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#LitSolace #MidsummerSolace

It's Saturday 💚☕️💚 Grab your coffee and check in for #SaturdayChatterday

☕️ Are you having a good weekend?
☕️ What are you up to today?
☕️ Where are you?
☕️ What are your plans for next week?
☕️ Any recommendations - books, places, films/tv shows etc?

Have a great day 🌞

❓️Would you be interested in this being a weekly event, rather than just at #Litsolace events?

@TheBookHippie @Chrissyreadit @jenniferw88

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Librarybelle I think this would be a fun weekly checkin! It‘s been very hot in my part of PA, but also sunny. I have a busy week ahead, as I am nearing completion of my coursework in proofreading. I also have a number of library books due that I should read! But, this Sunday is a visit to a winery with a friend for a wine and ice cream pairing. Yum! 17h
IndoorDame @Librarybelle congrats on coming to the end of your coursework, that‘s big! And wine and ice cream sounds fun, totally a pairing Ive never tried and now want to! 16h
BethM It is pouring here in WI. Today I need to teach yoga and tomorrow is church, Sam‘s club, and the bookstore! 16h
IndoorDame I‘m also enjoying our check ins and would be down to continue them. I‘m feeling better than last week. Still nursing the tail end of whatever bug I had, but definitely strong enough to start catching up on the household stuff that fell by the wayside (at least in small bursts) so that‘s probably what my week looks like. But I‘m actually looking forward to it since having my space in balance is one of the things that centers me mentally. 16h
Librarybelle Thanks, @IndoorDame ! The winery does lots of fun pairings, so it‘ll be a good time, and perfect weather for ice cream. Good luck with your household stuff! 16h
TheSpineView I like the idea of a weekly check-in. Just my usual plans for the weekend, ride and go to lunch with my barn friends, then home to get some housework done. Hot here so the riding will be short today. Next week it will be hellish hot, in the upper 90s with a heat index well over 100. Just as well that I have to work next week. At the AC in the office works well. 16h
wanderinglynn I just worked out & did my stretching, so feeling pretty good. It‘s going to be 99/100F in DC this weekend = staying inside with the blinds closed & the fan running on high. I‘m working on updating a paper I wrote about 10 years ago but didn‘t publish. That & reading are my plans. The heat wave is supposed to continue through next week, although this weekend is the peak temps. 🥵 90 is going to feel cool after this weekend. 😆 16h
IndoorDame @TheSpineView I rode growing up, and I remember at my outdoor stable they used to have us ride bareback when the weather got obscenely hot or obscenely cold (for the horses comfort not ours, though I doubt anyone was actually comfortable 😂) 16h
TheBookHippie @Librarybelle 🎉🎉🎉🎉 yay!! Enjoy Sunday! 16h
TheBookHippie @IndoorDame The nasty viruses of late have been awful! So glad you‘re on the mend! I get it with the house stuff! 16h
TheBookHippie @wanderinglynn oh a paper! How wonderful to revisit and revise. Why yes I‘m a nerd. 16h
TheBookHippie @TheSpineView this heat 😵‍💫 16h
TheBookHippie Sunday is forecasted the last day of miserable heat here. We shall see. I‘m doing chores in the house today, the heat and my RA are NOT friends. I‘m about to make waffles and cut up the oranges and get my pour over coffee going. I finished up most of my Litsy love writing last night so a couple of more letters to write today too. My flare is tapering off thank goodness. Reading to do this afternoon - library books are due! 16h
TheBookHippie I watched Black Barbie on Netflix and enjoyed it! 15h
IndoorDame @TheBookHippie I‘m so happy to hear your flare is tapering off! That makes everything in life better 💜 15h
TheBookHippie @IndoorDame ♥️♥️♥️♥️ 15h
peaKnit Rainy weekend in WI, I need to clean but want to read, I‘ll try to get to both :) 15h
AllDebooks @Librarybelle great job on nearing the end of your course. Your plans sound amazing! 🍷🍧 15h
AllDebooks @BethM a bookstore visit is always a win, especially on rainy days x 15h
AllDebooks @IndoorDame so glad you're starting to feel better. X 15h
AllDebooks @TheSpineView jeez, that's 🥵 Enjoy your ride x 15h
Cuilin This has been one of my best weeks pain and mobility wise. Almost no stiffness. I met up with friends. Went to a game and I‘m off to a Bridal shower today. I need to watch out for fatigue but so far I feel good. Best week of the year. 15h
AllDebooks @wanderinglynn I could not cope with these temps! Enjoy your reading x 15h
AllDebooks @TheBookHippie So glad you're recovering from your flareup. Take it easy x 15h
AllDebooks @TheBookHippie oooh, this does look good. I shall be watching this. Thanks for the recommendation. X https://m.imdb.com/title/tt26593387/ 15h
AllDebooks @peaKnit rainy days = reading days. It's the law 😊 15h
AllDebooks @Cuilin That's amazing. Glad you're able to make the most of your time. Sounds a fun weekend x 15h
