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Books_n_Whatnot

Joined November 2018

“Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them.” – Lemony Snicket
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Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
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The Night Circus | Erin Morgenstern
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My Christmas break book

Charming story, strong ending, endearing characters, and confusing magic. What more could you ask for?
The visuals were great. The style of writing was fresh. Felt like an easy read, but upon finishing, I‘m certain a re-read would reveal new details and perspective.
#BFLS

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The Night Circus | Erin Morgenstern
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enjoyed this chapter a whole lot.

“There are no longer simple tales with quests and beasts and happy endings. The quests lack clarity of goal or path. The beasts take different forms and are difficult to recognize for what they are. And there are never really endings, happy or otherwise.”

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The Night Circus | Erin Morgenstern

“‘I believe you have my umbrella‘ he says, almost out of breath but wearing a grin that has too much wolf in it to be properly sheepish.”

Here it is. The line that made me like Marco.

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The Night Circus | Erin Morgenstern

“. . . you are not destined or chosen. I wish I could tell you that you were if that would make it easier, but it is not true. You are in the right place, at the right time, and you care enough to do what needs to be done. Sometimes that is enough.”

I loved this book for blatantly ignoring fate and explicitly stating that some alternate ending could have resulted from slightly different timing of seemingly minor events.

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The Night Circus | Erin Morgenstern

“He reads histories and mythologies and fairy tales, wondering why it seems that only girls are ever swept away from their mundane lives on farms by knights or princes or wolves. It strikes him as unfair to not have the same fanciful opportunity himself. And he is not in the position to do any rescuing of his own.”

I thought this was very cute and a valid concern, but it definitely reminded me of the prince in Monty Python and the Holy Grail. 😂

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Sense and Sensibilty | Jane Austen

“He was not an ill-disposed young man, unless to be rather cold hearted, and rather selfish, is to be ill-disposed.”

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Sense and Sensibilty | Jane Austen
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I‘d not read Jane Austen before this book, but it was just what I expected (in a good way). A great leisurely read with barely any plot, but lots of drama. Austen‘s writing was snarky and observant. I was a little surprised that there seems to be a distinct winner of the Sense vs. Sensibility debate. There was some adjustment to character in both directions, but Marianne definitely gains more sense than Elinor does sensibility.

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Sense and Sensibilty | Jane Austen

Last sentence of the novel made me chuckle because my sister and I could NEVER

“—and among the merits and the happiness of Elinor and Marianne, let it not be ranked as the least considerable, that though sisters, and living almost within sight of each other, they could live without disagreement between themselves, or producing coolness between their husbands.”

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Sense and Sensibilty | Jane Austen

“I have not wanted syllables where actions have spoken so plainly.”

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“There is something so amiable in the prejudices of a young mind, that one is sorry to see them give way to the reception of more general opinions.”

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“Elinor agreed to it all, for she did not think he deserved the compliment of rational opposition.”

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Read this one much faster than I normally would have because it was due back at the library soon. His discussion on ancient philosophy was DENSE for me, but it flowed nicely once I was familiar with the names/events being referenced. Supported his main argument well and, as always, very thoroughly cited. Would and have recommended.

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“Religion, Greek teleology, and capitalism all have something in common: none of them particularly care much about ‘your bliss.‘”

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“Jerusalem and Athens built science. The twin ideals of Judeo-Christian values and Greek natural law reasoning built human rights. They built prosperity, peace, and artistic beauty. Jerusalem and Athens built America, ended slavery, defeated the Nazis and the Communists, lifted billions from poverty, and gave billions spiritual purpose.”

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“... as though all happiness can be got from a 98.6 degree temperature, a hearty meal, and a steady supply of sex. But that‘s not what happiness actually constitutes. Human beings keep showing that they need something more - men cannot live by quality of life indicators alone. Material human progress in the absence of spiritual fulfillment isn‘t enough. People need meaning.”

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Well,,, finding out that Teddy Roosevelt was into eugenics ruined my day

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sinister

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“The French Revolution‘s murder of the Judeo-Christian God, meant substituting a supposedly more realistic materialism for transcendental values. The Bible contended that man could not live by bread alone; the French Revolution contended that without bread, nothing else mattered.”

Author used this line to summarize a point he made for a few pages and it really cleared things up for me.

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Finished The Lord of the Rings. Such a great story with so many different characters. I understand why it‘s a classic. I think the ending is sufficiently satisfying and a fitting end to a long tale. Also the appendices are definitely worth the read (if only to learn that Sam has 13 kids and is elected Mayor of the Shire 7 times).
#BFLS

chaoticgoodhufflepuff I love seeing people discovering this series for the first time! ❤️ 1mo
Books_n_Whatnot I love seeing other chaotic good hufflepuffs, what a great user name 1mo
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“But I have been too deeply hurt, Sam. I tried to saved the Shire, and it has been saved, but not for me. It must often be so, Sam, when things are in danger: some one has to give them up, lose them, so that others may keep them.”

Frodo is so good and pure and forgiving. A great, gentle hero.

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“Your time may come. Do not be too sad, Sam. You cannot be always torn in two. You will have to be one and while, for many years. You have so much to enjoy and to be, and to do.”

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They ruined the Gaffer‘s taters!

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I‘m not sure if Frodo means this in a good or bad way. I understand both. Sleep is boring compared to a big adventure, but it is also safe and comforting.

