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Louise

Louise

Joined May 2016

Reader, writer, editor, musician, artist. I'm armchair traveling with the Reading Around The World challenge and loving it!
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How to Stop Time | Matt Haig
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What a clever premise! I enjoyed visiting the various time periods in this #audiobook and following the main character‘s efforts to come to terms with his much slower aging process. The subject of TIME is nicely explored.

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Crazeedi This is an awesome cover 16h
Louise @Crazeedi That fascinating image from an illuminated manuscript is “Zodiacal Man” in Très Riches Heures de Jean de Berry, c. 1413–16, illustrated by the Limbourg Brothers, made in France. Chantilly, Musée Condé, Ms. 65. (edited) 7h
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Day Three. #covercrush #7days7covers Post 7 covers that you like, no explanation needed, over 7 days and tag another Litten to join the fun. Today I would like to invite @TheBookStacker — if your grad school schedule has room in it for such frivolities! 🤓

TheBookStacker Thanks for the tag! As soon as I get home from studying I will post! 1d
Louise @TheBookStacker Hooray! Glad you‘ll be joining in the fun! 📚 1d
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Day Two. #covercrush #7days7covers Share 7 covers that you like over 7 days, no explanation needed, and tag someone to play along. I would like to invite @Sarah83 to play along.

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Thanks for the tag, @ju.ca.no ! Day One. #7days7covers #covercrush. Share covers that you like for 7 days, no explanation needed, and invite someone else to play along. I would like to invite @Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick

ju.ca.no Wow! That looks and sounds good!!🤩 3d
Louise @ju.ca.no She is such a clever writer! I love how some of her main characters are always animals. The humor is delightful. 3d
Louise Unfortunately, the only book of hers that is available in English thus far is the humorous (edited) 3d
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ju.ca.no @Louise that sounds amazing!! Thank you for sharing! (edited) 3d
Louise @ju.ca.no, if you haven‘t read Glenkill (Three Bags Full in English), that one is great fun. A flock of sheep investigate the murder of their shepherd. Of course, they see the world as sheep see it so they solve the mystery correctly but for all the wrong reasons. It‘s delightful. In the sequel, titled Garou, the flock goes to France with their new shepherdess, and something sinister is going on in the area. 3d
ju.ca.no @Louise thank you for the recommendation!! It does sound like great fun indeed! 3d
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick Thanks for the tag! I will certainly play along, but I may need a day before getting started so I can pull out a few books. Today was the first day back in the office after nearly 3 weeks away, so saying I'm swamped is an understatement. 2d
Louise @Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick No worries! If you find the time and would enjoy it, please join in! If it‘s not a good time, let it go. I wouldn‘t want to create stress for you! 😘 2d
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The Immortalists | Chloe Benjamin
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So often, I nearly bailed on this book; but I was curious to see how the author handled such a big topics as free will vs. determinism and quality of life vs. quantity of life. The characters didn‘t seem real to me. They didn‘t come to life on the page. Some of their choices seemed maddeningly senseless in light of what we knew of them. And if there‘s one deal-breaker that can turn me off a book, it‘s the abuse of animals, this time in a lab.

Clare-Dragonfly Ugh, I‘ve had this stacked for a while, but now I‘m not sure it‘s worth looking for ☹️ 4d
Louise @Clare-Dragonfly Sorry to be the bearer of bad news! Of course, this is only one opinion. 💁🏻‍♀️ 4d
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Listening to this #audiobook collection of letters, articles, and other pieces found on Douglas Adams‘ 4 computers after his death was a nostalgic delight. I had the great privilege of attending one of DA‘s readings in Germany in the nineties. At that time, he was promoting Last Chance To See. He was a great talent!

Aimeesue Last Chance to See is a great (but sad) book. I still mourn the Chinese River Dolphins. ☹️ 1w
Louise @Aimeesue Yes, you are so right. 💙 1w
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Glass Houses | Louise Penny
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In this book, Louise Penny explores the role of conscience in the lives of individuals and society. Is it ever right to do “the wrong thing” for the sake of a higher good? Another interesting addition to the Inspector Gamache series. #audiobook

Blaire This is where I am at in the series as well. Just took it out from the library in preparation for airplane reading next week. 1w
Louise @Blaire We are very close to catching up with the author and having to wait for her to write the next ones! I started this series while waiting for the next Maisie Dobbs book. Which series will fill in the gap while waiting for the next Gamache books? I wonder. . . 🤔💕📚 1w
Blaire @Louise I know....I always like to have a go-to series that I know I‘ll immediately be into. I don‘t know what mine will be either... 1w
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Willa Cather‘s masterpiece brings the early Southwest of what is now the United States vividly alive through the story of two French Catholic missionaries to New Mexico and the surrounding territories. The writing is simple and breathtakingly beautiful. Readers get to know a bit about the Mexican and Native Indian cultures at that time and how they interacted with European and American settlers. Highly recommended! Image: Cather in 1912.

