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What I Loved
What I Loved: A Novel | Siri Hustvedt
The long friendship between art historian Leo Hertzberg and artist Bill Wechsler leads to a growing involvement between their two families as they live in the same New York building, share a summer home in Vermont, and deal with the joys, sorrows, tragedies, and loss that transform their lives. Reader's Guide available. Reprint. 30,000 first printing.
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Oryx
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Thank you so much @eraderneely and @kathedron - so kind of you to send me these. I look forward to reading these both.

Bookish.SAM I get such a warm, fuzzy feeling whenever I see ‘What I Loved‘ ... not sure what it was about that book, maybe just great timing, but I adored it! Hope you do too 🙂 (edited) 3w
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Kalalalatja
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#SundayCatchUp

Leo tells himself for a long time that he‘s just #paranoid when it comes to his best friend‘s son, Mark. Something is or isn‘t off about Mark, and Leo can‘t figure out if it is all in his head or if something darker is going on.

#AnglophileApril

Mdargusch Stacking! Besides the beautiful cover this book gets great reviews!❤️ (edited) 1mo
Reviewsbylola Sounds very good. And I agree, stellar cover. 1mo
emilyhaldi This has been sitting on my bookshelf for a long time 😅 1mo
ephemeralwaltz Oooh I really want to read her work. 1mo
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kathedron
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Pickpick

It started as a leisurely-paced story of two arty families living in each other's pockets: all very nice, but... . Then she dropped a plot bomb that made me see how skilfully she'd lulled me into a false sense of security. And that turns out to be the warm-up act for an altogether more unsettling story.

Family, relationships, friendship, contemporary art, mental illness, how we perceive ourselves and others, the improbable endeavour of living...❤

tpixie 🤔😮🎉📚 3mo
squirrelbrain I loved this one! ❤️ 3mo
Cathythoughts Great review... I have this one , must read soon 👍🏻♥️ 3mo
Bookish.SAM One of my favs! 3mo
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Cathythoughts
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#MusicalNewYear #SeasonsofLove I still havnt read this one ... & I think , I know I will love it when I do .... this year 👍🏻♥️

erzascarletbookgasm Yes, I want to read more of the author! I have this. I think? 😆 5mo
Cinfhen Pretty pic and lovely choice!! I‘ve seen lots of #LitsyLove for this book 5mo
batsy I need to read this too! @erzascarletbookgasm 5mo
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Leftcoastzen It is a favorite of mine . 5mo
Cathythoughts @erzascarletbookgasm I think you do too ... I think we‘ve chatted about this one 🤔🙃 5mo
Cathythoughts Sorry for double comments. Litsy has been out of order. I think I‘ll wait till tomorrow to post anymore ..... 🤷🏻‍♀️ 5mo
vivastory Oh, yes. I definitely need to read more Hustvedt. Especially since the following was one of my favorite reads of 2018 5mo
emilyhaldi I think this is next on my tbr 🤗 5mo
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youneverarrived
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Thank you so much @BarbaraBB for sending me this book, a lovely little surprise this morning. So kind and thoughtful of you ♥️ I really appreciate it! It‘s one I‘ve been really wanting to read! ♥️

@TrishB yours was the first Christmas card I got this year thank you, and for the pressie 💕

@kaysworld1 thank you for the card 😁

BarbaraBB 💜 6mo
TrishB Welcome 😘 6mo
batsy So pretty 💕 6mo
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moonlove
What I Loved: A Novel | Siri Hustvedt
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Okay the book is picking up it's pace 🙃
Good! I was about to DNF it :(
#hotchocolate #readon

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moonlove
What I Loved: A Novel | Siri Hustvedt
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New read. After cleaning and rearranging my book shelf I found out that I have a lot of books that I haven't even picked up after buying. This being one of them. I really want to finish the lotr story but if i keep buying books with out reading them then whats the point? 🧐
#bookaddict #newread

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Kalalalatja
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I won‘t say who, but let‘s just say that there‘s a #psychopath in this book, and it‘s creepy!

#NoFemmeber

Cinfhen I almost bought this book the other day... darn !!! I‘ll have to go back to charity shop and see if they still have it🙏🏻 6mo
Cathythoughts Can‘t wait to read this one ♥️on my shelf waiting 👍🏻 (edited) 6mo
erzascarletbookgasm @Cathythoughts another buddy read next year? 😁 6mo
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Cathythoughts @erzascarletbookgasm .... 😬😂that‘s the 3d buddy read mentioned sinse yesterday ..... 2019 is getting busy my friend 😘 6mo
erzascarletbookgasm @Cathythoughts 😅 we‘ll talk again come next year. I know you‘ll be busy and are excited about #Booked2019 👍 6mo
Cathythoughts @erzascarletbookgasm I am excited about #booked2019 ... however there are endless possibilities... I‘d love to read this Siri Hustvedt 👍🏻❤️ 6mo
Leftcoastzen I loved this book! 6mo
Cathythoughts @erzascarletbookgasm I‘ve also been “ thinking “ tentatively... of , a possible #historicalstudybuddyread not sure how it would work or when. Could be non- fiction or fiction ... anyway just sharing an idea ... 🤔 6mo
Billypar This would be a great one for a buddy read- so much to discuss about the characters and takes so many unexpected directions 😃 6mo
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innah96
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@squirrelbrain Helen, Thank you so, so much for sending me this book as a birthday gift! It was a delightful surprise, and I can't wait to read it!

