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😱 There are some really questionable titles on this list! 😂


Leftcoastzen I had requests for that barb wire book all the time when I worked in a bookstore in Tucson years ago !😁 22h
Ruthiella @Leftcoastzen There‘s truly something for everyone! 😂 22h
Chrissyreadit Kinda scary tbh 🥸 22h
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Ruthiella @Chrissyreadit I looked and it is humorous essays…not serious! Thank goodness 😅 (edited) 22h
Deblovestoread I had to read that title twice because I couldn‘t believe that is what I read the first time 😂 21h
Ruthiella @Deblovestoread I know, right! 😂 20h
Ruthiella @Soubhiville So many to choose from! 😂 20h
Aimeesue 😂😂😂 18h
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Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle Treasury | Betty MacDonald
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One of my favorites set of books from childhood. I had to get a copy for myself.



DieAReader 📚♥️ 2d
Andrew65 Not read it, but like the look of it. 📚📚📚 1d
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The Santa List | Kieran Crowley
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I don‘t have any Christmas socks, alas and I get pretty tired of Christmas music by December 2 (thank goodness I don‘t work in retail, I‘d probably go mad). But, I do have a soft spot for this charity single “Do they know it‘s Christmas?” by Band Aid, despite its atrocious lyrics. I was 19 in 1984 and this effort to bring light on people suffering and how I could help made a great impression on me. When I hear this song, it‘s like a Time Machine.

TheBookHippie I agree. I go back to that time when I hear this. 3d
Andrew65 The mood of the time was great but yes the words are very condescending and make little sense. I turned 19 in 1984 too! 🎶🎶🎶 (edited) 3d
Bookwomble I did work in retail for over a decade, luckily for much of that time having discretion about what Christmas music was played, so developed a store-friendly but somewhat diverse playlist. When I left my intention was to never play those songs again, but it was too late: I need those songs to feel Christmassy! 🎅🎶🎄😄 3d
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Cinfhen Bono discusses this song in his memoir and there‘s a whole chapter devoted to the problematic lyrics in 3d
Cinfhen But I totally agree!!! It‘s like a time machine!!! 3d
DieAReader ♥️♥️♥️ 3d
Riveted_Reader_Melissa It is a beloved time capsule for me too….despite everything 3d
LeahBergen Oh, it‘s a TOTAL time machine for me, too! 3d
Bklover Oh yes! I remember this one well! 3d
Ann_Reads Ah, this brings back memories. Boy George and George Michael (Wham). 3d
BkClubCare Ditto. (And … ❤️ Wham!) 3d
mandarchy I am not a fan of Christmas, and most of the music drives me crazy. I could never work in retail. I do have a handful of songs that I do love. This is on the list. I was only 15 in 84. I love the question, do they know it's Christmas? There is so much pressure to participate that we can't imagine there are places that don't. 3d
CarolynM I did working retail a few Christmases when I was a teenager. The Christmas music torture is real🥴🥴🥴 You‘re right about this one being a time capsule, and also about some of the lyrics, but at least it‘s trying to draw attention to the problem unlike the atrociously self congrulatory We Are The World🤢 (edited) 2d
Ruthiella @CarolynM I agree. I dislike We Are the World. 2d
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A lovely smelling candle that I won from @Roary47 and @Littlewolf1 and the only book I own with “candle” in the title.



Andrew65 Ooh I‘ve not read that Josephine Tey book and I need to get to it. Thanks for the picture and the candle. 🕯🕯🕯 4d
Ruthiella @Andrew65 It was a pretty good Tey title. I think you‘ll like it when you get to it! 🕯️ 4d
DieAReader 🕯️🕯️🕯️ 4d
Roary47 Yay! 💛🥰 4d
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A little dark, but here‘s my pup with a slightly festive background.



Andrew65 😍🐶🐶🐶 5d
LeahBergen Aww! ❤️❤️ 5d
squirrelbrain Such gorgeous ears! 5d
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keys_on_fire So cute! 5d
Gissy 🐶❤️ 5d
Aimeesue So floofy! ❤️ 5d
Tamra 😘😘 that‘s a kissable face! 5d
Megabooks 💜💜💜💜 5d
Centique Gorgeous floof 😍 5d
batsy Little floof! ❤️ 5d
Cathythoughts How gorgeous! A little darling. 🥰 4d
Reggie Omg- the adorableness! 4d
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Oh! Christmas Tree! | Holly Berry-Byrd
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I don‘t decorate for any holiday, but I‘m in the office today and my colleague did a little decorating for the department. 🎄

#WinterReadathon #WinterReadathonDailyChallenge

DieAReader I like it!🎄♥️ 6d
Ruthiella @DieAReader It is a pretty little tree! 6d
Andrew65 That‘s a lovely tree. 🎄🎄🎄 6d
Tamra Cute! 5d
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“Everybody subsequently agreed that the news media should have offered better coverage of the epidemic much earlier, and that the federal government should have done much, much more. By the time everyone agreed to this however it was too late. Instead people died. Tens of thousands of them.”

Hard hitting, comprehensive & tragic. Over 600 pages but it read fast.

Read for #Booked2022 - About the AIDS epidemic. Also works for #NonfictionNovember

Amiable Oh, this book is SOO good. I recommend to everyone I can. 7d
Cinfhen I‘ve heard this is fabulous! Maybe I‘ll read it for #Booked2023 #AboutAPandemic 6d
Reggie I was telling a coworker this week about how that gay couple goes to a fortune teller and she spells out Toxoplasmosis. And one of the guys thinks she‘s a hack because only cats get that. But what they didn‘t know yet was that the disease destroyed their immunity so bad they started getting diseases humans never had to worry about before. Also, that young man who had that sheep‘s disease from California. Rip Randy Shilts. (edited) 6d
Ruthiella @Reggie Yes, I remember that. At first I thought he included it because it was ridiculous. All those young men in their prime, including Shilts. 💔 6d
BkClubCare Oh!! Yes. The movie of this hit me hard and it was before I ever knew abt “movies based on BOOKS”. 3d
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This book reminded me some of Rene Denfeld‘s The Enchanted in its theme, though it is written in a much more straightforward style. It‘s similar in that it doesn‘t shy away from the ugly and it tries to give a balanced view of how a killer might be made, without ever excusing the crime or the criminal. Not a standard mystery, but still gripping in its way as it counts down the hours to the state execution. This is a #BlameitonLitsy book for me.

