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Ruthiella

Joined February 2018

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Shrines of Gaiety | Kate Atkinson
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It‘s here! Now the question is, will I read it “soon” (in the next 2-5 years?) or “right away” (within the next 12 months)? 🤔😜

TrishB 😂😂 in the same week! 1h
Ruthiella @TrishB 😂😂 1h
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My first completed book for #20in4 ! I never read it as a kid, though I do recall seeing the cover in school library. I‘m really glad to finally have read this children‘s classic. It made me laugh out loud more than once. I see why kids and adults love it and why it has stood the test of time. Very punny! Very clever.

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Northanger Abbey | Jane Austen
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This is my copy of Northanger Abbey, but though I will probably also download a copy to my e reader from Project Gutenberg and borrow an audio version from the library. It‘s a re-read for me but only my second time.

#Pemberlittens

sprainedbrain It‘s good to have options! 2d
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I‘ve barely read anything today and I‘m dead-tired, but these six books are my current reads and I hope to finish at least two by the end of this #20in4 Readathon. Tomorrow‘s another day!

BarbaraBB I hope you‘ll enjoy 3d
Ruthiella @BarbaraBB Thanks! Me too. 3d
Cathythoughts I hope your energy is up tomorrow 👍🏻♥️ 3d
batsy Hope you have a restful weekend and as much reading as you need! 2d
Ruthiella @batsy @Cathythoughts Thanks for the best wishes! 😊 2d
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Thalia | Frances Faviell
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#FurrowedMiddlebrowClub

I splurged and got physical copies for the next two rounds. The covers are so pretty! 😍

LeahBergen They are! 2w
Cathythoughts Fabulous! Love them ❤️ 2w
CarolynM I need to put my order in soon. I‘m trying to decide which other Susan Scarlett book(s) to add 😆 1w
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batsy Lovely! I can't wait for mine to arrive 😁 1w
MrsK Mine are on their way🥰 1w
Tamra Pretties! 1w
jlhammar Oooh, lovely! I need to place my order. 1w
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Crocodile on the Sandbank | Elizabeth Peters
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Thanks for the tag @EadieB ☺️

#LittensWantToKnow

I would love to see the Amelia Peabody series done right in a TV adaptation. My biggest concern about book to screen is, however, that they won‘t be faithful enough to the original material.

EadieB You're welcome! I agree! Books are always better than the movie! 2w
Kimzey Does Elly Griffiths‘ Ruth Galloway series have a TV show? That‘s one I‘d enjoy. 2w
Ruthiella @EadieB Sometimes the adaptation is perfect, but it seems pretty rare! 2w
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Ruthiella @Kimzey I don‘t think so. I‘ve never read that series. I should give it a go! 2w
Kimzey @Ruthiella Yes, dig in! I just finished the series and am pining for more. The next one won‘t be released until next April. 2w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🙌🏻🎥📚 2w
CarolynM Who would they cast? I can imagine finding a suitable Amelia, and even Emerson, but I can‘t imagine anyone getting Ramses right! 2w
Ruthiella @CarolynM Casting would be tough! My perfect Emerson might not be yours. He‘s too old now, but Richard Armitage would have made a good Emerson, IMO. 2w
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All My Puny Sorrows | Miriam Toews
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💰Only $1 each at the library. 💰

I‘m pretty sure the tagged book was never read. Still had the receipt in it as well as a bookmark from the store (Wellesley Books in Wesllesly, MA) plus a pristine postcard of Boston.

Tamra Beautiful finds! 2w
tokorowilliamwallace Yep, the three sources I usually draw from with secondhand books are the two public libraries local to me (Friends of Library books on sale), the resale charity shop, and local little free street libraries. 2w
Ruthiella @Tamra Thanks! I‘m pretty stoked. 2w
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Ruthiella @tokorowilliamwallace I only let myself indulge now and again. When the price point is that low, it‘s too easy to go wild! 😆 2w
jlhammar I loved the Toews. Great finds! 2w
Ruthiella @jlhammar I think I will love it too. I started reading the first few pages and didn‘t want to stop! 2w
CarolynM Bargain! 2w
EvieBee Sorrows is so moving and well written. Doesn‘t hurt that it‘s a gorgeous paperback edition! 2w
Ruthiella @CarolynM I love library sales for that reason! 🤑 2w
Ruthiella @EvieBee I am really looking forward to reading it. I‘ve never read any Toews. 2w
Centique They look like lovely editions 😍 2w
Ruthiella @Centique The are all in good shape, though The Things They Carried has some underlining. 2w
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Thank you for the tag @PageShifter !☺️

1. Generally any reading for pleasure is a retreat for me. However, I do particularly like long classics to immerse myself in-Dickens or Trollope, for example.

2. I occasionally re-read Agatha Christie when I‘m very stressed.

3. Any Agatha Christie Miss Marple or Poirot mystery. Or if I want to laugh, Wooster and Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse.

#ThoughtfulThursday

PageShifter Oh yes, I also love Agatha Christie 🥰 3w
batsy Yes to the comfort reads 💕 It's been awhile since I picked up a Wodehouse. 2w
Ruthiella @PageShifter I think with Christie too we have the satisfaction of the mystery being solved in the end! 2w
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Ruthiella @batsy I love books that make me laugh out loud - total stress reliever! 2w
PageShifter @Ruthiella That's true! 2w
BiblioLitten Wodehouse for me too! 5d
Ruthiella @BiblioLitten He‘s 100% reliable! 5d
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Was this a novel? Or memoir? Ruth Adam really did move from London at the end of WWII with her family and friends to a 33 room manor in the English countryside. As seen on the alternate cover shown, the tone was similar to Jean Kerr‘s Please Don‘t Eat the Daisies- a lightly fictionalized real life experience, with eccentric characters, humorous escapades and comic disasters. Largely plotless, I liked it for its snapshot of England in transition.

