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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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Changes | Mercedes Lackey
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#changes @Megabooks

I think I‘ve put more thought into what I read - when I know I‘m gonna be telling ppl what I‘ve read and why, I‘m more inclined to choose things I‘m gonna want to talk and post about, rather than ‘well this is here I‘ll read it‘.

Ive also been feeling more enthusiasm for books, just being more obsessed with them the way I was when I was younger. The excitement here is so contagious. That‘s my fave thing

KathyWheeler The excitement about books and reading is my favorite thing about Litsy too. 16h
Megabooks It‘s definitely more exciting reading now! I love reading other people‘s thoughts and sharing my own. 😁💙 15h
marleed Like you said! 14h
Geeklet Absolutely! I also have found myself more engaged in my hobby. I follow new releases more closely. 13h
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Good Omens | Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett
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Starting Good Omens before the tv show starts! Left it a bit late but hopefully can get through it.

It‘s amazing and should be a good distraction from the British EU election results. I‘ve been not thinking about them since voting but that‘s starting to crack a bit now and I‘m starting to get frightened. It‘s just a bit much on top of not having a PM and Trump arriving in a week. I‘m gonna stay buried in Good Omens and face the news tomorrow.

Bookwomble I've feeling your stress - I've just turned off the election results and put Taskmaster on as a distraction. 16h
rretzler Good Omens should be a good distraction! Can‘t wait for the Prime series! (edited) 14h
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Nausea | Jean-Paul Sartre
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I loved this! More than I was expecting if I‘m honest. Philosophically fascinating, but it didn‘t feel like a philosophy book unconvincingly dressed up as a novel, which is what I was afraid of. Thoughtful, abstract but not pretentious, surprisingly light at times, not at all the stereotype of a ‘very serious french philosopher‘ I might have expected. I‘m fascinated by existentialism now and definitely want to read more

SpaceCowboyBooks If you loved this you should also check out The Pigeon by Patrick Susskind. 13h
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#bookfitnesschallenge #bfc @wanderinglynn

Good fitness progress yesterday! Book progress not as good, im really bogged down in The Magus, im not enjoying it but I know when I don‘t finish books I get book-slump-y and it can take weeks to recover so I want to push through. It‘s hard to find motivation to listen to it tho I know from experience what‘s best in this situation is to just summon some grit

Clwojick Way to go! 💕 1d
dariazeoli Good job! Hope the book gets better; I know how that can affect a reading groove! 1d
wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 24h
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#bookfitnesschallenge #bfc @wanderinglynn

Another good walking day yesterday! I walked from the globe to Covent Garden rather than take the tube and then Covent Garden back to Victoria after my play - more steps and less £££ is a good thing all around!

BookwormAHN Nice job 👏🏻 2d
OrangeMooseReads Great job! 2d
wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 2d
TheSpineView Awesome! 2d
Itchyfeetreader If you are walking the stairs at Covent Garden you deserve a medal. Did it once - nearly keeled over three quarters of the way up 2d
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Rosmersholm | Henrik Ibsen
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Very odd play last night but I did really like it! One of Ibsen‘s least performed plays in a new adaptation. Very political, eerie, sad, with a weird ending it took my mum and I about 40 mins to talk through afterwards, but I do recommend it. Beautiful set design, haunting important subject matter, and Hayley Atwell live was every bit as good as I hoped!

Theaelizabet I revere Ibsen. I‘ve read this play, but have never seen it performed. 2d
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Nausea | Jean-Paul Sartre
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Starting the bank holiday off right!

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Notes of a Native Son | James Baldwin
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James Baldwin cementing my opinion that he‘s on of the greatest writers ever. Maybe I slightly prefer his fiction to his nonfiction but that‘s a tiny nitpick with a phenomenal book. He makes quite dry, specific topics deeply emotional and powerful. His writing about his relationship with his father and his experiences in Paris will stay with me forever. I want to read every word he‘s ever written.

Graywacke Those two essays are brilliant. 3d
RaimeyGallant He's on my tbr! 3d
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#bookfitnesschallenge week 2 totals! 78 points right now!

Proud! Just 1 gym trip this week but as it‘ll average out to over 2 per week for the challenge I‘m chill with it being 1 this week.

