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A Collection of Essays | George Orwell
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#IllRemember #MOvember
Just read the Orwell essay 'Such, Such Were the Joys' about the horrors of attending an English boarding school before the first World War. The living conditions were deplorable, but he also talks about the importance of remembering how children see the world to put the psychological impact of the authority his teachers wielded, and other aspects of the class divide into context.

Billypar Great essay, though weird to see 'it' used as the pronoun of choice for a child. 3y
Cinfhen That is disturbing!!! But it‘s Orwell 😉 3y
Cinfhen Vinny, I just wanted to just say how much I‘ve enjoyed your posts over the YEARS!!! I‘m stepping down from hosting the daily challenges but I‘m still here on Litsy😁My TBR thanks you for taking the journey with me ♥️ 3y
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Suet624 I‘m always surprised that adults can‘t relate to the horrors of childhood and put themselves in the child‘s situation. 3y
Billypar @Cinfhen Thanks Cindy: I've had so much fun with this challenge. It was the first activity I tried on Litsy and it was the main thing that introduced me to all the fantastic people here. I also had a great time seeing everyone in person at the Philly meet-up and co-hosting #Nofemmeber Looking forward to participating in future Litsy events with you, starting with #BelowZer00s in January! 3y
Billypar @Suet624 Definitely. Orwell describes a lot of horrific conditions, but towards the end he speculates that even if those have improved over the years, it's likely that a lot of the social aspects of exclusion and discrimination still persist. Unfortunately he's probably right for the 1950s or 2019. 3y
Suet624 Agreed. 3y
Cinfhen It‘s been a fun ride and we‘re still going strong 💪🏼 3y
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#HungryHeart #MarchIntothe70s
Have been a little stumped on these lately, including today's. And meanwhile, I'm in an audiobook desert where I'm weeks away from my next audio hold. Listening to the last @ReadingEnvy episode solved both problems when @Bianca reminded me I've waited far too long to read a book about one of my favorite bands of all-time. And somehow it was available wait-free on Overdrive- which never happens! @Lizpixie @Cinfhen

Cinfhen Like how this post was a heavily influenced #BlameItOnLitsy collaboration😉 (edited) 4y
Billypar @Cinfhen Totally: even before this post when a Sleater Kinney song came up on #NoFemmeber and both @Leftcoastzen and @saresmoore gave it strong recommendations. So yeah Litsy- I get it, I'm on it! 😋 4y
Leftcoastzen Yay ! I hope you love it.She‘s multidimensional and whip smart . 4y
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ReadingEnvy Overdrive on audio I hope? I loved it so much. 4y
Billypar @ReadingEnvy Yes- on audio (which is even more surprising that it was available now). Just an hour in and I'm already hooked! 4y
gradcat @Cinfhen @Leftcoastzen @ReadingEnvy @Billypar Did any of you watch “Portlandia”? I loved her in that show. 4y
Billypar @gradcat Only a couple episodes. I remember one sketch where Corin Tucker made an appearance with Colin Meloy and James Mercer as members of a band called 'Echo Echo' 😁 4y
Leftcoastzen @gradcat I have seen a few seasons but not all of Portlandia, I love Portland!Carrie also directed episode 2 of Shrill on Hulu. 4y
gradcat @Leftcoastzen I don‘t know about “Shrill.” I have Hulu—is it really good? 4y
ReadingEnvy @gradcat yes! I'm from Oregon so it is a total nostalgia trip for me. And then the woman who was my high school classmate shows up in bit parts from time to time so that's fun too. Cacao! 4y
gradcat @ReadingEnvy That is so cool! I lived on the West Coast for years and never made it up to Oregon—one of my great regrets, alas. It looks beautiful!! 4y
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There‘s a lot of #sympathy and a pursuit of justice in this #nordicnoir about a woman found dead in a lake in Sweden. She had been raped and strangled, and her identity is unknown.

