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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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Hollie
Their Eyes Were Watching God | Zora Neale Hurston
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I had to be peopley this weekend at a wedding, which means that now I need to decompress and recharge. I‘ve got Cup of Calm tea and a reread of a classic that I‘m assigning next semester. #introvert #selfcare

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I had to also and now I have a migraine 😫 2w
Hollie @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks clearly, being around people is bad for our health. I hope you get relief soon, my friend. 😘 2w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Hollie I totally agree, but I wish we lived closer because I know I would enjoy being around you 💗 and thank you I just woke up again and took more medicine 🤯 2w
Hollie @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks yes, I would love that! 2w
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Literaturenut
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Pickpick

This is one of my new favorite #classics

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Christinak
Their Eyes Were Watching God | Zora Neale Hurston
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Pickpick

This is so beautifully written. With vernacular dialogue and lyrical prose she illustrates the story with her words. As soon as I shut this book I wanted to read this all over again.

#PBSGreatAmericanRead
#Florida

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Biverson12
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Pickpick

“They seemed to be staring at the dark, but their eyes were watching God.”

I finished this book earlier in the week but I needed some time to take in the ending. I loved this book. I feel like it will be one that I‘ll want to re-read multiple times throughout my life.

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Pedrocamacho
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Pickpick

This book works on multiple levels so summarizing it is difficult. However, I‘d say Hurston‘s book is about a woman who ultimately refuses to be bound by the expectations of others.

Biverson12 I‘m reading this now and I‘m really enjoying it! 2mo
Pedrocamacho @Biverson12 I look forward to your review 😊 2mo
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Biverson12
Their Eyes Were Watching God | Zora Neale Hurston
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Coffee date with my sister to start the holiday weekend ☕️ 📚 Also I‘m in love with this cover! 🌳

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Biverson12
Their Eyes Were Watching God | Zora Neale Hurston
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1. Tagged ☺️
2. Family cookout
3. Anything with brownie mixed in!
4. I play cello in a community orchestra and I play piano 🎼
5. Got it!

#friyayintro
@howjessreads thanks!

BarbaraTheBibliophage Such a good book! 2mo
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youneverarrived
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A classic for a reason. It‘s got such a sense of time and place but it still feels like quite a modern novel. I loved the writing, so many beautiful sentences. The dialogue took a bit getting used to but it definitely added to the novel. One I won‘t be forgetting in a hurry. Thanks for starting the buddy read @Cathythoughts ♥️ really glad to have read it. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Tamra I love that cover! 2mo
Cathythoughts Great review! Yes I agree some beautiful writing & timeless. I can only take some credit for this ... it was inspired by a gift I received from @erzascarletbookgasm & also it was on my TBR because it‘s one of Sarah Winman‘s favorite books 👍🏻♥️ I‘m so glad we all read it together (edited) 2mo
youneverarrived @Tamra it‘s so lovely 💚 2mo
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youneverarrived @Cathythoughts thank you 😘 I‘m glad we all read it together too 💕 seems like we all really enjoyed it. 2mo
charl08 Gorgeous edition you've got: I have one of these but resisted the rest (kind of wish I hadn't!) 2mo
TrishB It was a wonderful read ♥️ 2mo
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batsy
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Thank you @cathythoughts for getting the group read going & I can't add much to the lovely reviews by the rest of you. I have to borrow from Zadie Smith's intro to capture the magic & essence of this novel: "It is about the discovery of self in and through another". I love that Smith points out that Janie's ancestors include Elizabeth Bennet, Dorothea Brooke, & Jane Eyre. It's about Janie's quest for autonomy & self-fulfillment outside of ⬇️