Becker I also loved this simple but beautifully told story 💐 2w
Ruthiella I need to reread this one! I think I read it too young and would appreciate it more now!😀 2w
Louise @Ruthiella Yes, I can see how it might be too quiet a book for a younger reader. It‘s definitely worth a reread! 2w
Louise @Becker Yes, it really is so beautifully told! I have about a dozen post-it flags marking extraordinary passages. It‘s a book to be savored. 2w
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This #audiobook brought back memories of the Canadian winters—brrrrr! The humorous banter between the characters is a delight. The book addresses multiple themes, including the opioid crisis. There are some sections that drag a little; but overall, it‘s a solid addition to this excellent series.

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Another solid addition to this series. There is terrible sadness at the beginning because a child is murdered. In the course of his investigation, Gamache is confronted by the moral question of whether risking the loss of a few lives is acceptable if it prevents the loss of many more lives. #audiobook

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This #audiobook examines the scars that run deep and can influence a person‘s life over decades. It looks at what it takes to move beyond those scars in a real way. It explores themes of artistic and personal development. It‘s a quiet book and a solid addition to this excellent series.

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This was a departure from the usual kind of mystery in this series. It was more of an examination of what an artist‘s work reveals about his/her inner process. It seemed the story was a thinly-veiled excuse for a conversation on this topic. I found it too repetitive and long-winded. It didn‘t reveal enough about the artistic process to justify the time spent mulling it over. Onward to the next one! 🤓

Penny_LiteraryHoarders I felt the same about this one too!! 3w
Louise @Penny_LiteraryHoarders I‘m glad to hear I‘m not the only one! I still like the series, though. (edited) 3w
Crazeedi I had same thoughts, then the next book would capture me 3w
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Louise @Crazeedi Yes! I‘m listening to the audiobooks a little out of order based on when they come available on Libby. Some of the later books are thoroughly exciting! 3w
Penny_LiteraryHoarders @Louise oh for sure! Just bought the latest in it the other day! 🌲🌲🌲♥️ 3w
Penny_LiteraryHoarders @Louise oh Ralph cosham is soooooooo great. I love love his narration. It's not the same with the newest but he's okay. 3w
CarolynM I agree with you, I think this is probably the weakest of them that I have read so far. Still better than a lot of other crime series🙂 3w
Louise @Penny_LiteraryHoarders Yes! Cosham‘s voice has become Gamache‘s voice for so many people. Did you hear the interview with Penny and Cosham, in which Penny joked (but sincerely) that she should name one of the Bistro‘s sandwiches after him as an homage? It was so strange to hear a different voice reading one of the later books! 3w
Louise @CarolynM Yes, it‘s still an excellent series. There is a lot of heart in it, even if that sometimes spills over into a few passages that wax poetic about the significance of Three Pines as a place for healing, etc. In a way, those passages reveal something endearing about the author. 🌻 3w
Penny_LiteraryHoarders @Louise yes ♥️♥️♥️ funny because right now I'm looking up audiobooks narrated by Cosham. I miss him. Have narrowed down to two - or there's always earlier Gamache series to listen to too!! 😊😊😊 3w
Louise @Penny_LiteraryHoarders I didn‘t know until today that Cosham passed away in 2014. A real loss to the world of audiobooks and to the Gamache series, in particular. 💙 3w
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Another great #audiobook in this series. Louise Penny continues to surprise with her inventive plot lines and quirky characters. #mystery

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Go Tell It on the Mountain | James A Baldwin
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I didn‘t finish this #audiobook for two reasons: 1) the writing is so exquisite that I would rather read it in print so I don‘t miss anything, and 2) the story is so intense and the religion so zealous that it isn‘t helping me get to sleep at night! 😳 James Baldwin is a master. I look forward to reading more of his work in the printed format.

