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Westgate Books | Saskatoon, SK, Canada (Bookstore)
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Thanks to the post by @BarbaraBB I now know that bookstores can be tagged and shelved in posts! The tagged bookstore is one I visited recently, Westgate Books in Saskatoon, Canada and was the topic of my previous post.

As you can see it is a used bookstore, but what do you think about this level of clutter? It made finding titles very tough!

Also, random crowdsource moment, does anyone know of good English bookstores in Trieste, Italy?

Reggie No, it‘s perfect. Clutter and all. 1w
Pruzy @Reggie Can't argue with having more books to find! 1w
batsy I'd go nuts. I both enjoy and hate clutter; the latter because I'll just be running around in a frenzy 😂 1w
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Pruzy @batsy The frenzy was part of the fun! I definitely don't get as worked up thinking I am going to find a hidden treasure when I am in a regular bookstore 1w
BarbaraBB It looks great but would make me nervous too, afraid of missing something 😉 1w
Suet624 It‘s perfect! So much possibility! 1w
kspenmoll Hours & hours of exploration!!!! 1w
JacqMac It wouldn‘t be great if you‘re looking for something specific, but I love it. 1w
Pruzy @BarbaraBB @Suet624 @kspenmoll @JacqMac Yes, definitely an overwhelmingly large number of books! 1w
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Double Fault | Lionel Shriver
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Managed to visit my favourite used bookstore in Saskatoon, Canada called Westgate Books. It‘s been some years since I‘ve been. This is my first time visiting their new location and it perfectly replicates the feeling of their old location! My only complaint is that their literature section is divided by male/female authors and the female sections are startlingly small. I couldn‘t find Wolitzer, but I found the tagged book!

LeahBergen I love that bookstore and always try to go when I‘m in Saskatoon. 👍🏻 1w
Pruzy @LeahBergen Glad to hear it! 1w
Megabooks Cool! 1w
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Lcsmcat What an odd way to shelve fiction. 1w
8little_paws That way of shelving is extremely off putting 1w
Tamra Yes, that‘s odd organization. 1w
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Weird shelving idea - but that photo makes me 😁 1w
Pruzy @Lcsmcat @8little_paws @Tamra @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Glad you all agree that it is an odd organizational structure 🤔 1w
GypsyKat Wow, that seems weirdly segregated. 1w
8little_paws Honestly it's weird enough to me I probably wouldn't buy from them. 1w
TheLudicReader What could possibly be the reason for such a classification? 1w
Pruzy @GypsyKat @8little_paws @TheLudicReader I wonder if it is a hold over from when someone thought that they were highlighting women's fiction progressively. Now it just seems like they are highlighting how out of touch they are with such a small women's section that is in no way reflective of the current ratio of female authors active and writing amazing fiction today. (edited) 1w
GypsyKat @Pruzy I think you‘re right. 1w
Pruzy @GypsyKat Thanks! 1w
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I don't usually read books naked (without the dust cover), but the artwork on the Canadian edition of the hardcover is hideous! Looks like a softcore erotica. Unfortunately, the novel itself is not one of McEwan's best. Full of rants and plots that are better handled in his other novels, this book is about an alternate 1980s in which a man buys a Blade Runner-level robot who inserts himself into the lives of the main character and his girlfriend.

merelybookish Now I want to see the cover! 😆 2w
Pruzy @merelybookish Google it and tell me what you think 2w
batsy It's a pretty awful cover 🙈 2w
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Pruzy @batsy Thank you for feeling my pain! I was reading it on a plane so taking the cover off before my trip was a smart choice 2w
Cinfhen I must investigate 2w
Cinfhen I started this book and I‘m not liking it at all 😬 2w
Cinfhen Is your cover the same as mine?? I didn‘t get that erotica vibe at all🤷‍♀️ 2w
Pruzy @Cinfhen I dunno, the cheezy 80s computer graphics looking guy and the fact he isn't wearing any clothes is kinda odd. I guess also supposed to be channelling the fact he is an "Adam", but still a bad design! 2w
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I really enjoyed Songs For The Cold Of Heart by Eric Dupont (translated from the French by Peter McCambridge). This book is sprawling, taking place across a small town in Quebec in the early to mid 1900s, Toronto, Berlin and Italy in the late 1990s, with detours to WWII Germany and East Prussia and intermittent stops in New York. This book is on nearly every bookshelf in Quebec and with the masterful way it is written it is easy to see why.

Penny_LiteraryHoarders LOVED this one. I think it was robbed of the Giller Prize. 1mo
Pruzy @Penny_LiteraryHoarders I dunno! I‘ve also read Washington Black which was really well written. I feel like Washington Black had themes that were more universally approachable while Songs For The Cold Of Heart painted vivid characters, but their complexity, and the complex elements of the novel (e.g. less than priestly priests or the sexual content of the novel) made it less approachable and palatable for a general audience. 1mo
Penny_LiteraryHoarders @Pruzy true. I'll admit to not reading Washington Black yet so I really shouldn't be that adamant about Songs - but I just loved it! 😚 1mo
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Pruzy @Penny_LiteraryHoarders It was really good! The next book I‘m reading is nowhere near as well written 1mo
ShyBookOwl I'm from Quebec (don't live there now) and I don't know that I've ever read a book set there .... this is just occurring to me. I should rectify it. Stacked! 2w
Pruzy @ShyBookOwl Awesome! Quebec is a great province. From Montreal? 2w
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I‘m loving the Cora‘s inspired subplot in Songs For The Cold Of Heart by Eric Dupont (Translated by Peter McCambridge).

For those who don‘t know, Cora‘s is a Canadian national breakfast restaurant chain (think IHOP, but classier) started by a woman from the french speaking province of Quebec.

In this novel it‘s called Mado‘s! I love how a breakfast place features in this quintessential novel about life in small town Quebec.

The Buried Giant: A novel | Kazuo Ishiguro
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Unfortunately, The Buried Giant by the Nobel prize winning author Kazuo Ishiguro lived up to its controversial hype. It was not controversial due to any lurid material, but rather the story falls somewhat flat and the ending is predictable from fairly early on.

This novel lacked the emotional resonance of Never Let Me Go and The Remains Of The Day. That said, maybe this mediation on marriage resonated more with other readers?

callielafleur This one was a total dud for me. So disappointing. 2mo
Pruzy @callielafleur Unfortunately it seems that Ishiguro might only be able to write one novel and change the set pieces... (edited) 2mo
cariashley @callielafleur @Pruzy completely agree with both of you. I was so disappointed 😔 2mo
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Pruzy @cariashley Oh well! On to the next book! 2mo
BookNAround My entire book club was underwhelmed by this one. 2mo
Pruzy @BookNAround So were the reviewers in The New Yorker and the TLS. Neil Gaiman reviewed it for the New York Times and he was also politely underwhelmed 2mo
TrishB This totally underwhelmed me too! 2mo
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The Buried Giant: A novel | Kazuo Ishiguro
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Also, can someone tell me whether this is the cover for the UK edition? I got this from a used bookstore in Calgary, Canada called Fairs Fair. I think it is about 10,000 square feet, but they‘re saying they‘re moving out of their building from the historic Inglewood region. Will still be in the neighbourhood though...


Melissa_J My Canadian edition doesn‘t look like that one. Mind you, mine‘s hard cover so it may look different from the paperback. 2mo
Pruzy @Melissa_J That‘s good to know! I remember when the Canadian hardcover came out. It had a blue chalice on it I think, right? 2mo
Melissa_J I think mine is green with a tree? I‘m not close to it at the moment so I can‘t verify, but I‘m totally going to check in the morning 😆 2mo
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Lindy Does that red circle say Sunday Times bestseller? That would be British. 2mo
BarbaraBB I live in Europe and we do have this cover indeed so I think it‘s the UK edition 2mo
TrishB Not the cover of my hard back and I‘m in the U.K. 2mo
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The Buried Giant: A novel | Kazuo Ishiguro
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I‘m about halfway through The Buried Giant and I am enjoying it so far! I admit it took me a while to get into it, but now I‘m hooked!

I‘m also looking forward to seeing what sort of twists and heart wrenching turns Kazuo Ishiguro has planned. If there‘s one thing my experience with Never Let Me Go and The Remains of the Day have taught me it‘s to protect my heart!

#NobelPrize #Selfie

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Life After Life: A Novel | Kate Atkinson
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Well, everyone, the last day of our Live After Life #buddyread has arrived! Thanks to all of you who participated and made it this far. Congratulations! This was a really rewarding book to read and I‘m definitely going to read more by Kate Atkinson in the future. Special shoutout to @Ingerella for keeping the buddy read going on weeks where I wasn‘t able to engage as fully as I would have liked!

