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JazzFeathers

JazzFeathers

Joined February 2017

Author of fantasy stories set in the 1920s | History geek | Hopeless Tolkien nerd | slow reader and writer https://theoldshelter.com 󾓩
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The Letters of J. R. R. Tolkien by Humphrey Carpenter, Christopher Tolkien
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Foreign Bodies by Martin Edwards
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The Man in the Queue by Josephine Tey
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Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
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Dubliners by Joyce James
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Happy Hobbit Day, everyone!
This is one of my favourite days of the year!
I love celebrating Bilbo and Frodo's birthdays with fellow Tolkien fans from around the world. It's almost like getting around the Party Tree in a place that exists in our hearts, if not in the real world.

I wish a fantastic Hobbit Day to everyone. Do something hobbit today!
Do something hobbit every day! I think our lives would be better if we did.

#FellowsjipOfTolkien

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#FellowshipOfTolkien #TolkiensLetters

@Daisey @BookwormAHN @wordslinger42 @Riveted_Reader_Melissa

Hey, gals! Raggi g e everyone, just to keep in touch 😁

I've had this ready for days and I keep forgetting to post.
I haven't Vought up to this (admittedly very loose) schedule, but I'm on my way.

I'm really enjoying the letters. Such a precious look into the life and thought of a remarkable man.

How's everyone faring? 😁

BookwormAHN I wish more authors had this sort of book. I think it would be fascinating. 2mo
Daisey I continue to find it a fascinating look at his life and work. It‘s so interesting to actually hear his own perspective on so many aspects. I‘m ready for Letter 228 when I pick it up again. 2mo
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Dear Little Corpses | Nicola Upson
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I found the first part of the novel to be a bit slow, and the last part to be a bit rushed. But the middle is fantastic. It tells about the exodus of children from London just before the outbreak of WWII as well as about a girl gone missing. It is truly heartbreaking.

There is, I think, real unbalance among the different elements if the story, but in the end, l enjoyed it.

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#FellowshipOfTolkien

Well, looks like HoME will finally be translated into Italian 🤩

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I'm switching to this one because l need to have it reviews by Thursday.
It's novella, prequel to the tagged book.

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I'm quite enjoying this one, even if the middle of the novel is maybe a little bit too ramancy for me.
But l like the setting and the concept is interesting and different.

I'm halfway through and l have no idea who the murderer is.

Dragon Sounds interesting stacking 💚🐉 5mo
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@Daisey @BookwormAHN @Riveted_Reader_Melissa @wordslinger42

I know I'm late, but here's the schedule for the second half of May.
I'll admit I'm still behind (May has been crazy), but l want to catch up so we can start reading together again 😊

wordslinger42 I might join you for your next read 💜 5mo
BookwormAHN Thank you 😺 5mo
Daisey Thanks! I‘m going to keep reading slowly as a few letters fit in my schedule. I think we may end up about the same place again come June. 4mo
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@egg @TheSpineView #WondrousWednesday

1. Baking. I also love gardening.
2. Almost always. I review most books l read and post review everywhere, including on my blog.
3. I don't really have one.

TheSpineView Love gardening too! 💙🌷 5mo
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I've been meaning to start this book for over 10 days, now. Today is the day!

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Reapers of Justice | Anne Frehill
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So yes, fine, l have a soft spot for Irish stories. This one was good. It told the story of a teacher for m Dublin hiding away in County Meath with her 'rebel' husband. It tells of women mutual help and self discovery.
It starts maybe a bit slow, but then it pics up and l couldn't put it down.

Full review and excerpt here https://theoldshelter.com/reapers-of-justice-by-anne-frehill-historical-novel/

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And on this Easter day, let's go back to the letters 😁

#FellowshipOfTolkien #TolkiensLetters

Daisey I‘ve hardly picked them up lately. Which one have you made it to? 5mo
JazzFeathers @Daisey I don't have the book at hand now, but I'm around 110. Where are you? I can catch up with you and then l can prepare a new schedule. How are you faring @BookwormAHN 5mo
BookwormAHN I'm close, I'm around 105. I also need to catch up. 5mo
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Daisey @JazzFeathers @BookwormAHN I just read 180 last night because I was feeling some Tolkien withdrawal. 5mo
JazzFeathers @Daisey 😂😂😂 @BookwormAHN gals, what say if we catch up with Daisey. I'll make a schedule from letter 180 starting from 15 May. How does that sound? 5mo
BookwormAHN Sounds good to me 😺 5mo
Daisey @JazzFeathers Sorry, I thought I had replied to this. Sounds great to me. May will ab another month I‘ll just read a few here and there as we wrap up the school year and I try to catch back up on Ulysses. 5mo
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While l was away, l've read quite a few books 😜
This is the one I've just finished.

