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ferskner

Joined September 2016

Librarian with a podcast: wellreadpodcast.wordpress.com
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Murder on the Links | Agatha Christie
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Oh my gosh I forgot to announce this month's #agathachristieclubR2 book, and it's already the middle of the month! I'm sorry, everyone!

I hope you'll be able to join us!

TheAromaofBooks Thank you for the reminder!! I was sad to not join in last month, as I really love The Secret Adversary, but things got super crazy at the end of October for me. Looking forward to this one!! 19h
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All the Bad Apples | Mora Fowley-Doyle
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This seemed like the right book to read at an apple orchard.

tracey38 Oh, what fun! I've always wanted to visit an apple orchard. 1w
ferskner @tracey38 it seems like you'd have tons to choose from in NC! My favorite one is actually near Asheville. I didn't grow up with some orchards but I've made it a must-do activity in the fall now that I have access. 1w
tracey38 @ferskner yeah, I'll have to look some up. 1w
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@q84 I can't believe we had each other! Thank you so much for this adorable package - the books are PERFECT for what I feel like reading right now, and the candy and treats are wonderful. #basicwitchswap @sprainedbrain @Meaw_catlady

Meaw_catlady Lovely treasures !! Happy Halloween! 2w
sprainedbrain Wow! Hope you had a happy Halloween! 🎃 2w
Q84 I'm glad you like! Happy Halloween! 2w
Q84 I'm glad you like! Happy Halloween! 2w
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Happy Halloween, friends! I dressed as an old-timey Halloween costume, which is exponentially more terrifying than anything today.

cathysaid It is!! 👏 2w
Clare-Dragonfly That looks absolutely terrifying! Nice job! 2w
teebe Ingenious and terrifying! 2w
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The Secret Adversary | Agatha Christie
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Here are your discussion questions for The Secret Adversary! #agathachristieclubR2

1.) What are your first impressions of Tommy and Tuppence? Does your opinion change by the end of the book?
2.) How does WWI impact the plot and characters?
3.) This is the first of many Christie thrillers. How do you like them compared to the traditional puzzle mystery?
4.) Some critics have noted the use of coincidence in the plot... 👇

ferskner ...(Tuppence using Jane Finn's name, for example.). How do you feel about this choice? 2w
ferskner 5.) Did you figure out the identity of Mr. Brown? What clues helped or confused you? 2w
ferskner 6.) Who was your favorite side character? Why? 2w
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ferskner 7.) Can you see Christie's writing change or grow stronger in her second book? 2w
AnneCecilie My library didn‘t have this book, but I‘ll be joining you again next month 2w
Laughterhp I didn‘t read this one this month. I previously tried and bailed. I‘m definitely reading along next month! 2w
Librarybelle 1. I think I‘m in the minority on this, but Tommy and Tuppence slightly get on my nerves. I can understand why Christie wrote them as eager and clever young people seeking adventure in post World War I, but I can‘t quite get into their persona. I think you see each of their strengths as they go through the adventures in this book. I do know too, from reading others, that you see their characters develop over the other novels. 2w
Librarybelle 2. Part of Mr Brown‘s henchmen are German and Russian. There‘s talk of the plans spirited from the Lusitania going into the wrong hands and causing worldwide turmoil; these relate to plans made during the war. Tommy is also a veteran. 2w
Librarybelle 3. I like a good mix of thrillers and puzzle mysteries. This one has a flavor of danger, which makes it thrilled-like. I think, overall though, I like Christie‘s puzzles more. She‘s known for her locked room antics, and she does pay tribute a tiny bit with that, thanks to the room in Soho that is hiding the much coveted papers. 2w
Librarybelle 4. I didn‘t really think of it as coincidence, actually. Honestly, I didn‘t really think anything of it! 2w
Librarybelle 5. This is my second reading of this, and I couldn‘t quite remember the twist. Christie almost got me again, clearly leading the reader to think that Julius was Mr Brown. She‘s also a master at red herrings. I‘m usually terrible at identifying the killer or the bad guy or the villain in books, unless it is really spelled out. 🙃 2w
Librarybelle 6. I couldn‘t help but appreciate Albert‘s enthusiasm. A detective in the making! He‘s eager and almost makes a couple bad blunders, but he‘s highly likable. 2w
Librarybelle 7. I feel like the twists in this book were constructed a little better than Styles. Honestly, I liked Styles more than this, but as I stated in an earlier answer, I‘m not a big Tommy and Tuppence fan. 2w
Linsy 1. My first impressions of them are that they‘re fun and smart, but Tuppence is the one pulling things along. My opinion of Tommy raises by the end of the book. 6d
Linsy @Librarybelle It‘s interesting because I can see what you mean, but I just love their characters so much! I wonder how much of this has to do with encountering them in different books and movies. I particularly love their rapport in the Partners in Crime short stories, that was where I first read and fell in love with them, after watching the most recent tv series of the same name. So I really have no idea what I‘d think coming to this book cold. (edited) 6d
Linsy 2. I know that WWII has a lot to do with the plot — the papers, etc. — but it was almost secondary. Every time it was brought up, I was almost caught off guard. I kept forgetting it was part of it. Maybe I‘m just obtuse. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 6d
Linsy 3. I‘m not sure which I like more — thriller or classic mystery — I‘ll need to read more. 6d
Linsy @ferskner 4. I thought it was fine — How else would they have gotten themselves caught up in this business? — but it is a bit on the nose. 6d
Linsy @ferskner 5. What‘s funny is that I‘ve read this before. I was on the right track for a bit, but that picture in the hotel room completely swayed me! 6d
Linsy @ferskner 6. Albert! He was adorable. I found Hersheimmer obnoxious and Jane Finn flat, unfortunately. 6d
Linsy @ferskner 7. I don‘t know about writing per se, but I appreciated less exhaustive explanations. But that might just be Poirot‘s style. I‘ve only read two of his books, but I found Hallowe‘en Party less didactic. 6d
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The Secret Adversary | Agatha Christie
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It's almost the end of the month: have you finished our #agathachristieclubR2 pick yet? I'll post questions tomorrow or Thursday!

