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Louise

Louise

Joined May 2016

Reader, writer, editor, musician, artist. I'm armchair traveling with the Reading Around The World challenge and loving it!
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Madame de Treymes | Edith Wharton
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This novella is a quick read that explores the cultural naïveté of Americans in Paris and how they are perceived by old-family Europeans, and also the themes of quiet revenge and Schadenfreude. Toward the end of the book, the reader is waiting for the other shoe to drop, for the veneer of polite charm to give way to the dark motivations beneath it. Wharton‘s insightful and often surprising turns of phrase are a delight to read. #Whartonbuddyread

Graywacke I must be the only one who didn‘t feel the shoe, so to speak. I thought it was resolved! Oh well. 3d
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The Beatryce Prophecy | Kate DiCamillo
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The first chapters utterly charmed me with the style of writing and the world Kate created. The illustrations and the construction of the book are also charming. There is a lot of darkness in the book which the characters must deal with, and this affected me. It was a bit heavy for me in that regard—the sadness in the world. The themes of love, friendship, self-knowledge, courage, and the power of story are beautifully rendered.

LeslieO Just finished this one. Very sweet. I love the goat! 3mo
Louise @LeslieO Kate DiCamillo posted on Facebook that the number one thing parents are telling her is that their kids want a goat now! 😆 3mo
LeslieO @Louise hahahaha! 😂 3mo
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Vintage 1954 | Antoine Laurain
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I enjoyed this whimsical foray into 1950‘s Paris. Antoine Laurain has the ability to cast a romantic light on the past without ignoring the things that have changed for the better over the years. This is a light, fun read that is an excellent escape from the dark times we are living in. #timetravel

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If you are looking for a life-affirming read, this is a good choice. In a style reminiscent of “It‘s A Wonderful Life”, the story begins with the main character wanting to end it all. But when she takes a load of pills and is hovering between life and death, she finds herself in the Midnight Library, in which she gains new perspectives on her life choices. A quick read with short chapters, it‘s a clever examination of what really matters.

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The touchstone | Edith Wharton
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This early novel reads a bit like a morality tale, yet there is much more to it than that. The main character goes through a kind of initiation experience, coming face-to-face with his own narcissism and weakness, nearly being destroyed by it, and ultimately beginning an inner transformation and renewal. There are echoes of Poe‘s The Telltale Heart and interesting philosophical elements. Wharton‘s prose is a delight to read. #whartonbuddyread

Hooked_on_books Nice to see you on here again! 👋🏼 6mo
Louise @Hooked_on_books Thanks, Holly! I hope you are doing well and reading some great lit! 👋 6mo
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Eggshells | Caitriona Lally
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This book is a celebration of language—of quirky words, odd phrases, groups of vowels and consonants! At first, the book reminded me a bit of #Elinor Oliphant. I enjoyed the MC‘s unusual way of seeing things but wished that she had more support around her. Vivian is delightful but never bathes and is caught in a delusion pressed upon her by her abusive father. The end is hopeful, as she plans an adventure with a friend.

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The Readers' Room | Antoine Laurain
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Another fun read from Antoine Laurain. This time, Laurain takes us inside the Paris publishing world and the lead-up to the Prix Goncourt. The “unknown” author of a runaway bestseller must be found, as a number of recent deaths/murders bear a striking resemblance to those described in the book. The ending leaves a lingering question; but overall, it is a clever, noir—and very French—fictional ride. #readingaroundtheworld #France

yourfavouritemixtape This sounds great! Adding to my TBR-pile asap! 🙂 12mo
Louise @yourfavouritemixtape Enjoy it! Laurain has written several fun books. I‘ve enjoyed all the ones I‘ve read so far, but I have a special affection for (edited) 12mo
yourfavouritemixtape @Louise I am intrigued! I think I‘m gonna try reading it in French! 12mo
Louise @yourfavouritemixtape His books are great for French practice! I have The President‘s Hat in both English and French. Enjoy your reading! 12mo
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A Writer's Reality | Mario Vargas Llosa
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Mario Vargas Llosa invites the reader into his writing process and also his theory of fiction. The interplay between reality and fiction is fluid and fascinating. This book would be of special interest to writers and students of Vargas Llosa‘s work. #writersoflitsy

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Lucy Gayheart: Reissue | Willa Cather
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Willa Cather beautifully evokes the artistic sensibility and the effect of great music on the inner life in this story of a talented young pianist from a small town who goes to study music in Chicago. The book focuses on her relationships with two very different men. The first 2/3 of the book are more satisfying than the end. But Cather‘s mastery of language and metaphor are strong throughout. #catherbuddyread