batsy the strictures of race, class, & gender. Janie rises the ranks as a mayor's wife but has to come down to earth to know herself better; that Hurston plays with conceived notions of black womanhood is beautiful to see. The manner in which Janie is granted freedom is life-affirming. This book is so perfectly-constructed it's almost scary: no word out of place; the syntax & diction of the dialogue & the rich, distinctive voice of the narrative. 5 ⭐ 2mo
Cathythoughts Brilliant review!! I love your thoughts on this. And about having to come down to earth to find herself ... puts me in mind of King Lear - the whole nature of the weather- the books weather mirrors Janie‘s 2mo
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erzascarletbookgasm Love your description of Janie! Great review and I wish I can read Zadie Smith‘s introduction! 2mo
andrew61 Great review ☺ 2mo
TrishB You definitely added a lot with your review ❤️ I couldn‘t believe how perfect this story felt either. 2mo
Tanisha_A Great great review! Have to read it. ✨🌠 2mo
batsy @Cathythoughts Thank you! And that's a great point about the weather and Janie's condition... So interesting to think about. 2mo
batsy @erzascarletbookgasm Thank you! The Zadie Smith intro is lovely in terms of seeing Hurston beyond the usual categories 👌🏽 2mo
batsy @andrew61 @TrishB @Tanisha_A Thank you, so happy to have read it 💜 2mo
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squirrelbrain
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A wonderful book that will stay with me for a long time, and I think it will need some time to process properly.

I thought I might struggle with the dialect to start with, but it really wasn‘t an issue. The writing was beautifully lyrical and there were many quotable passages.

The one below just made me laugh - a great way of saying you can keep a secret...! 🐓

TrishB I finished last week and am still thinking about it. A powerful little read. So many quotable bits! ❤️ we‘ve all loved it so far. 2mo
youneverarrived It‘s so beautifully written ♥️ 2mo
Caroline2 I loved this book too! 💖 2mo
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erzascarletbookgasm So many important themes in the book, very powerful message. ❤️ (edited) 2mo
batsy Nice review! Every sentence of hers turns and twists and gives unexpected pleasure. So rich in metaphor but never feels "writer-y". Such incredible talent! 2mo
Cathythoughts Great review... I had feelings on every single page 👍🏻♥️ 2mo
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erzascarletbookgasm
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What a love story. And it‘s much more than that. A story about a resilient young woman who has a great passion for life and independence, who refuses to be intimidated by social norms or be content with comfort and status. Took me a little while to get used to the dialect/slang, but you can‘t miss the beautiful prose and poetic language. A multilayered novel and a beautiful read. ❤️
Thanks for spearheading this, Cathy.

Cathythoughts Lovely review!! Thanks for the beautiful copy Jessie that got this buddy read going X 2mo
TrishB Great review 👍🏻 It was so much more than the love story with all the underlying themes. 2mo
MaGoose I read this about 20 years ago. I'll put it back on my TBR list to read again. 2mo
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batsy Great review ❤️ 2mo
youneverarrived Great review. I agree about getting used to the dialect but it wouldn‘t be the same without it. It really takes you there ♥️ 2mo
erzascarletbookgasm Thanks. So many important themes weaved into the story @Cathythoughts @TrishB @batsy The dialect certainly makes the characters seem more real and captures the ‘black culture‘ then @youneverarrived . 2mo
erzascarletbookgasm @MaGoose Definitely a book that deserves a reread. 💗 2mo
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Cathythoughts
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I had to keep reading till I finished, after Tea Cake arrived things really got moving. A lot of the rhyming lines & the story made me think of Bob Dylan‘s writing too. A powerful story on every level. I feel shook up inside. Look forward to hearing everyone‘s thoughts whenever all are finished. Feels like a book that will be bonding. Must think more about it myself now ....
#TheirEyesWereWatchingGodBuddyRead2019

