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Ruthiella

Ruthiella

Joined February 2018

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#WondrousWednesday

1. I have a back and front yard, but I am not much of a gardener - only plants which thrive upon neglect survive. 🌺

2. If I ever decide to get into proper gardening, I‘d love to grow both vegetables and flowers. 🌺

3. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodges Burnett. 🌺

Thanks for the tag @Eggs 😊

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The Lark | E. Nesbit
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What can I add to what my #FurrowedMiddlebrowClub friends have already posted so astutely about this book? 😃

Nesbit was primarily known for her children‘s books and while this was aimed at adults, it definitely also has a smidge of a fairytale to it. Set just after WWI Jane and Lucy leave school, only to discover their guardian has squandered their inheritance. Undaunted, they look on the bright side and forge a new (and more exciting) future.

Tamra Perfect pic setting! 🌺❤️ 2d
Ruthiella @Tamra Thanks! It‘s tough trying to take a nice picture of a black and white kindle screen! 😂 2d
LeahBergen Wonderful review! And the girls would love those flowers for their shop. 😆 2d
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erzascarletbookgasm Lovely review. 💜 2d
Ruthiella @LeahBergen They would indeed! 😂 2d
CarolynM Lovely photo and review 💕 2d
batsy Great review. And I agree with Leah, these flowers would have definitely got them excited 😁 2d
Tamra @Ruthiella I know! 😆 These editions are so reasonable on Kindle I can‘t bypass them for paper. 1d
Ruthiella @CarolynM Thanks! 😊 1d
Ruthiella @batsy For the sequel, surely they have Mr. Dix build a greenhouse for tropical flowers like bougainvillea! 1d
quietjenn What apt imagery for this one! The girls would definitely approve. 1d
Ruthiella @quietjenn I‘m glad you like it. I have few flowering plants in my yard but luckily the bougainvillea is blooming. 1d
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Now that I‘ve finally read ‘em all, I can post my #Booked2022 Winter edition summary:

1. About a cult or religion-Cultish
2. Title repeats-The Sea, the Sea
3. Set in China-Do Not Say We Have Nothing
4. Weather term in title-Cloud Cuckoo Land
5. From Black owned publishers-Maud Martha
6. Non-patriarchal society-Outlawed

Now on to the rest!

BarbaraBB I think I missed your review of The Sea The Sea. Did you like it? 2d
Ruthiella @BarbaraBB I did like it, though Murdoch can be tough at times. You didn‘t miss my review, however. 😂 You even commented and recommend (edited) 2d
Cinfhen Wonderful!! Well played 🥳🥳🥳 2d
Ruthiella @Cinfhen Thanks! 😃 2d
BarbaraBB Glad you mention that or I would have again 🤦🏻‍♀️🤣 2d
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What do Scientology and Soulcycle have in common? A targeted use of language to create community, ritual, meaning and a common sense of purpose. This book was fascinating and thought provoking. My biggest take away is the concept of “thought terminating cliches”. I‘ve been subject to them but also guilty of using them myself! 😱

#Booked2022 - Winter edition - About a cult or religion.

Cinfhen Such a great read!! This book was fascinating!! 3d
Ruthiella @Cinfhen And a popular one for this prompt! 3d
4thhouseontheleft Great review! This book definitely helped me look at the language of major fitness chains, content creators, influencers etc in a different way (beyond the #bossbabes that already drove me nuts). 2d
Ruthiella @4thhouseontheleft Thanks. It definitely makes the reader think! 2d
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Readathon: Occasional List : Geleentheidslys | Gauteng (South Africa). Education Media Service
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My readathon goal is to finish all three of the books I‘m in the middle of at the moment. 🤞

#MarvellousMay

LeahBergen I thoroughly enjoyed the top two. 😉 5d
Amiable I‘m on the wait list at the library for “Cultish.” How are you liking it ? 4d
Andrew65 Good luck, and thanks for playing along 😊 4d
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Ruthiella @LeahBergen I‘m enjoying both The Lark and Jane Austen at Home. Both are quite comforting reads. 😊 4d
Ruthiella @Amiable It took me forever to get it from my library too! It‘s everything other readers have praised. It really makes me rethink language and how we use it. 4d
Ruthiella @Andrew65 Thanks! 😊 4d
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I used The Millions “most anticipated” book list and whittled it down to these for the Tournament of Books Summer Camp 2022. I don‘t read a lot of front list books, so it was a bit of a struggle to choose but now I‘m totally excited to see what makes the cut! 🐓

#CampToB2022 #SummerCampSuggestions2022

BarbaraBB This is great! I didn‘t know about a new Dan Chaon but am thrilled about it! I was thinking too of the Flamingo‘s. I read How High and didn‘t really enjoy it but I am a minority there. The other books I‘ll have to check out! (edited) 2w
Ruthiella @BarbaraBB I loved Chaon‘s Ill Will and have been meaning to read more from him ever since! 2w
squirrelbrain I loved Flamingo. I *nearly* included the Bervoets on my list -sounds good doesn‘t it? Will post mine soonish…. 2w
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Ruthiella @squirrelbrain I picked Flamingo because your review on Litsy made me want to read it! 😃 2w
Cinfhen Ohhh, Im definitely getting excited about ALL the possibilities for #CampToB22 - I need to look into a few of these titles that I‘m unfamiliar with🤓Thanks for tagging me 😊 2w
rockpools This hashtag is going to seriously damage all of our TBRs! So many I haven‘t come across yet - and True Biz which I‘m really excited for. 2w
BarbaraBB @Ruthiella I loved Ill Will too! And I only now see that you included Hannah Bervoets (thanks to @squirrelbrain comment!). That novella is good! (edited) 1w
BarbaraBB @rockpools You are so right 🤣🤣🤷🏻‍♀️ 1w
Chelsea.Poole I JUST started True Biz, like 5 minutes ago. Loved How High and interested in Flamingo. Thanks for tagging me! And I agree @rockpools this hashtag could disrupt my reading plans BIG TIME 😆 📚 1w
merelybookish There are so many books!! Stacking Flamingo! 1w
Soubhiville @Chelsea.Poole @rockpools I‘m getting sucked into this hashtag too! 1w
RidgewayGirl I used the same list and also named Sleepwalk. I‘m reading it now and it‘s weird and fascinating. (edited) 1w
thebluestocking I love the Millions‘ lists. This looks like great line up!! 1w
BkClubCare 🦩 1w
vivastory It's always interesting to see the overlap & the divergence between The Millions list & Lit Hub's list. Great selections! 1w
Ruthiella @rockpools Indeed! Excitement about the TOB in all its various forms always blows up my TBR! 😂 1w
Ruthiella @Chelsea.Poole Glad to have your support for Flamingo and How High! Now let‘s see what I can squeeze in before the votes are tallied! 1w
Ruthiella @merelybookish So many books! The choices are pleasantly overwhelming. 😃 1w
Ruthiella @Soubhiville The more the merrier! 👍 1w
Ruthiella @RidgewayGirl I expect nothing less than weird and fascinating from Chaon. Ill Will creeped me out! 😱 1w
Ruthiella @thebluestocking The Millions really does us readers a service listing all the upcoming books! 1w
Ruthiella @vivastory Thanks for the tip! I‘ll put Lit Hub in my back pocket for later use! 1w
Megabooks I‘m excited to read Flamingo! It‘s a blame it on @squirrelbrain for me too. 😂 1w
Ruthiella @Megabooks @squirrelbrain With great power comes great responsibility! 😆 1w
squirrelbrain Eek @Megabooks @Ruthiella - now I‘m scared you won‘t like it! 😳 1w
Ruthiella @squirrelbrain No worries! 😊 I also get nervous when I recommend a book I love to another reader. 1w
Well-ReadNeck Sleepwalk definitely gives me ToB vibes!!!! 1w
Ruthiella @Well-ReadNeck Excellent! I hope it gets picked . 1w
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Read for #Booked2022 Spring - Written by a Journalist. It was interesting to see how the disparate threads would match up in this nonfiction account of an abduction and subsequent murder in N. Ireland in 1972 backgrounded by the rise of the Provisional IRA. It was a difficult book to digest at times because it‘s a complicated situation which has morphed now, decades later into an all too fragile peace. I thought it was excellent, tragic & honest.

