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Mona of the Manor | Armistead Maupin
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The tenth in the Tales of the City series is set in 1993 in England, where Mona landed as Lord Teddy‘s mail-order bride and takes in paying guests to cover the costs of owning a large manor house. An enjoyable romp that captures the feel of Maupin‘s earlier books, with rotating viewpoints, a cast of queer characters, improbable events, some serious issues, and a satisfying conclusion.

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Mona of the Manor | Armistead Maupin
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Wilfred: And over yonder is the bluebell wood. They come back every year to that woodland & some folks reckon they‘ve done that for the past 300 years.
Anna: Really? How do you know such things?
Wilfred: By living here. Easley‘s a great teacher. She taught me everything I know.
Michael: So it‘s a she?
Mona: She is now. Mama don‘t allow no patriarchy round here.

Cuilin I want that last sentence on a t-shirt. 3d
Lindy @Cuilin It delighted me too 😊🪕🎶 2d
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Mona of the Manor | Armistead Maupin
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Sharing a love of reading: two booktubers connect in person and laugh a lot! Bookstores, books—including the tagged novel—and visiting the beautiful city of Victoria in my latest booktube video:

https://youtu.be/IyDcb4rcUuo

kspenmoll How wonderful!! 3d
Lindy @kspenmoll We had a great time 😊 3d
tpixie @Lindy love this!!! 🩷 3d
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Lindy @tpixie 🥰😘 2d
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Awesome 🤩 2d
Lindy @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks It‘s always a pleasure to meet in person someone you‘ve known for years via bookish social media 😊 2d
tpixie @Lindy yes!!!! 📕📗📙 2d
dabbe 🤩🤩🤩 2d
Lindy @dabbe thanks Denise! We had a wonderful visit. 2d
Chelsea.Poole Perfect!! 📕♥️ 2d
Lindy @Chelsea.Poole 😁 1d
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Suitable Boy | Vikram Seth
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“Calcutta lights festoon Park Street;
And at a cricket match three suitors meet.”

I felt a readerly thrill when Kabir, Amit and Haresh sat down together. Also pleased that Savita took Arun to task about his rudeness towards Haresh. Poor Haresh, though: his chances with Lata don‘t look good.

#SuitableBoy2024

squirrelbrain Yes, they‘re all drawing closer together now, aren‘t they? I still can‘t call it though…. Who is it going to be?! 4d
Lindy @squirrelbrain Seth maintains the suspense! 4d
jlhammar It really was thrilling to have them all together. And I can‘t call it either @squirrelbrain ! At this point it seems like none of them are quite right. She obviously has a passion and yearning for Kabir, more of an intellectual (and brotherly?) sort of connection with Amit and Haresh more a safe and comfortable fondness (yet also annoyance). 🤔 4d
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KathyR I thought that Seth managed to create a section, near the end of the novel, full of misunderstandings and chance encounters and missed opportunities (it reminded me of watching a classic comedic play) that ruled out all 3 suitors: Kabir from false info, Amit from a kiss that didn't feel romantic and Haresh from misunderstandings and a sense that they had nothing in common. 4d
azulaco I got bogged down in part 14 and now I‘m so behind 😩 4d
Lindy @azulaco Don‘t stress! Parts 15 and 16 are quicker reads. 4d
Lindy @KathyR That sums this section up nicely 😊 4d
KathyR @azulaco I agree with Lindy - Parts 15 and especially 16 are much quicker reads. Don't despair! 4d
bekakins The scene at the cricket match was so funny! And totally agree with @KathyR - it was almost Shakespearean in its set up with no one having the full picture & lots of crossed wires. I‘m rooting for Kabir (as long as Melati‘s news is just a misunderstanding!) or Amit - I really don‘t want Lata to end up with Haresh, although I do feel sorry for him. Only 3 weeks to go! 4d
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–Oh, the illustrator?
–That‘s me!
–I thought you said you were an artist.

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5-year-old Maurice: Why are they being like that?
Mother: Some people just aren‘t nice. I tell you what. Just ignore them.

