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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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Oh man, I feel like I need more days to digest this book. This is my first Ruth Ozeki book and it won't be the last. Usually, I am not a big fan of authors doing their own book narrations, but Ruth did a fantastic job. She sure is a wonderful storyteller!

The themes of bullying and suicide were very prominent, so there are definitely trigger warnings. However, I felt I learned so much about Japanese culture and I found it fascinating how ⬇️

vonnie862 Ruth writes herself and her husband as characters. It makes me wonder if this was a true story. Ruth mentioned that listening to the audio is one experience and that reading the print is another. Looks like I need to buy the physical copy! 5h
Graywacke Glad you enjoyed. Your comments are interesting to me because I struggled with her reading it herself. 🙂 4h
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This book is due back in two days, and I don‘t want to renew it. I‘m not hating it, but I don‘t feel like spending seven more hours with it. Even though it‘s an #awardwinner and an #authoramonth selection, I‘m bailing. #springskies

Bookwormjillk I bailed too. Just not for me. 18h
Eggs Life is too short 🏆👍🏼🥇 16h
Graywacke I wasn‘t a fan. (Although it didn‘t help that i didn‘t like the way the author reads the audiobook.) 14h
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Listened to this on audio, narrated by the author, and I just didn‘t love it. I feel like this is a book that I might like the movie version better of.

@Soubhiville #AuthorAMonth

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It's rare when I take a day off but my body needs rest. Good thing I have audiobooks to keep me company.

Bookwomble I hope you're feeling better soon, Vonnie ❤️‍🩹 4d
julesG Feel better soon! 💐 4d
Ruthiella Wishing you a speedy recovery. ❤️ 4d
britt_brooke Feel better fast!! 4d
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Ruth, living on an island in Canada, discovers a diary (written by Nau who lives in Japan), letters from WWII, and a watch inside a Hello Kitty lunchbox on the beach. They presumably made the Pacific crossing from Japan‘s massive tsunami. Ruth, who is half Japanese is able to read the diary but not the letters. The diary, though, leads her to believe Nau and her father are intent on committing suicide. Ruth illogically thinks she can save them ⬇️

Texreader when in reality, given the time for the diary to cross the ocean, the deeds are probably already done. Everything about this situation though is unusual and time isn‘t what we think it is. This is a very dark book and there are so many trigger warnings, I made a list:
Sexual Assault
Harm to animals
9-11 jumper
Kamikazi pilot who doesn‘t want to die
Bullying is the one of the worst, and it makes the ⬇️
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Texreader reader want to bail. However, it is resolved in the end with a most unique ending I may have ever read. I wish this book weren‘t so dark. It really felt like the author was trying to make it as horrific as possible. So I had to take quite a long time to think on it before writing a review. Because of the ending, I recommend it. But beware of the darkness before the light. #authoramonth 1w
TheBookHippie I bailed…. 1w
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Texreader @TheBookHippie I really wanted to but had invested so much time into it, and it‘s well-written. I‘m glad I stuck it out, but it was so darned dark. I felt a burden off my shoulders once I finished it. 1w
TheBookHippie @Texreader there‘s enough dark I fight not doing it in book form was my mantra. Writing is good. It‘s just too dark. 1w
slategreyskies Thank you for the trigger warning on this one. I think I‘ll drop the copy I‘ve been meaning to read off at the Little Free Library instead. 1w
Yenya1954 This was a very difficult book. I wanted to enjoy the story but I didn‘t. I had the audiobook and I didn‘t care for the narrator‘s voice. I wondered if I would have found it better on paper. 6d
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All #authoramonth edition of #wondrouswednesday
1. What‘s happening here?
2. The Lola Quartet
3. Tana French

Eggs 🙏🏻❤️📚 2w
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#AuthorAMonth I had a difficult time when Nao was being abused by her classmates but when she started abusing someone else, I couldn‘t listen to the book any longer. I know that‘s usually the way things work but I hated it.

