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BarbaraJean

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READ ALL THE THINGS! www.goodreads.com/barbarajanette www.commonplacehope.wordpress.com
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The Story Girl by L. M. Montgomery
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Piranesi by Susanna Clarke
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The Eye of Zoltar by Jasper Fforde
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Exhalation: Stories by Ted Chiang
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The Story Girl | L. M. Montgomery
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“If your Aunt Olivia was to up and get married what would your Uncle Roger do for a housekeeper?” asked Peter.

“Oh, but Aunt Olivia will never be married now,” said Felicity. “Why, she‘ll be twenty-nine next January.”

“Well, o‘course that‘s pretty old,” admitted Peter, “but she might find some one who wouldn‘t mind that, seeing she‘s so pretty.”

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#KindredSpiritsBuddyRead

SRWCF Lol! I loved this book. 2d
Karons1 29 quite old 🤣 hilarious 🤣 what would 90 be then ? 2d
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Every day we are learning
How to live with essence, not ease.
How to move with haste, never hate.
How to leave this pain that is beyond us
Behind us.
Just like a skill or any art,
We cannot possess hope without practicing it.
It is the most fundamental craft we demand of ourselves.

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While the first three Abhorsen books are my favorites, this was a strong prequel—set several hundred years before the events of the main trilogy. Clariel was a fascinating character, and it was frustrating to see her caught in the middle of events caused by the neglect of others. I enjoyed seeing the Old Kingdom at an earlier time, with such differences in the royal family as well as the Abhorsens. Overall, a really interesting origin story!

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I read this in November, as may be apparent from the fall-themed pic I took at the time. 😜

I loved this second Harper Hall book. It continues Menolly‘s story as she arrives at the Harper Hall and begins training as an apprentice. It has a similar emotional depth as the first book, as Menolly faces prejudice & difficulty fitting in, and struggles to recognize her own value even as she is encouraged and drawn out by new-found mentors & friends. ⤵️

BarbaraJean I‘m still sad I never read these as a kid! Hoping to read more of the main Pern books this year—reading the Harper Hall books was my first intro to McCaffrey‘s writing. 5d
TheAromaofBooks I read this wholllllle series a couple of years ago and really enjoyed them. I definitely recommend published order, although I do see myself rereading them in chronological order at some point as well. I also found this great website that has a timeline of the books and how they overlap, because it gets confusing!! - http://pern.srellim.org/chrono.htm 5d
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Feelin‘ a little called out today…

I love this challenge from Austin Channing Brown to actually read the work of MLK. Because while I‘ve taught his “Letter from Birmingham Jail” and his “I Have a Dream” speech, and one of my regular editing clients is an MLK scholar, I can‘t say that I‘ve read much beyond those two main works and all the quotes I hunt down come MLK Day each year. Any recs from those who‘ve spent more time with MLK‘s writing?

TheBookHippie Signet has a nice 5d
BarbaraJean @TheBookHippie Thank you so much! I‘ve seen Where Do We Go From Here referenced a lot, so I think I‘ll start there! 4d
TheBookHippie @BarbaraJean It is unreal how relevant it is. 4d
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Exhalation: Stories | Ted Chiang
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“People are made of stories. Our memories are not the impartial accumulation of every second we‘ve lived; they‘re the narrative that we assembled out of selected moments.”

Still finding these stories so fascinating and thought-provoking!

#NewYearWhoDis @Blaire @monalyisha

monalyisha Great quote! 🙌🏻 5d
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Pickpick

This is a need-to-hug-this-book selection for me, just as much as Cerulean Sea, although they‘re very different books. It grapples with grief & loss and coming to terms with death through an initially very unlikable character. It's sad & sweet and goes a bit idealistic deus-ex-machina in the end, but overall it beautifully explores an interestingly-imagined afterlife.

Catching up on much-belated reviews today… I finished this one in November. 😳

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The Story Girl | L. M. Montgomery
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There is such a place as fairyland— but only children can find the way to it… Only a few, who remain children at heart, can ever find that fair, lost path again; and blessed are they above mortals… The world calls them its singers and poets and artists and story-tellers; but they are just people who have never forgotten the way to fairyland.

