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TheWordJar

TheWordJar

Joined February 2016

Reader, Crocheter, Baker, Puzzler, Homeschooler, Tap Dancer, and Monarch Butterfly Protector
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‪You know how when you‘re reading and highlighting passages, and all of a sudden you realize you basically have the whole book highlighted? That‘s me reading Ace: What Asexuality Reveals About Desire, Society, and the Meaning of Sex by Angela Chen. I‘m learning so much about asexuality, but also about the compulsive and compulsory sexualization of society. Everyone should read this. ‬

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Love from A to Z | S. K. Ali
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Not sure if it‘s too late to post my first quarter #Booked2020 roundup, but I‘m posting anyway because I actually completed it! 🎉🎉🎉

1-Millenial Author
2-Hat or Head Covering on Cover
3-Live and Learn
4-Set in Hollywood
5-Cover Crush
6-Finish in a Day

erzascarletbookgasm Nah, the deadline to post is 5 Apr. 👏 2y
Cinfhen Yay!!! Congrats on completing #Winter #Booked2020 ☃️📚❤️This is your “official” entry #FirstQuarterDrawing🎉💜🥳 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage Great job! 🎉 🎉 📚 📚 2y
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Unbury Carol: A Novel | Josh Malerman
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Ok, #LMPBC #GroupU, here are some options from my shelves. Anything look interesting? Or perhaps more importantly, which ones have you already read? I have other options available if necessary...these just caught my eye while scouring the bookcases.

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Lovesbooks87 They all sound good. I have read Neverworld Wake. 2y
aroc I haven't read any of them! 2y
EH2018 Havent read any of them but they all look good! 2y
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The Book Club | Marjolijn Februari
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I am so ready for the next round of #LMPBC (#GroupU)! Are there any genres you prefer? Or maybe more importantly, any genres you dislike? Can‘t wait to see what you all have picked out!

Lovesbooks87 I read a little bit of everything. I haven‘t picked any books yet because I was waiting to make sure that you were the 4th person in our group. Erika, Anna, and I have done a couple rounds together and are excited to do this round! I am not a huge fan of sci-fi or horror. (edited) 2y
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Untitled | Unknown
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Well, #BookSpin seemed like such a good idea, I couldn‘t miss out on it! With so many books on my shelf and Kindle, it was no problem coming up with a list.

TheAromaofBooks Glad to have you join!! I'll be sure to tag you with the winning number tomorrow!! 😁 2y
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What Now? | Ann Patchett
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Since I‘m a rreeaallyy slow reader, I chose this short nugget for the #finishinaday #Booked2020 prompt. It was a refreshing look at different crossroads in our lives. Patchett delivered a slightly different version as a commencement address at Sarah Lawrence. No earth-shattering revelations (if you‘ve heard one commencement address...), but it‘s always nice to remind yourself that crossroads aren‘t just scary, they can be exciting too.

BarbaraTheBibliophage Love the little bird and good job on the book! ♥️📚👊🏻 2y
4thhouseontheleft Is that little bird from Target? I have two that look like his cousins! ☺️ 2y
Cinfhen Such a great photo!!! And book sounds wonderful 😊 2y
Smarkies Hahaha. Yes me too! I had to pick a really thin book for this prompt as I know that as I am a slow reader and get distracted easily I needed something small. 2y
TheWordJar @4thhouseontheleft It is! I have a few fall ones and a few winter ones. They‘re just so cute! 2y
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This book is already breaking my heart! 💔 I was just looking for stories of cleaning up trauma scenes and hoarders‘ houses—don‘t judge me!—but I am getting so much more.

EnidBiteEm Such an important question. 2y
CampbellTaraL This book broke my heart too, and I stumbled into it in a similar way: I was curious about the people who cleaned up after trauma and hoarding situations. But as unprepared for it, I'm very glad to have read Sandra's story. 2y
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A to Z | Sandra Boynton
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Signed up for #LitsyAtoZ this year! I didn‘t do any challenges last year, but I‘m looking forward to this one again. I think I read more when I do a little planning and have some fun goals.

Guidelines and sign up: https://docs.google.com/forms/u/2/d/e/1FAIpQLSex7AJyjI7PptZofazZtUX2T7L_FddNrEBx...

