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Sea Prayer | Khaled Hosseini
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What a beautiful book! So much emotion conveyed in so few words. 😥

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I've read a lot of books I've given 4 stars to, but I'm stingy with 5 stars. I have to basically get a book hangover in order to give something 5 stars. This book definitely qualifies. Tessa Fontaine weaves together the story of her season traveling with a carnival side show and her mother's series of massive strokes. I know, it sounds odd, but give it a try. I don't think you'll be disappointed. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Texreader Brilliant review 9mo
LiteraryinLititz I agree with @Texreader ! 9mo
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Wind-Up Bird Chronicle | Haruki Murakami, Murakami
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I haven't read anything by Haruki Murakami, but I want to as evidenced by the fact that I own these 2 + 1Q84 on audio + preordered his latest. Where should I start? With 1 that I already own or is there something that's a better entry point?

sisilia Wind Up is my favorite Murakami 😍 Go for it! If you‘d like something lighter, try Kafka on the Shore or Norwegian Wood 9mo
Lauren.Archer The Wind Up Bird Chronicle is good one to start with. I personally started with 1Q84 and was fine, but it is very long and can go off on some long tangents. 9mo
irre I only read one of his books and I really liked it 9mo
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Lindy @sisilia @Lauren.Archer I agree. Start with Wind Up. 👍 9mo
ephemeralwaltz I loved both!!!😍😍 9mo
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An American Marriage | Tayari Jones
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Tiyari Jones reading from An American Marriage at the Decatur Book Festival. They're making a movie of it! #dbf2018

Graciouswarriorprincess So cool! I saw and met her in February at the Savannah Book Festival. 9mo
ReadingSusan I wish I had gone back today😭 I didn‘t see that she was going to be there. 9mo
Theresa @ReadingSusan I'm sorry you missed it! She was fantastic. 9mo
tpixie Fun!!! And we can talk about it this month together! 9mo
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Tales of the City | Armistead Maupin
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Armistead Maupin at the Decatur Book Festival. So hysterical! #dbf2018

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Of all the great authors I saw & all the great books discussed at the Decatur Book Festival today, I think this is the one I want to tackle 1st. I don't think it will be easy, but I feel like it might be a good companion piece to Chasing Portraits, our last @litsybookclub read. I was so engrossed in the discussion during this session that I didn't take a picture of the panel, so you have to make do with a picture of the book.#dbf2018

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Logical Family: A Memoir | Armistead Maupin
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After the Decatur Book Festival tonight I had the pleasure of attending a viewing of the documentary The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin, followed by a Q&A with Maupin. Although I've heard of Maupin, I just recently started reading his stuff. Now I want to read it all. Immediately. AM said Netflix is doing a new take on Tales of the City & some original cast members will be back!! Can't wait to see him again tomorrow!! #dbf2018

Jee_HookedOnBookz I missed this 😭 7mo
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Circe | Madeline Miller
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Madeline Miller at the Decatur Book Festival. What an amazing & interesting person. I bow to her for the feat she's attempting this morning - speak from 10:00-10:45, then sign books & meet fans, then get to the ATL airport for an 11:30 flight. Good luck, Madeline! #dbf2018

Bookladylinda Oh wow! That is serious, I hope she makes it! 🤞🏾 10mo
Well-ReadNeck You had such a good seat!!!! 9mo
Theresa @Well-ReadNeck There was a bit of zoom going on here. 😜 9mo
tpixie Glad you got to hear her!! 9mo
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Whiskey & Ribbons | Leesa Cross-Smith
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What does it say about a book festival with so many amazing authors that for most time slots I'm struggling to decide between at least 2 (and sometimes as many as 4) sessions? It says it's a kick ass book festival!! The Decatur Book Festival makes my Labor Day weekend every year. #dbf2018

mklong Same! 10mo
MicheleinPhilly Wow! That‘s quite a line-up! 10mo
InLibrisVeritas I love the DBF! I didnt get to go last year but I am holding out hope for this year. 10mo
Well-ReadNeck Oooh! Looks like I‘ll be seeing you at several of the sessions!!! 10mo
tpixie Such a great festival! 9mo
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Just a few of the authors I'm hoping to see at the Decatur Book Festival this weekend! #dbf2018

Jee_HookedOnBookz I was there too!! 😁 7mo
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Anna Karenina | Leo Tolstoy
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Thanks to everyone who participated in the #AnnaKareninaReadAlong !! Whether you finished to book or not, it was loads of fun to host & get to know each of you just a little bit better thru this.

sprainedbrain Bleak House by Dickens is up next for me. 😳 1y
susanw Three Musketeers maybe. But it will have to wait till after The Wise Man‘s Fear readalong 1y
Theresa I may take on this one. Now that I've tackled 1 Russian novel, why not go for a 2nd? 😆 1y
tpixie Great job! 9mo
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Anna Karenina | Leo Tolstoy
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Rachbb3 That is a question I asked myself after reading the book and cpuldnt come up with an answer. The book gave equal attention to Levin and Kitty's story and I wondered, why Anna? I'd be interested to see what others think. 1y
Ash.on.the.line I feel like Anna‘s decision affected all the other characters in some way or another. We got Levin‘s story but it didn‘t have the same effect as Anna‘s at least in my opinion of course lol. 1y
DrexEdit @Ash.on.the.line I agree. It was Anna's choices that made all the other stories happen. 1y
Tameeka I wondered why name the book after Anna too. I have to agree with the other comments that Anna's decisions rippled out to the people around her. 1y
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Anna Karenina | Leo Tolstoy
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Erin7 To be honest, I enjoyed it as an academic exercise and see why it‘s a classic. There were parts of the story that I just loved but other parts that really dragged for me. 1y
DrexEdit I loved it. I can see why it's widely considered not just a classic, but a masterpiece. 1y
Rachbb3 Loved it!!! The rest of the books I read in 2018 are going to have to be pretty spectacular to beat it. 💟 1y
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Austen_Nerd I loved it! I am so glad I finished it tonight, I knew what choice Anna was going to make. when I read how he saw her after her death. I cried. (edited) 1y
Ash.on.the.line Loved it! Tolstoy had such a beautiful flow to the story. It draws you in! 1y
Brenda Loved it! 1y
Theresa I feel like I'm going against the grain, but, although I loved the book thru part 6, it kind of dropped off for me in the last 2 parts. Maybe it's because I knew what happened to Anna (damn you, Wikipedia, & your spoilers 😜) . I still liked the book, my impression just fell from lived to liked at the end. 1y
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Anna Karenina | Leo Tolstoy
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There are still a few hours left in the month, at least here in the eastern time zone, but I'm getting a jump on things by starting the wrap-up conversation.
#AnnaKareninaReadAlong

