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julieclair
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Wow. This was a fascinating, very readable nonfiction book about Russia‘s last tsar and his family. I knew very little about the years surrounding the Russian Revolution prior to reading this book, so I really learned a lot. All the names are here - Nicholas, Alexandra, Rasputin, Lenin, “The Bolsheviks”, “The Soviets” and more. Now I have a basic understanding of the stories behind those names. ⬇️

julieclair I also now have a deep sense of sadness for the history of the Russian people. Thank you, @Cuilin , for choosing the Russian Revolution as our February theme for #BookedInTime. #ThemesMotifs&Tropes - Russian Revolution, Grand House (2 points) #TBRTarot @CBee (edited) 39m
Cuilin #BookedInTime #RussianRevolution ✔️ 🎉I‘m glad you liked this prompt. And you just reminded me to post my own book review for this month. 28m
julieclair @Cuilin I look forward to reading your review! 17m
CBee Very sad history indeed 😕 now
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The No-Show | Beth O'Leary
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I loved this book! It took me on a roller coaster of emotions. A perfect read for February, since much of the action takes place on Valentine‘s Day. I‘m so glad I chose this as my February #ReadOrDonate selection!
#AcquiredViaLitsy @MatchlessMarie #Pantone2024 - Strong Blue @BarbaraBB
#ISpyBingo - Rose, Bouquet of Flowers, Petals, Suit, Blue Font, Cup @TheAromaofBooks @Clwojick

BarbaraBB Great combination 💙 2d
MatchlessMarie Awesome! 🥰💙 2d
TheAromaofBooks I've enjoyed a couple of O'Leary's other books, but have been hesitant to pick this one up since it sounds like the main plot involves cheating. Did you feel like that aspect was handled well? 2d
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julieclair @TheAromaofBooks That was part of my roller coaster of emotions. I think you‘ll find it was handled appropriately. One tip: if you‘re tempted to bail… don‘t. 😘 (edited) 1d
TheAromaofBooks haha I will keep it on the TBR then 😂 1d
bookandbedandtea @TheAromaofBooks This is my favorite of O'Leary's books. As you read, whatever it is you think is happening isn't what's happening! As @julieclair says, if you start reading, don't stop. 21h
TheAromaofBooks @bookandbedandtea - Thank you for the encouragement!! 😁 13h
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Roll the Dice | Wayne Avrashow
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My #Roll100 selections for March!
@PuddleJumper

PuddleJumper Looks good! 2d
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The No-Show | Beth O'Leary
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TheBookHippie 💕💕💕💕 3d
AllDebooks Love this x 3d
Chrissyreadit 💛cozy💛 3d
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Avelynn: A Novel | Marissa Campbell
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Great storytelling. Saxon England during the time of the Viking invasions. This book reminded me very much of the The Last Kingdom tv series, but without nearly as many graphic war scenes. Book 1 of a series. I'm looking forward to reading more!
This was my #BookedInTime selection for January - Early Medieval
#ThemesMotifs&Tropes - A Ship
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@Cuilin

LeeRHarry Always looking for more Viking books to add to my list! 😊 3d
Cuilin Oh this sounds fabulous. How many in the series? 2d
julieclair @Cuilin Only two so far. The second one is Avelynn: The Edge of Faith (not in Litsy catalog). 2d
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julieclair @LeeRHarry I hope you enjoy it as much as I did! 2d
Cuilin @julieclair I‘m just trying to decide if I want to add another series to my ever-growing series list. 🤦‍♀️ 2d
julieclair @Cuilin Oh yeah, I totally hear you on that one! 😉📚📚📚📚📚📚📚📚 2d
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julieclair
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This was a sweet YA romance, lots of high school angst and drama, and a bit cheesy at times, but still a fun read. The main character, Mim, has a super-elevated sense of smell, and can actually smell people‘s emotions. She and her mother come from a long line of aromateurs - “love witches” who make elixirs that can open the path to love. Listening to Mim describe the scent various emotions was interesting!
A fun #SundayBuddyRead selection!

