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Sight
Sight | Jessie Greengrass
It seemed, at times, an act of profound selfishness, to have a child so that I might become a parent; but selfish, too, to have a child and stay the same, or not to have one - unless the only honest choice would have been to try to become this kinder version of myself without the need to bring another into it . . . Sight is about X-rays, psychoanalysis, and the origins of modern surgery. It is about being a parent, and being a child. Fiercely intelligent, brilliantly written and suffused with something close to forgiveness, it is a novel about how we see others and how we imagine ourselves.
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Dolly
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Bailedbailed

This book is beautifully written but delves too deep for me at this time. The description of her mother‘s death leaves me to believe Greengrass must have had real life experience here as her writing was so on point. Still, after reading 50% and going back and forth on bailing I skimmed to the end not able to follow the author on her path of introspection and details.

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scowler1
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Mehso-so

I'm not sure about this one. The writing is just beautiful, but on the whole it bored me a little. There are some interesting historical passages regarding the discovery of x-rays, psychology and anatomy, that weave through a pretty uneventful biography of an unknown woman. If I wasn't a science nerd I'd probably have quit halfway.

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scowler1
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Library trip, which first? Don't say all of them, I've already got two others half read.

JennyM Nice selection. I pick this one - (edited) 8mo
JennyM I‘m also curious on your thoughts about Sight. I‘ve heard good things 8mo
scowler1 Started reading Sight @JennyM. It's beautiful. Semi autobiographical perhaps, I'll have to ask her. 8mo
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Cathythoughts
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#MusicalNewYear #FallingSlowly I loved this book & I love the cover too .... 💖💖💖 She looks to be falling slowly & gracefully

Billypar But it seems like those letters are full of sharp corners- hopefully she is falling slowly enough not to get hurt. 😁 10mo
Cathythoughts @Billypar 😳😂she seems unharmed so far , seems to be slipping through those letters 🤞🏻🤞🏻 10mo
batsy I love this cover too 💜 But now I'm wishing her safe travels through those pointy letters 😂 @Billypar 10mo
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Cathythoughts @batsy @billypar maybe the slip she is wearing is Freudian & she is tumbling through her unconscious & the letters don‘t really exist .... 10mo
batsy That's perfect 😁 10mo
Cathythoughts @batsy 😂getting carried away ..... 10mo
Cinfhen It‘s a striking cover 10mo
Cathythoughts @Cinfhen it really is ♥️👍🏻 10mo
readordierachel Beautiful cover 😍 The U.S. version is not quite as lovely 10mo
Billypar "maybe the slip she is wearing is Freudian"-- I love it! ? @batsy 10mo
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jdiehr
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Pickpick

A very intelligent book about bringing someone new into the world and letting someone else go. The story skips from present day to childhood and often hundreds of years into the past as the author intersperses pieces of history about various advances in the medical field.
I listened to this one and, at one point, basically started over so that I could really understand what was going on.
All in all, a beautifully told story.

Cathythoughts I loved this book ♥️ 12mo
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jdiehr
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"Time lessens hurt but multiplies loss."

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BarbaraBB
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Mehso-so

While being pregnant of her second child, a mother remembers her first pregnancy and her relationship with her mother and grandmother. The author also supplies many historical facts about Freud, Röntgen and the physician Hunter.
Despite many beautiful sentences I feel as detached from the main character as she seems from her husband, daughter, mother and grandmother.

Cathythoughts I really loved this one ❤️ 14mo
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BarbaraBB
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Painful but true, this quote about motherhood:

“When my daughter throws her arms with thoughtless grace around my neck, I respond with an agonising gratitude that I must hide from her in case, feeling the heft of it, she might become encumbered and not do what she was born for, which is to go away from me.”

UrsulaMonarch Wow! Writing this one down 14mo
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rachelwill
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Pickpick

Book 20: The intertwining of history and non-fiction was what nailed it for me - a fascinating look back through the history of ways of seeing as the narrator tries to consider the notions of motherhood throughout her life. Sometimes a little incongruous to the main story but nonetheless adding a lyricism to history and science.

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ReadingEnvy
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Sight by Jessie Greengrass, shortlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction, is a braided novel about motherhood and scientific discovery (x-rays, psychoanalysis, and surgery.) The writing style reminds me of Motherhood by Sheila Heti, where the narrator feels like the author and I had to keep reminding myself that it is fiction. I had to push through it at times but ultimately was glad I did as it had some resonance with my own recent experiences.

