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Turtle Diary
Turtle Diary | Russell Hoban
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Life in a city can be atomizing, isolating. And it certainly is for William G. and Neaera H., the strangers at the center of Russell Hobans surprisingly heartwarming novel Turtle Diary. William, a clerk at a used-book store, lives in a rooming house after a divorce that has left him without home or family. Neaera is a successful writer of childrens books, who, in her own estimation, looks like the sort of spinster who doesnt keep cats and is not a vegetarian. Lookslike a mans woman who hasnt got a man. Entirely unknown to each other, they are both drawn to the turtle tank at the London zoo with minds full of turtle thoughts, wondering how the turtles might be freed. And then comes the day when Neaera walks into Williams bookstore, and together they form an unlikely partnership to make what seemed a crazy dream become a reality.
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readordierachel I kept expecting it to be a love story, but I'm glad it wasn't in the traditional sense. I appreciated that even though Neaera is ostensibly in a relationship at the end of the story, she thinks about it ending and knows she will be fine if it does. It's a novel about loneliness, but the answer to that loneliness is not a romantic partner but finding something within yourself 2mo
vivastory @readordierachel I couldn't have said it better! I think that the realization that Neaera has reached is what William is striving towards at the end. My fingers are crossed that he gets to the same place. 2mo
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DrexEdit @readordierachel thanks for hosting this month! Great questions! 🙂 2mo
quietjenn @readordierachel I totally agree - both in the expectation and being glad that it didn't go that way. I love that she is so comfortable with herself at the end. 2mo
arubabookwoman @readordierachel Great comment about the answer to loneliness. I'm glad they didn't get together, even tho' I was expecting them to. It made for a better book. Has anyone seen the movie? I saw it many years ago & I remember them getting together at the end. That may just be wishful thinking or a false memory though. (edited) 2mo
arubabookwoman However, did anyone else just want to shake them sometimes and tell them to quit moping around? 2mo
Liz_M I am not sure about redemption, but both characters have given up the weight of the past -- Neaera throws her stone into the sea after releasing the turtles and William drops his into a fountain the day he realized the turtles would always be swimming in his mind, but they couldn't do his swimming for him. 2mo
BarbaraBB Well said @readordierachel I totally agree and am also glad it didn‘t turn into a love story. Thanks for hosting, fantastic questions ❤️ 2mo
quietjenn @Liz_M nice observation about the stones! I'd remembered Neaera's, but not William's. 2mo
Leftcoastzen @arubabookwoman I like your point of shaking them & saying quit moping around! 2mo
Leftcoastzen I like to think the experience flipped a reset button for them .Neaera seems to be progressing faster but I think William will get there too. 2mo
Leftcoastzen Great questions thanks for hosting! I‘ve been bouncing in and out of the dialogue. So many great points . I really liked the book . 2mo
merelybookish Redemption feels too strong perhaps. But it felt like they had weathered something and found some sun on the other side. @liz_m that's such a good image, getting rid of the stones, thanks for mentioning it. 2mo
batsy You put it wonderfully, @readordierachel I too expected a romance and the novel carefully subverting that was key. I think despite the loneliness and depiction of interiority, this is a novel about a kind of communion, if not redemption—and that it can be unexpected and happen almost fleetingly, but it's still strong enough to leave a mark. To know that there are people "like you", out there. Also the casting off of stones is well put, @Liz_M ! 2mo
GatheringBooks @arubabookwoman me!! Me!! Me!! I feel so relieved now that I am not the only one who felt impatient at certain points in time. 2mo
Suet624 Well shoot. Now I have to buy this book. 2mo
readordierachel @Suet624 Yes! It's a worthwhile read. Look forward to your thoughts if you do buy it :) 2mo
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vivastory I do agree with this. I am at the same age as one of the characters in TD, so I think that it has something special to say for people at a certain time in their lives. But it doesn't read as a mid-life crisis novel, either. One of the fascinating aspects of TD is how it tackles themes (environmental disaster, romance, mid-life uncertainty) without becoming exclusively one of those type of novels. It's broader than that. 2mo
DrexEdit In places it started to remind me of Barbara Pym's Quarter in Autumn which I found very bleak for a "middle-age" novel. But this one always pulled back to a place of hope or at least possibilities. Middle-age seems to be where things settle in for a lifetime, or everything changes! 2mo
vivastory @DrexEdit I have been meaning to read Pym for awhile now. 2mo
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DrexEdit @vivastory I didn't warm to the Quartet, but the writing was lovely and many people here have assured me not all her novels are as bleak. I intend to give her another try. 2mo
vivastory @DrexEdit Thanks for the tip. I will keep it in mind. 2mo
quietjenn Yes, and I think being squarely middle age at the moment definitely impacts how I've reacted to the novel and makes certain aspects of it resonate in a way they wouldn't have otherwise. 2mo
arubabookwoman I didn't think it was so much a novel of middle-age as a novel for anyone who one day looks around and asks, "Is this all there is?" @DrexEdit & @vivastory Quartet in Autumn is Pym's darkest novel (& my favorite of the 5 or 6 I've read). I also think it's more a novel of old age rather than middle-age. But what is age? When I turned 70 I suddenly realized I could no longer call myself middle-aged any more. 2mo
Liz_M I also not so sure this is a novel of middle-age as it is a great novel for a subset of single middle-aged people and those that seem to have drifted into a life of subsistence rather than fullness. It is more hopeful than many of the “spinster lit“ novels we've read the past few years but more melancholy than some of the more family/relationship focused novels we've read. 2mo
BarbaraBB @arubabookwoman Exactly, the “is this all there is” theme is of all ages I think. Also I‘m not sure what age is meant with middle-aged, it‘s more a state of mind I think. Both William and Naera seemed older to me than I am myself though they are younger. Not sure what I want to say but the world middle-aged always confuses me because I don‘t know what it implies. 2mo
vivastory @arubabookwoman @drexedit It sounds fascinating. I have been meaning to read it for awhile & I am going to move it up my TBR especially after the endorsements. I just ordered it. 2mo
vivastory @Liz_M Very well stated. There was a recent thread on NYRB challenging someone to name a heartwarming story that they have published. Needless to say, it was tough. (edited) 2mo
Leftcoastzen I think as many of you do there are stages in life where you get stuck, where you think life is going in a positive direction that will hold then it stops , the “is that all there is” type moment . It tends to be in midlife , but it can be earlier or later. 2mo
vivastory @Leftcoastzen I think this is a great point. I also think that there can be events extraneous as to if an individual is truly “mid-life“ that can precipitate reevaluations. I can imagine that the events of the past 2 years have had such an effect. 2mo
batsy I agree that it's more a state of mind novel than anything else, and will speak to anyone dealing with these questions in their mind, but because I've "recently" entered my 40s and feeling pretty blah about life and society's expectations, the bit about it being a middle-aged novel really spoke to me, too. 2mo
GatheringBooks Loved reading the musings about what constitutes middle age: is it when you reach 40? 50? The book seems to suggest 40ish. While I did appreciate the subtlety in the language and the carefully executed turns of phrases and the surprise suicide towards the end which pulled the rug from under my feet as a reader, I felt a tad impatient with it, the slowness felt laborious to me which is probably is how it should be, but I suspect it may 👇🏼 2mo
GatheringBooks (Cont) Simply be where I am at in my life. While I recognize the allegorical nature of the turtle dilemma and all that it signifies, I did not feel as emotionally invested as I probably needed to be for the novel to work for me. Again I blame it on my inattentiveness and the crazy million and one things I am currently doing. (edited) 2mo
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vivastory I found it very intriguing that there seemed to be elements of himself in both characters. I was reminded a bit of Jansson's Fair Play. I read in a review online that Turtle Diary was Hoban's first adult novel, which I also find interesting. Especially reading Neara's passages about writing children's books & her struggles. 2mo