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James: A Novel | Percival Everett
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I can see this book winning prizes. It certainly deserves all the accolades. If any of you have been turned off by the heavy satire of Everett‘s earlier work, you might like to know that there is little of that in James. What you will find is great storytelling with a whole lot of heart and wit.

KathyWheeler I just finished listening to Huckleberry Finn in preparation for reading this. I‘m currently reading The Fox Wife, then I‘m on to James. I‘m really looking forward to it. 1w
Lindy @KathyWheeler I‘m currently listening to The Brides of High Hill, then Fox Wife will be next. 😁 1w
KathyWheeler @Lindy I‘ve never heard of Brides of High Hill. It sounds interesting, but I was confused by Amazon‘s description of it. They said it was book 5 of a series then called it a stand-alone, so I don‘t know if I can read it without reading the previous books or not. 1w
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Lindy @KathyWheeler It‘s a cycle of novellas, rather than a series. The Singing Hills cycle. I think that means each stands alone. I have read the first 4 so I am not a good judge of whether you are good to start with the 5th. 7d
KathyWheeler @Lindy Thanks. 7d
Lindy @KathyWheeler From the publisher: The novellas of The Singing Hills Cycle are linked by the cleric Chih, but may be read in any order, with each story serving as an entrypoint. 6d
KathyWheeler @Lindy Thank you! 5d
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My most Recent Reads (May 21) on YouTube: Canadian authors; queer novels, gay memoir; nature writing; graphic format & audio
https://youtu.be/XABqlRZyGcc

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My cookbook review is on my YouTube channel:
https://youtu.be/z30k1RGDXM0

Short version: I‘m not here for the unscientific “detox” and “water with meals slows digestion” but there are lots of excellent recipes, beautifully photographed.

#vegan #ayurvedic #cooking

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I made the Pear and Chocolate Crumble from the tagged cookbook. It was a hit. 😁

Lindy @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks It was definitely inspired by the classic French dessert, Poires Belle Hélène. I don‘t know why I hadn‘t previously thought of adding chocolate to the topping on a fruit crumble. 1w
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Quintessential nature writing and my favourite nonfiction of 2024 so far. I‘m so glad I finally got around to reading Nan Shepherd‘s classic about the Cairngorm mountains of Scotland. Her exquisite prose is so evocative that I was frequently transported off into reveries of my own encounters with the natural world.

quietlycuriouskate Gorgeous book! 2w
Lindy @quietlycuriouskate Indeed 😊 2w
jlhammar Lovely edition. I've been wanting to read this for years! 2w
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Lindy @jlhammar when you do have the opportunity to read it, I am certain you will enjoy it. I did find that I had to be alert to take it all in, so I read it during quiet mornings. 2w
batsy What @jlhammar said 😍 2w
Lindy @batsy it‘s nice to have the long (30 pages) introduction by Robert Macfarlane and the afterword by Jeanette Winterson too. 2w
batsy Yes! 2w
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To one who loves the hills at every season, the blossoming is not the best of the heather. The best of it is simply its being there—is the feel of it under the feet. To feel heather under the feet after long abstinence is one of the dearest joys I know.

dabbe Just gorgeous. 🤩🤩🤩 2w
Soubhiville Oh wow! 2w
Lindy @dabbe @Soubhiville Thanks! I took that photo in February at the Horticulture Centre of the Pacific 2w
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Touch is the most intimate sense of all. The whole sensitive skin is played upon, the whole body, braced, resistant, poised, relaxed, answers to the thrust of forces incomparably stronger than itself. Cold water stings the palate, the throat tingles unbearably; cold air smacks the back of the mouth, lungs crackle.

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“How could we imagine flavour or perfume without the senses of taste and smell? They are completely unimaginable. There must be many exciting properties of matter that we cannot know because we have no way to know them.”
[This passage reminded me of Ed Yong‘s wonderful book on animals‘ perceptions.]

