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Ruthiella

Joined February 2018

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Who doesn‘t love book mail? 😂

dabbe 😂😂😂 1w
vivastory I had tp check my mail this morning bc I knew that I needed to clear space for another book package, so def relatable lol 1w
Tamra 👌🏾 1w
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bthegood 😂 😂 1w
Reggie lolol 1w
BiblioLitten Yayyiiii! 😄😄 6d
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I found it helpful to first listen to Neil deGrasse Tyson explain on YouTube what the Three Body Problem is re: physics, calculus and orbital mechanics before I started this book. This is a first contact novel where the aliens and the humans are at odds, but neither is especially superior technologically than the other at least at the outset. Translated from Chinese, which made it doubly interesting-seeing the world from a non-western perspective.

vivastory I'm glad that this one worked for you! 2w
Ruthiella @vivastory I‘m definitely going to read the trilogy. 👍 2w
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CatLass007 Wow. I wish I‘d thought of that. But it‘s not too late to watch the YouTube video. I have a hold at the library for the second book. 2w
Ruthiella @CatLass007 I think it‘d be also enlightening to watch it now. Having a general idea of it beforehand helped me understand the virtual reality game in the book, for sure. 2w
CatLass007 I just finished watching it and it helps quite a bit. 2w
rwmg For me, the game scenarios were the best thing in the book. I'm disappointed they don't play a larger role in the Netflix version. 2w
Lesliereadsalot Only two books left to go! Really looking forward to the next two years of the tv series. 2w
Ruthiella @rwmg That is disappointing. They would be spectacular if brought to life on film. 2w
Ruthiella @Lesliereadsalot I know! Hopefully it won‘t take me years to get to them. 🤞 2w
rwmg They had some, and it was spectacular, it just didn't loom as large as it did in my memories of the book 2w
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The Forever War | Joe Haldeman
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#weekendreads

Starting all three of these today. The Halderman is for #ClassicLSFBC , the Didion is for #Roll100 , and the Davis is for #CampLitsy24. Looking forward to diving in. I think they will all be winners in their own way.

TheBookHippie That‘s my favorite Didion. 2w
Ruthiella @TheBookHippie It‘s only the third book from her that I‘ve read but I‘m sure I‘m going to love it. 2w
vivastory I 💙 that Didion 2w
Ruthiella @vivastory I‘ve already read the first two essays and am enthralled. 2w
vivastory She is def one of my fave essayists of all-time
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#weekendreads

My Memorial Day weekend plans are set with these three books. I especially have to get more in to The Three Body Problem for #LitsySciFiBookClub. The other two are my #Roll100 picks for May.

Leftcoastzen Love the Bainbridge cover, seems of its time?! (edited) 4w
Ruthiella @Leftcoastzen You are spot on! 👍 It is from the 1975 first US edition that I have out from the library. 4w
BarbaraBB I enjoyed the Bainbridge - the only one I read by her. 4w
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Ruthiella @BarbaraBB This is the only book from her so far for me. She reminds me of Muriel Spark. 4w
vivastory I will DEF. be checking out Bainbridge, as I love Muriel Spark. Also I will be curious to see what you make of The Three Body Problem. 2w
Ruthiella @vivastory For sure give this one a whirl then. It reminded some of 2w
vivastory Thanks for the recommendation! 2w
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The Searcher | Tana French
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I really enjoyed this slow burn mystery. As usual with Tana French, it‘s all about the characters.

Cal is a retired Chicago detective who‘s moved to rural Ireland for what he thinks will be a simple, quiet life. But his burgeoning friendship with a local kid who has a missing brother complicates things and Cal runs afoul of some of the locals.

BarbaraBB I just purchased this one too. It will be my first Tana French! 1mo
Ruthiella @BarbaraBB Excellent! I think this is a good place to start with French. If you like this, you will probably like her other stuff too. 1mo
vivastory I really need to return to Tana French. I haven't read her since binge reading the Dublin Murder Squad Series. I have so many vivid memories of a lot of those books. 2w
Ruthiella @vivastory She‘s such an evocative writer. I‘m sure you‘ll like this one when you get to it. 2w
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The Searcher | Tana French
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I brought two physical books and my kindle with me for my one hour oil change wait. What if I run out of something to read? 😱😂

Tamra 😂 I keep telling my husband no serious book person goes anywhere without sufficient reading material. 1mo
Tamra P.S. I love(d) Highlights! What a great magazine - so fun. 1mo
Ruthiella @Tamra I loved Highlights as a kid too. Goofus and Gallant! Spot the difference! 👍 1mo
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Jess_Read_This You are a well prepared reader! 1mo
Ruthiella @Jess_Read_This I need to be ready for all eventualities! 😂 1mo
LeahBergen I was going to say “you can read Highlights”! 😆 1mo
Ruthiella @LeahBergen I did take a gander! It‘s changed some, but would still appeal to 10 year old me. 😃 1mo
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#WondrousWednesday

1. I‘ve accidentally set a book on fire, I doused another in coffee, and I left one out in the rain, but I have never read a book so many times, it fell apart.

