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Chouette | Claire Oshetsky
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This is a weird, often gruesome, little book, but it is also a refreshingly original portrait of motherhood. The struggle between the parents to do what is “best” for Chouette with ever advancing technology is striking, as is the loneliness and helplessness that Tiny (the mother) has to face.

BkClubCare I just signed up for a virtual author talk on Nov 30 for this and author of Nightbitch - I have too many books to read NOW 😂 (edited) 3d
mklong @BkClubCare Ooh that sounds great! It seems like the two would be on a similar wavelength 2d
BarbaraBB Sounds good though! 2d
BkClubCare @mklong - look for Book Shop Santa Cruz if interested- it‘s free 2d
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Crossroads: A Novel | Jonathan Franzen
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Gosh I loved this! A complex look at a family at a crisis point, with the vivid characters that we have come to expect from Franzen. It weighs in at about 600 pages, but never feels bloated or unwieldy. Every one of the 600 pages are essential. There is a lot of talk about faith and goodness and I admired the respect that Franzen showed for those with strong Christian faith, those with none, and everyone in between.

merelybookish I saw that chunkster and thought there's no effin way I'll ever read it. Your review is actually making me rethink that decision. 3d
mklong @merelybookish Haha! It goes down smoothly, I blew threw it in about three days. You get perspective from five different characters and something about switching between their voices seems to keep it moving. 3d
vivastory I've yet to read Franzen, but I admit I have been intrigued by all of the positive reviews for this one 3d
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mklong @vivastory You and @merelybookish should buddy read it! Some friends and I were discussing last night who to compare his writing to and all we could come up with was Michael Chabon or, possibly, George Eliot (Franzen is clearly inspired by her). Don‘t know if that helps give you an idea of him or not. 3d
Megabooks I am so excited for the next one!! 2d
mklong @Megabooks Me too! I hope we get more from Judson 2d
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Every Heart a Doorway | Seanan McGuire
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Well, this was just a perfect spooky, macabre little book. Thank you so much for including it in my #BasicWitchSwap package @monalyisha ! I have already ordered the next two in the series!

LeahBergen I liked this one, too! 3w
monalyisha Yes! 🙌🏻 Knowing what I now know about how risky it was to go off-list for you, I feel *very* accomplished. 😅 3w
monalyisha I‘m excited for you to read Book 2! I think I may have mentioned that it (along with Book 4) is one of my favorite books in the series! They‘re such great bite-sized reads. It kind of makes me feel like a kid who waited until the last minute to do their summer reading…but I love short books! 😜 There needs to be snappy novella-lovers merch…whatever the opposite of “I like big books and I cannot lie” is. 🍑 3w
mklong @monalyisha You should feel accomplished, you totally nailed it! I told you we are witchy kindred spirits! I love short books too. I think it comes from my love of poetry. I love when an author can do so much, with so few, well chosen, words 3w
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The Turnout | Megan Abbott
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Meh. I would love to say this is a slow burn because I think that was the intention, but it never felt that way to me. I was bored for more than half the book and then when things finally started happening, it all felt rushed.

Cathythoughts I bailed 😬 I just couldn‘t keep reading 3w
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Thursdays Child | Helen Forrester
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Thanks for the tag @MoonWitch94

October was a very fun month for me! I love all things witchy so I had a blast co-hosting #BasicWitchSwap this year!

I‘m excited that I can start decorating and prepping for Christmas! We are having Christmasy weather in Atlanta today, so I might watch a Christmas movie 😊

I joined a very fun online knitting group, and am so inspired by the creativity and skill of the group.

#ThoughtfulThursday

SamanthaMarie I just started learning to knit last winter and I'm getting ready to pick it up again! What a fun sounding group. Do you have a current project you are working on? :) 3w
MoonWitch94 Thanks for playing 🧡📖🍁🐿🍂 3w
mklong @SamanthaMarie Yes! I‘m working on a new technique where you string beads on the yarn before starting and distribute them throughout. It‘s turning out really neat. What are you going to knit when you pick it back up? 3w
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mklong @SamanthaMarie If you want to check the Knit.Club out, here is the link to sign up…Join me in KNIT.club. You'll love it as much as I do. https://club.knit.club/share/1WtyqwkO3Pha_es9 3w
SamanthaMarie Ooo that's so interesting! I'd love to see what that looks like. I just joined 🥰 thank you for the invite!! I'm Samantha Thorson on the group! I am working on a blanket for my youngest son. I knitted my oldest a scarf last year so I'm hoping to finish the blanket this year and maybe try something new as well!! 3w
mklong @samanthamarie So glad you signed up! It‘s new so it‘s still pretty small, but my goodness there are some incredibly talented people on there! Hope to see you in a Zoom knitting circle soon ❤️ 3w
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Christmas Is Coming | Anne Bowen
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Somehow I missed the signup for this sweet, simple swap last year. Don‘t let that happen to you! Go to @MaleficentBookDragon ‘s feed for more details and to sign up.

#Jolabokaflodswap

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Settling in with one of my #BasicWitchSwap books from @monalyisha with such a full heart. Thank you to everyone who participated and made this such a fun swap. Every unboxing picture warmed my heart.

And, of course, the biggest thank you to the wonderful @sprainedbrain The best swap co-host anyone could ask for 😘

A Blessed Samhain to all and to all a good night! 🎃👻🧹

monalyisha Love! 🖤 Thank you to both of you for hosting! A wildly successful swap, I‘d say! 🔮 4w
sprainedbrain 🖤🖤🖤 4w
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Alyisha I am so happy I could cry! You really get me! I am impossible to choose books for (my own family sticks to the list 😂) But you managed to choose three amazing books for me! Can‘t wait to dive in to those delicious looking goodies! And the Palo santo and incense set is absolutely gorgeous! I can‘t wait to light it up tonight! Thank you so so much my friend!! #BasicWitchSwap

mklong @monalyisha I am 100% wearing those witch fingers to hand out candy tonight! Also, is it worrying that my first thought opening the hot chocolate was “I bet it would be great with bourbon in it?” 4w
monalyisha Responding to the bourbon comment before anything else because NO, that‘s not worrying; it‘s wonderful. 😅 4w
monalyisha I‘m thrilled you like everything — especially the books that weren‘t on your list! Phew! 😅 This was definitely a successful pairing! Happy to have been your partner. Have a blast tonight with the Trick-or-Treaters! 🎃🍫✨ 4w
sprainedbrain 🖤🖤🖤 4w
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Alright @monalyisha here we go!

