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Wahala: A Novel | Nikki May
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This was a fun, gossipy , “oh no! She didn‘t!” kind of read about three British-Nigerian women living in London whose close friendship is severely tested by the arrival of Isobel, also mixed race, but as one character put it, “the worst kind of Nigerian - entitled, pretentious, vulgar…” The end took me by surprise 😳! Nigerian cuisine is often featured and because there are three recipes at the end, I‘m using it for #Booked2022 - contains recipes.

LeahBergen This sounds good! 1d
Ruthiella @LeahBergen Some Littens compared it to Sex In The City crossed with Gossip Girl…throw in some murder and those comps seemed about right! 1d
LeahBergen Well, now I‘m sold! 😆 1d
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Cinfhen This sounds GREAT 1d
Ruthiella @Cinfhen The pages turned easily! 1d
batsy Adding to the list for when I need exactly one of these books! 🍿 1d
5feet.of.fury So good! 1d
Ruthiella @batsy It‘s good to have these titles in your back pocket! 21h
Ruthiella @5feet.of.fury It was! 21h
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Wahala: A Novel | Nikki May
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Thanks for the tag @Cinfhen 😊

#Two4Tuesday

1. To never tire of rereading them might be too much to ask for, but I find certain classics well worth re-reading: Jane Eyre, Pride & Prejudice, Bleak House, The Hobbit…

2. All About Eve Nigerian style!

TheSpineView Thanks for playing 😊 2d
Cinfhen Love your book description 💖 1d
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The Light Years | Elizabeth Jane Howard
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With every positive review on Litsy, I grew more curious. Now I‘ve finally read it! I loved this family saga which concentrates on the lives of the upper class Cazalet family in late 1930s England but also gives insight in to the lives of their servants and factotum. Reminiscent of books like The Forseyth Saga yet in a style all its own. 400 plus pages but it reads fast. Tagging those Littens whose reviews encouraged me to pick this up! Thanks! 😊

squirrelbrain I‘m the same as you were…it‘s so many Littens‘ favourite series but I‘ve yet to read it… (edited) 4d
Cathythoughts That‘s great you enjoyed it. I need to read the next in the series 👍🏻❤️ 4d
quietjenn Yes! I just bought a set of the entire series, inspired by the same Littens. I'm thinking it will be good to sink into and read my way through it as the seasons turn. 4d
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Ruthiella @squirrelbrain When Litsy speaks, we listen! 😂 4d
Ruthiella @Cathythoughts I totally want to read all five books. Yet another series to complete. Typical bookworm problem! 😝 4d
Ruthiella @quietjenn It would be a great fall read. Also, knowing what I do of your reading taste, I fairly certain you‘ll love it too. 😀 4d
MaureenMc So glad you enjoyed it! I read the entire series between July and December last year. I *rarely* finish series anymore, especially ones with this many pages 😆, but I found it extremely compelling. 4d
Ruthiella @MaureenMc The way Howard tells their stories, it was hard to stop reading. (edited) 4d
merelybookish Oh I'm so glad you enjoyed the first volume. It really is a good mix of comfort and character study! And the whole series is well worth it! 4d
Ruthiella @merelybookish I‘ll definitely read the rest of the series! 4d
EvieBee Yay! So glad you enjoyed it! I‘ve moved on to book 2 over the weekend. 4d
Ruthiella @EvieBee Excellent! We‘ll see when I manage to pick it up. Hopefully in the next couple months. 4d
CarolynM I‘ve had a copy of this on my shelf for years but I‘ve still not got around to it. Now you‘ve added to the encouragement from all the others you‘ve mentioned. One day…😬😁 3d
batsy Oh man! This has been TBR forever and @merelybookish recent reviews also made me want to read it. So many books... 3d
BookNAround This was one of my all time favorite stumble upon finds when I worked at a bookstore back in the day. I don‘t remember if I shelved it or if I shelved something near it but it made its way home with me and I promptly sped my way through the rest of the series. 3d
Ruthiella @CarolynM It‘s hard to predict just when the urge will strike, right? I‘d owned the copy I read for some time also (though not as long as some of the other unread books I have!🫣) 3d
Ruthiella @batsy I know! One day you will pick it up and love it, I‘m sure. 👍 3d
Ruthiella @BookNAround I love it when favorites fall serendipitously into my hands like that! Somehow it makes the reading experience more that much more memorable! 3d
BiblioLitten Such a wonderful book. Can‘t wait to get to the next in series. 2d
Ruthiella @BiblioLitten Me either. I want to read how the weather the war years! 2d
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#WondrousWednesday Thank you for the tag @Areader2 😊

🌸Pretty much! It‘s rare there‘s a day when I don‘t read at least a page or two.
🌼 I don‘t have children and I don‘t watch television. Reading is my main hobby/entertainment.
🌺While I read it infrequently, mystery is my go-to comfort genre-particularly Agatha Christie.

Eggs Thanks for the thoughtful responses 🤗📚👏🏻 1w
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You Sexy Thing | Cat Rambo
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If there‘s a Wayfarers hole in your reading life, this might just be the book (clearly the start of a series) to fill it! Captain Larsen and her ragtag crew are catapulted into adventure when they board the bio ship “You Sexy Thing”. The sentient ship was my favorite character!

I‘m using this as my entry for #Booked2022 Hope Punk novel. Also my second completed book for #20in4. Thanks for the rec @Centique ! It was spot on! 👍🚀

Centique I‘m so glad you liked it. It was such a blast 😍 1w
Ruthiella @Centique I had a lot of fun reading it! 😂 1w
Cinfhen Love that pun @Centique such a “blast” 😉😛 this probably isn‘t my type of book, but I love the title and I‘m glad you both enjoyed it!!! 1w
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Centique @Cinfhen 😂😂🚀🚀🚀 1w
Andrew65 Doing great 👏👏👏 1w
Ruthiella @Andrew65 Thanks 😊 1w
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Readathon: Occasional List : Geleentheidslys | Gauteng (South Africa). Education Media Service
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I finished Our Wives under the Sea yesterday evening after work. Now I‘m on to reading new books which will hopefully be more fun! A Jane Austen mystery and Sci-fi recommended by @Centique #20in4

