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Lcsmcat

Joined May 2016

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The Bridge of San Luis Rey by Thornton Wilder
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Pericles by William Shakespeare
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Some Do Not... by Ford Madox Ford, Max Saunders
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After multiple revisions, I‘ve finished my December #bookspin #doublespin list. Hooray! @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 3d
DrexEdit That's definitely a "can't lose" list! You'll end up reading something good no matter what! ?? 3d
Lcsmcat @DrexEdit That‘s the hope! 🙂 🤞🏻 (edited) 2d
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RIP, Stephen Sondheim. 😥 He was an amazing talent.

AmyG So sad. He was extraordinary. 5d
mom2bugnbee We are gutted at my house. I bought the books of his lyrics for my daughter for Christmas before his passing - that gift will be even more special now. 5d
Lcsmcat @mom2bugnbee Same. I have both his books after going to hear him speak on his writing process. He was very funny and engaging in person as well as in his music. 5d
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Passing | Larson, Nella
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A book that will make you think about what “race” actually means. I loved the writing, liked Irene, and loathed Clare. A slow boil, but when it comes to it, it boils over quickly! Now I can check out the movie.

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Madame de Treymes | Edith Wharton
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@jewright @Louise @Sace @Suet624 @arubabookwoman @Currey @catebutler @Catherine_Willoughby @crazeedi @mdm139 @emilyhaldi @rubyslippersreads @KathyWheeler @llwheeler @CarolynM @Cathythoughts @BookishTrish
Consensus was to start our next Wharton in January. It‘s a short one, but I propose splitting it into two discussions. I hope you had a great Thanksgiving/Thursday and have one of these lovely covers to look forward to. #whartonbuddyread

llwheeler Sounds good! 6d
Graywacke Nice collection of covers. Will be ready for Jan 8. 6d
Cathythoughts Great 👏🏻looking forward to it 5d
Louise Thanks for organizing the dates and discussion. I just got the large print edition for easy reading. Happy Thanksgiving weekend! 5d
CarolynM I've still got a few chapters of House of Mirth to read, but I plan to keep up with the next one 🙂 Thanks for organising. 4d
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The only picture I got this year was the soup course. Enormous meal eaten, absent relatives called, and the dishes washed and put away. Now I have time to put my feet up and wish you all a happy Thanksgiving.

Nebklvr Beautifully done! 7d
DrexEdit What a beautiful table! 😍 7d
Lcsmcat @Nebklvr @DrexEdit Thanks! We enjoy setting a festive table. 7d
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Ruthiella Love your table settings. Happy Thanksgiving! 7d
Lcsmcat @Ruthiella Thanks! Happy Thanksgiving to you! 7d
Nute Lovely table setting!🤩 6d
Lcsmcat @Nute Thanks! 6d
Leftcoastzen Lovely! 6d
Cathythoughts Looks lovely ❤️ 6d
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The Shadow of the Wind | Carlos Ruiz Zafon
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This was leaning heavily towards so-so (I had to make myself pick it up) until about 75% of the way through. Then he made me care enough to go on reading. But the characters were 2 dimensional and the parallels too complete for me to be really invested. Unpopular opinion, but I don‘t think it worth the hype. #authoramonth2021 @Soubhiville

Ruthiella Yeah, I didn‘t love this series either (I also read The Angel‘s Game). The synopsis and gothic atmosphere made me think I‘d love it...but it didn‘t quite add up for me, though I loved Fermin as a character. 2w
Lcsmcat @Ruthiella He was an interesting character. I kept hoping to find out his real name, but don‘t care enough to read more of the series. 2w
Leftcoastzen @Ruthiella @Lcsmcat It‘s so weird how this book seems to be most loved or meh. I have never tried it , I usually like both of your tastes in books. Now I‘m on the fence about starting it.😂 2w
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The Town Square | Ava Miles
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Reposting for @LitsyEvents the new Litsy town square. Tag this account to spread the news of your event, swap, buddy read, challenge, etc. Follow this account to see what‘s going on.

