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Erin7

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Starting week 2 of #bookfitnesschallenge with what motivates me- Living a full life. For me this means exploring new places, reading more, eating healthy, and learning new things. Hope everyone is starting strong with their goals for week 2😊💪🏻. #ATB

BookwormAHN Great motivation 🍀 3d
wanderinglynn Wonderful motivation! 💜 3d
VanChocStrawberry Great motivation! Thanks for sharing! 3d
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guinsgirlreads Great! Thank you! 3d
Caterina Sounds like a full life to me, too. Thanks for sharing! 💕 3d
Clwojick Great motivation! 💗 3d
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Cut it down to the wire, and I had to make one adjustment week one of #BookFitnessChallenge. Here‘s the week 1 breakdown:
- 1/2 audiobook (The Notebook)✔️
- 0.5/3 of first paper book✔️
- 70/90 minutes of rollerblading (had to fit in a 30 minute walk at lunch to make up for the missing 20 minutes)✔️
- 123/120 minutes yoga✔️
- 1 hike for 2.23 mi today at lunch✔️

#ATB

wanderinglynn Great first week! 🙌🏻 4d
Cinfhen Great first week ❤️ 4d
BookwormAHN Way to go 👏🏻 4d
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4thhouseontheleft What an excellent first week! 4d
jb72 Wow Erin! You‘re doing great! 4d
Clwojick Way to go! 💜💗💙 3d
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Thanks #bookfitnesschallenge for motivating me to get my rollerblades on for the first time in 5 years. I only wiped out once...whoot! I‘ve gotten in my first full audiobook for the challenge as well. My kiddos started swim team back up, so audiobooks are perfect for meal prep time. Now I‘m off to yoga to try to work out the knot on my rear😂. #ATB

VanChocStrawberry Whoa! Nice! I‘ve never bladed, but my kids like to. 1w
wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 Roller blading sounds like fun, but I trip on flat ground, so I‘d probably kill myself on skates. 😂 1w
ChasingOm Wow, that‘s awesome!! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 1w
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BookwormAHN Great job 👏🏻 1w
dariazeoli Awesome! I still have flashbacks from childhood when my brother pushes me down the hill leading to oncoming traffic. Fortunately I was excellent at falling 😁 7d
Clwojick I salute you! I‘m pretty sure I would fall and great all the bones. 😂 Awesome job! 6d
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I hope everyone‘s off to a great start with #bookfitnesschallenge.Started a day late after dealing with my son‘s stomach bug issues all day yesterday. But better late than never. First 20 minute yoga session in the books for the week and I‘ve got a date with #Dune tonight before bed. Focus has been a challenge lately. So, I‘m hopeful that this challenge will get me back in the game.#adultingishard @wanderinglynn #ATB

ReadingSusan Love this chart. I am determined to start doing yoga again. 1w
CoverToCoverGirl Enjoy your book, you‘ve earned it! 1w
kindergartenkat Fun that you're doing this challenge too! #ATB represent! How are you liking Dune? 1w
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Erin7 @kindergartenkat It‘s okay so far but slow going for me. High sci-fi is hard for me to get into. All the politics revolving around the spice trade drags but there‘s some meat in this Judas amongst Leto‘s staff. So, I‘m sticking with it. 1w
wanderinglynn Adulting IS hard. And way to go to not let yesterday deter you from starting today! 🙌🏻 Starting is often the hardest step. And I hope your son feels better. 💚 1w
jb72 Good job Erin! #ATB I‘m getting ready to go meditate a bit. 🤦🏼‍♀️ (that‘s my meditate sign 😂) 1w
BookwormAHN Nice work 🌻 1w
Kaye 💚 1w
guinsgirlreads Great start! Love this pic too, thanks! 1w
4thhouseontheleft Hope your son is feeling better, and it doesn't spread! That looks like a variation of a sun salutation. 1w
Caterina Hope your son is feeling better and you don't catch it! Good job getting back into it with the yoga! :) 1w
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I'm almost all lined up to get going on this challenge. Really looking forward to starting this with you guys. #Bookfitnesschallenge #ATB

jb72 I‘m so glad you are joining! Good luck! 2w
wanderinglynn Thanks for sharing! 😀 2w
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Inline Skating | John Hamilton
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#Bookfitnesschallenge

This sounds like a fun challenge, and need some motivation in both areas right now.

Goals for this challenge (and hopefully moving forward):
Books- 3 paper books in six weeks, 2 audiobooks
Fitness- 90 minutes rollerblading/wk, 120 minutes of yoga,1 hike every 2 weeks

wanderinglynn Yay! 🙌🏻 welcome aboard! 2w
jb72 Awesome! I‘m so glad you joined! #ATB 2w
Erin7 @wanderinglynn Thanks for putting it together. What a creative idea. 2w
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Erin7 @jb72 Thanks for telling us about it. 2w
Kaye 💚 2w
Erin7 https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1XpXTHGYZh0wQYrz4LL70cCUf3IakUH3ccfRBdFbmVXw/vie...

Has all the fine print for others interested in getting fit this summer.
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wanderinglynn @Erin7 My pleasure! Happy you‘re joining us! 🙌🏻 2w
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It was more difficult than I thought it would be to find a poem fitting the #air prompt for #poetrymatters that spoke to me. #robertfrost came through for me though.

LazyDays Robert Frost is a great pick for almost anything Nature 3mo
TheSpineView Frost is a favorite of mine!😍 3mo
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A Perfect Circle - Thirteenth Step | Hal Leonard Corporation, Perfect Circle (Rock group)
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I love A Perfect Circle, so I went with the lyrics to their song titled 3 Libras for day 2 of #poetrymatters this month. This song to me is an example that poetry is not lost with rock music.