2. I particularly loved John Irving in my 20s. I still love him now, but I was maybe a little more in love then.

3. I would love to experience discovering the plot of Rebecca anew! It‘s such a jaw dropper.

Jari-chan What exciting lives your books must live 😆 1mo
Ruthiella @Jari-chan It‘s a dangerous life! 😂 1mo
bthegood 1. 🤣🤣 1mo
lil1inblue #1 is just...chef's kiss. 😂 1mo
Eggs Great post📚! Thanks for playing 🙏🏻 1mo
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Zone One: A Novel | Colson Whitehead
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The writing was impressive, elegiac, beautiful even, but in my opinion, overkill in what should be a plot propulsive zombie novel. Many of the sections that were flashback scenes to the narrator‘s life on the run between Last Night and relative sanctuary in Zone One would have made great short stories. But as a horror novel, it was too slow for me. The end is great, however.

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#weekendreads

Still plugging away at Snow Crash for #ClassicLSFBC !

The other two are squarely in my comfort zone/favorite genre : Mystery. Both are great in their own respective ways.

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The Searcher | Tana French
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Thanks for the tag @Eggs 😊

#WondrousWednesday

1. Probably because of the #NancyDrewBR but I am having flashbacks to excitedly scanning the library shelves for a Nancy Drew mystery I‘d not yet read.

2. It‘s pretty evenly split between library borrows and thrifted/used/new books.

3. I just started the tagged book yesterday.

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Only two books this weekend…both are rather slow going. I have houseguests this coming week, so not much time to read anyway. I‘ve got cleaning to do! 🧹🧽🧺🧼

#weekendreads

vivastory I read Snow Crash & Neuromancer basically back to back so I often get them mixed up. I do remember liking both 😅 1mo
Ruthiella @vivastory I‘m definitely noticing some similarities to Neuromancer, though it‘s been a few years since I read it. 😅 1mo
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The Wapshot Chronicle | John Cheever
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I read this as part of my decades long quest to read all the books from the RH Best 100 of the 20th century https://sites.prh.com/modern-library-top-100 .

As always with this kind of project, there‘re hits and misses and this was a miss. Certainly fantastic descriptive writing, but little plot and quirk without any heart. I did not find it funny. Cheever was really a short story writer and a few of the chapters could have stood alone as such.

sarahbarnes That is a worthy quest! 1mo
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Found this picture on a blog showing book covers with women running away from houses. Check it out: https://fantasy-ink.blogspot.com/2010/11/gothic-romance-covers.html .

I‘m sorry (not sorry) to be a curmudgeon-maybe it‘s all the Nancy Drew I‘ve been reading, but I found the mystery to be blindingly obvious and the hero & heroine to be about interesting as a paper bag & both too stupid to find their way out of one. 🙊

#FurrowedMiddlebrowClub

KathyWheeler I love your review! Stupid characters drive me nuts. 1mo
willaful I'm with you. 1mo
Ruthiella @KathyWheeler Thanks! If the heroine had had any smarts at all, it would have been a very different book. 1mo
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Ruthiella @willaful Glad I‘m not alone! 😅 I‘m not mad I read it, but I could have tolerated a wee more actual mystery. 1mo
CarolynM 🤣 Too true! 1mo
quietjenn 🤣🤣🤣 bahaha. I can't disagree! 1mo
Tamra 🤣 great review! I still thought it was fun for those very reasons! The beginning held all the gothic promise of a spooky mystery. Too bad she couldn‘t carry it off. 1mo
Suet624 🤣🤣🤣 1mo
jlhammar Hilarious review! I‘m not very far in yet. 1mo
sarahbarnes 😂😂😂 1mo
LeahBergen I agree … and yet I still found it fun! 🤣 1mo
Ruthiella @LeahBergen @jlhammar @Tamra @quietjenn @CarolynM I think I would have been more amused if I had known what to expect. Less Du Maurier and more Carolyn Keene. 😆 (edited) 1mo
elkeOriginal Fantastic review. 1mo
elkeOriginal The link to those covers! Amazing!! 1mo
Ruthiella @elkeOriginal Thanks ! 😊 1mo
Ruthiella @The_Book_Ninja Perfect! 🤩 1mo
Reggie Lol 1mo
Jess_Read_This I‘m only twenty pages in and already Cynthia‘s helplessness is irritating me. 1mo
Ruthiella @Jess_Read_This Get used to it! 😂 1mo
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I‘ve got these three on deck for this weekend. The Clue in the Diary is for the #NancyDrewBR , The Wapshot Chronicle is one of my May #Roll100 picks, and Zone One is part of my ongoing (never ending) project to read what I own! All three are also for the #AwesomeApril readathon. 😃 #weekendreads

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Hey party people! May is the month we read the next #FurrowedMiddlebrowClub book. We‘re delving in into our FIRST MYSTERY 👻 from Dean Street Press.

I‘m excited to try something new. As usual, the rules are, there are no rules! Read at your own pace and if you blurb or review on Litsy, tag the group so we can share.

Tamra I‘m looking forward to this one! 2mo
Aimeesue Greylands certainly looks grey! 2mo
catebutler I have been looking forward to this one!! 2mo
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quietjenn Excited about this one! 2mo
LeahBergen Yay! The cover looks like my local weather today. 😆 2mo
batsy Looking forward! Have to admit I'm seeking out a bit of Greylands from the midst of a neverending heatwave 😆 2mo
jlhammar Looking forward to it! 2mo
Jess_Read_This Thanks for tagging all of us! Can‘t wait to read this with you all! 🌻 2mo
CarolynM Thanks Ruth. Looking forward to it. 2mo
kwmg40 I'm looking forward to this one! 2mo
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Way Station | Clifford D. Simak
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A few questions about the book for those who have thoughts!

