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Gossip from the Forest
Gossip from the Forest: The Tangled Roots of Our Forests and Fairytales | Sara Maitland
Fairytales are one of our earliest and most vital cultural forms, and forests one of our most ancient landscapes. Both evoke a similar sensation in us - we find them beautiful and magical, but also spooky, sometimes horrifying. In this fascinating book, Maitland argues that the two forms are intimately connected: the mysterious secrets and silences, gifts and perils of the forests were both the background and the source of the fairytales made famous by the Grimms and Hans Christian Andersen. Yet both forests and fairy stories are at risk and their loss deprives us of our cultural lifeblood. Maitland visits forests through the seasons, from the exquisite green of a beechwood in spring, to the muffled stillness of a snowy pine wood in winter. She camps with her son Adam, whose beautiful photographs are included in the book; she takes a barefoot walk through Epping Forest with Robert Macfarlane; she walks with a mushroom expert through an oak wood, and with a miner through the Forest of Dean. Maitland ends each chapter with a unique, imaginitive re-telling of a fairytale.Written with Maitland's wonderful clarity and conversational grace, Gossip from the Forest is a magical and unique blend of nature writing, history and imaginative fiction.
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#alphabetgame #letterG

@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

One of my all time favourites 😍
Maitland explores nature, fairy and folktales within our woodlands. It is my comfort read. #naturalitsy

Also Grief is a thing with feathers, Gormenghast trilogy, Gone girl and Great expectations (a childhood fave)

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I am boxing up books but that hasn't stopped me from making a #bookspin list. I relied on my Kindle for some titles.
Who knows what my reading will look like this month but fun to plan nonetheless.
@TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 14mo
Graywacke Do we get to vote on your last four? Also, good luck with your packing. 14mo
merelybookish @Graywacke Any recommendations? And thanks. I have 2 weeks. I think I can do it. 14mo
Graywacke @merelybookish yes. 🙂 and yes, you can. 👍 14mo
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#MidyearRush summary!
@clwojick

Books completed:
Gossip from the Forest
The Color of Angels
The Green Man
A Little Princess
Matilda
The Coyote Road
Memory and Dream
The Lost Queen
The Little Prince
Redemption in Indigo

Currently reading: Heartstone - hope to be halfway through by the end of the day

Clwojick Amazing! Way to go! 2y
AllisonM89 @Clwojick So maybe I went ahead and finished Heartstone in a day. It was too much fun to put down!
2y
Clwojick Awesome! You go girl! 🎉🎉🎉🎉 2y
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AllisonM89
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Mehso-so

I hate marking this book “so-so.“ There were parts that were brilliant and beautiful. Her retellings were incredible (Rumpelstiltskin and Rapunzel being the best of them). But parts of the book were so dreadfully dull.

#MidyearRush @clwojick
Book 1/5 complete!

Clwojick Is is an anthology? If so, I‘d be interested in picking up for some of the stories, if I could find it at the library. 2y
AllisonM89 @Clwojick Each chapter, the author writes about how she visited a different UK forest at a different time of year. From there it becomes an environtal commentary and then her ideas on how the European forests impacted the fairy tales and folklore. The fairytale/folklore stuff is super interesting, but the environmental stuff is a bit of a bore. Each chapter is followed by a retelling of a fairy tale.
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July #BookSpin #BookSpinBingo @TheAromaofBooks

Here is my July list! It's only 20 books. My free spaces can be saved for sequels to books or books i decided to read on a whim

I have a number of children's books on the list, but I'm looking forward to some lighter reading next month. Need to decompress a bit after what a crazy spring it was...

TheAromaofBooks You have some good ones there!! Dealing With Dragons is a favorite! 2y
AllisonM89 @TheAromaofBooks a friend of mine was going on and on about it a few months back when we were talking about our childhood book favorites, so i picked up a copy, but never got around to it. 2y
TheAromaofBooks The whole series is just so fun and frolicky. My sister loves that series so much that she's named all of her cats (and she's had quite a few haha) after various characters! 2y
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AllisonM89 @TheAromaofBooks That's amazing! I love it when pets are named after book characters 2y
ItsAnotherJen Ooh...I should of done that with 5 of my choices too. Nice idea!! Oh well. I'll do that next time if we do another bingo month. 2y
AllisonM89 @ItsAnotherJen I liked the idea of giving myself a little freedom with my book selections (and I have a few series to work my way through)... 2y
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#MidyearRush @Clwojick

According to Goodreads, I'm 13 books ahead of my reading goal for the year (52 books). Thanks, covid!

My goal is to finish 5 books during this challenge. Let's see what happens!

Clwojick You can do it!!! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2y
AllisonM89 @Clwojick it all depends on what craziness pops up in the next two weeks, but it should be doable! 2y
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Mistborn
Madeline Miller
Master and Commander
Meat Loaf
Mr. Jones
#ManicMonday #LetterM @JoScho

JoScho Great song choice ♥️ 2y
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From The White Snake

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AllisonM89
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Interesting thoughts on the matter...

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rockpools
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*Mind. Blown*

So, bear with me - convoluted as ever. #cherish ➡️ Cherish the Ladies ➡️ folk tunes ➡️ folk tales ➡️ fairy tales and forests ➡️ to my bookshelf to see if there was anything cherish-like in here... and I didn‘t get any further than the pre-book quotes. Stunned (and not stunned) that such a dismissive-sounding term comes from such a special relationship!

Really must read this some time soon!

#MOvember

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Slajaunie Welcome to Litsy! 💙📖📚 4y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Welcome to Litsy!! 4y
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CoffeeNBooks Welcome to Litsy! 📚 4y
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Welcome to Litsy 📖💙 4y
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1 . Gossip from the Forest - Sara Maitland

2 . Hufflepuff

3. People just do nothing

Chelleo Tip: use the tag #weekendreads to play along and make your post show up in the feed. Also tag the person listed @rachelsbrittain (edited) 4y
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elinorrose

Today's chapter, of 'Gossip From the Forest', is set against the backdrop of Ballochbuie and the Forest of Mar (in Scotland). I've already learnt about the Red Deer 'problem' and the interesting life of Funghi. A good read so far.

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An interesting insight into the book's title. Looking forward to this story.

RaimeyGallant Interesting. And welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon Some of us put together Litsy tips to help new Littens navigate the site. It's the link in my bio on my page in case you need it. Or if you prefer how-to videos, @chelleo put some together at the link in her bio. @LitsyWelcomeWagon 4y
Eggs Welcome to Litsy 🌺 4y
AlwaysForeverReading Welcome to Litsy!!!💜💙♥️💕💚 4y
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"But forests, like fairy stories, need to be chaotic - beautiful and savage, useful and wasteful, dangerous and free."

This gives me the urge to go find a forest and get lost ?

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