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quietjenn

quietjenn

Joined March 2016

professional reader, amateur sleuth, punk-ass book jockey
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The best thing about a tie-in edition is that I don't mind if it gets beat up in my bag, has did it drink dropped on it, or suffers any other sort of damages.

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The Lark | E. Nesbit
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Started in on this #furrowedmiddlebrowclub read, and am just burning my way through it. I'm pleased to find it just as delightful as the second time around, but with lots of things I don't at all remember. Such plucky gals!

Tamra I have the same adorable tray - I love it! So cheery. ☺️ 1w
Sparklemn I love that tray! Do either of you remember where you got it? @tamra @quietjenn (edited) 1w
Tamra @Sparklemn I purchased mine at IKEA a few years ago. 🦜 1w
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LeahBergen They are super plucky, aren‘t they? And I‘m loving that tray, too. 😊 1w
Sparklemn @tamra Ikea still has it. Yay! Thank you. 1w
Tamra @Sparklemn awesome! 1w
quietjenn @LeahBergen yes indeed! Thank you for answering the tray inquiry, @Tamra! I love it too and hope you will enjoy it if you get it, @Sparklemn 1w
batsy It's such a hopeful read! Gives a bit of cheer and optimism. 1w
quietjenn @Batsy indeed! It‘s a good thing 😊 1w
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Jane of Lantern Hill | L M Montgomery
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It feels a bit sacreligius to say it, but I think this is my favorite children's book by L.M. Montgomery - and it alternates with The Blue Castle for overall favorite. Once I started this read, I just couldn't stop. 💙 #kindredspiritsbuddyread

Andrea313 I'm right there with you. Feels terrible because I adore Anne, but this book is practically perfect! ❤️ 2w
LeahBergen I love this one, too! 2w
Daisey I don‘t think I‘ve ever read this one, but this post makes me very much look forward to it this month! 1w
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EvieBee I‘ll have to read this! 1w
quietjenn @Daisey I hope you enjoy it! 1w
quietjenn @EvieBee I think our tastes are pretty in sync, so I think you would enjoy it 🙂 1w
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Merry Month of May | James Jones
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Gathered up all of my group/buddy reads for May. I think I might need to rearrange the nightstand to make room for everything!

Cathythoughts The Lark ♥️ 2w
Tamra That looks like a wonderful stack! 😍 2w
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For this #pemberlittens selection, I'll mostly be reading this edition, although I'm sure I'll download the ebook for nighttime and/or commuting. I've never read this or any other Anne Bronte, so it will be good to finally do so.

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Lady Susan | Jane Austen
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Revisiting this with the #pemberlittens should be fun! I remember quite enjoying it the first time around, and now I can expect memes 😄

Ruthiella I love the memes! 😂 So many clever Littens. 2w
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A School for Fools | Sasha Sokolov
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This is definitely not a book I would've picked up or finished without #nyrbbookclub, but I'm glad I read it. There's some wonderful turn of phrase and wordplay and it was best when I could immerse myself and just go with it. That said, I could've done with more narrative and/or more bits like Now, when we weren't cloistered in the protagonist's head. It was challenging much of the time and I definitely didn't get all the references 😏🤷‍♀️

BarbaraBB Kudos for finishing 🙌 2w
vivastory It's def one that I will be reading again with the hopes of picking up on more of the references 2w
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The Love Hypothesis | Ali Hazelwood
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Sometimes, you just need to sit on the futon and read a book pretty much straight through. No big surprises in this one, but altogether quite satisfying.

Cathythoughts Sounds like a nice time 💕 3w
BethM That‘s how I felt about this! 3d
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Bullet Train | Kotaro Isaka
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Lunch! Very much enjoying this library ebook.

BarbaraBB Looking forward to your review! 1mo
batsy I want to read this! His other book Three Assassins (I think that's the title 😅) also sounds intriguing. 4w
quietjenn @Batsy yes! Seeing Three Assassains on Netgalley is what inspired me to finally check this one out. 4w
Cathythoughts Oh this sounds good ! 4w
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The Crowded Street | Winifred Holtby
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Ah excellent novel that vividly portrays the limited and stifling options available to women of a certain class, in the years surrounding the Great War. I was sometimes rather frustrated by Muriel and her passivity, even though it rang very true. It was wonderful to see her come into her own and learn to choose herself, rather than presumed duty and obligation. A terrific #persephonepick to read with the #persephoneclub.

