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Matrix
Matrix | Lauren Groff
A remarkable historical novel by the bestselling author of Fates and Furies Cast out of the royal court by Eleanor of Aquitaine, deemed too coarse and rough-hewn for marriage or courtly life, seventeen-year-old Marie de France is sent to England to be the new prioress of an impoverished abbey, its nuns on the brink of starvation and beset by disease. At first taken aback by the severity of her new life, Marie finds focus and love in collective life with her singular and mercurial sisters. In this crucible, Marie steadily supplants her desire for family, for her homeland, for the passions of her youth with something new to her: devotion to her sisters, and a conviction in her own divine visions. Marie, born the last in a long line of women warriors and crusaders, is determined to chart a bold new course for the women she now leads and protects. But in a world that is shifting and corroding in frightening ways, one that can never reconcile itself with her existence, will the sheer force of Marie's vision be bulwark enough? Equally alive to the sacred and the profane, Matrix gathers currents of violence, sensuality and religious ecstasy in a mesmerising portrait of consuming passion, aberrant faith and a woman that history moves both through and around.
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Cathyloves2read
Matrix | Lauren Groff
Mehso-so

This book was very educational.I can‘t say that I ever read a book about a group of nuns who lived during the Middle Ages.While the story was interesting,I found that it was slow paced.The author has a beautiful style of writing,but I had trouble with the middle age terminology and had to stop to look many words up.I read this book as part of a reading group that I belong to,and can‘t wait to see what the group members think about it when we meet.

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BarbaraBB
Matrix | Lauren Groff
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#WeeklyForecast 49/21

America is not the Heart is still in progress but I‘d picking up speed now and I have a lazy Sunday ahead to make some progress. I have also started Out of Africa dit #pop21 but also to make an early start with #ReadingAfrica22! And another #ToB22 book. Can‘t wait to start that one!

Cinfhen I still have #Kuwait left for #ReadingAsia21 I better get moving on that 3d
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen Many people enjoyed Salt Houses for that prompt and I liked my read too: 3d
Cinfhen I read Salt Houses a few years back but I‘ll look into your book @BarbaraBB thanks for the recommendations 💕 3d
squirrelbrain Hope you‘re having a lovely relaxing day! ❤️ 3d
Megabooks I hope you enjoy Matrix! 💕 3d
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Angeles
Matrix | Lauren Groff
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Bailedbailed

Despite the great reviews I couldn‘t get into the book. I didn‘t care about Marie and found I could not finish.

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thewallflower0707
Matrix | Lauren Groff
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Mehso-so

This started of beautifully, and then it devolved into a simple narration of Years, without ever focusing on any plot string. Characters came and went, I never cared about anything, because time would just jump another 5 years ahead and it would be different anyway.

#Matrix @Kdgordon88 #historicalfiction

rachelsbrittain I kind of felt the same about this one tbh. Wound up being less interesting than I had hoped 2w
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Tamra
Matrix | Lauren Groff
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Mehso-so

This book checked off all my boxes, so it should have been a great read. Alas, it fell flat. I never did feel emotionally connected with any of the characters, in a positive or negative way. I was engaged enough to listen to the end and Groff does have some amazing descriptive powers, hence the so-so rating.

I‘m curious about Fates & Furies and it was available on audio so I‘m going to it check it out.

FelinesAndFelonies I was just meh on this one too. I felt like there were too many characters in the book. Their movement in and out of the story made it hard to connect with any of them. 2w
Ruthiella I‘ll be curious to hear what you think about 2w
Vansa Fates and Furies is excellent!! The characters are very well written and it's a beautiful narrative. How disappointing that this book doesn't seem as good! 2w
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Tamra @Vansa I hope I like it! 🤞🏾 2w
Tamra @Ruthiella I‘m skeptical, but I‘m going to try it. 🤞🏾 2w
Tamra @FelinesAndFelonies I agree there were a lot of characters without focus. 2w
Cathythoughts I‘m still reading .. I agree .. there are parts that blew me away … but I‘m so - so as I get to the end. It will be a pick for me .. but not as brilliant as it started out. 2w
Cathythoughts I did love Fates & Furies .. would look forward to your thoughts on that one 2w
Tamra @Cathythoughts yes, it has some very good parts so I stuck with it! For me it just didn‘t live up to its potential. (Ha! I cringe with my commentary because I certainly can‘t write so who am I to judge?!) 🤪 2w
Tamra @Cathythoughts I hope it‘s a winner! 2w
Penny_LiteraryHoarders Didn‘t like Fates and Furies at all. LOVED The Monsters of Templeton. 2w
thewallflower0707 I finished #Matrix today and I have to agree with you. For me, it started very strong and then it just skipped over the most interesting part and just continued to be a list of new characters, characters who die, new projects, new visions. No actual story behind it 😔 2w
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Floresj
Matrix | Lauren Groff
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Mehso-so

