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How to Do Nothing | Jenny Odell
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Faves of 2019 #adventrecommends Dec 6

I fear that the title might put people off. It's not a how-to, but a slow, detailed meditation on screen damage and the commodification of attention. Detailed, textual, factual, and philosophical ... I love a book that makes me consider the mundane in a different way.


Sace Stacked. This sounds like something I'd want to actually own as well. 14h
Bookishthoughts Your suggestions are always interesting. Thanks for sharing.💗 14h
Amiable What a pretty cover, too! 14h
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twohectobooks Surprised I hadn‘t stacked this already, your original review made me very interested! 13h
sudi I read about this one on Shelf Awareness and it seems like an interesting read. 13h
batsy @Sace @twohectobooks @sudi It's the kind of book one can return to again and again. I read a digital ARC & I'd like to own a physical copy too. 11h
batsy @Bookishthoughts Thank you! I hope you find it a worthwhile read if you try it ❤️ 11h
batsy @Amiable I love it too, so pretty 🌹 11h
Lindy This is one of my faves too. 10h
Suet624 I didn‘t know about this book. Thank you for posting about it. 6h
batsy @Lindy ❤️ now
batsy @Suet624 My pleasure! now
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Freshwater | Akwaeke Emezi
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Faves of 2019 #adventrecommends Dec 5

Mind-blowing, kind of devastating, but also life-affirming. If a book could reach into your mind and shake things about in there, this one is it.


RachelO Bumping it up the tbr 1d
ephemeralwaltz They just announced their new adult novel, august 2020! 1d
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Cinfhen Great review 1d
Suet624 Boy oh boy, did I love this book. I insisted that my friends read it - to mixed reviews. I‘m so glad you liked it. She‘s received many awards for this one. 1d
batsy @RachelO Definitely recommend! ❤️ 1d
batsy @ephemeralwaltz Yes! I just added it to my Goodreads earlier today 🙂 Can't wait 1d
batsy @Cinfhen 😘 1d
batsy @Suet624 I loved it! Just the whole construction of the novel and the multiple voices with one character thing 🙌🏽 1d
youneverarrived I want to read this again. I loved it. 1d
batsy @youneverarrived So good & unlike anything I've read in awhile 💜 1d
fleeting Ok, ok, will buy, will buy!! 😂 this has been on my to-buy list forever. 1d
batsy @fleeting 😁 I don't think you'll regret it! (I hope) 19h
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Found on twitter. Can't not love Russian novels 😂

LeahBergen I‘m having a Crime and Punishment flashback. 😂 2d
BiblioLitten 🤣🤣 2d
Reviewsbylola 😂😂😂 2d
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twohectobooks Bahahaha this is so perfect 2d
readordierachel Omg 😂😂 2d
vivastory @LeahBergen Same 😂😂 2d
Cathythoughts 👍🏻❤️ 2d
BookieBiker 🤣 love Russian literature yet so so true! 2d
Theaelizabet Perfect!🤣 2d
ravenlee This might be the shortest, most accurate summary I‘ve ever seen! 1d
Centique I can‘t see a Russian novel without thinking of you now! 😍👍 20h
batsy @Centique You know me too well, this is the nicest compliment 😁❤️ 19h
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A Change of Time | Ida Jessen
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Faves of 2019 #adventrecommends Dec 4

A quiet, intimate novel by Danish author Ida Jessen, translated by Martin Aitken. Told mainly in diary entries, the book chronicles the life of a woman after her husband dies. Starting in the 1920s & going over the course of the years, primarily in the small rural environment of Thyregod, this book doesn't make a splash but leaves you with many beautifully-observed moments & feelings. Much like life itself.

Freespirit This sounds good for #ReadingEurope2020 😍 3d
batsy @Freespirit Ooh, yes! Thanks for the reminder, I should tag the books set in Europe for this challenge :) 3d
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andrew61 That looks really interesting - thanks ☺ 2d
LeahBergen And I still have it stacked from your review! 2d
Cathythoughts Lovely review ❤️ stacked 2d
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The Tale of Genji | Murasaki Shikibu
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I feel bad to have missed the first two days of #adventrecommends but I love the idea @emilyrose_x so I'm jumping in! I'm focusing on books I read in 2019 & highlighting the ones that were special.

This was a monster buddy read with @Lindy & friends & it was a totally bewildering, frustrating, complex, & beautiful experience from start to finish! I read the Dennis Washburn translation. I felt like I was living another life while reading this 💫

Cathythoughts Sounds amazing ... very long too 👍🏻👍🏻❤️🤔 4d
Amiable Gorgeous cover, too! 4d
batsy @Cathythoughts Yup, a beast of a book 😁 4d
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batsy @Amiable It's a lovely one! 4d
Lindy @batsy It feels like a lifetime accomplishment, to have read The Tale of Genji. I encounter references to it surprisingly often. 😊 4d
RachelO One Day I will finish this! 4d
batsy @Lindy It definitely does! I'm so glad we embarked on this together 🙂 Its cultural influence is tremendous. 4d
batsy @RachelO 😁 Yes you will! 💪🏽 4d
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Summer Frost | Blake Crouch
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"Consciousness is a horror show" ?? I'm typically not a fan of AI/robot stories, so I was wary of this. But I was swept along with the premise & enjoyed it. It made me think of Shakespeare's "There are more things in heaven & earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy", from Hamlet. It made me think about the existence of god(s), the nature of their consciousness, & if they look at humans & ever feel fear. It's that kind of a story ?

Centique Is it scary? I‘ve never read Blake Crouch 😬 2d
batsy @Centique No, not at all! I mean, scary in an existential way maybe but no horror elements 😁 2d
Centique @batsy I can be existentially scared, I frequently am anyway! 😛😛😛 2d
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Finished Judith Hearne for #NYRBbookclub & loved it ❤️💔

Also squeezed in these two novellas, Summer Frost & The Last Conversation & enjoyed both. Though I preferred the latter; Tremblay is an interesting writer & I will have to read more of his work.


Will attempt to read Year of Lear 👑

Not sure what else I'll fit in this week but I hope to start on my fun month of Christmassy mysteries🎄💀


vivastory I really need to read the Tremblay, the Crouch was pretty bonkers 6d
Cathythoughts Havnt read any of these ... sound good though. Good luck with your reading week 👍🏻❤️ 6d
erzascarletbookgasm Hope you‘ll enjoy the tagged book. 6d
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batsy @vivastory It was! I liked that up until the end it could have played out any number of ways. The Tremblay was just suffused with that desolate dystopic feeling that I enjoy reading about 😅 6d
batsy @Cathythoughts Thank you! I hope you have a good reading week as well 📖 6d
batsy @erzascarletbookgasm Thanks, I hope so too 😁 6d
mabell Looking forward to hearing which Christmasy mysteries you read! 🎄 6d
batsy @mabell I couldn't get to this last year so I'm definitely going to this month 🙂 6d
Twainy I think that was my favorite of the 6 novellas, the way it was written & the ending! Tremblay seems to keep you guessing and spins an interesting story. A Head Full of Ghosts and The Cabin at the End of the World were more of the same. 5d
batsy @Twainy Oh, that's good to hear about his other books! I enjoyed his writing. These are the only two of the novellas I've read & I'm keen to read the rest. 5d
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Crime and Punishment | Fyodor Dostoyevsky
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An #amazing book made all the more amazing with the #littleraskols 😈 This is a great episode of In Our Time, with useful insight into both the writer & the book: https://bbc.in/2R271T0 One of the guests is Oliver Ready, whose translation is the version I read.

Thank you for an amazing era of musical photo challenges, @Cinfhen ! When I first joined Litsy it was how I felt welcome & made new bookish friends. I appreciate that so much ❤️ #MOvember

Theaelizabet I love In Our Time. 6d
Cinfhen I‘m so glad that the music/ book challenges served a greater purpose 💜It really was the launching pad for so many friendships. I appreciate all your thoughtful posts and great recommendations 😘 6d
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batsy @Theaelizabet I always forget how much I enjoy it! Every episode I've listened to has been so interesting. 6d
Latrelwhite My favorite 🙌🏽🙌🏽🙌🏽🙌🏽 6d
batsy @Latrelwhite Brilliant book! 6d
Cathythoughts It was , as you say , an amazing era ! I loved it too. Great post 👍🏻❤️ 6d
batsy @Cathythoughts Thanks Cathy! I will miss it and I'm glad to have become better acquainted with all of you via those challenges ❤️ 6d
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The Last Conversation | Paul Tremblay
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Just finished this read that's perfect for the #IllRemember prompt. This is the first I've read anything by Paul Tremblay & it's quite astonishing the levels of dread he managed to convey in a short story/novella. A person wakes up alone in a room, trying to remember, & it's slowly revealed the condition they're in. I felt a keen sense of desolation as I read this. The confusion & the low-key creepiness felt wholly dystopic. #movember @Cinfhen

