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Larkken

Joined September 2016

She/her Grad school survivor & chronic fantasy and speculative fiction reader. On Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/11989434-larkin
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It's been a long week, but i thought I'd post this #5joysfriday a bit late to change my mindset for the weekend @DebinHawaii
1. My experimental English muffins turned out tasty if flat 😋
2. Took the time to go to the library for a change
3. The weather turned chilly enough that I can put off yardwork a little longer
4/5. These cuties allowed for snuggles this week, and the cat usually isn't into them, so I'll take it!

DebinHawaii Aww… love your joy list & hope it brightens your weekend! 💛💛💛 I am impressed by those English muffins & when cats allow the snuggles, that‘s a true joy! 🐱💛 Thank you for joining in! 🤗 2d
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I've been...Not great?.. in posting my reads lately, & I'm not sure what's worth posting now 🤪
Case in point: March! Well, at least my fav (tagged) should get a shout out. Spot on cougar narration, man! If they were to do things like narrate, that is.
+ I'm impressed I got through so many #tob2024/#LitsyToB24 selections! I plan to continue with those lists, but possibly not very diligently, given that the tournament-immediacy is, um, over.

BarbaraBB Haha no hurry indeed! However, CampLitsy is approaching 😀😀 2d
Larkken @BarbaraBB exactly! So many new shinies to get into instead 😇😍 2d
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A color-co-ordinated #camplitsy24 nomination for y'all:
⛺️Diavola - Jennifer Thorne
🏕️ The Morningside - Tea Obreht
🪵 Exordia - Seth Dickinson
🌲 Sociopath: A Memoir - Patric Gagne
Can't wait for the tbr explosion of the longlist!

Megabooks Ooo! Fantastic choices! I‘m on the list for Diavola at the library! 5d
squirrelbrain Thanks for nominating! I‘m really interested in Sociopath. 5d
BarbaraBB And a new Obreht! Thanks you for joining again. An explosion it will be I guess 💥 5d
Larkken @Megabooks @squirrelbrain @BarbaraBB thank you all for hosting! I really liked this pace and format last year and I hope I can keep up again this year! 🤗 4d
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Hiatus | L. A. Witt
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I've been lurking and reading but haven't had the energy to post. So hello! Here's the list I've been reading off of this month. I'll be tentatively poking around at these challenges and buddy reads, as ever. 👋 #bookspin #roll100 #readyourebooks #naturalitsy #noplacelikeholmes #LitsySciFiBookClub

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Boys Weekend | Mattie Lubchansky
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Newly transitioned, non-binary Sammie goes on a debauched bachelor‘s weekend for their best friend from before they transitioned. They contend with micro- and macro aggressions as they try to figure out if these relationships are worth saving - literally saving, as it turns out, since the weekend happens at the site of an apocalyptic cults‘ bid to awaken their eldritch god. So… lots going on. The part with the clones felt most thought-out. ⬇️

