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A Tale for the Time Being
A Tale for the Time Being: A Novel | Ruth Ozeki
A brilliant, unforgettable novel from bestselling author Ruth Ozekishortlisted for the Booker Prize and the National Book Critics Circle AwardA?time being is someone who lives in time, and that means you, and me, and every one of us who is, or was, or ever will be.In Tokyo, sixteen-year-old Nao has decided theres only one escape from her aching loneliness and her classmates bullying. But before she ends it all, Nao first plans to document the life of her great grandmother, a Buddhist nun whos lived more than a century. A diary is Naos only solaceand will touch lives in ways she can scarcely imagine.Across the Pacific, we meet Ruth, a novelist living on a remote island who discovers a collection of artifacts washed ashore in a Hello Kitty lunchboxpossibly debris from the devastating 2011 tsunami. As the mystery of its contents unfolds, Ruth is pulled into the past, into Naos drama and her unknown fate, and forward into her own future.Full of Ozekis signature humor and deeply engaged with the relationship between writer and reader, past and present, fact and fiction, quantum physics, history, and myth, A Tale for the Time Being is a brilliantly inventive, beguiling story of our shared humanity and the search for home.
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Billypar
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Hi! My name is Nao, and I am a time being. Do you know what a time being is? Well, if you give me a moment, I will tell you.
Reading those opening lines in the book store, I imagined they were spoken by a cheerful alien rather than a suicidal teenager. But their immediacy struck me, and Nao's narrative has an urgency that compels us, just as it does for the fictional Ruth Ozeki who reads it. Magical in spite of large helpings of death and misery.

DivineDiana This was a strange book. At times, it was disturbing. Many layers. Connections. Miraculous. 2h
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keepingupwiththepenguins
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A Tale For The Time Being would be a great pick for fans of Mieko Kawakami, though Ozeki‘s prose is a little more smooth and inviting, a little less edgy and devastating. I was so thrilled to discover that the story lived up to the high, high expectations the blurb had set. Full review: https://keepingupwiththepenguins.com/a-tale-for-the-time-being-ruth-ozeki/

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jenniferw88
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Don't think I'm going to complete any more books this month, so here's my #readingbracket2022 for June. May's book won overall as I know I'm going to read more in the series but am unsure whether I'll reread the tagged.

slategreyskies I loved The Priory of the Orange Tree! 🍊 💕 2mo
jenniferw88 @slategreyskies I wouldn't be surprised if it wins overall - I think I'm still in book hangover mood from it! 2mo
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jenniferw88
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Oryx I loved this one too 2mo
Cortg Nice! 2mo
Cinfhen This book is so universally loved, but I couldn‘t get into it. 2mo
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Cosmos_Moon I love this book! Never saw this cover. 2mo
Lindy @Cinfhen It happens to all of us. Sometimes I can tell that it‘s just the wrong time for me to be reading a particular book, usually to do with my mood and external things in my life. But when that happens, I don‘t tend to return to the book later to try it again. 🤷‍♀️ 2mo
Cinfhen So true @Lindy 💕 2mo
squirrelbrain I have this on my shelf to read…. 2mo
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haudgepaudge
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Slow starting, but really enjoying this one. Anyone else read it and have some non-spoiler thoughts? 😊

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PezFilledCookies
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“We‘re nothing,” she said, wiping her eyes. “We‘re barely here at all.”

“Yes,” Oliver said. “Isn‘t it great?”
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#Bookstagram #CurrentlyReading #ATaleForTheTimeBeing #RuthOzeki #SummerRead #Fiction #ExistentialCrisis

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Megabooks
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I‘m an Ozeki believer! While I‘m not a fan of world building, I‘ve been enjoying magical realism lately. She writes characters you want to invest in that are grounded in our world.

Ruth lives in a remote town on Vancouver Island. She finds a plastic bag washed up on shore that contains Japanese teenager‘s diary plus old papers in Japanese and French. As she reads them, Ruth becomes invested in Nao‘s diary and problems. Both Ruth and Nao narrate.