julieclair #Pantone2024 (Horizon Blue) @BarbaraBB #ISpyBingo (“Secret”, Grass, Pink Font, Purple Font) @TheAromaofBooks @Clwojick #ReadTheUSA2024 (California) @aperfectmjk 3d
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 3d
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julieclair
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I thoroughly enjoyed this cozy mystery! Thanks to @Read4life and @DebinHawaii for making me aware of it. Book 2 in a series. I haven‘t read Book 1, and that didn‘t matter. Set in a book-themed Manor hotel, which is hosting a Valentines week conference featuring Romance authors. Very fun, and the mystery kept me guessing.
#SeasonalCozies #ISpyBingo #Pantone2024 #SeriesLove2024 #ReadTheUSA (Virginia)

TheSpineView Awesome! 4d
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 4d
DebinHawaii Glad you enjoyed it! I liked this one much more than the first & will go one to the next soon! 4d
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julieclair @DebinHawaii I think I‘m not going to bother with the first book, since you and @Read4life both gave it lukewarm reviews. I‘m just going to go on to Book 3, at some point. 4d
Read4life Like @DebinHawaii said, this one was much better than the first. I‘m glad you enjoyed it. I will also read book 3 at some point. I agree with skipping book 1. 3d
Andrew65 Excellent 🎉🎉🎉 23h
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Various | Magazines
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How‘s everyone doing with their February piles? I still have a couple more issues to read (or more likely glance) through by Thursday.

Kristin_Reads I finished all my February magazines! Thanks for the encouragement. (edited) 4d
julieclair @Kristin_Reads Hooray! Great work! 👍🎉 4d
Susanita I‘ve finished the one February back issue and just finished the current February issue (AARP magazine). (edited) 4d
julieclair @Susanita Good work! 😀 3d
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Readathon: Occasional List : Geleentheidslys | Gauteng (South Africa). Education Media Service
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My goal for the #20in4 #FabulousFebruary Readathon is to finish as many of these as I can. 😬
So glad you are hosting, @Andrew65 !

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 💙💛💙 5d
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Great questions @Eggs ! I really had to think about my answers.

1. Maisie Dobbs ( Maisie Dobbs series)

2. Gilbert Blythe (Anne of Green Gables)

3. Miss Cecily‘s Recipes for Exceptional Ladies

If you‘re reading this, consider yourself tagged! 😀

#WondrousWednesday

Eggs Nicely done👍🏼 I love how it qualifies the recipes for ‘exceptional people‘ 😊 1w
julieclair @Eggs Thanks! Yes, unexceptional people need not bother with the recipes. 😂 This book is a hoot! 7d
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Untitled | Anonymous
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Only 9 days left in the month and no bingos yet. Need to step up my game! How is everyone else doing?
#LitsyLoveBingo #LitsyLove @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 💗💗💗 7d
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The Mystery at Lilac Inn | Carolyn Keene
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Whew! My head is spinning over all the wild and crazy things that happened to Nancy Drew in this book! Lots of fun!
#NancyDrewBR @Librarybelle #SeriesLove2024 @Andrew65 @TheSpineView #24in24 @Jas16

Librarybelle So much in this one! 1w
TheSpineView Fantastic! 1w
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Whoa! I like being a #LitsyLove random prize winner! The "Happy" that arrived in my mailbox was an absolute delight! Thank you, @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ! ??

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Yay! I‘m happy you like it 🩷🩷 1w
Captivatedbybooks Isn‘t it a great treat! 1w
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julieclair
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#LitsyLove #Shelfie
My little shelf of lovely reads that I am stretching out and savoring over the course of this year. #YearLongRead

Tamra I do that too with nature reading. 😁 2w
dabbe 🤩🤩🤩 2w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful 😍 2w
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julieclair @Tamra Have you read Meadowland? That was one of my year-long reads last year, and it was fabulous. 2w
Tamra @julieclair yes! 😁 2w
Caryl Year-long reads— I love this idea! 1w
julieclair @Caryl I am really enjoying savoring these books, and I think I‘m retaining the info in them better than if I read them straight through. 1w
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Valentines | Ted Kooser
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#LitsyLove valentines went out yesterday. Fingers crossed they arrive by tomorrow! 🤞💌📪💖

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Cooking for Picasso | C A Belmond, Camille Aubray
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Fascinating, dual timeline family saga, exploring the ways a young woman‘s acquaintance with Pablo Picasso during the summer of 1936 influences successive generations of her family for years to come. Excellent storytelling, plus I learned quite a bit about Picasso and his art. Now I want to visit a Picasso museum. And the south of France! Another excellent pick by @TheBookHippie for #SundayBuddyRead !
#24in24 @Jas16

