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TheWordJar

TheWordJar

Joined February 2016

Reader, Crocheter, Baker, Puzzler, Homeschooler, Tap Dancer, and Monarch Butterfly Protector
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Wanderers: A Novel by Chuck Wendig
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Feed by Mira Grant
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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? 3mo
Laughterhp Great job! You‘re still getting out there so that‘s great! Thanks for checking in! 😊 3mo
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. 3mo
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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! 3mo
Laughterhp Sounds great! I‘ve never been golfing, but that‘s awesome you guys got to go out there! 3mo
hes7 Getting in some happiness when everything‘s a little crazy definitely helps! 👏🏻👏🏻 3mo
Crazeedi Good work! 18 holes is a great walk! 3mo
kspenmoll All that golf is alot of walking!!! 3mo
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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! 4mo
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 4mo
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TheWordJar That‘s a very good point @wanderinglynn! Thank you for pointing that out. 😊 4mo
Laughterhp Great job this week! You‘re doing great! 4mo
hes7 Good quote! It‘s great to remember that even if you‘re not noticing changes immediately, it‘s not worthless to keep going. 4mo
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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! 💪🏻👏🏻 4mo
Laughterhp Great quote! Great goals as well! 4mo
wanderinglynn Excellent quote & very true! Great goals! 🙌🏻 4mo
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Crazeedi ❤ That quote! 4mo
Cheshirecat913 Great quote! So true too. 4mo
LazyOwl Love the quote, a great mindset is half the battle. Great goals. 4mo
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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 💜💜💜 4mo
cwarnier I am glad you enjoyed it. 4mo
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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! 🙌🏻 4mo
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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. 4mo
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. 4mo
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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 🌞💙🌞 4mo
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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! 4mo
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) 4mo
TheWordJar @AmyG Unfortunately you are not my recipient, but I hope you have a great trip! ☺️ 4mo
AmyG Not a problem. Ha! Thank you! 4mo
JamieLou I live in the mountains 😉😂😂 (edited) 4mo
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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! 💚🦋 4mo
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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! 5mo
SamHeartCoffee Pretty wrapping! 5mo
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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 🤗🌸👏🏻 5mo
Leftcoastzen Shiny, new , so relatable!😍😂👍 5mo
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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!!!!! 5mo
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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 6mo
RachelAmphlett Vox! Loved it! 6mo
squirrelbrain You have such a kind heart - they‘d have been so lonely if you‘d left them there... 🤣 6mo
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Alfoster Loved Vox as well! 6mo
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 😡😡😡 6mo
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)... 6mo
RachelAmphlett @TheWordJar oh, yeah - I was the same! 6mo
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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) 6mo
Reggie Lololololol, raising monsters. There‘s sometimes I cry just by thinking of Harry Potter. 6mo
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? 6mo
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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. 6mo
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! 😂 6mo
TheWordJar @Reggie Me too! I am so darn attached to some of those characters. 6mo
TheWordJar @stacybmartin I‘m sure your son is a well-adjusted child and will weep appropriately! 😂 My miscreants have ice water on their veins! 6mo
TheWordJar @tjwill ❤️❤️❤️ Yes. That line! I love the way that whole chapter highlights their relationship and then to end with that line. 😭❤️ 6mo
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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 👍🏽 6mo
greenhairdontcare My attention span is much the same atm! Glad I‘m not alone. 6mo
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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. 6mo
RealLifeReading Oh I didn‘t know about this book. Will have to find it. Thanks for posting! 6mo
TheWordJar @Leftcoastzen That‘s exactly what it feels like! 6mo
TheWordJar @RealLifeReading You‘re welcome! It‘s a delightful little read so far! 6mo
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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? 6mo
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) 6mo
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) 6mo
TheWordJar @Betty @CindyMyLifeIsLit You all make some excellent picks! Cindy picked HEX for the horror postal group. 6mo
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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 💛💙💛💙💛💙 8mo
Tanisha_A La la la! Enjoy! 🎈📚 8mo
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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! 9mo
LapReader Thanks. I look forward to receiving it. 9mo
TheBookKeepers Yay!!! 9mo
TheBookKeepers Thanks for joining the #justabookswap 9mo
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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. 🎂🎈 9mo
CBee Happy day after your birthday! Enjoy 😊 XOXO 😘 9mo
Kaye ♥️♥️♥️♥️ 9mo
BookwormAHN 😺😺 9mo
Soubhiville You‘re welcome! I hope you‘ll enjoy it! 9mo
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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?! 9mo
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 9mo
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. 9mo
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GingerAntics Oh wow, that‘s interesting. The earliest feminist tract perhaps? lol 9mo
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 9mo
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. 9mo
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.” 9mo
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! ❤️ 9mo
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. 9mo
LeahBergen Happy Birthday! 📚📚📚 9mo
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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. 9mo
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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! 9mo
Kristy_K I loved The Good Nurse! 9mo
TheSpineView Looks like you scored! 9mo
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Leftcoastzen So much temptation at Book Outlet! 9mo
MStew 😍 9mo
CouronneDhiver You‘ve got an almost-perfect red and black theme going there 👍🏽 9mo
TheWordJar @Hestapleton @Kristy_K Good to know! Can‘t wait to start them! 9mo
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! 9mo
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. 9mo
TheWordJar @Leftcoastzen You aren‘t kidding! That‘s a dangerous site to know about now!! 😂 9mo
MicheleinPhilly I read The Good Nurse and Fact of a Body and am reading the Jonestown book now. 9mo
Crazeedi Wow! Great stack of books! 9mo
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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! 💜💜💜 9mo
Kaye ♥️🎂♥️😁 9mo
gradcat Have a happy, happy birthday 🎁🎂🎊 ❤️😊 9mo
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TheWordJar Thank you @gradcat! 9mo
Bookzombie Happy Birthday!🎂🎈🎉 🥳🦄 9mo
TheWordJar @Bookzombie Thank you!! 9mo
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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. 9mo
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. 9mo
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. 9mo
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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. 9mo
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? 😂😂😂 9mo
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 9mo
julesG @GingerAntics 😂😂😂 Yes. There's Owen King 9mo
julesG @GingerAntics And Joe Hill 9mo
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. 9mo
julesG @GingerAntics I guess it offered Joe the chance to make it on his own (nearly typed Owen) 9mo
GingerAntics @julesG true. You see King and think “hm, I wonder.” 🤔 You see Hill and it could be any average Joe. 😏 9mo
julesG @TheWordJar Sorry Jessica, for all the comments on your post. 9mo
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! 9mo
julesG Make that two flies on the wall. 9mo
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. 9mo
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) 9mo
GingerAntics @julesG oh that would be awesome!!! lol 9mo
GingerAntics @julesG @TheWordJar JOE HILL IS, IN FACT, ON LITSY!!! 🤣😂🤣 Anyone have the guts to tag him and ask about those King family holidays? 9mo
julesG @GingerAntics 😂😂😂 9mo
julesG He hasn't posted in 2 years. @GingerAntics 9mo
GingerAntics @julesG oh wow, no he hasn‘t. I didn‘t notice that before. Oh well, the speculation continues. 9mo
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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

