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Sense of an Ending | Julian Barnes
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Some books acquire strong associations for me. Curtis Sittenfeld's Sisterland evokes a time share near Traverse City, Michigan. Steinbeck's Cannery Row, a cool bus window on a Greyhound bound for San Francisco. Julian Barnes' The Sense of an Ending, Madeline Miller's The Song of Achilles, and Sonali Deraniyagala's Wave take me to the mountains of northern Spain in autumn.

I'm curious: What books carry strong associations for you?

Megabooks Books that I read in veterinary school, there were so few of them, generally remind me of pedicures because I‘d try to make time to do those two things together monthly. Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, Unbearable Lightness, anything by Anthony Bourdain, takes me right to a nail salon! 1w
ImperfectCJ @Megabooks So does it work the other way, too...the smell of acetone brings to mind arguments about piano practice? (Which is pretty much all I remember about Tiger Mother.) 1w
Eggs The strongest is Dandelion Wine. It takes me to childhood in a small midwestern town. So many similarities between that town and the fictional Green Town Illinois. Courthouse square, old library, paths by the river, new sneakers‘ bounciness for the start of summer!! Then I relived it with my 3 children, reading DW while they played, swam, ran and frolicked. What a great question you asked ❤️ 1w
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ImperfectCJ @Eggs What a beautiful memory and what a gift to pass to your children! 1w
Megabooks @ImperfectCJ Not only the thread and scenes of the book but also the unfettered joy of choosing what you read for once! And getting your feet massaged!!! That‘s part of it. A foot massage with definitely make me think of certain books/authors. Probably every graduate student who loves to read for pleasure has some positive association with sneaking in those precious pages. 1w
Megabooks I read The Hunger Games trilogy in the student lounge on call as a senior student so that has some memories as urgent as the story. 1w
ImperfectCJ @Megabooks That reminds me of my experience with the Clan of the Cave Bear books. I binge-read them during the first trimester of my pregnancy with my daughter when I had bad morning sickness. Every time I think of the series now, 15 years later, I feel ill. (Luckily, I read Harry Potter later in my pregnancy so no nausea with those.) 7d
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The Sense of an Ending | Julian Barnes
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#MOvember #IllRemember Another one I need to get to ! Almost the end of the month... feeling emotional here Cindy &
Everyone ... I‘ll remember all the chats & laughs & serious thoughtful posts that have been part of this particular Litsy journey.... 👍🏻❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

Cinfhen Awwwwww😘😘😘😘it is kind of sad 😢 I‘m getting verklempt @julesG @BarbaraBB 2w
julesG @Cinfhen 😘😘😘😘 2w
Cathythoughts @Cinfhen I can‘t tell you how much I appreciate you! Thankyou 😘😘😘 2w
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TrishB End of an era ❤️ 2w
Cinfhen Thanks friends 🙏🏻 @TrishB @julesG @Cathythoughts 🌻🌻🌻🌻 2w
batsy Definitely the end of an era like @TrishB said. Even even I wasn't participating during certain months I loved seeing the posts and I'll miss it ❤️ 2w
Cathythoughts @TrishB yes! I agree @batsy what Trish .... the end of an era. I also always loved to see the posts 👍🏻❤️ 2w
Suet624 I‘m so sad to hear this. 2w
Cathythoughts @Suet624 I know ! But , we will continue on with @Cinfhen with #bookreport & #weeklyforcast .... so all is changing , but the contact will continue 👍🏻❤️ 2w
rubyslippersreads @Cinfhen I‘ll miss the challenges, but look forward to seeing what you come up with in the future. 😘 2w
Cinfhen Thanks so much @rubyslippersreads we had LOTS of laughs and awesome book talk over the years 😁💕thanks for being an early participant ❤️ 2w
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Sense of an Ending | Julian Barnes
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"Sense of an Ending" by Barnes, though started for me as an interesting read tickled down at some point. Maybe it was the narrative, or the long dragging way of presenting a story, it really didn't turn out to be as good as I had expected it be. Although some parts of the book had me highlighting lines some parts simply begged to be skipped. Yet, Barnes as an author has an impeccable way of moulding images that remain within the readers mind.

The Sense of an Ending | Julian Barnes
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#BFCR4 Final Check In. This round I mostly did well. I met my reading goals and baked several healthy recipes. I started a weight loss program. I worked on myself. But this last week really fell through the cracks. We got a bunch of snow (the above picture is a romantic view of snow - in reality, Ottawa is currently a slushy grimy mess), and I got sick so I had to skip out on my fitness classes. Sadly, I felt that I ended on a really sour note.

IndoorDame Oh no, I‘m sorry you had such a bad week! Don‘t let it sour your view of this round because you did such great things!!! 💜💜💜 1mo
TheAromaofBooks Yes, cold mud slush is the real winter tradition!! 😬 1mo
Hufflepuffle I‘m sorry that it ended on a week you got sick. You did amazing things this round though so don‘t forget that. You are amazing! 🌸🌺🌼 (edited) 1mo
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#TIL about patient HM who had a great impact on how #Neuroscience understands #memory. Because he had a serious case of epilepsy, scientists removed his hippocampus and amagdala in hopes of lessening or curing his seizures. While this was a "success", HM was left entirely dependant on his family. He could no longer create memories #nonfiction

I wonder how he felt, having to relive every moment constantly. Died 2008

#nfnov @Clwojick @rsteve388

Clwojick I think this book would fascinate me if i listened to it on audio, but could see it being a bit of a dry physical read. Which format did you do? 4 pt. 1mo
Crimson613 @Clwojick I did the audiobook and I think it works well, the author has a way of making it a bit exciting (altho yeah some parts are a bit dry), but I think it also helps keep you interested bc she talks about her life. it's like half memoir half technical 1mo
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Clwojick +1pt 1mo
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All Is Not Forgotten | Wendy Walker
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I bailed on this book early in the first chapter. There shouldn‘t be degrees of tragedy when it comes to individuals who are raped. It‘s not more tragic because Jenny was respectful of adults and ”retained a sweetness” that other teenager girls didn‘t have. 🤬

Hooked_on_books Yikes. Not ok. 1mo
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