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jewright

jewright

Joined April 2019

Mom of two, teacher, gardener, and reader
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A Lost Lady | Willa Cather
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The start was a little slow, and then it became interesting, but the ending felt abrupt. I know I‘m ahead of #catherbuddyread, but I couldn‘t stop! I did mark lots of passages I liked. Cather has such a beautiful way of phrasing and speaks amazing truths about life.

batsy I'm finding this one hard not to read in one (or two) sittings! 2w
Graywacke You‘re already done! ?? 🤣🤣 Stopping was really tough for me. 1w
jewright @Graywacke I totally failed at the stopping part. 😂 1w
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Tobacco Road (Revised) | Erskine Caldwell
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I found my Tobacco Road poem from grad school. It‘s a riddle poem that talks about the different events and mentions different types of literary criticism that apply to the book.

Lcsmcat You found it! That‘s so cool! Reading it was a little like rereading he book. Thanks for sharing! 2w
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King Lear (Revised) | William Shakespeare
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Well, then. #shakespearereadalong This part made me laugh.

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180 Seconds | Jessica Park
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This was a cute YA. Esben was a little too perfect, but it was a quick, fun read. It feels really current, so I wonder how it will age.

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Merry Wives of Windsor | William Shakespeare
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This was my first time reading this play. It‘s not my favorite Shakespeare, but I did enjoy it. It does seem like one that would really benefit from a great slapstick performance. Mistaken identities in Shakespeare are always better on stage. #shakespearereadalong

Blueberry My favorite part was hiding Falstaff in the hamper. 3mo
jewright @Blueberry That was my favorite too! It was just ludicrous. 3mo
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Plum Pudding Murder | Joanne Fluke
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I love the Christmas ones of this series. Baking and Christmas go together. The mystery doesn‘t start until a good way into the book.

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Cream Puff Murder | Joanne Fluke
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The victim seems like a repeat, but now I want to make cream puffs.

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Carrot Cake Murder | Joanne Fluke
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This one was better. I was surprised by the ending.

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Key Lime Pie Murder | Joanne Fluke
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This one wrapped up weirdly.

Djspens I would buy this just because it says key lime pie 😂 that's my fave 🍰🥧 3mo
jewright @Djspens All the titles in this series are different desserts, and there are recipes. It‘s super fun. 3mo
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Peach Cobbler Murder | Joanne Fluke
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I just love these mysteries. They are a little formulaic and predictable, but I enjoy the characters.

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Drum Roll, Please | Lisa Jenn Bigelow
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I enjoyed this YA novel, but I guess I‘m just too old for YA angst. The description was good. The musical puns were funny.

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Holy cliffhanger! I skipped a couple in the series, so a few things were new, but overall, I love this cozy mystery series.

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I enjoyed all the literary references in this book. It was a cute mystery.

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This book is amazing! I loved it. It‘s a haunting one that will stay with me. I do love that it answered the questions as it went.

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I woke my husband up twice laughing at this book last night. It‘s complete fluff, but it‘s funny!

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I really enjoyed this book on this second reading. It‘s about 12 years later, and I guess I needed more life experience to appreciate that life has twists and turns and isn‘t what we expect. I love Cather‘s descriptions.

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I always enjoy reading about my favorite author, but I thought the ending was abrupt.

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This book is full of fun puns. It‘s a cute adventure.

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I thought the description of mental illness was well written. I just love John Green‘s writing.

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This is such a powerful book, and a great reminder to be kind and not to judge.

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I thought this was a fun mention of Shakespeare. #shakespearereadalong

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I‘m really enjoying this series.

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I‘ve read several books lately about people obsessed with Jane Austen. This was one of the best.

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Metro Girl | Janet Evanovich
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Janet Evanovich is my guilty pleasure. It‘s complete fluff, but it makes me laugh. The characters are very similar to the Stephanie Plum series, but it‘s fun.

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Metro Girl | Janet Evanovich
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Janet Evanovich is my guilty pleasure. It‘s complete fluff, but it makes me laugh. The characters are very similar to the Stephanie Plum series, but it‘s fun.

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I figured out the murderer a couple of chapters early, but I love the characters and overall tone of the books. The recipes are fun too.

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I read his book about a year in Shakespeare‘s life last summer. It takes me a couple of months to read because it‘s a lot of details, so it‘s a slow read, but I loved it. I learn so much, but it‘s also frustrating how little we really know about Shakespeare.

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#shakeapearereadalong I thought this describes nicely what was so difficult about Troilus and Cressida.@merelybookish

merelybookish That is helpful! I definitely noticed all the asides and interruptions. 4mo
Lcsmcat Fascinating 4mo
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Looking for Alaska | Green, John
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The countdown feature was clever. John Green‘s descriptions are always amazing.

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Although I have trouble buying that Hollis just invited two teen boys to move in for the summer, this book was highly entertaining. I love the random trivia, and John Green uses great vocabulary and description.

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Hilarious. I love John Green‘s writing.

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Sitting down to read while I wait for my last pot of beans to boil. These are jars 1-14, and 15-21 are boiling. It has been a long day, but they will taste good this winter.

