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ValerieAndBooks

ValerieAndBooks

Joined April 2016

🦻🧏‍♀️. Never enough bookshelves for all the books 📚. 🤟non-fic, art, history, memoirs, most fic genres. Ravenclaw. Pennsylvania 🇺🇸
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Opened my iPad just now and this seemed a bit funny to me. 1) just because I read a couple books by him on this app doesn‘t mean I *like* him that much and 2) it makes it seem like he‘s still writing books today! 😂

How are you all? Im fine but I barely read this month 😔. So much distracting me!

kspenmoll This is so wild!!!! 6d
Suet624 How funny! How are you? 6d
Leftcoastzen Back from the grave by popular demand!!🎇🎉🥳 6d
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JamieArc 😂😂 6d
Bklover This is funny 😆! 6d
vlwelser 😂 his ghost is writing books you might like 5d
BarbaraBB I hope you‘re distracted by good things 🤍 5d
Ruthiella 🤣 Oh Fyodor! From beyond the grave. Algorithms are not good book recommenders. 5d
Bookwormjillk I‘ve been wondering when he was going to come out with a new one 😂 5d
Reggie Lol, He‘s what we call the Tupac of the literary world. 5d
LeahBergen Say what? 😆😆 5d
batsy I just about screamed because I thought he was BACK 😂 5d
DivineDiana Proof that a computer is not perfect! 😅 2d
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The Shadow of the Wind | Carlos Ruiz Zafon
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Starting this for #authoramonth. This will actually my third read of The Shadow of the Wind! First time was when it first came out (2004) second time was I don‘t remember when 😅. And I‘m not normally a re-reader. I even have the other three books in the series, but for some reason have avoided reading them. I want to refresh my memory with this before finally getting to the next one (The Angel‘s Game).

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A harrowing read about World War I by a German author who went through it. Very well written, but reading this made me have to set it aside now and then. Read for #1001Books

julesG It is a very difficult but very important read. 1mo
ValerieAndBooks @julesG yes. More people should read this — war is truly terrible. 1mo
JazzFeathers Ever since l started researching WWI a couple of years ago, l've thought to read it. I will, one day. 1mo
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BarbaraBB So heartbreaking good 1mo
BookwormM OMG I have possibly? Just twigged you are Valerie from Reading 1001 on Goodreads at least I think you are 🤣🤣🤣 1mo
ValerieAndBooks @BookwormM I‘m not on goodreads, so it‘s another Valerie 😊 1mo
BookwormM It must be 🤣🤣 1mo
ValerieAndBooks @JazzFeathers The author experienced WWI himself, so this novel felt very accurate. 1mo
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Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book | Better Homes & Gardens, Better Homes and Gardens Books
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Top: 1982 edition
Middle: 1989 edition
Bottom: 2018 edition

Not only do clothing and kitchen styles change over the years, so do tastes. My current edition (found used but like new) for example has Buddha bowl recipes which are a thing now 😊.

Leftcoastzen Love it! 1mo
LeahBergen Very cool! 1mo
ValerieAndBooks @Leftcoastzen I won‘t get rid of my older editions but they will be in a cabinet instead of my cookbook shelves 😊 1mo
ValerieAndBooks @LeahBergen even the food pictures look antiquated compared to that in the new edition 😏 1mo
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Cujo | Stephen King
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Happy Halloween everyone 🎃 👻 🧛‍♂️ 🧙 🍁 🍂🦹‍♀️🧟🎃

This was the only scary read this month for me. But what a story! I found the dysfunctional human relationships just as scary as poor rabid Cujo.

I read this many years ago in HS so it was like reading for the first time 😱 except for a couple incidents I vaguely remembered.

LeahBergen I think I was in high school when I first read it, too! 1mo
ValerieAndBooks @LeahBergen yes, and my copy back then was the mass market edition ! 1mo
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The Accidental | Ali Smith
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Got my haircut today and of course had to stop by the used bookstore nearby! Their sales benefit our local senior center, so I shouldn‘t feel guilty right 😊? $20 for this fill-a-bag deal. Pleased to find the Ali Smith book (tagged). Picked up the SK and Blood of Abraham by Jimmy Carter for my Global Politics major son — bonus is that the Jimmy Carter is autographed! When I texted my son, he responded “Holy Moly” 😊

AmyG Amazing that the Carter book is autographed. My daughter found a Nixon book once at a used book sale...autographed. (edited) 1mo
Leftcoastzen Wow ,great books! 1mo
ValerieAndBooks @AmyG wow, my son would definitely be jealous of that find! He has actually read (voluntarily) quite a bit on Nixon and his foreign policy. 1mo
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AmyG My daughter, at the time, was into reading about him, too. 1mo
kspenmoll Wow! Great stack for 20$! 1mo
ValerieAndBooks @AmyG that‘s probably why she picked the book up! 1mo
ValerieAndBooks @Leftcoastzen now to try to find time to read these and all those other TBRs 🤪 1mo
ValerieAndBooks @kspenmoll Right?! And the bag wasn‘t even completely full, but I badly needed to use the bathroom and the store doesn‘t have a public one 😂 1mo
LeslieO Nice haul! I ❤️ Laurie Colwin! 1mo
ValerieAndBooks @LeslieO so do I 💖. The last time I read her was a long time ago, so it‘ll be nice to revisit her. 1mo
LeslieO I‘ve been thinking of retreading her, too. I have all my old copies of her books but I heard they‘ve been reissued. I kinda want to get new versions! 1mo
LeahBergen Ooo, lovely! 😍 1mo
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Approximately 400 women stayed at the Valley Forge encampment with the troops (of which there were 14,000 men). More is known about women like Martha Washington being there, so a lot more in this short book is about upper class women married to officers. That is not the author‘s fault, as the more “common” women such as washerwomen and cooks often didn‘t read or write, so no letters and such were left behind. And although they worked hard 👇

ValerieAndBooks and in some cases were paid, no rosters were kept for these women. 1mo
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Autumn | Ali Smith
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I very nearly bailed on this when I realized it was more of a stream-of-consciousness style. So glad I stayed with it. Interesting how the real stories of a mostly forgotten 1960s female artist and also Brexit are integrated into the lives of fictional characters Elisabeth and her elderly friend Daniel. I‘ll definitely seek more of Ali Smith (a couple of her books— not this one— are on the #1001Books list).

