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Librarybelle

Joined September 2016

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Sleep No More by Jayne Ann Krentz
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Safe and Sound: A Novel by Laura McHugh
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Vengeance in Death by Nora Roberts, J. D. Robb
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A Scatter of Light by Malinda Lo
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Little Women (Little Women, #1) by Louisa May Alcott
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The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
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East of Eden by John Steinbeck
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The Nun by Simonetta Agnello Hornby
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Hour of the Witch by Chris Bohjalian
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Lady Chatterley's Lover by D.H. Lawrence
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Villette by Charlotte Bront
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Jane Austen's Letters by Jane Austen, Deirdre Le Faye
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All the Ways We Said Goodbye by Beatriz Williams
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Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak
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The City of Brass by S. A. Chakraborty
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The Widow Queen by Elzbieta Cherezinska
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Beatrice and Benedick by Marina Fiorato
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The Downstairs Girl by Stacey Lee
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Rutherford Park by Elizabeth Cooke
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Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow
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The Golden Hour: A Novel by Beatriz Williams
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The Professor: A Tale by Charlotte Bront
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Lilac Girls: A Novel by Martha Hall Kelly
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The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
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The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith
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Arabella by Georgette Heyer
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The Marriage of Opposites by Alice Hoffman
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Julian Fellowes's Belgravia by Julian Fellowes
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Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
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The Mysteries of Udolpho by Ann Radcliffe
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The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
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Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell, Pat Conroy
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River Sing Me Home | Eleanor Shearer
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The July #LiteraryCrew #BuddyRead is the tagged book. This is a low key buddy read. Read throughout the month of July. I will post periodic checkins, and discussion will take place on July 31st.

All are welcome! Please let me know if you wish to be added or removed from the tag list!

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52 Steps to Murder | Steve Demaree
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I liked the mystery. The rest of it…oomph. The MC is an overweight homicide detective who has an overweight partner. Both are single men. The number of fat jokes and sexist remarks in this are not my thing. Comments about how a proper woman behaves irked me. There were other surprising elements to the narrative that did not sit well with me. I almost threw the book once…it was that bad!

Confession: I‘m not their model woman! 😂 #192025 #2006

Librarybelle #YeahBaby #SnowballsChanceInHell - these guys will never, ever exercise and are proud of it! I will also not be reading book two. #BBRC @LibrarianRyan 8h
dabbe #fanofthepan! 🤩🤩🤩 7h
Mollyanna Oh my… that sounds like a struggle. Congrats on powering through and finishing. 2h
Librarybelle Thanks, @Mollyanna ! This was for my IRL book club…it was not a favorite! 2h
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Gone Girl | Gillian Flynn
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O.M.G. This is the prime example of a book that is filled with horrible people and is so psychologically twisted that I felt compelled to keep reading. Like viewing a train wreck. Every time I stopped reading I had to make an excuse to pick up the book again. While I cannot say I loved the book, I did appreciate the misdirections and the suspension of belief at times. I‘ll think about this one for awhile!

Librarybelle Thanks to Cambridge University Libraries for selecting this for their Zoom Really Popular Book Club, which met today. I had no intention of ever reading this - too much hype - but I‘m glad I did. It‘s intense, extremely discussable, and I loved the book club so much (my first time attending) that I signed up for their July discussion. 1d
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RaeLovesToRead Loved this book, but HATED the ending 1d
Graciouswarriorprincess I agree that I couldn‘t put it down but hated all the people. 1d
Librarybelle @RaeLovesToRead That ending! The child has no chance! 1d
Librarybelle @Graciouswarriorprincess Flynn did well making this a compulsive read! 1d
RaeLovesToRead I did NOT want her to get away with it! As a character, Amy worked well, but I wasn't rooting for her!!!! 1d
Librarybelle @RaeLovesToRead Oh yes! Amy was horrid, and the fact that she got away with everything was terrible. My only hope is Detective Boner will find some sort of evidence to get her. 1d
RaeLovesToRead Wait... his name was Detective... Boner??! I don't remember that!! 1d
Hooked_on_books I loved this book! I read a review about it before it published and snatched it up immediately because I was so intrigued. I feel like I got to it before I was aware of the hype, and I‘m glad. I think it‘s brilliant. 1d
5feet.of.fury @RaeLovesToRead agreeeeee the ending was so infuriating 1d
Librarybelle @RaeLovesToRead Boner or maybe Boney. Nick definitely made fun of it! 1d
Librarybelle @Hooked_on_books I really liked how psychological it was! So glad I finally read it! 1d
RaeLovesToRead 🤣🤣🤣🤣 Boney sounds familiar. I don't think I'd have been able to stop laughing if it was Boner 😅😅😅😅 1d
JuniperWilde Great review. You summed up my reaction to the book when I read it yrs ago 23h
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A Thousand Ships | Natalie Haynes
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#LiteraryCrew : we are a little over halfway through the month. Hard to believe!

Any thoughts to share so far on this one?

As a heads up, our July book is River Sing Me Home by Eleanor Shearer. I will post the graphic either today or tomorrow!

Karisa I‘m about half way through the audiobook and loving it. The author is the narrator, and it‘s just beautiful. So clever! 1d
kspenmoll I need to start this- i am home for summer so hope to get it read- I want to!!! 1d
Crazeedi I'm still waiting for loan!! 1d
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AllDebooks I love it. The women's voices are so distinct 😍 1d
CatLass007 I am listening to this along with a friend of mine and we have less than an hour left. I think that telling this story from the point of view of the women is inspired and refreshing. The things that happened to and were done by these women was horrific, but just getting to know these women was fantastic! 1d
CatLass007 #SheSaid will be reading Stone Blind by this same author for July. 1d
Librarybelle @Karisa @kspenmoll @Crazeedi @AllDebooks @CatLass007 I just got my copy from the library, so I hope to start it soon! I have a couple of books I need to finish first. It is good to hear that those who have been able to get a copy so far like it! 1d
CrowCAH Haven‘t started yet. I got another audiobook going. Then will listen. I may not finish for the 30th, but excited to read it! 1d
tpixie @CatLass007 @GondorGirl just told me that was a favorite of hers! 1d
tpixie Enjoying it! I‘m 1/2 way through- have to keep my kindle on airplane to finish it!! but may switch to audio if I get done with my in real life book club book 1st. I might just have to listen to part of the audio because you‘re enjoying it. But with the Greek words, I thought a visual reading might work better for me. 1d
Mollyanna I am excited to start this one. I should be able to start it soon (about 100 pages left in my current read). 1d
Sargar114 I‘m about 2/3 of the way in and really loving it. It‘s so cleverly written and interwoven with all the perspectives. I would be interested in re-reading as an audio! 1d
JuniperWilde I loved this one. Wish I could read it again for the first time (edited) 23h
BookwormAHN Finished it and loved it 💜 21h
PurpleyPumpkin Thanks for the reminder! I still have to get started on this one. 😅 19h
Librarybelle That‘s a great endorsement, @JuniperWilde ! 18h
Librarybelle Awesome, @BookwormAHN ! That‘s good to hear! 18h
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Great discussion for Nancy‘s Mysterious Letter, #LittenDetectives ! Please feel free to continue commenting in the discussion threads.

