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Joined July 2019

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Conversation in the Cathedral by Mario Vargas Llosa
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One of Ours by Willa Cather
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#bfcr3 only one week left! I had a HUGE mood boost this week when I was given a clean bill of health after 3 years of post-op cancer checkups. Wahoo!!! So I have a lot more energy/enthusiasm than I've had in AGES and I'm getting much more active. I even ran 3x this week!! 😁 @wanderinglynn @Emilymdxn @Megabooks @Tineke @tjwill @cewilf @cobwebmoth @KathyWheeler @TheEllieMo @guinsgirlreads

Bookwormjillk Yay!!!! Great news! 2w
Emilymdxn That‘s incredible!! SO happy for you 2w
wanderinglynn Awesome news! 🙌🏻 2w
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TheEllieMo Great news!! 2w
Megabooks Fantastic!! 🙌🏻🙌🏻 2w
cobwebmoth That's great! 2w
tjwill Great news! And you‘re doing an amazing job with your goals! 2w
KathyWheeler Those oncologist appointments make me nervous every single time! It‘s been 3 years for me too. Yay for a clean bill of health! 2w
bromeliad @KathyWheeler right?! It's absurd how stressful they can be! And thank you! 2w
KathyWheeler @bromeliad it really is! And the further I get out from my original diagnosis, the more nervous I get because now I keep thinking about recurrence.😞 2w
Smrloomis 🥳 fantastic! 💃🏽💃🏽💃🏽 2w
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Conversation in the Cathedral | Mario Vargas Llosa
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There are 16 weeks left until 2020, and this year my focus was on minority/translated: authors of color, LGBTQIA+ authors, women authors, indigenous authors, authors in translation. I have another 4 books I want to get to for this theme, so I planned them out to stay on schedule. 2020 will be about reading the standards for lit majors, since I can count the # I've already read on one hand 😬 what does everyone have planned for the rest of 2019?

Butterfinger I have almost completed all my challenges except for#AroundtheWorld challenge. 52 books from 52 different countries. I'm trying to complete before 2020, but I'll be alright if I have to carry over. It is a great challenge because I'm learning about different cultures, people, and histories. 2w
bromeliad @Butterfinger That's an awesome challenge! Any favorites stand out? 2w
Butterfinger @bromeliad I just finished a Venezuelan western called Dona Barbara. I enjoyed Ghana's Homegoing. 2w
rwmg @Butterfinger @bromeliad I loved Dona Barbara. I saw on google that it's been made into a telenovela, which I can really imagine 2w
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The group that put this together requested short essays from anyone who identified -- partially or wholly -- as Aboriginal. They got 120+ submissions and kept around half of them. They are not always well written, but they are all extremely important. I laughed with them, was appalled, cheered for them, was moved to tears. Read this collection. It's not long. Fit it in by the end of the year. It works for #readharder 2019. #indigenous #oceania

arlenefinnigan I read this for the Oceania #ReadHarder challenge too. Great isn't it? 2w
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Has anyone here ever read Wonderbook by Jeff Vandermeer? He has a brief chapter about story structure, and points out nonlinear narrative structures that, when drawn, clearly come from nature: spirals, anemones, neurons. But it ends there. "Meander Spiral Explode" is a brilliantly clear deep-dive into this idea, exploring narrative shapes (SEPARATE from plot/character development), how to spot them, and what they do to "create magic on the page."

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Yay congrats again @GrilledCheeseSamurai !!! #SixDigitSamurai is running til Oct 1 and involves being sent books from your TBR, so don't miss out Littens! @Lana1 is one of my newer followers who is also newish to Litsy...hello! 👋🏻 Favorite read of 2019 is tagged. This book is incredibly well written, and Roy has somehow almost created a new dialect of English in the language of the narrative...it's unlike anything I've read before. 👇🏻👇🏻👇🏻

bromeliad Litsy for me has been a rare opportunity to bond with an entire community...I'm not usually one to feel like I fit in. It has been a joy and a balm. 🥰 2w
SamanthaMarie I love what you said about Litsy. It is true, it feels like we all "belong" here. ♡♡♡ 2w
GrilledCheeseSamurai YAY! Thanks for playing along. :) 2w
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I have officially heard from three different medical professionals that I'm "probably fine" with regard to my cancer, now that I'm 3 years out post-op with no funny symptoms. OMG!!! Could come back later, "but it's unlikely." Is it too premature to celebrate? Cuz I am manic!! It hasn't felt this easy to breathe in years!!!