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Librarybelle I‘m not quite at the halfway point on my re-read of it, but I‘m determined to finish by Thursday! 2w
TheAromaofBooks I almost forgot about this! And Secret Adversary is one of my faves!! 2w
ferskner @TheAromaofBooks it's such a fun one! 2w
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Drizzled with Death | Jessie Crockett
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Starting my third book of the #readathon (thanks @guinsgirlreads!) along with a location change since I'm starting to get restless legs (the bane of my existence). I also made good progress on my audiobook while I ran errands. I'm guessing that I'll fall asleep before 7am, but maybe my crazy legs will finally serve some purpose and keep me up until the finish line! @DeweysReadathon #screamathon @4thhouseontheleft

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Through the power of Halloween Oreos and Diet Coke, I'm still going! #readathon @DeweysReadathon #screamathon @4thhouseontheleft

Librarybelle Halloween Oreos and Diet Coke! 🧡🧡🧡 2w
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The Broken Girls | Simone St James
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I'm having a busier day than I expected for the #readathon, but I did slip in some time at my local #silentreadingclub, which is the greatest invention known to man. More reading tonight after my Halloween-y event! @DeweysReadathon #screamathon @4thhouseontheleft

LeeRHarry Silent reading club - sounds intriguing 😊 2w
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My office decorations are a little out of control this year (more pictures later), and they're a nice backdrop for the #basicwitchswap package I just mailed. @sprainedbrain @Meaw_catlady

Meaw_catlady Spooky cute! 🖤 3w
sprainedbrain I love it! ❤️🖤 2w
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Internment | Samira Ahmed
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It's difficult to express in a few characters why I hated this book so much so here goes: a stupid heroine who we're supposed to believe makes good decisions but actually makes every situation worse. A cookie-cutter supporting cast. Cliched dialogue with overly-long history lectures. The botching of a needed book on a vitally important topic.

#booked2019 #muslimauthorormc @Cinfhen @BarbaraTheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft

Cinfhen Thanks for your honest review. Disappointing that this book missed its mark. 3w
BarbaraTheBibliophage Yes, thanks for the review. 👊🏻♥️📚 3w
ferskner @Cinfhen @BarbaraTheBibliophage I don't usually get worked up over books but this was such a disappointment! 3w
Cinfhen I ALWAYS appreciate an honest review especially when the reviewer offers solid thoughtful insights. 3w
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Lovely War | Julie Berry
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I'm usually bored by world war books (there are too many!) but oh my gosh, this book made me cry. Haunting, romantic, and heartbreaking, with a fascinating frame of Greek mythology (!!!!), plus the prettiest cover of the year. #pop19 #bookinspiredbymythologylegendorfolklore #readingwomenchallenge #mythretelling @thereadingwomen

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I walked by the house with my favorite Halloween decorations on my #audiowalk and found this year's new addition. That's legit terrifying! (Especially while listening to an extremely disturbing Jo Nesbø novel.) #screamathon @4thhouseontheleft

cathipink Yikes!!! Love seeing people get in the spirit 🙂 3w
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I couldn't for the life of me get a decent picture of Jojo Moyes at her author talk at work today, but she was so wonderful to listen to and does a decent Kentucky accent!

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Ninth House | Leigh Bardugo
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Leigh Bardugo was here tonight to talk about Ninth House! She is such an entertaining speaker. #screamathon @4thhouseontheleft

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How to Hang a Witch | Adriana Mather
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I would have lost my mind for this book when I was a teenager. Salem witches, mean girl high school drama, hidden passages, ghosts, a bit of romance...it has everything teen Ann (and adult Ann) love. #screamathon @4thhouseontheleft

4thhouseontheleft 🧡👻🖤 1mo
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I forgot to take a picture before putting this in the mail, but it's on its way to you, @robinb! I had mixed feelings about it, but a full review will come later. #whodunithesequel #screamathon @4thhouseontheleft

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Ridiculously, I've had an advance copy of this since 2014 and am only now jumping on the bandwagon. It is sooooooo adorable! I loved the tone and that Lara Jean felt like a real teenager (I find most YA to have overly mature characters). I can't wait to get to the next one!

#pop19 #bookwithloveinthetitle #booked2019 #booktomovie @Cinfhen @BarbaraTheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft

Cinfhen I love when I book I‘ve owned forever ends up being a total hit!! It‘s like finding $10 in your coat pocket 1mo
ferskner @Cinfhen haha I hadn't thought of it that way, but totally! 1mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage I have a few of those really old ARCs on my shelf ... good job on knocking one of yours off! 📚♥️👊🏻 1mo
Julia Harris Good pick that is a really good book 📘 (edited) 4w
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The Stars Are Fire | Anita Shreve
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Somehow I've never read Anita Shreve before! This wouldn't have been something I'd pick on my own, but I'm really glad my book club read it. She writes complex relationships and traumas so beautifully.

#booked2019 #nightorientedtitle @Cinfhen @BarbaraTheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft #pop19 #bookwithazodiacorastrologyterminthetitle

rather_be_reading i havent either 1mo
LeeRHarry I have read a few of hers, it is sad she is no longer with us 😔 1mo
Cinfhen I haven‘t read her before but I‘ve always been curious. I‘m adding this to my potential bookclub list of books!! 1mo
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ferskner @LeeRHarry oh my gosh I had no idea she'd passed away! That is so sad. @Cinfhen this would be FANTASTIC as a book club pick. 1mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage I read maybe two of her early books. Glad to know others are good too! (And sorry to hear she‘s died. 😢) 1mo
Crazeedi I enjoyed this one, I've read several of hers, it was sad to heat shes gone 3w
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The Glitch: A Novel | Elisabeth Cohen
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This mix of women's lives and relationships with sci-fi didn't quite work for me. I was much more interested in the comedic portrayal of a Silicon Valley workaholic than the tech-gone-wrong storyline.

