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The Rings of Saturn | W. G. Sebald
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Nothing to do with the planet or #Saturn5, but this tale of a walk around East Anglia came to mind for today‘s #RedRoseSeptember prompt.

@arlenefinnigan @Cinfhen

Cinfhen I bet this is a #1001Book @BarbaraBB ??!?! Um, I think I liked about 5 so far🤪 (edited) 4d
arlenefinnigan Sounds intriguing! 4d
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High-Rise | J. G. Ballard
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Another audiobook with a drop dead sexy narrator.😂

Trying to stay focused on the story (which is fascinating so far) while Mr. Hiddleston is somehow distracting me by reading in that incredible voice. 😛

Bonus: it‘s a #1001book 🙌🏻

CBee Ohhhhh I LOVE Tom Hiddleston 😍😍😍 6mo
vivastory Hiddleston is in the film version, which is fantastic. I loved it. 6mo
sprainedbrain @vivastory I‘ve had it DVRed since it was on tv forever ago... I will finally be able to watch after I finish. 😂 6mo
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Jen_Reads I feel like I‘d get lost in his voice 6mo
rabbitprincess I definitely only watched the film because of Hiddles 😍 But I may have to get the audio too! 6mo
Liz_M Looks fun! 6mo
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I have no idea why I have put this particular #1001book off for so long. A fast-paced adventure, dripping with cliches and humor, that was just a fun way to spend an afternoon. I decided to do audio because JIM DALE, and this recording is very cool with added music and sound effects to compliment a master of narration.

However. Wtf is this hot air balloon doing on the cover? 🤔


Sharpeipup I will listen to Jim Dale read anything! 10mo
BarbaraBB That balloon 😂 10mo
Butterfinger It has really been a long time since I've read it. Now, I'm wondering about the balloon. 10mo
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Clare-Dragonfly Aren‘t they in a hot-air balloon for a bit? 10mo
sprainedbrain @Clare-Dragonfly Not at all in this book... Phileas thought about it briefly once when they missed a boat, but dismissed the idea. I kept waiting for balloon travel, but nope. 😂 10mo
Clare-Dragonfly Weird! I‘m sure the abridged illustrated version I read a million times as a kid had a hot-air balloon section. At least an illustration. I obviously need to read the real thing! 10mo
sprainedbrain @Clare-Dragonfly I‘ve done some googling, and I guess some movie versions had balloon travel, as well as a cartoon version. Plus, Verne had another story with balloon travel... I‘m still so confused about this cover. 😅 10mo
ValerieAndBooks I didn‘t realize this was a #1001Books — I have a paperback copy that my aunt and uncle gave me many years ago and I‘ve never read it! And yes there‘s a hot air balloon on my cover copy 😂 10mo
sprainedbrain @ValerieAndBooks After you read it, please let me know where I missed the dang balloon. 😂 10mo
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Ulysses | James Joyce
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I‘m trying... but I really don‘t think I can read this book right now. I‘ve tried print and gave up, and audio doesn‘t seem to be helping.

Anyone have any suggestions for a ‘U‘ author or book that I can replace it with for #LitsyClassics? 😬