Larkken I am confused (? Conflicted?), however, by this book‘s inclusion in #tob2024. What were the judges thinking? It‘s unlike anything else on the bracket, is uneven in its dealing with some themes, and is really unlikely to go far, given the historical decisions made by judges. This feels like a one-off, a “hey, why not?” And I feel like it deserves better than a footnote in a literary contest. Or is that unfair, and placing these kinds of books in ⬇️ (edited) 2mo
Larkken The public discourse should be a POINT of the #tob? What do y‘all think? I don‘t think it‘s a perfect book, but that also shouldn‘t necessarily be the point of the tourney, and it does have some great themes even if I think other authors/books/formats have done them in a way I thought held together better or at least that I appreciated more. 2mo
TieDyeDude I've never heard of the Tournament of Books. Is that a new thing? I have the same conflicting thoughts about the Oscars, though. Is it patronizing to put a movie on the ballot that has no chance of winning but deserves recognition, or is it “an honor just to be nominated“? 2mo
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Larkken @TieDyeDude Tob has been around for a while, but I've only started reading books from it in the past couple of years bc they are always outside my comfort zone and I usually find a new author to obsess over from every year. Here's the website if you're curious https://www.tournamentofbooks.com. However, I've been enjoying even more the ersatz #LitsyToB crew that's been active... Due to general disaffection with the official short list, 🔽 2mo
Larkken @Megabooks @squirrelbrain and @BarbaraBB organized a vote and a separate shortlist ? and a mini readalong camp last summer. It's been fun integrating my "find authors outside my go-to list" quest with the comradery of the litsy fam. (edited) 2mo
Larkken @TieDyeDude but also, yes! You're right, my feelings are very similar to how I feel about the Oscars. I'm impatient with both groups for having "go-to" authors/directors but then annoyed at the token genre picks that are elevated to being worth recognition -why just them? 2mo
Hooked_on_books I liked seeing this on the TOB list because it‘s topical and different. I‘m glad they included it. But I agree, I don‘t want it to suffer from tokenism, and I‘m concerned it will, especially since it‘s going up against the National Book Award winner in the first round. That seems a little unfair. I‘m really curious to read the judgement for the pairing and see how the judge deals with this. 2mo
Larkken @Hooked_on_books oh man, I didn‘t realize Blackouts was a winner in other award venues already. I hadn‘t gotten to it yet myself. That will be… interesting 🤨 2mo
BkClubCare The ToB is unashamedly absurd - the whole point is that you CANNOT pick a “winner”! Read the history and explanation; I never try to take any of it too seriously. Yes, highlighting obscure offerings to the “battles” is somewhat what they want to do to make it all very interesting to discuss books for book-sake. I am enjoying the tourney this week very much even if I was half enthused about a few titles. 1mo
Larkken @BkClubCare yeah, fair, the absurdity is fun, also I like to read the judgements and feel inadequate in how think about books (🙃 kidding! Mostly). But also I think tokenism in any form is damaging. To me, it‘s like saying that the majority of *something* that is like the one example chosen is generally forgettable, but this one thing can be elevated as somehow worthy. And to that, I absolutely balk. (edited) 1mo
BkClubCare @Larkken - okay, I can accept and ponder that. Or,also,maybe? I would have zero exposure and most of the ToB crowd, if you will, would welcome the introduction to these works of art. I appreciate the opening of my mind, introduction to new ideas and perspectives. I certainly understand that this is not meant to be “hey look, this is the best of Xyz”! Celebrate it as an example. (edited) 1mo
BkClubCare Plus, the commentariat really tends to try and keep it informed, respectful, considerate of all angles of analysis. I learn so much and this challenges me and my reading motivations. 1mo
Larkken @BkClubCare the judges and the thoughtful interaction with the books is def my fav part! No complaints on that score - I love how much I learn about the books and even why I engaged with a book how I did just by reading the judgements et al. Even when it‘s a genre or a book I know fairly well, my reading is always deepened by the experience! 🥰 1mo
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Princess Bride!
Also: Misery/the Shining, Hogfather, and Coraline.
I wonder if I can find Hogfather to buy on Amazon or if it still holds up 🤔

BookmarkTavern Some great choices! Thanks for sharing! 2mo
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Argylle: A Novel | Elly Conway
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This is the second book I‘ve read this year that was supposed to be a spy novel but was really something else in spy clothing! I‘m giving the first a pass bc it was the first George Smiley and le Carre basically created the genre… but this book has no such excuse. This is a heist novel and it tries a little too hard to be Hollywood, even if it is a movie tie-in.

Photo is of a cow butt I saw in Denver for no good reason. Just thought it was fun…

Texreader 😂😂😂 2mo
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Slainte | Hassett Hassett
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Happy March #bookspin and # doublespin time! I'm in catch-up mode for #TOB and #LitsyToB and then I'll be looking into a few other rather-neglected challenges...