#booked2019 #genrebusting @Cinfhen @BarbaraTheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft

Cinfhen It‘s a cool cover and I 💗the photo! Too bad book was just a so-so 1mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Sounds like an interesting premise, but sorry it didn‘t pan out. 👊🏻♥️📚 1mo
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Screamland | Harold Sipe, Hector Casanova
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My work schedule and the apartment office schedule aren't compatible, so I was finally able to pick up my #screamathon package today. I LOVE IT!!!! @guinsgirlreads you picked fantastic books (no worries on Strange Practice!) and you sent the perfect spooky items for me. I adore the bath products and candle and decorations! Thank you so much! And thanks to @4thhouseontheleft for organizing!

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The Secret Adversary | Agatha Christie
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Up next for the #agathachristieclubR2 is this first Tommy and Tuppence romp! Join us at the end of the month for a discussion of Christie's spy thriller.

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I was overwhelmed by family stuff this weekend, but here are the discussion questions for The Mysterious Affair at Styles! Please see the comments below: #agathachristieclubR2

ferskner 1.) Is this your first time reading Christie? What was your first impression? 1mo
ferskner 2.) If this isn't your first Christie, what brings you back? 1mo
ferskner 3.) What do you think if Poirot as an investigator? And Hastings as his sidekick? 1mo
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ferskner 4.) How does social class play a role in this mystery? 1mo
ferskner 5.) How does Christie build suspense in the novel? How do you like her style compared to other mystery authors? 1mo
ferskner 6.) Do you enjoy Christie's red herrings? Which is your favorite in the book? 1mo
ferskner 7.) Did you find any flaws in the mystery? Do you enjoy looking for them, or do you want to be carried along for the ride? 1mo
ferskner @batsy @TheAromaofBooks @Librarybelle @AnneCecilie @k.reads I remember you participating off the top of my head, but please tag anyone else you know would like to join in! 1mo
Librarybelle This was not my first time reading Christie, nor my first time reading this story. I‘ve always loved Christie‘s books for their readability. However, I‘m not a fan of her digs at minorities and those of differing religious views. Poirot can slightly get on my nerves at times - he‘s brilliant, and he knows it. Hastings I found even more annoying this second time through. He‘s almost like a comic foil to Poirot‘s little grey cells... 1mo
Librarybelle ...I find that wealth plays a role in quite a few of Christie‘s books. This one has the upstairs versus downstairs feel, with both serving staff and houseguests involved in the investigation. Christie is a marvel at the “locked room” set up - a murder in an impossible situation with so many red herrings thrown into the story. The broken coffee cup. Was it or was it not poison? Who wore the disguise? It was clever to have the killer basically... 1mo
Librarybelle ...in plain sight, having everyone suspect him then claiming his innocence. I‘m not sure I have a favorite, per se, and I admit that though I‘ve read this before, I completely forgot who the murderer is! I‘m sure there were flaws - it‘s not a perfect mystery and novel, but Christie shows her talent. Great questions!! I have to think on these some more! 1mo
Lizpixie 1. Nope, been reading Christie since my aunt gave me a 2ndhand copy of Sparkling Cyanide when I was 10yrs old. I‘ve now read every book at least twice! 2. Characters & plot. She‘s a master at both. 3. Poirot is very arrogant, but he has every right to be, though he does rub me the wrong way sometimes. Hastings annoys me a bit, not his fault, unfortunately she‘s written him as a bit stupid.👇👇👇 1mo
Lizpixie 4. Class defines British society in every way, if you‘re lower you‘ll always be regarded with suspicion & if you‘re higher no one will question you. 5. She builds it with impossible situations, like a locked door mystery, and by putting a teaspoon of suspicion on everyone so there‘s no trust. Her style can seem a bit dated, but she was the original at a lot of this stuff. 6. She can overload on the red herrings occasionally 1mo
Lizpixie 6 cont. My favourite in this book is the disguise found in Johns room. 7. Of course there‘s flaws, compared to recent mysteries she can seem a bit dated. The plot can be a bit obvious & predictable, but she was a pioneer in crime. I just go with the story, poking holes ruins it.💁🏻‍♀️ Thanks for resurrecting this, I love my Dame Agatha! #christiecrimeclub 1mo
AnneCecilie Christie was one of the first authors I read, when I started reading in my early teens. Then I read some of her books, maybe 5 or 6. Then I didn‘t read her until last year. I‘ve been watching the TV series of both Poirot & Miss Marple, and I want to read the books the series are based on. I like Poirot and find Hastings a little stupid but my impression is based mainly on the series so I‘m interested to find out if that change as I read more.... 1mo
AnneCecilie Social class plays a huge role in the mystery, both in the way the family automatically suspects the outsider, but also how the maids are afraid of betraying their employer by talking to Poirot. I find that Christie is good at pointing the finger at everyone involved and completely confuses me. Something that I didn‘t know, is that you can only be put before a judge once for one crime in the U.K. I have never heard of this being the case in Norway 1mo
AnneCecilie So I think I might have missed some of Christie‘s clues concerning the suspect. I don‘t look for flaws, and since I‘m easily fooled I probably wouldn‘t find them either, so I just like to get carried away and enjoy the ride. And feel like Hastings when everything is revealed 😉 your questions really had my thinking and I liked reading your thoughts @Librarybelle and @Lizpixie they got me thinking about the book and some parts a little different 1mo
TheAromaofBooks @AnneCecilie @LIibrarybelle @Lizpixie - hey everyone!! Life has been crazy the last couple of days so I am just getting a chance to check out everyone's comments and thoughts!! I'll add a few of my own after I read what all of you have to say. :-) It was fun to revisit Styles as it had been several years since I read this one. 1mo