readordierachel It's interesting to know, but it doesn't change the way I interpret the novel. Writers often use their own life for inspiration. Write what you know and all that. It did make me wonder how many of the interactions in the novel may have happened to him personally. The new age rebirthing scene for instance 2mo
DrexEdit Yeah, I don't think it did. I did find it interesting that the guy that wrote this also wrote Bread and Jam for Francis, but I didn't really see a connection except in a superficial way. 2mo
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arubabookwoman I was aware that he was a children's book writer (with his wife), having read many of those children's books to my own kids. I also knew that he and his wife divorced shortly after they moved to London. Didn't know about the advertising work. But these biagraphical aspects he incorporated into the novel didn't bother me. 2mo
arubabookwoman I did enjoy reading about how Neara created her work for children and how seriously she took her animal characters. There is a similar respect for the characters in Hoban's children's books I'm glad to say, so probably a lot of that came from his own life and work. 2mo
Liz_M I was also going to use the write what you know adage. I struggle with how much to consider the author in how I think about a work. On one hand, the book should stand on it's own, but on the other hand I value "own voices" works. 2mo
quietjenn Not particularly, although I suspect that if I were to go back and read the Frances books now, it might make me view them a little differently (and I can't even imagine what I might think if I ever get around to reading Ridley Walker). 2mo
quietjenn @readordierachel Oh yes! I so want to know what reality that was based on! Every now and then there would be a moment in the book where I was very strongly reminded that we were in the 1970s! 2mo
vivastory @quietjenn I had to bail on Riddley Walker after a couple of pages. I am going to give it another shot, but I think it's one where I'll have to read it out loud for the first few pages to get into the swing of the lingo 2mo
quietjenn @vivastory I've never actually attempted it, although I know people who adore it. I think I'm a bit intimidated by it! 2mo
readordierachel @arubabookwoman I really enjoyed that aspect too, how seriously she took her children's books. The thoughts about madame beetle and such were very engaging 2mo
readordierachel @quietjenn @vivastory I was thinking about picking up Riddley, but I read some reviews that said it was pretty inaccessible so I'm intimidated as well 2mo
readordierachel @quietjenn Yes, so 70s! 2mo
BarbaraBB I didn‘t know the author wrote children‘s books as well and worked in advertising. So it didn‘t bother me but now that I know I recognize a bit of the copywriter in the book - especially in the humorous parts. 2mo
merelybookish I did find it kind of fascinating to think about as Bread and Jam for Frances is a pretty classic work of children's lit. Plus, I studied children's lit so Neaera's somewhat jaundiced views on it were interesting to me. I read/heard on a podcast (can't remember where) that Hoban considered himself an under-appreciated author. I suspect he blamed that somewhat on being perceived as a writer for children. 2mo
Leftcoastzen I was going to try Riddley too but a guy I knew who was a pretentious twit was really into it so I said nope . 😂Maybe someday. 2mo
vivastory @merelybookish I remember James Mustich cited Mouse & His Child as one of his favorite books in an interview. I always meant to read it. 2mo
vivastory @Leftcoastzen It's interesting how the audience of a work can shape our expectations of it. I avoided Baudelaire like the plague for YEARS because of goth kids I knew in HS. 😂 2mo
Leftcoastzen @vivastory that‘s funny ! 2mo
batsy It didn't particularly change how I saw the novel, but it was intriguing to learn the details of his real life because like @vivastory says it's cool to see that he sort of put himself in both characters. I thought Neaera was a particularly intriguing female character and unique; her voice really came through strongly and it was distinctive. I've also not read his Frances children's books (or anything else by him) and I feel like I must fix that! 2mo
readordierachel @batsy Totally agree about Neara's voice. She was so sharp and well drawn. I enjoyed being in her head. 2mo
GatheringBooks I have read a few of Russell Hoban‘s children‘s books which is why I was entertained by the supposed “biographical” elements of the narrative, which I could extrapolate from Neaera‘s musings which was aptly described by @merelybookish as “jaundiced” - not surprised at all that Hoban thought of himself as underappreciated, if this story is to go by, he strikes me as a cantankerous old man if he resembles William G (which I predict he does). 2mo
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vivastory I loved the structure of the novel. As I mentioned in a post about the book I can have difficulty immersing myself in a work if there is little dialogue, but am able to latch on if there are observations by interesting characters. The alternating POV of 2 very interesting & flawed characters kept me engaged. 2mo
readordierachel I loved the structure as well @vivastory Greag point about the observations making up for the lack of dialogue. Their entries aren't just navel gazing. They are both constantly examining the world around them, even if it's just inside their own flats. And their thoughts are allowed to spin out, bouncing around to different topics, like real people's do. So even tho we're so close to them and their idiosyncrasies, there's something universal 2mo
readordierachel *Great 2mo
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vivastory @readordierachel I loved how their thoughts would move from topic to topic. I think it would have been easy for Hoban to have made it a dense, & somewhat dull, book about ideas. But I found it very lively because of their thoughts. As you point out. 2mo
readordierachel @vivastory Yes, lively is a good way to describe it! 2mo
DrexEdit @readordierachel what a terrific way to put it! Yes! 💯% agree! 2mo
arubabookwoman I liked the structure & it worked for me, & I loved the coincidences in their experiences and similarities in their thoughts both before and after they connected. (The dead cat at the end both saw for example (ugh)). As I noted before, I sometimes had difficulty telling their voices apart. Whether this was intentional on Hoban's part--I.e. their characters are so similar--or just because the writing style didn't change between them, I'm not sure. 2mo
quietjenn I really enjoyed the structure. The way their thoughts flowed seemed very realistic to me and I especially loved the bits where they would find themselves touching on the same ideas or objects, each from their own perspective. 2mo
vivastory @quietjenn I also really liked reading their perspective on the same idea/object. I thought that was interesting. 2mo
Liz_M Like @quietjenn and @arubabookwoman I also enjoyed the deliberate mirroring between the alternating chapters, especially in the beginning before they meet when one character seems to glimpse the other. It was an effective way to create a narrative drive. (edited) 2mo
readordierachel @Liz_M Yes, good point. That tension while we're waiting for their stories to converge is important 2mo
BarbaraBB Agree with you @Liz_M , very effective. I also enjoyed how little we learned about their lives up until now. We know the facts, not the impact, not the drama. Thar really stood out for me. 2mo
batsy I loved the structure and he used it so well; getting to the end of the book allowed me to appreciate just how well. Like you say Rachel he did so much within the form, so it wasn't just them navel gazing. Initially I had a hard time getting into the book because I was reading it in bits and pieces, and I almost bailed at the start. But when their paths crossed with the turtles the structure of the book clicked into place for me. 2mo
GatheringBooks Loved hearing about your thoughts which are starkly different from mine; the alternating pov didn‘t particularly work for me mainly because I found it challenging to distinguish between the two voices. I had to go back time and again to determine whose voice am I reading - because I couldn‘t tell them apart especially in the first half of the novel. I realize though that this may be deliberate to demonstrate the parallels across the two characters 2mo
GatheringBooks It could also be that my attention wasn‘t fully there while reading, hence the difficulty in differentiating across the two characters. 🥲😅 - it is tough being immersed in both their minds, so joyless. 😭😭😭 2mo
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vivastory I do think that William G has also experienced a change but it will take longer to develop & is outside of the bounds of the narrative. I loved to see the hints that he was changing as a person at the very end when he visited Neaera. 2mo
readordierachel I agree @vivastory that he is developing more slowly. He did seem to be somewhat less melancholy by the end. I hesitate to say hopeful. Perhaps a little more resigned, but not in a sad way. He's not as explicitly self-reflective as Neaera, so it can't be as neatly measured. 2mo
DrexEdit See, now you're making me rethink my answer to the previous question. So Neaera ended up opening up to the possibility of an intimate relationship for herself, I think William did change enough to re-engage with everyday people and social relationships. 2mo