#KindredSpiritsBuddyRead

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It may be halfway through January, but I finally got around to posting my “best of” reading list from 2021, if you want to check it out on my blog. 😊

https://commonplacehope.wordpress.com/2022/01/15/favorite-books-of-2021/

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The Story Girl | L. M. Montgomery
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FINALLY starting this for #KindredSpiritsBuddyRead!! I‘ve gotten a small handle on my excess ebook situation (so many holds at once, and only so many hours I can screen-read!)—so I‘m just diving in tonight.

Who else has started their reading of The Story Girl? What do you think so far?

AnneCecilie I have started. It‘s a little different from the Anne and Emily books, and I have needed to get used to that. 2w
BookBabe I read it as a child when my parents bought me a copy. I remember enjoying it! ☺️ Happy memories ❤️ 2w
catebutler I haven‘t started yet, but my copy is sitting on my nightstand! 2w
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StayCurious I‘ve started it and it takes me right back to the Road to Avonlea series! Of course there are changes but some of the misadventures are similar. 2w
Jerdencon I agree with @staycurious it‘s basically similar themes but still fun to read. I like that the narrator is a boy this time. 2w
TheAromaofBooks Definitely episodic in nature, but feels a lot more cohesive since the characters are all the same in each chapter. Kind of reminds of Rainbow Valley in that way. 2w
quietjenn Like @catebutler I haven't started yet, although I have it waiting for me. Soon! 2w
JenlovesJT47 I‘m enjoying it but I love the Road To Avonlea series so it‘s fun reading these. 2w
Daisey I hope to fit it in this month, but I‘m really not sure when. 2w
Bkwrm7 I've started and it's fascinating what I remember and don't. None of the characters beyond the Story Girl had stuck with me at all, but I very distinctly remember the multiplication table bit when they are canvassing. 2w
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The Eye of Zoltar | Jasper Fforde
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“…for every truly heinous act, there are multiple good acts to compensate. It‘s why evil despots are ultimately defeated, and why a truly awful reality TV show can never go on forever.”

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The Eye of Zoltar | Jasper Fforde
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“Homing snails were one of Wizard Moobin‘s recent discoveries. He had found that all snails have the capacity to do over one hundred miles per hour and find a location with pinpoint accuracy, but didn‘t because they were horribly lazy and couldn‘t be bothered.”

Ruthiella 😂😂😂 2w
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The Eye of Zoltar | Jasper Fforde
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Troll Wars were like Batman movies: both were repeated at regular intervals, featured expensive hardware, and were broadly predictable.

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Exhalation: Stories | Ted Chiang
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“…through the act of reading my words, the patterns that form your thoughts become an imitation of the patterns that once formed mine. And in that way I live again, through you.”

#NYWD2022 #NewYearWhoDis

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“Shall this leave us bitter?
Or better?

Grieve.

Then choose.”

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Not sure why Litsy doesn‘t have the right book/title available… this is from her new book, Call Us What We Carry. 💙

GypsyKat I do notice that Litsy is a little behind when it comes to adding books. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 2w
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Exhalation: Stories | Ted Chiang
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“If our lives are tales that Allah tells, then we are the audience as well as the players, and it is by living these tales that we receive their lessons.”

I‘m really enjoying these stories—Chiang is such a fantastic, fascinating writer.

#NewYearWhoDis #NYWD2022

Blaire So happy you‘re enjoying it. His writing is so creative and really made me think in a different way. 2w
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Here‘s my too-ambitious January TBR!
☀️Klara for #NewYearWhoDis
🎉Wintering for #BookSpin & #NewYearWhoDis
📚Story Girl for #KindredSpiritsBuddyRead
🐺Elatsoe for my IRL book group
🪆Dollmaker for #MGBuddyRead
⛪️Theology book + Dream of God for EfM
🚲Code Name Verity for #YABuddyRead
🪄Magician‘s Land for #DoubleSpin
🫁Exhalation for #NewYearWhoDis
Plus some poetry & other in-progress reads—I probably won‘t finish them all, but will enjoy trying!

