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TheBookHippie

TheBookHippie

Joined May 2016

✌🏼HIPPIE-Literacy Advocate/Activist✌🏼Social Justice Activist ✊🏼Creator #SUNDAYBUDDYREAD & #CHILDRENSCLASSICREAD2022 📗✍🏼bookhippie.com
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The Birthday Book: Celebrations for Everyone | Ann Druitt, Christine Fynes-Clinton, Mary C. Rowling
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Literally screamed when I opened the WOODSTOCK book!!!!! ☮️✌🏼 it‘s all perfect and I can‘t wait to go to school in the morning ! I am so wearing my California vibe!!! Donna it‘s all perfect and I just ran out of stamps! So perfect!!!! Love love love! Yes I shoulda waited… I‘m a child 😅😂🥳🎉🎂🎈10 days til my birthday but celebrating every day!!

GingerAntics 🧡🧡🧡 10m
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The Birthday Book: Celebrations for Everyone | Ann Druitt, Christine Fynes-Clinton, Mary C. Rowling
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@AmyG it‘s so me!!!! 😘😘😘👩🏻‍🍳♥️ THE BOOKS! The recipe book is the coolest thing I‘ve ever seen…and now I have the book for our next years buddy read 😂🤍thank you so much!!! 10 days til my bday!

I couldn‘t wait and also ate the yummmm candied pretzel 😅❤️🤷🏻‍♀️🥳

XXOO

AmyG Hahaha! I am surprised you waited this long! I hope ypu enjoy the books. I loved Goon Squad, so happy I could pass it on. If you like it, I will send you the next book. And the Melissa Fu book is wonderful. Happy early Birthday! (edited) 24m
AmyG Oh, and the tea towel! My friend painted the picture on it. She pints beautiful watercolors. 23m
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Happy Litsyversary! | Special Events
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Wahooo SIX YEARS!! 💙

What a gift. I thank you all for reading with me and giving me the gift of penpals 💙💙💙. Such a joy!

sprainedbrain Happy Litsyversary to you! 🎉❤️ 12h
JessClark78 Happy Litsyversary! 🎊📚🎉 12h
eeclayton Happy Litsyversary! 🎉🎉🎉 12h
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Librarybelle Happy Litsyversary! 12h
AmyG Happy Litsyversary! 🎉 12h
fredamans Happy Litsyversary! 12h
CoffeeNBooks Happy Litsyversary! 11h
vlwelser 💙💙💙💙💙 11h
DivineDiana 🎉📚👏🏻 11h
Prairiegirl_reading Happy Litsyversary!!!! 11h
julesG Happy Litsyversary 🎉🎉🎉 10h
Kdgordon88 Happy Litsyversary 🎉🎉🎉 8h
mrp27 Happy Litsyversary!!🎉 7h
LeahBergen 🎉🎉🎉🎉 6h
GingerAntics SWEET!!! 🎉 🎊 🎈 4h
KristiAhlers Happy Litsyversary!! 2h
CaitZ Happy Litsyversary!🎉🎉🎉 2h
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The Life of Chris Cornell | Jason Weatherspoon
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💔

Twocougs 😢😢😢 24h
BookwormAHN 💔💔💔💔 23h
Leftcoastzen 😢 22h
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Untitled | Untitled
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Leftcoastzen That nails it! 1d
BooksNBowls Love this!! #stayweird 🥸 24h
Lollymya So needed this!!! 16h
KristiAhlers Perfect! 💜 2h
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Sudden Infant Death Syndrome | Jacqueline Langwith
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Suet624 💕💕 1d
GingerAntics Oh so maybe they can test for it and possibly prevent it?! That would be awesome!!! 23h
TheBookHippie @GingerAntics yes. 🤍🤞🏻 21h
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GingerAntics @TheBookHippie 🤞🏻🤞🏻🤞🏻 21h
GingerAntics @TheBookHippie this is so exciting! Shouldn‘t we be throwing tons of money behind this since we‘re soo concerned Scout babies dying? 🙄 21h
GingerAntics @TheBookHippie some people clearly care about babies and children, but none of them are our law makers, that‘s for sure. 21h
GingerAntics @TheBookHippie I needed this story today. Seeing people who are actually interested in the health and well being of children is utterly refreshing. 21h
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Dead Poets Society | N.H. Kleinbaum
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GingerAntics 🧡🧡🧡 so inspiring 2d
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How to Be an Antiracist | Ibram X. Kendi
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AmyG And there‘s your reason why some politicians don‘t want it taught in schools. 🤬 2d
GingerAntics Yes to all of this!!! It‘s sad how many people don‘t want history out in the world. 2d
kspenmoll Yes, yes, yes. 21h
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King John | William Shakespeare
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My final Shakespeare 🤯📘💙

Emilymdxn That's so impressive! 2d
merelybookish We've come so far! And what a pretty picture! 2d
TheBookHippie @merelybookish I can‘t believe it! And yes tulips … little neighbor boy brought them to me. 2d
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King John | William Shakespeare
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Graywacke Reading the article, but the picture! 😂 2d
TheBookHippie @Graywacke great laugh to start the day! 2d
Graywacke @TheBookHippie goes well with my morning coffee ☕️🙂. Also, what a terrible reign he had. 2d
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TheBookHippie @Graywacke I agree on all counts! 2d
batsy Omg, this picture 😆 This gives me a reason to watch this again #research 2d
vlwelser Who told it better Shakespeare or Disney? Lol. I guess we'll see. 2d
TheBookHippie @batsy I seriously am going to 🤣 2d
GingerAntics 😂🤣😂 2d
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I‘m still making my way through this but it is good!

1.99 today!

https://www.amazon.com/Red-Comet-Short-Blazing-Sylvia-ebook/dp/B083RZ5MKG/ref=mp...

kspenmoll Thanks for this! Also, I hope to be fine to join in #sundaybuddyread; not sure about This Life- I have covid now rather foggy brain, tired etc. 2d
TheBookHippie @kspenmoll oh no!!! Rest and hydrate!!! Sending healing vibes!!! 2d
kspenmoll @TheBookHippie I will rest- cannot be at work for 5 days. I have been double boostered so maybe symptoms will stay like this. 2d
TheBookHippie @kspenmoll 🤞🏻🤞🏻🤞🏻🤞🏻🤞🏻 2d
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julieclair So true!! 😂 3d
Hooked_on_books That‘s awesome 3d
RaeLovesToRead I love this! 🤣🤣 3d
sisilia Hahahaha same here 3d
Ddzmini 🤣🤣🤣 omg yes please 2d
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@Kayla.Adriena OH MY ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

I wanted this book so badly!! It‘s gorgeous!!