Thank you so much to everyone doing the challenge and making it fun. Having this to focus on while my country collapses around me (even more than before!) is so helpful. Pray for the UK 😞 god only knows who we‘ll end up with next

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wanderinglynn Great job! 🙌🏻 I‘ve been following the U.K. brexit issues. I know that must be stressful (we in then US have our own political stresses, so I empathize). 💜 3d
TheSpineView Doing good! 3d
4thhouseontheleft I've been following Brexit and the turmoil. Hoping for the best for the UK. 😬 3d
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audraelizabeth Great job! Totally understandable feelings. 3d
nu-bibliophile I just saw the news. Sending prayers over the UK. 3d
Marina_h Following Brexit makes me want to vote for the EU parliament even more. I would hate seeing Denmark go through something similar so I'm voting for people who want to stay and work with the rest! I'm hoping UK will find a solution soon 🤞 3d
Emilymdxn @Marina_h it would make me so sad to see other countries fall down the awful hole we‘re in! I‘ll be rooting for Denmark and al the rest of Europe - *i* want to be European and in it with all of you no matter what Farage says 😞 (edited) 3d
BookwormAHN Sending hugs 🍀 3d
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Yesterday‘s progress for #bookfitnesschallenge #bfc @wanderinglynn

I‘m feeling good and motivated thinking about the sun and it being nearly summer, all the things I‘m looking forward to, worse when I see the news and have to think or talk about how we might not have a prime minister by the end of the day - good times for me personally, stressful times to be alive in general. Trying to keep focusing on just ploughing on not spending any money

julesG Well done! 3d
Jerdencon Nice job 👏🏻👏🏻 3d
DivineDiana Keep up the good work and the good attitude! 👏🏻🚶‍♀️👍🏻 3d
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wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 3d
4thhouseontheleft I watched Theresa May's statement, and it irks me that much of the news that I have seen (at least in America) has focused on her emotions at the end, although I did notice that in the past hour CNN went back and revised their headline to something better than just focusing on her tears. Some days we just need to plough forward - it's not all sunshine and rainbows, and that's ok. 💜 3d
TheSpineView Great week! 3d
audraelizabeth Great job 3d
BookwormAHN Nice job with #BFC, hugs for the political crap 👏🏻 3d
Megabooks Great job! 🎉🎉 3d
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“Alison was always female. She never, like so many English girls, betrayed her gender”

An oxford boy who‘s too intellectual to apply for jobs and earn money, puts no effort into chasing women (all of whom he despises) but is mysteriously a sex god, and who thinks he has a divine right to write poetry on the Mediterranean for a living, observes the woman next to him in bed.

Oh John Fowles I can FEEL how few ppl wanted to date you at school

Libby1 😱 3d
tpixie Wow he must write about misfits/ weird people 3d
Moray_Reads I cannot even begin to tell you how much I hated this book. The only other book I've read by Fowles is the French Lieutenant's Woman and I had serious issues with that one too. 3d
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Emilymdxn @Moray_Reads I read that one when I was like 14 and didn‘t really notice a lot of stuff that was wrong with it, reading this one is making me look back and realise all the things I didn‘t notice in that one... I‘m a serious Book Finisher but this one is gonna test me. 3d
Moray_Reads @Emilymdxn I think I was about 16 when I read The Magus and it's problematic on a whole different level to FLW, many of the same issues but magnified 10000x! 3d
Caterina 🤣 3d
Emilymdxn @Caterina today I‘m wearing jeans and no makeup, but I do still have long blonde hair and am wearing feminine shoes?? Am I a half-betrayer? I‘m still English so I guess that counts against me. Idk how to quantify this. 3d
Caterina Haha, jeans? I dunno, you sound like a gender-betrayer to me 🤣 3d
Redwritinghood Ugh! This book 👎🏻. 3d
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Astonishingly good! Gorgeous, painful windswept moors, kinda Wuthering Heights vibes, it picked me up and carried me away and made me remember how much I love Hardy. I loved how the Celtic past hung over the place so heavily, I loved how quietly mystical the world was. Hardy‘s weather is one of my favourite literary characters for sure.

And Alan Rickman‘s voice 💖💖💖 it was quite emotional listening to him

Freespirit ❤️Alan Rickman❤️ 4d
SW-T Love Hardy‘s books. 😊 4d
KathyWheeler Okay — I read The Return of the Native a long time ago, but I may listen to it for Alan Rickman‘s voice. ❤️ 4d
Redwritinghood Love Thomas Hardy! 3d
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#bookfitnesschallenge #bfc @wanderinglynn

Right now my fitness motivation is this exact hill! I went to Alicante with my friends in March and I was so unfit trying to climb this hill, I got laughed at and I realised how unfit I was and felt pretty humiliated. I joined a gym three days after I got back from that trip and decided I couldn‘t be that unit again. In a month I go back to Alicante with my bf‘s family and you bet I‘m climbing it again!

