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jmofo

Joined May 2018

🐑 reader 🌵 writer 🍂 wonderer 🐙 🏳️‍🌈queer (in every sense)💔💗🧡💛💚💙💜🖤 Goodreads: Jessie Morford 🦕 NaNo: Jessie Mofo 🍳
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The subject matter at hand is interesting and I do not disagree with the intent of the author but many of his writing choices took me out of the reading and his glossing over racism, which was a significant aspect of the political landscape didn‘t help.
It helps to have some understanding of the geography of the city, even with a partial map provided.
Image: a memorial to the volunteer firefighters that were disbanded before the earthquake. #lmpbc

jmofo @donnalyy the book is on its way. Expect it Wednesday. 7mo
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#LMPBC group M
I‘m more on top of the reading schedule this month. Since life had been extra rough this year, I wedged a trip to San Francisco for a few days to get some emotional recharge and a step away from things. Visiting friendswhoarefamily has been good medicine as well as all of the alone time. I wanted to be able to mail the book from the City but it looks like I won‘t finish it in time but it will be in the mail post haste.

Amiable Enjoy your trip! Hope it recharges you. 🙂 7mo
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Hey folks, I have some reading obligations going and I kind of disappeared for a bit. Life got me in a sort of TKO In but I‘m back on my feet and reading again.

GroupM-ers: please forgive the lateness of this book.

@Graywacke I‘m looking forward to cracking open O Pioneers once I get tagged book in the mail.
Thank you for your patience and understanding, good people of Litsy.

mreads 😀👍 8mo
Graywacke The Collector sounds terrific. Hope things go better for you. 8mo
Trashcanman My brilliant friend. I am sorry. 8mo
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I‘m grateful for this book. Some books help me feel less alone.
Fewer books inspire me to articulate what I experience. This does both.
January was painful & February has brought dullness.
Many of my close friends are dealing with stuff & I‘d scare others (I‘m safe & okay just 😕). Feeling stuck, I went to the library.
The search for these books had me feeling a lot: anger at the glib use of “suicide” by pundits and how I am glad I‘m not a teen.

jmofo It‘s a mixed bag, stack-wise. I don‘t hold much hope for the mindfulness book, but 🤷🏻‍♂️... 9mo
JennyM Sending you much love. It‘s times like these I wish we all knew each other in person. 😘😘😘 (edited) 9mo
Louise Taking the action of finding some books is already a step toward the light. Sending you hugs and wishing you peace. 💙 9mo
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TrishB What @JennyM said. I hope you have others to speak to 💜 9mo
SkeletonKey *hug* 9mo
jmofo @JennyM @Louise @TrishB @SkeletonKey Many thanks for the support. I‘m hoping by sharing this here others know they‘re not alone 9mo
Graywacke Wishing you well, Jessie 8mo
jmofo @Graywacke thank you sir 8mo
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I‘ve had this book on my shelf for years. My mom loved it and I told her I‘d read it. It was a quick read and that was nice, for how challenging reading has been lately. Ultimately, though, while Tony is grateful for the help he gets, he is stuck on superficialities. He evokes the character of the people he meets and the land less readily than people‘s attractiveness.
This book completes Winter of #Booked2019

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My first Wharton, maybe not characteristic of her other writing.
I‘m not much of a horror fan but I do enjoy suspense & stories that might involve the unexplained. Some stories themselves were unexplained, unresolved, or so open to interpretation there continues to be uncertainty as to what had happened.
I enjoyed the atmospheric writing and misdirection or plot twists (not so much plot twists as twists in characters‘ ideas of what is happening).

jmofo @sprainedbrain Thanks for picking this book! I enjoyed it immensely. 9mo
sprainedbrain I‘m so glad you enjoyed it! Definitely not typical of Wharton‘s other books I‘ve read. 9mo
jmofo @sprainedbrain If you were to suggest another book of hers for me to read, which would it be? 9mo
sprainedbrain @jmofo so far, I‘ve only read three others, but I loved them all: The House of Mirth, Ethan Frome, and Xingu (actually a short story). I would recommend any of them! 9mo
Butterfinger I really enjoyed Ethan Frome, but it has been at least 25 years since I read it. 9mo
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Still reading round 4 Group F 🖤 #LMPBC it‘s been an interesting read but it keeps putting me to sleep. Which is a little nice, since last month, I was having trouble sleeping.
In other news, I think I might have found the best way to describe my gender:
“the whatnot in a corner”
I‘ll have this in the mail by the end of the week, sorry about the delay

Trashcanman 🤗 9mo
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This was my first Toni Morrison book. I enjoyed it, an escape read, not my usual but I was happy to just go along with what she wanted to tell.
I was not feeling humanity and someone suggested I read her but when I was at the library this was the only one that looked like I might not get annihilated reading it in my roughed over state.
I‘m definitely going to read more of her books.
The book felt sparse and a thing or two was left unresolved.

