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Weather: A novel | Jenny Offill
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From the author of the nationwide best seller Dept. of Speculation--one of the New York Times Book Review's Ten Best Books of the Year--a shimmering tour de force about a family, and a nation, in crisis Lizzie Benson slid into her job as a librarian without a traditional degree. But this gives her a vantage point from which to practice her other calling: she is a fake shrink. For years she has tended to her God-haunted mother and her recovering addict brother. They have both stabilized for the moment, but Lizzie has little chance to spend her new free time with husband and son before her old mentor, Sylvia Liller, makes a proposal. She's become famous for her prescient podcast, Hell and High Water, and wants to hire Lizzie to answer the mail she receives: from left-wingers worried about climate change and right-wingers worried about the decline of western civilization. As Lizzie dives into this polarized world, she begins to wonder what it means to keep tending your own garden once you've seen the flames beyond its walls. When her brother becomes a father and Sylvia a recluse, Lizzie is forced to address the limits of her own experience--but still she tries to save everyone, using everything she's learned about empathy and despair, conscience and collusion, from her years of wandering the library stacks . . . And all the while the voices of the city keep floating in--funny, disturbing, and increasingly mad.
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Magpiegem
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22/22 Ooph this book. At about the half way point I stopped feeling seen and started feeling engrossed with the protagonists story. It was a brilliantly written, totally unexpected gut punch. I will need a cosy palate cleanser to recover from this one and I know it will take up residency in my brain. It was uncomfortable but that has not put me off seeking out further writing by this talented author. 4.5 ⭐️ #weathertermintitle #booked2022

Johanna414 Exactly how I felt about it! 1mo
Magpiegem @Johanna414 there is something very satisfying about hearing someone else has had a similar experience to you with a book. I never feel like I do books justice with my reviews but I must have conveyed my feelings ok with this one. Thank you 😊 xx 1mo
Tamra I‘ll give it try - stacked! 1mo
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Cathythoughts Great review 👍🏻 stacked. 1mo
Cinfhen Excellent review- have you read this one - it‘s similar in style 1mo
Magpiegem @Cinfhen I‘ve just added it to my TBR. If I didn‘t have such a massive pile of books sitting at my house I would get it from the library 😂 xx (edited) 1mo
Magpiegem @Cathythoughts @Tamra great! I‘m really looking forward to hearing what you think about it 😊 xxx 1mo
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Magpiegem
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Well I thought this would be a quick read as it‘s a really short book but I am feeling so completely seen on almost every page that I‘m reading it in very small sections purely because of how uncomfortable I feel. That being said, this book makes me want to share a quote from almost every page. It‘s taking all my will power not to clog up Litsy with a never ending stream of page photos!

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BarbaraJean
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Finished this last night, and I was disappointed. I don‘t mind books that are light on plot if there‘s good character development, and I don‘t mind lack of character development if the ideas are interesting & well-explored, but this didn‘t seem to do any of the above. I enjoyed the writing—short almost journal-like paragraphs, wry humor—but I feel like there must have been something more that I missed. At least I finished my April #DoubleSpin!

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2mo
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Magpiegem
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Today it is snowing. In Brighton. You can actually see the snow landing on the sea- this is not a very common occurrence! It‘s absolutely 🥶 So Fox and I camped out in one of our local libraries, read lots of books and brought lots home too (no books were hurt in the taking of this photo. Fox thinks the line between library and soft play is very blurred 😬). Book haul pics to follow!

squirrelbrain That *is* quite rare! We had a load yesterday but I‘m in Yorkshire so…. 🥶 3mo
rockpools That‘s a gorgeous library! 3mo
Magpiegem @squirrelbrain ooh I bet Yorkshire could freeze the balls off a brass monkey right now! I have a hot water bottle with me at all times! We were in shorts last week. I have whiplash!! 3mo
Magpiegem @rockpools we are really lucky, we have lots of smaller libraries in the villages all around us and they are all very different from each other. This one is modern, one‘s in an old house who Cary Grant apparently haunts 👻 and one is in an Art Deco lido building. Those are the ones we can walk to but there are lots of others too! 3mo
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Suet624
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A great way to start my pre-blizzard day off. Drinking coffee in bed and reading the entire story. I like her style of writing. She interjects moments of humor about parenting and marriage with survival techniques, monks, preppers, anxiety, and human connection. Some thought provoking statements dropped in amidst the banality of the day to day experience. Finally, the big question: can we really prepare for the end of the world?

