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Cweeeevs

Joined February 2018

"And it was always the stories that needed the telling that gave us the rope we could cross any river with." ~ Ali Smith
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I'm not sure I would have picked up this book to read, but I'm so glad I stumbled across the audio book on BorrowBox and gave it a chance. I love Maeve Higgins! I'm really going to miss listening to her musings on my commute to work. She feels like an old pal at this stage. I'd definitely recommend listening to this one because you really get a good sense of her humour. The topics vary but these essays are all heartfelt and hilarious. A pick!

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The Girls: A Novel | Emma Cline
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After seeing Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and listening to Karina Longworth's 'You Must Remember Manson' podcast, a friend recommended this book with high praise, and I wasn't disappointed. I'm in awe of Emma Cline's compelling, perceptive prose. Cady McClain's thoughtful narration really immersed me in teenage Evie's heightened world. Her interactions with a host of vivid characters are, at times, stark and horrifying. An absolute pick!

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Girl Meets Boy | Ali Smith
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I absolutely adore this beautiful book. It's full of playful references and evocative language. It's difficult to describe the plot- you're better off just diving straight in. The last section is joyful and exhilarating in a way that reminds me of how I felt reading Molly's soliloquy in Ulysses for the first time. I'll revisit this, and I can't wait to read more of Ali Smith's work. If you're looking for a pick-me-up, I highly recommend it!

CarolynM I've loved her season series so far. You've sold me on this one.🙂 2mo
Cweeeevs @CarolynM I'm so excited to get started on the season series! Let me know what you think of Girl Meets Boy 😄 2mo
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Girl Meets Boy | Ali Smith
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This is such a gorgeous read 💜

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At the start I didn't know how I was going to get on with this cranky octogenarian, but Maurice Hannigan quickly had me hooked and really emotionally invested in his story. I finally finished it last night in floods of tears. Anne Griffin has crafted a very sweet, heartfelt read.

TrishB Ahhh, I loved it too ♥️ 2mo
Cweeeevs @TrishB 💕 2mo
Cathythoughts It‘s a good book 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2mo
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Cweeeevs @Cathythoughts it really is! 😊 2mo
erzascarletbookgasm After your review and @TrishB ‘s ..stacking! 2mo
Aimeesue Cranky octogenarians are having quite a literary moment. It's a good thing. ❤️ 2mo
Cweeeevs @erzascarletbookgasm I really hope you enjoy it! @Aimeesue it absolutely is! 😄 2mo
Slajaunie Pretty picture! 2mo
Cweeeevs @Slajaunie thank you! I'm staying in a very cute little apartment in Kotor, Montenegro at the moment 😊 2mo
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The Testaments: A Novel | Margaret Atwood
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I absolutely raced through this, and it was the first book in a long while that I finished in less than a day. The excitement was similar to that I used to feel with each new release of a Harry Potter book, so it's fair to say my expectations were high! Apart from a few minor quibbles, I loved it. One my favourites this year. I don't want to post anything else for fear of spoiling anyone, but I'm excited to hear what other people think!

Lovesbooks87 I loved it! 2mo
marleed I was the same as you. I could not sleep without seeing this to its end. 2mo
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The Testaments: A Novel | Margaret Atwood
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Excuse the terrible photo, but it's 6:30am and I'm barely awake... 🤣 about to head on holidays and I can't wait to get stuck into this! The excerpt on NPR had me intrigued from the get-go: https://www.npr.org/2019/09/04/754859270/first-read-hear-margaret-atwood-tell-th...

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The Girls: A Novel | Emma Cline
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"I could see she was nervous with my eyes on her. I understood the worry. When I was that age, I was uncertain of how to move, whether I was walking too fast, whether others could see the discomfort and stiffness in me. As if everyone were constantly gauging my performance and finding it lacking."

This book is so well written. It's really smart and evocative. I'm loving this #audiobook so far!

Ruthiella I loved this one. She got me as a teenager (though thankfully I did not join a cult!). 2mo
Cweeeevs @Ruthiella I know exactly what you mean! I'm so surprised at the mixed reaction to this because I think it's really excellent! 2mo
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Dept. of Speculation | Jenny Offill
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"The reason to have a home is to keep certain people in and everyone else out."

While sparse, this book is at times funny, wise, heart-breaking, sharp, and poignant... which is no mean feat!

It has a strange way of tapping into some wonderfully observed truths about life, and at the same time I feel as though we're only privy to brief glimpses of the characters.

It's a definite pick, and I'd give it a solid 4 stars!

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Dept. of Speculation | Jenny Offill
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I'm a sucker for a Donald Barthelme reference! It reminds me that I should delve back into Sixty Stories soon- it's one of my favourite collections and I haven't revisited it for a long time.