Centique Oooooh I hope you enjoy the Cat Rambo as much as I did! 🤞🤞 2w
Ruthiella @Centique I think I will! I‘m already up to page 70 and like it so far! 😃 2w
Andrew65 Well done 👏👏👏 2w
Ruthiella @Andrew65 Thanks 😊 2w
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Our Wives Under the Sea | Julia Armfield
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My last #CampLitsy read. A shortish book (228 pages) and yet it dragged for me. Once I finally got to the end, it was quite moving, however. Miri‘s wife comes back from an undersea expedition strangely changed. Interspersed with Miri‘s reminisces of how she and Leah met and fell in love is Leah‘s account of the expedition. I wanted more Vandermeer-like weird horror and less love story. And what was the point of Miri‘s relationship with her mom?

merelybookish Good question! (It felt like some kind of parallels were being drawn but not entirely clear to what end.)I want to know what's up with the neighbors' tv! 2w
Cinfhen It was strange and agree, for such a short book it felt long. But it did have some gorgeous passages. 2w
Ruthiella @merelybookish Yes. I think the unseen neighbors were maybe to add to the sense of the uncanny? But I‘m not sure it worked for me as intended. (edited) 2w
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Ruthiella @Cinfhen Yes, the writing was very good. I wonder if this started as a short story and got expanded to novel length. 2w
Cinfhen That makes sense. It would have worked better as a novella 2w
Cinfhen I LOVE your edition #CoverCrush 2w
Ruthiella @Cinfhen 😂 I wanted to be a #CampLitsy completist and couldn‘t wait for the US release so I ordered the UK version from (edited) 2w
Cinfhen 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻well played 2w
squirrelbrain Great review! I‘ve seen mixed reviews for this so I‘m glad I‘ve managed to get a library copy to read. 2w
Ruthiella @squirrelbrain I managed to get library copies for all except this one. I totally can see where other readers will love it. 2w
batsy Nice review! I haven't read it yet but I was also hoping for a VanderMeer-esque story 🙂 2w
Ruthiella @batsy Thanks. It does dip into Vandemeer territory from time to time but not as often as I wanted/expected. 2w
BarbaraBB I‘m not a VanderMeer fan so I might like this one better than you did 😉. Looking forward to it! 2w
Ruthiella @BarbaraBB @BarbaraBB I hope it hits your sweet spot! 🤞I know other readers really connected with it. 2w
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#WondrousWednesday

1. Hardback 📚
2. Inside 🪟
3. Fall 🍁

If anyone feels like playing, consider yourself tagged!

Eggs Thanks for playing along 🤎🧡🤎 2w
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Love Medicine: A Novel | Louise Erdrich
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This was Erdrich‘s 1984 debut, a novel in stories and it put her on the literary map. Full of heart and pathos and featuring the lives, loves, and trials of the extended Kashpaw, Pillager, Nanapush and Lamartine families on and around Chippewa reservation in N. Dakota.

#RememberingJenny In 2020 Jenny took part in the Erdrich Medicine Readalong on Instagram. I spent many happy hours in the Reading Envy pub and thought of her while reading this.

Leftcoastzen I remember loving this book ! It still hurts & shocks me about Jenny. I had no real or online connection other than enjoying her podcast & admiration for her support of books, writers, & readers . (edited) 2w
Ruthiella @Leftcoastzen I still miss her as well. She was such a thoughtful person and I admired her ability to read so much and so widely. 2w
BkClubCare @Ruthiella @Leftcoastzen - I am still a bit in shock, to be quite honest. 1w
BkClubCare ❤️❤️❤️ 1w
Leftcoastzen @Ruthiella 😢so true! Reading so much & so widely. 1w
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A soft pick. Not too much of a mystery since the crime, criminals and their motives are revealed fairly early on. I think this is more an exploration of class in America wrapped up in a fictional “true crime” book. The narrator (who has a bit of an ax to grind) moves back to small town Maine, only to discover that one time lobster fisherman is now rich and a major benefactor…only no one quite knows where the 💰comes from. Read for #JubilantJuly

Cathythoughts Nice review, a soft pick , interesting! I‘ve only read the prologue and not properly started it yet … it may have to wait awhile. 3w
Ruthiella @Cathythoughts I wanted more mystery and less class-exposé‘! ? I also found the narrator a little condescending, but I think that was intentional. 3w
Megabooks Hmmmm…I loved this. Still think about it. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 3w
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Ruthiella @Megabooks It‘s a very strong debut! I just didn‘t expect the reveal to come so early. 3w
kspenmoll Great review! 2w
Ruthiella @kspenmoll Thank you! 😊 2w
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This is my #JubilantJuly stack while I try to keep cool 🥵. I‘ve got The Midcoast on my kindle at 30% read. The two #PemberLitten titles, Excellent Women and The Completing of the Watsons I‘ll finish this weekend. Next week is super stressful with work and other unfun stuff. But I‘d like to at least get a few chapters into Our Wives Under the Sea for #CampLitsy and Love Medicine for #Roll100 and #RememberingJenny. ❤️

Andrew65 Best of luck 😊👍 4w
Centique Gosh I hope you like Love Medicine. I loved it 😍 have you read any others? There‘s a bunch of them that feature the same families so you get to know more about them. 4w
Ruthiella @Centique I‘ve only read Erdrich‘s more recent work. I‘m excited to start at the start and work my way forward! 😀 3w
BkClubCare @Ruthiella - how fun! 3w
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Bizarro | Dan Piraro
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#Litsyhumor 😂😂😂

Leftcoastzen 😂👏👏👏 4w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 😂😂😂😂 4w
Centique Brilliant 😂😂 4w
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Sleepwalk: A Novel | Dan Chaon
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I‘m counting this for #Booked2022 “New in 2022”.

This is my second read from Chaon and I think he might be a new favorite. His books are creepy and complicated in a way which really appeals to me. This one is about an aging hit man/cleaner/courier who‘s so off the grid, he doesn‘t even have a legal name. When he discoverers he has a daughter, he thinks he‘s being conned…or is he? Set in a believably discomforting near future America.