LeahBergen Oh, that passivity of Muriel‘s was infuriating at times! I‘m reminded of her in the main character of the book I‘m currently reading, Taken By the Hand. I think I remember that you‘ve read and liked O. Douglas, too? 1mo
quietjenn @LeahBergen yes! I've read a few of them (although I don't think that one) and have enjoyed them all. Good your having a good time. 1mo
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CarolynM I kind of got the passivity, she was a good girl and wanted to please her mother but she didn't know how to do that except by surrendering her will to her mother. And then she did that with everyone else in her life. It was only when she began to doubt her mother that she started to exert her own will. 1mo
Cathythoughts I agree a terrific read ! I also got the passivity, I agree @CarolynM , she wanted to please her mother and everyone else.. the power of the mother was very strong. If mother called , Muriel felt she had no choice. Until she discovered , that she did have choices in life. (edited) 1mo
andrew61 Great review jenn. A really enjoyable readalong. 1mo
quietjenn @CarolynM @Cathythoughts I for sure got her passivity and saw where it was coming from! That desire to please and submitting to the stronger personalities in our life is very relatable. I think the fact that I both understood it, could relate to it, and was also frustrated by it speaks to how well Holtby portrayed things. 1mo
rubyslippersreads The “power of the mother” was even more tragic for Connie. 4w
quietjenn @rubyslippersreads no doubt! I really wasn‘t expecting that. 4w
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I am 100% here for crimefighting nuns.

EvieBee Me too! Have you watched Sister Boniface? 1mo
Tamra Ok, this premise just sounds fun! If crime can be fun…..😅 1mo
quietjenn @EvieBee yes, I love Sister Boniface! I was so glad they decided to give her her own show. 1mo
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Bookzombie @quietjenn @EvieBee Do I need to have watched all of Father Brown to start the Sister Boniface series? I‘m okay with that, just curious. 1mo
quietjenn @Bookzombie no, not at all! She‘s only in one Father Brown, in the first season and there not much connecting the shows really. Her series takes place about a decade or so later and Father Brown does guest appear in one episode, but it‘s more just a nod to fans. 1mo
Bookzombie @quietjenn Thank you! I have seen a few Father Brown so I will go back to it, but glad to know I can start Sister Boniface first. 🙂 1mo
EvieBee @Bookzombie Yay! I just started watching and love it! 1mo
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The Castle on the Hill | Elizabeth Goudge
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I am so not ready for the weekend to be over. Still, hoping to finish this before it is.

LeahBergen I have this one waiting on my shelves 👍 1mo
Ruthiella I am also not ready for Monday! 😭 1mo
Cathythoughts No to Monday ! Look forward to your review 👍 sounds good. 1mo
BookBabe Ditto Cathy‘s comment! 1mo
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Turtle Diary | Russell Hoban
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So different from what I thought it would be, but so good. If I were an underliner, there's so much I would have underlined in this one! And so affirming. We're all walking around with rich interior lives. We're all fixated by the oddest notions. Our existence echoes others in ways we can't imagine. We all need to connect and be a part of something, although when we do it will be weird and awkward and unexpected. #nyrbbookclub

LeahBergen Lovely review! 2mo
batsy Beautifully put 💖 2mo
readordierachel Love the way you've distilled it. And love your turtle 🐢 2mo
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The Blue Castle | L. M. Montgomery
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I've loved revisiting this, as it's one of my favorite Montgomerys. I think it's interesting that, as her official Adult Book, it's the one that feels most like a fairy tale to me. In the best possible way. 💙
#kindredspiritsbuddyread

batsy One of my favourites! 2mo
TheLudicReader I read this one for the first time just a few ago and loved it. 2mo
LeahBergen It IS very fairy tale-ish! 💙💙 2mo
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BarbaraJean Oh, it does feel like a fairy tale! No evil stepmother, but the relatives are certainly awful enough to provide a parallel… 2mo
rubyslippersreads The relatives remind me of some of Emily‘s relatives in the Emily books. 2mo
quietjenn @rubyslippersreads totally! All those family confabs 🙄 2mo
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Very Sincerely Yours | Kerry Winfrey
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It was a long, sightly annoying week for no particular reason, so finishing up a Kerry Winfrey book a just the balm I needed this afternoon. I love her imperfect characters, figuring out their messy lives and finding community together. And I'm ok with them making me feel slightly homesick.

