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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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H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald
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The Overstory by Richard Powers
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Outlaws of the Marsh by Luo Guanzhong, Naian Shi, Luo Guan-Zhong
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The Wreck of the Zephyr | Chris Van Allsburg
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It often seems I‘m very much in the minority, but I don‘t care that much about book covers. I choose books based on many factors, but the cover is not an important one. Even so, I‘m going to try to share 7 that have made an impression on me and that I love to see.

#7Covers7Days #CoverCrush #CoverLove Day 1

@tpixie Want to join in sharing 7 days of covers you love?

Daisey @sprainedbrain Thanks for the tag to get me started! 6h
sprainedbrain I love this! Very striking cover. 4m
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H is for Hawk | Helen Macdonald
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I‘m thoroughly enjoying listening to this book, especially on my evening walks. It‘s an interesting mix of genres, and I‘m continually intrigued by the information about falconry and T.H. White, as well as the other literary references.

#nonfiction #memoir #audiobook #audiowalk

sprainedbrain Gorgeous photo! 😍 2d
Daisey @sprainedbrain Thank you. I purposely took my walk just a little later this evening to enjoy the sunset! They‘ve been so beautiful lately. 2d
sprainedbrain @Daisey I did that yesterday and today... they have been gorgeous! 2d
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#BookFitnessChallenge Round 3 Week 6 Check-in
73,000 steps of 70,000 - met every week
3 more books this week to just meet my 15 book goal
42 of 42 days of Bible reading

Thanks again to @wanderinglynn for organizing and all the support throughout the challenge!

#BFC #BFCr3

sprainedbrain Excellent work!! 3d
wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 Fantastic stats! 🎉 3d
Charityann Nice job! 😊 3d
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This was the perfect way to start a Saturday. However, by the time I made & ate breakfast, then read the chapter, I had no time to make a post, so I‘m sharing several hours later. This chapter was fantastic! The first draft included is short without a lot of detail, but what a possibility to consider. Without spoilers, all I can say is Eowyn is seriously strong and amazing!

#LotRHistory #YearsofTolkien #FellowshipofTolkien #BreakfastwithTolkien

Emilymdxn Amazing pic! Agreed that‘s a great way to spend a Saturday 3d
Daisey @Emilymdxn Thank you! 3d
JazzFeathers I'm so seriously behind 😭 But l can't wait to read more of Eowyn's developement. 3d
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H is for Hawk | Helen Macdonald
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I checked this #audiobook out to listen to just as I was finishing listening to The Once and Future King. It wasn‘t until I was reading other reviews of that book that I realized the author T.H. White is discussed in this book. It‘s a happy coincidence that I‘m following that audiobook with this one, and it‘s adding to my appreciation of both, although not enough to change my rating of the former.

#Reading1001 #TBRTakedown #1001books

SW-T I loved this book! 4d
Daisey @SW-T I‘m really enjoying it so far. 4d
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I continually enjoy seeing the development of the big ideas in these books, but today this small development caught my attention. Simple word revisions like changing from “You are weary, my son,” to “You are weary, I see,” accumulate to create the harsh Denethor we know.

#LotRHistory #FellowshipofTolkien #YearsofTolkien

JazzFeathers Definitely Tolkien was a wizard of words 😊 l realise l'so much behind. Will try to catch up thus weekend. 5d
Daisey @JazzFeathers I‘m still not quite caught up to the schedule, but I‘ve managed to keep reading this week and even catch up a little. We‘ll all get there sooner or later. (edited) 5d
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This is listed as one book on the #1001books list, so I‘m reviewing it as such. Sometimes it‘s divided into 5 separate books, and if I had reviewed as such, the first 3 would have been rated higher. I enjoyed the beginning of the story, appreciated the middle, and was disappointed in the end. I also didn‘t feel that the separate books fit together well in style, although they were chronological. However, the #audiobook narration was great.