#BasicWitchSwap

monalyisha I love this part! ❣️ 4w
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Dogs | Bruce Fogle
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@BookBosomed1 It was so sweet of you to include a gift for Sandy in my #AllHallowsReadSwap package! Here is the silly girl saying cheese in her new bandana 😂

Leftcoastzen So cute!🐶 4w
Read-y_Picker ❤️🐶 hi Sandy! 4w
Sleepswithbooks Adorable 🐶 4w
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TrishB Awww 🐶♥️ 4w
Crazeedi Awwww very very awesome 🐶 4w
squirrelbrain So cute! 😁❤️ 4w
BookBosomed1 Love it! ❤️❤️❤️ 4w
Mynameisacolour Awww Sandy, so cute! Love that you can see her little teef with that smile😍 4w
monalyisha Omg too precious. 4w
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All Hallows' Eve: A Novel | Charles Williams
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@BookBosomed1 you completely spoiled me! Thank you so so much for my #AllHallowsReadSwap package!! I love everything, especially the Pride and Prejudice tea which was so thoughtful! I also love that you included an uplifting book which will be most welcome on this cold, gloomy day!

Thank you @MaleficentBookDragon for organizing this fun swap!!

Crazeedi Awesome!!!❤ 4w
BookBosomed1 Glad you like it! Happy reading. ❤️ 4w
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Book of Magic | Alice Hoffman
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I agree with the other reviewers who have noted that this one sags a bit in the middle, but since I was so reluctant to say goodbye to the Owens family, I didn‘t really mind. A lovely ending to a lovely series. I‘ll miss these characters, so it‘s a good thing they live in my books and I can visit anytime.

Book is pictured with my beloved Cherry Doc Martens. I also have grey eyes, so I‘m pretty sure I‘m in the Owens family tree somewhere.

DivineDiana They are beauties! 1mo
LeahBergen Love those Docs!! ❤️ 1mo
Readergrrl I have those exact same Docs!!! Love them!! 1mo
mklong @DivineDiana @LeahBergen @Readergrrl Thank you!! Mine are the “Vegan” ones and it‘s a little more subtle red than the regular ones. Every time I wear them, at least one stranger asks where I got them 1mo
Cathythoughts Great picture 👍🏻❤️ 1mo
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Saying that I was completely riveted by these primary source documents, might be one of the nerdiest things I have ever said, but there it is. Reading these firsthand accounts of witch trials and accusations gave me chills and broke my heart.

Suet624 Oh gosh. That would be tough to read. 1mo
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All Hallows' Eve: A Novel | Charles Williams
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I‘m so excited that my #AllHallowsRead package arrived yesterday! Thank you so much @BookBosomed1 ! I can‘t wait to see what is inside ❤️

BookBosomed1 Yea!! 1mo
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Practical Magic | Alice Hoffman
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I have always liked this book (and LOVED the movie!) but rereading it in chronological order with the rest of the series, made me like it more. Now that it is a part of a series and I have read more about where this story fits within the Owens timeline, I appreciate these characters in a different way. On to the newest addition…

#Screamathon

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Calling all Witches! We are less than two weeks away from #BasicWitchSwap opening day! I have seen so many posts about lovely packages being mailed and received and can‘t wait to share Halloween/Samhain with all of you. @sprainedbrain and I have heard from most of you, but I‘ll tag a few folks in the comments who haven‘t posted their shipping plans yet. Please respond and let me know when you plan to ship your package.

tdrosebud I'm going to the post office tomorrow after work, I forgot to bring them with me today. I will be shipping priority which should be enough time. 1mo
mklong @tdrosebud Wonderful! Thanks for letting me know 1mo
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AlizaApp Was waiting for one last item to arrive, will ship tomorrow! 1mo
mklong @AlizaApp Yay 🙌 1mo
TheWolfbehindTheEyes I'll be posting mine in next 2 days just waiting for payday to come 1mo
mklong @TheWolfbehindTheEyes Sounds great! And don‘t I know that feeling. 1mo
DebinHawaii I am still waiting on 1 item that was supposed to be delivered Saturday & now is arriving today. I‘ll be mailing mine out tomorrow at lunch, priority mail. 1mo
mklong @DebinHawaii Terrific! 1mo
hannah-leeloo Yep got all my stuff for @CymbaX13 she's also got all mine and as sisters we're going to be giving them to each other on the day 1mo
mklong @hannah-leeloo @CymbaX13 Oh, that sounds so nice! 1mo
mklong @ErinSueMreads Oops forgot to tag you on the original pos! 1mo
LoverOfLearning Im shipping mine now! Off to the post office! #basicwitchswap 1mo
mklong @loveroflearning Awesome!! 1mo
Clare-Dragonfly I don‘t think I‘ll be able to ship before Saturday but maybe if things align? 🤞🏻🤞🏻🤞🏻 I‘ll fedex it if I have to since obviously the post office is only open during work hours! 🙄 1mo
monalyisha @mklong Have been all tied-up with rabbit & people sickness…but my package arrived yesterday! So excited. I‘ll take a picture of it soon & tag you! 1mo
ErinSueMreads Mines going out Monday! 1mo
mklong @Clare-Dragonfly @ErinSueMreads Great! Thanks for letting me know! 1mo
mklong @monalyisha I‘m glad it made it! Hope all the people and rabbits are on the mend ❤️🐰 1mo
MaleficentBookDragon My package was mailed out and should be delivered by Tuesday. 1mo
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Here is a picture of me sending off my #BasicWitchSwap package this morning. Fly my pretties! The flying monkeys promise that they‘ll deliver it by Monday.

