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BarbaraJean

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READ ALL THE THINGS! www.goodreads.com/barbarajanette www.commonplacehope.wordpress.com
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The Story Girl | L. M. Montgomery
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The #KindredSpiritsBuddyRead is taking a break in December, but we‘ll pick up again in the new year with The Story Girl & The Golden Road. I‘ve tagged those who were interested, but all are welcome—comment if you‘d like to be tagged!

Both of these have roughly 30 chapters—we could continue chapter-a-day, but it seems most of us have a hard time keeping to daily chapters! How about one book per month, with a discussion at the end of the month?

Jerdencon I‘m in! 2d
TheAromaofBooks Sounds great!! 2d
quietjenn That sounds like a good plan! 2d
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“I am simply a ‘book drunkard.‘ Books have the same irresistible temptation for me that liquor has for its devotee. I cannot withstand them.”
—L.M. Montgomery

Not sure where this LMM quote is from, but I love it, and it‘s a perfect way to say “Happy Birthday, L.M. Montgomery!”‘here on Litsy. 🎉📚🎂🥳

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Further Chronicles of Avonlea | Lucy Maud Montgomery
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#KindredSpiritsBuddyRead: Chronicles/Further Chronicles of Avonlea discussion:

What do you think of LMM‘s short stories in general?

Have you read any of her short stories before?

Would you seek out more of her short fiction, or do you prefer her novels?

Jerdencon This was my first time reading these stories. Some were definitely better than others and overall I think I prefer her novels. 6d
BarbaraJean @Jerdencon Same! I found that I liked the stories in Chronicles much better overall than in Further Chronicles. But the repeated themes got a little tedious, and because of that, I do prefer her full-length fiction. More varied!! 6d
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Clare-Dragonfly Yes, I agree, I prefer the variety in her novels! 5d
TheAromaofBooks I read somewhere that a lot of her short story collections weren't actually published by her (most were published after her death, although I'm not sure about the Chronicles, I know that some of the other “themed“ collections, like Across the Miles & At the Altar were), so I think some of those repetitive themes were also her kind of ironing out a concept. I definitely prefer her novels, but on the whole I'm not a big short-story reader anyway. 5d
quietjenn These are my first Montgomery short stories. I enjoyed them enough that I'll definitely read more in spare moments, although I definitely respond more to the novels. I am fond of short stories though, so nice to have another beloved author to add to the rotation. 5d
sblbooks I've read her Christmas short stories which I liked better than Chronicles. However, I much prefer her novels. 5d
BarbaraJean @TheAromaofBooks That‘s really interesting—it makes sense that if she didn‘t assemble the collection herself, the repeated motifs weren‘t necessarily meant to all be read together. Although as @Bkwrm7 noted earlier, apparently many of these were edited to add in the Anne references, so maybe LMM was involved in choosing which stories were included. Either way, she sure did have some favorite tropes…😆 5d
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Further Chronicles of Avonlea | Lucy Maud Montgomery
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#KindredSpiritsBuddyRead: Chronicles/Further Chronicles discussion:
Several stories have problematic themes & content. How do you respond when a work reflects attitudes of its time such as racist stereotypes & terms that are (at best) problematic through a modern lens?
Do you skim/overlook the problem content, looking for something worthwhile in the rest of the work? Or do you skip the work completely?
What, if any, value is there in such works?

Jerdencon I was surprised at the story that had the Native American characters and how blatantly stereotypical and racists they were made out to be. I think it‘s a comment on the time the books were written - it was accepted to think/write that way and I don‘t think a lot of thought was given to it. 6d
BarbaraJean @Jerdencon It really was of its time, but still so awful. I'm always conflicted with content like that in classics. I usually try to skim past/skip over that kind of thing. It‘s cropped up in LMM‘s work before, but it‘s been fleeting references that I could grimace at & move on. But in Tannis, I found it impossible to look past. It was so ingrained throughout the story: the characterization, the plot, the whole perspective. 6d
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TheAromaofBooks I do think that while I don't go out of my way to find authors who dwelt on these kinds of stereotypes, it still holds value to see firsthand how different groups were assessed & judged at the time. Especially someone like Montgomery, overall known as a progressive & forward-thinking individual, yet seeing how she still accepted many of these stereotypes as fact helps me to see how far we have come & how far we still need to go. I would love to ⬇ 5d
TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) hear the thoughts of a Native American on stories like this to better understand how these prejudices have shaped their lives. @Jerdencon 5d
quietjenn I read a lot of vintage fiction, so I'm pretty used to taking it in context and finding the value in a work while also acknowledging it's issues. But I really couldn't with Tannnis. It was the worst offender that I've come across in ages and the fact that it was the last story really tainted the entire collection for me. Especially as there were other stories in the latter part of it which, while not as egregious, I really had issues with. 5d
BarbaraJean @TheAromaofBooks I like your point about how Montgomery was known as progressive and yet still casually included so many racist stereotypes in her work. It‘s instructive to see it first-hand, for sure. Like @quietjenn I had a hard time finding value with Tannis, though—given how blatant the racism was—and for the same reasons, I wish it hadn‘t been the last story in the collection. 5d
sblbooks For the most part , I understand the classics are going to have stereotypes that are no longer acceptable. I still find so much value in reading them. The last short story in for the further Chronicles I could definitely skip, though. 5d
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Further Chronicles of Avonlea | Lucy Maud Montgomery
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#KindredSpiritsBuddyRead: Chronicles/Further Chronicles of Avonlea discussion:

Most collections of short stories will have at least a few misses.
Which stories did you dislike in Chronicles?
Which did you dislike in Further Chronicles?