Kristy_K I did! And it was very rewarding to do so. 1y
Ash.on.the.line Yes I did and loved it! Glad I did! 1y
susanw I finished. Loved it. And these readalongs are such a great way to tackle the chunkster books we all mean to read but never do on our own. Thanks to all of you who organize them! 1y
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suvata I did finish and I‘m so glad I did. It might be my favorite novel ever. I‘ll see if I still feel that way in a year from now. LOL 1y
DrexEdit Yes! I finished and absolutely loved it. Such a rich, layered novel to dig into! 👍 1y
Tameeka Didn't think I would finish it but I did. Amazing book! 1y
sprainedbrain Yes I did! Loved it. ❤️ 1y
erzascarletbookgasm I did and what an amazing book. I loved that you organised this read along and the fellow Littens who participated gave a sense of comradeship throughout the month. 1y
Austen_Nerd yes I did, I loved it. I am so thankful we had this read along. 1y
Rachbb3 Yes! It was great. 1y
Brenda I did finish it,and I'm so pleased. It's been on my shelf for so many years. 1y
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Anna Karenina | Leo Tolstoy
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Rachbb3 A woman in a desperate want of a husband. Lol. 1y
Theresa @Rachbb3 😂😂 1y
erzascarletbookgasm An opportunist? 1y
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Anna Karenina | Leo Tolstoy
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Tameeka Without jumping into the next sections, I'm not sure if Levin's philosophies changed that much after marrying Kitty. I see him as an eternal seeker. Prior to marriage, Levin was concerned about his self and serfs. He did have an idealistic view of marriage but, once in it, Levin realized marriage does not = perfection. Seeing the suffering & death of his brother brought on deeper searching for life's purpose. 1y
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Anna Karenina | Leo Tolstoy
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I'm so late with the Week 3 questions. Sorry!!

#AnnaKareninaReadAlong

suvata I learned how strong the hold was on the Russian people by the Orthodox Church. A century later this would‘ve been a whole different story. Women really no way out of a marriage if the husband didn‘t agree to a divorce. (edited) 1y
Kristy_K @suvata Yes, women really had no options when it came to divorced, remarriage, etc. Men had a lot more freedom and control. 1y
Tameeka We're at the mercy of the men. It's still prevalent today but not as bad as needing your husband, father, or brother to give you permission to do everything in life. I know that was incredible frustrating for Anna not just with the divorce but having to marry someone she didn't love because of expectation & status. 1y
erzascarletbookgasm Women were so dependent on men, who had the say in everything. Women had to conform to society‘s expectations, which were biased and favoured men. Married men who had affairs were easily forgiven but for women, they were shunned from society and became outcasts. (edited) 1y
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Penance | Kanae Minato
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Starting this book. Living in the US where I don't think any state has any statute of limitations on murder I find this tidbit fascinating. I'm going to have to look up what Japan's current statute of limitations is.

Captivatedbybooks Yea im almost positive we dont have a statue on murder 1y
readinginthedark We have the “can‘t be tried twice for the same crime” law, but there‘s no statute of limitations on murder. That‘s why we still have cold case departments. 1y
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Anna Karenina | Leo Tolstoy
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Rachbb3 I wasn't surprised. Anna is selfish, has her cake and wants to eat it too. I have to say that I didn't feel sorry for her in her delirium. I actually felt sorry for her husband and I'm not too much of a fan there. She and Vronsky are a perfect match. 1y
Austen_Nerd I am so bad, I looked at the post and and I am not there yet. Now, I have to read faster to get there. They are definitely two peas in a pod. 1y
Theresa @Austen_Nerd Oh no!!😨 1y
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bedandabook I agree that they are they perfect match. I can‘t stand Anna‘s husband either, but still felt some sympathy for him. Was it really so much to ask, to not have Vronsky visit their home? I do, however, feel that Anna loves her son more than her husband does so from the child‘s point of view it is sad she loses him. 1y
whatsthEStorey I was a little surprised. I didn't think Alexey would allow that to happen. He seemed set on punishing Anna. I have really disliked him through most of the book, but during her illness, he proved himself to be a much better person than I imagined. I kind of hoped that Anna would see that and they would find a love together. Also, it seemed Vronsky was tiring of the affair. I thought he'd be moving on. I think it's an ill-fated choice. 1y
Tameeka When Anna did not die in childbirth, I felt as Alexey did. He still had to live with this. They tried again to live with an arrangement but Anna still could not let go of Vronsky. I think it's a bad choice b/c she'll miss her son. Alexey even began to care for her daughter. Will they find true happiness in Europe? I don't think so. 1y
Jess_Read_This @Tameeka I had the same thoughts and feelings too. Alexey generates sympathy from me during Anna‘s close call w death scenes. He also seems thoughtful as he revisits Dolly‘s words on forgiveness. I think it was a bad call going to Europe with Vronksy. Practical standpoint: the guy lives off his brother and mom‘s (at times) money. Or from moneylenders. How do they expect to live? Anna has a lifestyle and how will that work w Vronksy‘s finances? 1y
Tameeka @Jess_Read_This agreed. Where is the money going to come from to support Anna and Vronsky's lifestyle? 1y
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Anna Karenina | Leo Tolstoy
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DrexEdit He strikes me as shallow. As we get to know Vronsky and Anna better, I do wonder if they have any basis for a relationship besides mutual attraction. 1y
Jess_Read_This @DrexEdit I agree. When he disappears to “organize” himself, we get a picture of the bleakness of his finances and his frame of mind. He‘s not a deep man and seems to be an “in the moment” kind of guy. He also doesn‘t seem to handle life stressors well either. He seems content with his lifestyle which makes me wonder what will happen when it changes in part 5&6! (edited) 1y
Kristy_K I feel like he‘s a character we‘re not suppose to particularly like, but I can‘t help but like him! He entertains me even if he does seem a man of little substance. 1y
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Rachbb3 He seems to be very immature and makes decisions by how he feels. A grown up "kid". 1y
Tameeka Omg. I think those two are made for each other 🙄 They both seem to live for instant gratification. Vronsky tries to plan his future but everything is about what he needs in the moment. When he gives up his promotion the 2nd time to escape w/ Anna, I threw my hands up in the air. 1y
bedandabook ‘A man of little substance‘ is the perfect way to describe him, @Kristy_K, but I feel the same way about Anna. They are likely to be happy together for 5 minutes until someone else comes along to distract one of them. I thought the two of them showed a little more depth (but that‘s not hard) in the section we‘ve just read, but overall I still feel they are both shallow characters. 1y
whatsthEStorey I don't like him much, but I can see how Anna, feeling unloved and lonely, could fall for his charm. I think Anna is naive to believe in his love for her. I think he's weak and unprepared to care for a woman and child. The second she shows any emotion or behavior that doesn't fit his ideal of femininity, he feels she's a "faded flower." And he doesn't love his mother. This is not the kind of guy you pull up stakes and run away with. 1y
Jess_Read_This @whatsthEStorey Right?!!! He‘s not a long term sure bet for commitment. I found myself saying “Anna... don‘t do it.. don‘t it.. ugh!!” 1y
Erin7 I complete agree about Vronsky. I see a series of affairs in his future. But, I‘ll be honest, I don‘t really like Anna much at this point. I feel like she was bored with her life and became a crow following a shiny stone. 1y
Erin7 @whatsthEStorey Exactly in point!! 1y
whatsthEStorey @Erin7 & @Jess_Read_This I feel his attention waning already! Wandering eyes wander. 👀 1y
Erin7 @whatsthEStorey Well, of course...she‘s totally devoted to him at the moment. The challenge of the chase is lost. 1y
Jess_Read_This @whatsthEStorey @Erin7 I really only found Anna likeable in part one. Then realized after it was pointed out in discussion, we see Anna through Kitty‘s eyes for the most part in part one! So now that I‘m seeing Anna for Anna..she doesn‘t drum up strong emotions for me like Levin or Kitty do in their parts. 1y
Erin7 @Jess_Read_This I thought a lot about how much Kitty idealized Anna. I get the impression that she was looking for someone to look up to. I think think the author changed our view of her to coincide with Kitty‘s heartbreak at seeing that there was something between Vronski and Anna. 1y
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Anna Karenina | Leo Tolstoy
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And Week 2 is just about over. We're half way there!! I'm raising my glass to all of you, whether you're on page 1, page 400, or have already finished because you enjoyed the book so much you couldn't stop. You're making this ride so much more enjoyable than it would be if I were reading alone. 😁🥂🍷 #AnnaKareninaReadAlong