Soubhiville My mom recently bailed on this one too. Sorry it didn‘t work for you. 2w
CatLass007 @Soubhiville I gave it a good shot. 2w
dabbe #hailthebail! On to a better book! 🤩🤩🤩 2w
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Texreader Yea that was a lot to take. I‘ve got about two hours left in the audiobook. I‘m still trying to decide how I feel about it. 2w
CatLass007 @Texreader Well, you‘re further along than I managed. Good for you! 2w
Read4life I finished the audio but it was a pan. I wanted to finish it for #AuthorAMonth or I would have #hailthebail 2w
CatLass007 @Read4life I listened to it for #AuthorAMonth but I‘m not filling out any forms or competing for any prizes. I‘m just looking for new authors to enjoy. 2w
Read4life @CatLass007 I get it. If I had been reading vs listening it would have been a bail. I think I was hoping I‘d find a redeeming quality at some point. I didn‘t. 2w
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Starting this one for #authoramonth for April! Thanks Soubhi, for hosting this each year. I haven‘t been doing well on any of my challenges this year so far, but hoping to pick that back up. #AAM

Soubhiville I hope you‘ll enjoy this one. 🙂 2w
Suet624 Such a good book. I hope you like it too. 2w
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I started this ebook/audiobook tonight. #authoramonth @Soubhiville

mcctrish I love this book 3w
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This is a new author for me, and it was a pretty fascinating read. The story starts as a random encounter of two lives which slowly converge without ever really touching. Lots of beauty but also ugliness, peace and horror, pain and love. Just like life, I guess. The author is zen priest so the influences were very interesting. I will need to digest this book for a while.

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My January 2023 favorite was this gem of a book ♥️ @Sapphire you encouraged me to read it, so thank you! I still need to read Book of Form and Emptiness 🤦‍♀️ #12Booksof2023 @Andrew65 Happy Christmas, Andrew 🎄♥️🎄

Andrew65 Happy Christmas to you too 🎄🎅🏼🎄🎅🏼🎄
I‘m not aware of this book but looks like I need to read it. Stacked.
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I really liked the format the author used for this story. It was very clever. The story contained a dual timeline with a twist. It was humorous at times, and very sad at others. It certainly made it clear that things are not always as they seem. I loved the character, Nao. She has to overcome so much. I read this book as a recommendation, and I am so glad that I did. What a good story!! I love the way it ended.

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My current reads!

For some reason I‘ve never felt drawn to read A Tale for the Time Being but it is a current pick for my IRL book club and I‘m really enjoying it.

Also, this month‘s #PersephoneClub. 👍

Hooked_on_books I really need to read the tagged book. I really enjoyed another of her books, yet this one languishes on my shelves (alongside so many others 😬). 6mo
merelybookish It's a good one! 6mo
jlhammar I loved A Tale for the Time Being! Glad to hear you're enjoying it. I've only read the preface on our Persephone so far. Look forward to reading more. 6mo
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LeahBergen @Hooked_on_books Oh, how I can relate! 😆 6mo
LeahBergen @merelybookish I‘m liking it! 6mo
LeahBergen @jlhammar I‘m about halfway through our Persephone but taking frequent breaks from it. I‘m finding it a bit grim at the moment on top of all the news from Israel and Gaza. 😞 6mo
Cathythoughts This one looks good 👍🏻 I havnt started Persephone yet … 6mo
Amiable Oh, I adored this book! I also didn‘t think I would, but it hooked me right away. 6mo
LeahBergen @Cathythoughts I‘m still working on both of them. 😆 6mo
LeahBergen @Amiable Good to hear! 👏 6mo
Suet624 This one is my favorite of hers. 6mo
LeahBergen @Suet624 I really enjoyed it! 6mo
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“Needless to say, technology design is not value-neutral, and military contractors and weapons developers do not want these kinds of questions raised, never mind built into their controllers.” Wow. I‘m a decade late to this, but so far it‘s the best novel I‘ve read this year, and remains timely, considering the AI debate. Sadness and beauty, quantum mechanics, Proust, Japanese history, and meta. Truly everything, everywhere, all at once. 5 stars.

monalyisha I need to reread this. I loved it so much. It‘s on my list of favorite books, ever, but I know I‘ve forgotten so much. 11mo
batsy Great review. Still on my TBR, but thanks for the prompt to move it up! 11mo
TrishB Loved this one ❤️ 11mo
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This author came to me through a friend, who shared that Ozeki - an author who is also a Zen priest! - is a new favorite of hers. I'm so glad to have picked this up on her rec, this author's perspective is fresh and welcome. She manages to be funny and sad and hopeful at the same time, and the story is both philosophically Buddhist in its big questions and deeply personal to the characters. (cont...)

