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Ruthiella

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Oreo | Fran Ross
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This book was a lot of fun but also pretty crazy. It is based on the myth of Theseus which I actually got it because I had previously read The King Must Die by Mary Renault. I don‘t remember If Oreo actually has a #kinkyafro or not but she might have given the book was first published in 1974 and is contemporary. ☮️

#RedroseSeptember

arlenefinnigan Cool cover! 13h
Ruthiella @arlenefinnigan It‘s groovy! 😀 13h
batsy This book seems to have great covers in every edition 🙂 11h
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Cinfhen Awesome cover and graphics 11h
Ruthiella @batsy Agree! The library copy I read had a really cool textual cover.😀 4h
Ruthiella @Cinfhen Thanks 😀 4h
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Rebecca | Daphne Du Maurier, Dame
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#7days7covers #covercrush

Hey @Quirkybookworm @8little_paws @Novelista71 if you‘ve not been tagged yet and are game, will you post a cover each day for seven days with no explanation?

Tanisha_A Love that pattern! 13h
Cathythoughts Lovely. Is it navy ? .. I got my daughter-in-law this edition in navy ... so nice 13h
Ruthiella @Tanisha_A it‘s simple yet beautiful! 13h
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Ruthiella @Cathythoughts Yes it is a blue...darker at the top and gradually more blue blue at the bottom. It‘s a Virago hardcover reprint. 13h
Cathythoughts Yes that‘s the one I got daughter-in-law ... beautiful 13h
batsy 😍 11h
CarolynM Very pretty! 7h
Ruthiella @CarolynM it‘s tempting to buy DuMaurier‘s other titles in these editions but so far I have remained strong!😀 4h
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Any Human Heart | William Boyd
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One of my favorite books of all time which is pretty much a cradle to grave story of a not perfect but nevertheless #wonderfullife of one man throughout the 20th century.

#RedroseSeprember

Cinfhen #Stacked your blurb completely sold me 🙌🏻 2d
Ruthiella @Cinfhen Great! It was a great book and none of Boyd‘s other titles have quite lived up to it. 1d
Ruthiella @arlenefinnigan Thanks! 😊 1d
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Possession | A. S. Byatt
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Have you already been tagged @Tamra ? Would you like to post a cover you love each day for seven days with no explanation?

#7days7covers #covercrush

batsy Aaaah! Beautiful book and cover. 1d
Tamra Thank you! But my books are in boxes. 😫 1d
Ruthiella @Tamra ahh! Too bad!😢 1d
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Ruthiella @batsy Thanks! I loved this book and the slightly creepy yet opulent cover belies the content. 1d
LeahBergen I loved this book. ❤️ 1d
Ruthiella @LeahBergen ❤️❤️❤️ 21h
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Revolutionary Road | Richard Yates
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If anyone had #groundsfordivorce it was April Wheeler IMO. If only she‘d had access to reliable birth control...

#RedRoseSeptember

arlenefinnigan God bless birth control m 2d
Cinfhen I own this book but haven‘t read it yet 🙄 2d
Ruthiella @Cinfhen It‘s a good book but sad! 2d
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#7days7covers #covercrush

@monalyisha if you haven‘t already been tagged yet would you like to post seven covers you love for seven days in a row with no explanations?

monalyisha I start a new job tomorrow & the Fall semester just kicked into gear for grad school, so I don‘t know that I‘ll have time...but thank you for thinking of me! 2d
Ruthiella @monalyisha No problem! I understand 😀 2d
cleoh I‘ve always found these ones interesting! 2d
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Ruthiella @cleoh The content is light mystery but particularly love the vibrant colors used for each book. 😀 2d
Centique Oh! Love these! Now I‘m feeling the need to read a Flavia... 2d
Ruthiella @Centique I‘ve read them all and hope to revisit on audio in future!😀 2d
batsy I love the series and I love these candy-coloured covers 🍬🍭🍬🍭 2d
Ruthiella @batsy Agreed! 🍭 🍭🍭😀 2d
thebluestocking These covers! 😍 I‘ve read the first one, but need to keep going. 1h
Ruthiella @thebluestocking They are fun but light reads. If you do audio books I recommend those read by Jane Entwistle. 1h
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Oops! | David Shannon
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Oops! I said I was only going to see if there were any Ishiguro books for sale and leave if none...two books and one DVD later...🙊

LauraBeth This looks like a very restrained haul! Congratulations! 👏👏 3d
Ruthiella @LauraBeth Thanks! It could have been worse! 😉 3d
Aimeesue If there are no Ishiguro books on offer, you have to console yourself somehow! I mean, that's a terrible state of affairs. 3d
Ruthiella @Aimeesue Absolutely! The disappointment at not finding A Pale View of Hills left a hole that needed to be filled !🤪 3d
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Green Dolphin Street | Elizabeth Goudge
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I didn‘t love this brick of a book as much as I might have at some other point in my reading life. Romantic historical fiction isn‘t quite my jam at the moment. But it does feature a #bizarrelovetriangle! 😀