Scochrane26 He‘s been on my list of authors to read for awhile. 4w
KathyWheeler I think he‘s an author who definitely needs to be experienced in print. 4w
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My Life on the Road | Gloria Steinem
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This is an interesting #audiobook with stories from Gloria Steinem‘s childhood, life, and career all the way through age 74. I didn‘t know much about her, so it was especially nice to hear about how her worldview developed over time. #feminism Photo: Gloria Steinem and Dorothy Pitman Hughes, photographed by Dan Wynn, 1971.

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Meet Me at the Museum | Anne Youngson
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This #audiobook kept me company on a sleepless night. It‘s a quiet, epistolary novel. The two correspondents are at a similar place in their lives—examining past choices, their current loneliness, and the changes they need to make to create a happier future for themselves. They develop a beautiful friendship that may very well deepen into love.

readinginthedark I love epistolary novels; maybe I should try this! 4w
Louise @readinginthedark Sure! It has received good reviews on Amazon. It‘s nicely written. I just found it to be a bit predictable. 4w
Bookzombie I really enjoyed this one. I think for me it might have been a right book, right time situation. 4w
Louise @Bookzombie I can see how that could happen. The book‘s gentle message about re-directing one‘s trajectory is a good thing to hear at various points in one‘s life. 4w
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I got drawn into the suspense in this #audiobook, especially toward the end. It was very well done, with lots of twists and turns and the clock ticking toward a dramatic conclusion. A good read!

Texreader I‘m going to check it out. I‘m in need of a new audiobook this week. Thanks! 1mo
Louise @Texreader Enjoy! This series continues to get better and better! 1mo
Crazeedi Oh this is a terrific series!!! 1mo
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Louise @Crazeedi It really is! 🌟 1mo
Cathythoughts Lovely cover 1mo
Louise @Cathythoughts Yes! Some significant scenes take place in the snowy woods on the edge of Three Pines in this book. 1mo
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Notes from the Sofa | Raymond Briggs
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Got a kick out of this illustration in the tagged book. It was for a written piece lampooning a newspaper article stating that artists, musicians, and writers have trouble fitting in to the prosaic world because they are “creative sociopaths”. 😆

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Lab Girl | Hope Jahren
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What an interesting and unusual #audiobook! I particularly appreciated the author‘s honesty about the personal and professional challenges she and her lab partner faced along the way. It showed the very human side of science. Her enthusiasm for her work was beautiful to see, and the book introduced me to some fascinating facts about trees.

Hooked_on_books Love this book! 😍 1mo
Louise @Hooked_on_books Yes! I was so fascinated with the latest science on trees that I put the book she recommended in the end notes on my “get from the library” list: 1mo
Hooked_on_books @Louise Yes! I ran out and bought it. 😳😬 1mo
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Louise @Hooked_on_books Oh! How is it? I may end up doing the same thing myself! 😊 1mo
Hooked_on_books @Louise Oh of course I haven‘t read it yet. 🙄 It‘s teetering on my towering TBR. But when I get to it, I‘ll tag you for sure! 1mo
Louise @Hooked_on_books Haha! I know how it is with a “towering TBR”! 😆📚 1mo
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Bury Your Dead | Louise Penny, Penny
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This series is getting better and better. The interweaving plot lines in this one were very interesting, bringing in some important themes in Canadian history that continue to affect life in Québec. We get to know the main characters more deeply, especially Inspector Gamache and Jean Guy as they recover from an event that nearly cost them their lives. And Gamache‘s dog is a wonderful character! ? #audiobook #Canada

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Selected Odes of Pablo Neruda | Margaret Sayers Peden, Pablo Neruda
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[Photo: Sam Falk/NYT/Getty Images] Neruda‘s Elemental Odes look deeply and luminously at ordinary, everyday things—his suit, a salt shaker, an artichoke, a rooster. The odes are celebratory, clever, wry at times, and written in plain language. For a while now, I have begun each day reading a couple of these odes with my morning coffee. It‘s a practice I can highly recommend! #ReadingAroundTheWorld #Chile

merelybookish Sounds great! 1mo
Louise @merelybookish Neruda‘s odes really are wonderful. I will revisit them many times! 1mo
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Another solid read in the Maisie Dobbs series. There is a great deal of sadness in these books, given the setting in London during wartime; but in this book, the author finally brings some happiness into Maisie‘s life again. I look forward to the next installment. #audiobook

