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Another fab week… somewhat taken over by On Paradise but I *think* I liked The Trees better.

The two recipe books were immediately available on Libby so I skimmed through them and took a couple of screenshots from each.

I wasn‘t going to read another Kingsolver for #aam (they‘re sooo long!) but this one is my fave so far, so I‘m glad I picked it up. I can see that Crying in H Mart (on audio) is only going to get more upsetting as it goes along.

TrishB Good week Helen 👍🏻 21h
Caroline2 Great week and glad to hear Prodigal Summer is good. I‘m going to read Flight Behaviour soon. 👍 20h
Suet624 that's an amazing amount of reading! 20h
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BarbaraBB You liked The Trees better than To Paradise? Interesting! (edited) 18h
squirrelbrain I *think* I did @BarbaraBB 🤔 To Paradise was a very challenging read for me, so much so that I‘m not sure how much I enjoyed it. The Trees was challenging too, but in a different way. 17h
BarbaraBB That sounds rather tough. I wonder what I‘ll make of it. I hope to read it next month. 17h
Megabooks I‘ve felt Kingsolver‘s books are a bit wordy for their subject. Trees and Paradise were equally good for me. 👍🏻 6h
Cathythoughts Very good 👏👏👏 I want to read Trees and Paradise this spring 🤞 4h
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Animal, Vegetable, Miracle | Barbara Kingsolver, Camille Kingsolver, Steven L. Hopp
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Kingsolver set out to be a farmer and locavore for a year in 2006, and she & her family learned many important lessons. She narrates the majority herself, going through the seasonal foods, chores, and joys each month brought. Her husband narrates his essays that provide a national perspective on their choices. Her older daughter gives meal planning tips and tips for college student locavores. My favorite was her 8-year-old daughter‘s egg business!

Scochrane26 I went to their restaurant a few years ago, but of course, she wasn‘t there. It was really good. 7d
Cinfhen That‘s cool @Scochrane26 6d
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Cinfhen @IndoorDame just reviewed this book too!! Both of your reviews make me curious to try again. 6d
Megabooks @Scochrane26 awesome! I don‘t get to the central/eastern part of Kentucky much anymore, which is sad. I find myself in Nashville much more often. But I‘d love to try her restaurant. 6d
Megabooks @Cinfhen it was really interesting. I admit I‘m lukewarm on her fiction though. 6d
Cinfhen And I really liked 6d
Cinfhen I‘m attempting this one for #AAM 6d
Megabooks @Cinfhen I loved PB too. I‘ve bailed on FB twice. It was on Katie‘s nywd list a couple of years ago, so I feel terrible, but I‘m just not a fan. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 6d
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Animal, Vegetable, Miracle | Barbara Kingsolver, Camille Kingsolver, Steven L. Hopp
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My goodness this book was relevant and fascinating, and I‘d give up this challenge before a weekend ended! I was as equally interested in the Kingsolvers‘ living their year as locavores as I was in the science and regulations that inspired their journey. I bought bananas yesterday and did find myself wondering how many resources it took to get those 3 bananas to my countertop.

#AuthorAMonth #AAM January BarbaraKingsolver
#Pantone2022 Basil

Tamra I‘m going to look for this one on audio! 2w
Soubhiville I really loved this book. It wouldn‘t be an easy diet to commit to! 2w
keithmalek I loved this book too, although her thoughts on veganism are absurd. 2w
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Prairiegirl_reading You‘ll never eat cheez whiz ever again!! I loved this one! 2w
TheBookHippie I read this with one book one Chicago so many resources and activities it‘s still in my brain. I loved it. 2w
marleed @Tamra @Soubhiville @keithmalek @Prairiegirl_reading @TheBookHippie I was using the #AAM challenge to address books on my physical shelves and was not anticipating enjoying this read as much as I did. I‘ve never been one to find comfort in creating meals let alone growing or raising my food, and it did make me think about my choices. Ah well, maybe in my next life… 2w
UwannaPublishme I chose this one too and I‘m learning so much! 🙌🏻 2w
TheBookHippie @marleed It is pretty much me and food. I don't grow a ton, but I am a foodie, I plan, create, cook for zen. I have a long list for my next life!! 2w
marleed @TheBookHippie I want to be you! 2w
TheBookHippie @UwannaPublishme It is good for the hippie soul! 2w
UwannaPublishme @TheBookHippie Indeed!✌🏻🌼 2w
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Animal, Vegetable, Miracle | Barbara Kingsolver, Camille Kingsolver, Steven L. Hopp
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#BookReport: Tagged was good for #AAM and encouraged my desire to use our local farmer markets more. OLS for #NYWD was fun. Things Fall Apart for #Booked2022 gave me the same bitter taste I get when reading stories of how white Christians came, saw and destroyed cultures.

