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Kristin Lavransdatter | Sigrid Undset
Panorama of Norwegian life in the first half of the 14th century and the tumultous life of a woman, traces Kristin's life from childhood to death.
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Every year I pick a book that is @ 1,000 pages and begin on Jan. 1. My goal is 100 pgs/week, done by mid-March! I alternate fiction and nonfiction. 2022 is a fiction year for me; I've chosen the tagged book (1,144 pgs). Do you have your own chunkster you want to tackle? Do you want encouragement on your journey? Join me in the #chunksterchallenge2022 ! There's no time limit, no requirements, no specific book to read. Just cheers to the finish!

CoverToCoverGirl So excited! I think this will be a mostly fiction chunkster challenge year for me! 😁 However I‘m not entirely set on my picks as of yet. 1mo
melissajayne Yes I am 1mo
JenReadsAlot Yep I'm joining you again this year, but need to pick my book yet! 1mo
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa I think I need to join this one for 2022. Now I just need to pick a book. 🤔 1mo
Mollyanna Although I am still working on this years book, I am in for next year too. I‘ll need to think about my choice, but it‘ll be non-fiction 1mo
squirrelbrain I may join in…planning on reading A Suitable Boy next year, with @Lindy as a #buddyread so it would definitely count as a chunkster! 1mo
Amiable @squirrelbrain That definitely counts! And it‘s also a really good book —that was my chunkster pick about 6 years ago. 1mo
Amiable @JenReadsAlot @Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Mollyanna @squirrelbrain @Lindy @Dostoyes Yay! I‘ll add you all to the tag list for encouragement posts. (edited) 1mo
slategreyskies I‘m excited about tackling Kristin Lavransdatter with you for this challenge, @Amiable !! :) 1mo
Amiable @slategreyskies Me too! This one has been on my TBR for several years! 1mo
MaureenMc I definitely want to tackle a chunkster this year, maybe more than one. Count me in! (although I haven‘t finalized my pick yet, still waffling 😁) 1mo
Lcsmcat Count me in! I‘m not sure which book yet, but I loved doing it this year. 1mo
Amiable @MaureenMc @Lcsmcat Great! Welcome aboard! 🙂 1mo
IndoorDame I definitely want to join! I have so many chunksters on my shelf and I‘m terrible about following through with finishing them! I‘ll work on choosing one this month week 😁 1mo
rockpools I‘d like to join you again 😊. Think I‘m finally getting over my chunksterphobia! 1mo
Amiable @rockpools Hooray! That is literally my whole goal for doing this challenge—to make the chunksters less intimidating! I‘m so happy. 💃🏻🕺 1mo
Lcsmcat I‘m thinking Don Quixote. Anyone interested in joining me? 1mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa Les Miserables has been on my to-read list for a long time. I was thinking about finally reading that one, maybe. 1mo
JenReadsAlot @Riveted_Reader_Melissa That's the first one that came to me as well! 1mo
Lindy @squirrelbrain I‘m still keen on A Suitable Boy in 2022. Not in the early part of the year, however, since I still have a long way to go with healing from my brain injury. I will let you know when I‘m back to reading. 🤗 1mo
Megabooks I will probably join in mid year! 1mo
catiewithac It's not 1000 pages, but I need help making it through Moby Dick 1mo
Amiable @catiewithac Absolutely join us! It‘s about tackling a chunkster and making it through to the end! And it may not be super hefty in size, but “Moby Duck” is definitely a challenge. Welcome! 1mo
Amiable @Megabooks I will keep you in the tag list so you just jump in whenever you‘re ready! 1mo
JuniperWilde @Amiable I am keen to read Kristin L 1mo
squirrelbrain Of course @Lindy - I look forward to reading it with you once you feel up to it. 1mo
CarolynM I failed again this year (it really wasn't a non fiction year for me, I was too much in need of entertainment and distraction) but I'm going to try to pick up where I left off with US Grant in the new year and hope for a better outcome 1mo
Amiable @JuniperWilde Excellent! @slategreyskies and I would love the company! 1mo
Amiable @CarolynM I hear you —my brain has been all over the place in the past few months. It‘s been taking me a long time to finish any books. I‘ll keep you on the tag list for encouragement! 🙂 1mo
Jess861 It's not quite 1000 pages but I've been staring at The Evening and the Morning by Ken Follett on my bookshelf for quite some time. Would love to try and get through it in 2022. Trying to get through a 913 page book with a 5 year old and a 2 year old will be quite the challenge 😄! 1mo
Kelly326 @GinaKButler and I are ready!! We have our chunksters for this year picked already!! Can‘t wait to start!! 1mo
MaureenMc I‘ve finally decided. Going to tackle The Eighth Life. I really want to concentrate less on my book number goal this year, and choose books I‘ve been wanting to read, even if they‘re “too long.” 🤞😁 (edited) 1mo
GinaKButler Yay! @Kelly326 are reading Don Quixote, The Stand, Atlas Shrugged, and one of the Chernow biographies in 2022! 1mo
Amiable @MaureenMc That‘s exactly why I started doing this as a challenge to myself! I realized I was consistently reaching past the big books and grabbing the shorter ones just to hit a self-imposed “book total” every year. So I decided to purposely challenge myself to read at least one super chunkster every year. Good for you! 1mo
