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Matrix
Matrix | Lauren Groff
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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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Caryl
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Just finished for #AuthorAMonth, and I loved it. Took me awhile to warm up to it, but once I understood the rhythm of the storytelling, I was captivated by Marie and her sisters.

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jenniferw88
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The best book for February is Some People Need Killing by Patricia Evangelista, but Matrix is using a bonus space, as it was very close between them.

#readingbracket2024

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Zuhkeeyah
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Overall, it's a good read, though there's no strong plot. You follow Marie as she morphs from unwanted orphan to powerful abbess. I wish we had more of her life as a crusader.

#authoramonth @Soubhiville

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vlwelser
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My favorite part about this book are the snarky side comments from the author about the environment and feminist topics. It's really very good.

#BookSpinBingo @TheAromaofBooks

#AuthorAMonth @Soubhiville (I actually meant to just read 1 per month but I thoroughly enjoyed this extra one)

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2w
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staci.reads
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This book was unlike anything I've read before, and through much of it, I wasn't sure if it would be a pick for me or not. But it kept me coming back, and there were moments of greatness. This was my first Lauren Groff, and I read it for my February ##AuthorAMonth @Soubhiville

Soubhiville Glad you liked it. 🙂 2w
Lesliereadsalot I‘ve loved all her books! 2w
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jenniferw88
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Librarybelle I really liked this one! 2w
Hooked_on_books I loved this book! It was on my best of the year list the year I read it. 2w
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Texreader
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Relegated to being a nun for being unmarriable, she‘s a huge and ugly girl, Marie uses these attributes to become a powerful abbess. She turns an impoverished abbey wealthy by sheer will and then built the means to protect it from evil. I should have liked this book much more than I did. I think two things held me back: too much sex for nuns and a lot of the book is telling rather than showing slowing it down. Still a decent read. #authoramonth

Karisimo 💯 agree with your review! 3w
Texreader @Karisimo Thanks! Maybe not a popular opinion. 3w
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dabbe
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For those doing #AuthorAMonth who haven't started yet; here's a Kindle deal.
#Soubvihille

AnnR Oh wow, thanks! 😍 I wasn't planning on joining in this month but it seems now I am. 🙂The first sample chapter was compelling! 3w
dabbe @AnnR Yay! 😘 3w
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TheSpineView Thanks! 3w
tpixie Thx! 3w
dabbe @Soubhiville 🩷💜❤️ 3w
dabbe @TheSpineView ❤️💜🩷 3w
Andrew65 That‘s a bargain, £5.99 in the U.K. 3w
PurpleyPumpkin Read this last year and it was an excellent book! 3w
tpixie @dabbe fun! 3w
dabbe @tpixie I have no idea how I sent that to you. It was a place to go to breakfast with my sisters! You. Are. Adorable. 🤩😍😘 3w
AmandaBlaze Arcadia is only 2.99. 3w
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Susanita
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Immersive story. Strong female characters. Lovely writing. Insightful commentary on feminism, power, religion, and the environment. Ultimately, however, this book left me a little cold. I liked it but didn‘t love it. Still, I‘m glad for #authoramonth which provided me an opportunity to read it.

Texreader I just finished and feeling similarly 3w
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Susanita
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1. Taco Tuesday at a new-to-me restaurant with some girlfriends.
2. Bullet journaling
3. 12th Century England. I‘m glad it‘s just a visit!
#motivationalmonday

Cupcake12 I‘ve always wanted to try out bullet journaling. Have a great week x (edited) 4w
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Texreader
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I‘ve been really sick with a chest cold since Friday. Sadly I wasn‘t even up to reading, just lots of sleeping. Tonight I‘m doing much better and have a reading buddy. #authoramonth @Soubhiville

Librarybelle Hope you feel better soon! 1mo
Ruthiella Wishing you a speedy recovery! ❤️ 1mo
maich Hope you get well soon💙 1mo
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Graciouswarriorprincess Feel better soon! 1mo
Sapphire 💐feel better! 1mo
Catsandbooks Aw hope you feel better soon! ❤️ 1mo
julesG Feel better soon! 1mo
quietlycuriouskate Be well soon! 💐 1mo
Soubhiville I‘m glad you‘ve started feeling better. 1mo
Bookwormjillk I‘m glad you‘re feeling better! 1mo
dabbe Glad you‘re on the mend! 🖤🐾🖤 1mo
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Texreader
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I‘m ready to read this one for #authoramonth. @Soubhiville

Librarybelle I liked this one! 1mo
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Susanita
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Thanks for the nice package @Soubhiville !