My question for this week is below! #LAL2019

Pruzy Life After Life started with the assassination of Hitler, surprisingly, Atkinson chose not to end the book with the assassination, although it came close to the end. Rather, we see that Ursula eventually gives up futilely trying to kill Hitler and instead tries to find Teddy and survive the war. The last scene in the book is from the midwife‘s perspective and not Ursula‘s what did you think about this understated ending? What does it signify? 2mo
cobwebmoth It seemed to me that even though Ursula had kind of figured out how to better use her "gift" the whole cycle would just keep repeating. 2mo
Pruzy @cobwebmoth Yes! Almost as though there was nothing for her to do, but enjoy the cycle and tweak it every time in a way that kept those she loved near to her. That said, we still didn‘t get an answer about what Sylvie was doing in London that one life 🤔 2mo
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cobwebmoth @Pruzy I know! There were a couple of things that I had hoped would be clarified by the end, but we just kept getting swept along with Ursula's new timelines. 2mo
Pruzy @cobwebmoth What other things did you want clarified? What happened to Izzie‘s kid? 🤔Hmm, what else 2mo
cobwebmoth Oh yeah, I did always wonder about her baby. And while I enjoyed the book I was kind of hoping for an explanation of why Ursula? What made her so special? 2mo
Pruzy @cobwebmoth Right! What gave her the abilities she had? Interesting question! 2mo
readordierachel @cobwebmoth @pruzy As far as why Ursula, I kinda got the impression at the very end, when Sylvie had the scissors ready, that she knew what was coming, maybe because she had the "gift" too. Maybe it *is* hereditary. I'm curious about Teddy in the next book. 2mo
cobwebmoth @readordierachel Ooh, interesting! I'm definitely curious about Teddy's book. 2mo
DivineDiana @Pruzy @cobwebmoth I thought Izzie‘s baby was Roland, and we eventually find out that he was raised by Sophie and Hugh. They find out that he has a mental condition, and drowns at the beach. 2mo
DivineDiana @readordierachel Yes! When Sophie was ready with the scissors, it led me to believe that she had “the gift “! 2mo
cobwebmoth @DivineDiana Yes, that happened in one of the timelines. I guess I just wanted to know what happened to him in the timelines where he was adopted. 2mo
DivineDiana @cobwebmoth Oh, I do remember that! Forgot there was another timeline for him! I found it all a bit confusing! 2mo
cobwebmoth @DivineDiana There was a lot to take in! 2mo
Ingerella I'm a little late to the comments here, but I did love the book ending. It felt kind of like a snapshot of just some of Ursula's possibilities. I imagine they just go on and on. I loved in the last section where she was really having deja Vu moments like crazy! I didn't mind not know some of those missing details because I really got into what was in store for her in the next life. @cobwebmoth @DivineDiana @readordierachel 2mo
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The Marriage Plot: A Novel | Jeffrey Eugenides
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So my local used bookstore was having an inventory clearance of their basement sale items. Every book in the basement was a dollar!

Here‘s what I found:
1. The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides
2. What is Stephen Harper Reading by Yann Martel
3. Four Souls by Louise Erdrich
4. Soon I Will Be Invincible by Austin Grossman

Has anyone read any of these books or heard the hype around them? If so, what did you think?

#BookHaul #ShopUsed #BuyLocal

jpmcwisemorgan Books on sale, how can you not take advantage of that?! (edited) 3mo
Pruzy @jpmcwisemorgan Yeah! Those prices are amazing even at a used bookstore! 3mo
Pricel101 Great haul! Yann Martel is a fave author of mine 🇨🇦 What Ia Steven Harper Reading was very enjoyable! 2mo
rather_be_reading awesome! 2w
Pruzy @rather_be_reading Thanks! Full disclosure I haven't got to any of these books yet 2w
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The Monk of Mokha | Dave Eggers
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It‘s been a very long time since I finished a book in one day! I recommend this to anyone who enjoys coffee!

This is the non-fiction story of Mokhtar Alkhanshali, a Yemeni American who dreams of bringing high grade Yemeni coffee to the speciality coffee world. There are only a few problems...Mokhtar is no coffee expert at the start of the book and Yemen is on the bring of civil war.

Read this exciting adventure of the Indiana Jones of coffee!

Pruzy @rather_be_reading It is really good! Love how some complaints about the area have not changed over the hundred-ish years the area has been American 2w
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Washington Black | Esi Edugyan
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Washington Black by Esi Edugyan won the 2018 Giller prize, Canada‘s highest literary award and after reading this book I can say the prize was well deserved.

It is about a young slave, Washington Black, in the 1800s who is freed by Titch, the brother of a slaveowner named Erasmus, and is trained to become a naturalist. Unfortunately, Erasmus hires a bounty hunter and Washington and Titch find themselves on the run.

The writing was exquisite!

AmyG Well deserves prize. I absolutely loved this book. 3mo
Pruzy @AmyG Glad to hear it! 3mo
irre Reading it right now. 3mo
Pruzy @irre I hope you enjoy! 3mo
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Life After Life: A Novel | Kate Atkinson
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@Ingerella is focusing on the purpose of this section for today‘s #LAL2019 discussion, so I‘m going to take this opportunity to ask about a more obscure event that occurred while Ursula was in London...she saw Sylvie leaving a hotel with another man! Do you think her eyes were playing tricks on her or if it actually occurred, what so you think Sylvie was doing? Was it an old fashioned affair or some sort of espionage? And what does it mean?

Meaw_catlady I was just assuming affair. But now that you mention it maybe Sylvie was living a secret life of espionage. Sounds more intriguing . 3mo
Pruzy @Meaw_catlady Yes, wouldn‘t it be a nice plot twist? 3mo
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Dogearedcopy I thought it was Sylvie having an affair, and that was the reason Izzie abruptly made the U-turn with the car: Izzie was hoping Ursula wouldn't see, but Ursula saw it anyway. 3mo
Pruzy @Dogearedcopy Oh interesting! Ursula thought Izzie was unaware, when it could be that actually she was trying to actively hide it from Sylvia! 3mo
cobwebmoth I think that Ursula definitely saw Sylvie. I am curious to find out what she was up to. An affair would be unsurprising to me because Sylvie has eyed other men before. It would be more fun if it was espionage. 3mo
Pruzy @cobwebmoth Which men has she eyed before? I can only think of George 3mo
cobwebmoth @Pruzy I was primarily thinking of George. 3mo
Laura317 I hadn‘t thought of her being a 🕵🏻‍♀️ spy! I doubt it, but that would be a fun twist. 3mo
Ingerella Interesting question! I think Sophie was having an affair. I didn't pick up on the fact that Izzie might be aware of it. Hmm. There were a few times when it seemed Sophie was really ambivalent of Hugh... maybe the affair was the reason why. 3mo
DivineDiana Agree that she did actually see her mother, and that Izzie knows what is happening. Just finished reading Warlight, and there is a glamorous mother character who unbeknownst to her children was a spy. At first, I thought affair, but who knows at this point?!? Onward in the story! 3mo
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Life After Life: A Novel | Kate Atkinson
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To everyone participating in the Life After Life buddy read, it‘s been a crazy two weeks, but I‘ve finally caught up. Sorry about the delay in facilitating our discussion! Hopefully all of you are still interested in carrying on because the last section was extremely intense and I‘m sure will harbour much discussion.

Looking forward to hearing from you tomorrow and keep those reading pics coming! #LAL2019 #BuddyRead

Dogearedcopy I'm still around, though admittedly, I read ahead to the originally scheduled section. I'm one of those people who, if I let too much time lapse between reading chapters in a book, tends to become indifferent, and then I end up DNF-ing the book! I'll just have to be careful about spoilers tomorrow! (edited) 3mo
Ingerella The last section was definitely intense! @Dogearedcopy I'm the same way. It doesn't take much for me to lose interest these days. But, I am really enjoying this book so it's been no problem to stick with it. 3mo
MellieAntoinette This whole book is intense. Where‘s the happy place?! 3mo
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Life After Life: A Novel | Kate Atkinson
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That feeling when you are rushing to catch up on your Life After Life #BuddyRead after a busy work week. 😅 #LAL2019

BookishMarginalia Indeed! 3mo
Ingerella This is me this week too! 3mo
readordierachel I hear ya! 3mo
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Pruzy @Ingerella @readordierachel Yikes! Is it unusual for buddy reads to give a one week extension? 3mo
readordierachel @Pruzy @Ingerella I don't know the protocol but I sure wouldn't mind 😆 3mo
Pruzy @readordierachel @Ingerella Maybe @Ingerella and I can make an announcement to push it back a week? If @Ingerella agrees?? 3mo
Ingerella @Pruzy @readordierachel if another week is needed, I'm ok with it. It makes me think week 3 is having another life! 3mo
Pruzy @Ingerella Let‘s do it! Give week 3 another life! 3mo
Ingerella Do you mind making the announcement and I'll repost it? My hubby just surprised me with Hamilton Tickets!! For 1pm today, 2 hrs away!! I can repost when we get in the car. Hamilton!! 3mo
CityOfAngelsNeverSleeps I love book covers. This is 😍😍😍😍. 3mo
Pruzy @NightSparrowReads Life After Life certainly has a nice cover! 3mo
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Love Is Blind | William Boyd
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I finished reading Love is Blind by William Boyd a few days ago. While I appreciate Boyd as an author and really enjoyed Brazzaville Beach, Sweet Caress, Waiting for Sunrise and Ordinary Thunderstorms, this book was not his best. The story is somewhat ho-hum without the gut-wrenching tension and emotion of his other novels. I did like the classical music connection. It is about a piano tuner in the employ of a famous pianist in the late 1800s.