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Vaster Wilds | Lauren Groff
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Making slow headway in February on many challenges, though I did enjoy the tagged book for #AuthorAMonth and downloaded a couple more Groffs to my ever-growing ebook backlog. She sure writes a lovely sentence, tho the book was brutal in parts.
Fav of the month: prob Rachel Incident?
I DNF'd my #bookspin (American Mermaid)
+ finished another of @vivastory #AuldLangSpine picks which was also fun (The Art Thief)
A good month!

TheAromaofBooks Yay!! Fantastic month!! 2mo
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Fourth Wing | Rebecca Yarros
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I read it (how could I avoid it? It was fun, whatevs, will read the next...) but can now only think of Anne McCaffrey (rip), the O.G. of thirsty, violent people with psychic bonds to large flying reptiles. I dunno if all the Tairn/Andarna/Violet stans are aware? But they should go read The White Dragon immediately.
#popsugar24 about dragons
#52bookclub24 author everyone has read but me

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Ascension | Nicholas Binge
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This was a fun if silly Eldritch horror to listen to on a roadtrip. There were some clear Lovecraftian influences - my husband and I started counting the number of characters driven mad by existential dread - and the creatures were fun, even if the plot was predictable and the author was unable to reconcile the genius/everyman/tragic background tendencies of the MC. Could have used a good edit, and some checks on the underlying physics.

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The Rachel Incident: A novel | Caroline O'Donoghue
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Today brings you a tale of 2 #toblonglist titles because for both I found the MC to be extremely relatable… but for the tagged, this meant the 20-something self-involvedness & resulting life implosion was cringe but i rooted for her; & yet the American Mermaid mc is making me want to hide in shared shame and bail... Weird how that shared characteristic is affecting me so differently. Does AM get more fun, all yall who've read it for #tob2024?

Larkken Otherwise, this looks like a clear case of #litsytob2024 supremacy over the official Tob list😅 2mo
BarbaraBB @Larkken 🙌🏽 2mo
squirrelbrain Hooray - #litsytob2024 for the win! I haven‘t read AM, but loved The Rachel Incident. 2mo
Larkken @squirrelbrain i thought RI did as well as anything I‘ve read depicting the complicated feelings over an unwanted pregnancy and its loss and then I loved that it ended on a sweet note, so def a win for me ☺️ 2mo
BkClubCare Same!! I gave RI a 5⭐️ but just couldn‘t seem to get into AM and yet… yet! It seemed like one I would like! My reading mojo is super confused anymore. 2mo
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Northanger Abbey | Jane Austen
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Last book read in Jan was for #authoramonth and it rounded out a solid month of reading! I liked the simplicity bordering on mockery and the thoughts on literature and reading. When you next meet a novel-hater, this book has a quote for you to deploy at them. #52bookclub24 bibliosmia #popsugar24 self-pub
Most enjoyed reads have arrows, & of them Friday Black was my fav. 1984 gets a mustache #iykyk & I appreciate more having read it than reading it

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An English Murder | Cyril Hare
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Read (late as per usual) for @Mitch #goldenageofcrime buddy read in December. I think i needed to be a scholar of UK politics to even guess the killer, but i enjoyed the ride 🙃 somehow, the fact that politics was so divisive in the past as well as today is oddly... Comforting?
#52bookclub24 book cover w/o people on it
#popsugar24 set in the snow

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I‘ve decided to use the #readyourebooks challenge in tandem with #roll100 since my roll100 list is so very long that ebooks that I bought because I was truly excited about them, and not just because they were on sale, are a bit buried. It was nice to go back through the list and pick out those much-anticipated titles that I‘ve been hoarding, languished forgotten on my kindle, haha. Let‘s gooo!

CBee So glad it can work for other challenges 😊 Hart and Mercy was 🔥 3mo
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The Postcard | Anne Berest
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New month, new list! I did NOT do great at #bookspin and #roll100 challenges in January, lol, and I‘d like to do better this time… We‘ll see how I do while I try to keep on track with the #ToB and #LitsyToB lists… maybe I should join more challenges instead? 🫣

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 3mo
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Friday Black | NANA KWAME. ADJEI-BRENYAH
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I managed to read only two books off of the generous #AuldLangSpine list from @vivastory - the tagged and Call for the Dead - however, this anthology is my fav read this month and I wouldn‘t be surprised if it pops up on my best-of-2024… The stories are all great, but I really knew I was in love when I finished the stories in the retail cycle; the way it went from zombie story to end with making connections in the modern world was breathtaking.