TrishB Lovely review Cathy 💕 I‘m still shook up inside too. I feel like the author really let us inside Janie and you experienced everything with her. 2mo
Cathythoughts @TrishB thanks. I‘m so glad we read it together , it is good to share this experience. Yes , I agree , really experienced everything with Janie 2mo
batsy "shook up inside" —yes! Lovely review. I hope to have time to finish it this weekend. 2mo
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cathysaid I read this one in a literature class in college and then again in grad school. If those of you reading haven‘t already, you might find it interesting to read a bit about the author‘s life after you‘ve read the book. Puts a lot of things in perspective. Just be warned...it‘s a sad history 😞 2mo
Cathythoughts @batsy thanks! I hope you get some reading time 👍🏻♥️ 2mo
Cathythoughts @cathysaid thanks for that. Will have a look 👍🏻♥️ 2mo
erzascarletbookgasm Lovely what you said, Cathy. 👍 2mo
youneverarrived Lovely review ♥️ I‘m going to read a bit more later. I‘m loving it. 2mo
andrew61 Great review, i really enjoyed reading this earlier this year and found it as well as the authors life story fascinating. I think I will have to reread it soon. 2mo
kspenmoll Great review. Read this a long time ago & lived it then. 2mo
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squirrelbrain
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I‘m also about halfway through - this is my favourite quote so far. I just love the idea that thoughts can be turned into pictures by talking about them - beautiful!

#TheirEyesWereWatchingGodbuddyread2019

Crazeedi I'm going to read today 2mo
TrishB She has amazing story telling skills. 2mo
Cathythoughts It is beautiful!! Such a quotable book 👍🏻 2mo
youneverarrived Beautiful. So many lines like this that make you go ‘wow‘ 🖤 2mo
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Cathythoughts
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I‘m halfway till tomorrow.... ( wish I could read tonight ) Storyteller ! So quotable... & what she really does for me is that she brings it all home. We are no longer talking about issues & points of view out there ... I find myself thinking of my family history & of the pain , of people I loved ... of how they were hurt , In ways that were seen as nothing & in more visible ways .. #TheirEyesWereWatchingGodBuddyread2019

TrishB 😘 love it when a book does this. 2mo
Ruthiella Love your bookmark! ❤️Yes to powerful fiction that helps the reader reflect on life. I read for many reasons and that‘s one of them. 2mo
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batsy Beautifully put ❤️ 2mo
Cathythoughts @TrishB @Ruthiella @erzascarletbookgasm @batsy thanks! Such simplicity & power all at once ... Tea Cake has entered the story at this point. I didn‘t think this would be such a beautiful page turner ... 2mo
youneverarrived Stunning writing. It‘s so vivid and emotive. 2mo
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erzascarletbookgasm
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This first paragraph sets the stage for the story and the difference between men and women. And what an opening line!
@Cathythoughts I‘ve finished the book, so many good quotes and I‘ll have a think how to review. Look forward to our discussions to come.

slategreyskies Did you know that Zora NH wrote this book in only seven weeks!? Talk about inspired writing & having something so strong to say that it just explodes out of you! :) 2mo
erzascarletbookgasm @slategreyskies It was mentioned in my book foreword! Interesting how she was rediscovered and reintroduced to greater readership in the 60s and 70s by a number of authors! 2mo
Cathythoughts Great quote & as you say , so many , I‘m about half way. I don‘t know what I‘ll say either. It‘s a brilliant book .... every page (edited) 2mo
Crazeedi We read a portion of this book in one of my literature classes, can't wait to start and finish! 2mo
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youneverarrived
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Got my coffee now going to sit and read this for a bit 👌