Rachbb3 I like Levin. He seems so lost. I think his broken heart just has him looking for purpose and to connect with people. 1y
sprainedbrain I absolutely loved that whole sequence... Levin is one of my favorites, and his internal struggles with what to do with himself are fascinating. I couldn‘t believe how interesting mowing a field was! 1y
Austen_Nerd I love Levin. We raise hay and to read about the mowers of the day was fascinating. I think Levin is a man who knows himself and thinks for himself, yet is searching for something to fill his life or maybe the hole in his heart, the loneliness. 1y
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Kristy_K @Austen_Nerd Nicely put! I agree. 1y
erzascarletbookgasm I need to catch up, have not started Part 4. Who knows mowing fields can be so interesting! I loved that he is joining the peasants in the hard labour and enjoying himself! I‘m liking Levin so far. 1y
Austen_Nerd @Kristy_K Thank you, I worry that I don‘t make sense sometimes. I love Litsy because of this read alongs. I have no one else to talk books with. 1y
Kristy_K @Austen_Nerd Same on all accounts. :) 1y
Rachbb3 @Austen_Nerd I don't have anyone to talk to about books either which is why I love this community so much. 💟 1y
Ash.on.the.line I actually posted about this! I was drawn in and enjoyed Levins thoughts on this. we got to see more of his thoughts and such. However I was ready to move on after awhile lol! 1y
DrexEdit I loved reading this section. I think besides the great descriptions there was a whole lot more going on here. It's interesting to see Tolstoy, a Russian aristocrat, idealize peasant life. It's interesting to see that he has Levin thinking he could live as a peasant, at least until he sees Kitty again. The juxtaposition between Levin working the fields and his half-brother is also very revealing! 1y
Theresa @Ash.on.the.line Your post inspired the question. I loved that part of the story & when I saw your post it made me realize others did too so it might be discussion-worthy. 😄 1y
Jess_Read_This I love Levin. Since the beginning of the book, his parts were the ones I looked forward to reading about. I love how he finds that state of contentment he is searching for when he mowing. The comradeship and acceptance from the peasant workers was what he needed. Yet, he eventually is dissatisfied with it and is searching for that missing piece in his life. I love the scene with him and Kitty writing in chalk. ❤️ That‘s one that will stay with me! 1y
Tameeka Levin is like so many of us. We have all these big questions on life and it's in the everyday moments where we find our purpose. The mowing was a meaningful passage for me. Here's Levin thinking that he can totally do this work. Then the humility that comes with realizing maybe he's not as able as he thinks. And then his time with the old man 😌 1y
suvata I think that Levin is the only “real” character in the book. The rest are a bunch of pretentious babies. Still, it‘s interesting to read about them. 1y
suvata Oh yeah, Kitty is pretty cool too. 😝 1y
bedandabook Levin is by far my favourite character too. I loved the field-mowing chapters, and I love his connection with the land and his respect for the peasants. 1y
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Anna Karenina | Leo Tolstoy
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Rachbb3 It's surpassing them. I didn't expect it to be such an easy read. Long, but not difficult. 😊 I'm enjoying it very much. 1y
Brenda It's exceeded my expectations. I'm enjoying the character development,and how readable it is. 1y
sprainedbrain So far, it‘s far better than I had hoped. I don‘t know why I have put off reading Tolstoy for so long... it‘s really enjoyable! 1y
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Austen_Nerd It is exceeding my expectations. I am truly enjoying it. I do not know why I never could get pass the first few chapters. I am glad that I am reading it, the characters, the day to day is fascinating as to where it all will lead. I am also amazed how some things never change from then to now with people. 1y
Kristy_K Better than I expected! I thought it‘d be slow and dull, but I‘m actually getting invested in these characters‘ lives! 1y
Sisasuku It's better and worse at the same time for me. Better because of the variety of characters and the different problems they're facing. But worse because I don't like most of the characters. But it's certainly easier to read than I thought. 1y
Jess_Read_This Completely exceeding expectations! I never expected to enjoy the writing as much as I am. The characters and multiple story line threads have me captivated. 1y
Theresa I'm with everyone else. I was so nervous about reading this & was almost dreading it. But I'm so glad I didn't give up before I even started because I'm enjoying it so much! 1y
suvata I actually thought this book was boring. That was when I was in my 20s and probably didn‘t really read it. Now that I‘ve been sinking my teeth into it I think it‘s fabulous. May even be my favorite book ever, if there is such a book. 1y
Tameeka It's waaaaayyy better than I thought it would be. Tolstoy's writing about the mowing? I thought I would be bored out of my mind but I was sucked in. 1y
Suelizbeth It‘s exceeded my expectations and this readalong has gotten me past the place that I was stuck for so many years. 1y
Theresa @Suelizbeth Yay! That makes me happy. 😊 1y
jbhops Much better than I thought. Perhaps because it's huge and a "Tolstoy" but I found the audio book and am really enjoying the story! 1y
PurpleyPumpkin I‘m behind, but quite enjoying it so far. I really like the translation I‘m reading via @SerialReader.👍🏽 1y
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Anna Karenina | Leo Tolstoy
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bookloo Love Kitty, find Levin soooo boring. 😬 1y
Suelizbeth I like Dolly, Kitty and Anna, although Dolly and Kitty seem to be less intellectual than Anna, but have the higher moral ground. Stepan is a likable scoundrel. Levin can be a bore but he has admirable qualities. Vronsky is the hero but I don‘t find him to be as admirable as Levin. And I can‘t stand Anna‘s husband, even though he has been wronged. (edited) 1y
bedandabook I‘m disliking Vronsky, and I‘m finding Anna foolish. Both of them are striking me as shallow. 1y
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Ash.on.the.line I find Anna and Vronsky shallow like bedandabook said. None of the characters so far are my favorite. 1y
Rachbb3 I really like Levin and Dolly. Vronsky and Anna are horrible. Lol. 1y
Tameeka Agreed @Ash.on.the.line I also don't like how dismissive Anna is of her husband. I really feel for Dolly and her situation. 1y
ju.ca.no I‘m with @bedandabook and @Ash.on.the.line I don‘t like Anna and Vronsky shallow seems an accurate description! 1y
Austen_Nerd Anna is all about herself as is her brother. The whole lot of characters seem to be only about themselves, not concerned about how they effect each other, poor Dolly left to herself with her children. Levin, like Dolly if someone truly loved them would be so much better off. 1y
Brenda I'm not finding any of the characters particularly endearing at this point. Vronsky and Anna are both terribly dismissive of others. 1y
sprainedbrain I like Kitty and Dolly, Stepan makes me laugh, I don‘t like Anna or Vronsky much at all, Karenin is annoying, and I loooooove Levin. 1y
Ash.on.the.line @Tameeka yes, Dolly so far is about the only one I feel for so far. 1y
Sisasuku I feel most for Kitty, she made a bad decision and suffers for it. And i can't blame her, she's young and was badly influenced by her mother. I'm sorry for Dolly, who I feel is suffering the most, being in an impossible situation for her. I think it's curious that Anna and Stepan are siblings and both the ones betraying their spouses. Levin seems a bit too perfect. I don't like Vronsky. He doesn't care how his actions affect other people's lifes. 1y
suvata @bedandabook I agree. I think that Vronsky and Anna are quite selfish. I‘m growing to like Levin more each day. 1y
whatsthEStorey I feel for Anna; I think she's trapped in an unhappy, lonely marriage. Her husband isn't evil, but he's sarcastic and dismissive and they have no intimacy. She can't divorce him, and she's still so young. I think she must feel trapped. That said, her affair with Vronsky can't possibly have a happy ending, and not just because Russian lit has no happy endings! 1y
whatsthEStorey @Sisasuku I feel for Kitty, but I also want to give her a little pep talk and tell her to move on, in five years, she'll barely think of of Vronsky, and when she does, it will only be to count her lucky stars she didn't get stuck with him! 1y
whatsthEStorey @Austen_Nerd i feel bad for her too, but I was proud of Dolly, toward the end of part II. She was getting herself together, dressing up, taking charge of the country house, finding joy in her children. I think she has more strength and resilience than it seemed to me earlier on. I hope so! (edited) 1y
Austen_Nerd @whatsthEStorey I am proud of Dolly too, as I am reading on. I am hoping as we read on we found her getting better in her situation. 1y
erzascarletbookgasm Stephan to me is a happy-go-lucky person, takes pleasures in life, well liked but still a negative point for him for he cheated on his wife. Dolly‘s actions and attitude towards her marriage seem realistic, quite agree with her in most instances. Poor Kitty, still young but feel like giving her a good shake to wake her up fast! Anna is like an enigma..but I don‘t dislike her, I know she is trapped in her marriage. Vronsky is selfish. Lenin I like. 1y
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Anna Karenina | Leo Tolstoy
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As we wrap up Week 1 of the #AnnaKareninaReadAlong it's time for some discussion. I'm trying to keep the questions spoiler-free since we're all at different places in the book. I don't want to ruin anything for anyone. 🙂