#jbuk #litsy #birthday #birthdaygirl

squirrelbrain Glad it arrived ok - hope you like it! ❤️ 6mo
innah96 @squirrelbrain Can't wait to read it 😊 6mo
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Cathythoughts
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Hi #LMPBC friends. These are my four ( and I have others if these don‘t work 👍🏻) Id love to read them all !! .... let me know @Lel2403 @jenniferw88 @Moray_Reads ( sorry for humble display 🤷🏻‍♀️... getting down to business 👍🏻...
Thankyou @suvata ... you are so good to organize this lovely Litsy Bookclub ❤️👍🏻

Lel2403 I like the sound of Paris Echo 7mo
Cathythoughts @Lel2403 great !! Noted ( & so do I 👍🏻❤️) .... 7mo
jenniferw88 I'm leaning towards my year of rest and relaxation or paris echo, but i'll be happy to go with the majority 7mo
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Cathythoughts @jenniferw88 thanks!! I‘d love to read both ( or any of them ) whatever ye decide.... this is fun 😊👍🏻 @lel2403 @Moray_Reads (edited) 7mo
Moray_Reads I've read Case Histories but I'm happy with any of the other three! 7mo
Cathythoughts @Moray_Reads @Lel2403 @jenniferw88 ladies I don‘t know what to do ... can I ask ye to pick between Pairis Echo or My Year of Rest & Relaxation ??? I‘ll go with majority?! Thanks 🙏🏻 7mo
Moray_Reads I vote My Year of Rest and Relaxation 😉 7mo
jenniferw88 I vote my year of rest and relaxation too! 7mo
Cathythoughts Ok ... looks like it‘s My Year of Rest & Relaxation ... is this ok with you @Lel2403 ?? 7mo
Lel2403 @Cathythoughts absolutely...looking forward to it 😀 7mo
Cinfhen I almost bought that book in London last week but I promised hubby no hardcovers 😉😂 7mo
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Christine
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Having an author on your TBR for FOREVER (and really wanting to read her because her books invariably sound amazing, and also she‘s a fellow graduate of your small-town Minnesota alma mater) + a Book Outlet sale = #bookhaulmotivation

mrozzz Awesome! I have all 4 but have only read Blazing World 7mo
Christine @mrozzz Yay!! Did you like Blazing World? 7mo
mrozzz It‘s very cool and well written. I was working in the art world at the time (in fact in one of the settings in Brooklyn described in the book) so I liked it that much more because I could relate to it. 7mo
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Christine @mrozzz That‘s so fun! Thanks for sharing. :) 7mo
Suet624 I didn‘t realize she‘d written 4 books. 7mo
Christine @Suet624 I think she‘s written even more! Have you read/enjoyed any of her books? 7mo
Suet624 I‘ve read What I Loved and have Blazing World on my TBR. 7mo
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Leftcoastzen
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1.tagged book also A Tree grows in Brooklyn & The Overstory by Richard Powers
2.70 ,on track to my goal.
3.I‘m just grateful that friends & family have made it through the challenges this year.
4. I live in Arizona so happy it‘s not 100 out. All the holidays Halloween,Thanksgiving and Christmas.
5.kinda late to the party so any Litten that wants to join in.Love the positive vibes,great reviews,and spirited people here on Litsy.
Thx @Eggs

wanderinglynn Thanks for playing! 👋🏻😀 7mo
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Billypar
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batsy Well-played 😆 10mo
Reviewsbylola 😂😂 omg love this!! 10mo
emilyhaldi 🙌🏻😂🙌🏻 10mo
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Cinfhen Amazing!!!!! 10mo
Mdargusch Very well played! 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 10mo
Cathythoughts Very good. I now have a copy of the tagged book , in my possession... due to your influence ! Thankyou (edited) 10mo
Billypar @Cathythoughts Very nice! I think you will enjoy it- quite different than Blazing World, but it shares in common a focus on the NYC art world, and the beautiful writing of course. 10mo
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Kitta
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This took a lot of turns I wasn‘t expecting, and had me gripped in their lives at each turn. It doesn‘t read as if there‘s a set plot, it‘s not formulaic at all, but I loved the meandering through their lives over the years. It focuses a lot on art, artists, galleries and shows and I ended up going to the Brooklyn Museum just to get that gallery feel. Highly recommend! Sorry for the lack of detail, I don‘t want to spoil anything!!

