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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/327952#n7440798
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BookSpinBingo | Untitled
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Here is my #bookspin list for April!

merelybookish I thought I was the only person who hadnt read Eleanor Oliphant yet. 10h
JenniferP @merelybookish haha - no, it‘s been on my kindle forever and I never seem to pick it! Maybe in April . . . 9h
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 4h
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Trespasses | Louise Kennedy
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Wow. This is a beautifully written book. Taking place during the Troubles, there‘s a lot of heartache, but it‘s a fantastic read.

Cathythoughts I‘m looking forward to reading this one. 4d
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Trespasses | Louise Kennedy
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Reading in the car while my son has his piano lesson. This has started off really well! #womensprize

SamAnne Just picked it up from the library and can't wait!
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The Summer Book | Tove Jansson, Thomas Teal, Kathryn Davis
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Since I‘m on track with my #clarissa March letters, I‘m doing a reread of one of my favorites to get myself a #bookspinbingo. This is my first month really participating in this challenge and I‘m really enjoying it! @TheAromaofBooks

BarbaraBB What a good choice to reread! 2w
lauraisntwilder Oh, I love that book! 2w
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2w
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The Mercies | Kiran Millwood Hargrave
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Historical fiction based on a 1600s witch hunt in a remote northern island in Norway. In the opening scenes 40 men from this small community (virtually all the adult men) die in a storm while fishing. This brings the remaining community of women to the attention of the male political leaders with disastrous results.

Suet624 Yikes. 2w
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I‘ve only read the intro, but I‘m already enamored of this book! An American history that explores the relationship between trees and the founding of our country. #conservation

SamAnne Hmmm...will definitely have to check this out. My college thesis dealt with forests, conservation in Early America. Stacked! 2w
JenniferP @SamAnne I‘d love to hear what you think. I‘ve only read a little bit but it‘s very engaging so far. 2w
Suet624 Love to hear what you think of it. 2w
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Birnam Wood | Eleanor Catton
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I think I hated this book. Guerilla gardening group and long philosophical-political rants turn into a movie-style violent thriller. What??? And yet, Catton is such a confident writer that I think she pulls it off. Please read and tell me what you think!! ETA this was my #bookspin for March. @TheAromaofBooks

TrishB It‘s on the pile! 3w
Ruthiella I just bought a copy this week, but it‘ll be a while before I get to it. I‘m so curious 🧐 2w
BarbaraBB I just got my copy too. Will read it soon. You loved The Luminaries too, right? Is it as good? 2w
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JenniferP @BarbaraBB I did love The Luminaries and I did not think Birnam Wood was as good. I'm really interested to see what others think of it - there were things that drove me absolutely crazy about it, but then I also found it hard to put down. 2w
BarbaraBB I hope to read it later this month. I will let you know what I think! 2w
Cathythoughts I Loved it 👍🏻❤️ 2w
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Birnam Wood | Eleanor Catton
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My pre-ordered copy just came today and I‘m excited to get started reading this tonight!

Cathythoughts ❤️ 3w
BarbaraBB So jealous! Still waiting for mine! 3w
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The Heat Of The Day | Elizabeth Bowen
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I enjoyed this novel written in 1948 that takes place in London during WWII. Stella is dating a man named Robert, and a stranger comes to her to tell her Robert is a spy. Meanwhile her adult son inherits some property that enlightens him about Stella‘s relationship with his father. Bowen‘s writing is dense, but the interesting plot carries the book. #roll100 #1001books

PuddleJumper 🎉🎉 3w
Cuilin Two books by Elizabeth Bowen I loved were The House in Paris and The Hotel. 3w
JenniferP @Cuilin I haven‘t read either of these - thanks for the suggestions! 3w
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I‘m staying up to date with my #clarissa reading, still reading by letter date. This weekend was a lot of pages, but it was nice to get in a rhythm with the book. I like that Clarissa is standing her ground against intense family pressure to marry Mr Solmes!

BarbaraBB It does sound good. 3w
Lcsmcat Looking at your edition makes my wrists hurt! 😂 I‘m going full eBook on this one. 3w
JenniferP @Lcsmcat I definitely have to use a book pillow to rest it on! And it's definitely not portable. 3w
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Check out this beautiful stack of books that I got for my birthday - some as gifts and some bought with birthday gift cards. Plus 3 still in the mail. And the beautiful preserved roses that should last a year!