readordierachel This sounds excellent. I loved Dept of Speculation 5mo
sarahbarnes I loved this one, too. 5mo
BarbaraBB Great review and such a lovely way to spend your morning. 5mo
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Suet624 @readordierachel I spoke with my daughter about this book today and while she loved Dept of Speculation she really didn't like this one. So there's that. :) 5mo
Suet624 @BarbaraBB Thank you, Barbara. I hope you are well and enjoying your reading time. I have had 2 days of snow and reading (in between shoveling) and I feel like a very rich person. :) 5mo
BarbaraBB It sounds wonderful! 5mo
BarbaraBB @readordierachel @suet624 Just like Sue‘s daughter I have to admit I loved Dept too and wasn‘t blown away by Weather 🤷🏻‍♀️ 5mo
readordierachel @BarbaraBB @Suet624 Good to know. I will adjust my expectations :) 5mo
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Suet624
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The perils of being a mother. No one ever tells you about this part of it. 😳🥰💕

Cathythoughts Oh yes , I can relate ! 5mo
merelybookish Oh yes. It can hurt. 5mo
Suet624 @merelybookish it sure can. ❤️ 5mo
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Suet624 @Cathythoughts 🤗💕 5mo
Chelsea.Poole 💔 5mo
Reggie Oof. 5mo
Suet624 @Reggie I should point out that I have many, many, many wonderful memories to ponder upon as well. LOL. 5mo
Reggie One of my memories of her other book that I read was when the main character shows up to her husband‘s work to meet the other woman. The other woman gets flustered, leaves and the husband tells her, we were surprised by your visit. But the WE isn‘t him and the wife, the WE is him and the other woman. And it still strikes me years later. So, I get it. Lol 5mo
Reggie indeed. 5mo
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natashalb
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Maybe this just went over my head but can't understand the accolades. Read it in a few hours though. A part time librarian takes a job offer answering questions for a friend's apocolyptic podcast. The standalone paragraphs just didn't add up to a comprehensible story to me personally...

marleed I was not a fan either. 5mo
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Amandajoy
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First #weeklyforecast of the new year! The husband is on a business trip this week which means a quiet house to read in.

Cinfhen Great graphics 🥰Enjoy the quiet 💕Lots of good choices to keep you company😁 6mo
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Amandajoy
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My vibes today. Just missing a cup of tea. I think I‘m channeling that picture pretty well @monalyisha ☺️

monalyisha 100%! So cozy! 6mo
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Peaceful_Reader
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Random stream-of-conscious story of Lizzie as she makes her way through the election year worrying about climate change and the apocalypse with a very sharp wit!

Emilymdxn I loved this one! 11mo
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thewallflower0707
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I finally got around to check another #womensprize nomination off my to read list. I enjoyed the disjointed storytelling, and the discussion on the novel - should we still have children, when climate change is going to upheaval our whole life?

#weather #sun #readingtime

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thewallflower0707
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In the last 7 days, I read A LOT.

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo (for the 2nd time)
Six of Crows (2nd time
Crooked Kingdom (2nd time)
Terror (for university)
King of Scars (finally!)
Because Internet (for linguistic nerds)
Ministerium der Träume
All the Young Men
Weather #womensprize
Daisy Jones & The Six

#summertime #reading #whew

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collegecatlady
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So minimalistic in its emotion, this novel is one that lives inside your bones. Parenthood, marriage, careers - all at a distance, living in the liminal space of uncertainty. This novel takes only a few hours to read, but go slowly and take your time to devour its true potential.

Blaire I loved this one. 13mo
megnews Superb review. I felt similarly about her Dept of Speculation. 13mo
Kdgordon88 Thanks for this review. It‘s currently a $1.99 kindle deal so went and grabbed it up. 😁 13mo
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collegecatlady
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My #1 fear is the acceleration of days. No such thing supposedly, but I swear I can feel it.

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collegecatlady
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Reading Weather in nice weather ☀️

rather_be_reading looks heavenly! 13mo
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Jessicareadingwala
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Might be my favorite read this year. Hits the bone of our existential angst with an earnest dark humor of a fellow librarian and caretaker.

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Taylor
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It‘s a nice novel, although I do think it relies too much on witty endings (felt like nearly every end of a (short) section was with a punchline).

