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Tamra

Tamra

Joined October 2016

I love literary fiction!
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Georgie | Robert Bright
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Got out the Halloween books and this is my favorite. 👻 💙

It‘s so sweet, but I‘ve always wondered what happens to Georgie when the Whittaker‘s pass on? Does he keep the time for all subsequent homeowners too?

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Up next! Looking forward to this one given all of the love it has received. 💙

batsy I found this a quiet gem, and unexpectedly uplifting. Hope you enjoy it! 5d
LeahBergen I love this cover. 5d
Cathythoughts Sounds wonderful! Stacking 3d
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Mehso-so

These short stories didn‘t hold up to my expectations. Perhaps it was just my mood, but most struck me as melancholic.

Cathythoughts Oh dear ! Onwards and upwards 👍🏻 6d
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Crying in H Mart: A Memoir | Michelle Zauner
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Mehso-so

The writing is good and the foodie in me enjoyed all of the Korean fare described. The so-so rating is because memoir is a genre I rarely enjoy unless the author‘s experience is exceptional. Too often it feels like therapy. I read this was originally an essay and I think it is likely better suited to that form.

I will say Zauner does capture the complicated nature of parent-child relationships and caring for a loved one actively dying.

Cathythoughts Nice review 👍🏻 That‘s a good point about the memoir often being like therapy, I‘m not a memoir reader.. so that‘s interesting to think on. 1w
Tamra @Cathythoughts thank you Cathy. 😊 I hope you & reading life are well! 1w
Cathythoughts Thanks ! All good , just way too busy & then got covid 🙄 bad old dose , so hopefully be better soon. X 1w
Tamra @Cathythoughts oh dear! 😟 I do hope you feel better quickly. I know it‘s hard to find any kind of satisfying distraction when ill. Take care! 1w
Cathythoughts Thanks! Your very good ❤️ 1w
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Betty Crocker's Picture Cookbook | Betty Crocker Editors
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Never in the 34 years we‘ve been married has my husband asked me to make pot roast. Probably because it was weekly fare when he was growing up. Now out of the blue he has a craving. Maybe the sudden fall temps?

I thought I‘d see what the 50‘s Betty recommended and the horseradish is appealing! 😋 I‘m not crazy about plain meat & potatoes.

Kappadeemom Make it in a crockpot! Brown the roast on the stove and then put it in the crockpot with onions, veggies, a pack of ranch dressing dry mix, a pack of brown gravy mix and a small jar of peppercini peppers with the juice. The best! 2w
Kappadeemom Make sure the jar of peppers is small or use half a big jar. The cut up peppers are better 2w
Tamra @Kappadeemom that is delicious! Mississippi pot roast with the peppers? 2w
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slategreyskies @Kappadeemom wow, that sounds so good!! :) 2w
Kappadeemom Yes, it‘s Mississippi pot roast although I‘m from Georgia…lol. If you don‘t like the peppers you can buy a jar of Heinz beef gravy and use it instead. 2w
Tamra @Kappadeemom 😆 I love the peppers! I have made it and it‘s fabulous. 2w
Aims42 Oooo I love horseradish so much, this sounds like it could be a winner 🙌 2w
Tamra @Aims42 imagine if I had fresh horseradish! 2w
Aims42 @Tamra 🤤🤤🤤🤤🤤 I‘d be over in a heartbeat lol 2w
mcctrish I make pot roast once a year and horseradish sounds brilliant 2w
Dragon Sounds so good! 2w
Larkken Yum! I make ina gartens pot roast once a year. So comforting on cold days! 2w
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This was delicious last night and leftovers will be even better tonight! Super quick too - even with having used dried beans I cooked in the Instant Pot.

LeahBergen Yum! And now I want to make this. 😄 2w
MrsK Love cassoulet! Must find this book. Thanks ☺️ 2w
Cathythoughts Looks really good 👍🏻 2w
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Owl Be Spooky | Laura Bee Books
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After a month of fiddling, my daughter finally figured this one out by accident. 😜

Perfect for the season! I predict another will be in her Xmas stocking.