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ValerieAndBooks
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Pickpick

What an amazing book. Not merely about the art world, as I had thought. In this novel, boundaries are broken in art, but families, people, and hearts are broken also. 💔💔💔 Don‘t want to give away anything by saying more. I had such a hard time putting this down, and feel that I can say this is one of the best I‘ve read in a long time. #1001Books

Cathythoughts Great review! Can‘t wait to read 👍🏻❤️ 10mo
BarbaraBB Great review 💕 10mo
Soubhiville Wow great review! I‘m stacking it! Thanks! 10mo
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DivineDiana I love books about the art world! Stacked! 10mo
Leftcoastzen Same for me ,hard to put down , the relationships so deep and complex .Absolutely adored it! 10mo
Kristelh I loved this book when I read it. 10mo
ValerieAndBooks @Cathythoughts hope you like it! I definitely am on the lookout for her others. 10mo
ValerieAndBooks @BarbaraBB I‘m so glad I finally read this 💖 10mo
ValerieAndBooks @Soubhiville I think (hope) you‘ll like this! 10mo
ValerieAndBooks @DivineDiana a favorite topic of mine also. Not as much of it here as I expected but what was described was so spot-on. 10mo
JenniferP Loved this but loved her book The Blazing World even more. Great review! 10mo
ValerieAndBooks @Leftcoastzen I was so surprised that I found it so unputdownable. A few days later I‘m still thinking about this book! 10mo
ValerieAndBooks @Kristelh so good right?! Have you read anything else by her also? 10mo
ValerieAndBooks @JenniferP I‘m definitely planning to get The Blazing World soon! But how soon I‘d actually get to (reading) it, I don‘t know 😊 (edited) 10mo
Kristelh No, but really enjoyed reading The New York Trilogy because Paul Auster mentions his wife in the trilogy as he also mentions himself. 10mo
ValerieAndBooks @Kristelh I didn‘t realize they were married to each other! I guess I should bump him up higher on the TBR list — that trilogy is on the #1001Books list as well. 10mo
Suet624 I just saw this great review! Loved this book so much too. 💕💕 7mo
ValerieAndBooks @Suet624 yes— I want to read more by her!! 7mo
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ValerieAndBooks
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At the oral surgeon with my current read (also an #1001Books). It‘s very good so far. Younger son is having his wisdom teeth removed 😱🤕

saresmoore Poor thing. Prayers for a quick recovery! 10mo
jillannjohn Good luck with the wisdom teeth. 10mo
Smrloomis When I had mine out, it all healed really quickly. All I remember is that it wasn‘t a big deal - which is the best you can hope for when it comes to this sort of thing I think! 🤞🏽 10mo
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Cathythoughts I really want to read this one ! Would be more in my line to finish #TheBlazingWorldbr first 😬. Look forward to your thoughts .... good luck with the wisdom teeth 👍🏻 (edited) 10mo
ValerieAndBooks @saresmoore @jillannjohn @Smrloomis @Cathythoughts Thank you all! We are back home now and he is resting up and reading 📖 🤕. 10mo
BarbaraBB Looking forward to your review 💜 10mo
ValerieAndBooks I loved it! Trying to adequately put together a review. @BarbaraBB 10mo
BarbaraBB It is such a wonderful book! 10mo
DivineDiana Glad it wasn‘t you! 😉Always Good to find some reading time! 10mo
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kathedron
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Lovely #bookmail from @squirrelbrain ! Thank you so much, Helen! 😘 I've been feeling a bit flat since getting back from my week by the sea (and am wilting in the heat, besides) and your kind gift was just the thing for lifting my spirits. I commend your Litsy stalking skills. 😉 And thanks, also, @Kalalalatja whose review led me to stack the book. Looking forward to reading it! ❤ #jbuk

Cathythoughts I think this book will be very good ! Such a lovely gift 💝 10mo
Kalalalatja Nice, hope you enjoy it! 10mo
BarbaraBB It such a good book, I think you‘ll think so too! 10mo
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ephemeralwaltz Lovely! 10mo
squirrelbrain It‘s always hard getting back to real life isn‘t it, after a break? Glad to have cheered you up! 10mo
youneverarrived Lovely! The book sounds great. 10mo
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squirrelbrain
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Pickpick

Spent a lovely afternoon in the garden reading the second half of this book. It was so much more than I expected and thanks to @Kalalalatja for her beautiful review that moved it to the top of my TBR pile!

I‘m not sure what I was expecting but it certainly wasn‘t this sweeping epic of love and loss; unputdownable....

Kalalalatja It does take you a bit by surprise! I‘m glad you liked it 👏 11mo
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Kalalalatja
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Pickpick

Oh, wow. This was my first Hustvedt, but I‘m pretty sure it won‘t be my last.

I expected this to be a daunting and high-brow read, but it turned out to be much more relateable than I imagined. Hustvedt demands something from her readers. This isn‘t an action-packed page turner. It is a slow character study filled with art, mental illness, friendships, grief and love. It left me quite breathless at times, at others I had a lump in my throat.

monalyisha Great review! Adding to my TBR. 🙌🏻 12mo
rohit-sawant Great review! 12mo
saresmoore Lovely review! I totally agree. 12mo
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squirrelbrain Ooh, this is on my TBR shelf. I bought it from a charity shop and it‘s not one that was high on the list as I didn‘t know what to expect. Your review has just moved it further up the list! 12mo
minkyb Excellent description. 12mo
Kalalalatja @monalyisha @rohit-sawant @saresmoore @squirrelbrain @minkyb thanks everyone. A book like this really deserves a review longer then 451 characters 👌 12mo
BarbaraBB Happy you loved it too! I was blown away by it. None of her others (the ones I have read) could live up to this one, in my opinion! 12mo
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Kalalalatja
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Treated myself to a bunch of peonies today, and now I‘m going to treat myself further with a cup of coffee and some quiet reading time 👌

