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Emilymdxn

Emilymdxn

Joined March 2018

Bi hufflepuff who believes in a better world 💛💖💜💙 insta @emilymdxn goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/30587927-emily
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Fasting, Feasting by Anita Desai
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Les Misrables by Victor Hugo
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Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
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Exhalation: Stories | Ted Chiang
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This was just as good a follow up as I could have dreamed after Stories of Your Life. I loved the mix of longer novella-ish short stories and very short ones. I was scared they wouldn‘t feel as profound and effortless as his first book but I shouldn‘t have worried.

Working through my reading slump slowly but it‘s my worst for a while 😕 it‘s like it‘s suddenly become harder to find the time in my new flat. Hope it goes back to normal soon

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#bfcr4 first week progress!

@wanderinglynn @Melmar @suzie.reads @LauraJ @jessinikkip

I‘m quite happy with this week! Im still settling into new routines in my new place and while it hasn‘t been perfect, I‘ve got my workouts in, managed 4 of my 5 a day most days, and there‘s time to work on meditation. Reading is slow because I‘m still reading Les Miserables veeeery slowly but I hope that will pick up!

LauraJ Great first week! 3d
wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌 A great first week! 3d
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Exhalation: Stories | Ted Chiang
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Been a bit of an anxiety time of it again and slept appallingly, maybe I‘m getting ill 😟😟😟 but trying to focus on health and keeping it chill and good for me. Exhalation is just as astonishingly good as I was hoping so far! Excellent follow up to stories of your life and others when I was so scared it would fall flat

Crazeedi I hope you feel better, I get the anxiety thing, been there, be gentle with yourself! 4d
Reviewsbylola I hope you feel better. Sometimes the changing weather makes me feel off. ♥️ 4d
JoyBlue Sending you good vibes. 💙 4d
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Les Misrables | Victor Hugo
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If I‘ve been quiet recently it‘s because Les Miserables is VERY long. My enjoyment of it is going up and down with the different subplots - I‘m here for long musings on the nature of redemption but less for blow by blow accounts of the battle of Waterloo. Evocative to listen to on the way home from work in a rainy city at night looking at the river... admittedly not Paris tho. Over half way through now!

Amiable I agree. I wasn‘t completely in love with it. In fact, I was bored for long stretches and had to force myself to finish it. 5d
Emilymdxn @amiable the bits I like I really really like but there are some bits that just seem so unnecessary to modern tastes it‘s a bit of a trial 5d
annamatopoetry Oh lordy. There's a reason the fandom refers to it as "the brick" has a lot of memes about verboseness. The bishop's backstory! The Napoleonic wars! The time Vicky openly says "this isn't relevant to the plot but idk I found it cool". I love it tho. 5d
Emilymdxn @annamatopoetry completely agree! I admit I don't know the musical that well (seen once on stage and once on film) but there are some places I appreciate the extra depth, the revolutionaries having more backstory, and the bishop as well, but the chapter called 'details concerning the cheese dairies of Pontarlier' was... less relevant to my interests. 5d
annamatopoetry @Emilymdxn haha yes, the proportions are a little... Off sometimes. The info on the Parisian sewer system is longer than the total amount of text about Les Amis de l'ABC. 5d
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One of the most valuable books I‘ve read in ages. It‘s so easy to forget about people with schizophrenia having voices and understanding to share about themselves rather than just be discussed by others, and I was astonished by how much there was to consider that I‘d never interacted with before. Such a rare, insightful voice sharing her life with psychosis.

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Who is this alleged “person” who is a “person living with psychosis,” once the psychosis has set in to the point that there is nothing on the table save acceptance? When the self has been swallowed by illness, isn‘t it cruel to insist on a self that is not illness? Is this why so many people insist on believing in souls?

