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JazzFeathers

JazzFeathers

Joined February 2017

Author of fantasy stories set in the 1920s | History geek | Hopeless Tolkien nerd | slow reader and writer https://theoldshelter.com 󾓩
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The Letters of J. R. R. Tolkien by Humphrey Carpenter, Christopher Tolkien
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Foreign Bodies by Martin Edwards
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The Man in the Queue by Josephine Tey
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Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
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Dubliners by Joyce James
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I'm 20% in and it's pretty enjoyable, though nothing memorable. Which is such a shame. The prologue had hooked me!
It's one of those mysteries that only focuses on the mystery and that ends up being very chatty because information need to be exchanged. But the mystery is interesting enough to keep me reading.

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The Mint | Thomas Edward Lawrence
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Found this book from the 1950s, telling a story of the 1920s. Didn't even try to resist 😂

The other is my new reading journal.
Can't believe l finished my first one. I started here on Litsy, when l first joined in 2017. Can't believe it's been so long 😱

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Pretty journal 📔 💚 10h
JazzFeathers @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks It's pretty different from my previous one. I can't wait to start using it 😃 10h
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Blackwater | Michael McDowell
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Such a lovely edition!
It's smaller than normal, really like a pocketbook. And with this engraved, metallic cover.
I hope the story will be good too 😁

Mitch Beautiful 😍 1w
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And now, new read 😜
Another story set in the 1920s, of course.

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Siren Queen | Nghi Vo
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Took me some time getting into this story, but then l really enjoyed it. More for the world than for the characters or the plot, l should say

This is Hollywood where movie stars may really become immortal. Film producers are monsters and if you get lost in among the fires lit in the night, you might not be able to go back.
The surreal mood is very strong and l loved it, but in some places it made it hard to figure out where the story was going.

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Siren Queen | Nghi Vo
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Waiting for my coaching call today and reading Siren Queen in a cosy bar 😁

It's taken me quite some time to connect with this book. But at 73% l'm now really enjoying it.

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Siren Queen | Nghi Vo
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It took a bit to get going, but at the 24% l'm quite hooked.
I'm loving the atmosphere and the ethereal rendition of magic.
Not sure I'm connecting with the MC, but she is interesting enough.

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#FellowshipOfTolkien

I have to say, it is a lovely book, with some very interesting recipes ☺️

Lindy Are you planning to try any of the recipes? 1mo
JazzFeathers @Lindy l certainly will. There's one for shortbread with molasses. Molasses is not common here in Italy. I found it the first time in my life in an organic shop last month and l want to try it. But I'm sure I'll make other recipes too. 1mo
Lindy @JazzFeathers I remember trying to find molasses when I was living in France—and I wasn‘t successful. 1mo
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I can resist everything but temptation!

A friend of mine sent me some photos of this book.
I'll have to say l did resist a whole 5 minutes before l ordered it 😌

Daisey Just now seeing this post . . . a friend gave this to me for Christmas. I‘ve been perusing and considering some recipes to try. 2w
JazzFeathers @Daisey What recipes are you considering? We may do a contest 😜 2w
Daisey @JazzFeathers So far, I've only marked the spiced cranberry & pear muffins (although I may use apples) to make soon and the strawberry & lavender shortcakes for early this summer when strawberries are in season. 2w
JazzFeathers @Daisey l will check those. They sound yammy 😁 2w
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Siren Queen | Nghi Vo
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Just started this.
I'm really excited notified by the magic realistic setting. I'm less sure about the writing style.
But we'll see.

#NetGalley

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The Nature of Middle-Earth | J. R. R. Tolkien
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#WondrousWednesday @Eggs

1️⃣ 1920s / Magic / Films / LGBT
2️⃣ All the time 😜
3️⃣ The Fall of Numenor

Eggs ❄️💙❄️ 1mo
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The Tolkien family album | John Tolkien, Priscilla Tolkien
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Here's a toast to our favourite professor on the day he reaches Bilbo's age when he left Middle-earth!