Jas16 Wow you are making incredible progress! 2w
julieclair @Jas16 No, just catching up on reviews from books I read in January! 😉 2w
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Carnegie's Maid: A Novel | Marie Benedict
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Why would Andrew Carnegie, the ruthless industrialist, use the bulk of his huge fortune to improve educational opportunities for poor immigrants? This speculative historical fiction novel provides one possible reason, immersing the reader in an engaging upstairs/downstairs type tale. The details of Andrew Carnegie‘s life, and also those of his Irish immigrant maid, Clara, are fascinating and feel well-researched. ⬇️

julieclair I really enjoyed this wonderfully entertaining and informative read. #24in24 #Pantone2024 (Spicy Mustard) #ReadTheUSA2024 (Pennsylvania) @Jas16 @aperfectmjk @BarbaraBB 2w
BarbaraBB Great color combination 💛 2w
Jas16 This sounds really good. 2w
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You Are Here: A Novel | Karin Lin-Greenberg
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There are so many layers to this book. At its heart, it's a book about real people living real lives - sometimes messy, sometimes boring, sometimes tragic - but ultimately finding the inner strength to pursue their dreams. Well written, well constructed, and a worthwhile, meaningful read. Thanks for this excellent #AuldLangSpine recommendation, @BookNAround !
@monalyisha

BookNAround Glad you appreciated it (it sounds wrong to say enjoyed given the actual story). 3w
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julieclair
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A good old-fashioned police procedural, set at an enchanting ski resort in a small village in the mountains of Italy. Although the book deals with some very contemporary issues, it was written in 1959 and set in that time period, which added to its charm. I changed my mind at least 3 times about the identity of the killer. It kept me guessing right up until the end. A very satisfying read! My January pick for #SeasonalCozies .
#Pantone2024

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#TLT #ThreeListThursday @dabbe

1. At meals, I finish all of one food before moving on to the next food on my plate.

2. Rough bark and cauls on trees creep me out.

3. I‘m not overly fond of staying at other people‘s homes. (But I love to have them stay at mine!)

Thanks for the tag, @Cuilin !

Want to play, @Julsmarshall @Librarybelle @BookwormAHN ?

TheBookHippie #3 just NO. This is why there are hotels. 4w
dabbe #1: I sort of do that. I usually eat what I like the LEAST first, and save my favorite for the end. 😂
#2: I'm always afraid of splinters with trees.
#3: AMEN! 🤩
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Librarybelle Thanks for the tag! 4w
JessieKB 🤣🤣all of this!!!! 4w
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February #BookSpin ready to go!
@TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 4w
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Old Magazines: Identification & Value Guide | Richard E. Clear, David T. Alexander
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February begins tomorrow, so it‘s time to gather up all those unread February magazines - no matter what year they‘re from - for our next round of #MonthlyMagazineBlitz ! While you‘re at it, also gather up any catalogs you have lying around. Read them (or not) this month and then donate or recycle them.

Based on the posts I‘ve been seeing, it looks like January was a very successful month! 👍😀

Everyone welcome to join. Just comment below.

TheBookHippie I got Januarys pile out!! 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 4w
julieclair @TheBookHippie Me too! It‘s a miracle! 😂 I‘m proud of us! 4w
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I had planned to read In Cold Chamomile for my February #SeasonalCozies pick, but @Read4life and @DebinHawaii are both reading this one, which looks soooo good, so I‘ve changed my mind at the last minute! 💖

Read4life Yay! 🤓 1mo
DebinHawaii Woo hoo!! 🎉📚🎉 1mo
Cheryl_Russell_BookNotes It‘s a good series! 1mo
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Hello #LitsyLove members! 💌 Here is our February #LitsyLoveBingo card. Have fun with it! 💖

And, just a reminder to turn in your January bingo points no later than February 5, to be included in the drawing for a “happy”. 😀 You can comment below, email Misty, or if you post separately, please remember to tag @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks and me.

julieclair Scoring: Each bingo is worth 1 point/drawing entry. There are 10 possible ways to get a bingo (4 horizontal, 4 vertical, 2 diagonal), so covering the whole board is worth 10 points. 🎉 1mo
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Thanks for the tag, @Read4life !