Moray_Reads So good. And I love this cover 2mo
TrishB Same copy as mine 👍🏻 even the introduction is awesome. 2mo
squirrelbrain I‘m about halfway through and loving it! Mine is a boring Kindle version though, as it was cheap! 2mo
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Moray_Reads @squirrelbrain Mine too. Might have to splurge on this lovely though 2mo
batsy This is such a pretty cover! @TrishB I'm reading an older Virago edition with the Zadie Smith intro, it's brilliant isn't it 2mo
TrishB @batsy it‘s amazing. I felt like she was just sharing one of those moments when the light bulb had not only come on but had fizzed to life. You could really feel that it was a literary and life changing point for her, just made me want to dive into the book and I could see how it was so affecting. I kept having to remind myself when it was written. Your point about her just subtly showing you all these things. 2mo
Cathythoughts She completely has me ! A page turner & yes @Trishb I agree with your comments all the way 2mo
youneverarrived @Moray_Reads it‘s cheap on wordery at the minute. Think I got it for a fiver 👍 2mo
youneverarrived @TrishB I loved the introduction. It‘s so pretty this edition 💛 2mo
youneverarrived @squirrelbrain it‘s really good isn‘t it! I was going to get the kindle version but was only a bit more for the paperback when I looked. 2mo
youneverarrived @batsy I love these editions 💛 Zadie Smith is brilliant, loved the introduction too. 2mo
youneverarrived @Cathythoughts it‘s really gripping! 👍 2mo
jenniferheidi Beautiful edition! 😍 I‘ve never read this... 2mo
batsy @TrishB Perfectly put! I enjoyed that aspect of Smith's intro, as well. And thanks to @andrew61 I loved listening to this about Hurston and her impact... The way Solange Knowles describes her response to Hurston is so uplifting https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p04zzrsv 2mo
TrishB Thanks @batsy I‘ll have a listen to that later. 2mo
youneverarrived @jenniferheidi isn‘t it ♥️ 2mo
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Like other classics, this book has achieved a certain reputation to the point where I had a vague idea of what the book is about, but no idea what to expect. Sly, playful, and deeply rich in language, allusions, and the ideas percolating in the background—it is hardly at all what I expected, even though I didn't know what to expect.

If that makes sense 🙃

@Cathythoughts

batsy Also that "familiar strangeness" refers to a lot of things, not least race, but I also had a strange Annihilation (Jeff VanderMeer) moment in that 'gator who may or may not be one's sister. ? 2mo
TrishB Interesting point! Lovely thoughts so far. On finishing, I thought this book was so insightful on feminism and racism, she really makes you think. 2mo
Cathythoughts I‘m looking forward to getting into it. I‘ve literally only started... the language is beautiful & rich ... I hope I get some time later ... it‘s going to be a big book I think 2mo
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batsy @TrishB Yes, she really does! And it's done so gently (for lack of a better word) while spinning a story with dialogue as rich as poetry. 2mo
batsy @Cathythoughts I know what you mean, not a book that works in short bursts. Needs a spell of time for one to really savour it. 2mo
saresmoore That definitely makes sense! I had a similar experience with it. 2mo
danireads I had to read it back in Junior High, but like most books I had to read for school, I‘ve forgotten it. Still have it on my bookshelf and hope to reread it one day, especially now that I can absorb everything you pointed out with from a mature perspective. 2mo
mcipher I love your reviews. ♥️♥️ 2mo
batsy @saresmoore I'm so glad to hear it! I wasn't quite sure how to say what I wanted to say 😆 2mo
batsy @danireads It's my first time but it seems like a book that would yield different insights at different points in one's life 🙂 2mo
batsy @mcipher Thank you ❤️ 2mo
Ruthiella I really enjoyed this book. Janie was such a strong character. The dialect was understandable too I thought because it was consistent.😀 2mo
batsy @Ruthiella Yes, I was reading slowly at the beginning to get into the rhythm of the dialect but it came so naturally after awhile. It's a beautifully-constructed book! 2mo
youneverarrived I know exactly what you mean! 2mo
Suet624 I read this years ago and remember underlining passages similar to this one. I should probably check in with it again. 2mo
batsy @Suet624 Some seriously stunning insights that creep up on you because it's subtly woven into the lyrical writing 2mo
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Cathythoughts
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I have this down in my diary for tomorrow... so I plan to start in the next couple of days .... @TrishB is already finished ( our very own speed reader extraordinarie 😘) so a gentle reminder to everyone else @erzascarletbookgasm @batsy @youneverarrived @Crazeedi @squirrelbrain