I‘m in the final stages with my thesis, and I‘m hoping to hand it in by the end of the month. Which is good, because I‘m beginning to tire of constantly thinking and worrying about it, and my energy is running low. I‘m trying to give myself these little #selfcare moments, so I‘ll be able to finish strong!

vkois88 Self Care is always important! *hugs* Enjoy ❤ 12mo
knittedgnome I'm glad you are giving yourself a break! Self care is so important!! 12mo
erzascarletbookgasm Self care is necessary! 😘 12mo
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TrishB The end bit is definitely the worst!! Take care. So worth it when you‘re done 💕 12mo
mabell Love peonies! ❤️❤️❤️ They look and smell so wonderful. 12mo
BarbaraBB You have chosen such a good book to relax with 💜 12mo
Kalalalatja @vkois88 @knittedgnome @erzascarletbookgasm @TrishB I‘m practicing all the self care I can manage these days, and luckily I still have the energy to read, which helps a lot! @mabell my whole apartment smells wonderful at the moment 👌 @BarbaraBB yes! I was a bit on the fence at first, but now I‘m really enjoying it! 💕 12mo
minkyb Full speed ahead! 12mo
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Kalalalatja
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Not really a #bookandbeachtowel, but a book and a blanket, which is a close as I get. We are having (for Denmark) insanely warm weather these weeks, and today is supposed to reach 30 degrees, and I can‘t really deal with it 😅

#ReadingResolutions

ephemeralwaltz That's crazy!! Is not that hot here yet (but will soon, ugh). How's the book? It sounds interesting. 12mo
Kalalalatja @ephemeralwaltz I know, we are having better weather than Southern Europe, it is crazy! It is pretty slow, but in a good way. I‘m about 80 pages in, and Hustvedt is doing a lot of character building, but I can feel something big is on its way! 12mo
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saresmoore
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This book. My heart, my mind, my goodness. Breakfast banana muffin and a nice cuppa PG Tips—it‘s a very good birthday so far.

2BR02B Happy birthday!! 🎉🎂 12mo
saresmoore @2BR02B Thank you! ♥️ 12mo
Weaponxgirl Have a great day! 💐🍷🎂 12mo
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TrishB Enjoy 🎉🎉🍰 12mo
Elle_Skeldon Happy Birthday!!🎂🎈🎁 12mo
Leftcoastzen Happy Birthday 🎉 That book one of my favorites. 12mo
Billypar Happy birthday! And glad you wound up with such a good book on your birthday- nice when it works out like that 😃 12mo
Jas16 Happy Birthday 🎂🎉🎈 12mo
vivastory Happy Birthday! 🎂🎈🎉📚🎊 12mo
BarbaraJean Happy Birthday!!🎁🎈🎉🎂📚 12mo
Violetta Happy Birthday! 🎉🎂🌹 12mo
readordierachel Happy birthday! 📚🎈🎊🎉 12mo
Bianca Happy birthday! Hope the rest of your day is wonderful. 12mo
AlaMich Happy Birthday!!🎈🎈🎈🎈 12mo
jfalkens Happy birthday! 12mo
Suet624 Much love to you on this special day. 💕💕💝 12mo
MaureenMc Happy birthday! 🎁🎉🎈 12mo
LauraBeth Happy Birthday, lovely! ❤️ 12mo
LeahBergen Enjoy!! 😘 12mo
Moray_Reads Happy birthday, my dear. I hope you got enough books to stave off book-buying-ban madness, at least for a little while! ♥️🍰🎁🎈🎉📚 12mo
GabrielleDubois Never mind the cake when you have the books! Happy birthday! 12mo
Reggie Happy Birthday!!!!! 12mo
saresmoore @Moray_Reads Thank you, Moray! I have filled the day with reading and it‘s been quite refreshing. I only lamented not going to one of THREE old and rare bookshops in town a few times today. 😬 12mo
saresmoore @GabrielleDubois You are right about that! I could easily live on reading time...and a few vegetables here and there. 😊 12mo
saresmoore @Weaponxgirl @TrishB Thank you! I‘ve been reading all day and loving every minute of it! 12mo
saresmoore @Leftcoastzen Thank you! This book has ripped my heart out and I couldn‘t be more grateful for it. 12mo
saresmoore @Billypar This book left me weeping myself to sleep last night and I couldn‘t wait to dive back in as soon as I woke up this morning. That being said, I‘ve so enjoyed savoring it slowly. What a flipping incredible work of art it is! 12mo
saresmoore @vivastory Thank you, Scott! 12mo
saresmoore @Jas16 @BarbaraJean @Violetta @jfalkens Thank you, all! ♥️♥️♥️ 12mo
saresmoore @ReadOrDieRachel Thanks, friend! 😘 12mo
saresmoore @Bianca Thank you, sweet friend! It‘s almost your turn to celebrate! Here‘s to both of our best year yet. 🥂 12mo
saresmoore @AlaMich Thank you, Lainie! I‘m having a very relaxing day. 😊 12mo
saresmoore @AlaMich I should say except for that hour following a cursory read of the news. Heartbreaking. 12mo
saresmoore @MaureenMc Thank you! 12mo
saresmoore @LauraBeth Thank you, my friend! 😘 12mo
saresmoore @Reggie Thank you! ♥️ 12mo
Daisey Wishing you a very happy birthday!! 🎂 12mo
AlaMich @saresmoore No news-reading on birthdays!! It oughta be a law!! 12mo
kspenmoll Happy belated birthday!!!! 12mo
Billypar I love that 'dive-right-back-in' upon waking urge- my current read is like that. Glad you're enjoying it so much: if you're craving more Hustvedt after, @batsy and I were talking about doing a buddy read for The Blazing World this summer (June or July). She seems like a good BR author- lots to discuss and unpack! 12mo
saresmoore @Billypar I would love to join that buddy read! My library has it, so I can do it without breaking my crazy buying ban. 😃 12mo
Billypar @saresmoore Great! I'll let you know once we're deciding on a start date. Ugh though...good luck with the ban. I try to turn it into a euphemism- not a 'ban'...just waiting for my tbr shelf to get back to a smallish size and/or I suddenly come into newfound wealth 😋 12mo
saresmoore @Billypar That is a very helpful way to look at it! I‘m finding an interesting phenomenon taking place, though. I always used to compare other purchases to “how many books could I buy with this?” but now I‘m just buying the other things because I‘m sad about not buying books. I‘m sure it will wear off, but the budget has yet to really benefit! Oh and I keep going to the library for challenges, so the TBR shelves are still towering... 🤔😬 12mo
Billypar Ha- not to be a devil on the shoulder, but sounds like you could almost argue that you need to go to a bookstore for the good of the budget 😃 😈 12mo
ValerieAndBooks Happy Birthday💖 🎂🎊🎉💖!! I have that book in my TBR! So now I want to read it next!! 12mo
TheWordJar Happy belated birthday! Hope the day was wonderful! 🎈🎂📚🌟 12mo
Bianca @saresmoore I'll cheers to that! 🥂😊 12mo
AceOnRoam Happy Birthday. Sounds like you had a great day reading and familying 😘 12mo
saresmoore @AceOnRoam Thank you! It was really nice. 12mo
saresmoore @Billypar That is my logic exactly! Fortunately, I‘m also very stubborn, so still sticking to the fast in spite of driving past a musty old downtown bookstore today...twice. 😫 12mo
saresmoore @ValerieAndBooks I just finished it and I thought it was really wonderful. Such fascinating characters that the story is secondary, but it‘s still beautifully composed. 12mo
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saresmoore
What I Loved: A Novel | Siri Hustvedt