LeahBergen How cool! 2w
Cathythoughts That‘s fab 👍🏻 2w
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I‘m very much appreciating all of our modern home conveniences. 😊

A collection of vignettes which provides an interesting glimpse onto the manor estate, a lifestyle no longer sustainable after WWII. #furrowedmiddlebrowclub

@LeahBergen @Cathythoughts @Ruthiella @MrsK @batsy @quietjenn @Jess_Read_This @Kimzey @erzascarletbookgasm @CarolynM @catebutler @elkeOriginal @jlhammar @Sparklemn

Ruthiella Having just vacuumed my home, I heartily agree with you! However, I think even with modern conveniences, a 33 room manor would be a challenge! 3w
Tamra No narrative drive or deep character development here, so it wasn‘t a book I was eager to read. 3w
Tamra @Ruthiella bah - completely agree! 3w
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Tamra @Ruthiella I can‘t keep my house clean so I can‘t imagine! (edited) 3w
Ruthiella @Tamra Me either! 😂 3w
CarolynM @Ruthiella The thing that gets me most about housework is it doesn't matter how well you do it, you always have to do it again. Also, nobody notices it's been done, they only notice when it hasn't. 🤬🤬🤬 3w
Ruthiella @CarolynM So true! It‘s never ending. When I was younger and cared more, I did often sit in my freshly cleaned living room, not wanting to move or do anything because whatever I did, would mess it up! 😅 3w
LeahBergen @CarolynM Isn‘t it annoying?? 3w
LeahBergen @Ruthiella 🤣 I‘d have to shut the damned dog out. It‘s like living with a hairy toddler. 3w
LeahBergen Great review. And yeah, I‘m pretty happy that I don‘t have to contend with an ancient, faulty boiler everyday! 3w
batsy So true! 😆 3w
batsy @LeahBergen That boiler and their water issues gave me so much anxiety! 3w
quietjenn I very much agree! 3w
Cathythoughts Nice review! I love your picture and your nail polish ♥️ 3w
Cathythoughts @CarolynM Exactly! Housework is only noticed when it isn‘t done 🙄, and so repetitive! Boring ! I don‘t mind tidying up my kitchen, but the rest of the housework is annoying. 👍🏻 3w
elkeOriginal ‘Collection of vignettes‘ is the perfect description! Since it does not feel like a novel… 2w
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This has all of the elements you would expect from a cozy mystery. It makes for a nice listen at night in bed. 👍🏾 I‘ve placed a hold on #2.

My only nitpick is the budding romance. Why must authors in this genre position every MC in the path of love? 🤔 I can see all of the scenarios from here already.

Ruthiella I had this book IN MY HAND at the library sale yesterday! 😂 If it‘s still there next time, maybe I‘ll lay out another dollar and bring it home. (edited) 3w
Tamra @Ruthiella it‘s definitely worth the dollar! 3w
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Looking forward to dinner tonight! 😋 This book has so many recipes I‘m anxious to try.

Jess_Read_This This recipe looks amazing! Let me know what you make! I need to check this book out 🥣😁 3w
Tamra @Jess_Read_This it was very tasty and can any base of your choice! I highly recommend checking it out from the library to explore. 3w
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Crying in H Mart: A Memoir | Michelle Zauner
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I finally have time to join the book club at my workplace. Woot! This is the selection next month. I‘m not too keen on memoirs, but I‘m going to give it a go.🤞🏾

marleed I really enjoyed reading this one. 3w
Tamra @marleed good to know. I see it has good reviews on Litsy. 3w
Gissy 😻📚❤️❤️ 3w
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Walk the Blue Fields: Stories | J.K. Rowling , Claire Keegan
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Definite fan of Claire Keegan! I‘ve only listened to the tagged collection and read Small Things like These, but I‘m going to gobble up anything else she has written. Very engaging and intimate characterization. I‘m going to keep my eyes peeled for the tagged book in print.

