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Joined September 2016

Ghost in the bookshelf 👻 Malaysia | http://www.goodreads.com/subabat
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Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi
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The Two Gentlemen of Verona by William Shakespeare
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Wuthering Heights by Emily Bront
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Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
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Ajax | Sophocles
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I'd forgotten how visceral the Greek tragedies can be, especially the ones written by Sophocles. Ajax plunges you right into the horrors of death & grief, but also madness as how the ancient Greeks saw it: as determined by the gods. I read the version translated by John Moore, & the way in which Athena ruins Ajax's clarity of mind & vision because of his prior hubris (refusing her help during a war) was pretty chilling & devastating.

Sophronisba I haven't read the Greek tragedies since college. 11h
LeahBergen @Sophronisba I haven‘t, either! 5h
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Cecil | Elizabeth Eliot
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It's ironic that the cover blurb states that Elizabeth Eliot is a humorist of the first order, because I found this strange, compelling, & dark. It's my first time reading her & it's peppered with dry British wit, but the framing of the story & the way it casts an eye back reminded me at times of Willa Cather. There's an elusive mystery at the heart of the story about the relationship between Cecil & his mother that raises uncomfortable questions.

batsy There were times when I wondered if the story was too elusive, with too few details made known, but then I realised it would have shifted the mood of the story if more was revealed. It could have become a tawdry tell-all. But by using a narrator with a limited perspective observing from the outside, it's a novel of shadows & dark corridors that is all the more disturbing because of what it suggests about this kind of almost predatory mothering. 3d
erzascarletbookgasm I‘m only at the first half of the book, and indeed, things are all very subtle, makes me wonder, what‘s really LG‘s motives are. 3d
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batsy @erzascarletbookgasm Yes! I felt the same. Can't wait to hear your thoughts when you get to the end. 3d
Ruthiella I‘m hoping to get to this this weekend, but the dark undertones don‘t surprise me if Mrs. Martell is anything to go on. It had its comedic elements, but it was also quite dark too. (edited) 2d
Tamra Definitely dark! I‘m enjoying it. 2d
batsy @Ruthiella I need to read that! I remember that most of your reviews were positive. And it sounds like the kind of character she's good at depicting, if this one is anything to go by. 2d
batsy @Tamra Yes, it was really absorbing! 2d
quietjenn I'm only through a few chapters, but all the comments about it are definitely intriguing me! Hopefully this weekend. 2d
rubyslippersreads Much darker than I expected. 2d
rubyslippersreads @batsy @Tamra Absorbing is exactly the right word. 2d
LeahBergen Marvellous review! I‘ve also read Alice and Mrs. Martell and both of those definitely had dark humour; this one did NOT. I really enjoyed it for what it was, though. 2d
Cathythoughts Great review!! I‘ve been busy being a Granny all week , but I really hope to finish this off this weekend. It‘s dark, I love it though 2d
CarolynM Fabulous review, as always. Predatory mothering indeed! 2d
batsy @quietjenn Can't wait to hear your thoughts! 1d
batsy @rubyslippersreads Yep, I was expecting a fluffier read (of sorts :) 1d
batsy @LeahBergen Thank you! I'm really interested to read both those books. 1d
batsy @Cathythoughts Thanks, Cathy! And the Granny-ing sounds absolutely lovely; books can wait for a bit 😁💕 1d
batsy @CarolynM Thank you! 🙂 1d
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Wuthering Heights | Emily Bront
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Chapter 7: I'd forgotten this bit about Nelly Dean being our (unreliable?) narrator and also being someone who loves reading ... Coinciding a bit too neatly with my other book Don Quixote that has as its protagonist someone gone a bit bananas from too much reading...

Are these writers trying to tell us something 📚💀📚

#WanderingThroughWutheringHeights #pemberlittens @Crinoline_Laphroaig

Ruthiella Upon second reading, I definitely think that Nellie Dean is an unreliable narrator. There are also a few occasions where she makes the situation worse due to her action/inaction. 1w
ravenlee I call upon the Cheshire Cat: we‘re all a little mad here. 1w
batsy @Ruthiella Yes, it's been so long since I read it but it's not something I picked up on before. But now there are little warning signs! 7d
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batsy @ravenlee It's best not to visit unannounced 😆 7d
Centique I feel like I started life as Catherine and grew into Nelly 😂😂😂 I‘m so interested to see how you feel about it after a long (or is it short?) period between reads. 😍 6d
Mr.Mike-a-Muggle @batsy Tbh, Everyone goes through experience-Taking after reading a Book . 6d
batsy @Centique It's been awhile since I read it and yes! I'm picking up on new things. The characters are as grim as ever but I'm really appreciating the artistry and psychological insight (the latter, whether intended or not..). It's a fascinating study of extreme personalities and experiences that shape character! 6d
UwannaPublishme 🤪🤪🤪 5d
batsy @TheBookHippie @UwannaPublishme We're in dangerous territory 😂 5d
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A Pin to See the Peep Show | Fryniwyd Tennyson Jesse
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Received surprise #bookmail ❤️ So delighted! A book that I really wanted (and almost bought in December!) My spidey sense tells me that this might be from you @LeahBergen ? 🙂

LeahBergen It is! 😄 I‘m so glad you hadn‘t bought it. 👏👏 1w
batsy @LeahBergen Thank you so much, Leah! 😘 I love these editions ❤️ 1w
LeahBergen Oh, you‘re so welcome. I love them, too (and pretty much preorder them, sight unseen 😆). 1w
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readordierachel How lovely! 1w
Cathythoughts Gorgeous gift Suba ! ❤️❤️ I have this one too .... I couldn‘t resist after a certain @LeahBergen posted it recently 😁 looks really good👍 (edited) 1w
batsy @Cathythoughts Oh, lovely! It does sound so good. And @LeahBergen's influence is unparalleled 😁❤️ 1w
erzascarletbookgasm Gorgeous cover! 😍 6d
batsy @erzascarletbookgasm These editions are lovely aren't they 😍 6d
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Don Quixote | Miguel de Cervantes
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Thank you for the tag @ravenlee and sorry I'm a day late 🙂

1) My sort of tentative goals are to read more of the classics I've had on my TBR for a very long time, & to read more nonfiction. History, philosophy, etc. ALL OF THE BOOKS! Sorry, I mean tentative but realistic goals 😆

2) Patience (an eternal life lesson)

3) Reading this slowly & enjoying the humour & thinking underlying the wild misadventures.

#ThoughtfulThursday @MoonWitch94

Graywacke ALL the books, 2022! I‘m down. 🙂 1w
BiblioLitten Don Quixote ♥️ 1w
Ruthiella ALL THE BOOKS #Goals! 😂 1w
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batsy @BiblioLitten I'm so glad to be finally reading it! 🙂 1w
batsy @Graywacke @Ruthiella Let's get this going! 😂 1w
Centique I love All The Books as a goal! For every book I read, I put at least 5 on my TBR 😂😂 I need like an IV attached to a Kindle or something for a constant infusion. 6d
batsy @Centique Hahahaha! That's the best description I've seen. Hook me up, please 😂😂 6d
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The Persians | Aeschylus
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I might have bitten off more than I can chew to start off 2022, but on top of Don Quixote, #FurrowedMiddlebrowClub, #ShakespeareReadAlong, #WanderingThroughWutheringHeights, & #NYRBBookClub, I thought why not add a Greek play? I got the idea from here: shorturl.at/aoCHJ

January starts off with The Persians; it is haunting & full of ghosts & mourning. It's my first time reading it & it is very fitting for our troubled times of grief & confusion.

TheAromaofBooks Are you reading Don Quixote as part of an official buddy read, or is just a goal for this year? It's on my list, too, since it's been on my shelf for... my entire life pretty much 😂 2w
Crinoline_Laphroaig January. When I think I can read ALL the Books. 1w
batsy @TheAromaofBooks Just one of the books I had to tick off my list! It's been on my TBR that long, too 😆 1w
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batsy @Crinoline_Laphroaig We love January! 😂 1w
Cathythoughts It‘s great to make a big start to the New Year ❤️ You can do it Suba 👍❤️💫 1w
Schwifty I‘ve also had Don Quixote on my shelf for way too long. Maybe I too will finally read it this year. A friend of mine many years ago told me he believed Don Quixote was one of those books you should read every ten years because of its message. 1w
batsy @Cathythoughts Thank you, sweet Cathy 😘♥️ I'm pretty excited to try 😁 1w
batsy @Schwifty I'm about 200 pages in (the Edith Grossman translation) and can recommend it! It's not what I expected and it definitely feels like the reader is on that long journey with the Don and Sancho. 1w
Graywacke The Persians is a quirky thing. No mythology! 1w
Schwifty Yep, Edith Grossman is the edition I have. I have one of those 100 essential novel scratch off posters from pop-chart. Don Quixote is the first one. And I just keep avoiding it for some reason. 1w
batsy @Graywacke Yes! Very strange, dark, kind of like a scene of a prophetic dream straight out of Julius Caesar. 7d
batsy @Schwifty I avoided it for many years, too. It seemed daunting and like it was not my thing. But it's a whole different beast to what I expected. 7d
Graywacke @batsy i was thinking Jeremiah and lamentations. But those dreams? I might have to check Aeschylus again. 6d
batsy @Graywacke That's interesting... the Old Testament? The Bible is one thing I've not read & I still remember a professor in one of my English courses telling us that it's fundamental reading for anyone interested in Western literature. This might be the year... 😅 6d
Graywacke @batsy i read it not that long ago… well, actually I started ten years ago. Wow. Anyway, it took me several years, initially with a group and our focus was literary. (Most of us were atheist, but some were religious). It‘s a mixture if work and fun reading, but it really rewards in reading everything else. (Mind you, I don‘t think Aeschylus read it.) 6d
Graywacke @batsy of course the difference between OT mourning and this is the audience. In OT it‘s “woe is us” and here it‘s “them” (with maybe an unspoken “nah nah, we beat you” 🙂) 6d
batsy @Graywacke That is really fascinating. And reading it over years seems ideal, really. It's the sort of text one lives with. I have to seriously plan on reading it. (This week's play is Ajax by Sophocles. Have you read that one?) 6d
Graywacke @batsy The year I read Homer I also went through most, but not all, the classic Greek plays. I‘m pretty sure I read Ajax and liked it. 6d
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LeahBergen 😆😆 2w
batsy @readordierachel @LeahBergen Poor Snoopy wrote himself into a corner 😂 2w
tpixie @batsy lol 😂 1w
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At the start, I thought this novel with its elliptical, poetic writing would rub me the wrong way. But it was not easy to pigeonhole this book or guess where it would take you; it was constantly shape-shifting in telling the tale of a Dutch family in Indonesia's Spice Islands & the murders & betrayals, plus the characters & ghosts that slip in & out. Underlying it, the most persistent haunting of all: that of colonialism. It was sad & mysterious.