🥂🥂🍾

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@Daisey @Riveted_Reader_Melissa @wordslinger42 @BookwormAHN

wordslinger42 😊💚 1mo
Daisey I read a couple letters tonight to celebrate! 🥂 📚 1mo
BookwormAHN 🥂🎆🎇 1mo
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JazzFeathers @wordslinger42 😁🌟💖 1mo
JazzFeathers @Daisey That's a fantastic way to celebrate 😁 1mo
JazzFeathers @BookwormAHN 😁🌟🥂 1mo
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The Cats of Venice | Hal Porter
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A pic of my preciouses... Just because 😻

#CatsOfLitsy

Scochrane26 ❤️❤️ 1mo
RaeLovesToRead 😍😍😍😍 1mo
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Happy New Year! | Greg Roza
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A very happy new year to all Littens. May 2023 be a more serene, more happy, mor fulfilling year, full of more books than you can ever read (which is never the case, right? 😂)

And a special wish my #FellowshipOfTolkien partners in crime, @Daisey @Riveted_Reader_Melissa @wordslinger42 @BookwormAHN
I hope to spend a lot mor time with you in 2023 walking the paths of Middle-earth 😜

wordslinger42 Happy New Year! 💚 It will be fun to see what Tolkien books everyone reads next year! 1mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Happy New Year 🎆🎈🎊 1mo
BookwormAHN Happy New Year 🎆🎇 1mo
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CaitZ Happy New Year! 🎉🎉 1mo
Cathythoughts Happy New Year ♥️ 1mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa Happy New Year to you too! 1mo
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Just finished.
The last letter always mists my eyes 🥺
This is such a wonderful book. Not only an imaginative collection of letters full of stories (as you would imagine) but above all, a collection of love letters from a father to his children. It moves me every time thinking about the hours and hours of work Tolkien must have put in to write these letters to his children.
It always warms my heart 💖

Susanita I loved this! Especially the rivalry between the Elf and the bear. 1mo
JazzFeathers @Susanita It's a fantastic book. I enjoy it every time. 1mo
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I had forgotten how beautiful this letter is.
It's ful of stories, but between the lines, we can feel a dad's love for his children.
I love it.

And while reading, l thought that in 1932 Tolkien must have still been telling Bilbo's stories to his children and l wondered about the cave adventure.

It's always such a pleasure to read this book.
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa Always so pretty 1mo
Daisey ❤️ it! 1mo
BookwormAHN Lovely 💚 1mo
wordslinger42 This is beautiful! 1mo
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These slender leaves were tough to gloo on.
But they look so pretty 😁

Gissy 😍 1mo
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I've decorated these with dried leaves. First time l attempted this.
Turned out ok, l think.

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Look #FellowshipOfTolkien!
After years of hiatus, l've finished the Tom Bombadil section of my Tolkien #bujo.
I can't believe we read it in 2017!!!!

Daisey Scrolled back through after seeing the post with tags and love all of these with the leaves! 1mo
BookwormAHN Nice 🎉 1mo
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Christmastime | Alison Jay
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Happy Christmas, everyone 😁🎆🎄🌟🌟✨

