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Starting the audio while I wait for my book reserve from the Library. IRL Book Club choice. I loved her book “ The Warmth of Other Suns”.

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Larose | Louise Erdrich
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LaRose is the name of the 5 year old son of the Ojibwe couple, Landreaux and Emmaline. LaRose is a family name passed down through generations. This is the first time that its bearer is male. A tragic accident causes LaRose to be given to another family. Louise Erdrich is a skilled writer.At times so beautiful and often just as ugly. A bit too much grit for my taste.I have enjoyed her other books more. #authoramonth #booked2023 #anypartofatrilogy

Soubhiville Great review! 11h
Cinfhen Excellent review!! I couldn‘t get through this one in print or audio and I started another one but it‘s not holding my attention either 10h
DivineDiana @Cinfhen Thank you. It was a struggle, but I was too invested. (edited) 6h
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This is an extremely popular book! I missed the audio notification on Libby, and moved to the bottom of the list! Luckily, a friend loaned me a copy. It is next month‘s IRL Book Club pick. Sadly, I realized that I planned an outing to see Moulin Rouge on Broadway on the same day! Enjoying the read so far!

mcctrish Moulin Rouge on Broadway?! How AMAZING ❤️❤️ 5d
DivineDiana @mcctrish I am excited! It is my friend‘s second time seeing it! So, it must be fantastic! ❤️ 5d
BookBosomed1 Oooo Broadway + Moulin Rouge. Wow! Tbh, I‘m slogging through A Lesson in Chemistry, which means it‘s def a me thing since so many other people love it. 5d
DivineDiana @BookBosomed1 It should be fun! The book that I just finished was such a slog that this one has to be better! 🤣 5d
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Visited Ephrata Cloister in Lancaster Pennsylvania, part of the PA Trails of History program. And there was an amazing book! In 1745, Jacob Gottschalk(1st Mennonite Bishop in America)arranged with the Ephrata Cloister to have them translate the book from its original Dutch into German and print it. It took 15 men three years to finish and in 1749, at 1512 pages, it was the largest single volume printed in America before the Revolutionary War.

Leftcoastzen Wow! 5d
DivineDiana @Leftcoastzen The Martyrs' Mirror is still a beloved book among the Amish, Old Order Mennonites and Conservative Mennonites, with a copy usually in every home and often given as a wedding gift. 😲 I think it would give me nightmares! NOT adding to my TBR! 5d
LeahBergen That‘s so cool! 4d
DivineDiana @LeahBergen It was an interesting visit! 🙂 12h
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On the surface, this Book Club choice appeared to be “my kind of book”. Then why did I dread picking it up and so thankful that I finally finished it? Not sure. It did pick up towards the end. I was very happy to realize that I could use it for #booked2023 #setintwoormoretimeperiods. Emma in 2021, Beth in 1944 and Venetia in 1907 are united through a beautiful English garden at Highbury House.

Cinfhen It does sound like a lovely read…glad you persevered but sorry it wasn‘t great 6d
DivineDiana @Cinfhen I wish I had finished before the Book Club meeting! The discussion always gives me a new outlook! ❤️ 6d
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James A. Michener, a Biography | John Phillip Hayes
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Yesterday, I visited the Michener Art Museum, in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. There is a small room dedicated to the author. I loved his personal set of Balzac books that were a childhood gift from his aunt. They also had the log from the local library with the date and his signature when he signed for his original library card as a child. He was a Quaker and donated much of his earnings to libraries, schools, and programs for writers.