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Unveiling a Parallel: A Romance | Alice Ilgenfritz Jones, Ella Marchant
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There‘s a lot of philosophical talk in here and not a lot of action. It was interesting but definitely no action-packed like I was expecting from a story set on Mars.

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Troilus and Cressida | William Shakespeare
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Thersites is my favorite character in the play; he always had humorous lines. There were just too many characters and storylines to really feel attached to any part of the story. I did feel like this play had parts that reminded me of Romeo and Juliet and Julius Caesar. The treatment of the women is also upsetting throughout. Not my favorite play, but I‘m so glad I read it with #shakespearereadalong.

merelybookish I figure a so-so is a win with this play! It has been an interesting read and definitely more enjoyable with others! 4mo
DeleteAcct My thoughts exactly. 4mo
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Troilus and Cressida | William Shakespeare
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Thersites is definitely my favorite character! At least he‘s honest! #shakespearereadalong

batsy I loved this bit, too. 4mo
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Troilus and Cressida | William Shakespeare
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This part reminds me of Calpurnia‘s dream in Julius Caesar. This play feels cobbled together. #shakespearereadalong

merelybookish Interesting! I haven't read JC in a while! 4mo
jewright @merelybookish I taught it for eight years in a row to sophomores, but it has been about five years since I‘ve read it. 4mo
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My Antonia (Revised) | Willa Cather
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About Robinson Crusoe “his life on the island seemed dull compared with ours.”
Grandfather—“The prayers of all good people are good.”#catherbuddyread

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Troilus and Cressida | William Shakespeare
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“land fish” Again, Thersites is funny. #shakespearereadalong @merelybookish

Lcsmcat I found him much funnier in this act - more what I expect from a Shakespearean fool. 4mo
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Troilus and Cressida | William Shakespeare
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So far Thersites is my favorite character. His lines are hilarious. “Let me bear another to his horse; for that‘s the more capable creature.” #shakespearereadalong @merelybookish

batsy I'm loving all of his insults! 4mo
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Some Luck: A novel | Jane Smiley
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I love how this shows the process of raising a family over the years. Parts were in the voices of the kids at different ages. My favorite Smiley book so far.

Cathythoughts My favorite series of hers. ♥️ 4mo
TrishB I have the last one still to read - as I like knowing it‘s there ready! 4mo
TrishB And @Cathythoughts brought this one to my attention by buying it for me! 4mo
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That‘s an interesting way of putting it—“Every literature professor is in the business of speaking with the dead”.

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Private Life | Jane Smiley
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I wasn‘t really sure where this book was going, but I enjoyed the descriptions. I had previously read _Moo_ and not cared much for it. I liked this one a lot more.

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Found this mention of _Troilus and Cressida_. #shakespearereadalong

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A fun little mystery for light summer reading—the only bad part is now I want to try all the cookie recipes!

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There was just that one slow section about the architecture. I even liked the part about the cathedral itself, but it needed to stop there and not continue for chapters. Overall, though, I really enjoyed the book, and I loved reading it with #hugonuts.

Graywacke It was really fun the read together! 5mo
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About Phoebus‘s end...
Did Hugo marry? #hugonuts

Lcsmcat Yes, he was married for 46 years to Adèle Foucher. 5mo
Graywacke @Lcsmcat apparently there was some tension in the marriage too...even at the stage when he wrote this. 5mo
Lcsmcat @Graywacke One would think so, from his statement about Phoebus, even if one had no other evidence. 😀 5mo
Graywacke @Lcsmcat well... yeah... 🙂 5mo
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Troilus and Cressida | William Shakespeare
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This play really reminds me of Romeo and Juliet all over. This part makes me think of when Juliet is trying to convince the nurse to tell her Romeo‘s news. It also makes use of the odd word “tetchy” that is also in Romeo and Juliet. #shakespearereadalong

Lcsmcat “Tetchy” is still used here in the South. 5mo
jewright @Lcsmcat Wow! I‘ve never heard it used in conversation. Can you think of an example? 5mo
Lcsmcat It‘s the same as “touchy” in the sense of easily bothered by. So, “Don‘t mention dieting in front of Aunt Sadie, she‘s tetchy about her weight.” 5mo
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jewright @Lcsmcat That is absolutely fascinating. I‘m in the Midwest, and I‘ve never heard anyone use it. 5mo
merelybookish @Lcsmcat @jewright I love the word 'tetchy.' I heard it a bit growing up (in eastern Canada) but mostly considered it a British term. I didn't realize it was in use in the South! 5mo
Sunraven This discussion made me question myself, because I use the word “tetchy” fairly often, and now I wonder where I even picked it up. It could have been from Romeo and Juliet a long time ago, even ... and how funny that would be. 😆 (Though I do have Southern relatives and I seem to pick up British words a lot without noticing their origin, so either of those sources could also be it...) 5mo
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I loved this book. It‘s completely haunting. The literary references are fascinating, and the description is beautiful.

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One Fifth Avenue | Candace Bushnell
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The plot seemed a little too convenient, and I hated Lola.

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Donna Tartt‘s writing is beautiful and full of allusions and layers. The characters are fascinating, and the plot was interesting. I am a little annoyed that she left one main question unanswered.

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