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BekaReid

BekaReid

Joined April 2017

I read to lose myself. I read to find myself.
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Demon Theory | Stephen Graham Jones
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I had the privilege of hearing Paul Tremblay interview Stephen Graham Jones this afternoon. In the conversation Jones' essay "Why I Write" was mentioned, and I had to look it up! It's excellent if anyone is interested:
https://automatareview.com/why-i-write-stephen-graham-jones

vivastory What an event!! Two of my favorite writers. How cool! 5d
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The House on the Strand | Daphne Du Maurier
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"Truth is the hardest thing to put across, to other people to oneself as well."

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Ghostographs: An Album | Maria Romasco Moore
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"Every story is a ghost story. Even the ones you tell about yourself."
"The truth of it is that every single instant we are, all of us, obliterated and refreshed."

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Desperately Seeking Frida | Castello-cortes
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Frida is an amazing artist, and this is a brillant little overview of her life and work that I found earlier this week. When I look at her paintings, I cannot help but feel her pain, her suffering. "They thought I was a surrealist but I wasn't. I never painted dreams. I painted my own reality." Frida Kahlo

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The House on the Strand | Daphne Du Maurier
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Welcoming this rainy morning with a new book. Daphne Du Maurier's opening lines do not disappoint!

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Decided to start this book today, and before I knew it, I was turning to the last page. Captivating, disturbing, intense, powerful. I'm not 100% sure how I feel about it yet, but isn't that one of the markings of a good book? It'll definitely be one that lingers in my mind as I mull over it.

Jeannineth It‘s on my summer TBR. 1w
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Hangsaman | Shirley Jackson
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The story is propelled by terrifying loneliness, the power of awareness, everyday social brutality, and existential fear. Shirley Jackson delivers the kind of book that leaves you with the thoroughly enjoyable activity of chewing over what you've just read. I find myself reflecting back on Natalie‘s voices - thoughts, diaries, letters - and trying to sort through and identify what was real and what wasn't.

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"Life happens alongside the act of reading--a story is forever mixed with what we were doing while we were reading that book."

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Day 2 exploring Providence has led to more book acquisitions... 🤷‍♀️

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Hangsaman | Shirley Jackson
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Forever visiting local bookstores on vacation!! I'm excited about my finds at The Paper Nautilus today!

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The House | Bentley Little
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Nope. Not for me anyway. Trying to to give spoilers... while I like the different POVs and the gateway premise, I did not care for the little girl at all, which kinda ruined it for me.

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The House | Bentley Little
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Our Airbnb is an old Victorian house. What better time to start reading The House? 👀

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While I didn't enjoy book two as much as the first. It was great to get back to reading Sanderson's Mistborn series, and I'm looking forward to finishing the trilogy!

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Figuring | Maria Popova
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"There is a singular strangeness to those moments when we find ourselves unmoored from our own being, when something seems to pull us beyond ourselves and shock us into the recognition, however momentary, that the self is not the static monolith we take it to be but something dynamic and situationally sculpted into various possibilities of being."

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Afternoon plans 🌞📚🍷
So excited to return to Luthadel. I've been away far too long!!

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Mini book haul today from our favorite indie store @AaronsBooksLititz while dodging the raindrops from sudden quickmoving storm. (Like I need an excuse to dawdle in a bookstore! 😉)

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This morning's listening courtesy of Amanda Palmer's release of a live album compilation of a concert she staged last year around the annual TED conference includes Neil Gaiman, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Lili Haydn, and Jaron Lanier performing a live reading from Sandman 4. With Neil as Morpheus and Joseph as the demon Chronozon.

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Figuring | Maria Popova
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As has become my norm, all of the library books came in at once (+2 more hard copies). But Maria Popova's Figuring is amazing!! I already have so many highlights, notes, and more books added to my TBR list, and I'm only at 22%!

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Daisy Jones & The Six | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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My library book came in, and it's totally absorbing me this evening!