Liz_M I really enjoyed this series! I just wish I had read them closer together so i could see more of the interconnections between the books. 2mo
Lindy It‘s a brilliant quartet. I‘m glad you stuck with it. 2mo
Suet624 I love her work. 2mo
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ValerieAndBooks @Liz_M hmm, good reason for me to pick up the next one while Autumn is still fresh in my mind 😊 1mo
ValerieAndBooks @Lindy when I thought, “I think I‘ll bail” I rifled through the pages to try to decide, and came across one of the passport stories (so funny) and decided to start over from the beginning 😊 1mo
ValerieAndBooks @Suet624 I‘m looking forward to finding and reading more by her! 1mo
Lindy @ValerieAndBooks My sister says she likes Winter best of the quartet, and it comes next in the series, so it makes sense to pick up that one next. Personally, I can‘t pick a favourite out of the four. Love them all! 1mo
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Autumn | Ali Smith
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One of the best descriptions of October I‘ve ever read.

vivastory I love this... 2mo
Kappadeemom Welllll….unless you live in Florida 😂🙋🏼‍♀️ 2mo
Leftcoastzen I loved her whole seasons series but I think I liked Autumn the best! 2mo
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ValerieAndBooks @vivastory nice, isn‘t it 🍁🍂? 1mo
ValerieAndBooks @Kappadeemom ha! Very good point. 1mo
ValerieAndBooks @Leftcoastzen I definitely plan to find the rest! 1mo
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Cujo | Stephen King
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Not as cute as my last post, but still dog-related! Found this hardback (book club edition) at Goodwill recently for 99 cents 😳. Snapped it up right away. My younger son is on a mission to collect all SK‘s hardbacks but I‘m reading it first. I did read many years ago from a paper back.

phantomx That's awesome! I'm trying to collect the original covers for the Dark Tower series 2mo
ValerieAndBooks @phantomx the large trade paperbacks with the color illustrations? We have those! 2mo
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I was telling @Megabooks that her new doggie Molly looks like my sister‘s dog, who is a daschund/beagle mix! Well, here is Zoey who just turned 5. Maybe the coloring isn‘t exactly the same but there are similarities 💖

LeahBergen Aww! 🥰 2mo
AmyG What a cute dog! 2mo
hannah-leeloo Both are adorable #dogsoflitsy 😍 I definitely say similar looking 2mo
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Megabooks Omg!! They could be sisters!! Right down to the oversized paws!! Zoey is so cute!! Thank you for sharing this 💕🐶💕 2mo
TrishB Zoey‘s colouring is really like my Sansa‘s! 2mo
batsy She's adorable 😍 2mo
ValerieAndBooks @Megabooks do you think you‘ll do one of those dog DNA analyses for Molly? Some of my friends have! 2mo
Megabooks @ValerieAndBooks I will! Probably sometime after the holidays. I‘ve done it on my other two shelter dogs. One I was not surprised. The other I completely was! 😁😁 2mo
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Hi all! I didn‘t realize how long I was away from Litsy until now. Thanks @Suet624 for checking in on me. I was really busy, traveling in September helping my mom get settled in her new place. In my last post 2 mos ago, I mentioned I would show you all the quilt made for her. Here it is! Mom on left, me on right. I‘ve also just not had much reading mojo lately. Thanks to all of you & @LitsyBirthdays who wished me happy birthday last week 💖 ! 👇

charl08 Beautiful quilt! 2mo
ValerieAndBooks Cont‘ I was actually only in New Mexico for a week (so sorry no time to see you @Reggie 😢) but a lot of busyness also in the past few weeks. Also, this quilt is an adaptation from a pattern I found online, called “Refracted”. 2mo
AmyG Gorgeous!!! I am off to NM next week. (edited) 2mo
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StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Wow, that's lovely. 2mo
Lindy Gorgeous quilt! 😍 2mo
LeahBergen That‘s beautiful!! 😍 2mo
BarbaraBB Gorgeous quilt and I am happy to see you again! 2mo
LauraBeth Beautiful! 2mo
Leftcoastzen Glad to see you! That is gorgeous! 2mo
Suet624 Yippee! So glad to see you again. Your quilt is beautiful! Thanks for sharing the photo with us. As I said in my text, I was starting to worry about you, so I'm glad to know all is well. (edited) 2mo
Eggbeater That quilt is amazing! 2mo
TrishB That‘s lovely ♥️ nice to see you back! 2mo
Megabooks Wow!! 🤩🤩 2mo
Ruthiella Brilliant! 😍 2mo
wanderinglynn That‘s gorgeous! ❤️ 2mo
Reggie No worries. Actually it was best because two of our not vaccinated have gotten sick in the past month so it was best. I‘m glad you got to spend time with your mom and sister. 2mo
batsy That's lovely! Glad to see you back and that you got to spend time with your mum and family 💜 2mo
ValerieAndBooks @Reggie hopefully next time 💖 ! 2mo
ValerieAndBooks @AmyG Thanks! And what part of NM will you be in? 2mo
ValerieAndBooks @Lindy thank you! 2mo
ValerieAndBooks @LeahBergen thanks Leah! 2mo
ValerieAndBooks @BarbaraBB thank you! Will try to be on Litsy more now 😊 2mo
ValerieAndBooks @LauraBeth 👋 good to see you! And thanks! 2mo
ValerieAndBooks @Leftcoastzen thank you 😊 2mo
ValerieAndBooks @Suet624 thanks! Working on a different project now! Thanks again for checking in on me 💖 2mo
ValerieAndBooks @Eggbeater thank you ☺️ 2mo
ValerieAndBooks @TrishB thanks Trish! 2mo
ValerieAndBooks @Megabooks thanks! And your profile pic shows a new pet?! 2mo
ValerieAndBooks @Ruthiella thank you 💖 2mo
ValerieAndBooks @batsy thanks! Yes, it was nice seeing them all 💖 2mo
AmyG Santa Fe 2mo
ValerieAndBooks @AmyG I love Santa Fe so much. Wasn‘t there at this visit 😢. I hope you have fun! My sister (and now my mom also) lives in Los Alamos. 2mo
AmyG We are so looking forward to it! 2mo
Lynnsoprano Beautiful quilt! I‘ve taken a bit of a Litsy sabbatical, just getting back into the swing. I know we are way behind, but we need to find a book to do a buddy read! 2mo
ValerieAndBooks @Lynnsoprano thank you! I‘ve missed a lot of what has been happening via Litsy because I wasn‘t on it for so long. I will email you soon to see how you‘re doing and to try to figure out a buddy read ❤️ 1mo
Lynnsoprano @ValerieAndBooks Sounds great! 😘 1mo
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Arrived today! A recent blog post by the Daughters of the American Revolution‘s President General discussed Ellen Hardin Walworth, one of the DAR founders. This book title was mentioned. Very intrigued!