Life After Life: A Novel | Kate Atkinson
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Time for Sunday‘s Life after Life buddy read discussion! Feel free to ask any questions you have here or make your own post! I‘m going to ask my question below because it is spoiler-y. #LAL2019 #BuddyRead #LifeAfterLife

Pruzy #TriggerWarning: Suicide - Suicide came up twice in this section, the first was when Ursula‘s mother passed away and the second was when Ursula decided to let the gas burn during the after war years. Why do you think Sylvie decided to end her life, and considering that Ursula is beginning to suspect that she can live life after life, do you think she knew it wasn‘t really the end? Dark questions, I know. 4mo
Ingerella These are such good questions! 4mo
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squirrelbrain I definitely agree that Ursula knows that the end wouldn‘t be ‘the end‘. In terms of Sylvie, I wonder if Ursula had inherited her condition / gift from Sylvie. Throughout the book so far I feel that Sylvie has had a curiously detached way of raising her children, other than Teddy, so maybe she knows that they are inheritors and therefore it doesn‘t matter what happens to them... 4mo
CoffeeNBooks @squirrelbrain Oh! Interesting thought about Sylvie also having the condition. I hadn't thought of that! 4mo
squirrelbrain Later in the fifth Armistice section (so difficult with these repetitive chapter names!) Ursula knows the names of the Shawcross children before they meet; ‘She was getting as good at keeping secrets as Sylvie‘ - could this also be a hint? Or if not, what are Sylvie‘ secrets?! 4mo
CoffeeNBooks As far as Sylvie's suicide, I wondered if at some point, we'll read where Ursula has changed that timeline so Sylvie doesn't commit suicide. 4mo
CoffeeNBooks @squirrelbrain I wrote in my notes for this week about Ursula getting as good at keeping secrets as Sylvie, and I'm very curious about what secrets Sylvie has! 4mo
daena @CoffeeNBooks I also wondered the same thing, how and if Ursula will try to change Sylvie‘s fate. Or if it is as you are mentioning @squirrelbrain (which I have been wondering myself too) is there some sort of unspoken understanding of both having this condition that neither Sylvie or Ursula can interfere in each other‘s life/lives in such a way. I agree there is so much more to Sylvie‘s story. Secrets yet uncovered. 4mo
Meaw_catlady @pruzy Interesting theory. Perhaps she left the gas on because she wanted to go back and get a chance to make things better for everyone including Sylvie. I just wondered why if she knew she could change things . Why she didn‘t change things sooner in that timeline. It seemed so bleak. 4mo
cobwebmoth I do think that Ursula knew it wouldn't be the end for herself, so it wasn't crucial for her to be careful. I'm not sure about Sylvie, but I'm enjoying all of your theories. 4mo
DivineDiana Great comments! I was shocked that Sylvie took her life! She always seemed so positive! Devastating! But now I‘m hopeful that there will be an alternate life. 🤔 As for Ursula, by this point, I expect her to start her life over again! 4mo
Laura317 I am enjoying all your comments! When Sylvia said she thought science made the world a worse place, do you think it had a deeper meaning? Or are we to take that at face value? 4mo
sblbooks I agree with @squirrelbrain and @daena I believe mother and daughter have the condition, and they both know the other has it. 4mo
Pruzy Wow, such interesting ideas from all of you! I didn‘t even consider that Sylvie might have the same ability! Once again I am looking forward to continuing reading this next week. 4mo
Pruzy @Laura317 Hmm, I didn‘t initially think that comment had more significance, but now that you are bringing it up I wonder if Sylvie has tried to get herself examined for her condition? However, considering how devastating the atomic bombs were, I think people thinking science made the world a worse place was a common sentiment after WW2 4mo
readordierachel Interesting discussion! It didn't even occur to me that Ursula was making a conscious decision with the gas. I totally read that as an accident. But now I'm wondering. It kind of makes sense; maybe she's subconsciously testing her limits. 4mo
Pruzy @readordierachel That‘s an interesting idea! 4mo
Dogearedcopy I carefully re-read "Peace | February 1947" and I think that we are actually witnessing what it is actually like for Ursula as a self-aware adult. I do not think the incident was a suicide (agreeing with @readordierachel on that reading,) but at the moment of transitioning, the language changes in the last full paragraph before "Darkness began to fall." The lack of panic, the change in perspective indicates just another episode. (edited) 4mo
Dogearedcopy As for Sylvie, out of all the children, she seems particularly attached to Teddy, expressing more distress over losing him or the thought of losing him at other points than with her other children, so it did not surprise me that she would have chosen death on Teddy's bed. I just wonder *why* she feels this way about Teddy or doesn't feel that same connection with any or all of her other children. (edited) 4mo
Pruzy @Dogearedcopy Interesting ideas! Thanks for rereading the section to see if you could verify our crazy ideas 4mo
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Life After Life: A Novel | Kate Atkinson
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I‘m ready for Sunday‘s second discussion on Life After Life! I feel like we are finally getting some answers!

I hope everyone else is in our Buddy Read is enjoying this week‘s section. And, if you‘re somewhere that‘s completely frozen, I hope you‘re staying warm!

#LAL2019 #BuddyRead #LifeAfterLife

Laura317 @Pruzy I flew through this section! I write down several things I hope to ask everyone on Sunday. Stay warm! 4mo
Pruzy @Laura317 Awesome! Can‘t wait to hear your thoughts! 4mo
cobwebmoth I zipped through this week's section, too. I'm enjoying it so far. 4mo
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TheBookAddict I will be reading this week‘s section today since we are staying inside today and tomorrow. It‘s supposed to feel like -49° F out there right now. ? 4mo
readordierachel @Laura317 @cobwebmoth Me too! Now that I've got the rhythm down, this section went by in a flash. Stay warm @TheBookAddict ! 4mo
TheBookAddict @readordierachel thanks, I am. We are staying inside. 4mo
Pruzy @cobwebmoth Yeah, I think I liked it better than last week‘s 4mo
Pruzy @readordierachel Yeah, it sure does. I read it faster than last week‘s section. 4mo
squirrelbrain Yes, I‘ve just read it too! It does become ‘easier‘ once you get the rhythm doesn‘t it @readordierachel ? I also made a few notes @Laura317 .... roll on Sunday! 4mo
Pruzy @squirrelbrain 👍👍👍 4mo
Laura317 @readordierachel It is getting easier to read! Now I‘m seeing patterns. @squirrelbrain I can‘t wait to hear your notes on Sunday! Roll on, indeed! 4mo
CoffeeNBooks I had to start writing down little notes based on the dates, and that helped make sense of the jumping back and forth withbthe narrative. I've definitely got some questions written down for Sunday! 4mo
Ingerella @TheBookAddict Oh my goodness, don't go outside!! 4mo
Ingerella I almost finished it last night. I have just a few more pages. This section did go fast but I'm trying hard to notice details. I can't wait to discuss it! 4mo
Pruzy @CoffeeNBooks @Ingerella I‘m excited to see what details you both come up with! 4mo
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Life After Life: A Novel | Kate Atkinson
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A new week, a new section of Life After Life! Thanks to everyone who participated in the first discussion for the book on Sunday! I‘m reading the book with a new eye towards the characters‘ points of view.

What are you looking forward to the most as we get started this new section??

Have a great week, everyone!

#LAL2019 #LifeAfterLife #BuddyRead

cobwebmoth I'm just curious to see how far Ursula gets this time, before the story goes back again.😊 4mo
Pruzy @cobwebmoth Haha! I think you‘ll find the next 20ish pages very interesting! 4mo
DivineDiana Perhaps some clarity as to why these alternate occurrences are happening to Ursula?!? 🤔 4mo
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Pruzy @DivineDiana Possible! If we ever get out of her childhood! 4mo
Ingerella The same for me! I am looking forward to seeing how far she gets, and what other changes happen. I can't wait to get started tonight. 4mo
Pruzy @Ingerella 👍 4mo
TheBookAddict Same! I want to know how far she‘ll get this time, why it‘s happening to her, and if she or anyone else will notice that it‘s happening. 4mo
Pruzy @TheBookAddict I think there are more hints in the section! 4mo
TheBookAddict 🙌🏽 I‘ll have to get to it ASAP. 4mo
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Life After Life: A Novel | Kate Atkinson
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What a great first week of our Life After Life buddy read!

