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LeahBergen
The Home-maker | Dorothy Canfield Fisher
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It‘s now February so that means it‘s time for one of our #PersephoneClub reads!

@Aimeesue ‘s pick for us this month is The Home-Maker by Dorothy Canfield Fisher. This is a casual buddy read; read and comment on each other‘s posts and reviews as you see them. We usually aim to finish by the middle of the month but that‘s not written in stone. 😉 And anyone is welcome to read along with us, of course!

Tamra Thank you! 4h
Karons1 Looking forward to it haven‘t started yet 😅x. X x 4h
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jlhammar Yay! Hoping to get started this weekend. 4h
JenniferP I absolutely loved this book! Hope you all enjoy! 3h
LeahBergen @Karons1 @jlhammar I hope to get started in the next day or two, as well. 👏 3h
LeahBergen @JenniferP Good to hear! I‘m really looking forward to this one. 😊 3h
elkeOriginal Pulling off the shelf for the bedside stack now! 📚 1h
quietjenn I'll probably sit this one out, since I read it relatively recently. But will definitely follow the conversation! 1h
CarolynM I was going to comment first thing this morning that my Persephone order hadn‘t arrived yet, but I came back from my morning walk to find my letterbox full of books! Still waiting on one, but fortunately I don‘t need that one just yet🙂 now
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Time for another cozy read …. 🤣🤣

I‘m flipping through this volume (a Christmas gift from family 😆) and it‘s crazy. Each chapter focuses on one collector and their collection and I must admit to being a bit shocked that these people chose this as a hobby. There are quite a few gross items but a lot of other intriguing ones like Salem Witch trial documents, Lizzie Borden signed registers, wanted posters and the like.

Ruthiella I like how you switch between this and vintage books with heartwarming plots and characters! Keeping it real! 😂 20h
LeahBergen @Ruthiella I know! 😆😆 16h
Tamra You just never know what people are collecting behind closed doors! 🥺 11h
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jlhammar 😂 Love it. And great bookmark pairing! 11h
LeahBergen @Tamra Eek! 😬 3h
LeahBergen @jlhammar I thought the bookmark was pretty good, too. 😆 3h
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Scarborough | Catherine Hernandez
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I‘m just finishing up this read for my IRL bookclub and (disappointingly) finding the ending a tad overwrought, after what was an overall pretty impressive reading experience. 😒

Centique Oh bother! Hate it when that happens 😟 2d
LeahBergen @Centique Right? Ah, well… 16h
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The Guest List | Lucy Foley
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A bit of white wine and a thriller while on holiday.

Let‘s see how this one goes; I seem to enjoy a lot of current thrillers until I get to the ending. Anyone else? 🤷🏻‍♀️

batsy Yes! The endings tend to ruin what was a perfectly good book. 1w
sarahbarnes Sounds like a great holiday! 1w
tpixie @batsy @LeahBergen I agrée! I do recall Stephen King, saying the ending is always the hardest part of the book! 1w
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TheLudicReader Yep. So much promise until the end and then it all falls apart. 🙁 1w
Cathythoughts Yes ! Or I enjoy the first half and the author loses me. 🤷‍♀️ 4d
LitStephanie Yeah, I love thrillers, but sometimes the endings are this huge complex mess being crammed into a quick wrapup, and I am left thinking "Wait, what? What about x, y, and z." Enjoy your holiday! 3d
vivastory Don't get me started on the problem with the endings of contemporary thrillers *sigh* 18h
LeahBergen @batsy And yet I don‘t usually find that to be the case with a lot of vintage thrillers. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 16h
LeahBergen @sarahbarnes It was. Thank you! 16h
LeahBergen @tpixie It must be! 16h
LeahBergen @TheLudicReader It‘s like they try to hard for “the twist”. 16h
LeahBergen @Cathythoughts Yes! About 80% of the time. It‘s probably why I enjoy vintage psychological suspense so much more. They don‘t seem to try so hard for the big twisty finish. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 16h
LeahBergen @LitStephanie That‘s exactly it! 16h
LeahBergen @vivastory Right? What‘s wrong with a quietly malevolent ending? 😆 16h
Cathythoughts Great discussion! I really wish the modern thriller writers could see this thread 👍🏻 10h
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Russell Books | Victoria, BC, Canada (Bookstore)
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Congratulations on your big 20k, @BennettBookworm ! 🎉🎉🎉

I have a LOT of favourite bookstores 😆 but I‘m going to highlight this one in Victoria, BC, Canada. I always try to make it there when I‘m travelling on Vancouver Island (and I make sure to allow myself plenty of browsing time).

#20KGiveaway

BennettBookworm Thanks for sharing! Sounds wonderful ❤️ 5d
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Slenderman | Kathleen Hale
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I‘m currently in the US of A this week 😉 and went to a Barnes and Noble store.

Here are my purchases!

Leftcoastzen Yay! 1w
TrishB Lovely ♥️ 1w
UwannaPublishme Was that you?! 😄📚 1w
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squirrelbrain The tagged book sounds rather good! 1w
erzascarletbookgasm Wohoo! Have a lovely vacation! 1w
SamAnne I just picked up Woks of Life from the library! 1w
Cathythoughts I hope you enjoy your trip. The books look good ♥️ 1w
LeahBergen @UwannaPublishme Did you walk by me at B&N and not say hi? 😆 1w
LeahBergen @squirrelbrain I hope it is! I‘d read a bit about this case a while ago. 1w
LeahBergen @SamAnne Some of the recipes look amazing! 👍 1w
LeahBergen @Cathythoughts Thanks, Cathy! It‘s just a quick, one week jaunt but we‘re having fun. 😊 1w
Mitch Mr K is too! I‘ve sent him with a smallish shopping list! 1w
batsy How fun! Enjoy, Leah ❤️ 1w
Reggie Ooooh how exciting! 1w
CarolynM Enjoy! 1w
youneverarrived Have fun 😍 1w
mabell Have a great time! 1w
tpixie Pretty journals! Yummy looking cookbook! And Slenderman- Tragic! Likely a good read. Welcome to the US of A! From Kansas🌻! ( The Sunflower 🌻 is our state flower). 1w
Bklover Welcome! Have a wonderful time! 1w
MaureenMc Enjoy! Hope the weather is decent where you are. 😊 1w
jlhammar Fun haul! Hope you‘re having a good trip. 1w
Tamra Anxious to read your thoughts on Woks of Life! 1w
LeahBergen @Mitch Is he? I hope he brings home some good loot for you! 😊 1w
LeahBergen @tpixie Thanks! And I‘m waving towards Kansas now. 😆 1w
LeahBergen @MaureenMc Much nicer weather than my part of Canada at the moment. 😆 1w
LeahBergen @Tamra I‘ve tagged several recipes so far. 👍 1w
tpixie @LeahBergen 👋🏻 1w
UwannaPublishme Didn‘t you see me waving to you from the memoir section? 😆👋🏻 1w
LeahBergen @UwannaPublishme Sorry, I was too caught up in the true crime section. 😆 1w
Clwojick Slenderman CREEPS me out! You‘ll have to let me know how this books is because I love true crime, but something about Slenderman just gives me the heebie jeebies. Might have to keep it on my radar for October since there‘s always mini challenges to find a book that scares you, and not much gets under my skin. 🫣 1w
UwannaPublishme Next time, we‘ll just have to meet in the coffee shop 🫖…or better yet…the Clearance section. 😆🛍️ 7d
LeahBergen @Clwojick The idea of it creeps me out, too! I‘ll let you know how this one goes (when I get to it 😆). 16h
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The Holiday Friend: The Modern Classic | Pamela Hansford-Johnson
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I received a surprise delivery from Book Depository today! Who‘s my secret sender? 😍

Gavin and Hannah are a happy couple on holiday in Belgium with their young son. Melissa is a student of Gavin‘s and follows them there, stalking the young family‘s every move. This 1972 novel of “sinister obsession” sounds fantastic!

Aimeesue Ah, remember the days of yore, when you could just stroll around all day and lean against lampposts? Ah, youth! Wait, stalking?? Eek. (edited) 2w
jlhammar Well that sounds great! What a nice surprise. 2w
Andrea313 The book looks great but I am *swooning* over your shelves! 😍 2w
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LeahBergen @Aimeesue 😆😆 2w
LeahBergen @jlhammar it is! 🥰 2w
LeahBergen @Andrea313 Aww, thanks! 😆 2w
Cathythoughts I‘m ready for my next book , I‘ll give this one a go. ♥️ 2w
batsy How lovely! 😍 And how have I not heard of it before? *immediate add to wishlist* 2w
erzascarletbookgasm It‘s from me, Leah! Supposed to arrive earlier in the month for New Year 😂. Enjoy!😘 2w
LeahBergen @Cathythoughts This is a new author for me. I‘m excited! 2w
LeahBergen @batsy 😆 Here‘s hoping it‘s good! 2w
LeahBergen @erzascarletbookgasm Thanks so much, Jessie! I haven‘t read this author before but have always wanted to. You‘re so thoughtful. 😘😘😘 2w
erzascarletbookgasm You‘re most welcome❤️. Thank you for your bookish friendship, and introducing many new-to-me authors! Although, my bank account is not too pleased.🤭🤗❤️ 2w
rubyslippersreads @batsy I just added it to my wishlist, for the cover, if nothing else. 😄 2w
LeahBergen @erzascarletbookgasm 😆😆 And thanks for your bookish friendship, too. 😘😘 1w
LeahBergen @rubyslippersreads It‘s a great cover, isn‘t it? 1w
tpixie What a nice surprise!! Great premise! The old cover! 1w
sisilia This is one the books that I bought because of its cover 😅 1w
LeahBergen @tpixie @sisilia They really did a good job with the art for these republished novels! 16h
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The Wild Birthday Cake | Lavinia Riker Davis
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Why yes, I DID buy this vintage teen romance for its cover.

Serena (commonly known as Squeak) is surprised to find that old Mrs. Frostgate has bequeathed her book collection to her. Unfortunately, she must share the inheritance with her childhood nemesis, Cliff. I don‘t even care at this point if the story sucks as the premise and cover are just too good. 😆😆

(Unfortunately not in the Litsy database).

rockpools Of COURSE you had to buy it - it‘s incredible! 😘 2w
batsy "Squeak", a book collection, a nemesis named Cliff, plus that cover! You had to buy it! ? 2w
erzascarletbookgasm 😄 and I love the matching pencils too! 2w
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TrishB Of course there‘s matching pencils 😉 2w
CarolynM Hmm, I wonder what will happen in the end? 🤔😆 Great find! 2w
AlaMich Whaddya figure, she‘s got about a 16” waist? 😂 2w
youneverarrived That is a gorgeous cover 😍 2w
jlhammar Love it! 😆 2w
Tamra 😂 funny! 2w
Ruthiella I don‘t blame you! It‘s an awesome cover! 2w
Aimeesue @batsy is spot on - you had no choice! 😄 2w
Leftcoastzen Look at all those books! 😱what a great cover! 2w
MaureenMc 😍 2w
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego I would have done the same. 2w
Gissy That cover😱😍❤️ 2w
Cathythoughts Love this 👍🏻♥️ 2w
Suet624 Fantastic cover. 2w
Centique Oh my, I‘m in love with it! 😍 2w
rubyslippersreads I have to check my shelves; I think I may have this. I know I have some of this author‘s pony books. 2w
UwannaPublishme 😍😍😍 1w
tpixie Love the book inheritance premise. And I can only imagine the hate to love from sharing the books! Fun!! 1w
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And now for a vintage children‘s story (about seven sisters suddenly thrust into boarding school when their governess has the audacity to marry).