Loved it. There's a fabulous cast of characters. I loved the dialogues, they sound so natural and yet they reveal so much. Loved the way the aftermath of WWI on soldiers was handled.
The ending was maybe a bit complicated and unecessarily so, l think. Ma the book was good, so l took it as it is.

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The Easterner | Debra L. Hall
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Will this be a new beginning?

I've been quite scarse here on Litsy since the beginning of the year. So many thing happening, it's difficult to keep in with everything.
But I'm trying to find a way 😁

Cathythoughts Good to hear from you 👍🏻♥️ Happy Easter ! 6mo
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Seriously enjoying this one 😁

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Errrr.... The app tells me l've been away for over one month. I really didn't realise it. I've been so busy with work, and the blog and a possible new business - it just swallowed me up.

But hey! Here l am on Tolkien Reading Day.
Couldn't miss this one 😜

Daisey I‘m just barely fitting it in, but I‘m making some time for Tolkien this evening as well. 6mo
JazzFeathers @Daisey Look. Almost a week passed before l answered 🙄 March/April have always been exceptionally busy for me, bit this year more than ever. I'm reading ARCs for NetGalley at the moment, because they are about to expire, but then, l'll go back to the Letters 😁 6mo
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@HappyLitsyversary reminded me two days ago (and l've only seen it today, just to show in what mess l'm now 😝) that l've been on Litsy for five years

FIVE YEARS!

I've no idea how it can be five years, but l'm so happy l'm still here (if admittingly sporadically of late), reading with the best book friends l've ever met 😘

zezeki Congrats!! 🥳🥳 8mo
wordslinger42 Congrats!!! My 5-year Litsyversary was on the 15th, and I can't believe it's been that long! 8mo
Soubhiville Yay! This calls for cake! 8mo
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BethM The best anniversary 🎉 8mo
Librarybelle Happy Litsyversary! 8mo
Jas16 Happy Litsyversary 🎉📚🙌🏽📖 8mo
sprainedbrain Happy Litsyversary! 🎉🎉🎉 8mo
Daisey Happy Litsyversary!! 🎉 8mo
CaitZ Happy Litsyversary!🎉🎉 8mo
erzascarletbookgasm Happy Litsy Anniversary! 📚 8mo
JazzFeathers Thanks everyone. This is such a wonderful community 😍 7mo
kspenmoll Congrats! 🎉 6mo
JazzFeathers @kspenmoll thanks 😁 6mo
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Big Sky | Kate Atkinson
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This is a murder mystery set in 1920s Montana, quite an unusual setting. And l really appreciate this.
It was a mix of 1920s coming of age story and a kind of Western vibe, because, really, things were still like in the previous century in some places.

It's really different from the usual 1920s cosy mystery 😊

(Couldn't find the book in the database, it've very new).

JazzFeathers Shari Decter wrote a very interesting post about how Prohibition helped women's finaltial independence. It's surprising and interesting.
https://theoldshelter.com/entrepreneurial-women-thriving-during-prohibition/
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Tamra I will check it out! 8mo
JazzFeathers @Tamra Hope you'll enjoy it 😁 8mo
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Spirits and Smoke | Mary Miley
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So sorry I disappeared. It's been a very busy couple of months and I'm not sure it'll be better in the next couple, but I'll do my best to be present 😜

Didn't read a lot either, but l finished a couple of cosy mysteries that l enjoyed.
This is the second instalment in Mary Miley's new series set in 1920s Chicago and was as enjoyable as the first.
I was more taken with Maggy's story than the mystery, to be honest, but I ended up enjoying both.

Lindy Nice to see you back on Litsy 🤗 8mo
JazzFeathers @Lindy Aww, thanks, Lindy 😘 8mo
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The Mystic's Accomplice | Mary Miley Theobald
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The second novel in the Maddie Pastore series is quite enjoyable. But slow, at the moment, but enjoyable.

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#FellowshipOfTolkien #TolkiensLetters

Ta-daaaa!!!!
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 💙

@Daisey @wordslinger42 @Riveted_Reader_Melissa @BookwormAHN

BookwormAHN Thank you 😺 9mo
Daisey Well . . . I‘m ahead. I started the very long Letter 131 last night. I may go ahead and keep reading now but slow down more in February/March as that is a very busy time for me at school with coaching responsibilities. 9mo
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Happy birthday, Professor Tolkien!

