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TheWordJar

TheWordJar

Joined February 2016

Reader, Crocheter, Baker, Puzzler, Homeschooler, Tap Dancer, and Monarch Butterfly Protector
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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!!!!! 2w
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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 3w
RachelAmphlett Vox! Loved it! 3w
squirrelbrain You have such a kind heart - they‘d have been so lonely if you‘d left them there... 🤣 3w
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Alfoster Loved Vox as well! 3w
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 😡😡😡 3w
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)... 3w
RachelAmphlett @TheWordJar oh, yeah - I was the same! 3w
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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) 3w
Reggie Lololololol, raising monsters. There‘s sometimes I cry just by thinking of Harry Potter. 3w
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? 3w
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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. 3w
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! 😂 3w
TheWordJar @Reggie Me too! I am so darn attached to some of those characters. 3w
TheWordJar @stacybmartin I‘m sure your son is a well-adjusted child and will weep appropriately! 😂 My miscreants have ice water on their veins! 3w
TheWordJar @tjwill ❤️❤️❤️ Yes. That line! I love the way that whole chapter highlights their relationship and then to end with that line. 😭❤️ 3w
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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 👍🏽 1mo
greenhairdontcare My attention span is much the same atm! Glad I‘m not alone. 1mo
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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. 1mo
RealLifeReading Oh I didn‘t know about this book. Will have to find it. Thanks for posting! 1mo
TheWordJar @Leftcoastzen That‘s exactly what it feels like! 1mo
TheWordJar @RealLifeReading You‘re welcome! It‘s a delightful little read so far! 1mo
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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? 1mo
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) 1mo
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) 1mo
TheWordJar @Betty @CindyMyLifeIsLit You all make some excellent picks! Cindy picked HEX for the horror postal group. 1mo
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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 💛💙💛💙💛💙 3mo
Tanisha_A La la la! Enjoy! 🎈📚 3mo
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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! 4mo
LapReader Thanks. I look forward to receiving it. 4mo
TheBookKeepers Yay!!! 4mo
TheBookKeepers Thanks for joining the #justabookswap 4mo
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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. 🎂🎈 4mo
CBee Happy day after your birthday! Enjoy 😊 XOXO 😘 4mo
Kaye ♥️♥️♥️♥️ 4mo
BookwormAHN 😺😺 4mo
Soubhiville You‘re welcome! I hope you‘ll enjoy it! 4mo
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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?! 4mo
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 4mo
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. 4mo
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GingerAntics Oh wow, that‘s interesting. The earliest feminist tract perhaps? lol 4mo
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 4mo
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. 4mo
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.” 4mo
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! ❤️ 4mo
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. 4mo
LeahBergen Happy Birthday! 📚📚📚 4mo
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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. 4mo
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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! 4mo
Kristy_K I loved The Good Nurse! 4mo
TheSpineView Looks like you scored! 4mo
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Leftcoastzen So much temptation at Book Outlet! 4mo
meghan2714 😍 4mo
CouronneDhiver You‘ve got an almost-perfect red and black theme going there 👍🏽 4mo
TheWordJar @Hestapleton @Kristy_K Good to know! Can‘t wait to start them! 4mo
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! 4mo
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. 4mo
TheWordJar @Leftcoastzen You aren‘t kidding! That‘s a dangerous site to know about now!! 😂 4mo
MicheleinPhilly I read The Good Nurse and Fact of a Body and am reading the Jonestown book now. 4mo
Crazeedi Wow! Great stack of books! 4mo
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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! 💜💜💜 4mo
Kaye ♥️🎂♥️😁 4mo
gradcat Have a happy, happy birthday 🎁🎂🎊 ❤️😊 4mo
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TheWordJar Thank you @gradcat! 4mo
Bookzombie Happy Birthday!🎂🎈🎉 🥳🦄 4mo
TheWordJar @Bookzombie Thank you!! 4mo
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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. 4mo
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. 4mo
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. 4mo
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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. 4mo