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The Four Winds: A Novel | Kristin Hannah
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Kristin Hannah has a talent for inducing tears, and this is no exception. Have tissues handy. And I learned a lot about the dust bowl and California labor movement. You‘ll fall in love with the characters. And for more about the labor movement, read The Last Ballad, which is based on a true story.

kplovesbooks I thought for a second I was reading my own review because I started it much the same, saying she has a talent for making me cry! 😂😂🤦 ...such a heartbreaking story! 2w
AmyG I go so sucked into this one. And yes, tears and tissues. 2w
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The Four Winds: A Novel | Kristin Hannah
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Amélie doesn‘t understand that when I borrow a book I need to read it rather than play with her.

kspenmoll She reminds me of my Poe when he was little. 😻 3w
Leftcoastzen She‘s so cute!😻 3w
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I loved this book! Comic-tragedy, dark farce, however you want to categorize it, I felt the MC‘s frustration, and yet loved her father. Hated what Valentina was doing to Nikolai and yet could laugh at her expectations (“not-peasant-cooking not-electric cooker”!) Highly recommended! #doublespin @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 3w
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Enjoying my #doublespin book while my husband plays “red dot” with Amélie. @TheAromaofBooks

Leftcoastzen Cuteness !😻 3w
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The Door | Magda Szabo
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As so many before me have said, this book will haunt me. While both women were prone to rages, I confess I understood Emergence‘s more than Magda‘s. I went in blind and am glad. That‘s a good way to experience this book. #bookspin @TheAromaofBooks

Emilymdxn I loved this book! 4w
TheAromaofBooks Great progress!!! 3w
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The Door | Magda Szabo
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I started my #bookspin this morning before work, but didn‘t have a chance to post until now. It sucked me right in! @TheAromaofBooks

Soubhiville Interesting cover. 1mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 1mo
sarahbarnes Loved this one! 1mo
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BarbaraBB So good! 1mo
Lcsmcat @sarahbarnes @BarbaraBB Glad to know that you recommend it! 4w
Lcsmcat @Soubhiville It almost looks like an envelope, doesn‘t it? More a corner than a door. 4w
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Friday night, a glass of wine, and a new book to start. 😀

LauraBrook Heaven! 1mo
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Here‘s my #bookspin list for November! @TheAromaofBooks

Graywacke Being Mortal is like a life changing nonfiction book. Fun list. 1mo
Lcsmcat @Graywacke I‘ve heard great things about it. Even if its number is not picked I‘ll get around to it sooner or later. 1mo
TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 1mo
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A fast read, and an odd one. I‘m not sure I liked any of the characters, but I think I get what Hoffman was trying to say about isolation. Between a pick and so-so, but I‘ll bump it up because it held my interest.

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Major clean out, so we can fit books on our shelves. Now off to the little free libraries. (It‘ll take more than one!)

Leftcoastzen Did you scribble out Oprah book club label or was it someone else?😁 1mo
Lcsmcat @Leftcoastzen 😂That was someone else. I bought it secondhand. 1mo
Leftcoastzen I‘m way overdue for a review of the stacks!😄 1mo
Lcsmcat @Leftcoastzen We had to go to three different Little Free Libraries to fit them all in. 1mo
Leftcoastzen I usually trade some , take some to free library, donate to the big book sale people where I live . 1mo
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The Pickwick Papers | Charles Dickens
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And they all lived happily ever after - even Job Trotter! I thoroughly enjoyed this early Dickens. His humor shines through and you can see the themes that are to occupy his pen for years. Thanks for the inspiration @Cuilin and all the #whatthedickens readers. Especially @BarkingMadRun for keeping me company through the world of Pickwickians.

