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A Ring of Endless Light
A Ring of Endless Light | Madeleine L'Engle
The cycle of life and death becomes a difficult burden for Vicky Austin as she watches her grandfather dying, but the opportunity for joy and renewal open up as she assists her friend Adam with his dolphins. Newbery Honor Book. Reprint. AB.
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theladygreer
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Today would have been Madeleine L'Engle's 100th birthday. For #lengle100, here's my shelf of treasured, obviously much-read paperbacks, dominated by you-know-who. The characters I met in these pages were bright, flawed, conflicted, confused, brave, foolish, and above all, human. (Even the seraphim.) Grateful to L'Engle for showing the world in all its dark and light, and the responsibility each of us bears to push the balance toward the latter.

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Eggs
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The Austin Family Chronicles - I still have 2 to go. #bookseries #readingresolutions @Jess7

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Ravengoewin
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Going through some of the books from my youth. I listened to this one about three weeks ago. All ways loved this book. It‘s still good, although from a different perspective as an adult. Great read for teenage girls as well.

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JenaJenkins
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1. A Ring of Endless Light (Runner-up: Emily of New Moon)
2. My gigantic collection of panda toys
3. Popcorn, cheese & apples at my best friend‘s house on Sundays while watching mysteries on PBS 😂
4. Cookies
#manicmonday @JoScho

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monalyisha
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One more thing before I return this library book & put the #ThrowbackReadathon to rest: I loved reading this but didn‘t swoon over ANY of Vicky‘s love interests. Leo wont leave well enough alone & seems like the type of guy who‘d complain about being “friend-zoned.” Zachary borderline sexually assaults her. And Adam‘s a condescending mansplainer whose levity is expressed entirely (& bizarrely imo) in cartwheels - but at least there‘s hope for him.

saresmoore Bahahaha! So true. 2y
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monalyisha
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I first read this as a pre-teen (I was 11, maybe?). I loved it so much that I wanted to be a marine biologist for a little while. It‘s got quite a bit of heavy subject matter (mostly just A LOT of death) & some fairly cerebral poetry, to boot (Henry Vaughan, John Donne, the Bible). I can‘t imagine that I understood all of it.

*Cont‘d in comments below. 👇🏻

monalyisha 1/1: I was likely just charmed by the dolphins, & the boys, & the kissing... but maybe not. Maybe I appreciated a beautiful sentence going back even further than I realize. 2y
Jas16 I really love this book. 2y
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monalyisha
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Isn‘t it funny how when there‘s so much “darkness” (pain, sadness, weariness), just one, beautiful, tiny thing - just one moment of “light” - can be so powerful?

I remember feeling utterly destroyed in college, after my first love broke my heart. I went for a night-walk & passed by a magnolia tree. My crying completely transformed. The blooming flowers smelled so heavenly. And I was grateful.

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monalyisha
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Part of my decision to reread this book was for pleasure... & another part was to re-confront an early terror. I remember being deeply... not traumatized, exactly, but *effected* by a graphic description of someone having a seizure. It was worse than I remembered. It‘s not just someone who has a seizure, it‘s a child. And she doesn‘t just have a seizure; she dies. She doesn‘t just die; she dies in the main character‘s - 15 year old Vicky‘s - arms.

monalyisha At a past (but recent) job, soon after I was hired, my boss revealed that she was epileptic. She went over what I should do if ever she were to have a seizure. It was often just her & I alone in the library. Thankfully, my services were never needed - but you better believe that when she first mentioned it, I flashed right back to this book. Never mind that we were basically in a basement & the floor was uncovered concrete. 😱 (edited) 2y
Clwojick That would definitely make me anxious 😦 2y
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monalyisha
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I love & identify with this description — especially on a Monday morning:

“Dreamy Vicky, full of cobwebs.”

Redjewel_7734 I so love this book!!! It was the first book that ever made me just bawl like a baby. I already loved reading, but to learn it could make me feel so deeply...there was no going back; I had to get my feels fix! 2y
monalyisha @Redjewel_7734 For me, that was “Bridge to Terabithia” - but this was one of my faves, too. I so feel you. 😭 2y
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monalyisha
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Welp, I read way less this weekend than I originally planned. I unexpectedly had to work on Saturday, a friend had a personal crisis, & I was called upon to be a good partner & attend a 40th birthday party. (Damn this being a good person thing!😉) Still, I had a blast co-hosting my first Litsy event! I managed to read 2 picture books, 1 comic book, & 3.5 chapter books. Hope you all had fun flashing back & participating in the #ThrowbackReadathon!