Jerdencon I started to dislike all the stories where the dominant family member would make the more passive one make crazy promises about not getting married and not leaving them. Even though it usually worked out in the end - so many stories had that theme. 6d
BarbaraJean @Jerdencon Seriously! There were several tropes that felt repetitive. The promises about not marrying someone, and the lovers parted by a quarrel who are both too proud to make things right. Several of those stories I might have liked if there was only ONE rather than the same theme over & over. Hands down my least favorite was Tannis of the Flats. I almost stopped reading because of the racist comments--it was everywhere & so blatant! 6d
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Clare-Dragonfly As @Jerdencon says, the tropes got repetitive, but otherwise I liked the stories in Chronicles all pretty well—they were sweet. But they got depressing as Further Chronicles went on! I agree with you that Tannis was the worst. It might have been a nice ballad-type sad story if it hadn‘t been so freaking racist. 5d
TheAromaofBooks There was also the one where the guy helps raise the little girl and then she falls in love with him and marries him. Her going away to school helped make it slightly less creepy, but it still felt weird considering he proposed to her MOTHER. And the dominant relative forcing the weaker one to stay single definitely got old after a while. As for Tannis... 😬 @Jerdencon @Clare-Dragonfly 5d
quietjenn As others have mentioned, those stories with the deathbed promises (so many selfish characters and this idea that the a) keeping a promise that you didn't want to make and b) sacrificing your own life/happiness for someone else who doesn't even care are both somehow noble; and the one where the dude falls in love with the girl he helped raises. Yikes. 5d
BarbaraJean @Clare-Dragonfly With Tannis, I felt like the whole thing was so thoroughly racist there wouldn‘t be much left if you took out the racist parts! @TheAromaofBooks @quietjenn Ugh, yes. Can you imagine marrying your mother‘s ex? 😬 5d
sblbooks @TheAromaofBooks The Education of Betty gave me creepy Dean vibes from the Emily series😳 5d
sblbooks @Jerdencon @BarbaraJean @Clare-Dragonfly @quietjenn I agree wholeheartedly with everything you said. All the stories with extended family members trying to guilt trip someone into not getting married, got on my nerves after a while. That last story came out of left field, it was definitely the worst. it's hard for me to believe that was written by LM Montgomery. 5d
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Further Chronicles of Avonlea | Lucy Maud Montgomery
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#KindredSpiritsBuddyRead: Chronicles/Further Chronicles of Avonlea discussion:

What did you think of the reappearance of Anne, Diana, and other characters from the Anne series?

Did the inclusion of these characters work for you or was it distracting?

Bkwrm7 I just read a little bit about these stories on Wikipedia and it really is a Rollings Reliable situation! Most of these were written before the Anne books, but there was demand for more Anne stories, so some names and locations were changed to tie these to her and Avonlea. I don't feel like that hurt the stories, but it didn't add a lot either. The one where it worked best for me was The Winning of Lucinda. 6d
Jerdencon I didn‘t mind it - felt like it gave me a bit ire context to the story. 6d
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BarbaraJean @Bkwrm7 Oh, that's hilarious! You were right! I felt the same, it didn't detract but didn't really add much. I did like the one where Anne & Diana help with the hurried wedding-on-a-ladder. That sounded like an escapade they'd be involved in! But the first-person one from Anne's perspective felt awkward--it didn't sound like Anne. @Jerdencon Yes, I think I most enjoyed there being references to places I was familiar with from the Anne books! 6d
Clare-Dragonfly I thought it was cute when they reappeared! A little silly, but at least Anne was in character. 5d
TheAromaofBooks I agree that the first-person one didn't feel like Anne's voice at all, to the point that I was surprised when I found out she was the one telling the story! But the ladder escapade definitely sounded like an Anne-shenanigan! It was sort of nice having the places be Avonlea & environs just because I kind of have in my mind how far apart(ish) those places are, but on the whole it didn't feel necessary. 5d
quietjenn It was fine, but not altogether necessary. I liked it best when they were casually mentioned, so you could acknowledge it as being part of the same world (like when Matthew was mentioned in passing) but didn't really need them to take center stage. 5d
BarbaraJean @quietjenn I did really like that Matthew reference. It felt like a natural part of the story, whereas some of the Anne references felt a little forced. 5d
sblbooks I don't feel strongly either way. 5d
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Further Chronicles of Avonlea | Lucy Maud Montgomery
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Starting out our #KindredSpiritsBuddyRead with a couple basic intro questions: What were your favorite stories or favorite moments from Chronicles?
What were your favorite stories or moments in Further Chronicles?

Bkwrm7 Favorites from the original Chronicles are Quarantine at Alexander Abraham's and Pa Sloane's Purchase. From Further Chronicles the best were the first two: Aunt Cynthia's Persian Cat and The Materializing of Cecil. 6d
BarbaraJean @Bkwrm7 I loved The Materializing of Cecil! The Brother Who Failed was my other favorite in Further Chronicles. There were several I loved in the first collection: Each in His Own Tongue and The Winning of Lucinda were probably my favorites (I laughed so hard when Lucinda finally broke her silence with “YOU DAMNED IDIOT!“ 😂) The End of a Quarrel was up there as well. 6d
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TheAromaofBooks @BarbaraJean @Bkwrm7 - Oh, I loved The Brother Who Failed - that one definitely got me all choked up. The Materializing of Cecil was definitely another favorite as well. 5d
quietjenn I liked Chronicles so much more than Further! And actually the first half of Further was fine, it just really went downhill in the second part ... Overall, there was a fair amount of melodrama at play! I need to look up the contents again to cite specific stories! 5d
BarbaraJean @quietjenn Me too, on all counts. In looking back at the contents I realized there were a lot of stories I liked in Further Chronicles—they were just overshadowed by the last half (and Tannis being the last story left me feeling cold toward the entire collection). 5d
sblbooks In Chronicles The Quarantine at Alexander Abrams and the end of a quarrel were my favorites. In Further Chronicles my favorite was Aunt Cynthia's Persian Cat. 5d
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Start Spinning | Maggie Casey
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December #BookSpin list! I have a “clear the decks” approach, with lots of series I‘d like to make progress in/finish (plus my usual poetry & book club picks). I usually try to weight the list toward TBRs on my physical shelves, but I‘ll be out of town the last half of the month, so I have maybe half the list as eBooks I can grab from the library. I‘ll see which series the BookSpin fairy picks for me…and whether I‘ll get an elusive #BookSpinBingo!

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 6d
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Further Chronicles of Avonlea | Lucy Maud Montgomery
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I enjoyed seeing the Anne & Diana story (and its Miss Lavendar name-drop!), even though Anne & Diana felt like little more than name-drops themselves. But I loved “The Brother Who Failed”… it might be my favorite in this collection. 💜 #KindredSpiritsBuddyRead

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Further Chronicles of Avonlea | Lucy Maud Montgomery
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I‘m *almost* caught up with my story-a-day reading, which means this discussion must be coming soon! 😆 Join us on Sunday to discuss Chronicles of Avonlea and Further Chronicles of Avonlea! I‘ll post some questions mid-day Pacific Time; feel free to jump in when you‘re able. AND… be thinking about whether you‘d like to continue with more #KindredSpiritsBuddyRead-ing. I‘d love to read more L.M. Montgomery together if people are interested.