@sprainedbrain @monalyisha

AmyG Ha! 1mo
monalyisha Ah! You‘re my match, too! So exciting! 🤩 1mo
mklong @monalyisha Yes! I had so much fun shopping for you! And my box arrived today! I have already put in on a high shelf out of sight 1mo
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sprainedbrain You look great today! 😂 1mo
mklong @sprainedbrain LOL, thanks! I have a new skin care routine 🤣 1mo
monalyisha @sprainedbrain @mklong 😂😂😂 I‘m dead. 1mo
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White Smoke | Tiffany D. Jackson
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As current as the story is, I couldn‘t help the feeling of nostalgia as I read. This is clearly written for a YA audience, not a 42 year old lady 👵🏻, and it reminded me so much of the R.L. Stine and Christopher Pike novels that I used to scare myself silly with when I was in my early teens. I feel like I should have read it in my bed with a flashlight.

I bought a signed copy and Tiffany D. Jackson‘s signature is too cute

mklong #Screamathon Week 2, Diversify Your Horror Shelves @4thhouseontheleft 1mo
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Field Study | Chet'la Sebree
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Hello #Group L! I‘ve been in a poetry group with a couple of y‘all before and I‘m looking forward to another round of #LMPBC. Here are a few from my TBR stack. Anything grab you? Or totally turn you off?

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TheBookKeepers I haven‘t read any of these so I‘m down for whatever you chose! My top picks would be Brute, Field Study, and If They Come for Us 1mo
TheBookKeepers Oh - whoops I will be reading Post Colonial this month with my previous lmpbc group 1mo
WanderingBookaneer I have read (and adored) Postcolonial Love Poem. I‘m okay with any of the others. (edited) 1mo
TheBookKeepers @WanderingBookaneer I‘m so excited to get this in the mail to start from our current group! I remembered seeing your review here on Litsy for it 🤩 1mo
LazyDays I'm up for anything 1mo
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Little Stranger | Sarah Waters
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What do y‘all think of these options for our winter spook fest #LMPBC round?

MaleficentBookDragon They look good. I've already read Sanatorium. I really like 1mo
Avanders Agreed! I‘ve also already read Sanatorium 😁 My top pick would be The Little Stranger, but I‘m also happy to read any of them! (edited) 1mo
carlthecattt I like the idea of Moon of the Crusted Snow 1mo
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All Hallows' Eve: A Novel | Charles Williams
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#AllHallowsReadSwap is wrapped and will be sent via Priority Mail tomorrow!

Be on the lookout @Chrissyreadit

And thanks so much to @MaleficentBookDragon for putting together this awesome swap!!

Chrissyreadit 😍😍😍😍😘 1mo
AmyG Great photo! 1mo
LeahBergen How cute!! 🧡🖤 1mo
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StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Lovely wrapping! 1mo
mklong @Chrissyreadit I feel like I have been following you on here forever, so I was excited to finally be matched with you for a swap! 1mo
mklong @AmyG @LeahBergen @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Thank you! I love wrapping gifts. I feel like the love and time that goes in to the wrapping is part of the gift. 1mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego I wholeheartedly agree. It's one of my fave parts of swapping. 🧡 1mo
Chrissyreadit Yay!!! I love when I get to “know” people through swaps! I‘m excited! 1mo
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Rules of Magic | Alice Hoffman
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#Screamathon Book 2! I know it isn‘t scary, but it‘s about witches so I‘m counting it. I‘m so glad I decided to reread this series in chronological order, but this reread made me itch for a Susannah in Paris spin-off novel. Where do I put in my formal request for that?

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Nightbooks | J. A. White
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I‘m so glad that I decided to join in the #Screamathon fun this year. My scare pair was Nightbooks and both the book and movie really got me in the Halloween spirit! I really enjoyed both, but what kind of bookworm would I be if I didn‘t point out that the book is better?

4thhouseontheleft Yay! This is my pick too! I‘m halfway through Nightbooks, should finish it up tomorrow. 2mo
Avanders Ooooh there‘s a movie?? 😲😲 1mo
mklong @Avanders Yes!! It‘s on Netflix 1mo
Avanders Will have to check that out! 1mo
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The Ex Hex: A Novel | Erin Sterling
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Such a witchy #BOTM box for me this month. Can‘t wait!!

ChaoticMissAdventures I love Alice Hoffman's witch series! 2mo
mklong @ChaoticMissAdventures Same! I‘m thrilled to have a matching set now and can‘t wait for the new one. 2mo
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Nightbooks | J. A. White
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So excited for my first #Screamathon! These three make up the main stack because they fit the prompts, but I have lots of other witchy and scary books that I hope to get to during my favorite month!

Week 1-Scare Pairs-Nightbooks
Week 2-Diversify-White Smoke
Week 3-Hocus Pocus-White is for Witching
Week 4-🤷🏻‍♀️

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This was my #BOTM a year ago and I am just now getting around to it. Easily my favorite of the series! I‘m planning to reread the other two to get ready for the new (and maybe last? 😢) one. Counting on it being an October BOTM option.

And couldn‘t resist posting this cute pic of Sandy on our hike this morning instead of a picture of the book!

Leftcoastzen So cute! 2mo
BookNAround Sandi is too adorable. 2mo
Nute Hey, Sandy!🐶🧡 2mo
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Karkar Hi Sandy! You are a cutie! ❤️🐾❤️ 2mo
LeahBergen Sandy!! ❤️❤️❤️ 2mo
Cathythoughts Cutie 😍 2mo
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The Manningtree Witches | A. K. Blakemore
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I am a sucker for a good historical fiction about witches and this is a great one! Of course, you root for the accused women, even if (or in my case ESPECIALLY if), they really were witches. It sent me down some research rabbit holes about the actual 17th century witch trials in England and I would love to know more. Does anyone have a nonfiction recommendation for that?

Bklover Try this one! I just recently got this one and it sounds like what you‘re looking for. 2mo
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It‘s time for the encore of #TolstoyTogether! I‘m going in, anyone else coming?