LeahBergen Wow! Happy Birthday!! 📚📚📚 1mo
Ruthiella Happy birthday! 🥳🥳🥳 4w
BarbaraBB Wow! 🎈 happy birthday 🎈 I love the stack of course but the roses too! 4w
batsy Lovely! Happy Birthday! 📚🌹 4w
jlhammar Great stack! I‘m really looking forward to reading Trespasses this month. Happy Birthday! 4w
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Shrines of Gaiety | Kate Atkinson
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I‘d read enough mixed reviews to go into this with low expectations, but I really liked it! Lots of characters, but somehow Atkinson draws them all together. Not the tightest plot, but I felt the book had a lot of heart.

BarbaraBB I am glad you liked it. I am not much of an Atkinson fan so still doubting. 1mo
JenniferP @BarbaraBB it‘s a hard book to universally recommend. If you read the first 50 pages and enjoy the characters, I think you‘ll like it. I found it very character-dependent. If you aren‘t invested in them from the start, I think the book will feel pointless. I loved them! 1mo
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Sharing my March #bookspin list. Excited to try this for the first time in 2023! @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 1mo
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Starting this one - I find this kind of nonfiction set in long ago times (1300s) utterly relaxing to read, even when there‘s lots of drama. The matching puppy on the lap helps too. 😁

BarbaraBB The puppy 🐶 looks so cute even without seeing its head 🤍 1mo
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Shrines of Gaiety | Kate Atkinson
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Starting a new book and keeping half an eye on my son and his friends on a warm February day. I‘ve loved Atkinson in the past, but I‘ve seen mixed reviews on this - curious to see what I think!

swishandflick My library hold just came in for this - looking forward to hearing what you think! 1mo
BarbaraBB I‘m always a bit disappointed by Atkinson 🤷🏽‍♀️ 1mo
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Roll the Dice | Wayne Avrashow
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Playing along with #Roll100. 53 is Irretrievable by Theodore Fontane and 36 is The Heat of the Day by Elizabeth Bowen. I messed up and read the book that was 42 on my list without replacing it, but those two should keep me busy! @PuddleJumper

BarbaraBB Can‘t wait for your thoughts on both! 1mo
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This is absolute must-read nonfiction for anyone who wants to deeply experience what it was like to be a Black American in the Jim Crow South of the 1940s/50s. They say you have to hit rock bottom to turn a corner. This book describes a time in America when we hit it. #blackhistorymonth #pulitzer

Liz_M Excellent review here and on LT. 1mo
JenniferP @Liz_M thank you! 1mo
jlhammar Yes, fantastic book! Really upsetting, but what a great read. 1mo
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A Dream in Polar Fog | Yuri Rytkheu
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I actually squealed when I got this early birthday order of books from Archipelago publishing. I had emailed that I wasn‘t able to access one of their sales (seemed like a website glitch) but just ordered the books I wanted anyway. They sent a lovely handwritten note with TWO free books. Love smaller book publishers!! #archipelagobooks

Ruthiella Nice! 😀 1mo
merelybookish That's awesome! 1mo
BarbaraBB That is lovely! 1mo
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The Land of Green Plums: A Novel | Herta Mller, Michael Hofmann
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Challenging novel by a #nobelprize winning author about a group of young people living in Romania during Ceausescu‘s reign. Vivid picture of living through a surveillance police state, though I also felt kept at arms length, either because I don‘t have a good background in the era, or it was too personal for the author to really let us in to her experience.

BarbaraBB It sounds interesting. A scary state to live in in those years. 1mo
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To the Lighthouse | Virginia Woolf
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Reread of a favorite that did not disappoint. No one is better at describing a character‘s interior life than Woolf.

sarahbarnes Agreed! This is the copy I have, too. 💙 2mo
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It‘s #blackhistorymonth and this was one of my #roll100 books. No brainer to finally get to this Pulitzer Prize winner.

jlhammar This book is so good! Infuriating, but excellent. 2mo
JenniferP @jlhammar I can already tell this will be and uncomfortable and disturbing book to read, but it is important. 2mo
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The Lost Garden: A Novel | Helen Humphreys
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Lovely, short book about a group of women who volunteer to grow food for the WWII war effort. Lots of references to Virginia Woolf‘s To the Lighthouse, so an added benefit that it prompted a reread of that book for me.

