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So many books,📚so little time. 🕰 Irish 🇮🇪 living in the US, Teacher, #BookedInTime #NoPlaceLikeHolmes #WhatTheDickens
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The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky
Heidi's Children | Johanna Spyri, Charles Tritten
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Story time. Yesterday I was looking for my copies of Heidi. I knew I had a few and I came across the one that my brother-in-law gave me after my sister died, I knew it had belonged to my grandmother. Well, I open it up and found a note she had written to my grandmother when she was around eight which means I was about five. I can‘t believe I have this. 🩷

@TheBookHippie #childrensclassicreads2024

Ruthiella Lovely ❤️ 2d
TheBookHippie Beautiful. 🌸 2d
batsy ❤️ 2d
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BethM The best ❤️ 2d
Jari-chan ❤️❤️❤️ 2d
dabbe Simply awesome. 💚💙💚 2d
marleed That is so sweet!🥰 2d
LeahBergen Ohhh! ❤️❤️ 2d
MaureenMc So lovely 💗 2d
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Daughters of a Dead Empire | Carolyn Tara ONeil
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Here‘s the thing, was this great literature? No. However, did I turn the pages quickly because I was so invested in the story? Yes, and sometimes that‘s all you need from a book. #BookedInTime #RussianRevolution

Next up in March: Ancient Ireland.

How was your February choice, and what are you planning for March?

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julieclair This looks good! And I agree… a book doesn‘t have to be literature to be enjoyable. 3d
TheBookgeekFrau I'm falling behind, but am hoping to catch up during the summer!! 3d
Mollyanna For March I‘m reading 3d
Cuilin @TheBookgeekFrau this is a choose your own path, buddy read. No worries, jump in whenever you can. 🥰 3d
Cuilin @Mollyanna same author as mine!!! 3d
SamAnne I haven‘t participated yet but love following the post. Ancient Ireland might be the encouragement I need! 3d
Bookwormjillk I‘m sorry I‘m not a good member of this group but I‘m enjoying seeing what you all read. 3d
dabbe I won't be done with my Russian book until the end of February; it's THE BROTHERS KARAMAZOV with the #hashtagbrigade. I'm a bit burnt out on Russian stuff; hence, the not-even-close Russian “Revolution“ novel. 🤩 For March, seems like a lot of us have chosen books by Morgan Llwelyn. Mine is LION OF IRELAND. 3d
ChaoticMissAdventures I have been having a few conversations lately about the difference between a storyteller and a writer. I think we need both! 3d
Mollyanna @Cuilin and @dabbe this prompt was made for Morgan Llewelyn 🤣. I looked at both of the books you chose as well. I‘ll get to them eventually, interested to hear what you think… 3d
dabbe @Mollyanna I've never read anything by her. Is she good? 🤩 3d
Cuilin @Bookwormjillk it‘s all good. Jump in whenever. 🥰 3d
Cuilin @Mollyanna @dabbe my book is a part two. The first book, which I really enjoyed is 3d
Cuilin @ChaoticMissAdventures absolutely, sometimes you need beautiful writing, and other times you just want to be able to keep turning the pages of a good story. 3d
Cuilin @SamAnne no worries, whatever works for you 🥰 3d
Mollyanna @Cuilin and @dabbe She is. Although it‘s been a bit since I read one of her books. Many moons ago I read (and liked) 3d
dabbe @Mollyanna Good to know. Now I'm excited! 🤩 3d
Bluebird I‘ve fallen behind. My Feb pick is one from my kindle, but I‘ve been on the go so much this month I‘ve only had time for audiobooks. I‘ve read about 20% and enjoying it so far. Hoping to finish next month.. 3d
Mollyanna @thegreensofa your March pick is very intriguing. Looking forward to hearing how you like it. 2d
Cuilin @Bluebird Audiobooks are great for when life is busy. 👍🫶 2d
Cuilin @thegreensofa sounds great, though I think Anglesey is Wales. Though it‘s a short skip over to Ireland. Plus both are Celtic. I‘m relearning Geailge/Irish and want to learn other Celtic languages like Welch. 💚 2d
Itchyfeetreader I can‘t make my mind up what I might read for March - I enjoyed my feb pick fun to read something I would never have picked up otherwise 2d
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Perfumer's Secret | Adria J Cimino
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1 It may be obvious to say books, but I especially loved the smell of brand new school books, cracking them open and sticking my nose right in the middle.
2 A crayon/paint/Play-Doh mix. I taught Montessori preK for 27 years and the smell of a preschool classroom still makes me smile.
4 Weirdly tobacco. I am not a smoker, but I love the smell of pipes and cigars. I even have a candle that smells like them.
@Eggs & thanks for the tag @dabbe

dabbe OMG, the smell of Play-Doh. I'd love to smell your combo, too! And I can totally understand the smells of cigars; they remind me of my grandpa. 💚💙💚 4d
Cuilin @dabbe yes I think the smell of cigars are a nostalgic reminder of the past. 4d
Eggs #1 - oh yes that was heaven! Great descriptions 🙌🏻👏🏻 3d
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Oh, I love her writing style. What I found particularly interesting personally was the fact that she picked two story settings in locations in Ireland I‘m really familiar with, Arklow and Achill Island. I was able to completely visualize the characters on location, which is really cool. I love when that happens. Anybody else love it when they recognize the location in a book?

Aimeesue Yessssss! It adds so much to my enjoyment of a book when I know where the streets etc are. 4d
Cuilin @Aimeesue exactly 🫶 4d
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Sherlock's Home: The Empty House | Sherlock Holmes Fans, Steve Emecz
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#NoPlaceLikeHolmes @dabbe

First in with all the correct answers ….

@Aimeesue Congratulations 🎉

Email me your address and I will get this in the mail this week. Cuilin3 at gmail 🥇 🏆