As for the tagged book: I love Jenny Offill's distinct style. Insights are gleaned from succinct vignettes that are brief little windows into these characters' lives at various different stages.

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Bunny: A Novel | Mona Awad
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I think I'm probably in the minority about this! There were plenty of individual elements that appealed to me, but overall it wasn't a pick.

I was actually quite shocked to find out that Samantha is 25... the dynamics and dialogue felt closer to a high school setting rather than an elite MFA programme.

I definitely enjoyed some of the really skewering passages, but despite all the mayhem, I just didn't feel like the stakes were ever that high?

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Bunny: A Novel | Mona Awad
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"Sometimes you have to kill your darlings, you know?"

...This is starting to get properly bonkers !

Karkar Love this cover!! 3mo
Reggie Lol just wait... 3mo
Cweeeevs @Karkar me too! @Reggie oh my goodness, I know 😅🤣😂 3mo
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I've just finished the 'Born Under a Star' blanket and Mary Jane booties from this lovely collection! They took long enough, but Jenny Lord's helpful advice along with brilliant illustrations are great for encouraging you to tackle projects that you might think are beyond your capabilities. I highly recommend this book for anyone looking to take up knitting!

IamIamIam They're gorgeous!!!! 3mo
Crazeedi So amazingly beautiful!❤❤ 3mo
Cweeeevs Thanks so much, @IamIamIam and @Crazeedi ! 😄 3mo
BookNAround Beautiful! 3mo
Cweeeevs @BookNAround, thank you! 3mo
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Dept. of Speculation | Jenny Offill
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Third page in and I can't stop giggling... I think I'm really going to enjoy this one! 😂👌

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The Familiars | Stacey Halls
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I'm about a quarter of the way through this audio book and while it's probably down to the fact that I've been listening to it in fits and starts, I'm finding it underwhelming! Trying to decide if I should keep going or bail...

Has anyone read/listened to this? Any recommendations? 😊

Redwritinghood I listened on audiobook. Was so-soon it in the end. 3mo
Cweeeevs Thanks, @Redwritinghood, my loan was up and I didn't renew it... there are too many great books out there for a so-so! 😄 3mo
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"Perhaps, at some point, Yeong-hue had simply let fall the slender thread that had kept her connected with everyday life."

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Oof, this book! I hardly know where to start. I won't be able to do it justice. First and foremost, it's a visceral experience, and a haunting one at that.

The beguiling character at the centre of this short novel endures so many brutalising acts of violence that the sense of quiet desperation is palpable, making it quite a claustrophobic, upsetting read.

I thought it was excellent, but am hesitant to recommend it as this won't be for everyone.

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Last Ones Left Alive | Sarah Davis-Goff
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Set in a post-apocalyptic Ireland, this zombie thriller is certainly evocative and atmospheric. The considered prose is full of colloquial quirks that really instil it with a firm sense of place that I enjoyed. It is also quite fiercely feminist in a lot of ways, and neatly subverts many tropes of the genre. While it slightly lagged for me about three quarters of the way in, it's a great, quick read. I'd give it a solid three and a half stars.

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Last Ones Left Alive | Sarah Davis-Goff
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Settling in for a cosy evening! I'm a total wimp when it comes to zombies but I've heard great things about this one so I'm willing to give it a go. Wish me luck! 😭

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#Bookhaul featuring my almost-finished knitting project and pink gin in a CAN... #treatyoself 💕🤣 After a hectic few weeks moving into a new apartment I finally ventured to my new local library. So excited to get started on these!

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"Writing fiction, creating an imaginary world, is, it seems, rather like remembering what never happened."

I adore this collection of essays, even if I sometimes have to re-read a paragraph three times!

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This was a re-read, but even when you're familiar with the story, it still really gets under the skin. Shirley Jackson created a truly unique and unforgettable narrator in Merricat, which is apparent from that disquieting opening paragraph. Donna Tartt called it "her greatest book", and I'm inclined to agree. It's a deceptively simple read, full of startling imagery and twisted insights. The writing is exquisite!

Aimeesue I agree wholeheartedly. This is my favorite Jackson book. 5mo
Cweeeevs @Aimeesue 😄👌 5mo
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"And anyway, there is no comfort here on Earth. There is pretending, there are words, but there is no peace. Nothing is good here. Nothing. Every place you go on Earth, there is more nonsense."

These short stories certainly pack a punch! I'd rate this collection a 4/5.

My favourites were, 'Bettering Myself', 'Slumming', 'The Beach Boy', 'Nothing Ever Happens Here', and 'A Better Place'. Has anyone else read this? What did you think? I'm curious!