Cinfhen Ohhhh, sounds great!!! #stacked 4w
Reggie This sounds really good. 4w
Ruthiella @Cinfhen I hope you like it! 🤞 4w
Ruthiella @Reggie The first book I read was super creepy and head scratching 4w
Cinfhen I liked Ill Will - really unsettling 4w
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The English Air | D.E. Stevenson
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Unfortunately I couldn‘t get a DSP edition ebook & was too cheap to spring for the paperback so I had no introduction. I thought this was mostly pro-Empire war propaganda (published in 1940) with two weakish romances. Sorry fellow #FurrowedMiddleBrowClub friends 😣. I can‘t fault the book for being of its time, but the rah rah Britain can do no wrong stuck in my craw, knowing the future. Kudos, however, for not painting all German‘s as Nazis.

Tamra I‘m getting those vibes too. It‘s difficult sometimes to read this era when we have so much hindsight! 1mo
Ruthiella @Tamra Hindsight certainly gets in the way! 1mo
CarolynM I know what you mean, but I find it funny rather than annoying. I‘m thoroughly enjoying it. 1mo
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Ruthiella @CarolynM That‘s definitely the better attitude! I‘m glad you are liking it. 😊 1mo
Cathythoughts I hear you , and if I focus on that part of the atmosphere of the book , I agree it‘s hard to swallow. I enjoyed the romances, and found it interesting when Franz went back to Germany. But I definitely take your point. 1mo
Ruthiella @Cathythoughts I don‘t know why it rubbed me the wrong way, but it did. I‘m glad it didn‘t impede your enjoyment of the book. I did like daffy Sophie as a character! 1mo
batsy Interesting review! I haven't started it yet but I'll know to keep an eye out for that because it sounds like it might not sit well with me either 😆 1mo
Ruthiella @batsy It‘s not the whole book, for sure. It‘s just that the rest wasn‘t enough to allow me to ignore it. I hope I am the outlier here! 😀 1mo
Jess_Read_This I really appreciated reading your take on this one! I finished it last night and thought it was one of Stevenson‘s more serious works but definitely had a propaganda tone which irked me a bit too. Overall, I enjoyed it but because I thought it was (for her) an attempt at trying to create depth in the novel. It read differently for me compared to the her other novels I‘ve read. 1mo
Jess_Read_This In the DSP edition, one thing that struck me was in her autobio at the end- she is asked about drawing her characters from real life. She says “NO”- however she mentions neighbors in Glasgow being chilly when they saw themselves in Mrs Tim. And in her letters, Franz is drawn from a German girl staying with friends. I felt her strong protest and paragraph explanation in the autobio was a bit untruthful in where her characters come from. (edited) 1mo
Jess_Read_This Sorry, me again. I was thinking on it a bit while drinking my coffee. In her autobio in the DSP, she says English Air was her first book written with a purpose. The purpose being to help other people understand how the English people felt about the war. Which made me wonder whether it was how her social circle felt or was she also drawing from the directives coming from govt? And I never really got a strong sense on what her message exactly is? 1mo
Jess_Read_This Continued: which makes me wonder if I‘m just a bit dense as a reader since I felt her purpose didn‘t seem clear to me. She wrote of various people in varying stages of carefreeness whose lives were changing. Did she mean the sense of nationalism they felt? I could tell she was aiming for something but it got lost for me. When I say I saw depth in it, I meant in how Franz was portrayed. 1mo
Ruthiella @Jess_Read_This The only other books I‘ve read from D.E.S. are the first two Miss Buncle books, so I wasn‘t expecting the more serious tone here. For sure she was only speaking as well she could for her social class. Like when someone explains to Franz that the upper classes in England work for free in aid of the poor unlike in Germany where such work is paid for by the government. Noblesse oblige. That also put me off. (edited) 1mo
Ruthiella @Jess_Read_This Also, we know that England had a fascist party lead by Mosley which had some popular support. The books was published very early in the war. She couldn‘t know that it would drag on for 4 more years and that it would be so destructive and that the recovery would take so long. (edited) 1mo
LeahBergen I can see where you‘re coming from on this review! I ended up enjoying it but reading the appendix of publishers‘ letters, etc made me appreciate it (and the time period it was written in) even more. 3w
Ruthiella @LeahBergen Next time if the DSP ebook isn‘t available, I will definitely get the paperback then. I think with better context, I‘d have appreciated it more. 3w
Kimzey I appreciate the nuanced review. I am behind in my reading, so can‘t chime in yet. 5d
Ruthiella @Kimzey No problem and no rush! I‘ll be interested to hear your thoughts when you get there! 😀 5d
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Thanks for the tag @Eggs 😊 #ThoughtfulThursday

1. Books by the same author are together and I separate NF from fiction and SFF and mystery from the rest.

2. I have shelves in every room except the kitchen and bath.

3. I read ebooks from the library but rarely buy them. When I buy, it‘s usually because I want to keep it in physical form and when available, I choose hardbacks.

Wanna play? Consider yourself tagged! 😃

Eggs Agreed, hardcovers are the best! 1mo
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Thanks for the tag @Eggs ☺️ #Two4Tuesday

I. My number goal is to read 100 books and I‘m on track for that. There are a couple of challenges where I‘m falling behind, however.

2. Reading what I already own is always a goal and challenge!

If you are reading this and want to play, consider yourself tagged! 😃

Eggs ❤️❤️ 1mo
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Holy ‘90s nostalgia! A time travel novel which is at its heart a love story between a parent and child. Alice was raised in NYC by a single father whose claim to fame is an incredibly popular time travel novel that was also adapted into a successful TV series. On her 40th birthday she travels back to 1996 on a pivotal night.