I‘m pairing it with a bit of jasmine tea in the pretty cup and saucer that @ShelleyBooksie sent to me for the #FallingForFallSwap. 😘😘

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks So pretty ☕️ 3w
Ruthiella Love it! 😍 3w
Tamra Such a peaceful looking evening! 3w
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Chrissyreadit Lovely evening ❤️ 3w
Cathythoughts Gorgeous picture 🥰 cosy ! 3w
batsy Oh, that looks fun! 3w
erzascarletbookgasm 😍Looks perfect! 3w
ShelleyBooksie Yay!! I'm so glad you like it ♡♡ 2w
Gissy Beautiful cover! 😍 2w
jlhammar Lovely! 2w
BiblioLitten Hi Leah! I might be hitting Calgary next month. Any bookstore recommendations? 2w
LeahBergen @BiblioLitten Hi!! Let‘s see… for small independents I like Shelf Life, Owl‘s Nest, and Pages in Kensington (and Kensington is a fun neighbourhood of shops, restaurants, etc.). Our big used bookstore is called Fair‘s Fair with two locations. The Inglewood location is a really fun shopping area, too. Oh! And there‘s a nice independent one near it, too, called The Next Page. 👍 2w
BiblioLitten Thank you for the recommendations! I hope to check out a few💕 2w
Centique That sounds fabulous. I expect that many “scrapes” ensue and hopefully tea and cakes after someone wins a race at sports day. 😁 2w
rubyslippersreads Gorgeous cover! 2w
LeahBergen @Centique The tea and cakes came after winning a big tennis match for their school. 😆 1w
Centique @LeahBergen that is perfect! 1w
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The Corner That Held Them | Sylvia Townsend Warner
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What to say about this novel? It‘s a dense and beautifully written story of a 14th-century fenland nunnery, with no niceties (or “grossities”) ignored. We follow numerous sisters (and several bishops) from the onset of the Black Death to the Peasants‘ Revolt. Nothing much happens but EVERYTHING happens. It‘s life and death in a nutshell and utterly absorbing. I loved it.

#NunLitQuarterly
@Lcsmcat

merelybookish Great review! Ive been curious about this one for a while! 3w
Tamra Fabulous review! 3w
Deblovestoread Great review! I‘m loving it, too. 3w
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BarbaraBB Fab review 🤍 3w
Cathythoughts Wonderful review Leah 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 3w
batsy Great review! I felt the same—just utterly loved it! 3w
erzascarletbookgasm Great review🌟 3w
TheKidUpstairs Oooh "Nothing much happens but everything happens" is one of my favourite sub-genres. Stacked. 3w
andrew61 Sounds excellent. 3w
jlhammar Grossities 😆 Love it. Fantastic review. You sum it up perfectly. This book is SO GOOD and I‘m very thankful to have been reading it along with you and the rest. I still have a couple chapters to go. 3w
Chrys I hadn‘t heard of this that I remember, but after your review I need to read it. 3w
Tamra Oh perfect, the “grossities” indeed! 😉 Very apt description of nothing & everything is contained in this novel. (edited) 3w
quietjenn “nothing happens BUT everything happens“ is such a great way to phrase it! Couldn't agree with your comments more. 2w
Suet624 I got stuck about 1/4 of the way through this with library holds all arriving at the same time. I need to get back to it. I‘m glad you liked it. 2w
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Well, it‘s January 10th and time to start the first letter in this behemoth of an epistolary novel!

A year-long buddy read … what have you made me do, fellow #Clarissa readers? 🤣

@Lcsmcat

rubyslippersreads We‘re #Folio twins! 😄 3w
Tamra Sweet editions! You‘ll definitely need a surface for reading. 😅 3w
Daisey Beautiful editions! 3w
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Aimeesue Lovely luscious Folios! ❤️ 3w
Amiable Based on the first letter, it sounds like it will be a year of juicy revelations. If that makes it any better. 😀 3w
Leftcoastzen Folio!so nice! 3w
Cathythoughts Gorgeous books. Sounds like fun ❤️ 3w
hilded Beautiful books ✨ 3w
batsy Beautiful big big books 😍😆 3w
Liz_M Your poor wrists! 3w
Lcsmcat What a beautiful edition! 3w
AnneCecilie Those look beautiful 🤩 3w
Reggie Good luck!!! That‘s a lot of letters, yeah? 3w
britt_brooke A year?! Looking forward to your progress! 3w
Suet624 Yikes! 2w
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Clothes-Pegs | Noel Streatfeild, Susan Scarlett
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Okay, #FurrowedMiddlebrowClub, here‘s our 2023 reading schedule!

As always, anyone is welcome to jump in and read along with us for any month. It‘s a casual buddy read; we generally aim to be finished around the middle of the month and simply comment and chat on each other‘s posts and reviews.

jlhammar Wonderful! Looking forward to all of these. Excited to place my book order! 3w
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Tamra Thank you Leah and all for making this fun club happen! 😊 3w
elkeOriginal Fantastic set of books! 3w
catebutler Such a great line up! 👏🏼 3w
quietjenn Woohoo! I and I appreciate the symmetry of beginning and ending the year with Susan Scarlett. 🤓 3w
Tamra @jlhammar I just loaded them all onto my Kindle - while I‘d prefer to read physical copies I just can‘t justify the cost difference! 😣 (edited) 3w
CarolynM Fantastic! Thanks Leah😘 3w
Ruthiella Thank you Leah! 🙏 We‘ve lots of great reads ahead! 3w
Kimzey Terrific! Thanks for putting together the year at a glance. I‘ve screen shot it and will order the next two. And I‘ll be thinking ahead to my 2024 potential selections! 3w
Aimeesue Thanks! I've screen shotted this and am off to fill my cart! I'm happy that the Kindle versions are so inexpensive. And as I have no space on my physical shelves, the Kindle is my. Est friend these days 😄 (edited) 3w
Tamra @CarolynM such a nice offer! 😊 I downloaded mine to Kindle - I hope someone else can use one. 3w
catebutler @CarolynM I‘ve already ordered my copy, but thank you so much for your kind offer!! 💓 (edited) 3w
rubyslippersreads @Aimeesue Plus you can always have your library with you. 😄 3w
rubyslippersreads @CarolynM I have the Kindle version, but thanks for offering. 😊 3w
batsy Thank you! Fantastic line up for the year 😍 I realise that it's my turn to start off 2024, but shall I post the choices sometime mid-year? Just in case there's voter fatigue? 😁 3w
batsy @CarolynM That's such a kind offer! If no one has claimed it yet I would love to have it—I was planning on getting a physical copy 🙂 3w
Gissy Sounds so interesting and they are beautiful!! I will try to follow you but I‘m late for the first book. An excuse to buy these beauties 😜😂 3w
CarolynM @batsy Send me a message munchenberg at onthe dot net dot au 3w
batsy @CarolynM Just sent you an email 3w
erzascarletbookgasm Splendid line up! Thanks Leah!😘 3w
LeahBergen @quietjenn I noticed that symmetry, too. I like to start and finish the year with a bit of froth! 😆 3w
LeahBergen @Kimzey Yes! @batsy , you, and then @Jess_Read_This will be our first three book suggesters for next year. I was thinking we should wait until closer to the end of the year to start voting on those as Furrowed Middlebrow has some new books coming out this year. What do you all think? (edited) 3w
batsy @LeahBergen @Jess_Read_This @kimzey Oh yes, that's an excellent idea. I was just wondering about new titles coming out this year 🙌🏾 3w
LeahBergen @Aimeesue @Tamra I really love how they release their ebooks in a non-price gouging way, don‘t you? So impressive for a small press. ❤️ 3w
Ruthiella @LeahBergen @batsy @Kimzey @Jess_Read_This I agree Leah, we can vote on 2024 later in the year. 👍 3w
LeahBergen @batsy I saw that they are going to publish their new releases for April soon! 👏👏 @Ruthiella (edited) 3w
Ruthiella @Gissy Jump in any time! If you have a kindle, the books are quite inexpensive, too. 3w
LeahBergen @erzascarletbookgasm It‘s going to be a fun year of reading! 😘 3w
LeahBergen @Gissy Definitely jump in anytime to read along with us! As @Ruthiella said, these are very inexpensive as ebooks and we‘d love to have you. 😘😘 3w
LeahBergen @CarolynM How nice of you to share! And I‘m kind of laughing that you have two copies. 😆😆 3w
Tamra @LeahBergen indeed! 👍🏾 3w
CarolynM Me too🤣 I must have got a bit gung ho with the ordering. 3w
Kimzey @LeahBergen @batsy @Jess_Read_This Yes, I was hoping we‘d wait until at least midway through the year. We can see what comes out and I will want to research and maybe even read a few potential picks before choosing. That may be a little ambitious though! 😊 3w
LeahBergen @CarolynM I feel you. 🤣 3w
LeahBergen @Kimzey Perfect! And we have something to look forward to. 😆 3w
Kimzey @CarolynM Thanks for offering your extra copy. I see it found a home! 😍 3w
Cathythoughts Nice work Leah !! You‘re great 👍🏻 what a fun year for us ❤️❤️❤️ 3w
LeahBergen @Cathythoughts Yes! Between this and #PersephoneClub, we have a lot to look forward to. 🥰 3w
Rissreads Such beautiful covers! ♥️ 3w
Jess_Read_This @Ruthiella @LeahBergen @batsy @Kimzey Sounds like a plan to me! I like the idea of waiting a bit to see what new releases come out this year. Just let me know when to make my selections. ☺️ 3w
Jess_Read_This Thanks for posting this! Took my screenshot and off to see what I own and what I need to buy. 3w
LeahBergen @Rissreads Aren‘t they great? They hunt down the best old artwork for these forgotten books. 3w
LeahBergen @Jess_Read_This Amazingly (and perhaps shamefully) I only had to order one. 😆 3w
Rissreads I might join in to some of these as I didn‘t realise they were so cheap on kindle! I‘ll see how I go. 😊 3w
LeahBergen @Rissreads Please do! We‘d love to have you. 😊 3w
shawnmooney I‘ve got the July one so count me in! Might acquire one or two others! 🕺🏼🕺🏼🥰🥰 3w
LeahBergen @shawnmooney Yay! I think you might like the September pick, too. 👍 3w
Gissy @LeahBergen Thank you! But I prefer the physical books, they are so pretty☺️😍 2w
Gissy @Ruthiella I prefer physical books, they are so pretty! I can read in February the one assigned to January and then catch up with the group for the next month. Well, I should clarify that I‘m a slow reader☺️but motivated to read these books. 2w
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Clothes-Pegs | Noel Streatfeild, Susan Scarlett
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Annabel is promoted from seamstress to glamorous mannequin (what we now call a “model”) in a high-end London fashion house and finds romance (and catty women) along the way.

