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TheBookHippie

Joined May 2016

Social Justice Activist ✊🏼Literacy & Reading advocate ♥️ Creator of #SUNDAYBUDDYREAD & #ChildrensClassicRead2023
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Zelda: A Biography | Nancy Milford
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?Zelda by Nancy Mitford & Dr Zhivago ♥️
✍?Zadie Smith
?The Zoo on animal planet
?Dr Zhivago
?Zeppelin
? "Zat You, Santa Claus?” Louis Armstrong & The Commanders

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Finding Me: A Memoir | Viola Davis
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????? The actor won a Grammy Award Sunday for best audio book, narration, and storytelling recording for her memoir "Finding Me."

tpixie Pretty exciting! She‘s a great actress. It seems this is the way some actors are able to get Grammys - by doing audiobooks. I find that interesting because that was not an option years ago. 14h
TheBookHippie @tpixie They added POETRY reading this year!!!!!!! ♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️ 14h
tpixie @TheBookHippie wow! That‘s amazing 🤩 13h
Hooked_on_books Hard to think of someone more deserving—she‘s remarkable. 4h
GingerAntics 🧡🧡🧡 love her!!! 1h
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Dearest Josephine | Caroline George
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On we read

Anything I missed?

Happy Sunday readers♥️I do love our Sundays

Thanks for being here!

CoffeeNBooks I hope we learn more about Josie's dad- I think that might help bring both storylines together. I'm really enjoying this one so far! 23h
AmyG Good. I just want to keep reading. 🤣 23h
kspenmoll I am trying not to read on! 23h
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julieclair I want to read Chapters 7-12 right now!! But then I‘ll have to wait a whole week for chapter 8, and I don‘t think I can do that. Going to try for a chapter a day. 18h
DebinHawaii @CoffeeNBooks I agree—I think Josie‘s dad is a key part! I am making myself wait the week but I am looking forward to seeing what comes next. 18h
CoffeeAndABook Nope @TheBookHippie you did not miss a thing 😉 I‘m with everyone on this one, it‘s not easy to pace myself. I could tear through this book!!! 🚀 all the better to savor it a bit. Have a good week everyone 😊 17h
Catsandbooks @CoffeeNBooks I think more about Josie's dad would be a great touch to the story! 12h
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Dearest Josephine | Caroline George
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Letters do you like the format?
I didn‘t think I would but I do 🤣🤷🏻‍♀️

CoffeeNBooks I'm enjoying that part of it, as well as the emails & texts in the modern-day storyline. I think it makes the characters seem more personable, and feels like the reader is better included in the story. 23h
AmyG The letters read like a regular story. The texts in my ebook are so small I need to use a magnifying glass. 😳🤣 23h
kspenmoll I do. They seem to flow naturally & I forget they are letters! 23h
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vlwelser I love epistolary novels. 22h
IndoorDame @vlwelser same here! 22h
mcctrish Me too @vlwelser I love epistolary novels 21h
julieclair I love the letters. They‘re kind of a guilty pleasure, as though one was reading someone‘s mail. 😉 18h
DebinHawaii I am a fan of epistolary novels so the letters are excellent. I feel you @AmyG in the e-book the texts especially are so tiny—even with the magnify feature! 🧐 18h
Catsandbooks I like the letters and messages! 12h
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Dearest Josephine | Caroline George
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CoffeeNBooks I love reading about all of this food! I wish the book included pictures of it, lol! 🤣 23h
AmyG Hahaha. I have always loved reading about food in books. 23h
kspenmoll Me too. Trying out recipes from books is fun. I want to make all of these recipes! Drooling! (edited) 23h
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TheBookHippie @kspenmoll right??? Making my grocery list now 🤣👩🏻‍🍳 23h
TheBookHippie @CoffeeNBooks RIGHT? I want to especially see tea time! 23h
vlwelser 😍 22h
IndoorDame Okay, now I‘m hungry!!! 22h
mcctrish It all sounds so good 21h
julieclair Great links… again! 👍 That Dundee Cake looks and sounds so delicious. 18h
DebinHawaii Loving the food. Gotta have the white soup—Mr. Bingley would be happy! 😋 18h
TheBookHippie @DebinHawaii I agree the soup!!! 17h
Catsandbooks Better save these for when we eventually do Scotland one day for #FoodandLit 😂 12h
TheBookHippie @Catsandbooks I think it should be next year! 12h
Catsandbooks @TheBookHippie I'll make a note 😉 12h
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Dearest Josephine | Caroline George
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He has no address for Josephine ?!
Yet he continues to write

Sebastian 👀
AND JOSEPHINE nooooo!!!!!

Now what?