Going home and visiting family can feel like “falling asleep again” in a happy way to me, but maybe that‘s because I know it‘s only temporary? If I was returning home forever and having no more adventures, I don‘t think it would feel as satisfying.

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Kinda interesting that the King is a good guy that the characters know and love. I‘ve read a lot of high fantasy where the king is a tyrant to be overthrown, so this felt very nice and safe

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“‘Here then at last comes the ending of the Fellowship of the Ring,‘ said Aragorn ... ‘some of us may meet yet again at times; but I fear that we shall not all be gathered together ever again.‘”

Tolkien really does endings properly. This follow-through describing what happens well after the story‘s climax is much appreciated.

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“Then Éowyn looked in the eyes of Aragorn, and she said: ‘Wish me joy, my liege-lord and healer!‘
And he answered: ‘I have wished thee joy ever since first I saw thee. It heals my heart to see thee now in bliss.‘”

Had to take a moment to Awww when I read these lines

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A happy ending for our warrior princess 😭

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I didn‘t know Merry and Pippin grow because of the ent-draughts! I love this little detail

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“...and then [Gandalf] laughed, and the sound was like music, or like water in a parched land; and as he listened the thought came to Sam that he had not heard laughter, the pure sound of merriment, for days upon days without count. It fell upon his ears like the echo of all the joys he had ever known.”

It feels so good to laugh after being lonely for a while. Cant imagine how great it feels after surviving something really horrible or painful.

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“For the Quest is achieved, and now all is over. I am glad you are here with me. Here at the end of all things, Sam.”

Book Frodo is making me retroactively like movie Frodo more. I think I might like him just because Sam likes him. Good enough for Sam Gamgee is good enough for me.

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“I can‘t carry it for you, but I can carry you and it as well.”

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I watched the ‘Tolkien‘ movie yesterday. There are some serious parallels between Tolkien‘s war experience and these last couple chapters.
In the movie, a solider named Sam takes care of Tolkien in the trenches.

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“The torch, that was already burning low when he arrived, sputtered and went out; and he felt the darkness cover him like a tide. And then softly, to his own surprise, there at the vain end of his long journey and his grief, moved by what thought in his heart he could not tell, Sam began to sing.”

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plain hobbit-sense

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“These we will take!” threw me through a loop the first time I read it. Turns out it was just great comeback.
Also loved how this clue about Frodo and Sam‘s belongings has me on the lookout during their chapters for when they lose their coat, cloak, and sword.

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I know that Legolas‘s longing for the sea is supposed to be an ingrained elf trait that was dormant until he spoke with Galadriel, and it also serves as some not-so-subtle foreshadowing, but I can‘t take it seriously. It‘s just so FUNNY. Every time someone so much as MENTIONS the sea, he gets moody and wistful. I love it

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“a light of knowledge and love”
Is this the closest we get to a title drop? The other books used the exact phrases at some point.

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Can we please just locate the herb !!
Aragorn is trying to SAVE LIVES right now

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This conversation between Aragorn and Éowyn was very interesting. Aragorn is just trying to protect her, and she‘s only concerned about protecting him. I don‘t think he‘s writing her off, like she argues, just trying to convince her that she‘s needed where she already is. I think Éowyn knows that too but is just frustrated because she feels stuck.

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“Don‘t trust your head, Samwise, it is not the best part of you.”

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“He looked on the bright point of the sword. He thought of the places behind where there was a black brink and an empty fall into nothingness. There was no escape that way. That was to do nothing, not even to grieve.”

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“Still, I wonder if we shall ever be put into words, you know, told by the fireside, or read out of a great big book with red and black letters, years and years afterwards. And people will say: ‘Let‘s hear about Frodo and the Ring!‘”

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Same here, Sam, same here.

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“But perhaps you could call her perilous, because she‘s so strong in herself. You, you could a a dash yourself to pieces on her, like a ship on a rock; or drownd yourself, like a hobbit in a river. But neither rock nor river would be to blame.”
-Sam, on Lady Galadriel

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“Fair speech may hide a foul heart.”
-Sam

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“confusing kindness and blindness”

Movie Frodo always kinda annoyed me, but the book is providing some insight that makes him much more endearing. Frodo is very kind, but he isn‘t soft.

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Conclusive evidence that Samwise Gamgee is the strongest, most selfless supportive character ever written

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“For a moment it appeared to Sam that his master had grown and Gollum had shrunk: a tall stern shadow, a mighty lord who hid his brightness in grey cloud, and at his feet a little whining dog. Yet the two were in some way akin and not alien: they could reach one another‘s minds.”

I don‘t know if I‘ll ever fully understand Frodo and Gollum‘s relationship, but I think that‘s what makes Tolkien a great writer. Sometimes things don‘t make sense.

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“But anyway, my dear hobbit, don‘t put a lump of rock under my elbow again!”

I can‘t decide if this part makes me feel more affection for Pippin or Gandalf. It does provide a bit of contrast between how Gandalf the Grey and Gandalf the White deal with Pippin‘s mischief.

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[The Voice of Saruman]
“Mostly they remembered only that it was a delight to hear the voice speaking, all that it said seemed wise and reasonable, and desire awoke in them by swift agreement to seem wise themselves.”
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“Then Gandalf laughed. The fantasy vanished like a puff of smoke.”