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MaureenMc

MaureenMc

Joined March 2016

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City of Girls | Elizabeth Gilbert
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I struggled with my rating for this book. On one hand, the writing was top-notch. On the other hand, I really disliked the protagonist for the majority of the book, which is off-putting in first-person narration. Still, I‘ve decided to go with “Pick,” as the writing kept me turning the pages, and I think we‘ll have a good discussion in my book club next week.

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Enjoying a laidback Monday morning (last day of my daughter‘s mini Fall break).

My daughter wanted to be on Litsy. 😁

Caroline2 Cute photo! 😍 2mo
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A Certain Age: A Novel | Beatriz Williams
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Another enjoyable read from Ms. Williams, taking place in 1920s New York. Murder, adultery, love, friendship- it has it all! Although this wasn‘t my favorite of hers, I would still recommend it. And that cover! *swoon*

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The Mighty Miss Malone | Christopher Paul Curtis
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Fantastic middle grade story taking place in Gary, Indiana and Flint, Michigan during the Great Depression. Deza Malone is smart, funny, courageous and fiercely loyal to those she loves. I highly recommend the audiobook, read by Bahni Turpin.

megnews One of my daughter‘s favorites. 2mo
MaureenMc @megnews It‘s so good! I‘m looking forward to sharing this one with my daughter when she‘s a bit older. 2mo
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The Strangeness of Beauty | Lydia Y. Minatoya
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Lyrical and bittersweet novel following three generations of Japanese/Japanese-American women in pre-WWII Japan. I learned so much from this story, which is one of my favorite things about historical fiction.

Readswithcoffee I agree! Historical Fiction is on of my favorite genres. 2mo
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The Golden Hour: A Novel | Beatriz Williams
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A perfect Summer read! Quintessential Williams with dual storylines and timelines that come together at the end. This novel follows Lulu, an American journalist in the Bahamas who becomes entangled in the affairs of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor during WWII.
I‘ve discovered I really like reading seasonally. Beatriz fans, which of her books would be perfect for Fall? Tagging the BW superfan @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thanks for the tag!! We are doing a buddy read on this one in March I think!! 💛💛💛 4mo
MaureenMc @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Violet was the first Beatriz Williams‘ book I read! 😄 Ooh, I may have to join the discussion in March. 4mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @MaureenMc we would love for you too!!! 4mo
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The Shell Seekers | Rosamunde Pilcher
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Beautiful and engaging British family saga. I adored the main protagonist, Penelope, and her thoughtful takes on family, self, motherhood, and love. I will definitely be reading more of Pilcher!

Andrew65 Loved this. 4mo
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Wigs on the Green | Nancy Mitford
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After the most recent book fair I attended, I realized I now own four books by Nancy Mitford, but I‘ve yet to read any of them. Any suggestions on which of these to start with?

mabell Great cover collection! 5mo
Centique I think Pursuit of Love is her most famous. It didn‘t quite work for me but lots of other Littens LOVE this book 😊 5mo
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This past weekend was our YMCA‘s annual book fair! Here‘s the obligatory photo of my haul, because if you don‘t post a pic of your books on Litsy, did you even go to the book fair??

TrishB Exactly ! 5mo
SilversReviews Love this photo!! ENJOY them all. (edited) 5mo
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This book was definitely “preaching to the choir,” as I was already a big proponent of reading aloud, but it was interesting to learn the science behind it.

mabell Very cool model! 😎 5mo
MaureenMc @mabell That pose was her own idea. 😊 5mo
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Summertime | Vanessa Lafaye
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Harrowing fictionalized account of the massive hurricane that struck the Florida Keys in 1930. Much of the story focuses on the veterans of WWI (white and black) who were working on a construction project in the area and how they were essentially abandoned by the federal government. Lafaye tackles themes of racism, classism, loyalty and family. Certainly not a “fluffy” summer novel, but worth reading.

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The Lake House | Kate Morton
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Morton follows her typical back-and-forth-in-time formula in this mystery surrounding the disappearance of a baby. Even though I didn‘t really like one of the main protagonists, I still couldn‘t turn the pages fast enough, and I adored many of the other characters. Also, the majority of the book takes place during the summer, & I love when my season matches that of the book I‘m reading.