Q3: While clearly a product of the Cold War, the book ends on a hopeful note for humankind. This differs in its positive outlook from some other books from the same era. Did you find this a realistic outcome?

#ClassicLSFBC

CatLass007 It‘s good to have at least a few optimistic writers from that time period. 2mo
RamsFan1963 Considering that Enoch had already been alive for the American Civil War, WWI and WWII, his optimism about mankind's future tempered by his realistic belief that man was headed for the war that would end civilization. It gave him an edge of desperation, for only by joining the galactic fraternity did he see mankind's salvation. 2mo
Ruthiella @CatLass007 It is, isn‘t it! So many seem so pessimistic about the future. 2mo
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Ruthiella @RamsFan1963 True! The book doesn‘t mention the two world wars (that I recall) but of course Enoch would have been aware of them. This book reminded me a lot of Gene Roddenberry‘s positive view of the future and humankind‘s place in it. 2mo
CatLass007 @Ruthiella @RamsFan1963 I was thinking the same thing about Gene Roddenberry. It‘s sad that networks, syndication companies, producers of later seasons of TNG and every other spinoff series and movie have not had that same sense of optimism. Of course, I don‘t think I do either. I enjoyed Way Station tremendously and loved the optimism. But I‘m not sure I could find the same sense of optimism in myself. 2mo
RamsFan1963 @Ruthiella @CatLass007 In a lot of ways, I saw the Galactic Council as a precursor to ST Federation. Less military in nature than Starfleet & the Federation, the Council was still a diverse group of planets and civilizations that banded together for the common good of all. Enoch wanted that for humans, to become something better, transcending our uglier nature to join a brotherhood in the stars. 2mo
CatLass007 @RamsFan1963 @Ruthiella I actually prefer the Galactic Council idea because it isn‘t military in nature. 2mo
KathyWheeler I want to believe that the optimistic outlook is rooted in reality, but I‘m afraid it probably isn‘t. We can‘t seem to stop fighting each other or oppressing those we view as less than. 2mo
rwmg I remember reading a lot of SF dating back to that period during the 1970s and yes, the overall feel was optimistic, that problems would be overcome. It's something I miss nowadays when SF mainly seems to consist of dystopias. 2mo
rwmg I remember reading a lot of SF dating back to that period during the 1970s and yes, the overall feel was optimistic, that problems would be overcome. It's something I miss nowadays when SF mainly seems to consist of dystopias. 2mo
Ruthiella @KathyWheeler I feel like the CIA guy was far more acquiescing than an actual government official would be when confronted with aliens. 👽 But it was nice to read something with a hopeful note. 2mo
Ruthiella @rwmg I‘ve certainly read less SF than you but a some of what I have encountered written in the first half of the 20th century has been quite pessimistic and dark, like 2mo
KathyWheeler @Ruthiella Yes! I completely agree about the CIA guy. 2mo
rwmg @Ruthiella I didn't find Canticle pessimistic - in the book's own terms, the Church is a positive civilisation-preserving influence which will continue. One may or may not agree with that view of the Church, but I think that is what the book is saying. 2mo
Ruthiella It wasn‘t the continued influence of the Church that I found pessimistic in Canticle, it was the fact that humans kept blowing themselves up. 2mo
TheSpineView While I liked the optimism of the book; unfortunately, I don't have much faith in humans. In my opinion, I thought it was a bit unrealistic. 2mo
Ruthiella @TheSpineView This is why, at least in part, why I read! To give me hope, even if it‘s fictional. 2mo
MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm I‘m a naively optimistic person, so even when things in books or real life seem absolutely dire, I have hope. I‘m actually currently reading Canticle and yes, it‘s much darker and seems very hopeless, but there are still people living their lives, following their passions, despite the past destruction and the new looming one. To me, SF always has that glimmer of hope. Maybe we won‘t continue as is, but something/someone will always find a way. 2mo
Ruthiella @MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm That‘s a much nicer reading of Canticle than I had. And you are right actually about the long view, I think. What seems dire to me in my short lifetime looks very different on a scale of centuries or even millennia. 2mo
MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm @Ruthiella Well, I haven‘t finished it yet, so maybe my thoughts won‘t be so sunshiney once it‘s all said and done. 😅 2mo
kwmg40 I did like the more optimistic tone. It's not just that humankind has a chance of survival, despite its doing the utmost to sabotage that, but there are also wiser, more intelligent beings out there. TBH, it's kind of scary and depressing to think that we humans might be the smartest people in the universe! 😂 2mo
Ruthiella @kwmg40 True that! We need some Vulcans to set us straight! 🖖 2mo
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Way Station | Clifford D. Simak
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A few questions about the book for those who have thoughts!