DGRachel Congrats!! 3w
BarbaraTheBibliophage That‘s fantastic!! 3w
zezeki Congrats!!! 3w
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Jemmygem Awesome news. 3w
Branwen Congratulations friend! Such wonderful news! 💕 3w
BookNAround Absolutely fabulous news! 3w
Megabooks Awesome, fantastic!! 🥳🥳🍾🥂💜 3w
sprainedbrain That is fantastic news! ❤️❤️❤️ 3w
rwmg Great news 3w
Dragonfairykats YAY!!!!!! 🍻🍾🥂🏆🎉🎉🎉 3w
TK421 Awesome news!!! 3w
DaveGreen7777 Congratulations! 😀 3w
Amor4Libros YAYY!!!! 3w
xicanti This is amazing news! 3w
cobwebmoth That's wonderful! 3w
Lcsmcat Celebrating is never premature! What great news! 3w
batsy That's wonderful ❤️❤️ 3w
kezzlou85 That's wonderful news. 3w
Buechersuechtling Congratulations on those wonderful news‼️🎉 But please strike the thought that celebrating this could be premature out of your head, in this respect I completely agree with @Lcsmcat – I sometimes celebrate way smaller things, even if I do it all by myself. For me that‘s savoir vivre – and noticing the little things. So, yes, please, party hard for your life changing milestone‼️ 3w
Dawnrod1970 Awesome news! 3w
Redwritinghood 🎉🎉 3w
Smrloomis 🥳🥳🥳🥳🥳🥳👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽 2w
ReadingRachael Yay!!!!!!❤️ 2w
BooknerdsLife CONGRATULATIONS 🎉🎉🎉🎉👍🏼 So happy for you! ❤️ 2w
Erofan 🤗💕 2w
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This book has been on my TBR ever since seeing the #ownvoices #oceania prompt on the #readharder challenge. Finally feels like a good time to dive into it. Anyone read this yet? #readaroundtheworld #indigenous #australia

Freespirit Not read it but it sounds like I would like to❤️ 3w
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Middlesex: A Novel | Jeffrey Eugenides
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Ploughed through this one in 3 days, though I had hoped to finish it in August. Ah well, close enough!

Megabooks Such a wonderful novel! 3w
bromeliad @Megabooks right?? Definitely one of my favorites this year! 3w
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#bfcr3 did better this week. I'm settling into mindsets that better support my desired habits, regardless of my mood. @wanderinglynn @Emilymdxn @Megabooks @Tineke @tjwill @cewilf @cobwebmoth @KathyWheeler @TheEllieMo @guinsgirlreads

Megabooks I think you did fantastic!! 3w
tjwill Great week! Keep it up! 3w
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wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 3w
bromeliad @wanderinglynn thank you! 👍🏻 3w
cobwebmoth Nice work! 3w
Emilymdxn You‘re doing incredibly! So so pleased to hear 3w
bromeliad @cobwebmoth thank you! 3w
bromeliad @Emilymdxn thanks!! 3w
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One of Ours | Willa Cather
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Library haul! I am likely going to have a LOOOT of reading time over the next two weeks, so I stocked up. 😊 #catherbuddyread #1001books #pulitzerbio #readaroundtheworld #argentina #israel #nigeria #libya

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September, September | Shelby Foote
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Does anyone know of any September reading challenges going on? I couldn't find anything on the @Litsyhappenings feed. 🤔

bromeliad @audraelizabeth oh yay, thank you! 3w
audraelizabeth @bromeliad Your welcome. 3w
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batsy Just fyi there is a #ShakespeareReadAlong of The Tempest hosted by @merelybookish and a #catherbuddyread of One of Ours hosted by @Graywacke :) 3w
bromeliad @batsy oh cool! Thanks for the heads up! 3w
LitsyHappenings We‘ve also posted about the Red Rose September challenge — you just need to scroll down a few posts ☺️ 3w
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Middlesex: A Novel | Jeffrey Eugenides
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Ha! 🤣

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The Idiot | Fyodor Dostoyevsky
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Barnes and Noble has tables and tables of 50% off books for the next three days, and it includes a lot of titles from their classics series. Y'all, this was the first book that woke up my brain to the sorts of layered meaning literature is capable of. I was 16. It is still at the top of my list. It only cost me $5 and is the translation from the brilliant Constance Garnett. I can't even right now. ♥️😭♥️😭♥️😭

Lcsmcat I need to reread this. I was far too young the first time to get everything out of it that I could. 4w
bromeliad @Lcsmcat haha you know, there are some books--this one included--where I don't think I'll ever get everything out of it that I could. 🙂 4w
Lcsmcat True, but I was about 12. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 4w
bromeliad @Lcsmcat 🤣 touché! 4w
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It's my Friday today and I could not be more ready! The last five days at work have been absurdly stressful. Bleh! But I have nothing scheduled for my "weekend" so I should be able to recharge the batteries and hopefully get on better #bfcr3 track, once I can decompress. Journaling 3/3, yoga 1/1, still getting daily caffeine to survive.