Ruthiella Just so you know, you tagged a different book than the Keegan. 4w
Tamra @Ruthiella I noticed Rowling AND Keegan are listed as authors. (Click on the title.) Did Rowling write a forward? No clue! 🤷🏾‍♀️ (edited) 4w
Ruthiella @Tamra Hmmm. You‘d think the author‘s name would come first? 🤔 Maybe not when the author is as famous as JKR! 4w
Tamra @Ruthiella weird, I know! 4w
charl08 Another fan here. Everything I've read by her so far has been brilliant, hope I don't run out! 3w
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Betty Crocker's Picture Cookbook | Betty Crocker Editors
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This is for @AlaMich 😁

Mostly black & white photos and brown/rust shaded drawings throughout. Must have been quite the modern thing in 1950!

Caucasian representation, no surprise there.

AlaMich Thanks, @tamra! It seems to me that the average ‘50s housewife probably wouldn‘t NEED all those instruction photos. 4w
Tamra @AlaMich totally! Maybe the new housewife? 4w
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Betty Crocker's Picture Cookbook | Betty Crocker Editors
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Threadbare!

BiblioLitten It was well-loved! 💕 4w
Ruthiella It‘s a classic! 4w
RebelReader Everyone back in the day got at least one of these at their bridal shower. 4w
Cathythoughts Looks great ! Loved 👍🏻 4w
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Betty Crocker's Picture Cookbook | Betty Crocker Editors
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Pic #1

All of you know how I 💜 cookbooks, but I‘m not really a vintage collector given my cuisine preferences nor am I overly sentimental about them. However, I saw this one in an antique store today and it was obviously so well loved by a home cook I couldn‘t bear to leave it homeless. Rarely do I find a lonely object that calls to me.

Soubhiville This book fed a happy family for decades! ❤️ 4w
AlaMich I‘m curious about the “picture”aspect…could you post a pic of a page? 😊 4w
LeahBergen Aww, how lovely! 4w
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Definitely was an unsustainable lifestyle in the post war era. It‘s fascinating really to think how these estates had been nearly independent communities & economies, all with their own cast of characters & peculiarities.

#furrowedmiddlebrowclub

Ruthiella Totally. It took a small, poorly paid army of gardeners and domestics to run these great houses. In contrast to the last #FurrowedMiddlebrowClub book which very much bought into the status quo of the class system , this book admits it was an unfair system. 4w
batsy I like that we get a glimpse about how welfare acts and provisions made after the war were also bringing to light the unsustainability of it all by having a sort of minimum wage & leisure hours. The sheer amount of underpaid, overworked labour prior to keep those country houses going in the past... 4w
CarolynM @Ruthiella @batsy Those houses were the last relics of the feudal system - toiling in the house for your existence rather than in the fields or at war. 4w
Cathythoughts Good quote! Not a sustainable lifestyle. 3w
LeahBergen @batsy @CarolynM This book really made me realize just how quickly the welfare acts and other social advancements changed the “country house” life. 3w
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Walk the Blue Fields: Stories | J.K. Rowling , Claire Keegan
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Just listened to the first short story of this collection and what a fabulous beginning to what I suspect is going to be a trove of delights!

jlhammar I loved this collection. Hope you enjoy! 1mo
Tamra @jlhammar I am betting I will! 1mo
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Golden Couple | Sarah Pekkanen, Greer Hendricks
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I started this audio a couple of days ago and it has some Gone Girl vibes. I wonder if I‘m going to feel a need for a shower afterwards? 🙃

Thus far it‘s entertaining enough to hold my attention, so that‘s a plus.

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Oh my gosh - I get to read a #furrowedmiddlebrowclub selection without the looming cloud of prospective coursework. Pure bliss! 👏🏾

Ruthiella Excellent! 👏👏👏 1mo
Andrea313 Bliss indeed! I loved this one- hope you do, too! 1mo
batsy Aaah... Perfect! 1mo
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LeahBergen I‘m all pleased for you! 👏👏 1mo
erzascarletbookgasm Awesome 👏 1mo
Cathythoughts Wonderful 😁♥️ 1mo
Jess_Read_This Yay!! Can‘t wait to hear your thoughts on this one! 1mo
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My recent book acquisitions. 😊

I‘ve been savoring the short stories in Sunstroke and I‘ve long wanted to read the tagged title because A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is favorite. 💜

I went into Half Price today looking for Dodie Smith‘s New Moon from the Old and nada. 😞

Ruthiella Clearly you were attracted to orange spines! I hope you like Maud Martha. I liked it a lot . 1mo
Tamra @Ruthiella 😜 That was definitely accidental - I‘m not all that crazy about orange except in nature! 1mo
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Trust me, dinner is always on Cricket‘s mind. 😸

Yet another winner for tasty and easy meal ideas! Nearly all perfect for me.