RachelO They‘re fantastic! 9mo
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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! 👍

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AlaMich #1 🤣 9mo
llwheeler I remember loving this book as a kid 🙂 9mo
Lmstraubie Love this book 😍 9mo
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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! 9mo
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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! 9mo
LeahBergen I got Jane, too. 😄 9mo
zezeki I got Jane too. 😁 9mo
Dragon Thanks for the link I got Anton Chekhov 😂 9mo
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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! 9mo
TheWordJar @saresmoore My sentiments exactly! 9mo
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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! 9mo
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! 9mo
Faibka @SoniaC I‘ve just finished the 2nd chapter (I know, so far behind 😭) and already think Genji is a total jerk, lol 9mo
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. 9mo
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. 9mo
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The Tale of Genji | Murasaki Shikibu
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Like father, like son. Genji went and fell in love someone he shouldn‘t have. One of his father‘s ladies...who also happens to look like his mother. 😳
#Genji #Genji1

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Definitely an interesting start to #Genji. Lots of melancholy over lost loves. I thought this was a poignant quote as the Emperor grieves the loss of his Haven. #Genji1

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My final #bookhaul of the year. I found a gift certificate to my local indie left over from Mother‘s Day (how?!) and felt it should be spent in the year in which it was purchased. I‘ve been drawn to nonfiction lately, and I‘m very excited to read all of my choices in 2019.