Texreader The Matrix looks so good! I haven‘t seen that Waters book. I‘m going to have to check it out. 2mo
Susanita @Texreader I hadn‘t heard of it either, but it sounds really interesting. 2mo
Soubhiville You‘re welcome! I hope you‘ll enjoy them. 2mo
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Texreader
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From HPB today tagged book for #authoramonth and the Nancy Horan book for #Samoa #readingOceania @Soubhiville @Librarybelle @BarbaraBB

Librarybelle I really liked Matrix! 2mo
Texreader @Librarybelle Oh good! It looks really interesting! 2mo
AlaMich I just finished Matrix yesterday. It‘s a book that is interesting on so many levels. Very thought-provoking for me at least. 2mo
Texreader @AlaMich I‘m really looking forward to it 2mo
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AlaMich
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Do any #nunlit or #nunlitquarterly folks have resources to clarify the whole convent vs. abbey and prioress vs. abbess thing? I‘ve always found these religious and clerical terms (rector, vicar, curate) baffling. Someone really needs to write a short handbook!! 🤓

DrSabrinaMoldenReads Convent is where nuns reside and abbeys are where monks reside…I‘m pretty sure 2mo
batsy I would appreciate a little handbook like that, too 😆 2mo
AlaMich @DrSabrinaMoldenReads That‘s what I thought, but this novel is set in 12th century England and it involves nuns living in an abbey. 🤷‍♀️ 2mo
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AlaMich @batsy Right? Every time I think I‘m starting to figure it out, I read something contradictory. 2mo
jlhammar I think a prioress is one rank/level below abbess. And that an abbey is a convent supervised by an abbess. But I agree, it all gets confusing and I‘d love a handbook! 2mo
DrSabrinaMoldenReads Well, I went to mass at an abbey the other night and there were only monks there 🤷🏽‍♀️ But maybe that‘s who is in residence there at this time 2mo
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Librarybelle
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#LiteraryCrew read this months ago, and I‘m just finishing it!

This is my first book by Groff, and I was astounded by her writing. It‘s a short book, but it is a slow read - so methodical and poignant. Absolutely gorgeous.

Marie is sent to an abbey in the 12th century. It should be noted that Marie is not religious, and yet she eventually becomes the abbess and does quite a lot of remarkable and controversial changes. Power, love, devotion. ⬇️

Librarybelle ⬆️ Groff interweaves these themes into a spellbinding tale. And did I mention Eleanor of Aquitaine is also a character??? #52BookClub #WrittenInPresentTense 2mo
Crazeedi Sounds good 2mo
Librarybelle @Crazeedi I liked this one. I think Groff is hit or miss for readers, so definitely worth a try. 2mo
kspenmoll I have it…. 2mo
Crazeedi @Librarybelle I'll let you know 2mo
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Kappadeemom
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The story of Marie, who was banished by the Queen to live in a convent back in the 1100‘s. She wasn‘t particularly religious and at first she didn‘t like living with the nuns, but after some time she begins to realize her own inner strength as she begins to collect favors, spies and friends that help her increase the wealth of the convent. This isn‘t a very fast read, but the writing is beautiful.

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SailorJohn
Matrix | Lauren Groff
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Set 1000 years ago. An inspiring story about a very strong woman

bookaholic1 Sounds interesting 3mo
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REPollock
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Bailedbailed

A hard slog I don‘t have the spoons for right now and other people are waiting for it at the library.

Image: parasols my students restored.

julesG Love the "spoons" reference. ? Also love the umbrellas. 4mo
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kspenmoll
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Fascinating interview on NPR today regarding Margaret Goff‘s “trilogy”

https://www.npr.org/2023/09/11/1198409885/lauren-groff-the-vaster-wilds

Maybe #sundaybuddyread next year? Or #literarycrew ?Maybe too many have already read it but it‘s a thought.

jlhammar Cool, thanks for sharing! Loved Matrix and can‘t wait to read The Vaster Wilds. I had no idea that she considered these part of “a triptych of sorts.” 6mo
Librarybelle I had no idea either, @jlhammar ! Thanks for sharing this, @kspenmoll !!! 6mo
Megabooks I didn‘t know either! Thanks! 6mo
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CuriousG
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First fireside read of my summer holidays. This one has been on my TBR since it was published, so I'm very much looking forward to it.