Our next book for #NancyDrewBR is book 9, which sounds spooky to me - The Sign of the Twisted Candles. Discussion will take place July 15th. All are welcome to join! Please let me know if you wish to be added or removed from the tag list.

BarkingMadRead Can‘t wait!!! I forgot to check the discussion yesterday, headed there now! 3d
TheBookHippie I‘m out. 🫣😝 I do thank you for leading these. I just can‘t do it. The privilege bothers me immensely -which I wasn‘t planning on and this particular one was a chore. 😵‍💫🤷🏻‍♀️ Enjoy reading on! 3d
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Librarybelle Thanks for joining, @TheBookHippie ! ❤️ 3d
Sace Yay! Looking forward to it. 3d
Ruthiella Fantastic! 🤩 3d
julieclair Looking forward to it! 3d
TheAromaofBooks While I don't remember the plot at all, the title of this one really sticks out to me. I think this may have been one of the first ND mysteries that I read. 3d
Librarybelle So cool, @TheAromaofBooks ! I don‘t remember this one either. 3d
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Untitled | Unknown
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Combined #BookReport and #WeeklyForecast :

I completed 3 books last week…my favorite by far was The Benevolent Society of Ill-Mannered Ladies! This week is IRL book club week, so 52 Steps to Murder has been moved to the top of the to read pile. I‘m reading Gone Girl for Cambridge University‘s virtual Popular Book Club.

Happy Reading!

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Mechanicsburg Mystery Bookshop | Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania (Bookstore)
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I love my local #independentbookstore ! Today, they hosted a bag sale—fill a bag that they provide for $5.00. I stuffed my bag with the pictured books and still had room!

I suspect I‘ll be able to use a few of these for the #192025 challenge. I‘ll gaze at these for awhile and then wonder where I can put them until I can put up more bookshelves! 😂

Leftcoastzen So cool , bag sale! 4d
Ruthiella Score! 🤩 4d
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dabbe Wowza! 🤩🤩🤩 4d
UwannaPublishme Cool! 🙌🏻📚📚📚 4d
Hooked_on_books Wow, nice haul! 4d
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#LittenDetectives : It‘s #NancyDrewBR time!

I posted 5 questions as spoilers. You can find them on my feed, the book‘s feed, or searching for the hashtags.

Did the length of this one seem shorter than the others we‘ve read so far? The pagination was different than the other ebook copies I read. It could be the version issue, but I was just curious.

I‘ll post the graphic for next month‘s book The Sign of the Twisted Candles tomorrow! Thanks!!

Laughterhp Oops! Haven‘t read this one yet but have it from the library. The 15th always sneaks up on me! 5d
Bookwormjillk It did seem shorter! 5d
Librarybelle No worries, @Laughterhp ! I actually have a reminder on my phone so I remember to post questions! 😂 5d
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Sace I have a full set of the physical books. For the most part they are 20 chapters with 174-178 pages, this one included (174 pages). So it didn‘t seem shorter to me. 5d
Librarybelle @Bookwormjillk The ebook edition I read was 10 pages shorter than the others. Weird! 🤷🏻‍♀️ 5d
Librarybelle Good to know, @Sace ! 5d
mrp27 That‘s so funny. For me it felt like this one dragged on! 4d
Librarybelle That is funny, @mrp27 ! To me, it was not as thrilling as some of the others we have read. 4d
kwmg40 @mrp27 @Librarybelle I agree. This one didn't have the “page-turning“ aspect some of the earlier ones did. 3d
kwmg40 I just found out an interesting fact which might explain why this volume felt different from the earlier ones. Books 1-7 were written by Mildred Wirt. This book, along with the next 2, were written by Walter Karig. Then books 11 to 25 are again written by Wirt. 3d
Librarybelle Oh, good spot, @kwmg40 ! That would explain…we are now venturing into other authors of the series! 3d
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5. Any followers of historic college football games?

In 1968, Ned as the quarterback kicks the ball on fourth down. The question posed by some Littens...is this allowed?

I did a little bit of digging, and what I found so far is it was and was common in the 1920s and 1930s! Passing did not become popular until the late 1920s, when the shape of the football changed. Anyone with more knowledge please let us know! #NancyDrewBR #LittenDetectives

Librarybelle This is one brief article that mentions the changes in the football: https://www.theledger.com/story/news/2007/11/29/changes-in-the-game-1920-39/2586... 5d
DGRachel I definitely had to google it because that felt so wrong to me! It‘s interesting how sports rules and norms change over time! Kickers seem so much more fragile than QBs. 😂 5d
Bookwormjillk Oh interesting. Thanks for clearing that up! 5d
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CogsOfEncouragement I did think it odd. Thanks for the clarification. 5d
TheAromaofBooks It did feel like Ned was doing all the positions! It's interesting to see how the rules of have evolved and changed over time. 5d
Ruthiella I‘m completely ignorant of how 🏈 gridiron football works! 😂 But Ned has to be the star, right? 5d
dabbe @Ruthiella The star and the stud-muffin! Nancy needs to have the BMOC, right? 🤩😂😀 4d
Ruthiella @dabbe That‘s right! 👍😅 4d
AmandaBlaze Yeah, it wouldn't have been the same if Ned's team would have lost. 4d
lauraisntwilder I asked my husband (he played in high school) about Ned being QB and kicker and he said, as you did, that it was common then. He thinks that might be why the QB would hold the ball for the kicker. 4d
lauraisntwilder *At the high school level, at least. 4d
mrp27 I‘ve no clue about the game of football then and now but reading it, it didn‘t make sense to me. Guess subconsciously I know more than I think! 3d
kwmg40 I am not a football fan (here in Canada, hockey is much more popular), but I still found the description of the game interesting. 3d
Librarybelle I know a little bit about football, but I was not familiar with this! Of course Ned has to be the star! 😂 @DGRachel @Bookwormjillk @CogsOfEncouragement @TheAromaofBooks @Ruthiella @dabbe @AmandaBlaze @lauraisntwilder @mrp27 @kwmg40 3d
julieclair Sometimes Ned reminds me of a Ken doll… 😂 3d
Librarybelle @julieclair 😂 I love it! 3d
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4. Let's talk characters! We see a little of George and Bess (1968 at least). There's Ned, & in 1932 Helen appears! In 1968 Hannah Gruen has more of an appearance in the story.

Anything to add about the characters? What did you think of the “bad guy“ character & any of the characters introduced in the novel?