Tea_and_Starstuff Told in two time periods-a bullied teenage girl in Japan as she's writing in her diary, the late-middle-aged woman who found the diary washed up on Canadian shores and is reading it. A warning-awful, harrowing things happen to this teenager. Themes of suicide are heavily explored. But the narrative voice gentled the reading experience. The whole story was unflinching but also deeply compassionate, a combination that made for a compelling read. 14mo
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Since I was blathering on about this in book club, thought I'd share with you @trishb @jenniferw88 @scripturient @julesG @Leniverse @Susanita @RaeLovesToRead
Look at that spine. And that's a sticker making the Japanese flag, there's an image of a girl underneath (or is there? I'll never know for sure)

RaeLovesToRead Oh my Gosh that is so gorgeous!!!!! The sticker would drive me insane though... I'd have to have bought 2 copies 😅 1y
julesG Wow! I agree with Rae. I'd get a second copy and remove the sticker. 1y
Leniverse I had to google the cover images now. That's A* cover design! 1y
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TrishB This is beautiful ♥️ book envy. 1y
squirrelbrain That is so lovely! ❤️ 1y
LeahBergen So cool! 1y
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I have never felt drawn to this book and then suddenly I was 🤷‍♀️ It‘s sad and really pulls at your heart strings but I thought it was a brilliant piece of writing.
Like @CBee I‘m using for #booked2023 #setin2+timeperiods

squirrelbrain I have this on my shelf, I really should get to it soon. 1y
Cinfhen I started this book ages ago but couldn‘t get into it…but now you, @CBee and @Megabooks all gave it glowing reviews ♥️ I might have it try again 1y
CBee That‘s exactly how I felt! Let it sit there on my Kindle forever, then when I started it I was just totally sucked in. So glad you enjoyed it 😊😊 1y
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BarbaraBB I read it not that long ago but never really felt it either @Cinfhen 1y
TrishB @squirrelbrain hope you enjoy it 🤞🏻 1y
TrishB @Cinfhen @BarbaraBB that‘s why books are great 😁 1y
TrishB @CBee so many lost books like that! 1y
Cinfhen So true, Trish every book isn‘t for every reader! Thanks for letting me know you felt similarly @BarbaraBB 1y
Cinfhen Also a lot of time the right book needs to be read at the right time in one‘s life ❣️ 1y
CBee @Cinfhen this book was really a perfect example of that for me 😊 1y
CBee @TrishB I know! I went through my Kindle recently and um, there are a LOT 😂🫢 1y
Cinfhen It‘s true for so many books @CBee ☺️ 1y
BarbaraBB @TrishB Absolutely. Also I had an audiobook which may not have been the best format for me. 1y
jlhammar Loved this book! So glad you enjoyed it. 1y
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Mine‘s the one on the right 😁

Oryx Oh I loved this book. I hope you do too. 1y
CBee My January favorite!! Hope you love!! 1y
BarbaraBB How nice that C is at home with you! 1y
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TrishB @Oryx @CBee loving it so far but haven‘t had much reading time! 1y
TrishB @BarbaraBB she‘s graduated now and has a job 😱 it‘s all change again. 1y
BarbaraBB Oh wow, time flies. She‘s graduated already. Does she live at home or nearby? 1y
Cathythoughts Lovely to see your motheranddaughter reads ❤️❤️👯 1y
TrishB @BarbaraBB @Cathythoughts she‘s back living at home 😁 1y
BarbaraBB Lucky you! 1y
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Really hard to choose between this one and The Sentence, but ultimately this absolute beauty of a book won 😊 #readingbracket2023 @chasjjlee thanks for another awesome template 😘

Bklover I need to do the reading bracket! Last year I made it through May and then had a few months I didn‘t read enough to make a pick. ❤️ 1y
CBee @Bklover you should! I‘ve enjoyed it. Oh - is your TBR up to date? 😊 1y
Bklover Just looked it over- I eliminated a few but otherwise it is. Now I‘m going to go update the bracket!! Thanks for the reminder! 1y
CBee @Bklover absolutely! 1y
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#Pantone2023 #electricbluelemonade @Clwojick
@AmyG you were right, this is fun 😊