I very much enjoyed this light romance/Cinderella story and definitely saw a lot of parallels with Noel Streatfeild‘s children‘s stories; she always has the coziest of home scenes and the most comforting of parents (dear Ethel and George)!

#FurrowedMiddlebrowClub

andrew61 I listened today to the Backlisted Christmas edition about Ballet Shoes. She sounded like a fascinating character and they played a piece from her desert islands discs, what a voice. I'll definitely try and read some of her adult books this year. 4w
rubyslippersreads Lovely photo. Is that one of the Bennett sisters? (The acting family, not Pride & Prejudice. 😂) (edited) 4w
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jlhammar Beautiful photo! I actually haven't read Streatfeild's children's books yet, but look forward to trying them someday. This was my first encounter with her writing. 4w
Aimeesue @LeahBergen ❤️❤️❤️ 4w
Aimeesue @andrew61 That was a fab episode of Backlisted. I loved the part where they read the "similar" passages from Ballet Shoes and The Whicharts ? 4w
batsy Lovely review and evocative photo! Ethel and George were the best, weren't they? ❤️ 4w
Leftcoastzen Looks like an original deco frame. 4w
Tamra Perfect backdrop! 😘 4w
erzascarletbookgasm Gorgeous photo 💖 4w
Ruthiella Beautiful photo! I‘m so hoping to finish this tonight or tomorrow. 🤞 4w
Cathythoughts Lovely review Leah. As for the photo … beautiful 👌🏻 4w
LeahBergen @andrew61 I have to listen to that soon! The novels that she wrote under the name Susan Scarlett are definitely of the “light” romance variety but the ones under her own name seem to be a bit more “literary” (for what that‘s worth 😆). Persephone Books published this one that I‘ve been meaning to get to 4w
LeahBergen @rubyslippersreads I‘m not sure! She was in the frame when I bought it. 😆😆 4w
LeahBergen @jlhammar You must try one if you liked the dynamics of Annabel‘s family; they all have that lovely, cozy feel to them. 😊 4w
LeahBergen @Aimeesue I have a copy of The Whicharts and I‘m kind of looking forward to a grittier Ballet Shoes. 😆 4w
LeahBergen @batsy I would like to come home to Ethel everyday, fussing about over dry feet and cottage pies. 😆 4w
LeahBergen @Leftcoastzen It is! I‘ve found a few of them over the years and always love them. 4w
LeahBergen @Tamra @erzascarletbookgasm Thanks, you two! 😘😘 4w
LeahBergen @Ruthiella Thanks, Ruth! 😘 4w
LeahBergen @Cathythoughts Thanks, Cathy! 😘😘 4w
Jess_Read_This Terrific review and photo! And I also would love to come home to an Ethel every day! She is such a loving wise dear! (edited) 4w
Aimeesue @LeahBergen That's gonna be either very amusing or TERRIFYING. 😂 4w
Tamra @LeahBergen oh yes indeed re: feet & pies. 😆 (edited) 4w
quietjenn Lovely comments and points. It's so interesting to compare and contrast the various children's books v. the literary adult books v. the Scarlett books. What a fascinating woman she was! And how fond I am of the characters she created. 4w
LeahBergen @Jess_Read_This Thank you! 😘 4w
LeahBergen @Aimeesue I‘ve read some angry reviews of The Whicharts! I guess some people don‘t like to see a mutilation of their childhood favourite. 😆😆 4w
LeahBergen @quietjenn Her characters leap from the page. My most recent read of her children‘s books was White Boots and I kept noticing similarities in the best characters of both these novels. 4w
erzascarletbookgasm I‘ve just finished. I love the family scenes and the details of daily life too. 3w
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Yoked with a Lamb | Molly Clavering
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Okay #FurrowedMiddlebrowClub , it‘s time to vote on our May read.

I haven‘t read either of these authors yet but I already own several of their books. Help me out here and vote away!😆

@catebutler @elkeOriginal @erzascarletbookgasm @rubyslippersreads @quietjenn @LeahBergen @CarolynM @Cathythoughts @Ruthiella @batsy @Kimzey @Jess_Read_This

Ruthiella Oh dear. This is a tough choice because both sound delightful. I think I‘ll go for the Molly Clavering title because it seems slightly more salacious! 😆 4w
elkeOriginal I vote Seaview House! 4w
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Cathythoughts I‘m voting Seaview House ! 4w
CarolynM I‘m going to hold off posting my suggestion because I want to see if Yoked or Wine (which I had picked out to suggest) get up. 4w
LeahBergen @CarolynM Good idea! I was thinking that, too. 👍 4w
batsy Nice! My favourite moment 😁 I'm voting for 4w
quietjenn I love Elizabeth Fair (and this book), but voting for 4w
catebutler My vote is for 4w
LeahBergen Well, it looks like Yoked With a Lamb has won this one! @Jess_Read_This and @Kimzey , we still need your vote for our March choice. Head over to @quietjenn ‘s post and exercise your Middlebrow rights by voting. 😆 4w
CarolynM Yay for the Lamb😆 Now let‘s see about Wine then I‘ll post my options. 4w
LeahBergen @CarolynM It‘s a close race! 😆 4w
Kimzey Looking forward to Yoked with a Lamb! 4w
quietjenn @LeahBergen @CarolynM currently tied, with only @Jess_Read_This left to vote! 4w
batsy Nice!! 🐑 4w
LeahBergen @Kimzey I am, too! 4w
LeahBergen @batsy yes! 👍 4w
LeahBergen @quietjenn @CarolynM It‘s a nail biter! 😆 4w
Jess_Read_This Guys, I‘m so sorry. I just got all these notifications today at once on the app. 😬 And I never want to be a tiebreaker!! 4w
LeahBergen @Jess_Read_This No worries! I‘ll make sure to keep bombarding you with tags. 😆 4w
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It‘s only the third day of the New Year and I somehow already have all of these on the go. 😆

#FurrowedMiddlebrowClub
#NunLitQuarterly

Tamra Why am I not surprised? 😆 1mo
BookHoarder32 Your tea cup is lovely! 1mo
BookishMadHatter I try to keep my currently Reading to no more than 3, one per format (physical, ebook, & audio) lol 1mo
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wordslinger42 The books sound good! And I love that tea cup 😍 1mo
LeahBergen @Tamra 😆😆 1mo
LeahBergen @BookHoarder32 @wordslinger42 Thanks! It holds an enormous amount of tea. 😆 1mo
LeahBergen @BookishMadHatter I usually stick to having two on the go at once! Granted, the bottom two are “read throughout the year” almanac formats. 1mo
Gissy That tea cup😱😍❤️❤️❤️ 1mo
Ruthiella Oopsie Whoopsie! 😆 1mo
Jess_Read_This Oh jeez, I was just saying today I wasn‘t going to buy any books and read what I own. And then I see your lovely book pile 🥴💸 1mo
Jess_Read_This Coming back to ask: did you read the first volume of the The Food Almanac? 1mo
LeahBergen @Gissy It‘s a favourite of mine! 1mo
LeahBergen @Ruthiella Yep. 😆 1mo
LeahBergen @Jess_Read_This I did and I really enjoyed a slow seasonal read of it throughout the year. It‘s a bit “British-centric” as to seasonal ingredients and such but that wasn‘t a dealbreaker for me (or you, I‘m sure 😆). When I saw there was a second volume, I had to get it! 1mo
Jess_Read_This @LeahBergen 😆I was torn between which volume to buy and you are just nudging me towards both! After I added that lovely looking bedside companion book to the cart to read every night before bed. 💸 Thanks for the recommendations! (edited) 1mo
LeahBergen @Jess_Read_This You‘re welcome. I mean … I‘m sorry! 😆 1mo
batsy 😆 I'm gonna try to finish Clothes-Pegs before I fully devote myself to our nunlit pick 😁 1mo
LeahBergen @batsy I‘m almost done Mr Whicher and then (like you) I‘m going to read Clothes-Pegs before letting myself get fully immersed in The Corner That Held Them. I read the first chapter of The Corner and I think it‘s going to be wonderful! 1mo
TheLudicReader Love that teacup. 1mo
jlhammar @batsy @LeahBergen I've only dipped my toe in both so I'll probably follow the same plan - finish Clothes-Pegs, then really dive-in to Corner. 1mo
LeahBergen @TheLudicReader Thanks! It‘s a favourite of mine. 😊 1mo
LeahBergen @jlhammar We have a solid plan. 😆 1mo
Cathythoughts Beautiful pile and tea cup 👌🏻 4w
catebutler Mine has stacked up too! Love what you‘re reading right now. 💓 4w
LeahBergen @catebutler How does it happen so quickly? 😆 4w
Centique I hope you enjoy Mr Whicher! I found it so interesting. Like you and @batsy I‘m just finishing up a book before I get into The Corner. 4w
LeahBergen @Centique I found it fascinating! I especially liked how it showed the beginning of society‘s obsession with detectives and crime solving. 4w
Suet624 I‘m working on The Corner now. It‘s a dense read but good. 4w
sarahbarnes I love this mug! 3w
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I started this pretty book yesterday; it has an excerpt about books or reading for each day of the year. 💜

rubyslippersreads 😍😍😍 1mo
AmyG What a gorgeous book. 1mo
Aimeesue Ooooooooh! 😍 1mo
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jlhammar Oh, how fun! And so beautiful! 1mo
batsy So pretty! And I bet your TBR will explode by the end of it 😁 1mo
erzascarletbookgasm What a gorgeous cover! 😍 1mo
LeahBergen @batsy I know! 😆 1mo
Aimeesue @LeahBergen I ordered it. Let's face it, resistance is futile. 😏 1mo
LeahBergen @Aimeesue So sayeth the Borg! 😆 1mo
Aimeesue @LeahBergen Is there a Book Borg? Because I'm feeling like there's a Book Borg. 😂 1mo
Aimeesue Which, now that I think of it might not be all bad: livin' in a giant cube with all my Book Borg friends, walls lined with bookshelves, obviously . . . (edited) 1mo
rubyslippersreads @Aimeesue @LeahBergen If I‘m going to be assimilated, this sounds like the way to go. 🤣 1mo
LeahBergen @Aimeesue @rubyslippersreads “We are Litsy. Prepare to be assimilated”. 1mo
UwannaPublishme Can you beam me up too? Sounds like my kind of collective. 😆🖖🏻 1mo
LeahBergen @UwannaPublishme ⚡️ “One to beam up…” ⚡️ 🤣 1mo
UwannaPublishme 😂🙌🏻 1mo
UwannaPublishme @Aimeesue 😂🖖🏻 4w
Aimeesue @UwannaPublishme How did I not know that there's a LLAP emoji??? 🤣 4w
UwannaPublishme @Aimeesue 🤣 It may soon be your most popular emoji! 😉🖖🏻 4w
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Congratulations, @wanderinglynn , on your big Litsy milestone! 🎉🎉🎉

I‘d love to receive the tagged book after reading so many glowing Litsy reviews on it.

