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Joined February 2016

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Hell Divers by Nicholas Sansbury Smith
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The Strain by Guillermo Del Toro, Chuck Hogan
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France in the World: A New Global History by Stephane Gerson, Patrick Boucheron
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The Reign of King Edward III by William Shakespeare
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A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth
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Hell Divers | Nicholas Sansbury Smith
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I started this SF/PA book earlier this week and my goal is to finish it off this weekend:

Earth has been salted with radioactivity after a global war. The only survivors are onboard 2 airships that send divers onto the surface to salvage supplies. But resources on the airships are right running very thin, cancer and flu are constant threats, and mutants have evolved on the wasteland...

Great start— So let‘s see where this goes!

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Dracula | Bram Stoker
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🎧 The “all-star audible edition of ‘Dracula‘ featured amazing performances by Steven Crossley, Alan Cumming, Tim Curry, Susan Duerden, John Lee, Graeme Malcolm and, Simon Vance.

I‘m deliberately leaving one narrator off that list. Their performance was so over-the-top and poorly delivered that it rendered some scenes incomprehensible (e.g. What happened at Whitby?!?), ridiculous, and harsh on the ears.

Still, 4/5 stars 🙂

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The Strain | Guillermo Del Toro, Chuck Hogan
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🎧 Next up from my audible library, another vampire story!

In the past, I‘ve had trouble getting past Ron Perlman‘s mumbling; but for some reason I‘m rather hopeful about this performance!

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Dracula | Bram Stoker
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🎧 Next in my audible library, another celebrity read, though this one actually features a number of professional audiobook narrators in its “all-star cast,” notably Simon Vance (the first voice in the narrative.)

emz711 Tim Curry? Oh man! On my tbr! 5d
sprainedbrain Loved this version! 4d
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Frankenstein narrated by Dan Stevens | Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
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🎧 I‘ve read/listened to this title 4 times in the past 10 yrs and *every time* I feel like I‘m reading the novel for the first time! It‘s weird how the story lends itself to so many different levels of interpretation. This time I was struck by the travelogue aspect: Interesting to see the different settings and trying to correlate them with the action, themes, and symbolism.

I ended up liking but not loving Dan Stevens‘ rather maudlin delivery.

Dogearedcopy 📷: Dan Stevens (the audiobook narrator for this edition) at the opening of the film, ‘Beauty and the Beast‘ (Labeled for re-use) (edited) 5d
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Frankenstein narrated by Dan Stevens | Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
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🎧 Often wary of celebrity narrators, I will still give credit when due. I just started this audio from my backlog of audible titles and, Dan Stevens (Matthew Crawley in Downton Abbey) is doing a very nice job with this Classic horror story of man‘s yearning for connection, and his hubris.

sprainedbrain I love his narration! 6d
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The Unhoneymooners | Christina Lauren
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I‘ve read and collected almost every Cristina Lauren book that has been published (there are a couple more on my e-reader) but I think I‘m done now. The sizzle of their Beautiful/Wild series has been replaced with much tamer young adult material, cute while you‘re reading it, but uneven in quality and pretty forgettable in the long run. Really wanted to love their latest but frankly, pretty mediocre as far as Romances go.

xxjenadanxx Josh and Hazel is my favorite! 1w
Dogearedcopy @xxjenadanxx That's my favorite of the post-Beautiful/Wild works too! 🙂 (edited) 1w
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Untitled | Unknown
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This is a non-Nero Wolfe story that I picked up off of The Boothbay Library (Maine) porch a few years ago, so I think I paid a quarter for it!

