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Their Eyes Were Watching God
Their Eyes Were Watching God | Zora Neale Hurston
Initially published in 1937, this novel about a proud, independent black woman has, since its reissue in trade paper in 1978, been the most widely readand highly acclaimed novel in the canon of African-American literature. With this richly illustrated new edition, the novel is finally accorded the treatment it deserves as a classic.
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DGRachel
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1 - tagged. I did not enjoy this in high school, but had to reread it in college & LOVED it.
2 - peach
3 - Good Omens - SO GOOD! I made it last three days, but I need more. 😢
4 - Does Snuffalupagus count? He was imaginary when I watched Sesame Street, but I saw an article where they were worried about they were teaching kids that they wouldn't be believed if they told about abuse, so they finally made him “real“ in the 80's
#friyayintro

LibrarianJen I think to us he counts! Besides all Sesame Street characters are imaginary since it‘s not real. 2w
DGRachel @LibrarianJen Good point. 😆 Although my inner child is protesting loudly at being told Sesame Street isn‘t real at all. 2w
LibrarianJen 🤣🤣🤣 I know, right! 2w
xicanti Snuffalupagus is the best! I was totally obsessed with him when I was little, and he led me into a lifelong love of mammoths because they look like him. 2w
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MayaB1226
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Yes, I can draw faces sometimes! 😂 This is a comic I drew based on the books I‘ve read in my high school English classes. All the characters are specifically meant to be children—Janie‘s panel is from the second chapter of Their Eyes Were Watching God, before she becomes an adult, and Pammy Buchanan is Tom and Daisy‘s daughter.

Sometimes the best part of classic literature is poking fun at it! 😂

Eggs Welcome to Litsy 🤗🎈 3w
JohannaRose Welcome to litsy!! 😊📚 3w
rretzler Welcome to Litsy! 📖 2w
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Leannr
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Dawn sunshine and a beautiful cover.

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andrew61
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This edition of this brilliant book has both an introduction and afterword that added my understanding of the importance in American writing of a black woman's life in relation to society and 3 very different men. Janie tells her strory through telling her friend and as alice Walker stood up in a lecture to say " women did not have to speak when men thought they should, that they would choose when and where they wish to speak... "

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⭐️5/5
This classic novel by and about women blew me away. After getting use to the use of dialect, I was absorbed into the story, following the main character as she tried to find and understand love in a world made against her.

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My book club chose this as their #classic for this year. I‘m very excited to read this for the 1st time. I‘m an English major; how was this never an assigned read??

hwheaties I‘ve taught it several times to my high school juniors! It‘s so good. 2mo
Readergrrl It is a wonderful book. Might I suggest listening to the Audible version with Ruby Dee narrating? It was a superb performance!!! 2mo
Peaceful_Reader Hmmm- I ❤️ Ruby Dee so I just might have to do that as well!! Thanks for the suggestion. 2mo
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Chelsea.Poole
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Our #bookclub loved it! I was pleasantly surprised because I feared that many would find it too challenging with the dialect. This is one of those books that I'll never do justice to in a small review space like this one. It simply is an American classic. One of self discovery, love, and struggle. 🌳

lynneamch We just read this for bookclub, too, and had such a great discussion. You are so right! Also, found out more about the author. What an amazing woman so far ahead of her time and so underappreciated then. 2mo
Chelsea.Poole @lynneamch I agree, she was ahead of her time! I just happened to watch the film adaptation yesterday and it was fabulous. If you haven't seen it, I recommend it. It retained the feel of the book; many book to movie adaptations don't, in my mind, but this one did! 2mo
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hissingpotatoes
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If I were judging the story alone, it'd be 4/4.5⭐. But the flawless writing bumps it up to an indisputable 5.

For anyone studying the craft of writing, this book is a perfect specimen. Hurston often includes such detailed micro-descriptions of scenes that in theory are unnecessary but add SO MUCH to the story's experience, tone, & meaning. She gives life to inanimate objects that pull the reader in & hold on tight.

Cont'd in comments #blackathon

hissingpotatoes Janie's journey to self-discovery of her own happiness is an absolute joy to follow her on, plus the way she starts to spread it in the end to Phoeby. That theme of female self-discovery & empowerment reminds me strongly of Jane Eyre.