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The Little Stranger | Sarah Waters
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This was my first time reading Sarah Waters, and while it was a reeeally slow burn, I was completely hooked. I generally loved the characterisation even though the narrator, Dr Farraday, infuriated me at times (which I think is rather the point of his character)! What impressed me most, however, is how Waters crafts the specificity of this period, especially with respect to wealth and class within a shifting social landscape.

erzascarletbookgasm I loved it too. I‘ll recommend this as your next Waters 7mo
Cweeeevs @erzascarletbookgasm ooh thanks! I've heard great things about that one, I'll have to pick up a copy soon! 7mo
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I just adore this book!

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I finished this concurrently with 'The Lottery and Other Stories' and it was the perfect counterbalance to the sense of disquiet that Jackson leaves you with. This absolute gem of a book is a true comfort read, filled with beautiful insights amongst genuinely hilarious tales of Alderton's roaring twenties. Having just said goodbye to that decade myself, this ode to female friendship made me laugh, cringe, and cry in equal measure. What a joy ❤

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I had to take my time with this collection... Shirley Jackson just left me feeling shook and uneasy so frequently! She really is a master of the short story.

Skyrimir I really like the covers of these editions! 7mo
Cweeeevs @Skyrimir me too! 😄 I'd been meaning to buy a copy for so long, and I couldn't resist this one 👌 7mo
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'Colloquy' was published in the 40s, yet Mrs. Arnold's bewilderment feels all too familiar. What a great 3-page short story by Shirley Jackson.

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Oh girl, have we all been there or what!

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This is definitely a pick, even though I haven't quite figured out how I feel about the ending! I've rarely come across a book that captures so distinctly that feeling of being twenty-one and having absolutely no idea who you are: "At any time I felt I could do or say anything at all, and only afterwards think: oh, so that's the kind of person I am." It was a solid 4/5 stars for me!

Reggie I put this in a lot of the comments of all the reviews for this book but that ending is very, “The heart wants what the heart wants!!!” Lol, I loved this book! 9mo
Cweeeevs @Reggie that's pretty perfect, actually! 😄 I loved it too; I really raced through it when I finally got a chance to read over the weekend. An addictive read for sure! 9mo
Notafraidofwords I have no idea what to think about her choosing nick and the end because I think that they were actually perfect for each other and I didn‘t really like Bobby all that much 5mo
Cweeeevs @Notafraidofwords I felt the same way about Bobby! Their dynamic was so interesting though! 5mo
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Heroes and Villains | Angela Carter
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The Bloody Chamber remains one of my favourite collections of short stories. Carter's feminist re-tellings of fairy tales are exquisitely written in lush & often startling prose. She employs the same rich, immersive language here, however, the effect is often more frustrating than beguiling. Ultimately the story was too brutal & disturbing & it felt provocative in an alienating way. 2/5 stars: wouldn't recommend except to Carter enthusiasts!

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Nave. Super | Erlend Loe
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Thanks so much for tagging me, @Kristy_K
@cassiopia @isobelr @Texreader @Trashcanman @MaGoose - sorry I'm a bit late posting (see number 15 🤣), but here's #20thingsaboutme

cassiopia Same with #20. I joined because I wanted an easy way to track how many books I've read. I adore it here 💜 10mo
Cweeeevs @cassiopia it's really wonderful 😄 10mo
WhatThePuck #15, I had a problem too. My friend and I decided together to support each other while we learned new ways to 'apologize' without saying 'I'm sorry.' 10mo
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Cweeeevs @WhatThePuck that's a great idea! Love it 👌💕 10mo
Crazeedi Thanks for sharing a bit about you! Ireland is a dream destination for me 10mo
Cweeeevs @Crazeedi Aw brilliant, I can give you plenty of recommendations! 😄 10mo
Suet624 I‘m envious that you live in Ireland. Thank you for letting us know some things about you. 10mo
Libby1 Hello from Northern Ireland! 👋 Thanks for following me. 😊 I look forward to learning more about Irish lit from you. 10mo
Lynnsoprano I‘m another who has Ireland on their bucket list. And yes, Litsy friends are the best! This is my social media of choice. 10mo
RadicalReader @Cweeeevs most unique username I have ever encountered. Hope you discover many beautiful books while here on Litsy and many bookworms to befriend 10mo
MaggieCarr Hello from the midwest of North America! Welcome to Litsy! 10mo
Crazeedi @Cweeeevs that'd be awesome 10mo
jenniferajanes Welcome to Litsy! 🎉📚 10mo
Krisjericho Jameson and ginger is one of my faves, too! 10mo
Cweeeevs @Suet624 and @Lynnsoprano the weather is fairly miserable right now, so maybe avoid the winter when you visit! 🤣 Thanks so much, @RadicalReader @MaggieCarr @jenniferajanes 🤗 I love Litsy so far. @Krisjericho it's delicious and dangerous, the perfect combo 10mo
Cweeeevs Hello, @Libby1 ! I've been slacking on contemporary Irish Lit but hope to catch up! 10mo
Itchyfeetreader Hello!! Great 20 things 10mo
Cweeeevs @Itchyfeetreader hello and thank you! 😄 10mo
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"Poetry is the way we help give name to the nameless so it can be thought." I'm going to end up underlining every sentence in this lovely little selection of Lorde's essays! #chasingthejanuarybluesaway

