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Daisey

Daisey

Joined April 2016

Junior high teacher📓Sourdough baker 📚Reader of #FellowshipofTolkien, #1001books, YA, MG, and more 📖https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/2408113-daisey
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Winterkill | Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch
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This is not a cheery read as it describes the Holdomor, a famine caused by Stalin‘s policies in Ukraine, in the early 1930s. The story is told from the perspective of Nyl, a Ukrainian boy, whose family stays on their farm instead of joining the collective. Focusing on one family‘s experiences, the author portrays many aspects of the horror of the situation, yet manages to end the story on a hopeful note.

#MiddleGrade #MiddleGradeMarch #Ukraine

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#BookReport #DaiseysReadingWeek
🎧 We Crossed a Bridge and it Trembled #FoodAndLit #Syria
🎧 Middlemarch #PemberLittens
🎧 The Hobbit #FellowshipOfTolkien
🎧 Daisy Jones & the Six

#CurrentlyReading
📖 #Clarissa
📖 Winterkill
🎧 Our Missing Hearts #LitsyBookClub

#WeeklyForecast
📚 Continue current reads & start Alias Grace
📚 All print books pictured are on my April TBR

Cinfhen Great week ❤️ 2d
Daisey @Cinfhen It was a good week, and although I‘m not always an Atwood fan, I‘m really looking forward to this one! 2d
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Daisy Jones & The Six | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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A fun listen! I enjoyed the full cast #audiobook.

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I finished the last few fairly short chapters this morning. I just couldn‘t stick to the #ChapterADay any longer. I didn‘t love this book, but I also think it might have been better if I‘d read it more straight through. It‘s still a light pick because I think it was an interesting story of several characters, and I was always curious to know what would happen to them.

#PemberLittens #audiobook #1001books

Daisey Thanks again to @BarkingMadRead for another great readalong and fantastic hashtags that kept me amused when I was frustrated with the book. 4d
IndoorDame What an awesome cover image! 4d
BarkingMadRead I definitely think this one could have been shorter and still gotten the point across. This one was very Dickensian 🤣 4d
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Good grief! How long is this going to go on? I caught up with our readalong schedule last night and read Volume 2 Letter 34 (four full issues in Serial Reader) this morning. Clarissa is still at home and resisting her family‘s plans. I‘m so ready for something else to happen.

#Clarissa #SerialReader

Tamra I can understand why there are abridged editions. 😏 4d
Daisey @Tamra So true! Up to this point at least, it could be easily abridged without changing the story except to lose the feeling of endless waiting. 4d
Tamra Sacrilege I know, but some skimming will be in order on my end. 4d
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Amiable The struggle is real. 😖 4d
TheBookHippie I feel this … 3d
Liz_M I think the reading schedule of only a few letters a day helps! When i get behind and read a bunch to catch up the stairs is so much more apparent! 3d
Liz_M Stasis, not stairs 3d
LeahBergen @Tamra I admit to some speed reading on my part. 😆😆 3d
Tamra @LeahBergen 😉😉 3d
lauraisntwilder Just once, I'd appreciate, "Dear Anna, ----- came to see me and we had the same argument I've had with everyone else. No need for me to retell it in detail as it's indistinguishable from those of my last 5 letters. Love to your mother. -Clarissa" 3d
Daisey @lauraisntwilder That would be amazing! 😆 3d
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The Annotated Hobbit | John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, Douglas A. Anderson
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Happy Tolkien Reading Day!
I finished listening to The Hobbit last night, and spent some time this morning with the notes and illustrations in my annotated edition. I love this illustration of Smaug, and the lines from Bilbo‘s poem seem a perfect ending to another reread.

#FellowshipOfTolkien #audiobook #quote #reread

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This book shares first person accounts of Syrians. It‘s divided into several sections from the increase in authoritarianism, through protest and war, to flight to other countries. The author interviewed people from 2012-2016 who had left Syria.

I didn‘t feel like buying groceries to make something for #FoodAndLit, so I made these simple barazek cookies.