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vivastory @DrexEdit @readordierachel I think that William did mature in the sense that he ended a relationship that wasn't making him happy, but I think he is having difficulty in defining what will. I think he is looking for a sort of long-term guarantee, whereas Neaera has accepted that there is no such thing as the guarantees he is looking for & has instead decided to accept what she has in the moment. 2mo
arubabookwoman Yes William has changed. In his last entry he says nothing is different or better, but "I didn't mind being alive at the moment." He may have been changed more by Miss Neap's suicide than by the release of the turtles. 2mo
vivastory @arubabookwoman Good point about Ms. Neap's suicide & I think that is a good illustration of we are all minor characters in other people's stories. He was caught up in his own personal issues that he didn't notice that of his neighbors. 2mo
quietjenn I agree with @arubabookwoman - I think that the experience with the turtles did work on William, but it was really Miss Neap's suicide - and his interactions with his landlady/fellow lodges both in discovering it and being together afterwards - that really marks it. I think they both learned to “only connect“ but what connection looks like is different. 2mo
Liz_M @arubabookwoman I think the lines before the two you quote is the difference “And I could imagine good times why I don't know.“ It is his reaction to the connection he made to his neighbors in remembering Ms Neap. 2mo
BarbaraBB I too think that Ms Neap‘s suicide in the end has the biggest impact on William - and how it connected him to his neighbors. He suddenly remembered being connected I think - something he didn‘t really do with Neaera. 2mo
readordierachel @arubabookwoman Yes, great observation. He seemed to be floundering still after the turtles, and coming together with his neighbors after Miss Neap produced more of a change 2mo
readordierachel @BarbaraBB I agree. Even though their stories intertwined and they had a common goal and some interactions, they didn't "connect" that much as you say. I'd have thought they would be bonded after the experience, but they weren't 2mo
BarbaraBB I loved that they didn‘t really bond. It makes the story so realistic. They are both finding their way towards an happy ending but no cliché‘s here! 2mo
Leftcoastzen I think they both opened up from the experience. I remember William confronting Mr.Sandor about the cooker!Despite the fight they end up finding out a bit about each other.Remember at the beginning, Williams dad was a suicide, though they said it was an accident.Miss Neaps suicide makes him think a bit about boarding house neighbors being an accidental family in a way. 2mo
vivastory @Leftcoastzen I completely forgot about Williams' father. That is definitely an important detail in the context of what happens later w/ Ms. Neaps!! 2mo
batsy I agree about Ms. Neap's suicide being a turning point for William and there was that subtle change—he seemed more willing to take on whatever life has in store for him by the time we got to the end, or maybe that was my hopeful reading! But I think the experience with the turtles and the moments with Naera sort of laid the groundwork for that subtle shift in him too, if that makes sense. 2mo
GatheringBooks I think I like the fact that this aspect of the story has been left for the reader to envision/imagine; which is a testament to the author‘s craftsmanship and restraint in the storytelling. More could have been said or extrapolated, but no, it is left hanging - just like most of life is, in truth. But agreed with everyone‘s thoughts about the pivotal point of Miss Neap‘s suicide, that elevated the narrative for me into something more profound. 2mo
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readordierachel Because we start and end with William G.'s entries and it felt like we got more of his backstory, I think the book leans into him just a little bit more. Even though Neaera H. does have equal weight in my mind. 2mo
vivastory This was one of my favorite lines in the book. I think that William G. is a minor character in Neaera's story, but she seems to be more of a presence in his life. What is interesting to me is how Hoban managed to give both characters an equal say in the narrative. 2mo
vivastory @readordierachel That is a good point about it opening & ending with William G's perspective. 2mo
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readordierachel @vivastory I really like your take that she is more of a presence in his life. She undergoes more of a change in my mind, has more of a trajectory 2mo
merelybookish Oh, I thought they were both minor characters in the turtle's story. Also that we are minor characters in multiple stories. 2mo
readordierachel @merelybookish Oh interesting! I love that idea. And that makes a lot of sense 2mo
vivastory @merelybookish That's a great idea! 2mo
DrexEdit I think we learned more about William Gs story, but Neara seemed to show more growth as a character to me, so I'm sightly leaning towards he's a minor character. Although for a minor character he's got a ton of influence. 2mo
arubabookwoman William was a minor character in Neara's story, but only because she (a writer no less) chose to make him a minor character. Weren't we all kind of expecting Neara & William to end up together? Their thoughts, actions, experiences were constantly mirroring, echoing, repeating each other's. They were so alike I often got their entries mixed up. (edited) 2mo
vivastory @arubabookwoman I was expecting them to get together. I was relieved that they didn't though. There was that wonderful line in I believe William's diary where he said something to the effect of he doesn't want to be with her because it'd be like being with himself. I thought that was really telling. 2mo
quietjenn For me, they have equal weight. Their stories parallel each other, although sometimes intersecting so it's a very wonky, zig-zag graph. And, I think it can all be true. We are the central character of our own story, but we are also a minor (and, for a handful, major) characters in the story of others. 2mo
readordierachel @arubabookwoman @vivastory Great points about the way they mirrored each other and that line about them being so alike. That's why she was so worried about him, I think, when she saw that image in her mind of the shark. She recognized something in him 2mo
youneverarrived Oh I didn‘t realise the discussion was this weekend 🙁 I‘ve only just started reading it but I‘ll catch up with comments when I‘m finished. 2mo
readordierachel @quietjenn So well put! Absolutely agree. 2mo
readordierachel @youneverarrived No worries. Look forward to your thoughts! 2mo
vivastory @youneverarrived No worries! Please chime in if you can. I always enjoy hearing your thoughts. 👏 2mo
Liz_M I thought William and Neaera were minor character's in each other's stories. William seemed to have a sharper interest in Neaera, but not as lasting while Neaera had a milder interest in William, but more drawn out. And while their stories have nearly equal weight (and pages), I actually thought I got to know more about Neaera than William. 2mo
BarbaraBB @arubabookwoman I like what you say about them being so alike! I mixed them up too but I‘m hindsight I feel like it was more William‘s story than Naera‘s. Probably because we start and end with him indeed @readordierachel and because he makes Naera more important than she makes him. 2mo
Leftcoastzen Agree with so many thoughts here . I‘m glad the author didn‘t go in the direction of William & Neaera becoming romantically linked.I also think both characters living a somewhat solitary existence gave the more time to ruminate on the turtle situation.I kind of give their stories equal weight . Now & then they were so alike I had to go back to the start of entry because I could get them mixed up occasionally. 2mo
batsy I love that they were both kind of minor characters in each other's stories, but I think the kind of effect they had on each other was major. That I think seems to the key juxtaposition that the novel was trying to show—we seem to be ships passing in the night, but unknown to ourselves the minor characters have left certain impressions. 2mo
GatheringBooks @merelybookish i love this idea! Of course, it‘s the turtle‘s story! 🐢🐢🐢💕💕💕i agree with most of the ideas shared here - i thought the stories have equal weight, and reminded me of the saying that we are the central characters in our own lives - everyone else is a minor/side character. 2mo
LeahBergen @readordierachel @vivastory I didn‘t read this one this month as I had tried it years ago and didn‘t get on with it. As usual, everyone‘s thoughtful commentary on here has me rethinking my choice! 2mo
vivastory @LeahBergen If it makes a difference it's a quick read! If you change your mind & DO decide to read please don't hesitate to chime in with your thoughts. I'd love to hear what you make of it! 2mo
LeahBergen @vivastory Thanks! I most certainly will. 2mo
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So different from what I thought it would be, but so good. If I were an underliner, there's so much I would have underlined in this one! And so affirming. We're all walking around with rich interior lives. We're all fixated by the oddest notions. Our existence echoes others in ways we can't imagine. We all need to connect and be a part of something, although when we do it will be weird and awkward and unexpected. #nyrbbookclub