Hooked_on_books I loved Yong‘s book! Just wonderful. In the book I started today, I learned that reindeer have sight receptors that suggest they can see lichen through snow. 🤯 That‘s from this one: 2w
Lindy @Hooked_on_books So many amazing things in Rawlence‘s book, which I read in 2022. I had forgotten about the lichens but I remember reading how scary the prospects are for boreal life as it currently exists. 2w
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Suitable Boy | Vikram Seth
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So many different kinds of clashes in this section! The brutal murder of the 18-year-old Dalit when he returned to his village, the cricket match, the ideological clash & political manoeuvres within the Congress Party, the Hindu re-enactment of the battle over Sita‘s abduction, the Muslim observance of the battle of Karbala, the riots in the streets of Brahmpur, & the Raja of Marh‘s threat to Pran & the entire Kapoor family. 😳 #SuitableBoy2024

jlhammar Not to mention Meenakshi having “the miscarriage of her dreams.” I guess that takes care of that problem. The riots were terrifying. Maan was quite brave. And that threatening call to Pran! Very worrisome. It seems like Lata‘s heart may still be with Kabir. 2w
Lindy @jlhammar Oh yes! I forgot about the miscarriage. So much happened in this chapter. And we only have four more to go. 2w
KathyR I didn't really see this section as series of clashes but as a continuation or culmination of conflicts that have been going on from the beginning of the novel: conservatives/Agarwal vs Mahesh/secularists conflict in which the latter have been outmanoevered by the former; ongoing Hindu/Muslim conflict culminating in riots, etc. I saw the cricket match as only a venue in which we could see what characters were thinking about. 2w
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squirrelbrain @jlhammar - Meenakshi is so awful isn‘t she? 2w
squirrelbrain Only 4 more chapters to go, Lindy, but we seem no nearer the ‘suitable boy‘. I‘m beginning to wonder if there will even be one…. 🤔 2w
bekakins I struggled a bit with this section as I‘ve been poorly this week so concentrating has been a struggle! The riots were really scary, I loved the tension built when Maan & Firoz were trying to get to safety! And Meenakshi is terrible (although the sections with her in are some of my favourites) - I liked how the short, direct delivery of the miscarriage echoed her callousness rather than it been dwelled on. 2w
Lindy @squirrelbrain I‘m hoping there will be a suitable boy arranged, and that the final chapter will bookend the first with another wedding. But maybe it won‘t be Lata‘s wedding. 🤔 2w
Lindy @bekakins I hope you feel better soon 🌻 2w
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Friday Reads May 17: Asian Heritage Month; mythology; nature writing; art; picture book biography; Indigenous authors and more in this week‘s YouTube episode:

https://youtu.be/Zo93j5HoVKo

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Suitable Boy | Vikram Seth
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Well, I learned waaaay more about India‘s early politics and governmental structure in Part 14 than I expected (coupled with internet research to supplement my big knowledge gaps). The will-he-or-won‘t-he aspects of Nehru, India‘s enigmatic first Prime Minister, added some welcome tension to this chapter. I cheered confirmation of my suspicion that Maan is bisexual; also pleased that his father has recognized his good qualities. #SuitableBoy2024

squirrelbrain I have to say I found the politics a bit much in this part - not my favourite chapter so far. But, yes, I loved that Maan was revealed as bi-sexual. 3w
jlhammar Yes, such a politics-heavy section this week! I confess to feeling somewhat less invested. And we‘ve passed the 1000-page mark - wow! 3w
Lindy @squirrelbrain I was reminded of a few earlier hints about Maan‘s sexual orientation, one in a conversation with Firoz when Maan had just returned from a month in the village, and the other when he gently rejected the rajkumar‘s advances. 3w
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Lindy @jlhammar Only 320 more pages to go (in my edition)! 😊 3w
KathyR I see this novel as much a social/political history of India's beginning as an independent country as I see it as the story of the search for a suitable boy so I think I enjoyed it more than others. The fight for independence was difficult but pales in the effort needed to build the united secular country that was envisioned. I think Seth does a good job of making the Hindu/Muslim divide real, both in political issues and at a personal level. 3w
Lindy @KathyR Your comments have really helped me appreciate those aspects of the novel. 😘 3w
bekakins Like @squirrelbrain I too struggled a bit with the politics in this part… I can‘t believe how far we‘ve come though! 2w
squirrelbrain I know @bekakins - we‘re on the home straight now! 2w
Lindy @bekakins @squirrelbrain 💪🎉 (edited) 2w
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Last Woman: Stories | Carleigh Baker
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A surprising and charming collection of stories with some speculative elements, told by Carleigh Baker, a queer woman with Nehiyaw, Métis & settler ancestry. Canadian writers rock the short story format!