BarbaraBB Beautiful review. Happy new year Suba 🎆 2w
batsy @BarbaraBB Thank you, Barbara! Happy New Year 😘 2w
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Tamra Happy New Year! Looking forward to more of your insightful reviews! 2w
readordierachel Lovely review. I am struggling with this one, but you've made me want to soldier on. Happy New Year 🤗 2w
Cathythoughts Nice looking coffee 👍❤️ 2w
Cathythoughts Happy New Year 😘 2w
batsy @Tamra Thank you so much! Happy New Year! 🥂 2w
batsy @readordierachel I hope it pays off for you! I can understand why it feels a bit off, though. Happy New Year ❤️ 2w
batsy @Cathythoughts It was delish 😁 Wishing you a fantastic 2022! 2w
merelybookish Beautiful review! There is a lot to unpack here. 2w
vivastory Happy New Year! Wonderful review! I agree about it being mysterious & shapeshifting. I was def along for the ride, but some of the narrative shifts didn't work for me. I'm really looking forward to the discussion though! 2w
batsy @merelybookish Thank you! It's a deeply layered novel. 2w
batsy @vivastory Thank you! Happy New Year 🎉 I wish I was more aware of the details of Dutch colonialism in Indonesia; there seems to be a lot going on under the surface. 2w
charl08 Sounds fascinating. 2w
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Don Quixote | Miguel de Cervantes
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This has started well 😅

SqueakyChu Ha hahaha! 2w
sisilia I kept giggling when I read DQ 🤣🤣 2w
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batsy @sisilia I've only just begun but I can see this being the case 😆 2w
Lesliereads Ow! His brains dried up! 😂 2w
Lcsmcat I‘ve read the two introductions and Chapter One, and I‘m giggling right along with you! 2w
batsy @Lesliereads My sinuses kind of hurt when I read that sentence 😆 2w
batsy @Lcsmcat I'm only going to start Chap 2 today, as well. I avoided the Bloom intro just in case it "spoils" anything, though it feels silly to say that about a classic! Do you think it's best to read it before I continue on? 2w
Lcsmcat @batsy I don‘t think it‘s necessary at all, but I wasn‘t worried about « spoilers » since I know the basic outline of the plot already. 2w
batsy @Lcsmcat Thanks! Yeah I have an idea of the story, but the narrative voice is so beguiling I just want it to lead me to wherever and to be ready to go where it takes me, surprises and all. Will probably get to Bloom once I'm done :) 2w
Suet624 Oh so that's what's going on with me.... too little sleep and too much reading... i'm feeling a bit nutty these days. 2w
batsy @Suet624 You and me both! We just need a noble steed and a squire 😂 2w
Suet624 @batsy oh! Is that what I need? Hahaha. 2w
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I'm somewhat bereft that this volume was over so soon. Charlie Brown and gang make philosophising hecking adorable. I read a little bit every night before bed and I'm sad to say goodbye. I'm thinking if I just make sure to read a bit of Peanuts and a poem everyday I'll be much happier 🙂

kspenmoll 😀 2w
TrishB Love them too ❤️ 2w
Cathythoughts Love this post ❤️😃 2w
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CarolynM 2w
readordierachel This is wonderful ❤ 2w
batsy @readordierachel It's lovely to see you back! ❤️ 2w
UwannaPublishme I couldn‘t agree more! 🙌🏻 2w
Nute Well, I just love this post! I can totally get behind some Peanuts-philosophy at the end of every day and then a poem on top of that.👍🏽 Keep talking, my kindred spirit Friend!☺️ (edited) 2w
Lesliereads “read peanuts and a poem each day”😍 2w
batsy @UwannaPublishme @Nute I love that you guys get it ❤️❤️ 2w
batsy @Lesliereads 😁❤️ 2w
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Death in the Stocks | Georgette Heyer
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Did a switch for my final #cloakanddaggerchristmas prompt & went with this for the Golden Age mystery. It's a bit of a Bright Young Things escapade, though published in 1935, with a lot of zinging wit & repartee, murders, & romance. I enjoyed it though it's by no means perfect.

I really enjoyed this challenge; murders are perfect for December! Lol. Completed 6 prompts:
Inspector Bucket
Gamache
Tommy & Tuppence
Agatha Raisin
Hercule Poirot
Columbo

batsy @merelybookish Thanks for getting us excited about this challenge 😁 3w
merelybookish @batsy 6 done! I think we both exceeded our expectations. Murder is the perfect counterbalance to Christmas cheer! 😁 3w
Reggie @merelybookish ☝🏽lololol 3w
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batsy @merelybookish 😆😆 3w
Cathythoughts 👏👏👏I love Colombo 🕵️‍♂️ 3w
charl08 👍🎄Definitely a good time for some crime. 3w
batsy @Cathythoughts It's a good show! 😁 3w
batsy @charl08 🎄🕵🏽‍♀️ 3w
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The Thin Man | Dashiell Hammett
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Everyone here was right—this movie is a gem. *This* is the pinnacle of noir & screwball comedy & perfect for the holidays since it begins on Christmas Eve & ends on NYE. Shockingly the book that it's based on pales in comparison #themoviewasbetter

William Powell & Myrna Loy are delightful, but a special shoutout to the dog that plays Asta 😆

mabell Yay!!! So glad you enjoyed it! It‘s our tradition to watch The Thin Man on Christmas and After the Thin Man on New Year‘s (it takes place on NYE) 😊 3w
LeahBergen I just knew you‘d love Asta! 😆 3w
batsy @mabell Ooo! Thank you for that. Now I know what my NY plans are 😁 3w
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batsy @LeahBergen Apparently originally named Skippy! An absolute legend of the film world 🐶❤️ 3w
TieDyeDude One of my all time favorites! I own the book, but I've been worried it wouldn't live up to the film. Sounds like I'll skip the read 😁 3w
Jess_Read_This Agree! 😁 It‘s one of my favorites too! I tried to read the book after watching the movie but couldn‘t finish it. 3w
batsy @TieDyeDude I'm not sure if the book might improve if you can visualise it with the movie characters? 😁 But yes, such a great movie! 3w
batsy @Jess_Read_This Nice! ❤️ I'm glad to know I'm not the only one who struggled with the book 🙂 3w
Suet624 I‘ve never watched it. Now I must! 3w
batsy @Suet624 It's such good fun! And the dog! 😍 3w
Bookwomble The sequels are fantastic, too. I bought a box set of the movies a few years (decades? 🤔) ago, and they became firm favourites with my kids. 3w
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Thank you so much @Smarkies for this beautiful #jolabokaflodswap package 😘 Everything is perfect and I'm so glad to get a book that's been on my TBR for so long! The book sleeve is gorgeous 💜

Merry Christmas and I hope you have a fabulous holiday.

And thank you @MaleficentBookDragon once again for organising. Merry Christmas! 🎄

Cathythoughts Looks interesting & delicious 👍🏻🎄 3w
Soubhiville I love the book sleeve, so pretty. 3w
erzascarletbookgasm Lovely package 👍 3w
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batsy @Soubhiville It is! 😍 3w
LeahBergen Lovely! 😍 3w
Smarkies Merry Christmas @batsy 🤗🤗🎉🎉 3w
batsy @LeahBergen ❤️ 3w
batsy @Smarkies Thank you again, already gobbled quite a bit of the chocolate 😁 3w
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Pericles | William Shakespeare
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Pericles is a wild ride; one will be tossed back & forth by the waves & will emerge from it invigorated, dazed, or slightly ill. Maybe all three? Lol. This play has a combination of bad writing for the first couple of acts (attributed to another writer) & the fantastical elements of fairytale & myth. I didn't enjoy it all the way through but there are bits that stick in my mind, like Marina, her way with words, & her triumph (related to chastity).

batsy I enjoyed how it ended & the way it prefigures The Winter's Tale, Cymbeline, & The Tempest. I didn't quite enjoy the way the play gets going--the incest motif that was just unimaginably grim, because of its relation to patriarchal power, & the ensuing moral judgments of the worth of a good woman (chaste). Thank you @merelybookish for gently guiding us through choppy waters & the #shakespearereadalong crew for the discussions! 3w
Cathythoughts Nice pic , loving the folds in the clothing ❤️ 3w
batsy @Cathythoughts It is a lovely image, isn't it! I was trying to find credits for it; found it here https://www.newenglishreview.org/custpage.cfm/frm/184517/sec_id/184517 3w
erzascarletbookgasm Great review 👍. 3w
batsy @erzascarletbookgasm Thanks, friend! Have a great Christmas 💜 3w
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The Thin Man | Dashiell Hammett
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I expected this to be the pinnacle of noir slash screwball comedy based on all the raves, but it was largely ... fine? I read it for #cloakanddaggerchristmas for the Tommy & Tuppence prompt, for a mystery featuring a great team. This was more about Nick, a former private detective, doing the detecting, & Nora, his wife, pouring out drinks & getting hit across the face when a gun was pointed at her to prevent a "feminine brainstorm" i.e. hysteria.

