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The Master and Margarita
The Master and Margarita | Mikhail Bulgakov
I first read Mikhail Bulgakov's The Master and Margarita on a balcony of the Hotel Metropole in Saigon on three summer evenings in 1971. The tropical air was heavy and full of the smells of cordite and motorcycle exhaust and rotting fish and wood-fire stoves, and the horizon flared ambiguously, perhaps from heat lightning, perhaps from bombs. Later each night, as was my custom, I would wander out into the steamy back alleys of the city, where no one ever seemed to sleep, and crouch in doorways with the people and listen to the stories of their culture and their ancestors and their ongoing lives. Bulgakov taught me to hear something in those stories that I had not yet clearly heard. One could call it, in terms that would soon thereafter gain wide currency, "magical realism". The deadpan mix of the fantastic and the realistic was at the heart of the Vietnamese mythos. It is at the heart of the present zeitgeist. And it was not invented by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, as wonderful as hisOne Hundred Years of Solitude is. Garcia Marquez's landmark work of magical realism was predated by nearly three decades by Bulgakov's brilliant masterpiece of a novel. That summer in Saigon a vodka-swilling, talking black cat, a coven of beautiful naked witches, Pontius Pilate, and a whole cast of benighted writers of Stalinist Moscow and Satan himself all took up permanent residence in my creative unconscious. Their presence, perhaps more than anything else from the realm of literature, has helped shape the work I am most proud of. I'm often asked for a list of favorite authors. Here is my advice. Read Bulgakov. Look around you at the new century. He will show you things you need to see.
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Constant.reader1408
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Pickpick

An old favorite.

readingjedi Love that cover! 1mo
Constant.reader1408 Me too. It's by far the prettiest. 1mo
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MayJasper
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I spent my book token at #FiveLeaves independent bookshop (Nottingham, UK) 😍😍😍

BookwormM Love Master such a clever book 1mo
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Clwojick
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Kaila-ann Love that cover! 😍 3mo
umbrellagirl I need to read this again. 3mo
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mklong
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Subversive and hilarious, I adored this one. Sometimes the best way to express fear and anxiety really is with sharp humor.

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diovival
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batsy Very cool cover! 4mo
gradcat Love Bulgakov! So nice to see a fellow reader of his.... 4mo
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PickingBooks
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“The Master and Margarita” by Mikhail Bulgakov is another reminder that we are all, in the words of George Eliot, “struggling, erring human creatures.” I loved the book and learned a lot about Soviet Russia thanks to the detailed notes sprinkled throughout. Read more: https://pickingbooks.com/blog/two-reasons-youll-love-the-master-and-margarita #bookreview

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MissAlyssHearts
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Mehso-so

I‘m usually not one for super complex story lines so two of the three story lines kind of went over my head. I know what happened but it took me until he very end to understand why these three seemingly random plots were happening in one book. Especially when the third, the only one I really understood completely, didn‘t start until part two! But I‘m a hopeless romantic so that‘s why I understood Margarita‘s story line better than the other two.

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Yulia1
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One of the first (maybe the first) magic realism novels in Russian literature. Forbidden to print for decades, it was first published in Russian language in 90‘s, and immediately became a cult novel. I‘m reading it second time, after 20 years, and it reads differently. I think I feel Master‘s anguish more, and Margarita‘s terrible loneliness. But will see.. Only half way through.

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Reviewsbylola
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I‘m going to be honest—nothing about the synopsis of this book makes me want to read it. I don‘t think I‘d enjoy it in the slightest. But the cover makes me wish I would.