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Last Woman: Stories | Carleigh Baker
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She always had the best hair. Bangs that went nearly 3 inches straight up & cascaded into a churning wave of crunchy curls from her temples to her shoulders, where they softened a bit into a wash and wear perm, held in place with scads of aquanet.
—from the story Where Were You
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TheBookHippie Ahhhh my 20s 😵‍💫🤭🤣😱😳 3w
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Last Woman: Stories | Carleigh Baker
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“I am an empath. A true knower of the people.”
—from the story titled Patron Saint of the Hesitant

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Last Woman: Stories | Carleigh Baker
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Friday Reads May 10: Queer & Indigenous authors + rhododendrons + beverages made from flowers

https://youtu.be/pGpkU8ESPOc

Amor4Libros Heading to your channel now! 🤗 3w
Lindy @Amor4Libros Thanks Patricia! 😘 3w
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Care Of | Ivan Coyote
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I‘ve owned this since it came out in 2021 and I‘m so glad I finally got to it! Ivan Coyote, a trans nobinary Canadian, is a storyteller extraordinaire. With great care, they answered previously-received letters during the time we were all sheltering in place at the start of the COVID pandemic. I was moved to tears several times while reading. Ivan Coyote‘s tenderness and generosity of spirit is a beacon of hope for us queer folk.

slategreyskies This looks amazing! I‘m excited to read it! 🩵 4w
Lindy @slategreyskies 😁🏳️‍⚧️ 4w
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Care Of | Ivan Coyote
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“Trans was a word first and most commonly used in chemistry.” —Ivan Coyote, Care Of

The image above is from an online course I am taking through Maiwa about the chemistry of natural dyes.

KathyWheeler I should have remembered this from my chemistry classes, but it‘s been a thousand years. Now those words make sense to me. 4w
Lindy @KathyWheeler 🎉🎉🎉🤓 (edited) 4w
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Care Of | Ivan Coyote
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Some stories have longer legs than others, it seems, and that story has walked farther than I could have imagined it might. Some stories shake other stories out of the chests of almost everyone who hears them, and I guess it should be no surprise that telling a story of my loved ones lost to AIDS would call forth a magnitude of ghosts from so many queer hearts.

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Care Of | Ivan Coyote
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If there is one wrong thing in this world that I could undo right now it would be to drain away all the shame that we have been taught to feel whenever we cry.

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Care Of | Ivan Coyote
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Friday Reads May 3: April wrap-up + 8 great books + seaplane trip + Stanley Park
https://youtu.be/TZeWzi6PIQc

I had stopped linking my booktube videos on Litsy, but maybe some of you Littens like to be reminded when there‘s something new on my channel… please let me know in the comments if you would like me to continue posting these.

Dilara I'm not a fan of BookTubers who post links but don't engage with the community on Litsy. You're definitely not one of those, so I am fine with you posting links. I've been known to click on them from time to time 😁 4w
Prairiegirl_reading I like the reminders! 4w
Lindy @Dilara Thanks for your response. I go through cycles of more and then less engagement on Litsy (and booktube) depending on my energy levels and what else is happening in my life. But I remain very fond of Litsy and continue to recommend this app to readers. 4w
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Lindy @Prairiegirl_reading Thanks Angie! 4w
Chelsea.Poole I watch your videos when I remember and appreciate the reminders too! 3w
Lindy @Chelsea.Poole Thanks Chelsea. I will resume posting reminders. 🥰 3w
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Suitable Boy | Vikram Seth
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“A child is born; wise women come to look.” [Is Seth talking about Meenakshi & Kakoli? 😂]
“A cobbler writes. A poet mails his book.” — talk about understatement! Haresh & Amit seem to be the major players in Lata‘s love story so I was glad to see a lot of both in this chapter. Kabir is there too. Also glad we didn‘t have to wait to hear about Pran‘s health. In baby news, what will happen with Meenakshi‘s accidental pregnancy? #SuitableBoy2024