KathyWheeler Oh good! I stopped reading for awhile because Maisie‘s life was just so sad! Now that I know things will look up for her again, I can go back to them. (edited) 1mo
Louise @KathyWheeler No kidding! I started to think the author must have an extremely melancholic personality! 😩 Thankfully, there is light at the end of the tunnel in this book! 🌞 1mo
KathyWheeler @Louise It was becoming too much for me. As much as I loved these books, I just couldn‘t take the sadness anymore. I‘m glad I can resume reading them. 1mo
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What a clever romp through the landscape of literature— what it is, who reads it, who studies it, teaches it, censors it, publishes it, interprets it, writes it, and so on. It is meta fiction on steroids! It is a delight for lovers of literature. It is funny, philosophical, disorienting, & incisive. Even if you only pick it up to read chapter one on the life of the reader settling down with a new book, it‘s worth it! #ReadingAroundTheWorld #Italy

Emilymdxn This is one of my fave novels ever! 1mo
Billypar Read it about a year ago and loved it! Calvino is one of my latest favorite authors- read Invisible Cities a couple months ago and that was excellent too. 1mo
Blaire This is my favorite Calvino. 1mo
Louise @Emilymdxn @Billypar @Blaire I discovered Calvino through Litsy and have really enjoyed how freely he plays with the possibilities of what a novel can be. I plan to read all his books! #blameitonlitsy 1mo
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The Bluest Eye | Toni Morrison
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RIP Toni Morrison, a bright star in the sky of literature. Here is a link to today‘s NYT article about her: https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.nytimes.com/2019/08/06/books/toni-morrison-dead...

Cathythoughts ♥️ 1mo
riversong153 Omg are you serious? I had not heard. 1mo
Chrissyreadit 😢 1mo
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If Beale Street Could Talk | James A Baldwin
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Powerful story. Superb writing. James Baldwin was such an exquisite writer. A master of the craft. The #audiobook is beautifully read by Bahni Turpin.

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Another solid addition to this series. There is a lot of sadness in this one. It looks at the ways people deceive one another and even themselves. What will people do to run from the past, to avoid discovery, to feed a craving, to escape the consequences of ill-made choices? Apparently, quite a lot. #audiobook

Jaimelire I am reading this right now. 2mo
Louise @Jaimelire It‘s quite a web of a story, isn‘t it! I was surprised and saddened when I learned who the killer was. Come to think of it, so was Chief Inspector Gamache! 2mo
Jaimelire @Louise I just started. Can‘t wait to dig in tonight. 2mo
Louise @Jaimelire Enjoy the ride! 📚🤓 2mo
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Isn‘t it wonderful when books arrive in the mailbox completely unexpectedly? As if they had simply materialized out of thin air? Today‘s delightful #bookmail came wrapped in a Thrift Books envelope without a clue as to the sender. I‘m guessing I owe this lovely surprise to @robinb ! Am I right? Thank you so much! 😘

robinb You guessed right, @Louise ! 😊🤣 Sorry, but I couldn‘t find a way to send along a personal message with it. 😜 Not to spoil the surprise, but there should be one more package lagging behind. You are most welcome, and apologies for the tardiness! 😊💕 2mo
Louise Oh, wow! The abundance continues! It‘s nice to stretch my birthday out a little. Thank you for your generous and well-chosen gifts, @robinb! 2mo
Louise P.S. Have you read either of these books, @robinb? They both look excellent! 2mo
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robinb @Louise I have not read either of these, but the next one coming, I have read. I enjoyed it and hope you will as well! 😊 BTW, both my kids read the tagged book in high school as required reading. My son said it‘s about what soldiers carry with them (both physically and mentally) as they go into battle. 2mo
Louise @robinb How interesting that this book was required reading. I‘ve dipped into it a little, and the writing is excellent. Plus the way it‘s organized is fresh and different from the usual war memoir books. It has an emotional immediacy one doesn‘t often find. Looking forward to reading it! 2mo
robinb @Louise I‘m glad to hear it! I need to get around to reading it myself sometime. I think I recall my daughter talking more about it than my son. Not surprising, as she is more of a reader, and he is more geared to math/science. 2mo
Hollie I loved this book- the writing is so beautiful 2mo
Louise Good to hear, @Hollie! I‘m really looking forward to reading it, not just for the story but also to study how the author crafted the book. 2mo
Louise @robinb The other book arrived! Thank you so much! Looks like a fun read! 💕 2mo
robinb @Louise Glad to hear! It‘s a fun one...I‘ve got the second one that I need to get to. 😊 2mo
Louise @robinb It‘s great to have a new series to read! 🎉 2mo
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Some Littens had commented a while back that this series really picks up at book #4. They were right, of course! 😘 This #audiobook really took it up a notch with deeper characterization, snappy dialogue, and suspense. Looking forward to the next one!