When am I going to learn not to browse the new cookbook section at the library? When? 🤔🤔

Ruthiella I‘m gonna go out on a limb here and predict you will NEVER stop browsing the new cook book section of the library! 😂 1mo
WorldsOkayestStepMom Please give Cricket scritches from me! 😻 1mo
Kimzey Awww, Cricket! 😻 1mo
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mcctrish This cookbook sounds great 1mo
Cathythoughts Great picture! Like @Ruthiella I say you‘ll never stop that cook book browsing 👍🏻😁 1mo
Tamra @Cathythoughts @Ruthiella Accuforecasting, it‘s a thing. 😏 1mo
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Dreary day good for reading and knitting - after returning/exchanging kids‘ school clothes. We‘re in that stage. 😅

Cathythoughts School back on Wednesday here ! The summer flew ♥️ 1mo
Tamra @Cathythoughts I know! It seems like it should only be July. 😩 1mo
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Great read! A collector of anything will relate to these essays. You don‘t have to be a knitter. 🧶

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When you‘ve tabbed over half a library cookbook, it‘s best to get your own copy. 😍

kspenmoll Looks fabulous! 2mo
JGadz11 I follow them on Insta - they‘ve got incredible digital resources as well, and watching them put dishes together is something beyond soothing🥰 2mo
Tamra @kspenmoll so many tasty things! 😋 2mo
Tamra @JGadz11 I can only imagine! 2mo
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The Memoirs of Stockholm Sven | Nathaniel Ian Miller
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Narrow pick. The setting is unusual and characters strong, but it does not have a narrative drive so the storyline meanders. I suppose because it‘s written memoir style that can be expected.

I‘ve been bailing left and right on audiobooks! I nearly didn‘t finish this one. 😬

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Yes! 📚📚📚📚🧶🧶🧶🧶😊

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Yes please!

@Christine you are right, terrific book! This is why I have been avoiding library cookbooks. 😬 😅

LeahBergen Oh, man. That looks amazing! 2mo
Christine I want to try so many of the recipes (including the one you posted!) but admittedly haven't tried any yet - you? 2mo
Tamra @Christine I just checked out yesterday, so not yet. Many look delicious & easy! I see it‘s on sale via Amazon. 2mo
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Christine Ooh, the sale is tempting! I need to check out their blog, too. 2mo
Tamra @Christine I did that today. 😆 2mo
Christine 😂 ❤ 2mo
Tamra @Christine @LeahBergen Amazon lowered the price again. 😅 I caved! 50% off. (edited) 2mo
Christine Haha nice - enjoy! Feeling the temptation... 2mo
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Knit Fix | Lisa Kartus
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I discovered the knitting section of my library, so I‘ve added to my cookbook checkouts. The first title was made for me! 😜

I swore off cookbooks because inevitably I end up finding one I *must* buy. So much for that resolution.

Lesliereads 💕💕 2mo
Christine I‘m enjoying my library copy of The Modern Proper! (edited) 2mo
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Substitute the word reader for knitter and book for yarn. 😄 Spot on!

Cathythoughts 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻nice one. 2mo
mcctrish Absolutely ❤️❤️❤️ 2mo
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Because there is a book for everything…..I picked this up yesterday at JoAnn‘s. An experienced knitter will see I messed up the rib stiching on the brim of this maybe hat. Why is it I can never seem to get the right stitches and right number in?! 🫤 Although it kinda looks like a happy accident. I‘m going with Bob Ross on this one.