Linsy I need to try! They mention it in Little Women and I've always been curious, but I've never read longer than a short story by Dickens! I'm a bit nervous. 1mo
Lcsmcat @Linsy This might be a good one to try, as it‘s fairly short chapters, each of which is almost a short story. If it were written today I could see it being described as “linked short stories.” 1mo
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The House of Mirth | Edith Wharton
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“Selden paused in surprise. In the afternoon rush of the Grand Central Station his eyes had been refreshed by the sight of Miss Lily Bart.” #fristlinefridays #whartonbuddyread @ShyBookOwl

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The Pickwick Papers | Charles Dickens
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#whatthedickens @Cuilin @BarkingMadRun I‘m at 95%. I think I‘ll finish it over the weekend.

BarkingMadRun I‘ll likely finish by Monday, I‘m so close! 1mo
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This short book is a difficult read, if you take it seriously and really get introspective and honest with yourself. She frequently references how each of us, and the church as an institution, needs to die in order to become something better, like a seed must crack open in order to produce fruit. The basis of the American church, as an institution of colonialism and oppression, is hard to take for those who love it. But we need this book.

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The Pickwick Papers | Charles Dickens
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Chapter 51, and we‘re back to “blue v. buff” and the rival editors! #whatthedickens @BarkingMadRun @Cuilin

BarkingMadRun I‘m almost there! 1mo
Lcsmcat @BarkingMadRun I lost count of where a chapter a day would be and just decided to keep reading. 🙂 1mo
BarkingMadRun Works for me!! 1mo
quietjenn Ah, I'm so far behind you all. But you definitely whet my appetite with your posts! 1mo
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I can‘t talk about one without talking about all three, and warning, this will probably go long. After I finished the 3rd book, I read other people‘s thoughts to help me articulate my own. Of the many reviews, blog posts, YouTube videos about this book, the majority were from a Catholic (and one LDS) viewpoint, treating this trilogy as a cautionary tale against sin, specifically sexual sin. Had I read those before I read the books 👇🏻

Lcsmcat 👆🏻I wouldn‘t have read them. They are first of all so much more than that. But secondly, adultery wasn‘t a sexual sin in the 14th century, it was a property crime. Women were the property of their father, and then their husband. Sex outside of marriage was a property crime against the man. But I digress. Kristin is willful, or she follows her heart - pick your adjective- and in the end it doesn‘t make her content. She has moments of passion, 2mo
Lcsmcat and moments of despair. And she is a fully formed three dimensional human, living in the constraints of her own time. Undset writes beautiful descriptions of the landscape and searching depictions of the human interior life. There are no cardboard cutout saints or sinners. Lavrans comes close, but even he is shown as a full human, just seen through the eyes of a daughter who adores him. K annoyed me with her bad decisions, and Erlend drove me 2mo
Lcsmcat crazy with his clueless immaturity, but they live in my mind as real people, and that, to me, means the author succeeded. Thanks for joining me on this journey @TheBookHippie ! I look forward to your thoughts on this last section, and the book as a whole! #kristinl 2mo
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Crazeedi Great review and thoughts. I have these books on my kindle, I must read 2mo
vivastory I have been meaning to read this for years, but have been a bit intimidated by the length. Thanks for the thoughtful & honest review. When I finally decide to tackle it I think I will also look for a 3 volume set, rather than a bind up 2mo
Lcsmcat @vivastory It was definitely good to have the separate volumes! And we took out time, reading 3-4 chapters per week. (We started in June.) I really appreciated the Tina Nunnally translation, although, full disclosure, I haven‘t read the Archer. (edited) 2mo
Lcsmcat @Crazeedi This would be good to read on Kindle - much easier on the hands! 2mo
vivastory Thanks! Will definitely note this down for future reference. I have the Penguin Classic Deluxe edition, but it's so unwieldy 2mo
TheBookHippie I‘ve read no reviews now I‘m going to do that!!! Only thing I knew was one person wrote on IG they DNF due to the religiosity was too much. 2mo
TheBookHippie Here‘s my short IG review I‘ve been posting all along but this is today as I read the last chapter https://www.instagram.com/p/CVGK3A3LuOs/?utm_medium=copy_link 2mo
TheBookHippie @Crazeedi You would very much like this read. 2mo
TheBookHippie @vivastory that‘s what I used and I loved it! 2mo
TheBookHippie Had I read that I would not have read it either 😂. The characters are so whole and the prose so gorgeous I got lost everytime I picked the book up. I was so hoping for peace for Kristin. I think she got mind shifts and slivers of how her life truly was towards the end. I like how she realises the truth of Erlend and that God KNEW and loved him all along. (How I read it) Hopefully that gave her peace. 2mo
TheBookHippie Regret and bitterness are awful things. I think that is shown here how it can encompass your vision and truth. 2mo
TheBookHippie I imagine people come away from this book with different things that resonated with them. I think if I had read this earlier in my adult life I‘d have come away from it with different thoughts than now and a reread later would do the same. Lots of layers in all the stories told. 2mo
Lindy @Lcsmcat @TheBookHippie I read this 20 years ago, when I was in my 40s, and I retain a vivid impression of the setting—cold, mud—as well as my overall impression of the message: life is hard and then you die. 🙃 2mo
TheBookHippie @Lindy I was taught that at parochial school 😝 2mo
Lindy @vivastory I read it in one massive volume that had to remain propped on my kitchen table during the whole time I was reading it because I happened to have carpal tunnel syndrome in my wrists then. 2mo
Crazeedi @TheBookHippie that's really good to know, thank you! 2mo
Crazeedi @Lindy oh wow what a memory! 2mo
Crazeedi @Lcsmcat it's the 3 volumes too so that's why I got! 2mo
Lcsmcat @Lindy I would have had to do the same! Arthritis, not carpal tunnel, but huge books are harder now. 2mo
vivastory @Lindy The things that we do for books! 2mo
Lcsmcat @Lindy “life is hard . . .” We talked earlier about the beauty that Kristin missed because she was so focused on her bitterness/guilt! 2mo
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The Pickwick Papers | Charles Dickens
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I may be reading ahead, but I‘m desperate to get Mr. Pickwick out of debtors‘ prison! #whatthedickens