LeahBergen Lovely review! 2mo
batsy Beautifully put 💖 2mo
readordierachel Love the way you've distilled it. And love your turtle 🐢 2mo
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This was a wonderful read. A sweet story that didn‘t quite go the way you might think. I loved the striking difference between the inner dialogue and what the characters actually say out loud. I know I‘ve seen this movie before but I can‘t remember how close the movie is to the book. While reading the book I felt Harold Pinter sure got the movie dialogue right! I want to watch it again but can‘t find it streaming; I‘ll have to find the DVD. 5⭐️

readordierachel Love your observation about the dialogue. I'm trying to hunt down the movie as well. 2mo
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#NYRBBookClub A book like this reminds you that no matter what circumstances you live in , people have a vibrant inner life . When I see animals in the zoo I enjoy it , yet part of me is screaming, free them, free them all! I enjoyed spending time w/ William G. & Neaera H. and I‘m glad Hoban didn‘t veer towards cliché that might have ruined this deeply felt story.Did I mention how much I love it when a character works in a bookstore?!?

vivastory Fantastic review! I loved visiting the zoo when I was a kid but I admit the last time I went it was a bit depressing. I agree that he really saved it from it becoming a cliche. 2mo
readordierachel Great review! Totally agree about the zoo, and about the book not veering into cliche. He walked a fine line there and balanced it perfectly. And hooray for bookstores of course 📚 2mo
batsy Lovely review! Agree about the vibrant inner life bit and the zoo—the older I get the more stressed out I feel about viewing animals in that setting. 2mo
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DivineDiana Fabulous review! When my daughter was small, we would visit the zoo often. Many good memories. Now, both of us no longer support keeping animals in zoos. ❤️ 2mo
shawnmooney Lovely review of a book I remember almost nothing about – studied it as an undergrad. Don‘t even remember whether I liked it or not. This calls for me to invite you to come on Zoom so we can talk about this novel for my Bite-sized Book Chats series! I‘d be delighted to have you on as a guest. If you have no idea what I‘m talking about, here is the playlist of all 30+ episodes: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLU-61cZp1pQdBH5V0Zb9q-2ujl4PY8nh 2mo
Leftcoastzen @shawnmooney I would love it! I want to watch more of the episodes, but I also need a tech update! 😀My laptop no longer supported, my tablet, limping along. Don‘t want to zoom on a phone but I think we could find something fun to talk about .📚 2mo
shawnmooney @Leftcoastzen Wonderful! Drop me an line whenever you‘re ready and we can discuss details further! shawnmooneyinjapan@gmail.com 1mo
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#NYRBBookclub Feeling a bit seen by the author right now!😂

