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TheAromaofBooks
Robinson Crusoe | Daniel Defoe
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(thru ch7) I'm actually really enjoying this one, even if our narrator is somewhat repetitive. I had no idea so many adventures happened to him before he even got shipwrecked!! It kind of fascinated me that he was a slave for a couple of years himself, but seemed to think nothing of heading to Africa to get some slaves of his own. Crazy.

So many random things that he just says casually and then moves on. “I had two elder brothers, one of which ⬇

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) was Lieutenant Collonel ... What became of my second brother I never knew“ ?!?!?! I mean, seriously??? You never knew?! At all?? 😂

This all feels rather dramatic and unlikely, but I'm finding it engaging reading for the most part. I liked when he wrote out his pros/cons list - he was way ahead of his time working on his mental health 😆

He got SO MUCH STUFF off the ship! It kind of felt like cheating, especially getting guns/ammo. ⬇
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TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) And all that crap, but not a single bucket!? That seemed unlikely haha

I could ramble on about parts I like and parts I find a bit ridiculous, but overall I'm enjoying this one (and definitely more than Pook's Hill!). Any thoughts any of you would like to share?

#RandomClassics @BarkingMadRead @CoffeeNBooks @CogsOfEncouragement @Cuilin @Lcsmcat @nanuska_153 @Read4life
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BarkingMadRead So much has happened to him already! It‘s so nuts. I‘m loving all the shipwrecked stuff, seeing how he made things etc although our boy is a little paranoid! Dude. Build a door 🤷🏻‍♀️ 4d
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Lcsmcat I feel like the definition of “adventure story” is “man makes many poor decisions, but manages to live through them, and declares himself a hero.” And yes, getting stuff off the ship, (but not getting anything that holds water!) feels very contrived. 4d
CogsOfEncouragement @BarkingMadRead When he sets up to have to use the rope ladder rather than chance a door, I immediately thought but what if he gets sick or injured, HE will either be stuck outside or stuck inside. lol 4d
CogsOfEncouragement I thought it odd to mention the dog and cats so much later, and not as part of the narrative. Especially since the dog is “a trusty servant for many years”. The dog would make a huge difference in all of this imo. 4d
CogsOfEncouragement @Lcsma I hadn‘t thought of that. But considering how he thought he had taken every good thing off the ship only to realize he hadn‘t even properly looked in this area or that, and then the ship is gone kinda seems like the jokes we sometimes make that men can‘t find ketchup in the fridge. Like the author admits men suck at this. A woman would have done a much better job at getting necessities off that ship quickly and efficiently lol 4d
Cuilin I also thought getting so much from the ship was a bit convenient. I‘m enjoying the read. The writing is great viz it‘s descriptive though somewhat repetitive. 4d
Cuilin @CogsOfEncouragement right. I think I would mention furry companions before anything else. Like that would make a huge difference to your mental health. 4d
Cuilin @Lcsmcat so many poor decisions. What‘s wrong with living a comfortable life? Lol 4d
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TheAromaofBooks
Puck of Pook's Hill | Rudyard Kipling
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Mehso-so

Apparently this book bored me so much that I spaced on posting the final discussion post for #RandomClassics 😂This was a borderline pan for me. I did enjoy a couple of the chapters more than others, but overall this book just absolutely dragged for me. Partially, I felt like I needed more background on Britain's older history - I'm fuzzy on when the Romans showed up and what they did, so I got somewhat lost at times. I also just couldn't figure⬇

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) out exactly what the point of Puck was?? He seemed like a wandering history teacher instead of a mischievous fae creature.

So, for me, not one of Kipling's stronger works. I think I'll give volume 2 a pass 😆 Did any of you enjoy it more than me? Thanks for reading with me!!

@BarkingMadRead @julieclair @TheBookHippie
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BarkingMadRead Nope. I felt pretty much the same 🤣 5d
julieclair Ended up bailing, despite my best intentions. “Wandering History teacher” is the perfect description! 🤓 5d
TheBookHippie Oh my word this book 😅😝 I‘m just so perplexed. I did not like it. 😵‍💫😵‍💫 I‘m not understanding the hype about it. 2d
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CogsOfEncouragement
Robinson Crusoe | Daniel Defoe
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dabbe Boy, I'll say! 🤩🤩🤩 1w
ShyBookOwl 😅 7d
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nanuska_153
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This chapter with the weird unidentifiable beasts, and the lion swimming to the boat to attack them got me so confused 😂 It made me think about that theory that says that unicorns were just badly described rhinos