TrishB Love Humphreys ❤️ 2mo
batsy I love this book! 2mo
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West with Giraffes | Lynda Rutledge
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Number 83 for #roll100 got this book off my kindle TBR pile. I read the first 50 pages and just didn‘t find it worth my reading time. Cute premise and I know a lot of people liked it, but too many other books out there!

BarbaraBB Good you joined #Roll100 to get it out of the way! 2mo
BarbaraBB Tagging @PuddleJumper so she can add you next month! 2mo
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Just got back from a vacation to Disney World with extended family and thinking about finally reading this children‘s classic. Inspired by the mug I bought at Epcot!

BarbaraBB Lovely edition! 2mo
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Eye opening book that delves beneath the narrative of the famous abolitionist Grimke sisters to explore their entire family, including the Black cousins their brother fathered with one of the women he enslaved. Highly recommended!

SamAnne There was a really good review in the NYT over the week-end. (edited) 2mo
JenniferP @SamAnne Off to read it! 2mo
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The Satapur Moonstone | Sujata Massey
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I didn‘t like this second book in the Perveen Mistry mystery series as much as the first. Still had good cultural details and an interesting setting, but the mystery was kind of boring and the main character started to grate on me. Not sure I‘ll continue with the series.

BarbaraBB I haven‘t heard of this series 2mo
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The Satapur Moonstone | Sujata Massey
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Recently discovered this mystery series set in 1920s India with a female lawyer for the main character. Anyone else a fan?

ChasingOm 🙋🏻‍♀️ 2mo
bnp Haven't read this one, but read and enjoyed the first two. 2mo
quietjenn I need to get back to this series. I've only read the first one, but I really liked it. And way back when I really liked her first series (not historical). 2mo
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Anne: A Novel | Constance Fenimore Woolson
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All the love for this little known woman American author who wrote in the late 19th century. Beautiful writing, a dramatic plot, fantastic cast of characters, and a well-drawn romance. This book deserves to be read with the other Victorians! I also thought it would be a great #persephone catalog addition

batsy This sounds good! 2mo
Ruthiella I think there are a few American women authors who were very popular in their day but never got added to the “canon” and are now subsequently obscured. It‘d be wonderful if a publisher could reprint some of them. 2mo
JenniferP @Ruthiella Woolson has a library of American collection of short stories that is still in print, but it doesn't look like any of her novels are (she wrote about 4). Woolson is also heavily featured in The Master by Colm Toibin, historical fiction about Henry James. I didn't connect her to that until I read a biography of Woolson last year. 2mo
Tamra I will check it out! New to me! 2mo
BarbaraBB This sounds very good! 2mo
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Fight Night | Miriam Toews
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I wasn‘t a fan of this one. Couldn‘t reconcile the humor with the sad situations. And too many exclamation points!!!!

BarbaraBB I am never really in sync with Toews but I know I am a minority 😄 2mo
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It‘s hard to wait for the mail! Sticking to the plan of reading each letter on the date it was written and anxiously waiting for the second letter on January 13! #clarissa

Lcsmcat It brings back memories of waiting for letters from pen pals when I was young (and the internet didn‘t exist.) 2mo
BarbaraBB I was thinking of your year long read! This one seems a good one (edited) 2mo
BarbaraBB Did you join the buddy read hosted by @lcsmcat? Check the hashtag #clarissa. It sounds so tempting. I am still on the fence about jumping in! (edited) 2mo
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JenniferP @BarbaraBB I did join it! Hopefully it will keep me more active on Litsy. And help me get through Clarissa! 2mo
JenniferP @Lcsmcat yes, pen pals! So fun. 2mo
BarbaraBB I hope so too! Are you reading the shortlist of the Tournament of Books? In that case you can join me in a really nice Litsy event. Kay (ridgewaygirl) will be joining too. I‘ll drag you into Litsy 😀😘 2mo
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Starting off 2023 with this nonfiction book about medieval manuscripts. Every year I give litsy a try and fail to keep up - maybe 2023 is the year I commit!

catiewithac This looks like a good book! 3mo
charl08 Ooh I want to read this one! 3mo
BarbaraBB I am extremely glad you keep trying! 3mo
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Ariadne | Jennifer Saint
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A cold day, a warm puppy, and a good book.