vivastory 😂 😂 2mo
readordierachel Ha! 😂 2mo
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Bookwomble 😊🧡 2mo
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A lovely read. Full of animal facts, strange & poignant interactions, & musings on what it means to be alive. It never went where I expected it to. One of the feats of this novel is that it manages to be both exuberant and bleak at the same time, never leaning too hard into either, which made it feel very true to life. A book I will reread, as I think it's the kind of book that can meet you differently at different points in your life. Loved it.

vivastory Wonderful review! I can imagine revisiting it as well. 2mo
Leftcoastzen Love your review! I‘m still reading it. 2mo
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batsy So elegantly summed up! Exuberant and bleak perfectly captures it. 2mo
readordierachel @vivastory @Leftcoastzen @batsy Thanks! I am looking forward to the discussion! Such an interesting book 2mo
merelybookish Well said! I also expect to reread this book! 2mo
Centique And that‘s a gorgeous blanket (I think?) in the background. Is that hand-made? 2mo
readordierachel @merelybookish It‘s such a good one! I think it will be lovely to reread it 2mo
readordierachel @Centique It‘s a rug actually! I found it at a local supermarket of all places. I like how colorful it is :) 2mo
Centique @readordierachel wonderful colours, that was a great find! 2mo
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This book made me so happy. I loved living in the heads of William G. & Neaera H. I loved their quirky, strange, melancholic, specific, misguided & wise observations about being a human on this earth. I loved that the book is about freeing turtles from the zoo AND isn't about freeing turtles from the zoo. I love that like the turtles, William & Neara are going to keep on swimming. I loved this book!
@vivastory @readordierachel #nyrbbookclub

vivastory I love your enthusiastic review and this picture! 🌊🐢 Plus, this is literally the first time I've heard of an adaptation. 2mo
Tamra I am anxious to read it. Loved your review! 2mo
merelybookish @vivastory Thanks! Yes Ben Kingsley & Glenda Jackson 1986. Roger Ebert gave it a 👍 2mo
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merelybookish @Tamra Thank you! I think it could drive some readers nuts but I loved it! 2mo
batsy Fabulous review! And the backdrop is perfect for it. I loved that it was about and not about all of those things, too! 2mo
readordierachel Love your review 😁. I will have to seek this film out! 2mo
BarbaraBB So well said! And I loved their observations too, they often made me laugh out loud! 2mo
merelybookish @batsy Thanks! yeah, I really liked how it didn't end with the freeing of the turtles. 2mo
merelybookish @readordierachel Yes I'm curious about the film as well! 2mo
merelybookish @BarbaraBB Me too! Things they said made me laugh and gave me pause. 2mo
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vivastory
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Londoners William and Neaera form an unlikely bond over a shared interest in the sea turtles at the London Zoo. Will a madcap plan to free them into the ocean also launch them into a new chapter of their lives, or will they continue adrift? After reading mixed reviews of Hoban's novel I was caught off guard by how much I enjoyed it. The first section has minimal dialogue, but is compensated by the observations from our two quirky characters.👇

vivastory The final section is a memorable exploration of loneliness, second chances & the innate sense of purpose in the natural world. There were some flaws with the book, but overall I was moved by this one & don't think I will forget it. #NYRBBookClub @readordierachel 2mo
sarahbarnes Reading it right now and definitely enjoying it so far! 2mo
vivastory @sarahbarnes I'm glad to hear! I'm looking forward to discussing it this weekend 2mo
BarbaraBB I enjoyed it a lot too - and was surprised since there is so little plot. I think I love minimalistic novels 🤷🏻‍♀️ (edited) 2mo
vivastory @BarbaraBB I love minimalist novels, but I definitely have to be in the right frame of mind for them. 2mo
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vivastory
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If a novel has minimal dialogue then I need observations from the POV of a memorable or quirky character to keep me engaged. TD is pulling through on that front so far. @readordierachel #NYRBBookClub

readordierachel It's got that in spades 2mo
youneverarrived I can relate to that 😆 2mo
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Leftcoastzen
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I totally get what William G.thinks about the weekend.Especially Sunday.

