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EnidBiteEm

EnidBiteEm

Joined August 2016

English teacher. Read like a book has never hurt you before (yes, that sentence did end with a preposition). 🇦🇺
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The Gustav Sonata | Rose Tremain
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Oh! The characters' lives are emotionally devastating but there is beauty in the details, and this is written beautifully, nonetheless. The ending was also BEAUTIFUL. This novel made me want to go out and read all of Rose Tremain's writing (and ask her what she did with my vocabulary). JUST. BEAUTIFUL.

LeahBergen I really need this now! I've read 3 of her books and loved them all. 3y
Texreader @LeahBergen which book of hers would you recommend first? 3y
EnidBiteEm @Texreader the only other one I've read is The Way I Found Her which was also very good. Yes @LeahBergen Please recommend 😀@Texreader I think I'll start with whatever is in my local library! 3y
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Marchpane Your couch looks very comfy and inviting 😁 3y
BeththeBookDragon That couch and pillows look so cozy!!! 3y
Bibliogeekery I loved Sacred Country by Tremain! 3y
LeahBergen @EnidBiteEm @TexReader I first read Restoration which is amazing and also really liked Music and Silence and The Colour. I'm not sure which I would recommend first ... maybe choose what historic period appeals to you the most? (Restoration England, Denmark or the New Zealand gold rush if I'm remembering correcttly!) 3y
Texreader @LeahBergen Thank you!!! 3y
Cinfhen Just scrolling through and see you haven't been on Litsy for a lonnnnnnng time. Hope All is well...come back #LitsyTimeMachine @RaimeyGallant 2y
RaimeyGallant @Cinfhen This book sounds really good! 2y
Cinfhen I read this one @RaimeyGallant it's really sad and beautifully written 2y
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When you're so excited you forget to take a photo until the credits are rolling. After an ending I'm always a little BIG BIT DEVASTATED that JK's characters are not real people that I can't Googlestalk in real life: Minerva, Molly Weasley, Cormoran, Robyn, and now Queenie and Jacob (a couple where excellent writing and excellent casting meet 😍)Also, JK's exploration of the sister relationship (Porpentina and Queenie) is beautiful.

MariettaSG Oh I know, aren't there so many characters you would love to meet in real life? 3y
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This novel seems deceptively simple (albeit about horrible abuses of children). Events are described in a matter-of-fact way and often after the event), and I was going to rate it a so-so ... and then BAM, the last couple of chapters really smacked me between the eyes. So much hope ... so much reality.

EnidBiteEm I was going to edit out the dummy in the background, but then realised its suitability as a prop given the the title 😳😂 3y
MariettaSG I just stumbled upon Paradise and Sula at one of the local oppies, $6 for the pair, what a gift for me! 3y
JazzFeathers 'Home' by Morrison is in my TBR list. Never read her before, but l went to one of her conferences a few years ago and she just blew me away. Incredible woman. Incredible author 2y
ABitLit I felt the same way. The first few chapters were very slow going and then bam, it was an incredibly emotional and captivating finish. 6mo
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Would Abbott have been as big a tool without Credlin, his Chief of Staff? Is it fair to blame a woman no matter how horrendous, when he is such a Tool? Are they both just tools? Did they have an affair, or was it just an infatuation that should have been an affair so they could have got on with running the country less toolishly? Who cares? Not me. Maybe I should've read this at the time he was PM, now that the whole country's in the dustbin 😕

Marchpane 😂 Best review ever 👏👏👏 how Abbott ever got the job is beyond me. What a tool. 3y
Sue Feel the need to add my voice of support to Abbott and his toolishness. Of course. Credlin must be to blame - as a woman her job is to screw up politics. Or so seems to think everyone with an opinion in this country. Pretty sure she didn't make him say stuff like 'suppository of wisdom'. 3y
Lauredhel This is hilarious! Great review. 3y
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sprainedbrain 😂 love this review, and the supporting picture. 3y
LitHousewife Fantastic picture review. 😂😂😂 3y
britt_brooke 😂👏🏻😂👏🏻😂 3y
EnidBiteEm And I couldn't have read this during the reign of the tools (it was published after 😳). @Marchpane Thanks 😀. I know! Party of tools, maybe? @Sue Yep, I'm quite sure he could have done this all on his own, Credlin just gave it a certain brand of weirdness. Ha! I'd forgotten the suppository gaffe 😂 Maybe that was his purpose behind casually plucking that raw onion from the box and eating it raw. He needed a SUPPOSITORY... 😂 @lauredh 😀 3y
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All the Bright Places | Jennifer Niven
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I think I was expecting too much of this (all those comparisons to The Fault In Our Stars, and Eleanor and Park). I read 154 pages and although I would recommend this as #YAlit to a teenager, the characters did not grab me the same way as an adult as Green and Rowell's teenagers. I read the author's note and agree with her about everything (she didn't say it was as great as Green or Rowell!)