Confession: The bad guy's initial description in 1968 made me think of the Man in the Yellow Hat! Haha #NancyDrewBR #LittenDetectives

DGRachel I do love that we get more Ned, but this really felt like more Nancy than any other recurring character. I liked that our baddy didn‘t feel like such a Scooby-Do villain this time. I wonder if that‘s why I liked this one more? 5d
Bookwormjillk I thought he was a pretty good bad guy but I didn‘t understand who his associates were. Just friends willing to kill as a favor? I laughed that Bess‘s and George‘s dates were on the second string team but of course Ned was starting QB and kicker. 5d
TheAromaofBooks @Bookwormjillk - I thought the same thing about the bonus baddies. I kept wondering where did these people come from and why are they helping him?? Especially the woman at the airport. 5d
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CogsOfEncouragement I‘m confused how Ira and Edgar are half brothers, same mom, same last name. They are 30 years apart in age. The mom outlived both husbands. Why do they have the same last name? And no thanks on having children 30 years apart. 5d
Ruthiella @CogsOfEncouragement Good points! Clearly your detecting skills are sharp! Probably because you read a lot of mysteries. It‘s possible that dad no. 2 adopted Ira, hence same last name. 30 year gap is nearly a medical miracle, but it could happen. First kid at 17 and last kid at 47? (edited) 5d
bookandbedandtea Yes to all of this! Where DID the extra baddies come from? And I kept asking myself the whole time how Ira and Edgar could be 30 years apart. Hannah did say they were half brothers and that Ira's house and small inheritance were originally from his father so I thought Edgar must have been from her 2nd marriage but I can't make that work with the information we have! @CogsOfEncouragement @Ruthiella 5d
AmandaBlaze Ned helped out a little, but it seemed Bess and George were mainly there for companionship. I liked the sailor character. I was happy they expanded on Hannah Gruen, a bit. 4d
lauraisntwilder The description of Edgar made me think of Dick Tracy. It would've been nice to have spent a little more time with Nancy Smith Drew, since I didn't understand how she could be clever enough to leave a coded message in Shakespeare quotes, but dumb enough to run away with a man she just met. 4d
mrp27 Almost forgot about Helen! Didn‘t like Edgar‘s gang of accomplices, their appearance didn‘t make much sense. (edited) 3d
kwmg40 @lauraisntwilder Good observation about Nancy Smith Drew! 3d
kwmg40 One thing about Nancy that I'm noticing now, but I didn't as a child, is how privileged she is. She has a father with a lot of power, a car, plenty of money to spend, and a housekeeper to cook supper for her when she returns from her sleuthing! BTW, I was definitely not privileged as a child but never thought to compare myself to ND. She was more like a superhero to me. 3d
Librarybelle Yeah…the extra baddies didn‘t seem to fit in, and good observation about the half brothers! I really liked that we saw a bit more of Hannah this time around. @DGRachel @Bookwormjillk @TheAromaofBooks @CogsOfEncouragement @Ruthiella @bookandbedandtea @AmandaBlaze @lauraisntwilder @mrp27 @kwmg40 3d
Librarybelle Really great observation, @kwmg40 ! I never thought about her privilege when I read these as a kid, but as an adult I can see it. I grew up with many comforts as a kid, but nothing compared to the privilege Nancy has. 3d
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3. Thinking of adventurous episodes in this book, they seemed more psychological than dangerous, with the bad guy (Edgar Nixon 1968) being one step ahead of her...at least to me!

However, Nancy unwittingly becomes entangled in a Lonely Hearts Club mail scheme, and she does track down the lost mail and Nancy Smith Drew. She also faces the awful Mrs. Skeets.

What do you think of her adventures this time? #NancyDrewBR #LittenDetectives

Bookwormjillk I liked this one but was wondering what Nancy does when she‘s not solving mysteries. Is she in school or anything? 5d
Sace I just think Mrs Skeets is the perfect name for a bitter shrew. 😂 5d
bookandbedandtea I enjoyed the encounters with Mrs Skeets! @Bookwormjillk She may not go to school but she is always learning new things- though she didn't exhibit a new skill this time. ? I've always wondered what she did with herself on a "normal" week too! 5d
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TheAromaofBooks Some of the dangerous episodes felt a little out of left field, like the guy trying to run them over with the car, and dropping the curtain on her - they seemed dramatic for situation. 5d
TheAromaofBooks @Sace - I agree, Skeets is a great name 😂 5d
Ruthiella I loved Sailor Skeets! That windbag who enjoys life at sea because it kept him from his wife! 😂 What was that about? I feel like the writers just threw in any old thing here, plot and characters-wise. 5d
CogsOfEncouragement @Bookwormjillk My daughter had some newer ND books, that we have passed on to others so I can‘t reference them, where Nancy is on her college campus. I keep expecting to find her in school in these originals and am surprised she isn‘t. I wonder if as we get to other mysteries she will be. 5d
CogsOfEncouragement @TheAromaofBooks I see that trend of added peril for the sake of adding peril in the whole series. It always reminds me who the target audience is, and I feel that they were trying to make these stories thrilling without being too scary. (edited) 5d
dabbe @Bookwormjillk I have wondered that since Book #1, and I also wonder why I didn't care when I read these as a kid. She lives with dad, gets her money from him, doesn't work ... is she just whittling her time away as an amateur detective until Ned graduates and marries her? #oytothevey if that's true! 😂 4d
TheAromaofBooks @CogsOfEncouragement - Oh for sure! I remember ALWAYS wanting to read the next chapter when I was growing up thanks to those cliffhanger endings!! 😂 4d
AmandaBlaze The attack at the airport was a little out there. Maybe they didn't know she was travelling with friends who would check on her? 4d
lauraisntwilder @Bookwormjillk @dabbe When Nancy and the girls went to visit boys off in college, it really struck me as bizarre that Nancy wasn't in college, too. Or secretary school? Or whatever else was appropriate at the time for young women. Bess and George could just as easily have been written as classmates or coworkers. Ah well, further proof these are a product of their time. 4d
julieclair @dabbe I think you‘ve got it exactly right. Daddy is taking care of her until she marries Ned, and then she becomes Ned‘s responsibility. 🤯 3d
mrp27 As I mentioned previously I‘d love to see more of Nancy develop as a teenager while she solves the mysteries. Is she going to college, is she going to get a job how does her relationship with Ned develop etc. I get we‘re not going to be seeing much of this in the coming books as it‘s the thrill of the mystery that is the point of these stories but they could be so much more! 3d
kwmg40 As some others have mentioned, the adventures seem somewhat random and chaotic this time. 3d
Librarybelle Completely agree about the randomness of the adventures this time. Like @mrp27 said, it would be nice to see Nancy advance more, but with the understanding that the draw is the mystery, not Nancy‘s character development. Yes to Skeets and the name!! @Bookwormjillk @Sace @bookandbedandtea @TheAromaofBooks @Ruthiella @CogsOfEncouragement @dabbe @AmandaBlaze @lauraisntwilder @julieclair @kwmg40 3d
BarkingMadRead She was definitely playing catch up this time, she always seemed to be a little behind! 3d
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2. Nancy is juggling a couple of mysteries, as well as preparing to see Ned at Emerson! How does she do it?!?!

Let's think about the overall plot of the book. In part, there is a carryover from last month's book and the postal service. Nancy violates regulations inviting Ira into her home to rest! Nancy also faces danger but no #NancyNogginKnockout .