1. The Spectacular

2. Miss Cecily‘s Recipes for Exceptional Ladies

Want to play, @CatLass007 @OriginalCyn620 @Arvena @Reggie ?

#Two4Tuesday @TheSpineView

TheSpineView Thanks for playing! 1mo
CatLass007 Thanks for the tag. 1mo
Read4life You‘re welcome! 1mo
OriginalCyn620 Yes! Thanks for the tag! 😊 1mo
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The No-Show | Beth O'Leary
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After much debate, I have decided to go with The No-Show for my February #ReadOrDonate choice. Thanks to @OriginalCyn620 - your comments helped me decide between this one and Siri, Who Am I.

OriginalCyn620 You‘re welcome! And it‘s an appropriate February pick since it kicks off on Valentine‘s Day. Hope you enjoy it! 1mo
julieclair @OriginalCyn620 I didn‘t know about the Valentine‘s Day connection. Bonus! 1mo
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Looking forward to seeing what everyone has chosen to #ReadOrDonate in February!

OriginalCyn620 I‘ve chosen one book already but I think I‘m going to pick a second one as well! 😊 1mo
BarkingMadRead My January book is getting donated, but I am optimistic for February! 1mo
Allylu I read my January book, Circe by Madeline Miller, but I will probably donate it to our Library book sale regardless (that‘s where I picked it up btw). In February, my book will be Wish You Were Here by Jodi Picoult. We‘ll see if I get to it. If not, it‘s going in my Library book sale stack. 1mo
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BookwormAHN I think both of my January books are getting donated. I read one and wasn't too impressed and started reading the other and just couldn't get into it. 1mo
PuddleJumper I've got a couple in mind for February. Too much of a mood reader at the moment to pick 1mo
TheAromaofBooks I'm just choosing random books that I thought looked so interesting when I bought them but then have languished haha February is Upgrade, which I've seen a lot of mixed reviews for, so I'm intrigued to see if I decide to keep it or not. 1mo
BethM Can you add me to the tag list? @TheAromaofBooks I really like Upgrade but it was different than Black Matter. 1mo
TheAromaofBooks @BethM - I haven't read any of Blake Crouch's books yet, so I'm going in unbiased in that way at least 😂 1mo
julieclair @BethM Welcome! Glad you're with us! 1mo
julieclair @BarkingMadRead @Allylu @BookwormAHN My January book is getting donated, too. I know I'll never want to read it again, so it feels good to let it go to make 1" of room on my overflowing shelf! 1mo
julieclair @OriginalCyn620 I may do two this month as well. I keep waffling back and forth between The No Show and Siri, Who Am I. 1mo
Booksblanketsandahotbeverage I read my January book then decided to keep it 🫣 because 5🌟 (edited) 1mo
OriginalCyn620 @julieclair I really enjoyed The No-Show! If you choose it, I hope you do too! 1mo
julieclair @Booksblanketsandahotbeverage So glad you loved your book! And if it‘s a 5-star read, of course you should keep it! 😀 1mo
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Looking forward to seeing what everyone will be reading for #SeasonalCozies in February!