Larkken …but I am partway through a third (or maybe more like 2.5th? I am currently reading the actual George Smiley novel on your list, haha) and am anxiously awaiting another that I put on library hold as soon as I read the list (The Art Thief)! 3mo
Librarybelle Very interesting! 3mo
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BarbaraBB That book sounds awesome. #stacked 3mo
TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 3mo
vivastory I'm happy to see that you liked this one so much! After Friday Black & Chain Gang etc, I will def be reading anything that Adjeni-Brenyah releases. I will be curious on your thoughts on the Smiley book. That is one that has really stuck with me since finishing. It has a lot to say about the ethics of government agencies. Art Thief is such a wild book, I listened to it & that worked well. It was like listening to a really bizarre podcast. 3mo
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I liked the meditative aspects of this book and found I was enjoying it “in the background.” It set a mood, rather than told a story. Some of the memoir-y parts came off a little bitter, maybe, which didn‘t seem like it worked with the vibe? But also seemed pretty true to May, so I dunno. Based on everyone‘s feedback from the #NaturaLitsy and #Midwintersolace buddyread, I may enjoy May‘s first book more than this one :) Thanks, Midwinter team!

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The Guest: A Novel | Emma Cline
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At heart, this is a book about the hustle from a morally ambivalent working girl trying to leave the life but it has some interesting subtext about classism and multiple plays on “staying afloat” that was clever. More interesting than pure hot girl problems would be on their own, anyway. #tob2024
Photo is of the Hamptons, which is where internet peoples say it is set, though I assumed Long Island? Lol. Less posh there, I guess.

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Cooking for Picasso | C A Belmond, Camille Aubray
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I… honestly don‘t know. There were too many threads going in this book. #butwhatofthepitcher? #justiceforjulie 😬
#sundaybuddyread was enjoyable as always, though! @TheBookHippie
#Popsugar2024 set in a travel destination on my bucket list (south of France - oh, the foooddd!)
#52books24 chapter headings have dates

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Northanger Abbey | Jane Austen
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For today's #hyggehour I realized my new bibbed ski pants are basically a more mobile version of a sleeping bag blanket... With pockets. 🤯 where were these two weeks ago?! They will be making a reappearance next week 😉
In other #hyggehug news, Northanger Abbey is snarky! Good cozy fun.
#midwintersolace

TheBookHippie Oooooo that‘s amazing!!! 3mo
Chrissyreadit 🎉🎉🎉 3mo
IndoorDame Cozy and clever!!! 3mo
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BarbaraBB Those trousers 🥰 I want them! 3mo
Larkken @BarbaraBB they are from Cotopaxi and were heavily on sale at Scheels - do you have this store around you? They apparently think winter is over based on all the spring stuff they are selling. No one told them about February? 3mo
BarbaraBB I don‘t know that shop but I will google the brand and ding out if they sell them here too! Thanks! 3mo
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Holly: A Novel | Stephen King
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This was entertaining enough to listen to when it was super cold and I needed a cozy distraction; I listened to it while crocheting this toy T. rex and together they were the perfect recourse for cabin fever. #litsycrafters
#popsugar24 neurodivergent main character