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Nobel Prize | Mois Benarroch
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I hadn‘t heard of Handke at all this morning, I saw the news and posted about it cause I was happy for Olga and wanted to talk about them choosing European writers... totally forgot about it at work and then saw a comment about him being controversial and I‘m blown away. The Nobel committee took a year out to deal with controversies and then awarded a literal apologist for genocide? Just read two articles and his Wikipedia and I‘m just amazed.

cathipink Yikes, I'll have to read more about this. Thanks for sharing the info. 6d
Emilymdxn @cathipink it was a big yikes from me too my exact words. Thank you massively to @AnneCecilie for letting me know or I‘d have just left it at me saying I knew nothing about him... so easy to see the news about Olga and just think about that when the guy next to her you‘ve never heard of is speaking at dictators funerals 6d
AnneCecilie I‘m happy about spreading the information. I just think it‘s a little strange that while this was all over the Norwegian press, it‘s wasn‘t caught up in international press. 6d
Emilymdxn @AnneCecilie when I looked for it I found it and there were a couple of pieces in the guardian but overall it wasn‘t something I saw about the place. British news is so 100% brexit right now I feel like we miss thousands of pieces of news that would be front page-worthy in a year that wasn‘t overwhelmed by brexit 6d
AnneCecilie I get that. Brexit is fast approaching and there isn‘t a solution yet. I‘m paying attention from afar and don‘t know what to believe 6d
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Woooo Olga! Tagged book is so brilliant. I must admit I haven‘t heard of Peter Handke before but I guess I‘ll look into him now!

While I‘m sure these two are very deserving and it‘s great to see non English language lit be promoted (Olga certainly is and I‘ve got nothing against Peter), I‘m a bit disappointed not to see a non European author win either spot - Africa Asia and South America particularly get so little representation!

Lindy I‘m right with you on exclaiming the brilliance of Drive Your Plow over the Bones of the Dead and cheering Tokarczuk‘s win. 🥳🥳🥳 6d
AnneCecilie From what I‘ve read in Norwegian Press, Peter Handke is a very controversial winner. He spoke at the funeral of Milosevic. 6d
Emilymdxn @AnneCecilie I had no idea about that, thank you for informing me! I just saw the byline and that he was Austrian and didn‘t know a thing about him. Just read a longer piece on him and wow, I wasn‘t expecting that. Yikes. 6d
Nebklvr The Nobel has a lot of not so stellar points of view attached to it lately. You would think when they just came back from a big scandal they wouldn‘t promote someone glorifying a war criminal. Go Olga! I will read her book. He can take a leap. 3d
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#bfcr4 @wanderinglynn @jessinikkip @LauraJ @Melmar @suzie.reads

Good morning (or whatever time zone you‘re in)! I‘m doing my best with fitness today, this will be my second day of walking to work rather than taking the bus. It‘s nearly an hour walk but with the time it takes to wait for the bus, slow for the bus being late etc. it‘s not really longer. It‘s nice to see London waking up in the morning! Reading is a bit slower as Les Mis is looong

Texreader That‘s amazing! Good for you!! 1w
Melmar That‘s awesome! Have a great day 😊 1w
wanderinglynn Awesome! 🙌🏻 Way to go! 1w
suzie.reads Well done you 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 7d
LauraJ Hooray! 7d
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In Praise of Shadows | Jun?ichir? Tanizaki
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After a big reading and anxiety slump I have managed to finish a book! So proud of myself, it‘s the longest I‘ve gone without reading this year and it was really affecting me. This was a beautiful and thought provoking book highlighting differences between eastern and western cultures that I would never have considered. I can‘t say I agree on everything, particularly his thoughts on women, but I‘m very glad I read and considered all of it.

AnneCecilie I just bought this. I‘m looking forward to reading this so it‘s nice to see positive reviews 1w
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Hello team! @jessinikkip @LauraJ @Melmar @suzie.reads

I think I already posted my goals but I‘m revising a bit. Just moved into a new flat and all my habits are changing in a big way so this is coming at the perfect time for me! I‘ve also been in a bit of a reading slump so I‘m looking forward to this getting me back on track.

#bfcr4 @wanderinglynn

wanderinglynn Great goals! 🙌🏻 1w
suzie.reads Good luck with your goals 🙂 1w
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Nobel Prize | Mois Benarroch
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Interesting article on the double Nobel prize! So many cool writers in the running and very exciting how few of them I‘ve read. It looks like I might be about to get some books added to my tbr. I‘ll add the link in comments.