batsy Right? It was just a perfect description of Sunday energy. 2mo
vivastory 💯 I figured you'd like the comments about Zen in this one 2mo
Leftcoastzen @vivastory 👏yes! I ruminate often about how while previous generations & some of us today would be involved in church on Sunday.I believe it is ingrained in us to do something spiritual and/or uplifting hence I am drawn to museums & bookstores especially on Sunday. 2mo
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batsy
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At the start, this book & I almost didn't make it. I began reading it when multiple things were taking up my attention & all I could manage was a few pages before bed at night before crashing. Nothing about it really stuck in those early pages. I thought I would bail. But then, turtles & people collide. There's a lot said about this book: it's about middle-age, it's about loneliness. But I think of that Weeknd song I have stuck in my head:

batsy "I hold you through the toughest parts / When you feel like it's the end / Cause life is still worth living / Yeah, this life is still worth living" & I think, yes. This book is like that. It will hold you through the toughest parts when you feel like it's the end & remind you that this life is still worth living. I am so glad I stuck with it ? #NYRBBookClub @readordierachel @vivastory 2mo
Lindy I hope things are going more smoothly in your life now. 🌻🐢🌻 2mo
MommyWantsToReadHerBook This sounds lovely 💜 2mo
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merelybookish Great review! I've haven't finished yet (life has interfered) but I already feel like it's a book I will want to return to. 2mo
TrishB Lovely review❤️ 2mo
readordierachel What a great review. I am still making my way through the book, but I know what you mean ❤❤ 2mo
batsy @Lindy Thank you, Lindy! It wasn't anything in particular, but this book is life-affirming without being sentimental 2mo
batsy @Lindy I hit send too soon but meant to say it's the kind of book that slowly works its way into your heart 🙂 2mo
batsy @TrishB Thank you! ❤️ 2mo
batsy @merelybookish @readordierachel Thank you! ❤️ I look forward to seeing how you feel about it. 2mo
Cathythoughts I love your review ❤️ 2mo
Tamra Okay, this sounds great! Stacked! 2mo
Lindy @batsy Life-affirming books are the best. ❤️ 2mo
BarbaraBB Life affirming. So true! 🤍 2mo
Leftcoastzen I just started it . 2mo
batsy @Tamra 😊 2mo
batsy @BarbaraBB At no point did it feel predictable, either! 🙂 2mo
batsy @Leftcoastzen I hope you like it! 2mo
youneverarrived Ah brilliant review! 🤍 I‘m really looking forward to reading it. 2mo
BarbaraBB I was looking for the point most of the time (pun intended) but in the end decided there was no need for one! 2mo
batsy @youneverarrived Thank you! 💜 2mo
batsy @BarbaraBB Yeah, I felt the same at the beginning then realised the point is no point, in a sense 🙂 2mo
vivastory Life-affirming without being sentimental. You really hit the nail on the head, Suba! Great rey! Glad to hear that it ultimately worked out for you. 🐢 2mo
batsy @vivastory Thanks, Scott! The books we read for #nyrbbookclub continue to surprise me in the best ways. 2mo
sarahbarnes The further along I get in the book, the more I agree with you! I‘ve gotten distracted a few times, but the story is definitely working its way into my heart, too. ❤️ 2mo
batsy @sarahbarnes Yes, it takes awhile to get into and work its eccentric charm but then it just won me over 🤍 2mo
nathandrake1997 This was a stunning review ❤️❤️❤️❤️ Also, a huge Weeknd fan ❤️❤️❤️❤️ 2mo
batsy @nathandrake1997 Thanks, friend! 💜 And yay, The Weeknd! I love how melodic his songs are. 2mo
Centique Wow, this sounds so good. I do love a book that is life affirming without being sentimental - perfectly put! 💕 2mo
batsy @Centique I think this is one that you will enjoy 🙂 It takes awhile to grow on you but then it slowly works its charm. 2mo
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#BookReport 11/22

I am completely back into my reading mojo fortunately and have read some very good books so far in March.

This week‘s books were all really good!

squirrelbrain Yay for finding your reading mojo! 😘 2mo
TrishB Cool 👍🏻 2mo
LeahBergen Yay! 👏👏 2mo
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Cinfhen Yay 😁 😅 2mo
Megabooks Did I miss your review of Heaven?? 2mo
Megabooks Found it! Glad you‘re back in the swing. 💜 2mo
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GatheringBooks
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Fridays are half-days here in the UAE (we have a two and a half day weekend for always, yay) - so mango strawberry mojito it is! Still persisting with our current #NYRBBookClub but it is not making it easy for me. Couldn‘t connect with the characters and the story as yet.

Aims42 Yum! Your drinks and apps look so good! Enjoy your weekend!! 2mo
BarbaraBB I liked both characters but also your drink 😉 2mo
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TheBookDream
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DinoMom Yum! 2mo
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"Everyone is the source of his or her kind of soup." ?Just a few pages in and I already feel like I will love this book and it might break my heart a bit.
#nyrbookclub @readordierachel @vivastory

readordierachel I underlined this bit too. Just great. 2mo
BarbaraBB I could have underlined so many sentences ❤️ 2mo
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vivastory Tagging others who might be interested in joining the discussion @DrexEdit @Sapphire @Addison_Reads @squirrelbrain 2mo
AmandaBlaze I'm interested! 2mo
vivastory @AmandaBlaze Great 👍 Please join us! 2mo
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squirrelbrain Thanks for the tag, but I don‘t think I‘ll have time to read it before your discussion. I‘ll follow with interest though. 2mo
GatheringBooks Nice! It‘s a bit slow-going for me at the moment - I hope it picks up soon. 2mo
DrexEdit I have yet to start, but I'm looking forward to it! 2mo
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BarbaraBB
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Two lonely middle-aged Londoners, Neaera and William, become connected by their mutual desire to free the turtles from London Zoo. In each chapter one of them takes the reader along in their days and thoughts. It all comes back to the turtles, to human connections and to finding a place in the world for yourself. The book is funny and poignant, and I could keep on quoting from it. A wonderful read.

#NYRBBookClub #pop22 #TwoPOVs #Doublespin

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 2mo
KarenUK Oh this sounds just my cup of tea! Stacked! 2mo
BarbaraBB @KarenUK It‘s lovely. Very British. I think indeed that you‘d love it! 💚 2mo
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squirrelbrain Sounds wonderful - stacked! 2mo
vivastory I'm glad to hear that you enjoyed. I'm looking forward to trying Hoban. I think it will be a good discussion! 2mo
batsy Lovely review 💜 I'm super looking forward to it now! 2mo
Mindyrecycles On my library‘s hold shelf for me before I even saw this! 🙂 2mo
readordierachel Yay, I'm so glad to hear you liked it! 2mo
Cinfhen Sounds lovely 🐢💚🐢💚 2mo
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What a wonderful book this is. So beautifully written. This quote for example ❤️ #NYRBBookClub

TrishB Lovely ♥️ 2mo
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"I live alone, wear odds and ends, I have resisted vegetarianism and I don't keep cats."