#RedroseSeptember

arlenefinnigan Good choice! 3d
Ruthiella @arlenefinnigan Thanks!😊 3d
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Wizard of the Crow | Ngugi wa Thiong'o
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#7days7covers #covercrush

@cleoh If you‘ve not been tagged already would you like to post a cover you love each day for seven days with no explanation?

vivastory LOVE Mendelsund's designs 3d
Ruthiella @vivastory I had to google him. I‘m familiar with a lot of his work it turns out! 3d
vivastory This is a great collection of his design work 3d
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vivastory & this is one of my favorite books about books 3d
Cathythoughts Great 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 3d
Ruthiella @Cathythoughts Thanks!😊 3d
cleoh @Ruthiella so in! Thanks for the tag 💕 3d
thebluestocking Love this!! And also, I‘ve been sailing at the no explanation thing. 🤷‍♀️ 3d
ljuliel Thanks for the tag 🙂. I‘ll see what I can find. 2d
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I‘ve not read this but I did see most of the movie with Tom Cruise. An invasion of Earth by extraterrestrials 👽 would cause a #panic as depicted in the film and (probably) book!

#RedroseSeptember

arlenefinnigan The Jeff Wayne soundtrack is brilliant. 4d
Ruthiella @arlenefinnigan I‘ll have to check that out! I only half watched the film on TV at the time. 4d
Novelista71 The book is very different from the film, for a start it happens in suburban England but also there are a lot of good ideas in it. Having watched the film I think you‘ll love the book... 4d
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Ruthiella @Novelista71 I would like to give it a whirl one of these days ! I‘ve only read The Invisible Man from Wells so far. 😀 4d
rwmg Don't forget the rock musical 😁 4d
Ruthiella @rwmg Oh I see that‘s what Arlene references in her comment! John Williams (of course) scored the Spielberg film! 😀 4d
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The Sisters Brothers | Patrick DeWitt
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#7days7covers #covercrush

If you haven‘t already been tagged yet @ljuliel would you like to play and post a cover you love each day for seven days with no explanation?

LeahBergen I love this cover, too. 👍🏻 4d
batsy So cool 👌🏽 4d
Ruthiella @LeahBergen I know. I hope the designer won an award or something!😀 4d
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Ruthiella @batsy Totally! 😎 4d
madamereadsalot1 This is one of my absolute favorite covers too! 3d
madamereadsalot1 It's such a great book. I think it doesn't get enough attention and affection! 3d
sudi This one looks so cool 😎 3d
Ruthiella @sudi Thanks! It was also kind of a fun read if one can say that about a book where the main characters are contract killers!😀😨😍 3d
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Our Tragic Universe | Scarlett Thomas
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#7days7covers #covercrush

@cathipink Will you post a cover you love each day for seven days without explanation?

Thank you for the tag @CarolynM

batsy Nice pick! I really enjoyed this book 🖤 (as I have most of hers that I've read) 5d
Ruthiella @batsy I love her. There‘s something about the way she thinks that appeals to me. I still need to read her newer stuff however. 🖤 5d
cathipink Thank you for tagging me! About to post 🙂🙂 4d
sudi 😍 3d
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There are lots of books about growing up poor where #moneystootighttomention . This is the first one that came to mind. A classic!
#RedroseSeptember

Cinfhen Fantastic pick, I nearly choose 5d
Ruthiella @Cinfhen Angela‘s Ashes would be another good one. I find it interesting that most Littens have so far picked nonfiction titles.🤔 (edited) 5d
SitsWithaBook My all time favorite book. 5d
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Ruthiella @SitsWithaBook It‘s a classic for a reason! 😀 5d
Cinfhen Hmmmmm, that is an interesting observation @Ruthiella 5d
arlenefinnigan Looking forward to getting around to this at some point! 5d
Ruthiella @arlenefinnigan Hope you like it when you get to it!😀 5d
Centique I love this book and I think this cover is perfect! 😍 3d
Ruthiella @Centique It‘s not the cover of the edition I actually read but I chose it because I liked it better!😀 3d
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Space Cadet | Robert A. Heinlein
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#Saturn5 is a kind of rocket 🚀 so I went with the cover of this early Heinlein novel that I‘ve not read for this #RedroseSeptember prompt. Heinlein is sort of hit and miss for me so I may never read this title! 👽

arlenefinnigan Perfect 👌 6d
Cinfhen Not familiar with this book or author but I seem to recall a movie by that name!! 6d
Ruthiella @arlenefinnigan Thanks 😀! 6d
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Ruthiella @Cinfhen Heinlein is probably most famous for his sci-fi novels Starship Troopers or Stranger in a Strange Land. 👽 6d
Cinfhen Starship troopers is definitely a film!!!! 6d
Ruthiella @Cinfhen Yes, it was a movie. I liked it even though it was a little goofy and OTT. Plus it had Neil Patrick Harris in it! 😃 6d
ljuliel I like the title of this. I have an X Brother in Law who called me a Space Cadet. 😁 I found it quite a compliment ,in an odd sort of way. 5d
Ruthiella @ljuliel I think it can be a endearing nickname!😀 5d
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#withmylittlestickofblackpoolrock was the most difficult prompt! Since Blackpool is a coastal resort town my mind did go to the first Persephone I read which was the tagged book about a family holiday to Bognor in the 1920s. This is a lovely, gentle and melancholic story about a happy family who know this will be the last summer together as the children are now reaching adulthood. Highly recommended!😍