JazzFeathers This has been on my TBR for ages, since when l was l kid and was obsessed with Arthurian tales. Sorry to hear it could have been better fir you. But it's s classic, so l think l'll keep it in my pile 😊 5d
Daisey @JazzFeathers I did really enjoy the earlier part of the story. This may be a little bit of my final review being effected by the end of the story more than the overall. It is definitely an interesting retelling of the Arthur story. 5d
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Mascot | Antony John
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Noah is dealing with some tough issues in this story after a car accident killed his father and left him in a wheelchair. The personalities of the characters and the friendships that developed between them are great, leading to some important points as well as laugh out loud moments. I also especially appreciated the St. Louis setting and the appearance of Cardinals‘ mascot Fredbird.

#MsDsLibrary #middlegrade

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Steak nachos and a few more pages of Tolkien before I get back to updating grades and lesson planning tonight. I‘m thoroughly enjoying the development of the city and Pippin‘s adventures in “Minas Tirith.”

#ReadandEat #LotRHistory #FellowshipofTolkien #YearsofTolkien

trazo Super cute bookmark 🔖 1w
Daisey @trazo Thanks! It‘s one of my favorites and currently my designated Tolkien bookmark. 1w
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#BookFitnessChallenge Round 3 Week 5 Check-in
82,000 of 70,000 steps - I ended up with more steps than I expected this week.
3 books this week for 12 of 15 total books
35 of 35 days of Bible reading

#BFC #BFCr3

TheSpineView Doing sjper!6😊 1w
wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 1w
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wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻👏🏻 1w
tpixie Superwoman! 🦸‍♀️ 7d
Daisey @tpixie Thanks! This step count is actually low compared to summertime. 6d
tpixie @Daisey yes! You are very busy during the summertime! At the farm! 6d
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Mascot | Antony John
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Happy Saturday! It‘s another beautiful day, so I‘m alternating chores around the house with reading time in the hammock. I‘m planning to do some catching up on our #LotRHistory readalong, and I‘m trying to get back in the habit of reading more middle grade and YA books to make better book recommendations to my students. I just started Mascot, but it was fun to realize it‘s set in St. Louis.

JazzFeathers I need to maje some serious catch up too. Last week l listvall my reading time so some crazy overtime at work 😭 1w
Daisey @JazzFeathers I haven‘t made it as far as I hoped, so I completely understand. With lots of school work and such I‘m more in the mood for light reading than over 50 pages of Tolkien notes. So, although I‘m making progress I doubt I‘ll catch up yet. 1w
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Drum Roll, Please | Lisa Jenn Bigelow
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I enjoyed this summer camp story of friendship and first love. The puns were amusing, and the messages of finding your own identity while negotiating friendships, crushes, and family issues were well written. Yet, the best parts for me were the musical descriptions, and I even found a Tolkien reference.

#MiddleGrade

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I‘m working my way through the audiobooks of The Once and Future King available on #Hoopla. It‘s a good way to spend my drive and walk each day, as the audio narration is fantastic. However, I‘m not quite sure what I think of the story as I‘m almost finished with book 3 of the 5 that make up the whole.

#audiobook #audiowalk #1001books

Liz_M Sunrise or sunset? Lovely photo either way. 2w
Daisey @Liz_M Thanks! It was the sunset just as I was getting back home from a lovely evening walk. 2w
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I finally finished the “Kirith Ungol” chapter tonight. There were many interesting developments in this section, but I think the most fascinating to me was change from many spiders to one and the use of the name Ungoliant. Since first reading The Silmarillion I‘ve wondered about the connection between Ungoliant and Shelob, and this seems to confirm their similarities.

#LotRHistory #YearsofTolkien #FellowshipofTolkien

JazzFeathers Shelob is a fantastic character (just like Ungoliant). Yes, that was a fascinating part of the evolution of the chapter. Though l greatly enjoyed Sam's internal struggle too. I'm not ashame to say l she more then a terra when l read that chapter in LotR. I now can see all the work that went into making it what it is. 2w
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Salvage the Bones | Jesmyn Ward
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August reading wrap-up! I read more than expected and listened to a lot of audio.