WhatWouldJaneDo I really enjoyed this novella, the ending was haunting! 1w
TrishB I like his books! 1w
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amanda__reads__horror I love his books! I need to read this one. 7d
batsy @WhatWouldJaneDo Haunting! Yes, that describes it perfectly. 7d
batsy @Cinfhen @TrishB @amanda__reads__horror I can't wait to check out his other work, he's much loved on Litsy! 7d
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This is #spinsterlit that rains on my one-woman spinster parade: bleak, dismal, & very affecting. Moore is a writer of many gifts & his characters practically leap off the page. Judith is a single, genteel Belfast woman now descending into less-than-genteel poverty. There's a cast of memorable characters, but this is about her abject descent & there appears to be no salvation in sight. Devastating, yet shot through with black humour. #nyrbbookclub

batsy I appreciate Moore's unflinching lack of sentimentality. He captures a slice of a hard & isolated life in Belfast, the underbelly of the middle-class ideal, that reminds me of what Joyce did for Dublin of a certain era. Most painful to read were Judy's fantasies combined with her snobbery, informed by her upbringing within a certain class—& her fantasy bourgeois life built like a house of cards. Look fwd to discussion @vivastory @Leftcoastzen ! 1w
Chrissyreadit I love how solid your review is. I have a good sense of the book and what you think of it. 1w
erzascarletbookgasm What a wonderful review. Like @Chrissyreadit said, I get a good sense of what to expect if I pick up the book. Now I must read it! 1w
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Suet624 Your sentence about her fantasies and snobbery is spot on. That was what hurt me the most. 1w
Leftcoastzen Great review! 1w
batsy @Chrissyreadit @erzascarletbookgasm Thank you! It's such a wonderfully written book despite its sadness, would love to know what you think if you decide to read it. 1w
batsy @Suet624 Isn't it? It was almost painful and I had to put the book down. Actually I had to do that several times—it's a slim book but a lot to take. 1w
batsy @Leftcoastzen Thank you :) 1w
Suet624 Yes, I had to put it down a number of times as well. Such a tough read for me. 1w
marleed Stacked. I borrow a lot of new-author easy reads from the library so a tough read in between helps me appreciate all genres I read. 1w
batsy @marleed It's a very full book, if that makes sense. A lot of sadness, but a lot of life too. I definitely recommend it :) 1w
vivastory Stellar review, as always!! Judith was definitely a flawed character, not easy to sympathize with. 1w
Centique Gosh you write a great review! I‘m feeling sad for Judith already. Definitely on my TBR 😍 1w
youneverarrived You always write the best reviews 🙌 it‘s going to be a good discussion this one. 1w
LeeRHarry This is one of my faves of all time and I keep meaning to read more by this author. Also, fab review 😊 (edited) 7d
batsy @vivastory @Centique @youneverarrived @LeeRHarry Thank you! ❤️ Judith & the small glimpse of Belfast we see in this book will stay with me for awhile... I feel that way about practically all of the books we've read so far for #NYRBbookclub 7d
Reggie Your review reminds me of the song They Other Woman sung by Nina Simone.....and it‘s last line....😥. Nice review. 7d
batsy @Reggie Thanks! Gorgeous song... The mood of it very much jibes with the mood of the book. (I also think the Lana Del Rey cover is pretty good 🙂) 7d
Leftcoastzen It has that Joyce like feel! Especially the gossip chapter! 6d
batsy @Leftcoastzen Yes! Some cadences in Judith's prose when she's drunk that have a Molly Bloom feel to it, too 6d
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Had this on my wishlist after reading King Lear & kept thinking about it every so often—i.e. should I just go ahead a buy a copy online—when I popped into my favourite remainders store & saw it at a discounted price today. A mini #celebration when you find the book you want 😁🎉 And who am I to argue with the Book Gods when they practically put a book in your hands 😂

#MOvember @Cinfhen

batsy #ShakespeareReadAlong @GingerAntics @Graywacke don't know if you guys have read it but it might be of interest :) 1w
JennyM 🤣 never argue with the book gods! 🤣 1w
CarolynM 🙌 Big win! 1w
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MaGoose Never argue with the book gods. 😉 1w
Cinfhen BEST FEELING 🙌🏻 1w
erzascarletbookgasm What a pleasant surprise find! 👏 1w
Theaelizabet I have this one, but have yet to read it. Looking forward to your thoughts! 1w
batsy @JennyM @MaGoose Never! 😁 1w
batsy @Theaelizabet I hope I get to it soon while Lear is still fresh in my mind! I dream about a book and wanting it and once I have it... 🙈 1w
Tamra Definitely don‘t provoke the gods! 😁 1w
Theaelizabet @batsy Same.☺️ 1w
Cathythoughts What a great surprise!! Now might be a good time to buy a lottery ( lotto ?? ) ticket ... your stars are aligning 👍🏻✨ 1w
Leftcoastzen That is the best !Love it when it happens! 1w
Graywacke @batsy huh, sounds fascinating...and I‘m headed to London next month. Maybe a good mental prep. ?? 1w
merelybookish Congrats! And I'm intrigued. If/when you read it, maybe share a bit for people like me who would never tackle such a book! But fun to learn how Lear fits his cultural moment! 1w
batsy @Tamra 😆 1w
batsy @Cathythoughts Hahaha! I do need an additional means of funding this book-buying habit 😆 1w
batsy @Graywacke Oooh, so exciting! Yes it would be great reading prep, I think 🙂 1w
batsy @merelybookish Thanks! And I will be happy to share stuff of interest as I go along... Hopefully when I get to it soon 🤞🏽😅 1w
GingerAntics I‘m going to have to check this out. I wonder if Lear was a comment on Elizabeth I not having any children at all. 1w
Billypar You picked a good one: I was just talking about it to someone else. Beyond all that you learn about Shakespeare at this point in his career, there's so much packed in about the politics and culture of England at this time. @merelybookish I don't read this kind of book often either, but I'm glad I checked it out! 1w
readordierachel Score! 🎉 1w
batsy @GingerAntics It'll be interesting to see if that comes up. 1w
batsy @Billypar I remember you saying good stuff about this! That's great to hear about all the info he packs in ... Deep historical context is what I lack for all of Shakespeare's plays 😆 1w
Centique @Billypar @batsy I loved this too! It took me a long time but it was so worth it to understand what the world was like when Shakespeare was writing. Now I need to read the 1599 one! 1w
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The Summer Book | Tove Jansson, Thomas Teal, Kathryn Davis
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The best #holiday book I've read. Joy, delight, quiet, rest, arguments, sadness, messiness, conviviality, & solitude. So beautiful.

#MOvember @Cinfhen

merelybookish Beautifull description! 1w
Caroline2 Oh I just ordered this off eBay last night!! Glad to hear it‘s good. 👍 1w
Cathythoughts Sounds beautiful ✨✨✨✨✨ 1w
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RachelO Pretty. And it is wonderful 😊 1w
Cinfhen Everyone seems to love this book!!! 1w
batsy @merelybookish Thank you 🙂 1w
Blaire I‘ve not ready anything by this author but keeping seeing so many good reviews. I‘ve already stacked it. 1w
LeeRHarry 💕🇫🇮 1w
BookNAround I read this one years ago but do remember it being a lovely and calm read. 1w
batsy @Blaire I hope you enjoy it if you give it a try! 1w
batsy @BookNAround Yes! "Lovely and calm" captures it perfectly 1w
erzascarletbookgasm Such a wonderful book, and you described it so well! ❤️ 1w
Suet624 It might be time for me to read a book with some joy and delight in it. 1w
LeahBergen Yes! It‘s lovely. 💗 1w
batsy @erzascarletbookgasm Thank you ❤️ 1w
batsy @Suet624 Oh, you haven't read it! It seems like a Sue-esque book, so yes, I hope you do 🙂 1w
batsy @LeahBergen Doesn't it just bring up the best feelings 💕 1w
Suet624 ❤️❤️❤️ 1w
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A Lost Lady | Willa Cather
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Willa Cather's writing continues to amaze me with its clarity & beauty. One quality of her prose is that it evokes the space & expanse of the Great Plains she writes about, but this book surprised me for being a terse, almost acerbic novella that gave me some serious Edith Wharton vibes. An intimate portrait of a lady that is also about the loss of innocence & what seems to be keen skepticism of the materialism brought upon by the economic boom.

batsy Once again, a pleasure to read with the #catherbuddyread group hosted by @Graywacke 2w
LeeRHarry Where would you suggest a newby start with this author? 😊 2w
Cathythoughts ❤️👍🏻 2w
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batsy @LeeRHarry My first one was O Pioneers which I loved! Then heard about the #catherbuddyread and joined in; we're attempting to read chronologically through her novels 🙂 2w
erzascarletbookgasm Lovely review. I‘ve still not read the author although I have O Pioneer and My Antonia TBR. 2w
batsy @LeeRHarry Sorry, meant to clarify that O, Pioneers is the first in her Great Plains trilogy; it's followed by Song of the Lark and My Antonia. I think she's best known for those books so it's a good place to start :) 2w
LeeRHarry @batsy thanks a lot- will look into them 😊 seems to be a lot of love for this author on Litsy 😊 2w
Cathythoughts I‘m loving this pic ... as I look at those wooden squares I become a lost lady myself..... 🤔 2w
Aimeesue Lovely pic! Is that a table? Floor? Pretty pattern. 2w
batsy @LeeRHarry You're welcome! Even this one might be a good one to start with; it's short and compact but you get a feel for her style :) 2w
batsy @Cathythoughts 😂 You crack me up 💜 2w
batsy @Aimeesue Thank you! It's the floor :) 2w
batsy @erzascarletbookgasm Thank you ❤️ I hope you enjoy it when you get around to those books! 2w
Wife Beautiful floor!😍 2w
Graywacke “terse, almost acerbic” - such an elegant perfect review. 2w
batsy @Wife Thank you :) 2w
batsy @Graywacke Thank you! Like you, I was surprised by this one in the best way. 2w
rubyslippersreads Lovely review. (Lovely floor too. 😄) 2w
batsy @rubyslippersreads Thank you! 😁 2w
Suet624 I like your floor. I love your review. 1w
Centique I‘m definitely inspired by you guys to read more Cather! And I love your floor too. 😍 1w
batsy @Suet624 @Centique 😁 Thank you both! I'm very partial to parquet flooring too. And I love the Cather buddy reads... It's rare that I've focused on a single author over a period of time (maybe never if you dont count uni) so this is a great chance to do that. And what a writer 👌🏽 1w
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Interesting nonfiction read about malaria; not only about the history of malaria & its implications but for how she outlines the failures & missteps of global health programmes ruled by capital.