batsy I also prepared myself for all the fast-talking wit but I can't remember laughing or chuckling or even cracking a smile 😶 Events proceeded in a nutty way; a murderer was apprehended. It has a touch of louche glamour but it didn't do much for me. All in all, it was fine. In fact at points it might have even sucked, lol. It's a short book & I struggled to get back into it everytime I put it down. I still want to give the movie a chance, though. 4w
TrishB Great review 👍🏻 4w
erzascarletbookgasm Echoing @TrishB ! 👍 Love reading your reviews! 4w
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Earlene I haven‘t read the book but I enjoyed the movie. 4w
batsy @TrishB @erzascarletbookgasm Thank you! ❤️❤️ 4w
batsy @Earlene I definitely want to watch it and hope to do so soon. 4w
mabell I love the movies so much I refuse to read the book! 😆 4w
DGRachel I know my mom loves Nick & Nora from the films, so hopefully that will be more fun for you. I‘ve discovered that Classic Noir is problematic at best and noir is something I love. Those old ones, though…ooofff. 4w
TheAromaofBooks This is one of the rare cases where the movies are such perfection that I'm scared to read the book - usually the other way around!! 😂 4w
Billypar I love this review 😅 And I'm with @mabell and @TheAromaofBooks - I have a feeling the movies are probably better (if not more progressive), though I've read little noir to know for sure. 4w
batsy @mabell @DGRachel @TheAromaofBooks I'm hearing this a lot 😁 I think the movie(s) seem to be classics in their own right. I love a lot of film noir; maybe a lot of what is problematic in the novel is improved upon in the film adaptations by good acting and directing. I can't wait to watch it! 4w
batsy @Billypar Haha, thank you! I haven't read a lot of hardboiled/noir fiction up to this point either, but I loved what little I've read of Chandler. 4w
LeahBergen I have a fondness for the terrier in the films. 😆 4w
BarbaraBB I didn‘t watch the movie but so remember being underwhelmed by the book too. My favorite noir writer is Dorothy B Hughes. I loved both The Expendable Man and 4w
batsy @LeahBergen I had to look up that doggo and now I'm even more eager to watch the film 😆 4w
batsy @BarbaraBB I loved The Expendable Man, too! Really need to read Lonely Place. 4w
batsy @LeahBergen You were absolutely right about the dog! 😆 3w
LeahBergen Right?? That Asta. And her name is quite often a crossword clue. 😆 3w
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Not sure if you guys can relate...

Not me, of course, I'm in total control of my TBR; my TBR is not in control of me 🤣

(stolen from Twitter)

Desha 😂😂😂Too true!📚📚📚📚📚📚 4w
Andrew65 Don‘t think I‘ve even cleared that much 🤯😳🙈 4w
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batsy @Desha @Andrew65 We might be beyond help 😂 4w
Andrew65 @batsy Think we are, think added more than I‘ve read! 🙈 4w
Scochrane26 This is definitely how I‘ve been feeling lately! 😂 4w
Leftcoastzen Aaahhhh, feeling so seen! I think if I use age calculator to determine when I would finish TBR , I need to live to 364 ! 4w
RaeLovesToRead Hahaha 🤣🤣🤣 One day I will have read all the books ever... all of them! 4w
bnp But it does look nice and cozy in that small space - I could hunker down and read a book! 4w
BiblioLitten 🙈 I tackle one book from my TBR and the next moment I add six more. 📚📚 4w
kplovesbooks This applies to none of us! I'm sure of it! 🤣🤣🤦 4w
Ruthiella 😂😂😂 4w
youneverarrived 😂😂 accurate 4w
Centique So many books! But if I didn‘t have a huge list of books to play with and sort I‘d be a misery I reckon. (I have to save it in multiple places because it‘s so precious!) 4w
Centique @Leftcoastzen I‘m gonna have to be a library ghost just to finish my TBR. 😂 4w
Graywacke Definitely can relate. I think my TBR pile is misnamed. 4w
LeahBergen Umm… I‘m triggered. 😆😆 4w
GingerAntics This is accurate. 4w
mrp27 I can totally relate! 4w
Desha @andrew65 @batsy I KNOW I‘ve added/bought more than I‘ve read...at this point I‘m calculating out how many years I may have left on this planet vs. how many books I can read a year and the TBR stats are not looking good...I‘m going to die under a pile of books...but what a way to go!! 🤪😂😊📚♥️ 4w
UwannaPublishme Can definitely relate! 🤪😂🙌🏻 4w
Andrew65 @Desha @batsy Think that will be the case for all of us. 🤣 4w
EvieBee Lol! Yaaaaas! 4w
staci.reads Seems about right. 4w
rubyslippersreads @Centique @Leftcoastzen I‘m definitely planning to come back as a library ghost! 📚👻 4w
rubyslippersreads @Andrew65 @desha @batsy Maybe that‘s how you become a library ghost. 😂 4w
Amie Painfully accurate 😂 4w
Reggie Lolololol thank you for this. Totally feels real right now. 4w
Desha @rubyslippersreads 😂😂😂 4w
Tamra 😂 4w
CarolynM Totally 🙄😬😆 4w
batsy @bnp I like how you think! 😂 4w
readordierachel Yep 😆 4w
Bookzombie So true! 3w
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The Year in Review | Freedom Forum Media Studies Center
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Thanks for the tag @BarbaraBB @youneverarrived this is my #Top21of21

To make it easier to whittle down my faves, I left out my rereads of Austen and Shakespeare. It was a very good reading year again, enriched by the many group reads here on Litsy.

I know lots of people have been tagged already; do you want to give it a go @Bookwomble @nathandrake1997 @Smarkies @mklong @sprainedbrain @BiblioLitten @AnneCecilie @Graywacke @Lcsmcat @charl08 🙂

Graywacke This is cool. How many books have you read this year? 1mo
batsy @Graywacke I keep a reading log in a notebook; I'll have to check and let you know! I stopped doing the GR challenge because it felt like too much pressure 😅 1mo
merelybookish Great list! I plan to add some to my TBR. And so many NYRB books! I know some will make mine too! 1mo
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mklong Great list! Thanks for the tag, I‘ll have to think about it 1mo
Graywacke @batsy oh - challenges - no no no. Not for me either. That‘s reading buzz-killer stress for me. (My GR challenge is set, but it‘s really not challenge in my head.) 1mo
TrishB Some great ones there 👍🏻 1mo
nathandrake1997 PIRANESI ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ Great list @batsy ❤️ Thank you so much for the tag ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ 1mo
vivastory Tove strikes again! Wonderful list, taking a screenshot for future reference. I really need to prioritize Sarah Waters. I've only read one book by her, but I enjoyed it & keep meaning to read more 1mo
vivastory Also, The Diviners 💙 1mo
charl08 Love the ra ge on these lists! 21 is hard though... 1mo
charl08 Or even, *range*... 1mo
Nute Fantastic reading this year! So happy to see the endorsement for Girl A. I am discovering so many new books because of everyone‘s choices. Reading through these posts is like a Saturday morning heavenly literary smorgasbord from some of my most favorite people on the planet! Such a delight!💕 1mo
LeahBergen I see many that we read together! 😊 1mo
BarbaraBB What a great list. Like @LeahBergen I recognize some and the ones I don‘t I want to read now! 🤍 (edited) 1mo
batsy @merelybookish Thank you! The NYRB club contributes so many highlights to my reading year 🙂 1mo
batsy @mklong Thank you and I'm looking forward to yours! 1mo
batsy @TrishB Thanks, Trish! It was a good reading year :) 1mo
batsy @nathandrake1997 So much love for the book! Thank you and I'm so keen to see yours ♥️ 1mo
batsy @vivastory Yes, Tove 💕 Sarah Waters hits the sweet spot for me in terms of writing, characters, and plot. And once again thank you for kick-starting #nyrbbookclub it's lead us to many gems 🙌🏽 1mo
batsy @charl08 Haha! Reading *did* help me with my rage in 2021 😁 1mo
batsy @Nute Thank you and that's a lovely way to put it. It's the best time of year to see everyone's faves 💕 And yes, Girl A left a definite impression on me even months later. 1mo
batsy @LeahBergen So many fantastic books that we read together 💕 1mo
batsy @BarbaraBB Thank you! Here's to many more discoveries in 2022 😁❤️ 1mo
Leftcoastzen Yay! Trollope! 1mo
batsy @Leftcoastzen 🙌🏽 1mo
batsy @Graywacke I think if I ever get back to the GR reading challenge it's by tricking my brain in the same way 😆 (Apparently I'm up to 93 books so far this year, and I've taken myself by surprise...it felt like I never had time to read...) 1mo
CarolynM Lovely to see the Furrowed Middlebrows and KJ Charles on your list 🙂 1mo
batsy @CarolynM The KJ Charles was absolute pleasure. I read like a kid again! And the FMs, even when imperfect, always deliver in terms of leaving an impression 💙 1mo
Graywacke @batsy Sounds like a good year. 1mo
Liz_M How did I miss this list? The employees was really a unique, intriguing read! And all the nyrb and a Trollope! I should get to The Changeling 1mo
Suet624 You just reminded me of the hearing trumpet! What a fun book that one was. 1mo
batsy @Liz_M The Employees and the Changeling both have a kind of vibe that sticks...hard to forget! 1mo
batsy @Suet624 It was just so wonderfully bizarre and funny! I think about it all the time. 1mo
andrew61 Some intersect picks , will definitely be picking some for 2022 4w
britt_brooke Definitely stacking some of these! 4w
youneverarrived Great list! I spot a few nyrb books 😁 that cover of A Month in the Country is beautiful. Love Sarah Waters 🤍 4w
Billypar The Changeling was so much fun! I need to prioritize Piranesi in 2022 - I've heard enough to know I need to pick it up. 4w
batsy @youneverarrived Thank you! And I think for me Sarah Waters can do no wrong 💜 4w
batsy @Billypar I started off my year with Piranesi and I have not been able to stop thinking about it! 4w
GatheringBooks Oohlala! Totally missed this one. Glad to see so many #NYRBBookClub titles on this list! I have to move Piranesi up my TBR stack. 3w
batsy @GatheringBooks Didn't win over everyone with its style, I think, but I really enjoyed it 🙂 3w
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This one hits hard 💔😔