TheWordJar Forgot to mention it‘s hosted by the wonderful @BookishMarginalia! 🤦‍♀️ 2y
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The Starless Sea | Erin Morgenstern
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@Texreader — Thank you for the wonderful #jolabokaflodswap package! My apologies for not posting sooner...I‘ve been out of town for the holidays and didn‘t have a chance to open the package before I left. Really excited for both books! And the chocolate is my favorite! Yum!!

Texreader Yay! Glad you liked everything! Happy new year! 2y
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One Day in December | Josie Silver
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Thank you so much for the #jolabokaflodswap package @TheBookHippie ! Sorry I‘m so late in posting...I‘ve been out of town for the last week and didn‘t get a chance to open the package until today. I cannot wait to start this book and snuggle up with some hot chocolate!

MaleficentBookDragon OK that cocoa looks amazing! 2y
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The Christmas Swap | Janet A. Martin
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I finally mailed out my #JolabokaflodSwap packages for @Shadowfat and @Scochrane26 but forgot to take a picture. Your packages should arrive on Monday, paving the way for a midnight opening. Or am I the only one planning that???

wanderinglynn Nope, I‘m totally going to open mine at midnight! 🙌🏻😉🎄 2y
Moonprismpower Well now that I‘ve seen this post I have it my head to open mine at midnight too! 😂 2y
Scochrane26 Of course I will open at midnight or first thing the next morning. I‘m terrible at waiting. I‘m having a hard time waiting to open my advent calendar each day & I just got it a week ago. 2y
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The Christmas Swap | Janet A. Martin
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My #jolabokaflodswap packages arrived yesterday! Thank you @Texreader and @TheBookHippie ! Can‘t wait for Christmas Eve! 🎄

Texreader Yay!!! All your presents are wrapped so you can open the box! 2y
TheBookHippie Yaaaas!!!!! Phew 2y
TheBookHippie Ps I told amazon to wrap it but no idea how that goes 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣 2y
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What Now? | Ann Patchett
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Apparently I have fallen behind in my Goodreads challenge. Time to break out the short books!

Eyelit Same! 2y
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One Night Gone (Original) | Tara Laskowski
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Mehso-so

I was excited about this book because three of my favorite authors blurbed it as being basically fantastic. But, it was a bit of a turkey for me. I think the setting, a beach town in fall/winter, could have been used more effectively. I also didn‘t feel that invested in the 1980s MC, which I think is because she was written in third person POV, instead of first person like the current-day MC. It wasn‘t great. It wasn‘t terrible. Just meh.

Karisa Sorry the book was meh, but that is the cutest turkey ever! 2y
Kshakal That turkey is adorable!! 2y
Hooked_on_books Love your 🦃! 2y
Librariana I have the same turkey!! I call him Turkey Potter or Harry Gobbler, depends on my mood 😝 2y
TheWordJar @Librariana Those are perfect names for this little guy! 😆 2y
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A cute epigraph to start what is hopefully a fun read.

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The Summer Book | Tove Jansson, Thomas Teal, Kathryn Davis
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Not a funny moment in the book, but the dramatic six-year-old Sophia made me laugh. What avid reader hasn‘t heard some rendition of this utter despair from their family and friends??

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I know this is yet another late #BFCr2 check-in, but I didn‘t check in at all last week, and I couldn‘t let that happen again! I got 75 minutes of cardio this week and 30 minutes of stretching. I‘m not hitting my goals, but I‘m still doing more than I did before #BFC, so I‘m happy about that. I also finished the tagged book; my first of four. Not quite what I was looking for, but still a good read. (Pic from a walk this week.) #smallsteppers

TheBookAddict 🙌🏽 That‘s great, keep it up. For me it‘s been about staying active, which is usually what I struggle with. I‘ve had to change my goals a bit, but as long as I‘m moving it‘s all good. Hope you keep on staying active as well. Will you bee joining round 3? 3y
Laughterhp Great job! You‘re still getting out there so that‘s great! Thanks for checking in! 😊 3y
TheWordJar @TheBookAddict Thanks! I came into this just looking to be active more consistently as well. I thought about changing my goals, but I‘m not sure what I‘d change them to right now, and the goals I did make keep me moving, so I still find them useful. I will be signing up for round 3! You? I think I‘m going to see what kind of goals others have to get some good ideas. 2y
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Sorry for the late #BFCr2 Week 2 check-in. It was another crazy week! Some unexpected travel and some expected houseguests. Not sure how much cardio I got, but I golfed 18 holes with my husband, which we haven‘t done for years, because kids, so happiness meter filled. (We first met each other on the golf course!) Looking forward to a much slower-paced second half of this week! I hope to finish tagged and pictured book this week. #SmallSteppers