I‘ve had a bit of a reading slump recently as I‘ve been so stressed moving and getting my flat sorted, it‘s been big and very anxious. I‘m trying to come back from it now but getting back in gear after a slump can be hard

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Eileen: A Novel | Ottessa Moshfegh
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Morning Litsy pals. I‘m still settling into my new place and sleeping pretty awfully while I get used to it - I was kinda expecting it as settling down somewhere new always makes me anxious but I‘m getting there! I haven‘t had much time to read recently as moving and getting sorted has taken so much out of me but it should improve now. Enjoying Eileen but I only have three days left with it from the library so it‘s a bit of a race

Faiz8 May i know, dear what was the book about? 2w
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Home | Toni Morrison
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First book finished in my new flat!

This was so touching. It felt slightly smaller scale than Morrison‘s other novels I‘ve read but that might have been my mindset as I read it. The sibling relationship at the centre was so incredible, so warm at the same time as so many other things were so harrowing. No one writes like Toni Morrison just no one - heartbreaking but never saccharine, and hopeful through all that pain.

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East of Eden | John Steinbeck
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So I‘m moved into my first place in London (well with roommates so not just ours but still)! My bf unfortunately has flu so won‘t be able to join me today, it‘s just me for a bit😕 I‘ve spent the day getting everything sorted and here are all of the books I‘ve brought! It‘s a quite small room and I won‘t have a bookcase til next week so two piles on the desk is how I‘m getting started. It‘s all very new and exciting and a bit scary but here I am

AmyRebecca What an exciting time for you! 2w
CarolynM That is so exciting! All the best to you💕 2w
BookwormishMe Congrats!!! 2w
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Bunny: A Novel | Mona Awad
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Time to wrap up September! I read a lot in the first half of the month then almost nothing in the second - the last couple weeks has been very dominated by trying to find a flat in London, which messed with my anxiety and made me ill 😕 but I have FOUND ONE and will be moving to London TODAY whaaaat. I‘ve dreamed of this for so long, I‘m still kinda sick with whatever virus I got while freaking out but I am MOVING TO LONDON

Susannah Congratulations! That‘s wonderful! 2w
TrishB Cool 👍🏻 2w
batsy Great news 🎉 2w
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Amiable A fabulous adventure! Good for you! 2w
RachelO Congratulations! Hope you‘re feeling better soon 😊 2w
cariashley Congrats!! I LOVE London, I hope I can live there someday! 2w
Lindy Great news! 🍀 2w
marleed Oh congrats. I can‘t wait to here about you in London! 2w
youneverarrived Congrats on finding a place 😁 2w
CaitlinR Hang in there. What an adventure. 2w
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Home | Toni Morrison
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#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

1. Tagged book and Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison

2. Bunny by Mona Awad somehow beat The Testaments my other fave. Bunny will be one of my top novels of all time I think!

3. East of Eden. Some backstory - it was the first book my bf got me as a gift 5 years ago, then I lost it for years and didn‘t read it, finally found it while sorting through books to take when I move in with him this week. Felt like time 💖

Libby1 Home is excellent. 3w
BarbaraBB Great story about East of Eden. And it is sooooo good! The perfect gift I think, by your bf. ❤️ 3w
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Great and horrible. A lot of books about climate change have made me angry and frustrated, but hearing so much detail about the early days of understanding global heating when so much could still have been saved and how close the US and other countries came to making meaningful change that early on broke my heart.

Freespirit It's hard to comprehend how this has been dealt with..the denial and ignorance continues😬 3w
CarolynM @Freespirit Did you see Peter Fitzsimons's column in the SMH this morning? Excellent point, I thought. 3w
Freespirit @CarolynM I will look out for it.. I enjoy his writing! 3w
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This was everything I want from a biography. I didn‘t know if it could be as perfect as Wild Swans, and I probably do prefer Wild Swans still, but this was 10/10 brilliant. Easy to follow but rigorously researched portrait of a fascinating, critically important woman that I‘d somehow never heard of. I desperately want to read more about her now

Crazeedi This sounds really good! Adding to my list 3w
AmyRebecca I had seen a documentary on her life and found it fascinating. I'm glad to see that there is a book out there about her that is good. Thanks for sharing! 2w
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#bfcr4 signed up and already excited! Thank you SO much for doing this again @wanderinglynn I know how much work this is for you. The fitness challenge is so good for me, it‘s had such a positive impact on my life and I‘m so pleased it‘s back.

