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Daisey
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Mehso-so

There has not been enough hammock time this summer, but today I finally got a bit with Gandalf for company. I found this book an interesting examination of character and commentary on aging alone, but it was a rather slow and melancholy read for me. I was glad that it ended with a bit of hopefulness.

#Reading1001 #TBRTakedown June 2024
#1001books #HammockReading

RaeLovesToRead Gandalf is a beauty 🥰🥰 2w
Ruthiella 😻😻😻 2w
Tamra Sweet! 😘 I‘m envious! I‘ve had little outside reading time as well. Been wet and too cool. 😢 2w
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jewright Gandalf looks happy! 2w
Melismatic Cutie! 😻 2w
dabbe #gloriousgandalf 🖤🐾🖤 2w
merelybookish That's one gorgeous face! 😻 2w
Daisey @RaeLovesToRead @Ruthiella @Tamra @jewright @Melismatic @dabbe @merelybookish Thanks all! Gandalf was pretty happy because he‘s also been getting very little attention lately. 2w
JazzFeathers 😻😻😻😻 1w
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Daisey
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Pickpick

This was a disturbing story. I was fascinated throughout the first part as Grenouille learned all about scents (and horrified by one scene), then a bit lost by the hermit in the hills portion, and again intrigued by the next section. Then things got crazy! I have no words for the ending, but I was completely engaged in listening.

📷: Happy beagle photo to balance out the creepy murders in this story.

#1001books #audiobook #TBRTakedown April 2024

tpixie 🐶🐶🐶 3mo
jewright Ummmm…what? 3mo
tpixie How many of the 1001 books have you read? And when did you start? 😀 3mo
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Daisey @jewright The man in this story has no scent of his own, but he can identify any other scent exactly. It makes him a great perfume maker, and then it gets weird. No more details here to spoil the story. It‘s another one from the list! 🤷‍♀️ 3mo
Daisey @tpixie I think I‘m at 265. I started keeping track and reading purposefully in 2018, but I had read some before that. 3mo
Megabooks Beagle love!! 3mo
batsy Lovely photo! 🐶🌿 3mo
dabbe 🖤🐾🖤 3mo
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick My assessment is similar. I was a little bored with it, but he last 10% or so of the book turned a bit bonkers! 🤣 3mo
Tkimsal This book has been on my TBR list for like a million years! 3mo
Daisey @Megabooks @batsy @dabbe Thanks! She had a good long run yesterday! 3mo
tpixie @Daisey what a great accomplishment so far! 3mo
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Daisey
The Namesake | Jhumpa Lahiri
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Pickpick

It took a long time for me to become invested in this story of a Bengali couple that moves to the U.S. and starts their own family. Yet, in the end I really enjoyed reading Gogol‘s story.

#audiobook #1001books #Reading1001 #TBRTakedown March 2024

KadaGul @Daisey Have you see the movie 🎥 The Namesake? It has Kal Penn https://youtu.be/_sOaA-4Y8tI?si=NqRR8Ik072SiQizH #KalPenn 4mo
Daisey @KadaGul I haven‘t, but it does look good. I may need to see if I can find it. 4mo
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Daisey
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Mehso-so

There are some wonderful descriptions in this memoir, but I didn‘t quite get any point besides sharing of a particular time in English history. Without any connection to the author, I would prefer a story to experience a period of time.

#memoir #nonfiction #1001books
#Reading1001 #TBRTakedown February 2024

Bookwomble Sorry you didn't like this. It's one of my all-time favourites. I read it at school and fell in love with it (though I'd never have expressed it that way then!). 5mo
Daisey @Bookwomble It‘s not even that I didn‘t like it. I enjoyed individual passages, but I admit I appreciate plot more than separate nostalgic reminiscences. 5mo
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Daisey
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Mehso-so

I didn‘t particularly like this book, but I found it written in an interesting way that worked well on audio. I was intrigued enough to look up more about Kesey and the 2011 documentary using some of the Merry Pranksters‘ video footage. I‘m slightly more interested in reading One Flew Over the Cuckoo‘s Nest with this background on the author but still baffled by the idea of a continuous acid trip road trip and parties offering basically free LSD.

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Daisey
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I completed 45 books from the #1001books list this year for an updated total of 253 out of 1,318!

A few were rereads but from long enough ago that I didn‘t have dates in Goodreads. As usual, there were books I just pushed through to finish as well as fantastic reads.

Several were read for the #Reading1001 group, including 13 for #TBRTakedown. Many others were read with or for various readalong groups and challenges listed in the comments.

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Daisey
Mrs. Dalloway | Virginia Woolf
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Mehso-so

I‘m just not a fan of Virginia Woolf‘s style. This is beautifully written with detailed descriptions from the perspective of various characters, but I was again disappointed by the lack of plot. I didn‘t especially care about any of the characters except for the story of Septimus and Rezia, and theirs is just sad.

I read most of this on #SerialReader but also listened to an #audiobook version. It was easier to follow the characters in print.

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Daisey
Sexing the Cherry | Jeanette Winterson
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Mehso-so

I‘m really not quite sure what I read. This is a strange novel that includes different timelines, mostly in the 1600s but also the 1990s, as well as a fairy tale retelling. We get this story mostly through the alternating perspectives of Jordan, a boy rescued from the Thames, and Dog Woman, the woman who rescues and raises him. Their stories include sex, violence, humor, and some quotable lines.

#1001books #Reading1001 #TBRTakedown

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Daisey
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Mehso-so

I seem to feel much the same as many other Litsy reviewers about this book. There were descriptive parts I thoroughly enjoyed, like the section about riding a motorcycle on the salt flats, but overall it was a long listen that often lost my full attention. I‘m not sure what I was supposed to get from it, and it definitely jumped around confusingly at times.

#audiobook #1001books #Reading1001
#TBRTakedown September 2023

Daisey 📷: Photo from my #audiowalk a few days ago with Luthien 10mo
Ruthiella I love Rachel Kushner, but I can‘t put my finger on why she works for me and not for others. 10mo
dabbe Hello there, Lovely Luthien! 🖤🐾🖤 10mo
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Kristelh
Posthumous Memoirs of Brs Cubas | Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis
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TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 11mo
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