How does this one compare to the rest of the books so far? #NancyDrewBR #LittenDetectives

DGRachel I actually liked this one more than the others. I think because there isn‘t as much of a savior complex, or at least not that stood out. Her blatant disregard for postal service regulations is kind of funny, although I also think it‘s abhorrent that she not allowed to offer her postal carrier respite from the heat. 5d
Bookwormjillk I thought it was a little convenient that all the mysteries ended up to be connected. I did like all of the different locations Nancy traveled to though. 5d
Sace I liked this one better than The Haunted Showboat but not as much as the Clue in the Diary. I think there was just a little too much going on, postal tampering, Lonely Hearts scams, missing heiress. 5d
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CogsOfEncouragement I noticed Nancy didn‘t get to show off some out of left field special skill in this one. lol I was struck by how many times she promised to be careful, and then immediately go off on her own - trust some rando w/a message that says to meet someone in an empty theater and doesn‘t take a friend with her, etc. 5d
bookandbedandtea It did seem like there was a lot more than usual going on in this one but I liked the trip to Emerson (which luckily helped the investigation!) and I looked 5d
bookandbedandtea ... and I *liked seeing how close Nancy and Hannah were in this one. Nancy did get knocked down several times, if not OUT, and was this the first time she was drugged? 5d
TheAromaofBooks It really seems like Ira was actually the one who violated code by going inside for the drink, rather than Nancy for offering him one. How would she know about the rule?? It seems like it would be Ira responsibility to say thanks but no thanks. 5d
Ruthiella I thought this was a little more disjointed plot was from previous books… not that these are tightly plotted masterpieces to begin with! 😂 But it felt less focused than previous books to me. 5d
AmandaBlaze I skimmed through the last part of this one, which I haven't done before. I just wasn't as connected to the storyline. It was still a fun read, though. At least this time Nancy was drugged rather than knocked out. 4d
lauraisntwilder @CogsOfEncouragement Yeah, no special skill! I kept thinking she was going to step in for Ned as QB when he got hurt. I'm sure she could throw a great spiral! 😆 4d
PurpleyPumpkin I liked this one but not quite as much as the previous books. There was a lot going on! But the ending wrapped everything up nicely. 4d
julieclair I actually liked this one the best so far. I think because it was a bit more realistic, rather than having Nancy using “some out of left field special skill” (great phrase, @CogsOfEncouragement ! 3d
mrp27 I agree with many others and ultimately I didn‘t like this book as much as some of the others, too many mysteries, too convoluted. I did like their trip to Emerson and the football game. Would love to read more too how Nancy is teenager doing teenage things. 3d
kwmg40 I didn't like this one as much as the earlier ones, though it was still entertaining enough. Some of the subplots seemed overly contrived. 3d
Librarybelle I liked this one, but I don‘t think it was the strongest we have read so far…maybe because it did not seem like Nancy didn‘t show off a special skill, like @CogsOfEncouragement said. I would have loved your thought @lauraisntwilder of Nancy becoming the QB! @DGRachel @Bookwormjillk @Sace @bookandbedandtea @TheAromaofBooks @Ruthiella @AmandaBlaze @PurpleyPumpkin @julieclair @mrp27 @kwmg40 3d
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1. Once again, there are some differences between the 1932 and 1968 edition. In 1932, Nancy helps Ira Dixon, whereas the last name is changed to Nixon for the 1968 edition. A few scenes were cut from the 1932 for 1968--a snow storm for instance, and in 1968, Nancy is attacked in an airport.

Which edition did you read this month? #NancyDrewBR #LittenDetectives

DGRachel 1968 although I‘m sorry to have missed the snow storm. 😂 5d
Bookwormjillk I read 1968 I believe. Where is everyone finding the 1930‘s books? 5d
Sace I read the 1968 version (that I assume was maintained intact in 1996, the most recent copyright year listed). So I didn‘t get the snowstorm, but there was one in the Haunted Showboat! I wonder why they changed Ira‘s name to Nixon. 5d
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CogsOfEncouragement 1968 this time. @Bookwormjillk My library has some. There is an explanation at the front that there is some offensive language, yet there is value in reading older works. 5d
bookandbedandtea I have the full set of the yellow spine 60's versions and only 1-6 in the 30's version, so I'll be 60's all the way now. Although there was a snowstorm in this. 🤔 Not that it impeded the investigation any! 5d
TheAromaofBooks I read the 60s and they definitely had a snowstorm, although I guess it just meant they were walking around rather than getting stranded, so maybe it had a different impact in the earlier version?? The airport attack felt really random, just this female villain out of nowhere. 5d
Ruthiella Yellow spine all the way baby! Reading these takes makes back to childhood. My library had the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew books in their own area and I‘d always make a beeline for it in the hopes there‘d be a number I hadn‘t read yet! 🤞 5d
Ruthiella @TheAromaofBooks Agree about the random accomplices! It seemed like all of a sudden Edgar developed a gang? 5d
AmandaBlaze 1968 version. The ebook said it was from the 1930's. However, from the info you gave, it seems like 1968. 4d
PurpleyPumpkin Definitely the 1968 version as an ebook. I wonder if the ebooks are all the later/latest renditions of the stories. 🤔 4d
julieclair I read 1968. And me too, @Ruthiella ! When our class had library time, there was a whole group of us who hurried over to the Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys section. Those yellow and blue spines all lined up were like a wonderful magnet! 3d
mrp27 ‘68 version. Curious about the name change Dixon/Nixon. Don‘t see how or why it needed changing. 3d
kwmg40 I'd read the 1968 version too. 3d
Librarybelle I read the 1968, and the edition from the 90s, as well as the ebooks, are the 1960s versions. From what I can tell, the later editions are the same story as the 1960s. My guess for the snowstorm is a massive storm that causes issues, unlike the snow in the 1968 that seemed to be a minor storyline. @DGRachel @Bookwormjillk @Sace @CogsOfEncouragement @bookandbedandtea @TheAromaofBooks @Ruthiella @AmandaBlaze @PurpleyPumpkin @julieclair @mrp27 @kwmg40 (edited) 3d
BarkingMadRead I read the 68 version 3d
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The Body on the Beach | Anna Johannsen
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Confession: I did not remember purchasing this through Audible, yet it was in my library. But, I‘m glad it was there!

This is a slow burn as the reader learns, along with the detectives, that a simple case of a body on the beach is not simple. There is a sinister storyline underneath of this. I liked it so much I purchased book two to listen to soon!

My first time listening to a German detective story. I‘ll have to find more German mysteries.

kspenmoll Stacked! 5d
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Tagging this book, as Bryson does make a brief visit to my area on his trek. For some reason, Bryson‘s humor got to me in this book, though so many love this book, but I digress…

I do not do much walking outdoors. If given the chance, I‘d walk along the New England coastline. There is something about the salt air and the sea breeze while gazing at the rocky coast that is calming.