#fever #MOvember @Cinfhen

Cinfhen This sounds oddly fascinating 2w
fleeting Definitely adding to my medical humanities tbr! 2w
batsy @Cinfhen @fleeting I was surprised by how gripping I found it! 2w
readordierachel Sounds fascinating! My kind of nonfiction. 2w
batsy @readordierachel She writes in a fast-paced, accessible manner which really helps with the more sciencey stuff, for me—there's where I tend to space out 😆 2w
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Black Light: Stories | Kimberly King Parsons
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🌠 Finished Klotsvog which was interesting but didn't quite move me, & King Lear which was madness & chaos & just superb
🌚 Read Black Light, a short story collection that's on the 2020 Tournament of Books longlist, but I was left indifferent #ToB


🌺 Started The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne for #NYRBbookclub & I'm already charmed
❓ Hope to fit in one more book this week but not sure what—can't wait to find out 😁

BookNAround Black Light left me indifferent too. 2w
Cathythoughts 👍🏻❤️ 2w
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Cinfhen So many short story collections on that long list!! 2w
batsy @BookNAround I'm glad I'm not alone 🙂 2w
batsy @Cinfhen I know! I hope they're not all like this one 😬 2w
BarbaraBB “Can‘t wait to find out” 😂😂 2w
readordierachel 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 2w
batsy @BarbaraBB I just hope it's not nothing & that I do throw in another book! 😅 2w
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Trust Emily Dickinson to flip the switch, as it were, and describe a #rayoflight as oppressive, "like the heft of cathedral tunes" ?

#MOvember @Cinfhen

Cathythoughts Beautiful poem ... thanks for sharing .. good to read poetry 👍🏻❤️ 2w
TrishB Lovely post ❤️ 2w
Cinfhen Beautiful 2w
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batsy @Cathythoughts @TrishB @Cinfhen Dickinson is like fresh air 💜 2w
Lindy Love this. 😊 2w
batsy @Lindy 😘 2w
Centique I needed to see this, this morning. 😍💕 2w
batsy @Centique A dose of poetry is just what is needed sometimes 💜 2w
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Black Light: Stories | Kimberly King Parsons
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I'm not sure what it is with contemporary short story collections from the North American Anglosphere, but I often feel deflated/bored. This has received critical acclaim & good reviews, & there's no denying that King Parsons can write a perfect sentence. However, despite the raw, grimy atmosphere & focus on people on the margins, it still came off like a cool, nonchalant, workshopped to death collection that left me feeling empty. #ToB #netgalley

ScientistSam Great review! 2w
Lesliereads *smirks* 😂 2w
batsy @ScientistSam Thank you! 2w
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King Lear | William Shakespeare
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"All's cheerless, dark & deadly"—I feel ya, Kent.

I think I say this for every play, but this is one that's relevant for our times. I'm not sure how to review or do justice to this wild, uncontrollable play about power, love, honour, death, & madness. I feel like I walked very carefully to peer over the edge of the cliff & the next thing I know, Shakespeare gave me a shove. What can I say? I'm here for it. 5 ⭐

#ShakespeareReadAlong @GingerAntics

JennyM That is a perfect set-up there! Book, cake and coffee 👌 2w
Graywacke Guess you need a hang glider or something else when the bard is around. Not sure how to review this either. (The coffee and cake look delicious. ) 2w
batsy @JennyM @Graywacke It was delicious and a lovely way to soothe oneself after the bleakness of Lear 🙂 2w
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youneverarrived This photo 😍 2w
Jee_HookedOnBookz @batsy wanna be penpals at #litsylove? 😊 2w
batsy @Jee_HookedOnBookz I'd love to connect! Pls feel free to drop me a line at subashini.navaratnam@gmail.com ☺️ 2w
Jee_HookedOnBookz @batsy oki doki and thank you! Shall I call you batsy or subashini? 2w
batsy @Jee_HookedOnBookz Yup, Subashini. batsy is my handle :) Do you go by Jee? 2w
LeahBergen What a tasty pic! 2w
Simona 😋🤤Looks perfect❣️ 2w
Tanisha_A 😍 Perfect! 2w
Blaire So pretty! 2w
merelybookish Perfect quote! 🖤 2w
readordierachel Love this review ❤😆 2w
Cathythoughts Brilliant review.... just brilliant 👍🏻❤️ 2w
batsy @Cathythoughts You're too kind Cathy, thank you ♥️ 2w
BiblioLitten 🤩 The review! 2w
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Hollywood Wives | Jackie Collins
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Remember raiding my sister's shelves for this one 😈🐆

#Hollywood #MOvember @Cinfhen

JennyM That just SCREAMS Hollywood! 🐅 2w
Cinfhen Yup!!! Jackie Collins was the Queen of Hollywood scandal 2w
batsy @JennyM It does! 😆 @Cinfhen She totally is 2w
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britt_brooke I don‘t come from a bookish family, but this is one of the few books I actually remember my mom reading when I was a kid! 2w
batsy @britt_brooke She was so popular! Her books are irresistible once you start 😉 2w
LeahBergen 😆😆 Yes! 2w
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King Lear | William Shakespeare
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My current read features one of the most frustrating papas in literature. Setting up his daughters to commodify love, then feeling wronged when two of them are unable to realise value beyond ambition and self-obsession. But somehow, as we near to the end of the play, Shakespeare manages to make me feel for him, as well.

#papadontpreach #MOvember @Cinfhen

Cinfhen Well played 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 2w
GingerAntics It‘s the power of Shakespeare, isn‘t it? I hate him at the beginning and feel for him by the end...still hate him, too. 2w
merelybookish Nice!! 👴 2w
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Cathythoughts Inspired!! Loved this 👍🏻❤️ 2w
batsy @GingerAntics LOL yes! I can't understand feeling so bad for a character I still hate... Thanks, Will 🙃 2w
batsy @Cinfhen @merelybookish @Cathythoughts Thanks! Love it when daily prompt & current read coincide 😁 2w
GingerAntics Only Will. 2w
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Klotsvog | Margarita Khemlin
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Klotsvog is translated from Russian by Lisa Hayden & gives a glimpse of how it was to be Jewish in the Soviet Union. Maya is a unique anti-heroine; beautiful, self-obsessed, & difficult. Her struggles as a Jewish woman & mother are both poignant & hard to take: Maya invites drama & grief into her life because of her character. The end is particularly moving & while I found the book's ironic tone compelling, I didn't warm to it totally. #netgalley

batsy Background photo taken from here https://www.meganstarr.com/soviet-kiev/ 2w
TrishB Great review 👍🏻 2w
batsy @TrishB Thank you! 💜 2w
charl08 Sounds really interesting. Will have a look for it. 2w
batsy @charl08 Although it wasn't a total pick for me, it's definitely worth a read for anyone interested in Soviet literature. 2w
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The Blaft Anthology of Tamil Pulp Fiction | Pritham K. Chakravarthy, Rakesh Khanna
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? "Oops, I guess I shot ya,
My finger's on the trigger
I had a bullet with your name on it,
Click-click" ?

#revolver #MOvember @Cinfhen

erzascarletbookgasm Great cover! Femme fatale or serial killer? 😁 2w
merelybookish Love the specs! 😄 2w
Cinfhen Awesome!! Madonna would approve ❣️💪🏽💄 2w
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Cathythoughts Love the cover 2w
batsy @merelybookish That's my favourite part, too! 2w
batsy @Cinfhen @Cathythoughts 🤘🏽💄💖 2w
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Headlong: A Novel | Michael Frayn
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Martin thanks his #luckystar when he thinks he has found a Brueghel #masterpiece but it's not long before everything descends into a madcap chaotic farce.

I really enjoyed this novel by Frayn and cackled out loud a few times ... I should read more of his work.

