤞🏻 3mo
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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 ♥️♥️♥️ 3mo
UwannaPublishme Yay! I‘m enjoying this one too! @TheBookHippie sure knows how to pick the perfect classics. 👍🏻 3mo
PurpleyPumpkin @UwannaPublishme I‘ve enjoyed every one of @TheBookHippie‘s picks so far!🙌🏽 3mo
TheBookHippie @UwannaPublishme 💜💜💜💜💜💜💜 3mo
TheBookHippie @PurpleyPumpkin 💜💜💜💜💜💜💜 3mo
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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! 👻 3mo
PurpleyPumpkin @UwannaPublishme I haven‘t made a dent so far, but here‘s hoping I will this weekend!🤞🏽📚 3mo
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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? 4mo
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. 4mo
TiredLibrarian @PurpleyPumpkin Good to know! Added to the TBR list 📚😊 4mo
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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! 😉 4mo
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. 💜 4mo
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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. 5mo
PurpleyPumpkin @TheRiehlDeal I will definitely look into this. Sounds like a great option. Thanks for sharing!👍🏽 5mo
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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. 5mo
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? 5mo
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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! 5mo
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 5mo
PurpleyPumpkin Good to know! Thanks @vivastory!👍🏽 5mo
UwannaPublishme This sounds like one Craig would like! I think we‘ve seen all the old Arthurian movies. 5mo
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!✅ 5mo
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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. 🙃 6mo
PurpleyPumpkin @Tamra I try this periodically, usually as the end of the year approaches. It‘s hit and miss. 😂 6mo
UwannaPublishme Great stack! Hope August is a productive reading month for you! 🤓📚 6mo
PurpleyPumpkin @UwannaPublishme Thanks Donna! Here‘s hoping… 🤞🏽I hope your August is productive for reading too!📚 6mo
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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! 🤗 6mo
DivineDiana The movie was good! Did you get a chance to watch it yet? 6mo
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! 6mo
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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? 7mo
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!🤔 7mo
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. 🤗 7mo
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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! 😁🙌🏻🎉 7mo
PurpleyPumpkin @UwannaPublishme They definitely did! And the second book provided some really interesting insights. Bud was so charming. 😁 7mo
UwannaPublishme Oh, I adored Bud, too. I still feel like he‘s part of my family. 🥰 7mo
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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!!! 7mo
PurpleyPumpkin @TheBookHippie Excellent!🙌🏽 7mo
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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. 🙌🏻 8mo
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! 8mo
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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! 💜💜 8mo
PurpleyPumpkin @Alora I really did! Thanks again. I hope all is well with you! 8mo
UwannaPublishme Glad you‘re finding more time to read! Hope you‘re doing great! 🤗 8mo
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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! 9mo
PurpleyPumpkin @TheBookHippie I do too! But this one is taking me ages.😅Almost there… 9mo
ladym30 That puzzle is gorgeous!❤️ 9mo
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UwannaPublishme Gorgeous puzzle and book cover! I just stated my Pollyanna ebook last night. Have a great week, my friend! 🤗 9mo
PurpleyPumpkin @UwannaPublishme Hope you‘re enjoying it so far! You have a great week too!😘 9mo
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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. 😁 9mo
Tamra I have it in print and it‘s worth every penny. Truly. (edited) 9mo
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! 9mo
PurpleyPumpkin @Tamra That‘s wonderful to hear! From what I‘ve seen online, it looks beautiful. Definitely a lovely addition to my permanent collection. 👍🏽 9mo
UwannaPublishme 😁 I can easily handle 47 minutes. 👍🏻 9mo
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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. 9mo
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! 9mo
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. 9mo
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Suet624 My favorite repeat read from childhood. 9mo
TheBookHippie It‘s been wonderful!! I‘m finishing tomorrow ! 9mo
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 :) 9mo
GingerAntics @PurpleyPumpkin the audio is amazing! Thanks for pointing me in that direction. 9mo
PurpleyPumpkin @Suet624 It has become mine as well!💜 9mo
PurpleyPumpkin @TheBookHippie Oh, I hope you enjoy! Such a lovely ending. 💜 9mo
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!👍🏽 9mo
PurpleyPumpkin @GingerAntics So glad you‘re enjoying the audiobook!✅ 9mo
UwannaPublishme Totally agree with you and @batsy Much darker and sadder than I expected but such an important message. 9mo
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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. 💪🏻 9mo
PurpleyPumpkin @UwannaPublishme you are so right! 💜 9mo
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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! 9mo
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!👍🏽 9mo
Elizabeth2 Loved this book! 💗 9mo
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PurpleyPumpkin @Elizabeth2 So did I! I thought the POV was really well done, so authentic. 9mo
Elizabeth2 @PurpleyPumpkin totally agree, and Genova did it so well. 💗 9mo
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. 9mo
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. 9mo
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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 😊 10mo
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!👍🏽 10mo
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 10mo
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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!😂 10mo
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! 10mo
UwannaPublishme I may have to put this on my TBR, though I‘m not a big fan of one of her sisters. 🤭 10mo
PurpleyPumpkin @MsMelissa I completely understand! It took me quite some time to get into audiobooks. I‘m a convert now. 🎧 10mo
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. 10mo
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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. 10mo
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. 😉 10mo
LeahBergen I want to read these, too. 👍 10mo
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batsy I've never read her Mary Westmacott novels and I want to! 10mo
PurpleyPumpkin @batsy Great writing but completely different from her mysteries, in a good way! 10mo
UwannaPublishme I‘ve never heard of these! 🤔Always learning something new here. 10mo
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Happy Birthday | Danielle Steel
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What a lovely birthday surprise! @UwannaPublishme thank you so much for your thoughtful care package! The tote, chocolate, socks, and snacks are all wonderful! And that mug! I‘m very much looking forward to a couple of buddy reads with you and my new friend.🐰I‘ve been wanting to read both of these books for quite some time. Thanks again Donna!😘

