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Daisey

Daisey

Joined April 2016

Junior high teacher📓Sourdough baker 📚Reader of Tolkien, #1001books, YA, MG, and more 📖https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/2408113-daisey
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Return of the Shadow by J. R. R. Tolkien
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Outlaws of the Marsh by Luo Guanzhong, Naian Shi, Luo Guan-Zhong
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I‘m doubling up for this readalong. I started with #SerialReader, caught up on Book 1 with the audio version read by Bill Homewood (available on #Hoopla), and went back to text for Book 2 this week. I like the audio though, so I listened to most of Book 2 again today.

#Hugonuts

janeycanuck I tried the Homewood edition and I didn‘t like how over-the-top the he (and his voices) seemed to be. How are you enjoying it? 1d
Daisey @janeycanuck It is a bit dramatic, but I‘m enjoying it. 23h
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Return of the Shadow | J. R. R. Tolkien
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I finished the Third Phase today, and there were some incredibly interesting ideas there! I thought the possible backstory of Peregrin and Trotter was intriguing, but the initial emergence of Treebeard as an evil giant was what really caught my attention. Also, this was a really great example of one of Tolkien‘s original manuscripts.

#YearofTolkien #LotRHistory

JazzFeathers I love Trotter's arc, l'll be sorry to see him go... though that means Aragorn will appear. Tolkien gives us some tough choices 😂 1d
Daisey @JazzFeathers I agree that it has been really interesting to get to know Trotter, but at the same time Aragorn is one of my favorite characters so I‘m ready to see him come into his own as well. 18h
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Pickpick

I‘m giving this a pick, but I‘m somewhat torn. I appreciated what the author had to say, and I felt she presented points well. However, I also felt the collection was more repetitive and less focused on “flyover country” than I expected. As a lifelong Missouri resident, I was looking forward to essays that clearly discussed Midwestern examples. Except for a few, I felt these could have been written anywhere in the U.S.

#audiobook #nonfiction

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The Girl I Used to Be | April Henry
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Working on end of year book inventory for my class library can be interesting. I get frustrated by the books that disappear, and I've learned the most likely to disappear are Diary of a Wimpy Kid books. Yet, sometimes random new books appear that no students claim. For example, I had one copy of the tagged book and now there are three. It's also great to see the shelves full and neatly organized for at least a few days.

#TeachersofLitsy

JazzFeathers Great job 💪😁 3d
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Elective Affinities | Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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I finished the last few chapters of this book with this lovely spring view, and I enjoyed the view more than the book. I could appreciate the philosophical aspects, but the story really dragged through the middle for me. In the end, I felt little emotion about any of the characters or the deaths of characters.

#1001books #Reading1001 Randomized list 2019

hilded That looks lovely 🤩 4d
jewright I was a little traumatized by the callousness of the emotion at the end. But I liked it. Can‘t wait to discuss it with you this weekend! 4d
Daisey @hilded Thanks! It was lovely! The hammock is my favorite reading spot in spring and fall. (edited) 4d
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Return of the Shadow | J. R. R. Tolkien
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I should really be grading finals, but it was a pretty long day at school so I‘m enjoying a chapter of Tolkien instead. I‘m still several days behind the schedule, but I‘m appreciating the discussion of the Third Phase. At the moment, I think I‘m still most intrigued by the curiosity about and development of Trotter as a character.

#YearofTolkien #LotRHistory #TeachersofLitsy

JazzFeathers I've just discovered what his true identity is 😏 5d
Daisey @JazzFeathers That was definitely a fun little twist of an idea. 24h
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book! I was expecting a bit more about WWII but was happy to find it focused mostly on WWI and the aftermath of WWII. I thought the back and forth between Eve & Charlie‘s perspectives was well done. I felt strongly connected to both characters and enjoyed the group dynamic of Eve, Charlie, and Finn as well.

Looking forward to discussing this with #LitsyBookClub!