JamieArc I‘ll be reading this for the same prompt. Looking forward to it. 2w
EvieBee Wonderful review! 2w
Ruthiella @JamieArc I think you will probably appreciate it. Its definitely more than a true crime account. 2w
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Ruthiella @EvieBee Thanks! 😊 2w
squirrelbrain Such a good book! And a great review too! 2w
Ruthiella @squirrelbrain Thanks! 😊 2w
Cinfhen I have both book & audio just haven‘t been in the mood for it yet…I‘ve heard great things and your review makes me need to move it up 🔝 2w
Ruthiella @Cinfhen I did an ebook/audio book combo which really worked for me. The audio narrator has a N. Irish accent too, which was great for setting the tone. 2w
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1. I dream about characters or plots from books I am reading all the time!

2. I‘ve read Jane Eyre and Pride and Prejudice three times each.

3. My priority for May is reaching and enjoying Memorial Day weekend! I took Friday off work too.

#WondrousWednesday

Thanks for the tag @Eggs

Eggs # 3 - yayy 2w
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The Lark | E. Nesbit
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Happy May Day reading friends! This is a reminder that our #FurrowedMiddlebrowClub pick for May is The Lark by E. Nesbit, called “A novel for grown-up children” in the Dean Street Press edition introduction by Charlotte Moore.

The rough plan is to read and post any thoughts and/or reviews starting mid-month, though really any time is fine. We aren‘t fussy. 😊

Wanna be tagged or removed from the tag? Let me know!

Cathythoughts Thanks Ruth ♥️ I have it beside me , haven‘t started yet though. 2w
catebutler Can‘t wait! Just pulled my copy off the bookshelf. 2w
rubyslippersreads This is one of the first FMs I bought, so I‘m excited to read it. 2w
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quietjenn I loved this one so much when I first read it (about five years ago), so I'm really looking forward to seeing if it stacks up to memory. And, of course, sharing the experience with you all! 2w
LeahBergen Thanks for the reminder post! I‘m really looking forward to this one. 👏👏 2w
CarolynM I‘ve made a start. So far so good🙂 2w
Tamra Yay!! Thank you for the tag. 😄 2w
Kimzey Thanks for tagging! My copy arrived last week. 🎉 2w
erzascarletbookgasm 👌💖 I‘ll start as soon as I finished a couple of my library books expiring soon! 2w
elkeOriginal Is it that time already? Thanks for the reminder! Grabbing off the shelf now for the bedside stack! 2w
Centique Ooh please tag me - only if you remember - I‘ve read this one! 😍 2w
Ruthiella @Centique That‘s right! I will definitely try to tag you in my review! 2w
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Small Things Like These | Claire Keegan
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A little late getting started for this #20in4 May Day readathon. I so wish the US had a national holiday o May 1, like so much of the rest of the world. 😢

I finished the Claire Keegan novella today. It‘s only 70 pages long-lovely but sad. I‘m only a quarter of the way through the other two books. Doubt I‘ll finish ‘em by Monday but hopefully will read 50-100 pages in each by Sunday.

Andrew65 Surprised this isn‘t a holiday in the US. 3w
ItsAnotherJen My MIL used to make my kids May Day baskets when they were little. She said it used to be a tradition back in her day. 3w
Ruthiella @Andrew65 We have Labor Day in September instead. May 1 has too many “communist” associations. Silly. 3w
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Ruthiella @ItsAnotherJen In elementary school we had a May pole a couple of years, which was fun. 3w
batsy I like that vintage cover of The Rich Are Different! Did you enjoy it? 3w
batsy Or are you enjoying it, rather 🙂 3w
Ruthiella @batsy I am enjoying it! 😀 It‘s a ‘70s family saga, not my usual fare but I loved Howatch‘s Starbridge series so much, I wanted to try her earlier work too. 3w
Andrew65 @Ruthiella That explains it. 2w
kspenmoll Say Nothing was fabulous! 2w
Ruthiella @kspenmoll Agree! I‘m pretty close to finishing it now. 2w
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I‘m using this title for the #Booked2022 category Real or Fictional Royalty.