BarbaraJean As far as continuing the buddy read, I was thinking about taking a break in December, then picking up again with The Story Girl in January. But I‘m open to suggestions… let me know if you‘d like to continue, and if so, what you‘re interested in reading. 😊 I‘m also eyeing a read of the tagged book in December, so there‘s that, too… 1w
TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! I got a little behind on these as well but I'm getting caught up haha I think a December break might be good as I know that I'm going to be doing a lot of holiday reading/holiday craziness, but I'm definitely interested in continuing with some of Montgomery's other books - it's been so long since I've read most of them and it's been really fun to dip back into her writing!! So... keep me posted!!! 1w
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BarbaraJean @TheAromaofBooks Woohoo! Will definitely keep you posted for future Montgomery buddy reading! 1w
Bkwrm7 A December break is probably a good idea, but I'm definitely in for continuing in January! The Story Girl followed by The Golden Road makes sense for the next couple to me. 1w
Jerdencon I‘m in for more! And I do agree with the December break! 1w
JenlovesJT47 I‘d love to read more LMM! I recommend The Story Girl and The Golden Road. ❤️ 1w
JenlovesJT47 Marilla of Green Gables is really good! I‘d love to do a reread and grab the audiobook. 🤗 1w
quietjenn Sure, I'm game for more come the new year. 1w
AnneCecilie I would love to get back to buddy reading on January with The Story Girl 1w
BarbaraJean @Bkwrm7, @Jerdencon, @quietjenn, @AnneCecilie, @JenlovesJT47 - Yaaay! I'll plan on The Story Girl in January and The Golden Road in February. And @JenlovesJT47 - if you'd like to do a casual readalong of Marilla together in December, I'm game! 7d
JenlovesJT47 Would love to read Marilla of Green Gables! Let me know when you want to start. I‘m going to grab the audiobook. 🤗 7d
BarbaraJean @JenlovesJT47 I‘m so sorry I didn‘t get back to you sooner! I can start anytime—I‘ll pull the book off my shelf tonight! Do you want to just read throughout the month and tag each other as we read, or set up some kind of schedule? 2d
JenlovesJT47 Yes that sounds good! I can start it as soon as I finish my current audiobook, probably tomorrow. I‘m excited! 🤓 1d
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“One can be happy in eternal solitude. A book, a cup of tea, and no company: that was Cecilia‘s idea of heaven. Having spent the past week surrounded by people and thwarted at every turn in her efforts to locate a library, she was now feeling as if she had endured an upper circle of Hell.”

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“…part of what he saw was his own shame and horror, the sight of his own folly, the judgment one can imagine he found even harder to bear than God‘s, which was his own judgment on himself, because whereas God is merciful, we are none of us very good at showing mercy on ourselves.”

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New Year Who Dis? | Bitchy Fits
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I can‘t wait to dig into this #NewYearWhoDis list from @Blaire in January! About half were already on my TBR—some I don‘t even remember adding to my Goodreads TBR, so I‘m glad for the excuse to actually pick them up! I loved Ted Chiang‘s Stories of Your Life so I‘ve been wanting to read Exhalation, and I put Crying in H Mart on my Christmas list, so I may start there… but I‘ll see where my mood (and my library holds) take me in January. 😁

BarbaraJean It‘s a good sign to me when a book I‘ve read and loved shows up on the list. Psalm for the Wild-Built wins the prize this year, especially because it‘s one I also put on my list! 2w
Cinfhen Love this list @Blaire 😍Happy reading 2w
vivastory I've noticed Becky Chambers show up on numerous #NYWD lists. I really need to read it! I also want to read Exhalation. I was floored by Stories of Your Life when I read it a few months ago 2w
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Blaire @barbarajean so happy you like the list!! @vivastory @barbarajean I hope you love exhalation as much as I did. Also recommend Ezra Klein‘s interview with him on his podcast. 2w
Blaire @Cinfhen thank you!! 2w
Blaire @BarbaraJean I thought we were a good match when I saw both this book and Bryan Stevenson‘s book on your list. 2w
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I Can Make This Promise | Christine Day
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This was a lovely #MGBuddyRead pick. 12-year-old Edie begins to explore her past when she finds a box of letters & photos in her attic and realizes there may be more to discover about her heritage than she knew. I liked the portrayal of the parents & Edie‘s struggle to ask for answers. There was a friendship thread that needed more resolution, but overall I was really impressed by how the author handled the difficult realities of Native adoption.

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Chronicles of Avonlea | L M Montgomery
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Belated review, since I‘m now several stories into Further Chronicles! I hadn‘t realized just how much I would enjoy these tales set in and around Avonlea, sprinkled with little references to Anne or other characters from the Anne series. These light, sweet, and often humorous stories were a nice little reading dessert to dip into and indulge in during a busy couple of weeks. #KindredSpiritsBuddyRead

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Clouds of Witness | Dorothy L. Sayers
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I enjoyed this 2nd Lord Peter Wimsey mystery just as much as the first, but for different reasons. The dialogue felt wittier, and the character descriptions at the beginning were🔥 But one too many false trails made the solution feel like more of a stretch than an “aha!” Even so, it was a satisfying classic “manor house” murder mystery & I‘ll keep on with the series. Also, how great is this battered old hand-me-down copy from my friend‘s grandma?!

LeahBergen I need to carry on with this series, too. I‘ve only read the first. 3w
Ruthiella That paperback is definitely well-read! 😆 3w
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Further Chronicles of Avonlea | Lucy Maud Montgomery
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Today‘s story was a sweet tale of reconciliation, but I‘m a little tired of this repeated motif of the person who plans to forgive eventually… but not yet. “Of course I wouldn‘t forgive him the first time, but he was too stubborn to ask for forgiveness a second time, and I was too proud to go back on my word, so instead we just pined after each other for twenty years…” 🙄

#KindredSpiritsBuddyRead

Bkwrm7 This one didn't really work for me. I found all of the Spencers frustrating and think Frank Bell would have been within his rights to walk away from the whole lot and their ridiculous ultimatums. 3w
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Chronicles of Avonlea | L M Montgomery
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“There‘s different kinds of ministers, and each must talk to men in his own tongue if he‘s going to do ‘em any real good,” said old Abel meditatively. “YOUR tongue is music.”

This might be my favorite story from Chronicles of Avonlea—the way it broadens the view of what “ministry” is & how it shows redemption through music rather than sermonizing. There are some issues with the story, but it‘s a lovely picture of grace. #KindredSpiritsBuddyRead

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Chronicles of Avonlea | L M Montgomery
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“It was really over a question of syntax that we quarreled. Peter told me I‘d have to take him as he was, grammar and all, or go without him. I went without him.”