This is off to a fantastic start. I'm only 15 pages in, and I've already underlined several passages.

vivastory I'm looking forward to reading it! 2mo
BarbaraBB Me too! 2mo
BiblioLitten Sounds good! 2mo
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readordierachel @vivastory @BarbaraBB I'm looking forward to the discussion! 2mo
readordierachel @BiblioLitten it is so far! 2mo
batsy That's a great line! 2mo
youneverarrived Great line! I‘m looking forward to it. 2mo
readordierachel @batsy @youneverarrived There have been lots of little gems so far! 2mo
rubyslippersreads This sounds interesting (although of course my cats object to the part about not keeping cats 😸). 2mo
readordierachel @rubyslippersreads Yes, nothing wrong with keeping cats! 2mo
vivastory I see you're reading the Jemisin story collection. Are you liking it? 2mo
readordierachel @vivastory I am! It's interesting and very varied. Not like any other collection I've read. She talks in the intro about using short stories to try out new worlds/ideas, and you can see that for sure. A lot of them feel like the beginning of something larger 2mo
readordierachel @vivastory (I had to pause on Turtle Diary, but I'm going to finish it up in the new few days) 2mo
vivastory @readordierachel That sounds wonderful! I know that The City We Became started out as a story. It's been years since I've read Jemisin & lately I have been itching to dive back in. No worries on the Hoban. I probably won't finish until Sunday/Monday. 👍 2mo
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Sapphire
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I really can‘t decide if I like this book or not. It‘s not that it was so-so, it‘s not that. The dialogue is fantastic. The way the author evokes a complex feeling or approach to life is brilliant. I laughed at some of the scenes. I just never felt like I knew the characters or cared about them, or even got a feeling for their voices. Maybe that‘s the point. The turtles are clearly not the point. I liked the last 40 pages the best. #nyrbbookclub

BarbaraBB That sounds quite intriguing! Thanks for tagging me. 3mo
vivastory It's interesting how certain elements of a book work & others don't. I'm looking forward to the discussion! 2mo
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Sapphire
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I forgave Polperro, loved it for what it had been and what it now was, for its happiness and sorrow by the sea. I forgave myself for not loving it before, loved myself for loving it now. I forgave everybody everything,

For a book I wasn‘t loving, I sure am loving it in bits and pieces.

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Sapphire
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In-between is really where I feel best. Neither here nor there.‘
‘There isn‘t any in-between,‘ I said. ‘Any place you pass through is this moment‘s here. In-between is an illusion.‘
‘Thanks very much,‘ he said. ‘You‘ve just invalidated most of my life.‘
‘Mine as well,‘ I said.

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“Madeira. The name sounded like boats and sunlight.” Ok, now I want to go. The story and characters may not be pulling me in yet (and to be fair the action hasn‘t started yet), but the Author‘s skill at language and the frequent great “turn of phrase” is keeping me going.

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Sapphire
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the air was sticky with ice-cream and soft drinks,

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Sapphire
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When I was a child grown-ups often told me to smile, which I found presumptuous of them. People still tell me that sometimes, mostly idiots at parties.

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Sapphire
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The night window is a mirror and the lights fixed and flashing so perfectly, each in its proper place, are not in fact where one sees them. I think about it often.

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I am having a hard time staying interested. Hopefully it will grab me soon.

vivastory I hope it works for you! 3mo
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Sapphire
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The sea turtles are on my mind all the time. I can feel something building up in me, feel myself becoming strange and unsafe.

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Sapphire
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The sign said: ‘The Green Turtle, Chelonia mydas, is the source of turtle soup . . .‘ I am the source of William G. soup if it comes to that. Everyone is the source of his or her kind of soup. In a town as big as London that‘s a lot of soup walking about.

BarbaraBB Is it good? It‘s our #NYRBBookClub‘s choice this month! 3mo
Sapphire @BarbaraBB so far there have been several times I stop and reread a phrase or passage.. One made me laugh because while it was dated and potentially offensive, it was effective in what it was trying to say. (edited) 3mo
Sapphire @BarbaraBB I just discovered your #nyrbbookclub last month and enjoyed Katalin Street and the discussion a great deal. So I am jumping in along with y‘all. I didn‘t realize this was the author of the Frances children snooks but I can see the similarities in speech patterns 3mo
BarbaraBB So good to have you joining us!! 3mo
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vivastory
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I love the new editions that Penguin UK released last year for 8 Hoban novels featuring Eduardo Paolozzi artwork. Here is a link to Penguin for a better view:
https://www.penguin.co.uk/authors/18236/russell-hoban.html
Also, for those interested, here is a link to the Backlisted episode on Hoban's Riddley Walker:
https://www.backlisted.fm/episodes/9-russell-hoban-riddley-walker
#NYRBBookClub @readordierachel

vivastory (Image credit: PD Smith Twitter) (edited) 4mo
LeahBergen Cool! 4mo
vivastory @LeahBergen Very tempting!! 📚📚📚 4mo
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readordierachel Ooh, those are fabulous! 4mo
vivastory @readordierachel I love NYRB designs, but I have to admit these are pretty special 4mo
readordierachel That cover makes me even more keen to read the book actually, to be able to pick out all the little details 4mo
vivastory @readordierachel Same here! Reminds me a bit of Basquiat, in a good way. 4mo
batsy Those editions are fab! Thanks for the Backlisted link, as well, haven't listened to that episode. 4mo
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With the majority of the votes Hoban's Turtle Diary has been selected as the #NYRBBookClub selection for March. Join @readordierachel as we read & discuss. I look forward to reading Hoban, an unclassifiable writer, who wrote novels spanning historical fiction to children's fiction to linguistically innovative post-apocalyptic.

