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Ruthiella

Ruthiella

Joined February 2018

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#weekendreads

📚Continuing with Rebecca for #PemberLittens #HashtagBrigade

📚Trying my first Maggie Nelson with some trepidation

📚My last #Roll100 for April is the next Aubrey/Maturin book in the series

📚Finally picking up Vonnegut again after almost five years.

vivastory That's one of my favorite Vonnegut books 2d
Ruthiella @vivastory I‘m noticing just how easy it is to fly through and (as usual) wondering why it took me so long! 😆 2d
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Swastika Night | Murray Constantine
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Fascinating premise, but the execution was clunky - dialogue heavy instead of actually showing events, which made it seem longer than it was. Still fascinating considering it was published in 1937. In this envisioned future world domination is split between Nazi Germany and Imperialist Japan. Women are treated as cattle, good only for bearing children. Homosexuality among men is the norm and Hitler is worshipped as 7 foot tall, blond Aryan god.

vivastory That's interesting that world domination is split between Japan & Germany. That's the set-up for Man In The High Castle 2d
Ruthiella @vivastory Yes, the premises is interesting and maybe a logical alternative conclusion, but she takes it in a very different direction than PKD. 2d
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Subdivision: A Novel | J. Robert Lennon
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@BarbaraBB Saw this on Goodreads and wanted to share this with you Barbara. Seems like J. R. Lennon is a stand up kinda guy! 👍

vivastory I love this! 6d
Ruthiella @vivastory I know, right? 6d
BarbaraBB Wow, how kind. Thanks for sharing this Ruth, I am really moved by it. You‘ll like this too @Cathythoughts @sarahbarnes 🤍 6d
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BkClubCare Aw! 👏 🤗 6d
sarahbarnes Wow, I love this so much. 🩵 I would love to meet him on the street someday! Thanks for the tag @BarbaraBB! 5d
Cathythoughts This is lovely Ruth. Thanks @BarbaraBB for tag. I‘d love to meet meet him in town someday too @sarahbarnes ❤️ 5d
Tamra Stacked! 5d
Billypar I like a lot of books, but there are a few that stick with me so much that I have that fan impulse to want to tell the author. I'm with the Commentariat - I think this is one! 5d
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Here are my nominations for #CampLitsy24

1. Mother Doll because I admired Apekina‘s debut
2. Piglet because I love a good “disaster woman narrative” TM pending
3. You Dreamed of Empires because I loved “Sudden Death” by Enrigue
4. I Love You So Much It‘s Killing Us Both because I love a good novel about female friendship and coming of age.

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ChaoticMissAdventures Yes!! I have been really wanting to read Piglet, and I love You so much looks so good. Great picks! 1w
Ruthiella @ChaoticMissAdventures Thanks! I love the eclectic long list we are all creating! 1w
squirrelbrain I‘ve read Piglet, but the other 3 weren‘t even on my radar and sound fascinating! 1w
Ruthiella @squirrelbrain I tried to pick titles I want to read that hadn‘t been mentioned yet. 1w
BarbaraBB Such great choices, I love that I never heard of them. The longlist will be 🔥 1w
Ruthiella @BarbaraBB I‘m looking forward to seeing the list once it‘s all put together. 1w
batsy The Alvaro Enrigue is high on my list! 1w
Ruthiella @batsy it‘s definitely something I will read anyway in the (likely) case that it‘s not selected. 👍 1w
TheKidUpstairs You Dreamed of Empires sounds so good. I'm first on my library's hold list! 7d
Ruthiella @TheKidUpstairs It sounds so interesting and he‘s previous book that I read was bonkers in the best way 7d
Megabooks That title on the Stovall! 💥 7d
Megabooks Great choices! 7d
Ruthiella @Megabooks That title definitely makes you look twice! 7d
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Horowitz‘ Hawthorn series, in which the author is a character, is fun fluff. In each book, Tony the character and the reader learn a little bit more about the reclusive detective. In this one, Tony is accused of murdering a critic who gave his play a bad review and while he was hoping to cut ties with Hawthorn, now he desperately needs his help to prove his innocence.

Ruthiella @BiblioLitten You will probably also enjoy his Hawthorne series also! I also liked Magpie Murders and 1w
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This is what I‘ve got on tap this weekend. I‘m enjoying them all! 👍

#weekendreads

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Twist of a Knife | Anthony Horowitz
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#WondrousWednesday

Thank you for the tag @Eggs 😊

1. 🔪💀🕵️‍♀️for the tagged book

2. I‘m looking forward to the next Jackson Brodie novel “Death at the Sign of the Rook” by Kate Atkinson

3. I recently recommended “The Calculating Stars” by Mary Robinette Kowal to a friend. I think she‘d appreciate its feminist and scientific slant.

Eggs Love Atkinson👏🏻❤️ 2w
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The Sleepwalkers | Scarlett Thomas
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I preordered the newest Scarlett Thomas. I‘ve not read all her books, but I want to become a completist of her adult fiction at least.

batsy Nice! I've yet to read The Seed Collectors and Oligarchy. Or her mysteries! 2w
Ruthiella I‘ve also got to read the three mystery novels. I started one and then got sidetracked… 2w
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This was a very entertaining and informative travel book along the lines of Bill Bryson or Tony Horowitz. Perrottet and his girlfriend Lesley travel along the same route as Roman tourists would have done during the Pax Romana era which made such journeys relatively safe. From Rome to Naples to Greece to Turkey and finally Egypt. Occasionally dated in language and attitudes, despite being published only 20 years ago.

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Nightbloom | Peace Adzo Medie
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This is a story of two women in Ghana and their different trajectories due their different familial situations. Akorfa and Selasie are cousins and the best of friends as children, but events eventually separate them. As with Medie‘s debut, the novel gives the reader insight into Ghanaian family life and the conflicting pressures and expectations placed upon women within that society.

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All Litsy group reads this #weekendreads

Rebecca for #PemberLittens #Hashtagbrigade

The Secret of Red Gate Farm for #NancyDrewBR

Way Station for #ClassicLSFBC

Enjoying them all! 👍

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Thank you for the tag @Eggs and @Read4life 😊

#WondrousWednesday

🌸 Hardcover
🌸 Fiction
🌸 Historical
🌸 Classic
🌸 Coffee
🌸 Enjoy both, but if forced to choose-physical
🌸 Enjoy both, but if forced to choose- print

Eggs 🩷💜🩷 3w
Read4life 💙🦋💙 3w
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#Two4Tuesday

Thank you for the tag @Read4life 😊

1. I‘m pretty excited to reread the first two Radch Empire novels as prep to FINALLY finish the trilogy and read Ancillary Mercy.