This one sounds like a wild ride and I need to read it this month for #pop18


Cinfhen Hope it‘s good 4y
Reviewsbylola It‘s doesn‘t have a good Litsy rating and my track record with Nordic noir is 0/1 so far so I have low expectations. This is my last attempt tho. 😂 @Cinfhen 4y
Billypar I haven't read Nordic noir (unless Girl with the Dragon Tattoo counts). I have one on the shelf though- might pick it up this winter on a snowy day for the full effect ☃️ 🕵️⛷️ 4y
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Cinfhen I have a few #nordicNoir unread on my shelf which sound interesting on paper but I still haven‘t picked them up. I read a crappy #KindleUnlimited Title for my #pop18 😖 4y
gentlepet This is the #pop18 I‘m struggling most with 4y
Reviewsbylola Yeah I‘m thinking it‘s not the genre for me. @gentlepet 4y
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The woman in white | Wilkie COLLINS
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#nofemmeber #sympathy #litsyclassics
Im only 60 pages into my 23rd in the challenge and already am sympathising with Anne Catherick the woman in white who having escaped an asylum scares walter on a moonlit Road - later with goggle eyes mooning over Laura he notices her resemblance to anne ' de de der '
Was a bit shocked by 'The lady is ugly' when he 1st meets miss Halcombe.
If i finish this chunkster i shd finish the challenge 😀

Bklover I‘ll be interested to see your review. I‘ve had this one for ages and haven‘t yet been able to make myself read it. 4y
Tamra I loved this! 4y
andrew61 @Bklover i was a bit daunted when i saw the size but so far it seems very readable. 4y
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DAY 30: Missy is not the type of person that wants #sympathy. She‘s much stronger than most. But the fact is 21 years ago tomorrow, she became paralyzed from the chest down after a classmate shot several students at our rural Kentucky high school. We were sophomores. Three girls died that day, 5 others injured. Tagging her first book in comments. 👇🏻


britt_brooke Missy also penned a memoir about that day and the time after. It‘s a very good, but very, very tough read. 4y
britt_brooke @Cinfhen and @Billypar Thank you for the fun and challenging prompts! I enjoyed it. 💚 4y
Bibliogeekery I'm so sorry you went through that! 4y
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britt_brooke @Bibliogeekery Thank you ❤️ 4y
JennyM 💜 4y
Billypar So sorry you were part of such a traumatic event. Even after hearing about each one, I can't even imagine what its like to witness. Your classmate sounds very brave to write books like these after all she suffered in the aftermath. Thanks for sharing this 💙 4y
Cinfhen 21 years ago and it‘s still so shocking and raw. I really want to read your classmate‘s books. What a strong and beautiful spirit she must be. As always, sending love your way 💚 4y
Cinfhen And thanks for joining ALL MONTH!!!! I really loved seeing your posts xx 4y
britt_brooke @Billypar Thank you for the kind words. ❤️❤️❤️ 4y
britt_brooke @Cinfhen Thanks for the love! ❤️❤️❤️ It‘s surprising how raw it is still is some days. It hangs in the back of my mind more often than I‘d like to admit. The anniversary is always difficult. It was a small school. We all knew everyone. Missy is truly inspiring. She‘s a social worker and public speaker now. I know she‘s helped a lot of people. ❤️ 4y
britt_brooke @Cinfhen I think this is the first challenge where I didn‘t miss a day! 😆🙌🏻 4y
Reviewsbylola ❤️❤️❤️ I imagine being a mother now doesn‘t make it any easier. It‘s a scary world we live in. I am stacking the book tagged above to start with. 4y
britt_brooke @Reviewsbylola It‘s definitely different now that I‘m a mom. It both hurts and comforts my heart that my son goes through lock down drills at school; the classroom doors stay locked from the outside and there‘s full time police officer on school grounds. Yet ... none of that would‘ve prevented what happened at my school. That‘s the scariest part. No clear answers. Thanks for stacking Missy‘s book. 💚💚💚 4y
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This book taught me so much about women who are suffering and fighting for acceptance in many parts of the world. I felt a tremendous amount of #sympathy for these women, and I was so happy that the book detailed methods to help. #nofemmeber #nonfiction

Thank you dear fellow #phillycrew members for hosting!