Rest in power, bell hooks

Dilara So sad. She was such an interesting and engaging person. 1mo
Christine Such a loss. 😔 1mo
TheBookHippie 😭 1mo
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Leftcoastzen Oh no! 😭 1mo
Lesliereads Yes it‘s so hard 1mo
sarahbarnes Wow 1mo
BarbaraBB 💔 1mo
TrishB 💔💔 1mo
sprainedbrain Oh I hadn‘t heard. 💔 1mo
Suet624 I wrote to my kids when i heard this and said I had had just about enough of all my people dying. 1mo
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Second Place: A Novel | Rachel Cusk
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Lovely #bookmail today and I'm pretty sure this is from you @Cathythoughts ! Thank you so much, sweet friend 😘 My first Cusk and I'm really looking forward to it ❤️

JamieArc I‘ll be curious to see your review. For me, at the time, it was just okay. Yet months later, I still think about it. 1mo
batsy @JamieArc It's interesting how some books are like that! Doesn't make much of an impression when you're reading but later you find it has wormed its way into your brain 🙂 1mo
Cathythoughts Yes , from me SP 😁. Like @JamieArc, I think about it too. Also I‘ll be curious to see your review…. Someday 😄 .. so MANY books. Your welcome X Happy holiday season Suba 😘 1mo
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batsy @Cathythoughts Thanks again, Cathy 💜 I guessed right 😁 & it was lovely to get it in the mail. There's a little something coming your way from Book Depo; it might not be there in time for Xmas but hopefully to ring in the new year. A suitably wintry read 💙❄️ 1mo
Cathythoughts Thanks so much X XX 1mo
nathandrake1997 One of my favourite books of the year ❤️❤️❤️❤️ Can't wait to read your thoughts on this ❤️❤️❤️❤️ 1mo
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The Wintringham Mystery | Anthony Berkeley
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This Golden Age mystery was originally serialised in the papers; a mystery so baffling that even Agatha Christie couldn't solve it. Well, neither could I 😂 This was a jolly good lark—witty dialogue, hijinks, winter in a country house with a bunch of characters thrown together, an amateur sleuth, an intimidating lady of the house, séances gone wrong, hidden passageways, romance, & even shenanigans in the world of finance. Fluffy but satisfying.

batsy Read this for #cloakanddaggerchristmas for the Agatha Raisin prompt (mystery with an amateur sleuth), though it could just as well fulfill the Hercule Poirot prompt (Golden Age or a mystery set between 1920 & 1945) for anyone still looking for recommendations 🙂 1mo
Cathythoughts Great review ❤️ sounds really good & I love the cover 1mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Awesome review 📚🙌🏻 1mo
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batsy @Cathythoughts @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thank you 💕 It's a fun read 🙂 1mo
TrishB Always room for more reviews with shenanigans 😁 1mo
batsy @TrishB 😆 1mo
Tamra Fun! 1mo
erzascarletbookgasm Sounds like the kind of book I need now. Stacking of course! 1mo
batsy @Tamra Yes! 1mo
batsy @erzascarletbookgasm Yes I think you'll like this one, J! 1mo
LeahBergen I need it! 😆 1mo
quietjenn Sounds great! You‘re terrible for my tbr list! 😉 1mo
batsy @LeahBergen I think you do! 😁 1mo
batsy @quietjenn I aim to serve 😂 1mo
mklong Ooh this one sounds great!! 1mo
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Thank you @Cathythoughts for your sweet card 😘 Wishing you and your family a lovely Christmas! 💕

Cathythoughts Happy Christmas Suba ❤️🎄 1mo
Soubhiville Wow that‘s beautiful! 1mo
batsy @Cathythoughts Thank you! 1mo
batsy @Soubhiville It soothes me to look at it 💕 1mo
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Death of a Busybody | George Bellairs
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This 1940s mystery was grimmer than I expected & revealed the dark underbelly of the stereotypically languid, traditional English village. Unfortunately, it's a book that came off mean-spirited. The attempts at wit left me cold; the characterisation somewhat rudimentary & elitist. Two things in particular annoyed me:
1) Inspector Littlejohn is as dull as dishwater
2) The insistence on representing working class speech via patronising dialect text

batsy I found the mystery interesting enough & felt that there was enough there in the themes of rot, corruption, & how unfulfilled lives can curdle & fester in a place where you're pretty much seeing the same people all the time everyday. But the stuff that annoyed me was hard to overlook. Read this for #cloakanddaggerchristmas for the Gamache prompt (bilingual detective or set in a village) 1mo
Cathythoughts Great review! I don‘t like the sound of this one. I though the title was cute till I read your review… now I don‘t like the title… sounds like a strange book 1mo
batsy @Cathythoughts Thank you! And yes, in my view it's a somewhat mean-spirited book 😕 1mo
Cathythoughts Also I sent you a book via Book Depository for Christmas, only they asked for your phone number for delivery purposes.. so I just put my number down ( as the order wouldn‘t go through otherwise 🤷🏼‍♀️) so I hope there arnt any issues about delivery 🤞🏻 the initials of your book happen to be SP .. but it‘s NOT Small Pleasures , it‘s another SP x 1mo
batsy @Cathythoughts Whattt... That's so kind of you! Thank you so much ❤️ I will look out for it & let you know! I think there's just the usual postal delays but it'll get here just fine 😘 1mo
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Agnes Grey | Anne Bront
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Saw this charming Faber edition of Agnes Grey while browsing today. Perfect to foist upon an unsuspecting young reader and gently convert them to Brontëism 💖

Cathythoughts Oh how gorgeous ❤️ 1mo
batsy @Cathythoughts So pretty! I wanted to gift it to myself 😂 1mo
Cathythoughts I think you absolutely should get it ! It‘s a beautiful book 💝 1mo
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Cathythoughts I ordered a book from Persephone for myself very recently, but I never got the ‘ free wrapping ‘ … what was I thinking 🤷🏼‍♀️🙄.. I would have loved this wrapped up book under the tree from me 😂🎄.. next time 👍🏻👍🏻 1mo
EvieBee When I read this a few years ago, I was sad at the lack of super cute editions available, as it‘s one of my favorite Brontë books. This seems like a promising sign. (edited) 1mo
LeahBergen That should tempt a new generation of readers! 👏🏻👏🏻 1mo
LeahBergen @Cathythoughts Oh, you definitely should have had the free wrapping! You could have put a card on it that said it was from Lisa. 😆 1mo
Cathythoughts @LeahBergen Oh stop 😂 that would be so cute. Lisa ! She‘d love to eat it I‘d say !!! Definitely, next time 👍🏻😁 1mo
Centique That is beautiful! 1mo
batsy @Cathythoughts Aww, you should have got the free wrapping! I agree with @LeahBergen pretend it's from Lisa with a note—"Dear mum, I was perusing your TBR..." ??? 1mo
batsy @EvieBee @LeahBergen It is nice to see more editions & it does seem like the best Brontë to introduce to younger readers. 1mo
batsy @Centique Isn't it just! 💕 1mo
BiblioLitten How lovely! I read this book last year 💕 1mo
batsy @BiblioLitten It's such a pretty edition! 1mo
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Holiday Gifts | Anastasia Suen
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Thank you, Jessie for the beautiful card, the yummy chocolate, and the cheeky button badge (it says "Let's talk about texts" ?)

I hope you have a lovely Christmas and festive period with your family, friend ?? @erzascarletbookgasm

erzascarletbookgasm Enjoy the chocolate 😘 1mo
erzascarletbookgasm That card with a little girl was just a random thing I picked up to shield/protect the chocolate in the package 😂. Sorry about that. (edited) 1mo
Cathythoughts Lovely gifts 😁💝 1mo
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TrishB Lovely ❤️ 1mo
batsy @erzascarletbookgasm Haha no worries, I thought it was cute 😆 Thank you! 😘 1mo
batsy @Cathythoughts @TrishB It is! ❤️ 1mo
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The Law and the Lady | Wilkie COLLINS
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This book is BANANAS & I'm not ashamed to say that I was riveted. How you get along with it will depend on your tolerance for all of the bourgeois Victorian anxieties that come alive in these sensation novels; in this case, we have the usual fears & prejudices about "otherness" in relation to bodies, disability, & also ideal womanhood. The protagonist being an intelligent, independent woman is welcome; the embedded notions of femininity, less so!

batsy I found it strange & fascinating. I feel like the book was unintentionally revealing of the middle-class British Victorian psyche & it was all kinds of amusing, intriguing, & ugly. Lol. The mystery's resolution was also wild because of the notions of propriety that govern the conduct of the "good" characters. The men are absurd & the husband is beyond useless! This was a trip. Read it for #cloakanddaggerchristmas for the Inspector Bucket prompt. 1mo
Cathythoughts Great review 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 1mo
Amiable Love your review! 👍🏼 1mo
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Lindy Stacked! 1mo
Suet624 I only want to read about anxieties that make me laugh. :) Sounds like this might be the one to do it. 1mo
Billypar Great review - sounds memorable to say the least! I've been curious about trying The Woman in White but I'm always a little hesitant to pick up giant 19th century tomes 🙂 1mo
batsy @Cathythoughts @Amiable Thank you! 💕 1mo
batsy @Lindy @Suet624 Just feel that I should warn you guys that what I found interesting might drive others up the wall 😅 1mo
batsy @Billypar Ooh, The Woman in White is really fun! Right up my street with its weird Gothic-y detective fiction vibes 🙂 1mo
merelybookish What a rollicking review! Your enjoyment of the book comes through! You manage to make Victorian lit (which I do love) sound...fun! And congrats on one inspector down. 😀 1mo
quietjenn Well then! I'm convinced! Love this review. 1mo
batsy @merelybookish Thank you! I love Victorian lit too, so maybe I'm predisposed to being somewhat favourable to this but Collins definitely has a knack of making things weird in a way that I enjoy 😁 1mo
batsy @quietjenn Thank you! I hope it's a good read for you when you get to it. 1mo
LeahBergen I‘m always down for some good bourgeois Victorian anxieties. 😆😆 1mo
LeahBergen @Billypar I‘ve been meaning to read it for years, too! 1mo
BarbaraBB Sounds great! I loved Woman in White and The Moonstone and have been looking for more Collins I just bought a copy of 1mo
batsy @LeahBergen Right? The whole point of reading, imo 😂 1mo
batsy @BarbaraBB Oh, nice! I haven't read that one. I'm looking forward to more Collins 🙂 1mo
Ruthiella Not sure how I overlooked this post previously? Definitely stacking. Have you read No Name? Also bananas is the best possible way! 📚 🍌 4w
batsy @Ruthiella I haven't and I'm very excited to learn that it's also bananas! 😆 I do plan to read as much of Collins as I can. 4w
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School for Love | Olivia Manning
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This book felt old-fashioned in the best possible way, like the pinnacle of a realist novel. The depth of characterisation & the assured pull of the narrative voice make it hard to put down, & it feels a very wise novel in how it charts a young boy's coming of age in a both a turbulent political & social landscape. I love how Manning depicts extremely flawed characters & no simple resolutions with regards to life's hardships. Riveting & moving.