Not sure about Snowflake but at 32% I need to commit or let it go and just started How the Word on audio.

I‘m caught up on my buddy reads so today‘s focus is on Louding.

Kdgordon88 @TheAromaofBooks Things Fall Apart was my January Doublespin. Love the GoogleDoc! 2w
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 2w
Cinfhen Ohhhh, curious about this one on audio / I‘ll be watching for your #bookreport 2w
Cinfhen I‘m really enjoying but it‘s making me mad 😡 2w
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Flight Behaviour | Barbara Kingsolver
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#booked2022 #ecofeministnovel

I‘ve really enjoyed the previous two Kingsolver books that I‘ve read, and this one was no exception. I loved all of the characters, particularly Dellarobia and Ovid, but also all of the minor characters too.

I like how the author manages to teach without being didactic and I certainly learnt a lot from this book.

First book ticked for both #aam and #booked 2022..On to the next Kingsolver soon….!

AmyG I read this last year and enjoyed it, too. 3w
youneverarrived Glad you enjoyed it! Which other two have you read? 3w
LeeRHarry Glad you enjoyed it - I read this one whilst I was in the US in 2017 - aaah travel 😊 my fave of hers so far is Prodigal Summer (edited) 3w
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squirrelbrain @youneverarrived - I‘ve read The Lacuna and The Poisonwood Bible. I have Prodigal Summer on Kindle @LeeRHarry so hoping to get to that, but I‘m going to read Unsheltered next as a #buddyread so we‘ll see…. 3w
LeeRHarry @squirrelbrain I have Unsheltered and the Lacuna to read - how did you find the Lacuna? 3w
Caroline2 So glad you liked it. I‘ll be ready for flight behaviour at the wkend if that‘s good for you? Just need to finish my current book. 👍 3w
Caroline2 See what I did there?! 🤦‍♀️ it really has been one of those days!! I meant Unsheltered. 3w
squirrelbrain @Caroline2 yes definitely ready at the weekend, for whichever book! 🤣 3w
squirrelbrain @leerharry I liked The Lacuna better than Poisonwood; it was more broad-ranging and less depressing. That makes it sound like I didn‘t like Poisonwood, but I did! 3w
Caroline2 Hey Helen, I‘m ready to jump into Unsheltered tonight if you are?? Xx 2w
squirrelbrain @Caroline2 - yes, you make a start. I was planning on having a reading weekend but have work to do instead. Things should calm down by Tuesday 🤞🏻 so I‘ll catch up then! 2w
Caroline2 There‘s no rush. I‘m a slow reader with little time to read lately so I‘m only up to page 40 so far. 😆 it‘s gonna take me ages. 👍 2w
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Thank You | Amelia Riedler
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TheBookHippie 🤍🤍🤍🤍🤍 I have the same sentiments ! I love your thoughts and participation 🤍🤍🤍. 3w
LibrarianRyan 🌟❤️😁 3w
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Catsandbooks Love being part of #FoodandLit with you Tammy! ❤️ 3w
BarbaraBB Thank you for adding so much inspiration to #ReadingAsia2021! 3w
Soubhiville I feel like these could be shots of my challenge reading journal pages! 😁 The Litsy community is truly remarkable in supporting each other. I‘m so glad you‘re here. 3w
Librarybelle Thank you for joining #ReadingAsia2021 and for all of the amazing reading! 3w
BarbaraTheBibliophage Aww. So sweet! 💙💚💜 3w
Charityann Aww, thanks!😊 3w
Riveted_Reader_Melissa Litsy Is the best reading inspiration! This is amazing! 3w
ElizaMarie Congrats on a great reading year! 3w
TheSpineView Thanks! 3w
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Of Love and Shadows | Isabel Allende
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My last audiobook of 2021 was also my #AAM book for Allende and another #1001books selection.

