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Daisey

Daisey

Joined April 2016

Junior high teacher📓Sourdough baker 📚Reader of #FellowshipofTolkien, #1001books, YA, MG, and more 📖https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/2408113-daisey
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Magician of Lublin by Isaac Bashevis Singer
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Outlaws of the Marsh by Luo Guanzhong, Naian Shi, Luo Guan-Zhong
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The roads are stilly icy and there‘s a three day weekend to finish my household chores and school work, so there will be plenty of reading time today. I finally finished my #CovertoCover book last night, and I‘m going to switch between audiobooks while working on the puzzle or doing housework. I also need read this #LitsyBookClub choice that I may have waited until the last minute to start.

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I‘m spending a bit of time catching up on most of the last chapter, “Flight to the Ford,” of Book One tonight. This time I find myself thinking about just how much has happened since they left the Shire and wondering why the Black Riders did leave the travelers alone for as long as they did after Weathertop.

I also want to take a moment to check in with all our fellow readers. How is everyone‘s progress?

#FellowshipofTolkien #LotRChapterADay

teainthelibrary I've been keeping up, but haven't really had the chance to post about it! I could be wrong but I think they left them alone, because they were biding their time waiting for Frodo to turn into shadow? I wonder if anyone else has some thoughts! 1d
JazzFeathers I read 'Strier' yesterday on the way home. I will have a couple of days off at the beginning of next week, so l hope l'll have a chance to catch up. 1d
Daisey @teainthelibrary It does mention that about assuming he will succumb quickly. Yet, it also just felt like a long time this read through for them to leave him be without even their presence being felt. 1d
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llwheeler I'm behind, but I'll catch up 🙂 enjoying the reread so much! 24h
Daisey @JazzFeathers @llwheeler Good to hear! I was a bit behind myself, but a snow day today let me get caught back up. 21h
Sevil1008 Honestly, the LOTR series and The Hobbit is in my opinion one of the best works of literature ♥️♥️♥️ will forever and always treasure it! 5h
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My library loan expires this weekend and there are others waiting, so I finished listening ahead of schedule. I can completely see why so many readers connect to the experiences of this story. I thoroughly enjoyed the writing, and I loved how well I felt that I got to know the characters.

Thanks @CoffeeNBooks for finally motivating me to read this book and I look forward to the rest of the discussion!

#ATreeGrowsInBrooklynBuddyRead #audiobook

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I really enjoyed this short scene about the autograph books and the rhymes fellow students wrote to Francie. They‘re creative and amusing. Just a few weeks ago, my dad was showing me these same kind of autograph books from my grandparents‘ school days in the 1930s.

#ATreeGrowsInBrooklynBuddyRead

Scochrane26 I thought these were cute, too. I had an autograph book as a kid (I guess because we didn‘t have yearbooks that young), but kids didn‘t put rhymes in it. (edited) 2d
Daisey @Scochrane26 My grandma had one with signatures from several years. It was fascinating to see. A lot of the younger kids had just signatures or short lines somehow including “remember me.” The really entertaining rhymes were mostly high school students. 2d
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I first learned about these incubators for premature babies when reading The Electric Woman and found it interesting to see them mentioned here. Again Sissy is pretty creative in her methods.

#ATreeGrowsInBrooklynBuddyRead

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I realized that I don‘t have any nonfiction in my list of books for this month, so I‘m squeezing this one in. I will probably switch back and forth between it and another audio, so I won‘t be getting through it too quickly. After listening to just under an hour, I like the audio as it emphasizes the oral history perspective, but I‘m also glad I was able to find an ebook copy as well.

#nonfiction #audiobook #ReadingEurope2020

Butterfinger I love that quote. 4d
youneverarrived Glad you‘re joining us 😁 that quote is spot on for how this book is. 4d
squirrelbrain Glad you‘re joining us @Daisey - I nearly posted that quote too! 4d
Daisey @Butterfinger @youneverarrived @squirrelbrain Thanks all! I think this book is going to be pretty intense and thought provoking, so I‘m glad to be reading it with others. 4d
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I made homemade pan pizza and read “At the Sign of the Prancing Pony” this evening. I‘ve always really liked Strider, and it is especially interesting to read this again after the early drafts with Strider first introduced as a Hobbit.

