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ravenlee

Joined March 2018

Homeschool mom trying desperately to read grown-up stuff (at least occasionally)
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An intense read but an important one, Knott takes us on a nonlinear journey through her struggles to get sober and her history that shapes why she struggles. The trauma she endured, the systemic failures, the hopelessness of addiction - man, it was tough. But the end, when she starts to work it all out and discover her worth, made it all worthwhile. #SheSaid

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The Love Hypothesis | Ali Hazelwood
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I really loved this book. For once, the failure to communicate actually made some sense (social awkwardness/anxiety instead of pure stubbornness). The humor was perfect, the growth of the relationship worked - it was a great romance read.

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Philosophical cats: is the box half empty or half full? Either way there‘s room for cat.
Is the food dish half empty or half full? I can see the bottom! Starvation is imminent.
#DannyBoy #catsofLitsy #DeadPhilosophersSociety

ravenlee Also, I confused my buddy reads and read two chapters instead of one and couldn‘t figure out how the book was going to last into October at that rate…because it isn‘t at that rate…🤦🏻‍♀️ 6d
RaeLovesToRead I love this picture!!!! I would say the box was completely full 😋 6d
ravenlee @RaeLovesToRead this particular box is a bit overfull, as it was about three inches tall when it was intact…but he‘s happy 🤷🏻‍♀️ 6d
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RaeLovesToRead So cute 😊💕 6d
FlowerFairy Recently purchased our new kitten a bed. She has yet to touch it. Loves her Amazon box, though. 🤣 6d
MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm Lol, our cat definitely thinks she‘s going to starve if she catches even a glimpse of the bottom of the bowl. 🤣😂 6d
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I‘ve spent the last eleven days rereading these so I can go on to the next trilogy. But now I must diverge into library books coming due, buddy read commitments, and #roll100 #bookspin picks. Why must life interfere so badly with my reading time? All I ask is for 8 uninterrupted hours to read every day…maybe 10…is that so much to ask?

Ruthiella I agree! It‘s unfair. 😭😂 6d
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I kinda (completely) forgot we started today. I hope to get a bingo for #BookSpinBingo and start at least one #Roll100 book. And keep up with buddy reads. And not go absolutely crazy because life seems insanely busy right now. #SuperSeptember

Andrew65 Good Luck 😁 7d
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The first time I read this I hadn‘t seen Mulan. Now it‘s extra funny.

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Wow.

The only thing I don‘t like is deciding if this will go on my poetry shelf, or with my mythology books. Both sections are overflowing, naturally.

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I‘m loving so much about this book.

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Some of this was interesting, and I learned a lot about several authors I didn‘t know very well (pretty much everyone but JA). But the authors drew conclusions that weren‘t supported. I know the goal of research and writing is to forge new paths, but a lot of this felt like arguing for argument‘s sake. Jane was catty about Anne, so she was mean and their relationship had soured. But Virginia and Katherine must have been closer than the 👇🏻

ravenlee stories say, because they weren‘t like that. It seems like in similar situations they drew different conclusions based on what they wanted to show - or didn‘t provide the evidence to support their positions. Overall, fair. #PemberLittens 2w
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These are equally mine and kiddo‘s. I love folktales and myth collections. I already had the Graves, but not illustrated! The top two on the right were printed in the USSR, in English. The book you can‘t see for the glare is the tagged. We got 27 total for $11.75 😯 which we rounded up to $20 because it‘s for literacy programs.

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More of kiddo‘s book bazaar picks. She got two Boxcar Children, tagged, Quidditch Through the Ages, a Karen Hesse called The Music of Dolphins…and some others we‘d never heard of. Plus three she thought would be good for school!

Clare-Dragonfly The Music of Dolphins is so good! A childhood favorite of mine. ❤️🐬 2w
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I Like Cats | Patricia Hubbell
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Kiddo picked these (the two on the right we already have in other versions, but she‘s obsessed with ballet - especially because she had her Nutcracker audition last night and is going to be a soldier and a sheep in this year‘s production! Her first time). Tagged is in our cat books puzzle so she recognized it, though it‘s a “school” copy with extra junk in it.