TheSpineView Agreed! Excellent choice! 3mo
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Edna St. Vincent Millay: Selected Poems | Edna St. Vincent Millay
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This seems like an appropriate farewell poem choice after experiencing a break up last night. Loooking forward to discovering new poetry with this month‘s prompts😊. #poetrymatters

TheSpineView Sorry to hear. The poem is most appropriate! 3mo
jb72 I‘m sorry to hear about the break up. Good poem choice. Let me know if you need anything. 3mo
Erin7 @jb72 Thanks, JB. It was my choice. He and I just didn‘t end up being a good fit. 3mo
jb72 @Erin7 Those things happen. And at least you could see it. Many go on for years denying or justifying relationships. 3mo
Redwritinghood Sorry to hear that. Sending 💕💕 3mo
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Six of Crows | Leigh Bardugo
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Well, I‘m calling it a night. I didn‘t quite reach my goal, but I got quite a bit of reading in and learned some new things relating to LGBTQ culture. Thanks for taking this #ATBWeekendReadathon journey with me. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.

If you are not a member of #ATB you are welcome to join in next time. The more the merrier. We can also be found on GoodReads. Just look for the Across The Bookshelves group to join us.

jb72 I didn‘t reach my goal, but I did get Jurassic Park finished which I‘m very pleased about. Plus I did get more read time in this time than last time so that‘s a plus. 10mo
JaclynW @jb72 Yay! That's something to celebrate. 👏 10mo
JaclynW @Erin7 Thanks for organizing this! I enjoyed the articles you posted. Cute picture and comic in this post too! 10mo
JaclynW I have 35 minutes left of my audiobook and 35 pages left to read of my library book. How did I manage those identical numbers?? Haha! Crazy! I'm still going to read for a bit though, so maybe I will get one completely finished. That is a lot more than I expected this weekend so I'm very pleased! 10mo
AceOnRoam @JaclynW love these reading coincidences! 10mo
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Six of Crows | Leigh Bardugo
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Getting the kiddos outside for a swim while I try to get my time in. We‘re at the home stretch you guys. What are you reading? Where are you most comfortable reading? #ATBWeekendReadathon

jb72 I‘m coming to the end of Jurassic Park. It‘s rather fast paced right now. I enjoy reading in bed or cuddled up with blankets on the couch. I think my total reading time is only at three hours right now. 10mo
Jess_Read_This Ok. I want to be reading where you are reading!! That looks like the perfect spot! I‘ve started on the second book but haven‘t kept a time log... I‘d guess all together I‘m at about 12 hours though? 10mo
JaclynW @Erin7 @Jess_Read_This @jb72 I haven't kept a time log either! I always forget. But I'm nearing the end of both my audiobook and library book. I will still be reading more tonight. (I did some yardwork today and then had my meditation group meeting.) I usually read on the couch or in bed. If the weather cooperates, I have a special chair on my deck or a hammock. But really,I read anywhere! Your swimming pool looks like a lovely place to read Erin! 10mo
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Erin7 @JaclynW Thanks. It‘s my ma‘s actually. She lives next door and lets us come over whenever we have time. I‘ve tried a couple of times to keep an actual log and find it to be really tedious. I prefer to just get in as much reading as I can during these readathons. I guess I‘m more essence of the law than letter of the law in this respect😊. But I do push myself harder to make the time to read which is fun for me. 10mo
AceOnRoam I like to read in bed, no sound, lots of blankies, no distractions, unless hubby is bringing coffee or toast 😊 10mo
JaclynW @AceOnRoam Sounds perfect! 10mo
JaclynW @Erin7 I'm the same way. Sometimes I think it would be cool to know my actual minutes. Maybe one day... 10mo
AceOnRoam @JaclynW Yes. I think it has plenty more to do with my short attention span and easy distractability 🤣😳 10mo
JaclynW @AceOnRoam 😂😂😂 Whatever you must do... 😊 10mo
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Six of Crows | Leigh Bardugo
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We‘ve reached the halfway point of this #ATBWeekendReadathon. How are you guys holding up? In keeping with the LGBTQ theme I wanted to share an article I found on sexual identity, what it means to be transgender, and the impact of this non binary view of gender has had on society: https://www.economist.com/international/2017/11/16/making-sense-of-the-culture-w...
I‘d like to hear you thoughts on the issue.

Erin7 I‘ll be honest, the learning curve for me is high on this one. I am fine with being who you are and loving who you want to love, but I find the new terms to be foreign. I actually just learned the term “intersex” the other day. The questions over sports are particularly interesting to me. I think track first in my mind and what that would mean for someone born with a penis to run with women. I am torn on this issue. 10mo
Erin7 I feel both that both that there should not be prejudice and worry about the fairness to women in that circumstance due to the natural genetic distribution of muscle strength between males and females. 10mo
Erin7 This article also brought up medication that allows you to try out the intended sex for a year or two before going into surgery. That‘s genius! I‘ve often wondered about that very issue and wonder if there are those that have shown regret after doing something so permanent. I‘ve heard that it‘s common for people in general who get plastic surgery to be dissatisfied and go in for multiple surgeries. I wonder if the capability to try before 10mo
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Erin7 committing helps with any possibility for regret. 10mo
Jess_Read_This Interesting article, Erin! I also have a learning curve with this topic. I found the part about children and gender identification especially as a point of interest. My thoughts tend to align with the school of thought to give them time to explore which gender they feel comfortable with rather than rush into treatments. The research that supported that was interesting. However, it‘s difficult bc transitioning is easier the younger you are per the 10mo
Jess_Read_This Article. So I can see the quandary if what the article is saying is true. I think this will be a topic worth exploring because new questions on policy and inclusiveness will be happening. Thank you for sharing! 10mo
AceOnRoam I will have a look soon Erin, looking forward to it. 10mo
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Six of Crows | Leigh Bardugo
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What is reading without a little music? Here‘s an article about songs that influenced the world in various ways: https://theculturetrip.com/north-america/articles/the-10-influential-songs-that-.... Videos included😊🎶.