#RedroseSeptember

arlenefinnigan Lovely! 1w
Ruthiella @arlenefinnigan Thank you 😊 1w
Cinfhen I love the graphics xx such a fantastic image 1w
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Ruthiella @Cinfhen Thanks! 😊 1w
rubyslippersreads Adorable photo! 1w
LeahBergen I loved this book! ❤️ 7d
Ruthiella @LeahBergen I figured you‘d loved it since it is a Persephone title!😍 7d
Centique Oh man, an English seaside resort in the 20s - I‘m in! 3d
Ruthiella @Centique It‘s a very sweet book-no drama, just a family‘s realization that it‘s their last summer as such. 😍 3d
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Eggs 💗💗💗💗 1w
arlenefinnigan Every child should read this. Such an important book. 1w
Cinfhen I recently reread this diary , coincidentally on what would have been Anne Frank‘s 90th birthday. It was very moving to see how innocent and childlike she was in so many ways despite her circumstances. 1w
Centique Thank you for the reminder! I must reread this soon. I read it for the first time at about 10 yo and it was so impactful. I read a piece of it in a school oral competition that year too, wanted everyone to be as affected. 💔 1w
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Wolf Hall | Hilary Mantel
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One of the best fictional takes I have read based on real #History! I love Mantel‘s style. It takes getting used to, however.

#RedroseSeptember

Cinfhen This has been on my TBR for ages #MaybeOneDay #PageCountPhobia 1w
arlenefinnigan Not my kind of thing but I got it for my mum and she loved it. 1w
Aimeesue So very, very good! 1w
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batsy It's pretty brilliant ❤️ 1w
LeahBergen I‘m so excited for the third! 👏🏻 1w
Ruthiella @LeahBergen I know! Me too. 😃 1w
Ruthiella @batsy Totally! She has become one of my favorite authors! 😀 1w
Ruthiella @Aimeesue It was excellent, right? I even developed a literary crush on Cromwell!😍 1w
Ruthiella @arlenefinnigan That‘s great you know your mom‘s taste! I am always tickled when I recommend a book and get it right! 😀 1w
Ruthiella @Cinfhen Ha ha. Embrace the chunkster! I find there is something very satisfying about spending a long time in one fictional world personally. 😀 1w
CarolynM I loved it too. 1w
Ruthiella @CarolynM Yay 😃! Another fan! 1w
Centique @Ruthiella @LeahBergen me three! God I loved this book. I can‘t even explain it‘s draw for me - it‘s one of the very few books I just wanted to turn to the front and start it all over again. 1w
Ruthiella @Centique Mantel has a way of placing the reader inside the action of the book. I really felt I was THERE! 😀 1w
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I‘ve not read it yet (nor seen the movie) but this is the only book I could think of which is at least tangentially about #mathematics. 😬

#RedroseSeptember

Cinfhen Great choice 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼I heard the book was dry but the movie was phenomenal!! Watch it 🍿 1w
Ruthiella @Cinfhen Yes ma‘am! 😀 1w
Cinfhen Ha!! You‘ll thank me later 😉 1w
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squirrelbrain Yes, I agree @Cinfhen - the book was rather dry. (Haven‘t seen the movie!) 1w
arlenefinnigan Deffo want to read and watch #stacked 1w
Ruthiella @squirrelbrain Thanks for the heads up!😀 1w
Ruthiella @arlenefinnigan I‘d not heard of the book till the movie came out. 1w
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Amy's People | Amy Malbeuf
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The prompt #chippytea makes me think of one of my favorite Booktubers Amy at From the Dusty Bookshelf,whose nickname from another booktuber (Erica at The Perks of Books) is “Chippy Cup”. What I love about Amy is she reads way outside the mainstream. From deep dives into Simone de Beauvoir‘s complete works to Lesbian pulp fiction...she marches to the beat of her own drummer! Totally unpretentious, she is a joy to listen to.

#RedroseSeptember

HardcoverHearts She is great! Good choice. 2w
Ruthiella @HardcoverHearts Thanks! I love how deep and broad her reading interests go! 1w
thebluestocking Thanks for the recommendation. I‘m always looking for booktubers who do more than read YA. 1w
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Cinfhen Thanks for sharing a BookTuber!! That‘s a great idea 💡 we should highlight more BookTubers on Litsy!!! 1w
Ruthiella @thebluestocking OMG I will send you a list via goodreads. There are lots of lit-fic booktubers. 1w
Ruthiella @Cinfhen We actually have a few Littens who are already booktubers like Butterflyamore and HardcoverHearts😍 (edited) 1w
Cinfhen And @shawnmooney who goes by Shawn the Book Maniac 💕💕💕💕 1w
Ruthiella @Cinfhen Oh yes! I forgot about Shawn! He is not my friend in Litsy but I do watch his vlogs. 😀 1w
thebluestocking @Ruthiella Thank you! I follow a few, but “need” more!! 💙 1w
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The Call of the Wild | Jack London
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Novella told from the perspective of Buck, a family dog who is dog napped and forced to #hitthenorth as a sled dog in the Yukon Territory at the turn of the 20th century. I think London anthropomorphized Buck‘s motivation too much at times but it was otherwise a pretty compelling adventure that doesn‘t shy away from the brutality of the era.