Suet624 This one packed a punch for me. Lucy. ❤️ 14mo
Tanisha_A Fab review! Loved this 14mo
Louise @Suet624 Yes, for me too! I cried and cried at the end. Cather really lingered on the ephemeral nature of things. . . and that last line about the footprints on the sidewalk—oh! 😩 But so beautifully rendered in Cather‘s masterful style! 14mo
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Louise @Tanisha_A Thanks. What a ride this book was. I‘d have preferred a happier, more triumphant return to fullness of life for Lucy. Oh, Cather! 14mo
batsy Lovely review. I agree, I wanted so much more for Lucy 💔 Cather really knows how to get to you. 14mo
Louise @batsy She really, really does. This one came as such a shock. And then that elegiac ending! 💙 14mo
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Michelle Remembers | Michelle Smith
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Happy Birthday to pen pal extraordinaire and all-around great person @Chelleo !!! May the coming year bring continued health, inspiration, joy, and loads of magnificent books! 💕

Graciouswarriorprincess Happy birthday! 1y
Megabooks Happy birthday!!! 🎉🎉 1y
ShelleyBooksie Happy Birthday! 1y
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A very Happy Birthday to #Litsypenpal @robinb !!! May you be safe, healthy, and well-stocked with good books during these unusual times. A package will be on its way to you very soon (just need to wrap it!). Wishing you a wonderful day. 💕

Chelleo Happy birthday, @robinb ! 🎂🎉🎊 1y
rubyslippersreads Happy 🎂🎂🎂 @robinb 🎉🎉🎉 1y
robinb Thank you for thinking of me sweet friend and for your kind wishes! 💕🤗😘 1y
robinb @Chelleo Thanks so much Chelleo! 🤗 1y
robinb @rubyslippersreads Thank you Ruby! 💕 1y
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#crochetersoflitsy #craftersoflitsy À read-along like no other! Inspired by the Museum of Natural History in Paris and Anthony Doerr‘s book, in which it is featured, Scheepjes yarns is hosting an international crochet-along-read-along! The mandala-style blanket will be made in 4 colorways—or pick your own! Book clubs on Sundays. Starts on Sept. 23. Info here: https://www.scheepjes.com/en/cals-and-mals/scheepjes-cals/scheepjes-cal-2020/inf...

monalyisha How cool! 1y
Louise @monalyisha Yes! I signed up right away, even though I‘m a beginner crocheter! It‘s just too cool to pass up! I‘m on Team Conchology, the colorway pictured here. 🤓 1y
Texreader That‘s gorgeous!! What fun! I learned rudimentary stitches as a child. And that was that. My coordination sucks for it but I so love this! 1y
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PurpleTulipGirl I have seen a couple of those mandala blankets up close, and they are just gorgeous. 1y
Freespirit I loved this book...and the mandala blanket is gorgeous! 1y
Louise @Texreader It‘s a great idea, isn‘t it! They advertise it as being for “adventurous beginners”, and there‘s loads of support, so I took the plunge. I only started crochet during lockdown, so this will be quite an adventure! 1y
Louise @PurpleTulipGirl That‘s good to hear! So far, I‘ve only seen them in pictures. 1y
Louise @Freespirit One of the teams is called “Team Free Spirit”! It‘s for those who choose their own colorway for the blanket rather than one of the prepared kits. I loved the audio version of this book and am looking forward to diving deeper into it with the read-along. 1y
Freespirit Louise I look forward to seeing the work in progress

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Louise @Freespirit That‘s so kind of you to say. I‘ll try and post updates now and then. 🤓 1y
Clare-Dragonfly That‘s really cool! I don‘t crochet but I sent the link to a few friends who do. 1y
Louise @Clare-Dragonfly That‘s great! Thanks for spreading the word. There‘s wonderful enthusiasm in the Facebook group for this project. Lots of people from around the world are taking part. 1y
Texreader It will be a lot of fun watching your progress. Post photos! 😁 1y
Louise @Texreader Will do! 🤓 1y
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Letters to a Young Novelist | Mario Vargas Llosa
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In a series of letters, Vargas Llosa opens up the structure of the novel form and examines its inner workings, using examples from world literature. His love of literature and empathy for the young writer shine through. After 132 pages of insight, he concludes, “My dear friend: what I am trying to say is that you should forget everything you‘ve read in my letters about the structure of the novel, and just sit down and write.” 😆 #writersoflitsy

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The Saga of Erik the Red: Translation with Icelandic and Old Norse Texts | Anonymous, J. Sephton, Volundr Lars Agnarsson
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The little-known cousin of Erik the Red. . . Bjorn the Well-Read.
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merelybookish 😂 love it! 2y
sisilia 🤣 2y
CarolynM 😂😂😂 2y
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Create Dangerously | Albert Camus
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This little volume is the transcript of a speech given by Camus in 1957. It is as relevant today as the day he wrote it. #writersoflitsy #artistsoflitsy

plemmdog I haven‘t read his novel The Plague, but will probably tackle it before the summer is over. I couldn‘t go near it at the start of the pandemic... 2y
Louise @plemmdog The Plague wouldn‘t be my first choice of reading material during a pandemic, either! 😷 2y
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Stegner‘s insights into the creative process, the writing life, the responsibility of the author, and how to nurture and develop one‘s writing are a joy to read. This book would be a fine addition to any writer‘s bookshelf and perhaps also of interest to avid readers. #writersoflitsy