I liked the plot of Matrix and appreciate the feminism in a patriarchal world. However, I never found myself caring about the characters until the very end. I finished it, and am glad I did, but I considered dropping it multiple times in this short book.

Tamra My sentiments too. I‘m nearing the end of the audio. 2w
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Tamra
Matrix | Lauren Groff
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Halfway thru the audio and though there is some beautiful writing, I‘m not hooked. I‘m not caring about any of the characters and little is happening aside from the visions. 🤔 I don‘t know whether to continue.

I think this is my first Groff.

merelybookish I'm split on Groff. I loved Arcadia but did not like Fates & Furies. I'm curious about this one though. 2w
Cathythoughts .. I‘m 2/3‘s into this one & I love it , I love the time in history, and I‘m impressed with the MC … I loved Fates & Furies too. … I must get Arcadia 2w
Ruthiella Her style irks me. I didn‘t like Fates and Furies or Arcadia. I‘ll only read this if it makes the TOB shortlist. 2w
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Chelsea.Poole I felt the same about this one but actually liked Fates & Furies. 🤷🏼‍♀️ 2w
Tamra @Cathythoughts I will stick with it for now. 70% in and an event has happened that piqued my interest. 🤔 2w
Tamra @Ruthiella maybe it will pan out in the end, but I‘ve been tempted to bail. 2w
Tamra @Chelsea.Poole I‘ve thought about trying that one. 2w
Tamra @merelybookish shoot. I hate it when that happens, always such a disappointment. 2w
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vivastory
Matrix | Lauren Groff
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When I found out that the GR awards were posted a few days ago I was at dinner with a friend. I lamented the fact that I would be unable to vote in several categories as the majority of the new books that I read are still backlist from at least a couple of years ago. Talk about serious FOMO! Luckily, @monalyisha gave me a stellar match featuring numerous 2021 books on my TBR! This will be my third year of #NewYearWhoDis & am happy to be matched👇

