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The Ten Thousand Things
The Ten Thousand Things | Maria Dermoϋt
In Wild, Cheryl Strayed writes of The Ten Thousand Things: "Each of Dermoϋt’s sentences came at me like a soft knowing dagger, depicting a far-off land that felt to me like the blood of all the places I used to love.” And it's true, The Ten Thousand Things is at once novel of shimmering strangeness—and familiarity. It is the story of Felicia, who returns with her baby son from Holland to the Spice Islands of Indonesia, to the house and garden that were her birthplace, over which her powerful grandmother still presides. There Felicia finds herself wedded to an uncanny and dangerous world, full of mystery and violence, where objects tell tales, the dead come and go, and the past is as potent as the present. First published in Holland in 1955, Maria Dermoϋt's novel was immediately recognized as a magical work, like nothing else Dutch—or European—literature had seen before. The Ten Thousand Things is an entranced vision of a far-off place that is as convincingly real and intimate as it is exotic, a book that is at once a lament and an ecstatic ode to nature and life.
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quietjenn
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Well, I didn't manage to finish this until tonight, but I'm looking forward to checking out the comments on the #nyrbbookclub discussion. I think I liked it a bit more than many, but my expectations were somewhat tempered. That said, not sure how much of it will really stay with me?

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DrexEdit
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Here in all its cover blurb glory is The Ten Thousand Things, the #NYRBBookClub selection for December. It's a pick for me, but a soft pick. The ten thousand things are things, people, places, memories, etc. that make up any one person's life. This book covers 3 generations in 200 short pages. The writing is lovely, but it's short on plot and takes a weird tangent 2/3rds of the way through. It was also slow and hard to get into. ⬇

DrexEdit And seemed to delight in being mysterious and unknowable. There are no answers to anything here. I think knowing all this now though, this book might fare better on a re-read. Or it might it not. ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ for delightful mysteries and lovely words! 6mo
Leftcoastzen Love this old edition! 6mo
quietjenn What a nifty copy. 6mo
DrexEdit @Leftcoastzen @quietjenn It's a Simon & Schuster edition from 1958. 6mo
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readordierachel
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"It was so hazy, it all ran together in her head"

This pretty much sums up how I felt reading this book. A vivid setting with some lovely descriptions but not enough of a narrative for me to grab on to. By the end, I was just reading to finish. That said, it's very layered, and I suspect this is the kind of book that will improve on a second read, when my expectations have been appropriately calibrated. #nyrbbookclub

vivastory It looks like a lot of us felt the same. Thanks for dropping into the discussion today. I enjoyed hearing what you thought about it! 6mo
batsy Great review. I can totally understand why it was a bit of a letdown for many people. 6mo
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Liz_M
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The novel ends with a descriptive listing of Felicia's vision of hundreds of things, calling back to several mentions of β€œthe old heathen lament...for one who has just died. 'The hundred things' was the name of the lament-the hundred things of which the dead one is reminded, which are asked him, told him.β€œ What are some of your hundred things?

Liz_M (Litsy or the internet is painfully slow, but here goes) Books, of course. Evie and Bert (my former and present cats). Bite-sized cookies. The pens stuck in my ponytail. Glasses. Sunset photos. The smell of lilacs from my childhood home. 6mo
readordierachel @Liz_M What a lovely list. I particularly like the pens in your ponytail :) 6mo
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Leftcoastzen My grandparents farm, Books, Mendocino , Musso & Frank , how San Francisco cable car brakes smell, grandmas fried chicken & her canning jars filled with good food in the basement, how antiquarian bookstores smell, citrus blossoms.always the cats. 6mo
Liz_M @Leftcoastzen nice! I had no idea that cable car brakes have a specific smell. 😊 6mo
arubabookwoman I'm going to say the wind in Aruba, the smell of coffee roasting in the French Quarter in New Orleans, the creative energy of London in the late 60's (Beatles, Stones, Donovan, Mary Quant, Portobello Road), the mist and greenery of Puget Sound, quilts/fabric/threads, books, and a couple of puppies and kittens. 6mo
Billypar @Liz_M @Leftcoastzen @arubabookwoman I think I could make the list entirely of childhood smells: the cedar from my one grandparents' condo, linoleum and cigar smoke from my other grandparents' house. Vats of olives in an Italian market. Coppertone sunscreen. My friend's basement where we spent almost entire days playing video games. My mom sautΓ©ing crushed garlic in oil for tomato sauce. 6mo
arubabookwoman @Billypar Yes! The empty dresser drawers at my grandparent's house had such a distinctive smell, I remember it vividly 60+ years on. 6mo
Liz_M @Billypar Impressive! 6mo
Liz_M @arubabookwoman I loved the energy of London that I felt as a student a few decades later. 😊 6mo
Leftcoastzen @Billypar that coppertone sunscreen iconic scent! 6mo
Leftcoastzen @Liz_M it‘s a wood block grabbing cable so a woodsy, smoky, scent . 6mo
GatheringBooks What a privilege to read your hundred things - all of you - the scents, smells, tastes, imagery - all so evocative. Very much like 525,600 minutes - how do you measure a year? How do you weigh the value of the hundred things that will forever remain with you in this life and in the next? πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’• 6mo
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Liz_M
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5) Publisher's weekly states, β€œDermoΓ»t beautifully depicts the idyllic setting and handles the darker aspects of the storyβ€”ghosts, superstition, even murderβ€”with equal skill.β€œ What image, either beautiful or unsettling, has remained with you?

