The second novel in the Maddie Pastore series is quite enjoyable. But slow, at the moment, but enjoyable.
Here it is! 😊
I Swift reread through the letters to Christopher to take down quotes for my Instagram feed. I really really love these letters 💙
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"This book has come to be more and more addressed to you and so your opinion matters more than anyone else's".
I remember Christopher saying a couple of times in HoME that his father wrote The Lord of the Rings for him.
In this light, that of a conversation between father and son about war, the book takes up even a deeper meaning in my opinion.
It was enjoyable as usual, but l also found it a bit aimless. I mean, lots of things happened and for a good chunk of the book, I wasn't sure what the story was about.
But then, I suppose this goes with following the real lives a real people.
Certainly a pick, anyway.
Sorry I disappeared. November was such a messy month, with NaNoWriMo and different commitments at work. And if this were not enough, last week I came down with bronchitis and I'm still recovering.
How's everybody doing?
I've fallen terribly behind with #TolkiensLetters but l'll try to catch up over this weekend.
I'll also prepare the new schedule. I'm thinking to leave out the last week of December because l think we'll be all too busy anyway 😅
This really moved me.
Once again, l got the strong impression that Tolkien wrote The Lord of the Rings for his children and especially for Christopher. I never imagined this kinship, this oneness of experience and desires.
What moves me here is that Tolkien speaks to Christopher (who was really a boy at the time) as a peer, as well as his beloved son. That was a very special bond.
I understand, now.
Finally making some catching up with #TolkiensLetters.
I'm adoring these letters sent to Christopher off at war in South Africa. I love reading about Tolkien's everyday life. I never imagined he was a gardener! So now l know where Sam came from!
Hey, gals! Before the madness of #NaNoWriMo stars, here's November schedule 😜
I'm all caught up (unbelievable!) and loving the letters. They show the complexity of the man and of his life. I was surprised to read about the many health issues. I could see (not just read) the economic problems.
The letters to his published show his vulnerable side, those to his sons are candid and insightfull.
Who's doing #NaNoWriMo ? 😜😁
Sorry, l'm off.
I don't feel any connection to the story, and especially the main character, who doesn't inspire me any sympathy.
I've read other readers had this problem with the main character, which means the thing won't go any better.
So l prefer to give my time to other stories.
Pity. The premise was great.
I've had a feeling that this was how Tolkien felt when he wrote The Lord of the Rings. In a way, that story seems a conversation between father and son who face similar terrible experiences. And on Tolkien's part, it's almost an elaboration of the experience (of WWI) which he might have never done of his own volition, but now he must to give a sense to his sons' experience.
🎃 I've kept a book journal ever since l joined Litsy. I also keep a Tkien journal, where l keep quotes, illustrations, and anything Tolkien-inspired. But l haven't touched it for almost a year 😢
🎃 It was very busy. I'm getting ready for #NaNoWriMo and trying to do what l normally do in tow months in just one.
🎃 My two beautiful fur babies 🥰
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Sorry for the delay, gals. The beginning of October was crazy at work, as it is every year. Which means I'm quite behind with my readings too 😟
But now things are getting back to normal, and l think I'll be able to catch up with the letters 😜
Here's October's schedule.
How's everyone getting along?
Not bad. Not bad at all.
Sure, a number of things happen a little too conveniently, but other than this, the mystery is engaging and above all, the cast of characters is charming and relatable. I especially liked Kitty's relation with her family, with her carefully crafted balance between her flapper personality and her love for all the members of her family, no matter how traditional they are.
Very, very enjoyable.
Just started and really enjoying it.
Just caught up with a week worth of letters and loved this selection.
His scathing reply to the German publisher asking about his ancestry was a masterpiece.
I loved reading about the beginning of the 'New hobbit'. Yes, we read most of it on HoME, but l like reading it in his life's context. While his mentions of economic difficulties are endearing to me. Never realised how pressant this was to him.
I've read so many quotes from this letters over the years. Reading the 'entire' thing (or, at least, what we can read of it) was nice and endearing
Tolkien makes everything he can to belittle his success. He gives me the impression he doesn't want success to change him or his life, so he makes fun of it, though in places the pleasure come to the surface of seeing one of his story finding its own life 💙
Really enjoyed this cosy mystery set in the 1920s English countryside.
It is really focused on the murder investigation, but there are occasional glimpses into the life of the protagonists.
And l really loved this professional couple: the rough inspector and the sympathetic cop.
A nice, easy it engaging read.
It arrived!!!! My English edition of Tolkien's Letters. At last!
How is it going, ladies?
I'm actually nearly a week behind, but l hope to catch up soon 😜
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Tolkien candidated as an Anglo-Saxon professor at Oxford with this letter. He was 33, apparently very young. But they would have been crazy not be to take him on.
I smiled because, as characteristic of him, he presented everything he made as if small things that anybody would be able to do, but in between the lines you can feel the passion for his work, his involvement and his commitment.
A true Hobbit!💙
I loved this one.
Ever since l discovered Edith make the fair copies of Tolkien's first stories, l've wondered how much she was involved in his creation.
From this letter, it looks like she was pretty much involved. At least at this stage.
Tolkien: l'll send this poem to the TCBS. No, l prefer to send it to you first, my dear Edith.
I'm behind with the #FairytaleReadingChallenge, but l still want to try to catch up.
This was supposed to be read in May...
In the introduction is said that a great part of the letters collected for this book were left out because there was no space to publish them all.
I already miss those.
Sorry for the delay, gals. Here's the schedule 😊
I assigned a single letter per day, however short. This way it will be easier to catch up if we fall behind. But let me know whether you'd prefer a different arrangement from next month.
I mark Sundays in yellow. With this kind of schedule, l thought it might be useful to know when it's the weekend.
So. Let's go? 😜
This is actually a prequel to the mystery series, of with the tagged book is the first novel.
This is an event that happend in Lennox's days in the was. Well-written, but a bit meandering and with not much focus.
It read swiftly, though.
Couldn't find anything by this author in the database 😟
This is a freebie for subscribers of her newsletter. It's a very easy adventure, with a very strong YA feel, which also means that reality becomes a bit stretched sometimes.
The mystery is quite sift, but l still can't say who did it.
25% still to go.
Nice little story, sequel to the tagged book.
I find short mysteries particularly difficult do pull off, but this did the job quite well. A testament to the characters in particular, all very interesting, especially the detective.
Lord Edgington is a seventy-five year old retired Scotland Yard detective still full of spank that investigates mystery with the help of his sixteen-year-old nephew. A great couple!
Finished today and really enjoyed it.
The story itself is kind of strange, very brutal, primitive, almost. But there are very obvious (and other not so obvious) inspirations for more then one of Tolkien's stories from the Silmarillion.
Then l really loved both Tolkien's essays on the Kalevala and Flieger's essay on Tolkien's connection to the Kalevala.
A short, very insightful book for Tolkien's enthusiasts.