ElizaMarie Any suggestions? 1mo
julieclair @ElizaMarie Some titles I am considering are: For Valentines theme (edited) 1mo
julieclair @ElizaMarie Since this is a leap year, I though the word “leap” might be fun 1mo
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julieclair @ElizaMarie This one has a Valentine‘s theme AND the word “leap” 1mo
Librarybelle Yay! 1mo
ElizaMarie Ooo thanks! 1mo
AnnR I'll probably read Murder on Valentine's Day, which is a short cozy. @sblbooks read and posted a nice review for Murder on New Year's Eve, which is the first book in the series. I expect the second book will be similar- a quick read with a simple mystery, but that's okay. 🙂 1mo
OriginalCyn620 I‘m still deciding! 🤔 1mo
sblbooks Does anyone know what time of year this is set? 1mo
sblbooks @AnnR I may read that one too. It shouldn't take long. I want to read Her Royal Spyness, but have no idea what season it is. That way I'll be covered. 1mo
julieclair @sblbooks I read Her Royal Spyness years ago and really enjoyed it. But I can‘t recall if it was set during a specific season. 1mo
julieclair @AnnR Quick Read + Simple Mystery = Perfect Cozy Mystery 😉 1mo
julieclair @kspenmoll That one looks fun! 1mo
DebinHawaii I think I am going for the below which is set in aroundValentine‘s Day but I do need to read the first book before because that‘s just how I am. I have book on Kindle & love one of the author‘s other series so shouldn‘t be too hard.😉 1mo
julieclair @DebinHawaii I think @Read4life is also reading this one, and I am considering it as well. I have not yet read anything by this author. 1mo
DebinHawaii @julieclair Ahh, great! I really love her Secret, Book & Scone Society series. Tagged first one below. The last book of that one has a Feb setting too if I remember, but it‘s book 6 & I‘ve already read it. 1mo
Read4life @DebinHawaii @julieclair I am reading it, too. I made book 1 my #ReadOrDonate book. I have to read them in order and now I have double the incentive. 🤓 1mo
julieclair Okay, @Read4life and @DebinHawaii , I‘m joining y‘all in reading Murder in the Paperback Parlor. 😀 The other one I was debating, In Cold Chamomile, sounded fun but gets so-so reviews. And, I am adding Secret, Book and Scone Society to my TBR. That sounds fabulous, too! 1mo
julieclair @Read4life I love your strategic thinking! 😀😉 1mo
Read4life Thanks! I also liked Secret, Book and Scone Society. I‘ve read the first three in that series. 1mo
Graciouswarriorprincess @julieclair What is the seasonal cozies? Can you include me? Thanks 2w
julieclair @Graciouswarriorprincess So happy you‘re joining us! #SeasonalCozies is a fun, low key challenge. Each month, we each choose a cozy mystery to read, based on whatever holiday is taking place that month, or the season of the year. Here‘s the link to the original post: https://litsy.com/p/c05GUnBwN2tT 2w
julieclair @Graciouswarriorprincess I‘ve also created a StoryGraph challenge, in case you‘d like to track your reading that way: https://app.thestorygraph.com/reading_challenges/eea8f8fe-5afb-495b-8c57-9c1c5be... 2w
Graciouswarriorprincess @julieclair Thank you and I look forward to joining you and the group. I will look at the original post and the Storygraph. :) 2w
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julieclair
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This book didn‘t grab me the way I thought it would. It is well written, with good character development, and does an excellent job of exploring the themes of family dynamics, sibling rivalry and parenting styles. The family relationships are depicted realistically, and there is plenty of food for thought and discussion in the scenes depicted. But I just couldn‘t connect with any of the adult characters, ⬇️

julieclair and that left me feeling disconnected with the book. A good book, but maybe just not the right timing/season for me. #ReadOrDonate #ReadAway2024 #JumpStart2024 #ReadYourTBR #ISpy2024 #BookSpin 1mo
DieAReader 🥳Great! 1mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 1mo
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Hello #LitsyLove members! January is 2/3 over! Just sending a reminder to check your #LitsyLoveBingo board and see how many bingos you can get by the end of the month. 😀

Each bingo gets you 1 entry into our month-end drawing for a “happy”. There are 10 ways to get a bingo (4 horizontal, 4 vertical, 2 diagonal), so covering the whole board is worth 10 entries!

Have fun!

Please tag us, @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks & @julieclair in your posts.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🩵🩵🩵 1mo
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Murder While You Work | Susan Scarlett
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A surprisingly tense mystery, with a sweet romance in the background. More of a “whydunnit” than a “whodunnit “. Set in England during WWII, with many period details creating an excellent sense of time and place. Very entertaining, and a creepily delightful departure from Susan Scarlett‘s usual style, making me an even bigger fan of her work!
#FurrowedMiddleBrowClub
#ReadAway2024 @GHABI4ROSES @Andrew65 @DieAReader
#JumpStart2024 @Lizpixie