Lauredhel You were wise to bail, in my opinion. This book made me angrier than any other book I read in the year. Sooooo terrible. It's hard to say why without spoilers, though. 3y
TrishB That's not pushing it higher up my tbr list.....been on there a while! 3y
Smangela @TrishB I liked it! I felt like it was something that was different than the typical YA novels and different than what I normally read. For me I think it was the serious subject matter - I liked that the author didn't feel her audience was too young to read about mental illness and thought it could prompt some great discussion with teens. Absolutely to each their own though! I listened on audiobook not sure if that made a difference? Try out 3y
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Smangela I agree the comparisons to TFIOS And Eleanor and Park don't quite jive with me! That alone would alter my expectations of the book too 3y
TrishB @Smangela I've read 13 Reasons Why and enjoyed. This one is on the pile to read with my 15yo daughter so sounds like could be good choice. Thanks 😀 3y
EnidBiteEm @Smangela @trishb adding Thirteen Reasons Why now ... 😀 @Lauredhel Glad I did then ... tell me in the comments and then use the spoiler tag (the skull and crossbones) to cover them up? 3y
Lauredhel @EnidBiteEm I hated that it glorified suicide. The competed suicide was presented as sad, but ultimately beautiful because of the way it was done, with the 'treasure hunt' and so on. It was all about inspiring Violet, not about the wracking pain and ugly pointless death that actual suicide involves. It also presents medication in a very negative light. Manic pixie suicide, ugh. 3y
EnidBiteEm @Lauredhel Thanks. The dynamic between Finch and Violet didn't quite gel with me, his need to help her /feelings for her wasn't in keeping with the apathy he said he was experiencing but didn't actually demonstrate ... thus his actions seemed more like a plot device for suicide attempts and it seemed like, if it happened, it was going to be glorified. I'm glad I stopped reading. 3y
Lauredhel @EnidBiteEm spot on. Onwards and upwards! 3y
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Small Great Things | Jodi Picoult
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Is it cultural appropriation for a white woman to write from a black women's perspective? Picoult goes to great pains to justify her choice of narrator. The women she interviewed to research first-hand accounts of passive, daily racism experienced by thousands informs this novel (whether it is the dearth of black faces on birthday cards, leading couples in romantic films, or the glib 'I don't even see colour,' ...) ... review continued in comments

EnidBiteEm ... who go to great pains to prove they're not racist (with the expectation women of colour will be appreciative) shows discrimination by a thousand cuts. Is this cultural appropriation bc it prevents someone buying a diverse book - no, as many Picoult fans will read her regardless and this reading may lead to more purchases. (Churchill fought his enemies on the beaches, let's fight Trump in the bookstores). As Picoult points out, 3y
EnidBiteEm those who are in positions of privilege have the responsibility to speak out and be proactive, it is not enough to be 'not racist' when one is the beneficiary of that inequality. Not a Picoult fan? I went through a period in my 20s where I inhaled everything she wrote and then grew tired of the similarity of metaphorical language between very different characters, and this one has similar issues, plus the dialogue between the white 3y
EnidBiteEm Supremacist couple did not ring true for me at times. However, I applaud Picoult for the range of topics she is willing to tackle and research and think her books are undervalued (Stephen King agrees with me 😀). This was a great Picoult to inhale after a long hiatus despite the cloying similarities of some of the more flowery prose (hey, we can't have everything perfect). 3y
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Cinfhen Great review! I'm in the middle of this read and agree there is MUCH to garner, contemplate, share and discuss. My problem at the half way mark, it's a little too trite and conventional in some of the writing and I'm getting annoyed with one of the MC, Kennedy. 3y
TrishB I think it helps open up the discussion for people who won't necessarily be as comfortable discussing. Popular culture can help in that sense and she is very popular! 3y
nickimags It was my first Picoult read and I loved it! 3y
EnidBiteEm @TrishB @Cinfhen Agreed 😀@nickimags isn't it good to find an author you enjoy who has a large back catalogue? 😍 3y
EnidBiteEm There is one thing I wanted to add - although I didn't want Ruth to go to prison, I'm not sure the ending drove home Picoult's point. Would the reader have learned more if Ruth had gone to prison even though she was innocent? Was it a feel-good white person's ending? 3y
nickimags Absolutely! ☺ 3y
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Little Women | Louisa M. Alcott
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There are some hairstyles that are repeated and reinvented throughout history (1940s Victory Roll, anyone?), but there are others you only see in photos from a certain era, never to be repeated. Happy birthday anyway, Louisa May Alcott. I'd like to see fashionista Amy try to pull this off. #lazyphotochallenge

CoffeeAndABook 😂😂😂👍🏻 3y
quirkyreader That is one hair style I never understood. 3y
britt_brooke 😂👏🏻 3y
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Lindy I bet Princess Leia could pull it off. 3y
Faibka @Lindy true! 3y
EnidBiteEm @Lindy if anyone could, it would be her 😀 3y
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Happy birthday CS Lewis. 👸🏼🦁❄️🚪🚂🛤#lazyphotochallenge