Cannot wait to try the recipe! #RecipeSwap

Thanks for organising this one @BennettBookworm

Bookwormjillk How cool! I just stacked this. 3d
TheBookHippie @Bookwormjillk it is amazing!! 3d
BennettBookworm Yayyy you‘re so welcome! 3d
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LeahBergen What a lovely looking book! 🪴 3d
Kayla.Adriena It is a beautiful book for sure! 3d
TheBookHippie @Kayla.Adriena I hope you like yours as well. 3d
Kayla.Adriena @TheBookHippie yes I did! Thank you so much, My apologies I work night shift and every weekend , I opened it and didn't quite have time to make a post yet , it's forthcoming 🙃 3d
TheBookHippie @Kayla.Adriena no worries. 3d
Ddzmini Beautiful cover 🤗 2d
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Lost Among the Living | Simone St. James
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#SUNDAYBUDDYREAD

I‘m sure I missed something.

I also have zero clues 🤣🤷🏻‍♀️what‘s happening …🤯

CANNOT WAIT TO FINISH! So glad I didn‘t stretch this out all five weeks of May!

Anyone have guesses????

Librarybelle No clue, but I am so ready to find out what happens! (I‘m also glad we‘re finishing as soon as we are! 😂) 3d
5feet.of.fury The week 3 chapters really brought up ALOT of questions. Can‘t wait to see how it ties together! 3d
Sargar114 I legitimately have no idea, but am thoroughly enjoying the ride. This one is my favorite of this time period. I loved seeing how much St James writing has evolved. This one is so much more layered than her other ones. 3d
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TheBookHippie @Sargar114 I agree. I love this time period! This one is much better! Although I‘ve thoroughly enjoyed every single one. 3d
TheBookHippie @Librarybelle seriously I need to know! 3d
Sargar114 @TheBookHippie I have too. And this is not my preferred genre, but St James is a master at her craft! 3d
CoffeeNBooks I'm looking forward to finishing this one to see how everything connects! 3d
TheBookHippie @Sargar114 this is so not my genre either, but I love her writing it‘s oddly soothing … 3d
vlwelser St James clearly kept improving as she went along. It seems like every one is my new fav. I'm probably just going to go ahead and finish. So 🤐. But.... Thank you for not making this 5. 3d
BookwormAHN I can't wait to finish it 😺 3d
julieclair I am fascinated to see how this all comes together. And I'm very glad this was 4 weeks instead of 5. 👍 3d
kspenmoll I cannot wait to finish either. I love her books. Too many strands, clues to keep track of as usual. 3d
DebinHawaii I am looking forward to finishing. As I was sick last week, I read the last two sections really close together & it was hard to stop. I want to see how it all wraps up. 🤗 3d
AmyG My guesses never come true. But it is so fun to guess. Really enjoying this one. 3d
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Lost Among the Living | Simone St. James
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Dead leaves what is it???

Also her mom died? WHAT?

Librarybelle So tragic about Jo‘s mom. I cannot help but think of decay with leaves - the decay of the facade that Dottie puts up for her family. Secrets are about to be revealed. 3d
Sargar114 I don‘t know about the leaves either but that‘s a good thought @Librarybelle As sad as it is for Jo to lose her mother, I can only imagine there is quite a bit of relief as well. While now having no blood family, she can now focus on her life and what‘s best for her…on top of all the mysteries she has to solve lol 3d
CoffeeNBooks I definitely hope St. James explains the leaves in the last section- I'm curious about their significance! 3d
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TheBookHippie @CoffeeNBooks if she doesn‘t I‘m asking on IG ! 🤣 3d
vlwelser Maybe this gives St James an opportunity to use her as a ghost. Her books do get a little crazy sometimes but that might be a stretch. 3d
Karisa Was her whole mom and scratches thing just a red herring? Better understanding of Frances/mental illness? I thought the mom dying thing came out of nowhere.,. 3d
TheBookHippie @Karisa she had that dream about someone hurting her mom and a name in the beginning of the book, was it just a red herring ? Or will it connect?! 3d
Sargar114 @TheBookHippie if she answers, you need to screenshot that and put it on here!!!! 3d
Karisa @TheBookHippie Oh yeah… I think I ignore dreams too much in books. I need to pay more attention to those details 3d
BookwormAHN According to Google dead leaves typically represent death and sadness. So maybe the leaves represent the family's turmoil and Frances' death. 3d
julieclair I'm wondering if the mom was murdered... 3d
kspenmoll The mom thing threw me- is it related? Dead leaves are sign of endings- & as yes, death. 3d
DebinHawaii Yes, her mom dying so suddenly seems suspicious & I‘m still interested in the scratches. Not sure how it‘s all related, the leaves too. 🤔 3d
AmyG I googled wht dead leaves foreshdowed. One idea was secrets. That family has some serious secrets. Jo married Alex after knowing basically nothing and out come the secrets. 3d
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Lost Among the Living | Simone St. James
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ALEX?
Just wow
And she was tying CODE?!
Hans is ALEX
…Jo had influenza when Alex left
Did she give it to him!

So are they still a couple?

All the stocking talk is the inspiration for the pic🤣

Why is he staying in bed with her? To protect her? What does he know?!

Librarybelle I kinda had suspicions we would see Alex. I‘m debating whether or not he‘s trying to be chivalrous and “protect” Jo, or if it‘s all an act. We know he‘s lying to everyone else. Is he telling Jo the truth? My hopeless romantic heart is hopeful that he‘s got Jo‘s best interests in mind. We‘ll see, I suppose… 3d
Sargar114 @Librarybelle I generally think Alex is telling Jo the truth and lying to everyone else. I think he is trying to protect her. By having a small wedding so the military and his family wouldn‘t know who she was. I also wasn‘t surprised we‘d see Alex given all the mentions of him missing vs dead but I am surprised it was so early in the book and that he‘s so integral to the story. I‘m kinda loving it! 3d
TheBookHippie @Sargar114 I‘m hoping he is telling the truth along with @Librarybelle I hope they end up happily ever after…which is quite unusual for my jaded black heart 😳🤣🤫I‘m quite liking this read! 3d
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CoffeeNBooks I think Alex is trying to protect Jo- I think he knows there's a lot of suspicious stuff going on at Wych Elm as well as with Colonel Mabry, and possibly even with people in town, like Mr. Wilde. I think he's telling her as much as he can. 3d
vlwelser That stocking thing was awesome. I love her weird sex scenes. 3d
TheBookHippie @vlwelser research 1920s stockings it‘s a whole other rabbit hole 🤣🤣🤣 3d
Karisa I was sick all last week. So between this book and bingeing Downton Abbey, I‘m loving all the 1920s fashion, art, and big houses in the country! 🤞Alex is not a jerk! 3d
TheBookHippie @Karisa lots of covid and influenza b around here where we live 😩 hope you‘re feeling better. I‘ve somehow managed to “just” have an RA flare. 😅 3d
Kdgordon88 I wasn‘t surprised to see Alex show up and hope he‘s a good guy. 3d
Karisa @TheBookHippie Ouch! Hang in there. I think the Covid cases are way underreported here. I called Kaiser and they were like “🤷🏻‍♀️ get better” Now my daughter has it but seems mild. Ready for an end to the pandemic! 3d
BookwormAHN I was surprised Alex showed up so soon as well and I loved the stocking scene 😸 3d
julieclair I am so hoping Alex turns out to be a good guy, but I have my doubts. I would love Alex and Jo to have a "happily ever after". But the rest of them... I could care less! 3d
kspenmoll I too am hoping everything between them(Jo & Alex)works out in the end as @Librarybelle @TheBookHippie said. 3d
kspenmoll @Karisa I am glad you are better! My husband & son both have Covid. My husband got an antiviral drug( he is older & his immune system is compromised) she he is slowly recovering. I remain neg. 🤞🏻 3d
DebinHawaii Like @Sargar114 I was surprised that Alex came back this early in the book although I fully expected him to be alive. I feel like he & Jo will solve the mystery & murder together & he is telling her what he knows & being truthful. @Karisa I feel you with the COVID thing—I was sick for a week & I am still just so tired. 😷😵 3d
Karisa @DebinHawaii @kspenmoll 😥 It‘s such a bad virus. Wishing you and yours health and 💪 3d
TheBookHippie @DebinHawaii ugh…. Awful! Hope you get your strength back soon! ❤️ 3d
TheBookHippie @kspenmoll 🤞🏻🤞🏻🤞🏻🤞🏻🤞🏻 3d
AmyG @TheBookHippie Feel better. Glad you are better @Karisa and @kspenmoll I hope your husband and son are better soon. ❤️ 3d
AmyG I knew Alex would come back. Jo wasn‘t over hum and Simone‘s books always have a love story plotline. I agree with @CoffeeNBooks that he is protecting her. I think he is telling her as much as he feels he can but there‘s more to know. And I am wondering if that more….is the Francis plot line. 3d
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Lost Among the Living | Simone St. James
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Colonel Mabry things are going to get more difficult ! Is he on the level?!