MrsK Great review 😊. It did have the feel of short stories, all with the same theme, interwoven throughout. 3w
Tamra Perfect review! 😁 3w
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jlhammar Love the collage! That older cover does have a very different vibe. More fun/farcical city folks in the country. Our current cover is more the dream that they fall in love with. I think both work. Wonderful review! 3w
erzascarletbookgasm Great review! 3w
elkeOriginal I have to admit I am struggling due to lack of plot - I put it down halfway and forgot to continue because I do not find myself compelled back to it 😕 I clearly like being immersed in plot… 3w
Cathythoughts Great review Ruth 👍🏻❤️ @elkeOriginal I‘m struggling too .. It‘s not holding my interest 😬 we‘ve never had a bailer yet in our #FurrowedMiddleBrowClub … I might just put it on hold for awhile and see what it‘s like a bit later in the month … 3w
Cathythoughts Lovely collage 🥰 3w
Cathythoughts @elkeOriginal I think this was a good choice , I want to experience all these ‘ middlebrow‘ writers … ♥️ it‘s interesting to see the different approaches, and the different reactions we all have. 3w
Ruthiella @MrsK Thanks. 😊Yes, it took a little while for me to adjust. I think every time I crack open a DSP book I expect one thing but often get another! 3w
Ruthiella @Tamra Thank you! ☺️ 3w
Ruthiella @jlhammar Thanks! 🙏 I always read the introduction last and didn‘t at first realize it was based on Adam‘s life. 3w
Ruthiella @elkeOriginal I had a period in the middle where I bogged down a bit. The foreshadowing also made me at times less apt to read on. (edited) 3w
Ruthiella @Cathythoughts Thanks Cathy! 😊 Some books require a different mindset and/or reading space, for sure. 3w
quietjenn Yep, in my head, I keep thinking this is a memoir 🤣 3w
Ruthiella @quietjenn It kinda is, but I think she clearly changed a few bits (to protect the innocent)! 😂 3w
LeahBergen I must say that I pretty much read it as a memoir with a few name changes, like you said! 😆 And like @Cathythoughts and @elkeOriginal mention … I, too, set it down about halfway through (unintentionally but with a bit of lack of interest). Once I picked it up again and “forced” myself back into it, I flew through it. It certainly does have a different tone from our other reads in this group, doesn‘t it? It keeps things interesting. 😆 3w
Ruthiella @LeahBergen It does keep things interesting. I like the surprise factor since I typically know nothing but the title when I start reading! 3w
elkeOriginal @Ruthiella @LeahBergen @Cathythoughts I agree about how fun the variety of Furrowed books is! I will persevere with this one - and rescue it from becoming a bathroom book 🤦🏼‍♀️😉 3w
Jess_Read_This I must have completely missed this was fiction. I thought it was her memoir 😂 Perfect review! 2w
Ruthiella @Jess_Read_This Well, her daughter‘s name IRL was Corinna per Wikipedia, so I think she must have tweaked it a bit. 2w
rubyslippersreads I‘m reading this as a fictionalized memoir, like The Egg and I. Does her husband have a name? She seems to always just call him “my husband.” 😄 2w
Ruthiella @rubyslippersreads I don‘t think she ever does name him. The policeman, the Colonel‘s daughter, Howard‘s wife, the ninepence-in-the-shilling garden boy, etc all remain nameless. 😅 2w
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Here‘s my wrap-up of #Booked2022 Summer Edition:

🥘 Includes a recipe- Wahala

🇨🇦 Set in a Canadian Province - The Stone Angel

🧭 Involves an exploration - Four Cities

👯‍♀️ About sisters - Cassandra at the Wedding

👶 New in 2022 - Sleepwalk

🏨 Set in an inn or hotel - Nobody, Somebody, Anybody

Cinfhen Woohoo 🥳 Q3 Form is ready! Here‘s the short link: https://forms.gle/bAMN41GcdRfrHWTQ9 1mo
Ruthiella @Cinfhen Thank you Cindy! I completed the form. 😀 1mo
Cinfhen Good luck 🍀 💚 1mo
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The Stone Angel | Margaret Laurence
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My last title for the Summer edition of #Booked2022 Set in a Canadian Province

Spanning the late 1800s to the middle of the 20th century, this is the story of an uncompromising and bitter woman. The story at times felt almost biblical in how Hagar Currie Shipley is unable to love or appreciate those who love her most. It was frustrating to read at times - Hagar is often her own worst enemy- but it always felt real.

CarolynM I‘d not heard of Margaret Laurence until @LeahBergen kindly sent me this book. I liked it a lot. I‘m going to read more of her books one day…🥴 1mo
Ruthiella I heard about Laurence first from a book blogger a few years ago. But this was my first title. I too would like to read more from her…some day! 1mo
squirrelbrain Great review - I also read this one thanks to @LeahBergen! Cute pupper! 1mo
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Ruthiella @squirrelbrain Thanks! @LeahBergen influence is GLOBAL! 😆 1mo
vivastory I def recommend reading the rest of the Manawaka cycle! I read through them with several other Littens last year & it was one of my fave reading experiences of the year 1mo
LeahBergen @CarolynM @squirrelbrain @Ruthiella 😆😆 Just doing my bit for Can Lit. Wait … I should make that into a t-shirt for myself! 😆 1mo
TrishB @LeahBergen sent it to me too 😁 she‘s on commission! 1mo
LeahBergen @vivastory It was an AMAZING group read with everyone, wasn‘t it? ❤️ 1mo
LeahBergen @TrishB Bahaha! 😆😆 1mo
TrishB @LeahBergen have to also add I loved it ❤️ 1mo
vivastory @LeahBergen It was the best 💙 1mo
batsy I need to read this! I read the other books in the cycle with the Manawakan gang and really love Laurence ❤️ The cute doggo seems to approve of the book, also! 1mo
Cinfhen I recently ordered this book after seeing all the rave reviews- but I‘m worried my expectations will ruin the book 😬and your furry friend is SUPER CUTE♥️ 1mo
Ruthiella @TrishB Good to know you loved it too! I‘m sure any commission @LeahBergen earned was spent on buying MORE BOOKS! 😆 1mo
Ruthiella @vivastory I remember those posts and they definitely contributed to my desire to get to this book sooner rather than later! 1mo
jlhammar I read this one, A Bird in the House and Jest of God several years ago and loved them. Need to get to the other Laurence titles on my shelves (The Diviners and The Fire-Dwellers). Great review! 1mo
Ruthiella @batsy I was surprised to see on goodreads that you hadn‘t yet read it! You have no idea how many pictures I had to take to get one presentable with Penny, the dog! She‘s no model! 1mo
batsy Aww, Penny! A photogenic but reluctant model 😂 1mo
Ruthiella @Cinfhen Thanks, Penny isn‘t photogenic. It took many pictures to get one that was cute enough! Temper your expectations accordingly. This is definitely an older fashioned novel. But the way it is structured kept me engaged. 1mo
Ruthiella @jlhammar Thanks! I‘m definitely going to read the rest in the Manawaka cycle. I‘m woefully under-read in Can-Lit! 1mo
Cinfhen I had a feeling @Ruthiella ☺️ 1mo
PaperbackPirate Cute! 😍🐕💙 1mo
Ruthiella @PaperbackPirate Thanks! 🙏🐶 1mo
WJCintron 😍😍😍 2w
BiblioLitten 😍😍😍 5d
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Hi Reading Friends! This is to remind you of the #FurrowedMiddlebrowClub pick for September. Read along at your own pace and comment and review as you choose. This is a very low pressure buddy read!

