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BarbaraJean
Complete Journals of L.M. Montgomery: The PEI Years, 1889-1900 | Mary Henley Rubio, Elizabeth Hillman Waterston
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“How I love trees! Often and often, when I am alone in the woods I will put my arms tenderly about some old, grey-lichened trunk and press my face to it, feeling its life and balm flowing through every vein in my body as if it and I were one. There are some trees down home that I love so well that I would almost as soon have one of my fingers cut off as see one of them cut down…”
(April 25, 1897)

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quietjenn
Dear Life: Stories | Alice Munro
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The last Alice Munro on my shelf. Pretty terrific.

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thegirlwiththelibrarybag
The Blue Castle | L. M. Montgomery
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Pickpick

I‘m somehow always surprised when I learn that there was more to L. M. Montgomery than Anne of Green Gables. It‘s not so often that books having me wiping away tears of laughter but this one managed it on more than one occasion. Watching Valancy blossom into a vibrant woman - who spoke her mind, found a purpose and eventually a great love - was an absolute joy!

HeyT This is one of my absolute favorites. 2d
thegirlwiththelibrarybag @HeyT, I only heard of it recently - but I‘m so glad to have read it. It did make me laugh that the library shelves it in junior fiction tho. 2d
CoffeeK8 I love this book so much (edited) 1d
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LeahBergen A favourite! ❤️ 1d
CarolynM @LeahBergen sent me a copy of this a while ago and I‘ve never gotten around to reading it. I am going to get it out right now. It sounds like exactly what I need. 22h
LeahBergen @CarolynM Oh, that‘s right! I forgot I sent that one to you. 😆 12h
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lauraisntwilder
A Tangled Web | Lucy Maud Montgomery
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He did WHAT?! How was that a "harmless hobby," I'd like to know!

Purpleness Ooof. Just the other day, I was trying to remember what problematic things were in L.M. Montgomery‘s work, but I had totally forgotten this one. 2d
rubyslippersreads There‘s more coming. 😳 2d
BarbaraJean Ugh—like @Purpleness I‘d forgotten this as well. It was likely overshadowed by the even more problematic things at the ending of this book. 😬 2d
rubyslippersreads This was the hardest LMM book to find before it came back into print. I remember my mom and I being so excited to finally find it, and then … 😳 2d
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BarbaraJean
Complete Journals of L.M. Montgomery: The PEI Years, 1889-1900 | Mary Henley Rubio, Elizabeth Hillman Waterston
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This week, we read from March 3, 1895 - April 19, 1897, through the end of LMM‘s first journal (but not yet the end of volume 1!). We read more of LMM‘s teaching experiences in Bideford, then her year at Dalhousie and teaching in Belmont. There were some lovely nature descriptions, and finally—some direct mention of Christmas celebrations!

What were your thoughts on this week‘s reading? What stood out to you?
#LMMJournals #KindredSpiritsBuddyRead

BarbaraJean It was interesting to see Edwin Simpson enter the scene, through his letters! And the various rejected suitors make me realize where LMM got her material for the various disappointed swains throughout the Anne books (and the Pat books, for that matter!). I was also struck by the contrasts LMM draws between Bideford and Belmont. She was SO harsh about the people in Belmont! Her observations and sense of humor really shone through in so many places. 2d
CogsOfEncouragement I requested The Selected Journals of LM Montgomery from my library system (the best free copy I could find) and was stoked when it shipped the same day. Sadly, five days later it still shows the same status. I trust I‘ll have it soon though. 2d
BarbaraJean @CogsOfEncouragement 😭 Library timing seems to always be different than my expected timing! The first volume of the complete journals is available on Internet Archive, if you don't mind reading digitally! https://archive.org/details/completejournals0000mont 2d
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CogsOfEncouragement @BarbaraJean Oh, thanks. I appreciate it! 2d
lauraisntwilder There were several things I noticed this week about the differences between the 1890s and today, most especially the illnesses. The entry where Maud describes having measles was interesting. Poor Fulton had one thing after another wrong with him. And poor Will! 2d
BarbaraJean @lauraisntwilder There was a lot of illness in this one! With the measles, it made me laugh that she ended up quarantined/ill along with one of the girls she just didn't like--and they seemed to bond quite a bit, but went back to disliking each other afterwards! The back & forth with Fulton was kind of hilarious. I loved how LMM felt bad for him since he kept getting ill, but then would get frustrated & say it wasn't an excuse for his behavior! (edited) 2d
BarbaraJean @lauraisntwilder And then Will-- 😭 😭 I still wonder how LMM's life would have been different if she had ended up with Will, had he lived. 2d
TheAromaofBooks I found it interesting that she was rather dismissive of her two Belmont students who are trying to get ready for the next level of education, mostly complaining about how much more work they are rather than wanting to help them. I can't imagine trying to teach 50-60 students all at different levels all at the same time!

It seems strange/sad that LMM ends up married to someone so not good for her - she obviously has other opportunities and ⬇
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TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) potential suitors. I wonder what made her choose Ewan in the end?? I honestly find that one of the absolute strangest things about her entire life, that she married a minister when other opportunities were available. I agree about Will - how different her life would have been if she had been able to marry someone who supported and encouraged her!