Hooked_on_books And what a gorgeous cover! 😍 2mo
Crazeedi A really great series, waiting for her next one! 2mo
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Us Against You | Fredrik Backman
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Perhaps this #audiobook would have drawn me in more if I had read Beartown first. I found much of the writing to be cheesy and clichéd, rather than emotionally moving. Oh, well. ?‍♀️

AJBowers Beartown first is a total must. 2mo
Louise @AJBowers Yes, I can imagine that would have made a big difference. 2mo
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Memoirs | Pablo Neruda
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What a wonderful birthday #bookhaul! Thanks to family and friends, including Litsy pen pal @Chelleo ! Wishing everyone many happy hours of summer reading!

Lauram Happy Birthday! 🎂 2mo
ranjanprabhat Happy birthday 2mo
Naj Happy birthday! 💙 2mo
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QuietlyLaura Happy Birthday! 🎉🎂 2mo
Exbrarian Camus, Neruda, Rilke... I like! 2mo
Louise @Exbrarian I like them too! Some big ideas are packed into these volumes! 🤓 2mo
jillrhudy Happy birthday and. . .we share a birthday!!!
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Louise @jillrhudy Wow! Happy Birthday, Jill! 🎉💐😘 2mo
jillrhudy @Louise YAY US! 2mo
DebinHawaii Happy Birthday!! 🎉📚🎁🎂🎉 2mo
Louise @jillrhudy Woo-HOO! 🌟🙌🏻🌟💪🏻👏🏼🎉🌟👑💐 2mo
Louise @DebinHawaii Thank you, Deb! 🤓 2mo
Jas16 Happy Birthday 🎉🎂🎈🎁🥳 2mo
Louise Thank you, @Jas16 ! 2mo
jen_the_scribe Happy birthday! That's exactly what I did on my birthday last month, get a stack of books lol 2mo
Louise @jen_the_scribe It‘s a great way to have a VERY HAPPY birthday! 🎉🎉🎉 2mo
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The Cruellest Month | Louise Penny
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This series is growing on me. The #audiobook is nicely read and makes for good bedtime listening. The town of Three Pines reminds me a bit of the town where I live, minus the murders! 😆 #ReadingAroundTheWorld #Canada

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Surreal, abstract, experimental, disjointed. . . this was a wild ride. The language is simple, the anecdotes are decipherable; but as a whole, what does it mean? Is it a commentary on the absence of an organizing principle or force (thus, “headlessness”)? Is it about the contemporary art world in which the painter/author found himself? Who the heck knows? 😆 #ReadingAroundTheWorld #Chile

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The Cloven Viscount | Italo Calvino
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Through a fabulist story, Calvino explores good and evil and what makes us fully human. If we are only good or only evil, he contends, we are incomplete. #readingaroundtheworld #Italy

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The Nonexistent Knight | Italo Calvino
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At first, I found the symbolism a bit too in-your-face in this satirical look at being vs. non-being, honor vs. shame, and the sacred vs. the profane. But as the tale progressed, I came to enjoy the preposterousness of it and also found the narrator‘s literary commentary amusing. It‘s a fun frolic in the world of knighthood. #readingaroundtheworld #italy

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A Pelican at Blandings | P. G. Wodehouse
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Another volume of witty nonsense from P.G. Wodehouse. I found Frozen Assets and the Jeeves stories even funnier, but this one still offered up some good laughs. The #audiobook is nicely read.

Aimeesue The Empress! ❤️ 3mo
rwmg Love Plum, but I have to say I find Blandings funnier than Jeeves. 3mo
Louise @Aimeesue 💕🐷💕🐽💕 3mo
Louise @rwmg In fairness to Wodehouse, I can‘t form a strong opinion on the relative funniness of the various stories yet, as I‘ve been listening at night to fall asleep. They are delightfully funny enough to distract me from the day‘s worries until I nod off, which I consider a great service! 😆 3mo
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Labyrinth of the Spirits | Carlos Ruiz Zafon
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This 805–page tome is a labyrinth of interwoven plot lines. The writing is excellent. Sometimes I would look up after reading a scene and wonder, “How did the author do it? How did he evoke such an atmosphere, such a convergence of personalities, in such a seemingly effortless manner?” It is a long trek through this book, and I dabbled in other literature now and then along the way, but it is well worth reading. Hats off to Carlos Ruiz Zafón! ?