Robert ick just slime …

Mr Wilde -“it must be difficult to be such a perceptive woman !!!!!!! “

Perceptive/mad Jo wonders..

The men in this book, yuk. Also are they all suspects?! How do they fit?

5feet.of.fury Colonel Mabry - I‘m wondering how much he is manipulating. 3d
Librarybelle The men are very creepy…ugh! I feel like there is something huge happening, and poor Frances stumbled upon it. These men are hiding something big. 3d
Sargar114 Colonel Mandy seems to be number one suspect in my book. Or at least is manipulating a lot of the piece. While the rest are awful, that‘s as far as it gets I think. 3d
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vlwelser I'm starting to lean toward Robert as my 1# suspect. But Mabry is looking really cagey here. 3d
Karisa @vlwelser Exactly! I don‘t like either of them but Robert is worse. Explains his attack of Jo in the woods too. 3d
Sargar114 Gasp maybe they‘re in cahoots! (Really an excuse to use the word cahoots) 3d
julieclair I think Mabry has developed a grudging respect for Jo, and is trying to level with her when he can. Same with Wilde. Robert, meanwhile, is as creepy as they come. I think he may be the one who killed Frances. 3d
BookwormAHN I think Mabry is your typical anything for the military type but I don't trust Robert. 3d
kspenmoll Marbry typical of soys/intrigue/ military at the time. I agree w @julieclair about him developing a “ grudging respect” for Jo. Also I like what @Librarybelle said about how something big will be revealed. So much going on that leaves so many possibilities open. 3d
DebinHawaii Mabry seems a bit too obvious-other than manipulating people for the military. The jury is still out on Wilde for me & I‘m thinking Robert seems to obvious too, but in the end 🤷🏻‍♀️ I just don‘t know. I blame COVID brain! 🤕 3d
AmyG I think Mabry is in the spy business. Is Robert a spy or just a creepy douche? 3d
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Lost Among the Living | Simone St. James
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How do you get your husband to tell you everything? You don‘t…thoughts on Cora?

Apparently Cora looks like Anne Boylen in the blue dress ! Fun article https://www.vogue.co.uk/fashion/article/anne-boleyn-aw20-muse

Sargar114 She seems like she puts up a brash exterior but ultimately doesn‘t seem so bad. But to be honest with everything going on I haven‘t really given her much thought. 3d
5feet.of.fury I liked how she was with both Jo and Martin. She seems very forward maybe awkward and brash, but also kind and thoughtful. I like that. 3d
Librarybelle I‘ve not given Cora much thought. The comparison to Anne Boleyn was interesting, though! 3d
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vlwelser I love this painting you found. My thought on this was to ask if it was foreshadowing. I guess we'll see soon! 3d
Karisa @vlwelser Oh no! Poor Cora… could that make her the treasonous spy then? (My real spy money is on Robert though. He‘s so creepy.) 3d
vlwelser @Karisa I was thinking scapegoated and beheaded by husband but whatever floats your boat. 😂 3d
TheBookHippie @vlwelser I wondered that too or if it was too obvious?! 3d
vlwelser Not sure anything is too obvious for St James (except maybe werewolves - still laughing about this). But this does seem unlikely. 3d
julieclair Wow... the whole Anne Boleyn thing went right over my head. I took it at face value... a way to give us a visual of what Cora's dress looked like. 🤪 Now y'all have really got me thinking! 3d
BookwormAHN The Anne Boleyn comment creeped me out. I also took it as foreshadowing but I rather hope I'm wrong. 3d
kspenmoll @BookwormAHN I caught that reference too & worry that Cora will be killed by the werewolf or Martin will kill in a PSTD episode. I like her! 3d
DebinHawaii I didn‘t think much of the Anne Boleyn reference either but now you all have me wondering! 🤔 3d
AmyG Maybe Francis isn‘t dead? Remember Jo having to visit the grave? Did Francis kill the man and they are all covering for her? (edited) 3d
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Lost Among the Living | Simone St. James
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Frances

What is in the woods?! Werewolf?
Why is the camera soaked?!
Did Cora do it? Or Frances? Or?

Martin burned Frances letters?!
What does he know?!