I can't get over how cold everyone is in this section! BRRRR. Remind me to not take ⬇
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TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) central heating for granted!!!!

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staci.reads
Glass Houses | Louise Penny
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I took a little break from this series but recently picked up book 13. It did not disappoint! It was wonderful to visit Three Pines again, and this mystery kept me turning pages. I loved the structure Penny uses to tell the story through flashbacks while we listen to Gamache's testimony on the witness stand.

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BarbaraJean
Complete Journals of L.M. Montgomery: The PEI Years, 1889-1900 | Mary Henley Rubio, Elizabeth Hillman Waterston
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For downright stupidity these church socials “take the cake.” The main things to do seem to be,
1. Sit prim.
2. Look demure or disapproving according to your age.
3. Hang back and act cranky in any game other people try to get up.
4. Cram yourself with a lot of indigestible stuff, the effects of which will be ever present with you for a week.

😂 I wonder what the age cutoff is for looking disapproving?
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LeahBergen I‘m probably in that age group right now. 😆 7d
lauraisntwilder I haven't looked demure for a couple decades! 😂 7d
TheAromaofBooks I may have been born in the disapproving group 😂 7d
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dabbe 😂😂😂 7d
BarbaraJean @LeahBergen @lauraisntwilder @TheAromaofBooks 😂😂 Maybe we need a t-shirt: “Disapproving according to my age” 6d
lauraisntwilder I would wear that!! 5d
rubyslippersreads I‘ll bet LMM looked disapproving as often as she looked demure. 😏 5d
TheAromaofBooks @rubyslippersreads @laurainstwilder @BarbaraJean - “Demure on the outside, disapproving on the inside“ 😂 5d
BarbaraJean @TheAromaofBooks 😂 I‘d wear that one, too! 4d
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LitsyEvents
Complete Journals of L.M. Montgomery: The PEI Years, 1889-1900 | Mary Henley Rubio, Elizabeth Hillman Waterston
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repost for @BarbaraJean

Here's the #KindredSpiritsBuddyRead schedule for June & July! For two weeks, we'll return to the #LMMJournals, finishing V1. Then we'll have two weeks of #LMMAdjacent reads with some poems that were favorites/influential for LMM. If you're not tagged & you'd like to be—for some or all of the above—let me know!

original post:
https://www.litsy.com/web/post/2742834

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BarbaraJean
Complete Journals of L.M. Montgomery: The PEI Years, 1889-1900 | Mary Henley Rubio, Elizabeth Hillman Waterston
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Here's the #KindredSpiritsBuddyRead schedule for June & July! For two weeks, we'll return to the #LMMJournals, finishing Volume One. Then we'll have two weeks of #LMMAdjacent reads with some poems that were favorites/influential for LMM. In early July, we'll begin Volume Two of the journals, then we'll have our first #LMMReread with Anne of Green Gables in late July. If you're not tagged & you'd like to be—for some or all of the above—let me know!

Daisey Do you keep separate tag lists? If possible could you keep me on your list of announcements for upcoming reads like this post? I am not going to read the journals currently and don‘t know that I‘ll fit in the next adjacent reads, but I would like to keep up with the schedule, if that makes sense. I had hoped to get to Undine, but not enough time this month. 1w
CogsOfEncouragement Please add me. I‘ve been looking for a reason to reread Anne. These other books you‘ve chosen look really worthwhile. Thanks for hosting! 1w
BarbaraJean @Daisey I do and I will! I‘ll tag you for future schedule/announcement posts. If something pops up that you‘d like to be tagged for the discussion posts, just let me know. (edited) 1w
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BarbaraJean @CogsOfEncouragement I‘ll add you to the tag list! I post weekly discussion posts for each week‘s reading, and can tag you for all or just specific reads—let me know if you only want to join for specific reads, or for all! We‘re partway through the first volume of L.M. Montgomery‘s complete journals—I‘ve interspersed adjacent reads and re-reads roughly chronologically where they are mentioned in the journals. 1w
CogsOfEncouragement Count me in for all of them. Thank you! 1w
BarbaraJean @CogsOfEncouragement Will do! Glad to have you on board! 🎉 1w
TheAromaofBooks Yay!! I need to hunt up Wordsworth and Scott!! 1w
BarbaraJean @TheAromaofBooks Me too! I have the Wordsworth in a couple of anthologies, but am going to need to check out Lady of the Lake from the library. 1w
lauraisntwilder I'm enjoying being back with Maud this week. 😊 1w
rubyslippersreads I‘m behind on the Journals. 😟 please tag me for everything else. I don‘t know if I‘ll reread AOGG, but I‘ve read it so many times, I‘m sure I can follow along. (edited) 5d
BarbaraJean @rubyslippersreads Totally understand! I‘ll tag you for the re-reads and adjacents. Join in whenever you can! 4d
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Littlewolf1
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New month new #friendsPick and #ClassicsCountdown.