What do you views on the impact that music has had on shaping our views? #ATBWeekendReadathon

JaclynW Music is just another form of expression. There are so many ways to share thoughts, opinions, stories - literature, music, art, poetry. All of which can resonate with people (if they are open to it). Thank goodness for all of the arts, right? 💥Mind expanding!💥 10mo
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Six of Crows | Leigh Bardugo
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Good Morning!

I‘m getting up and getting my tea this morning with book in hand. To start out our weekend of branching into LGBTQ literature I‘d like to get into why this gender exists in the first place. http://www.universitytimes.ie/2016/10/whats-the-point-of-lgbt-literature/ brings up some interesting points concerning this genre. #AtbWeekendReadathon

How are you starting out this morning?

Jess_Read_This I had an afternoon start... but I‘m loving Six of Crows! First chapter has me hooked. 10mo
JaclynW That was a great article @Erin7 . I'm so glad we have LBGTQ authors and literature. But really, I just appreciate great literature no matter who writes it or what it is about. I read for many reasons, one of them is to gain new insights and perspectives. The book I started yesterday fits in the LBGTQ realm, it is about a boy who identifies as a girl as his struggle to be accepted for who she is and to have the courage to live that way. 10mo
JaclynW Like the article states, these authors are more than their sexuality and to solely be identified as that is really absurd. I'm not define by this, or by any one thing. Why should anyone be pigeonholed like this? 10mo
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JaclynW I liked the following quote from Mary Dorcey in the article: The lesson she (Dorcey) wishes to impart onto other young LGBT writers: “If there is any subject a writer is afraid of, that is the very one they need to write about. Our deep fears and most intense desires are the well from where we draw our best creative work.” 10mo
JaclynW I also believe in the study the article mentioned about readers being more empathetic. I have found this to be true. Reading about another person's life and experiences opens the world up to you. If only more people would read....and read more diversely....what would our world look like then?? 10mo
Erin7 @JaclynW I completely agree that if more people would be open to reading about the experiences of other ways of living and other experiences that we as a people would surely develop more empathy for each other as a whole. 10mo
JaclynW @Erin7 Yes. It sounds nice. 10mo
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Six of Crows | Leigh Bardugo
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I‘m excited to kick off #ATB second readathon! We‘ve got a whole weekend together of books and banter. In the spirit of diversity, this weekend we‘re focusing (for those of you interested) in the LGBTQ community. I‘ll be posting discussion posts throughout the weekend to build discussion. The goal is to read 24 hours out of 48. Stop by. Let us know your progress. Post your reads and connect to us using #ATBWeekendReadathon.

Erin7 I tried to post all ATB members. Please tag them below if I missed anybody. 10mo
jb72 Thanks for the tag! Super excited to get started. I feel like the readathon helps push me and motivate me to finish those dangling books I‘ve started and dawdled about. 10mo
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AceOnRoam Great to be reading with you guys again Erin, I will update as I go. What are you reading? 10mo
AceOnRoam I'm kicking off with 10mo
Erin7 @AceOnRoam I‘m going with 10mo
Erin7 @jb72 Great idea. I‘m trying to get through one YA and one shorter book, and (if all goes well) I have a play and a book of poems I would like to finish finally. 10mo
Jess_Read_This Kicking off with Six of Crows too! 🖤 10mo
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My game plan for this weekend‘s #24in48 weekend readathon focusing on diversity. I‘m a slow reader, but if I can get through these two in time I‘d like to start The Great Believer also. Bigs goals for the weekend. #ATB

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Night Shift | Stephen King
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Enjoying my escape from a busy day. Thanks to #losersclub I‘m finally getting around to getting this off of my TBR. Things have been really hectic lately. Fingers crossed that I‘ll be able to finish it in to participate in the discussion.

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A Swiftly Tilting Planet | Madeleine L'Engle
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Haven‘t done one of these in awhile.

1.Winter...time too humid in the summers where I live.
2.Both, but I have a bad habit of over obligating to book club reads☺️.
3.Definitely print. I love the feel of holding a book, it‘s a more relaxing reading experience on my eyes, and I like enjoying filling the shelves with books I love.

@SilversReviews

SilversReviews Thanks for playing. 13mo
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Just came across a great question in LFE. “What made someone a mother? Was it biology alone, or was it love?”

What are your thoughts on this question?#ATB #24in48 #LittleFiresEverywhere

BarbaraTheBibliophage I‘m a stepmom. Have been for 20+ years. For me, love made me a mom. ❤️💙💛 13mo
Jess7 Loved this book. We had a great discussion on this book, including this quote — checkout #lfereadalong - from September 2017 13mo
Erin7 @BarbaraTheBibliophage I feel that way about my mom too. She didn‘t give birth to me, but she‘s been there for me for 37 years now. My birth mom hasn‘t been in the picture by choice. But my mom loved me and taught me how to be a good person. 13mo
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BarbaraTheBibliophage @Erin7 Yes! Adopted families have great homes too. I‘m sure you tell your mom what you just wrote, right? 😎 13mo
Erin7 We‘ve talked about it recently. Having kids of my own now has really brought us closer. I was kind of a handful growing up. 13mo
readinginthedark Always love, I think, even with biological mothers. It wasn‘t pushing my son out that made me a mother but taking care of him, being here for him, etc. The love that develops from taking care of another human being. 13mo
AceOnRoam Hmm, hard for me to comment as I'm not a mother.. by choice. 13mo
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Looking at a late night if I‘m going to make today‘s reading goal. We had to take a pause so my kiddos could try out for swim team. They both made the city team though. WHOOT!

How are you doing? Are we going to bring this to a strong finish?