bekakins Drama drama with Meenakshi‘s pregnancy - she is awful but also one of my favourite characters! Also good to see the tension heating up with Kabir, Haresh & Amit - I wonder which one (if any!) Lata will end up with… 4w
Lindy @bekakins “the tension heating up” — that‘s a good way to put it. I like the way that in this chapter we got more of a sense of competition for Lata‘s affection. And I also like that there continues to be new plot elements; Savita‘s desire to enter law; the robbery; and of course the drama surrounding Meenakshi‘s pregnancy. 4w
jlhammar Substantial section this week. Welcome Lady Baby Uma! Love your wise women speculation 😂 That poor mother monkey 😢 I‘m not sure Haresh is the right match for Lata. I liked Kuku‘s argument for Amit “[He] has a lovely nature. Why, Cuddles bites him less often than anyone else.”😆 Glad Pran is okay for the time being and following doctor‘s orders. 4w
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Lindy @jlhammar Lady Baby! Thanks for reminding me how funny I found that section. 😅 4w
KathyR Can there be any doubt that the robbery is part of the story of Varun's mess of a life? Varun's drunk and blabs about the jewelry to his sketchy friends, and then turns pale when Arun tells him about the robbery, doesn't bother to talk back to him when he's yelled, just slinks into his bedroom. 4w
squirrelbrain Oh yes, I agree @KathyR and there was a fair bit of ‘turning pale‘ in this section, with Billy hearing about Meenakshi‘s pregnancy too. 4w
squirrelbrain @jlhammar I‘m not sure about Haresh either. He seems like a nice guy, but maybe not sophisticated or book-smart enough for her, as snobbish as that sounds. It does feel like Amit is re-entering the fray now. 4w
Lindy @bekakins @jlhammar @KathyR @squirrelbrain Haresh seems like the safe pick (but boring for Lata); Kabir is the most dangerous pick in regards to Lata falling out with her family (but he‘s the most romantic pick); and Amit falls in the middle between them. An interesting field of candidates! 3w
KathyR Are there actually 3 suitable candidates? Given how much Lata has changed her views on the importance of family and her new-found respect for her mother's matchmaking (section 13.12) are Kabir & Amit really in the running? I think not. Amit has sent Lata a poem and book but he doesn't plan to do anything else till Xmas - not exactly a keen suitor. And Menakshi & Kuku's visit probably sealed the family's view of Chatterji unsuitability. 3w
Lindy @KathyR I‘m not ruling out Kabir, even though Rupa doesn‘t consider him suitable. She doesn‘t think Amit is suitable either, but this is fiction and Lata might end up with an unsuitable boy. 3w
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Suitable Boy | Vikram Seth
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Emotions run high & disparate narrative threads come together. Rupa‘s annoyance over being last to meet Haresh is overshadowed by everyone‘s concern for Pran‘s health. Are any of you reassured on his behalf by the words of Pran‘s masseur? Meanwhile, Kabir is near & Maan may have kissed Saeeda Bai goodbye by kissing someone else. (A good thing?) And what‘s the Nawab‘s secret in regards to Tasneem? I don‘t think Firoz will be found suitable for her.

tpixie Great reading challenge! 1mo
jlhammar I‘m very worried about Pran. Seems like Maan may not have matured all that much in his time away. Though sabotaging that relationship might be for the best. Glad that Bhaskar is doing well. 1mo
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Lindy @tpixie It‘s been a great experience all along 😁 1mo
Lindy @jlhammar I‘m worried too. Pran is such a good guy. And speaking of Bhaskar, why can‘t his grandfather recognize the boy‘s mathematical genius? 1mo
tpixie @Lindy 🌸🌸🌸 1mo
KathyR @Lindy Mahesh does recognize Bhaskar's genius for numbers, but the question of which constituency to run in is not solely about stats. While Rasheed's hometown has the right demographics, it is also an area in which the zamandari will theoretically lose land as a result of Mahesh's legislation. Bhaskar understands numbers but not politics, which is why Mahesh ignores his advice. 1mo
bekakins I‘m really worried about Pran too 😬 especially with Savita about to give birth at any moment! The structure of this challenge is really helping to build the tension for me too as normally I would just fly through to find out what happens but have managed to restrain myself so far! 1mo
Lindy @KathyR Good point! I hadn‘t thought of that. 1mo
Lindy @bekakins It‘s okay to fly ahead now. I‘m eager to find out what happens with Pran too. 😊 Some momentum may help to get through the next section, which is 111 pages in my edition. 🐝 1mo
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Suitable Boy | Vikram Seth
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Old landlords sue the state to keep their lands.
Crushed corpses rot upon the holy sands.