No pressure obviously but if anyone on my beloved #goteam from #bfcr3 wants to join again I‘d love to keep up with how you‘re all doing! The link to sign up is on Lynn‘s page

wanderinglynn 🙌🏻 You‘re the first person to sign-up! 🥳 3w
Emilymdxn @wanderinglynn your post was the first thing that came up on my phone when I walked out of work it was like a lovely lil sign from the universe 🥰 3w
KathyWheeler I‘m signed up! 3w
guinsgirlreads Yay! Thanks! 3w
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Friyay!: Blank Line Journal | Hunter Leilani Elliott
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#friyayintro @howjessreads

1. Good overall but I‘ve been a fair bit slower this month as I‘ve had lots of stuff on

2. I once got dramatically kissed after a run through an airport just like in a film

3. 🤷‍♀️ pop probably im quite basic

4. October will be five years with my boyfriend

5. Will do!

howjessreads Your fun fact is so fun!! 3w
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The Enigma of Arrival | V.S. Naipaul
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A friend recommended this to me as ‘a very beautiful book about very lonely people‘ and he was absolutely right. This prose, the slow emotional shifts across minutely observed landscapes, was absolutely perfect and exactly what I needed in a bad anxiety time. I wasn‘t in much of a state to appreciate it on lots of levels but letting the writing and the characters wash over me was wonderful, a much needed respite for me.

Tamra I am anxious to read this one! 3w
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The Enigma of Arrival | V.S. Naipaul
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My anxiety is double plus ungood atm 😬 I‘m really grateful for all my coping skills but it puts me in a weird position of spending five hours breathing very oddly while my brain goes ‘this is fine, I‘ve got through this before‘, I know it‘ll be okay but don‘t know how to get there. I‘m in a reading slump as it‘s so hard to concentrate rn. Flat hunting in London is a worse process than I thought and it‘s taken all of my energy and resilience

JillR Hope you‘re feeling better soon x 3w
cobwebmoth Sending positive thoughts and hugs! 3w
xicanti I‘m all too familiar with this feeling. I hope your brain gives you a break soon. *hugs* 3w
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Ruthiella Hang in there! ❤️❤️❤️❤️ 3w
AmyRebecca Take care 3w
youneverarrived House hunting is hard work. Take care lovely ♥️ 3w
DrexEdit Hope you feel better soon! 😊💜👍 3w
Jas16 Sending love and support 💜 3w
Trashcanman Take care of yourself and be kind to yourself. You mean a lot to many people. 3w
batsy Take care 💜 And I hope you find a place that suits your needs soon. 3w
tattersalt I feel you! Sending hugs and good vibes. Look after yourself. (A book rec for anxiety: At Last a Life by Paul David on Amazon. Only thing that helped me.) ♥️ 3w
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The Nickel Boys: A Novel | Colson Whitehead
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I loved the Underground Railroad but I think I preferred this one. It felt more cohesive, and I adored all of the characters and how well researched it was. It balanced historical accuracy with feeling like a human story rather than a history book SO well. It‘s rare to read a book that brings the past to life so well.