readordierachel Looking forward to it! 4mo
vivastory @readordierachel Same here! I have had this one my shelf forever! 4mo
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merelybookish Yay! Ive wanted to read this for ages! 4mo
LeahBergen Awesome! 4mo
vivastory @merelybookish I was looking at the feed for this & noticed that it was one of the 3 that you previously nominated. The other one, we also read last year! You have a good track record. 4mo
vivastory @LeahBergen Have you read Hoban before? 4mo
LeahBergen I haven‘t! 4mo
GatheringBooks Happy to have this early! 💕 4mo
quietjenn Ah, very much looking forward to this! 4mo
Leftcoastzen Cool ! Loving the club! 4mo
vivastory @GatheringBooks It helps with planning 📚📚 4mo
vivastory @quietjenn Wonderful! It should be a good discussion! 4mo
vivastory @Leftcoastzen It's really special 💙 4mo
BarbaraBB Great! Looking forward to it! Thanks Scott and @readordierachel 🤍 4mo
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merelybookish That's easy! I've wanted to read this for ages! 5mo
merelybookish And so good to have you back Rachel! 🙂 5mo
vivastory Thanks for posting these! I am voting for a book that has been on my TBR for awhile 5mo
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mklong Yep, me too 5mo
GatheringBooks Thank you for having this early! I vote for 5mo
Leftcoastzen They all look great but I shall pick 5mo
batsy Great choices here ... I'm a bit of a Tove fangirl 😁, so voting for 5mo
emilyhaldi Ooohhh all good choices! I will be excited to read any of these!! But I‘ll give my vote to 5mo
BarbaraBB Great choices Rachel! I already read two of them so my vote goes to the one I haven‘t read yet and which sounds great: 5mo
saresmoore Ooh, I loved Fair Play! I‘ll vote for 5mo
BarbaraBB @saresmoore Hi! Good to see you!! 5mo
youneverarrived I own Chocky so voting for that 😁 5mo
arubabookwoman I have read them all, but read Turtle Diary eons ago, so I will vote for #TurtleDiary. 5mo
quietjenn Great options! Similar to others, I'll vote for the one that I've had sitting unread on my bookshelf and tbr pile for ages 5mo
LeahBergen And just like some of the others here, I‘ll vote for what I own! 5mo
daena Wow. Such a hard one. I want to read all 3. I‘ll vote for 5mo
Billypar These all sound intriguing for very different reasons! I'm going to go with 5mo
sprainedbrain I vote for 5mo
Liz_M I'll vote for the one I haven't read 5mo
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ChaoticMissAdventures
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Well that was quick. 50 pages in and I am bailing. My old boss gave this to me, the same man who thought The Lobster was a great movie....
I dislike the writing style, it is choppy and unmoving. The chapters bounce between the 2 main characters but the writing doesn't change so they seem to be the same person, mixed with 3-5 pages chapters. None of this works for me.
Personal #bookspin fail
@TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks That happens. And it's so hard to read books that people hand to you and expect you to enjoy! At least this one is finally off the list!!! 2y
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#weeklyforecast
Book 1 is my first #bookspin of the month, it is less then 200pages so hoping to read it all today.
Uncanny Valley is my stretch goal for the week. April has been a much lighter reading month then I expected.
I have Fleischman on audio.

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Playing #bookspin with @TheAromaofBooks

Regular #bookspin (6) Turtle Diary
#doublebookspin (7) A Wizard of Earthsea
#triplebookspib (16) The Woman in the Dunes

All of these have been on my TBR bookcase for 5 years or more 😳

They are all so short, I am excited to get into them.

TheAromaofBooks Short reads for the win!! 2y
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MicheleinPhilly 🤔🤔🤔I‘m going with 2y
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mklong I can‘t resist a description that promises both Jane Austen evocation and black comedy, 2y
Suet624 They all sound great and I‘d be happy to read any one of them, but I‘m going with 2y
Liz_M A House and It's Head, please 2y
batsy Turtle Diary sounds really nice & I have the Joan Chase on my shelf! But I've been meaning to read Compton-Burnett forever & it sounds like a good one to do as a group, so my vote is for 2y
BarbaraBB I‘d be happy with any of them but I vote for the one I have a copy of: 2y
LeahBergen I‘ve been a bit scared to read an Ivy Compton-Burnett novel and yet I‘m still intrigued. 😬 My vote goes to 2y
vivastory Although I already own the Hoban, my vote goes to 2y
merelybookish Oh @sisilia I missed tagging you! Sorry for the oversight. But there's still time to vote! 2y
saresmoore Such good choices! But my vote leans toward 2y
youneverarrived Brilliant choices. Would genuinely be happy to read any but I‘m going with 2y
merelybookish Hey Scott, do we call it? @emilyhaldi and @Reviewsbylola haven't voted yet but not sure they can tip the balance? @vivastory 2y
emilyhaldi Sorry I missed the vote 🙃 The winning book would have gotten my vote!!! 2y
merelybookish @emilyhaldi You have the only Litsy post for this book but I was hoping you hadn't read it yet. 😀 2y
AshleyHoss820 These all sound fun!! 2y
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TheBookDream
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This broke me a bit 😂

On another note, what is that website you can request ARCs on? I‘ve forgotten. Thanks!

readingjedi I use NetGalley but I believe there are others. 3y
TheBookDream @readingjedi thanks! That was be one I was thinking of 3y
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Ddzmini
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🐢😘😍😍😍🥰🥰🥰

Redwritinghood Merry Christmas!🎄🎁 (edited) 3y
Ddzmini @Redwritinghood Merry Christmas 🎄🎁 3y
AnneCecilie Merry Christmas 🎄 3y
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Ddzmini @AnneCecilie Merry Christmas 🎄🎁 3y
Bookzombie Merry Christmas!! 🎄🎅🏻 3y
Ddzmini @Bookzombie thank you 🙏 happy new year 🎆 3y
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jb72
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#turtles #librarysale #russellhoban
So I grabbed this book the other day at the library sale. Of course I‘m going to buy any book that is about turtles. 🐢 I opened the book today and BEHOLD the library check out card is still inside. 🤗

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kalinichta
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A close-up of INSANELY ADORABLE reading turtle that my son made for me.

Ddzmini Love it 🐢📚 4y
batsy 💚🐢 4y
GondorGirl That's adorable! 4y
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Tamra Oh, 💕 4y
vivastory That's sweet 4y
Cinfhen Sweet 4y
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EvieBee
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#Bookmail that arrived this afternoon! #bookanddinner #nyrb

vivastory NYRB Classics book mail at that! Nice! 5y
MicheleinPhilly ❤️ NYRB Classics! 5y
EvieBee @vivastory @MicheleinPhilly Yes! I so love thee books. If I could own them all...that would be amazing! 5y
vivastory @EvieBee84 Life goals. 5y
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