arubabookwoman Having grown up on a tropical island the descriptions of the setting really spoke to me. But b/c Aruba (in the Dutch W. Indies, unlike this island in the Dutch E. indies) is a desert island, I connected more with the sea images--the coral woman, the octopus, the giant clam shell. And surprisingly, many of the beautiful images were also of danger and death. (edited) 6mo
arubabookwoman The professor expressed his fear of dying in the sea, and that is where he ended up. The professor was drowned. So beautiful as it is, many of us fear the sea. (Due to a near drowning experience when I was 6 I do). I know of several people my parent's age who requested that there ashes be spread into the waters off of Aruba, and the thought of that for me fills me with angst. Sorry if this is not relevant, but it's how the book got me thinking. 6mo
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Liz_M @arubabookwoman I think a lot of the imagery that I found most memorable (like the professor) was the ones that foreshadowed death. For me it was Bibi tempting Himpies with shells that traditionally we're with by the native tribe that (presumably) killed him. 6mo
vivastory @arubabookwoman Thank you for your perspective. I think that it's easy for some people to think that island inhabitants might have only affection for the sea, when it is a real force of nature. 6mo
readordierachel For some reason the idea of the pearls of the sea as tears we will have to cry and the pearls of the earth, tears others have already cried and been buried with, has really stuck in my mind. 6mo
Leftcoastzen @readordierachel I thought that was memorable as well. 6mo
Leftcoastzen I think Island dwellers do have great respect for the sea. Dangers and abundance to be had from it. 6mo
vivastory @readordierachel That was one of my favorite images from the entire book. So striking! 6mo
DrexEdit For me it was the β€œfleetβ€œ of jellyfish. 6mo
Liz_M @DrexEdit That was such a lovely description! I wanted to find a sketch of those to use for a question background, but couldn't in my quick search. 6mo
Billypar @arubabookwoman I definitely feel the same about the sea images - both beautiful and deadly at the same time. I've always assumed my anxiety about the water and swimming was due to not having a lot of experience around it growing up, but it definitely makes sense that greater access to the sea also means more exposure to the risks and even first hand near-death experiences. 6mo
Billypar How about the palm-wine manniken? I totally thought that thing was coming alive and going on a killing spree at some point 😱 6mo
arubabookwoman @DrexEdit and @Liz_M And jellyfish are another thing from the sea both beautiful and dangerous. 6mo
readordierachel @Billypar Oh yes! Very unsettling, lol 6mo
emilyhaldi For me it has to be the 3 girl ghosts… they were woven through the story so frequently and seemed to have such impact on the people of the island. I would love to hear some analysis on what they represent πŸͺ¦πŸͺ¦πŸͺ¦ 6mo
merelybookish Me too @emilyhaldi I also found the lampshade with the three girls in pink really evocative. But the most beautiful part of the book for me was the opening. And the setting up of memory and the past. It really set the dreamy tone for the book. 6mo
GatheringBooks One of the unforgettable moments for me was when Himpies came back and his mother initially did not recognize him and probably mistook him for his father - so much so that her heart stopped for an instant. Another thought provoking aspect was Himpies‘ love for the married woman who simply up and left, leaving him forever heartbroken. 6mo
batsy Loved seeing all of the answers here, but the image that stuck with me was that evening with Pauline's quietly growing disquiet and how she suddenly shook the child Sophy. The sense of unpredictability, danger, and dread that underlies the whole novel came to the surface here. 6mo
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Liz_M
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4) Is this book a β€œcolonialβ€œ novel? What aspects of colonialism are represented? Or, how does it transcend being a representation of colonialism?

BarbaraBB To me it‘s a real colonial novel. Indonesian people accept the Dutch presence as naturally and don‘t even question it. What space is left for their own culture and traditions they use, but it‘s always subordinate to that of the colonialists. 6mo
Billypar I agree @BarbaraBB - every story contains that tension, where despite the indigenous population having become used to the colonial presence being dominant, it's a society as haunted by its history as it is by the spirits. 6mo
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BarbaraBB @Billypar You can express it much better that I did but that‘s indeed exactly what I mean! 6mo
Leftcoastzen Great way to express it @Billypar colonialism in general is such a hovering presence.At best native peoples go on with their beliefs and systems, but you can bet if it‘s in conflict with the commerce of the colonials it will be put down. 6mo
DrexEdit I think it's a colonial novel because it centers the colonizers and their story. Even if their influence is waning or changing in the region. 6mo
Liz_M @Barbarabb @Billypar this is helpful. The translator note said she wrote not as a Dutch woman or as a Javanese and she disdained the dividing lines (badly paraphrased) which got me thinking about colonialism and how it is part of the culture, implicitly if not explicitly. 6mo
Liz_M @DrexEdit And this is also a good, concise definition 6mo
Billypar @BarbaraBB Well, I don't agree with your last statement but I think we agree on how the novel approaches colonialism πŸ˜‰ 6mo
Billypar Great observation @Leftcoastzen - there's definitely a 'we're fine with all of your beliefs, until they're inconvenient for us' mentality at play. 6mo
Billypar That's interesting @Liz_M - it does seem like after so long colonialism becomes deeply embedded in al 6mo
Billypar *all of the cultures of the island inhabitants and impossible to separate in some ways 6mo
merelybookish Agree with @DrexEdit and @Billypar And I did wonder, after I finished, what this story would be like if the writer had been indigenous and not white. The effects of colonialism are here (e.g. the story of the 3 sisters who were killed and how the slave girl was punished) but it does have an inevitable feeling to it all. And the character of the professor is sympathetic, even as he is also exploiting the people and land. 6mo
GatheringBooks The β€œcolonial presence” as @Billypar phrased it is the dominant voice here - the Indonesians have always been framed as something exotic, the β€œother” in this narrative, the source of the strangenesses and the mysterious and the lurking danger, too (I am thinking of the professor‘s death as well as that other man with the exotic wife). The subjugated remains silenced or β€œothered” in this narrative. 6mo
batsy It is a colonial novel, yes. I did find myself wanting more of a voice given to the indigenous people. The sense of fate, of inevitability, feels a bit like a justification for the way systems of power work. Like the professor telling Suprapto that racism/xenophobia can be found in every society. Well, yes, but that doesn't erase how colonialism as a force works to impose a dominating system over local practices. It raises interesting questions. 6mo
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Liz_M
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3) Several reviewers of Ten Thousand Things have noted the role of Fate in DermoΓ»t‘s novel. Do you think that Fate is present, or is something else at work in the characters' lives?