Pageturner1 congratulations 🎊 @Aimeesue 5d
Aimeesue Whoop! I never win anything! I guess my Sherlock obsession has finally paid off 🥰 5d
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Cuilin @Aimeesue it sure has 💛 🥇🎉🤩🏆 🕵️‍♀️ 5d
dabbe You were the only one who had a PERFECT score! #congrats 🤩🤩🤩 5d
Read4life Congrats, @Aimeesue 🎉 5d
TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 5d
Aimeesue @dabbe I would like to thank my HS English teacher, Mrs. Persis Caverly, for prepping me for this honor with her incredibly detailed literature quizzes. Finally, something I learned in HS has implications in the world at large 😋 5d
kelli7990 Congratulations @Aimeesue! 5d
dabbe @Aimeesue #iloveit 🤩🤩🤩 5d
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Librarybelle I think, in Sherlock‘s strange way, “the woman” is a compliment. She bested him. In the Victorian man‘s way of thinking, women don‘t do that. They‘re not cunning enough. They give away too many details. But, in the end, Irene Adler played Sherlock after she realized he played her. We also know Watson felt a need to protect Mary from the last book and fell for her “Victorian” charms. 1w
Cuilin I agree it‘s a compliment to Adler, but at the cost of every other woman. Women shouldn‘t be so smart!!! 1w
Aimeesue I don‘t think it‘s exactly that Sherlock doesn‘t think women are smart. More that Irene Adler has the intelligence PLUS the wealth and freedom of movement (due to her career,) daring and confidence to pull this off. Plus Sherlock doesn‘t think ANYONE, male or female, is as smart as he is. THE woman is almost a nickname for his nemesis. 1w
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IndoorDame Yes, but a sort of backhanded compliment. I think he‘s saying it like a very polite curse. Most of the things Sherlock says about women during the case itself before he knows he‘s been tricked are blatantly derogatory. 1w
CogsOfEncouragement @aimeesue I agree Holmes thinks no one is at his level, yet Irene bested him. That makes her The Woman. When he tells the king she is on a different level he definitely means Irene is the elevated one. Holmes makes no comment about being stunned that a woman in particular could outdo him. There also seems no ill judgement on her sex life or her wearing men‘s clothes to get around the city easier. 1w
Bookwomble @Librarybelle I was going to say something pretty much the same as you 😊 1w
BeeCurious I think that was as close to a compliment as one could expect from Holmes, especially when aimed at a woman. Holmes could just as easily fling his sarcasm at any men he did not respect. During the Victorian era, domesticity and pious devotion to church and family were considered to be the feminine ideal, maybe that is part of the reason why Doyle chose to make marriage a central theme in this story. It also helped create a more tidy ending. 1w
dabbe @IndoorDame I wrote a couple down: 1. When talking about being the witness to Adler and Norton's wedding Holmes states that “Irene Adler, SPINSTER, [was married to] Godfrey Norton, BACHELOR.“ Nice, Doyle, nice.
2. From SH again: “Women are naturally secretive, and they like to do their own secreting.“ That makes ALL of us sound sneaky and sly. #ugh
IndoorDame @dabbe #ugh is right! 2 especially bothered me! That whole section about women not trusting men of business, because apparently we have no powers of judgment. 1w
Aimeesue @dabbe Given the status of women and their roles in society at the time, probably an accurate description though, right? In order to to anything outside the “norm” women had to keep plans and secrets safe or risk the social consequences, of which there were many. Being secretive is valid straegy for achieving what you want when The Man‘s trying to keep you down. That SH doesn‘t recognize systemic sexism is pretty much of it‘s time though, yeah? (edited) 1w
Cuilin @Aimeesue @dabbe @IndoorDame let‘s deny them any agency then complain when they‘re secretive. 🙄 and they can‘t see the connection, who‘s looking dumb now Doyle. 😂 1w
kelli7990 “The woman”? What does that mean? I don‘t think I would want to be called that or talked about that way but men‘s attitudes towards women were different back then. I would want to be called by my name. 1w
mom2bugnbee I realize that Benedict Cumberbatch's Sherlock isn't necessarily canon, but when he calls his Irene Adler "THE Woman", it is *definitely* a compliment. He thinks the world of her (in a romantic way? It's never entirely clear) & it's his way of saying that she is the standard to which he holds all women. 7d
Cuilin @mom2bugnbee Agree, though not canon I still think Sherlock is complimenting Adler. He admires her. 6d
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Librarybelle Sherlock does not have the highest regard of women, except being bested by Irene Adler - some of his theories about women‘s behavior made me roll me eyes. From the last book, we know Sherlock was not necessarily a fan of Watson marrying, and so it may have been a sarcastic remark, or it could have been a simple observation. I‘m actually suspicious of the Adler/Norton marriage and the motives behind it - more on her side than his. 1w
IndoorDame You again see class being important in marriage with the king‘s comment that it‘s a shame he couldn‘t have married Irene since she was really remarkable. And you also see the idea of love as a motive in marriage (and in crime) being alluded to in the various relationships we see in the story. 1w
CogsOfEncouragement Watson says that “with a kindly eye” Sherlock waved him to an armchair. I think Sherlock observed that Watson looked healthier with the weight gain and was sincere that he looked well. Watson is being taken care of and it shows. 1w
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CogsOfEncouragement As much as Sherlock does not want to be married, he comforts his client with the fact that if Irene is in love it fixes everything with feared use of the photo. He doesn‘t poo-poo that. 1w
Cuilin @IndoorDame love as motive for both crime or connection is an interesting theme considering Sherlock avoids both. 1w
Cuilin @CogsOfEncouragement I agree that he was sincere. If we look at Watson as a wounded veteran then yes marriage, love and care would be evident. 1w
dabbe @Librarybelle Especially since the marriage was so rushed, and they basically ran to the continent. Why the expediency? 1w
dabbe Mary Watson gets relegated completely to the back burner so to speak in this story. Watson's servant girl gets named as Mary Jane (another Mary), but Mary Watson is only called “my wife.“ I can't help but take is as Watson saying “my property.“ And he agrees to aid Holmes without saying something like “Let me check with Mary first.“ I'd be livid if my husband went on some dangerous case without checking in with me first. Times were different then. 1w
kelli7990 I‘m confused. When did Watson get married? Has he been married since he got out of the military? 1w
Cuilin @kelli7990 No he marries Mary Morstan from The Sign of Four. It happens off stage. 1w
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Librarybelle I personally liked this first story over our first two reads. I‘m not usually one for short stories, but Conan Doyle captures all of the necessary plot points, while also adding a bit of adventure. I read through this very quickly! 1w
Cuilin @Librarybelle yes this was a quick read. I can see how this was the beginning of Sherlock‘s popularity with Victorians. 1w
Librarybelle @Cuilin Definitely! 1w
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IndoorDame I loved this too! I definitely preferred the even pacing of this compared to the novels. 1w
Cuilin @IndoorDame yes, nothing was superfluous. The pace was perfect. 1w
CogsOfEncouragement This book was the first Holmes I read about twelve years ago. It made me an immediate fan of Watson and Holmes. Even though I remembered a lot about this particular short story, I still enjoyed it immensely. The short stories reminded me of Encyclopedia Brown which I adored as a kid. 1w
BeeCurious Overall, this was much more enjoyable to read than The Sign of Four. The short story cut out all the superfluous stuff and focused on the mystery at hand. 1w
dabbe The explanation at the end of this story was obviously much crisper and to the point than in the first two novels. Dare I say that it took a WOMAN to concisely explain her actions rather than the verbosity of Small in FOUR and WATSON's forever lengthy Part 2 in SCARLET? I believe Doyle learned from his 1st two novels and “cut to the chase“ to allow for a one-sitting read. The public responded well to his changes, and so have we. 1w
dabbe Two inconsistencies I noticed: 1. Holmes would not tell Watson everything he was thinking of in the 1st two novellas, yet in this one he states, “I have to let you see the difficulties if you are to understand the situation.“ Why the change, Sherlock? 2. The landlady of 221-B is not mentioned by name in SCARLET, is noted as Mrs. Hudson in FOUR, and just one story later is deemed to be Mrs. Turner. Me: 😳 Couldn't the editor have notice this? 1w
Cuilin @dabbe crisper is a perfect description!! Give me a laconic woman than a verbose man any day!!! Mansplaining must of been rough for Victorian women. 🙉 1w
Cuilin @dabbe yeah like who‘s Mrs. Turner? 1w
dabbe @Cuilin 😂😂😂 1w
Read4life These short stories made me fall in love with Holmes as a kid. 💙 1w
kelli7990 I liked that this was a fast read but I don‘t understand what happened in this. Was there a murder mystery in this? I don‘t know but this story says that Watson is married to a woman but I didn‘t know that he was married. I don‘t see how he would have time to be married when he and Holmes are hanging out all the time solving mysteries. 1w
Cuilin @kelli7990 good point, he gallivants around London solving crimes and doesn‘t exactly check in with his wife. 1w
mom2bugnbee @kelli7990 We learned of his marriage in our last read, The Sign of the Four. And there was no murder in this one - just the attempt to recover the photograph & Holmes being outwitted by - gasp! - a woman. ☺ 7d
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Sherlocked!: The Ultimate Escape Room Puzzle Book | Tom Ue, Sophie Blackman, The Escape Room Guys
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A One a week B Two a month C Other suggestions welcomed.
The short stories are quick reads. The first collection is The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. There are 12 stories in this collection. The first one is A Scandal in Bohemia. Let us know at what pace you think we should read them. We will go with a majority decision.

Librarybelle I like B, but I am happy with whatever decision is made! 3w
CatLass007 I don‘t have a preference but I will vote for two per month. Just because. But whatever the group decides is fine with me. 3w
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IndoorDame I‘m up for whatever people like, but if we‘re still checking in at the end of the month I‘d vote for 2/mo, if we‘re discussing stories 1 at a time weekly makes more sense to me. 3w
AllDebooks I'm happy with either option, no preference 😊 3w
Read4life I also have no preference but to give an answer I‘ll say B 🤓 3w
CrystalE02 I am happy with either option. 3w
Aimeesue I‘d prefer one a week, just to keep moving though it at a steady pace, if we‘re discussing weekly as well. Echoing what @IndoorDame said. 3w
TheAromaofBooks I'm fine either way, but as a few others have mentioned, no matter what we decide I think it would be fun to discuss each short story individually, however often that ends up being. I'd prefer weekly, I think, just because that's still three months on one book, versus half a year, which seems like a very long time. 3w
Mollyanna Like everyone else, either works for me. As an answer, I would take 2 per month. 3w
CogsOfEncouragement A - One a Week. 3w
mom2bugnbee One a week is my vote! 3w
Cuilin @IndoorDame agree ✔️ 3w
Cuilin @Read4life ✔️ 3w
Cuilin @Aimeesue ✔️ 3w
Cuilin @Mollyanna ✔️ 3w
Cuilin @Mollyanna ✔️ 3w
eeclayton Either way works for me. I agree with @IndoorDame 3w
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Historical Fiction | Alfred Duggan
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Here‘s the plan for the next few months, I‘m including some links for March and April. Join all or one. All are welcome.




