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AlaSkaat

AlaSkaat

Joined September 2018

“My God, a whole moment of happiness! Is that too little for the whole of a man's life?“
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The Impressionists Handbook | Robert Katz, Dars Celestine
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Found these today in a second hand shop! So cheap and so pretty. I am just beginning to learn to paint and these are going to be useful, I hope ! 🎨🧑‍🎨
I love artsy books. I guess books with pictures is where it‘s at! 🤣🤩

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Snow Falling on Cedars | David Guterson
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My reading slump has been So BaD the past 2 years.
I‘m slowly trying to read more again and by that I mean I started 70 books and finished none.
Only 50 pages into that but so far interesting! Gonna have to focus real hard not to put it away for 7 months.
So sad, so so sad ☹️

BarbaraBB That sounds serious. I hope this one will be able to pull you out. It‘s real good one. 13mo
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Whispers | Belva Plain
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Really enjoyed this book. First one in a while that got me hooked into the story, made me remember why I loved reading so much. Entering a whole new world & going from ‘who‘s that‘ to knowing the characters almost like your best friend.
Sometimes predictable. Some actions could have been avoided, unnecessary. Overall, it was still very good and I‘d recommend it for anyone interested in these kind of stories 👏🏻

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I can‘t concentrate on reading, but a good film with the feel of a book would be good, anyone got any recommendations??
It‘s 2am and I am *not* going back to bed after those two HuuuGE asdfghjjkkl bloody spiders just ran from underneath. I am moving out, hopefully out the country. Shame we can‘t leave the planet yet.
Live alone, they said. It‘ll be fun, they said. Well then, who‘s gonna deal with this issue, cause it ain‘t gonna be me 😭

Ruthiella Watch a good Austen adaptation. It‘s almost as fun as reading the books! 14mo
AlaSkaat @Ruthiella I saw a post about Emma just after I posted and watched that. I haven‘t read a couple of hers so will have to before I watch the others! 14mo
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Poison Study | Maria V. Snyder
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One pile of books to go...
Has anyone read the tagged book? I‘ve had it for such a long time I am not sure I‘m ever gonna read it... but if it‘s good it may be worth keeping to eventually one day read...

readingjedi It was OK, first in a series that I didn't pursue. 14mo
AlaSkaat @readingjedi Mm that doesn‘t persuade me then. Out it goes ! 14mo
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Cleaning: Plain & Simple | Donna Smallin
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Time to get rid of some books and get some space back 😬 sometimes getting rid of books is better than buying...

I knooow the way I have my books is a sin to some. The room looks too cluttered otherwise. My carpet just doesn‘t match anything ☹️

Amiable Don't apologize! Whatever works for you is what works for you. 🙂 14mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa Sometimes you have to do it. I was so happy when the library reopened here so I could donate a few boxes to their next library sale. 14mo
AlaSkaat @Amiable 😆 14mo
AlaSkaat @Riveted_Reader_Melissa I‘ll give mine to a charity shop not far from my home. They‘re accepting donations again, thankfully! 14mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @AlaSkaat I know, I was kind of lost as to what to do with them when everything was closed. It gave me a chance to read some that had been sitting around forever, but no way to donate them back out. 14mo
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Little Book of Philosophy | Rachel Poulton
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Can‘t lie, I only bought it because of how small and cute it was. What a tiring day!

Bridget Jones playing on Netflix, got cookies and crisps stacked up, the book in my hand, I‘m ready to chill! 😴

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I have completely forgotten about this app! It has been months.
I would like to read a book with someone and couldn't think of where to look!
Luckily my memory came back,I would maybe like to start a little Austen's book club.
Is anyone interested? Read a chapter or a specific amount of pages per week? Or something else if preffered, but I want something to get my mind off of things and Austen seems like the good choice. Let me know! :)

Susanita You‘re just in time for a chapter-a-day group read of Emma with the #PemberLittens crew! @sprainedbrain 14mo
AlaSkaat @Susanita The one Austen I do not have right now! haha, what a timing 14mo
AlaSkaat @rubyslippersreads Thanks a lot! xd 14mo
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Breakfast at Tiffany's | Truman Capote
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I adore the film and have been wanting to read this for such a long time. I cannot believe how different it is! There is almost nothing of similarity between Movie Holly and Book Holly, other than occasional sentences.
I still have enjoyed the book, learned more of her past and of “Fred”. But if I were to choose, movie all the way!

ravenlee I remember seeing somewhere that Capote wanted Marilyn Monroe for Holly Golightly and it has always made me leery of reading it. Because I just can‘t make that fit in my head, you know? But if that‘s how he envisioned the character I think I‘m better off with the movie. 2y
AlaSkaat @ravenlee Yes! I think Marilyn would suit the character from the book. But the way they made the film, Audrey was the best choice. She would not fit Capote‘s idea of Holly. And Marilyn would not fit Hollywood‘s idea of Holly. 2y
Sparklemn Based on the movie clips I've seen, I thought Holly would be more likable than I found her to be. 2y
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Untitled | Unknown
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The opposite of love isn't hate, it's indifference. Indifference emotionally, indifference physically.