Amiable @GinaKButler @kelly326 You might have a reading buddy —it looks like @Lcsmcat is considering “Don Quixote” as well! 1mo
Amiable @Jess861 That definitely counts as a chunkster! And we should spot you another 200 pages on top of that for the challenge of reading it around your little ones! 😀 Welcome aboard! 1mo
Amiable @GinaKButler Which Chernow bio are you guys reading? 1mo
GinaKButler @Amiable I think we‘re leaning toward Washington. (The other option is Hamilton). Join us? 1mo
Amiable @GinaKButler I have actually read both of those already! (I LOVED “Washington.”) I own “Titan” and haven‘t read it yet. Although it‘s “only” 832 pages so I wouldn‘t pick it for my own official challenge choice. But I do want to tackle that one at some point too. I think I also own “The Warburgs,” which might be a similar length. (edited) 1mo
CoverToCoverGirl It‘s an EXCELLENT read @GinaKButler and so is Hamilton. 1mo
Mollyanna I loved Washington too @GinaKButler. The Warburgs looks intriguing. I may to gift it to myself for Christmas 🤶 😉 1mo
TheAromaofBooks Yes!!! I have several chunksters I've been putting off - I'm planning to significantly lower my GR reading goal to help me mentally tackle these - sometimes wanting to hit the GR number means I put off the longer books!! 1mo
Amiable @TheAromaofBooks Exactly!! Last year I actually set my GR reading goal at 1. One book. Which I finished on Jan. 2. After that it was all gravy. 😀 There are so many really good big books that I‘d been avoiding because I could read 4 others that were short but helped me inflate my book count. I finally realized how ridiculous that was. That‘s why I now purposely seek out 1,000+ page books for this challenge! (edited) 1mo
Lcsmcat @GinaKButler @Kelly326 I‘d love to join your discussions of Don Quixote if that‘s ok. 1mo
AmyG I‘m in as I so want to read this chunkster @MaureenMc Want to discuss when we finish? (edited) 1mo
catiewithac I'm going for 1mo
Amiable @catiewithac Very nice! You‘ll be in the Multiple Chunksters Club! 1mo
MaureenMc @AmyG Sure thing! 👍 1mo
Tineke I want to participate too. I want to read my biggest book at 1474 pages. 1mo
Tineke When I finish that one, I'll read at 1448 pages. 1mo
Amiable @Tineke Welcome to the Chunkster Crew! “A Suitable Boy” is one of my favorite chunksters! I also read “Gone With The Wind,” but it was many years ago. I should probably give it another go soon. You are in for a treat with those two! (edited) 1mo
tokorowilliamwallace Interesting methodology, but I highly doubt I can read 100 pages of something a week; supremely easy for most serial readers. I have way too many chunksters I have both already started and which I've recently bought. A fellow reader with whom we have some mutual respect for each other just completed Murakami's chunkster, and I have to look into it to figure out if I think I would like it and the literary themes and subject matter it incorporates. 1mo
BookNAround I think I‘d like to tackle The Tale of Genji this year. 1mo
Amiable @tokorowilliamwallace I can‘t speak for everyone, but I‘m not a serial monogamous reader. I always have at least 4-5 books going at a time, usually at least half of them nonfiction. For this challenge, though, I pick one specific book and pledge to read 100 pgs/week until it‘s done. While simultaneously reading my other books. That works for me. It doesn‘t work for everyone, which is fine. The goal is just to finish a chunkster of your choice. 🙂 1mo
Amiable @BookNAround Excellent! Glad to have you back again! 🙂 1mo
IndoorDame I‘ve decided I‘ll be doing Les Miserables. I started it a few years ago, and was really enjoying it before I stalled out. Definitely time to take another crack at it. 1mo
Amiable @IndoorDame Awesome! We'll all cheer you on to the finish this time. 🙂 1mo
tokorowilliamwallace @amiable, what if I did the sixth volume in Outlander, with its glorious 1400 pages of a highlander observing the American Revolution for the challenge? It's pretty, has a snowflake on its cover, and 'snow' in the title, so a 12 days of Christmas read? 4w
Amiable @tokorowilliamwallace You can read whatever you‘d like! That sounds grand. 🙂 4w
Bookwormjillk I missed your post. I‘m in again. I plan to read 4w
Amiable @Bookwormjillk Yay! Welcome back, Jill! 4w
erzascarletbookgasm I‘m in for 2022 again. Please tag me. Now to select a book. 😉 4w
melissajayne I‘m in for 2022 as well. A Promised Land for sure; I‘m thinking I might have one or two more after that. 4w
tokorowilliamwallace @amiable, I just thought of two other options: William T. Vollman's Europe Central, and St. Augustine's 1400-page civitate dei (which I had excited started at the time, eager to make some historical-literary-thought influence with. 4w
tokorowilliamwallace @Amiable, I started The Warburgs a while back, too! I don't currently have it with, but I gotta get back to it. 3w
Smarkies I have a couple I would like to tackle this year - the second part of a Churchill biography as well as A Dance with the Dragons. Please tag me. 😁 3w
Amiable @Smarkies Will do! Welcome to the chunkster crew! 🙂 3w
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Kristin Lavransdatter | Sigrid Undset
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1) oh, this one is impossible! I don‘t even know where to start. Ummm, I‘ll go with Mary Oliver as one of my top favorites, but I don‘t know who to put up there with her. I‘m terrible at open ended questions!

