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KAO

Joined September 2023

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This was fun! And it‘s always a delightful surprise to find one‘s own name randomly included in a minor detail…

KAO “A” stands for Ashby in “KAO”! 1mo
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The Book of Two Ways | Jodi Picoult
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I enjoyed this and found myself reflecting on death and the big choices we make in our lives. Bonus: learning a good bit about Egyptology!

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I really enjoyed this new novel by Ryan Byrnes!
From the book jacket: “A love story of Italian immigrants reaching from Brooklyn to Sicily to Tunisia, from the Great War to the Great Depression.”

KAO Fun fact: the author was a student at the high school where I taught for 19 years before I retired. 2mo
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Demon Copperhead: A Novel | Barbara Kingsolver
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I cannot lie. I had a hard time getting through this, because the story is so painful in many ways. I understand why it was chosen for the Pulitzer Prize, however, because the writing is absolutely phenomenal. I‘m glad I read it—and especially glad that I made it to the end, as it took some wild turns in the last 100 pages.

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I thought this was well written, but I found so much of it very sad as a few of the characters made some heart-breaking choices. Watching the characters change over time was what kept me hopeful! Overall a very good book!

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AmandaBlaze I had my knee done in November. 2mo
KAO @AmandaBlaze I hope you‘re doing great by now! I hear it can take a year to recover. I‘m trying to be patient. 2mo
AmandaBlaze @KAO Yes, patience is hard, but right now I'm pain free! 2mo
KAO @AmandaBlaze Outstanding news! 2mo
DebinHawaii A lovely list of joys! 💛💛💛 Congrats on the recovering & being able to walk your dog without pain. That‘s awesome! 👏🏻 Thank you for joining in & spreading the joy! 🤗 2mo
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Rebecca | Daphne D Maurier
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Just realized that I never posted my review of Rebecca! I enjoyed this so much! It was the first time I have read this classic. Thanks to @BarkingMadRead and all who contributed to the group read last month!

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Wide Sargasso Sea | Jean Rhys
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This was a very challenging read for me! I might have enjoyed it more if I had read Jane Eyre shortly beforehand. My murky memories of Jane Eyre from 40 years ago really didn‘t help me out. I was grateful for the detailed notes in this volume though. Even so—just not for me.

KAO @dabbe “Better books ahead” is always the battle cry! (Plus, I enjoyed reading Rebecca so much that it was a tough act to follow.) (edited) 2mo
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Hissy Fit | Mary Kay Andrews
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Just the kind of light-hearted fun I have needed!

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Brothers Karamazov | Fyodor Dostoevsky
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I don‘t know if I have ever been more relieved to reach the last page of a novel! Truly, if it had not been for the dogged perseverance of @BarkingMadRead and others who offered hashtags that assured me I was not alone in this crazed wasteland of #blahblahblah, I would never—I repeat never—have finished this. Honestly, I enjoyed the last 300 pages more than the first 500–again, a sentence I hope never to write again. My expectations were high…

BarkingMadRead I think you are in good company with this 🤣 he should have just cut to the chase 🤣 3mo
KAO …and high expectations are sometimes the first hurdle for me to enjoy a book. I feel like I just didn‘t get what makes this an extraordinary book that deserves its reputation, and as I read rave reviews on GoodReads or other sites, I think I also just don‘t have solid context (Russian history, culture, literary traditions) to appreciate it. My loss, I guess. In any case, I was determined to finish this, and I thank you all in the group! 3mo
KAO Thanks too @Aimeesue for the remarkable portraits, chapter by chapter! 3mo
Ruthiella Well done! 👏👏👏 3mo
dabbe #fanofthepan! 🤩🤩🤩 “Hurrah for Karamazov [and the ending of this monstrosity of a book!]!“ 3mo
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1) Our Town by Thornton Wilder (Plays count, right? I love this one for many reasons.)
2) Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury
3) A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

Extraordinary writing justifies repeat visits!