Ruthiella For you @BarbaraBB ! Don‘t review everything I read on Litsy-lazy me! 😬 But I think it was @Cinfhen ‘s review that clinched it and made me put it on hold at the library! 😃 2w
BarbaraBB Very much appreciated ❤️ I want to read it too since I read @Cinfhen ‘s reviews and your review confirms that I want to! 2w
Cinfhen I‘m glad you picked it up @Ruthiella and im even happier that you “enjoyed” - although enjoy is probably the wrong word - it‘s a difficult story 💔 2w
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Cinfhen I do think this is a book you‘d appreciate @BarbaraBB 2w
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen Just got my copy! 2w
Cinfhen Yay @BarbaraBB !! Can‘t wait to hear your thoughts 2w
BarbaraBB I think I‘ll read during Christmas break! 2w
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1. The last book I finished was Notes on an Execution by Danya Kulafka.

2. I did the BookRiot quarterly subscription box many years ago (it‘s no longer available I think) but I find that I prefer picking out my own books.

3. I‘m not a seasonal reader. I‘ve read books set during winter or Christmas, but I don‘t reread them or make a tradition of it.

#WondrousWednesday. Feel like playing? consider yourself tagged! 😃

BarbaraBB Looking forward to your review of Notes! 2w
Eggs Thanks for joining in 💙🙏🏻❤️ 2w
Reggie I was kind of sad this week when Jen from Bookriot said that was the new iteration of GetBooked‘s last episode and it was only like 5 minutes long. I will miss her and Amanda. 2w
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I won‘t actually be focusing on NOVELS directly during the #NovelNovember readathon! I technically have all of next week off work and want to concentrate on my backlog of magazines. ? I‘ll still be reading my two #PemberLittens books as well: Villette by C. Brontë and Jane Austen‘s Letters edited by Dierdre Le Faye. ?

Andrew65 All reading counts, the magazines look interesting. 2w
jlhammar Oh, how fun! 2w
BkClubCare The PemberLit book is Villette?! Oh goodness. (Not sure where my copy is hiding 😂) 2w
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kwmg40 So excited! 3w
sarahbarnes Already?! Amazing!! 3w
Megabooks Yikes! My wallet is already hurting! 🤣🤣 Thanks for posting. 💜 3w
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vivastory Exciting! Thanks for the tag. 3w
Chelsea.Poole Thank you for the tag! (edited) 3w
Megabooks I found 11 books that I don‘t own that I find interesting! 👍🏻 3w
CarolynM Some interesting books on the list this year. 3w
squirrelbrain Lots that I haven‘t read, and a fair few that I‘ve never even heard of…. I‘ll have a proper look later and, of course, there will be a spreadsheet! 3w
BarbaraBB I‘ve read so much contemporary fiction this year yet the long list is filled with books I haven‘t even heard of! Love that! 3w
squirrelbrain I‘d love to know which ones you like the look of @Megabooks 3w
Suet624 Wow! I wasn‘t expecting to see the longlist so soon! Thank you for tagging me! How will I ever get to my TBR? 3w
Hooked_on_books FINALLY!!! Thanks for the link. Don‘t wait up, I‘ll be a while. 😆 3w
Cinfhen Oh wow!!! Thanks for the tag!!! I missed so much the past 24 hours!!! 3w
charl08 So tempting! Thank you for posting. 3w
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Villette | Charlotte Bront
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Thank you for the tag @Klou !😊

1. I‘d like to think I‘d be friends with Kate Atkinson. I love the humor and the philosophical outlook portrayed in her novels.

2. Nowadays, on Litsy and YouTube mostly along with book prize long/shortlists.

3. Tagged! Reading it with #PemberLittens . Holy moley, I didn‘t see that coming! 😳😂


LeahBergen Kate Atkinson seems like she‘d be a fun friend! 3w
Bklover Perfect choice in Villette! 🤯 3w
Eggs #1-my choice as well! 3w
Ruthiella @LeahBergen @Eggs Particularly her Jackson Brodie books make me think we‘d get on! 3w
Ruthiella @Bklover I know, right? 🤯 3w
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Thalia | Frances Faviell
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I enjoyed this plot heavy coming of age novel set in an ex-pat colony in Brittany in the 1930s. At 18, Rachel has come to be an au pair for a year to an English family only just returned from India where the father is in the military. Rachel wants to be an artist and is quite impulsive. This doesn‘t gel with her ice-queen employer, Cynthia, who clearly favors son Claude over her ugly duckling daughter, Thalia.

Tamra Cynthia is a piece of work! 😖 3w
Ruthiella @Tamra Absolutely. To me, she and her husband are the responsible persons for the mess. And to expect an 18 year old stranger to take charge is absurd. 3w
LeahBergen Great review! I liked it, too. 😊 3w
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Ruthiella @LeahBergen Thanks! Like you, I found it a page turner! 😀 3w
CarolynM Still haven‘t started. I‘ll come back when I‘ve finished. 3w
jlhammar Ice queen indeed! Great review. Glad you enjoyed it. 3w
Ruthiella @CarolynM I look forward to your review! 3w
Ruthiella @jlhammar It was a roller coaster of a read and I also learned a little bit about Brittany-win win! 3w
batsy Nice review! Glad to see it was a pick for you. I have about a quarter more to go through but I agree with you about Cynthia. Parents like that make me quite angry. 3w
Cathythoughts Great review! It was a roller coaster of a read. I loved that about it ! I‘m just finished it now 👍🏻♥️ 3w
Ruthiella @batsy The damage being done to both children was painful to read. 3w
Ruthiella @Cathythoughts Thanks! I‘m glad you also liked it! 3w
CarolynM Great review. I agree about Cynthia, and Rachel‘s family weren‘t much better! 3w
Ruthiella @CarolynM Somehow I missed your comment? 😕 Sorry! Totally agree, bad parenting all around! 2w
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Giveaway | Tod Goldberg
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I‘ve never been brave enough to go on a blind date with a book. But I‘ll throw my hat into the ring! Thank you @Rachel.Rencher for the opportunity! 😃 I read across all genres but am probably most drawn to mystery and literary fiction.



Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Me either lol 3w
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Great Expectations | Charles Dickens
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Today‘s Bizarro comic was literary and it also made me chuckle. 😂

LeahBergen 😆 4w
Rehesina 😂 4w
julesG 😂😂😂 4w
Lcsmcat 😂😂 4w
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I really enjoyed this third book. It ticked along nicely. #JaneandtheExcellentReadAlong #Pemberlittens

A huge Thank You to @Crinoline_Laphroaig for hosting.😃Answers to questions are in the comments.

Ruthiella 1. The final revelation of the murderer was good. I also enjoyed the Bath setting. 2. I loved Lady Desdemona‘s shooting down of Miss Wren “I may wonder that having a so biddable nature in your day, you failed to find a husband”. 3. My favorite character was Mr. Elliot, the sloppy yet sharp magistrate. 4. I was surprised to find 👁 portraits were a thing. 5. I learned Jane wasn‘t a fan of concerts. 6. I find eye portraits a little creepy. 1mo
Ruthiella 7. If I could visit Bath, I‘d definitely want to visit the Roman baths that give it its name. 8. Random Thought-I‘ve never know anyone even named Harold! 😂 1mo
Leftcoastzen 😻 1mo
Crinoline_Laphroaig @Ruthiella glad you liked it! Sorry I've been absent. Lot going on IRL. 1mo
Ruthiella @Crinoline_Laphroaig No problem! Life happens. ❤️ 1mo
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Thalia | Frances Faviell
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Hello #FurrowedMiddlebrowClub reading friends! This is to remind you of our bi-monthly pick for November 2022. The general goal is to post your thoughts by mid-month. Be sure to tag everyone when you do.

However, This is a super laid back group, so please do not feel any pressure and read at your own pace!

Any other Littens want to join in? Please do! We‘d love to have you. 😃

Kimzey Thanks for the reminder! 1mo
LeahBergen Thanks! As always, I‘m looking forward to reading with you all. ❤️❤️ 1mo
jlhammar Can't wait to start! 1mo
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quietjenn Thanks for the reminder! 1mo
Cathythoughts Thankyou! I knew it would be coming up soon. Time is flying. I‘ll get my copy down off the shelf ( step 1 ) 😂🥰 1mo
MrsK Thanks for reminding us 😊 1mo
Tamra Thank you! 💜 1mo
CarolynM Thanks Ruth😘 Looking forward to getting started. 1mo
batsy Thank you for the reminder! Looking forward, as always 💜 1mo
Sparklemn I'm going to skip Thalia but will join you for Clothes Pegs in January! 1mo
erzascarletbookgasm Thank you 1mo
willaful Hi, I'd like to join. 1mo
Ruthiella @willaful Excellent! I will tag you in my post and for the next round in January 2023 when we will read 1mo
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A friend sent me this picture of a book dispenser seen in Berlin Kreuzberg. Neat! 😃

CarolynM Indeed! 1mo
batsy Nice! (Truth 😎) 1mo
Suet624 A wonderful idea. 1mo
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Readathon: Occasional List : Geleentheidslys | Gauteng (South Africa). Education Media Service
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The #OutstandingOctober readathon was a success! I finished the three books I planned to finish, which is a good feeling! Thanks for hosting @Andrew65 ! 😊

kspenmoll 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 1mo
Andrew65 Brilliant 👏👏👏🙌🥳🍾🥂😍 Thanks for playing along. 1mo
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Harrow the Ninth | Tamsyn Muir
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Like the first book in this series, it didn‘t make much sense until the last third or so, but I just enjoyed the scenes and snappy dialogue and trusted it would eventually coalesce. I‘m happy to know my guess about the body in the locked tomb was correct. Such a fantastical and creative (and very gory) series. I‘m rooting for Harrowhark and Gideon to be reunited, whether in this life or the next.

Centique I loved this and also was quite lost in the beginning! I‘m on hold at the library for the next one 😍 1mo
Ruthiella @Centique I actually kinda enjoy the befuddlement and trying to work it out! 😂 1mo
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Wow! The book did not end as I expected (which is a good thing). The writing was great and its observations were sharp. As others have noted, the story telling is a little uneven, however. Set in a dying Midwest town and featuring the inhabitants of a low income complex (in varying degrees of detail), a local high school drama teacher and the son of a ‘50s era child star. They‘re all on a collision course of sorts. Both realistic and off-kilter.