#MOvember @Cinfhen

Cinfhen This sounds great!! Not familiar with title or author 🙊 3w
Cinfhen I also love this picture!!! Very appealing 😍 3w
batsy I knew nothing of him at the time too @Cinfhen picked it up on a whim 🙂 3w
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rwmg Wishlisted 3w
batsy @rwmg 👍🏽 3w
TrishB I think I have a couple on my tbr but not read yet! 3w
Cathythoughts This one sounds good ! I must try a sample on kindle 👍🏻❤️ 3w
Tamra Sounds fun! 2w
arubabookwoman I like Frayn a lot. My favorite book by him is Spies, but Headlong comes in second. 2w
batsy @arubabookwoman That's one of his books that keeps coming up a lot. Should be the one I tackle next :) 2w
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In Cold Blood | Truman Capote
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I can understand why this nonfiction novel broke boundaries & continues to affect readers. Capote's writing is assured & beautiful even for such a heavy subject. Like @merelybookish I'm curious about his writing process. It left me wanting to know more about Capote as a writer & the form of male violence this book looks at. My only issue is that my attention sometimes flagged when reading, but I reminded myself that this isn't "entertainment". ⬇️

batsy True crime always raises these questions for me; as a reader I'm pulled in by the narrative momentum, but then I feel uncomfortable when I think about the implications of reading about what happened to real people as though it's a crime novel. I sense that Capote wrestled with these questions as a writer. Thanks for giving me the motivation to read this @merelybookish @readordierachel #readcoldblood Good to read with a group @Daisey @Texreader 3w
Cinfhen Wonderful review 3w
erzascarletbookgasm You make me want to read this! 👏 Great review, as always. 😘 3w
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twohectobooks I‘ve had this one on my tbr for quite a long time. Good to hear your perspective! 3w
Billypar @batsy Excellent review! I haven't read In Cold Blood, but I felt the same way after Killers of the Flower Moon. I just finished Maggie Nelson's The Red Parts, which raises some interesting questions about the range of responses to violent crime, referencing true crime writing when she refers back to her prior book, Jane. 3w
Oldschool_millenial I read this book senior year of high school and we talked about Capote's process. My English class also watched the movie "Capote" (stars Philip Seymour Hoffman, highly recommend). I think it is mentioned in a note in the book that, remarkably, he didn't use any recording devices nor take notes when he interviewed people. He relied on his (allegedly) remarkable memory. 3w
Texreader I‘ve been “flagging” too while reading it. Glad I am not alone. 3w
Hamlet There‘s an excellent but neglected film with Toby Jones called “Infamous” that covers the same ground as the Philip Seymour Hoffman film. Also, it‘s worth looking at George Plimpton‘s oral biography called “Truman Capote” (which interviews many persons who knew him, supporters & critics) along with Gerald Clarke‘s biography, “Capote.” 3w
Reviewsbylola Your insight is so valuable. As an avid true crime reader, I totally get where you‘re coming from. And ICB is so interesting because of the relationship Capote formed with the murderers and how is suffused itself into his writing. It‘s clear he had a soft spot for Perry, so it leaves questions for the reader to grapple with. Did Perry deserve Capote‘s empathy? 3w
batsy @twohectobooks Thanks! I'd love to know your thoughts when you read it. 3w
Reviewsbylola @bedcloud/the-destructive-bond-between-capote-and-smith-558929e4127a" rel="nofollow" target="_top">https://medium.com/@bedcloud/the-destructive-bond-between-capote-and-smith-55892... This is a very interesting read. 3w
batsy @Billypar Thank you! Killers of The Flower Moon is in my list, but I'm steeling myself because I know it's a tough topic. I'm so keen to read The Red Parts as well! 3w
batsy @Oldschool_millenial That is pretty amazing! I've heard a lot of about Capote in relation to this book because of how popular it is, but I realise I don't know many details, as such. I hope to watch Capote at some point. 3w
batsy @Texreader I'm glad to know I'm not alone, too! I think I struggled a bit after the first half. 3w
batsy @Hamlet Thank you for that! I've made note about Infamous but didn't know which books to check out, so I appreciate the recs! 3w
batsy @Reviewsbylola Thank you for that link. I'm going to check that out. I appreciated how Capote tried to humanise people that we might be inclined to think of as pure evil. At the same time, I'm sure his relationship with Perry would have affected how he portrayed him...there's always that risk of getting too close. 3w
Suet624 Didn‘t Harper Lee help him write this book? 3w
youneverarrived Excellent review 🙌 3w
merelybookish Wow! Great review and discussion! 3w
readordierachel Fabulous review, Suba! I'm having that same kind of discomfort. Even as I appreciate what a feat this novel is, I'm reminded of why I don't read true crime. 3w
readordierachel @Suet624 Yes! She help with the research, and I believe she helped edit the book as well. 3w
batsy @youneverarrived @merelybookish Thank you, ladies ❤️ 3w
batsy @readordierachel Thank you! I think this is why I haven't made much progress on true crime myself. I'm fascinated by a lot of true crime books but the ones about murder and rape are tough reads. 3w
batsy @readordierachel @Suet624 I learned on Litsy that this book sheds a bit of light on this 3w
Suet624 Thanks! Stacked. 3w
Daisey @Reviewsbylola Fascinating article! Thanks for sharing. @batsy As always, great review! I also agree I‘m going to be continuing to do some more reading and watching to go along with this read. 2w
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Bluets | Maggie Nelson
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Two blue books... The one on the right, Maggie Nelson's Bluets, I loved. The one on the left a gift from the lovely @merelybookish and one that I should read soon.

#trueblue #MOvember @Cinfhen

Cinfhen I think I need to check out tagged book!!! 3w
erzascarletbookgasm @TrishB also posted the tagged book. I must investigate too @cinfhen! 3w
TrishB Definitely great minds 👍🏻 3w
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Nute I remember discovering Bluets in the bookstore and being intrigued because after reading a few pages I wasn‘t sure what type of book it was. I did purchase it but haven‘t read it yet. It will be interesting to hear your thoughts. 3w
emilyhaldi I‘ve always been curious about Bluets.. 3w
batsy @Nute I'm not sure how to describe it or what it is; either a lyric essay in fragments, or prose poetry, but it made me think and feel and I love Nelson's writing for that. 3w
lele1432 I bought Bluets about 3 years ago and still need to read it! 3w
Cathythoughts Beautiful blues 👍🏻💙 3w
readordierachel Ooh, I love Maggie Nelson. Must read Bluets sometime soon. 3w
batsy @Cinfhen @erzascarletbookgasm @emilyhaldi @lele1432 A hard book to recommend, depending on taste, but I loved it 🙂 3w
batsy @readordierachel This is the only one by her I've read & I need to read more ❤️ 3w
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Klotsvog | Margarita Khemlin
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Surprised myself & finished:
A Lost Lady for #catherbuddyread
In Cold Blood for #readcoldblood
Act 4 of King Lear for #ShakespeareReadAlong.

Litsy University is good for me 😆 Also started the #netgalley ARC of Klotsvog, a bleak yet funny portrait of a self-absorbed Jewish woman in the Soviet Union.


👑 To finish Act 5 & complete King Lear
💄 Continue with Klotsvog
🌸 Start Judith Hearne for #NYRBbookclub

JennyM You‘ve had a great week! Love seeing what everyone‘s read 😘 3w
batsy @JennyM Thank you ❤️ I enjoy seeing everyone's recaps too! 3w
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Cinfhen Me too @JennyM and of course my TBR is growing!!!!!! 3w
vivastory Litsy University 😂 3w
BarbaraBB Litsy University 🤣 3w
BarbaraBB It seems like someone on the other side of the world was thinking exactly the same thing at exactly the same time! 😀 @vivastory 3w
vivastory @BarbaraBB Great minds 🙂 3w
Cathythoughts Great week for you 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻Litsy University is exactly it. I‘m definitely on a learning curve sinse joining Litsy .... it‘s a blessing 👍🏻❤️ 3w
Cinfhen #LitsyUniversity is priceless and admission costs are beyond reasonable 🙌🏻🤓 3w
squirrelbrain Love #LitsyUniversity and entirely agree, I love being a student here! 3w
erzascarletbookgasm Well done for the week! I love #LitsyUniversity too! I may want to be a student here for a long long time. 3w
batsy @Cathythoughts @Cinfhen @squirrelbrain @erzascarletbookgasm I love Litsy U 😁 It's like being in a fun, extremely motivating and engaging class 💖 3w
fleeting Really interested in that Moore book! 3w
RachelO Isn‘t ‘Surprised myself & finished...‘ the best feeling?! 3w
batsy @fleeting I'm looking forward! 3w
batsy @RachelO Yes! 😁 3w
Daisey I appreciate all the extra learning I get through Litsy University readalongs as well. Great way to put it! I never would have taken such a dive into further reading along with In Cold Blood otherwise. 3w
batsy @Daisey Yup! I've tackled a number of books that have been tbr for years via group reads here. Having others want to read a book is a great motivator, and the chats and posts are great :) 3w
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The Femicide Machine | Sergio Gonzlez Rodrguez
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Double Teenage is about two American girls coming of age in the 90s, in a town close to the US-Mexico border. The reality of the killings of women in Juárez haunt their lives. The Femicide Machine is a searing piece of theoretical nonfiction on the systems in place that enable these murders. Making a Killing is an anthology of academic essays on Juárez covering a wide range of aspects. All are brilliant reads.