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Contested Spaces of Early America | Edward Countryman, Juliana Barr
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Ugh. I mean, I get it, people have incorrect notions of what Native Americans are "capable of," but it still seems gross to me that an author might need to point out that the Incas showcased the ability to "keep track of their wide-flung possessions." ? Like, would they "possess" it if they couldn't govern it? Probably not!

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SHOWING OFF HOW MANY NAMES YOU KNOW FOR A SINGLE HISTORICAL FIGURE IS NOT AN ENGAGING NARRATIVE, MR CATLOS. Christ Almighty, I am about to chuck this confusing quagmire of trivia factoids across the room! BAIL! So hard!

KathyWheeler That‘s a shame because it sounds like it could‘ve been interesting. 1mo
Rachel.Rencher Lots of angry book chucking today 😂😂😂 1mo
Megabooks 🤣🤣🤣 1mo
chaoticgoodhufflepuff Sounds like this book deserves it! 1mo
Sweetkokoro Oh that is worst type of writing, I hate when authors do that!! I would have honestly reacted the same way as you. 1mo
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#bfcr3 a wave of depression has totally wrecked me this week. The daily caffeine keeps me acting like a normal human being at work, so there you have it. But hopefully the journaling and yoga will help me process the depression before it becomes a months-long rut! @wanderinglynn @Emilymdxn @Megabooks @Tineke @tjwill @cewilf @cobwebmoth @KathyWheeler @TheEllieMo @guinsgirlreads

Megabooks Hey! It happens (unfortunately). You‘re making it through work and that‘s huge! Very proud of you. Keep going!! 1mo
TheEllieMo Sorry to hear that, hope the journaling and yoga work xx 1mo
wanderinglynn I hope the journaling & yoga work. 💜 1mo
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KathyWheeler I know from experience that depression wave is hard — it destroys so much. I‘m impressed that you managed to do so much! 1mo
bromeliad @Megabooks thank you! All we can do is keep trying! 1mo
bromeliad @TheEllieMo @wanderinglynn thanks, I hope so too! 1mo
bromeliad @KathyWheeler yeah it's brutal! Thanks for the support!! 1mo
cobwebmoth I'm sorry it's been a rough depression week. You still did some great things. *hugs* 1mo
tjwill Sorry you've had a hard week. I hope you feel better soon! 1mo
cewilf So sorry you‘ve had a tough week. Sending you lots of positivity!! You still made some great progress! 1mo
Bklover Hope next week is a much better week for you!!💕 1mo
Emilymdxn So sorry to read this. Sending so much love and support, I hope your journaling and yoga are helpful for you getting your brain back how you want it. Your team is always here for you 💖 1mo
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#BFCr3 week 2 summary:I moved this week, so no yoga or reading, but I had 3 days of serious physical activity, so I'm not upset 😊 @wanderinglynn @Emilymdxn @Megabooks @Tineke @cewilf @tjwill @cobwebmoth @TheEllieMo @guinsgirlreads @KathyWheeler

Emilymdxn Great work! We both had weeks where fitness wasn‘t realistically gonna happen but we continued to bear it in mind and stay committed to it in the long term and that‘s what matters! Moving house definitely counts as exercise lol 1mo
cobwebmoth Very nice!(Especially with the extra stuff going on.) 1mo
Megabooks Moves are rough! You did a great job!! I‘m still impressed with your sugar/caffeine!! 1mo
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wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 Moving is hard work! 1mo
cewilf Nice week! Moving is the worstttt 1mo
Dawnrod1970 Great job! 1mo
sudi Great week 👏👏👏 1mo
bromeliad @cewilf right?! I try not to do it any more than I have to! 1mo
tjwill Wow! No caffeine or sugar over half the week! That is impressive! Great job this week! 1mo
bromeliad @tjwill thanks! 1mo
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Move It!: Motion, Forces and You | Adrienne Mason, Claudia Davila
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All moved! Now excuse me while I hobble around like a centenarian for the next week 🤣

Megabooks Lovely room!! 1mo
bromeliad @Megabooks thanks!! We can't believe how much sunlight it gets! 😍 1mo
LiteraryinLititz What a great space! 1mo
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sudi It looks great! 1mo
Jillylovesbooks It looks like a cozy spot for reading. 📖 1mo
bromeliad @Jillylovesbooks yeah I can't wait! 1mo
bookaholic1 Nice and cozy 📚 1mo
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Move It!: Motion, Forces and You | Adrienne Mason, Claudia Davila
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Moving tomorrow, so I'm prepping the plant babies...so excited, so nervous!!

