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In a year where my reading goals are all about learning from history - this is a line up I couldn‘t ignore. Such diverse topics that all sound fab!

https://www.wolfsonhistoryprize.org.uk/2022-shortlist-announced/?utm_source=soci...

squirrelbrain Noooo, not another list of great books! 😁 Got your lovely newsy letter today, Mitch, thank you! 😘 I‘ll write back soon. Henry hasn‘t tried swimming yet, but we‘ll certainly be trying to persuade him when we‘re in the Lake District next week! 🐕‍🦺 🌊😝 5d
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Garthwaite has put Cecily in the room! Her voice is loud her influence deep and her intelligence instrumental in shaping the royal succession. She‘s bold, creative and daring. She suffers loss and her heart is wounded but her ambition maintains constant. This is a fab creation of her fictional life - the lens through which we should view all history - one where the woman are key players

Emilymdxn I‘m so excited to read this! 5d
Mitch @Emilymdxn I really enjoyed it! 5d
TrishB Great review Mitch 👍🏻 17h
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Great article - especially love the description of the ‘actor‘ making a whole act of every word on the page - and in doing so loosing the story!

Tagged is a book I loved on audio!

https://www.vulture.com/2022/05/audiobook-performer-actor-reader-good-bad.html?u...

Oryx Interesting article - thanks for sharing. The narrator does make a huge difference to the experience 5d
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Please, Mister Postman | Alan Johnson
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So parcel number 2 is on its way. I hope this one arrives! 🤞🏼

(you‘ll know the difference Lynn - the goodies inside parcel 1 are wrapped, but they‘re unwrapped inside parcel 2!)

Avanders ♥️♥️♥️😘 6d
wanderinglynn You are too sweet. 😘 Getting mail here has always been a challenge. The upside is I‘ll be moving back to the states later this summer. 5d
Mitch @wanderinglynn let‘s hope this gets there before that! 🤞🏼I‘m sending positive vibes! 5d
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First afternoon of the year that I‘ve sat on the patio and read - #nearlysummer !

MicheleinPhilly What a gorgeous space! 1w
TrishB I‘m reading this too 😁 1w
Cupcake12 It‘s been lovely weather today x hope you enjoyed your reading time outside ☀️ 📖 1w
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DGRachel That looks perfect! 1w
AlaMich Someone else is pretty happy about the patio, I see! 🐶 1w
Mitch @MicheleinPhilly thank you. We moved in recently so haven‘t quite made it cosy enough yet - but we‘re getting there! 1w
Mitch @Cupcake12 it was lovely! 1w
Mitch @AlaMich he struggles to sleep outside - too much for him to play with! 1w
Mitch @DGRachel ♥️ 1w
LeahBergen Ahh, lovely! 1w
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Fascinating histories ( all in tiny bite sized chunks!) as well as fab photos! Love this book!

BennettBookworm This is totally my jam, thanks! 2w
Mitch @BennettBookworm my pleasure 2w
LeahBergen Yep. I definitely need it. 😄 2w
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I thought I‘d dip in to this book but once I started I was so absorbed I read it cover to cover! It‘s a wonderful mix of micro histories- stories of ordinary people doing ordinary things- placing the context of London and Londoners into world events, alongside really beautiful images of treasures found along the rivers foreshore.

TrishB This looks great ♥️ 2w
BkClubCare I wonder if this inspired The Lost Apothecary? 2w
BennettBookworm @BkClubCare I was wondering that, too! 2w
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LeahBergen Ooo, I want! 2w
Mitch @BkClubCare I like your thinking! There is a chapter in here about potions and potion bottles and the fine line between doctors and quacks! 2w
Mitch @LeahBergen it‘s super pretty! 2w
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One of the best opening paragraphs I‘ve read for a long time. 🙏♥️🙏♥️

AmyG That IS beautifull written. For me, reminds me of the child-rearing years. 😳 (edited) 2w
AmyG On a separate note, I saw Sea of Tranquility on your TBR. I am looking to pass my copy on. Have you gotten it? Do you still want to read itv 2w
Mitch @AmyG that‘s so lovely to think of me - I picked it up on Saturday. 😘 2w
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Mitch @AmyG it really spoke to me. X 2w
AmyG Well then, enjoy it! 😘 2w
thewallflower0707 Oh, I read this book in German last year, I didn‘t know it has been translated! It‘s really good. I‘m curious to know what impression you will have off Berlin after reading this 😅 2w
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What a gem - one I‘ll be recommending to everyone and popping in lots of birthday bags! It‘s terrifically humble, observant and full of warmth and humanity. It‘s fab to see older women on the page and her writing and the transition is divine. A one sitting book that will stay with me a very long time, principally for the courage some of the residents of Marzahn display in their everyday lives.