KCofKaysville @Megabooks I've got a copy from a free little library, but am waffling about whether to read it. I'm not really into magic realism. 3mo
Megabooks @KCofKaysville like I said, there‘s no world building. It‘s more literary fiction with a bit of magical realism thrown in. If you like literary fiction or historical fiction, I‘d give it a shot! 3mo
EvieBee This one‘s one of my faves, Meg! Glad you liked it. 3mo
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KCofKaysville @Megabooks I'll give it a shot. It's in my TBR
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jlhammar I loved this book. Pretty photo! 3mo
BarbaraBB I enjoyed this one too. 3mo
Hooked_on_books I keep meaning to get to this one. The Maritime Museum in Astoria, OR has a fishing boat that washed up after the tsunami. They had a whole video about tracking the family and returning some items from the boat to them that the put in their shrine. It‘s really emotional. The fisherman survived the disaster, but his daughter was lost in it. 3mo
Megabooks @jlhammar thank you! So glad I read it. 3mo
Megabooks @BarbaraBB I can see you liking this one. 😀💜 3mo
Megabooks @EvieBee oh fantastic! I‘m glad I did too! 😀👍🏻 3mo
Megabooks @Hooked_on_books I think you‘d enjoy it. Wow, that‘s really interesting re: museum. So much devastation with the tsunami. 3mo
BarbaraBB Beautiful pic too by the way! 3mo
Megabooks @BarbaraBB thanks! 😘 3mo
Centique I tried this once and bailed (just me not the book) so I must pick it up again. So many people I know love it. I am really into magic realism, so that wasn‘t the problem… I think maybe the difficulties the girl in Tokyo was facing caused me some dread. 3mo
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Marialou
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The cover does not match the book!

This was extremely hard going and upsetting at times; one of the lead characters goes through an awful lot including explicitly described horrific bullying.

The ending is also quite confusing and ambiguous.

It is beautifully written and an interesting premise and construction but not what I would call an ‘enjoyable‘ read.

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KristiAhlers
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Oh how I enjoyed this book. I started it yesterday while doing laundry. I stayed up way later than I should‘ve as I couldn‘t put it down this is my first time reading this author and it won‘t be my last. This made me laugh, smile and tear up. So very good. #readinchallenge2022

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Nikki_E
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I tried o get into this a few times before and finally this time it stuck. I go so invested, and now I want to go back and read the physical copy.

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Professional_Book_Dragon
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My April Bingo! High hopes for this month! Maybe I can accomplish it!

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SanjanaGhosh
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Julsmarshall
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Such a strange, whimsical, thoughtful, meditation in book form. Written from two perspectives, a teen living in Japan and an author living on a remote Canadian island a decade-ish apart, this exploration of time and space is a bit woo-woo at times but interesting and highly readable. I‘ve had this on my bookshelf for years and am so happy to have finally read it. #BookspinBingo @TheAromaofBooks #Roll100 @PuddleJumper #19822022 #2013

PuddleJumper Wahoo! 6mo
TheAromaofBooks Yay!! 6mo
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Cosmos_Moon
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Looks like a good list from the Atlantic. I'll have to check some more of these out! Have read two, so a few more to read! https://www.theatlantic.com/books/archive/2022/01/critically-acclaimed-books-atw...

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Branwen
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Feeling better but still not great, on my 8th (or is it 9th?! 🤔) day of covid. With a few more restful days (and lots of tea, books, and kitty cuddles!) I can see myself being ready to face the world again hopefully by Monday. Been reading the tagged book (which was a gift from @DaveGreen7777 ! Thanks Dave!) and I have to say that Ruth Ozeki is quickly becoming a much beloved author for me. This book is wonderful. 💕📚 #catsoflitsy #rumpel

DinoMom Kitty cuddles are the best medicine. Feel better soon. 7mo
Smrloomis Sorry to hear you‘re sick and hope you feel better very soon 🤞🏽 That adorable fluff ball should help 😻 7mo
squirrelbrain Get well soon! 7mo
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Catsandbooks Kitty cuddles make everything better!! Hope you feel better soon! 7mo
TrishB Get well soon! I‘m on my 5th day! 7mo
Bookwormjillk Get well soon! 7mo
jlhammar Take care. Hope you're feeling better soon. Loved A Tale for the Time Being! 7mo
DaveGreen7777 Glad you‘re enjoying this book! 😀 7mo
Branwen @DinoMom @Catsandbooks @Smrloomis Thanks, friends! Kitty cuddles have healing powers! ❤ @DaveGreen7777 It's seriously amazing! 😲💕 @jlhammar Thank you so much! I am loving this book so much right now! I've got about 100 pages left! Have you read her newest book? @Bookwormjillk @squirrelbrain Thanks so much, friends! 💕 @TrishB Oh no! How are you holding up? I didn't really start feeling better until day 10! 7mo
TrishB I‘m ok 👍🏻 still a bit of a cough but getting there. 7mo
jlhammar Planning to start The Book of Form and Emptiness this weekend! 7mo
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sarahbellum
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#12booksof2021