Andrew65 Fantastic time! Well done. 👍🙌😊👏 9mo
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Josephine Baker | Jose-Luis Bocquet
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This is a delightful and fast-paced collection of moments in the incomparable Josephine Baker‘s life. Lots of cameos, so much so, there‘s about a hundred pages of short bios at the back of the book, along with a timeline.
It‘s a chunkster of a comic and I‘ve been looking forward to reading it since I bought it two years ago.
#24B4Monday check in 8:17
Image from The Washington Post website

Trashcanman 👀 9mo
Andrew65 Fantastic time, well done. 🙌👏👍 9mo
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H is for Hawk | Helen Macdonald
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For some days now, I have been curling up w/this book, as one does with a blanket. Beautifully and intricately written, the elements are interwoven and sometimes come upon you suddenly as life does. I enjoyed the author‘s reading immensely, although she often soothed me to sleep and I had to rewind.
I adore this book.
It is gorgeous but not for folks who are sensitive to animals in captivity or the isolating nature of grief and depression.

SW-T I loved this one! I even sent copies to friends. It‘s amazing 😊 9mo
jmofo @SW-T 💜 9mo
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#LMPBC #GroupM round 5
Here are four books I‘m offering for our nonfiction group. These, as far as I could tell were not on anyone‘s read list. Interestingly, none of these were on anyone‘s to read lists. I‘ll tag them below to make them easier to look up.
I want to read all of these...so any input is welcome!
Edit: the book I tagged was wrong but funny but 🤷🏻‍♂️

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mreads I've read Smoke gets in your eyes, I liked it. Any of the others are ok for me, though I might have lots of scribbled rants on the witch one 😀 10mo
jmofo @mreads The witch one is the longest and possibly driest (there are tables, which I love, but they might not mean luscious reading). The book is 370 pages but more than 100 pages are notes and an index. It‘s got solid ratings and was a recommend and a hand me down from a regular at work. 10mo
Amiable I have "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes" on my e-reader--it's definitely on my list! I'm actually intrigued by all of these! I might lean a bit towards the witchcraft one because --spoiler alert!-- I live in New England and I am a descendant of Cotton Mather, who was the judge in the witch trials. ? I'm fascinated by that time period. But the bird book looks really interesting, too! 10mo
jmofo @Amiable Cool. We‘ll see how everyone lands and if the witch one‘s not a pick, I‘ll be happy to send it on to you once I‘ve read it. 😃 10mo
donnalyy We can go with the witch one! My other pick would be the David Douglas book. 10mo
Amiable @donnalyy That one does look good too, I agree! 10mo
CourtSmall Smoke gets in your eyes is a good read 10mo
Amiable @jmofo Which one looks more like a narrative read? Since that seemed to appeal to all of us when we signed up? Does one look like it reads like a novel? 10mo
jmofo @Amiable I forgot about the narrative slant. I have few that I took out of the running. I‘ll have to look over my shelves again... 10mo
Amiable @jmofo Oh, no --you don't have to do that! I was asking about a narrative angle on the ones you'd suggested only because I just noticed your comment about the witch book being potentially dry. But I'm totally fine with reading it if everyone else is up for it as well. 10mo
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A few regulars at the work ask me what I‘m reading.
I told one of my favorites that I was going to start Eudora Welty‘s Ghost Stories. In my mind I was thinking these were Willa Cather‘s Ghost Stories.
I am terrible with names, and so it goes.
My brain may be a mess, but my roommate is not at home and I am lucky to have the day off so I‘m diving in to someone‘s Ghost Stories for the last of round 4 #LMPBC group F 🖤 to group F.

sprainedbrain Someone‘s ghost stories. 😂 10mo
ravenlee 😆 10mo
Butterfinger 😂 You were bound to get to the right W. 10mo
jmofo @Butterfinger thanks for your faith in me! 🤓 @sprainedbrain & @ravenlee It‘s nice I made you two laugh, it‘s usually just me...which makes life interesting 10mo
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This is between a three star and a four star.
There are plenty of facts to keep trivia people happy and some of my favorite birds are discussed. Some of the writing was awkward and is overwhelmingly North America-centric (what the author says about Hiroshima is bizarrely insensitive and I don‘t know how it got by editors).
There is enough explaining of the mechanics of bird life to help me feel I learned some things.

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#LMPBC round 5 (round 2 for me)
Looking forward to a Non-Fiction group this time!