This book is so powerful & genre-breaking. I highly recommend text versions with forewords/afterwords that discuss its context.
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hissingpotatoes
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Then you must tell 'em dat love ain't somethin' lak uh grindstone dat's de same thing everywhere and do de same thing tuh everything it touch. Love is lak de sea. It's uh movin' thing, but still and all, it takes its shape from de shore it meets, and it's different with every shore. #blackathon

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hissingpotatoes
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And in only a few sentences, this book manages to be a better romance than many entire romance novels. Not to mention showing Janie's increasing empowerment. #blackathon

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hissingpotatoes
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I fell completely into this almost over the top, flawless description of an approaching hurricane. #blackathon

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hissingpotatoes
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She knew that God tore down the old world every evening and built a new one by sun-up. It was wonderful to see it take form with the sun and emerge from the gray dust of its making. The familiar people and things had failed her so she hung over the gate and looked up the road towards way off. She knew now that marriage did not make love. Janie's first dream was dead, so she became a woman. #blackathon

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hissingpotatoes
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There is a basin in the mind where words float around on thought and thought on sound and sight. Then there is a depth of thought untouched by words, and deeper still a gulf of formless feelings untouched by thought. #blackathon

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hissingpotatoes
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She was stretched on her back beneath the pear tree soaking in the alto chant of the visiting bees, the gold of the sun & the panting breath of the breeze when the inaudible voice of it all came to her. She saw a dust-bearing bee sink into the sanctum of a bloom; the thousand sister-calyxes arch to meet the love embrace & the ecstatic shiver of the tree from root to tiniest branch creaming in every blossom & frothing with delight. #blackathon

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CSeydel
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#blitsyhistorymonth #BHMSwap

Ann! Thank you!!! I cant wait to see myself sipping cappuccino, eating shortbread, and partaking of chocolate truffles while settling in with one of my new books! I have been wanting to read both of these, you made great choices! TEWWG is one of those missed classics that I haven‘t managed to swing back and pick up yet. And Beale Street I bumped up my TBR since they‘re making the new movie. The bookmark is beautiful!

CSeydel Big thanks to Michelle for organizing this, and making it open to all. I enjoyed both the shopping and the receiving. I was also shocked at not being able to find bookish Black History month gifts at Barnes & Noble! I expected a display of stuff but ... nothing. Yikes! 😔 4mo
Annl You are welcome and so glad you liked it. 😀 4mo
lele1432 Gahhh!! I have TEWWG but have been wanting to get Beale Street before watching the movie!! And boooo to Barnes & Noble for not having anything! 4mo
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CSeydel @lele1432 I‘m considering reading Beale Street for our #Lmpbc book club group. What do you think? That means it could be a couple months before it gets to you, so let me know if you think you‘ll read it sooner. 4mo
lele1432 @CSeydel Ooohh I personally LOVE that idea!! That's fine on timing too, because I have library books and holds coming available soon I need to get to! 4mo
CSeydel Perfect! @lele1432 (edited) 4mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Great swap box! 4mo
Chelleo Love me down Ms. Zora! Love your package! 4mo
Chelleo And I agree...big bookstores really need to get with the program...if they carry any swag at all it‘s usually for “classics” Morrison, Angelou, Hurston, Baldwin, Hughes, Giovanni....nothing for newer legends 4mo
BeaG WOW! Awesome package! 4mo
Annl I agree with you @Chelleo about big bookstores. 4mo
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KatieDid927
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Beautiful and essential classic American novel.

WorldsOkayestStepMom I need to reread this one. I loved it the first time! 4mo
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Chelsea.Poole
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Our next #bookclub pick at the library's IRL group. I can't wait to dig into this #modernclassic 🤗
Also, isn't this cover so lovely?

Christine Yes, gorgeous edition!! (And a wonderful book - I read it for the first time last year.) 4mo
wordzie 👍❤ 4mo
Tanisha_A Yes, the cover. And, have heard such good things about this. 4mo
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KatieDid927
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1. My Ginger kitty 🐱
2. Chillin‘
3. Traveling, theatre going, baseball spectating (Let‘s Go Mets!) and Disney obsessing
4. DC, Chicago and Denver but most likely I‘ll do DC and revisit Miami and/or Disney World
5. What‘s your fave literary destination? I‘ve visited Faulkner‘s house in New Orleans, seen Hemingway‘s in Key West and worked next door to Hamilton‘s grave. I really want to visit York, England someday!