#RedroseSeptember

arlenefinnigan Sounds good. Cool cover. 2w
Cinfhen Very atmospheric!!! An assigned book both my boys enjoyed 🤓 2w
Ruthiella @arlenefinnigan I think the illustration is a woodcut. There‘s something lovely but old fashioned about it. 😀 (edited) 2w
Ruthiella @Cinfhen I can see how it would be assigned in school. Particularly the length is good. 😀 2w
Cinfhen That was definitely a plus for them 😂 2w
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Brave New World | Aldous Huxley
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Huxley shows a future where almost everyone is content and #EverybodysHappyNowadays with their lives due to eugenics and recreational drugs. Not all that impossible for a possible trajectory of humankind if we‘re not careful IMO.😱

#RedroseSeptember

arlenefinnigan I love this book. 2w
Ruthiella @arlenefinnigan Me too! It‘s due for a reread! 2w
Cinfhen It‘s one of those books I‘ve been meaning to read 🙈 2w
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Ruthiella @Cinfhen I hear ya! We all have a list/pile of ‘em! 🐵 2w
Centique This is one of my all time faves. 😍 It was probably the first book I read as a teen that made me question the way society around me works. 2w
Ruthiella @Centique Me too! Particularly as the world depicted isn‘t horrible in the way say 1984 is. Going to the movies all the time, having great sex and taking feel good drugs with no side effects ...full employment and no class or racial issues... 2w
Centique @Ruthiella the opiates of the masses right? 😉 I still haven‘t read 1984 - it‘s on my list for next year! 2w
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While I recall the Chumbawamba song I had to look up the meaning of #tubthumping . Urban dictionary says it is what the Irish did as part of their revolt under English rule...so free association brings me to this nonfiction title about Northern Ireland that I want to read...maybe for Nonfiction November?🤔
#RedroseSeptember

arlenefinnigan Got this lined up on audio. Sounds like it's gonna be a tough, but important, read. 2w
Ruthiella @arlenefinnigan Yup! I will have to prepare mentally before tackling. 2w
Cinfhen I was just thinking I‘d like to try this book on audio 2w
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Ruthiella My library only has the hard copy but that‘s OK! I listen to so many podcasts, I often have trouble squeezing audio books in. 2w
gradcat @Ruthiella I read this book very recently...it‘s really, really interesting, & a great primer for the “Troubles” In Ireland, if you‘re not up on the history. ♥️ 2w
Ruthiella @gradcat Good to hear! I am hoping to learn a lot. It feels like it will be a good nonfiction complement to Milkman by Anna Burns. 2w
gradcat I really think I have to read that one as well.... 2w
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Fool's Fate | Robin Hobb
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I‘ve quite a way to go before I get to this book in the Realm of the Elderlings series. Only time will tell if he is a #poormisguidedfool or not. 🤨

RedroseSeptember

arlenefinnigan Good pick! 2w
Cinfhen Lots of #LitsyLove for this series!!!! 2w
Ruthiella @arlenefinnigan Thanks! 🙏😀 2w
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Ruthiella @Cinfhen On Booktube too which is where I first heard about it.😀 2w
TrishB I did The Fool too 👍🏻 2w
Ruthiella @TrishB Great minds think alike!🤪 2w
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#RedroseSeptember
#adayinthelife

A short, powerful and oddly hopeful book about one man‘s day of survival in a Soviet gulag. Highly recommend!

rubyslippersreads ❤️💚 Gumby and Pokey! 2w
Ruthiella @rubyslippersreads Turns out they are both big readers! 🤪 2w
arlenefinnigan Excellent! 2w
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Ruthiella @arlenefinnigan Thanks! 😀 2w
Cinfhen Love the photo and extra 💕for Gumby 2w
Ruthiella @Cinfhen Thank you 😊 2w
Blaire Great book! 2w
Ruthiella @Blaire It is! The Cancer Ward by Solzhenitsyn is also good! 😀 2w
gradcat Great book!! 👍 2w
Ruthiella @gradcat It really was! I was surprised given the subject matter. 😀 2w
gradcat I know, but he‘s such a good writer that no matter the material, the books soar...I love his books. 2w
Ruthiella @gradcat What would you recommend I read next from him? 😀 2w
gradcat Well, I read “The Gulag Archipelago” first. But it‘s long (3 vols.), arduous, and deep (as it‘s nonfiction, you can easily understand why), but I think my favorite novel is probably 2w
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My sister just gave me this book all about the TV show Friends 📺. Yes, the last season maybe should‘ve not happened but in general I loved the series and I love books like this😍. She also got me this thing to put on your thumb to help hold a book open. Pretty neat.