I mean, I don‘t find this a completely inadequate reason for ending a relationship. 🤣

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JenlovesJT47 I loved this story! Something he says towards the end cracked me up, basically calling her out on it. This was a fun one. 2w
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I got off to a confusing start with this one. Based on the cover art & a comparison to The Westing Game, I assumed it was MG or at least YA. Nope. I came across two main characters in their 30s…and as one of them met his boyfriend at a bar, wondering if he was going to be proposed to or get dumped, I realized I needed to re-evaluate. 😂 Once I figured out the intended audience, I really enjoyed it! ⤵️

BarbaraJean It‘s a fun puzzle/treasure-hunt story, with deeper issues going on with each of the main characters. I loved its focus on friendship & connection, as well as coming to terms with past grief. The puzzles took a back seat to the character growth, but I didn‘t mind that at all. 3w
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Further Chronicles of Avonlea | Lucy Maud Montgomery
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These first two stories in Further Chronicles of Avonlea were such a delight. From the escapades of Aunt Cynthia‘s Persian cat to the outlandish coincidence of Cecil Fenwick… I‘m loving these short stories. (Well, apart from that one fleeting racist comment at the end of the Cecil Fenwick story… 😩) And how about that Anne Shirley name-drop in the first story? 😂
#KindredSpiritsBuddyRead

Bkwrm7 Oh my goodness - yes! The occasional casual racism really just pulls you right out of the story doesn't it? I did love the humor in these first two stories though. 3w
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1. Clariel (Garth Nix), Further Chronicles of Avonlea (L.M. Montgomery), Lifting the Veil (Malcom Guite), Theology (David Ford), and David‘s Crown (Malcom Guite)

2. Tuesday Mooney Talks to Ghosts (Kate Racculia)

3. Under the Whispering Door, The Wisteria Society of Lady Scoundrels, The True Queen, Terciel & Elinor

…I had more books on hold than I thought!

#WeekendReads

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Further Chronicles of Avonlea | Lucy Maud Montgomery
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Further Chronicles of Avonlea story-a-day starts tomorrow! Here‘s the schedule for the rest of this part of our #KindredSpiritsBuddyRead. I‘m caught up and ready to dive in with these further short stories tomorrow. 😊

AnneCecilie I‘m ready to start tomorrow too. I enjoyed the first book of chronicles. 3w
Jerdencon Ready to start tomorrow! 3w
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quietjenn Looking forward to reading the last Chronicles tonight and starting Further tomorrow! 3w
Bkwrm7 I'm going to miss having the chapter numbers line up with the days of the month - the lazy way of making sure I'm on track! 🤣 Just means I'll be referring to this post more often. Yay for more Avonlea! 3w
BarbaraJean @Bkwrm7 I was glad the chapter numbers were going to line up with the days, and then I got so behind it didn‘t really matter…😆 (edited) 3w
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Topping & Company | Ely, Cambs, United Kingdom (Bookstore)
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Thanks for the tag, @sblbooks —it‘s not Tuesday now, but I‘ll play #Two4Tuesday!
1. I‘d love to return to this bookstore I didn‘t get nearly enough time in on a brief visit in 2018 (my poor tired husband & friends couldn‘t stay on their feet any longer; I only had time for a quick browse & a picture with the cathedral seen through the window). 💜
2. Usually I have a few books in mind, but that doesn‘t stop me from browsing the rest of the shelves!

sblbooks Looks like a lovely bookstore. 3w
TheSpineView Any day works! Thanks for playing! 3w
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Chronicles of Avonlea | L M Montgomery
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So, I had grand plans for this book in the #KindredSpiritsBuddyRead. I was going to keep up with the schedule, post about each story… then the 2nd story was a lot longer than anticipated, I had a really busy week, and here we are on story 10 out of 12 & I‘ve only just caught up with the schedule. 🤦🏻‍♀️ It was fun seeing another glimpse of Anne in today‘s story, though! How‘s everyone else‘s reading going?! What‘s been your favorite story so far?

catebutler I had the SAME thing happen, so I‘ll be catching up today and tomorrow!! 3w
sblbooks I just finished the second story. I'll catch up though. 3w
Jerdencon I‘m on track - the second story was the longest - the rest can be read in 10:15‘min. 3w
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TheAromaofBooks I've been really enjoying these!!! 3w
Clare-Dragonfly I‘m really enjoying these! It‘s hard to pick a favorite! 3w
rubyslippersreads I‘m behind too. I like the glimpses of characters from other Anne books—Mrs. Peter Blewett, Rachel Lynde, and of course, Anne herself. 3w
AnneCecilie I‘m on track and love the references to Anne whenever they show up. 3w
quietjenn I'm on track and greatly enjoying them! 3w
Bkwrm7 Same thing happened to me with the second story, but I'm caught up and done now. The Anne references amuse me in part because I feel like some of them really feel like they were kind of squeezed in after the fact to connect to Montgomery's most popular character - kind of a Rollings Reliable Baking Powder thing. 🤣 Looking forward to Further Chronicles! 3w
BarbaraJean @Bkwrm7 Rollings Reliable—😂😂 That‘s a perfect comparison!! I kinda felt the same about the Anne references, as much as I enjoyed them. 3w
BarbaraJean @rubyslippersreads It has been fun to recognize names here and there! Especially Mrs. Blewett, who was exactly the same as when we met her in Anne of Green Gables. Yikes! 3w
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November #BookSpinBingo card is all set up! I‘m excited about both #BookSpin picks (tagged is my BookSpin), and am enjoying the parallel structure of the titles: Lifting the Veil and Telling the Truth. I may have to also read Practicing Resurrection, Reading the OED, and Teaching a Stone to Talk, just for comprehensiveness. 😆

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! Looks great!!! 1mo
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Here are my results for October‘s #BookSpinBingo: I completed my #BookSpin and #DoubleSpin (and also belatedly finished September‘s BookSpin and DoubleSpin!), but came up just short of a bingo. (I‘m so close—halfway through Clouds of Witness, which would have accomplished a bingo!)

Favorites:
🎓The Last Graduate
🚪The Door on Half-Bald Hill
🐉 Dragonsong

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Fantastic month!! 1mo
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Chronicles of Avonlea | L M Montgomery
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Did anyone else get “Single Ladies” stuck in their head while reading today‘s #KindredSpiritsBuddyRead story or was it just me? 😂💍 Apparently we didn‘t get enough of Anne‘s matchmaking in the series proper, so Montgomery‘s gotta throw another matchmaker tale in here…😂 It was nice to see a little Anne again, though… and the reference to Echo Lodge!