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? 😂😂😂 4mo
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 4mo
julesG @GingerAntics 😂😂😂 Yes. There's Owen King 4mo
julesG @GingerAntics And Joe Hill 4mo
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. 4mo
julesG @GingerAntics I guess it offered Joe the chance to make it on his own (nearly typed Owen) 4mo
GingerAntics @julesG true. You see King and think “hm, I wonder.” 🤔 You see Hill and it could be any average Joe. 😏 4mo
julesG @TheWordJar Sorry Jessica, for all the comments on your post. 4mo
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! 4mo
julesG Make that two flies on the wall. 4mo
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. 4mo
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) 4mo
GingerAntics @julesG oh that would be awesome!!! lol 4mo
GingerAntics @julesG @TheWordJar JOE HILL IS, IN FACT, ON LITSY!!! 🤣😂🤣 Anyone have the guts to tag him and ask about those King family holidays? 4mo
julesG @GingerAntics 😂😂😂 4mo
julesG He hasn't posted in 2 years. @GingerAntics 4mo
GingerAntics @julesG oh wow, no he hasn‘t. I didn‘t notice that before. Oh well, the speculation continues. 4mo
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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! 4mo
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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 🤣 4mo
llwheeler I remember loving this book as a kid 🙂 4mo
Lmstraubie Love this book 😍 4mo
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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! 4mo
rr101 How do you read this book 4mo
rr101 What do you press 4mo
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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! 5mo
LeahBergen I got Jane, too. 😄 5mo
zezeki I got Jane too. 😁 5mo
Dragon Thanks for the link I got Anton Chekhov 😂 5mo
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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! 5mo
TheWordJar @saresmoore My sentiments exactly! 5mo
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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! 5mo
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! 4mo
Faibka @SoniaC I‘ve just finished the 2nd chapter (I know, so far behind 😭) and already think Genji is a total jerk, lol 4mo
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. 4mo
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. 4mo
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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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The Tale of Genji | Murasaki Shikibu
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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. 5mo
Lizpixie Happy new year! I‘ve got a ton of non-fiction for 2019 as well👍 5mo
LeslieO Happy Mew a Year to you! 🥂 5mo
Lizpixie Happy New Year🎉 I have a ton of non-fiction for 2019 too👍 5mo
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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! 5mo
TheWordJar @Lindy Me too! I‘m plowing through the Introduction and front matter today in anticipation of tomorrow! 5mo
Lindy @TheWordJar 👍👍 5mo
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saresmoore Woohoo! Looking forward to reading with you! 5mo
TheWordJar @saresmoore And I with you! After reading more about the book, it seems we could be in for some very interesting tales! 5mo
batsy Yay! I'm in for this one, too 😁 5mo
TheWordJar @batsy 🙌 Can‘t wait! 5mo
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. 5mo
TheWordJar @Daisey If we fall behind, maybe we can fall behind together! Slow readers unite! 5mo
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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 ♥️ 5mo
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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. 5mo
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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 ❤️❤️ 5mo
Ruri_kaichou Love this book! I have teared up many times. 5mo
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! 5mo
Ruri_kaichou @TheWordJar I have been doing that! I had a few bad days and it did help just reading some of them. 5mo
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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!🤶⛄🎁🎅 5mo
iread2much I‘m so glad you liked it! 5mo
BookishMarginalia Such a good series! 5mo
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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! 🎄 5mo
TheWordJar @Bookzombie Thank you! 😊 5mo
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! 5mo
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! 5mo
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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 💚❤️💚 5mo
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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 5mo
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. 5mo
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 5mo
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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! 5mo
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. 5mo
TheWordJar @GingerAntics That sounds like a great course. Subjects like that are so interrelated, it makes sense to teach them together. (edited) 5mo
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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? 😊