Hooked_on_books Your T. rex is so stinking cute! 😍 3mo
julesG @Hooked_on_books I agree, so cute. 3mo
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Librarybelle The T Rex is adorable!!! 3mo
Read4life Love the T. rex. 💙 3mo
brittanyreads Wow! That turned out so great! Love it! 3mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 3mo
AnnR So cute! 3mo
dabbe 🤩🤩🤩 3mo
Deblovestoread Adorable! 3mo
Larkken @Hooked_on_books @julesG @Librarybelle @Read4life @brittanyreads @AnnR @dabbe @Deblovestoread thank you! The recipient is already feeding it now. If y'all are curious I used the following free pattern with chunky yarn to size it up: https://amigurumi.today/free-amigurumi-t-rex-dinosaur-crochet-pattern/?ns=tr 3mo
brittanyreads Thank you!! 3mo
julesG Thank you! 3mo
Read4life Thank you! 3mo
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Friday Black | NANA KWAME. ADJEI-BRENYAH
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I haven‘t found an immersive read yet for this weekend so I‘m bouncing between these whenever I need a break. I‘m particularly enjoying the tagged anthology (thanks to the #auldlangspine list from @vivastory for reminding me that short stories are a thing) but it can be pretty gutting & the stories are all so different that I‘m finding taking a bit of time in between each is nice so they can settle in my mind before starting the next #weekendreads

Larkken 🔼 not really a surprise given my memory of Chain Gang All Stars, one of my favorite reads of last year… 3mo
vivastory Northanger is my fave Austen 💙 Glad that Friday Black is working for you, but I def know what you mean. I read it over the summer over the space of a week & a half or two I think & letting a story or two sit with me for a couple of days was a great way to experience it. (BTW I started Bandit Queens off of your list yesterday & am really digging it!) 3mo
Larkken @vivastory yes! Exactly. I'm finding Northanger to be deceptively simple and fun! 3mo
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The Ferryman: A Novel | Justin Cronin
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A low pick for me. Something about this book was just too heavy-handed, maybe? Dunno, but I'm looking forward to seeing what everyone else thought of it for #LitsySciFiBookClub

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This Bird Has Flown | Susanna Hoffs
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I enjoyed all the music industry insiderness and refs in this squeaky-clean romance from one of the creators of The Bangles. Lots of great lyrics and etc. as Easter eggs (even the title refs a fav Beatles song).
The romance part was fine 🤷🏻‍♀️

LeeRHarry I just opened up Litsy whilst listening to Manic Monday - freaky! Great song 😊 3mo
dabbe So many happy college memories dancing to The Bangles. #80srock 💜🩶💜 3mo
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BarbaraBB This seems like a great fun read. Love the 80s! 3mo
Librarybelle The Bangles! ❤️ 3mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 3mo
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Probably better as a podcast, with interviews from other people.
In reading this for #naturalitsy I found the author pedantic + repetitive. I liked what I did learn, but mostly feel I read padding and strident reiterations. My takeaways: avoid emulsifiers, avoid artificial flavors/smells, trust yourself to know when something's bad for you. Me? I will continue to eat my fav ketchup chips... But will also pay better attention to ingredient lists.

Librarybelle I‘ve seen a lot of mixed reviews for this one 3mo
TheAromaofBooks Great progress!! 3mo
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Larkken @TheAromaofBooks the early ones are easy I'm sure I'll slow down soon 😂 3mo
Larkken @Librarybelle I know. I don't necessarily disagree with the author, though? Here's the podcast if anyone wants it: https://open.spotify.com/episode/3RYc2NDoZhxJ0QUTlnCySg?si=cjp47vRvRHyOGrJkRyR7U... it looks like it follows the book closely and is only 3.5 hrs long. 3mo
RamsFan1963 I love Miss Vickie's chips, especially the Salt & Vinegar, but I've never seen the Sweet & Spicy Ketchup ones in my area. I'd easily eat the whole bag. It must be a Canadian only kind of flavor. 3mo
Hooked_on_books I was planning on joining this buddy read but the holds queue at my library was too long. After your review and some others I‘ve seen I‘m kinda glad! 3mo
rockpools Yes to all of this! (Especially the ‘I don‘t necessarily disagree but…‘ which is pretty much word-for-word what I just put in this week‘s discussion post!) 3mo
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Northanger Abbey | Jane Austen
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Leaving my little hygge nest for #hyggehour
Loving the reminder to slow down and be cozy every Sunday with #midwintersolace though I‘m beginning to run out of my stash of Christmas chocolate… i know I‘ve not posted about it much, but I may have to keep this time on Sundays to reset for the week even after the group ends 😘

