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MayJasper

MayJasper

Joined March 2017

🇬🇧📻📚☕ I don't have too​ many books just too few bookcases #coversublime
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Seeing | José Saramago
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It was many years, probably decades since I read this book. It's impact is still felt by me. Wow. I had never read anything like it before and still haven't. One day I will get round to reading Blindness.

#wanderingjune prompt 14 #roadtonowhere @Cinfhen @BarbaraBB

An investigation starts that is on the road to nowhere.

BarbaraBB Is it a sequel to this one? 3d
Cinfhen I‘ve heard of Blindness!! Both books sound excellent!!!! 3d
MayJasper Seeing is book 2 of 2 in the Blindness series @BarbaraBB @Cinfhen 3d
Butterflyamore I‘ve read Blindness and have this one in my pile. I was planning to read it for my “a sequel” reading challenge prompt. Blindness was a powerful book. 3d
BarbaraBB Then I should read it. I loved Blindness! 3d
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One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich | Aleksandr Isaevich Solzhenit︠s︡yn
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#wanderingjune prompt 12: #russians @Cinfhen @BarbaraBB
I have read all of these with the exception of Maidenhair. All impactful reads.

Centique Wow! That‘s impressive! I‘ve read one Solzhenitsyn and one Tolstoy and I‘m determined to improve on that. Next year I‘m planning to tackle some 💪🏼😁 4d
BarbaraBB Great examples! 4d
MayJasper Thank you @Centique I have yet to tackle Tolstoy. Not sure where to start. 3d
Centique @MayJasper I enjoyed Anna Karenina. Found it an easier read than Solzhenitsyn for sure. 😊 3d
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The Sunrise: A Novel | Victoria Hislop
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#wanderingjune prompt 11: #grandhotel @Cinfhen @BarbaraBB

The Sunrise - an ill-fated 'spectacular' hotel

Cinfhen I‘m intrigued #stacked 6d
MayJasper I think you would enjoy this book @Cinfhen 6d
Cinfhen Thanks 💜sounds like I would. I‘m curious most about the setting 6d
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Laura317 I think it‘s funny the sign says no photo at the bottom. You rebel! 😂 6d
BarbaraBB Echoing @Cinfhen about the setting! 6d
Macnjen Echoing @Laura317!
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MayJasper @Macnjen @BarbaraBB @laura317 thank goodness it wasn't me who took the photo! 😆 Sadly I do not know who to credit the photo to. 5d
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Anyone else going? 😊

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The Master and Margarita | Mikhail Bulgakov
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I spent my book token at #FiveLeaves independent bookshop (Nottingham, UK) 😍😍😍

BookwormM Love Master such a clever book 2w
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My first Dallas Willard book and I am hooked. Not sure that I understand all of it but wow it is so inspiring.

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On Green Dolphin Street | Sebastian Faulks
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I loved it. I am pleased I loved it as he is one of my favourite authors. I haven't found a book of his that I haven't loved.
This one is set in the USA in 1959 cold war era. A story of love in a time and places of danger for the protagonists.
I am so sad to have finished it.

Cathythoughts Great review! I see I have it stacked already ♥️👍🏻 4w
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1984 | George Orwell
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How many covers this book has had ( in today's Observer newspaper). Amazing book though.

rabbitprincess My copy has the second cover from the left in the second row from the top. 1mo
DrexEdit I love seeing all these covers together! 1mo
TrishB Wow 😮 I have two of those! 1mo
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squirrelbrain Amazing seeing them all together! 1mo
youneverarrived Wow! So many. 1mo
suvata Incredible 1mo
GingerAntics Wow. That‘s impressive. I‘ve been on the wait list for this book for over a year now at my library. It really is that popular. 1mo
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Libby1 😱 1mo
TheSpineView Well that is a new take on Red Riding Hood! 1mo
RealLifeReading love this 1mo
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On Green Dolphin Street | Sebastian Faulks
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I am really enjoying this book. Okay he is one of my favourite authors so I suppose it was to be expected 😀 I love all the emotional twists and turns.

Cathythoughts Sounds good 1mo
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I absolutely whizzed through this family saga/romantic novel. A lovely easy read set in Paris and Rio de Janeiro. This is the first in the series.