Kaylamburson So cool! I live only about 25 minutes from Doylestown so I‘ll have to go! 2w
MicheleinPhilly @Kaylamburson Do you??? Why did I think you lived in NY? 🤔 2w
Kaylamburson I used to! We actually just moved to New Hope this summer for my fiancés job. It would be fun to meet up! 2w
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Leftcoastzen Cool! 2w
DivineDiana @Kaylamburson It is a wonderful museum! Welcome to Pennsylvania! New Hope is beautiful! ❤️ (edited) 2w
Kaylamburson Do you live near there or were just visiting? @DivineDiana 2w
DivineDiana @Leftcoastzen I had visited the museum many times for various exhibits. This time I remembered that there was a connection to the author! About time! 2w
quirkyreader Yea, a museum dedicated to one of my favourite authors and fellow Quaker. 2w
DivineDiana @quirkyreader I am embarrassed to say that I have not read any of his books. I did start Texas, many, many years ago. It is still on my shelves unfinished! I think 2023 is the year to finally finish it! 🙂 2w
DivineDiana @Kaylamburson I live about 40 minutes away. 2w
Kaylamburson Not bad at all! @DivineDiana ! 2w
quirkyreader @DivineDiana Try Hawai‘i or Tales of The South Pacific and go from there. 5d
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When She Woke: A Novel | Hillary Jordan
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A modern retelling of The Scarlet Letter that takes place in Texas in the not so distant future. Hannah‘s life has revolved around her family and religion. Her life changes dramatically when she falls in love, gets pregnant and has an abortion.Abortions are illegal, and she is found guilty of murder.Instead of prison, her skin is genetically changed to red-“Chromed”. Strong start.Fizzled about half way point.Still an interesting read. #1stbook2023

BookNAround This was so good! 2w
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Librarybelle Stacking! 2w
Cinfhen I remember seeing mixed reviews but it still has a unique premise!! Works for several #Booked2023 prompts!!! 2w
DivineDiana @BookNAround It was thought provoking! ❤️ 5d
DivineDiana @Librarybelle Hope you enjoy it! ❤️ 5d
DivineDiana @Cinfhen Love when a book works for challenges! ❤️ 5d
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Larose | Louise Erdrich
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Thank you @Soubhiville for #authoramonth! I started this book which has been on my shelves for a very long time. And I was able to borrow the audiobook from Libby too! #louiseerdrich

Soubhiville Nice! 2w
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Last month‘s IRL Book Club choice. A biography of Virginia Hall, a young woman from Baltimore who wanted more than than the life of a society wife. Reads like a detailed novel describing the career of this brave, brilliant woman who despite a prosthetic leg, worked as a World War II spy in France for the British. She fought gender discrimination to become a leader of men. A moving tribute to an amazing woman.

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I loved this book! It tells the story of the author Ezra Jack Keats. His parents were Polish immigrants who settled in Brooklyn. Jacob (Jack) was born in 1916. A moving story of his desire to be an artist. He loved a series of photos from Life magazine of a charming brown skinned child. Twenty years later, he used the images to inspire his drawings for “The Snowy Day”.
#decemberread #blameitonlitsy #192025 #2016

5feet.of.fury I assumed that author was Black this whole time and I probably read The Snowy Day to 115 preschoolers 155 times each 😅 I don‘t know why but that blows my mind that he‘s Polish. 2w
DivineDiana @5feet.of.fury And he is Jewish. I hope you can read the book. It will give you an appreciation of him, not only as a writer and artist, but as a human being. 2w
mrp27 This was such a good book! I loved it. 2w
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DivineDiana @mrp27 Agree! Warmed my heart! ❤️ 2w
Librarybelle Stacking this! 2w
tpixie I just read to my granddaughters last night! 2w
AshleyHoss820 Snowy Day is one of my absolute favorite books! I love the story behind it, as well! I‘m thinking of making copies of the illustrations (I don‘t think I could tear pages out of a book) and using them as decorations! 🧡 2w
DivineDiana @AshleyHoss820 I could not tear out book pages either. There are some prints available on Etsy! Look what I found on Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/listing/906837126/the-snowy-day-ezra-jack-keats?ref=share_v... 2w
AshleyHoss820 @DivineDiana Ooo! Thank you! 2w
DivineDiana You‘re welcome! I love Etsy! ❤️ 2w
tpixie @DivineDiana cool prints!! 2w
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Small Things Like These | Claire Keegan
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Another December read. A spare, short book that takes place in Catholic Ireland near Christmas. A powerful message of not looking away from what you know in your heart is wrong, even if there are consequences for your family. #blameitonlitsy #bookerprizeshortlist2022

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This was the January pick for my IRL Book Club. As I had not finished it, I did not attend the meeting. Still reading and now behind next month‘s selection. Can anyone else relate?