#musicalnewyear #masquerade

JanuarieTimewalker13 I MUST read this book this year! I‘ve had it on my shelves forever. Never read synopsis, but it was given to me and told that it was good. I don‘t have that awesome cover, however. 6mo
Cinfhen I agree!!! Hands down BEST COVER 🙌🏻 6mo
emilyhaldi I have this edition and would like to read it someday... I might need a study guide to help me understand it tho 😆 6mo
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BookwormM It is a brilliant book I loved it you should give it a go 6mo
rubyslippersreads That‘s exactly how I feel about it. 😸 6mo
Emilymdxn I loved the book but agree it‘s not the most accessible book - you have to like dark weird very dense books. There‘s a really really great play adaptation which I saw in London, if you like the aesthetic but don‘t wanna read it I really recommend looking out for a production of the play! 6mo
vivastory I loved this one, but it sat on my TBR for years 6mo
Mdargusch Great cover! 6mo
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TorieStorieS
The Master and Margarita | Mikhail Bulgakov
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Mehso-so

This one has been in my #MtTBR for almost a decade, so I was excited to dust it off for this month‘s #ReadAroundTheWorld in #Russia. But I have to admit that I think my hopes were too high for this... while I loved some parts, and the translation felt smooth, I guess I just expected something else... I think it would be a great read for a discussion group though! @JenP

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WanderingBookaneer
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Went crazy unpacking boxes today. Here‘s a sliver of my TBR.

BookishMarginalia We have good books! 8mo
jmofo Oh! I‘m excited for you to read some of these, they‘re fantastic. I am also looking forward to reading some of the others myself! 8mo
ferskner The Master and Margarita is SO GOOD. 8mo
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Sarah83 S is really great 😍😍😍😍 8mo
Amor4Libros Smothered is really good! 8mo
Velvetfur I loooove The Master and Margarita! Apparently it was made into a play a good few years ago and had a tiny run of just a few days here in London, but I'd only just discovered the book then so didn't know what it was so didn't go. After reading it, I wished I'd have read it much earlier and then gone to see the play, gah! 8mo
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Jee_HookedOnBookz
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Loved the characters and the plot! What a ride! Read this quite some time ago but still thinking of Margarita and Woland's retinue! #themasterandmargarita #mikhailbulgakov

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ferskner
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mcipher What a fabulous cover, too! 💚 9mo
RealLifeReading Love the cover! 9mo
Cinfhen It‘s one of my favorite covers but I‘ve never read the book 9mo
rubyslippersreads @Cinfhen Same with me. 😺 9mo
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Lcsmcat
The Master and Margarita | Mikhail Bulgakov
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Two from my library with #blackcats on the cover and in starring roles. #blackcatchallenge @Clwojick

Clwojick ♥️ 9mo
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ferskner
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Not as much as I was hoping since I kept falling asleep today, but not bad either. Thanks for a fun #24b4Monday, @TheReadingMermaid!

Andrew65 Well done 🙌🙌🙌 10mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Great job for a sleepy weekend! 💤 🎉📚 💤 🎉📚 9mo
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jen_hayes7
The Master and Margarita | Mikhail Bulgakov
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I‘ve got a bonus day off today and my little buddy apparently doesn‘t want me to spend all morning reading! I feel like I‘m crawling with this book, but it‘s so crazy and all over the place, it requires my full attention! #lennox #catsoflitsy

emilyhaldi Pretty kitty 🖤 10mo
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JPeterson
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We had a few hours to spare before dinner and a concert tonight, so I found a used bookstore nearby. The signage they had was pretty awesome. 😱

I‘m impressed I limited myself to only two books.