CoffeeNBooks Uggh- I didn't see the Sebastian/Josephine engagement coming. Nope, bad match. I hope it doesn't work out. I can't figure out why Elias can't get his letters to Josephine- does no one truly know her address, or are they all pretending they don't know it to protect Elias from heartbreak or embarrassment or scandal or something? 23h
AmyG That was a twist. And I was wondering, too, how hard it is to find her address. Perhaps they don‘t give it to him on purpose because of her and Sebastian??! 23h
kspenmoll HUGE surprise & unexpected twist- heartbreaking. Maybe he does not send the letters initially cause he truly did not know her address. Then when he finds out about their engagement he did not want to compromise her or share his true feelings when futile. 23h
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vlwelser So that's in the novel and Elias is imagining it, right? Because he doesn't meet her again because he still has all these letters. Or they get married and the letters all come back together? I'm going to stop now. 😂 22h
IndoorDame So many mysteries. The letters, who is this girl, why was the engagement a secret… I love mysteries! 22h
TheBookHippie @vlwelser yes the novel. 🤣👀 22h
vlwelser Obviously this book is making my head spin around in circles. I need to just go with the flow. 22h
mcctrish I did think it was weird no one had her address because she was at the party and people knew her?! The engagement is in the book so is it true? Sébastien doesn‘t even like her. This better sort itself out ??? @AmyG @kspenmoll huge twist, I was blindsided 21h
julieclair Surely this can‘t end up with Josephine and Sebastian actually getting married. That would be awful. Can‘t wait to keep reading! 👀 18h
DebinHawaii Yes, my head is spinning too—so many questions!!! I‘m looking forward to unraveling more. 18h
Catsandbooks @vlwelser ooooh good theory that they all come back together 12h
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Dearest Josephine | Caroline George
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Stay away from Josephine she reads too many books 👀 making her capable and gasps superior… the lady who reads too many words voices them 💯♥️👏🏼

Josie/Josephine
All the coincidences
Same middle name Emilia

Are they going to be the same? Are we time travelling ?

CoffeeNBooks I can't figure out if it's time travel, or if Josie was named after Josephine. I'm very intrigued about this part. 23h
AmyG I was wondering the same about time travel or if Josie is a descendant? But does she not know? 23h
kspenmoll @CoffeeNBooks @AmyG I have had similar thoughts. Keeps me wondering… 23h
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vlwelser This book might become really freaking weird if it's time travel. But I'm game. I like when they do something unexpected. 22h
IndoorDame Both possibilities occurred to me too. I‘m a little wary of all the coincidences, but I‘m enjoying it so I‘m curious to see where this goes. 22h
mcctrish Bring on the bookish girls !!!!! And I agree things might get weird, I hope it‘s good weird 22h
julieclair I really want Josie to be a descendant, but the middle name thing make me wonder if it might be time travel. Plus I noticed a Sassenach Bakery on the map, which of course gave me Outlander vibes, and wondered if it was a hint. Time travel would explain why Josie couldn‘t find anything in her online ancestry and census research. 18h
DebinHawaii I‘m still unsure but it feels like time travel, but maybe not. I‘m interested to know what hat her father knew. Did he buy the place because it was his family‘s? Great point about the bakery name @julieclair I didn‘t catch that. (edited) 18h
TheBookHippie @DebinHawaii I love the mystery of it all! 16h
TheBookHippie @julieclair I keep getting told to watch Outlander 👀 16h
julieclair @TheBookHippie Outlander is soooooo good! ( But I imagine you‘ve been told that once or twice before, lol!😉) For my part, I keep getting told to watch The Crown. 13h
TheBookHippie @julieclair oh I adore The Crown. 13h
julieclair @TheBookHippie 👍😀 😂 13h
Catsandbooks I'm leaning more towards time travel but anything is possible 🤷🏼‍♀️ 12h
Catsandbooks @TheBookHippie @julieclair my husband and I just started watching The Crown! We like it so far! I've been looking up the actual history as we go to compare to the show. 12h
TheBookHippie @Catsandbooks it‘s history I know very well so I give little talks as we watch 🤣 12h
Catsandbooks @TheBookHippie oh I would enjoy that! 12h
julieclair @TheBookHippie @Catsandbooks Okay, I really do need to watch this. 10h
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Dearest Josephine | Caroline George
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I don‘t hate mom I just don‘t trust her.
I refuse to let her guide it.
Wise?
Forgive yes forget no?

And

Nobody knows what they‘re doing
Everyone is trying to find their place
True no matter your age?

Good points for YA and us all?

Also a MAP! 🗺️

CoffeeNBooks I wouldn't trust the mother's judgment at this point and definitely wouldn't let her influence any major life decisions. 23h
AmyG Not a fan of the mother! And yes, the young finding their way, growing, learning. 23h
kspenmoll I understand Josie‘s feelings- they seem to be wise given her mom‘s desertion. I wonder if her mom will try to connect with her handling Josie‘s father‘s affairs. The theme of fitting in, finding one‘s place in the world is universal. 23h
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vlwelser I think she's right to be cautious of the mother. 22h
IndoorDame Good messages all around so far for YA and all of us. Maybe I‘ll develop a personal opinion of the mother if she becomes more of a character, but right now I don‘t have one. 22h
mcctrish That mom 😖 the fact that she told Josie not to come home ( when I‘m pretty sure she had no intention of doing so ) means she ( mom) is up to no good! I think she‘s sold the townhouse and not leased it like she said she would. And yes, I do assume the worst of people. Unlike @IndoorDame I have a bad opinion of the mom 🤣🤣 22h
TheBookHippie @mcctrish 💯 I agree with you!!! 👀🤣 21h
CoffeeAndABook @mcctrish 🤔🤔🤔 I hadn‘t thought of that yet but I‘ll bet you‘re right!! Something‘s fishy!! 19h
CoffeeAndABook @TheBookHippie I always love a good map 🗺💝 19h
julieclair I‘m not trusting the mom. 19h
julieclair The map! Thanks for posting this. The audio version doesn‘t have one. 😂 19h
DebinHawaii It‘s hard to see the map well on my Kindle even with the magnifying glass so thanks for the map. I am not sure on the mom yet, but signs are not looking promising. 🤔 18h
Catsandbooks @julieclair I'm doing the audio too so thanks for the map! 12h
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Dearest Josephine | Caroline George
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The Novel
Useful backstory or distraction?