#friyayintro @howjessreads

wanderinglynn I enjoyed Dublin & seeing James Joyce‘s house. 4mo
wanderinglynn I also enjoyed Monticello, Thomas Jefferson‘s home. 4mo
TheDaysGoBy I‘ve been to all 3 cities you mentioned and they‘re great! I enjoyed my time in all of them 4mo
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KatieDid927 @TheDaysGoBy Oh nice! I somehow still haven‘t been to any of them! Hopefully DC soon though. 4mo
Suzze When I was 14, 4mo
Suzze When I was 12, we went to a Prince Edward Island. Got into a rollover accident, and my mom was hospitalized. My older brother flew in and took me to Green Gables. A wonderful memory from a bad time. 4mo
CouronneDhiver I had a hoot at the Hemingway House in Key West, Florida 4mo
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SReed151
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“Ships at a distance have every man‘s wish on board.” Oh, delighted to sink back into Zora Neale Hurston‘s masterpiece again!

Traci1 Welcome to Litsy! @LitsyWelcomeWagon 4mo
C.Perone Welcome to Litsy!!! 4mo
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Megabooks Welcome to Litsy! 📚👍🏻 4mo
rather_be_reading welcome to litsy 📚☕📚 4mo
CoffeeNBooks Welcome to Litsy! 📚 4mo
RaimeyGallant And welcome to Litsy from me too! #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. 4mo
SReed151 @RaimeyGallant thank you! 4mo
DarcysMom Welcome to Litsy! 🤩 4mo
Eggs Welcome to Litsy 🤗 4mo
Erofan Welcome 📚👋 4mo
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rachelk
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This is a beautifully written novel about a Southern black woman, Janie Crawford, living in Florida in the 1920‘s. During the course of her three marriages, Janie begins to find her own voice. Hurston uses culturally specific dialect while exploring themes of sexism, social class, love, freedom, and self autonomy in this literary classic. #BlackHistoryMonth #AfricanAmericanLiterature #WomensLiterature

SamAnne A classic. 4mo
rachelk @SamAnne Yes! I‘m glad that I put it on my TBR after watching The Great American Read last year. 4mo
Linsy Great book! ♥️ 4mo
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Jasxnicole
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#Onceyougoblackout Day 1: Backlist

“Two things everybody‘s got tuh do fuh theyselves. They got tuh go tuh God and they got tuh find out about livin‘ fuh theyselves”

I read this for the first time back in high school and completely fell in love with Zora Neale Hurston‘s writing. It‘s such a beautiful story about relationships and identity and I never get tired of reading it.

#blackhistorymonth #blacklitsy #blitsy

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GeekGirlOnAQuest
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It always delights me how my understanding of a book can change when read at different times in my life. I loved this book when I first read it in college, but I think after this reading I love it on an entirely new level now that I‘m closer to Janie‘s age at the end of the novel. There is so much life and truth in this book, and the writing is just beautiful. This is a must read at any stage of life.

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“Two things you have got to do for yourself. Go to God and learn about living.”

I consider Zora Neale Huston my patron saint. This novel means so much to me. I go back and read it occasionally. This time I listened to the spectacular audiobook performed by Ruby Dee.

I‘m always a little scared to re-read a treasured book, like it may be different. Nope. Still amazing.

JaclynW This was a great book. I loved the audio version too. 4mo
WhatDeeReads @JaclynW Dee‘s narration was so good. I would forget that it was just her doing all the voices. 4mo
JaclynW @WhatDeeReads Yes! I love good narrators! 4mo
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Nute
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One thing that was cool about watching the broadcast of The Great American Read was catching a renewed interest vibe in a book read a long time ago. I‘m not usually down with re-reading books because I don‘t have a lot of time to devote to this passion even though it is just that...a passion that I can‘t exist without. But WOW listening to those readers say “this is why” I was smitten with every book (well, except one) unread or previously read.

megnews I‘m not a re-reader. There are books I‘d like to read again. But there are so many books I want to read that I haven‘t yet, that I can‘t seem to justify it in my head. 4mo
Nute @megnews Agreed! So many other books to get to, how can we ever re-read what we have already read? I think that my motivation right now is due to forgetting the rich details of a good book. I want to be reacquainted. 4mo
megnews I have it on my tbr. Haven‘t gotten to it yet. I think my hesitation is I saw the movie first and I usually don‘t read a book after I see a movie because it‘s hard to get your own pictures in your head and not what Hollywood creates. 4mo
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readordierachel I hear you. It's hard when there are so many books out there waiting to be read. But it can also be so rewarding to reread a book at a different point in your life, when you notice or appreciate new things about it! 4mo
Nute @readordierachel Truth! I believe that the reader‘s perspective is determined by their current walk in life. Some things that flew right by me in childhood or young adulthood would probably stand out like glow-in-the-dark lighthouses. You‘re absolutely right. I am intrigued by the possibility of new discovery, but I am also leery of falling out-of-love with an old favorite....because maybe I‘ve outgrown the magic. It‘s a dilemma for me. 4mo
Chelleo Ruby Dee narrates an audiobook version and it‘s amazing (I listened to it years ago so it may be time to revisit)! 4mo
Nute @Chelleo Love Ruby Dee! I just ordered the movie with Halle Berry and Michael Ealy from Amazon. I‘m going to watch that soon and then maybe the next revisit to this story will be by way of audiobook. 4mo
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Black History month - especially this year, makes me think of all the amazing Africans American Female writers who inspire me. One of those is Zora Neale Hurston. She was a fierce, no nonsense woman who did a lot of research on black folk lore and customs. Her novel Their Eyes Were Watching God is an amazing story of freedom of self. I really adore her. Plus this quote fits me to well lol. #blackhistorymonth #womanism