2) Holly Golightly, Buttercup, Howl.

3) One of the last few was the tagged book. :)


Eggs Love #2 - thanks for playing 🤩 2mo
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Thx so much to Linda for this beautiful reading journey!!!! Just amazing. I‘ll be processing for awhile!

Lcsmcat So many post-its! 😂 3mo
TheBookHippie @Lcsmcat I have a full notebook of scribbles too 😂 3mo
Crazeedi O my goodness, I am impressed ❤ you must have lots of thoughts 3mo
vivastory Just followed you on IG Your recent post on Myopic Books brought back pleasant memories of my trip to Chicago for AWP in '09. On one of my first nights I made a visit to Myopic. Still one of my favorite bookstores that I've ever visited. 3mo
TheBookHippie @vivastory I love it there it‘s a favorite of mine! 3mo
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1. I‘m reading about 5 including tagged book

2. The main character I‘m afraid she‘s a religious zealot 😫 and so bitter 😝
However book is beautifully written and translated, seriously stunning prose.


TheSpineView I usually have multiple books going too. Thanks for playing! 🧡📖 4mo
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Ack I may cry when this book is done, I love it so.

Currently worried for #kristinl

TheBookHippie Also zooming again 😫😫make it stop 4mo
Lcsmcat Very worried for Kristin!!! And what‘s up with that weird superstition/witchcraft? I may need to do some research. 🧙🏻‍♀️ 4mo
TheBookHippie @Lcsmcat Right??? I‘m currently listening 😂🤫🙄 to a meeting- but I want to look it all up I‘m remembering some folklore from #foodandlit I‘m hoping to get through our section then look up things!!! (edited) 4mo
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Lcsmcat Some minor spoilers here, but I found this amusing in its way while hunting information about the superstitions. https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.vox.com/platform/amp/culture/2020/5/7/21250016/... 4mo
TheBookHippie @Lcsmcat I have to say I had no clue it would be this religious. It is very interesting Kristin's needless struggle and self involvement of being pious but not really. Fascinates me. 4mo
Lcsmcat I‘m not surprised, in that the Middle Ages were kind of ruled by the Church in Europe. But I‘m surprised at how many Roman Catholic sites I‘ve found hailing it as almost a guide to life for women. 4mo
TheBookHippie @Lcsmcat That surprises me not - Protestants and Evangelicals where I live would say it isn‘t strict enough 😱😂🤐 4mo
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Kristin Lavransdatter | Sigrid Undset
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#JulyJourneys Day 19: Back when I was chasing #Waterfalls in Norway with my childhood friend (from first grade to senior year in high school) and her Viking husband, my hosts. circa 2016. Pre-pandemic beauties.

TheSpineView Lovely! 💜 6mo
Eggs How fun 💦 6mo
britt_brooke Beautiful photos! 6mo
Teresereading Beautiful 6mo
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Enjoying this very much #KristinL

Lcsmcat So much has happened in this section!!! OMG! 6mo
TheBookHippie @Lcsmcat one chapter to go but 😳🤯 6mo
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I‘m going to like this quite a bit 🤍🧡📙


Lcsmcat I was fascinated that she had known Willa Cather. 7mo
TheBookHippie @Lcsmcat I‘m fascinated every other paragraph 😂 7mo
Crazeedi I have this on my kindle to read, just haven't opened yet!! 7mo
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TheBookHippie @Crazeedi Feel free to join us. 7mo
Crazeedi @TheBookHippie awww thank you! It is a loooonnnng book! 7mo
TheBookHippie @Crazeedi I‘m just going to do a few chapters a week until it‘s done —we have a schedule for this first book (it‘s three total) follow the hashtag #KristinL (edited) 7mo
Crazeedi @TheBookHippie yes I have the 3 books in one, thank you 7mo
BarbaraBB It‘s very good! 7mo
TheBookHippie @BarbaraBB I‘m loving it! 7mo
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And another chunkster conquered! Way to go, Tammy!


GinaKButler Wow! Way to go, @Butterfinger ! 8mo
CoverToCoverGirl Well done‼️ Congratulations ‼️ 👏🏻👏🏻🤩🤩 @Butterfinger 8mo
rockpools Wow, congratulations @Butterfinger ! 8mo
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Mollyanna Woohoo! Congrats @Butterfinger 🥳🥳🥳 8mo
Lcsmcat 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 congratulations @Butterfinger ! 8mo
MayJasper It sounds good 8mo
Megabooks Yay @Butterfinger !! 🥳🎉🥳 (edited) 8mo
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I loved Kristin. I fell in love with all the characters. This heroine was real. The desire, the pride that resulted in true remorse. I became lost in the story at times and forgot where I was. I enjoyed the struggle of the old beliefs with the new Christianity. I needed this book. I also thought of Gone with the Wind. Scarlett and Kristin were both dedicated mothers and there was unrequited love from Kristin's brother-in-law. #FoodandLit

Butterfinger @Texreader @Catsandbooks @Chrissyreadit I think you asked how I liked it. 8mo
Chrissyreadit Yes! I loved the first one too. 8mo
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Lcsmcat @TheBookHippie Are you still interested in reading this one together? I have a note on my calendar to reach out to you in June, and it‘s almost June. 😀 8mo
TheBookHippie @Lcsmcat YES!!!!!! 8mo
Lcsmcat @TheBookHippie I can start anytime you‘re ready. I have the Tiina Nunnally translation (Penguin). What kind of pace suits you? 8mo
TheBookHippie @Lcsmcat after June 11 I can go faster- 🤣🎉 regular school ends the 11th. I have the Penguins Classic Edition same translation so we must have the same book! I‘ve not even cracked it open but I can read at any pace so do what works for you. I‘m not reading for curriculum again until September, so I have way more time to read fun for me reads!! 8mo
Lcsmcat @TheBookHippie June 12th it is! I‘ll try to work out a chapter division before then. 8mo
Texreader I wish I read as fast as you!! I‘m so glad you liked it and it makes me want to read it again! Congratulations!! 8mo
Amiable Hooray! So glad to hear that you liked it -- this one is on my short list for Chunkster Challenge 2022! 8mo
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Kristin Lavransdatter | Sigrid Undset
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From 1968 Jerusalem to Medieval Norway -1200 pages - I don't know if I will get it finished by June, but I don't mind carrying over to the next month. I'm really looking forward to it.

#FoodandLit #Norway @Texreader @Catsandbooks

Texreader I hope you love it as much as I did. 9mo
Chrissyreadit I enjoyed this book! 9mo
Amiable This one is in my short list for 2022 Chunkster Challenge! I‘m looking forward to hearing your thoughts about it. 9mo
Butterfinger @Amiable I really want to read Grant. Hopefully that will be my next chunkster. 9mo
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Welcome to Lillehammer! Home of Nobel Prize in Literature winner Sigrid Undset and the 1994 Winter Olympics. Bottom right is the Lillehammer bridge, which plays a prominent role with a moose in one episode of Netflix‘s Lilyhammer. We most enjoyed the open air museum in Lillehammer, the Maihaugen. We didn‘t go to Olympic Park but it‘s open to tourists. #foodandlit #Norway

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Here‘s an eclectic mix of books about #Norway and by Norwegians for #foodandlit in May. The tagged book is a #chunkster that I read back in the 1990s. I‘m very fond of it and hope to reread it someday. (We will visit the author‘s hometown during our tour of Norway in May.) Giants in the Earth is about Norwegian immigrants to America and it is very very grim. The Monsters book is gruesome. I‘ll post more books as the month progresses.