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Four gardens | Margery Sharp
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A quiet, unassuming book, centered on the modest and respectable Caroline and her quiet, unassuming life. Deceptively simple and straightforward, it's also smart and witty. Without pretension, but full of insight into class and the various roles and relationships Caroline navigated throughout her life.

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quietjenn Very curious if any of y'all have read Sharp's Britannia Mews? It makes an interesting contrast. 2mo
Tamra Sounds like a winner all the way around! 😄 I will stack the other you‘ve noted. 2mo
rubyslippersreads @quietjenn I have, and definitely noted the similarity. I‘m glad the situation in this book went better. 2mo
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batsy I haven't read Britannia Mews but I really want to! That, Cluny Brown, and Stone of Chastity (off the top of my head :) 2mo
Ruthiella Great review! I have to post mine now too. I liked this one, my first Sharp, and suspect I‘ll read more from her in future. 2mo
LeahBergen I haven‘t read Britannia Mews yet but I just recently found a nice little vintage edition. 👍 2mo
LeahBergen @batsy Cluny Brown is a hoot! 😆 2mo
rubyslippersreads @batsy @LeahBergen I love it, but it‘s darker than most other Sharps. (I think I feel a reread coming on.) 2mo
quietjenn @rubyslippersreads me too! I thought it was interesting that this one came first. 2mo
quietjenn @LeahBergen @batsy yes, I think Cluny Brown was the first thing I read by her and it was delightful! 2mo
quietjenn @LeahBergen not surprised. That's very on brand of you 😉. 2mo
quietjenn @rubyslippersreads @batsy @LeahBergen @Tamra Same. Britannia Mews is probably my favorite by her. I really love it, but it's darker and almost a melodrama (but in a not melodramatic way, if that makes sense). 2mo
quietjenn @Ruthiella thanks! Looking forward to your thoughts! 2mo
LeahBergen @quietjenn 🤣🤣 I like that “on brand” idea of me! 2mo
Cathythoughts Great review! Caroline‘s character made it such a lovely read & the gardens 💚. I‘m going to order Britannia Mews just as soon as I have my morning coffee. Sounds good , Thankyou 👍🏻. 2mo
rubyslippersreads Sounds like a group read of Britannia Mews might be in our future. 😉 2mo
quietjenn @rubyslippersreads I could be persuaded pretty easily! 2mo
CarolynM Great review! I'm a bit slow, I hadn't connected Cluny Browne (which I loved) with this one 🙄😬 I'm going to order Britannia Mews right away and I'd love to read it with this group🙂 2mo
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Turns out, I find short stories by Pilcher just as cozy and comforting as her gigantic novels.

batsy Ooh, I was wondering about this collection! Was feeling the urge to re-read a comforting Pilcher novel recently and this book also popped up on IG, like a sign 🙂 2mo
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I'm not usually big on variations and adaptations, but so glad I decided to read this with the #pemberlittens. I found it super absorbing (if a wee bit too long) and an so glad the slighted Mary got the chance to be her own heroine and make her own happiness in this accomplished book.

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The title is better than the book itself, which was a little tedious and middling. I was expecting more spunk from our elderly sleuth, but maybe in the next one in the series? Which I'll probably read because I bought like three of them on sale, but I won't rush to get to it.

merelybookish It is a good title. 2mo
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I've long loved the movie version of Auntie Mame, but even though I've had the book for years, didn't get around to reading it until now. I think part of me worried that I might not find Mame equally enchanting on the page. But, I need not have been concerned! Super enjoyable and funny. I'm glad I finally took it off the shelf.