RachelO Beautiful! And what fun to look forward to! 4d
wanderinglynn Your friends laughed at you?!? That‘s not cool. But I‘m glad it motivates you & you will kick ass this time! 🙌🏻 4d
TheSpineView Great motivation! 4d
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dariazeoli You will totally conquer this hill! 4d
jillannjohn This is awesome! You got this! 4d
BookwormAHN Fantastic, go for it 👏🏻 4d
Caterina Oh I love that you get to go back after a few months of working out! Climbing that hill will be a great achievement! 🙌 You're strong and you got this! 😊 4d
jb72 Awesome! Keep going! 4d
DivineDiana No one will be laughing now! 👏🏻💪🏻👍🏻 3d
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Cool idea @laurenslibrary ! #thursdaysurvey

1. My travel plans, being able to walk and spend time outside whenever I want, warm evenings and socialising outdoors, summer fashion... lots of things!

2. Greta Thunberg‘s book and Naomi Klein‘s new release in September!

3. Are Pimms and fruity ciders snacks...?

4. 37 Celsius 😰😰😰 praying it doesn‘t get that hot this year

5. @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego @Caterina and anyone interested!

laurenslibrary I had to Google what Pimm's was, but yes it totally counts!! Thanks for playing! 🧡💛 4d
hilded Pimm‘s absolutely count 🍹🤩 4d
Caterina Ohhh I'm also looking forward to Naomi Klein's new release! 💕 3d
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#bookfitnesschallenge #bfc #wanderinglynn

Okay fitness day yesterday! It was a bit of a fight to get the steps in - I had to walk my bf to the train station and back unnecessarily - but I managed it. Maybe I‘m feeling a bit unmotivated but that‘s probably as I had to get up super early to vote in the European elections and this is not gonna be a fun few days to live in Britain...

Freespirit Thinking of you. Politics stinks everywhere at the moment! 4d
laurenbescoby Ain't that the truth. Me and my partner voted by postal vote a couple of weeks ago. The wait is agony. We're off to hide in a caravan all weekend until it blows over. 4d
BookwormAHN My sympathies 🌺 4d
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julesG I'm voting on Sunday. But, to be honest, I feel like it's easier to pick a dessert at my favourite restaurant than to pick a party in this election - I'm usually taking forever to decide which dessert to get. 4d
hermyknee ♥️ sending you love 4d
nu-bibliophile Sending positive vibes your way❣ 4d
Caterina Great job getting your steps in! I'm sorry politics sucks for y'all over there. 😓 What did you think of the Mueller Report? I scooped it up when I saw it was free around Easter, but I'm not sure I want to listen to it. 😂 4d
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The Mueller Report | The Washington Post
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I enjoyed this a lot more than I was expecting! I wasn‘t expecting to enjoy it at all but I‘m glad I read it. Surprisingly readable (even with all the redactions) and I feel I took in a lot of information that I‘ve been able to understand and explain to people rather than it just washing over me. The US legal system seems so different to the UK‘s so this was good background for understanding how hard it actually is to get rid of a president.

WorldsOkayestStepMom My husband brought it home from the store last month, and I had been holding off on reading it until I got someone else's perspective on it! Thanks for the review!! 4d
Susannah Great review! It *is* hard to get rid of a US president, but I think that‘s actually a good thing ... most of the time. Right now, however, I wish we Americans could give Trump a dose of his own medicine and tell him “you‘re fired.” It seems to get worse every day, doesn‘t it? Hang in there. 4d
Emilymdxn @Susannah it was surprising to read as a British person as we get rid of prime ministers half way through their term all the time - it‘s happened twice in my lifetime and will probably happen again v soon so it was originally hard for me to get my head round it! I guess I forget how different the systems are sometimes! 4d
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Susannah I was telling a friend of mine how appealing it sounded to be able to call elections when they need to occur even if it‘s not in the standard time table. I can see where it would underscore instability, but sometimes changes must be made! The US does have recall elections for lower offices, but presidents can only be removed via impeachment and conviction or via the guidelines laid out in the 25th Amendment to the US Constitution. ☹️ 4d
Emilymdxn @Susannah i find US systems for this stuff so fascinating. In the uk they resign fairly frequently, so it‘s not a huge deal when they do, and a no confidence vote in their own party can result in them being replaced by another MP from that party without an election, or there can be a snap election like we had last time. Theresa May has been refusing to leave for months now tho so maybe our system doesn‘t make it as easy as it should 😐 4d
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A Thousand Splendid Suns | Khaled Hosseini
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Calling all London littens who booked to come to the Thousand Splendid Suns play tomorrow! Should we arrange meeting up there?

Unfortunately I can‘t remember who‘s coming! @Mitch if you remember could you tag??