AmyG I feel there is a purpose there but don‘t know yet what it is. 23h
kspenmoll I am enjoying it & am waiting for the connection- so far it is names that link Josie & Elias. 23h
vlwelser It's somewhat confusing but mostly because it's fiction but he sticks real things in there too. 22h
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IndoorDame I‘m finding it distracting. It would be easy enough to add that backstory to one of the other sections and 3 formats is feeling disjointed. 22h
mcctrish I agree with @vlwelser some of the book is throwing me because some of it seems like it‘s true and then I‘m all “wait, what?!” 22h
CoffeeAndABook Im glad to learn I‘m not the only one who‘s slightly confused by that 😅😅😅 I‘m sure it‘ll make sense at some point !! 19h
julieclair I‘m enjoying it and waiting to see how it all comes together. 19h
DebinHawaii Yes, I join the “slightly confused” club with the fiction versus no-fiction seeming parts of the novel. Hoping it becomes clear. 18h
Catsandbooks @mcctrish @vlwelser exactly! The lines are blurred between the Elias sections and the novel sections. I hope things come together quickly 12h
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Arthur and Lorelai
Arthur - best of friend actually family
Lorelai - mother hen?

What do you think of them? Is she in love with Elias?

CoffeeNBooks Lorelai's storyline took a completely unexpected turn when she wanted Elias to declare intentions for her. I wasn't expecting that at all. 23h
AmyG @CoffeeNBooks I didn‘t expect that either. I need to read more. 23h
kspenmoll @CoffeeNBooks @TheBookHippie Her intensions seemed to come from nowhere. Yes, so unexpected! 23h
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vlwelser I have no idea what is up with her. But they all seem like good friends to have. 22h
IndoorDame That turn is making me wonder more about this family. I didn‘t see it coming, but in retrospect maybe I should have. An irresponsible brother isn‘t much of a chaperone… Do the parents need money? Elias keeps implying that‘s the only thing that makes him a respectable prospect. 22h
mcctrish At one point Elias says something about Lorelei being unexpectedly keen on all things to do with the house and I thought “hmmm” she needs to marry well and then the ball happened. Someone‘s playing a long game 22h
julieclair I think she may be in love with the idea of being mistress of a big house, and Elias is her ticket to do that. 19h
DebinHawaii @julieclair I agree. She may have some feelings for him but more with idea of being with an eligible rich man she likes enough versus love. 18h
Catsandbooks I think she likes the idea of him more than him exactly 12h
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Eton school
Second time in a week I‘ve read about this school
What are your thoughts on it?

https://www.etoncollege.com/

AmyG I am happy I didn‘t attend. It has to be hard educationally but also socially. 23h
kspenmoll I have never liked the idea if sending kids away to boarding school- I know it is mostly for the elite- I live right near one- gives students a ticket to prestigious colleges. But mostly I hated the harsh corporal punishment that went on- much like Catholic private schools. 23h
IndoorDame 8 seems so young to be sent away from home for most of the year. And it‘s not surprising that school policies would have been really strict at this time, but I actually hadn‘t really thought about it before. 22h
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vlwelser I would have loved to go to boarding school. It was one of my kid fantasies. 22h
mcctrish @vlwelser as a reader of Enid Blyton I really wanted to go too 🤣🤣 but so often boarding school has serious Lord of the Flies vibes 22h
TheBookHippie @mcctrish I figure it‘s parochial school on steroids 👀😵‍💫 21h
TheBookHippie @vlwelser 🤣 well I wanted to be a nun so… 21h
vlwelser Um. Ok. Kids are weird. 21h
TheBookHippie @vlwelser 🤷🏻‍♀️ they didn‘t have to marry and could do social justice work. 20h
vlwelser OMG I 💙 you 20h
julieclair Until now, I had never seen a picture of Eton. Yikes! Can you imagine being 8 years old and being sent to live in place that looks so grand and intimidating? 19h
DebinHawaii I love a good boarding school setting (especially creepy ones) but would not have wanted to attend one—especially at age 8. 😱 18h
TheBookHippie @julieclair 8?!?!? I just cannot. 17h
TheBookHippie @DebinHawaii It‘s so little!!! 17h
Catsandbooks No thank you to boarding school! 12h
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Elias, not picturing him yet 👀
Bastard child -who inherits it all.
Josephine the FIRST lady to address him with plain honest speech, no wary application of etiquette between men and women in 1821. Well I like her already ..

Josie Josephine Elias
All of their fathers died ...

So Elias - thoughts ?

I like this storyline -you?

