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Joyfulmimi

Joyfulmimi

Joined May 2016

Life is a sacred adventure.
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Persuasion | Jane Austen
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The Good Soldier | Ford Maddox Ford
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I am continuing to think a lot about this book, the characters and the relationships. It reminded me a lot of what Tolstoy amazingly did in “Anna Karenina”. Ford amazingly portrayed the full complexities of human emotions and relationships...all of the good, the bad and the ugly. Human nature is really, really difficult to understand and is in reality very messy. I will keep trying to figure this out but know I never fully will.

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Persuasion | Jane Austen
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This is my first Jane Austen although it is her last book. I am surprised at how much I am enjoying this! Don‘t really want to put it down!

DGRachel My favorite Austen!!💖💖 1w
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The Good Soldier | Ford Maddox Ford
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I found this book to be amazing. The psychotherapist part of me loved it the most. I may be wrong in this but I think those who do not do my job may not be aware that such toxic, incredible, unbelievable...people and relationships actually exist undercover among seemingly “normal”people. This novel is fiction but, truly, as Dowell says, “It‘s a queer and fantastic world...with broken,tumultuous lives” ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

#1001Bookstoreadbeforeyoudie

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The Good Soldier | Ford Maddox Ford
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Lord knows, I wish I could stay home and finish reading this book. It is sooooo enjoyable!

readordierachel Beautiful cover! 2w
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The Good Soldier | Ford Maddox Ford
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I found another great book, written in first person narrative, that I am really enjoying. I am not trained in English literature and do not know what kind of writing this is but I love his descriptions of people and things.

twohectobooks I really liked this one! 3w
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Brief Lives | Anita Brookner
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Amazing is the word for this book. In less than 300 pages Fay perfectly conveys, in first person, her complex, conflictual, inexplicable adult life. Although supposedly a novel, her story is believable as any memoir I have read; I am thinking she continues to exist somewhere. Actually she does because there are many Fays that we may know. I have not even yet mentioned her odd relationship with Julia. Reading more Anita Brookner is a must for me.

Cinfhen Beautiful review 3w
merelybookish I would stack it but I already have it stacked! 😀 3w
BarbaraBB Great review. I stack! 3w
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Cathythoughts I love this writer & I loved this book too ❤️❤️❤️ 3w
batsy Lovely review. I loved her first novel and look forward to reading more of her work! 3w
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Brief Lives | Anita Brookner
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Brief Lives | Anita Brookner
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I am going to miss Fay and her thoughts so much when this book ends. I can wait to hear what she is going to be into next as each chapter unfurls. I hope Brookner has other characters In her books whomI will love.

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Brief Lives | Anita Brookner
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Whose brave? 👵🏽

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Brief Lives | Anita Brookner
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Loving Anita Brookner‘ story and her writing.

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Brief Lives | Anita Brookner
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She was not a very nice woman but neither am I.

( I have fallen for this book in 5 pages. 🤣)

BarbaraBB Great quote! 1mo
Joyfulmimi I could go on and on with her making it so real @BarbaraBB 🤣 1mo
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The Waves | Virginia Woolf
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The main thing I liked about this book was that it was written by Virginia Woolf. She is intriguing and amazing to me on different levels: her writing style, her intuitiveness/emotional sensitivity, and her conception of human nature. These are intertwined in her books to make her unequalled in my view. However, this book bothered me. I am left with many questions like: “Who the heck is Percival?” Read it to see what I mean. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

merelybookish Reading right now! 3w
Joyfulmimi Will be interested in your thoughts @merelybookish 3w
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Hawaii | James Albert Michener
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Hawaii and Fiji are two of the best island groups in the world to visit as a vacationer. The great hotels, the fascinating LOCAL people, the exciting history of the two contrasting island groups, and the unmatched scenery make these two of the most enticing stopovers. -James Michener
#QuotsyOct19

(We have visited both and loved Fiji the best)

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The Prophet | Kahlil Gibran
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Beauty is a thing of might and dread. Like the tempest she shakes the earth beneath us and the sky above us. #QuotsyOct19

Cathythoughts The Prophet ♥️💔❣️ 1mo
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The Waves | Virginia Woolf
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Following 6 individuals with their different personalities throughout their lives, Neville is the introvert. This is definitely my kind of book.

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The Waves | Virginia Woolf
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This book is challenging to keep up with and to understand yet intriguing...on the waves...