Holy smoke! Momentous moments in this chapter! I don‘t usually get on with courtroom drama but Vikram Seth managed to make even that compelling. But little Bhaskar is my main concern. I hope we don‘t have to wait to long for an update.
#SuitableBoy2024

jlhammar So tragic. “Within fifteen minutes more than a thousand people were dead.” 😭 I was so relieved when Bhaskar was found. Hoping he recovers. 1mo
Lindy @jlhammar Yes, so very tragic. @KathyR mentioned elsewhere that Seth based this incident on a real event in 1954 at the Kumbh Mela: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/1954_Prayag_Kumbh_Mela_stampede 1mo
KathyR Even though Bhaskar is a minor character, I was impressed with the way that Seth made him stand out as a lovable & talented kid whose disal 1mo
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KathyR Oops. ...whose disappearance put me on edge, his possible death was a heartbreaking thought. Kabir is the hero of the day, in recognizing him, contacting Mahesh, and convincing his father to visit regularly, but nobody present know what Lata & her mother know about his feelings for Lata. 1mo
bekakins Poor Bhaskar - that chapter had me with my mouth hanging open, thank goodness he was found! 1mo
squirrelbrain Only just caught up today - #camplitsy spreadsheets mean no time for reading. Such a terrible episode, even more so that it is based on a true story. 1mo
Lindy @KathyR @bekakins Yes, Bhaskar is a good example of the way Seth describes and deploys his minor characters to maximum effect. These people seem real to me. 1mo
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James: A Novel | Percival Everett
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Friday Reads: #PoetryMonth #TransGirlApril #PeopleApril #PictureThis #MentalHealthMay #GraywolfMay

You are invited to check out my latest episode of booktube:

https://youtu.be/DYz6mPpEJEY
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Leftcoastzen Love your kitty! 1mo
Lindy @Leftcoastzen Shortly after this photo was taken, she batted my tripod and I had to cut out a bouncy segment when I was editing my video. 😅 1mo
batsy Great photo! The way kitty is striking a pose 📷😁 1mo
Lindy @batsy she looks cranky, doesn‘t she? 1mo
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Brotherless Night: A Novel | V. V. Ganeshananthan
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Sashi, a Tamil girl determined to be a doctor, is 16 when this novel opens in 1981 in northern Sri Lanka. Before long, she and everyone around her are in the midst of a civil war. Her searing voice makes this novel unputdownable and unforgettable.

Hooked_on_books LOVED this one! 1mo
Lindy @Hooked_on_books I would be delighted to see this win the Carol Shields prize or the Women‘s Prize for Fiction. Or both! 1mo
Hooked_on_books That would be great! I‘ve read 11 of the WP books so far and this is my number 1. 1mo
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Lindy @Hooked_on_books 🏆👍 1mo
jlhammar I‘m so glad I read this book. I‘d love to see it advance to the WP shortlist. 1mo
Lindy @jlhammar 👍 1mo
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Brotherless Night: A Novel | V. V. Ganeshananthan
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When I returned from the clinic, I flung myself not into bed or back into my studies, but into those volumes. Their words drained the night of terror. In the Colombo refugee camp, I had longed for a book to remove me from reality. With every chapter I read now, I felt not removed but partially returned to a safety I had thought entirely lost. I tethered my interior life to the pages.

Suet624 Beautiful 💕💕 1mo
Lindy @Suet624 It‘s a quote that booklovers can relate to. 😊 1mo
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Brotherless Night: A Novel | V. V. Ganeshananthan
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You must understand: there is no single day on which a war begins. The conflict will collect around you gradually, the way carrion birds assemble around the vulnerable, until there are so many predators that the object of their hunger is not even visible. You will not be able to see yourself in the gathering crowd of those who would kill you.