#ReadingStats #MonthlyStats

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I‘ve been busy the last few days with little time to read, but this weekend we‘re camping and I‘m hoping to make some progress. However, with this view from the hammock and quality family time I may not get as much reading time as planned. Either way, it will be a good weekend.

#LotRHistory #YearsofTolkien #FellowshipofTolkien

Tamra 👌🏾 2w
wordslinger42 I'm a bit behind, but working to get caught up! Real life keeps interfering with my love for Tolkien 😁 2w
Daisey @wordslinger42 Same here! (edited) 2w
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#BookFitnessChallenge Round 3 Week 4 Check-in
73,000 steps of 70,000
9 books of 15 total
28 of 28 days Bible reading

#BFC #BFCr3

wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 2w
kspenmoll 🙌🏻🙌🏻 2w
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I started the Faramir chapter last night and finished it tonight. I truly enjoyed the historical aspect of this chapter, although with school getting into full swing I felt a bit rushed and wish I could have read it a bit more slowly. There just aren‘t enough hours in the day right now.

#LotRHistory #YearsofTolkien #FellowshipofTolkien

MrBook 😻😻😻😻 3w
Riveted_Reader_Melissa So sorry it‘s getting to be your busy time again! Enjoy the quiet moments when you can. 3w
Scochrane26 Cute dog! 3w
JazzFeathers I know exactly what you mean. 3w
Daisey @Riveted_Reader_Melissa The year is starting off pretty well, it‘s just getting used to a full schedule again, compounded by an upcoming weekend of camping with family to prep for! My reading time is definitely a quiet moment necessity in a busy week. 3w
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Cryptonomicon | Neal Stephenson
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I enjoyed this story, but I was not wowed by it. The discussion of math and cryptography was intriguing. However, I was somewhat frustrated by the portrayal of the female characters and wished for deeper character development overall. After all the hours of building connections between timelines, the ending seemed abrupt as well.

#Reading1001 #1001books #audiobook

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#BookFitnessChallenge Round 3 Week 3 Check-in

83,000 steps of 70,000 - I managed to stick to my plan of walking every day after school except Friday when I went to visit friends.
2 more books completed this week for 8 of 15 total
21 of 21 days Bible reading

#BFC #BFCr3

BarbaraJean Sounds like a great week!! 3w
wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 3w
Megabooks Awesome!! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 3w
sprainedbrain Very nice! 3w
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The Overstory | Richard Powers
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Supper in the backyard and then another chapter of the next @litsybookclub pick in the hammock! I'm only on the second chapter, but I'm intrigued to read it after what I've seen and heard about this Pulitzer Prize winning novel.

#LitsyBookClub #ReadandEat

Leftcoastzen I loved this book! 3w
Tamra I‘m trying to absorb all the rejuvenating outdoor pics like this one to tide me over the winter. 3w
mhillis Yum 😋 3w
Daisey @Leftcoastzen Good to hear! A lot of the reviews make it sound like something I will appreciate. 3w
Daisey @Tamra I know what you mean. I‘m trying to enjoy more time outside for the same reason. 3w
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Happy Saturday! I started the day getting a few things done around the house, but as beautiful as it is outside, I might just spend too much of my day right here reading in the hammock. I enjoyed the discussion of letter exchanges between Christopher and his father in the last chapter and am looking forward to exploring the next couple chapters this weekend.

#LotRHistory #YearsofTolkien #FellowshipofTolkien

Chelsea.Poole Hammock reading = ♥️ 4w
JazzFeathers I read all through 'Faramir' today. Such a fascinating chapter. I like that Christopher always acts so professionale abd detached. But l love it when he is able to add personal memories to the story. 4w
Daisey @Chelsea.Poole So true! 3w
Daisey @JazzFeathers I hope to get through it tomorrow and am looking forward to it! 3w
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Cryptonomicon | Neal Stephenson
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Tolkien references are apparently everywhere when you‘re completely immersed in his writing.

