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Howards End is on the Landing
Howards End is on the Landing: A Year of Reading from Home | Susan Hill
Early one autumn afternoon in pursuit of an elusive book on her shelves, Susan Hill encountered dozens of others that she had never read, or forgotten she owned, or wanted to read for a second time. The discovery inspired her to embark on a year-long voyage through her books, forsaking new purchases in order to get to know her own collection again. A book which is left on a shelf for a decade is a dead thing, but it is also a chrysalis, packed with the potential to burst into new life. Wandering through her house that day, Hill's eyes were opened to how much of that life was stored in her home, neglected for years. Howard's End is on the Landing charts the journey of one of the nation's most accomplished authors as she revisits the conversations, libraries and bookshelves of the past that have informed a lifetime of reading and writing.
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Avidreader25
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The author vows to read books from her own shelves. In doing so she spends a year exploring the volumes she's accumulated over the years. I loved her thoughts of the value of slow reading. She talks about how you can read fast and get the plot of a story, but you'll never appreciate writing & give the story time to make an impact on your life.

“Until it is read a book is a dead thing, it must be resurrected every time it finds a new reader.”

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Pam.Kokomo
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I love books about books, and this one has been my bedtime read. Short essays that just add to my TBR, like I need that, but the rest of you readers understand, I‘m guessing.

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Magslhalliday
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A huge declutter has given me a chance to reorganise my TBR bookcase. Top row: smaller fiction paperbacks in rainbow format plus some kids books. Middle row: larger format paperback fiction plus all black or white spine fiction. Bottom row: non-canonical Holmes, non-fiction by subject. More books to go back in but it‘s a start. #Shelfie

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But if the books I have read have helped to form me, then probably nobody else who ever lived has read exactly the same books, all the same books and exactly the same books as me. So just as my genes and the soul within me make me uniquely me, so I am the unique sum of the books I have read. I am my literary DNA.

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MaGoose
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I enjoyed this. I agree with those who have issues with the books that she read being by white people (both women and men), the sole exception being V. S. Naipaul. I had the same problem when I was in college getting my English degree 16 years ago. I give her a bit of a pass since it's a memoir (and not a discourse on what to read to be well-educated) and was written before the current diversity in reading movement began. 👇

MaGoose The author did name drop but I didn't find it irritating. 11mo
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MaGoose
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1. New Jersey, USA
2. Pam Anders - scroll down my feed to see a review of The Dagger and at www.janecairns.com
3. 45 physical books and 5,500+ ebooks
4. Main branch of the Ocean County Library and also at the desk in my bedroom
5. The Dagger by Pam Anders

#littenintro @tessavi

tessavi That's a lot of ebooks! 11mo
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BookishMe
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Apparently I had forgotten to review this 😆😆
Well just in time for #memoirMonday

I enjoyed discovering numerous esteemed writers from her year of homely reading. Another reminder that what I read will always be a tip of the iceberg - just like how her choices reflect only a fraction of writers ;))

And anyone who chooses Two Wodehouse titles for her Final 40 (that list above is part of the final selection) gets my 👍🏽👍🏽
#ReadingResolutions

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GatheringBooks
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I‘ve written a longer review at our website today about why this particular reading memoir rankled at me so much. Apart from feeling largely invisible as I was reading Hill‘s book, I also felt that the rest of the world just didn‘t exist for her. Regardless, I like this particular quote. Here is the link to my sorta-diatribe about reading memoirs that mostly consist of just White Readings. https://gatheringbooks.org/2018/05/03/a-reading-memoir/