#borderline #MOvember @Cinfhen

Cinfhen 🙌🏻💜 3w
BarbaraBB The blurb of the first book reminds me of (edited) 3w
rubyslippersreads That cover on Making A Killing! 😍 3w
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batsy @BarbaraBB Yes! That's a chunkster that's been on my TBR for awhile. 3w
batsy @rubyslippersreads It's a very striking cover! 3w
merelybookish Hmmm. Makes me wonder about the parallels to In Cold Blood... 3w
Centique Wow - I have only vaguely heard about these cases. I need to do some reading! 3w
Reggie I actually went to a panel in Las Cruces at the university where parents who had lost their daughters talked about how their daughters went missing and years later only bones would be returned that were only recognizable because of the clothes they were found with. It was very sad and there was never hope in regards to the government agencies helping them out. They often thought someone in the government was the killer. Back in the early 00‘s 3w
Reggie there had been at least 300 bodies found but I‘m sure it‘s more now. 3w
batsy @Reggie That must have been so difficult to hear. And what those parents and families have endured 💔 💔 It's devastating. All of these books make no escuses about state level involvement ... But sometimes it's like, we can know so much and yet where is the justice 3w
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Treasures of the Snow | Patricia M. St. John
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This book left an impression on me when I was young. The snowy landscape & series of events leading to misunderstanding, heartbreak, & hate made me feel so sad for Lucien. I was looking it up & don't know how I'll feel about it if I read it now because of the religious message. But thinking back, the story affected me & brings back some visceral reactions: the cliffs, accidents, those wooden figures. So many memories! #frozen #MOvember @Cinfhen

Cathythoughts Memories ✨✨✨✨ 3w
batsy @Cathythoughts Yes! The reading we do as kids tends to be so vivid 💕 3w
erzascarletbookgasm The cover reminds me of Heidi! 😁 3w
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batsy @erzascarletbookgasm Can't believe I still haven't read Heidi! 🙈 3w
batsy @erzascarletbookgasm Ooh yes, great idea 😘 3w
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"I dine, I play a game of backgammon, I converse, and am merry with my friends; and when after three or four hours' amusement, I would return to these speculations, they appear so cold, and strain'd, and ridiculous, that I cannot find in my heart to enter into them any farther."

David Hume on #PhilosopherProblems ?

Today's prompt apparently took me back to college philosophy class ??

#HumanNature #MOvember @Cinfhen

Cinfhen Sounds like a perfect day 3w
JennyM Lol...I love where these prompts take everyone! (edited) 3w
batsy @Cinfhen I could do with a day like that 😆 3w
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batsy @JennyM Haha! I was drawing a blank all day for this prompt until I was like, Wait what was that philosophy book with the words "human nature" in the title?!? ? 3w
Cathythoughts Nice one 👍🏻❤️back to philosophy class ..... 🤔ponder ponder 3w
batsy @Cathythoughts Much pondering indeed 😁 3w
merelybookish Nice one! And better than Hobbes and his "nasty, brutish, and short" which is all I remember from Philosophy 101. ? 3w
Billypar I love this quote: it's funny to imagine that Hume may have considered abandoning a now classic text after a few rounds of backgammon and merry making with friends 🤔🍾😃 3w
batsy @merelybookish Ha! I've never read Leviathan and I think I never will 😅 3w
batsy @Billypar Relatable, I have to say 😁 It's hard not to warm to a philosopher who understands that the pleasures of backgammon with friends might exert a greater hold than the labours of reason and thought 😆 3w
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"Enough, my lord.

Invite me over, says Kabir,
Or come over yourself."

I love this book of devotional poetry by a 15th-century Indian mystic of the bhakti movement, rendered in a fresh, modern idiom in the English translation.

#LikeAPrayer #MOvember @Cinfhen

Graywacke Wow... noting 3w
Cinfhen Sounds special 3w
slategreyskies I want this book. This looks amazing! 💕!! 3w
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vivastory Kabir was a much better poet than Rumi IMO 3w
batsy @Graywacke @Cinfhen @slategreyskies It's lovely to dip in and out of ❤️ 3w
batsy @vivastory Shots fired! Haha. I love a bit of Rumi but I think I prefer Kabir, too... There's an edge there & humour that I love. 3w
Suet624 I‘ve never heard of Kabir. I was going to order the December NYRB read today. Looks like I‘ll be ordering two books now! 3w
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I'm not sure what the #future holds—and much of it is too scary to contemplate—but I think this much will remain true... 📚📚📚

#MOvember @Cinfhen

Cathythoughts Great post ❤️ 4w
Cinfhen Ha!!! I love this 4w
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CarolynM That cartoon sums up my life! 4w
erzascarletbookgasm Haha! Sounds familiar! Love it! 4w
Sace Brilliant truth. 4w
vivastory Choose Your Own Adventures: Bookworm Edition 😄 3w
AnneCecilie So true. 3w
ValerieAndBooks Love it! There‘s no way we can resist going in a bookstore (unless it‘s closed of course)! 3w
GingerAntics This is awesome! lol So much fun...and we all know where we‘re headed, really. lol (edited) 3w
LeahBergen 😆😆 3w
youneverarrived Haha always 3w
readordierachel Ha! Yes 😁 3w
Suet624 This is perfect. 3w
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Dracula | Bram Stoker
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It's a classic for a reason & a lot different than what I expected! Riveting, cleverly-constructed Gothic fiction that also works as a mystery. Love the forms of text incorporated into the narrative. Underlying it are issues percolating around womanhood, female sexuality, & fear of Others. One of those interesting novels that is a compelling read despite the author's iffy politics (that was in view in full force in The Lair of the White Worm).

batsy Illustration by John Coulthart. More here http://www.johncoulthart.com/feuilleton/2018/06/01/illustrating-dracula/ Thanks for the buddy read @Cinfhen @erzascarletbookgasm @Sace 🖤🦇 4w
Libby1 I agree. This book surprised me. 4w
Cathythoughts Great review! You make me want to read it .... I must do soon 👍🏻❤️ 4w
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batsy @Cathythoughts Thanks Cathy! Like @Libby1 says it surprised me. Very atmospheric & kind of with a transnational mystery element with the multiple characters & travel, etc. 4w
Cathythoughts Yes, that sounds good .. being surprised! I never knew Bram was short for Abraham ( I heard it on the radio .... must be true 😆 4w
batsy @Cathythoughts Oh, I didn't know that either! Why didn't I think of that ... I was thinking Bram's such a unique name 😂 4w
Cinfhen Beautiful review. I agree this book was a wonderful surprise. BTW: cool tidbit about Bram‘s name @Cathythoughts Abraham makes sense 4w
LauraBeth Always love your reviews. I‘ve never had a desire to read this but you make it sound compelling. 4w
erzascarletbookgasm Wonderful review. 👏 Haven‘t read The Lair and I think Bram Stoker has a nicer ring to it. 😁 4w
Earlene I finished this a couple of weeks ago and Inreally enjoyed it. I especially liked that you got so many facets of the story from different characters. 4w
batsy @Cinfhen @erzascarletbookgasm Thanks for the motivation to read this 😘 4w
batsy @LauraBeth Thank you! I wasn't interested in this before but the Litsy love for it made me reconsider and I'm glad I did 🙂 4w
batsy @Earlene Yes! That really kept the narrative momentum going. 4w
Naj Lovely review. I absolutely adore this book. 4w
batsy @Naj Thank you! 🙂 4w
Hamlet Great review... again! 4w
batsy @Hamlet Thanks! 🙂 4w
ctboeheim The original has so much more depth than all of the remakes and adaptations. They‘ve given the story an undeserved reputation. 4w
UwannaPublishme Great review! And thanks @Cathythoughts for the trivia about Bram‘s name. Who knew? 😆 4w
batsy @ctboeheim So true! 4w
Suet624 Okay. Now I have to read this. 3w
batsy @Suet624 It's so bizarre and gothic and lots of weird political undertones and just so very interesting! 3w
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Black Wings Has My Angel | Elliott Chaze
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Not quite apocalyptic fiction, but these two noir novels about intense, doomed love/obsession convey a particular effect, like these couples exist all on their own in a #GhostTown. Both are brilliant reads heavy with mood and atmosphere.

#MOvember @Cinfhen

TrishB I see I‘ve already stacked the tagged one! What a title. 4w
merelybookish Nice analogy! I was just thinking yesterday of the mineshaft in Black Wings. In Cold Blood is set at the same time, and there are some similarities maybe. 4w
batsy @TrishB We did that for #NYRBbookclub and from what I recall it was quite widely liked 🙂 4w
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batsy @merelybookish Thanks! And every so often I find myself thinking about that mineshaft. One of those things that really stick. I've yet to start ICB but it'll be interesting to read a true crime set in that time period! 4w
BarbaraBB Great comparison. Both good as well! 4w
JennyM Great choices! 4w
batsy @BarbaraBB @JennyM Thanks! Two very memorable books. 4w
saresmoore So clever to pair these two! I love the juxtaposition of the covers, too. 4w
batsy @saresmoore Thank you! ❤️ It's fun when inspiration hits for the photo challenges 😉 4w
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Klotsvog | Margarita Khemlin
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Finished Dracula & really enjoyed it! Dense & atmospheric.

Started A Lost Lady for the #catherbuddyread & continued on with King Lear for #ShakespeareReadAlong


To continue with both the Cather & Shakespeare, & to start In Cold Blood for the low-key buddy read with @merelybookish @readordierachel @Texreader (sorry if I missed anyone!)