Cathythoughts Looks great 👍❤️ 2mo
thegirlwiththelibrarybag Did you know Angela Lansbury played Mame in the Broadway show? 2mo
Sapphire I loved that movie as a kid! I haven‘t thought about it in years! 2mo
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quietjenn @thegirlwiththelibrarybag yes! I ❤️ her and that would've been amazing to see. 2mo
thegirlwiththelibrarybag @quietjenn, wouldn‘t it have been! I was lucky to see her in Driving Miss Daisy when it toured Australia. She‘s amazing. 2mo
quietjenn @thegirlwiththelibrarybag Awesome? Was that with James Earl Jones? I saw them together in The Best Man on Broadway. Also saw her in A little Night Music. Agree that she is amazing 🤩😍 2mo
quietjenn @thegirlwiththelibrarybag Awesome! Not Awesome? Oops. 2mo
thegirlwiththelibrarybag @quietjenn, it was with James Earl Jones. I booked tickets mostly because I thought it unlikely that I‘d ever have the chance to see her IRL again. Lucky you to have seen her twice ☺️ 2mo
quietjenn @thegirlwiththelibrarybag that was my thinking too, I just got lucked out. And I was living in New York at the time, so it was relatively easy to make it happen. Anyway, I'm happy we both got to see her perform 😃 2mo
rubyslippersreads @thegirlwiththelibrarybag If only they‘d let her play Mame in the movie musical, instead of Lucille Ball. (edited) 2mo
thegirlwiththelibrarybag @rubyslippersreads sounds like another My Fair Lady situation 😕 2mo
DivineDiana My favorite movie with Rosalind Russell! ❤️ 2mo
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Lunch reading very much #blameitonlitsy today. Great fun so far.

batsy Oh, this sounds good! 2mo
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Greengates | R. C. Sherriff
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A quiet, simple story, told in lovely, evocative language. Very much in the same spirit of Fortnight in September. Looking forward to hearing what the rest of the #persephoneclub thought and chatting about it! #persephonepick for February.

Tamra 😊 Such lovely writing! I wish he had been more prolific. 3mo
quietjenn I know! Looks like there are a few currently only available in the U.K., but I have some ebooks by the publisher, so hopefully they‘ll get the rights to sell them in the U.S. 3mo
LeahBergen I finished today, too, and loved it! 3mo
Cathythoughts Nearly there .. I‘m loving it too 3mo
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Katalin Street | Magda Szabo
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Compelling and beautifully written, with deep things to say about the nature of life - how we are shaped and defined by our memories of experiences as much as the events themselves. Bleak, but not hopeless, just matter of fact. I'll definitely be seeking out more by Szabo. #nyrbbookclub

Tamra I have this TBR, sounds like from your review I need to get a copy soon! (edited) 3mo
arubabookwoman I loved it too! 3mo
vivastory I will also be reading more. She's a new fave. I loved the other Szabo that out group read 3mo
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quietjenn @Tamra I think it is well worth the time! 3mo
quietjenn @arubabookwoman Yay! I'm so glad it was chosen, as I'm not sure I'd have ever picked it up on my own. 3mo
quietjenn @vivastory I just might have to pick that one up, the next time I go on an NYRB binge. I do own at least one other (tagged) so that will probably be the one I try next (although who knows when I will get to it). 3mo
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The Golden Road | L. M. Montgomery
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A low pick. Finished last night, for the #kindredspirits discussion today. I'm glad to have read this - and reread The Story Girl - but I didn't love them. While some of the exploits were enjoyable, the charm and balance found in other Montgomery books was missing. I was annoyed by both Felicity and TSG and liked an the other kids better. Hated all the Cecily Will Die Young foreshadowing. But that scene with the Governor's wife was classic 🤣

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Not Like the Movies | Kerry Winfrey
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Didn't write realize that what I wanted to do with my Saturday was read this pretty much straight through in one during, but so be it. 🤷‍♀️💜

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Greengates | R. C. Sherriff
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My copy of our inaugural #PersephoneClub title arrived today. I thought I'd just read the first page or two, to get a sense of things, and had to *make* myself stop about ten minutes later. I think we're in for a good time, friends!