I started keeping track of my read books and TBR in high school and, as a result, I have a very long TBR list on GR. Midyear, I began sorting that list by highest GR rating to help me uncover some hidden gems and, in #July, I discovered this one. I had forgotten how much I love epistolary works. I learned so much about Japanese culture, Buddhism, quantum physics. A very ambitious novel that very nearly pulls it all off

@Andrew65

Andrew65 Looks interesting. 7mo
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Branwen
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I think the most important thing to decide when going on a trip is what books to pack! 💕📚 I'm leaving tomorrow to head to NJ to visit family for Christmas (and also to get married!) so I need some new friends as well as a few comfort reads; Neverwhere, Jade City, Aristotle & Dante, Eon, No Gods No Monsters, and the tagged book! Rumpel helped me pick them out! 😹 I also brought my Jolabokaflod packages to open on Xmas eve! 🎁 #catsoflitsy #rumpel

Karisa Congratulations on your upcoming wedding! 🎉🥂☃️ 8mo
LiteraryinLawrence Congratulations! 8mo
vivastory Congrats 👏🎉🍾 8mo
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Ruthiella I love how many books you‘ve packed! I‘m sure your wedding will be lovely. Congratulations again. ❤️ (edited) 8mo
TrishB Hope all goes well ♥️ 8mo
MaureenMc Good luck and Godspeed! 😊💗 8mo
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Mitch
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Just incase you‘re in need of a source of even more fab books to fill your life with !

https://ideas.ted.com/your-holiday-reading-list-58-books-recommended-by-ted-spea...

Crazeedi Oh my!! Thanks for adding to my never ending list!! 😉❤ any you think look especially good?? 8mo
Mitch @Crazeedi I‘ve not read the tagged book and it sounds intriguing! 8mo
RaeLovesToRead I want to read all of these books now 😵 8mo
Mitch @RaeLovesToRead soo many good books! 8mo
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DivineDiana
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Beautifully written, thought provoking book. Dual stories that ultimately connect. A Japanese family leaves California after the father loses his job in the tech industry and moves to Tokyo.The 16 year old daughter, Nao, is bullied and hangs out in a French Maid cafe. Ruth, a writer living on a remote island in the Pacific Northwest finds a journal which connects her to Nao. Human connections, Zen Buddhism, and quantum mechanics,Japanese culture.

DivineDiana I do want to point out that the chapters about suicide, the bullying of Nao, and her sex work in the French Maid cafe were disturbing. (edited) 11mo
EvieBee I agree. Tough at times. This is still one of my favorite books, though! It was the gift that kept giving. So many gems! 11mo
DivineDiana Yes, so many gems! I alternated my experience by listening to the audio (read by the author) and reading the physical book. To my surprise, at the end of the audio, Ruth explains the benefits of both versions. 11mo
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Schlinkles
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I'm definitely late to the party, finally reading this now. It's hard to think of what to say about this book that so seamlessly entangles fiction and nonfiction, philosophy and physics, life and death. This was a book so unlike anything I've read before. It was challenging and enchanting.I'm not sure I've encountered a book that has such beautiful moments set against such disturbing descriptions of bullying and suicide.

Suet624 You‘re exactly right. About everything. I loved and will always remember many passages of this book. 11mo
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DivineDiana
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New audiobook. I watched an online authors‘ talk, and Ruth Ozeki was on the panel. She read from her new book, and I was transported. I remembered that I had this earlier book on my TBR shelves. Her gentle voice influenced me to move it up on my list. I am alternating between the physical book and the audio.