TheAromaofBooks First, to answer @ferskner 's original questions - (1) Definitely not my first time reading Christie, and not even my first time reading this particular book. (2) Honestly, one of the reasons I always come back to Christie is her wry sense of humor. I also love the way that, for the most part, she let's us see the clues as well. 1mo
TheAromaofBooks (3) Poirot honestly isn't my favorite Christie character as he is a bit pompous for my taste, but I don't usually mind spending time with him. I'm fond of Hastings despite the fact that I think Christie writes him as slightly *too* oblivious. (4) It's always interesting to me to watch Christie's writing change through time, as she was living through a great deal of change regarding society & class. Here, during WWI, we are starting to see the 1mo
TheAromaofBooks breakdown between the classes. (5) I'm a simple girl with simple tastes, so I enjoy Christie's classic approach: set up the characters, kill one of them off in a way that narrows the killer down to someone else within the household, then present clues and red herrings until we have a chance to gather everyone together for the big reveal at the end. I'm not sure I would call this particular story suspenseful as I didn't really fear for anyone 1mo
TheAromaofBooks else's lives, but I thought the pacing was good. (6) My favorite red herring here was probably the overheard argument. (7) There were a couple of times where someone seemed so obvious that it was almost ridiculous that Hastings couldn't see it. However, I've read this book multiple times before, so it's possible that that was my subconscious remembering how things went! Overall, I tend to just go along for the ride and enjoy the way things unfold. 1mo
TheAromaofBooks I really enjoyed revisiting this one - although instead of reading her second book next, I almost want to jump straight to Poirot's final appearance in Curtain, which does tie back to this one in some ways. Anyway, I'll look forward to rejoining all of you at the end of October to discuss The Secret Adversary, which is actually one of my very favorites as I LOVE Tommy & Tuppence, and also quite enjoy a good (aka rather terrible) spy romp! 1mo
ferskner @Librarybelle @Lizpixie @AnneCecilie @TheAromaofBooks I love all your thoughts! I'm very fascinated by the fact that Norway doesn't have double indemnity! I really like this book and I'm astounded that it's her first novel. I definitely have a soft spot for Poirot and I love how Christie writes him - pompous, but a bit tongue in cheek. I really like that the solution is a double bluff (the killer is the original suspect)... 1mo
ferskner @Librarybelle @Lizpixie @AnneCecilie @TheAromaofBooks ...something she'll use a few more times! As far as flaws, obviously the racism is an issue, and I also don't get why the killer leaves the torn-up letter in the room. Why not put it in his pocket? Or go get it after the coast is clear? He leaves it there for days! She's not as tight of a plotter as she'll eventually be. 1mo
Linsy Okay, so I know I‘m late to the party, but here it goes... This was not my first Christie, but I haven‘t read hat many other than Tommy & Tuppence. This was a reread for me, and I enjoyed it so much more this time than the last! I can‘t tell if Poirot is just rubbing off on me or what. Hastings is a pretty terrible sidekick, but I‘m loving Poirot more and more! But in my head, he‘s Kenneth Branagh. 1mo
Linsy The “man of the manor” seems to get so much more leeway than others around Poirot. When people of the town talk of him, they can‘t conceive of their lord being the one who committed the crime, although his family is more than willing to throw him under the bus. I really enjoy how Christie built suspense slowly and methodically. The quietness of it made the suspense even more intense, in my opinion. 1mo
Linsy The first time I came to this book, I got really lost with all the herrings and explanations, so I wasn‘t so excited to pick this one up. This time, however, I had the completely opposite experience. Those things built the suspense and enjoyment of it for me. I don‘t know if it was my mood or if I‘m understanding Poirot‘s style better, but I‘m so glad you inspired me to pick it up again! 1mo
Linsy I really enjoy just being carried along for the ride. My husband likes pointing out flaws in magicians‘ performances and I‘m always like — No, don‘t spoil the magic! 1mo
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September is almost over, which means it's almost time for the #agathachristieclubR2 to discuss this book! If you haven't finished it yet, you still have time!

I'm going home to Arizona this weekend, but I'll try to get discussion questions posted on Sunday.

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I thought tomorrow was the 23rd! Thank goodness I saw the date before I went to bed because this box of cozy goodness was so wonderful, @Chili! I'm especially in love with the tomte - I grew up with them but don't have any of my own. He is perfect! The books and treats are all amazing, and I LOVE the pashmina! That's my favorite color. Thank you for your thoughtfulness, Karen! And thanks to @Avanders for putting this together! #cozyswap

Chili You are very welcome! I‘m glad you like everything! I had to order a tomte for our house because he‘s so adorable! I also had to get myself a pashmina. 🤣 Enjoy and happy reading! 💕 2mo
Chrissyreadit The tomte is adorable! 2mo
ferskner @Chili @Chrissyreadit I love him so much! He looks perfectly cozy. 2mo
Avanders Yay how much fun!! ♥️🍁🎃☕️🔪📖♥️ 2mo
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Hygge: The Danish Art of Happiness | Marie Tourell Sderberg
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TWO boxes of cozy goodness?! I am so spoiled! I don't know who sent this yet but I'm very grateful! 🍁🍂🍎🎃🍬#cozyswap @Avanders

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Injury Time | Beryl Bainbridge
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Injury by advance reader's copy.

My foot fell asleep while I was wearing Dansko sandles and my ankle collapsed when I tried to walk. I fell down, right into a pile of ARCs waiting to be shelved, and this is the result.