BarbaraBB It might be fate but more important, it‘s something you can influence. It‘s kind of (what we call here) β€˜a quiet power‘ 6mo
vivastory @BarbaraBB I love that! 6mo
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vivastory Dermout addresses Fate without deciding in it's favor. As when the great-grandmother tells Felicia to not let Himpies put on a uniform & then Himpies died while serving. Could Felicia have been able to stop him? He was determined to be in the army, but he didn't have a convincing reason why which gave it a strange sense of it being fate. 6mo
arubabookwoman I don't believe in fate, but I think many, if not most, of the characters in this book believed in fate, and believed that whatever happened was "fated." 6mo
Liz_M @arubabookwoman @vivastory I didn't notice the force as fate, but rather thought of it as foreshadowing -- the author emphasizing the moments that would echo in the future. (edited) 6mo
emilyhaldi @BarbaraBB I love that idea.. It‘s comforting to think that we have some power to ever so slightly influence our fate ✨ 6mo
merelybookish @BarbaraBB I like that phrase too. I didn't think of it as fate so much as mysterious forces beyond our control. Magic, curses, charms - all these things had influence or were believed to have influence. 6mo
GatheringBooks I am with @Liz_M here - i did not perceive it as well as fate but more like the inevitability of consequences brought about by choices made by people. The characters seemed to have a clear sense of agency, but the narrative flow makes it seem that their decisions were amorphous or cursed or simply looping into itself, like a cycle of sorts, hence the repeating names - which on hindsight now makes me appreciate dermout more. 6mo
batsy Nicely put @BarbaraBB @arubabookwoman and @GatheringBooks ! I agree that the narrative itself exerted that quiet powerβ€”characters acted with agency, but she was able to depict how things happen beyond our control. Himpies' death, or the professor's end, Constance and Pauline. Maybe underlying that question is what motivates people to act in certain ways? Fate, being cursed or charmed, or simply the basic irrationality underlying human experience? 6mo
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Liz_M
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2) Who is your favorite minor character and why?

BarbaraBB This is horrible, I read the book a few weeks ago and can‘t even remember the names of the minor characters πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™€οΈ 6mo
arubabookwoman I think if we are supposed to have a favorite character, it would have to be Felicia, but 1. I think this is a novel of place, not character, and 2. Most of the characters had deep flaws, and I didn't fall in love with any of them The sone (Hiemes??) seemed a decent sort. 6mo
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vivastory I'd say my favorite minor character would be either Himpies or Bappa (the man who died his hair blue). I was also a bit intrigued by the bibi that is banned from the house. 6mo
Billypar I think it's Suprapto - I was interested in how he responded to the racist condescension on the part of the Europeans, even as they appeared to respect his noble background. 6mo
readordierachel @arubabookwoman "this is a novel of place not character" totally agree. That's very well put. The characters seemed secondary to the setting. 6mo
readordierachel @BarbaraBB don't feel bad. I finished the book this morning and I can't even remember all the characters names 🀭 6mo
Leftcoastzen I liked Suprapto too , for the reasons @Billypar noted. 6mo
Liz_M I In a way I found the murder victims' stories easier to read -- they were less amorphous and didn't require as much concentration. I was fascinated by the Commissioner and his 'exotic' wife and the uncertainty of how much the women of his household helped his drowning. 6mo
Liz_M I also really enjoyed Bibi, Evan though we only know her through other's eyes 6mo
vivastory @Billypar @leftcoastzen I forgot about Suprapto! He was def a favorite minor character. 6mo
BarbaraBB @readordierachel I am glad you say so! 6mo
Liz_M @readordierachel @BarbaraBB And it doesn't help that many of the minor characters didn't even have names. πŸ˜„ 6mo
DrexEdit I liked the mysterious bibi with her mysterious wares. πŸ˜‰ Also the three dead girls who may or may not have been poisoned and were or were not also on the lamp--Elsbet, Katie, and Marregie. 6mo
readordierachel @Liz_M good point! 6mo
vivastory @DrexEdit Yes! The three dead girls! For me they were one of the most mysterious aspects of the entire book with their graves being frequently passed & mentioned in passing in conversation. Haunting the story in many ways! (edited) 6mo
arubabookwoman Just noted the word "minor" before character, so yes, the bibi is an interesting character, and would also like to have known more about the three little girls. (edited) 6mo
emilyhaldi @Liz_M I would read another small novel on the Commissioner and the women of his household!! A lot of mystery surrounding those characters… 6mo
Liz_M @arubabookwoman Perhaps not the best word choice -- I was mainly thinking of any character other than Felicia πŸ˜„ 6mo
GatheringBooks I think it is a toss-up between constance and Raden Mas Suprapto for me - his passive aggressiveness matched with Constance‘s murderous/fiery nature made this a curious read for me 6mo
GatheringBooks And yay for the three dead girls, too @DrexEdit - so mysterious and haunting 6mo
batsy I'm with @Billypar I found Suprapto quite fascinating for those reasons. The professor was also interesting because he seemed to be a bunch of enigmatic contradictions, and kind of reminded me of a Graham Greene character. That whole segment did, on the whole! 6mo
batsy @emilyhaldi I agree! 6mo
Billypar @batsy You're right: that story definitely had a Graham Greene feel, which is odd because nothing else in the novel really did. I liked your point about the quote from the professor in the other thread about racism being present among all cultures: it's maybe a situation where the author captured the character accurately, even if she failed to see herself why that statement is an oversimplification? Or who knows, maybe she did - it's tough to say! 6mo
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Liz_M
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1) Several of us have commented on the narrative shift(s) in the novel. Does the novel‘s unusual structure work for the story being told? Why or why not?

vivastory It did not work for me. As @billypar mentioned I did not find the stories in the At the Outer Bay section interesting. I was really enjoying the novel & I found the shift jarring & it felt like too much time was spent on this section. 6mo
BarbaraBB I had a hard time not losing interest in the middle of the book and picking up in the third part. So no, it didn‘t work for me. 6mo
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arubabookwoman It ultimately worked for me, but when the story of Felicia seemingly ended, and we were into, the professor, the colonel, and Constance, I thought the book was actually a novella and short stories. I think the end tied it all together fairly well 6mo
Billypar Agreed @vivastory - of all of the shorter tales I liked The Professor the best because it had more interesting narrative twists that were missing from the others. No matter how short any story is, I think they need a certain amount of developments and these seemed a little too static for me, as haunting as they were. 6mo
Billypar That said, I don't mind the structure by itself - @arubabookwoman I like that way you described it as a novella and short stories woven together. 6mo
vivastory That's an interesting way of thinking about it @arubabookwooman I think that I might at some point reread this bc I did love the first part & it was a quick read. If I do I think I'll use that mindset of it being more of a novella & short stories. I find that these categories matter bc they help express expectation, at least personally (ie IMO Kawakami's Breasts & Eggs is a disaster as a novel but as 2 linked novellas is pretty impressive) 6mo
vivastory @BarbaraBB I found myself wishing that part 4 was longer as well 6mo
readordierachel It didn't work for me on this read. Like @BarbaraBB I started losing interest. But like @vivastory I think I'll revisit the book some day in the future. Now that I know what to expect, maybe I can enjoy it for what it is on a reread. 6mo
Leftcoastzen I did like the professor part , but overall I was feeling the first part , not as interested in the middle and wanted the end to last longer.I could feel the pressures of colonialism through the entire book & kept wanting to dig into nonfiction about colonialism there. 6mo
Liz_M @readordierachel @vivastory I was less bothered by the shift to other stories. But I also think it will work better on a second read. I want to see if there are hints in the first section that we will hear other stories, because it was so clearly necessary to know them for the final section to have a rich meaning. 6mo
vivastory @Leftcoastzen I found myself googling after I finished to learn about the colonialism 6mo
vivastory @Liz_M @readordierachel I also should have paid closer attention to the third section. I was a bit impatient to get back to the other narrative, but I am curious if there were hints as you said. 6mo
Leftcoastzen @vivastory Yes! My reading is often slowed down by googling. It‘s a blessing and a curse.I think I liked it better when I took notes to look crap up later. I get pulled out of the story. 6mo
DrexEdit @arubabookwoman I like this way of looking at it. Otherwise, I have to think that Ms. Dermout just needed a stronger editor to talk her out of including section 3.

