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JackOBotts
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I am so stinkin‘ excited to dive into my match‘s list for #NYWD22. @MeganAnn and I both included the tagged book on our lists and I read - and loved - The Outsiders earlier this year, so I already know we‘re in good company. The titles pictured here are my goals…and I cannot wait. 🤗💜📚

monalyisha I love the one Sarah Gailey book I‘ve read (Magic for Liars) & want to read more by them! I tried to get my Book Club to read the tagged this coming year but they didn‘t vote for it. I‘ll have to read it by my lonesome, I suppose! I‘ve got a feeling they‘re totally missing out. (edited) 6d
MeganAnn I love that we both have an extra overlap book we‘ve already read. The Outsiders I originally read in 8th grade for class and loved it. It‘s one of those books that‘s stayed with me. This summer, I read it again with my son who is a 7th grader and he loved it as well. We had so much fun discussing it together. 😊 These are all Excellent choices! I‘m so excited to see your thoughts on them. 🎉 6d
MeganAnn @monalyisha Magic for Liars almost made it on my list too, but I enjoyed Upright Women Wanted a teensy bit better (it‘s like gold medal and silver medal reads… both amazing but I decided only one for each author could win). I really want to read River for Teeth as well. I‘m fact, those two books made me want to read ALL of their work. 6d
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MeganAnn Almost all of these books are #blameitonlitsy reads for me! How Long Til Black Future Month was on @BarbaraJean ‘s #newyearwhodis list last year. She also included Magic for Liars which I loved & it prompt me to pick up Upright Women Wanted when I saw it at the library. Last Night at the Telegraph Club was my choice for an #lmpbc round of queer reads & Today I Am a Boy was @Reggie ‘s choice for the same round. 6d
MeganAnn And A Memory Called Empire was a #bbbbc read and it was also the first book I finished in 2021, even though I started it last December. 6d
Reggie @MeganAnn Last Night at the Telegraph Club won the National Book Award for best YA this past week and I thought of you because of our LMPBC round. ☺️ 6d
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Laughterhp
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#BookReport - Finished 6 books this week. 4 on audio and 2 print books. All were pretty good except the Alice Feeney was terrifying.

Currently reading the tagged in print and listening to Murder at Archly Manor on audio.

#WeeklyForecast - really need to read the #BBBBC for this month and my library hold is in for Finlay Donovan

Cinfhen What a fabulous week!!! Audiobooks are game changers!!!! Love them 7mo
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iread2much
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Pickpick

This book is a SLOG, but it has many fascinating themes and ideas and I really wish I had a book club to chat all about it. The authors notes at the end was really interesting and I think perhaps an example of self delusion. 3/5 stars, a lot of description, but interesting to read. Scientists are killing themselves, one goes undercover and discovers we aren‘t alone in the universe and the aliens are coming towards earth.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Sounds good!! Start a book club ❤️📚❤️ 7mo
Laughterhp This was a pick last year for the #BBBBC Litsy book club. You can see if the posts are still there and if anyone chatted about it. Just an idea. I couldn‘t get into this one 😬 7mo
iread2much @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks it‘s on my list! Once things get calmer at work 😄 7mo
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iread2much @Laughterhp I had a hard time with it too! Thanks for the suggestion 7mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @iread2much yay!! 📚❤️📚 7mo
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Laughterhp
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#BookReport - Finished 5 books this week, 3 were audio and all were pretty good!

I‘m currently reading Chilling Effect for #BBBBC and I started listening to HP on audio because I needed something comforting. The Blue Castle was just so depressing I had to put it down!

#WeeklyForecast - I got about 30 pages into The Shadow King and got distracted. I‘ll start Midnight Riot on audio once my Hoopla borrows reset

Cinfhen I stopped and started Shadow King too!! I have a feeling it‘s going to be tough but worth the challenge 8mo
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Tracyantoon
Chilling Effect | Valerie Valdes
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Mehso-so

This was... interesting? I enjoyed the world building but had a really hard time connecting with any of the characters (besides the psychic cats, of course-they were awesome). Decision making didn‘t seem to make sense at times and that is a big pet peeve of mine. Overall it was just ok for me. #bbbbc

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sebrittainclark
Chilling Effect | Valerie Valdes
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4/5

This book was really fun. Eva is the captain of a small cargo ship who's trying to make a life for herself and her crew in a frequently violent galaxy.

This book is non-stop action. I kept thinking I must be at the end of the book because the action was so exciting only to realize I wasn't even halfway through.

It also involves my favorite trope of mysterious and advanced alien tech existing around the universe.

#bbbbc

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InLibrisVeritas
Chilling Effect | Valerie Valdes
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#BBBBC

It's time for a new book! For March and April's scifi pick we will be reading Chilling Effect!

Pls let me know if you don't plan to read this one so I don't bother you with notifications 💕

If you would like to added or removed from the overall club notifications let me know and I will take care of it.

