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jillrhudy

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Things in Jars | Jess Kidd
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Mehso-so

A big outrageous mess, overwritten and way over the top, and not sure what kind of book to be. Is it a fairy tale fantasy? Mystery thriller? Gothic magical realism? Whatever it is, the novel is handily saved by a new Victorian detective I love, Bridie Devine. I would happily stay for a series and a cup of tea. Make Bridie's acquaintance in January. #arc #Netgalley Full review at https://www.librarything.com/work/22585766/reviews/175313439

BlameJennyJane Bridie Devine is a spectacular name! I wish it were mine! I had higher hopes for Kidd‘s newest novel. 😧 4h
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Untitled | Unknown
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We can all have fun and have a community BUT. . .
DATABASES MATTER and LibraryThing is trying to fix this one. Do your part to keep it clean. If you don't know what this crankpot librarian is talking about, pretend you just joined Litsy a minute ago and one of your favorite books is “The Man Who Was Thursday“ by G. K. Chesterton. Search for that book, and try to find out what this fun (but bookish) community thinks about it. #KeepLitsyActive

Liatrek I agree! A lot of times I go to look for reviews about books and I can‘t find them for post not related to book. I will make sure to do untitled unknown going forward 😊 3d
ljuliel I‘ve been guilty of doing that myself. I‘ll admit it. From now on, I‘ll post everything in the untitled unless it‘s directly a book purchase or review. 3d
jillrhudy @Liatrek @ljuliel yay! Converts! Spread the word! 3d
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flying_monkeys +1 x 100 🤓

This is why I submitted a feature request to add a filter to book pages so when we view a books “page“ we could select a filter - i.e., Quote, Blurb, Review - & only see the filtered type of post while we're viewing that book. Then, even when users tag a book in a post not really about that book, (b/c they will if they can) we could quickly filter out posts we don't want to see, to see only those we want to, like reviews or quotes.
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jillrhudy @flying_monkeys I would be very much in favor. Sometimes I DO want to see the whole buzz around a particular book—it‘s helpful! But the reviews get buried. I‘ve followed a lot of heavy reviewers so I get a lot of reviews in my feed, but reviews for one book can be hard to find. 3d
Aimeesue Honestly, they should refine the review/blurb/quote post choices. Nobody really posts without a pic on social media these days, so the quote and review choices don't get used much. At least from what I see on my feed. Or just add pic options to r"es. 3d
jillrhudy @Aimeesue I'm a grump so if someone never posts reviews, I don't follow them in the first place, and I try not to like any post that has gunked up a random book's database entry. 2d
Aimeesue @jillrhudy I only occasionally review, but if I do, I do it under Blurbs because pictures and I'm pretty visual. 2d
jillrhudy @Aimeesue i just add a picture to a review. In fact I always do because it‘s boring otherwise and people can see at a glance what you‘re reviewing. Titles and authors get chopped off. 2d
Aimeesue @jillrhudy Interesting. I'm pretty sure that's fairly new, being able to add a pic. Or I missed the addition in iOS. It used to be that you could only add pics to blurbs, at least in the app. Strange. 2d
jillrhudy @Aimeesue all of my recent reviews have photos or graphics that I uploaded. Give it a whirl with Stella! 2d
Aimeesue @jillrhudy You just want more pics of Stella😂 2d
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Blackout | Connie Willis
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For @ljuliel who asks what historical periods we like:
Tudor England, Regency England, Victorian England, England between the wars, England during the Blitz (tagged book), England during rationing after WWII. Major anglophile here! Medieval Europe. Expats in Paris during wartime, Old New York around 1900. Antebellum American South. Appalachia since settlement. #KeepLitsyActive #HistoryBooks #historicalfiction

ljuliel Wow, very good ! You picked a lot of favorites. I like reading about different times too, just to change things up. So much to learn about. 4d
readordierachel I'm a sucker for Regency and Victorian England too. 4d
jillrhudy @readordierachel well, who isn‘t? (swoon) 4d
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1. I love book reviews and quotes.
2. When people mis-tag books to be cute, thereby messing up the only catalog we have.
3. See #6
4. Very often
5. As long as tagged appropriately
6. Links for posts. If you miss the start of the current hot game you are lost. I had no idea about the Halloween teams. Be more inclusive and people won't leave (continued in comment)