For my part, I was left just wondering why those stories were in there at all. I mean I guess there was an attempt to wrap those characters into the small garden at the end, but since they were never really part of the small garden it didn't make sense to me.
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vivastory @Leftcoastzen I feel like there ought to be a specific word (there probably is) for the amnesia when you pick up your phone to google something while reading & then put it down 30-45 minutes later & realize you didn't even look up what you originally intended. So much time lost.... πŸ˜‚ 6mo
LeahBergen Sorry, fellow bookclubbers! I didn‘t get around to this month‘s read but I‘m enjoying reading all about it here. 6mo
GatheringBooks While I found the shift jarring, I simply β€œwent with the flow” as people say, trusting where the author will lead me to. Thankfully, it was tied neatly and somewhat coherently towards the end. 6mo
merelybookish I had read @vivastory's review so I knew about the shift ahead of time which made it less jarring. I think there is something important about the inner AND outer, and that you can't talk about one without that other, and even things that don't seem connected, are. I didn't love the structure but I found it interesting and I did enjoy thinking about why it was structure this way. 6mo
Liz_M @merelybookish That is rather astute. Of course the inner Bay and outer Bay were chosen as chapter headings to highlight the symbolic dichotomy. 6mo
quietjenn Like @GatheringBooks and @merelybookish, I think I was able to enjoy the shift and just go with it, in part because I knew from other comments that they were coming. I actually enjoyed them, but I do wish there was more there at the end bringing it all together. 6mo
batsy I think I was expecting it as others mentioned because I saw the other reviews first. For some reason I didn't find it jarring at all and it's interesting to me that I'm in the minority 😁 This felt like a hazy dreamscape where normal rules didn't apply, which I think kind of mirrored Felicia's experiences, especially wrt the superstitions and rituals and myths that abound. I felt like I was being guided along by a strange logic. 6mo
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Billypar
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Dreamy novel about an island in the East Indies during what may be the early 20th century but is absent of historical context. It reads like magical realism except we don't see the magic before our eyes - the island's lore is so vivid through the stories told by its inhabitants that we feel like we've witnessed what we haven't. The style was memorable: it made me feel as if I was reading this on a beach after getting too much sun.

vivastory Great pic! I agree about the lack of historical context. I had to do a bit of Googling. Looking forward to the discussion tomorrow. 6mo
DrexEdit I'm reading the same edition as you. I'm calling it the blurb cover. Love the jellyfish paperweight! 6mo
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Billypar @vivastory Yeah, the lack of references served the magical atmosphere well and I thought it contrasted in an interesting way with the island's truly evil history that is based in history. 6mo
Billypar @DrexEdit I had to laugh when I picked it up from the library: I've never seen an all-blurb cover before πŸ˜… 6mo
Centique I love that jellyfish! Have you ever been to the Monterey Bay Aquarium where they have floor to ceiling tanks of jellyfish in a big darkened gallery? One of the most beautiful things I‘ve ever seen 😍 6mo
Billypar @Centique I have once, but it was 17 years ago, so my memory of it is a little hazy. But I do love aquariums and the jellyfish always have such a mysterious aura to them. 6mo
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batsy
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At the start, I thought this novel with its elliptical, poetic writing would rub me the wrong way. But it was not easy to pigeonhole this book or guess where it would take you; it was constantly shape-shifting in telling the tale of a Dutch family in Indonesia's Spice Islands & the murders & betrayals, plus the characters & ghosts that slip in & out. Underlying it, the most persistent haunting of all: that of colonialism. It was sad & mysterious.

BarbaraBB Beautiful review. Happy new year Suba πŸŽ† 6mo
batsy @BarbaraBB Thank you, Barbara! Happy New Year 😘 6mo
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Tamra Happy New Year! Looking forward to more of your insightful reviews! 6mo
readordierachel Lovely review. I am struggling with this one, but you've made me want to soldier on. Happy New Year πŸ€— 6mo
Cathythoughts Nice looking coffee πŸ‘β€οΈ 6mo
Cathythoughts Happy New Year 😘 6mo
batsy @Tamra Thank you so much! Happy New Year! πŸ₯‚ 6mo
batsy @readordierachel I hope it pays off for you! I can understand why it feels a bit off, though. Happy New Year ❀️ 6mo
batsy @Cathythoughts It was delish 😁 Wishing you a fantastic 2022! 6mo
merelybookish Beautiful review! There is a lot to unpack here. 6mo
vivastory Happy New Year! Wonderful review! I agree about it being mysterious & shapeshifting. I was def along for the ride, but some of the narrative shifts didn't work for me. I'm really looking forward to the discussion though! 6mo
batsy @merelybookish Thank you! It's a deeply layered novel. 6mo
batsy @vivastory Thank you! Happy New Year πŸŽ‰ I wish I was more aware of the details of Dutch colonialism in Indonesia; there seems to be a lot going on under the surface. 6mo
charl08 Sounds fascinating. 6mo
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merelybookish
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I was torn between a pick and a so-so, so rounded up. The world it inhabits is lush, languid, hypnotic. That makes for some beautiful writing and a slow reading experience. There is a lot here about time, loss, knowledge, magic, and the connection between this world and the next. All bound up with colonialism and its inner and outer effects. It's the kind of book I didn't necessarily enjoy but am glad I read.
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batsy Lovely review. I've got a bit more to go. It's a strange book, and not in a bad way at all. Something about the mood and the shifting scenes stick with you. 6mo
merelybookish @batsy Yes. I had read Scott's review so was prepared for the shift in scenes so I think it bothered me less. Plus it made me think about why the writer did that. And I think that is answered (to a certain extent) by the end. 6mo
merelybookish @batsy Also, thank you. ☺️ 6mo
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vivastory Great review! Did you get a kindle for the holidays? Looking forward to the discussion tomorrow. 6mo
merelybookish @vivastory Thanks! No I got a Kindle a few years ago. I'm not a fan but sometimes resort to it when books are hard to find. 6mo
vivastory Same here. I'm using the same Kindle that I bought 5 years ago... πŸ˜‚ I actually use the Kindle APP a lot more since I spend a lot of time in waiting rooms for my job. I often get on my phone & read via the app. 6mo
merelybookish @vivastory yes. I usually use the app too but I find it affects my reading experience. Like I don't read or absorb with the same attention. So I dug out my actual Kindle. 6mo
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merelybookish
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My last will probably be the tagged book for #NYRBbookclub.
My first will be Sally Rooney's Beautiful World, Where Are You for my IRL book club.
#lastfirst @BookNAround