Happy New Year, my dear Littens! May your 2019 be filled with stacks of books and plenty of time to read them!

Reviewsbylola The Finkel is fantastic and Dopesick is on my TBR. 10mo
Lizpixie Happy new year! I‘ve got a ton of non-fiction for 2019 as well👍 10mo
LeslieO Happy Mew a Year to you! 🥂 10mo
Lizpixie Happy New Year🎉 I have a ton of non-fiction for 2019 too👍 10mo
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The Tale of Genji | Murasaki Shikibu
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I‘m 110% sure I won‘t be able to keep up, but I also can‘t pass up the opportunity to read what is considered to be the first ever novel (and written by a woman) with a great group of people in the buddy read organized by @Lindy! I‘m a sucker for lists of characters and loads of notes, so I went with the Tyler translation. It‘s over 1200 pages, so I went ebook!

Buddy read starts January 1! Check out Lindy‘s page for some great resources. #Genji

Lindy I‘m excited for tomorrow! 10mo
TheWordJar @Lindy Me too! I‘m plowing through the Introduction and front matter today in anticipation of tomorrow! 10mo
Lindy @TheWordJar 👍👍 10mo
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saresmoore Woohoo! Looking forward to reading with you! 10mo
TheWordJar @saresmoore And I with you! After reading more about the book, it seems we could be in for some very interesting tales! 10mo
batsy Yay! I'm in for this one, too 😁 10mo
TheWordJar @batsy 🙌 Can‘t wait! 10mo
Daisey I‘m with you on my uncertainty about keeping up but agree it‘s also the best opportunity to read it. Looking forward to getting started. 10mo
TheWordJar @Daisey If we fall behind, maybe we can fall behind together! Slow readers unite! 10mo
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Giveaway | Carolyn Finlay
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I do love a good guessing game! My guess is 3477. Congratulations on the #150K milestone @kaye!! 📚🌟📚🌟📚

Kaye Thanks ♥️ 10mo
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As time goes by, I find I‘m enjoying nonfiction more and more. @Riveted_Reader_Melissa is hosting another nonfiction challenge for 2019, and it could provide the inspiration I need to read it a bit more. #nonfiction2019

Riveted_Reader_Melissa Thank you so much for posting and joining in. I‘ve found the more NF I read, the more I find ones that interest me, it‘s getting started that‘s the hardest part. 10mo
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Reading my Christmas present on this quiet Christmas night. Today was a good one. We got to stay home instead of running ourselves ragged. The bickering was kept to a minimum (yes, children were plied with Christmas gifts), and our time together was at a maximum. Who knows what future me will have have gone through, but my heart will look back fondly on this one. ❤️🎄

Megabooks ❤️❤️ 10mo
Ruri_kaichou Love this book! I have teared up many times. 10mo
TheWordJar @Ruri_kaichou I love it too! I was ok until this one. Got a little teary-eyed here. I‘ve finished the book, but I know I will be keeping it close at hand to just thumb through whenever I need it! 10mo
Ruri_kaichou @TheWordJar I have been doing that! I had a few bad days and it did help just reading some of them. 10mo
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Cuckoo's Calling | Robert Galbraith
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Thank you so much for the #jolabokaflodswap gift @iread2much! I‘ve been looking forward to starting this series for awhile, and the chocolate looks scrumptious! Merry Christmas!

(And thanks for organizing the swap @MaleficentBookDragon! Merry Christmas to you too!)