CindyMyLifeIsLit I have this but haven‘t read it yet. Need to get to it soon! 2y
Louise @CindyMyLifeIsLit You‘ll love it! 2y
robinb Nice to have you back! Hope you‘re doing well! 2y
Louise Thanks, @robinb! Warm greetings to you! 👋 2y
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Zorba the Greek (Revised) | Nikos Kazantzakis
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Good questions, @TheSpineView ! I‘m currently reading the English translation of Zorba the Greek, by Nikos Kazantzakis. I read books in German regularly and am starting to read in French again as I brush up on the language. #Two4Tuesday Tagging @robinb Hi, Robin! 👋

TheSpineView Thanks for playing! 👍 2y
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Thanks for the tag, @vlwelser The most beautiful thing I‘ve heard this week is a pop-up online concert of mainly Bach music played on the Archguitar by Peter Blanchette. It was a balm for the soul! This answers the second question too, though I also like to play my own instruments to lift my spirits. The last food I indulged in was a hot cocoa with ginger snaps. Tagging @ju.ca.no

ju.ca.no Oh thanks for the tag🤗 I‘m late to the party though, it‘s friday already🙈 2y
Louise Better late than never! 😂 2y
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My Mortal Enemy | Willa Cather
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Another incisive gem from Willa Cather. The #catherbuddyread group posted some fabulous insights. What struck me personally in the 2nd half was that the character of Myra Henshawe was remarkably like someone I know who recently passed away. The parallels were astonishing! And I could understand Oswald‘s wish to remember the good and let go of the bad. As Myra said herself, she “couldn‘t help” being cruel to those she loved. A complex character.

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Years later when I read T.S. Eliot‘s line that April was the cruelest month, I would recall what happened to me one April day in 1954, in chilly Limuru, the prime estate of what, in 1902, another Eliot, Sir Charles Eliot, then governor of colonial Kenya, had set aside as White Highlands. #firstlinefridays @ShyBookOwl

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The Professor's House | Willa Cather
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Willa Cather‘s work is a joy to read. She interweaves many themes and gives the reader plenty to think about. For me, this book is a fascinating exploration of what it means to hold true to our most authentic Self, when so many forces in life and our time in history seek to draw us away from ourselves. Lots to chew on in this book! If you‘re interested, see the great discussions of this book in the #Catherbuddyread group.