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lil1inblue Ooh! I'm intrigued! 😍 3w
Cuilin @lil1inblue you‘re welcome to join in. We‘re an historical fiction group. Pick a book of your liking that fits the monthly prompt. Would you like me to add you to the tag list? 3w
lil1inblue @Cuilin For sure! This is right up my alley. And I love the prompts! 3w
Cuilin Wonderful, I‘ll add you. February prompt is the Russian revolution if you care to join in. I haven‘t even started mine yet. 🤦‍♀️ 3w
jenniferw88 Thanks for this! Can you please clarify the dates for the biblical fiction one? 3w
Cuilin @jenniferw88 absolutely, the first few books of the Bible took place during the Babylonian exile in 5-6 century BCE and was completed in the first two centuries of CE. It‘s quite a large timeframe. 3w
dabbe 🤩🤩🤩 3w
Mollyanna Great prompts. Looking forward to finding books. I‘ve had The Red Tent on my TBR for ages, so that‘ll be my Biblical fiction book. Now to find selections for the other three 🤩 3w
Cuilin @Mollyanna I loved the Red Tent. 3w
Mollyanna Oh that‘s good to know. I am excited to finally pick it up. 3w
rwmg @Cuilin @dabbe For Ireland I will probably read “Act of Mercy“, the next up in the Sister Fidelma series set in the 600s AD. 3w
rwmg @Cuilin @dabbe For biblical fiction, I will probably read “Damascus“ about Saul/Paul of Tarsus 3w
rwmg @Cuilin @dabbe I'm not sure what the parameters are for the Spanish Inquisition, but can I recommend “Leo Africanus“ (aka “Leo The African“) about a Moor whose family was forced to flee Granada after the Reconquest? It hasn't been long since I read it so I'm not sure I'm ready to re-read it just yet. (edited) 3w
Cuilin @rwmg Acts of Mercy sounds great 3w
Cuilin @rwmg Damascus is perfect 3w
Cuilin @rwmg We‘re an open minded flexible group. I‘ll accept something even if written by Monty Python, 😂 I think I‘ll read 3w
dabbe @Cuilin @Mollyanna ... so did I. 🤩 3w
dabbe @rwmg On the spreadsheet! 🤩 3w
dabbe @Mollyanna On the spreadsheet! 🤩 3w
dabbe @rwmg On the spreadsheet! 🤩 3w
dabbe @Cuilin On the spreadsheet! 🤩 3w
Mollyanna Thank you @dabbe 3w
ChaoticMissAdventures @Cuilin I am so scattered right now can you remind me what February is? I need to get on it! I can't seem to find the post. 3w
Cuilin @ChaoticMissAdventures no worries, Russian Revolution Era. I haven‘t started mine either. (edited) 3w
ChaoticMissAdventures @Cuilin thanks! I remember now I was going to read 3w
sblbooks Since next month is middle grade March, I'm going with juvenile fiction 3w
julieclair These prompts sound great! 😃 3w
Cuilin @sblbooks how wonderful 💚☘️ 3w
sblbooks @Cuilin I was already planning on reading this book set in Ireland, but it wasn't Celtic. I had to find another one. 3w
Cuilin @sblbooks oh, that looks good. I think next year we‘ll choose an Irish book prompt in March again and this time I‘ll choose something during the famine or 1840s Ireland. So you‘ll be ready if you haven‘t read it before then. 3w
sblbooks @Cuilin Sounds good. There's several for that time period. I won't have any trouble. 3w
sblbooks My April pick for the Spanish Inquisition is 3w
sblbooks My May pic for biblical fiction is 3w
sblbooks My June pick for the Dust Bowl is 3w
Cuilin @sblbooks my favorite book of all time was set during 1840‘s Ireland 3w
Cuilin @sblbooks i‘m loving all your picks 3w
sblbooks @Cuilin thanks, and I stacked Star of the Sea. 3w
Bluebird As I‘m trying to stick with my plan to pick from my TBR mountain whenever possible. …For March I‘ll be reading 2w
Cuilin @Suet624 👍☘️💚 1w
Cuilin @Bluebird this is on my TBR too! Though I‘m going to read 1w
Cuilin @kspenmoll looks fabulous 1w
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True Detective | Max Allan Collins
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Well obviously Sherlock but I also love
1 The Famous Five by Enid Blyton
2 Morse by Colin Dexter
3 Vera by Ann Cleaves

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dabbe Three more to add to my TBR! 🤩😘😃 4w
Cuilin @dabbe they‘re all good. Famous Five is a children‘s collection from my childhood. I loved them. (edited) 3w
PurpleyPumpkin Inspector Morse! He slipped my mind. A great detective. 👍🏽 3w
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Bookpearl Alex Cross from James Patterson, even though I haven‘t finished the series John Puller from David Baldacci‘s Zero Day and Eugeena Patterson from Deep Fried Trouble by Tyora Moody. Her books center around food and I love it! 3w
dabbe @Cuilin See the method to my madness? I now have tons of new detective stories to explore (my favorite genre ... surprised?) 🤩😍😃 3w
Bklover Thanks for the tag!❤️❤️ 3w
Cuilin @Bookpearl Eugene‘s sounds fabulous, great name too!! 3w
Cuilin @dabbe no not surprised, genius move. 3w
Eggs Thanks for tagging me ❤️ I love the Vera character too! 3w
Cuilin @Eggs 🩷 Love Vera. 3w
kspenmoll I just started watching Morse after years of sharing the show with my dad, but I have never read the actual books- and Vera is fabulous! 1w
Cuilin @kspenmoll Have you watched Endeavor? 1w
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#TLT #ThreeListThursday @dabbe

This list is going to be a tell me you‘re ADHD without telling me you‘re ADHD lol

1 I only like to eat and drink from certain dishes and utensils. The spoons must be small, the lip of the cup must be thin. 🤷‍♀️
2 I will not eat any piece of fruit before 12 PM or after 5 PM. I‘ve a very small window for fruit eating. 🤷‍♀️
3 Noises irritate me, specially eating noises.

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Crazeedi Thanks for the tag!! 1mo
dabbe I bet #s 1 and 2 are a texture thing. I feel the same way about certain foods and how they “feel“ in my mouth. Things that are slimy? #noway 🤩 1mo
Cuilin @dabbe absolutely it‘s a sensory thing!!! 1mo
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julieclair Thanks for the tag! I am totally with you on eating noises. 1mo
DebinHawaii Thank you for the tag! I feel you on some of the sensory stuff & eating noises! 1mo
Crazeedi #1is so me!! My coffee cups have thin rims too, utensils yes! And certain noises are excruciating! 1mo
Crazeedi And thanks for the tag!! 1mo
Cuilin @Crazeedi @DebinHawaii @julieclair thanks for commenting I‘ve just spent the day wondering if I‘ve just completely over shared. 🫶 but seriously, some people could crunch butter. 😊 (edited) 1mo
Crazeedi @Cuilin true that! 1mo
Reggie lol, I have relatives like you. My poor dad. Who could make soggy noodles sound crunchy annoys my mother to no end. It‘s a thunderous sound his chewing. Lolol 1mo
Cuilin @Reggie I‘m rather polite about it, but inward I‘m seething. 😤 😆 1mo
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Scarlet | Stephen R Lawhead
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How was your #BookedInTime reads for early medieval times? Where was your book set? Did you learn anything new about the time period? I loved both Pope Joan, and Scarlet. Vastly different novels. Both get 5 ⭐️

Reminder for February: The Russian revolution! My daughter found “Moscow Mists” in some secondhand store. My cover is just as dramatic as this picture. Apparently Rasputin shows up in this one. 😳 What are you reading?

Bookwormjillk I downloaded the audiobook for Pope Joan and hope to get to it soon. Not sure yet for February. Still thinking about A Gentleman In Moscow even though I know that's post revolution. We'll see. 1mo
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sblbooks I dnf'd The Road to Jerusalem. It had the longest chapters ever. I got through two chapters at approximately an hour and a half each. 1mo
TheBookgeekFrau I didn't get to read my medieval pick--The Rebel Nun. Due to budgetary constraints I'm keeping my purchases limited to used book stores since I have a ton around me 😁 1mo
Karisimo Some good Russian revolution options: The Kitchen Boy by Robert Alexander (just 200 pages), Romanov by Nadine Brandes (splashed with a bit of magical realism), Daughter of A Dead Empire by O‘Neil, and The Romanov Conspiracy by Glenn Meade. 1mo
AllDebooks I really enjoyed my pick, Amy Jeffs Wild. Great retelling of medieval folklore, followed by an essay on the original/history. I've started Orlando Figes 1mo
Cuilin @Bookwormjillk I‘m sure it connects in somehow. Lol. I loved that book. 1mo
Cuilin @sblbooks hail the bail 🙌 hopefully next month‘s challenge will be a good one. 1mo
Cuilin @TheBookgeekFrau lucky you to have choices of used bookstores. This weekend I found a book sale and I got six books for $9 1mo
Cuilin @Karisimo all look good. 😊 1mo
Cuilin @AllDebooks A people‘s tragedy looks really interesting. 1mo
TheBookgeekFrau @Cuilin Nice!!! Yeah, it's like a book lovers paradise💞 And I'm so glad bc where I used live there was only Barnes and Noble (and Borders before they closed). 1mo
dabbe @AllDebooks On the spreadsheet! 🤩 1mo
dabbe @Bookwormjillk Both are on our spreadsheet! 🤩 1mo
dabbe @sblbooks I put it as “Bail“ on our spreadsheet. #hailthebail! 🩶🖤🩶 1mo
dabbe @TheBookgeekFrau I have it on our spreadsheet in case someone wants to read it someday! 🩶🖤🩶 1mo
dabbe @Karisimo On our spreadsheet! 🩶🖤🩶 1mo
dabbe @AllDebooks Your “pick“ for WILD and your Russian book are on our spreadsheet! 🩶🖤🩶 1mo
dabbe This is probably horrible of me, but can I count THE BROTHERS KARAMAZOV as my “Russian“ book? I just finished WAR AND PEACE after reading it ALL year last year, and now I'm reading this one with the #hashtagbrigade. TBH, I'm Russianed-out. 😂 1mo
Deblovestoread Both your books sound good! Mine doesn‘t give a location so I pictured Medieval England based on other reading. 1mo
TheBookgeekFrau @dabbe Cool! It's on my wish list which means, I'll get around it someday 😆 1mo
kspenmoll I am going to join n again in March- too much going on in February . 😊 1mo
Cuilin @dabbe totally understandable!!! It‘s certainly Russian. 👍 1mo
Cuilin @kspenmoll I‘ll post March and April‘s prompts soon. 👍 1mo
Cuilin @Deblovestoread yes I really enjoyed mine. Scarlet is book 2 in a Trilogy. 1mo
julieclair I‘m still debating about my February book. The Russian Revolution is something I know very little about, so every book I look at sounds good! I will finish my January book tonight or tomorrow. I am absolutely loving it, and would never have discovered it without this challenge. 1mo
dabbe @TheBookgeekFrau Amen! 🤩🤗😂 1mo
dabbe @Cuilin Thanks, my friend! 🩶🖤🩶 1mo
dabbe Is SCARLET by A.C. Gaughen? 1mo
dabbe @julieclair Got your “pick“ on the spreadsheet! 🤩 1mo
julieclair Thanks @dabbe ! That spreadsheet is so helpful. 👍 1mo
thegreensofa I read Medieval Woman by Ann Baer for January and it did my head in. Those poor people really had it so, so hard! For February I‘m going to read The True Memoirs Of Little K by Adrienne Sharp. This is by far my favourite reading challenge! 1mo
rwmg Whoops. I got myself into a muddle and thought January was the Russian Revolution and then never got round to the book I had planned: 1mo
Cuilin @julieclair Avelynn looks great!!! Glad you‘re enjoying it. 1mo
Cuilin @thegreensofa I‘m so happy to hear that!! 🫶 yeah I‘m glad I wasn‘t leaving in the dark ages whoa that was a tough time. 1mo
Cuilin @rwmg lol no worries, we‘re very chill here. On the plus side you‘re ready for February! 1mo
Cuilin @dabbe Scarlet by Stephen Lawhead 1mo
dabbe @Cuilin On the spreadsheet! 🤩 1mo
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Agatha Christie's Poirot | Agatha Christie
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January reads includes this lot for #serieslove2024 some Christie, Sherlock for #NoPlaceLikeHolmes Scarlet book two of the Raven King trilogy #BookedInTime and the Inspector Ravenscroft mysteries are just for fun mood reading.

