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TheLudicReader

Joined September 2016

I read for pleasure. theludicreader.com
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Black Rabbit Hall | Eve Chase
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Next up. I am hoping to get a couple more books in before the 31st. I started Hex last night, but wasn‘t feeling it, so I will give the tagged book a go when I get home from school. It‘s going to be a blustery, warm ( up to 12 c) rainy day here. Have a great day, Littens.

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The Visitors | Catherine Burns
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I finished the tagged book last night, reading wayyyy past my bed time. It‘s the story of awkward, frumpy Marion who lives in her childhood home with John, her older brother. The siblings had a strange childhood, and they are weirdly co-dependant. The book is menacing and creepy...and unexpected. The ending was a teensy bit of a letdown, but still a great read.
And...it‘s a snow day here, so I started We Could Be Beautiful.

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The Current: A Novel | Tim Johnston
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If you haven't yet discovered Tim Johnston, he's well worth your time. In this novel, a young woman survives a terrible accident only to be pulled into an unsolved murder case from a decade before. Read my full review: https://theludicreader.com/2019/12/01/the-current-tim-johnston/

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The Dutch House | Ann Patchett
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Our first storm day...so I get to stay in my pjs and finish The Dutch House, which we will be discussing at tonight‘s book club meeting. #happysigh

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Dont You Forget About Me | Mhairi McFarlane
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https://www.theguardian.com/books/2019/nov/15/young-adult-ya-authors-sarah-desse...

Back in August, I wrote a review about the tagged book. I bought the book, wrote my review, posted and woke up to a lot of mean tweets from the author & her friends. I haven‘t written a review since then. In an effort to catch up, I made a video, which you can view at theludicreader.com

Anyone else ever had an unpleasant encounter with an author?

Lauredhel The only way an author should EVER respond to a review - if somehow the best advice “never ever ever respond to a bad review” eludes them - is with “thank you for reading and reviewing my book”. (edited) 4w
vivastory 👆 Daniel Greene's recently posted video about Dessen is definitely worth checking out IMO 4w
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vivastory & I'm really sorry to hear that happened to you. There's no excuse for that. 4w
Reagan Oh my, that‘s awful. It‘s tough because I think generally people try to be fair, even when they don‘t like the book, but as a writer you have to know that not everyone will. Thanks for your honesty, not someone I will be seeking out to read if that is their response to an honest review. 4w
TheLudicReader @vivastory thanks for pointing me in the direction of that video. My experience was certainly nothing like that, but I literally stopped reading my tweets until it died down. 4w
BlameJennyJane Wow. That‘s just unbelievable. And her friends showed up to the bash? Now I don‘t want to read any of them. Although Dessen isn‘t my thing I did have some Picoult in my TBR and I‘ve read some of the others. 4w
jb72 I just read that article earlier today on FB. It was posted by another author. It seems we have come to a point where it is okay to bash reviewers and other authors just because you don‘t like what they have to say. There is a book on GR where reviewers readily admit to not reading the book, but gave it bad reviews. I just don‘t understand that. 4w
jb72 @vivastory That‘s a good video and he is absolutely right. The college should never have apologized for an alum having an opinion over a book. It wasn‘t even a bad opinion. 4w
vivastory @jb72 It's sad that the college apologized & it's sad that some of the journalists apologized. What is astonishing to me is that the group voted on it, Dessen & the other authors are acting like this one person singlehandedly stopped the book from being selected. 4w
jb72 @vivastory Exactly. The student wanted a more open and broader (more difficult topic) subject to read and discuss. While a basic YA can be fun to read (for adults and teens), it is up to par for a campus wide read? I think the students had a responsibility to make a book choice that would open a dialog of hard issues. YA is important, but sometimes it is not the right choice at that specific moment. 4w
TheLudicReader @jb72 that poor girl in the Dessen debacle got a bad deal. I teach high school and have lots of Dessen books, but you know exactly what you are getting when you read her. At the university level, I think we should be expecting an elevated discussion. And you are right, @vivastory Dessen acted like this young lady single handedly destroyed her reputation or something. Ridiculous. And for all those other writers to jump onboard. 😠 4w
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The Lost Garden | Helen Humphreys
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#autobuy Helen Humphreys. Humphreys is a Canadian poet and novelist. The first book I read was Afterimage, which I read many years ago. My favourite book is the tagged book. Because of that book, I visited the Lost Gardens of Heligan in 2007. Please add The Lost Garden to your tbr if you haven‘t yet read it. It‘s so beautiful. I have not yet read The Frozen Thames. I would love you to share your fave author piles with me!