SamanthaMarie I just read Piranesi in December and LOVED it. ♡♡ 2w
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#BookSpin day is the best day! Here‘s my first #BookSpinBingo board of 2022. My #BookSpin pick is from my #NewYearWhoDis list, and my #DoubleSpin will finish out a series, so I‘m excited about both! Hoping for a bingo this month—lots of possibilities, because I‘m way too optimistic about my January reading. 😁

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! Looks great!!! 3w
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Further Chronicles of Avonlea | Lucy Maud Montgomery
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I can‘t believe I forgot to post a review of this… the #KindredSpiritsBuddyRead pick for November. 🤦🏻‍♀️ I liked Chronicles of Avonlea so much more than this collection of short stories. There were a few stories I loved (The Materializing of Cecil, The Brother Who Failed), but the blatant racism in the last one (Tannis of the Flats) unfortunately overshadowed those. Also, the repeated themes wore a little thin by the end of this volume.

AnneCecilie I see that we felt the same about this one, even if I would probably still give it a pick since I enjoy Montgomery. The themes got a little too repetitive and most centered around marriage. But that was probably how it was back then. I loved the story where Anne and Diana made a short entrance. 3w
BarbaraJean @AnneCecilie I did enjoy the appearances of characters I knew from the main Anne series! Especially the one where Anne and Diana assist with the wedding-on-a-ladder! Also the little mention of Matthew. 3w
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I love Buechner‘s writing—his use of language has a poetry to it that makes me slow down to savor each sentence. Here, he frames his discussion as a charge to the preacher, exploring elements of tragedy, comedy, and fairy tale within the Biblical story. I love the progression of his text, as he writes of how the tragedy must come before the comedy, the mystery before the answer. A beautiful little book—my November #DoubleSpin!

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 3w
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Let [the preacher] use words which do not only try to give answers to the questions that we ask or ought to ask but which help us to hear the questions that we do not have words for asking and to hear the silence that those questions rise out of and the silence that is the answer to those questions.

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“Before the Gospel is a word, it is silence… It is life with the sound turned off so that for a moment or two you can experience it not in terms of the words you make it bearable by but for the unutterable mystery that it is.”

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Exhalation: Stories | Ted Chiang
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I don‘t have a stack yet for #NewYearWhoDis, since I‘m waiting for several library holds to make their way to me (Wintering and Klara & the Sun are “In Transit,” and I‘m in line for several others). But look what I unwrapped among my Christmas book gifts from my husband! So this is where I‘m going to start on my list from @Blaire —really excited to dive in.

Blaire Yay!! 3w
monalyisha Love it! Nice job, hubby! 🎉 3w
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The Story Girl | L. M. Montgomery
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After a hiatus in December, #KindredSpiritsBuddyRead will pick up again in January with The Story Girl! Feel free to read along at your own pace throughout the month and we‘ll discuss on the 29th.

All are welcome—feel free to join in if you‘d like! I‘ve tagged those who expressed interest, but if you‘re not tagged and you‘d like to be, please comment and let me know!

jewright Please add me! 3w
sblbooks Please tag me🙋 3w
TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 3w
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Jerdencon Im excited to start! 3w
BarbaraJean @jewright @sblbooks Adding you to the tag list! 🎉 3w
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Here‘s my #BookSpin list for January! I‘ve got January book club picks for my IRL book group, #MGBuddyRead and #YABuddyRead, and #KindredSpiritsBuddyRead. Then a few library holds that are on their way, including six from my #NewYearWhoDis list from @Blaire and closing out the list with some options from my physical TBR shelves. This has been one of my favorite challenges in 2021, and I‘m really looking forward to continuing in the new year. 😊

TheAromaofBooks Yay!! I'm excited about rereading The Story Girl this month - it's been forever since I read it!! I didn't even own a copy so I ordered one from ebay and it's a lovely old hardcover, so I'm quite pleased. 3w
BarbaraJean @TheAromaofBooks I've actually never read The Story Girl, so I'm extra looking forward to it!! And how fun about your lovely new/old hardcover copy--I love those older editions! 3w
TheAromaofBooks It's one of my indulgences for buddy reads like this - to get a pretty edition if I don't own one yet!! 3w
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“In the coming of Christ, the veil is lifted—lifted not only from the world but from our hearts. In Christ we encounter not only what Chesterton called the ‘buried sunrise of wonder,‘ but also the long-veiled image of God, in all His beauty, truth, and goodness. That hidden image is suddenly revealed through Christ, deep within ourselves, and in all others whom He sends to meet us—in whom He comes to meet us.”