dabbe What fun! 🩶🖤🩶 1mo
TheSpineView Wow! Great job! 1mo
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Thank you so much Misty, for the lovely package. I love the little book pin. 🩷 In these dark wintry days this was so cheery. #sharreadathon #Litsylove


AmyG 🙌🏻❤️ 1mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Yay! I‘m happy you like it 🤗❤️ 1mo
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Longing | Mary Balogh
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#WeirdWordWednesday @CBee

Hiraeth, nostalgia for ancient places! Oh I feel this one deep in my soul.

IndoorDame Yes!!! 1mo
Deblovestoread Didn‘t know the word but know the feeling. 💜 1mo
CBee I love this word ♥️ 1mo
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Cuilin @CBee 🩷 1mo
Cheryl_Russell_BookNotes So there‘s a word for those feelings. 1mo
LeeRHarry Such a good word, one of my faves 💕🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 1mo
Cuilin @Cheryl_Russell_BookNotes yes pronounced he-RYE-th 💚 1mo
Cuilin @LeeRHarry got to love those Celtic languages. 🇮🇪 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇮🇲 can‘t find any flags for Bretton and Cornish. 💞 (edited) 1mo
BookmarkTavern I love this word. 💖 1mo
Cuilin @BookmarkTavern I love it too. 1mo
kspenmoll I just love this. 1mo
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This is now my favorite nature/natural book. I listened on Audio but will definitely purchase a copy. As my agoraphobia worsened this winter this book made me question if I just not in the right location. (US) It reminded me of home (Ireland) and how important landscapes are to our psyche. It reads like poetry, with descriptions that take your breath away. I recommend to all interested in Western Scottish Croft life. #NaturalLitsy

TheBookHippie Oh I‘m going to get this. My good friend -who is terminal misses Ireland so much. I‘ll read this to her. 1mo
Cuilin @TheBookHippie so sorry to hear about your friend. Yes it would be a beautiful read. Scotland and Ireland are more similar than I thought. 1mo
kspenmoll Where do you live in US? Some Irish friends of mine thought Maine & its coast reminded them of Ireland. 1mo
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kspenmoll @TheBookHippie Christine so sorry about your friend. You are such a blessing. 1mo
Cuilin @kspenmoll I‘m in New Hampshire. Closer to Vermont than Maine. Though I do like Maine. 1mo
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Untilted | Autechre
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Thanks for the tag @Eggs
1. Leave my house at least twice, hopefully including some sort of walk, and finish my January reads.
2. Scarlet by Stephen Lawson
3. Accepting and inquiring.



@TieDyeDude @peaKnit @Bluebird @Amiable

Cupcake12 Love your two words for no.3 Have a good week x 1mo
ElizaMarie Ooo I love your goal for this week! 1mo
Eggs 🩵🩵🩵 1mo
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Sustenance: A Saint-Germain Novel | Chelsea Quinn Yarbro
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All I‘m saying is, if you‘re trying to get your January reads finished on time one needs sustenance. 🤷‍♀️

ElizaMarie Oooo it looks great! 1mo
IndoorDame Good sustenance choices! 1mo
maich I agree with you😜 1mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ☕️ 🩷 1mo
dabbe 🤩😍🤗 1mo
Crazeedi Looks yummy 1mo
kspenmoll Yes!!! 😀 1mo
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I did a thing. I ventured out this weekend to see my daughter in Providence. We went to the Athenæum and then to Aleppo Sweets for some Arabic coffee with cardamom and of course some baklava. The Athenæum had a sale so I got 6 books for less than $10!!! No anxiety. It was lovely.

batsy That sounds lovely. Baklava + books 👌🏾 1mo
Bookwomble Sounds so relaxing and nurturing 💖 1mo
IndoorDame Oooh, Ive always wanted to go and just never gotten around to it even though I live right near there! 1mo
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Bklover What a wonderful day! 1mo
Cuilin @batsy perfect combo! 🩷 1mo
Cuilin @Bookwomble it really was. 🩷 1mo
Cuilin @IndoorDame I recommend. It‘s a beautiful space. Have you been to the library on Nantucket? It reminded me of that. (edited) 1mo
Cuilin @Bklover delightful 🩷 1mo
IndoorDame @Cuilin no. I actually haven‘t been out to Nantucket at all since I was a girl, before I lived in the area. I used to go as a tourist to visit family friends. 1mo
dabbe #yahooyou! Looks like a lovely trip. 🖤🩶🖤 1mo
mom2bugnbee Providence, RI? If so, my daughter goes to college 30 mins away & we will need to visit next time I'm visiting her! 1mo
Cuilin @dabbe 🩷 1mo
Cuilin @mom2bugnbee yes, it‘s lovely. 1mo
Tamra Wow, that sounds awesome! 1mo
kspenmoll I am so happy for you! Little steps. 1mo
Cuilin @Tamra it was 🩷 1mo
Cuilin @kspenmoll thank you 🫶 1mo
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Sherlock Holmes The Sign of the Four | Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
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AnnR Looking forward to it! Thank you @Cuilin and @dabbe. 🤗 1mo
Pageturner1 looking forward to it 😃enjoying it more than i thought i would 1mo
TheAromaofBooks Yay!! 1mo
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Librarybelle Hooray!! 1mo
CatLass007 I wasn‘t sure I‘d like reading Conan Doyle‘s Holmes. But I think A Study in Scarlet was wonderful reading. 1mo
kelli7990 Yay! 1mo
dabbe Glad you're all liking #NoPlaceLikeHolmes so far (even with that Part 2!) You're in for a treat with the next one! Just like a fine wine, Doyle gets better with his handling of our beloved duo! Thanks @Cuilin, for figuring out our next read and dates! 💜🩶💜 1mo
AnnR I downloaded an extra copy of the ebook on my iPhone and my curiosity got the better of me. After reading a few pages, all I can think of is Holy, hypodermic Sherlock! As I know very little about these individual stories, I wasn't expecting that! Straight out of the frying pan with Part 2 of A Study in Scarlet, and right into the fire in the opening paragraphs in Sign of Four. 😱 1mo
CrystalE02 Can't wait!!!
Cuilin @AnnR love that!!!! 1mo
Cuilin @CrystalE02 me too. Would you like me to add you to the tag list so you don‘t miss any posts? 1mo
Cuilin @CatLass007 agreed 1mo
CrystalE02 @Cuilin please I would like that 1mo
Cuilin @CrystalE02 💜👍 ✅ 1mo
Larkken Hey! I'd love to join in this month, could you add me to the tag list? I've always lost steam after the dreaded pt 2 of Study in Scarlett before and am excited to get over that hump 😄 1mo
Cuilin @Larkken 🩷👍 1mo
CatLass007 I look forward to The Sign of Four. 1mo
dabbe @AnnR 🖤🩶🖤 1mo
dabbe @Pageturner1 Yay! 🖤🩶🖤 1mo
dabbe @TheAromaofBooks 🖤🩶🖤 1mo
dabbe @Librarybelle 🖤🩶🖤 1mo
dabbe @CatLass007 Yay! 🖤🩶🖤 1mo
dabbe @kelli7990 🖤🩶🖤 1mo
dabbe @AnnR 🤩😍🤗 1mo
dabbe @CrystalE02 🖤🩶🖤 1mo
dabbe @Larkken You're on the list! Glad to have you aboard! 🖤🩶🖤 1mo
dabbe @CatLass007 Me, too! It's been a while since I've read it, and I can't wait to revisit! 🤩😍🤗 1mo
AnnR @dabbe I couldn't resist after your Batman comment on my post Friday. 🙂🤓😊 1mo
dabbe @AnnR 🤩😂😍 1mo
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Murder is Easy | Agatha Christie
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In memory of Sharon #sharreadathon 🩷

I saw Sharon had two Agatha Christie mysteries on her TBR including the tagged book. I‘m going to listen to some Christie mysteries and short stories for this readathon.