I‘m tagging @Sparklemn who expressed interest in joining in July. If anyone else wants to be tagged, let me know! All are welcome. 😃

jlhammar I'm going to try to join you all. Just ordered the book. Looking forward to it! 1mo
Ruthiella @jlhammar Excellent! 😃 1mo
LeahBergen Thanks! I‘m looking forward to this one. 👍 1mo
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Tamra Yay!! 👏🏾 1mo
batsy Thanks! I'm looking forward to this 🏡 1mo
erzascarletbookgasm I‘m sitting this one out, as I‘ve forgotten to order my copy! 🤦‍♀️ 1mo
Ruthiella @erzascarletbookgasm We‘ll catch you again in November! It‘s your turn to pick the next title. 😀 (edited) 1mo
CarolynM Thanks! I'm ready to go 🙂 1mo
Cathythoughts Thanks so much ! I hadn‘t realised how fast the time was going. I wasn‘t sure which book was next … all good now. I‘ll go up and get my copy from my ( fast growing) #FurrowedMiddleBrowClub stack 👍🏻😊 1mo
LeahBergen @catebutler @elkeOriginal @erzascarletbookgasm @rubyslippersreads @quietjenn @CarolynM @Cathythoughts @batsy @Kimzey @Jess_Read_This I was just thinking we should vote on our next two picks to give everyone time to order. What do you all think? @erzascarletbookgasm has our November read and @rubyslippersreads has our book for January. Would you two like to post your options for us? I love voting day. 😆 1mo
LeahBergen @erzascarletbookgasm Too bad! This book is available in a Kindle edition on Amazon (if that‘s an option for you in your country). 😘 1mo
batsy @LeahBergen Great idea! I'm always super excited about our future picks 😁 1mo
rubyslippersreads @LeahBergen Just posted my picks! 😊 1mo
LeahBergen @batsy Me, too! 1mo
LeahBergen @rubyslippersreads And I‘ve immediately voted 😆 1mo
MrsK I just discovered Furrowed Middlebrow! I‘ve read many of D. E. Stevenson‘s books (Miss Buncle and Mrs. Tim series‘s). I may ask to join you all soon!? 1mo
Ruthiella @MrsKinvestigates But of course! 😊 Do you want to start with this title or in November? We only read a book every other month. 1mo
MrsK Thank you! 😊 I‘ll start with this one! Can you tell me what our responsibilities are? 1mo
Ruthiella @MrsKinvestigates Very light responsibilities! 😂 Read the book and tag everyone if you have a comment or when you review. If you look at the #FurrowedMiddlebrowClub tag, you can get an idea of how we roll. Our last title was (edited) 1mo
MrsK @Ruthiella👌. Thank you! 1mo
Tamra @MrsKinvestigates it‘s a really fabulous low key & friendly group! 😊 1mo
Tamra @erzascarletbookgasm echo @LeahBergen - I download my copies to Kindle. I hope you can do the same. 1mo
Kimzey I have my copy and hope to get started over the weekend! 1mo
CarolynM Welcome @MrsKinvestigates, lovely to have you join us🙂 1mo
batsy It's a lovely lowkey group @MrsKinvestigates 😊 Welcome! 1mo
erzascarletbookgasm @MrsKinvestigates Lovely to have you on board 1mo
LeahBergen @MrsKinvestigates That‘s great! Welcome aboard. We start (usually) around the first of the month and aim to be done (usually) 😆 around the 15th but we always have early and late finishers. Use the spoiler button to cover anything surprising that you‘d like to post. 1mo
Cathythoughts @MrsKinvestigates Welcome! We are really enjoying these books , I hope you will too 👍🏻❤️ 1mo
elkeOriginal Excited to read this one - once I finish my current book! 1mo
Jess_Read_This I‘ve got this one on my shelf (I think lol) Count me in and heading over to vote now! 1mo
Jess_Read_This @MrsK 💐Welcome to the club! 1mo
MrsK @LeahBergen has the book for November been decided on? Book Depository cart anxiously awaiting 😝 1mo
LeahBergen @MrsK I‘ll do a final tally and make a post today! 😄 1mo
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Wahala: A Novel | Nikki May
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Thanks for the tag @TheSpineView ☺️

#Two4Tuesday

1. I read a lot of good books this month, so I will arbitrarily pick Wahala by Nikki May.

2. It was a good mix of plot and interesting (if sometimes unlikable) characters. This was May‘s debut and I‘m excited and curious to read what she comes up with next.

TheSpineView Thanks for playing 1mo
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It was a tad long, but then I‘d be hard pressed to know what to cut. I can see the comparisons to David Mitchell‘s Ghostwritten. This book is a puzzle for the reader to put together with its time jumps and seemingly unconnected storylines. A supernatural tale of revenge set in modern day Vietnam with flashbacks to its colonial history, it also reminded me favorably of Hari Kunzru‘s White Tears.

1st completed #20in4 End Of Summer book

Andrew65 Great 👏👏👏 1mo
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📕Because I am curious/nosy

📘Probably my mom. She‘s a reader and she took us kids to the library regularly.

📙 Weekdays in the evening after work-Weekends mornings, noon and night!

Thanks for the tag @Eggs . Feel like sharing @Klou @quietjenn @ShyBookOwl @CarolynM @Cathythoughts ?

#littenswanttoknow.

Eggs ❤️❤️ 1mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Haha!! ❤️ 1mo
Klou Thanks for tagging me. I'm a little late but I'll post my answers anyway 1mo
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My weekend has officially started! 🥳 The goal for me in the End of Summer #20in4 readathon is to finish at least two of the four books I‘ve currently got going! The White and Kuppersmith are from the library, so probably I‘ll concentrate on them.

Andrew65 Great to have you with us, good luck 😊 1mo
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David Copperfield | Charles Dickens
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Chapter 9: I Have A Memorable Birthday

The pic is from Wuthering Heights but it was the best I could find. David will forever remember turning 10 because that‘s the day he loses his mother. I think Dickens is suggesting she may have died from a lack of kindness. Mr. Murdstone seems actually cut up, but is that because he lost his son too? Or is he lamenting the fact he no longer has someone to psychologically abuse?

#readalong #buddyread

Yossarian It‘s true. It didn‘t even sound like Dr. Chillup stopped by to check on her. At first, I was afraid that Murdstone lived up to his name and killed her, I guess back then you could just die of being a little sad. 1mo
Ruthiella @Yossarian I‘d say she was more than a little sad, living under the thumb of the Murdstones and constantly told she is stupid. 1mo
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The Colony | Audrey Magee
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1. Tagged!

2. Lot of favorites! Wahala, The Light Years, You Sexy Thing, The Change…it‘s been a good reading month!

3. Düsseldorf ??, Bern ??, Ohio ??

#WondrousWednesday

Eggs Good for you # 2👏🏻👏🏻 I like your destinations too🗺 1mo
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#Two4Tuesday. Thanks for the tag @EadieB 🙏

1. Probably back when I used email more frequently. Now I‘m more inclined to take a picture or screenshot on my phone. I‘m sure some Littens will recall the dark ages of the last century when you had to write these things ON PAPER. 😱😂

2. Hard to say! It depends some on library hold and timing. One sure thing, however, is the next #Pemberlittens book A Secret Sisterhood.