Thanks for the fun (and very generous) giveaway and enjoy your birthday month to the fullest! 😘

#300KBirthdayGiveaway

wanderinglynn Thank you! 😘 And thanks for entering! 1mo
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Here‘s my #LastFirst, @BookNAround !

Daniil and Vanya will be my last read of the year and I‘m starting off 2023 with the tagged book (one that‘s been sitting on my shelves for several years 😆).

Happy New Year! 🌟

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Happy New Year!! 🎆🎈🎊 1mo
MaureenMc Happy New Year!🎊 1mo
batsy Happy New Year, Leah! 😘🥂 1mo
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Cathythoughts Very good ! Happy New Year ♥️ 1mo
Tamra Happy 2023 Reading Leah! ❤️🤗🎉 1mo
BookNAround I have your first book on my tbr shelves too (also for years at this point). 1mo
LeahBergen @BookNAround It‘s shameful, isn‘t it? 😆 1mo
BiblioLitten Happy New Year🎉 1mo
LeahBergen @BiblioLitten And to you, as well! 😘 1mo
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Another Book Depository surprise! Is this one from you, @Cathythoughts ? 😊

This pretty little volume is a novella/short story about “a single lady of a certain age” who befriends a woman from the Rescue Home who has fallen into “dubious ways”. Published in four parts in 1914-15 in the Free Church Suffrage Times, this tale has been virtually impossible to find until it was republished by an indie press last year.

Tamra Oh, this looks right up your alley & my curiosity is piqued! What a cover! 1mo
Aimeesue I want those shoes. Not even kidding. 😄 1mo
erzascarletbookgasm Sounds intriguing! 1mo
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Cathythoughts It‘s from me Leah .. Happy Christmas and a very Happy New Year friend. X ❤️ 1mo
LeahBergen @Tamra @erzascarletbookgasm I‘m thrilled! 😊 1mo
LeahBergen @Aimeesue Right? We need a buttonhook, though. 😉 1mo
LeahBergen @Cathythoughts Thank you so much, Cathy! It looks so good. Happy New Year to you, my friend! 😘😘 1mo
batsy Lovely! Definitely your kind of book ❤️ 1mo
jlhammar What a little beauty! Sounds great. 1mo
Cathythoughts It does look good. I love the boots too @Aimeesue (edited) 1mo
LeahBergen @batsy And perhaps yours, as well. #SpinsterLit 😆 1mo
LeahBergen @jlhammar It‘s so pretty! 1mo
LeahBergen @Cathythoughts Did you see the advertisement on the cover? “No Irish need apply” 😱 1mo
rubyslippersreads I would buy this just for the cover. (I‘d buy the button boots too.) 1mo
Cathythoughts I see it now. That‘s awful, we don‘t like that ! 1mo
Aimeesue @LeahBergen Hmmm. I just may have one of those laying around here somewhere.. . 😋 1mo
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The Godsend (Valancourt 20th Century Classics) | Bernard Taylor, Professor of Strategic Management Bernard Taylor
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Just look at this amazing #CreepyChristmas package from @BookishMadHatter !

Two fantastic-sounding books, chocolates, tea, hot chocolate, bookmarks and my favourites?? The wonderful hand-knit reading socks and crocheted ghosts (I‘m going to call them the Ghosts of Christmas Past and Present 😆).

Thank you SO much for such a truly thoughtful swap, Lauralee! Happy New Year! 😘😘

And thanks again to our host, @teebe ! ❤️❤️

TrishB Very cool gifts 😁 1mo
Sapphire Love those socks! 1mo
DinoMom This is an amazing pacakage. 1mo
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quietjenn Those ghosts are adorable. 1mo
Sleepswithbooks Oh my gahhhh - the ghosts 🥰 1mo
BookishMadHatter Happy New Year! I'm so glad you liked the package. Full disclosure, my mom knitted the socks, but the ghosties were all me lol 1mo
LeahBergen @TrishB @DinoMom It‘s wonderful! 1mo
LeahBergen @Sapphire And they‘re soft and cozy, too. 😊 1mo
LeahBergen @quietjenn @Sleepswithbooks Aren‘t they amazing? 😍 1mo
LeahBergen @BookishMadHatter I love everything so much! Thank you again. ❤️❤️ Tell your Mom that someone in Calgary is wearing her socks RIGHT NOW. 😆😆 1mo
MaleficentBookDragon Those Christmas ghosts are the best! 1mo
erzascarletbookgasm Yup, love those ghosties too! 1mo
Tamra How adorable are the Santa Ghosts??? 1mo
UwannaPublishme 😍😍😍 1mo
TheLudicReader I got Gallows Hill as my school-based jolabokaflod swap. 😀 1mo
LeahBergen @TheLudicReader 👯‍♀️ Here‘s hoping it‘s creepy! 😆 1mo
library.dreamer I loved Gallows Hill 1mo
Centique The socks! And the ghosties! 😍 4w
LeahBergen @library.dreamer Good to hear! I‘m looking forward to it. 👍 4w
LeahBergen @Centique Aren‘t they great?? 4w
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Daniil and Vanya | Marie-Hlne Larochelle
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A young (and quite nauseatingly perfect) couple adopt twin baby boys from Russia but, right from the beginning, they begin to display disturbing and ominous behaviour.

This is a new Canadian author for me (translated from the French) and it‘s starting out really well. 👍

Cinfhen Sounds wonderful!! Totally in your wheelhouse 😂 1mo
LeahBergen @Cinfhen Right? 😆😆 1mo
mabell Nauseatingly perfect couples deserve a little comeuppance 😆😂 1mo
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Tamra @mabell 😂 1mo
LeahBergen @mabell @Tamra They‘re interior designers and their house is such perfection that I want to punch them (as I glance around at my mismatched Christmas crap/decor waiting to be packed away). 😆 1mo
Tamra @LeahBergen 😂 I have successfully scrapped any aspiration of perfection. Between kids & pets, I must accept defeat. 1mo
LeahBergen @Tamra I hear ya! 😆 1mo
jlhammar You have me intrigued. I‘ve not heard of this one. Sounds good! 1mo
mabell @LeahBergen @Tamra All I can say is ugh. 😆 And no one is ever allowed to come in my house 🤣 1mo
Tamra @mabell 😆 I would allow my Litsy friends - you all wouldn‘t care about the pet hair and dust. 1mo
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Ooo, another surprise delivery from Book Depository and what a beauty! 💚💙

I‘ve been dying to read more Winifred Holtby after reading (and loving) The Crowded Street this year.

Who‘s the secret sender? 😄

TrishB Not me- but what a cover ❤️ 1mo
Tamra So pretty! 1mo
Hooked_on_books Wow, that cover is gorgeous! 😍 1mo
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Aimeesue Oooooh, that's lovely! Who's the publisher? 1mo
LeahBergen @Aimeesue Virago. Isn‘t it great? 1mo
MaureenMc 😍 1mo
ShelleyBooksie What a beautiful cover! 1mo
batsy That's from me, Leah! I'm glad it made it to you before the year ended. Happy New Year, friend ❤️ 1mo
LeahBergen @batsy Oh, thank you so much! I took a quick peep at the first chapter and I‘m really looking forward to this one. Happy New Year to you, my friend. 😘😘 1mo
batsy @LeahBergen Thank you! ❤️ I loved South Riding so much and have this and The Crowded Street on my TBR, too. 1mo
LeahBergen @batsy I have South Riding waiting on my shelves. 👏👏 1mo
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Untitled | Anonymous
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@BookishMadHatter It‘s here!!

I was so excited to see those stickers after commenting on them in your post. 😆 I‘m also glad that I only have to wait a couple of more days to open it. Thanks so much! 😘

#CreepyChristmas
#CC

BookishMadHatter Yay! So happy it made it in time. Happy holidays! 1mo
LeahBergen @BookishMadHatter And to you, as well! 😘 1mo
Aimeesue That is an EXCELLENT snowman! Reminds me of a Doctor Who Xmas episode 😁 1mo
batsy The snowman! 💀 1mo
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This year‘s Christmas jigsaw puzzle is almost finished. 😊

Tamra That‘s a beauty! We attempted a puzzle this year for about 3 minutes. The cat kept knocking the pieces off the table, which is typical, but the puppy promptly snatched them up and chewed. 😜 (edited) 1mo
LeahBergen @Tamra 🤣🤣 I feel your pain. I had to pry THREE pieces out of Johnny‘s mouth during this one. The puzzle is now done and I‘m surprised that all the pieces were there! 1mo
Tamra @LeahBergen 😜 growing pains! 1mo
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Bookwomble I got this my wife for Christmas. My difficulty will be not doing it for her! 1mo
LeahBergen @Bookwomble My husband has done most of this one. 😆 1mo
MaureenMc Beautiful! I have the world of Jane Austen puzzle. It was so fun putting that one together. 1mo
batsy Oh, how lovely! 😍 1mo
Bookwomble @LeahBergen Uh! Husbands!! 😆 1mo
Cathythoughts Gorgeous 💫🎄 1mo
erzascarletbookgasm This looks fun! 50 characters to find! 😄 1mo
kspenmoll It‘s beautiful & frame worthy! 1mo
Centique Wow that is gorgeous! 1mo
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The Queen: Her Life | Andrew Morton
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Thank you so much, @rubyslippersreads , for these lovely Christmas gifts!

I‘d been eyeing this new biography of the Queen (it‘s so pretty!) and The Corgi and the Queen is the absolute sweetest. There‘s even a queen (of books) on this fabulous bookmark. I think we both had the same theme for our gift exchange this year. 😆

The card is so cute and now I‘m off to eat chocs with my new reads. Thanks again, my dear friend. 😘😘

rubyslippersreads Aren‘t you the Queen of Books? So glad you like everything. 1mo
LeahBergen @rubyslippersreads I shall accept that crown! 😆 1mo
Hooked_on_books I love the theme! 1mo
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Cathythoughts Lovely gifts 👍🏻❤️ 1mo
batsy ❤️ 1mo
rubyslippersreads @LeahBergen Your Majesty! 👑 (I‘m curtsying. 😂) 1mo
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Here are the Shakespeare Quote-sters (coasters) that @TheLudicReader sent in my #JolabokaflodSwap. Aren‘t they the best??