ReadingSusan I hate this book and have never been able to get though it. 10mo
Librarybelle I‘m planning to read this one for that challenge: 10mo
Lcsmcat @Librarybelle I second Utopia. It‘s very accessible. 10mo
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sprainedbrain @Librarybelle @Lcsmcat Thanks, ladies! I have a hold on it now. 😃 10mo
MelissaSue81 Even the title bores me. 10mo
CindyMyLifeIsLit I read this in college but it was extremely painful!! 10mo
SW-T If you can‘t get Utopia in time, some other classics starting with u are Uncle Tom‘s Cabin (Stowe), Uncle Silas (Le Fanu), or Ugly Duckling (Andersen). 10mo
JamieArc This is one of those books I am glad I was forced to read in college because I could never get through it on my own! So cheers to you for trying. With Joyce (I‘m thinking of Finnegan‘s Wake too) just trying is a win! 10mo
sprainedbrain @SW-T Thanks so much! I‘ve read Uncle Tom‘s Cabin, but the others are on my list now. 😃 10mo
sprainedbrain @CindyMyLifeIsLit @JamieArc I never had to read this one in college... I‘m not sure if that was lucky or not. I plan to try again someday with Ulysses, but I don‘t think I want to read any more books that involve extra work this year. 😂 10mo
Ncostell I very rarely DNF books but I‘ve tried Ulysses twice and just couldn‘t do it. I read for my book starting with U 10mo
Liz_M I have the tagged #1001book planned for U 10mo
UwannaPublishme I really enjoyed this one and it was short and sweet: 10mo
sprainedbrain @Ncostell @Liz_M @UwannaPublishme thank you all!! I can always count on Litsy to help a reader in need. 😃 10mo
BkClubCare @UwannaPublishme - LOVED this book! 10mo
UwannaPublishme @BkClubCare Me too! An oldie but goodie 👍🏻 10mo
davidRhee Don Gifford's Annotations is almost a must. Too many obscure references. Very tedious to have the two side by side but totally worth it 9mo
sprainedbrain @davidRhee good to know... I will definitely keep that in mind when I try again. Thank you! 9mo
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Modern Girls | Jennifer S Brown
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I went to buy a baby gift and instead came home with these 4 books I‘m not even sure I want to read 😜#SendHelp #ICantBeTrusted My defense, these were on the $5 table. Are any of them good???

JennyM Robert Harris usually writes meaty reads 11mo
Cathythoughts They were all bargains 🤷🏻‍♀️.. it‘s all good 😘 11mo
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Cinfhen Thanks @erzascarletbookgasm @JennyM @Cathythoughts too bad hubby doesn‘t think like you 3.... 11mo
KarenUK The sense of an Ending is fantastic! 💕👍 11mo
CarolynM I enjoyed The Sense of an Ending but I'm a Julian Barnes fan 11mo
CarolynM I don't know, sorry 11mo
erzascarletbookgasm Sorry, I don‘t know either. 11mo
Cinfhen @BarbaraBB you would know.... see above question xx 11mo
BarbaraBB @erzascarletbookgasm @CarolynM @Cinfhen Yes it is a 1001 book and a very good one indeed! 11mo
Mdargusch They all look good so 🤷🏼‍♀️ 11mo
Cinfhen Ha!! I knew you would know @BarbaraBB thanks!!!! 11mo
Cinfhen $20 doesn‘t buy much these days so im calling it a win @emilyhaldi @Mdargusch 😁💚 11mo
Reviewsbylola I‘ve wanted to read Modern Girls. 11mo
TrishB Sounds good to me 👍🏻 11mo
janeycanuck In your defence, the baby will eventually be able to read these. 11mo
Cinfhen Hahahaha thanks @janeycanuck 😂😂😂 11mo
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Sense of an Ending is 👌 - good find! 11mo
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Les Misrables | Victor Hugo
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You like buddy reads? You like chunksters? You‘ve wanted to tackle this French classic for a long time?

Then join @vivastory and me in a buddy read of Les Misérable in September! Whether you are going for the abridged or unabridged edition, the schedule above should work, and we have weekly discussions on Sundays, but feel free to post during the week as well. Oh, and did I mention there will be a few giveaways for participants?

Join us!