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lucifare
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I was so excited when I checked my mail this morning! Thank you so much for the birthday package @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego
I am always thankful for your letters and your thoughtful gifts! I can‘t wait to get started on this book and enjoy some chocolate 😁☺️

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego 🎉🎂🎉🎂 Happy Belated 🎂🎉🎂🎉 12mo
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ReadingEnvy
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This is a reread for me, for the summer Tournament of Favorites for the Tournament of Books. I originally read this as an egalley in May 2013, for the ToB that year, and rated it pretty low. I thought the author was trying to throw too much into the book, and it included one of my pet peeves - literary fiction attempting to use big ideas from quantum physics.↘️

ReadingEnvy Here from 2021, where I listened to the audio read by the author, I'm a different person with more grief experiences as well as someone who has a meditation practice, and I found myself enjoying the novel more. The PNW setting, the author/narrator combination, the connection between the narratives, the cultural differences, the Buddhism, good. I still don't think the ending needed to go where it did, and again, the quantum physics, eh. 1y
Suet624 I‘m glad you reread it. I really liked this one. 1y
Hooked_on_books Isn‘t that amazing how much our life situation impacts our response to a book? I‘ve enjoyed it disliked books at times and known for sure if I read them at a different time my response would be different. I love that interplay. 1y
ReadingEnvy @Suet624 it was much better this time around. But Ozeki might say I changed the book since I came to it changed. ;) 1y
ReadingEnvy @Hooked_on_books I try to leave space for that truth when I bail on a book, like maybe it's just not the right time for me. 1y
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alison.ogreid
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I read this book a few years ago and didn‘t love it. I don‘t know if it‘s because I‘ve recently rewatched the Back to the Future series or because I‘ve studied literature since then, but this book BLEW ME AWAY on my second reading.

There is a self awareness and reflexivity in the novel that encourage certain feelings (motherly feelings, engagement with the characters, falling into the world of the main characters). A top notch novel!

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xicanti
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I baked chocolate buns while I finished rereading A TALE FOR THE TIME BEING. It‘s a glorious, sometimes cruel blend of daily struggles, Buddhism, and quantum physics, and I‘m so damned glad I revisited it.

I‘m glad I went for the audio this time, too. Ozeki narrates it herself, and as she points out, her interpretation of the characters and the audiobook‘s lack of notes and illustrations highlight different dimensions of the story. #audiobaking

Amiable I loved that book-- I didn't expect to enjoy it as much as I did! 1y
Charityann These look delicious!😊 1y
xicanti @Amiable it‘s good in such unexpected ways! 1y
xicanti @Charityann I just ate one and it was everything I hoped it would be. 1y
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xicanti
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I started rereading A TALE FOR THE TIME BEING on an 8-mile #audiowalk that took me to some new parts of the Rapid Transit path. I forgot how much I love this book.

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BkClubCare
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Next eBook and next up for #TOBfavorites #ToBToF2021

BarbaraBB I read this one earlier this year. It‘s good! 1y
BkClubCare @BarbaraBB - yay! I know NOTHING what it is about. My favorite way to start a book. 👍 1y
Billypar I know nothing about it either but recently bought it on the strength of the opening sentence. 1y
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BarbaraBB
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The time being is deep time, as opposed to linear, chronological time. It‘s a kind of eternal present. A time being is also a being who lives in time, who is alive, and will therefore die. 
This leads to different storylines, and a mix of history, contemporary fiction and magical realism. It could have been too much but Ozeki knows how to bring it all together into a wonderful story of coming of age, love, and war in Japan.

A wonderful gift! ❤️

TrishB Great review 👍🏻 2y
squirrelbrain Great review - sounds intriguing! 2y
BookishTrish So glad you liked it! Beautiful photo! 2y
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BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain Thanks for your wonderful email! I‘ll reply soon 🤍. And I know you‘ve got this book too. It is a real engaging and well written book, I hope you will get to it soon! (edited) 2y
BarbaraBB @BookishTrish Really! The next one I‘ve lined up for February ❤️ 2y
squirrelbrain I hope to read it soon Barbara... I look forward to hearing from you soon too. 😘 2y
Madelpadel Now it‘s my turn to tell you this is a gorgeous photo!! 🤩 2y
BarbaraBB @Madelpadel Thank you Madeline 💚 2y
youneverarrived You take the best photos 😍 this is on my tbr! 2y
BarbaraBB @youneverarrived Thanks 🙏 Your kind of book! 2y
KVanRead This is a real favorite of mine. So glad you liked it. 2y
BarbaraBB @KVanRead I was glad too I finally read it. I waited far too long! 2y
emilyhaldi You always have a new fun backdrop 😍 2y
BarbaraBB @emilyhaldi I keep trying though I‘m mostly at home these days 😉 2y
Kalalalatja Great review! 2y
Megabooks I agree with @emilyhaldi ! Always such interesting places. 2y
Lindy Nice review! I loved this book. 2y
BarbaraBB @Megabooks Thanks! For work I went by train to a town close to where I live. There was a very old railway station 😀 2y
Megabooks Cool!! 2y
Cinfhen Beautiful photo / review ♥️I tried this book years ago but I couldn‘t get into it...maybe I‘ll try again 2y
Centique @Cinfhen me too... I know lots of friends have loved it though so I must try again 2y
Cinfhen Oh wow @Centique we‘re on the same page 💜💜💜 2y
4thhouseontheleft Great review! 2y
Suet624 Such a good book. It might even be worth a reread. The kamikaze pilot really got me. 2y
BarbaraBB @Suet624 His story is so wonderful 💔 (edited) 2y
KCofKaysville Found a copy at a little free library and wondered about it. 1y
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BarbaraBB
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“Sometimes when she told stories about the past her eyes would get teary from all the memories she had, but they weren't tears. She wasn't crying. They were just the memories, leaking out.”