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No one, though, has any idea of the churn of a secret life. Your desire to crash catastrophe into your world is like a tugging at your shirt. But only sometimes, and then its gone. With the offer of a bath, or a cup of tea, or the dishes done.

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You don't have, any more, a sanctuary in kindness and good deeds and surrender; you're changing, you can feel the souring. A thrill plumes through you when couples split, a feeling that order's restored, that it's the way we're all meant to be, alone.
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What have you become? Unhinged, no longer a doormat, just like everyone else?

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"'Poor greenheads', wrote the Puritan Daniel Rogers of those who married purely for love when a year or two had passed and they had skimmed the cream of their marriage, they would soon envy the good fortune of those whose union was built on stronger foundations."

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"She [Lettice Morrison] was an exceptional character, not only for her beauty, but also for a genuine love of study, which marked her out from most girls of her time: 'oft-times at a book in her Closet when she was thought to be in bed'."

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... Frances Purbeck, the wife sought 'for wealth', and Robert Howard, who sought her for love.

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The Line of Beauty: A Novel | Alan Hollinghurst

"He saw that interests weren't always a sexy thing. A shared passion for a subject, large or small, could quickly put two strangers into a special state of subdued rapture and rivalry, distantly resembling love;"

Suet624 That‘s true! 4y
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Kane and Abel | Jeffrey Archer

"Grandmother Kane and Grandmother Cabot said they would never travel in such an infernal contraption, and they never did, although many years later Grandmother Kane was driven to her funeral in a motor car, but was not informed of that fact."
Lol

Booknerd2 💜💜💜 anything by Archer!!! 4y
AlaSkaat @Booknerd2 It's my first by him. I'm enjoying it :) The writing is just how I like it! 4y
Booknerd2 @OleAnder Then you have probably found a new favorite author. He only gets better!!! Enjoy!!! 4y
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Crime and Punishment | Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky

“Only to live, to live and live! Life, whatever it may be!”

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The Alchemist | Paulo Coelho

"If you start out by promising what you don't even have yet, you'll lose your desire to work toward getting it."

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Madame Bovary | Flaubert, Gustave

"Your head empties of everything else," he went on. "Whole hours go by. Without moving you wander through lands that you imagine you can actually see, and entwined with the story your mind gets involved with the detailed descriptions, or follows the twists and turns of adventures. It mingles with the characters; it seems as if it is your own heart that beats beneath their clothes."

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Madame Bovary | Flaubert, Gustave

"Yet shouldn't a man know everything, excel at many different pursuits, introduce you to the power of the passions, the niceties of life, to all its mysteries? This man taught her nothing, knew nothing, wished for nothing."

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Madame Bovary | Flaubert, Gustave

"Before she got married she had believed she was in love. But when the happiness that should have come from this love didn't materialize, she thought she had made a mistake. And so Emma tried to understand exactly what was meant in real life by the words bliss, passion and rapture, which had always sounded so beautiful in books."

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"You cannot tame a wild animal, because it will always remember where it is from, and yearn to go back."

❤️

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"But then, I tell myself, vanity is one of the attributes that distinguish us from animals, so perhaps we should be proud of it."

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"So that's how it happens: mutual need is what makes people co-operate; nothing to do with trust or kindness or any such sentimental notion."

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Pickpick

Murder, corruption, infidelity, abuse... no. There's something more. Something true in it. It's honest. It's sophisticated. It is what I love.
There was a lot of action in it. It was real action. Not the one making your heart pound, but one to make you question yourself.

Reggie Yeesh, you made me stack it. Lol, nice review. 4y
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"But then we live in a time in which all horror has been commodified into entertainment."

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The Social Philosophers | Robert A. Nisbet

Man has a horror of aloneness - not physical aloneness: no one fears that, in ordinary degree at least. Mental, spiritual, emotional, social aloneness is, however, very different.

KristinaRay So true! 4y
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The Call of the Wild | Jack London

'There is an ecstasy that marks the summit of life, and beyond which life cannot rise. And such is the paradox of living, this ecstasy comes when one is most alive, and it comes as a complete forgetfulness that one is alive.'

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