JennyM I‘ve heard great things about this. Lovely review 1y
ReadingEnvy @JennyM I was shocked to see it is only 200 pages because it contains so many things. 1y
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ClairesReads
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Sight is an introspective novel, the story of an internal life, as much as it is of a life lived. The meditation that is offered here; on personhood, on motherhood; the giving of ourselves to others, and the warping of our connections to the people in our lives is a singular insight. A reminder of how difficult it is to be yourself, alone, but also how difficult it is to fracture that singular identity, to connect or fasten ourselves to others.

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ClairesReads
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This book is meditatively magical

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ClairesReads
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Oh preach

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JennyM
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17 | #ABBAInAugust

I just spent the last 10 minutes googling this as the book on the #moneymoneymoney to win the Booker prize. It‘s not even shortlisted 🤦🏻‍♀️

It still sounds a good read though. Thank gawd it‘s Friday!!

Pruzy Being long listed is still a great achievement! 1y
emilyhaldi I have only read one book on the Booker long list 😳 this one sounds intriguing!!! 1y
JennyM @Pruzy @emilyhaldi it‘s not even longlisted. It was only booker prize eligible. Silly me. But it does sound an intriguing read. (edited) 1y
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Cinfhen It does sound interesting and how is it eligible without being longlisted?? What are your thoughts on this years Man Booker??? 1y
JennyM @Cinfhen apparently it was submitted for consideration, but the judges didn‘t select for the longlist. I have read ZERO from the list and I‘m not attempting to. My TBR is out of control and adding more was stressing me out, so I‘m being restrained. I‘ll vicariously read them via posts from you lovely littens xx 1y
Mdargusch I like that idea - read vicariously through people on Litsy! My TBR is stressing me out too! 1y
emilyhaldi Ahhh I see. I didn‘t know about this whole eligible process. I‘ve only read Mars Room on this years long list and haven‘t heard of most of the rest!! I thought about adding them to my tbr too but it‘s a bit overwhelming for sure 😳 1y
Cinfhen Good plan, Jenny! I also find the Man Booker can often be overrated 😝 1y
Reviewsbylola I haven‘t read a single book from this years long list either. 1y
TrishB I find I usually don‘t like them at all as soon as they‘re on a list! 1y
Meredith3 Hell ya for Friday! 1y
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ClairesReads
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💔

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ClairesReads
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Spam because this is life

Eelijah When I‘d develop into a mature man, I push for my kids to have a different upbringing..... 1y
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ClairesReads
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That got too real, too quickly...sometimes being a woman really sucks.

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ClairesReads
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Taking a break from the long list with this- which I really thought would make the long list.

Emilymdxn I loved this book! I was surprised too - very little of the women‘s fiction prize list was on the Booker shortlist, some of which is probably because of publication dates and stuff but I was surprised by how little overlap there was 1y
Redheadrambles Sounds like your enjoying this one Claire ! 1y
ClairesReads @Redheadrambles it‘s really speaking to me. I think it‘s mostly, at this stage, because of my age and stage, and probably attitude to life... 1y
ClairesReads @Emilymdxn me too. It‘s hard to know what was submitted and what wasn‘t etc, but definitely surprising 1y
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emilyjwhit9
Sight | Jessie Greengrass
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I am excited for this week‘s line-up of #weeklyreads books! A female spy, book on the Women‘s Prize for Fiction list, plus the two from last week: lesbian coming of age tale set in the Victorian Era and gothic tale of missus and servant. #currentlyreading #readinggoals

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Emilymdxn
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#julywrapup part 2/3! This is 10 of the 31 books I read in July. So many amazing ones but the fave of these is Stories of Your Life and Others - the best short stories I‘ve been lucky enough to read so far. Honorable mention goes to the book about the ancient near east which was so fascinating I‘m determined to read more about it - these types of books are always expensive tho so that‘s a long term goal.

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ReadingEnvy
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This book is on the list of Man Booker eligible titles so I'm trying to squeeze another one in. #24in48 @24in48
It just started raining here and my plans for the day were outdoor... I may end up with more time to read than I thought!