Vent about USPS : I have “informed tracking”, and it keeps telling me they‘ve delivered items when really they arrive a day or two later. This book was one 😡.

Background is back of a lap quilt I‘m making for my mom. Will post pic when done.

vivastory That's the DeJoy effect... how in the world he *still* has a job is insane 4mo
ValerieAndBooks @vivastory Right?! 🤨. I think they lie about when they‘re delivered so that they look like they‘re arriving sooner than they actually do. 4mo
Suet624 DeJoy is the worst. 4mo
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Reggie Seriously, @vivastory @Suet624 @ValerieAndBooks I sent one of my LPMBC books priority the last day of July and my person barely got it 2 days ago. 11 days! She lives two states over. Lol 4mo
vivastory @Reggie @Suet624 @ValerieAndBooks I wish Biden could have fired him. It's only going to get worse 4mo
ValerieAndBooks @vivastory @Suet624 @Reggie It is so frustrating. I sent something to my daughter and her gf and it took 2 weeks!! They live four hours away. That‘s just one example. We need to bring the Pony Express back. 4mo
Suet624 Did you ever see Reggie? How are you? 2mo
LeahBergen Happy Birthday! I hope you‘re doing well? ❤️❤️ 2mo
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The Summer Book | Tove Jansson
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This vignette-filled short novel should really only be read during summer time 🌞. The relationship between Sophia and her grandmother, on an island home in Finland, was touching— but yet not saccharine.

I‘m surprised by the low overall Litsy rating on this one, which is also a #1001Books.

MicheleinPhilly You are brave sitting outside. I would never leave the pool. 🥵 4mo
Leftcoastzen Lovely edition 4mo
youneverarrived Love the cover 😍 4mo
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Tamra I loved this one - all the summer vibes! 😎 4mo
EvieBee Gosh, what an awesome edition. 4mo
ValerieAndBooks @MicheleinPhilly I stepped out briefly just to take the photo 😉 . Yes it‘s been way too hot lately to be outside except to take dips in the pool! Think we‘re supposed to get a slight break next week 🤞 4mo
ValerieAndBooks @Tamra I can see myself re-reading again next summer! Maybe on the first day of summer 😊 4mo
ValerieAndBooks @Leftcoastzen @youneverarrived @EvieBee Agree 💖 !! It‘s the 1st American Edition, 1974. Slight spine damage of the dust jacket at the bottom due to someone ripping off a sticker, but at $1.50 from the used bookstore I couldn‘t resist. Glad I picked it up, it‘s a little gem of a book! 4mo
Suet624 It's funny because the rating I see on Litsy is 100%. As it should be. 4mo
ValerieAndBooks @Suet624 that‘s odd! It was 33% when I looked at it, then it went up to 56% after I gave it a pick. Glad to know you loved it too. 4mo
Suet624 Wait. Now it says 56%. Where did the 100% go? Darn! How weird. 4mo
Suet624 Oh. Apparently I was looking at The Summer Book by a different author. 4mo
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The Summer Book | Tove Jansson
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Just learned that yesterday was #nationalbookloversday . But that‘s everyday for us, right 😉?

📚📚📚📚📚

The 3 large oak bookcases here were built by my dad (who would have been 82 in two days ) ❤️

Tagged book is my current read.

Aims42 Such a great reading spot 🤩😍 4mo
TrishB Lovely ❤️ 4mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Gorgeous ❤️📚 4mo
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merelybookish Beautiful! 😍 4mo
LeahBergen Lovely!! 📚📚 4mo
DivineDiana Absolutely! ❤️ 4mo
Cathythoughts Very beautiful 😍 4mo
BookDadGirlDad Almost shorted out my phone drooling over that library!!! Love the hand made cases.😍😍😍 4mo
Leftcoastzen Beautiful! 4mo
erzascarletbookgasm Lovely, cosy reading spot 👌 4mo
Reggie What a craftsman he was . What a great space! Hope you‘re feeling better. 4mo
ValerieAndBooks @Aims42 @TrishB @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @merelybookish @LeahBergen @DivineDiana @Cathythoughts @BookDadGirlDad @Leftcoastzen @erzascarletbookgasm Thanks all! I‘m fortunate to have this legacy from my Dad and other pieces of furniture he made for us over the years 💖. @Reggie thank you— feeling a lot better although I still go to bed earlier than usual! 4mo
Suet624 How beautiful! 4mo
Lynnsoprano What a beautiful space! 4mo
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Seize the Day | Saul Bellow
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Good writing, but I really didn‘t care for any of the characters. This is a novella that is on the “1001 books you must read before you die” list. Got another one knocked off that list!

I had started another #1001Books before this one but someone made a major spoiler in a Litsy review 😕 .

Butterfinger I can't stop thinking about this post. I want to apologize if it was me. I don't think it was Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, but maybe I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. In my head, I think it is a classic, everyone knows about it. I will definitely be more mindful. 4mo
ValerieAndBooks @Butterfinger Awww 🤗 ! No it wasn‘t you, or either of those books. It‘s true that some classics have been discussed so much that people know what happens in some of them (aka Romeo or Juliet) even if they haven‘t read them. (edited) 4mo
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Didn‘t realize (even with the title) that I read two dysfunctional wedding books back to back 😂. (One before this was The Guest List). This one however is a little novella first published in 1932. The bride to be is downing rum as she gets ready and her oblivious family flits around the house. Some lovely passages and the entire tone of this book probably was more meaningful back when it was published. Today it feels a bit dated. Almost a pick.