Soubhiville Oooo, that‘s a cool gathering! Enjoy! 5d
marleed Have fun! 5d
Mitch I think it‘s just me and you .... I‘ll be coming straight from work - see you there! 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 5d
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#wondrouswednesday @Eggs

1. On impulse really but I always have a mental list of books I need or want to get to soon

2. Yes! My commute is a three hour round trip on the train and walking at both ends. I couldn‘t do it without audiobooks.

3. The news mainly. The world keeps doing crazy shit and I know it‘s bad to compulsively keep up but I can‘t stop

4. Coffee and chocolate for ever

5. @FashionableObserver 😘

Eggs Thanks for joining in 🤗💗🌸 5d
FashionableObserver Hey, girl heeeey!! 💙 4d
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#bookfitnesschallenge #bfc @wanderinglynn

Just a very quick gym trip yesterday but the important thing is I managed to go and I got a decent amount of steps in! I had to watch the most awful party political broadcast on the big TVs in the gym before the European elections tomorrow 😞 it was a factor in leaving the gym early. Brexit gets its grubby hands everywhere.

Was I the only person in the gym listening to the mueller report? Probably...

TheEllieMo Well done on the gym work. I‘m so looking forward to voting tomorrow 🗳 5d
wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 5d
dariazeoli Nice job! At least someone is reading the Mueller Report 😉 5d
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nu-bibliophile Even though it was a quick one, it was still worth it. Good job👊👊 5d
Read4life Great job 💙 5d
Clwojick 💙 💛Way to go! ❤ 💚 5d
BookwormAHN Great job 👏🏻 5d
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Celestial Bodies | Johka Alharthi
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Celestial bodies won the man booker international!

This wasn‘t one of my top picks, but it was a very good book and it wasn‘t one that I DIDN‘T want to win. Overall, I‘m pretty pleased. Hearing the author and translator speak yesterday made me more positively disposed towards the book, and I‘m pleased that an Omani woman‘s novel about women‘s lives in Oman has been recognised by the British ‘establishment‘. I‘m counting this as good news!

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The Bhagavad Gita | Penguin Books
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So glad I read this! Not as difficult to read as I was expecting. Clear, powerful, fascinating, I‘d love to read it again in more detail and make some notes. The audiobook format was a little difficult, it skipped a bit and the end went a bit odd so im not sure how properly I actually finished it, but I really want to get a paper copy and study it properly.

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Notes of a Native Son | James Baldwin
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After an unpleasant lunchtime doing increasingly frightening sums with my next month‘s budget, I‘m trying to focus on feeling calm and grateful for things that are going better than my bank balance situation, like getting a short walk in the sun in for my #bookfitnesschallenge and being able to eat my lunch in the sun with a book by one of my all time favourite authors. I might be starting a hard month but at least it‘s reading outdoors weather!

Chrissyreadit Ditto. Summer tuition kicked my balance big time. 6d
BookwormAHN Hang on there. The summer months aren't great financially for me either 🌺 6d
wanderinglynn Praying for you that things get better soon. 💜 6d
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TheSpineView Wishing you better days ahead. 6d
JamieArc Difficult financial times make me forever grateful for libraries. Wishing for things to look up for you... 6d
Tamra 💚 Hang in there with the library! 6d
4thhouseontheleft Sending positive vibes for the hard month ahead. 💜 6d
Caterina Looks like the perfect spot to read. I hope after walking, eating, and reading in the sun you're feeling better. ❤ I'll keep you in my prayers for making it through this coming month! 6d
Clwojick Hang in there, and stay positive. Like you said, at least there are a ton of cheap/free outdoor activities in the summer. 💜 5d
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#bookfitnesschallenge #bfc @wanderinglynn

Well missing my train station TWICE helped my steps! I chose walking over the tube again and walked to the South Bank Centre along the river.

Got some bad financial news which is survivable with payday coming up but means I‘ll need be living as cheaply as I can for a couple months 😰lots of walking instead of taking public transport and exercise instead of going out is a silver lining I guess!