BarbaraBB This one sounds so intriguing. I hope it‘ll be longlisted, then I have an excuse to get it! 1y
readordierachel I'm (im)patiently waiting for this to come out. Look forward to your review! 1y
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Emilymdxn
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This was an amazing book. In a lot of ways it was everything I was hoping Flights by Olga Tocarczuk would be - genre defying but with a really clear heart. The continuity of having a single protagonist you came back to after the medical history vignettes was really good. Recommend!

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JenP
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So many feelings about this book. Some moments of sheer brilliance, many moments that have brought tears to my eyes, and yet lots of moments of that have required me to push through feelings of boredom.

The sections on mother-daughter relations and moving from being a child to a parent are so spot on that they leave me emotional.

BarbaraBB 💜 1y
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Twocougs
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Beautifully written novel on reflection, both personal or historical. I see why it was shortlisted for the Women‘s Prize. I felt she went a little too much on Freud, otherwise perfection.

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Twocougs
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Such beauty, to write this beautifully and share it with us is a gift💕

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youneverarrived
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Pickpick

A stunning novel. So many powerful, gorgeously written sentences that made me stop and think. The narrator is considering whether to have a child and looks back on the death of her mother. It‘s about identity & relationships and how much can be known about ourselves and each other. I like how the author tied in historical people to the narrative. Highly recommend it if you like novels that are contemplative, thoughtful and very well written.

Alfoster Nice review!😍 1y
Sophoclessweetheart Beautiful x 1y
BarbaraBB Stacked! 1y
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Itchyfeetreader You‘ve sold me on this. Stacked 1y
batsy Your review is lovely. I've already added this to the pile and look forward to it. 1y
youneverarrived @BarbaraBB looking forward to seeing what you think if you read it! 1y
youneverarrived @Itchyfeetreader hope you like it. 1y
youneverarrived Thanks @batsy 😚 I‘m interested in what you think of it when you get to it! 1y
Cathythoughts Lovely review... I really agree with all you say , I loved this book ❤️ 1y
youneverarrived @Cathythoughts thank you! It was your posts about it that made me want to read it 💛 1y
Cathythoughts Ahhh stop !! I‘m so glad you liked it too 👍🏻❤️❤️ it‘s so beautiful... so many layers 1y
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youneverarrived
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I‘m loving this book 💕

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sixminutesforme
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Pickpick

Absolutely loved this introspective literary reflection on the various permutations of motherhood - full review https://sixminutesforme.com/2018/05/25/sight-by-jessie-greengrass/ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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sixminutesforme
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Doing a buddy read of this with two other booktubers... intrigued to see where this goes but enjoying the writing style and prose so far! Very introspective which makes up for minimal movement in plot itself #NetGalley

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Cathythoughts
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I truly loved this book. There is a sacredness about it. So full of insight & thought. Our writer embodied this story. It was so alive. I loved the MC relationships with her mother & grandmother.. I loved the pieces on Freud & his relationship with his daughter Anna. I loved how she brought different sciences together in such a human way. I loved every page ❤️ thanks @andrew61 for your review which made me read this

rohit-sawant Wonderful review! 2y
LeahBergen This sounds fascinating. 2y
Cathythoughts @rohit-sawant 🙏🏻thanks. It is a wonderful book 👍🏻 2y
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RachelO Beautiful review! 2y
jhod Fantastic! I'm even more excited to read it after your lovely review 😁 2y
batsy Beautiful review ❤️ 2y
Cathythoughts @RachelO thanks ❤️ 2y
Cathythoughts @jhod will be dying to hear what you think 👍🏻❤️ 2y
Cathythoughts Thanks @batsy ❤️ 2y
TrishB Lovely review 💕 2y
Cathythoughts Thanks @TrishB 👍🏻❤️ 2y
Cinfhen Glad this book was a pick! Great review 💚 2y
Cathythoughts Thanks. @cinfhen , I did really enjoy this one 2y
erzascarletbookgasm Excellent, a pick! Nice review 🙂 2y
Cathythoughts Thankyou @erzascarletbookgasm 🙏🏻❤️ 2y
readordierachel What a lovely review! Now I'm even more excited to read this. 2y
youneverarrived Great review! Going to see if my library has it 🧡 2y
Cathythoughts @ReadOrDieRachel I‘ll be excited to hear what you think 💕💕 2y
Cathythoughts @youneverarrived oh good! I hope they have it 👍🏻❤️ 2y
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Cathythoughts
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⭐️ literally just finished Sight .. ❤️
⭐️we are getting a Lydll or Aldi store in our town ( badly needed)
⭐️Bookclub tonight , so will probably start chosen book tomorrow
⭐️did you hear about the poor little strawberry ? .... Her mammy & daddy were in a jam 😬😂