youneverarrived I‘ve just got it in the post this morning. Will probably start reading tomorrow too 😘 2mo
squirrelbrain It‘s 99p on Kindle today! So of course I bought it.... I‘ll probably start tomorrow too, when I‘ve finished my current Kindle commute book.... 2mo
Cathythoughts @squirrelbrain I have a lovely copy from @erzascarletbookgasm .... but the kindle deal feels like a sign ... the stars are aligning.. ✨✨✨✨✨ 2mo
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TrishB @squirrelbrain wow 😮 you were meant to read it now! Can‘t wait to join in discussions. 2mo
TrishB I had the Zadie Smith intro in mine, that was awesome in itself! 2mo
Crazeedi Thanks I'm going to get and read since I obviously forgot, 🙄 2mo
Crazeedi Just checked 2 libraries online and both have copies out-of I put a hold on either th wait is 16 weeks???!!! Why is this popular all of a sudden? 2mo
Crazeedi Ok everyone, just got on kindle for 99 cents, like @squirrelbrain said! 2mo
Cathythoughts @Crazeedi yay 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2mo
batsy I was planning to start within the next day or two, as well 🥳 2mo
erzascarletbookgasm Thanks for the reminder 😘. Actually I‘ve already started it. 👍 2mo
andrew61 Im looking forward to reading your comments as i read it earlier this year after hearing this radio 4 documentary which is worth listening to as it gives a lot of information about the author and book https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/4SYxTvQjwY4ydZqbNcFPMby/the-death-and-... 2mo
Cathythoughts @andrew61 nice one 👍🏻will have a listen later 2mo
batsy @andrew61 Thank you for that! The article was fascinating and I look forward to the podcast. I loved what little I read about her in tagged book and might revisit the chapter when I'm done with the novel 2mo
erzascarletbookgasm @andrew61 thanks for the link, great article. 2mo
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TrishB
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Finished yesterday and absolutely loved it ❤️ can‘t wait to discuss when the rest of the gang get there.
So much in a little book.

Cathythoughts Oh well done ! And you loved it ♥️👍🏻... I might start it soon. 2mo
Cathythoughts And that is a lovely copy @batsy ♥️I think so too 2mo
TrishB @Cathythoughts even the introduction was powerful! 2mo
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Centique I‘m so glad you liked it! That book still has me thinking two years on - there‘s so so much in it 😍 2mo
TrishB @Centique I woke up thinking about it - always a good sign! 2mo
laurenbescoby Sounds great! Might get a hold of this for my next read. X 2mo
squirrelbrain Sounds really good - thought I already had it stacked but I don‘t so.... 2mo
Cathythoughts @squirrelbrain there‘s a few of us buddy reading it mid-August! Will we put your name in the pot ? And @laurenbescoby ? (edited) 2mo
TrishB @laurenbescoby it‘s really good and thought provoking. I can‘t wait to talk about it a bit more! 2mo
erzascarletbookgasm That was quick! Glad you loved it. Looking forward to this. 2mo
TrishB @erzascarletbookgasm it‘s only little 😁 2mo
batsy Glad to hear you loved it! I need to start. Soonish 😁 2mo
TrishB @batsy I had a day off yesterday and it was just calling me, like they do. 2mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa It really is so good, and it definitely sticks with you. 2mo
Aimeesue SO good! Hurston was amazing. 2mo
squirrelbrain Put my name down @Cathythoughts - depends if the library has it...! 😘 2mo
Cathythoughts @squirrelbrain your in 👍🏻 2mo
Caroline2 I loved this book too! 👍🏻 2mo
TrishB @Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Aimeesue definitely deserves the classic tag 👍🏻 2mo
TrishB @Caroline2 it was a great read 👍🏻 2mo
TrishB @squirrelbrain @Cathythoughts will be some great discussions 👍🏻 2mo
laurenbescoby @Cathythoughts don't think I can get myself a copy in time, but when I do I'll add my thoughts 😊 2mo
Cathythoughts @laurenbescoby perfect 👍🏻♥️ 2mo
BrownGirlReading Love this edition! 2mo
TrishB @BrownGirlReading it‘s a lovely copy 💕 2mo
BrownGirlReading @TrishB O was tempted to buy it in Paris at Shakespeare & Co. I think the next time I go there O‘m going to buy it. It will make a wonderful addition to my book collection. 2mo
LeahBergen I still need to read this one! 2mo
TrishB @LeahBergen I think you‘ll love this 💕 2mo
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TrishB
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Started this morning and I‘m loving it ❤️ would have normally finished as it‘s only little, but fighting a migraine thats slowing me down!