#1001books #Reading1001
#YearsofTolkien #FellowshipofTolkien #BookSerendipity

JazzFeathers You find Tolkien references everywhere. How is it? 😂 4w
LiciaAZ I'm a newbie around here. How did you create the pic of your quote? 4w
Daisey @JazzFeathers I think it‘s like @Riveted_Reader_Melissa said, part of it is just being hyper aware. Also, I think I‘ve been reading some quality books and they often tend to make more allusions than lighter fluff reading. 4w
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Daisey @LiciaAZ This quote is just a cropped screenshot of a highlight in the ebook. I also like to use the apps Typorama and Over when sharing quotes. 4w
Daisey @JazzFeathers Although, come to think of it I found one in the last YA book I read too! Maybe just luck! 🤔 4w
LiciaAZ Thank you for your help! 4w
Daisey @LiciaAZ You‘re welcome, and welcome to Litsy. Feel free to ask questions anytime. 4w
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I always enjoy seeing the reproductions of the actual manuscript pages. I can‘t even imagine struggling through all the mixed pages, some with writing over writing, and handwriting like this to decipher these early drafts. It definitely makes Tolkien‘s difficulty in figuring out the next phase of Frodo & Sam‘s journey more clear, and I enjoyed reading that process.

#LotRHistory #FellowshipofTolkien #YearsofTolkien

Daisey Also, with it being the first full week of a new school year, I can‘t even keep up with my own schedule. I‘ll try to read at least some each day so I can catch up over the weekend. 4w
JazzFeathers I tried to read that page. Couldn't. Sure, Christopher could read the original, which l think are a bit clearer, but goodness! Still, l like Tolkien's handwriting. It has kind of the same quality as his drawings. 4w
Riveted_Reader_Melissa Right! And remember in the Hobbit history he was handing these pages to his son,who was still very young to type up the fair copy for him. No wonder things got missed, and honestly if Christopher can‘t read that writing after all those years of practice, what hope do the rest of us have. 🙈😂 4w
Daisey @JazzFeathers @Riveted_Reader_Melissa Yes! I could read a little of it, but not much. 4w
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Cryptonomicon | Neal Stephenson
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I didn‘t get started listening to this 42 hour audiobook until a couple days after downloading and then realized someone else has it on hold. I‘ve increased the speed the last couple of days and am trying to listen to a few hours each day. It took a little while to sort out the characters and keep track of locations, but halfway in I‘m intrigued by the story and often amused, especially by Bobby Shaftoe.

#Reading1001 #1001books #audiobook

JCPaulk It does pick up pace at the halfway mark! 1mo
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This was an appropriate book to finish reading outside in my hammock. I enjoyed the story, but it didn‘t quite live up to the hype for me. Kya was fascinating, but some of her character development seemed unrealistic. The wonderful part of this story was the natural world of the North Carolina marshlands. Yet, even in this I expected more intricate details of Kya‘s learning from her own observation and experience to be shared with the reader.

Daisey Also, does the canoe on the cover bother anyone else? 1mo
EvaPriest I‘m curious. What bothered you about the canoe on the cover? 1mo
Daisey @evapriest I assume it is meant to be Kya on the cover, but she never has a canoe. She has a small beat up flat bottomed metal skiff with a motor. 1mo
jewright I probably hyped it too much, but I really liked it. I want a copy of it. 1mo
Daisey @jewright You weren‘t the only one, and I did enjoy it. 1mo
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Songs of a Sourdough | Robert Service
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I had never heard of Robert Service until just about a week ago when I stumbled across his book of poems on Serial Reader. A lot of the poems have a feeling like the Yukon writing of Jack London, often seemingly contradictory while detailing the harshness and the beauty of the place. I thoroughly enjoyed most of these poems about the reality of life in the Yukon. There are also some describing other times and places.