kwmg40 I agree with your comments. I wish there were more Susan Scarlett mysteries. 1mo
Tamra Yes - me too! She clearly was good at it. @kwmg40 (edited) 1mo
Aimeesue Creepily delightful! Exactly! 1mo
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elkeOriginal ‘Whydunnit‘ indeed! 1mo
batsy Yes! A tense and somewhat menacing whydunnit!Nice review. 1mo
Ruthiella I‘m super curious to read her other books now. Babbacombe‘s and Clothes Pegs were SO similar, this one quite surprised (and horrified) me. (edited) 1mo
DieAReader 🥳Great! 1mo
CarolynM Lovely review! 1mo
LeahBergen Great review! The creepiness really surprised me (but I loved it 😂). 1mo
quietjenn Very much a whydunnit! I am so curious about her other books and also wish there were more mysteries. 1mo
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The Underground Railroad | Colson Whitehead
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A genre-defying, time-condensing novel that uses the symbol of the Underground Railroad as a framework for the often horrific experiences of enslaved Black Americans. A deeply unsettling and effective book, and an important read.
#JumpStart2024 @Lizpixie
#ReadAway2024 @DieAReader @Andrew65 @GHABI4ROSES
#Pantone2024 @BarbaraBB
#BookChain2024 #ISpy2024 @TheAromaofBooks
#ReadYourTBR @melissajayne
#24in24 @Jas16

DieAReader 🥳Fantastic! 2mo
TheAromaofBooks Great progress!!! 2mo
Jas16 I really liked this one too. 2mo
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Readathon: Occasional List : Geleentheidslys | Gauteng (South Africa). Education Media Service
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Here are my goals for the #JoyousJanuary Readathon, hosted by @Andrew65 . I think I may have overextended myself this month. 🤪😂

kspenmoll I have the habit of ever extending myself as well! 2mo
julieclair @kspenmoll It is definitely a #BlameItOnLitsy thing! 1mo
Andrew65 Hope it went well, I usually do the same. 1mo
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#FridayNightShare #MidWinterSolace #Naturalitsy
Looking forward to reading this one. It looks like an absolute hoot!
@Chrissyreadit @AllDebooks @jenniferw88 @TheBookHippie

TheBookHippie Looks like a fun read! 2mo
AllDebooks 🩵❄️🐧❄️🩵 2mo
Jerdencon This was great! 2mo
Allylu I loved this book! It‘s so fun! 2mo
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Small Things Like These | Claire Keegan
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A simple, profound story of a good man quietly doing the right thing. Masterfully written in spare, poignant, perfect prose. Splendid.

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Magazines: A Complete Guide to the Industry | Shirrel Rhoades, David E. Sumner
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This is my January stack for #MonthlyMagazineBlitz. Obviously, I needed this challenge! 😳🤪
@TheBookHippie @Roary47 @Susanita

Roary47 You got this! 2mo
TheBookHippie Ha!!!! I feel you. 2mo
dabbe It's so hard to say no to a magazine subscription! 🤩😍😃 2mo
Susanita Good luck! 😵‍💫 2mo
julieclair @Roary47 @TheBookHippie @dabbe @susanita Thanks for the positive comment support! 😀💙 2mo
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Winters in the World is one of my year-long reads this year. While it‘s not only about Winter, it does begin there, and of course Winter is in the title, so I figured it would count for our Non-fiction Winter prompt. ❄️🙂❄️
#Naturalitsy #MidWinterSolace #FridayNightShare @AllDebooks @TheBookHippie @Chrissyreadit @jenniferw88

TheBookHippie I‘ve put this on my wishlist! Enjoy! 2mo
AllDebooks Great choice 👌 2mo
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@BookwormAHN Since I live at the beach, these gorgeous crystals/stones in a scallop shell are perfect in my powder room. And they smell SO good! Did you infuse them with essential oil? Many, many thanks.
#NaturalitsyWinterSwap @jenniferw88 @AllDebooks @TheBookHippie @Chrissyreadit

BookwormAHN I buy a lot of candles that come wrapped in tissue paper, and I tend to save the paper, and when I rewrap with it, the scent tends to linger 😺 2mo
Chrissyreadit 💚😍💚😍 2mo
AllDebooks Stunning 😍 2mo
julieclair @BookwormAHN I think the crystals, or maybe the shell, definitely absorbed some of the scent! 2mo
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RushAThon | Readathon
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Like many others, this year I really want to focus on reading books I already own. And for my “assigned” reading - book clubs and buddy reads - avoid purchasing a physical book, if possible. Much as I adore physical books, I need to get my overflowing bookshelves under control!
Great challenge, @DieAReader @GHABI4ROSES @Andrew65 ! Thanks for hosting. #ReadAway2024