“I‘ve always thought that love thrives on a certain kind of distance, that it requires an awed separateness to continue. Without that necessary remove, the physical minutiae of the other person grows ugly in its magnification.”

TheWordJar Oof. That is painfully true at times. 13mo
saresmoore @TheWordJar That was my reaction, too. Sometimes those times are more often than not. 13mo
Kalalalatja I have this book sitting on my tbr shelf, but with s quote like this, I‘m thinking I need to change that soon! 13mo
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rohit-sawant There are moments when you read something so profound that you have to take a minute to let it settle. This is definitely one of those. Wow. 13mo
saresmoore @Kalalalatja My goodness, it‘s beautiful so far. I‘m not even fifty pages in yet and I‘ve felt compelled to share two quotes! 13mo
saresmoore @rohit-sawant I keep having those moments with this book. 13mo
BarbaraBB @Kalalalatja You should read it soon, it really is so good. The writing and the storyline. So happy you‘re sharing these quotes with us, @saresmoore 😘 (edited) 13mo
Suet624 Hahaha. I was just thinking, “Wow! This is the second quote!” And then you mentioned it in your comment. So glad you‘re enjoying it. 12mo
saresmoore @Suet624 Oh, I love it so much! I‘m torn because I want to savor it, but I also want to devour it and then get it in the mail to Suba! 12mo
saresmoore @Suet624 I am MESMERIZED by this book. I keep wondering how Siri Hustvedt wrote this. How did she know that random bit of trivia? How did she create such elaborate art pieces and character personalities in her mind? She writes with an ageless effortlessness that is so real and poignant and I don‘t even care where the story is going because I‘m utterly enthralled. 12mo
Suet624 I know! It‘s so hard to describe how wonderful this book is but you‘re doing a good job. The art pieces alone are worth the read. 12mo
saresmoore @Suet624 And then I got to part two last night and sat in bed reading for a full half hour with tears streaming down my face. Yet another facet of human experience depicted as well as I‘ve ever seen it. I‘m welling up just thinking about it! Not typically a cryer, here! 12mo
Suet624 Well that‘s a great way to enter into a new year, now isn‘t it? You‘re having such a rich experience with this book. I love it. 12mo
saresmoore @Suet624 It really is, though. Bryan was worried about me for a minute before I explained that this is what I want from a book, to experience it! 12mo
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“My parents didn‘t speak about the Nazis, only about our preparations to leave home, and it‘s hard to know to what degree my childish fears were related to the fear that every Jew in Germany must have felt at the time. The way my mother told it was that she was taken by surprise. A party whose views had seemed absurd and contemptible suddenly and inexplicably took hold of the country.”