2. I have preordered Scarlett Thomas‘ new title “The Sleepwalkers” and Kate Atkinson‘s next Jackson Brodie novel “Death at the Sign of the Rook”.

TheSpineView All those book sound good! Thanks for playing! 3w
Read4life You‘re welcome! These sound really good. 🤓 3w
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Rebecca | Daphne Dame Du Maurier
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This is the edition that I will be reading from for the April #PemberLittens #HashtagBrigade pick. It is pretty but it‘s poorly bound, unfortunately - too tight to read comfortably, so buyers beware of Virago naked hardbacks.

BarkingMadRead Ughhhhhh I hate that 3w
LeahBergen I find that, too, with these Virago hardcovers! It‘s a shame. 3w
xicanti Boo to publishers who design books for people who don‘t actually want to open their books. 3w
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IndoorDame So frustrating! 3w
Kitta Oh no! It‘s so pretty though. 3w
batsy That is most unfortunate for such pretty covers. 3w
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Super excited to start a slew of new books now that I‘m finally free of The Brothers Karamazov.

I‘m getting an early start on the next #HashtagBrigade book for April which is a re-read for me: Rebecca.

Nightbloom will probably be the only Women‘s Prize listed book I manage. I really liked her debut.

The other two are my #Roll100 picks for April. Route 66 AD I‘ve owned for maybe 20 years? It‘s about time!

#weekendreads

squirrelbrain I‘m enjoying Nightbloom so far. 3w
Ruthiella @squirrelbrain I‘ve only read the first chapter but so far, so good! 🤞 3w
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The chicken really wanted to be in the shot. 🐓

This novel tried my patience but ultimately was a rewarding read. Very Russian and histrionic at times; indulgent in the way of many European 19th century novels with its digressions. A story about four brothers and their awful father, but also a long winded treatise on morality and how to live righteously in an imperfect world.

#TheBros #HashtagBrigade #Pemberlittens

BarkingMadRead You did it!! 3w
Ruthiella @BarkingMadRead Three months later! 😅 Thanks for leading us through this morass. 👏👏👏 3w
BarkingMadRead You‘re so welcome! 3w
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Deblovestoread Well done! Even though I bailed I LOVED your daily diorama. 💜 3w
Ruthiella @Deblovestoread I am not the talented dramatist of the diorama, that is @Aimeesue of #MatryoshkaBros ! I just happen to also have a bunch of nesting dolls and a Fisher Price chicken. 🐓 🪆 😅 3w
Deblovestoread I know that…I obviously wasn‘t paying attention to who posted. 🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️. Still impressive that you finished. 🙌🏼 @Aimeesue 3w
Reggie Congrats on finishing! Also, is that the answer? Is that why the chicken crossed the road? Lol 3w
Ruthiella @Reggie That‘s right! The chicken crossed the road because she‘s a real prima donna and needs to be the center of attention! 😃 3w
batsy I love me some Dosty and love this book. Need to do a reread soon 😁 3w
Ruthiella @batsy I may never reread this one, it was exhausting! But Crime and Punishment maybe. 🤔 What would you recommend for my next Dosty title? 3w
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A Litter of Bones | J.D. KIRK
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My 3rd completed book for #BooksinBloom 🌸

This was a solid start to a long running procedural series set in Scotland. The gruff cop who doesn‘t play by the rules. Cliched but still enjoyable, for what it is. A copy cat serial killer and a case that still haunts DCI Logan. Very fast paced and tense.

This is also a #BlameitonLitsy book. I‘d never heard of the author or series until @TheSpineView and @Andrew65 posted about it.

TheSpineView I am hooked on this series. It gets better as you go along. Waiting for the next book to come out. 1mo
Catsandbooks 👏🏼🌸🩵 1mo
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Thanks for the tag @dabbe 😊 #TLT

I‘m not sure I‘ve read too many novellas. I generally prefer long books, but sometimes 150 pages or so is the perfect length. Top of my head:

1. A Month in the Country by J.L. Carr
2. Passing by Nella Larsson
3. All Systems Red by Martha Wells

dabbe I love “top of [your] head!“ And you've given me more for my TBR. Thanks for sharing. 💚💙💚 1mo
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This was at times amusing but overall just OK for me. It was a bit of a rom com / family drama, when retired George, who has likely always suffered from undiagnosed anxiety, really starts to lose his grip. Meanwhile, his daughter is marrying a man her family feels is beneath her, his wife is having an affair (though he doesn‘t know it yet) and his gay son is having trouble integrating his love life with his family life. #BooksinBloom 2nd book✔️

BarbaraBB I remember finding this book very funny but I read it ages ago. 1mo
Ruthiella @BarbaraBB It was funny. He‘s a good comedic writer. But I can already tell it‘s not going to stick with me. 1mo
Catsandbooks 👏🏼🌸🩵 1mo
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Thanks for the tag @The_Penniless_Author 🙏

1. I think young me would have liked to be a flying horse.

2. The tagged book has fairies, which I don‘t want to be because they‘re kinda mean. 🧚

#Two4Tuesday

TheSpineView Great answers! Thanks for playing 1mo
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Julia | Sandra Newman
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#LitsyTOB24 First completed book for #BooksinBloom

I liked this a lot and am glad I re-read 1984 as preparation. The book gives Julia a backstory and interesting insight and contrasts to Winston Smith without detracting from its source material. Occasionally a little longer than it needed to be.

Catsandbooks Splendid! 👏🏼🌸 1mo
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The Secret at Shadow Ranch | Carolyn Keene, Russell H. Tandy
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For those #NancyDrewBR #LittenDetectives keeping count every time she gets coshed on the noggin! 😂😂😂

DebinHawaii @Librarybelle @dabbe @Read4life Love it! 🤣 Love it! We have agreed on the following hash tags: #NancyNogginKnockout or #NNK 1mo
Read4life Yes! I love it! #NNK 😂😂 1mo
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TheBookHippie 🤣🤣🤣🤣 1mo
dabbe And the current score is #threeoffive #nancyisstillalive 🤩😂🤩 1mo
kwmg40 Nancy is indestructible! 😂 1mo
Bookwormjillk 🤣🤣🤣 As a sports mom the ignored traumatic brain injuries really stands out! 1mo
jlhammar That is awesome 😂 1mo
Bookwomble This reminded me of Jerry Seinfeld's "Helmets" routine ? https://youtu.be/xgOUgrOHuFc?si=TcGcExAXFV7GTeY_ 1mo
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This is my TBR for the readathon #BooksinBloom hosted by @Catsandbooks which runs from today to next week Friday! Hopefully I will finish all of them by then with maybe the exception of #TheBros . 😬🤭