Cuilin @TheBookHippie I understand the flair ups and downs. I‘m just coming off a 3+ month PsA or Lupus flare (med team still undecided) I also need to catch up on #LL Enjoy your waffles. 15h
AllDebooks I'm gardening and catching up on #buddyreads inbetween ferrying my teens around their shenanigans. 😅 15h
Cuilin @IndoorDame I like everything ordered too. It makes me feel calm. Do you listen to audiobooks or music when you‘re doing housework? 15h
Cuilin @AllDebooks Gardening sounds lovely. I actually miss the teenagers around. Though I get to see my eldest today as it‘s her friend‘s Bridal shower. 15h
wanderinglynn @TheBookHippie yay for nerds! 🤓🎉🙌🏻 15h
mcctrish I love this idea! I slept in, the heat wave is alive and well here & I‘m hoping the humidity does abate a bit too @TheBookHippie I‘m thankful for a/c but I hate having the house closed up after winter. I‘ve got a giant cold brew with foamed milk in front of me and I‘m trying to catch up with Butter for #camplitsy we still have another week of school and last week lasted FOREVER. I am helping serve a meal at a church today, it will be busy 15h
mcctrish @Cuilin I‘m so happy to hear you are feeling great 15h
peaKnit @AllDebooks it‘s the law! I love that!! 👮 15h
mcctrish @TheBookHippie I‘m glad to hear you are on the other side of a flare and can enjoy your summer holidays 15h
AllDebooks @Librarybelle @IndoorDame @TheSpineView @mcctrish I'm up for keeping it running. I'll post it as a play/tag/share game once #MidsummerSolace is over. It will make a nice communal weekend #SaturdayChatterdy followed by Sunday #Hyggehour 💚 15h
TheBookHippie @Cuilin 😵‍💫 I get it. I‘m just now starting to get a grip on my life since having COVID 2022 - not good for RA, migraines and my immune system issues. Good days are wonderful. I‘d give advice but I always overdue good days. 😵‍💫 Enjoy your day!! ♥️ 14h
TheBookHippie @mcctrish gads I forget you‘re still in school 😵‍💫😵‍💫😵‍💫😵‍💫 14h
TheBookHippie @AllDebooks yes keep weekly running ♥️ 14h
IndoorDame @Cuilin I do! Especially anything repetitive like dishes, I find them super overwhelming otherwise but kinda meditative with an audiobook 😂. So glad to hear you had a good week and were able to take full advantage of it! That up and down cycle with chronic illness is something I‘m familiar with. 14h
AllDebooks I need it too. It really helps ground me for the week. It has been a very stressful year so far and I have a lot ongoing, still. These events are a true solace and I truly appreciate and love your responses x 14h
TEArificbooks We finally have a week with no plans. My hubby travels for work so when he comes home for a week or two between jobs we usually pack it full of family fun activities and appointments. We even go on trips while he is home even though he travels for a living. However, the cosmos aligned this time and we have no plans no appointments no trips. So it is time for a lazy week at home and to hide from the triple digits temps. 12h
kspenmoll I was on my porch reading u til the heat drove me inside. Since then, hunkered down in AC, reading, lunching, soon to watch MASH the movie with Donald Sutherland. 12h
kspenmoll Yes, this chat is a nice check in with everyone! 12h
kspenmoll @Cuilin Keep taking care of yourself as best you can. Saw friends-so important! ❤️ I listen to audiobooks or music or NPR depending on on time of day when I cook, clean up. 12h
kspenmoll @TheBookHippie Same heat here. Yuk. Enjoy reading now your flare up is receding! 12h
kspenmoll @mcctrish Persevered & read 1/2 of Butter! 12h
kspenmoll @TEArificbooks Enjoy your well deserved lazy week! 12h
kspenmoll @TheBookHippie I am so sorry Covid wrecked your body.❤️🩵💙🩷 11h
dabbe 💙💚💙 to everyone! And to all suffering with the heat, hang in there! 9h
DebinHawaii I love the idea of an ongoing weekly check in. 💛 After a month+ of travel & illness (either bronchitis twice or another form of crud) & crazy work times, I‘m starting to feel human again. I‘m out today at the coffee shop trying to catch up on reading Butter for #CampLitsy24 along with catching up on #5JoysFriday posts & getting #LitsyLove & card swap out. (I did not make the solstice!) Definitely feeling the pressure of being behind on so much. 7h
Catsandbooks I like the idea of a weekly check in! Although I would definitely need reminders 😆Next weekend I'm flying up to my mom in WI because she has to have shoulder surgery so I want to be there for extra help. So this week I'm getting ready for that. Doing laundry and other chores this weekend. Least I'll get a little break from the MS heat for a couple weeks. 4h
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Bear: A Novel | Julia Phillips
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Just went into the BOTM app and noticed that they added hints for July (hoping The God of the Woods is one of them). Did I miss some of these extras last month or are these new? Looks like one of our August #camplitsy books is an extra! #BOTM