#FellowshipofTolkien #LotRChapterADay #ReadandEat

RaimeyGallant I'm so hungry I can almost smell this. 6d
Kenyazero What a perfect meal for an inn chapter! 5d
Daisey @RaimeyGallant @Kenyazero It was delicious and a pretty great complement to reading this chapter. 5d
Riveted_Reader_Melissa I‘m always so happy when I get to The Prancing Pony...before that it reminds me more of The Hobbit, with a mini adventure each chapter, somewhat disconnected from the whole larger story, but once you hit The Pony, it‘s definitely LOTR and more serious in tone. 9h
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Hunger | Knut Hamsun
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I didn‘t enjoy this #audiobook. A down on his luck writer sees things go from bad to worse as he runs out of money, slowly sells off his possessions, and becomes increasingly mentally unstable as hunger rules his thoughts. Yet, throughout the story, people do try to help him and he makes incredibly bad decisions. I wanted to feel sympathy, but I just didn‘t. I don‘t quite know what to make of the ending either.

#ReadingEurope2020 #Norway

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#BookReport #DaiseysReadingWeek
🎧 Independent People - #ReadingEurope2020 #Iceland
📖 The English Patient

#CurrentlyReading
🎧 #ATreeGrowsInBrooklynBuddyRead
🎧 Hunger
📖 The Magician of Lublin (My at school book, so could be a slow read.)
📖 #CovertoCover postal book club book
📖 #FellowshipofTolkien Readalong

#WeeklyForecast
📚 Continue current reads
📖 Start The Girls at 17 Swann Street - #LitsyBookClub
🎧 Start 1 of these for #Reading1001

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The English Patient | Michael Ondaatje
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Supper tonight included soup, salad, and finishing this book. It describes the experiences and memories of four people in an Italian villa just after the retreat of the Germans at the end of WWII. I was saddened yet fascinated by the war time experiences of each character and especially intrigued by the descriptions of dismantling bombs. The writing style took a while for me to adjust to, but I appreciated the vivid detail and literary allusions.

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I‘m enjoying some cozy reading time with the pets and a hot cup of tea on this wintry evening. Tom Bombadil is an enigmatic character that seems to often elicit conflicting opinions from readers. Even after several rereads and other texts, I‘m still intrigued and curious about this character every time I meet him.

#FellowshipofTolkien #LotRChapterADay

Deifio The first time I read LotR I didn't like Bombadil. Especially because of his annoying songs. With this reread I kinda liked him. His songs reminded me of the silly songs my kids make up for themselves 1w
dodgygothbint I really like the Tom Bombadil section of the story, and was very sad that they left it out of the film adaptation. I think it's a good midway scene between the comfort and almost childish content of The Shire and the increasing hardships and terror of the latter parts of their journey. 1w
teainthelibrary I agree! I feel like I pick up different things each time I read it - the songs have definitely grown in me too 🙂 1w
Daisey @Deifio @dodgygothbint @teainthelibrary This section has never been one of my favorites, but I appreciate it more now, especially the old history aspect. Every time I reread I seem to enjoy the songs and poetry more than previously. 7d
JazzFeathers @dodgygothbint It's true, eh? Bombadil really mark a passage in so many aspects of the book. 6d
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Independent People | Halldor Laxness
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I really enjoyed the parts of this book about farm life and raising sheep in Iceland in the early 1900s. I wished sometimes that things I considered fairly major events had been described in a bit more detail, and I did not enjoy the more political aspects. Yet overall, this was a wonderful choice for experiencing #Iceland for #ReadingEurope2020.

#ReadtheWorld #ReadingtheWorld #translated #1001books #audiobook #Hoopla

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I couldn‘t resist a photo of the page with the quote on my bookmark. The hobbits quickly become aware of the danger around them. Although I clearly remember the fear and suspense of the black riders, I had forgotten the details of this meeting with the elves. This chapter is such a mix and filled with anticipation. I also continue to appreciate the poetry more with every reread.

#FellowshipofTolkien #LotRChapterADay

Daisey Also back to school with students tomorrow, so here‘s hoping I can stay caught up the rest of this week. 2w
teainthelibrary Lovely bookmark 😍 2w
eanderson Great quote! Love the bookmark! 2w
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Linsy Perfect! 2w
JazzFeathers I totally agree. After all our behind-the-scene reading, and adding that this is the first time l read the book in English, it is almost a new story to me. 2w
Daisey @teainthelibrary @eanderson @Linsy @JazzFeathers Thanks! I‘m enjoying this reread even more than expected. 2w
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“The Shadow is the Past” is full of so much important background information. I also love Sam‘s excitement over his “punishment.”