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Lcsmcat
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Christinak I just bought both of these this week! Good to know! 10mo
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MirrorMask
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AlaMich Thank you!! 😀 10mo
Suelizbeth Thank you! 🎁🎈📚❤️ 10mo
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CoffeeCatsBooks Thank you! 😻 10mo
Traci1 Thanks! 😊 10mo
robinb Thank you so much! 🤗 10mo
Bostonmomx2 Awww thank you. This is a huge one and I‘m not thrilled about it 🙈👵🏻 10mo
Suzze Thanks so much! 10mo
Astroneman Graz mille! Thanks so much! 10mo
readordierachel Thanks! 🤗 10mo
jhod Thank you! X 10mo
Melissa_J Thank you 😊 10mo
jmofo Oh! I loved the Master and the Marg! Excellent pick! 10mo
kezzlou85 Aww thank you. 10mo
kezzlou85 @jhod are you a September baby too? When is it? 10mo
ephemeralwaltz Awwwww Thank you!!!! 💜💜❤️💜❤️💜❤️💜❤️💜 10mo
Lidia Thank you!!! 😄 10mo
jhod @kezzlou85 24th xx 10mo
vicgreentoriafield Thank you! 💚💚 10mo
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Lcsmcat
The Master and Margarita | Mikhail Bulgakov
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I didn‘t finish as many books as usual this month, but I am still reading The Brothers Karamazov, so it‘s not that I didn‘t read. 😀 Tagged Book was probably the best. #augustisatrip #augustwrapup #stats #austeninaugust #auguststats #readingresolutions @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @vkois88 @Crinoline_Laphroaig @Jess7

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I LOVED The Alice Network 💗💗💗💗 11mo
saresmoore I keep getting enraptured by The Brothers and forgetting that I‘m only almost halfway, still! 😅 11mo
Lcsmcat @saresmoore Me too! It‘s not one of those chunksters that you wish were shorter. 11mo
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Lcsmcat @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I did too. It was a highlight of the month. 11mo
vkois88 That cover gets me every time 😂 11mo
emilyhaldi Wow you finished Brothers K?! So impressed!! 11mo
Lcsmcat @emilyhaldi No, not finished. I‘m at about 50%. One of the reasons I only read 8 books this month! 11mo
emilyhaldi Oh I can totally relate!! I just passed the halfway point and am feeling very accomplished 😂 but it has certainly slowed down the rest of my reading (edited) 11mo
Andrew65 Some great books! 👏 10mo
Andrew65 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks So did I and need to read some more books by Kate Quinn. 10mo
Crinoline_Laphroaig I've been thinking I need to pay attention to my page count not so much my book count. 10mo
Lcsmcat @Crinoline_Laphroaig Yes! And difficulty level. I lowered my Goodreads challenge number this year because I wanted to read denser books that I might have been avoiding. 10mo
Crinoline_Laphroaig @Lcsmcat I've passed my Goodreads number twice now. I keep upping it. I've read a lot of short stories. Also several children's books so I could talk about them with great nephew. I've been meaning to read Anna Karenina. Maybe I'll kick off January with it. 10mo
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jen_hayes7
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I‘m just under 100 pages in, but think it‘s safe to say that this might be one of the strangest books I‘ve ever read. I am totally down for the wild ride!! Bowie, however, seems to be very bored. Maybe he‘s jealous it‘s a black cat featured in the story. #LitsyAtoZ #M #readharder2018 #bowie #catsoflitsy #caturday

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Kalalalatja
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I‘m giving this a pick, because it is somewhere between 3 and 4 stars for me, and I did really enjoy its weirdness! But... I could have done without the Pontius Pilate chapters, and I would have loved a bit more focus on Margarita. In spite of this, I still had a lot of fun while reading in, and Bulgakov is one of the more readable Russian writers, once you get into his style 👍

Abailliekaras Good review! This has been on my TBR for soooooo long. 😬📚 11mo
batsy Great, succinct review of a book I've found intimidating... But I hope to get around to it next year 😁 11mo
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Kalalalatja
The Master and Margarita | Mikhail Bulgakov
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I‘m all set for a night home alone, and I‘m hoping to finish this book tonight. My enjoyment level is pretty high since the introduction of Margarita and the change of pace in the story. It is still pretty weird, though 😄👌