Chrissyreadit Oh no! I hope you heal quickly! 2mo
Eyelit Yikes! That really sucks. Hope it heals quickly! 2mo
Megabooks Yikes!! Feel better soon! 2mo
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batsy Ouch! 😣 2mo
Smarkies Ouch! 😫 2mo
DrawingSustenance You want weapons? We‘re in a library. Books are the best weapon in the world. This room‘s the greatest arsenal we could have. Arm yourself! –Russell T. Davies (Doctor Who)
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Librarybelle Books can be very dangerous! 2mo
mom2bugnbee Ann! Owwwwwwwww! (Nice quote, @JulietBooks !) 2mo
Tamra I guess we can have too many stacks??? I didn‘t believe it until now! 2mo
Jas16 Ouch! 2mo
Come-read-with-me @ferskner But what a great book related injury story!! 2mo
robinb I take it your ankle is OK? The same thing happened to me, but my ankle popped. I ended up with fracture that took forever to heal. 😩 Hope you heal quickly! 💕 2mo
ferskner @robinb no issues with the ankle, thank goodness! I've been worried about it because the Dansko ankle roll is real! I'm sorry you had such a bad experience. :( 1mo
robinb @ferskner Glad your injury wasn‘t more severe. And yes, I am very happy to be back on two feet after a long rehab period. 1mo
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Hygge: The Danish Art of Happiness | Marie Tourell Sderberg
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Oh my word, my desk at work is out of control, but at least I have this package ready to go! It is packed tight with hyggelig goodness, and it's going in the mail right now! #cozyswap @Avanders

Avanders 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽♥️📖☕️🔪🎃🖤🍁🍂 2mo
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This was my last #agathachristieclub read before I'll take a break for the #agathachristieclubR2 revamp, and it was a good one! This is one of the few that I remembered the solution, but that didn't spoil my enjoyment. @Bambolina_81

rwmg @rabbitprincess A more acceptable cover?
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rabbitprincess @rwmg Oh yes, much better! 2mo
andrew61 Thanks to you and halle for bringing back the podcast, I missed your great book discussions over the last 2 years. 2mo
ferskner @andrew61 oh my gosh, that's so nice of you to say! We're really happy to be back. 2mo
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The Monk | Matthew Lewis
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I don't know that you can say you're in for a treat if you've never picked up this completely insane book, but it's probably unlike anything else you've ever read. Murder, illicit sex, incest, heretics....it's still pretty scandalous!

#pop19 #booksetinanabbeycloistermonasteryvicarageorconvent

BarbaraBB It‘s such an unexpected great book!! 2mo
KathyWheeler It‘s definitely a crazy read! 2mo
TrishB It‘s bonkers!! 2mo
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I saw Tony Horwitz on book tour a week before he died, and I'm so grateful I was able to hear someone so fascinating speak before he was gone. I decided then that this masterpiece had been on my shelf unread for too long. It's astounding that it was written 20 years ago, since literally everything is the same.

#pop19 #bookaboutahobby #readharder #bookbyajournalistoraboutjournalism @bookriot

LeahBergen I adored this book. ❤️ 2mo
ferskner @LeahBergen isn't it the greatest? I didn't expect to find it so unputdownable. 2mo
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Apologies for posting this late, but after Richard's death I needed a bit of a social media break. BUT if you're excited about reading Agatha Christie like I am, please join the #agathachristieclubR2 for this month's selection, The Mysterious Affair at Styles! I'll post discussion questions at the end of September.

NeedsMoreBooks Started this yesterday 😎 2mo
ferskner @NeedsMoreBooks awesome!!! 2mo
swatreads Loved this one! 2mo
RainyDayReading Just grabbed this one from the library! 2mo
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I had to say goodbye to my little buddy Richard today. Some of you met him in real life and know how wonderful he was. I got him at the end of one of the hardest years of my life, and he made every day happier for me. I loved him so so so much. #hamstersoflitsy

Leftcoastzen Oh I am so sorry for your loss. I had one the same color as yours , it was years ago and I still miss him. 3mo
Bookzombie I‘m so sorry for your loss. 3mo
cobwebmoth I'm sorry. *hugs* 3mo
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Jas16 I am so sorry 3mo
BookwormAHN I'm so sorry, hugs 💔 3mo
Centique I‘m so sad that you had to say goodbye 😢 gorgeous little one 💕 3mo
BethM I‘m so very sorry. Hugs. 3mo
batsy I'm sorry ❤️ 3mo
JoyBlue I‘m so very sorry. 💙 3mo
Megabooks I‘m so sorry! 💜💜 3mo
Tanisha_A So sorry! 💕 3mo
LeahBergen Oh, I‘m so sorry!! 💔 3mo
TrishB So sorry 💔 3mo
Reggie Oh no!! I‘m so sorry. 3mo
kezzlou85 Oh so sorry to hear that. 3mo
Stacypatrice He looks precious ❤️ 3mo
guinsgirlreads Sorry to hear that 😔. 3mo
JoScho Sending love 🖤 3mo
JessClark78 Sorry for your loss.❤️ 3mo
Mollyanna So sorry for your loss 💔 3mo
SharonAlger I‘m so sorry to hear that. 3mo
Librarybelle I‘m so sorry for your loss. Sending hugs and support ❤️ 3mo
EH2018 So sorry for your loss 💕 3mo
CaroPi ☹️sorry for your loss 3mo
brit91 I'm so so sorry for your loss! 3mo
Scochrane26 😢 it‘s very hard to lose a pet. 3mo
Clare-Dragonfly Oh, I‘m so sorry. He looks like a sweetie. 3mo
Tamra What sweet face - no wonder he made you happy. 3mo
Redwritinghood 💔💔 3mo
Graciouswarriorprincess So sorry for your loss. Sending hugs! 3mo
TheSpineView So sorry for your loss. 😥 3mo
youneverarrived 😢 so sorry. 3mo
Lady_Tigana_20 😥 So very sorry for your loss. 2mo
kspenmoll So so sorry!❤️ 2mo
QuietlyLaura I'm so sorry for your loss. I loved seeing whatever Richard was up to. Hugs. 💕💕 2mo
Avanders 😢💔🖤 2mo
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Two years ago, @Bambolina_81 had the fantastic idea for the #agathachristieclub, where Littens could read Dame Agatha's books in publication order, one a month. It's been a while since the club was active, but we're starting it up again! And starting over. Join us in September with The Mysterious Affair at Styles, with a discussion at the end of the month. Find the complete list at https://www.agathachristie.com/stories #agathachristieclubR2