#FellowshipofTolkien #LotRChapterADay

teainthelibrary It‘s such a great chapter! I love the history and tension and foreshadowing. The last two sentences of the chapter are some of the best of Sam Gamgee 😂 2w
SilverButtonBooks Sam is my favorite and my love for that character grows more with every read. 2w
aaradhyamestry Great Picture!😊 2w
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Independent People | Halldor Laxness
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I‘ve been listening to this #audiobook off and on the last few days as I do other things. With all the talk of sheep and life in the wide open spaces of #Iceland it‘s a good listen for a walk. Listening to stories of hard times with starvation looming is not so enjoyable while baking. I also caught up on flagging all the #1001books I‘ve read as I listened as well, and I‘ve decided this is the best way to feel you‘re making progress on the list.

rather_be_reading omg those tags!! 😍 2w
Daisey @rather_be_reading I‘ve only read just over 100, but the flags actually make it feel like I‘m getting somewhere. 2w
batsy I read a digital copy, and I loved it so much. Totally immersive experience. 2w
Daisey @batsy I am very much appreciating it, but I can‘t say I‘m loving it. At the same time I‘ve seems everlasting reviews saying it really all came together in the end. I‘m definitely feeling it is a great choice to experience Iceland. 2w
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Independent People | Halldor Laxness
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#BookReport
📚 Finished 3 books to end 2019

#CurrentlyReading
🎧 #ATreeGrowsInBrooklynBuddyRead (through chapter 14)
🎧 Independent People #ReadingEurope2020
📖 The English Patient #Reading1001 #TBRTakedown
📖 The Fellowship of the Ring #FellowshipofTolkien

#WeeklyForecast
I hope to stay on track with group reads, finish current independent reads, and move on to an upcoming as I finish one of similar format.

jewright I want to know if The English Patient is worth reading. 2w
Daisey @jewright I‘ve just started, but I‘ll be sure to let you know what I think. 2w
Cinfhen Great week and so glad to find a recommendation for Iceland 😁 2w
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BarbaraBB @Cinfhen It‘s a chunkster though 😀. If you want more options check out 2w
Cinfhen Ohhhhh, I don‘t want a chunkster 😝 @BarbaraBB thanks for your suggestion 2w
Cinfhen And it‘s a shortie @BarbaraBB !!!!!! 2w
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen definitely 😉 And it is beautiful - as is Independent People by the way! 2w
Daisey @BarbaraBB @Cinfhen I'm enjoying Independent People for the most part, but it's just over 20 hours on audio. 2w
Cinfhen I found anything more than 12 hours and I start to get antsy 🤪 2w
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#FellowshipofTolkien friends, it has been a very Tolkien day! Not only did I start my day by reading Tolkien, but I ended it by attending a gathering of the Tolkien Society of Kansas City for the annual Toast to the Professor. I hope to attend more events in the future, but the distance makes it unlikely I will participate as much as I might like.

Texreader Sounds marvelous. Tonight my son and I finished watching LOTR extended edition, again. 2w
Daisey @Texreader It was! After all the talk about both the books and movies last night, as well as starting a reread of The Fellowship, I think I may need to watch that movie today. 2w
SilverButtonBooks I‘m so jealous. I wonder if there is anything like this where I live? 2w
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Daisey @SilverButtonBooks I never thought about it until @JazzFeathers mentioned the group she is a part of and I looked up the Tolkien Society. It turns out there are various groups scattered around the world. https://www.tolkiensociety.org/society/smials/ 2w
Amandajoy Where are you at? I‘m in Omaha and have been trying to find area Littens to do a meet up with. I would head to KC, there‘s a bookshop there I want to go to. 2w
JazzFeathers That sounds like a fantastic day, @Daisey! Being part of a face-to-face group is such a great experience. I'm happy you've found one near you. And yes, l need to watch the films again, too 😆 2w
Daisey @Amandajoy I actually live east of KC, and chose this event to attend because it was not quite as far away as some of the others I‘ve heard about. We did have a #KCLitsyMeetup a couple years ago, but I have not heard any plans for another. Just out of curiosity, what bookstore? 2w
Amandajoy It‘s Rainy Day Books. I‘ve heard it‘s a cute bookstore. 2w
Daisey @Amandajoy I‘ve heard good things about that one too but haven‘t made it there. 2w
wordslinger42 I've thought about joining the Tolkien Society, but haven't done it yet! I also doubt I'd be able to make it to many events! 2w
Daisey @wordslinger42 Luckily, the KC group is pretty informal. I have been following their social media for almost a year and chose this event as a good way to check it out in person. I‘m glad I did and plan to attend some more, but it‘s at least an hour drive to any, so it probably still won‘t be often. 2w
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Good morning and Happy Birthday to the Professor! I‘m so looking forward to enjoying another reread of one of my favorite books with a wonderful group of Litsy readers! I just enjoyed reading the prologue all about hobbits with breakfast.