DivineDiana I own this book too. Purchased purely based on that gorgeous cover. #MtTBR 4mo
ValerieAndBooks @DivineDiana Yes! Caught my eye a while back at Baldwin‘s Books! 4mo
vonnie862 Love the cover! 4mo
ValerieAndBooks @vonnie862 So do I…and it‘s Persephone 💖😊 4mo
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The Guest List | Lucy Foley
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This had me engaged all the way to the end. Maybe too many coincidences cascading towards the end, but a good read during my recovery from Lyme. Felt okay yesterday but today, not so good🤷🏻‍♀️

Leftcoastzen Sorry you have that . I wish you a good recovery. 4mo
ValerieAndBooks @Leftcoastzen thank you for your well wishes 💖 4mo
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Long Bright River | Liz Moore
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This novel looks at opioid addiction in the Kensington area of Philadelphia (about 45 minutes from me). Although I guessed whodunnit fairly early, this was a good read about how hard it can be to escape addiction.

Still resting under my “sick blanket”! Next up is another #botm thriller The Guest List; my brain can‘t handle anything too complex at the moment.

MicheleinPhilly I hope you start feeling better soon. ❤️ 4mo
Ruthiella I can‘t read at all when I am sick. I hope you feel better soon and are back to reading EVERYTHING! 😀 4mo
Cathythoughts I hope you feel better .. I really enjoyed this book 4mo
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ValerieAndBooks @MicheleinPhilly thank you 😘❤️ 4mo
ValerieAndBooks @Ruthiella thanks💖! Lighter, more plot-driven reads are all I can handle right now 😂 4mo
ValerieAndBooks @Cathythoughts thank you! Yes, this one was a page-turner. 4mo
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If you want to know more about the War of 1812, this is it.

Yes that‘s a blanket underneath—-I‘m cold! I have stage 1 Lyme Disease right now, and on day three of antibiotics! Ugh. This is the sickest I‘ve felt for a long time. My next read is going to have to be a light one.

katy4peas Feel better soon! 😘 4mo
Jas16 I hope you feel better soon 💐 4mo
Tamra Yuck - No fun. I hope you can still read as you recover. 🤞🏾🤞🏾 (edited) 4mo
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kspenmoll I am so so sorry. I have a good friend who has battled Lyme. Feel better soon. 4mo
batsy I hope you feel better soon 💛 4mo
Ruthiella Hope you feel better soon! 🥴❤️ 4mo
Bookzombie I‘m so sorry. I hope you feel better soon. 💐 4mo
Reggie Ohhh no! I hope you feel better! 4mo
ValerieAndBooks @katy4peas @Jas16 @Tamra @kspenmoll @batsy @Ruthiella @Bookzombie @Reggie Thank you all for the good wishes😘! Been napping and sleeping more than usual, and on a 30-day course of antibiotics. I‘m sure I‘ll be on the mend soon 💖 4mo
DivineDiana So sorry, Valerie to learn about your illness! Sending healing wishes. ❤️ 4mo
ValerieAndBooks @DivineDiana Thank you! It‘s only been a week since I was put on antibiotics and I‘m still not feeling 100%. And this was caught early. So I‘m sure I‘ll be better relatively soon . 4mo
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Our book haul from our vacation in NY/VT last week! Hubby‘s choices on left side, mine on right side. Although I‘m interested in reading some of his choices, too. All from indie bookstores or museum shops. Some used, some new. 📚📚📚

TrishB Dan Jones writes a good history book 👍🏻 4mo
Lynnsoprano They all look interesting. 4mo
Suet624 Let me know how those Ethan Allen books are. I really want to read up on him. 4mo
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ValerieAndBooks @TrishB he does! I have some of his. I‘ll probably borrow this one after hubby reads it 😊 4mo
ValerieAndBooks @Lynnsoprano yes, came across some good picks in Vermont ☺️ 4mo
ValerieAndBooks @Suet624 Yes. I‘m curious about the one dealing with the myths behind EA. I read this very detailed bio a while ago but haven‘t had a chance to review: 4mo
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When we were on vacation, of course had to stop at local bookstores! Will show book haul in next post.

Top L: window display Bookmobile Books, an used books store in Rutland VT (had a quick day trip there)
Top R: Phoenix Books in Rutland, VT w/ a marble/granite book sculpture. The area is/was known for quarries.
Bottom L: interior of Crow Bookshop, Burlington VT
Bottom R: Phoenix Books; Burlington VT

 @Suet624 thanks for the recs of bottom 2!

Suet624 Thank you for checking them out! 4mo
BookishMarginalia 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 4mo
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On Vacation in Vermont, and got to meet up with @Suet624 (right) this morning! We had a wonderful time chatting over breakfast. I feel lucky to have met through Litsy 🥰

