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BarbaraJean

BarbaraJean

Joined May 2016

READ ALL THE THINGS! www.goodreads.com/barbarajanette www.commonplacehope.wordpress.com
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#BFCR4 Week 1 check-in! This was an inauspicious start to the challenge, since I was fighting a cold. I had such low energy—I only managed 2 walks & didn‘t make it to the gym. And I counted a lot of herbal tea as water intake! I did complete the tagged book & also realized that it‘s okay to give myself credit for things I‘m already doing (i.e. the herbal tea!) instead of always trying to add on more to do. #runningonreading #bookfitnesschallenge

wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌 A great first week especially considering you're fighting a cold. I hope you're feeling better. And, yes, it's definitely okay to give yourself credit for things you're already doing. 5d
hermyknee That‘s awesome. Listening to your body is also super important ♥️ 5d
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Mehso-so

I didn‘t enjoy this as much as I hoped. I loved the premise—two researchers go back in time to befriend Jane Austen & recover a lost Austen manuscript. There was a wonderful attention to the details of/preparation for time travel, but overall it just felt too serious. I would have preferred a lighter tone—more Austen-ish, to be honest. I‘m not sure if I had too-high expectations, or if I just prefer my time travel lighter & perhaps less realistic!

BarbaraJean The voice of the main character also felt uneven to me—I realize some of this was her shifting between herself and her 1815-era character, but several times I felt pulled out of the story by a sudden F-bomb or a reference to Liam‘s ass... or his johnson. 🤦🏻‍♀️🙄 1w
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Three Act Tragedy | Agatha Christie
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I really enjoyed this one. Poirot is a little bit of a deus ex machina, with only a cameo appearance or two until almost the end, when he applies his little gray cells, unravels the mystery, and unmasks the murderer. But I enjoyed following the clues through the eyes of the three amateur detectives. This has a satisfying conclusion—one that I kind of anticipated but kept talking myself out of until it was revealed!

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I‘ve had a slow start to #BFCR4. Since Sunday, I‘ve felt like I‘m coming down with a cold that hasn‘t materialized. I‘ve had little to no energy, so I‘ve been taking a pass on my exercise goal. Above is my plan for today: books & herbal tea with honey! Other goals: daily spiritual practice has been great, and I‘m counting all the herbal tea toward my water intake goal! And I finished one book on Tuesday—👍🏼 #runningonreading #bookfitnesschallenge

wanderinglynn Sounds like a good plan👍🏻☕️ Way to adapt & I hope you feel better! 1w
Caterina I hope you feel better soon!! That tiredness when you're sick is so hard. It sounds like you're taking great care of yourself, yay! That's what BFC is all about. ❤️😊 1w
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I started this last night, and two pet peeves from the first book reared their heads rather quickly: a rocket-launch double entendre (my pet peeve) on the third page, and a martini reference (my husband‘s pet peeve) on the fourth page. 😬 I wonder if keeping a running tally of these (or playing a drinking game) might be in order? 😂

valeriegeary Drinking game... Definitely🍸 2w
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The Tiny Journalist: Poems | Naomi Shihab Nye
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I love the way Nye‘s work highlights moments of humanity & connection. This volume does that, but feels different from her poems I‘m familiar with. There‘s a thread of grief & anger, at times a voice of outrage. The “Tiny Journalist” refers to a Palestinian girl who began documenting anti-occupation protests at the age of 7. Nye‘s identity as a Palestinian-American, as a daughter of a refugee, provides a powerful voice for these much-needed poems.

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The Tiny Journalist: Poems | Naomi Shihab Nye
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Advice

My friend, dying, said do the hard thing first.
Always do the hard thing and you will have a better day.
The second thing will seem less hard.

She didn‘t tell me what to do when everything seems hard.