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Between Sisters | Kristin Hannah
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I'm really struggling with this one. I just cannot get into it and am trying to decide if I should press on. 🤔 I've enjoyed the handful of Kristin Hannah books I've read previously, but this one is falling flat. 😕

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Neil Gaiman's a Study in Emerald | Neil Gaiman, Rafael Albuquerque, Rafael Scavone
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Is there anything Neil Gaiman doesn't do well? This is the perfect Sherlockian-meets-Lovecraftian tale! While I've read this short story multiple times, this graphic novel edition is fabulous.

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Crimson Shore | Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
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"The act of living causes brain damage."

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Written in the 19th century to protest the medical, professional, and societal oppression against women at the time, this disturbing short story by Charlotte Gilman illustrates the attitude towards mental and physical health of women through the narrator's journaling during her "rest cure" prescribed by her doctor husband. "I've got out at last...you can't put me back!"

litenthusiast Is your version illustrated? This is one of my favorite short stories! 1mo
BekaReid @litenthusiast it is! I was not familiar with the story until stumbling on artwork based on it in Spectrum25. Then down the rabbit trail I went, which ended in obtaining and reading an illustrated PDF I found online under public domain. 😊 1mo
BekaReid @litenthusiast correction Spectrum24 had the artwork that led to this! 1mo
litenthusiast @BekaReid That's pretty cool. I'll have to look into the illustrated version now. My never ending TBR list 😉 1mo
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Outline: A Novel | Rachel Cusk
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This book had peaked my curiosity last year, and I had the chance to read it this weekend. The book is a series of ordinary encounters and observations. Not much happens, but much is revealed of humanity, life, and relationships. And I loved the fluidity of Rachel Cusk's writing. Definitely plan to continue with the trilogy!

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What Makes Girls Sick and Tired | Lucile de Peslouan
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Short and to the point, YES!

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Mary Anne | Daphne Du Maurier
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I found this to be an interesting fictionalized story of Daphne Du Maurier's great great grandmother, Mary Anne, who was a bit reminiscent of Thackeray's Becky Sharp. While not the best of Du Maurier, I've yet to read one of her works that I do not like.

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I'm escaping with some wine and the magnificent nine this evening.

Traci1 I LOVED this one. ❤ 1mo
BekaReid @Tracy1 yes! I'm enjoying this one even more than the 1st! 👍 1mo
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Transcription | Kate Atkinson
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I enjoyed this traditional spy story with humor and witticisms deftly woven throughout as Atkinson uses the story to explore what constitutes “real“ and the idea that our choices and our actions all have a price that must be paid through the eyes of Juliet Armstrong. This was my first novel by Kate Atkinson, and it won't be my last.

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Mary Anne | Daphne Du Maurier
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Cozy Sunday reading and I'm looking forward to relaxing with a new DuMaurier novel. It appears that this may be based on her great great grandmother.

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Fever Dream | Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
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Perfect lazy Saturday reading. Always enjoy following Agent Pendergast on a case.

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Firefly: The Unification War | | Joss Whedon, Greg Pak
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It was so good to revisit Malcolm Renoylds and the crew of Serenity through this new comic series. The art work is stunning, and the writing is in the spirit of the original show. ?Burn the land and boil the sea, you can't take the sky fom me!! ? In the words of Greg Pak, "Because sometimes you have to say to hell with being responsible. You have to seize the opportunities that make your heart leap and make it work..."

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I enjoyed reading Laurie Penny's debut into fiction. This novella was well written with a strong voice and engaging prose, but the character development was weak in the short format. I look forward to seeing more works of fiction from Penny in the future (please!). I appreciated her stressing the importance of art and necessity for artists. Scientists + artists working together is how we move forward as a species.

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Firefly: The Unification War | | Joss Whedon, Greg Pak
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So excited to start this tonight!

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Brown Girl Dreaming | Jacqueline Woodson
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Beautifully written. I loved reading Woodson's memoir in poetry format. One of my favorite lines above (of many!).

