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Bell Jar
Bell Jar | Sylvia Plath
The Bell Jar chronicles the crack-up of Esther Greenwood: brilliant, beautiful, enormously talented, and successful, but slowly going under -- maybe for the last time. Sylvia Plath masterfully draws the reader into Esther's breakdown with such intensity that Esther's insanity becomes completely real and even rational, as probable and accessible an experience as going to the movies. Such deep penetration into the dark and harrowing corners of the psyche is an extraordinary accomplishment and has made The Bell Jar a haunting American classic.This P.S. edition features an extra 16 pages of insights into the book, including author interviews, recommended reading, and more.
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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1 & 2) Deceased- I would want to talk with Sylvia Plath. Sooo many questions!!! Alive- Jodi Picoult! I‘ve met Beatriz and she is awesome!! I would love to meet Jodi and hear her inspiration for her books, are they based on people or situations she knows personally, has she had to deal with backlash writing about controversial issues??

3) too many to count!!! 😜🙊😳🤣

thank you for the tag @veritysalter

I‘ll tag @UwannaPublishme @Alora

veritysalter @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Sylvia Plath is a good one, a very interesting woman. 1w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @veritysalter I agree!! I‘ve listened to some of her interviews and her voice is creepily still in my head 🤣😱 1w
Alora Thank you for the tag! 💕 I haven‘t read anything by Jodi yet but I want to! Heard so many good things. 1w
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Alora she is awesome!!! 1w
Eggs Great questions for JP 1w
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Jari-chan
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This is another book that has been on my TBR for a long time. I'm happy to have finally read it
It's very intense and gives me a lot to think about.

#24b4Monday @Clwojick @jb72 @Andrew65 @TheReadingMermaid

Andrew65 Nice review. 😊 (edited) 2w
Jari-chan @Andrew65 Thank you ❤️ 2w
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RaeLovesToRead
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This whole passage 💙

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Jari-chan
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Since @LiljaPleasant asked me to join, I'm in, too 😁

1. Nope, I'm just sticking to my usual reading plan
2. I have a set TBR because I love doing challenges. So every reading month is planned thoroughly 😅
3. Coke Zero, Tea and whatever food comes my way
4. Well, today I got up at 3am 😉
5. It's my first time as well, so sorry, no. But I guess just have fun reading?
6. Different kinds
7. All of them

@Clwojick @Andrew65 @jb72 @TheReadingMermaid

Andrew65 Great to have you with us. Enjoy. 😊👍 3w
Clwojick 💗 💗 💗 3w
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RaeLovesToRead
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Iced matcha tea latte with The Bell Jar 🍵🥢
Had some yummy gyoza & teriyaki tofu too 💚

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MatchlessMarie
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1. At first I thought this meant as a genre so thanks for reminding me that The Cay exists. I haven't thought about that book since 7th grade 🏝️😭
2. Socks. I have hard floors plus I live in TX so you never know what critters find their way in 🦗
3. Other than 🛩️ Enchanted Rock in Fredericksburg TX (1825 ft)
4. Pimento cheese
5. Yes. Michael Mell from Be More Chill
@howjessreads #friYAYintro

Billypar I remember reading The Cay in 5th grade: it was the first book I ever read written in a dialect. I was shocked that you could deliberately misspell words to capture how someone was speaking 😁 4w
MatchlessMarie @Billypar I think my first encounter with dialect was Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry read in 6th grade 4w
mrsmarch Now I‘ve got to look up the elevations of all the places I‘ve been. 4w
MatchlessMarie @mrsmarch This prompt reminded me about a goal I forgot about which was to visit and reach the top of Guadalupe Peak which is the highest elevation in TX. One Day! 4w
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TrishB
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I was very good in Waterstones and just collected my preordered books 📚 counted 12 books in the newly published section I need!!
Then saw this on the way out, a new collectors edition and now I‘m really sorry I didn‘t buy!! How lovely is this 💜

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks beautiful!! 1mo
squirrelbrain Lovely! ❤️ 1mo
Tanisha_A 😍 1mo
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Cathythoughts Very nice 1mo
Kalalalatja Stunning! 1mo
Caroline2 Wowwww!! 😯 1mo
Ruthiella Beautiful. I would love to replace my paperback with that beautiful edition! 1mo
LeahBergen I know!!!! I‘ve been eyeballing that edition of Milkman, too!!! 😮😮😮 1mo
TrishB @LeahBergen well spotted 😘 1mo
batsy @LeahBergen Same! Been coveting these editions 😍 1mo
TrishB @batsy they‘re beautiful ❤️ 1mo
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cathipink
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Ruthiella I loved this book! 2mo
cathipink @Ruthiella it's an all-time fave for me 🙂 this is my first copy, although I have a few others. 2mo
batsy Love this photo 🌹 2mo
cathipink @batsy 💗💗 thank you 🙂 2mo
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alesiabarnard
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Finished, finally.