Graywacke I have to rethink the book a bit with this in mind. Great review! 2y
mdm139 How did I not know there is Cather buddy read group. I decided to read all her books this year and reread what I have already read. What is next months book? When do you need the books done by? 2y
Louise @mdm139 Next month‘s read is a novella called My Mortal Enemy. Because it is a short book, we‘re just having one discussion on the whole book on March 7th. It would be great to have your perspective added to the mix. It‘s a great little group full of astute, Cather-loving readers. @Graywacke leads it and does a fabulous job getting/keeping the discussion going. 2y
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Louise @graywacke Thanks for that. If you have read any of Steiner‘s work on the evolution of consciousness, you‘ll see why these themes jumped out at me as they did. Of course, they are universal themes. As the discussions unearthed, many philosophers and great writers have explored these things. 2y
Graywacke @mdm139 Wow, awesome that your reading Cather now. We‘re a small group. I‘m happy to add your name to the list. ( Follow the tag for the various discussions. #catherbuddyread ) And, yes, March 7 is 2y
Graywacke @Louise Steiner ?? 2y
mdm139 @Graywacke great! I read My Mortal Enemy Last month 2y
Graywacke @mdm139 you have to remember everything till March 7 😉 2y
Louise @graywacke Rudolf Steiner, an Austrian philosopher who lived in the late 1800‘s and until 1925. Founder of Waldorf education, biodynamic farming, eurythmy therapy, anthroposophical medicine, and the anthroposophical society. His ideas coalesce nicely with Goethe‘s phenomenological scientific methods. He maintained that spiritual phenomena could be approached scientifically and used the phrase “spiritual science”. There are interesting lectures... 2y
Louise . . . of his on how the development of the arts, including architecture, reveal to us the development of human consciousness. He was a fascinating thinker and “seer”. Some of his lectures are pretty “far out”, and I don‘t know what to think of them. But his understanding of the human task to maintain one‘s center while being pulled in many directions is profound. 2y
Graywacke @Louise whoa... I‘m going to accept your summary for now. He‘s a new name to me. (Goethe is really only a name to me too. Never read him. ) 2y
Louise @Graywacke I don‘t know if I‘m the best spokesperson for Rudolf Steiner‘s ideas, but yeah, it‘s a lot of philosophy to digest. But as Cather‘s novel demonstrates, we find these ideas in all kinds of places without having to stress out about it. 😂 (edited) 2y
cmastfalk I live Willa Cather‘s writing! 2y
Louise @cmastfalk I do too! It‘s so easy to read, isn‘t it? She draws the reader along with her beautiful prose, and all the while, she is weaving meaning after meaning into the story. How does she do it? Amazing! 2y
Lcsmcat @Louise I can totally see the staying true to your authentic self as an overarching theme in Cather. And even though one have been rereads, I‘m getting so much more out of her writing with the combination of reading them back to back and the great discussions we have in the #catherbuddyread. Everyone‘s insights give me lots to ponder. 2y
Louise @Lcsmcat I agree about the group. It‘s great to hear so many perspectives! @cmastfalk, can we tempt you to join? (edited) 2y
CarolynM Great review, and I'm fascinated by your comments about Steiner (do you have Steiner schools in the US? their educational philosophies are all I really know about about him) I get so much from the knowledge and ideas this group brings to our discussions. 2y
batsy I agree very much with your insight... Like @Lcsmcat says the battle for the authentic self seems to be a recurring theme in her work. I loved The Song of the Lark in particular for depicting the costs and compromises of an artist's soul. 2y
Louise @batsy Good to hear this about Song of the Lark! I haven‘t read the Great Plains trilogy yet but ordered it recently. Looking forward to reading it! 2y
Louise @CarolynM Yes, we do have Steiner schools in the US. We call them Waldorf Schools here. Where are you located? 2y
cmastfalk @Louise I found the hashtag. How do I go about joining? 2y
CarolynM I live in Melbourne, Australia. If I'd thought a bit longer I wouldn't have asked that question. I realised I know a couple of people who went to a Steiner schools in the US 😳 I haven't heard them called Waldorf Schools before, though. 2y
Louise @CarolynM Ah, Melbourne! I have a friend who is a piano professor at the university there! Such a wonderful musician! Yes, the first Steiner school was commissioned by a rich businessman by the name of Waldorf (of Waldorf-Astoria Hotel fame) for the children of his factory workers in Stuttgart. He asked Steiner to develop a curriculum based on his understanding of the developing child. And the rest is history. 2y
Louise @cmastfalk So glad you‘ll be joining us! I‘ll tag @Graywacke here so he can add you to the group list. Welcome! 2y
Graywacke @cmastfalk I‘ve added you to the list. 🙂 Next book is tagged here. Usually we discuss the book in sections, but the next one is a novella, so we‘ll only have one discussion at the end - March 7. 2y
cmastfalk @Graywacke Thank you! 2y
canbku That cover is so gorgeous! 2y
Louise @canbku Yes! The whole Cather series by Vintage has lovely covers. 2y
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Stoner | John Williams
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What an achingly beautiful book. Exquisitely written. It is the story of a life lived deeply. There is sadness, yes, but there is also love. In this book, love of words and literature is also a redeeming and comforting force. It‘s a book that will stay in my thoughts for a long time and that I will surely read again.

Cinfhen I‘m thinking of reading this for @Reviewsbylola #ClassicsChallenge2020 (edited) 2y
emilyhaldi Ugh it's so good. Your description is spot on! One of my fav books from last year and I will certainly be reading it again. 2y
Louise @Cinfen Great choice! Enjoy! It was interesting for me that I happened to be reading The Professor‘s House, by Willa Cather, around the same time. Both by great American authors. Both with a professor as the main character. Both brilliantly written, yet both also so very different. Lots to think about. 2y
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Louise @emilyhaldi Yes! The writing is so brilliant; it is to be savored and revisited! (edited) 2y
Reviewsbylola I‘m reading it right now! It‘s great. @Cinfhen 2y
Cinfhen Oh good!! I know @KarenUK recently read it and loved it too @Reviewsbylola Thanks for posting the above review @Louise it‘s pushed this book up my TBR 2y
Louise @Reviewsbylola It‘s so beautifully written, isn‘t it?! I marked so many passages. Such amazing writing! Enjoy! @Cinfen You are in for a great read! 🤓 2y
KarenUK @cinfhen @emilyhaldi @Reviewsbylola @louise It‘s one of those that‘s really stuck with me..... still thinking about it.... 2y
Reviewsbylola I‘ve been thinking about it all night and I‘m finally able to settle back in with it now after a busy day! @karenuk @louise 2y
Louise @Reviewsbylola Hooray! Happy reading! 2y
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I‘ve just completed this book‘s daily readings, which go from Nov. 24 to Jan. 7. While a broad array of voices are included here, I was surprised and even a little disturbed by how many of the readings I could NOT relate to. I had an easier time with the poems than the prose. To me, it seemed that the great mystery of God had been too narrowly interpreted, too confidently expressed. Perhaps next Advent, I‘ll choose readings from the mystics!