You can find the schedule and details here: https://apublicspace.org/news/detail/tolstoy-together-2021

Lcsmcat If I hadn‘t just read it at the beginning of 2021 I‘d be tempted. What a fun idea. 2mo
Cathythoughts I was meant to read to it for this years chunkster challenge.. but I didn‘t make it past January 🙄… Thankyou for the link , I‘ll have a look. 👍🏻❤️ 2mo
nanuska_153 So tempted! I reread it for the third time not long ago and have so many reading compromises already though 🙈 Might join a bit late 2mo
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batsy Ooh, if I I'd known I would have! I want to read it and that's a lovely edition. 2mo
mklong @batsy You aren‘t too late! It‘s only a 12-15 page per day schedule and we just started yesterday. You could totally catch up. 2mo
mklong @nanuska_153 I skipped it the last time they did it because I had read it so recently, but I regretted it when I saw how much fun everyone was having. I couldn‘t pass up this second chance to jump in! 2mo
Lissa00 Yes, me! So glad to see other Litsy people participating too! 2mo
nanuska_153 @mklong yeah, it sounds like great fun and it never hurts to reread War and Peace, if when I catch up with my NetGalleys and bookclubs I am not too far behind I'll definitely do a sprint to catch up and join! 2mo
mklong @Lissa00 Awesome! I hope more Littens jump in while there is still time to hop aboard. 2mo
batsy @mklong I'd love to but I don't have a copy yet. I'm such a nerd that I'll have to research which translation I want 😅 and then have to order it online from Book Depository, which unfortunately will take too long. I hope you enjoy the read 💜 2mo
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The Haunting of Hill House | Shirley Jackson
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When it‘s 65 degrees in Atlanta in September, you just have to start the spooky reads early! Can‘t wait to get a pumpkin spice latte and watch Hocus Pocus later!

Tamra Wow, I imagine that feels chilly there! 3mo
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Mrs March | Virginia Feito
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What a twisty delight! This is a slow burn, but when it really gets going about halfway through, I couldn‘t put it down.

LeahBergen I‘m looking forward to this one! 3mo
batsy Sounds good! Also, love the nail colour. 3mo
mklong @batsy Thanks! My niece did it and all my nails are all different colors which she assures me is cool now 3mo
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Casey‘s focus is more on the daredevils who ride these giant waves than the science behind their creation and seemingly increasing frequency and I would have preferred just the opposite. I completely see that my nerdy “fewer thrills, more science” approach probably doesn‘t represent the majority opinion of this one though.

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Alice Tarbuck is my kind of witch! No hocus pocus or pacts with the devil here, her focus is more on finding peace, harmony, and empowerment within the natural world. Part history, part memoir, part practical guide to modern practice, it‘s all wonderful. I was only about halfway through when I snagged the last spot in her upcoming virtual workshop. I start Monday and can‘t wait!!

And LOL, it‘s so good, Sandy wants to read it too!

ladym30 Sandy is adorable!❤️ 3mo
merelybookish That's awesome! I find myself drawn to such witchy ways. 💚 3mo
mklong @merelybookish Same. It feels like a natural progression from my love of plants and nature. I hope you are settling in after your move! 3mo
mklong @ladym30 Thank you!! She is the best friend a girl could ever want! 3mo
merelybookish @mklong Thanks. It's going okay! 3mo
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Witchy Littens, it‘s the last day to sign up for #BasicWitchSwap! Don‘t miss out!

https://forms.gle/qaGHgtJ3vNhXB6eP8

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Free Day | Ins Cagnati
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Translator Schillinger writes, “Translating Galla‘s idiom was extremely challenging; she was writing in French; but her first language—like Cagnati‘s—was Italian. That guided and narrowed the breadth of her expression, which, I think, focused and concentrated the authenticity of her voice.“ What challenges do you think that an author faces when not writing in their native language? What unexpected advantages might they have?

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BarbaraBB It might added to the aloofness I felt in the writing. I noticed something similar is this book that Lahiri wrote in Italian fist 3mo
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mklong @barbarabb It's interesting that you mention Whereabouts. I read these books back to back and noticed the same detachment that you did, while of course the stories were completely different. I think in some ways the distance created by the translation adds to Galla's sense of otherness 3mo
vivastory I think that Cagnati managed to express these challenges in a very interesting way in Free Day. Especially when Galla becomes emotionally overwhelmed & the only way that she is able to express herself is by singing. I'd be curious to see what the style of her other books is like. According to interviews I have read she published only a few novels during her lifetime. 3mo
quietjenn @vivastory great point about her being emotionally overwhelmed/singing! 3mo
quietjenn It's interesting to ponder and it makes me wish I had more experience with languages to offer better insight! I think the observations made by @barbarabb and @mklong are true. There's necessarily a bit of remove and I feel like maybe it tamps down the emotional expression as well? 3mo
Liz_M Writing in a second language in a way means a double translation. The author might not have as extensive a vocabulary and may be unable to express nuances and perhaps even is mistranslating words. But it might also be contributing to the child-like narration, the story told in simpler language. 3mo
merelybookish Yes as @Liz_M said, I wonder if it helped her capture a child's voice better. 3mo
batsy Great point @BarbaraBB that was my first thought. At times reading Whereabouts I felt like I was reading something that came off almost child-like in its tone, but it felt like how an adult would imagine a child. Here of course the narrator is a child, so that works, but again I felt the prose to be awkward at times. I did sense that maybe here the English translation was a bit of a limitation... 3mo
GatheringBooks I do feel sometimes that I am missing out on great literature because of my limitations with languages allowing me to only read texts in English or Filipino. I agree with the points mentioned above, that writing in a second or third language provided a certain kind of distance, it could also be the fact that in Cagnati‘s case it is almost thrice translated - Italian speaker writing in French translated to English. 3mo
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Free Day | Ins Cagnati
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It has been widely noted that the immigrant experience & poverty are Cagnati's two great concerns, esp. in Free Day. How is her experience of poverty different when she is at school?