CoffeeNBooks Yes, I'm enjoying this storyline- I like Elias a lot so far. And I like that Josephine doesn't treat him differently because of his lineage. 24h
kspenmoll I like Elias as well. His feelings of not fitting anywhere ( raised to inherit title but with his mom in servants quarters as a child) makes me sad for him- he has his books though! 23h
AmyG Does present Josie meet a descendant of Elias????? This is my big question. 23h
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IndoorDame I‘m having fun with this. (And one of those pictures is EXACTLY how I pictured the painting of Elias in the study 👀!!!) 22h
vlwelser He seems a little lost. But I like him so far. 22h
mcctrish @AmyG my thoughts exactly 22h
CoffeeAndABook It‘s a fascinating storyline. Is this going to end up being a time-travel story? I didn‘t read any reviews so I have no idea. I like how Josephine and Elias meet, him being bag-head 😂 (edited) 20h
TheBookHippie @CoffeeAndABook I never read reviews 👀 it‘s so much better not to! 19h
julieclair @AmyG @mcctrish I was wondering the same thing! I am hoping so. 🤞 19h
DebinHawaii I also have not read the blurb or reviews & I am torn between time travel & the descendant thing. 🤷🏻‍♀️ @AmyG @mcctrish @CoffeeAndABook @julieclair I could see it go either way. 18h
Catsandbooks I like Elias and either of those options- time travel or a descendant! 12h
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kspenmoll Love the dress images! Thanks for all the research you do- adds depth to the story to explore such unique things. Bumblebee dresses?! Bugs! The embroidered dress is gorgeous- I never new there is a global competition! Ball gowns gorgeous too- I choose the greenish pink stripped one. (edited) 24h
TheBookHippie @kspenmoll https://www.vogue.co.uk/article/craftsmanship-alexander-mcqueen-aw18 and I love research I agree it adds to our story! ♥️♥️♥️♥️ 24h
CoffeeNBooks Im so fascinated by the bundle of letters! Thank you for the reference links for the dresses- I was trying to imagine what the bumblebee dress looked like while I was reading, and I just kept picturing a bumblebee costume. 😂 24h
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kspenmoll @TheBookHippie Black leggings w magenta flowing top. 24h
kspenmoll @CoffeeNBooks 🐝😂😂 24h
TheBookHippie @CoffeeNBooks 🤣♥️🐝🪲🐝 24h
AmyG Yes, thank you for all the pictures which helps to imagine the story in my head. The letters! I have many questions waiting to be answered by reading on! 23h
IndoorDame I‘m echoing the chorus of thanks 🙋🏻‍♀️🙏I‘m always fascinated by changing fashion and those articles are fabulous! 23h
vlwelser Pretty pictures! I have a thing for insect designs. It made me instantly like this character. 22h
mcctrish I love the letters and I have to admit the bumblebee dress gave me Outlander and Bridgerton vibes ( in a good way) not to mention Jane Austen and new guy throws a ball to meet the locals, as one does 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 22h
CoffeeAndABook Oooh those links are fabulous!! Gorgeous gowns and dresses. And I agree @CoffeeNBooks I was also picturing a bumblebee costume and couldn‘t quite figure out how that would fit into that historical period 😂😂 20h
TheBookHippie @CoffeeAndABook ♥️♥️♥️ 19h
julieclair Great links! 👍And yes… those letters! This is my kind of book! 19h
DebinHawaii Great articles! The 1820s fashions are amazing! Like @vlwelser I love insect designs, especially bees. The letters are so interesting—I‘m excited to find out what happens next! 18h
Catsandbooks Bees always remind me of The Starless Sea which is my favorite book! I'm excited for all the letters! 12h
TheBookHippie @Catsandbooks I love all the letters!! 12h
TheBookHippie @DebinHawaii I love fashion in general. 12h
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Faith, the friend.
She was totally changed but an enormous opportunity.
You can‘t go back to who you were.
Can she still find a way to fit or are those days gone?

Would you do high school over?
Would you do it the same or different?