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MicheleinPhilly
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Cinfhen 💕💕💕💕 2mo
TrishB Ohhhh....I haven‘t seen that cover before 💜 2mo
MicheleinPhilly @TrishB Isn‘t it purty??? 2mo
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ReadingOverSleeping Love this cover! Couldn't stand the book tho lol! 2mo
TrishB Very..... 2mo
MicheleinPhilly @ReadingOverSleeping You are not alone! I‘ve probably met more haters than lovers in my lifetime. 😂 2mo
Cathythoughts Gorgeous cover 2mo
LeahBergen 😍😍 2mo
ValerieAndBooks This one‘s a pick for me! Don‘t have that cover though. 2mo
bookandcat Ahh love this one but my friend hasn't given it back to me for years 😭 2mo
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Caroline2
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#7days7covers #covercrush Day Two.

I love this book and I love this hardback edition. 💖

keepingupwiththepenguins Oh this is one of my FAVOURITES - Faber did such a beautiful job on it! 2mo
batsy Perfect 💛 2mo
TrishB Love this copy too ❤️ 2mo
Megabooks Great! 2mo
sudi 😍 2mo
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Martta
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Just watched a documentary about Sylvia Plath. This was so good and so well made that I would easily watch it again! It was interesting to see the 50's from her point of view and hear the story of her life told by people close to her.

Cinfhen Tagging you @TrishB I know you don‘t like Telly but this might be worth your time 😘 2mo
TrishB @Cinfhen I think C has recorded this for me! I may have to give it a go.! 2mo
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MeganLindell
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ • It‘s spectacularly written. I feel like I have a lot to say about this book but can‘t quite put it into words now. Maybe someday.

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Eggs
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Plath, both this book and her life, have this all-encompassing sadness and #melancholy

#soulseptember

Tex2Flo Amazing how timely her writing is today. 2mo
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michellelav
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Written in the early 60's the author had used a male pseudonym. It's been said to be more of an autobiographical piece which breaks my heart. This amazingly written book follows the challenges of a young poet in the 60s aswell as her never ending battle with mental health. It's unfortunate that the author died of suicide at the age of 30. I saw she had some other publications I plan to look into.
4/5 ⭐

Jemmygem Great book and description 2mo
ChaoticMissAdventures This is such a great cover. Love when books are published oftwn enough that we can find all different art on them. 2mo
michellelav @ChaoticMissAdventures It's so beautiful to see all the different adaptations! Makes me happy 😊📚 2mo
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AnnaDesourdy
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Yep...I went there

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michellelav
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Just finished chapter one and I'm enjoying it so far! My favorite reading spot, my moms. ❤

 @Jemmygem

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Jemmygem
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Interesting read about the mentality of mental health in the 60s. The fact that the female author had to first be published as a male says a lot. Enjoyed it.

SW-T Welcome to Litsy 😊 2mo
BookwormAHN Welcome to Litsy 😺 2mo
PurpleyPumpkin Welcome to the Litsy family! I hope you enjoy it here. Loving your posts so far. 💜 2mo
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RaimeyGallant Welcome! 2mo
LitsyWelcomeWagon Welcome to Litsy! Here are links to #Litsytips: http://bit.ly/litsytips and #LitsyHowTo videos: goo.gl/UrCpoU. There‘s lots of fun things to do: book exchanges, buddy reads, photo challenges and more! @litsywelcomewagon 2mo
Curiouser_and_curiouser I have this book on my shelf, I think it was my mums. It's on my TBR list so thanks for the outline, I hadn't ever read the blurb before. 2mo
Nute Welcome to Litsy! It‘s a warm and friendly community. I know that you will enjoy yourself here. I‘m looking forward to getting to know you!🙂 1mo
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MatchlessMarie
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Not holding my breath for this. I wouldn't be surprised if it took another 10 years for someone to actually make it 😅

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JenFowler
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Actually a much better book than I was expecting! Yes it is dark, but there is a lot of humor throughout. Dark wry humor.