#FellowshipofTolkien #LotRChapterADay
#BreakfastWithTolkien

Deifio The hobbits are big on breakfast too! And lunch, and tea, and dinner...😄 I'm almost done with the Fellowship 2w
Daisey @Deifio So true! If you‘ve just been reading it, I hope you‘ll join in on our informal posts and discussion. 2w
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Here‘s the daily schedule for the Fellowship of the Ring portion of our chapter a day readalong of The Lord of the Rings.

Anyone is welcome to join! We don‘t have specific discussions, just post as you wish with the hashtag #FellowshipofTolkien.

#Readalongs2020 #readalong
#JRRTolkien #YearsofTolkien

Daisey Do we want to add #LotRChapterADay or a different LotR specific hashtag? (edited) 2w
GrilledCheeseSamurai Yaaaaas! Picked out my copy today. It's been a year or so since I've read this so I'm champing at the bit! 🤩 2w
RebaReger I just read this last month! It was so good! I will admit I enjoyed The Hobbit more but I did enjoy Fellowship of the Ring. Looking forward to Two Towers and Return of the King! 2w
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teainthelibrary Ooo I would love to join this as I‘ve missed out on the other Tolkien readalongs! 2w
lumos_flamel I'm in! 2w
JazzFeathers Thanks for the schedule, @Daisey l can't tell you how excited l am to read it again! 2w
BookwormAHN Thanks for making the schedule @Daisey I'm so excited to read this with y'all. When I had just joined Litsy I believe the group was in the middle of The Two Towers and I was too shy to join in. Now however I have chosen which copy I'm going with and I'm ready 😸 2w
wordslinger42 Yay!! Thank you for the schedule! Now to try and focus on work instead of picking up the book! We'll see how successful I am 😅 2w
Daisey @RebaReger I will be curious to hear what you think after reading all of Lord of the Rings, since it‘s really all one story. Enjoy and feel free to join in on our posts any time even if you‘re at a different point in your reading. 2w
Daisey @teainthelibrary @lumos_flamel Wonderful! It‘s always great to have more readers join us. I look forward to seeing your posts. 2w
Daisey @JazzFeathers I‘m pretty sure I can guess, as I probably feel much the same! 😂 @BookwormAHN I‘m so glad you‘re with us this time around! @wordslinger42 I understand! I‘m loving the fact that I have a few more days before going back to work so I could enjoy reading this morning. @GrilledCheeseSamurai Enjoyed seeing your editions of The Hobbit, so I‘ll be interested to see the copy you chose this time. 2w
LaLecture I just came across a post about this and I love the concept! I‘ve been meaning to read The Lord of the Rings for years, but the sheer size has put me off 😅. One chapter a day seems manageable though. 2w
Daisey @LaLecture Yay! We‘ll be so glad to have you join us, and I really enjoy the chapter a day format as well. 2w
Andrew65 Read this one but might join you when you get to book 2. 1w
Daisey @Andrew65 Sounds good! 1w
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#FellowshipofTolkien is planning to start a chapter a day readalong of The Lord of the Rings with The Fellowship of the Ring tomorrow, January 3! All readers are welcome to join us. Daily schedule will hopefully be posted tonight.

#Readalongs2020

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Untitled | Unknown
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This year, I‘m looking at my reading goals as more participatory. I will continue to set a 100 book goal on Goodreads, but the others are mostly about reading with others instead of a specific list.

I will also continue to track reading of library and owned books, but I‘m not setting any kind of goal.

#1001books #Reading1001
#ReadingEurope2020
#LitsyBookClub
#MGBuddyRead
#CovertoCover

#ReadingResolutions #ReadingGoals #2020Goals

JazzFeathers Those all sounds awesome challenges. I'm attempting #ReadingEurope2020 too. 2w
CafeMom Great goals. 2w
Daisey @JazzFeathers @CafeMom Thanks! I‘m really looking forward to each of them, especially Reading Europe. 2w
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The English Patient | Michael Ondaatje
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The last book I finished in 2019 was Squint. The book I started and am continuing into the new year is A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. However, the first book I started after midnight on January 1 is The English Patient.