#audiobook #Hoopla

JazzFeathers I've read contradicting opinions about this book, but maybe it depends on the readers expectation. I know there are lots of readers who are into WWII, far less into WWI. But since l'm more into WWI instead, maybe l should try this, after all. 5d
Daisey @JazzFeathers From the blurb, I definitely expected it to be more a story of two women in each war, but that is not the case. The war part of the story focuses on Eve‘s experience as a spy during WWI. I have read less about WWI, and therefore tend to find it a bit more interesting currently. 5d
tpixie @JazzFeathers & @Daisey I really enjoyed this book & all of the characters! (edited) 23h
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Castle of Otranto | Horace Walpole
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I started this on #SerialReader but ended up listening to most of it on audio. It's fairly short and considered the first gothic novel. My rating is right on the line of so-so or pick, but overall I enjoyed it. The story is a bit ridiculous starting with a death by giant helmet on the first page, but that is also what makes it fun.

In other news, I upgraded to wireless earbuds this week!

#audiobook #1001books #Reading1001 #TBRTakedown May 2019

danibolahood I'm not going to lie. Death by giant helmet just sold me on this one lol 1w
Emilymdxn I‘m a huge fan of ridiculous! I love the campy melodrama, how earnest it is despite being Too Much in every possible way 1w
JazzFeathers I read it as a kid and enjoyed it, thought l found it a bit odd. Maybe l should read it again. 1w
Daisey @danibolahood I agree! I was sold on that aspect from the first page even though it was ridiculous and never fully fleshed out to my expectations. 1w
Daisey @Emilymdxn True! It‘s part of the fun of these kind of gothic novels! @JazzFeathers Yes, it was definitely a bit odd and it never quite all worked together enough for me, but it was entertaining. 1w
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My #CurrentlyReading list is getting a bit out of control while also dealing with the last few weeks of the school year.

📖 The Return of the Shadow for #YearofTolkien #LotRHistory
📖 Elective Affinities for #Reading1001 Randomized list and readalong with @jewright
🎧 The Castle of Otranto for #Reading1001 #TBRTakedown
📖 The Hunchback of Notre Dame on #SerialReader for #Hugonuts readalong, also #1001books
🎧 The Alice Network for #LitsyBookClub

JazzFeathers You're deep into classics, l see 😆 2w
jewright @Daisey Just a bit out of control. 2w
Daisey @JazzFeathers Yep! I had hoped to finish Elective Affinities before starting one of the others, but I‘m still working on it. I just couldn‘t pass up the Notre Dame readalong. 1w
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BarbaraJean 😂But readalongs and book clubs are just so enticing! 1w
Daisey @BarbaraJean So true!! 1w
rjsthumbelina That is ambitious! 1w
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I spent part of the afternoon weeding and planting tomatoes and peppers in my garden. This evening I had my first spring salad with fresh picked lettuce while finally getting a chance to start this readalong.

The Serial Reader edition is a translation by Isabel F. Hapgood.

#Hugonuts #SerialReader #ReadandEat

Lcsmcat Looks delicious! 2w
jewright I like it so far. It‘s easier reading than I thought. 2w
Daisey @Lcsmcat Thanks! It was so simple yet wonderful! @jewright Agreed! 2w
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I‘m alternating between reading junior high science fair reports and my current book in the hammock on this beautiful afternoon. I‘m excited to be reading the first book of round 3 of our #CovertoCover postal book club!