Tamra I bailed on it and can‘t recall exactly why - just didn‘t capture or keep my attention? 🤷🏾‍♀️ 3w
dabbe Totally can relate. I have my BCB book club coming up next week, and I haven't even started the book yet. 😬 3w
Larkken This sounds like what happened to everyone in my irl book club last year… I‘m still trying to resuscitate it! 3w
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DivineDiana @Tamra I can see that. It‘s not what I would call a page turner, but I am enjoying it enough to continue. 🙂 3w
DivineDiana @dabbe I do understand! The days just fly by! 🙂 3w
DivineDiana @Larkken Good luck! I do love my Book Clubs. I just start too many books! 🙂 (edited) 3w
Cinfhen Stunning photo 🥰and the cover is gorgeous ❣️ 3w
DivineDiana @Cinfhen Thank you, my friend! Now, I just have to finish it! I need to find a way to make it fit a challenge! 🙂📚😘 3w
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Still wrapping up December reviews. This was a collection of old fashioned short stories. Each one was uplifting and celebrated a time when it was most exciting to go to a “taffy pull”! Just the kind of warmth that I needed. #blameitonlitsy #kindredspiritschristmas

BarbaraJean Thank you for joining the buddy read! This was such a great Christmas comfort read. ☺️ 3w
DivineDiana @BarbaraJean It really was! Happy New Year! ❤️ 3w
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Designing Camelot | James A. Abbott, Elaine M. Rice
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Yesterday, I visited the historic Winterthur estate in Delaware. The Jacqueline Kennedy and H.F. DuPont exhibit, “From Winterthur to the White House” ends tomorrow and I finally made the time to see it. I was not disappointed. Mrs. Kennedy moved mountains to renovate the home of the President. While I truly wanted to purchase the “Designing Camelot”book,the price tag begged me to wait. I did buy the White House Quarterly about the First Ladies.

LeahBergen That sounds wonderful! 3w
DivineDiana @LeahBergen It was! I am so glad that I took the drive. ❤️ (edited) 3w
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Snow Queen Hb | Hans Christian Andersen
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I loved the #childrensclassicread2022! The books always lift my spirits! For December, I read two versions of this classic tale of the bravery of a young girl and the power of friendship. My favorite is the one on the right. The illustrations by Bagram J Batoulline are exquisite.

batsy Those look like beautiful editions 😍 3w
TheBookHippie Oh those look stunning!!!!! 3w
DivineDiana @batsy @TheBookHippie Yes, the illustrations are magnificent! 3w
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When She Woke: A Novel | Hillary Jordan
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New audiobook.

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The German Cookbook | Alfons Schuhbeck
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Thanks to the #foodandlit challenge, I visited a local German bakery. It was filled with new to me holiday indulgences! I tried the Pfeffernusse spice cookies and will now add them to my Christmas traditions!
Such a fun challenge! Thank you! #germany

Texreader Fantastic!! 3w
Catsandbooks Yum! So good! 🇩🇪 3w
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This was my last book of 2023 and my last book for #booked2022! A rollicking story about the Amazons filled with history (well researched), travel, intrigue and of course, strong, intelligent women! I bought this book years ago because I could not resist a heroine named Diana. A fast paced, fun read. Thanks to the challenge,it is now checked off my #TBR list! #nonpatriarchalsociety #ReadingAfrica2022

Cinfhen Happy New Year!!! Congrats on completing #Booked2022 🥳🎉💜 3w
Librarybelle Hooray!! 3w
DivineDiana @Cinfhen Happy New Year! 🎉😘 📚 3w
DivineDiana @Librarybelle 🥳 Happy New Year! 3w
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Thank you @Daisey for alerting me that this Christmas read was available on Hoopla! Starting immediately!

Daisey It‘s a wonderful holiday read. Enjoy! 1mo
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I usually enjoy the book selections from Reese Witherspoon, and I was looking for a holiday read. Unfortunately, this was not the winner that I had anticipated. A girl meets boy story that follows the couple for 10 years too long in my opinion. I really couldn‘t wait till it was over. But, I do think it would make a successful Christmas movie. #audiobook

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Parnassus On Wheels | Christopher Morley
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What a joy to read! Well actually, I listened to the audio and fell under its spell! Written in 1917, a tale of a traveling bookseller who decides to sell his book wagon called Parnassus, to a “spinster” who yearns for an adventure. Characters who will win your heart. Books and the love of reading are celebrated. Suffragettes. A breath of fresh air. If I wasn‘t smiling,I was shedding sentimental tears. Quick read.