Catsandbooks Wonderful! Glad you're joining in! 🌸 1mo
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Anna and Her Daughters | D.E. Stevenson
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Anna and her grown daughters must downsize and leave their upper middle class London lifestyle. She decides to take a small cottage near to where she grew up in Scotland. Spoiled Helen is outraged and weak willed Rosalie agrees. Only bookish Jane sees the practicality of it. The first half of the book is delightful. The second half veers off into a predictable and slightly squicky direction. Still, overall enjoyable. #FurrowedMiddlebrowClub

Tamra Such lovely pics! 💙 1mo
Ruthiella Thanks! 🙏 1mo
CarolynM Heather😍 The story didn‘t go where I was expecting, that‘s for sure! 1mo
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Ruthiella @CarolynM I was hoping that like Rosalie, Jane would find someone else who really appreciated her… But once Helen ran off, I thought, “oh, here we go…🙄” 1mo
LeahBergen @Ruthiella Well, no one could help themselves around Helen. 🙄 Love your photo collage! 1mo
quietjenn Fabulous collage. I'd move to Timble Cottage in a heartbeat! 1mo
Ruthiella @LeahBergen I guess she was aptly named! 1mo
Ruthiella @quietjenn The coziness of the cottage was definitely appealing! 1mo
jlhammar Beautiful! I thought Timble Cottage and Jane‘s cozy attic sounded heavenly. Helen‘s aversion to the bird wallpaper was quite amusing “I never saw anything so hideous in all my life. They would give me the jim-jams.” 😆 1mo
Ruthiella @jlhammar I‘m not sure what the jim-jams are. 😂 Maybe the heebie jeebies? (edited) 1mo
Cathythoughts Nice review 👍🏻❤️ I‘m sorry I‘m not reading it now. I‘ll stack it up anyway 😁 1mo
Ruthiella @Cathythoughts Save it for when you need a quick break from heavier books! 👍 1mo
rubyslippersreads @jlhammar I would have much rather stayed in the cottage than end up with Ronnie. 😆 3w
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The Secret at Shadow Ranch | Carolyn Keene, Russell H. Tandy
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#NancyDrewBR

“That‘s why I think they won‘t do it again”, Nancy replied. Probably they‘ll pick on a different place. Good luck! If you run into trouble, yell!”

Sound advice learned from Carson Drew in the last book!!!🙄😂 Just scream really loud when you‘re in danger ‼️

jlhammar 😂 1mo
Librarybelle 😂 😂😂 1mo
dabbe 😂😂😂 1mo
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#weekendreads

1984 re-read as prep for Julia, still chugging along with #TheBros , the remaining three are for pure pleasure (and for #Roll100 , #FurrowedMiddlebrowClub , and #NancyDrewBR ! )

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This is probably the last #LitsyToB24 entry I‘ll manage before the voting starts. I liked it, though it was more violent and brutal than I expected. I didn‘t realize it was about a series killer. It felt overstuffed with issues that Sheriff Crown is working through and the plotting was occasionally awkward IMO. Titus Crown is a great character, though. That‘s where I think Cosby excels. This could easily been the start of a series.

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Spent the weekend in San Luis Obispo with a friend. We went to the local annual library book sale, naturally, and I picked up a few gems. 😃 The vintage Modern Library editions were tempting, but I unfortunately didn‘t find any titles that appealed.

LeahBergen Nice! I remember liking the Barbara Vine. 👍 2mo
Christine SLO is so great!! Nice timing on your part. 😁 2mo
squirrelbrain Looks great - so many books! 🥰 2mo
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quietjenn Somewhere I have that edition of Miss Lonelyhearts, which I think I also got at a library book sale 😄 2mo
Ruthiella @LeahBergen Good to know! 👍 I‘ve liked every Barbara Vine and Ruth Rendell book that I have read so far. 2mo
Ruthiella @Christine It is a beautiful area! 🤩 The timing was perfect! 2mo
Ruthiella @squirrelbrain It was an amazing amount of books. My friend picked up even more than I did! 😅 2mo
Ruthiella @quietjenn I had no idea it was so short! I‘ve heard lots about it. 2mo
batsy Fun! I remember loving that Nancy Drew. My Name is Red is dense but good and I also have The Last of the Wine waiting for me on my shelves 🙂 2mo
Ruthiella @batsy I‘ve read two other books from Renault and they were both great.👍 2mo
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Anna and Her Daughters | D.E. Stevenson
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Hiya #FurrowedMiddlebrowClub friends! It‘s time for our next bi-monthly read, this time a title by fan favorite D.E. Stevenson. I‘ve only read her Miss Buncle books and a previous group read “The English Air”. I‘m looking forward to diving in. As usual, read at your own pace, post at will, and tag the group if you do! 😃

willaful I read this one recently, so will bow out for this round. 2mo
Ruthiella @willaful Catch you in May then! 😃 2mo
LeahBergen Yay! 👏👏 2mo
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batsy Woohoo! 2mo
quietjenn Hurrah! 2mo
Tamra 😃 (edited) 2mo
catebutler Can‘t wait!! 2mo
julieclair I‘m really looking forward to this one! 2mo
erzascarletbookgasm I‘m sitting out on this, look forward to see everyone‘s posts 2mo
jlhammar This will be my first Stevenson. Probably won't start until next weekend. Looking forward to it! 2mo
rubyslippersreads Looking forward to it. 2mo
Kimzey I read it and loved it! 😍 Will post my review once I recover from my work deadline. 2mo
CarolynM Just getting started today🙂 2mo
Jess_Read_This Oh! Thanks for the reminder and tag. I‘ll start this weekend! 1mo
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Lovesick Blossoms | Julia Watts
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#LitsyTOB24

While elements of the plot felt maybe a little by the numbers, I really liked the two main characters and was particularly invested in their fates. Two women fall in love in a small Kentucky college town in the 1950s. Unless one was Gertrude Stein or Rock Hudson, you can imagine at the obstacles faced by homosexuals in this era.