MaureenMc I‘d recommend The Reed of God by Caryll Houselander for next Advent. 😊 (edited) 2y
Louise @MaureenMc Thanks for the tip! I‘ve added it to my list! 2y
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Collected Stories | Willa Cather
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Christmas #bookhaul of 2019! Heartfelt thanks to my Litsy pen pals @robinb and @Chelleo for your contributions to this wonderful tower of reading material! Your thoughtfulness is deeply appreciated! My packages to you both will arrive in the New Year, as I‘m behind with my “Literary Santa to-do list”! Wishing everyone many pleasant hours of reading in 2020! 🎄📚🎄📚🎄📚

charl08 Lovely stack! 2y
Chelleo Nice haul! Looks like 2020 will be a great reading year ☺️ 2y
Louise @Chelleo I feel so guilty, as I have your birthday gifts wrapped up in a pile here and haven‘t yet got them parceled up and mailed. And your Christmas gifts have yet to be wrapped! It‘s been difficult to get organized. My apologies! I will get them sent off as soon as I can! 😘😘😘 2y
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Chelleo @Louise No apologies needed. They‘ll get here right on time...just when I need them, I‘m sure. 🤗 2y
Louise Thanks, @chelleo! I really enjoyed your recent letter about your women‘s retreat. And thank you for the gorgeous pin, fun socks, and lovely book! You are so thoughtful! 💕 2y
ju.ca.no Lovely stack!😍 2y
Louise Thanks, @ju.ca.no ! And thank you for your lovely letter, the cute origami, and the tea! I will write to you very soon! 😘 2y
ju.ca.no @Louise I‘m glad it has arrived already🤗😘 2y
robinb Nice stack awaiting you @Louise ! Happy Eudora arrived safely! 🤣 Enjoy! 🤗 2y
Louise @robinb I‘ve already read the first story! It‘s a great collection! Thank you so much! I‘ll write soon and send your package in the New Year. 😘 2y
robinb @Louise I do hope you‘ll enjoy the collection! Hope you‘re doing well, sweet friend! 😘 2y
Tonton Maria Popova! 2y
Louise @Tonton Yes! Have you read it yet? I‘m looking forward to diving in! 2y
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Watch for the Light: Readings for Advent and Christmas | Annie Dillard, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Thomas Stearns Eliot, C S Lewis, Edith Stein, Philip Yancey, John Donne, Thomas Merton, Dorothy Day, Thomas Aquinas, Henri J M Nouwen, Meister Eckhart
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To carry the spirit of the Season this year, I bought this book of daily readings for Advent. Some readings are religious, some are poems, some are questions and seekings. There are contributions from Aquinas, Luther, Dillard, Nouwen, Bonhöffer, Plath, and others. It begins on this day, the first Sunday of Advent.

EliNeedsMoreShelves I have used this book in the past - really good stuff. 2y
Louise @EliNeedsMoreShelves That‘s good to hear. I‘m heartened by the diverse list of people whose words are gathered in this book. Many perspectives on what it means to receive and carry the light in the darkness at this time of year. ✨ (edited) 2y
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How does one live in the present when the past was defined by war, abuse, and loss? And how does one build a brighter future? In this novel, the characters are dealing with these questions and finding their answers through the many forms love takes. #audiobook

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I found this #audiobook a bit too “on the nose” with its theme of a self-sacrificing woman learning to set boundaries and take care of her own needs. It includes themes of the power of stories and the importance of family and forgiveness. It was an okay listen while lazing about fighting off a seasonal bug.

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Days of Reading | Marcel Proust
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“There are no days of my childhood which I lived so fully perhaps as those I thought I had left behind without living them, those I spent with a favourite book.” So begins Proust‘s beautiful essay “Days of Reading (1)”. In his distinctive, densely detailed style, Proust shares his thoughts on reading, writing, art, machinism, society, Ruskin, and more. This is a slim volume filled with gems. #France #ReadingAroundTheWorld

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The War that Saved My Life | Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
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What a beautiful, heart-warming #audiobook! A young girl with a club foot is evacuated from London to the English countryside with her little brother at the start of WWII. Having suffered physical and emotional abuse at the hand of their mother, young Ada and little Jamie begin to blossom under the loving care of their guardian Sarah. Sarah, too, comes back to life with renewed fervor. Highly recommended!

erzascarletbookgasm I loved this book 👍 2y
Bookwormjillk A favorite of mine. 2y
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Happy Birthday! | Ariel Books
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Fellow Littens, please join me in wishing the Happiest of Birthdays to @Chelleo — Litsy-how-to-video Queen, fabulous academic librarian, mom of 2 growing readers, and #Litsypenpal extraordinaire! May the coming year bring many happy hours of reading! (Michelle, a little something for you will be arriving a few days late.).

