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LitsyEvents
A Tangled Web | Lucy Maud Montgomery
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Our #KindredSpiritsBuddyRead for July will be A Tangled Web (apparently it was titled “Aunt Becky Began It” in the UK!). Read at your own pace throughout the month and I‘d love to hear your thoughts as we go.

Discussion will be on Saturday, July 30th. As always, all are welcome—please let me know if you‘d like to be added to (or removed from) the tag list!

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BarbaraJean
A Tangled Web | Lucy Maud Montgomery
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Our #KindredSpiritsBuddyRead for July will be A Tangled Web (apparently it was titled “Aunt Becky Began It” in the UK!). Read at your own pace throughout the month and I‘d love to hear your thoughts as we go.

Discussion will be on Saturday, July 30th. As always, all are welcome—please let me know if you‘d like to be added to (or removed from) the tag list!

TheAromaofBooks I didn't know about the alternate title! How funny. Have you read this one before? It's another one that I haven't read for years. But the “tangled web“ aspect is definitely true - this one has quite the character list!!! 2d
BarbaraJean @TheAromaofBooks I was searching for cover images to use, and one of “Aunt Becky Began It” popped up—had to look that up! I haven‘t read this one before—sounds like I‘ll need to jot down a character list to refer to as I go! 1d
TheAromaofBooks If I remember correctly, instead of having a distinct main character, this story follows several members of the “clan“ as they deal with Aunt Becky's sassy will after she dies 😂 1d
julieclair Looking forward to it! @BarbaraJean , a character list sounds like a good idea. 👍 23h
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AnneCecilie
A Tangled Web | Lucy Maud Montgomery
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#WeeklyForecast

I want to finish both The Idiot and How High We Go in the Dark.

I want to started on Autobiography of Red and Sound of Things Falling

July 1st is the beginning of several buddy reads this month, so I‘ll start the tagged #KindredSpiritsBuddyRead and both The Watsons and hopefully Excellent Women has arrived with #PemberLittens

Cinfhen Sounds like a solid plan 😄 3d
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BarbaraJean
Magic for Marigold | L.M. Montgomery
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#KindredSpiritsBuddyRead - Magic for Marigold discussion part 5

Which were your favorite episodes or chapters?
Favorite Lesley clan members?
Any quotes or descriptions that stand out to you, or anything else you‘d like to discuss?

LeahBergen I really enjoyed the last evening with Old Grandmother. Uncle Klon was a favourite of mine, too! 2d
BarbaraJean @LeahBergen That evening with Old Grandmother was one of my favorites, too—I really missed Old Grandmother! I loved both Uncle Klon and Aunt Marigold; it bothered me how Marigold‘s mother had such a hard time standing up to (Young) Grandmother, and I felt like they were a nice balance to that whole dynamic! 2d
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BarbaraJean
Magic for Marigold | L.M. Montgomery
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#KindredSpiritsBuddyRead - Magic for Marigold discussion part 4

What about the male friendships/acquaintances in Marigold‘s life: Hip, Billy, and Budge—even “Johnsy.” How do they contribute to Marigold‘s growth?

TheAromaofBooks Weirdly, I felt like the male characters in this story were more stereotyped than the the female. None of the guys get much page time and I didn't really connect to any of them. 3d
BarbaraJean @TheAromaofBooks They were SUCH stereotypes. But I kind of liked that because they acted as foils for Marigold, and I felt like she came out of most of those encounters having learned how better to interact with/relate to others. Hip taught her a healthy skepticism for flattery, Johnsy taught her how to handle jerks, and Budge helped her learn how to have realistic expectations for friendships as well as a bit of relating to male peers. ⤵️ 2d
BarbaraJean Although I had some issues with the tone of her “lessons learned” about Budge! It was juuuuuust a little too archaic in its attitude to women‘s roles for me. But I liked how using stereotypical males put Marigold and her perspective and her growth at the forefront, rather than using female stereotypes to center male growth! 2d
TheAromaofBooks I agree!! And I did like how, with Budge, she learned the importance of not changing herself just to make someone happy, but the whole “I'll be here waiting for my friend whenever he decides to give me some attention“ didn't feel completely right, no matter whether said friend is a boy or a girl. I do wish that Marigold had ended up finding a genuine best girl friend close to home, too. 2d
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BarbaraJean
Magic for Marigold | L.M. Montgomery
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#KindredSpiritsBuddyRead - Magic for Marigold discussion part 3

What do you make of Marigold‘s lack of stable, close female friendship—and the way this is contrasted with Sylvia?