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Leftcoastzen
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I‘m falling in line with my #NYRBBookClub friends. While I enjoyed the lush description & a magical feel , I felt the shift in the story in the middle a little abrupt.I had trouble staying engaged with the story till it came back around to the original characters. Looking forward to our discussion! @Liz_M @vivastory

vivastory I'm glad to know that I wasn't the only one bothered by the narrative shift. Great pic though! 🐚 6mo
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vivastory
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I loved this novel when it began. A quiet, slightly hypnotic, story about a family living in the Molucca Islands. Island folklore & a subdued lyricism with a slight sense of existential dread & questions of fate really captivated me. At pg. 115 the narrative shifts to a disconnected narrative in the Outer Bay of the Islands, where it remains for the following 75 pages. I found this narrative to be not nearly as interesting as the one that weπŸ‘‡

vivastory were following & I was somewhat frustrated by this detour. We do return to the main narrative for the conclusion, but as the book spends over 1/3 of the total pages in a a narrative that feels overall largely disconnected from the main story, this one did not work out as well as I hoped. A brilliant beginning & lovely final few pages. @liz_m #NYRBBookClub Looking forward to the discussion this Sunday. (edited) 6mo
DrexEdit I'm finding this one difficult to get into and stick with. 6mo
vivastory @DrexEdit The narrative shift really irritated me 6mo
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BarbaraBB That shift made me loose interest and pace and I couldn‘t get back into the story when we got back to the original one. 6mo
vivastory @BarbaraBB I think that it would have worked better without the shift & being a much shorter book 6mo
merelybookish @DrexEdit Me too. I find I'm impatient with it. 6mo
Billypar I liked the novel overall, but I agree about the shift making it lose steam. I'm not sure I would have minded the same sort of shift in itself if the shorter tales were more compelling. 6mo
vivastory @Billypar Exactly! If they had been more compelling, or if there had been a stronger link between them I don't think I would have minded as much. 6mo
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GatheringBooks
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Shared my reflections about our #NYRBBookClub picks for 2021 in my post today at GatheringBooks: https://gatheringbooks.org/2021/12/27/monday-reading-209/ - what a wonderful reading community founded by @vivastory

LeahBergen Oh, wonderful! I‘m off to read it now. ❀️ 6mo
BarbaraBB That‘s great. I feel the same about our bookclub as you do 🀍 (edited) 6mo
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batsy I agree; the discussions are always enriching πŸ’œ 6mo
merelybookish Wonderful post! Even when we all like the book, we seem to like it for different reasons. I always learn so much from our discussions! 6mo
Billypar Great post! I definitely agree - even if I'm not loving a book, I look forward to hearing what others thought of it during the discussions. And as for 2021, The True Deceiver and The Go-between were my favorites too! 6mo
Leftcoastzen Lovely post ! Share our book club love! 6mo
daena Well said. Looking forward to get back into things in January, my apologies for being inactive. I miss engaging in our conversations. 6mo
quietjenn Great post - I totally agree. Or discussions always make me appreciate the books on a different level. It's really been one of my favorite things about this year. 6mo
vivastory I haven't been on Litsy today due to being at a family gathering since this morning & just now returned from browsing at the bookstore. I am really moved by this post, Myra! You are a wonderful part of our group & you have managed to articulate what makes the #NYRBBookClub special. This was a really wonderful post. 6mo
vivastory @LeahBergen @BarbaraBB @quietjenn @daena @Leftcoastzen @Billypar @merelybookish @batsy @GatheringBooks I have said this before, but I am completely sincere when I say that the discussions are only great because the group is great. Thank you for a year full of respectful & thoughtful discussions. Here's to the new year & more discussions. More hidden gems. πŸΎπŸ“š 6mo
arubabookwoman I loved how the post you linked to so perfectly encapsulated each of the books we read this year. Thanks for putting it all together. 6mo
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Leftcoastzen
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#NYRBBookClub so I put some laundry in & ran out to get the critters food , the best part of this day is enjoying reading time!

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vivastory
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I read the first half of this in one sitting this morning. I'm really enjoying this quiet, yet hypnotic, novel about a family in the Spice Islands. #NYRBBookClub @Liz_M

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GatheringBooks
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#NYRBBookClub titles for December, January, February. Literally reading by the fireplace while here in Antioch for the Christmas holidays.