Reggie Sounds interesting, and everytime I‘m at B&N it‘s right there front and center. 2mo
Ruthiella @Reggie It was an interesting book. The plot seemed to be all over the place, but it came together in the end. 2mo
BarbaraBB Great review. Totally agree. You‘d love it too @Reggie 2mo
merelybookish Great review! I'm curious if you felt it was similar to Awad at all? 1mo
Ruthiella @merelybookish Yes, I see the similarity. But this felt more grounded than the two Awad novels I‘ve read, where I really questioned what was real and what was fantasy. What really wowed me here was her depiction of Blandine/Tiffany. Her intelligence and her pain. I‘d say that complicated protagonist is also a similarity with Awad. (edited) 1mo
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Real Books
Read in Chair
Read Alone
New Books

Thanks for the tag @PageShifter 😊

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thanks for playing ❤️ 2mo
BkClubCare I think I agree with you on every point. 2mo
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Readathon: Occasional List : Geleentheidslys | Gauteng (South Africa). Education Media Service
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Ruh Roh! My #OutstandingOctober pile like looks suspiciously similar to last week‘s #20in4. 🙊 Over the next nine days I really want to get back to The Rabbit Hutch and finish it. Also my David Copperfield chapter-a-day buddy read will be done by then. The rest? We‘ll see! 😬🤞

merelybookish What a great mix of books! Looking forward to your thoughts on Rabbit Hutch and my daughter is OBSESSED with the locked tomb books. She talks about Harrow & Gideon non-stop! 2mo
Ruthiella Tamsyn Muir‘s imagination knows no bounds! I understand your daughter‘s obsession. 😆 2mo
Andrew65 Thanks for playing along and good luck 😁 2mo
Ruthiella @Andrew65 Thanks for hosting! ☺️ 2mo
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Benjamin Franklin's Wise Words | Benjamin Franklin
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PageShifter I love this text 💜 2mo
Ruthiella @PageShifter I‘m glad you like it! 😊 2mo
CarolynM A philosophy to live by. 2mo
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Ruthiella @CarolynM Indeed! 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks So true!! Thank you for sharing ❤️ 2mo
Hanna-B 💖 2mo
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One's Company: A Novel | Ashley Hutson
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I definitely see how this might appeal to Moshfegh and/or Awad fans. It definitely skews surreal. Bonnie was already fairly off kilter before a traumatic, violent event tips her over the edge. When she wins the lotto, she opts to leave the world (and reality) behind and use her riches to fully recreate the TV show that keeps her comforted/numb to everything else, “Three‘s Company”. Not sure how this would be for s/o not familiar with the show?

BkClubCare I have a friend who named her dog Furley after that show. 2mo
Ruthiella @BkClubCare That‘s a good name for a dog! 🐶 2mo
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Thank you for the tag @MoonWitch94 !😊

🍁 Favorite Fall Dessert- Pumpkin pie 🥧
🍁Favorite Fall Drink - Hot latte ☕️
🍁 Favorite Fall meal - Mac ‘n cheese 🧀
🍁Favorite Fall Activities- Reading 😂
🍁Favorite Fall Book/Genre - long classics 📚
🍁 Favorite Fall Accessories- scarves 🧣
🍁 Favorite Fall Holidays- Thanksgiving 🦃

MoonWitch94 Ohhhh I love a good Mac & Cheese! Thanks for playing 🍁🎃😊 2mo
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Shrines of Gaiety | Kate Atkinson
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It‘s here! Now the question is, will I read it “soon” (in the next 2-5 years?) or “right away” (within the next 12 months)? 🤔😜

TrishB 😂😂 in the same week! 2mo
Ruthiella @TrishB 😂😂 2mo
jlhammar 😆 Such a gorgeous cover! Loving that Atkinson shelf. I‘d like to read this right away, but have got a lot going and lined-up so we‘ll see. By the end of the year for sure. 2mo
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Ruthiella @jlhammar It‘s beautiful underneath too as a naked hardback. I‘d love to drop everything and start it, but like you, I‘ve got other stuff lined up first. If only I were independently wealthy and could quit my job! 😂 2mo
Branwen That is sooooo gorgeous! 😍📚💕 2mo
Ruthiella @Branwen I is a beautiful cover! 😍 2mo
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My first completed book for #20in4 ! I never read it as a kid, though I do recall seeing the cover in school library. I‘m really glad to finally have read this children‘s classic. It made me laugh out loud more than once. I see why kids and adults love it and why it has stood the test of time. Very punny! Very clever.

Andrew65 Great. 👏👏👏 2mo
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Northanger Abbey | Jane Austen
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This is my copy of Northanger Abbey, but though I will probably also download a copy to my e reader from Project Gutenberg and borrow an audio version from the library. It‘s a re-read for me but only my second time.


sprainedbrain It‘s good to have options! 2mo
BkClubCare ❤️ when you read a book, you go BIG! Own a copy, ebook a copy, listen to a copy… 👌👏 2mo
Ruthiella @BkClubCare With classics like Austen, the library thankfully has lots of options! 2mo
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I‘ve barely read anything today and I‘m dead-tired, but these six books are my current reads and I hope to finish at least two by the end of this #20in4 Readathon. Tomorrow‘s another day!

BarbaraBB I hope you‘ll enjoy 2mo
Ruthiella @BarbaraBB Thanks! Me too. 2mo
Cathythoughts I hope your energy is up tomorrow 👍🏻♥️ 2mo
batsy Hope you have a restful weekend and as much reading as you need! 2mo
Ruthiella @batsy @Cathythoughts Thanks for the best wishes! 😊 2mo
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Thalia | Frances Faviell
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I splurged and got physical copies for the next two rounds. The covers are so pretty! 😍

LeahBergen They are! 2mo
Cathythoughts Fabulous! Love them ❤️ 2mo
CarolynM I need to put my order in soon. I‘m trying to decide which other Susan Scarlett book(s) to add 😆 2mo
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batsy Lovely! I can't wait for mine to arrive 😁 2mo
MrsK Mine are on their way🥰 2mo
Tamra Pretties! 2mo
jlhammar Oooh, lovely! I need to place my order. 2mo
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Crocodile on the Sandbank | Elizabeth Peters
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Thanks for the tag @EadieB ☺️


I would love to see the Amelia Peabody series done right in a TV adaptation. My biggest concern about book to screen is, however, that they won‘t be faithful enough to the original material.