jillrhudy P. S. Stop clogging up the database so people can find their books. If I came here looking for a book and found a pile of memes that would be enough to make me go. 6d
ljuliel That‘s a lot of good information. Hopefully the ones in charge of the events like the ones you‘ve missed out on will find a better way to advertise. I don‘t remember seeing the start of it, just lots of posts afterwards. I also think your comment goes a bit along the line of a comment I saw elsewhere ( not in here), complaining that they just signed up in here and there was a small amount of book talk, but a large amount of off topic stuff. 6d
ljuliel They immediately deleted the app because of it. 6d
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StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego @ljuliel The only way a member can advertise an activity they are hosting is to make a post and create a hashtag to go with it & then hope people see it & share it. There are not really any other options. 6d
ljuliel @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Yea, it works well if a lot of people repost an upcoming event as a reminder. It‘s definitely helpful. I doubt there‘s anyone in here that doesn‘t know about the weekend coming up ! That‘s been reposted lots of times. 😁 6d
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego I agree!!! I feel like this is the best social media app we have access to! I‘ve met wonderful people here!! If people don‘t like something just keep scrolling 🤷🏼‍♀️ (edited) 6d
Crazeedi @ljuliel people post pics etc and use book titles instead of "untitled " so the book titles have garbage. I was given advice early on from someone on litsy to avoid using book titles for general posts. That would clean up the junk under books 6d
ljuliel Great advice @Crazeedi Thank you. Every piece of good advice will help make this place even better. 6d
jillrhudy @Crazeedi amen! Litsy has, by far, the best book reviews anywhere I‘ve seen. When a book is 65% versus 85% this actually means something and visitors should be able to see reviews right under those accurate ratings. 6d
Litsi I answered elsewhere but to make sure it gets read I suggest increasing the posting limit and limiting the content to just books. Don‘t want this to become just another social media site. I come here to get real talk about books that I cannot get on Facebook. Also an icon to praise a picture. Would love to see this improved. 6d
Crazeedi @Litsi love your ideas! 6d
jillrhudy @Crazeedi example: a favorite book of mine, “The Man Who Was Thursday” by G. K. Chesterton in the DB is loaded with cutesy memes about Thursday. I have NEVER seen understood why Littens do this. As @Litsi says it‘s about BOOKS. 6d
Book_ish I would love it if I could post my full reviews here not just a shortened version. 6d
Crazeedi @jillrhudy see my above comment-when I first joined someone posted to please dont use book titles for memes, etc. Use untitled instead. That way book reviews arent skewed and if someone is looking for review they dont see crap! 6d
jillrhudy @Crazeedi it might have been me! I‘ve been here a year and a half. The ones with most Litfluence are some of the worst offenders for “fun” stuff that they cram in all over the database. 6d
jillrhudy @Book_ish too much scrolling but maybe a separate section for long form reviews? I put mine on LibraryThing but getting links from there to put on Litsy is tricky. 6d
Book_ish @jillrhudy I always post mine on GR and add the link here. It‘s been working for me but I think a separate section for full reviews would be fantastic!!! 6d
jillrhudy @ljuliel I would like a Reviews Only button to filter out everything but reviews 4d
ljuliel Sounds good to me @jillrhudy . I‘m not opposed to other posts that are off topic, but it‘d be nice to be able to have a sorting system of some type. There are days when I‘d rather just see book reviews , and days when I don‘t mind other posts. I‘m in a bit of a quandary of what I can say. I can‘t say much in here , as there are opposing viewpoints regarding content. That‘s about all I can say. 🤭🤭🤭🤭 4d
flying_monkeys I think the easiest solution is a filter option, which I did submit over on LT as a feature request https://www.librarything.com/topic/304113 Similar to what @jillrhudy said about “a Reviews Only button.“ This way, instead of limiting / censoring what others post, we offer a way to filter out what the individual user may not want to see. Win-win. 3d
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Things in Jars | Jess Kidd
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My NetGalley Shelf! I also just got word that I'm getting a physical #arc of “High Fire“ by Eoin Colfer from LibraryThing Early Reviewers. #toread #tbr #Netgalley #Librarything #EarlyReviewers

mommyincolor Question: How do you get physical copies? Happy reading!!! 5d
jillrhudy @mommyincolor I request them through LibraryThing Early Reviewers and sometimes get lucky! 5d
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Pickpick