#SerialReader #poetry

Daisey Last night as I started Where the Crawdads Sing, one of the poems I had just read came up in discussion between one of the boys and his dad. #BookSerendipity (edited) 1mo
Lindy @Daisey The Cremation of Sam McGee is available in a charming all-ages picture book: 1mo
Lindy @Daisey Also, you can hear Johnny Cash recite it on YouTube: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=yJNZwuamwj0 1mo
Kimberlone The Cremation of Sam McGee is very well known in Alaska, and there is even a high school named after Service in my city! 1mo
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#BookFitnessChallenge Round 3 Week 2 Check-in
78,000 steps of 70,000
2 books completed this week to make 6 of 15 total
14 of 14 days Bible reading

#BFC #BFCr3

Megabooks 🥳🥳🥳 1mo
TheSpineView Awesome! 1mo
wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 A great week! 1mo
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Crazeedi Great job!👏👏 1mo
Dawnrod1970 Great job! 1mo
Charityann Nice!😊 1mo
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“Gandalf‘s plans are risky, and they often lead to a knife-edge. There is great wisdom, forethought and courage in them - but no certainty. You have to do your part as it comes to you; or they would not work.”

This quote is said by Aragorn in one of the drafts for The Two Towers, and it just seems perfectly accurate. I‘m catching up on a few chapters of our readalong today.

#LotRHistory #FellowshipofTolkien #YearsofTolkien

JazzFeathers Really love that quote. In many ways, it is the heart of the entire story. 1mo
Daisey @JazzFeathers Agreed! It just seems to accurately sum up so much. I had to share it again. 1mo
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This is the first book by Ally Carter I‘ve read, and it was definitely a fun #YA read! Teenagers trained by White House Secret Service men end up fighting for their lives against angry Russians while surviving in the Alaskan wilderness. There‘s some violence and a a dash of romance but nothing to keep me from recommending it to younger YA readers.

LibrarianRyan Her Gallagher girl books are better. But this is an auto buy author for me. 1mo
Daisey @LibrarianRyan I have a couple random ones on my class shelves, but after reading this I‘ll have to specifically look up the Gallagher Girls series and do more to promote her books to students. 1mo
LibrarianRyan @Daisey they are great for middle - high because they are relatively clean with minimal language and almost no sex. Kissing yes. But nothing more. 1mo
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After visiting the the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, I found this #audiobook on #Hoopla. The first 3 chapters were ok, but they didn‘t demand my attention. Chapter 4 about Isabella Stewart Gardner was my main reason for listening, and it was fascinating. Some of the information was repetition of what I had learned in Boston, but it described other aspects of her life as well. The photos are from my visit to the museum.

#nonfiction

DivineDiana On my list to visit! ❤️ 1mo
Daisey @DivineDiana It was honestly my favorite of the places in Boston that I visited this time! So fascinating and unique! 4w
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Thank you so much to @Dolly and @mreads for my #BookmarkSwap packages! Now I just have to decide which one to use first!

Also, thanks to @LibrarianRyan for organizing this round!

Dolly Is there something wrong with starting 15 books today???? 😆 1mo
Amandajoy @dolly it sounds like that‘s an excuse for starting 15 books this morning! 1mo
LibrarianRyan 👍 😁 1mo
JazzFeathers Wow! Fantastic! 1mo
Daisey @Dolly @Amandajoy Now, why hadn‘t I considered that option? 😂 If only I hadn‘t just started a new school year today! 1mo
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While grilling supper tonight I read the Helm‘s Deep chapter. It‘s an interesting chapter with lots of developing ideas about both the location and the battle. Considering the evolution of the layout of the locations is more fascinating than I would have expected.

#LotRHistory #FellowshipofTolkien #ReadandEat

Reviewsbylola That looks amazing! 1mo
vivastory Boulevard! 🍻 1mo
JazzFeathers I loved the chapter. I get the impression that at this stage, Tolkien was writing in a franzy. I'd love to know what was going on in his life in that moment. 1mo
Daisey @Reviewsbylola @vivastory It was a pretty perfect summer meal and a great summer beer too. 1mo
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Fourmile | Watt Key
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I finished this year‘s book bulletin board for my classroom today. It‘s actually a working clock (although probably not incredibly accurate), and all but one of the books are on my shelves to share.