Marchpane Ok, I'm gonna go check my wardrobe, brb! 3y
Marchpane Oh hey, I'm back, did you miss me? Just spent 20 years as a benevolent dictator of a fantasy realm. Had to depose a heinous witch to seize power, but after that those woodland creatures handed me the keys to the kingdom. I guess I just created a massive power vacuum by walking out on them, huh? Oh well. What's for tea? 3y
Sue @Marchpane 😂😂😂 3y
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TheLondonBookworm My childhood was Narnia. I want to be a queen of Narnia!!!! 3y
manifestsanity I had no idea I shared a birthday with C.S. Lewis! Go Sagittarius! 3y
Cortg @manifestsanity Happy Birthday! 3y
LeahBergen @manifestsanity Happy Birthday! 🎉🎉 3y
EnidBiteEm @Marchpane 😂😂😂😂😂😂 Turkish delight?? 3y
EnidBiteEm @TheLondonBookworm The White Queen? 😀😱👸🏼 3y
EnidBiteEm @manifestsanity Happy Birthday! 🎈🎉I do not know of any literary types who celebrate mine ... only dodgy people like Hugh Hefner (why are there no vomit emoticons...) 3y
TheLondonBookworm @EnidBiteEm if it means I get to go to Narnia 😜 3y
EnidBiteEm @TheLondonBookworm Oooh, that's a very Slytherin thing to say. (And obvs. I'm scared bc I'm a Hufflepuff 😂) 3y
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I'll Give You the Sun | Jandy Nelson
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Happy birthday to the oh-so-poetic Jandy Nelson. Reviewers have described her characters as so alive 'they glow in the dark' and able to 'fly into your heart'. True. This book, and The Sky Is Everywhere, are colourful, joyful, and intense even when the characters are in despair. Nelson's imagery is gorgeous. #lazyphotochallenge #ya #yalit

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A Little Princess | Frances Hodgson Burnett
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I've always loved an underdog who sticks it to oppressor 😀a happy belated 😳birthday to Frances Hodgson Burnett for the 24th November. #lazyphotochallenge

tpixie Loved that book!! 3y
LeahBergen 💗💗💗 3y
Desha My fave childhood book ❤️ 3y
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So, I picked up my favourite #anneofgreengables book at a secondhand book market yesterday (my own copy was loaned years ago, never to return 😱), and I realised that despite the many adaptations of the first few books in the Anne series, Rilla has NEVER. BEEN. ADAPTED. WTAF, producers? It is the. Best. One. Mini-series, feature film, I'M. NOT. FUSSY. GET TO IT, AND ADDRESS THIS TRAVESTTTTYYYYYYYY 😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭

Libby1 Rilla looks like an 80s princess on the cover! 3y
EnidBiteEm Pretty in Green? Rilla is a princess, no, a QUEEN, for all ages @Libby1 3y
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LeahBergen And now you've shamed me. I have all the Anne books and own this one BUT I HAVEN'T READ IT. 😮 I read the first 6 when I was young and collected them all as an adult but haven't read this (or Rainbow Valley). 3y
EnidBiteEm @LeahBergen ohhhh. My heart bleeds for you. 😭😭😭😭😭😂You'll need to read Rainbow Valley first, but Rilla is worth the wait. I see no reason why they can't do an extended miniseries incorporating both books. 3y
LeahBergen I know! I've been thinking that I'm due for a reread and then they'll obviously be included! 3y
rubyslippersreads ❤️ Rilla! 3y
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Fight Like A Girl | Clementine Ford
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I didn't agree with every premise or all conclusions but this was an excellent read. It made me turn a microscope on many of my life experiences, and the ridiculous things that females may feel shame or guilt for that are not their fault but, rather, caused by years of entrenched patriarchy. So MANY double standards abound. I agreed SO MUCH with Ford's point about being proactive, and that it's not enough for men to just be 'not violent'.

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This book!, again!!, is one of two that have been my most worthwhile reads to process a year that has been world-wide crappy elections and votes. Maybe somebody had to come back in their time machine and ensure Trump and Turnbull and Brexit prevailed bc the alternatives would have been the catalyst for so much worse? Maybe we're destined to not know? Or maybe this is just the bargaining stage of the 5 Stages Of Grief. Who knows? 🤔🤔🗽🕰

Kalalalatja I hadn't thought of that, but it makes everything a little bit better 👏 3y
TrishB Loved this book 😀 3y
EnidBiteEm @Kalalalatja Re-reading it definitely made me feel better. Elton's exploration of fate and faith is very close to how I think the world works, time-travelling opportunities or not 😀 3y
EnidBiteEm @TrishB I ❤️ all Ben Elton's novels, but this one is my FAVOURITE. 3y
TrishB @EnidBiteEm I prefer his historical books rather than the comedy ones, he is a very talented writer to do so many different styles. Like you, this is my favourite 💙 I have brought this as a gift for quite a few people! 3y
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Still Alice | Lisa Genova
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#happybirthday Lisa Genova. A professor of linguistics is diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's Disease and struggles to articulate her experiences, as her husband avoids the reality of Alice's rapid decline (as Alice's high intellectual capacity causes her to create, perhaps unwittingly, inventive compensatory measures, by the time of diagnosis there is already significant deterioration). Genova blends brain science and empathy seamlessly 😢

readinginthedark I love this book so much. It perfectly encapsulated Alice's experience. 3y
tricours I saw the movie the other day, I liked it! 3y
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The Handmaid's Tale | Margaret Atwood
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How easy would it be, if a bunch of sexist men were in power, to reduce women's freedoms one law at a time ... no credit cards, no bank accounts, no property, no birth control, no right to vote ... oh, WAIT. 😱😳 The issues in this novel are timeless, but in no way preachy. Offred's first person narrative is spell-binding, and her story no less relevant today 😡I LOVE MARGARET ATWOOD. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, KWEEN 👑#lazyphotochallenge