Cathythoughts Happy Christmas ♥️🎄 1mo
Bookwomble Merry Christmas ⛄😊 1mo
kathedron Happy Christmas! 🎄📚 1mo
TheSpineView Merry Christmas! 1mo
Eggs Merry Christmas!! 1mo
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BookwormAHN I was just reading The Old Magic Of Christmas and the author was discussing Tolkien's take on Santa 😻 2mo
Daisey So looking forward visiting these again! I had a long day today, but I still may fit in a letter or two later this evening. 2mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa I finally got Amazon and just finished The Rings of Power yesterday 😂 literally yesterday and was thinking of you guys and your thoughts on it! 😂 2mo
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JazzFeathers @BookwormAHN Cool! And what did he say? 2mo
JazzFeathers @Daisey l started yesterday night with just two short letters, but it feels good 😊 In the first letter, he said he's answering John's question about Santa Claus's looks. I seem to remember that when l visited the exhibition in Oxford, they say his mother would write Father Christmas's letters to little Ronald and Hilary. Am l mistaken? Do you know anything about it? It looks like he kept the tradition. 2mo
JazzFeathers Hi @Riveted_Reader_Melissa l'll just say that the trailers were more than enough for me and l didn't watch the series, though l watched lots of opinions on YouTube and had long conversations with a friend who did watch the series. What are your thoughts? I'd love to know 😜 2mo
Daisey @Riveted_Reader_Melissa I‘ve watched it and thought it was ok although I wasn‘t overly impressed with the story aspect and was really annoyed by some aspects. The settings were great and often so beautiful. I think I‘m ok with a lot of it because it actually seems far from the Tolkien I know well and love. I want to rewatch and still continue. 2mo
Daisey @JazzFeathers I don‘t think I‘ve read anything about this being a tradition he carried on from his mother, so not sure. I was so tired last night, I didn‘t even pull the book off the shelf, but I started my morning with a couple letters. 2mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Daisey @JazzFeathers I understand, some parts went decidedly off track from what we know from reading all the background material. For anyone that just read the original novels it was probably fine. Some aspects of the rings development and Sauron‘s development annoyed me, but other liberties they took…like early hobbits and how Gandalf met them and why he had an infinity with them…I loved 😂⤵️ (edited) 2mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa And the scenery was gorgeous. I loved seeing the lives in Khazad-dûm before it was destroyed and bad-ass General of the Northern Army Galadriel…those things worked for me. (edited) 2mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa So the parts about the Rings in the Rings of Power…ehhhh. The parts about dwarves, hobbits, and a few other characters like Galadriel I liked 2mo
wordslinger42 I haven't been able to read any of the Letters this year, but I love them so much ❤ I watched The Rings of Power.. there were a lot of things I didn't like, a few things I did. I'm sort of curious about where they will take it in season 2, but I definitely don't consider myself a fan of the show. We'll see if they ever change my mind 😂 2mo
JazzFeathers @Riveted_Reader_Melissa That's interesting, that you liked Galadriel. Because the narrative treatment of Galadriel was actually what turned me off the most, personally. I feel as if they treated her more as a male character, with a very masculine energy about her, whereas Tolkien's Galadriel is a very feminine power. 2mo
JazzFeathers @Riveted_Reader_Melissa l also didn't like at all the way they tried to superimpose their story on Tolkien's story, almost as if they were trying to appropriate the characters. Like for example, the final confrontation between Galadriel and Sauron. This confrontation, so early in Galadriel's life, seem to belittle her test with the One Ring. 2mo
JazzFeathers At least, this is my feeling. What do you gals think? 🙂 @Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Daisey @wordslinger42 @BookwormAHN 2mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @JazzFeathers I‘ll be honest, my like there may be a bit because I am an American and we still get a very feminized version of womanhood from a lot of sources…girls shouldn‘t do xyz. Elves live long lives and can do anything, and my guess is she didn‘t gain all her wisdom and the reverence of others by just sitting on high…. So I liked seeing her have a side like Éowyn…and I know we‘ve talked about the 3 original books have less of a female ⤵️ 2mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa ↪️ Presence…. A love interest/daughter, a wise/beautiful queen on the throne, and the sister/warrior Éowyn. But from the Silmarillion we know the female elves followed over the sundering seas too, over the ice, and fought Morgoth…they weren‘t all just coming along to cook dinner…so I liked seeing that side of her played up. I also enjoyed the female hobbits and female dwarf characters. Like fleshing out half the story that was missing. ⤵️ (edited) 2mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa At least to me…..But again, might be an American take or just me. 🤷‍♀️ 2mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa I should add I also liked the queen/regent in Numenor, and the human female character they created too. But I also liked Tauriel in the Hobbit movies 😂. Elves live for centuries, if wise Elrond fought in the original battle of the rings (which we get in flashbacks in the original movies) but is older and more honored wise by the time LoTR happens, why couldn‘t Galadriel be similar. (edited) 2mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa I didn‘t like the Sauron reveal…I was ok with their confrontation just not what she did in the aftermath of it. I could see his suggestion to try and get her to fight at his side as something that she might have mulled over and wondered if she could have dragged him to better ends with a different decision, and the test with the ring in LOTR being the culmination of that long lingering nagging doubt. What she did after Sauron revealed himself 2mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa …and left though….I thought that was beyond dumb. 😂 trying not to be too specific here for anyone that hasn‘t watched it….but that they decided to make the rings at that point was dumb even if it had to be done for the larger plot. But I guess it would explain why the elven rings were always “different”… but I thought that didn‘t mesh with the original at all. I even thought their choice for Sauron was not the best (edited) 2mo
JazzFeathers @Riveted_Reader_Melissa Ah, she likes Tauriel. This explains everything 😂 2mo
JazzFeathers @Riveted_Reader_Melissa But seriously, now. There are a couple of things here that don't sit well with me. First, Galadriel might have been less experienced in this time, but she had already dediced what side she was on. We know because of her handling of Feanor. Already in Valinor, she could recognise the work of Evil and refused it. So, as a fan, I don't buy into the 'Young Galadriel' narrative. 2mo
JazzFeathers @Riveted_Reader_Melissa Also, the confrontation between Galadriel and Sauron is clearly handled as a climax. And you can't have two climaxes in an arc. If Galadriel confronts Sauron here, and survives and makes her choices, it means that any other similar confrontation can't happen with the same momentum and meaning. This is why it gives me this strong feeling of appropriation. They are presenting this as a defining moment in Galadriel's life ⬇ 2mo
JazzFeathers ...when we know that her creator wrote a totally different story. And gals, let me tell you, I have a serious issue with this. Which is not even the only place where I sense appropriation. Also, I wonder about the narrative wisdon of having a climax this early in the story - unless Galadriel becomes a less prominent character in later seasons. But yeah, these are some of my issue with the series 😜 2mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @JazzFeathers I can see that all too… like I said earlier….the rings and Sauron storylines were my biggest gripe with the Rings of Power series. 😂 2mo
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NaNoWriMo Notes | Richard Marcus
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So, here we are again 😊
Who else is doing #NaNoWriMo?