LeahBergen Happy Birthday!! 💜📚💜📚 10mo
PurpleyPumpkin Aww thanks so much @LeahBergen! 🥰🤗 (edited) 10mo
UwannaPublishme Yay! So glad the package made it there in time. I was afraid the snacks might not make it past customs. Especially if someone was hungry! 😉Keep celebrating and have a fun and fabulous birthday, my friend. 🤗💕🎂🎁🎉📚 10mo
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PurpleyPumpkin @UwannaPublishme Yup, your package arrived a little over a week ago! 🙌🏽You must have had to mail it at the beginning of March with how long mail seems to take to be delivered these days. 😅But it got here safe and sound, snacks and all. I didn‘t know you could send snacks over the border!✅It really was a lovely and thoughtful surprise. I truly appreciated it. 🤗 10mo
UwannaPublishme I read up on what I could send. Good thing because I almost sent some sesame honey almonds. Then I found out no nuts are allowed. Maybe there‘s a double meaning in there! 😆 Anyway, have a great birthday month full of many more surprises and fun reads! 🥳💕 10mo
PurpleyPumpkin @UwannaPublishme Smart thinking on your part! I had no idea that you couldn‘t send nuts. 😂 I know I‘ve sent you some tea and chocolate, but I was guessing that it would be okay. 😅 Thanks again for making my birthday extra special my friend!🤗 10mo
UwannaPublishme Big birthday hugs to you, Kimberly! P.S. I did enjoy the almonds on your behalf! 😁❤️ 10mo
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Happy Birthday | Danielle Steel
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Aww @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego what a lovely book sleeve! It‘s beautiful and so thoughtful of you. I don‘t actually have one, so I‘ll definitely be putting this one to good use. Added bonus: it‘s big enough to fit even my large hardcovers! Thank you so much!😘 Also, I love the “cactus.” 😂 #PoutinePenPals

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Have an amazing day!! 🎂🎁🎉🎈 10mo
PurpleyPumpkin It was an amazing day @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego! And you made it even better. Thanks again. 💜 10mo
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Sulwe | Lupita Nyong'o
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I loved this book! Gorgeously illustrated, it‘s a timely reminder to be kind and to love who you are. Great for kids and adults alike. 5/5⭐️

UwannaPublishme Sounds like another must-read. Stacked! 😊 10mo
PurpleyPumpkin @UwannaPublishme It really is a beautiful book! I borrowed the ebook from my library and I really enjoyed it. 💜 10mo
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Aww what a sweet story this is! Another entertaining instalment in the series. Some sad parts, but some really positive parts as well. Looking forward to the 5th book set to be published in September. 4/5⭐️

Tamra It‘s a great series! 10mo
UwannaPublishme Oh, this sounds really good! 10mo
PurpleyPumpkin @UwannaPublishme These books are just so charming! I love reading about this family and their extended family of friends. I've been able to borrow all but one of the books from the library (ebooks). I'm hoping I'll be able to do the same with the new one in September.🤞🏽 10mo
KellyK ❤️ this series! 3w
PurpleyPumpkin @KellyK It really is a great series!👍🏽 3w
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Another delightful instalment in the Aunt Dimity series! This was just the palate cleanser I needed and a great way to finish my reading month. 4/5⭐️

kaleidoscope.wonder What is this beautiful series?! Oh my! 11mo
UwannaPublishme I keep hearing great things about this one. Okay! Another one for my TBR. 😁👍🏻 (edited) 10mo
PurpleyPumpkin @UwannaPublishme The books in this series are pretty light, but entertaining, fare. They're my go-to books when I'm hitting a bit of a reading slump. And they always get me going again! 10mo
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Ramona's World | Beverly Cleary
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I finished this book late last week, so I‘m a bit late with my review. But I wanted to share how very much I enjoyed this series. And even though it was written quite a while ago, I think kids today would still enjoy Ramona‘s adventures. My thanks to @UwannaPublishme for reminding me about these books. The audiobooks with Stockard Channing as narrator were really well-done! 4/5⭐️