wanderinglynn Sounds like a great week! 🙌🏻 Way to go! 3y
Laughterhp Sounds great! I‘ve never been golfing, but that‘s awesome you guys got to go out there! 3y
hes7 Getting in some happiness when everything‘s a little crazy definitely helps! 👏🏻👏🏻 3y
Crazeedi Good work! 18 holes is a great walk! 3y
kspenmoll All that golf is alot of walking!!! 3y
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The Summer Book | Tove Jansson, Thomas Teal, Kathryn Davis
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I am so proud of my fellow #SmallSteppers in week one of #BFCr2! You guys have done great! The quote above is my positivity quote I needed to remember this week. I was out of town half of the week, and I only got 60 of my 120 minutes of cardio and 30 of my 60 minutes of stretching in. But it all adds up, right?? I also started The Summer Book by Tove Jansson, and it‘s gorgeous so far!

Let‘s keep it up in Week 2!!

#BookFitnessChallenge #BFC

TheDaysGoBy It definitely adds up! You‘re doing great! 3y
wanderinglynn Great first week! 🙌 But I'm going to rewrite the sentence “I only got ...“ to “I got 60 minutes of cardio and 30 minutes of stretching!“ (complete with exclamation point). Celebrate what you accomplished! Especially since you were out of town part of the week. No diminishing language (“only“). You are making great progress, you are moving forward, and most importantly, you didn't quit! #powerofpositivity 3y
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TheWordJar That‘s a very good point @wanderinglynn! Thank you for pointing that out. 😊 3y
Laughterhp Great job this week! You‘re doing great! 3y
hes7 Good quote! It‘s great to remember that even if you‘re not noticing changes immediately, it‘s not worthless to keep going. 3y
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I thought this quote would be good inspiration on the first day of #BFCr2. Time to start thinking I can! My fitness goals are 120 minutes of cardio or strength training per week and 60 minutes of yoga or stretching per week. My book goal is to finish four books. Excited to finally get started and cheer on my team! #BFC #BookFitnessChallenge

hes7 Ah, good quote! You can do it! 💪🏻👏🏻 3y
Laughterhp Great quote! Great goals as well! 3y
wanderinglynn Excellent quote & very true! Great goals! 🙌🏻 3y
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Crazeedi ❤ That quote! 3y
Cheshirecat913 Great quote! So true too. 3y
LazyOwl Love the quote, a great mindset is half the battle. Great goals. 3y
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Summer Santa | Ward Maia
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Thank you to @cwarnier for a spectacular #SummerSantaGoesPostal package! I love everything! Can‘t wait to read the books and use the pens, post-its, and bags. I actually just broke my favorite glass, so the new summer ones are perfect. My daughter tried to steal the flip-flops, but that‘s not going to happen! 😆

And a heartfelt thank you to @BookishMarginalia for once again organizing a great swap. Your efforts are greatly appreciated! ❤️

BookishMarginalia 💜💜💜 3y
cwarnier I am glad you enjoyed it. 3y
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A few more days to sign up for #BookFitnessChallenge! The first round looked so fun, and I can use whatever help I can get to get moving! You set goals that make sense for you. I set a goal for cardio/strength training and yoga/stretching. Plus a reading goal! Books and fitness...what more could you ask for? #BFCR2

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfLOkhxk06vVWG9leYeNEa-JYLOfwZiOKPtrBuU...

wanderinglynn Thanks for sharing! And welcome aboard! 🙌🏻 3y
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What a thorough examination of the Golden State Killer case. I do wish Michelle had survived to see him finally captured. I guess my best review of this book would be: After moving to a more rural area, I had been a bit relaxed about shutting my curtains at night. After reading this book, I‘m shutting them all tight and double checking the door locks. An excellent true crime read.