Jerdencon I loved this story today! 1mo
BarbaraJean @Jerdencon It was really sweet! 1mo
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Chronicles of Avonlea | L M Montgomery
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The #KindredSpiritsBuddyRead will start Chronicles of Avonlea tomorrow—and here‘s the schedule if you‘d like to follow along with one story each day. All are welcome!

catebutler Can‘t wait!! 1mo
Jerdencon Looking forward to starting@ 1mo
TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 1mo
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Emily's Quest | Lucy Maud Montgomery
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I‘ve loved re-reading the Emily books for the #KindredSpiritsBuddyRead. This third book was more muddled & problematic than I remembered, and I do think in the end Montgomery wasn‘t quite able to reconcile Emily‘s writing & her love story. But Emily is still my favorite L.M. Montgomery heroine, and I‘ll return to New Moon and Shrewsbury with her again… even if she breaks my heart along the way like she always does.

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Dragonsong | Anne McCaffrey
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I bought this heavily-stickered library discard copy at a library book sale on my honeymoon almost 8 years ago… and I wish I‘d read it sooner! This little 1970s YA fantasy is such a gem. It tackles traditions & gender roles and the effects of emotional abuse without being an “issues” novel—the themes are so naturally woven into the story. And, I mean: singing fire lizards (i.e. mini dragons). Loved this. Can‘t wait to read the rest of the trilogy.

ReadingOver50 One of my all time favorites. I read it so many times as a teen. 1mo
TheAromaofBooks I enjoyed this trilogy the first time I read it, but then when I reread it within the context of the great Pern series, I loved it even more!!! 1mo
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The Door on Half-Bald Hill | Helena Sorenson
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This gorgeously-written Irish-influenced fantasy was a perfect October read, with its growing sense of fear and foreboding. Under the Bloodmoon, the land of Balilean is plagued by bitter water and a growing poison in the earth… and in the hearts of its people. Idris, Bard of Blackthorn, seeks the Sacred Word and a hope for the future of the land. This is definitely slow-paced, but it‘s also beautiful and sad and hopeful and I loved it.

BarbaraJean @TheAromaofBooks October #BookSpin completed! 1mo
TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 1mo
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Whose Body? | Dorothy L. Sayers
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I‘ve been hearing wonderful things about Dorothy Sayers‘ Lord Peter Wimsey mysteries for years, and I finally picked up this first one. It was an intriguing setup, and although I sensed where the clues were going, the details of the mystery still kept me curious. I loved the intro to Lord Peter and his faithful valet Bunter (and his mother, the Duchess of Denver!). Looking forward to more in this series.

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Presenting my November #BookSpin list!! I‘ve included my usual book club picks and a poetry selection, but the majority of the list is nonfiction from my TBR shelves, in anticipation of Nonfiction November. This includes two that have been lingering on my shelves since they were optional reading for my study abroad semester in Florence, Italy. In 1996. 🤣 I randomized the numbers this time for maximum serendipity. 😁

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 1mo
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Chronicles of Avonlea | L M Montgomery
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This week completely got away from me—how is it November on Monday?!? 😱

But since November starts on Monday, our #KindredSpiritsBuddyRead of Chronicles of Avonlea also starts on Monday! I‘m tagging those who wanted to be tagged, but if you‘d like to be added to the list, just let me know. Anyone is welcome to join. 😊

Looking forward to diving into these short stories with all of you!

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I am reminded of the solstice, of the light, the force, that stopped my descent into darkness. That light is older than Death. I know it without knowing how. And Death will not outlast it. Of that, too, I am sure. I take comfort. I carry that light within me. I wear it like a garment.

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Emily's Quest | Lucy Maud Montgomery
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#KindredSpiritsBuddyRead - Emily‘s Quest discussion part 6:

There are some lighter moments in the book, as well as some triumphs for Emily. What were some of the high points of this book for you?

What are your thoughts on the series as a whole? Which book was your favorite, and why?

rubyslippersreads Emily‘s treatment of her beaux was amusing. And I‘m glad she bought Lofty John‘s Bush. (I like to think that Emily and Teddy eventually bought New Moon.) And this was one of my favorite lines: “A huge, round, striped ball unrolled itself on her bed and opened wide pink jaws.” It‘s so catlike. 😸 1mo
rubyslippersreads I love the series, but not as much as I 💜💜💜 Emily of New Moon by itself. It just has something that the other two books don‘t have. It‘s probably also that I read it first, as a little girl; my mom and I discovered it in an old bookstore, and she remembered having loved it. 1mo
Jerdencon Having just read these for the first time I have to stay the first book was my favorite but I did like the third also… it just felt real to me. I liked Emily as a character and thought she had good insight into herself. 1mo
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sblbooks Some of Emily's proposals were comical. Ranked in order book 1, 3, 2 I probably won't reread these. Overall, it was a disappointment after reading the Anne of Green Gables series. 1mo
BarbaraJean I remember New Moon being my least favorite, but on this read, I loved it the best. I love Emily's spirit, the “flash,“ her sweet letters to her father, and her NEED to write. The back & forth with Teddy and awful Dean hit me differently this time, and I missed the Emily of the first book much more. @rubyslippersreads Oh, I 💜 that line about the cat! This book needed more Daff--more cat overall!😸 I loved that she bought Lofty John's Bush, too! 1mo
Bkwrm7 The proposal from the writer that she had never met before in her life! I think that was my favorite part. I actually really enjoyed Ilse's dramatic exit from the wedding and her happily ever after with Perry as well. And I was bemused by the throwaway comment at the end about Andrew being a widower - poor Andrew's wife - she died awfully young! 1mo
TheAromaofBooks Apparently the unpopular opinion here, but I actually rather enjoyed the second book. I thought it was good for Emily to get out into the wider world & I felt like she grew to appreciate her family & understand them better, while they understood her better as well, beginning to accept her writing & allowing her to become more of an autonomous adult. She was so serious as a child, the 2nd book felt more like her getting into some regular teenage ⬇ 1mo
TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) shenanigans! Overall, I really enjoyed reading these and am glad I did, but don't see myself revisiting them. There's a definite melancholy tone to them that just isn't for me, although I can see why it appeals to many. @rubyslippersreads @Jerdencon @Bkwrm7 @sblbooks 1mo
quietjenn It's interesting that this is the by far the shortest, but it's the one I remembered the most of, so it has to get points for that. I'm glad that I've revisited it and I do still love it, although I'm certainly more frustrated with it as an adult! Not sure how I'd rank the books individually, as it feels very much like “one book in three volumes,“ as opposed to individual books, to me. 1mo
rubyslippersreads @TheAromaofBooks I like the second book more than the third; this one is almost claustrophobic to me. 1mo
TheAromaofBooks @rubyslippersreads - I did feel like this book was somewhat repetitive - Emily realizes she loves Teddy; Emily misunderstands something Teddy says/does so she gets all prideful & snubs him; Emily is devastated when Teddy leaves... & repeat! 1mo
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Emily's Quest | Lucy Maud Montgomery
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#KindredSpiritsBuddyRead - Emily‘s Quest discussion part 5:

This book is far darker than the previous two novels, with Emily‘s sleepless nights, her illness and giving up her writing, the emptiness after she ends her engagement, and her anguish over Teddy.