julesG Gah! Bad financial news is not good, but you are seeing the silver lining. Taking the bus might be an option on a really rainy day, they are cheaper than the tube. There's an app "too good to go" where you can get groceries or take away food cheaper - mainly to avoid food waste. It might work in the UK, too. 6d
wanderinglynn Sorry to hear you got some bad financial news. That‘s never fun. But way to go on your goals! 🙌🏻 6d
dariazeoli I‘m sorry about the bad financial news. Good on you finding that silver lining and reaching your goals! 6d
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BookwormAHN I'm glad you can find a silver lining, sorry about your bad news though 🍀 6d
heikemarie I admire your grit, it‘s not always easy to see the silver lining! 6d
4thhouseontheleft You sound like an incredibly resilient and strong person! We can't avoid challenges life throws at us, but you have the strength to find your way through it. 6d
Caterina So sorry dear one. ❤ You're strong and you're gonna make it through this! Take care of yourself! 6d
hilded @julesG We have ‘too good to go‘ in Norway as well, it‘s great! :) 6d
hilded Hope the financial situation gets better, sounds like you have it under control luckily :) 6d
Clwojick I found a website recently called Budget Bytes. You should check it out! It has some really amazing recipes that have a cost per serving. I found it helpful when I was between jobs, and trying to be money smart. 5d
Megabooks I‘m sorry about your financial news! I hope it ends up working out okay. 💜💜 5d
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Picnic at Hanging Rock | Joan Lindsay
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Eerie and enjoyable! Beautiful writing, lush but not overwrought. I liked the gothic edge, the characters, and more than anything the landscape. Unforgiving Australian landscape books seem to be my jam! I maybe found the ending a bit unsatisfying, but I wasn‘t really in it for the plot so it wasn‘t enough to demote it from a pick

LeahBergen I just read this last year. So good! 👏🏻 7d
erzascarletbookgasm I enjoyed this too! 6d
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The Library Book | Susan Orlean
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I don‘t normally post #bookishproblems but today I sailed right through my train station TWICE and added an hour onto my journey home while reading. I‘m such an idiot 🤭 all the extra walking increased my step count for #bookfitnesschallenge I guess

Clwojick Oh no! 🤦🏻‍♀️ 7d
CouronneDhiver 😂😂 oops! done that before too 7d
marleed I‘ve never lived where a train was an option for a daily commute. I‘m so fascinated by that! And good that the BFC gives you s positive outlook for the extra steps! 7d
BookwormAHN Well at least you got your steps in 🍀 7d
audraelizabeth Yay for silver linings 6d
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Man Booker Prize | Frederic P Miller, Agnes F Vandome, John McBrewster
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Excited! I didn‘t manage to read the whole shortlist this year as I ran out of money 😞😞😞 but I‘m still thrilled to be here hearing readings from the shortlisted books before the winner is announced!!

Oryx Very cool! enjoy 7d
julesG Wow! Enjoy the evening! Seems like you have perfect seats. 7d
BarbaraBB Enjoy!! 7d
BookwormM Exciting enjoy 7d
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Her Body and Other Parties | Carmen Maria Machado
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I love eerie magic realist short stories. I loved how raw and quietly frightening they were, and how small vignettes sketched in fascinating characters and bizarre worlds. Great book to follow You Know You Want This - a similar tone but more tender and melancholy than monstrous. I also recommend for fans of LGBT relationships being seamlessly included in non-romance fiction. At least - gender was a little confusing sometimes but I think so!

Weaponxgirl I loved this one too 😍 7d
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Another really good deep dive into a specific climate issue. This was just the right amount political, historical, philosophical and scientific and I‘ve learned a lot of quite complicated stuff that I think I‘ll actually remember! Recommend to anyone interested in climate change looking to be better informed! It covered New York, Florida, Louisiana, the Marshall Islands, Venice, the Netherlands and London.

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#bookfitnesschallenge #bfc @wanderinglynn

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My boyfriend and I went for one of our mammoth London walks and I think this might be my all time step record. He commented that I could go faster, barely got out of breath and needed fewer breaks than before. I started trying to get fit around three months ago when I got a bit humiliated on a group holiday not being able to climb something, and look at my stamina now!

BethM Wow look at you go! You‘ve got this! I‘m also jealous that you can walk around London. 1w
wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 You‘re making excellent progress! 1w
Megabooks Wow! So impressed! 1w
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Bookwormjillk Wow! That is an epic day! 1w
VanChocStrawberry That‘s a LOT of steps! 👏👏 1w
TheSpineView Awesome! Keep up the good work! 1w
Chrissyreadit 👏👏👏 1w
Clwojick Woohoo! Way to go, girl! 💜💚💙 1w
BookwormAHN Great job 👏🏻 1w
howjessreads Well done!! London is the perfect city for long walks! 😍 1w
Leftcoastzen Way to go! 👍 1w
Reggie Great job!! 1w
dariazeoli Excellent work! 💪 1w
Caterina Aw that's amazing! Great job!! 🙌👏It's so nice when someone else notices the difference too. ❤️ 7d
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Passing | Nella Larsen
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I can just drink up this wonderful modernism forever 💖💖💖

The prose felt totally effortless but also like 0.0001% of writers could write like this. So few books say this much so well, in so few words.