sammisho I haven't put my hammock up yet, next week after my husband's graduation party! Once I get the hammock I am so lazy! 2w
Mccall0113 I sent the next one your way today! ❤️ 2w
Daisey @sammisho I completely understand. Luckily there was no wind today so I could work in the hammock as well. 2w
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Daisey @Mccall0113 Yay! I hope to have this one in the mail to @Faibka sometime this week. I may have read it all today, but I have to manage to get to the post office before closing time. 2w
tpixie My son loves his hammock! @sammisho @Daisey @Mccall0113 i‘m hoping to get done with my book 📚 and get it mailed out this weekend, but it may be ( LIKELY WILL BE) next week . I‘ve got family coming in this weekend for Maddie‘s graduation 👩‍🎓 from nursing 🤱 school 🏫 2w
Mccall0113 @tpixie so exciting for Maddie! 2w
tpixie @Mccall0113 yes! Thanks! She‘s reinventing herself at 29 yo! Went from never studying and hating school/ learning to a Straight A+ student!! 🥳 2w
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I listened to half of the #audiobook, one of the authors‘ recent podcasts, the rest of the book, and another podcast. I appreciated the discussion of how to treat others with respect and understanding while delving deeper into contentious topics. It‘s a breath of fresh air amongst so much anger. Yet, the best aspect of the book may have been to introduce me to the podcast where they actually discuss issues in this manner.

#nonfiction #politics

Amandajoy This is one of my favorite podcasts. More people should be listening to it. 2w
Kangaj1 I listen to this every week! Still need to read the book... 2w
Daisey @Amandajoy @Kangaj1 I‘m not sure I agree that they represent opposite sides as much as they claim, but I do think it‘s more balanced than most and definitely more respectful. I can actually see myself starting to listen to it regularly. 2w
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Return of the Shadow | J. R. R. Tolkien
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Slowly but surely continuing on with Gandalf for company, although probably only another page or two from this point tonight.

#YearofTolkien #LotRHistory #CatsofLitsy

JazzFeathers Did you name your kitty Gandalf? 😍 2w
Riveted_Reader_Melissa Gandalf is so snuggly! And definitely a book cat! 💙 it! 2w
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Daisey @Riveted_Reader_Melissa He really is and puts up with me moving (or taking photos) many times before finally getting fed up and curling up somewhere else! 2w
rretzler 😻 2w
Erofan Cutie 😻 2w
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Atonement | Ian McEwan
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I read and listened to some good books this month. I listened to a lot of audio and included both nonfiction and 1001 list books. 📚 However, all of these books were borrowed (1 from a friend and 10 from the library), so I didn‘t read any of my own Mt. TBR books. Oops! 😬

#MonthlyStats #ReadingStats

CafeMom Atonement is still on my TBR list. 3w
Daisey @CafeMom This is my second Ian McEwan book and I enjoyed it so much more than the previous one. 3w
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Return of the Shadow | J. R. R. Tolkien
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I finished The First Phase tonight, and I‘m continuing to thoroughly enjoy all the discussion of the early drafts. The last chapter really shows the combination of confusion and thoughtfulness involved in trying to work out the details of the story.

* To be honest, I took this photo of my delicious home cooked supper over the weekend and never got around to posting, but I had leftovers tonight so it works.

#YearofTolkien #LotRHistory

JazzFeathers Confusion and thoughtfulness. That describes it perfectly. 3w
Daisey @JazzFeathers It‘s so true! I‘ve read a handful of books that demonstrate an author‘s writing process and generally find them fascinating. This is, of course, my favorite because of my love of the created world and final published story, but the teacher and writer in me also truly appreciates the sharing of the difficult process. 3w
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Elective Affinities | Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Still so true . . . marriage is often portrayed as the goal, the happy ending, without acknowledgement of the effort that goes into maintaining a successful marriage.

#1001books

Severnmeadows We please ourselves with imagining matters of this earth...as very enduring.. This is such an interesting quote - I haven‘t read any Goethe, and this makes me want to! It also reminds me that I‘ve read hardly any pre-20th Century German literature. Thanks for this 😊 2w
Daisey @Severnmeadows This is the first Goethe I‘ve read as well, and it‘s been really interesting. Yet another I picked up because of the #1001books list. 2w
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This was a reasonably short nonfiction listen about the development and creation of the Oxford English Dictionary. I enjoyed this one a bit more than his book The Professor and the Madman, possibly because of a broader view of the process. It‘s fascinating to consider the time and effort that was put into compiling this dictionary.