#nonfiction #audiobook #Syria #ReadTheWorld #ReadingTheWorld

Texreader I‘ve really got to try those!! 1w
Daisey @Texreader I don‘t know that I‘ll make them again, but they were fun to try. 1w
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#BookReport #DaiseysReadingWeek
📖 The Incredibly Dead Pets of Rex Dexter
📖 Cannery Row #AuthorAMonth
🎧 The Black Stallion #ChildrensClassicRead2023
🎧 Rain is Not My Indian Name

#CurrentlyReading
📖 #Clarissa
🎧 Middlemarch #PemberLittens
🎧 The Hobbit #FellowshipOfTolkien
📖 Winterkill
🎧 We Crossed a Bridge and it Trembled #FoodAndLit #Syria

#WeeklyForecast
📚 Continue current reads & listen to more audio

Cinfhen Looking g👀d 😊💚 1w
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The Black Stallion | Walter Farley
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I never went through the horse crazy phase that some of my friends did, and I never read this as a kid. I think I appreciated some aspects more as an adult comparing certain details to what I learned about this era of horse racing when reading about Seabiscuit. Things work out a little too conveniently, but that‘s what made it such a fun listen today as I worked around the house. 🐎

#ChildrensClassicRead2023 #MiddleGradeMarch #audiobook

TheBookHippie I never did the horsey thing either ! I am enjoying this very much. So glad you enjoyed it! 1w
sblbooks My library hold just came in, so hopefully I'll get to it next week. 1w
Daisey @sblbooks I‘ve been very lucky in that many of these classic books are available on Hoopla. 1w
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Winterkill | Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch
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Saturday morning breakfast and a new book! This is a story of the Holodomor in Ukraine in the early 1930s.

#MiddleGrade #MiddleGradeMarch #Ukraine #BookAndBreakfast

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Rain Is Not My Indian Name | Cynthia Leitich Smith
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This was a fairly short #YA book, and although it was ok, I never felt compelled to keep listening. Rain deals with a lot of loss and considers how she connects to her own Native American heritage. #Kansas

This is an updated edition of a book originally published in 2001.

* I received the #audiobook through the Libro.fm Educator #ALC program. #Librofm
Audio duration: 3 hours 43 minutes

Daisey I tagged this book as YA, but I‘m also tagging it for #MiddleGradeMarch as I feel it‘s one of those books that falls on the edge of both. This is not one of my #Roll100 numbers for March, but it is on the list so I‘m also counting it as my #DoubleSpin book 17 (#Roll100/Owned book). (edited) 2w
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Cannery Row | John Steinbeck
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I thoroughly enjoyed this short novel by Steinbeck. It touches on some heavy topics in the difficult living of his characters, but it‘s lighter than his longer novels I‘ve read. As expected, I loved his descriptions of the people and places of #California.

“Cannery Row in Monterey in California is a poem, a stink, a grating noise, a quality of light, a tone, a habit, a nostalgia, a dream.”

#AuthorAMonth #FirstLineFridays #quote #1001books

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This was a fun middle grade read with some pretty dark humor. Rex isn‘t a great friend, but he‘s a reasonably believable middle school boy. He wants a dog but instead gets a pet chicken that dies a tragic death almost immediately. Then, he‘s haunted by the chicken and some recently deceased zoo animals which leads him to solving the mystery of the zoo animals‘ deaths.

#MiddleGrade #MiddleGradeMarch #MsDsLibrary

Daisey @jewright Not quite yet, but this is one to recommend for your reader later. 2w
jewright That sounds funny! 2w
Daisey @jewright It was; I actually laughed out loud a few times. The ghost chicken was my favorite. 2w
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The Annotated Hobbit | John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, Douglas A. Anderson
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I‘ve stayed caught up listening to chapters of The Hobbit, and tonight I spent a little time perusing the illustrations and notes in my print edition with supper. I always enjoy the “Barrels out of Bond” chapter as Bilbo continues to figure out how he can truly be independent, innovative, and helpful to the dwarves.