ShyBookOwl This one surprised me too. I thought it would be more dense and poetic. Her voice actually reminded me of a less gothic Shirley Jackson. 3mo
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Ms_T
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I read so many great books in July but the tagged title was probably my favourite 😃

#JulyWrapUp #ThatsAWrap #JulyStats

Cathythoughts Nice work ! I must read The Bell Jar 👍🏻♥️ 3mo
RaimeyGallant I have reading list envy! 3mo
Ms_T @Cathythoughts Thanks! It was really good but very hard-hitting 💔 3mo
Ms_T @RaimeyGallant Aww, thank you! 😃 3mo
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Melli
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All I can say is wow.. and I‘m so glad I read this book.. I don‘t know what took me so long

Leftcoastzen 👏❤️❤️ 4mo
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Melli
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This is my the book im using for the author debut novel in #thereadingrush

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Ms_T
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It feels contradictory and somewhat disrespectful to give this book a pick. It‘s a story of such plummeting lows, despair and desperation, of loneliness and confusion, but the writing is incredibly powerful and the tale it tells so insightful. It was only after finishing the book that I Googled Sylvia Plath and discovered The Bell Jar is almost autobiographical. A tragic tale both in fiction and fact. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

TrishB The power of Sylvia‘s writing. 4mo
Ms_T @TrishB Such a shame she only wrote this one book. 4mo
TrishB Her journals are very powerful and her letters. And of course there‘s always Ariel 😁 4mo
Ms_T @TrishB I need to read more of her work. 4mo
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What Esther thought to herself immediately after electric shock treatment for her depression.

I had to stop reading for a while after this sentence as it really upset me. I can‘t imagine why electric shock treatment was thought of as a good idea. It seems wholly barbaric to me.

LapReader It still happens in Australia. 4mo
Ms_T @LapReader 😞 4mo
Birdsong28 I read this book as part of my Eng lit A level course and had to compare it with another book I chose Girl interrupted as it shows a real experience rather than a fictional experience (I know The Bell Jar is based on her own struggles). Girl was quite upsetting as well as it described treatments but it was well written and needs to be read. 4mo
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Ms_T @Birdsong28 It sounds like a book that is uncomfortable to read but should be experienced. I‘ll stack it 😘📚 4mo
batsy I took a course on Plath, while studying in Canada, and one of my classmates who was Aboriginal Canadian and a mature student talked a bit about having lived in reservations and then being subjected to shock therapy for his mental illness and it was one of the most harrowing things I've heard. What it must have been like to live through it 😔😔 4mo
Lea This book totally messed me up the entire time I was reading it and a day or two after. Hit too close to home I guess. 4mo
Ms_T @batsy To read a fictitious version of it is one thing but to hear someone‘s actual account is a whole other ball game. I simply can‘t imagine... 😞 4mo
Ms_T @Lea To read that makes me incredibly sad. 4mo
Centique Its still used in many places. My brother in law recently had some shock therapy for his mental illness and it was reasonably successful and he didn‘t hate it. I think the treatment has changed a lot - and more thought is put into prescribing it (in this country at least) My grandmother had it also in the 1950s which would have been awful 😬 4mo
Ms_T @Centique I‘m sure it‘s much more humane and a lot more considered nowadays. As you say, in the 1950s (the time in which the book is set) must have been dreadful. I‘m glad your BIL felt it was successful. 4mo
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Andrea313
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Such a fun throwback! Thanks, @nu-bibliophile! #YourStory
1. Favorite book was The Bell Jar. Oh, how deeply I felt it in my tortured teenage soul. (Can't you just tell from the photo how dark and serious I was?)
2. I listened exclusively to showtunes, and was mad for the '98 Cabaret revival, RENT, Ragtime.
3. Coronet braids with the dorkiest bangs ever, omg.
4. I lived in jeans, T-shirts, and Converse.
5. My backpack was full of books, of course!

nu-bibliophile Converse rocks...I still wear them till today 👍 4mo
Andrea313 @nu-bibliophile Same! I never really grow out of them; even wore them for my wedding. 4mo
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keepingupwiththepenguins
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I had such high expectations of The Bell Jar, after years of hearing how fantastic it was, and I was convinced there was no way it could possibly live up to the hype… but, of course, it did. The prose was so beautiful! I wanted to throw my gorgeous Faber edition across the room but I couldn‘t, because I was clutching it so hard. Trigger warnings abound, of course. Full review here: http://keepingupwiththepenguins.com/the-bell-jar-sylvia-plath/

Heideschrampf That last sentence is pure gold! I know exactly what you mean 4mo
keepingupwiththepenguins @Heideschrampf hahahaha glad it's not just me! 😁 😅 ❤ 4mo
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SexyCajun
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It's a pick for sure but the most sad was finding out that the author committed suicide at age 30 😢

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SexyCajun
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Currently reading

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Neesay
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The silence depressed me. It wasn't the silence of silence. It was my own silence.