Marchpane 🙌🙌she is indeed the kween! 3y
TheLondonBookworm 💚💚💚💚💚💚💚 3y
KarenUK 🙌🙌🙌💕 3y
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Theresa That is a really cool cover. Haven't seen that one before. 3y
quirkyreader I like the new cover. It has a Bansky(sp?) feel to it. 3y
Zelma I agree with everyone else on loving that cover. 😍 3y
EnidBiteEm @Theresa @quirkyreader @Zelma It's a 30 year (Australian) anniversary cover. It says 'Vintage Atwood' across the top, and has a beautiful red spine with white lettering that looks great on my white bookshelves 😂 3y
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The Last Anniversary | Liane Moriarty
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I find Liane Moriarty's books fun. They're light, and you can inhale them quickly, but they're long enough to be satisfying. I loved the characters in this one but I wanted the mystery to reveal itself sooner. In some of her other novels, Moriarty's characters make me want to throw the book across the room. but that's usually before she delivers a particularly biting character assessment herself, so maybe she feels the same 😳#lazyphotochallenge

BethFishReads Good fun 3y
britt_brooke I haven't read this one yet. #stacked 3y
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Pippi Longstocking | Astrid Lindgren
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Back when the best girls were always strong and adventurous. Pippi Longstocking! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️. #happybirthday Astrid Lindgren. #lazyphotochallenge

BethFishReads Loved Pipi (where is the red-headed braids emoji when you need it?) 3y
rubyslippersreads @BethFishReads That would be great for Anne "Carrots" of Green Gables too. ? 3y
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EnidBiteEm @BethFishReads @rubyslippersreads 😍😍And maybe a young Ginny Weasley? Or Eleanor from Eleanor and Park? 3y
rubyslippersreads @EnidBiteEm @BethFishReads And Tacy from the Betsy-Tacy books! 3y
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The Beauty Myth | Naomi Wolf
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"As women demanded access to power, the power structure used the beauty myth materially to undermine women's advancement." Every. Time. Someone. Mentioned. Hillary's. Clothes. Or. Hair. ?. Happy??birthday??Naomi Wolf. So many good bookish fighters born this week ?Bring on 2020. #lazyphotochallenge

KarenUK I read this book at college... so good. 3y
cariashley 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 3y
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A Man Without a Country | Kurt Vonnegut
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"I myself feel that our country ... might as well have been invaded by Martians and body snatchers. Sometimes I wish it had been. What has happened instead is that it was taken over by means of the sleaziest, low-comedy, Keystone-cops ..." As @KilgoreTrout wrote yesterday, I would love to know Vonnegut's thoughts if he was still alive, but I'm also glad he isn't alive to see what's happening #lazyphotochallenge Happy ??birthday Kurt. #soitgoes

britt_brooke This is arriving on my doorstep tomorrow! 3y
EnidBiteEm @britt_brooke Perfect timing! Hopefully it will give you a few laughs as well as a few groans 😭😀 3y
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Coraline | Neil Gaiman
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Happy Birthday Neil Gaiman. This quote seems more appropriate today than ever. #lazyphotochallenge

EnidBiteEm Page from quotefancy.com 3y
britt_brooke Such a great quote! 3y
thegirlwiththelibrarybag I watched Stardust last night in celebration 💜 3y
Cortg I just watched this movie last night...still need to read the book though! 3y
Cinfhen Awesome quote! 3y
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The Remains of the Day | Kazuo Ishiguro
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Oh, Stevens! "I can't even say I made my own mistakes. Really - one has to ask oneself - where is the dignity in that?" This #happybirthday homage is for Ishiguro, who explores what happens when you're an English butler who devotes your life to a cause, and you never stop to question it. A book to make everyone think about their life choices. So good, so bittersweet, so poignant. My favourite novel of Ishiguro's. #lazyphotochallenge

LeahBergen ❤️❤️ 3y
Faibka One of my favorite books! 💜 3y
KarenUK 💗💗💗 3y
EnidBiteEm @LeahBergen @Faibka @KarenUK I'm glad to see you all love this masterpiece as much as me 😀 3y
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Monkey Grip | Helen Garner
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When I was first thinking about how to pay tribute to Helen Garner's birthday, I wondered if I could emulate any aspects of her semi-autobiographical novels. I decided against moving into a share house with my daughter and falling in love with a heroin addict. Nevertheless, this 1977 #australianclassic is worth a read. For the Aussies amongst you, yes this is a photo of Noni from Playschool, who played Nora in the 1982 film adaptation 😀.

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Some writers write to create worlds, others write to seek the truth. Garner is one of the latter, and one of my favourite writers. A young law student makes a bizarre plan to murder her boyfriend after a dinner party. Garner questions how this can happen, silent bystanders, her own / our need to need to find the truth and explores why, sometimes, the truth can never be known. #lazyphotochallenge #australianlit #happybirthday Helen Garner.