However, my parents‘ backyard, pictured in this very old photo ⬇️

Librarybelle ⬆️ from a dozen years ago, borders the Appalachian Trail. When I was a kid, we would spend a few hours on the trail by simply cutting through the farm field directly behind us and meet up with the trail. Within a mile of the house is a tiny brook with a little foot bridge that gurgles and is so peaceful. I‘ve not been on the trail in decades, but with it near my parents‘ house, when I visit, I have to watch for hikers crossing roadways. I love ⬇️ 7d
Librarybelle ⬆️ that the area around my parents is protected, since it is designated federal government property due to the trail. A fun little tidbit! #WednesdayWanderings #LitSolace #MidsummerSolace 7d
AllDebooks This is wonderful x 7d
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Librarybelle I also normally avoid tagging books in these posts, but despite my misgivings with Bryson‘s humor in this one, it‘s a good look at the pros and cons of thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail, or really any massive trail. I did like his descriptions of the scenic areas he hiked. 7d
mabell Very cool! I‘d love to see a portion of the trail one day! (Thru hiker I am not 🤣) I really enjoyed this book, but I agree about Bryson‘s humor - it can be a bit much at times 7d
Librarybelle @mabell Yeah, I‘m definitely not a thru hiker. 😂 Props to those who are!! 7d
TheBookHippie I love all this! Fascinating! I cannot read this author 😅😵‍💫🫣🤷🏻‍♀️ 7d
Librarybelle @TheBookHippie I read a couple others by him that did not bother me. This one is my least favorite of what I read. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 7d
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Thanks for the tag, @Texreader !

I scored 46/100…though I feel like I saw a lot of movies over the years, it makes me wonder if I just saw the same ones over and over again. 😂

The list misses some really good ones IMO - Office Space and Clueless immediately come to mind! - but from the list:

1. Notting Hill
2. My Best Friend‘s Wedding
3. Tie between Sleepless in Seattle and Beauty and the Beast

My picks line with my love for 90 rom-coms

#TLT

dabbe They most definitely do! Sometimes I love to just watch the ending of NOTTING HILL on YouTube--over and over again. 😂 Thanks for playing and sharing! 🤩🤩🤩 6d
Librarybelle The ending is so good, @dabbe ! 6d
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Who would have thought a mysterious letter would cause so many issues??? Nancy breaks a postal regulation, is followed and attacked, and also has an altercation with a woman. Plus, she has to cheer on Ned at the football game! I‘m so loving the #NancyDrewBR ! Discussion on the 15th!

#Xander #CatsOfLitsy

Bookwormjillk I gave up on my library and bought a kindle copy today. Looking forward to diving in. 1w
Librarybelle @Bookwormjillk Sorry! At least you have a copy now! 1w
Ruthiella I think any postal worker would read this as a horror story! 😱😂 1w
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RaeLovesToRead Xander!!!! 🥰🥰🥰 1w
DGRachel I am definitely liking them more as we go along! 1w
dabbe There's one of your “boys“! 🤩🖤🐾🖤🤩 1w
Librarybelle Yes, @dabbe ! 😻 1w
TheAromaofBooks I was like no wonder my packages go astray half the time, they're probably getting caught up in a lonely hearts scam! 😂 7d
Librarybelle @TheAromaofBooks I know! 😂 I loved that little twist…what a concept to add for Nancy to discover and solve with her other mysteries. 7d
Allylu Yes, but she has help from the little kid up the street - no problem. 😊 6d
Librarybelle I loved that part, @Allylu ! 6d
Allylu Me too!! 6d
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I loved this one! Definitely more adventure than mystery, with just a little bit of romance, this is a snappy and creative look at the Regency era from the perspective of a 42 year old unmarried woman and her twin. I loved Lady Augusta, who is snarky and quick-witted and breaks any spinster stereotype. I laughed quite a lot while reading. I gasped a lot too - Goodman uses the narrative to discuss female injustices in the 19th century. ⬇️⬇️⬇️

Librarybelle ⬆️⬆️⬆️ It‘s a stark reminder that women had no power. Women‘s health, inheritance rights, child and women abduction/prostitution - just some of the issues addressed. The narrative made me feel so many emotions, and to me that means this is a good book. Rumor is there will be a book two - I sincerely hope so! 1w
Deblovestoread Great review! I need to move this up the kindle tbr ladder. (edited) 1w
Librarybelle Thanks, @Deblovestoread ! I hope you enjoy! 1w
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Texreader Excellent review. Stacked! 1w
tpixie Great review! stacked!! 1w
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Combined #BookReport and #WeeklyForecast : Though I read a lot this past week, I managed to complete one book. The Irish Goodbye was a fun listen!

My plan for this week is to just keep reading!

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I caved…complete FOMO! I went through several images and did not get the book shot, and this one did not display a lot of décolletage. ?

https://bridgertonportrait.com

Deblovestoread Lovely! 2w
TheBookHippie Oh I love it! 2w
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Texreader Love it!! 2w
Librarybelle Thank you, @Texreader ! 2w
CrowCAH I agree. I feel like I have to go back and see if I can‘t get the book pose 2w
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Cordelia needs to escape from her grief and decides to spend a summer off the coast of Ireland. She literally runs into Niall on her first day…literally. It is not love at first sight.

This is a romance story, but it‘s also a study in grief and learning to cope with memories and discover oneself again. The romance bits are extra spicy, totally NSFW. I listened to the audio, and I greatly preferred the female voice actress over the male ⬇️⬇️

Librarybelle ⬆️⬆️ voice narrator. As for the story itself, Cordelia did get on my nerves a little bit with her extreme bashfulness and her constant fretting over everything - perhaps she hits a little too close to home for me. My favorite character by far is Rosheen, an older woman who lives on the island and is hilarious. Really, really hilarious. Overall, this is a good summer read. Perfect beach read, and it makes me really want to go to Ireland! 2w
willaful So annoying when there's more than one narrator and the quality varies. I've had to switch to print many a time. 2w
Librarybelle Thanks #NetGalley and the publisher for this #ALC ! 2w
Librarybelle @willaful The male voice narrator could not do a female voice at all. They all sounded so shrilly, unfortunately. I did like his narration of Niall‘s voice, though. 2w
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I was so close to a bingo on May‘s #BookSpinBingo card! I will manage a bingo one of these days…

My June card is ready to go!

willaful You had one of those “so many books read but somehow no bingo“ boards. So annoying! 😂 2w
Librarybelle @willaful Maybe June will be my month for a bingo! 2w
willaful @Librarybelle Sitting on my thumbs for you! 2w
TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! Looking great!! 2w
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The dedication has captured my immediate interest:

“This book is dedicated to all women out there who no longer have the patience or desire to put up with any nonsense.”

kspenmoll Love this!!!!🩵💙❤️ 2w
dabbe 🤩🤩🤩 2w
Deblovestoread Me 🙋🏻‍♀️ 2w
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My cards arrived today! Thank you, @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks and @TheBookHippie !! #LitsyLove

TheBookHippie YAY!!! 🩷🩷🩷🩷 2w
Librarybelle @TheBookHippie Sunflowers are my favorite flowers, so it was such a perfect card. Thank you! ❤️ 2w
TheBookHippie @Librarybelle 🌻🌻🌻🌻🌻 oh how wonderful!!! 2w
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Mimi28 When is your birthday? I got your letter today!! I will send you a birthday card 😉🩷 2w
Librarybelle @Mimi28 So glad you got my letter! My birthday was Saturday! 2w
Mimi28 Happy belated birthday 🎂!! I will send your card soon 😊🩷I hope it was a great one!! 🫶🏽😊🩷🤗😎 2w
Librarybelle @Mimi28 It was! Thank you so much! ❤️ 2w
Mimi28 That‘s great!! You‘re welcome ☺️ 2w
Ddzmini Happy birthday 🎊🎈🎉🎁🎂🥳📚 2w
Librarybelle Thank you, @Ddzmini ! ❤️ 2w
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I had a really good reading month in May. 16 completed books, from a wide variety of genres and age levels. My favorites were The Best at It by Maulik Pancholy and The Situation Room by George Stephanopoulos.