LiteraryinLawrence Yay! I love it when Littens meet in real life! 5mo
vivastory This is awesome! I hope you & @Suet624 had a great breakfast 📚📚 5mo
BookishMarginalia 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 5mo
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sisilia Awesome 😍💞 5mo
TrishB Cool 👍🏻❤️ 5mo
MicheleinPhilly I love this! 🤗 5mo
Jas16 That is so fantastic! 5mo
Cortg Yay! So fun.
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LeahBergen I love this!! 🥰🥰🥰🥰 5mo
batsy Fun! Love this ❤️❤️ 5mo
Bookzombie This is awesome!! 5mo
Tamra So fun!! 5mo
Ruthiella So cool! 🥰 5mo
Suet624 Such a wonderful thing to be able to meet. 🥰🥰🥰 5mo
marleed Cool! 5mo
Reggie How wonderful!!! ❤️ 5mo
BarbaraBB This is so wonderful. So good to see you both! I hope you‘ve had a lovely time 😍 5mo
AmyG Sue is the lovliest!!! How wonderful ❤️ (edited) 5mo
saresmoore Two beautiful women, inside and out! 5mo
Chelsea.Poole Lovely photo! And nice to see you both! 4mo
Leftcoastzen Wonderful! 4mo
Suet624 @amyg I thought of you today as Valerie and I were together. I wish you still visited Vermont. ❤️ I miss you! 4mo
Suet624 @saresmoore takes one to know one. 4mo
AmyG @Suet624 I miss VT...and seeing you. We talk about going back some day in the fall, for the leaves. You will be the first to know! (But not this year) 4mo
ValerieAndBooks @TrishB @MicheleinPhilly @Jas16 @Cortg @LeahBergen @batsy @Bookzombie @Tamra @Ruthiella @marleed @BarbaraBB @Reggie @AmyG @saresmoore @Chelsea.Poole @Leftcoastzen Getting to meet Sue in person @Suet624 was definitely a highlight of my vacation 💖. I hope you are all as lucky someday. Truly an amazing person! 4mo
Suet624 @AmyG you just let me know. Don‘t forget, there‘s a large Airbnb right underneath my apartment. 4mo
Suet624 @ValerieAndBooks oh, you‘re so sweet. It was wonderful to be able to spend time together. 4mo
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Geek Love | Katherine Dunn
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My book haul! See previous post for back story. Not much of a non-fiction selection (the top three books) as they normally would have had. But I‘m sure it‘ll get better once they start accepting donations again in August. Son got five books (not pictured) which he has already taken to his room. They were all part of their fill-a-bag deal.

Liz_M I'll be interested to see what you think of the tagged book, if you get to it in the near future. 5mo
Flaneurette So jealous of your Geek Love hardback! 5mo
LeahBergen I‘ve had Flight of the Sparrow waiting on my shelves for years. 😆 5mo
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ValerieAndBooks @Liz_M I think it‘s going to be near the top now. Have you read it yet? 5mo
ValerieAndBooks @Flaneurette I was pleased to find it! The spine does have sun fade but for the price I don‘t mind. I did once have a HB, and read it, way back when it first came out but didn‘t keep it (so many moves). Always regretted that! Kept thinking I want to read this strange book again someday 🙂 5mo
ValerieAndBooks @LeahBergen the “novel of Early America “ is what caught my eye! But TBH I think it might be a while before I get to it….so many TBR books and also depending on my mood 😬 5mo
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Second Reading II | West Chester, PA (Bookstore)
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This bookstore finally reopened today after having to close March 2020. You can bet son (pictured) and I were there! Even though neither of us “need” more books 😂

They couldn‘t reopen when most shops did, because it‘s under the umbrella of the local Senior Center, and also the Department of Aging, which finally gave them the green light to open again. For now open just 3 days a week but we‘ll take it! Picture of my haul to follow!

BookishMarginalia 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 5mo
Bianca Exciting! 5mo
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Malibu Rising | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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I liked reading about the Riva family and wish there was more on them, and less on all the details about the party and party guests at Nina‘s house. But the 80s California vibe definitely was spot on — I can say that as a California (albeit NorCal, not SoCal) native who graduated HS in 1983, the year the party takes place. Between pick & so-so. Of the author‘s books I‘ve read so far, I liked Evelyn Hugo better (& bailed on Daisy Jones).

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The Giveaway Box | Michael Dostillio
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Congrats 🎉 Kevin on your milestone, and thanks for your generosity with your #K100Kgiveaway . Continue with all the sharing of books 📚 📚📚📚📚 @RamsFan1963 !!

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Malibu Rising | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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Reading Malibu Rising 🏄‍♀️ 🌊 and if you‘ve read her earlier book The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, you‘ll recognize Celia St. James‘ name 😊. And early in the book, refers to Nina‘s neighbor Emilio Estevez….later in the book it‘s Carlos Estevez (Charlie Sheen‘s real name) 🤔.

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Giovanni's Room | James Baldwin
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Good, but very sad. It was hard to read about the narrator not feeling that he could be his true self out in the open. Sad about Giovanni, too. Things are better today, although not yet perfectly so everywhere.
#authoramonth #authoramonth2021

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Current poolside read 😎

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1776 | David McCullough
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Happy 245th birthday, America 🇺🇸 . Here‘s a shelfie of my non-fiction books about that era (with just a few before and after)🙂.

Sorry that #Litsy doesn‘t have a zoom-in function — I know it‘s a pain to screenshot first!

mrsmarch Love the tiny Liberty bell! And Mayflower is a great book! Did you log in to the Craig Shirley book club this week? 5mo
ValerieAndBooks @mrsmarch yes Mayflower is good, as are Philbrick‘s others! No, as I still haven‘t read Mary Ball Washington 😬. Did you log in? 5mo
mrsmarch @ValerieAndBooks I did, but I missed the first 15 minutes. I wasn‘t extremely impressed or inspired by the event. 😬 5mo
Leftcoastzen Nice selection! 5mo
ValerieAndBooks @Leftcoastzen Thanks 😊! A lot still TBR 🙊 ! 5mo
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Thinner | Richard Bachman
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Yes, I‘m a cover snob (usually). So is younger son. I ordered Thinner from Book Outlet but the cover (left) was not 1) what was shown on their website and 2) not in good shape (should have been sold as a scratch and dent at a lower price). I expressed my disappointment, they refunded me partially, and I used that refund towards a reasonably priced first edition (5th printing) from eBay 🙂. We‘ll keep the PB as a reading copy for now.