BarbaraBB That looks so attractive πŸ₯° 6mo
merelybookish Gorgeous! 6mo
Leftcoastzen So beautiful! Enjoy! 6mo
quietjenn Perfection! 6mo
batsy 😍 6mo
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BarbaraBB
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When my family came to Holland from Indonesia they brought with them their ghosts and mystique. The stories in this book are similar to some that have been told in my family for generations. I think these stories are just a tool to create that Indonesian atmosphere. I understand and respect what Dermoût is doing but had a hard time following along. #NYRBBookClub

vivastory Great review! I wasn't aware that your ancestors are Indonesian. That's really interesting! 6mo
LeahBergen I didn‘t know about your Indonesian ancestry, either. Very cool! I made sure to go for a big Rijsttafel when I was last in Amsterdam. It was SO fun. 6mo
BarbaraBB @LeahBergen Next time I‘ll make you one 😘 6mo
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Centique Your tree is gorgeous too! 6mo
LeahBergen Yes,please! 6mo
batsy I wasn't aware of your Indonesian ancestry, either. Super interesting to learn this and love the photo πŸ’– 6mo
Suet624 Bummer about the book but your tree is beautiful. 6mo
BiblioLitten Very interesting! 6mo
GatheringBooks Lovely photo. I can totally understand what you mean about having a hard time following the book. I feel the same way. Finished reading the novel yesterday. 6mo
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BarbaraBB
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#WeeklyForecast 51/21

I‘ve started the tagged book for the #NYRBBookClub. For those who read Wild, it‘s one of Cheryl‘s favorite books during her journey.
Next up is my #buddyread with @squirrelbrain : Infinite Country. And because I‘m off work from Thursday till the end of the year I guess I‘ll also can read another one for the #ToB.
Happy with all of these!

Cinfhen Yay for holiday break πŸ’šβ™₯οΈπŸ’š 6mo
TrishB Enjoy ❀️ 6mo
Megabooks Really curious about what you think of 6mo
BarbaraBB @Megabooks I just started it. Very promising! 6mo
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vivastory
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The #NYRBBookClub discussion for the December selection will be 1/2 @ 1 EST. Join @Liz_M & I for the first discussion of '22. I have greatly enjoyed the discussions. We journeyed from Jansson's wintry landscapes haunted by her outcasts to a Hungarian village where a married couple are allowed a brief second life when their dour daughter is away & then who can forget poor Alice? The books were made all the better by the brilliant discussions.

merelybookish I didn't read all the selections in 2021 but the ones I did were memorable! Thanks for being such a great host Scott! 7mo
LeahBergen Thanks for another great year of the #NYRBBookClub! ❀️ 7mo
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vivastory @merelybookish Thanks for your contributions! I'm looking forward to co-hosting with you again for the January selection 7mo
vivastory @LeahBergen Thanks for joining! Several of the selections are new favorites. 7mo
Liz_M πŸ™ˆ I've forgotten poor Alice! But I've lived the discussions we've had this year. 7mo
BarbaraBB Totally agree with all you say. Thank you for being the perfect host. Looking forward to this one. 7mo
quietjenn I'm so glad that y'all welcomed me into the fold this year! It's been a terrific experience. πŸ˜ƒ 7mo
vivastory @Liz_M Looking forward to co-hosting again this month. This book sounds really interesting. 7mo
vivastory @BarbaraBB Thanks for your support! Your discussion contributions have been wonderful 7mo
vivastory @quietjenn I've enjoyed getting to know the new group members a little bit more. Thanks for chiming in. You always have insightful comments for the discussion πŸ“š 7mo
Liz_M @vivastory Goodreads is very glitchy today. If you don't get my message with the suggested questions, let me know a different way to send them to you. 6mo
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Leftcoastzen
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When the universe is kind . Found my #NYRBBookClub book , the next Slaughter I need to read & a title I‘ve been curious about all at my local book exchange! Bought with trade credit , yay!

LeahBergen Perfect! 7mo
Liz_M The Woman at Point Zero is a good, but tough read. 7mo
Leftcoastzen @Liz_M yes , read some reviews, have to prepare myself. 7mo
Emilymdxn I loved the woman at point zero so much, incredible book 7mo
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vivastory
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Unfortunately I was unable to participate in the discussion yesterday as I was at a funeral. But I had a chance this afternoon to read the discussion & the comments were lively & insightful. Thanks to @Leftcoastzen for co-hosting. In December I will be co-hosting with @Liz_M I look forward to reading & discussing with the group. I look forward to your nominations for Feb. @GatheringBooks #NYRBBookClub

LeahBergen Aww, so sorry to hear that, Scott ❀️❀️ 7mo
mklong I‘m so sorry Scott ❀️ 7mo
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RaeLovesToRead Sorry to hear that. Hope you're OK ❀ 7mo
quietjenn I‘m sorry πŸ’™ 7mo
saresmoore So sorry to hear this, Scott. Thinking of you, friend. 7mo
vivastory @LeahBergen @mklong @RaeLovesToRead @quietjenn @saresmoore Thanks for the kind words. It means a lot πŸ’™ It was my grandpa. He lived a long life, but it was still sudden & difficult. 7mo
GatheringBooks We definitely missed you. Sending you all warm thoughts and positive energies. πŸ’•πŸ’• 7mo
GatheringBooks Will definitely post my book choices soonest for February. πŸ“šπŸ“šπŸ“š 7mo
vivastory @GatheringBooks I appreciate the positive thoughts. Looking forward to your nominations πŸ“š 7mo
sarahbarnes I‘m so sorry @vivastory. Keeping you in my thoughts. 7mo
vivastory @sarahbarnes Thank you. I really appreciate it. 7mo
BarbaraBB I missed you Scott and I am so sorry you missed the discussion because of the funeral of your granddad. You‘ve had a tough year. You‘re in my thoughts. 7mo
Billypar Very sorry to hear this, Scott πŸ’™ 7mo
batsy I'm so sorry for your loss, @vivastory . Take care and sending πŸ’œ 7mo
arubabookwoman I'm so sorry for your loss. However long a life your loved one had, it's always difficult. 7mo
emilyhaldi Sorry to hear, Scott 🀍 Take care!!! 7mo
vivastory @BarbaraBB It's been pretty hard. Your words really do mean a lot. Thank you 7mo
vivastory @Billypar Thanks, I hope you are doing well 7mo
vivastory @batsy Thanks, Suba! I appreciate it πŸ’™ 7mo
vivastory @arubabookwoman It really is difficult. Especially around the holidays. Thanks 7mo
vivastory @emilyhaldi Thanks. Hope your little one is doing well 7mo
DaveGreen7777 Sorry for your loss! 😒 7mo
merelybookish Oh Scott, just wanted to add my condolences. Never easy to lose a dear one but maybe even harder at the holidays. Be gentle with yourself. 7mo
vivastory @DaveGreen7777 Thanks, Dave! I appreciate it 7mo
vivastory @merelybookish Thank you for the condolences. It means a lot. I'm planning on taking off several days around the holidays & trying to regroup before the new year. 7mo
readordierachel I'm so sorry about your grandpa, Scott. My condolences to you and your family. 6mo
vivastory @readordierachel Thanks. I appreciate it. I hope you are doing well. 6mo
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vivastory
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Thanks to @youneverarrived for co-hosting the September selection. It was a great discussion of an unusual book, with a lot to unpack. Thanks to everyone who joined the discussion over the weekend. With the majority of the votes, DermoΓ»t's The Ten Thousand Things will be the December selection. Yet another pleasant surprise from the NYRB catalog I was completely unfamiliar with. I look forward to reading & co-hosting with @Liz_M #NYRBBookClub