Deblovestoread Great match! 1y
CBee @Deblovestoread thanks 😊 It‘s a fun challenge and super low key so great for me 😂 1y
Trashcanman I can't find my Kindle. 😶 1y
AmyG Glad you enjoy it. Great match. @Trashcanman Look under the bed. (edited) 1y
Clwojick We‘ll done! 1y
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BRILLIANT. Absolutely brilliant. My thoughts and feelings are all over the place after reading this. I‘ve ventured down various rabbit holes and learned about Zen Buddhism, quantum mechanics (way over my head, my brain doesn‘t bend that way 😂), gobs of new words and terms I‘d never heard before. I‘m blown away and can‘t wait to read more Ozeki. WOW. @Sapphire @monalyisha

TrishB I love ‘gobs‘ of new words 😁 1y
Blaire Agree. I read this months ago and am still thinking about it. Ezra Klein interviewed her on his podcast. Worth listening to. 1y
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Cinfhen Yay on the prompt and hurray for finding such a wonderful book 🎉 1y
HettyG Seconding the Ezra Klein interview and for sure don‘t miss The Book of Form and Emptiness, it was equally incredible! 1y
CBee @TrishB gotta love a chance to also use the word “gobs” 😂😊 1y
CBee @Blaire I will check it out for sure! I loved all of the extras at the end of the book. 1y
CBee @HettyG that one is on my #auldlangspine list and part of why I read A Tale first, just to get an introduction to Ozeki. I‘m so glad I did! 1y
CBee @Cinfhen yes! My 2023 is off to a great start reading-wise 😊😊😊 1y
Hooked_on_books I loved her most recent one, so I really need to go back and read this. 1y
CBee @Hooked_on_books yes, you should 😊 not one I‘ll soon forget! 1y
Amiable I have her most recent book in my pile and I‘m afraid to start it because I loved this one so much—I don‘t want the new one to disappoint me. Is that weird? 😬😀 1y
CBee @Amiable not weird at all! I have it too and will probably wait a month or two to read it! 1y
Megabooks I loved this too!! 😍😍 1y
Sapphire I think when you find an author that speaks to your soul, it‘s even better than finding a book you love. 1y
CBee @Sapphire agree! I feel that way about Fredrik Backman 😊 1y
Sapphire @CBee I just saw the Tom Hanks movie a man called Otto. A man Called Ove is my favorite Bachman so I was nervous but the movie does the book justice. Britt Marie was my second favorite. I know most like the bear town books but I didn‘t care for the second in that series. I have my grandmother said to tell you on my TBR and the movie made me want to get to that one soon 1y
CBee @Sapphire I can‘t wait to see the movie! Honestly, I‘d watch anything with Tom Hanks. I highly recommend My Grandmother…. Plus Anxious People was excellent! I read Beartown but can‘t seem to find the momentum to keep going, maybe one day! 1y
Sapphire I read Anxious people when it came out during the pandemic and loved it. I participated in an online author talk which was great because the author wasn‘t anything like I pictured him. The registration came with a signed first edition. I can see a movie being made from that one. I will probably get around to winners someday but I am not in a hurry. 1y
CBee @Sapphire oh wow, that‘s amazing! So jealous 😁 I think it would make a great movie too! 1y
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This book is incredible. ♥️ @Sapphire
@AmyG I think you‘d enjoy this, have you read it?

AmyG I have this and still need to get to it! 1y
Sapphire Yes, I read it the year it came out. Ozeki is an automatic buy for me. It is powerful 1y
CBee @AmyG it‘s really incredible and I‘m loving it! 1y
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CBee @Sapphire you‘ve read all of her books? I noticed two others - The Year of Meats and one other. 1y
Megabooks This is a fantastic book!! 1y
CBee @Megabooks it is! I‘m enjoying it so much! 1y
Amiable Such a good book! 1y
CBee @Amiable yes!! Incredible! 1y
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I don‘t know specifically why this quote struck me - I think partly because I‘ve tried (and failed) a handful of times to blog. There is this fantasy that everyone will read what you write and it will matter, but in reality, like Nao says - nobody gives a shit 😂 (edited to add - no offense to those Littens who blog, it just isn‘t for me apparently 🤔🤷‍♀️)