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SamAnne
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Contemplating Matrix while watching my ladies take a group dust bath. It is their absolute bliss. An all female order ruled by Gilda, the black and white in the middle. For those who have read Michael Twitty‘s book, she is a Dominque. Heritage breed that came over to America with the Pilgrims. And such a sweet girl. She comes to the kitchen door to ask for cheese treats. I oblige.

Leftcoastzen Amazing ! I love chickens. 9mo
dabbe 🤩🤩🤩 9mo
Tamra 😍 9mo
Hooked_on_books We have a tame peacock that wanders around our property. He‘s “ours” and not all at the same time. He‘ll walk up to the kitchen slider door when he sees us inside and will even occasionally tap on the glass with his beak. He‘s hoping for my husband to toss him some peanuts. It‘s pretty entertaining. (edited) 9mo
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SamAnne
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Oof. A book about power, women claiming power, wielding power. Set in a 13th century abbey. Marie is a badass. Let‘s raise a hand to the Maries of the world. First book completed for #20in4. @Andrew65

paper.reveries I have this on my shelf!! This makes me excited to read it :) 9mo
SamAnne @paper.reveries I think it is Groff‘s best work. The pace starts out slow and then goes quick. Lots to think about! (edited) 9mo
JuniperWilde This is the first review that has inspired me to read this book. Thank you. 9mo
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bibliothecarivs One of the best books I read last year and now one of my top favourite novels (I read mostly nonfiction). 9mo
E.Bolhafner adding this one to my TBR pile. F Badassery draws me in ;-) 9mo
Hooked_on_books I loved this one! And before I read it, I thought someone was crazy to think I‘d read a book about medieval nuns. So glad Groff proved me wrong. 9mo
Andrew65 Well done 👏👏👏 Sounds a really interesting book. 9mo
OrangeMooseReads I LOVE a badass lady! Adding this to the ever growing list 😊 9mo
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SamAnne
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Oof. A book about power, women claiming power, wielding power. Set in a 13th century abbey. Marie is a badass. Let‘s raise a hand to the Maries of the world. First book completed for #20in4. @Andrew65

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SamAnne
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Waiting for a friend, enjoying a quiet moment in one of my favorite bars with a book Im enjoying more than I expected. Nice end to a rough day.

Ruthiella Sorry your day was rough. Tomorrow will hopefully be better. TGIF! ❤️ 9mo
SamAnne @Ruthiella and hope your Friday was good too! 9mo
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bibliothecarivs
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Recent acquisitions:
📖 Your Guide to not Getting Murdered in a Quaint English Village by Maureen Johnson & Jay Cooper
📖 Matrix by Lauren Groff
📖 Being Elizabethan: Understanding Shakespeare's Neighbors by Norman Jones

#fREADom #UniteAgainstBookBans

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ChaoticMissAdventures
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#WomensHistoryMonth #Recommendations 15of31 Fiction
A novel about a 12th century woman who is cast out of a royal court and sent to run a failing convent? Count me in. This book is a bit slow because it is heavily character driven but the descriptions of life, and the amazing fortitude of the nuns was wonderful to read. I was engrossed by this book and it was one of my top reads for that publication year.

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mrp27
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#LiteraryCrew #BuddyRead

Groff is clearly a talented writer but a story about Marie of France and nuns living and working in an abbey during the Middle Ages did not hold my attention or peak any sort of interest. Honestly I don‘t even know what to make of this. I just know this kind of story and this kind of writing style is just not for me. Glad I tried it at least.

Librarybelle Thanks for joining!! 12mo
mrp27 @Librarybelle Thanks for hosting! 12mo
Kimzey I just read this for my book club, otherwise, I might have bailed. It was well-researched and mildly interesting to me, but I didn‘t love it. It helped that one of our group is a medievalist and could provide additional context for our discussion. 3mo
mrp27 @Kimzey It definitely would have helped to have read this with some who had medieval insight! 3mo
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Librarybelle
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It‘s time for the #LiteraryCrew #BuddyRead discussion! I have posted discussion questions…you can find them on my feed, the book‘s feed, and searching for #LiteraryCrew . Please share any additional thoughts and comments below!

March‘s title is Black Cake by Charmaine Wilkerson. If you wish to be tagged for next month, and were not tagged in the prior Black Cake post, let me know!