vivastory with my longtime Litsy pal @megabooks The only books that I have read on her list (loved both of them) are # 5 & 7. I already had # 11 on my Dec TBR & tentatively # 16 as well. The four pictured in my collage are the selections that I will read for sure in January. (edited) 3w
AmyG Matrix is great! 3w
vivastory @AmyG I'm planning on making it my first book of 2022. It seems like a good one to kick off the year with 3w
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monalyisha I would read all of these (and have, in fact, read Cultish). I hope you enjoy! 🌟 3w
vivastory @monalyisha I had already planned on buying both the Bourdain bio & Matrix at my local indie with holiday gift cards, so it works out! 3w
Nute Seems like a perfect match for both of you!🙂 3w
vivastory @Nute Agreed! I always look forward to end of the year/beginning of the year reading & this makes it even more special 3w
Leftcoastzen I loved the Bourdain ! 3w
squirrelbrain Such a great list! I‘ve read 8 (!) of them, and loved them all… 3w
Cinfhen Great list from @Megabooks Happy Reading 🥰 3w
vivastory @Leftcoastzen I've heard great things. It seems like oral biographies have really taken off the past couple of years 3w
vivastory @squirrelbrain @Cinfhen I'm looking forward to it. Meg has great taste 📚📚 3w
Cinfhen A bunch of Meg‘s books made my list too 😉 3w
Megabooks What‘s so wonderful about @monalyisha ‘s match is that I was hoping to get someone with a lot of backlist titles! 😃 Matrix may have surpassed Station 11 as my all-time fav. Great book to kick off the year! Bourdain was amazing. Really interested to see if you love it as much. There are two documentaries on my TBW list that go well with Cultish - the LuLaRoe one on Amazon and the Weigh Down one on HBO. Cultish really changed my thinking ⬇️ 3w
Megabooks ⬆️ about MLMs for sure. Just fascinating. Nightbitch is one that I think about every day. It brings up so many questions about art and life and motherhood in a very creative way. So glad you picked those. Enjoy! 3w
Megabooks Hopefully I didn‘t over-explain things!! 😬😂 I have a tendency to do that. 3w
vivastory @Megabooks I have high hopes for all 4 & I don't imagine I'll be disappointed. I will definitely check out the documentaries after finishing Cultish. Another one that would supplement it well is Generation Hustle on HBO Max. Speaking of documentaries there are a couple I plan on watching after reading Empire of Pain. If my BP can handle it. Looking forward to diving into these! 3w
BarbaraBB Fab list please read 1 and 9 too, you‘ll love both 💜 3w
Megabooks @vivastory I loved Generation Hustle! As far as the opiates, Crime of Century on HBO was great. Keefe is also on it. It is also about Subsys, and I‘m dying to read this Jan 2022 release about that debacle. 3w
vivastory @BarbaraBB Both of them are on my TBR. Honestly there's not a single book on the list I'm not interested in. 3w
Cathythoughts I‘m in the middle of Matrix .. ❤️💫 3w
squirrelbrain We‘ve just watched the LuLaRoe doc (I‘ve read Cultish too) and thought it was fascinating…. @Megabooks I‘ll look out for the opiate docs too, @vivastory but unfortunately we don‘t get HBO over here. (edited) 3w
Chelsea.Poole @Megabooks I‘m loving your list! 👯‍♀️ We have several similar titles and one I regret NOT putting on mine popped up on yours. You make me more and more curious about 2w
Megabooks @Chelsea.Poole so hard to narrow it down. I think you‘d enjoy Nightbitch. 👍🏻 2w
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Cathythoughts
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she stands in the middle of the abbess‘s dictation and takes up her little merlin upon her shoulder.. . she goes out to the stables and saddles her horse and trots down the hill to the winter/ rye fields and once there she sets her falcon free : and she gallops through the fields and forest the length of the road to town watching for her deliverance

Unconscious collective memory . 1160‘s
I would love to have lived in this time ritual wildness

Cathythoughts 👆🏻👇🏻I love the world this book takes me into ..woods & horses & falcons .. old ancient woods ❤️💔 (edited) 3w
AmyG I, too, loved this. Such beautiful writing. 3w
Tamra My audio hold came in! Woot! 3w
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squirrelbrain Lovely picture, Cathy! 3w
TrishB Great post. I loved it too ❤️ 3w
Cathythoughts @AmyG Aww the writing 👌🏻❤️ 3w
Cathythoughts @Tamra I so look forward to your thoughts ❤️ 3w
Cathythoughts @squirrelbrain Thanks Helen.. it‘s one of those books I ‘ started ‘ ages ago ! And now I can‘t believe it took me so long to get into it. Loving it 3w
Cathythoughts @TrishB oh Trish !!! It‘s brilliant X 3w
Cathythoughts @TrishB and it‘s Eleanor of Aquitaine‘s sister ( half - sister ?? Relation of some kind ? ) … and you introduced me to that whole world ! Thankyou 😘 (edited) 3w
LeahBergen It sounds like my sort of book! 😍 3w
BarbaraBB I am so looking forward to this one! Great quote. 3w
TrishB It‘s wonderful history ❤️ 3w
Cathythoughts @TrishB Hey Trish just listened to you speaking about Paper Bullets on Shawns bite sized chats. So interesting, I think I‘ll try the fictional story first .. well done & you had my full attention .. great story, you have inspired me to read about these rebellious women 👍🏻❤️ (edited) 3w
Cathythoughts @BarbaraBB It‘s really good 👍🏻❤️ 3w
Cathythoughts @LeahBergen It‘s so good , I think you would like it Leah 3w
TrishB Ah thank you Cathy, that‘s so nice to hear. I hope you enjoy when you get to it. Love a few rebellious women 😁 3w
batsy Love this post 💕 3w
Cathythoughts @batsy Thanks Suba! I think you‘d like this one 👍🏻❤️ 3w
Reggie Beautiful post, Cathy! 3w
Cathythoughts @Reggie Thanks Reggie 😘 3w
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ReadingEnvy
Matrix | Lauren Groff
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Mehso-so