Buechersuechtling Good luck. 🍀 Hope all goes well. 1mo
bromeliad @Buechersuechtling thank you! I hope so too! 1mo
Lindy Hope your move goes well. 🍀 1mo
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Wait. Rulers ACTUALLY did this?!?! I thought it was just fictitious embellishment!! 😱

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It's for research. I SWEAR I'm not biting off more than I can chew! 😂 #libraryhaul

JCPaulk Those all look interesting! 1mo
Buechersuechtling Yeah 😃, I completely agree with @JCPaulk ‼️ 1mo
bromeliad @JCPaulk @Buechersuechtling RIGHT?! I swear, every time I go into the library I'm like a kid in a candy shop! 1mo
Buechersuechtling @bromeliad 😂 I am even more excited when I come home and want to show all the interesting beauties I hunted to my significant other. Then I‘m like: “Look, Look!” and he just throws me a quick glance – one like: “Good girl, everything will soon be alright. 😉” – and mumbles away. 😂 Non-readers‼️🤷🏽‍♀️ 1mo
bromeliad @Buechersuechtling Haha I hear you! Sometimes I get carried away telling my partner about what I learn in books and he gets this glazed look in his eyes, poor dear 😂 1mo
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Wolf Totem: A Novel | Jiang Rong
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I love it when fiction gets history right. I love it even more when it is relatively obscure history. #china #readaroundtheworld #readingintranslation #HSreadathon

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@wanderinglynn @Emilymdxn @Megabooks @cobwebmoth @KathyWheeler @Tineke @tjwill @cewilf @TheEllieMo @guinsgirlreads #bfcr3 week 1! I learned that sugar free electrolyte drinks curb my caffeine cravings and that fruit 2x/day curbs sugar cravings. Yay progress! Adding a few new items to work toward a healthier/saner life! #goteam

Megabooks Fantastic! Great job and adjustment to your goals! 1mo
cewilf Woohoo!! Nice work! 1mo
tjwill Great start! And good tips about curbing the cravings— thanks for sharing! 1mo
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cobwebmoth Very nice! 1mo
Daisey Sounds like a great way to to start! 1mo
Emilymdxn Im bowled over by your progress with sugar and caffeine that‘s something I couldn‘t even attempt! I think journaling is such a great goal, I try to journal daily too - maybe I‘ll incorporate it into my challenge goals too! 1mo
bromeliad @Emilymdxn thanks!! Yeah, journaling is great, it really helps with keeping the emotions more even keeled. 1mo
wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 A great week! 1mo
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Happy Friday | Blue Ridge Art
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And I say GOOD-BYE to this week, thank you very much. Happy Friday, Litsy family!! I just got off work at midnight local time (I work second shift at a rehearsal facility), and I have a 3 day weekend ahead of me, and TINY GODS I need it.

Megabooks 🥳📚🎉🥳📚 1mo
SamanthaMarie Happy 3 Day Weekend!!! 1mo
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Convenience Store Woman | Sayaka Murata
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RealBooks4ever Curious as to what you didn‘t like about this book! 1mo
bromeliad @RealBooks4ever yeah, sorry for not having posted anything, I didn't want to get ranty haha. I felt it was short yet meandering, that it didn't have any significant character growth, and that what it was trying to say, it didn't say well. Did you like it? 1mo
RealBooks4ever Yes, I liked it. What I took away from it was that the woman might be on the autism spectrum. My grandson is also, so I picked up on some cues. Sorry you didn‘t enjoy it! 💜 1mo
bromeliad @RealBooks4ever yeah, and I'm definitely not saying I have anything against a protagonist on the autism spectrum, or who is otherwise neurodiverse; I just couldn't connect with how the author chose to talk about it. I am definitely in the minority though--this book is on a lot of people's top choices over the last year! 1mo
IamIamIam I really liked this but I feel like it had far more cultural significance in Japan than in the US. She essentially bucked a system that told her she was doing all the wrong things by not going to college and starting a career or getting married, as if those were her only options. I can see how the stilted dialog would be offputting but I listened to the audio and it was super short. Kudos for giving it a shot! 1mo
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#BFCr3 Well guys, as expected, I'm REALLY not doing well with my goal of no caffeine and no sugar. As of Sunday, I've only succeeded 2 of the 5 days. But today, I drank only half of a coffee, so maybe I'm getting somewhere? In other news, I'm blasting through my “6 books read during 6 weeks“ goal like there's no tomorrow! I might reconsider my goals on Saturday and update them to include exercise? Not sure.