Kloves2read I remember reading these as a kid! Loved these books. I believe Romona Forever was my favorite one, in the series! 11mo
PurpleyPumpkin @Kloves2read I know I read a couple in the series when I was a kid, but haven‘t a clue which ones! So, I thought I‘d do a reread via audiobook. I‘m so glad I did! 11mo
UwannaPublishme So glad you enjoyed them! And now you‘ve inspired me to finish the series. 😊 11mo
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PurpleyPumpkin @UwannaPublishme Oh you should! The stories are just so entertaining and I love seeing Ramona grow up. Wish there were more Ramona books!📚 11mo
UwannaPublishme Hello my friend! Hope you‘re staying warm over there. 🤗I‘m going to download another one today. Ramona always makes me smile—and Stockard is awesome! 💕 11mo
PurpleyPumpkin @UwannaPublishme 👋🏽It‘s a beautiful sunny day here, but pretty cold. 🥶 How‘s it in your neck of the woods? Hope you‘re doing well. 💜 11mo
UwannaPublishme Sunny here too, but much warmer-70! Doing great. May even have some time to read today. Hope you‘re sipping some nice hot tea! ☕️ 11mo
PurpleyPumpkin @UwannaPublishme Oooh 70 degrees, how lovely! It‘s about 25 here but supposedly going up to 43 on the weekend. 🤞🏽You read my mind, hot tea is on the menu this afternoon. Happy reading! 11mo
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The English Patient | Michael Ondaatje
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Another bucket list book read!👍🏽 I‘ve been wanting to read this book for decades, literally. Not sure why it took me so long to get to this. The language was beautiful, the story compelling. 4/5⭐️

MsMelissa I have a love-hate relationship with Ondaatje, but I‘m firmly in the love camp when it comes to this novel. Glad you enjoyed it. 11mo
BarbaraBB I loved this one! 11mo
Cathythoughts I loved this movie .... still to read the book 11mo
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LeahBergen My favourite of his. ❤️ 11mo
LeslieO This is on my top ten all time favorites list. 11mo
PurpleyPumpkin @MsMelissa @BarbaraBB @Cathythoughts @LeahBergen @LeslieO So nice to see so much love for this book! 💜 11mo
UwannaPublishme Glad you‘re enjoying more great reads! 11mo
PurpleyPumpkin @UwannaPublishme I really am! February has been a good reading month for me. 😁👍🏽 11mo
UwannaPublishme Yay! Glad things are settling down and you have some extra time for reading. Hope it‘s not too cold over there. Weather has been crazy this year. 11mo
KCofKaysville I liked the film 11mo
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Almost | Anne Eliot
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Well, I almost made it to my goal of reading for 6 hours for the #24in48 readathon. I finished 3 books and was hoping to squeeze in one more, but it wasn‘t meant to be. Still, I read more this weekend than I have in ages. I consider this a win!🙌🏽

UwannaPublishme 3 more books off your TBR list! Yay for you! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 11mo
Jas16 Three books is a lot! Great job!🙌🏽 11mo
Soubhiville Nice! 11mo
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Ramona and Her Mother | Beverly Cleary, Alan Tiegreen
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I haven‘t gotten much reading time in today. But I did manage to finish my third book for #24in48. Another story about Ramona and her family that I found quite entertaining! 3/5⭐️

UwannaPublishme Yay! I only read Ramona 1 & 2. How are the later ones? I may need to catch up on these! 😊 11mo
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Ramona and Her Father | Beverly Cleary
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I am zipping my way through this series and thoroughly enjoying myself! Ramona is such a character. Second book finished for the #24in48 readathon!👍🏽 4/5⭐️

UwannaPublishme So happy to see you‘re enjoying Ramona. Isn‘t she hilarious? Is the narrator Stockard Channing? Her Ramona voice cracked me up! 😁 11mo
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Home Body | Rupi Kaur
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Got a late start for the #24in48 readathon today, but my goals are rather modest, so I think it‘ll work out. I‘m aiming to read at least 6 hours total, which would be a win for me considering all the other stuff I have to get done this weekend! Still, I couldn‘t miss this ‘thon! This is my first finished book and I quite enjoyed it. 3/5⭐️