MaleficentBookDragon Merry Christmas!🤶⛄🎁🎅 10mo
iread2much I‘m so glad you liked it! 10mo
BookishMarginalia Such a good series! 10mo
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I sent out my #jolabokaflodswap package today. It will arrive on Christmas Eve. I didn‘t get a pic, so here is my view as I finish up my Christmas cards this evening (late, as usual).

Bookzombie I love your tree! 🎄 10mo
TheWordJar @Bookzombie Thank you! 😊 10mo
dgingo Beautiful Christmas tree and thank you for sending my Jólabókaflóðið package! I received it in plenty of time and I can‘t wait to read Fates and Furies; I‘m excited to try those local chocolates, too! Thanks, Jessica! 10mo
inthegreensandblues Thank you for the card, I just got to the last couple days' mail and it made me smile, today was a bit rough in getting back to business as usual. 😊 I hope you have a great bookish 2019 too! 10mo
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A little late today, but thanks for the tag @GingerAntics!

1. One on Christmas Eve, the rest the next morning
2. The Grinch
3. They both have their charms!
4. Sugar cookies. I keep trying gingerbread cookies thinking I will like them, but I‘m just not a molasses fan.
5. Tagging all those left who would like to participate!

#TuesdayTidbits #ThisorThat

JenlovesJT47 💚❤️💚 10mo
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Hiroshima | John Hersey
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I read this book in high school, but the sheer enormity of the event never sunk in then. Now that I am older and able to better process these numbers (and living in a city of approximately 100,000 people), I find it simply staggering.

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Hiroshima | John Hersey
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Not exactly light holiday reading, but this is what my daughter and I are reading now. This book came about as we were discussing the bombing of Hiroshima and the subsequent independence of Korea. (She became interested in K-pop over the last year, which has become an obsession with all things Korean—language, history, geography, culture—which has led us down many interesting rabbit holes for homeschool.) Lots of deep discussions ahead!

Nebklvr Good for you! Tackling the hard subjects 10mo
GingerAntics I read that my first semester in college. It‘s kind of like the Korean version of Night. It‘s a short book, but very dense and very powerful. I‘m not sure if “enjoy” is the right sentiment, but I hope you find it as enlightening as I did. I remember having to decide if we would drop the bomb as part of a philosophy final after having read and discussed this book. It definitely colours the decision. 10mo
ephemeralwaltz This was a great read. I did a project on the bombings in a college class and this was one of the books I read. I also read 10mo
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TheWordJar @GingerAntics @ephemeralwaltz I remember reading it in high school. The vivid descriptions of the suffering are what really stuck with me. Very interesting that it was part of a philosophy course. I enjoy Howard Zinn, so I‘ll definitely check out your recommendation! 10mo
GingerAntics It was actually part of a coordinated studies course, so it was philosophy, English, history, and speech all at once. So they used it to cover three of the four courses. 10mo
TheWordJar @GingerAntics That sounds like a great course. Subjects like that are so interrelated, it makes sense to teach them together. (edited) 10mo
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1. Organize my school room
2. Cleaning, kid activities, holiday baking, and hopefully some reading
3. Sugar cookies
4. Hiroshima by John Hersey
5. @Judybskt How are you today? 😊

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Judybskt @TheWordJar all is well in my world!! My daughter arrived home from college in the wee hours of the morning! 🥰 10mo
TheWordJar @Judybskt Enjoy your time with your daughter! My kids are far from college, but my niece and nephew will both be visiting on their breaks, and I‘m so excited to see them! 10mo
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Thank You, Jeeves | P G Wodehouse
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Thank you so much for the incredible #StuffedStockingSwap package @TorieStorieS! So many wonderful goodies, decorations, and of course, books! The adorable stocking will be hung from the bookshelf with care, and the beautiful Santa ornament is already on the tree! And your bookmarks are adorable! Thank you thank you thank you!

And thank you @Avanders for organizing another great swap!

TorieStorieS I‘m so glad you liked everything- I had a lot of fun putting it together and making the bookmarks! 😊 Thanks to @Avanders as well for organizing!!! 10mo
Faibka I love toe socks! 10mo
Avanders 😍🎄❄️🥰♥️ 10mo
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