#TeachersofLitsy #MsDsLibrary

Cinfhen That‘s awesome 👏 👏 👏 1mo
Booktastic I love that I 1mo
Lovesbooks87 Love it! 1mo
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Daisey @Cinfhen @Booktastic @Lovesbooks87 Thank you! It has been a fun one to put together. 1mo
Come-read-with-me @Daisey wow! This is great. 👍🏻 1mo
merelybookish That's so cool! 1mo
JazzFeathers Oh, wow! This is awesome! 1mo
Daisey @Come-read-with-me @merelybookish @JazzFeathers Thank you! 1mo
WanderingBookaneer @gibblr and I always wanted to make one! 1mo
Daisey @WanderingBookaneer It was actually simpler than I expected and I‘m so happy with how it turned out! 1mo
WanderingBookaneer I never thought of using a bulletin board. I always thought I needed to use wall space. 1mo
Daisey @Wanderingbookaneer It worked better than I originally expected. The covers on the bulletin board are printed with the actual books lined up on the counter below for students to borrow. I have other books for some numbers that I may trade out during the year. I wasn't sure about the clockworks, but it's a small enough box that it's just held up with a thumbtack. 1mo
robinb Love this!!! ❤️ 1mo
Daisey @robinb Thanks! My students have already checked out a few of the books too! 1mo
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It‘s time again for Sunday morning #BreakfastwithTolkien again and I‘m so glad. I‘m really looking forward to delving into this next book about the writing of Lord of the Rings with a great group of readers. I‘ll admit the explanation of bringing together conflicting chronologies is not my favorite, but the upcoming development of the battle at Helm‘s Deep sounds fascinating.

#LotRHistory #FellowshipofTolkien #YearsofTolkien

JazzFeathers While l was reading, l keep wondering, how on earth did Tolkien entangled himself in it? Can't wait to read on! 1mo
wordslinger42 I agree, those chapters can be hard to get through! I also have a hard time getting through the map chapters 😂 1mo
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#BookFitnessChallenge Round 3 Week 1 Check-in

78,000 steps of 70,000 - Back from the family farm and starting a new school year next week means I‘ll probably run much closer to my goal this round.
4 books of 15 total
7 of 7 days Bible reading

#BFC #BFCr3

Minispok Great job! 1mo
Daisey @Minispok Thanks! 1mo
wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 1mo
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Long Way Down | Jason Reynolds
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This novel in verse creates an intense story like standing on a precipice at the moment before a fall. Yet, I felt something was missing. I think it comes down to these quotes. If connecting with this character, there are no options. If already feeling broken, there‘s no choice but to follow “The Rules.” I want the reader to see an alternative, an idea of how to move forward after identifying oneself in the story. Maybe I just want the impossible.

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A Surprise in the Mail! | Amye Rosenberg
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I finally got everything together and made it to the post office today. I sent out my #BookmarkSwap envelopes and the last books I read for #1001Discoveries. Also, I received a bookmark envelope from @mreads a couple days ago.

Riveted_Reader_Melissa That‘s wonderful! Don‘t you feel so productive when you mail out a bunch of completed projects? 1mo
LibrarianRyan Yeahhh 1mo
Dolly Hi Daisey, did you not receive my package? Tracking says it was delivered yesterday at 12:46 pm 🤞🏼 (edited) 1mo
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Daisey @Dolly So sorry! I got home late last night and completely forgot to check the mail. It was there when I got home today! @LibrarianRyan 1mo
Daisey @Riveted_Reader_Melissa Yes! In the past week I finished your books, reviewed the last of already published books on my NetGalley shelf, and got the bookmarks done. Feeling so accomplished! 1mo
Dolly Yay! 1mo
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I can‘t say I quite enjoyed this book, but I appreciated the experience of reading it. The story is often violent and depressing but the immersion in the culture of the characters is amazing. I thoroughly enjoyed the Tolkien references and the depth that added to the story for me.