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I found this meme on Tumblr and couldn‘t resist, even though it doesn‘t reflect this section of the book. I‘m circling around two themes this time. 1. Was Gaute‘s manner of finding a bride supposed to be a judgment on Kristin? Or Erlend? Or was it meant to help her get over herself? Continuing to feel guilt over a sin you‘ve been forgiven for is after all a form of pride. “I‘m so bad, not even God can forgive me.” (2 in the comments.) #kristinl

Lcsmcat Second is a long quote from the end of Chapter 1, which evokes a mood but also poses a question to my mind. 👇🏻 2mo
Lcsmcat Now, whenever she took the old path home past the site of the smithy - and by now it was almost overgrown, with tufts of yellow bedstraw, bluebells, and sweet peas spilling over the borders of the lush meadow- it seemed almost as if she were looking at a picture of her own life: the weather-beaten, soit-covered old hearth that would never again be lit by a fire. 2mo
Lcsmcat The quote goes on from there, but the image is beautiful abundance springing from the source of disaster. Yet Kristin seems to focus on the disaster, and miss the beauty. It made me sad. 2mo
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TheBookHippie She makes me so mad 😡! Why is everything in essence back to that one act?! Having to live a life personally like that - Being judged for how I was at age 15-17- THEY use it for me, but I certainly don‘t. I think that‘s what so infuriating for me. She can‘t control others but she has chosen to live so bitter. Her bitterness seeps literally everywhere around her. I get the religiousity but seriously she‘s sinning WORSE THIS WAY. In my opinion. GAH. 2mo
TheBookHippie I do not get what she‘s trying to accomplish with Gaute 🤷🏻‍♀️ she‘s so self involved it really just astounds me. All of the tragedy isn‘t solely affecting her. How can she not see that? How can she not see beauty in the ashes ?! She is choosing this life she is living. It is CHOICE. Her choices that have made her life. Own your sh*t and leave it ! 😂🤣 2mo
TheBookHippie @Lcsmcat and yes it makes me very sad. 2mo
Lcsmcat @TheBookHippie I can‘t decide whether Kristin was unaware of Gaute‘s character, and he was never like Lavrans, or whether he had Lavrans‘ character, but slipped this one time. And the wife he chose. Wow. I don‘t have a good feeling about her. 2mo
TheBookHippie @Lcsmcat I so agree with you!!! 2mo
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Sorry @TheBookHippie I was driving home from vacation and spaced on posting about this week‘s section.I‘ll get it up tomorrow.#kristinl

