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Writers & Lovers | Lily King
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Shelving Lily King alongside Lauren Groff in the “authors who make me cry” section. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Darrow took [stole] the game Magie designed, but she drew most of its distinctive features, including the continuous loop of play, from Zohn Ahl, a game played by the Kiowa people of Oklahoma. “It is bitterly ironic,” writes Philip Winkleman, “that this gift of the Kiowa to America and the world should result in the daily reenactment of the reduction of opponents to abject poverty through the parcelling up and exclusive ownership of land.

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IKEA, the third largest consumer of wood in the world, has made furniture into something that gets used up. It is furniture for the apocalypse. But what I like, what makes me laugh a little about “for people, not consumers,” is the implication that consumers are not people.

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Good Morning, Midnight | Lily Brooks-Dalton
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The human mind had never been tested quite like this. Could they have been better prepared? Trained more extensively? What tools would help them now? It seemed ridiculous, but perhaps these books, sheaves of paper made from the trees that had once grown on their home planet, full of made-up stories, were what kept Thebes so much more grounded than the rest of them.

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Ok, Scribd. Not sure what game your algorithm is playing, but, seeing as it‘s 2020, I guess that‘s fair.

TrishB 😂😂 it‘s a mutant algorithm 1y
BookishTrish It has the WORST algorithm 14mo
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Starless Sea | Erin Morgenstern
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“He takes a book from one of the shelves, recalling a story that was probably a Twilight Zone episode: so much to read and no eyeglasses.

He flips the book open to a random page anyway and the printed words are crisp and clear. ”

Always love a reference to Time Enough at Last. How many bookworms have been traumatized by that final scene??

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Reamde: A Novel | Neal Stephenson
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Jane Eyre reference FTW! 🙌

Pruzy Also better cause for celebration than a marriage tbh... 🤷‍♂️ 2y
BookHermit @Pruzy Agreed! 2y
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Reamde: A Novel | Neal Stephenson
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This is exactly how I feel whenever I am in one of these behemoths

tpixie Lol yes- once inside, you could be anywhere! And I used to live in Wichita, KS! ( I‘m in a nearby town now!) 2y
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Another gut-punching panel.

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So sad. No one is ever too old to be kissed goodnight 💔💔💔

TrishB Nope, agree. 3y
Andrew65 Who said this is only right for the very young! We all need love and affection. 3y
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The River | Peter Heller
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Phot by Nebojsa Novakovik

Soon the channel of firmament would pool with a star, then three, then a hundred, and it would keep filling and deepening until the stars sifted and flowed between the tops of the trees in their own river, whose coves would mirror the one they were on. He had thought it before, and he loved thinking about the two rivers. . .

BookHermit “The river of stars would find its way to its own bay and its own ocean of constellations and Wynn imagined, as he had before, that the water and the stars might sing to each other in a key inaudible, usually, to the human ear. 3y
BookHermit “But probably you could hear it. Sometimes. If you quieted the pulse of your own blood. A rhythmic keening at the edge of sound. Wynn thought that if wolves sang, and coyotes, and elk and birds, and wind, and we, too, it was probably in response to a music we didn‘t know we could hear.” 3y
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The River | Peter Heller
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They had passed a wide cove with a pair of loons, one was probably nested nearby, and when they stroked past, the one closest tilted back her head and loosed a pitched wail that must have moved the trees like wind. It pierced the haze and echoed off the waiting forest and rolled over the water like any scream, and seemed to carry a pathos so deep it was a wonder a mere world could support it.

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The River | Peter Heller
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Wynn felt like they had paddled this stretch of shore now a hundred times. It felt as if they had spent half their lives paddling this piece. If this were really a bad dream, or hell, they would paddle it for another hundred years. . . A place to revisit, to sustain one like Cezanne‘s mountain. Not.

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Quantum Pong 3
Jessica Eaton

“Like bubbles in a nothing”

That moment when you‘re reading a poem that references art by a woman you knew in high school who is is now a very successful and immensely talented photographer.

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“I am the one the tigers fell upon.”

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I think I‘ve found a new favourite. Trying to add more #poetry to the rotation of novels and non-fiction. Sometimes reading is also juggling 🤹‍♀️

Who cares to share a favourite poet?