Lauren Groff writes in many different genres and suddenly her most recent novel, on the National Book Award finalists list and the ToB long list, is historical fiction. Marie de France is removed from her parents' court to go join and run an impoverished abbey. Most of the story focuses on the 12th century and the characters found there, with some threads of mysticism, romance between women, and feminism. ↘️

ReadingEnvy These sound like themes I would enjoy but I felt disconnected or maybe underwhelmed by the book itself. Or maybe I was distracted by the audio. Either way, it wasn't really for me, but it can be for you. 4w
Ruthiella I‘m definitely going to wait to see if this makes the TOB 2022 shortlist before I take the plunge. 3rd time might be the charm...🤔? 4w
ReadingEnvy @Ruthiella that's how I feel about that random 700+ page book that seems to be in almost no libraries.... 4w
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Chelsea.Poole Your review sums it up well. I felt the same, pretty much! 3w
ReadingEnvy @Chelsea.Poole it's not how I wanted to feel! 3w
Chelsea.Poole @ReadingEnvy same here! I loved fates & furies, was hoping to love this one too 3w
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BookBosomed1
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Pickpick

5 ⭐️. What a brave, daring, & striking book. This
book is the reason I ❤️ reading - 📚 that shape the ground I walk on in search and wonderment of all that is life. It‘s about reimagining a life as it was & as it could have been. It‘s about the power of a community of women who are punished for violating gendered expectations, yet use their individual strengths to collectively build a sisterhood of courage, intelligence, wisdom, & beauty. Wow.

squirrelbrain Great review! I loved this one too…. 1mo
Cathythoughts Inspiring review! I started it ages ago but got distracted with other books .. looking forward to reading it 1mo
BookBosomed1 @squirrelbrain It was so good! I‘m still sitting with my feelings about it. 1mo
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BookBosomed1 @Cathythoughts That happens to me, too. I‘m a mood reader. This book def requires concentration by the reader. 1mo
Branwen As soon as I read the first line of this book I knew it was going to be special! 😍 1mo
BookBosomed1 @Branwen So true! 1mo
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rachelsbrittain
Matrix | Lauren Groff
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My first audiobook walk with my girl since she went to training bootcamp and it is such a relief to feel like I can take her on walks again. And we got to walk among these gorgeous fall trees!

SamanthaMarie What a GORGEOUS doggo 😍🥰 1mo
Bookgoil Yay I want to do that with my dogs soon 1mo
Magpiegem Gorgeous pup! 🥰 1mo
rachelsbrittain @Bookgoil I highly recommend it! 1mo
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Brimful
Matrix | Lauren Groff
Pickpick

What would life have been like for unmarriageable women in the past? This account of Marie the abbess- matrix- of an abbey which she transforms, provides some insights. Marie is flawed, powerful, mystical and loving and I loved her generous but frank assessments of her fellow nuns. The story of Eleanor of acquitane was skilfully woven into the story providing an alternative perspective on women and power. A fine unusual and enjoyable book

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DHill
Matrix | Lauren Groff
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1. Matrix (audio), Bel Canto (print)
2. Goodreads
3. The Lewis Trilogy by Peter May

#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

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Brimful
Matrix | Lauren Groff

As abbess, she sees how dangerous a free-thinking nun could be. If there was another Marie in her flock,it would be a disaster. She feels a sharpness of guilt from time to time;yet she keeps her nuns in their holy darkness with their work and their prayer. She justifies it by telling herself this is how she keeps her daughters in innocence. This is a second Eden.

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rachelsbrittain
Matrix | Lauren Groff
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1. Matrix, Lore Olympus, and Sex Cult Nun

2. Goodreads, Litsy, and Book Riot's reading tracker

3. A Psalm for the Wild-Built

#WeekendReads

Megabooks How is Sex Cult Nun? 1mo
rachelsbrittain @Megabooks it's interesting but definitely intense. I'm somebody who's fascinated by cults but it is about a girl raised in the Children of God / Family of Love so definitely some disturbing stuff that happens 1mo
Megabooks @rachelsbrittain yes, I‘m into cult writing as well. I‘m sure it‘s disturbing - one reason I‘ve held back. Excited to start seeing reviews of it. @britt_brooke have you heard of it? 1mo
britt_brooke @Megabooks Nope - my first thought was, “Uhhh, this is a book title?” 😂 Sounds up my alley regardless. 1mo
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BookBosomed1
Matrix | Lauren Groff
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Ya‘ll, this book…Freddy and I can‘t even 🤯 💥

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Kimberlone
Matrix | Lauren Groff
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Pickpick

Liked, did not love. I just really didn‘t connect with the main character Marie. But the setting and premise were definitely interesting. Audio might not have been the best option for this book for me.