TheBookHippie 😂😂 XC meet 4am to 8pm today 😫😳 so no worries ♥️ 2mo
Lcsmcat @TheBookHippie Oh my! I had one who tried XC for a couple years, but he never had to start at 4am! 2mo
TheBookHippie @Lcsmcat had to ride to other side of the state 😫 2mo
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Some Do Not... | Ford Madox Ford, Max Saunders
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Anyone read this? It‘s only my second Ford Maddox Ford, and I‘m not sure I get it. I‘m neither British nor upper crust enough to understand much of the slang, and whole pages are full of it. 🤷🏻‍♀️

Trashcanman Can't be worse than Dickens 2mo
Lcsmcat @Trashcanman So much worse! 😂 2mo
Trashcanman @Lcsmcat oh man that must be really bad!!! 2mo
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Lcsmcat @Trashcanman Here‘s a sample “I know you‘re both more nuts on me than I deserve. And I said I‘d sit and listen to all the pi-jaw you wanted to give me if I sat till dawn.” 2mo
Kimberlone I‘ve read Parade‘s End and quite like it, maybe I was biased imagining Benedict Cumberbatch as the main character 2mo
Trashcanman @Lcsmcat You're exaggerating at all, that is bad, truly. 2mo
rabbitprincess @Kimberlone Ha, Benedict was the reason I read Parade‘s End 😁 2mo
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The Road to Lichfield | Penelope Lively
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I believe this was Lively‘s debut novel of a prolific writer, and I‘m glad I read it. I‘ve enjoyed her writing sine reading Moon Tiger years ago. An examination of history - personal and societal - and the first time I‘ve seen the position of Town Clerk mentioned in fiction. 🙂

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The Son and Heir | Alexander Mnninghoff
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A difficult childhood with unimaginable events, many caused by a family taking opposite sides in WWII, no one comes out looking good. (The author doesn‘t spare himself either.) But his grandfather, Old Boss, made me feel like I needed a shower. He was filthy rich, and got there by being slimy, before, during, and after the war. And Alexander “Bully” was a pawn in all their games. I learned lots about Holland during WWII and after, and the 👇🏻

Lcsmcat 👆🏻 complicated relationships between countries that were former allies or enemies, and how that played out for people who were not all one nationality or another. 2mo
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I‘ve seen this described as a mystery and “noir.” I think it is neither, but a masterfully written character study, and a commentary on the connectedness of life. Highly recommended!

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There is nothing to do with the ocean in this book. The “magnificent dappled sea” refers to bone marrow. (But I couldn‘t resist showing my current view.) Biro is a doctor and it shows, his prose sometimes running to medical lecture. But you want to know what happens to Luca so even if the seams show, I‘m glad I read it. 3 ⭐️

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They Came Like Swallows | William Maxwell
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Maxwell does not disappoint. His prose is so seemingly simple and yet transports me to wherever he wants me to go. I fell in love with 8 year old Bunny from the beginning and didn‘t want it to end.

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They Came Like Swallows | William Maxwell
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Just started the tagged book. I love Maxwell‘s prose! Also reading Pickwick Papers (❤️ Dickens‘ wicked sense of humor) Romeo and Juliet (❤️ the banter and word play) The Church Cracked Open (lots to think about in this one) and volume 3 of Kristin Lavransdatter (vivid depictions of medieval Norway.)
Thanks for the tag @TheSpineView Want to play @Lynnsoprano @TheBookHippie ?