LFE #4- Mia‘s journey to becoming an artist is almost a beautiful novella of its own. Mia‘s art clearly has the power to change
lives. What piece of art has shaped your life in an important way?

Erin7 I don‘t know that there is just one piece that changed my life, but Edward Degas has always been a favorite of mine. I love his use of color and the feel of his work. I remember a French teacher in high school bringing me one of his prints since I couldn‘t go on the class trip to France and just loving it. I used to love to draw imitations of his prints. That was 25 years ago and he is still my favorite. 13mo
JaclynW Congratulations to your kids! 13mo
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JaclynW I liked Mia's journey into art too. I'm always jealous of people who have that artistic eye. I just can't fathom how that happens, my brain doesn't work that way. So I stand in awe of any art creation. I am fascinated by art and also the lives of artists themselves. I don't know that one particular artist stands out, they all stand out as amazing to me (for different reasons). I like your Degas admiration. I would love to see some of your art. 🙂 13mo
jb72 M. C. Escher is one of my favorite artists. My French teacher had his work hanging in the classroom. It even inspired me to try my hand at stippling. 13mo
AceOnRoam I'm with @JaclynW I don't have an eye for art, nor do I own any! 13mo
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I‘ve got my tea and I‘m pumped for Round Two of the #ATB #24in48 Readathon. Don‘t forget to check out the Across the Bookshelves group on Goodreads too for a tight knit and diverse group of active readers.

LFE #3- The debate over the fate of May Ling/Mirabelle is multilayered and heartbreaking. Who do you think should raise her?
#LittleFiresEverywhere

AceOnRoam May Ling should be with her real mum. I'm growing increasingly impatient with the adoptive parents. I'm starting chapter 17 now... 13mo
AceOnRoam I just finished and have heaps to discuss once I have a wee nap! 13mo
Erin7 @AceOnRoam Looking forward to it. I had to take a break. The kiddos tried out for swim team today. They both made it to so added bonus😊. 13mo
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Erin7 @AceOnRoam I agree. There‘s no replacement for one‘s mother. Reading Ch. 16 and seeing both sides of the development that led to May Ling being dropped off at the fire station broke my heart for Bebe who just couldn‘t seem to get a break. I appreciate the McCullough‘s pain in not being able to conceive. And I can imagine the pain they feel in having to give up this child that they have invested their hearts into. But Bebe‘s her mother. Simple 13mo
Erin7 @AceOnRoam I think what makes this clear for me is that Bebe wants her daughter in her life. The abandonment wasn‘t because she was wasting away with drugs. She was drowning in lack of education and opportunity. 13mo
JaclynW @Erin7 Bebe's abandonment of her baby was SO sad. It sounds like she was suffering from postpartum depression too. She was doing her best. She did what she thought was right. She didn't know there were other options. So sad. This could easily have been a different story had Bebe had been informed. I wonder why the hospital staff didn't help with this when she gave birth. I thought they were supposed to gather info/know stuff like this. 13mo
JaclynW I think stories like this are so tough. In some real cases I don't think the birth parent is the best choice. Adoption may be best in some scenarios. It's a case by case basis. I would hate to make a blanket statement for either case. In regards to this book, I think Bebe should get her daughter back and be given good information and resources to help her raise her daughter. 13mo
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We‘ve made it to the halfway point. How did the day end up for you? I made my goal of reading half of the book today and am heading to bed before finishing strong tomorrow.

LFE Readers- what are your thoughts on the book up to this point?
#ATB #24in48 #LittleFiresEverywhere

AceOnRoam This book started out all confusion for me, so many characters and details being introduced in haphazard order. It's much better now, but still too much blah blah in some bits. I think I just want to get to the solid bits of story and skip the blah blah. I think that says more about me than it does about the book LOL 13mo
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How are you guys holding up? Are you making the progress that you had hoped up to this point. I‘m behind what I had hoped on time but farther than I expected on pages. It‘s time to bust out the Twizzlers and pretzels.

For LFE Readers: I just started Ch. 11 and am hoping Mia‘s story will finally come out.

LFE #2- What do you think really bothers Elena about Mia?
#ATB #24in48 #LittleFiresEverywhere

CSeydel I‘m on chapter 9. Enjoying it so far. I‘m hoping to be halfway through by the end of tonight. I have trouble keeping track of my reading time, so I decided not to 🙃 13mo
Erin7 Sounds like you and I have the same page count goal @CSeydel 😊 13mo
CSeydel 👍🏼👍🏼 13mo
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Mrs. Richardson‘s struggles with staying at the Sun Press after having kids than not being able to find work with larger press once she hit forty got me to thinking. I‘m nearing forty and it does feel like an age where starting over in life because increasingly difficult. There‘s the baggage of life thrown into the misconception that forty plus equals lack of trainability. Doesn‘t this idea lose sight of what experience brings to the table.

Lcsmcat For what it‘s worth, I loved my 40s. I felt like people finally took me seriously. And I went back to school in my 50s and changed professions. If you want it enough you can do it. 13mo
Erin7 @Lcsmcat Great Point! Do you think that society has changed when it comes to thoughts of ageism? I definitely agree that if you want something bad enough you can make it happen. Congrats on going back to school. 13mo
Lcsmcat @Erin7 I think we still have a long way to go, but it‘s better. It‘s still harder for women, who are judged more harshly than men, but I like to think positively. (edited) 13mo
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Definitely time for breakfast. My kiddos are also participating which is fun...they‘re totally in it for the snacks. Lol. I‘m on ch. 5. The rules of this suburb has definitely caught my attention though.

LFE #1. Shaker Heights is almost another character in the novel. Do you believe that “the best communities are planned”? Why or why not?