ValerieAndBooks I read this long ago, way back in HS, but as a mass market PB I no longer have! 5mo
Ruthiella Excellent compromise. If you collect an author‘s work, I think it‘s a good idea to invest in hardcovers. 5mo
Leftcoastzen Love the original Thinner cover. I wish all vendors would post photo of the actual book you are getting,many people looking for a specific edition of the book. 5mo
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ValerieAndBooks @Ruthiella as long as they‘re affordable , for sure 😊 . When I was looking at Thinner on eBay, I was shocked at some of the prices for “Carrie” 😳. At the very least, find/get a cover that we like 😂. 5mo
ValerieAndBooks @Leftcoastzen Right?! Sometimes it‘s like the lottery. As far as Book Outlet goes, I know not to have high expectations as they‘re a bargain/remainder outlet, but the two factors (cover and condition) combined irked me. 5mo
Reggie I kind of really like the one on the left vs the one on the right. 5mo
ValerieAndBooks @Reggie I‘d be happy to send it along to you if you don‘t mind it already being slightly beat up! Let me know. 5mo
Nute This very same thing happened to me when I was looking for a particular edition of Sense and Sensibility. I was overjoyed when I finally located it. Couldn‘t wait to order it. Then when I opened the package...🤯😤😡 5mo
ValerieAndBooks @Nute how frustrating 😡! Hope you were able to return it without any issues. 5mo
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Lots of good info, and encouragement to take charge of your own health.

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This showed up on my Nextdoor app (even though I live in PA). Thought this was a cute idea worth sharing for LFLs 🐶 📚 🎾 !

LeahBergen 😆 So cute! 5mo
ValerieAndBooks @LeahBergen I‘m sure Johnny Bergen would love this kind of LFL 🥰 5mo
LeahBergen He so would! 5mo
marleed So cute. I had to take a screenshot! 5mo
Cathythoughts Adorable 5mo
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A poolside read with substance! I had this in my TBR for years. An actual cover is inset, right. Clover, wife and mother, upon reaching a certain age, discovers one day that she is literally invisible to everyone. But her family doesn‘t notice, as they‘ve taken her for granted for years. She discovers that there are other invisible women as well & they find self-empowerment. It‘s funny with thoughtful moments. I enjoyed it! Was surprised that 👇

ValerieAndBooks Was surprised to find that author Jeanne Ray is Ann Patchett‘s mother. Ironic because I‘ve failed to get into any of Patchett‘s books for #authoramonth. ( @soubhiville ) . Jeanne Ray has written other books and I‘ll be on the lookout for them. 5mo
charl08 Sounda good. Adding it to the wishlist. 5mo
DivineDiana Amazing! I had not heard that Ann Patchett‘s mother was a writer! Very curious. Stacked! 5mo
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ValerieAndBooks @charl08 it was better than I expected, in that it was more positive than I expected it to be. 5mo
ValerieAndBooks @DivineDiana Evidently she wrote her first book at 60 😊 ! 5mo
DivineDiana Cheers to her! 👏🏻👍🏻👏🏻 5mo
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Lisey's Story: A Novel | Stephen King
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Stephen King‘s version of a love story. But being SK, it definitely doesn‘t belong in the romance section. I‘ll be thinking of Lisey and Scott for a while after finishing this. One thing, though, I felt that their special word “smuck/smucking” was overused in this novel 😂.

After 20-yo son reads this, we plan to watch the series…if there‘s time before he goes back to school.

DivineDiana So nice to share a read with your son! Never heard of TV series. 🤔 5mo
ValerieAndBooks @DivineDiana it‘s currently on Apple+ TV, releasing a new episode weekly. Not sure how many episodes total. By the time son‘s done reading, I‘m sure they‘ll all be there! 5mo
DivineDiana That is one that I don‘t have. 🤷🏼‍♀️ 5mo
ValerieAndBooks @DivineDiana it‘s so hard to have them all! And it gets 💸💸💸💸💸. Seems like there‘s always a new streaming channel 🤪. I have this one only because it came temporarily free when I got my new iPhone some ago. Not sure if I‘ll keep it when they start charging. 5mo
DivineDiana That‘s good to know! I am thinking about an upgrade! 👍🏻 5mo
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Donated more stuff (not just books) to the thrift shop, and brought these home!

Ruthiella I would have snapped up Say Nothing too! 6mo
DivineDiana Looks good! 👏🏻👍🏻📚 6mo
BarbaraBB Lucy Gault is good and I am very curious of the Danticat! 6mo
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kspenmoll Say Nothing is beyond fabulous! 5mo
ValerieAndBooks @Ruthiella first heard of it from Litsy! Looking forward to getting to it. 5mo
ValerieAndBooks @DivineDiana I have no hope of ever catching up on my TBR 😂 5mo
ValerieAndBooks @BarbaraBB I noticed the Lucy Gault is a #1001Books, so just had to include it! And yes the Danticat intrigued me as well. 5mo
ValerieAndBooks @kspenmoll Say Nothing has gotten very good Litsy reviews! 5mo
DivineDiana @ValerieAndBooks I too am hopeless! ☹️ 5mo
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On Juneteenth | Annette Gordon-Reed
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I am glad Juneteenth has been recognized and made into a holiday. I wish our library system had more choices/copies for e-book borrows. Placed this on hold yesterday. One copy of this, and have about six weeks wait time. Starting the sample now.

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The Hundred-Year House | Rebecca Makkai
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Current poolside novel!

(Still reading Lisey‘s Story but I don‘t like bringing hardbacks down to the pool)

ValerieAndBooks Just couldn‘t get into this — I was expecting a fast paced ghost story. Will set aside and try it again another time. 5mo
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Today is National Bourbon Day, apparently! So, am having one even though it‘s a Monday night 🥃

I‘ve been reading this book a bit at a time since forever, because it does put one in the mood for bourbon and I can‘t have that all the time 😂. It‘s informative though!

BkClubCare 🥃 6mo
HufflepuffGirl90 💙🥃 6mo
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Lynnsoprano Oh, I definitely need this! 6mo
CarolynM Sorry I missed this! I'll have to make up for it on the weekend 😆 6mo
ValerieAndBooks It‘s the weekend now (or almost) so cheers again 🥃 or your drink of choice 🍺🍸🍷🥤@bkclubcare @HufflepuffGirl90 @Ruthiella @Lynnsoprano @CarolynM 6mo
Lynnsoprano @ValerieAndBooks I meant to get this for hubby for Father‘s Day, but forgot. I am setting a reminder now to order in time for his birthday 😄🥃 6mo
HufflepuffGirl90 Yes!! It‘s a good day for a nice 🥃. Happy Friday everyone!! 6mo
BkClubCare @ValerieAndBooks - Cheers! 🥂 6mo
ValerieAndBooks @Lynnsoprano I‘m sure he‘ll like it! How soon is his birthday, though 😄? 6mo
ValerieAndBooks @HufflepuffGirl90 @BkClubCare cheers back at you all! Very warm day/evening yesterday, so I had an ice cold martini 🍸! 6mo
BkClubCare @ValerieAndBooks - I think I did read that today is Martini Day. Always celebrating appropriately 🍸 6mo
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Lisey's Story: A Novel | Stephen King
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Because of the new series based on this book, son (he‘s 20) & I decided to buddy read this! (Last summer we buddy-read The Stand).