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Happy Hobbit Day, everyone!
This is one of my favourite days of the year!
I love celebrating Bilbo and Frodo's birthdays with fellow Tolkien fans from around the world. It's almost like getting around the Party Tree in a place that exists in our hearts, if not in the real world.

I wish a fantastic Hobbit Day to everyone. Do something hobbit today!
Do something hobbit every day! I think our lives would be better if we did.

#FellowsjipOfTolkien

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@Daisey @BookwormAHN @wordslinger42 @Riveted_Reader_Melissa

Hey, gals! Raggi g e everyone, just to keep in touch 😁

I've had this ready for days and I keep forgetting to post.
I haven't Vought up to this (admittedly very loose) schedule, but I'm on my way.

I'm really enjoying the letters. Such a precious look into the life and thought of a remarkable man.

How's everyone faring? 😁

BookwormAHN I wish more authors had this sort of book. I think it would be fascinating. 6mo
Daisey I continue to find it a fascinating look at his life and work. It‘s so interesting to actually hear his own perspective on so many aspects. I‘m ready for Letter 228 when I pick it up again. 6mo
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Dear Little Corpses | Nicola Upson
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I found the first part of the novel to be a bit slow, and the last part to be a bit rushed. But the middle is fantastic. It tells about the exodus of children from London just before the outbreak of WWII as well as about a girl gone missing. It is truly heartbreaking.

There is, I think, real unbalance among the different elements if the story, but in the end, l enjoyed it.

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Well, looks like HoME will finally be translated into Italian 🤩

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I'm switching to this one because l need to have it reviews by Thursday.
It's novella, prequel to the tagged book.