Do you see Emily grow through these times of sadness and despair?

Were they worth it, in light of how things come together by the end—or does this time feel wasted to you?

rubyslippersreads This book is the most melancholy of the three (I wonder if LMM‘s own experiences with depression influenced it?) I don‘t know if Emily‘s dark times were wasted, but I think if things hadn‘t turned out as they did with Teddy, she would have been extremely unhappy. 1mo
Jerdencon I think they helped her grow and it made the story a little more realistic. Life is not easy and there are always ups and downs and I think this showed how Emily‘s downs helped shape her. 1mo
sblbooks Emily's dark times definitely changed her, and made her more mature. I do not feel like it was a waste, for example she did start writing again and was able to sell her book. I wish that she could have got together with Teddy sooner though. I thought she would have told him how she felt after Ilse ran out of the wedding. I was disappointed when that didn't happen. 1mo
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BarbaraJean @rubyslippersreads I think it's a great point that LMM's depression likely contributed to the melancholy tone. @Jerdencon @sblbooks I was actually frustrated by what I saw as a lack of growth in Emily--she retreats inward, hiding her true feelings & needs even from herself for so long. The Emily we see in New Moon & Emily Climbs is so sure about who she is & what she wants, but in this book she lets her Murray pride (and Dean!) ruin so much. 1mo
Bkwrm7 Again, @BarbaraJean you've expressed much of what I feel. Even at the end of the book I was still mad about her lost novel and, while I was pleased the disappointed house got its happy ending, the wind-up with Dean felt anticlimactic. 1mo
rubyslippersreads @Bkwrm7 I‘d like more about Emily writing more books, and less “Whistle and I‘ll come to you, my lad.” 😏 (edited) 1mo
TheAromaofBooks Now that I'm thinking about this question, I think it may be Emily's lack of growth that frustrated me about this book. I don't think her dark times were meaningless, but I feel like the lesson she took out of them was to share less & to be more self-contained, despite the fact that over & over this proved to be detrimental to her long-term happiness. There were SO MANY TIMES where ONE conversation could have made things better, but she ⬇ 1mo
TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) continued to hang on to her pride - even when the last time she hung on to her pride ended so badly. It began to frustrate me when the pattern repeated itself so many times. And like @Bkwrm7 I'm still mad about her book! Dean got off way too easily. @rubyslippersreads @sblbooks @Jerdencon 1mo
quietjenn The fact that these books are a bit darker and melancholy - especially in comparison to the Anne books (well the Anne-centric Anne books) - is part of why they appealed to me so much. It felt far more realistic and natural to constant scrapes and hijinks. And the fact that she lets her pride get in the way of things and makes the same dumb mistake over and over seems pretty realistic to me too. 1mo
rubyslippersreads @quietjenn I‘m glad I‘m not the only one who prefers Emily to Anne (though I love Anne). @TheAromaofBooks I think honest communication with people would have improved Emily‘s life immensely, but she was brought up with the importance of “the Murray pride” over almost all else. I wonder how different she might have been if her father had lived to raise her? 1mo
TheAromaofBooks @rubyslippersreads - Oooo what a good question! Because we do see certain aspects of Emily's personality were shaped even by the few years that he was alive. It's rather sad to think that Emily's dad had to die in order for the Murrays to take notice of her. :-( 1mo
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#KindredSpiritsBuddyRead - Emily‘s Quest discussion part 4:

How did you feel about Emily‘s friendships with Perry and Ilse in this book? (How frustrated were you with Ilse and/or Emily?!?)

What did you make of Emily‘s friendship with Mrs. Kent?

rubyslippersreads Her friendship with Ilse seemed shallow in this book, probably because they couldn‘t be honest with each other. Her friendship with Perry improved once he accepted that she would never want to be more than friends. 1mo
Jerdencon I felt that her friendship with Ilse could have been developed more in the book - not sure why she never went to see Ilse all those years … I always liked her relationship with Perry even when he thought he wanted to marry Emily. 1mo
sblbooks I never really felt like Emily and Ilse had a very good relationship. They were definitely not the Kindred Spirits type. I was frustrated with the lack of communication between the four of them. I like to Emily's in Perrys relationship, even though we didn't see much of it in this book. I like how Emily and Mrs. Kent were able to build a friendship. I just wish they could have been honest with Teddy. 1mo
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BarbaraJean @rubyslippersreads @Jerdencon I agree; Emily & Ilse's friendship was lacking in this book. I wanted them to have a big blowup fight like they used to, and get everything out in the open. @sblbooks I loved Emily & Ilse in New Moon, but Ilse frustrates me more & more as the series goes on. HOW can she be so self-absorbed & not pick up on how Emily feels about Teddy?! But I loved Emily's friendship with Perry. Probably because it was the most honest! 1mo
Bkwrm7 I had forgotten how much time this book spanned and how old they all were by the end. I don't have particularly strong feelings about the friendships between Emily, Ilse and Perry although I agree that everyone should have just had a decent conversation. The depiction of Mrs. Kent troubles me some. It mostly worked for me that she and Emily reconciled, but the excuses for her behavior just don't quite land right for me. 1mo
rubyslippersreads @Bkwrm7 I think it‘s a little weird that Emily and Mrs. Kent had a friendship based only on their mutual “unrequited love” for Teddy. 1mo
TheAromaofBooks I always liked Emily's friendship with Ilse, but in this story it felt a little clunky, with Ilse being so blind to Emily's feelings. Perry has always been a bit of a likable rapscallion and honestly think he would have been a great match for Emily - I think E & Teddy are just going to spend all their time nattering about poetry 😂 @rubyslippersreads @Bkwrm7 @Jerdencon @sblbooks 1mo
quietjenn I've always enjoyed Emily's friendship with Perry and agree with @TheAromaofBooks that he would've been a more interesting pairing for Emily. Teddy is pretty boring 😉. As for Ilse and Emily, they are pretty terrible friends to each other this book. Neither of them are honest with one another and too much of their relationship is focused on just the surface and having fun (although fun has long been Ilse's motivation, so it's in character). 1mo
rubyslippersreads @TheAromaofBooks @quietjenn Teddy always seems rather one-dimensional to me. We know he‘s handsome and sensitive and artistic, but it seems to me that we know more about other characters through their actions than we do about Teddy. 1mo
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Emily's Quest | Lucy Maud Montgomery
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#KindredSpiritsBuddyRead - Emily‘s Quest discussion part 3:

Let‘s just rant about Dean and how awful he is. Go ahead; get it all out.