Lucy_Anywhere It's amazing that you are even trying. Giving up caffeine AND sugar?!? I'm in awe! 1mo
cobwebmoth You're doing great! 1mo
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wanderinglynn I would delete the only and write: “I succeeded 2 days with no caffeine or sugar!” Because that‘s great progress as both of those are incredibly difficult to eliminate. It‘s good to strive for more, but celebrate what you did accomplish. 🎉 I don‘t think I‘d even make it 1 day without caffeine & sugar. 😂 One step, one day at a time. And it‘s only week 1. You‘re doing great! 💜 1mo
bromeliad @Lucy_Anywhere @cobwebmoth @wanderinglynn Aww, thanks ladies! I really appreciate the support! 💛 1mo
Megabooks Hey! That‘s good progress! 2/5 is way better than 0/5. 👍🏻👍🏻 You‘ll get there!!! 1mo
Buechersuechtling @wanderinglynn I‘m not taking part in the challenge but I just wanted to put my oar in and say that I really loved your positive, supportive comment❣️ And @bromeliad I‘m just making the experience that once I stopped to doggedly try to hit my goals, they seem to be reached quite all by themselves – without me having the impression to have to put much effort in. So be gentle to and with yourself. It‘s always hard for the brain to accept bans. 1mo
TheSpineView Awesome! 1mo
Emilymdxn I always feel like it‘s easy to get caught up in ‘I set this numerical goal and I failed‘ when your body and your health aren‘t counting that specifically, they‘re noticing overall long term changes and efforts. I‘ve stopped setting myself numerical goals this round of the challenge and my goals are now like ‘try to do this‘, ‘increase this‘ and I find it really freeing cause I‘m just focusing on effort and whatever improvement I can manage 1mo
Emilymdxn Your team is all behind you and we all know how it feels to not manage a ‘hard goal‘, but keeping making any effort at all is how changes get made! We can do this, absolutely adapt your goals if you need or want to! 1mo
bromeliad @Buechersuechtling @Emilymdxn You both may have a point here about easing up and striving for improvement rather than trying to hit numbers or create a hard ban. Thanks for the perspective! I definitely run with the “I'm too hard on myself“ crowd sometimes, so this was a good reminder! 1mo
bromeliad @Megabooks Thanks! I sure hope so! 1mo
guinsgirlreads Nice work! I need my caffeine !! ☕️ 1mo
KathyWheeler I made my sugar goal a “cut back” one instead of a total elimination one. It‘s extremely hard to do zero sugar because sugar is in places you‘d never expect. I think you‘ve done well! (edited) 1mo
bromeliad @KathyWheeler Thanks! I think I might have it a bit easier than a lot of people related to hidden sugar -- I can't eat gluten, so I have to make all of my food from raw ingredients to avoid making myself sick for like a week. And probably because of that, the sugar has actually been pretty easy to cut out...it's the caffeine that's killing me! 1mo
KathyWheeler @bromeliad We‘re the opposite! I found caffeine pretty easy to eliminate, but sugar is difficult for me, but I can eat things with gluten in them. 1mo
wanderinglynn @Buechersuechtling thank you! ❤️ We are always hardest on ourselves. But we all need to take time to recognize what we have accomplished. And you and @Emilymdxn both made excellent points. 👍🏻 1mo
tjwill Don‘t worry! You‘re doing great! Any steps toward your goal count as progress! 1mo
bromeliad @tjwill thank you!! 1mo
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Our Lady of the Nile: A Novel | Scholastique Mukasonga
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Coming-of-age novels about girls are usually written in rosy, nostalgic style, and this boarding school novel is no different. What's different is how these girls come of age: rather than maturing and accepting responsibility, this documents the transformation of girls who innocently/thoughtlessly parrot their parents' genocidal rhetoric into women who have internalized the rhetoric as their own. 👇👇👇

bromeliad I think coming-of-age novels are supposed to show how a child slowly accepts and adopts to the role society has given them...or doesn't. The difference here is that the societal role is a genocidal one. And that most of the girls don't say no. 1mo
bromeliad This needs to be a book club read. It deserves discussion. #Rwanda #WITmonth #readaroundtheworld #readingintranslation #BFCr3 #HSreadathon (edited) 1mo
Megabooks Definitely stacking this!! 1mo
bromeliad @Megabooks Awesome! For being such a short book, it really is powerful! 1mo
batsy Great review! I would definitely like to read this. 1mo
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Our Lady of the Nile: A Novel | Scholastique Mukasonga
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When you head to the library and browse specifically for #WITmonth ♥️ #bookhaul #HSreadathon @rmaclean4 see any that look good? 🙂 I've heard great things about most of these so I'm excited to dig in!