#nonfiction #audiobook #Hoopla

Catt I felt the same way about both of Winchester‘s books. This one was interesting but “Professor & the Madman” left me cold. 2w
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Welcome | Barroux
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I finally convinced one of my closest friends and cousin to join Litsy! We‘ve been reading and discussing books for almost as long as I can remember. Please give @jewright a warm welcome. She‘s also a high school English and Spanish teacher.

#LitsyWelcomeWagon #TeachersofLitsy

Lcsmcat Welcome to Litsy @jewright ! 3w
Avanders Welcome @jewright !! 3w
wanderinglynn Welcome to Litsy @jewright 👋🏻 3w
cobwebmoth @jewright Welcome to Litsy! 3w
SilversReviews That is adorable!! Welcome to Litsy!! 3w
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Elective Affinities | Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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1. Elective Affinities & The Return of the Shadow
2. finished A Spark of Light last night & listening to The Meaning of Everything today
3. continuing The Return of the Shadow & starting The Hunchback of Notre Dame

#WeekendReads

rachelsbrittain Thanks for joining in 💜 3w
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Elective Affinities | Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Good morning! There‘s a little rain this morning, so it‘s another perfect Saturday to start with books and breakfast. I have a chapter of Elective Affinities for a #readalong with @jewright (I finally convinced her to join Litsy!) and probably a few pages of my current Tolkien book as well. I just made it to “The Attack on Weathertop” chapter.

#ReadandEat #1001books
#BreakfastwithTolkien #YearofTolkien #LotRHistory

JazzFeathers You're catching up! 😁💪🏻 3w
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Spark of Light | Jodi Picoult
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Pickpick

This is not a book I would have picked up on my own, but it‘s a pick because overall I think the story serves its purpose well and I was continuously engaged in that story. I had some frustrations with the backwards timeline, especially through the middle, but I could see the value of that method in how certain topics were discussed later and the way key points were revealed towards the end.

#LitsyBookClub #audiobook

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Return of the Shadow | J. R. R. Tolkien
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I thought the version of this poem in The Adventures of Tom Bombadil and The Fellowship of the Ring was fun, and I think this version is fun as well. It‘s so interesting to see the earlier drafts of Tolkien‘s writing.

#YearofTolkien #LotRHistory

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Return of the Shadow | J. R. R. Tolkien
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I'm feeling behind on this readalong, and I'm really enjoying this chapter. The hobbits of Bree and Trotter are fascinating to me. Additionally, it's been a frustrating day and I want to hide from the world with a book. I read for a few minutes with my students, but I wish I could just keep reading through my plan time.

#YearofTolkien #LotRHistory #TeachersofLitsy

JazzFeathers I'm totally loving these first draft of LotR. I'm fascinated with this story l recognise and still is so very different from the one l know. 4w
Riveted_Reader_Melissa It won‘t take long to catch up, but yea I know how you feel...to much going on this month and my reading is a scattered mess. 4w
Daisey @JazzFeathers @Riveted_Reader_Melissa I‘m not at all concerned about catching up once I have a bit of time. It‘s really just that I want to avoid all responsibilities and read! It‘s amazing to me how similar some aspects are to the finished book while other parts are in such a different form. Absolutely fascinating! 4w
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Daisey I completely agree there...real life responsibilities are the worst! 4w
JazzFeathers @Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Daisey l'm quite lucky l'm off today and the rest of the week (bank holiday here in ltaly). I won't read today because l'm off to a LotR festival (l'll post photos), but l hope to get a lot of read in in the next days. My blogging challenge is also all nice and scheduled. I can take a rest after three months of intense activity and work. Ahhhhh! 4w
Daisey @JazzFeathers That sounds fantastic! Enjoy, and I‘m looking forward to whatever photos you share! 4w
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Spark of Light | Jodi Picoult
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This week‘s listen for #LitsyBookClub

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Return of the Shadow | J. R. R. Tolkien
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I read the Tom Bombadil chapter last night, but it was late and I wanted to think about it a bit more before posting. Sometimes I enjoy Tom Bombadil more than others, but I found the notes here about him having been in Middle-Earth for so long really fascinating. I don‘t think there‘s ever a clear explanation of who or what he is and this mystery makes him even more intriguing to me.