I‘ve noticed unless it‘s a large city, if there is a big box craft store there are no small indie yarn shops. ☹️

katy4peas It looks good! That‘s how you learn! 😃 stitch markers are always helpful too if you are serious about wanting to keep the right number of stitches. 😉 #knittersoflitsy (edited) 2mo
Tamra @katy4peas thank you - it‘s definitely a learning process which is both frustrating and relaxing! I think I‘m dropping stitches and/or being mindless and not keeping the right order. I do have some stitch markers, but so far I‘ve worked on really simple patterns such I haven‘t needed them. Or maybe I should use them anyway! 😅😅 2mo
katy4peas 😊Even with the simple patterns, I find the markers to be helpful. It is one more visual clue for your brain that says “time to switch stitches.” especially if you are tired and trying to work on your project. It also gives a visual clue of how many stitches between markers so you can quickly glance and count or see if you dropped/addd a stitch. I use mine for everything no matter how simple. 😊 2mo
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katy4peas Knitpurlhunter has great videos if you haven‘t seen her online yet. She is super helpful. 👍🏼 2mo
Cathythoughts I love the colour of your hat ♥️ 2mo
Tamra @katy4peas thank you for the tips & advice, I can use it! 🙃 2mo
Tamra @Cathythoughts it is a pretty burgundy, thanks! I‘m making it for my daughter. I also made a matching scarf! Not perfect, but it‘s a first! 😜 2mo
AnansiGirl Nimbleneedles on YouTube has good tutorials. 😊 ETA: It‘s been years but a few other recs I relied on are Knitiversity, The Chilly Dog, and Very Pink Knits. (edited) 2mo
Tamra @AnansiGirl thank you for the suggestion! It‘s amazing what you can learn on YouTube. 2mo
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The Past: A Novel | Tessa Hadley
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Hadley‘s writing is lush and luxuriant! Don‘t expect a plot here, the entire novel is character development. They aren‘t all likable, but they aren‘t horrid either. Normal complicated people.
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I ordered a collection of her short stories! 😊

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😂😂 Book stashers will get a kick out of this title!

Cathythoughts 👍🏻😂 2mo
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The Past: A Novel | Tessa Hadley
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Slow, but loving the character studies. Hadley‘s prose is lush! Another English countryside. 😄

I‘m only 20% in, but I put all of Hadley‘s collected short stories in my Abe cart. 😙 She is a new find for me.

LeeRHarry I really enjoyed this one, still haven‘t gotten round to reading anything more by her though. 2mo
Cathythoughts I must try her. ♥️ 2mo
batsy English countryside, you say? I'm (always) in 😂🌳 2mo
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Tamra @batsy it might be Ireland! I think Hadley is Irish and I don‘t recall if the story has specified. Either way, delightful! 2mo
Tamra @Cathythoughts not a very good rating in Litsy, but I‘ll let you know! 2mo
Tamra @LeeRHarry yay! I don‘t know why it hasn‘t been better reviewed on Litsy. 🤔 2mo
Tamra @batsy I just read the blurb and it‘s Somerset, England. 😄 2mo
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For my new found obsession! 🧶

It isn‘t the only reason I‘ve been MIA from Litsy. I‘m halfway through a master‘s capstone seminar I started last month, so I‘ve been occupied. Light at the end of the tunnel! 😅

Ruthiella I‘m impressed that you are doing a master‘s program on top of everything else you do! 👍 2mo
Tamra @Ruthiella well, it‘s fulfilling but a struggle at times for sure. I‘m looking forward to having more time to do whatever I feel like doing. 🤓 2mo
kspenmoll I have a knitting friend who would live this book! Getting a Masters is all consuming! 2mo
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Cathythoughts You are a warrior woman.. very impressive 👍🏻❤️ good luck with it. 2mo
batsy That's super impressive! All the best 💚 2mo
MaureenMc 👏👏👏 2mo
Tamra @kspenmoll there are others too mentioned on the back flap , Knitlandia and The Yarnwhisperer! Yes, it really is - especially when the courses are only 8 weeks. 2mo
Tamra @Cathythoughts I like the idea of warrior woman! Seems that‘s what we all have to be these days. 2mo
Tamra @batsy thank you! 😘 (edited) 2mo
Tamra @MaureenMc 😄 Do you knit too? 2mo
MaureenMc @Tamra Sadly, no. But I aspire to be crafty and admire all those who are! 😄 2mo
Tamra @MaureenMc I started with a YouTube tutorial for a dishcloth and was hooked! Try it with a single skein of 100% cotton yarn and YouTube - you can do it! I love to be an enabler. 😆 2mo
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The English Air | D.E. Stevenson
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Mehso-so