BethM I was not in the right headspace to get into this one, but I‘m keeping it on my tbr bc it reminds me of that other pre-medieval book we read and I loved that one. I‘m probably going to skip march- I need a little bit of lightheartedness right now. 12mo
Librarybelle @BethM Okay! I‘ll check in with you for April about halfway through March! 12mo
BethM Thanks! 12mo
Sparklemn I'd love to participate in the discussion of the Matrix. I read it last year. Need to wrap it up for the day but look forward to reading your discussion questions and sharing my thoughts tomorrow! 12mo
Librarybelle That would be awesome, @Sparklemn ! You are more than welcome to contribute! 12mo
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Librarybelle
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7. What does the ending of the novel say about ambition, the value of art, and leadership? What is the legacy of Marie of France? ~from Penguin Random House discussion guide #LiteraryCrew #BuddyRead

Sargar114 I will say I literally gasped when her memoirs got thrown in the fireplace, so that says something about how well it was written. However it seems that the message may be regardless of how far we rise power can be fleeting. Despite all her accomplishments, once Marie was dead it seemed the abbey was going to go back to its old ways. 12mo
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Librarybelle
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6. When Marie presents her idea for the labyrinth to the women she trusts, Wulfhild alone is unsupportive. Marie asks if Wulfhild does not love her and Wulfhild replies that she loves her enough to tell her that her plan is foolish. What kinds of love exist in Matrix? What is the relationship between love and devotion? ~from Penguin Random House discussion guide #LiteraryCrew #BuddyRead

mrp27 I didn‘t expect to find so many types of love in this book but there were several. Marie‘s maternal love for her nuns, some romantic love between Nest and Beatrix, and of course Marie‘s unrequited love for Eleanor. 12mo
Sargar114 @mrp27 There was also her first and last love of Celeste. 12mo
Sargar114 I like that Wulfhild expressed her concerns and agree that it showed her true devotion to Marie that she would willing to say as much 12mo
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Librarybelle
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5. Marie becomes the most powerful figure at the abbey—yet she was ordered there by the queen. She is at once the most powerful and essentially powerless. How does Marie‘s understanding of power shift during her time at the abbey? What people or forces complicate her understanding? How does she feel about her own power after she begins having visions? ~from Penguin Random House discussion guide #LiteraryCrew #BuddyRead

Sargar114 The power dynamic is such an interesting way to look at this story. It seems she is incredibly resentful when she goes to the abbey and almost can‘t let go of that and becomes obsessed with maintaining the power once she obtains it. 12mo
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Librarybelle
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4. One of the most significant changes Marie makes at the abbey involves shifting how the nuns do their work. Consider how Marie‘s attitude toward work shapes life at the abbey, and what kind of change it allows for the community. How does it compare with modern views of work? What are the benefits or drawbacks of the change, as seen in the book? ~adapted from Penguin Random House discussion guide #LiteraryCrew #BuddyRead

mrp27 Marie approaches work logically and puts the best skilled people in positions that suits their skills thus allowing the abbey to gain wealth, power and respect in the community although she has to fake poverty so others won‘t take their fortune by force or tax them too high. All still themes in todays corporations and politics. 12mo
mrp27 Forgot to mention the wealth of the abbey also provides for the community. 12mo
Jerdencon One of the things I liked best about this book was how she revived the abbey and made it self sustainable. 12mo
Sargar114 @mrp27 @Jerdencon I liked her practicality and efficiency. I agree she was the reason the abbey had any kind of wealth and success 12mo
Sparklemn @mrp27 So true about Marie putting the people with the right skills into positions that suit their skills. Managers who figure this out are rare gems in my corporate experience! 12mo
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Librarybelle
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3. Marie has a complex relationship with Queen Eleanor. How does her relationship with the queen change over the course of the book? Her feelings about Queen Eleanor are described as “terrible love.” Do you see the obsession as mutual? To what degree do these feelings shape Marie‘s ambitions for herself? For the abbey? ~adapted from Penguin Random House discussion guide #LiteraryCrew #BuddyRead

Sargar114 It felt like her relationship with Elanor benefit from separation. People always seem better in our memory especially with the passage of time. 12mo
Sparklemn Definitely a mutual obsession. I read it as Marie's obsession with Eleanor ebbed over time while Eleanor's with Marie grew. At the same time, I feel like Marie as a person grew stronger while Eleanor decomposed. (edited) 12mo
mcctrish I think Marie‘s obsession with Eleanor was always there ( cue Bryan Adam‘s Everything I do, I do it for you 🎶) and that obsessed is probably why Eleanor sent her away but all of the things she did to prove her worth to Eleanor eventually made her intriguing to Eleanor 12mo
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Librarybelle
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2. Matrix takes place in a twelfth-century abbey and explores the life of a powerful and singular figure, Marie of France, set against a rapidly changing world order. What themes in the book resonated with you as you think about the modern-day challenges we face as a society? ~from Penguin Random House discussion guide #LiteraryCrew #BuddyRead