#YearofTolkien #LotRHistory

JazzFeathers The info that he is an Aborigene actually made things a little clearer for me. I interprete it as Tom was born in Arda together with Arda. In this sense, the Valar are strangers who 'fell' on Arda, and even the Elves and Men who woke up in Arda were created elsewhere, in the music of the Ainur, before Arda existed. l interprete Tom as completely 'other' and this accounts for his freedom and indipendente. Probably why the Ring has no power on him. 1mo
Daisey @JazzFeathers I do think the comments here help make it a bit more clear, but I still find him a mysterious and intriguing character. 1mo
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The House of Mirth | Edith Wharton
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Since I just finished House of Mirth and have also read Age of Innocence, it seemed a good time to listen to the BBC‘s In Our Time podcast episode about Edith Wharton. It included a bit of background on her life and discussion of these 2 novels (I would not listen before reading) with a few comments referring to some of her other writing as well. I added more books to my TBR and downloaded more book related episodes.

#EdithWharton #podcast #BBC

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Atonement | Ian McEwan
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Pickpick

There‘s plenty of frustration and sadness in this story, but it is beautifully told.

#audiobook #1001books #Reading1001 #TBRTakedown April 2019

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“You must never feel badly about making mistakes," explained Reason quietly, "as long as you take the trouble to learn from them. For you often learn more by being wrong for the right reasons than you do by being right for the wrong reasons.”

#quote

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The House of Mirth | Edith Wharton
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To be honest, I had a hard time deciding whether this was a pick or a so-so for me. It took an incredibly long time for me to feel invested in this story. I wanted to feel more sympathy for Lily, but her materialistic views meant I had a hard time getting there. Yet, I appreciated the writing, the social commentary, and the difficult realism of the later part of the story.

#1001books #1001Discoveries

Tamra Wharton💜 1mo
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Somehow I had never read this children's classic until the play was included in our newest literature textbooks for 6th grade. Love this quote! ?

"Words and numbers are of equal value, for, in the cloak of knowledge, one is warp and the other woof. It is no more important to count the sands than it is to name the stars."

#quote

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Atonement | Ian McEwan
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I started my next audiobook on a short walk today. I remember appreciating this movie several years ago, but I don‘t remember the details of the story so I‘m looking forward to it.

#audiobook #1001books #Reading1001 #TBRTakedown April 2019

LeahBergen I love this book! 1mo
Daisey @LeahBergen I'm really enjoying it so far! 1mo
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Return of the Shadow | J. R. R. Tolkien
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In an early draft, Tolkien writes of Gandalf catching up with the hobbits on horseback. This passage is revised through a few changes into the Black Rider almost catching them along the road.

#YearofTolkien #LotRHistory

JazzFeathers Isn't it awesome? I love watching the story evolve like this ☺ 1mo
Daisey @JazzFeathers So true!! 1mo
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Pickpick

This was just an all around fun listen!

#audiobook #1001books

sprainedbrain I loved this on audio! 1mo
Daisey @sprainedbrain Your review is what moved it up on my listen soon list! 1mo
Becker I also listened to this and loved it. Such a fun read, especially on audio. 1mo
Daisey @Becker Agreed, I figured I would enjoy it, but it was more fun than I expected. 1mo
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The House of Mirth | Edith Wharton
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The town where I teach had scheduled overnight maintenance on their water system, but they ran into an unforeseen problem. The water wasn‘t back on when school started, and we dismissed after 2 class periods. So, I‘m back home, where there is water, reading more of this book with a Philly cheesesteak sandwich for lunch. I‘ll admit I‘m still not wowed by it, but I seem to appreciate it more if I can read a few chapters at a time.