TheBookHippie ♥️♥️♥️♥️ 1mo
CBee ♥️♥️♥️♥️ 1mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️❤️❤️ 1mo
Suet624 How lovely. 1mo
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The Rescuers | Margery Sharp
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First, I want to begin by apologizing to my daughters, for never having read this to them when they were little, they would have loved it!! The concept of the Prison Aid Society of mice is heartwarming. “There is no more wonderful moment in life than when a prison door opens.” My favorite is when Bianca is running for her life and ask Nils “are we passing anything of historic interest?”

The mice props are from my daughter‘s collection.

AnnR Oh so cute! 🙂🐭 1mo
TheBookHippie So so cute!!! Also I love this book! 1mo
Laughterhp Is this book what the Disney movies are based off of? Because those are my favorite movies. 1mo
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Cuilin @Laughterhp yes, and I can say the book is wonderful 1mo
Ruthiella You can make it up with grandchildren. 😄 1mo
batsy Love the photo! I've not read this before and I'm looking forward to getting to it before the month is out. 1mo
Cuilin @AnnR thanks 🐭 1mo
Cuilin @TheBookHippie me too. I sent an apology to Bekah since she‘s the one that collects mice ornaments. I may send her a copy of the book too. Thanks for hosting and choosing this book. 🩷 1mo
Cuilin @Ruthiella 🤞🤞🤞 1mo
Cuilin @batsy thanks, looking forward to your review. 1mo
TheBookHippie @Cuilin I am reading it with my grandson daily he loves it! He will be 10 next month. My son 17 has been listening and enjoying it too. I‘m definitely keeping it in mind for gifts and teachers it‘s such a lovely read. 1mo
kspenmoll Love the mice!!! 1mo
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#WondrousWednesday @Eggs

Thanks for the tag @dabbe

1 Any period is preferable to contemporary, love ancient, medieval, renaissance, Victorian, Edwardian, etc
2 Pope Joan
3 War and Peace

Who hasn‘t played yet? Tag

dabbe I'm with you on #1! 🤩 2mo
Eggs War & Peace - impressive ! 1mo
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Our society, sometimes struggle with the question of what art might be for. Here the answer is simple: art is a weapon against despair. Art is about hope when it shows us pretty and inspiring things and especially when it shows us melancholy ones. Beautiful book to dip into, if you‘re feeling down or looking for inspiration. Art includes drawings and photography too #midwintersolace

AllDebooks Oooooo, I like the sound of this 😍 2mo
TheBookHippie Oh I like this!!! 2mo
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Pope Joan: A Novel | Donna Woolfolk Cross
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A perfect historical fiction novel. Clearly a lot of research went into this. The pace and writing, perfect. The storyline, exciting. It had everything from Viking raids, to plagues, floods, fires and lots of Latin 🩷 For thousands of years Pope Joan‘s existence was denied. She is a legend, the only female pope to ever sit on the throne of St Peter.
All the trigger warnings as it is a novel set in the dark ages.

5 ⭐️

Prairiegirl_reading This has been sitting on my shelves for YEARS!!! 🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️ 2mo
Cuilin @Prairiegirl_reading get reading! 😆 seriously it was good. 😊 2mo
Prairiegirl_reading 👍🏼👍🏼 2mo
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Suet624 I‘ve never heard of her!! 1mo
Cuilin @Suet624 The RC Church worked very hard to make sure that we didn‘t. 1mo
Amiable I loved this book! 1mo
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AllDebooks They were so lovely. I've saved mine x 2mo
TheBookHippie I am as well! I love them so much! 2mo
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BookwormAHN Lovely ❄️ 2mo
wanderinglynn I still have mine up too 💚 2mo
Bookwormjillk I still have mine up too! 2mo
julieclair What a beautiful display! I still have mine up, too. 2mo
gossamerchild This is fantastic :-) 2mo
Catsandbooks 🩵🩵 2mo
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January | Daniel Parker
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#JanuaryReads #BookedInTime #ChildrensClassicReads2024 #NoPlaceLikeHolmes #SeriesLove2024 #HashtagBrigade

Two will continue but I hope to finish five by the end of the month. Happy Sunday Reading. 📖

A Study in Scarlet | Arthur Conan Doyle
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5feet.of.fury It‘s hard not to pick Henry, but gotta go with G. 2mo
PuddleJumper That's hard! A for classic Holmes and then D for some fun 2mo
Cuilin @5feet.of.fury G 👍😍 2mo
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Cuilin @PuddleJumper My sister would choose D too. 2mo
AnnR Gotta go with G. 🔎 2mo
dabbe Love them all! But … A (JB) was the most original Sherlock in the shows that most closely held to the canon, so my ultimate heart lies there. 🖤 2mo
DaveGreen7777 I might be one of the few leaning towards F… “Young Sherlock Holmes” was one of my favorite movies growing up! 😀 2mo
Cuilin @dabbe I agree Brett was the most authentic. 2mo
Cuilin @DaveGreen7777 such a great show!!!! 2mo
Cuilin @AnnR completely understandable. 😍 2mo
RaeLovesToRead A is my Holmes 😊 2mo
AllDebooks I love Henry in Enola Holmes but, ultimately I'd choose Benedict 🔍🎻 2mo
Cuilin @RaeLovesToRead smart choice 2mo
Cuilin @AllDebooks I understand, I mean 😍 2mo
AllDebooks @Cuilin lol, Ikr 😅👀😍 2mo
IndoorDame Apparently I need to watch more TV! I‘d choose G, but I feel like I‘m missing out on many good options here… 2mo
Bookwomble A all the way! 2mo
Pageturner1 i‘m not up on the Holmes characters. i haven‘t really watched any of the movies. i will have to rely on other‘s answers 2mo
Librarybelle I‘ll more familiar with G - really good Sherlock 2mo
Cuilin @IndoorDame You‘re safe with G!! 2mo
Cuilin @Bookwomble Brett was so good!!! 2mo
Cuilin @Pageturner1 oh to watch them all for the first time!!! 2mo
Cuilin @Librarybelle 😍😍😍 2mo
KadaGul @cuilin Sooo E😍 F😍G😍 2mo
Scochrane26 Definitely G 2mo
Read4life G most definitely 2mo
Daisey G! 2mo
erzascarletbookgasm For me Jeremy Brett played the best for the character. But B Cumberbatch has brought a fresh air to the character in modern London, and he‘s irresistible 😊 2mo
TheAromaofBooks You seem to be missing Wishbone 😂 2mo
Tineke I loved Benedict Cumberbatch's Sherlock but I'm also missing Johnny Lee Miller's Sherlock in Elementary. Although it was a bit of a loose imagining. 2mo
Cuilin @TheAromaofBooks 😂😂😂 there was a dog cartoon character too. 2mo
Cuilin @KadaGul why limit yourself 😍😆 2mo
Cuilin @erzascarletbookgasm my thoughts exactly 2mo
Cuilin @Tineke oh need to check that one out. 2mo
Cuilin @Daisey 💯 2mo
Cuilin @Scochrane26 makes complete sense 2mo
CogsOfEncouragement D, G, & E I enjoyed each series with these. 2mo
Cuilin @CogsOfEncouragement all fabulous 2mo
CatLass007 I have to say that I didn‘t care for either of the movies with Robert Downey, Jr. and I don‘t have any opinion about the others because I haven‘t seen them. 2mo
mom2bugnbee I'm late here... No one will ever match Benedict Cumberbatch IMO. ♥ 2mo
Cuilin @mom2bugnbee noted! 😍 2mo
CrystalE02 G. Benedict Cumberbatch!!! Thanks to my brother for getting me into the show. My stepdad got me into the Sherlock Holmes books. He doesn't like Cumberbatch as Sherlock he like Jeremy Brett. 1mo
Cuilin @CrystalE02 two great choices 1mo
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This is my second Adam Gopnik I‘ve posted about this week. As climate change brings the risk of a shrinking winter, this meditation illustrates its beauty through time, science, politics, art, poetry, song and story.