#FriYayIntro @jesshowbooks
Happy Friday literary friends 😘🖐🏻🖐🏻🖐🏻

CarolynM 😂👍👏 2y
Cathythoughts @CarolynM 🖐🏻🖐🏻🖐🏻( I think that‘s the high five emoji) (edited) 2y
batsy 😂😂🍓 2y
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rohit-sawant #4 🤣🤣 2y
Cathythoughts @rohit-sawant 😂the cornier the better 🙃 2y
rohit-sawant @Cathythoughts Yes! 🙌🏻😁 2y
BookwormAHN 👏🏻👏🏻 2y
TrishB 👍🏻😁 2y
DebbieGrillo 🖒😂 2y
SilversReviews Love the joke. Can't stop laughing 2y
Cathythoughts @DebbieGrillo 😂👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻 2y
Cathythoughts @SilversReviews it‘s a sweet little joke ( pardon the pun 🙃) 😂 2y
SilversReviews @Cathythoughts It is adorable and sweet. 2y
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Cathythoughts
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#LateNightThoughtsWithMisty @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks thankyou for the tag @Eggs

The tagged book... beautiful ❤️
Cutting For Stone. / A Long Long Way. /Gilead.
Literary fiction/ Crime/ & now historical fiction too
Books 😬. Shoes ...❤️

I tag all who want to play 👍🏻

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I love shoes too!!!!! Thank you for playing!!! 😘😘 2y
Eggs You're welcome @Cathythoughts 😍 and I collect shoes as well, it's sinful actually... @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 2y
Cathythoughts @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 👍🏻❤️❤️❤️ 2y
Cathythoughts @Eggs I just find shoes very hard to resist ❤️👍🏻 2y
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readingjedi Great quote, I loved this book so much! 2y
bedandabook What a wonderful quote! I want to read this now. 2y
youneverarrived Wow, great quote! 2y
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Cathythoughts @readingjedi I‘m loving it too ❤️ 2y
Cathythoughts @bedandabook the writing is beautiful 💕 2y
Cathythoughts @youneverarrived there‘s a lot of lovely quotable writing in this one ❤️👍🏻 2y
ValerieAndBooks I can definitely picture this, with all the forsythia currently blooming here. 2y
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Cathythoughts
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Next up for me ... I think it will be good ❤️ what an elegant cover

erzascarletbookgasm Ooh, look forward to your thoughts. Agree with you on the cover, and your 📷 shots are getting elegant too! 👍❤️😊 2y
Cinfhen Echoing @erzascarletbookgasm 🙌🏻💕 2y
Cathythoughts Thanks ! @erzascarletbookgasm this cover 💫💫💫 @cinfhen 🙏🏻 2y
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andrew61
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What a wonderful book- beautifully written the narrator links the loss of her mother, the relationship with her g/mthr and the birth of 2 dtrs and explores the fragile threads of a life whilst telling 3 stories from scientific history. It felt like the author laboured over every word + this was a literary joy but it also touched movingly on female relationships with their body at the time of birth and with the link with their past + future. 5*

Cathythoughts This sounds really good. The cover is exquisite ❤️. Stacking 2y
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charl08
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Main character dealing with grief: book reminds me of Rachel Cusk.

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andrew61
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I've been a bit out of the litsy loop in the last couple of weeks so a string of reviews will follow but i liked this extract about reading. This book feels like every word has been carefully crafted and so far im intrigued.

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charl08
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...and feel that the world was turning elsewhere...

I'm half way through the Women's Fiction longlist for 2018 and fairly sure I'm not going to make the deadline (23rd) to read them all.