Cathythoughts Lovely picture 👍🏻♥️ 6mo
RaimeyGallant That mug! :) 5mo
Centique Love the mug SO much! 😍🦉🦉🦉 5mo
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Next Year in Havana | Chanel Cleeton
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Well-told story of revolution-era Cuba and the war‘s far reaching effects on one family. The author did a great job showing how complicated the revolution and its aftermath were, and how and why it was difficult for many exiles to move on.

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Hotel Du Lac | Anita Brookner
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Finishing my second cup of coffee while reading my first Anita Brookner. This one is a definite #blameitonlitsy purchase. Sadly, I‘d never heard of her until several Littens posted about her work.

Zelma That was my first Brookner too. I liked it quite a bit. Quiet but satisfying. 7mo
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When We Left Cuba | Chanel Cleeton
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Engrossing story of a Cuban refugee willing to do almost anything to get her revenge against Castro and get back to her homeland. I find Cuban history fascinating, and I enjoyed every minute of this book. Recommended!

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Second in the Amory Ames series. I enjoyed this one even more than the first. Interesting plot development and fun characters. This would make a fun television series. 😁

mabell Nice photo! 7mo
Godmotherx5 That cover 🤓 7mo
MaureenMc @Godmotherx5 The covers for this series are amazing! 😍 7mo
Godmotherx5 @MaureenMc Oh no, that means a bigger TBR. You‘re a troublemaker 😉 7mo
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Lovely, melancholy reflections of an Irish gentleman deeply grieving his wife. Each chapter is a toast to the most important people in his life. Very well done.

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It was the Greater St. Louis Book Fair this weekend! Did I go all three days? Yes! Do I know where I‘m going to put my new books? Not really! #bookhaul #noregrets

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A Question of Holmes | Brittany Cavallaro
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I just adored this series. Cavallaro‘s Holmes and Watson are complex, well-drawn characters, and I couldn‘t wait to see what happened next. I‘m sad to say goodbye to them, but this book was a fitting conclusion to the series.

mom2bugnbee I DIDN'T KNOW THE NEW ONE WAS OUT! AAAAAAAHHHHHHHH! I love these. And I unapologetically picture Charlotte as Benedict Cumberbatch's daughter. 8mo
MaureenMc @mom2bugnbee It just came out a couple of weeks ago! Ooh, I love the idea of a TV series with Benedict playing Charlotte‘s father. Netflix, get on that! 8mo
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Like many other readers, I found this story fascinating, and the book was very well written. I‘ve also watched the HBO documentary and listened to the ABC News podcast- a bit obsessed, obviously. 😄

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Do you want to read a novel about cloistered nuns in a monastery in 1960s Great Britain? Yes, you do! I see your skeptical gaze, but trust me - this book is not what you (probably) think it is. Loss, grief, love, jealousy, and duty are explored through a cast of exquisitely drawn characters. And most of the book certainly passes the Bechdel test. 😁

Chrissyreadit I completely AGREE!!! I could not believe how good this book was!!! I‘ve recommended it several times ❤️❤️ 8mo
cathysaid Sold! 8mo
RealLifeReading Stacked! 8mo
mabell Great review! 😂😄 8mo
Tamra I do! 8mo
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Eesh. This book was so not for me. I made it halfway, because it was a book club pick and I really try to finish those. But after two of the stories made me physically ill, I decided to bail. (Only two of our members actually finished the book.) Too much ugliness without any apparent point, other than maybe anti-tourism. “Wyoming: You do NOT want to come here.”

mabell Great tag line! 😂😂 9mo
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Loved this! First in a series following an aristocratic woman and her husband as they solve murders and deal (or not) with their complicated marriage. It‘s like if Agatha Christie wrote an episode of Downton Abbey.

Pamwurtzler Looks good! 10mo
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A Raisin in the Sun | Lorraine Hansberry
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I saw a few posts this month about this play which reminded me I had it on my shelves. It was truly excellent, and I‘d like to see a live performance.

My daughter has yet another snow day today (actually for ice). We‘ve had 4 now, which is very unusual for us (at least in recent years). I swear these kids are going to go into “summer slide” in March!
#readblackwomen #Blackhistorymonth

Weaponxgirl I really loved this read this month too. I would love to see it performed live! 10mo
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Linden Hills | Gloria Naylor
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“You don‘t have to sell the your soul to live in Linden Hills. You give it away, piece by piece.”