TrishB The migraine is also obviously responsible for upside down pics. 2mo
collegecatlady I love that cover! 2mo
DGRachel Oh no! I hope the migraine breaks soon. I love this book so much. 2mo
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KarenUK Oh no! Feel better💕 2mo
Cinfhen Ugh 😑 sorry about the migraine 🤕hope it goes away real quick 2mo
Butterfinger Hope you feel better soon. 2mo
Cathythoughts Migraines are awful...I hope it‘s a short lived one 2mo
Victoria_Clyne Feel better 2mo
squirrelbrain Oh no, hope you feel better soon 😘 2mo
erzascarletbookgasm Boo to migraine! Hope it goes away quickly. 2mo
erzascarletbookgasm That‘s a lovely cover btw. I‘ll start this after I finished my current read. 2mo
DivineDiana Feel better. ❤️ 2mo
litenthusiast This is one of my favorite books! I'm so sorry you have a migraine, I hope it goes away quickly. 💜 2mo
Jas16 Hope you are migraine free quickly 2mo
Balibee146 Hope you feel better soon 😘😘 2mo
saresmoore Boo. Feel better! ♥️ 2mo
Tanisha_A Fell better soonly soon! ❤️ 2mo
Lizpixie I know how you feel! The #litsymigraineclub gets bigger every day🤕 2mo
Kalalalatja Hope you feel better soon! 2mo
batsy I hope you're feeling much better ❤️ And that edition is lovely! 2mo
JennyM Feel better soon 😘 2mo
CarolynM Hope you're feeling better💐 2mo
laurenbescoby Big hugs and hope you feel better soon! Xx 2mo
TrishB @laurenbescoby thank you 💜 2mo
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Cathythoughts
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I‘m wondering how ye are fixed for starting this one ? We can start , or wait till mid - August.... thoughts buddy readers ?
@erzascarletbookgasm
@batsy
@TrishB
@youneverarrived
@Crazeedi
And all welcome ofcorse ♥️👍🏻

Crazeedi I'm doing 2 in August already, it would have to be later in month for me. Thank you for including me 3mo
batsy Thanks for the tag, Cathy. I'm ok with starting whenever is best for all. The middle of the month is totally fine by me :) 3mo
Caroline2 Ohhhh I loved this book! 👍🏻 3mo
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erzascarletbookgasm Thanks Cathy. Anytime this month is fine with me..whatever works for the majority. 😊 3mo
TrishB I‘m ready whenever, I‘ll just make it my next book whenever everyone starts 👍🏻 3mo
youneverarrived I‘m fine to start whenever ♥️ 3mo
Cathythoughts @Crazeedi @batsy @Caroline2 ( a reread ? 😊, just being friendly, unless ... ) @erzascarletbookgasm @TrishB @youneverarrived OK , lets say mid-August & as it‘s a very casual read , we can post up our reviews & tag each other as we go ... really looking forward to this one ♥️ 3mo
TrishB Cool 👍🏻 3mo
eraderneely That is a stunning cover! 3mo
Cathythoughts @eraderneely isn‘t it !! ✨✨✨ 3mo
Crazeedi @Cathythoughts sounds good, I'll watch for heads up to start! 3mo
Cathythoughts @Crazeedi 👍🏻 ok. I‘ll start mid - August & put up a post 😉 3mo
TrishB It just jumped off the shelf at me 😁 I have a day at home tomorrow on my own and this book decided it needed to keep me company! I‘ll join in the conversation when everyone gets started later and post casually! 2mo
Cathythoughts @TrishB look forward to your review! Just jumped off the shelf.... it‘s meant to be so 👍🏻♥️ 2mo
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SW-T
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My third time reading this one and still loved it!