Info and sign up:
https://m.signupgenius.com/#!/showSignUp/5080444aead2ca0ff2-l...

Amiable This is my first time doing this --I'm glad that you are a veteran! (edited) 10mo
donnalyy Hi 👋🏼 just signed up in group M! 10mo
jmofo @donnalyy Welcome! This is exciting! @Amiable it seems there are a couple of ways to go about this, we‘ll just find what works for our group! Thanks for starting a nonfiction group! 10mo
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A pick with reservations/caveats.
Rosen has just a couple notes to play, so it‘s good this book isn‘t long. The book definitely gave me a lot to think about and it‘s worth the read if you‘re interested in a Jungian approach to suicide prevention or if you like to read about art therapy.
This book was heteronormative which was annoying. Even so, I am glad I read it.
Was suggested to me as a intro to Jungian therapy.

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Good Omens | Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett
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An old favorite. I thought I‘d try to coordinate with the #OokBook read along & catch up by listening to the audiobook. Unfortunately, the reading I listened to highlighted and augmentented the culturally insensitive stereotyping that some claim passes for comedy.
When they were filming the show, I gratefully saw Gaiman respond to a fan‘s concerns re:racism. He said they dialed back on the racism and made the poking fun at people less cultural.

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The Trespasser | Tana French
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Did a little #audioshoveling tonight with the comparatively modest amount of snow my part of the state got. I picked up tagged book for #Booked2019 lady detective prompt since @CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian said tantalizing things about it. It‘s the sixth book in the series but after sampling a minute of the first I skipped to this one.

CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian Hope you like it! 10mo
Cinfhen I used this book for the same prompt. I thought the mystery was solid but I didn‘t care much for the characters 🤷🏼‍♀️Hope you like it more than I did. And stay safe & warm 💛 10mo
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Once Upon a River | Diane Setterfield
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Well today was a rough one in a week of rough days at the job. I‘m so glad I started this book a few days ago when I wanted something interesting and cozy.
I love Juliet Stevenson! Love! Love! Love!
She‘s one of my top three readers and she‘s double plus fantastic with this book.
(The book‘s fun, interesting, and delightful.)
I know I am going to miss it when it‘s over.

SamanthaMarie So sorry things have been rough at work! :( 10mo
jmofo @SamanthaMarie thank you. It‘s kind of you. I‘m going to enjoy today (a rare Sunday off). I hope you and yours have a lovely day! 10mo
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I‘m late to the scene. Here are some facty-things that may not be obvious from my profile
Thanks for the tag, @Trashcanman

#20thingsaboutme #20factsaboutme I guess. I feel a bit self-conscious but whatever. That‘s okay.

VeganCleopatra We have a lot in common! I totally agree with 13578 and 14 (ugh), 16 and 20. But I must ask...how do you curse a lot but aren't good at being angry? I could probably teach courses on it. 😆 10mo
jmofo @VeganCleopatra 🖤 haha 😄 Most commonly, I tend to swear for emphasis, so I use it when I am elated, frustrated, or stressed—or when I strongly believe a point I am making, basically, any time one might use “very” or “really”. I also swear when I am lazy or being imprecise. As far as the anger thing, I have a reflex to turn my anger against myself or to try to be so understanding of others I set aside my own feelings. It‘s a problem. 10mo
VeganCleopatra Yeah, I'm definitely an emphasis swearer too. Turning anger on yourself or setting aside your own feelings sounds awful, I'm sorry. I think a lot of people have that though. If I could tell you a secret to not having it I would. Good luck working on it. 10mo
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jmofo @VeganCleopatra thanks for the support and the delightful commentary! I‘m so happy you love spreadsheets too! They are effing magic. The anger thing is getting better, it‘s just so automatic, I don‘t always see it when it happens. Thanks again for the support! 😬 10mo
Literaturenut I too ❤️ spreadsheets and public transportation. 10mo
hermyknee ♥️♥️♥️ 10mo
VeganCleopatra 🤗 10mo
jmofo @Literaturenut 👏 yay!!! That‘s exciting! 😄 & 💗💜🖤 to you @hermyknee ! 10mo
Lauram # 1 sounds poetic and lovely. It made me smile. 10mo
jmofo @Lauram I believe that‘s an indication of how poetic and lovely you are 10mo
Trashcanman 🤗💖😊 9mo
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The Meadow | James Galvin
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I‘m picking up one of my favorites for a reread.
I love this book. It is not big as far as plot but I feel it‘s sort of an epic, even though it is short. The sparseness of the lovely prose mirrors the beauty of where this book takes place. I love the Rocky Mountains, having lived most of my life in or near them.
#Booked2019 this book mentions many of my happy places, reminding me of them 🖤