#FellowshipOfTolkien #ReadAndEat

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Cannery Row | John Steinbeck
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I finally started Cannery Row and, as if often the case with Steinbeck, I‘m loving the descriptions of people and places. Then we get this fun little discussion as well.

celebrate vs. celibate 😆 🤣

#AuthorAMonth

CarolynM 🤣 2w
Ruthiella 😂😂😂 When ahem, younger, I genuinely thought it was called “public hair” instead of “pubic”. I mispronounced “lingerie”, “maniacal”, “deprecating”…I got so many things wrong. 🤣 (edited) 2w
Pikathulhu Steinbeck's loving descriptions and conversations exactly like that are why I love Cannery Row so much! 2w
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Daisey @Ruthiella I‘ve definitely had some of my own words I knew in print but not to say! This one is especially funny to me as they just transition naturally to celebrate and discuss a party. 2w
Daisey @Pikathulhu I agree that his descriptions are amazing! They‘re what I tend to love the most about his writing. 2w
UwannaPublishme 😂🙌🏻 2w
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I‘ve been following along with the #ChapterADay readalong of Middlemarch without commenting or posting much, but a few quotes in today‘s short chapter caught my attention.

The discussion preceding this quote in chapter 72 is a frustrating one as all the men tell Dorothea what she shouldn‘t do, but I did appreciate the humor of Cecelia‘s response, even if she didn‘t mean it to be funny.

#PemberLittens #SerialReader #quote

TheBookHippie I wrote this quote down too! 2w
Daisey @TheBookHippie It‘s a good one! 2w
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I‘ve been following along with the #ChapterADay readalong of Middlemarch without commenting or posting much, but a few quotes in today‘s short chapter caught my attention. I think there‘s some real truth in this comment by Dorothea in chapter 72.

“People glorify all sorts of bravery except the bravery they might show on behalf of their nearest neighbors.”

#PemberLittens #SerialReader #quote

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#BookReport #DaiseysReadingWeek
🎧 My Selma

#CurrentlyReading
📖 #Clarissa
🎧 Middlemarch #PemberLittens
🎧 The Hobbit #FellowshipOfTolkien

#WeeklyForecast
📚 Continue current reads - March is a busy month for me, and keeping up is about all I can manage.
📚 Start Cannery Row #AuthorAMonth
📚 Maybe choose a #MiddleGradeMarch read

Cinfhen Awesome 🤩 2w
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Set in the 1960s, these are stories of Willie Mae‘s childhood in Selma, Alabama. Many describe everyday aspects of her family life, some are about her first job babysitting for a white woman, and some are directly related to the Civil Rights Movement. These include seeing Martin Luther King, Jr. speak and the arrests of her older siblings for their participation in a march.

#Librofm #ALC #audiobook #MiddleGrade #nonfiction #MiddleGradeMarch

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I enjoyed listening to this, yet something about the writing style kept me from being completely invested.

*I received this audiobook through the Libro.fm Educator ALC program.
Audio duration: 5 hours 46 minutes
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Daisey March #BookSpin book 20 2w
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I got caught up with our Clarissa readalong this morning with breakfast. The letters from her family to her, especially all while in the same house, are incredibly frustrating, but I do enjoy the reading experience much more when we hear from different characters.

#Clarissa #1001books #SerialReader #BookAndBreakfast

JenniferP I have that mug! One of my favorites. 3w
Liz_M Yes! It was such a relief to have a couple of letters from Anna after sooo many long letters from Clarissa. 3w
Amiable I am especially enjoying reading this and knowing that all of you will weigh in on Saturday with your thoughts! It's fun to snort at a line in the letter and know that a group of other people were likely rolling their eyes at that exact spot. 😃 @lcsmcat 2w
Daisey @JenniferP It is a great one! 2w
Daisey @Amiable So true! I was behind, but thinking of the discussion post helped motivate me to get caught up for this week and see the comments in comparison to my own thoughts. 2w
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The Annotated Hobbit | John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, Douglas A. Anderson
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I‘ll probably listen to the audio for the most part during this readalong, but I also love the annotated edition of The Hobbit. In chapter 1, “An Unexpected Party,” there are several different illustrations featuring Bilbo & Gandalf. These 2 are from the 1975 Romanian edition & the 1962 Portuguese edition.