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego This is an outstanding book 💙 4y
DivineDiana @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego I couldn‘t agree more! 4y
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego I liked that they give you realistic ways to help at the end. Usually after reading these types of books, you feel hopeless. Not this one. I've done the Kiva loans, it's an inexpensive way to help, and you can relend over and over. 4y
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DivineDiana @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Exactly! Rather than feeling depressed, I felt hopeful. ❤️ 4y
Velvetfur This book sounds fantastic - stacked! 4y
DivineDiana @Velvetfur You won‘t be disappointed! 4y
Billypar Great choice! Thanks for playing this month- yeah #phillycrew pride! 😃 4y
Cinfhen Hell yeah for the #PhillyCrew 🙌🏻❣️💋 4y
DivineDiana @Billypar You‘re welcome! ❤️🥨🔔 @Cinfhen ❤️🥨🔔 4y
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I Am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced | Nujood Ali, Delphine Minoui
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These books provoked #sympathy and anger in equal measures. And are unforgettable. There are women making unbearable decisions behind all- I think of the mothers... and grandmothers. FYI one of my all time favorite songs is I Am Woman - Helen Reddy. #nofemmeber

Chrissyreadit @Cinfhen yes! One of my all time favorites. 4y
Billypar I haven't read these but I can definitely see them inducing sympathy and anger. The memoir I'm reading starts by chronicling the life of the author's grandmother who was married at age 8 to a priest in his thirties. Sad beyond words 💔 4y
Cinfhen Stacking that book @Billypar WOW 😮 4y
Chrissyreadit @Billypar @Cinfhen adding The Wife‘s Tale to my TBR as well! (edited) 4y
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The Painted Girls | Cathy Marie Buchanan
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For the young ballerinas depicted in Degas‘ works, real life is anything but colorful and happy. This historical fiction looks at Marie van Goethem, who modeled for Degas. I felt much #sympathy for her and her sisters, as they struggled to get out of poverty. #NoFemmeber

By the way, the author is amazing! She Skyped with my historical fiction group, a truly wonderful experience.

Thanks @Cinfhen and @Billypar for a fun month!

Billypar Love Degas- the model of a famous artist is a neat idea for a protagonist. It's really cool that she Skyped with your group- what a great opportunity! Thanks for playing this month! ☺️ 4y
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Heartless | Marissa Meyer
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I didn‘t think it was possible to feel #sympathy with the Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland. But then I read this retelling changed my mind about her, and made her more relatable 👏

Thanks for a great month @Billypar and @Cinfhen 👌 #NoFemmeber

Billypar Fairy tale twists are interesting- it's like they overlay something more like real life on top of the fantasy and it challenges a lot of assumptions you have going in. Thanks for playing this month! 😃 4y
Kalalalatja @Billypar exactly, especially when it is the villain‘s story being retold 😄 thanks for great prompts! 4y
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Atonement | Ian McEwan
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I've read the book. I've seen the film.

I have no #sympathy for Briony. Not a tiny bit.

#NoFemmeber @Billypar @Cinfhen

PS: just had the DVD at hand

KarenUK Love this book and movie so much.... 4y
zezeki I've watched the film a few times and I absolutely love it! Still have to read the book though. 4y
Literary_Siren I bawl my eyes out reading/watching this! 😩 I also have no sympathy for Briony. I still want to punch her lights out. 4y
Billypar Argh- this book was so good! I both do and don't have sympathy for her. I guess I couldn't help but think how she must have felt looking back on it. Such an emotionally exhausting book! 4y
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