The Fool isn‘t royal (that I know 🤔) but his partner, Fitz is a royal bastard and the plot centers around their mission to rescue Prince Dutiful from...well, we‘re not sure whom at the start. This is the 1st in the Tawny Man trilogy and it was fantastic. Picks up 15 years after the Farseerer trilogy; pacing was excellent and the adventure melancholy but satisfying. 👍

TrishB Love all the covers, I have 3 of these. 3w
Ruthiella @TrishB I love seeing all the various covers available, though I don‘t own any. 😂 I read a library ebook. 3w
Cinfhen Well played 👍🏽💕I know @TrishB LOVES this series!!! Tell me again what the first book is?? I really think my hubs would like this series. Where should he start?? 3w
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Ruthiella @Cinfhen The first in this 16 book series is Assassin's Apprentice. If your husband likes high fantasy, it might fit the bill. 😊 (edited) 3w
TrishB I have multiple copies of quite a few of them, I can‘t resist them! 3w
TrishB @Cinfhen I hope he does 🤞🏻 3w
Cinfhen Ok 👍🏻 I‘m gonna give it a try for him @TrishB , Ruth 😁 Thanks 3w
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This short video is hilarious (and often accurate IMO) 😂 One of my favorite booktubers.

https://youtu.be/NvxggbbG_RM

RaeLovesToRead 🤣🤣🤣🤣 4w
Centique So good! 3w
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1. I have only participated in various online group reads which I‘ve really enjoyed. Getting other readers‘ insights is fantastic.

2. I especially like it when a challenge gets me to read books I already own!

3. Current read is tagged. I‘m slowly making my way through the Realm of the Elderlings books by Robin Hobb.

#WondrousWednesday

Thanks for the tag @Eggs 😊

Eggs #2 - me too 4w
Ruthiella @Eggs It‘s doubly satisfying! 4w
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The Hobbit | J. R. R. Tolkien
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#AwesomeApril I completed The Hobbit for the readathon. This is the third time I‘ve read it but the last time was over 20 years ago and I‘d never seen the film(s) so there was a lot I‘d forgotten. Lovely story and unlike many readers, I really love the songs! I read ‘em out loud to best appreciate them. 🐉

Cathythoughts I‘d like to refresh my memory too .. it‘s years sinse I read it. I loved those hobbits ❤️ 1mo
Ruthiella @Cathythoughts Bilbo is a lovely character! I had a lot of fun getting to know him again! 😊 1mo
Centique Beautiful edition 😍 4w
Ruthiella @Centique Thanks! 4w
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#Thinkpositivebepositive

Actually I first saw this on Litsy a couple of years ago and screenshot it because I loved the sentiment. I‘m don‘t remember which Litten made the original post. If it was you, please give yourself credit in the comments!

Thanks for the tag @WJCintron 😊

Hazel2019 💕 1mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️❤️❤️ 1mo
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Untilted | Autechre
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1. I don‘t celebrate Easter
2. I am having a good reading month so far
3. I am grateful for having this Friday off

#WondrousWednesday

Thanks for the tag @Eggs 😊

BiblioLitten 3. Me too! 1mo
Ruthiella @BiblioLitten I hope we both get some good reading time in! 🤞 1mo
Eggs Thanks for playing! 1mo
BkClubCare I actually have been scheduled for a 3pm Mtg on Friday abt Workplace Violence Training. Three. PM. On Good Friday. 🤨 1mo
Ruthiella @BkClubCare No fun! 😕 1mo
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I had a (for me) a super busy weekend and only managed to read 5 chapters each in my two current books. The Hobbit is a spontaneous re-read. Looks like the theme of this readathon is Fantasy for me!

#AwesomeApril

Andrew65 Great 👏👏👏 1mo
Ruthiella @Andrew65 Thanks! 😊 1mo
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I picked it up for the #Pemberlittens group read last month, but didn‘t get to it in time. This edition was finished in 1975 by “another lady” and I must say, it was delightful! The plotting and characterization were great and the romance very sweet. Who knows how Austen would have continued it? But the other lady did an excellent job.

Counts also for
#Booked2022 (TV adaptation)
#Roaringwolf (April-Pastel cover)

Roary47 I‘m glad you enjoyed it! Great job! 💛😊 1mo
Ruthiella @Roary47 Thanks! 😃 1mo
Cinfhen Yay!! Well played 🤗 1mo
Ruthiella @Cinfhen Thanks! 😊 1mo
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Thanks for the tag @Eggs 😀
#WondrousWednesday

1. California Poppy
2. Agatha Christie
3. ...worth cultivating

BiblioLitten I like how answer 3 syncs with Spring 😊 1mo
Eggs Lovely 🥰 1mo
Ruthiella @BiblioLitten Totally unintentional! Thanks for pointing it out. 😊 1mo
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A Spindle Splintered | Alix E. Harrow
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A quick read. Only 119 pages and many are illustrated, though the illustrations had seemingly nothing to do with the story? This is a reworking of Sleeping Beauty narrated by a modern woman who is terminally ill and not likely to live past her 21st birthday who accidentally gets sucked into a multiverses of briar rose et al stories and has to circumvent the established boundaries of the fairytale... Not my usual fare.

#Booked2022 Myth retelling

BarbaraTheBibliophage Sounds interesting, even if it‘s not your usual kind of book. 👏🏻📚 1mo
Cinfhen Yes!!! Exactly what @BarbaraTheBibliophage said …cool choice 1mo
Ruthiella @BarbaraTheBibliophage @Cinfhen That‘s one of the neat things about reading prompts like this! It makes me more adventurous. 😃 1mo
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Outlawed | Anna North
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An alternate history with a feminist slant. What if an epidemic wiped out most of the population in the US mid-19th century and the became primarily fundamentalist Christian with an emphasis on bearing children and shunning women who were unable to conceive? Ada‘s mother is a respected midwife, but she cannot protect her when Ada is run out of town as a witch. But Ada finds refuge in an unlikely place.

#Booked2022 Non-patriarchal society.

Cinfhen Great choice - love the collage 2mo
Ruthiella @Cinfhen Thanks! 2mo
Cathythoughts Great pictures ❤️ 2mo
Ruthiella @Cathythoughts Thanks Cathy! 😊 2mo
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Thanks for the tag @EadieB 😀

1. I play Wordsmith (scrabble basically) on my phone with a couple of friends and Wordle.

2. Spring is the best time for enjoying the outdoors. Not too hot, not too cold.

3. Do Not Say We Have Nothing, The Sea, The Sea and Cloud Cuckoo Land.

#WondrousWednesday

EadieB @Ruthiella You‘re welcome! Thanks for playing! 2mo
Eggs Great post👏🏻📚🙏🏻 2mo
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Cloud Cuckoo Land | Anthony Doerr
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A tribute to libraries and storytelling. Much of this book is so very sad, I found it very hard going at times. Also not a fan of the super short chapters. But a pick on the whole. The narration flits across centuries from 15th century Constantinople to 200 years from now. In between there is much suffering but the story and our human need for storytelling abides.