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Kalalalatja
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You might think the #YoungAndBeautiful have it all. Which might be the case at times. But in these three books we see how being young, beautiful and female can be hard, infuriating, awful and filled with pain.

#MayMovieMagic

kspenmoll Great choices! Well done! ❤️ 6mo
SarahHarts_books I really enjoyed Girl in Pieces. Haven't read the other two yet though! 😊 6mo
Cinfhen Well played!! 6mo
rohit-sawant Great post! 6mo
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mally_n
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Sylvia write very beautifully. They way she wrote about Esther‘s mental struggles was such an insight into her real life struggles.

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mally_n
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Next on the list.

RadicalReader Heard this was good haven‘t read it yet 7mo
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Lea
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This is really powerful writing. I understand why it‘s a classic and so well revered. I felt Esther‘s spiral of mental illness, it was very moving. #readwomen #bookclub #readingwomenchallenge - woman with mental illness

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cmarie
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Enjoyed this book more than I thought I would!

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#fridayintro @howjessreads

1. Aries ♈
2. I filed my first Petition to the California Supreme Court at work. 🤯
3. The Bell Jar 😪
4. Hang out in my backyard and clean it up for spring!! 🌼🌷⚘
5. @StephanieGeiser @kstadt929 @Stacy_31

Stacy_31 I just tagged you. 😂😂 Thanks for the tag. Also I could not finish the Bell Jar either! 8mo
rather_be_reading @Stacy_31 ha how funny!!! i reappy wanted to finish TBJ but just couldnt! 8mo
StephanieGeiser Ahh I‘m so bummed you couldn‘t get into The Bell Jar! It‘s one I‘ve been wanting to read forever! (Or more realistically since I saw Dirty Dancing for the first time) 7mo
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Leftcoastzen
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Sylvia Plath-The Bell Jar. #pretend #quotsymar19. It‘s always darkest before it goes completely black.

Cathythoughts ♥️💔 8mo
JennyM Ooof- this book 💔 8mo
FeministBookClub Just finished this book. It was heavy but I enjoyed it. 8mo
RvnclawWhovian Love Sylvia Plath ❤️ 8mo
rretzler Definitely a classic must-read IMO 8mo
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FeministBookClub
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Just wrapped up our monthly Feminist Book Club video chat about this classic feminist novel. Feminist Book Club is a monthly subscription box that pairs feminist books chosen by members with products from woman-owned businesses. Our March boxes (pictured here) are available in our store but you can also preorder April‘s box, which ships next week! feministbookclub.com/shop

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FeministBookClub
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“You were doing fine,” a familiar voice informed my ear, “until that man stepped into your path.”
🙌🙌🙌

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Our members suggest titles and then vote on which book they want to read each month. I‘m excited to dig into this feminist classic for March!

Weaponxgirl I just bought myself a replacement copy of this. Love some Plath! 8mo
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madamereadsalot1
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Exbrarian Well, how are you? 8mo
madamereadsalot1 @Exbrarian honestly, I've been better. Been dealing w/ my dad's cancer, my ex-father-in-law's heart attack & subsequent pacemaker, followed by the discovery of a tumor on his spleen which resulted in the removal of the spleen & part of the pancreas, AND then my daughter has started having sinus tachycardia & isn't feeling so well. We've been to a few doctors lately trying to figure out what's up & hoping it isn't her inheriting my heart condition. 8mo
madamereadsalot1 @Exbrarian just trying to stay positive, and keep rolling with life, not complain or whine, etc. 8mo
Exbrarian Damn, girl. Good luck with everything. It‘s alright to complain especially when you‘ve got stuff to complain about. 8mo
madamereadsalot1 @Exbrarian thanks. 😊 I feel like there's always something of a bummer going on, so I'm afraid every time I open my mouth to talk about what's happening in my life, it's just a downer. I'm afraid I'm gonna be one of those people who everyone thinks is a Negative Nancy. 😅 8mo
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Qpri
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‘How did I know... that someday, the bell jar wouldn‘t descend again?‘

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mellissimo
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"all the little successes I'd totted up so happily at college fizzled to nothing outside the slick marble and plate-glass fronts"
I'm only at page 2 but this feels like the right book in the right moment already..

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 💔💔💔 9mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Melanie, when is your birthday? 9mo
mellissimo Oh, I forgot! My birthday is the 27.05. :) 9mo
mcipher I love this book!! 9mo
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