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Lives devastated by the horrific actions of a serial killer are portrayed here with empathy & sensitivity. However the book claims to reverse the trends of crime fascinated readers focusing on the serial killer, yet the whole arch of this book, the narrative structure & the segments of the women lives are dictated by the actions, behaviours & timing needed of the serial killer. So whilst a good read, it wasn't as victim focused as I was hoping.

Oryx Totally agree with your review. While I really liked this one, it didn't live up to the claim of taking the women's perspective, as a big chunk was from his view. 3w
CBee Reading the reviews and blurb, I‘m intrigued 🤔 3w
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Up next - after my last read which was far too up in the clouds - need a grounding read with a timeline and story I can understand! 🤣

ClairesReads I loved this when it read it recently! Hope it works for you too 😊 3w
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The world building is good it feels like you've dropped into a fully formed complicated world, where politics & family demand allegiances, create conflict & assume power. But the structure! Chapters form alternating time lines which break the reading flow pulling you reluctantly away from a plot line & create confusion. At times I was super lost, frustrated and close to giving up! Written in a different format and I think id be heading into bk 2.

Soubhiville I wondered how this was. Pretty sure I‘ve got the audio on my library TBR. Thanks for shining some light on it for me. 😊 3w
TheAromaofBooks I gave up on this one after about a hundred pages. It was really a struggle for me! 3w
Mitch @Soubhiville I was so disappointed- it got such great reviews from Kirkus and NPR - thought it was going to be amazing. I‘m wondering whether she‘s ditched the format for book 2 🤨 3w
Mitch @TheAromaofBooks I really wanted to do that too! 3w
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Even Woodford is struggling to keep up with this one 🤨

Soubhiville Looks like he thinks a nap would be better. 💕 4w
Mitch @Soubhiville im with him! I want to like the is book - but the disjointed, alternating timeline is preventing me getting really into it ☹️ 4w
squirrelbrain Beautiful Woodford! He‘s so shiny! ❤️ 4w
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Leftcoastzen 🐶so cute ! When in doubt, nap. 4w
DGRachel Good luck with this one. I did not enjoy it, but I couldn‘t decide if it was the fault of the storytelling or just that all the timeline and POV shifts were too hard to follow via audiobook. 4w
Mitch @DGRachel im not a quitter - but I‘m getting close to it! 4w
DGRachel There is no shame in bailing. The only reason I finished this one was because I originally had the excerpt on NetGalley and wanted to finish the whole book before leaving feedback. I left an unusually long review on Goodreads. 😂 4w
sarahbellum Aww Woodford looks like my Gus from this angle 🥰 4w
Mitch @DGRachel I so don‘t like the chopping around ! 4w
Mitch @sarahbellum 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 4w
iread2much 😊 4w
Hooked_on_books Sweet baby! 💙🐶 3w
Mitch @Soubhiville He‘s a love bug! 3w
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I‘m about half way through this book and I‘m just not sure …… sophisticated snacks help though! And only the Japanese would ensure the box turns into a neat little snack holder - holding them at just the right grabbable angle! 👍🏼

TrishB I love that! 4w
wanderinglynn Yes! Isn‘t that fantastic! Love Japanese snacks. 4w
Sharpeipup Thoughtful packaging! 4w
LitStephanie Good snacks make everything better! 4w
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I‘ve already dipped in to the milk cookie ( yum!) but these are THE best reading snacks ( or movie snacks says Mr K!). Thank you Lynn for such a thoughtful and bountiful box of loveliness. Next up mango sweets, socks and a half hour curled up looking at my new books. The tagged looks Fabulous! 😘
#speculativespringswap