jmofo Checking in for #24in48 came up short at 21:20 but I did make a decent meal with my roommate and after we read for an hour in the living room together which was great (he reads but reluctantly). Now it‘s not yet midnight in Colorado so I‘m going to enjoy the last bit of #24B4Monday curled up with this dear book. 🖤 to @TheReadingMermaid @Andrew65 (edited) 10mo
TheReadingMermaid 💕💕💕💕 right back at you sweetie! 10mo
Cinfhen Sounds like a fantastic read 10mo
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Well that was a humdinger...of sorts. I‘m inclined to be choosy about who I would recommend this book to, but I would love to discuss it with anyone who has read it. I was enjoying the writing a great deal but I am not much of a family drama person. But this book is much more than that, it just takes its time getting there. I wish I could read German.
Thank you @arubabookwoman for choosing this book for group F this round of #LMPBC

jmofo I‘m taking a break from reading to eat something. I am sad I don‘t have any pastries at home... 10mo
Sarah83 My favourite #ThomasMann 😍 10mo
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I‘m taking a little break to slurp up a root beer float and check in with
#24B4Monday I‘m at 11:47
#24in48 8:07
I‘m hoping maybe to finish tagged book for #LMPBC (with one of my favorite fountain pens with one of my favorite inks) tonight!!! I have some #audiocleaning I have to get this weekend and would love to start in the morning to give myself a relaxing afternoon tomorrow.

TheReadingMermaid Did you want to enter the giveaway hun? 😃 10mo
Andrew65 A great time, well done. 👏 10mo
Butterfinger I hope I didn't write too big. My hands shake. Not uncontrollably, but more when I try to write in small. 10mo
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jmofo @TheReadingMermaid nah, thank you though, I should read the book you sent me first! 😏🤗 thanks for looking out, though! 10mo
jmofo @Andrew65 Thanks! You‘re tops! Thanks for the support! 10mo
jmofo @Butterfinger Not at all! I‘m thinking my bus-ride and laying-down reading handwriting is pretty unintelligible. The pen color drama that happened with this book was super fun to watch unfold! 💙💜🖤 10mo
Butterfinger @jmofo. I laughed so much about the pens. I had forgotten. 10mo
TheReadingMermaid 😘😘😘 10mo
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#24in48 what your book starts with challenge
This is not a very elegant beginning but one of the beginnings that speaks to my experience. Thank you @arubabookwoman for picking this book! I would not have picked it on my own but the ride is unlike any other book I have read to date. Now...to continue down to the decline...

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I haven‘t been on Listy much lately, sort of needing some time to cocoon and prepare for the year, I guess. But I‘m always excited for #24B4Monday with the lovely @Andrew65 and @TheReadingMermaid
Looking to finish Buddenbrooks for #LMPBC this weekend and get started on another for Booked2019
I work today but have already read 2 1/2 hours before getting on the bus.

Andrew65 Thanks, and great to see you here! Best of luck. 😊👏 10mo
SailorMoon I habe the Buddenbrooks on my TBR list, is it good? 10mo
TheReadingMermaid Thank you so much darlin! Glad to see you back! 🤗 10mo
jmofo @SailorMoon I‘ll get back to you! 10mo
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This gets a 🤘but it in not a 🤟
These retellings of fairy tales and such are luxuriantly written but were more sexually explicit (but probably not very, compared to many other books out there!) than what I enjoy reading.
I enjoyed her way of weaving turns of phrase organically in her own ornate voice.
👏 for relative complexity of the female characters.
Every story explores themes of being trapped and predation.
#sfftbrchallenge #Booked2019

BarbaraTheBibliophage Nice review! And great job on another prompt. 👏🏻👏🏻📚📚 11mo
Cinfhen Well done and excellent review 11mo
YasmiNova Reading it now and also getting mixed feelings about it so far, but for different reasons. I'm only 3 stories in though so let's see how it goes... 11mo
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This is the quote Goodreads displayed when I opened it to add the tagged book to my currently reading list.
#LMPBC @Butterfinger This has just arrived and it is going to be my near-constant companion, I am sure, for the rest of this month. @sprainedbrain I will give you a heads up if I am lagging. @arubabookwoman thanks for the challenge!