Tianarose Ooh! I should do this! I‘ve been trying to hack my way through this book for years! 13mo
TheBookAddict I may actually join you all on this adventure! 13mo
Kalalalatja @Tianarose @TheBookAddict please do! The more the merrier! 👏👏 13mo
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MelissaSue81 I‘m in!! 13mo
mklong I‘m in too! 13mo
MelissaSue81 So, I have a print abridged edition, or obviously can get the full version on kindle.. which should I do? 13mo
Crewgurl I‘m in! 13mo
Kalalalatja @MelissaSue81 both me and @vivastory are doing the unabridged edition, but it is completely fine for you to read the abridged. Both editions should be divided into five volumes, so the schedule should work either way 👍 13mo
Kalalalatja @Crewgurl welcome to the club! 👏👏 13mo
Tianarose @Kalalalatja how does it work? I‘ve never done a buddy read. Is there a tag to follow? 13mo
Kalalalatja @Tianarose we actually don‘t have a tag, maybe we should have @vivastory ? But otherwise you just follow myself and Scott (☝️) as one of post discussion questions each Sunday (probably Scott 😄), and you can also make a post about any thought you have about the book and tag us in it. 13mo
BookishJess Hmm been meaning to get to Les Mis for a while.. Maybe I‘ll join you! I‘ll probably go with the abridged version though 😝 13mo
Kalalalatja @BookishJess any way that works for you works for us 😄👍 13mo
AnneCecilie I'm in. Thinking about reading it on Serial Reader 13mo
sprainedbrain I have this book on my 2018 tbr plan, so I‘m in. The dates above are the start dates for each volume, or the end dates? 13mo
vivastory @sprainedbrain The end dates. Another #1001book you can check off! 13mo
vivastory I have not managed to think of a good hashtag for the buddy read. 😬 13mo
Kalalalatja @AnneCecilie that sounds like a good way to do it! 13mo
Kalalalatja @sprainedbrain welcome aboard! 👏👏 13mo
Kalalalatja @vivastory we can always go with the standard #LesMisBuddyRead? #MisérableReaders doesn‘t sound all that motivating ? 13mo
vivastory 😂Yeah, that might drive people away. #LesMisBuddyRead works for me. 13mo
Kalalalatja @vivastory 👍👍 13mo
BarbaraJean Ooooh, this is so tempting! I‘ve been meaning to read this one for yeeeeears! I‘m participating in another buddy read starting in September, so I‘ll have to see if I can juggle two buddy reads at the same time. 😬 13mo
Kalalalatja @BarbaraJean if you feel like it, you are more than welcome to join! 😊 13mo
BarbaraJean @Kalalalatja I‘m gonna try to keep up! 13mo
LaLecture Hm I‘m thinking about joining the buddy read because it would be an awesome reason to finally start the book. It‘s been on my tbr shelf forever as the unabridged version is just so huge and im kinda afraid of starting it 😅😂. But it has so many pages and the writing is not the easiest - I would never manage to read it in such a short time :/. 12mo
Kalalalatja @LaLecture I know a lot of littens are going to do both print and audio, and some are even doing it on serial reader, so that might be options worth looking into? Also, it is completely fine to go with the abridged version, you can still keep the same schedule as with the unabridged, you are just reading fewer pages 👍 12mo
LaLecture @Kalalalatja I‘m too proud to read an abridged version as I wanna be able to say I‘ve read the real, unabridged book 😂😅. Serial reader might be an idea although I might get confused by switching languages (my edition is in German). But I guess I‘ll just try and do my best 😅. Les Mis is my favourite musical ever and I‘ve always wanted to read the book so this buddy read is a great opportunity :). 12mo
Kalalalatja @LaLecture haha, I know that feeling all too well 😅 and fun that you are doing the German version! My print copy is in English, but the only e-copies I can find from my library are Danish, so I might end up doing double language as well. Hope you find a way that works for you 😊👍 12mo
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Another #1001Book down!


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I‘m excited about my new method of choosing my next read! I wrote all my #1001Book titles that I own on post-it notes, folded them up and threw them into a bowl! This will help me stick to my resolution of reading my shelves! #TBRBowlOfDestiny