It also fits well with “Ducks, Newburyport.” I mean, it‘s totally opposite in style, but similar in content.

I‘m thinking about rereading it though.... Or, I probably won‘t, but I might.

SamAnne I really enjoyed this one. 1y
Taylor @SamAnne Yeah it‘s pretty good. 1y
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Johanna414
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This was a strange little book with no actual plot, but I really liked it. The main character had some traits that reminded me a little uncomfortably of myself...

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andrea_readtravellaugh
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Excellent.

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Lindy
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In funny and increasingly poignant snippets, this novel is Lizzie‘s internal monologue as she nearly goes out of her mind with a sense of impending doom. At work as a librarian, at home as mother of a young child, and on the streets of New York City, Lizzie worries about climate change, the results of the presidential election, and her brother who‘s addicted to narcotics & crashing on her couch. Upbeat social & political commentary.

Lindy If you liked Sigrid Nunez‘s The Friend, and found Ducks Newburyport intriguing but waaaay too long, give this a try. (edited) 1y
Caryl Oops, meant to post this here! This was my first read of the new year. ❤️ Lindy, I highly recommend Parul Sehgal‘s NYTimes Magazine feature about this book & Jenny Offill. 1y
Lindy @Caryl Thanks for the recommendation! I will look for that. 😊 1y
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Cathythoughts Sounds good 👍🏻 1y
Blaire @cathythoughts @lindy I loved this one! I thought the audio was really well done too. 1y
Lindy @Blaire I will seek out the audiobook when I‘m ready for a reread. Thanks for the tip! 1y
Suet624 @Caryl thanks for the link to that article! 5mo
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Lindy
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These people long for immortality but can‘t wait ten minutes for a cup of coffee.

melissajayne Come and build a snowman.... 1y
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Lindy
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Henry and Catherine come over for dinner. She brings giant sunflowers and I try to find a vase to hold them. She seems unnerved by all the books. “Have you read all of these?” she asks me.
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Lindy
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Children cannot abide a vista, Sylvia said.

[I disagree. For 2 months while I worked on a farm in Spain, I got to know 2-year-old Felix (photographed above with another WWOOFer). When I was minding him, he often suggested that we “look at the view.” And he would spend a long time looking out across the mountain valley.]

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Lindy
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There are little signs everywhere in the library now that say BREATHE! BREATHE! How did everyone get so good at this breathing thing? I feel like it happened while I was away.

[I can relate, and it‘s not a new phenomenon. A library colleague posted a BREATHE! note at her work station, which was next to mine, back in the early 90s.]

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Lindy
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I buy running shoes because I want to run. This block smells like garbage. Turn left for greener streets. Yes, better. I try to run all the way to the park but these shoes don‘t work.

Caryl This was my first read of the new year. ❤️ Lindy, I highly recommend Parul Sehgal‘s NYTimes Magazine feature about this book & Jenny Offill. 1y
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Caryl
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“The question I was thinking about in this book was, Can you still just tend your own garden once you know about the fire outside its walls?” —Jenny Offill on WEATHER

One of my goals this year is to spend more time reflecting on the books I read. Parul Sehgal‘s NYTimes Magazine feature on this book & author is full of beautiful insights.

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Blaire
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I loved Dept of Speculation and loved this one as well. she captures so well the daily life - the inner monologues that run through the mc‘s head felt so relatable as she ponders climate change, trumpism, and what the world will hold for her child‘s future. Through brief snippets she tells the story of her marriage, and her brother‘s struggle with sobriety and child reading. I found the intermixing of one liners delightful. Loved it on audio.

kspenmoll Nice review. Read & liked Dept of Speculation 1y
Caryl This was my first read of the year. I enjoyed your review! I want to re-read Dept. of Speculation now. 1y
Blaire @kspenmoll if you liked dept of spec you‘ll like this one too. Her style is not for everyone but it really clicks with me. 1y
Blaire @Caryl thanks! I find her style and the thoughts of her characters really relatable. 1y
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Caryl
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Read the book, then follow the link. ❤️

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Caryl
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Settling into my first read of the new year.

SamAnne Good choice! 1y
Caryl Have you read it, @SamAnne ? If not, I very much recommend. 1y
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suvata
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“New York Times Book Review's Ten Best Books of the Year—a “darkly funny and urgent” tour de force about a family, and a nation, in crisis Lizzie Benson slid into her job as a librarian without a traditional degree. But this gives her a vantage point from which to practice her other calling: she is a fake shrink.”