TheBookHippie Yes!!! 2mo
Lynnsoprano Thanks for the tag! I‘ll get right on it. 2mo
TheSpineView Thanks for playing and have an awesome Tuesday! 2mo
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Between a pick and a so-so, this seemed almost like a therapy assignment for the author. But there were places of insight and others of sparkling prose, so I‘ll go with a pick. #doublespin @TheAromaofBooks

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Starting my.#doublespin on a rainy morning at the beach. The rainbow was brighter than this makes it look. @TheAromaofBooks

Ruthiella Beautiful picture! 😍 2mo
TheAromaofBooks Nothing is more relaxing than vacation reading!!! 2mo
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Less Than Angels | Barbara Pym
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I basically sat out here all day and read this charming little novel. Pym is like a post-war Austen and a perfect vacation read. #bookspin @TheAromaofBooks

Kdgordon88 Lovely view! 2mo
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Less Than Angels | Barbara Pym
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A quiet morning, watching the sun rise over the ocean and starting my #bookspin for October. What better way to start a #vacation. @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Sounds perfect!! 😍 2mo
LeahBergen Pym! ❤️❤️ 2mo
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The Mother's Recompense | Edith Wharton
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Anyone in the #whartonbuddyread who is buying ahead, this is on sale.

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(Pic is of a recreation of Jørundgård for the shooting of a movie version.) This section made me think of a line from a Weird Al song “I‘ll have to get medieval on your hiney.” Everyone piles on Kristin, her boys act the way teenage boys raised by a man who‘d rather fight than farm would act, and Erlend comes back too late, and dies the way he lived - arrow to the groin. K is still being immature, nursing her own grief and pushing aside ??

Lcsmcat 👆🏻 her grieving sons. So much of this book is “too little, too late.” Will K ever find peace? #kristinl @TheBookHippie 2mo
TheBookHippie Cut off your nose to spite your face, forest for the trees, can lead a horse to water can‘t make him drink… all things I‘ve thought of while reading. She is very self involved. She needs to forgive herself. I wonder is it her or her religion or her interpretation of her religion or was she just worshipped too much as a child 🤷🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️ I‘m losing hope. She seems unable to move forward or learn from any number of mistakes… frustrating. 2mo
Lcsmcat @TheBookHippie Knowing that Undset was a convert to Catholicism, and her own unhappy relationship status, makes me wonder if her overarching theme is “only God can make you happy. Forget earthly joy.” 2mo
TheBookHippie @Lcsmcat Gads I hope not what an awful way to live. Could be. How unfortunate. 2mo
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TK-421 ❤️ 2mo
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My parish did a book study on this last month, but I was unable to participate. So I‘m going it alone now.

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The Pickwick Papers | Charles Dickens
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I‘ve read a lot of Dickens, but this is my first time for Pickwick, and I‘m getting the feeling he was exploring many of the themes he would expound on in later novels. I‘m getting heavy Bleak House vibes in this section, where Pickwick is in the law courts! #whatthedickens @BarkingMadRun @quietjenn

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Sanctuary | Edith Wharton
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My eBook version of the Complete Edith Wharton has this illustration at the beginning of Sanctuary. #whartonbuddyread @Graywacke

Graywacke Very pretty and with some cool time period feel. 2mo
Cathythoughts Looks good ! I‘m hoping to start today 🤞🏻 2mo
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Too true not to share.

TiredLibrarian I feel seen 😎 2mo
Karisa 😂🥰 2mo
MittenGirlPeach Ohhhhhh this is so me!!! 2mo
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Leftcoastzen Guilty as charged!📚📚📚📚📚📚 2mo
ravenlee Do I feel seen or called out? 🤨 2mo
Nute OMG! Someone knows me too well! 2mo
Lcsmcat @ravenlee Go with “seen.” It‘s happier. 😀 2mo
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Bluebeard's Egg | Margaret Atwood
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Earth and insects; art and nuclear war; men and women and children; Atwood covers all this and more with her inimitable prose, and her unique way of looking at the world that acknowledges the harsh realities without stooping to despair or giving in to sentimentality. You can see the twinkle in those blue eyes through every sentence. Highly recommended.