DGRachel I think I got through the first 10 or so, and I probably won‘t reread most of them, but I absolutely want to join in when you get to where I left off!! 3mo
ferskner @DGRachel I'm not starting over either, but I'm going to participate in the discussions and maybe reread some favorites. I'll be using the All About Agatha podcast to remind me of plot points. I'm looking forward to the break to catch up on some other series! 3mo
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erzascarletbookgasm Same, I‘m not starting all over either. I‘ll join where I left off. Let‘s use a different hashtag. 3mo
SassyBookworm Sounds interesting I just placed book 1 on hold on my Libby app! 3mo
RainyDayReading I‘d love to join in on this! I‘ve only read a handful of her books and they definitely haven‘t been in order ^^‘ but I‘ve been meaning to make my way through them all. 3mo
zezeki This sounds interesting, I might join! 3mo
Librarybelle So happy this is starting again! 3mo
IndoorDame Fun! I‘d love to read more of her books! 3mo
TheAromaofBooks Yay! Thank you for setting this up! I'm excited to revisit these. 3mo
Laughterhp Oh sounds good! I‘m in and would love an excuse to read all my Agatha Christie books! 3mo
Lisaw13 Me too! 3mo
tdrosebud I love Agatha Christie and have read most of them, but it has been awhile. I'd love to join in and do a reread. 3mo
batsy Thank you for spearheading the #agathachristieclub revival! 💜 3mo
BarkingMadRun Awesome! I‘m in! 3mo
rubyslippersreads I‘d love to get back to Agatha! 😊 3mo
Karen3 I‘m in!!! 3mo
hes7 Ooh, fun! I‘m in. 3mo
Lizpixie Count me in!🙋🏻‍♀️ 3mo
LapReader I‘ll join in when I own the book you guys are reading. 3mo
janeycanuck Oh, I‘d love to join in! 3mo
quietjenn I'm have to revisit since Christie! 3mo
TheBookStacker I am in! 3mo
Scochrane26 I just checked out the 2nd Poirot book tonight because I was in an Agatha mood. Will join in when I can, I‘ve only read a few of hers. 3mo
Marmie7 I've read quite a few but will join in with the ones I haven't. Love reading Christie! 3mo
NeedsMoreBooks I‘m in. Would movie to read her books again. How do I participate? 3mo
StayCurious I'm definitely interested - dare I admit that I've never read one of her books 😬. This will be a great chance to catch up with most of the rest of the world. 2mo
Lady_Tigana_20 I‘m interested. I completed the Miss Marple challenge a few months ago and definitely want to read more Christie. 2mo
k.reads I‘m in! FYI this month‘s book is available free in the @SerialReader app! 2mo
kspenmoll Would live to join in; Read this book in past but may refresh myself with a reread. 2mo
Linsy I‘m so in!!! I‘ve always meant to read more Christie ♥️♥️♥️ 2mo
ferskner @NeedsMoreBooks You'll just read the book each month and then comment on the discussion posts, if you'd like. I'll tag everything with #agathachristieclubR2 so you'll know how to find them. 2mo
swatreads Count me in! 2mo
Readswithcoffee I want to give this a try. 2mo
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City of Girls | Elizabeth Gilbert
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My reading yesterday was mostly done in the cutest coffeeshop in #Nashville. (I was sitting in a little hut, too.) #HighGarden #24B4Monday

cobwebmoth 😍 3mo
LauraBeth Love this! 😍 3mo
Nute Cool vibe! 3mo
BarbaraBB Great pic 😍 3mo
Linsy So cute! 2mo
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City of Girls | Elizabeth Gilbert
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I can't even deal with these colors. #24B4Monday

#bfcr3 check-in! I did pretty well on both sleep and movement, although most movement was in the form of cleaning. I'll take what I can get! 7/12 books read. #bookfitnesschallenge @wanderinglynn

Moony 😍🍑🍑🍑 3mo
Megabooks Yum!! 3mo
LA_Mead Gorgeous! 3mo
wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 3mo
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My #cozyswap match has some good stuff coming...

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I read this because Elizabeth Gilbert spoke at work and she was an interesting speaker, and because I've made fun of this book without reading it and that's not fair. It's better than I expected in some ways, but it deserves a lot of the criticisms. I can't shake the feeling that she uses people at whim.

#readingwomenchallenge #bookfeaturingareligionotherthanyourown @thereadingwomen #pop19 #bookwithatleastonemillionratingsongoodreads

DrawingSustenance Don't watch the movie... 3mo
KathyWheeler I haven‘t yet read this book because I hated the movie so much. The character, as portrayed in the movie, was a self-indulgent twit. 3mo
DrawingSustenance @KathyWheeler The movie was just awful. 🥵 3mo
ferskner @JulietBooks @KathyWheeler I love to watch the movie of a book when I finish so I'll Portobello stick check this out, but I LOATHE Julia Roberts so I'm sure I'll have a great hate-watch. :) 3mo
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I became a fan of My Favorite Murder late in the game (mostly out of trepidation that I wouldn't be able to handle serial killers), but their combination of mystery, comedy, and friendship is perfect. This book captures all the bits of wisdom that fans of the show adore.