Will try to start a Net Galley ARC, the tagged book, *if* I can 🤞🏽 @Cinfhen

BarbaraBB Such great reads! 4w
Cathythoughts Great books ! Look forward to your thoughts on In Cold Blood ... I‘m hoping to read too ( for the 3d time ) 4w
Cinfhen I‘m also hoping to add one ARC a week 🤞🏼glad you enjoyed Dracula 🧛‍♂️ that was a great idea @erzascarletbookgasm xx 4w
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batsy @BarbaraBB All thanks to Litsy group reads 😁 4w
batsy @Cathythoughts 3rd time! That speaks very highly of it. I'm excited to start. Join us! 🎉 4w
batsy @Cinfhen @erzascarletbookgasm Fabulous idea! So glad that I finally got around to it. 4w
erzascarletbookgasm @cinfhen @batsy Yes I‘m so glad to read it with two amazing Littens! 💕 4w
Freespirit Love Dracula ❤️ 4w
DGRachel That‘s an amazing cover for Dracula! 😂 4w
batsy @Freespirit A fun read for sure 👍🏽 4w
batsy @DGRachel Really eye-catching! 😆 4w
readordierachel Loving that edition of In Cold Blood! 3w
batsy @readordierachel I was so happy to find it at the discount bookstore! 3w
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The Tempest | William Shakespeare
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The charms & dangers of Prospero's #laislabonita in The Tempest is sustained by magic & sprites doing his bidding.

#MOvember @Cinfhen

Cinfhen 🙌🏻❣️🏝✅ 4w
Graywacke Caliban 🙂 4w
batsy @Graywacke He had some stunning lines! 4w
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Some writing and creativity books that I found very helpful in the past. I need to revisit some of these and incorporate some of this advice now. #ExpressYourself #MOvember @Cinfhen

Cathythoughts I love the covers on those bottom two 👍🏻❤️ 1mo
Cinfhen Well done!! Such a clever interpretation 🤓 I‘ve been meaning to read this book forever 1mo
batsy @Cathythoughts Fun covers & practical advice ❤️ 1mo
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batsy @Cinfhen It's a great book; warm and wise and a bit of a lifeline for people thrashing about in the abyss of writer's block 🙂💕 1mo
merelybookish Nice! I was thinking along these lines too! (And I bought The Artists Way a while back but still haven't done. Apparently it includes a week where you're not supposed to read. 😬) 1mo
saresmoore @merelybookish Same with The Artist‘s Way. I keep noticing it and thinking, “I should really pick that up...” 1mo
Pensandwords The Artists Way helped me so much. I finished it about 8 weeks ago and it‘s still helping. I‘ve read tons of books on writing and process but that one made the biggest difference. 1mo
batsy @merelybookish Yes! It really helped me when I committed to it (the week without reading went by really fast back then; now I'm not so sure? :) I found the practice of writing morning pages really helpful. I agree @Pensandwords at first I was skeptical but then it proved super helpful. 1mo
Pensandwords @batsy I was skeptical at first as well. Then it started working without my even realizing it lol. 4w
UwannaPublishme Loved Bird by Bird! 🙌🏻 4w
rohit-sawant Oh, this is awesome! I recently added Writing 21st Century Fiction by Donald Mass to my wishlist and made a mental note to check out more craft related books and these are fantastic additions to the list. 4w
readordierachel I have 2 of these on my tbr and will now add the other 2 ❤ 4w
batsy @rohit-sawant I haven't heard of the 21st century one! I will check it out :) 4w
batsy @readordierachel I really appreciate that all of these managed to break my writing block in small steps. Julia Cameron's system works really well, I think, but it requires that tiny bit of commitment that can be hard to find when life is so full and stressful. I hope you find them of use ❤️ 4w
Suet624 I‘ve read anything that Lamott writes. She is a favorite of mine. Bird by Bird is the one that I open again and again just to receive the comfort she offers 3w
batsy @Suet624 I found great comfort in it too, especially at a time when I needed it. I definitely should get my own copy. 3w
TheLudicReader The only one of these I haven‘t read is Artist‘s Way. Writing Down the Bones was very meaningful to me in my 20s. Have you read 3w
Suet624 @batsy oh my, yes. I hope you do. 💕 3w
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Untitled | Unknown
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#GuessWhat is this #iconic cover?

Cool idea by @BarbaraBB to post a close up detail of a memorable cover to see if we can guess what book it is ... Share your answers with a spoiler tag.
(The answer is below under the spoiler tag.)

Please join in if you'd like to play 🙂

batsy Roald Dahl's Matilda 1mo
readordierachel Matilda? ❤ 1mo
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RachelO That‘s a good one! 1mo
Beatlefan129 Matilda 1mo
batsy @erzascarletbookgasm @readordierachel @RachelO @Beatlefan129 Instantly recognisable classic 😊❤️ 1mo
merelybookish Matilda 1mo
Cinfhen Love this cover and book!!!! 1mo
veritysalter Matilda - the best book ever 1mo
BarbaraBB This one looks so familiar but I can‘t come up with it. I go and peek 😀. Thanks for playing! 1mo
BarbaraBB Of course...!! Great choice! 1mo
Bookzombie Matilda 1mo
LauraBrook Matilda! Such an iconic cover. ❤️ 1mo
Kalalalatja I have a feeling it is Mathilda, and that everyone else already guessed it 😅 but I have to post my answer before peeking! 1mo
4thhouseontheleft Matilda? 1mo
Blaire Matilda! An all-time face 1mo
Aimeesue Ronald Dahl's Matilda, illustrated by Quentin Blake.❤️ 1mo
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The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes | Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
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Sherlock Holmes' look—the pipe, the tweeds, long coats, and deerstalker hat—has now become #iconic. But it's less about how Conan Doyle described him and more about how Sidney Paget illustrated him, and the look that developed in the various adaptations that came after. This is a good read about his sartorial style https://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2014/10/the-life-and-fashion-o...

#MOvember @Cinfhen

erzascarletbookgasm 👏 interesting how Paget invented the deerstalker for Holmes! 1mo
quietjenn I 💗 a Paget appreciation post 💗 1mo
batsy @erzascarletbookgasm The article was so interesting! I've also forgotten that "Elementary, my dear Watson" never appeared in any of the books! 1mo
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batsy @quietjenn ❤️ 1mo
Billypar I didn't know that about the "Elementary..." quote. I'm glad you mentioned that because I would have picked up my first SH mystery and been expecting it the whole time ? 1mo
batsy @Billypar Haha! I've read certain SH stories multiple times and still am shocked anew to realise that this phrase is not in the books 😆 1mo
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Villette | Charlotte Bront
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Thanks for the tag @Leftcoastzen !

1. Charlotte Brontë, Emily Dickinson, Fernando Pessoa
2. I'm not sure, but with the first two I'd love to know more about how they've been viewed: eccentric, introverted to the the point of social anxiety, & the thought of whether the drive to monetise oneself & "sell yourself" in 2019 makes them want to run back to their graves. Same for Pessoa, I guess.
3. I honestly haven't a clue.

#wondrouswednesday @Eggs

Eggs Great thoughts/questions!! Thanks for playing 🥰👏🏻🤗 1mo
Leftcoastzen Oh my! I love your choices and your insight!👍👏❤️ 1mo
Tanisha_A Can i join your meeting? ❤️ 1mo
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batsy @Eggs Thank you for the fun questions! ☺️ 1mo
batsy @Leftcoastzen 😘😘 1mo
batsy @Tanisha_A It wouldn't be a proper meeting without you 😁❤️ 1mo
Centique Was it you that posted the article about how ED‘s sexuality/romantic interest had been edited out by her family and peers to re-invent her? If not I‘ll try and find it again. I studied ED back in the early 90s and it was astonishing to realise there was so much that was myth. 🙄 1mo
batsy @Centique I'm sorry I missed responding to this, P! I've been thinking about this and it's not coming to mind but it does sound like a fascinating read. If I ever do come across any articles about this, will be sure to share. 3w
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Little Town on the Prairie | Laura Ingalls Wilder
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I #crave the yummy dishes that authors take time and care to describe, and Laura Ingalls Wilder's descriptions of food always makes my mouth water! This description of Ben Woodworth's birthday party meal stayed in my mind for aaaages 😆