AmyG Ooooo I hope the Chris Whitaker book is a choice! 17h
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On my way to York to meet Trish, Emma and Katie for a bookshop crawl.

Pic is of Knaresborough (not Japan! 🤣) - book is really interesting NF having just finished reading Butter for #camplitsy.

@TrishB @Oryx @youneverarrived

Crazeedi Have fun!! 19h
youneverarrived Look forward to your review on this, it sounds good! 15h
Cathythoughts Lovely photo ♥️ 14h
LeahBergen It looks like you all had a fantastic day! 🥰 11h
squirrelbrain We did have a fantastic day @LeahBergen - apologies for the many many posts about it! 🤪 9h
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Butter: Roman | Asako Yuzuki
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Question 1 of 3

After Clear we‘re now continuing #CampLitsy24 with a completely different one. But that‘s what makes Camp so fun, right ?!

Today we discuss Butter, chapters 1 to 8. No spoilers please about the second half. I‘ll post three questions again. Thanks for joining!

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GatheringBooks I love the coherence in the entire narrative with the title setting the vibe for the storytelling, the unfolding of each character‘s lives and motivations, and the undeniable sense of place. It isn‘t just any food - it is japanese food with its celebration of rice and mochi and all the tiny details that surface identity entangled with body image issues, societal expectations of what constitutes femininity, and gastronomic delights. 23h
GatheringBooks I managed to find echire butter in the only place that sells it here in the uae - and now including it in my 88 year old mother‘s staple dish (rice). Haven‘t tried it yet myself but looking forward to savoring its taste. 23h
ChaoticMissAdventures I am not a foodie, and rarely cook but I have found myself making rice with butter and soy sauce a couple of times while reading! The author is doing an excellent job creating a foodie vibe, and I am absorbed by it, which is really surprising I am not normally into food based stories. Her writing on the topic is very engaging though! 21h
squirrelbrain Like you @ChaoticMissAdventures I‘m not drawn to food-based stories but, for me, in this case, it was all a bit much. I found myself skimming a lot. 21h
squirrelbrain But your comments @GatheringBooks make me want to go back and re-read with a more positive viewpoint and to see how the food is inextricably linked with all of the other themes of the book. This is why I love #camplitsy so much - all of the comments can make you see a book in a new light. 21h
Kitta I think the food and the increasing complexity of the recipes Rika cooks is a reflection of her own self discovery. They start simple introducing her to what she didn‘t even know she was missing and as they get more complex she starts to better understand herself and the complexities of her own life. I think it also really helps set anchor the narrative in Japan too! Like @GatheringBooks I‘m looking to find some echire butter to try it with rice! 20h
Kitta I think it‘s hard to answer this question without touching a bit on the second one: the food culture and societal expectations in Japan. Agreed with @GatheringBooks that it also helps bring up themes of body image issues and femininity but I‘d also add self control. It seems to be a very restrained society and gaining weight is associated with losing control of yourself. Rika seems to defy that later on, but in the beginning it was hard to read. 20h
Bookwormjillk There seems to be an element of self care to Rika‘s discovery of food. As she feeds herself she gets more confident about herself. (I am out of both rice and butter and it‘s killing me a little. Need to shop today.) 20h