TrishB Beautiful ❤️ 2y
youneverarrived 🖤🖤 2y
squirrelbrain Lovely - looking forward to this one..... 2y
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Megabooks 💜💜 2y
Suet624 Oh my gosh, are you reading this now? I LOVE this book. 2y
BarbaraBB @Suet624 I am and am enjoying it a lot too. Wonderful storytelling 🤍 2y
readordierachel Oh, that's lovely! 2y
Caryl Ooh, I love this book. Enjoy! 💕 2y
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Cosmos_Moon
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1. Played track and cross country high school-college, coached at various levels. Also, grew up in a 🏈 football town... Green Bay! Now my sons are my favorite athletes.
2. It‘s almost the weekend and I‘m early voting soon 🗳😇

#ThankfulThursday
Who‘d like to join in this week?

AmyG Thanks for the tag! 2y
eeclayton Thanks for the tag! 2y
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LiteraryinLawrence
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Hi #GroupO! Here are 3 books I‘ve been meaning to read. I‘m tagging them so you can see the descriptions. If none of these spark your interest, there are certainly others! 😋

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shellleigh33 These are great picks. I have read The Language of Flowers ❤️❤️ (one of my favorite books) but I would be willing to read it again. The Giver of Stars would be my first choice between the other two but both are on my TBR list 2y
sharread I'm open to anyone they all look great. 2y
BennettBookworm I agree, I‘ve been meaning to read a Jojo Moyes for a while so that‘s my first choice! But open to any! 2y
LiteraryinLawrence Cool, let‘s go with the Moyes! And I will be sure to read Flowers on my own (glad to hear you loved it, Michelle!). ☺️ @shellleigh33 @BennettBookworm @sharread 2y
Kempii I‘ll be curious to hear what you think of the Ozeki book. I loved the beginning and felt mixed about it by the end. 2y
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StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego
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My last read for September. Definitely a book you savour, and not rush through.

melissajayne Thanks for the heads up 2y
squirrelbrain 😁👍 2y
Oryx Love this book 2y
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squirrelbrain
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Thank you so much for the lovely gift Katie! @youneverarrived I love the sparkly card too!

You really didn‘t need to think of me when you‘ve got so much going on but I‘m so grateful that you did.

I shall send you a little note soon - how is the bubba doing? He must be getting big now!

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Cute card! I'm reading that rn. It's very good. Enjoy. 2y
KVanRead Loved this one! 2y
squirrelbrain Oh thank you @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego @KVanRead - I‘ve seen some fab reviews here on Litsy so I‘m really looking forward to it! 2y
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youneverarrived No worries I hope you enjoy it 💕 he‘s 6 months next week, it‘s gone so quick. 2y
Oryx This is a great book - one of my favourites 2y
squirrelbrain 6 months already?! @youneverarrived I can‘t believe it.... 2y
squirrelbrain Good to know @Oryx -I‘m sure I‘ll love it too then! 2y
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shadowspeak17
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#3books that gave me a book hangover

I‘m actually not confident that I‘ve ever had a book hangover, but I think these three got me pretty close to one.

OriginalCyn620 📚👍🏻📚 2y
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Rissreads
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This was a fantastic story about a teenage girls diary from Japan washing up on a Canadian island and being found by a writer. Other characters are a 104 yr old Zen Buddhist nun and a kamikaze pilot from WW2. Who doesn‘t love the intrigue of a story like a message in a bottle?
#bookspin @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2y
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Bookboss
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I adored this story of a couple in Canada that finds a Hello Kitty lunchbox washed up on shore. Inside is the journal of a teenager from Japan. The perspective alternates between the couple and the teenager, and both perspectives are riveting. I also loved that the couples‘ cat gets the attention that pets in stories deserve.