Or does he have any redeeming qualities? Do you find anything sympathetic about him?

rubyslippersreads It‘s hard to find anything to like about Dean, and what he did in regard to A Seller of Dreams was unforgivable. I think the only good things he did were saving Emily‘s life in the first book, and giving her and Teddy the Disappointed House in this one. 1mo
Jerdencon I didn‘t like him at all - thought he was very selfish at times and completely unrealistic … but was happy he gave the house to Emily and Teddy at the end. 1mo
sblbooks I was actually yelling out loud to Emily, no do not marry this guy... what are you doing... I can't believe you agreed to marry him... ECT I was so relieved when she finally called it off. Like others have said, at least in the end he came to accept Teddy and Emily together. 1mo
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BarbaraJean @sblbooks Seriously!! She was in such a fragile place and he took advantage of that (AND he was the one who crushed her in the first place when he LIED to her about her book). The lies and condescension about her writing were beyond the pale for me. 1mo
BarbaraJean @rubyslippersreads @Jerdencon I do like that he finally accepts Emily & Teddy and gives them the house. It takes him way too long to give up his possessiveness & jealousy toward Emily, though. I have to admit, I felt a TINY bit sad about Emily breaking the engagement.....because of the house. Clearly not a good reason to stay, but the descriptions of all the little things they brought in to make it a home...her losing the house broke my heart! 1mo
rubyslippersreads @BarbaraJean @Jerdencon It‘s like me kind of wishing she‘d marry boring Andrew just to get New Moon. 1mo
TheAromaofBooks I honestly would have been fine with Emily ending up with Dean if Dean had actually “played fair“ - but instead he used his situation to manipulate, undermine, and trick her. What a jerk. @rubyslippersreads @Jerdencon @sblbooks 1mo
TheAromaofBooks @rubyslippersreads - I thought the same thing about Andrew! And even though this story technically has a happy ending - I'm honestly still sad deep inside because New Moon is going to go to Andrew someday, someone who obviously doesn't appreciate the “old ways“... I didn't like that part!! 1mo
quietjenn I am in no way Team Dean, but in fairness, he had no idea that his lying about Emily's book would cause her to destroy the whole thing in a passion and then injure herself. I am probably more sympathetic to Dean in this book than in others, even though he still has all those qualities that irk me on full display. But Emily should never have accepted his proposal or started to plan a life with him. 1mo
rubyslippersreads @TheAromaofBooks I think it‘s mentioned that Andrew would sell New Moon when he inherited, so that would give Emily and Teddy a chance to buy it. 1mo
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Emily's Quest | Lucy Maud Montgomery
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#KindredSpiritsBuddyRead - Emily‘s Quest discussion part 2:

Emily has episodes of “second sight” in each of the three books—here, when she “calls” to Teddy to prevent him from boarding the Flavian.

What did you think about this episode, especially in comparison to the other two times we see this uncanny ability of hers?

BarbaraJean In a previous discussion, someone mentioned parallels between the Emily books and Jane Eyre, and I definitely thought of Jane Eyre when I read this scene. Emily's “second sight“ felt more natural in book one, then forced in book two. This scene really worked for me, since LMM had already established this type of thing in the two previous books. It recalled that moment with Teddy in the John house, and a very Bronte-esque twinning of souls. 1mo
rubyslippersreads Yes, this is very Jane Eyre-ish, as well as being much more natural than the scene in the second book. 1mo
Bkwrm7 Agreed that the episode from the second book didn't fit as well. For both the first and the third, the episodes were focused on people very close to Emily which I think is why they seemed more natural to me. She'd never met the people in the 2nd book before she had the vision about them. 1mo
TheAromaofBooks @Bkwrm7 - I think you've hit it with the difference between Emily knowing or not knowing the people involved. Especially here, the idea of Emily's subconscious knowing that Teddy is in danger & doing what it takes to save him - I actually felt like it fit better with the story than either of the other two episodes. @rubyslippersreads 1mo
quietjenn These psychic moments are maybe my least favorite thing about these books. But, it's a such a smart observation the @Bkwrm7 makes. I'd say that this one is the most convincing of all, given the depth of the relationship between she and Teddy. 1mo
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#KindredSpiritsBuddy read discussion for Emily‘s Quest - part 1

What‘s your interpretation of the title? Do you see Emily‘s quest as one for career or for love? Or something else?

Are love and career mutually exclusive pursuits for Emily?

How do you think Emily‘s writing would have been impacted if she and Teddy had sorted things out sooner (or if they never had)?

BarbaraJean I struggled with the love/career theme this time. In the past I've been caught up in the Emily/Teddy will-they-won't-they, but this time I was more concerned by Emily losing so much of herself because of both Dean & Teddy. I'm not sure whether Emily herself sees career & love as incompatible by this point in the series (as she seems to do in Emily Climbs); I think LMM wasn't able to sort this out consistently within the narrative, so it's muddled. 1mo
rubyslippersreads I see it as Emily‘s quest for the Alpine Path, as well as for happiness, in whatever form it takes. 1mo
Jerdencon I see it as a quest for happiness too - but it often felt like that got lost sometimes. 1mo
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sblbooks I agree with @Jerdencon and @rubyslippersreads I think it's a combination of both of those things. 1mo
Bkwrm7 @BarbaraJean Your comment above expresses my thoughts almost exactly. Watching Emily's ambitions be pushed aside by the last third of the novel was frustrating to me. It was as if once her book was published her career quest was complete and her passion for writing just......disappeared from the page to make room for the love story. I found myself thinking that Ilsa's story might have been more interesting! 1mo
TheAromaofBooks I think that maybe one of the reasons this story frustrated me was that I think that if Emily and Teddy had worked things out earlier, Emily wouldn't have found her writing to be incompatible with love. Dean manipulated her into thinking that she couldn't have both for his own reasons, and I hated that. I think it's also possible that LMM felt like she could have both, but society at the time thought a woman couldn't, leading to the muddled ⬇ 1mo
quietjenn I agree with what others have said. I think the nature of the quest shifts a bit throughout the story, but ultimately it's about Emily coming into her own, both as a person and a writer. Love and career do feel a disjointed and incompatible for most of the book, although I'm not convinced it was more in Emily's mind than in reality. I think *a lot* would've been avoided if Emily and Teddy just talked to each other and were honest with one another. 1mo
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Just a reminder for all you #KindredSpiritsBuddyRead-ers out there: Monday will be our wrap-up discussion for Emily‘s Quest. I‘ll post discussion questions around mid-day Pacific Time.

