Here’s To a Long Weekend!

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Is there anything better than a clean house and two days off to enjoy it? I am reveling in the anticipation of a full-blown Autumn: crisp days, crisp apples, crisp leaves, and pumpkins.

I have laid down my Man Booker long list for the weekend; why do those things get so onerous? Madeleine Thien’s book, Do Not Say We Have Nothing, just kept getting longer and longer the more I read. The WoMan Booker Shadow Jury largely agreed with me, those on Twitter anyway, and so last night I picked up A Gentleman in Moscow.

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Have you read Amor Towles before? He is known for Rules of Civility, but A Gentleman in Moscow was sent to me to review before it’s release on September 6, and I LOVE IT! I woke up excited to read for the first time in months! So, today will be the birthday party of a dear friend of mine, and nothing but A Gentleman In Moscow in between, full review to come as soon as I finish.

Finally, I posted a picture of these on social media, but because they’re so darn cute, here they are again:

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These are two origami bookmarks from an eight year old girl in my class. She made them last week and gave them to me, and they are far more interesting than any I’ve made myself. These kids…how I love my job of teaching.

So, may your weekend be filled with joy, with good books and interesting things to hold your place. I hope you have tomorrow, Labor Day, off too.

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34 thoughts on “Here’s To a Long Weekend!”

  1. The bookmarks are adorable. That girl has talent. Enjoy the long weekend: When you are retired like me, every weekend is a long one LOL

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    1. After this year, I have one more, and then I will be retired. It makes me feel happy-sad, because after 35 years (then) it has been the bulk of my life and a huge source of purpose. I hope to read to the elderly then, in the nursing homes, who seem so lonely and bored.

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  2. Hi Meredith 🙂 I read RULES OF CIVILITY and loved it. I have the arc A GENTLEMAN IN MOSCOW just looking through the novel I know I will like it.
    What a talented girl, these origamis are so cute.
    A wonderful Labor day to you dear friend 🙂

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    1. I want to read Rules of Civility now! This gentleman in Moscow is so well developed I feel I know him, and his sarcasm and wit are utterly charming. I know you will love it, too.

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  3. Such a talented young girl! Those bookmarks are darling and look fairly complicated. What a treat!

    I have Monday off, which is a treat for me. I have my usual weekend chores to accomplish, but I’m hoping to wrap those up today so I can relax tomorrow. Perhaps some porch-sitting with my current book (The Japanese Lover by Isabel Allende) and a long walk while listening to The Boys in the Boat. It feels autumnal here, but it’s going to get hot again as the week progresses. We had a nice thunderstorm yesterday evening and my flower beds and lawn continue to look lush. So odd for this time of year… Mother Nature is always fickle in September!

    Have a lovely weekend, dear friend.

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    1. I try to do all my household chores on Saturday, because then I have Sunday free. It doesn’t always work out that way, but it did this weekend, and I am filled with glee.

      Our weather seems to parallel yours. This week was lovely and cool; next week is supposed to be hot again, and you know how I cherish those days! 😉

      The Japanese Lover bored me, and I have loved Allende’s work, so I never finished it. Do you like it so far?

      Have a good weekend, too, and perhaps a bicycle ride.

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  4. No don’t tell me that about Madeleine Thien’s book. I read a sample and decided on the basis of that I would want to read it in full. Seems like the jury is out on whether its worth it….

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    1. Quite possibly in a different time and place, I would love it. I haven’t abandoned it for good, just for now. Her writing is very strong, it’s just disjointed in story to the point of boredom. This book reminds me of Ha Jian’s The Dark Road, which was up for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize a few years ago; I like stories about China even though they are quite dark. (He certainly picked an apt title for his book.)

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  5. Those bookmarks are the cutest things! Just precious. Know you will treasure them. Good luck on this last year of teaching. I bet you will be so missed by your school and colleagues. Have a great, relaxing weekend!!

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    1. This year, and next, Kay, but the end is in sight. I will sorely miss the children, but I will relish the time to read. See friends. Keep the house as smoothly running as I would like. 😉

      I hope your weekend is going well!

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  6. My day was sort of like yours. I had church in the morning, but my big plan for this afternoon was to finish Yaa Gyasi’s Homegoing. It’s a lovely way to spend your day, isn’t it?? 🙂

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    1. I didn’t make it to church this morning, sadly enough. But, they aren’t starting the fall sermon series until next weekend, so I figured I could skip with not too much lost. Any afternoon spent reading is a good afternoon in my book! 😉

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  7. Love the origami 🙂 That was me this morning with my flat white from the bucks – yum! I’m with you about anticipating Fall; which is why I’m participating in the R.I.P. XI Challenge – always gets me in the mood for Fall. I received a copy of the Towles book, too. Now, I can’t wait to read it 🙂 Enjoy your long weekend!!

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    1. I love flat whites! When they’re made properly; sometimes the barista doesn’t froth the milk so it stands up, and I dislike just coffee and milk with no foam. So picky…

      I can’t believe it’s time for the RIP Challenge again! I was going to read all the Mr. Ripely books from Patricia Highsmith, if I can find the time. But really, I am crazy for this Towles book!! I’m sure you will be, too.

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  8. Yes autumn is certainly in the air. I love a long weekend. I picked up the Thien and flicked through it in the bookshop then ended up putting it back. I go the new Ann Patchett instead!

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    1. The Thien started out much stronger than I found it halfway through. I’m not sure what fell apart for me, but goodness it began to drag! Ann Patchett doesn’t sound like a poor choice, though.

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  9. I am glad you are having a lovely prolonged weekend, it’s Monday here and although school hasn’t started yet with the students, everything seems so hectic…

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    1. School starts so late for you, which I hope is a good thing. I hope you aren’t suffering under the heat we as throughout August, and now into September. I also hope your students are delightful. xo

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  10. The bookmarks are adorable! And I LOVED Rules of Civility…. it was a favorite a few years ago. I borrowed it from the library, then went out and bought a hardcover of my own to reread one day. I cannot wait to read A Gentleman in Moscow.

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    1. I so want to read Rules of Civility! And I can totally understand buying a hardcover for yourself after reading the library’s; that’s exactly what I want to do with My Name is Lucy Barton, so I might as well buy them both at once. As for The Gentleman in Moscow, I’m sure you will love it.

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  11. I adore the origami bookmarks from your student! They are adorable and useful. I hope you had a wonderful and relaxing long weekend, Bellezza. I always think that I will have “more time” during a long weekend, although at most I get a few extra things done. 😉

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    1. I always think I will have more time in the summer, Susan, and of course that doesn’t happen. I’m glad to be back to the regularly scheduled program of school. 😉

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  12. I’m interested in this book, too. I’ve had Rules of Civility on the shelf for a while. Maybe I should send it to you to borrow?
    I was thinking about your joy in reading this book as opposed to the drudgery or obligation of the Booker list and I wondered if there isn’t a downside to all these challenges we set ourselves and groups we join online. I mean, they are wonderful and I cherish the litblogging community so much. But there’s really something to be said just for following your own wayward path through the world’s library.
    This is pretty rich coming from someone who designs syllabi for a living, I know…

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  13. Long weekends are glorious, aren’t they? Mine came and went quickly but it was a lot of fun.

    Book wise, I am finishing up After the Parade which is a very good read. It’s a quiet story about a guy who ventures out into the world after breaking up with his partner but mostly to come to terms with why his mother left him at such a young age.

    I’ve also been watching last season’s American Horror Story Hotel. I listed it for the RIP challenge but the new season starts soon so I have to clear my DVR to make room for it. Do you watch that show? This last season was really out there.

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