Suet624 I love seeing this book pop up on Litsy every now and again. There is so much in this book that i loved. 2y
rubyslippersreads Great photo! 2y
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StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego
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rachaich Loved the tagged book 😍😍 2y
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tiarabooks
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Mehso-so

Finally read A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki. This has been on my TBR since 2016 😂 (is it just me or am I normal). Unfortunately, this was just an okay read for me - I gave it a 3 star on goodreads. This book is a historical/contemporary fiction I would say. I love reading Nao‘s diary. The writing and description is wonderful, I‘m truly devastated with what she has been through. However, Ruth part is just boring and monotonous.

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Emilymdxn
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#friyayintro @4thhouseontheleft @howjessreads

1. Too Damn Hot. We are significantly over the melting temperature of English people

2. My parents hate camping so I‘ve never really done it in my life at all. I‘d be up for giving it a go! One of my bucket list dreams is to stay in a cabin in a US national park and see stars, trees, mountains and (from a safe distance) bears.

3. I keep going on about this book but I‘m so obsessed!

Emilymdxn 4. Up early, large quantities of cheap strong black coffee, pancakes made by someone else, a good book or crisp magazine, and big plans to look forward to that evening... 2y
TheAromaofBooks I saw my first wild bear last year and I was SO EXCITED - it was just a cub, and we saw it from the car, which is, I think, the best way to see wild bears! 😂 2y
Sharpeipup Which National Park are you thinking? 2y
Soozee Crazy hot in UK on Friday. I hid in the house. Lots of folk went to the beach and not a lot of social distancing going on there! 2y
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Emilymdxn
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That‘s me done for #booked2020 spring! I enjoyed reading all these books and got an incredible range in there I think.

Makes you lol: Ayoade on Ayoade
Parent & child memoir: In Pieces
Tartan noir: Knots and Crosses
About Genocide: Superior: The Return of Race Science
Pan Asian author: A Tale for the Time Being
Animal on cover: Rabbits for Food

@Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraTheBibliophage

Cinfhen Woohoo 🎉 Fabulous pick of books🙌🏻 This is your #Official SecondQuarterEntry #Booked2020 #Spring 🌈🌻💚📚😊 2y
BarbaraBB Oh, I should have chosen A Tale for the Time Being as well. It has been on my shelves for ever and I didn‘t think of it. 2y
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Emilymdxn
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Welcome to #integrateyourshelf! We‘re rly excited to start together! For Week 1 we‘re reflecting on what we‘ve read so far this year. No judgement at all - my stats are definitely not exemplary.

So far in 2020 I‘ve read 167 books

25 Black authors (15%)
2 indigenous authors (1%)
17 NBPOC authors (10%)
14 LGBTQIA+ authors (8%)

Lots of work for me to do clearly and I‘m excited to get started.

Tag me and @ChasingOm in your posts!

Amandajoy These aren‘t stats I normally track, mostly because I‘m lazy, but I feel it may be a good time to start! 2y
Emilymdxn @Amandajoy I found it really interesting when I started tracking it as the numbers were very different (and less impressive!) than I had expected/hoped. I made a spreadsheet to count up what I‘ve read so far this year and it only took a few mins. I hope that being conscious of the numbers rather than my biased viewpoint will mean the numbers look different at the end of the year! 2y
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Liz_M I saw an earlier post about counting one's bookshelves and am looking for advice, since I got stuck in the A's. How does one determine POC? Obviously I shouldn't look at a photo and decide for myself, so what criteria should be used? Wikipedia may not be accurate....