All the references to other time travel narratives in the book were fun. Sweet story with a good message. #CampLitsy

CarolynM This book has literally just arrived at my house as this month‘s selection from my Well Read subscription. Glad to hear it‘s a good one🙂 1mo
Ruthiella @CarolynM I hope you like it. I will say, it is chock full of New York City and ‘90s nostalgia. I had to Google some. 1mo
Megabooks So looking forward to this!! 1mo
Ruthiella @Megabooks I think a lot of the ‘90s references will definitely land with you! 😃 1mo
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Here‘s my wrap up for #Booked2022 Spring edition:

👑 Real or fictional royal - Fool‘s Errand

📰 Written by a journalist - Say Nothing

🌍 Author born in Africa - Purple Hibiscus

❓Make your own prompt - The Family Chao

⚓️ Nautical novel- Post Captain

🔪 Murder mystery- Bullet Train

Cinfhen Fantastic 🙌🏻 way to go 🎉 You have until Midnight July 3 to submit all books read between April 1-June 30th to enter the #SecondQuarterDrawing :

Here's the link for second quarter #Booked2022

https://forms.gle/E9QC2c79pDFcUE5Y8

1mo
Ruthiella @Cinfhen Thanks! I already submitted some of the books. I‘ll add the rest in the next round. 😃 (edited) 1mo
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Purple Hibiscus: A Novel | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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My last book for #Booked2022 Spring edition. Prompt: author born in Africa. This was Adichie‘s debut. I thought it was fantastic. A coming of age story set in late 20th century Nigeria during a military dictatorship and political unrest. Narrated by 15 yr old Kambili, she loves and fears her tyrannical father. When she and her brother Jaja visit their aunt and see a different way to live, their lives are changed forever with tragic consequences.

Cathythoughts Nice review 👍🏻 I have the book , but not read. 1mo
Ruthiella @Cathythoughts It was really good. It also made me realize Adichie hasn‘t published a new novel in a while! 1mo
Cinfhen We read this for bookclub awhile back. It was very good 👍🏽 1mo
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Cinfhen And you‘re right/ it has been awhile since she last published a novel 1mo
Ruthiella @Cinfhen Yes! She‘s due a novel. I‘ve really liked all three from her so far. 1mo
PaperbackPirate I loved this book too. Great pic! 😍 1mo
Ruthiella @PaperbackPirate Thanks! 😊 It‘s a toss up between this and Americanah for my favorite from her! 1mo
PaperbackPirate Ooh I‘ve been meaning to read Americanah for so long! On my shelf… 1mo
Ruthiella @PaperbackPirate I read Americanah in 2014 so it only took me eight years to get to this one! 😂 1mo
PaperbackPirate Ok I read Purple Hibiscus in 2016 so there‘s time. 😂 1mo
Hanna-B My dad loved this 4w
Ruthiella @Hanna-B It‘s a really impressive book and her debut, no less. 4w
Hanna-B I‘m goi g to read it! Tmw is 3 years since nt dad died…thank you for reminding me about this book. He was super jazzed about it 4w
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I‘m glad this book introduced me to the song “Hunger” by Florence and the Machine but otherwise I wasn‘t that impressed. The descriptive writing was fine but the profanity laden dialogue was boring and I never cared about the characters or found them or their fates interesting. Not my kind of book. #CampLitsy

Vansa I find this writer extremely overrated 1mo
squirrelbrain 😬 I‘m about a third of the way through… it‘s fine but not ground-breaking or amazing! 1mo
BarbaraBB I am about to start it. 🤨 1mo
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Ruthiella @Vansa This is the only book of theirs I‘ve read so far. I‘ll maybe try another some day… 1mo
Ruthiella @squirrelbrain I agree. Nothing ground-breaking or amazing. Still, I‘m glad to have given it a go! 1mo
Ruthiella @BarbaraBB I‘ll be interested to hear your take on it! 1mo
sherri I haven't read the book, but I am a huge fan of Florence's music. Hunger is a great song. 1mo
Ruthiella @sherri I really like the song too. I don‘t know a lot of Florence‘s music but I do love Cosmic Love from her. 1mo
Megabooks I definitely swear, but this book…gees, a lot of swearing!! 1mo
Ruthiella @Megabooks OMG yes! I swear for emphasis at times(and when I am angry). But not in normal conversation. 1mo
Cathythoughts I gave this a ‘so-so‘ too. I‘ll have to listen to Hunger 👍🏻♥️ 1mo
Ruthiella @Cathythoughts It‘s a great song! 😃 Discussion about this book will be interesting! 1mo
BkClubCare Me, too 1mo
Ruthiella @BkClubCare Different strokes, eh? 1mo
PaperbackPirate I love Florence + the Machine! I saw them in concert about 10 years ago - one of the best concerts I‘ve ever been to. (edited) 1mo
Ruthiella @PaperbackPirate They must be awesome live! (edited) 1mo
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The English Air | D.E. Stevenson
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Hello #Furrowedmiddlebrowclub friends! This is a reminder that our July 2022 pick is the tagged title. Read at your own pace and share your thoughts with us as you are inclined.

Any Littens not tagged but want to be, let me know. 😊 All are welcome!

CarolynM Thanks Ruth. I've been hanging out for this one🙂 1mo
Tamra Yay! 😁 1mo
Kimzey Thanks for the reminder! 1mo
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Ruthiella @CarolynM @Tamra @Kimzey It looks like a perfect summer read! 🏖 1mo
batsy It's such a good cover—very summer-y! 1mo
Cathythoughts Great stuff 👍🏻❤️ Thankyou X 1mo
Ruthiella @batsy I agree. The cover really sets the tone! 1mo
Ruthiella @Cathythoughts You are welcome! ❤️ 1mo
LeahBergen Thanks for the reminder! 😘 1mo
Ruthiella @LeahBergen No problem 😉 1mo
Sparklemn I‘d love to read it with you all. 1mo
Ruthiella @Sparklemn Excellent! 😃 1mo
Jess_Read_This Thanks for tagging! This is my first time participating. Do we discuss in each other‘s posts or is there a formal discussion post for us to discuss on? 1mo
Ruthiella @Jess_Read_This It‘s super informal. We just discuss on each person‘s post as desired. 😀 1mo
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Thanks for the tag @Klou ! 😊 #WondrousWednesday

🐚 It‘s a mix of books I own combined with reading challenges and following book prize shortlists. I try to keep a balance of new releases and backlist/classics.

🐠 I think I am probably too harsh at times. My judgements are purely subjective, mostly based on how a book made me feel.

🐢 Today I am grateful for my friends.

Eggs #2: I do that too-I get pickier about books as I age… 1mo
BkClubCare TOB the first half of the year always dominates; I can‘t even think what influences my Q3 reading 🧐 1mo
BkClubCare Oh, and… FRIEND! I am grateful for _you_ 🤩 1mo
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Disorientation | Elaine Hsieh Chou
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Humor & satire are tricky things in novels. I appreciated the author‘s message and I did chuckle a couple of times, but overall it wasn‘t my thing. I found it too earnest generally. My preferred satire draws blood (Think The Trees by Percival Everett /The Sellout by Paul Beatty). Also, the main character was too unbelievably dense often only to propel the plot. I did like the side characters, however & I‘m glad she ended it realistically.