Lidia The perfect conclusion to a wonderful seriesI. I love his writing 3mo
BookwormM Amazing series 3mo
Louise @Lidia I love his writing, too, though I sometimes wished this volume had been divided into 2 or 3 books to help the reader to follow the various plot threads. Of course, that might have taken away from the labyrinthine quality he was going for in this one. Thankfully, he offered some insight into his literary theory through Carax‘s advice to the young writer. Great series! (edited) 3mo
Louise @BookwormM Yes! And don‘t you just love Fermín? He gets some of the best lines! 3mo
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My Man Jeeves | Sir P G Wodehouse
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What do you do with too much money and not enough sense? Ask Jeeves! He‘s got a clever solution for every dilettante‘s dilemma. Another delightful load of nonsense from P.G. Wodehouse. #audiobook

Dragon Love 💕 Bertie and Jeeves! 😀🐉 3mo
Ruthiella Every one needs a Jeeves!😀 3mo
Louise @Dragon @Ruthiella Yes, we could all do with a Jeeves to help us out of conundrums now and then! 🎩 3mo
Dragon So true @Ruthiella @Louise so true , I can think 🤔 of several conundrums for Jeeves to sort out 😀🐉 3mo
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The Book Thief | Markus Zusak
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What a beautiful, deeply moving book. The #audiobook is read very nicely. I would like to read the print version as well because it is the kind of book that one wishes to savor. I am amazed that the author was only 30 years old when he wrote this.

TrishB It‘s a great read 👍🏻 for once I actually enjoyed the film too. 3mo
jb72 I really enjoyed that book too. 3mo
Louise @TrishB I‘m glad to hear that the movie is also good. I‘ll check it out sometime! 3mo
Louise @jb72 I have a feeling it‘s the kind of book that readers will enjoy revisiting every now and then. A real “keeper”! 3mo
jb72 @Louise I agree. If you like it, it‘s a keeper for sure. I‘m sure there is something to gain each time read. 3mo
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The Address | Fiona Davis
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This #audiobook tells the stories of two related women living a century apart in New York City‘s Dakota Apartments. I found the story in 1885 more interesting than the one in 1985. The image is from StreetEasy.

Crazeedi I thought the same about this book! 3mo
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Secrets in the Stones | Tessa Harris
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The Dr. Silkstone mysteries are a nice way to learn about life in England in the late 1700‘s. Dr. Silkstone is from “the colonies” but living in England. Each book gives us an insight into another aspect of life in those times. The #audiobook is beautifully read by Simon Vance. #mystery

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Shadow of the Raven | Tessa Harris
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The Dr. Silkstone books are growing on me. The #audiobooks, read by Simon Vance, are just right to listen to while falling asleep. They draw the mind away from the concerns of the day with enough intrigue and historical detail to keep the listener engaged but relaxed enough to nod off. 😴

Cathythoughts Sounds good ♥️👍🏻 4mo
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This #audiobook is part of the Dr. Silkstone series but includes some historical figures: Franz Joseph Haydn, Dr. John Hunter, Charles Byrne (“the Irish Giant”). It has some gruesome passages about anatomists who would buy corpses from grave robbers for dissection and study in the late 1700‘s. It‘s quite an intro to the medical world in England in that time period. Simon Vance does a great job reading it.

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Frozen Assets | P. G. Wodehouse
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This was my first P.G. Wodehouse #audiobook and certainly won‘t be my last. Cleverly read by Simon Vance, this witty little blend of comedy and romance is a great listen. Wodehouse is a master storyteller!