For those not reading LFE, what on today‘s tbr?
#ATB #24in48 #LittleFiresEverywhere

Jess_Read_This I didn‘t get my copy of LFE. I‘ve finished As You Like It, some fantasy fairy type book, and am going to reread a Sarah Maas trilogy (or start lol) in anticipation of the fourth coming out in January! And I forgot to set my timer for the reading I have done 🤦🏽‍♀️ (edited) 13mo
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AceOnRoam @Jess_Read_This I also forgot to set a timer 🙃 this is the second timed Readathon in a row that I have forgotten to record my times. But did lot's of reading so that's the important thing!!! 13mo
Erin7 @Jess_Read_This I‘m with @AceOnRoam on the time issue. This is the first time I‘ve set a timer on a readathon to be honest. I usually just go with the idea of get as much reading in as you can. I think there were quite a few people that couldn‘t get a hold of a copy of LFE in time. The questions will be posted on the monthly read thread also. So far, I would definitely recommend picking it up. 13mo
AceOnRoam Also the concentration on your kids faces lol, they are lovin' their books 💛💛 13mo
JaclynW I love that your kids joined! 13mo
JaclynW Shaker Heights reminds me a bit of where I live. 😯🤔😄 I think there are pros and cons to planned communities. I like the unique, quirky randomness of unplanned but the practical side of me loves any and everything well-thought out and planned. What do you think @Erin7 ? 13mo
Erin7 @JaclynW Too much regulation can limit individuality. But on the other side I figure this to be a safe area to live. There is an advantage to increase property value. But do these regulations account for cultural diversity? I don‘t know how I would feel about not being able to pain my my house the colors of my choosing. So, I agree that there are pros and cons. The regulations at Shaker gets down in the weeds with trashpickup and the house 13mo
Erin7 @JaclynW color limitations based on house style. 13mo
JaclynW @Erin7 Yes, it's true that too much regulation can limit individuality and you definitely lose cultural diversity. Big cities are actually my favorite places to travel to for this reason. I LOVE the energy that comes from so many people and places and so many differences. I often tell my husband that someday I will move to NYC, Dublin, Paris, London or San Francisco. 😉😊 13mo
JaclynW @Erin7 I previously said that where I live reminds me of Shaker Heights, this is mostly because it really does lack cultural diversity. It's a lot of sameness. It can really drive my crazy at times. This is why I myself seek out things that differ. This is why I share that with my kids. This is why we travel to other places. I want my kids to know that the world is a big place with lots going on it in. The good and the bad. 13mo
JaclynW @Erin7 My current neighborhood has some regulations but they don't require a certain paint color or tell us what we can/can't plant in our yard. Thankfully. The houses in our neighborhood are actually quite different, which is one reason why we picked to move here. (There are areas nearby that have more strict guidelines and where everything looks the same.) 13mo
JaclynW @Erin7 The pros of a planned community: It's a safe area. People look out for each other. There are many great opportunities here. Most of our roads are laid out in grids so it's easy to find places. There are many parks and schools nearby. Many "necessity" stores are close by (groceries, gas, hardware). Lots of family centered/kids things are near. 13mo
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Here‘s #CelesteNg 90‘s Character Playlist to get the weekend started:
Lexie- Spin the Bottle (The Juliana Hatfield Three)
Trip- Insane in the Brain (Cyprus Hill)
Moody- Good Intentions (Toad the Wet Sprocket)
Izzy- What‘s Up (Four Non-Blondes)
Pearl- One Hand in My Pocket (Alanis Morrisette)
Mrs. Richardson- Pleasant Valley Sunday (The Monkeys)
Mia- 1979 (Smashing Pumpkins)

Spotify has her playlist titled Little Fires Everywhere if you‘re down.

CaitlinR Thanks for the lead to the Little Fires Spotify playlist. 13mo
Erin7 @kindergartenkat I‘m glad you liked the post. I knew I was missing someone. 13mo
Erin7 Props to #CelesteNg for the playlist. It‘s quite good. 13mo
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Got your books ready? I‘m on my way to pick up snacks now and am excited to start the very first #ATB #24in48 Readathon running from April 14-15. If you have a copy handy join us for #LittleFiresEverywhere as we dive into discussions this weekend. Don‘t forget to tag me. We‘ll see you there. @jb72 @Jess_Read_This @AceOnRoam @ArteMitch @norsulaulu @paigesbookworm

jb72 I‘m super excited! 13mo
AceOnRoam Starting now (0130am here). I may fall asleep quite quickly again, but there's lots of party music in town, the bass is vibrating through the hulls. That should help keep me awake LOL... 13mo
AceOnRoam 💙 the graphic @Erin7 it's so me hahaha 13mo
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Erin7 @jb72 Me too! I‘m pumped you‘re joining in😊. 13mo
Erin7 @AceOnRoam Concert in town? You definitely got an early start. My plan‘s to get up early to get in some solid time pre waking up the kiddos. Thanks for joining in😊. (edited) 13mo
Jess_Read_This Lol!! I love your pic! We have a winter storm warning for freezing rain all day tmw... the perfect day for me to read all day and make crockpot chili! 13mo
Erin7 @Jess_Read_This There‘s a bunch of mess weather wise here too. Stay warm and happy reading😊! 13mo
AceOnRoam @Erin7 we are on the town wharf and there's a million restaurants and bars along the esplanade... 13mo
AceOnRoam @Jess_Read_This stay warm, we are in t-shirt weather here ☉🌞🌝☉ 13mo
CSeydel I read the first three chapters tonight 13mo
Agnetta Chapter5. And I stupidly promised I would cook sthg special for my boyfriend who is working today so now I can't continue 🙀. Easy flowing read so far. Beautiful and a bit sad as hoy sense the drama coming.. . Well actually page 1leaves no doubt it will be bad... 13mo
Jess_Read_This @AceOnRoam Send me some of that t-shirt weather! We went from windows open and sun on Thursday to sleet/freezing rain today. I can‘t wait for that t-shirt weather you speak of! 🤞🏼 13mo
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Join the Across the Bookshelves for our very first April 14 and 15 for our 24/48 read-a-thon! We will be reading Little Fires Everywhere with an open forum discussion. We‘re also on Goodreads where this is our April book choice. So, you‘re welcome to join in the fun there also. We hope to see you then😊📖. #ATB #24in48 #LittleFiresEverywhere @AceOnRoam @jb72 @Jess_Read_This @norsulaulu @JaclynW @paigesbookworm @LitsyHappenings @ArteMitch