batsy I've heard of this so often but never actually knew what it was about 🙈 Great review! Sounds delightful. 1mo
DivineDiana @batsy As had I, so when it appeared as “available”while looking for an audio, I took the leap! As a huge fan of Ann Patchett, I wanted insight into why she named her bookstore Parnassus. Delightful it is! ❤️ (edited) 1mo
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Starting my final book for the #booked2022 challenge. #aboutanonpatriarchalsociety

Cinfhen This sounds fascinating!!! 1mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage You can do it!! 1mo
DivineDiana @Cinfhen I couldn‘t resist when I saw that the heroine is a Diana! 🙂 1mo
DivineDiana @BarbaraTheBibliophage Thank you for the vote of confidence! 🙂 1mo
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I just finished this book with tears in my eyes. This is a true story of the two people in the photo who met through a school pen pal program. Caitlin was 12,living in a Philadelphia suburb, and Martin was 14, living in a poor village in Zimbabwe. It is a YA book. Simple writing. An uplifting story of kindness and determination. A testament to the good in our world. They remain friends. #readingafrica2022 #zimbabwe

BarbaraBB That sounds so lovely! 1mo
wanderinglynn How awesome! 1mo
TheLudicReader I love this book…and convinced my school to buy a class set. 1mo
Librarybelle How wonderful! It sounds so good! 1mo
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Glaciers | Alexis Smith
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I needed a new audiobook and this choice was cover love (and I had seen a post on Litsy 😉) It seemed perfect for me, and it was a short one! (Still trying to increase those end of the year numbers! )A young woman who loves vintage and works in a Library is looking for love. Settings:Alaska and Seattle. Well written. Just too melancholy for me right now.

Librariana I believe this one is also on my TBR. Good to know that it's more of a melancholy type read. 2mo
DivineDiana @Librariana I thought it was going to be more upbeat! 2mo
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Currently reading. #readingafrica2022 #zimbabwe

CoffeeNBooks I love this book! I taught this in my English classes a couple of times. 2mo
DivineDiana @CoffeeNBooks It is an amazing story! ❤️ What did the students think about it? (edited) 2mo
CoffeeNBooks @DivineDiana They loved it- they thought it was a really interesting and inspiring story. 2mo
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I have a friend who organizes a Book Club for artists. This was their last selection. Although I missed the Author‘s Zoom with the group, I am happy that I read this book. I learned of the 40 year close friendship between Mary Cassatt and Edgar Degas. I was enthralled with the Impressionists(Mary was the only American)and Belle Epoque Paris. It made these revered artists human, including their struggles, personal lives and passion. #strongwoman

IndoorDame What a cool idea for a book club! 2mo
DivineDiana @IndoorDame I agree! My reading schedule is so overbooked, but whenever I see my friend‘s post, I can‘t resist to try and fit it in! One day, I‘ll make the actual meeting! 🤞🏻 2mo
DivineDiana Painting of Mary Cassatt by Edgar Degas at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery. Oil on canvas. 1880-1884 (edited) 2mo
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batsy Sounds fascinating. And I love the portrait. Something tender and warm about it. 2mo
DivineDiana @batsy It is! Agree about the painting. Their relationship was complicated but there was genuine respect for each other. Edgar Degas told Mary, “You must always paint love”. (edited) 2mo
batsy @DivineDiana That's lovely! ❤️ 2mo
Librarybelle I‘ve been meaning to read this one! Stacking to remember to do it sooner rather than later 2mo
DivineDiana @Librarybelle And there are the Pennsylvania connections! ❤️ 2mo
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Finally! A Holiday read. 🎄🤶🏻❤️

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Thank you #booked2022 for introducing me to the term #hopepunk ! Hope Punk was coined in 2017. The characters fight for positive versions of future worlds.This book is listed as being a part of that sci- fi genre. Set in post climate disaster Alberta, a young woman infected with a mysterious parasite must decide whether to remain with her mother in the community that has nurtured her, or to take a chance on a different future with many unknowns.