Graywacke 😢 2w
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The Tiny Journalist: Poems | Naomi Shihab Nye
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No Explosions

To enjoy
fireworks
you would have
to have lived
a different kind
of life

Cathythoughts ♥️💔good quote 2w
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Mehso-so

I wanted so much to like this more. I think my frustrations were largely due to length. If Chambers had fleshed this out with another 100 pages or so, it might have made the difference. The majority of the book didn‘t build up to the ending effectively for me—the body didn‘t match the conclusion. I didn‘t mind the end, but I wished its ideas had been woven more consistently throughout the whole book. When is her next full-length novel due out? 😏

batsy I haven't read any of the Wayfarers series yet but was curious about checking this out since it's a novella. But would it be better to read this after I've read the other books? 2w
BarbaraJean @batsy I‘d say Wayfarers first, but that‘s just because I love them so much! And your mileage may vary with this one—lots of people have loved it, but it just felt uneven to me. It is a stand-alone, not in the Wayfarers universe, so reading this first doesn‘t matter from a series standpoint. 2w
batsy Oh OK! Thank you! I do definitely want to get around to the Wayfarers books soon; a lot of love for it on Litsy :) 2w
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“I wadn‘t aware that words could hold so much. I didn‘t know a sentence could be so full.”

Goodness, I loved this book. Beautifully written and heartbreaking—just lovely. And this quote!😍 I‘ve seen criticism that the book is too contrived, or the mystery too predictable. Maybe I have a too-willing suspension of disbelief—but I bought into it all & loved it. I finished it over lunch and struggled to keep it together so I could go back to work!😭

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I‘m excited to get back into the #bookfitnesschallenge for Round 4! My goals are:
🙏🏼Mental health/wellness: Daily spiritual practice
🏃🏻‍♀️Physical fitness: Exercise 7 times/week (walks in my neighborhood & at work + 1 gym workout)
💧Nutritional: 84 oz. water daily + TBD food goal
📚Books: 15

Today‘s the last day to sign up: https://forms.gle/uAoYtmJEkWjwcZxx5
Check in with @wanderinglynn for more info!

#BFC #BFCr4

wanderinglynn Great goals! 🙌🏻 And thanks for sharing! 2w
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Here‘s my hypothetical #OctoberTBR! In the stack: top 3 are from my shelves—ones I meant to read in September before I got distracted by incoming library holds. The bottom four are ones from my shelves that felt appropriately October-y. Then we have a book club pick (Dr. Jekyll), a poetry collection (Joy Harjo), current reads (Agatha Christie & Crawdads), and one remaining library hold I haven‘t started yet (Fated Sky). Will see how far I get!

Freespirit Fabulous October reading! 2w
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September reading stats:
🚀SFF: 4
📚Fiction: 3
👧🏽Kids/YA: 2
📕Nonfiction: 1
🖋Poetry: 1
🔍Mystery: 1

🏫Library: 10
📚TBR: 2

📚Print: 9
🎧Audio: 3

💜Favorites: Pastrix, Stay With Me (both #MakeMeReadIt picks!)
❌Least favorite: The Alchemist

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I finished this over a week ago & LOVED it...now my husband is reading it & is SO frustrated with it that my enthusiasm has waned a bit.😂 I loved the combination of alternate history, female empowerment in the face of rampant sexism, and its examination of stigma toward mental health treatment/anxiety...all with a Hidden Figures vibe. I HATED the poorly-written sex scenes—if I have to read one more rocket-launch double entendre, I will scream.⤵️

BarbaraJean Some of my husband‘s frustration is that he was expecting sci-fi and found that to be only a minimal backdrop. But he‘s also annoyed by the sexism of the time (I told him that‘s because he‘s never had to live through any sexism), and by the writing—he feels like the author shoehorns in every possible reference to making casseroles & drinking martinis (“I get it—it‘s the 50s!!”). It should be an interesting book club meeting tonight!! 3w
cherinium I have to admit, sometimes I'd prefer to not hear the opinion of others if I really love a book. I can be very impressionable and sometimes, I lose some of my joy when I hear of someone's dissenting opinion. This is one thing that keeps me from talking books (or anything) that I love too much. (I know, I shouldn't care what others think, but it's a hard habit to break when you are a people pleaser. 3w
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Sword and Pen | Rachel Caine
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I enjoyed this ending to a fun series—even though I didn‘t like how certain things wrapped up. This book was particularly full of tension & worry (on my part!) for this set of beloved characters. It was fantastic seeing Morgan & Khalila come into their own and demonstrate their skill & power. I also appreciated the (belated) resolution for Jess in sorting out his complicated family past. I still like the 1st book best—but do recommend the series!