#reread

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Cathythoughts
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My morning coffee just got very interesting, when I checked the post ... some lovely Litten has sent me this book ♥️... who is it ?? So very kind, please tell me who you are 🙏🏻

Cathythoughts I stacked this recently when I listened to an interview with Sarah Winman & this is one of her favourite books ... 4mo
Caroline2 Ohh I loved this book!!! 😯 4mo
Cathythoughts @Caroline2 that‘s good to hear 👍🏻I‘m looking forward to it 4mo
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batsy How lovely! I have this TBR as well. 4mo
erzascarletbookgasm 🙋‍♀️ That was rather quick, just 5 days! There should be another one in the mail these few days. 😘 4mo
Cathythoughts @erzascarletbookgasm ahhhh Jessie !! This is too much , you are way too good ♥️. Thankyou ! What a great surprise... I‘m looking forward to reading this one. What a beautiful cover too . Thankyou X X X , Cathy. 4mo
Centique This is such a fascinating read. Love to hear what you think of it! And also you one day @batsy 😊if the TBR doesn‘t topple first! 📚📚📚 4mo
Cathythoughts @Centique I stacked it because Sarah Winman loves it so much & I love her .. and now I have it .. books leading to books @batsy I know it‘s going to be good 👍🏻. @erzascarletbookgasm thankyou my little book fairy 😘 4mo
erzascarletbookgasm I‘ve heard great things about this book @Centique , Cathy! I have a copy on my tbr too. Maybe we could do a casual buddy read sometime Cathy, @batsy 😄 4mo
youneverarrived Ah how nice ♥️ 4mo
Cathythoughts @erzascarletbookgasm @batsy yes! I was only thinking the same thing ... a casual buddy read ! Let‘s do that ...... 😍 4mo
Crazeedi Read this in college 4mo
Cathythoughts @erzascarletbookgasm @batsy sometime that suits everyone ♥️📚 4mo
batsy @Cathythoughts @erzascarletbookgasm I'm in! Anytime from August onward will be great ❤️ 4mo
TrishB I have this too, may geg in on your buddy read!( that‘s scouse for invite yourself to something!) 4mo
Cathythoughts @TrishB your in !! Delighted your joining us 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 @erzascarletbookgasm @batsy we have a Liverpool Litten joining us , I think you know her 🤣 (edited) 4mo
Cathythoughts @Crazeedi did you like it then ?? Any chance you‘d fancy a reread ???! ! 4mo
TrishB Cool 👍🏻 Cathy just got this one for #99ponkindle 4mo
Cathythoughts @TrishB thanks.. I‘m on my way to purchase 👍🏻♥️ 4mo
Cathythoughts @erzascarletbookgasm this is going to be a brilliant buddy read 🙏🏻 4mo
erzascarletbookgasm Yassss! August sounds fine 👌 Cathy, @TrishB @batsy 💃 💃 💃 💃 4mo
Cathythoughts @erzascarletbookgasm I‘ll make a note in my diary & remind us all then 👍🏻 4mo
batsy @Cathythoughts @erzascarletbookgasm @TrishB Yay! I'm looking forward 🎉📚🎉 4mo
Cathythoughts @youneverarrived have you read it ? Will you join us ? 4mo
TrishB Great stuff 👍🏻 @erzascarletbookgasm @batsy 4mo
Crazeedi @Cathythoughts it was very different, my first exposure to the author. Let me know if you do a buddy read, depending I may join in 4mo
Cathythoughts @Crazeedi We are starting in August I‘ll tag you 👍🏻 (edited) 4mo
youneverarrived Yeah I‘ll join if that‘s ok 😘 been one I‘ve wanted to read for ages. 3mo
Cathythoughts @youneverarrived perfect ! I‘ll remind us all starting in August 👍🏻♥️ 3mo
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Literaturenut
Their Eyes Were Watching God | Zora Neale Hurston
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#JulyTBR

A friend gifted me Their Eyes Were Watching God and I‘ve been waiting read it for a while. I‘m most looking forward to it.