TrishB Always Plath ❤️ 3y
BookHermit @TrishB Agreed! I found Plath as a tween by typing my name into the library catalogue database. (As one does!) My name is Ariel so naturally I believed we had some sort of spiritual connection. Reading the Bell Jar confirmed it. (edited) 3y
TrishB That‘s a lovely name ❤️ I can see why you would feel a connection. 3y
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Is it any wonder we are enraged and paranoid?

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An appropriate listen for this Mother‘s Day weekend. Feeling much better about my own parenting choices 😂

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The Bone Mother | David Demchuk
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My Valentine posing with my lovely #happilyeverafter exchange gift from @BookishTrish
Looking forward to the tagged book. I first came across it on Litsy and am very curious about Eastern European/Russian mythology and fairytales. That chocolate will not last the day 😂

@Chrissyreadit

BookishTrish @BookHermit I can send backup chocolate if needed 😂 3y
BookHermit @BookishTrish Don‘t tempt me! I‘m trying to save it for after supper. It‘s taking all my will power to leave it be 😂 3y
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Any bookseller will tell you that, even with 100,000 books neatly sorted and shelved in a well-lit, warm shop, if you put an unopened box of books in a dark, cold, dimly lit corner, customers will be rifling through it in a matter of moments. The appeal of a box of unsorted, unpriced stock is extraordinary. Obviously the idea of finding a bargain is part of it but I suspect it goes well beyond that and has parallels with opening gifts.

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Nearly at the midway point. Still want to own a used bookstore. Fear I may be character in a local bookseller‘s diary as now more self-conscious of my idiosyncratic book shopping habits.

LeahBergen 😆😆 3y
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SassyBookworm Maybe it should add and scare the hell out of the little ones with Pet Cemetery and The Haunting of Hill House 🤣😏🤦🏼‍♀️ 3y
BookHermit @SassyBookworm Yep, those books would help me form a stronger bond with my children as they would be too terrified to ever leave my side! 😂 3y
SassyBookworm @BookHermit 😂😂 yes!!! My oldest daughter (14) wanted to watch the new IT movie bc of one of her favorite actors...she was curled up beside me with her hands to her face...I was reading a book (I‘m a whimp!) (edited) 3y
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Recommended by a sister librarian. One woman‘s journey on horseback from Mascouche, Quebec to Chilliwack, British Columbia in 1949. That‘s 4000 miles of riding! Twenty years old with $100 in her pocket and a couple of maps in her pack. Looks like an interesting portrait of Canada, its people and environment mid century. Perhaps a good read for spring should it ever show its face in frigid Saskatchewan 🥶

twohectobooks Adding this to my tbr right this moment 3y
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Drums of Autumn | Diana Gabaldon
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Get away from Downton Abbey you horrible, horrible man!

CouronneDhiver 😂😂 3y
Liatrek I knew he looked familiar 😶 3y
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I think I‘m leaning towards The Thirteenth Tale 🤔

RidgewayGirl Both of those are excellent. You can‘t make a wrong choice! 3y
BookishTrish The Thirteenth Tale is fab 3y
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This inspiration for this writing lesson is the sentence that opens The Bell Jar: “It was a queer, sultry summer, the summer they electrocuted the Rosenbergs, and I didn‘t know what I was doing in New York.”

Quite enjoying this book. I‘m not much of a re-reader but it‘s time I revisited the classics I devoured in my youth. After all, much like the proverbial river, we‘re never the same reader twice, are we?

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The North Water | Ian McGuire
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I don‘t know what it is about arctic/Antarctic sea voyages gone bad but I am drawn to these narratives of disaster and survival. If you feel the same but are wary of indulging in all 900 pages of The Terror, I recommend this fine piece of writing that was long listed for the Man Booker. I enjoyed (does that make me a monster?) both novels immensely. Any recommendations to feed my arctic fever? Both fiction and non-fiction welcome 🥶

julesG 900 pages? I'll skip. But I'm reading The North Water at the moment and enjoy it, though I'm not going to say very much. 😉 3y
BookHermit @julesG Perhaps I should have said “appreciate”? 😂 3y
BookHermit @BookishTrish Ooh, that looks right up my alley! 3y
BookishTrish I think you might like it! 3y
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The North Water | Ian McGuire
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“A later of ice forms on the inside of the tent and the very air itself feels viscous and gelid. All night, triple-layered in wool, flannel, and oil skin, clustered together like the victims of a sudden massacre, men shutter and spasm and joke themselves awake.”