IMO high school is a necessary evil 😵‍💫
Not one thing would I do the same 🤣

kspenmoll I think she can still find a way to fit in her present life as long as she embraces & is open to that opportunity. HS is tough, but a learning experience even if it is difficult. 24h
CoffeeNBooks I feel bad for Faith that she's having a hard time fitting in with her family after being in England. But I think her family is making it more difficult by not trying to understand how her life has changed. 24h
AmyG Life. Growth. Growing and learning is never easy. I hope things work out for Faith. 23h
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IndoorDame In retrospect I‘d do everything differently!! But do I know what I know now in your game or am I a clueless teenager again? 23h
TheBookHippie @IndoorDame HA I say we go in with knowledge 🤣👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👀 23h
IndoorDame I‘m not worried about Faith. She doesn‘t seem to want to go backwards, and it hasn‘t been very long, so she‘ll find her footing with her family eventually as the person she is now 23h
vlwelser It's hard to regret something in the past because it made you who you are currently. Also I would never want to experience high school ever again despite the fact that it was a hot mess. 22h
TheBookHippie @vlwelser 😵‍💫 22h
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mcctrish I think if you went back to HS knowing what you know now you wouldn‘t survive any better, the drama would kill you. I‘d be either in the library or the teacher‘s lounge 🤣🤣I am surprised Faith‘s family is giving her a hard time, they are Italian? They‘d have some experience with people going to Italy and it being different. If they were small town republicans I‘d understand it more. Maybe they just feel like she doesn‘t look at them the same way 22h
julieclair I think Faith‘s family needs some growth of their own. I hope they come around. And high school? I loved it and would do it all the same all over again! (Although I would hope to have a different date for the Senior Prom, lol.😂) 19h
TheBookHippie @julieclair ha you could not pay me a million dollars to do any of it again 🤣. I actually never met anyone who liked it now I can say I did! However I would love to see what public school was like. No prom for me it was A NO NO and a SIN plus NO DANCING straight to hell you‘d go. Footloose without a happy ending 🙄😵‍💫 19h
DebinHawaii I would never want to go back to high school. I didn‘t hate it but I wouldn‘t want to repeat it even knowing what I know now. I feel for Faith, hopefully she will find a way to relate to her family & while it might not be the same way of “fitting in” will still work for her. 19h
Catsandbooks I hope Faith's family comes around. I understand some of that. I was the only one in my family who left home for college, even btwn the extended family. Everyone else all stayed in the same town we grew up in. Whenever I visit it's very obvious how much I changed and how everyone and everything else stayed mostly the same. 13h
Catsandbooks As for high school, overall it was good. Sometimes I think I would want to go back with the knowledge I have now. But it really wasn't actual high school but more like moments or certain periods in my life. But I also wouldn't want to because some parts were terrible. 13h
TheBookHippie @Catsandbooks I made it out alive and it was a sheer miracle I did. 😵‍💫 I‘m quite proud of my survival. 13h
Catsandbooks @TheBookHippie ❤️❤️ You should be and I agree. There's been a lot of tough moments in my life and I'm grateful I survived and am alive. 12h
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Josie, our main girl
Dad died, mom is 😵‍💫
Boy gone🙄
Chose boy over friend Faith🙄….

Good way to start the story?
Also WHY this troupe of pick a boy over …. Everything an old friend of mine STILL says this you always pick the boy 🙄.

Also grief again in February ♥️ I had no idea.

At any rate I think I like Josie, you?

kspenmoll I like Josie, but yes that is a troupe but I had a similar experience with a friend because my fiancé had broken our engagement for her. They did not stay together. I think starting this way maybe revealed the depth of Josie & Faith‘s friendship. (edited) 24h
CoffeeNBooks I like Josie, and I like that she can admit that she shouldn't have put her relationship with Rashad before Faith. 24h
TheBookHippie @CoffeeNBooks Rashad what am asshat 🤣. I agree I‘m glad she sees it. 24h
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AmyG I like that they came back together. They realized what a wonderful friendship they had and were able to forgive and move forward. I like Josie alot. As for Rashad? Sometimes youth makes poor choices. 23h
IndoorDame I think starting off by responsibly mending a somewhat cliche rift works well to ground both the characters and the readers in that “new adult” world 23h
TheBookHippie @IndoorDame grounding is the right word!!!! I agree. 23h
vlwelser I like Josie. She's young but she seems to be sorting herself out. 22h
mcctrish That first love is hard to resist and it‘s timing can make balance hard. I agree with everyone that has said it‘s a good way to show growth ( I admit I laugh every-time a Rashad text bubble pops up, continuing to prove he‘s shite “you want me to apologize? I‘m sorry” “if I don‘t respond, I‘m dating someone else” OMG ) 22h
CoffeeAndABook I like Josie and Faith! I love that they‘re able to move past that mistake. It‘s such a cliché rift but it definitely happens!! I‘ve seen it around me & then it happened to my best friend and me ??‍♀️ and we were eventually able to move past it. Still to this day I think it‘s wonderful that I was forgiven and our friendship was stronger than that obvious lapse in judgment. (edited) 20h
CoffeeAndABook I wish Rashad were a tad less one-dimensional. It seems inconceivable that Josie was in a relationship for any amount of time with such a full-on idiot. 20h
julieclair Perfectly said, @IndoorDame ! 19h
TheBookHippie @CoffeeAndABook I think blinders were off now and he‘s truly that one dimensional🤣🤷🏻‍♀️🙄😵‍💫. 19h
TheBookHippie @mcctrish right 😵‍💫😵‍💫😵‍💫 19h
mcctrish @CoffeeNBooks 🤣🤣🤣 19h
DebinHawaii I like Josie even if she has some growing to do. The troupe is a common one but for good reason. I think we have all had that friend or maybe been that friend or at least know of that friend who picks the love interest over the friendship. Sad but true. If/when the friendship recovers, it can make it even stronger. And yes, Rashad is a complete asshat! 😉 19h
Catsandbooks I'm glad that their friendship was stronger than her lapse in judgment. Josie does have a lot of growing up to do and I think repairing this relationship was her first step in that growth. 13h
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Friendship
Is friendship for life -a season -forever
Or do we have some of each ?