ju.ca.no While I very much like the quote I think that also happiness comes in all forms and shapes, but I guess the different forms of happiness might be more alike. There are many more different reasons to be sad I think 🤔 (edited) 1y
Jerdencon I haven't gotten very far in the read along this week... but did make it through the beginning! I honestly don't think any family or anyone is ever completely happy or unhappy and there are varying levels of each in all families and various times. That quote seems very concrete and don't believe that life is that black and white. 1y
Jess_Read_This I think it is such an interesting opening line. My translator‘s note said he used the Russian word “resemble” rather than “alike” which got me thinking. Portraits of happy families do resemble each other with posing smiling faces. The unhappy ones with the screaming child, parent caught in mid grab for escapee kid, or even the humorous poses/bunny ear family portraits tell a unique story. There‘s depth and even comradeship in unhappiness at times. 1y
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Rachbb3 I thought that the opening line was a perfect start to the book. You're immediately brought into the lives of the different characters and how unhappy some of these "happy" families are. A lot of appearances being kept up here. 1y
sprainedbrain I do agree with the opening line. I have heard that line many times and didn‘t realize it was from Anna Karenina until I started it. I do love this book! 1y
kathedron I think if you're from an unhappy family, all the happy families resemble each other in a "we're not like them" way. And then a lot of unhappiness is kept hidden, as far as possible, too, in order to preserve an appearance of normality. Maybe a lot of unhappy families are alike in constantly second-guessing what "normal" or "happy" looks like. 1y
Jess_Read_This @River_Voice I think you make a good point especially when applied to this story. 1y
DrexEdit It's interesting that the line is in the present tense. Is it the only line in the book that is? So it's almost like Tolstoy is going to set about proving his statement with the following story. But I only know of unhappy families in the book. Will there be happy families to compare them to? Or is Tolstoy saying we only notice or find interesting the unhappy ones? So many questions... 1y
Kristy_K @DrexEdit I didn‘t catch that. Great questions! 1y
Kristy_K @ju.ca.no I feel the same about happiness vs. unhappy. It seems like there are more ways to be discontent than to be happy. 1y
bedandabook I agree with the quote, and I think it‘s marvellous. Happy families are smiling and laughing, whilst unhappiness comes in many different forms and from many different sources as we go on to discover in the book. 1y
Suelizbeth Tolstoy is not writing about happy families because there is nothing to write about. Their lives are uneventful. Unhappy families, on the other hand, make good stories. 1y
Austen_Nerd The first line does set a tone for what you are to read. Happy families are all the same, but, unhappiness is what may be a blessing to others. We sit up what happiness is and we each have a different definition. 1y
Sisasuku This may be one of the best opening lines I know, but I don't really believe in it. For one, a happy family usually isn't happy all the time. There are still bad patches to overcome, and those are unique for each family. And happiness comes in many forms. But we may see that differently in our time, back then it might have been "following the social norm on the outside" = happy. Or hap 1y
Sisasuku Or happy enough to not be interesting. Do you know what I mean? A scandal is just more interesting than getting through everyday life. Which is why watch soap operas and not a series about people who clean their dishes. 1y
suvata I find the quote to be completely confusing and the more I think about it the more perplexing it becomes. 1y
erzascarletbookgasm Late to the party 🙄...It‘s a meaningful and memorable opening line for the novel, my translation says ‘resemble‘ btw. It‘s true happy families resemble each other...although they may have their struggles and not happy, they try to mask their unhappiness behind laughter and all. So, on appearance, they do look alike. 1y
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End of Year Report | New Jersey. Workforce New Jersey
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In September it felt like I wouldn't complete any of my reading goals for 2017. I don't know what I did to kick things into gear but something worked. I surpassed my #Goodreads goal, & completed #2017ReadHarderChallenge , #2017LitsyAtoZ , #2017LRC + a few others that I could knock out with crossovers from these 4. Color me shocked!!

