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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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randomlibrarians
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Mehso-so

A Talr for the Time Being switched back and forth between the stories of Ruth, a writer in Canada, and Nao, a japanese teenager dealing with some serious bullying. I loved learning about Japanese culture through the writing/footnotes.
I love books that switch between narratives and footnotes galore, but there's a smidge too much existentialism within these pages for me to fully get it on the first try. I am going to happily re-read it!

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Nebklvr
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Panpan

This is a book of thirds. The first third of the story was incredibly boring and offputting. The second third was intriguing and actual interest in the well-being of two of the main characters transpired. The third third 😱 went completely off the rails and could have been a good time if I had felt invited along.

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emtobiasz
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I‘ve enjoyed everyone‘s #7days7covers posts so much, but coming to it as late as I am, so many of my favorites have already been shared. I thought I‘d up the difficulty a little. So here‘s Day One of my #7days7spines

erzascarletbookgasm Haha! Great idea and hashtag 👍 1mo
batsy Nice! 1mo
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kelseynicburke
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kelseynicburke
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Dorian update from Halifax: no power for 9 hours so far, but I think the worst of the weather has passed. I‘ve eaten approximately a pound of hummus and Luna loves the headlamp 👍

AmyG Hope it all ends soon! 1mo
CarolynM Thinking of you. Hope you're not too long without power. 1mo
Nebklvr Stay safe 1mo
LiteraryinLititz 💜💜 Thinking of you! 1mo
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kelseynicburke
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I‘ve got tons of snacks, a headlamp, a bag of cat food and a good book #hurricanedorian

FantasyChick I've got a stack of books, a cupboard full of snacks and wine in the fridge! Stay safe!!! 2mo
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Cosmos_Moon
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A beautiful story of existential lost and found, past and present (they are different but the same), part dual memoir, part science fiction, part spiritual journey and a dash of quantum physics. I loved this book!

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Kazzie
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Loved! So well written. Great contrast between mid aged novelist and teenage girl.

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Clare-Dragonfly
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Bailedbailed

I‘m not sure what made me pick up this book but I‘m not into it. 🤷🏻‍♀️

Squidapus Yeah, it's easily her worst book. It just... doesn't go anywhere or do anything? At the end of reading it Squidapus was just like "Okay" 3mo
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Octoberwoman
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I'll confess that when I first received this book I wasn't giddy to start it, for some reason it just didn't sound that appealing to me. But boy am I glad I did read it! It was very captivating and I loved the way it ended.

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Booknerd222
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Soooo good!! I‘m prolly 80% done

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Booknerd222
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Oh. 197

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Booknerd222
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CouronneDhiver
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Bailedbailed

Interesting premise and well-narrated but it lost me at magical realism... no thank you!

haileybean That actually makes me want to get to it sooner! I love magical realism :) 5mo
CouronneDhiver Go for it... it‘s a really decent book, but I‘m just more of a literal/realistic lady. @haileybean 5mo
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Luv2readbookz
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Currently listening to this gem and - aha the ebook is on sale on Amazon. 😁

CouronneDhiver It‘s a really good audiobook so far! (40%) Still liking it? 5mo
Luv2readbookz @CouronneDhiver - yes! Loving this book! 💕 5mo
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CouronneDhiver
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Read by the author and quite interesting so far ... 🎧

#Audiobook #Contemporary #MagicalRealism #Japan 🇯🇵

Lcsmcat Loved this! I did it as an audiobook too. 6mo
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Jas16
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Thank you so much @Kdgordon88 ! A friend of mine was raving about this book again recently and I was mentally reminding myself to move it up my TBR. You are a mind reader! I love the bookmarks so much too. I cannot thank you enough!

gradcat Is it your birthday? Such a lovely gift! 🎁 By the way, if it is your birthday, I hope you have a great one! 🎂 (edited) 7mo
Jas16 @gradcat Thank you so much! So far it has been a wonderful day. 7mo
Kdgordon88 I am so glad it arrived in time! Happy Birthday 🎂 7mo
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dragondrool Happy birthday! 7mo
Jas16 @dragondrool Thank you!!! 7mo
Suet624 Such a great book!! 6mo
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klshaw

Have you ever bullied a wave?

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abbielistenstobooks
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Enjoyable! Did not expect supernatural elements, but it worked.

PurpleyPumpkin Loved this book!👍🏽 9mo
abbielistenstobooks @Karkar I've finished and I loved it! The ending was fully satisfying. 9mo
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abbielistenstobooks
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About 75% through and really enjoying this one! Two stories are weaving together, ten years apart. From reviews, it seems the ending is... less than satisfactory? So I'm bracing myself for that.