Leftcoastzen I really loved this book. 13mo
AlaMich Sort of chilling, isn‘t it, given our current political climate? Attitudes are laughable, until they aren‘t. 13mo
BarbaraBB Echoing @Leftcoastzen 💜 13mo
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kathedron Oh, that quote makes my stomach clench! 😩 13mo
saresmoore @AlaMich Well said. Reading this gave me instant chills. 13mo
saresmoore @Leftcoastzen @BarbaraBB It was sent to me by the dear & beautiful @Suet624 Now that I‘ve started I don‘t want to stop reading, but her words & wisdom are massaging my brain and pulling at all of my heartstrings! 13mo
saresmoore @River_Voice Me, too! Way too relevant. It‘s a gorgeous book, though. 13mo
Christine 😑 13mo
Christine I‘m glad to hear you are enjoying the book though, as I‘ve been wanting to read Hustvedt for forever, not in small part because she and I both graduated from the same small Minnesota liberal arts college. If you end up loving this book I will take that as a sign to put her work off no longer! 13mo
saresmoore @Christine What a fun coincidence! I will keep you posted. She‘s writing from a man‘s perspective and it threw me off at first, just because I expected the first-person narrator to be a woman. So far, I feel like I‘m getting pulled in deeper with every page. In a good way. 13mo
Christine Oh, that is interesting! Yay for being drawn in by it so far. :) 13mo
Suet624 That‘s quite the quote. Each day I worry about the insanity that we‘re experiencing and the damage that‘s being done to so many and to our democracy. It‘s frightening. On a cheerier note, I‘m so very excited that you‘re reading this. It‘s so good. @Leftcoastzen @BarbaraBB 13mo
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It is a lush , deep,novel.What I like so much about it , the characters are flushed out, complicated.How friendships begin , evolve ,and ride out the problems that come. How some difficulties seem to pounce upon you , yet when you look back on it, some of the signs were there.Hustvedt writes with power and intimacy, I felt I was part of their circle.

Suet624 Yes. Wonderful review. Wonderful book. 1y
Leftcoastzen @Suet624 thx! Loved your review as well. 1y
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Some lovely #bookmail from the even lovelier @Suet624 ! Thank you, dear friend. ♥️ This really brightened my day. If it wasn‘t for all my real-life responsibilities, I‘d be diving right in!

@batsy Per Sue‘s suggestion, I‘d love to send this along to you next, if you‘d like it!

batsy So sweet of @Suet624 and a wonderful idea for a travelling book! I'd love to. And if I'm the last I'll pass it back to Sue 1y
Suet624 Yippee! I think you‘ll both love it. By the way, that copy was used so those little folded pages weren‘t mine. 😁 Hugs and kisses to you both. @batsy @saresmoore (edited) 1y
vivastory How thoughtful! This is on my TBR. 1y
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saresmoore @vivastory Perhaps @batsy can pass it along to you! 1y
vivastory Sounds good! I might read it before then, if I do I'll let her know 1y
batsy I'll be happy to send it on to you @vivastory ! Keep us posted :) 1y
vivastory @batsy I definitely will! 👍 1y
Suet624 @saresmoore @batsy @vivastory I‘m thrilled to think this book might touch all of your hands! (edited) 1y
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#THEWALLSARECLOSINGIN

This was my favorite read of 2018. May I be blessed with continued abundance.

Thanks @Liberty

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Leftcoastzen
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Yin Yang and What I Loved.75 pages in .Love the characters,love the art,love SoHo , feel there‘s trouble ahead.....

GrilledCheeseSamurai Good Catch! 😍 1y
ErinSueGreads What a good smoosh! Kitties are the best reading companions until they try to lay between your face and the book in bed 🙄🙄😂😂 1y
Leftcoastzen @GrilledCheeseSamurai 😺Thanks. I thought so. (edited) 1y
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Leftcoastzen @ErinSueG Yep, they seem to love that. 1y
Suet624 Ooohhhh, you‘re reading it! So good. 1y
Linear Is that their names? Because that would be nifty, especially if they lay like that alot 1y
Leftcoastzen @Linear Their names are Tom Tom the black & white & Crosby the tabby. (edited) 1y
LeahBergen So cute!! 1y
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Suet624
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This was a slow, dense and meaty read. Love, loss, desire, art, memories, hysteria, mental health and the illnesses associated with it, friendship, betrayal. The descriptions of the artwork are captivating and inspiring. The pieces of art made me want to get busy with all sorts of materials. The book offers a deep immersion into these characters and I miss some of them already.

#MountTBR

BookwormM I really wanted to see the art work 1y
Leftcoastzen Aaaaaahhhhhh!gotta read this next ! Trying to finish some up before I start another. 1y
Suet624 @BookwormM there were so many beautiful pieces, but one particular image of the little girl sitting inside a piece looking at moon images really got me. Her crying as her mom pulled her out.... I could so relate to that. 1y
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Kalalalatja I have had this on my shelf for months! I really need to get to it soon 1y
Suet624 @mdhughes72 well that settles it. Now I‘ll have to find that book! 1y
batsy I love a good book about art and the meaning of creation, stuff like that. @Billypar and @BarbaraBB already convinced me to stack it, and now it's triple stacked 😁 1y
Billypar Great review! The at imagery throughout is really fascinating. It's nice to see all the good buzz around this- I picked this up on a whim, and actually with a little reluctance - never heard of it, and wasn't that excited about the title or jacket description. But I saw Hustvedt read from another of hers and that was the deciding factor...good decision in retrospect 🙂 1y
BarbaraBB I agree on the art, its descriptions were so good, I wanted to see the works for real. There is a lot of art too in 1y
Suet624 @batsy Oh, I think you will really like it. 1y
Suet624 @Billypar it‘s such a double blessing when I read a book that I expect nothing from and it turns out to be a stunner. 😀 1y
Suet624 @BarbaraBB I have definitely stacked that one. 1y
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This book! Not very far in but I‘m loving it. Already totally invested in the characters.