AnnR Awesome set of goals! Good luck. 🙂📚 2mo
DieAReader 🤓📚Fantastic goals!! 2mo
julieclair @AnnR @DieAReader Thanks! Fingers crossed I can achieve them! 🤞 2mo
DieAReader @julieclair 🤞🏻🤞🏻🤞🏻 2mo
Andrew65 Best of luck 😁 Great goals. (edited) 2mo
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Oh my goodness, @BookwormAHN ! You have never met me, but somehow you managed to choose items that were absolutely perfect for me! I literally hugged the Peter Rabbit tea caddy when I unwrapped it! Thank you so much for this package of absolute delights. 💙💝💙

#NaturalitsyWinterSwap #NLWS @jenniferw88 @AllDebooks @TheBookHippie @Chrissyreadit

TheBookHippie Oh this is just lovely!!!! The tea!!!!! Ohmyword!!!! 2mo
BookwormAHN Enjoy 🤍💚🤍 2mo
Chrissyreadit 🌿💚🌿 2mo
AllDebooks It's all so pretty x 2mo
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My favorite book of December was The Night Ship, which I read for #LiteraryCrew with @Librarybelle .
Thanks for hosting, @Andrew65 ! This is always such a fun way to end the year. 😀🎉

Librarybelle Hooray!! 2mo
Andrew65 I own this and still need to read it. 🫣
Thanks for playing long, a great way to review 2023. See you for #12Booksof2024 on Christmas Day.
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julieclair @andrew65 It‘s fun to think about all the pleasant reading hours that will go into building the list for #12Booksof2024 . 2mo
Andrew65 @julieclair It is, all that great reading ahead of us ❤️ 2mo
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The Hidden Staircase | Carolyn Keene
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A fun Nancy Drew mystery. #2 in the Series. Much of the action took place in a large home built in the 18th Century, which I enjoyed. And one of the characters was a really sweet, but also spunky, old lady - loved her! And seriously, what‘s not to love about a book with a hidden staircase?! 😀
#NancyDrewBR @Librarybelle #SeriesLove2024 @Andrew65 @TheSpineView #JumpStart2024 @Lizpixie
#BookChain2024 #ISpyBingo @TheAromaofBooks @Clwojick

TheSpineView Great job!🌞📖📚 2mo
Librarybelle So true…gotta love hidden staircases! 2mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 2mo
Andrew65 Brilliant 👏👏👏 2mo
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The Inimitable Jeeves | P. G. Wodehouse
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My favorite book of November was The Inimitable Jeeves, which I read with my #HappyFiction buddies, @Chrissyreadit , @mabell and @TheAromaofBooks . 🙂
#12Booksof2023 @Andrew65

Andrew65 These are still great books, true classics. 2mo
TheAromaofBooks You can't go wrong with Jeeves!!! 2mo
mabell ❤️❤️❤️ 2mo
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The Scarlet Letter: a romance | Nathaniel Hawthorne
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My favorite book of October 2023 was The Scarlet Letter, which I read for #RandomClassics with @TheAromaofBooks
#12Booksof2023 @Andrew65

dabbe LOVED The Scarlet Letter! ❤️ 2mo
TheAromaofBooks I'm so glad SOMEONE enjoyed it because I did NOT 😂 2mo
Andrew65 An excellent author. 2mo
julieclair @TheAromaofBooks Obviously, @dabbe and I are glad you picked it! 😉 2mo
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Untitled | Unknown
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BookwormAHN Yay 🎉 2mo
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My favorite book of September was The Island of Missing Trees, which I read with my IRL book club.
#12Booksof2023 @Andrew65

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Wintergames | Litsy Litsy
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My points for December 18 - January 1 were 16,956. So, combined with my 53 early bird points and 22,258 first half points, my grand total for the month was 39,267.
#WinterGames #TeamWreathItAndWeep @StayCurious

StayCurious wow!! 2mo
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My favorite book of August was A Visit from the Goon Squad, which was recommended by my niece. 😀
#12Booksof2023 @Andrew65

AmyG That‘s a wonderful book. 2mo
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Wintergames | Litsy Litsy
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BookSpinBingo | Untitled
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My January #BookSpin list. 2024 Here we go!
@TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2mo
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