mrp27 I had no idea Marie of France was even a real person. Wish it read more as her story than as a tale told about her. Made it hard to connect with her. There was some interesting tid bits about abbey life but mostly I liked how Marie made the abbey self sufficient with their own female power of strength and mind. I liked the feminist bent and how she educated some of the young girls. 12mo
Sargar114 The importance based on physical appearance and the feminist themes still ring true. I too liked the things she did for the Abbey and the young women @mrp27 However, Marie herself wasn‘t a terribly likeable character. I had no idea it was based on a real person 12mo
Sparklemn For some reason, I've become much more aware of chauvinism in pop culture lately. Just re-watched the West Wing and can't believe I'd never noticed the constant mansplaining. Blech. So when I was reading the Matrix, it was so refreshing to read about society of women. No mansplaining in the abbey! 12mo
mcctrish @Sparklemn I enjoyed that grrrl power vibe too. I found the workings of the Abbey and all the problem solving to be so interesting 12mo
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Librarybelle
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1. Why do you think Groff chose “Matrix“ as the title?

Libro Maniancs cites this quote: “without the womb of Eve, which is the House of Death, there could be no womb of Mary, which is the House of Life. Without the first matrix, there could be no salvatrix, the greatest matrix of all.“ “Matrix“ is an archaic term for womb, or point of origin or grid or a casting mold. ~adapted from Libro Maniacs website #LiteraryCrew #BuddyRead

mrp27 When I first started reading this book I had to look up what Matrix even meant and to be totally honest I‘m not entirely sure of what I read but this is the one part, the few couple of sentences in the whole book that resonated with me. 12mo
Sargar114 I first thought of the movie 🙈, then I thought it referenced the labyrinth, then I thought it was a reference to the journal she kept…but the definition provided makes so much more sense 12mo
Jerdencon @Sargar114 I kept thinking of the movie too - but I like your explanation. 12mo
Sparklemn I had no idea what it meant. thanks for sharing the quote! 12mo
mcctrish Honestly I thought matrix like a mother superior and -ix words played into it 12mo
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lauraisntwilder
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This was well-written, just not really my thing. I liked some of the characters and the feminist bent, but the time period isn't one I know much about.

This was my #doublespin for February.

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PurpleyPumpkin
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Started reading February‘s pick for the #LiteraryCrew #BuddyRead today while enjoying a vanilla matcha latte. It‘s an interesting story so far! Hoping to finish before the end of the month. 😅
(February 25, 2023)

Librarybelle Yay!!! 12mo
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Librarybelle
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Check in time for #LiteraryCrew #BuddyRead …in the blink of an eye, we‘re a week away from the discussion! I know some of us have finished, while others have started to read (I plan to start this week). Any thoughts to share with the group so far?

julieclair Just started, but loving it! 12mo
mrp27 I‘ve been reading it on and off, it‘s been slow going for me. 12mo
Jerdencon I started but need to catch up! 12mo
Librarybelle I‘ve seen mixed reviews about this one - I plan to start this in the next couple of days! @julieclair @mrp27 @Jerdencon 12mo
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Sargar114
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Panpan

I‘m not terribly certain what I listened to, maybe audio isn‘t the preferred format, but this one wasn‘t for me. At times beautiful language and definitely food for thought which will probably make it a good discussion piece for #literarycrew.

Librarybelle I plan to start this next week! 12mo
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LitsyEvents
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Repost for @Librarybelle

February‘s #LiteraryCrew #BuddyRead!
Read at your own pace, and discussion will take place on the 28th.

See original post at https://www.litsy.com/web/post/2544082

BookLineNSinker Please add me to the tag list for this! I'd love to join in! 13mo
Librarybelle Wonderful, @BookLineNSinker ! I‘ll add you to the list! 13mo
Librarybelle Thanks for reposting, @LitsyEvents ! 13mo
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Librarybelle
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Yesterday kicked off this month‘s #LiteraryCrew #BuddyRead ! Happy reading to everyone joining in this month. Tagging those who have already indicated to be on the tag list for this month; if you would also like to be included, comment below!

Read at your own pace, and discussion will take place on the 28th.