Lcsmcat It wasn‘t the white-male-authors thing that bothered me about this book, but I was hugely disappointed with it also. I like your description of feeling invisible to the author! She did seem to be navel-gazing rather than engaging with the reader. 2y
ValerieAndBooks Great review. Doesn‘t look like it‘s for me either. Now unstacking this one! 2y
batsy Thanks for your insightful review. I was looking forward to this, but the author's unwillingness to engage with anything different sounds off-putting. 2y
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Abailliekaras Love a good diatribe! 😉 2y
GatheringBooks @Lcsmcat was it the name-dropping that bothered you? pray tell! :) 2y
GatheringBooks @ValerieAndBooks it really started off quite promising. the language is beautiful. but.. so unbelievably insular. 2y
GatheringBooks @batsy i was also disturbed by how she viewed children‘s books, and the unexamined privilege which basically drives her sentiments. but i suppose that is the insidious nature of privilege, one may not necessarily be aware one has it or exercises it. although i see that as naive, too. 2y
GatheringBooks @Abailliekaras i tried as much as i can to transform that feeling of being incensed to something positive, hence my project of writing a reading memoir that hopefully would demonstrated concerted attempts to know the world more. 2y
Lcsmcat @GatheringBooks The name dropping was annoying, but what really bothered me was that she was so disengaged. I didn‘t get to know who she was, and I didn‘t get a feel for the books she read. I could have read her library‘s card catalog and gotten as much out of it. 2y
GatheringBooks @Lcsmcat agreed about that sense of disengagement. i don‘t think she was making an attempt at all to connect with her reader. It was, as you said, navel-gazing taken to the extreme. it was a memoir that documented her conversation with herself with a self-satisfied smile on how pretty her bookshelves are. 2y
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Shonab
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Mehso-so

Updating books I've read this year. This was okay. Not exactly what I was expecting. #No1.

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GatheringBooks
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Panpan

I had high hopes for this one, & it started out fairly promising. I am also on a self-imposed book buying ban, so I thought this might prove to be inspiring. Then she gets to the part about not being an armchair traveler, having trouble with Aussie novels, and with a reading list that is Starkly White (with the exception of VS Naipaul, who is technically a Trinidadian but still British), I was turned off totally. ⬇️

Emilymdxn That‘s such a pity id thought this looked really good 😞 2y
GatheringBooks I find I have limited patience for those who claim to be wide readers, but only confine themselves to reading predominantly White authors. No mention whatsoever of any writer coming from and living in Southeast Asia. At all. It‘s like the rest of the world does not exist. (edited) 2y
GatheringBooks @Emilymdxn i thought so too. :( 2y
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BookishMe Haha... I was too fascinated by the numerous authors, new to me, to notice the lack of diversity. I thought there was plenty of name-dropping ;)) 2y
EricaReads That‘s a shame. I thought it looked good too. I try to read diversely, but I don‘t know many SE Asian writers... any recommendations? 2y
GatheringBooks @BookishMe that was the first flag for me - the fact that practically all the names she mentioned are white, then eventually the name dropping became quite tiresome too. sigh. it has inspired me to write my own. :) 2y
GatheringBooks @EricaReads anything by Thi Bui/ Bao Phi/ Viet Thanh Nguyen are great - although technically they are now based in the US, but their narratives have a strong sense of place for their country of birth (Vietnam) 2y
GatheringBooks for filipino authors, there‘s nick joaquin, ninotchka rosca (exiled in the US during martial law), miguel syjuco‘s ilustrado (man asian literary prize winner), candy gourlay who is now based in the UK but has written the multi-award winning Tall Story @EricaReads (edited) 2y
BookishMe You SHOULD!! your walls of books (one of your pics posted is etched in my memory ;)) were in my mind as I read this ;D 2y
GatheringBooks could add this fh batacan to the list as well which has just been made into a film, then there‘s an even newer one that‘s been making waves recently - america is not the heart by elaine castillo - the last one is an immigrant story @EricaReads (edited) 2y
GatheringBooks @EricaReads for singapore, there would be the famous kevin kwan series, but there‘s also erotic stories for punjabi widows by balli kaur jaswal, and troy chin‘s 9-series graphic novels about singapore and the art of charlie chan hock chye by sonny liew which won MULTIPLE awards and a MUST-Read. That one is genius. 2y
EricaReads Excellent! Lots to add to the TBR 😊 2y
GatheringBooks @EricaReads @EricaReads for singapore, there would be the famous kevin kwan series (crazy rich asians), but there‘s also erotic stories for punjabi widows by balli kaur jaswal, and troy chin‘s 9-series graphic novels about singapore and the art of charlie chan hock chye by sonny liew which won MULTIPLE awards and a MUST-Read. That one is genius. 2y
EricaReads Thanks! I live in Hainan, which feels a bit more like SE Asia than China sometimes, but I definitely don‘t read enough Asian literature. No English bookstores here so no exposure to local authors. 2y
EricaReads I just finished Crazy Rich Asians and loved it, although all of the negativity towards Mainland Chinese was kind of a bummer. 2y
GatheringBooks @EricaReads i think the books of authors who are expatriates/immigrants - and there are so many of them - deserve to be more widely read, too. sometimes the problem with other SEA countries is access to their books that may not be widely distributed to other countries. 2y
kathedron Thanks! This one's been on my Overdrive wishlist for a while; I don't think I'll be making it a priority anytime soon. 2y
Lcsmcat I agree totally. I waited a long time for this book and then it was a total disappointment. 2y
Clare-Dragonfly That would frustrate me too! 2y
GatheringBooks @Susanbones stacked!! thanks for this. :) 2y
Susanbones @GatheringBooks No worries!! It‘s a super good read!! 2y
EricaReads I looked for the books you recommended on amazon China, and almost all of them will take months to arrive. Really wish it was easier to get books by Asian authors here. 2y
GatheringBooks @EricaReads have you tried BookDepository? http://bit.ly/BookDepGB 2y
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GatheringBooks
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#HumpDayPost
🧚🏼‍♀️ My first dinner at Santa Catarina in Brazil, courtesy of my generous hosts.
🧚🏼‍♀️ Extremely White Reading Memoir
🧚🏼‍♀️ in my late 20s, I think
🧚🏼‍♀️ Gosh. Superfriends, maybe? 😂😱 Or Scooby-doo
🧚🏼‍♀️ Pisces!