Hooked_on_books Everyone eats, but not everyone approaches food the same way, so having these 2 characters connect through food and Rika‘s changing attitude to food was interesting. I also felt like the author was strongly equating enjoying food to sex, which didn‘t really work for me, but I feel like she hammered at it with the language and constant references to people‘s glistening lips. 20h
Laughterhp So I ended up having to skip this one. I thought my library had a copy, but it was in German when I went to go check it out. 🤷🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️ and I couldn‘t find another copy. 17h
Suet624 I wonder how many of us felt a yearning for rice, butter and soy sauce as they read the first half of this book. I sure did. I also don't like to cook and as I read I found myself checking out recipes and experimenting a bit. This has never happened that a book has inspired me to do this. 17h
AmyG I am sorry. I bailed. See you in July! 17h
mcctrish @Suet624 oh I ABSOLUTELY did and if there wasn‘t such a heat wave on I‘d be cooking and baking up a storm 15h
DGRachel I am with @squirrelbrain on this one, although it may have bugged me even more. I had to switch to audio, so I didn‘t skim, but I just kept thinking “enough with the food already” and I never want to see another stick of butter, see a recipe with it, or hear the word. It seemed like just when we started to get real character interaction, there‘d be another 20-30 minutes of just food details. 🤬 15h
Texreader All I want is butter!! Love this book! 15h
Meshell1313 @Suet624 me!!! 🙋🏼‍♀️I‘m on the hunt for that butter brand too- it sounds sooo good! 🤣 14h
Meshell1313 So interesting to me how it really becomes about gender roles- the role of the perfect wife, the perfect woman. Def a comment on society‘s expectations of women- not just the household duties but how they should look in what is a very restrictive society. I found myself angry for the women in this book and wanted them to defy all of the “norms!” 14h
sarahbarnes Love all the comments here. I love to cook and really enjoyed the MC‘s starting to change the way she thinks about food. For me it is a very emotional thing. Agree that the overwrought connections to sex were a bit over the top for me at times. 12h
Megabooks @Kitta Yes, I liked that Rika was on a journey of self-discovery through food. I felt the dishes really fit the character arc. @gatheringbooks I'd love to get ahold of that butter! @bookwormjillk She definitely seems to care for herself more as she discovers a love of cooking. I know I feel better about myself when I've taken the time to make a meal rather than eat something more convenient. 11h
Megabooks @sarahbarnes Love that you pointed out that food is tied to emotion both in the book and life! But I think the whole equating food to sex is a bit reductive and tiresome in all literary incarnations. @hooked_on_books 11h
Karisa @Meshell1313 Yes, that‘s what I kept thinking too. It‘s seen as women‘s work, cooking and food in general. Definitely tangled up in what is expected of them as women and what happens when someone trying to be more modern like Rika (hungry for success) is swayed by someone who‘s a true believer in it (M). It‘s like she‘s being converted 😂 and those of us craving rice with soy sauce and butter are right there too! @Suet624 it is sounding so good! 11h
dabbe I'm between @AmyG and @squirrelbrain on this one. I'm reading, skipping, and almost close to bailing. As someone who has had to lose weight to control her diabetes, all of the food stuff is hard to take. And to find herself by gaining weight but having others admonish her for it is also hard to take. I'll give it a try one more time for next week. It also could be a lot shorter, IMHO. 10h