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This book was adapted from a series of lectures—a sort of defense of the imagination as a vital source of understanding. Guite examines Christian Scripture and art (poetry, paintings, and more) as he explores the role of the imagination for the Christian artist. There were so many excellent passages throughout—the scholarship and wisdom of this volume was inspiring. This was my November #BookSpin (catching up on those reviews!)

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 4w
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“I firmly believe—indeed, it is the core of my Christian hope—that the veil of our mourning will be lifted; that the dark glass through which we presently see will be brightened; that the persecutions and hatreds that seem so rife in our world are not the core, not the deepest truth about the world, but are only a veil or shadow, covering something better.”

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“I‘m thinking of starting a Society of Gentleman Scoundrels.”
“You‘re millennia too late. It already exists, and is called the patriarchy.”

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“Cecilia had tried to be tempestuous for him, but it always gave her a headache... Even reading Wuthering Heights had proven a trial. She‘d kept wanting to edit it.”

😂🤣 Me too, Cecilia. Me too.

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“It is violence that best overcomes hate, vengeance that most certainly heals injury, and a good cup of tea that soothes the most anguished soul.” Thus ran the motto of the Wisteria Society of Lady Scoundrels.

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Finally catching up on a couple months of reviews… 😬 This was hilarious and tons of fun—nothing serious, just a madcap romp with lady pirates, flying houses, several outlandish assassination plots, tons of witty literary references, and a love story to boot. The audiobook was delightful; just the escape I needed for my commute!

DGRachel It sounds fun! 4w
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Bingo Love | Tee Franklin
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I can‘t believe I‘ve been so MIA on Litsy lately!😫 Between family commitments, my daily Advent writing practice, the scramble to prep for Christmas travel, vacation with the distractions of visiting family… Litsy & even reading took a back seat. I have a couple months of Litsy reviews to write & still haven‘t started our buddy read of Marilla, @JenlovesJT47 ! But I‘m planning on reading it by year end! I‘ve made a little bingo progress, though…

JenlovesJT47 I finished Marilla a couple of days ago. The audiobook was so good!! Hope you have a great holiday week! 🤗 1mo
BarbaraJean @JenlovesJT47 I will tag you when I post about it so we can chat! Glad to hear the audiobook was good. 😊 Hope you have a great holiday week, too! 🎄🤗 1mo
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The Story Girl | L. M. Montgomery
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The #KindredSpiritsBuddyRead is taking a break in December, but we‘ll pick up again in the new year with The Story Girl & The Golden Road. I‘ve tagged those who were interested, but all are welcome—comment if you‘d like to be tagged!

Both of these have roughly 30 chapters—we could continue chapter-a-day, but it seems most of us have a hard time keeping to daily chapters! How about one book per month, with a discussion at the end of the month?

Jerdencon I‘m in! 2mo
TheAromaofBooks Sounds great!! 2mo
quietjenn That sounds like a good plan! 2mo
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“I am simply a ‘book drunkard.‘ Books have the same irresistible temptation for me that liquor has for its devotee. I cannot withstand them.”
—L.M. Montgomery

Not sure where this LMM quote is from, but I love it, and it‘s a perfect way to say “Happy Birthday, L.M. Montgomery!”‘here on Litsy. 🎉📚🎂🥳

#KindredSpiritsBuddyRead

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Further Chronicles of Avonlea | Lucy Maud Montgomery
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#KindredSpiritsBuddyRead: Chronicles/Further Chronicles of Avonlea discussion:

What do you think of LMM‘s short stories in general?

Have you read any of her short stories before?

Would you seek out more of her short fiction, or do you prefer her novels?