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#LitsyToB24

A soft pick. The story was great and while the narrator, could be annoying, she does show growth by the end. I didn‘t mind the footnotes. I think Mia is also neurodivergent and this helped demonstrate it. But for such a propelling plot (a dad goes missing and the only witness is his severely, non-speaking autistic son), it was too long and I really disliked the foreshadowing - just tell the story- the reader can figure out the rest.

squirrelbrain Great review! I listened to this and it felt overlong on audio. 2mo
Ruthiella @squirrelbrain Thanks! I am glad I read it, especially for its insight into autism and non-speaking autism. 2mo
BarbaraBB I am a hundred pages in and liking it, although I already feel it‘s goin to be looong 2mo
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Ruthiella @BarbaraBB I found it to be a worthy read, but for its mystery premise, too slow. 2mo
Tamra Agreed! 2mo
Ruthiella @Tamra Nice to be on the same page! 😃 2mo
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#weekendreads

Hoping to wrap up my two #LitsyToB24 books this weekend. Still plugging away at my #ClassicLSFBF but considering DNFing it. 🫢 Continuing with #TheBros chapter a day read along. 👍

vivastory Is that your first Delany? He's a writer I've been wanting to try for awhile. 2mo
BarbaraBB I‘m starting Happiness Falls. Are you enjoying it? 2mo
Ruthiella @vivastory It is my first, but from what I understand, it‘s not typical of his normal SF books. So I will definitely try something else at some point. 2mo
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Ruthiella @BarbaraBB It‘s okay. It has more foreshadowing than I like personally, but the story is interesting, particularly as it pertains to disability and our assumptions about people who are differently abled. (edited) 2mo
RamsFan1963 @Ruthiella I can understand, Dhalgren is definitely not an easy read, it's very confusing as surreal. I won't be surprised by anyone who DNFs it. 2mo
Ruthiella @RamsFan1963 I think I‘d get more out of a good review from someone who really loved it than I would reading it myself. But I definitely want to try some of his more conventional SF. 2mo
Megabooks Have a great weekend! 2mo
Ruthiella @Megabooks Thanks!😊 2mo
batsy Ooof, Dhalgren and The Bros at the same time is a lot! 2mo
Ruthiella @batsy Yes, I‘m afraid one of them has to go…but I do still have the book out from the library, so we‘ll see. I have to adjust my expectations maybe. 2mo
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I ended liking this more than initially expected. It‘s a gentle novel, occasionally funny, but it lacks focus. In 1991, Emily moves to NYC after college, makes friends, loses friends, gets a job, etc. In 2005, Emily is married with a demanding job, a small child & some of her 90s past popping back up. Next to the other two coming of age stories in the #LitsyToB24 it doesn‘t stand a chance.

#52BookClub24 Chapters have dates
#pop24 coming of age

Bookwormjillk That‘s what I thought too- the book was fine but others in the tournament did it better. 2mo
Librarybelle I put this on my to read list because of all of these great reviews! It sounds interesting! 2mo
BarbaraBB Agree on your review regarding the other two coming of age novels 2mo
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Ruthiella @Bookwormjillk @BarbaraBB The other two had a stronger emotional core, I think.🤔 2mo
Ruthiella @Librarybelle It was entertaining in its way, and I‘d say probably particularly nostalgic for anyone who came of age in the 90s on the US. 2mo
Librarybelle Sounds like my type of book! 2mo
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Hello Beautiful | Ann Napolitano
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Beautiful cover but the story telling style was not for me. I know people IRL who have cut themselves off from their family as well as those who have been abandoned by family, and yet no one‘s behavior felt real to me here. And there was far too much repetition in my opinion. The Little Women retelling aspects were interesting, however.

#LitsyToB24
#52BookClub24 Includes a wedding
#pop24 at least 3 PoV

TheBookHippie I did not like this book. I bailed. 🤣😅😝 2mo
Tamra I‘ll pass. ☺️ 2mo
Ruthiella @TheBookHippie Good to know I‘m not alone-it‘s such a popular book. 2mo
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Ruthiella @Tamra You‘re already getting the best part of it, which is the cover. 😜 2mo
Tamra @Ruthiella bahaha it‘s sad when that is true. 2mo
TheBookHippie @Ruthiella You‘re right, none of it rang true or authentic, amongst other things I did not like- that one was the worst. 2mo
Reggie The amount of books this past year with split opinions by people I trust. Our planets must be in retrograde. lol I don‘t know what‘s going on. 2mo
Lesliereadsalot Really liked Dear Edward. But this one…meh. 2mo
Ruthiella @Reggie Trust no one! 😜 Just kidding. That‘s just the way it pans out sometimes. Maybe at a different point in my life as a reader, I‘d have loved it, who can say? 2mo
Ruthiella @Lesliereadsalot Good to know that you liked her other book! 👍 I won‘t count her out for now and may try another from her in future. 2mo
BkClubCare @Ruthiella - I adored this one!! 😆 and bought Dear Edward so I will check in with you if you might want me to send to you “someday”. I have it in the stack for “fitting a challenge category” but I am blanking on which! 😂 so might be long time… 2mo
Ruthiella @BkClubCare I won‘t count her out just yet and I‘m glad this was a pick for you! 😃 2mo
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#weekendreads

I‘m kind of hating both my #LitsyToB24 books and Dhalgren is a bit of a chore. ☹️ And #TheBros is only a chapter a day. Hopefully my reading pleasure will pick up soon. 🤞

monalyisha 🤞🏻🤞🏻🤞🏻 2mo
Dilara I definitely agree about Dhalgren - and also, some parts really haven't aged well. 2mo
Ruthiella @monalyisha Thanks for the support! 🙏 2mo
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CSeydel Oh no! 2mo
Ruthiella @Dilara I‘m fine with a fantastical and strange landscape that might be real or maybe it is only the figment his imagination…but does it have to be 800 pages long? 😆 2mo
Ruthiella @CSeydel I know. It kinda sucks. And I have no Nancy Drew to take the edge off. 😅 2mo
fredthemoose I feel this. Currently slogging through Same Be Different Dreams and was so happy when the tagged book came in from the library! 2mo
Ruthiella @fredthemoose Books to rescue us from books! 🚑 😂 2mo
CSeydel @ruthiella I‘ve been feeling the same way. I started Neuromancer a couple of weeks ago because I thought it would be a fast-paced, fun read. I‘m finding it a real slog! And it‘s been blocking me from reading anything else. I have a book club tomorrow that I haven‘t finished the book for, and of course you know I forgot to read The Burden 🤦🏻‍♀️ 2mo
Kitta @CSeydel oh I read neuromancer a year or two ago and it‘s not an easy read at all! 2mo
Ruthiella @Kitta @CSeydel I agree. I also found it a book that I had to read very carefully, otherwise I had no idea what was going on. 2mo
squirrelbrain Sorry you‘re not enjoying the ToB books - you are allowed to bail! 😃 2mo
Reggie That is a lot to not enjoy through, yeah? Just bail, chica. 2mo
Ruthiella @reggie @squirrelbrain I have a real problem with bailing…😬 2mo
squirrelbrain So do I Ruth, so I‘m not the best person to be giving advice about bailing! 🤣 2mo
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Two novellas and three short stories, each set in a different African country; all are devastating and heartbreaking. 💔 Most feature children. This is fiction, but we know it is rooted in truth: exploitation, religious violence, ethnic conflict, poverty, despair.