I love Allende‘s writing style, and this one manages to be beautiful while also being sad, a little bit gross at times, and a lot bit politically terrifying.


Daisey I still have yet to read anything by Allende. I should have checked the list and used that to motivate me in December. 3w
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Zorro: A Novel | Isabel Allende
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It‘s 10:39pm and this is my last book of 2021. #AAM
Overall, I enjoyed this story of how Diego de la Vega came to be Zorro, even though it felt like it took forever to get there at times. This novel is as much, or maybe even more, a historical fiction as it is an adventure novel.

Reggie I always see her books, but she doesn‘t seem like she would be my cup of tea. 3w
Bookzombie @Reggie I'm not sure I will pick up any of her other books. I think I marked Ripper to read, but reviews don't seem great for it.
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I was going to hold out until the 31st to do this, but I couldn‘t resist after seeing all of your lists! This was so hard! Of all my 5 star reads I had to cut about 15. It‘s been a really great reading year! I‘m surprised how many NF made my list.
My top two are probably Once There We‘re Wolves and The Seed Keeper, but ask me again later and I might say something different. 📚❤️🤣 Best NF- How the Word Is Passed.

If you haven‘t played yet, tag!

Soubhiville #top21of21 (edited) 1mo
squirrelbrain I‘ve had this one stacked on Scribd for ages, just never got round to it…. 1mo
bnp Still working on my graphics, but The seed keeper & A psalm for the wild-built both made my list. 1mo
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Nute Fantastic reading this year! Gosh, am I ever excited about The Seed Keeper! I love the time that you gave to reading about our feathered friends. 🦅🪶♥️ I am discovering so many new books because of everyone‘s choices. Reading through these posts is like a Sunday morning heavenly literary smorgasbord from some of my most favorite people on the planet! Such a delight!💕 (edited) 1mo
Soubhiville @Nute I agree, I‘ve loved seeing everyone‘s posts so much! 1mo
NovelGirl82 I had to read Henrietta Lacks for my undergrad medical law class and I really enjoyed it! Very interesting story. I‘m glad you did too! 1mo
Christine Amazing collection! The Clint Smith might be my favorite nonfiction of the year, too. 1mo
Bookwormjillk Salvage The Bones was on my list too. Thank you #AuthorAMonth 1mo
Soubhiville @Bookwormjillk yes! Thanks to #AAM I read all but one of her books this year! And every one was excellent. 1mo
Ruthiella Great list! My list would change too probably with time. It‘s interesting to see after a few years what books and stories stick with me and still incite emotions and others I completely forget. 1mo
Kdgordon88 Such a great list! 1mo
marleed Great list! I had to cull some 5*s from my list, as well. What a wonderful problem to have! 1mo
BarbaraBB Wolves is an absolute favorite of mine too this year. 1mo
Hooked_on_books I am utterly delighted to see both Damnation Spring and We Ride Upon Sticks on your list! Both of those books are really special to me and I‘m happy to see them uplifted. Great list! 1mo
LeahBergen I‘m trying to hold off making my list until next week, too 😆 1mo
merelybookish I loved Here Comes the Sun when I read it a few years ago. Never felt like it got the recognition it deserves. 1mo
Centique @Hooked_on_books We Ride Upon Sticks is really special to me too! I will have to get to Damnation Spring soon. (edited) 1mo
Chelsea.Poole Great list! I love that you added the three books about birds. They‘ve all been on my list to read, so I‘m glad to see they made your top 21 🦅 1mo
Cinfhen You caved!!!! Great list!!!! 1mo
MaleficentBookDragon I didn't read it this year, but Into the Drowning Deep is one of my favorite creature books. 1mo
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