#MOvember @Cinfhen

Cinfhen I agree; food descriptions are a good indicator of history, place, time, culture and region 1mo
JennyM Descriptions of food are always good 😊 1mo
Leftcoastzen My grandma took leftover mashed potato and made yummy patties. 1mo
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merelybookish I like the cover on your Puffin edition! 1mo
ljuliel @Leftcoastzen Potato cakes ! We had them when I was a kid. I still make them on occasion. Very good ! 1mo
batsy @Cinfhen @JennyM Agreed! ❤️ 1mo
batsy @Leftcoastzen @ljuliel Yummy! I'm drooling 1mo
batsy @merelybookish I love these Puffin editions. Well loved and falling apart! 1mo
xicanti I loved her food descriptions so much that I begged my parents to get me the official Little House cookbook. Then I taught myself to cook from it! 1mo
batsy @xicanti I love that!! 💜 I hope it was yummy! 1mo
rubyslippersreads I assume you‘ve read the food descriptions in 1mo
batsy @rubyslippersreads Yup ❤️ 1mo
jillrhudy My fave is when the turkey came in on the train after the long winter and they had butter! 1mo
batsy @jillrhudy Oh yes! She finally had her Christmas dinner in the spring! 1mo
jillrhudy @batsy I haven‘t seen a pat of butter the same since 1mo
batsy @jillrhudy I know, right? In section I quoted above in Little Town she also talks about eating an orange, an utter luxury, and I always think about that when I eat oranges 1mo
Centique I love her food descriptions too! I‘ve only read the first one of these, must read the rest 😍 1mo
batsy @Centique They're all such gems! The craving for a re-read of the whole stories is strong. Alas #somanybookssolittletime 4w
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Dracula | Bram Stoker
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It's a bright & sunny morning, & it's back to spending some time with this toothy fellow & his gang. The upside to being a broke freelancer: a tiny amount of downtime in-between assignments. Hope to read quite a bit of this. I think I was expecting a tawdry horror tale, & while there's plenty of heavy breathing in the relations between vampire & vampiree 😆 it's also layered, complex, & cleverly constructed. @Cinfhen @erzascarletbookgasm @Sace

LeahBergen I must say, it was definitely the clever construction that most impressed me on my adult reread. It surprised me anew. 🖤 1mo
Tamra I have yet to read. Confession time. 1mo
merelybookish I remember loving how all the different texts (diaries, letters, etc.) are used to tell the story. 1mo
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batsy @LeahBergen @merelybookish Yes, I love how he uses and incorporates the different texts! And I don't know if it's because contemporary pop culture has managed to make vampires so silly, but in this one there is a visceral, mythic quality to them that's surprising and disconcerting. 1mo
batsy @Tamra It's never too late! This is my first time 😁 1mo
Tamra @batsy that is enticing! 1mo
erzascarletbookgasm Ah, you‘re showing off this edition in its full glory! 😂 I think you‘re right in saying how the modern culture, especially movies and Halloween make vampires less scary compared to the book. 1mo
Cinfhen Your blurb about Dracula is so on point🧛‍♂️There was nothing really kitschy here. This was a nuanced story told through journals/ news clippings which I really enjoyed and admired. 1mo
Cathythoughts Great cover ❤️👍 1mo
batsy @erzascarletbookgasm Isn't he a looker? 😆 1mo
batsy @Cinfhen Yes, agreed! Love how kickass Mina is becoming, too 1mo
batsy @Cathythoughts 🧛🏻‍♂️❤️ 1mo
paulfrankspencer One of my favorites. So good. 1mo
batsy @paulfrankspencer It's very much exceeding my expectations! Enjoying it a lot. 1mo
readordierachel "This toothy fellow" ? The best description! 1mo
batsy @readordierachel 😆🧛🏻‍♂️ 1mo
rohit-sawant Very cool edition! So true about how well crafted it is with a mythic undertone as opposed to the modern watered down vampires. Joe Hill likened vamps to leeches once, saying there's nothing sexy about that, and I think despite some of the melodrama, Stoker never lost sight of that. 4w
rohit-sawant Also, check out this Epic Rap Battle between Dracula and Vlad the Impaler 😆 Been meaning to share it on Litsy for days now but keep forgetting.
batsy @rohit-sawant Yes, well put! And that Joe Hill comment is spot on. Thank you for that link, it has totally made my day ??? "You're losing so bad you should join Team Jacob" bahahaha! I might be biased; my vote's for toothy Draccy ?? 4w
rohit-sawant My pleasure! I pingponged a bit, rooting for Drac before going in then leaning towards Vlad (That reflection line! 😂🤯😱) but the Team Jacob bit won me over 🤣🤣 🧛🏼‍♂️ 4w
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We That Are Young | Preti Taneja
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I'm #sorry that I keep talking about the books I plan to read but don't actually seem to read 😂 But the #ShakespeareReadAlong has been immensely fun and these are four retellings I hope to get around to eventually: the top two based on King Lear and the bottom two on the Tempest.

#MOvember @Cinfhen

Lcsmcat I can highly recommend the Atwood and the Smiley. Both are excellent. 1mo
Cinfhen No need to apologize for posting about books.!!!! That‘s what we love to see!!!! 1mo
Kalalalatja Love the cover of the tagged book 🙌 1mo
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erzascarletbookgasm Interesting! 1mo
batsy @Lcsmcat Yes, I remember you mentioning that you enjoyed the Atwood! I'm glad to hear the same about Smiley! 1mo
batsy @Kalalalatja It's so striking, isn't it 😍 1mo
WhatWouldJaneDo I tore through Hagseed, it was fantastic! 1mo
readordierachel Hey, if you're sorry about that, we all should be 😆 1mo
GingerAntics I‘m going to have to look into these! 1mo
batsy @WhatWouldJaneDo Nice! So much love for that one on Litsy; it's high on my list 🙂 1mo
batsy @readordierachel I know, right! It's Litsy best practice 😂❤️ 1mo
batsy @GingerAntics They're all very tempting! 1mo
GingerAntics The fact Hagseed is written by Margaret Atwood really makes me want to start there. (edited) 1mo
merelybookish Bad timing to mention I do have the Cesaire version of The Tempest? 1mo
batsy @merelybookish 😂 I'm all aflutter this month! Does #ShakespeareReadAlong take a break next month? Would you like to attempt it then? 1mo
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🎵I got that burnin hot desire
And no one can put out my fire 🎵

Anaïs Nin's journals are a fascinating read about her desires & passions. It's easy to make fun of her I think but I enjoy the effect of reading her journals. She crafts them like novels; they're propulsive, absorbing & perhaps embellished, but that only makes it all the more interesting.

#girlgonewild #MOvember @Cinfhen

Cinfhen 🎶Hey, ey, ey, ey ..... I know, I know I know 🎶 1mo
twohectobooks The only Anaïs Nin I‘ve read was her intro to Tropic of Cancer, which I have to admit didn‘t really win me over! 1mo
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JazzFeathers So interesting. So did she think she would publish them one day? Or was she practicing the art? 1mo
batsy @twohectobooks Ah, OK 😆 I haven't read Tropic of Cancer! I kind of want to, but I'm also not sure! 1mo
batsy @JazzFeathers I think she definitely had an eye for publication! Perhaps she gets some flak for considering herself the most interesting subject 😆 This is a good read https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2015/apr/07/anais-nin-author-social-media 1mo
twohectobooks @batsy it‘s got beautiful parts amid a lot of nonsense and I‘m very impatient when it comes to that sort of thing. I believe she helped to edit it as well as writing the introduction, which I imagine was a monumental task! 1mo
Centique That‘s such an interesting article! 1mo
batsy @Centique I enjoyed it, too! Love reading about how writers construct themselves as a subject, whether in autofiction or diaries. 1mo
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Dracula | Bram Stoker
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It's been a week, so I'm sorry again for my tardiness! Finished my re-read of Tam Lin & loved it even more this time; progressed with the fascinating King Lear & made a tiny dent in Dracula!


💀 To finish Act 3 of King Lear for #ShakespeareReadAlong
🧛🏽‍♀️ Continue with the Dracula buddy read; I'm getting increasingly nervous for Jonathan!
👛 Read the required sections of A Lost Lady for #catherbuddyread


batsy Found that Wordsworth edition of Dracula at a book sale a couple years back; falls under the "so bad it's good" cover category ? 1mo
Cinfhen That cover is pretty perfect 👌🏾 this book is FULL of tension!!! I‘ve been on the edge of my seat a few times already🧛‍♂️ 1mo
erzascarletbookgasm I‘m not a fan of the Dracula cover! 🙅‍♀️😂 1mo
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erzascarletbookgasm I‘m getting nowhere with King Lear! How are you finding it? I haven‘t seen much posts on the read along? 1mo
JennyM Hang in there lovely. Hope you‘re ok 😘 1mo
sudi I have the same wordsworth edition but it has a different picture, this one feels more suited to this book. 1mo
batsy @Cinfhen It is quite gripping even at the start and I'm enjoying the writing so far! 1mo
batsy @erzascarletbookgasm 😂 @sudi These black Wordsworth covers are pretty strange but I like this toothy face as well, I have to say! 😁 I realised there was another cover for this edition when I checked Goodreads. 1mo
batsy @erzascarletbookgasm I'm enjoying it very much! But it requires a lot of concentration. @GingerAntics posts a weekly catch up and discussion :) 1mo
batsy @JennyM Thank you, you're too sweet! ❤️ Just a bit busy and hectic, is all :) 1mo
Cathythoughts Well done 👍❤️ 1mo
batsy @Cathythoughts Thanks Cathy, happy to be on track a bit 😁❤️ 1mo
erzascarletbookgasm I kept searching using the hashtag but couldn‘t find many posts on King Lear or any on the discussions. No wonder..her profile is set private. I need to follow her. 1mo
batsy @erzascarletbookgasm Oh, I didn't realise that! 1mo
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The Terror: A Novel | Dan Simmons
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My face when I realise no one is coming to #rescueme 😬

I liked the first season of TV adaptation of The Terror, a show based on the historical slash horror novel about the doomed 1845 Franklin expedition to find the Northwest Passage. Doom, death, ice, & the terror that stalks them.