Suet624 Ouch 1mo
Lindy @Suet624 the narrator‘s voice is outstanding 👍 1mo
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Saturday Reads April 13: poetry, picture book biography, Canadian & queer authors, artists & more!
https://youtu.be/ud_wbFWHV_c

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Suitable Boy | Vikram Seth
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I could feel the boredom, heat and elasticity of time that Maan experiences in village life, and yet there‘s so much drama in this chapter too, not least of which is the wolf hunt. If Maan can control his temper, perhaps politics would be a good career path. But I am most curious and concerned about Rasheed‘s future.

Fellow readers, we have only 9 parts left to go! #SuitableBoy2024

tpixie Oh! A big classic!! 2mo
Lindy @tpixie Yes indeed! Have you read it? 2mo
bekakins Rasheed is a really interesting character - also enjoyed Maan trying to control his rage - this was a good section! 2mo
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mcctrish A buddy read of this is brilliant 2mo
Lindy @bekakins I think we are witnessing Maan‘s maturation from boy to man (even though he‘s already in his 20s.) 2mo
Lindy @mcctrish Agreed! It‘s been a fantastic experience so far and we are only halfway through. 2mo
squirrelbrain Only 9 parts to go - wow! We‘re doing well, but it‘s such a fascinating read it‘s the opposite of a slog. Poor Rasheed - we feared for him when he changed the deeds and it seems we were right to do so. 2mo
Lindy @squirrelbrain It feels easy to keep motoring through because I haven‘t been bored yet. 😊 2mo
jlhammar Yes, very concerned for Rasheed! I liked getting more of his backstory. It does seem like we are seeing Maan mature and come into his own. I find the music snobbishness that surfaced again (from Sandeep Lahiri) really interesting. “Good music is good music.” Good=western classical. Can‘t believe we are so far through already! Reading one part a week has been fantastic. 1mo
Lindy @jlhammar I‘m glad you mentioned the music snobbery. I noticed the Western authors also (EM Forster, for example). 1mo
KathyR I thought that the preference for classical music over traditional Indian music was one of many examples of the trumpeting of English & Western superiority (in language, music, literature, food, etc) in the novel. Colonial administration has been replaced with an independent Government, but the attitude of English/Western superiority remains, now promulgated by the Indian upper classes and castes. 1mo
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I love the voice of Enid, a neurodivergent lesbian obsessed with true crime podcasts. She struggles with anxiety and phobias. She worries about her mother‘s mental health issues and checks in on her often. Enid has a huge heart and a wry sense of humour and she could really use some psychotherapy. A funny, touching novel. #LGBTQ #CanadianAuthor

LiteraryHoarderPenny Ok off to look this one up! 2mo
Lindy @LiteraryHoarderPenny It‘s very enjoyable. I was going to say that it‘s unlikely to be chosen for the Giller list, but it‘s comparable to one that was, so what do I know? I‘m referring to 2mo
LiteraryHoarderPenny @Lindy it‘s impossible to know how the judges are going to choose their lists!! 🤪😜 1mo
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We are going to watch a scary movie. I felt like watching something frightening so I could exert power over it. I want to eat popcorn while I watch it and laugh while it tries to scare me.

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Two outcasts try to keep a low profile at their huge high school in Nova Scotia; they‘ve each had enough unwanted social media attention, for different traumatic reasons. They share an interest in music, finding the stairwells where reverb enriches voice and strings, and they start to heal. Gripping, heartbreaking and beautiful. #CanadianAuthor

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In my latest booktube episode I talk about 7 great reads: neuroscience nonfiction; lesbian poetry; Canadian & Italian fiction; trans and nonbinary comics; Australian picture book

https://youtu.be/dxkkvvk7e7o

(And there‘s a garden tour at the end 🌸)

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When we talk about memories being true or false, we are fundamentally mischaracterizing how memory works. I like to think of memory as less like a photograph and more like a painting.