LapReader I can‘t read it at night or when I am alone. 3y
TheWordJar @LapReader Me neither! When I started the book, I was reading it at night, but then it started affecting my dreams. So, that had to stop. It became my lunchtime read. 3y
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Book: The Sun is Also a Star
Movie: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Song: Walking on Sunshine

#ManicMonday

JoScho Thanks for playing 🌞💙🌞 3y
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Summer Santa | Ward Maia
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Finally mailed out my #SummerSantaGoesPostal package! It will arrive on Friday (June 6). It‘s headed off to the mountains! 🏞🌄

#SummerSolsticeBookExchange

kellyann28 Cute sun! 3y
AmyG Not to be presumptuous but...if it‘s for me...I leave for Israel today so won‘t be able to post when I recieve it. The front desk at our apartment is amazing and will hold it until my return on 6/20. If not for me.....nevermind. I don‘t want my swap person to get concerned when I don‘t post. 😬 (edited) 3y
TheWordJar @AmyG Unfortunately you are not my recipient, but I hope you have a great trip! ☺️ 3y
AmyG Not a problem. Ha! Thank you! 3y
JamieLou I live in the mountains 😉😂😂 (edited) 3y
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What time is it? Butterfly time! 🦋 I love summer because the monarchs (and other butterflies) return. This spring I uprooted most of two garden plots and replanted them with butterfly-/pollinator-friendly plants. The bees already dig it. I usually don‘t start looking for monarch eggs until June, but I planted lots of milkweed and was rewarded with 14 eggs already. I raised 47 monarchs last summer...already on my way to beating that this year!

wanderinglynn That‘s so cool! 💚🦋 3y
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Summer Santa | Ward Maia
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It‘s here! It‘s here! 🎉🎉🎉 Can‘t wait for June 21! #SummerSantaGoesPostal #SummerSolsticeBookExchange

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Summer's Song | Lindi Peterson
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A sample of the goodies for my #SummerSantaGoesPostal recipient! The package is ready to mail out except for two items arriving Monday. I‘ll have it in the mail as soon as they get here! #SummerSolsticeBookExchange🌷🌸🌼🌞🌻🌹🌺

Lovesbooks87 Love the paper. It is so cute! 3y
SamHeartCoffee Pretty wrapping! 3y
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1. I like to have a bookshelf dedicated to books I‘d like to read soon. But I have zero attention span, so maybe someone suggests something on Litsy I have to read now, or I see a shiny new title at the library.
2. I don‘t usually use a bus or train, but I‘d read on them if I did.
3. Seems like everything these days.
4. Tea and maybe a cookie or two.
5. If anyone else would like to participate, consider yourself tagged! 🙌

#WondrousWednesday

Eggs Thanks for joining in 🤗🌸👏🏻 3y
Leftcoastzen Shiny, new , so relatable!😍😂👍 3y
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It may be freezing out (are we ever going to get a spring??), but soccer has started. Looking forward to my two hours of practice...er, reading...every week. Excited to finally start this one! 😱

Clwojick THIS ONE WAS SO GOOD!!!!! 3y
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Unbury Carol: A Novel | Josh Malerman
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I had to stop by the library today and found these two hanging out on the book sale shelf. I felt it irresponsible to leave them there, so they came home with me.

I‘ve heard good things about both. Which one to start with?

RadicalReader I‘d start with Vox 3y
RachelAmphlett Vox! Loved it! 3y
squirrelbrain You have such a kind heart - they‘d have been so lonely if you‘d left them there... 🤣 3y
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Alfoster Loved Vox as well! 3y
TheWordJar @RadicalReader @RachelAmphlett @Alfoster Thanks for the suggestions! I‘m a few pages into Vox now and love it already. But it also is making me 😡😡😡 3y
TheWordJar @squirrelbrain I like to think of others before myself! 😂 But then I remember those who were left behind on the shelf, and 💔. Next library visit perhaps (wistful sigh)... 3y
RachelAmphlett @TheWordJar oh, yeah - I was the same! 3y
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I just finished reading this book to my kids, and I‘ve discovered I‘m raising monsters. Not a tear was shed over the totally tear-worthy event at the end of this book. I, however, wept openly. Again. And I knew what was going to happen!