TheSpineView I remember paper! Thanks for playing! 1mo
EadieB You‘re welcome! Thanks for playing! 1mo
Suet624 I take photos but I also still have lists of books scattered all over the place. 1mo
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📕 Case Histories by Kate Atkinson

✏️ Agatha Christie

🎥 Clueless

🎤 The Clash

🎼 Candy by Iggy Pop

#manicmonday #LetterC Thanks for the tag @eeclayton 😊

TheBookHippie THE CLASH!!!!! 💙 💙 💙 💙 💙 1mo
CBee Thanks for playing!! 😊😊😊 1mo
vivastory The Clash are my fave punk band 🤘 1mo
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Ruthiella @TheBookHippie @vivastory every time I listen to The Clash, I‘m amazed at just how good they were. 1mo
vivastory I've been a fan since HS 👏 1mo
Ruthiella @vivastory Me too except I probably went to HS a good decade or two before you! 😂 1mo
TheBookHippie @Ruthiella we were just discussing this the other night! So good. 1mo
eeclayton Since I love 4 out of 5 items on your list, I guess that means I need to stack the 5th (the Atkinson book) 😁 1mo
Ruthiella @eeclayton oh yes! Do try Atkinson‘s Jackson Brodie series starting with Case Histories. They are melancholic but fantastically plotted mysteries. 1mo
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David Copperfield | Charles Dickens
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Chapter 5: I Am Sent Away From Home.

David is sent away to school because he bit his stepfather (in self defense!). Peggotty manages to at least give him an affectionate farewell and gains a suitor in the process. After an arduous journey, for an 8 yr old, David arrives, the other boys are still on vacation, but David is made to wear a humiliating sign on his back as punishment. He worries what the other boys will think and do when they see it.

Yossarian A lot happened here! The the school master‘s “old women” supposed to be a cheap brothel? Was this a normal way of shipping unaccompanied minors? Was the school@pre-arranged or set up in a week? 1mo
Ruthiella @Yossarian No, I think the “old women” genuinely live in a home for impoverished widows or the like. I think it was the way minors were sent across the country. Completely normal for the times but maybe not too different the putting an 8 year old on a plane with only the flight attendant to check on them. 1mo
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Yossarian “On seeing the master enter, the old woman stopped with the bellows on her knee, and said something that I thought sounded like 'My Charley!' but on seeing me come in too, she got up, and rubbing her hands made a confused sort of half curtsey.” She started something that she had to stop when she saw a child. That‘s why I thought it might be something other than a retirement home. Plus the fact the schoolmaster knew them at all … 1mo
Ruthiella @Yossarian I think the old lady is the master‘s mother. 🤔 1mo
Yossarian I guess that makes more sense. It just seems odd, if that was the case, that he‘d say he had to visit an “old person” instead of his mom. Also, why he‘d have his mom living in the poorhouse! 1mo
Ruthiella @Yossarian He might not want a student to know that it is his mother and that he cannot support her. Remember his shoes that are so worn, they can‘t be repaired and his dirty linen ( he probably only has one set of clothes). 1mo
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#Booked2022 Involves an Exploration

An introductory look at four pre-modern age cities. Newitz makes a great point that cities and civilizations are never “lost”, but rather they morph into something different as human needs/desires change. The author also does a great job trying to emphasize the lives of the common folks in each city. This was interesting if cursory. But a great starting point for anyone curious about archeology/anthropology.

Cinfhen I read this last year. It was pretty digestible/ I liked it but of course I can‘t recall much 🤪 1mo
Ruthiella @Cinfhen I think my biggest take away is even knowing that the Turkish Neolithic city and the Middle Ages Indigenous American cities even existed. Angor Wat I‘d heard of and I‘ve visited Pompeii. 1mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Sounds like a perfect match with this prompt! 1mo
Ruthiella @BarbaraTheBibliophage I thought so! 😂 1mo
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David Copperfield | Charles Dickens
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David Copperfield, Chapter 3: I Have A Change.

David returns from the best vacation in his short life (what kid wouldn‘t get a kick out of living in a beached boat?) only to discover his beloved mamma has married the controlling Mr. Murdstone. We‘re introduced to Peggotty‘s adorable family-particularly doomed little Em‘ly.

Despite foreshadowing, this was a mostly humorous chapter. I often forget how funny Dickens is!

#buddyread #readalong

Yossarian The foreshadowing was particularly dark about how how it might have been better if Emily drowned. I liked the scenes on the houseboat, though! 1mo
Yossarian Also, that picture doesn‘t look anything like a boat! 1mo
Ruthiella @Yossarian I loved this the scenes with Peggotty‘s family. So cozy and humorous.Mrs. Gummidge and her complaints juxtaposed with the patient good nature of Mr. Peggotty et Al. And I laughed at David‘s childish confusion about who was related to whom. 1mo
Yossarian It definitely does a great job of being cozy and humorous while, in the background, is nothing but tragedy — an essentially homeless family living in a boat with orphaned niece and nephew — putting aside the troubles at home! 1mo
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And now for the latest round impossible questions for #Two4Tuesday ! 😆

☀️Reading would be no fun for me if I could only read one genre! But if forced to choose, I‘ll take lit fic.

☀️☀️The second half, because I have to know how it ends!

Feel like playing? Consider yourself tagged! Let other Littens know your choices!

TheSpineView I am with you on endings. Thanks for playing 2mo
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Wahala: A Novel | Nikki May
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This was a fun, gossipy , “oh no! She didn‘t!” kind of read about three British-Nigerian women living in London whose close friendship is severely tested by the arrival of Isobel, also mixed race, but as one character put it, “the worst kind of Nigerian - entitled, pretentious, vulgar…” The end took me by surprise 😳! Nigerian cuisine is often featured and because there are three recipes at the end, I‘m using it for #Booked2022 - contains recipes.