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Friyay!: Blank Line Journal | Hunter Leilani Elliott
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1. Goodreads challenge: 106/120, poetry goal: 11/12 (one poetry collection/month). Haven‘t made much progress on reading my own TBR or finishing series, though!
2. My name‘s written on a ceiling beam in a cathedral in England (not graffiti!)
3. Indie/folk
4. Almost EVERYTHING is in March: wedding & first date anniversaries, my birthday & my husband‘s (also my mom and a niece & nephew). But my engagement anniversary is Sept. 17!
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#friyayintro

BarbaraTheBibliophage We were also engaged in September and married in March! 🙌🏻 3w
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Life on Mars: Poems | Tracy K. Smith
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...So much for the flags we bored
Into planets dry as chalk, for the tin cans we filled with fire
And rode like cowboys into all we tried to tame.

—from “The Universe: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack” by Tracy K. Smith

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Life on Mars: Poems | Tracy K. Smith
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Tina says what if dark matter is like the space between people
When what holds them together isn‘t exactly love, and I think
That sounds right—how strong the pull can be, as if something
That knows better won‘t let you drift apart so easily, and how
Small and heavy you feel, stuck there spinning in place.

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The Tiny Journalist: Poems | Naomi Shihab Nye
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...secret diplomats are what we must be,
as a girl in Qatar once assured me,
each day slipping its blank visa into our hands.
—from “You Are Your Own State Department” by Naomi Shihab Nye

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The Tiny Journalist: Poems | Naomi Shihab Nye
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...They are the bravest people on earth right now,
don‘t dare look down on them. Each mind a universe
swirling as many details as yours, as much love
for a humble place. Now the shirt is torn,
the sea too wide for comfort, and nowhere
to receive a letter for a very long time.

And if we can reach out a hand, we better.

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My EfM (Education for Ministry) group started back up a couple of weeks ago, so I‘m back into weekly reading assignments. Here‘s my reading this morning, before I dig into that stack of library books!

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Here‘s my other #bookhaul excitement for the week: I finally decided what to get with the gift card I won from my library‘s summer reading program. 😍

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Annnnd... it‘s an avalanche of library holds! I was so far down on the list for Where the Crawdads Sing, I didn‘t think it would come through for at least another week. But there was the notification this morning, on top of the three I picked up yesterday! I‘m going to be happily busy these next three weeks! #bookhaul #libraryhaul #IwillneverfinishmyTBR

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I hit the jackpot on the library holds today!! I didn‘t expect to get The Testaments or the new Becky Chambers so quickly! This will effectively derail my planned TBR for the rest of the month, but I ain‘t mad.

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#WondrousWednesday—I‘ll play!
1. Visited 22, not counting 🇺🇸 (country of origin, current home). Have lived in three of the 22: 🇬🇧 🇮🇹 🇿🇦
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3. So many! But I‘ll go with Greece. 🇬🇷
4. Inevitably something British. Bonus if there‘s magic involved. Or tea. 😁

Eggs Great answers 🧳📚👏🏻🧭 1mo
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Trying to decide on an audiobook to start tomorrow... too many good choices!

BarbaraJean @DarcysMom That‘s the one I ended up picking. 😊 @Beachesnbooks That‘s good to know! I hadn‘t heard of it until a friend recommended it last week. I‘m not sure if I want to listen to the audio or read it in print instead, since the audio is 17 hours!! 1mo
DarcysMom I hope you like it. 😁 1mo
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Final check-in for #bookfitnesschallenge #BFCR3! Above are this week‘s stats. Overall: I mostly hit my physical fitness & spiritual practice goals, and I went over my book goal by one! Nutrition goals were more hit or miss, but I‘ve gotten consistent with more water intake, so that‘s a start! Thank you to @wanderinglynn for organizing, and to everyone who‘s participated—these challenges have helped me set better habits & that‘s a win all around!

wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 Great job! 1mo
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The Tiny Journalist: Poems | Naomi Shihab Nye
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“Since Palestinians are also Semites, being pro-justice for Palestinians is never an anti-Semitic position, no matter what anybody says.”

Naomi Shihab Nye is one of my favorite poets, and I‘m so glad to have this book in my hands. These poems are difficult to read (content-wise), but so, so needed.