JPeterson Congrats!🎉 1y
DGRachel Congrats!🎉🎉🍾🎉🎉 1y
Scurvygirl 🎉🎉🎉 1y
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Dulcinella 😍💐💐🥂 1y
Cortg Awesome! Congratulations 🎉 1y
DivineDiana Way to go! 👏🏻📚🎉 1y
tpixie Awesomeness! Congrats!! 🎈🎊 1y
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Anna Karenina | Leo Tolstoy
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In case you're interested & missed this tidbit buried in comments on an earlier post, Oprah's Book Club created a bookmark with the characters. I am so going to print this when I get to the office on Tuesday!! I need help with all the Russian names. 😆http://static.oprah.com/images/obc_classic/book/2004/anna/anna_characters_bookmark.pdf #AnnaKareninaReadAlong

Austen_Nerd Love it!! Thank you 1y
erzascarletbookgasm Thank you! 1y
TheWordJar Yes!! That bookmark saved me when I read Anna! Starting War and Peace tomorrow. I guess today actually! A good list of characters at the beginning that I may need to make into a bookmark to help me along! 1y
DivineDiana Agree with @TheWordJar ! It was invaluable! Thank you Oprah! 1y
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Anna Karenina | Leo Tolstoy
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I'm all set to begin the #AnnaKareninaReadAlong tomorrow. Marked each section so I can monitor my progress. Here's a question for the Litsy universe...Do you read the introductory information before you start reading a book? After you finish? Somewhere in between? Never?

LectricSheep I‘m always torn on this! It feels ridiculous to complain about spoilers for, like, Middlemarch, but... 🤷🏼‍♀️I stopped reading the introductory material because of spoilers. I go back and read it at the end if I remember. 1y
Theresa @LectricSheep Thank you! That's how I feel, too. I don't want anything spoiling the story. Also, I don't want anything to influence my impression of the story; I like to draw my own conclusions. 1y
Notafraidofwords I read it after. Even if the book is really old. 1y
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Dogearedcopy If the book is new-to-me, then I skip the Introduction until after reading the text. If the book is a re-read, I read the Introduction before for added insight, things to look out for and consider 1y
Suelizbeth If it‘s a piece of classical literature, I usually know the outline of the story, so I read the introduction as I find it instructional, especially if the writing style is arcane. 1y
Rachbb3 I usually never. 🤷 I just jump right in. 1y
TheWordJar I always read intro material first, as it usually helps me. But I understand wanting to go in with a blank slate. 1y
Sisasuku I usually read it before the book, but try to skip over the parts that go into detail about the story. Then I read the complete thing after the book. But my version of Anna Karenina doesn't have an introduction. 1y
Brenda I will read it after. I prefer to jump right in 🤓 1y
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Anna Karenina | Leo Tolstoy
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Two days + a couple minutes until we kick off 2018 with the #AnnaKareninaReadAlong! What edition will you be reading/listening to?

DrexEdit I have an Oxford University Press edition. Translation by Louise and Aylmer Maude. I also have the Project Gutenberg ebook for portability. 1y
Kristy_K I‘m going to probably split my time between serial reader and an audiobook from the library. 1y
Rachbb3 I have the Barnes and Noble Classics edition. 😊 1y
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erzascarletbookgasm Mine is the Wordsworth Classics with introduction and notes by E B Greenwood. 1y
ju.ca.no I inherited a pretty old, german one from my mom‘s aunt, a few years ago, so I‘m going to read that one 😊 1y
kathedron Mine is a tiny little hardback OUP edition from 1955. It's the Maude translation. I bought it in 1993: this is a re-read for me. 😊 1y
Theresa @drexedit @Kristy_K @Rachbb3 @erzascarletbookgasm @ju.ca.no @River_Voice Oh wow! So many different editions! That should make this really fun! 1y
PurpleyPumpkin So looking forward to this! Thanks again for organizing. 😉 1y
Theresa @PurpleyPumpkin You're very welcome! I'm getting freakishly excited for this! 🤓 1y
Sisasuku I've got an ebook which I picked because of the cover - it shows gorgeous northern lights. 1y
tpixie Have fun!! 1y
Gezemice @Riveted_Reader_Melissa Thanks for the tag! I have been on a Litsy hiatus, family got me into playing games and now I have a reading slump... I have read Anna Karenina a year ago and loved it. I am not joining but I will be interested what people are saying. 1y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Gezemice Good for you! New games and fun with the family is always a great reason to take a reading break! 1y
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Anna Karenina | Leo Tolstoy
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Just 12 days until we start the #AnnaKareninaReadalong. I can't believe it's almost here! I broke the book out into sections that I hope are do-able each week with the goal of finishing by the end of January. I used the Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition with the Richard Pevear & Larissa Volokhonsky translation. There may be some variation if you read a different version, but that's okay. There are no rules on the edition you select. 👇