BarbaraBB I really enjoyed this one ❤️ 1w
Weaponxgirl Those were my thoughts exactly with this one 😍 1w
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Pages of Hackney | London, United Kingdom (Bookstore)
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Finally managed to visit Pages of Hackney after so many people told me I had to go! It‘s in a slightly difficult bit of London for me to get to but I‘m glad I made the effort. This is the most wonderful little jewel of an independent bookshop with big sections for travel, life writing, essays, nature writing. If only I had more money...

squirrelbrain I loved it there! It was my favourite when I went on the #londonbookshopcrawl. And they gave us brownies 😁 1w
julesG Pages is great! 1w
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Yesterday‘s progress: #bookfitnesschallenge #bfc @wanderinglynn

I was visiting a friend in oxford yesterday and was super busy but managed to get a decent amount of steps in and a lot of listening on the train. Quite a good day! Won‘t be able to go to gym for a few days unfortunately as I‘m so busy, but maybe on Tuesday. Finding ways to fit fitness into busy life/commuting/socialising is A Lot but hopefully ill manage it!

Jerdencon Great job! 👏🏻 1w
4thhouseontheleft You are doing a great job fitting in fitness! 👏 👏 1w
BookwormAHN Nice job 👏🏻 1w
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Julsmarshall Well done! 1w
wanderinglynn Great job! 🙌🏻 And yes, it is difficult to make room for working out. But 10 minutes squeezed in 3 times a day is 30 total minutes. And that will make a difference! 1w
Clwojick Great job! 💜💗💜 1w
Megabooks Good luck! You‘re doing great! 1w
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#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

1. Tagged book (amazing one on adapting cities to rising sea levels due to climate change) and Passing by Nella Larsen, which is just as good as everyone says!

2. Native Son by James Baldwin and The Sea The Sea by Iris Murdoch are my library ebook loans that expire first

3. Probably To All The Boys I Loved Before but not sure? I haven‘t seen a lot of movies recently

suzisteffen Oh I read the very good Notes on a Native Son last year, and my partner just (re-)read The Sea, The Sea for one of her book groups. Good taste, you! 😉 1w
Liz_M The Sea, the Sea is fantastic! 1w
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No pretty handwriting as I forgot to do this yesterday and now I‘m on train 🤷‍♀️

Lots of walking! I walked from work to the theatre in the evening rather than get the tube again, which felt food even though it was raining. I‘m getting very food at the route between the globe and Covent Garden despite my terrible sense of direction! No books finished and no gym as I was so busy, but still proud

@wanderinglynn #bookfitnesschallenge #bfc

4thhouseontheleft That‘s awesome you‘re choosing to walk places instead of using other means of transportation! 1w
Emilymdxn @4thhouseontheleft thanks! It‘s a good way to combine my desire to get fit with my desire to save money and be more environmentally friendly 1w
Erin7 Walking is a great form of a exercise. Great job!🙌🏻 1w
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wanderinglynn Fantastic first week! 🙌🏻 1w
BookwormAHN Way to go 👏🏻 1w
VanChocStrawberry Choosing to walk is a fantastic plan! 👏 1w
Ash.on.the.line Great job so far!! 1w
Clwojick Way to go! 💜💗💙 1w
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Be warned this isn‘t fiction like the rest of the canongate myths series (my fave recent series?? Love it so much!) as I assumed it would be. It‘s a beautifully written theological look at Samson and Delilah, teasing out so much meaning and power from the smallest sections of the original story and language and how it‘s been interpreted by Jewish scholars. I know so little about Judaism but this was fascinating!

Graywacke When I read this I was worried it would be boring, but it‘s a nice read. 1w
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I loved this a lot! I love books that take a very specific aspect of environmentalism and dive deep into it. I feel I get now how good small scale, ethical food that we appreciate fully can be. It‘s wonderful to not just be outraged about factory farming and industrial food stuff, but to actually appreciate what we can aim for and what nourishing ourselves can be like. Definitely recommend to any frustrated environmentalists

Gina Have you read....? I read it and enjoyed it and see if I had an issue with him getting off topic and kind of Meandering. I think if it would have had some better editing in an outline it would have been a much tighter book but an interesting read nonetheless. 1w
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National Theatre Bookshop | London, United Kingdom (Bookstore)
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Got to drop in here yesterday. One of my fave bookshops in the whole wide London

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Passing | Nella Larsen
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Lunchtime reading date with Nella Larsen! I‘m not very far through this one but I‘m so glad I‘m reading it so soon after Clarice Lispector - it‘s very different but it‘s fitting into my grand plan to redeem modernism for myself from Hemingway and his Awful Lad Crew. This prose gives me life

Kaye Your pink cover is very pretty. 1w
saresmoore Yes. This is a worthy mission! 1w
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Weaponxgirl I loved this book! Hope you love as much as I did! 1w
Weaponxgirl @Leftcoastzen great suggestion! Loved this book too. 1w
SW-T I need to reread this one. Such a beautiful book 😊 1w
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#bookfitnesschallenge #bfc @wanderinglynn

Seriously proud of my first week of the challenge! My days have been very up and down, just about meeting step target some days and smashing it others. I‘m also way ahead on gym trips and audiobooks, which makes me think I should have set more challenging goals!