Stephaniereads1 This is my favorite book ever! 5mo
WhatDeeReads I call her my patron saint. 4mo
TheBookbabeblog84 @Stephaniereads1 I adore this book. But I need to read more of her work. 4mo
Stephaniereads1 Same. I really need read more of her work. Im gonna go find some! 4mo
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JulietteGF
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Here's a book that I enjoyed reading, especially the second half. We follow the story of a black woman in the 30s. The dialogues can be challenging, especially for a non-native speaker like me, but after a while, I got used to them. It's a very well written story that I highly recommend. If you have difficulty in the beginning, it is worth it to go on.

Liatrek This is on my reread list this year. 5mo
Wife I‘ve tried this a couple times and bail early on. Did it take you awhile to engage with the story?🤔 5mo
JulietteGF @Wife Actually the beginning I found interesting when she recounts her childhood, then I got more interested towards the second part, and the end of the book is very interesting. It depends why you didn't get into the story. I know that some people are really put off by the dialogues... 5mo
Wife I‘m going to put it on the “try again” list. Thanks 🌹 5mo
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Krisjericho
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I made this public on Facebook so you can all see it. My list of my favorite non-picture books of the year. There are 25 on the complete list, which you can see here: https://www.facebook.com/756192434/posts/10156704671592435/

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Krisjericho
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I am going to cheat because I just wrote the longest review I have ever written about a book on Goodreads, so I am going to post my review in many, many comments. Picture of Zora for attention. If someone doesn‘t get Queen Latifah to play her in a movie about her life, life is not fair. Extensive review of my favorite read of the year in the comments.

Krisjericho This is a treasure of a book. I read about Zora Neale Hurston when I was doing a presentation about her for a class. She is fascinating and her gorgeous prose was almost lost to history. Shout out to Alice Walker for making sure it wasn‘t, as well as buying a marker for Hurston‘s unmarked grave. 6mo
Krisjericho But on to the book. I listened to Ruby Dee‘s narration, and I think that was the best way for me to appreciate the dialogue. The printed book has much of the speech written phonetically, which Hurston was harshly criticized for. But it was a very conscious choice, and it is used to great effect. Honestly, it took a good third of the book before I really got into the rhythm and didn‘t have to focus hard to understand. 6mo
Krisjericho Hurston captured the way she heard language as spoken by black folks in the rural areas of all black communities in Florida in the early 1900s to 1930s.
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Krisjericho And then there is Janie. She is just as real and flawed and messy as every other human. But there is something about her where no matter what life dishes out, no matter how many mistakes she makes, no matter how many times people let her down, she never loses the ability to allow herself to be all-in. She doesn‘t lose the ability to hope. 6mo
Krisjericho She is consistently rewriting the chapters of her life. She is in terrible relationships, but she completely immerses herself when the right one comes along. She changes. She grows. Her story does not end simply because one part of it does. 6mo
Krisjericho Not only that, this novel has stunning prose throughout. There were times when I would literally stop the audiobook and rewind it 15 seconds just to hear a line again. Not because I didn‘t catch it the first time, but because it was just so beautiful I needed to hear it again. 6mo
Krisjericho This is a book that was written in 1937, about a black woman, told entirely through the eyes of black characters in black communities. It was ground-breaking and earth-shattering, and all of that. But more than that, it is simply spectacularly written. Read it. Actually, listen to it. It is just gorgeous. 6mo
kgriffith I‘ve owned this one for years and still need to read it. You‘ve inspired me to put it on my audiobook list! 6mo
Annl My daughter‘s favorite book! She manages to use something from the story in every speech she gives. There is a Zora Neal Hurston festival annually in January in Florida near where I live. I am going to listen to the story now! I wanted to reread it but I think I will do audio. Great review! 4mo
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Tamra
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Some writing is so carefully crafted I can‘t listen to the audio, I need to savor it more slowly on paper. I‘ll have to pull this one off the shelf, even though the narrator is very good. Is this true in anyone else‘s reading life?

