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AtwoodLover

AtwoodLover

Joined July 2016

There are years that ask questions and years that answer - Zora Neale Hurston. ~ mom to two great kids ~ high school English teacher
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Mehso-so

I‘m not sure about this book. I‘m leaning more towards meh. It was so strange.

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Beartown: A Novel | Fredrik Backman
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Mehso-so

I loved A Man Called Ove but Beartown just didn't do it for me. The writing was erratic - five perspectives in one chapter and each perspective would be one or two sentences. The concepts - the undercurrent of violence in society from many sanctioned and not sanctioned avenues - was interesting and painful. Wouldn't recommend to a friend.

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Angle of Repose | Wallace Stegner
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Pickpick

I liked the beginning and middle more than the ending - the letters between Susan and Augusta became tedious. I think it was most impactful to realize that being a human has always been hard - it was hard in the 1800s and it is hard now. All humans crave the same things and sometimes we get them and sometimes we don't. Also, a great read for west coast Americans - all very historic places! #angleofrepose

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Just finished this and The Abstinence Teacher - hmmmm. I loved The Leftovers and the show on HBO is maybe one of my all-time favorites. But, his characters lead depressing lives and, by depressing I mean depressing in a 21st century, the grass is always greener somewhere else kind of way. Sidenote - can someone help me understand 1) how to keep up with the challenges? Do I make a spreadsheet? 2) how do I participate in the postal book clubs? Thx

AtwoodLover @BookishMarginalia I hope you don't mind if I tagged you - I'm a teacher too :). I don't think I'm the most savvy with hashtags and tagging so I need a bit of a tutorial sesh. Thanks for a heads - up if you have a few minutes. Thanks - Jenn 2y
TheAnitaAlvarez I want to read The Leftovers and his latest book too, they sound great 2y
JillPill I have a spreadsheet that I use to keep track of my reading challenges. But Amazon has a bunch of really cool reading journals that you could use too. I just ordered one and it should be here tomorrow 2y
heikemarie For the swaps and such, mostly it‘s just following folks and seeing what they post about. @LitsyHappenings reposts different swaps and challenges to help highlight what‘s going on around Litsy so I would follow that account! 2y
Tameeka Totally agree that the characters depressed the heck out of me. 2y
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AtwoodLover
Angle of Repose | Wallace Stegner
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Giving it a go as a recommendation from a trusted bookish friend. Interesting so far.

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Anna Karenina | Leo Tolstoy
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Page 300ish! 600 hundred to go. What a challenge! I'm fascinated by the idea that the translations caused as much of a stir as the novel itself. Wish me luck in finishing.

heikemarie Luck!! 2y
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Taft | Ann Patchett
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Mehso-so

Pretty good. Read it in one day and skipped a bunch of pages. I loved Bel Canto and like State of Wonder. This was an odd story but it worked today.

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Pickpick

I read this to expand my perspective on the death of the American Dream. Being from CA, my life has always felt like diversity is tantamount to the human experience and that the possibilities for success are endless - big cities everywhere, colleges abound. I had a lower middle-class existence as a kid but this book really opened my eyes to the struggles of Appalachian families, truly fierce survivors. Good read! #litsyatoz

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The Wonder | Emma Donoghue
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Pickpick

If you like historical fiction or Emma Donoghue, then The Wonder is for you. I loved Slammerkin by Donoghue so I was ready to give this a go! It was a quick, satisfying read going to a place I've never been - Ireland - and investigating a phenomenon I've never heard of. Perfect weekend book. #litsyatoz

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The Sellout: A Novel | Paul Beatty
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What a crazy, challenging, interesting, and meaty novel! The first American to win the Booker Prize and I can see why he won - those award winners are often filled with conversations and complexities that unfold in your mind over the course of weeks and months. For anyone interested in race relations in a supposedly "post-racial" world- this is your book.

AtwoodLover #litsyatoz @BookishMarginalia Finished with my A and my B! Awesome and motivating! Now on to my C - Ta-nahesi Coates' Between the World and Me. I think I have to go back to my Google Form though and add my titles:) 3y
BookishMarginalia You're off to a great start! 3y
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Hag-Seed | Margaret Atwood
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Just finished my #litsyatoz ! Yes! I've never done anything like this before and I've been addicted to books since I was 7. 34 years later - here I am! Thanks @BookishMarginalia for organizing!

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The Sellout: A Novel | Paul Beatty
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Just started this for #litsyatoz and it's quite dense. Man Booker Prize winner, set in a fictional SoCal town, packed with poetic language, and a bizarrely complex perspective on race. Off to a good start!