EadieB You're welcome! I agree! Books are always better than the movie! 3mo
Kimzey Does Elly Griffiths‘ Ruth Galloway series have a TV show? That‘s one I‘d enjoy. 3mo
Ruthiella @EadieB Sometimes the adaptation is perfect, but it seems pretty rare! 3mo
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Ruthiella @Kimzey I don‘t think so. I‘ve never read that series. I should give it a go! 3mo
Kimzey @Ruthiella Yes, dig in! I just finished the series and am pining for more. The next one won‘t be released until next April. 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🙌🏻🎥📚 3mo
CarolynM Who would they cast? I can imagine finding a suitable Amelia, and even Emerson, but I can‘t imagine anyone getting Ramses right! 3mo
Ruthiella @CarolynM Casting would be tough! My perfect Emerson might not be yours. He‘s too old now, but Richard Armitage would have made a good Emerson, IMO. 3mo
Hanna-B A little life 2mo
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All My Puny Sorrows | Miriam Toews
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💰Only $1 each at the library. 💰

I‘m pretty sure the tagged book was never read. Still had the receipt in it as well as a bookmark from the store (Wellesley Books in Wesllesly, MA) plus a pristine postcard of Boston.

Tamra Beautiful finds! 3mo
tokorowilliamwallace Yep, the three sources I usually draw from with secondhand books are the two public libraries local to me (Friends of Library books on sale), the resale charity shop, and local little free street libraries. 3mo
Ruthiella @Tamra Thanks! I‘m pretty stoked. 3mo
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Ruthiella @tokorowilliamwallace I only let myself indulge now and again. When the price point is that low, it‘s too easy to go wild! 😆 3mo
jlhammar I loved the Toews. Great finds! 3mo
Ruthiella @jlhammar I think I will love it too. I started reading the first few pages and didn‘t want to stop! 3mo
CarolynM Bargain! 3mo
EvieBee Sorrows is so moving and well written. Doesn‘t hurt that it‘s a gorgeous paperback edition! 3mo
Ruthiella @CarolynM I love library sales for that reason! 🤑 3mo
Ruthiella @EvieBee I am really looking forward to reading it. I‘ve never read any Toews. 3mo
Centique They look like lovely editions 😍 3mo
Ruthiella @Centique The are all in good shape, though The Things They Carried has some underlining. 3mo
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Thank you for the tag @PageShifter !☺️

1. Generally any reading for pleasure is a retreat for me. However, I do particularly like long classics to immerse myself in-Dickens or Trollope, for example.

2. I occasionally re-read Agatha Christie when I‘m very stressed.

3. Any Agatha Christie Miss Marple or Poirot mystery. Or if I want to laugh, Wooster and Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse.


PageShifter Oh yes, I also love Agatha Christie 🥰 3mo
batsy Yes to the comfort reads 💕 It's been awhile since I picked up a Wodehouse. 3mo
Ruthiella @PageShifter I think with Christie too we have the satisfaction of the mystery being solved in the end! 3mo
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Ruthiella @batsy I love books that make me laugh out loud - total stress reliever! 3mo
PageShifter @Ruthiella That's true! 3mo
BiblioLitten Wodehouse for me too! 2mo
Ruthiella @BiblioLitten He‘s 100% reliable! 2mo
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Was this a novel? Or memoir? Ruth Adam really did move from London at the end of WWII with her family and friends to a 33 room manor in the English countryside. As seen on the alternate cover shown, the tone was similar to Jean Kerr‘s Please Don‘t Eat the Daisies- a lightly fictionalized real life experience, with eccentric characters, humorous escapades and comic disasters. Largely plotless, I liked it for its snapshot of England in transition.

MrsK Great review 😊. It did have the feel of short stories, all with the same theme, interwoven throughout. 3mo
Tamra Perfect review! 😁 3mo
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jlhammar Love the collage! That older cover does have a very different vibe. More fun/farcical city folks in the country. Our current cover is more the dream that they fall in love with. I think both work. Wonderful review! 3mo
erzascarletbookgasm Great review! 3mo
elkeOriginal I have to admit I am struggling due to lack of plot - I put it down halfway and forgot to continue because I do not find myself compelled back to it 😕 I clearly like being immersed in plot… 3mo
Cathythoughts Great review Ruth 👍🏻❤️ @elkeOriginal I‘m struggling too .. It‘s not holding my interest 😬 we‘ve never had a bailer yet in our #FurrowedMiddleBrowClub … I might just put it on hold for awhile and see what it‘s like a bit later in the month … 3mo
Cathythoughts Lovely collage 🥰 3mo
Cathythoughts @elkeOriginal I think this was a good choice , I want to experience all these ‘ middlebrow‘ writers … ♥️ it‘s interesting to see the different approaches, and the different reactions we all have. 3mo
Ruthiella @MrsK Thanks. 😊Yes, it took a little while for me to adjust. I think every time I crack open a DSP book I expect one thing but often get another! 3mo
Ruthiella @Tamra Thank you! ☺️ 3mo
Ruthiella @jlhammar Thanks! 🙏 I always read the introduction last and didn‘t at first realize it was based on Adam‘s life. 3mo
Ruthiella @elkeOriginal I had a period in the middle where I bogged down a bit. The foreshadowing also made me at times less apt to read on. (edited) 3mo
Ruthiella @Cathythoughts Thanks Cathy! 😊 Some books require a different mindset and/or reading space, for sure. 3mo
quietjenn Yep, in my head, I keep thinking this is a memoir 🤣 3mo
Ruthiella @quietjenn It kinda is, but I think she clearly changed a few bits (to protect the innocent)! 😂 3mo
LeahBergen I must say that I pretty much read it as a memoir with a few name changes, like you said! 😆 And like @Cathythoughts and @elkeOriginal mention … I, too, set it down about halfway through (unintentionally but with a bit of lack of interest). Once I picked it up again and “forced” myself back into it, I flew through it. It certainly does have a different tone from our other reads in this group, doesn‘t it? It keeps things interesting. 😆 3mo
Ruthiella @LeahBergen It does keep things interesting. I like the surprise factor since I typically know nothing but the title when I start reading! 3mo
elkeOriginal @Ruthiella @LeahBergen @Cathythoughts I agree about how fun the variety of Furrowed books is! I will persevere with this one - and rescue it from becoming a bathroom book 🤦🏼‍♀️😉 3mo
Jess_Read_This I must have completely missed this was fiction. I thought it was her memoir 😂 Perfect review! 3mo
Ruthiella @Jess_Read_This Well, her daughter‘s name IRL was Corinna per Wikipedia, so I think she must have tweaked it a bit. 3mo
rubyslippersreads I‘m reading this as a fictionalized memoir, like The Egg and I. Does her husband have a name? She seems to always just call him “my husband.” 😄 3mo
Ruthiella @rubyslippersreads I don‘t think she ever does name him. The policeman, the Colonel‘s daughter, Howard‘s wife, the ninepence-in-the-shilling garden boy, etc all remain nameless. 😅 3mo
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Here‘s my wrap-up of #Booked2022 Summer Edition:

🥘 Includes a recipe- Wahala

🇨🇦 Set in a Canadian Province - The Stone Angel

🧭 Involves an exploration - Four Cities

👯‍♀️ About sisters - Cassandra at the Wedding

👶 New in 2022 - Sleepwalk

🏨 Set in an inn or hotel - Nobody, Somebody, Anybody

Cinfhen Woohoo 🥳 Q3 Form is ready! Here‘s the short link: https://forms.gle/bAMN41GcdRfrHWTQ9 3mo
Ruthiella @Cinfhen Thank you Cindy! I completed the form. 😀 3mo
Cinfhen Good luck 🍀 💚 3mo
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The Stone Angel | Margaret Laurence
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My last title for the Summer edition of #Booked2022 Set in a Canadian Province

Spanning the late 1800s to the middle of the 20th century, this is the story of an uncompromising and bitter woman. The story at times felt almost biblical in how Hagar Currie Shipley is unable to love or appreciate those who love her most. It was frustrating to read at times - Hagar is often her own worst enemy- but it always felt real.

CarolynM I‘d not heard of Margaret Laurence until @LeahBergen kindly sent me this book. I liked it a lot. I‘m going to read more of her books one day…🥴 3mo
Ruthiella I heard about Laurence first from a book blogger a few years ago. But this was my first title. I too would like to read more from her…some day! 3mo
squirrelbrain Great review - I also read this one thanks to @LeahBergen! Cute pupper! 3mo
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Ruthiella @squirrelbrain Thanks! @LeahBergen influence is GLOBAL! 😆 3mo
vivastory I def recommend reading the rest of the Manawaka cycle! I read through them with several other Littens last year & it was one of my fave reading experiences of the year 3mo
LeahBergen @CarolynM @squirrelbrain @Ruthiella 😆😆 Just doing my bit for Can Lit. Wait … I should make that into a t-shirt for myself! 😆 3mo
TrishB @LeahBergen sent it to me too 😁 she‘s on commission! 3mo
LeahBergen @vivastory It was an AMAZING group read with everyone, wasn‘t it? ❤️ 3mo
LeahBergen @TrishB Bahaha! 😆😆 3mo
TrishB @LeahBergen have to also add I loved it ❤️ 3mo
vivastory @LeahBergen It was the best 💙 3mo
batsy I need to read this! I read the other books in the cycle with the Manawakan gang and really love Laurence ❤️ The cute doggo seems to approve of the book, also! 3mo
Cinfhen I recently ordered this book after seeing all the rave reviews- but I‘m worried my expectations will ruin the book 😬and your furry friend is SUPER CUTE♥️ 3mo
Ruthiella @TrishB Good to know you loved it too! I‘m sure any commission @LeahBergen earned was spent on buying MORE BOOKS! 😆 3mo
Ruthiella @vivastory I remember those posts and they definitely contributed to my desire to get to this book sooner rather than later! 3mo
jlhammar I read this one, A Bird in the House and Jest of God several years ago and loved them. Need to get to the other Laurence titles on my shelves (The Diviners and The Fire-Dwellers). Great review! 3mo
Ruthiella @batsy I was surprised to see on goodreads that you hadn‘t yet read it! You have no idea how many pictures I had to take to get one presentable with Penny, the dog! She‘s no model! 3mo
batsy Aww, Penny! A photogenic but reluctant model 😂 3mo
Ruthiella @Cinfhen Thanks, Penny isn‘t photogenic. It took many pictures to get one that was cute enough! Temper your expectations accordingly. This is definitely an older fashioned novel. But the way it is structured kept me engaged. 3mo
Ruthiella @jlhammar Thanks! I‘m definitely going to read the rest in the Manawaka cycle. I‘m woefully under-read in Can-Lit! 3mo
Cinfhen I had a feeling @Ruthiella ☺️ 3mo
PaperbackPirate Cute! 😍🐕💙 3mo
Ruthiella @PaperbackPirate Thanks! 🙏🐶 3mo
WJCintron 😍😍😍 3mo
BiblioLitten 😍😍😍 2mo
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Hi Reading Friends! This is to remind you of the #FurrowedMiddlebrowClub pick for September. Read along at your own pace and comment and review as you choose. This is a very low pressure buddy read!