Thanks for the fun prompt, @BookNAround! #lastfirst

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Finally, as part of my year end wrap up, here are the 30 books I read from the #1001books list in 2019. It‘s not quite as many as I was hoping for, but I did manage to read my #Reading1001 #TBRTakedown book every month, a few of the books of the month for that group, a few with Litsy readalongs, and a few random choices.

#1001Discoveries #Genji #Hugonuts #ReadColdBlood
#2019Stats #ReadingStats

Scochrane26 I would try some of the list or other lists, but there‘s just some books I‘m never going to be willing to read. It‘s a great goal though, & I have worked on more classics. 2w
Cinfhen 🙌🏻❣️#TBRtakedown 😁 2w
Daisey @Scochrane26 Thanks, and I completely understand. I will never get through all of these, and there are some I have no desire to read. I like that it gives me a wide variety of books to read and an interesting group of people with whom to discuss those books. 2w
CafeMom Great graphic. I wish I could do that. 2w
Daisey @CafeMom This is actually just a screenshot of my bookshelf on Goodreads in cover grid format on a square background. I lucked out that I read 30 books and it came out in even rows. 2w
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Here are some more reading stats from my spreadsheet for 2019. Audiobooks counted for just under half of my books this year, and I used the library for almost 60% of my reading. The bar graph shows my book sources with purple for library, light blue for owned or free, and dark blue for borrowed from friends.

#ReadingStats #2019Stats

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Elegance of the Hedgehog | Muriel Barbery
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What a wonderful New Year surprise! Thanks so much @sblbooks! I‘m hoping to read this one for #ReadingEurope2020 this year.

#KindLitsy

WanderingBookaneer I love this one! 2w
sblbooks You're welcome, Happy reading! 2w
umbrellagirl I loved this! Enjoy 2w
CafeMom Loved this book. It will also work for 1001. 2w
Daisey @CafeMom Yes, my goal is to get as much overlap as possible with 1001 books for the Reading Europe challenge. The only thing is I had a few options for France, so I put this book on my TBR Takedown list. Now I have to hope the number is drawn. 2w
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#MyYearInBooks from Goodreads plus a few other details. The two books that have stuck with me throughout this year were The Tale of #Genji and The History of the Hobbit, both read with fantastic Litsy readalong groups.

#HobbitHistory #FellowshipofTolkien
#ReadingStats #2019Stats

Texreader Congratulations!! 2w
Lindy Well done! I have fond memories of reading Genji, even though it sometimes felt more like a slog. 😊 2w
Daisey @Texreader Thank you! 2w
Daisey @Lindy Thanks! Yes, I can‘t really list it as a favorite, but it is a book that I continually remember or want to mention when I consider my reading for the past year. So glad to have read it. 2w
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The Annotated Hobbit | John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, Douglas A. Anderson
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This was an impressive reading month! I read several great #middlegrade books in the last few months, but I think The Length of a String is my favorite.

I won‘t be finishing any more books tonight, but I‘m probably going to start a new book and wait to post year end stats tomorrow. Happy Reading! 📚

#monthlystats #readingstats

Reviewsbylola Damn that‘s a lot of NF! 2w
Daisey @Reviewsbylola Oops. I got my numbers backwards and didn‘t even realize it until you commented! Fixed it. (edited) 2w
Reviewsbylola I was very impressed. 😆 I can‘t imagine plowing through that much NF in one month. Great month! 2w
Daisey @Reviewsbylola I can‘t imagine that much in one month either. I listened to the one to make sure I had some kind of nonfiction every month this year. 2w
JazzFeathers 👏👏👏👏💪😀 2w
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Today I spent some time looking through my grandma‘s bookshelves, and I found a few of these small editions. This is the one that came home with me. The book doesn‘t have a publication date, but it was gifted to my great grandma for Christmas 1918. It appears it might be only volume one of a two volume set. Even so, I‘m happy to have a book from her collection.

Crazeedi What a beautiful treasure!💞 2w
Reviewsbylola Amazing 😍😍 2w
Lcsmcat So cool! 2w
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Tanisha_A 😍 2w
LauraBrook Beautiful, and what a treasure! 2w
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Squint | Chad Morris, Shelly Brown
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My last completed book of the year! This middle grade novel includes comics, dealing with enemies that used to be friends, medical issues as a kid, losing family members, absent parents, and new friendships. I enjoyed it, but it just felt like too much forcing of the authors‘ lessons on me as a reader.