AceOnRoam Yay @Erin7 this is great, I have my copy ready! 14mo
Jess_Read_This Still waiting on my copy! 14mo
jb72 Thanks for the tag @Erin7 - I just put the book on hold at the library. Looks like it‘ll be a while for me. 14mo
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JaclynW I'm still waiting for my copy too... 14mo
Erin7 No worries if the book doesn‘t make it in time @jaclynw @jb72 . The discussion questions will also be posted under the discussion thread in GR. You‘re also still welcome to participate in the read-a-thon without the book. It‘ll just be fun to have some focus for discussion. My intention is to be sure that no one is left out but to offer opportunity to try something new as a group. Fingers crossed the book comes in for you guys. 14mo
JaclynW @Erin7 👍👍👍 14mo
CSeydel I already own the book, since my irl book club read it a few months ago. (I didn‘t read it since I was not able to attend that meeting!) I‘ll plan on reading it and checking Litsy for discussion April 14-15 👌🏼😁 14mo
MinDea I LOVED this book! So good. Enjoy! 14mo
Agnetta Cant do 24...but am reading the little fires! 13mo
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'Salem's Lot | Stephen King
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Here‘s a knuckle biting moment. Will he let him in? Will he live through this scene? Don‘t do it, Mark!

I am loving this book so far! This rhyme caught my attention. Wasn‘t there a rhyme that Bill used in It to help with his stutter that helped him in crucial moments of that story as well? #losersclub2018 #epicbuddyread @TricksyTails

jenniferw88 It also features in the musical My Fair Lady, based on 14mo
Erin7 @jenniferw88 oh ya? I‘d forgotten that. It‘s been years since I‘ve read Pygmalion. Thanks😊. 14mo
larah17 Yeah, “the rain in Spain...” is used in My Fair Lady and “he thrusts his fists...” is from IT! I don‘t know why but I always find that last rhyme to be sort of eerie! 14mo
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Erin7 @larah17 Me too! It makes me think of graveyards. 14mo
jb72 I‘m just getting started on this later today! 14mo
Erin7 @jb72 Is this a first time read for you or a reread? 14mo
jb72 @Erin7 it is a first time read for me. My friend and I are reading his books in order. 14mo
Erin7 @jb72 Cool! Looks like you‘re on the same schedule as #losersclub . We‘re posting the SK books read in 2018 under #losersclub2018 if you guys interested in joining in. 14mo
jb72 @Erin7 thanks! I don‘t think she‘s on Litsy but I‘ll let her know. 14mo
TricksyTails This is one of the main reasons I‘m doing the big reread. Finding all the little nuggets that connect the books! 😊 It‘s so fun! 14mo
Erin7 @TricksyTails Me too. It took me a few books to start making the connections. I wonder if for SK it‘s really all one big story. 14mo
MidnightBookGirl Big Bill uses "He thrusts his fists against the post and still insists he sees the ghost" 14mo
JulAnna 😊 I noticed this too-love that quality of connectedness in so many of SK‘s writings! 13mo
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'Salem's Lot | Stephen King
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Stayed home from work sick and I‘m just starting Ch. 5. #StephenKing never ceases to amaze me at the level of detail in his writing. It‘s impossible not to feel like you‘re there with the characters in the story. I feel like I‘m just now starting to get into the heart of the book. #Losersclub2018 #epicbuddyread @TricksyTails

TricksyTails I love the characters in this book. So many great ones. 14mo
Erin7 @TricksyTails I totally agree. And I love that SK used a one day timeline of life in the Lot to introduce many of them. 14mo
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'Salem's Lot | Stephen King
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Started Salem‘s Lot this morning and am already loving it. Prologue got me hooked. So many questions already. What are they running from? Why are the boy and the man together but not related? Why have their names not been mentioned as of yet?

I came across this too. I love it when books I‘ve read are referenced in other books. #losersclub #losersclub2018 #epicbuddyread #stephenking #atb @TricksyTails

TrishB A great read 👍🏻 14mo
TricksyTails Woohoo!! I think you‘re going to love it!! 👏😁 14mo
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A Wind in the Door | Madeleine L'Engle
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What a great follow up to A Wrinkle In Time. There are some mind blowing ideas in here though about man‘s ability to comprehend the micro cosmos and macro cosmos, what reality means versus what we can comprehend, religious battles, and how viewing those different than us can only hurt us when it counts. I know A Wrinkle in Time movie just came out, but I would see #2 being much more difficult to translate visually. Is Hollywood is for it? #ATB

readinginthedark I don‘t know if the first one went over well enough for them to try. 😕I haven‘t seen it yet, but I‘ve heard mixed reviews. 14mo
Erin7 @readinginthedark I‘ve heard the movie was pretty straight forward. I haven‘t decided if I‘m going to see it before it in the theaters or just wait for it to come out on Netflix. 14mo
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Love this line! Love definitely makes us do stupid things when fighting for it, in defense of it, or just in moments of being overwhelmed by it. #Shakespearereadalong @Jess_Read_This @readinginthedark