I‘m tagging @Sparklemn who expressed interest in joining in July. If anyone else wants to be tagged, let me know! All are welcome. 😃

jlhammar I'm going to try to join you all. Just ordered the book. Looking forward to it! 3mo
Ruthiella @jlhammar Excellent! 😃 3mo
LeahBergen Thanks! I‘m looking forward to this one. 👍 3mo
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Tamra Yay!! 👏🏾 3mo
batsy Thanks! I'm looking forward to this 🏡 3mo
erzascarletbookgasm I‘m sitting this one out, as I‘ve forgotten to order my copy! 🤦‍♀️ 3mo
Ruthiella @erzascarletbookgasm We‘ll catch you again in November! It‘s your turn to pick the next title. 😀 (edited) 3mo
CarolynM Thanks! I'm ready to go 🙂 3mo
Cathythoughts Thanks so much ! I hadn‘t realised how fast the time was going. I wasn‘t sure which book was next … all good now. I‘ll go up and get my copy from my ( fast growing) #FurrowedMiddleBrowClub stack 👍🏻😊 3mo
LeahBergen @catebutler @elkeOriginal @erzascarletbookgasm @rubyslippersreads @quietjenn @CarolynM @Cathythoughts @batsy @Kimzey @Jess_Read_This I was just thinking we should vote on our next two picks to give everyone time to order. What do you all think? @erzascarletbookgasm has our November read and @rubyslippersreads has our book for January. Would you two like to post your options for us? I love voting day. 😆 3mo
LeahBergen @erzascarletbookgasm Too bad! This book is available in a Kindle edition on Amazon (if that‘s an option for you in your country). 😘 3mo
batsy @LeahBergen Great idea! I'm always super excited about our future picks 😁 3mo
rubyslippersreads @LeahBergen Just posted my picks! 😊 3mo
LeahBergen @batsy Me, too! 3mo
LeahBergen @rubyslippersreads And I‘ve immediately voted 😆 3mo
MrsK I just discovered Furrowed Middlebrow! I‘ve read many of D. E. Stevenson‘s books (Miss Buncle and Mrs. Tim series‘s). I may ask to join you all soon!? 3mo
Ruthiella @MrsKinvestigates But of course! 😊 Do you want to start with this title or in November? We only read a book every other month. 3mo
MrsK Thank you! 😊 I‘ll start with this one! Can you tell me what our responsibilities are? 3mo
Ruthiella @MrsKinvestigates Very light responsibilities! 😂 Read the book and tag everyone if you have a comment or when you review. If you look at the #FurrowedMiddlebrowClub tag, you can get an idea of how we roll. Our last title was (edited) 3mo
MrsK @Ruthiella👌. Thank you! 3mo
Tamra @MrsKinvestigates it‘s a really fabulous low key & friendly group! 😊 3mo
Tamra @erzascarletbookgasm echo @LeahBergen - I download my copies to Kindle. I hope you can do the same. 3mo
Kimzey I have my copy and hope to get started over the weekend! 3mo
CarolynM Welcome @MrsKinvestigates, lovely to have you join us🙂 3mo
batsy It's a lovely lowkey group @MrsKinvestigates 😊 Welcome! 3mo
erzascarletbookgasm @MrsKinvestigates Lovely to have you on board 3mo
LeahBergen @MrsKinvestigates That‘s great! Welcome aboard. We start (usually) around the first of the month and aim to be done (usually) 😆 around the 15th but we always have early and late finishers. Use the spoiler button to cover anything surprising that you‘d like to post. 3mo
Cathythoughts @MrsKinvestigates Welcome! We are really enjoying these books , I hope you will too 👍🏻❤️ 3mo
elkeOriginal Excited to read this one - once I finish my current book! 3mo
Jess_Read_This I‘ve got this one on my shelf (I think lol) Count me in and heading over to vote now! 3mo
Jess_Read_This @MrsK 💐Welcome to the club! 3mo
MrsK @LeahBergen has the book for November been decided on? Book Depository cart anxiously awaiting 😝 3mo
LeahBergen @MrsK I‘ll do a final tally and make a post today! 😄 3mo
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Wahala: A Novel | Nikki May
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Thanks for the tag @TheSpineView ☺️


1. I read a lot of good books this month, so I will arbitrarily pick Wahala by Nikki May.

2. It was a good mix of plot and interesting (if sometimes unlikable) characters. This was May‘s debut and I‘m excited and curious to read what she comes up with next.

TheSpineView Thanks for playing 3mo
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It was a tad long, but then I‘d be hard pressed to know what to cut. I can see the comparisons to David Mitchell‘s Ghostwritten. This book is a puzzle for the reader to put together with its time jumps and seemingly unconnected storylines. A supernatural tale of revenge set in modern day Vietnam with flashbacks to its colonial history, it also reminded me favorably of Hari Kunzru‘s White Tears.

1st completed #20in4 End Of Summer book

Andrew65 Great 👏👏👏 3mo
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📕Because I am curious/nosy

📘Probably my mom. She‘s a reader and she took us kids to the library regularly.

📙 Weekdays in the evening after work-Weekends mornings, noon and night!

Thanks for the tag @Eggs . Feel like sharing @Klou @quietjenn @ShyBookOwl @CarolynM @Cathythoughts ?


Eggs ❤️❤️ 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Haha!! ❤️ 3mo
Klou Thanks for tagging me. I'm a little late but I'll post my answers anyway 3mo
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My weekend has officially started! 🥳 The goal for me in the End of Summer #20in4 readathon is to finish at least two of the four books I‘ve currently got going! The White and Kuppersmith are from the library, so probably I‘ll concentrate on them.

Andrew65 Great to have you with us, good luck 😊 3mo
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David Copperfield | Charles Dickens
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Chapter 9: I Have A Memorable Birthday

The pic is from Wuthering Heights but it was the best I could find. David will forever remember turning 10 because that‘s the day he loses his mother. I think Dickens is suggesting she may have died from a lack of kindness. Mr. Murdstone seems actually cut up, but is that because he lost his son too? Or is he lamenting the fact he no longer has someone to psychologically abuse?

#readalong #buddyread

Yossarian It‘s true. It didn‘t even sound like Dr. Chillup stopped by to check on her. At first, I was afraid that Murdstone lived up to his name and killed her, I guess back then you could just die of being a little sad. 3mo
Ruthiella @Yossarian I‘d say she was more than a little sad, living under the thumb of the Murdstones and constantly told she is stupid. 3mo
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The Colony | Audrey Magee
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1. Tagged!