@LeahBergen @Cathythoughts @CarolynM @rubyslippersreads @elkeOriginal

LeahBergen Oh, good to hear! 👏👏 3mo
CarolynM 👍 3mo
Cathythoughts Yay !! Exciting..... still no sign of my copy 🤷‍♀️, I‘ll post as soon as I get it. C‘mon Greengates , get here ! 3mo
Cathythoughts Lovely picture 💫 3mo
elkeOriginal Great news! I hope mine arrives soon… 3mo
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Started this as office lunch reading. Short pieces seen pretty ideal for that!

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The Appeal | JANICE. HALLETT
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I'm a sucker for an epistolary novel (recs accepted in the comments!) and have heard great things about this one. 1/3 of the way through and am completely hooked!

LeahBergen I‘ve been intrigued by the sound of this one. 4mo
quietjenn @LeahBergen I really enjoyed it and I think is worth flipping through. I feel like if it's not going to work for you, that would reveal itself pretty quickly. Her new one sounds intriguing as well! 4mo
LeahBergen Thanks! I‘ll take a look at it online. 👍 4mo
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I loved this one, even though it's added oodles of books to the tbr pile. Part memoir, part meditation, part recommended reading lists - Rentenbrink's writing is so warm, chatty, and honest. Would love to sit with her over a coffee!

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Pretty cover 📚💙 4mo
AmyG I like your book rug. My most favorite kind of bookmark! 4mo
vivastory I really enjoyed this one. 4mo
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BookBabe Sounds nice! 🙂 4mo
quietjenn @AmyG mine too! I got my first one a few months ago and have slowly been adding different patterns to my collection. 4mo
quietjenn @vivastory I remember you reading it around the same time my copy came in the mail! It's so very relatable 🙂 4mo
vivastory It really is! A cozy quick read. I can definitely see myself reading it again. 4mo
LeahBergen I loved this book. 👏 4mo
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Wuthering Heights | Emily Bront
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Finished Wuthering Heights last night, when I couldn't sleep. I quite enjoyed this reread, but sort of the same way I sometimes enjoy terrible reality television: for the chance to think "You are all* awful people. And real stupid. When the bad things that are most definitely going to happen finally occur, you will deserve them." I don't get how anyone reads this as a great love story, but it was a fun ride

*except poor Hareton

KathyWheeler I never understood the people who view it as a great love story either; it always felt more akin to gothic or horror to me. 4mo
Tamra This is one of my favorites and I need to reread! 😆 4mo
quietjenn @KathyWheeler for sure! 4mo
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quietjenn @Tamra I have read it since high school or maybe early college. There was a *lot* that I didn't remember! 4mo
Tamra @quietjenn that happens to me all the time. 4mo
Liatrek I agree! Just not a love story. 4mo
batsy @KathyWheeler Yes, definitely! 4mo
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In the Freud Archives | Janet Malcolm
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Thoroughly enjoying this #nyrbbookclub selection. Gossipy academic shenanigans and big personalities in a field I have no vested interest in makes for a compelling and entertaining read.

Liz_M That is my favorite mug! 4mo
sarahbarnes I‘m enjoying it, too 4mo
batsy I just started but Malcolm really has a way of immediately drawing you in! 4mo
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vivastory I loved it! Really looking forward to the discussion this weekend. 4mo
quietjenn @Liz_M one of my favorites, too 😃 4mo
quietjenn @sarahbarnes @batsy @vivastory it's great that everyone sends to be enjoying it. Should be a good discussion! 4mo
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Shades of Mary Stewart and Helen Macinnes in this one, means I've found another series to binge 🙂. Not a bad way to spend a frosty Saturday.

Ruthiella A new series to binge! How exciting! 🤩 4mo
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It's not at all difficult to understand why this #persephonepick is such a popular one. What a charming, effervescent tale of a dowdy governess accidentally falling in with a Bohemian crowd and having the most extraordinary, life-changing of days.

LeahBergen Isn‘t it glorious?? 😊 4mo
Ruthiella Except for a little uncomfortable racism at the end, this was a lot of fun. 4mo
BarbaraBB Such a fun book! 4mo
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Andrea313 I think you're the first to complete a #PersephonePick this year, way to go! And you've inspired me to re-read Miss Pettigrew later this year; it really is such a sweet story. ❤️ 4mo
quietjenn @Ruthiella yeah, there were definitely a few very unfortunate lines that I wish hadn‘t been there. 4mo
quietjenn @Andrea313 woohoo! I‘m so looking forward to seeing everyone else‘s books. Hopefully I can maintain some momentum. 4mo
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And now, for something completely different! Sometimes timing is everything. I‘d tried this one a few times in the past and never made it very far. But now I‘m whizzing through it and enjoying immensely.