Q2: What did you think about Enoch‘s “relationship” with David and/or Mary? I was hoping Mary might somehow manifest and become his companion - alleviate his loneliness. 🤞

#ClassicLSFBC

wanderinglynn I think Simak was telling a subtle story about the tension between growth and belonging through the theme of loneliness. One the one hand, his interactions with the aliens are diverse, challenging, and often baffling. On the other, his interactions with humanity and his home environment are supportive but largely unchanging, 2mo
Ruthiella @wanderinglynn Yes, I really felt his isolation and need to have companionship of some kind. That was one of the more bittersweet aspects of the story. 2mo
CatLass007 @wanderinglynn @Ruthiella I guess I didn‘t see the isolation. That‘s interesting. It felt more like solitude to me. I enjoy my solitude. I guess I don‘t necessarily equate being alone with being lonely. But he wouldn‘t have created Mary and David if he weren‘t lonely, would he? Or was it because he wanted companions from his own time? 2mo
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Ruthiella @CatLass007 I think he did want the companionship of someone from his youth , who knew and understood the world he grew up in and that‘s why he created Mary and David. 2mo
wanderinglynn @CatLass007 I agree with @Ruthiella – I think it was a combination of being out of time and being stuck in between two worlds. My grandfather who was born in 1912, before he died in 2005, used to say that it wasn‘t his world. (edited) 2mo
TheSpineView I did get the sense he was lonely. I did wish he had found a partner to share his life with. 2mo
Ruthiella @wanderinglynn Good point. Technology and culture change so fast just in reality, never mind adding in an alien way station. 2mo
Ruthiella @TheSpineView I was kind of hoping either Mary would come to life somehow or that Lucy would become his companion. He only had his journals to express himself. 2mo
TheSpineView @Ruthiella My vote was for Lucy. 2mo
MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm I think it was very much akin to when we make up imaginary friends as children. They can be there for us only for so long. Then we have to face reality. I thought it was very sad that he had developed such strong feelings for Mary, but I never hoped anything would come of it. There‘s something icky about having a relationship with someone you brought to life. I was also happy that Lucy didn‘t become anything more than a friend. 🤷‍♀️ 2mo
Ruthiella @MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm You‘re right about the ick factor. But I wanted him to have someone he could share his experiences with. I‘ve been once or twice to museums on my own and often just wanted someone to look at what I was looking at and get their perspective. A whole lifetime of remarkable experiences and no one to share them with struck me as sad. (edited) 2mo
MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm @Ruthiella I definitely get that. The ending for me seemed to imply that he wouldn‘t have to be as isolated from humanity in the future. What with the planet entering into the bigger arena of the galaxy. Maybe he will find someone to be a steady companion. ❤️ 2mo
kwmg40 I was saddened by Enoch's loneliness and his inability to have a companion, even an “artificial“ one like Mary. However, the ending is consistent with his character's belief that his own desires are secondary to the greater goals and the work that needs to be done to achieve it. 2mo
Ruthiella @kwmg40 That‘s a good point. Enoch does think more about the greater good over his own wants or needs. 2mo
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Way Station | Clifford D. Simak
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A few questions about the book for those who have thoughts!

Q1: How do you think Enoch‘s experience as a soldier and veteran influenced his actions and attitudes as station master, if at all?

#ClassicLSFBC

RamsFan1963 I think being a soldier and veteran instilled in him a strong sense of duty, to honor his commitment to run the way station, no matter the isolation and loneliness it caused him. 2mo
RamsFan1963 Also, being a soldier, he knew how to keep a secret. Despite his optimistic view of humanity, he knew in a lot of ways, mankind wasn't ready yet to be part of the bigger universe. 2mo
wanderinglynn I think from being a soldier, he understood the importance that all sentient beings must & can get along, or perish. That war never really changes and understanding others is the key to survival. 2mo
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Ruthiella @RamsFan1963 Great insight! Enoch really did have a strong sense of duty and discipline that was likely reinforced by his war experiences. 2mo
Ruthiella @wanderinglynn I agree. The bloodshed he experienced first hand would have helped him understand that need for cooperation with and understanding about those who are different and who may hold different views. 2mo
rwmg I think his experience of war realise the importance of striving for peace and the need to find something in common even with people who seem to be diametrically opposed to you. 2mo
rwmg I think his experience of war realise the importance of striving for peace and the need to find something in common even with people who seem to be diametrically opposed to you. 2mo
Ruthiella @rwmg I wonder too if the author specifically picked the Civil War (compared to many other US wars to choose from) for that reason. 2mo
rwmg @Ruthiella I suspect the US Civil War was chosen as a protracted war which took place at a time which made Enoch's immortality demonstrable and still loomed large in the US's consciousness 2mo
TheSpineView I agree with @RamsFan1963 I think that experience did influence him greatly. I think he understood the value of life and Peace. If you haven't faced death do we truly value life??? 🤷‍♀️ 2mo
MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm I agree with everyone that it definitely influenced his actions. The self discipline especially would be inherent. 2mo
kwmg40 I too was impressed by his discipline, his sense of devotion to a greater good, and the willingness to sacrifice his own desires and comforts for that good, all of which are consistent with our ideas of a soldier's best qualities. 2mo
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Ancillary Mercy | Ann Leckie
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I did it! I started this trilogy in 2016 and completely stalled on reading the third one. But this month I re-read the first two and FINALLY read the third book and it was great. Some complain about all the emoting that happens, but I loved it. I love that it is open ended. That no one has all the answers, least of all Breq. I love her platonic relationship with Seivarden and her parental one with Tisarwat. Great space opera. 🚀❤️ #SeriesLove24