LeahBergen This sounds good! 2mo
Ruthiella @LeahBergen Some Littens compared it to Sex In The City crossed with Gossip Girl…throw in some murder and those comps seemed about right! 2mo
LeahBergen Well, now I‘m sold! 😆 2mo
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Cinfhen This sounds GREAT 2mo
Ruthiella @Cinfhen The pages turned easily! 2mo
batsy Adding to the list for when I need exactly one of these books! 🍿 2mo
5feet.of.fury So good! 2mo
Ruthiella @batsy It‘s good to have these titles in your back pocket! 2mo
Ruthiella @5feet.of.fury It was! 2mo
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Wahala: A Novel | Nikki May
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Thanks for the tag @Cinfhen 😊

#Two4Tuesday

1. To never tire of rereading them might be too much to ask for, but I find certain classics well worth re-reading: Jane Eyre, Pride & Prejudice, Bleak House, The Hobbit…

2. All About Eve Nigerian style!

TheSpineView Thanks for playing 😊 2mo
Cinfhen Love your book description 💖 2mo
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The Light Years | Elizabeth Jane Howard
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With every positive review on Litsy, I grew more curious. Now I‘ve finally read it! I loved this family saga which concentrates on the lives of the upper class Cazalet family in late 1930s England but also gives insight in to the lives of their servants and factotum. Reminiscent of books like The Forseyth Saga yet in a style all its own. 400 plus pages but it reads fast. Tagging those Littens whose reviews encouraged me to pick this up! Thanks! 😊

squirrelbrain I‘m the same as you were…it‘s so many Littens‘ favourite series but I‘ve yet to read it… (edited) 2mo
Cathythoughts That‘s great you enjoyed it. I need to read the next in the series 👍🏻❤️ 2mo
quietjenn Yes! I just bought a set of the entire series, inspired by the same Littens. I'm thinking it will be good to sink into and read my way through it as the seasons turn. 2mo
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Ruthiella @squirrelbrain When Litsy speaks, we listen! 😂 2mo
Ruthiella @Cathythoughts I totally want to read all five books. Yet another series to complete. Typical bookworm problem! 😝 2mo
Ruthiella @quietjenn It would be a great fall read. Also, knowing what I do of your reading taste, I fairly certain you‘ll love it too. 😀 2mo
MaureenMc So glad you enjoyed it! I read the entire series between July and December last year. I *rarely* finish series anymore, especially ones with this many pages 😆, but I found it extremely compelling. 2mo
Ruthiella @MaureenMc The way Howard tells their stories, it was hard to stop reading. (edited) 2mo
merelybookish Oh I'm so glad you enjoyed the first volume. It really is a good mix of comfort and character study! And the whole series is well worth it! 2mo
Ruthiella @merelybookish I‘ll definitely read the rest of the series! 2mo
EvieBee Yay! So glad you enjoyed it! I‘ve moved on to book 2 over the weekend. 2mo
Ruthiella @EvieBee Excellent! We‘ll see when I manage to pick it up. Hopefully in the next couple months. 2mo
CarolynM I‘ve had a copy of this on my shelf for years but I‘ve still not got around to it. Now you‘ve added to the encouragement from all the others you‘ve mentioned. One day…😬😁 2mo
batsy Oh man! This has been TBR forever and @merelybookish recent reviews also made me want to read it. So many books... 2mo
BookNAround This was one of my all time favorite stumble upon finds when I worked at a bookstore back in the day. I don‘t remember if I shelved it or if I shelved something near it but it made its way home with me and I promptly sped my way through the rest of the series. 2mo
Ruthiella @CarolynM It‘s hard to predict just when the urge will strike, right? I‘d owned the copy I read for some time also (though not as long as some of the other unread books I have!🫣) 2mo
Ruthiella @batsy I know! One day you will pick it up and love it, I‘m sure. 👍 2mo
Ruthiella @BookNAround I love it when favorites fall serendipitously into my hands like that! Somehow it makes the reading experience more that much more memorable! 2mo
BiblioLitten Such a wonderful book. Can‘t wait to get to the next in series. 2mo
Ruthiella @BiblioLitten Me either. I want to read how the weather the war years! 2mo
shawnmooney How about coming on Bite-sized Book Chats to talk about this novel? I would love to have you on as a guest! 2mo
Ruthiella @shawnmooney Sure, why not? 2mo
Ruthiella @shawnmooney Sure, why not? 2mo
Centique @Ruthiella @shawnmooney I would love to hear you talk about this book with Shawn 🙌 2mo
shawnmooney @Ruthiella Great! Are we Goodreads friends? You can DM me there or email me shawnmooneyincanada@gmail.com 2mo
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#WondrousWednesday Thank you for the tag @Areader2 😊

🌸Pretty much! It‘s rare there‘s a day when I don‘t read at least a page or two.
🌼 I don‘t have children and I don‘t watch television. Reading is my main hobby/entertainment.
🌺While I read it infrequently, mystery is my go-to comfort genre-particularly Agatha Christie.

Eggs Thanks for the thoughtful responses 🤗📚👏🏻 2mo
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You Sexy Thing | Cat Rambo
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If there‘s a Wayfarers hole in your reading life, this might just be the book (clearly the start of a series) to fill it! Captain Larsen and her ragtag crew are catapulted into adventure when they board the bio ship “You Sexy Thing”. The sentient ship was my favorite character!

I‘m using this as my entry for #Booked2022 Hope Punk novel. Also my second completed book for #20in4. Thanks for the rec @Centique ! It was spot on! 👍🚀

Centique I‘m so glad you liked it. It was such a blast 😍 2mo
Ruthiella @Centique I had a lot of fun reading it! 😂 2mo
Cinfhen Love that pun @Centique such a “blast” 😉😛 this probably isn‘t my type of book, but I love the title and I‘m glad you both enjoyed it!!! 2mo
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Centique @Cinfhen 😂😂🚀🚀🚀 2mo
Andrew65 Doing great 👏👏👏 2mo
Ruthiella @Andrew65 Thanks 😊 2mo
Yossarian This book annoyed me so much! It was written like a light-hearted space romp, but then dark things kept happening that didn‘t match the tone at all. 1mo
Ruthiella @Yossarian That mix of light and dark didn‘t bother me. 😀 1mo
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Readathon: Occasional List : Geleentheidslys | Gauteng (South Africa). Education Media Service
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I finished Our Wives under the Sea yesterday evening after work. Now I‘m on to reading new books which will hopefully be more fun! A Jane Austen mystery and Sci-fi recommended by @Centique #20in4

Centique Oooooh I hope you enjoy the Cat Rambo as much as I did! 🤞🤞 2mo
Ruthiella @Centique I think I will! I‘m already up to page 70 and like it so far! 😃 2mo
Andrew65 Well done 👏👏👏 2mo
Ruthiella @Andrew65 Thanks 😊 2mo
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Our Wives Under the Sea | Julia Armfield
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My last #CampLitsy read. A shortish book (228 pages) and yet it dragged for me. Once I finally got to the end, it was quite moving, however. Miri‘s wife comes back from an undersea expedition strangely changed. Interspersed with Miri‘s reminisces of how she and Leah met and fell in love is Leah‘s account of the expedition. I wanted more Vandermeer-like weird horror and less love story. And what was the point of Miri‘s relationship with her mom?