Here‘s my Sunday question: Ursula is the character who experiences the titular Life After Life, but the story really seems to be revolving around Sylvie‘s perspective. At this point in the novel, have we gained anything from the repeated framing or would the story be just as good if told without the stops and restarts?

#lifeafterlife #buddyread #LAL2019

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Maybe it‘s me, but I‘m still a little confused with what is going on. Maybe when I read ahead it will clear things up. Also if it were told more from Ursula‘s perspective that would help... 🤷🏼‍♀️ and I don‘t like all of the start and stops... I would like for it to flow a little more. (edited) 4mo
cobwebmoth Even though Ursula hasn't made it very far in life, each time it goes back there have been added details about the various characters, which I think helps to paint a better overall picture. And I think it's really powerful that it shows how just a tiny difference can mean life or death. 4mo
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Meaw_catlady The starts and stops do make the flow weird. But it also is intriguing. Without the stops you could just say they have been near misses. But clearly from the part where she climbs out the window she changed her mind the second time for some reason. Somehow knowing she had made the decision before. That was interesting to me . 4mo
CoffeeNBooks I like the stops & restarts, so you really get a sense of what could have been the story line, but isn't. I feel like I can hear a record player scratching every time the story stops and restarts. I'm curious as to why so much has been from Sylvie's perspective so far, but maybe that will become clearer later in the story. I find it very interesting so far, though! 4mo
DivineDiana I am finding the alternate stories fascinating. It definitely adds to the reading experience for me. Very curious as to why the author has decided to use this technique. Assuming that all will be revealed later. 😉 4mo
sblbooks Yes, I'm not a fan of this technique. I agree with @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I think it would make more sense if I listen to the book in its entirety. 4mo
Ingerella @cobwebmoth I agree with you. I think the format is showing us the little changes that are happening with each redo. For example I noticed in the life where Ursula fell from the roof, Mrs. Glover was making gloves for George and it mentioned how proud she was. But, in the next life it mentioned George had been in a gas attack. I am loving the format because I'm enjoying seeing the small differencea each life brings. 4mo
Ingerella I'm still thinking about why the story is told so much from Sylvie's perspective, but it's an interesting question! 4mo
Pruzy @Ingerella Neat observation! I didn‘t realize it was the exact same moment in the timeline when those things were occuring 4mo
Pruzy @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I feel like it does make the book feel like it is going by quickly! (edited) 4mo
Pruzy @cobwebmoth It‘s true, I feel like we get a more complete understanding each time, but couldn‘t the same effect be achieved by including more detail in a single timeline? 4mo
Pruzy @Meaw_catlady I agree! It‘s like she had a uncanny sense of Deja vu without realizing it was Deja vu 4mo
readordierachel I'm a bit disoriented like @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks and @sblbooks mention, but it's early yet and I'm still enjoying the ride. Like @cobwebmoth and @Ingerella I like the new details with each "come back" (is she being reincarnated? What do we call it?). Also, I'm wondering if she's actually coming back or if it's an alternate reality kind of thing? I like the focus on Sylvie for now b/c she's an interesting/funny character. 4mo
Pruzy @CoffeeNBooks I‘m expecting the perspective to switch to 100% Ursula at some point 4mo
Pruzy @readordierachel Good question! And is there much of an effective difference if she is reincarnating or whether it is the same event in multiple universes? I guess one is much more sci-fi than the other 4mo
Ingerella I think we still have yet to see how much this format plays a role in the story. Is Ursula learning from each life? Will it help later? Is it a sixth sense from past experience that helps propel her further into each life? I can't wait to find out! 4mo
Pruzy @DivineDiana I suspect you are right and we will all be here to talk about it! 4mo
Pruzy @Ingerella I think a sixth sense for sure...I guess we‘ll see if self awareness is to come! 4mo
Pruzy @sblbooks I guess we will see if there comes a point where it makes sense for the story to have only been told with the repeating lives 4mo
readordierachel @Pruzy I don't think there is much difference if it's one or the other. But I'm curious! 4mo
Ingerella @DivineDiana I agree with you, too. I think it will become more clear as we keep reading. 4mo
cobwebmoth @Pruzy Sure, there could be more detail in a single timeline, but without the "resets" the title and concept of the book would be lost. It would just be like any other historical fiction novel. 4mo
TheBookAddict Yes, I agree with @cobwebmoth @Meaw_catlady @CoffeeNBooks @DivineDiana and @readordierachel . I also think that without the stops and retelling the main concept of the book would be lost. It also shows that it doesn‘t just affect Ursula‘s timeline/life, it also affects other characters and events. It‘s pretty intriguing. 4mo
TheBookAddict Maybe it‘s told through Silvie‘s perspective so we know what is going around in Ursula‘s world, because writing through Ursula‘s eyes we may only get what she understands. We‘d only get the goings on in the life of the child. I‘ve also been wondering if she comes back in a different universe or if it‘s just like hitting restart on her life. I think this is a book I‘ll have to read again once I‘m done with it so I can see what I missed the 1st time 4mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I‘m even thinking maybe I should read this section again... 4mo
daena I am really enjoying the stops and starts. At times it feels like we are sitting back and watching pieces of a puzzle put together, or maybe not? I am curious to see how things tie into each other. Especially with the first section where we are introduced to a older Ursula. Curious if any of those younger versions we‘ve seen so far are connected. 4mo
Laura317 I am finding myself slightly confused by the jumping back and forth in the timeline. Is Ursula really dying or is time resetting right before she would die. I‘m with @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks in thinking I might need to read this part again. 4mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Laura317 🤷🏼‍♀️😊 4mo
Dogearedcopy If this were a book with a single continuous arc, we could only read about one of Ursula's fates/destinies and the whole drive and premise of the book would be lost! 4mo
Elma I'm with @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @sblbooks and @Laura317 . I'm finding the time jumps very hard to follow and it seems that so far the book isn't really telling a story, more like little vignettes, which have yet to connect with each other. I like my books to have a clear beginning, middle, and end (although I don't mind time jumps or even stories told backwards). I guess we'll see if this one starts coming together as Ursula gets older. 4mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Elma I‘ll give it a little bit longer... 4mo
Laura317 I‘m still really enjoying the story - confusion and all. It seems very timey-wimey...I can‘t wait to see how this all sorts itself out. 4mo
Pruzy @cobwebmoth True! That is what makes the book unique and what made me want to read it in the first place! 4mo
Pruzy @TheBookAddict It is very interesting how the other characters are affected! 4mo
Pruzy @TheBookAddict Also, true. We would definitely be lacking some of the depth and nuance if the story was only told from Ursula‘s perspective 4mo
Pruzy @daena Oh yes! Older Ursula was very interesting. She was a spy it seems? Definitely a part of the character development to look forward to. 4mo
Pruzy @Laura317 I‘m starting to see what would be lost if the story was on continuous arc based on this conversation! 4mo
Pruzy @Dogearedcopy Yes, definitely! I am convinced now 4mo
Pruzy @Elma You have to admit the vignettes are well written, though! 4mo
Pruzy @Laura317 But us it timey-wimey enough that if you were to give it to a fan of SF/F they would enjoy it? 4mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Pruzy I think I‘ll start over and take notes! 4mo
Laura317 @Pruzy Maybe. I am a sci-fi fan and enjoy it. I find it more of a puzzle to try and figure out. 4mo
Pruzy @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Haha, yikes! Well I don‘t want to hinder your enjoyment of the novel! 4mo
Pruzy @Laura317 A puzzle is a really good way of putting it! 4mo
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Washington Black | Esi Edugyan
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Finally, a quick moment to read a good book over breakfast!

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Life After Life: A Novel | Kate Atkinson
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I‘m all caught up for our Litsy #BuddyRead! Kate Atkinson‘s writing style goes down easy! Didn‘t feel like 70 pages at all and I‘m looking forward to reading more!

I‘m all set for discussion! Here‘s my idea for Sunday...anyone who has thought of an interesting question to discuss make a post about it with #LAL2019. Hopefully we all get some good back and forth going! We‘ll probably need to use spoiler tags...don‘t forget!

Ingerella I agree, it's going fast! 4mo
Pruzy @Ingerella Now I have a chance to get back to Washington Black for a day or two 😆 4mo
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Ingerella That one looks interesting! 4mo
Pruzy @Ingerella It‘s also really well written 4mo
readordierachel Sounds good! 4mo
MellieAntoinette Excellent! 4mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I‘m caught up too and I agree it went by quickly 🙌🏻 4mo
Laura317 Sounds great! 4mo
daena I‘m almost all caught up. Her words just melt off the page. 4mo
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Wow, I had no idea that city libraries paid so much for eBook editions in their collections. Can you believe that Little Fires Everywhere is over 3x more expensive?