TheSpineView Fantastic! Feels so good to finish!❤️📚❤️ 2mo
Lesliereadsalot I knew you‘d love it. Such a good story, right? And such interesting characters too. 2mo
Ruthiella @TheSpineView I do feel a sense of accomplishment! 😃 2mo
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Ruthiella @Lesliereadsalot Yes! It was the characters that really made it for me. I was so invested in their emotional growth. 2mo
julieclair Congrats! And… great review. 👍 2mo
Ruthiella @julieclair Thanks! 😊 2mo
Andrew65 Excellent 👏👏👏 2mo
Ruthiella @Andrew65 Thanks 😊 2mo
RamsFan1963 I loved this trilogy and all the other books of her's that I've read. I need to buy a copy of Lake of Souls, then I'll be caught up on the Radch universe books. I've read Translation State, and I have Provenance on my TBR 2mo
Ruthiella @RamsFan1963 Now I have to catch up on Leckie‘s other work too! I love that they‘re set in the same universe. 2mo
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The Red Parts: A Memoir | Maggie Nelson
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My first foray into Maggie Nelson. This is a memoir of Nelson‘s life during which her aunt‘s alleged murderer was brought to trial 40 years after the crime. Nelson never knew her aunt, but this is also about Nelson‘s childhood and how her mother was affected by the crime and passed that on to her own children; about her father and his early death, about appropriating the lives of others for the sake of art… Very interesting and thoughtful.

Larkken I just got Jane from the library! I was torn over whether to read it or red parts first... 2mo
Ruthiella @Larkken Oh, perfect! I imagine either way will be illuminating. 👍 2mo
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Mother Night: A Novel | Kurt Vonnegut
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“We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.”

American Howard Campbell is brought up on charges of war crimes as a Nazi propagandist, 15 years after the war ended. Is he guilty or was he a pawn? In classic absurdist Vonnegut fashion, Campbell becomes a hero for US white supremacy groups. It‘s been a while since I read any Vonnegut, but this one felt more somber and realistic compared to others I‘ve read.

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Readathon: Occasional List : Geleentheidslys | Gauteng (South Africa). Education Media Service
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Kicking off the #AwesomeApril readathon today by hopefully finishing these two books this weekend. After that, who knows? I‘ve got plenty of group reads starting in May - #HashtagBrigade #ClassicLSFBC #LitsySciFiBookClub #NancyDrewBR & #FurrowedMiddleBrowClub - as well as my #Roll100 and #TBRTarot picks. So much great stuff to choose from! 😃

Andrew65 Good choices. Best of luck and great to have you with us. 2mo
Lesliereadsalot I read the Ancillary series and loved it. Happy reading! 2mo
Ruthiella @Andrew65 Thanks! 2mo
Ruthiella @Lesliereadsalot This is a re-read because I never got to the third book and it‘s been a few years since I read the first two. I‘m looking forward to finally finishing it! 2mo
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#weekendreads

📚Continuing with Rebecca for #PemberLittens #HashtagBrigade

📚Trying my first Maggie Nelson with some trepidation

📚My last #Roll100 for April is the next Aubrey/Maturin book in the series

📚Finally picking up Vonnegut again after almost five years.

vivastory That's one of my favorite Vonnegut books 2mo
Ruthiella @vivastory I‘m noticing just how easy it is to fly through and (as usual) wondering why it took me so long! 😆 2mo
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Swastika Night | Murray Constantine
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Fascinating premise, but the execution was clunky - dialogue heavy instead of actually showing events, which made it seem longer than it was. Still fascinating considering it was published in 1937. In this envisioned future world domination is split between Nazi Germany and Imperialist Japan. Women are treated as cattle, good only for bearing children. Homosexuality among men is the norm and Hitler is worshipped as 7 foot tall, blond Aryan god.

vivastory That's interesting that world domination is split between Japan & Germany. That's the set-up for Man In The High Castle 2mo
Ruthiella @vivastory Yes, the premises is interesting and maybe a logical alternative conclusion, but she takes it in a very different direction than PKD. 2mo
Dilara The women as cattle and homosexuality as the norm are also prominent themes in Katharine Burdekin's Swastika Night. In fact, at first, I thought that was the book you had read! 2mo
Ruthiella @Dilara It‘s the same author/book. Murray Constantine was Burdekin‘s pen name. 😃 2mo
Dilara @Ruthiella Ah that explains it 😅 2mo
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Subdivision: A Novel | J. Robert Lennon
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@BarbaraBB Saw this on Goodreads and wanted to share this with you Barbara. Seems like J. R. Lennon is a stand up kinda guy! 👍

vivastory I love this! 2mo
Ruthiella @vivastory I know, right? 2mo
BarbaraBB Wow, how kind. Thanks for sharing this Ruth, I am really moved by it. You‘ll like this too @Cathythoughts @sarahbarnes 🤍 2mo
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BkClubCare Aw! 👏 🤗 2mo
sarahbarnes Wow, I love this so much. 🩵 I would love to meet him on the street someday! Thanks for the tag @BarbaraBB! 2mo
Cathythoughts This is lovely Ruth. Thanks @BarbaraBB for tag. I‘d love to meet meet him in town someday too @sarahbarnes ❤️ 2mo
Tamra Stacked! 2mo
Billypar I like a lot of books, but there are a few that stick with me so much that I have that fan impulse to want to tell the author. I'm with the Commentariat - I think this is one! 2mo
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Here are my nominations for #CampLitsy24

1. Mother Doll because I admired Apekina‘s debut
2. Piglet because I love a good “disaster woman narrative” TM pending
3. You Dreamed of Empires because I loved “Sudden Death” by Enrigue
4. I Love You So Much It‘s Killing Us Both because I love a good novel about female friendship and coming of age.