sprainedbrain This was just referenced in my current book! 😃 11mo
arubabookwoman It‘s long, but not a difficult read. It‘s an old-fashioned family saga. Think of it as a TV miniseries. 😊 11mo
Trashcanman Pffftttt 11mo
jmofo @arubabookwoman I love me a chunkster, I do, truly. Just a little nervous about the deadline 😬 I‘m gonna tuck in serious-like with the snow we‘re getting tomorrow. 11mo
jmofo @Trashcanman 👓 go to bed old man! (edited) 11mo
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It Devours!: A Welcome to Night Vale Novel | Joseph Fink, Jeffrey Cranor
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Man alive I love the WTNV folk. I enjoyed the first novel a little better, perhaps, but this one was delightful.
If you‘re unfamiliar, the pod cast is a fun, sweet, creepy fictional community radio program from a desert town that is never boring.
The drawing out of the ending is totally within the way the Night Vale world works but I feel they‘ve done it more elegantly in live shows and on the pod cast.
#Booked2019 book related to a podcast

Cinfhen I‘ve always been curious about Night Vale ~ great review 11mo
jmofo I forgot! I had this as a part of my #SFFTBR challenge as a “my choice”!! 11mo
jmofo @Cinfhen I, as you can tell, have a lot of love for Night Vale. I haven‘t listened in a bit, though. I‘ve gone to two live shows and I really adored the first book. Cecil is amazing in his range, so I recommend listening over reading. 💜 11mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Great review. This was an easy pick for you, huh? 11mo
jmofo @BarbaraTheBibliophage 🤓I was going to read the Lore book but then remembered this one! 11mo
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1 point!
I don‘t think I‘ve ever dropped a book in the bath because I only bathe when I‘m sick and trying to break a fever. Baths gross me out. 🤷🏻‍♂️
(I never read the tagged book and I doubt I will, just using for the title.)

TheReadingMermaid 😂😂😂 11mo
jmofo @TheReadingMermaid 🖤 here‘s something else for you to laugh at: I have been calling Litsy “Listy” since I downloaded the app. Hearing you say it right showed me my error! 😬 Thanks for the shout out in your mail video, I learned something! 🖤🖤🖤 11mo
TheReadingMermaid OMG girl! 🤣🤣🤣 I'm gonna pee my pants 🤣🤣🤣 11mo
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jmofo @TheReadingMermaid 🖤 your being here a service to the community, indeed! 11mo
VeganCleopatra Yay I'm not the only one who is disturbed by baths. 😆 11mo
TheReadingMermaid 🥰🤗😘🥰🤗😘🥰 11mo
jmofo @VeganCleopatra I knew you were good people! 😉 11mo
VeganCleopatra 👍😆 11mo
brandybear22 I have no points :/ not sure how we‘ll win the house cup this year 🤷‍♂️ 11mo
jmofo @brandybear22 hahaha I play to lose! 👏 11mo
arubabookwoman My 1 point came from not dropping a book in the bath too! 11mo
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#booked2019 here‘s a book by a new to me author. It was an enjoyable read. He teases out details and developments of aspects of life we commonly take for granted, illustrating the impact and significance of our own imaginations. Easy, analytical but not dry, a recommend for anyone wanting an overall review of us.

BarbaraTheBibliophage I‘m reading this one right now with @Riveted_Reader_Melissa — it‘s pretty fascinating! 11mo
4thhouseontheleft I took one of his classes on Coursera a few years ago and loved it! 11mo
Cinfhen I always want to try his books but then feel intimidated. Glad to hear it‘s easy to digest and flavorful as well 11mo
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Life among the Savages | Shirley Jackson
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#24B42018 I did all right, finishing three books before the new year. It helps to visit a friend who is an avid reader too.
This was the last book I‘ll be able to finish before the end of the year, just in time to mail off for #LMPBC
Thank you @Butterfinger for picking this read!

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Letters to a Young Poet | Rainer Maria Rilke
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I loved this book. It‘s bound to be perennial reread (haha).
I don‘t always agree with Rilke but there are beliefs in here I hold that I appreciated reading someone far away in time and space articulating.
Also, his tenderness to the human he was writing to is powerful and moving.
Thank you @Trashcanman for this lovely gift.
#24B42019 checking in at 13 hours, 33 minutes.

TheReadingMermaid Great time hon! 11mo
Andrew65 Going really well. Keep going. 👍😊 11mo
SkeletonKey I think I‘m going to read that this year! 11mo
jmofo @SkeletonKey I hope you enjoy it! 👋 11mo
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#audiocooking @Graywacke I am so glad Weatherwax is in this book. The bit about her having to do the facts of life talk was classic.
#24B42019
1:29 and counting