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Saturday reading! I am SO enjoying this book. I started it on Thursday and have already devoured 2/3 of it. One of my fellow book clubbers said he read it in two days and immediately went out and bought the sequel. I can see why! Although I have to ask—anyone else reading this find the “romantic” husband/wife scenes a little cringey? I‘ve read about five too many “rocket launch” double entendres. 😬

llwheeler Totally agree lol. The rocket double entendres were my least favourite part - though I do appreciate that those scenes help show an established couple, who are past courting/newlywed, with a dynamic relationship and -gasp- a sex life. Don't always see much of that in fiction/media. 1mo
BarbaraJean @llwheeler Yes, I agree—I do really appreciate the portrayal of their marriage overall! 1mo
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LOVE. This goes on the shelf next to Anne Lamott & Rachel Held Evans & all my other favorite honest, vulnerable, strong, hilarious women of faith. This is my favorite kind of spiritual autobiography—an author who speaks of her journey of faith and relationship with God with such openness, humor, and lack of pretension—and a swear or five. This both challenged & encouraged me...now I need to bump up her book Accidental Saints in my reading queue!

BarbaraJean Forgot to add—this was another fantastic #MakeMeReadIt pick! 1mo
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The Alchemist | Paulo Coelho
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I‘ve read this before & found it mediocre, and this re-read for book club didn‘t change my opinion—I actually downgraded my GR rating from 3 to 2 stars. I found myself rolling my eyes a lot as I read—it‘s filled with way too many obvious, clichéd platitudes and egregious capitalizations of phrases to make them seem More Meaningful. I get frustrated with generic inspirational parables that for me have no bearing on real life. And this book is that.

MommyWantsToReadHerBook Thanks for confirming my decision to not read it 😜 1mo
BarbaraJean @MommyWantsToReadHerBook 😂 What‘s funny is that it‘s tagged as “Art of Soul” in my Goodreads. Apparently I read it in 2009 for Art of Soul, but I have NO recollection of us reading or discussing it! And I‘d guess you don‘t either...? 1mo
MommyWantsToReadHerBook @BarbaraJean seriously? That's so weird. As far as I know, I can remember every book we did and The Alchemist wasn't one of them... 1mo
BarbaraJean @MommyWantsToReadHerBook Yep, really weird. I wonder if I read it thinking it might be a good pick and then changed my mind?! No idea. 1mo
Lcsmcat My opinion exactly! 1mo
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This was wonderful! Fascinating world-building, strong female characters, palace intrigue, and DRAGONS. I did feel like the final battle wrapped things up a little too quickly, and I wish the author had been a bit braver in demanding a higher cost from her characters (though I guess a lot of that came earlier on in the book). But overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this and want to read more—both from this author as well as in this world she‘s created.

saresmoore I‘m still in the beginning-ish and I am feeling the costs to her characters! I‘m really enjoying the book, though. I love how many typically male roles are filled by multi-faceted, powerful, and unexpected females. There are some really nuanced male characters, too. 1mo
BarbaraJean @saresmoore Yeah, there are some heart wrenching losses in the first half or so!! And I was so impressed by both the depth of her characters as well as the handling of gender roles—as in, for the most part, there weren‘t prescribed/expected gender-based roles. 1mo
saresmoore Yes! So many times, I expect to read “he” after a character intro and I‘m surprised by a “she”—it‘s refreshing. 1mo
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Sword and Pen | Rachel Caine
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I had forgotten this was coming out this month until I saw my library hold pop up yesterday as available! I placed a hold while the book was still listed as “on order”—and I‘m pretty sure I ended up first in line for my library‘s copy. 😍 Really looking forward to the conclusion of this series.

JCPaulk That is a gorgeous cover. 1mo
BarbaraJean @JCPaulk It really is. This whole series has gorgeous covers! 1mo
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A Room With a View | E. M. Forster
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1. Florence, Italy 🇮🇹😍
2. High of 98F ☄️🥵
3. An accidental date (when he asked me, it sounded like it was a group of people going to a play together) with a very socially awkward math grad student. We went to see a production of Medea on campus at Stanford—it turned out to be a lesbian retelling, complete with an onstage sex scene in the middle of the play. 🤭 A w k w a r d. And yet he asked for a 2nd date! 😬
4. Neither
5. #Friyayintro 💜👍🏼

TheLibrarian I love Italy!!! 1mo
Susanita 🤣🤣 1mo
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The Alchemist | Paulo Coelho
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A tale of two book clubs... I need to (re-)read the tagged book for my library book club on the 16th, but I‘d really rather be reading The Calculating Stars for my other book club (meeting on the 29th). I know The Alchemist has been really meaningful to a lot of people, but I found it pretty “meh” when I read it before. At least it‘s a short/quick one for a re-read! Once I get halfway through, I‘ve told myself I can start Calculating Stars.😁