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Man and Boy | Tony Parsons
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When I made my list of November birthdays for the #lazyphotochallenge I hadn't planned to slam my first writer ? but these books (Man and Boy was the first and based on his real experiences of single fatherhood) haven't stood the test of time. They're formulaic and the observations a little trite. However, the line "I once read somewhere that, in any relationship, the one who cares the least is the one with all the power," HAS given me pause.

EnidBiteEm #happybirthday ... I think 🤔 3y
thegirlwiththelibrarybag I've heard that line before (and there is a fair amount of truth there) but never the author... 3y
EnidBiteEm @thegirlwiththelibrarybag it was one of the better lines in the novel. I agree there is some truth there, but I also think there is power in walking away even if you do care the most, if there's an imbalance. 3y
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Fifty Shades of Feminism | Lisa Appignanesi, Susie Orbach, Rachel Holmes
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Excellent essays, from a diverse range of women. There is everyone from Pussy Riot to British politicians, barristers, social activists and writers. These two paragraphs are from Alice Stride's essay. The first paragraph alone has provided several hours of discussion and debate among my Year 12s. #diversebooks #teachersoflitsy

BookishFeminist Yes please! 3y
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Good morning Littens! Why, that book looks really good on you. It really complements your ... brain. Who is up for the #lazyphotochallenge ? These writers are all November babies. What better way to celebrate the hours of bookish goodness they have given us than posting your favourite quote/ book on their special day? Photos of the writer's hometown/haunts/inspirations are also welcome (just don't get arrested for stalking). No need to post daily!

EnidBiteEm How say you for the 11th, @KilgoreTrout ? 3y
KilgoreTrout Haha I'm on it! My kindred spirit. November babies unite! 3y
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Marchpane Lots of talented writers born in November!! 3y
EnidBiteEm @KilgoreTrout Excellent! 😀 @RealLifeReading Your #booktober challenge inspired me 😀. @Marchpane I know! What company. It almost makes me sad to have been born in April! 3y
Cinfhen Great idea 💡💞 3y
Zelma 😂 nicely done! 3y
EnidBiteEm @Cinfhen @Zelma I hope you'll join in with laziness at least once 😂 3y
britt_brooke Nice idea! And I'm a November baby myself. 🙋🏼 I didn't realize I was in such amazing company! 3y
EnidBiteEm @britt_brooke Are you sure you're not a writer already?? 3y
britt_brooke @EnidBiteEm What a lovely compliment, thanks! I wish. 🙏🏻 3y
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The oppression, village politics and expectations that these two intelligent, rebellious, strong women had to constantly throw themselves up against affected me viscerally: I took many breaks from reading initially as their lives seemed exhausting and overwhelming. Then, I tore through the last 150 pages so fast I rushed out to buy the third in Ferrante's quartet. Draining and captivating in equal measure: what a book! #booktober #bestofoctober

Lakesidemusing I had to start the third book immediately after finishing this one, too! 3y
Beetle You guys are making me rethink my reading of this. So many people have loved and raved about this. I read the first and while the writing and characters were excellent, it wore me down and out. Haven 3y
Beetle ...haven't gone back for more and wasn't sure I wanted to. Now I'm thinking there may be rewards in sticking it out till the end....(sorry...constantly prematurely sending) 3y
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EnidBiteEm @Lakesidemusing Have you read the fourth? I wonder if I'll feel the same need after book3 ends. @Beetle I think you definitely need to be in the right frame of mind ... although Ferrante writes exceptionally and I was amazed by her, some days I found my own responsibilities were enough and I needed to escape into something very different from #Ferrantefever 3y
Lakesidemusing Yes, I read the fourth, but it hadn't been released yet when I finished the third. Waiting was torture!! 3y
Lakesidemusing @Beetle I wasn't sold after the first book either. Waited over 6 months before deciding to go back for more. It was all over after starting book 2... that was my favorite! 3y
EnidBiteEm @Lakesidemusing The horror! (But lucky me 😀) 3y
Lakesidemusing Yes, no waiting for you if you don't want to!👍📚 3y
Beetle @EnidBiteEm and @Lakesidemusing ... You two are a dynamic duo. Sooner rather than later, I'm wading back in. Also...the outdoor reading spot is delicious!!! 3y
EnidBiteEm @Beetle I would love to claim ownership, but it is in the backyard of #mybrilliantfriend 😉 3y
Lakesidemusing @Beetle I really wasn't going to continue after the first book (almost too exhausting as you said),but found my thoughts returning to the two girls again and again... even after six months! I finally just gave in... 3y
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#Halloween so I'm reading about Australian politics, A TRUE HORROR STORY. The book on the bottom also has a very apt title given the monkeys who are running our country. #halloweenreads #booktober #freedomofspeech

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George and Ghost | Hoy, Catriona Hoy
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Um, so this ghost may exhibit some vampiric qualities (Ghost has no reflection) but the illustrations are adorable and the overarching message about friendship holds true even for adults. Friendships may be intangible but are no less real 😍😢. A great Christmas present for the little people in your life. #booktober #supernaturalbeings