Like @batsy I didn‘t fall in love with this novel. I enjoyed the English countryside and house, and even the characters, but it felt too transparent (dare I say preachy?) in its anti-war & hate message. I give it a pass for being a novel of its time.

#FurrowedMiddlebrowClub

@LeahBergen @Cathythoughts @rubyslippersreads @CarolynM @elkeOriginal @catebutler @Jess_Read_This @Ruthiella @Kimzey @quietjenn @erzascarletbookgasm

batsy Nice review! Yes, the atmosphere was a treat; those bits felt like good holiday escapism 🙂 2mo
Tamra @batsy perfect way to describe it! 😁 2mo
Cathythoughts Great review ♥️👏🏻 2mo
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Ruthiella I‘m glad I‘m not alone in not loving this one! 2mo
LeahBergen I was a tad disappointed in it, as well. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 2mo
quietjenn Definitely not the winner I have come to expect from Stevenson, but glad most seen willing to give her another go. 2mo
Tamra @Cathythoughts thank you! 😊 2mo
Tamra @Ruthiella we‘re in good company. 😉 2mo
Tamra @LeahBergen I was really engaged until about 2/3 in and then I began drifting away. (edited) 2mo
Tamra @quietjenn I actually really enjoyed all other aspects of the writing so I am totally game for another! 2mo
erzascarletbookgasm Well said 👍 2mo
Jess_Read_This Well put review. I felt similarly that it was treading towards a bit of preachiness. I thought her Young Mrs Savage also was a bit preachy at times too. But Mrs Tim Christie is a favorite of mine and doesn‘t read that way. And Miss Buncle‘s Book is a hoot! (edited) 2mo
Tamra @Jess_Read_This thank you - stacked! 2mo
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The Marlow Murder Club | Robert Thorogood
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I found in the penultimate chapter I just didn‘t care anymore and bailed. 😒 It was too long and drawn out for me. 🤷🏾‍♀️

BookNAround Oh no! I have this on sitting on the table waiting for me. Maybe I‘ll let it wait even longer. 3mo
Tamra @BookNAround I think it‘s partly due to listening to the audio in bits & pieces. I will say the narrator was amazing! Honestly, it was probably just me - not the right book at the right time. I hope you enjoy! 3mo
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The English Air | D.E. Stevenson
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A bit of prophetic idealism? 🤔 🫣

#furrowedmiddlebrowclub

Cathythoughts Wynne is a dreamer ♥️ 3mo
Tamra @Cathythoughts she is charming for sure! 3mo
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Sorrow and Bliss | Meg Mason
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Soft pick. Can anyone explain why the author to the end uses “X” in place of the name of the mental illness? 🤔 I‘m not sure why after the diagnosis.

Ruthiella Yeah, I haven‘t reviewed it yet but it was a soft pick for me too. I think she didn‘t name the illness because she didn‘t want to pigeonhole the reader‘s ability to relate? What I‘m wrestling with in this book is that maybe others are able to forgive her for 15 years of abuse (the fact that it stems from her illness doesn‘t entirely excuse it IMO) but I‘m not. Her treatment of others and never questioning the diagnosis set my teeth on edge. (edited) 3mo
Tamra @Ruthiella I agree with you - I didn‘t care for the MC and felt bad about the fact I couldn‘t feel a lot of empathy for her. I still think it could do some good to name the mental illness to increase awareness. 3mo
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Four gardens | Margery Sharp
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Oh my, loving this understated writing! So lovely and disquieting at the same time. #furrowedmiddlebrowclub

Ruthiella So happy you are enjoying this gentle read at long last! 😊 3mo
Tamra @Ruthiella thank you! I‘m so glad to have the down time to appreciate it. 😁 3mo
batsy This was lovely; a balm for the soul 💚 3mo
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Cathythoughts I loved this one. One of my favourites 🥰enjoy. 3mo
LeahBergen Ah, yes! Isn‘t it lovely? 3mo
CarolynM It‘s a lovely book💕 3mo
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Give to Planned Parenthood if you have the means.