This was first brought to my attention by the instagram feed of the local library of my old home city, but you can read more about it at econtentforlibraries.org

Crazeedi Someone recently posted figures on what libraries pay for ebooks, the more they are borrowed, the more libraries pay, it's not a one shot payment, I was stunned 4mo
Pruzy @Crazeedi Yeah, I have heard of the before, too. What also surprised me (in a good way) is that libraries don‘t pay a huge mark-up for physical books 4mo
Tamra It‘s really too bad. It makes me more empathetic because I have a tendency toward frustration with the selection of our smallish rural regional system. (edited) 4mo
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Pruzy @Tamra Time to fundraise and petition for a larger cut of municipal funds to go to libraries 4mo
Tamra @Pruzy 👍🏾👍🏾 4mo
Crazeedi @Tamra I have the same issue at my small library. But they are great about getting me interlibrary loans any time they can. It's just lately the "new book" section has been meh, so I've been buying my own (and then donating them) or doing overdrive 4mo
writerlibrarian Yep. And unlike paper format where the number of loans is well unlimited as long as the book is in acceptable shape some ebook are limited to 25 loans for that price. The going price for a new Patterson is ...85$ can minimum for one digital copy (edited) 4mo
Pruzy @writerlibrarian That‘s so few! Shocking! 4mo
Pruzy @Crazeedi Where do you donate to? 4mo
Tamra @Crazeedi I use Libby, which I think is the new Overdrive. I count my lucky stars that one of the urban counties issues nonresident library cards. 🤞🏾 Frankly, the system should be statewide, if not nation wide. 4mo
Pruzy @Tamra Yeah, selection is definitely correlated to municipality size” 4mo
Crazeedi @Tamra yes I count my lucky stars on this too. My library overdrive is limited. It should be statewide I agree 4mo
Crazeedi @Pruzy I donate the books I but that are in excellent shape when I'm finished with them. Usually newer titles or ones I think my library will shelve. And most of the time they do. I should be ordering their books for them😉 4mo
Crazeedi @Pruzy buy, darn autocorrect 4mo
Pruzy @Crazeedi Nice! Good taste! My library makes a point for telling me that they will most likely NOT shelve my titles, but rather donate them to the friends of the library store 4mo
Crazeedi @Pruzy REALLY, that's not very kind! You'd think they would appreciate the books if they are ones that are known etc. I've given several series to my library too, I've turned them on to a lot of different books! Now there are some they've put in their sale, but many get shelved. Your library I guess just dont know what they're missing! (edited) 4mo
Crazeedi @writerlibrarian wow that's crazy 4mo
Pruzy @Crazeedi I think they include it as a caveat emptor so people don‘t get offended if their books do end up at the library sale without their knowledge. In the librarian‘s defence, they were very apologetic when they told me that. (edited) 4mo
Crazeedi @Pruzy I can understand that 4mo
ErinGoBragh1011 I am completely shocked! I had no idea it was so much. That explains why a lot of books I want for my Kindle they don't have. I will def. Be checking out the article on the train. Maybe it will tell me why the library version is much more than the ebooks on Amazon? 4mo
Pruzy @ErinGoBragh1011 I know! So many questions! 4mo
ErinGoBragh1011 @proxy also, I figured the hard copy would be more because I thought it costs more to produce? 4mo
Pruzy @ErinGoBragh1011 Yes! Definitely agree. Even if there was a mark-up for licensing or something similar 4mo
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Life After Life: A Novel | Kate Atkinson
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Are you joining us for the Life After Life #BuddyRead, but don‘t have the Back Bay Books paperback edition?

May I present the chapter numbered reading schedule! Essentially if a chapter appears more than once, I‘ve assigned it a number based on which iteration of the chapter title it is.

Hopefully this makes it easy to follow along with eBook versions, different localized editions, etc.

Any questions? Let me know!


Ingerella You're awesome! 4mo
Pruzy @Ingerella Aw, sucks, thanks. 4mo
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Pruzy @Ingerella Woohoo! Thanks for joining us! 4mo
TheBookAddict Can‘t wait! I started reading it today. I‘m enjoying it so far. 4mo
Pruzy @TheBookAddict Glad to hear it!! 4mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Ingerella 🙌🏻🙌🏻 4mo
squirrelbrain Thanks so much @Pruzy @Ingerella 👍 4mo
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Life After Life: A Novel | Kate Atkinson
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It begins! The Life After Life Buddy Read! Who‘s excited to get started?? Feel free to chime in with your own initial impressions and thoughts (like, dislike?), but let‘s keep it spoiler free until the first 70 pages on Sunday! #LAL2019 #BuddyRead

readordierachel 🎉🎉🎉 4mo
Laura317 So far I‘m enjoying it. Sylvie‘s idea of white slavery being the equivalent to a romanticized harem gave me a giggle. 4mo
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Pruzy @Laura317 That was definitely an image...which even Sylvie knew wasn‘t accurate 4mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I‘m a little confused starting out, but hopefully it will clear up 🤣 4mo
Pruzy @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Yeah, if I didn‘t know the premise of the book going in from author interviews, I would be totally lost! 4mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Pruzy I read the cover flap, but I‘m still unsure about everything!! Maybe it‘s just me 🤷🏼‍♀️ 4mo
Pruzy @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Essentially the premise is summed up by the third epigraph at the start of the book...”What if we had a chance to do it again and again, until we finally did get it right? Wouldn‘t that be wonderful?” -Edward Beresford Todd 4mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Pruzy I‘m looking for that now!! 4mo
Pruzy @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Funny enough I looked up who Todd was, and he‘s a character in the book, lol! Is this a meta epigraph? 4mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Pruzy I‘m trying to look him up and can‘t find him... maybe it‘s further along! 4mo
Pruzy @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Must be...I just googled the guy 😆 4mo
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The Monk of Mokha | Dave Eggers
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Today's #bookhaul! Pictured are:

1. The Monk of Mokha by David Eggers
-A biography of a man who buys coffee beans in bulk from Yemen when the war breaks out

2. Mouthful of Birds by Samantha Schweblin
-A South American short story collection

3. You Know You Want This by Kristen Roupenian
-A short story collection featuring the buzzy “Cat People” which I want to read

And, didn‘t notice this until now, but all the spines have the titles in caps!

Prairiegirl_reading I‘ve had the Monk of Mokha on my tbr for a while now. I really need to get to it! 4mo
Pruzy @Prairiegirl_reading Next Litsy Buddy Read after Life After Life?? #LAL2019 4mo
Reviewsbylola Great haul! 4mo
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Pruzy @Reviewsbylola Thanks! I feel like I did my first visit to a bookstore in 2019 right! 4mo
Prairiegirl_reading @Pruzy I‘d be in for that!! 4mo
Pruzy @Prairiegirl_reading Awesome! If you are up for it still in March then we are on! 4mo
batsy I have high hopes for the Schweblin collection. Loved Fever Dream. 4mo
Pruzy @batsy Apparently she wrote this short story collection first 4mo
Tanisha_A I am really intrigued by The Monk of Mokha! 4mo
Pruzy @Tanisha_A It does sound interesting. I wonder how much will be dedicated to coffee and how much will be dedicated to the conflict in Yemen (edited) 4mo
BarbaraBB I am also intrigued by the Eggers! 4mo
Tonton Great haul! 4mo
Pruzy @BarbaraBB It‘s amazing how varied the books he writes are. 4mo
Pruzy @Tonton Thanks! 4mo
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Life After Life: A Novel | Kate Atkinson
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One more day! Our Litsy buddy read starts tomorrow! Join @Ingerella and I (and a ton of other Littens) as we start reading Kate Atkinson's iconic novel Life After Life. Perfect for fans of literary fiction and speculative fiction! Be sure to use the hashtag #LAL2019! I'll add some other tags too #LifeAfterLife #BuddyRead

Ingerella Yay! 4mo
squirrelbrain @Pruzy @Ingerella Hi guys! Very excited to be starting this today. Do your pages conform to chapter endings? I think my copy is different to yours as page 70 is rather random.... and I have over 600 pages so the last tranche would be very long! Could you post chapter names if that‘s possible? Thx! 😁 4mo
Ingerella @squirrelbrain In my paperback copy they definitely conform to the ends of chapters. I think there are 2 sections that are longer than the rest because I was trying not to stop mid-chapter. I was going to name chapters but several have the same name. When I get home tonight I'll try to list the chapters out. I don't think any section (in my copy) was too much over 100 pages. That's why I went with a 6 week timeline. I'm a slow reader! @Pruzy 4mo
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squirrelbrain Thanks @Ingerella ! Yes, I see that there are chapters all with similar names! I‘ll post my contents pages in a separate post if I can, see if that helps.... (edited) 4mo
Pruzy @squirrelbrain Yeah, maybe when making a list of chapter ending I/we can name them Eg. Snow 3 or something like that 4mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks When is the first discussion? @Pruzy @Ingerella 4mo
Ingerella @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks It will be Sunday. 4mo
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The Mars Room: A Novel | Rachel Kushner
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New (to me) Podcast Alert!