BookWrym Love the food descriptions I love butter and cooking with butter so I was captured by the food aspect but it also strongly links to gender stereotypes and the different expectations for men and women. Men are allowed to enjoy food but women must be restrained in what they consume. Love the fact that Rika acknowledges she is still searching for the balance that is right for her, in life as well as in food. 9h
CogsOfEncouragement My husband is a foodie. Eating at places that are doing an excellent job at their specialty is fun & adds another experience to what we are doing that day. He also tries recipes I wouldn't like homemade marshmallows. We gotta eat, but Rika has been starving herself, working long hours, rushing around w/out much to show for it. Enjoying food and nourishing herself is good. Getting caught up in Kajii's views on other things is problematic. 9h
TrishB @AmyG I did too! 8h
Prairiegirl_reading @BookWrym “the right amount for me”. I keep going back to this thought. The right amount of food, sex, how much effort we put in. And that takes me to your comment about enjoyment and gender stereotypes and how men don‘t have to worry about these unrealistic beauty standards, the way to a man‘s heart and all that. I agree with other people that this is difficult, It‘s definitely been scrambling my brain a bit. I can‘t wait to find out what happens 8h
Prairiegirl_reading I‘m also a foodie. I love to cook, eat, try new recipes and new wines. I also struggle with body image. I‘ve been every size and back again over my adult life. I am loving the food descriptions and struggling with the beauty standards and fat phobia. 8h
BarbaraBB @Laughterhp @AmyG @TrishB That‘s too bad! Hopefully you‘ll join us in July for (edited) 8h
BarbaraBB @sarahbarnes Yes to all you say. I feel the same about cooking and the emotions related to it. 7h
BarbaraBB @Suet624 I do like to cook but I have never before felt inspired by a book to do so. Those simple dishes sound delicious! (edited) 7h
BarbaraBB @Prairiegirl_reading I‘m with you completely. I love food and wine and feel so guilty when enjoying one or the other or both 🤦🏻‍♀️ 7h
Soubhiville I decided to skip this one. Be back in July 🙂. (I am enjoying reading all of your responses though!) 7h
TrishB I definitely will be! 7h
Larkken @dabbe @AmyG @squirrelbrain i think I‘m with you. I liked the food descriptions at first but they started to feel over the top and tending almost to gross? I was fascinated a bit with what feels like a focus on western foods and recipes tho - I do not associate butter with Japan but maybe that‘s me being unfamiliar! I feel like there might be something there about the western food and western impacts on gender roles in Japan? 6h
BarbaraJean @Kitta I love the insight that the recipes mirror Rika‘s self-discovery—almost guiding her as she navigates an increasingly complex view of herself & life in general. I think it also reflects the increasing complexity of the story Rika is pursuing, Kajii herself, and of the narrative overall. @Hooked_on_books @DGRachel @Megabooks @Larkken The repeated references to glistening lips etc. were off-putting & turned me off to the food descriptions. ⬇ 4h
BarbaraJean I did think it was interesting HOW the author made connections between food & sex, though. I wonder if some of it is cultural. In American culture, I think sex is served up as the main dish. Food would be the appetizer or side dish! But here, it felt the opposite: the emphasis wasn‘t on sex, but on food, almost as a replacement for sex—sex was the appetizer or side dish, food was the main attraction. 4h
AmyG @BarbaraBB I am reading James now and really enjoying it. Just skipped this one. I was also on a cruise and busy so that didn‘t help. @TrishB 👊🏻 (edited) 2h
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Bear: A Novel | Julia Phillips
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BOTM announced three more add ons for July, including the #camplitsy pick for August. @squirrelbrain @BarbaraBB @Megabooks