I enjoyed this book immensely. No time to write a full review right now but absolutely a Pick! And yes, Aphrodite did come from Ouranos‘s genitals (and seafoam); no mom. 🌊 #mythology

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The Operator: A Novel | Gretchen Berg
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This historical fiction novel was written about the author‘s own grandmother, which makes it all the more astounding that every character is lifeless and uninteresting. The novel begins with Vivian Dalton, an operator at Bell, eavesdropping on phone calls in 1952 in the small town of Wooster, OH. Various “scandals” and “revelations” tie various characters together in plot twists, to which I remained indifferent. #arc #Netgalley

BookNAround That‘s disappointing to hear. I have an arc copy to read too. Hope I like it better than you (and the fact that I went to college in Wooster, OH means I probably will, at least a little). 1w
jillrhudy @BookNAround probably! Your mileage may vary! 1w
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The Tell-tale Heart | Edgar Allan Poe
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This reading by Mike Rowe of “The Tale-Tell Heart” was rockawesome. Look for the latest “Occasionally” for Oct. 30 on his podcast “The Way I Heard It” and tune in. #audio #horror #poe #edgarallanpoe

Aimeesue Hmmmm! I just listened to Neil Gaiman read The Raven, which was excellent. Maybe I'll do this one! 2w
jillrhudy @Aimeesue you should! It was wonderful! 2w
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Lonesome Dove: A Novel | Larry McMurtry
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Books read in October #octoberreads #octoberwrapup #wrapup

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Something is very wrong with Litsy on my iPhone. If I tap on the SIDE of the screen at the END OF any post (NOT on any link but in white space) it triggers hyperlink activity and redirects either to the internet, if the post ends with a link, or to a tag, if it ends with a tag. There is almost nowhere to tap to scroll down without leaving the feed. Please @TimSpalding figure out why this is happening. Litsy is unusable this way.

jb72 Ever since my phone update I‘ve been having issues too. 2w
ljuliel Agree 💯 %. I‘m not sure if it‘s Litsy or the latest Apple update but it drives me bonkers. If you touch anyplace on the right side or bottom corner, it‘ll scroll you sideways or clear back to the top. Pain in the Rump. 2w
wanderinglynn Yes! I have to make sure I‘m touching only the photo to scroll. So annoying! 2w
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks It‘s not just your phone... it‘s all iOS.. so annoying!!! I‘m hoping they get it fixed soon!! 2w
jillrhudy @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks tapping right beside links on other sites doesn‘t do this. I tried a few. 2w
hes7 I‘ve found that the only easy way to scroll now is by putting my finger on the photo, like @wanderinglynn said, or on a big chunk of black text. 2w
Aimeesue SO annoying! 2w
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Chronicle Books promised me this in July and finally sent it! It‘s gorgeous! 💋 #giveaway #bookmail #mythology #anglophilesoflitsy

readordierachel It is! 😍 2w
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Lonesome Dove: A Novel | Larry McMurtry
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Gus‘s pigs are enterprising and exercising their freedoms as American swine. He‘s not actually taking them on the cattle drive.

Aimeesue Well, pigs'll be pigs. They do what they want! 🐖🐖🐖 2w
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Lonesome Dove: A Novel | Larry McMurtry

There is only one piano in Lonesome Dove. When it‘s time for church, they carry it from the saloon to the church, then carry it back.