jmofo @Graywacke I‘m also digging catching the Shakespeare references and call backs. 11mo
Graywacke Yes, when I catch them. I found myself smiling as Felmet was complaining about the trees. I‘m finding the book so far a bit of a miss. He‘s trying very hard, and it‘s smart and clever, but seems like some kind of plot-moving element is missing. Maybe just me. I‘m on page 60, meeting a dwarf named Hwel. 11mo
Andrew65 Going well. 😊 11mo
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jmofo @Graywacke I‘m not in love with the Discworld series yet. They are light and easy but not super engaging so far, for me anyway. 11mo
Graywacke @jmofo you‘re reading them in order, right? 11mo
jmofo @Graywacke yup. Print order. I guess there are a few thoughts on what order means. 🤓 11mo
Graywacke @jmofo yes. Print order makes sense, but it means his best books are still ahead. The 1990‘s. 11mo
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Life among the Savages | Shirley Jackson
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Awww-yeah! #24B42019 is on! It‘s a bit after midnight here in Colorado and I don‘t have to work tomorrow so I‘m going to get a little time in with one of my favorite authors before passing out!
I‘ll work on my stack in the morning, I just want to get cozy after a day at work.
@TheReadingMermaid @Andrew65

julesG Good Morning from Germany! I'm starting the readathon now with #audioyoga 11mo
jmofo @julesG you are a delightful person to know! I hope you have a lovely day! 💜 (edited) 11mo
julesG Right back at you! 😘Have a good night! 11mo
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Kaye Good luck 🍀 11mo
Andrew65 Good luck with the Readathon, enjoy your reading time. 11mo
Andrew65 @julesG Enjoy the reading and the yoga. 11mo
Butterfinger I hope you like it. 11mo
jmofo @Butterfinger Oh, I am! I am so glad you picked it! 👋 11mo
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The Annotated Big Sleep | Raymond Chandler
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#jolabokaflodswap
@Amandajoy thank you so much for the annotated The Big Sleep. I adore Chandler and I‘ve been excited about this book since I first heard of it! Thank you, too for the treats! The caramels were tasty and I‘m excited about the hot chocolate thingy! 🖤
Thank you @MaleficentBookDragon for organizing this lovely swap! 😍🍫📖

Amandajoy I‘m glad you like it. I forgot to include a card, so Merry Christmas! 🎄 11mo
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Letters to a Young Poet | Rainer Maria Rilke
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Thank you @Trashcanman for the very kind gift! I‘m looking forward to to reading this!

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My bestie, the Boulder Library, has decked this tree out in such a way I can‘t help but think of sea anemones
When I got home I discovered I had some #listymail
Thank you so much @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled and @Avanders for your kindness and generosity!🖤

Avanders Lol your bestie does have an anemone tree!! 👏🏽💙 And you're quite welcome 😘😘 12mo
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Im so glad it actually arrived!! 😁 ❤️ 12mo
jmofo @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled it‘s cool you liked it so much you wanted to share. (Also, I usually remove the dust jacket while reading a book so I don‘t tear it, so it‘s okay by me it‘s a nudist. 😬) 12mo
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled 🤣🤣🤣 let me know what you think when you get to it! 12mo
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Infinite Jest | David Foster Wallace
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#holidaygratitudechallenge
When @ErinSueG says challenge, she means it.
There are many authors I am grateful for. I doubt I could think of them all even if I was given a day and a truck of ginko.
I am grateful for David Foster Wallace who ushered me through a painful and disorienting time in my early thirties. He, like so most of my favorite authors, describes the human condition so well, but unlike many of my favorites, you feel he‘s in it too.

ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled I sent you a little “thank you” in the mail for your generous lasagnahoggiveaway, and the tracking shows it made it to your post office on December 16th, and is “awaiting delivery scan.” WHAT?! 🤷‍♀️🤦‍♀️🤬🤯 12mo
jmofo @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled hahaha. That is very kind of you! 😊 Sometimes tracking says I got a thing and I spend two or three days being anxious about going to the post office to report it wasn‘t delivered and then it shows up. Between an understaffed post office and living in a trailer park it can be a struggle. Thank you! 😬 12mo
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I do my darnedest to tell people I care about them or appreciate them.
One of my favorite things in all the world (other than being alone) is when someone‘s doing their thing and living and whatnot and that makes my life better, incidentally.
But I don‘t think I have thanked someone for really helping me with something important to me that few can help with
@CocoReads thanks for getting the CampNo Cabin going. You kicked me in the hinder. ↙️

jmofo @CocoReads I did some of the best novelling I‘ve done in a year in July. Thanks for sharing and inspiring me. 12mo
jmofo @GingerAntics thank you for the excellent discussions and being you. I don‘t think I‘ve properly appreciated you either.🧡 12mo
GingerAntics Wait, what did I do? 12mo
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jmofo @GingerAntics you‘re just being you. I really enjoy discussing things and you‘re a good one to discuss things with. I dunno, like writing and other stuff. I appreciate you being here. You make my Listy experience more fun and interesting. 12mo
GingerAntics Wow. Thanks. I always just thought I was over opinionated. ☺️ 12mo
CocoReads @jmofo @GingerAntics thank you! And thanks to the both of you for encouraging me. ❤️ 12mo
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Ultramarine | Raymond Carver
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This was a good collection. I like Carver‘s poetry a good deal. This was one of my favorite bits
“It‘s the tenderness I care about. That‘s the gift.”
With all of my hopes to be understood, I‘m learning the care can be far more powerful and enriching than the understanding.