TK421 That looks amazing! 2y
GatheringBooks @TK421 i guarantee that it tastes as good as it looks. :) 2y
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GatheringBooks
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Reading while listening to a live jazz band at the Singapore Jazz Festival. I doubt I will get much reading done once Incognito, Brand New Heavies, and House of Gypsies come out though. Read Everywhere.

BookishMe I didn't realise the physical book was available!! Only managed to find the ebook... So going to reserve this! Ohh... Reading this book, I couldn't help thinking it's a memoir you'd write yourself ;D 2y
RaimeyGallant Sounds delightful. 2y
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umbrellagirl
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Help! This book... about not buying books... it‘s making me want to buy *all* the books!

Kaye I need to steer clear of that one. I have GOT to stop spending money on books. Seriously. I just finished a brand new library book that costs 26.99. I didn‘t spend a dime, but read a terrific book. And I still have my 26.99. I‘ve gotta lean more on my library and less on my wallet. No offense if others buy new books every single day. I like seeing everyone‘s purchases and good ideas of what to read, I just have to stop spending. Guilt-free reading 2y
Booksnchill If it helps, her books are probably all at a library- no new releases here! I had the same issue so I took a pic of her ultimate list and keep it on my phone for when I go to the library😎📚📚📚 2y
Smangela @Kaye I am a library attic and now I tend to only buy my books at their book sales ($3 for a bag of books.... I mean... AND it supports the library!) 2y
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Bostonmomx2 @Kaye I hear ya!! I can‘t remember exactly what book it was but I remember buying a $28 hardback, read it in like 3 hours because it was less than 300 pages and it was NOT good and I said that‘s it, I‘m done. I can‘t justify this. ASI don‘t keep books, I heavily use the library and mostly now the e-Library. The $$ I‘ve saved!!! 2y
Kaye Great dea @Smangela 📚 2y
Kaye @Bostonmomx2 I think I‘ve let myself go way overboard lately with buying books .. I literally hate getting big credit card bills with book charges on them. I really need to utilize my libraries more often. I‘m so lucky to have many nice ones within 20 minutes or less from home. I rarely , if ever, reread books. I never keep books after I‘ve read them, so it‘s tossing money down the drain. I‘m going to try much harder in this area. 2y
umbrellagirl I stopped buying books a few years ago, just for that reason @Bostonmomx2 and I‘m not one to reread either, although this book has reminded me of a few I‘d like to go back to. I‘m a heavy user of my library in town and now the librarians know me by name 🙂 2y
umbrellagirl @Booksnchill Me too! I‘ve said I‘ll read them from the library and only buy afterwards if I still feel the need. This will stop me from impulse buying. 2y
Suet624 I generally find my books at one of the 5 libraries I visit. At the end of the year I give them a dollar for each book I borrowed from them. I appreciate libraries so much. @Kaye @umbrellagirl (edited) 2y
Kaye Great idea @Suet624 I‘ve never thought if doing that. I need to keep better track of what all I check out from now on. 2y
Suet624 @Kaye it made me feel really good to hand them the cash. 😂 2y
Kaye Much better than handing it to the bookstores ( plus several hundred more bucks ) @Suet624 (edited) 2y
umbrellagirl @Suet624 I love this idea! I did bring my librarians a box of chocolates on Valentine‘s Day but that doesn‘t really help the library. 2y
umbrellagirl I guess I owe them about $40 so far 🤣 2y
Suet624 @umbrellagirl I bet they‘d even be happy with $20. It‘s the thought that counts. ❤️ 2y
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BookishMe
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Dunno if I should laugh or take offense! 🤣😅😆🤣