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BarbaraBB Even with her poor clothing she is accepted at school for who whe is. At school she can express herself and she is obviously clever. She is appreciated and feels safe especially when she befriends Fanny. (edited) 3mo
mklong @barbarabb Yes! I was convinced that Fanny was another of her lies or the stories that she makes up for herself. I was so happy when Galla got to school and Fanny was real! Fanny is kind to her, but it didn't seem to me that the rest of the students or teachers accepted her. Remember the teacher who called her the “green cretin“ because of her blouse? 3mo
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BarbaraBB That‘s true but they were kind when her mother died and especially that teacher were she recited her poem. 3mo
BarbaraBB And yes I also thought that Fanny was an imaginary friend and really happy when she turned out to be real - and kind! 3mo
vivastory There seems to be split in articles online as to if FD is more about the immigrant experience or about poverty & the more I have thought about it, I think that the either/or is not a good way of looking at it. I think that it's concerned with both themes. Although Galla initially receives detention for not having the right school uniform she is not really outwardly bullied at school, esp once befriending Fanny. 3mo
quietjenn I feel like her experiences at school make her more aware of her poverty and how not like the others she is. When she is at home, things are just the way they are and when you're a kid, you may feel the hunger or the cold or the neglect or whatever, but you don't necessarily know that those experiences make you different. It's just how things are. In school, she sees that life she knows isn't true of everyone. 3mo
quietjenn @mklong I'm with you, in that I don't think the others really accepted her, except for Franny. When Franny comes and embraces her, the others become more tolerant, at best. They are kind and sympathetic to her at the end, but they feels very situational. 3mo
vivastory @quietjenn I agree that Galla isn't as aware of he rpoverty until she is at the school. I forget the exact line (I wish I had written it down, it was such a great line) but when she talks about having to wear her dead relative's clothing she says something along the lines of “People don't realize that poverty means wearing other people's clothes“ 3mo
Reviewsbylola I think Galla has othered herself so much that it wouldn‘t matter where she was. She has closed herself off because she feels herself unworthy. I felt that the staff and students mostly just ignored her. I agree with @quietjenn that being at school makes Galla more aware of her upbringing. 3mo
emilyhaldi @mklong @BarbaraBB funny, I was also convinced that Fanny was imaginary/ a fantasy character of Galla‘s… I suppose Fanny made Galla hyper aware of how sad her life was in contrast. But it‘s interesting to me that she didn‘t direct any of her anger towards Fanny for being so beautiful/happy- she truly seemed to be in awe of her and how good life could be in more fortunate circumstances. 3mo
Liz_M In many ways, poverty is relative. If every one you know and interact with wears hand me downs, doesn't have enough food and the entire family sleeps on one bed, you are socially and culturally equal. But if you are the only person that doesn't have a pink apron, and the only one that doesn't have family come to pick you up from school for the weekend/ holidays etc, then you realize you're poor. 3mo
Liz_M I think Galla didn't realize the extent of her families poverty until she went to school. And because of this even if the other kids were nice to her (I am not sure that they were), she didn't fit in, didn't allow herself to fit in. Franny is the only person Galla is comfortable talking to and yet she only tells her stories and lies. 3mo
batsy @quietjenn I agree. I think being at school really hammers home the reality for Galla. The way she appears, the very way her family exists in a different reality to her classmates, becomes more pronounced. 3mo
batsy @Liz_M Nicely put! Yes, that's how it felt to me as well. 3mo
GatheringBooks @vivastory I find it interesting that there is a split as to whether Cagnati was writing about immigrant experience or poverty, given the hybridities of our social identities as can be clearly seen in the framework of intersectionality. This is one classic example of intersecting social identities with Galla coming from an abusive disadvantaged background who are foreigners in a city that largely marginalizes them. 3mo
GatheringBooks @quietjenn @mklong I definitely agree with both of you about Galla feeling estranged from her schoolmates and teachers. She was treated with condescension and benign cruelty. Galla‘s strong spirit recognizes this and refuses to be an object of pity and derision, hence the lies, fantasy world, and the overarching resentment felt thruout the narrative - weapons of the weak and marginalized. 3mo
vivastory @GatheringBooks I completely agree with your comment about the hybridity of our social identities. I agree that to divide the framework into an argument of immigrant vs poverty completely misses the point 3mo
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Galla believes that beauty comes from being loved. She believes that Fanny is beautiful because her parents love her and she is not because she is unwanted. A more traditional view would be the reverse, that we love things that are beautiful. What does it tell us about Galla that she sees beauty this way? And where do you think the idea came from?

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BarbaraBB That is an interesting question. Maybe because she experiences a bit of beauty herself when she is at school and is appreciated. When she is actually seen and acknowledged. 3mo
quietjenn That's hard. Maybe she equates beauty with love because both are so lacking in her own life, so when she sees them in others, they get all jumbled up together? 3mo
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Leftcoastzen I think there is an interesting logic to it .maybe thinking, that love, care , not worrying about things in life, stability, leads one to bloom or reach their best potential,in a sense that is beautiful. 3mo
BarbaraBB @Leftcoastzen That certainly makes sense! 3mo
vivastory @Leftcoastzen I like your interpretation of it 👏 3mo
Reviewsbylola That‘s a really interesting point that I hadn‘t considered. I‘ll have to think on this one a bit. 3mo
Liz_M Galla is not wrong. If you are beautiful, you are treated better, taken better care of which gives you more happiness and confidence which make you prettier. 3mo
Liz_M Galla might have learned this based on how she was treated. Bring punished for not having the right clothes, being called a green cretin made her feel uglier. 3mo
batsy @Leftcoastzen Yes! I agree with this. It does seem like a very Galla-esque perspective. 3mo
batsy I found this interpretation of beauty moving and it broke my heart. Maybe beauty is always about what one doesn't have—Galla doesn't have the security of knowing she's wanted, and the facts of poverty and migration makes it seem as though people are just expendable bodies for labour. So in her eyes beauty is about being wanted for your own sake. 3mo
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Joanna Scutts noted in The Paris Review, “Free Day is a story stuck in a young girl's head.“ Was this beneficial or detrimental to Cagnati's novel?