Redheadrambles What are your selections for the Dream shortlist ? 2y
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readingjedi
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Pickpick

This book didn't so much speak to me as reach deep inside me and grasp my naked soul. It was so exquisitely written, just a thing of breathtaking beauty. It was a joy to read. But so hard to read. I had to stop regularly to rest/compose myself as it had me panting with raw, visceral emotion. Never before have I so fully and deeply related to a character and/or a book's subject matter. Every thought, notion, emotion was as my own. Continued ⬇⬇⬇

readingjedi I feel/felt exactly the same - I could've written it myself (except that, of course, I couldn't as I don't pretend to have an ounce of the author's skill.) I enjoyed the sections about the discovery of X-rays, Freud etc but it was the meditations on the death of the main character's mother and her own journey to motherhood that hit me like a sledgehammer. I am left literally stunned by the power of this piece of work. Very highly recommended. 2y
ReadZenRites Wow! That‘s quite a review. Now I can‘t resist. Stacked! 2y
Anna40 Yes! With a beautiful review like yours I cannot not stack It! :) 2y
andrew61 A great review, i started it last night and felt that every word neede to be taken in carefully. Im really looking forward to reading ythis weekend and your review has confirmed that. 2y
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shawnmooney
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Panpan

There is some beautiful writing here, particularly the meditations on grief. The whole thing fails, though, because mostly what‘s here is pedantic, dense prose: more academic than fictional. It‘s not a novel, IMHO—it‘s an overly long, rather pretentious essay; while I cannot recommend it, some other great readers out there certainly do.

(I have much, much more to say in my BookTube review: https://youtu.be/dDAWi0JLMFc)

MariettaSG Great review, thanks. 2y
LeahBergen And you‘re not looking too impressed in this still-shot. 😆 2y
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SharonGoforth
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Adding to my stack of The Women‘s Prize longlist titles. These are drool-worthy covers. I hope they read as well as they look! #thewomensprizelonglist2018 #nosuchthingastoomanybooks 📚📚

rubyslippersreads 😍😍😍 2y
mcipher Oh I love the middle one! Pretty. 2y
SharonGoforth @rubyslippersreads @mcipher Aren‘t they gorgeous?! 2y
SharonGoforth @Lacythebookworm I‘m really looking forward to that one! 2y
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Dolly I'm assuming Greengrass's sentences will read easier a few pages in. They suffocate me. 2y
erzascarletbookgasm Cool artwork! 2y
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Abailliekaras
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My full review of Sight:
https://booksonthego.net/2018/03/13/sight-by-jessie-greengrass-review/
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Beckys_Books Lovely review 2y
Abailliekaras @Beckys_Books thanks! Sometimes the best books are the hardest to review! 2y
batsy Beautiful review; I look forward to reading this! 2y
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shawnmooney Ooh I look forward to reading it once I finish the book myself! 😍 2y
monalyisha What a well-written review! Thanks for bringing this book to my attention. 💞 2y
Abailliekaras @monalyisha thank you! @shawnmooney I‘m the same, I can‘t look at reviews until I‘ve read & reviewed the book. Looking forward to your thoughts! 2y
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Abailliekaras
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Beautiful, singular book. The narrator reflects on the death of her mother & struggles to decide whether to have children. She weaves in stories of Rontgen (x-Ray), Hunter (surgery) & Freud, who wanted to ‘see‘ or understand humans better. It‘s meditative, but lyrical sentences propel you forward. Told with unflinching honesty & intelligence, it feeds your mind. A thoughtful, original & exquisitely written novel.

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shawnmooney
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Really loving this debut novel so far - as many of you know, it‘s on the recently released Women‘s Prize long list.

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jhod Great location picture! 2y
shawnmooney @jhod Thanks! I googled “Haggerston London Fields towpath art” and this photo came the closest to hinting at early evening! 😀 2y
jhod Ha! IIt'sts a good path to wander along 😁 2y
shawnmooney @jhod Oooh are you in London? 2y
jhod Yep! 2y
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Abailliekaras
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Friday wine down with this beautiful, singular book. 🥂📖

GatheringBooks i keep thinking the book will wobble and topple the glass over!!! :) 2y
Abailliekaras @GatheringBooks ha ha luckily not! 2y
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Abailliekaras
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I‘ve just started Sight & am already tipping it for the Women‘s Prize longlist. Here are my other predictions. What do you think, how many will I get right? 😉
https://booksonthego.net/2018/03/07/womens-prize-longlist-predictions/

Lindy I haven‘t read half of these, but I think this may be Ali Smith‘s turn to win. 2y
BookishTrish I love reading long list predictions 2y
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