Riveted_Reader_Melissa Yep, some books are better read, because we haven‘t yet found the narrator who can do them justice. This one needs a celebrity narrator, maybe a Viola Davis could do it justice? 6mo
Tamra @Riveted_Reader_Melissa I‘m not familiar with that name. I just find I need to slow down and linger on pages sometimes. 🙂 Mark of an excellent writer I guess. 6mo
Graywacke As one who listens as I drive, any book that demands my full attention needs to be read, not listened to. 6mo
Tamra @Graywacke agreed! 6mo
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LeahBergen
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I still need to read the tagged book (and feel generally “poorly read” when it comes to most authors of The Harlem Renaissance 😬).

#AngelOfHarlem
#WinterWonderland

sprainedbrain Loved the tagged book, and I adore this quote! ❤️ 6mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Listen to this book, read by the incomparable Ruby Dee. 6mo
CoffeeNBooks I haven't read this since high school, many many years ago, so it's on my TBR list! 6mo
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Cinfhen I read this last year, I think it would be awesome on audio 6mo
LeahBergen @sprainedbrain I love this quote, too! 6mo
LeahBergen @BarbaraTheBibliophage Thanks for the recommendation. 😘 6mo
LeahBergen @CoffeeNBooks I hope to get to it in the coming year. 👍🏻 6mo
LeahBergen @Cinfhen I bet it would (from what I‘ve heard about it)! 6mo
TrishB I still need to read too! But it‘s on the tbr! 6mo
batsy Me too! 6mo
Aimeesue Fabulous read! 6mo
Moray_Reads It is so, so good! 6mo
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erzascarletbookgasm
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One of the icons of the Harlem Renaissance.
#winterwonderland #angelofharlem

Cinfhen Excellent choice 7mo
TrishB Still on my tbr! But I do have a copy now! 7mo
Cathythoughts ♥️♥️👍🏻 7mo
Centique I love this one! 7mo
Caroline2 Oh what a beautiful edition! Such a wonderful book too! 😍 7mo
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This may be a new addition to the list of my very favorite quotes... “She didn‘t read books so she didn‘t know that she was the world and the heavens boiled down to a drop.” 💛💛💛

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Cracking up at Janie describing her new husband! Fat pone of fat back of his neck, Toe nails look like mule foots, don‘t want to stir up the air while he‘s in bed.. 😂😂😂😂 Poor guy just isn‘t doing it for her!

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Cspen113
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Starting a new one today! Pretty excited about this one. It‘s been on my TBR for a long time!!

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Centique
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#nofemmeber #jealousguy

There‘s more than one #jealousguy in this novel about Janie Crawford and the men in her life. They each try and define her in different ways and control or contain her beauty, intelligence and independence. It‘s a classic for a good reason and I‘m glad I got to it last year 😍

Cinfhen Excellent choice!!! I read this book this past year too!!! 7mo
GatheringBooks will have to put this in my must-read list for our #WomenReadWomen2019 theme for next year. 7mo
Centique @Cinfhen it‘s so good - I‘m glad we‘re both fans 😘💕 7mo
Centique @GatheringBooks yes! It will be excellent for that 👏👏👏 7mo
Billypar Still need to read it! I did see it adapted as a play and that was really good- I expect to enjoy it once I do read it ☺️ 7mo
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cdreincarnate
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Always love returning to an old favorite ❤️❤️❤️

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catebutler
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This year, I‘ve been making my way through the #VMCBookClub hosted by @viragopress and have loved each book they‘ve picked thus far! I‘ll hopefully be starting, ‘Their Eyes Were Watching God‘ by Zora Neale Hurston this week. I vaguely remember reading this in high school, so, I‘m looking forward to re-reading this classic.

Hurston‘s writing has influenced several authors, including: Zadie Smith, Maya Angelou, Toni Morrison and Alice Walker.