#Booked2022 Weather in title
My 2nd completed #20in4 book

Cinfhen Wonderful review. This was a sad book but still hopeful as well. 2mo
Ruthiella @Cinfhen Thanks. You are right, there is a message of hope as well. 2mo
BarbaraBB I‘m still on the fence about this one. Reviews vary widely 2mo
Ruthiella @BarbaraBB I can see where it won‘t work for some readers. It‘s a soft pick because I didn‘t love the structure, would have preferred longer sections. 2mo
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A powerful, tragic and immersive read. Marie has grown up in Canada, unaware of her father‘s previous life in China. After her father‘s death, a kind of relative comes to live with her and her mom in Vancouver. Marie‘s friendship with Ai-Ming begins her journey into their families‘ intersecting pasts, culminating in the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989.

#Booked2022 Set in China ✅
First book finished for #20in4

Cinfhen This was such a wonderful story!! Immersive is a GREAT description!! 2mo
Ruthiella @Cinfhen Totally immersive. When I was done reading, it felt like coming up for air. 2mo
Cathythoughts Brilliant review ! I must try again , I didn‘t get too far the first time. 2mo
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jlhammar Loved this book! 2mo
Ruthiella @Cathythoughts Thanks Cathy. It is quite dense, I did have trouble at first finding my footing. 2mo
Ruthiella @jlhammar It‘s quite an achievement! So not surprised it made the Booker shortlist back when. 2mo
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Definitely taking part in the #20in4 Readathon over the next four days, hosted by @Andrew65 . I‘m about halfway through all three books, though two are quite long. All three are for #Booked2022 Winter Edition. My goal is to finish one and at a stretch two! 🤞

sarahbarnes I‘ve had Do Not Say We Have Nothing on my shelf for awhile! (edited) 2mo
Ruthiella @sarahbarnes I have a library copy but it has been on my to read list ever since it was Booker shortlisted! 2mo
Readerann In case you‘re getting impatient with Cuckoo Land, hang in there. It‘s worth it! 2mo
Ruthiella @Readerann Thanks for the encouragement! 2mo
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Four gardens | Margery Sharp
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I think the consensus among members of #FurrowedMiddlebrowClub is this was a sweet yet occasionally sharp page turner about the life of a woman from the late 18th century to the 1930s. Separated into four parts and featuring (sort of) each garden in her life as she falls in love, marries and raises children.

Fun Fact: Margery Sharp wrote the children‘s books on which the Disney film The Rescuers was based. I LOVED those films and Miss Bianca. ❤️

Cathythoughts Lovely review of a lovely book. ‘Each garden in her life‘ beautifully said 💚 (edited) 2mo
batsy I was really interested to learn that she wrote the Rescuer books! I have a vague memory of those and feel like I should re-watch it. 2mo
Tamra That‘s an interesting factoid I wouldn‘t have guessed! 2mo
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BookNAround I adored The Rescuers! 2mo
quietjenn I loved the Rescuers movie as a kid but not sure if I read the books. Maybe I'll hunt then down! 2mo
LeahBergen Lovely review! And roses. 😊 2mo
Ruthiella @Cathythoughts Thanks Cathy. It was a nice, gentle read. 2mo
Ruthiella @batsy @Tamra @quietjenn @BookNAround I only saw The Rescuers films and didn‘t even know there were books! I should have guessed. So many Disney properties have literary roots! 2mo
Ruthiella @LeahBergen Thanks Leah. I wish I had had tulips 🌷 on hand since they sort of bookend the novel, but alas! 2mo
erzascarletbookgasm I‘ve never heard of The Rescuers till I looked up her books! Lovely review. 💛 2mo
Ruthiella @erzascarletbookgasm I‘ll bet the Miss Bianca/Rescuers books are charming! 2mo
CarolynM Lovely review 💕 I didn't know there were The Rescuers books either. 2mo
Ruthiella @CarolynM Thanks Carolyn. ❤️ Sharp was quite prolific! 2mo
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Maud Martha | Gwendolyn Brooks
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Known for her poetry (1st African-American to win the Pulitzer for poetry in 1950) Brooks also wrote this slim novel. Told in vignettes, in often in a poetic style, we get the story of Maud Martha from girlhood to marriage and her first child in early to mid century Chicago. Evocative and occasionally heartbreaking, this glimpse into Maud Martha‘s hopes and disappointments.

#Booked2022 Black owned imprint https://thirdworldpressfoundation.org/

Leftcoastzen I remember liking this one. 2mo
Ruthiella @Leftcoastzen I am a zero when it comes to appreciating poetry, but this was beautifully told. 2mo
Cinfhen This sounds really good 😊 #stacked 2mo
Ruthiella @Cinfhen I hope you like it! 😀 2mo
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For the #MarvelousMarch readathon hosted by @Andrew65 I hope to finish (a)The Other Bennett Sister for #Pemberlittens, (b) Four Gardens for #FurrowedMiddlebrowClub and (c) Maud Martha for #Booked2022 and get stuck into Cloud Cuckoo Land. Maybe a little ambitious,but we‘ll see!🤞

Cathythoughts Looking good 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2mo
Ruthiella @Cathythoughts Thanks for the encouragement! 😃 2mo
LeahBergen You got this! 👏 2mo
Ruthiella @LeahBergen Thanks! 😊 2mo
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Tuesday's Choice | Henry Romel Guy
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Thanks for the tag @RaeLovesToRead ! 😊

1. Yes! I read a LOT of classic novels

2. Hundreds! This year I am hoping to read The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins and La Curee/The Kill by Zola, among others.

Feel like sharing @Graywacke @batsy @Leftcoastzen ? You all read lots of classics too, I know.

batsy Thank you for the tag! And I'm sorry that I'm getting to this on Wednesday 😁 I do love classics and the one I'm hoping to tackle this year is War and Peace. 2mo
Ruthiella @batsy 😮 War and Peace is quite the mammoth! I‘ve not read it yet. Good luck.👍 2mo
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The Sea, The Sea | Iris Murdoch
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Murdoch will never become a favorite with me, but I think I now better appreciate her farcical plots and awful yet compelling characters. The book is narrated by Charles Arrowby, a retired theatre director and general self-absorbed asshat. He may no longer be on the stage, but won‘t stop trying to manipulate everyone around him. When he runs into his first love in a remote seaside town, he loses his grip on reality...