Tamra I recall enjoying Giants in the Earth, but it‘s been a long while since I read it. (edited) 9mo
squirrelbrain I recently read this one - it‘s very good! 9mo
KCofKaysville @Texreader I hope to read that some day even tho' very long. 9mo
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TheBookHippie I have Kristin to read for summer I‘m starting this month what a chunkster!!! 9mo
Butterfinger I have chosen Kristin Lavrinsdatter for May. 9mo
Texreader @Tamra I enjoyed it, captivating for a slow read, until the last page when—and I don‘t think this is a spoiler—I threw it across the room. (edited) 9mo
Texreader @squirrelbrain I‘ve had it for a long time. May will be a good time to read it! 9mo
Texreader @KCofKaysville @TheBookHippie @Butterfinger I hope y‘all enjoy it when you read it. I was captivated by the ancient legal system. When I read it in the 90s, I‘d been to Norway once or twice & just to the Bergen area. Now I‘ve driven across Norway‘s width & a fair part north to south by the North Sea, & now I‘m a lawyer too, so I‘m sure I‘d get much more out of a reread. I think it‘ll help when I post photos around Norway if you read it in May 9mo
Tamra @Texreader 😜 I don‘t remember the end! 9mo
Catsandbooks Thanks for sharing these! 9mo
Bookwormjillk I bought a copy of Kristen to read next month not realizing that I was only buying book 1. Probably for the best! 9mo
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Nevertheless, she persisted-- and completed a chunkster that's still on my own TBR!
Way to go, Sally!


BarkingMadRun 🎉🎉🎉 10mo
Ash.on.the.line Congrats!! 🎉🎉🎉 10mo
GinaKButler Awesome job! 👏🏼👏🏼 @Freespirit 10mo
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TrishB Woohoo Sally 👍🏻 10mo
Lcsmcat Congratulations @Freespirit ! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 This one is on my list. 10mo
erzascarletbookgasm Congrats @Freespirit !! 😃🎉👏 10mo
eanderson Congratulations 🎊🎉 10mo
bibliobliss Awesome ✨ it's on my tbr 10mo
Mollyanna Woohoo! Congrats @Freespirit 🥳🥳🥳 10mo
Freespirit Thank you @Amiable it was worth the slog!! Thank you chunkster team for the encouragement @BarkingMadRun @Ash.on.the.line @GinaKButler @TrishB @Lcsmcat @erzascarletbookgasm @eanderson @bibliobliss @Mollyanna @Butterfinger you are all great support 😘😘✅ 10mo
Soubhiville Yay! Great job @Freespirit ! 10mo
CoverToCoverGirl Congratulations @Freespirit ... I‘ve never ever heard of this book before. I‘ll definitely have to check it out! 📖🙂 10mo
CarolynM @Freespirit Congratulations Sally🎉 How did your property fare in the floods? Hope all is ok😘 10mo
Freespirit Thanks @Soubhiville 😘 10mo
Freespirit @CoverToCoverGirl I heard about it on Litsy 😍 10mo
Freespirit Hi @CarolynM our house is fine. Lots of damage and debris to clean up in our orchard. We have been lucky.. my sister in law‘s house is too damaged to salvage🥲 10mo
Bookwormjillk Congratulations 🍾🎉🎊🎈 10mo
CarolynM I'm glad it's just your orchard that suffered much. That's terrible news about your sister in law😢 I'm so sorry. It must be devastating to lose your house. (edited) 10mo
BeckyWithTheGoodBooks Is it too late to join the chunkster challenge? 10mo
Amiable @BeckyWithTheGoodBooks It‘s never too late to tackle a chunkster! Welcome! Which one are you reading? (edited) 10mo
BeckyWithTheGoodBooks @Amiable I am going to tackle this one. I‘m not sure if I will start this month or not, but will try! 10mo
Amiable @BeckyWithTheGoodBooks Excellent! Glad to have you on the Chunkster Challenge Crew! 🙂 10mo
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Sorry friends I have been missing in action on Litsy this past month. I hope you are all well, reading wonderful books and coming out of lockdowns!
I have been reading my #chunkster by Sigurd Undset which I love ❤️ I have also been busy gardening and extending my veggie patch. We have had lots of rain this summer and my garden has loved it..we have been eating home grown vegetables every day 🌽 🥦🪴Mother Nature is amazing😊

catebutler Your garden looks beautiful, especially when my view is full of snow. ❄️ 11mo
Julsmarshall Gorgeous! 11mo
Freespirit Oh Cate I love snow😍 But living with it must be quite a challenge.. no gardening in the snow but lots of reading hopefully 😊 @catebutler 11mo
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Christine Lovely!! 11mo
Freespirit Thanks @Julsmarshall @Christine it‘s good for the soul🌽 11mo
Jeg What a great garden. 11mo
CarolynM Love seeing these pictures of your beautiful garden 😍 We only have a small veggie patch, but love picking fresh tomatoes and cucumbers for salad in this warm weather. 11mo
Freespirit Thanks Carolyn. I feel like it‘s good for the soul to grow veggies.. a bit like reading❤️ @CarolynM 11mo
Freespirit Thanks @Jeg I love spending time pottering about 💕 11mo
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#ChunksterChallenge2021 @Amiable #LateToTheParty I‘m joining the challenge late to tackle this 1124 page book that has been languishing in my stacks. It is set in the 14th century and I‘m all about the medieval lately. Slow and steady while I read other books too.

Mammaletterario Omg so I literally had this book in my hands to purchase today when I went to Barnes & Noble. I wasn‘t able to get it because I had some other books I actually needed to get for school but I will be back to grab it! It sounds so good! 11mo
Wife @Mammaletterario I think that part of the reason I‘ve waited so long is that I want to binge it, and if I do, I‘ll get nothing done. 11mo
BarbaraBB It is a wonderful read and didn‘t feel like a chunkster at all! 11mo
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Amiable I have this book in my TBR pile, too! It might be my pick for Chunkster Challenge 2022! 🙂 11mo
Amiable @Freespirit is also reading this right now for #chunksterchallenge2021 so you guys can cheer each other on! (edited) 11mo
Freespirit Hi @Wife I am nearly half way! Loving it.. look forward to sharing the experience with you! @Amiable 11mo
Freespirit I finished it 😊 How are you going? 10mo
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A Scandinavian theme happening here for my morning tea break. The wonderful Norwegian saga and a new Swedish embroidery by Linladen to keep me happy❣️
Hope your having a lovely Saturday morning and get the opportunity to do some reading ( or sewing 🧵)
#nordiskaembroidery #nobelprizewinner