charl08 Love Helen Humphreys! I think my favourite is her book about the frost fairs on the frozen Thames. 4w
Nute I like everything about this post! I‘ve never heard of this poet. I enjoy poetry immensely so I‘m taking you up on your recommendation as well as the book mentioned by @charl08 🙂 4w
TheLudicReader @Nute , none of the books in this post are poetry collections, tho, just so you know what you‘re getting. 😀 That said, her prose is so beautiful it reads like poetry...and The Lost Garden is gorgeous. 4w
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Nute Prose that is lyrical and reads like poetry...TWO THUMBS UP! Thanks for the clarification. I‘m still interested!☺️ 4w
Tamra Frozen Thames is really wonderful! 4w
batsy I've only read The Lost Garden and it's one of the most beautiful books ♥️🌸 4w
TheLudicReader I agree @batsy. I don‘t think you will be disappointed @Nute. I will have to get on The Frozen Thames, @Tamra . Glad to meet another Humphreys fan, @charl08 4w
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The Banquet | Carolyn Slaughter
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#autobuy Carolyn Slaughter. First book I read by her was The Banquet, probably 35 years ago, & thus began my ❤️ affair. I bought the paperback 1st & the hardcover years later at The Strand for $2. My favourite book of hers is Relations. The only 2 I haven‘t read yet are A Black Englishman and Dresden, Tennessee. She‘s the only author I have ever written to, and she replied. 2 handwritten pages. Share your auto buy authors & tag me!

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With Your Crooked Heart | Helen Dunmore
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I thought I would start a little series of posts about authors whose books are an automatic buy for me. I discovered Helen Dunmore years ago. The tagged book was the first of her books I read, and I fell in love. A Spell of Winter is my favourite. Of the pile pictured, I have yet to read Mourning Ruby and House of Orphans, which I just picked up a couple weeks ago. Please share your fave author piles #autobuy & please tag me so I can see.

Tamra My only auto buy author is Carys Davies, and sadly all my books are in boxes. 1mo
TheLudicReader @Tamra never heard of either of those authors, although apparently I‘d already shelved the Davies book tbr. :-) 1mo
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Very exciting to meet Lauren B Davis today. She wrote one of my favourite books, Our Daily Bread, and kindly tweeted in real time with my book club as we discussed it.

Chrissyreadit That‘s awesome! 1mo
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The Dinner | Herman Koch
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Mixed feelings about this generally well-reviewed novel about a couple of Dutch brothers, Serge, who is running to be Prime Minister, and Paul, a school teacher, and their wives. Over several courses at a fancy restaurant, Paul unravels the story of his acrimonious relationship with Serge, and also unspools the story of why they are gathered on this night. No question, it would make a great book club pick. Anyone seen the movie?

charl08 Not seen the film, but the book was really good at hitting my buttons. 1mo
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The Nanny | Gilly Macmillan
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Man it‘s hard to find a thrilling thriller. This one started off well enough, but the characters became more grating and unbelievable as the story moved along...and the resolution was ridiculous. Anybody read anything in this genre that actually lives up to its hype or premise?

TheDaysGoBy I enjoyed In a Dark, Dark Wood 2mo
TheLudicReader I read that one a few years ago, @TheDaysGoBy and I had the same problem with it. Just got to the point where I was frustrated with characters and the denouement. Perhaps I am asking too much of my thrillers. 😏 2mo
TheDaysGoBy @TheLudicReader I feel the same way. I‘d read The Woman in Cabin 10 first and that character was awful. So I think In a Dark Dark Wood was a bit better and more exciting to me 2mo
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The Winters | Lisa Gabriele
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#sorrynotsorry because, to be fair, I will never be sorry about spending $ on books.

GypsyKat That‘s quite the haul! 🤩 2mo
FantasyChick Some great titles! 2mo
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Who Are You? | Elizabeth Forbes
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I need a distraction from marking truly heinous grade 10 compositions.