#Booked2022 Title Repeats

BarbaraBB I loved this book! 2mo
Ruthiella @BarbaraBB Excellent! Have you read any other books from Iris Murdoch? 2mo
Cinfhen Great pick 😍I haven‘t read this book, but it‘s one I‘ve heard about for years. 2mo
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Cathythoughts This is a great review 👍❤️ 2mo
Cathythoughts I‘ve never heard the expression ‘asshat‘ 😄very good 👍 2mo
LindaLappin will read thanks to your synopsis 2mo
BarbaraBB @Ruthiella Yes. I didn‘t like all of them but I loved 2mo
Ruthiella @Cinfhen Yes, it pops up on “must read” lists all the time, doesn‘t it? 🤔 (edited) 2mo
Ruthiella @Cathythoughts It‘s a very apt description of the narrator! 😆 2mo
Ruthiella @LindaLappin Thanks! I hope you enjoy it. 😃 2mo
Ruthiella @BarbaraBB Thanks! I will definitely give The Black Prince a go in future ! 👍 2mo
BarbaraBB I hope you will, it‘s very engaging! 2mo
CarolynM I've read a few Murdoch's but not this one. One day...🙂 The Black Prince is my favourite too @BarbaraBB 2mo
Ruthiella @CarolynM Good to have another recommendation for 2mo
BarbaraBB @CarolynM I didn‘t know, I know hardly anybody who read it, so I‘m glad it‘s your favorite too! 2mo
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Four gardens | Margery Sharp
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Hey reading friends! It‘s March and that means it‘s time to pick up our copies of Margery Sharp‘s title “Four Gardens”. Comment and share your thoughts as you go, if you are so inclined.😃 Anyone not tagged but would like to be, let me know. We‘d love to have you! The group is informal and we only read a title every two months.

#FurrowedMiddlebrowClub

LeahBergen Thanks, Ruth! Here‘s hoping it‘s another good one. 🤞 3mo
catebutler Looking forward to it! 3mo
Tamra Thank you for the tag! I hope I can squeeze it in. 🤞🏾🤞🏾 3mo
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EvieBee Count me in! 3mo
Cathythoughts Oh Thankyou Ruth ! 😁 I did take it out of the bookshelves recently & placed it with the books I‘m reading/ ( hoping to read).. so I‘m ready to go with Four Gardens ❤️ Looking forward to it X 3mo
quietjenn Thank you! I've really enjoyed most of the Margery Sharp's I've read, so hoping this one is good too! 3mo
rubyslippersreads I‘m looking forward to rereading this one. 3mo
Ruthiella @LeahBergen I hope so too! 🤞 3mo
Ruthiella @catebutler Me too! 😃 3mo
Ruthiella @Tamra I hope you can too! 🤞 3mo
Ruthiella @EvieBee You got it! I‘ll add you to the list. 👍 3mo
Ruthiella @Cathythoughts You are all set then! 😃 3mo
Ruthiella @quietjenn This will be my first Sharp title. 😃 3mo
Ruthiella @rubyslippersreads Re-reading can be so rewarding. 😃 3mo
erzascarletbookgasm Thanks! Looking forward to my first Margery Sharp. 3mo
rubyslippersreads @erzascarletbookgasm @Ruthiella I predict you‘ll both become addicted to Margery Sharp. 😁 3mo
Kimzey Thanks for the reminder! 3mo
Ruthiella @Kimzey You‘re welcome! 3mo
CarolynM I'm looking forward to getting started🙂 3mo
batsy Thanks for the reminder! Because I completely forgot! 😂 Looking forward to this. 3mo
Ruthiella @CarolynM These books are always an adventure for me! 3mo
Ruthiella @batsy You‘re welcome! 😊 3mo
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“Say to them, say to the down-keepers, the sun-slappers, the self-soilers, the harmony-hushers, "Even if you are not ready for day it cannot always be night." You will be right. For that is the hard home-run. Live not for battles won. Live not for the-end-of-the-song. Live in the along.”

#ThinkPositiveBePositive

batsy 💜 3mo
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Hag-Seed | Margaret Atwood
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My #Roll100 picks for March 2022. So far I‘ve only managed to read 50% , which is kinda what I expected...😬 Still, the year is young! 🤞

PuddleJumper Great progress! 3mo
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The Amelia Peabody series by Elizabeth Peters is about as close to romance as I can get. 😂 I‘m using this title for the “Hearts and Flowers” prompts for the February #RoaringWolf Reading Challenge, since it did contain a sweet romance amid the murder, adventure and comedy. The Emersons are back in Luxor and the specter of The Master Criminal (not so dead after all maybe?) arises to haunt the family and their archeological adventures.

CarolynM *There is no mention of this visit in Manuscript H. The editor spent many hours searching for it in vain. 🤣🤣🤣 3mo
Ruthiella @CarolynM 🤣🤣🤣 3mo
Roary47 Oh my goodness! What a fun title. 🤣 3mo
Ruthiella @Roary47 This whole series is a lot of fun! 😃 3mo
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The February 2022 #20in4 hosted by @Andrew65 has already started! 🥳

My goal is to finish the Amelia Peabody mystery by Monday which is one of my #Roll100 books and I‘m hoping to use it for the February #RoaringWolf challenge as well. 👍

The other two titles I need to get started for #Booked2022 Winter Edition. 🤞

Andrew65 Good luck 😊👍 3mo
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One of my favorite literary sub-genres: the disaster woman narrative. Amy is so lonely, she reads her landlord‘s mail and thinks she has a special relationship with the woman behind the deli counter at the supermarket. Her self delusion is cringeworthy. Just why she had to leave college and is avoiding contact with her family is slowly revealed. Meets #Booked2022 prompt “Set in a hotel” since she works as a chambermaid at a yacht club.

truthinfiction Sounds fascinating!!! 3mo
Ruthiella @truthinfiction It was kinda like a traffic accident where you can‘t look away. 3mo
EvieBee One of my 2021 top 5! 3mo
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Ruthiella @EvieBee I remember your review! It definitely pushed me to pick it up. 😃 3mo
Cinfhen Nice pick!! I recently read this but I don‘t remember too much 🤷🏼‍♀️I‘m glad you enjoyed 3mo
Cathythoughts Love your review! Sounds great , stacked 3mo
Ruthiella @Cinfhen We‘ll see how long Amy sticks with me! 3mo
Ruthiella @Cathythoughts If you also like the Disaster Woman Narrative, I think you‘ll like this take on it. 3mo
batsy The disaster woman narrative! I like that term and I'm drawn to those books, too (I'm thinking of Moshfegh or Mary Gaitskill's Two Girls, Fat and Thin). 3mo
Ruthiella @batsy I got the term from booktuber Matthew Sciarappa. I still need to read Mary Gaitskill and (edited) 3mo
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Fair Warning | Michael Connelly
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Now that I‘ve completed my two planned #FabulousFebruary books, I‘m jumping into #WeekendReading with four books at once...my usual chaos. 😆

The Elizabeth Peters title is for #Roll100, but the other three are slightly random. I‘m particularly curious about the Betsy Tacy books. I did not encounter them as a child.