Not gonna lie, it was all about the cover but I‘m looking forward to it as a weekend read 🙂

BethFishReads I love the Nero Wolf books — haven‘t read off-series 3w
Dogearedcopy @BethFishReads I just found out that this was Rex Stout‘s first novel! It features Billy Sidney as the protagonist in a mid-century noir setting and, it‘s a bit weird at first because it‘s written in POV2, addressing Billy himself! (edited) 3w
BethFishReads @Dogearedcopy I may need to track down a copy. Will be in Maine in September. I wonder if Boothbay still has a copy. 😃😃😃😃😃 3w
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Dragon I had a crush on Archie , Nero Wolf‘s right hand man 💚🐉 3w
kgriffith @BethFishReads You will?? You must look me up and let me take you for a meal and chat! 1w
BethFishReads @kgriffith I‘m 90% sure. Just after Labor Day. Near Brunswick 1w
kgriffith @BethFishReads Lovely. I'll be back in school but will be home (South Portland, less than an hour from Brunswick) approximately Thurs-Sun. 1w
BethFishReads @kgriffith cool. We‘re on Bailey Island, but the drive is doable. Or we can meet in Freeport. More at summer‘s end 1w
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The Shadow of the Wind | Carlos Ruiz Zafon
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Atmospheric and haunting, this is the story of a young man who falls in love with a girl, with a book, with an author, with his friends... against the backdrop of of gothic characters and a city stained by its past. Set in Barcelona in the 1950s, it casts a spell amongst shadows and ruins.

Image: Book in front of the only thing from Barcelona I own, a recording booth!

LibrarianJen I really want to like this book! I bought a copy after I passed it down the #Litsygoespostal chain. I‘m thinking audio might be a better pick for me. 4w
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A Suitable Boy | Vikram Seth
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PART VI

Music! I became rather curious as to all the instruments mentioned in this section and found some great videos demonstrating how they look and are played:

The harmonium: https://youtu.be/2MojAo65MiA
The tabla: https://youtu.be/r31oe7Sm0vI
The sitar: https://youtu.be/72MCEY57_Q4

Image: Woman with a saraswati veena, Tanjore Painting, Crafts Museum, New Delhi, India
© Yann Forget / Wikimedia Commons / CC-BY-SA-3.0.

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My Favorite Half-Night Stand | Christina Lauren
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In this contemporary romance, Millie is an emotionally repressed prof at a university where she hangs out with four other male friends— one of whom she has a night to remember! The question becomes do either Millie or Reid want to level up? *Can* they?

Cute premise involving a meet-up app but TBH not as well done as Meg Cabot‘s social-media-based text novels and; CL have really dialed back from their Beautiful and Wild series.

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Kiss Thief | L J Shen
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This was very much a Beauty and the Beast re-telling with Shen‘s signature a-hole male protag and the female-victim-to-circumstances-beyond-her-control. Set in the 21st-century within the context of Mafia politics and 19th-century social customs (e.g. arranged marriages in the Western world,) you have to suspend disbelief quite a bit, but I don‘t think anyone would confuse this as “real” anyway.

Definitely for Shen fans (and I am one) :-)

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Amazon is celebrating World Book Day via amazoncrossing by offering nine free Kindle books (titles curated from Amazon Digital Services LLC.) The stories cover a range of genres and settings from all over the world.

Last year, I dnloaded the nine titles they offered for World Book Day and, I admit it's pretty hit and miss BUT there's bound to be at least one that you'll like :-)

N.b. Sadly, no SFF :-/

Annl I got mine! 1mo
rwmg An FB friend alerted me to this. I got 1mo
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Rivers of London Volume 6: Water Weed | Ben Aaronovitch, Andrew Cartmel
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If you‘re looking for a Rivers of London fix, this is one to borrow not buy: DCI Peter Grant experiences vestigia when hit with a contact high. His investigation leads to a drug ring... But more time is spent on the villain of the piece than on the heroes or their magical skills. And then there‘s the rather disappointing ending of which I‘ll say no more.

Also, I really wanted the cover to glow in the dark (it doesn‘t.)

⭐️⭐️⭐️all for the artwork

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Both "Adventures" and "Memoirs" are short story collections featuring the timeless tales of Sherlock Holmes and John Watson. In "Adventures," we get a glimpse of "that woman," Irene Adler in the very first short, "A Scandal in Bohemia." ?

But "Memoirs" promises Professor Moriarty!

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France in the World: A New Global History | Stephane Gerson, Patrick Boucheron
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I am inexplicably excited to start this 900+ page book which contains 124 essays covering French history from 34,000 BC to 2015!