Jess_Read_This I completely missed the loveliness of this line! Thank you for pointing it out! I feel like I need to reread Act 2 now after hearing your thoughts on it. 14mo
Erin7 @Jess_Read_This I think that‘s what‘s cool above it reading Shakespeare as a group. I feel like as a group we‘re getting the whole picture whereas if I had read it by myself I would have only caught on to bits and pieces. 14mo
Jess_Read_This @Erin7 Same here!! I don‘t think my experience reading Shakespeare alone would be as enriching as it has been with a group. There is a lot I miss and love when others point it out to me. (edited) 14mo
readinginthedark ❤️I think that‘s so true, that we‘re getting a more full picture reading together! 14mo
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Having a snuggle up with a good book kind of evening as I work through the first act of As You Like It for #Shakespearereadalong. Orlando‘s envy is hitting early in this scene one isn‘t it? From what I‘m understanding Orlando feels that he is not gaining the respect he deserves as the son of the king from his older brother Oliver (the eldest). I‘m curious to see how this plays out. Thanks for including me @Jess_Read_This and @readinginthedark .

Erin7 I‘m hoping to finish Act I before crashing for the night. 1y
readinginthedark I agree! We haven‘t actually seen him earn anything in Scene 1; he just feels he should inherit it because his brothers have. 1y
Jess_Read_This Yeah... Orlando‘s entitlement is getting to me. 1y
readinginthedark That being said...his brother did claim to hate him for no reason, so maybe the claims were somewhat justified. There was probably some brotherly neglect there that we haven‘t seen. 1y
Erin7 @readinginthedark Agreed. I bet this will be explored further going forward...surely. 1y
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Welcome Aboard | Victoria Farnsworth
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Please help me welcome @ArteMitch to Litsy. She‘s a very dedicated reader and will fit in perfectly here. Show her some Litsy Love😊📖.
#Litsywelcomewagon #ATB

@AceOnRoam @kindergartenkat @JaclynW @jb72 @norsulaulu

ArteMitch Thanks for the welcome! 💜 Still figuring this app out. It‘s really nice and neat 😄 1y
JaclynW Welcome @ArteMitch ! It took me a bit to figure it all out too. There's still probably stuff I don't know. 😊 I hope you enjoy your time here! 1y
jb72 Welcome! I‘m new to the app too. 1y
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ArteMitch Thanks @JaclynW and @jb72 😁 1y
AceOnRoam @ArteMitch Welcome aboard, looking forward to chatting books 1y
ArteMitch @AceOnRoam thanks! 😊 1y
AceOnRoam @RaimeyGallant can help you get started 😊 1y
JessClark78 Welcome to Litsy @ArteMitch 🙂📚 1y
DrexEdit Welcome to Litsy @ArteMitch ! I hope you will like it here! 😊 1y
RaimeyGallant Hi again @ArteMitch :) Thanks for the tag @AceOnRoam 1y
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Woman Unknown | Frances Brody
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1. Work assisting with local floods
2. 5‘7”
3. Arkansas, USA for 12 years this past time around
4. Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche, Cymbeline by Shakespeare, Wytches: Vol 1, and Salt by Nayyirah Waheed. I‘ve been hitting the branching out pretty hard lately.
#friyayintro @jesshowbooks @Jess_Read_This @kindergartenkat @JaclynW

Erin7 We haven‘t had him long. His name is Snowball and is very sweet. My kiddos and I love him already. 1y
JaclynW Cute picture! Snowball is adorable! (And so are you!) Branching out is fun! Yay! 1y
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AceOnRoam Nice pic Erin! 1y
Erin7 Thanks @AceOnRoam and @JaclynW 😊 1y
BookBabe Aww, Snowball! ❤️ 1y
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Lolita | Vladimir Nabokov
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Thanks @JaclynW for the tag.

1. I was a big fan of the chose your own adventure books.
2. Pachinko
3. I know it‘s the point, but Humbert from Lolita makes my skin crawl.
4. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. I tried several times to read it and I just can‘t seem to get through it.
5. @AceOnRoam @Elizabeth8 @JenlovesJT47 #tuesdaytidbits

JenlovesJT47 Can't wait to read Pachinko! 💚 1y
Erin7 @JenlovesJT47 Be prepared with tissues😭🤧 1y
JenlovesJT47 Uh oh! Duly noted 🤧🤧🤧 1y
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JaclynW I could add Humbert to my dislike list as well. Creep-O!! 1y
AceOnRoam I heard some negative reviews about A Tree Grows in Brooklyn as well Erin and I'm in no hurry to try to read it! 1y
AceOnRoam I can't think of any characters I disliked at this moment in time, but I'm sure they will come to me later! 1y
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Punk Rock Jesus | Sean Murphy
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My greatest epiphany was learning that it was alright to be different. I finally realized a couple of years ago that I will never quite fit in, and life is too short to keep trying to fit a square peg in a round hole. It‘s much more fun to explore being a better me.
#abbsblinddatewonderland
@abbsinwonderland

Can‘t forget:
@Elizabeth8
@Jess_Read_This
@kindergartenkat

abbsinwonderland I'm the same way. Not an easy thing to come to terms with, but better in the end. 💜💜 1y
Jess_Read_This I‘m too late checking into Litsy and missed this! Thanks for the tag though. ❤️ 1y
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Salt. | Nayyirah Waheed
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This makes me think of all how well intentioned Americans sent supplies of clothing, rice, eggs, etc. to countries in Africa based off of commercials of other Americans pleading for help....We Are The World type of help. Though there have been changes to these forms of aide they caused more harm to local economies to good. I wonder if “she does not belong to you” refers to how the US feels responsible for other countries.#poetrychallenge2018

Erin7 Will the US reap a negative relationship with countries that it has taken on as pet projects? What do you think? 1y
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Could do this version of Batman. He had way to much going on in the way of gadgets and the writing dragged for me. #LetsGetGraphicMonthlyFeature @TricksyTails @Clwojick