🎹 🎶 🎵 🎶 🎵 🎶 🎵 🎶 🎵 🎶 🎵 ⛪️

Aimeesue Awwww, Lonesome Dove. Gus! 2w
Aimeesue Also, I work with a guy named Gus. It's hard for me not to imagine him in vaquero gear every time I talk to him on the phone. 2w
Mandoul Love the Lonesome Dove series - some of my favourite books! 2w
jillrhudy @Mandoul so far it‘s excellent. I thought he was going to bore me going horse rustling in Mexico but it was pretty exciting. 2w
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Katherine | Anya Seton
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1. Tagged
2. Nope
3. Ewww nope
4. 9 1/2 and I think I have the biggest clodhopping feets on all of Litsy!
5. Ok

#friYAYintro @howjessreads

TheLibrarian Hooray - someone who also thinks cold pizza is nasty!! 3w
Amiable Size 9.5-10 over here —we can hop those clods together. 😉 3w
Lcsmcat I‘ve seen bigger on here. 😀 2w
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readordierachel Nope, I'm a size 11 😆 2w
melissajayne I wear a 11/12 2w
jillrhudy @TheLibrarian all that congealed fatty cheese 🧀 2w
jillrhudy @melissajayne you win! 🦶🏻 2w
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Mehso-so

This is a seafaring nation spin on the twelve dancing princesses fairy tale. I enjoyed reading it and really loved the setting and even the horror, but I felt like it was a bit out of control and the plot felt cluttered. I lost my bearings more than once and still haven‘t got it all sorted out in my head. #ya #fantasy #fairytale

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Pickpick

What a treasure. A sublime yet down-to-earth story “narrated“ by the author's late grandmother. Grandma Bobbie, who had Russian Jewish immigrant parents, pulls no punches in advising “her angel“ granddaughter about everything, from men to money to cosmetics. Very nearly a perfect book. Full review https://www.librarything.com/work/23695871/reviews/174601922 #memoir #arc

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My sides hurt from laughing and I'm only halfway through. I envy the author having known and loved her absolute scream of a Jewish grandma. Bess is told her dress makes her look like “a secretary from Yonkers.“ Also, cross-country skiing isn't skiing, it's shuffling, and makes you easy prey for grizzly bears who could stop hibernating at any moment and eat you. 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣 Sure to be a smash; release March 17, 2020.

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Mehso-so

Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret are evacuated to a country house in Ireland during the blitz. Despite this thrilling premise, not much happens for three fourths of the book, when it abruptly tries to become a thriller. The plot focuses primarily on the flat and dull characters in charge of guarding the princesses. I received an advanced readers copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. #arc #Netgalley #anglophilesoflitsy

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Pickpick

This epic novel demonstrates beautifully how, in an unstable and often cruel world, refugees and immigrants can find home in the hearts of one another, even when shelters, possessions, freedoms, and countries are lost. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ #ARC from Ballantine in exchange for an honest review. Drops in English in January. Full review at https://www.librarything.com/work/23264842/reviews/174567572

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Imagine if Margaret Atwood took 2,200 war refugees from the ICE camps at the U.S. border and flew them to Canada, hand-picking them for their ideas and gifts. She would change Canada forever, right? That‘s what the poet Pablo Neruda did to Chile in 1939, bringing Spanish refugees from France, and that‘s what Isabel Allende‘s next book is about. As historical fiction, it feels like Dr. Zhivago. #arc #netgalley #immigration #epic

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Pickpick

I‘m not as good as I once was at keeping track of multiple story lines set in numerous times. The wonderful dogs portrayed in this book are what make it a Pick for me. I guess you‘d call it somewhere between a cozy and literary fiction. The last book I read was good enough to put this one in the shade, except for the dogs and a very special girl named Sunshine.

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I was listening to the audio and speaking of lost, I was. Totally. I went to the library to get the book and now am reading while my color processes at the salon. It‘s very cute and sweet.