#20in4

squirrelbrain Great review! I have this one on #netgalley, after it was on the #camplitsy longlist. It‘s published in about a month in the UK and I‘m not convinced of my chances of getting to it before then….! 🤷‍♀️ 2mo
vivastory I agree with you on preference of satire 2mo
Ruthiella @squirrelbrain Thanks! I also read it because it was on the #CampLitsy longlist. I think you will like it. I think it‘s a “me” thing. 2mo
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Ruthiella @vivastory Do you have any favorites you can suggest? 2mo
Andrew65 Well done 👏👏👏 2mo
batsy I like that statement about drawing blood! That's my idea of a good satire, too. 1mo
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My only goal in this #20in4 Readathon that starts NOW, is to finish Disorientation, which I am not loving 😐. Satire and humor are tricky and this book is missing the mark for me, but maybe I will love the second half? Once I finish it, I have a ton of books I‘m just itching to get to: Sorrow and Bliss, Your Body Made a Fool of Death, This Time Tomorrow and Our Wives under the Sea.

rachelm Oo I loved the second half of Disorientation. It‘s a lot of irony. Just really well integrated irony 2mo
Ruthiella @rachelm That‘s good to know! 2mo
Andrew65 Good luck 😊👍 2mo
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Megabooks Sorry you‘re not enjoying Disorientation. 🤞🏻 it turns around! 2mo
Ruthiella @Andrew65 Thanks 🙏 2mo
Ruthiella @Megabooks I I think it‘s satire just isn‘t for me. But I‘m still glad to have read it. 2mo
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I fell of the #Roll100 wagon but hope to hop back on in July. I‘ve already read Fool‘s Errand 🥳! I definitely want to get to Purple Hibiscus because it will also work for #Booked2022! We‘ll see if I can also squeeze in Love, Medicine among the #CampLitsy books I have to read...it would also work for #RememberingJenny since she had a Louise Erdrich project a couple of years ago. How I miss her!😢

PuddleJumper That's great! 2mo
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Thanks for the tag @EadieB ! 😊. #WondrousWednesday

1. Excellent question! Maybe Mrs. Danvers from Rebecca? 🤔

2. I can‘t remember the name, but The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell made me sob. 😭

3. Lots of authors are from California, but Kem Nunn and Rachel Khong are from the same corner of Southern California as I am. 🌴

EadieB Thanks for playing! 2mo
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Post Captain | Patrick O'Brian
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The 2nd Aubrey–Maturin book did not disappoint. The battles are weirdly thrilling even though I don‘t know my main sail from my mizzenmast. Jack and Stephen‘s friendship nearly comes to an end over a woman and Jack‘s luck seems to be at an all time low hounded for debt on land and in an impossible ship on sea. The restart of the Napoleonic wars will either make or break him.

Read for #Booked2022 Nautical Novel @ #RoaringWolf category “Flag”.

Cinfhen Fabulous review and fantastic graphics 💕 2mo
Ruthiella @Cinfhen Thanks! ☺️ 2mo
LeahBergen I feel the same way about the battles in these books. 😆 2mo
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Ruthiella @LeahBergen Glad to know I‘m not alone! 😂 2mo
Roary47 Great job! 😊💛 2mo
Ruthiella @Roary47 Thank you! 😊 2mo
batsy "my main sail from my mizzenmast"—I'm with you there ? Nice review! I follow some bookish people on twitter who always talk about this series fondly & it makes me want to give it a try. 2mo
Ruthiella @batsy The draw for me is the two main characters. The are so well drawn, I feel as if I really know them. 2mo
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Bullet Train | Kotaro Isaka
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I had to postpone my trip on Bullet Train but now my journey is finished. What a ride! Very cinematic and violent with plot twists and turns. Five(?) assassins are aboard the high speed train between Tokyo and Morioka. All have conflicting assignments from the Japanese underworld. Not all are necessarily who they appear to be. Who will make it off alive?

#JoyousJune
#Booked2022 Murder Mystery

Cinfhen Ohhhhh, this sounds AMAZING #Stacked 2mo
Ruthiella @Cinfhen It reminded me some of a Tarantino movie. Flippantly violent. 2mo
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Either/Or | Elif Batuman
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Wow. This follow up to The Idiot is similarly funny in Batuman‘s trademark dry, deadpan style, but at about the 2/3 mark it got dark and sad for me. The protagonist, Selin lives her life as if she were a heroine in a 19th century novel and my heart ached for every stupid decision she made. Batuman is such a smart writer. I think she is doing something big and Proustian with these books.

1st book finished for #JoyousJune & also read for #CampLitsy

Cathythoughts Excellent review! I‘m looking forward to giving it a go now 👍🏻♥️ 2mo
Ruthiella @Cathythoughts I would love to know your thoughts! 2mo
Andrew65 Great 👏👏👏 2mo
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Either/Or | Elif Batuman
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Thank you for the tag @Roary47 and @MoonWitch94 ! 😊 #WondrousWednesday

1. The tagged book is set mainly at 1997 Harvard (Massachusetts, USA) but with side trips to Turkey and Russia.

2. Last 5 ⭐️ read was a re-visit of The Hobbit.

3. I‘ve preordered Kate Atkinson‘s upcoming novel Shrines of Gaiety.

jlhammar Can't wait for the new Atkinson! Love her. 2mo
Ruthiella @jlhammar Me either! She‘s one of my favorites! 2mo
Eggs ❤️ Kate Atkinson ❤️ 2mo
Ruthiella @Eggs One of the few authors I will preorder! 2mo
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Either/Or | Elif Batuman
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Pardon me while I drop all three planned books for #JoysofJune and instead start Batuman‘s sequel to The Idiot for #CampLitsy!

Honestly, I only read up to page four and was already laughing. 😂

BkClubCare Woottttttt!!!!!!! 🌟 2mo
MoonWitch94 😂😂😂😂😂😂 this is great 2mo
suvata Hahaha 🤣 2mo
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merelybookish Excellent!! 2mo
Cathythoughts Love this 👍🏻😂 2mo
bthegood 🤣🤣 2mo
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These are the three books I‘ll be making my way through for the #JoysofJune Readathon!