Julsmarshall Awww! 😍 1y
BarbaraBB So cute 🥰 1y
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My holiday book haul plus lots of gift cards for more!

BarbaraBB Great haul 🥰 1y
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We are starting a year long group read of the tagged book in 2022. I've created a discussion thread on LT at https://www.librarything.com/topic/337722 and I will also post on Litsy if there is anyone who is interested but not on LibraryThing. Please join us - it looks like a fascinating book! #1001books #nyrb #yearlonggroupread

BarbaraBB @LitsyEvents can you repost? Thanks!! (edited) 1y
BarbaraBB Looking forward to it. I saw the reading schedule on LT. Looking good. 1y
Graywacke @BarbaraBB @arubabookwoman @bnp @BookwormM I think we need a hashtag. (I kinda like #uwe but probably better #anniversariesbuddyread or something similar. ) Anyway, thoughts? 1y
BarbaraBB @Graywacke I go for the short one and really like #Uwe! 1y
JenniferP @Graywacke I like #uwe too! 1y
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Is anyone interested as reading this as a year long group read in 2022? I‘d love some company! #1001books #nryb

vivastory This sounds interesting.. 1y
BarbaraBB Yes, I‘d love to! I‘ve been meaning to read it for a long time. Thanks for asking! @emilyhaldi @vivastory are you in as well? 1y
vivastory @BarbaraBB Count me in! I'm going to order a copy 📚 1y
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BarbaraBB @vivastory Nice! I just did too. Great idea Jennifer! 1y
JenniferP @BarbaraBB @vivastory Excellent! I'm so happy to have some company! I'm much more comfortable on LT, so we'll have to talk about how to best do a group read on litsy. 1y
vivastory @JenniferP @BarbaraBB I'm also on LT (infrequent user). We can use that for the main discussion if you would like. 1y
BarbaraBB @JenniferP @vivastory I‘m okay with both! I don‘t think @emilyhaldi is on LT but she just had a baby and won‘t have much time to read I guess. 1y
JenniferP @BarbaraBB @vivastory I had asked on LT in the 1001 books group if anyone would like to read this and didn't get any takers, but maybe I'll bump it up. If we get some interest there we could use LT and if not I'm willing to try litsy. On Litsy, would we just periodically make a post and tag each other as we read and have comments?
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vivastory @JenniferP @BarbaraBB Sounds good. I think that periodic posts with tagging each other would be a good idea. Maybe at the end of the month we could exchange our thoughts on the book for that particular month? General impression for the month etc 1y
BarbaraBB @vivastory @JenniferP That sounds good to me. Looking forward to it! 1y
Graywacke Interested 🙋🏻‍♂️ - but it might be an overly optimistic interest considering what else i plan to read. 1y
vivastory @Graywacke You should join! 1y
JenniferP @Graywacke @BarbaraBB @vivastory - we'd love to have you! I looked at the book and there are 4 volumes. They aren't even in pages, but roughly 400-450 each. I think matching those volumes up with 3 month chunks of the year would work well. Keeps it a pretty loose schedule. I've had a couple people on LT express loose interest as well, so I'm thinking of starting a thread in the 1001 books group. I'm happy to discuss on both litsy and LT! 1y
BarbaraBB @Graywacke Yay Dan, It would be great to have you join us! It seems not too hard if I hear you @JenniferP I hope my copy will be delivered soon. I know @Liz_M read it, maybe she can tell us what to expect! 1y
Liz_M It's is not difficult at all -- just long. It should be easy to break up as it is structured in daily entries (Aug 21, 1967 - Aug 20, 1968). I think it is better read in larger chunks, which help the flow given the jumping around in two main storylines and the plethora of narrators. Also, as Americans with not a strong grounding in European history, as you near the end of the novel check out the historical significance of the end date. 1y
JenniferP @Liz_M good to know! Fair warning to all - I often end up reading faster than planned once I get in a groove with a book, but I will stay on the discussion pace. And thanks for the tip about the end date - I'll look into it! I will definitely like a group to help each other with the European history. Feel free, all, to tag anyone else on litsy who might be interested! 1y
Graywacke @vivastory @BarbaraBB - I think you convinced me. I‘ll hunt down a copy today. @Liz_M Good info. Thanks! (edited) 1y