Karisa Agreed on The Alchemist (felt like emperor's clothes to me--meh) I know we are in the minority on that opinion. 🤣 1mo
Molly_the_mezzo I agree on The Alchemist! 1mo
Tianarose I picked up the alchemist in a recent book haul. Did you enjoy it? 1mo
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Libby1 Another meh vote for The Alchemist! 🙋🏼‍♀️ 1mo
BarbaraJean @Karisa “Emperor‘s clothes”—😂 @Molly_the_mezzo @Libby1 Glad I‘m not alone in this! 1mo
BarbaraJean @Tianarose I found it pretty mediocre before, and on this re-read it‘s kind of annoying me. Lots of too-obvious “inspirational” platitudes. But your mileage may vary! Lots of people LOVE this book. 1mo
Ruthiella Oh I hated The Alchemist. ☹️ That kind of allegory does not work for me at all! 1mo
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled @Karisa @Molly_the_mezzo @Libby1 Emperor‘s clothes indeed! I was annoyed at how cliched and trite the whole thing was 🙄 Happy to hear you all think so too! 1mo
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#BFCR3 Week 5 Check-in! This was a pretty good week—I traded one walk at work for one neighborhood walk, because of the holiday (but my neighborhood walks are more intense than walks around the campus at work!). I‘ve gotten more lax on my nutrition goals, but have better habits there than before the #bookfitnesschallenge, so I‘m counting that as a win overall. Now I just need to keep it up and finish three more books this week to hit my book goal!

wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 1mo
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To Night Owl From Dogfish | Meg Wolitzer, Holly Goldberg Sloan
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I loved this middle grade summer camp novel, told in emails and letters between two very different girls. Avery and Bett are thrown together when their dads, who are dating, send them off (unwillingly) to the same camp. Other voices chime in throughout the novel, and the full cast recording was fantastic. It‘s a sweet update on a Parent Trap-type story, and I was rooting for everyone to find their happy ending.

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Stay With Me | Ayobami Adebayo
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This is SO GOOD. I was a little reluctant to pick it up, anticipating that its heavier subject matter would make it a difficult read. But I had a hard time putting it down, even as I was frustrated and angered by the heartbreak inflicted on each of the characters, by circumstances and by each other. It was also a fascinating counterpoint to An American Marriage, which I‘d read not too long ago (both #MakeMeReadIt picks!).

Liatrek Nice review 😊 1mo
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The Book of Hours | Rainer Maria Rilke
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I discovered this poem from Rilke‘s Book of Hours this morning, through a podcast called “Interesting People Reading Poetry.” Krista Tippett read it and talked about its meaning to her—and all of it was exactly what I needed right now. 💜💜💜

*This translation is by Joanna Macy and Anita Barrows

Crazeedi I love Krista's podcast!! 1mo
BarbaraJean @Crazeedi Me too!! It‘s one of my favorites! 1mo
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This was an absolute delight—Hanff‘s journal of her long-awaited trip to London, on the occasion of the British publication of 84, Charing Cross Road. Hanff‘s voice is just as hilarious & charming as it was in her Charing Cross letters. It‘s so much fun to hear her impressions of London and its denizens as she‘s swept away for tours & excursions by dozens of friends & fans. Definitely read Charing Cross first—this is a delightful companion to it!

Tamra That is good to know! 84 is so charming. 2mo
Leftcoastzen I love them both! I am not a big fan of re-reading, but something about 84 makes me pick it up and read it again.So charming! 2mo
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Wade in the Water: Poems | Tracy K. Smith
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I still have a handful of poems I want to post about from this collection, but I finished it several weeks ago & need to write a review before I forget! This was wonderful. Well-crafted poetry ranging from personal themes (my favorite, a sort of villanelle on growing up in the 70s) to more national/universal subjects (one of my favorites was an erasure poem created from the Declaration of Independence). I can see why she was the US Poet Laureate!

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Forgot to post my #bookfitnesschallenge #BFCR3 weekly check-in yesterday! This was a pretty good week. I missed one of my walks at work and one day of hitting my daily 72 oz. of water goal, but mostly hit everything else. And with 4 books completed this week, I‘m at 10/15 for my book goal overall. 🙌🏼 Here‘s to a great week 5, everybody!!

wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 2mo
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September, September | Shelby Foote
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#SeptemberTBR! Two for book clubs, the last three of my #MakeMeReadIt picks (I really am going to finish them!), two poetry, a couple more from the TBR, and that giant chunkster of a fantasy novel that I‘m a third of the way through. I‘ll probably add an audiobook or two as well... and will see how far I get with the rest!