Ever wanted to get the feel of being at a constant literary festival? Look no further than Literary Art‘s The Archive Project whose mandate is to provide high quality recordings of author interviews at literary festivals.

This episode featuring Groff and Kushner on stage at the same time is phenomenal. Both The Mars Room (Kushner) and Florida (Groff) have shot waaaay up on my wish list.

Simona Subscribed ... thanks to you 🙏 4mo
Pruzy @Simona Good new Literary Fiction focused podcasts can be hard to find 4mo
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A Brightness Long Ago | Guy Gavriel Kay
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When Margaret Atwood recommends a book, I pay attention!

readordierachel Absolutely! 4mo
Kammbia1 I got my copy yesterday! Kay is one of my favorite writers and I'm looking forward to this one.
Pruzy @Kammbia1 Great! I hope it is a good read! 1w
Kammbia1 @Pruzy I just started today. Will post a review when I'm done. 1w
Pruzy @Kammbia1 Awesome! 1w
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#CopSong is a tough hashtag since I don‘t read that many crime novels. However, I did fall into the hype of The Woman in the Window last year, so there is at least one crime novel on my shelf. Admittedly, not my favourite.


vivastory Nice picture 👍 4mo
Pruzy @vivastory Thanks! 4mo
Cinfhen I‘ve picked this up twice and put it down twice ... but I‘m determined to finish it ( another book in #hibernation) 🐻 4mo
Pruzy @Cinfhen Haha! Seriously, you‘re not missing out if you don‘t finish it! 4mo
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Hopefully a fitting post for #SunnySunday! Here‘s a mini-collection of books that is organically growing on my shelf about one of the sunniest cities, LA.

The books are :
1. Dead Girls - Alice Bolin
2. Dear Los Angeles - Ed. David Kipen
3. Mirage Factory - Gary Krist
4. Black Dahlia, Red Rose - Piu Eatwell

Yikes, despite lots of sun some of these titles are dark!


Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Great choices!! I want to read 4mo
Pruzy @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Hopefully it is better than the movie! 4mo
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Life After Life: A Novel | Kate Atkinson
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The countdown is on! Only one more week until our Life After Life buddy read begins!

Hope you can join us, I‘ve only ever heard amazing things about this book!

TheBookAddict I‘ll join the fun! I actually purchased that book after seeing it in one of your posts. 🙂 4mo
Pruzy @TheBookAddict Excellent! Thanks for joining! 4mo
Laura317 I am ready! Can‘t wait to start. 4mo
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Pruzy @Laura317 👍👍 4mo
Lindy I really enjoyed this. Have fun! 4mo
Bklover Oh enjoy! I really liked this book! 4mo
Pruzy @Bklover @Lindy Glad to hear it! 4mo
LapReader I‘m in. 4mo
Pruzy @LapReader 🎉 4mo
Meaw_catlady So ready! ✨ 4mo
monalyisha Ack! I so want to do this but I don‘t know if I have time! I took a screenshot of the schedule so that I won‘t forget it‘s happening, at least! 4mo
Pruzy @monalyisha Awesome, do what you can!! 4mo
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Found another Litsy challenge to try my hand at! Looks fun as always! #MusicalNewYear

Now just to find some time to get creative with my posts.

Tagged book is one I just finished reading today and loved! Now what to read next? 🤔

Cinfhen Thanks for the repost🥳🥳🥳looking forward to seeing your posts 4mo
vivastory Thanks for joining! Looking forward to your interpretations 👍 4mo
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Dear Los Angeles was a delight. This is the first collection of letters/diaries I‘ve ever read. It is so good I‘m hooked and want to read more.

What enriched the experience even further is the appendix at the back with biographies of all letter writers. Thought you knew all there was to know about Aldous Huxley or John Steinbeck? There‘s more!

Also interesting was that the complaints/praises about LA have been essentially the same since 1847!

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How you know it is a weekend. Books and booze and no end in sight (for now)!

Drinking a 2017 Riesling from Megalomaniac vineyards in the Niagara region of Ontario. Crisp and light, it goes down easy...although it is very clear. Is this normal for a Riesling? 🤔

CrowCAH Overall yes. To me Riesling‘s go down very well; they‘re my go to when I‘m out and need a wine. 4mo
wanderinglynn The Rieslings I‘ve had are all relatively clear. Very light, crisp and yummy. 😋 4mo
Pruzy @CrowCAH I read a quote online (maybe in the NYTimes) about how Rieslings are so easy drinking that they go good with reading, but you could easily find yourself downing the whole bottle, lol! 4mo
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Pruzy @wanderinglynn I have to admit this is my go to winery for Rieslings 4mo
britt_brooke Perfect evening - cheers! 4mo
Pruzy @britt_brooke Thank you! And I hope you have a wonderful evening too! 4mo
Pruzy @britt_brooke Reading something good, I hope? 4mo
britt_brooke @Pruzy Working on an ARC that will be published Jan 22. I‘ll get it done just in time, I think. Wine, also. 🍷 4mo
Pruzy @britt_brooke I‘ve heard of that one. Looked intriguing. How is it? 4mo
britt_brooke @Pruzy I‘m about halfway and it‘s decent so far. Always good to get different perspectives on life. 4mo
Pruzy @britt_brooke Anything that has subtly changed your world view? 4mo
britt_brooke @Pruzy It‘s a good reminder that many people on government assistance are very hard workers who need and deserve the help. Everyone‘s human. 4mo
Pruzy @britt_brooke Adding it to my TBR now! 4mo
britt_brooke @Pruzy 👍🏻 If you haven‘t read Evicted, add that, too. It‘s so good. Heartbreaking, but important. 4mo
Pruzy @britt_brooke Will do. Just read the full synopsis for Maid. Can‘t believe her life took such a turn at 28! 4mo
BarbaraBB I don‘t know about your Riesling but here in Europe it comes from Germany. It is very clear indeed and the better (dry!) ones taste a little of petroleum. Does yours too? 4mo
julesG @BarbaraBB What Barbara said. Riesling is fairly clear and may hint at chemicals in taste. I was told I'd make a terrible sommelier since I was too blunt in describing the taste of wine. 4mo
Pruzy @BarbaraBB I can‘t say that I‘ve had any high end Rieslings from Canada as the ones I usually get are just under $15. I personally don‘t notice any petroleum notes, but it is also not dry either so it‘s probably not one that is considered better. 4mo
Pruzy @julesG Tastes like refreshing crispiness to me. I‘d say those flavoured balsamic vinegars that are trendy now taste like chemicals. This Riesling tastes nothing like that 4mo
julesG Dry Riesling is the thing here in Germany. I just don't get it. I don't like the taste. Enjoy your Canadian wine. I've heard a lot of good things about Canadian wine. Since I only rarely buy wine and try to keep the carbon footprint low, I seldom get wine from overseas. I shall look for a Canadian Riesling next. 4mo
BarbaraBB @julesG I love your dry Riesling 😍 4mo
Cailey_Mac Mmmmm one of my favorites! I‘m no wine connoisseur, but I‘m partial to my area ( Fingerlakes wines). Whenever we travel for vacation, I make a point to buy a bottle of that areas “best” or “most popular” wines, just to see how it all compares. When we went to Cape Cod, we stopped at Truro Vineyards, and ironically they were Fingerlakes gals making most of the wine with my favorite; Cayuga White (edited) 4mo
Pruzy @Cailey_Mac Great way to try a variety of wines! (edited) 4mo
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My collection of bookmarks is always in a state of flux depending on how many books I have that are randomly marked to return to later (or never).

My collection hasn‘t been this small for a while, but pictured are two bookmarks from my favourite indie Canadian bookseller, McNally Robinson, one from my favourite (and only) Canadian bookstore chain Indigo, and one from an amazing indie bookstore in Madison, WI.

#PageSaver #ANewChapter

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Nice!!! 🙌🏻📚 4mo
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I‘ve been looking for a new Litsy posting challenge to increase my activity. Took me a couple of weeks, but the #ANewChapter challenge by @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks and @vkois88 looks fun. I‘ll be participating with my first post soon.

Also, tagged book is my current read.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Awesome!!! Looking forward to seeing your posts!! 📚📚📚 4mo
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Clifford Odets was a playwright and screenwriter who lived in LA. This quote is from his 1940 journal, collected in a book of writings from a variety of individuals about the city of Los Angeles.

As you can see the writings capture something universal about what it means to be human as well.

Gina It amazes me that no matter how much our outter world changes, that our inner world stays the same throughout time thus far... 4mo
Pruzy @Gina No doubt 4mo
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Small Fry | Lisa Brennan-Jobs
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Ever since I quit Goodreads, I needed to devise a system to keep track of the books I wanted to read. Here‘s my solution.

I use the Notes app on my Mac which syncs with my phone. I arrange the books I want to read alphabetically by author last name divided by fiction and non-fiction. At the bottom of the list I have upcoming books listed by month and day available.

By the way, Small Fry by Lisa Brennan-Jobs was amazing. I highly recommend it!