#ReadandEat

Liz_M I think this one is more impressive as a whole, building on itself. It's one of those books where, by the end, I was silently yelling at Lily to not do something even while believing she was trapped. 1mo
Daisey @Liz_M This makes sense to me. It took me a while to get into the last Edith Wharton novel I read, but this one has been even tougher. I keep telling myself the whole book will be worth it, but it‘s not much fun to keep telling myself that throughout. 1mo
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Return of the Shadow | J. R. R. Tolkien
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As I finished “A Long Expected Party,” I found it incredibly interesting to see the mish-mash of ideas that Tolkien was considering, especially the fluidity of character names in the search for the perfect combination. I also appreciate his comments about being able to write many first chapters but then being somewhat stuck as to where to go next. Perseverance is key!

#YearofTolkien #LotRHistory #CurrentlyReading

JazzFeathers Loved this chapter too. Isn't LotR an unexpected masterpiece? 😂 It really looks like Tolkien didn't hav ani intention to write a sequel to The Hobbit, and started ond just to please his publisher. Isn't life and wonderful? 😀 1mo
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I thoroughly enjoy Jennifer Wright's style of writing about horrible historical events with humor. I also appreciate how she delivers an overall message of tolerance and compassion while describing gruesome medical practices. This book focuses on several plagues from ancient times through the twentieth century, as well as how they were dealt with and treated.

#nonfiction #audiobook

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I enjoyed the first audiobook I listened to by Jennifer Wright, and I‘ve seen many positive reviews of this one. I downloaded it to start listening to during my walks this weekend. So far it‘s full of interesting information and the snarky humor works perfectly.

#nonfiction #audiobook

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Return of the Shadow | J. R. R. Tolkien
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It is a beautiful spring day in Missouri, so I set the hammock back up in order to enjoy lunch and some reading outside. I read the first and second versions of “The Long Expected Party,” and I‘m intrigued by the aspects of this first germ of an idea that are so similar to the final story when there wasn‘t yet a clear direction for the plot of the story.

#YearofTolkien #LotRHistory

JazzFeathers I have a feeling that the first chapters will be the must fascinating. 1mo
kspenmoll I am out on my porch - it‘s in the 50s -spring is coming to CT! Enjoy! 1mo
Daisey @JazzFeathers I think you may be right, just because they may demonstrate the most early development of the story. Yet, I‘m absolutely looking forward to all of it. 1mo
Daisey @kspenmoll Thanks! Enjoy your day as well! 😀 1mo
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Homes: A Refugee Story | Abu Bakr al Rabeeah, Winnie Yeung
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I‘m glad I picked up this fairly quick read. Bakr‘s story is simply told, but it is also a powerful story of the strength and resiliency of a family. I appreciate a personal perspective on the experiences of a family that lived in and left Syria for a new life in Canada.

Although I only read for a few hours yesterday evening, this makes 2 books completed for #DeweysReadathon. #readathon

#BigLibraryRead #ReadtheWorld #ReadingtheWorld Syria

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I‘ve had my book back for a while, but I haven‘t had a chance to share this past year‘s #CovertoCover book selection. This group has been amazing! I‘ve read books I never would have found otherwise and developed some great friendships. These are the books we mailed to each other over the past year, and we‘re getting ready to start Round 3. I‘ll tag the books in the comments. #LitsyGoesPostal