Eyelit I‘ve been looking forward to this one 🙂 9mo
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LazyOwl I am reading this at the moment, so I'm in. 9mo
Tracyantoon I just downloaded the audiobook yesterday so I‘m in too. 🤓📚❤️ 9mo
MeganAnn I‘m really excited for this one! It‘s been on my shelf for a long time waiting to be read. I keep almost picking it up and then deciding on something else. 9mo
bookandcat Have it from the library and am excited to start! I gave up on Mists of Avalon on the first or second chapter because it was too uncomfy for me but I'm pumped for this one!!! 9mo
Laughterhp Yay! Have this one already. Hoping to get to it in April! 9mo
TheBookDream Please add me! Is there a discussion time date? 9mo
RainyDayReading I‘m so excited for this one! 9mo
AnansiGirl I‘m in. I downloaded the ebook through hoopla. 9mo
IndoorDame I‘m in! 9mo
Angeles I got the audiobook but after a couple of chapters I bailed out. I don't like the heroine and her family is way too sterotypical. It is bad enough books set in the present seem to only show hispanic people who are criminals or victims of crime, but apparently we can't even have a different narrative in the far future! 9mo
sebrittainclark Can you add me to notifications? 9mo
Gezemice I am in, too! Thanks for hosting :) 9mo
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InLibrisVeritas
The Mists of Avalon | Marion Zimmer Bradley
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#BBBBC

And the last set of questions!

Gezemice 7. I guess the most surprising was the Merlin becoming Christian and that whole terrible punishment. I also did not like how evil Mordred turned out. Vivian being slain just like that seemed also rather contrived. Lancelot going mad was weird. But the one I am not sure about is, did she imply that the reason Gwen never had children was that Morgause was giving her herbs to prevent it? That was not quite clear to me. 9mo
Gezemice 8. Not really. This is an epic where most scenes are part of the whole. 9. No. While I am glad I have read it, the story was ended and the style does not make me want to read another, especially after I found out about the author. 9mo
InLibrisVeritas @Gezemice I was unclear in Gwen's inability to have children too. It was said a few times they could both have children, and then with people saying she could not be allowed a child. It definitely felt like someone was interfering. 9mo
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InLibrisVeritas
The Mists of Avalon | Marion Zimmer Bradley
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#BBBBC

The second set of questions for you!
I will post the 3rd set immediatly so be on the look out for those as well.

Gezemice 4. I think that was great, but the author definitely was biased toward paganism and women, but I must say with good cause, as usually there isn‘t even a discussion on those aspects, or are plainly treated as evil, like Guinevere and the priests keep doing. At the end, she brings them together though, and finds place for women and the Goddess in the worship of the Virgin Mary. (edited) 9mo
Gezemice 5. See previous - the Goddess lives in the Virgin Mary. However that rather simplifies it as the society becoming male dominant and women being relegated to subservient role is not addressed by Virgin worship, and the book glosses over this. (edited) 9mo
Gezemice 6. Oh, I think the point of the book was to address the tough issues of sexuality, sin, religion, women‘s roles, mothers, etc. They weren‘t just plot points. She actually had to work quite hard to put her themes into the framework of the Arthurian legends. Like using the Grail story to show that the Goddess and God are the same. Or using Gwen and Lancelot‘s love to bring about Gwen‘s character development. 9mo
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InLibrisVeritas
The Mists of Avalon | Marion Zimmer Bradley
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The first set of questions are ready to go! Feel free to answer and discuss here or make your own post (pls include the tag so we can find it!)

Also if you did not read Mists but are tagged below, let me know and I'll take you off the discussion list. That way I won't bug you the next two days 😊

Caroline2 I bailed after the author controversy. I tried to carry on reading as I was absolutely loving the book but I couldn‘t get past it. 😔 so yeah, take me off the list please. 👍 9mo
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InLibrisVeritas @Caroline2 No problem! I completely understand 💕 9mo
CBee You can take me off the list as well! Thank you! 9mo
InLibrisVeritas @CBee No problem! 9mo
Gezemice Wow, no one has read this and you put so much effort into the questions! I am so sorry! I have listened to this - it came in 4 parts and it was close to 60 hours... it was an engrossing read, even if it was slow mostly in the middle. And it was also quite depressing as the progression was from full power of Avalon and Arthur to a gradual decline and fall of the old ways and Arthur‘s court. 9mo
Gezemice 1. Overall I enjoyed it, and especially that it was from the women‘s point of view. We learn these legends all from the male point of view, and women are in the background - this reversed that. I also liked the reversal of the religion issue - how Christianism represses women and sexuality in general, and that is the opposite of the druidism and Goddess worship, which is also close to nature. 9mo
Gezemice 2. Yes, I was generally familiar, and recently listened to Le Morte d‘Arthur, which I enjoyed mainly due to the great narration. I don‘t know too much of the other legends. For instance, the Grail story is not in it as far as I remember. 9mo
Gezemice 3. Yes! I loved that everything was from one or other woman‘s point of view, and women‘s homes and spaces were the locations. We learned a lot of what they were doing. I must say I would have preferred a bit less of Morgaine spinning or weaving or what have you, and have her return to Avalon much earlier. Gunievere also grated on me, I think that was intentional, that she went from being afraid to be outside to loving it. 9mo
InLibrisVeritas @Gezemice It's quite alright! I figured this dicussion would be kind of sparse ❤ I absolutely agree about Morgaine and Gwen, especially Gwen. She was an interesting character bc of her double standards but it made reading her pov so frustrating 9mo
Gezemice @InLibrisVeritas Absolutely. She was definitely there to show Christian fanatism but also how much of it came from her insecurity. Like she wanted to appease God so she could bear children. 9mo
Gezemice @InLibrisVeritas Also, about the controversy, I looked up the author AFTER I finished, so that rather soured my view on her, and wish I did not know that. At the same time the work speaks for itself and it is a very good one but way too long I think. 9mo
InLibrisVeritas @Gezemice Yeah I doubt I will be reading more from Bradley. I found out beforehand so it made some things kind of uncomfortable. Gwen's need to manipulate Arthur really bothered me. I got where she was coming from but to use shared trauma like that just hit wrong. 9mo
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