Any of you doing the same? We want to finish before we start watching.

although son has several SKs, he didn‘t have this one, so I ordered from ThriftBooks because he prefers HC editions. When the order went through, it said “large print edition “. I was like, oh no! But it ended up actually being regular print.

vivastory I've heard great things about this book. I'll be curious to hear your opinion 6mo
candc320 I‘m doing the exact same thing! I always like to try to read a book before seeing the tv show/movie if I can, and I love me some Stephen King! 6mo
Cathythoughts I really enjoyed this book when I read it … many years ago .. I remember it was a great escape at the time , I was very grateful to SK … looking forward to the movie with Julianne Moore … and looking forward to seeing the story from now 6mo
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ValerieAndBooks @vivastory hoping to get started on it this weekend! 6mo
ValerieAndBooks @candc320 Same! I did watch the trailer for Lisey's Story though -- looks good! 6mo
ValerieAndBooks @Cathythoughts Stephen King is usually a great escape read, definitely...albeit scary (mostly)! After I read this, definitely curious how they adapt the series from this. 6mo
Reggie It‘s been more than 15 years since I‘ve read this but there are things in here I‘ve thought about as recently as last month. Hope you like it! 6mo
ValerieAndBooks @Reggie it started out slow (so much leading up to when Scott got shot) and I‘m not sure yet just what all is going on but I‘m 100% along for the ride! 6mo
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This novel is based on the 1974 real-life murder of Lord Lucan‘s nanny and Lucan‘s disappearance shortly thereafter. Spark imagines him reappearing 25 years later at the doorstep of a psychiatrist with a secret past. A whirlwind of a novel! Even though Spark‘s intro states that the book is based on Lord Lucan, I thought at 1st it was a fake intro if that makes sense. Fell into a rabbit hole about the real life case about halfway through novel!👇

ValerieAndBooks And now I know the model for the cover wasn‘t Freddie Mercury 😂 6mo
Lynnsoprano Oh, but it certainly looks like Freddie! 6mo
LeahBergen Great review! 👍🏻 6mo
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vivastory Thanks for tagging me! This sounds really intriguing me & I will def be adding it to my TBR. I'd like to eventually read all of Spark's works 6mo
EvieBee Sounds fascinating!!! 6mo
Ruthiella I read a book recently that referenced Lord Lucan too. One of those “stranger than fiction” situations. 6mo
saresmoore Haha! Great review! 6mo
ValerieAndBooks @Lynnsoprano Hah, it definitely does 😂 6mo
ValerieAndBooks @LeahBergen Hope you enjoy this when you get to this from your TBR! 6mo
ValerieAndBooks @vivastory My goal, too! Did you get to all of Shirley Jackson, btw? 6mo
ValerieAndBooks @EvieBee it is better appreciated when you know beforehand that Lord Lucan was a real person! 6mo
ValerieAndBooks @Ruthiella Do you remember which book? Strange, but I had not heard of Lord Lucan until this novel. Interesting how there are so many theories on what happened to him. 6mo
ValerieAndBooks @saresmoore 🙂 thanks. This novel wasn't what I expected it to be but I liked it! 6mo
vivastory Not yet! Still working on it 6mo
Ruthiella @ValerieAndBooks I‘ve been racking my brain trying to remember...it had something to do with the politician John Stonehouse who faked his death...but for the life of me, I cannot remember the book! 😫 6mo
ValerieAndBooks @Ruthiella yes, when I was down the internet rabbit hole about Lord Lucan, Stonehouse was mentioned a few times. Because when they thought they had sighted Lucan, it was actually Stonehouse. Like you said, truth is stranger than fiction! 6mo
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If you‘ve been following the saga of my bookcases, you recall I recently got another one that was made by my dad and took the place of where this one (pictured) used to be. This one (not made by my dad) is now in the guest room/my office. Some placement choices of books for this one and the rest of my bookcases really depended on book heights, so some groupings may seem arbitrary ! 📚📚📚📚

BookwormAHN Nice 🧡 6mo
Leftcoastzen So lovely ! 6mo
Nute It is a very lovely bookcase! 6mo
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They say you always leave Target with more than you planned to buy. True! Went in looking for sheets, and came home with these Corelle plates in my pattern which were on clearance, and this book. Menopause is one reason I was looking for sheets! All we had were flannel, which has been much too hot lately. Hate to admit I‘m in menopause now, but here I am.

Leftcoastzen Those plates definitely have a vintage vibe ! Pretty! 6mo
ValerieAndBooks @Leftcoastzen Thanks! Yes, I think that‘s why I like this pattern! And now that you mention it, its making me think of the old Pyrex my mom and grandmas had back in the day. 6mo
Jaimelire I have to get this book. Just turned 48 and the hot flashes have begun! 6mo
ValerieAndBooks @Jaimelire I‘ve just started and I like how it‘s done so far. Haven‘t gotten to the hot flashes and what to do about them yet — sorry you‘re having them now 🧊 🥵 🧊 6mo
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First pool day of 2021 😍

vivastory What do you think of the Spark so far? 6mo
LeahBergen I have this one waiting on my shelves (along with a couple of other Sparks). 6mo
ValerieAndBooks @vivastory I‘m liking it very much! I‘d be done by now if I wasn‘t so busy lately 😭 6mo
ValerieAndBooks @LeahBergen I have a few more by her waiting, too ☺️ 6mo
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The Overstory | Richard Powers
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The characters in this book either passionately love trees & go to all costs to try to save them, or they learn to appreciate trees. It‘s an epic & intertwining story. Like many other readers, I felt the first part was strongest — that‘s when each chapter focuses on the story of individual characters. When they start meeting each other it gets a bit harder to track them. Overall, I really liked this memorable book.