merelybookish Good question! (It felt like some kind of parallels were being drawn but not entirely clear to what end.)I want to know what's up with the neighbors' tv! 2mo
Cinfhen It was strange and agree, for such a short book it felt long. But it did have some gorgeous passages. 2mo
Ruthiella @merelybookish Yes. I think the unseen neighbors were maybe to add to the sense of the uncanny? But I‘m not sure it worked for me as intended. (edited) 2mo
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Ruthiella @Cinfhen Yes, the writing was very good. I wonder if this started as a short story and got expanded to novel length. 2mo
Cinfhen That makes sense. It would have worked better as a novella 2mo
Cinfhen I LOVE your edition #CoverCrush 2mo
Ruthiella @Cinfhen 😂 I wanted to be a #CampLitsy completist and couldn‘t wait for the US release so I ordered the UK version from (edited) 2mo
Cinfhen 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻well played 2mo
squirrelbrain Great review! I‘ve seen mixed reviews for this so I‘m glad I‘ve managed to get a library copy to read. 2mo
Ruthiella @squirrelbrain I managed to get library copies for all except this one. I totally can see where other readers will love it. 2mo
batsy Nice review! I haven't read it yet but I was also hoping for a VanderMeer-esque story 🙂 2mo
Ruthiella @batsy Thanks. It does dip into Vandemeer territory from time to time but not as often as I wanted/expected. 2mo
BarbaraBB I‘m not a VanderMeer fan so I might like this one better than you did 😉. Looking forward to it! 2mo
Ruthiella @BarbaraBB @BarbaraBB I hope it hits your sweet spot! 🤞I know other readers really connected with it. 2mo
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#WondrousWednesday

1. Hardback 📚
2. Inside 🪟
3. Fall 🍁

If anyone feels like playing, consider yourself tagged!

Eggs Thanks for playing along 🤎🧡🤎 2mo
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Love Medicine: A Novel | Louise Erdrich
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This was Erdrich‘s 1984 debut, a novel in stories and it put her on the literary map. Full of heart and pathos and featuring the lives, loves, and trials of the extended Kashpaw, Pillager, Nanapush and Lamartine families on and around Chippewa reservation in N. Dakota.

#RememberingJenny In 2020 Jenny took part in the Erdrich Medicine Readalong on Instagram. I spent many happy hours in the Reading Envy pub and thought of her while reading this.

Leftcoastzen I remember loving this book ! It still hurts & shocks me about Jenny. I had no real or online connection other than enjoying her podcast & admiration for her support of books, writers, & readers . (edited) 2mo
Ruthiella @Leftcoastzen I still miss her as well. She was such a thoughtful person and I admired her ability to read so much and so widely. 2mo
BkClubCare @Ruthiella @Leftcoastzen - I am still a bit in shock, to be quite honest. 2mo
BkClubCare ❤️❤️❤️ 2mo
Leftcoastzen @Ruthiella 😢so true! Reading so much & so widely. 2mo
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A soft pick. Not too much of a mystery since the crime, criminals and their motives are revealed fairly early on. I think this is more an exploration of class in America wrapped up in a fictional “true crime” book. The narrator (who has a bit of an ax to grind) moves back to small town Maine, only to discover that one time lobster fisherman is now rich and a major benefactor…only no one quite knows where the 💰comes from. Read for #JubilantJuly

Cathythoughts Nice review, a soft pick , interesting! I‘ve only read the prologue and not properly started it yet … it may have to wait awhile. 2mo
Ruthiella @Cathythoughts I wanted more mystery and less class-exposé‘! ? I also found the narrator a little condescending, but I think that was intentional. 2mo
Megabooks Hmmmm…I loved this. Still think about it. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 2mo
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Ruthiella @Megabooks It‘s a very strong debut! I just didn‘t expect the reveal to come so early. 2mo
kspenmoll Great review! 2mo
Ruthiella @kspenmoll Thank you! 😊 2mo
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This is my #JubilantJuly stack while I try to keep cool 🥵. I‘ve got The Midcoast on my kindle at 30% read. The two #PemberLitten titles, Excellent Women and The Completing of the Watsons I‘ll finish this weekend. Next week is super stressful with work and other unfun stuff. But I‘d like to at least get a few chapters into Our Wives Under the Sea for #CampLitsy and Love Medicine for #Roll100 and #RememberingJenny. ❤️

Andrew65 Best of luck 😊👍 3mo
Centique Gosh I hope you like Love Medicine. I loved it 😍 have you read any others? There‘s a bunch of them that feature the same families so you get to know more about them. 3mo
Ruthiella @Centique I‘ve only read Erdrich‘s more recent work. I‘m excited to start at the start and work my way forward! 😀 3mo
BkClubCare @Ruthiella - how fun! 2mo
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Bizarro | Dan Piraro
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#Litsyhumor 😂😂😂

Leftcoastzen 😂👏👏👏 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 😂😂😂😂 3mo
Centique Brilliant 😂😂 3mo
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Sleepwalk: A Novel | Dan Chaon
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I‘m counting this for #Booked2022 “New in 2022”.

This is my second read from Chaon and I think he might be a new favorite. His books are creepy and complicated in a way which really appeals to me. This one is about an aging hit man/cleaner/courier who‘s so off the grid, he doesn‘t even have a legal name. When he discoverers he has a daughter, he thinks he‘s being conned…or is he? Set in a believably discomforting near future America.

Cinfhen Ohhhh, sounds great!!! #stacked 3mo
Reggie This sounds really good. 3mo
Ruthiella @Cinfhen I hope you like it! 🤞 3mo
Ruthiella @Reggie The first book I read was super creepy and head scratching 3mo
Cinfhen I liked Ill Will - really unsettling 3mo
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The English Air | D.E. Stevenson
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Unfortunately I couldn‘t get a DSP edition ebook & was too cheap to spring for the paperback so I had no introduction. I thought this was mostly pro-Empire war propaganda (published in 1940) with two weakish romances. Sorry fellow #FurrowedMiddleBrowClub friends 😣. I can‘t fault the book for being of its time, but the rah rah Britain can do no wrong stuck in my craw, knowing the future. Kudos, however, for not painting all German‘s as Nazis.