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BarbaraBB I think it was a rather unusual way of writing because Galla doesn‘t seem completely reliable but I can‘t pinpoint why not. My main question is how was she able to attend high school? Het parents must have made arrangements and have given her permission which is not in line of how I perceive them based on Galla‘s story. 3mo
vivastory @BarbaraBB If I recall correctly she was visited by a teacher from the school & received a scholarship to attend. 3mo
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mklong @barbarabb It surprised me that she was able to continue school as well. She does mention a teacher who facilitated her scholarship and perhaps from her parents perspective it gave them one less mouth to feed? 3mo
vivastory The psychological claustrophobia, the narrative circularity is what initially struck me about Free Day. Honestly I wasn't quite sure what to make of it at first & I'm not wholly convinced that it wouldn't have benefited from interactions with one or two more characters. I think that having another character's perspective could have offered a breather, but I don't think that would have been what Cagnati intended. (edited) 3mo
Leftcoastzen @vivastory I‘m with you about the psychological claustrophobia! It‘s like the hovering doom I spoke of in my review. you have someone so young, trying to do things that make her life better. no help, no encouragement or guidance. She seems to know it‘s a balancing act.Not many good things have happened in her life .As grim as things were,I kept feeling worse things were going to happen. the author wanted that tension, other POVs would break that. 3mo
quietjenn I think both. Spending the entire time inside her head does give you, a more complete sense of who she is and the myriad of things that she's dealing with and you have insight as to why she might be or react the way she is. But it's so relentless! And at times, while I wanted to be completely sympathetic, it was a challenge because that interior dialogue - while an understandable reaction to circumstances - made it difficult. 3mo
vivastory @Leftcoastzen Hovering doom is a great way to put it! Right from the beginning I just had a sense of dread, Although I had suspicions I wasn't exactly sure where it was headed & I kept hoping that things would turn out differently for Galla. 3mo
quietjenn Beyond that though, I found myself really craving and welcoming those moments of interaction with others, just to get out of that space. The term that @vivastory uses of psychological claustrophobia is such a good and apt one. 3mo
mklong @quietjenn Relentless is right! It‘s one of those novels where I appreciate that Cagnati doesn‘t give the reader a break because Galla doesn‘t get one, but I had a hard time staying in that space for so long 3mo
vivastory @mklong @quietjenn It was such a bleak, yet memorable, reading experience that I'm glad it's a shorter book 3mo
Reviewsbylola As I said in a previous comment, I think this is a skill that not many authors possess—creating an authentic child‘s voice. It was done superbly here so it definitely added to the story. 3mo
Leftcoastzen relentless is a great point too.I‘m glad it wasn‘t a longer book ! 3mo
emilyhaldi @mklong I agree with you, I think Cagnati was intentional in not giving the reader a break from poor Galla‘s inner dialogue. It was certainly successful in relaying the sense of impending doom that others mentioned. I read the book in two sittings and had a feeling of coming up for air once I was able to put it down 😓 3mo
BarbaraBB @emilyhaldi That‘s so well put. It‘s exactly how I felt after finishing it. 3mo
merelybookish Relentless, doom, dread...such accurate words describe the book! And I don't think it would have the same effect if we weren't in Galla's head! We both get her perspective and what she inadvertently reveals. I didn't think of her as unreliable but as not always aware of what she was saying. And so some things she reported as the norm were actually pretty horrifying. @quietjenn @Leftcoastzen @vivastory 3mo
batsy @vivastory This was my main issue with the novel, I think. I felt the darkness just a bit too relentless, but I guess Cagnati was uncompromising in wanting to present it that way. I was struck by Cagnati describing her own childhood as basically unhappy, and that feeling of perpetual dread, like a prison, was probably what she wanted to convey. 3mo
vivastory @Reviewsbylola I agree with you that Cagnati really excelled at reproducing a convincing child voice. Very difficult. 3mo
vivastory @merelybookish That's a very interesting point: that she's not so much unreliable but unaware. There is a definite distinction & I think that Galla is at times unaware, which can make things more complicated for the reader lacking other perspectives 3mo
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Galla's reactions to her mother's affection are often extreme. More than rejecting it, she often has violent reactions to it. Ex., p. 65 “'I made it for you Galla, my Galla.' Always the same words and then, just like that, I'm not hungry at all, and I want to kill the whole world so nobody will ever say things like that to me ever again.“ Why does she react this way to the only affection in her life?

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BarbaraBB I think she doesn‘t think she‘s worth it to feel loved and similarly that it makes her vulnerable, which she doesn‘t allow herself to be. 3mo
vivastory I agree with @barbarabb again. I think that she had a difficult time accepting the compliments from her mother, as it made her feel vulnerable. There might have also been some misplaced resentment towards her mother because of the abusive actions of her father. 3mo
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mklong I agree with both of you @vivastory and @barbarabb about Galla‘s vulnerability but I also think it makes Galla angry that her mother‘s affection will never be enough to protect her 3mo
vivastory @mklong Esp with the ending & her having to protect her sisters. I wondered why she told Fanny the story about them dying, it seems like it was bc she knew what would happen one day 3mo
Leftcoastzen Find myself agreeing with everyone. She doesn‘t want to be vulnerable.People that grow up in certain loving homes feel protected by that love not vulnerable.I believe to an extent she believes it‘s a bait and switch to get her to stay . 3mo
quietjenn I also agree with the points made by @vivastory, @barbarabb, and @mklong. I'd add that, in addition to vulnerability, I think affection confuses her. She is so used to not feeling it that it - and the emotions it brings up - are unfamiliar and thus a little scary and overwhelming, that she can't help but lash out a little defensively. 3mo
vivastory @quietjenn That's a good point about her being confused by affection. Often when she is overwhelmed by her emotions & she expresses them through song she is criticized for expressing herself this way, which makes it even more complicated 3mo
mklong @vivastory @quietjenn Oh my, her singing when they buried her sister bc she didn‘t know what to do with her emotions, broke my little heart to pieces 3mo
mklong @vivastory I feel like her story about all of them dying was a way of reinventing herself at school. She didn‘t want to have to talk about her real family with Fanny and wanted to gain her sympathy at the same time 3mo
vivastory @mklong I see what you mean. That's a good point. 3mo
Reviewsbylola Well personally I felt that her mother was just as bad as her father. I think her mother gave her little shreds of love but it wasn‘t enough. She allowed Galla‘s father to abuse her. Letting him lock her out of the house repeatedly and then leaving the door unlocked so Galla can enter is not enough. And while I am sure everyone in the house suffered at the father‘s hand, mother is the only person they have to protect them and she doesn‘t. 3mo
Reviewsbylola So I can see why Galla is conflicted about her mother. 3mo
emilyhaldi Oof- I agree with all of the above… Galla being so triggered by feeling vulnerable and getting scraps of love that she knows won‘t make up for the overwhelming sadness she feels otherwise. This discussion is really driving home how utterly dismal this little book is!! 😭 3mo
Liz_M I don't remember that quote or part of the book, so reading it out of context it, it comes across as emotional blackmail, as if the mother is expressing the sacrifices she has made for Galla and is expecting someone in return. Perhaps the angry reaction is that of a trapped animal. 3mo
BarbaraBB @Liz_M That is a good comparison, Galla being a trapped animal. Her freedom lays in her intellectual development. 3mo
mklong @barbarabb @Liz_M @Reviewsbylola @emilyhaldi I agree with all of you. The complication of this relationship was what kept me engaged in this bleak little book. There is a lot of love, but also dependence, resentment, anger, and helplessness. 3mo
merelybookish Yes, complicated relationship! I also see her mother as a kind of punching bag. People who have experienced pain/hurt often test people's love by being cruel. How cruel can she be to her mother before she won't love her anymore? 3mo
batsy I agree with the views above but also @merelybookish brings up a good point. Something about a mother's love can bring out all kinds of (opposing) feelings. It is the most important thing for a child, but can similarly feel stifling, like a trap. 3mo
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Let's get this discussion going!