batsy This feels like a fitting year-end #nyrbbookclub read @Leftcoastzen @vivastory 1mo
Leftcoastzen What a beautiful review! 1mo
erzascarletbookgasm Lovely review. I want to read this. 👍 1mo
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Cathythoughts Great review.. I want to read this now , stacked 1mo
batsy @Leftcoastzen Thank you! I'm looking forward to the discussion. 1mo
batsy @erzascarletbookgasm @Cathythoughts Thank you! I do think you'll both like this one 🙂 1mo
LeahBergen One of my favourites for this year‘s #NYRBBookClub! Great review. 👏🏻👏🏻 1mo
quietjenn Spot on review! 1mo
batsy @LeahBergen Thank you! It's kind of a melancholy read to end the year. I want to read her Balkan and Levant trilogies. 1mo
batsy @quietjenn Thanks! 1mo
nathandrake1997 Exquisite review ❤️❤️❤️❤️ 1mo
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Book Nerd | Holly Maguire
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Mailed my #jolabokaflodswap today and I received mine yesterday from @Smarkies ! Thank you 🙂

@MaleficentBookDragon

Smarkies 🎉🎉🎉 2mo
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The Diviners | Margaret Laurence
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I'm the slowest poke that ever poked for this group read but it felt like the book set the pace for me & I had to follow! I first read this as an undergrad in Winnipeg & appreciated it a lot, but reading it now made me understand just how ambitious & wide-ranging it is on the subjects of motherhood, writing, sexuality, & how narratives are constructed both for the individual & a society. Thanks #manawakans for this Laurence deep dive. I loved it.

merelybookish Beautifully said! This book is ambitious and so much of it feels contemporary like her representation of colonialism and her frank portrayal of women's sexuality. 2mo
LeahBergen Ahh, lovely review. I‘ve often wondered why The Stone Angel has been required reading in some Canadian high schools; I know I wouldn‘t have appreciated her writing and ideas nearly as much then as I have now (coming to her first as an ‘older‘ woman 😆). 2mo
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Suet624 Hahaha. The slowest poke that ever poked. 2mo
BiblioLitten I love your review! Stacked! 2mo
JennF13 I read this many years ago as a kid in high school, such a great read! 2mo
batsy @Suet624 😆 2mo
batsy @BiblioLitten I think you'll enjoy making your way through the whole Manawakan sequence! I joined the group a bit later so missed The Stone Angel which I hope to read early next year 😊 2mo
batsy @JennF13 It's so rich and layered! 2mo
batsy @merelybookish @LeahBergen Thank you, both! Reading and Romeo and Juliet with the Shakespeare group recently convinced me that most high school / early uni reading should be revisited in our later (wiser) years 😁 2mo
JennF13 @batsy It‘s beautifully written, easy to read but with a complicated story too. The kind of book you think about long after you read the last page. 1mo
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I think this is my #CloakAndDaggerChristmas list! I'm a slow reader so this is rather ambitious 😅

Golden Age+amateur sleuth: Kitchin or Berkeley (or ideally both if I am attempt to be good & not cheat & combine prompts 🧐)
Translated/set in a different country: Bandyopadhyay, Indian/Bengali
Team/duo: Hammett
Victorian: Collins
Village: Bellairs
Mystery TV show: My current fave, Rosemary & Thyme (British mystery series)

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batsy The full list of prompts is here for anyone interested https://www.instagram.com/p/CWTbYSFrp2B/ 2mo
merelybookish These look great! And ambitious! I loved Collins when I read him as an undergrad (but avoided an actual Victorian mystery myself.) I love the title of Death of a Busybody. (I imagine many people wanted that person dead. 😛) Even if we don't read any of these books, it has been fun making the list. Here's to death at Xmas! 😄 2mo
Cathythoughts Great post ! These look good 👍🏻❤️ 2mo
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batsy @merelybookish Hahaha, yes! Here's to all of that 🥂🎄 2mo
batsy @Cathythoughts Thank you! Join in if you have the time; even just for one prompt! It'll be fun 😁 2mo
TheBookHippie Oooo this looks wonderful! 2mo
batsy @TheBookHippie Isn't it just! Something about murder+Christmas is just irresistible 😂 2mo
Jee_HookedOnBookz I‘m a super slow reader too! And what a great list! Happy reading! 2mo
quietjenn Oh, I don't know Crime at Christmas and have never read Kitchin. Might have to add that to my list of possibilities! 2mo
LeahBergen Ooo, these all look fun! 2mo
Angitron This is the first time I‘ve seen someone mention Rosemary & Thyme!! Also a favorite of mine! 😊 2mo
batsy @quietjenn I'm pretty sure I only heard of him because of something I read on crimereads.com 😆 They're responsible for my TBR expanding to infinity! 2mo
batsy @LeahBergen I'm excited! 😁 2mo
batsy @Angitron Yay! Nice to meet another fan 😊 Love the cosy elements of the show mixed with the gardening theme and two sharp female characters. 2mo
Jee_HookedOnBookz And thanks for letting me know about #SlowReadersUnite ! 😄 2mo
charl08 This looks like a fun list! I definitely plan to be reading plenty of murders over the holidays. 1mo
batsy @charl08 Tis the season 😆 1mo
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Snoopy: Party Animal | Charles M. Schulz
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All of the stars for Snoopy, our esteemed comrade (puprade?) 🌟

The title made me think this was Snoopy living it up, but I should known it was ironic; it's Snoopy, after all! Alternative title: My Year of Rest and Relaxation.

eeclayton That's my kind of party, too 😂 2mo
batsy @eeclayton Absolutely same 😆 2mo
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Centique Gotta love Snoopy.😍 (My daughter is a Lucy somewhat inspired by Schulz) 2mo
Reggie Lol, puprade! And the alternate title-lolol. 2mo
batsy @Centique Awww 💕 2mo
batsy @Reggie 😆 2mo
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I've never read this before & didn't know much about this legend; it only sprang to life for me when I saw the trailer for The Green Knight. This retelling by Morpurgo for children is beautifully-written & illustrated (art by Michael Foreman). I read a bit each night before bed & it created a suitably magical dreamscape as I drifted off. What I didn't expect was that it's a bit racy for the kids! Lol 👵🏽#ChildrensClassicRead2021 @TheBookHippie

Cathythoughts ‘ Magical dreamscape‘ sounds wonderful 💫 We did it in college ( but I think I might have missed some of those lectures 🙊.. I‘d like to go now though 2mo
Lindy I like Morpugo‘s simple, elegant style, although I don‘t think I have read this one. Your post reminds me of another retelling of Gawain that I liked: 2mo
batsy @Cathythoughts Yes, I want to read a proper adult version and have the Armitage translation 😁 Really want to watch the movie because it looks gorgeous. 2mo
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batsy @Lindy Thanks for the rec! That looks really good. 2mo
TheBookHippie I love it so much and yah… OOOPS 😂😅 2mo
LeahBergen Lovely! I have the Armitage translation and should really pick it up soon. 2mo
batsy @TheBookHippie Lol I'd be blushing reading along with kids 🤣 2mo
batsy @LeahBergen Me too! It's really such an oddly intriguing legend. 2mo
TheBookHippie @batsy Right …Oy. 2mo
erzascarletbookgasm I love Michael Morpurgo 💜 but haven‘t read this book. 2mo
batsy @erzascarletbookgasm It's quite dreamy and delightful 💚 2mo
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Continuing on my quest to gently wade into some general readings on philosophy before going for the hard-hitting texts at some point (hopefully within the decade ?). The premise for this is that key philosophical concepts are explained in bite-sized nuggets in 30 seconds, but this was way too vague & the style of writing was aggravating. The "metaphorical image" accompanying each concept have captions that are basically just extreme Dad Jokes.

GingerAntics Ugh. Would you like to join the Dead Philosophers Society?! 2mo
Graywacke Maybe check out the Oxford Press Very Short Introduction series… ?? 2mo
batsy @GingerAntics Thanks for the invite! Do you have a reading list already worked out or do you guys pick books as you go along? I'm in way too many reading groups on Litsy 😅 but I'd love to join in if I'm able to for a particular month. 2mo
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batsy @Graywacke Yes, I think that series of books is much better based on experience with some other titles. Will look for the philosophy title 🙂 2mo
GingerAntics @batsy we actually go by the length of the books, not by month. We had the next two books picked, but we didn‘t like Tao of Pooh so much we‘re passing on Te of Piglet. We‘re going to decide on our next book this week or next. Originally, the next book after Pooh and Piglet was 2mo
Hamlet @batsy You might check out “Sophie‘s World” by Josten Gaarder. It‘s playful novel that gives a great introduction to many, many philosophers. 2mo
batsy @GingerAntics That one looks good! Dense but really interesting. 2mo
batsy @Hamlet Yes! I really enjoyed it. The book that kicked off my philosophy obsession and had me taking as many phil courses as I could at uni 😁 2mo
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My Caravaggio Style | Doris Langley Moore
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Can't resist a novel about literary fraud & its ensuing shenanigans. In this one, Quentin, a bookseller & writer (variously described by fellow #furrowedmiddlebrowclub readers as a dweeb, a manipulator, & not a peach) attempts to "find" Byron's lost memoirs by forging it. He's not prepared for the clever curiosity of his model girlfriend, however! I enjoyed this & it was smartly set up, but found Quentin sadly somewhat dull in his nefariousness.