Today is Tolkien 130th birthday.
I've celebrated it with a little homage 😊
https://t.co/pDf1jpjXtV

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JazzFeathers @Daisey @wordslinger42 @Riveted_Reader_Melissa @BookwormAHN Sorry, gals, I totally missed December. I don't know how it became so messy. But I'm preparing the new schedule for the letter ASAP, possibly already today. And, late as always, happy new year 😊 9mo
wordslinger42 Happy Birthday to Tolkien!! I'm starting my reading for the coming semester, which starts next Monday, and I won't be able to keep up with another readalong. I'm so sorry! I'll be off from mid-April to August, so if you gals are reading something then, I'd love to jump back in 😊 9mo
JazzFeathers @wordslinger42 do share what you read of anything Tolkien. I'm so curious and we could have good conversations about it 😊 9mo
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BookwormAHN Happy Birthday Tolkien 🎉 I was just watching The Fellowship of the Ring last night. 9mo
wordslinger42 @JazzFeathers I'd love that! My class this semester is Tolkien's World of Middle-Earth. We're reading The Monsters and the Critics first! Are you still planning on auditing classes with Signum?! 9mo
JazzFeathers @wordslinger42 I am, thought I need to find a moment when I can make the financial investment. But keep me posted. You never know! 9mo
JazzFeathers @BookwormAHN @Daisey @wordslinger42 @Riveted_Reader_Melissa Did we read The Monster and the Critics? I don't recall us doing it 🤔 I read it sooooo many years ago, and loved it 😍 9mo
JazzFeathers @BookwormAHN I really want to rewatch the trilogy before going back to work, which will be on 10 Jan here in Italy. I am attending a webinar over four days this week (9 to 11 pm, that's what happens here in Europe with American courses), so I suppose I need to make it happen over the weekend 😜 9mo
Daisey @JazzFeathers We haven‘t read it as part of this group , and I‘ve never read it. 9mo
BookwormAHN I haven't read it either. 9mo
BookwormAHN Works for me 😺 9mo
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So many times, reading these letters addressed to Christopher away at war, l've heard echoes of things l read in The Lord of the Rings.

BookwormAHN I know and yet Tolkien's always sworn it wasn't related. 10mo
JazzFeathers @BookwormAHN Isn't the relation between an author and their artwork always so complex? 10mo
BookwormAHN It is, especially when one hates allegories as much as Tolkien does. 10mo
JazzFeathers @BookwormAHN But then, I think it is also part of that conversation with Christopher. What they talk about in the letters filter into the story, and what reflections the story suggest then ooze into the letters. Part of the reason why The Lord of the Rings was written for Christopher. 10mo
BookwormAHN True and his own experiences also filter in. 10mo
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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.

Daisey I don't think those comments ever really truly sank in for me until I read these letters. It's so clear in these personal writings. (edited) 10mo
JazzFeathers @Daisey It stuck me when Christopher mentioned it because of the implications, but I always wondered whether it was only his impression. Apparently, it wasn't. 9mo
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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.

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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 😅

ju.ca.no Hope you‘re feeling better soon💙 10mo
Daisey Completely understand! Feel better and hope you get some more reading time soon! 10mo
kspenmoll Feel better! So sorry you have been sick! (edited) 10mo
JazzFeathers @ju.ca.no @Daisey @kspenmoll Thanks, gals. It is a little better today. Still a bit under the weather, but recovering 😁 10mo
ju.ca.no @JazzFeathers good to hear it‘s getting better🤗🤗 10mo
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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.

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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!

Daisey I am enjoying these as well. They show a very personal look at their relationship as well as Tolkien‘s thoughts on many things. 10mo
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Started this this week and really enjoying it so far 😊

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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.
Living it!