Birdsong28 Happy birthday @Chelleo 🎉🎊📚📖 2y
Freespirit Happy birthday @Chelleo xxx 2y
JacqMac Happy birthday @Chelleo 🎉🌸🎉 2y
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Sace Happy Birthday! 🎁🎉 2y
Jerdencon Happy Birthday @Chelleo 🎉🎉🎁🎈 2y
Kaylamburson Happy happy Birthday, @Chelleo !! I hope it's the best one yet! 2y
jb72 Happy Birthday @Chelleo 2y
Butterfinger Hope you have a great birthday @Chelleo 2y
Chelleo ...and BTW...I LOVE the Peanuts gang! Louise, I'll be writing to you from the mountains of Georgia this weekend!
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Dragon Happy birthday 🥳 @Chelleo 🍰🍧! 2y
NeedsMoreBooks Happy birthday! 2y
Come-read-with-me @Chello Happy birthday to YOU!!!! 💐🌈💫🎂 2y
Louise The mountains of Georgia! Sounds like a really fun trip. Safe travels, and have a great time! @chelleo (edited) 2y
AnneCecilie Happy birthday 🎁🎂🎈🎉 @Chelleo 2y
Ddzmini Happy birthday 🎁🎂🎈🎉🎊 🥳📖😋 2y
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Notes from the Sofa | Raymond Briggs
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I took my time savoring this book of Raymond Briggs‘ reflections on life and especially on growing older. The book is a collection of columns he wrote for the humorous British magazine The Oldie. His dry English wit and clever observations are a delight!

ljuliel Sounds like a cute book. It could also be the title of my life . 🛋 2y
Louise @ljuliel The sofa is a wonderful place! 😊 2y
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Book Love | Debbie Tung
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Many Littens will recognize their own reading and book-loving (and book-sniffing!) habits in this fun gathering of cartoons by Debbie Tung. It‘s a quick read that would make a nice gift for oneself or a book-loving friend.

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I really enjoyed a few weeks of starting my day with a couple of chapters of this book. There are plenty of nuggets of advice and inspiration for writers, and I also discovered some new-to-me writers whose work I‘d like to read. My copy is now filled with underlined, bracketed, and starred passages that I will return to now and then. Glad to have this on my bookshelf! #writersoflitsy

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At the Edge of the Orchard | Tracy Chevalier
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I am always amazed by Tracy Chevalier‘s ability to bring a certain historical time and place to such vivid life. This #audiobook is very well presented by the voice actors. The story of the harsh life on the American frontier for a family of apple-growers and of the son who makes his way to California—first for gold and then to harvest seeds and saplings of redwood and sequoia trees for the European market—is rich in history & emotionally moving.

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Salt to the Sea | Ruta Sepetys
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Perhaps I missed some of the magic of the writing by listening to this in #audiobook form. While it taught me about a historical event I hadn‘t known about, I wished the characters‘ stories had been more fully developed. It seemed that an expectation of more of their individual stories was set up early on and then left unfulfilled. However, the book had many beautiful moments. Photo from Wikipedia: the Wilhelm Gustloff in 1939.

rmaclean4 I had the same reading experience! 2y
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My response to this book was mixed. There were so many twists in the story of the crime that I‘m still not entirely sure what happened. (Perhaps that‘s the drawback of listening to the audiobook at night while falling asleep!) But that doesn‘t really matter because the main pleasure of the Three Pines books is spending time with the main characters. And now the wait for the next book begins. Godspeed, Writer, Godspeed!

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While it was interesting to learn more about Gregorian chant and the daily life of a contemplative community, I found the setting of this book claustrophobic. I missed the residents of Three Pines, who add such flavor to the other books in the series. The book became monotonous. However, I respect the author‘s willingness to experiment with unusual settings and plots. Image: ABBEY OF SAINT-BENOÎT-DU-LAC, the inspiration for the fictional abbey.

MallenNC This one wasn't my favorite either, but I agree with you on respecting her willingness to try unusual settings. 2y
Bette I agree, not my favorite. But I was at a book signing and asked her if it was a Monty Python reference when that guy shows up and someone says, nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition...and she said it was. It made me happy that she likes MP. 🤣👍 2y
grumpygirlbooks I kind of felt the same way! This is actually the book that made me want to read the series lol, but I agree - not my favorite! 2y
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Louise @Bette I caught that too and figured it must have been deliberate—a tasty morsel for MP fans! 😂 I‘ll bet she was pleased that you mentioned it! 2y
Louise @MallenNC Yes, I felt the same way about the book that used the artistic process as a means to guess the whereabouts of an artist. It didn‘t quite work for me but I appreciated her risk-taking approach to writing. (edited) 2y
Louise @grumpygirlbooks Glad it got you interested in the series! There are some really good ones in the series, especially after she has developed the characters in Three Pines. Their humorous banter and care for one another make for good reading. 🤓 2y
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For those interested in the work of Willa Cather and in her ideas about the art of fiction—both her own and the work of others—this slim volume is a treasure. It is filled with passages to return to and savor! #writersoflitsy #catherbuddyread