The chapter in the cave is my favorite chapter, perhaps of the whole series. And this is still my favorite book of the series. Such a great setup before the final book. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Peddler410 Oh my gosh! My daughter was 8 when I read this to her. I started crying early knowing what was coming. Then, full on ugly crying. I was pacing and needed to take 10. My husband came home from work and Daughter says, “I don‘t know. She‘s been like this forever.” (edited) 3y
Reggie Lololololol, raising monsters. There‘s sometimes I cry just by thinking of Harry Potter. 3y
stacybmartin I just started Order of the Phoenix with my son so I have some time before I see if I‘m raising a monster as well. My money is on yes. 🤣 Maybe you have to be the one reading it to get the full effect? 3y
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tjwill Its my favorite book of the series, and the cave chapter is my favorite too. I was so mad that my favorite line of the entire series (from the end of that scene) didn‘t make it into the movie. 3y
TheWordJar @Peddler410 😂😂😂 Sounds like my kids!! I did so well and did not break until I had to say the curse. Then it was full-on. They sat there looking at each while I sobbed and tried to explain that there was only a paragraph left of the chapter, just give me a minute! 😂 3y
TheWordJar @Reggie Me too! I am so darn attached to some of those characters. 3y
TheWordJar @stacybmartin I‘m sure your son is a well-adjusted child and will weep appropriately! 😂 My miscreants have ice water on their veins! 3y
TheWordJar @tjwill ❤️❤️❤️ Yes. That line! I love the way that whole chapter highlights their relationship and then to end with that line. 😭❤️ 3y
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1. I‘m in the middle of a few short books right now, including the tagged one. My attention span is zero at the moment.
2. Clearing some garden beds in the hopes of planting some new plants next weekend. 🌺🌸🌹🌷💐
3. Love them!
4. Grace
5. Yes! 🙌

#FriYayIntro @howjessreads

CouronneDhiver Grace is a nice choice 👍🏽 3y
greenhairdontcare My attention span is much the same atm! Glad I‘m not alone. 3y
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Thornhill | Pam Smy
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I guess my reading attention span is pretty short these days. Maybe that‘s why nothing has really stuck over the past few months. But this one is going well. A graphic novel combined with journal entries. The illustrations are great and detailed (I usually find myself turning back the pages and reviewing them), and combined with the journal entries, it‘s making for a very creepy, atmospheric read.

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I have been in such a huge reading slump these past few months. I‘ve tried several books, but nothing seemed to stick and in the slump I stayed. But it seems like the blog entries of Ursula K. Le Guin may be what pulls me out of it! She‘s fantastically wry, and her takes on old age, as well as her cat stories, are a breath of fresh air. So far she‘s been a wonderful reading slump companion.

Leftcoastzen I found it very enjoyable.Sometimes it felt like having coffee with a friend. 3y
RealLifeReading Oh I didn‘t know about this book. Will have to find it. Thanks for posting! 3y
TheWordJar @Leftcoastzen That‘s exactly what it feels like! 3y
TheWordJar @RealLifeReading You‘re welcome! It‘s a delightful little read so far! 3y
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Hey @Betty and @CindyMyLifeIsLit!! Your books are finally on their way back home. So sorry for the delay. They should arrive on Monday!

#LMPBC #HGPBC

CindyMyLifeIsLit No problem! How do you feel about doing another round? Yea or nay? 3y
TheWordJar @CindyMyLifeIsLit I‘d definitely be in for another round! And I looooved your pick! I‘d had it on my TBR forever. So glad I finally read it! (edited) 3y
Betty @TheWordJar what was @CindyMyLifeIsLit ‘s book choice?? Small world: Cindy sent me Stoner in a book swap, and that‘s the one I sent on to you in our #LMPBC group! It came back today (edited) 3y
TheWordJar @Betty @CindyMyLifeIsLit You all make some excellent picks! Cindy picked HEX for the horror postal group. 3y
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A huge thank you to @Tanisha_A for my #JustABookSwap books! I love love love Year of Yes and am so glad to finally own it! And the Oscar Wilde quotes are fabulous! Thank you so much! ☺️

TheBookKeepers 💛💙💛💙💛💙 3y
Tanisha_A La la la! Enjoy! 🎈📚 3y
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I ordered my #JustABook book today! And it gets to go all the way to Australia!

TheWordJar Psst—It‘s for you @LapReader! I just wanted you to know it‘s coming. It‘ll be there February 18 or 19. I‘ll keep you updated as Amazon updates me! 3y
LapReader Thanks. I look forward to receiving it. 3y
TheBookKeepers Yay!!! 3y
TheBookKeepers Thanks for joining the #justabookswap 3y
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Birthday Monsters! | Sandra Boynton
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This is late in coming, but I wanted to thank the wonderful #JB Littens who passed along some birthday love this year! It was so fun opening these cards over the last few days. And a special thanks to @Soubhiville and @CBee for passing along these awesome books! All of you warmed my heart in these frigid days! 😘🤗