I‘m gonna up my planned gym trips per week to 2 and increase my audio goal to 30 as I wanna challenge myself!

Kaye Great 👍🏼 1w
wanderinglynn Fantastic first week! 🙌🏻 1w
BookwormAHN Great job 👏🏻 1w
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VanChocStrawberry WOW!! Great job! 1w
Caterina Wow, you're doing so well!! 🎉 🙌 Good luck meeting your new goals! ❤ 1w
Megabooks Impressive!! 1w
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Cold Comfort Farm | Stella Gibbons
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#friyayintro @howjessreads

1. This book got me through having swine flu, my favourite comic novel ever!

2. Went to a great improv show Monday, broke my treadmill record Wednesday, both great things

3. Chinese? Soo much variety

4. Yep five, I used to see them quite a lot but not so much anymore.

5. Will do! 🥰🥰🥰

Weaponxgirl I also love the divine comedy song inspired by the book. It‘s one of my faves too! 1w
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I really enjoyed some essays and wasn‘t sure about others, unsure if it‘s a pick or a soso. I adored her writing about Virginia Woolf and Gertrude Stein, but I‘m not so sure about her bias against computers, which might just be that this is an outdated book and her views have moved on (how will we appreciate beauty when the whole world is on CD-rom??), and her essay on sexuality didn‘t leave a lot of room for bisexuals which always bothers me.

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Readable, important, interesting. Yes sometimes you can tell Kaufmann is having to work hard with fewer sources than you might expect from a history book, but it‘s hard to hold it against her when she‘s throwing light on history that‘s been so easily dismissed and forgotten. I found it really eye opening realising how much our ideas of race are so much more recent than we think they are

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Art theory, the Thames and a family of geese to look at this lunchtime. After reading Choked yesterday I can‘t stop thinking about all the emissions and litter here even tho the Thames is one of the world‘s cleaner urban rivers (I think). This is a lovely calm place to read but there‘s SO MUCH litter 😞 I might try and come back with a plastic bag and a litter picker if I can borrow one one lunchtime

KathyWheeler David Sedaris talks about his compulsion to pick up litter in his latest book; he walks for hours doing just that. It has always been beyond me why people trash their environment. What‘s so difficult about taking your trash with you and throwing it away in a trash can? (Sorry— pet peeve.) 2w
Emilymdxn @KathyWheeler yeah and the south bank has SO MANY litter bins with signs saying don‘t drop litter, you‘re genuinely never more than 10 metres from a litter bin 2w
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KathyWheeler @Emilymdxn That‘s even more frustrating! One of the beaches I go too makes it really hard to find a trash can — there‘s only one dumpster in the whole area — but, weirdly, there‘s not a lot of litter on that beach. It is a national park though, so maybe the staff come through and pick it up? 2w
TrishB My Mum was always red hot on us not dropping litter and this was years ago! I carried on with my kids and it was always a standing joke about carrying litter around. I hate that people think it‘s acceptable to throw in the river/out of car etc.... 2w
Emilymdxn @KathyWheeler @TrishB @Tamra my school was so strict about littering and telling us never to do it! I‘ve only ever littered when I dropped something and couldn‘t chase it it fast enough in the wind. We get a lot of school trip groups and people who work nearby (like me) eating packed lunches on the riverbank and the amount of packaging left here is ridiculous. It‘s why they put out the extra bins but People Need To Use Them 2w
Tamra @Emilymdxn so thoughtless. 2w
julesG 🙈🙈🙈 I always have a small binliner in my bag for any trash we might produce while far away from a trash can. 2w
KathyWheeler @Emilymdxn my mom was very strict about it — we wouldn‘t have dared to litter! 2w
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A great, readable, well researched, up to the minute book on the air pollution and how our economies, industries and city planning conspire against clean air. I was impressed by how global it was - not just London, New York and LA, I learned a lot about the struggle for cleaner air in Delhi, various Chinese cities and the transport policies that have had a great impact so far in Berlin. Great bibliography which will help me find more reading!