#FellowshipOfTolkien

gossamerchild I own this copy of The Hobbit and I adore it. 3w
Daisey @gossamerchild Agreed! It‘s fantastic! 3w
JazzFeathers There are so many, unusual illustrations in the Annotated Hobbit. I find it refreshing, because it seems as if Peter Jackson visuals have taken over any imagination of Middle-earth in the last couple of decades. 3w
Daisey @JazzFeathers Yes, it really is my favorite part of the annotated version. 3w
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The Hobbit | J.R.R. Tolkien
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Today was windy but beautiful, so Luthien and I took a long #audiowalk. 🎧

I listened to a few chapters of Middlemarch. 😬 #PemberLittens

I listened to some early letters that it‘s been a while since I read in #Clarissa to refresh my memory. I‘m still a bit behind on reading, but I‘m almost caught up.

Finally, I decided after all that seriousness, I will listen/read The Hobbit before Tolkien Reading Day. So much more fun! #FellowshipOfTolkien

JazzFeathers We need to get busy again! 💪😁 #FellowshipOfTolkien 3w
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#BookReport #DaiseysReadingWeek
🎧 The Time Machine
📖 The Paris Wife

#CurrentlyReading
📖 #Clarissa
🎧 Middlemarch #PemberLittens

#WeeklyForecast
📚 Continue current reads
📚 Choose some #MiddleGradeMarch reads from my class library

Cinfhen Final thoughts on 3w
Daisey @Cinfhen I thought it was very well written. I liked how it was told from Hadley‘s perspective, but I also appreciated the short bits from Ernest‘s. I loved the parts about The Sun Also Rises, and was amazed they seemed to drink as much in life as was portrayed in that novel. It in no way improved my opinion of Hemingway as a person. 3w
Cinfhen I just started - I love McLain‘s writing style!! Thanks for your input 😊 3w
Daisey @Cinfhen I‘ll look forward to your review as well! 3w
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It was a beautiful evening to read by a fire for a bit. I finished this book, and I felt the same as I had through most of the story. I really enjoy the way Paula McLain writes historical fiction, but I was just continually waiting for things to go badly. I felt wonderfully connected to Hadley‘s story and loved the descriptions of the places they traveled. Additionally, The Sun Also Rises is my favorite Hemingway so far, so I enjoyed that aspect.

Daisey Also my #Roll100 book 26 3w
gossamerchild Oh, I feel that way constantly when I'm reading most literary fiction/contemporary fiction. It's so stressful! Waiting for something bad to happen, that is. 3w
Daisey @gossamerchild Good point, but I can still usually hope for an overall happy ending. This one has a bit of happiness in the epilogue but not much. 3w
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tpixie Oh when Hadley lost ALL of Ernest‘s writings!! I next read A Moveable Feast and had the dread of reading that all again from his perspective! 3d
Daisey @tpixie I haven‘t read A Moveable Feast, but that sounds awful. 3d
tpixie @Daisey it was terrible having to read about it twice! 3d
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The Time Machine | H.G. Wells
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This is another early science fiction book that just hasn‘t seemed to age well. It was an ok short listen, but I was not at all invested or impressed. #audiobook

This is my March #Reading1001 #TBRTakedown book, and in reading about its inclusion on the #1001books list, I was interested by how it was compared to News from Nowhere which I was not impressed by either.

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BookSpinBingo | Untitled
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TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 4w
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February #BookSpinBingo

I completed 10 books this month along with keeping up with MiddleMarch & Clarissa. My favorite was Lessons in Chemistry. 4 books completed are on the #1001books list & 5 count for #ReadingTheAmericas2023!

#ReadingStats #MonthlyStats

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Fantastic month!!! 4w
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I made some time to catch up on reading Clarissa this morning with breakfast. I finally got to Lovelace‘s first letter, and I have to say I enjoyed reading a different voice after all the letters between Clarissa & Anna. It‘s a bit hard to read without thinking of what I know about the story, but even so, I don‘t think I‘d trust Lovelace due to his emphasis on conquest and revenge.