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Brown Girl Dreaming | Jacqueline Woodson
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1st a maintenance delay. Now a weather restriction. Stranded at the airport with no ETA. Glad I stocked up my Kindle.

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Hold Still | Nina LaCour
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I read this book on my flights to the midwest to visit family for a long weekend. It was excellent! I was pulled in from the beginning. I also appreciated the author's note at the end, "We all move through life with our own pains and traumas and heartbreaks...there is much to be gained by sharing them, in whatever form we choose to do so, however messy or difficult, however unworthy or self-conscious or small we might feel when we do it."

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This book was so good! It dealt with number of serious issues - religion, politics, feminism, identity - and while it did not delve deeply into them all, I did not find it lacking. Rather I identified with the Peri's story and her struggle as she wondered if she would always be "somewhere in between" faith and doubt.

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Hold Still | Nina LaCour
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Travel breakfast essentials!

BekaReid @LiteraryinLititz so I was reading this on my flight, and it is so good! I think I live it better than 2mo
BekaReid *like it ( @LiteraryinLititz ) 😉 2mo
LiteraryinLititz I‘m glad you‘re liking it! Safe travels! 2mo
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Sometimes I Lie | Alice Feeney
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Perfect quick read with some interesting plot twists that kept me intrigued to see how Feeney would wrap it up.

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Sometimes I Lie | Alice Feeney
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Starting a new book today. And it's pulling me in quickly.

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The Scapegoat | Daphne Du Maurier
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Once again Daphne Du Maurier does not disappoint! Beautiful narrative and complex themes, this is a fabulous book! Rebecca has long been my favorite of her works, but The Scapegoat is a new contender for that position! I enjoyed Du Maurier's exploration of self and identity, good and evil, and doubling.

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"She had been reading for almost three hours and her brain was saturated with ideas. She imagined her mind as a rambling house with many rooms in which she stored all the things she read, heard and saw, and where they were inspected, processed and registered by a little clerk, a homunculus entirely at her unconscious service. Yet it was possible, she believed, that one‘s thoughts could be hidden even from oneself."

BekaReid This books is so good!! Pic is of the author, Elif Shafak. 2mo
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The Scapegoat | Daphne Du Maurier
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Excited about my finds yesterday at my favorite local indie bookstore!!

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Wow. This was a powerful memoir of Alan Cumming as he recounts the abuse suffered at his father's hands and the impact it had throughout his life. Honest and beautifully written, I definitely recommend.

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"Memory is so subjective. We all remember in a visceral, emotional way, and so even if we agree on the facts—what was said, what happened where and when—what we take away and store from a moment, what we feel about it, can vary radically."

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In this character-driven narrative Wolitzer seamlessly navigates the relationships of six friends over the decades as she weaves back and forth in time and through the lens of different members of the group. It's an extraordinary telling of ordinary life that absorbed and engaged me from the onset as Wolitzer explores what shapes friendships and how they evolve. She deftly handles tough topics- i.e., talent, envy, money, power, and mental health.

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Holding Up the Universe | Jennifer Niven
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"Life is too short to judge others. It is not our job to tell someone what they feel or who they are. Why not spend some time on yourself instead?"

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“She recognized that that is how friendships begin: one person reveals a moment of strangeness, and the other person decides just to listen and not exploit it.”

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"Novels are about life, they embrace all aspects of existence."

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I read Reading Lolita in Tehran years ago and was excited to find Nafisi's memoir - a beautiful, compelling exploration of how our experiences and our families shape us as we learn to cope with the fragility of our mundane existence and come to the realization that all the things that give a sense of self and identity can be broken and taken away. We are constantly evolving and fumbling with the fragmented nature of life.

ephemeralwaltz Great review! 2mo
ephemeralwaltz I'm looking forward to reading her work. 2mo
BekaReid @ephemeralwaltz thank you! There was so much in this book (as indicated by the number of tab markers I used!) And even though my experience was quite different, I kept recognizing myself in the pages. 2mo
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