[painting is by my friend Gillian Willans]

CatLass007 Gillian is very talented! 2mo
Lindy @CatLass007 I love her work too 2mo
CatLass007 Remember when people used to (maybe they still do) plastic covers over their upholstered furniture? That‘s kind of what I see when I look at this painting. Maybe it‘s just my imagination. 2mo
Lindy @CatLass007 It‘s a painting of a room from her childhood, so there might be a plastic cover involved. My grandma kept a plastic cover on her couch and also over the beautiful crocheted tablecloth on her table. 2mo
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Bright Fear | Mary Jean Chan
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The role of words, several languages, and poetry are shown to be central to the poet‘s sense of herself as a strong, queer Asian immigrant to the UK, capable of loving and deserving of love. Mary Jean Chan even explains why readers find her work so accessible & clear: “I‘ll confess: it‘s what happens when you want to be understood.” An absolutely brilliant collection, currently shortlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize. #LGBTQ #poetry

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I am a poet, I said to the world‘s rage, its grief. Now I offer this
in return, the way trees do.

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Bright Fear | Mary Jean Chan
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The novel feels like a springer spaniel running off-
leash the poem a warm basket it returns to always

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Erasure: A Novel | Percival Everett
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Funny and devastating. I loved this satirical look at the intersection between race and literary culture in the USA. Audiobook superbly performed by Sean Crisden.

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It was the season of the absent or lazy editor. So many of the novels were needlessly fat.

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Suitable Boy | Vikram Seth
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“A desperate mother ventures to deploy
Fair means or foul to net a suitable boy.”
The more I get to know Haresh, the better I like him. He remembered Bhaskar‘s question! He was smart to hold back on his impulse to immediately propose to Lata, however. She needs time to warm up to him… if he is indeed the right man. Meanwhile, I fear for Rupa‘s cousin‘s daughter Kiran. Her father is evil. Kiran needs to hop a train and get away from him.

squirrelbrain Just realised, when I saw your post, that I haven‘t read this week‘s instalment! 🤪 Been too busy with work - I shall try to read it this evening. It‘s a slippery slope if you fall behind! 2mo
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jlhammar So evil! This part was quite distressing. Lata having to fend off Mr Sahgal and poor Kiran. I enjoyed seeing Mrs Rupa Mehra through other eyes—hadn‘t realized earlier just how good-looking she is! 2mo
Lindy @jlhammar Maybe Rupa will find a suitable man? 2mo
squirrelbrain Phew - I caught up last night! I agree @jlhammar - rather an upsetting section. Poor Kiran - I hope we hear the end of her story, as long as it‘s a positive ending for her. 2mo
bekakins I too was quite distressed by the chapters with Mr Sahel - what an awful man! Like @jlhammar I enjoyed the revelation that Mrs Rupa Mehra is very attractive - and a big fan of Haresh! 2mo
Lindy @jlhammar @squirrelbrain @bekakins Over on Voxer, in our concurrent discussion, @KathyR pointed out that Lata‘s bad experience with Mr Sahgal might colour her overall view of the trip, including her feelings about Haresh. It‘s entirely possible. 2mo
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Lost on Me | Veronica Raimo
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Opening lines from the tagged novel. How appropriate that I started reading this today, which is Easter Monday. 😊

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Stedfast | Ali Blythe
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Vlog: I read and listen only to trans writers for one day, March 1st, the International Transgender Day of Visibility

https://youtu.be/cdiKQd_eUTY

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Lindy @TheBookHippie Did you celebrate Trans Day of Visibility too? 2mo
Lindy @TheBookHippie 😁🏳️‍⚧️👍 2mo
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North Woods | Daniel Mason
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I love the storytelling style, which shifts between each chapter, and the sense of vast time—centuries pass—and the vivid sense of place in this novel about the inhabitants of a small piece of land in western Massachusetts. The inhabitants are wild animals, insects, and trees as well as humans; I love this too. It‘s a wonderful, life-affirming novel.

Suet624 A wonderful book! 2mo
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Cathythoughts Yes , such lovely storytelling in this one ♥️ 2mo
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Lindy @Cathythoughts It deserves all the praise 😊 2mo
AvidReader25 This one is high on my TBR list! 2mo
Lindy @AvidReader25 I hope you will enjoy it 😊 2mo
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