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I, too, an obsessed with the Merlin app!

I am reading all of Beverly Nichols books. They’re funny and heart-warming, and you don’t need to be a gardener to enjoy these sweet summer savourings. Start with Down the Garden Path… then there’s Sunlight on the Lawn, Laughter on the Stairs, Merry Hall and several more. I’m going to try to read them all this summer. ❤️

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Love this - thank you! And happy bird listening :)

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These books look lovely! My grandmother would have LOVED them! I am putting them on my “to read” list right now.

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"I am insufferable about this joy." - Perhaps my favorite sentence I've read in awhile?! <3

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Ah, thank you, Megan! :)

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"All My Eyes See" by Fr William Hart McNichols, master iconographie and mystic.

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Oh Laura, I have a book I'm just longing to share about - All Oppression Shall Cease: A History of Slavery, Abolitionism, and the Catholic Church, by Christopher Kellerman, SJ. As you can guess from the title, it is not a light summer read! But it is an overview of the relationship between the Catholic Church and chattel slavery, going all the way from how pre-Christian philosophers like Aristotle influenced the early church to the context for papal documents on slavery during the Atlantic slave trade to abolitionism in the United States and England in the 19th century. It is very readable, gives excellent context, and it answered a LOT of my questions. I would highly recommend it. And if you're looking for something completely different, I just finished When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead. Anyone, child or adult, who loves A Wrinkle in Time should read When You Reach Me. Happy reading, happy summer!

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ooo Amy I love your book recs and this is no exception. I have Alessandra Harris' book on my desk right now: In the Shadow of Freedom: The Enduring Call for Racial Justice - which sounds like a companion to the book you're enjoying. And I am adding Rebecca Stead's book to our summer library list. Thank you!

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First, let me say, I so look forward to your book, and all the bonus activities for the summer! What a fun surprise to find in my email today. I had your book on my summer list already. Now, crossing my fingers that August 21 will work for me. What I am reading: I am a reformed book snob, and as part of my recovery, I am reading things I am not sure I even want to share! LOL. I do say this a bit tongue in cheek (and also, do not intend to poke fun at the recovery community)— it really has been interesting to see how reading a wider range of books (and especially those I would have snubbed my nose at previously) has opened my mind and made me less judgmental. Funny how the Holy Spirit works like that. One book that I gave a “4 star” to this past week is a fun romance by a new author: Naina Kumar— the book is “Say You’ll Be Mine”. I also just finished Jedidiah Jenkins autobiography/memoir (need to google the difference), “Mother, Nature”. I have mixed feelings about it, but I did enjoy his writing, who he is as a person, and his mother—she is quite a remarkable woman. Another memoir/autobiography with an interesting mother is “Normal Family” (Chrystal Bilton). I am also fans of silly “beach reads” especially if they are set in the South— for example, am listening to a book by Mary Kay Andrews right now. Look forward to more ideas.

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Fantastic recs - thank you, Kari!

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Wow wow wow those bird patterns blew my mind! I've never seen anything like it! Thanks for sharing ✨

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