On to June!!

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Combined #BookReport and #WeeklyForecast :

I loved The Situation Room! Lots of great info. I‘m so glad I read that last week.

This week, it‘s time to really dive into #buddyread titles and see what #BookSpinBingo brings!

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I own a few copies of Little Women but decided to read from my most recent edition acquisition, the #BOTM version.

I‘ve read this a couple of times, so I‘m looking forward to this reread. Fun fact: If I ever had a daughter, her name would be Josephine Elizabeth, after my two favorite female characters, Jo March and Elizabeth Bennet. #PemberLittens #HashtagBrigade

IndoorDame Love the cover art!!!! 3w
Bookwormjillk I think that‘s my favorite so far 🤩 3w
BarkingMadRead Ohhhhh fun cover! 3w
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Librarybelle I loved it so much I had to add it to my BOTM box awhile ago! @IndoorDame @Bookwormjillk @BarkingMadRead 3w
LiteraryinLawrence I love the name Josephine for that reason too! With a nickname of Jo. I‘m not having kids so I always thought of it as a possible cat name. 😋 3w
Librarybelle @LiteraryinLawrence Good plan! I‘ll never have kids either, so my cats are blessed with “human” names. They‘re my kids. 🤷🏻‍♀️😂 3w
Texreader And I still haven‘t read it… 3w
kelli7990 I haven‘t read it yet. 3w
Librarybelle @Texreader @kelli7990 There are quite a few children‘s classics I have yet to read but everyone else has. Maybe someday! 3w
marleed I believe I own 3 physical copies of this book, and I too must admit, I‘ve never read it. Ohhh, maybe I should list one of my #BookSpin categories as A children‘s classic! 2w
Librarybelle @marleed I highly recommend it! 2w
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A Thousand Ships | Natalie Haynes
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New month, new book for #LiteraryCrew ! This month, we head to the Trojan War era. Read at your own pace throughout the month. I‘ll check in periodically and will post discussion questions on June 30th.

If you would like to be added or removed from the tag list, let me know! #BuddyRead

CrowCAH Thank you for tagging me! 😁 Looking forward to this one. 3w
Deblovestoread This is such a good book! Enjoy 💜 3w
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Librarybelle So good to hear it is good, @Deblovestoread ! 3w
kspenmoll I am waiting for book but plan to@join in! 3w
Librarybelle Hope it arrives soon, @kspenmoll ! 3w
julieclair So happy to be reading this. It has been on my TBR forever! 2w
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#LittenDetectives : We are two weeks away from our next #NancyDrewBR discussion! What happens when Nancy receives a mysterious letter? Let‘s find out!

Questions will be posted on June 15th!

Bookwormjillk My library only has the audiobook for this one. I‘m interested to see what that‘s like. 3w
Librarybelle @Bookwormjillk Is Laura Linney the narrator? I‘ve not listened to her narrations, but I hear they are good. 3w
BarkingMadRead Can‘t wait!! 3w
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bookandbedandtea I'm ready! I really enjoy revisiting these with a group. 3w
Ruthiella I‘ve already started reading! 😃👍 3w
Read4life I‘m really enjoying the reread and discussions. 🤓 3w
Bookwormjillk @Librarybelle no, I‘ll have to look for her version in the future if I do audio again! 3w
TheAromaofBooks I don't remember this one at all, so I'm curious to see if it comes back to me 😂 3w
DebinHawaii Just picked mine up from the library! 🎉 3w
Allylu Already have my copy from the library! 💕📚 2w
Librarybelle @Allylu Hooray!! 2w
julieclair I just love the title of this one! 2w
PurpleyPumpkin This is one reading challenge that I‘m actually keeping up with!😅Looking forward to the upcoming discussion. 👍🏽 2w
kspenmoll I will be in NYC tomorrow but will catch up Sunday. 5d
Librarybelle Enjoy NYC, @kspenmoll ! 5d
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Christie, thank you so much for the lovely gift! I love all of it. It is so tempting to break into the chocolate right now. 😂

❤️❤️❤️ I feel so special! #LitsyLove

tpixie French tea!! 🇫🇷 Happy birthday!! 🎁 (edited) 3w
Librarybelle Thank you, @tpixie ! ❤️ 3w
Bookwormjillk Happy birthday 🎉 3w
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Librarybelle Thank you, @Bookwormjillk ! ❤️ 3w
TheLudicReader Glad it arrived safely. 🥳 3w
TheLudicReader Haha @tpixie …that tea is not French. I just happen to live in Canada‘s only officially bilingual province. It is made here, though, and is my favourite. 3w
tpixie @TheLudicReader Ah! Ah!! Fantastique 🩵 3w
LeahBergen Lovely! I‘ve not tried that tea, @TheLudicReader . As a good Canadian, I must rectify that. 😁 3w
TheLudicReader @LeahBergen I would be happy to send you some! 3w
LeahBergen @TheLudicReader Oh, that‘s too kind but don‘t go out of your way! I can look it up online. 😘 2w
TheLudicReader @LeahBergen It is zero trouble. Consider it sent. 😁 2w
LeahBergen @TheLudicReader Aww, thank you!! 🥰 2w
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Thank you for the lovely birthday wishes and extras, @UwannaPublishme , @Blerdgal_Fenix , @KadaGul , and @Eggs !

#LitsyLove

KadaGul Your Birthday 🎂🎁🎈🎉 Corner is bursting with celebration! 3w
Librarybelle @KadaGul ❤️❤️❤️ 3w
Mollyanna Happy Birthday! 3w
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Librarybelle Thank you, @Mollyanna ! ❤️ 3w
Cupcake12 Happy birthday 🥳 3w
MaureenMc Happy birthday! 🎈 3w
LeahBergen Happy Birthday!! ❤️❤️ 3w
Sargar114 Happy Birthday!!! 🥳 3w
JessClark78 Happy Birthday! 🎊🎂🎉 3w
Eggs You‘re welcome ☺️ Hope it was fun! 3w
Librarybelle @Eggs It was! 😁 3w
UwannaPublishme Keep enjoying your birthday month! 😘❤️🎉🎂 2w
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I took time this afternoon to make my June #BookSpinBingo list!

Mollyanna Very pretty! 3w
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 3w
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City of Books: A Novel | Nicole Meier
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Thanks to #NetGalley and the publisher for this #ALC !

When a small group of bookstore employees are told to immediately shut down their bookstore, they decide to stay, refusing to leave to show the importance of the store to the community. The reader sees the story from the perspective of the manager Jo, as she and a half dozen staff keep the online bookstore sales running.