Tamra Having just finished Underground, now I‘m even more anxious Nickel Boys! 3w
Jeannineth Did you read Before We Were Yours? Was this book gut wrenching like that? 3w
sarahbarnes Wow, I loved Underground Railroad, so now I‘m really looking forward to reading this one! 3w
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Hawksmoor | Peter Ackroyd
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I didn‘t like this as much as I hoped but didn‘t hate it. I didn‘t have much of a problem understanding the ‘early modern‘ (ish) writing style but I felt like the writer was being purposefully obscure at times which gets a bit exhausting when you feel like someone‘s determined to work you that hard. I liked the plot and the ideas but wish it hadn‘t had to be so dense.

kathedron I read it about 25 years ago! I used to love his novels ("Chatterton" was my favourite) but, largely for the reasons you've mentioned here, I'm not sure I'd have the patience for him these days. 3w
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Hawksmoor | Peter Ackroyd
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A Woman is a deep Ditch, said he, her House inclined to Death and her Paths unto the Devil.

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This is my new 💯💯💯 fave description of what womanhood means. No assigning gender at birth here, you just need your house inclined to death and your paths leading to the devil.

RachelO I‘ll be interested to see your review for this one. Think I‘d struggle with it right now, but I‘m curious! 4w
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Hawksmoor | Peter Ackroyd
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Happy Friday! Reading on the train to a weekend on the coast with my whole extended family - it‘s a few family members‘ birthdays so I‘m hoping it‘ll be a lovely weekend. It‘s nice to get some time to read on the train after work as well 😊

Leftcoastzen Hope it‘s fun! 4w
rwmg If I lived in London, I would be so tempted to go church crawling after reading it 4w
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Bunny: A Novel | Mona Awad
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A new favourite! I can imagine this being a bit love-or-hate but I thought it was perfect. A dreamy, darkly but genuinely funny, Mean Girls meets Donnie Darko magic realist portrait of life at an exclusive New England arts programme. Samantha was a perfect main character, the transfiguration was astonishing, the social commentary on point. This will be in all my end year lists

Megabooks I‘m really enjoying this right now! 4w
saresmoore Okay, fine, I‘ll read it! Mean Girls meets Donnie Darko might just be my sweet spot. 4w
sudi I stacked this when i saw Mean Girls and Donnie Darko in the same sentence. 4w
missjessie182 This is just what I need in my life right now. 4w
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This was such a wonderful slow, meditative look at death, grief and recovery and I‘m so glad I read it now - I‘m very stressed in my life right now trying to move into my first flat and this was the prose I needed exactly. I loved the character, the ending and hearing it in the author‘s voice was really special. Can‘t believe it took me this long to read Eudora Welty

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Wednesday's Child | Shane Dunphy
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@Eggs #wondrouswednesday

1. 21 including the uk! Lots more to get to

2. Maybe mountains but I‘m not picky I love both

3. Japan

4. Maybe the American plains

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks #1 that‘s awesome!!! 1mo
Eggs Ooooo Japan 🇯🇵!!! 4w
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Gilead | Marilynne Robinson
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#7days7covers #covercrush

I couldn‘t choose between these two by Marilynne Robinson so I went for both!

@KathyWheeler have you already been tagged to join in? 7 covers you love in 7 days no need to explain yourself

Crazeedi I loved Gilead, havent read the other yet but heard its excellent 1mo
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I could read Margaret Atwood for years without getting bored and I always love her short stories. Different from the novels I‘ve read, kind of starker and quieter, but she‘s an absolute short story master. I really recommend them if you haven‘t tried them!

Cathythoughts I really liked The Blind Assassin... But havnt like one as much sinse 🤷🏻‍♀️ 1mo
Molly_the_mezzo Margaret Atwood is one of the few people whose short stories I will read. One of the others is Octavia Butler. I really liked this collection. 1mo
BookieBiker I love MA as well. That said, have you read The Heart Goes Last? Oh man, it had the bones of an amazing read but ... oh it was a doozy for me. I hate criticizing what I could never do myself. Thankfully so many other brilliant reads by her! 1mo
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The Girls: A Novel | Emma Cline
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#7days7covers #covercrush Day 4

@Weaponxgirl would you like to join in? Seven covers that speak to you in seven days and tag some folks, no need to explain your choices!

Cathythoughts Nice ✨✨✨✨✨ 1mo
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A Closed and Common Orbit | Becky Chambers
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#7days7covers #covercrush day 3

@guinsgirlreads want to join in? 7 covers you love in 7 days no need to explain them!