Jerdencon This was my first time reading these stories. Some were definitely better than others and overall I think I prefer her novels. 2mo
BarbaraJean @Jerdencon Same! I found that I liked the stories in Chronicles much better overall than in Further Chronicles. But the repeated themes got a little tedious, and because of that, I do prefer her full-length fiction. More varied!! 2mo
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Clare-Dragonfly Yes, I agree, I prefer the variety in her novels! 2mo
TheAromaofBooks I read somewhere that a lot of her short story collections weren't actually published by her (most were published after her death, although I'm not sure about the Chronicles, I know that some of the other “themed“ collections, like Across the Miles & At the Altar were), so I think some of those repetitive themes were also her kind of ironing out a concept. I definitely prefer her novels, but on the whole I'm not a big short-story reader anyway. 2mo
quietjenn These are my first Montgomery short stories. I enjoyed them enough that I'll definitely read more in spare moments, although I definitely respond more to the novels. I am fond of short stories though, so nice to have another beloved author to add to the rotation. 2mo
sblbooks I've read her Christmas short stories which I liked better than Chronicles. However, I much prefer her novels. 2mo
BarbaraJean @TheAromaofBooks That‘s really interesting—it makes sense that if she didn‘t assemble the collection herself, the repeated motifs weren‘t necessarily meant to all be read together. Although as @Bkwrm7 noted earlier, apparently many of these were edited to add in the Anne references, so maybe LMM was involved in choosing which stories were included. Either way, she sure did have some favorite tropes…😆 2mo
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Further Chronicles of Avonlea | Lucy Maud Montgomery
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#KindredSpiritsBuddyRead: Chronicles/Further Chronicles discussion:
Several stories have problematic themes & content. How do you respond when a work reflects attitudes of its time such as racist stereotypes & terms that are (at best) problematic through a modern lens?
Do you skim/overlook the problem content, looking for something worthwhile in the rest of the work? Or do you skip the work completely?
What, if any, value is there in such works?

Jerdencon I was surprised at the story that had the Native American characters and how blatantly stereotypical and racists they were made out to be. I think it‘s a comment on the time the books were written - it was accepted to think/write that way and I don‘t think a lot of thought was given to it. 2mo
BarbaraJean @Jerdencon It really was of its time, but still so awful. I'm always conflicted with content like that in classics. I usually try to skim past/skip over that kind of thing. It‘s cropped up in LMM‘s work before, but it‘s been fleeting references that I could grimace at & move on. But in Tannis, I found it impossible to look past. It was so ingrained throughout the story: the characterization, the plot, the whole perspective. 2mo
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TheAromaofBooks I do think that while I don't go out of my way to find authors who dwelt on these kinds of stereotypes, it still holds value to see firsthand how different groups were assessed & judged at the time. Especially someone like Montgomery, overall known as a progressive & forward-thinking individual, yet seeing how she still accepted many of these stereotypes as fact helps me to see how far we have come & how far we still need to go. I would love to ⬇ 2mo
TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) hear the thoughts of a Native American on stories like this to better understand how these prejudices have shaped their lives. @Jerdencon 2mo
quietjenn I read a lot of vintage fiction, so I'm pretty used to taking it in context and finding the value in a work while also acknowledging it's issues. But I really couldn't with Tannnis. It was the worst offender that I've come across in ages and the fact that it was the last story really tainted the entire collection for me. Especially as there were other stories in the latter part of it which, while not as egregious, I really had issues with. 2mo
BarbaraJean @TheAromaofBooks I like your point about how Montgomery was known as progressive and yet still casually included so many racist stereotypes in her work. It‘s instructive to see it first-hand, for sure. Like @quietjenn I had a hard time finding value with Tannis, though—given how blatant the racism was—and for the same reasons, I wish it hadn‘t been the last story in the collection. 2mo
sblbooks For the most part , I understand the classics are going to have stereotypes that are no longer acceptable. I still find so much value in reading them. The last short story in for the further Chronicles I could definitely skip, though. 2mo
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Further Chronicles of Avonlea | Lucy Maud Montgomery
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#KindredSpiritsBuddyRead: Chronicles/Further Chronicles of Avonlea discussion:

Most collections of short stories will have at least a few misses.
Which stories did you dislike in Chronicles?
Which did you dislike in Further Chronicles?