2. Lot of favorites! Wahala, The Light Years, You Sexy Thing, The Change…it‘s been a good reading month!

3. Düsseldorf ??, Bern ??, Ohio ??


Eggs Good for you # 2👏🏻👏🏻 I like your destinations too🗺 3mo
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#Two4Tuesday. Thanks for the tag @EadieB 🙏

1. Probably back when I used email more frequently. Now I‘m more inclined to take a picture or screenshot on my phone. I‘m sure some Littens will recall the dark ages of the last century when you had to write these things ON PAPER. 😱😂

2. Hard to say! It depends some on library hold and timing. One sure thing, however, is the next #Pemberlittens book A Secret Sisterhood.

TheSpineView I remember paper! Thanks for playing! 3mo
EadieB You‘re welcome! Thanks for playing! 3mo
Suet624 I take photos but I also still have lists of books scattered all over the place. 3mo
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📕 Case Histories by Kate Atkinson

✏️ Agatha Christie

🎥 Clueless

🎤 The Clash

🎼 Candy by Iggy Pop

#manicmonday #LetterC Thanks for the tag @eeclayton 😊

TheBookHippie THE CLASH!!!!! 💙 💙 💙 💙 💙 4mo
CBee Thanks for playing!! 😊😊😊 4mo
vivastory The Clash are my fave punk band 🤘 4mo
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Ruthiella @TheBookHippie @vivastory every time I listen to The Clash, I‘m amazed at just how good they were. 4mo
vivastory I've been a fan since HS 👏 4mo
Ruthiella @vivastory Me too except I probably went to HS a good decade or two before you! 😂 4mo
TheBookHippie @Ruthiella we were just discussing this the other night! So good. 4mo
eeclayton Since I love 4 out of 5 items on your list, I guess that means I need to stack the 5th (the Atkinson book) 😁 4mo
Ruthiella @eeclayton oh yes! Do try Atkinson‘s Jackson Brodie series starting with Case Histories. They are melancholic but fantastically plotted mysteries. 3mo
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David Copperfield | Charles Dickens
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Chapter 5: I Am Sent Away From Home.

David is sent away to school because he bit his stepfather (in self defense!). Peggotty manages to at least give him an affectionate farewell and gains a suitor in the process. After an arduous journey, for an 8 yr old, David arrives, the other boys are still on vacation, but David is made to wear a humiliating sign on his back as punishment. He worries what the other boys will think and do when they see it.

Yossarian A lot happened here! The the school master‘s “old women” supposed to be a cheap brothel? Was this a normal way of shipping unaccompanied minors? Was the school@pre-arranged or set up in a week? 4mo
Ruthiella @Yossarian No, I think the “old women” genuinely live in a home for impoverished widows or the like. I think it was the way minors were sent across the country. Completely normal for the times but maybe not too different the putting an 8 year old on a plane with only the flight attendant to check on them. 4mo
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Yossarian “On seeing the master enter, the old woman stopped with the bellows on her knee, and said something that I thought sounded like 'My Charley!' but on seeing me come in too, she got up, and rubbing her hands made a confused sort of half curtsey.” She started something that she had to stop when she saw a child. That‘s why I thought it might be something other than a retirement home. Plus the fact the schoolmaster knew them at all … 4mo
Ruthiella @Yossarian I think the old lady is the master‘s mother. 🤔 4mo
Yossarian I guess that makes more sense. It just seems odd, if that was the case, that he‘d say he had to visit an “old person” instead of his mom. Also, why he‘d have his mom living in the poorhouse! 4mo
Ruthiella @Yossarian He might not want a student to know that it is his mother and that he cannot support her. Remember his shoes that are so worn, they can‘t be repaired and his dirty linen ( he probably only has one set of clothes). 4mo
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#Booked2022 Involves an Exploration

An introductory look at four pre-modern age cities. Newitz makes a great point that cities and civilizations are never “lost”, but rather they morph into something different as human needs/desires change. The author also does a great job trying to emphasize the lives of the common folks in each city. This was interesting if cursory. But a great starting point for anyone curious about archeology/anthropology.

Cinfhen I read this last year. It was pretty digestible/ I liked it but of course I can‘t recall much 🤪 4mo
Ruthiella @Cinfhen I think my biggest take away is even knowing that the Turkish Neolithic city and the Middle Ages Indigenous American cities even existed. Angor Wat I‘d heard of and I‘ve visited Pompeii. 4mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Sounds like a perfect match with this prompt! 4mo
Ruthiella @BarbaraTheBibliophage I thought so! 😂 3mo
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David Copperfield | Charles Dickens
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David Copperfield, Chapter 3: I Have A Change.

David returns from the best vacation in his short life (what kid wouldn‘t get a kick out of living in a beached boat?) only to discover his beloved mamma has married the controlling Mr. Murdstone. We‘re introduced to Peggotty‘s adorable family-particularly doomed little Em‘ly.

Despite foreshadowing, this was a mostly humorous chapter. I often forget how funny Dickens is!

#buddyread #readalong

Yossarian The foreshadowing was particularly dark about how how it might have been better if Emily drowned. I liked the scenes on the houseboat, though! 4mo
Yossarian Also, that picture doesn‘t look anything like a boat! 4mo
Ruthiella @Yossarian I loved this the scenes with Peggotty‘s family. So cozy and humorous.Mrs. Gummidge and her complaints juxtaposed with the patient good nature of Mr. Peggotty et Al. And I laughed at David‘s childish confusion about who was related to whom. 4mo
Yossarian It definitely does a great job of being cozy and humorous while, in the background, is nothing but tragedy — an essentially homeless family living in a boat with orphaned niece and nephew — putting aside the troubles at home! 4mo
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And now for the latest round impossible questions for #Two4Tuesday ! 😆

☀️Reading would be no fun for me if I could only read one genre! But if forced to choose, I‘ll take lit fic.

☀️☀️The second half, because I have to know how it ends!

Feel like playing? Consider yourself tagged! Let other Littens know your choices!

TheSpineView I am with you on endings. Thanks for playing 4mo
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