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GatheringBooks
A House That Once Was | Julie Fogliano
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#NewYearNewYou Day 19: This book is a quiet reminder of #lost portraits, the pregnant hush upon seeing objects that were loved once but now discarded, the wonder of discovering fragments and pieces of a life that once was, but isn‘t any longer. My review: https://wp.me/pDlzr-iUu

Eggs Enjoyed your photos and reviews at the link 👏🏻👏🏻 2d
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Smrloomis
The Book of M: A Novel | Peng Shepherd
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Mehso-so

Hmmm, this was between a pick and a so-so for me. I liked the last few chapters but felt too much of the forgetting was drawn out and spelled out unnecessarily. Maybe I‘m just impatient at the moment. Would definitely read something else by this author - but not a second book in this world.

Bette Boy, you summed it up. I wouldn't read a sequel either. I was excited to read it but somewhere along the way it just wasn't enough or maybe too much. But it didn't live up to the hype. 5d
Smrloomis @Bette yeah, I was disappointed. I hope she writes another book but I don‘t want to spend more time in this one 🤷🏻‍♀️ 5d
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Smrloomis
The Book of M: A Novel | Peng Shepherd
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I‘m 2/3 of the way through and honestly this is just dragging on and on. Some plot points are belabored and I‘m worried this is going to have an unsatisfying ending 🤨 #bookwormproblems

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The Sense of an Ending | Julian Barnes
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I needed this book. It had been a while since anything moved me and this one managed to get under my skin. I wanted to kick the protag from time to time, but that made it none-the-less enjoyable. Definitely a thumbs up.

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Smrloomis
The Book of M: A Novel | Peng Shepherd
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“Marathi, the local dialect”? Shouldn‘t that be language? That strikes me as wrong. Feel free to weigh in on this one my fellow Littens. 🤔 Oh also, I don‘t know if I‘m going to like this one. So far the premise is ok but I‘m not as sure about the execution. 🤞🏽

MommyWantsToReadHerBook Apparently Marathi has more than one dialect (like there's Standard Marathi, and then others) so I guess that works? 1mo
Lindy Linguist John McWorter tackled the issue of language versus dialect in the August 6, 2019 episode of his Lexicon Valley podcast. There isn‘t a straightforward answer, unfortunately. 1mo
Smrloomis @MommyWantsToReadHerBook maybe that is what the author meant but I feel like s/he should have written “the local dialect of Marathi”? 🤷🏻‍♀️ 1mo
Smrloomis @Lindy hmm, I will have to look that podcast up, thanks. I still say that anything with millions of speakers should probably just be called a language - as far as I know it has a standardized written form too - but perhaps it‘s not that clear cut. 1mo
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ImperfectCJ
Sense of an Ending | Julian Barnes
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Some books acquire strong associations for me. Curtis Sittenfeld's Sisterland evokes a time share near Traverse City, Michigan. Steinbeck's Cannery Row, a cool bus window on a Greyhound bound for San Francisco. Julian Barnes' The Sense of an Ending, Madeline Miller's The Song of Achilles, and Sonali Deraniyagala's Wave take me to the mountains of northern Spain in autumn.

I'm curious: What books carry strong associations for you?

Megabooks Books that I read in veterinary school, there were so few of them, generally remind me of pedicures because I‘d try to make time to do those two things together monthly. Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, Unbearable Lightness, anything by Anthony Bourdain, takes me right to a nail salon! 1mo
ImperfectCJ @Megabooks So does it work the other way, too...the smell of acetone brings to mind arguments about piano practice? (Which is pretty much all I remember about Tiger Mother.) 1mo
Eggs The strongest is Dandelion Wine. It takes me to childhood in a small midwestern town. So many similarities between that town and the fictional Green Town Illinois. Courthouse square, old library, paths by the river, new sneakers‘ bounciness for the start of summer!! Then I relived it with my 3 children, reading DW while they played, swam, ran and frolicked. What a great question you asked ❤️ 1mo
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ImperfectCJ @Eggs What a beautiful memory and what a gift to pass to your children! 1mo
Megabooks @ImperfectCJ Not only the thread and scenes of the book but also the unfettered joy of choosing what you read for once! And getting your feet massaged!!! That‘s part of it. A foot massage with definitely make me think of certain books/authors. Probably every graduate student who loves to read for pleasure has some positive association with sneaking in those precious pages. 1mo
Megabooks I read The Hunger Games trilogy in the student lounge on call as a senior student so that has some memories as urgent as the story. 1mo
ImperfectCJ @Megabooks That reminds me of my experience with the Clan of the Cave Bear books. I binge-read them during the first trimester of my pregnancy with my daughter when I had bad morning sickness. Every time I think of the series now, 15 years later, I feel ill. (Luckily, I read Harry Potter later in my pregnancy so no nausea with those.) 1mo
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Cathythoughts
The Sense of an Ending | Julian Barnes
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#MOvember #IllRemember Another one I need to get to ! Almost the end of the month... feeling emotional here Cindy &
Everyone ... I‘ll remember all the chats & laughs & serious thoughtful posts that have been part of this particular Litsy journey.... 👍🏻❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