Lindy That is a neat tool. How do you like it? 2w
Ruthiella @Lindy It works well. But I have to remember to find it to use it! Like my reading glasses, it would be best if I had three or four scattered around the house for optimal access! (edited) 2w
Lindy @Ruthiella Ha! I know what you are talking about. 😉 2w
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The Seven Sisters | Margaret Drabble
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#friyayintro @howjessreads

Thank you for the tag @Klou 🥰

1. I really enjoyed the tagged book- my first Margaret Drabble title.
2. I would love to be able to stop time...it would help me catch up on my reading 🤣.
3. Virgo ♍️
4. Only real plan after walking the dogs is sitting down to read! 📚
5. I tag Leah and Rachel below if they‘ve not done this already. 🤩

readordierachel I would totally want your superpower 😃😆 4w
LeahBergen @readordierachel Me, too! 😆 Thanks for the tag, @Ruthiella ! 😘 4w
merelybookish I love Margaret Drabble, although I haven't read this one! 4w
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Ruthiella @readordierachel lt would come in handy for sure! 😀 3w
Ruthiella @LeahBergen You‘re welcome 😊 3w
Ruthiella @merelybookish This was my first from Drabble and I really looking forward to checking out her other books! 😀 3w
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I just picked this up from the library and read the first chapter. Don‘t know if I‘ll like it yet but I can already tell it will be a quick read. I admit FOMO is making me read it! 😁

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Big Sky | Kate Atkinson
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Just picked up the latest Kate Atkinson! I‘m considering revisiting the whole Brodie series first on audio before I dive in. I‘m normally not a re-reader (so many books, so little time) but I think it might be worthwhile in this instance.😀

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Sparkling Cyanide | Agatha Christie
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Listening to this Christie classic as read by Hugh Fraser (aka Captain Hastings) this Sunday while I do chores. I have a weakness for Christie‘s mysteries! 😀

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One Hundred Years of Solitude | Gabriel Garcia Marquez
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Waiting to get my hair cut with one of the books I‘m currently reading. Time to cross this classic off my list. 📚😀

Centique Did you make it through R? I studied this in uni, it was so hard at times to get the characters straight in my head - but also beautiful and impactful. Still I‘m glad I had lectures and tutorials to push me along! 1mo
Ruthiella I did finish it! I think I would have gotten a lot more out of it had I had lectures and tutorials too however. I don‘t think I know enough about Central American culture and history to get the full impact on my own. 1mo
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Ghachar Ghochar | Vivek Shanbhag
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With amazing economy, this novella recounts the history of a family corrupted by money and the lengths they will go to to keep the status quo. Highly recommended! Plus at just 118 pages, one can read it in a day.

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Thanks Cathi & Anna for the encouragement to pick this up! This mystery explores America‘s ugly history, racism and corporate greed. Caren Grey returns to the plantation where she grew up, now run as a tourist attraction. A direct descendant of the slaves who worked its cane fields her feelings of “home” are complicated. When a migrant worker is found murdered on the property, she becomes reluctantly involved in the resolution of the crime.

cathipink I'm so glad you liked it! I have some other Lockes on my shelf I hope to read soon. 2mo
Ruthiella @cathipink Yes! I will definitely seek out her other books! 😀 2mo
Liatrek I‘ve read all Locke‘s book and they are all awesome 😊 @cathipink @Ruthiella 2mo
Ruthiella @Liatrek Good to know! I‘ve heard so much good buzz about Bluebird, Bluebird that I might make that my next one. 😀 2mo
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I totally envisioned a buff Marlon James as the main character Tracker. I think fantasy fans tired of the Eurocentric faux-medieval sub-genre will probably appreciate the African setting and folklore. As for the sex and violence, I didn‘t think it worse than GoT. But as lit fic I don‘t think it quite hits the mark. Too much posturing. James sure does love his fight scenes...a little too much.

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Mid-year Report ... | Silk Association of America
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My #top6reads for the half way mark. Golden State because the way it put me in the protagonist‘s head, Phineas Finn because I ❤️ Trollope, The Name of the Rose was a re-read that totally held up, Warlight because I realized I love Ondaatje‘s style, The Maze at Windermere was engrossing historical fiction and The Magician‘s Nephew was magic! Thanks for the tag @BarbaraBB . If you‘re so inclined, I tag @Cathythoughts and @batsy

Rachel_nyc I need to move The Maze at Windermere higher up on my TBR. 3mo
Ruthiella @Rachel_nyc I‘ve made a real effort this year to read those long listed TOB books that looked tempting but didn‘t make the cut. Windermere was one of them.😀 3mo
batsy Thanks for the tag! Going to have a think. I'm so bad at choosing 😂 3mo
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Ruthiella @batsy I know it‘s hard to whittle it down!😀 3mo
BarbaraBB I‘m happy you loved Golden State too! We seem to be in the minority. And I agree on the ToB longlist. I still have a few on my shelves to read. Windermere isn‘t among them, I will check it out now! 3mo
Ruthiella @BarbaraBB Golden State was great! I‘m so glad the TOB “made” me read it.😀 3mo
Cathythoughts Thanks for the tag .. 👍🏻. I have it done. I‘m stacking Holden State 👍🏻. Great list 3mo
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Bunny: A Novel | Mona Awad
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A scathing satire on MFA programs, I found this book to be satisfyingly surreal. I think I would even go so far to classify it as horror. I definitely need to read Awad‘s debut novel now too. Bunny is full of great observations and sharp writing. 🐰