Maria514626 👏👏👏❤️❤️❤️ 3mo
MoonWitch94 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 3mo
Leftcoastzen 👏🙌 3mo
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Suet624 I am so upset. 😩 3mo
mrp27 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 3mo
Cathythoughts Great post 👏🏻♥️ 3mo
CarolynM 👏❤️ 3mo
shawnmooney 👏👏🥰🥰 3mo
sprainedbrain 🙌🏼 3mo
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The Sealed Letter | Emma Donoghue
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Mehso-so

Not spectacular, but was nonetheless entertaining enough to keep my attention. Everyone is at fault in this sordid story, except for the children. But that is too often the messy reality of relationships.

Feeling thankful for reform laws and women‘s rights.

Cathythoughts Good to hear your review… I won‘t be rushing off to get this. 👍🏻♥️ 3mo
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The Sealed Letter | Emma Donoghue
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Starting the tagged novel, which is supposed to be a juicy Victorian London gossip. I really have enjoyed Donaghue‘s other writing so I‘m hoping it‘s equally entertaining.

It is a far cry from my environs, which is one of my happy places in western Nebraska. My campsite reading view. 😊 Picture perfect weather; really it‘s hard to remember a more ideal day.

LeahBergen That looks perfect! Have a lovely time. ❤️ 4mo
Cortg Enjoy! ❤️🏕 4mo
Ruthiella Beautiful photo! I liked The Sealed Letter. Good Victorian historical fiction. 4mo
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Kimberlone I‘ve never heard of this book, sounds right up my alley though!! 4mo
batsy I liked The Sealed Letter, too! Nothing too exceptional but good vacation reading, imo. 3mo
Cathythoughts Juicy gossip you say ?! Stacked 👍🏻😁 3mo
Cathythoughts Oh your camping! Have a lovely time 😘 3mo
Tamra @LeahBergen @Cortg @Cathythoughts thank you, it‘s wonderful to be away! (edited) 3mo
Tamra @Ruthiella yay! 3mo
Tamra @Kimberlone mine too. So far so good! 3mo
Tamra @batsy exactly what is needed - some light scandal that can be read in bits & pieces. 👌🏾 3mo
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Mrs. Palfrey & coterie at the Claremont reveal how our fundamental natures do not change with age. We carry on with all of our unflattering penchants for jealousies, prejudices, rivalries, pride, etc.

Interesting Hofmann writes about the pairing theme in the novel, yet ultimately death is a solitary passage. And we certainly cannot die in the Claremont! 😉

Pic is of the prairie, one of my favorite landscapes. Very green this year!

EvieBee Lovely review and picture! I think it‘s time for a reread of this one. 4mo
Tamra @EvieBee I really enjoyed it! 😊 I‘m going to have read more Taylor for sure. 4mo
BarbaraBB Fab review of a wonderful book 💕 4mo
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Suet624 Beautiful photo. 4mo
Cathythoughts Brilliant review ❤️ 4mo
batsy The first time I saw a prairie landscape for real was in Manitoba and I was *enchanted*. Lovely photo! And nice review of a book that's long been TBR. 4mo
Tamra @BarbaraBB thank you, I love character driven novels. 💙 4mo
Tamra @Suet624 I love it here in the western plains! 4mo
Tamra @Cathythoughts thank you Cathy! This was my first Taylor work. 😄 4mo
Tamra @batsy it‘s always puzzling to me many people don‘t care for it. It‘s like an ocean, but with grasses. I find it beautiful and refreshing. 4mo
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Migrations: A Novel | Charlotte McConaghy
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Mehso-so

Definitely an ambitious novel. I appreciated the depth of character development and multiple timelines. Timely messaging re: save the planet, but it isn‘t subtle and in that respect was a bit tedious. (Also some unrealistic scenes were distracting and took me out of the novel.)