Cinfhen Awwwwww😘😘😘😘it is kind of sad 😢 I‘m getting verklempt @julesG @BarbaraBB 2mo
julesG @Cinfhen 😘😘😘😘 2mo
Cathythoughts @Cinfhen I can‘t tell you how much I appreciate you! Thankyou 😘😘😘 2mo
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TrishB End of an era ❤️ 2mo
Cinfhen Thanks friends 🙏🏻 @TrishB @julesG @Cathythoughts 🌻🌻🌻🌻 2mo
batsy Definitely the end of an era like @TrishB said. Even even I wasn't participating during certain months I loved seeing the posts and I'll miss it ❤️ 2mo
Cathythoughts @TrishB yes! I agree @batsy what Trish .... the end of an era. I also always loved to see the posts 👍🏻❤️ 2mo
Suet624 I‘m so sad to hear this. 2mo
Cathythoughts @Suet624 I know ! But , we will continue on with @Cinfhen with #bookreport & #weeklyforcast .... so all is changing , but the contact will continue 👍🏻❤️ 2mo
rubyslippersreads @Cinfhen I‘ll miss the challenges, but look forward to seeing what you come up with in the future. 😘 2mo
Cinfhen Thanks so much @rubyslippersreads we had LOTS of laughs and awesome book talk over the years 😁💕thanks for being an early participant ❤️ 2mo
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Melancholy2243
Sense of an Ending | Julian Barnes
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Mehso-so

"Sense of an Ending" by Barnes, though started for me as an interesting read tickled down at some point. Maybe it was the narrative, or the long dragging way of presenting a story, it really didn't turn out to be as good as I had expected it be. Although some parts of the book had me highlighting lines some parts simply begged to be skipped. Yet, Barnes as an author has an impeccable way of moulding images that remain within the readers mind.

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StayCurious
The Sense of an Ending | Julian Barnes
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#BFCR4 Final Check In. This round I mostly did well. I met my reading goals and baked several healthy recipes. I started a weight loss program. I worked on myself. But this last week really fell through the cracks. We got a bunch of snow (the above picture is a romantic view of snow - in reality, Ottawa is currently a slushy grimy mess), and I got sick so I had to skip out on my fitness classes. Sadly, I felt that I ended on a really sour note.

IndoorDame Oh no, I‘m sorry you had such a bad week! Don‘t let it sour your view of this round because you did such great things!!! 💜💜💜 2mo
TheAromaofBooks Yes, cold mud slush is the real winter tradition!! 😬 2mo
Hufflepuffle I‘m sorry that it ended on a week you got sick. You did amazing things this round though so don‘t forget that. You are amazing! 🌸🌺🌼 (edited) 2mo
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Crimson613
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#TIL about patient HM who had a great impact on how #Neuroscience understands #memory. Because he had a serious case of epilepsy, scientists removed his hippocampus and amagdala in hopes of lessening or curing his seizures. While this was a "success", HM was left entirely dependant on his family. He could no longer create memories #nonfiction

I wonder how he felt, having to relive every moment constantly. Died 2008

#nfnov @Clwojick @rsteve388

Clwojick I think this book would fascinate me if i listened to it on audio, but could see it being a bit of a dry physical read. Which format did you do? 4 pt. 2mo
Crimson613 @Clwojick I did the audiobook and I think it works well, the author has a way of making it a bit exciting (altho yeah some parts are a bit dry), but I think it also helps keep you interested bc she talks about her life. it's like half memoir half technical 2mo
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