LauraBeth This is a great method! I use Notes as one of my ways of keeping track as well. 😀 4mo
Pruzy @LauraBeth It‘s simple, convenient and customizable 👍 4mo
Bklover That‘s a really good idea. I think I‘m going to check it out. I use my TBR here on Litsy, but it would be nice to keep track of dates of releases and such too. I usually am waiting for paperbacks and I need a way to track them. 4mo
Pruzy @Bklover Try it out! 4mo
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Preparing for my first book purge of 2019! On the stack are:
-A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James
-The Illegal by Lawrence Hill
-Angelmaker by Nick Harkaway
-SS-GB by Len Deighton.

The theme is books that I (unfortunately) could not finish, most of them early on.

These books are going to my local library and will most likely end up in their used bookstore at the central branch or at the yearly book sale.

Lindy Some other readers will be very pleased to get their hands on these. 5mo
Pruzy @Lindy One can only hope! 5mo
emilyhaldi I couldn‘t finish this one... made it almost 3/4 of the way but realized I was hate-reading it so I finally bailed!! 5mo
Pruzy @emilyhaldi For me, it was the writing in dialect. While I appreciate the importance of doing so, I just find it extremely difficult. It‘s also why I almost immediately put down Clockwork Orange when I tried to read it 5mo
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Life After Life: A Novel | Kate Atkinson
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Amazing collage by @Ingerella detailing our buddy read for Life After Life!

We‘re not getting started until January 21st, so if you don‘t happen to have a copy of Life After Life, but want to read it, there‘s still time!

A lot of you have joined us already and hopefully more of you can!

Feel free to repost!


Laura317 Ah! I have this,so I will try to join in. 😀 5mo
Pruzy @Laura317 Wonderful! 5mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I just found this at Goodwill so I may try to join!! 5mo
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Pruzy @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Will be great to have you join us! 5mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Pruzy this may be posted somewhere but what time are the discussions? 5mo
Pruzy @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Sundays, but as this my first buddy read I don‘t know if it gets more specific than that! Were you looking for a time or did you just mean the day?? 5mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Pruzy I just didn‘t know if you were doing it at a specific time ☺️ 5mo
Pruzy @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Got it! Not that I know of yet! 5mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Pruzy ok gotcha!! 🙌🏻 5mo
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Life After Life: A Novel | Kate Atkinson
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Has your copy of Life After Life been gathering dust on your shelf while you were always hoping to get to it?

Well I have the perfect New Year‘s resolution for you! 👌

Join @Ingerella and me in a 6-week buddy read of Life after Life! It‘s my first Litsy buddy read and I am excited! More details to come!

squirrelbrain Ooh tag me in on any future posts - I have one of those dust-gathering copies on my shelf! @Ingerella 5mo
readordierachel I would like to get in on this! 5mo
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Pruzy @readordierachel Perfect! I‘ll tag @Ingerella since I think she‘s organizing the timeline so she‘ll know you‘re in! 5mo
Ingerella @Pruzy are you good with starting on 1/21? That would also give anyone who wants to pick up the book a little time to get it. I have the chapters split into 6 weeks of 70 to 100ish pages each. I tried to keep chapters/sections from being split but I had to do it in week 5. 5mo
Pruzy @Ingerella Sounds like a perfect plan! 5mo
Meaw_catlady It actually has been. 5mo
Pruzy @Meaw_catlady Sounds like a good time to read it then! 5mo
Meaw_catlady @pruzy so true! I‘m down I‘ve never done a buddy read. But I‘m interested 5mo
Pruzy @Meaw_catlady May as well give it a shot, if you find you‘re not into it or your schedule doesn‘t allow it, no big deal! 5mo
Meaw_catlady @Pruzy sounds good! 👌 5mo
DivineDiana I have a copy on the shelf! 5mo
Pruzy @DivineDiana Unread, I‘m guessing. Join us starting January 21! 5mo
DivineDiana You‘re right! Marked my calendar! 5mo
Pruzy @DivineDiana Glad to hear it! 5mo
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Man in the Empty Suit | Sean Ferrell
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I received this offbeat book for Christmas. The giver billed it as “describing me perfectly”.

It‘s about a time traveller in 2071 who celebrates his birthday in a hotel with himself from past and future years. When an older version of himself is found dead in an elevator, he needs to solve the crime before his future selves disappear.

While the pacing is uneven, it kept me reading to the end.

Happy New Year, Everyone!

MrBook Stacked! Great review! 5mo
Pruzy @MrBook Thanks! 5mo
Redwritinghood Happy New Year! 🥳🥳 5mo
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batsy Happy new year! 🎉 5mo
Pruzy @batsy Happy New Year to you too! 5mo
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While I don‘t regret reading this book about how the stock market was gamed by traders to make heaps of money, the number of characters involved and the level of detail David Enrich goes into made this book a slight slog!

Recommended for fans of offbeat true crime (i.e. about crimes that are not murder related). However, the dramatis personae at the start of the book rivals that of A Game of Thrones!

8little_paws I need a nonviolent true crime book for #readharder, thhis might do the trick! 5mo
Pruzy @8little_paws I‘ve heard good things about The Feather Thief. I‘d definitely read it if I came across a copy. 5mo
LauraBeth @8little_paws I second @Pruzy‘s recommendation of The Feather Thief. I haven‘t read it but everyone I know who has, has really enjoyed it and has recommended it. I‘ll be reading it for the nonviolent true crime prompt 😀 5mo
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8little_paws @LauraBeth I've heard that too but it doesn't sound very captivating to me! Then again, there have been plenty of books I started out skeptical of and ended up loving. 5mo
Pruzy @LauraBeth Good to hear! 5mo
Pruzy @8little_paws Then I think Spider Network might just be for you! Another true crime book, this time related to the tech industry, is Bad Blood by John Carryrou about the health biotech company Theranos. Unfortunately, I didn‘t finish this one as I kept up with the story as it was happening so lot of it was not new to me, plus I had it on eBook which does not do it for me. But the writing was great! 5mo
8little_paws @pruzy I listened to that one on audio and really liked it! I also own this book tagged, but was thinking I'd count it as my business book. I'm a cpa so it's about time I read this one!! 5mo
Pruzy @8little_paws Seems like The Spider Network will be a good companion! 5mo
8little_paws @Pruzy another thing I was thinking for nonviolent true crime was maybe something about the opioid epidemic, maybe something like 5mo
8little_paws That also looks really good. Another book which i'm pretty sure is nonviolent is this one. I recall liberty hardy raved about it! 5mo
Pruzy @8little_paws Must be good if @Liberty is raving about it! 5mo
TheFunkyBookworm @Pruzy love your recommendations of The Feather Thief and Bad Blood- both were amazing! Check out this one for another great nonviolent true crime 5mo
Pruzy @TheFunkyBookworm Going to add this one to my wish list ASAP! 5mo
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I‘ve been on a short story reading kick lately. Within the past month I‘ve read Friday Black by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah (heralded by the New York Times), Wilderness Tips by Margaret Atwood (one of my favourite short story collections I‘ve read by Atwood to date) and now I‘m on to Three Moments of An Explosion by China Miéville who reminds me of a more political Neil Gaiman.

vivastory I've read (& loved) Miéville's novels, I need to check out his stories 6mo
Pruzy @vivastory Which of his novels have you read and enjoyed? 6mo
vivastory City & The City, Last Days of New Paris, Kraken. They're all different & wild & each one has a lot of insightful religious/social/political criticism without being overly didactic. 6mo
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Pruzy @vivastory I‘ve read Kraken, Embassytown and Railsea. I highly recommend Embassytown. It‘s probably one of his best works. However, I might pick up a copy of the City & The City and Last Days of New Paris thanks to your recommendation! I also have a copy of This Census-Taker sitting on my shelf. 6mo
vivastory Will definitely move Embassytown up my TBR. Last Days is a fairly quick read, but unforgettable. I plan on reading all of his books eventually. 6mo
GrilledCheeseSamurai @Pruzy @vivastory No love for Perdido Street Station or The Scar? Those 2 are probably my favorite Mieville. 👍 I still need to read embassy Town. 🤔 6mo
vivastory @GrilledCheeseSamurai I haven't read either of those. They're both high on my list, especially Perdido Street Station 6mo
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Killing Commendatore | Haruki Murakami
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Hands up if you settle in for the long haul 🙋‍♂️

I‘m about 445 pages into Killing Commendatore by Haruki Murakami and am loving it.

In other news I‘ve deleted my Goodreads account after seven years and wrote a Medium post about it: @pruzy/what-i-learned-about-myself-after-i-quit-goodreads-4fbf4a2e61a5" rel="nofollow" target="_top">https://medium.com/@pruzy/what-i-learned-about-myself-after-i-quit-goodreads-4fb....

Do you agree? Anyone else tired of Goodreads?