The English-language edition was released yesterday by Other Press

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cherinium Wow! That sounds intimidating. 1mo
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A Suitable Boy | Vikram Seth
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PART V

There is just so much to unpack in this section:about democracy & nationalism, the caste system & class warfare, capitalism & socialism, but I don't think reading 15 sections in a lit-fic saga (no matter how deftly rendered) qualifies me to render an expert opinion. OTOH, I think it would seem somewhat disingenuous to not make direct comparison to certain current politicians. ;-)

Image: First Cabinet of Independent India

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The Shadow of the Wind | Carlos Ruiz Zafon
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Wow! Reading through the journal, this turns out not only to be a favorite amongst nearly all the readers so far in the #LGPOG, but a re-read as well!

This book has been in my TBR for years and now, I‘m finally diving in!

Caroline2 I‘ve had this book on my tbr shelf for years too! Be interesting to hear what you think of it! 👍🏻 2mo
sprainedbrain Oh that‘s kind of a bummer that many had already read it... how is that copy holding up? Looks like maybe I should send another one! 😃 2mo
Dogearedcopy @sprainedbrain Actually, it‘s really amazing how those who have read it *re-read* it for #LGPOG! 😍 And no need for a new copy: I‘ve taken the liberty of taping up the edges. It‘s certainly well-read and -loved book! 📚 2mo
sprainedbrain @Dogearedcopy awesome! ❤️ 2mo
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This arrived Friday as a part of the #LGPOG rounds! 🙂

I‘ve just started it, and while it‘s not as straightforward as ‘A Man Called Ove‘, it looks very promising: A little girl, Elsa and her grandmother share a special bond, imaginary worlds that appear to coping mechanisms or aides for Elsa.

irre It‘s my favorite Backman. 2mo
Lchnessmnstr I‘ve really enjoyed the how convoluted of it. Everything is there from the beginning but understanding all the parts comes as a slow peel back. I feel like I‘m growing up with Elsa. 2mo
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Saga Volume 1 | Brian K Vaughan
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I actually own a copy of this but when I saw it on the #LGPOG list, I held off on reading it until it was “my turn!”

Before I start though, I‘m taking the time to read the journal entries :-)

Eyelit Yay! Enjoy 😃 2mo
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A pick if for nothing else than the atmospheric drawings evoking the foggy Hudson and the enigmatic tension of the story. The plot concerns Captain Twain who rescues a mermaid and, the mysterious behavior of the two brothers who own the ship. Not gonna lie though, I don‘t really understand the ending at all 🤷🏻‍♀️

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I‘m not usually a fan of crazy/quirky/zany female protagonists, but Hazel had me laughing out loud almost from the start!
In this dual-POV contemporary romance, Hazel isn‘t going to change for anyone. The thing is, is she too much for the more restrained Josh whose opinions matter to her very much? Can Josh risk giving another piece of himself away after a 2-yr relationship fails?
Fast & fun read

#romantsy

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OK, as a matter of fact I *am* in the middle of a couple of other books right now but I saw this “Like New” copy of a book that‘s on my TBR list at the FOTL bookstore today and; for $2 decided it was a sign from the Book Gods!

A GN w/B&W pencil/charcoal work, the panels evoke a foggy riverfront past. The story features a 19th c steamboat captain who finds a mermaid. There‘s also a bit of mystery. It‘s all enigmatic but also very intriguing!

Swe_Eva I loved this one! 2mo
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Polaris Rising: A Novel | Jessie Mihalik
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Listed as Science Fiction/Space Opera, this reads more like #romantsy!
Mind you, I'm not complaining, but hardcore SFF readers might as it doesn't really offer any new in terms of ideas or technology. Medical nanobots, Smart clothing, FTL transport... we've seen these things before. The appeal of the story lies pretty much in the strong female protag, Ada and, her chemistry with Loch.

YouBookMe Yep, this is definitely a romance novel with some sci-fi trappings, not a hard sci-fi novel. Lots of fun though! 2mo
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The Age of Light: A Novel | Whitney Scharer
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I admit that when I opened my birthday present and saw the cover of the tagged book, I was bemused. This doesn‘t seem like my kind of book, and it made me wonder, after 25+ yrs of marriage if my DH really knew me; but then I realized from the jacket copy that it‘s about Lee Miller!