Gloria Naylor pulls no punches. This is a gut-wrenching, disturbing, and heartbreaking novel-in-stories focused on several residents in an affluent African-American enclave in an unnamed city. I can‘t say the reading experience was pleasant, but I‘m glad I read it. #readblackwomen #BlackHistoryMonth

Reviewsbylola What an amazing quilt!! Did you make that?! 10mo
MaureenMc @Reviewsbylola No, my bestie did! All of the books are my faves &/or books we read for our book club. She‘s so awesome! 😊 10mo
Reviewsbylola Wow, how meaningful. I love that! 10mo
mabell That is so creative! What a lovely gift! 10mo
MaureenMc @mabell 😁 10mo
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I could definitely use some more nuance. Thanks for the opportunity!

#ImListeningGiveaway

britt_brooke Yes!! Thanks for entering. 🤞🏻 10mo
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I love a good literary mystery, and I had high expectations for this novel about a Brontë descendant‘s quest to find the inheritance her father has left her at Oxford. Unfortunately, it didn‘t quite live up to its billing for me. I found the protagonist to be annoyingly immature, and the writing was stilted at times. The premise was fun, though, and YMMV.

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My first Dorothy Parker! This is an anthology of some of her poems and short stories. While Parker‘s oft touted acerbic wit is very much present in many of these pieces, I was surprised by the pathos and despair in others. (Caveat: racist stereotypes and language in some of the short stories 😖)

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The Postmistress | Sarah Blake
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I‘ve had this book on my shelves for almost 9 yrs, & it finally called to me. A WWII novel which takes place in 1940 and 1941, before the U.S. enters the war. We follow a few characters in a small Cape Cod town, including the titular character, as well as an American female war correspondent reporting on the Blitz in London. Their lives intertwine in unexpected ways. Explores themes of duty and loyalty, & whether one trumps the other.

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#Bookhaul! I scored at a new-to-me thrift store this afternoon. I never have this kind of luck!

Lynnsoprano The Ruth Reich‘s book looks like one I need to read. 11mo
Julsmarshall Loved Z, March, and Hyperbole! Im@looking forward to Garlic and Sapphires myself! 11mo
MaureenMc @Lynnsoprano I‘ve been hearing a lot recently about this Reichl book. The thrift store actually had two copies. 11mo
MaureenMc @BookishMarginalia @Julsmarshall I read and loved March, too, but I had borrowed them from the library. Couldn‘t pass up my own copy for $.50. Thanks for the recs on the others! 11mo
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Brideshead Revisited | Evelyn Waugh
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Beautifully written, thought-provoking examination of the main character‘s relationships with an aristocratic family. Tackles themes of family, faith, loyalty, identity, and vocation. It took me a little while to get into it, but after a couple of longish reading sessions, I was hooked.

Cathythoughts Only read for a buddy read later last year .... it was a reread for me ♥️♥️♥️...... 11mo
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Friday's Child | Georgette Heyer
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1. Goodreads challenge of 75 books; read books I already own & stop using the library as much.
2. Nope
3. Wonder Woman 4evah!
4. January (2nd)
5. Shout out to my fellow Capricorns! 🖐
#FriYayIntro

BarbaraTheBibliophage Happy late Birthday! 🎉🙌🏻🎂 11mo
wanderinglynn Happy birthday month! 🎉🥳🎂🥂 11mo
DebbieGrillo 🖐 11mo
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Birthday book haul! The two on the left are from my husband, and the two on the right I picked up at the bookstore on my birthday. Looking forward to reading all of them (eventually)!

LeahBergen Happy Birthday! 📚📚 I have The Country House Library - Isn‘t it a beauty? 😍 11mo
MaureenMc @LeahBergen Yes! And I have you to thank, because it never would have made it to my radar without your posts about it! #BlameitonLeahBergen 😄 11mo
LauraBeth Happy Birthday! 🎉🎁🎂 11mo
MaureenMc @LauraBeth Thank you! 11mo
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Lethal White | Robert Galbraith
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Finished this one during the last week of 2018. I think this one is my favorite so far!

sprainedbrain They just keep getting better! ❤️ 11mo
Cathythoughts Well done ... it‘s very long 😨 11mo
MaureenMc @Cathythoughts Indeed! I usually prefer mysteries to be shorter, but she keeps drawing me in. 11mo
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Here‘s a bit of my bookish Christmas gifts. I had to show you the awesome coasters my Mom gave us. 😊

