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JenniferP

JenniferP

Joined June 2017

“Well behaved women seldom make history” Laurel Thatcher Ulrich. I‘m also at http://www.librarything.com/topic/293080
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The Tenth Muse | CATHERINE. CHUNG
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I loved this book about a woman mathematician, the sexism she faced, and her own growth and discovery of her past. I haven‘t seen it on many “best of 2019” lists, but I think it should be!

BarbaraBB It sounds real good indeed! 5d
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Butcher's Crossing | John Williams
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Williams is a masterful writer. I loved this tale of adventure and greed as four men set out to make their fortune hunting Buffalo in mid-1800s America. #nyrb

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Pilgrimage: Pointed Roofs | Dorothy Miller Richardson
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I did it. I read all 2110 pages of this neglected classic. Is it perfect, no. But it is a groundbreaking novel that, even written a hundred years ago, still feels unique and special. I highly recommend reading through The Tunnel, the fourth volume of 13. It will give you a full idea of Richardson‘s talent. I will miss spending time with Miriam. #1001books

Ruthiella Interesting! How did you find this author? 2w
JenniferP @Ruthiella I read from the 1001 books to read before you die list, on which it is included. I also have gotten interested in the Virago Modern Classics publications. Through groups on LibraryThing, I encountered this book and decided to give it a try with a group read on LT 2w
Liz_M Congratulations! I took a long break before Oberland and came back to it, finding that almost-stand-alone volume to be thoroughly delightful. 2w
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BarbaraBB You did it again! Congratulations! What will your big read be next year? 2w
JenniferP @BarbaraBB I think I need a “big project“ break! Not planning anything for 2020 that will span the whole year.
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Leftcoastzen Wow, Viragos !❤️❤️❤️ 6d
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Butcher's Crossing | John Williams
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Starting my third book by John Williams. He must be one of the most underrated American authors. #nyrb

BarbaraBB I‘m happy he has been rediscovered lately. He definitely deserves it. 3w
BarbaraBB Also I love your collection of #NYRB books. 😍. You should join our #NYRBBookclub! 3w
JenniferP @BarbaraBB maybe I will! How do I follow the group? I‘m still confused why I can‘t follow a tag. 3w
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BarbaraBB If you click on the hashtag and scroll downwards you‘ll find all posts about the #NYRBBookClub. We read a book echt month, selected by the members of the group. After all members have nominated a book the the group will be open for new members. This will take a few more months. Until then non-member can join in reading and discussing the book (last weekend of the month). This month‘s read is 3w
BarbaraBB I‘ll tag @vivastory, the initiator, so he knows you might be interested in joining! I hope you will! 😘 3w
Liz_M I second @BarbaraBB in recommending the #NYRBBookclub! Are those tbr books, or read books, or both? 3w
JenniferP @Liz_M they are both read and TBR. I think I own about 30 and have about 10 unread. 3w
JenniferP @BarbaraBB thank you! 3w
vivastory Yes, I'd love it if you could join us with the monthly discussions! 3w
vivastory Thanks for tagging me @BarbaraBB ! 3w
JenniferP @vivastory I‘m sure I‘d be interested - I do love nyrb books. I‘ll pay attention for December. 3w
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Disappearing Earth | Julia Phillips
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I really enjoyed this story set in Kamchatka about the disappearance of two young girls and how it effects many people in this small, isolated region. Prepare for the feel of linked short stories that eventually connect instead of a thriller/suspense novel.

BarbaraBB I am looking forward to this one! (edited) 4w
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I loved this historical fiction set in 6th century Wales. Lots of drama - conflicts between the Old Ways and the new Christians, good detail about the times, and a decent love story. Recommended!

lele1432 I'm really enjoying this one! Hopefully can dive back in it tonight! 1mo
sprainedbrain Oh I loved this one! One of my favorite books this year so far. ❤️ 1mo
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In my next life, I want to be a copy editor. This book is as funny as grammar gets!

Aimeesue That book was excellent! I also loved the McWhorter and the Bragg. WORD. ❤️❤️❤️ 1mo
JenniferP @Aimeesue nice! You should try the Mary Norris book - I really liked it. 1mo
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Memories of the Future | Siri Hustvedt
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Always excited to start a new novel by Siri Hustvedt!

BarbaraBB Oh, I didn‘t know she wrote a new one. Looking forward to your thoughts! 2mo
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My airplane reading today. Hooked me right in!

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Making of a Marchioness | Frances Hodgson Burnett
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A lovely book made even lovelier by this Persephone edition #persephone

LeahBergen Yes! 😍😍 2mo
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Making of a Marchioness | Frances Hodgson Burnett
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I just bought my first two #persephone books! They are so lovely!

LeahBergen Yayyyy!! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 I hope you love them as much as I do! 😍 2mo
JenniferP @LeahBergen they are so beautiful! And nice to hold! And I love the simple covers and beautiful end papers! This could be a problem for my budget . . . 😁 2mo
Aimeesue Ahhhhh, Persephone! ❤️❤️❤️ (edited) 2mo
BarbaraBB They are gorgeous, aren‘t they? And often very good too! Enjoy 😘 2mo
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The Seas: A Novel | Samantha Hunt
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Set in a northern coastal town with the highest rate of alcoholics per capita, the teenage narrator falls in love with an older man damaged by his time in the Iraq war. This book is smart, sad, fantastical, and real. Oh, and did I mention the narrator might be a mermaid?