rmaclean4 Convenience Store Woman is on my TBR! I will be excited to hear what you think. I have not read the White Book but Human Acts was beautifully written so I can only imagine it will be great! Wonderful library haul. 2mo
AutumnRLS Convenience store woman has been on my TBR forever. 2mo
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batsy What a great stack! The top book has been TBR for awhile 😁 2mo
bromeliad @batsy so far it's really good! I'll probably be finishing it today or tomorrow. 1mo
bromeliad @RealBooks4ever oh good! It's next up for me to read, so I'm glad to hear it! 1mo
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The Belgariad | David Eddings
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#BFCr3 book 1/6 is done, and with it I finished this series! Fluffy, predictable high fantasy. Good for my mood the last couple days. I spectacularly failed at the no caffeine/sugar goal yesterday because I was having a rough go at it. Better today...still have a headache though. 😥 I'm sure it'll go away soon though! #HSreadathon

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The Belgariad | David Eddings
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Drinking Klarbrunn and reading the fluffy second volume of The Belgariad while I try not to die from sugar and caffeine withdrawal. #BFCr3, day 1, here we go! #HSreadathon @Megabooks @Tineke @tjwill @cewilf @cobwebmoth @KathyWheeler @TheEllieMo @guinsgirlreads @Emilymdxn

johncadams Read this recently and loved it all over again!
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Suet624 Ooh, those are both hard to give up! 2mo
Tineke Queck question though. Sunday is the first day of the challenge? 2mo
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bromeliad @Tineke the email I got says round 3 starts Sunday Aug 4, so that was my assumption! 2mo
bromeliad @Suet624 yeah, not looking forward to this, but if I can make it the full six weeks without caving, I should have kicked the habits pretty well! 2mo
Tineke @bromeliad I thought so too. Great, then my first day has ended already😂 10pm here. 2mo
Megabooks @Tineke Weeks run Sunday to Saturday. @bromeliad I‘ve cut down to one sugary drink, so kudos to you for cutting out sugar and caffeine!!! 🙌🏻🙌🏻 Someone would have to pry my unsweetened tea out of my hands!! 🤣 2mo
bromeliad @Tineke Aah, I hope that doesn't set you too far back! and @Megabooks thanks, and kudos to YOU for cutting back!! 👏 I'm not disciplined enough to cut back--that only lasts like two days and then I'm back to where I started 😩 2mo
Suet624 @bromeliad I‘m rooting for you. 2mo
bromeliad @Suet624 Thank you!! ❤ 2mo
Emilymdxn You‘re off to a great start! So impressed at you doing this, #goteam 2mo
bromeliad @Emilymdxn Thank you!! 2mo
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Entertaining, but a bit of a one trick pony that struggled to support itself over 500 pages. I learned less from it than I had hoped to, but laughed more often. Meh. 🤷🏻‍♀️ #HSreadathon

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@wanderinglynn I just signed up for #BFCR3! No coffee, no sugar, and reading 6 books are my goals! Fingers crossed--my coffee/sugar habits are pretty bad! 😬

wanderinglynn Great goals! 🙌🏻 2mo
bromeliad @wanderinglynn Thanks! 👍 2mo
Megabooks 👍🏻👍🏻 2mo
sudi 😊👍 2mo
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This is the thesis statement of this book, I'm not kidding 😂 Guys, this is SO FUN TO READ. Mary Beard loves Roman history and clearly is NOT impressed with self-promoting historians from ANY period and I am incessantly giggling at her snark. #HSreadathon

Connster Mary Beard is awesome! 😁 (edited) 2mo
Graywacke That line makes this book appeal 2mo
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WOOLLY BEAR!!! What an auspicious start to August! ♥️☀️

Johanna414 Love your ring! 2mo
bromeliad @Johanna414 why thank you! 2mo
brit91 Love your ring!💍I would have probably jumped so far back that I would have fell! I could forget getting a picture!🤣 2mo
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bromeliad @brit91 thank you!! Haha I used to drive my mom nuts, making her read me books like "the yucky reptile book" and always showing her the bugs I caught in the woods ? 2mo
Megabooks Beautiful!! 💜💙💜💙💜 2mo
TheSpineView 💜💍 2mo
Aimeesue I'm doing a Meadow Science class for kids later this month - hope we find some woolly bears! I bought bug boxes so we can look at all our buggy friends close up! 😄 2mo
bromeliad @Aimeesue Yessss! That sounds awesome! 2mo
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Saw this in the Litsy feed and had to give it a go. What a stress-busting way to start the day! 😍