#MOvember @Cinfhen

Cinfhen I LOVE doomed expedition memoirs and novels!! #WhatsWrongWithMe 😝 (edited) 1mo
batsy @Cinfhen I love them too! #nothingiswrong #werefine 😎 1mo
Cinfhen Hahaha love the hashtags!!! 1mo
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The Song of the Lark | Willa Cather
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Gorgeously-written portrait of an artist as a woman and her devotion to a life of #music , inspired by the opera singer Olive Fremstad.

So far, out of the Willa Cather novels I've read, this ranks as one of my favourites.

#MOvember @Cinfhen

Cathythoughts Nice review. Stacking. I‘ve only read My Antonia ... which I loved. 1mo
batsy @Cathythoughts I definitely recommend O, Pioneers and this one! They form part of her Prairie Trilogy, along with My Antonia. Not an actual series, more like thematically linked books. Just beautiful 💜 1mo
Cinfhen Lovely post 🎵 1mo
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readordierachel Pretty cover 🕊 1mo
emilyhaldi I have yet to read Willa Cather 🤭 1mo
Latrelwhite I just finished My Ántonia!? (edited) 1mo
batsy @Cinfhen 💙 1mo
batsy @readordierachel The Vintage editions are pretty :) 1mo
batsy @emilyhaldi Plenty of time to discover 😁 1mo
batsy @Latrelwhite How did you like it? 🙂 1mo
CarolynM Great choice 1mo
batsy @CarolynM Thanks! 1mo
Latrelwhite @batsy loved it! I plan on reading them all.😊 1mo
kspenmoll Beautiful cover 1mo
batsy @kspenmoll It's not the one I own but I agree, it's lovely! 1mo
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Tam Lin | Pamela Dean
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I #cherish this book & it has held up to several re-readings. It's basically my fantasy of academia. Set in the 1970s in a small liberal arts college, people genuinely quote Shakespeare & Pope & Aristophanes & Keats at each other & discuss books & art with the seriousness they deserve. It's the 70s, so no one suffers from screen damage. They genuinely REMEMBER quotes! To add to that, dark fairy lore & Scottish ballads. Perfect. #MOVember @Cinfhen

Cathythoughts This sounds good ... I‘m not into YA ... but I‘ve taken a screenshot as it may come in handy for #booked2020 👍😁... I hear the prompts are coming our way soon (edited) 1mo
Cinfhen Did you get a sneak peek @Cathythoughts this book will definitely work for a #booked2020 prompt!!!!! 1mo
Cinfhen Great photo and review @batsy 💚 1mo
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Cathythoughts @Cinfhen No sneak peek 🙈. Glad I mentioned it now though (edited) 1mo
Chrissyreadit I read this in the 80‘s, but sadly do not remember the story. 1mo
batsy @Cathythoughts @Cinfhen LOL you two 😁 I've been doing buddy reads and no challenges this year but look forward to seeing the prompts unveiled! 1mo
batsy @Cinfhen Thank you 😘 1mo
batsy @Chrissyreadit The nice part is I always forget certain elements of the plot as well, so it's always a pleasure to rediscover particular aspects 🙂 1mo
readordierachel Sold and #stacked 🧡 1mo
Centique That sounds fantastic. Stacked! 1mo
Graywacke Intrigued... and, for what it‘s worth I‘ve never heard of this and would have glanced past the cover and title without a second thought without your review. But sounds really good... 1mo
batsy @Graywacke It's a pretty terrible cover! 😆 There's another edition that's much prettier. The novel is very much in the fantasy vein, but I love it the most for the detailed and obsessive conversations about literature by the undergrads who think reading means something. A novel like that won't be written in 2019, I think. It'll be seen as quaint and way too nerdy! 1mo
Graywacke @batsy a novel of its time. The fantasy implication of the cover turned me off. But after reading your review, which was of interest and did not leaveany sense of fantasy, I looked up more info. I‘m definitely interested. Onto the infinite list ...☺️ it‘s a big list...it goes. 1mo
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Tam Lin | Pamela Dean
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I'm pretty late with this but I love the idea of a #weeklyforecast @Cinfhen 💜

🎃 I'm hoping to finish my reread of Tam Lin to coincide with Halloween & the end of October. I love this book 🥰

🎃 Need to finish Act 2 of King Lear for #ShakespeareReadAlong It's dense & complex & good!

🎃 Hoping to welcome November by taking a bite out of Dracula 🧛🏽‍♂️😬😂 My first time reading it & I'm looking forward! @erzascarletbookgasm @Sace @LapReader

Cinfhen Never too late to share your #WeeklyForecast 🧛‍♂️ 1mo
RachelO Well that sounds fun! 1mo
merelybookish I just ordered a copy of Tam Lin! Read it a few years ago and then purged it in a Kondo fit of tidying up. (I guess it didn't spark joy that day.) But have been wanting to re-read it lately, so purchased a new copy. 😬 1mo
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Sace This will be my first time for Dracula too! 1mo
batsy @Cinfhen 🙂 1mo
batsy @RachelO I'm looking forward to this week of reading :) 1mo
batsy @merelybookish I hope it sparks joy this time around! 😆 But I get that it's the kind of book that might drive some people nuts if they don't like the excessive talkiness about literature 😬 1mo
batsy @Sace Yay! 🦇 1mo
Cinfhen Hahahahaha @merelybookish glad you got your spark back ✨⚡️✨⚡️✨ 1mo
merelybookish I did like it. But it didn't seem like a keeper that day...but I've been thinking about it for a while. 🤷 obviously Kondo's method doesn't work for wafflers like me. 1mo
merelybookish @Cinfhen Thanks! 😀 1mo
Earlene I am trying to finish Dracula before Halloween. First time reading it and I am enjoying it. 1mo
batsy @merelybookish I'm too much of a waffler for the Kondo method, as well! That's probably why I need it the most but it's never going to work 😆 1mo
batsy @Earlene I'm glad to hear that! I've been keen to read it for so long but didn't manage to fit it in for October. 1mo
rubyslippersreads @batsy @merelybookish I‘ve had Tam Lin on my TBR for ages. Maybe in 2020. 1mo
batsy @rubyslippersreads 😁🤞🏽 1mo
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The Other | Thomas Tryon
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This is a qualified pick, & a bit of a weird one. I expected to love it when I first started, but like @BarbaraBB I found the writing crowded, or overcooked in parts, with excessive foreshadowing. I saw the 1st twist coming. But I found certain narrative strands & the ending quite brilliant. Not the kind of psychological chills I get from Shirley Jackson or even Henry James, but still, compelling & grotesque. #nyrbbookclub @LeahBergen @vivastory

batsy I will admit that I didn't warm to the frequent references to the sly, up-to-no-good "Asiatic look" ? And on that note, is it just me or does the man on the cover look like a young unsmiling Jamie Oliver? ? ? I'm looking forward to the discussion!
vivastory Great review! I agree about some uncomfortable stereotypes. This was a reread for me & I enjoyed it more the second time around. It does have a very claustrophobic, crowded feeling to it. 1mo
pigeonsandcrows @batsy Absolutely about the Jamie Oliver- I thought that when I read this a while back! 1mo
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erzascarletbookgasm I‘m not happy with the ‘Asiatic look‘ reference either and now that you mention about JO...I can‘t get that off my mind! 😆 1mo
erzascarletbookgasm Btw, have a great Deepavali ! 💕 1mo
LeahBergen @batsy YES! That‘s who that cover reminds me of exactly! 1mo
BarbaraBB Great review. And I‘m glad you mention Jamie Oliver, I kept wondering of whom the boy on the cover reminded me! 👨‍🍳 (edited) 1mo
batsy @vivastory Thank you! It does seem like the kind of book that will reward re-readings. There's a lot going on even at the level of the language. 1mo
batsy @pigeonsandcrows @erzascarletbookgasm @LeahBergen @BarbaraBB I'm glad I'm not the only one who kept looking at it and thinking of it as the Jamie Oliver book 😆 1mo
batsy @erzascarletbookgasm Thank you, friend! ❤️ 1mo
Aimeesue I'm def using Jamie's recipe for sandwiches for the discush. 😂 1mo
batsy @Aimeesue 😂😂 1mo
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A Lost Lady | Willa Cather
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Good #bookmail day 🙂 Got my copies for both the #catherbuddyread and #NYRBbookclub

Tanisha_A Oh my god - these editions. 😭 1mo
erzascarletbookgasm Soooo pretty! 😍😍 1mo
saresmoore Beautiful! 1mo
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Graywacke Gorgeous pair. (And yay, Cather! 👏 ) 1mo
batsy @Tanisha_A @erzascarletbookgasm @saresmoore @Graywacke Was lovely to come home to these 🙂 1mo
readordierachel 😍😍😍 1mo
Centique Ohhh they‘re so pretty! 1mo
LeahBergen Pretty! 😍😍😍 1mo
TrishB They‘re gorgeous ♥️ 1mo
rubyslippersreads Those covers! 😍 I didn‘t even know there was a #catherbuddyread. 1mo
youneverarrived Beauties 😍 1mo
batsy @youneverarrived They make me happy 😁 1mo
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