Jerdencon I started to dislike all the stories where the dominant family member would make the more passive one make crazy promises about not getting married and not leaving them. Even though it usually worked out in the end - so many stories had that theme. 2mo
BarbaraJean @Jerdencon Seriously! There were several tropes that felt repetitive. The promises about not marrying someone, and the lovers parted by a quarrel who are both too proud to make things right. Several of those stories I might have liked if there was only ONE rather than the same theme over & over. Hands down my least favorite was Tannis of the Flats. I almost stopped reading because of the racist comments--it was everywhere & so blatant! 2mo
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Clare-Dragonfly As @Jerdencon says, the tropes got repetitive, but otherwise I liked the stories in Chronicles all pretty well—they were sweet. But they got depressing as Further Chronicles went on! I agree with you that Tannis was the worst. It might have been a nice ballad-type sad story if it hadn‘t been so freaking racist. 2mo
TheAromaofBooks There was also the one where the guy helps raise the little girl and then she falls in love with him and marries him. Her going away to school helped make it slightly less creepy, but it still felt weird considering he proposed to her MOTHER. And the dominant relative forcing the weaker one to stay single definitely got old after a while. As for Tannis... 😬 @Jerdencon @Clare-Dragonfly 2mo
quietjenn As others have mentioned, those stories with the deathbed promises (so many selfish characters and this idea that the a) keeping a promise that you didn't want to make and b) sacrificing your own life/happiness for someone else who doesn't even care are both somehow noble; and the one where the dude falls in love with the girl he helped raises. Yikes. 2mo
BarbaraJean @Clare-Dragonfly With Tannis, I felt like the whole thing was so thoroughly racist there wouldn‘t be much left if you took out the racist parts! @TheAromaofBooks @quietjenn Ugh, yes. Can you imagine marrying your mother‘s ex? 😬 2mo
sblbooks @TheAromaofBooks The Education of Betty gave me creepy Dean vibes from the Emily series😳 2mo
sblbooks @Jerdencon @BarbaraJean @Clare-Dragonfly @quietjenn I agree wholeheartedly with everything you said. All the stories with extended family members trying to guilt trip someone into not getting married, got on my nerves after a while. That last story came out of left field, it was definitely the worst. it's hard for me to believe that was written by LM Montgomery. 2mo
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Further Chronicles of Avonlea | Lucy Maud Montgomery
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#KindredSpiritsBuddyRead: Chronicles/Further Chronicles of Avonlea discussion:

What did you think of the reappearance of Anne, Diana, and other characters from the Anne series?

Did the inclusion of these characters work for you or was it distracting?

Bkwrm7 I just read a little bit about these stories on Wikipedia and it really is a Rollings Reliable situation! Most of these were written before the Anne books, but there was demand for more Anne stories, so some names and locations were changed to tie these to her and Avonlea. I don't feel like that hurt the stories, but it didn't add a lot either. The one where it worked best for me was The Winning of Lucinda. 2mo
Jerdencon I didn‘t mind it - felt like it gave me a bit ire context to the story. 2mo
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BarbaraJean @Bkwrm7 Oh, that's hilarious! You were right! I felt the same, it didn't detract but didn't really add much. I did like the one where Anne & Diana help with the hurried wedding-on-a-ladder. That sounded like an escapade they'd be involved in! But the first-person one from Anne's perspective felt awkward--it didn't sound like Anne. @Jerdencon Yes, I think I most enjoyed there being references to places I was familiar with from the Anne books! 2mo
Clare-Dragonfly I thought it was cute when they reappeared! A little silly, but at least Anne was in character. 2mo
TheAromaofBooks I agree that the first-person one didn't feel like Anne's voice at all, to the point that I was surprised when I found out she was the one telling the story! But the ladder escapade definitely sounded like an Anne-shenanigan! It was sort of nice having the places be Avonlea & environs just because I kind of have in my mind how far apart(ish) those places are, but on the whole it didn't feel necessary. 2mo
quietjenn It was fine, but not altogether necessary. I liked it best when they were casually mentioned, so you could acknowledge it as being part of the same world (like when Matthew was mentioned in passing) but didn't really need them to take center stage. 2mo
BarbaraJean @quietjenn I did really like that Matthew reference. It felt like a natural part of the story, whereas some of the Anne references felt a little forced. 2mo
sblbooks I don't feel strongly either way. 2mo
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Further Chronicles of Avonlea | Lucy Maud Montgomery
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Starting out our #KindredSpiritsBuddyRead with a couple basic intro questions: What were your favorite stories or favorite moments from Chronicles?
What were your favorite stories or moments in Further Chronicles?