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Daisey My choice was 1mo
tpixie Oh! Good! I almost asked you if did a collage again!!! ♥️🥳♥️ 1mo
Daisey @tpixie I‘d been thinking about it, but things have been a bit hectic. I realized I really should finish and post it before we start a new round. Looking forward to another year of books! 1mo
Mccall0113 ❤️📚📗 1mo
tpixie @Daisey I‘m so glad you did!!! 1mo
Betty Great collage and summary. Am tagging @Soubhiville because she organized us in the first place. 1mo
Soubhiville Thanks for tagging me @Betty ! This makes my heart so happy! And I haven‘t read any of these books except An Eyre Affair, so my TBR just grew again! I‘m so happy you all have firmed such a tight crew, and I very much look forward to watching for your next group of books. 😊📚 1mo
Daisey @Betty Thank you for tagging @Soubhiville, and we really did luck out with such a great group! 1mo
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Trainspotting | Irvine Welsh
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I won‘t be able to participate in today‘s readathon for much of the day, but I do plan to spend some time reading tonight. I‘m listening to this on the way to a school event and hope to finish it this evening. I‘ve come to appreciate it more and more as I listen.

#Readathon #DeweysReadathon #1001books #audiobook #ReadtheWorld #ReadingtheWorld Scotland

Daisey Finished this one and ended up appreciating it so much more than I originally expected. Yes, it is full of foul language, violence, and some gross descriptions, but it also made me consider perspectives and feel empathy in ways I had not before. (edited) 1mo
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Return of the Shadow | J. R. R. Tolkien
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Tonight I‘m ready to delve into more of Tolkien‘s development of Middle-Earth. We‘re just getting started with our readalong of book 6 of the History of Middle-Earth which explores the writing of Lord of the Rings, so feel free to join in! #YearofTolkien

@sprainedbrain thanks again for these books! I‘m so excited to read them!

Also enjoying an iced matcha latte with my book for #FridayNightBookClub.

Daisey @Riveted_Reader_Melissa @JazzFeathers @tdrosebud @wordslinger42 @eanderson @BookwormAHN I kind of liked having a specific hashtag to go along with the History of the Hobbit as well as #YearofTolkien. Do we have any ideas to go with these next three books specifically dealing with LotR? 1mo
wordslinger42 I'm so excited to dive into this part of the histories, too! I also liked the specific hashtag. How about #LOTRHistory ? I'm fine with whatever you guys choose! 1mo
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Daisey @wordslinger42 Sounds good to me too! 1mo
sprainedbrain You are very welcome! I have loved watching you all go through Tolkien, even if I couldn‘t keep up. ☺️ 1mo
JazzFeathers Love the specific hashtag! 1mo
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Book Love | Debbie Tung
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March was a good reading month! We finished our #HobbitHistory readalong which was a 5 star read for me, and I loved the graphic novel Book Love. The rest of the books I read were pretty good as well.

#MonthlyStats #ReadingStats

Crazeedi Love how you did this!💞💞 2mo
Hunsakermountain What app do you use Dailey? It‘s awesome! 2mo
Daisey @Crazeedi @Hunsakermountain Thanks! I use Typorama to make these monthly lists and most of my quote graphics. 2mo
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The House of Mirth | Edith Wharton
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I‘ve hardly had any reading time at all this past week, but today I finally got a chance for a few more pages with Lily Bart along with lunch. I‘m not quite sure what I think of this one yet, but I also expect a slow build with Edith Wharton so I‘m being patient.

#1001books #1001Discoveries

batsy This is one of my faves, but it is a slow, immersivr read. 2mo
Daisey @batsy I started out reading small snippets on Serial Reader every few evenings, but now that I've had time to delve into a longer section I'm enjoying it more. 2mo
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Trainspotting | Irvine Welsh
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I watched this movie in college, but I never considered finding a copy of the book until recently when I realized it was on the #1001books list. After listening to about an hour of it, I think the #audiobook was probably a good choice. However, it is still going to require a decent amount of concentration to catch all the meaning, and for once I‘m listening without speeding up the narration.