SamAnne I loved this one. Have her new novel Summerwater on hold at the library. 2y
suvata @SamAnne Thank you for the recommendation. I am going to put Summerwater on hold right now. (edited) 2y
SamAnne @suvata oops my bad. Summerwater is sarah Moss‘ new book! 2y
suvata @SamAnne that‘s OK. I still want to read it. 2y
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BekaReid
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This book was the perfect distraction for me last night after a long day and just not feeling well. I understand the mixed reviews due to the structure of the story, but I loved it!

LiteraryinLawrence Hope you feel better soon! 2y
BekaReid @LiteraryinLititz Thanks! I'm getting there. Think I was just a bit drained. 2y
Tanisha_A Rest well! 😊 2y
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Freespirit
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Weather was recommended to me but I have bailed after 30 pages which I very rarely do. It may have been the style, which was a jumble of short paragraphs that did not always flow. The writing itself was lovely at times.
I think I still have my book hangover from John Boyne🤔
I am trying A Burning next which has also been recommended to me ✅
Can I ask do you count a bailed book in your list of those read for the year??🤔

DGRachel I don‘t count bails in my stats, but I‘m sure some do, especially in Mount TBR type challenges. 2y
Ruthiella I don‘t keep track either but like you, I didn‘t enjoy Weather. Not my style. 😀 2y
LiteraryinLawrence It‘s whatever you want, but I don‘t count bailed books in my own yearly numbers. But I know they do count for bookspin bingo! 2y
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readordierachel If I've read like 75 pages or more, I usually count it 🙃 2y
Freespirit Ok thanks @DGRachel @LiteraryinLititz @readordierachel that all make sense. If I read a significant chunk count it in ...otherwise don‘t. 😘😘😘 2y
Lindy I keep a separate count of books I‘ve bailed on, rather than including them in my list of books I‘ve read. (I delete them from my goodreads so they don‘t get counted there.) 2y
Freespirit Hi @Ruthiella it wasn‘t my style either, although I‘ve loved books like Lanny and Lincoln in the Bardo which have odd styles. 🤔 2y
Freespirit Thanks @Lindy that‘s a great idea 👍🏼 2y
Prairiegirl_reading I don‘t count bails. I accidentally counted one on goodreads this year but I was a fair way in so it‘s kind of a wash. 2y
Freespirit That sounds fair @Prairiegirl_reading I‘m thinking if you read a significant chunk you should count it👍🏼 2y
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AlizaApp
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A novel in vignettes, reflections on family and parenthood and climate crisis against a backdrop of the 2016 election. A little surreal to be reading in the midst of another fraught election, but I enjoyed.

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Megabooks
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In a way, this reminds me of Ducks, Newburyport. It is not stream of consciousness, but she jumps in writing about family, child rearing, marriage, and work without the “normal” introduction of characters and plot. You have to pick up her trail of breadcrumbs.

This is one of those books either you love or hate the style of. I‘d probably recommend checking it out from the library if you‘re not familiar with her style. 4⭐️

Watching the town hall

Prairiegirl_reading I like how you are watching “the” town hall like there isn‘t another one happening 🤣 2y
Megabooks @Prairiegirl_reading I didn‘t even think of it like that!! 😂😂 I guess I could‘ve said watching “a town hall,” but that sounds weird to me. I was really more just commenting on what was on tv. I generally don‘t get political on Litsy. I‘m honest when I comment about my beliefs, but I try to keep litsy about books. I save the politics for Instagram. 👍🏻 2y
SamAnne I loved this one. Ducks, Newburyport is on the list for next year. 2y
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Ruthiella I totally feel you on the Ducks vibe! But I really don‘t like Ofhill‘s style . As you point out, it‘s special. I much preferred Ducks! 😀 🦆 2y
Megabooks @SamAnne I hope you enjoy it! Ducks was awesome! 2y
Megabooks @Ruthiella Ducks is such a special book. I‘m so glad you enjoyed it! I absolutely loved the audio, but I can see how it‘s not for everyone. 2y
BarbaraBB I loved this one. Still on edge about 🦆 2y
Megabooks @BarbaraBB again I‘ll do the “Do it! Do it! Do it!” chant about Ducks! 2y
Reviewsbylola So funny, Maggie Smith mentioned this during the webinar the other night so obviously I looked it up. The writing style scared me off though. 2y
Megabooks @Reviewsbylola yeah, I can‘t see you liking this one, tbh, so I‘m not surprised. I wish I had not forgotten about that talk! 2y
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Megabooks
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In need of some new ebooks? Kentucky Unbound e-library to the rescue!! Artcurious I bought because the library didn‘t have it, but the rest are checkouts. I‘m especially excited about Weather! I love the “see what‘s available” function on Libby.