TheBookHippie I‘m keeping it as well. 3mo
kspenmoll Me too- it‘s so nice to be deliberate about my self care. 3mo
AllDebooks I love this! I was thinking of doing the same. X 3mo
Bookwormjillk I‘m keeping it too 3mo
IndoorDame I was thinking the same thing. It‘s been a wonderful addition to the week. 3mo
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1984 | George Orwell
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There's a scene from Bones that I recently watched where she punches a men's rights activist after he says she should be muzzled, and it's super clunky, and so despite agreeing with the sentiment, I watched the scene fairly dispassionately. 1984 comes off much the same. I can agree with the warnings and find value in the message, but still come out of it without really caring what happens to Winston. Let's see if I feel the same about Julia.

AllDebooks What's Nick Offerman got to do with 1984? 😅 3mo
Larkken @AllDebooks ha! Sorry forgot to talk about the picture. One of the more prolific covers for the novel that is supposed to be of Big Brother makes me think of Ron Swanson - and a search on Reddit of “Ron Swanson big brother” seems to indicate that others are being driven a bit crazy by it too lol https://www.audiobooks.com/audiobook/1984/103069 3mo
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Librarybelle Nice choice for the two prompts! 3mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 3mo
Hooked_on_books I plan to use the same 2 books for these 2 prompts. I‘m curious to see how I do with this one. 3mo
Larkken @Librarybelle @Hooked_on_books I‘m usually so bad at these kind of paired prompts but this year I‘m inspired! It was either these two or Huck Finn + James. A wealth of choice for once. 3mo
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I liked Bourdain. I liked him best when he was slightly uncomfortable in a new place, but still bringing his considerable charm to bear in making his hosts at ease & part of the joke (& never its butt). This book has much of his charm, and only a hint of the travellust. I don't agree with it all (I've done fine in a dif testosterone-poisoned career so doubt women can't make a kitchen their own too) but the charm kept me happily listening along.

Librarybelle On my to read list! 3mo
dabbe My husband is reading the last chapter of this book as I type this! He loves it!!! 🤩 3mo
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TheAromaofBooks Yay!! 3mo
KadaGul @Larkken My brother when he was 10 years old used to watch his shows with my Mom because both of them were foodie. He was a good soul. 3mo
Larkken @dabbe ooh i bet I should have saved this for a co-listen on a road trip… maybe the next one! 3mo
Larkken @KadaGul I loved the episodes where he‘d go somewhere a bit strange or boring and make it so interesting! Like New Jersey. Lol. 3mo
dabbe @Larkken 🤩😍😃 3mo
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Foster | Claire Keegan
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I think this novella was a #blamelitsy pick after seeing it on a number of best-of-2023 lists on here. And it's lovely. Sparse prose where the love can shine clearly through. Love this cover, too.

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Low pick on this #litsytob for me. While I appreciate the characters Kois has created and the way friendships are at the center of character-building, these people seemed to me to exist as a vehicle for Kois to show us Big Happenings of NYC in the 90s and early 2000s. However, It was a pleasant enough way to crochet my way through this T-Rex head and the boredom of a truly grossly cold weekend.

Librarybelle That looks adorable! 3mo
BarbaraBB I see what you mean and I felt more or less the same 3mo
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Ruthiella I‘m curious to see how I find this one. 🤔 3mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 3mo
Larkken @Librarybelle thank you! I guess I am happy my cabin fever is being productive, for once? I'll post a Pic when I'm done. 3mo
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1984 | George Orwell

Ugh. I'm trying to reread this for Julia, but I just got to the misogyny chapter and my momentum is officially deflated. 😖 I mean, I /think/ it's part of the character and the commentary? But still.