PurpleyPumpkin @UwannaPublishme Your lovely mug was a welcome companion as I sipped my morning beverage and read this book!💜 11mo
ScientistSam What a great mug! 11mo
PurpleyPumpkin @ScientistSam It‘s my first bookish mug and the perfect size for tea and hot chocolate. 😁 11mo
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UwannaPublishme So glad you‘re enjoying the mug! Cheers! 🥂 And Happy Readathoning! Wish I could join you, but too much work on my plate this week. 11mo
PurpleyPumpkin @UwannaPublishme I completely understand! I wasn‘t able to spend as much time reading this weekend as I wanted to, but I did get in more reading time than usual. I‘m sure we‘ll do a ‘thon together again in future when life isn‘t quite so crazy!👍🏽 11mo
UwannaPublishme I‘ll look forward to that! 📚👍🏻 11mo
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True Grit | Charles Portis
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I quite enjoyed Donna Tartt‘s narration of this book. She really brought the characters to life. Surprisingly, at least for me, there were some very humorous parts in the story. I can definitely see myself reading this one again. 4/5⭐️

UwannaPublishme I‘ve enjoyed the films, maybe it‘s time to read the book. 🤠Hope you‘re well, my friend. ❤️ 11mo
KCofKaysville Loved this book. Better than either movie, I think. 11mo
PurpleyPumpkin @KCofKaysville I keep meaning to rewatch the second version of the movie. I remember it being quite good, but I can‘t remember enough to compare it to the book. That said, often the book is better than the movie, don‘t you think? 📚🎥 11mo
KCofKaysville Yes 11mo
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Thanks for the tag @ShelleyBooksie 💜
Mmm, let‘s see...
1️⃣ Hardback
2️⃣ With a beverage
3️⃣ Print
4️⃣ Mood reader
5️⃣ This is a hard pick! But I probably lean towards fiction.
6️⃣ Action
7️⃣ Read during the day. I fall asleep too quickly when I read at night!😂
Tagging anyone else who‘s interested!

sherri Both/and to all of these! 12mo
PurpleyPumpkin @sherri 😁🙌🏽 12mo
UwannaPublishme I read mostly at night...and have fallen asleep on many occasions. Not sure if it was the book or me! 😆 12mo
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The Spy's Bedside Book | Graham Greene, Hugh Greene
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This was my first finished book for 2021 and it was a great way to start my reading year. I liked that the stories were nice, bite size morsels that you could finish fairly quickly and then pick up again later. Quite entertaining! 3/5⭐️

biblio_ginger I love the cover! 😍 12mo
LeahBergen Gorgeous book! 12mo
PurpleyPumpkin @biblio_ginger @LeahBergen Folio Society books are my favs! 🤩 12mo
UwannaPublishme Great way to start the year! 🙌🏻 12mo
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Look what arrived in the mail yesterday @UwannaPublishme ! I love it!!! Such a thoughtful gift, it even has my name written on the other side. Thank you so much, Donna. I really appreciate it. 🥰

Cinfhen Awwww, that‘s awesome 🤩 12mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I love it!!!! I wonder where she got it!! 💞💞💞 12mo
UwannaPublishme Yay! So glad it finally arrived! Cheers, my friend. 🤗🥂 12mo
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UwannaPublishme @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks You did get me hooked on Etsy. 😆 12mo
PurpleyPumpkin @UwannaPublishme @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks So THAT‘S the secret! The mug is beautiful AND you‘re supporting indie sellers. Awesome!💜 12mo
UwannaPublishme It‘s another fun (and addicting) app. 😂 Plus they ship around the world and several of our Litsy friends have shops on Etsy. 12mo
PurpleyPumpkin @UwannaPublishme You know, I used to peruse Etsy often. But I haven‘t recently! I‘ll have to rectify that. Thanks for the tip. 😁 And thanks again for being so thoughtful. 😘 12mo
UwannaPublishme 😘😘😘 12mo
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Moby-Dick | Herman Melville
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It‘s very late, I know. But I‘m happy to report that on the cusp of a new year, I finally finished reading this tome! Full disclosure, if not for the audiobook, I‘m pretty sure I would have DNFd it like the first time I tried to read it. This was a bucket-list read, and I‘m glad to have completed the task in 2020. ✅ My thanks to @Clwojick and #mobydickbr for helping me to see this through! 4/5⭐️

readordierachel Well done! 👏🏼 13mo
Bookzombie Awesome!! 13mo
La_Cori Yay!! Well done👏🎉🐋 13mo
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