kspenmoll We have some of each. I am lucky to have my friend/soulmate since HS. Other friends not as long, then some were “just a season” & drifted away. I only have had one bad experience with who I considered a close friend, which ended our friendship. 24h
CoffeeNBooks I think most of us probably have some of each. That's one of the things I like about social media- I can keep in contact with people who I would have lost track of before social media. Sometimes I'll hear a song or use a recipe that reminds me of someone that I was friends with in one season of life but then we drifted apart, and I'm so glad for that little reminder of them. 24h
TheBookHippie @CoffeeNBooks I think that way about recipes too! I agree we have all kinds of friends. 24h
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TheBookHippie @kspenmoll I‘ve had a couple bad ones but I think that‘s everyone. 24h
AmyG I am with all of you. We have all kinds of friends. They drift in and out of our lives, some are with us always, some are infrequently spoken to, some you speak to every day and on and on. I love that every day is an opportunity to make a new friend. (edited) 23h
IndoorDame I think we probably have more of a mix the more global the world becomes. 23h
vlwelser It has to be a mix or I'm doing it wrong. 23h
mcctrish I agree with @CoffeeNBooks social media is wonderful for connecting with far flung friends and making new ones. I think it‘s important to have all kinds. Those long time ones know you from before life‘s big bumps that can take the wind out of your sails and it‘s nice to be known that way 22h
julieclair I agree that we all have some of both. And sometimes friendships can surprise you. I am blessed with a few forever friends, one of whom I had initially assumed would be just a seasonal friend. And I have a few friends whom I thought would be forever friends, that turned out to be seasonal. 19h
TheBookHippie @julieclair I agree some really surprise you! 19h
DebinHawaii Definitely agree with the group about having a mix of friends. And good point @julieclair that friendships can surprise you—the ones that have lasted & those that did not. 19h
Catsandbooks I agree that it's a mix. Unfortunately most of mine have been "seasonal" or circumstantial friends. I thought I found forever friends multiple times but they haven't lasted. 14h
mollyrotondo I definitely agree that we have a mix. My best friend I‘ve been friends with since high school. We are definitely forever friends! And I‘ve had friends that I needed in certain moments of my life but then naturally we‘ve drifted. And there‘s one friend I had a falling out with but mostly due to the fact that we drifted apart and didn‘t just let it go when we should have. But that‘s all a part of life. 13h
TheBookHippie @mollyrotondo Most of my high school friends are dead. AIDS did a number on my high school and college friends. Suicide and drugs as well, they‘re aren‘t many of us left. Mr Book Hippie and I were just remarking this fall on our anniversary they‘re aren‘t many witnesses to our early love story. 13h
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Cadwallader Manor Scotland

Yay back over seas ♥️😂🌊🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿

https://www.visitscotland.com/see-do/attractions/castles/great-scottish-castles/

https://www.oliverstravels.com/britain-ireland/scotland/

How do you like the setting?

CoffeeNBooks I love this setting! I'm hoping the story will describe more about Cadwallader as Josie works on fixing it up. 24h
kspenmoll This setting is fabulous! Agree with @CoffeeNBooks anticipating maybe unexpected discoveries as Josie renovates. I am loving this book so far! 24h
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TheBookHippie @kspenmoll a girl I mentor read it -then reread it immediately and talks about it constantly -so I knew I had to read it…and with so many teachers of high school in SUNDAY BuddyRead and on Litsy -I thought it was perfect for us to try! I am loving it. 24h
AmyG I like the setting. I love an old home with secrets. (edited) 23h
IndoorDame I agree with everyone. I‘m loving the setting! and I hope we get to hear details about the house and its secrets 23h
vlwelser It's great. It's making me excited to go to England in July. 23h
mcctrish It‘s set in Scotland, there are letters, bit of a gothic vibe, was this book written for me?! 22h
CoffeeAndABook Absolutely agree with everyone. I‘ve never been to Scotland and seek out books set in that region. Old dilapidated manor house - even better 😁 21h
mcctrish @CoffeeNBooks 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 20h
julieclair Loving the book, loving the setting. Definitely off to a good start! 20h
DebinHawaii Love a “over the pond” crumbling old estate full of secrets. The setting is perfect! 19h
Catsandbooks It's been very raining while I was reading so it really set the rainy Scottish moor atmosphere for me 14h
TheBookHippie @Catsandbooks ooo yes great setting!!! 14h
mollyrotondo I love a book set in an old house 😂 and I love when characters find bits of the past hidden in those old homes. It‘s just a classic setting and plot device that I fall for every time lol 13h
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Catsandbooks Rice and beans are such an underrated combo! 2d
Tamra Nothing better! 2d
Texreader Yummy! 2d
kspenmoll That looks so good! 24h
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Catsandbooks Yum! 🇩🇴 2d
Daisey I made chivo guisado today, but my recipe did not call for spicy peppers and I‘m thinking that would have been a great addition. I may have to read about a few more of these. 2d
TheBookHippie @Daisey I‘m using it as a starting point for sure! Lots of info! 1d
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Catsandbooks ☕️🇩🇴 2d
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IndoorDame I had no idea reader view worked for that 🤯❤️ 2d
TheBookHippie @IndoorDame I do it a zillion times a day 🙃 2d
GingerAntics I loved Babar growing up!!! 1d
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GingerAntics Well that really killed some childhood memories. It‘s amazing where these things all sneak in. 1d
mrp27 Interesting. Didn‘t realize and glad to know some of the offensive illustrations were removed. 1d
TheBookHippie @mrp27 I‘m so fascinated. I agree -glad to know some effort was used. 1d
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IndoorDame It‘s possible that one of the reasons these characters stick in my memory so vividly from childhood is that I remember hearing adults around me discussing this “controversy”, but not in a way I could understand at my young age (either because no one thought to talk to me about it just near me, or possibly because the explanations were undertaken by adults with only the most surface understanding of the debate themselves) 2d
TheBookHippie @IndoorDame I‘m truly fascinated by all of it. It was banned in some schools as well… I still think it should be read, talked about and enjoyed… 🙃👀. 2d
batsy I just finished! Didn't like it; definitely can't unread the colonialist/civilising analogy as an adult. Will have probably loved it if I read it as a kid, I'm sure. 1d
TheBookHippie @batsy I know right? You can‘t un-see it. I‘m sure too as a child I‘d have loved it. Going to read more to see where it goes .. 1d
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🥶🥶☕️☕️☕️📘📗📕📙📚

Plans ..