What role do you think friendships play in childhood growth and development? What role does imagination play?

BarbaraJean Marigold and Sylvia reminded me so much of Anne and her imaginary friends during her neglected childhood before she came to Green Gables, and Anne‘s friendship with Diana is such a longed-for and finally realized dream for Anne. So it was fascinating to me that the circumstances of Marigold‘s imaginary playmate were so different. Sylvia does not emerge out of neglect, and Marigold often prefers her to the other girls she knows. ⤵️ 2d
BarbaraJean There are such similarities in the imaginations of both characters, yet the imaginings function very differently. I love the adults in Marigold‘s life who affirm the importance of imagination (Aunt Marigold especially), who see how important it is to Marigold, and let her grow and develop in the ways that work for her. 2d
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BarbaraJean
Magic for Marigold | L.M. Montgomery
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#KindredSpiritsBuddyRead - Magic for Marigold discussion part 2

There is a lot of strong female influence in Marigold‘s life. What positive or negative aspects of female power do you see portrayed by the female characters (either children or adults)?

BarbaraJean It made me SO mad when (Young) Grandmother refused to let Marigold use the key to the orchard door and shut her off from Sylvia. I saw so many negative examples of female power with her and the Aunt across the bay. Montgomery‘s standard unsympathetic older female relatives! I love the positive example of Aunt Marigold (gasp—a female doctor!) & the guidance she offers. Old Grandmother wields a very different kind of influence, but I loved her, too. 2d
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BarbaraJean
Magic for Marigold | L.M. Montgomery
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#KindredSpiritsBuddyRead - Magic for Marigold discussion part 1

There‘s not a strong plot here, but what do you think of Marigold as a character?

Is her growth throughout the novel realistic or relatable to you?

TheAromaofBooks I did think that her growth was believable for the most part, but I also thought that she consistently sounded older than she was. Instead of covering whatever it was, ages 7-12, I feel like she always seemed about three years older - ages 10-15ish would have made more sense to me. 3d
LeahBergen I liked Marigold better as the book went on and I got more used to the episodic nature of the storytelling. 2d
AvidReader25 Oh man, I ended up buying a house and falling off the wagon on these. I‘m sorry, but I am just not keeping up! 1d
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BarbaraJean @AvidReader25 No worries! Congratulations on your house!! I can take you off the tag list if you‘d like… or you can just keep it on the back burner until you have time to jump back in. 😊 1d
AvidReader25 @BarbaraJean Thank you! You can keep me on and I‘ll jump in if I can! Just wanted to apologize. 💙 22h
BarbaraJean @AvidReader25 👍🏼Totally understand—life stuff happens! Happy to have you join when you can, and no worries if you can‘t. 😊 11h
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quietjenn
Magic for Marigold | L.M. Montgomery
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Made my way a bit into this month's #kindredspiritsbuddyread, which I've been neglecting terribly. I think it's my first time with this one, and I'm enjoying it.

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BarbaraJean
Magic for Marigold | L.M. Montgomery
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The #KindredSpiritsBuddyRead of Magic for Marigold will be this coming Saturday, June 25th. All are welcome—let me know if you‘re not tagged and you‘d like to be! I‘ll post questions around mid-afternoon Pacific Time.

I‘m only halfway through the book, but I‘m loving Marigold‘s adventures so much. How is everyone else‘s reading going?

LeahBergen I‘m finished and ready to chat on Saturday. 👍 1w
AnneCecilie I‘m reading a chapter a day and will be ready for Saturday 😊 1w
BarbaraJean @LeahBergen 🎉 @AnneCecilie This one works well for chapter-a-day! I‘ve been a little behind this month so I‘m doing 2 chapters a day this week, to finish in time! 1w
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julieclair Like @BarbaraJean , I‘m doing 2 chapters a day this week and will be ready by Saturday. I‘m loving this book so far! (edited) 1w
Daisey I am not sure I‘m going to get to it this week, but I do hope to read sometime soon. 1w
Bkwrm7 This was the first one I haven‘t been able to find an audio version for, so hopefully I‘ll be able to make it through the print version in time. I‘ve been missing my daily audio visit from Montgomery characters though for sure! 1w
Jerdencon Work has been overwhelming and I‘ve missed out on a few of these books - but summer vacation is coming and I hope to catch up! 5d
BarbaraJean @Daisey @Jerdencon Feel free to jump in when/if you get to it! @Bkwrm7 So sad to have to switch formats after enjoying audio for so long! I‘m going to have to do ebook for Tangled Web next month—my library system doesn‘t have any copies in any other format! 2d
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