BookishMarginalia Nice post — I haven‘t updated my Goodreads this year at all. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 7mo
Zelma I don‘t care for it anymore. I only use it for keeping an easily accessible list of my reading; I don‘t find Litsy‘s as user-friendly nor do I keep a spreadsheet. I like to have titles I can search and review for making recommendations. 7mo
Pruzy @BookishMarginalia 2018, the year Goodreads became passé! 7mo
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Pruzy @Zelma I decided to do what Pamela Paul of the NYTimes book section does and keep a written record...feels so good to write it down by hand. I recommend my Life with B.O.B (book of books) by her if you want an interesting account of a readerly life. 7mo
Zelma @Pruzy I adored that book! I used to keep a Word file and might do something similar again. I like being able to search by author or year or group top-rated books, etc. good for you on making a positive change! 👏 7mo
Pruzy @Zelma Searchability is a useful feature! Mind you the only time I usually go back repeatedly to see what books I‘ve liked and read in the past year is when gift buying for others, haha. 7mo
Zelma @Pruzy ah, makes sense. I‘m a librarian so people in my life expect me to be their personal book recommender. I love that and can typically recommend titles I haven‘t read but also like to search my arsenal sometimes. 😉 7mo
Pruzy @Zelma Recommending a book without having read it is a skill! (and takes guts too, I‘m sure) 👏 7mo
Lcsmcat I‘ve never used the social media aspects of Goodreads, and the recommendations are notoriously wonky. That said, I got to a point in my late 30‘s when I‘d be at a library or book store thinking “Did I read this already, or am I just remembering reading the blurb?” I like being able to easily search, away from home, what I‘ve read over the decades. 7mo
Pruzy @Lcsmcat That‘s a great case for having a concurrent searchable doc! 7mo
Zelma @Pruzy well thanks! It comes with the territory. We use every tool in the tool shed for reader advisory. 7mo
CouronneDhiver I‘ve never used Goodreads as a member... just to look up ratings/reviews. 7mo
Pruzy @CouronneDhiver I‘m going to try to do that more on Indigo‘s website to support the Canadian bookstore! Unfortunately, my city doesn‘t have a good Indie for new books... 7mo
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Sleeping Beauties | Stephen King, Owen King
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If you thought $300 was steep for a signed edition of Bag of Bones by Stephen King in my previous post, check out this $500 price tag for 2017‘s Sleeping Beauties signed by Stephen King and his son Owen King. Does that mean Owen‘s signature is worth $200 🤔?

Karkar Seems a bit overpriced 🤑 7mo
Pruzy @Karkar Probably why it is still at the bookstore 😆 7mo
valeriegeary I mean to be fair.... It includes tickets to an event right? So..... 🤷 I wouldn't pay it but maybe I would for an evening with Margaret Atwood. 😄 7mo
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Pruzy @valeriegeary The event was in 2017. I suspect the person who sold this book went to the event, got the book signed signed and then included the tickets as part of the package... 7mo
valeriegeary @Pruzy 😱😱😱 well then. That changes everything. 7mo
Pruzy @valeriegeary Indeed! 7mo
valeriegeary I expect the pages to be made of gold for a price like this. Or for there to be a miniature Stephen King inside giving me writing advice. 7mo
Pruzy @valeriegeary If it was a unique handwritten book of writing advice that could also justify the price! 7mo
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Bag Of Bones: A Novel | Stephen King
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Do you see the price tag on this Stephen King book? It‘s $300 for a signed edition at my local used bookstore! I‘ve never read Bag of Bones, but what do you think? Would you pay that much for it? Yikes! 😬😮

Reecaspieces Well...when he passes away it will be worth a whole lot more than that! 7mo
Pruzy @Reecaspieces I guess it depends how many books he signed in his lifetime! 7mo
Reecaspieces @Pruzy so true... 7mo
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AmyG I have always wanted a signed King book. But they are so expensive. 7mo
Pruzy @AmyG I had no idea until today! Mind blown... 7mo
Litpixie I could imagine that price if it were a first edition. 7mo
Pruzy @Litpixie I mean 1998 wasn‘t that long ago, was it?? 7mo
Litpixie First edition with just a signature raises the price. With a "To..." lower, unless the "To" is a well known person. Date of publication doesn't really come into play. 7mo
Pruzy @Litpixie Combined with author popularity, right? 7mo
Litpixie Sometimes. I saw a book of poetry by Amy Lowell inscribed to, I think Thomas Hardy, that was over $3,000. Not many people know Amy Lowell. 7mo
Pruzy @Litpixie That price tag is probably also due to the book once being Hardy‘s. I doubt my signed The Small Regard of Silent Things by Patrick Rothfuss is worth more than the 40 I paid for it since he releases signed books on his WorldBuilders store all the time. 7mo
Litpixie Exactly. 7mo
Aseleener Love love love Bag of Bones! 7mo
Crash Back in the 90's I mailed two books to Stephen King to have signed, all I had to do was to pay for the return postage. I had found out that he was offering this, only 2 books and you could only do it once, and did it. Don't think he still does this but it's how I got two of my three signed King books. As much as I love his books $500 is too expensive for me. 6mo
Pruzy @Crash Maybe your two books are worth about $500 now? 6mo
Crash @Pruzy I doubt they are worth that much. SK does a lot of book signings so I can't see how $300 can be charged for one book unless it's a limited edition or a special edition/binding. 6mo
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This was a well written history about Los Angeles in the years 1900-1930. It hinges the development of LA into the inkling of the city we know it as today on three key people. DW Griffith, William Mulholland and Aimee Semple McPherson.

Despite technically being a “history” book, its fast paced writing style kept me wanting to read more. I appreciate LA more as a city and appreciate why LA has Mulholland Drive.

REPollock How is it with addressing Griffith‘s racism/bigotry? 9mo
Pruzy @REPollock Acknowledged! Especially that Birth of a Nation is racist and problematic. 9mo
Bookish_B Need to add this to my TBR list. Thanks! 9mo
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Convenience Store Woman | Sayaka Murata
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I have mixed feelings about Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murara (translated by Ginny Tapley Takemori). I thought it was going to be about embracing your weirdness and living your life. It is more about how mental illness (which one was never defined in the novel) can affect ones life and how one manages to move past these illnesses even if they don‘t completely check every box on a mentally healthy person‘s list of life todos.

emilyhaldi Hmmm sounds a little darker than I was expecting but I‘m still eager to get to this one! (edited) 9mo
Pruzy @emilyhaldi It doesn‘t actually feel dark when you are reading it, don‘t let that deter you! 9mo
emilyhaldi Oh I won‘t! In fact, I love a dark moody story 🖤 but I like quirky and weird too 🤗 9mo
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Pruzy @emilyhaldi Sign me up for dark and moody any day! Have you read The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer or Arcadia by Lauren Groff? 9mo
emilyhaldi I did read The Interestings and thought it was just ok.. the characters lost my interest after a while. Arcadia is on my list though! Did you like it? 9mo
Pruzy @emilyhaldi Yes, I thought it was great! Although, I enjoyed Fates and Furies more. Have you read that one by Groff? 9mo
emilyhaldi Yes I LOVED F&F!! That's a controversial one.. very polarizing. Happy to hear you agree with me on that one! 😉 9mo
Pruzy @emilyhaldi In that case, Arcadia will also blow your mind! 🤯😜 9mo
emilyhaldi Oh good!! I‘m sold 🤗 adding it to my tbr asap!! 9mo
Pruzy @emilyhaldi Perfect! Now, got an amazing book rec for me? 🤔🤨🙂 9mo
phyhill My take away from this book was that it's better to accept your flawed self than live your life for others. But, I also read it having just left my career in retail, so maybe I read things that weren't really there. (I adore Arcadia, by the way!) 9mo
Pruzy @phyhill Interesting! So did you think Keiko was wrong in wanting to return to working in a convenience store at the end of the novel or living authentically? 9mo
phyhill @Pruzy I loved that she went back. She thrived on her routine and meeting daily sales goals. I thought it made perfect sense. 9mo
Pruzy @phyhill I definitely agree! So did you leave your retail career amicably or were you feeling done with it? 9mo
phyhill @Pruzy I owned a bookstore for ten years. My husband got laid off almost two years ago and when a job opportunity came up for him, we decided to move. I'm in the process of selling the store to a long-time customer. I feel good about it, but it's a big adjustment! 9mo
Pruzy @phyhill Wow, that sounds like an amazing story! 9mo
phyhill @Pruzy I'm still not sure I believe it happened! 😜 9mo
Pruzy @phyhill I guess the real question is, how did you start owning a bookstore? 9mo
phyhill @Pruzy I worked in indie bookstores for a few years after college and then my sister and I decided to open one together. I was living far away from her at the time and she wanted me to move back home. We opened our store in 2008, during the biggest recession of our lifetime, and always said, "Things can only get better!" And they did. We had a great time, I led two book clubs, and read some amazing books. 9mo
Pruzy @phyhill Sounds like an unforgettable experience! 9mo
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