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I finished my 2nd planned book for #FabulousFebruary . This rare complete text from the 2nd century BCE had an important influence on later writers like Cervantes, Shakespeare, Dickens, etc. and I read it more for its foundational importance in Western lit more than for enjoyment. The stories are often crude and bawdy. Also interesting for its depiction of life under Roman rule and its last chapter about the redemptive powers of the goddess Isis.

LindaLappin Graves' translation is magnificent & the depiction of the initiation into the Eleusinian Mysteries is fascinating as is poor Lucius's transformation into a donkey -- all about what can go wrong when you mess around with magic. Some parts are bawdy/crude but it contains the haunting, eternal love story of Psyche & Amor -- the foundation of so many well loved fairy tales. An extraordinary book.

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Ruthiella @LindaLappin I did like the story of Cupid and Pysche. It reminded me of much later fairy tales, particularly the jealous sisters. 3mo
Andrew65 Great 👏👏👏 3mo
LindaLappin @Ruthiella Elements of the story can be found in lots of tales -- especially the journey that Psyche must make to win back her husband, and the trials she must undergo -- a myth of women's initiation. One story I loved as a child was The Enchanted Pig in Andrew Lang's (editor) Red Fairy Book with almost identical plot. 3mo
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Tamra 🤣 3mo
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Cassandra at the Wedding | Dorothy Baker
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Not a great photo but the cover palette reminded me of the bird of paradise. My first completed book for #FabulousFebruary . This was an excellent psychological portrait of an unhappy young woman. When her twin becomes engaged, this separation is a real blow to Cassandra and her sense of self. Published in 1962, it has a timeless quality to it. Only 226 pages, but it packs a lot in and I had to read slowly and carefully.

sarahbarnes I‘ve had this one on my list for awhile! 3mo
Andrew65 Great 👏👏👏 3mo
Ruthiella @sarahbarnes Me too! I‘m glad I finally picked it up. 3mo
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BarbaraBB I loved this one so much!! 3mo
Ruthiella @BarbaraBB It seems to be a real favorite among my Litsy friends! 3mo
BarbaraBB It was the first book we read with the #NYRBBookClub, among which members are probably a lot of your Litsy friends! 3mo
Ruthiella @BarbaraBB That‘s probably why! 😅 3mo
Ruthiella I‘m using this book for the prompt “About Sisters” for #Booked2022 @Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraTheBibliophage (edited) 3mo
Cinfhen Nice pick 💜 3mo
Ruthiella @Cinfhen Thanks! 3mo
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My #WeekendReading is set!

Andrew65 A good weekend of reading ahead. 3mo
LeahBergen Ahh, I really liked Cassandra at the Wedding. 3mo
Ruthiella @Andrew65 All signs point to it! 😃 3mo
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Ruthiella @LeahBergen I‘m about halfway through it. I‘ve been saving a podcast episode of Backlisted for MONTHS to listen to once I‘ve read it. 😆 3mo
CarolynM Cassandra at the Wedding❤ So good! 3mo
Ruthiella @CarolynM It is! But it‘s a book I have to read closely and carefully. 3mo
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Only one more day until the week long #FabulousFebruary readathon hosted by @Andrew65 kicks off! I‘m still enjoying Sense & Sensibility with the #PemberLittens and I hope to finish Cassandra at the Wedding by Dorothy Baker and The Golden Ass by Apuleius. Join the fun and let everyone know what you‘ll be reading if you join in!

Andrew65 Good luck 😊👍 Great to have you with us. 3mo
Ruthiella @Andrew65 Thanks! 😊 3mo
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In Concrete | Anne Garreta
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My FINAL TOB shortlisted book! 🥳 I‘m now officially a completist. Told largely in puns and word play, the book was clever and the translator from the original French deserves all the applause for making it work in English. That said, this was kind of a gimmicky book whose gimmick wore thin for me early on. It reminded me of Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn which is based on a different gimmick which I enjoyed more.