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Today I went to the Centenary Book Bazaar, but it was in the last hour or so and most of my favorite sections were pretty sparse. I did find these promising ladies looking at me. Though I haven‘t started the section on Woolf and Mansfield I thought I‘d grab her stories. I‘m not familiar with her work. #PemberLittens

Branwen Katherine Mansfield was an AMAZING writer! My favorite stories of hers are Bliss and The Garden Party! 2w
TheBookHippie I put it on my list to buy as well! 2w
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So it‘s not just a recent product of social media…huh.
(That‘s Harriet Beecher Stowe, whose recent article about Lady Byron had unleashed something of a shitstorm of criticism)

#PemberLittens

batsy I had the same thought when I read that passage. (Marian would have probably deleted her twitter account by now and Harriet would definitely be getting into arguments.) 2w
ravenlee @batsy I feel like Harriet might get into conspiracy theories and respond to criticism with comments about “the TRUTH” and doing “research” - but admittedly, all I know about her came from these three chapters. Marian seems like she might have had social media briefly, but quickly got disgusted and deleted it all. 2w
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Independent People | Halldor Laxness
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Thanks for the tag @Eggs
1 - I‘ve been trying to get back to Iceland for almost twenty years, maybe someday I will.
2 - my guidebook, a fluffy romance read that I can leave in a hotel and replace with a book souvenir. And maybe someday I‘ll read the tagged, which I bought in preparation for my trip all those years ago and never read.
#two4Tuesday @TheSpineView

TheSpineView Would love to visit Iceland, but in the summer. Thanks for playing 2w
Eggs 💕💕 2w
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The Ex Hex: A Novel | Erin Sterling
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I really enjoyed this magical romance. I liked that Vivi wanted to maintain a balance between the magical and mundane parts of her, and Rhys was fun and likable. Their chemistry was believable and I loved all the banter. I‘m glad I have the next one to jump straight into! #DannyBoy liked the talking cat Sir Purrcival. #catsofLitsy

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I swear to goddess, I had it down to just DQ and the Blyton I‘m reading with kiddo. That was two days ago! And yet here I am, drowning in really good reads again… and in a few days I‘ll add Feline Philosophy for the #DeadPhilosophersSociety too. 🤦🏻‍♀️

Ruthiella Reader problems! 😂 Every now and again I find myself reading only ONE book at a time and I think, “how did I manage that?”. 3w
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The World of Odysseus | Moses I. Finley
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This is a fairly short, surprisingly readable look at the social aspects of the world described in Homer‘s epics. Whether that was truly some heroic age, or more reflective of Homer‘s own time is another question altogether. Writing initially in the late 1940s, with revisions in the 1970s, Finley incorporates lessons learned from the Linear B tablets to bolster/adapt his conclusions as appropriate. If you‘re a classics nerd, I recommend this.

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To whom it may concern: Target has a bunch of Hocus Pocus stuff on sale right now, including this tarot deck.

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I got myself a birthday present at Target, and picked up the #NaturaLitsy buddy read at the library. I don‘t know that I‘ll do the read, but I thought I‘d try it.

DivineDiana It‘s always nice to treat yourself on your birthday! 🎉🎂🥳 3w
ravenlee @DivineDiana right? It‘s not for another week, but I‘m unlikely to get another chance. I even bought pretty yellow nail polish! 3w
DivineDiana Cheers to celebrating you! 👏🏻 3w
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AllDebooks Books are the best present, esp when you choose 😁 Enjoy your books and thanks for the tag x 3w
TheBookHippie I love that cook book I've made everything in it!! 2w
ravenlee @TheBookHippie I‘m excited to read it. I‘d been on the fence because I‘m vegetarian, so I wasn‘t sure that enough of it would work to be worthwhile. Flipping through it, though, made me drool! 2w
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September, September | Shelby Foote
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I just love #BookSpin #BookSpinBingo announcement day. It starts my morning the best way. My bs is I Can Hear You Whisper and my ds is a #Roll100 pick - Paola Santiago and the River of Tears. Of course, two days into September and I‘m already behind on buddy reads…

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The World of Odysseus | Moses I. Finley
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In case anyone thinks scholars are dry and humorless…

Jess_Franzino As a Greek Classics scholar, I absolutely need to read this book (surprised I haven‘t yet). And yeah, “ten years” is just a poetic way of saying “it felt like a really long time”. 😂 3w
ravenlee @Jess_Franzino I‘m just a dabbler (I wish I were a Classics scholar!) but I found it accessible and interesting. It‘s pretty short (20 pages of intro, another 20-30 of appendices, and around 170 of actual text), too. Also, the poetic “ten years” makes me think of Beauty and the Beast - in “Be Our Guest” Lumiere says “for ten years we‘ve been rusting, needing so much more than dusting…” but that throws off the actual timeline of the story. 3w
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The World of Odysseus | Moses I. Finley
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…what a weirdo.