DuckOfDoom This looks sooo cute😍👻 3y
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We're not the height of originality, but we were not going to let the students have all the dressing-up fun during book week. It's too bad the photo was cropped, Trelawney was more like Trelawney than Trelawney. Really. #HarryPotter #booktober #characterIddressupas #teachersoflitsy

Zelma Fantastic costumes! 3y
BookishFeminist What fun! These are great costumes. 🔮 3y
Cinfhen Such an awesome photo 😎looks super fun💕 3y
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Texreader Amazing!!! Well done!!! 3y
Linsy Love this! 💖⚡️️ 3y
EnidBiteEm @Zelma @BookishFeminist @Cinfhen @Texreader @Linsy We thought they weren't bad 😀 The library staff also joined in, but the staff from most other departments looked at us trying to cast spells through the halls and said they'd leave it to us 😂 3y
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Bimbo and Topsy | Enid Blyton
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Um, maybe not your traditional entrant in #creepycovers, but I used to hide this disturbing number at the back of my shelf. If the cat is helping the dog, why is she staring ahead so psychopathically? Why is the dog so furrowed-browish and sly-looking? What is that yellow liquid? And who names a pet with such advanced skills Bimbo? #booktober #creepycovers #EnidBlyton

eva_lution 😂 This is a creepy one, for sure. You know that cat is dishing out some rat poison. 3y
Libby1 That made me laugh! 3y
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I may, or may not, have had my three children several years apart so that each time one comes of age - by which I mean they are introduced to Harry Potter (sadly, as I am from a long line of muggles, our family is still waiting to receive our first Hogwarts's acceptance letter) - the next child in line is just a little too young to join us. Alas. This way I will need to read, and reread, and reread. Such a shame. #booktober #rereads #harrypotter

Texreader You are clearly brilliant. Our two kids are similarly spaced. 3y
Bookgirl Haha! Smart! 3y
EnidBiteEm @Texreader Ha! I don't know why midwives don't advise this more often after your first is born. Surely it is an essential piece of information before you leave hospital? @Bookgirl. Yes. The spacing had nothing to do whatsoever with any other life factors 😂 3y
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Untitled | Anonymous
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According to Guinness World Records, this is the world's biggest book (it was unveiled by the Mshahed International Group) and is entitled 'This the prophet Mohamed.' #guinnessworldrecord #llikebigbooks #nolikereallybig #ginormous #booktober #armache. It's in Dubai. Has anyone seen it?

LeahBergen Wow! 3y
DebinHawaii That is huge! 📚👍 3y
Cinfhen Cool 😎 3y
quirkyreader Compared to the original Audubon book, which I have seen, this is huge. 3y
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Can long-distance love work? I loved this collection when I was younger, but now the voices seem limited - who are these people with oodles of time and no children or other responsibilities? Yes, some of them have careers, but there's not the sense that this is a key issue. Then again, the young Australian 20 to 30-somethings had to cope with long-distance love without social media. A nice snapshot in time, I suppose. #booktober #wishicouldbethere

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The Complete Maus | Art Spiegelman
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I loved teaching this one. There is so much pain in this novel but there is also so much truth, and so many of my teenage reluctant readers were drawn in and inspired to read beyond this text. #booktober #favegraphicnovel #reluctantreaders

rachelm Love this one too 3y
APLitlife I teach it every year. The kids love it. One year, the kids went and bought the second one, because they wanted to continue. 3y
eva_lution Yesssss a favorite, and one of my #booktober picks also! 3y
EnidBiteEm @eva_lution I just found your review 😀. @APLitlife The Australian curriculum has changed significantly in the last few years and Maus was one of my casualties, but I still refer to it and there are copies in the library for those interested. How wonderful that your students sought the sequel 😍 3y
Gezemice Such a great book. Heart wrenching. 3y
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Bechdel's childhood was not unlike Wednesday Adams's, and this memoir raises interesting questions about whether we only see connections and the bigger picture in adulthood, or whether we simply get better at creating meaning where there is none.Bechdel is unflinching in examining the often unintended influences of her parents. I'm a recent convert to the #graphicnovel but I really enjoyed this #favegraphicnovel #booktober #bechdeltest #queerbooks

brendanmleonard I love this one! 3y
EnidBiteEm @Bibliogeekery and that's the hashtag I was looking for - thanks, I'll edit my post 😀 @brendanmleonard I'm glad I'm not the only one 😀I felt a bit mean ripping through her life in just a few hours but it was too good to put down. 3y
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brendanmleonard @EnidBiteEm I also recommend the musical if it comes near you! I was mixed on her sequel but it's also worth reading. 3y
EnidBiteEm @brendanmleonard I live in Tasmania so it's unlikely, but I will definitely check out the sequel. Thanks for the recommendation 😀 3y
MandaChittles @brendanmleonard - It's a musical too??? Wow! 3y
Gezemice I am a recent convert, too, and reading through the best ones. This is on the list - loved Maus, and the Saga series! 3y
EnidBiteEm @Gezemice The Saga series?? 3y
Gezemice Yeah, one of my first graphic novel series. This is the first volume: 3y
EnidBiteEm @Gezemice Thanks 😀 3y
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There are refugee stories as well as #immigrantstories between these covers, but all together? Wow. There are many hardships and humiliations, but also narrators finding their first loves ❤️. There is self-deprecation and humour and heart-break. There are essays about those painful teenage years by writers, painters and politicians. I work these stories into the curriculum whenever I can 💕. #booktober