🤯

Sargar114 @TheBookHippie I thought werewolf toooooo!!!! I wonder if Martin is actually a werewolf (literally just thought of that) but with his injury…hmmm 🧐 3d
5feet.of.fury The bit about Martin burning the letters is very odd, I‘m sure Jo will confront him about it. 3d
Librarybelle The burning of the letters! So suspicious!! Martin is hiding things, though I think we all kinda figured that out. 😂 3d
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vlwelser @TheBookHippie @Sargar114 werewolf? Really? You girls are a trip. 3d
TheBookHippie @vlwelser Well?! Is Robert a werewolf ? 🤣🤷🏻‍♀️🤯 he did come out of the woods at one point disheveled 🤫😅 3d
Karisa I‘d kind of forgotten about the Martin burning the letters scene. That was really strange… @Sargar114 🐺Martin?! I love it! 😂 How much fun would that be?! 3d
julieclair I wonder if the letters could have contained sketches? 3d
julieclair I am mystified about the wet camera. My suspicion is that Cora flooded it, but I have absolutely no idea why. 🤔 3d
Sargar114 @TheBookHippie 🤯. @Karisa so many possibilities; I‘m loving it!!! 3d
BookwormAHN @Sargar114 I rather hope he is, that would be fantastic 😸 3d
kspenmoll I was bummed Martin burned Frances‘s letters. So may different threads- what are red herrings & who knows what? Robert a werewolf? That is something I did not think of… 3d
DebinHawaii Hmm… was not thinking werewolf more hellhound but that‘s interesting. Martin burning the letters is suspicious but is it something or a misdirect? I am hoping it wasn‘t Cora who flooded the camera. 3d
AmyG What I like about this book is everyone is suspicious. Yet not. 🤣Martin burning the letters. He seems like a decent guy but is hiding-something. I think they might all be hiding-something. 3d
vlwelser The Hound of the Baskervilles! 3d
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Lost Among the Living | Simone St. James
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Frances sketch book
How did it get in Jos bed?
What is at the window?!
Is it the man from the forest !?
What did Frances know? Did she know she knew?
Dead man in the woods- killed by same person who killed Frances? Was he a spy?

SO MANY QUESTIONS?

Sargar114 I am thinking the man in the forest may be the one that killed Frances. Stole her sketches and did away with her and then Princer had his revenge. I don‘t think Frances knew what she knew when it came to what she was drawing. And of course Frances left the sketchbook for Jo, it‘s Simone St James, lol 3d
Librarybelle I‘m so looking forward to the last section, where everything comes together! It seems like the man in the woods is connected to what we learned in this section, so I‘m anxious to find out the whole story! And, Frances gave Jo the sketchbook…totally trademark St James move! 3d
CoffeeNBooks I agree that the man in the woods is most likely connected to what we read in this section. I think maybe he got nervous when Alex returned on leave that time, thinking Alex would figure it out, and that's what caused the man to make a move to get rid of Frances, who knew that some of her sketches were missing. And I definitely think Frances gave the sketch book to Jo. 3d
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vlwelser @Sargar114 💯 it's St James so just roll with it. I'm a little tiny bit excited to finish. 3d
Karisa @Sargar114 That‘s the way my brain has been putting it together too. Got to have just a touch of the super natural in there! 👻 3d
julieclair I agree that Frances is the one who gave the sketchbook to Jo. As for the rest, I give up. I'm so confused my head is exploding. 😂🤯 3d
BookwormAHN I'm really looking forward to the wrap up at this point. 3d
kspenmoll Frances did leave the notebook to Jo, maybe to help resolve her murder. Is the man in the woods the spy? Maybe so. 3d
DebinHawaii Yep, agree with everything said here—I can‘t wait to see how it all plays out. 3d
AmyG I just want to finish to find out what hopenned. If not for the huddy read, I‘d have read this in a day or two. 3d
julieclair @AmyG Me too! It took so much willpower not to read ahead! 3d
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Lost Among the Living | Simone St. James
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The Staffrons

Chaperone Jo 🤣🤦🏻‍♀️

What did you think of the engagement of Martin and Cora?

And WHO ARE THESE PEOPLE?! What are they hiding? Or is it just a family with a daughter to marry?

Sargar114 It seemed like both families had two “undesirable” candidates. Martin with his war injuries and Cora brash and not terribly attractive. It seemed to work out but I didn‘t get any nefarious vibes. 3d
5feet.of.fury I liked Cora so far! I hope it‘s nothing nefarious! I thought she was very sweet to Marin and Jo 3d
vlwelser Do you always post this "late" or am I being impatient? I was about to check on you. I'll answer the actual discussion question in a bit.... ❤ 3d
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Librarybelle I agree with @Sargar114 …I didn‘t really think anything nefarious about the engagement, just two young people who have some less than desired characteristics, or at least less than desired in the upper class. 3d
CoffeeNBooks I agree with others- I think it was just a convenient match for two families that hadn't yet found matches for them. 3d
CoffeeNBooks @5feet.of.fury I agree- Cora seems like a good person! 3d
TheBookHippie @vlwelser NO I‘m usually hours earlier 🤣🤣 hot date til 330 am with Mr BookHippie. On our patio. 🤣 A bit of “hair of the dog” needed this am … (edited) 3d
vlwelser ❤👆 3d
vlwelser This arrangement seems either convenient or a money thing. I do like Cora so far. 3d
julieclair The engagement made me sad. The way Cora and Martin both seemed totally fine with "settling" for each other, in a marriage of convenience arranged by their parents. Cora seems like a nice person, and I think Martin is too. (Or at least I hope he is... I'm still wondering about him...) 3d
BookwormAHN I agree, I think it's more of a convenient match for her. Not too sure about her parents. I mean who says marry this sick guy and have a kid with him. Are they having money trouble? 3d
kspenmoll Cora & Martin both seem accepting of their situation, and it seems to work. 3d
DebinHawaii I agree, sad for them but it doesn‘t seem like anything more than fulfilling family “obligations.” And I like both Martin & Cora so I hope they are not involved in anything underhanded. 3d
AmyG @BookwormAHN I thought the same thing. Are these people hving money issues and want to make sure their daughter is always taken care of? I think that generation, “upper crust”, matchmaked a bit. Alot of snobbery going on. 3d
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National Velvet | Enid Bagnold
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#CHILDRENSCLASSICREAD2022 JUNE

Every morning for the past four years I have taken my coffee and my selected #ChildrensClassicRead for the month and read for ten minutes.
It is an amazing way to start the day.

Read along, post your review, or any fun findings with the hashtag and tag me! It‘s such zen to read these! And yes I plan on watching the movie after!

This is the June selection! Should be easy to find.

rubyslippersreads One of my favorites. 🐎❤️ 4d
MeganAnn I may have to join in for this one! I loved this movie growing up but didn‘t realize it was based on a book. 4d
Suet624 Gosh. This photo! I had so many model ponies when I was a kid. Loved them all. 4d
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TheBookHippie @Suet624 I may have ordered this 🤣 🐎📔 4d
Oryx What a great idea! 4d
belacat Is that a Breyer horse? I was obsessed with them as a child. I spent a lot of my allowance money on them. 4d
Carla I love this novel. ❤️ 🐎 4d
TheBookHippie @belacat it‘s sold with the book on Amazon and YES! Also I want this Breyer Horses Stablemates Unicorn Magic Sparkle Playset | 2 Unicorns Included | 1:32 Scale | Horse Toy | Model #59220 https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09P1T9GQ7/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_CT54RHTTGQKWCH0D9VBP?_... …. My son had a ton when he was little! 4d
TheAromaofBooks @belacat - I still have some of my Breyer horses!!! I loved them so hard when I was growing up!! 4d
julieclair I'm in! Have always wanted to read this. Please add me to the tag list. 😃 3d
TheBookHippie @julieclair I‘ll add you! 3d
rubyslippersreads @belacat @TheAromaofBooks @TheBookHippie I loved Breyer horses too. Now I want The Pie. (edited) 3d
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A Million Junes | Emily Henry
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#SundayBuddyRead JUNE
June 5 ~ Ch 1-11
June 12 ~ Ch 12-20
June 19 ~ Ch 21-32
June 26 ~ Ch 33-END