I strongly recommend http://www.annotated-oscar-wao.com if you‘re struggling with the language or the references.

#1001books #1001Discoveries

krismlars You're making better progress than I am in the 1001 book! I keep track the same way, with tabs😁 1mo
ValerieAndBooks @Daisey Good idea with the tabs! I may borrow this idea. I have that same edition but keep track of my #1001Books with the app. Tabs are a nice tangible way of seeing your progress. Are the colors random, or coded in some way? @krismlars 1mo
Nute Wow! I love this! Congratulations on your progress. Such a cool visual way to see your ongoing achievement. 1mo
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Daisey @krismlars @ValerieAndBooks I keep more careful track in the app and with Goodreads, but I just went through and updated my tabs in the book. It makes the 100 books I‘ve completed feel a bit more substantial. My colors & spacing are random but I do write the month & year read. The tricky part is marking books not included in this edition. Sometimes I put with another book by the author and sometimes chronological. 1mo
Daisey @Nute Thank you! 1mo
krismlars @ValerieAndBooks I use yellow post-it notes that have been cut down. @Daisey I also keep better track in my reading spreadsheet 1mo
CafeMom I have never seen the actual 1001 book. It is huge. Thanks for including the picture. 1mo
Daisey @CafeMom It‘s massive! I wasn‘t sure about buying a copy, but I found this one which appears new for a used price, I think because of a marker slash across the edge of the pages. I bought it thinking it would give more explanation as to why each book was chosen, but it generally doesn‘t. However, it‘s still interesting to read the short essays about the books. 1mo
TheAromaofBooks So are the 1001 Discoveries the same as the 1001 Books? 1mo
Daisey @TheAromaofBooks #1001Discoveries is a postal book group that specifically chose from the 1001 list for books to share. 1mo
TheAromaofBooks That is super fun! 1mo
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Salvage the Bones | Jesmyn Ward
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This book was brutal, and that made it hard to get into at the beginning. Yet, as I got further along it got harder and harder to put down. Knowing that Hurricane Katrina was heading straight for them and seeing the incredibly difficult situation in which they lived made for a continuously ominous feeling. In the end, I saw this as a powerful story of determination and survival.

This book has been lost on my #NetGalley shelf for a while. 😬

MaleficentBookDragon What a wonderful reading spot! 1mo
Daisey @MaleficentBookDragon It's one of my favorites! 1mo
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The Tolkien references in this book are great! It‘s not just Lord of the Rings either, another quote references the fall of Gondolin. Catching these does make me wonder about the specifics of some of the other references that are familiar but not as well known to me.

#1001books #1001Discoveries

Trollkonstnaren Oh I love those little references inside the books! 1mo
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Stray City: A Novel | Chelsey Johnson
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I listened to this book fairly quickly, but it‘s just not one that I found relatable nor that I gained great insight from. It was not what I expected from the blurb, spending much more time on the earlier portion than the later. I found aspects of the story interesting, but I also felt things came together a little too quickly and easily after the story skipped 10 years into the future.

#LitsyBookClub #audiobook

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I‘m keeping my goals much the same for Round 3 of the Book Fitness Challenge since I‘ll be back to school soon and not as physically active as I am during the summer.

70,000 steps per week
15 total books over the 6 weeks
Continue daily Bible reading with my Bible app

#BookFitnessChallenge #BFC #BFCr3

wanderinglynn Great goals! 🙌 1mo
Dawnrod1970 Awesome goals! 1mo
maximusje Cool. I am doing a book a month challenge as a New Year resolution. Much easier than yours :-). 1mo
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It didn‘t take long for me to realize that I was going to need to look up some Spanish while reading this book. The first phrase I typed into the search led me to this website of not only translations but also notes and links for mentions of books, movies, games, etc. It has been helpful and I would recommend it. http://www.annotated-oscar-wao.com

Additionally, I‘m enjoying the Tolkien allusions and references.