The poet discussed is Charles Causley.

Discovering so much about the literary world from this gem of a book! #nowreading #overdrive #eBook

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BookishMe
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Indeed... It was #EnidBlyton who made me grow out of illiteracy.

"Enid Blyton taught me what books could do, where the imagination could take me..."
#nowreading #amreading #eBook #overdrive

TrishB Me too 👍🏻 2y
BookishMe @TrishB I think it's marvelous she's a common denominator for young readers almost all over the world 💖💖 2y
TrishB The Magic Faraway Tree blew my mind at age 6! I loved it. 2y
Deidre-Dee-OfficialBookworm Enid Blyton was my fav childhood author💁🏻‍♀️📚 2y
umbrellagirl Famous Five 💙 2y
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PaulaCappaAuthor
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A book about reading! If you want to discover authors, book titles, insights into novels and reading, Susan Hill has an exciting read for you. Reading Fiction Blog paulacappaDOTwordpressDOTcom

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Susannah
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These books about reading are so dangerous. While Susan Hill spends a year trying only to read books she already owns, I'm making a list of books I need to buy! So far, I'm blazing through this book, which is very fun, though Hill can be quite sharp in her criticism.

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Booksnchill
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Susan Hill has spent her life with books. This one is an exercise in reading from her own stacks for a year and writing essays on memories of the books and authors/editors/personalities she has encountered along the way. Fascinating- especially for someone who is interested in the modern classics. This pic shows the “final 40” she would limit her library to if she had to pick just 40- would any of these be on your list?

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RealBooks4ever It's true! 🙋🏻 2y
manifestsanity Cue screenshot. 2y
merelybookish So much of my lived experience is in books! 2y
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vivastory
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Lcsmcat An appropriate sentiment, considering I love the title of this book, but found the book itself disappointing. 😉 2y
vivastory @Lcsmcat I'm really enjoying it so far. What didn't you like about it? 2y
Lcsmcat @vivastory I didn‘t dislike it, but it was a so-so rather than a pick. I wanted more about the books and less name dropping, if memory serves. It‘s been a few years. 2y
vivastory @Lcsmcat There are a lot of anecdotes about other writers. I find them amusing, but I can see your point 2y
Liz_M There are so many books I want to read because I am intrigued by the title. Can't remember a single one of the top of my head though. 2y
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tracyrowanreads
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https://tracyrowanwrites.wordpress.com/2017/07/21/the-heart-of-a-book/

Not exactly a review but as close as I'm likely to come.

JoeStalksBeck Lmao! I mean , sorry you broke your glasses😉 3y
tracyrowanreads @JoeStalksBeck Fortunately they're made to come apart there. Often with hilarious results. 3y
JoeStalksBeck 👏👏👏👏👏👏 3y
RealBooks4ever 😆💜 3y
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This is a quote within a quote, originally from the diaries of Roy Strong, the director of the National Portrait Gallery. Susan Hill quotes him on a London Society Hostess named Pamela Hartwell.

The pertinent bit is between the two gold lines, the comment about Hartwell's intellect never having been trained. This struck home not only about myself, but about a great many people I know. We are not stupid, but we misapply our intellect too often.