Theresa I've heard the audiobook read by Maggie Gyllenhaal is good, so I'll may try that. Who knows! It'll all depend on my mood in the moment. 1y
Erin7 This has been on my TBR for a long time. I‘m really looking forward to finally getting it read. 1y
Theresa If you're interested, I found a bookmark with character names on Oprah's book club website. http://static.oprah.com/images/obc_classic/book/2004/anna/anna_characters_bookma... 1y
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Theresa Also, with this section breakdown, the 1st week is the worst at 235 pages total for an avg of 34 pages/day. It drops off a bit after that. 1y
sprainedbrain Love the bookmark! Thanks for sharing. I‘m planning to listen to the audio version you mentioned, but I think this will come in handy. 😃 1y
bookloo FINALLY. I‘ve been waiting for this! ♥️ 1y
Dragon Thanks @Theresa looking forward to reading this one 👍 1y
whatsthEStorey I'm looking forward to this! It's a good start to 2018! 1y
erzascarletbookgasm Thank you! Looking forward to it but a bit nervous! 1y
Kristy_K Thanks for doing this! I can‘t wait. :) 1y
Ashley_Nicoletto 🙋🏻 id like to join! 1y
JoRead I have the Barnes & Noble edition but I'm sure it's not going to be much difference. I'm so excited! 1y
Suelizbeth Is it too late to join? I have been trying to read this book for so long. I have the Pevear & Volokhonsky translation. 1y
Rachbb3 I think I would like to join too. I've always wanted to read this but keep putting it off. This buddy read will help. 1y
Theresa @Ashley_Nicoletto @Suelizbeth Yes, absolutely! Please do join us. It's not too late. 1y
Theresa @Rachbb3 👏👏👏 Yay! Welcome! 1y
CouronneDhiver I don‘t think I‘m in this time... off on holiday soon! Sorry 😕 1y
ju.ca.no I am considering joining, I‘ve ment to read it next year anyways! I am not 100% sure if I will have the time but I think a buddy read would help me to finally tackle it! 1y
kathedron Thank you, I'm looking forward to it! 1y
Theresa @CouronneDhiver Enjoy your holiday! 1y
Theresa @ju.ca.no I hope you do decide to join, but no pressure! 1y
ju.ca.no @Theresa I actually wanted to wait until christmas to decide, but I think I‘ve already made up my mind! Count me in😊😄 1y
bedandabook Count me in too! I bought this on my Kindle ages ago but have never got round to reading it. Can‘t promise to keep up but will do my best. 1y
Theresa @bedandabook Wonderful!! 1y
Miss_Kim Please count me in! 1y
Theresa @Miss_Kim Consider yourself counted! 😄 1y
Austen_Nerd Please, count me in!! 1y
AprilMae I'm in! It's been on my list for a while! @haileyhugsbooks want to join?? 1y
haileybean @AprilMaesBookHabit I don‘t have the book 🙁 but I‘m down if I can get it quickly 1y
Theresa @haileyhugsbooks I hope you can join! If you have a Kindle I know that Amazon has at least 1 Kindle edition for 99 cents US. 1y
swatreads I would love to join! I'm not sure if i can read fast enough because of lack of time but i would like to try☺ Hope it's not too late!☺ 1y
Theresa @swatreads It's never too late!! 1y
swatreads 🤗🤗 1y
jbhops I'm coming in late but considering joining! It's on my bedroom bookshelf, I just have to haul the beast down! 1y
Theresa @jbhops Haul that beast down!! We're thrilled to have you!! 😄 1y
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Girl Waits with Gun | Amy Stewart

@litsybookclub I haven't seen a vote for the January book. Did I read on Slack that Amy Stewart will be joining our discussion? (If so, that's awesome!) Do we know yet which of her books we'll be reading?

litsybookclub Yes, she will! We will be reading 1y
Theresa That's what I was hoping you'd say! I haven't read any in that series yet, although I own them. 😄 1y
AmyStewart Looking forward to it! 1y
tpixie @AmyStewart thanks for joining us!! 1y
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It's just over 2 weeks until we start the #AnnaKareninaReadAlong! As I prepare for my 2018 reading challenges I'm finding this book fits perfectly for prompts on several challenges. How about you? Do you need help finding a book in translation, a book set in a BRICS country, an Oprah's Book Club selection, a book over 500 pages, or any number of other prompts? This one fits the bill! Join us if you'd like!

Dragon Thanks @Theresa I‘m ready, I downloaded the iBook 2y
Kristy_K Can‘t wait! 2y
JoRead I think I'm going to do this. I was going to stay sway from any and all reading challenges this year but this is really not a challenge so count me in 😄 2y
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Jess_Read_This I can‘t wait!! I am reading Pamela Paul‘s My Life With Bob and there is an Anna Karenina chapter! She says bookish girls mark their lives by periods of character identification. When she went to Thailand after school she was reading Anna Karenina and identified with her isolation from her people, Independence, and nonconformity. Since I haven‘t read the book, I had no clue what she is referencing...but it still made me happy to read it! 2y
Theresa @JoRead I hear you on challenges! I did too many this year & feel burned out. I think I'll just do Book Riot's read harder challenge in 2018. But I still find myself looking at all of them. I can't help myself. It's a problem. 😄 2y
Theresa @Jess_Read_This I've heard great things about that book!! I may have to pick it up after I finish AK. 2y
PurpleyPumpkin I am really looking forward to this! Plan to start reading on January 1st as I recover from New Year‘s festivities. 👍🏽 2y
DrexEdit I might just join you all for this read along. This is definitely a book I want to read and it fits my personal goal of reading more #lengthylit next year! 😊 2y
DrexEdit Sounds like fun! I might join in! 😊 2y
slategreyskies Add me to the list of those who‘ve been wanting to read this!! 1y
sisilia I‘m in !!! DNF it 3x ... I will persevere this time 1y
Theresa @sisilia The fact that you're willing to try again motivates me! We can cheer each other along!! 1y
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Read Harder | Heidi Julavits, Ed Park
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It's posted! Now for the fun of planning what to read! #readharder2018 #bookriot