PatriciaU I go back and forth with this series. I really have to be in the mood for it. 4mo
Redy2trvl So fun. I just finished the third book of the series, and loved it! Book two wasn‘t my favorite, but worth reading. Enjoy. 4mo
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Cecil | Elizabeth Eliot
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Well then! There are possessive mothers - in literature and real life - and then there's Lady Guthrie, who takes things to a whole other level! Definitely darker and a bit more unsettling than I was expecting, I found this somewhat ambiguous tale falling closer to tragedy than comedy and leaving me with lots to ponder.

And now to go read all of the posts from our #furrowedmiddlebrowclub, as I've been avoiding until I finished.

LeahBergen Yes, quite unsettling! 4mo
Ruthiella It was tragic story, I agree. But just as Helbert couldn‘t be prosecuted, I wonder could any of it been prevented? Clearly everyone knew something wasn‘t right but were powerless to stop it. (edited) 4mo
Tamra The reader understands right off the bat something isn‘t right with both mother and son. There is a train wreck you know is coming and you can‘t avert your eyes! 4mo
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quietjenn I either unconsciously absorbed some of your comments, or we all opted for some of the same language to discuss Cecil and his mother. 😆 Maybe both! 4mo
quietjenn @Ruthiella I wonder, too. I think people tried - to the extent that they could - along the way, but if people don't want to hear the words your saying ... 🤷‍♀️ Definite sure of inevitability. 4mo
rubyslippersreads Dark and unsettling are the perfect words. 4mo
Tamra @quietjenn I think the novel has had the same impact on us all.😅😄 (edited) 4mo
batsy @quietjenn @Tamra I love reading all of our reactions and seeing how similarly we were affected 😅 4mo
Cathythoughts Very dark I indeed. Yes , Lady Guthrie takes the possessive mother to whole new level 😳 4mo
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As I read Christmas Pudding over the holiday, figured I should also finally get to Pigeon Pie now, before putting this volume back on the shelf.

BkClubCare 🥧! 4mo
Jess_Read_This I read Christmas Pudding as well over the holiday with the Middlebrow bookclub I‘m in on GR. Though, it was pointed out that Mitford isn‘t really middlebrow but it was allowed through lol. I thought it was a fun holiday read! Wasn‘t Amabelle just a hoot? 4mo
quietjenn @Jess_Read_This she totally was! Is that the Undervalued Women group? I'm in that and have been reading along with the selections, although I don't tend to participate a ton in the discussions. 4mo
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Jess_Read_This @quietjenn Yes! That‘s the Undervalued group. I read the January read last year so need to refresh my memory on a few things before discussing. 4mo
quietjenn @Jess_Read_This I've read a fair amount of Gibbons, but not this one. Have started and am thus far quite enjoying it! Perhaps I'll try out the Zoom discussion of this one, especially as I now “know“ someone else in the group 😏 4mo
Jess_Read_This @quietjenn Yes! Please join in. It‘s been neat to get to know members that way. Sometimes typing things out doesn‘t quite translate as well as a “face to face” communication. There‘s been six of us regularly that meet. And of course we sometimes get sidetracked talking about other books and authors 😂 (edited) 4mo
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56 Days | Catherine Ryan Howard
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After being on the library waiting list for ages, this came in (and then expired) while I was out of town/ not coming in to the office. And I'm too impatient to just wait my turn again, so here we are.