#ToB #Tob2022

squirrelbrain Yay for finishing the full list! Which is your favourite? 3mo
Ruthiella @squirrelbrain My personal top three are The Trees, All‘s Well and Intimacies. 3mo
squirrelbrain The Trees is in my current top 3 too. I hadn‘t been able to get hold of a copy of the Awad but it‘s just arrived as an audio on Scribd, so I may get round to it soon. 3mo
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Ruthiella @squirrelbrain I hope you like it! The first bit I found difficult because the depiction of chronic pain was all too real. But once I got past that, I loved the bonkers story. 3mo
Cinfhen Ohhh, I like your top 3!! Those are all in my top 8 but not my top 3. Although I haven‘t read the FULL list 3mo
BkClubCare @squirrelbrain - Oooo, I hope it is a good audiobook for you. I agree completely with @Ruthiella‘s first bit = tough, rest of it = bonkers. 3mo
vivastory Congrats on being a tob completist! Last year I completed the entire shortlist, including play-ins, and I remember how frustrated I was that my favorite choices didn't advance 😂😭 3mo
Ruthiella @Cinfhen Glad we can agree! There are only two I really disliked: the Shteyngart and the Lockwood. Every thing else falls somewhere in the middle. 3mo
Ruthiella @vivastory The actually tournament is BRUTAL when a reader has skin in the game ! 😂😭 I try to keep calm when reading the judgments and commentary that skewers my favorites. 3mo
BarbaraBB Well done! I can‘t wait to see your favorites in our own tournament. I will update the form this weekend and share it! 3mo
Megabooks Congratulations!! 3mo
Megabooks I gave this a pick for the translation, but I agree it wasn‘t great. 3mo
Hooked_on_books Nice job finishing! I have three more tournament books and one play-in left. I‘m working on the Ozeki now. 3mo
Ruthiella @BarbaraBB Thanks Barbara! It will be fun to see where Litten opinions diverse or agree with the TOB judgements. 😃 3mo
Ruthiella @Megabooks Thanks! I‘m not the reader for this kind of intellectual exercise. But I can see where others would have fun with it. 3mo
Ruthiella @Hooked_on_books Four books and all of February left! Excellent work. 👍 3mo
Cinfhen Ha, the Lockwood is still my FAVORITE 🥰 3mo
Cinfhen And I‘d be surprised if The Sentence isn‘t the play in 3mo
Ruthiella @Cinfhen I think the Lockwood title could win...depends on the judge. I agree, The Sentence has the best chance in the play in round. 3mo
thebluestocking Congratulations on finishing!!! You‘re a machine. 💙 I‘m definitely with you on this one not working. 3mo
thebluestocking I have 1.5 left to read (1/2 Copeland Cane and then the Ozeki) I think Trees is in my top three. I really liked All‘s Well and Intimacies. But, like @Cinfhen I loved the Lockwood. And I loved When We Cease also. 3mo
Ruthiella @thebluestocking I really loved When We Cease, but I think my top three will stick with me longest. 3mo
sarahbarnes Wow, nice work!! 3mo
Ruthiella @sarahbarnes Thanks!😀 3mo
kwmg40 Congratulations on finishing the list! I've started In Concrete but am not feeling enthusiastic about it. 3mo
Ruthiella @kwmg40 Thanks! Luckily the book is pretty short. (edited) 3mo
Mindyrecycles Way to go! 3mo
Suet624 That‘s terrific that you were able to read them all. I‘m working overtime on yet another election for the next month so I think I may be done reading any more of the shortlist but I‘m happy with what I managed to read this year. 3mo
Ruthiella @Suet624 That‘s great! And I know you read a few you loved, so it‘s win/win. What I like most about the attempt is the introduction to books I might not otherwise have got to. 3mo
Suet624 You‘re exactly right. 3mo
ReadingEnvy Congrats on being a completist! I'm almost there but I got distracted by a long but not shortlisted book from the International Man Booker for tonight. 3mo
Ruthiella @ReadingEnvy Thanks! You still have plenty of time to finish up the list. But I understand the distraction! Hello shiny new books! 👀 3mo
Readerann Congratulations on being a completist! I won‘t get to them all, but this one intrigues me, so I may have to snag a copy somewhere. 3mo
Ruthiella @Readerann I can send you my copy if you want! Just email me your address to naessa@yahoo.com ! 👍 3mo
Readerann Thank you so much, @Ruthiella! I actually bought a Kindle copy right after my first comment here. I have to finish the two already in progress before I get to it. Aaack! The tournament is coming up too quickly. 😟 3mo
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Timequake | Kurt Jr. Vonnegut
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I found this pristine 1997 hardcover in a free little library while walking my dog this evening. I‘ve added it to my tiny, rather beat up Vonnegut collection.

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I loved this odd book. It‘s a mashup of fact & fiction featuring real life 20th century mathematicians, chemists and physicists and imagining their brush with or full on free fall into madness as a result of trying to access the key of all things; the rules of the universe. The folly of trying to understand the divine leads to disastrous consequences and gives humans access to power they don‘t really understand. I‘m not sure I 100% got it all. 🤯

Cinfhen Great review!! I loved this one too / so unique 3mo
batsy Nicely put! It's odd and doesn't fit any labels and I loved it, as well 💜 3mo
Chelsea.Poole You perfectly explained this little book. I liked it too, but I‘m with you, did I “get” it all? I‘m not sure! 3mo
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Ruthiella @Cinfhen It reminded me a bit in its fact/fiction blend of 3mo
Ruthiella @batsy Thanks. It‘s not quite historical fiction but some how adjacent to it. 3mo
Ruthiella @Chelsea.Poole Sometimes my inability to comprehend a book frustrates, but here it just sort of pleasantly sparked glimpses of understanding. 3mo
BarbaraBB You encouraged me to finally read it. I loved HhhH! 3mo
kwmg40 Glad to see you liked this one. I've got a copy and am hoping to get to it soon. 3mo
Ruthiella @BarbaraBB I hope you like it and that the HHhH comparison is not misleading. 3mo
Ruthiella @kwmg40 I hope your mind is also pleasantly blown by it! 3mo
thebluestocking You described this indescribable book so well! I loved it too. 💙 I hope it does well in the tournament. 3mo
Ruthiella @thebluestocking Anything goes in the TOB! It could take the rooster 🐓, you never know. 3mo
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Like Vinod in this novel, I‘m just glad it is over. 7 adults and a child shelter in place at compound somewhere in the Tri-State area. Hijinks ensue amid the 2020 pandemic with love triangles, parenting woes, nostalgia for the ‘90s and lost youth, the US immigrant experience in the late 20th century, betrayal and affirmation of friendships and commitment, fears about right wing movements... I found it effing exhausting to read. #Tob #Tob2022

Megabooks 😂😂 great review! 3mo
Megabooks Exhausting is a good word 3mo
BarbaraBB Exhausting is the word indeed. Way too much it was. 3mo
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Suet624 We‘re coffee cup twinsies!! 3mo
Cinfhen I didn‘t care for this one either. Great review 3mo
squirrelbrain I‘m glad I decided not to read this one! 3mo
Ruthiella @Megabooks Thanks! 3mo
Ruthiella @BarbaraBB @Megabooks I wonder if the author was trying to mimic the 19th century novel in the 21st century? That might account for the overstuffing! 🤔 3mo
Ruthiella @Suet624 I love my TOB mugs! ☕️ 3mo
Ruthiella @Cinfhen Thanks! I really expected to like it more. 😕 3mo
Ruthiella @squirrelbrain Wise decision! 😂 3mo
RaeLovesToRead I have this on my TBR... did ANYONE like it? 🤣🤣🤣🤣 3mo
Megabooks True…I hadn‘t thought of that. 3mo
kwmg40 Great review. I liked this book a little better than you did (I gave it a so-so instead of pan) but I think you summarized it pretty well. 3mo
Mindyrecycles Oh dear. I have this freshly downloaded on Audible. 🤦🏻‍♀️ We‘ll see how it goes. 3mo
ReadingEnvy Oh I'm glad to see this review. I didn't get very far at all, and I've previously been a fan! 3mo
Ruthiella @RaeLovesToRead 😂😂😂Maybe you will LOVE it! 3mo
Ruthiella @kwmg40 It was the interminable dream sequences at the end that forced my thumb down. 😅 3mo
Ruthiella @Mindyrecycles Hopefully you will enjoy it more than I did. Maybe audio is the better medium for it. 3mo
Ruthiella @ReadingEnvy I still want to try A Super Sad Love Story some day, but I thought this one was a stinker. 3mo
ReadingEnvy @Ruthiella I read The Sentence last of the three in the playin round and I'm confident it is the book supreme. 3mo
RaeLovesToRead If I do love it then I'll be on my own, haha. 🙈 I thought Super Sad True Love Story was good (although it was ages ago that I read it) and Absurdistan was OK. 3mo
sarahbarnes This does sound exhausting. 😳 3mo
Ruthiella @sarahbarnes It tuckered me out and took forever to read, despite only being 300 odd pages. 3mo
Chelsea.Poole My thoughts exactly!! 3mo
Ruthiella @Chelsea.Poole I can‘t say I wasn‘t warned! 😅 3mo
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These are my two #Roll100 books for February 2022. I‘m fairly sure I will manage the Elizabeth Peters‘ title. Crossing my fingers I can also swing the NK Jemisin. 🤞😬