Bookzombie Yay! I loved all your photo posts! 2y
monalyisha Thanks @Bookzombie 🧟‍♀️! 2y
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monalyisha
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My husband is making me put down my book & go to his friend‘s birthday party. I‘m pretending to be happy about it. 😅

josie281 Can you bring the book to the party??!? 😆 2y
Kaye Look at the bright side. CAKE 🎂 🎂 🎂 ✨✨✨✨✨✨ 2y
monalyisha @Kaye I‘ve also eaten A LOT of cheese at this party so far so I can‘t be all mad. 😉🧀 (edited) 2y
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monalyisha
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Don‘t look at me! I don‘t know why I didn‘t understand the meaning of the word “series” either!

“Into the Land of the Unicorns” literally ends with the phrase, “But that, of course, is another story altogether.” Did I seek out the next story? NOPE! My next book for the #ThrowbackReadathon was my absolute FAVE. Turns out, it‘s also book 4 in a 5 book series! Did I read books 1-3? NOPE! Did I read book 5? I‘ll give you one guess...

Drnkpnkprincess This cracks me up! I turn into a neurotic reader when I find out a book I love is part of a series... I gotta find them all and read from the first through the last. And then if I revisit I mix them up. Or start recommending them out of order to friends 🤦🏼‍♀️ 2y
monalyisha @Drnkpnkprincess Oh, I would never read a series out of order now. I don‘t know what little me was thinking. Or where responsible grown-ups were! 😅 2y
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My walk took me past Camas Books and Infoshop, where I had a good browse through their socially conscious offerings.

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Jas16
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Here are some of my favorite #comfortreads. Not pictured is my copy of the Blue Castle which I have loaned out to a person I trust. It appears that classics and YA are my go to genres when I need to recharge. #anditsaugust

GinEyre22 A Ring of Endless light is one of my favorites! ❤️ 2y
kspenmoll Great stack of comfort reads! 2y
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saresmoore
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This is the first book that comes to mind when I think of summer. A few summers ago, my dear friend and I sat together in my backyard bayou and read this aloud to each other over the span of a couple of weeks. #allthefeels #sweetsummerstack

vivastory That's a sweet memory 3y
saresmoore @vivastory She's one of my only real-life reader friends! 3y
vivastory @saresmoore Real-life reader friends are rare 3y
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saresmoore @vivastory Hence the success of Litsy! 3y
Suet624 I can't even imagine having someone read to me. What a delight. 3y
saresmoore @Suet624 It's really special. We took turns and it was neat to hear the differences in our respective characterizations of the narrator. Alex has since moved away, but it's definitely my fondest memory of her. 3y
Bradleygirl I read this one a lot in summer too! 3y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa I love that cover! 3y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa And I wish there had a friend who would do that with me! So special!! And what a great memory. 3y
saresmoore @Riveted_Reader_Melissa I love this book so much that I shared the paperback from my boxed set with another friend who ended up keeping it. No loss, though, because I found this lovely copy to replace it! 3y
monalyisha So sweet! 2y
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Jas16
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As much as I love A Wrinkle in Time this is my favorite Madeleine L'Engle book. In it teenager Vicky Austin has to face #death and grief in various forms in a single summer. This is a book I loved as a middle schooler and still like to revisit every few years. #junebookbugs

saresmoore It's my favorite of her fiction, too! 3y
monalyisha This was one of my favorite books as a kid & back then, I somehow had no idea it was part of a series. 3y
TobeyTheScavengerMonk I read this book at WAY too young an age thinking it would be like a Wrinkle in Time. I still vividly recall little details. 3y
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saresmoore
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My #ComfortRead for #FunFridayPhoto. I'm feeling equal parts torn up and motivated today. I will spend this day with my daughters—loving them, teaching them, showing them the strength of a woman who doesn't give up.

This beautiful Bildungsroman depicts a female who is wise, but conflicted. She loves with intention and observes the world with curiosity and reverence. I'll be like Vicky today, seeking peace even when nothing makes sense.

ReadingSusan Love! 3y
Libby1 ❤❤❤ 3y
saresmoore @ReadingSusan @Libby1 Isn't this book a gem? I had a friend live with me for a summer as she went through some deep inner healing. This is the book we read aloud to one another over the long and lazy months. It holds a special place in my heart! 3y
Jas16 I love this book! 3y
saresmoore @Jas16 Yay! It's one of my forever favorites even though I didn't read it until a few years ago. 3y
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Bookrarian
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Ok- fun Friday pick. Here's a portion of my Madeline L'Engle collection. Book(s) that I always go back to when the world is a bit too much and I need comfort reads. They are full of light, honesty, and proof that there is hope in the darkest times.
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saresmoore Samesies! I picked A Ring of Endless Light, too! (6 months later!) (edited) 3y
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marie3blue
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"Be a light bearer" ? A most important book in my formative years and beyond. Wish I could have had one signed and inscribed to me, but this was still a joyful find. Madeline L'Engle is just amazing.

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