sprainedbrain Finally! I‘ve been stalking their page, hoping it would be out the 15th again. 😂 2y
InLibrisVeritas Yay! I've been waiting for it to be posted! 2y
Redheadrambles Just quickly read through these and already dreading social science and a celebrity memoir ...... nooooo ! 2y
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Theresa @sprainedbrain @InLibrisVeritas I've been checking their page every day. I even checked it just after midnight this morning, but it wasn't there that early. 😆 2y
Theresa @Redheadrambles Me too on the social science! I'm not a big sci-fi fan so that one's going to be a struggle for me. Overall, tho, I think the 2018 challenge looks like it might be easier than the 2017 challenge. (I may need to eat this words later! 😂) 2y
Redheadrambles @Theresa yes taken as a whole I think you are right this does less tricky than 2017 and half the fun for me is finding books I like that fit the prompts 😀 2y
Daisey I gave up on the challenge this year, too many other books catching my attention, and a few super specific categories on the list. Overall, I agree next year‘s list looks a bit easier and looking forward to considering it in my reading plans. 2y
Theresa @Daisey IKR! The 2017 prompts were SO specific!! I did finish the challenge, but I didn't enjoy it as much as in previous years. The 2018 list almost feels like a relief. Maybe that's because my reading has gotten broader thru these challenges so things don't seem as daunting as they might have in the past. Yeah, I'll stick with that story! 😜 2y
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X | Sue Grafton
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#LitsyAtoZ challenge completed tonight. Now I am doing as instructed & posting to Litsy. 😆

LeahBergen Yay! 🎉🎉🎉 2y
Ruri_kaichou Congrats!!! 🤩🎉 2y
bookloo Congrats!! ☺️🎉🎉🎉 2y
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Bookzombie Congrats! 2y
Kendra.Diane Congrats!! 2y
BookishMarginalia Woohoo! Congratulations! 2y
megt Congrats! 2y
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This Is NPR: The First Forty Years | Cokie Roberts, Noah Adams, Susan Stamberg, David Folkenflik, Renee Montagne, Ari Shapiro, John Ydstie
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YAY!! It's available!! Am I the only person who anxiously awaits this list each year & then spends an embarrassing amount of time pouring over the list?? ❤️📚❤️📚

Amandajoy Nope, you are not alone in that. Yay! 2y
razmanda Nope! Got it queued up for morning coffee tomorrow. 2y
RebelReader Right there with ya! Wahoo! 2y
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Joyfulmimi I just discovered this and can‘t wait to dive in... 2y
kspenmoll Not at all!!!!! 2y
Theresa @Amandajoy @razmanda @RebelReader @Joyfulmimi @kspenmoll It's so good to be among kindred spirits!! 2y
SandyW Oooh... Thanks for the list. Off to add more book to the ever growing TBR 2y
BookishTrish We put it up on our library website today to spread our book nerd excitement far and wide 2y
Joyfulmimi Indeed! @theresa I love it here 2y
BarbaraBB Didn‘t know this, but thanks! 2y
Erin7 Thanks for sharing this. I didn‘t know about this list. 2y
Well-ReadNeck I love the Kirkus lists, too! 2y
Theresa @Well-ReadNeck I'm not familiar with that one. I'm off to Google it! 2y
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An embarrassment of #bookmail riches arrived today!! #BOTM selections, #FolioSociety Jane Austen set (on sale thru 12/4), & a copy of the 1996 Folio Society edition of To Kill a Mockingbird that I found on eBay. Squee!!!! 😁🎁📚

rubyslippersreads 😍📚😍!!! 2y
vivastory Your book mail game is strong! 2y
merelybookish An abundance of riches! 2y
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R.Lyn-Romance-Reads Omg those Jane Austen books and the To Kill a Mockingbird are gorgeous. 2y
Soubhiville Wow! That To Kill a Mockingbird is beautiful! Congrats! 2y
LeahBergen 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2y
Theresa @vivastory It's strong today, but will weaken tomorrow as I get myself back on target with my book budget. 😂😂 2y
Kalalalatja 😍😍😍 2y
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Anna Karenina | Leo Tolstoy
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I posted this in October & now that it's December (can you believe it?!?!), it's time for a re-post. We'd love to have you join us! #AnnaKareninaReadAlong

Reviewsbylola Great choice for a readalong! I finally tackled this last year. 2y
Theresa Argh! Sorry for this posting multiple times! I kept getting messages that it hadn't posted. 😠😁 2y
Theresa @Reviewsbylola I'm looking forward to it! 2y
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kathedron Thank you for the reminder! 💚 2y
PurpleyPumpkin Wow, this crept up on me! Thanks so much for the reminder. Very much looking forward to reading this!👍🏽 2y
Jess_Read_This Thank you for the reminder!!! Looking forward to tackling this one with the group! 2y
Kristy_K Thanks for the reminder! I‘m excited to start this next month. :) 2y
erzascarletbookgasm Thanks for tagging. 2y
AceOnRoam Thanks @Theresa for reminding me, I can't join the read but would love to stay in the discussion if that's ok? 2y
Dragon I just downloaded the free iBook , I couldn‘t find the copy my mom gave me 2y
Dragon Thanks 🙏 for the reminder 😀🙏🐉 2y
jb72 I‘ll definitely be reading this one. 2y
sprainedbrain I‘m definitely in! I was already planning this book for my Litsy classics challenge, so it‘s been moved to my January tbr. 👍🏻 2y
kathedron @Cathythoughts Just a thought... might you be interested in this Tolstoy readalong? 2y
whatsthEStorey Hi, how does a readalong work? 2y
Theresa @whatsthEStorey Hello! It's just a bunch of people reading the same book at the same time & discussing it along the way. There's usually some sort of breakdown of the book into sections to tackle in a specified time period, like each week. I've participated in a couple & they're fun but also no pressure. 2y
whatsthEStorey That sounds great! I've had Anna Karenina on my list for a while & haven't managed to get through it. ☺️ 2y
Theresa @AceOnRoam That is absolutely ok!! 2y
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The Witchfinder's Sister | Beth Underdown
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Three of my 2017 reading challenges include a judge by the cover-type of prompt. IMHO, this one definitely fits the bill. If the first page is any indication, I'm really going to enjoy this one! #LitsyReadingChallenge #BetterWorld #ModernMrsDarcy

Zelma Beautiful cover. No wonder you picked it up. 😍 2y
PenguinInFlight Gorgeous cover!! 😍 2y
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Audible.com has some really good deals so I did a bit of "from me to me" Christmas shopping this morning!! ???