I have just one question about the end and the mud and Jonah...

cathipink I just bought this at BookBar 🙂🙂 excited to crack into it! 3mo
Ruthiella @cathipink I hope you like it, It‘s weird for sure!😀🐰😀🐰 3mo
cathipink I told the book seller that I loved My Year of Rest and Relaxation and she recommended this, so I figured it would be different 🙂 3mo
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Ruthiella @cathipink I was recently chatting with @Chelsea.Poole that these books share some DNA. 3mo
Chelsea.Poole @Ruthiella I am considering this one soon! Thanks again 😊 3mo
batsy Nice review! It does sound wonderfully strange and good. 3mo
Ruthiella @batsy Thanks! It was strangely a fun book to read! 3mo
Cathythoughts This sounds good ... stacked 3mo
Ruthiella @Cathythoughts I hope you like it!🐰🐰🐰 3mo
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#camptob2019 Are any of you following along? I‘ve read all except the tagged book which I am currently reading. The most thought provoking are the titles from Valeria Luiselli and Susan Choi. Were I a judge, I‘d go with either one.🤔

Zelma I totally forgot about this. Thanks for the reminder! (edited) 3mo
Rachel_nyc My library isn‘t being as cooperative as I‘d like so I am totally behind and will read through as I am able to get to the books. I am going to start Bowlaway later this week and have the others on hold. I‘m still undecided about whether to read the Marlon James novel. I can‘t wait to hear your thoughts on it. (edited) 3mo
Ruthiella @Zelma You‘re welcome! 3mo
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Ruthiella @Rachel_nyc Ah library holds! Sometimes they give and sometimes they giveth not!🤪 I got lucky though I did buy American Spy. But I think it‘s good to throw a debut author some cash. 3mo
merelybookish I have not been very good about reading these. Trust Exercise is the only one I want to read and Ive already read Lost Children Archive. I figure I'll read the winner. 3mo
Megabooks I tried to read Trust Exercise and didn‘t like it. I read Daisy when it came out. Definitely not worth all the praise it‘s getting. So far, a bust. ☹️ 3mo
Suet624 I bailed on Bowlaway and read Daisy Jones. Hoping to get Lost Children soon from the library. 3mo
Redwritinghood So far I‘ve only read Trust Exercise and Lost Children Archives, which was brilliant. I‘ve started but not finished Bowlaway and Black Leopard. 3mo
Ruthiella @merelybookish I totally skipped the summer TOB last year. Your strategy is a good one. So many books so little time!😀 3mo
Ruthiella @Suet624 Bowlaway was a little too quirky for me personally. I hope you like Lost Children. It‘s a book that gave me a lot of food for thought. 3mo
Ruthiella @Redwritinghood So you‘ve read the winner then 🤣 I predict Luiselli now. Black Leopard isn‘t really my cup of tea, though it is growing on me some. 3mo
BarbaraBB I can‘t find the time this year, though I normally love the Summer ToB. I read only Daisy, which gets way too much praise. I have Lost Children on my shelves and am interested in American Spy and Bowlaway. What made me decide to skip this summer, is that I should have to read Black Leopard. I really don‘t want to. I will read the winner in September though! 3mo
BkClubCare Ach! American Spy and Lost Children came same day from library and I am only a few pages into the latter - probably won‘t finish before due. And I have just been notified that Trust Exercise is ready for pickup. I can‘t read that fast and might have to skip all three. 😥 3mo
Ruthiella @BarbaraBB I love the TOB in general because when I participate it makes me read current books. But it is a reading commitment for sure! LOL I didn‘t love Daisy either... I wish I could have tried the audio but the wait list was too long! 3mo
Ruthiella @BkClubCare I hate it when holds all come in like a rush like that! Of the three you mentioned only American Spy can be read “quickly “ IMO. It‘s plot heavy. 3mo
BarbaraBB I‘ll follow your thoughts on the Tournament and am looking forward to your review of this one! (edited) 3mo
Ruthiella @Megabooks I also thought Daisy was just OK though I get why others loved it. Too bad about Trust Exercise. I enjoyed it but I had to read the second part to reach that enjoyment. 3mo
thebluestocking You‘re a machine!! 💙 I‘ve only read Daisy and then have only been able to get my hands on Bowlaway. I‘m following along with the weekly commentary though. And I‘ll definitely read the winner, of course. 3mo
Ruthiella @thebluestocking The temptation was just too great not to read them all! 😀 3mo
BkClubCare @Ruthiella - Ok, good to know. I have to July 9 but my parents are visiting 😜 3mo
thebluestocking I‘m really hoping Lost Children Archive takes it. 2w
Ruthiella @thebluestocking LCA would be my prediction though I think my personal pick would be Trust Exercise. 2w
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1. I still keep in touch with friends from high school and college. Friends where you pick up right where you left off. ❤️
2. Sorry guys- I‘m not an early riser! 🌙
3. The smell of dry pine needles always makes me think fondly of church summer camp! 🌲
4. I just finished The Witch Elm. 📚
5. I tag @jchawkins @annahenke @cathipink