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DHill
Matrix | Lauren Groff
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20% in and I‘m thoroughly enjoying this latest from Lauren Groff.

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Brimful
Matrix | Lauren Groff
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For it is a deep and human truth that most souls upon the earth are not at ease unless they find themselves safe in the hands of a force far greater than themselves.

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kbuggle
Matrix | Lauren Groff
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Pickpick

When I say this was great, I was not expecting to be so into a story about medieval nuns protecting their abbey. Groff can do no wrong; there‘s a reason this is getting nominated for all the things

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Lindy
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From Groff‘s event at Toronto International Festival of Authors: “The point of fiction is not to answer anything but to ask as many questions as you possibly can.” Also, I learned that Groff‘s model for this book was her absolute favourite novel of all time: Penelope Fitzgerald‘s The Blue Flower.

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Twocougs
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Pickpick

Greatly enjoyed Marie, the strong, passionate, female protagonists. An English abbey during the Middle Ages, what‘s not to like 😉

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ChaoticMissAdventures
Matrix | Lauren Groff
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I wasn't expecting to love this as much as I did. It is very fast paced, a bit surface level, there is a ton of Catholic nunnery language that took a bit to get into, but once I got rolling (about 50 pages in) I couldn't put it down.
Marie is a force. I am curious about Eleanor now.
It was so good to read an honest historical fiction book that didn't have a modern day storyline woven through it I love getting absorbed into one story.

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Hooked_on_books
Matrix | Lauren Groff
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This is what book awards lists are all about. I‘ve heard of but never read Groff, and I was uninterested in this book because the life of a 12th century nun? Um, no thanks. But I‘m reading the NBA lists and I really enjoyed this! It‘s a great story with some “hell yeah!” feminist moments that I really got invested in. And the audio is so well done. This one gets my vote for the prize!

ChaoticMissAdventures I am in the middle of this now! Hoping to finish soon. I am really enjoyed it, I think the fast pacing really helps, but boy am I glad I don't live in the 1100's!! 2mo
vivastory I had a hold on this at the library & I missed picking it up. I'm so mad at myself 😂 1mo
Megabooks Great review! I loved this too. 1mo
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Abailliekaras
Matrix | Lauren Groff
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Bailedbailed

I couldn‘t get on with this story of Marie set in a medieval abbey. Strong writing, but the style is mythical or fairytale -esque so the characters felt distant (combined with the remote time period). There was no narrative tension and I didn‘t care if the nuns had enough food or who was friends with whom. It was vague as to setting & the sense of a French woman in England didn‘t come through. I couldn‘t see what it was driving towards.

Suet624 I liked the book but I can totally understand why you felt this way. 2mo
Abailliekaras @Suet624 she‘s an amazing writer so I really wanted to love it! 2mo
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PNWBookseller85
Matrix | Lauren Groff
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Went to see the brilliant Lauren Groff the other night with my coworker/friend. Groff is an absolute wonder. A real genius and so charming. If you haven‘t picked up her latest book, Matrix, go find one at your local bookstore ASAP. It‘s gonna win the National Book Award. (My prediction anyway).

AmyG Oh wow. I just read her book and loved it. If it wins-well deserved. 2mo
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rmaclean4
Matrix | Lauren Groff
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I flew through this historical fiction book. I never finished Fates and Furies by Laure Groff but loved this novel. This was a book about loving and caring for women. A novel about taking your power in a society that does not give value to the female life. Highly recommend. 4.5 🌟

Brimful Great review! 1w
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Mitch
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This is bold and earthy, filled with working women who have trades and aren't frightened of hard graft. It's filled with women with ambition & vision, women with passions, greeds & deformities. It's very visceral. Groff has conjured many ill ends for both nuns & animals. But it's also a beautiful look at love, at desire & ingenuity. And it's set in the medieval period in a monastery! It's fresh and wonderful - not at all what I was expecting!