I‘m going to bellow “Have we NO WINE here?” at my husband and tell him I‘m just quoting Shakespeare. 😉

Thanks so much again, Christie! 😘😘

Leftcoastzen Very cool! 1mo
Tamra 😂 🍷 1mo
TrishB Love them ❤️ 1mo
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jhod Ha, love it! 🍷 1mo
vivastory To quote the Bard, "Have we no wine here?!" Love it! 1mo
Kimberlone Cute!! 1mo
erzascarletbookgasm These are great! 1mo
BarbaraBB Love them! Happy holidays Leah 🤍 1mo
Cathythoughts Lovely. You‘re a scream bellowing at your husband 😂 Happy Christmas friend X 🍷 1mo
batsy Great idea for the Shakespearean bellow 😂 1mo
Crazeedi Merry Christmas!!❄ 1mo
Liz_M Those coasters are perfect! Merry Christmas! 🎄 1mo
BkClubCare Shakespeare quotes can come in handy! 1mo
Reggie Very cool. 1mo
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Green Hands | Barbara Whitton
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@TheLudicReader , you spoiled me rotten with this bountiful #JolabokaflodSwap parcel!

The tagged book, a 1943 novel about the friendships between a group of Land Girls, has long been on my “want list”. And you‘re so right, The Lost Garden is a perfect accompaniment to it. It‘s a favourite of mine, too!

Thank you for the TWO books, chocolates, lovely bookish heart ornament and the FANTASTIC Shakespeare coasters!

Happy Holidays to you! 😘

LeahBergen And another big THANK YOU to @MaleficentBookDragon for hosting again! 😘😘 1mo
Soubhiville I love the ornament! 1mo
mabell I love After Eight mints! 1mo
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TheLudicReader I am so glad you liked everything. Feel free to swap out The Lost Garden…such a beautiful book, isn‘t it? 1mo
Megabooks Wonderful!! 🤩 1mo
Crazeedi I'm adding the lost garden to my tbr based on @TheLudicReader rec!! 1mo
Cathythoughts Yum to everything ! 1mo
batsy Lovely! The cover of that Land Girls book is so pretty. 1mo
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Yoked with a Lamb | Molly Clavering
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Now, who do I have to thank for this wonderful Christmas gift that just arrived in the post? ❤️❤️❤️

#FurrowedMiddlebrow

jlhammar Oooh, pretty. Love your little lambs! 1mo
AlaMich “Miss Flora Milligan, tripping westwards through the royal burgh of Haystoun with a bowl of her famous potted head, decently shrouded from vulgar gaze by a snowy napkin” 1mo
AlaMich I just pasted that from the description…😂 There‘s a lot to unpack in that sentence! (edited) 1mo
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LeahBergen @jlhammar Thanks! 🐑 1mo
LeahBergen @AlaMich Right? 😆😆 1mo
AlaMich I dunno about you but potted head sounds delightful! 🤢 (edited) 1mo
LeahBergen @AlaMich I think it sound even more delightful by its North American name: “head cheese”. 😆 My Nan used to love it. 😆 1mo
CarolynM That would be me 😘 I‘m glad it got there this week, even if the card hasn‘t. Happy holidays! 1mo
LeahBergen @CarolynM Aww, thanks so much! I love any addition to my Furrowed Middlebrow shelf. I think I should suggest this author when it comes around to my turn again. Happy Holidays to you! 😘😘 1mo
CarolynM I think this is going to be one of my suggestions when it's my turn😆 1mo
LeahBergen @CarolynM Oh, good! I‘ll hold off then. I think I‘m ahead of you in line (but just by a couple of spots). 😆 1mo
CarolynM If you're first and you want to suggest it please do. Then if it doesn't get up I can suggest it when it's my turn and everyone else will feel they HAVE to vote for it😆 1mo
batsy How lovely! 💕 I hope you get mine before Christmas; BD says it was despatched on the 6th. 1mo
Cathythoughts That‘s a lovely gift , and you have your little lambs to go with it 🥰 1mo
LeahBergen @CarolynM That‘s a good plan! 😆 1mo
LeahBergen @batsy Thank you and no worries if it doesn‘t make it by then! BD parcels always seem to be a bit random in their arrival times here. 😆 1mo
LeahBergen @Cathythoughts I‘m always happy when I bring these little lambs out at Christmas. 😄 1mo
batsy @LeahBergen Here's hoping you'll see it soon! 🤞🏾 1mo
rubyslippersreads ❤️💚 your lambs! 🐑🐏 1mo
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White Boots | Noel Streatfeild
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A wintery vintage children‘s read with a side of tea and Cadbury Fingers.

And yes… I did eat three more while opening the packet.

Tamra Good for you! 😋 1mo
BarbaraBB … because you‘re worth it 😉 1mo
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LeahBergen @Tamra @BarbaraBB I knew you two would have my back. 😆 1mo
LeahBergen @Ruthiella Dang, you have an impressive memory. 😆😆 I had to follow the hashtag to see what book I used it on. Yes, this one would fall into that category but to a much lesser degree than the old school stories. 😆 1mo
willaful One of my favs, and also my mom's. She used to ice dance and was quite a Lala. 😁 1mo
batsy I love this book *and* Cadbury Fingers equally 😆 A lovely photo 💖 1mo
Cathythoughts Lovely 🥰 1mo
MaureenMc I love everything about this photo. 🥰 1mo
LeahBergen @willaful I‘m more of a Harriet. 😆 1mo
LeahBergen @batsy 😆 I‘m feeling that way myself right now! 1mo
LeahBergen @Cathythoughts Thanks, Cathy! 😘 1mo
LeahBergen @MaureenMc Aww, thanks! 😘 1mo
willaful The funny thing is, we are both Harriet types generally, but gives us an audience and boom, the inner Lala's come out. 😁 1mo
LeahBergen @willaful Love it! 😆 1mo
rubyslippersreads Perfect photo! 1mo
Centique Ohhhh the cover of that one! 😍 1mo
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The Stockings Were Hung | Leisure Arts, Inc
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@TheLudicReader It‘s here! And it was one of those (weird for Canada Post) Sunday deliveries. 😆

Thank you so much! I‘m off to stash it away now. 😘

#Jolabokaflod
#JolabokaflodSwap

TheLudicReader Haha. Mine arrived today, too. I remember when I lived in the UK we would often get two mail deliveries a day around Christmas. Lol. @LeahBergen 1mo
LeahBergen @TheLudicReader It always takes me by surprise! I‘d love two deliveries a day, though. 😆 1mo
TheLudicReader Especially if both deliveries brought books, @LeahBergen . 1mo
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LeahBergen @TheLudicReader Indeed! 👍 1mo
Bookwormjillk I like your trees 1mo
LeahBergen @Bookwormjillk Thank you! I added the blue ones this year. 😆 1mo
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My current read (for my IRL book club) and a very rummy eggnog.

Rum goes with pirates, right? 😆

BookNAround This book was such fun. My book club read it several years ago. 2mo
jlhammar Yum, perfect pairing! 2mo
Prairiegirl_reading Litsy made me buy this one but I have yet to actually read it. 😕 2mo
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Aimeesue Sounds like a fun and tasty read! It would probably make me hungry. 😋 2mo
quietjenn I think it's an absolute requirement 😉 2mo
Cathythoughts Perfect combo 👌🏻 2mo
LeahBergen @BookNAround It‘s SUPER fun, so far! 1mo
LeahBergen @jlhammar @quietjenn @Cathythoughts It‘s the only way I‘ll drink eggnog. 😆 1mo
LeahBergen @Prairiegirl_reading I‘m really enjoying it. 👍 1mo
LeahBergen @Aimeesue He has to scrabble for ingredients so it makes for some interesting culinary concoctions. 😆 1mo
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#JohnnyBergen and the little book tree. 🎄

Sleepswithbooks What a beautiful photo 🎄🐶 2mo
kspenmoll I love this- so peaceful! 2mo
ShelleyBooksie Adorable 2mo
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BookNAround Two of my favorite Litsy things: Johnny Bergen and book trees. 2mo
JacqMac Beautiful! 2mo
jlhammar How gorgeous—both tree and pup! 2mo
Rissreads Awwwwww ♥️ 2mo
Ruthiella Beautiful tree! Hi to Johnny! ❤️🐶 2mo
Cathythoughts I just want to hug Johnny. Lovely tree 👌🏻 (edited) 2mo
Leftcoastzen So cute ! Both Johnny & the tree! 2mo
squirrelbrain Oh 👋 hi, Johnny Bergen! 😘 2mo
sarahbellum Johnny! 😍 2mo
Christine ❤️❤️❤️ 2mo
batsy A beautiful scene! A kiss for Johnny, who's looking angelic 😁💜 2mo
Gissy 😍🎄💚❤️💚❤️ 2mo
BarbaraBB Yay! I was waiting for your tree! 2mo
rubyslippersreads Absolutely lovely! I think Johnny is wondering what Santa is going to bring him. 🎅🐶 2mo
LeahBergen @Cathythoughts And he‘d let you. He loves being squeezed! 😆 2mo
LeahBergen @batsy It‘s all an act. He knows Santa‘s coming soon. 😉 2mo
LeahBergen @rubyslippersreads Most likely a lump of coal in his wee stocking. 2mo
Ann_Reads 🎄🎄🎄 So cute!!! 🐶🐶🐶 2mo
Megabooks Yay for Johnny content!! 💜💜🎄🤩 (edited) 2mo
CarolynM 😍 2mo
DivineDiana What a beautiful photo! ❤️📚🎄🐶 ❤️ 1mo
vivastory 💙 this post 📚🎄🐶 1mo
AvidReader25 That book tree!!! 😍 1mo
LeahBergen @AvidReader25 Thanks! 😘 1mo
Suet624 I love all of this. Just gorgeous. Johnny is contemplative, I see. 1mo
LeahBergen @Suet624 He‘s contemplating bad deeds. 😉 1mo
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High Wages | Dorothy Whipple, Jane Brocket
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I wasn‘t expecting a story about a WW1-era shopgirl, set in an industrial English town, to captivate me so immediately but it was a complete page-turner.