Tamra I‘m getting those vibes too. It‘s difficult sometimes to read this era when we have so much hindsight! 3mo
Ruthiella @Tamra Hindsight certainly gets in the way! 3mo
CarolynM I know what you mean, but I find it funny rather than annoying. I‘m thoroughly enjoying it. 3mo
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Ruthiella @CarolynM That‘s definitely the better attitude! I‘m glad you are liking it. 😊 3mo
Cathythoughts I hear you , and if I focus on that part of the atmosphere of the book , I agree it‘s hard to swallow. I enjoyed the romances, and found it interesting when Franz went back to Germany. But I definitely take your point. 3mo
Ruthiella @Cathythoughts I don‘t know why it rubbed me the wrong way, but it did. I‘m glad it didn‘t impede your enjoyment of the book. I did like daffy Sophie as a character! 3mo
batsy Interesting review! I haven't started it yet but I'll know to keep an eye out for that because it sounds like it might not sit well with me either 😆 3mo
Ruthiella @batsy It‘s not the whole book, for sure. It‘s just that the rest wasn‘t enough to allow me to ignore it. I hope I am the outlier here! 😀 3mo
Jess_Read_This I really appreciated reading your take on this one! I finished it last night and thought it was one of Stevenson‘s more serious works but definitely had a propaganda tone which irked me a bit too. Overall, I enjoyed it but because I thought it was (for her) an attempt at trying to create depth in the novel. It read differently for me compared to the her other novels I‘ve read. 3mo
Jess_Read_This In the DSP edition, one thing that struck me was in her autobio at the end- she is asked about drawing her characters from real life. She says “NO”- however she mentions neighbors in Glasgow being chilly when they saw themselves in Mrs Tim. And in her letters, Franz is drawn from a German girl staying with friends. I felt her strong protest and paragraph explanation in the autobio was a bit untruthful in where her characters come from. (edited) 3mo
Jess_Read_This Sorry, me again. I was thinking on it a bit while drinking my coffee. In her autobio in the DSP, she says English Air was her first book written with a purpose. The purpose being to help other people understand how the English people felt about the war. Which made me wonder whether it was how her social circle felt or was she also drawing from the directives coming from govt? And I never really got a strong sense on what her message exactly is? 3mo
Jess_Read_This Continued: which makes me wonder if I‘m just a bit dense as a reader since I felt her purpose didn‘t seem clear to me. She wrote of various people in varying stages of carefreeness whose lives were changing. Did she mean the sense of nationalism they felt? I could tell she was aiming for something but it got lost for me. When I say I saw depth in it, I meant in how Franz was portrayed. 3mo
Ruthiella @Jess_Read_This The only other books I‘ve read from D.E.S. are the first two Miss Buncle books, so I wasn‘t expecting the more serious tone here. For sure she was only speaking as well she could for her social class. Like when someone explains to Franz that the upper classes in England work for free in aid of the poor unlike in Germany where such work is paid for by the government. Noblesse oblige. That also put me off. (edited) 3mo
Ruthiella @Jess_Read_This Also, we know that England had a fascist party lead by Mosley which had some popular support. The books was published very early in the war. She couldn‘t know that it would drag on for 4 more years and that it would be so destructive and that the recovery would take so long. (edited) 3mo
LeahBergen I can see where you‘re coming from on this review! I ended up enjoying it but reading the appendix of publishers‘ letters, etc made me appreciate it (and the time period it was written in) even more. 2mo
Ruthiella @LeahBergen Next time if the DSP ebook isn‘t available, I will definitely get the paperback then. I think with better context, I‘d have appreciated it more. 2mo
Kimzey I appreciate the nuanced review. I am behind in my reading, so can‘t chime in yet. 2mo
Ruthiella @Kimzey No problem and no rush! I‘ll be interested to hear your thoughts when you get there! 😀 2mo
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Thanks for the tag @Eggs 😊 #ThoughtfulThursday

1. Books by the same author are together and I separate NF from fiction and SFF and mystery from the rest.

2. I have shelves in every room except the kitchen and bath.

3. I read ebooks from the library but rarely buy them. When I buy, it‘s usually because I want to keep it in physical form and when available, I choose hardbacks.

Wanna play? Consider yourself tagged! 😃

Eggs Agreed, hardcovers are the best! 3mo
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Thanks for the tag @Eggs ☺️ #Two4Tuesday

I. My number goal is to read 100 books and I‘m on track for that. There are a couple of challenges where I‘m falling behind, however.

2. Reading what I already own is always a goal and challenge!

If you are reading this and want to play, consider yourself tagged! 😃

Eggs ❤️❤️ 3mo
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Holy ‘90s nostalgia! A time travel novel which is at its heart a love story between a parent and child. Alice was raised in NYC by a single father whose claim to fame is an incredibly popular time travel novel that was also adapted into a successful TV series. On her 40th birthday she travels back to 1996 on a pivotal night.

All the references to other time travel narratives in the book were fun. Sweet story with a good message. #CampLitsy

CarolynM This book has literally just arrived at my house as this month‘s selection from my Well Read subscription. Glad to hear it‘s a good one🙂 3mo
Ruthiella @CarolynM I hope you like it. I will say, it is chock full of New York City and ‘90s nostalgia. I had to Google some. 3mo
Megabooks So looking forward to this!! 3mo
Ruthiella @Megabooks I think a lot of the ‘90s references will definitely land with you! 😃 3mo
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Here‘s my wrap up for #Booked2022 Spring edition:

👑 Real or fictional royal - Fool‘s Errand

📰 Written by a journalist - Say Nothing

🌍 Author born in Africa - Purple Hibiscus

❓Make your own prompt - The Family Chao

⚓️ Nautical novel- Post Captain

🔪 Murder mystery- Bullet Train

Cinfhen Fantastic 🙌🏻 way to go 🎉 You have until Midnight July 3 to submit all books read between April 1-June 30th to enter the #SecondQuarterDrawing :

Here's the link for second quarter #Booked2022

https://forms.gle/E9QC2c79pDFcUE5Y8

3mo
Ruthiella @Cinfhen Thanks! I already submitted some of the books. I‘ll add the rest in the next round. 😃 (edited) 3mo
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Purple Hibiscus: A Novel | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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My last book for #Booked2022 Spring edition. Prompt: author born in Africa. This was Adichie‘s debut. I thought it was fantastic. A coming of age story set in late 20th century Nigeria during a military dictatorship and political unrest. Narrated by 15 yr old Kambili, she loves and fears her tyrannical father. When she and her brother Jaja visit their aunt and see a different way to live, their lives are changed forever with tragic consequences.

Cathythoughts Nice review 👍🏻 I have the book , but not read. 3mo
Ruthiella @Cathythoughts It was really good. It also made me realize Adichie hasn‘t published a new novel in a while! 3mo
Cinfhen We read this for bookclub awhile back. It was very good 👍🏽 3mo
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Cinfhen And you‘re right/ it has been awhile since she last published a novel 3mo
Ruthiella @Cinfhen Yes! She‘s due a novel. I‘ve really liked all three from her so far. 3mo
PaperbackPirate I loved this book too. Great pic! 😍 3mo
Ruthiella @PaperbackPirate Thanks! 😊 It‘s a toss up between this and Americanah for my favorite from her! 3mo
PaperbackPirate Ooh I‘ve been meaning to read Americanah for so long! On my shelf… 3mo
Ruthiella @PaperbackPirate I read Americanah in 2014 so it only took me eight years to get to this one! 😂 3mo
PaperbackPirate Ok I read Purple Hibiscus in 2016 so there‘s time. 😂 3mo
Hanna-B My dad loved this 3mo
Ruthiella @Hanna-B It‘s a really impressive book and her debut, no less. 3mo
Hanna-B I‘m goi g to read it! Tmw is 3 years since nt dad died…thank you for reminding me about this book. He was super jazzed about it 3mo
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I‘m glad this book introduced me to the song “Hunger” by Florence and the Machine but otherwise I wasn‘t that impressed. The descriptive writing was fine but the profanity laden dialogue was boring and I never cared about the characters or found them or their fates interesting. Not my kind of book. #CampLitsy