BarbaraBB I have already ordered my copy! Looking forward to it! 9mo
vivastory @BarbaraBB I'm ordering my copy tonight. May sneak in another book while I'm placing my order 9mo
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BarbaraBB Lol, I certainly hope so! 9mo
emilyhaldi Sorry I missed voting but looking forward to reading this! 9mo
youneverarrived It was a great discussion 🀍 9mo
arubabookwoman Had this on my shelf for years, so looking forward to finally reading it. 9mo
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Kalalalatja
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Congrats on being close to a big milestone @Rachel.Rencher and thanks for doing a lovely giveaway πŸ‘

I love when the early morning light hits my shelves and make my books golden and shiny βœ¨πŸ’›

#Rencher10K

Trollkonstnaren 😍😍 A dreamy sight. 4y
batsy Ooh, I love it too πŸ˜‰πŸ’• 4y
TrishB Me three πŸ’• 4y
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BiblioLitten Looks so magical 🀩🀩 4y
DivineDiana Beautiful! 4y
Freespirit Lovely bookshelvesπŸ€“ 4y
youneverarrived Beautiful 😍 4y
ravenlee Wow - mesmerizing. 4y
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mrsmarch
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I missed ten thousand....but ten thousand and ten is wonderful too! #LitsyMilestones

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mrsmarch @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego man oh man, now I am thinking about that Banksy auction.... 4y
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SheilaChew
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I made it to 10,000!!! πŸ€“

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Booksnchill
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Very cool- love litsy and all the great book lovers!

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EchoLogical
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I finally made it to 10,000 and of course I missed it, despite the fact that I watched for it all day, yesterday. Still, I'm super stoked about it! #10000 #Woohoo #HighRoller #Unstoppable #MamaIMadeIt πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

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EchoLogical @Cinfhen Thanks! πŸ€— Now I can die happy. Also, how do you like my hashtags? πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ Clearly, I crack myself up. πŸ˜… 5y
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mom2bugnbee
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I may or may not have stalked myself for about 20 minutes to catch this milestone! #Litsy & its #Littens are the best! You guys rock! πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰

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This happened today πŸŽŠπŸŽ‰πŸŽˆI love Litsy. Thank you #Littens

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LeahBergen πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ» 5y
hes7 Yay! πŸŽ‰ 5y
moranadatter Congrats!πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‚ 5y
Smrloomis πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸ‘πŸ½πŸ‘πŸ½πŸ‘πŸ½ 5y
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christineandbooks
The Ten Thousand Things | Maria Dermoϋt
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Reached 10,000 just now! Fun! I just love it here. Litsy is such a great space. Glad to be among so many bookish people! Thanks! πŸ’•πŸ˜ŠπŸ“š

jessberk13 Yaaay! πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ» 5y
Cinfhen Yay!!! Congrats πŸ’–πŸ“šπŸŽ‰πŸ˜ 5y
Megabooks πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸ“šπŸ’«πŸ’«πŸ’« 5y
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Suelizbeth πŸ˜πŸ˜β€οΈβ€οΈπŸŽŠπŸŽŠπŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸ“šπŸ“š 5y
Dragon πŸ‘πŸ˜€πŸŽ‰ 5y
Bibliogeekery πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰ 5y
TrishB πŸ‘πŸŽ‰πŸ˜‚ 5y
jfalkens Congrats πŸŽŠπŸ“šπŸ’žπŸŽ‰πŸ“–πŸ’• 5y
moranadatter Congrats!πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‚ 5y
Reviewsbylola πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰ 5y
DGRachel Woohoo! πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸΎπŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰ 5y
Suzze Fabulous! Congrats! πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸΌπŸΎπŸ“šπŸ’₯ 5y
rubyslippersreads πŸŽ‰πŸ“šπŸŽ‰πŸ“šπŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŒŸ 5y
mjdowens I have absolutely no hesitation to bail on any book. If my brain is just saying blah, blah, blah in the first chapter then I move on. Too many other books that I could enjoy. Doesn't mean the book is no good, just not enjoyable to me. 5y
asiriusreader Woohoo!!!! πŸ˜ŠπŸ‘πŸ»πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰ 5y
GypsyKat Congratulations!πŸŽ‰πŸŽˆπŸΎπŸŽŠ 5y
Robothugs Congrats!! πŸ˜„ 5y
KarenUK πŸ™ŒπŸ™ŒπŸ™ŒπŸ’• 5y
Laura317 Awesome!!! πŸŽ‰πŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌπŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰ 5y
MicheleinPhilly Congrats! πŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌ 5y
LeahBergen πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ» 5y
hes7 Yay! πŸŽ‰ 5y
Lmstraubie Yay! πŸ™† 5y
MyNamesParadise Yay!! Congrats!! 5y
JessClark78 Congrats!! πŸŽŠπŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸ“š 5y
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merelybookish
The Ten Thousand Things | Maria Dermoϋt
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Yay! Thanks everyone for making me apart of this fun, bookish community! πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€—