LaraReads Perfection! ☺️ 2d
IndoorDame 👏👏👏 2d
MoonWitch94 SAME! 🥶📖☕️ 2d
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Cuilin Same, seriously. 2d
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick I wish! My parents are visiting NJ this weekend so we're heading out to see them in a couple hours. 🥶 2d
MoMogrl Same! 2d
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#Blitsy swap went out in todays mail headed to @Endowarrior21 👀📦

Chelleo Yay!! 3d
Endowarrior21 Yay can't wait 🤗 😊 ☺️ 21h
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Foul Lady Fortune | Chloe Gong
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@vlwelser 👀💕

vlwelser I mean sometimes the fantasy books are funky. 🤷 3d
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Readathon: Occasional List : Geleentheidslys | Gauteng (South Africa). Education Media Service
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#fabulousFebruary readathon @Andrew65 hosting

I plan to read off my TBR BOOKCART 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼💚💚💚

IndoorDame Libby conveniently had a copy of Dearest Josephine available immediately so I‘ll have to start off this readathon by playing catch-up for Sunday 😁 4d
Andrew65 Great to have you with us again, good luck 😍 3d
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#muglove box arrived 👀 @TieDyeDude

TheKidUpstairs Yay! Now the hardest part, the waiting! 4d
Cinfhen Cute graphics 😍 3d
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Thursdays Child | Helen Forrester
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Thursday …. Almost there 👀🤣💕

WJCintron Love this!! 😃🙌 3d
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Yiddish with Dick and Jane | Ellis Weiner, Barbara Davilman
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alter kocker (Oll-ter KAt-ker) -
» A grumpy, cranky, cantankerous old man.
A bit more caustic than "Old fart"

#weirdwords ?

IndoorDame Fun! I only know the Yiddish that has essentially made it into modern NY English. This is one of those peripheral ones that I‘ve heard often enough to recognize, and wouldn‘t exactly be confused by in context, but definitely couldn‘t have defined precisely. Love knowing what it actually means! 5d
CBee Nice! I wonder what a cantankerous lady is called? I‘m feeling like that right about now 😂🤦‍♀️🫢 5d
TheBookHippie @IndoorDame I have that often or I‘ll say it without realizing it and go woe …🤣👏🏼 5d
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Foul Lady Fortune | Chloe Gong
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#ChloeGongReadALong MARCH
March 1 Ch 1-11
March 8 Ch 12-20
March 15 Ch 21-30
March 22 Ch 31 - 39
March 29 Ch 40- END

I‘ll post discussion points correlating to the chapters on the dates noted. Feel free to post at your pace. Everyone welcome. Participate at what ever level suits you. ♥️💕

vlwelser ❤💖 😂 that was like a mini treasure hunt. 5d
TheBookHippie @vlwelser all fixed 😵‍💫😱💕🙄🤣 migraine is fun for spelling 🙄 I changed the post 4 times.. (edited) 5d
vlwelser I promise I will be doing this no matter how many times you make spelling errors. 😘 5d
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TheBookHippie @vlwelser 🤣🤣🤣 I‘m so excited for it! 5d
vlwelser We're doing Chloe and Abbi Waxman in the same month. I may explode. Or melt into a puddle. 5d
DebinHawaii I can‘t wait! 🤗 5d
Catsandbooks Got my copy! So excited!! 💕 5d
vlwelser Is there no chapter 31? There seems to be a gap. 3d
TheBookHippie @vlwelser 😵‍💫😵‍💫😵‍💫yes ooooops let me check page count this is gonna be a wild ride 🙃 3d
TheBookHippie @vlwelser yup supposed to be 31-39 😵‍💫🙃👀😫🤷🏻‍♀️😬😂🙄 3d
TheBookHippie @vlwelser FIXED!!! 😘😘😘🙃💕💕💕 3d
vlwelser I would never have noticed but I was putting it on my calendar. Obviously I'm also pumped about it. 💖😘 3d
TheBookHippie @vlwelser I have my book sectioned off already!!! Just had to look! 🙃 3d
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Diana in the snow....... 💚

IndoorDame Lovely! 5d
Larkken I have similar pics from December of st Francis in the snow, but he looks considerably less sanguine about it 😆 5d
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#AuldLangSpineGiveaway @monalyisha what FUN

•The Very Secret Society of Irregular Witches by Sangu Mandanna is my pick!

My first year in this challenge I loved it! ♥️

monalyisha Such a sweet book! 💜 5d
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#AuldLangSpine @Singout inspired 💙 library haul.

dabbe Love her! The Quiet book made me feel sane for being an introvert! 😊 6d
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MARCH 💜 #SUNDAYBUDDYREAD

We enjoyed her The Bookish Life of Nina Hill together ..