Vansa I find this writer extremely overrated 3mo
squirrelbrain 😬 I‘m about a third of the way through… it‘s fine but not ground-breaking or amazing! 3mo
BarbaraBB I am about to start it. 🤨 3mo
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Ruthiella @Vansa This is the only book of theirs I‘ve read so far. I‘ll maybe try another some day… 3mo
Ruthiella @squirrelbrain I agree. Nothing ground-breaking or amazing. Still, I‘m glad to have given it a go! 3mo
Ruthiella @BarbaraBB I‘ll be interested to hear your take on it! 3mo
sherri I haven't read the book, but I am a huge fan of Florence's music. Hunger is a great song. 3mo
Ruthiella @sherri I really like the song too. I don‘t know a lot of Florence‘s music but I do love Cosmic Love from her. 3mo
Megabooks I definitely swear, but this book…gees, a lot of swearing!! 3mo
Ruthiella @Megabooks OMG yes! I swear for emphasis at times(and when I am angry). But not in normal conversation. 3mo
Cathythoughts I gave this a ‘so-so‘ too. I‘ll have to listen to Hunger 👍🏻♥️ 3mo
Ruthiella @Cathythoughts It‘s a great song! 😃 Discussion about this book will be interesting! 3mo
BkClubCare Me, too 3mo
Ruthiella @BkClubCare Different strokes, eh? 3mo
PaperbackPirate I love Florence + the Machine! I saw them in concert about 10 years ago - one of the best concerts I‘ve ever been to. (edited) 3mo
Ruthiella @PaperbackPirate They must be awesome live! (edited) 3mo
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The English Air | D.E. Stevenson
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Hello #Furrowedmiddlebrowclub friends! This is a reminder that our July 2022 pick is the tagged title. Read at your own pace and share your thoughts with us as you are inclined.

Any Littens not tagged but want to be, let me know. 😊 All are welcome!

CarolynM Thanks Ruth. I've been hanging out for this one🙂 3mo
Tamra Yay! 😁 3mo
Kimzey Thanks for the reminder! 3mo
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Ruthiella @CarolynM @Tamra @Kimzey It looks like a perfect summer read! 🏖 3mo
batsy It's such a good cover—very summer-y! 3mo
Cathythoughts Great stuff 👍🏻❤️ Thankyou X 3mo
Ruthiella @batsy I agree. The cover really sets the tone! 3mo
Ruthiella @Cathythoughts You are welcome! ❤️ 3mo
LeahBergen Thanks for the reminder! 😘 3mo
Ruthiella @LeahBergen No problem 😉 3mo
Sparklemn I‘d love to read it with you all. 3mo
Ruthiella @Sparklemn Excellent! 😃 3mo
Jess_Read_This Thanks for tagging! This is my first time participating. Do we discuss in each other‘s posts or is there a formal discussion post for us to discuss on? 3mo
Ruthiella @Jess_Read_This It‘s super informal. We just discuss on each person‘s post as desired. 😀 3mo
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Thanks for the tag @Klou ! 😊 #WondrousWednesday

🐚 It‘s a mix of books I own combined with reading challenges and following book prize shortlists. I try to keep a balance of new releases and backlist/classics.

🐠 I think I am probably too harsh at times. My judgements are purely subjective, mostly based on how a book made me feel.

🐢 Today I am grateful for my friends.

Eggs #2: I do that too-I get pickier about books as I age… 3mo
BkClubCare TOB the first half of the year always dominates; I can‘t even think what influences my Q3 reading 🧐 3mo
BkClubCare Oh, and… FRIEND! I am grateful for _you_ 🤩 3mo
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Disorientation | Elaine Hsieh Chou
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Humor & satire are tricky things in novels. I appreciated the author‘s message and I did chuckle a couple of times, but overall it wasn‘t my thing. I found it too earnest generally. My preferred satire draws blood (Think The Trees by Percival Everett /The Sellout by Paul Beatty). Also, the main character was too unbelievably dense often only to propel the plot. I did like the side characters, however & I‘m glad she ended it realistically.

#20in4

squirrelbrain Great review! I have this one on #netgalley, after it was on the #camplitsy longlist. It‘s published in about a month in the UK and I‘m not convinced of my chances of getting to it before then….! 🤷‍♀️ 3mo
vivastory I agree with you on preference of satire 3mo
Ruthiella @squirrelbrain Thanks! I also read it because it was on the #CampLitsy longlist. I think you will like it. I think it‘s a “me” thing. 3mo
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Ruthiella @vivastory Do you have any favorites you can suggest? 3mo
Andrew65 Well done 👏👏👏 3mo
batsy I like that statement about drawing blood! That's my idea of a good satire, too. 3mo
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My only goal in this #20in4 Readathon that starts NOW, is to finish Disorientation, which I am not loving 😐. Satire and humor are tricky and this book is missing the mark for me, but maybe I will love the second half? Once I finish it, I have a ton of books I‘m just itching to get to: Sorrow and Bliss, Your Body Made a Fool of Death, This Time Tomorrow and Our Wives under the Sea.

rachelm Oo I loved the second half of Disorientation. It‘s a lot of irony. Just really well integrated irony 3mo
Ruthiella @rachelm That‘s good to know! 3mo
Andrew65 Good luck 😊👍 3mo
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Megabooks Sorry you‘re not enjoying Disorientation. 🤞🏻 it turns around! 3mo
Ruthiella @Andrew65 Thanks 🙏 3mo
Ruthiella @Megabooks I I think it‘s satire just isn‘t for me. But I‘m still glad to have read it. 3mo
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I fell of the #Roll100 wagon but hope to hop back on in July. I‘ve already read Fool‘s Errand 🥳! I definitely want to get to Purple Hibiscus because it will also work for #Booked2022! We‘ll see if I can also squeeze in Love, Medicine among the #CampLitsy books I have to read...it would also work for #RememberingJenny since she had a Louise Erdrich project a couple of years ago. How I miss her!😢

PuddleJumper That's great! 3mo
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Thanks for the tag @EadieB ! 😊. #WondrousWednesday

1. Excellent question! Maybe Mrs. Danvers from Rebecca? 🤔

2. I can‘t remember the name, but The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell made me sob. 😭

3. Lots of authors are from California, but Kem Nunn and Rachel Khong are from the same corner of Southern California as I am. 🌴

EadieB Thanks for playing! 3mo
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