Owlizabeth I loved Priory so much, hope you‘re enjoying! 2mo
BarbaraJean @Owlizabeth I‘m really enjoying it!! I saw so much love for it on Litsy, I couldn‘t resist checking it out when I saw it on the New shelf at the library. It‘s living up to the hype!! (edited) 2mo
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August Reading! LOTS of good books this month, but my favorites were: The Summer Before the War and The Duchess of Bloomsbury Street. Honorable mentions: Wade in the Water, We Need to Talk About Kevin.

August Stats:

📰Nonfiction: 3 📚Fiction: 2 🔍Mystery: 2 👧🏽YA/Kids: 2 ⚡️SFF: 1 🖋Poetry: 1

📚Print: 7 🎧Audio: 3 💻eBook: 1
🏫Library: 8 📚TBR: 2 🔂Re-read: 1

Crazeedi Duchess is by the woman who wrote 84 charing cross! That looks good! 2mo
BarbaraJean @Crazeedi Yes! It‘s kind of a sequel—it‘s her journal/travelogue from when she visits London for the British release of 84 Charing Cross Road. 😊 2mo
Crazeedi @BarbaraJean sounds good! 2mo
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The Neon Court | Kate Griffin
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Another satisfyingly good Matthew Swift book. A crisis threatens London—the sun won‘t rise, two groups of magic-wielders threaten war, and Swift must find a so-called chosen one while trying to fend off the embodiment of darkness stalking the streets. Intentionally pictured in front of my husband‘s Dresden Files books—because I feel Matthew Swift is urban fantasy done better. (Although I‘ve only read the first of the Dresden Files, so...🤷🏻‍♀️)

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I enjoyed this—a fun, yet also academic exploration of Jane Austen fandom in its many permutations, from films to fanfic. There was some great literary analysis of Austen adaptations (Clueless, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, and the Pemberley Digital series), and the discussion of fandom sparked a lot of thought for me as to how I interact with texts as a fan (beyond just the merch!).

Eyelit I‘m really looking forward to this one - it‘s next in my list to read 😍 2mo
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Stay With Me | Ayobami Adebayo
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Finally starting my fourth book from #MakeMeReadIt, and I LOVE the dedication!

Crazeedi Beautiful 💞 2mo
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Fitness | Bonnie Graves
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This was a bit of an off week for my #bookfitnesschallenge #BFCR3. I‘m on track with my book goal, mostly hit my physical fitness goals, almost completed my spiritual practice goal, and crapped out on my nutrition goals. There was a lot of extra food out at work this week & two birthday parties today...and I kinda gave up on no sugar in my tea.😔I got tired of not enjoying my morning tea! Really, I need to find a natural sweetener that I like.⤵️

BarbaraJean I‘m gonna get back on track with snacks next week, and will be searching for a better alternative with my morning tea. Honey is great for herbal and fruit teas, but I need a plan for my beloved English Breakfast tea with milk... because I just don‘t enjoy it without that sugar!! 2mo
wanderinglynn You had a great week! 🙌🏻 Sticking with nutrition is always hard in an office environment, especially when it‘s birthday cake. 2mo
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The Neon Court | Kate Griffin
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“...he stretched himself out further over the seat, achieving that posture seen on any form of public transport whereby one man and his testicles, by the simple act of sitting back and spreading his knees, can occupy enough space for five.”

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BarbaraJean
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For the first 100 pages or so, I thought this was a moving & powerful memoir (even though I found the poetry unnecessary & a bit lazy). As the book went on, Alexie relied more & more on repetition without really doing much that was new w/ the repeated passages. What was described as a “quilt” of a memoir felt more like a bundle of cloth scraps—it could be a gorgeous whole, with some craft & some editing—but as it is, it just didn‘t work for me. ⤵️

BarbaraJean Honestly, I don‘t think I would have finished this if it hadn‘t been my library‘s book club pick this month. I disliked it the more I read. And yet, it has some very important themes and it‘s a story that needs to be told. I just wish it hadn‘t been such a mess. I get that it‘s an exploration of grief, and the form reflects the rawness of working through loss and pain, but... it just didn‘t do what it was supposed to for me. 2mo
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