Guess my DH knows me pretty well after all 😉

SamAnne I‘m reading Ninth Street Women right now and loving it. Have this on hold at the library! 2mo
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The Wedding Date | Jasmine Guillory
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I made it to the end of chapter 3, where Alexa Monroe decides to wear a red dress that makes her look “hot,” with gold heels to a wedding rehearsal, before I finally decided to bail. Light and breezy writing, but I really don‘t have the luxury of time to read anything that doesn‘t really grab me from the start.

Erinreadsthebooks Red dress, gold heels, trying to look hot...wedding rehearsal or headed to the club?! 😂🤣🤣 Pretty sure I would've bailed, too 3mo
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The Tell-tale Heart | Edgar Allan Poe
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My 15-yo daughter‘s homework assignment was to draw an illustration for Edgar Allen Poe‘s short story, “The Tell-Tale Heart.” Using a diagram of a heart and a photo of her own hand as a reference, she pulled this together in about half an hour (iPad Pro.) Maybe it‘s because I‘m her mother, but I *love* it and wanted to share :-)

MommyWantsToReadHerBook Really well done! 3mo
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I read the book last December but I don't know which is more correct to say, that the book didn't get under my skin or that I couldn't under *its* skin! It was a fast read, but I never felt connected to the story on any more than a superficial level.

I decided to "re-read" it on GN form: The adaptation is excellent, with bold use of line and an interesting color palette. The story line remains virtually intact...

KimM Oh cool! I‘m sending this one to you Monday 😊 3mo
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The Reign of King Edward III | William Shakespeare
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Sometimes listed as part of Shakespeare's canon, more often not; Attributed to Shakespeare, other times to The Bard and Thomas Kyd.... As controversial as its placement in the Histories may be, I've decided to read it. I admit that I'm a little disappointed that there isn't a Folger edition available.

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A Suitable Boy | Vikram Seth
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I‘ve been thinking a bit about the Hindu caste system as I‘ve continued reading this story. We see how it plays into the Partition, the social stratum and, personal relationships. The divisions aren't always clear cut though which makes me wonder how much of the “Other” is truly offensive vs how sensitive or offended the person making the judgement call is.

📷: Leather bottle-makers of the Chamaar caste; Labeled for use with modifications

Amiable Oh, I loved this book. 🥰 3mo
TimSpalding Commenting here to see if you get it. 3mo
Dogearedcopy @TimSpalding Hey Tim! Sorry, I had to work so I wasn't able to check my Litsy feed for a while. 3mo
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I've read the first four books in the series in both print and audio (narrated by Tim Curry) multiple times since 2013 but for some reason, never get much farther than that. I'm determined that *this* year, I'm going to make it through the whole series *and* watch the NetFlix offering!

Currently reading the second book (print this time for the illustrations by Brett Helquist): The Baudelaire orphans are off to live with their Uncle Monty

Riveted_Reader_Melissa I love these and the twisted fun writing he uses. But yes, I also read the first few, then stopped feeling like it wasn‘t going anywhere... a bit repetitive....it wasn‘t until my nephew got to that age and read them all, that I read them all with him. 😉 3mo
TK-421 I think around book 5 or maybe 6 or 7 things get shaken up a bit so it's not so repetitive, and things really get good - or, since this is the Baudelaire orphans we're talking about, things get really bad! 3mo
Peddler410 The Netflix series is fun! I never read past book one when they were first published. I‘m doing them now as read- alouds with my daughter. We recently finished book six. 3mo
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The Sign of Four | Arthur Conan Doyle, Martin Freeman
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In this novella, Mary Morstan comes to Holmes seeking help in determining who has been sending her a pearl every year after her father's presumed death. The case unfolds as a story of hidden treasure, greed, intrigue, and murder set against the backdrop of the Indian Rebellion of 1857 and in the environs of London. Loved the back story of the crime and the thrill of the chase!