Bkwrm7 Favorites from the original Chronicles are Quarantine at Alexander Abraham's and Pa Sloane's Purchase. From Further Chronicles the best were the first two: Aunt Cynthia's Persian Cat and The Materializing of Cecil. 2mo
BarbaraJean @Bkwrm7 I loved The Materializing of Cecil! The Brother Who Failed was my other favorite in Further Chronicles. There were several I loved in the first collection: Each in His Own Tongue and The Winning of Lucinda were probably my favorites (I laughed so hard when Lucinda finally broke her silence with “YOU DAMNED IDIOT!“ 😂) The End of a Quarrel was up there as well. 2mo
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TheAromaofBooks @BarbaraJean @Bkwrm7 - Oh, I loved The Brother Who Failed - that one definitely got me all choked up. The Materializing of Cecil was definitely another favorite as well. 2mo
quietjenn I liked Chronicles so much more than Further! And actually the first half of Further was fine, it just really went downhill in the second part ... Overall, there was a fair amount of melodrama at play! I need to look up the contents again to cite specific stories! 2mo
BarbaraJean @quietjenn Me too, on all counts. In looking back at the contents I realized there were a lot of stories I liked in Further Chronicles—they were just overshadowed by the last half (and Tannis being the last story left me feeling cold toward the entire collection). 2mo
sblbooks In Chronicles The Quarantine at Alexander Abrams and the end of a quarrel were my favorites. In Further Chronicles my favorite was Aunt Cynthia's Persian Cat. 2mo
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Start Spinning | Maggie Casey
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December #BookSpin list! I have a “clear the decks” approach, with lots of series I‘d like to make progress in/finish (plus my usual poetry & book club picks). I usually try to weight the list toward TBRs on my physical shelves, but I‘ll be out of town the last half of the month, so I have maybe half the list as eBooks I can grab from the library. I‘ll see which series the BookSpin fairy picks for me…and whether I‘ll get an elusive #BookSpinBingo!

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2mo
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Further Chronicles of Avonlea | Lucy Maud Montgomery
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I enjoyed seeing the Anne & Diana story (and its Miss Lavendar name-drop!), even though Anne & Diana felt like little more than name-drops themselves. But I loved “The Brother Who Failed”… it might be my favorite in this collection. 💜 #KindredSpiritsBuddyRead

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Further Chronicles of Avonlea | Lucy Maud Montgomery
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I‘m *almost* caught up with my story-a-day reading, which means this discussion must be coming soon! 😆 Join us on Sunday to discuss Chronicles of Avonlea and Further Chronicles of Avonlea! I‘ll post some questions mid-day Pacific Time; feel free to jump in when you‘re able. AND… be thinking about whether you‘d like to continue with more #KindredSpiritsBuddyRead-ing. I‘d love to read more L.M. Montgomery together if people are interested.

BarbaraJean As far as continuing the buddy read, I was thinking about taking a break in December, then picking up again with The Story Girl in January. But I‘m open to suggestions… let me know if you‘d like to continue, and if so, what you‘re interested in reading. 😊 I‘m also eyeing a read of the tagged book in December, so there‘s that, too… 2mo
TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! I got a little behind on these as well but I'm getting caught up haha I think a December break might be good as I know that I'm going to be doing a lot of holiday reading/holiday craziness, but I'm definitely interested in continuing with some of Montgomery's other books - it's been so long since I've read most of them and it's been really fun to dip back into her writing!! So... keep me posted!!! 2mo
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BarbaraJean @TheAromaofBooks Woohoo! Will definitely keep you posted for future Montgomery buddy reading! 2mo
Bkwrm7 A December break is probably a good idea, but I'm definitely in for continuing in January! The Story Girl followed by The Golden Road makes sense for the next couple to me. 2mo
Jerdencon I‘m in for more! And I do agree with the December break! 2mo
JenlovesJT47 I‘d love to read more LMM! I recommend The Story Girl and The Golden Road. ❤️ 2mo
JenlovesJT47 Marilla of Green Gables is really good! I‘d love to do a reread and grab the audiobook. 🤗 2mo
quietjenn Sure, I'm game for more come the new year. 2mo
AnneCecilie I would love to get back to buddy reading on January with The Story Girl 2mo
BarbaraJean @Bkwrm7, @Jerdencon, @quietjenn, @AnneCecilie, @JenlovesJT47 - Yaaay! I'll plan on The Story Girl in January and The Golden Road in February. And @JenlovesJT47 - if you'd like to do a casual readalong of Marilla together in December, I'm game! 2mo
JenlovesJT47 Would love to read Marilla of Green Gables! Let me know when you want to start. I‘m going to grab the audiobook. 🤗 2mo
BarbaraJean @JenlovesJT47 I‘m so sorry I didn‘t get back to you sooner! I can start anytime—I‘ll pull the book off my shelf tonight! Do you want to just read throughout the month and tag each other as we read, or set up some kind of schedule? 2mo
JenlovesJT47 Yes that sounds good! I can start it as soon as I finish my current audiobook, probably tomorrow. I‘m excited! 🤓 2mo
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“One can be happy in eternal solitude. A book, a cup of tea, and no company: that was Cecilia‘s idea of heaven. Having spent the past week surrounded by people and thwarted at every turn in her efforts to locate a library, she was now feeling as if she had endured an upper circle of Hell.”