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The Waves | Virginia Woolf
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Because I am on a book hangover and my library books are not due until October 15, I think I will read another Virginia Woolf next. I guess it‘s called a binge. 🥴

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To the Lighthouse | Virginia Woolf
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To me, Virginia Woolf was amazing. Not only is she an unbelievable writer, making words on a page into a musical score but she comes across as a genius in her understanding of important aspects of human nature. In this brief novel, mostly told in the minds of its characters, she tackles all the intense feelings and dramas in a typical life. There were many moments when I stopped reading and stared ahead, saying WOW .One of the greatest⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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The Walk: A Novel | Richard Paul Evans
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Day 5: #7covers7days

Intriguing

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The Little Prince | Antoine de Saint-Exupry
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IamIamIam 😍😍😍 2mo
tpixie This is my favorite book of all time. It‘s going to be my booked day seven which I have not gotten around to and I‘m a week late! Hopefully I‘ll get to it today!! 2mo
Joyfulmimi I loved it! I really need to reread it @tpixie 2mo
tpixie @Joyfulmimi ♥️✈️☄️🤴🏻🌹🦊🐍📚 2mo
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To the Lighthouse | Virginia Woolf
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What is the meaning of life? That was all-a simple question; one that tended to close in on one with years. The great revelation had never come. The great revelation perhaps never did come. Instead there were little daily miracles, illuminations, matches struck unexpectedly in the dark

(She takes my breath away)

Artwork: Mary Whyte, “Open Door”, Coleman Fine Art, Charleston, SC

GhostStories I love this! 2mo
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Sally Hemings | Barbara Chase-Riboud
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One for the Books | Joe Queenan
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Great writers say things that are so beautiful, the very act of repeating them makes life itself beautiful

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To the Lighthouse | Virginia Woolf
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Day 1: #7covers7days

Thanks for the invite @merelybookish

cleoh I love the depth of this! 2mo
merelybookish It is a gorgeous cover! 2mo
sarahbarnes Love this cover! 2mo
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To the Lighthouse | Virginia Woolf
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“But what have I done with my life? Thought, Mrs. Ramsey...She had a sense of being past everything, through everything, out of everything...-Virginia Woolf, “To the Lighthouse”
Painting: Vilhelm Hammershoii

saresmoore Gorgeous quote & painting! 2mo
BookieBiker Ditto what saresmoore said! ❤️Virginia Woolf! 2mo
Joyfulmimi I‘ve decided she may be my favorite author @saresmoore and @BookieBiker 2mo
merelybookish @Joyfulmimi Mine too! Or top 3 for sure!! 2mo
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To the Lighthouse | Virginia Woolf
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I think Virginia Woolf is referring to herself as always having been a highly sensitive person. The Ramsays are supposed to be her parents.

saresmoore Wow, yes. I think you‘re on to something. 2mo
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To the Lighthouse | Virginia Woolf
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I LOVE this book and Virginia Woolf now. If only I could stay home and finish reading it! (Sigh)

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Reveries of the Solitary Walker | Jean-Jacques Rousseau
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In my view, this is philosophical writing regarding soul-searching at its finest. I love such books of self-examination, of people trying to make sense of themselves and human nature. Plus, I found much of his wisdom to be personally helpful and unforgettable, captured in my book journal, filled with notes. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️🌟

#1001Books

MrBook Ah, one I remember fondly! I must re-read it! Thank you for the reminder! 2mo
Joyfulmimi You are surely welcome @MrBook 2mo
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Reveries of the Solitary Walker | Jean-Jacques Rousseau
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I think I am going to remain in my philosophical reading mood for a bit longer. 🤓

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She basically told a “mistruth” for no good reason and I read the other reviews. I don‘t have time for this just after reading such a wonderful book. There‘s too many other great books I need to find and read. I get it. Your father was not your biological father.

BarbaraBB Haha great review (the book is on my tbr, but I now am thinking of unstacking!) 3mo
Joyfulmimi It‘s not for ME @BarbaraBB 3mo
Joyfulmimi I decided that I may give her another chance when I am in the mood. I heard her interviewed today on a podcast. I do love her writing. 🤔 3mo
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I am so irritated that, in this book, she clearly keeps saying that her father died in a car accident. In “Slow Motion”, the book including the story of her life after her parents‘ accident, he did not die until much later after the accident. So, is she a trustworthy memoir writer?

Lindy I haven‘t read her books. I wonder if she might be talking about two different fathers, one biological, one not? 3mo
Joyfulmimi No. It‘s the same father. In Inheritance, she discovers after his death that he really was not her biological father. 3mo
Joyfulmimi It‘s not a major issue in the story but it makes me not trust her @Lindy 3mo
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Joyfulmimi I decided that she may have meant that her father as she knew him died in the accident although he did not die physically but yet she could have made this clearer @Lindy and all 3mo
Lindy @Joyfulmimi The English language can be so ambiguous. 3mo
Joyfulmimi I guess I like it when folks are explicit @lindy 3mo
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To grasp the essence of this book it has to be read soon after “The Five People You Meet in Heaven”.‘ It not only explains that book but also them together makes this into a truly unforgettable reading experience. I thoroughly believe in Albom‘s concept of the way things work, that we are all connected. But, most importantly, I felt like I was there with all of them in Heaven. By the end, tears were running down my face. Unforgettable! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Waiting for my new granddaughter to be born any day now.
Favorite ice cream flavor: chocolate chip
I play the piano.