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My spy-kick from last year shows every sign of continuing into 2024. This 1st George Smiley novel started off strong but seemed to lose focus toward the end-It's a bit of a detective novel with spies in it,and could have used more spies lol-but I'm glad I read it and not just as a prelude to le carré's more famous novels. Smiley is an interesting character already, & I really liked Mendel and hope to see him in later books.
Read for #auldlangspine

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Hamlet | William Shakespeare
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Summary of Act 2 scene 1:
Ophelia: Dad, Hamlet is acting crazy.
Polonium: oh no, I must have given you some bad advice. Good thing I just finished giving parenting advice to Reynaldo so I can devote some time to telling the king what to do about Hamlet. Man, but i can be a blow-hard sometimes!
"By heaven, it is as proper to our age
To cast beyond ourselves in our opinions
As it is common for the younger sort
To lack discretion."

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vivastory 🤣🤣 3mo
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Finally put together January's #Bookspin and #BookspinBingo! It's been a long week, haha. I'm working my way through the tagged #AuldLangSpine pick, though, and enjoying it so far!

TheAromaofBooks Yay!! Looks great!! 3mo
vivastory I was tempted to start there for my next Le Carre. 3mo
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I found last year's ToB winner interesting, esp the way it made me think about talent thwarted by circumstance and outlets for frustration, the fact it was about two post-war French girls but was written by a woman who lived in China until she was 26, and written in English as a second language. It all made it feel very spare and deliberate. I'm glad #ToB2023 made me read it, though I don't think it was my favorite of that crop of novels.

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Hamlet | William Shakespeare
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After reading O‘Farrell‘s Hamnet last year I decided it was time to try re-reading Shakespeare, & Hamlet seemed the obv choice bc of 1) O‘s book, and 2) I've read it and enjoyed it in the past.
In any case, some of these more... throwaway? passages are resonating more with me this time, such as above. Maybe it's O‘s fault, but maybe there's some conflicted anguish-S railing against fate, telling himself to get over grief-that I didn't feel before?

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In the hopes of charming you into overlooking my lateness on my points, @Clwojick here‘s a super fun knitting pattern. I accomplished 25,035 points for 2nd half #wintergames for #teamevergreen -I got a total of almost 53000 points over 20 books! Not too shabby.
Even though I'm terrible at posting I loved the inspiration to read lots of holiday books and lots of non-holiday books. Tagged was my last read of the year (bc Murderbot). Thanks, team!

Roary47 Wow! Thats awesome 😍 4mo
mandarchy 😍🤩 amazing! 🤩 😍 3mo
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Dr. No | Percival Everett
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Last minute #wintergames!
1. Tagged was my fav for December. Not the year, but I feel like I‘ve talked about that book elsewhere!
2. A Discovery of Witches
3. Haha, not this year. Covering my dogs ears when the fireworks go off?
4. Nah
5. There was snow! But only barely enough for my pup. He is a winter doggo, as you can see.

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Both
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Champagne
Couch
Slippers

We usually hang with friends and watch a movie then one of the ball-drop shows. Or hang in pjs on our couch with our own bottle of champagne.

Happy new year, littens! #wintergames #teamevergreen

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The Adventures of Amina Al-Sirafi | Shannon Chakraborty
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#12Booksof2023 Day 8: I guess I'm a sucker for an older lady pirate with a one-last-job trope and a wealth of Middle East history and mythology thrown in! My other top read for August was Chain Gang All Stars, but CGAS doesn't need me to put it on blast given all the end of year lists it's on.

Andrew65 Looks a good read. 4mo
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#12Booksof2023 Day 7: I've been trying to lessen the overlap between this best of list and those for #auldlangspine and #Top23of23 but there's a couple that are on all three; this is one and August will be another. Vera Wong is just fun, and I feel like Sutanto really settled into a great balance of silliness, coziness, family, and meddling older women with her.