Thanks for the tag @BkClubCare @Eggs #wonderouswednesday

cathipink Thanks for the tag! 🙂🙂 3mo
Eggs Lovely friends photos! 3mo
Ruthiella @cathipink You‘re welcome !😊😊 3mo
Ruthiella @Eggs Thanks 😀 3mo
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Labyrinthe | Kate Mosse
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Library had three books for $1.00. How could I resist?📚😍

cathipink Cutting Season is so good! 3mo
Ruthiella @cathipink I‘ve been meaning to try Attica Locke for some time now! 3mo
annahenke Agree that The Cutting Season is excellent. 3mo
Ruthiella @annahenke I‘ll make it the first one I read from the stack then! 3mo
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Third time is the charm! After checking this title out twice before and returning it unread I‘m finally actually reading it!!! 90 pages in. It‘s slow but I‘m enjoying the writing so far.

thebluestocking Thank you for the love today!! 💙💙 I hope you make it through this time! 3mo
Ruthiella @thebluestocking You‘re welcome! 🤗I‘m gonna read it for sure this time! It already has its hooks in me. 3mo
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1. Southern California
2. Duesseldorf, Germany
3. London, England (The Way We Live Now by Anthony Trollope)
4. You can get almost any cuisine here in the Southland but unique to So Cal? In n Out Burgers 🍔
has local origins.
5. If you‘re game! Tagged Littens below.😀

Thank you for tagging me @Rachel_nyc

Cinfhen Hi!!! Haven‘t “seen” you in awhile xx hope all is well!! Thanks for the tag 😍 6mo
Ruthiella @Cinfhen You‘re welcome 😉 My Litsy activity waxes and wanes. I wish I were more consistent! 6mo
Cinfhen That‘s ok, sometimes real life gets in the way. Just happy to know all is well 💜 6mo
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Rachel_nyc In n Out Burgers remind me of college road trips! I‘m a convert though and now prefer Shake Shack. 😮 6mo
Ruthiella @Rachel_nyc I‘m actually not a fan of In n Out but that made me an anomaly in high school! My brother who now lives out of state makes it his first stop anytime he visits! 😀 6mo
thebluestocking Thanks for the tag! ❤️ Why Germany? I haven‘t been and need to go!! 6mo
Ruthiella @thebluestocking I used to live in Germany 🇩🇪 Sometimes I wish I had stayed! 6mo
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On a cruise 🚢. Not really my thing. I brought three books and my kindle. Here‘s also pics of the ship‘s library 📚. Pretty small but I enjoyed perusing it any way. 😀

Rachel_nyc Perfect book choice for a cruise although it may make you paranoid. I hope you don‘t have plans to go to the ship‘s spa! 🤪 7mo
Ruthiella @Rachel_nyc 😂😂😂I know! I saved it specially for this occasion. 😀 7mo
CarolynM I can't decide if I like the idea of a cruise or if I can't think of anything worse.😂 Where are you cruising to? 7mo
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Ruthiella @CarolynM The cruise was one day in Santa Barbara, California and one day in Ensenada, Mexico. 😀 7mo
BkClubCare Ha! A two day cruise?! Suffer thru Girl. Do not ever attempt a 7 day one. 6mo
Ruthiella @BkClubCare was four days but you are right...longer would not be good. I understand why others enjoy it but it is not my cuppa!😐 6mo
thebluestocking Oh man. Being stuck on a cruise ship if it‘s not your thing is kind of torturous. At least there were books. And thanks you for the likes today. ❤️❤️❤️ 6mo
Ruthiella @thebluestocking You‘re welcome! And you are right that books made the experience more pleasant!😀 (edited) 6mo
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Census | Jesse Ball
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To date this is my least favorite #TOB2019 shortlisted book. It was a little too surreal for me. The story is about a dying man in an unnamed place going from town to town with his Downs Syndrome affected son as his companion. Their mission is to undertake some sort of census work though it was never clear to me the point of the census.

Rachel_nyc I had high expectations of this because I had read how the author wrote it basically as a love letter to his deceased brother who had Down‘s Syndrome in an effort for people to understand those affected. There were a few passages where I could see what he was going for but it was too meandering for me. 8mo
Ruthiella @Rachel_nyc Yes he explains that in the forward but that would also be a total unknown if he hadn‘t mentioned it! Everyone has their level of ambiguity they‘re comfortable with and this title was too far for me unfortunately! 8mo
Rachel_nyc Agreed. A little world building may have helped as well. 8mo
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thebluestocking I really liked this one as I read it and just after, but it has faded a bit for me. I liked the flavor it had of “The Road” and how things shrink when you are facing death. But I also agree that the explanation at the beginning did not really mesh with what the book became. 8mo
Ruthiella @thebluestocking I can see how stylistically and also emotionally the book could really work for the right reader! 😀 8mo
Mindyrecycles I liked it okay but was bewildered by the ending. My least favorite so far as well. 8mo
BarbaraBB I really liked this one and even made it my Zombie but since then there are some that I liked better! 8mo
Ruthiella @BarbaraBB It won the summer tournament! It could take the prize like Fever Dream did last year!😀 8mo
Ruthiella @Mindyrecycles Yeah , the end is ambiguous for sure! Just not my cups!😀 8mo
BkClubCare Ugh. The summer tourney is ruining my joy for March! (Did I say that outloud? I actually liked Fever Dream) 6mo
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Just bought the last in the Flavia de Luce series for my colorful collection 🌈 🤩