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My Cousin Rachel | Daphne Du Maurier
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Oh, @JamieArc - what a wonderful #littlechristmasswap #lcs package. This book is so beautiful. You absolutely should not worry that I generally prefer paperbacks. If all HCs were this gorgeous, that wouldn't be the case. And all snacks that I love! Thank you so much and best wishes for you and yours in 2022. 💜

Thanks for hosting and organizing, @bookish_wookish

BiblioLitten Wonderful book! 4mo
batsy Lovely edition of a very good book! 4mo
Cathythoughts I love this story! Lovely book ❤️❤️ 4mo
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LeahBergen I love these Virago editions! 4mo
JamieArc Oh I‘m so glad! Enjoy! 4mo
Jess_Read_This Ohhh! I love those Viragos! Just gorgeous! 4mo
quietjenn Very excited to finally read it! @BiblioLitten @batsy @Cathythoughts 4mo
quietjenn This is my first one, but I've already been looking to see what else is available in this edition! @LeahBergen @Jess_Read_This 4mo
Jess_Read_This @quietjenn Welcome to a new book collecting addiction! 😆 4mo
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Little Dorrit | Charles Dickens
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Additionally, not sure if any #whatthedickens stragglers are interested, but I'm planning to continue working my way through Dickens. Joined a GR group just starting Little Dorrit, so I'll be reading this over the next few months, if anyone is inclined. @Lcsmcat @BarkingMadRun

Lcsmcat I‘m pretty committed in January (and have read Dorrit recently) but I‘d love to join you for other Dickens works. Do you mind continuing to tag me? 4mo
quietjenn @Lcsmcat Sure thing! 4mo
BarkingMadRun Tag me on the next one for sure! 4mo
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Opting not to do Sense and Sensibility again, but an looking forward to both #WanderingThroughWutheringHeights and exploring Austen's impact with both of these #pemberlittens reads.

Crinoline_Laphroaig I'm skipping S & S and doing these two as well. I just posted about wanting to compare Darcy/Heathcliff in my Chapter 1 post of #WanderingThroughWutheringHeights because of 4mo
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Well, I didn't manage to finish this until tonight, but I'm looking forward to checking out the comments on the #nyrbbookclub discussion. I think I liked it a bit more than many, but my expectations were somewhat tempered. That said, not sure how much of it will really stay with me?

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Spent some time last night finishing this one up! O. Douglas was recommended to me as a readalike for D.E. Stevenson and I can certainly see the comparison.

LeahBergen I have a couple of hers waiting on my shelves. Thanks for the reminder! 4mo
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Swimming Lessons | Claire Fuller
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What a lovely #Bestof2021 swap package, @AmyG - thank you so much for everything! I've been meaning to read all of these books for ages, but am most especially excited about the tagged. And I didn't realize how much I needed a stationary tray (and all these cute things!) until I read your note, but it's ideal. And today is perfect for putting in cosy sucks and having a cuppa, so plans for the day sorted! Thanks so much and happy 2022.

quietjenn @candority thanks for making it all happen! 5mo
Clare-Dragonfly I have those socks! 😸 5mo
AmyG I am glad you like everything. Happy Reading! 5mo
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candority Looks fantastic! 😍 5mo
Cathythoughts Nice ! I loved Abandoned Character and Swimming Lesson 👍👍 4mo
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The Old Farmer's Almanac 2021 | Old Farmers Almanac
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Finally, my GR synopsis, as I don't see anything getting finished tonight! Happy New Year, friends! Thanks for being a part of my 2021.

Avanders 🎆🎆🎆 5mo
mandarchy Congratulations! 5mo
kspenmoll Happy New Year!!! 5mo
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Ruthiella Happy New Year!🥳🥂 5mo
Leftcoastzen Happy New Year!🥂 5mo
UwannaPublishme Woo hoo! 👏🏻👏🏻🙌🏻 5mo
MaureenMc Happy New Year! 🎊 5mo
LeahBergen Happy New Year! 😘 5mo
Reggie Great job and Happy New Year! 5mo
PaperbackPirate Happy New Year! 📚 5mo
batsy Happy New Year! 🎉 5mo
Suet624 Fantastic! 5mo
Gissy 🤩Amazing! 📚📚📚👏👏👏 5mo
Bookzombie Happy New Year!🎆 4mo
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The Old Farmer's Almanac 2021 | Old Farmers Almanac
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And now, finally my #Top21of21 (thanks for the tag, @merelybookish and @CarolynM). It was very much a year of a) re-reading old favorites, b) delving into some classics, and c) retro comfort reading. Which I entirely embrace, although next year I would like to add some newer books. Or, you know, more published in this century. Lots of Litsy action represented! I did limit myself to one book per author, so it wasn't entirely Dickens/Montgomery.