Graciouswarriorprincess Those are so cool!!!!❤️ 12mo
Reviewsbylola Those are awesome! 12mo
LeahBergen Love them! 12mo
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mabell Fun!! 12mo
AnneCecilie I haven‘t seen that Harry Potter book before. What kind of book is it? 12mo
MaureenMc @AnneCecilie It‘s the first three HP books, with tons of color illustrations. They started releasing them a couple of years ago, I think? So far, only the first three are out, but I hope they release the whole series. 12mo
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Do you enjoy wartime novels, especially those examining the home front? Do you dig epistolary novels? Did you love The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society and are constantly trying to find a book that comes close to all those feels? Then you should give this book a go.

MellieAntoinette So good! 12mo
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It‘s raining, and I‘m reading a book about books while sipping tea by the Christmas tree. #hyggeaf

Wellreadhead Sounds like the perfect afternoon to me! 12mo
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My mom sent me an early birthday present (my birthday isn't until January). A bookish Jefferson quote I'm sure we can all relate to. 😁

JoScho How cool! 12mo
britt_brooke Cute!! 12mo
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Slim, spare, and thought-provoking book exploring the relationships between a brain damaged mathematician, his housekeeper, and the housekeeper‘s son. Ogawa packs a lot to think about in a mere 180 pages. Highly recommend.

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Well done memoir of Chung‘s coming to terms with her adoption and searching for her birth family. She addresses the complexities and difficulties inherent in adoption, especially when white parents adopt non-white children. Recommend.

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My first Sarah Vowell audiobook! And my first audiobook in years. (I don‘t do audiobooks well, as my mind tends to wander.) I really enjoyed the performances, and the topic was also interesting.

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American Street | Ibi Zoboi
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Interesting tale of a Haitian teen trying to find her way in Detroit with her aunt and cousins. There‘s a touch of magical realism I wasn‘t expecting, and it‘s quite violent. Well-written, but not quite what I was in the mood for. Still interested in reading her new book, a Pride and Prejudice retelling.

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Gaudy Night | Dorothy L. Sayers
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This mystery just didn‘t land for me. Too many characters, too many superfluous scenes, and too many archaic and otherwise references to Oxford and England that I just didn‘t get.

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Spinning Silver | Naomi Novik
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Fantasy is not one of my go-to genres, but I liked Uprooted enough to give this one a try. I enjoyed Spinning Silver even more than Uprooted and would highly recommend it for anyone looking to dip their reading toes into fantasy.

hermyknee Is it a sequel or are they each stand alone books? 1y
MaureenMc @hermyknee They are stand alones, with completely different characters and stories. 😁 1y
hermyknee Oh cool! That‘s good to know! I‘d like to read this one! 1y
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Harbor Me | Jacqueline Woodson
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Another gorgeous, heart-wrenching book from Jacqueline Woodson. A group of “special” middle schoolers come together each Friday to just talk. Through the year, they share their stories and learn to trust each other. Loved it.

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The House of Mirth | Edith Wharton
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My first Wharton! Oof, what a punch in the gut. I often felt as if I was watching a train wreck in slow motion. The writing was top-notch, though, and I can see why it‘s considered a classic.

Notafraidofwords Loved it. What an ending ! 1y
Susannah "A train wreck in slow motion" is a perfect description. I started this a few weeks ago but had to take a break. It's an excellent book, but I just want to cover my eyes. ? 1y
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I was expecting a bittersweet story with some heart-warming moments, but it was much darker than I anticipated. I also found the main character to be rather immature and it started to really annoy me after a while. 😬

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Informative, easy to read treatise on why the U.S. education system may not work for your child, plus steps you can take if that is, indeed, the case. I think I may need my own copy to refer to in the future.

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Tiny Little Thing | Beatriz Williams
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I hit up our local YMCA Book Fair yesterday - book fairs are the best!
#bookhaul
#ymcabookfair

LeahBergen Thirkell, Benson, Brookner, Burnett!! 😍😍 1y
MaureenMc @LeahBergen Thirkell, Benson and Brookner were definitely #blameitonlitsy. 😁 1y
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Dear Mrs. Bird | A J Pearce
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WWII novel set in London focusing on the home front and featuring a young, plucky woman trying to make a difference? Hello, wheelhouse! Loved this one as much as I thought I would. 😁

Sydsavvy Me, too, absolutely head-over-heels! 1y
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