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tracyrowanreads
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The final package from my Thrift Books order arrived today, holding only this book. I wasn't going to open it but I'm weak, and I did, and I'm hooked. All else has been abandoned. I shall read until my eyes won't stay open anymore.

rubyslippersreads Gorgeous! 😍📚 3y
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Felso
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Mehso-so

Not exactly what I thought it was going to be, but a decent read anyway. I definitely need a few years of reading from home.

BarbaraJean Pretty picture! 3y
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Felso
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Love this!

JenFowler ❤ this too! 3y
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Felso
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Picked up a library hold. Not sure why they had Demelza on hold for me, I own it and I've read it. I was too nice to say anything. #libraryhaul

ValerieAndBooks But you saved money by not buying a second copy of Demelza 😉😂! 3y
litmuggle I love that they show you that. 3y
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MaureenMc
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Pickpick

Charming series of essays on books, reading and the reading life. The style and tone are informal and almost chatty. If you like books about books, add this one to your TBR.

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MrBook
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#TBRtemptation post 6! From 1 of Britain's most acclaimed authors comes a literary journey of re-acquaintance...with her home library. While looking for a particular book 1 day, she came across a bunch of others she hadn't read, forgot she even had, & wanted to re-read. So, for a year (seems to be a handy timeframe), she didn't buy any new books (*gasp* 😱!), developing a strong friendship with the ones she already had. #blameLitsy #blameMrBook 😎

RealBooks4ever No new books?! 😱😬 3y
Camsmom2010 Talk about restraint! 3y
Lcsmcat @MrBook Did you enjoy this one? I waited so long to get it that maybe I built it up too much. But I was disappointed in that it wasn't as much about the books so much as "what the books meant to me." 3y
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scripturient This is a great book!! 3y
Birdsong28 Not long read this book. Its really good and inspired me to actually read the books I've got at home! 3y
LitsyGoesPostal 😊👍🏻 3y
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MaureenMc
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I loved this passage.

LeahBergen Me, too. 3y
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MaureenMc
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Sunday morning reading 📚☕️

LeahBergen I just finished it yesterday. 👍🏼 3y
MaureenMc @LeahBergen I'm on track to finish it tonight. 😊 3y
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MaureenMc
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This made me giggle. 😁

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LeahBergen
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For @MicheleinPhilly - I just read this bit last night and was reminded of it after reading your post about the grossness of some library books! I didn't know they used to fumigate library books!? 😮 #BooksAboutBooks

Hooked_on_books When my dad was in kindergarten or first grade, he had polio and they burned his school desk and all his supplies. As an adult he was still resentful about the burning of his pencil box. I guess this is the same idea. 3y
MicheleinPhilly Oh gross. 😩 3y
Donna_sBookMinute This is exactly why I don't eat while reading a library book. And I will pass up a used book that shows water damage. Don't know what the liquid was. 3y
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Donna_sBookMinute 👉🏽 @Hooked_on_books -- That's too bad about your dad having to go through that. But, growing up, I thought everyone who was vaccinated was immune to it. There were a few children at our elementary school who had polio. As far as I knew, they weren't made to feel ashamed. In fact, teachers and students made sure they were included in everything. Burning a desk? No. I never saw or heard of anything like that. 3y
Bookartbookmarks Oh, god, no! 3y
GypsyKat 😳 3y
Hooked_on_books @Donna_sBookMinute He was born in 1946 and the vaccine wasn't around until 1955. This was in New Jersey. Seems to be a fear-based reaction to me (the burning) and I'm not sure how widespread the practice was. It clearly affected him strongly. 3y
LeahBergen @Hooked_on_books Isn't it amazing how much health care has changed? My father-in-law had polio, too, and my Dad's whole family was quarantined in their home with diphtheria (like with QUARANTINE signs slapped on the door 😳). @Donna_sBookMinute 3y
SaraFair Silverfish love paper and used to get in books. But books are circulated and thinned out so much now, I bet its not much of an issue. 3y
Hobbinol It brings to mind the last paragraph of Camus' Plague: "...that the plague bacillus never dies or disappears for good; that it can lie dormant for years and years in furniture and linen chests; that it bides its time in bedrooms, cellars, trunks, and bookshelves..."? 3y
Hobbinol The above spoiler concerns Camus' The Plague. 3y
LeahBergen @Hobbinol Eeee! 😬 3y
DeborahSmall My mum was in a sanitarium for Tuberculosis as a child, she's only 58 now so not that long ago. I had a form of it too as a child and was isolated in hospital and given vaccinations, usually given at age 15. So I have 2 injection scars (dimples) 3y
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LeahBergen
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I love how this "book about books" starts (see my post below). ❤ #MountTBR #BooksAboutBooks