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So much loss in this section! There‘s a hint of a hope of reconciliation and then Simon dies. Points to ponder: Did Simon do the right thing in keeping his secret from K? For himself or for her? Why did the priest chastise K. when it was E who ran off in a snit? Why can‘t K & E talk to each other after 15 years and 7 sons? When E showed up at the bridge should he have expected a public reunion & once again, run off when he didn‘t get it? #kristinl

Lcsmcat Photo from a Norwegian language web page which seemed to be about a play version of Kristin, but the photo was clearly Simon Darre. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 2mo
TheBookHippie @Lcsmcat looks close to what I picture in my mind 😫 2mo
TheBookHippie I‘m just at a loss. Did she just shut down as soon as she realized she was pregnant before they married and never forgave herself let alone E? Is she selfish, bitter … I just am at a loss on K. You‘d think she‘d just be with E and settle in but I don‘t think she did. At this part of reading I think I like E the best 🤷🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️ it is just mind boggling … was she pampered too much as a child? Did she then need that in a mate? It‘s perplexing! 2mo
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TheBookHippie As for Simon I‘m not sure yet. Would it have mattered is what I wrestle with. 2mo
TheBookHippie I have to say I read, think about it, read, think something else, read, unsure of it all! It‘s definitely epic in the spans of human character. 2mo
Lcsmcat I find K very bitter. And I think she‘s not helping herself or her kids by hanging on to that! @TheBookHippie (edited) 2mo
Lcsmcat @TheBookHippie Simon‘s not telling her felt to me like honorable behavior as portrayed in 1940‘s movies. 😀 But the “advice” (lecture?) he gave her as he was dying, not so much. (edited) 2mo
Lcsmcat @TheBookHippie I keep hoping for some sort of learning, character changing epiphany for K, but I‘m starting to lose hope. 2mo
TheBookHippie @Lcsmcat I‘m losing hope as well!!!!! Simon I just 😝 just when I think oh he‘s okay … he opens his mouth 😂 Bitter is such an all encompassing emotion. I hope she gets past it. How very sad. 2mo
Lcsmcat @TheBookHippie Oh I do not like E. the best. He‘s such a child! He runs off in the middle of the night, no discussion, she‘s just supposed to figure it out. Then, when he comes back during a natural disaster to save the day, he gets upset that she doesn‘t run to make up with him in front of everyone in the district. And just takes off again! He and K are both unreasonable, but she‘s more mature in her bitterness than he is in his flightiness. 2mo
TheBookHippie @Lcsmcat I just imagined he is still himself -who he‘s always been, warts and all. She is not the child in the forest I fell in love with. 😫 both so immature . 2mo
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October #bookspin list - Kindle edition. I need to clear off some of those oh so tempting deals I have succumbed to! And yes, I‘m posting early, but I‘ll be traveling on October2nd.@TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 2mo
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The House of Mirth | Edith Wharton
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Graciouswarriorprincess Are you going to the book festival this Saturday?
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Lcsmcat @Graciouswarriorprincess No, I‘m limiting my exposure to people so I can be with my mom after her hip surgery. Are you going? 2mo
Graciouswarriorprincess @lcsmcat. I wasn't going to attend but since they said that indoor require vaccine I plan on attending. I have planned it out so I'm only doing three with breaks in between. I plan on packing food and sitting my car in between the sessions. 2mo
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Lcsmcat @Graciouswarriorprincess I‘ll be interested to hear your take on it afterwards. Have fun and stay safe! 2mo
Graciouswarriorprincess Thanks! I have an n95 mask plus I will be wearing another mask over it. I now double mask whenever I am out. 2mo
Lcsmcat I don‘t blame you. I have 3 work colleagues who have had breakthrough infections. 2mo
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Bluebeard's Egg | Margaret Atwood
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Sunday afternoon read.

Leftcoastzen Nice cover ! 2mo
Lcsmcat @Leftcoastzen It‘s the Canadian edition by McClelland & Stewart. I think it‘s prettier than some of the others I‘ve seen. (edited) 2mo
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