quietjenn This is lovely 🧡 12mo
Amiable I love everything about this! 12mo
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Freespirit Thank you @quietjenn @Amiable @rubyslippersreads so nice to be surrounded by things that give me joy❣️ 12mo
Tanisha_A What @Amiable said! This is perfect ❤️ 12mo
LeahBergen Oh, this is beautiful. 😍 12mo
Freespirit Thanks @Tanisha_A @LeahBergen I love sewing but reading is top of my list of loves❤️ 12mo
Wife A beautiful pic! I just joined #chunksterchallenge2021 with this book. I also embroider and would love to see your progress on your project in your posts. Do you have more info on where to find the kit? I‘m only 10 pages in and my heart feels sad for Kristin‘s mother, who seemingly has everything, but is so melancholy and depressed. 11mo
Freespirit Hi @Wife I purchased this embroidery as a kit from https://www.amitie.com.au/ it is a wonderful patchwork shop near Melbourne Australia. You can buy it directly from Linladen which I assume is based in Sweden. They are beautiful..printed on linen with linen thread. The designs come from 1870..I will post progress pics and tag you! 11mo
Wife Thanks so much for the info🌹 11mo
Freespirit Oh I forgot.. @Wife yes she has a sadness within her. 😕 11mo
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I am loving this story so far. It is actually a volume of 3 books and I have completed the first “The Wreath”. I am reading it for the #thechunksterchallenge2021 🤣
If you love historical saga‘s...depicting life and love in 14th century Norway..then you may also love it. I will keep you posted on the next chapter in the life of Kristin Lavransdatter 💕💕
@Amiable #Nobelprizewinner #penguinclassic

Amiable Great progress! 👍🏼 12mo
Shaneyney I have that downloaded on audible but haven‘t opened it yet 12mo
Freespirit Slow but steady progress @Amiable 👍🏼 12mo
Freespirit @Shaneyney I hope you enjoy it as much as I have😊 12mo
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Kristin Lavransdatter | Sigrid Undset
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Ebook trilogy on sale today. Epic and definitely a chunkster so if you want to read it for #foodandlit #Norway you may want to start now.

I loved it, and had the good fortune to visit Sigrid Undset‘s hometown Lillehammer, Norway, some years ago. When our month for #Norway gets here, in May, I‘ll post loads of photos including her statue in the center of town.

Lcsmcat I have the three volumes in paperback, but have yet to start them. Maybe for next year‘s chunkster. 12mo
Texreader @Lcsmcat Yes it definitely takes a commitment 12mo
Daisey Thanks for sharing. This is on the #1001books list as well, so I might as well add to my collection. 12mo
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Kdgordon88 I just picked this up. May try #FoodandLit that month. 12mo
quietjenn Thanks for sharing! I have a paper copy and have read a bit, but I think having it in both formats should be really helpful in actually committing to it. 12mo
Butterfinger Yes. I'm so glad you shared. 12mo
TheBookHippie This has been on my TBR FOREVER!! Thanks 12mo
TheBookHippie @Lcsmcat IF you do let me know. They are sitting here at my house too! 12mo
Lcsmcat @TheBookHippie That‘s a great idea! We should do a buddy read - after I finish War and Peace. 12mo
TheBookHippie @Lcsmcat No rush War and Peace is so beautiful. Soak it in. I'll go dig I think I have a huge deluxe edition too. HA. I believe mine are all penguin. 12mo
Lcsmcat @TheBookHippie I expect it will be summer (or late spring) before I finish. I‘m taking it slowly and reading other stuff along the way. 12mo
TheBookHippie @Lcsmcat summer is perfect for me. I love soaking in the classics. 12mo
Lcsmcat @TheBookHippie Big classics are my “beach reads” - figuratively and literally- so that‘s perfect. 12mo
Amiable @Butterfinger Thank you so much for the tag! I do have this one on my e-reader. It looks way too big to carry around otherwise! 😀 12mo
TheBookHippie @Lcsmcat PERFECTION. 12mo
Chrissyreadit I did enjoy this book many years ago. 12mo
Jerdencon I read this and it was very good! 12mo
4thhouseontheleft Maybe THIS will be the year I finally read this book! 12mo
Crazeedi Thank you Karen!! 12mo
Crazeedi I just purchased! And in had a dollar credit force kindle book 12mo
arubabookwoman I loved these books! 12mo
AnneCecilie I have actually never read this. I was forced to watch the movie at school and never felt compelled to read. The movie is simply put not for 14-15 yr old since nothing happens. 12mo
SamAnne Thanks for the heads up! I just purchased and it was only a dollar! 12mo
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I am going to attempt this huge brick of a book that I first heard about here on Litsy.
I may need the inspiration of the #chunksterchallenge2021 to get me through it! Some of my all time favourite books are huge..happy reading everyone💕

BarbaraBB It‘s a wonderful book! I hope you‘ll enjoy it 12mo
Buechersuechtling This would be a classic sofa-read for me. Too heavy to too hold it for hours in my hands and therefore unsuitable for bed and book. But I hope you enjoy the story. Then you will quickly forget that it has so many pages. 12mo
TrishB Hope you enjoy 👍🏻 12mo
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Freespirit Thanks @BarbaraBB I will let you know how I go😊 12mo
Freespirit Hi @Buechersuechtling it is so heavy! I have made it my “read at home” book and have something smaller for travel and work😊 12mo
Freespirit Hi Trish I will keep you posted😊 @TrishB 12mo
LeahBergen I really enjoyed it. 👍🏻 12mo
Chrissyreadit I loved the first one, and read the second one- but did not get the third- but I also had a 6 and 7 year old at the time so I think was always putting it down. 12mo
Gogobooks I love this trilogy so much that I ve read it more than once. I m a reluctant re reader so. . It encompasses all the phases of a woman‘s life. 🤓😍 12mo
Cathythoughts Looks great !! Good luck ❤️ 12mo
batsy I would like to read this someday! That's a pretty edition 🧡 12mo
Crazeedi This is the one I may try to read for same challenge 12mo
Amiable This is on my TBR list, too! I own an e-book version of it already. (edited) 12mo
Freespirit Hi @LeahBergen @Chrissyreadit it looks to be much loved on Litsy. I don‘t think I would have ever heard of it otherwise 👏🏼 12mo
Freespirit Wow @Gogobooks it sounds amazing.. I only reread special books also.. there are just too many others to read! 12mo
Freespirit Hi @Cathythoughts @batsy @Crazeedi I will let you know how it goes😊 12mo
Freespirit Thanks @Amiable I will enjoy seeing what chunksters everyone else is reading ❤️ 12mo
Texreader I loved this trilogy! 12mo
Freespirit @Texreader I am loving it! 12mo
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Trilogy. Medieval Norway. Classic because it treats timeless themes over the course of one woman s life. One of my top 10 all time favorites. Have read 3x. So far, that is #medievalfiction #scandinaviafiction #norway #nobelprize #trilogy #classic