emilyhaldi Thanks for thinking of me!!! I would love to join this read along but @BarbaraBB is right that this new little baby has taken up a bit of my time these days 🙃 I also start a new job on 1/5 so that doesn‘t help matters. Keep me posted once you get started and I‘ll see if I can swing it! 🤞🏻 1y
BarbaraBB @emilyhaldi We will, no pressure! Is little Hank doing good? Are you enjoying motherhood? 1y
JenniferP @emilyhaldi we'd love you to join, but I get it on being a new mom plus new job! We'll keep you tagged when we start. 1y
arubabookwoman I will join in the group read whether on Litsy or LT, and will attempt not to drop out, though I'm usually pretty bad at following through with things like this. I already have the multivolume set on my shelf, and started it once in the past. (At the same time Liz did). 1y
vivastory @JenniferP @BarbaraBB I have been thinking about it & I think I'm going to need to bow out of the group read. I have a lot going on right now & not sure that a year long commitment would be a good idea for me. Sorry! I will definitely be following your posts with interest. 1y
BarbaraBB I am sorry to hear that @vivastory but you should take care of yourself and not do things that feel obligatory 🤍. (edited) 1y
BarbaraBB @arubabookwoman Happy You‘re joining Deborah! I‘m not as disciplined as Jennifer either (Proust took me 3 years) but I‘m excited to try! 1y
JenniferP @vivastory totally understand! I always get excited about group reads but sometimes when I think about actually getting down to doing it I realize it's too much. Hope you'll still follow along a bit and maybe you'll get to it some other time! 1y
JenniferP @BarbaraBB @graywacke @arubabookwoman Next question is if we'd like our main posts to be on litsy or LT? I did have two LTers who don't do litsy express a little interest in following along. If we did LT, I would still post about Anniversaires at the end of each quarter on litsy to make sure we aren't leaving anyone out. Thoughts? 1y
bnp @JenniferP I'm on LT more than Litsy, but can do either. my question is, are we doing weekly discussions? Once a month? Just posting as we go? (I would like some structure where I'm accountable to show up, otherwise I get distracted by shiny new things. ) 1y
BarbaraBB @JenniferP Let‘s do both indeed. I know Dan, Deborah, you and @bnp are active on LT. I prefer Litsy but I can follow along on LT too of course! Thanks Jennifer! (edited) 1y
Graywacke @BarbaraBB I like this idea. 1y
Graywacke @bnp ok, I don‘t have the book yet and haven‘t 100% committed yet, but for what it‘s worth I‘m in favor of more structure over less. (Also, I‘m in favor of a lazy pace, if that‘s an option. But ok regardless, as long as i can manage it.) 1y
BarbaraBB Like @Graywacke I‘m in favor of a lazy pace 😀 but I think your proposal to read a volume each 3 months seems pretty relaxed! 1y
bnp I'd like a slow pace too - I took 1700 pages & divided by 48 weeks & came up with 35 pages/week with a few weeks in there for I -didn't-get -to -it-this-week. Is that doable? 1y
Graywacke @bnp i think so. (I ordered a copy today. My boxed set should arrive the 1st week of January.) 1y
JenniferP I will start a thread somewhere on LT at some point this week and provide a link here when it's up. There are lots of options for pacing. You could do one day per day since it's a daily journal, though they differ in length. I will aim to finish one volume per quarter, likely reading in bursts and then taking breaks rather than doing 4-5 pages per day, but any of the above will keep us in roughly the same place to discuss. 1y
emilyhaldi @BarbaraBB Hank is great and we had a good rhythm going!…then he hit 4 months and things went haywire 🤪 he‘s not loving naps recently & with holiday activities reading has been a struggle. Hoping we get things somewhat back on schedule before I start work next week 🤞🏻hope you and your family are doing well and enjoying the holidays!!! ❤️ 1y
BarbaraBB @emilyhaldi A rhythm is a must for working mothers but it‘s hard to keep it going. My daughter didn‘t nap during the day, that was hell 🥴. Good luck with work. Are you looking forward to it or is it hard to leave little Hank? 1y
emilyhaldi @BarbaraBB ugh, the no napping is brutal 😑 I‘m feeling very sad to leave Hank for the new job, and stressed about balancing everything, but trying to be positive 😅 1y
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Once There Were Wolves | Charlotte McConaghy
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Loved this book just as much as Migrations. McConaghy does a fantastic job at combining a focus on environmental issues with great characters and plot. Highly recommended!