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I'm quite enjoying this one, even if the middle of the novel is maybe a little bit too ramancy for me.
But l like the setting and the concept is interesting and different.

I'm halfway through and l have no idea who the murderer is.

Dragon Sounds interesting stacking 💚🐉 9mo
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@Daisey @BookwormAHN @Riveted_Reader_Melissa @wordslinger42

I know I'm late, but here's the schedule for the second half of May.
I'll admit I'm still behind (May has been crazy), but l want to catch up so we can start reading together again 😊

wordslinger42 I might join you for your next read 💜 9mo
BookwormAHN Thank you 😺 9mo
Daisey Thanks! I‘m going to keep reading slowly as a few letters fit in my schedule. I think we may end up about the same place again come June. 9mo
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@egg @TheSpineView #WondrousWednesday

1. Baking. I also love gardening.
2. Almost always. I review most books l read and post review everywhere, including on my blog.
3. I don't really have one.

TheSpineView Love gardening too! 💙🌷 9mo
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I've been meaning to start this book for over 10 days, now. Today is the day!

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Reapers of Justice | Anne Frehill
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So yes, fine, l have a soft spot for Irish stories. This one was good. It told the story of a teacher for m Dublin hiding away in County Meath with her 'rebel' husband. It tells of women mutual help and self discovery.
It starts maybe a bit slow, but then it pics up and l couldn't put it down.

Full review and excerpt here https://theoldshelter.com/reapers-of-justice-by-anne-frehill-historical-novel/

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And on this Easter day, let's go back to the letters 😁

#FellowshipOfTolkien #TolkiensLetters

Daisey I‘ve hardly picked them up lately. Which one have you made it to? 9mo
JazzFeathers @Daisey I don't have the book at hand now, but I'm around 110. Where are you? I can catch up with you and then l can prepare a new schedule. How are you faring @BookwormAHN 9mo
BookwormAHN I'm close, I'm around 105. I also need to catch up. 9mo
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Daisey @JazzFeathers @BookwormAHN I just read 180 last night because I was feeling some Tolkien withdrawal. 9mo
JazzFeathers @Daisey 😂😂😂 @BookwormAHN gals, what say if we catch up with Daisey. I'll make a schedule from letter 180 starting from 15 May. How does that sound? 9mo
BookwormAHN Sounds good to me 😺 9mo
Daisey @JazzFeathers Sorry, I thought I had replied to this. Sounds great to me. May will ab another month I‘ll just read a few here and there as we wrap up the school year and I try to catch back up on Ulysses. 9mo
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While l was away, l've read quite a few books 😜
This is the one I've just finished.

Loved it. There's a fabulous cast of characters. I loved the dialogues, they sound so natural and yet they reveal so much. Loved the way the aftermath of WWI on soldiers was handled.
The ending was maybe a bit complicated and unecessarily so, l think. Ma the book was good, so l took it as it is.

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The Easterner | Debra L. Hall
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Will this be a new beginning?

I've been quite scarse here on Litsy since the beginning of the year. So many thing happening, it's difficult to keep in with everything.
But I'm trying to find a way 😁

Cathythoughts Good to hear from you 👍🏻♥️ Happy Easter ! 10mo
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Seriously enjoying this one 😁

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Errrr.... The app tells me l've been away for over one month. I really didn't realise it. I've been so busy with work, and the blog and a possible new business - it just swallowed me up.

But hey! Here l am on Tolkien Reading Day.
Couldn't miss this one 😜

Daisey I‘m just barely fitting it in, but I‘m making some time for Tolkien this evening as well. 11mo
JazzFeathers @Daisey Look. Almost a week passed before l answered 🙄 March/April have always been exceptionally busy for me, bit this year more than ever. I'm reading ARCs for NetGalley at the moment, because they are about to expire, but then, l'll go back to the Letters 😁 10mo
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@HappyLitsyversary reminded me two days ago (and l've only seen it today, just to show in what mess l'm now 😝) that l've been on Litsy for five years

FIVE YEARS!