Nute I am so interested in this book. I have the Penguin Classic Edition. I wonder if it contains the trilogy of books? 13mo
Gogobooks Yes, it has them all together. These editions are out of print. 13mo
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#BoundTogetherJune Day 29: Around the same time 3 years ago, my family and I were playing #Tourist in Norway as my childhood friend and her Viking husband hosted us for an entire week before we went on to travel to Munich. One of our most unforgettable trips. My post here: https://wp.me/pDlzr-gBz

OriginalCyn620 Beautiful pics! 2y
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This is such a fantastic novel I read long ago. Here is an interesting article about it: https://www.vox.com/culture/2020/5/7/21250016/kristin-lavransdatter-novel-sigrid...

I‘ve had the honor of visiting Sigrid Undset‘s hometown of Lillehammer after I read the trilogy and took a photo of her statue that‘s on the main shopping thoroughfare through town.

I recommend the book if you have some spare months on your hands.

BookwormM I enjoyed this one as well 2y
Amiable I have this one in line to be my #chunksterchallenge book in 2021 or 2022! 😀 2y
AlaMich I read this several years ago and found it enchanting, not least because how many other books has anyone read set in 14th century Norway? Uh, none, I‘m guessing. 2y
marleed I read this trilogy in college many years ago. I loved this story. In fact I received my only honors in a course (A*) for a paper I wrote about it. My roommate was in the class and named her first daughter Kristen because of her love for the story. 2y
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Have any of y‘all read Kristin Lavransdatter? It‘s one of my favorite books so I love to gush over it with anyone else who has read it 😂

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@TheDaysGoBy tagged me in the #namechallenge game but I was traveling so couldn‘t get to my books. Then I got overwhelmed. But I definitely wanted to do it so, better late than ever. I restricted myself to books on my already read shelves and none starting with “the” just to make it tougher. 😉

TheDaysGoBy Great job! 👍🏻 2y
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This is an epic telling of Kristin‘s life starting at age seven. She lives a typical life, for the 1300s. But in other ways she‘s rebellious and unlike most Norwegian women of her time. The themes are quite modern, including women‘s sexuality and the significant downsides of her turbulent marriage. ⬇️

Full review http://www.TheBibliophage.com
#booked2019 #publicdomain
#readingwomen #translatedbookoriginallypublishedbefore1945

BarbaraTheBibliophage On the flip side, Kristin is incredibly pious, as Undset was for part of her life. So the discussion of Catholic themes—including copious amounts of guilt—is also strong. Kristin is a conflicted woman, and I couldn‘t help but be drawn into her dilemmas. 3y
BarbaraJean This has been on my TBR for so long! One of my favorite college professors recommended it to me years back. 3y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @BarbaraJean Make sure you read the 2005 translation. The older books are in a kind of Medieval-ish English. 3y
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BarbaraJean Good to know! I have all three in one volume, same cover as your Audible edition, so I‘m assuming that‘s the recent translation. 3y
Amiable This is on my short list for my “Annual 1,000-plus page book” for 2020! Glad to see your review. 3y
Leftcoastzen I went to your site to read your review, this has been on my TBR forever,I‘m on the hunt for cheap copies of the newer translation.Sounds good, big commitment. 3y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @BarbaraJean Yes, that is the more recent book! Hope you enjoy it when you get to it. 3y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Amiable Hope the review helps you, and that you like it when you read it. 3y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Leftcoastzen it‘s a BIG commitment. I started on May 6 and finished on the 26th—both audio and Kindle so I could focus as much as possible on it. I hope you enjoy it when you get to it. 3y
ScrappyMags Hi friend! 3y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @ScrappyMags Hi yourself. How are you feeling and doing?? 3y
rubyslippersreads I read this in high school because my mom loved it, but it might be fun to read the newer translation. 3y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @rubyslippersreads I‘ll be curious to hear your impressions if you do. I also think an adult would get much more out of this than a high schooler. 3y
rubyslippersreads @BarbaraTheBibliophage You‘re absolutely right. I read Vanity Fair in the sixth grade and enjoyed it much more upon rereading as an adult. 😊 3y
Chrissyreadit I enjoyed the first book, but did not finish the second one. 3y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Chrissyreadit Understandable. I liked the third book the most and the first book the least. I debated continuing but am glad I persevered. 3y
Chrissyreadit Maybe someday I will finish the trilogy. 3y
Cinfhen Fascinating 3y
LeahBergen Great trilogy! 3y
Gezemice This has been on my TBR, too. Your review bumps it up! 3y
ScrappyMags @BarbaraTheBibliophage I‘m doing well! Able to work part time hoping for full time next year! 👍🏼👍🏼❤️ Finally reading again (slacker) 3y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Gezemice I hope you enjoy it when you get there. 😎 3y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @ScrappyMags That‘s so wonderful!! 💕 3y
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This is a major #chunkster. 45 hours of listening. But it‘s divided into three books, so I‘m not sure I‘ll plow through it all at once. It‘s my pick for #publicdomain #booked2019 and #readingwomen #translatedbefore1945. #currentlyreading #currentlylistening

LeahBergen I loved it. 3y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @LeahBergen Good to know! It‘s very simple so far, but interesting. I‘m part Norwegian, so it‘s my heritage also. 3y
LeahBergen I read it after a trip to Norway. 😄 3y
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BarbaraBB I loved it too. She‘s so strong and admirable! 3y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @BarbaraBB Oh good. I‘m still in the part where she‘s young and a little stupid. 3y
BarbaraBB @BarbaraTheBibliophage Oops I‘m sorry, I didn‘t know. It‘s no spoiler though, she grows up fast 😅 3y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @BarbaraBB Haha. No worries. That‘s not really a spoiler. 🌞 3y
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Way too boring.