#currentlyreading #chunkstersummer

CaroPi I think I said before but is one of my favorite books ever. I am glad you like it! (edited) 11mo
Mommamanzi But can we talk about those snacks?! 😍📚 11mo
Sophoclessweetheart Adorable bookmark x 11mo
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Cathythoughts Enjoy 😉 11mo
Kalalalatja @CaroPi it really is something else! 👌 @Mommamanzi well yes we can! 😄 it is sour “soda bottles” and salty licourice fish 👌 @Sorceryandswords I love these bookmarks from Obvious State 😍 @Cathythoughts I am 😄👏 11mo
MicheleinPhilly Gimme that candy! 11mo
Linear Whats in the pot it looks like gummies and cat treats >_> 11mo
Leniverse OMG torture me with your salty liquorice treats, why don‘t you. 🤤 I want some. 😋 11mo
Sophoclessweetheart They‘re gorgeous! You also made me crave sweets x 11mo
Kalalalatja @MicheleinPhilly @Leniverse @Sorceryandswords I wish I had enough to share but “someone” might have eaten it all already 😳😄 @Linear it is sour gummies and salty licourice fish 👌 11mo
MicheleinPhilly I have about 10 pieces left that I‘m rationing like a deserted island dweller. 11mo
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Kalalalatja
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This is definitely one of the weirder books I have read this year, if not ever, but I‘m pretty sure I like it 😄😄

#currentlyreading #chunkstersummer

Bookgirl I‘ve been reading this book for years haha 11mo
ephemeralwaltz Oooh I've been meaning to get to this one! 11mo
emilyhaldi Yay!! 🙏🏻 sometimes weird is good 11mo
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Kalalalatja @Bookgirl lol! What‘s stopping you? 😊 @ephemeralwaltz I think you‘ll like this one! 👍 @emilyhaldi I‘m a fan of weird, but it always takes a while for me to get into the weirdness 😄 11mo
Bookgirl @Kalalalatja I was trying to read it on the serial reader app. Started and stopped multiple times. Finally gave up and recently bought the book. Now I just need to get to it - I have three stacks in my nightstand!! 11mo
minkyb I remember loving this but it‘s been 40 years since I read it 😂 11mo
Kalalalatja @Bookgirl I know that feeling! 😅 hope you‘ll like it when you get to it 🤞 11mo
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Kalalalatja
The Master and Margarita | Mikhail Bulgakov
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I have been eyeing this on my shelf for a couple of days now, and I‘m finally going in! 👏

#currentlyreading

AlobelThee I really love the cover 😸 gotta have this one on my quest to buy The Master and Margarita! 11mo
emilyhaldi I keep thinking about reading this but it's definitely not happening while I'm doing #myvodkabromance 😜 11mo
CaroPi One of the few books that I can read over and over. Be sure it has good notes. A good translation is basic 11mo
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Lcsmcat Enjoy the ride! I loved it. 11mo
UrsulaMonarch Good luck! It took me a lot of effort to read it... but I got through it! 😂 11mo
Jee_HookedOnBookz Loved it! 9mo
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Lcsmcat
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I loved this wild ride of a novel. My advice, save analysis for after you finish, don‘t worry about allegory or symbolism, just read it. All will become clear; if not, then you can Google for answers. But enjoy the crazy story for itself. (And you‘ll have to finish it to understand the photo. 😉 )

vivastory Behemoth forever! 😼😈🔫 11mo
Jee_HookedOnBookz @vivastory I loved Behemoth!! 😍 9mo
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Lcsmcat
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“in order to convince yourself that Dostoyevsky is a writer, must you ask to see his identification card? Why, take any five pages from any of his novels and you will see without any cards that you are dealing with a writer.” (gratuitous picture of Balthazar, who is no Behemoth!) #myvodkabromance #whenworldscollide #dostoyevsky #littenkitten

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Lcsmcat
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1. The Sound of Music? It‘s been a while since I was 10!
2.Fries;
3. Broadway and classical;
4. Also The Brothers Karamazov, Maisie Dobbs, and Richard II;
5. Already done. 😀
#friyayintro @jesshowbooks

BarbaraTheBibliophage I said the same thing—had to Google to see what was playing that year! 11mo
JulAnna One of my all time favorite movies! 11mo
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MirrorMask
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Nonsense. Brilliant nonsense!