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Librarybelle ⬆️ connection to people. There is growth of the characters, which was nice to see. The narrative itself seemed a little longer than necessary, and Jo‘s frequent repetitive thoughts was a little too much for me sometimes. There is a side story that I‘m not exactly sure why it was added, other than a humanity aspect. Okay listen. The voice narrator was good. I did like the book quotes throughout! And who wouldn‘t want to be in a bookstore overnight? 3w
Hooked_on_books What an awesome premise! What a bummer it wasn‘t a better book. 3w
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Librarybelle @Hooked_on_books It is a great premise! I‘m sure the author modeled it after Powells, since the story takes place in Portland. But, it just did not grab me. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 3w
LibrarianRyan Sound interesting. Is it just me, but hasn't there been a lot of Bookstore/library books written lately. 2w
Librarybelle @LibrarianRyan Yes! Totally agree! 2w
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It‘s time for our discussion, #LiteraryCrew !

I posted 8 questions as spoilers. You can find them on my feed, the book‘s feed, or searching the group hashtag.

Thanks for joining me for this #BuddyRead ! Next month‘s book is A Thousand Ships by Natalie Haynes, and I will post a reminder graphic about it tomorrow.

kspenmoll I really loved this book💕 3w
julieclair Still listening. Loving it so far! 3w
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8. Consider the mothers and daughters in this book: Veronique and Marie-Louise; Veronique and her mother, Danielle; the queen and her daughters; and Madame du Pompadour and Alexandrine. What are the common threads in all those relationships? Which ones did you most identify with? ~from Reading Group Guide #LiteraryCrew #BuddyRead

kspenmoll One common thread is that there was physical distance between them all.Also in most cases the daughters were taken from their mothers at birth or at a young age & raised separately.The mothers had to deal with the agony of that loss.The mothers either did not have a choice in this because they were under their husbands rule or as in Veronique‘s case,her mother believed what she was told that her daughter‘s life would be much richer. (edited) 3w
julieclair @kspenmoll is correct, in that all of the daughters were separated from their mothers, one way or another . It is hard for me to imagine that. I really don‘t identify with any of them. 3w
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7. What do you think becomes of Marie-Louise, Veronique, and Jean-Louis in the years after the novel ends? How do you envision their future? ~adapted from Reading Group Guide #LiteraryCrew #BuddyRead

mcctrish I hope Jean-Louis lived a good life and stayed in touch with his mom. 3w
kspenmoll I loved that fact that Marie-Louise was going to join her son in the New World. 3w
julieclair It‘s so fascinating to think that the daughter and grandson of the French king could be living like ordinary people in the new world. Imagine tracing your genealogy nowadays and discovering that! 3w
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6. How might Marie-Louise's life had differed had she known the truth of her mother and father, rather than learning years later? ~adapted from Reading Group Guide #LiteraryCrew #BuddyRead

mcctrish If her guardians had told her I think it might have crushed her and if it had been public knowledge I think she‘d have been killed in the uprisings (edited) 3w
kspenmoll I agree with @mcctrish in that she was protected during the Revolution while her husband ultimately was not because he took her dowry money that was traced to the crown. 3w
julieclair I think she would have been happier overall if she had known the truth, rather than just thinking that her parents didn‘t care about her. But I agree that not knowing probably did save her life during the Revolution. 3w
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5. Why does Marie-Louise become a midwife? What about her history may have made her uniquely qualified for this calling? ~from Reading Group Guide #LiteraryCrew #BuddyRead

mcctrish I think she needed to do something, have a role, not be disposable ( worthless) and midwifery was just what was presented to her as a viable vocation. She was smart and capable and being a midwife was seemingly the best job a woman at that time could have and keep after marriage and children 3w
kspenmoll She was interested in & studying science- she knew she could not be a doctor in the society she lives in. She did not want to be a nurse, assisting doctors. She observed how independent, in charge, respected & knowledgeable her mentor was & she wanted that life. 3w
julieclair She just found herself in that situation, and ran with it. She really didn‘t have many options. 3w
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4. Why is it so hard for Veronique to move on after the king spurns her, despite knowing that her future has been assured if she's willing to go along with the plan? Why does she continue to insist that the king is the father of her child? Would you have done the same? ~from Reading Group Guide #LiteraryCrew #BuddyRead

mcctrish She was young and thought the relationship was a two way street. The trauma of a sexual relationship so young, the lack of education and then the consequences ( pregnancy and dismissal) broke her heart and her mind. I think realizing how absolutely disposable I was would break me 3w
kspenmoll @mcctrish I agree- she believed all he had told her about being his love- just a child & he was all she had. She insists he is the father of her child because he is the only man she had sex with during that time. It is beyond her ability to grasp that he is done with her. (edited) 3w
julieclair Poor Veronique was completely under the control of others. First her mother “sold” her, then Mme. Pompadour and Lebel controlled every aspect of her life. Insisting that the king is her baby‘s father is the only thing she can control. 3w
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3. At the start of the novel, we are told that the king's mistress, Madame du Pompadour, “. . .knows that the world is not run by those who trust but by those who foresee trouble well before it is conceived.“ Do you agree? Which other characters in this novel share that approach to life? ~from Reading Group Guide #LiteraryCrew #BuddyRead

kspenmoll I am at work- will respond later in the day. 3w
Jerdencon The kings main helper (can‘t remember his name right now) definitely lived his life trying to anticipate the next step before the king. 3w
mcctrish @Jerdencon I listened to this so I can‘t look it up but you are absolutely right. I think we all live this way to some extent ( savings, life insurance, looking both ways before we cross the street ) some people have to next level it - body guards 3w
kspenmoll @Jerdencon I think his name is Lebel. He served the king so long that he knew him inside & out - he tells the king he is always “ sniffing for deceit” unlike the king who Lebel tells him he “only sees goodness and innocence around you.” His job is to know what the king needs next. 3w
julieclair I think there‘s a lot of truth in that statement. If someone has anticipated problems and is prepared to handle them, then they can have the luxury of trusting people. If their trust turns out to be misplaced, they‘re ready to deal with it. 3w
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2. Before diving into the book, I also wanted to highlight King Louis XV, who is one of the main characters in the novel, and Deer Park. Stachniak includes in her author's note that Deer Park did exist. I was astounded while reading about this!

Here's a little bit more information about Louis XV and Deer Park: https://www.geriwalton.com/parc-aux-cerfs-and-tales-of-louis-xvs-harem/

#LiteraryCrew #BuddyRead

kspenmoll Thanks! This article is better than what I found on the internet! I learned so much through this book- I had no knowledge of the Kings use of young girls. 3w
Jerdencon While I had never heard of deer park before, I can‘t say I was surprised it was going on… these kings thought they could do whatever they wanted and found an excuse to make it seem ok. 3w
mcctrish I had no idea before this book ( but it makes perfect sense) your link is fantastic. This is the best kind of historical fiction 3w
julieclair That link is so interesting. I had never heard of Deer Park before reading this book. As @mcctrish says, this is the best kind of historical fiction. Books like this are why it‘s my favorite genre. 3w
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1. We are at Versailles this month! Have you ever visited Versailles? Have you read anything prior to this book set in or about Versailles?