Cathythoughts Good to hear ! I‘ve been wondering about this one as I have it ... 👍🏻♥️ 2mo
Izai.Amorim Paris and Rio! Good combination! 2mo
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Radiance: A Novel | Catherynne M. Valente
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I gave it 100 pages but it wasn't for me. I found all the characters of a negative mind set, either angry, frustrated and/or bitter. Not for me at this time.

tessavi The cover looks nice though 😅 2mo
MayJasper Agreed @tessavi 😀 I guess I just wanted to read something with some hope in it. 2mo
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Lords and Ladies (Revised) | Terry Pratchett
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So here's the thing. This is one of the few Terry Pratchett (Sir) Discworld novels I had not read until now. I had been saving it. In five days time I am having a hip replacement and I am definitely in need of a good laugh to conquer my nerves so Lords and Ladies to the rescue.

squirrelbrain Hope all goes well with your op. 😘 3mo
TrishB Good luck 😘 3mo
kathedron Best wishes for your op. 💚 3mo
CarolynM Hope it goes well❤️ 3mo
MayJasper Thanks very much @squirrelbrain @kathedron @TrishB @CarolynM for your kind wishes. I am looking forward to it being over. 3mo
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The Star Of The Sea | Joseph O'Connor
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This was excellent! It is captivating and has surprising twists and turns. Both poignant and at the same time a nail biter.

Cathythoughts Oh I loved this too !! A great read ♥️👍🏻 3mo
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The Star Of The Sea | Joseph O'Connor
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Just started this. I am 50 pages in and loving it.

Cathythoughts I loved this one .... years ago !! Got me back into regular reading ... Pius Mulvey ! Will I ever forget him ... will look forward to your thoughts ♥️ even my husband ( who doesn‘t read novels ... he loved it ) Sinead O‘Conner‘s brother , you know this 👍🏻👍🏻 3mo
Cathythoughts A page turner!!! 3mo
MayJasper Yes! I am turning the pages more quickly than usual 3mo
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The Old Curiosity Shop | Charles Dickens
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So I have just finished The Old Curiosity Shop. I enjoyed his descriptive writing so much and it was often poetic. As for the narrative I thought it plodded along, sometimes a little to slow but picked up a pace towards the end.

My next read is staying in London though in a rather different genre!

There are certainly people #losttogether in The Old Curiosity Shop #TimbitTunes Prompt 21 @Cinfhen @TheKidUpstairs

Izai.Amorim The Aaronovich series was lots of fun. 4mo
Cinfhen Impressive!!! 4mo
MayJasper I have got right back in to the story. It certainly is fun @Izai.Amorim 4mo
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#LiteraryLove Prompt 15: #flowers @vkois88 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

The book cover in the middle of the top row is one of my all time favourites 😍
#coversublime

RachelO Gorgeous! 4mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful 💐🌹💕 4mo
Cathythoughts Lots of books I want .... ♥️♥️👍🏻 4mo
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vkois88 How lovely! 4mo
CarolynM I have a copy of your favourite but I've never got around to it. I'm going to get it out and give it a go. 4mo
batsy I love that Pessl cover a lot, too! @CarolynM I found it a fun read 🙂 4mo
MayJasper I am happy you enjoyed it @CarolynM 4mo
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Charlotte Gray | Sebastian Faulks
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#TimbitTunes Photo challenge 14: #LoveInADangerousTime

Based on women in the Special Operations Executive sent undercover into occupied France during the 1939 - 1945 war.

@Cinfhen @TheKidUpstairs

Charlotte Gray trains as an SOE agent. As well as carrying out her mission she searches for her airman lover who has been declared MIA (missing in action).

lahousewyfe These types of books are my jam these days! 4mo
Cinfhen Sounds good!!! 4mo
Centique Great pick! I love this book @Cinfhen this book had a scene that broke my heart the hardest. 💔💔 4mo
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Maisie Dobbs (Anniversary) | Jacqueline Winspear
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#TimbitTunes Prompt 6: #ThatGirl @Cinfhen @TheKidUpstairs
I decided to go with Psychologist and Investigator Maisie for today's challenge.

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Apparently this Nobel laureate is gifted at explaining these theories to non-scientists. That definitely includes me. I cannot grasp that light moves. Why is it moving? and where is it going? This man would need to be a teaching genius to get me to grasp even the basics of quantum electrodynamics.