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Mehso-so

Some interesting thoughts, but I felt this could have been accomplished in an article rather than a full length book.

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City of Thieves: A Novel | David Benioff
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#7Days7covers Day 7 #covercrush Loved this challenge!

ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled One of my favorites ever. 🥚 2mo
JenniferP @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled I also loved this book! And I think the cover really fits. 2mo
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The Seas: A Novel | Samantha Hunt
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Billypar Nice one! How was the book? I loved Mr. Splitfoot and not sure if I should try this one or her story collection next. 2mo
JenniferP @Billypar I‘ve actually not read it yet! I bought it on a beach vacation this summer largely because the cover attracted my attention, so I thought it was perfect for this challenge! 2mo
Billypar @JenniferP Certainly is! Her other two also have striking covers. 2mo
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History. a Mess. | Sigrn Plsdottr
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The True Deceiver | Tove Jansson
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BarbaraBB This one is fab ❤️ 3mo
youneverarrived Beautiful ❄️ 3mo
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#7days7covers No explanations - Day 1

batsy Great cover 💀 3mo
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The Testaments: A Novel | Margaret Atwood
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Atwood took on everyone‘s high expectations in writing this book, and overall I think she succeeded. It doesn‘t have the immediacy or shock value of Handmaid‘s Tale, but ultimately it‘s hopeful and satisfying.

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The Testaments: A Novel | Margaret Atwood
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Joining the club! Looking forward to forming my own opinion before reading too many reviews.

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The Stone Angel | Margaret Laurence
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I loved this book from the perfect first paragraph to the last sentence. Dying (though she doesn‘t realize it) Hagar Shipley looks back on the entirety of her life growing up in Manawaka, Canada. A new favorite!

LeahBergen It‘s such a great novel ❤️❤️ 3mo
BarbaraBB Quite a recommendation. Stacked! 3mo
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This book lived up to the hype, giving me lots to digest about motherhood and career/life balance. Also captures life in the 1990s suburbs so well.

BarbaraBB I really liked this one too. 3mo
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The Body Lies | Jo Baker
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I loved this literary thriller that takes the time to explore the ways women suffer abuse from men in small and large ways. It‘s not preachy or anti-male; it‘s subtlety done inside a fun thriller.

Liz_M Great review, that does sound quite tempting! 3mo
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The Body Lies | Jo Baker
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I started this book today by the author of Longbourn, a P&P retelling through the servants‘ point of view. I‘m intrigued that she‘s written something so different - a literary thriller this time - and excited to see how they compare.

merelybookish I read this because I love her writing and really liked both Longbourn and A Country Road, A Tree. I didn't like this as much although thriller is not my jam. The writing was still top-notch, tho. But will be interested to see what you think. 3mo
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I‘m still determined to finish this and enjoy it, but this volume has lost me a little. Hoping that the books included in volume 4 suck me back in! #1001books #virago

LeahBergen Look at all the pretty green Viragos! 💚💚 3mo
merelybookish What a gorgeous shelf 😍 3mo
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History. a Mess. | Sigrn Plsdottr
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A young woman realizes she has spent eight years towards a dissertation founded on a mistake. What follows is a surrealist account of her unraveling life. This brief novel won‘t be for everyone, but I loved it.

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The Land Breakers | John Ehle
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I couldn‘t resist these in the latest nyrb sale! #nyrb

BarbaraBB Great choices. I read Lucky Jim in high school and found it so funny. I always wonder if I would still think so! 4mo
AnneCecilie I just read Berlin Akexanderplatz and will definitely recommend it. 4mo
Aimeesue The Bedford was excellent. I really enjoyed it. 4mo
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LeahBergen Wait... there was a sale? 😆 4mo
JenniferP @LeahBergen I missed their big summer sale so I joined their email list. This was a smaller number of books included in the sale, but I still found plenty! 4mo
JenniferP @Aimeesue oh good - I picked that one on a whim. 4mo
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Pilgrimage: Backwater | Dorothy M. Richardson
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Starting the 7th novel of Dorothy Richardson‘s Pilgrimage, Revolving Lights. I‘ve been reading this all year and loving it. #virago #1001books

Liz_M I agree with the LT comments about needing a character chart. Most of the time I am able to just float along, but for some reason in Revolving Lights it is bothering me that I can't remember the characters that appeared in the earlier volumes! 4mo
JenniferP I just started it and I can‘t even figure out who she‘s having the initial conversation with! 4mo
LisaMorr Uh-oh - something to look forward to? 🤪 4mo
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Paradise | Toni Morrison
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Paradise is a beautifully written, tragic novel centering around a conflict between an insular town and a nearby but separate house of misfit women. As always, Morrison‘s writing is poetic, profound, and emotional. I think this is one of her best. #tonimorrison

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The Power | Naomi Alderman
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What happens when women discover they have physical power over men? I thought this book had a strong premise but weak execution.