Cinfhen Hurray!!! You‘re on a roll!! 2mo
DivineDiana @Cinfhen Only one more to finish it up! 🙂 2mo
Cinfhen Woohoo 🥳 🙌🏻 2mo
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The Song of Achilles | Madeline Miller
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A retelling of Homer‘s Iliad focusing on the relationship between Patroclus and Achilles. I was invested from the very beginning. Beautiful writing. Fast paced. Heartbreaking. A story of love and war. #booked2022 #Setinanancientcivilization #thinkgreek
Artwork/ Mike Willcox

Cinfhen I LOVED this book!!! A definite favorite 🤩 2mo
DivineDiana @Cinfhen ❤️ And a Philadelphia author! 2mo
Cinfhen Really???? I‘m not sure I knew that - awesome 😎 2mo
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AvidReader25 Circe (the author‘s second novel) is even better! 2mo
DivineDiana @cinfhen I went to see her at Main Point Books when Circe was released. 2mo
Cinfhen Awesomeness!!!! 2mo
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Northanger Abbey | Jane Austen
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It took me too long to finally finish this book. If only I had kept up with the #pemberlittens! This was my least enjoyable Austen read. I do think it was because I was reading too many books at the same time. In the beginning, I was appreciating the humor, but later, nothing was amusing me. Catherine Morland did not capture my fancy,and it all seemed too contrived. I realize it was her first novel. I loved all the promenades in Bath,and fashion.

DivineDiana Not sure what film this is, but it looked like a promenade of sort. #catchinguponreviews 2mo
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Current audiobook. Only two prompts remaining for #booked2022 #hopepunk

Cinfhen Woohoo!!! You‘ve got this!!!!! 2mo
DivineDiana @Cinfhen Thank you for the encouragement! ❤️ 2mo
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Harlem Shuffle: A Novel | Colson Whitehead
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This was an IRL Book Club choice. I attended a Colson Whitehead author talk a few years ago and fell in love with Colson,the man, so I was looking forward to this book. At first, I wasn‘t sure if this was for me. It seemed to appeal to “the guys”. But, as I continued, I relaxed into the snippets of humor,the gorgeous sentences that caused me to pause, and the love of mid century modern furniture! Gangsters,family and race dynamics, NYC love.

BarbaraTheBibliophage This one grew on me too. He is a master writer, for sure. 2mo
LeahBergen This pretty much sums up my experience with the book, too! 2mo
DivineDiana @BarbaraTheBibliophage That he is! ❤️ 2mo
DivineDiana @LeahBergen Kindred Spirit! ❤️ 2mo
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Picked up two holds at the Library today, and realized how similar the titles are!

DivineDiana @theludicreader I am happy to know that! It came strongly recommended by a librarian coworker. ❤️ 2mo
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I received this as a “just because” gift from a friend who thought of me while rummaging through a bin of books at a consignment shop. Was thrilled to add to my collection of fashion books! And then, I realized that the author‘s name was familiar. Although, I have never met her, we have been Facebook friends for many years. She lives in Austria,and I let her know about this wonderful connection through a book. ❤️ #fashion

Lunakay I bought this book a very long time ago at the Met in New York as they had a special Designer Exhibition at that time. This one really sparks joy on the shelf! Enjoy! :) 2mo
DivineDiana @Lunakay How interesting! Seeing the fashion exhibitions at the Met is one of my favorite things to do! ❤️ 2mo
Lunakay @DivineDiana What a small world☺️ I didn't know the author is Austrian, I am definitely going to check out her German publications as well🤓 2mo
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I didn‘t know I needed one, but a few recent social posts convinced me that I did! Thus, I placed an order for yet another book to put on the pile and attended a webinar on creativity to encourage the process. #bookmail #whathaveistarted

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The Song of Achilles | Madeline Miller
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New audiobook combined with print copy. #mttbr

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Love Marriage | Monica Ali
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Yasmine is 26, training to be a doctor like her Indian born father. Living in modern day London, she is engaged to marry Joe, a doctor from an upper class family whose mother is a famous feminist. The two families meet to plan the wedding, and we soon discover that there are secrets in both. Yasmine always believed that her parents had a strong “love marriage” and we learn that love is defined in many ways. #foodandlit And food has a big part!

Cinfhen Hi!!!! Hope all is well, Diana 💖 I‘ve seen lots of great reviews for this book and your review makes me want to move this one up my TBR list!! (edited) 2mo
Catsandbooks Fantastic! 🇮🇳 2mo
Reggie Sounds great. Stacked. 2mo
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DivineDiana @Cinfhen All is well! This book was a quick read with lots to consider. It was my IRL Book Club choice. I only regret that I did attend the meeting because I had not finished in time. Would have loved to have heard the discussion! 💖 2mo
DivineDiana @Catsandbooks Thank you! 🙂 2mo
DivineDiana @Reggie It is a page turner! 🙂 2mo
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Dragon Teeth: A Novel | Michael Crichton
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In the late 1800‘s these two real life paleontologist professors were bitter rivals. Dr. Marsh- Yale University( left) and Dr. Cope- U of Penn (right) were searching for dinosaur bones in Wyoming. They would take students with them in the Summer. This book is well researched and fast paced. William Johnson,a student from a privileged Philadelphian family goes along for the ride, and ends up traveling with both! The audio was well done!