Hestapleton Is this like a TBR of sorts or a card catalogue? I love them! 2mo
bromeliad @Hestapleton I'm not sure how others are using them, but I draw them out for every book I have read, and then put the date on the back, and any other things I want to note -- good quotes, page length, overall rating, etc. But doing them for the TBR sounds great, too! 2mo
SharonGoforth This is awesome!!😍😍 2mo
Hestapleton @bromeliad oh cool! 2mo
Jari-chan That looks great! 2mo
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Just signed up for the #HSreadathon! https://bit.ly/2SZAlsq Looking forward to spending my quiet August trying to blast through my TBR pile...but guys, do you have any idea how many #chunksters are on said pile? Or how much my pile blew up after the local bookstore decided to move and made all their books $2 to lighten the load? These are just the TBRs I have WITHIN ARMS REACH! 😆 😆 😆

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Don Quixote Deluxe Edition | Miguel de Cervantes, Edith Grossman
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When I asked which #chunkster to read for the rest of the summer, the votes overwhelmingly came back in favor of Don Quixote! 🎉 🎉 🎉 Edith Grossman is a personal hero of mine, and her translation of DQ (of course) got gushing reviews, so that's the edition I'm reading 😁 My weekend is today/tomorrow, so I'll definitely be diving in before I'm back at work!

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Things that are really embarrassing -- I somehow slept through the ENTIRETY of my education on Ancient Rome as a young adult. 😬 Since I know nothing about it beyond “et tu, Brute“ and I'm hankering for a nonfiction read, I picked this book up from the library today. Mary Beard is “happily of my generation“ in her interest in the life of the common citizen and gender studies, so I'm SUPER stoked to see what she says.

rretzler I didn‘t sleep through mine - I just didn‘t get much of an education in Ancient Rome beyond the basics 2mo
TheBookStacker There‘s a great podcast called History of Rome that I quite enjoyed 2mo
bromeliad @rretzler Yeah, I suppose when schools really only have 9 months to try to teach everything, there probably isn't much time to really delve into Ancient Rome! 2mo
bromeliad @TheBookStacker Oh cool! I'll have to look into it! 2mo
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Wandering Falcon | Jamil Ahmad
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The author spent most of his life working with the tribes of Pakistan and Afghanistan--the people we refer to as “terrorists.“ So I was excited to find a novel that showed their traditions, cultures, and identities. But UGH. There was no plot, the “great human emotions“ this book lauds were told to the reader instead of being shown, and the tone of the whole thing was moralistic and patronizing. #Pakistan #readaroundtheworld #readingintranslation

LibrarianJen Bummer. Unfortunately most of my recommendations are for the Middle East, not South Asia. 2mo
bromeliad @LibrarianJen I'm sure there are other books out there. I got lucky and found this one during a library browse. I'm moving on to other parts of the world now, but when I circle back, I'll do some online digging to find actual recommendations. 2mo
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And That's a Wrap | Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby
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LOL apparently I seriously underestimated how much I would read this year...hit my 2019 goal at the end of July?? 🤣🤣

Redwritinghood Time to revise! 2mo
sudi 👏👏👏👏 2mo
Johanna414 Nice! I‘ve found that since joining Litsy, I read more than ever. Be prepared for your TBR to get out of control! 😂 2mo
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kaysworld1 What I do when I get close to my challenge goal then I up it by 5 and keep doing that till the end of the year. 2mo
bromeliad @Johanna414 I know! I've only been here for like 2 weeks and I've already noticed that my TBR has close to doubled! 😅 2mo
bromeliad @kaysworld1 Ooh, good idea! 2mo
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Ghosts | Csar Aira
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I mean, I wouldn't expect even the majority of people who read this bitty-but-brilliant book to like it, but it feels so important, so relevant (written in 1990!!), and so mind-blowing that I want to thrust a copy of this book into the hands of every person I pass on the street and shout into their faces, “READ THIS BOOK. READ THIS BOOK RIGHT MEOW.“ #Argentina #readaroundtheworld #readingintranslation #readharder

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Ghosts | Csar Aira
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I know César Aira has a reputation of being surreal to the point of making the most abstract-loving literary critics throw their hands up in bewilderment, but he's kinda blowing my mind. Like, a lot. #Argentina #readaroundtheworld #readingintranslation #readharder

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Tale of Genji | Murasaki Shikibu
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It's been about 6 months since I slogged through a long book, and I wouldn't mind settling in with one for the rest of the summer...do any of these seem like particularly good choices?