#FriYayIntro

Judybskt @TheWordJar all is well in my world!! My daughter arrived home from college in the wee hours of the morning! 🥰 5mo
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! 5mo
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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!!! 5mo
Faibka I love toe socks! 5mo
Avanders 😍🎄❄️🥰♥️ 5mo
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Christmas Stockings | Rachael Rowe
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Apparently my tiny post office didn‘t get the memo that the mail was canceled today...so my #StuffedStockingSwap package was delivered! Just a few more hours to go!

MaleficentBookDragon I got #bookmail today too. My mailperson must kniw how much I ❤ 📚. 😂 6mo
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It‘s that time of year...awards season! 🏆🥇🥈🥉🏆

 @LibrarianRyan is again organizing the Litsy Awards! You can nominate your favorite reads that were published in 2018 until December 31. Check out her feed for full details. #LitsyAwards2018

Nominating form here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1BX_WzjH6A8rbzBFxsc8bTUd8ZF3TifcTKoe6iXvsYpQ/vie...

LibrarianRyan Yeah thank you. 6mo
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The Giveaway Box | Michael Dostillio
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@erzascarletbookgasm is hosting a lovely #FestiveBookishBox giveaway to help us reflect on our reading journeys this year. My reading started off strong in the first half of the year. I usually get the majority of my “books read” January through September. For many reasons, my reading pace slows in the fall/winter. Favorite memories—I read many strong MG books with my daughter, and my Halloween season was filled with excellent scary selections.

erzascarletbookgasm Sounds like you‘re having a fabulous reading year! Thanks for entering, ❣️🍀 6mo
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Christmas Stockings | Rachael Rowe
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A sampling of the gifts that are in the #StuffedStockingSwap package I mailed out on Friday. It should arrive at its destination on Monday! 🎅❄️🎅

Avanders Love that paper! 🎄♥️❄️💙☃️ 6mo
ferskner Ooooooo I can't wait!!!! 5mo
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Becoming | Michelle Obama
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I‘ve been on the road all day yesterday and today. Totally worth it. Michelle Obama chatting with Oprah was the soothing balm my politically weary soul needed. Can‘t wait to start the book now!

4thhouseontheleft 😍😍😍😍 6mo
AmyG Wow! 6mo
Suet624 So cool! 5mo
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Broadchurch | Erin Kelly, Chris Chibnall
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I went to the semi-annual book sale last night, and it was fabulous! So many good books. Has anyone read any of these! Any suggestions on where to start? :) #bookhaul

@GingerAntics They had Broadchurch! There was no book jacket, so I wasn‘t sure it was the right one, but I opened it up and saw “Mark Latimer.” I think this was my favorite find!

LeslieO Great haul! 6mo
GingerAntics Oh wow!!! I've only ever seen it as an ebook!!! That is so awesome!!! I can't believe it was just there. It was waiting for you to come find it, adopt it, and take it home!!! You got TONS of books, too. So many good options for starting there. Sheesh. (edited) 6mo
Alfoster If you want a freaky but awesome story! 6mo
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AlaMich What @alfoster said! Another vote for 6mo
LeahBergen You did well!! 👏🏻👏🏻 6mo
TheWordJar @Alfoster @AlaMich I‘ve never seen the movie, but I hear it‘s a great book! Can‘t wait to read it! 6mo
Alfoster Yes, read first and then see the movie! Your head will spin!😍 6mo
whippoorwill815 I love Shutter Island! Both the book and the movie. 6mo
MaleficentBookDragon Broadchurch?!?!? Oh I need that. Stacked! 6mo
Dragon East of Eden. A classic! 👍😀🐉 6mo
valeriegeary Nice! Definitely put East of Eden and love in the time of cholera on the top of that pile! 6mo
RainyDayReading I just recently picked up Shutter Island as well! It sounds really good, can‘t wait to get to it! 6mo
zsuzsanna_reads You've got so many good books there! 5mo
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Please send all your love, prayers, top-notch doctors and nurses, and maybe some unicorn sparkles to RBG. I cannot handle another nomination.

mrozzz Omg no 😢💔 6mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa I know! I thought the same thing!!!! I just can‘t, I say we organize volunteers to literally carry her to work every day! 6mo
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swishandflick I'm shook 😭😭😭 6mo
bookwrm526 We need bubble wrap and cotton batting STAT!!!!! 6mo
GingerAntics I had this same thought. 6mo
TheWordJar @Riveted_Reader_Melissa @bookwrm526 Can we just turn her into a cyborg or something? I‘d feel much better then! 6mo
jpmcwisemorgan Lots of prayers and thoughts for RBG! 6mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @TheWordJar I‘m thinking bubble wrap those ribs & hips than carry her to the office on a sedan bench like the queen she is.... too much? (edited) 6mo
SilversReviews Prayers for her and her family. 6mo
Julsmarshall Sending all my 💕❤️💕❤️ to RBG! 6mo
Chrissyreadit Thinking every kind of good thought for her health and healing!!!! 6mo
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Home | Ellen DeGeneres
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When we moved into our latest #home we had a huge blank wall in our family area, and I had no idea what to do with it. A few months later I made these photo shelves (from Pinterest) to display #family photos—children, parents, nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and grandparents. This wall always brings a smile to my face. (And there‘s actually one more shelf at the bottom that houses a rotating crop of kids books!)