#The52BookClub24 Sticker on cover (Oprah)
#Pop24 Title complete sentence
#TBRtarot (January) YOU in title
#Roll100 February

rockpools That sounds like (!) a very hard read 💔 (edited) 2mo
Ruthiella @rockpools It was. 💔 2mo
Librarybelle It sounds like a hard read but a necessary read. I‘ve not read it, but you‘re probably right that the fiction is rooted in what is happening in reality. 2mo
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TheAromaofBooks Great progress!! 2mo
Ruthiella @Librarybelle I was kind of dreading reading it, in fact. 2mo
Ruthiella @TheAromaofBooks Thanks!😊 2mo
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The Burden | Agatha Christie
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#MaryWestmacottBuddyRead #LMWBR

A soft pick, it rehashes some of the themes from the other novels and I found its dual narrative structure a little weird. Still, an interesting psychological portrait of sorts.

Shirley has always felt the weight of her older sister‘s love for her until Shirley falls for a faithless lover and marries him. Llewellyn gives up a powerful career, based on faith in his visions. Eventually their stories converge.

CSeydel Oh my gosh, I totally spaced on this one! It‘s already the third Saturday! 2mo
Ruthiella Thanks to @CSeydel for making this buddy read happen! 😃 I might never have dusted off this bind-up of the Westmacott novels that I‘ve had for 20 years now. 2mo
quietjenn @CSeydel I pretty much forgot as well. Oops! 2mo
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BarbaraJean @CSeydel @quietjenn I‘m glad it‘s not just me!! I don‘t know how it‘s the third Saturday already! (edited) 2mo
Ruthiella @CSeydel @quietjenn @BarbaraJean Well then, I‘m glad I reviewed it (because sometimes I don‘t). Consider it a public service announcement. 😆 2mo
CSeydel Yes, thank you @Ruthiella for keeping us on track! @quietjenn @BarbaraJean it sounds like it wouldn‘t be the end of the world if I post discussion questions next Saturday instead 😆 2mo
BarbaraJean @CSeydel Since I haven't started reading it yet--posting questions next Saturday would definitely not be the end of the world 😁 @Ruthiella Thank you for the PSA!! 2mo
quietjenn @CSeydel @BarbaraJean more than ok 😅 Way to keep us honest @Ruthiella 🙂 2mo
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Thank you for the tag @Eggs ! 😊

#Two4Tuesday

❤️ No plans

❤️ Any book is as good as another, IMO but if someone wanted to read something romantic, I‘d recommend Captain Wentworth‘s letter from Persuasion… I can listen no longer in silence.” ❤️❤️❤️

TheSpineView Thanks for playing! Happy Valentine's Day 2mo
Ruthiella @TheSpineView Thank you! Happy Valentines Day to you too! 2mo
SpellboundReader Great choice for #2. Very romantic! 💕 2mo
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LeahBergen “You pierce my soul…” 2mo
Ruthiella @BeeCurious So romantic! 💘 2mo
batsy That letter! 2mo
Eggs 💙🩵💙 2mo
Ruthiella @batsy “I am half agony, half hope .” 2mo
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Thank you for the tag @BeeCurious ! 😊

#Thisorthat

1. Hardcover
2. Fast reader
3. Stand alone
4. Buy
5. Night Reader
6. Read on sofa
7. Enemies to lovers
8. Without music
9. One PoV
10. Long chapters

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Biography of X: A Novel | Catherine Lacey
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At first I found it pretentious and stilted but the story grew on me and I found myself curious to know what would happen next. Set in an alternate history America, the widow of X tries to unearth her (in)famous wife‘s history and learns secrets that make her question her relationship. Was she just another person to be used and subsequently discarded by X?

#LitsyToB24
#The52BookClub24 - grieving character
#pop24 - book about a writer

sarahbarnes Great review! 2mo
azulaco I‘ve been curious about this one. 2mo
BarbaraBB Great review indeed! I think you ended up liking it more than me 2mo
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squirrelbrain Great review - and well done for sticking with it when you weren‘t sure. 2mo
Ruthiella @sarahbarnes Thanks 😊 2mo
Ruthiella @azulaco Give it a try! It seems to be a kind of love it or hate it kind of thing. 2mo
Ruthiella @BarbaraBB I think I did like it more than you did. I found it ultimately very compelling, despite my less than positive start. 2mo
Ruthiella @squirrelbrain Thanks! I‘m glad I stuck with it too. 2mo
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While parts of this really sparkled for me, I needed more of a cohesive plot than it provided. Overall this was a heartwarming story about a mixed Jewish and Black neighborhood in Pennsylvania in the 1930s. The first half centered around Jewish immigrant Moshe and his American born wife Chona and the second half on African Americans Addie and Nate and their ward, Dodo.

#LitsyToB24
#52BookClub24 character-driven novel

Ruthiella @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I kinda feel like there were two books in here! 2mo
squirrelbrain I agree - there wasn‘t enough of a plot for me. 2mo
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Hooked_on_books This one didn‘t deliver for me, either, and I loved his previous two books. 2mo
TheAromaofBooks Great progress!!! 2mo
Librarybelle I‘ve seen so many so-so ratings for this! 2mo
Ruthiella @squirrelbrain Great characters though! But otherwise too rambling. 2mo
Ruthiella @Hooked_on_books Me too! I particularly loved The Good Lord Bird. 🪶 2mo
Ruthiella @Librarybelle So did I and I really thought for a while it would be a pick for me. 2mo
Ruthiella @TheAromaofBooks Thanks! 😊 2mo
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#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

I am hoping to finish at least two of these this weekend, though not #TheBros of course.

CBee I loved The Ferryman 👏🏻👏🏻 2mo
Ruthiella @CBee I‘m about a quarter of the way through it and curious about how it will end up! 2mo
BarbaraBB Looking forward to your review of X! 2mo
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Lesliereadsalot Also really liked The Ferryman, but a little confused by the ending. 2mo
Ruthiella @BarbaraBB That‘s the book I think I will finish first. It‘s so compelling even though the narrator and her wife are fairly unsympathetic. 2mo
Ruthiella @Lesliereadsalot Ooh! Now I‘m really intrigued. 2mo
Reggie I do not know how you do this magic of balancing so many books, but good on you!!! 2mo
Ruthiella @Reggie Every now and again I find myself reading only one book at a time and I think, “this is nice”. 😆 2mo
Readerann Dostoyevsky and Nancy Drew! A reader after my own heart. 😊 2mo
Ruthiella @Readerann Balance is key! 😆 2mo
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H.M.S. Surprise | Patrick O'Brian
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Third in the Aubrey-Maturin series - I loved it. Jack finally gets a command and is commissioned to sail to the Malay Peninsula, first stopping in India. There‘s espionage, romance, bromance, a naval battle, a duel at dawn, tragic death, sudden squalls, the literal doldrums…just fantastic.