1. New Brunswick, Canada
2. 58
3. I‘d rather buy books than pretty much anything else, and as I buy for me and for my classroom library, 2 x the fun. I definitely spend $ I shouldn‘t.
4. Divorced for a decade.
5. She
6. I went to a talk many years ago and heard the term “ludic reader.” It‘s a person who reads for pleasure, & that is me. I‘ve been The Ludic Reader ever since

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Far from the Tree | Robin Benway
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Three teenagers discover that they are siblings in this fantastic, award winning YA novel. Joaquin, Grace, and Maya negotiate their own lives and pasts and then the additional impact of finding out they have each other, too. #allthefeels

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The Testaments: A Novel | Margaret Atwood
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My book club discussed this book tonight. First question: Is this a Booker prize winning book? All seven of us said no. I read it immediately following The Handmaid‘s Tale and this felt like fan fiction. I am not a huge Atwood fan to begin with, but this just didn‘t impress me. Am I alone?

marleed Yes. She shared the 2019 Booker prize. 2mo
britt_brooke I definitely don‘t think it deserved the Booker. It was fine, but not mind-blowing, and certainly nowhere near as effective as the original. 2mo
Hooked_on_books I haven‘t read it, but based on all the reviews I‘ve seen, I don‘t think this should have won. It feels to me like they are rewarding her for her body of work rather than this particular book, which is not what I think should happen. 2mo
JacqMac You are not alone. It really didn‘t deserve to win. 2mo
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Super excited to pick up this book tonight. Students love her novels and so do I.

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The Handmaid's Tale | Margaret Atwood
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So my book club chose The Testaments as our next read...but I had not yet read The Handmaid‘s Tale 🙄
I know, I am a lame Canadian and an even lamer feminist.

Molly_the_mezzo My all time favorite! 2mo
cherinium You're not lame. There's just too many good books out there. We all can't read all of them! 🤓 2mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego You're not lame at all. ♀️✊🏼 2mo
Macnjen It's on my TBR too, don't fret. My daughter is going to read it for college and I feel as if I need to read it too to be able to chat with her about it. I feel lame also but agree with @cherinium that are are too many good books out there and we can't get to all of them!
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TheLudicReader Thank you, @cherinium , @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego & @Macnjen for making me feel better about not having gotten to this one before. Truth be told, I am not a huge Atwood fan. But I appreciated The Handmaid‘s Tale at the end of the day. I don‘t think you are alone, @Molly_the_mezzo 😁 2mo
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The old man and the sea | Ernest Hemingway
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#sorrynotsorry. That sign is like crack to a book lover.

Ddzmini 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼📖📚📚📚😋 2mo
Melissa_J Chapters? I‘m staying away from my local store this weekend as the last thing I need is more books (and I may have some coming in the mail on Monday) 😂 2mo
TheLudicReader Yes, @Melissa_J , Indigo. I didn‘t need more books, either. Sadly, that doesn‘t stop me. Last week it was 30% off for teachers. Ai yi yi. 2mo
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The Lost Garden: A Novel | Helen Humphreys
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Day 7. #7days7covers #covercrush
Thanks @Tiffiney for inviting me to play.

lahousewyfe My absolute favorite. 3mo
Melissa_J Such a beautiful novel. 3mo
TheLudicReader This novel is the reason I visited the Lost Gardens of Heligan in 2007. It‘s a beautiful story and Humphreys is one of my favourite authors, @lahousewyfe & @Melissa_J 3mo
batsy I love this book 💜 3mo
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Still Mine | Amy Stuart
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#sorrynotsorry Took advantage of Indigo‘s 30% off for teachers weekend. Because of course I did. All for my classroom.

Melissa_J Nice! If I were a teacher I‘d be taking advantage of the discount, too 😊 3mo
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Master of the Delta | Thomas H. Cook
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A Spell of Winter | Helen Dunmore
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Billy Dead | Lisa Reardon
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#7days7covers #covercrush Day 2
Tag. You‘re it.

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The Banquet | Carolyn Slaughter
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I was tagged by @Tiffiney to play #7covers7days. The only rule is to post book covers without comment, which is so hard to do because I want to tell you about the books. 😕 Alas, I am not allowed. If you haven‘t participated in this, please jump on the wagon.