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Shadows on the Rock | Willa Cather
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What a beautiful book! Willa Cather captures the simplicity and religious sincerity of Québec‘s early French settlers with a spare yet descriptive writing style. Delving into this book is an escape from the modern world. Cather brings to life the traditions, herbal remedies, attitudes, and seasonal calendar of these salt-of-the-earth people. The writing is superb! #willacather #Canada #Quebec

Anna40 Sounds wonderful! :) 2y
cmastfalk Oh, I love Willa Cather, but I hadn‘t heard of this book. 2y
Louise @cmastfalk Oh, you are in for a treat! Enjoy! 2y
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Louise @Anna40 Yes, it really is wonderful! 2y
CarolynM Looking forward to getting to this one @Graywacke 🙂 2y
Graywacke Nice review. I have an old copy waiting for me. Hope I‘m ok with the religious aspects. It‘s Cather, so probably I will be. @Carolyn - I think it‘s three books away...no, actually five. We‘ll get there though. Next will be A Lost Lady. ( #catherbuddyread ) 2y
Louise @Graywacke @Carolyn In a letter about this book, Cather wrote: “. . . it is the curious endurance of a kind of culture, narrow but definite. There, among the country people and the nuns, I caught something new to me; a kind of feeling about life and human fate that I could not accept, wholly, but which I could not but admire.” ⬇️ 2y
Louise “Those people brought a kind of French culture there and somehow kept it alive on that rock, sheltered it and tended it and on occasion died for it, as if it really were a sacred fire—and all this temperately and shrewdly, with emotion always tempered by good sense.” From pp.14-16 of (edited) 2y
Graywacke @Louise thanks for that quote - very eloquently put by her. 2y
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Based on a real network of mostly female spies in WWI, this novel weaves historical fact with fiction to show how events from WWI influenced some people‘s choices and behaviors in WWII and beyond. It jumps back and forth between 1947 and the years of WWI. People endured so much hardship and needed such courage during the two world wars. Hats off to my grandparents‘ and great-grandparents‘ generations! #audiobook #WWI

Readswithcoffee This is one of my favorite historical fiction books. 👍🏻📚 2y
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Day Seven. #covercrush #7days7covers I just ordered this book. What a great cover for a Pullman book on writing and storytelling! Looking forward to reading it!

Jas16 That is a great cover! 2y
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Birthdays Happen | Herbert Kavet
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Please join me in sending warm Litsy Happy Birthday wishes to @robinb ! May the coming year bring you many blissful hours of reading!

Megabooks Happy birthday!!! 🥳🥳🥳🎉🎉🎉📚📚 2y
cassiopia Happy birthday!!! 2y
julesG Happy Birthday @robinb 🎉🎂📚🍫🎈🎊 2y
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Cinfhen Happy birthday to an amazing birthday fairy and wonderful human being 💗🎂💗🥳💗 best wishes @robinb 2y
Kalalalatja Happy birthday! 🎉🎉🎉 2y
CarolynM Happy birthday @robinb 🎂🎈🎉 Hope you have a wonderful day 2y
Centique Happy birthday @robinb ! 😘 2y
hilded Happy birthday!🥳 2y
Ruthiella @robinb Happy Birthday! 🎂 And many more!😀 2y
DarcysMom Happy Birthday @robinb 🎂🎂🎂 2y
Bookwormjillk Happy birthday @robinb 2y
LeahBergen Happy Birthday, @robinb ! 😘😘😘 2y
EadieB Happy Birthday, @robinb 2y
BookwormAHN Happy Birthday @robinb 🎂 2y
TrishB Happy birthday 🎉🎉 2y
Birdsong28 Happy birthday @robinb 🎊🎉📚📖 2y
kezzlou85 Happy Birthday @robinb 🎊🎂🎁🎉 2y
Librarybelle Happy Birthday @robinb ! 2y
JessClark78 Happy Birthday! @robinb 🎊🎂🎉 2y
Jerdencon Happy Birthday 🎂🎈🎁 @robinb 2y
Soubhiville Happy Birthday Robin!!! @robinb 2y
SoManyBooksNotEnoughTime Happy Birthday 🎉📚 2y
Marilyncjackson Happy Birthday 🎂 2y
Ddzmini Happy birthday 🎉🎂🎁🎈🎊 🥳📖😋 2y
Louise @robinb, I hope you are having a lovely birthday! I have a little package for you that will arrive late. It will go out in the mail tomorrow. 💕 (edited) 2y
robinb @Louise You are so sweet! Thank you for this lovely birthday post, the mail to come and for being such a wonderful, thoughtful #LitsyPenPal! 😘🤗😘🤗 2y
robinb You ALL are simply the BEST at making me feel like a queen 👸🏻 for the day!!! Thank you for all your birthday wishes, kind words and for just thinking of me today! 💕💕💕💕 @Megabooks , @cassiopia , @julesG , @Cinfhen , @Kalalalatja , @CarolynM , @Centique , @hilded , @Ruthiella , @DarcysMom , @Bookwormjillk , @LeahBergen , @EadieB , @BookwormAHN , @TrishB , @Birdsong28 , @kezzlou85 , @Librarybelle , @JessClark78 , @Jerdencon , @Soubhiville ⬇️ 2y
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Art of Babar | Nicholas Fox Weber
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Day Five. #covercrush #7books7days This book is extra special to me because I bought it in Paris when I was 24. I bought it from an open-air bookseller along the Seine near the Old Quarter. I still get a fluttery feeling of excitement in my chest when I look at it. I think it‘s a combination of admiration for the book‘s utter charm and the stimulation of my own creative energies.