#pop19 #bookbytwofemaleauthors #readharder #humorbook @bookriot #booked19 #relatedtoapodcast @Cinfhen @BarbaraTheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft

DrawingSustenance I'll try... especially, the not getting murder part. 3mo
Cinfhen Great progress ❣️❣️❣️👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 3mo
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On the Come Up | Angie Thomas
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How does Angie Thomas write such compelling characters and stories? This isn't quite as good as THUG because the issues don't feel as immediate and heavy, but it's still a stellar book.

#booked2019 #featuresamusician @Cinfhen @BarbaraTheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft #pop19 #bookwrittenbyamusician

Cinfhen Really liked THUG but this one feels very YA for my reading taste. Great review ❤️ 3mo
4thhouseontheleft Angie Thomas is a fantastic writer! I love both of her books. Great review! 3mo
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Hope Rides Again | Andrew Shaffer
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It's always a pleasure to visit my favorite bookstore in #Nashville, and even better to visit when someone as entertaining as Andrew Shaffer is promoting his new book. #TheBookshop

mom2bugnbee @ferskner I don't know this store! (To be fair, I live in Mboro, not N'ville, but still!) 3mo
GatheringBooks oooh! i was in nashville a few weeks ago but didn‘t know about this place! i just went to ann patchett‘s 3mo
ferskner @mom2bugnbee weren't you at the meetup when we went to this shop? We went to the tea place and then here and then for pizza? 3mo
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ferskner @GatheringBooks Parnassus is very worth your time! This place is on the other side of town and tiny, but it has the most beautiful stuff and you always find something amazing. 3mo
mom2bugnbee @ferskner Yes, yes, yes. Brain fart on my part. I had the names mixed up. 🤦🏻‍♀️ 3mo
ferskner @mom2bugnbee - they did change the name from Her Bookshop to The Bookshop at some point, but I don't know when that happened. Blame that! :) 3mo
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Three Act Tragedy (Poirot) | Agatha Christie
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Another favorite Christie for me. The solution is chilling and diabolical, and I think quite a bit darker than most of her other books. #agathachristieclub @Bambolina_81 #booked19 #foodorbeverageoncover @Cinfhen @BarbaraTheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft #readharder #cozymystery @bookriot

raeintheworld I‘ve got this one on hold with Libby. I‘m working through Poirot mysteries in order. 3mo
ferskner @raeintheworld me too! I read a Christie a month, in publication order. We used to have the #agathachristieclub on Litsy but I think I'm the only one still going. :) 3mo
Librarybelle I‘m so far behind in the #agathachristieclub ! Maybe a year or more?? I should probably binge read to catch up...I miss reading her monthly! 3mo
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TheAromaofBooks Maybe we need to restart the #agathachristieclub - I would be way into that! I read all her books in published order a few years ago and would love to work through them again. 3mo
ferskner @Librarybelle @TheAromaofBooks YES! I'm pretty far into it so I wouldn't want to start over, but I'd love company. @batsy you in? 3mo
batsy @ferskner Yes! Like you I probably wouldn't start over but I'm trying to keep going from where I left over from reading her books chronologically. I'm not sure how it would work if we're all at different books but it's fun to just keep the club going for us to find each other through the tag and read the comments and reviews :) 3mo
Librarybelle @batsy @TheAromaofBooks What if we had two pieces to this? I‘m so behind that I don‘t mind starting again, and anyone who wants to join in on that piece may do so - read a book a month, with discussion at the end. For those in the middle of this, maybe just continuing where we should be under the original club. I don‘t think it would be too confusing...Littens would have the option to start from the beginning or pick up in the middle of the list. 3mo
TheAromaofBooks @Librarybelle @batsy - maybe keep the original #agathachristieclub but also add a secondary tag to differentiate, like #secondround or something like that? 3mo
Librarybelle I think that would work, @TheAromaofBooks ! 3mo
ferskner @TheAromaofBooks @librarybelle @batsy Honestly, I wouldn't mind taking a break for y'all to get caught up. I'm also behind on where I should be, and but I remember the books well enough that I could join in on discussions at the end of the month, and I'd reread some of my favorites. I am SUPER behind on a bunch of podcasts and series, so this would give me a chance to balance that out again. 3mo
ferskner @TheAromaofBooks @librarybelle @batsy I'm also a big fan of the All About Agatha podcast, where they recap and analyze all the books, so that could help me refresh my memory as well. :)
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batsy @TheAromaofBooks @Librarybelle I'm not sure where we last stopped as a group or where we should be right now; the last one I read following publication order was Lord Edgware Dies. @ferskner That podcast sounds great by the way, thank you for recommending! I'm going to check it out. 3mo
ferskner @batsy it's really fun! They're sometimes pretty catty and I don't always agree with their favorite books (they LOVED The Man in the Brown Suit), but they do discuss the underlying racism and sexism and take into account how well the stories have aged as part of their ranking system. And I always love a ranking system! 3mo
Librarybelle @batsy @TheAromaofBooks @ferskner The next one on the list for me is Peril of End House...no clue how far that is down the list from everyone else. I‘m fine with however we want to do this! 3mo
TheAromaofBooks @Librarybelle @batsy - I've never participated in this type of long-term reading group before, so I'm not sure how it usually works. Do we have an official list somewhere? 3mo
Librarybelle @TheAromaofBooks @batsy We were using the publication list from Agatha Christie‘s website. It has a breakdown chronologically of her works and designated UK titles versus US titles, since a few are different. 3mo
batsy @TheAromaofBooks Hope the link works https://www.agathachristie.com/stories If you scroll down to the bottom it says "download the full list of works" or something and it's a nice handy pdf file :) OK so I'm still a bit clueless about how to proceed from here if we're all at different books ? @Librarybelle 3mo
ferskner @batsy @librarybelle @TheAromaofBooks what do y'all think? I'm fine with taking a reading break to let the group catch up (but still participating in discussions), but if that's crazy then I'll do whatever. I tend to overthink these things. :) 3mo
ferskner @batsy @librarybelle @TheAromaofBooks or maybe we do two a month until we get caught up to @batsy?
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Librarybelle This has been a great discussion! I think I also tend to overthink things. I believe I‘m a couple books away from Lord Edgware, so I‘m close to @batsy . My thought had been maybe some of the newer Littens would like to join in - I‘ve seen a lot of Agatha Christie being read, so kind of why I said maybe to have a start over to reintroduce the idea. But, I‘m totally up for anything! We need Dame Christie to help solve this puzzle! 😂 @TheAromaofBooks (edited) 3mo
batsy @Librarybelle @ferskner Poirot would be appalled at my not so active little grey cells 😂 I think this sounds great; I've no problem with waiting. For newer Littens who are Christie fans, if they'd like to do a readalong in publication order like we are, perhaps like @TheAromaofBooks suggested they can add the #secondround or something tag to their posts? 3mo
TheAromaofBooks @librarybelle @ferskner @batsy - the link definitely worked, and that is a super useful list no matter what we decide to do haha It looks like there are 16 books before Lord Edgeware, so that is almost a year and a half for those ahead to wait. Are there people out there still doing the original list? If no one else has been participating in discussions, I think we can do whatever we want. Anarchy!! 3mo
Librarybelle Haha, anarchy! I don‘t think anyone else has been participating. Maybe we should just keep reading and posting at our own pace?? @TheAromaofBooks @batsy (edited) 3mo
batsy @Librarybelle @TheAromaofBooks I'm down with anarchy! 😆 I think we can do just that? 3mo
ferskner @batsy @TheAromaofBooks @Librarybelle haha this discussion! We're such nerds. I agree with @Librarybelle that I'd like the idea of opening it up to new Littens and also having a monthly discussion so there's a little bit more of a book club feel than the original club had. Can we do that, and maybe call it #agathachristieclubR2 or something like that? I'm happy to spearhead the discussions. Then those ahead can keep reading at our own pace? 3mo
TheAromaofBooks @batsy @Librarybelle - I think it would be great if @ferskner would like to be a gentle guide as to what we are reading next, and to organize the discussion? We have a week until September, so maybe this is a good time to invite people to start? 3mo
ferskner @TheAromaofBooks @batsy @Librarybelle I think that since perfect! I'll post something later tonight. 3mo
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I love me some angsty realistic YA. This reminded me of everything I love about the genre, with some developments I didn't see coming and plenty of romance.