Tanisha_A 😍 Belated birthday wishes. 🎂🎈 3y
CBee Happy day after your birthday! Enjoy 😊 XOXO 😘 3y
Kaye ♥️♥️♥️♥️ 3y
BookwormAHN 😺😺 3y
Soubhiville You‘re welcome! I hope you‘ll enjoy it! 3y
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Tale of Genji | Murasaki Shikibu
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#Genji4 also gives us this gem (Tyler translation). “I know I would like such a woman more, the more I lived with her and FORMED HER TO MY WILL.” As I said, quite over the top. He‘s 17! #Genji

GingerAntics WTF?! 3y
Lindy @GingerAntics WTF is right. Part of the appeal of this novel is seeing what outrageous treatment of women Genji will get away with next, while everyone around him is blinded by his beauty. @Daisey @llwheeler @bianca @saresmoore @bookandcat @mhillis @SoniaC @batsy @KathyR @TheWordJar @Faibka @RachelO @CindyMyLifeIsLit @TheWordJar 3y
TheWordJar @GingerAntics I know! As @Lindy said, men, women, children, spirits...everyone thinks Genji is beyond beautiful, so he can do whatever he wants. The fun part is when the author throws in a few asides like “Genji shouldn‘t get away with this stuff, but who am I to say, I‘m only a female.” Even though it was written in another time and place (over 1000 years ago in Japan), reading it through a current lens makes you hope she did that on purpose. 3y
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GingerAntics Oh wow, that‘s interesting. The earliest feminist tract perhaps? lol 3y
batsy Spoiler, but in Chap 24 we learn that Genji has not quite matured or changed 😤 and the Washburn translation really makes the discomfort of a particular female character quite obvious. So my feminist heart continues to believe that Lady Murasaki wrestled with some *feelings* regarding social and gender mores at the time. @Lindy 3y
saresmoore I would love to give him the benefit of the doubt for his age, but like @batsy noted, he doesn‘t grow out of it. And anyway, I think it‘s statements like that, which represent pretty widely accepted views of the time. 3y
Lindy “Although women at the time were banned from learning the written Chinese characters used by the court, Murasaki displayed an obvious aptitude for it. She nonetheless worked primarily with kana, the syllabary unique to Japan and the Japanese language. It was known as the language of court ladies, & so it was that women of the time were laying the foundation for Japanese literature, while the men toiled away with their Chinese writings.” 3y
TheWordJar @Lindy Some fascinating facts in that article! Interesting to know that the intended audience was women. Leave it to the women to be writing and reading! ❤️ 3y
TheWordJar @batsy @saresmoore I guess I‘m not surprised that there is no growth for Genji yet. It sounds like he evades all consequences because of his beauty. 3y
LeahBergen Happy Birthday! 📚📚📚 3y
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Tale of Genji | Murasaki Shikibu
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I‘m so behind, but on I read! Genji at 17 is over the top. #Genji4 could be a Friends episode—“The One with the Killer Spirit” (with Joey as Genji, of course). As I understand it, Genji takes a lady friend to a haunted house, where she dies (killed by a spirit who “had taken a fancy to” him, according to Genji). Inconsolable Genji. But, before the mourning period ends, he sends some “How you doin‘?” poems to former lovers. Yes? SMH, #Genji!

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Nothing But the Night | John Williams
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Just wanted to say thank you to @Betty for the sweet (and gorgeously handmade!?!) #jb card I recently received. And I just thought of you this morning as an email from #nyrb informed me that the tagged book is their pick of the month, and for the next few days they are offering 30% off all John Williams titles. This one looks interesting! (And I do have Stoner and am enjoying it immensely. But also slowly! Sorry!)

Betty As long as you have Stoner and are enjoying it, keep it until you‘re done. 3y
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And this is why I‘m trying not to buy any books this year! 🤦‍♀️ This is my haul from the Book Outlet holiday sale. My first order ever from Book Outlet and a total #blameitonLitsy moment!! Their books are sooo cheap! Now I‘m trying to use my own mountain of books for reading challenge prompts this year. (So far, so good!)

Any reads you‘ve enjoyed in the stack?