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ChaoticMissAdventures Yes!! I have been really wanting to read Piglet, and I love You so much looks so good. Great picks! 2mo
Ruthiella @ChaoticMissAdventures Thanks! I love the eclectic long list we are all creating! 2mo
squirrelbrain I‘ve read Piglet, but the other 3 weren‘t even on my radar and sound fascinating! 2mo
Ruthiella @squirrelbrain I tried to pick titles I want to read that hadn‘t been mentioned yet. 2mo
BarbaraBB Such great choices, I love that I never heard of them. The longlist will be 🔥 2mo
Ruthiella @BarbaraBB I‘m looking forward to seeing the list once it‘s all put together. 2mo
batsy The Alvaro Enrigue is high on my list! 2mo
Ruthiella @batsy it‘s definitely something I will read anyway in the (likely) case that it‘s not selected. 👍 2mo
TheKidUpstairs You Dreamed of Empires sounds so good. I'm first on my library's hold list! 2mo
Ruthiella @TheKidUpstairs It sounds so interesting and he‘s previous book that I read was bonkers in the best way 2mo
Megabooks That title on the Stovall! 💥 2mo
Megabooks Great choices! 2mo
Ruthiella @Megabooks That title definitely makes you look twice! 2mo
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Horowitz‘ Hawthorn series, in which the author is a character, is fun fluff. In each book, Tony the character and the reader learn a little bit more about the reclusive detective. In this one, Tony is accused of murdering a critic who gave his play a bad review and while he was hoping to cut ties with Hawthorn, now he desperately needs his help to prove his innocence.

Ruthiella @BiblioLitten You will probably also enjoy his Hawthorne series also! I also liked Magpie Murders and 2mo
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This is what I‘ve got on tap this weekend. I‘m enjoying them all! 👍

#weekendreads

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Twist of a Knife | Anthony Horowitz
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#WondrousWednesday

Thank you for the tag @Eggs 😊

1. 🔪💀🕵️‍♀️for the tagged book

2. I‘m looking forward to the next Jackson Brodie novel “Death at the Sign of the Rook” by Kate Atkinson

3. I recently recommended “The Calculating Stars” by Mary Robinette Kowal to a friend. I think she‘d appreciate its feminist and scientific slant.

Eggs Love Atkinson👏🏻❤️ 2mo
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The Sleepwalkers | Scarlett Thomas
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I preordered the newest Scarlett Thomas. I‘ve not read all her books, but I want to become a completist of her adult fiction at least.

batsy Nice! I've yet to read The Seed Collectors and Oligarchy. Or her mysteries! 2mo
Ruthiella I‘ve also got to read the three mystery novels. I started one and then got sidetracked… 2mo
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This was a very entertaining and informative travel book along the lines of Bill Bryson or Tony Horowitz. Perrottet and his girlfriend Lesley travel along the same route as Roman tourists would have done during the Pax Romana era which made such journeys relatively safe. From Rome to Naples to Greece to Turkey and finally Egypt. Occasionally dated in language and attitudes, despite being published only 20 years ago.

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Nightbloom | Peace Adzo Medie
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This is a story of two women in Ghana and their different trajectories due their different familial situations. Akorfa and Selasie are cousins and the best of friends as children, but events eventually separate them. As with Medie‘s debut, the novel gives the reader insight into Ghanaian family life and the conflicting pressures and expectations placed upon women within that society.

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All Litsy group reads this #weekendreads

Rebecca for #PemberLittens #Hashtagbrigade

The Secret of Red Gate Farm for #NancyDrewBR

Way Station for #ClassicLSFBC

Enjoying them all! 👍

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Thank you for the tag @Eggs and @Read4life 😊

#WondrousWednesday

🌸 Hardcover
🌸 Fiction
🌸 Historical
🌸 Classic
🌸 Coffee
🌸 Enjoy both, but if forced to choose-physical
🌸 Enjoy both, but if forced to choose- print

Eggs 🩷💜🩷 3mo
Read4life 💙🦋💙 3mo
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#Two4Tuesday

Thank you for the tag @Read4life 😊

1. I‘m pretty excited to reread the first two Radch Empire novels as prep to FINALLY finish the trilogy and read Ancillary Mercy.

2. I have preordered Scarlett Thomas‘ new title “The Sleepwalkers” and Kate Atkinson‘s next Jackson Brodie novel “Death at the Sign of the Rook”.

TheSpineView All those book sound good! Thanks for playing! 3mo
Read4life You‘re welcome! These sound really good. 🤓 3mo
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Rebecca | Daphne Dame Du Maurier
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This is the edition that I will be reading from for the April #PemberLittens #HashtagBrigade pick. It is pretty but it‘s poorly bound, unfortunately - too tight to read comfortably, so buyers beware of Virago naked hardbacks.