#middlegrade #TRS2019 #MsDsLibrary

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This is a great story of family and friendship, with a fantastic dynamic between Marcus, his brother Charlie, and their mother. The description of the travel and culture in Puerto Rico was wonderful.

Just a note, there‘s a fair amount of Spanish and a little bit of German on a few pages.

#middlegrade #TRS2019 #MsDsLibrary

Daisey I never used to take the time to match my bookmark to my book, but now I often do and these seemed a pretty good pair. Thanks, @Faibka! 3w
jewright Quiero leer este libro. 3w
Daisey @jewright I was planning to recommend you take a look. 3w
Faibka @Daisey that‘s a great match! 😃 interesting book, I‘ll have to check it out 2w
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Fire and Heist | Sarah Beth Durst
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This book has a fun premise, shape shifting dragons called wyverns from another world were exiled to Earth long ago and now live among humans hoarding gold. Sky‘s family is in turmoil after her mother disappeared during a heist gone wrong, and she is determined to learn the truth and redeem her family name. Yet, the world building lacked depth and I wanted more complexity in the plot and character relationships.

#YA #TRS2019

Daisey I classified this book as YA, but the writing style, family dynamic, and romance make me think it is intended for the crossover between #middlegrade and YA. I wonder if this might be the reasoning for what I consider lack of complexity. It is a fun read, and I think younger readers who have not read as much classic fantasy may appreciate it more than I did. 3w
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Fire and Heist | Sarah Beth Durst
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The last week has been pretty busy, but this morning is quiet and I‘m fitting in a chapter or two of this were-dragon story before church.

JazzFeathers Did you seriously say were-dragons? 😲 3w
Daisey @JazzFeathers Yes, although they no longer have the capability to actually change form to dragons. They do still breathe fire and hoard gold. 3w
JazzFeathers @Daisey l am hooked! 3w
Daisey @JazzFeathers Review is posted. My earlier comments were during the first half, and I finished reading it last night. It was a fun story but not nearly complex enough to satisfy me. As it was YA, I pretty much just ignored the way too simplistic high school romance. I can‘t say I would actually recommend it to an adult reader of fantasy. 3w
JazzFeathers @Daisey Pity 😟 The premise was awesome. 3w
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#BookReport
🎧 4 audiobooks
🎄 3 holiday reads
📓 2 middle grade
✍️ 1 nonfiction

#CurrentlyReading
📖 Fire & Heist
🎧 #ATreeGrowsInBrooklynBuddyRead - starting Sunday morning

#WeeklyForecast
📚 Along with Fire & Heist, I have 2 more middle grade reads I hope to get to before we start back to school.
📖 #FellowshipofTolkien starts The Fellowship of the Ring #readalong January 3!
🎧 Independent People for #ReadingEurope2020

Cinfhen Nice 👍🏻 Littens are really killing it this week 😍 3w
Sace Ahhhh! So many things starting this week and I forgot to make them part of my weekly forecast! 😱 3w
Daisey @Sace I know what you mean! I actually wrote out a list of my possible January TBR first and it was almost overwhelming. 3w
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Nightbooks | J. A. White
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I finished this listening to this book, including a scene with monster unicorns chasing the characters along a forest path, during my afternoon walk. The story is a modern Hansel & Gretel retelling with aspects of Arabian Nights as Alex tells creepy stories to keep himself safe. There are magical plants, an amazing library, great characters, a wonderful friendship, and a positive message of being true to yourself.

#MiddleGrade #audiobook #TRS2019

Kenyazero Great picture! What a fun accompaniment to a walk! 3w
JazzFeathers It sounds good. 3w
Daisey @Kenyazero Thanks! It seemed a good match between the actual scenery of my walk and the events of the story. 3w
Daisey @JazzFeathers Sometimes retellings are tough for me, but I really enjoyed this story. It combined various aspects in a way that I thought worked very well together. 3w
Kenyazero @Daisey that's magical! 3w
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I finished my Advent devotional early this morning, and then listened to the rest of Christmas Days while completing the last of the gifts and baking for today. This was a wonderful collection of stories and recipes that I will absolutely revisit in years to come.