Suet624 That's lovely. 3y
EvieBee That's a good one! Loved it. 3y
Smangela I want to commit to something like this so badly! Maybe I'll start it on my Birthday (like Nina Sankovitch's Tolstoy and the Purple Chair ) (edited) 3y
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Bradleygirl This is intense, basically my internal prodding for this year. 3y
MaureenMc I have this one sitting on the table next to me and was planning on starting it tonight. Great minds...😁 3y
Hobbinol How scrummy! 3y
Donna_sBookMinute Love this! I can definitely relate. 3y
LeahBergen @Suet624 Doesn't it make you want to read your own shelves?! 3y
LeahBergen @EvieBee84 The small chapters are kind of addictive! 3y
LeahBergen @Smangela It's why I specifically gave myself a #MountTBR challenge of 60 books from my own shelves this year (but I'll totally buy more than that 😂). 3y
LeahBergen @MaureenMc Have you started it? 3y
LeahBergen @Hobbinol It is! 💗 3y
MaureenMc @LeahBergen Yes! Finding it enchanting so far. 3y
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LeahBergen
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Susan Hill, publisher and author of The Woman in Black, wrote this lovely memoir/book about books after deciding that she needed to spend a year rediscovering her own shelves. Each short chapter focuses on a few different books and how they've influenced her life. It's a bit like our #MountTBR challenge and I'm loving it. #BooksAboutBooks

Amandajoy Here I am thinking "maybe if I read this it will motivate me to read down my own TBR." A little counter productive? 3y
LeahBergen @Amandajoy 😂😂 Right?! And the bad thing is that she already has me adding to my TBR from the bit I've read. 3y
ValerieAndBooks Looks really good. So she actually did not acquire any more books during her quest? 3y
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LeahBergen @ValerieAndBooks She allowed herself to sign out scholarly works from the library if she needed them and she also took review copies if she had to, as well. I'm not finished so I don't know if she succeeded. 😀 3y
Soubhiville Sounds like an interesting read! 3y
LauraBrook I so loved this one! Hope you do too! 💖 3y
Claireluana What a cool idea! 3y
Redwritinghood I have that book buried somewhere in one of my TBR piles! 3y
LazyOwl Can someone explain to me what the mount tbr challenge is? 3y
Bookartbookmarks Love the picture of books on a book 3y
Amandajoy I didn't even think about adding books that she discusses! I think this book would just cause a serious problem with my TBR. 🤓 3y
SaraFair Have had this on my tbr because of the title! Now at least I definitely know I will like it- thanks for the review. 3y
Hobbinol Sounds so stackable I couldn't help myself. 3y
LeahBergen @LauraBrook I'm loving it so far! ❤ 3y
LeahBergen @Claireluana Isn't it?! 3y
LeahBergen @Redwritinghood Dig it out! It has great little short chapters to read when you're busy. 😀 3y
LeahBergen @LazyOwl It is a group challenge on Goodreads where you decide how many books from your own shelves you will read this year. It's basically just to chip away at your own TBR piles. Any books that you bought up to Dec. 31st, 2016 qualify. I'm aiming for 60 books. I'll repost the list if you are interested? 3y
LeahBergen @Babiesandbooks Isn't it a lovely cover? 3y
LeahBergen @Amandajoy I know! It's kind of evil. 😬 (edited) 3y
LeahBergen @SaraFair I hope you like it! 😀 3y
LeahBergen @Hobbinol It's a fun one. 😘 3y
LazyOwl Yes I have lots of books I own but haven't read, so this would be a great challenge to do 3y
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Birdsong28
Pickpick

Very good. Enjoyed reading about how to chose just 40 books from a lifetime of collecting books. It allowed me to discover new books and gain a new perspective on books I already own.