And anyone who‘s interested is welcome to join us for Chronicles of Avonlea story-a-day, starting November 1st! (If you haven‘t already, let me know if you‘d like to be tagged for the Chronicles buddy read)

Daisey I haven‘t been good about keeping up with the reading, but I‘d like to keep being tagged in the posts. (edited) 1mo
Jerdencon I just finished today! 1mo
BarbaraJean @Daisey Will do! @Jerdencon Yay!! 1mo
TheAromaofBooks Yay!! Somehow I didn't own the Chronicles yet (although I've read them in the distant past)?? So this was a great excuse to add them to my collection 😂 1mo
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Emily's Quest | Lucy Maud Montgomery
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Well, it‘s been a long day and this is the first chance I‘ve had to sit down with a book. So much for the #BirthdayBash readathon. 😕 BUT, I will be spending the next hour with these two, rather appropriately: #KindredSpiritsBuddyRead & my October #BookSpin pick! Sarah, thank you for all you contribute to Litsy—I hope you had a simply wonderful birthday with so many people reading in celebration! I hope you got some reading in today as well. 😊

GypsyKat Oh Emily! 💖💖💖 1mo
TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! Thank you for reading me. And I MAY have finished Emily this morning 😂 1mo
BarbaraJean @TheAromaofBooks Well, I MAY have finished Emily last night… in honor of your birthday, of course! 😂 1mo
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Chronicles of Avonlea | L M Montgomery
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As our #KindredSpiritsBuddyRead is finishing up the Emily books, would anyone like to head back to Avonlea in November with these two collections of short stories? In the versions I have, there are 12 stories in Chronicles and 15 in Further Chronicles, so if we continued our same format, we could do a story a day from Nov. 1st - 27th, with a book-end discussion on the 28th. I'm tagging current & past buddy readers--comment if you're interested!

catebutler I‘d love to join in!! 🤗 2mo
Bkwrm7 I would definitely be in! 2mo
sblbooks Count me in. 2mo
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TheAromaofBooks Yes!! I was going to ask you if there were some Kindred Spirit reads planned post-Emily!!! 2mo
quietjenn Yes! I've never read any LMM short stories, so this will be fun! 2mo
Hooked_on_books Thanks for the tag! I won‘t be joining, but I hope everyone enjoys the stories! 2mo
LeahBergen I‘ll pass on this round (as I‘ve read both) but I‘ll be following along with all the posts, as usual. 😊 2mo
Clare-Dragonfly I still haven‘t managed to get to Emily‘s Quest, but this is already on my Kindle (I think) so I‘m in! 2mo
AnneCecilie I‘ll be joining in. The library has the first book and seems like the second is online. 2mo
EclecticBookLover Thank you! I loved this buddy read, but i fell of with Rainbow Valley. I'm gonna have to pass on these. Too much else going on right now. 😊 2mo
JenlovesJT47 Me!! 🙋🏻‍♀️ 2mo
Jerdencon I‘ll be joining too! 1mo
rubyslippersreads I think I‘ll do what @LeahBergen is doing and follow along. (edited) 1mo
BarbaraJean @catebutler @Bkwrm7 @sblbooks @JenLovesJT47 @Jerdencon Yaaaay! Glad to have you all reading along for this one! @TheAromaofBooks Yes, more Kindred Spirits reads!! I'm happy to just continue on through the LMM bibliography, to be honest! @quietjenn I've only read a few of her Christmas short stories (thanks to Serial Reader a few years ago), so I'm super interested to read these ones set in Avonlea. 1mo
BarbaraJean @Clare-Dragonfly @AnneCecilie If either of you need a digital version, both are available for free on Project Gutenberg at www.gutenberg.org. I have both on my Kindle as part of a collection called “Anne of Green Gables Stories“ which has all of Anne (except Windy Poplars & Anne of Ingleside), plus Chronicles/Further Chronicles and lots more--looks like that version is $1.99 on Amazon right now (at least in the US). 1mo
BarbaraJean @LeahBergen @rubyslippersreads 👍 Would you like to be tagged for any of the Chronicles posts, or just follow along with the hashtag? @Hooked_on_books @EclecticBookLover Totally understand! Let me know if you want to jump in again later on for more LMM reads. 😊 1mo
Hooked_on_books Thanks, but no need to tag me! 1mo
rubyslippersreads @BarbaraJean Please tag me. 😊 1mo
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I tore through this sequel to A Deadly Education, and am now bereft. I enjoyed getting to see a full year of the Scholomance, and loved El‘s gradual, grudging growth in connection with those around her. That ending, though. This was literally my reaction to the last line: 😦🤭 Book 3 can‘t come fast enough!

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I haven‘t really enjoyed Christie‘s short stories in the past (too much Hastings), but I really enjoyed this collection of short mysteries featuring Mr. Satterthwaite and the mysterious Mr. Quin, who seems to appear just when a “drama” is unfolding. Mr. Satterthwaite grows a bit through each successive story, and the mystery of Mr. Quin is nicely handled as just a little quirk of Mr. Satterthwaite‘s life. (Also I just like saying Satterthwaite.)

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This is a solid MG historical mystery set in Pittsburgh in the 1920s. I loved how the plot didn‘t take a back seat to the historical setting and related issues of racism and the Great Migration. Rather, those related issues are woven into the plot quite naturally. And the historical context was fascinating and made me want to read more about the time period. ⤵️ #MGBuddyRead

BarbaraJean While I found it a bit explain-y at times, and was a little frustrated at how long it took the MC to figure out certain things, those criticisms are more my own issues as an adult reading a book intended for younger readers—and I think it‘s a fantastic read for its intended audience. 2mo
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I loved this conclusion to the King Raven trilogy. Lawhead is such a great storyteller, and his reimagining of the Robin Hood legend set in Wales works so well. This last book, told mainly through the eyes of Friar Tuck (naturally), brings out some interesting themes of redemption and justice and brings the series to a satisfying conclusion. This was my September #BookSpin—another TBR completed and a series completed as well!

megnews I recently added this series to my tbr when looking for books set in Wales. Glad to hear you enjoyed them. 2mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! This series has been on my radar for a while. 2mo
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Here‘s the final section of the #KindredSpiritsBuddyRead Emily chapter-a-day! I needed the schedule reminder today… somehow I‘m two chapters ahead. And eager to keep reading ahead, because this part of the book just begs you to finish it!! Looking forward to discussing with everyone in a little over a week!

quietjenn As usual, I couldn‘t resist finishing once I got near the end 😅 2mo
Daisey I haven‘t even had a chance to start this yet, but I do hope to reread soon. 2mo
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