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Love Marriage | Monica Ali
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I subscribe to Purple Carrot, a plant based cooking delivery service. As I prepared this recipe,I had an aha moment! It works for #foodandlit #india this month!Somewhat time consuming, but delicious!

Still reading the book!

Texreader Yay! Perfect timing! 3mo
Chelsea.Poole I love purple carrot! 2mo
Catsandbooks Perfect! Looks great! 🇮🇳 2mo
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DivineDiana @Texreader @Catsandbooks Thank you! ❤️❤️ 2mo
DivineDiana @Chelsea.Poole I think their recipes offer creative combinations of tastes that always surprise me in a good way! 🙂👏🏻❤️ 2mo
Sapphire Yum! 2mo
DivineDiana @Sapphire It was! ❤️ 2mo
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What Shall I Wear? | Claire McCardell
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A new fashion exhibition opened in Baltimore about the designer,Claire McCardell,who was born in Maryland.Tory Burch was inspired by Claire‘s modernity and researched the collection at the Maryland Center for History and Culture. Tory sponsored a fellowship to create the exhibit and also reissued this classic book.The original issue from 1956 is price prohibitive,so I rushed to buy this one! Claire was the first to put pockets on a dress! #fashion

Leftcoastzen Oh wow ! So interesting & not on my radar. 3mo
tokorowilliamwallace Nice, a Baltimore exhibit. 3mo
StaceGhost I love this! So cool! 3mo
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mcctrish Well I want to read this book ( and see this exhibit ) 3mo
DivineDiana @tokorowilliamwallace It is! I grew up there. ❤️ 3mo
DivineDiana @Leftcoastzen You‘re not alone. Claire is considered a designer‘s designer. Not well known by the general public. But she was on the cover of Time Magazine! 3mo
DivineDiana @StaceGhost Claire was an amazing modern woman! 3mo
DivineDiana @mcctrish I hope you do!❤️ 3mo
rabbitprincess Both dresses on the cover are super cute! 🥰 3mo
tokorowilliamwallace @DivineDiana I lived in closeby Catonsville for two years a couple of years ago. 3mo
DivineDiana @rabbitprincess Her clothes are timeless! 2mo
DivineDiana @tokorowilliamwallace I have family who live in Catonsville. Small world. 🙂 2mo
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Harlem Shuffle: A Novel | Colson Whitehead
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Current audiobook. IRL Book Club discussion in November.

LeahBergen Ha! I just finished it for my IRL book club this month, too. 👯‍♀️ 3mo
LeahBergen Oh, we were typing at the same time. 😆 Yes, it started off really slowly for me but once I pushed on to chapter 4 and beyond I found it a good read. 3mo
DivineDiana I just saw that! 😲 Glad that it ended up a good read! Looking forward to your review! 🙂 (edited) 3mo
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I read this book out of guilt.Two friends (a married couple) loved it,loaned it to me, and there was the obligation to read it. It is my first Ken Follett, and not the one that I wanted to read first. It took me “forever”to finish it. I am certain all of this influenced my rating. Well researched. Period from 1911-1924. Some real Historical characters. And others: Royalty,Miners,Suffragettes,Military,Politicians,RebelsFirst in a trilogy. My last.

Bookwormjillk Pretty picture 🤩 3mo
Reggie Oof, there are some people at work who bring me books because they see me reading during all my breaks and it‘s always stuff I would never read. I just smile and say thanks. Lol on the flips side I have been loaning out books to some other coworkers who have loved my suggestions. Balance restored. 🙂 3mo
DivineDiana @Reggie You understand! But really, I am thankful that I have friends who are readers and think of me. ❤️ 3mo
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DivineDiana @Bookwormjillk Thank you! ❤️ 3mo
Librarybelle Follett‘s books do take awhile to get through - so many characters! 3mo
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Love Marriage | Monica Ali
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Current IRL Book Club read. So many Library reserves ahead of me! I ended up buying the ebook.