Waiting for the audio of Post Captain to be available from the library. Until then, I‘ll stick with the print.

Disorientation was a #CampLitsy longlister that I wanna really read even though it didn‘t make the cut!

Bullet Train‘s hype has me curious! Plus translated Japanese fiction is something I virtually never read. Time to expand my microcosm!

Andrew65 Good luck, thanks for playing along. 😊 2mo
DrexEdit I read Bullet Train. I found it to be really entertaining. It's going to be a movie in August starting Brad Pitt, if you can even imagine! 2mo
Ruthiella @DrexEdit I‘m only two chapters in and every character in my head is Japanese-so more Ken Watanabe than Brad Pitt. 😂 I can see why it was adapted, however. It‘s already giving me Tarantino vibes. 2mo
Ruthiella @Andrew65 Thanks! 😊 2mo
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Thanks for the tag @RaeLovesToRead , @Eggs and @Klou ! 😊 I pick

Swimming pool 🏊‍♀️
Ice cream 🍦
Paperbacks 📖
Road trips 🗺

#ThoughtfulThursday

Feel like playing? Consider yourself tagged!

MoonWitch94 Thanks for playing 😎 2mo
Ruthiella @MoonWitch94 Thanks for making the tag. Thank goodness we don‘t have to choose for real! 🤪 2mo
MoonWitch94 @Ruthiella RIGHT?!?!! That would be too unfair 😂 2mo
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Coming of age story about Mallory, a lonely coed who has an affair with a older, married female professor her freshman year of college. This unequal relationship will have repercussions throughout Mallory‘s adult life. The writing style reminded me favorably of Katie Kitamura: deceptively low key with a lot unsaid under the surface. This was an impressive debut.

sarahbarnes Great review! Sounds like one I need to check out! 2mo
Ruthiella @sarahbarnes Thanks! It‘s also pretty short! Bonus ✅ 2mo
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The Family Chao | Lan Samantha Chang
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#Booked2022 “Make Your Own Prompt”

My prompt is “Modern takes on Classics”. The tagged is a reworking of The Brothers Karamazov (which I‘ve never read) set in the present day with three second generation American-Chinese brothers and their domineering father and long-suffering mother. It took a while to orient myself, but once I did, I was hooked. Family ties, secrets, lies, plus a murder! I‘m quite keen now to read the Dostoevsky original too!

Cinfhen Great idea!! You might see that prompt again next year 😁and glad to hear this book was a winner! 2mo
Ruthiella @Cinfhen I‘m a sucker for this kind of book! 2mo
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I enjoyed this novel in short stories about a plague that ravages the earth‘s population, an earth already like our own, beginning to show the consequences of environmental abuse caused by humans. It‘s not a cheerful book by any means, but it‘s also not completely devoid of hope. Some chapters were stronger than others, but on the whole, this is a solid pick. 👍

#CampLitsy

sarahbarnes Great review. I agree. I thought the beginning and ending were the best parts. 2mo
Ruthiella @sarahbarnes Yes, he does manage to bring it full circle! I think Pig Son and City of Laughter are the chapters that will stay with me most. 2mo
sarahbarnes Those parts broke my heart for sure! 💔 2mo
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Megabooks Excellent review! 2mo
Cinfhen City of Laughter will stay with me for a very long time!!!! Great review 🥰agreed, some stories were better than others but overall a solid collection. Im thinking of using this for #HopePunk / thoughts??? 2mo
Ruthiella @Megabooks Thanks! 😊 2mo
Ruthiella @Cinfhen I think it‘d work in that category. 👍 2mo
Cathythoughts Great review! I still have the second half to go. 2mo
Ruthiella @Cathythoughts I am curious to hear what everyone will make of the end story. 🤔 2mo
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⭐️ No. I‘ve read books that have made me curious,but I‘ve never visited a place only because I‘d read about it.
⭐️⭐️ Unfortunately, I have once or twice read a book a second time without remembering at first that I‘d actually already read it! 🙊
⭐️⭐️⭐️A favorite author is always a reason I will read their books, no questions asked. But generally I rely on synopses to influence me.

#WondrousWednesday

Thanks for the tag @Eggs 😊

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Rebecca (Special) | Daphne Du Maurier
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Thanks for the tag @PaperbackPirate ! 😊

#Two4Tuesday

1. If “moody” means depressing, then no. I don‘t like depressing books. For example, I‘ve never read Tess of the D‘Urbervilles. I‘m not sure I could take it. But if “moody” means atmospheric, then yes!

2. The tagged book is wonderfully atmospheric and in that sense, moody. The Cornish coast, Manderley‘s East Wing that no one uses, creepy Mrs. Danvers, Rebecca‘s memory haunting the pages...

PaperbackPirate Thank you for sharing! 😒 (moody emoji) 2mo
Ruthiella @PaperbackPirate It was fun to think about! 😃 2mo
TheSpineView Thanks for playing! 2mo
Leniverse I'm the same, and haven't read Tess of the D'Urbervilles for that exact same reason. If I know in advance that the book is going to be sad and end badly, I just can't do it. (With some exceptions, like Greek tragedies.) I need to feel a bit of hope along the way. 2mo
Ruthiella Always nice to find someone who understands! There are other readers who love the misery. Maybe they find it cathartic? 😃 I have to say that A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry is an exception to my rule. I loved that book even though it was quite sad. 2mo
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True Biz | Sara Noviac
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Excellent story from multiple perspectives which illuminates the richness and history of Deaf language and culture in the US. The main characters are Charlie, a teenage girl with a faulty cochlear implant learning sign language for the first time and February, the hearing child of Deaf parents who is now headmistress of a school for the Deaf. Highly recommended! 👍

#CampLitsy
#20in4

BarbaraBB Wow! Looking forward to this one! 2mo
Ruthiella @BarbaraBB It‘s a propulsive read! 2mo
CarolynM Great review! Stacked 🙂 2mo
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Cathythoughts Great review! I have it ready to go in the next week or so 👍🏻😁 2mo
Ruthiella @CarolynM I hope you like it! 😊 2mo
Ruthiella @Cathythoughts Looking forward to reading your thoughts Cathy! 😊 2mo
batsy Happy to hear that you liked it! I'm really looking forward to it 🙂 2mo
Ruthiella @batsy It was entertaining and educational! 😊 2mo
BkClubCare Starting very soon. 2mo
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I am so happy to have tomorrow off work and Monday is a holiday. I am a little busier than on a normal weekend/day off but still hoping to get some pages read! This stack is my most recent library haul. I know I won‘t finish all but hope to at least complete the tagged by the end of this #20in4 readathon.