CarolynM Oooh!! The Ape Who Guards the Balance is a really good one, and it features my favourite footnote ever🤣 Enjoy! 4mo
Ruthiella @CarolynM You intrigue me! 😃 I‘m super interested to see how the second generation develop since that was a big part of the last book. 4mo
PuddleJumper That's great! 4mo
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Zoes_Human I LOVE LOVE LOVE The Fifth Season, the whole trilogy really. N. K. Jemisin is the BEST. 4mo
Ruthiella @Zoes_Human I have every expectation of loving it! 😃 4mo
Ruthiella @PuddleJumper Thanks!😊 4mo
Centique So interested to hear what you think of Fifth Season. I haven‘t read it yet but I‘ve loved her other series. Fingers crossed! 🤞🤞 4mo
Ruthiella @Centique I‘ve only read one from her which I liked but didn‘t love-BUT it really has stuck with me! 4mo
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“Keep your face always toward the sunshine - and shadows will fall behind you.” Walt Whitman

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SeaToSkyes Love this ❤️ 4mo
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Starting off my #20in4 Readathon today rather feebly. I read one chapter in the Shteyngart title and that‘s it. I have a busy Saturday ahead as well, but hopefully will have time on Sunday to read lots! 🤞

BarbaraBB I am reading Our Country Friends too. 4mo
Ruthiella @BarbaraBB Perfect timing! 😃 4mo
Andrew65 Good luck 😊👍 4mo
Ruthiella @Andrew65 Thanks! 😊 4mo
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The Sentence | Louise Erdrich
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A very timely novel which deals in part with George Floyd‘s murder and its aftermath and the early days of the COVID19 pandemic. But more than that, this is Tookie‘s story, just told in a nonlinear fashion. Why is she being haunted by a recently deceased patron of the bookstore where she works? Why can Tookie not relax and accept the love and support offered by those who surround her? That is the mystery at the heart of this novel. #TOB #ToB2022

Tamra I‘m glad you liked it! I listened to the audio (Erdrich narrates), but I think I‘m going to pick up a paper copy. I keep thinking about it, which means it was a great read. 😊 4mo
sarahbarnes Excited for this one to come in at the library. 4mo
Cinfhen I enjoyed some parts of this book more than other parts but all in all it made for a good read. BTW, your book title is off 😘 (edited) 4mo
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Suet624 You are right, it is so much more than the Floyd/pandemic story line. I keep thinking of the lineages and ceremonies and spirits in the novel. 4mo
thebluestocking I‘m glad you enjoyed this one. It‘s definitely one I‘ve been thinking about since. That prologue in particular was taut. 💙 4mo
BkClubCare And includes a fabulous reading list of titles mentioned! 4mo
squirrelbrain Great review Ruth. I‘m torn as to whether to wait for the library copy to come in (I‘m 4th on the list so could be ages)or to try the audio, which I recall someone hated…. I keep checking to see if there is a Kindle deal as it was only just published in the UK. 4mo
Ruthiella @Tamra Absolutely! Books that really stick with us are great things. I sometimes even change my mind about a book when I allow it to settle in my mind. 4mo
Ruthiella @sarahbarnes Hope it shows up soon! I need to return mine ASAP in case someone else is waiting on it! 😅 4mo
Ruthiella @Cinfhen Thanks for the tip! I fixed it. I did find the style a little choppy for my tastes, but overall all it was a pick. 4mo
Ruthiella @Suet624 This book reminded me of the Ozeki title in that way; how there is an underlying thread or baseline which is layered into the larger events. 4mo
Ruthiella @thebluestocking I really want to go back and read Erdrich‘s backlist. I even have a few on my shelf that I‘ve had for decades unread! 4mo
Ruthiella @BkClubCare I really enjoyed all the book titles and recommendations that were peppered throughout and the list at the end is fantastic. 4mo
Ruthiella @squirrelbrain I understand your dilemma! I hope your library hold comes in soon! I had to buy In Concrete and When We Cease to Understand is still in hold purgatory, but otherwise I was quite lucky in being able to access the rest through my various library systems. 4mo
4thhouseontheleft I can‘t wait for my library hold to come in! I don‘t think I have ever read an Erdrich book I didn‘t like. 4mo
Megabooks Tookie was such a compelling character! 4mo
Megabooks @squirrelbrain it was me who didn‘t like the audiobook. Erdrich reads it herself and doesn‘t vary her voice for each character, which I am not a fan of in fiction. If you don‘t mind the whole book sounding like an in-person author reading, go for it because she has a lovely voice. It‘s just not for me. 4mo
Ruthiella @4thhouseontheleft I can‘t say how this compares to her earlier work since this is only the 3rd book from her I‘ve read and all three are fairly recent, but I think you‘ll probably like it. 4mo
Ruthiella @Megabooks She was. Erdrich did a good job of making her actions understandable to the reader even if the reader may not condone them. 4mo
Suet624 @Ruthiella YES!!! 4mo
squirrelbrain Thanks Meg @Megabooks - I‘ll listen to a sample and see what I think…. 4mo
Chelsea.Poole This is another on the list I was reluctant to try. I read The Round House several years ago and it was very good but I just haven‘t felt compelled to read others from her. I‘m going to place the hold on this (audiobook - though I‘ve been warned @Megabooks ) because of all of the positive postings here from trusted readers 😊 (edited) 4mo
Ruthiella @Chelsea.Poole The Round House is very heavy thematically and it was also the first Erdrich I read. I also was reluctant to read more from her. But this one, while also grappling with heavy topics, has a sense of lightness and humor which I really appreciated. 4mo
Chelsea.Poole @Ruthiella very very good to know. Thank you 😊 4mo
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