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ruth_pell32

ruth_pell32

Joined July 2018

I‘m here because I need a healthy outlet for my excitement over books? | 100% Slytherin? | fav book: Les Misérables by Victor Hugo
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Kill the Farm Boy: The Tales of Pell by Kevin Hearne, Delilah S Dawson
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Us Against You | Fredrik Backman
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I had some mixed feelings about this book...this came up in Beartown too, but Backman‘s “life lessons” that he started every chapter with struck me as a bit cheesy/preachy and could be pretty annoying. But! I loved the characters in this book, especially those who displayed such courage and kindness in the face of violence and hate. There was also a very emotional, uplifting ending, which was appreciated after the tragic events that took place.

Jeannineth Those two books are on my tbr. I am little apprehensive about reading them though. 10mo
ruth_pell32 @Jeannineth They both take a while for the plot to really get going, but I LOVED the story and the characters, and they address some really important issues. From what I‘ve seen, the writing style is usually a hit or miss with people. 10mo
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Beartown: A Novel | Fredrik Backman
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I‘ve just finished this book and I‘m now in that state where I feel numb to everything going on in the real world, I will probably need hours to recover, and I can‘t stop thinking about this story and above all, these powerful, complicated, amazing characters. I‘ve seen some say that this book has a slow start, which I understand, but I personally liked the character-driven nature of this story⬇️

ruth_pell32 And the way you get to know the characters before the action really starts. And it‘s all worth it in the end when you get to observe the life-changing decisions these characters make and the paths they choose after a traumatic, polarizing event. If you like crying over people being heroic and just above all, good people in horrible circumstances like me, this is the book for that. 14mo
ruth_pell32 I‘ve had a lot to say about this book because it‘s one of the best I‘ve read in a while. I know it‘s already popular but if you haven‘t read it yet, DO SO AT YOUR EARLIEST CONVENIENCE 14mo
Kaye You‘re nudging me to give it another go. I‘m not sure what it is with this author. I have all his books, but have the same problem with each of them. Slow start. I‘ve tried multiple times. I finally stuck it out with Britt Marie and REALLY liked it. I just need to get over that beginning hump. Did you find that , and have you read his others ? 13mo
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ruth_pell32 @kaye yeah it definitely did start slow, and there was a lot of exposition before the story actually started. Once it picked up though I found it really engaging. I haven‘t read his others, but I want to give them a try 13mo
BooknerdsLife I‘ve only read A Man Called Ove & loves it so much! Is this one a total different from Ove? 10mo
ruth_pell32 @BooknerdsLife Beartown is actually the first Backman that I‘ve read so I don‘t really know, but I have heard that it‘s pretty different compared to his other books 10mo
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So I‘ve seen this going around and felt obligated to prove myself seeing as my bio states I am “100% Slytherin.” That‘s not possible in this quiz (unfortunately), but I‘d still say that‘s a pretty high percentage...

DivineDiana Agree! 14mo
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Wow. Though some parts of this book were slow, the last third really picked up and hit me so hard with all the tragedy, heartbreak, beauty, intelligence, and excitement that I have come to expect from Victor Hugo. This book really does center on the Notre-Dame cathedral (the original French title being Notre-Dame de Paris) which overlooks all the action with a presence that can be both unforgiving and nurturing to this cast of societal outcasts.

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Les Misrables | Victor Hugo
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Did I need this new copy of Les Mis? No. I already have five. But it‘s so nice, and I have no impulse control when it comes to this book, so here we are...

Redwritinghood I still need to read this one! Seen the musical many times, of course. 1y
DGRachel That‘s a gorgeous edition!! 1y
BooknerdsLife Love this edition! 😍 So Gorgeous! Have this book on my TBR list since FOREVER! 😅 but the size of it scares me off 😅🙈📚 10mo
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Just...wow😂
I love when old books are way more funny than the author probably ever intended