BarkingMadRead Ughhhhhh I hate that 3mo
LeahBergen I find that, too, with these Virago hardcovers! It‘s a shame. 3mo
xicanti Boo to publishers who design books for people who don‘t actually want to open their books. 3mo
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IndoorDame So frustrating! 3mo
Kitta Oh no! It‘s so pretty though. 3mo
batsy That is most unfortunate for such pretty covers. 3mo
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Super excited to start a slew of new books now that I‘m finally free of The Brothers Karamazov.

I‘m getting an early start on the next #HashtagBrigade book for April which is a re-read for me: Rebecca.

Nightbloom will probably be the only Women‘s Prize listed book I manage. I really liked her debut.

The other two are my #Roll100 picks for April. Route 66 AD I‘ve owned for maybe 20 years? It‘s about time!

#weekendreads

squirrelbrain I‘m enjoying Nightbloom so far. 3mo
Ruthiella @squirrelbrain I‘ve only read the first chapter but so far, so good! 🤞 3mo
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The chicken really wanted to be in the shot. 🐓

This novel tried my patience but ultimately was a rewarding read. Very Russian and histrionic at times; indulgent in the way of many European 19th century novels with its digressions. A story about four brothers and their awful father, but also a long winded treatise on morality and how to live righteously in an imperfect world.

#TheBros #HashtagBrigade #Pemberlittens

BarkingMadRead You did it!! 3mo
Ruthiella @BarkingMadRead Three months later! 😅 Thanks for leading us through this morass. 👏👏👏 3mo
BarkingMadRead You‘re so welcome! 3mo
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Deblovestoread Well done! Even though I bailed I LOVED your daily diorama. 💜 3mo
Ruthiella @Deblovestoread I am not the talented dramatist of the diorama, that is @Aimeesue of #MatryoshkaBros ! I just happen to also have a bunch of nesting dolls and a Fisher Price chicken. 🐓 🪆 😅 3mo
Deblovestoread I know that…I obviously wasn‘t paying attention to who posted. 🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️. Still impressive that you finished. 🙌🏼 @Aimeesue 3mo
Reggie Congrats on finishing! Also, is that the answer? Is that why the chicken crossed the road? Lol 3mo
Ruthiella @Reggie That‘s right! The chicken crossed the road because she‘s a real prima donna and needs to be the center of attention! 😃 3mo
batsy I love me some Dosty and love this book. Need to do a reread soon 😁 3mo
Ruthiella @batsy I may never reread this one, it was exhausting! But Crime and Punishment maybe. 🤔 What would you recommend for my next Dosty title? 3mo
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A Litter of Bones | J.D. KIRK
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My 3rd completed book for #BooksinBloom 🌸

This was a solid start to a long running procedural series set in Scotland. The gruff cop who doesn‘t play by the rules. Cliched but still enjoyable, for what it is. A copy cat serial killer and a case that still haunts DCI Logan. Very fast paced and tense.

This is also a #BlameitonLitsy book. I‘d never heard of the author or series until @TheSpineView and @Andrew65 posted about it.

TheSpineView I am hooked on this series. It gets better as you go along. Waiting for the next book to come out. 3mo
Catsandbooks 👏🏼🌸🩵 3mo
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Thanks for the tag @dabbe 😊 #TLT

I‘m not sure I‘ve read too many novellas. I generally prefer long books, but sometimes 150 pages or so is the perfect length. Top of my head:

1. A Month in the Country by J.L. Carr
2. Passing by Nella Larsson
3. All Systems Red by Martha Wells

dabbe I love “top of [your] head!“ And you've given me more for my TBR. Thanks for sharing. 💚💙💚 3mo
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This was at times amusing but overall just OK for me. It was a bit of a rom com / family drama, when retired George, who has likely always suffered from undiagnosed anxiety, really starts to lose his grip. Meanwhile, his daughter is marrying a man her family feels is beneath her, his wife is having an affair (though he doesn‘t know it yet) and his gay son is having trouble integrating his love life with his family life. #BooksinBloom 2nd book✔️

BarbaraBB I remember finding this book very funny but I read it ages ago. 3mo
Ruthiella @BarbaraBB It was funny. He‘s a good comedic writer. But I can already tell it‘s not going to stick with me. 3mo
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Thanks for the tag @The_Penniless_Author 🙏

1. I think young me would have liked to be a flying horse.

2. The tagged book has fairies, which I don‘t want to be because they‘re kinda mean. 🧚

#Two4Tuesday

TheSpineView Great answers! Thanks for playing 3mo
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Julia | Sandra Newman
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#LitsyTOB24 First completed book for #BooksinBloom

I liked this a lot and am glad I re-read 1984 as preparation. The book gives Julia a backstory and interesting insight and contrasts to Winston Smith without detracting from its source material. Occasionally a little longer than it needed to be.