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Last week I re-read one of my favourites, The Girls' Guide to Hunting and Fishing by Melissa Bank. It's such a great comfort read! 💕 What's on your reading list at the moment? This was book 2 of 2019's #readingchallenge, part of my #resolutions

Crazeedi Welcome to litsy!!! 10mo
bookseller_cate Welcome to Litsy! 🎉 10mo
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akckitty But my 2019 tbr list is a loooooooong one 😅😅 10mo
readinginthedark I just started A Man Called Ove, finally. It's really good so far! 10mo
TheBookAddict I am currently reading Alias Grace and am listening to Bird Box, but I just got a few holds from the library (because I need more books...not), and I also joined a buddy read...😔. I have so much to read and not enough time. @akckitty one of my favorite series, I hope you enjoy it! @readinginthedark I loved it! 10mo
tammysue Welcome to Litsy! 👋🏻💞 10mo
readinginthedark @TheBookAddict A lot of people have recommended it to me. Not sure why it took me so long! 10mo
Cweeeevs Thank you, @Crazeedi , @duthie_yyc , @whatshesreadingnow ! 🤗 @akckitty I haven't read that series, it sounds so good! I hope you're enjoying it. My tbr list is very ambitious also 🤣 @readinginthedark I've heard such good things about that one! @TheBookAddict omg the Bird Box film was so stressful, I don't think I can handle the book! 🙈 I'd be so interested to hear what it's like though! 10mo
readinginthedark It's really good so far! 10mo
RadicalReader @Cweeeevs such a beautiful blanket I got a Harry Potter one for Christmas and I have never found a stronger reason to enjoy the considerable comfortably of a soft bed 10mo
Cweeeevs Thank you, @RadicalReader , I actually bought it as a gift for the bf and have somewhat reclaimed it now that we're living together 😅 10mo
RadicalReader @Cweeeevs congratulations on moving in together wishing you both the best. He should join Litsy as well so many wonderful amazing books to discover 10mo
Cweeeevs @RadicalReader thanks so much! He's not into social media so I think it's a no-go unfortunately 😅 10mo
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NOTES TO SELF: Essays | EMILIE. PINE
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I'm in awe of these incredible essays. What a great way to start my 2019 reading list! I can't speak highly enough of this book 👌 #readingchallenge book 1 of the year

CocoReads Welcome to Litsy! 10mo
Cweeeevs @CocoReads thank you! 😄 10mo
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Just settling in front of a cosy fire to get started... #wildfridaynight

tpixie How was this? 10mo
Cweeeevs Hi, @tpixie 😊 Hmm, so I gave it a pick, because I raced through and definitely enjoyed it, however! Certain plot threads were overly convoluted, and overall it wasn't quite as satisfying as the general hype would lead you to believe. So maybe go in with low expectations and it won't disappoint! 😄 10mo
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Love this!

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Feeling a bit under the weather this week, but these poets are fantastic company on #internationalwomensday 💕

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Really enjoyed this quick, accessible read. Mary Beard includes some very interesting examples in the long history of the "exclusion of women from public speech". Highly recommend this!

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"The goal, ultimately, was successful camouflage as a human woman." (p. 30)

You and me both, Eleanor...

PatriciaU I *just* highlighted that in my book!!!! 2y
Cweeeevs @PatriciaU it's a lovely read, I hope you like it! 2y
RaimeyGallant Love this. And welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon Some of us put together Litsy tips to help new Littens navigate the site. It's the link in my bio on my page in case you need it. Or if you prefer how-to videos, @chelleo put some together at the link in her bio. 2y
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Cweeeevs @RaimeyGallant, thank you so much! 😄 That's really kind of you to post and the tips are really helpful... especially the 'blurb' info which I was definitely confused about! Thanks again, really appreciate it! 2y
Purrfectpages Welcome to Litsy! 2y
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