Andrew65 A popular book. 4mo
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Homecoming | Kate Morton
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#authoramonth is a wrap for me! 🎉
I was not enjoying the first half of this one but decided to stick it out and I‘m glad I did. I liked the writing and feel of place, so think I may enjoy a different book by this author more than this one. Do any Morton fans have a particular fav I should try?
Thanks for organizing and hosting, as ever, @Soubhiville ! I love finding and trying new authors thru this challenge 💕

Karisimo Tagged, the Lake house, and The Secret Keeper are my favs! I‘ve read them all! 4mo
Larkken @Karisimo thank you 😍 4mo
dabbe 🖤🐾🖤 4mo
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Larkken @dabbe isn't he cute?! He dragged his bed there so he could be closer to the tree 😍 4mo
dabbe @Larkken Okay, heart is officially melted. 🤩🤩🤩 4mo
Bec_lectic I loved the Clock Makers Daughter by Morton. Such a good story and one you may want to check out ☺️ 3mo
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System Collapse | Martha Wells
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#12Booksof2023 Day 6: June was for comfort-binging Murderbot. Again. 😅

Andrew65 I want to read these in 2024. 4mo
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#12Booksof2023 Day 5: aha, i realised this morning I never posted this yesterday... And it's not because I didn't like it, but i guess i wasn't sure it was my favorite from this month? It is very sentimental, and VERY rooted in the 80s/90s NYC. However, it's a love letter from a daughter to her father, and given my own close relationship with my dad, and that I'm from the same decade as the author, I found it very moving. All the tears.

Andrew65 A popular book. 4mo
BarbaraBB I loved this one too! 4mo
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#12Booksof2023 Day 4: what a fun and low-key series. I probably liked the prequel more that L&L, but both were lovely.

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Into Thin Air | Jon Krakauer
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Day 3 of #12Booksof2023 is for this audiobook, which was a hit for both me and my husband during a road-trip. It also sparked continued interest in Everest throughout the year, always a good sign!

Bluebird Yay! This has been on my TBR list for a long time. I ‘almost‘ read it this year. Sigh. I‘m hopeful I get to it soon. 4mo
Tamra My husband and I did the same years ago and it was a thrilling listen! I‘m going to recommend it for our IRL bookclub. 4mo
Andrew65 This looks a good listen. 4mo
Larkken @Tamra it would be a good book club pick! Lots of follow ups and documentaries and such 4mo
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Whose Body? | Dorothy Sayers
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#12Booksof2023 day 2: for 2023 I had intended to go through more classics and "classics" than I did, but I at least started diving into some classic mysteries thanks to @Mitch and the #goldenageofcrimeclub and I've really enjoyed the experience. I found this one to be particularly clever and funny, maybe esp for a debut, and look forward to reading the rest of the series.

Andrew65 Loved the books of hers I‘ve read. 4mo
Mitch I‘m definitely going to read more of this series in 2024 🙌🏼 4mo
Larkken @Mitch yay! Are you also going to do more #goldenageofcrimeclub reads? I‘ve discovered I‘m crud at reading them in time for the discussion but I‘ve been loving the discovery/excuse to read them. 4mo
Mitch @Larkken im not sure yet - i might test the waters and see what takers there are… 4mo
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In the Dream House: A Memoir | Carmen Maria Machado
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January of #12Booksof2023 brought me this memoir of an abusive relationship. The way the author uses genre shifts really brought home for me the confusion and heartsickness of trying to figure out how something with such promise and which started with love could go so wrong. And so while the stats presented (much like in Chain Gang All-Stars, another great book read in 2023) made me feel sick, the prose and the craft of this book was sublime.

Andrew65 Sounds a fascinating read. 4mo
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Haunting Season: Eight Ghostly Tales for Long Winter Nights | Andrew Michael Hurley, Natasha Pulley, Kiran Millwood Hargrave, Laura Purcell, Jess Kidd, Imogen Hermes Gowar, Elizabeth Macneal, Bridget Collins
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I enjoyed reading a story a day from this spooky anthology for #midwintersolace #naturalitsy 👻🎄
I think Lily Wilt was my favorite, it had a nice edge of dark humor, but in general I like the spirit of bringing ghosts back into the holiday season!

Chrissyreadit love the quote you chose. 4mo
TheBookHippie Love it!!! 4mo
AllDebooks 😅 4mo
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