Will her dream of owning her own dress shop come true? Will she find love? Will she have to eat tripe again for supper? And will she discover that her margarine ration has stolen slivers missing? 😆 Yes, it was the minutiae of daily life that swept me away in this one. Loved it! #PersephoneClub

Tamra Captured perfectly! Yes, the minutia of each day makes a life. 💕 2mo
Aimeesue Tripe! My dad loved tripe. With scrambled eggs. 😂 2mo
BarbaraBB Wonderful review and of course I love the picture 😍 2mo
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Cathythoughts Lovely review Leah ! Yes , the details were brilliant and made me smile. 2mo
andrew61 Great review leah. 2mo
elkeOriginal Love the photo! Agree the daily life & shop details were delightful. 2mo
Suet624 Tripe and stolen slivers. Love seeing that in a review. 2mo
LeahBergen @Tamra It does! ❤️ 2mo
LeahBergen @Aimeesue Oh dear. 😆😆 2mo
LeahBergen @BarbaraBB Thanks! 😘 2mo
LeahBergen @Cathythoughts Thanks! 😘 2mo
LeahBergen @andrew61 Thanks! 😘 2mo
LeahBergen @elkeOriginal I wanted to visit the shop. 😆 2mo
LeahBergen @Suet624 😆😆 2mo
CarolynM Lovely review. I am very keen to read more Dorothy Whipple. 2mo
LeahBergen @CarolynM Me, too! 2mo
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The Home-maker | Dorothy Canfield Fisher
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Here it is: our #PersephoneClub reading schedule for 2023! Thanks to all of our group members for voting.

Anyone on Litsy is welcome to join us for any monthly read; this is a casual “buddy read” where we simply comment and chat on each other‘s posts and reviews.

@Aimeesue @andrew61 @CarolynM @Cathythoughts @elkeOriginal @Gissy @jlhammar @LeahBergen @quietjenn @rubyslippersreads

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LeahBergen @willaful has left as a voting member but will be reading along with us for some picks. 😊 We are now 10 members (for tagging, posting, voting, etc). I thought I‘d wait until the end of the year to do our choices for 2024, if that‘s okay with those of you who didn‘t get to suggest two choices yet? We‘ll be able to see any new Persephone publications by then. 😆 2mo
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sisilia Excited for this… I read the tagged book and loved it! 2mo
Tamra Thank you Leah - I‘m looking forward to them! 🎉 2mo
quietjenn Hooray! Very excited and I have some books to order in the new year 😉. Thank you for all your organizational skills. It definitely makes sense to not choose the others until later. 2mo
Eyelit Looking forward to it! 2mo
Aimeesue Yay! 2mo
jlhammar Thanks, Leah! Really looking forward to all of these. Can‘t wait to place my first Persephone order! 2mo
elkeOriginal Thanks for all of your organizing @LeahBergen !! Excited for this year of reads! 2mo
Cathythoughts Thanks so much Leah! You‘re great for organizing all this. Looking forward to them all. 👍🏻❤️ 2mo
Gissy Thank you for this wonderful book club🤗I‘m so excited to bring home those beauties to my home and read them😍How can I find the books you read this year? I will like to read those eventually. Now, I have to place the order and wait🥰 2mo
rubyslippersreads Thanks for being our librarian! 😁 2mo
Kristin_Reads Yay! I‘m looking forward to this. Thank you 😀 2mo
LeahBergen @sisilia Good to hear! I‘ve had it on my shelves for ages. 🙄 2mo
LeahBergen @Tamra Me, too! 👏 2mo
LeahBergen @quietjenn I‘m looking forward to my Persephone order, too. 😆 2mo
LeahBergen @Eyelit Me, too! 2mo
LeahBergen @Aimeesue 👏👏 2mo
LeahBergen @jlhammar And it probably won‘t be your last order! 😆😆 2mo
LeahBergen @elkeOriginal You‘re so welcome. I can hardly wait. 😆 2mo
LeahBergen @Cathythoughts No problem, Cathy! 😘 It‘s going to be another good reading year. 😄 2mo
LeahBergen @Gissy Ordering the books is certainly part of the fun! 😆😆 I‘ll tag you on the post that lists our 2022 reads. We enjoyed them all! (edited) 2mo
LeahBergen @rubyslippersreads 😆😆 I like that! 2mo
LeahBergen @Kristin_Reads It‘s great to have you reading along with us. 😊 2mo
BarbaraBB Such great choices!! The Home Maker is fantastic! I have copies of Harriet and There were no windows- I might read along with you when you read them, if that‘s okay? 2mo
LeahBergen @BarbaraBB Yes, yes! Please do! 😄 2mo
BarbaraBB Thanks! I will then! And I can‘t wait for your thoughts on The Home Maker! 2mo
Cathythoughts And I‘ve already been shopping. .. the first two books are ordered. Such fun X 2mo
CarolynM Thanks Leah😘 Good decisions all round. I think it will be a very good reading year! 2mo
LeahBergen @Cathythoughts I‘ve been shopping, too. 😆 2mo
LeahBergen @CarolynM I think so, too! 👏 2mo
LeahBergen Here‘s our 2023 reading list, @Jess_Read_This ! 😊 1mo
Jess_Read_This @LeahBergen well.. I‘m a bit embarrassed to have liked the photo and not realized the list was there! 🫢🥴 1mo
LeahBergen @Jess_Read_This 🤣 Well, I did a lot of grey Persephone posts around that time and they pretty much all look the same! 🤣 1mo
Jess_Read_This @LeahBergen You are too kind and gracious over my scrolling faux pas 😂 1mo
LeahBergen @Jess_Read_This Well, I‘ve liked posts and then only realized later that they were talking about something horrible going on in their lives. 😬😬 1mo
Jess_Read_This @LeahBergen 😬Same… sometimes the brain and moving scrolling hand aren‘t in sync lol. We try though! 😂 1mo
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Untitled | Anonymous
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@teebe and @MaleficentBookDragon … my #CreepyChristmas and #JolabokaflodSwap parcels were posted today!

Thank you both for hosting! ❤️❤️

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The Sea Change | Elizabeth Jane Howard
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My current reads: The Sea Change is a buddy read with the darling @shawnmooney (our third Elizabeth Jane Howard that we‘ve read together) and High Wages is the December choice of the #PersephoneClub.

#PersephoneBooks

Leftcoastzen I love that cover ! When was it published? 50s? 2mo
LeahBergen The book was published is 1959 but this edition is 1961. I like the colour! 😄 @Leftcoastzen 2mo
BarbaraBB I need to get to Howard!! 2mo
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Cathythoughts Yes a great cover , and colour 💙 2mo
LeahBergen @BarbaraBB I think you‘d like her! 2mo
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Book mail!

This beautifully illustrated volume looks at the importance of the book as a physical object and shows its value as a historical artifact (in addition to its printed content).

16th century student doodles, witty marginalia, books with bullet holes, books hidden in different bindings during dangerous times: we see the marks readers leave behind and it‘s fascinating stuff.

jlhammar Wow, gorgeous and sounds so interesting! 2mo
Tamra How fascinating! 😍 2mo
JamieArc Love love LOVE this! My dream was to be a book historian. I took some classes in grad school but it didn‘t pan out. 😍 2mo
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Bklover What a gorgeous book! 2mo
TNbookworm Beautiful book 😍 2mo
mrp27 Neat! 2mo
iread2much This looks lovely! 2mo
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High Wages | Dorothy Whipple, Jane Brocket
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Hello! I was mulling over how to do our voting order and decided to just go alphabetically (by Litsy user name). We have 11 members so it looks like we‘ll be covering most of 2024 now. 😆

Here‘s our order: @Aimeesue @andrew61 @CarolynM @Cathythoughts @elkeOriginal @Gissy @jlhammar @LeahBergen @quietjenn @rubyslippersreads @willaful

@Aimeesue and @andrew61 : Please make a post with 2 Persephone books for us to vote on for February & April. 👇

LeahBergen Once we have those votes in, I‘ll get the next two members to post their choices. This should eliminate too much overlap of book choices. 2mo
LeahBergen As a reminder: we read a Persephone book every two months (February, April, June, August, October, and December). 2mo
CarolynM Wow, planning into 2024! Looking forward to seeing everyone‘s choices🙂 2mo
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Aimeesue So just to be clear for the new girl, you've only read the six from 2022 together, yes? I should like to avoid proposing a repeat. Because that is totally something I would accidentally do. 😁 2mo
LeahBergen @Aimeesue Yes, sorry! I should‘ve mentioned that. We‘ve only read the six in my previous post as a group. I can‘t wait to see what you propose! 2mo
LeahBergen @CarolynM I know! 😆😆 It‘s kind of fun to think of all of our upcoming chats together. 😆 2mo
CarolynM Absolutely😆 2mo
elkeOriginal Plenty of time to order books for 2024! 😉😆 2mo
Cathythoughts Great planning Leah ! We‘ll done 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 very excited to see the choices. 2mo
quietjenn Thanks for organizing! So looking forward to the choices. 2mo
Karons1 Hello 👋🏻 Iv just returned from bath and spent a fortune in the delightful Persephone book shop and This book was one of my picks , so can I join your little group please 🙏🏻 😁happy Sunday x x. X x x x 2mo
Karons1 @LeahBergen I would also vote for Dorothy whipples high wages 👍 2mo
andrew61 I'm sorry leah, do you want me to suggest 2 books as possible reads for feb/April 2023 and then there will be a vote ? 2mo
jlhammar Great plan! Thanks so much. 2mo
LeahBergen @andrew61 Oh, sorry! I had just assumed that you saw how our voting went last year 😆. @aimeesue is suggesting 2 books for February and you will be suggesting 2 books for April. Make a post showing your two choices and the group will vote. The one with the higher amount of votes will be our read for that month. 2mo
LeahBergen @Karons1 Ooo, lucky you! High Wages is actually our group for this month. It‘s a casual buddy read; just comment and chat on other‘s posts about the book. Did you want to “join” the club (ie; be added to our alphabetical list to offer up suggestions and vote on our picks)? Or did you just want to casually read along with us whenever a title takes your fancy? Either is completely fine! 2mo
LeahBergen @Aimeesue @andrew61 Oh, and just to complicate matters 😉… I should have said that your suggestion posts should be posted now (well, whenever you narrow down your choices). Please tag only the people in the above list (and me) for voting and use our hashtag #PersephoneClub. 😊 2mo
rubyslippersreads @LeahBergen I don‘t know how I missed this, but High Wages has been on my TBR list for quite awhile. 2mo
rubyslippersreads @Karons1 That sounds like a wonderful shopping trip! (edited) 2mo
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High Wages | Dorothy Whipple, Jane Brocket
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So, with our current read, we‘ve come to the end of this round of the #PersephoneClub and we‘ll now open it up for others who may wish to join.

We read a Persephone book together every 2nd month (starting with February) and each member suggests two picks for us to vote on for their month. Anyone on Litsy is free to read and discuss with us, of course!

Do let me know if you‘d like to be added and if you‘d like to stay for another round!