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Pickpick

As I finish this book, my heart is full all the way up, like a lung: all the feels to the point of hyperinflation. I lived in this world, programming in BASIC at school and fearing gay men during the AIDS crisis. I want to tell my children: this world of very rudimentary computer systems and cruel treatment of people in same-sex partnerships was not so very long ago. #comingofage

marleed I love this book. The newly published Like a Love Story gave me TtWI‘mH feels in a good way! 3w
Tamra I really enjoyed this one too! 3w
readordierachel All the feels. Beautiful book 🧡 3w
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❤️VA/TN border
🧡51
💛profession, prepub galleys from publishers, buying used, gifts from friends, e-library loans, interlibrary loans, and still spending way too much money
💚married to Mr. Stupendous
💙she/her/indeterminate human behind book
💜born with it
#GettingToKnowYou

Has the Litten with my favorite handle been tagged yet? That would be

PickwickPlockPlock How could I resist? 😁 3w
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#NameChallenge @aimesuee Ta-dahhhhhh! I don't love Lillian as much as the other three but I do like her an awful lot and I couldn't think of TWO L books right now. At 4 a.m. I'll come up with a hundred.

Aimeesue Ha! 4 AM is definitely when I come up with my best "Oh, I SHOULD'VE…" ideas! Great choices, though! (edited) 3w
jillrhudy @Aimeesue Brain, 4am: LORD OF THE RINGS?!?!?!? 3w
Aimeesue @jillrhudy I'd have still gone with Lilian. But I loathe Tolkien. 😂😂😂 3w
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Aimeesue Look! I used an l-word! 3w
jillrhudy @Aimeesue I shall overlook it! 🤭🤭🤭 after all you also have no use for Dickens. 3w
Aimeesue @jillrhudy True. The way he treats his women characters makes me so MAD! Just ew. But I hate fantasy. I do like Tolkien‘s poetry and 3w
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The Vine Witch | Luanne G. Smith
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In this fun (but rushed) fairy tale novel, a “vine witch” in France at the prior turn of the century is gifted with wine-making magic. Elena has been turned into a toad by someone using the forbidden black arts, and changes herself back after 7 years hopping around in the swamp. Elena vows revenge, and it's up to her to save the vineyard, which is also under a dark enchantment. #fallisbooked #magic #witches Full review at http://fw.to/gq7g1QN

shejustlovesbooks I agree! I'm not quite finished yet, but I keep thinking whoa, hold on a second! 3w
jillrhudy @shejustlovesbooks really! This could have been as good as “Uprooted” or “A Discovery of Witches” if the author had some confidence or the editor been less harsh or whatever the problem was. I mean, it‘s not YA. No need to be scared of 300 pages. 3w
shejustlovesbooks I completely agree....side note how amazing was A Discovery of Witches 💖💖💖 3w
jillrhudy @shejustlovesbooks whole trilogy rocked! 3w
shejustlovesbooks Now I want to read them again! 3w
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The Vine Witch | Luanne G. Smith
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It seems a little rushed for a book that captures my imagination so completely. I‘m engrossed, but want the book to be more fleshed out. Wonder if it‘s been over-edited? #fallisbooked #magic #witches #fairytale

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1. Never tired of this one!
2. Smartwool socks year-round, just vary the thickness
3. 5,728' Mount Rogers in my home county
4. Oysters, mussels, any kind of shell boogers 😖
5. Yes! I'm Zuul from Ghostbusters

#friYAYintro @howjessreads

ImperfectCJ I almost picked Alice, too! Always a joy to read. 4w
QuietlyLaura Eww! Shell boogers! 😂 4w
Zoes_Human I have to confess that my first thought was “There's not desert island in Alice. I mean, I guess metaphorically ... oh wait. Yeah, now I understand.“ 😂 4w
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Jane Gardam has the kind of gift for description that one rarely encounters in an author, the ability to draw a compelling character in just a few lines. @Aimeesue will agree on this point!