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Well, in August I read 15 books/4877 pages. I completed both my #bookspin and #doublespin picks AND all three #roll100 books (plus a few more from that list). For #20in4 special readathon I read 4.5 books to finish the month strong. Onward we go!

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King Lear | William Shakespeare
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I love having this Norton Shakespeare for its completeness, but dang! It is not easy on the eyes. Also, every time I drag it our hubby jokes I paid a dollar a pound…funny every time…

King Lear is a quintessential tragedy. I need to find a version to watch, now that I‘ve got more of the story down. This was my first time through this one, and I imagine I‘ll read it again someday with the kiddo.

melissajayne I have this book too; took a Shakespeare course in university 3w
PuddleJumper That does not look easy to read. Definitely no reading in the bath 3w
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 3w
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King Lear | William Shakespeare
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Well…that‘s a mighty useful term…kind of a jack-of-all-trades…

DivineDiana 😳 3w
Sparklemn 😂 3w
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It‘s so rare the entire library pickup is for me and not kiddo! I have the next #SheSaid book, The Ex Hex because I just got an ARC of the sequel, and am finally getting around to joining the Hazelwood bandwagon.

emmalouise1 I really enjoyed the love hypothesis 🥰 4w
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I put my September #BookSpin list together today. I have two #roll100 books (I finished #94 the day of the roll) - The Tale of Despereaux and Paola Santiago and the River of Tears, A Secret Sisterhood for #PemberLittens, and In My Own Moccasins for #SheSaid. Also the entire (so far) Hidden Legacy series since Ruby Fever just came out. I‘m ready for Friday!

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 3w
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The Penderwicks at Last | Jeanne Birdsall
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And just like that, it‘s over. I really loved sharing this series with kiddo, who also loved it. This book is nine years after the previous installment and brings the family back to Arundel, where Lydia (youngest Penderwick and born after that magical summer) gets to have adventures like her much older sisters once did. 😍

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A really good conclusion to another really good series. I need to read Riordan‘s other series (Kane and Magnus Chase), as I‘m no caught up on the Greek series. I hope he continues with another, because I need to know what Nico does next. #doublespin #seriesread2022

TheSpineView Great job! 4w
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 4w
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King Lear | William Shakespeare
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Confession: I got through a BA in English and an MA in Humanities without ever taking a Shakespeare class (I read Tempest for MA). I‘m very slowly reading some on my own, and decided to tackle King Lear. I didn‘t realize there were multiple versions (should have, being Shakespeare). What to do? So I‘m reading the Conflated version that follows this side-by-side set to confuse myself less. 😆

Tamra I‘m just finishing up my coursework for an MA in Humanities, today in fact! Likewise read little Shakespeare - I think we spent a week reading some poetry, which seemed oddly to be focused on procreation if I‘m not mistaken. 4w
ravenlee @Tamra congratulations on finishing your work! I enjoyed most of my courses, I just find some of the gaps odd. 4w
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Good enough. The character development for Brody and Abby was good, I like how Del was introduced. Vanessa‘s a jerk, the guys are real asses to Cameron. I‘m enjoying this reread, but not as much as the first time through when they came out.

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Next Thing on My List | Jill Smolinski
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Well, kiddo and I are celebrating end of summer (homeschool fifth grade on Monday) with Deathly Hallows movies today, fam is going canoeing tomorrow…so we‘ll see about this one!

I‘d like to finish the two in progress and then either tackle some of Don Quixote or King Lear for #20in4 special #readathon with @Andrew65 and company.