#pop19 #bookwithatwowordtitle #litsyatoz @BookishMarginalia

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Panpan

I..... don't get what the fuss is over this novel. Sure, the descriptions of the natural world are gorgeous, but the characters are all stereotypes and the dialog is awful and this story has been told before. I rarely felt any emotional resonance. But I'm also not drawn to this kind of story, so it probably wasn't meant for me anyway.

#readingwomenchallenge #bookaboutnature @thereadingwomen

Heatherfeather I'm SO curious if my reaction will be the same 3mo
ferskner @Heatherfeather you'll have to let me know! 3mo
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Definitely somewhere between a pick and so-so, but Christie's minor detectives are always kinda fun to visit. #agathachristieclub @Bambolina_81 #mmdchallenge #threebooksbythesameauthor

JazzFeathers Love the cover. I'm quite intrigued. 3mo
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About a Boy | Nick Hornby
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This was my first Nick Hornby novel and I was surprised how much I liked it. I imagined something indulgently in favor of man-children, and while it's definitely about a man-child, it is about growth and maturity and allowing other people to make you a better person. #litsyatoz @BookishMarginalia

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I'm #audiobaking with my favorite chocolate chip recipe and a book about the suffrage movement in Tennessee. I also remembered that I completely forgot to post a #bfcr3 update last week. 🤦 Truth be told, I've had a bunch of small health issues that have kept me from exercising much, but I think it's important to pay attention to my body's messages. Sleep is going decently well, though! 4/12 books read. #bookfitnesschallenge @wanderinglynn

Texreader My body tells me to eat those cookies! Yum! 🍪❤️ 3mo
Bookzombie I second what @Texreader said! 3mo
IamIamIam Cookies always benefit your heart and your brain. Trust me, I went to culinary school. 🤣😁🍪 They look delicious and I love that you're using a silpat!!! 3mo
ferskner @Texreader @Bookzombie I know, right??? I'm just following orders! @IamIamIam Silpat is one of the greatest inventions ever! Although these are Amazon knockoffs, but they get the job done. :) 3mo
wanderinglynn 👍🏻👍🏻 Always listen to your body. And those cookies look delicious! 😋 3mo
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I've lived in the South for seven years now, so it's probably time to dig in.

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I can't even express how excited I am about this swap.

1. Both! I'm a huge fan of the Golden Age but have a massive soft spot for modern cozies, although I'd probably rather own modern cozies since I usually listen to Agatha on audio.
2. Both! (I'm easy)
3. I love Dorothy L. Sayers and Ngaio Marsh.
4. Yes, but I'm pretty picky about it.
5. Deep red, but I like all jewel tones.

#cozyswap

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Podcast Master | Ben Green
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My recording booth isn't glamorous, but it gets the job done. So excited to be podcasting about books with my friend again, even if it's from afar.

When we have the new episode up, I'll post more about it, but if you're interested in past episodes in the meantime, we're called Well-Read.

readordierachel Cool! 3mo
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