I loved listening to this book. I know this isn't much of a review, but everyone should read it.

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Lcsmcat
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“And if the sturgeon is of the second freshness, that means it is rancid.” #fresh #quotsyaug18 @TK-421

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Lcsmcat
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“Love caught us suddenly, leaped at us like a murderer appearing from out of nowhere in an alley, and struck us both down at once.”
I‘m enjoying the crazy ride that is this novel!

vivastory I love this one so much 11mo
kathleenaflynn It‘s such an amazing, genius book! 11mo
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Kalalalatja
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I quite like books set in #Russia especially classics. I have read the bottom two and enjoyed them, and plan on reading the tagge book soon-ish 🤞

#AugustisaTrip

vkois88 That's a beautiful edition of Anna Karenina 😍 11mo
Caroline2 Ohhhhhhh I love that edition of Anna Karenina!!! 😯 💖 11mo
JenniferP Love all three! Master and Margarita is quite different from the others - an edition with footnotes helped me as there is a lot behind the symbolism in the book. 11mo
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BarbaraBB I loved the bottom two too and, just like you, still need to read the Bulgakov! (edited) 11mo
erzascarletbookgasm Gorgeous editions, especially the Anna Karenina 😍 11mo
saresmoore Lovely! Want to join us in reading The Brothers Karamazov this month for an informal read along? Since you haven‘t been reading enough #chunksters lately... 😬 (edited) 11mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I‘m going to have to read Anna Karenina! I keep seeing it!! 11mo
Kalalalatja @vkois88 @Caroline2 @erzascarletbookgasm it is gorgeous and so shiny 😍😍 @JenniferP good to know! I‘ll give this edition a try and see if it works for me 🤞 @BarbaraBB haha book twins 👯‍♀️ @saresmoore I‘ll see if I can get it from my library and maybe join you 😄 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks it is so good 👍👍 11mo
quanners Anna Karenina was not my fave Russian novel because Tolstoy was clearly hypocritical and slightly misogynistic towards her. War and peace I really enjoyed and will read again once a decade has passed-it‘s a door stopper. Brothers Karamazov is my fave Dostoyevsky. I recommend all his books with breaks between. Read something funny and light. (edited) 11mo
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Lcsmcat
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“He was personally on Pontius Pilate‘s balcony—that is beyond all doubt. And how can such things be allowed?”
I‘m feeling a stylistic similarity to The Satanic Verses with this book. Has anyone else felt that way?

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Lcsmcat
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Balthazar ponders my next book choice. #catsoflitsy #littenkitten #1001essentialnovels

saresmoore I love it! 12mo
batsy Fab photo 😻 12mo
4thhouseontheleft 😻😻😻 12mo
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Storheil
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Eerily brilliant. Literature at its best.

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sparingqueen
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It‘s 11:23am here in St. John‘s, Newfoundland and the temperature is already 26C. A beautiful day to read outside on the deck! ☀️🌵
#24in48

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teainthelibrary
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Annual pilgrimage to London Review Bookshop for books and tea with my literary love, @ladyclassics 💕

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Smrloomis
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Thanks @LadyChristy for posting this quiz. Perhaps I need to re-read this now. I remember loving it long ago. https://bookriot.com/?p=162528

Prairiegirl_reading I got cat in the hat! 🤪 12mo
LadyChristy @Smrloomis That‘s delightful! 😄Who doesn‘t love vodka & sarcasm! 😉 (edited) 12mo
Smrloomis @LadyChristy 😂 I like sarcasm but I could pass on the vodka. Maybe I can develop a love of chess? 🤔 12mo
LadyChristy @Smrloomis Hahaha...it‘s good to have options! 🤣 12mo
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LauraJ
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Can‘t say anyone would be surprised by this 😈
Which literary cat are you? https://bookriot.com/2018/07/03/literary-cat-quiz/
#catsoflitsy