#1001books #1001Discoveries

merelybookish That's cool! I read somewhere that Diaz intentionally wanted Anglo readers to experience the disorientation of not knowing all the language. 1mo
Daisey @merelybookish That makes sense with some of what I‘ve read as well. It can be tough, but it makes the immersion in the culture of the story much stronger. I‘m enjoying it, even if it slows down my reading. 1mo
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I‘m finally starting this one during Sunday morning books with breakfast. I‘m curious about it since I‘ve seen rather conflicting reviews.

#1001books #1001Discoveries #ReadandEat

bromeliad Yeah, same here. I'm looking forward to your review on this! 1mo
Emilymdxn I absolutely adored this one but I listened to it as audio rather than a physical book and I‘ve heard a few people say they thought it was easier to follow listening than seeing, I‘ll be interested to see how you find the physical copy 1mo
Daisey @Emilymdxn I‘ve seen there is a Lin-Manuel Miranda narrated audiobook, so I did put it on hold. However, a chapter in I think I‘m glad to be reading it in print. Text will make me more likely to slow down and check details such as looking up meanings of Spanish phrases. 1mo
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#LotRHistory Readers, I worked up a schedule for The War of the Ring that starts the end of this week. Most of the daily sections are 10-15 pages and some are only a few pages. Let me know if you see any issues. So looking forward to diving into the next of these History of Middle Earth books with you!

#YearsofTolkien #FellowshipofTolkien #JRRTolkien #readalong

JazzFeathers It looks great @Daisey 🙆 My book hasn't arrived yet, but there is still a week to go, so l'm hoping 😁 In any case, you gals go on. I'll catch up as soon as my book arrived. 1mo
Avanders Oh I see I should have tagged here @litsyhappenings ☺️ (@jazzfeathers) 1mo
BookwormAHN Looks good to me 😺 1mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa Looks great to me! 1mo
wordslinger42 Looks wonderful!! I'm still waiting on my hold to come in, but it's on the way so I'm sure it will be here in time 😊 1mo
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#BookFitnessChallenge Round 2 Week 6 Check-in

95,000 steps of 70,000
19 books of 10 total
42 of 42 days Bible reading

This has been a great challenge and I look forward to continuing with the next round!

#BFC #BFCr2

BookwormAHN Great job 👏🏻 1mo
JazzFeathers Yayyyy!!!! You are a hero!!!! 1mo
Megabooks Awesome!! 🥳💜 1mo
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sprainedbrain Great stats! 1mo
BarbaraJean Fantastic!! You rocked this challenge! 1mo
wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌 A fantastic week! 🎉 1mo
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Devil's Highway: A True Story | Luis Alberto Urrea
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After finishing All the Pretty Horses, I just couldn‘t jump back into my current audio so I went looking for something else in my available listens. This story of a group of men who attempted to walk across the border from Mexico to the U.S. in 2001 seemed a perfect complement to the story I had just finished. It is a harrowing story of persistence, death, and the situation at the border in the early 2000s.

#nonfiction #audiobook #AudiobookSync

Daisey Also second book finished for #ReverseReadathon #DeweysReadathon 1mo
Lola I LOVE this author. One of my favorites from last year was 1mo
Daisey @Lola Good to know! I really enjoyed the style of the book so I may need to check out another by him at some point. 1mo
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All the Pretty Horses | Cormac McCarthy
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It took me a while to adjust to McCarthy‘s writing style, and for that reason I‘m glad to have been able to immerse myself instead of reading a few pages at a time. This story has a truly stark and western feel to me. The description of the setting and the travel through it is really what made the book for me. As for the plot, it seemed a quest with no real destination.

#DeweysReadathon #ReverseReadathon

#1001books #Reading1001 #TBRTakedown

DGRachel I love McCarthy, but this one is still on my TBR. One of these days I‘ll get to it... 1mo
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All the Pretty Horses | Cormac McCarthy
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“Scars have the strange power to remind us that our past is real. The events that cause them can never be forgotten, can they?”

#1001books #quote