AmyG Yes! Such a great book. I love when people love this, too. 1y
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The Seed Keeper | Diane Wilson
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I loved this novel about Rosalie Iron Wing and her journey to discover her past and the history of her Dakhóta tribe. As with much Indigenous writing, rediscovering our lost connection with the earth is central. A lovely, emotional book that manages to avoid being annoyingly sentimental. #indigenousauthor

BarbaraBB Sounds very good. And important 1y
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A maddening look at how women‘s issues and bodies have been ignored, abused, and unplanned for in societies around the world. Hard to read, but so important to shine a light on.

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Silent Patient | Alex Michaelides
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This book fit my reading mood exactly. I was annoyed at the male doctor trying to speak for and heal the voiceless woman but nevertheless I read compulsively til the end. #BOTM

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Trying to pick my next book and leaning towards the tagged book. Can‘t tell if this pup is trying to help or hinder . . . #dogsoflitsy

TheSpineView Seems to be indifferent! 💜🐾 2y
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Damnation Spring | Ash Davidson
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Impressive debut novel about a 1970s logging community and a dying way of life. The characters are deeply drawn and so memorable. You‘ll be longing for a happy ending and racing to the end to see if you get one (no spoiler on yes or no!). #botm

BarbaraBB It sounds good. By the way, I just finished the new book by the author of Migrations and it‘s just as good. Just saying 😉😘 2y
JenniferP Noted! It‘s on hold at my library. 2y
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Starting this, which I picked up in the author‘s hometown of Traverse City, Michigan at a wonderful independent bookstore.

Tamra Love the cover! 2y
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Migrations: A Novel | Charlotte McConaghy
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I went to a bookstore!

Liz_M I've been hearing great things about Migrations. And Oyeyemi is a fascinating writer. 2y
BarbaraBB I can‘t wait to hear your thoughts on Migrations. It is my favorite of the year so far! 2y
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Most conservation books make me feel hopeless, but this book about using native plants in your yard to create a habitat for caterpillars, butterflies, birds, and bees made me feel like I could do something to help. This is a book to convince you, not a how-to manual, which some reviewers didn‘t like. Highly recommended!

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Hideous Kinky | Esther Freud
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Despite the horrible cover and title, I loved this book. Told from a five year old‘s perspective, it tells the story of a selfish young mother who drags her kids with her on a spiritual journey to Marrakech. Their cultural experiences there are interesting and it‘s just a really well written book. #1001books

BarbaraBB I remember loving this movie 2y
BarbaraBB And Esther Freud is such a good writer. 2y
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A ground breaking novel about transgender life experience that pushes the boundaries of who is included in motherhood. Not perfect technically, but a worthwhile book for expanding your point of view.

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A Thousand Ships | Natalie Haynes
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Once I realized this was a retelling of the Iliad and odyssey from female perspectives and not supposed to be a deep dive into a few characters, I really enjoy this Greek myth retelling.

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I‘m just starting this and think it‘s going to be just my kind of book.

TrishB Oh I have this one on my tbr! 2y
rubyslippersreads This looks great! 2y
batsy I really want to read this! 2y
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The Genius of Birds | Jennifer Ackerman
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Pickpick

This was a fascinating look at intelligence in birds - solving puzzles, amazing navigation, working in groups - it was really interesting. And check out my backyard - the one time a year it looks gorgeous!

Simona Sounds good! 2y
Sparklemn Your flowers are lovely.
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Pickpick

Loved this multi-generational family drama set in the Midwest. A father‘s will splits two sisters apart - will beer bring them back together?

Prairiegirl_reading I really enjoyed this book. It got me curious about craft beer, typically not a beer drinker but I now enjoy trying different styles and flavours. I actually drove to the liquor store while listening. 2y
JenniferP @Prairiegirl_reading I have several friends that brew small batch craft beer and I do really enjoy beer occasionally. Not a fan of super hoppy beer, but I love stouts and milder ales. 2y
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