Morr_Books What did you pick? 1y
AshleyHoss820 @Morr_Books The first book chosen by the Almighty Bowl was 1y
AshleyHoss820 😊😊😊 1y
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Morr_Books Nice! 👍 Own it but haven't read it. Can't wait to hear how it is. My husband insists I use a computer algorithm to choose... boring. 1y
AshleyHoss820 @Morr_Books I was in the same boat! This particular book has been sitting on my shelves for a LOOONG time! While computer algorithms can be useful, this is way more pretty! 😂😂🤣🤣 1y
Leniverse Sons and Lovers is the only D.H. Lawrence book I have genuinely liked. Not that I have read all of his work, mind you, but what I have read has ranged from "meh, alright" to "I think I would rather clean the toilet than read another page". But Sons and Lovers I thought was really good. 1y
AshleyHoss820 @Leniverse I‘m really glad to hear that!! I‘ve hear that Women in Love is a bit frustrating, so I‘m glad that Fate gave me this one first! 😄 1y
Leniverse I started Women in Love in January. Managed to get halfway through it. 😑 I still mean to finish it. This year. I'm just not sure how to get through it. Possibly by venting a lot on Litsy! 😆 1y
ValerieAndBooks Fun idea! How many slips are there 😊? 1y
AshleyHoss820 @Leniverse That sounds like a good idea! 😄😂 I‘m kinda dreading it! 😄 1y
AshleyHoss820 @ValerieAndBooks I JUST added my Kindle books too, so it‘s probably close to 400. 😄😊😱 1y
Liz_M Looks like fun! I can't always bring myself to read a random book, but make it a challenge and reading a random book for points that's a different story. 😁 1y
AshleyHoss820 @Liz_M I 😄😄😄 I agree! If I make it a game, it‘ll go better! So far, I am really liking Sons & Lovers. I‘m almost half done. So, the TBR Bowl of Destiny is 1/1! 😂😂😂 1y
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On Chesil Beach | Ian McEwan
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This slim little novel really packs a punch. A deceptively simple tale of a young married couple, on their wedding night in 1962, this novel covers only 2 short hours, yet is so emotionally complex.
It‘s McEwan, so of course the writing is gorgeous, but I wasn‘t expecting to be so gripped by the slow unraveling of their story. I felt so much for Florence and Edward..just so heartbreaking, and at times cringeworthy! I hope the film is as good! 5⭐️

Dragon I saw the trailer for the film the other day. It looked pretty good. 1y
Nute Great review. You‘re absolutely right. He knows how to grab a reader. 1y
KarenUK @Dragon 🤞🤞🤞 1y
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KarenUK @nite Thanks! 💕👍 1y
Cinfhen Is this a #1001book 1y
KarenUK @cinfhen I‘m not sure.... could be? 🤔 1y
Cinfhen Is this on this list for #1001 @BarbaraBB !!??? 1y
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen @KarenUK No it is not. There are eight books of McEwan on the list but not this one. Maybe it is too recently published, the last update of the list was in 2012... 1y
Cinfhen Thanks @BarbaraBB ❣️❣️❣️ 1y
KarenUK @BarbaraBB 8! Wow! This is from 2008, so guess they didn‘t think this one worthy enough! 1y
BarbaraBB I think 8 is too much of any writer, but I would have preferred On Chesil Beach to some other McEwans! @Cinfhen 1y
Cinfhen I agree @BarbaraBB 8 from one author is too many 1y
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Last book that #keptmecrying ? This one! So good, and all the feels, and a box of tissues. #aprella

Miss_Kim I loved this book! 1y
Soubhiville This is a beautifully written book! I cried too! 1y
Cathythoughts I loved this book too ❤️ 1y
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Bambolina_81 This was a lovely read! 1y
Cinfhen Hoping to read this , as it‘s a #1001book 1y
Librarybelle @Cinfhen I completely forgot it was on the list! Well-deserved, I think ❤️ 1y
Joanne1 I adore this book but still can't forgive the author. 1y
Mdargusch I am stacking! Sounds like a good one. 1y
Librarybelle @Joanne1 I think she wanted to write something so emotionally charged that it would get people to discuss about how heart-wrenching it is. Or, at least, that‘s what I feel. I can see why you can‘t forgive her! 1y
Librarybelle @Mdargusch It really is good! 1y
GatheringBooks one of my absolute favourite reads!! wrote a fairly extensive review here: https://gatheringbooks.org/2017/09/14/elegance-of-the-hedgehog/ 1y
emilyhaldi Gosh it's been a long time since I've read this! I'm not sure I even remember it 🤦🏻‍♀️ 1y
Reviewsbylola Loved this one so much!! 1y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I was just gifted this one by the sweet @BookaholicNatty ❤️💕💞 1y
HKGirl Loved this one! Thought-provoking and gorgeous. 1y
BookaholicNatty @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks this was the book that I picked for our #LMPBC and I‘m enjoying it so that‘s why I gave it to ya. I thought you would like it. @JenlovesJT47 got a copy too😆 Triplets!! It‘s definitely a good gift giving book!!! 😘📚 1y
JenlovesJT47 @BookaholicNatty can't wait to read it! ☺️ 1y
Librarybelle @GatheringBooks Great review! 1y
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