Mitch Another win for an @amyg recommendation! 2mo
AlaMich I can‘t wait to read this! Medieval convents are my jam! 😂 2mo
Mitch @AlaMich and this is absolutely that - but not as you might have seen it before! 🤣 2mo
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Crazeedi On my tbr definitely!! Sounds really good 2mo
AmyG Ha....thank Litsy. I saw a few people love it so gave it a whirl. I had no clue whatit was about. But I love reading about nuns. If you do, too....read In This House of Brede -Rumer Godden. Also excellent. 2mo
Chrissyreadit @AmyG I agree- The House of Brede was not what excellent. I loved it way more than I ever expected. 2mo
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LatrelWhite
Matrix | Lauren Groff
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🎧 Cast out of the royal court by Eleanor of Aquitaine, deemed too coarse and rough-hewn for marriage or courtly life, seventeen-year-old Marie de France is sent to England to be the new prioress of an impoverished abbey, its nuns on the brink of starvation and beset by disease.

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ChaoticMissAdventures
Matrix | Lauren Groff
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This week's #readingforecast is very black and golden, and one worded.

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canbku
Matrix | Lauren Groff
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In a mini rut. I've started several books and haven't gotten excited about any of them. Maybe this is the one...?

Branwen I loved this one! I hope you do too! 2mo
AmyG I loved this, too. 2mo
Crazeedi Oooo, this looks good! My kind of book! Adding to my tbr! 2mo
Suet624 I loved it, but I like reading about powerful nuns. 🙂🙂😀 2mo
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Mitch
Matrix | Lauren Groff
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Sunday afternoon and a few hours to myself. 🙌🏼

Crazeedi Your room looks so beautiful, and peaceful!❤ 2mo
Chrissyreadit Perfect! How is it? 2mo
Mitch @Crazeedi thank you. We‘ve placed this chair in our bedroom next to some shelves with a lovey view out the window across the fields. It‘s a lovely space! 2mo
Mitch @Chrissyreadit like nothing I‘ve read before! 👍🏼 2mo
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Mitch
Matrix | Lauren Groff
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Diving straight in @AmyG 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼

AmyG Enjoy!!!! Let me know what you think. 2mo
swishandflick What a pretty edition! 2mo
Emilymdxn I have the audiobook of this and am so excited to read it! 2mo
TiredLibrarian That's next on my list - but I don't have that edition with the pretty cover! 2mo
Mitch @TiredLibrarian it‘s pretty lush isn‘t it 👏🏼👏🏼 2mo
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Christine
Matrix | Lauren Groff
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Brilliant. I hold Groff in high esteem, but her books can be hit or miss for me. This is easily my new favorite of hers (and one of my most-enjoyed books this year)! Loved everything about the main and supporting characters, setting, language, humor, commentary on religion - just all of it. And Adjoa Andoh‘s audiobook performance is EVERYTHING. My library loan expired before I could finish, so for two weeks I would check ⬇️

Christine the Hot.Right.Now section of Libby at least 3 times a day, hoping I could get it back! I had the ebook and liked reading it that way, too, especially bc then I could look up some of the awesomely archaic words Groff threw in. But I couldn‘t stop thinking about the audiobook and was so happy to get it back yesterday. ❤️ 2mo
LatrelWhite I‘m waiting on my library loan in about 3 weeks. Thanks for the review look forward to reading it (listening)🙂 2mo
Augustdana 🤣🤣 looking at the comments here I am in the same boat!! Not so patiently waiting for my hold to come in at the library. 2mo
Christine @LatrelWhite May your wait go by quickly!! 😁 Hope you love it, too. 2mo
Christine @Augustdana LOL! The struggle is real. Hope your fellow patrons fly through it! 🤞 2mo
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Megabooks
Matrix | Lauren Groff
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It‘s Amazon 3 for 2 time! I picked up a new favorite that I wanted a print copy of (tagged) and two new ones to try. I‘m proud that I kept it to just 3…so far. 😉

Bookends courtesy of a favorite small business www.getarchd.com 📚

Reviewsbylola Ghosts is on my TBR and I can‘t wait to hear what you think of Matrix! I almost bought it during the sale. 2mo
Megabooks @Reviewsbylola I‘ve read Matrix!! It‘s my favorite book this year so far!!!! 2mo
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AlizaApp
Matrix | Lauren Groff
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In this historical novel, a 12th century woman cast off from the French royal court is sent to run an abbey in England. Feminist nuns! Anyway this was great.