Gissy 🙋🏽‍♀️ 2mo
Aimeesue Oh, me, please! 2mo
BookNAround I can just randomly join in on the reads, right? I don‘t think I can commit to every read because of my schedule but I do like to dip in occasionally. 2mo
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LeahBergen @Gissy @Aimeesue Yay! I‘m glad you two are joining! 👏👏 2mo
LeahBergen @BookNAround Oh, of course! Anytime you can fit one in. 😘 2mo
willaful Include me in. :-) 2mo
LeahBergen @willaful Great! 👏 2mo
elkeOriginal I am in for another round! I love the 2-month schedule and how it alternates perfectly with the #furrowedmiddlebrowclub - plus you are kind enough to keep me around when I skip🤦🏼‍♀️ 2mo
Gissy The only situation I have is I don‘t have a bookstore with these beautiful editions and I need to order them sometimes from Bookdepository or Waterstones, which means it will take sometimes three weeks to arrive😳I will need to know in advanced which book we are going to read, maybe early in January for the first book😬 I‘m so happy I‘m going to collect books from this publisher😍I added a couple of titles you read this year to my wish list🤗 2mo
sisilia I‘m with @BookNAround 😅 2mo
jlhammar Okay, twist my arm. 😆 I‘d love to read along with you all next year. Thank you! I‘ve been meaning to try some Persephone titles. I want the physical books (so pretty) so am in the same situation as @Gissy - the more time I have to order the better! 2mo
rubyslippersreads What @elkeOriginal said. 😊 Looking forward to another Persephone year. 2mo
LeahBergen @Gissy Yes, I have to order these, too, and they sometimes take over 3 weeks to reach me here in Canada as well! As soon as I see how many people we have I‘ll arrange us in order and get everyone to post their two choices for us to vote on. I‘ll probably do this in batches so that we don‘t all choose the same books to vote on. I‘m hoping we will have our entire year‘s reads planned out all at once to give everyone plenty of time to order. 😊 2mo
LeahBergen @sisilia No problem! Just jump in and read with us whenever you can. 😁 2mo
LeahBergen @jlhammar Yay! We‘re happy to have you! 😊 And yes, see my message ⬆️ to @Gissy ; I‘m hoping to have all our choices picked out well in advance. 2mo
jlhammar Thanks, Leah! Looking forward to it. 2mo
andrew61 Thanks for organising leah, I have really enjoyed this series of books and having jumped the gun with High wages find myself as delighted with the storytelling as I have in all the others. Looking forward to next year. 2mo
LeahBergen @andrew61 Ah lovely, Andrew! I‘ve been really enjoying myself , too, and I‘m glad you‘re back on board for next year. 😊 2mo
Gissy @LeahBergen Yes! Can‘t wait🤗📚❤️ 2mo
CarolynM I‘m in (of course!) 2mo
LeahBergen @CarolynM Of course! 😘 2mo
Cathythoughts Thanks Leah 👍🏻♥️ Im sitting here with it on my lap presently. Hoping to make a start today. 2mo
LeahBergen @Cathythoughts @quietjenn Just confirming… are you two back in for another round? I‘m assuming you are! 😊 I‘m going to be making up our new list of people (and order of recommending books) soon. I‘ll then have our members put books up for our votes and post our full reading schedule for 2023. 👍 2mo
Cathythoughts Oh yes ! I‘m back for another round! Loving 🥰 the Persephone 2mo
Cathythoughts Thanks for organizing 😘 2mo
quietjenn @LeahBergen oh yes, most definitely! It gives me great joy to be in the Persephone Club. 2mo
LeahBergen @Cathythoughts @quietjenn Thanks! I‘m loving our little club, too! ❤️ 2mo
Tamra For sure, count me in! ❤️ 2mo
LeahBergen @Tamra Just checking … do you want to be added to our list of those who suggest a monthly read and vote on the other‘s suggestions? Or are you just reading along with us? Either is completely lovely, it‘s just that I‘m making up the voter‘s list right now. 😆😆 2mo
Tamra @LeahBergen I am happy to be a tag along. 😄 2mo
LeahBergen @Tamra 😆😆 That‘s fine! I‘ve made the list alphabetical by Litsy name so you wouldn‘t be suggesting a pick until 2024 anyway. 😆 That‘s what we get for only reading 6 Persephones per year! 2mo
Oryx Oh can I join? I don't need to vote but will join in on the reads 2mo
LeahBergen @Oryx Definitely! It‘ll be lovely to have you along. 😊 2mo
Kristin_Reads I would love to join if its not too late 😊 2mo
HeatherBlue I would also love to join if possible! 🙂 I also wouldn‘t need to vote, but I‘d love to read along when I can! 2mo
rsteve388 I'd like to join if possible. :) 2mo
LeahBergen @Kristin_Reads @HeatherBlue @rsteve388 I‘ve closed the list now for voting members (those who suggest our reads and vote on the picks) as we already have enough to take us well into 2024. 😆 BUT you are all more than welcome to read any or all selections and discuss them with us. We do a casual type buddy read of that month‘s selection and comment and discuss on each other‘s posts and reviews. I‘ll tag you when I post the 2023 schedule. 😊 2mo
rsteve388 Thank you! 2mo
mom_of_4 I would love to join. 2mo
HeatherBlue Thanks so much!! ☺️ 2mo
LeahBergen @mom_of_4 Hi! See my comment (above ☝️). You‘re welcome to join in on any of our discussions, of course! Ill tag you when I post our 2023 reading list. 😊 2mo
Jess_Read_This Can‘t wait to see what gets nominated for 2023!! 1mo
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High Wages | Dorothy Whipple, Jane Brocket
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It‘s now December so that means it‘s time for one of our #PersephoneClub reads!

@quietjenn ‘s pick for us this month is High Wages by Dorothy Whipple. This is a casual buddy read; read and comment on each other‘s posts and reviews as you see them. We usually aim to finish by the middle of the month but that‘s not written in stone. 😉 And anyone is welcome to read along with us, of course!

Tamra Woot - received my copy in the nick 🎅🏾 of time! 2mo
LeahBergen @Liz_M Thanks, Liz! 2mo
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LeahBergen @Tamra 😆 Perfect! 2mo
elkeOriginal Is this the complete list of what the club has read so far? I want to make a list for reference and I can‘t remember when it started… 2mo
elkeOriginal I read this one a couple of years ago and feel so stressed by my TBR that rereads are an indulgence…because it is Whipple though I will pull it off the shelf and see if it might be worth revisiting - or at least refresh myself so I can chat without saying anything too stupid 😉 2mo
LeahBergen @elkeOriginal Haha! I have that same “bursting at the seams” TBR and don‘t reread very often either. And yes, this is the complete list from when we started. 👍 2mo
CarolynM I‘ll get my copy out as soon as I finish my current read (which I am loving to death and want to recommend to everyone @Centique ) 2mo
Centique @CarolynM oh that makes me so happy! 😘 2mo
LeahBergen @CarolynM @Centique Well, I‘m off to check it out right now! 2mo
LeahBergen @Karons1 This is what we read together in the past year. So you‘re right on time for High Wages! 😊 2mo
LeahBergen @Gissy Here‘s our list of what we‘ve read together as a group. 👍 2mo
Gissy @LeahBergen Thank you! 🤗 2mo
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It‘s time for another Georgette Heyer!

I‘ve frequently seen people pick this as a favourite of her books. Let‘s see…

Aimeesue Well, isn't he fancy! Lovely cover! (edited) 2mo
LeahBergen @Aimeesue Yes, it was noted that he has a finely shaped leg. 😆 2mo
Aimeesue @LeahBergen That is exactly what I look for in a suitor! 2mo
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Cathythoughts Yes he is quite dapper ❤️ 2mo
mabell I didn‘t know this was a popular favorite! I‘m pretty sure it‘s on my shelf, but if not, of course I‘m adding it 😆 2mo
Megabooks Great cover! 2mo
LeahBergen @Cathythoughts He is. 😆 2mo
LeahBergen @mabell I‘m about halfway through and it‘s a fun one! 2mo
LeahBergen @Megabooks It is! 😄 2mo
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Before the Fact | Francis Isles
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I‘ve been spending this snowy Sunday afternoon with tea and a classic 1932 crime novel (which inspired the Alfred Hitchcock film, Suspicion). Malice Aforethought by this author is a favourite of mine and this one seems to be shaping up quite nicely. 😀

sarahbarnes ❄️ 📖😁 2mo
BarbaraBB Lovely! 2mo
CarolynM Sounds like a perfect way to spend the day🙂 2mo
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TrishB Lovely ❤️ 2mo
batsy Nice! I have this one waiting on my shelf and should read Malice Aforethought. 2mo
Cathythoughts Snow !! And what sounds like an amazing book. Stacked. Wish I could stack the snow too ♥️ 2mo
LeahBergen @batsy I‘m almost finished and really enjoying it. It‘s not as good as Malice Aforethought, though! 2mo
LeahBergen @Cathythoughts I‘ll send some snow your way. 😆 2mo
Centique It sounds like a wonderful day and your mug is beautiful too 😍 2mo
LeahBergen @Centique Thank you! The new mug practically fell into my lap. I was heading out on some errands last weekend and a neighbour was hosting a mini pottery sale in her garage, with the works of three of her potter friends. Well, I had to buy something to be be neighbourly, right? 😉🤣 2mo
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Bitter Orange | Claire Fuller
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My current read.

I randomly took this book off my shelves to make room for another book I was shelving. I looked at it, shrugged, and decided it was as good a choice as any to read next. The vagaries of the reading life! 😆

LeslieO I love when that happens. 2mo
LeahBergen @LeslieO I take it as an omen. 😆 2mo
Suet624 Its time had come. 2mo
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Tamra Why not? 🤷🏾‍♀️ 2mo
jlhammar It was meant to be! This is the only Fuller I haven't read yet. Looking forward to it. I prefer your cover with the cracked plate. Excited that she has a new one coming out next year (US pub date currently 6/6/23) 2mo
LeahBergen @jlhammar I‘ve only read Swimming Lessons. The new one sounds interesting! 2mo
EvieBee Loved this one! Hope you enjoy. It‘s very you. 2mo
tpixie Great cover! Fun to find an unexpected book on your shelf! 2mo
Cathythoughts I can hardly remember it now. But I gave it a pick and I remember enjoying 👍🏻♥️ 2mo
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Tension | E. Delafield
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A Friday night in with a pretty volume from the #BritishLibraryWomenWriters series.

This 1920 novel about office gossip and reputation (with a dash of dark humour) is by the author of the wonderful Provincial Lady series.