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The North Water | Ian McGuire
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Sumner feels the pain growing behind his eyeballs, a sour sickness curdling in his stomach. Talking to Drax is like shouting into the blackness and expecting the blackness to answer back in kind.

“There‘s no reasoning with a man like you,” he says.

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I couldn‘t find a picture to suit my mind‘s image of Drax so caulker‘s mate Hickey will have to stand in as the resident arctic sociopath 😰

Tamra He played an excellent madman! 3y
BookHermit @Tamra He was very convincing! This picture creeps me out. 3y
Tamra @BookHermit totally! 3y
sprainedbrain I was just scrolling through my feed and suddenly ‘omg there‘s THAT crazy creep!‘ 😂 3y
BookHermit @sprainedbrain My apologies! 3y
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H is for Hawk | Helen Macdonald
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Annl Beautiful! 3y
Eggs So true 3y
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H is for Hawk | Helen Macdonald
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“The air is dark and full of water. He is soaked to the skin. Gos is nowhere to be seen. He is tying pieces of rabbit to all the places where the hawk had been. They are like prayers, like the tattered ribbons pagans tie to winter twigs.”

This quote sent me down the rabbit hole of clotties and wishing trees, my only experience of which is the common trail marker, neon and ubiquitous when hiking in Canada. Prayers of a sort I guess😆

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From a short meditation on how and why we choose books as we age. A quick glance at my 1000+ TBR makes me think I will never discover who I want to be much less be able to read about all the lives I will never live. I spent New Year‘s day in a large bookstore and nearly fainted from the manifestation of seemingly infinite choices. Oh well. The joy is in the effort to read as much as possible before my own story comes to an end. [Link to article⬇️]

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H is for Hawk | Helen Macdonald
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“...I am beginning to see that for some people a hawk on the hand of a stranger urges confession, urges confidences, lets you speak words about hope and home and heart. And I realise, too, that in all my days of walking Mabel the only people who have come up and spoken to us have been outsiders: children, teenage goths, homeless people, overseas students, travellers, drunks, people on holiday.

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Thanks for your vote of confidence Goodreads but It‘s time to call it for the year.

#readinggoals #ohwell #goodreadschallenge

julesG Picture books might work. Do you have a library with a well-stocked children's section? 3y
BookHermit @julesG Lol. I‘m cool with falling short this year. I don‘t count any work under 100 pages anyway. 3y
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The Terror: A Novel | Dan Simmons
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Always read the book first. Just finished the series and I want to debrief/slap the screenwriter on the hack job S/he made of the last 2-3 episodes. Preaching to the choir here, but seriously, never put your faith into an adaptation of a literary work. Do read this book and then, only then, watch the series for its superb performances. My hat off to Simmons for creating a wonderful piece of ice horror/speculative fiction.

BookHermit Except Outlander. Galbadon needs the scriptwriting surgeons. But still! Better to just read the books. They are always better. 3y
Tamra I know, it was so very different! 3y
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The Terror: A Novel | Dan Simmons
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My power was out for 6 hours today. No point going into work and couldn‘t bake. Put another 200 page dent in this chunkster. Faired better than the crews of Terror and Erebus on half rations of cheese sticks and crackers. Too early for grog or whisky so settled for cold coffee. No polar bear sightings. When power was restored at about 3:30 this afternoon, I was able to heat up a can of delightfully un-putrid soup. Only 120 more days of winter...

Tamra I‘m listening to this one! 🥶 3y
BookHermit @Tamra I might have to switch to the audiobook so I can actually get something done today. I don‘t want to put it down! 3y
Suet624 😂😂😂 3y
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Tamra @BookHermit productivity is overrated. 3y
BookHermit @Tamra So true 3y
coffeenebula A day well spent 😉 3y
sprainedbrain Love this post! (And that book) 3y
Dogearedcopy 😃 3y
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The Terror: A Novel | Dan Simmons
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✅Wine
✅Chocolate
✅Book
✅Sleeping children
Could one ask for anything more?