#TimbItTunes Prompt 2: #EverythingIsMovingSoFast @TheKidUpstairs @Cinfhen

Cinfhen Cool graphics!! But topic seems wayyyyyy over my head 😂😂 4mo
MayJasper Yes me too @Cinfhen 😕 😊 4mo
TheKidUpstairs If he can make the science accessible, that would be super interesting, but it would have to be pretty dumbed down for me! 4mo
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King Rat | James Clavell
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You would think you could not be more at the bottom than being imprisoned in a Prisoner Of War camp. But some people still manage to rise up.
#timbitunes prompt 1: #startedfromthebottom
A new month and a new photo challenge. Thanks @cinfhen @thekidupstairs it looks a lot of fun.

Cinfhen Great choice!! Thanks for joining in😁 4mo
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I don't recall ever reading a Ray Bradbury story.
#musicalnewyear photo challenge prompt 24: #summernights
Thanks @cinfhen @vivastory 😊

AlaMich His story, “The Veldt,” was a standout for me. We had to read it in seventh grade and it‘s always stuck with me. He wrote some amazing stories. 5mo
Cinfhen I always think of him for THAT one book....😜🔥🔥🔥 5mo
vivastory I love his stories. A good starting place might be 5mo
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vivastory Very high on my sff TBR 5mo
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Selected poems | Gwendolyn Brooks
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#poetrymatters prompt 17: #old @LazyDays
Another new poet for me. I loved this poem of which this above is just a snippet.

Cathythoughts ♥️♥️ 5mo
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Tomorrow, We Will Live Here | Ryan Van Winkle
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MayJasper I wonder what the waves say to each other? 5mo
Cathythoughts What an interesting thought ✨✨✨ 5mo
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Maskerade | Terry Pratchett
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Cinfhen Terry P @TrishB 🤣😂😂🤣 5mo
MayJasper @Cinfhen I couldn't resist 😘 5mo
TrishB He‘s back @Cinfhen 😁😁 5mo
vivastory I need to read more Pratchett! 5mo
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HKGirl Tragic beauty. 💔 5mo
MayJasper There seems such anger in the twice used 'stupidly' or maybe it's resignation I can hear 5mo
LazyDays Wow.👏 5mo
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Snuff | Terry Pratchett
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#winterwonderland prompt: 22 #crystaldays

Crystal Slam
One of the most dangerous drugs available to trolls, crystal slam is first mentioned in Snuff. It looks like stone dust, but appears to have little red and blue flecks in it when held to the light. Its manufacture is very difficult, partly because of the unmistakable smell and sparks produced when boiling it.

@Cinfhen @TrishB @lahousewyfe

Cathythoughts My father always took snuff ... Mr Crysalis ... you can still get it in a pub here. I don‘t mind a sniff of it .... 6mo
lahousewyfe Good old Vimes! Always sniffing out the clues. 6mo
TrishB 😂😂 well played 👏🏻 6mo
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Cinfhen And she‘s off....nicely done ✅ 6mo
Izai.Amorim Happy new year, Jane! 🍾 6mo
MayJasper And to you too Izai @Izai.Amorim 🎆 6mo
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Selected Poems | Simon Armitage
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Congratulations ❣️

Camera Obscura BY SIMON ARMITAGE

Eight-year-old sitting in Bramhall‘s field,
shoes scuffed from kicking a stone,
too young for a key but old enough now
to walk the short mile back from school.

You‘ve spied your mother down in the village
crossing the street, purse in her fist.
In her other hand her shopping bag nurses
four ugly potatoes caked in mud,

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Hogfather (Revised) | Terence David John Pratchett
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#winterwonderland prompt: 20 #sleighride
I just know @TrishB and @Cinfhen are going to love this choice 😜