#Clarissa #quote #epistolary #BookAndBreakfast #SerialReader

Daisey Quote from Letter 31 by Lovelace on March 13: “Then there are so many stimulatives to such a spirit as mine in this affair, besides love: such a field of stratagem and contrivance, which thou knowest to be the delight of my heart.” 1mo
Currey @Daisey #Clarissa Yummy looking breakfast to accompany a less than sweet quote. However, like you, I thought it was wonderful to read another voice finally… 1mo
Lcsmcat I agree - it was good to hear a different voice, and I don‘t trust him. 4w
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#BookReport #DaiseysReadingWeek
🎧 Evidence of the Affair
🎧 The Murmur of Bees

#CurrentlyReading
📖 #Clarissa
🎧 Middlemarch #PemberLittens
📖 The Paris Wife

#WeeklyForecast
📚 Continue current reads
📚 Start March reads

Cinfhen How‘s this one? It‘s sitting on my nightstand ready to be read…. 1mo
Daisey @Cinfhen I really like Paula McLain‘s writing, but it‘s just a little tough to keep reading because I know it‘s going to go badly at some point. 1mo
Cinfhen I know why you mean…that poor first wife, didn‘t stand a chance. 1mo
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The Murmur of Bees | Sofa Segovia
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This book had a slow start, but once I became familiar with all of the family, I was fully invested in their story. I thoroughly enjoyed the magical realism in this story that included a boy always accompanied by bees and able to sense the future.

#ReadingTheAmericas2023 #Mexico #ReadingTheWorld #ReadTheWorld #translated #audiobook

Daisey This is also my #Roll100 book 67. 1mo
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This book has been on my TBR for too long, but I‘m finally started! I want to read it, but I‘ve also had a hard time picking it up because I know parts of it are going to be tough.

#ReadAndEat #Roll100 book 26

Lcsmcat This has been on my shelf for a long time too. I look forward to hearing what you think. 1mo
Daisey @Lcsmcat So far I‘m enjoying it, but I‘m also finding it a tough read just because I know things are going to go badly. 1mo
Lcsmcat @Daisey Sounds like it may sit on my shelf a bit longer. 😆 I‘ll wait to pick it up when I‘ve got less on my plate. 1mo
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Evidence of the Affair | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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I had planned to listen to Daisy Jones for this month, but I put it on hold too late and it‘ll be a while before I can get to it. So, I went ahead and downloaded this through Prime reading. It‘s not at all the kind of story I would pick up on my own, but I did think it used the epistolary format very well and I listened straight through.

#audiobook #epistolary #AuthorAMonth

Daisey Also #BookSpin book 10 for February. 1mo
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#BookReport #DaiseysReadingWeek
📖 Eddie Whatever
🎧 Lessons in Chemistry #LitsyBookClub
🎧 Out of the Silence: After the Crash

#CurrentlyReading
📖 #Clarissa
🎧 Middlemarch #PemberLittens

#WeeklyForecast
📚 Continue current reads
📚 Choose another audiobbok

Cinfhen Looking good 😊 1mo
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This was a quick listen, just under 5 1/2 hours at original speed. It describes physical aspects of the survival of the 1972 plane crash in the Andes, but it‘s even more about the mental and spiritual experiences of the author. This includes the brotherhood of the survivors and how the experience impacted the rest of his life.

#nonfiction #memoir #audiobook #translated
#ReadingTheAmericas2023 set in #Argentina & author from #Uruguay

Librarybelle Great choice! 1mo
BarbaraBB This sounds very interesting 1mo
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I loved this book. I don‘t quite agree with some of the descriptions of it, as parts of the story made me angry just as often as other aspects made me smile, but it was a great story. The distinctive personalities of the characters were wonderful, and it again made me truly appreciative of the women who paved the way for me to lead the independent life I do.

#LitsyBookClub #audiobook

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Eddie Whatever | Lois Ruby
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Enjoying Mexican hot chocolate in my new mug and a few pages of this book before school this morning! Thirteen year old Eddie is volunteering at the Silver Brook retirement home for a community service project.