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AmyG
Matrix | Lauren Groff
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Beautifully written book about the life of Marie, an orphan and a royal bastardess, who in the 12th c. Is sent to run an Abbey. The story of women, ambition and power. One of my favorites of this year.
5 ⭐️

TrishB Great read 👍🏻 2mo
BarbaraBB Oooh that is quite the recommendation. @Megabooks loved it that much too. Can‘t wait to read it! 2mo
Megabooks So glad you loved it, too! Did you end up getting a copy @BarbaraBB ? 2mo
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BarbaraBB @Megabooks Do you really want me to answer that question 🤣?! 2mo
Blaire I‘m looking forward to this one! 2mo
AmyG @Blaire Enjoy! 2mo
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Suet624
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I needed to walk after finishing this book to absorb all of it. It‘s not a book that everyone will enjoy, but I loved the story of Marie de France. I thought it was a powerful narrative that offered a very realistic look at women‘s lives in the 1200‘s. As I looked at this tree on Main Street, a tree that I swoon over every fall, it reminded me of Marie - tall, fiery, and powerful.

Susanita I just listened to an interview with the author on the Reading Women podcast. 2mo
LeahBergen Wow! 😍 2mo
Suet624 @Susanita Thanks for the reminder. I wanted to listen to that after I had read the book. 2mo
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Suet624 @LeahBergen I know, right? 2mo
Jas16 Really going to have to give this one a try. I have been on the fence. 2mo
BarbaraBB Such a wonderful review an picture. I really need to read this book! 2mo
Suet624 @BarbaraBB @Jas16 It's one of those books where I hold my breath and wait to see if you enjoyed it or not. 50/50 chance. :) 2mo
batsy With a review like that, this is going to the top of my TBR. Also, that tree is truly something ❤️ 2mo
Suet624 @batsy I think this is one that I can see you liking. 2mo
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CindyE09
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Really enjoyed this historical novel about the fictional life of Marie de France. Banished from court as a 17 year old girl, Marie is sent to a nunnery where she eventually becomes the abbess and builds the abbey up from impoverishment to a rich and mostly well loved abbey. This atmospheric novel focuses on what life would be like in an abbey in the 12th century and imagines the relationships between the nuns who work there.

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Suet624
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Patriots football with the sound off, candles, incense, beautiful scenery, and this story about nuns make my Sunday quite pleasant.

LiteraryinLawrence Sounds delightful! 2mo
AmyG Looks beautiful. And I don‘t know why, but I love reading anout nuns. 😂 2mo
Suet624 Me too. I think I‘ve been a nun in a prior life. 2mo
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Leftcoastzen Beautiful! 2mo
batsy @AmyG I feel like there aren't enough nuns in my fiction 😆 2mo
batsy This sounds idyllic 💜 2mo
AmyG Ha @Suet624 Maybe that‘s where we knew each other. 😚 @batsy HA! Yes! 2mo
Suet624 @batsy I agree completely. 2mo
Jeg That looks so like where I grew up for my first 9 years. Keene NH. So beautiful. Now live where it could not be more different. Perth West Australia. (edited) 2mo
Suet624 @Jeg New Hampshire is right next door. 🙂 I forgot that you grew up there. 2mo
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ClairesReads
Matrix | Lauren Groff
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This is a really well-researched historical novel, exploring the suggested(but not proven) theory that Marie de France, and Mary Shaftesbury are the same person. I found this medieval, feminist story really engaging. At some moments I found the “sisters doing it for themselves”, triumphant tone a bit much, but felt ultimately Groff rebalanced her story with some reflective work in the final quarter.

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Kristin_Reads
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My first Groff novel and I loved it. I can see why this might not be for everyone but I found it to be striking and powerful. A creative story about the historical Marie de France.

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BClark
Matrix | Lauren Groff
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This was a BN monthly book club pick. Marie is a 17 year old in the year 1158 sent to a failing nunnery by Queen Eleanor. I can say there were parts I enjoyed. I gave it a so-so not because it wasn't a good book, it just wasn't "my jam". Sometimes hard to look back with the mindset of 2021 & reconcile my feelings with the societal construct of 1158. I will say it had a good ending! We had a great discussion about it.