britt_brooke πŸ™ŒπŸ»πŸ™ŒπŸ» 5y
Bklover Congratulations!!!!πŸŽŠπŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽŠπŸŽ‰πŸŽŠπŸŽ‰ 5y
susanw πŸŽ‰πŸ“šπŸ… 5y
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BookishMarginalia πŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌ 5y
Graciouswarriorprincess Congratulations 5y
LeahBergen Yay!! πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰ 5y
Sace πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰ 5y
JessClark78 Congrats!! πŸŽŠπŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸ“š 5y
DebinHawaii Congratulations!! πŸŽ‰πŸ‘πŸŽ‰πŸ‘πŸŽ‰πŸ˜† 5y
Lmstraubie Whoot! Whoot! πŸ‘ŠπŸ‘ŠπŸ‘Š 5y
Bibliogeekery πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰ 5y
DGRachel Congrats!πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸΎπŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰ 5y
CherylDeFranceschi Congrats! πŸŽ‰πŸ“šπŸŽ‰ 5y
TheLibrarian πŸ‘πŸ»πŸŽ‰ 5y
Bookladylinda Woo hoo!!!!! Congrats to you!!!! πŸ“šπŸ“šπŸ“šπŸ“šπŸ“šπŸ“šπŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽŠπŸŽŠπŸŽŠπŸŽŠπŸŽŠπŸŽŠπŸŽŠ 5y
Redwritinghood πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰ 5y
Eyelit πŸŽ‰πŸ“šπŸ‘πŸ’œπŸ˜ƒ 5y
KarenUK πŸ™ŒπŸ™ŒπŸ™ŒπŸ™ŒπŸ’• 5y
CrowCAH Woohoo πŸ™ŒπŸ»πŸŽ‰πŸ‘πŸ» 5y
Dragon πŸ˜€πŸ‘πŸŽ‰ 5y
La_Cori yay!!! πŸŽ‰πŸ˜„πŸŽ‰ 5y
writerlibrarian Bravo! πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰ 5y
moranadatter Congrats!πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‚ 5y
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CarolynOliver
Ten Thousand Things | Maria Dermoϋt
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Hey, thanks Littens! πŸ’œπŸ“šπŸ’œ

Hamlet Congratulations, you sure do move quickly through books. As a slow reader, I envy your speed. 5y
Dragon πŸ‘πŸŽ‰πŸ˜€ 5y
KarenUK πŸ™ŒπŸ™ŒπŸ’• 5y
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annahenke πŸ“šπŸ€— 5y
moranadatter Congrats!πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‚ 5y
BibliophileMomma Congrats!! πŸŽˆπŸŽ‰πŸŽŠπŸΎ 5y
susanw πŸŽ‰πŸ“šπŸ… 5y
LeahBergen πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰ 5y
Shemac77 Congratulations! 5y
Redwritinghood πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰ 5y
DebinHawaii Congratulations!!! πŸŽ‰πŸ‘πŸŽ‰πŸ‘πŸŽ‰πŸ˜€ 5y
CarolynOliver Thanks friends! 5y
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Lauredhel
The Ten Thousand Things | Maria Dermoϋt
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I missed it! But yay Litsy, you're awesome.

hlgreenfield Congrats!! πŸŽ‰πŸŽŠπŸŽŠ 5y
CherylDeFranceschi Congrats! πŸŽ‰πŸ“šπŸŽ‰ 5y
Minispok Congrats!πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰ 5y
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Bookladylinda Congrats to you!!!! πŸ“šπŸ“šπŸ“šπŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰ 5y
Jas16 Yay! πŸŽ‰πŸ“šπŸ‘ 5y
rubyslippersreads πŸŽ‰πŸ“šπŸŽ‰πŸ“šπŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸŒŸ 5y
BibliophileMomma Wooo hooo!! πŸ’•πŸ™ŒπŸΌπŸ™ŒπŸΌπŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ‘πŸΌπŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰ 5y
DebinHawaii Congratulations!! πŸŽ‰πŸ‘πŸŽ‰πŸ‘πŸ˜€ 5y
DuckOfDoom Congrats!!πŸŽ‰πŸ“š 5y
LeahBergen Yay! πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ» 5y
Cinfhen Yay 😊 β€οΈπŸŽ‰β­οΈπŸ“šπŸŽ‰ 5y
Suzze Nice! Congrats. πŸΎπŸŽŠπŸŽˆπŸŽ‰ 5y
StaceyKondla Fabulous!! πŸ˜πŸŽ‰πŸ˜πŸŽ‰πŸ˜πŸŽ‰ 5y
susanw πŸŽ‰πŸ“šπŸ… 5y
moranadatter Congrats!πŸŽ‰πŸ™ŒπŸ» 5y
James Congrats πŸŽ‰ 5y
stacybmartin Yay - congrats!! πŸŽ‰πŸ“šπŸŽ‰πŸ‘πŸΌ 5y
asiriusreader Yay!! πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ» 5y
Donna_sBookMinute Oh wow! Great news. Congrats! πŸ‘πŸ½πŸ‘πŸ½πŸ‘πŸ½πŸ‘πŸ½ 5y
RadicalReader @Lauredhel I want my Litfluence to be like yours feeling bad I am only at 300 5y
Lauredhel @RadicalReader I threw myself into litsy pretty hard, and followed a bunch of people :) 5y
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Moray_Reads
The Ten Thousand Things | Maria Dermoϋt
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I broke the milestone! Managed to catched this before I went out to dinner. Thank you, Littens, you help me cling to my faith in humanity. And boy are you bad (by which I mean good) for my TBR ❀

Robothugs Congrats!! 5y
TrishB Yay πŸ‘πŸ˜€πŸ˜„ 5y
BookishMarginalia Woohoo πŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌ 5y
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Reviewsbylola πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰ 5y
stacybmartin Yay - congrats!! πŸŽ‰πŸ“šπŸŽ‰πŸ‘πŸΌ 5y
Josie Yay congrats!! πŸ»πŸŽ‰πŸŽŠπŸŽˆ 5y
rockpools Congratulations!! πŸŽ‰πŸ“šπŸŽ‰And Happy Burns Night to you too! 🐭 5y
Joybishoptx Yay! πŸ’•πŸ˜»β€πŸŽ‰ 5y
James Congrats 🍾🎈 5y
CherylDeFranceschi Congrats! πŸŽ‰πŸ“šπŸŽ‰ 5y
saresmoore Beautiful! I'm grateful for your presence on Litsy and your wife and wonderful taste in books! ❀πŸ₯‚ 5y
DuckOfDoom Congrats!!πŸ“šπŸŽ‰ 5y
moranadatter Yay!πŸŽ‰πŸ™ŒπŸ» 5y
jessdean So coolπŸ‘πŸ½πŸ‘πŸ½πŸŽ‰πŸ™ŒπŸ½πŸŽŠπŸ“š 5y
LeahBergen Yay!! πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰ 5y
LauraBrook 🍾🍾🍾 5y
megt Congrats! 5y
Kalalalatja Yay, congratulations!! πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰ 5y
Dragon πŸ‘πŸ˜€πŸŽ‰ 5y
vivastory Congratulations 🎊 πŸ“š 🍷 5y
DivineDiana πŸ“šFantastic! πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ“šπŸ‘πŸ»πŸŽ‰ 5y
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