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#sorrynotsorry
I am back to my book buying ways. Canadian littens of a certain age will recognize the author of the tagged book as the lead singer of April Wine...mega band of the 70s (although perhaps only in Canada.)

LeahBergen I saw April Wine in concert so many times in my teens. 😆😆 3mo
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Ask Again, Yes: A Novel | Mary Beth Keane
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It‘s been an age, Littens. I went back to my classroom on the 26th, and I haven‘t been reading at all. Life, she has been busy. I had to move my daughter from one apt to another over the long weekend. (And that was an adventure, let me tell you. They upgraded (not) my 15‘ Uhaul to a 26‘ Uhaul. 😬) Crazy hurricane weekend here in the Maritimes. And I am frantically reading the tagged book which must be finished for Thursday. 😲

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Winger | Andrew Smith
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I purchased these for my classroom library three years ago. Besides the tagged book, I‘ve read the The Dogs, Rooms & The Dead House. Cool idea, @Lcsmcat #bookhaulchallenge

Lcsmcat 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 4mo
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Don't You Forget About Me | Mhairi McFarlane
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I didn't hate Don't You Forget About Me, but I didn't love it either. Georgina and Lucas are reunited 12 years after high school when Georgina gets a job at Lucas's pub. They were in love back in the day - now it appears he doesn't remember Georgina. Or does he? My review caused quite a stir on Twitter. I didn't think it was all that harsh. https://theludicreader.com/2019/08/15/dont-you-forget-about-me-mhairi-mcfarlane/

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#teachersoflitsy just a little back-to-school reading. I finished the tagged book a few days ago. Miller is singing to the choir with that one. Anyone else prepping to go back to class?

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer #1 | Joss Whedon, Jordie Bellaire
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I am a total Buffy geek, so even though I stopped reading post-series comics years ago, I had to pick this one up because it starts at the beginning with Buffy in (slightly AU) high school. Makes me want to write fanfic and dig out all my memorabilia. B/A forever.

LoveToReadLiveToRead Me too! I rewatched loads of it on maternity leave a few years ago. I saw the first issue of this comic but haven‘t kept up with it. (edited) 4mo
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Next up, I‘m going to re-read one of my all time favourite books...which I first read probably 45 years ago. Yikes.

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The Silent Patient | Alex Michaelides
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Easy-to-read tale about a psychotherapist who wants to help an artist who has killed her husband. There‘s no question she did it, but no one knows why she did it, and in the six years since she hasn‘t said a single word. Flat characterization is probably my major gripe with this book, but I am probably in the minority. Also, not-a-big-deal twist.

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Peril | Thomas H. Cook
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Added three new Thomas H. Cooks to my collection. Looking forward to reading them. #sorrynotsorry

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A Velocity of Being: Letter to a Young Reader | Maria Popova, Claudia Bedrick
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This is a beautiful book for anyone who knows that books and reading are the gifts that just keep giving. I believe all readers should have this book in their collection. My full review can be found at theludicreader.com

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Any other Veronica Mars fans out there? A friend from the Buffy fandom recommended I give this show a go and I‘ve watched the first three seasons and the movie over the last couple weeks. I am three episodes into season 4 and I just had run out and get these books. I haven‘t been this obsessed since my BtVS days. #Logan&Veronica4eva

DeeLew I‘m on episode 7. What did we say about trying to watch one episode at a time?? I can‘t stop 🤣🤣 Imagine if they could bring back Buffy too??? ❤️ 5mo
TheLudicReader @DeeLew sadly I don‘t think Angel has aged quite as well as Logan Echolls has. 😁 5mo
DeeLew @TheLudicReader so true. Logan has the six-pack going that‘s for sure 😅😉 5mo
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DeeLew @TheLudicReader did you finish the season?? 😭😭😭 5mo
TheLudicReader @DeeLew I just finished a few minutes ago and I can‘t even....I inadvertently spoiled myself this morning while writing my review of the books, so I knew it was coming, but I am soooooo sad. 5mo
DeeLew @TheLudicReader I accidentally saw a spoiler too and I‘m kind of glad I did. Long time fans are NOT happy. I am incredibly sad about that ending but I‘m even more worried that it will prevent a season 5 from happening. I know that everyone, including Hulu would have been on board to continue but a lot of people say they won‘t watch. We will see. In the meantime I‘m going to start over with season 1. 🙂❤️ 5mo
TheLudicReader @DeeLew I am pretty devastated. It just seems cruel. 😢 I am rewatching from the beginning, too. Just a couple episodes into season two. I would watch another season, but I won‘t be happy about it. 😑 5mo
DeeLew @TheLudicReader I agree, it was a cruel and unnecessary plot twist. I think when I rewatch that final episode I will stop at the wedding and pretend it ends there. 😭 5mo
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Not quite the emotional gutpunch her first novel Everything I Never Told You was, Ng‘s second novel is still a well-written page-turner that does a deep dive into the relationship between mothers and their children. Loved it. Read my full review at theludicreader.com