#SeriesLove24
#pop24 - published under a pen name
#The52BookClub24 - features the ocean

BookDadGirlDad Loved this entire series!!! 2mo
TheSpineView Awesome! 2mo
LeahBergen I liked this one, too! 👍 2mo
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Wolf in White Van | John Darnielle
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Strangely creepy, though not horror. I think it‘s because the narrator withholds so much information until late in the book. It‘s sort of hypnotic. There was an “accident”, severe injury, a trial, but the reader doesn‘t know what is connected and what isn‘t.

#Roll100
#pop24 A book that contains video games (RPG mainly but there is also mention of arcade games-close enough 😂)
#52BookClub24 Set in a city starting with the letter M (Montclair)

BarbaraBB This sounds right up my alley! I enjoyed this one a lot (edited) 2mo
Ruthiella @BarbaraBB I will definitely try his other stuff. It only took me 10 years to get around to his debut. 😂 2mo
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Librarybelle Hooray! 2mo
Ruthiella @Librarybelle So glad to knock it off my list! 2mo
BarbaraBB I found a copy for 5€ online so guess what 😂 2mo
Ruthiella @BarbaraBB You decided it would be wiser to put the €5 in your savings account…😆 Who are we kidding? You bought it! 2mo
BarbaraBB Which savings account 😂? 2mo
vivastory @BarbaraBB @ruthiella I have read 3 of his books & have loved all of them 💙 💙 (edited) 2mo
BarbaraBB @vivastory That‘s a great recommendation! Can‘t wait to read it 2mo
Ruthiella @vivastory I just hope it doesn‘t take me another 10 years to get to another from him! 2mo
Centique I read this years ago and was just gobsmacked by it. I wished i had someone to talk about it with…. And here you are! But ive forgotten too much of it now 😂😂 2mo
Ruthiella @Centique Timing is everything! 😂 I did read a number of reviews on goodreads after I finished it which sort of scratched that itch of wanting to know what others thought. 2mo
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The Dispossessed: A Novel | Ursula K. Le Guin
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Question Two: The subtitle of the novel is “An Ambiguous Utopia”. What does that mean to you now after having read the book?

Follow up-would you rather live on Urras or Annares?

CatLass007 Years ago I learned that the word utopia was “invented” by an author for a book. I googled the word, and it was first coined by Sir Thomas More from the Greek words for “not” (oh) and place (topics). Literally, Utopia means “no place.” All the fictional utopias that will never come into existence are no place. 3mo
julesG @CatLass007 I learned about the literal meaning of "utopia" when I wrote my thesis about another book by Le Guin (a mere twenty years ago ? I'm officially old). It shocked me at first, but does make sense too. 3mo
julesG Does the subtitle fit? Yes. Can I explain why it works for me? Yes/No/Maybe? I'm not sure I can sort my thoughts into meaningful sentences. I might be able to comment though. Ambiguous, I know. 🙈 3mo
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MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm I think the conversation between Shevek and Keng (the Terran ambassador) at the end of the book sums it up pretty well. They can‘t agree on whether Urras is Hell or Paradise. I think it‘s important to remember that no two people agree 100% on everything and therefore I don‘t believe that a true utopia is achievable. Each person‘s own perspective molds whether they live in a utopia or not. Shevek prefers his utopia, but not everyone does. ⬇️ 3mo
MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm Both worlds have their flaws, especially their censorship. It may be Shevek‘s bias influencing me but from what I saw on Urras, they have less freedom of thought. That to me is more important than an easy life or physical comfort. I would choose Annares, it feels more hopeful. 3mo
Ruthiella @CatLass007 That‘s a good point: all utopias are bound to be imperfect. 3mo
Ruthiella @julesG You bring up one thing I really love about Le Guin and about classic sci-fi in general - it‘s endlessly debatable and open for further thought. I may not come to a conclusion, but I like thinking about it. 3mo
Ruthiella @MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm The freedom on Annares from work as a means to assure one‘s future (retirement, social security, home ownership, etc.) was really appealing to me. I really don‘t even care about owning books as long as there‘s a public library to access. I would pick it too as well, I think. But people who game the system like Sabul, would drive me nuts. (edited) 3mo
MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm @Ruthiella Absolutely, Sabul really irked me. I felt towards the end though that Shevek and his friends had found a way around that a little bit. And him giving his theories to be broadcast to all the races in the solar system is, I think, another way for the people on each planet to subvert their established systems and communicate with like-minded peoples without the bureaucratic red tape. That‘s my naïve, optimistic hope at least. ? 3mo
kwmg40 I'm tempted to say I'd prefer Anarres because it seems to provide more freedom but when there's a scarcity of resources, there really isn't freedom at all. Shevek and friends are pressured into choices that they didn't truly want to make. 3mo
Ruthiella @kwmg40 Great insight. It makes me wonder if with more resources, if that kind of anarchic society could ever be maintained. 3mo
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The Dispossessed: A Novel | Ursula K. Le Guin
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I‘ll post a couple of questions, even though I‘m not sure how many people actually read the January pick. 😂

Question One: Le Guin chose to have a male protagonist. In what ways, however, did you find this to be a feminist novel, if at all?

Side note- did you like Shevek as a hero/protagonist?