Everybody Welcome ! 📘💙🦋

AmyG Is it almost June? What????? 😳 4d
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Tokyo Cult Recipes | Maori Murota
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Texreader Thanks for sharing! 4d
TheBookHippie @Texreader It looked too good to pass up! 4d
MaleficentBookDragon I got this too. Perfect accompaniment to this round of #LMPBC #GROUPW @MeganAnn @phantomx @Kayla.Adriena 4d
Tamra I wish it were the same price for paper! 😏 4d
TheBookHippie @Tamra ohhh me too!!! 4d
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AmyG The Catskills! I grew up going there with my family. This should be a fun read. 5d
TheBookHippie @AmyG I‘m so excited to read this one! 5d
Sparklemn I'm in! 2d
TheBookHippie @Sparklemn oh yay!!!! I post on Sundays you follow the reading schedule that I post (I‘ll tag you so you know) and hashtag #SUNDAYBUDDYREAD all we ask is that everyone be kind and not post spoilers 📙🧡. I‘m looking forward to this one! 1d
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A Million Junes | Emily Henry
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#SUNDAYBUDDYREAD JUNE 💙🦋📘

Everyone welcome 💙🦋📘

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jenniferw88 I stayed there as part of my 30th birthday present! 5d
TheBookHippie @jenniferw88 HOW WONDERFUL!!!! 5d
MoonWitch94 Oh. My. Word. 😱😱😱 Bucket List!!!! 5d
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MoonWitch94 @jenniferw88 OHHHHH SO FUN! 5d
sprainedbrain Oh wow! ❤️ 5d
julieclair My goodness gracious! As if I needed another reason to plan a trip to England, lol. 🇬🇧 3d
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#FOODANDLIT Afghanistan

https://upfront.scholastic.com/issues/2017-18/090417/afghanistan-s-romeo-and-jul...

Just fascinating and heartbreaking seeing how things are now…

GingerAntics This sounds really good, actually. 5d
TheBookHippie @GingerAntics I was totally enthralled I love a good nonfiction love story. 4d
GingerAntics I think I‘m going to have to hunt down this book. 4d
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TheBookHippie @GingerAntics I library loaned it from a neighboring library! So glad they had a physical copy. 4d
GingerAntics @TheBookHippie neither of the libraries I have access to have it. It doesn‘t surprise me. Neither are areas that are particularly interested in viewing people from the Middle East as humans. 4d
GingerAntics @TheBookHippie found it on Apple Books, though. 4d
TheBookHippie @GingerAntics I always forget to look there! 🤣 4d
TheBookHippie @GingerAntics don‘t skip any of the extras it‘s all good then you can goggle the rest of their story from when the book ends til now. It‘s definitely nonfiction and not you know “romance happy la la” which is where pans of the book happen I think…🤦🏻‍♀️ 4d
GingerAntics @TheBookHippie that‘s where all of my audiobooks and ebooks are from, so it‘s a knee jerk reaction. Now if the iPhone app could actually function. I‘m not sure what they did to it. At least the iPad app works brilliantly. The latest update broke the phone app. 4d
GingerAntics @TheBookHippie oh I love book extras!!! 4d
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Tulip time | Dirk Gringhuis
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I avoid tulip time- but my grandson marched in the kinder parade yesterday in 96F degree heat with my daughter- who is an admin assistant for the school. Tulips and windmills for you too.🌷🌷🌷🌷enjoy.

https://www.mlive.com/galleries/5K2MPQTQDNG5BHZRE7WHHL6KXE/?_gl=1*maxhnf*_ga*YW1....

TheBookHippie Yes we sew Dutch costumes to a specification that must be met in order to be in parade thankfully I have a seamstress friend. They cost in the hundreds to buy from seller 🤯
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DivineDiana Photos are beautiful! What a fun and fabulous celebration! 🌷 5d
merelybookish Great pics! But too hot for May. 🥵 5d
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TheBookHippie @merelybookish they line up at 1130a Parade starts at 2p they got back home 430pm 🥵🥵🥵 I was on the way I put out the hose and towels 🤣😅 5d
kspenmoll So beautiful! Hose sounds perfect! 5d
TheBookHippie @kspenmoll seriously! I packed them frozen water bottles and frozen fruit! It‘s just bonkers. We had snow less than a month ago! 5d
GingerAntics He looks exhausted/completely out in that bottom right corner there. 5d
TheBookHippie @GingerAntics bus ride home they still had to do school 8-11 it‘s a long day for an 8 year old! 4d
GingerAntics @TheBookHippie good lord why?! Poor kid! 4d
TheBookHippie @GingerAntics all kids k-5 and all band kids… it is. 🥵🌷 4d
GingerAntics @TheBookHippie that‘s stupid 4d
TheBookHippie @GingerAntics Tradition 🤦🏻‍♀️ 4d
TheBookHippie @GingerAntics use to be mandatory for all kids until a set of parents sued the school district and now it‘s optional for public school kids city wide. Christian schools it probably still is 🤷🏻‍♀️ 4d
GingerAntics @TheBookHippie oh good grief. Traditionally, students didn‘t take pointless tests that just made testing companies rich. No one is concerned with that tradition. 🙄 4d
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#thoughtfulthursday

🧠journaling✍🏼 yoga🧘🏻‍♀️cooking👩🏻‍🍳plants 🪴

🧠sat outside early morning with coffee and book today

Jensol77 Afternoon walk on lunch break with an audiobook or podcast 6d
MoonWitch94 Love your answers! Thanks for playing 📖☺️🌸 5d
TheBookHippie @MoonWitch94 I‘ve had anxiety and anxiety/panic attacks since I was little- I‘ve figured out mostly how to survive. A lot of NO is involved. ❤️ 5d
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MoonWitch94 @TheBookHippie I am learning to say NO more & more. It‘s very important & helpful. 5d
TheBookHippie @MoonWitch94 I agree. ❤️ 4d
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Lost Among the Living | Simone St. James
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🤫🤐🤫🤐🤫🤐🤫 #SUNDAYBUDDYREAD

See you SUNDAY….

🫣🤯

KristiAhlers Yes! I can‘t wait to discuss 7d
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick So I am waiting for my British Book Boyfriend Inspector Merriken to pop up again (unlikely). Also, if you rearrange Alex Manders you get Sex And Realm and clearly I've got nothing! 🤣🤣🤣 6d
TheBookHippie @Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣 RIGHT?! Where is Merriken ? 6d
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kspenmoll Christine, both my son & husband have Covid. Idid the reading, love the book & hope to join in. 💕 5d
TheBookHippie @kspenmoll oh honey!!!!! I am so sorry. Sending healing vibes and so much love and light. 5d
Karisa @kspenmoll Just getting over it myself. Even being vaccinated, it was one of the worst colds I‘ve ever had! My daughter has it now but seems to be even milder than mine. Hope your guys are ok. ((Hugs)) 4d
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The Art of the Swap | Jen Malone, Kristine Asselin
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My #recipieswap has arrived!