📷: Crop of the 1892 cover showing Mary and Watson

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The Sign of Four | Arthur Conan Doyle, Martin Freeman
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Starting this one today...

This is the one on which Mary Morstan is introduced

#NotASpoiler

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One of the reasons I generally avoid NF about the Civil War is that writers tend to info dump numbers and data to the point that the battles become statistical events rather than human ones. But Michael Shaara‘s book conveys the scale of The Battle at Gettysburg in terms of acreage, the body count, and the ethical costs by leaning more towards historical fiction than military fiction in style and tone.

AshleyHoss820 I have the whole trilogy, so it‘s good to see this review! It‘s on my TBR! 3mo
Pricel101 #Stacked Thanks for the review! I don‘t read much NF but do enjoy The American Civil War well written. 3mo
Bklover This book was wonderful! 3mo
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I may or may not have spent the morning crying over the death of a man who passed away over 155 years ago....

#ShutUpImNotCryingYoureCrying

CouronneDhiver That‘s quite the legacy... 3mo
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So, I may have gotten a little excited at dinner time: I was yelling, "Why in the hell didn't Lee have Longstreet go right? Stuart better be dead because he's really screwed over Lee now!"

My husband calmly looked up from his plate and mentioned that if I really wanted to know, that this *is* a fairly well documented battle and I could look it up.

Well, yeah. But I still have 80 pages to go and I don't want to spoil it! ?

#gettysburg

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I honestly can‘t remember if I read this or not! It seems like I must have and yet, I don‘t really remember it, which puts it on par as an unread book...

Tackling this Pulitzer Prize-winning historical novel about the Battle of Gettysburg next

Reecaspieces I see Shelby Foote! #mississippiauthor 3mo
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I've heard of "Sophomore Slumps," but this takes that concept to whole new level. Character formation & development, weird plot pacing and "crashes" (where plot lines or ideas run counter to each other in the same scene,) over-the-top emotional intensity (something on the order of the whole world sparkling)... It all felt wrong, and what's worse, The Hating Game epilogue, which is a bonus feature, felt equally off.

#romantsy

Purrfectpages I‘m trying to get through this now and I‘m having trouble. Bummed bc I loved her first book so much. 3mo
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Forewarned is forearmed! Managing my expectations as I dive into Sally Thornes‘ sophomore effort....

#romantsy

Notafraidofwords I know, it‘s terrible the reviews I‘ve read. 3mo
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King John | William Shakespeare
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A lot of people cite this as their least favorite of Shakespeare's plays, but I actually found it fascinating not only in what was written but what was *not* written! King John's claim to the throne is contested, the noblemen are fickle with their allegiances, the French are being, well French, and the women are catty! The Church is a busybody, stirring shit up and King John is presented as a sort of Protestant prototype. But no Magna Carta... ⬇️

Dogearedcopy And while I wasn't expecting the 18th c. figure of Romanticism, Robin Hood, to appear, I was surprised that there wasn't a more intense antipathy from the people represented over the heavy taxation. Surely that would have gone over well with the audiences? Again, so very interesting and a decided Pick from me 🎭 3mo
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The Kiss Quotient | Helen Hoang
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Years ago, I read another romance novel featuring an autistic female lead, and I was uncomfortable with it as I felt the character was treated poorly and exploited; So it was with a certain amount of wariness that I picked this one up. But the two novels couldn't be more different and I was absolutely charmed by the story of Stella who hires an escort, Michael to help her navigate the emotional and tactile storm of relationships. ❤️

#romantsy

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A Suitable Boy | Vikram Seth
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Prem Nivas, "the abode of love," is the courtyard where Saeda Bai sings, creating a magical night of music, poetry & enchantment, an oasis where colored lights shine from the bushes, roses bloom a bit early, & flirtations continue until dawn. The courtyard flows with studied beauty, ghazals, the sounds of the tablas, sarangis, tanpuras & harmoniums. I ❤️ the lush, edenic depictions of Prem Nivas.