Megabooks I have this on my shelves! 👍🏻 3mo
DivineDiana @Megabooks So far, so good! 🙂 3mo
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This is story about the 1918 Pandemic that takes place in Ireland, but ultimately a story about women. The reader is right there in the small hospital room with the pregnant women as they deliver their babies. The patients‘ back stories are as intense as what is taking place in the room. We learn about the real life woman,Doctor Lynn, who is wanted by the police for political activism. A book about women‘s rights and their strength.

jlhammar Loved this one. Such an emotional page-turner! 3mo
Gissy I also loved it too 3mo
DLQBOOKNERD Loved this book 3mo
Gissy I liked so much this novel! ❤️ 2mo
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My IRL Book Club choice, and I think I will finish in time for the meeting!

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Still catching up on book reviews. This is a photograph of a woman who worked as a Traveling Librarian for Eleanor Roosevelt‘s program that provided the borrowing of books to people in remote locations. The book follows a group of five women who did this In Kentucky. Not everyone in the community supports this service,and the women face many hardships. It is a story of the strength of women when they band together to overcome adversity.

MicheleinPhilly Heaven forbid people read books! 🙄 3mo
Dragon My great grandmother was against reading so my grandma had to hide in the bathroom to read - she passed her love of reading to my mom who passed it on to my siblings 💚🐉 3mo
DivineDiana @MicheleinPhilly It is hard to fathom the animosity! 📖 (edited) 3mo
DivineDiana Thankfully, your mother followed her heart. 📖📚❤️ 3mo
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The Personal Librarian | Marie Benedict, Victoria Christopher Murray
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A story of a phenomenal woman. She became the Personal Librarian for J.Pierpont Morgan, a titan of the world of business, at a time when women had very little opportunity to work in a man‘s world. And she had a secret. She was a Black woman, passing as White in order to have a better life. Racism was rampant, and it was very dangerous. Belle was glamorous, brave and brilliant. Inspired.

Painting of Belle da Costa Greene by Paul César Helleu, 1913

LeahBergen Gorgeous! 3mo
DivineDiana @LeahBergen Belle was a glamour queen! 3mo
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Librarybelle I really liked this one! 3mo
Cinfhen I have this one on my kindle and I‘m very much looking forward to reading it 😁 3mo
DivineDiana @Librarybelle @Cinfhen ❤️❤️ Now, I just have to visit the Morgan Library! 3mo
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14 Cows for America | Carmen Agra Deedy
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Trying to catch up on some reviews. I read this a few weeks ago for #foodandlit #kenya. Recommended by @TheBookHippie , it is a heartwarming, true story of a Masai village who bestows a gift of fourteen cows to the American people,grieving the September 11 attacks. Beautiful illustrations. It is a children‘s picture book, but this adult found it very moving.
“To the Masai, the cow is life.” #readingafrica #kenya
#192025 #2009

TheBookHippie ♥️♥️♥️♥️I love it so much! I‘m so glad you enjoyed it! 3mo
Texreader This looks so good! 3mo
Librarybelle ❤️❤️❤️ 3mo
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Catsandbooks Fantastic! 🇰🇪 3mo
DivineDiana @thebookhippie And I never would have found it without you! I returned it to the Library yesterday, and shared it with a Librarian who had not heard of it. As it turned out, she had worked in Kenya while in college and had visited a Masai village. She immediately checked it out! She plans to share with her sisters this weekend who also visited Kenya! Thank you so much! ❤️ 3mo
DivineDiana @thetexreader It is! ❤️ 3mo
TheBookHippie @DivineDiana OH MY WORD !!! How beautiful is that!!! Made me teary 🥹♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️ 3mo
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Northanger Abbey | Jane Austen
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Posting my copy of the current #pemberlittens read.
It is my first time reading it. Finished first two chapters. And do find the humor entertaining!

sprainedbrain ❤️ 3mo
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Dragon Teeth: A Novel | Michael Crichton
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Have been away for a few weeks. Road Trip to the Grand Canyon! Such a thrill! But… no time to read.
Packed three audio books. I tried two with my husband, and he sadly hasn‘t developed an appreciation of the joy of audiobooks. This one he did stay with a bit. So, now that I‘m home, I will finish on my own!

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