WanderingBookaneer I‘ve read 6 of these! 2y
MrBook Ooooh! 2y
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I'm a sucker for Book Riot's book mail boxes, especially the best of the year box! Ordered. Now the wait until it arrives. ⏱

bookwrm526 Have they done one since the one that had Long Division in it? I‘ve been watching for one 2y
bookwrm526 Other than the best of one I️ mean... 2y
Theresa @bookwrm526 Now that you mention it, I don't think they have. It seems like they used to do them quarterly, but it's been a lot longer than that since I've seen one. 2y
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I preordered this book months ago & it arrived today. I turned to the first page to start reading & found this. Perfectly fitting for Halloween!! Happy All Hallows' Eve, fellow Littens!

BekahB Adorable! I love this manga. I plan on picking up volume 3 this weekend. 🎃 2y
Theresa @BekahB It's so good!! 2y
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The Blind Assassin: A Novel | Margaret Atwood
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Caught up & finished the book on time. I really enjoyed it, even though I found most of the characters to be not very likable most of the time. Thanks for hosting the #blindassassinbuddyread @JenP !

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What the what?!?! Release pushed back again?!?! 😠😫

mklong I‘m still waiting on Vol. 1 from the library! I‘ve been on the holds list for months. Maybe I‘ll get it before August 2018 😂 2y
Theresa @mklong OMG!! I'm not sure if I should hope for your hold to come in sooner or later. One way you still have to wait forever for Vol 2, but the other you may be able to move right onto Vol 2. 😂 2y
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The Blind Assassin: A Novel | Margaret Atwood
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What page am I on? 213. What page should I be on?? Oh, about page 413. SO behind on #blindassassinbuddyread . I will catch up. I will catch up. It may not be this week, but I will catch up if it kills me. Hopefully it won't kill me. 😜

Riveted_Reader_Melissa You can do it! 😉👍 2y
Graciouswarriorprincess You‘ve got this! 2y
Cinfhen It's really good at about part v ~ keep going!!!! 2y
Natasha.C.Barnes I feel you--I'm finally in this week's reading but I keep missing the discussions!! 😆 2y
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Lincoln in the Bardo | George Saunders
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Cortg I‘m about a 3rd of the way through this and am really enjoying it! 😀 2y
Tamra Woooot woooot! I gushed & gushed about the audio! Then I had to get the hard cover! 2y
susanw While I did love this book, I‘m sad for Ali Smith. Autumn was so very good. 2y
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Theresa @Cortg I hope that you continue to enjoy it!! 2y
Theresa @Tamra I started with the audio, too, but then added the hardback because I was so intrigued! 2y
Theresa @susanw I still have Autumn on my TBR. It looks really good. 2y
Tamra @Theresa 👍🏾👍🏾 2y
Cortg @Tamra @Theresa Did you listen AND read? Which did you prefer? I hear the audio is excellent with all the different voices. The written words are wonderful. 2y
Tamra @Cortg I listened first and then got the hard cover. I'm looking forward to reading it! 2y
Jess7 @MinDea have you read this book? 2y
MinDea @Jess7 no, but it is a book I want to read! 2y
Jess7 Me too. @MinDea 2y
Theresa @Cortg I started the audiobook then was so intrigued about what the story would look like on the page that I picked up the paper copy & flipped between audio & paper from there. 2y
Cortg @Theresa I‘m hoping to finish the print copy today and I‘ve already downloaded the audio b/c I‘m so curious. 2y
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Fever Dream | Samanta Schweblin
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To quote @Liberty , this book is banana pants!! 🍌👖What a crazy, wonderful, bizarre @Liberty

Sushicat Good to hear - it's on this month's reading stack 2y
Theresa @Sushicat it's a really fast read, too, which is nice if, like me, you look at this month's stack and wonder how you'll get through it. 2y
starlight97 Looks interesting! Is there any particular reason for the horse on the cover? ☺ 2y
Theresa @starlight97 One of the characters owns a horse. I don't want to say any more than that & risk giving anything away. 😁 2y
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The Blind Assassin: A Novel | Margaret Atwood
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Argh!!! What a place to end for the Week 1 section!!! #blindassassinbuddyread

JenP Wow, that was quick! 2y
Natasha.C.Barnes Yes, very quick! I'm trying to keep up with everything this month so I'm reading only a bit of many books every day...ill probably finish all my October books at the very end of the month! 😂 2y
Theresa @JenP @Natasha.C.Barnes I had the benefit of flying today. 3 hours in the air + time at the airport beforehand. I doubt I'll be at this pace every week. 2y
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Natasha.C.Barnes @Theresa That makes sense! Nothing like a plane for good solid reading time! 😄 one of the reasons I love flying--the other is due to my short legs. 2y
Theresa @Natasha.C.Barnes LOL!! I usually look at people with long legs with total envy...Except when I'm flying. Here's to short legs! 😂😂😂 2y
Natasha.C.Barnes @Theresa I'm right there with you, sister. 🍾 cheers 2y
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Tom Petty 😢

RachelO 😞 2y
Lizpixie I'm Free'Fallin💔 2y
JenP I am so upset 2y
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bookwrm526 😞 2y
Owlizabeth 😢 2y
DrexEdit 😢 2y
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I am really looking forward to this. I finally read Milk and Honey because I knew this was coming soon. SO GOOD! I think I may devour this one as soon as it arrives.

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The Blind Assassin: A Novel | Margaret Atwood
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#blindassassinbuddyread Day 2: Reading spaces. I'm visiting friends & this is my reading space...in their AirBnB suite. Very comfy. Later my reading space will be a cramped airplane seat. Oh joy.

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Blind Assassin | Margaret Atwood
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Day 1: Expectations. I'm here by myself & couldn't figure out how to take a selfie of me reading, so how about me holding the edition I'm going to read? 😜I know nothing about this book, which is my favorite way to start a book. That way I don't have preconceived ideas of what the book should be & it means I have no real expectations beyond that it's Atwood so it's going to be awesome! No pressure, Margaret! #blindassassinbuddyread #blindass

JenP I love this selfie! I‘m with you. No expectations outside of the fact that it‘s an Atwood book. 2y
britt_brooke Great pic! 2y
Jess7 I picked this book up at my library's book sale recently. 2y
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LauraBeth You‘re adorable! 2y
Dragon My favourite Atwood , but I read it years ago. 2y
Graciouswarriorprincess You look fabulous! 2y
Theresa @britt_brooke @LauraBeth @Graciouswarriorprincess Aww, thanks, Ladies! You're so sweet! 2y
Theresa @Jess7 I'm reading a used copy too. I hope I come across some random note the previous owner left behind. 🙂 2y
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