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Oh, boy. It's #unpopularopinion time: I hated this book. I thought it was going to be a fun rom-com set in London. What it turned out to be was a tired plot, derivative of Brit rom-coms, and not so much romance as ten years of angst and fear between two cowards. Also, there was no sex, which I happen to like in my romance novels.

I'm giving the stink eye to Ms Witherspoon as well. Since when and *why* did she become the doyen of book clubs?

rwmg Is she? What happened to Richard and Judy? 4mo
Dogearedcopy @rwmg Richard & Judy never caught on in the US (I'm not even sure any network tried to carry it here.) Interestingly, I just discovered that the official site for Reese Witherspoon's Book Club is actually an Amazon listing :-/ 4mo
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Untitled | Unknown
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In 2018, I had a record reading year: 225 titles, 48K+ pp, 650+ hrs of audio. But it is also telling that I read over 200 of those books before mid-October when I started my new job; and that at this point last year I had read 16. This year, I've read 8, none in audio. I'll be lucky to breach 100 in 2019!

But the trade-off is that I read a lot of long-form journalism as a part of my job, so there is that!

📷: My kitten, making sure I'm alive!

Annl What a cutie! 4mo
Dogearedcopy @Annl I think he's going to grow up to look a lot like *your* cat! 😻 4mo
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Life After Life: A Novel | Kate Atkinson
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In the first discussion about 'Life After Life', I brought up the concept of Parallel Universes. It's actually a real theory in quantum physics, not just a scifi premise! If you would like to know more about it, in easy-to-understand terms, I recommend this documentary which features Eels lead singer, Chet as he checks out his father's legacy. His father is Hugh Everett III, the man who first propounded the Many Worlds Theory as science.

#LAL2019

Pruzy Cool recommendation! Thanks! 4mo
Ingerella Sounds interesting! I'm going to check it out! 4mo
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Life After Life: A Novel | Kate Atkinson
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I was planning on re-reading 'Life After Life' in preparation for 'A God in Ruins' (#LGPOG selection later on this year) and serendipitously, there's a Buddy Read! I'll be starting this today to get ready for the first discussion post on Sunday 🙂

#LAL2019 #BuddyRead

Pruzy Awesome! Great to hear! 4mo
Ingerella Glad you can join us! I'll add you to the list! 4mo
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A Suitable Boy | Vikram Seth
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I‘ve just finished the 1st of 19 parts in which we meet about a dozen characters in this post-Partition saga in India.

From the Word of Thanks through 1.19, the writing is clever, the settings are lushly described, and the characters are absolutely human for better *and* worse.

So, so much to talk about, too little space!

#ASuitableBoy19

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suzisteffen @Dogearedcopy TRULY an amazing book. It‘s been too long since I read it! 4mo
Amiable I loved this book. Still waiting for the sequel. 4mo
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Mary Oliver, the poet has passed away at the age of 93. I can think of no tribute more eloquent and fitting than the first poem of hers that I ever read, “When Death Comes.” Of particular poignancy is the last stanza (above) and I hope in the “everything” where she is now she can say she was married to amazement. I know that her work has been a part of what has made my life amazing.

#LGPOG

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Lucy: The Beginnings of Humankind | Donald Johanson, Maitland Edey, Maitland Armstrong Edey
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This looks promising! The story of Lucy, the oldest discovered hominid to date! Written by the discoverer, Donald Johanson (and Maitland Edey - who I don‘t know if he had any involvement in the discovery or not yet,) this looks to be an easily accessible account of not only the lucky find but the skeleton‘s relevance and importance.

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Crazeedi Looks interesting 4mo
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🎥 Twenty years after the book, 'Last Chance to See' in which sci-fi writer and humorist Douglas Adams, along with nature photographer and environmentalist Mark Carwardine, went to check out 6 endangered animals in different, exotic places in the world, Carwardine returns, this time with Stephen Fry. This is actually a six-part TV documentary series (currently available on NetFlix.) Not quite as charming as the first book but a must-see follow-up.

BookBabe Cool, thanks for sharing. 👍🏻 4mo
RidgewayGirl I‘ve been looking for a show that the entire family would like and this looks perfect! 4mo
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