Andrew65 Great to have you with us, good luck 😊 Sounds a good day planned. 1mo
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Thank you Cavalier House Books! I got the tagged today plus this ARC! I know what I‘m reading next month - the entire Hidden Legacy series (I‘ve only read the first 3 + novella) and Sterling‘s books (I need to get The Ex Hex from the library ASAP).

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Dandelion Wine | Ray D Bradbury
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I didn‘t really know what to expect, but I really enjoyed this. I‘m not a huge Bradbury fan, but so far I‘ve liked what I‘ve read. This is a vignette-centered story of the summer of 1928 in Green Town, Illinois. There‘s life, death, love, adventure, and some creepiness thrown in, too. I got this copy from my parents when they moved from OH to ID years ago. It‘s from 1969 and neither of them remember buying or reading it, but someone obviously did.

LibrarianRyan I love this cover. SO much darker then the covers usually are for this book. 1mo
sprainedbrain Gosh I love this book. 1mo
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Augustown | Kei Miller
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Better late than never: I finished four books for the #AwesomeAugust readathon. That got me a #BookSpinBingo! Thanks to @Andrew65 for hosting.

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The Eumenides | Aeschylus
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Rats.

An ancient Greek playwright goes to a tailor to get some trousers fixed.

The tailor looks at the trousers and says, “Euripides?”

The playwright nods. “Yeah. Eumenides?”

Ruthiella 🤣🤣🤣 1mo
GingerAntics 🤣😂🤣 1mo
LauraJ 😹😹😹 Oh, that‘s wonderfully terrible! 1mo
BookNAround Love it. 1mo
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I wanted so much more. Maybe that‘s not fair, maybe I‘m expecting something that couldn‘t really be written before Roe actually fell, but there‘s a lot of speculation in here that is irrelevant now. Many sections are just print-outs of websites (based on the assumption of them becoming inaccessible at some point post-Roe). The Resources section, conversely, is only online. 🤷🏻‍♀️ This could be a good start, but I sure hope there‘s more out there.

ravenlee Fourth finish for #AwesomeAugust and still no bingo. 1mo
KristiAhlers We probably need to process and the reality of this first. Then do a really deep dive on what is next before a comprehensive book can come out that means something. I know I personally haven‘t worked past the rage and anger and yes, even the betrayal yet. (edited) 1mo
ravenlee @KristiAhlers you‘re right - we need to go through the grieving process and then address the new reality. This particular book focuses really hard on what the 2020 COVID situation did to abortion access, which was important but is also not current. I‘m still furious, especially as I see the local clinic packing up here in NW Louisiana. I don‘t know what to do with all my rage and sadness and frustration, and I hoped there‘d be something here. 1mo
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Yeah…that word is “flouting.”

While a lot of this book is useful and important, there are also lots of this, and references to sections that aren‘t in the book at all. I feel like this update didn‘t get edited at all.

TrishB How annoying. 1mo
Megabooks Personally I like to get the law written on a cape and flaunt it in a runway show before I go about flouting it! 🤣 1mo
ravenlee @Megabooks ah, I get it - you have to flaunt it first, so people can understand what exactly you‘re then flouting! 1mo
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Probably the most comfortable I‘ve ever been at a wedding. I just wish the internet at the venue was reliable, because it‘s really jumpy and hard to follow.

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Today‘s #bookmail includes the tagged for #DeadPhilosophersSociety, A Secret Sisterhood for #PemberLittens, A Mind Spread Out on the Ground for #SheSaid - and a bunch of feminist works because that‘s the mood I was in when I was on Book Outlet that day. Also a cute puzzle/find ‘em/geography thing for the kiddo.

kspenmoll When is a Secret Sisterhood being read- I have the book. 1mo
ravenlee @kspenmoll it‘s the September/October book about JA for #PemberLittens. I don‘t think there‘s a schedule yet, or even a designated host - @sprainedbrain are you leading this one? 1mo
sprainedbrain Nope, @BarkingMadRun will be leading this one. I will be posting reminders about all of our Sept/Oct books this weekend. 😉 1mo
ravenlee @sprainedbrain thanks. I didn‘t think you were but couldn‘t remember what got worked our for the different books. Too many readalongs! 1mo
BarkingMadRun I got the same version of Secret Sisterhood! 1mo
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Taxpayers will always be forced to fund programs they disagree with. Taxes fund wars, jails, bailouts for the rich, stadiums and sports arenas and all sorts of programs many oppose. Yet somehow a moral objection by a minority of Americans to the legal act of terminating a pregnancy has become an issue so sacrosanct that abortions has [sic] been removed line by line from the entire US tax code. That‘s not a reasonable moral objection, that‘s 👇🏻