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amycollard
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Pickpick

A cozy read that satisfies my love for "Books about books". Nothing life changing, but lovely to read now and then as the author invites you into her home full of books. She browses each bookshelf, stack and pile and each one brings back memories, thoughts or stories that she shares. I didn't recognize all the names she mentioned, but that's ok. It's nice to spend time with someone who really appreciates books.

MrBook Nice review and beautiful cover! 3y
amycollard @MrBook Thank you, I love the cover too! 3y
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Liatrek
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#bookcount interesting word even though every book I acquire I hope to read some day.

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Liatrek
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Before my glorious 40 Half Price book sale haul could be tucked into there new home. I decided to count and scan all the books I owned into my goodread app. My personal book count not including nook books came to 440 📚. I'm curious fellow Littens how many books fill your personal libraries 😊 #bookcount

BookishFeminist I would love to know but I'm way too lazy to count 😂 3y
Texreader When my husband and I married 28 years ago we each had about 500 books that we lovingly combined noting we had many in common-a sure sign we were marrying the right person. About five years ago we built a library. So you can only imagine how many we've accumulated in those 28 years. True love! ❤️❤️❤️ 3y
Liatrek Lol @ BookishFeminist I have been meaning to take time to do it and finally forced myself. Totally worth it :-) now I can avoid duplicate book buying as I did find a few books I had more than one copy 😊 3y
Liatrek @Texreader Awesome! One day I hope to build my own home library. 3y
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Cookierooks
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It's like if you had a 2 person book club with your English professor, who happens to have a home packed to the rafters with books and knew everyone in the scene for the last 50 years. she might have convinced me to give Hardy another go.

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Cookierooks
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Current read,

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rubyslippersreads
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The story of my life, and my never-ending TBR stack. 😍📚😍 #bookstacks #augustofpages #bookphotochallenge

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scripturient
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I took the day off from work as we have the electrician coming over today to check the fuses. So, while he is doing his job, I will catch up on all the reading I didn't - for various reasons - get done during the Readathon.

shawnmooney This one's on my list, so I look forward to seeing what you think of it! 4y
thegirlwiththelibrarybag Solid plan 👍 4y
Texreader @scripturient Nice artwork! 4y
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JanuarieTimewalker13 Wow! Love that pic! 3y
Redwritinghood I have this one in my TBR pile for a while now. I'm looking forward to your review of it. 3y
Moonpa I love memoirs about books! I read this one then went looking for her mystery series Simon Serrailler - excellent reads! 3y
MrBook Yes, great pic! 3y
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Leelee.reads
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This might be the most British book I've ever started reading in my entire life. It's like doing homework - I'm stopping to look up people, places and events regularly so I can understand the conclusions she draws and the context behind her musings. Her writing does make me feel cozy though!

SusanInTiburon I kept a pencil handy so I could add titles to my TBR list! 4y
BookBabe Oooh, now I'm intrigued! Her Fearful Symmetry was like this for me too. 4y
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amycollard
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Enjoying my beach vacation with this group of books - of course the most important part of packing for the beach!

MrBook Nice stack! 3y
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SusanInTiburon
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This is for you, @shawnmooney.

SusanInTiburon Except it relates to Handful of Dust. Oops 4y
shawnmooney Wow, thanks so much! The fact that HOD is the ref for that meaning makes it all the more fascinating!!! 4y
Imagineannie Oooooooh sold. 4y
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SusanInTiburon
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Be not deceived by the subtitle: this is no look-at-me-I-did-something-wacky-and-wrote-a-book-about-it book. It's the pitch-perfect reading memoir of a prolific author and publisher. Enchantment after enchantment unfolds in the pages. Keep pencil and paper handy for your TBR list.

Well-ReadNeck Oooooh, sold! Just added to my TBR list! 4y
Jilanna This was on my TBR list but I forgot about it...thanks for the reminder! 4y
shawnmooney Sounds fantastic!! 4y
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MarieBerg
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So cozy - the best comford-book!

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