Aimeesue OMGoodness, yes! She's brilliant! And economical! 😄 4w
Ruthiella Totally agree! That ability amazes me!😍 4w
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Rhys Bowen‘s new book drops February 2020 and, if you‘re a fan of Queen Victoria and all things Victorian, you may enjoy this novel about a young gentlewoman, Isabella, who falls on hard times and discovers she loves to cook. Assuming a false identity, Bella ends up cooking for the royal household and travels to Nice. Not as funny as the “Her Royal Spyness” series and lacking the depth of “In Fairleigh Field,” it‘s still a fun light read. #arc

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Mercy House: A Novel | Alena Dillon
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In a world seemingly full of predators, one brave nun of nearly 70, Sister Evelyn, protects her traumatized and diverse little flock of women with everything she‘s got. #domesticviolence #arc Full review at https://www.librarything.com/work/23660868/reviews/174306236

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It was so-so until the author got to the part about her Legal Aid advocacy for poor women in Kentucky, and the book filled with fire and passion. I liked the parts about the tough women in her family, and she touches on social issues in Appalachia, but I feel the book tried to cover too much. It was sweet, and I am full of admiration for the author for coming home and pitching in instead of dissing the place from afar. #arc

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Bachelors Anonymous | P G Wodehouse
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Ivor Llewellyn of Hollywood, five times divorced, can‘t have dinner with a woman without proposing marriage, so some chums recommend he go to London to join a club called Bachelors Anonymous. Hijinks commence.

ValerieAndBooks Sounds a bit like a cousin of mine (he's 38) who just married again for the 4th time 😂 ! 4w
jillrhudy @ValerieAndBooks did you say 38????? 4w
ValerieAndBooks Yep!! And wife number 4 just turned 21. (edited) 4w
jillrhudy @ValerieAndBooks Does he look like Tom Hiddleston? Wow! 4w
ValerieAndBooks Haha, he‘s good looking enough but not Tom Hiddleston 😊. Even though I don‘t think this couple would ever find themselves on Litsy, I probably shouldn‘t say any more 😂 4w
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The Women In Black | Madelaine St. John
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Five women in different life stages are working in high end women‘s sales in a department store in 1950s Sydney. The novel is a neatly woven and beguiling, often funny, tapestry of these women‘s lives, both on and off the sales floor. I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Full review at https://www.librarything.com/work/1650636/reviews/173980731

LeahBergen Nice review!! 👏🏻 1mo
jillrhudy @LeahBergen thanks! 🤗 1mo
Aimeesue I bet Melly would have some things to say about this one! 😂 1mo
jillrhudy @Aimeesue Melly would like it! 1mo
Aimeesue @jillrhudy Melly should write her own! 1mo
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The Women In Black | Madelaine St. John
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Ladybug would rather have another treat than pose with my Kindle. Set in 1950s Australia, this was originally published in 1993 and was made into a film last year called “The Ladies in Black.” It is being re-released in February and marketed to fans of the Mrs. Meisel show. #Netgalley #ARC

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Third time reading and each time it‘s charming. Loads of hilarious dialogue and I adore the main character Marred by touches of racism against Hispanic and Jewish people, which is typical of books written in the ‘30s, and not much like the film except in the overall plotline.

Aimeesue Oh, Miss Pettigrew! ❤️❤️❤️ (edited) 1mo
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Browning's Shorter Poems | Franklin T. Baker
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Look how cute! It‘s a tiny textbook from 1916. #vintage #oldcoolbooks

wanderinglynn 😍😍😍 1mo
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What‘s sweeter than honey? A Pettigrew #persephone #persephonebooks #anglophilesoflitsy

Aimeesue Oooh, Miss Pettigrew! I have the Persephone edition with the picture on the cover. Did those have the dove grey dust jackets too? Mine doesn't. Great find at a super price! (edited) 1mo
jillrhudy @Aimeesue It does have the jacket! And it was a gift from a colleague. She knows me well. 1mo
LeahBergen I adored this book! 1mo
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Bringing Down the Duke | Evie Dunmore
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I can‘t get into the premise and the characters lack sparkle IMHO.