dabbe But you write here (and quite well, I might add). You've found quite a place here at Litsy. And if you ever do create a blog, link it here. I'll follow! 😀 1y
CBee @dabbe my goodness, thank you! That means so much to me, especially coming from an English teacher 😊♥️ I have a weird relationship with writing - I enjoy it, but my inner critic is LOUD 😂 1y
Sapphire I was a mommy blogger in the early-mid 2000s before Facebook. But it was just our little circle of about 20 moms that read and commented in each others stuff. My favorite part of it was “stuff portrait Friday” where someone would post a theme and we would post pictures of that with the rule no special clean up first (inside of your purse, shampoos in shower, fridge, etc). We were so ripe for social media - lol. 1y
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CBee @Sapphire now that sounds fun! Nowadays there is SO much content and it‘s honestly overwhelming 😳 1y
Sapphire Also, that quote feels like it might have been part of her inspiration for book of form and emptiness. 1y
CBee @Sapphire by the way, I‘m reading this in anticipation of (hopefully) reading the Ozeki you put on your list for me 😊 1y
CBee @Sapphire ooooo interesting! I‘m enjoying this very much and will look forward to reading more 😊 1y
Sapphire @CBee there are parts of a tale for the time being that really stayed with me. I guess that is true of all of her work. Strong characters and unique settings that haunt you 1y
CBee @Sapphire I can see that! The settings are so vivid too. (edited) 1y
wisherwishinguponastar Showing up really late to this, but I can see why that quote jumped out. I quit Facebook because I spent most of my time seeking out likes instead of reading my friends‘ and family members‘ posts or enjoying myself. Ozeki sounds really insightful. 1y
CBee @wisherwishinguponastar I quit Facebook too! It was an endless doom scroll and just made me feel bad about myself. Never regretted it for a second! 1y
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#12booksof2022 @Andrew65 June #litsylovereads

@jitteryjane724 I got the name of my collage app wrong, I use Incollage pro, not Piccollage.

Really want to read more Ruth, I think she might become an auto-buy author for me.

Andrew65 Looks well worth a read. 1y
jitteryjane724 Looks fantastic! 1y
PaperbackPirate My Secret Santa gave me this book! Good to know you loved it too. 1y
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#auldlangspine list (2023) from @Billypar I have read the tagged book many years ago. These are some of the books that have peaked my interest. So you want to talk about race & You‘ll Never believe have been on my radar but I haven‘t read them yet but ones I have wanted to. I‘m definitely interested in reading some of these other ones that I would have never thought of. Thank you for the selection & thank you @monalyisha for organizing

monalyisha Yo! looks great! Subdivision, too. And I love George Saunders! Enjoy your list. 🤩🥳 1y
Billypar Being a backlist reader, my end of year lists are always a bit strange, but here are a few notes: 📚 If you like historical fiction, The Book of Night Women is a great choice, but given the subject, every trigger warning imaginable applies so if you have questions about that, let me know. 📚 I recommend listening to But Beautiful on audio- the narrator is excellent. The book itself is pretty unusual - brief, poetic scenes involving jazz musicians. 1y
Billypar Yo! is halfway between a novel and story collection - each story has a different character in the main character Yo's life telling a story involving her - you meet a lot of great characters.📚 Katalin Street is great but if you haven't read Szabo before, I would consider starting with The Door - I think I liked KS more knowing her style going in. 📚 I just found out that Amber and Lacey have a follow-up coming out so perfect timing for that one! 1y
Billypar @monalyisha Reading Subdivision was a little like reading one of your crazier dreams adapted into novel form - very memorable. And George Saunders is a persuasive salesman for Russian literature - he could probably convince me to read tax law 🙂 1y
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I liked this! It's not super plot-driven and I thought it might be a bit too slow-paced for me at first...but then I started to really appreciate it for that and got sucked in. It's left me with a lot to think about

(Note that it's also pretty heavy at points if you're thinking about reading it)


Off to a great start with September #BFC22! Yesterday I completed my workout and got to page 250 of A Tale For The Time Being!