In the introduction, Schillinger writes, “Free Day...offers an insider's view of what it feels like to be an outsider, not only in the land in which you live but in the family to which you were born.“ Do you think that this sense of estrangement was successfully portrayed by Cagnati?

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BarbaraBB Yes I do think so. She was utterly alone and you notices the distance to her own family not only literally but also in how she writes about them. She and het sisters were just ‘tools‘ to be of help to survive and I think she felt that way herself too. (edited) 3mo
vivastory @BarbaraBB I agree. The overwhelming sense of being an outsider was really powerful &I think it worked on several levels. 3mo
arubabookwoman Oh my-Why did I think the book this month was The Slynx? I purchased Free Day a while back and have read a few pages, but thought it was September's book. I will have to come back to review the discussion later this week after I read the book. Sorry! 3mo
vivastory @arubabookwoman No worries! It's a quick, if grim, read. Please weigh in with your thoughts once you finish 3mo
Leftcoastzen Yes,she was an outsider everywhere.She didn‘t really fit in at school , emotionally,I think she wished for a more connected family but with the reality of her violent father & overwhelmed mother she would be sucked into the quagmire of misery & taking care of her sisters. (edited) 3mo
quietjenn Most definitely! I think Galla's sense of estrangement or otherness - from both her family and her classmates - is one of the most effective things about the book. 3mo
Reviewsbylola 100%. Not only was the author able to expertly peel back the layers on how Galla‘s lack of support from her family and community affected her, but it was done in such a way that I truly believed this was a child‘s voice. I don‘t think authors are always so successful with that. 3mo
emilyhaldi I agree with you! @Reviewsbylola I found it to be a very realistic child‘s voice / perspective. Sometimes the simplicity of a child‘s POV can drive me mad but I found it worked in this format with the relentless repetition serving a different purpose too- enforcing that feeling of claustrophobia & impending doom. 3mo
Liz_M Yes, it was an excellent portrayal of not belonging. And is conveyed on two layers, first through the raw emotions portraying her alienation and second the reader Is made to feel like an outsider through unreliable narration, we can't really be in Galla's world because so much of the story is the bits and pieces of her made-up-world. 3mo
merelybookish @Yes, it reminded me of stories of people who leave the "hood" or the reservation to pursue a different life. They don't fully belong in the white society of school but then, after a while, they don't belong where they grew up either. 3mo
batsy Yes, agree with the comments. The alienation was well depicted and it was total. When you're an adolescent it can feel that way. 3mo
LeahBergen @mklong @vivastory I just got home from my holiday last night and I‘m still reading the book. I‘m looking forward to reading through the discussion when I‘m finished! 👍 3mo
LeahBergen @vivastory Oh! Who is next to recommend our 3 books to vote on? It‘s not me, is it? 3mo
vivastory @LeahBergen I hope you had a wonderful vacation! I'm going to send you a message on gr later today. Looking forward to your thoughts on Free Day 3mo
LeahBergen I did! Thanks. I‘ll be looking out for your message. 😄 3mo
GatheringBooks I totally did not see this discussion and so sorry to miss it. Loved everyone‘s thoughts about the complete sense of alienation and being “apart” or in the margins. That was conveyed powerfully. The fact that the entire narrative almost happened just within her head - all her indecisions with her sharp but forever vacillating mind (with a dab of resentment) and why she felt so conflicted were keenly felt. @mklong @vivastory 3mo
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Friends, it has been a LONG week! I have earned some Louise Penny, butter tarts, and wine. Hope everyone else is enjoying Friday as much as I am!

Andrew65 Just finished this one last night, I really enjoyed it. 3mo
vivastory It's definitely been a week! Enjoy🍷📚 3mo
mklong @Andrew65 I‘m loving it so far, but I knew I would. Penny is one of my most reliable favorites. I went to a virtual event with her last week and she says she hasn‘t started a new one yet and probably won‘t until next spring 😫 3mo
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mklong Thanks @vivastory! Pretty sure that batch of butter tarts will be my dinner 😂 3mo
kspenmoll What a treat! I got my copy. The cover is gorgeous! 3mo
batsy That looks like a splendid time! 3mo
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Witches: Salem, 1692 | Stacy Schiff
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Calling all witches and witch lovers! Signup is still open for the #BasicWitchSwap hosted by @sprainedbrain and myself. Use this link to sign up and be sure to do so before 8/31!! https://forms.gle/GyFwxboq1WQgk1Jw5

KatieDid927 I just sent Jenni an email, but I wanted to check to make sure my signup went through because I didn't get a confirmation. I might have made a mistake and not submitted it before I closed the window, just want to double check, thanks! 3mo
mklong @KatieDid927 I just checked and you are signed up! 3mo
KatieDid927 @mklong Awesome, thank you! Can‘t wait! 3mo
LoverOfLearning Just signed up! 🧙‍♀️🧹 3mo
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Witchfinder: Witch Finder | Ruth Warburton
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I am thrilled to be cohosting my favorite swap with @sprainedbrain this year! #BasicWitchSwap is always so much fun so I hope you‘ll all join in! Sign up is open now through 8/31. Use this link to sign up!! https://forms.gle/3sQoVTgoDnctzHTg7

AmyG Thank you! I just signed up. 3mo
LibrarianRyan yeahhhh 3mo
vivastory I'm not sure if you have checked gr but I messaged you about the NYRB book 3mo
mklong @vivastory Hey Scott! Yes I did, but am having a crazy busy week. I have a couple of suggestions and will send them either later tonight or tomorrow morning. 3mo
vivastory I completely understand! Looking forward to your thoughts. 3mo
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Well, this one is a total downer. A well written one, but depressing stuff all the same. I‘m sure it will give us plenty to discuss and I hope to be finished drying my tears by the time we talk about it!