BarbaraBB I am waiting for my copy of True Biz to arrive and read it in time for #CampLitsy 3mo
Ruthiella @BarbaraBB I‘m about halfway done and really liking it so far. 2mo
Andrew65 Good luck, great to have you playing along. 😊 2mo
Ruthiella @Andrew65 Thanks! 😊 2mo
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Thanks for the tag @MoonWitch94 😊

#Two4Tuesday

1. I love Dickens‘ supporting characters! Some favorites are Mr. & Mrs. Bagnet from Bleak House and John Wemmick from Great Expectations.

2. I prefer strong supporting characters! They enrich the story, IMO.

TheSpineView Thanks for playing! 3mo
MoonWitch94 You‘re welcome! 3mo
BiblioLitten Dickens‘ supporting characters are so good… with their autobiographical elements and wacky names 😃 2mo
Ruthiella @BiblioLitten I totally agree! 👍 2mo
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Thanks for the tag @ravenlee ! 😊

💠 Reading the tagged book with the #Pemberlittens

💠 I have it both on audio and in ebook from the library.

💠 I think it‘s probably ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

💠 I occasionally use the highlight function on the kindle but I don‘t write or underline in physical books. I sometimes use a sticky note when I want to keep track of a quote for later.

#ThoughtfulThursday

MoonWitch94 I‘m reading this one for #pemberlittens as well! Thanks for playing 📚☺️ 3mo
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#WondrousWednesday

1. I have a back and front yard, but I am not much of a gardener - only plants which thrive upon benign neglect survive. 🌺

2. If I ever decide to get into proper gardening, I‘d love to grow both vegetables and flowers. 🌺

3. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett . 🌺

Thanks for the tag @Eggs 😊

Eggs You‘re welcome and thanks for joining in 💗🌺💐 3mo
bthegood I relate to your first answer, the plants that do well are planted by others and simply survive or planted and cared for by my husband (vegetable garden) - thanks for sharing 🌞 (edited) 3mo
Ruthiella @bthegood I have a rose bush that came with the house and I‘m so thankful when it blooms every year! 😃 3mo
bthegood @Ruthiella 👍💐 3mo
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The Lark | E. Nesbit
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What can I add to what my #FurrowedMiddlebrowClub friends have already posted so astutely about this book? 😃

Nesbit was primarily known for her children‘s books and while this was aimed at adults, it definitely also has a smidge of a fairytale to it. Set just after WWI Jane and Lucy leave school, only to discover their guardian has squandered their inheritance. Undaunted, they look on the bright side and forge a new (and more exciting) future.

Tamra Perfect pic setting! 🌺❤️ 3mo
Ruthiella @Tamra Thanks! It‘s tough trying to take a nice picture of a black and white kindle screen! 😂 3mo
LeahBergen Wonderful review! And the girls would love those flowers for their shop. 😆 3mo
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erzascarletbookgasm Lovely review. 💜 3mo
Ruthiella @LeahBergen They would indeed! 😂 3mo
CarolynM Lovely photo and review 💕 3mo
batsy Great review. And I agree with Leah, these flowers would have definitely got them excited 😁 3mo
Tamra @Ruthiella I know! 😆 These editions are so reasonable on Kindle I can‘t bypass them for paper. 3mo
Ruthiella @CarolynM Thanks! 😊 3mo
Ruthiella @batsy For the sequel, surely they have Mr. Dix build a greenhouse for tropical flowers like bougainvillea! 3mo
quietjenn What apt imagery for this one! The girls would definitely approve. 3mo
Ruthiella @quietjenn I‘m glad you like it. I have few flowering plants in my yard but luckily the bougainvillea is blooming. 3mo
Kimzey Enjoyed the review! 3mo
Ruthiella @Kimzey Thanks! Are you reading it too? 3mo
Kimzey @Ruthiella Yes, I just finished. I‘m about to post a review also. 3mo
Ruthiella @Kimzey Excellent! 👍 3mo
Cathythoughts Beautiful picture ♥️ and review ♥️ (edited) 3mo
Ruthiella @Cathythoughts Thanks Cathy! 😊 3mo
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Untilted | Autechre
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Now that I‘ve finally read ‘em all, I can post my #Booked2022 Winter edition summary:

1. About a cult or religion-Cultish
2. Title repeats-The Sea, the Sea
3. Set in China-Do Not Say We Have Nothing
4. Weather term in title-Cloud Cuckoo Land
5. From Black owned publishers-Maud Martha
6. Non-patriarchal society-Outlawed

Now on to the rest!

BarbaraBB I think I missed your review of The Sea The Sea. Did you like it? 3mo
Ruthiella @BarbaraBB I did like it, though Murdoch can be tough at times. You didn‘t miss my review, however. 😂 You even commented and recommend (edited) 3mo
Cinfhen Wonderful!! Well played 🥳🥳🥳 3mo
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Ruthiella @Cinfhen Thanks! 😃 3mo
BarbaraBB Glad you mention that or I would have again 🤦🏻‍♀️🤣 3mo
Cinfhen Woohoo 🙌🏻 congrats 🎉 You have until Midnight July 3 to submit all books read between April 1-June 30🧭 to enter the #SecondQuarterDrawing :

https://forms.gle/dccxLGKSdpfxVPc26
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Ruthiella @Cinfhen Thanks 🙏 I submitted. 2mo
Cinfhen 🎉🙌🏻❣️good luck 🍀 2mo
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What do Scientology and Soulcycle have in common? A targeted use of language to create community, ritual, meaning and a common sense of purpose. This book was fascinating and thought provoking. My biggest take away is the concept of “thought terminating cliches”. I‘ve been subject to them but also guilty of using them myself! 😱

#Booked2022 - Winter edition - About a cult or religion.