Bookish.SAM I adored this book! I‘ve recommended it to anyone who will listen, but it hasn‘t seemed to have taken them in like it did me. I think this is one that really needs the right reader at the right time... but when it all lines up ... ❤️ 1y
Suet624 @Bookish.SAM I think you‘re right. I can imagine at some other time not being drawn in to it. 1y
Leftcoastzen Been on my TBR since @Billypar gave it high praise, 6 months ago? 1y
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Suet624 @Leftcoastzen yes, I picked it up after reading a great review on Litsy about 6 months ago. (edited) 1y
Suet624 @Leftcoastzen I just looked back and @BarbaraBB was the person who got me interested in the book. 😀❤️ 1y
Billypar Yeah, I loved it: really draws you in, great characters and I loved how the art exhibitions were described. My only Hustvedt, but I have Blazing World on my shelf, so I'll probably be reading that soon. 1y
Suet624 @Billypar look forward to hearing what you think of it. (edited) 1y
minkyb This has always intrigued me especially after hearing her on a podcast a while back. Glad you are enjoying it. 1y
Suet624 @minkyb ohh, I‘ll have to find that podcast! 1y
BarbaraBB Glad that you liked it, it is one of those books I want everyone to read! I read two more by her that unfortunately couldn‘t match this one. One of them was The Blazing World so I hope you‘ll like it better, @Billypar ! 1y
minkyb It might have been Lit Up. 1y
Billypar @BarbaraBB Yeah I'm expecting to like it, but not necessarily that it will match WIL - that would be tough to do. 1y
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AudreyMorris
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Yes, I gave it a “pick”, but this book is brutal. It‘s about loss and grief, of all sorts. I had to take a multi-day break while reading it. Brutal. #1001books #192019 #2003 189/1305

Cinfhen Good to know...not ready for brutal😔 1y
TrishB @Cinfhen me neither! But a future read maybe. 1y
Cinfhen I think so @TrishB 1y
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This book is fascinating. While it is a novel and is fiction, it reads like a memoir. It is about the lifelong friendship of two men and their families and their work and their obsessions and their neuroses and their sons and tragedy and coping and ultimately about the span of a man's being, from his beginning up to his present. I love this book and the warm, wonderful feeling it gives me. #reading1001

Leftcoastzen On my TBR, your wonderful review moving it up on the pile! 1y
BarbaraBB Great review. I really loved this one. 1y
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Suelizbeth @BarbaraBB Thanks. 📚❤️ 1y
Suet624 Fantastic review. Just starting the book now. 1y
Suelizbeth @Suet624 Thanks 💕. I hope you enjoy it. 1y
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BookwormM
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#reading1001

Sorry about the overlap

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One more post to follow as can‘t get whole review in image

#reading1001

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I have had this same feeling at funerals that the real person is missing from the eulogy perhaps because nowadays the person conducting the funeral never met the deceased‘s when they were alive.

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BookwormM
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Love this reasoning for letter writing

#reading1001

AudreyMorris I haven‘t gotten this far and may not, but is this Cody‘s in Berkeley? That was an amazing bookstore. 1y
BookwormM It is 👍😊 1y
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This is so true we remember what we want how we want to and erase the bad bits

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AudreyMorris
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Started my next #1001books book. Worried this will be a very slow read for me 😕

Cinfhen @JenP just reviewed this book💕 1y
AudreyMorris @Cinfhen yes, we are reading it with the same group. She‘s way ahead of me!! 1y
Cinfhen That‘s our @JenP a little #overachiever 😘😘🙌🏻 1y
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BarbaraBB It is one of my favourites of the list! I probably told you a thousand times by now...😀😉 (edited) 1y
JenP @Cinfhen 😂😂 1y
JenP I think it‘s a good one. I had some mixed feelings about the pacing but it‘s a very thought-provoking book. Hope you like it 1y
Leniverse I need to start this too! I'm looking forward to it, but it's just... December. 😜 1y
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JenP
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I have mixed feelings about this book. I adored certain parts: reflections on art, love, relationships. But didn‘t like the way the first half had these beautiful slow reflections and the second half was almost like reading a crime novel (in its pace and some content areas). Overall, I think it was a worthwhile read so ultimately I gave it 3.5 stars

We are discussing this over in our Reading 1001 goodreads group if you want to join us.