Crazeedi I love Libby too! I actually got a membership to Brooklyn public library so I had access to more than what my little library offers. How are you Meg? Hows your dad? I've not been on for a bit, at the lake right now, just resting and reading a book a day😉💖 2y
Megabooks @Crazeedi that‘s great! Dad‘s home now. It‘s awesome and tiring. He‘s meeting with his outpatient PT team on Wednesday. Too much to say. I‘ll try to drop you an email soon. 💜 2y
Crazeedi @Megabooks sounds good, I just got home from 2 weeks of peace💗 glad to hear your dad is home, hope all goes well 2y
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Ruthiella
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It‘s definitely a taste thing. I get where other readers love these titles but I hated them and the authors‘ writing styles. I also disliked Dept. of Speculation by Offhill and wasn‘t keen on Arcadia by Groeff. I read them all for the Tournament of Books. 😀

#3books

BarbaraBB Love this controversial prompt! I liked all three but see exactly what you mean. Now thinking of some well praised books I hated 😉 2y
Ruthiella @BarbaraBB I find for me that plot and character is more important than writing, but when I don‘t jive with particular style it is like nails on a chalk board. I can see other readers hating writers I love (Vonnegut, Mantel, Gardham, etc.) as well...because they have such recognizable quirks . (edited) 2y
OriginalCyn620 📚👎🏻📚 2y
thebluestocking I totally get this. I mildly liked all three of these, or at least didn‘t hate them. I liked Weather better than Speculation. Even though they don‘t always land, I‘m usually glad the #ToB makes me read things I might not without it. 💙 2y
Ruthiella @thebluestocking Absolutely! I don‘t regret reading them at all. I like to know what other readers enjoy and why. 😀 2y
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Megabooks
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1. Generally keep because I am a rereader. But if I dislike the book, I‘ll pass it to someone who may enjoy it more or the library sale.

2. Tagged. I‘m really in the mood for something different.

Thanks for the tags @Coleen_Nieto @Eggs and @MoonWitch94 💖💖💖

Have you played @Meaw_catlady or @Moonprismpower ? 💜

Thanks so much @TheSpineView ! 👍🏻 #two4tuesdaygiveaway

ImperfectCJ I almost chose Weather for mine. I'm looking forward to so many books, it's tough to choose! 2y
Megabooks @ImperfectCJ so many great books out! 2y
Moonprismpower I‘ll definitely play!!!! 2y
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TheSpineView You're welcome and good luck! 2y
Megabooks @Moonprismpower nice choice for your book! 2y
Megabooks @TheSpineView thanks!! 👍🏻😊 2y
squirrelbrain I loved Weather! 2y
Megabooks @squirrelbrain I enjoyed Dept. of Speculation, so I‘m excited to try Weather! 2y
Meaw_catlady Oo thanks for the tag!!!! Hope you are doing well my friend ! Love and light 🖖🤍 2y
Megabooks @Meaw_catlady you‘re welcome! Sending love and hugs! 💖💖 2y
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Angitron
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This was an underwhelming read for me. It‘s written in short bursts, almost like Twitter updates, so the sense of narrative is broken. It made me feel detached from the characters in the novel. I can see the appeal of this experimental style of writing in one way, but I felt that the subject matter of this book is deserved a more fleshed out style.

ChaoticMissAdventures Yes! Like I could have followed this on twitter. That was exactly my thought while I was reading it. 2y
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sarahbarnes
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This book is witty and hilarious and also devastating. It hit so close to home. Anxieties about the current state of the world, parenting, family, getting older. I haven‘t read Dept. of Speculation, but now I‘m definitely going to.

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Floresj
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This reminded me of a funny Twitter feed: short paragraphs observing life with a funny or interesting point. The beginning started really strong for me, but the ending dropped a little. I really liked Offil‘s style and will definitely read more of her books. Understated humor was present throughout the book in a creative manner.