#RandomClassics @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks I'm also confused because there is a LOT of action and we haven't even gotten to the part where he's stranded on the desert island 😂 1w
nanuska_153 @TheAromaofBooks so much going on...and so much omitted, he says in a sentence that he was a slave for 2 years, but whatever... nothing worth mentioning, this is not what I came to tell you guys 😌😂 1w
TheAromaofBooks Also in the first chapter when he's like “I had two brothers. One died at sea. I don't know what happened to the other one.“ WHAT!?!?!? 😂 1w
nanuska_153 @TheAromaofBooks 😂😂😂 the other one must have been a middle child 🥲 1w
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BarkingMadRead
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Starting this today for #randomclassics

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Cuilin
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#RandomClassics @TheAromaofBooks

I planned on reading a Kindle version but found this Penguin Classics edition for $4, at a secondhand bookstore in Providence, RI. Yesterday!!! Coincidence? I think not. Serendipitous, perhaps. 🤔

Ruthiella Clearly it was meant to be! 2w
Cuilin @Ruthiella agreed. 2w
Tamra I love it when that happens! 2w
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Cuilin @Tamra me too!!! 2w
TheAromaofBooks Oooo nice!!! Love it when the book stars align! 2w
Cuilin @TheAromaofBooks ⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️ me too, though not sure my husband understands this as he gives my TBR the side eye. 2w
TheAromaofBooks Mine just builds more shelves 😂 😂 😂 2w
Lcsmcat I‘m reading the Kindle version so would LOVE it if you share any insights the Penguin edition provides. 1w
Cuilin @Lcsmcat sure. Unfortunately it doesn‘t have any chapters. I‘m loving the writing so far. 1w
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nanuska_153
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Honestly, I already feel that Robinson Crusoe and I are kindred spirits

#RandomClassics @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks For real 😂 I love how he's like, “hmmm, it seems like the Powers Above are saying this is A Bad Idea... nahhhh“ 2w
nanuska_153 @TheAromaofBooks Yes! "I could listen to my dad, the Universe, people more experienced than me...OR, hear me out, do whatever I want. I think I'll choose the latter" ? Honestly, that's basically how I do adulting most of the time xD 2w
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nanuska_153
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I bought this some of years ago in a second hand bookshop, I'm not going to lie, I just got it because it's pretty, but excited to give it a chance with @TheAromaofBooks and her #RandomClassics
My edition has an index dividing it on 24 chapters but with the help of Sparknotes I managed to find the 20 chapters division.

This is basically what I did with my first hour in the office cause it's Monday and I couldn't be arsed xD

TheAromaofBooks Oooo such a pretty edition!!! 2w
nanuska_153 @TheAromaofBooks thanks! 🥰 The paper is nice and thick too giving you the false illusion that you read more pages than you really did 😅 2w
CogsOfEncouragement Thanks for tip on using sparks for chapter divisions. Very handy. My version has no chapters. 1w
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CogsOfEncouragement
Untitled | Unknown
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Getting ready for some July BRs. I appreciate the freedom of some kindle unlimited titles like these to easily switch back and forth from book to audiobook.
#RandomClassics #KindredSpiritsBuddyRead

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BarbaraJean
East of Eden | John Steinbeck
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Pickpick

This really is a masterpiece. The Biblical echoes, the struggle between good and evil in the human heart, the ambitions and sorrows and ideals and delusions that build a life, all that‘s said and felt and left unspoken in human relationships—Steinbeck manages all of that and more.

It‘s been YEARS since I read this, and I noticed so much more this time around—the flaws as well as the genius. ⤵️

BarbaraJean (Cont‘d) There were several digressions and oddities I didn‘t notice the first time, when I was dazzled by the sheer scale of the book. And yet, in spite of its flaws, this is still a masterpiece. And Cathy is still one of the most chilling characters I‘ve ever read!! Thank you to @TheAromaofBooks for facilitating the chapter-a-day #RandomClassics buddy read! 2w
Tamra Reading now - it‘s just so engrossing because of the characterization. The biblical tie ins keep me going down rabbit holes because I‘m not biblically literate. 2w
BarbaraJean @Tamra I am biblically literate and somehow I missed all the biblical tie ins the first time I read it 😂 2w
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Thanks for reading with me!! 2w
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