Karkar I do not remember being disappointed in the ending. I will be interested in seeing what you think when you are done. 9mo
abbielistenstobooks @Karkar that's encouraging! I'll keep you posted. 9mo
PurpleyPumpkin I really enjoyed this book. Maybe I‘ll reread via audio one day!👍🏽 9mo
abbielistenstobooks @PurpleyPumpkin the author reads it herself! She's really great at it, too 9mo
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85eliana
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Excellent! Reads like a realistic fiction with a compelling magical realism twist. It also features a completely badass Buddhist nun.

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ApocalypseArchives
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Has been keeping me engaged on my subway rides to work. #ruthozeki #Japan

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Amiable
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Ruth, a novelist living on a remote island in the Pacific Northwest, finds a diary that has washed onto shore in a Hello Kitty lunchbox. She assumes it's debris from the 2011 tsunami that devastated Japan. As she reads the diary – written by a 16-year-old girl in Tokyo – she is drawn into the girl‘s story about her suicidal father, being bullied by her classmates, and her 104-year-old Buddhist nun great-grandmother.

Day 20: #adventrecommends

Lcsmcat I loved this one on audio, read by the author. So good! 10mo
Amiable @Lcsmcat I read this only because a coworker pressed it into my hands and said, “you have to read this!” And I felt obligated. Didn‘t think I‘d like it – but I was wrong. I loved it! 10mo
Penny_LiteraryHoarders @Lcsmcat I agree!! The audio was fantastic!! Book was fantastic but it was so much better because of the audio! 10mo
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ShariEstaLeando
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So unbelievably good! 🌊🌊🌊📚🖊🗺🎎

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Bevita
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Terrific! A little slow to get started (maybe it was just me) but I ended up racing to the ending. Parallel story of an unhappy girl in Japan and her relationships with her Buddhist nun great-aunt and suicidal father and an author, her husband and cat (Pesto) on an island off Canada. Want to go to Japan.

cajunsyd I enjoyed this one too! Glad you liked it. 12mo
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Augustdana
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#riotgrams day four #shelfie I recently organized my shelves and I had such an overflow of books, I decided to make a ladies only top shelf!

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shadowspeak17
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Total books read: 4
Ebooks: 1
Physical books: 3
Borrowed: 1
#booked2018 prompts completed: 1
#makemereadit books completed: 3 of 5

Average rating: 3.25 stars

#AugustStats #AugustWrapUp

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shadowspeak17
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1. We‘re taking a day trip to visit a friend on Monday.
2. A Tale for the Time Being
3. Several come to mind, but I‘m going to go with pickles.
4. Nope. My coordination is atrocious. 😂

#friyayintro

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Deborah42
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Ruth is a blocked writer trying to write a memoir about her mother‘s death from Alzheimer‘s. She finds a bag containing old letters, artifacts, and a young girl‘s diary, washed up on the beach. As she reads the diary, she gets drawn into the girl‘s story.

Nao is a Japanese teen who wants to kill herself to escape loneliness and school bullies. Before she ends it all, she intends to tell the story of her great-grandmother, a Buddhist nun.

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shadowspeak17
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
It took me a while to get into this, and I found Ruth‘s storyline less interesting than Nao‘s, but about halfway through it hooked me, and I loved it. Thought provoking, beautiful, and heartbreakingly sad. This book touched me. I would definitely recommend it.

#MakeMeReadIt 2/5
#catsoflitsy #Ember

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shadowspeak17
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Ddzmini Deep seas deep seas 😋📖 1y
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shadowspeak17
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1. I honestly have no idea, but The Incredibles came out around that time, and I know I loved that movie, so I‘m going to go with that.
2. That depends on how good the fries are. 🤔
3. It‘s quite a mix of things...
4. I‘m about 60% through. 👍🏽

#friyayintro

JulAnna Good book! 1y
Lcsmcat I loved that book! 1y
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shadowspeak17
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Up next for #makemereadit.

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parasolofdoom
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I loved this so much! It took me a bit to get into but SO WORTH IT

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parasolofdoom
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Way more involved with tonight's reading than I was by the first 50 pages!

monalyisha I adore this book! 1y
parasolofdoom @monalyisha I wasn't sure about it at first but I'm really into it now! 1y
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ruskigurl16
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So it has taken me a couple of days to come to terms with the beauty and elegance of this book. It deals with a subject matter that is typically difficult to talk about (suicide) in a respectful, creative, and inspiring way. It illustrated the power of family. And showed the beauty of resilience. It will stay with me for a very, very long time. #inspiring #emotionalread ❤️🖤😱😢😰😊

Leelee.reads This has been in my TBR for ages... Thanks for the reminder about it! Going to try to read it this summer. 1y
ruskigurl16 @Leelee.reads you are so welcome. Picked it up based on the cover and spine art. And the blurb in the jacket. Best decision. 😊😍 1y
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parasolofdoom
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Read about 50 pages tonight. So far so good but not feeling it enough to monopolize my reading time yet. Totally guilty of adding this to the tbr a couple years ago because I couldn't resist the cover 😂.