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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. 4mo
DGRachel @LibrarianJen Good point. 😆 Although my inner child is protesting loudly at being told Sesame Street isn‘t real at all. 4mo
LibrarianJen 🤣🤣🤣 I know, right! 4mo
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. 4mo
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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 🤗🎈 5mo
JohannaRose Welcome to litsy!! 😊📚 5mo
rretzler Welcome to Litsy! 📖 5mo
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Leannr
Their Eyes Were Watching God | Zora Neale Hurston
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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. 6mo
Readergrrl It is a wonderful book. Might I suggest listening to the Audible version with Ruby Dee narrating? It was a superb performance!!! 6mo
Peaceful_Reader Hmmm- I ❤️ Ruby Dee so I just might have to do that as well!! Thanks for the suggestion. 6mo
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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. 6mo
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! 6mo
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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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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
Their Eyes Were Watching God | Zora Neale Hurston
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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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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! 😔 8mo
Annl You are welcome and so glad you liked it. 😀 8mo
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! 8mo
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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. 8mo
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! 8mo
CSeydel Perfect! @lele1432 (edited) 8mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Great swap box! 8mo
Chelleo Love me down Ms. Zora! Love your package! 8mo
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 8mo
BeaG WOW! Awesome package! 8mo
Annl I agree with you @Chelleo about big bookstores. 8mo
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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! 8mo
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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.) 8mo
wordzie 👍❤ 8mo
Tanisha_A Yes, the cover. And, have heard such good things about this. 8mo
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KatieDid927
Their Eyes Were Watching God | Zora Neale Hurston
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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. 8mo
wanderinglynn I also enjoyed Monticello, Thomas Jefferson‘s home. 8mo
TheDaysGoBy I‘ve been to all 3 cities you mentioned and they‘re great! I enjoyed my time in all of them 8mo
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KatieDid927 @TheDaysGoBy Oh nice! I somehow still haven‘t been to any of them! Hopefully DC soon though. 8mo
Suzze When I was 14, 8mo
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. 8mo
CouronneDhiver I had a hoot at the Hemingway House in Key West, Florida 8mo
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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 8mo
C.Perone Welcome to Litsy!!! 8mo
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Megabooks Welcome to Litsy! 📚👍🏻 8mo
rather_be_reading welcome to litsy 📚☕📚 8mo
CoffeeNBooks Welcome to Litsy! 📚 8mo
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. 8mo
SReed151 @RaimeyGallant thank you! 8mo
DarcysMom Welcome to Litsy! 🤩 8mo
Eggs Welcome to Litsy 🤗 8mo
Erofan Welcome 📚👋 8mo
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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. 8mo
rachelk @SamAnne Yes! I‘m glad that I put it on my TBR after watching The Great American Read last year. 8mo
Linsy Great book! ♥️ 8mo
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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. 8mo
WhatDeeReads @JaclynW Dee‘s narration was so good. I would forget that it was just her doing all the voices. 8mo
JaclynW @WhatDeeReads Yes! I love good narrators! 8mo
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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. 9mo
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. 9mo
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. 9mo
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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! 9mo
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. 9mo
Chelleo Ruby Dee narrates an audiobook version and it‘s amazing (I listened to it years ago so it may be time to revisit)! 8mo
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. 8mo
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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! 9mo
WhatDeeReads I call her my patron saint. 9mo
TheBookbabeblog84 @Stephaniereads1 I adore this book. But I need to read more of her work. 9mo
Stephaniereads1 Same. I really need read more of her work. Im gonna go find some! 9mo
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Bookish.SAM Not pictured (as it was a library book a while back) but a book that really opened my eyes was 9mo
StephanieMarie I loved the Boat People! I was crushed when it didn't win Canada Reads 9mo
Bookish.SAM Right @StephanieMarie ?!? So good! And such a great Canada Reads choice. 9mo
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