Hestapleton I adored THE FACT OF A BODY and I‘m currently really enjoying Jeff Guinn‘s Jonestown book! 3y
Kristy_K I loved The Good Nurse! 3y
TheSpineView Looks like you scored! 3y
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Leftcoastzen So much temptation at Book Outlet! 3y
MStew 😍 3y
CouronneDhiver You‘ve got an almost-perfect red and black theme going there 👍🏽 3y
TheWordJar @Hestapleton @Kristy_K Good to know! Can‘t wait to start them! 3y
TheWordJar @TheSpineView I did! I‘d seen people post about Book Outlet, but I‘d never ordered. But definitely time to catch up with reading the books and take a break from buying! 3y
TheWordJar @CouronneDhiver I hadn‘t noticed that! I just went on a true crime spree and threw in two books from one of my favorite mystery/thriller authors. 3y
TheWordJar @Leftcoastzen You aren‘t kidding! That‘s a dangerous site to know about now!! 😂 3y
MicheleinPhilly I read The Good Nurse and Fact of a Body and am reading the Jonestown book now. 3y
Crazeedi Wow! Great stack of books! 3y
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Birthday Monsters! | Sandra Boynton
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I‘ve gotten some wonderful #jb #litsylove mail recently. Thanks to @kaye for the cute card emphasizing my favorite part of a birthday. And thanks to @Lovesbooks87 for the card and fun goodies! 😘

Lovesbooks87 So glad they made it to you! 💜💜💜 3y
Kaye ♥️🎂♥️😁 3y
gradcat Have a happy, happy birthday 🎁🎂🎊 ❤️😊 3y
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TheWordJar Thank you @gradcat! 3y
Bookzombie Happy Birthday!🎂🎈🎉 🥳🦄 3y
TheWordJar @Bookzombie Thank you!! 3y
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Tale of Genji | Murasaki Shikibu
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1. Before heading to a show on Saturday, my daughter and I tried out a local Korean restaurant. I had beef bugolgi; she tried a sizzling udon bowl (pictured). And we found out we both loved kimchi!
2. I haven‘t bought any books yet this year, but The Tale of Genji was the last one I bought in 2018.
3. 19
4. No
5. No ☹️ Hopefully next year for our anniversary!

#HumpDayPost

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“Writers are territorial, and they resent intruders.”

I had no idea Margaret Drabble and A. S. Byatt are sisters. That‘s a prolific pair! Here, Drabble is speaking about not wanting to offend anyone when writing about her relationship with her aunt. I imagine it‘s hard to “write what you know” when you have to call dibs on what you both know.

GingerAntics That would probably cause a few issues, but I would imagine that the spin on any event would be different. 3y
TheWordJar @GingerAntics That‘s what I was thinking. Clearly no two people experience events the same way. I feel that tea set was still up for grabs for Byatt. 3y
julesG @GingerAntics I admit, I don't get the fuss. Even if authors were territorial, no two people experience anything the exact same way. So AS Byatt might still use that teaset and likewise Drabble can write about their aunt. Just look at all the book reviews about one and the same book, we all experience it differently. 3y
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GingerAntics I‘m with @JulesG on this. Maybe it‘s more that the sisters were territorial. It‘s sounding a bit like sibling rivalry to me. @TheWordJar I don‘t see why the tea set couldn‘t be up for grabs by either sister. 3y
julesG @GingerAntics Will we ever know? Do you think Stephen King and his sons have arguments over who's allowed to write about the teaset? 😂😂😂 3y
GingerAntics @julesG Stephen King‘s sons are authors? I‘m going with no on that one...not least of all because I don‘t think they had a teaset. lol 3y
julesG @GingerAntics 😂😂😂 Yes. There's Owen King 3y
julesG @GingerAntics And Joe Hill 3y
GingerAntics @julesG I don‘t blame Joe for not using “King” as his last name when publishing. That was gutsy of Owen. Imagine the pressure that would add. Definitely no fighting over the teaset or the ghost stories in the King house. 3y
julesG @GingerAntics I guess it offered Joe the chance to make it on his own (nearly typed Owen) 3y
GingerAntics @julesG true. You see King and think “hm, I wonder.” 🤔 You see Hill and it could be any average Joe. 😏 3y
julesG @TheWordJar Sorry Jessica, for all the comments on your post. 3y
TheWordJar @julesG @GingerAntics Comment away! 😂 I agree it definitely seems more likely sibling rivalry in this situation. As for Joe and Owen, I‘ve always wondered if Joe ever pulls the old “You never could have made it without Dad‘s name” taunt on Owen. I‘d love to be a fly on the wall at a King family holiday! 3y
julesG Make that two flies on the wall. 3y
GingerAntics @julesG @thewordjar make that three!!! 🤣😂🤣 I think instead of dividing up the stories it would be more “I already did that one. Let‘s just see whose version sells more.” 😏 I can definitely see Joe pulling that on Owen. Such a brotherly thing to do. It seems brothers are more playful and one upping than sisters, although I know plenty of girls who can give their brothers a good run for their money. 3y
julesG @GingerAntics That's a very cool idea. Use the same ingredients and a similar recipe, but the outcome is different. So, even if the teaset is the same, the description is different. (wonder if any of the Kings is on Litsy and would be cracking up about this line of comments) 3y
GingerAntics @julesG oh that would be awesome!!! lol 3y
GingerAntics @julesG @TheWordJar JOE HILL IS, IN FACT, ON LITSY!!! 🤣😂🤣 Anyone have the guts to tag him and ask about those King family holidays? 3y
julesG @GingerAntics 😂😂😂 3y
julesG He hasn't posted in 2 years. @GingerAntics 3y
GingerAntics @julesG oh wow, no he hasn‘t. I didn‘t notice that before. Oh well, the speculation continues. 3y
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January is National Puzzle month! To celebrate, I‘m reading The Pattern in the Carpet by Margaret Drabble, which is supposed to be part memoir, part jigsaw history. I don‘t know French, so I don‘t know what these endpapers say, but I do know they are gorgeous! #nonfiction2019 #somethingpersonal