ravenlee weaponizing a political view. 1mo
marleed I had to take a snapshot of your post - so much to ponder in that quote. 1mo
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The Penderwicks in Spring | Jeanne Birdsall
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This is Batty‘s story, and Ben‘s too, as Batty approaches her 11th birthday. That‘s a jump of about five years from the last book (and since the first three happened over about two years it feels abrupt). There‘s a lot of heartbreak here, with backstory about how Lizzy (mom) died, the recent loss of Hound tearing a hole in Batty‘s heart, Nick‘s all-too-brief leave from war, and Skye battling Jeffrey‘s crush and everyone losing in the process.

ravenlee Third finish of #AwesomeAugust and plugging along in sharing this series with the kiddo, who‘s loving it. 1mo
Bette I love this series ❤️ 1mo
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Mehso-so

A meh book on an important subject. Maybe this hadn‘t aged well, despite the fundamental problems remaining unchanged. Maybe I‘ve read other books on similar subjects that worked better for me (Freakonomics and Fast Food Nation, both last year, come to mind). I just wanted more from this and didn‘t get it. Another done for #AwesomeAugust

Megabooks I thought this recent release was much better and one of my favorites of 2018. 5⭐️ highly recommend!! 1mo
ravenlee @Megabooks thanks! I saw this recommended somewhere else as an updated/improved version, too. Stacking! 1mo
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Mehso-so

It‘s a good enough historical romance. There are annoying errors (Fitzgerald when it should say Fitzallen, people in two places at once) and I saw the two twists coming pretty early, and the big conflict ends up passing quickly. But I liked both characters and the supporting cast, and I have the next two already, so I‘ll continue the trilogy. One down for #AwesomeAugust and #Roll100

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The Tyrant's Tomb | Rick Riordan
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We‘re charging full speed toward the climax of this series, and nobody is safe. Apollo‘s redemption is also progressing, and I just hope he can retain the humanity he‘s built. There were some genuine moments of peace and laughter, too, which was a nice respite. #SeriesRead2022 @TheSpineView

TheSpineView Awesome 1mo
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Augustown | Kei Miller
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Awesome @Andrew65 is hosting #AwesomeAugust readathon over the next nine days. I hope to make some headway on my list for the month. Specifically, I want to complete at least one line on my #BookSpinBingo - which will require that I read/finish at least three books. Hubby is traveling this weekend so I had high hopes for reading time but momming is negating that somewhat. 🤷🏻‍♀️ We shall see.

Andrew65 Best of luck 😁 Hopefully momming won‘t take all your time. 1mo
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The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story | Nikole Hannah-Jones, The New York Times Company
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I finally got through this one, after falling off the buddy read wagon months ago. What an amazing undertaking! I‘m going to have to revisit sections of this, and delve into the contributors‘ other work, for years to come. Hannah-Jones mentioned this being the beginning of an ongoing project, and I certainly hope that‘s the case. I also need to find out more about the educators‘ resources, and see what I can use for homeschooling.

PurpleyPumpkin I too fell off the buddy read wagon! But I‘m still hoping to finish it this year. Glad you were able to finish!🙌🏽 2mo
ravenlee @PurpleyPumpkin I finally started putting it on my bookspin list, sections of two chapters at a time, one or two a month, until it prodded me to finish it. It‘s really worth reading, you know, but kind of hard to pick up. 2mo
PurpleyPumpkin Very true! I‘m having a hard time getting back to it as well but really become absorbed in it once I do get back to it. There‘s so much to unpack. 2mo
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Eclipse the Moon: A Novel | Jessie Mihalik
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I‘ve loved everything Mihalik has published so far, and while this isn‘t my favorite, I still loved it. Kee‘s insecurities were a bit much, and so much would have been solved by just TALKING TO EACH OTHER, but Kee and Varro are a good pair and it‘s a solid continuation of the story arc from Hunt the Moon. Next installment due in early 2023, which feels like forever.