2023 schedule:

http://bookhippie.com/index.php/2022/08/01/2023-list-for-my-sundaybuddyread-on-l...

mcctrish I can‘t wait, since I already started it accidentally 🤣 6d
TheBookHippie @mcctrish 👀🤣♥️ 6d
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#muglove arrival …👀👀👀👀👀

Cinfhen Yay!!!! Now the waiting begins…… 5d
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#SUNDAYBUDDYREAD APRIL

April is poetry month and we are reading tagged book- the one on the left. There are five Sundays in April so it‘ll be manageable sections.

♥️As poetry is extremely important to me I‘m giving out the right side poetry book once a week to a random participant in our discussions (I‘ll draw a name out a hat 🤣) FIVE COPIES for the month📘

Hope to see you in April!

AmyG I will be there. I know nothing about her or poetry so I look forward to learning about her. 6d
TheBookHippie @AmyG Same! I kept seeing her referenced so we will all learn together! ♥️ 6d
IndoorDame I‘m excited about this one! She‘s new to me too. Always so much I don‘t know! 6d
TheBookHippie @IndoorDame ♥️♥️♥️♥️ 6d
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❄️❄️❄️❄️❄️❄️❄️

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BookBosomed1 Oooo. Thanks. I wanted to read this one. 6d
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The Ya-Ya Boxed Set | Rebecca Wells
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📒YA YA sisterhood book & movie
✍🏼 Jane Yolen (The Devil's Arithmetic) & Yeats Poetry
🎬You‘ve Got Mail
🎤Yebba
🎶Your Song Elton John

CBee Love the Ya-Ya‘s!! ♥️♥️ 7d
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https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2008/09/22/freeing-the-elephants

#ChildrensClassicRead2023 February Babar another read that has a lot of controversy and thoughts about!

I do feel like a student reading these but I do love it so! 🐘 🐘 🐘

I look forward to staring this later this week! Also this is a #192025 challenge read for 1931 @Librarybelle

Librarybelle Hooray! 1w
Ann_Reads 👏👏👏 I have the book loaded up on my kindle and will be reading it soon. 7d
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How are we heading into February already?!?!?!?! #SundayBuddyRead 🌹

vlwelser My library only has this on hoopla and it's so cold my internet went down so it's definitely a user error because I should have already downloaded it, but I may need to catch up in week 2. 😘 2d
TheBookHippie @vlwelser 🥶 it‘s an easy read so should be no problem ♥️ 2d
vlwelser Glad you picked an easy one for the short month. 2d
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Black Cake | Charmaine Wilkerson
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marleed Oh wow! This was a 5* read for me! 1w
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The Godmothers: A Novel | Camille Aubray
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In other news yet another cover option for our January book #SUNDAYBUDDYREAD 👀🤣🤣👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼🖤

Karisa 🤭 I love it! I guess it‘d be Filomena in the driver‘s seat. 1w
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Well I thank ya. This was different!
Happy Sunday!
I woke at 530a couldn‘t get back to sleep so I posted 😫🤷🏻‍♀️ we‘ve got a ton of snow overnight so I‘ll be here with cocoa reading our February book ! See you next week! ♥️

AmyG Thank you-always! See you next Sunday! 1w
Karisa I was up early too but west coast time😊. Lots of sunshine here today. Thank you again for a great book chat! 💗 1w
mcctrish Thank you so much for a wonderful start to Sundays. Always. I‘m in Toronto to see my youngest ( he‘s at school here, studying photography, and there is an exhibit of his class‘ photo books - so much talent ❤️) it‘s been a great weekend on all the levels. I‘m looking forward to Josephine 1w
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BookwormAHN It's a rain out here. Thank you and stay warm. 1w
DebinHawaii Thanks for as usual, the great hosting. 🤗Last night was cool, stormy & rainy so it was a good night for a spooky story. 😱 1w
TheBookHippie @DebinHawaii oooo good reading weather!!! 1w
TheBookHippie @mcctrish How wonderful enjoy! 1w
mcctrish Random info about Simone: a friend of my mom ( I babysat her boys 100 years ago) just msg‘d me ( she is in my fb reading group, we both just posted about SSJ books) her friend‘s son has a law clerk who‘s sister is Simone 🤯 real name is Simone Seguin 1w
TheBookHippie @mcctrish 🤯🤯🤯🤯🤯 1w
CoffeeAndABook Thank you so much @TheBookHippie! I wasn‘t able to get into Litsy until right now - I so missed the main discussion but enjoyed the book and your super interesting posts and everyone‘s thoughts 😊👌🏼💫 1w
TheBookHippie @CoffeeAndABook No worries there are a few folks who post tonight, Monday, and Wednesday as that works for them. Sometimes discussions go all week. Feel free to comment or whatever you‘d like ♥️♥️ 1w
mollyrotondo Thank you!!! I‘ve been so off with my responses 🤦🏻‍♀️ I was on vacation last week so I missed some of the Godmothers‘ posts. Loved that book though! But thank you for everything and hopefully now I can be on track with my responses. 6d
TheBookHippie @mollyrotondo oh fun!!! I loved The Godmother that was fun as well. Hopefully we get more good than bad this year 🤣😵‍💫♥️ 6d
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