Megabooks Yay!!! 2d
squirrelbrain Great news for US Littens! 1d
BarbaraBB That is great news for many! Thanks for sharing! 1d
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Butter: Roman | Asako Yuzuki
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Next #camplitsy book! And what a book it was. My feelings changed every few pages and I can‘t really put into words whether really liked it or not (apart from all the food and all the cooking).

BarbaraBB What a great edition you have! I just finished it too. 5d
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Clear: A Novel | Carys Davies
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3✨I really enjoyed the peace I felt while reading this book. Ivar has been alone on a remote island for a long time, and John is a husband who is trying to provide for his bride. Loosely based on two historical events in Scotland that I wasn‘t aware happened, but now have a little background in. Read for #CampLitsy @squirrelbrain @BarbaraBB @Megabooks A little late, but glad I read it with everyone.

Megabooks It was a peaceful book. Glad you joined us! 6d
squirrelbrain Definitely a peaceful book. 6d
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Butter: Roman | Asako Yuzuki
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#CampLitsy enjoying an all butter croissant while audiobooking Butter. Life is good.

Looking forward to the discussion on this one as there are some really interesting observations so far.

Megabooks Yum!! Butter with a side of butter! 7d
BookmarkTavern Delicious! 7d
squirrelbrain Yummy! 🤤 7d
BarbaraBB Looking good. I had one too for breakfast! 7d
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Greenland Public Library | Greenland, AR (Library)
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Looked up from my book to see an iceberg! Off to Greenland today.

I am also struggling with Butter for #CampLitsy. I look up alot.

julesG 😍😍 7d
LiseWorks How cool! 7d
IndoorDame Wow! 🤩 7d
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mabell Very cool! 7d
Hooked_on_books That‘s gorgeous! 7d
TheSpineView 😎😎😎 7d
JenReadsAlot That's so cool!! 7d
bthegood Beautiful 🧡 7d
Kitta Amazing! I‘d love to see icebergs. My sister just moved to Newfoundland so maybe I‘ll get my chance (edited) 7d
Megabooks Wow! I struggled with the first half of Butter, but the second half is better. 7d
Lesliereadsalot Sounds like you‘re having such a great trip! 7d
AnnCrystal 🤩😍💝. 6d
dabbe 🤩🤩🤩 6d
Deblovestoread Great pic!! 6d
LeahBergen Wow! 6d
kspenmoll Amazing! So beautiful! I am struggling with Butter. Not sure I can finish.🤷🏼‍♀️🙄 2d
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Clear: A Novel | Carys Davies
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What stunned me most about this book was Davies' writing. So much was said with so few words--which simulates what happened in this novel. Ivar, a man living in solitude for years on a remote Scottish island, meets John, the hired minister who's going to tell him he has to leave due to the Highland Clearances. Both learn to communicate in sparse language and discover companionship in one another. Davies' sparse prose captures ⬇️

dabbe the lush and isolated landscape as well as the need for human connection. I will carry this story with me for a while.

A great start to #CampLitsy. Thank you, @megabooks, @squirrelbrain, and @barbarabb, for organizing this and being our indomitable leaders. 💙
squirrelbrain You‘re welcome. ☺️ Fabulous review! 1w
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sarahbarnes Agreed! Great review. 1w
Caryl Beautiful review of a beautiful story! 1w
kspenmoll Wonderful review- I had similar responses to the novel. Just discussed it with a friend today 1w
AmyG I loved this, too. Beautiful book. 1w
monalyisha Excellent point about the book‘s brevity and how it echoes both the sparseness and lushness of the language(s) John & Ivar use to communicate! 1w
Daisey Wonderful review! 1w
BarbaraBB So well said. Great review 1w
dabbe @Caryl 🤩 1w
dabbe @AmyG 🤩 1w
dabbe @Daisey 🤩 1w
dabbe @BarbaraBB 🤩 And thank you for your thought-provoking questions; they helped me pen this. 💙💚💙 1w
BarbaraBB Thank you. The discussion always adds so much to the reading experience! And those questions were a team effort, thanks to @squirrelbrain and @Megabooks 🤍 1w
Megabooks Wow! What a review! So glad to have you at camp. @BarbaraBB is right. We‘re a team each week, and I‘m proud to be a counselor with such fantastic people! @squirrelbrain 1w
dabbe @Megabooks 🤩🤗😀 6d
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