Ruthiella I think Quentin‘s haplessness was to keep the reader from seeing him as an all out villain. But it was difficult at first to get used to the tone of this book...so different from previous selections. 2mo
Cathythoughts Nice review! I‘m almost there … and agree 👍🏻. What a great idea for a book … it‘s brilliant ! ( I better finish up quickly now .. 2mo
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LeahBergen @Ruthiella Yes! I was a little surprised by this one when I started it. The tone is very different from other FM reads. 2mo
Ruthiella @batsy PS I see Don Juan peeking out there in your photo. Have you read it? Would you recommend? I‘ve never read any Byron. 2mo
batsy @Cathythoughts Thank you, Cathy! Look forward to your thoughts 👍🏽 2mo
batsy @Ruthiella @LeahBergen That's true about it being different in tone from the others I've read by DM. It reminded me a bit of Kingsley Amis' Lucky Jim and Muriel Spark's Loitering With Intent. I just needed Quentin to be all out unlikeable in an enjoyable way 😆 Good point though @Ruthiella he was probably meant to be seen less as an outright villain, but sadly had no real redeeming qualities. 2mo
batsy @Ruthiella I'm ashamed to say that I've still not read it and basically used it as a photo prop 🙈 I've not read any Byron, either. 2mo
LeahBergen @batsy I‘ve only read bits and pieces of Byron‘s poetry over the years. I must confess to finding his actual life more fascinating. 😆 2mo
batsy @LeahBergen I think I might be the same! I paged through Don Juan and I don't know if I'll be able to read the whole thing 😂 2mo
CarolynM @Ruthiella I've not read all of Don Juan either, but I've read a lot of his shorter poems and extracts from DJ and Childe Harold. A lot of what I found moving and romantic as a teenager strikes me rather differently these days, but I still love Growing Old https://www.poetsgraves.co.uk/Classic%20Poems/Byron/growing_old.htm 2mo
batsy @CarolynM I've not come across this poem before! Thank you for sharing. 2mo
Ruthiella @CarolynM Thanks for the tip! Interesting that your perception changes as you grow and age with Byron. I know this has happened to me with fiction, but I don‘t know enough about poetry to judge. 2mo
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I've been meaning to read a lot more philosophy, + a lot more nonfiction in general, but after reading Spillover at the start of the pandemic last year the muchness of life became too much & I retreated to fiction. Though not all of the fictional books I've picked have been consoling 😂 Anyway, this was a great overview of key philosophical thoughts & systems laid out in a comprehensive & engaging manner. Very thinky & conducive to contemplation.

erzascarletbookgasm These Big Ideas books have good summaries and great visuals for easy understanding. 👍 2mo
batsy @erzascarletbookgasm Yes, I borrowed a digital version of this but I've browsed the physical books and they're very nicely done! 2mo
GingerAntics I‘ve been using this book to help with philosophy students for a few years now. I haven‘t read all of it, yet. I‘m hoping to in the new year. 2mo
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rabbitprincess I loved DK‘s The Medicine Book and am glad The Philosophy Book is good too! 2mo
Cathythoughts Nice review 👍🏻 2mo
batsy @GingerAntics It's a good one to go over slowly and revisit! 2mo
batsy @rabbitprincess That sounds really interesting, too! 🙂 2mo
batsy @Cathythoughts Thanks, Cathy! 2mo
Graywacke Cool 2mo
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What's not to love about a lighthouse story? There's always something inherently creepy, alienating, & unsettling about the conditions of life in a lighthouse. In this one, three lighthouse keepers disappear in 1972; they are never found. A writer emerges in 1992 to interview the former wives/partners of these men. The situation is mysterious & eerie; the fragmented narrative reveals secrets, heartaches, & pain—as well as the uncanny.

batsy I enjoyed it for how it melds different genres: psychological realism, locked-room mystery, ghost story; & for doing so with strong writing & characterisation. If I was let-down, it's to do with the ending; maybe reading stuff by the likes of Shirley Jackson & Samanta Schweblin have spoiled me a bit about stories that exist in the in-between space of the banal & the unexplainable: I just wanted this book to allow itself to go totally OUT THERE. 2mo
MrsMalaprop We are halfway through watching the 2019 film The Lighthouse. And man it‘s disturbing! 😱 2mo
batsy @MrsMalaprop Oooh, I've been meaning to watch it! 2mo
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Cathythoughts Great review 👏🏻.. I‘ve been on the fence .. stacking now 👍🏻❤️ 2mo
batsy @Cathythoughts I think you might like this one, Cathy! And best enjoyed during the chilly fall/winter nights 🙂 2mo
Nute I‘ve never heard of this book, but you mentioned so many key phrases that intrigue my interest. Is this new? 2mo
batsy @Nute Yes, fairly new in that it came out earlier this year! It's an intriguing book :) 2mo
Brimful Loved this and great review 1mo
batsy @Brimful Thank you! 1mo
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The Vet's Daughter | Kathryn Davis, Barbara Comyns
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This is like a dark fable, a self-contained nightmare of decay, disease, doom, & death. There's an undercurrent of witchy energy & a sly, winking humour that makes it worthwhile, despite it being a tough read because it's very grim. This is my first book by Comyns, & it's like if Flannery O'Connor & Angela Carter had a baby. The Virago edition has an intro by the author that made me love her instantly; the same energy infuses the narrative voice.

batsy Thanks for hosting a fantastic discussion @LeahBergen @vivastory I could only catch up this morning but enjoyed seeing all of the comments! #nyrbbookclub 2mo
merelybookish Wonderful review! The FO + AC= BC is so smart! 2mo
batsy @merelybookish Thank you! I owe it to Lucy Scholes for comparing her to Carter and it's spot on; a minimalist Carter, in a way. And the domestic Gothic tone of O'Connor kinda present... Just from a writing POV I admire how Comyns crafted the narrative voice. 2mo
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merelybookish @batsy I love Lucy Scholes. I am going to listen to Backlisted today where she's the guest talking about this book. 2mo
batsy @merelybookish Yes! She's great. I love her Re-Covered pieces for the Paris Review. 2mo
GatheringBooks This is the edition that I also have! 💕 2mo
batsy @GatheringBooks I love NYRBs and Viragos 💚 2mo
Reggie You had me at undercurrent of witchy energy. Lol great review. 2mo
Cathythoughts Great review! I‘ve started this one .. and I‘m interested to see what happens next … I‘m reading on 2mo
LeahBergen Wonderfully reviewed! 😍 And “witchy energy” … yes! There‘s was something in the feel of it that gave me slight Lolly Willowes vibes. 2mo
batsy @Reggie Thank you! It's pretty bleak but I think you'll like it :) 2mo
batsy @Cathythoughts Thanks Cathy, I hope you find it a worthwhile read! 2mo
batsy @LeahBergen Thank you! Yes, there's a little bit of Lolly in there 🖤 2mo
vivastory A stellar review. Thanks so much for your contributions to the discussion. Great insights as always & the O'Connor + Carter comparison is spot on. I can't wait to read more Comyns. 2mo
vivastory @LeahBergen Agreed! Both writers were fascinating individuals 2mo
batsy @vivastory Thank you! And yes to more Comyns 💜 2mo
kspenmoll Love your review! 2mo
Reviewsbylola That is such a lovely cover!! 2mo
BiblioLitten I love everything about this… your review, the cover! 2mo
batsy @kspenmoll @BiblioLitten Thank you! 🙂 2mo
batsy @Reviewsbylola I love it, too 💚 2mo
DivineDiana Agree with @BiblioLitten 🙂 2mo
Nute I hate when I miss your reviews. There is something so exquisite about them! 2mo
Centique A baby of O‘Connor and Carter? That is the most enticing comment ever! Also I‘m a bit scared😳😳 Definitely stacking 💕 2mo
batsy @Nute Oh, thank you! That's lovely of you to say ❤️ 2mo
batsy @Centique Haha, yes! It is grim! But also kind of great! My exclamation marks maybe indicate that Comyns is a super interesting writer 😁 2mo
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Plague, romance, puns about sex, family feuds, honour, fate, death: all the good stuff of comedy *and* tragedy. This is another one of those plays where I remembered it being about one thing when I read it decades ago (and not being so impressed by it) and finding myself utterly surprised by it this time. Juliet remains an outstanding character, though Mercutio, Tybalt, Nurse, and Friar Lawrence all emerge as fascinating supporting characters.

batsy And the language! The language is sublime; the ideas and images vivid and masterful. "True, I talk of dreams, which are the children of an idle brain, begot of nothing but vain fantasy"--oof, Mercutio; don't hurt me or the playwright #ShakespeareReadAlong @GingerAntics 2mo
erzascarletbookgasm I, too, find it very different on reread..and gain so much insight from the #shakespearereadalong group. Great review. 👍 2mo
batsy @erzascarletbookgasm Thank you! Truly, love the discussions and the way the conversation branches off into different areas 🤩 2mo
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GingerAntics It seems a lot of us found this play to be much different as adults than as teens. Should we try presenting the language and characters to teens as opposed to the “moral of always listening to your parents” that‘s not actually there? Then again, most teens probably wouldn‘t pay much attention to that anyway. 🤷🏼‍♀️ 2mo
nathandrake1997 Exquisite review ❤️ You are the writer I someday aspire to be ❤️❤️❤️❤️ 2mo
batsy @GingerAntics Yep! It just seems like one of those texts that are best appreciated when we age (like fine wine 😆) 2mo
batsy @nathandrake1997 Thank you, friend!! You are always too kind ❤️❤️ 2mo
GingerAntics 😂🤣😂 2mo
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The Little Stranger | Sarah Waters
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This book did subtle menace & creepy in all the ways that hit right. Families, burdens, responsibilities, class difference, property, & what Karl Marx said: "The tradition of all dead generations weighs like a nightmare on the brains of the living". I took as long as I did to read this because while the book is very good, it's also deeply unnerving & uncomfortable in how it brings to light the aspects of human nature that transcend the empirical.