lahousewyfe I watch this at least once a year - on the Saturday before XMas! Loooooooove Terry Pratchett! 6mo
TrishB 😂😂😂 one day.... 6mo
Cinfhen Nope!!! I‘m staying in the naughty corner 😘😘 6mo
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MayJasper I love Sir Terry too @lahousewyfe sadly @TrishB and @Cinfhen have yet to see the light. So to help them I just might see if I can keep this Pratchett theme going on and on and on. I feel it's my duty to help them. 6mo
TrishB 😂😂 waiting to see 6mo
Cinfhen Like the other month @jenniferw88 did all HP 6mo
lahousewyfe @MayJasper Maybe we should gang up on them! I could go for a Pratchett binge in January. I don't see how his brilliance could be denied. 6mo
MayJasper Now that's a plan @lahousewyfe after all it's for their own good. 6mo
lahousewyfe @MayJasper And we are willing to make the sacrifice. 6mo
MayJasper It's the only decent thing to do @lahousewyfe after all we must do our best for @Cinfhen and @TrishB as they do so much for others 6mo
lahousewyfe @MayJasper Time to raid my bookshelf! 6mo
Cinfhen No bullying on Litsy 😂😂😂 @lahousewyfe @MayJasper 😘😘 6mo
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The Long Mars: A Novel | Terry Pratchett, Stephen Baxter
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#winterwonderland prompt 18: #aspacemancametravelling
@Cinfhen @TrishB
There are space travellers a plenty in my next read in this fab series.
#terrypratchett

TrishB That looks like a lovely set 👍🏻 6mo
MayJasper @TrishB if it says (Sir) Terry Pratchett on the cover I can't help myself. He's never let me down ❤️ 6mo
Literary_Siren I‘ve read the first book but haven‘t made it to the others yet. And it‘s been so long since I read it I‘m going to have to reread it. 🤦🏻‍♀️ 6mo
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Soubhiville I‘ve read the first three. I think it‘s a really cool concept, but so far I haven‘t been drawn to read the last two... 6mo
TrishB I have to confess I‘ve never read any Pratchett though we have many in the house. (I‘ll shut the door on the way out) 6mo
MayJasper @TrishB don't forget to switch off the lights as well 😜 6mo
TrishB 😂😂 💡 6mo
Cinfhen love boxed sets!!! But like @TrishB I‘ve never read (Sir) Terry Pratchett 😝 (edited) 6mo
Cinfhen I‘ll go join Trish in the dark corner 6mo
TrishB @Cinfhen we‘ll have some fun in the naughty corner! 6mo
Cinfhen 😂😂😂 @TrishB 6mo
MayJasper There are no books in the naughty corner @Cinfhen @TrishB ! 6mo
TrishB Well then.....😂 6mo
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#winterwonderland prompt 17: #goneaway @Cinfhen @TrishB
First Toru's cat disappears then his wife goes away then all kind of weird happens all in a very clever literary way.

Cinfhen I stacked this book yesterday after @Blaire & @vivastory told me it‘s worth a shot!!! 6mo
vivastory @Cinfhen I think it's great. It's a bit long, almost 600 pages. You might want to try his stories first. If you like these, you'll like Wind-up 6mo
TrishB Love that graphic 💕 6mo
Tamra This was my first Murkami and loved it - totally absorbed! 6mo
MayJasper @TrishB thanks, there are so many beautiful covers for this book. I couldn't choose one so I went for a selection 6mo
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Thanks for a great giveaway @REPollock #5665
So my favourite dictionary is Oxford and this is probably my favourite word (pictured)

REPollock Yay! Love this word. 6mo
MayJasper Aah thanks 6mo
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On Green Dolphin Street | Sebastian Faulks
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#SeasonsGreetings prompt 11: #GreenBooks
@vkois88 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

I am looking forward to getting round to reading On Green Dolphin Street one day. Especially as I am a big fan of Sebastian Faulks❣️

vkois88 That's a beautiful copy of Anne of Green Gables 6mo
Andrew65 Pretty! 6mo
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The Far Cry | Emma Smith
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I got this Persephone book on Amazon UK for £3.99 thanks to a Litsy tip off❗ Yes £3.99❗And I had to buy another book to qualify for free postage 😜 I am sorry I can't remember who the tip off was from. Thanks whoever you are ❤️
Oh happy day 😊 #Persephone

squirrelbrain It was @miralunasbooknook as I got one too! ❤️ 6mo
Eyelit That‘s awesome!! 6mo
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laurenbescoby Via @Oryx I believe 😁 x 6mo
MayJasper Thanks to @Oryx as well 😊 6mo
Oryx It's just a chain of enablement... 😘 @miralunasbooknook @MayJasper 6mo
MayJasper I like that @Oryx - a chain of enablement 😊 6mo
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Such a kind giveaway from @GatheringBooks
My answer to the #litworld2018gb question is 11 countries visited this year in books I have read.
I would like book #1 if I win 😀

GatheringBooks thank you so much for reposting! great literary journey!! :) 6mo
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#BookMail ❣️ Extending my adventures with poetry I have bought an anthology of 171 poems by poets of the British Isles. ☺️

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#poetrymatters prompt 30: #traveller
Thanks to @LazyDays for this month's fun challenge 😊

LazyDays Thank you for joining! I hope you've found some poetry books to read!🙌🙌💓 7mo
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#poetrymatters prompt 29: #dream
From 'Osso Buco' by Billy Collins.