“Winter is the white page on which we write our hearts”

#FridayNightReads Winter nonfiction
@Chrissyreadit @AllDebooks @TheBookHippie @jenniferw88

AllDebooks 🩵❄️🩵 2mo
TheBookHippie It‘s so scary!! 2mo
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Thank you so much Christine, from the pencils, to the journal and the wonderful books. The socks arrived right on time because mine go missing when my daughters go back to college. 🤔 I love and appreciate it all. @TheBookHippie

Thank you all at #NaturalLitsyWinterSolace for all the organizing.

Chrissyreadit 😍😍😍 2mo
AllDebooks What a treat, that looks amazing 😍 2mo
TheBookHippie Oh I‘m so glad you love it!!! Socks are always needed! ♥️🙃 2mo
kspenmoll The socks look so warm! 2mo
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Don Quixote | Miguel de Cervantes
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16th century, a village in Spain a man cosplays as a knight errant. Misfortunes abound. At times camp and hilarious other times tedious and repetitive. An entertaining and philosophical masterpiece.

This was not the longest book I‘ve read but some days it felt like it. It really needed some editing. I‘ve never said this before but maybe read the abridged version 😆

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! And I am not usually someone who recommends the abridged edition but... there is definitely space for that argument for this one 😂 Thanks for reading with me!!! 2mo
Cuilin @TheAromaofBooks I tried twice before and never finished so thanks so much for hosting. 2mo
dabbe I ashamedly gave up after the first part. Maybe I should try the abridged version. 😂 2mo
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Cuilin @dabbe I will be recommending the abridged version of this from now on. #LifeTooShort 2mo
BarbaraBB I agree 😀 2mo
dabbe @Cuilin @BarbaraBB Do you know of any specifically that you'd recommend? 😍 2mo
TheBookHippie I agree read the abridged!!!! Oy. 2mo
BarbaraBB @dabbe Unfortunately not, I‘d be interested too! 2mo
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Pope Joan: A Novel | Donna Woolfolk Cross
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Tagged book is the first book of ‘24 and Marley was the last book of ‘23 🎊

kspenmoll Pope Joan- was it good? I am interested. 2mo
Cuilin @kspenmoll I‘m loving it. I found it free!!! On Audible. Using it for January Early Medieval #BookedInTime 2mo
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Paris to the Moon | Adam Gopnik
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Who wants to run away and live in Paris for a bit?

#NewYearNewBooks #MoonOnCover

RebL 🙋🏻‍♀️ 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Me 🙋🏻‍♀️ 2mo
lynneamch Yes, please. Time for a reread. 2mo
Eggs Moi!! 2mo
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And I read more pages today!!! I‘m quite pleased with that total. 🥳

Ruthiella Good job! 👏👏👏 2mo
TieDyeDude 💪🎉 2mo
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TheBookgeekFrau Wooooohoooo!!!👏🏼👏🏼🎊 2mo
eeclayton Congrats! 🎉 2mo
Gissy Great!📚📚📚🥳🎉🎉🎉👏👏👏👏 2mo
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Marley: A Novel | Jon Clinch
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More villain origin story than a retelling. This was marvelous and the writing wonderfully Dickensian. We meet a nasty Marley, and a kind Scrooge as schoolboys and observe how Marley‘s influence pollutes Scrooge. You could continue straight to a Christmas Carol, and the transition would be seamless.

Marley 4 ⭐️
Christmas Carol 5 ⭐️
Great Expectations 5 ⭐️

dabbe On the spreadsheet! 🤩 2mo
Deblovestoread I hope to remember this next year before my annual Christmas Carol read. 2mo
Cuilin @Deblovestoread yes!! I recommend reading this right before A Christmas Carol. I may do that next year too!! 2mo
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Cuilin @dabbe 🙏 2mo
dabbe GREAT EX and BLEAK HOUSE are my faves by Dickens (exempting A CHRISTMAS CAROL, of course). 🤩 2mo
Cuilin @dabbe Bleak House, Carol, Oliver T, & Two Cities are mine. This year I want to read 2mo
dabbe @Cuilin 🤩😍🤗 2mo
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Fresh Water for Flowers | Valrie Perrin
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These were all so amazing. Thank you @Suet624 for Fresh Water, I adored it and meeting you 🩷, #hastagbrigade for the enjoyable hashtags and chats with Vanity Fair, and #RereadingtheClassics for the Madding Crowd. A big shoutout for Mayflies 💔and if anyone reads As Meat loves Salt pleas tag me as I want to know what another Litten thinks.

Suet624 I‘m always so happy whenever someone reads my favorite book. So fun to hang out this summer. Let‘s do it again soon! 2mo
Cuilin @Suet624 Yes!! 🙌 2mo
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#Hashtagbrigade #Pemberlittens

Translated by Pevear and Volkhonsky.

I read War and Peace translated by this couple, which I loved, so I feel like I‘m in good hands here.

TheBookHippie I love them as well! 2mo
DGRachel I love that cover! 2mo
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dabbe I couldn't have gotten through WAR AND PEACE this year without this couple's translation. Using the same one, too! 💙🖤💙 2mo
Cuilin @dabbe I get it!!! I may read all their 🇷🇺 translations!! 2mo
BarkingMadRead That cover is amazing! 2mo
dabbe @BarkingMadRead ... do we have a daily reading schedule to follow? I hope so, because I don't know how I'll get through without it! 🤩 2mo
BarkingMadRead @dabbe we will do a chapter a day #forever 2mo
dabbe @BarkingMadRead That made me snort my coffee! 🤩😂🤩 2mo
5feet.of.fury I have the same translation! Glad it‘s a good one! 2mo
Cuilin @5feet.of.fury I trust the translators, 🤞on Dostoyevsky. 😬 right? 2mo
Cuilin @dabbe 😂 2mo
batsy There's a new translation by Michael Katz that I'm hoping to splurge on at some point. Love this book so hoping to have at least several versions 😆 2mo
Cuilin @batsy Unfortunately it‘s still in hardback. I was tempted but went with P & V. It‘s my first time reading it!! 2mo
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Lie With Me | Philippe BESSON
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Tagged book second favorite of the year!!!

Thanks to #GoldenAgeCrimeClub @Mitch for The Franchise Affair and #NaturalLitsy @AllDebooks for 🦋 book.

ChaoticMissAdventures I have Like With Me at the very top of my list for next year! So glad to see you enjoyed it. Swimming In The Dark was one of my favorites this year. And I read Besson's In The Absence of Men too, such great atmosphere in all of them. 2mo
Cuilin @ChaoticMissAdventures I loved it and will reread it. I should read more by Besson. 2mo
Mitch So glad it was a hit with you 🙌🏼 2mo
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At Swim, Two Boys | Jamie O'Neill
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I have to look at my favorites as a collective. Some months have two favs while others not even one.

The tagged book is my favorite for 2023!! 💔

There‘s a theme here.

Gissy They seem deep topics. I want to read In Memoriam. At Swim, two boys sounds so interesting! 2mo
Cuilin @Gissy yes deep, In Memoriam was beautiful, Two Boys was incredible especially if you‘re interested in Irish History. 2mo
ChaoticMissAdventures How did you get on with Young Mungo? I feel like I have heard it is a bit too dark? I keep picking it up and putting it back at the bookshop. 2mo
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Gissy @Cuilin Yes, I try to read Irish authors during the month of March. I have enjoyed most of the books I read📚💚💚💚 2mo
Cuilin @ChaoticMissAdventures I found Shuggie Bain to be darker. I recommend Mungo. Stuart‘s writing is dark but worth it. 2mo
Cuilin @Gissy Two boys is set around the 1916 Rising. It‘s full of Dublinese, phrases I heard from my parents and grandparents, which I found comforting. I love to know what you think. Tag me please if you read it. 🙏 2mo
Gissy @Cuilin Yes I will🤗 2mo
BarbaraBB I still need to read your favorite book, it‘s been sitting on my shelves for years. Encouraging to know you loved it so much! 2mo
Cuilin @BarbaraBB What can I do to get you to read it? Lol I‘d love to know what others think of it. 2mo
Gissy @Cuilin I have a couple of books I want to read in March by Irish authors including this one but if you have other recommendations, please let me know. There are a couple of Readathons during March in YouTube and I watch them looking new books to read by authors new to me. 2mo
Cuilin @Gissy I run #BookedInTime, in March the theme will be Ancient Celtic Ireland if you wish to join for that month, you find a novel to fit the theme. I‘m happy to tag you when I read an Irish book/author. 2mo
Gissy @Cuilin Yes, please🙋🏽‍♀️ 2mo
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Unashamed | Harry Baker
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My new favorite contemporary poet. Including a link as my description will not do justice to his own work.

#midwintersolace #naturallitsy poetry


Press play and listen to this simple genius.