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I did it and with an hour to spare before the library closes! Michael Palin does a marvellous job of telling the story of the Erebus. I must admit I wanted more info on the Franklin expedition but it was fascinating to read about Ross and Crozier‘s Antarctic journey with the same set of ships. Next read must be The Terror by Dan Simmons. I‘ve watched 2/3 of the series but I feel like I‘m missing iceberg sized chunks of the story.

Tamra I just read & watched both and the film version has significant departures. If you can, try the audio book! 3y
BookHermit @Tamra I started listening to the audiobook until I found out I had the abridged version. On the last 200 pages of the Terror now and then I‘m going to finish watching the series. (edited) 3y
Tamra @BookHermit such fascinating speculation! 👍🏾 3y
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Ok, Michael and Sansa, lets do this! I‘m on page 151 of 310 and it‘s due tomorrow. Will the giant glass of red wine help or hinder my progress? Stay tuned...

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‘Beer...was served out at the rate one one quart per “biped” which was said to disorder some of the people‘s attics.‘

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Mini Modern Classics | Penguin Classics
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Thought ye kittens might appreciate my new cozy hoodie I had made from book cover fabric. I love it!
#bookishclothing

Soubhiville Very cool! 3y
Lindy Sweet! 3y
LeahBergen How cool! 3y
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The Politics of Knives | Jonathan Ball
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This week‘s haiku horoscope from Winnipeg‘s own Jonathan Ball (Jonathanball.com). I‘ve been listening to his podcast, Writing the Wrong Way. He‘s got a very practical approach to the craft which I think anyone who enjoyed Stephen King‘s On Writing would appreciate.

merelybookish Thanks for the heads up! 3y
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The English Patient | Michael Ondaatje
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It‘s been 20 years since I‘ve read the book or seen the movie. This article is an interesting read for both the lovers and the loathers: https://popula.com/2018/09/30/sarahs-magnum-opus/

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The Graveyard Book | Neil Gaiman
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I have yet to read a Neil Gaiman book without at least one line that causes me to burst into tears.

LauraBeth I remember being in my 20s and really understanding that Dr. Seuss line of “Wherever you go there you are!” for the first time and it about near devastated me. 3y
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Pride and Prejudice | Jane Austen
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Poor Mr Darcy. I adore Colin Firth‘s performance in this series.

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The Haunting of Hill House | Shirley Jackson
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Everything I want to comment on would be a spoiler so I will just note that now I know what all the fuss is about and who to thank for inspiring so many writers over the years. 🥂to Shirley Jackson!

👻 And many thanks to @TheKidUpstairs for gifting this to me in an exchange last Halloween. Great choice!

TheKidUpstairs Perfect October read! I'm so glad you liked it. I'll be starting my yearly re read soon, and the newest adaptation is up on Netflix! 3y
BookHermit @thekidupstairs Checking it out tonight. Very curious to see this adaptation! (edited) 3y
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Found this book shop by pure luck on my last day in Prague. Nice consolation prize for not making it to either the Clementium or the Austrian National Library 📚📚📚📚📚📚📚

LeahBergen Nice! 👏🏻👏🏻 3y
RealLifeReading How lovely! 3y
Reviewsbylola What a gem! 3y
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The Oxford English Dictionary | John Simpson, Edmund Weiner
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The Prague Cemetery | Umberto Eco
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This Friday night is Lit! 🤣
Got my grocery store sushi, sangria in a can and some nasty erudite fiction. Woot woot! 🙌🏻

mcctrish Perfect 3y
Zelma Looks fantastic! 3y
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The Prague Cemetery | Umberto Eco
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13 pages in and this narrator! Ah, Mr. Eco, it‘s been far too long since I‘ve picked up one of your novels.

Nebklvr People find reasons to be their worst selves. Religion is just one excuse. National purity has worked too 3y
Echo 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 3y
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CouronneDhiver I disagree. But I‘m glad you‘re enjoying your book. 😊 3y
BookHermit @CouronneDhiver I am curious where this narrator is taking the story as he has not a good word to say about anyone regardless of nationality, religious persuasion, or gender identification. 3y
RidgewayGirl The main character is hands down the most evil character I‘ve ever encountered in a book. 3y
BookHermit @RidgewayGirl Intriguing! 3y
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