Background: our backyard 💚

SamAnne One of my favorites. I‘m a treehugger! 6mo
Reggie Awwww I love this picture. 6mo
Cathythoughts I thought the first part strongest too ... beautiful picture... beautiful book 👍🏻❤️ 6mo
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ValerieAndBooks @SamAnne 💚💚 I‘ve gotten to appreciate trees a lot more since living where there‘s so many 💚 6mo
ValerieAndBooks @Reggie thanks! Most of the trees on our property are old growth tulip poplars….very tall! 6mo
ValerieAndBooks @Cathythoughts yes, a very strong first part — if I were to re-read someday, it probably would be just that section 💚 6mo
DivineDiana I bought this for my husband who was a member of the Township‘s Shade Tree Commission for years. High up on my #TBR list! 6mo
ValerieAndBooks @DivineDiana has your husband read this yet? This would be a good one for both of you to discuss together! Let me know what you think when you get to it. 6mo
DivineDiana He has almost finished it. He has just a few more pages, but is waiting for the right time to end the book. I want to read, but right now too many that I need to read first! Four New Book Club Books to start. 🙂 6mo
ValerieAndBooks @divinediana So many books, so little time right?!📚📚💖 6mo
DivineDiana Absolutely! 🙂 6mo
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Massive reorganization of my shelves caused several books being donated to the thrift shop. Was very good and only bought this (have several others already by Muriel Spark). My son said, “Is it about Queen?” 😂 I can totally see Freddie Mercury now.

vivastory I can def see Mercury 😂 One of my fave books of the yr has been a Muriel Spark. I really should read more of her work. 6mo
LeahBergen Ha!! Now I can‘t unsee it! 6mo
Ruthiella LOL Freddie! 😂 Spark books are so short, they hardly take up any room so no need to feel guilty! 😆 6mo
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DivineDiana I see it! 🙂 6mo
ValerieAndBooks @vivastory which book was it? I liked a couple of hers so much that I would pick up used copies whenever I saw them so I still have several TBR. But like @Ruthiella says, they‘re short enough that they don‘t take up much space while they wait to be read 😊 6mo
ValerieAndBooks @LeahBergen @divinediana @ruthiella @vivastory I will have to read it soon to see if anyone in it is anything like Freddie 😆 6mo
vivastory It was a strange gem that I thought about for days 6mo
ValerieAndBooks @vivastory ooh, I have that one in the TBR! I'll plan on reading that one next of Spark's if you liked it so much. Just started Aiding and Abetting (pictured). I've read stories from her short story collection that I have, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (probably her best known), and The Driver's Seat. All pretty good 👍 . 6mo
ValerieAndBooks @vivastory oh just remembered I‘ve also read this other good one by Spark (so what will you pick for your next one by her 😉? ) 6mo
vivastory Several people also recommended The Ballad of Peckham Rye after I read Loitering, so I think that will be the next one that I read. I have Prime of Ms Jean on my tbr shelves 6mo
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Still have TBR books in floor piles, but not as bad now 😊! If you‘ve seen my earlier posts, you know I got another bookcase added. Left photo: were both made by my dad. Right photo: the one on the right was also made by my dad. (I hope to replace the one under the stain glass window w/ a wider bookcase someday for visual balance). Still working on the bookcase (not made by Dad) that was moved to the office/guest room —will post when done!

Ruthiella Beautiful! 😍 6mo
Chrissyreadit Looks great! 6mo
Leftcoastzen So nice ! 6mo
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Nute So nice! Keep posting updates.🙂 6mo
LeahBergen Wonderful! 6mo
marleed So cool! 6mo
Susanita I love the window! 6mo
sprainedbrain Yay for bookshelf-crafting dads! ❤️ 6mo
DivineDiana How wonderful to have the space to organize your books! It must make you very happy! 👏🏻📚👏🏻 6mo
ValerieAndBooks @Ruthiella @Chrissyreadit @Leftcoastzen @Nute @LeahBergen @marleed @Susanita @sprainedbrain @DivineDiana thanks all 😊📚📚📚 ! Will try to take pictures of the bookcase in the guest room this weekend. Been a bit hard finding the chance to do so, as my son often prefers to sleep in there than his own bedroom when he‘s home from school 😆 6mo
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Bookcases update! (see my previous posts). Finally arrived, about a week late. Now I have three in this style made by my late dad. Just needs to be leveled and then I will have fun filling it up, while rearranging a lot of other shelves also, and also the one that I had moved downstairs. More shelfies to come later.

marleed Oh wonderful. It‘s worth all the effort it took to gather your father‘s beautiful shelves together so you could honor them in your home! 6mo
LeahBergen Looking great! 👍🏻 6mo
ladym30 Lovely!❤️ 6mo
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This is the bare bookcase that will be moved to the guest room/office. Have to wait until after this weekend to move it because son will be home from college to help my hubby carry it. The bookcase on the right is one my dad had also made and the one arriving next week will match it.

TrishB Oh lovely! 7mo
Leftcoastzen So pretty! I always love a good bookcase! 7mo
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BarbaraBB Lovely. So is the painting 🖼 7mo
Amiable Gorgeous! How long will it take you to fill it up? 😉 7mo
DivineDiana Quite a project! How wonderful to have your father‘s bookcase! 6mo
ValerieAndBooks @TrishB @Leftcoastzen @TheSpineView the bookcase I was awaiting finally arrived this morning ?. @BarbaraBB thanks — it is by Amado Peña, we met him at his studio in Santa Fe NM years ago and bought this and another by him. This particular one is one of my favorites of our artworks ❤️. @Amiable probably not that long, as I already have books piled up on the floor in other places ? 6mo
ValerieAndBooks @DivineDiana i have so many lovely pieces my dad made when he was involved in the hobby of woodworking ❤️. Good to see you‘re back on Litsy 💖 ! 6mo
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