To get us fully immersed, this is the Versailles official website: https://en.chateauversailles.fr/

#LiteraryCrew #BuddyRead

kspenmoll I visited Versailles during my honeymoon- we spent a week in Paris & a week in Italy. The opulence is so striking. It makes you understand why the revolution occurred. 3w
tpixie Versailles is golden opulence! One crazy thing- people would come into the bedrooms of the queen to watch her sleep & get dressed- like a zoo animal !! And whenever a queen would deliver a baby there would be multiple people there watching her to document that it really was a royal birth. 3w
Jerdencon I visited Versailles many years ago - it was beautiful… I have so many pictures of the hall of mirrors! 3w
mcctrish @kspenmoll I went on my honeymoon too ❤️❤️ and again with my boys 15 years later ( watering rationing was very event the second time with only a few fountains running in the gardens on the official water days ☹️) I loved that I could imagine where the characters were when they walked the ground 3w
julieclair Versailles was so opulent that it was hard to comprehend. Such unbelievable wealth. 3w
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Wow! Stephanopoulos takes the reader through six decades of presidential history through the confines of the Situation Room. This is a fascinating look at the workings of each president from Kennedy through Biden, the apolitical staffers who interact with them, & the administration staffers. At times poignant and other times horrifying, I learned a lot, and it also confirmed some of my impressions on former presidents. 5 stars!

JenReadsAlot I'm a huge fan of George so looking forward to this one! 3w
Librarybelle @JenReadsAlot It was really good! I hope you enjoy it too! 3w
Bookwormjillk Ohhh this sounds like an episode of The West Wing. I‘ll have to check it out! 3w
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Librarybelle @Bookwormjillk Yes!!! I also thought of Madame Secretary the whole time I was reading this. 3w
AmyG I‘ve got a hold on the audiobook. Glad to hear it‘s good! 3w
Librarybelle @AmyG I could not put it down! I hope you enjoy it! 3w
Hooked_on_books I saw a clip of him on some show talking about this book and immediately put the audio on hold. Sounds like it‘s just as good as I thought it might be! 3w
Librarybelle @Hooked_on_books I hope you like it! 3w
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Librarybelle
Digging Up Daisy | Sherry Lynn
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Mehso-so

Admittedly, I almost stopped reading this one after the first couple of chapters - the actions of the main character just completely baffled me, and the response of those actions by law enforcement seemed completely wrong. Cozies are not meant to be real life, but this seemed over the top even for a cozy. The narrative did get better as the story progressed. Lots of suspects and mystery elements, plus a secondary mystery. ⬇️⬇️⬇️

Librarybelle ⬆️⬆️⬆️The ending was pretty dramatic, a true nail biter. So-so read in the end for me. I received a copy of this from #NetGalley , so thanks to NetGalley and the publisher, and I had found a physical copy of the book along the way. #Zeke and #Xander are clearly ready for bed! #CatsOfLitsy 3w
JenReadsAlot So cute! 3w
KadaGul The grey cat 🐈‍⬛ is like, the book 📖 was great, and now it is time to sleep 😴. Orange 🍊 cat 🐈 is like, I love ❤️ the book 📖 was great, let's read another one.#Petslife 3w
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Librarybelle @JenReadsAlot ❤️❤️❤️ 3w
Librarybelle @KadaGul Shortly after this, they were both asleep and not quite ready to leave their spots by my pillows. 😂 3w
KadaGul Ceto, Display Picture, she does the same thing. When I'm reading 📖 bed 🛏️. First, she wants to rub her body, to claim the book 📖 , every corner of the book. Then be right up the book 📖 like she can read it. The first 30 minutes go by, settling, and then the rest of the time is spent between her getting into a comfortable position and me comforting her. 3w
dabbe Too adorable! 🖤🐾🐾🖤 3w
Leftcoastzen Very cute!😻😻 3w
Ruthiella 😻😻😻 3w
IndoorDame 😻😻😻 3w
Librarybelle Thank you, @dabbe @Leftcoastzen @Ruthiella @IndoorDame ! They are the best reading companions. ❤️ 3w
UwannaPublishme Awww! Love this photo! 😻 3w
Bethaj11 What cute kitties!! 3w
Librarybelle Thank you, @Bethaj11 ! 3w
PaperbackPirate 😻😻 3w
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Combined #BookReport and #WeeklyForecast :

Last week was a good reading week, with a few #buddyread titles completed. It was a mixture of good and so-so reads, with a wide span of genres and topics.

I cannot believe it‘s time to organize the June buddy read list! It also makes me realize how many buddy reads I participate in! 😂 I think I recorded all of them for June.

Happy Reading!

UwannaPublishme Wow! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 3w
kspenmoll Yes, Wow!!! 3w
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Librarybelle
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes | Arthur Conan Doyle, Sir
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I read this collection a number of years ago and enjoyed the reread. There was one or two so-so stories in the collection, but the majority of the stories have a fun adventure. Holmes is Holmes, of course…he‘s never going to win the most humble person award!

#NoPlaceLikeHolmes

dabbe And that's one of the reasons we love him! 🤩🤩🤩 4w
Cuilin Wonderful review, thanks for being a part of this lovely group. 🫶 4w
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Thanks for the tag, @DebinHawaii !

1. My boys!
2. Visiting wineries
3. Book mail! New Nora Roberts and Ruth Ware
4. My first birthday card in the mail - thank you @KadaGul !
5. Murder, Mystery, and My Family on BritBox…my current binge watch!

#5JoysFriday

UwannaPublishme Happy almost Birthday! 🎉 4w
Mimi28 Happy early birthday 🎂!! 4w
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KadaGul @Librarybelle, I can't😳 believe you got it so quickly! I sent it out just two days ago, and I didn't expect you to receive it this week.#birthdaycards 4w
Librarybelle @KadaGul The mail is crazy! Some things take weeks and others are quick. Arriving a week early just gives me a little bit more time to celebrate! 😁 Thank you for the card!!! 4w
DebinHawaii A lovely list of joys! 💛💛💛 Book mail & birthday cards are joy bringers! Happy early birthday! 🎉🎂🎉 Thanks for sharing & spreading the joy! 🤗 4w
Librarybelle Thank you, @DebinHawaii ! ❤️ 4w
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Librarybelle
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Mehso-so

Admittedly, I was curious about this one - it‘s hard not to see the ads for the movie everywhere you go! I enjoyed the beginning and the end (oh my about that!) but the middle really dragged for me. There were so many details and aspects of the relationship covered that it just seemed to bog down. I‘m not a voracious romance reader, so that explain my feelings. 🤷🏻‍♀️

NSFW scenes aplenty, so if you listen to this like I did, beware!

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Librarybelle
Ceremony in Death | Nora Roberts, J. D. Robb
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Wow…this one was super creepy! But so good! Eve Dallas has to dive into the occult and has some pretty gruesome and graphic episodes. I highly recommend not reading this one while you‘re eating…yikes!

I greatly enjoy watching Eve grow as a person and coming to terms with her past. #InDeathLongReadalong

LiseWorks Glad you liked it, great to have you with us 4w
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 4w
StayCurious Yes this one is especially creepy! 4w
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Float Up, Sing Down | Laird Hunt
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Look what I snagged from the library, #SundayBuddyRead Littens! I loved Zorrie so much I was so excited to see this new book by Hunt.

TheBookHippie Ooo 😍😍😍😍 1mo
Deblovestoread Looking forward to your thoughts😊 1mo
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