BarbaraBB I felt the same about this one. Good to see you here again! 4mo
JenniferP Yep, trying again! I think it‘s my third attempt to get involved here - we‘ll see! 4mo
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Ghost Wall | Sarah Moss
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Creepy short novel about a family that joins an anthropological experiment. The father‘s abusive nature finds an outlet and excuse while reliving the distant past.

jhod Ooh I like that cover better than the UK one! 10mo
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Crime and Punishment | Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky
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Staring the New Year off with a reread in a beautiful Folio Society edition. #foliosociety #1001books #rereads

batsy That's gorgeous! 11mo
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The Diviners | Margaret Laurence
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This is my holiday book haul - including a new kindle paper white. Excited to get to these in 2019!

Liz_M Oooh, I want to hear what you think of Proust Squid. After my year of finishing ISoLT, I collected a handful of Proust-themed books, none of which I have read. 😁 11mo
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Excited to read this!

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Really good retelling of Achilles‘ story from the point of view of Briseis. Loved it!

BarbaraBB Have you read as well 12mo
BarbaraBB Seems interesting to read them both 12mo
JenniferP Yes, Song of Achilles was better in my opinion, but this was still very good. It has me wanting to reread The Iliad. 12mo
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Winter: A Novel | Ali Smith
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Snow in DC in November is very rare! But I just happened to be reading this appropriately titled book. 😁

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A Handful of Dust | Evelyn Waugh
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Starting this today, but my kids are home from school today so might not get much reading in!

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I just couldn‘t connect with this ambitious debut novel. The disjointed, stream of conscious language combined with a brutally dismal plot was too much for me.

Liz_M Oh no! I'm sorry this wasn't a good experience. 😔 13mo
BarbaraBB I‘m almost finished with this one too. I think I like it a bit more than you. 13mo
BarbaraBB ... although ‘like‘ is definitely not the right word 😱☺️ 13mo
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Titus Groan | Mervyn Peake
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These seem like a good fall read.

Leniverse I loved the first book. Hoping to find the time to read the rest. The prose is really dense, lots of evocative imagery, and almost no plot, so it‘s hard work. But very worth it! 13mo
DreeMorris I also loved Th first one. I ran out of steam halfway through the second. 13mo
Liz_M I read the first when when down with a week-long flu. It perfectly fit my drug and sleep-addled brain. 😁 13mo
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Giving this a try but finding the writing style difficult. Anyone else read this?

Emilymdxn I listened to it on audio and found it easier to read that way. I did like it but it was a bit of a challenge even on audio. If you like that kind of writing and read it very slowly I think it‘s great tho 13mo
JenniferP @Emilymdxn thanks! I need to make sure I‘m in the right frame of mind when I pick it up! 13mo
BarbaraBB I‘ ve got this one waiting beside my bed. I was looking forward to it but you‘re scaring me off a bit now 😉. Looking forward to your thoughts! 13mo
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Solid nonfiction about four sisters living in the 1700s. The masses of letters they wrote each other allow the telling of lives lived over 200 years ago. Always enjoy reading about the lives of women in other eras.

Liz_M Fascinating, where did you find out about this? 13mo
JenniferP @Liz_M I can‘t remember - I think I might have been internet searching for nonfiction books about women. Being published 25 years ago, it doesn‘t seem very known anymore. 13mo
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I‘ve started this book. Doesn‘t seem to be in print anymore, but I found a used copy. Loving it so far. #1001 books

BarbaraBB Oh I have heard such good things about this book on LT. And I do have a copy so I‘m looking forward to what you‘ll think! 14mo
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Mermaid and Mrs. Hancock | Imogen Hermes Gowar
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Iced green tea made to order and a new book that I‘m excited about is getting me through a long work day.

arubabookwoman Hi “jpaul” from LT. It‘s arubabookwoman from Club Read. Following you here too now. 14mo
JenniferP @arubabookwoman excellent! I‘ve got you “followed” as well. 14mo
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Summer Will Show | Sylvia Townsend Warner
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Partly enjoyed it, partly bored by it, this story of Sophia‘s journey from mother to revolutionary was just ok. #1001books #nyrb

vivastory I haven't read this one, but I loved 14mo
JenniferP @vivastory I‘d be willing to try another so I‘ll keep that in mind. Thanks! 14mo
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Lethal White | Robert Galbraith
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Loved it! Less gruesome than some in the series and I like the pace at which she‘s developing the relationships.

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I just got my first pencil box from C.W. Enterprise! Excited to test them all out!

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Lethal White | Robert Galbraith
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My strategy for getting on the library wait list for this worked! I “recommended” it as soon as it was announced and that held my place in line. Planning to put my other books aside for this one!

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Summer Will Show | Sylvia Townsend Warner
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I think I‘m the only parent reading Sylvia Townsend Warner at flag football. 😜 #1001books

Graywacke Good use of your time 1y
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