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I read “Their Eyes Were Watching God” in high school, but I think I was too young to appreciate it. But The Great American Read show on @pbs convinces me to give it another shot. AND I AM SO GLAD I DID. What a masterpiece 💞

Samplergal It is. I was too young as well. 8mo
Readergrrl I listened to Ruby Dee‘s narration and absolutely LOVED it!! Her voice was amazing!! 8mo
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Day 12 of the @bookriot #Riotgrams challenge: classics you love! I read this stunner for the first time this year, and I understand now what all the fuss is about. ❤️📚❤️

Gezemice Such a great book about love and finding yourself. So ahead of its time, too! 8mo
EchoCharlie I love this book so much 8mo
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Ekeating
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Great

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tbells20
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Already loving this book. Highly recommend!

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Victoriahoperose
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Mehso-so

The writing was extremely authentic and realistic, which is what I liked the most about this book. The plot was a bit slow and I definitely think it needed something extra to make it a little more interesting. Overall, I liked this one, but found the characters hard to follow at times.

IamIamIam I've heard that this is the kind of book best read with an intent to analyze, like in a college class or serious book club. I started it a few years ago but wasn't really sold on it by myself. 9mo
Kaylamburson I read it for two different classes — once in high school and once it college — and that helped guide us through it. I was able to love it and appreciate it so much more. But i totally see how it can feel slow. @IamIamIam (edited) 9mo
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Their Eyes Were Watching God | Zora Neale Hurston
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It arrived a little wrinkled, but I'm still smitten. I love a good literary t-shirt 😍

Reviewsbylola Ooooh I haven‘t seen this one before. Love it! 9mo
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sprainedbrain
Their Eyes Were Watching God | Zora Neale Hurston
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Pickpick

This is a fantastic book.

The writing is so good—I can see how the dialect might be challenging in print, but Ruby Dee‘s narration made it an experience. Some parts of this story made me literally stop in my tracks, they were so beautifully described (a death and a hurricane, among other scenes). I can absolutely understand why this is widely considered a seminal novel in both African American and women‘s lit.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

#1001books

britt_brooke Excellent review! 10mo
Saknicole 😍 my favorite book to reread and teach! 10mo
ravenlee To help when I read the print version in HS, I had to actually read passages aloud until it made sense in my head. I had to do it every time I had a break in my reading to get back into it, but it made me pay better attention. 10mo
RealBooks4ever Love love love this book! 💜 10mo
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wanderinglynn
Their Eyes Were Watching God | Zora Neale Hurston
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Mehso-so

#GARbingo week 18/26
The tagged book makes 12/25, but bit behind my schedule with some chunksters still left on the board to tackle. So we‘ll see if I finish the board by Oct. 23.

As for the tagged book: While I appreciate it for its historical significance, I was a bit underwhelmed. 3 stars. Read my full review on GR:
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/166626569

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Emilymdxn
Their Eyes Were Watching God | Zora Neale Hurston
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Look at my friends gorgeous new Virago edition of Their Eyes Were Watching God!! I already own a copy and never buy duplicates but I wish I had this one. The #hufflepuff vibes are strong with this cover and I have a lot of house pride lol.

Riveted_Reader_Melissa So pretty!! 10mo
erzascarletbookgasm Gorgeous! 10mo
goodthinkrebel That's an amazing cover! 10mo
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Caroline2
Their Eyes Were Watching God | Zora Neale Hurston
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I was trying to get a photo to write a review and my 4yr old son wanted in on the action!!! 😆

Quirkybookworm I love it! It‘s great. It‘s the little things that count! Cherish it!❤️❤️❤️ 10mo
TrishB Great pic 👍🏻 so how was the book 😂 10mo
Libby1 😍 10mo
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Libby1 Hi! Would you like the tagged book when I send the next #whodunituk book? I‘m doing a clear out. 😊 10mo
Caroline2 @Libby1 Thanks Libby, that‘s a lovely idea but I‘m going to pass if that‘s ok? I‘ve got a bit of a phobia of bugs & insects so I don‘t think I could read a book about bees! 😟 I can‘t read Metamorphosis either!!! 😆 Thank you for thinking of me tho! 😘 10mo
Caroline2 @TrishB it is really good Trish! A proper, good old fashioned masterpiece without being all high and mighty about it! I loved it! 😊 reminded me of The colour purple and I know why the caged bird sings! 👍🏻 (edited) 10mo
Libby1 Ha ha! No problem! I‘ll be getting ready to send The Blackhouse to you soon. 10mo
TrishB Cool 👍🏻 I have an insect phobia too!! 10mo
Caroline2 @Libby1 Brill, thanks Libby! 👍🏻 10mo
Caroline2 @TrishB Glad it‘s not just me!! 😆 10mo
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