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NaNoWriMo Notes | Richard Marcus
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Who's doing #NaNoWriMo ? 😜😁

GingerAntics ✋🏻 11mo
SomedayAlmost Me! 50K at least, short stories & novellas are my thing…. 11mo
JazzFeathers @GingerAntics Yayyy! What will you work at? 😁 11mo
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JazzFeathers @SomedayAlmost That sounds great. In the past, l've done novellas too. But this year, l'll revise a novel 😜 11mo
GingerAntics @JazzFeathers that‘s a good question… I seem to have ideas, but not plots to go with them, so it may just be a boat load of free writes and we‘ll just see what comes out in the end. I don‘t know. 🤣😂🤣 I am definitely a pantser this year. 11mo
JazzFeathers @GingerAntics Sometimes, that approach works really well 😜 11mo
GingerAntics @JazzFeathers I don‘t feel very confident in it, but I guess whatever happens, happens. A friend of mine has requested at least a short story from me, so I guess I always have that to fall back on. I could also finish writing last year‘s project. So I won‘t be short on things to write, that‘s for sure. 11mo
ozma.of.oz I‘m doing a historical fiction, which I‘ve never done before! 😂 We‘ll see how it goes! 11mo
JazzFeathers @ozma.of.oz Oh, cool! I'm writing a historical fiction too. 1920s Germany. With magic 😜 What about you? 11mo
ozma.of.oz Sounds neat! I‘m doing 1860, the Pony Express! I‘m actually really excited about this! (edited) 11mo
TK-421 I‘m doing Nano! It‘s day 2 & I‘m already a day behind on my word count but I‘m hoping I‘ll get back on track later this week 11mo
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#WondrousWednesday late as usual 😜
@Eggs

🎃 Miss Kopp Investigates

🎃 A gals night with a friend and a funny halloweeny film. And pumpkin latte.

🎃 Having going back to a reasonable schedule at work, so l can delve into #NaNoWriMo 😜

Eggs 🙌🏻🎃💀 11mo
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The Spirit Engineer | A. J. West
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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.

LeslieO The cover is great, too 11mo
JazzFeathers That was part of what convinced me to start the book. 11mo
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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.

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I've just watched 'Poirot, Elephants Can Remember' and absolutely loved it.
Now l really want to read the book!

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Halloweenies | Dan Fiorella
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#WondrousWednesday @eggs

🎃 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 🥰

Eggs 🧡👏🏻👍🏼 11mo
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Loved this letter. The health problem, the work closely mmitments, the newfound love for The Lord of the Rings, his insecurities about that story he loves, his children.
It isn't a personal letter, but it reveals so much personal matters. I truly loved it.

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Let's do some catching up! 😜💪

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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?

BookwormAHN I'm a little behind too. Thanks for the new schedule 😺 12mo
Daisey I got ahead at the end of September, but I'm behind again now after some very busy days. I hope to catch up and possibly get a bit ahead again this weekend. I'll also try to get back to posting randomly as I read because I haven't been posting much at all lately. 12mo
JazzFeathers @BookwormAHN 😁 I'll have the November schedule ready soon before NaNoWriMo starts. It will be a busy November for me. I want to finish writing The Frozen Maze. 12mo
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JazzFeathers @Daisey l haven't posted a lot too, in general. I feel sorry neglecting Litzy and the Fellowshi 😶 And, Daisey, l love your new pic 😊 12mo
BookwormAHN Good Luck 🍀 12mo
Daisey @Jazzfanatic Thank you! 12mo
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The Spirit Engineer | A. J. West
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Oh, wow! I didn't expect illustrations!

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The Spirit Engineer | A. J. West
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I'm so excited for this 😁😜

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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.

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Just started and really enjoying it.

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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.

Daisey I‘ve read about the letter to the German publisher before but agree reading it (or a similar draft) in this context was even better. I actually got a bit ahead the other day when waiting and I only had this to read on my phone. I need to look at them again and make a post soon. 12mo
Jinjer Well, Tolkien friends, I had to drop out of this buddy read because I discovered the Konrath/Kilborn horror books and everything else in my life disappeared. I‘ll definitely read the letters another time though! So very sorry! 12mo
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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 💙

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Bright Young Things | Jane A. Adams
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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.

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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 😜

@Daisey @Riveted_Reader_Melissa @wordslinger42 @BookwormAHN

BookwormAHN I'm enjoying it, a few days behind though 😺 12mo
Daisey I caught back up a night or so ago. I'm enjoying them overall, but it's definitely the kind of thing where there's a lot of text for some truly interesting bits and we're already just getting the most interesting bits as chosen by Carpenter. 12mo
JazzFeathers @BookwormAHN The letters from the end of the 1930s are so interesting 😍 12mo
JazzFeathers @Daisey l know. Besides, we're lucky to be able to read this. 12mo
wordslinger42 I have some catching up to do. I've been really sick the past week and a half, and I'm finally feeling better. I'm really enjoying the letters 😊 12mo
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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!💙

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Bright Young Things | Jane A. Adams
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Started it yesterday night.
The writing is maybe a little heavy on exposition, but the mystery is really intriguing.