britt_brooke This has been in my TBR for ages. Glad to know the audio is good. I may go that route when I finally get around to it. 2mo
Liz_M I think my mum still hasn't forgiven me for recommending the movie. I haven't gotten around to the book to see how it compares. 2mo
Daisey @britt_brooke So glad I got the audio! The first hour was tough as I just listened on my phone while I drove. Then I put in headphones for a walk and found I had started to adjust to the rhythm of the words as well as the headphones helping me focus better. 2mo
Daisey @Liz_M I have very vague memories of the movie. The book is more of a short story or vignette style than I was expecting, but I think I'll try to watch the movie again after finishing the book. 2mo
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Tonight I went to hear Joseph Loconte speak at the National WWI Museum in Kansas City. Since I recently listened to the audiobook, most of what he said was familiar but also still fascinating. I appreciate this perspective on how the war and their faith likely influenced both Lewis and Tolkien‘s writing. He also shared that he is working on a related documentary series, and the trailer is available at http://hobbitwardrobe.com.

#YearofTolkien

JazzFeathers Wow!!! It looks so interesting. So fine then. Staked to my #mountTBR and Tolkien mount TBR 2mo
tpixie That‘s so great you could attend!! 2mo
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Litsy friends, it has been a long few days in the agricultural community where I live and teach as we have been dealing with a record crest of the Missouri River. So far all primary levees have held, but there has been a massive effort to sandbag the levees, and I've spent many hours helping fill sandbags. This morning I realized I had completely missed #TolkienReadingDay. This seems an appropriate quote for my late post.

#YearofTolkien

DivineDiana Sending love to you and your community. I had no idea this was happening. ❤️🙏🏻❤️ 2mo
cobwebmoth Sending positive thoughts. 2mo
Kaye ❤️ 2mo
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ScientistSam Sending positive thoughts 2mo
JazzFeathers 💪💪💪💪😘 2mo
Daisey @DivineDiana @cobwebmoth @kaye @ScientistSam @JazzFeathers Thank you all so much! There is truly devastating flooding upriver from us. It also looks like river levels could stay high for a while this spring meaning that this may be an ongoing challenge. 2mo
tpixie @Daisey great work! And I hope no more levees fail! 2mo
Daisey @tpixie Thanks! 2mo
tpixie ☺️ 2mo
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I don‘t particularly consider myself a mood reader, but maybe I should. I‘ve had this book on my TBR almost exactly a year since picking it up at a school book fair, but today I finally opened it and read it straight through.

It is a fascinating true story of a man who stood by his principles and stayed in Germany to work against Hitler even when he had opportunities to leave and knew staying might cost him everything.

#nonfiction

Crazeedi Bonhoeffer was a true hero at a time when you were in mortal danger. And he paid the price. A great man have you read this one 2mo
Daisey @Crazeedi That one is on my list too! It‘s just a bit more of a commitment than this one written for younger readers. 2mo
Crazeedi @Daisey oh yes it is a definite commitment 😁 2mo
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Here, There Be Dragons | James A. Owen
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Overall, this was a fun listen, but I‘m still working out my exact thoughts. Originally, I enjoyed the literary references, then wondered if it was too much, then figured out for sure the key detail of the characters, and again wondered if it was a great mashup or a bit off the mark. I think I may have enjoyed some parts more if I had read it in print, but only the #audiobook was available through my library. I am curious to continue the series.

Daisey I wish I could remember for sure who first brought this series to my attention. @wordslinger42, maybe? 2mo
wordslinger42 @Daisey Yep, it was me 😊 I would stick with the series! I think it gets better and better! I still need to read the last two books & the short story collection. 2mo
wordslinger42 And I would definitely say it's more enjoyable to read in print! 2mo
Daisey @wordslinger42 I am intrigued and want to continue, so it‘s good to hear that you think it gets better! I may look around a bit more and see if I can find the next one in print, though. 2mo
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Book Love | Debbie Tung
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So many pages in this book are completely relatable! It was a joy to read a few pages at a time over the last few days.

Riveted_Reader_Melissa I‘m so glad you got a chance to enjoy it! 2mo
Daisey @Riveted_Reader_Melissa I knew I would like it, but it was even better and more relatable than I expected! 2mo
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