AlaMich I love that retro cover! 3mo
erzascarletbookgasm It‘s so good, right? Very well-put review 👍 3mo
batsy @AlaMich It fits the atmosphere of the book so well! 3mo
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batsy @erzascarletbookgasm Thank you! I really enjoyed it and just realised there's also a film adaptation, which is fun 🙂 3mo
LeahBergen I thought this was just so well done (and creepy 😬)! 3mo
BarbaraBB This should be my next Sarah Waters! 2mo
batsy @LeahBergen Yes! I'm still thinking about it. She combined creepiness and the underlying sadness so well. 2mo
batsy @BarbaraBB I absolutely recommend it! 2mo
johncadams It sounds very intriguing. 2mo
batsy @johncadams It really is! 2mo
Hamlet Wonderful review! I‘ve only read one of her novels so far; I think this will be my second. 2mo
Centique Great review Suba! I‘m looking forward to this 💕 2mo
batsy @Hamlet @Centique Thank you! 💜 I hope you both give it a go and that you find it worthwhile... It's a slow burn that gets under one's skin. 2mo
Cathythoughts Great insightful review… I really enjoyed this book 2mo
batsy @Cathythoughts Thanks Cathy... This one was just so subtly creepy. 2mo
BiblioLitten Yet to get to this one. Looking forward to it now. 😊 2mo
batsy @BiblioLitten It's a nice one to have waiting for you! ❤️ 2mo
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The Little Stranger | Sarah Waters
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I'm about a 100 pages in and there's already been a pretty unnerving scene that kind of hits you out of nowhere. There's a bit of that subtle menace underlying everything but it still made me feel 😰

Sarah Waters knows how to set a scene...

LeahBergen I thoroughly enjoyed this one! 3mo
Cathythoughts I loved this one 👏🏻👏🏻😁 3mo
Michael_Gee Yes! Omg I know exactly what scene you are talking about because I read it last night 😳 3mo
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Ruthiella This book was so good. My first Sarah Waters I think. So creepy. 3mo
batsy @LeahBergen @Cathythoughts I'm really enjoying it so far 💜 3mo
batsy @Michael_Gee I've read on a bit since then and 💔and also 😨 3mo
batsy @Ruthiella I love her! I'm not sure why it took me so long to get to this but I'm glad I got here 🙂 3mo
Centique I love Sarah Waters but I haven‘t got to this one yet. It‘s on my shelf eyeing me creepily now! 3mo
Lindy So atmospheric! I was at an event where Bill Richardson interviewed Sarah Waters and he said all her books featured lesbians, so, in this book, the house is obviously the lesbian. 3mo
batsy @Centique It's so well done, the creepiness. I also have a weakness for the haunted house trope done well! 3mo
batsy @Lindy OK, that is so fascinating to think about! I need to come back to this comment once I'm finished. 3mo
BiblioLitten Subtle menace is just the right way to put it. 💙 3mo
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The Sanatorium | Sarah Pearse
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Probably should have bailed. But for reasons unknown to myself, I persisted. Maybe I hoped that the set-up, setting, & atmosphere would pay off. Snowed in, locked room-type concept in a stark minimalist hotel in the Swiss Alps? Good stuff, right? No. Nothing worse than contemporary thrillers where the formula is: hackneyed writing + unconvincing plotting + "big reveal" involving Serious Social Issue treated in the most asinine manner imaginable.

RaeLovesToRead Thanks for the heads up... from the set up sounds like all the things I'd love 😅 3mo
batsy @RaeLovesToRead Ticks all of the boxes in terms of what I love in a popcorn thriller, so I was disappointed, too! I don't ask for much, just guilty pleasure entertainment that isn't tedious and silly 😅 3mo
vlwelser I had the same issue. And then it kept getting worse! It had such potential. 3mo
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RaeLovesToRead @batsy Totally!! Must remember not to buy it... especially with that tempting cover 😂 3mo
batsy @vlwelser Yes, it did! Such a shame. 3mo
TrishB I didn‘t even bother with this one on the 99p offer as there were so many bad reviews! Very glad now. 3mo
batsy @TrishB You're definitely not missing out on anything! 3mo
LeahBergen Good to know! I thought the setting sounded so appealing when I read a blurb about it. 3mo
erzascarletbookgasm Okay this one to ignore. 3mo
BookBosomed1 This is exactly what I thought about the book. I have no idea why I kept reading it. 3mo
Cathythoughts What a pity .., great name & sounds promising… I‘ll be giving this a miss 👍🏻 3mo
kplovesbooks This was my most disappointing read this year. 🤷 3mo
kezzlou85 I didn't like this either. The premise sounded good but it just didn't deliver. 3mo
BarbaraBB So on point this review. Utterly forgettable book. (edited) 3mo
Reggie Yowzas- I love a good pan review. 3mo
batsy @LeahBergen @erzascarletbookgasm @Cathythoughts So many books on the shelf! You can safely ignore this one in my view 😁 3mo
batsy @BookBosomed1 @kplovesbooks @kezzlou85 @BarbaraBB Glad to hear I'm not alone 🙌🏾 3mo
batsy @Reggie 😆 3mo
Nute I was so close to buying this book because the cover was lovely. Thank goodness you are my friend, Ms. Subashini, and was there to set me straight!🙂 2mo
batsy @Nute Lovely cover and a pretty inviting description! I was sucked in 😅 Sadly, it let me down. 2mo
batsy @Nute Also, I feel bad, but you're welcome! Haha. Plenty of other books to read, imho. 2mo
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Guardians of the Louvre | Jir? Taniguchi
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Part of a series of graphic novels commissioned by the Louvre, this manga tells the tale of a Japanese artist visiting Paris who enters the feverish dream-space where art & his unconscious mind meet. The episodic nature of the book highlights individual artists displayed in the Louvre, & the chapters cover the Japanese links to Camille Corot & Van Gogh, for example, while another deals with the transportation+preservation of artwork ahead of WWII.

batsy Although there is not much in the way of a plot, & the narrative arc itself can be a bit cheesy or sentimental, the art in this manga is gorgeous & something about the pace of the book is calming & nourishing. It was exactly the kind of book I wanted to lose myself in over the weekend. It has some pretty traditional views about art, but even within that sentiment there's a lot that can be true & beautiful, depending on your mood. I enjoyed it. 3mo
Suet624 Sounds lovely. 3mo
batsy @Suet624 A pleasant, undemanding read with beautiful art :) 3mo
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Cathythoughts Lovely review ❤️ 3mo
batsy @Cathythoughts Thank you 💕 3mo
Lindy This one wasn‘t on my radar and it turns out there‘s a copy at my library. Yay! Thanks for your review. 3mo
batsy @Lindy I hope you like it 🙂 3mo
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Gothic Tales | Elizabeth Gaskell
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For several years now I've meant to join in for #Victober (which started out on booktube). This year I managed to squeeze in the group read and enjoyed it! These are stories of dread, menace, and the quotidian terror of patriarchy. As a collection of stories, some are simply better than others. Yet I think anyone who's read Gaskell before and knows of the ways in which she can pull a reader in will find lots to think about and take pleasure in.

shawnmooney I love Gaskell, but not gothic stuff. Right now I am delighted by listening to the audiobook while reading the text of her novella Cousin Phillis. 3mo
Cathythoughts Great review 👍🏻 love this cover & stacked 3mo
batsy @shawnmooney I'll add that to my list! I realise I've gone far too long with too little Gaskell. I loved Cranford. 3mo
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batsy @Cathythoughts Thanks, Cathy! Yep it's an appropriately spooky cover and the stories are lovely to get into on a cold night (I'm counting the slight dip in temps here brought on by tropical thunderstorms as "cold weather" ?) 3mo
JazzFeathers I never knew of the existence of Victober! 😱 3mo
tenar I‘m reading this for #Victober as my first ever Gaskell! A weird place to start, but I‘ve been enjoying it. We‘ve been reading it aloud, and it comes to life. Would Cranford be a good choice next? 3mo
Centique I haven‘t read Gaskell yet! It‘s a hole I plan to fill soon ☺️ Great review 💕 3mo
batsy @JazzFeathers It seems like such a fun challenge that I keep missing out on each year 😂 3mo
batsy @tenar @tenar Cranford is totally different in style, theme, and tone, so you might be disappointed if you're looking for more of the same dark vibes. Otoh it's a fun, witty, satirical book that gives you a good picture of the breadth of Gaskell's style 🙂 3mo
batsy @Centique Thank you! I'm glad there's a lot more of her to discover. 3mo
rubyslippersreads This looks nice and spooky. I‘ve only read North and South, so I need to catch up on my Gaskell. 3mo
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A Bird in the House: Stories | Margaret Laurence
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This book is a series of interconnected stories told from the POV of an adult looking back at her childhood. The way these quiet stories unfurled reminded me a bit of Alice Munro's Lives of Girls and Women or Joan Chase's During the Reign of the Queen of Persia. I missed the wit, anger, idiosyncrasy & uncompromising vision that characterised the protagonists in A Jest of God and the Fire Dwellers, but these stories exerted a subtle, tender power.

batsy I found Isabel Huggan's Afterword thoughtful in how it outlines the "writerly eye" that Vanessa has, a character that partly reflects Laurence's own life. The way Vanessa, as a child who is largely alone with no particular confidante, absorbs the circumstances of her life & the people around her, & then sifts through the moods, emotions, & experiences to create stories out of them is an extended metaphor of the writer's creative coming of age. 3mo
batsy But otherwise as @BarbaraBB and @vivastory have mentioned this one didn't quite hit the mark as the previous two I read with the group! @LeahBergen @merelybookish #manawakans 3mo
Butterfinger I love reading your reviews. If you are not already, you should be professional. 3mo
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LauraBeth Agree with @Butterfinger! 3mo
batsy @Butterfinger @LauraBeth Thank you, you're very kind 💜💜 3mo
nathandrake1997 Exquisite review ❤️❤️❤️❤️ I wish I could write even half as brilliant as this someday ❤️❤️❤️❤️ 3mo
BarbaraBB You should, Suba, your reviews are always so on point! 3mo
LeahBergen Lovely review! I‘m the slow poke reader of the group for this one. 😆 3mo
CarolynM I agree with @Butterfinger too. Your reviews are always thoughtful and so well expressed. I wish I could put my thoughts into words the way you do. 3mo
batsy @nathandrake1997 @BarbaraBB @CarolynM Thank you so much 😘😘😘 3mo
batsy @LeahBergen Thank you! And I'm surprised at not being the slow poke this time 😁 #SlowPokesUnite 3mo
merelybookish Great review! I just finished (count me with the slowpokes!) I didn't think of her as a writer when I was reading but agree the Huggan afterword made me reconsider. 3mo
batsy @merelybookish Thank you! Yes, I found the afterword helpful in thinking through some of the stories; I went back to reread some passages because of it. 3mo
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Cassandra at the Wedding | Dorothy Baker
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For my #nyrbbookclub buddies (great inaugural pick hosted by @BarbaraBB @vivastory ) and fellow Cassandra aficionados! I'm not much of a podcast person but Backlisted is one of the few I keep turning to. I'm looking forward to this episode.