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Giovanni's Room | James Baldwin
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In this classic, every sentence of Baldwin‘s is masterfully constructed, and it‘s hard to believe this book was published in 1956. From the very beginning, these characters spin towards their inevitably tragic endings as a result of the main character‘s self-repression and insecurity, and his need to run away from his own desires and the one person that could make him happy.
⚠️ Amazing read, but incredibly sad

rather_be_reading love tht bookmark! 1y
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Howl's Moving Castle | Diana Wynne Jones
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Ok so I honestly have so much to say about this book, it‘s witty and magical and romantic and the two main characters are so frustrating but so AMAZING at the same time. Their relationship progresses so slowly that you can barely see it happening and by the end they are both so different but also so much themselves and it just makes so much SENSE! Sophie and Howl are my favs🌟

BooknerdsLife Sounds really interesting. 😄 1y
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Howl's Moving Castle | Diana Wynne Jones
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Just. This quote perfectly sums up how this book was like a fairytale but also just a COMPLETE inversion of the fairytale and it was honestly so funny and sweet and...

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Howls Moving Castle | Diana Wynne Jones
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Golden.

IndyHannaJones Yeah I probably missed how golden some of these moments were when I read this is a kid. Time for a reread! 1y
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Howl's Moving Castle | Diana Wynne Jones
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1. Probably Beauty and the Beast (is The Princess Bride a fairytale?)
2. Gaston...not really a “favorite” because he‘s obviously pretty horrible, but he‘s different from many of the others because he‘s actually super popular and admired by everyone around him which makes him more dangerous
3. I‘ve always loved Disney‘s animated Beauty and the Beast!

KatieCarpenter Gaston is a great pick! Love all these answers! 1y
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Howl's Moving Castle | Diana Wynne Jones
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Beautiful

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Howl's Moving Castle | Diana Wynne Jones
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Oh nooooo

Whimsical.Curiosity The horror! 1y
RavenLovelyReads Gasp! 😳 1y
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Howl's Moving Castle | Diana Wynne Jones
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“In the land of Ingary, where such things as seven-league boots and cloaks of invisibility really exist, it is quite a misfortune to be born the eldest of three. Everyone knows you are the one to fail first, and worst, if the three of you set out to seek your fortune.” Howl‘s Moving Castle | Diana Wynne Jones

From the very first line, I am so drawn to this whimsical, magical tone! ✨✨✨💫

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We Are the Ants | Shaun David Hutchinson
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When I picked up this book, I expected the whole alien/sci-fi element to play a much bigger role. I was happy that the book actually turned out to be a down-to-earth examination of what it means to be alive in a universe where all of our actions are inevitably meaningless and the value of living after tragedy. I was also pleasantly surprised by the mature portrayal of the characters‘ various mental health issues, which is always nice to see.

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We Are the Ants | Shaun David Hutchinson
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Wow I‘ve only been on here for two days and everybody‘s been so great! Thanks for welcoming me into the community so quickly...I totally thought that nobody would pay any attention to me...🎉

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ruth_pell32 @Dr.Who_number10 thank you, I don‘t think anybody‘s ever told me that before!🙃 1y
BooknerdsLife Welcome to Litsy 🤗💗 I love this bookish community so much!!! 1y
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1. You guys. Always.
2. I say it both ways
3. Litsy, iBookshelf
4. Just reading haha, also got to pack to head back home from vacation
5. Whoever hasn‘t done it yet, idk
Thanks for the tag @BarbaraTheBibliophage
#friyayintro

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We Are the Ants | Shaun David Hutchinson
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Librarybelle Welcome to Litsy! 1y
ruth_pell32 @Librarybelle thank you 😃 1y
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We Are the Ants | Shaun David Hutchinson
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beach reads!

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“Open your eyes and see what you can with them before they close forever.” All the Light We Cannot See -Anthony Doerr

I finished reading this book a couple of weeks ago but I‘m still reeling so I couldn‘t resist making this
...just the way the meaning of these words evolved over the course of the novel...
This is also probably THE most quoted sentence of this book🤷🏻‍♀️

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We Are the Ants | Shaun David Hutchinson
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“Your entire sense of self-worth is predicated upon your belief that you matter, that you matter to the universe. But you don‘t. Because we are the ants.” We Are the Ants
-Shaun David Hutchinson

So this is my first post on here...getting into a ya book after just finishing some nonfiction. I just got a great app called Over that I‘m using to create pretty quotes- it‘s something I‘ve always wanted to do!!

BarbaraTheBibliophage Welcome to Litsy!! I‘m a fan of the Over app for graphics also. 👏🏻👏🏻 1y
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