1) Underworld by Don DeLillo
2) War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
3) 2666 by Roberto Bolano
4) Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
5) Jerusalem by Alan Moore
6) The Tale of Genji by Murasaki Shikibu

Graywacke Welcome to Litsy. I would recommend one if I had read any. 2mo
bromeliad @Graywacke thanks! Haha well I appreciate the honesty! 😊 2mo
BarbaraBB No real easy summer reads among them but I loved the upper three! 2mo
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sudi Welcome To Litsy 💜. I would recommend you a book but i've only read one of them which is War And Peace. It was pretty good though 😊 2mo
Billypar I vote for the Bolaño because I just finished The Savage Detectives and am looking forward to 2666. 2mo
bromeliad @BarbaraBB yeah, I've always had a weird definition of "summer read"...usually, because I have more down time, I like to find longer books, since during the fall/winter I don't pick them up regularly and then I forget everything lol. 2mo
bromeliad @sudi thank you! 😊 2mo
bromeliad @Billypar how was Savage detectives? 2mo
Billypar I liked it- long and slow in spots, but it really rewards you for sticking with it. I finished it on Saturday and am still thinking about it- philosophical but also kind of playful in a weird way. I should be posting a review soon. 2mo
bromeliad @Billypar sounds good! Looking forward to your review! 2mo
CrowCAH Welcome to the Litsy family!!! 📚 2mo
rretzler Never read any of them but War and Peace and Don Quixote have been in my TBR forever. 🤣 2mo
bromeliad @CrowCAH thank you!! 2mo
bromeliad @rretzler right?? Same here! 2mo
Emilymdxn I loved Don Quixote it‘s an absolute scream! 2mo
Lcsmcat I haven‘t read any of these 6, but I‘m the same way with tackling the chunksters over the summer. I‘m reading The Magic Mountain and Of Human Bondage this summer. Previous summer hits for me include Anna Karenina and Les Misérables. 2mo
bromeliad @Lcsmcat Anna Karenina and Les Mis were the same for me! Loved both of them. 2mo
saresmoore I‘m a big fan of Quixote. I recently read all of Genji—ALL OF IT—and it was pretty brutal. So much misogyny for so many pages. But, still, an impressive feat of storytelling and the history is amazing, so I‘m glad I read it. 2mo
Daisey I also read Genji earlier this year and although it was often tough, I truly enjoyed the overall experience. If you decide to read it, I would definitely recommend going back through the hashtag #Genji here on Litsy, and you can even look at posts made in reference to specific chapters. 2mo
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Of these I‘ve only read War and Peace (and I don‘t recommend that you waste your time with it 😆) 2mo
Becker I vote for Don Quixote 2mo
Andrea4 D.Q. 2mo
CoffeeNBooks I vote for Don Quixote. Welcome to Litsy! @LitsyWelcomeWagon #LitsyWelcomeWagon 2mo
bromeliad @CoffeeNBooks thank you! 2mo
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Whoa. What a twisty, bizarre, powerful book. Ondjaki has serious literary teeth. It started strong and got better as it went. #Angola #readaroundtheworld #readharder

charl08 Sounds good! 2mo
bromeliad @charl08 I definitely thought so! I've never read anything quite like it! 2mo
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I see descriptions like this often enough that it's got me thinking about starting up a literary cooking hobby... 🤔

Andrea4 When I was, say, 13 or so, I thought it was cool to try the foods or snacks I read about it books. Pretzels and mustard were a hit! Molasses in warmed milk was decidedly NOT. 🤣 2mo
bromeliad @Andrea4 😂 classic! 2mo
Andrea4 @bromeliad I didn't even like milk so why did I think I'd like molasses in it...especially when I didn't like those Halloween molasses candies!!?? 🤣🤣🤣🤣 2mo
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Super interesting and surprisingly madcap book about/by an author from #Angola #readaroundtheworld #readingintranslation #readharder

BookwormAHN Welcome to Litsy 😺 2mo
bromeliad @BookwormAHN thank you! ☄️ 2mo
rretzler Welcome to Litsy! 📖 #litsywelcomewagon 2mo
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SW-T Welcome to Litsy 😊 @LitsyWelcomeWagon 2mo
bromeliad @SW-T thank you ☺️ 2mo
rather_be_reading welcome to litsy 📚☕📚 2mo
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