Also, is POC any non-white perspective (Kobo Abe , for example)? Or does one focus on POCs that are minorities in their country/culture (Kazuo Ishiguro)? Is Isabel Allende POC?
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Emilymdxn @Liz_M I think it‘s always gonna be difficult to come up with a set of rules that define things perfectly. I interpret the numbers as being a rough count that gives an overall impression of the shape of my reading, and I personally take POC to mean someone who would be treated as an ethnic minority in my country the UK as it‘s from a UK perspective and in UK society that I‘m trying to diversify my worldview and experience. I count roughly and ⏬ 2y
Emilymdxn @Liz_M try not to focus too hard on whether the overall number is the perfect correct number or everyone is ‘sorted‘ correctly. I try to imagine if this writer or book was part of a literature syllabus in Britain would ppl think of it as a BAME perspective. Everyone doing this challenge and everyone else in the world probably counts differently as race is perceived differently in every country. 2y
ChasingOm That‘s a really good point, @Liz_M. I agree with everything Emily said. We‘re not looking to be perfect, we‘re simply looking to be aware of where we could do better! 2y
runswithscissors007 apologies to @runswithscissors.... I gave the wrong Litsy handle when I signed up for this! it's actually me. runswithscissors007. oops! 2y
KVanRead Your tagged book is one of my absolute favorites 😊 2y
Jess_Read_This I have to sit down and review what I‘ve read so far, but I know already I can do better. It will be an eye opening inventory I think for me when I compile my stats. Thank you for putting this challenge together. 2y
Liz_M @ChasingOm @Emilymdxn Thanks for the advice. I guess I just need to decide for myself how to use the tag. 🙂 2y
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Emilymdxn
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Pickpick

This was just immediately one of the best novels I‘ve ever read. Meaningful, quirky, unexpected but never pretentious. I fell in love with every character. It‘s pretty incredible when a book can be this meta but never confuse me. I‘m pretty breathless and overwhelmed with how flawless it was. Just wow, please read this while I go out and get everything else shes ever written.

ramblingsofareader love this review! you‘ve definitely convinced me - stacked 2y
hike.read.repeat I second this! I read it in 2017 and re-read earlier this year. 2y
Billypar Oooh- I'm glad I saw this. Do you have certain books that you've picked up at multiple bookstore trips, flipped through, were interested, but for whatever reason don't quite make it to the checkout? This book is one of mine...next time for sure! 2y
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Emilymdxn
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Here‘s what I managed for yesterday‘s #joysofjune readathon! I think that‘s my best total so far. I listened to a lot of Stamped From The Beginning yesterday but didn‘t quite manage to finish it, I should manage today! @Andrew65

Andrew65 Going great 👏👏👏 2y
Suet624 Ozeki 💕💕 2y
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Maude
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Yay!!! My local bookstore is open again and I got new books🤗 I have read ARCs of two already, A Tale For The Time Being, and, This Is Chance. The rest were from my overwhelming TBR list.

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Cosmos_Moon
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Last week‘s #BookHunt #ScavengerSaturday! I guess I missed it 😁 this book is set in Japan and west Canada. I would love to visit many Asian countries, and Japan just seems like it would be amazing. Especially some of the mountains and jungles in this story. Canadian wilderness sounds relaxing, too, would love to go there as well 💚

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honeydew_reader
Pickpick

As someone who struggled with suicide, I hold this book very close to my heart.

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Abailliekaras
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Annie and I reveal our top 6 isolation reading recommendations in the latest episode of Books On The Go - up now. 📚🎧

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derr.liz
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Staying home for the time being. Staying sane for the time being. Loving this book for all time!

#stayhome #shelterinplace #quarantinereads

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hike.read.repeat
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Te Araroa kilometers tramped: 2935.5 of 3005.3

Days on trail: 126

Books completed on trail: 51

I first listened to this audiobook in 2017. I remember thoroughly enjoying it so I listened again. It‘s a multifaceted story within a story type book. A teen girl from Japan, a woman on an island off Canada‘s pacific coast, and the Japanese girl‘s 104 year old great grandmother who is a nun are some of the characters. #hoopla #reread

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monalyisha
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Congratulations, @Lizpixie 🎉!
The Litsy community is so warm & generous. I love these Litfluence giveaways because they showcase that spirit from every angle.

Your #Lizpixies3x3giveaway prompt was tough! For my favorite genres/titles, I chose:

💘Literary Fiction: A Tale for the Time Being
💘Children‘s Literature: Bridge to Terabithia
💘Memoir: Priestdaddy

(I almost went with Fantasy but the competition between book titles was too fierce 🐲!)

PurpleTulipGirl Bridge to Terabithia has been a favorite for a long, long time. The relationship between Jess and Leslie is so beautifully told. (edited) 3y
monalyisha @PurpleTulipGirl Same! I have a tattoo designed after the specific flora/fauna mentioned in their woods. It broke me when I was 9 & continues to do so every few years. But it‘s also so hopeful. 💞 3y
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