CSeydel I confess I skipped this one to read my AuldLangSpine picks 🙃 But I‘m going to try to get back on the wagon for February!! 3mo
CatLass007 I tried it but I bailed. I tried reading LeGuin once when I was young. I think I read Earthsea when it was just a trilogy. But I can‘t be certain. Whatever I read just didn‘t ever click for me. This was before I learned that it wasn‘t necessary to finish every book I started, before I learned “The Art of the Bail,” before I understood that not finishing a book was nothing to be ashamed of, nothing to feel guilty about. More recently, (cont)⬇️ (edited) 3mo
CatLass007 I attributed my dislike of LeGuin to my lack of maturity in my thinking. Maybe my thinking still lacks maturity but I won‘t be reading anything else by her. 🤷‍♀️ 3mo
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Ruthiella @CSeydel No worries! 😉 3mo
Ruthiella @CatLass007 Not every book is for every reader! That‘s fair. 😃 3mo
CatLass007 @Ruthiella Before I joined Litsy I only remember ever bailing on one book. I feel like Litsy taught me how to bail. It had never seemed like an option before. 3mo
rwmg I've read it before twice, but I don't have my copy with me so I don't remember it well enough to comment 3mo
julesG I read lots of Le Guin Sci-fi 20 years ago when writing my thesis about feminism in Sci-fi novels. That does not mean I'm about to lecture here. I see some feminist aspects in the celebration of labour and sexual freedom on Anarres. Yet I can easily agree with some critics who see anti-feminist undertones in the novel, too. Like although women created the society on Anarres, they are secondary to the main character, Shevek. 3mo
MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm I didn‘t particularly feel it was anymore a feminist story than a humanist story. Though I‘m not known for being clever enough to pick up on feminist undertones, despite being female. It felt more to me like it was a story questioning a person‘s place in and responsibility to their community/society. Whether we can be so individualistic while still being part of a whole. I did like Shevek in the end, especially because he was flawed, not perfect 3mo
TheSpineView I read this one before and found it difficult. Actually read the whole series. However this time I just couldn't get into it. Not only was it slow going but the undertones were so political it made it even harder to read. Not sure if my tastes have changed that much or it was more of a mood thing. 3mo
majkia I read it several years ago and it was a DNF for me. I found it boring and dull. 3mo
Ruthiella @julesG Great points! I think the thing that stood out for me was the difference between how women were treated on Annares, with much more equality than we have even now in the west IMO, and on Urras which is more like how women were treated in the Victorian era - elevated but oppressed. 3mo
Ruthiella @MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm I agree with your take on it - the overall aim was more a look at how we are influenced by our society. Like, are we really free to act as we want or are we more constrained by our upbringing and belief systems than we‘re aware. I liked Shevek too even when his actions sometimes frustrated me. 3mo
Ruthiella @majkia @TheSpineView It sounds like you had a similar experience revisiting it. It‘s so fascinating how we change as readers with both time and experience! 3mo
MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm @Ruthiella Yes, especially his actions with Vea. I get he‘s drunk for the first time, but there‘s no excuse. And then later when he reflects on that, it says something like, he forgave Vea her betrayal. I was like 👀 Bruh! 3mo
julesG @TheSpineView I didn't re-read it either, I admit. I dug out my (extensive) thesis notes - I am glad I had the foresight to keep, digitalise and cross-reference them (back when I thought I should go for a career in academia, before pursuing a different career in academia 🙄🙄). I'm sure I would have bailed this time round, too. 3mo
julesG I'm forever fascinated with how much of early Sci-fi has become reality, how accurate some of the predictions about the (near) future were, and how far off the mark and by that dated some of the classic Sci-fi stories are. It shows that even the wildest extrapolation of society is based in the author's contemporary culture/mindset and thereby hard to shake off. 3mo
kwmg40 I found this book challenging to read for many of the reasons already mentioned, such as the slow pace and the heavy political discourse. However, I did ultimately like it, as it was an interesting thought experiment, and I liked seeing the contrast between the two worlds. 3mo
Ruthiella @kwmg40 Do you think you would read more from Le Guin? Or is this enough of a taste? I‘ve only otherwise read The Left Hand of Darkness from her books for adults and I‘d say it‘s similarly slow and political. 3mo
kwmg40 @Ruthiella I would definitely read more from LeGuin. I too found The Left Hand of Darkness slow-paced and political but I still liked it very much. The worldbuilding and exploration of ideas make up for the weaknesses, IMO. Coincidentally, a local SFF book club I participate in chose The Lathe of Heaven this month, so I'm already reading more LeGuin, though I could have used a short break! 😅 3mo
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Idlewild | James Frankie Thomas
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A compelling coming of age story which was both familiar and disturbing. Fay and Nell are best friends at a NYC private Quaker high school navigating teenage insecurity, solipsism, and queerness. Their friendship is insular and uneven, with Fay leading and Nell following. Seamlessly told in flashback by their adult selves, regretful and nostalgic.

Read for #LitsyToB24
#Pop24 Fiction by a trans author
#52Bookclub24 About finding identity

Hooked_on_books I really liked this one. I think it‘ll stick for a while. 3mo
Librarybelle Nice! 3mo
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Liz_M I was going to add this to my wishlist, based on your review, but it's already there. Now I know I really do want to read it. 😁 3mo
TheAromaofBooks Great progress!! 3mo
squirrelbrain Glad you liked it! 3mo
BarbaraBB Fab review! Such a good read. 3mo
Ruthiella @Hooked_on_books I think this will stick with me too. I am drawn to good portraits of adolescence and this was one. 3mo
Ruthiella @Liz_M I found it to be quite a page turner! 3mo
Ruthiella @squirrelbrain I thought of you when I managed to hit TWO reading prompts with one book. 😆 3mo
Ruthiella @BarbaraBB Thank you! I found it so compelling. 3mo
squirrelbrain Ooh, you clever thing! 🤣 And here‘s me, only doing *one* challenge this year, so no double-dipping (or more!) here. 3mo
Reggie Stacked. Wasn‘t gonna read this until now. Great review. Also credit to Tom Lake and looking back on one‘s life. 3mo
Ruthiella @Reggie It is rare when I can recommend you a book Reggie! I think, however you will like it. It has a lot of emotion and a little edge of fear. 3mo
Megabooks Love this review and this book, too!! 3mo
Megabooks @Reggie I agree with @Ruthiella definitely in your wheelhouse! 👍🏻👍🏻 3mo
Ruthiella Thanks! I‘m a real fan of good depictions of adolescence and this really felt right to me. 3mo
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Wolf in White Van | John Darnielle
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Amazingly, I read all of my January #Roll100 books. 🤯 This is my February pile. Two are from my shelves, which is a bonus.

PuddleJumper Wahoo! Well done! 3mo
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Inspired by @TheKidUpstairs and @BarbaraBB here‘s my #womensdozen using only the short list and winners. Purposefully no overlap with my #bookerdozen with either author or title. Some are my favorite books of all time.