mcctrish This is a book that requires commitment and it doesn‘t disappoint but you have to invest 1y
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Beachesnbooks
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Here's my stack for #makemereadit ! Ok Littens, let me know what book you want me to read the most in August in the comments. Since I'm a mood reader, I'm going to commit to definitely reading your top 2 picks, but I'll probably try to get to more of them too if I can! I've been meaning to get to some of these books for awhile and need some motivation, I'm excited 😄📚 @TheReadingMermaid

TheReadingMermaid 🤘🏻 you should join us for the #LitsyBuddyRead for that one in July 1y
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monalyisha Beautiful stack, by the way! 1y
shellleigh33 This is one I‘m dying to read so I vote 1y
Beachesnbooks @TheReadingMermaid I wish I could join for July but my tbr this month is already so full! 1y
BarbaraJean Some great picks here! My vote is for: 1y
Beachesnbooks @monalyisha Thank you! 😄 1y
TheReadingMermaid I definitely know how that is. No worries 😉 1y
glitterkitty459 Nice stack! ❤️ 1y
LibrarianRyan Hazel wood 1y
Chelsea.Poole I have the biggest book hangover from this one I just finished ♥️ 1y
TheKidUpstairs Definitely 1y
bridge12 Red Clocks 1y
DeleteAcct It's on my tbr too. 🤪 1y
Reviewsbylola A Tale for the Time Being! 1y
erzascarletbookgasm I‘ve not read any of these but Circe has so much Litsy love. So, Circe! 1y
UwannaPublishme So many great choices here. My vote is for: 1y
ElaineHowlin Red Clocks 1y
hes7 Circe!! 1y
alisonrose CIRCE!!! 1y
AnneCecilie I'm reading Circe now and really loving it so far. So that get my vote (edited) 1y
TheBookKeepers First choice: 1y
TheBookKeepers 2nd choice (I‘ve read both) 1y
Beachesnbooks Now closed! Thanks everyone for voting 😄 1y
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A creative beginning. And one that had me hooked. If you want to find out more, I suggest you read this book. I am enjoying it immensely. #currentlyreading #recommendsday #tw #emotionalread ❤️🖤📖

Oryx I love this book. 😍 1y
ruskigurl16 @Oryx I loved it, too 1y
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Neale
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A fellow GR reader‘s review reminded me of how much I loved this book. Hmmm, time for a reread I feel. 😊

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MrBook
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The second #NYC book club met right after the first one. It was the 102nd meeting of the #2030SomethingBookClub! It was a packed house with two dozen members coming out to talk about this great book 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻!

Richryan52 Where do you meet? 1y
Amiable Loved this book! 1y
cariashley Wow big group! I gotta join you guys sometime! 1y
emilyhaldi Great book ❤️ 1y
Caksf Love this one! 👍🏻 1y
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EmmaMae
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This book peers into the lives of two characters with very different experiences. The author draws you into both stories not only because of the well written, engaging characters but Ozeki draws you into caring for these characters deeply as they each grow throughout the story. I found the story of Naoko more interesting but I believe there is something for everyone in this book that could invite them to enter into the story. #airplanereads

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AshleyC816
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Sooooo good! Definitely trigger warnings for suicide and rape. I loved the way she wove the different story lines together.

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RealLifeReading
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Love this paragraph!

SkeletonKey I loved this book! 1y
JSW This book is so beautiful 1y
RealLifeReading @SkeletonKey @JSW it is such an amazing book 1y
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RealLifeReading
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A fruity breakfast and a tale set in the Pacific Northwest - just right as we are currently on the Oregon Coast!

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EmilyM
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Mehso-so

This book gets two ratings from me: one for Nao's narrative (4 🌟) and one for Ruth's (2🌟). Told in two narratives, the story is very lopsided in development. Nao's narrative was very well developed. Ruth's narrative was undeveloped and boring, at times. At the end her story gets some weird dream sequence and quantum physics thrown in and it is just weird. Nao's narrative was compelling enough to get me to finish the book.

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sakeriver
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I enjoyed this book, but it was also at times hard for me to read, having the sort of existential anxieties that I do. In some ways this book felt like a primer on Zen Buddhism in novel form, which makes it sound dry or esoteric when it‘s not those at all. It‘s by turns funny, sad, calm, enraging, and just really well done.

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thereadingwomen
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I had heard good things about this book, but it far exceeded my expectations. At the beginning of the story, we meet Nao, a sixteen-year-old Japanese girl who has decided that suicide is the only answer. We then meet Ruth, who lives in Canada and who finds a diary washed up on the shore one morning after a storm. It's Nao's diary. And that's where things get interesting. More here: readingwomenpodcast.com/blog/2018/05/02/ep-43-were-going-places

Reviewsbylola Sounds really good! 1y
Jilly6183 This book was great! 1y
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sakeriver
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This book is doing some really interesting things with form and structure and voice so far.