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The spouse is in London with a mate and the kids are in bed, so there's no one keeping the TV on and I have the sofa to myself. I have blankets, a stack of books, and the gastronomic trinity of gingerbread, blue Stilton, and Rioja (ok, it sounds like a weird combo but it really is stellar! Except that I didn't make it to Tiger and 🇬🇧 gingerbread is too sweet and heavy on the ginger, and not enough cloves.) #SoloingSaturdayNightinStyle

julesG I will have to try gingerbread and blue Stilton. Cannot complement it with Rioja, though. 1y
tricours Blue cheese and gingerbread is the best! 1y
Leniverse @julesG It doesn't have to be Rioja. I'm pretty sure any versatile red will do. 1y
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Leniverse @tricours Yes! 😋 1y
julesG It'll have to be grape juice. My MS medication is very hard on my liver and I have abstained from any alcoholic drink and heavily fat food for the past months. 😖 Especially hard now, I'd so like to have some Glühwein or Gløgg. 1y
Leniverse @julesG Oh no! There's always the non-alcoholic version? Although, they don't taste that great. Maybe tea is the better alternative. 1y
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#1001 So much to dwell on that I am finding it slow going

SilversReviews Love your magnetic bookmark. 1y
Kristelh @SilversReviews, packet came with 6 I think, Hobby Lobby. I love ❤️ them. 1y
JenP I have to say that I‘m loving this book. It‘s really slow moving because as you say, there is a lot to think about. 1y
BookwormM I am loving this as well but OMH part 2 so sad 1y
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#reading1001

Loving the whole section about showing “hysteria” through art and how doctors objectified the women they were treating.

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BookwormM
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This sentence really struck me.
#reading1001

BarbaraBB The whole book... 💜 1y
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RidgewayGirl Nice reading variety! What I Loved is on my tbr. 1y
Liz_M Aseop's Fables, fun! 1y
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AudreyMorris
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Picked up my November group reads st the library today--but I can't start til the first. Maybe I can finish something else by then?! #1001books

Daisey I have a few books to finish for year long challenges, but then I hope to get to The Cathedral. 1y
BarbaraBB This one is soooo good. You won‘t be able to stop reading! 1y
Liz_M Oooh, can't wait to see your review of The Cathedral! 1y
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Kalalalatja
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Any book can work as a #🏝📚 #beachread for me, so here is a pic of my tbr shelf, with all the possible beach, couch, bus, bed reads I have in store 👏

#emojinov

BarbaraJean I feel the same way—beach reads are just books I happen to be reading on a beach! 2y
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BarbaraBB
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#10AuthorRecommendations

Thanks for the tag, @Marchpane. This was not easy as my favourites tend to change over time. Also I have left out my favourite Dutch writers, as you probably won‘t know them.

I‘d like to see your favourites, @emilyhaldi, @abailiekarras, @kalalalatja, @natasha.c.barnes and @ridgewaygirl

ClairesReads MIchel Faber 😍 2y
Natasha.C.Barnes Thanks for the tag!! I'm so psyched to think on this one! 2y
Natasha.C.Barnes Also, nice picks! 2y
batsy Some great ones here and many more I've been meaning to read... 2y
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Art historian Leo befriends Bill Wechsler, an artist on his way to gaining #fame.

This book is as much a tribute to his paintings (they seem gorgeous, I would love to see them if they existed) as it is portrait of the lives and marriages of Bill and Leo in NYC in the aftermath of 9/11.

I just took the chance to bring this book to the attention of anyone who hasn't read it yet. Do! It's fantastic!

#SeptemBowie

Suet624 Stacked! 2y
BarbaraBB @Suet624 Yes! That's my aim with this post! Such a good book. 2y
Suet624 You were quite persuasive. 2y
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BarbaraBB @Suet624 When I need to 😀 2y
Leniverse It's on my TBR. I didn't actually know what it's about though. 😂 But so many people have said this book is great, so I have it on my radar. 2y
Cinfhen It's already been stacked, but now I'm going to seek it out 😊 2y
Suet624 Haha. Guess what I just found for a quarter? 2y
BarbaraBB @Suet624 Really? It is meant to be 😀! Now I hope you'll like it 😅 2y
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What came home with me from Copenhagen 📚 I showed immense restraint and kept it down to four books. Mostly because I have six new books coming some time next week 😳

#bookhaul

TrishB Lovely❤ 2y
DeborahSmall I have the same copy of The Sleeper and the Spindle. Its beautiful 2y
hlgreenfield Oh those Neil Gaiman books 😍😍 2y
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batsy Look forward to your thoughts on the Hustvedt! I want to read her fiction. I read a book of her essays recently and it was really interesting. 2y
Kalalalatja @DeborahSmall I have been wanting to read it in this edition for ages. I just love the art work! 2y
Kalalalatja @hlgreenfield I found this amazing little comic book shop, and luckily, they had a sale just the day I visited 👏 2y
Kalalalatja @batsy I really want to read that essay collection! This will be my first Hustvedt, so I'm equally interested in what I will think of it. I will be sure to post a review once I get to it 👍 2y
Cinfhen Awesome! I'm echoing @batsy I'm curious to hear your thoughts on that book! 2y
Billypar I think I gushed about What I Loved to @batsy and then had some remorse about over-selling it. So, without repeating that, let's just say, I feel positively about it and hope you enjoy ☺ 2y
batsy @Billypar @Kalalalatja Oh yes, I remember now! I knew it was one of her fiction books but I couldn't recall which one 👍 2y
Kalalalatja @Cinfhen @Billypar @batsy I will let you know! I have heard good things, but I'm trying to go into it with relatively few expectations 😄 2y
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White books! 4 out of 8 read, but I think the Murakami is the book I feel Wi'm the least likely to try of Debbie Doesn't Do it Anymore, The Invention of Wings, and Hunger. 😬

BellaBookNook I loved Invention of Wings! 2y
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