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A Velocity of Being: Letter to a Young Reader | Maria Popova, Claudia Bedrick
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Currently reading this beauty. A love letter...well a lot of love letters... to reading.

megnews I loved this 5mo
rubyslippersreads 😻😻😻 5mo
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Out of Sight | Isabelle Grey
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Currently reading and drinking tea out of my new kitty mug. Another perfect summer day.

Lcsmcat Love that mug! 4mo
TheLudicReader Thanks, @Lcsmcat. It was a birthday gift from my daughter. 😁 4mo
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I finished this book in an afternoon. It‘s a common sense guide to figuring out what to do when you‘re not sure you are doing what you want to be doing. I love Debbie Travis. She seems like someone you could have a glass of Prosecco and a good natter with....and you actually can do that at her Tuscan villa.

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Mabel Murple | Sheree Fitch
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Took the road less traveled on the way home (aka got off the four-lane highway), and the old way took us past Sheree Fitch's book store, which is in the middle of nowhere. How exciting that the author herself was there. My kids LOVED her books when they were kids, and I loved reading them. Such an unexpected treat.

Tamra How fun! And I love your dress! 💚 5mo
TheLudicReader It was so beautiful there, @Tamra . And thanks re: the dress. 5mo
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First time visiting Woozles, Canada's oldest children's bookstore. The tagged book was my purchase. #halifax

LeahBergen Fun! 👏🏻👏🏻 5mo
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I have been wanting to read this for a while and finally picked it up while visiting my daughter in Halifax. #shoplocal

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The Female Persuasion | Meg Wolitzer
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Can‘t say I loved the central characters of Wolitzer‘s novel about what it means to be a woman. The most interesting character arc in the novel actually belonged to a guy. Go figure. Full review at theludicreader.com

TheCuriousHousecat Yeah I‘d agree. There were a lot of stories within the story. Really liked Cory who I think maybe you‘re referring to❤️ 3mo
TheLudicReader Yep, @TheCuriousHousecat , it was Cory. Really liked him. 3mo
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Happy Canada Day to my fellow Canadians.

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Tell Me Lies: A Novel | Carola Lovering
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Summer has officially started for me and the first order of business is to finish these two books. #happysigh

Eggs Gorgeous blooms 6mo
CouronneDhiver Pretty! 6mo
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A Man Called Ove: A Novel | Fredrik Backman
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Just got home from school on this rainy Friday afternoon (only two more days before the official start of summer vacay). Time to open my West Coast #summersantagoespostal box compliments of @melissajayne . Your box was a total delight. Thank you. And thanks to @BookishMarginalia for organizing.

BookishMarginalia 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 6mo
squirrelbrain Love the ‘Cat to be kitten me..‘ notepad! 6mo
melissajayne Glad that you like the gifts. I looked through your profile and that you had gone to France (reason for the erasers and bookmarks) and that you had a cat (notepad influence). Books were chosen from your Litsy TBR. The candy was chosen because it reminded me of my summers as a kid, especially the candy sticks and the bubble tape. (edited) 6mo
monalyisha Saltwater taffy was a GREAT call! 6mo
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Write Across Canada: Mapping the Country in 19 Chapters | Ottawa International Writers Festival, Drew Kennickell
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From the West Coast all the way to the East Coast (well, almost), your #summersantagoespostal package has arrived safe and sound @melissajayne
Looking forward to the 21st!

melissajayne The reason for the paper on the one end is because there is a hole there. Glad it arrived safely. (edited) 6mo
TheLudicReader @melissajayne I also sent my package in a shoe box. Great minds! 6mo
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