Freespirit Gorgeous 8mo
Ruthiella @Freespirit Thanks 😊 8mo
batsy 😍 8mo
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Ruthiella @batsy 😊 8mo
thegirlwiththelibrarybag Beautiful! I wish I had stared buying them early! 7mo
Ruthiella @thegirlwiththelibrarybag Thanks! No doubt there will be a boxed set some day on offer to tempt bibliophiles 😀 7mo
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All about Me. | Philipp Keel
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Thanks for the tag @wanderinglynn 😀
#20ThingsAboutMe
Tagging my 10 most recent followers and encouraging them to take part! @JNSibanda @LeoValiquette @hhavel @Emilymdxn @fangirl.way @Ewaterhouse28 @elyseh @Cortg @Britteey @allibhill

wanderinglynn 🖖🏻 ☺️ 8mo
Ruthiella @wanderinglynn Live long and prosper! 8mo
monalyisha I also have strong Kraft mac & chz beliefs. Spiral-shaped or go home. 🧀🌀 8mo
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Ruthiella @monalyisha It‘s the one hold over from childhood that hasn‘t lost its chemically orange magic! 😍 8mo
JNSibanda Logic dictates that Star Trek is amazing. 8mo
Ruthiella @JNSibanda It is amazing in all it permutations! 😀 8mo
Kaye Nice to meet you. #. 3. Same. They smell good but too squishy. #. 8. ⭐️. # 16 What‘s the most money you found at one time ? (edited) 8mo
Ruthiella @kaye $10 is the highest one time amount found dog walking! Glad to meet a fellow Dickens fan😀. 8mo
thebluestocking I love crossword puzzles and alphabetizing too!! Are the crosswords the main motivation for the morning paper? I love doing crosswords on newspaper, but now I do everything on the NYT Crosswords app. 8mo
Ruthiella @thebluestocking I figured you would like to alphabetize since your list mentioned organizing. And yes my main motivation for the paper is the word jumble and Dear Abby plus the crossword!😊 8mo
wolfsblood Deep Space 9 😍 7mo
Ruthiella @wolfsblood The best! Sisko! Jax! Quark! Et al! 😍 7mo
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Bigfoot: I Not Dead | Graham Roumieu
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Did someone say BIGFOOT?

C.Perone 😂 Love it! 8mo
Slajaunie 😂😂 8mo
Kaye Great. 3rd Bigfoot ! 8mo
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The Italian Teacher | Tom Rachman
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I really enjoyed this- more so than I did his debut The Imperfectionists. The main character is not very sympathetic but I always felt I understood his motivations even if his actions were frustrating. Loved the settings (Rome, London, New York). #TOB2019

thebluestocking Yay! I liked The Imperfectionists okay, but there was room for improvement. Another #ToB pick down! 8mo
BkClubCare I really liked The Imperfectionists and am looking forward to this. 8mo
BkClubCare (And I ❤️ the cover of this) 8mo
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Once Upon a River | Diane Setterfield
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Just spent my B&N gift card from Xmas and picked up Setterfield‘s latest. I LOVED ❤️ The Thirteen Tale but have yet to read her follow up or this new one. 😀

BookishMarginalia It‘s great! 8mo
Ruthiella @BookishMarginalia Looking forward to diving in! 😀 8mo
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Untitled | Anonymous
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1. Every one in my family is healthy and doing OK😀
2. I have a long weekend/mini-vacation coming up in February😀
3. Just one more chapter! 😀
4. I won‘t tag any one since its only Thursday in the world for a few more hours but thank you to @Klou for tagging me😍
@wanderinglynn

wanderinglynn Thanks for playing! 💜 8mo
Klou You're welcome! ❤ 8mo
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Went to the big city to sell some books and get some new ones. The tagged book and So Lucky are the only two I need for #TOB2019 that I cannot get from the library. Fire Sermon is not TOB related but equally unavailable for free and I REALLY want to read it! 😀

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Part coming of age novel - part thriller this was an odd if interestingly told story of a young woman growing up in Boston the daughter of Ethiopian parents. Her life alters irrevocably when she meet Ayale, an older Ethiopian man who operates a downtown parking lot. #tob2019

thebluestocking Check another one off the #ToB list! Woot! 8mo
Ruthiella @thebluestocking Thanks to the early release of the short list I was able to knock off three while off work! 😀 8mo
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