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kspenmoll
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Anticipated February buddy reads:
Revelations #nunlit
Matrix #literarycrew
Who‘s Body? #goldenagecrimeclub
Dearest Josephine #sundaybuddyread
Murder with Fried Chicken and Waffles #diversecozy2023

Librarybelle Yay! 13mo
TheBookHippie ♥️ Yay!!! 13mo
jlhammar I‘m planning to get a start on Revelations this weekend. Looking forward to it and the Sayers. And Matrix is really good - hope you enjoy! 13mo
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mcctrish
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It‘s 1158 and 17 yr old Marie is thrown out of French court by the queen and sent to a nunnery. Marie is a bastard of royal blood but wouldn‘t marry well because she is ugly and a giant! The nunnery is decrepit and everyone in it is dead or close to it. Matrix is the story of Marie and how she creates a safe haven for women. This reads like a true story, it would be pretty cool if it was

Megabooks I think it is based on a real person‘s life. Can‘t remember who though… 13mo
mcctrish @Megabooks I thought it was going to be about Joan of Arc 😆 I think it‘s sort of true but more fantastical 🤷🏻‍♀️ but I‘m curious if there is a real Marie out there ( she‘s fierce) 13mo
Megabooks It was based on Marie de France. I had to look it up! https://www.npr.org/2021/09/06/1031907772/matrix-lauren-groff-book-review 13mo
mcctrish Oh @Megabooks that‘s so interesting, thx for the link 13mo
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mcctrish
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More car reading and enjoying my blue nails 💙 as one does 🤣🤣 I am thoroughly enjoying Matrix

ShelleyBooksie Gorgeous nails 13mo
merelybookish I loved this book! 13mo
wanderinglynn Love the color! 💙 13mo
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dabbe No Pantones needed here! Stunning coordinating colors! 💙💛💙 13mo
mcctrish Thank you @ShelleyBooksie @wanderinglynn @dabbe I‘m hitting the winter blues on the head these nails 🤣 13mo
mcctrish @merelybookish I read her Fates & Furies ages ago (and was so pumped to read it ) and was so mixed about it, loved some parts, could not bear others. This one had me from the first page ❤️❤️❤️ 13mo
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mcctrish
Matrix | Lauren Groff
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Getting a jump on February #literarycrew

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LitsyEvents
Matrix | Lauren Groff
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Repost for @Librarybelle

February‘s #LiteraryCrew #BuddyRead is a trip back in time to the 12th century.

We‘re a low key buddy read - read at your own pace during the month, and I will post periodic check ins. Discussion questions posted at the end of the month.

Tagging those who have expressed prior interest in this title. All are welcome to join - comment on original post to join in

Librarybelle Thanks for reposting! 13mo
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Librarybelle
Matrix | Lauren Groff
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February‘s #LiteraryCrew #BuddyRead is a trip back in time to the 12th century.

We‘re a low key buddy read - read at your own pace during the month, and I will post periodic check ins. Discussion questions posted at the end of the month.

Tagging those who have expressed prior interest in this title. All are welcome to join - comment below, and I will add you to the tag list!

Librarybelle @PurpleyPumpkin @Cinfhen - do you plan to read along in February? 13mo
mcctrish I got a copy from the library 👏🏻👏🏻 13mo
Jerdencon Requesting this one now. 13mo
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Cinfhen I read this one last year! Excellent choice 13mo
SamAnne Will join! 13mo
MoonWitch94 I am in! 13mo
mrp27 Hoping to get a copy from the library and then I‘ll be in! 13mo
Librarybelle I think it looks really good, @Cinfhen ! 13mo
kspenmoll I‘m in! 13mo
Librarybelle Awesome, @kspenmoll ! 13mo
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Singout
Matrix | Lauren Groff

Does anyone have recs for #audiobooks that are good to fall asleep to?

I‘m not looking for books or podcasts for inducing sleep, just ones that don‘t demand my full concentration to understand them (but aren‘t empty) and don‘t have a lot of drama. Sometimes I drift off and am awakened by something an angry character is saying.

Also, of course, a good narrator! A couple of examples are Braiding Sweetgrass and the Three Pines mysteries.

CuriousG I enjoyed The Year of Living Danishly and have put it on to fall asleep to, although sometimes I wake my husband up if I start to chuckle. Lol 14mo
Singout Thanks! Unfortunately it‘s not an audiobook in my library. I think one of my #AuldLangSpyne books from @TheBookHippie will work well: 14mo
TheBookHippie @Singout Oh I bet that will work! I have used cookbooks on audio! Ha. 14mo
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