@dabbe #TLT #ThreeListThursday

dabbe 1: You bet it counts! It's still a story, right? 🤩 2: new on the TBR 3: YES! 🤩 Thanks for sharing. 💚💙💚 3mo
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Demon Copperhead: A Novel | Barbara Kingsolver
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1) Get a new knee (total knee replacement) on Tuesday and do physical therapy!
2) As a child, I wanted to be an artist, because I liked to draw, AND I wanted to be a teacher, because I enjoyed some of my teachers so very much.
3) If I recover from the knee surgery quickly, I‘d love to attend a friend‘s wedding in June in Illinois.
4) Currently reading Demon Copperhead (also The Brothers Karamazov—one chapter a day!)
@Cupcake12
#MotivationalMonday

Cupcake12 Good luck with your knee replacement, fingers crossed for a speedy recovery. Thank you for taking part 💕 4mo
TheBookgeekFrau Best wishes for a smooth surgery and a speedy recovery!! 🙏🏼💕 4mo
dabbe Good luck with your surgery! 💚💙💚 4mo
KAO @Cupcake12 @TheBookgeekFrau @dabbe and others: Thanks for the good wishes! Knee replacement surgery was successful (so I hear from the surgeon), and now I am facing a pile of books to keep me distracted from pain! (edited) 4mo
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Demon Copperhead: A Novel | Barbara Kingsolver
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1) I just started Demon Copperhead, which is set in contemporary Appalachia (though I‘ve read that it‘s inspired by Dickens‘ David Copperfield, which was set in rural Suffolk in the 1800s).

2) I have been to Hogwarts! Okay, so it was actually Alnwick Castle in northern England, where parts of the Harry Potter movies were filmed.
@Eggs #WondrousWednesday

Eggs Excellent 👌🏼 Thanks for joining in🙏🏻 4mo
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The Nickel Boys: A Novel | Colson Whitehead
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Extraordinary! This one is going to be on my mind and heart for some time. A brilliantly written, heart-wrenching story.

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The Nickel Boys: A Novel | Colson Whitehead
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1️⃣ I have lots of favorite female characters, but today I choose Jo in Little Women.

2️⃣ Today I choose Jean Valjean in Les Misérables.

3️⃣ I just started The Nickel Boys. I expect it will be sad, but I love Colson Whitehead‘s writing.

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Tattooist of Auschwitz | Heather Morris
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This was on my TBR list for years, and I finally read it this week. I have mixed feelings about it, but the fact that it‘s based on a true story is absolutely remarkable. As a high school German teacher, I used to have an annual Holocaust reading project, during which students chose a book (fiction or nonfiction books in English) based on events of the Holocaust. At the end of the project we had book club style discussions in small groups…

KAO This title was added to the list of recommended books for that project, mostly because a few students discovered it and found it very moving. #neverforget (edited) 5mo
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I just finished this one for my local book club meeting on Monday. It was awfully predictable, but that‘s not always a bad thing, if you‘re in the mood for a comforting kind of read. I haven‘t read other books by this author, but she‘s apparently a big success with many other published titles.

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I enjoyed Pillars of the Earth so much and was excited to read this prequel! I enjoyed the characters and plot lines, but for some reason this book didn‘t captivate me as much as Pillars did. Actually, I felt the same way about the two sequels as well. All in all, still a very enjoyable read!

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A Week in Winter | Maeve Binchy
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What a good read this was! I enjoy Maeve Binchy‘s stories, where good people often find each other in unexpected ways at a time when kindness is most needed.

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What a year of interesting reading! My life is richer for it, to be sure. Here‘s to another year of good books!

Ruthiella Awesome! 👏👏👏 6mo
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I received three books for Christmas! I had requested the books by Kingsolver and Follett, but Jesus at the Movies was a surprise gift from my brother who is a friend of the author. This title is not showing up on the Litsy list, but the author‘s earlier book Letterboxed is there and was referenced in this book. At a mere 99 pages, I was able to finish it quickly and found it to be a mini Masters class on film with some references to Christianity.

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Marley: A Novel | Jon Clinch
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It didn‘t take me long to get into this imagined backstory of Jacob Marley, whose ghost visits Ebenezer Scrooge in Dickens‘ classic, A Christmas Carol, and to find myself fully invested in the development of the relationship of these two men. A clever and illuminating revelation as to the many reasons why Marley was doomed, as well as an elaboration on the love story between young Scrooge and Belle—and more! Recommended!

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#tlt @dabbe
1: Germany ??
2: Switzerland ??
3: Austria ??
Ah—to be in German speaking countries for the holidays!
?Today I went to the Christkindlmarkt (Christmas market) in Atlanta for the first time and got a little dose of German Christmas spirit, as I was reminded of my Christmas market experience in Nürnberg, Germany many years ago!

dabbe Sounds lovely! 💙❄️💙 7mo
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Marley: A Novel | Jon Clinch
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Settling down to start Marley with a cup of tea! Will the author enhance my devotion to Dickens‘ A Christmas Carol with this book? Or will I toss this into the trash, vowing not to fall again for a retelling of a beloved story from another character‘s perspective?