#MiddleGrade #MugLove23

Daisey Finished this today. There aren‘t many middle grade books set at retirement homes with multiple elderly characters. While volunteering as part of his Bar Mitzvah requirements, Eddie learns a bit more Holocaust history and learns to appreciate the residents there, as well as solving a mystery. It was a light pick for me. (edited) 1mo
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I‘ve really been looking forward to this one, and I started listening to it on my evening walk.

#LitsyBookClub #audiobook #audiowalk

Iamvinsto Is this really related to chemistry or something about life ? 🤔 1mo
Daisey The main character is a female chemist in the 1960s, so yes it is somewhat about chemistry but more her life story, especially as a woman and mother in the time and field. 1mo
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The House on Mango Street | Sandra Cisneros
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@vonnie862 This #MugLove23 package is lovely! Thanks so much for putting together a perfectly themed gift! I‘ll be trying the hot chocolate very soon, and I‘m intrigued to try out the wooden whisk. I haven‘t read The House on Mango Street since college, so I‘m also very much looking forward to a reread.

Also, thanks to our hosts for putting together a great swap!

TheKidUpstairs That mug is stunning!!! 1mo
vonnie862 Glad you liked it! Here's a video on how to use the whisk: https://youtu.be/xg9RwMfvf-M 1mo
Daisey @vonnie862 That is helpful! I was considering trying it tonight, but I have already overindulged on chocolate and sweets today at school. So, I‘m using the jarnito for tea at the moment. 1mo
mabell What a cool themed gift! 1mo
Cinfhen Cool mug and I agree with @mabell 1mo
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The Meet-Cute Project | Rhiannon Richardson
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I was the lucky winner of a Valentine‘s giveaway from #TheBookishCouple Etsy shop and this Blind Date with a Book package is fantastic! Thanks so much Rachel!

Check out the shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/TheBookishCouple

Bklover Yay! Congratulations! I bought one of those from Rachel and loved it too! 1mo
Rachel.Rencher Aw, thank you both! 🥰🥰 Happy Valentine's Day! 1mo
Cinfhen @Rachel.Rencher sends the BEST blind dates!!! So glad you had the chance to win one too!!! 1mo
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#BookReport #DaiseysReadingWeek
All 3 completed this week are #1001books
📖 To Have and Have Not
🎧 The Feast of the Goat
🎧 Lady Chatterley‘s Lover

#CurrentlyReading
📖 #Clarissa
🎧 Middlemarch #PemberLittens
📖 Eddie Whatever

#WeeklyForecast
📚 Continue current reads
📚 Choose another audiobbok

Cinfhen I have the Paris Wife as an upcoming book too♥️ 1mo
Daisey @Cinfhen It‘s been on my list a long time, and this month it came up for #Roll100 as well as seeming appropriate after just finishing a book by Hemingway. 1mo
Cinfhen It‘s been on my TBR for ages too!!! Can‘t wait to hear your thoughts 1mo
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Lady Chatterly's Lover | D H Lawrence
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I didn‘t expect to enjoy this at all, but I found it better than expected and listened to the whole book today. Even when I did not like the characters‘ decisions, I found them mostly understandable due to the circumstances. It had quite a bit of discussion of classism. Then I watched the new movie on Netflix, which I felt was a reasonable adaptation. Of course it left out some detail, smoothed over other aspects, and added a few dramatic moments.

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The Feast of the Goat: A Novel | Mario Vargas Llosa
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This was a great historical fiction, but it was also sometimes a very difficult listen. It alternates between 1961 at the end of Trujillo‘s regime in the Dominican Republic when Urania is a teenager and the early 2000s when Urania returns to visit her family for the first time since. The 1961 timeline focuses on the assassination of Trujillo and immediate repercussions. The 2000s timeline focuses on Urania‘s reason for leaving.