I‘m a tough customer; maybe it‘s the genre. This is out of my wheelhouse.

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Library hold came in! 👏🏾

Truthfully I‘m procrastinating by starting this one. I‘ve discovered over the years I really dislike packing for vacation. I‘d much rather unpack!

I‘m feeling disappointed our favorite camping area is closed due to flooding. It‘s our happy place and this will be the 3rd summer we miss it. #firstworldproblem I keep telling myself we‘ll find new wonderful places.

LeahBergen Enjoy your holiday! 4mo
Ruthiella Sometimes the best reading time for me is when I am supposed to doing something else! 😂 Have fun camping! 4mo
BarbaraBB Such a good read! 4mo
EvieBee Have a safe trip! This is a great book, btw! 4mo
Tamra Thank you @leahbergen @Ruthiella @BarbaraBB @EvieBee The writing is so witty right out of the gate! (edited) 4mo
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She reports reading a graphic novel isn‘t really “reading”, as in the chore of reading a chapter book.

Someday she‘ll be a convert.

Leftcoastzen Beautiful photo ! 4mo
EvieBee 😍😍 4mo
Cathythoughts Beautiful picture 💫♥️ 4mo
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Migrations: A Novel | Charlotte McConaghy
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Started this audio in the last couple of days and then woke up to this story. 😳 A little too close for comfort….

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Remarkably Bright Creatures | Shelby Van Pelt
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Entertaining & easy listening. I could have had far more from Marcellus in the narrative! 🐙I loved the entry where he cuts to the chase. 😆

That aside, the subject of captive wild animals makes my moral compass quiver.

Mel Excited to hear this - just bought it yesterday! 4mo
Tamra @Mel enjoy! 😃 4mo
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The one thing I never say say “no” to buying. 😁 More to come! My daughter was excited to learn this was a series.

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Calling on Litsy knitters! I am trying to learn how to knit. So far I‘ve just been watching YouTube tutorials (what isn‘t on YouTube??). Do you have any outstanding recommendations for beginner knitting books or should I stick to the videos? 🧶

LeahBergen I learned from my grandmother when I was a kid so I‘m no help here 😆. @Lindy may have some advice as she‘s a magnificent knitter (and very knowledgeable about new knitting and craft books). 😊 4mo
julesG I learned knitting as a kid, so can't really help. Maybe start with a children's knitting book. 4mo
julesG And Elizabeth Zimmermann's books, although seemingly ancient, are quite good. 4mo
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Tamra @LeahBergen lucky you, they are the best teachers. 🤗 4mo
Tamra @julesG thank for the tips, I‘ll stack them. I definitely need the no tears versions! 😜 4mo
Chittavrtti Barbara Walker books are nice for the sheer variety of patterns: lace, intarsia, texture, cables. There are photos accompanying each stitch. Not a basic series but once the basics are there very inspiring. 4mo
Tamra @Chittavrtti thank you! I‘ll stack it and be on the look out. 4mo
Cathythoughts Exciting 👏🏻 4mo
Lauren890 I basically taught myself to knit using this book by Erika Knight. You learn to knit through projects. 4mo
Tamra @Lauren890 many thanks! 😄 I like the idea of projects. 4mo
Tamra @Cathythoughts it‘s frustrating, but I enjoy having busy fingers. 4mo
Lindy Tamra, try using a different yarn (thicker, in a solid light colour, not a blend of colours) and larger needles. It will be easier to see your stitches while you get used to the process. Good work so far! 4mo
Tamra @Lindy thank you Lindy for the tip! I did start with a super chunky yarn and large needles which are indeed easier to use. I‘m making blocks for a throw and I‘m enjoying it! I doubt it will be even, but it‘s the process which I find pleasant. It‘s one of those flow state activities. 4mo
Lauren890 Good luck! I hope you find something that works for you! 4mo
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