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“…part of what he saw was his own shame and horror, the sight of his own folly, the judgment one can imagine he found even harder to bear than God‘s, which was his own judgment on himself, because whereas God is merciful, we are none of us very good at showing mercy on ourselves.”

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New Year Who Dis? | Bitchy Fits
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I can‘t wait to dig into this #NewYearWhoDis list from @Blaire in January! About half were already on my TBR—some I don‘t even remember adding to my Goodreads TBR, so I‘m glad for the excuse to actually pick them up! I loved Ted Chiang‘s Stories of Your Life so I‘ve been wanting to read Exhalation, and I put Crying in H Mart on my Christmas list, so I may start there… but I‘ll see where my mood (and my library holds) take me in January. 😁

BarbaraJean It‘s a good sign to me when a book I‘ve read and loved shows up on the list. Psalm for the Wild-Built wins the prize this year, especially because it‘s one I also put on my list! 2mo
Cinfhen Love this list @Blaire 😍Happy reading 2mo
vivastory I've noticed Becky Chambers show up on numerous #NYWD lists. I really need to read it! I also want to read Exhalation. I was floored by Stories of Your Life when I read it a few months ago 2mo
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Blaire @barbarajean so happy you like the list!! @vivastory @barbarajean I hope you love exhalation as much as I did. Also recommend Ezra Klein‘s interview with him on his podcast. 2mo
Blaire @Cinfhen thank you!! 2mo
Blaire @BarbaraJean I thought we were a good match when I saw both this book and Bryan Stevenson‘s book on your list. 2mo
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BarbaraJean
I Can Make This Promise | Christine Day
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This was a lovely #MGBuddyRead pick. 12-year-old Edie begins to explore her past when she finds a box of letters & photos in her attic and realizes there may be more to discover about her heritage than she knew. I liked the portrayal of the parents & Edie‘s struggle to ask for answers. There was a friendship thread that needed more resolution, but overall I was really impressed by how the author handled the difficult realities of Native adoption.

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Chronicles of Avonlea | L M Montgomery
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Belated review, since I‘m now several stories into Further Chronicles! I hadn‘t realized just how much I would enjoy these tales set in and around Avonlea, sprinkled with little references to Anne or other characters from the Anne series. These light, sweet, and often humorous stories were a nice little reading dessert to dip into and indulge in during a busy couple of weeks. #KindredSpiritsBuddyRead

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BarbaraJean
Clouds of Witness | Dorothy L. Sayers
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I enjoyed this 2nd Lord Peter Wimsey mystery just as much as the first, but for different reasons. The dialogue felt wittier, and the character descriptions at the beginning were🔥 But one too many false trails made the solution feel like more of a stretch than an “aha!” Even so, it was a satisfying classic “manor house” murder mystery & I‘ll keep on with the series. Also, how great is this battered old hand-me-down copy from my friend‘s grandma?!

LeahBergen I need to carry on with this series, too. I‘ve only read the first. 2mo
Ruthiella That paperback is definitely well-read! 😆 2mo
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Further Chronicles of Avonlea | Lucy Maud Montgomery
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Today‘s story was a sweet tale of reconciliation, but I‘m a little tired of this repeated motif of the person who plans to forgive eventually… but not yet. “Of course I wouldn‘t forgive him the first time, but he was too stubborn to ask for forgiveness a second time, and I was too proud to go back on my word, so instead we just pined after each other for twenty years…” 🙄

#KindredSpiritsBuddyRead

Bkwrm7 This one didn't really work for me. I found all of the Spencers frustrating and think Frank Bell would have been within his rights to walk away from the whole lot and their ridiculous ultimatums. 2mo
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