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ChaoticMissAdventures
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Wow this book is not for me. Over and over I found myself thinking - I have no idea what this paragraph is doing here but it would make a nice tweet.

The writing at times is lovely but I just had no idea what was going on and honestly didn't care much. The style is set out to have no depth, bug if went to far and I could barely remember who any of the characters were when they made appearances.

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Litsi
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Life is a game you know you‘ll lose. So how to live when you know catastrophe is coming? Offil‘s prose is poetic. A woman ponders how to stay alive against the odds while her brother has a narrower range of view. It seems that our engagement with this question of being is variable- like the weather. To be, or not to be? Pass the open window or dive? Whether to weather?
https://www.blogger.com/blog/post/edit/3257393099262529469/6398017080167704327

SamAnne Great review. Loved it as well and plan to read her previous book. 2y
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Rainierbooks
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"Nowhere feels like home anymore."

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squirrelbrain
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This was a very short audiobook and I‘m glad I listened to it rather than reading it - I think that audio suited the stream of consciousness style very well. I really felt like I was in the MC‘s head.

It reminded me of Ducks, Newburyport (although a LOT shorter!) in both the style of writing and the subject matter.

My only quibble is that there wasn‘t really an ‘ending‘ - it just fizzled out, but I guess that suits the style of the book.

Cinfhen I agree, this book didn‘t really go anywhere. I think I would have preferred the audio too! 2y
SamAnne Finished last week and loved it! 2y
squirrelbrain Have you tried this one @SamAnne ? Similar style but about 50 times as long?! 2y
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SamAnne @squirrelbrain I put it on my TBR list a few weeks ago. With trepidation. 😬😬 2y
squirrelbrain I‘d definitely give it a go @SamAnne , if you liked Weather.... 2y
Litsi Why, I thought it ended with a bang. 2y
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Weather is a charming novel, encapsulating the miasma of current (pre-covid19) Brooklyn. The story is told in the merest vignette, just moments in time. With a few words, Offill is able to imply the context, the modern consciousness. It is a soap-bubble book – each vignette is iridescent, charming, evoking smiles and delight, but then they pop and its gone.

3.5 ⭐

Graywacke I‘m interested in this. Loved your review...and your soap bubbles (🧼) 2y
Liz_M @Graywacke It's a lovely book, but I kept comparing it to Ducks. Same feel, but both more coherent and ephemeral. 2y
Flaneurette Excellent review! I agree especially with the ephemeralness of it, I read it in March and remember very little 2y
Litsi Totally think this book will stay with me for a very long time. 2y
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SamAnne
Weather: A novel | Jenny Offill
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Loving this dark humored book and all it‘s commentary on the age of anxiety we currently live in. Socially distancing with a beer and outside fire in a tiny town in northeast OR. Threw my back out and begged off on the hike... but sorry not sorry that I get to finish this book!

TheRiehlDeal 😬 I hope your back feels better soon! At least you get an excuse to read. 2y
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SamAnne
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First night of vacation and so psyched to finally be starting this!

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Cinfhen
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Pickpick

Overall I enjoyed this quirky yet searing take on humanity & our current world climate( pre Covid and George Floyd) but I don‘t think it‘s going to stay with me.
Often I found myself chuckling out loud, other times I felt slightly indignant. Jenny Offill has a lot to say and offer but sometimes I felt her writing came across as self righteous #BorrowNotBuy #Libby

squirrelbrain I wanted to read this as I was reading the Women‘s Prize for Fiction list....but then the library closed. 🤷‍♀️ 2y
Cinfhen Try your Libby @squirrelbrain 😁you can try to borrow electronically 2y
squirrelbrain I was going to say ‘probably not‘ Cindy as it is my private library that had a hard copy and they only went onto Libby at the start of lockdown, with only around 300 books, mainly classics. However I then checked the public library (on Libby) and they had it on audio only. Yay - reserved it! 2y
Cinfhen Yay!! I bet the audio will be fun @squirrelbrain since most of this book is a stream of consciousness 2y
Reviewsbylola Yeah this‘ll be a pass for me, even though the cover is striking. 2y
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JGadz11
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I‘m a sucker for a cover.

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Josee.lit.a.lu.et.lira
Weather: A novel | Jenny Offill
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Day 3 - I am posting one book per day from my ever growing to-be-read stack. No description nor explanation on why I wish to read it 😉 Join the fun if you want. #bookstoread #tbrpile