vivastory This is wonderful. I love Backlisted! They also have an episode about our current selection Vet's Daughter“. It was so wonderful that I immediately ordered after listening:
https://www.backlisted.fm/episodes/14-barbara-comyns-the-vets-daughter
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batsy @vivastory Yes! That's the one that made me feel I have to read all of the Comyns! 3mo
Cathythoughts Thanks Suba !! I‘ll try & listen , I loved this book. ❤️ 3mo
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LeahBergen Yes! I saw this on Twitter today! 👏🏻👏🏻 3mo
BarbaraBB Oh that is interesting, I will listen to that episode. Thanks for bringing it up Suba! 3mo
CarolynM I'm not big on podcasts either, but every now and then something catches my attention. This sounds very interesting. Thanks for the heads up 😘 3mo
batsy @LeahBergen They always hit it out of the park with their choice of books 🙌🏾 3mo
Suet624 Such a great book. 3mo
batsy @Suet624 When I'm brave enough I'll attempt to read it again. 3mo
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Little Witch: 60th Anniversay Edition | Anna Elizabeth Bennett
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My first time reading this! Fun, with some unexpected humour that genuinely made me chuckle. It's a book of its time in terms of how it presents its good fairy women vs bad witchy women and I wanted some justice for the class of witches in general 😆 I was also a bit stressed out by how cruel the witch mum was 😩 *All of that* aside, this was mostly enjoyable 🙃🧚🏼‍♀️ Thanks for putting it on my radar @TheBookHippie #ChildrensClassicRead2021

AmyG This was the first book I fell in love with. I was in maybe 3rd grade? ❤️ 3mo
batsy @AmyG I've seen a lot of people say the same and I'm amazed I hadn't really heard much about it before this! But better late than never 😊 3mo
TheBookHippie I ALWAYS have to put myself in the time to read these older classics 😂 I agree with everything you said! 3mo
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Nute This seems to be a popular book, but I‘ve never heard of it. I‘m hoping to read more holiday/season-theme books during their time. I think that might be fun. I picked up a couple of horror fiction books last week which I hope to read in October. Glad that I caught this review!🙂 3mo
batsy @TheBookHippie It requires a bit of a mental shift 😁 3mo
batsy @Nute I'm pleased to have helped 😁 It's a sweet, undemanding Halloween read to balance out some of the horror you might be reading! 3mo
LeahBergen Look at that cute Scholastic cover! 3mo
batsy @LeahBergen I read the Kindle edition that has the 60th anniversary edition cover but I had to go search to see if there were other cute older covers 😄 3mo
tpixie @LeahBergen @batsy I do like this older cover!! 3mo
rubyslippersreads This is adorable! 🧹 3mo
batsy @rubyslippersreads Have you read it? It feels like it might be your kind of thing 🙂 3mo
rubyslippersreads @batsy I haven‘t read it yet, but it‘s going on my October TBR list. 😊 3mo
BiblioLitten Going into my TBR too🙂 3mo
batsy @BiblioLitten It's a short, cute read! 🙂 3mo
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Sugared Game | KJ Charles
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This is the second book in the Will Darling Adventures and all I can do is squee. These books so far tick all of fun and pleasure and page-turner boxes, and I'm WHOLLY invested in Will and Kim. The first book set the pace with the intrigue and the physical desire, and the second book ups the emotional stakes with more intrigue and desire that's turning into something more than lust. The dynamic between the two lovers is my favourite bit. 😍

erzascarletbookgasm Sounds fun and🔥❤️‍🔥! Never read this author. What‘s the first book in this series? 😁 3mo
batsy @erzascarletbookgasm This is the first one! It's a bit steamier than the second, but still very well done and never excessive. Just right, which is the way I prefer my romance novels 👵🏽 3mo
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batsy @CarolynM I adore them 😆 3mo
bookandbedandtea Sounds right up my alley! I just downloaded the first one. 3mo
batsy @bookandbedandtea I hope you enjoy it! 3mo
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I'm continuing with the Sandman comics, but I might have to take it slowly because I'd honestly forgotten how grim and gruesome it can be. For some reason I remember it as being dreamy and speculative, but there's a lot of elements of crime, noir and pulp fiction cleverly incorporated into the comics. This volume brings us close to some of the worst of humanity; though, at the same time, Gaiman never loses sense of how people become fucked up.

nathandrake1997 Concise yet eloquent ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ Brilliant review ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ 3mo
batsy @nathandrake1997 Thank you so much 💕 3mo
sarahbarnes Someone gave me a copy of one of these, and I still haven‘t worked up the courage to read it. 😳 3mo
batsy @sarahbarnes I do recommend it! But yes, it's dark 💀 3mo
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I got into Gaiman's Neverwhere & Sandman comics in a big way when I was in college. There was something dark, subversive, mysterious & enigmatic about the worlds he created, but I was nervous about revisiting it & whether I'd feel the same. While some of the writing & plotting seems a bit derivative now, I still enjoyed the weird & twisted journey of the 1st volume. It was also more violent than I remembered! Look forward to re-reading the rest.

Emilymdxn I just did a complete reread this year and loved it so much! I was about 17-18 when I read it the first time and I feel like there was so much I didn‘t pick up on 4mo
batsy @Emilymdxn I'm really looking forward to continuing the deep dive! I'm appreciating different aspects of this too compared to before. 4mo
Kammbia1 I read the entire Sandman series back in the 90s when it first came out. I was a huge comic book reader back then and Sandman was different than the typical stuff. It would be interesting to re-read the series myself. 4mo
batsy @Kammbia1 It was indeed! Just out of the box from the usual comics stuff. I'm only at the 2nd volume re-read now but it's holding up well :) 4mo
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The Slynx | Tatyana Tolstaya
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I was on board with this on a purely aesthetic level—the gallows humour, the carnivalesque absurdism, & the utterly irreverent tone of a dystopic future in a place that used to be Moscow, with humanity resembling some of the creatures that one imagines might have been lurking in the primordial soup. I think that a better knowledge of Russian history & culture would have enabled me to "get" this book in a way that would have made the satire click.

merelybookish Great review! I'm about halfway.and have no clue where it will end but I get what you're saying about knowing more about Russian history...presumably each group in the book Is based on some facet of Russian society. Like the inlaws. 😬 4mo
batsy @merelybookish Thank you! And yes, I had the same thought. Felt like different groups or political affiliations were being skewered in those depictions but it went over my head 😶 4mo
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youneverarrived Brilliant review 🖤 4mo
batsy @youneverarrived Thank you! 💜 4mo
vivastory For some reason I didn't receive your tag notification, so I didn't see your review until now. Wonderful review! I agree with your point about Russian history, esp. when the Oldeners have arguments they are def frequently talking about Russian politics/culture 4mo
batsy @vivastory Thank you! Yes, I felt a bit sad that quite a lot of the satire was passing me by in that aspect 😅 4mo
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Measure for Measure | William Shakespeare
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There are caveats reading Shakespeare, or any piece of literature from another historical epoch: the values & worldview are obviously going to be removed from those of the present. That said, despite this being a play constructed from the ethics of the Gospels or medieval mores or a combination of both, something that hinges upon the sexual humiliation of women that culminates in a "happy ending" is always already a problem & a tragedy in my eyes.

batsy A shoutout, as always, to @Graywacke and the #ShakespeareReadAlong crew for fascinating discussions. 4mo
Graywacke Well put and quotable. If I could memorize your review… 4mo
GingerAntics Very well said. I hadn‘t thought of the hinge being sexual humiliation of women, but that is absolutely accurate. In some senses, this play feels absolutely current. 4mo
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TheBookHippie Fantastic summary. I agree with @GingerAntics that the humiliation part is what it was. So current to today, awful. 4mo
GingerAntics @TheBookHippie it‘s so sad that sexuality for men has always been power, and sexuality for women has always been humiliation and submission, at least in Western society. Clearly Rome brought us all “civilisation.” 🙄 4mo
TheBookHippie @GingerAntics gah Rome 😫 4mo
batsy @Graywacke Thank you 🙂 4mo
batsy @GingerAntics @TheBookHippie Thanks, guys! The "problem" of Isabella is hard to get over (what she experienced, then being effectively silenced in the end) and the general worldview of sexuality in this one is so bleak. It doesn't seem like the men are enjoying themselves much, either, but they do get to use sex as a means of power, coercion, etc. ? 4mo
GingerAntics @batsy I get that impression, too. Sex the “wrong” way is really no fun for anyone. It‘s interesting the men I‘ve heard talking about sex where everyone enjoys themselves talk about how sure it could be used for power, but what fun would that be? Apparently enjoying it is better than the power trip, but so many men, and even some women, just can‘t give up the death grip on the power trip. It‘s sad, really. 4mo
batsy @GingerAntics It is sad and quite grim; seems to be the logic of how the world operates. Power over everything. 4mo
GingerAntics @batsy totally agree 4mo
GatheringBooks Sex and shakespeare! 💕 4mo
LitStephanie I was bothered by Angelo presumably getting to keep his post at the end. I get that the Duke thinks really highly of him and was testing him and now hopes his character will improve, but really, not even a demotion? His "punishment" was having to be in Claudio's shoes and fear for his life for a whole ten minutes and marry a woman who against all reason dotes on him and has eyes for no one else. 3mo
batsy @LitStephanie That's true, I was unhappy about that as well. I do wonder if the deeper meaning is that Angelo has to live with the knowledge that his reputation has taken a hit, because his idea of morality is tied to his self-regard. Now he knows he can succumb to temptation just like anyone else. What kind of a husband does this make him? I dread to find out! 3mo
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