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vivastory I can't wait to read this one. I love your wallpaper btw! 3mo
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No Hilary Clinton this year, but I‘m still excited for this virtual event to launch Louise Penny‘s latest! You can get tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/louise-penny-presents-the-madness-of-crowds-with-do...

You do have to buy the book from them to get access to the event, but who wouldn‘t want that gorgeous cover on her shelf?

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Damnation Spring | Ash Davidson
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Certainly not without flaws, but I admired Davidson's talent for immersing her reader in what, for most, will be an unfamiliar time and place. Despite the bleakness, and frankly predictability, of the plot, her writing kept me engaged.

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Mehso-so

A bit of a let down after a good start. I found Jane to be a bit of a snooze by the end and didn‘t love seeing her snobbery about all of our friends in Highbury. Say what you will about Emma, at least she is never boring!

I also really wish that Aiken could have varied her descriptions a bit. She reduced characters, who are so alive in Austen‘s novel, to their most obvious character trait, i.e. Knightly=Gallant, Harriet=Simple etc…
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batsy Great review. Those aspects made this a so-so for me, as well. 4mo
mklong Thanks @Batsy! I think you made a really important point in your review that Aiken seemed boxed in by the existing characters. I think it was in her effort to keep them true to the original, that she ended up reducing them. 4mo
Teresereading I agree, it was interesting read but never really took off, 4mo
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Heart Is a Lonely Hunter | Carson McCullers
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My neighborhood book club gave me a chance to revisit this classic and it‘s even better than I remembered. It might be my favorite book, definitely in the top five.

Libby1 It is so good, but I felt so sad when I finished it. 5mo
monalyisha Wow! I *loved* this when I read — it in 9th grade (I think?)…but I haven‘t touched it since! Might be time to revisit. 5mo
Alfoster Agreed! It‘s so bitter-sweet!❤️ 5mo
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merelybookish It's a special book! 5mo
vivastory It's definitely one of my favorites 5mo
LeahBergen I haven‘t read it (yet!) 😮😮 5mo
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A Wish in the Dark | Christina Soontornvat
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Eek! A new bookshop just opened in my neighborhood! Pretty proud of my restraint to keep to three.

I‘m especially excited about the tagged book. My 12 year old niece decided that we would start the “Claire and Katie Book Club,” and it‘s the first selection for this very exclusive club 😊

vivastory Great selections! Love the Penguin Deluxe. Enjoy your book club! 5mo
Leftcoastzen Nice! 5mo
janeycanuck Well, it would have been rude to clear their shelves so soon after opening. You‘ll just have to go back. Again. And again. And again. 5mo
mklong @janeycanuck You are clearly a kindred spirit! 5mo
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Free Day | Ins Cagnati
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I‘m so excited that it is my turn to co-host #NYRBBookClub with @vivastory in August. Thought I‘d put the selections up a couple of days early so we can get the voting in before the holiday weekend. Who is ready for a trip to France? 🙋🏻‍♀️

mklong The Litsy description is sparse, so here is a GR link https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6310492 (edited) 5mo
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sprainedbrain Oooh this is a tough choice! I‘m going to vote for No Tomorrow, but would be happy with any. 5mo
vivastory Thanks for posting early! I vote for 5mo
saresmoore Such intriguing choices! My vote is for 5mo
merelybookish Formidable! 🙂 Ma choix est 5mo
quietjenn Hm, I think I'll also go with 5mo
Billypar Oui! 🎒🗼 I'm going to vote for No Tomorrow because I have zéro knowledge of 18th century literature. 5mo
sisilia I‘ll vote for Free Day 5mo
LeahBergen Ooo, this is a tough one. I loved Les Liaisons Dangereuses so I‘ll vote for 5mo
Liz_M I recently purchased, and would like to read 5mo
Leftcoastzen They all look good , I pick 5mo
Reviewsbylola My vote is for 5mo
sarahbarnes Great choices! My vote is for 5mo
batsy These are all intriguing choices! I'm gonna go with 5mo
BarbaraBB I love the theme! I haven‘t read any of them, so I don‘t really mind but most intriguing to me is 5mo
daena I‘ll vote for 5mo
Tanisha_A No Tomorrow sounds very curious! So, voting for that! 😊 5mo
emilyhaldi Great picks- it‘s a hard choice! I‘m going with (edited) 5mo
BarbaraBB Katie, you forgot to tag @Suet624 ! (edited) 5mo
Suet624 @BarbaraBB Hi Barbara. I bowed out of the club. I actually am still buying the books and trying to read them though. 😳🤷🏻‍♀️ thank you for thinking of me. Greatly appreciated. (edited) 5mo
BarbaraBB @Suet624 Oh I‘m so sorry, I didn‘t know. You will be missed in the club but I am glad we‘ll always have all kinds of books to discuss! 5mo
Suet624 @BarbaraBB ❤️❤️❤️ 5mo
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Lolly Willowes | Sylvia Townsend Warner
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Coffee with Lolly this morning. I hope I finish in time for the chat, but even if not, I‘m so glad we picked this one since this BOTM edition has been staring at me accusingly for at least five years!

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vivastory I hope you can join us! Feel free to chime in late. I'm looking forward to your nominations for the August selection. 5mo
mklong @vivastory Oooh fun, I thought @leahbergen was ahead of me in the lineup, but I guess we go by actual names and not handles. Anyway, I‘ll definitely be late now bc my friend who is a bookseller just offered me his ARC of the new Sally Rooney! (edited) 5mo
vivastory @mklong Yeah, I organized it by first name & when necessary by last name too. This was to avoid any confusion if someone changed their handle. Ah, nice! Enjoy 🙂 5mo
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quietjenn It's such a nice edition! Look forward to your comments whenever you get to them. Enjoy the Rooney! 5mo
LeahBergen Don‘t scare me like that. I thought I‘d have to make some panic picks. 🤣 5mo
rubyslippersreads I‘m behind on this, but will catch up on the chat when I‘m done. I‘m enjoying it so far. 5mo
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