rockpools They‘re fantastic! 3y
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1. Teleport! So many places to go! And they would probably be infinitely more interesting than any minds I could read.
2. Currently reading this one with my son
3. No. They never stick.
4. Nothing on Netflix, but Dr. Who on Amazon and Handmaid‘s Tale on Hulu.
5. Of course! 👍

#FriYayIntro

AlaMich #1 🤣 3y
llwheeler I remember loving this book as a kid 🙂 3y
Lmstraubie Love this book 😍 3y
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TheWordJar @Lmstraubie @llwheeler I never read it as a kid, so it‘s been fun reading along with my son. So far, so good! 3y
rr101 How do you read this book 3y
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Pride and Prejudice | Jane Austen
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I have never been more pleased with a quiz result. Jane and I would be quite happy together.

I‘m not sure who originally posted the quiz, but if you‘d like to find out which classic author is your soulmate, here it is:

https://www.buzzfeed.com/dianabruk/which-classic-author-is-your-soulmate?utm_sou...

Tanisha_A Perfect! 3y
LeahBergen I got Jane, too. 😄 3y
zezeki I got Jane too. 😁 3y
Dragon Thanks for the link I got Anton Chekhov 😂 3y
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The Tale of Genji | Murasaki Shikibu
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I guess I‘m going to relate to Genji through late ‘90s/early ‘00s teen movies. Only a bit into Ch. 2 and already 🙄 at men discussing women. “Anyway, the really fascinating girl is the one of whom no one has ever heard, the strangely appealing one who lives by herself....Compared to someone truly flawless, she of course falls short, but for what she is, she is hard to let go.”

I guess there‘s a prom queen/consort in all of us.

#Genji #Genji2

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saresmoore I want to punch all of the stupid idiot men in their stupid idiot faces. My translation uses a lot of the word “frigid” and I‘m just appreciating the fact that I didn‘t live during the 11th century! 3y
TheWordJar @saresmoore My sentiments exactly! 3y
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SoniaC There have been several moments where I am just thoroughly disgusted especially by Genji himself! It‘s going to be a long 1200+ pages! 3y
Faibka @TheWordJar @saresmoore Glad I‘m not the only one that found this passage so infuriating. Hmm I‘m starting to wonder which translation is closer to the original. I‘m behind on reading so trying to catch up! 3y
Faibka @SoniaC I‘ve just finished the 2nd chapter (I know, so far behind 😭) and already think Genji is a total jerk, lol 3y
saresmoore @Faibka Unfortunately, Genji has yet to grow as a person. Well, I suppose he grows more melancholy, but that isn‘t much better... I wonder about the translations, too. There are just so many contextual factors, I‘m sure it would be difficult to determine which is objectively more aligned with the original. 3y
Faibka @saresmoore true about the translations and probably made more difficult when dealing with very old texts. I am hoping that Genji will improve as a read on, lol. 3y
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