Bklover Ooh let us know!! 7mo
Ruthiella I‘ve been burned before too! Looking forward to your verdict ! 7mo
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Wellness | Nathan Hill
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I‘m really excited to start reading Wellness by Nathan Hill! Nate was a student in my German classes during his high school years in the late 1990s. His first book, The Nix, came out seven years ago and was a bestseller for some time. This time around, Oprah has selected his new book for her latest recommendation!

Ruthiella Wow! What a connection. 😄 I will surely read this at some point. I really enjoyed 8mo
AmyG I had to read that twice! Wow! 8mo
TheBookgeekFrau Oh, wow!!!! That's so cool! 8mo
KAO Finished reading today! Extraordinary in many ways—brilliantly written. 7mo
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The Reformatory | Tananarive Due
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I read one of award-winning Tananarive Due‘s older books, The Good House, to become familiar with her writing before attending this event. It was frightful! The new book, The Reformatory, sounds amazing. It‘s nominated for best Horror Novel of 2023 on GoodReads.

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The Good House | Tananarive Due
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In anticipation of a talk by author Tananarive Due at a nearby library soon, I ordered The Good House (copyright 2003) through inter-library loan, and it finally came in! I wanted to find out more about this author and try one of her books before going to the upcoming book talk, which actually is promoting a brand new book, The Reformatory. So far, I am 80 pages into The Good House, and it‘s quite well written and suspenseful!

KAO Finished reading this just in time for the author visit this week! This was mind-bending! I am not usually a fan of horror, but this was intriguing. It was a little over the top for me, but it was a good experience to read something so different. 8mo
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Mrs. Poe | Lynn Cullen
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I have had this on my shelf for some years, and today felt like the right time to start it! Only one chapter in, and I like it so far!

KAO I don‘t always choose a book that has potential be spooky around Halloween, but I did this year. Life events prevented me from reading it quickly—and I only finished today, four days past the end of October. This was a bit darker than I expected, but I liked it overall. 8mo
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1. I had many favorites, but the first one that popped to mind is The Boxcar Children.
2. A favorite memory of my mom is learning to embroider with her. We worked on many projects together.
3. The last time I was ecstatic was when my offer on a house was accepted! I moved a short time later and have lived in that house now for almost 6 months.

Bklover I‘m so happy you get to be closer to your sister! ❤️ 9mo
KAO @Bklover Actually, I now live closer to my brother. My sister still lives rather far away in New Jersey, but I am planning to visit her for Thanksgiving! 9mo
Eggs I used to embroider with Mom also🥰🥰🥰 Congratulations on the new house 🏡 9mo
KAO @Eggs Sweet memories! 🧵🪡 And thanks! 🏡 9mo
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This is my first read-along on Litsy, and I am glad to find that I am keeping up so far! Just finished chapters 21-22 for today. It really is helpful to keep pace and check in on comments as I go, thanks especially to @BarkingMadRead ! Thank you, @Bklover for the recommendations!

BarkingMadRead I‘m glad you are having fun!! 9mo
Bklover They are fun, especially when @BarkingMadRead is hosting, because her hashtags are so entertaining. Plus when it isn‘t a real cheery book like this one you have plenty of people to commiserate with! 9mo
KAO Finished! What a tragic read—but the paced reading with the group was really enjoyable! (Shared misery and common frustrations with some of Hardy‘s maddening characters helped!) 8mo
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Such a Fun Age | Kiley Reid
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Starting this one for the fiction book club at my local library (Gwinnett County Public Library—Mountain Park in Lilburn, GA). The in-person book club, which meets monthly, has been a nice way to meet people in this community that I just moved to in April.
Several of the members especially like reading books chosen for Reese‘s Book Club, as this one was.

GondorGirl This was such a great book! 9mo
KAO Wow. Just finished. After a pivotal plot turn halfway through, I could hardly put the book down. Lots to think about here. 9mo
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Gone with the Wind | Margaret Mitchell, Pat Conroy
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(Just learning my way around Litsy as a newbie but figured out how to post a picture and make a comment!)
During the 7 hour power outage at my house today (due to a car hitting a utility pole!), I spent part of that time making progress on my book!

AmyG I love this book so much. Enjoy! 9mo
TheBookgeekFrau Power outages can be your friend!! Such a great book to spend time with 💕 9mo
dabbe One of my top five of all time! Can‘t wait to read what you think about it! 🤩 9mo
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Bklover I love that cover! Love the book too❤️ 9mo
Kimzey Welcome to Litsy! 🎉 9mo
KAO Finished yesterday! I honestly enjoyed this more than I expected I would! I can‘t believe I didn‘t read it sooner—like decades ago! 9mo
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