Cinfhen Such a great read!! This book was fascinating!! 3mo
Ruthiella @Cinfhen And a popular one for this prompt! 3mo
4thhouseontheleft Great review! This book definitely helped me look at the language of major fitness chains, content creators, influencers etc in a different way (beyond the #bossbabes that already drove me nuts). 3mo
Ruthiella @4thhouseontheleft Thanks. It definitely makes the reader think! 3mo
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Readathon: Occasional List : Geleentheidslys | Gauteng (South Africa). Education Media Service
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My readathon goal is to finish all three of the books I‘m in the middle of at the moment. 🤞

#MarvellousMay

LeahBergen I thoroughly enjoyed the top two. 😉 3mo
Amiable I‘m on the wait list at the library for “Cultish.” How are you liking it ? 3mo
Andrew65 Good luck, and thanks for playing along 😊 3mo
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Ruthiella @LeahBergen I‘m enjoying both The Lark and Jane Austen at Home. Both are quite comforting reads. 😊 3mo
Ruthiella @Amiable It took me forever to get it from my library too! It‘s everything other readers have praised. It really makes me rethink language and how we use it. 3mo
Ruthiella @Andrew65 Thanks! 😊 3mo
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I used The Millions “most anticipated” book list and whittled it down to these for the Tournament of Books Summer Camp 2022. I don‘t read a lot of front list books, so it was a bit of a struggle to choose but now I‘m totally excited to see what makes the cut! 🐓

#CampToB2022 #SummerCampSuggestions2022

BarbaraBB This is great! I didn‘t know about a new Dan Chaon but am thrilled about it! I was thinking too of the Flamingo‘s. I read How High and didn‘t really enjoy it but I am a minority there. The other books I‘ll have to check out! (edited) 3mo
Ruthiella @BarbaraBB I loved Chaon‘s Ill Will and have been meaning to read more from him ever since! 3mo
squirrelbrain I loved Flamingo. I *nearly* included the Bervoets on my list -sounds good doesn‘t it? Will post mine soonish…. 3mo
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Ruthiella @squirrelbrain I picked Flamingo because your review on Litsy made me want to read it! 😃 3mo
Cinfhen Ohhh, Im definitely getting excited about ALL the possibilities for #CampToB22 - I need to look into a few of these titles that I‘m unfamiliar with🤓Thanks for tagging me 😊 3mo
rockpools This hashtag is going to seriously damage all of our TBRs! So many I haven‘t come across yet - and True Biz which I‘m really excited for. 3mo
BarbaraBB @Ruthiella I loved Ill Will too! And I only now see that you included Hannah Bervoets (thanks to @squirrelbrain comment!). That novella is good! (edited) 3mo
BarbaraBB @rockpools You are so right 🤣🤣🤷🏻‍♀️ 3mo
Chelsea.Poole I JUST started True Biz, like 5 minutes ago. Loved How High and interested in Flamingo. Thanks for tagging me! And I agree @rockpools this hashtag could disrupt my reading plans BIG TIME 😆 📚 3mo
merelybookish There are so many books!! Stacking Flamingo! 3mo
Soubhiville @Chelsea.Poole @rockpools I‘m getting sucked into this hashtag too! 3mo
RidgewayGirl I used the same list and also named Sleepwalk. I‘m reading it now and it‘s weird and fascinating. (edited) 3mo
thebluestocking I love the Millions‘ lists. This looks like great line up!! 3mo
BkClubCare 🦩 3mo
vivastory It's always interesting to see the overlap & the divergence between The Millions list & Lit Hub's list. Great selections! 3mo
Ruthiella @rockpools Indeed! Excitement about the TOB in all its various forms always blows up my TBR! 😂 3mo
Ruthiella @Chelsea.Poole Glad to have your support for Flamingo and How High! Now let‘s see what I can squeeze in before the votes are tallied! 3mo
Ruthiella @merelybookish So many books! The choices are pleasantly overwhelming. 😃 3mo
Ruthiella @Soubhiville The more the merrier! 👍 3mo
Ruthiella @RidgewayGirl I expect nothing less than weird and fascinating from Chaon. Ill Will creeped me out! 😱 3mo
Ruthiella @thebluestocking The Millions really does us readers a service listing all the upcoming books! 3mo
Ruthiella @vivastory Thanks for the tip! I‘ll put Lit Hub in my back pocket for later use! 3mo
Megabooks I‘m excited to read Flamingo! It‘s a blame it on @squirrelbrain for me too. 😂 3mo
Ruthiella @Megabooks @squirrelbrain With great power comes great responsibility! 😆 3mo
squirrelbrain Eek @Megabooks @Ruthiella - now I‘m scared you won‘t like it! 😳 3mo
Ruthiella @squirrelbrain No worries! 😊 I also get nervous when I recommend a book I love to another reader. 3mo
Well-ReadNeck Sleepwalk definitely gives me ToB vibes!!!! 3mo
Ruthiella @Well-ReadNeck Excellent! I hope it gets picked . 3mo
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Read for #Booked2022 Spring - Written by a Journalist. It was interesting to see how the disparate threads would match up in this nonfiction account of an abduction and subsequent murder in N. Ireland in 1972 backgrounded by the rise of the Provisional IRA. It was a difficult book to digest at times because it‘s a complicated situation which has morphed now, decades later into an all too fragile peace. I thought it was excellent, tragic & honest.

JamieArc I‘ll be reading this for the same prompt. Looking forward to it. 3mo
EvieBee Wonderful review! 3mo
Ruthiella @JamieArc I think you will probably appreciate it. Its definitely more than a true crime account. 3mo
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Ruthiella @EvieBee Thanks! 😊 3mo
squirrelbrain Such a good book! And a great review too! 3mo
Ruthiella @squirrelbrain Thanks! 😊 3mo
Cinfhen I have both book & audio just haven‘t been in the mood for it yet…I‘ve heard great things and your review makes me need to move it up 🔝 3mo
Ruthiella @Cinfhen I did an ebook/audio book combo which really worked for me. The audio narrator has a N. Irish accent too, which was great for setting the tone. 3mo
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1. I dream about characters or plots from books I am reading all the time!

2. I‘ve read Jane Eyre and Pride and Prejudice three times each.

3. My priority for May is reaching and enjoying Memorial Day weekend! I took Friday off work too.

#WondrousWednesday

Thanks for the tag @Eggs

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