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#bookfitnesschallenge @wanderinglynn

Another really good day today! I won‘t be able to gym for a while now, I‘ve got plans like the next 5 days unless I manage to squeeze it in on Saturday, which is a pity cause I feel like I‘ve built up a lot of momentum this week. Today was my longest ever run on my highest ever treadmill setting. When I started working out 2 months ago I could do 10 mins on setting 4, today I did 20 mins on setting 8!

BookwormAHN Great job 👏🏻 2w
wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 2w
Clwojick This is awesome! Way to go!! ♥️ 2w
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OrangeMooseReads Great job! 2w
TheSpineView Good going! 2w
Erin7 That‘s awesome🙌🏻 2w
monalyisha Way to rock it! Also, A+ handwriting. 😉🙌🏻 2w
Trashcanman Woot woooooot! Rocking it! 2w
britt_brooke 🙌🏻🙌🏻 2w
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The #wondrouswednesday posted by @Eggs inspired me to do a bit more work-inspired reading! Since I started at the globe I‘ve been getting through more Shakespeare plays but I‘ve been really wanting to learn more history and background. Unfortunately I missed the Shakespeare and Race research festival last year which sounded so fascinating but this seems like an important bit of reading to do!

SW-T It‘s a good book. I enjoyed it 😊 2w
Eggs Good for you 🥳👏🏻🤗 2w
Weaponxgirl This has been on my tbr for ages! 2w
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This was fascinating and I really recommend it. I don‘t think I‘ve read a modern politics book from a perspective that downplays Europe and north America so much, and i definitely want to read more! If you‘re interested in international relations and economics and you get usa, Britain, Germany from the news but don‘t know where to start on India, China, turkey, Iran, give this a try! I hope this will@be a great jumping off point for more reading

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Cymbeline | William Shakespeare
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#wondrouswednesday @Eggs

1. I‘ve read more Shakespeare since starting at the globe but I definitely need to do more!

2. I never read self help but my friend got be a Brene Brown book and it was really good.

3. I think it was called The Power of Vulnerability and I definitely recommend it

4. I barely read for pleasure during my 3 year degree, but I did get a lot of pleasure out of course reading so idk if that counts

5. @Caterina 😘

Eggs Love your responses! 2w
julesG Of course does it count when you enjoy course reading. That's so much better than dull textbooks that you need to plough through with triple shot latte and matchsticks to keep your eyes open. 2w
suzisteffen LORD, Cymbeline. WHAT A MESS. A glorious mess. The Oregon Shakespeare Fest did a Cymbeline in 2014 that was pretty amazing slash a deep mess. 2w
Caterina Thanks for tagging me! 😘 How cool to be working at the Globe, I didn't know that! I would be reading a lot of Shakespeare too. And I love Brené Brown. All her books are basically the same, but the first one I read was FANTASTIC. She has a Netflix special up now! 2w
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The Passion According to G.H. | Clarice Lispector
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Clarice is the master, there‘s just nothing else to say. This was like the spirit of a medieval mystic in a twentieth century existentialist‘s body and I loved every second of it. Beautiful, original, occasionally shocking (if you‘ve read it you KNOW which bit I‘m talking about 😱🦗), this book was like absolutely nothing else. I plan to buy a paper copy to refer to again, which I‘ve never actually done with a book before

Liz_M I have nightmares because of this book. ~shudder~ 2w
BarbaraBB Great review. I still need to read this one for the #1001books list and will bump it up my tbr now! 2w
batsy I've only read Hour of the Star and her short stories, but your second sentence really sums up how it is to experience her. Nice review! 2w
Weaponxgirl I‘ve been wanting to read her for ages! 2w
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#bookfitnesschallenge update! @wanderinglynn

I truly smashed today. It also involved chocolate but that chocolate is essential walking and workout fuel, and I also ate a bunch of healthy stuff, so I‘m feeling pretty good about my decision making abilities! Means a lot to me to say that as someone who‘s suffered both anorexic and binge eating behaviour in the past, I‘m very proud of myself 🥰

Finished 2 amazing audiobooks today as well!

TheSpineView That's awesome! 2w
wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 And just for the record, in my world, chocolate is essential to living. 😉 2w
BarbaraJean Awesome job!! Way to go! 👏🏼🎉 2w
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Caterina You are such a rockstar!! 🙌🎉😊 You're getting so much fitness and reading stuff in, and maintaining such a healthy relationship with food!! You inspire me so much, . ❤️💕 2w
BookwormAHN Fantastic 👏🏻 2w
4thhouseontheleft That's fantastic, and inspirational! 2w
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