TheBookHippie Wow ❄️🩶❄️ 2mo
AllDebooks Thanks for the link, he's amazing 👏 2mo
Chrissyreadit You are right! Excellent! 2mo
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Cuilin @AllDebooks thank you TikTok!! I‘m in awe. 🫢 2mo
Cuilin @TheBookHippie I know!!! 2mo
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A Study in Scarlet | Arthur Conan Doyle
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Denise and I are so excited to get this going, we have fun plans including games and merch!!!! This buddy read is open to all, tagging those who have expressed interest. Here‘s a link to find out more about the structure of Sherlock stories and Merch Info.



Librarybelle Looking forward to this! 2mo
IndoorDame I‘m psyched about this! And those stats from The Guardian are fabulous!!!! 2mo
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Cuilin @IndoorDame agree!!! 2mo
Read4life So excited for this! My pup, Sherlock, is ready to enjoy some Holmes on audio! 🐶 2mo
Cuilin @Read4life fabulous, I have the books but also tempted by the Stephen Fry audio. I may do a combination. 2mo
dabbe “Come, Watson, come. The game is afoot. Not a word! Into your clothes and come!” (The Adventure of the Abbey Grange).
Cuilin @dabbe 🩷 The game IS afoot!!!! 🩷 2mo
dabbe Think you might want to join us, @kimrenee? 2mo
dabbe @Cuilin 💙❄️💙 2mo
Mollyanna I‘d like to join! Started working my way through the Holmes stories a few years ago, but only managed a couple. This is just what I need… 2mo
eeclayton Yay! And I love the hashtag 😍 2mo
Cuilin @Mollyanna wonderful, you‘re on the tag list!!! 2mo
5feet.of.fury Oh good! I‘m excited for this! 2mo
Cuilin @eeclayton thanks, we had a list but liked this one most. 2mo
Cuilin @5feet.of.fury me too!!! 2mo
AnnR Great article. 👍 🔍 I'm going to print it out for future reference. 2mo
TheAromaofBooks Ooooo I literally forgot about this! 😂 I'm so excited!! I can't remember - are we reading this at a certain pace (chapter/day or whatever) or just completing the book in time for the discussion January 27? 2mo
Cuilin @TheAromaofBooks read at your own pace for discussion on 1/27. We‘ll probably check in weekly. 2mo
Cuilin @AnnR Agreed, I think we‘ll need it. 🕵️‍♀️ 2mo
TheAromaofBooks Sounds good!! Thank you!! 2mo
Pageturner1 excited for this 2mo
Cuilin @Pageturner1 yay!! 🕵️‍♀️ 2mo
Aimeesue Looking forward to it! 2mo
kelli7990 Yay! 2mo
Daisey Oh, I would love to participate in this, but I think I‘m already overbooked for my beginning of the year plans. I read through The Valley of Fear with another group (#Sherlocked) several years ago, but we never got through the final stories. I do have the complete audio, so maybe I‘ll follow along listening to as I can and for sure join in towards the end. Could you go ahead and add me to your list, please? 2mo
mom2bugnbee I'd forgotten! Wonderful! So excited. 2mo
Cuilin @Daisey yes, join in when you can. 2mo
Tineke Yes, I'd like to join too! I have a book with all the stories. 2mo
Cuilin @Tineke Welcome, I‘ll add you to the tag list. 2mo
kimrenee I'm excited to do something like this. I've never done this before 2mo
Cuilin @kimrenee yay, wonderful you‘re joining us. I‘ll add you to tag list. You know who to go to if you‘ve any questions. lol. 2mo
AllDebooks Please add me 😊 2mo
Cuilin @AllDebooks absolutely, delighted you‘re joining us. 2mo
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It‘s #jolabokaflod Day! Thank you so much Mikala. Book is perfect and the Cadbury‘s 😋 Such a nice idea. Thanks for organizing Chelle. To both, may sweet content be yours.

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This is by far one of the most beautiful cookbooks I own. Tessa, born in London to a Finnish mother and a Cypriot father moved to South Africa at the age of four. She currently lives in Italy. This cookbook weaves Finnish, Greek, S African and Italian cuisine with extras from other travels. My copy is completely stained from use. The photographs are amazing.

#NaturalLitsy #MidWinterSolace @Chrissyreadit @AllDebooks #FridayNightShare

AllDebooks Sounds amazing 😋 2mo
DebinHawaii One of my favorites! All of her cookbooks are just lovely! 💙 2mo
Chrissyreadit how hard to convert recipes to vegan? 2mo
Cuilin @Chrissyreadit yeah not great, especially the fish recipes are a no go, others not so bad, I‘ve made good substitutions. The plus is there are great vegetable recipes that are easily altered. It‘s more for the omnivore, for sure. 2mo
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Untitled | Untitled
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#WondrousWednesday @Eggs thanks for the tag.

1 The Snowman, Last Christmas and I really loved A Boy Called Christmas
2 All I want for Christmas is to get my own place in my house so that we don‘t get a bunch more stuff. (This tracks lol)
3 A Christmas Carol

Like to play?

Cupcake12 Thanks for the tag x 2mo
dabbe Will do; thanks for the tag! 💙❄️💙 2mo
AllDebooks Thank you for the tag x 2mo
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Great Expectations | Charles Dickens
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My favorite read at the moment. I have a few others going but this is the one I want to be reading all day. I‘m on part two and Pip is settling in London. Is Dickens my favorite author? Perhaps, I‘ve loved every novel I‘ve read by him but still have a list to read.

#rereadingtheclassics @AllDebooks

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks So pretty 💛🤎 3mo
AllDebooks Gorgeous cover. I love it so much, I read straight through the first week. I wasn't reading the book, I was listening to the audio version. 3mo
Ruthiella Love Dickens! Some novels I like better than others, but he‘s always a good read for me. 3mo
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Cuilin @AllDebooks love it!!! 3mo
Cuilin @Ruthiella same. 3mo
Cuilin @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks thanks it‘s a beautiful cover. 3mo
Bluebird This is one of my favorite Dickens books 3mo
jewright I always love him too. 3mo
Cuilin @Bluebird yes, it‘s wonderful 3mo
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Don Quixote | Miguel de Cervantes
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TheBookHippie 👏🏼yay 3mo
Meshell1313 🙌 love it! 3mo
Ruthiella Loved Nick Kershaw in the‘80s! ❤️ 3mo
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Cuilin @Ruthiella me too. 3mo
Bookwomble I used to work with somebody who had the mondegreen "Donkey José" for this song ?? 3mo
Ruthiella @Bookwomble 🤣🤣🤣 3mo
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Questionnaire | Evan Kindley
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@Amiable and others

Any ideas on #chuncksterchallenge next year?

I‘m looking at some but I do better if others are reading too. Some include Le Morte D‘Arthur, Les Mis, Anna Karenina, and Ulyseees. What are ye thinking?🤔 🧐

Photo of White Mountains near Franconia Notch New Hampshire taken by my husband last week.