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Afghanistan | Ruth Bjorklund
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Afghanistan | Ruth Bjorklund
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Afghanistan | Ruth Bjorklund
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Catsandbooks I love naan!! 1w
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Afghanistan | Ruth Bjorklund
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Maria514626 Ooh. Yum! Thanks, @TheBookHippie (edited) 1w
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The Library Bus | Bahram Rahman
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#FOODANDLIT AFGHANISTAN 🇦🇫

My bookstack 🇦🇫

🇦🇫I‘ve read Charlie Wilson‘s war and seen the movie countless times I wanted to get some quotes from it.

KristiAhlers Wow that looks like a great stack of reads. I look forward to your reviews. 1w
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Afghanistan | Ruth Bjorklund
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https://www.cnn.com/2022/05/07/asia/afghanistan-taliban-decree-women-intl/index....

#foodandlit Afghanistan

As woman‘s rights around the world get taken away one by one… this breaks my heart.

Maria514626 It‘s as if the world decided to take some coordinated punches at women. Really? 😡 1w
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kspenmoll @Maria514626 @makes me both angry & sad. Will this never end? 1w
Maria514626 @kspenmoll Exactly. It‘s like watching a slow-moving car crash. 1w
GingerAntics It‘s just getting worse and worse. It feels like we‘re going back 100 years, around the world. 1w
TheBookHippie @kspenmoll It‘s so incredibly frightening. 1w
GingerAntics @TheBookHippie a very snarky, cynical part of me wonders how long it takes america to go full on Ancient Rome and the conservative Supreme Court takes away women‘s citizenship. We don‘t have citizenship independent of our nearest male relative. 🙄 1w
GingerAntics @TheBookHippie a very snarky, cynical part of me wonders how long it takes america to go full on Ancient Rome and the conservative Supreme Court takes away women‘s citizenship. We don‘t have citizenship independent of our nearest male relative. 🙄 1w
UwannaPublishme 😱🤯😭🥺 1w
Catsandbooks Everyday I worry we're going towards Handmaids Tale territory. Stay angry people! 💪🏼 1w
CarolynM No words 1w
fredamans 😭 😭 😭 1w
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So sad. Such an incredible story and love.

Cinfhen I must read her story! 1w
TheBookHippie @Cinfhen and yes, read her story. 1w
kspenmoll Thank you for sharing this! 1w
tpixie I just saw this on IG so sad. Such an amazing woman. 1w
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Lost Among the Living | Simone St. James
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#SUNDAYBUDDYREAD

Loving it!!! No clue what‘s going on but loving it.

This one is a bit different and I am enjoying it thoroughly!

See you next week!!!

Sargar114 I‘m really loving seeing her writing evolve over this genre. This one may be her best yet (of this era). 1w
TheBookHippie @Sargar114 I‘m really enjoying it!!! 1w
Kimberlone I forgot you were starting this week. I need to find a copy and catch up! 1w
BookwormAHN This one is becoming a new favorite. 1w
CoffeeNBooks I'm thoroughly enjoying this one so far! 1w
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Lost Among the Living | Simone St. James
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Art. Selling it or wife shopping? Or?

Jos dreams what do you make of them ?

Jos anger at Alex.

So, a girl for Martin has arrived….

So much going on!!!

Thoughts?

Sargar114 Dottie tried to be practical. I think she sees Martin is not long for this world and trying to secure her family‘s fortune. Not the most loving character but in a weird way I can understand that. So much going on and I‘m loving it (as usual with St James). (edited) 1w
Librarybelle There is so much going on, building upon each other. Loving the ride so far! 1w
vlwelser Just going to roll with it and not think too hard about this. 😂 1w
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TheBookHippie @Librarybelle I just love it! 1w
BookwormAHN @vlwelser My plans too. 1w
kspenmoll Agree w @Sargar114 re art, Dottie, Martin‘s marriage prospects. Still need more to go@in! 1w
julieclair Jo's dreams have me totally perplexed. Although, there's a lot about this book that has me totally perplexed! 😂 1w
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick I doubt Dottie is doing anything without the underlying task of finding a grandbaby incubator. Poor Martin! She may not be beautiful, but I hope she is nice. 6d
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Lost Among the Living | Simone St. James
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A beautiful Jewish widow named Judith left the besieged city in pretended flight and foretold to Holofernes that he would be victorious. Invited into his tent, she cut off his head as he lay in drunken sleep and brought it in a bag to Bethulia. A Jewish victory over the leaderless Assyrian forces followed.

Why was this in Jo‘s room?!?!?!

Sargar114 What?! I totally missed this!!! 1w
Librarybelle No clue! 1w
vlwelser I totally missed this too. 1w
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vlwelser But I love the Klimt painting. 1w
TheBookHippie @vlwelser me too I love Klimt ! 1w
vlwelser Have you seen them in person? I was lucky enough to be introduced to Klimt as a teenager, part of a class, on a field trip in Vienna. (There's no way to make that seem less spoiled but it was part of study abroad in college.) But there are random ones other places. 1w
TheBookHippie @vlwelser alas no. But it is a dream of mine. 1w
vlwelser It's all gold leaf. It doesn't photograph very well. The actual paintings are beyond stunning. 1w
vlwelser In case you needed an excuse to travel to Vienna or something 😂 1w
TheBookHippie @vlwelser it‘s on my bucket list! I think the same is true of most art. It just doesn‘t photograph true. 1w
AmyG I think Dottie is somehow involved in illegal art fraud….getting possibly stolen art out of Europe. 1w
TheBookHippie @AmyG Somethimg odd that‘s for sure! Art is always mysterious in the selling and collecting. 1w
AmyG @TheBookHippie it‘s before WWII but is she sellimg confiscated art from Jews??? 1w
TheBookHippie @AmyG I think that started in 1923.. so egads…. It was so under the radar then -… kinda like now people should see shit coming but they don‘t think it‘ll effect them so they choose to not see. 1w
BookwormAHN I wondered if it wasn't a test to see if she would steal it. 1w
TheBookHippie @BookwormAHN or a warning 😳😬 1w
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick I wonder if it alluded to illicit activity on Dottie's behalf with the art or if it's foreshadowing something that Jo may have to behead somebody to reign victorious over the evil spirits at Wych Elm. 6d
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Robert
Well
He‘s a snake
What‘s his story you think?