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Mitch
Matrix | Lauren Groff
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These two beauties are today‘s #bookmail and they look so pretty together their going to be my next F / NF pairing. ♥️

Cathythoughts Very nice 😊 2mo
AmyG Matrix is fabulous (so far). 2mo
Soubhiville You and @AmyG make me want to pick up Matrix. Maybe I can fit it in to my November TBR… 🙂 2mo
Mitch @Soubhiville always room for one more! 2mo
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Lesliereadsalot
Matrix | Lauren Groff
Mehso-so

The words are flowing and beautiful in this book about nuns in the twelfth century. I had a hard time getting through it, as the story didn‘t interest me all that much. But the author is such a significant writer that I read to the end. Worth reading for the lavish words alone.

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Cathythoughts
Matrix | Lauren Groff
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The Autumn light was soft & low this morning as I started this one. ( I love the light at this time of year 🥰 🍂 🍂 book starts off well 👌🏻

wildwoodreads Yes! Autumn light is the best! 2mo
Cathythoughts @megzlynn It is ! I love it 💫 2mo
LeahBergen I love it, too! It‘s been exceptionally lovely here, as well. 😊 2mo
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Cathythoughts @LeahBergen Ahh! That‘s nice to hear. So nice .. it‘s very dreamy .. 2mo
Megabooks I love the light this time of year as well. 💕 2mo
Cathythoughts @Megabooks It‘s lovely, isn‘t it ! Also I just got Monogamy on my kindle ( even though the book cover is so pretty , I couldn‘t wait , Book Depository deliveries are taking a long time just now) 2mo
Tamra I haven‘t read any Groff, but I‘m looking forward to this one. 👍🏾 2mo
Lesliereadsalot Do not miss Fates and Furies. 2mo
Cathythoughts @Tamra I‘m looking forward to it too @Lesliereadsalot I did read and LOVE Fates & Furies 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻❤️ 2mo
rmaclean4 I loved Matrix...did you enjoy it? 1mo
Cathythoughts @rmaclean4 Would you believe I havnt finished it yet … I started , then life got busy … I have every intention of getting back to it .. soon I hope 🤞🏻 Other books nosed there way in 🙄 1mo
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HettyG
Matrix | Lauren Groff
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Mehso-so

Admitting to not loving this book feels like a confession. Like others, I thought at the beginning I would love it, but I somehow just didn‘t. The language is beautiful but I just couldn‘t find any solid story underneath it that could hold my interest. Anyway, bless me father for I have sinned, I found Matrix hard to follow and not that interesting and rated it a “so-so”.

fredthemoose I love a contrarian review! 2mo
Abailliekaras Feeling the same way 😬 2mo
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KarenUK
Matrix | Lauren Groff
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I loved this gorgeously written novel, based VERY loosely on the life of Marie de France, a medieval poet from the 12th century. In Groff‘s story, she draws on some historians‘ theories about Marie, including her illegitimate links to The Plantagenets, and how Marie, and the English Abbess Mary of Shaftesbury could be one in the same. (Continued in comments)

KarenUK Groff focuses on Marie with a feminist eye, banished from court to a poverty stricken nunnery, and her life as a feisty Abbess as she leads these women to prosper. I always love this author, but I wasn‘t expecting so much of her wry humor in this one, and it was a lovely surprise. Fun, feminist and lush, these bite size chunks of this woman‘s life, had me gripped. 💕📚 2mo
Cinfhen Stunning review!!! You really captured the heart of the novel 2mo
squirrelbrain What @Cinfhen said! I‘m amazed that Groff has written something SO different to Fates and Furies, but just as amazing! 2mo
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Megabooks Fantastic review!! 🤩🤩 Glad you loved it too. 2mo
TrishB Great review 👍🏻 loved it too. 2mo
Branwen I loved this one too! The writing was absolutely gorgeous! 2mo
LauraBeth I can‘t wait to read this! 2mo
Kdgordon88 Great review. Really enjoyed it on audio. 2mo
Suet624 I‘m so glad to see so many folks loved it. I‘m just getting started on it. 2mo
KarenUK @Suet624 Hope you enjoy! 🤞🤞🤞 2mo
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Chelsea.Poole
Matrix | Lauren Groff
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An intense historical fiction character study of Marie de France, from her early days to the day she died and the abbey she left behind. I had to look this up: the book begins in 1158. A slim novel, based on a real person. A character seared into my brain. Very glad to have read it and really appreciate some aspects but can‘t say I‘m blown away like the buzz around this one suggests I should be.

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