1. The Poisonwood Bible
2. Bel Canto
3. Purple Hibiscus
4. Old Filth
5. The Observations
6. The Tiger‘s Wife
7. Life After Life
8. The Goldfinch
9. Do No Say We Have Nothing
10. The Idiot
11. Girl, Woman, Other
12. Piranesi

Christine This is an amazing list, and now I‘m of course wondering which are your favorite books of all time! 3mo
vivastory I have read only 2 of these! I have a lot of reading to do as several of these are on my TBR 3mo
Ruthiella @Christine Thanks! Bel Canto, Old Filth, Life After Life and The Idiot would go on that list. 😃 3mo
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Ruthiella @vivastory So many books, so little time! 😃 3mo
vivastory So true, so true. If only work didn't keep interfering! 😅 3mo
vivastory @Ruthiella I have to ask: have you read other Atkinson books? I'm just curious, because I read “Case Histories“ & really loved it but it's the only Atkinson that I have read so far. 3mo
Ruthiella @vivastory I LOVE Atkinson. I‘ve read most of her novels and the entire Jackson Brodie series. I highly recommend it. When Will There Be Good News is IMO the best, but they‘re all great. @CarolynM is also a fan. 3mo
vivastory @Ruthiella Thanks! *Noted. I am def. planning on continuing the Brodie series, but also plan on checking out Life After Life. 3mo
BarbaraBB Such a great selection 😍. I loved Old Filth too. And Piranesi. And I should read 3mo
Ruthiella @BarbaraBB Discovering Jane Gardam was a revelation to me. I want to read everything she‘s written! 3mo
BarbaraBB I‘ve been thinking that too! And I noticed I already read The Tiger‘s Wife. Not even that long ago, in 2020. I don‘t remember a thing, isn‘t that weird? Or maybe it‘s because it‘s the damned Covid year… 😱 3mo
Ruthiella @BarbaraBB I definitely have read books where I have no memory. I sometimes wonder if I briefly had an out of body experience. 😂 3mo
BarbaraBB I am really shocked. I often don‘t remember what a book was about but not remembering that I read a book in the first place hasn‘t happened before, I think 👵🏼 3mo
vivastory @BarbaraBB If it's any consolation I recently started reading a short story collection thinking I had never read it & halfway through it I checked goodreads only to discover that I had read it 6 years ago 🙃 3mo
TheBookHippie The Observations is the only one I didn‘t read in your list!!!! Wow. 3mo
Ruthiella @TheBookHippie Wow! The Observations was great. I‘d recommend it to anyone who likes Sarah Waters. 3mo
Christine Worthy picks! Though I have to admit I‘ve never heard of Old Filth! 3mo
CarolynM Yep, big Atkinson fan. That one is probably my favourite Brodie (very hard to choose) I haven‘t read all of her non-Brodies yet @vivastory Of the ones I‘ve read I love Life After Life but my favourite is its companion novel 3mo
batsy Purple Hibiscus, The Idiot, and Piranesi! 💜 So many here that I must read. 3mo
Tamra I‘m still irritated by the The Goldfinch. I was downright angry at the time! 🤣 3mo
TheKidUpstairs So many good ones! Totally stacking The Observations and Old Filth! 3mo
Ruthiella @CarolynM The way the plot of When Will There Be Good News winds up was so amazing. I still get goosebumps. (edited) 3mo
Ruthiella @batsy A lovely list of possibilities! 😃 3mo
Ruthiella @Tamra I get that! Donna Tart‘s style can be indulgent and long winded. 😆 3mo
Ruthiella @TheKidUpstairs I hope you enjoy them! 3mo
Caryl Ooh! Some of my favorites (Bel Canto, Old Filth, Purple Hibiscus, Life After Life) and some shelf-sitters I need to get to (Piranesi, The Idiot). 3mo
Ruthiella @Caryl so many books, so little time! I hope you enjoy both when you get to them. 😃 3mo
Readerann Have read 7 of these and mostly agree with you, especially on 1 and 2! (edited) 3mo
Ruthiella Both were the first I‘d read from Patchett and Kingsolver and they knocked it out of the park. 3mo
BkClubCare Oh my, there are 5 on this list that I have yet to read.🧐 3mo
Ruthiella @BkClubCare Looking through the shortlist, I saw lots of books I already have on my mental TBR. 3mo
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1. Moon Tiger by P. Lively
2. Never Let Me Go by K. Ishiguro
3. Possession by AS Byatt
4. Disgrace by JM Coetzee
5. The White Tiger by A. Adiga
6. Bring Up the Bodies by H. Mantel
7. The Luminaries by E. Catton
8. Milkman by A. Burns
9. A Month in the Country by JL Carr
10. The Hand Maid‘s Tale by M. Atwood
11. Any Human Heart by W. Boyd
12. Fingersmith by S. Waters
13. Cloud Atlas by D. Mitchell

The #bookerdozen can go up to 13! 😆

vivastory Excellent call on it being 13 😂 I *almost“ added “Possession“ to my list & it pained me to leave off “Month in the Country. That's one of my favorite shorter works of fiction. Several others are pretty high on my TBR (esp “Moon Tiger,“ Milkman“ “Bring Up The Bodies“ & “Disgrace“) Great list! 3mo
Ruthiella I just went with my gut. Tomorrow it would possibly be a slightly different list! I was tempted by so many other great books, some you listed, like The Underground Railroad and 3mo
vivastory @Ruthiella Completely understandable. I could have as easily selected “Blind Assassin“ as “Alias Grace“ 3mo
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Centique There are so many books i love on your list! 3mo
CatMS I'm reading number 11 now and it is highly recommended 3mo
TheKidUpstairs @vivastory choosing between Atwoods was tough! 3mo
Ruthiella @Centique There are so many great books to choose from. I‘m glad we align some what! 😃 3mo
Ruthiella @CatMS Any Human Heart remains my favorite book from Boyd. It was incredible. ❤️ 3mo
Ruthiella @TheKidUpstairs Agree! Also the multiple titles from Ishiguro and Mantel made it hard! 3mo
TheBookHippie Oh White Tiger… that too! 3mo
Ruthiella @TheBookHippie I loved the energy of the narrator. Not a necessarily nice person, but I understood his motivations. 3mo
Sapphire I haven‘t been able to get through Milkman. Not giving up yet though 3mo
BarbaraBB I need to make mine yet but I know already we have a lot of the same books! 3mo
Ruthiella @Sapphire I can understand that. It has a rhythm to it and you have to kinda feel it for the book to flow. I read a lot of it out loud (to myself and my dog and cat). 3mo
Ruthiella @BarbaraBB Love it! It‘s so fun to see the overlap and also get excited for those I haven‘t yet read. 3mo
BarbaraBB Yes! I want to read Any Human Heart now! 3mo
Liz_M Oooh 😍A Month in the Country 😍 3mo
Ruthiella @Liz_M That was such a great book . So much packed into a few pages. I‘m always amazed when an author can do that . 3mo
Caryl What a great list! Several of my faves, which means I should add all the others to my TBR. 📚😁 3mo
Ruthiella @Caryl Definitely give them a try…it‘s not a guarantee, but some times reading tastes do align! 😃 (edited) 3mo
BkClubCare Only 4 on this one. Looks like I need to have more 🐅 in my reading diet 😂 3mo
Ruthiella @BkClubCare Yes! 😂 🐅 This one is on my #womensdozen list also 3mo
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