TricksyTails Aww this is my favorite run on Batman. I understand completely where you‘re coming from. I admit, Snyder can be wordy sometimes. I‘m sorry you didn‘t enjoy it. Good thing there are so many different Batman series to choose from! 😊 1y
Erin7 I think I‘m going to give it another go this weekend. I didn‘t get very far. I may just need to push through a bit more. (edited) 1y
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Batman: Earth One | Geoff Johns
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Oh you know...just another day of Batman being a bad mama jama. Lol. Very cool origin story of Batman, the Penguin, and Batgirl? I‘m definitely in for checking out more in this series. #LetsGetGraphicMonthlyFeature @TricksyTails @Clwojick

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Batman: Cacophony | Kevin Smith, Phil Hester, Walter Flanagan
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I LOVE Kevin Smith‘s take on the Joker/Batman relationship. There‘s some old school Joker level of crazy in this one. And Kevin Smith humor runs all through this comic. Joker let Batman know that if Batman were finally dead the Joker would be happy to spend the rest of his life in an asylum. Do you think that‘s true? #LetsGetGraphicMonthlyFeature @Clwojick @TricksyTails

AceOnRoam No, I would suspect that the Joker is lying. I wouldn't trust him 👿 1y
AceOnRoam Also, I ❤ Kevin Smith movies. 1y
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I‘m geared up for #LetsGetGraphicMonthlyFeature . I‘m not going classic this month. I‘m really curious to see the direction Batman comics have taken. I even found one by Kevin Smith...too cool! This month is going to be fun @Clwojick @TricksyTails

TricksyTails Ooh! Ooh! 😍😍😍 I want your stack!! 1y
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Salt. | Nayyirah Waheed
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This poem makes me think of the Japanese tea ceremony. It‘s a beautiful way to describe the act of writing in and of itself as the focus in lieu of the final product. Writing is more often described as this brutal process, while this takes a more nurturing approach.

I‘m learning that Waheed‘s work is minimalist in the use of words to get to a point. I‘m curious though why she doesn‘t make use of capitalization. #poetrychallenge2018

Lindy Lots of modern poets forego the use of capitalization and they probably have different reasons for this stylistic choice. As a poetry reader, I find it easier to get absorbed by the rhythm and sound of words when they are not bound by the conventional grammatical structure of prose. 1y
Erin7 @Lindy Thanks for that. Helps put this into perspective. I‘m still very new but enthusiastic poetry reader at this point. 1y
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Salt. | Nayyirah Waheed
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This is my first poem for the #poetrychallenge2018 . What a great point this makes about why we travel. Do we travel for the sake of new experiences or for the sake of showing others where we have been? Or maybe we take pictures in an effort to hold on to those experiences? I love to take photos but don‘t mind not having the camera. There are other ways to hold onto those moments. Sketching, journaling, making new friends to name a few.

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Here | Richard McGuire
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I expected a book of poems and got a piece of art in its place with this book. This book reads like a scrapbook covering the lifespan of a house and the land that it stood on before it even was a home. Each page is a series of captured moments from various years. This book is not in chronological order but more in themed order. Really really lovely.

CaitlinR Wow, gotta have it. 1y
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Cymbeline | William Shakespeare
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Reading this as part of #Shakespearereadalong. First bit of Shakespeare I‘ve read in years and fits in perfect with one of my reading goals for 2018. I‘m slow going so as not to miss anything. Thanks @Jess_Read_This and @readinginthedark for putting this together and making this manageable. Does anyone else find the time period of Cymbeline reign interesting? Did I read that right that his reign crossed over the birth of Jesus Christ?

Jess_Read_This I am reading this one slowly as well. I find with some parts I have to read it a few times to make sure I‘m following correctly... there‘s been a few times w Shakespeare I‘ve been reading along, thinking I know what is happening, then realize I completely misunderstood some dialogue. 😂 I think it‘s definitely feasible placing this around the time of Christ as it‘s pre-Christian Britain. 1y
Lcsmcat I read in a work _about_ Cymbeline that it‘s Roman Britain and Renaissance Italy mixed, so it should be read as one would read a fairy tale rather than a history. 1y
Erin7 @Lcsmcat That makes sense. I will start looking at it through that lens. Thanks. 1y
readinginthedark It‘s based on an old Celtic king, I believe, but with myths built around the story sort of like King Arthur. And it would be pre-Roman takeover. That plays into the story a bit later on with some fighting. Not sure where it falls in relation to Jesus. And take your time! I tried to set up the schedule so we could be sort of leisurely with it. Some of the plays are dense and really require close reading! 1y
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Finally starting on the #ATB Around the World 2018 Challenge this morning. This quote is in the first chapter and seems to be setting a tone for what‘s to come.

Tamra I liked this one! 1y
Erin7 I‘m really enjoying the writing style so far. It‘s rainy here, so this is feeling like the perfect rainy day read. 1y
Tamra @Erin7 👍🏾 1y
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1. Bedroom reading chair
2. Bookmark or whatever‘s handy
3. Stopping point is almost required.
4. Not usually
5. Mellow music 🎶 or nothing
6. One at a time.
7. Anywhere for sure.
8. Silently.
9. Never ever ever.
10. Like new usually
11. Sometimes, but thanks to #ATB member ideas and Litsy friends I keep a notebook of thoughts and important points of books.
12. @AceOnRoam @jb72 @Jess_Read_This @norsulaulu @Elizabeth8

#readinghabits

AceOnRoam Thanks for the tag @Erin7 I will post mine after I have a think about it. 1y
jb72 I just posted mine! 1y
Jess_Read_This Oh! How fun! I have to think about my answers! 1y
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This book is cracking me up so far. This type of humor reminds me of the movie Spaceballs. #MelBrooks would be into it I‘m sure of it.

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