Leftcoastzen Lovely! Looks like you party like a provincial lady ! 🙌 2mo
Aimeesue Ooooh, and the Blackwings! So fancy! 2mo
willaful Oooo. I don't think I've read this one. 2mo
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batsy This one sounds really good. 2mo
LeahBergen @Leftcoastzen Of course. 😆 2mo
LeahBergen @Aimeesue I love me some Blackwings. 😄 2mo
LeahBergen @willaful I‘m enjoying it! 2mo
LeahBergen @batsy I think it‘s your kind of book! 😄 2mo
Centique And the colours are gorgeous! 2mo
Cathythoughts Liking the sound of this one .. stacked 👍🏻 2mo
LeahBergen @Centique They been producing some really lovely covers for this series. 2mo
LeahBergen @Cathythoughts I think you‘ll like this one, Cathy. 😊 2mo
EvieBee I‘m a pencil nerd but had never tried any blackwings. Now that I have a set, I know that they are truly amazing! 2mo
LeahBergen @EvieBee They are! I had randomly grabbed a different pencil the other day to jot something down and the lead felt so scratchy on the paper. 😆 2mo
rubyslippersreads Just wanted to let you know that part of your Christmas gift shipped today from Amazon, and one (or two) more will be shipping soon. To tie in with the tagged book, you will have the tension of not opening the packages until Christmas, since they‘re not gift wrapped. 😂🎄 2mo
LeahBergen @rubyslippersreads 😆😆 I‘ll do my best! Thanks so much! 😘😘 2mo
LeahBergen @rubyslippersreads Two boxes just arrived! Thank you, thank you! 😘😘 2mo
rubyslippersreads @LeahBergen And I just received a package from you! Thanks so much! 😊 2mo
LeahBergen @rubyslippersreads Yay! I‘m glad it arrived. 😘😘 2mo
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I‘m flying through this Victorian era mystery which is based on a true British murder case.

In 1843, the body of 23-year-old Harriet Monckton is found in the privy behind the chapel she attends. The townspeople are shocked; Harriet was unmarried, respectable and religious … and apparently six months pregnant.

The story is told through the voices of the four people closest to her and they all seem to have a motive for her murder.

Cathythoughts I remember enjoying this one. 👍🏻♥️ 3mo
BarbaraBB Sounds so good!! Stacking! 3mo
LeahBergen @Cathythoughts I was just scrolling back and I probably stacked and bought it from your posts. 😆 3mo
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LeahBergen @BarbaraBB The rapidly changing points of view are making it a page turner. I keep thinking, “oh, just one more chapter” 😆 3mo
BarbaraBB I love it when that happens, which is way too little (little? Not sure if that‘s the correct word in this context). You absolutely sold it to me! 3mo
Tamra Ohhhh, I have this TBR but it sounds like I must bump it up! 3mo
andrew61 Sounds good leah, I do like a victorian/Edward ian murder. 3mo
jlhammar Sounds really good. Loving that cover! 3mo
kspenmoll This sounds right up my alley so to speak. 😀 3mo
Cathythoughts Just saw this one on the blurb thing , I think I‘ll check it out 2mo
LeahBergen @Tamra @andrew61 @jlhammar @kspenmoll It was really well done. 👍 2mo
LeahBergen @Cathythoughts I was just reading about that one, too. It sounds good! 2mo
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Currently reading (and chuckling). 😆

jlhammar This was a fun one. Love the title of his newest. I'm definitely going to be getting a copy once it is released (US) at the end of the month! 3mo
LeahBergen @jlhammar Yes! I have it ordered. 😊 3mo
Cathythoughts You can‘t beat a good chuckle 🤭 3mo
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LeahBergen @Cathythoughts They‘re always needed! 👍 3mo
Amiable I like that cover! My copy had a different one. 2mo
BookBabe This sounds fun! 😄 #stacked
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Thalia | Frances Faviell
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Pickpick

Rachel is packed off to France for a year to act as companion to Cynthia and her two children while their husband and father is in India. Six-year-old Claude is a horrible little thing and 15-year-old Thalia rapidly becomes obsessive and possessive about Rachel. There‘s an underlying menace from the onset and we KNOW things won‘t end well when Rachel falls in love with a local boy.

A page turner of a middlebrow read, set in 1930s Brittany.

Tamra I only just started, but I highlighted a sentence which captures the menace you note! 🥹 3mo
tpixie Interesting- is this a series? 3mo
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Ruthiella @LeahBergen @Tamra I totally agree! That undercurrent of menace is there from the start! I‘m at chapter 7 and very nervous about the rest of the book - so many opportunities for it to go wrong! 3mo
jlhammar Wow, you finished already! Your review makes me even more excited to get back to it. Hope to sneak in a few pages before bed. 3mo
batsy I will come back to this when I'm done ... Have yet to start 🙈 Lovely photo 😍 3mo
LeahBergen @Tamra @jlhammar @batsy Yes, sorry! I read it over two days which is usually a rarity for me with these books. I think it‘s because this one was so plot-driven with a first person narrative. 😆 3mo
LeahBergen @tpixie The tagged book is a stand-alone in itself but this is a published series of mid 20th century “forgotten” books by women authors. I‘m loving them. 😊 3mo
LeahBergen @Ruthiella I know! I think that‘s why I read it so fast. I was worried. 😆 3mo
tpixie @LeahBergen very intriguing! Thx! I‘ll try to squeeze them in somewhere! I love the covers! 3mo
LeahBergen @tpixie Feel free to read along with us whenever you can! 😘 3mo
CarolynM I haven‘t started yet (I want to finish my Pym first) but you are whetting my appetite🙂 3mo
erzascarletbookgasm A page turner, huh 😃. I will start this weekend 3mo
MrsK This will be my next read. Can‘t wait 😊 3mo
elkeOriginal Based in the menace and sad seeming back cover description I am pleasantly surprised how engaging it/she is right from the start! 3mo
LeahBergen @CarolynM @erzascarletbookgasm @MrsK I‘m looking forward to discussing it with you all. 😊 3mo
LeahBergen @elkeOriginal Isn‘t it? There‘s something so immediately compelling about it. 3mo
Cathythoughts Great review! I‘m really enjoying 👍🏻♥️ 3mo
LeahBergen @Cathythoughts Thanks, Cathy! 😘😘 3mo
CarolynM What did you think about the “romance”? It gave the opportunity to highlight the different attitudes of the English and the French and provided a reason for Rachel to run away, but she was such an unlikely girl for Armand to want to marry it just didn‘t convince me. 2mo
LeahBergen @CarolynM Yes! I kept questioning his interest in her and thought some nefarious ulterior motive would pop up. 🤷🏻‍♀️ I really enjoyed the scenes at his weird family home. 😆 2mo
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The other Day | Dorothy Whipple
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Persephone book mail is some of the best book mail. 😄

The latest (and last) Dorothy Whipple to be published by #PersephoneBooks is a memoir of her childhood and, from the snippets that I‘ve read, it sounds wonderful. The bookmark and endpapers are particularly beautiful for this edition, too!

squirrelbrain Gorgeous! ❤️ 3mo
TrishB Lovely ❤️ 3mo
elkeOriginal SO pretty! And an updated catalogue - fun! 3mo
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Tamra Wow! 3mo
jlhammar That does sound wonderful! Love that bookmark/endpaper pattern. I‘m going to have to treat myself to some Persephones one of these days. I‘m sure I‘d love them. 3mo
rubyslippersreads Gorgeous! I‘m very tempted by that Dorothy Whipple. 😄 3mo
Megabooks Those are some gorgeous endpapers! 3mo
Aimeesue Sigh 🥰 3mo
BarbaraBB Such a gift, Persephone mail 😍😍 3mo
batsy The Persephone endpapers are always a treat for the eye! 😍 3mo
LeahBergen @elkeOriginal My last one only went to 2017. I thought it was time! 😆 3mo
LeahBergen @jlhammar Oh, you must. I‘m sure there are some you would love. 3mo
LeahBergen @rubyslippersreads You neeeed it. 😆 3mo
LeahBergen @BarbaraBB It is! ❤️ 3mo
LeahBergen @batsy They sure are! 3mo
Bibliomania I love a Persephone book too! 3mo
LeahBergen @Bibliomania They‘re little works of art, aren‘t they? 3mo
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Untitled | Anonymous
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Book mail. 💚❤️💛

I‘ve been SUPER excited for this latest release in the #BritishLibraryWomenWriters series!

JamieArc Why is every Stella Gibbons cover so great?!? 3mo
elkeOriginal OMG - I think you, me, and @Jess_Read_This all had this on preorder! 🤦🏼‍♀️😆 3mo
elkeOriginal LOVE your cup & saucer, by the way 📚 3mo
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jlhammar Oooh, I didn't know about this. Sounds fantastic! 3mo
ShelleyBooksie Beautiful cover 3mo
TNbookworm Wow, what a gorgeous cover 😍 3mo
CarolynM That sounds amazing. Stacked for sure🙂 3mo
batsy I was wondering if you got your copy yet 😆 It's so pretty! 3mo
MaureenMc @LeahBergen May I ask where you purchased this? I‘ve had no luck in finding this cover! 😩 3mo
Jess_Read_This @elkeOriginal Yup! I‘m fighting the urge not to start it til after Thanksgiving. 3mo
LeahBergen @JamieArc This book only includes one Stella Gibbons story but yes, the cover is sure in keeping with all of her others. 😍 3mo
LeahBergen @elkeOriginal Thanks! It‘s massive and holds about a gallon of tea. 😆 3mo
LeahBergen @jlhammar The list of authors is fab! 👍 3mo
LeahBergen @CarolynM I think you‘ll like this collection! 3mo
LeahBergen @batsy 😆😆 You know it! 3mo
LeahBergen @Jess_Read_This @elkeOriginal I just KNEW we‘d all have it preordered. 😆 I‘ve shelved mine until December! 3mo
LeahBergen @MaureenMc I bought it through Book Depository. I just checked and it looks like they haven‘t updated their cover photo (the photo shown is the generic “not yet published” one). You‘ll receive the finished copy like mine if you order. 😊 https://www.bookdepository.com/Stories-for-Christmas-Festive-Season/978071235452... 3mo
MaureenMc @LeahBergen Yay! Thank you! 3mo
Suet624 This entire photo is 💕💕💕 3mo
LeahBergen @Suet624 Thanks! 😘 3mo
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Harlem Shuffle: A Novel | Colson Whitehead
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Well, here‘s my IRL book club “forcing” me to read a book that wasn‘t on my “of interest to me” mental list. Let‘s see what I think of it. 😆

Thank goodness for book clubs that force you out of your reading ruts!

lele1432 I‘m curious how this turns out in physical format! I listened to it on audio but found it hard to keep up with the timelines and different plot points. I loved the Harlem history though! 3mo
jlhammar Ha! Not one of my favorite Whitehead novels, but still a decent read. I've read all of his books (except for The Noble Hustle, I think?). I'd be interested to hear what your book club makes of it. 3mo
LeahBergen @lele1432 @jlhammar I‘m finding it a wee bit of a slog at the moment; I think I just have to force myself to push on a bit more to get into it. 🤷🏻‍♀️ I am enjoying the Harlem setting and history, though! 3mo
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DivineDiana This is the current choice of my IRL Book Club too! I am hoping that the story eventually draws me in! 3mo
LeahBergen @DivineDiana I ended up liking it after forcing myself through 50 or 60 pages. I hope you do, too. 🤞 3mo
DivineDiana 👏🏻🤞🏻📚 3mo
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