Daisey @Librarybelle I‘m so enjoying getting a good start on the challenge this year. @BarbaraBB Listening to this has me looking forward to also reading 1mo
BarbaraBB I am going to read some Vargas Llosa too for this challenge! 1mo
Librarybelle That is terrific you‘re enjoying getting a good start with the challenge! You‘re doing so well! 1mo
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To Have and Have Not | Ernest Hemingway
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Tonight I picked up cheeseburger pizza on the way home and then finished this book. Hemingway is hit or miss for me, and this was not a favorite. The book revolves around Harry Morgan but sections are written in slightly different ways. It was more violent and depressing than I expected with tangents that somewhat baffled me. Additionally, the racist language and attitudes were strong in many places.

#1001books #Reading1001 BotM #ReadAndEat

Daisey I may add another choice later, but the beginning of this book is set in Cuba and the main character frequently talks of traveling between Cuba & Florida. #ReadingTheAmericas2023 #Cuba 2mo
BarbaraBB I didn‘t enjoy this one much either. Also set in Cuba but much better is 2mo
Daisey @BarbaraBB Yes, I liked The Old Man & the Sea quite a bit more! 1mo
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A late start for school this morning means I finally made time to bake muffins from this #cookbook a friend gave me for Christmas.

Confession: I find it nearly impossible to follow a recipe exactly as written. I used frozen cranberries instead of dried and apples instead of pears. I substituted in a tiny bit of wheat bran (Hobbit muffins should be hearty) and threw in a dash of cloves and allspice.

#FellowshipOfTolkien #BreakfastWithTolkien

Daisey @JazzFeathers I tried my first recipe, and they‘re delicious! 2mo
Tamra Sounds scrumptious! 2mo
Daisey @Tamra They were! 2mo
Knitmaths It‘s always more fun changing the recipe! 1mo
Daisey @Knitmaths So true! That is, until someone asks me to share and I realize just how much I adapted the original. 1mo
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To Have and Have Not | Ernest Hemingway
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I listened to several hours of The Feast of the Goat over the weekend and got to some tough chapters describing the torture of men arrested after Trujillo‘s assassination. So, I took a break today and read some more of my Hemingway book. This book also quickly turned more violent than I was expecting from the description, but I was happy to realize it‘s partially set in Cuba.

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To Have and Have Not | Ernest Hemingway
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Sunday morning reading

tpixie Great mug! 2mo
Daisey @tpixie Thanks! I don‘t tend to use this one a lot because it‘s so wide, but it is a beautiful one. 2mo
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Cinfhen Looking good 😊 2mo
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The Feast of the Goat: A Novel | Mario Vargas Llosa
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I spent a few hours continuing to listen to this book today, and I‘m really enjoying the way it‘s told from different perspectives. I also made chivo guisado, or braised goat, served with rice. It turned out well and I‘ve got a few meals made for this coming week.

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Texreader How appropriate!! 2mo
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This is a #MiddleGrade #nonfiction about early humans by the author of Sapiens. It describes ways humans evolved and used communication to spread across the world and become the dominant species. It was an interesting listen with relatable comparisons for younger readers. I would be curious to see the illustrations in the print version.
Duration: 3 hours 51 minutes

* I received this #audiobook through the #Librofm #ALC program for educators.

Daisey This is my #DoubleSpin nonfiction book 20 and also #Roll100 book 83. @TheAromaofBooks @PuddleJumper 2mo
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Wide Sargasso Sea | Jean Rhys
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This is a short novel, but there‘s a lot to consider, especially about culture and names. The Caribbean setting was vibrant, yet the feeling of conflict was ever present. There were shifting perspectives and it always felt a bit disjointed, reflecting how the characters never find a way to trust or communicate clearly. It‘s definitely an interesting companion read for Jane Eyre.

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Daisey Thank you @Johanna414 for an interesting read. I think this may be the fastest I‘ve completed a book from a Litsy swap! 2mo
Librarybelle This has been on my radar for quite some time, namely for a companion read to Jane Eyre. 2mo
Tkimsal We read this for book club. Stevie Nicks has a song called, “Wide Sargasso Sea,” based on this book. 2mo
Daisey @Librarybelle Same here. It‘s been on my TBR a long time and I‘m so glad to have finally gotten to it! 2mo
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