#Friyayintro

@howjessreads

SW-T How exciting! Hope all goes well 💕 3mo
Joyfulmimi Thanks @SW-T ! We are very excited! This makes #4 for us!!! 3mo
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This is captivating, reading this soon after reading “The Five People You Meet in Heaven” again. I don‘t want to put it down but work calls. (Sigh)

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A Room of One's Own | Virginia Woolf
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I now have this thing for Virginia Woolf. I think she‘s amazingly brilliant. I so agree with all of her viewpoints in this essay and I like her as a person. Like Toni Morrison, one has to understand and grasp her way of thinking and her use of language. I loved that challenge and now I am all in, ready to read all of her novels. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

KathyWheeler My favorite novel of hers is Orlando. 3mo
Leftcoastzen Love Virginia! She was amazing! 3mo
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A Room of One's Own | Virginia Woolf
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I am loving this conversation with Virginia Woolf, taking place inside of her head. Oh, if only I could stay here and read this in one sitting.

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I seldom if ever reread books but something compelled me to read this again and I am so glad I did. This is a book that I would dare to recommend for everyone to read. Such a sweet viewpoint about life. I believe this could very well be a true depiction of the way it is. I hope so. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Texreader I loved this book too. I recently read the sequel. Not quite as good but worth it. 3mo
Joyfulmimi Thanks for sharing about the sequel. I was wondering @Texreader (edited) 3mo
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Love, like rain, can nourish from above, drenching couples with a soaking joy. But sometimes, under the angry heat of life, love dries on the surface and must nourish from below, tending to its roots, keeping itself alive.

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I‘m back at my reading with a wonderful reread. 🥰

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Hey Littens! Been missing you!! It hasn‘t been a good reading year for me. Took me 3 whole weeks to read this one book. However, it was well worth it for me to take my time. Seneca “outlines his thoughts on how to live in a troubled world” and I needed to learn every lesson he taught me. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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This book was mostly interesting and not that enjoyable to read. The author shared lots of interesting facts and thoughts about her famous parents‘ lives. However, I am left frustrated in knowing all that she certainly left out. She wrote this as a scientist and/or anthropologist would, not clearly and openly sharing her feelings about them. So, the reader is left guessing about many issues. 3/5

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What can I possibly say to reflect all my thoughts and feelings about this book? It certainly is on my shortlist of favorite and unforgettable books. Agee superbly describes every possible thought and emotion one has but does not necessarily openly express while experiencing a life tragedy. He furthermore addresses the complexities of different human relationships. If you want a touching glimpse into human nature, read this. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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I just read the first chapter and it was so beautiful and touching. I am certainly hooked!

MicheleinPhilly Um, but what is that cover??? 5mo
Joyfulmimi I am not to sure about THAT @MicheleinPhilly. It‘s an old copy. Maybe it will make sense upon reading the book. 5mo
quirkyreader I like the mariposa wings on the vintage cover. 5mo
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Joyfulmimi I found the significance of the butterfly @MicheleinPhilly but it would be a Spoiler to share 🤓 5mo
MicheleinPhilly I read it in college but I have very little recollection of it. 😬 5mo
Joyfulmimi I really, really loved this book but I have a lot of grief issues so it really resonated with me @MicheleinPhilly 5mo
MicheleinPhilly OK, I‘m going to stack to re-read. 👍🏼 5mo
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On Living | Kerry Egan
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It‘s incredible how I have been finding the best books for me. As a geropsychologist in nursing homes, Kerry, a hospice chaplain, and I do the same work. Nothing to boast about, we must face difficult issues daily with our patients and with ourselves. In Kerry, I found a kindred spirit and a mentor. I know that I am not alone in my practices and beliefs and I learned a lot more about life in the midst of learning about about death. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Swann's Way (Centenary) | Marcel Proust
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Hi Littens! I have been missing you. I have gotten far behind on my reading lately. I had to make sure to come on and share with you my discoveries today at the Goodwill Store. I almost did not go and I am so glad that I did.

Bklover I have Swann‘s Way and have never read it. Would be a great buddy read book sometime. 😊 5mo
BarbaraBB Hi 🖐 good to see you back! 💕 5mo
Joyfulmimi Hey, My Book Friends! @Bklover @BarbaraBB 5mo
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I loved this book so very much. It gave me everything I need as a reader. Her writing was superb, making me feel I was truly in situations with her, feeling all of her deep feelings. There were many life lessons, the major and most inspirational one being that we truly “can start all over again” and do what‘s best for ourselves. The emotional intensity of this story was cathartic in the best ways for me. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

umbrellagirl Or, should I say, her other memoir. 6mo
Joyfulmimi It‘s going to be amazing to read “Inheritance” after this book. I read “Devotion” in the past but can‘t recall it and she has written about her marriage @umbrellagirl 6mo
umbrellagirl @Joyfulmimi I haven‘t read any of her others yet but I plan to. Glad you liked this one. 6mo
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