Sargar114 Apparently he‘s the actual CREEP! I wonder if he has more to do with Frances‘s death? 1w
Librarybelle He‘s very slimy! Ugh! 1w
vlwelser So gross. And the wife seems to know. 1w
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Sargar114 @vlwelser good point. I initially thought her earlier warning was a stay away from my husband but maybe it was more to protect Jo from him. 1w
AmyG I think he is a creep but not sure he is the bad guy in this story. (edited) 1w
vlwelser @Sargar114 definitely warning Jo about the creepy husband. She doesn't seem to care what he's up to in general. 1w
BookwormAHN I wonder if he's just a jerk or really dangerous. 1w
TheBookHippie @BookwormAHN either a psychotic or a philander ? Or both 😫 or neither, it is Simone. 1w
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick Richard is straight up predatory. He doesn't hide his disdain for his own family, but I also wonder if he hates the house because he recognizes that people act differently there. 6d
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Morphine addiction and Martin. Not unusual for the situation back then.

Martin-
Thoughts of him now as we know more?

Sargar114 I‘m glad he turned out less creepy; but I still don‘t entirely trust him. It‘s good for Jo to have an ally, but I wonder if he‘s also more involved in either of these mysteries or getting Jo to let go of her search for Alex. 1w
Librarybelle Martin still has secrets, and he definitely seems haunted. Whether or not it‘s from his time in the war, what happens in the house, or both, I guess we‘ll find out. 1w
vlwelser Still not sure about this dude. 1w
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AmyG I am not sure about him either @vlwelser but he just seems like a tortured guy, living with his injuries from the war. He seems decent, but who knows? 1w
BookwormAHN I think it's sad that he seems so reigned to be married, bred and then die. 1w
kspenmoll I think he is a decent man who struggles with addiction- happened back then as people did not understand morphine‘s addictive qualities. 1w
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick Morphine addiction aside, I'm not getting creepy vibes from him anymore. I can't say we're totally in the clear though. Maybe Fran or the house can possess him while under the influence or the morphine might end up being influential to the plot at some point, like helping Jo cross over temporarily. 6d
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Lost Among the Living | Simone St. James
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Colonel Mabry?! One in the same! His son was in the hospital!!!
Was he lying about Alex?

Sargar114 I definitely think he knows more than he‘s letting on! I wonder if he came to find out what Jo knows about Alex? I LOVED the call back! (There was also a mention about a girl in the pond when they were talking about the various ghosts Francis was seeing) 1w
Librarybelle Colonel Mabry knows more than he has said! And that was awesome with the connection to a prior book…totally caught that! 1w
vlwelser I love that she throws in these Easter eggs. I guess that's a video game term. Is there a name for this in literature? 1w
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TheBookHippie @vlwelser probably but I call it Easter egg too! 🤣 1w
Sargar114 @Librarybelle I had posted a spoiler comment about it cause I was so excited 😆 @vlwelser @TheBookHippie I think Easter egg works! 1w
AmyG I love the connection, too. Mabry seems to know more than he reveals. 1w
BookwormAHN He definitely knows more. 1w
CoffeeNBooks I definitely think Mabry knows more than he's saying, and I think Jo is smart to pretend like she hasn't started to realize that things don't add up. 1w
kspenmoll I agree with @CoffeeNBooks . I am missing some of the call backs… 1w
julieclair Since this is the first SSJ book I have ever read, I am missing ALL of the callbacks, lol! 1w
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick I missed the girl in the water but totally whooped at another returning character, even if he wasn't the nicest guy. I trust him as far as I can throw him and my arm strength is absolute garbage. 6d
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Lost Among the Living | Simone St. James
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The roof…
What did you think of Jo contemplating?

Sargar114 It seems St James lead females are always very sensitive to ghosts and the other side. I‘m not sure what was happening here but it seems she has a connection with Frances. 1w
Librarybelle I agree with @Sargar114 that she seems to have a connection with Frances. Maybe Jo was trying to puzzle things out on the roof, to kind of experience what Frances may have before she fell. Admittedly, my palms got a little sweaty while reading this piece. 😂 1w
TheBookHippie @Librarybelle me too I loathe heights ! 1w
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AmyG @Sargar114 Yes. I think Francis is trying to get Jo to investigate her death. 1w
TheBookHippie @AmyG @Sargar114 I agree I think she was pushed! 1w
BookwormAHN I definitely don't think it was an accident. 1w
CoffeeNBooks @Librarybelle I agree that it seems that Jo was out there trying to figure it out from Frances' perspective. 1w
kspenmoll Yes Joe was putting yourself in Francis shoes so to speak to the point that it was rather scary I wasn‘t sure what she was going to do 1w
julieclair I just kept telling myself that she definitely wouldn't jump, because then we'd have no protagonist! 😂 1w
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick Yes! ⬆️ @julieclair I, too, had that thought. I suppose we COULD finish out the book with ghost Jo, but that's unlikely. Whether it's Fran, the house, or other, I think it was influencing Jo to intrigue her enough to keep looking for answers. 6d
julieclair @Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick Ooohhh... Ghost Jo.... Now that would be a twist indeed! 5d
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Alex camera
How do you like her first pictures?!
Would you run?
“I see you”
Who messed up Jos room?
Frances, what is she trying to say?

Side note: cameras are in most of these books the author must love them 📷

Sargar114 It does seem that there are always some kind of instrument to try and find ghosts in her books. It‘s always interesting how in her books, the ghosts are always real but always the least evil part of it. I think it‘s possible Frances is actually making herself known to Jo because of this. Im looking forward to this mystery becoming unraveled. May be a favorite of this time period. 1w
Librarybelle Another mystery to solve - who is Hans Faber??? I‘m thinking Frances is leaving the clues for Jo. And yes, it seems like cameras are the way for the ghosts to communicate with the protagonists in St James‘ books. 1w
vlwelser What if the camera was either hiding a message or it's a prop for his German alter ego? I apparently cannot help speculating. 1w
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TheBookHippie @vlwelser ???? Is this his spy name?! 🤣🤷🏻‍♀️ 1w
vlwelser That's kind of where my brain went with it. Did I make your head explode? 1w
Sargar114 @Librarybelle that is the question I most want answered!!! @TheBookHippie @vlwelser spy name??!! How exciting!!!! I love it! 1w
AmyG Is The Alex she married actually Hans Faber? 1w
BookwormAHN I was just waiting for lost film or pictures to show up. 1w
CoffeeNBooks @AmyG This is what I've been trying to wrap my brain around- maybe the Alex Manders she married isn't really Alex Manders, but Hans Faber. If I'm remembering correctly, Alex wasn't in any of the pictures at Wych Elm. That would also explain the passport picture in his file. But did Martin look at the photo? Wouldn't he have noticed if it wasn't really Alex? 1w
kspenmoll I wondered the same. Or was Alex Hans When in Germany, but Alex in England? Not sure where this is going but it‘s certainly adds to the ambience and mystery 1w
julieclair @BookwormAHN Yes! I was so disappointed when the camera turned out to be empty. 1w
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick I like that these books have characters that are using the new technology in their ghost-hunting efforts. I think there's a definite Alex/Hans connection, but I'm not sure if it's an alias/partner/truly secondhand find. 6d
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Jo is seeing Frances. Why?
What was the deal with the leaves?