Cuilin @Ruthiella yes, I‘m definitely planning reading with the wonderful #hashtagbrigade I even sent the preferred translation suggestion to my husband as a gift hint lol 3mo
Amiable I‘m still contemplating a chunkster for 2024. Usually I alternate fiction and nonfiction. I did a fiction book in 2023, so NF would be up next. Not sure if I have one that meets my page count requirement for a #chunksterchallenge , though —I need to check my stacks. (edited) 3mo
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Amiable And also —I already read “Les Mis” for my annual chunkster several years ago and it was torture, so I would definitely not be volunteering for that again. 😖😀 3mo
Amiable I could be persuaded to read “Anna Karenina,” possibly. I do have that one in my stacks. But if you are doing “The Brothers Karamazov” you might not want that much Russian literature at one time. 3mo
dabbe @Amiable Brothers should count as a chunkster, right? 😃 3mo
Cuilin @Amiable I tried Les Mis by myself and bailed. Need to to it with a group. Yeah, Tolstoy and Dostoevsky at the same time is probably not a good idea lol. (edited) 3mo
Cuilin @dabbe I think so. 3mo
dabbe @Cuilin Lordy, I tried Les Mis THREE times and just couldn't do it. It probably didn't help that I saw the musical multiple times. The scene with the candlesticks in the musical lasts about 30 seconds; in the book it was over 100 pages! Yikes! 😱 3mo
Amiable @dabbe Depends on the edition! According to Goodreads, the hardcover first edition of “Brothers” is just under 800 pages. I personally don‘t consider it a chunkster to complete the challenge unless it‘s at least 1,000 pages. But I‘m a sucker for punishment. 😀 3mo
Cuilin @dabbe yeah that‘s why I need a group read. I saw the musical too. Also I thought they did great with the movie. There‘s a fabulous miniseries too. I just need to read the book. 3mo
Cuilin @Amiable @Dabbe The Penguin Classic edition has The Brothers K at 1,013 pages. So if we read that version 🤷‍♀️ 😂 3mo
dabbe @Cuilin That's the one I have! 🤩🤩🤩 3mo
TheBookHippie Also I have the chapter print out I did for 2020 LesMis a chapter a day …I would reread it for 2025 🤣😅 keep it in mind. 2mo
TheBookHippie @dabbe naughty naughty talking bad about my favorite book 🤣🤣🤣🤣 I saw the movie got so mad shut it off 🤣🤣🤣🤣 it‘s not the same! 2mo
Amiable @TheBookHippie Oh, that bio wasn‘t on my radar! It looks really good. I‘m putting it on my list for sure! 2mo
Amiable @TheBookHippie So I just went to look for that FDR book. I was going to purchase the e-book for ease of carrying. Then I noticed another book that this author has written. It's a glowing, fluffy profile of his “good friend“ Donald Trump. 🤮 Who, because of the bio, apparently pardoned Black after he served 3+ yrs in prison for fraud. (Here's an article: https://www.theguardian.com/business/2019/may/15/conrad-black-trump-pardons-ex-m... (edited) 2mo
Amiable Having learned all that ⬆️, I'm inclined to pass on his FDR book. Or at the very least, browse through my local used bookstore and see if they have a copy. I'm not spending my money on this author. 😖 (edited) 2mo
TheBookHippie @Amiable ughhhh well not reading that then yuk. I do like FDR I‘ll find another!!!!!! Gads. 2mo
TheBookHippie @Amiable it‘s a pass there must be another good one somewhere!!! 2mo
Amiable @TheBookHippie Have you ever read the LBJ series by Robert Caro? I‘ve wanted to start those for years but haven‘t yet. 2mo
TheBookHippie @Amiable no and same!!! 2mo
Amiable @TheBookHippie This one looks promising 2mo
Amiable @TheBookHippie What about seeing if anyone is interested in a group read of the Caro books? It would likely be a multi-year project! 2mo
TheBookHippie @Amiable yes! For sure I‘d be in!!! I‘m heading back to class but I‘ll check in later. Last day of school!!! Finally. 2mo
TheBookHippie @Amiable I added to stack that FDR. Mine is headed to the used book store. 🤮 ughh 2mo
Amiable @TheBookHippie Here's an obit for Jean Edward Smith, who wrote the FDR book I tagged above. This is the FDR book I'm putting on my list for sure! https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/13/books/jean-edward-smith-dead.html 2mo
Cuilin @Amiable @TheBookHippie I‘ll pass on these. Biographies are my least favorite genre. I‘d read a history book of an era but it would be a rare memoir/biography that would peek my interest. Christine, I‘ll definitely read Les Mis ‘25 2mo
TheBookHippie @Cuilin I put it in my book! ✔️ 2mo
dabbe @TheBookHippie So you're saying I should try again? 🤩 Which translation would you recommend? 2mo
TheBookHippie @dabbe
Christine Donougher Les Miserables: (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition) https://a.co/d/8TNwHs6 Plus reading it slower with ppl helps tremendously .
dabbe @TheBookHippie Thinking this could be my chunkster for 2024. 🤔 Maybe it was my translations that sucked. I haven't tried this one. Thanks for the rec! 😘 2mo
dabbe @Cuilin Well, this is certainly a treasure trove! Thanks! 😘 2mo
Amiable @Cuilin Sorry we highjacked your thread! 😬 2mo
Cuilin @Amiable no worries, I enjoyed the chat. Nice to see what others are thinking about 2024 reads. 🩷 2mo
Amiable @Cuilin I sort of forgot that we were chatting on your thread and not @TheBookHippie 's! 😃 (edited) 2mo
Bluebird @Amiable and @thebookhippie i love Robert Caro! I started with the 3rd book of the LBJ series. It‘s my favorite, but all were great! It‘s definitely a multi-year project. Lol. (edited) 2mo
Bluebird @Cuilin Ken Follett‘s Knightbridge series is wonderful—all chunksters! I‘m deciding between Pope Joan and the ‘prequel‘ of this series for my Jan booked in time read. 2mo
Amiable @Bluebird “Pope Joan” is really good! If it‘s the same one I‘m thinking of 2mo
Cuilin @Bluebird I bought the latest Follet for my husband. I need to check the page count. Hmm 🤔 2mo
Bluebird @Amiable yes that‘s the one! If I don‘t read it this month, I definitely plan to read it this year—it‘s on my 2024 shortlist. 😀 2mo
Bluebird @Cuilin Pillars of the Earth is one of my alltime favorites. It‘s the Kingsbridge series, not knightsbridge. 🤦‍♀️. 2mo
Cuilin @Bluebird I saw your comment on Pope Joan, after a little research found it was free on Audible, no credit needed. Started it and am now on chapter 11. 😳 so thanks 🙏 I‘ve also called it Knightsbridge too. 🤔 2mo
Bluebird @Cuilin yay! Congrats on getting Pope Joan free and making a great start. Enjoy! 2mo
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Historical Fiction | Christine Dugan
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Calculating points
Read a book set during era prompt = 1 point
Read a book set during era prompt that includes a #ThemesMotifs&tropes from list = 1 point

For example
In February read a book set during Russian Revolution (1 point) that has a grand house (1 point) and a confession (1 point) would equal 3 points.

Keep your own score, we‘ll touch base quarterly. Then at the end of the year 🎁 🏆 prizes for those with the most points.

AmyG Can you please take me off the list. I am sorry but I won‘t be participating. Thank you, though. 🙌🏻 3mo
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Cuilin @AmyG 👍 3mo
AnnR Could you please remove me from the tag list, too? Thank you. This looks fun but I think I'll be focusing on a few buddy reads next year (including Sherlock) which will keep me very busy. 3mo
Cuilin @AnnR 👍 3mo
willaful I think I'm also going to bow out... I feel overcommitted. :-( 3mo
Cuilin @willaful 👍 3mo
rubyslippersreads I‘ll stay on the list and read when I can, but keeping track of points is probably too much for me. 😏 3mo
Cuilin @rubyslippersreads I get it. There‘s an option to just read the monthly era prompts. 3mo
ChaoticMissAdventures Love this! I especially love that I get to pick my book with this challenge, I don't join a lot of these because my TBR is naturally so long. But since I always have a lot of historical fiction around this is fun for me. 3mo
Cuilin @ChaoticMissAdventures 🥰 wonderful 3mo
julieclair Love this idea! 😀 3mo
PageShifter Can you add me to the tag list? 3mo
rwmg Can I just keep to the period prompts without the other complications? 3mo
Cuilin @rwmg absolutely 💯 3mo
Cuilin @PageShifter of course 3mo
squirrelbrain Thanks for the tag but I‘m trying not to do *any* challenges next year (ha - we‘ll see how that goes!) so could you please take me off the list? 3mo
Cuilin Of course 👍 3mo
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I know, I‘m so late with the January prompt so I‘m giving the February prompt too.

So I‘m creating a little challenge for next year with an honor points system. You can continue reading as before or count your points for a prize. I‘ll post details on how to count points and I‘ll tag all members.

January is Early Medieval or Dark Ages, pick your own location.

Bookwormjillk Ohhhh 3mo
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rubyslippersreads I‘m so behind on this challenge, but the Russian Revolution is one of my favorite time periods to read about. 3mo
AllDebooks Ooohhhh 3mo
JenniferEgnor You may be interested in this…http://www.historicalnovels.info/?fbclid=IwAR3i_98B9ocFtcC7OXpByBfOR5GB5tWI4m5j1f6Eh45QZSqg6oW9F4EIFIw_aem_AZrozzRti9V-dvrVU2QFyVBPfXtEhXGGNVWaJ4qUnFMfC3hAkG6wV0NWCEFF6GvbtY8 3mo
ChaoticMissAdventures Oh! For early medieval times I recommend this one, I really enjoyed 3mo
Deblovestoread Love both of these 💜💜💜. 3mo
Cuilin @JenniferEgnor thanks I love that website. 3mo
JenniferEgnor The medieval period and the dark ages are my favorite times, I get lost in these books. 3mo
Cuilin @JenniferEgnor oh me too!!! 3mo
Cuilin @rubyslippersreads I love it too!! 3mo
Bookwormjillk Do you think this would work for Russian Revolution 3mo
willaful @Bookwormjillk The action is post-Revolution, but maybe that still counts? It's a wonderful book! 3mo
rwmg I could read the next Sister Fidelma book, set in Ireland in the 660s 3mo
rwmg But I can't think of anything for the Russian Revolution as yet 3mo
dabbe Time to do some research! 🤩🤩🤩 3mo
Cuilin @willaful @Bookwormjillk I agree it works 3mo
Cuilin @rwmg Yes!!!!! 3mo
Cuilin @dabbe part of the fun, right? I have a few for dark ages but still not sure about R Revolution 3mo
Mollyanna Excited for both. Need to figure out Russian Revolution book. For Medieval I‘ll read the second book in the Lost Queen series 3mo
Cuilin @Mollyanna oh my Forgotten Kingdom is perfect!! 3mo
Cuilin @sblbooks oh I had to look that up. Sounds really interesting 🤔 3mo
Cuilin @sblbooks I saw that on several reading list recommendations 3mo
julieclair In January, I will read 3mo
PageShifter I am planning to read about vikings in January 🛶 3mo
Cuilin @PageShifter perfect 3mo
Cuilin @julieclair I may read that too. (edited) 3mo
Cuilin @AllDebooks I have that on my wishlist. Looks so good. So looking forward to your thoughts. 3mo
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