@LazyDays what is tomorrow's prompt please❓ 😊

Lcsmcat Love it! 7mo
TrishB Tomorrow‘s is traveller 😁 7mo
Cathythoughts I love this too 👍🏻♥️ 7mo
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#poetrymatters prompt 28: #music @LazyDays

I have two books of poetry. One is Shakespeare, which makes my brain hurt trying to decode it. The other is the tagged book, #blameitonlitsy. This is the first poem in the collection. I laughed out loud at the first verse and decided there might be something in this poetry lark.
Any suggestions for my second poetry purchase please?

TrishB Love this 💕 I‘m never sure what to recommend in poetry as it‘s so personal! 7mo
merelybookish Collins is a good place to start! Maybe Mary Oliver? There are a few sites that you can sign up for a daily poem. They might help you get a sense of what you like. I get one from Paris Review and another from Poem-a-Day. 7mo
LazyDays I agree poetry is personal. Maybe start off with small short poems and books and work your way around those. I bought the tagged book and it s fun to flip to a random page and read 7mo
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LazyDays Ha I hit send 😃 or mayne do a mix media of poetry and art. You can try Robert Frost to ease into some heavier type. I am rambling 😊 but I hope that helps a little bit, till you find what speaks to you 7mo
LazyDays . great to randomly flip through. 7mo
LazyDays Some fun mixed media "love" poems/photography 7mo
LazyDays This is a fun one that gives sime back story about Frost. I always like a good back story. I hope this helps! Good kuck and happy hunting!💗 7mo
merelybookish Garrison Keillor's Good Poems anthologies are a great intro! I highly recommend! 7mo
MayJasper Thank you all for your responses @TrishB @merelybookish and @LazyDays I will be in the lookout for a good anthology 7mo
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As Far as I Know | Roger McGough
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Tyger, Tyger | William Blake
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#poetrymatters prompt 26: #fire @LazyDays
Scary 😨

kathedron Excellent choice! ❤ 7mo
Dragon 🐯💛 7mo
MayJasper Thanks @kathedron 😊 7mo
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julesG I thought this was only me, checking dates of battles and other unimportant stuff in the middle of the night. 😉 7mo
Cathythoughts 😊❤️❤️ 7mo
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Untitled | Unknown
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Shared on hellopoetry.com
Subject: De-forestation
#poetrymatters 22nd prompt: #vain @LazyDays

Cathythoughts 💚💚💚lovely 7mo
kspenmoll ❤️❤️ 7mo
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Shakespeare's Sonnets & Poems | William Shakespeare
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Cathythoughts I love it ❤️ 7mo
MayJasper Thanks @Cathythoughts Before I joined Litsy I couldn't have imagined quoting a Shakespeare Sonnet 😀 7mo
LazyDays Beautiful! 7mo
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TrishB Lovely 💕 7mo
MayJasper Thanks @TrishB I like the thought of brocade and sonnet marathons 😀 7mo
TrishB Definitely sounds like the way to go! 7mo
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#poetrymatters prompt: #tree
From 'Wolf' by Billy Collins
@LazyDays 😊 thank you

Cathythoughts Brilliant 7mo
GripLitGrl 💖💖 7mo
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Collected Poems | Ciaran Carson
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Excerpt from poem 'Fear' by Ciaran Carson
#poetrymatters prompt: #fear @LazyDays

This made me smile. I don't like the gap between train and platform either.

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LazyDays 👏 7mo
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Robert Louis Stevenson: Seven Novels | Robert Louis Stevenson
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By Robert Louis Stevenson

THE summer sun shone round me,
The folded valley lay
In a stream of sun and odour,
That sultry summer day.

The tall trees stood in the sunlight
As still as still could be,
But the deep grass sighed and rustled
And bowed and beckoned me.

The deep grass moved and whispered
And bowed and brushed my face.
It whispered in the sunshine:
"The winter comes apace."

#poetrymaters #sunlight @LazyDays