Catsandbooks Splendid! 👏🏼🌸 3mo
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The Secret at Shadow Ranch | Carolyn Keene, Russell H. Tandy
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For those #NancyDrewBR #LittenDetectives keeping count every time she gets coshed on the noggin! 😂😂😂

DebinHawaii @Librarybelle @dabbe @Read4life Love it! 🤣 Love it! We have agreed on the following hash tags: #NancyNogginKnockout or #NNK 3mo
Read4life Yes! I love it! #NNK 😂😂 3mo
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TheBookHippie 🤣🤣🤣🤣 3mo
dabbe And the current score is #threeoffive #nancyisstillalive 🤩😂🤩 3mo
kwmg40 Nancy is indestructible! 😂 3mo
Bookwormjillk 🤣🤣🤣 As a sports mom the ignored traumatic brain injuries really stands out! 3mo
jlhammar That is awesome 😂 3mo
Bookwomble This reminded me of Jerry Seinfeld's "Helmets" routine ? https://youtu.be/xgOUgrOHuFc?si=TcGcExAXFV7GTeY_ 3mo
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This is my TBR for the readathon #BooksinBloom hosted by @Catsandbooks which runs from today to next week Friday! Hopefully I will finish all of them by then with maybe the exception of #TheBros . 😬🤭

Catsandbooks Wonderful! Glad you're joining in! 🌸 3mo
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Anna and Her Daughters | D.E. Stevenson
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Anna and her grown daughters must downsize and leave their upper middle class London lifestyle. She decides to take a small cottage near to where she grew up in Scotland. Spoiled Helen is outraged and weak willed Rosalie agrees. Only bookish Jane sees the practicality of it. The first half of the book is delightful. The second half veers off into a predictable and slightly squicky direction. Still, overall enjoyable. #FurrowedMiddlebrowClub

Tamra Such lovely pics! 💙 3mo
Ruthiella Thanks! 🙏 3mo
CarolynM Heather😍 The story didn‘t go where I was expecting, that‘s for sure! 3mo
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Ruthiella @CarolynM I was hoping that like Rosalie, Jane would find someone else who really appreciated her… But once Helen ran off, I thought, “oh, here we go…🙄” 3mo
LeahBergen @Ruthiella Well, no one could help themselves around Helen. 🙄 Love your photo collage! 3mo
quietjenn Fabulous collage. I'd move to Timble Cottage in a heartbeat! 3mo
Ruthiella @LeahBergen I guess she was aptly named! 3mo
Ruthiella @quietjenn The coziness of the cottage was definitely appealing! 3mo
jlhammar Beautiful! I thought Timble Cottage and Jane‘s cozy attic sounded heavenly. Helen‘s aversion to the bird wallpaper was quite amusing “I never saw anything so hideous in all my life. They would give me the jim-jams.” 😆 3mo
Ruthiella @jlhammar I‘m not sure what the jim-jams are. 😂 Maybe the heebie jeebies? (edited) 3mo
Cathythoughts Nice review 👍🏻❤️ I‘m sorry I‘m not reading it now. I‘ll stack it up anyway 😁 3mo
Ruthiella @Cathythoughts Save it for when you need a quick break from heavier books! 👍 3mo
rubyslippersreads @jlhammar I would have much rather stayed in the cottage than end up with Ronnie. 😆 3mo
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The Secret at Shadow Ranch | Carolyn Keene, Russell H. Tandy
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#NancyDrewBR

“That‘s why I think they won‘t do it again”, Nancy replied. Probably they‘ll pick on a different place. Good luck! If you run into trouble, yell!”

Sound advice learned from Carson Drew in the last book!!!🙄😂 Just scream really loud when you‘re in danger ‼️

jlhammar 😂 3mo
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#weekendreads

1984 re-read as prep for Julia, still chugging along with #TheBros , the remaining three are for pure pleasure (and for #Roll100 , #FurrowedMiddlebrowClub , and #NancyDrewBR ! )

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This is probably the last #LitsyToB24 entry I‘ll manage before the voting starts. I liked it, though it was more violent and brutal than I expected. I didn‘t realize it was about a series killer. It felt overstuffed with issues that Sheriff Crown is working through and the plotting was occasionally awkward IMO. Titus Crown is a great character, though. That‘s where I think Cosby excels. This could easily been the start of a series.

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Spent the weekend in San Luis Obispo with a friend. We went to the local annual library book sale, naturally, and I picked up a few gems. 😃 The vintage Modern Library editions were tempting, but I unfortunately didn‘t find any titles that appealed.

LeahBergen Nice! I remember liking the Barbara Vine. 👍 4mo
Christine SLO is so great!! Nice timing on your part. 😁 4mo
squirrelbrain Looks great - so many books! 🥰 4mo
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quietjenn Somewhere I have that edition of Miss Lonelyhearts, which I think I also got at a library book sale 😄 4mo
Ruthiella @LeahBergen Good to know! 👍 I‘ve liked every Barbara Vine and Ruth Rendell book that I have read so far. 4mo
Ruthiella @Christine It is a beautiful area! 🤩 The timing was perfect! 4mo
Ruthiella @squirrelbrain It was an amazing amount of books. My friend picked up even more than I did! 😅 4mo
Ruthiella @quietjenn I had no idea it was so short! I‘ve heard lots about it. 4mo
batsy Fun! I remember loving that Nancy Drew. My Name is Red is dense but good and I also have The Last of the Wine waiting for me on my shelves 🙂 4mo
Ruthiella @batsy I‘ve read two other books from Renault and they were both great.👍 4mo
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