Ruthiella Sweet!🥰 2y
Louise @Ruthiella Yes, there is such a beautiful innocence in these illustrations! (edited) 2y
KarenUK So beautiful 😍 2y
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How to Stop Time | Matt Haig
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What a clever premise! I enjoyed visiting the various time periods in this #audiobook and following the main character‘s efforts to come to terms with his much slower aging process. The subject of TIME is nicely explored.

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Crazeedi This is an awesome cover 2y
Louise @Crazeedi That fascinating image from an illuminated manuscript is “Zodiacal Man” in Très Riches Heures de Jean de Berry, c. 1413–16, illustrated by the Limbourg Brothers, made in France. Chantilly, Musée Condé, Ms. 65. (edited) 2y
Crazeedi @Louise can you imagine this done in the 1400's? Just incredible 2y
Louise @Crazeedi Simply amazing! I‘d love to see the originals! 2y
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Day Three. #covercrush #7days7covers Post 7 covers that you like, no explanation needed, over 7 days and tag another Litten to join the fun. Today I would like to invite @TheBookStacker — if your grad school schedule has room in it for such frivolities! 🤓

TheBookStacker Thanks for the tag! As soon as I get home from studying I will post! 2y
Louise @TheBookStacker Hooray! Glad you‘ll be joining in the fun! 📚 2y
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Day Two. #covercrush #7days7covers Share 7 covers that you like over 7 days, no explanation needed, and tag someone to play along. I would like to invite @Sarah83 to play along.

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Thanks for the tag, @ju.ca.no ! Day One. #7days7covers #covercrush. Share covers that you like for 7 days, no explanation needed, and invite someone else to play along. I would like to invite @Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick

ju.ca.no Wow! That looks and sounds good!!🤩 2y
Louise @ju.ca.no She is such a clever writer! I love how some of her main characters are always animals. The humor is delightful. 2y
Louise Unfortunately, the only book of hers that is available in English thus far is the humorous (edited) 2y
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ju.ca.no @Louise that sounds amazing!! Thank you for sharing! (edited) 2y
Louise @ju.ca.no, if you haven‘t read Glenkill (Three Bags Full in English), that one is great fun. A flock of sheep investigate the murder of their shepherd. Of course, they see the world as sheep see it so they solve the mystery correctly but for all the wrong reasons. It‘s delightful. In the sequel, titled Garou, the flock goes to France with their new shepherdess, and something sinister is going on in the area. 2y
ju.ca.no @Louise thank you for the recommendation!! It does sound like great fun indeed! 2y
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick Thanks for the tag! I will certainly play along, but I may need a day before getting started so I can pull out a few books. Today was the first day back in the office after nearly 3 weeks away, so saying I'm swamped is an understatement. 2y
Louise @Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick No worries! If you find the time and would enjoy it, please join in! If it‘s not a good time, let it go. I wouldn‘t want to create stress for you! 😘 2y
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The Immortalists | Chloe Benjamin
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So often, I nearly bailed on this book; but I was curious to see how the author handled such a big topics as free will vs. determinism and quality of life vs. quantity of life. The characters didn‘t seem real to me. They didn‘t come to life on the page. Some of their choices seemed maddeningly senseless in light of what we knew of them. And if there‘s one deal-breaker that can turn me off a book, it‘s the abuse of animals, this time in a lab.

Clare-Dragonfly Ugh, I‘ve had this stacked for a while, but now I‘m not sure it‘s worth looking for ☹️ 2y
Louise @Clare-Dragonfly Sorry to be the bearer of bad news! Of course, this is only one opinion. 💁🏻‍♀️ 2y
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