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The Starless Sea | Erin Morgenstern
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#septemberwrapup #septstats #arc #netgalley I guess I need to thank Littens for introducing me to Netgalley because it turns out they REALLY like librarians! I've been auto-approved by HarperCollins already! As a newbie to NetGalley I went a bit crazy reading 7 ARCs in September. Virago and Persephone don't do NetGalley; it would be the END of me if they did: farewell dear family & friends! 🤓

SauerPatch Oooh, can‘t stacked the tagged one fast enough! 1mo
Aimeesue How was the Lindy West? 1mo
jillrhudy @Aimeesue parts of it were right on, but it was very disjointed and written mostly over my head. 1mo
Aimeesue @jillrhudy Hmmmmm. Interesting. I liked her first essay collection. Are these all from her Guardian and NYT columns? 1mo
jillrhudy @Aimeesue Just found this. I am not sure where they came from! I don't mind her being really mad but she should slow down and explain for us old women, just a smidge. 4w
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The Kopp Sisters are spreading the Sisterhood beyond their home into a National Service Camp for women and I am LOVING it @AmyStewart

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Isolde | Irina Odoevt?s?eva
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This beauty is Irina Odoevtseva, Russian expat to Paris following the Revolution. I just finished her novel Isolde (1929). I‘ve long wished to read more Russian female authors. Like the main character in “Isolde,” Paris was eclipsed in Irina‘s romantic imagination by the beautiful, vast, free Russia of her childhood, and her best known work is “On the Banks of the Neva.” She returned to her homeland a celebrity in 1987, under glasnost.

Ruthiella She looks like Helen Mirren (whose father was Russian) in that picture! 1mo
batsy I read Isolde quite recently. Such a fab pic of the author! 1mo
jillrhudy @Ruthiella she does! 1mo
jillrhudy @batsy I can‘t imagine looking like that and being a genius. Although as you can tell from Isolde, men could be a real problem. 1mo
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Panpan

I loved “Shrill” but much of “The Witches Are Coming” left me bewildered. The book, an essay collection, trades focus for frenetic cuteness and often wanders completely off course. I am only 14 years older than the author but found the writing inaccessible for a good 1/4 of the content. I get her on abortion and body image and quitting Twitter though.

Hatchette sent an advance readers copy in exchange for an honest review. #arc #Netgalley

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Pickpick

#TheBody is simultaneously sprightly and entertaining AND meticulously researched and informative. Destined for a bookshelf near me. #NetGalley #arc https://www.librarything.com/work/22830044/reviews/173643631

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Too true, Bill, and well phrased. #arc #netgalley

Aimeesue I didn't even know he had a new book out! Yay! 1mo
jillrhudy @Aimeesue October 15! I can‘t get through it because I get sidetracked studying all the stuff he talks about! There aren‘t many popular science books that are biology with a bunch of medical history thrown in. 1mo
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1. 86, ahead of schedule! Goal is 100
2. I have 6 kids (few Littens know this anyway)
3. Bluegrass
4. July
5. Became a librarian September 2012 🙌🏻
@howjessreads #friyayintro

howjessreads What a fun anniversary! 🖐🏽 2mo
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I tend to forget what a talented writer Bill Bryson is. Here he‘s writing about the brain 🧠 in his upcoming book. #netgalley #arc

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Pickpick

Snow White, flipped and given the “Wicked“ treatment. Gory with a lot of sex. Scared me more than Coraline, which is saying something. #graphicnovel #fairytale #retelling #nsfw #unlessyourealibrarian

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The Way I Heard It | Mike Rowe

Sometimes an author just sees the world the same way you do. Mike Rowe sees what I see, but with more kindness. His is a heart-opening and mind-expanding perspective with lots of warm humor and humility mixed in. In addition to transcripts of podcasts, Mike makes other connections from history and shares fun personal anecdotes. Expected release date 10/15. Full review at https://www.librarything.com/work/23366163/reviews/173595393 #humor #arc

Aimeesue Hmmmmmmm! 2mo
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Old Baggage | Lissa Evans
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“Just a sketch, really” is one of the lines of the Joker played by Jack Nicholson. Aileen destroyed a ceiling and a valuable painting by passing out and leaving the bathtub running. I‘ve read a lot of justifications by drunkards but this one is the best. Poor Aileen! #humor

Aimeesue I looooooove this book. ❤️❤️❤️ 2mo
DivineDiana 😂 2mo
jillrhudy @Aimeesue I just got another by her! 4w
Aimeesue @jillrhudy I enjoyed that one, too, though I didn't think it was quite as good as Crooked Heart and Old Baggage. Hope you like it! 3w
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