#Christmas #audiobook

JazzFeathers Merry Christmas! These were a couple days of cooking and visiting friends and family. It was lovely. 3w
CafeMom I am reading this book now but no hopes of finishing it today. I am enjoying it. 3w
Daisey @JazzFeathers Merry Christmas to you as well! I‘m lucky enough to be able to spend over a week with my sister and her family, but between now and Friday will be the busiest with visiting and festivities. 3w
Daisey @CafeMom I really enjoyed the stories on audio, but I‘m going to have to track down print to look at some of the recipes more closely. 3w
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I‘m home from a wonderful Christmas Eve service at church and have a quiet night to myself. So, I‘m enjoying a few more of Tolkien‘s Letters from Father Christmas along with a mug of tea and a slice of fruitcake. I know fruitcake is not often a favorite, but I love this recipe of my Grandma‘s and now make it each year for our family to continue her tradition. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all who celebrate!

#FellowshipofTolkien #Christmas

Bklover I love fruitcake! Haven‘t had any in a long time. I‘ve made some cookies that are like mini fruitcakes though. Enjoy! 3w
sprainedbrain Merry Christmas, Daisey! ❤️ 3w
Daisey @Bklover Most people seem shocked that I actually make fruitcake, but those that like it love it. It‘s become an important part of my Christmas tradition. Thanks! 3w
Daisey @sprainedbrain Thank you, and Merry Christmas to you as well! 3w
jewright It‘s seriously the best fruitcake ever! 3w
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The Colors of the Rain | R. L. Toalson
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This #NovelInVerse is set in 1972 as schools in Houston are integrating, but that is mainly background to the personal trauma of a family dealing with the death of one of their own. It touches on many tough topics, but in the end, I felt it tried to do too much. I had to reread carefully to figure out certain details with some historical background, and I‘m not sure most #middlegrade readers would catch and understand all of them.

#TRS2019

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I‘m rereading a few of Tolkien‘s letters from Father Christmas this evening with a very appropriate Christmas bookmark. I love the North Polar Bear as well as all of the creativity in these letters.

#FellowshipofTolkien #Christmas

JazzFeathers The Polar Bear is the sweetest. Last year, a friend and l prepared readings for children from this book. I was Santa, she was Polar Bear (PB, familiarly). We had a ton of fun. 4w
Daisey @JazzFeathers I remember you mentioning that, and it sounds like great fun! 4w
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I felt that I needed a little something different in between holiday listens, so I chose this book that‘s been on my TBR a while. I still think The Etymologicon is my personal favorite of Forsyth‘s books, but this one was also fascinating. It delves into description and examples from various sources of many elements of rhetoric, some of which were familiar to me and many I had never heard named.

#nonfiction #audiobook #Hoopla

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A Classic Christmas: A Collection of Timeless Stories and Poems | Charles Dickens, Louisa May Alcott, Hans Christian Andersen
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#BookReport
I finished more than I expected this past week. I especially enjoyed listening to some Christmas books and finishing a reread of The Hobbit with #FellowshipofTolkien.

#CurrentlyReading
🎧 Elements of Eloquence so I fit in a bit of nonfiction this month
🎧 Christmas Days which I chose based on lots of Litsy Love
📖 Rereading Letters from Father Christmas

#WeeklyForecast
Enjoying current holiday reads & more #middlegrade books

Cinfhen Looks like lots of good books 📚 Happy reading 😄 4w
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Lifeboat 12 | Susan Hood
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This is the second book in a row I‘ve read about children leaving (or attempting to leave) Europe in the wake of WWII. This historical fiction is based on the stories of survivors of a ship carrying English children that was sunk by a German U-Boat. It is written in verse and clearly conveys the experiences of one of those boys while on a lifeboat in the Atlantic. At the end there‘s also a section of photos.

#MiddleGrade #NovelInVerse #TRS2019

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Lifeboat 12 | Susan Hood
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As an adult, I love finding literary references like this one to The Sword in the Stone (or The Once and Future King King), but it also always makes me wonder how many I have missed and am still missing when I read.

tpixie As a child I loved 4w
Daisey @tpixie I just listened to the whole series this summer. I really enjoyed the beginning but not the end at all. 4w
tpixie @Daisey ♥️ too bad it fizzled out (edited) 4w
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The Annotated Hobbit | John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, Douglas A. Anderson
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I finished the last chapter of The Hobbit today, and again I loved this story. It‘s interesting to consider it with more depth after reading The History of the Hobbit and so much of Tolkien‘s writing the last few years. I appreciated the footnotes, but since much of that information was familiar from other reading, my favorite aspect of this edition is the variety of illustrations.