merelybookish It looks like a pretty great reading year! I am saving so I can stack some of your picks. And Lolly! 💜 5mo
CarolynM Screenshotting 🙂 5mo
Leftcoastzen Nice list! 5mo
Ruthiella A Dickens/Montgomery list would have been neat too! 😂 5mo
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Follow Her Home | Steph Cha
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Now that is officially the last of the year, doing some wrap-up posts, like many others! First up is my #cloakanddaggerchristmas finale! What a fun challenge! Thank so much to @merelybookish for bringing it over to Litsy. I read a lot of mysteries anyway, but this was a fun way to be a little more deliberate about the ones I choose and to finally check out (or re-visit) some authors/titles I've been meaning to. I enjoyed pretty much all of them!

quietjenn The tagged book is, I think, the only one I didn't post to Litsy about at the time. I'd originally tapped it for the Kinsey prompt, but Juniper is still an amateur in this one, so it worked for Agatha instead 😁. Would be totally okay if this challenge became an annual tradition! 5mo
Ruthiella I loved Your House Will Pay by Cha. I‘ll have to check this one out. I would also love this to be an annual event. There‘s also March Mystery Madness on YouTube in March. Maybe we could bring that over to Litsy? 🤔 5mo
quietjenn @Ruthiella that one is definitely on my tbr, as well as the other two in this series. I don't know the March Mystery Madness, but would all about bringing it on over this way! 5mo
merelybookish Congrats on finishing 6 prompts and thanks for joining me. Totally up for doing it again next year! 🗡️🎄🕵️‍♀️ 5mo
merelybookish @Ruthiella I also liked This House Will Pay. I think I read it for TOB. 5mo
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The Last Chance Library | Freya Sampson
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Cheers for a bookish read, when your flight looks to be slightly (🤞) delayed.

vivastory Hopefully it's a small delay! 5mo
mdm139 This book is one of my Christmas gifts 5mo
Ruthiella Hope the delay isn‘t too long and you have a good flight! 5mo
quietjenn @vivastory @Ruthiella thank you! It wasn‘t too bad and we made it up in the air 🙂 5mo
quietjenn @mdm139 hope you enjoy! It seems very much like a title to give to book lovers! 5mo
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Ah, thank you so, so much @erank58 - my #jolabokaflod package is perfection! This feels like the ideal book to read right now and I'm oh so fond of these truffles. I hope you have a wonderful holiday. Thanks for making it all happen, @MaleficentBookDragon

ozma.of.oz What an adorable cover! 5mo
LeahBergen This book sounds fab! Stacked. 5mo
erank58 Yay! Glad you like your book 😊 5mo
charl08 Another fan of the cover here - looks like folk art. 😍 5mo
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I've done pretty much *no* seasonal reading this year. But in a year that saw me spending a lot of time with Boz, thanks to #whatthedickens, I just have to make time for this tonight!

TheBookHippie What a pretty copy. 5mo
batsy Yes, that's a pretty edition! 5mo
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The Godwulf Manuscript | Robert B. Parker
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Pretty satisfying! I associate Parker with Sue Grafton and Ed McBain - authors I read lots of when I was working my way through the mystery section as a teen in the late 80s/early 90s, but haven't read much of since. This is the first Spenser novel and I loved the hard-boiled, wry narration. It's definitely of it's time, but progressive for it in some ways, too. I might just read some more of the series (and maybe Kinsey & the 87th precinct, too).

quietjenn #cloakanddaggerchristmas Kinsey Milhone prompt (private investigator) 5mo
LeahBergen I always love a stolen manuscript/rare book mystery. 👍 5mo
KathyWheeler When I‘ve been in reading slumps, the Spenser books were my go-to to help get me out of those. The fast-paced action combined with short chapters and characters I liked always worked. 5mo
quietjenn @KathyWheeler I can definitely see that! Maybe they will become a go-to for me as well! 5mo
quietjenn @LeahBergen yes, there so fun! Although, for the titular object, it wasn't super prominent, except to get Spenser involved with these characters. 5mo
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