Fran wouldn‘t do that…kill herself ..

Is Martin seeing and hearing it too?

Frances all her visions
She was doing better, well and then …she died?
AND ALEX was there?!?! WHAT?!

What is the true story?!

I‘m so intrigued!!

Sargar114 This one is pretty wild. I love the gothic feel of it and that leads me to think it has something to do with the house. No idea what the leaves have to do with anything but they‘re also on the cover of the book so seems important. I‘m just going for the ride on this one as so much is going on that I can‘t even begin to try and figure it out. 1w
Librarybelle I think this one is one of more spookier ones we have read by St James. It‘s a definite gothic flavor to the story. I finished this section last night and almost regretted reading it at night! 😂 1w
vlwelser This part is pretty weird. It feels like a secondary plot line almost. Like she added a ghost story because that's what her readers expect. But we shall see. We're only halfway in. 1w
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5feet.of.fury Yeah, I haven‘t decided is someone is messing with Jo, if she‘s going crazy, if Fran is visiting her to warn her of something. I don‘t think Alex had anything to do with Fran‘s death but maybe the man in the woods? 1w
Sargar114 @vlwelser I find St James always makes a point to have a ghost and show that the ghost is never as bad as some of the actual people in the book 1w
AmyG I wonder if Francis is trying to get Jo to help her….solve her possible murder? I don‘t think Francis killed herself. 1w
BookwormAHN Or maybe Frances is trying to warn her that her family is nuts and she should run 😸 1w
CoffeeNBooks @AmyG That's what I think, too! 1w
kspenmoll It feels like Frances is reaching thru the “door” to have Jo help her- no one seems to think Frances killed herself. 1w
julieclair @AmyG @kspenmoll @CoffeeNBooks I agree. Frances is trying to help Jo figure out who murdered her. And I think the leaves are a clue that the woods, and what happened there, are significant in solving the mystery. 1w
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick Perhaps the leaves are a little something Fran uses to show Jo that she is tangible & not losing her mind. I think Fran wants to show Jo that she knows. If my theory that Alex killed Fran is right, maybe she wants Jo to see it "first hand". 6d
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Jo can‘t get windows pension without death certificate. Awful.
Martin means to fix it…

Why doesn‘t Jo try? Does the government know something ? Or do they truly leave all these women without help?!

Sargar114 Is it really surprising that a government doesn‘t care about women? I get the feeling she‘s holding on to the idea that he‘s still alive. If she gets the death certificate then she would admit that he died. 1w
Librarybelle I‘m not surprised about the way Alex‘s missing in action is being treated by the government. There‘s something more there that we need to find out. As for Jo, I agree with @Sargar114 - it‘s almost like she is holding out hope. 1w
vlwelser 💯 @Sargar114 @Librarybelle she seems to know he's still alive. 1w
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TheBookHippie @Sargar114 🤣🤣🤣🤣 no women are property not people 🤦🏻‍♀️ clearly. 1w
Karisa @Sargar114 Yep, death certificate would squash all chances of Alex still being out there in Jo‘s mind. Would the pension even be enough to support her and her mother‘s care? it makes a lot of sense that Jo wants to pay more for a nicer hospital. Wondering is this before socialized medical system there?) 1w
5feet.of.fury The bureaucracy is very believable to me. 1w
5feet.of.fury I think she doesn‘t want to confront it, that it would add a finality to it that Jo isn‘t ready for. Dottie is so nosey I feel like it would have come out that she wasn‘t getting benefits sooner though. 1w
AmyG I am with @Librarybelle that something fishy is going on. And Jo seems to just be holding out hope that he comes back. Maybe he does….who knows? 1w
BookwormAHN That is weird. I can understand him MIA for awhile but not this long. 1w
kspenmoll I also think Jo does not want to finally say Alex died- applying for benefits would do just that. On some level since he/parachute went missing, she is holding out that he will return. 1w
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick I wonder if there's a limit to how long someone is MIA before being assumed dead. At that time, it was still rare for a woman to successfully have her own job, home, etc so to just leave her high and dry is rather effed up. Disappointing but not surprising. I too think she doesn't pursue it harder to keep a thread of hope that he'll return to her. 6d
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Alex so upset about Franny…
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Sargar114 We‘ve learned that he at the very least found her. But there have been hints that maybe he was more involved in her death. I‘m not so sure about that but still will be interested in how it all ties together. 1w
Librarybelle There‘s way more to this story! 1w
vlwelser How/why would he be involved in her death? I'm so confused about this. But the thing I have learned about Simone is that I don't need to figure it out. She's going to tell me what the deal is eventually. 1w
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Karisa Yeah, it‘s too coincidental for Alex to have been at Wych Elm when Frances and mystery man in the woods died. That guy has to be important too. If he were from the area that close knit village would have known who the dead man was. @vlwelser Agreed! St. James will tell us, there will be no way we could have known, and yet it will make perfect sense. How does she do that? 😂 1w
Sargar114 @Karisa @vlwelser That‘s why we love her!!!! I bet Alex has more to do with the mystery man in the woods 🤷🏼‍♀️ 1w
AmyG Is Alex the dead mystery man in the woods? What is going on?????? 1w
vlwelser @Sargar114 yes! It seems like the dead guy in the woods may have been part of his mission. No idea why the Frances thing happened then too. 1w
Sargar114 @AmyG that would be a twist!!!! But wouldn‘t the family recognize him, but maybe they‘re part of the cover up… 1w
TheBookHippie @Karisa I have no idea how she weaves these stories! I never figure it all out 🤣 til the end 🤣 1w
TheBookHippie @CoffeeNBooks I feel like I‘m smarter than this but nope! 🤣 1w
BookwormAHN I think someone in the family knows who the mystery man was . 1w
kspenmoll @Karisa Agree with all you said regarding Alex being home when Frances died. Mysterious. But we will find out all the connections/reasons eventually. 1w
Karisa @AmyG 🤯omg! I didn‘t consider that… but the file said he‘d returned to France after the mystery stop at Wych Elm. They would cover for a spy though. 1w
Karisa @TheBookHippie I know right?! Does SSJ go into the whole thing with a master plan or just write from start and figure it out as she‘s goes? 1w
TheBookHippie @Karisa does she have a chart?! 1w
julieclair @AmyG My bet is that the mystery man in the woods is Hans Faber. 1w
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick I am wondering if Fran saw Alex kill the man in the woods and he therefore had to kill her to keep her from blowing his mission. Did I miss mention of looks of the dead man? Was it an Alex doppelganger? Someone surely would've suspected foul play and recognized him if there was, right? Perhaps dead man was in pursuit of something/one at Wych Elm and Alex had to stop him. 6d
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