@Hooked_on_books @moll @TheEllieMo

Hooked_on_books Great choice. I love it. 1mo
Oryx 👍 1mo
guinsgirlreads Ok!! 👏🏻 1mo
Ruthiella Another set I almost chose for this prompt! I love the simplicity of the UK covers!😍 1mo
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I‘d say this is essential reading for anyone living in the UK - dispels so many myths and illustrates so much we need to know about how our criminal legal system works differently than we think (not like American tv!) and the state of the legal profession today. I did jury service age 19 and was absolutely shocked by what I saw, and while I don‘t agree with every single opinion this barrister holds, I‘m so so glad this book has been written

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Very happy with my local bookshop expanding the teen section moving it next to adult fiction and poetry, and expanding children‘s fiction to include the space teen fiction used to have! I remember feeling I had so little choice when I started reading YA and now there‘s been this massive renaissance in publishing amazing quality stuff for young adults in so many genres. Happy that young people in my town are gonna have the choice I wished for

Megabooks So true! I don‘t like that every YA seems to have a romantic/sexual subplot, but the choices are so much better! (Sex is just because I‘m asexual, and that kind of YA romance/sexuality exhausts me to read, but I know I‘m in the minority. I realize most young adults need to see that part of themselves reflected in what they read. 👍🏻) 1mo
Emilymdxn @megabooks I find that frustrating too - I still read YA books occasionally and while I‘m not against romantic and sexual plots I normally find them SO samey, like you get a really interesting original book and then the romance plot is so tropey and almost always the worst bit of the book. I wish authors would just consider if they genuinely have a good interesting idea for how to include romance. But then I get im not the target audience 🤷‍♀️ 1mo
Megabooks @Emilymdxn Yes! I feel even when a queer relationship is explored, it‘s still written the same as a hetero one. But, like you said, I try not to be too hard on them because I‘m not the target audience. I just pick and choose carefully! 1mo
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Hawksmoor | Peter Ackroyd
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#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

1. Tagged book, The Enigma of Arrival by VS Naipaul and The Secret Barrister

2. Hmm probably The Testaments which I pre-ordered ages ago but I was charged for it this week but I‘m counting that!

3. Warm for September! Autumnal in colour but summery temperatures, I walked to the gym in just a sports bra and leggings

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Street of Thieves | Mathias Enard, Charlotte Mandell
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#7days7covers #covercrush Day 2

My pick for today is literally any blue Fitzcarraldo Edition 🥰🥰🥰

@TheEllieMo If you haven‘t already been tagged want to take part and show us your 7 cover picks??

@Hooked_on_books @moll

Cathythoughts 👍🏻💙 Blue is the colour 1mo
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That‘s a wrap for #bfcr3 and thank you more than I can say to @wanderinglynn for all her hard work. Bfc has changed my life so much.

Books: 32/28
Steps: almost every day over 10k
Workouts: good amount of gym and yoga when I‘ve been in the country
No lifts and escalators: almost every day
Food: incredible profess, more fruit and vegetables than ever in my life

Thank you to my team who have supported me so much #goteam forever

Megabooks Congratulations Emily! 🥳🎉🥳 You‘ve been a great captain even when I haven‘t been a good team member! 1mo
Emilymdxn @megabooks you‘ve never been a bad team member!! Not even one time. I‘ve valued having you here so much every single post and you‘ve done AMAZING 1mo
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wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 Amazing 6 weeks! 🎉 1mo
cobwebmoth Great job! 1mo
tjwill Awesome! And thanks for being so encouraging! 1mo
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The Lessons | Naomi Alderman
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Some oxford novels make me feel weird, even though Alderman went there lots rankled with me, yet more gorgeous aristocrats doing cocaine. The writing was good but James was whiny (his parents pay his bills but he has an existential crisis about not having a trust fund and having to work for his degree). For the author of The Power and Disobedience, I wish the women had had more to do, just being stoic and getting cheated on.