I've no idea how it can be five years, but l'm so happy l'm still here (if admittingly sporadically of late), reading with the best book friends l've ever met 😘

zezeki Congrats!! 🥳🥳 12mo
wordslinger42 Congrats!!! My 5-year Litsyversary was on the 15th, and I can't believe it's been that long! 12mo
Soubhiville Yay! This calls for cake! 12mo
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BethM The best anniversary 🎉 12mo
Librarybelle Happy Litsyversary! 12mo
Jas16 Happy Litsyversary 🎉📚🙌🏽📖 12mo
sprainedbrain Happy Litsyversary! 🎉🎉🎉 12mo
Daisey Happy Litsyversary!! 🎉 12mo
CaitZ Happy Litsyversary!🎉🎉 12mo
erzascarletbookgasm Happy Litsy Anniversary! 📚 12mo
JazzFeathers Thanks everyone. This is such a wonderful community 😍 12mo
kspenmoll Congrats! 🎉 10mo
JazzFeathers @kspenmoll thanks 😁 10mo
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Big Sky | Kate Atkinson
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This is a murder mystery set in 1920s Montana, quite an unusual setting. And l really appreciate this.
It was a mix of 1920s coming of age story and a kind of Western vibe, because, really, things were still like in the previous century in some places.

It's really different from the usual 1920s cosy mystery 😊

(Couldn't find the book in the database, it've very new).

JazzFeathers Shari Decter wrote a very interesting post about how Prohibition helped women's finaltial independence. It's surprising and interesting.
https://theoldshelter.com/entrepreneurial-women-thriving-during-prohibition/
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Tamra I will check it out! 12mo
JazzFeathers @Tamra Hope you'll enjoy it 😁 12mo
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Spirits and Smoke | Mary Miley
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So sorry I disappeared. It's been a very busy couple of months and I'm not sure it'll be better in the next couple, but I'll do my best to be present 😜

Didn't read a lot either, but l finished a couple of cosy mysteries that l enjoyed.
This is the second instalment in Mary Miley's new series set in 1920s Chicago and was as enjoyable as the first.
I was more taken with Maggy's story than the mystery, to be honest, but I ended up enjoying both.

Lindy Nice to see you back on Litsy 🤗 12mo
JazzFeathers @Lindy Aww, thanks, Lindy 😘 12mo
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The Mystic's Accomplice | Mary Miley Theobald
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The second novel in the Maddie Pastore series is quite enjoyable. But slow, at the moment, but enjoyable.

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#FellowshipOfTolkien #TolkiensLetters

Ta-daaaa!!!!
Here it is! 😊

I Swift reread through the letters to Christopher to take down quotes for my Instagram feed. I really really love these letters 💙

@Daisey @wordslinger42 @Riveted_Reader_Melissa @BookwormAHN

BookwormAHN Thank you 😺 13mo
Daisey Well . . . I‘m ahead. I started the very long Letter 131 last night. I may go ahead and keep reading now but slow down more in February/March as that is a very busy time for me at school with coaching responsibilities. 13mo
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Happy birthday, Professor Tolkien!

Today is Tolkien 130th birthday.
I've celebrated it with a little homage 😊
https://t.co/pDf1jpjXtV