#Gratitude30
#FallIntoReading

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Love it!!!! ❤️ 7mo
LauraJ Why is the pug not taking up whole wall? 7mo
TheWordJar @LauraJ 😂😂😂 My husband asks the same thing! He‘s up there, but since he‘s usually laying on one of us, I figure we don‘t really need a ton of photo representation! 7mo
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vkois88 Love these!!! I've been trying to get something like this in my room, but alas it has not happened thus far 7mo
TheWordJar @vkois88 I love them too! I made these ones a few years ago, but now I see IKEA, Target, Walmart, etc, all have similar ledges to buy. Check them out! 7mo
vkois88 I'll have to look. I got our version when they went on sale and I'm honestly less than impressed. 7mo
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Feed | Mira Grant
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@MaleficentBookDragon! My swap box overfloweth! My jaw was dropped for the whole opening. I love all the skull stuff (little bowl is on my bookshelf, scarf provided a nice pop of color to my all-black outfit yesterday). And I‘m so excited for all of the books! I especially liked the inclusion of Zombie. Because people are the scariest monsters of all! Thank you so much for everything, friend! ❤️❤️❤️ #AllHallowsReadSwap

LittlePixels OMG, I'm such a Mira Grant fan!! 7mo
MaleficentBookDragon Yay! I'm glad you like everything. I tried to read Ruins years ago and couldn't do it. You'll have to let me know how you like it. 7mo
TheWordJar @LittlePixels I‘ve been wanting to read the Feed series for forever! I actually bought a copy of Feed to give to a swap partner last year, and it was really hard to let it go. But now I have one of my own and hope to read it soon! 7mo
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TheWordJar @MaleficentBookDragon Will do! Sounds intriguing! 7mo
LittlePixels @TheWordJar The Feed series is great. If you like it, make sure to check out the Parasitology series too. I liked it at least as much - maybe even more! And although killer mermaids didn't sound like my thing (?), I really enjoyed "Into the Drowning Deep" as well. I guess I'm kind of a Mira Grant fangirl... ? 7mo
TheWordJar @LittlePixels oooh, I just read about Parasite and it sounds so good too! I‘m not sure how I feel about killer mermaids, but if it‘s well written, I‘ll give it a try! 7mo
Avanders 😍😍😍 7mo
MaleficentBookDragon Have you used the blanket? I got it for you and then turned around and got one for myself. So soft. @LittlePixels Killer mermaids? I'm in. 7mo
TheWordJar @MaleficentBookDragon I LOVE the blanket! It‘s so soft and it‘s the perfect weight. Not too light, not too heavy! And FYI— pups love snuggling underneath it!❤️ 7mo
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Thank you thank you @TheReadingMermaid! My #HalloweenHorrorSwap package was incredible! Your decorations are so fun. I wore the earrings to pass out candy last night! The treats are safely hidden. Can‘t wait to try to tea today. And the books!! I love them all, but I‘m really excited for my first Clive Barker, and I‘m always looking to add to my true crime collection, so the BTK is perfect for that! Thank you so much! You are awesome! ❤️

TheReadingMermaid You are most welcome sweetheart. I'm so glad you like everything. 😘 7mo
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When both of your spooky Halloween reads have a character named Ollie. 🧐🤷‍♀️ #HappyOllieween

hermyknee 😂😂😂 I love that hashtag 7mo
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All Hallows' Eve: 13 Stories | Vivian Vande Velde
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@MaleficentBookDragon My package arrived! Can‘t wait for Wednesday! Thank you! #AllHallowsReadSwap

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Tales of Horror on Halloween Night | Samie Sands, Kevin S. Hall, Dean Kuch, Georgina Price
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I finally got my #HalloweenHorrorSwap and #AllHallowsReadSwap packages sent! They will both arrive on Halloween, so while you can‘t open them first thing in the morning, you will still be able to open that day! My apologies @LauraJ and @RavenLovelyReads!

RavenLovelyReads Yay!! I‘ll be on the lookout for it! 7mo
LauraJ No problem. Thank you for keeping me from days of temptation! Mine also went out later than I would have liked. 7mo
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Anticipation | Marguerite Thoburn Watkins
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@TheReadingMermaid It‘s here!!! Let the tortuous waiting begin...😱

#HalloweenHorrorSwap

TheReadingMermaid Hee hee hee 😈 7mo
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Let Us Prey | Jamie Lee Scott
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@MaleficentBookDragon I‘m not sure what this poor package has been through, but it arrived with contents unscathed! Thanks! #whodunitbymail

MaleficentBookDragon Wow. It must have a great story to tell. (Pun intended) Sheesh. 7mo
InBooksILive Hey @TheWordJar ! Have the #LMPBC books I sent made it there safely? I am always worried when sending books thru the mail that they'll get lost along the way or something. Lemme know hun! 😊 7mo
TheWordJar @InBooksILive They arrived! Thank you! Very excited to read your picks @jillannjohn and @Betty 7mo
InBooksILive @TheWordJar oh good!! Enjoy 😊 7mo
jillannjohn WOW 7mo
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