Hooked_on_books The cover of this one is kind of fascinating while also slightly nauseating. 1mo
CarolynM I didn't think much of this one either. 1mo
Emilymdxn @CarolynM glad I wasn‘t the only one! 1mo
Emilymdxn @Hooked_on_books yeah I can‘t put my finger on why it weirds me out so much but I can‘t stop looking at it, very successful at being unsettling! 1mo
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The Enigma of Arrival | V.S. Naipaul
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#7covers7days #covercrush

Day 1

Thank you for tagging me @Hooked_on_books I thought i‘d start with my current read which I find incredibly gorgeous! I love this wistful minimalist cover, I like white books a lot I‘ve realised thinking about this challenge.

@moll care to join? 7 covers you think are beautiful, one a day for 7 days 🥰

BarbaraBB Gorgeous indeed! 1mo
Moll Nice!! Does it have to be books I've read? 1mo
Emilymdxn @moll don‘t think so! Just things you like the covers of! 1mo
youneverarrived Stunning! 1mo
Hooked_on_books You‘re welcome! And I love this choice—it‘s beautiful. 1mo
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#friyayintro @howjessreads

1. Canada is one of my favourite places in the world!

2. It was a lovely crisp autumn day, medium cold and bright really perfect exactly what you picture from September.

3. I went on one where the other person‘s mum came by mistake and then we ran into our school librarian :/

4. Neither but I‘d love to get a pet!!

5. Will do!

LeahBergen 🇨🇦👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 1mo
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The Testaments: A Novel | Margaret Atwood
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Pickpick

I was worried it wouldn‘t live up to the hype, so I‘m so grateful it did! I don‘t wan to spoil but the worldbuilding was incredible, it tied into the Handmaids Tale so well without straightforwardly picking up where it finished, I adored Aunt Lydia (never thought I‘d say that) and Becka particularly so much. The ending had me tearing up. A book this powerful about hope, resistance and the idea of empires ending was so necessary an wonderful

lilistar I'm glad you liked it I can't wait to get my library copy 1mo
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A new fave Jeanette Winterson and one of my fave Hogarth Shakespeares! I loved the changes she made to make a very odd plot make sense in the modern day, Leontes and Polixenes‘ relationship, everything about Paulina (Paulina is one of my all time darlings), and everything she wrote about time. This did justice to one of the weirdest and best Shakespeares so well

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Sputnik Sweetheart | Haruki Murakami
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One of my fave Murakamis. Often his relationships between men and women feel hollow but this had some lovely quite universal exploration of longing and emotion and wasn‘t just horny men focusing on their erections instead of the dreamy magic realism I want from murakami. Better than I expected, but unfortunately still murakami so it gets a soso not a pick for having so many strange awkward sex scenes and descriptions of penises I had to skip.

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After all that hassle it‘s finally off! So pleased this got done after all those delays - better late than never. Once we got behind and then I was out of the country I was worried I‘d never catch up 😨 but we got there. Should be with you in a few days Jennifer! @jenniferw88 @Lel2403

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The Secret History | Donna Tartt
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#wondrouswednesday @Eggs

1. Tagged!

2. Not so far. I travelled a whole lot in summer so I‘m happy just to be around England in autumn, I may take small trips to Cardiff or Cambridge to visit friends if I manage to organise it.

3. Nope, I‘m a ways off having kids! I have a few friends starting grad degrees this autumn tho

Eggs Thanks for playing 🧡🍁🧡 1mo
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@jenniferw88 @Lel2403

Finally managed to finish annotating this one! So sorry it took me a million years, between being sick and being out of the country almost al the summer I was never able to read physical books really but better late than never and it‘ll be in the post tomorrow with Mango Street!

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Strongly recommend this poetry collection! It did so well at being ‘very 2019‘ but also using the cultural references to go deep on some very timeless themes and issues, and while it was very playful and funny sometimes it also knew how to rip at your heart strings and make you angry. Never cliche or cheesy at all. Some of the best poetry I‘ve read this year for sure

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The Testaments: A Novel | Margaret Atwood
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It‘s here! So excited to read this, it feels like the whole bookish world has been buzzing since it was released. I haven‘t read the handmaid‘s tale for around ten years so im going to do a little revision and then dive in

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