2BR02B I got Crookshanks! Fun quiz. 😊 12mo
vivastory Crookshanks here! 12mo
Dragon 😻 12mo
CareBear I got buttercup from Hunger Games! Thanks for sharing. 12mo
ValerieAndBooks I got Behemoth too! Definitely love vodka 🍸and this book is in my TBR. 12mo
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Literary_Siren
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Oh this totally fits me! 😂🖤 I got the link from @julesG https://bookriot.com/2018/07/03/literary-cat-quiz/

julesG 👍 12mo
Susanita Me too but it wouldn‘t let me share. 12mo
Literary_Siren @Susanita oh boo! 😕 12mo
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DGRachel That‘s an awesome result! I love it! 12mo
Dragon 😻 12mo
Moray_Reads Who doesn't love Behemoth? 🐱😈 12mo
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Vegamon
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I haven't been posting a lot this summer because I've been busy reading and working! I will probably start posting more often once the school year starts up again. But here is what I have read this summer so far and my current read. Hopefully will review each of these this upcoming school year once I think about them more

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Jerdencon
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Congrats on your milestone!
This is definitely a pretty cover and weird book!
(Disclaimer - I don't actually "own" this book.... I only have it as part of a postal book club! ?)
Congrats @ErinSueG and thanks for the giveaway!

#2kgiveaway

ErinSueGreads That‘s a fantastically unique cover and name! I like the symmetry created by the cats eye and the medal. Thanks for entering! 13mo
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meli.hooker
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Insightsintobooks
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Normally 11.99, on sale for 1.99 today. :) I haven't read it, but it is on the #RoryGilmoreReadingchallenge so I thought I'd get it.

#kindledeal #kindledeals

LazyDays I was thinking of this one also I went with 13mo
Insightsintobooks @LazyDays that one sounds good. I've never read a novel that takes place in Iceland. I think I might go get it as well... 13mo
LazyDays I just got both!😄 They both look interesting. I love humor type books so I couldn't pass up that price! I hope you enjoy them!👐💜 13mo
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kathedron
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Panpan

Hmmm... In this bizarre and grimly comic tale, anyone who catches Woland's and his gang's eye tends to end up an assortment of defunct, decapitated, undressed, unhoused and upset. I was curious during the first half but when the master and Margarita themselves finally put in an appearance halfway through, I couldn't fathom why I should give a damn about them. I just wanted the nonsense to stop. (I liked the evil cat, though!)
#unpopularopinion

saresmoore Haha! Who doesn‘t love an evil cat character? I absolutely loved this book, but I can also absolutely understand why you didn‘t! 13mo
Moray_Reads Oh no, my favourite! A piece of me is heartbroken that you hated it but it definitely isn't for everybody 💔 13mo
bedandabook I felt the same about it, despite willing myself to love it! Hope you fare better with your next read. 13mo
Billypar I love this review, in spite of the fact that I'm a M&M fan. 🙌 13mo
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kathedron
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The master doesn't put in an appearance until halfway through the book and then speaks like a total arse to Ivan. ?

(Although I must admit, Ivan's declaring his poetry "stupendous" does indeed throw a sizeable obstacle in the path of my instincts towards poet-solidarity.)

Eugeniavb Fantastic book! 13mo
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Chelapf
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Looking back to this old friend before my trip!

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kathedron
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Oh dear, poor Ivan Nikolayich! He's not very good at "guessing what normal is", is he? To be fair, I don't think he's had a lot of practice up to this point.

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vivastory
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Behemoth is the #pet from hell. (Literally)
#Litsyclassics
#Maylovesclassics
@Sarah83 @Bambolina_81

saresmoore Gah! Great choice! 1y
Moray_Reads 👏👏👏 it must be almost time for my annual re-read 🐱🔫👿💵🌙 14mo
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