CrazyLibraryGirl Love Wodehouse! ❤️Especially the books about Jeeves and Bertie Wooster. 4mo
Louise @CrazyLibraryGirl Good to hear! I have some Jeeves and Bertie audiobooks on request from the library. Looking forward to them! 4mo
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I am bailing on the #audiobook version of this book because the reader is so terribly distracting. I find the emphasis is put on the wrong words so often that I almost have to translate the lines to make better sense of them, and the tone and cadence of the voice is completely wrong for the character of Flavia as I understand her. I might try reading the printed version sometime instead!

julesG Agree. I couldn't do the audiobook for this either. 4mo
LeahBergen Really? That would annoy me! 4mo
Bookwormjillk I bailed too! Going to try again in print. 4mo
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Blueroseis I found the print copy enjoyable and quite exciting in places so it is worth a read. The series went down hill around the 5th book so I no longer follow Flavia's adventures. 4mo
lahousewyfe So sad that the audio is bad! I loooved this book and found Flavia such a fun character. 4mo
emz711 Omg read it! You'll be hooked and then read them all! 4mo
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Gratitude | Oliver Sacks
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What a beautiful #audiobook! Oliver Sacks shares his thoughts as he faces terminal illness. Rather than focusing on illness, he reflects on what makes life good and expresses deep gratitude for the lessons and opportunities he has experienced in his 82 years on earth. This slim, beautiful volume is well worth a read or listen.

Tanisha_A Beautiful quote too! 4mo
KerriArista Oh that sounds good. 4mo
Louise @KerriArista It really is a gem of a little book. 4mo
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The Wednesdays | Julie Bourbeau
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Thanks for the tag, @ju.ca.no ! Will write soon! 1) Brilliant writing, at least one likable character, multiple layers of meaning; 2) Bérets; enamel pins; 3) Over the years, I‘ve gathered my favorite recipes into a 3-ring binder; 4) Paul Matthews; 5) @robinb #wondrouswednesday @Eggs

Eggs A beret collection! How fun🤗 4mo
Louise @Eggs Yes! Artisan crafted bérets are so lovely and filled with such cultural history that one tends to accumulate them in various sizes and colors! 4mo
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Mehso-so

This #audiobook served well as a story to listen to while falling asleep at night. It was good company during a night of insomnia too. Read by Simon Vance at a relaxing pace, the mystery seemed convoluted at times but came to a clear resolution at the end.

Mdargusch I love that it says “meh” now! 4mo
tournevis @Mdargusch Still says so-so in the Android app. 4mo
Clare-Dragonfly @Mdargusch @tournevis It still says “so-so” for me, on iOS. 🤔 4mo
Mdargusch Funny @clare-Dragonfly @tournevis because it says meh on the new website. (edited) 4mo
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Mehso-so

In true #blameitonlitsy fashion, I borrowed this #audiobook because I‘d seen it in my Litsy feed several times. I had no idea what it was about. So now it‘s official: I have survived my first (and hopefully last) zombie apocalypse! Thankfully, it was fictional. Not really my fare, but the author took an interesting look at what it means to be human, at the power of education, and at an alternative evolutionary step into the future.

CocoReads Yeah, zombies aren‘t my thing either but I did enjoy the book. Haven‘t had any desire to read any more of them though. 😁 5mo
Louise @CocoReads Exactly! 😆 The interactions between the characters and the philosophical questions were interesting, but I could have done without the feeding frenzies on human flesh! 😳 5mo
nosferatoos I wanted to like this book. I know so many people who loved it and I just found it very dull 5mo
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Louise @nosferatoos I felt the same way for a lot of it and nearly bailed but figured I‘d see it through to see how the author handled some of the themes. Still, I wouldn‘t recommend it to anyone who isn‘t a fan of zombie stories. 5mo
Geeklet I really enjoyed it but I love zombie stories, lol. If you want the story without reading the book, the movie is on Amazon Prime. From what I remember, it generally follows the book pretty well. The sequel to this book is pretty meh though. 5mo
Louise @Geeklet If I may ask: What is it about zombie apocalypse stories that you love? I‘m really curious because it‘s such an “alien” genre to me. Thanks! 5mo
Geeklet @Louise I think it‘s just a general interest in apocalyptic stories. I was also raised around older teenage boys so horror movies and such have always been a big part of my life. Weirdly enough, I don‘t like vampire stories. 5mo
Louise @Geeklet Thanks. Yes, I know from experience that the influence of older brothers is strong! 5mo
Chelleo 😂🤣😂 you survived! 3mo
Louise @Chelleo Yes, thank goodness! 😂 Thanks for your lovely letter, btw. I hadn‘t been to the P.O. Box for a while so it was a nice surprise to find it waiting for me there. 📝 3mo
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This #audiobook is a nice continuation of the Three Pines series. Inspector Gamache is beginning to grow on me. Nice dialogue and insightful character descriptions, with the exception of the description of a large young girl, which was often cringe-worthy.