Way, way, way too boring.

I see this has a rating over 4 ⭐️. And I tried to hang in to see where it turns good. But I can‘t do it. It‘s a shame - my copy is beautiful, & has all three books in the trilogy. Still, I‘ve got to move on from this one.

Now I have to find two more picks for books published in 1920 & 1921 for the #192019challenge 😕 Any suggestions?

Kalalalatja Thank you! I never got the hype about this one 🤷‍♀️ 3y
Sweettartlaura @Kalalalatja She‘s a Nobel Prize winner 🤷🏻‍♀️. Some people like the medieval epic; maybe because this focused on a young woman instead of a young man this was more exciting 100 years ago; maybe because most people never saw a pic of Norway 100 years ago but she explains it beautifully? I dunno. But I can‘t give it any more time. There‘s nothing here for me and no hint that there will be 😕 3y
Sweettartlaura But I‘m glad I‘m not alone @Kalalalatja 😜🥰 3y
llwheeler I used The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton for 1920, I enjoyed it. I don't have a pick for 1921 yet so let me know if you get a good suggestion 🙂 3y
Sweettartlaura @llwheeler I‘m going with Agatha Christie‘s first for 1920 - The Mysterious Affair at Styles. Still on the hunt for 1921. And I‘m subbing out my 64 pick, too - tried to read JCO‘s first novel, but it was awful. Luckily I have something on my shelves I‘m happy to re-read, 3y
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Alright, I‘m going in! I like to take on these doorstop books in tiny bites, so it will probably take me a few months to finish.

vivastory I have this same edition. I have been meaning to read it... 3y
BarbaraBB It‘d very readable. And good. Enjoy! 3y
LeahBergen It‘s wonderful! 3y
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mklong @BarbaraBB @LeahBergen Good to know! I‘m looking forward to it. 3y
mklong @vivastory I wish you would. I‘d love to have someone to chat with about it as I go. 3y
vivastory I will tag you when I start it. I'll begin Sunday/Monday. 👍 3y
mklong @vivastory Yay!!! 😊 3y
mklong @vivastory The introduction is pretty spoiler-y so I‘d skip it if I were you. It‘s one of those intros that assumes we‘re all familiar with the plot. 3y
vivastory Thanks for the heads up. I usually read the introduction afterwards, but I was thinking of reading this just for some background information on the author & the history of where the book takes place. 3y
KarouBlue Let me know if it‘s worth it? This has been on my radar but I‘ve strongly hesitated for some reason! 3y
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#31bookpics #BigBooks Here are two big books that I have to read! 🖤

Reviewsbylola LD is SO good! 3y
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I guess if I am gonna go to the effort of post-it note-ing I should at least make an effort to hit the first benchmark date.

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Three translated books from Sweden, my ancestral home.

#Septinbooks18 #pickatranslatedbook

Reviewsbylola The Larsson trilogy is one of my favorite series ever! 3y
Blueberry @Reviewsbylola I was good but not great with it but I hear from a lot of people who loved it. 3y
Loric Loved Fredrik Backman‘s Ove and Beartown! Actually I‘ve enjoyed all the books here (edited) 3y
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A college friend is cohosting a “Kristin by Christmas” online readalong I am going to participate in so I had to buy the deluxe edition over the drop caps ‘cause we‘re doing the whole trilogy.

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Waterfalls, fjords and trolls. Norway is fascinating. #backpackingEurope @JenP @BookwormM

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This is what happens when one stumbles upon a massive library book sale... #bookhaulofthecentury. Looking forward to reading these (and sharing with my mom)! Any favorites/recommendations in these stacks? I‘ve heard good things about Kristin Lavransdatter.

EadieB I loved Kristin Lavransdatter! 4y
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⭐⭐⭐⭐ I really enjoyed this slow, detailed read although sometimes it was a slog. I loved all the details about caring for her young children. A main theme in book is how Kristin wanted to follow God's path but also her own, and I was thinking last night how that is true of every person of faith... It's just quite sad that she didn't know more joy in life, but even the fact that her joy was mixed with sadness is just a fact of life.

Heatherfeather Great review! 4y
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It took me almost 3 months, but I'm finally done! It was definitely an interesting read... I didn't expect it to be so religious and I wonder what non-religious people make of it.

BarbaraBB I am non religious and loved it. I don‘t even remember it as being very religious. I do remember her friendship with the priest (or was he a monk?) and loved that part of the story especially. 4y
MommyWantsToReadHerBook @BarbaraBB yes her friendship with the monk is lovely. Everyone's view of God is pretty harsh though and there is the implication that she can never find peace and joy with Erlend because of the way their relationship started. Years and years later, she still lives in the shadow of that sin and everyone still remembers it. 4y
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Taking a small break

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Today's author spotlight: Sigrid Undset! Born in Denmark, she died in Lillehammer, Norway, in 1949 at 67. She won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1928. She joined the Norwegian Authors' Union and was head of its Literary Council. Her home, in the traditional Norwegian timber style, was called Bjerkebæk--it's a museum today. #AuthorPotpourri #TheMoreYouKnow

Lindy Any Norwegian speakers on Litsy, I‘m curious about the spelling of this title. I know it as (edited) 4y
Leftcoastzen Cool post ! First time I‘ve seen a photo of her.thx 4y
AnneCecilie @Lindy you have the correct spelling of this work 4y
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Lindy @AnneCecilie Thanks. I wondered if there was a special letter that transliterated differently, but maybe it‘s simply that b and v sound alike, or else a typographical error. 4y
Lindy @AnneCecilie My memory of this story can be summed up like this: it‘s cold and muddy, life is miserable, and then everyone dies. 😕 4y
AnneCecilie @Lindy the title was probably misspelled when put into the database. I've never read the novel, even if it has been standing on my shelves for 10 years, but I was forced to see the movie at school. 4y
Lindy @AnneCecilie “Forced” hmmmm. An unpleasant experience? 4y
AnneCecilie @Lindy the movie was over 3 hours and I was maybe 14 yrs. It lasted forever 4y
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Audible is having another 2-1 credit sale, and I‘m pretty pleased with myself for picking up these two #1001books on audio.