Alfoster Lovely! 3y
EnidBiteEm @Alfoster 😀 Alice Pung edited this collection, but her two memoirs and her novel are also wonderful. 3y
Alfoster @EnidBiteEm Thanks for the suggestion! I'll ck them out! 3y
kspenmoll Thanks for sharing! 3y
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What are microbes? Are my microbes better than your microbes? What about fats, dairy, fruit and alcohol and microbes? Can we blame our microbes? Microbes, microbes, microbes, microbes. It's not your fault, it's your microbes. #booktober #readingsnacks #microbes This book also comes with an excellent dedication: "To my family and other microbes."

Cinfhen Awesome photo 📷💞🙌🏻 3y
Michelle_mck Only good things in that photo! 3y
kspenmoll 😄 3y
EnidBiteEm @Cinfhen thanks. @Michelle_mck @kspenmoll I can't decide whether I read the relevant chapters before or after I eat each food. Maybe Tim will tell me it's fine? Or maybe he'll tell me never again ... 😯☠️? 😂 3y
MariettaSG 😂'To my family and other microbes', yum? 3y
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This is perhaps an unorthodox choice for #unforgettablewomen but as the mother of two sons myself, Klebold's story crushed me. She and her husband were engaged and loving parents. They knew the names of their son's friends and met their parents, they were interested in his choices and were involved in his community and yet their beloved child committed the most horrific of crimes. Review continued in comments...

EnidBiteEm Klebold does not profit from this book and although it may be seen as a form of carthasis, for her there can be no real carthasis. It also made me check my prejudices, when I realised I was reading it to see where they went wrong. They didn't. She wrote it (partially) in response to one of the victim's parents asking for her story. 3y
EnidBiteEm Klebold highlights the issues of the lack of mental or brain health checks and the danger of first person shooter games, but she points out the main question is not WHY it happened, but HOW it happened 😢 3y
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Libby1 😢 3y
Gayan I pre ordered this and still have not brought myself to read it. 😞 3y
BookHermit Thank you for the review. I also have two young boys. I heard an interview with Klebold on CBC a few months ago and have been curious/terrified to pick up that book ever since. 3y
EnidBiteEm @Gayan @Bookhermit It is worth reading and although emotionally wrenching it does not have gratuitous details so it is not scary from that aspect. Klebold is a thoughtful, intelligent woman and every word is considered. I read it in a day or two (I could not put it down), and even though I think of her words months later at least reading it quickly means you are not in an overwhelming head space for a long time if you want to move on. 3y
EnidBiteEm @Libby I thought so too. 3y
EnidBiteEm @BookHermit You're welcome 😊 3y
Gayan @EnidBiteEm Have you read Dave Cullen's Columbine? 😞 3y
EnidBiteEm @Gayan not yet. I take it you have? Worth reading? 3y
Gayan @EnidBiteEm Dave did a wonderful job, the research is impeccable. It absolutely opened my eyes as to how tragedy is turned into news and things are reported that are nowhere near the truth. It is one of my favorites. 3y
EnidBiteEm @Gayan I will check it out. Thank you. 3y
AAdamson @Gayan I second your recommendation of Cullen's Columbine. Being educators I couldn't help putting my husband and myself into the situation. Ripped my heart out. Sobbed talking to my mother-in-law about the book. Cullen suffered some PTSD after being at the scene. HIGHLY recommended. 3y
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Slartibartfast. How did I not think of this one earlier? #booktober #bestcharactername #solongandthanksforallthefish

TheLondonBookworm Hahah ledge 3y
EnidBiteEm @TheLondonBookworm I like him in ALL the movies 😂 3y
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Blind Faith | Ben Elton
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Oh, the scourges of our consumerist society! Elton nails it 😍 Caitlin Happymeal, Barbieheart, True Faith, Princess Lovebud, Sandra Dee, KitKat. #bestcharactername #booktober

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When your #brilliantfriend has a brilliant river with a brilliant platypus by which to read books 😀. We have 36 years of friendship and have known each other since childhood, as have Lila and Elena, but there is also a third friend to our circle. So far, thankfully, our story is quite different ... #favouritefriendships #favoritefriendships #booktober #ferrantefever #ferranteforever

LeahBergen ❤️ 3y
kspenmoll 💙💚❤️ 3y
she_barks That's great! 3y
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I've only read the first story, but the last few paragraphs? Wow. It is now the yard stick by which I secretly judge all others, which is completely fair given they have no chance to defend themselves 😂. I should really read the other stories, given the first had such an effect on me. #booktober #shortstories