Also: finished during #25infive at 18 hours.

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Suitcase | Roger Robinson
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This collection is lovely. It is circumspect but never distant. The reader gets pockets of personal insights that reveal much but allow Robinson some privacy. Beautiful, moving, well-balanced, this collection is solid.

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Sourcery | Terry Pratchett
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I enjoyed parts of this book, especially the bit with the lamp and the wayward nature of inspiration but there was a distance between myself and the characters and the plot that kept me from really loving this book. A light and easy read.

jmofo @Graywacke I know I asked a long while ago, but are you up for some 12mo
zsuzsanna_reads Definitely not his best. 12mo
Graywacke Yes. Could be a nice holiday read. 12mo
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jmofo @Graywacke awesome. I have an overdue copy from the@library so I‘m good to start. 12mo
Graywacke Already overdue... you might have to read fast 🙂. I can start soon, but can‘t put much time into it for about a week. 12mo
jmofo @Graywacke sounds good! 12mo
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Sourcery | Terry Pratchett
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#25inFive I woke up earlier than I needed to again today. Spent a couple hours reading before getting up for work. I had yesterday off which would have been great for reading but I couldn‘t focus well so I got a lot of little chores and errands done. Which was great actually. This book isn‘t captivating me much but I am hoping Weatherwax is featured in the next in the series.
So far I‘ve read 14 1/2 hours.

Andrew65 Well done! 👏 12mo
MoniqueReads305 Good job 12mo
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Thank you @Amandajoy my #jolabokaflodswap has arrived! I‘m so excited! 😬 thank you @MaleficentBookDragon for hosting this swap. This was a lovely idea! 💗💜🖤📚

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I enjoyed this book. It was a little challenging getting into, as it felt as though I wiki‘d Cohen and followed hyperlinks in an article before reading the context that made the subject of the hyperlink relevant. That only happened a couple of times, and soon the book settles into being Cohen-centric. I‘ve seen the movie Not Your Man and this had some insights from past interviews that were new to me. If you like the man‘s work, I recommend.

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I‘m taking a break from #audiobaking for about the last five hours to read a bit on the couch. Clocking in at 4 hours and fifty minutes for #25infive because what the hay.

WanderingBookaneer Pretty! 😍 12mo
Stacy_31 Everything looks yummy! 12mo
ravenlee What are those glorious spiral things? 12mo
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UnidragonFrag Those swirly things look awesome! 12mo
Andrew65 A great total! 👏 12mo
jmofo Thanks folks! @ravenlee & @UnidragonFrag The swirly spiral things are a version of St Lucia buns. They‘re not super sweet and are flavored with orange rind, cardamom, and currants. These have some cherries for decoration. I try to make them every year. Bottom right are some Georgian cheese hand pies and the crumbs in the bowl are the beginnings of rum balls (something I made with my@mom every year). 12mo
UnidragonFrag Cheese hand pies?! That sounds yum, too!! 12mo
jmofo @UnidragonFrag they are! I make them year-round. 12mo
ravenlee That all sounds utterly amazing. Now I‘m hungry and wish I could come to your house! 12mo
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#tuesdaytidbits
1. My mom gave us pjs the evening of the 24th. One year we got sleeping bags. No 🎁 now
2. Both are fine- I feel for Max & Marley‘s ghost is fun. I prefer Oscar the Grouch. He‘s way less mean and loves what he loves.
3. Both. I like reindeer. Nomadic folk are interesting. I also like snow and things made of snow.
4. Gingerbread everything! Sugar cookies are cool. Anything with sprinkles or hot cinnamon candy
5. @GingerAntics 👋🖤