The tagged book is 45 hours long all by itself. 😍

DivaDiane Both great books! Excellent haul! 4y
AmyG The Poisonwood Bible is so good. 4y
MyNightstandRunnethOver I loved both of these books. Great choices! 4y
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bookandcat AMAZING BOOKS! and Kristin Lavransdattar is that long because it is actually three books in one. 4y
bookandcat Also Poisonwood Bible - I highly recommend reading it again. Kingsolver does a BRILLIANT job with foreshadowing and other literary techniques you don't catch the first time through! Have read this one so much lol 4y
DivaDiane I just noticed that you wrote Kristin Lavransdatter is 45 hours long?!? Ah, it must be all 3 books! 4y
sprainedbrain @DivaDiane yep, it‘s the whole thing. and I got it for free! 4y
Suet624 I love Kristin Lavransdatter so much. Might be time for me to reread it. 4y
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1144 pgs. Often seen as a trilogy. I don't know if I would have made it through all three parts if I hadn't read it with a group.

#longestbookyouread @Annreads

Aseleener I started it once, about 10 years ago, but had to stop bc I moved and it was a library book. I should give it another try. 4y
minkyb I know @Cinfhen The prompt is just to make us swoon or shudder 😂 4y
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Blueberry @minkyb @Cinfhen I know what you guys mean. I want to read Lonesome Dove but it's size scares me. 4y
minkyb @Blueberry I cannot imagine physically toting around a book of 1,000+ pages‼️ 4y
Blueberry @minkyb Thank goodness for ebooks. 4y
Suet624 I loved this trilogy. A lot. 4y
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Today I organized a Silent Reading Party. It was stressful but was very happy to see people reading and enjoying the moment.

twohectobooks Love this idea! 4y
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I am starting this massive book pick for our Nobelistas book club in one of the coolest cafés I have ever been to. Cafeteria Inclúyeme ( Include Me Coffee House) was founded and it is managed entirely by people with disabilities ???

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#TBRtemptation post 3! The trilogy in one volume. This 1,100 sweeping Norwegian epic follows the life of Kristen in 14th-Century Norway. Deeply devoted to her father as a young girl, she falls for Erlend while in school, marries him despite her parents' concerns, raises 7 sons, and onward through the end of her life. Highly praised in Europe for its historical cultural accuracy. #blameLitsy #blameMrBook 😎

quirkyreader This has been on my TBR for a while. I was waiting for a better translated version of the story. 4y
hilded It's a great book👏🏻😊 4y
PirateJenny I need to read this. Colleagues and former colleagues keep being shocked that I haven't yet. 4y
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PirateJenny @quirkyreader I know the translator for the Penguin Classics edition has won some awards, though I'm not sure if any were for KL.Her name is Tions Nunnally 4y
PirateJenny Make that Tiina. Stupid autocorrect 4y
quirkyreader @PirateJenny I will check this edition out. The first English edition available came out around the 1970's and it wasn't translated very well. It was a rush job because the book had won some prizes and the publishers wanted to get out in English. 4y
PirateJenny @quirkyreader Oh this is much much newer. The collected edition is 2005 (I just looked it up). I'm not sure what years they were done individually before that, possibly the 1990s. I do know the editor who commissioned them and I know she was still a kid in the 1970s. 😊 4y
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The two biggest books I have read this year. 825 pgs. and 1168 pgs.

#30DaysofReadathon #Thick

LeahBergen I'm a big fan of Kristin Lavransdatter. 👍🏻 (edited) 4y
Texreader Kristin Lavransdatter was so good! I'd love to reread it but it is huge! Three years ago my family visited Undset's hometown of Lillehammer, Norway and I got a pic of her statue. 4y
Suet624 Loved Kristin. So good. I've read it twice. Thinking of a reread... 4y
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This was my #LetterU for #LitsyAtoZ, and that's the only reason I didn't bail on it during the first part of the book. The book did pick up a bit in the last half, but I just couldn't care about it at all. All the religious guilt were completely unrelatable for me, and the pacing/structure felt off. Maybe that had something to do with I read it as an audiobook, but it felt abrupt and just off.

I see why people love this. It just wasn't for me.

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Audiobook-ing and eating a delicious rhubarb slice. I'm enjoying the cake far more than the book, but what do you do when it is your #letterU for #LitsyAtoZ 🤷‍♀️


Theresa How is this book? I almost picked it up before my recent Scandinavian vacation but held off when I realized I already had more than I could conquer. It's still in my wish list, tho. 4y
Kalalalatja @Theresa to be honest, I'm not loving it. The first part had me close to bailing, but it picked up a bit. 4y
Suet624 Oh, I've read the entire series twice and am hankering for a third. @theresa 4y
Kalalalatja @Suet624 It's good to have someone outweigh my negativity 😄 4y
Theresa @Kalalalatja @Suet624 Thanks to both of you for the input! I'm in the middle of several books right now, so I wouldn't be able to pick it up now anyway, but I'll definitely keep it in my wish list. 4y
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#AugustGrrrl Day 15: #GreatestLoveOfAll is probly found in the pages of this thick tome of a book that I am still hoping I can get back to in this lifetime. Fits into #AndItsAugust Day 15: #TwoWordTitles too!

Cinfhen Severe #PageCountPhobia 🙈 4y
shawnmooney Me too - in my lifetime! 😂 4y
GatheringBooks @Cinfhen ikr!! i hope i don't let the thickness of the book turn me off. i just love norway and reading the pages remind me so much of the landscape. 4y
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Cinfhen I'm in awe🙌🏻read on 😘 4y
GatheringBooks @Cinfhen i have pretty much abandoned it at this point in time as we are about to launch our new reading theme, but still hopeful that i get back to it within the year. 4y
Cinfhen What's your new reading theme??? #curiousMinds 4y
BarbaraBB Great choice about a great love indeed 4y
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