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"Do you want my recipe for disaster?" What happens when your wildly successful brother turns out to be a criminal tool, and your mediocre self has to pick up the pieces of his family as your own life wobbles? Two brothers, modern times, US, satirical, dark, funny ? #booktober #greatfirstlines

mauveandrosysky Loved this one! 3y
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I read everything this woman writes (well, that is published. I'm not a stalker. Although, fortunately for her fans, some of her journal entries were published this year in Everwhere I Look 😍). This is a 'novel' but details the frustrations Helen faces when caring for her terminally-ill friend. Coincidentally, Garner also did this in real-life. This book won three awards 💕#booktober #awardwinning #aussieauthors #australianlit

Zelma Ooh, moving up my TBR. I have had this on my TBR forever and really need to make time for it. 3y
EnidBiteEm @Zelma Great. I'm glad I could twist your rubbery arm 😀 Have you read any of Garner's others? I love her writing style. It is direct and unflinching. I think some writers create worlds, and some write to seek the truth. Garner is definitely a truth-seeker. 3y
Zelma @EnidBiteEm ha, I didn't put up much of a fight on that one! I haven't read anything by her but your review intrigues me immensely. She sounds fantastic. 3y
EnidBiteEm @Zelma She's definitely one of my all-time favourites. 3y
Lindy My book club had a memorable discussion of this some years ago. I've been wanting to read more Helen Garner ever since. 3y
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Only Ever Yours | Louise O'Neill
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Gah!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YA or no, I think I was EVEN MORE horrified after reading this than The Handmaid's Tale. If 'The Bachelor'was a life-long contest, school might be a little like this. I inhaled it. 😱😱😱 #booktober #bookssetinschools #YAlit

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Re-reading one of my #feelgoodbooks. Thanks @DebinHawaii for the reminder 😀. If I had to have a sidekick in real life, I could do worse than Eve's Mother Francis. #bestsidekick #booktober #maevebinchy #nunswithattitude. Also, there is worse pain than pairing it with the hubby's leftover birthday cheesecake #bestfoodsidekick 😂

Michelle_mck Love the book - the movie adaptation ruined me!! Awful movie - tremendous book 3y
Texreader Mmmmm. 😛 3y
EnidBiteEm @Michelle_mck I need to rewatch it. I haven't seen it since it came out, when I was a similar age to Benny and Eve! Thanks for the warning. 3y
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Michelle_mck @EnidBiteEm I was 18 when it came out and I saw the film first and then read the book. I was filled with a rage only an 18 year old can have 😂 3y
EnidBiteEm @Michelle_mck 😂 How dare Jack! How dare Nan! How dare they stuff it up? I remember so little of the film, only that if we thought someone was a bit of a duffer/loser/hufflepuff in the 90s we often colloquially called them a Benny, and sometimes, affectionately, we used that term with each other. We had never known a Benedicta or a Bernadette, and we read the book after, so when the film started and the lead was called 'Benny', we lost it 😂😂😂 3y
EnidBiteEm @Texreader It was. What a shame you can't send food over Litsy. I had to eat it all myself. Sigh. 😂 3y
Michelle_mck @EnidBiteEm 😂😂😂 3y
DebinHawaii Now I want to go back and reread it! I am actually fond of the movie (especially Minnie Driver & Alan Cunning) although the book is better for sure. 📚❤️ That cheesecake looks divine! 😀 3y
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#Booktober Well, I couldn't go past mentioning this #longtitle 😍 The one where we meet Tonks 😀 #hufflepuff #hufflepuffsunite #imahufflepuffandimokay 🤔🌲🌿🌳🌻🌼#jkrowling #harrypotter

sarielizbeth I'm a Hufflepuff too! 3y
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Is It Just Me? | Miranda Hart
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So, there is a moment early in this book where Miranda insists you do a forward roll to startle the person beside you. Let's just say, maybe, that I did it. Let's just say that maybe I destroyed my neck in the process. I did not destroy the physiotherapist, who happily gave me a billl. Should you read it? I don't know, I was in too much pain to finish. Miranda, my husband was not startled, he did not even wake up! I will send you the bill ...

Kirstin 😂😂Ouch! I had a similar experience when I tried to show my daughter how to do a cartwheel. 😱it's not like riding a bike. 3y
EnidBiteEm @Kirstin There should be age warning about these things, "you will not bend like you used to," or something ?? 3y
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Kirstin @EnidBiteEm - Yes! At least a "consider stretching first" ? 3y
britt_brooke @EnidBiteEm @Kirstin 😂👏🏻 I already have to go to the chiropractor once a month, lol! 3y
Zelma 😂😂😂 I don't mean to laugh at your pain, but that story is great! (And oh I can relate to not being so bendy. We do the oldster shuffle in the mornings until everything stretches out normally.) 3y
kspenmoll 😟😃 3y
EnidBiteEm @Zelma @kspenmoll Wasn't there a scene in HP and The Cursed Child where someone was described as being middle-aged bc they started to make an audible and involuntary "oomph," when they sat down? Sadly, this me ... I started when I was pregnant with my third child, but she is several months old now and I haven't stopped. "Oomph, oomph, oomph, oomph!" ? 3y
EnidBiteEm @britt_brooke Hooray for chiropractors and physios, let's hope it's not fortnightly, although I've been there too 😯 3y
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