I have a fairly long train ride this evening so I plan to read more then and I'll fit my workout in on my lunch😊


#BFC22 goals for September! @wanderinglynn

- Daily workout following the Blogilates calendar
- Finish A Tale For The Time Being and finish 2 more books
- Compile a Scarathlon reading list & order a spooky paint by numbers!

wanderinglynn Great goals! 🙌🏻 2y
Moll @wanderinglynn Thank you!! 2y
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Another book from long ago that stuck with me! #alphabetgame #LetterT @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Amiable Oh, I adored this book! 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thank you for playing 📚 2y
jlhammar Love this one! Great audiobook. 2y
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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. 2y
Billypar @DivineDiana Agreed - I enjoyed the different layers and how all the varied elements fit together. A very memorable read! 2y
Suet624 I often recommend this book and I‘ll be hearing Ozeki speak in a few weeks in Vermont. 2y
Billypar @Suet624 It's very well done - I really like creative spins on the 'found text' literary trope. I'll definitely be reading more of hers! 2y
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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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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! 🍊 💕 2y
jenniferw88 @slategreyskies I wouldn't be surprised if it wins overall - I think I'm still in book hangover mood from it! 2y
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Oryx I loved this one too 2y
Cortg Nice! 2y
Cinfhen This book is so universally loved, but I couldn‘t get into it. 2y
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Cosmos_Moon I love this book! Never saw this cover. 2y
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. 🤷‍♀️ 2y
Cinfhen So true @Lindy 💕 2y
squirrelbrain I have this on my shelf to read…. 2y
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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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“We‘re nothing,” she said, wiping her eyes. “We‘re barely here at all.”

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

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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. 2y
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! 2y
EvieBee This one‘s one of my faves, Meg! Glad you liked it. 2y
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KCofKaysville @Megabooks I'll give it a shot. It's in my TBR
jlhammar I loved this book. Pretty photo! 2y
BarbaraBB I enjoyed this one too. 2y
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. 2y
Megabooks @jlhammar thank you! So glad I read it. 2y
Megabooks @BarbaraBB I can see you liking this one. 😀💜 2y
Megabooks @EvieBee oh fantastic! I‘m glad I did too! 😀👍🏻 2y
Megabooks @Hooked_on_books I think you‘d enjoy it. Wow, that‘s really interesting re: museum. So much devastation with the tsunami. 2y
BarbaraBB Beautiful pic too by the way! 2y
Megabooks @BarbaraBB thanks! 😘 2y
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. 2y
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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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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


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

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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! 2y
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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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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. 2y
Smrloomis Sorry to hear you‘re sick and hope you feel better very soon 🤞🏽 That adorable fluff ball should help 😻 2y
squirrelbrain Get well soon! 2y
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Catsandbooks Kitty cuddles make everything better!! Hope you feel better soon! 2y
TrishB Get well soon! I‘m on my 5th day! 2y
Bookwormjillk Get well soon! 2y
jlhammar Take care. Hope you're feeling better soon. Loved A Tale for the Time Being! 2y
DaveGreen7777 Glad you‘re enjoying this book! 😀 2y
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! 2y
TrishB I‘m ok 👍🏻 still a bit of a cough but getting there. 2y
jlhammar Planning to start The Book of Form and Emptiness this weekend! 2y
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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 Looks interesting. 2y
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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! 🎉🥂☃️ 2y
LiteraryinLawrence Congratulations! 2y
vivastory Congrats 👏🎉🍾 2y
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Ruthiella I love how many books you‘ve packed! I‘m sure your wedding will be lovely. Congratulations again. ❤️ (edited) 2y
TrishB Hope all goes well ♥️ 2y
MaureenMc Good luck and Godspeed! 😊💗 2y
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Just incase you‘re in need of a source of even more fab books to fill your life with !


Crazeedi Oh my!! Thanks for adding to my never ending list!! 😉❤ any you think look especially good?? 2y
Mitch @Crazeedi I‘ve not read the tagged book and it sounds intriguing! 2y
RaeLovesToRead I want to read all of these books now 😵 2y
Mitch @RaeLovesToRead soo many good books! 2y
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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) 3y
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! 3y
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. 3y
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