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JazzFeathers @Daisey @wordslinger42 @Riveted_Reader_Melissa @BookwormAHN Sorry, gals, I totally missed December. I don't know how it became so messy. But I'm preparing the new schedule for the letter ASAP, possibly already today. And, late as always, happy new year 😊 13mo
wordslinger42 Happy Birthday to Tolkien!! I'm starting my reading for the coming semester, which starts next Monday, and I won't be able to keep up with another readalong. I'm so sorry! I'll be off from mid-April to August, so if you gals are reading something then, I'd love to jump back in 😊 13mo
JazzFeathers @wordslinger42 do share what you read of anything Tolkien. I'm so curious and we could have good conversations about it 😊 13mo
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BookwormAHN Happy Birthday Tolkien 🎉 I was just watching The Fellowship of the Ring last night. 13mo
wordslinger42 @JazzFeathers I'd love that! My class this semester is Tolkien's World of Middle-Earth. We're reading The Monsters and the Critics first! Are you still planning on auditing classes with Signum?! 13mo
JazzFeathers @wordslinger42 I am, thought I need to find a moment when I can make the financial investment. But keep me posted. You never know! 13mo
JazzFeathers @BookwormAHN @Daisey @wordslinger42 @Riveted_Reader_Melissa Did we read The Monster and the Critics? I don't recall us doing it 🤔 I read it sooooo many years ago, and loved it 😍 13mo
JazzFeathers @BookwormAHN I really want to rewatch the trilogy before going back to work, which will be on 10 Jan here in Italy. I am attending a webinar over four days this week (9 to 11 pm, that's what happens here in Europe with American courses), so I suppose I need to make it happen over the weekend 😜 13mo
Daisey @JazzFeathers We haven‘t read it as part of this group , and I‘ve never read it. 13mo
BookwormAHN I haven't read it either. 13mo
BookwormAHN Works for me 😺 13mo
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#FellowshipOfTolkien #TolkiensLetters

So many times, reading these letters addressed to Christopher away at war, l've heard echoes of things l read in The Lord of the Rings.

BookwormAHN I know and yet Tolkien's always sworn it wasn't related. 1y
JazzFeathers @BookwormAHN Isn't the relation between an author and their artwork always so complex? 1y
BookwormAHN It is, especially when one hates allegories as much as Tolkien does. 1y
JazzFeathers @BookwormAHN But then, I think it is also part of that conversation with Christopher. What they talk about in the letters filter into the story, and what reflections the story suggest then ooze into the letters. Part of the reason why The Lord of the Rings was written for Christopher. 1y
BookwormAHN True and his own experiences also filter in. 1y
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#FellowshipOfTolkien #TolkiensLetters

"This book has come to be more and more addressed to you and so your opinion matters more than anyone else's".

I remember Christopher saying a couple of times in HoME that his father wrote The Lord of the Rings for him.
In this light, that of a conversation between father and son about war, the book takes up even a deeper meaning in my opinion.

Daisey I don't think those comments ever really truly sank in for me until I read these letters. It's so clear in these personal writings. (edited) 14mo
JazzFeathers @Daisey It stuck me when Christopher mentioned it because of the implications, but I always wondered whether it was only his impression. Apparently, it wasn't. 13mo
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Pickpick

It was enjoyable as usual, but l also found it a bit aimless. I mean, lots of things happened and for a good chunk of the book, I wasn't sure what the story was about.

But then, I suppose this goes with following the real lives a real people.

Certainly a pick, anyway.

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Sorry I disappeared. November was such a messy month, with NaNoWriMo and different commitments at work. And if this were not enough, last week I came down with bronchitis and I'm still recovering.

How's everybody doing?

I've fallen terribly behind with #TolkiensLetters but l'll try to catch up over this weekend.
I'll also prepare the new schedule. I'm thinking to leave out the last week of December because l think we'll be all too busy anyway 😅

ju.ca.no Hope you‘re feeling better soon💙 1y
Daisey Completely understand! Feel better and hope you get some more reading time soon! 1y
kspenmoll Feel better! So sorry you have been sick! (edited) 1y
JazzFeathers @ju.ca.no @Daisey @kspenmoll Thanks, gals. It is a little better today. Still a bit under the weather, but recovering 😁 1y
ju.ca.no @JazzFeathers good to hear it‘s getting better🤗🤗 1y
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#FellowshipOfTolkien #TolkienLetters

This really moved me.
Once again, l got the strong impression that Tolkien wrote The Lord of the Rings for his children and especially for Christopher. I never imagined this kinship, this oneness of experience and desires.
What moves me here is that Tolkien speaks to Christopher (who was really a boy at the time) as a peer, as well as his beloved son. That was a very special bond.

I understand, now.