JenlovesJT47 💚❤️💚 12mo
GingerAntics 💚❤️💚❤️ yes 🎄🎄🎄 12mo
jmofo @GingerAntics I meant to tag you last week but I‘m still a bumbling goof when it comes to this... thanks for the tag! 🖤 12mo
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GingerAntics lol that‘s fine...last week was absolutely crazy at work so I was actually sitting here hoping everyone would forget to tag me last week. lol 12mo
jmofo @GingerAntics I hope this week‘s better for you!!! 12mo
GingerAntics It should be. We‘re only open until Wednesday. It *should* now only be the students who waited until the last possible second, because this is finals week. 12mo
jmofo @GingerAntics good to hear. Are you off for weeks then or do you get to do behinds the scenes stuff in relative peace? 12mo
GingerAntics I‘m off until January sometime. I‘ve got to work on some presentations for our webinars, but other than that I‘m totally free to read and rest. If my boss decides to take time off for Christmas I may get some hours for winter term. 12mo
jmofo @GingerAntics that sounds pretty sweet 12mo
GingerAntics I think I would prefer the pay check. lol We don‘t get paid when we don‘t work. We only get paid once a month, so it makes January‘s check and February‘s check really small. 12mo
Burghbookaddict My mom used to get us pajamas too! 12mo
Stacy_31 I used to get pajamas on Christmas Eve, too. 😊😊 12mo
jmofo @BurghBookAddict & @Stacy_31 I think it‘s a cool tradition. It‘s interesting that it was more common than I thought; I wonder how that got started. 12mo
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Suitcase | Roger Robinson
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This poem resonated with me, reminded me of my life some years ago. Thank you @Trashcanman for sending this my way. It‘s a lovely collection.

Trashcanman I'm so glad you enjoy it. 🤗💕 12mo
jmofo @Trashcanman I‘m so glad you sent it! Thank you! 🤗💗 12mo
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#LMPBC book is on its way to @sprainedbrain
Thank you all in group in being so kind and supportive.
I am glad I have finally read this book and I am looking forward to reading your reactions and insights.
This book is a collection of short works with complex or at the very least abstract subjects. I enjoyed it, all told. I‘m looking forward to to reading more by Borges

jmofo @arubabookwoman @butterfinger thanks again! 🖤 12mo
Trashcanman My friend my friend, I miss you. 7mo
jmofo @Butterfinger I checked the mail after not checking it for days (I do that) and my Labyrinths was there! I‘m looking forward to reading through what everyone thought. Thank you @arubabookwoman and @sprainedbrain for reading this unusual book with me! 7mo
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Life among the Savages | Shirley Jackson
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Never fear
@Butterfinger dear
Life Among the Savages is here!
I just checked the mail once I got home from work and the book‘s arrived! Way to use your resources!

Butterfinger @jmofo yay!!! and whew, what a relief. 12mo
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1. Mail my mark up book. I‘ve been real low and lacking gumption and I have anxiety that my f group friends will not like this weird little book. 😑 It‘ll be in the mail Monday or bust.
2. I am working but I hope to read and clean and finish up a Saturnalia kit I‘m making for a friend.
3. Gingerbread anything, everything. I‘m more into breads this time of year.
4. Labyrinths!!!!
5. Thanks for the tags, @Trashcanman so much love today

sprainedbrain I‘m sorry you‘ve been low! Please don‘t have anxiety about the rest of the group liking it... you didn‘t write it, you just picked it (with help from all of us) and part of the fun is seeing what others think. ❤️ 12mo
Butterfinger I'm sorry too. We won't be too judgemental. I'm excited to learn more about my new friends than the books. 12mo
CouronneDhiver Everyone signs up knowing that there‘s a possibility they don‘t like one of the book choices. Just go with it. 😊 12mo
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jmofo Woops @howjessreads 😬 12mo
jmofo @sprainedbrain & @Butterfinger I am loving the book but I‘m having to reread parts, so it is a little work. I only know three people who have read it and one of them was someone I bought the book for. 12mo
sprainedbrain @jmofo I‘m excited about it! It‘s been on my tbr because it‘s a #1001books book, but it also has really good reviews on GR. 😃 12mo
arubabookwoman Yes, please have no anxiety. First, remember that we all do not like the same books or types of books, and that it is no reflection on us personally if someone else dislikes a book we love. As Tammy said, I am as excited to get to know new Litsy people, and to read your thoughts on all the books as I am to actually read the books. Just try to relax and enjoy! 12mo
jmofo @arubabookwoman @Butterfinger @sprainedbrain thank you so much for understanding and being so kind! 💜 It helps. I was kinda putting a lot of pressure on myself. 😅😬 12mo
Butterfinger @jmofo I am so afraid I've messed up on yours. I couldn't get the text to enlarge at the time and couldn't find my reading glasses so I was getting my 10 year old students to tell me letters. I think I put Medford instead of your actual name. But everything should be correct. Talk about stress. I hope you have a great weekend. 12mo
jmofo @Butterfinger I love that story. I‘m a cashier supervisor by profession and sometimes bar codes don‘t scan so I often offer to read the UPC “like a story” and try to do voices and use inflections. 12mo
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