#ThereAndBackAgain #FellowshipofTolkien #YearsofTolkien #reread

JazzFeathers Three different edition! 😍 4w
Daisey @JazzFeathers 2 editions of The Hobbit, a Middle-Earth Atlas, and the art book I have. 4w
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Black Dahlia | James Ellroy
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This is not at all my normal reading fare, and a few times, especially towards the end, I stopped for a while just to take a break and read/think about something cheerier. Yet, I really enjoyed the style and I was continually surprised by turns that the story took.

#audiobook #1001books #Reading1001

CafeMom I felt the same way about the book. 1mo
SupTeaReadBooks Same here. The one about his mother‘s murder is even more of a rough go - but good! 1mo
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The Length of a String | Elissa Brent Weissman
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“It was her real life, Imani,” she said apologetically. “It‘s not some book we read in school with, like, symbols and themes. She didn‘t have to end with any closure.”

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The Length of a String | Elissa Brent Weissman
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This book weaves together the story of Imani, an African American girl adopted by a Jewish family, with her great grandmother Anna‘s story of leaving Luxembourg to live with a couple in New York City in 1941. I enjoyed the way the diary made the past real to Imani and also helped her better understand her own adoption. It is a wonderful combination of historical fiction and the reality of family as more than genetics.

#TRS2019 #MiddleGrade

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Untitled | Unknown
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❄️ I have done different challenges over the last several years. I started with A to Z and the Read Harder challenges.

❄️ I generally set a Goodreads goal of 100 books. Since I started reading from the #1001books list and participating in Litsy book clubs, I have mostly stopped challenges with lists of prompts. I am planning to participate in #ReadingEurope2020 as I think I can make that one overlap with other reading.

#Two4Tuesday

TheSpineView Thanks for playing! Happy Tuesday! 1mo
JazzFeathers I'm planning on doing the #ReadingEurope2020 too 😊 1mo
Daisey @JazzFeathers I‘m really looking forward to seeing what people read and reading some more translated books myself. Maybe you could share a few Italian favorites? I‘d like a few personal recommendations along with the books from the #1001books list I‘m planning on. 1mo
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A Classic Christmas: A Collection of Timeless Stories and Poems | Charles Dickens, Louisa May Alcott, Hans Christian Andersen
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This was an enjoyable Christmas collection of 7 classic stories and 8 poems by Charles Dickens, Louisa May Alcott, Harriet Beecher Stowe, L.M. Montgomery, Hans Christian Andersen, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Paul Lawrence Dunbar, Christina Rossetti, and more. I only wish the poems had been interspersed between the stories instead of all in one section at the end.

#Christmas #audiobook #shortstories #poetry

Daisey This collection is available on #Hoopla and you can choose a specific story or poem from a chapter list. 1mo
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The Length of a String | Elissa Brent Weissman
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I settled in for a little bit of cozy reading this evening with Gandalf. This story alternates between the perspective of an adopted Jewish girl in the present and her great grandmother‘s diary from 1941.

Branwen Your kitty is lovely and your mug is awesome! 😁😻💕 1mo
Crazeedi Sounds good! 1mo
sprainedbrain Is that gorgeous kitty named Gandalf? 😻 1mo
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Daisey @Branwen Thank you! 1mo
Daisey @Crazeedi The book is great so far, but I also don‘t want to say too much until I get further. 1mo
sprainedbrain @Daisey Love that! We had a cat with a different name years ago that always sat on the stairs and wouldn‘t let the other cats past him. We started calling him Gandalf and there were lots of ‘you shall not pass!‘ jokes. 😂 1mo
Daisey @sprainedbrain What a great story! 1mo
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The Annotated Hobbit | John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, Douglas A. Anderson
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Monday morning breakfast and a book! The more of Tolkien‘s work I‘ve read, the more I am fascinated by the dwarves. I think that Tolkien changed his own perception of the dwarves of Middle-Earth as he worked on The Hobbit. In previous reads, I was mostly frustrated with Thorin at this point in the story, but in rereading, I better appreciate the history and depth of his character.

#ThereAndBackAgain #FellowshipofTolkien #BreakfastwithTolkien

JazzFeathers Welcome to the club 😆😜 1mo
Daisey @JazzFeathers I figured you would appreciate this post! 😀 (edited) 1mo
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