LeahBergen Ooo, I love that Japanese cloth! 1mo
Mitch @LeahBergen isn‘t it lovely - it gets soft and absorbent with age evidently. 1mo
marleed I took a snapshot so I could take a closer look at your wonderful surprises! 1mo
Avanders 👏🏽👏🏽♥️ 4w
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Dawn | Octavia E Butler
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The tagged book is a fab choice - thank you sooo much @wanderinglynn and honey - you spoil me with stationary! I love everything and can‘t wait to stick, stamp, sticky note, book dart and page flag my life! Xxxxxx
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squirrelbrain Mmmm, stationery! 🤤 1mo
wanderinglynn Japan does have the bestest stationary stuff. 1mo
Avanders Oooh fun! 🤩🤩 4w
Mitch @wanderinglynn totally agree! 4w
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Super overwhelmed by my gorgeous #speculativespringswap from the very thoughtful @wanderinglynn - this will span 3 posts! The books ( & tote and mug) are amazing. Something I‘ve had my eye on and then a few things that are new and so thoughtfully chosen I can‘t wait to dig in 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼

Mitch Ps…. And if that want brilliant enough the Ishiguro has sprayed edges 😘 (edited) 1mo
AmyG Lovely! 1mo
Soubhiville Wow! All books I‘m interested in reading. Great choices! 1mo
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squirrelbrain Wow, some great books there! 1mo
wanderinglynn I‘m so happy you like it. 😘 I had such fun shopping for you. 1mo
Avanders 😍😍🔮🧬🦠 4w
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Oh I‘m definitely an idler crossed with the devotee and a little town crier thrown in for good measure ! And you …?

https://slate.com/culture/2022/04/in-praise-of-good-bookstores-jeff-deutsch-of-t...

Cupcake12 A mixture between the idler and the general 😃📚 1mo
julesG Hopefully you're a non-ukulele-playing idler. 🤣🤣 1mo
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This is the best tool @Chrissyreadit - and it fits right inside my little foraging bag! 👍🏼

Chrissyreadit I‘m so glad you like it! I fell in love with it as soon as I saw it 😘😘😘 1mo
Soubhiville Whoa! It does it all! Cool. 1mo
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Look what arrived today @Chrissyreadit - such a wonderful, wonderful care package. The best garden tool ever, salve for my weary bones, amazing bath salts, marzipan and the best paperweight! I‘m in heaven. Thank you so much xxxxxxx

Mitch And you always find the most amazing unique ingredients - can‘t wait to try the paw paw butter - whipped into a cake frosting I think! ( when I first opened it I thought it was to soften Woddfords Paws! 🤣🤣🤣) 1mo
Mitch You‘re officially the best @Chrissyreadit 😘 1mo
Chrissyreadit I‘m do glad it arrived already! And I can‘t wait to hear about the Paw Paw jelly as a frosting! That sounds brilliant! 1mo
AmyG Such a wonderful gift! 1mo
wanderinglynn I second you Mitch, @Chrissyreadit is the best! 💜 1mo
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The pandemic sharpened our focus on where our food comes from & reignited a respect for farmers. This book thoughtfully & with critical compassion& empathy shows us what that life is like for this elusive, mythologised & isolated group. From the knackerman, to the paperwork, from subsidies to succession mediation, from country based dating sites to large animal vet practices Bathhouse shows us what really how complex decisions shape our land.

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For the first time in 2 years I‘ve been doing what I love best today - #readingonlocation ! I used to do it ALL the time - find the right place to read the right book, I loved those reading time. Hopefully more on the future 👍🏼

Chrissyreadit I love this! It looks like a beautiful space, great book and great weather! 1mo
Mitch @Chrissyreadit to be fair - I only walked across the road to the farm opposite - but it‘s still on location, right! It must be because I took a mat to sit on and a water bottle! 1mo
Chrissyreadit Any place that peaceful and beautiful works BUT especially if it‘s just across the road 😍💗 1mo
Cathythoughts Perfect 💫 1mo
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This should not have been so good! 300 pages about rich people making obscene amounts of money, living billionaire lifestyles with no regard for law - a world that repulses me. Yet this account of colossal hedge fund fraud is compelling. Kolhatkar is an amazing journalist, compulsive story teller and makes complex financial manoeuvres easily understood. A five star read!

AmyG This looks very good. I may get this for my husband-for a trip we are taking to Croatia in the fall. He will need a good book. Ha, then I can read it. 1mo
Mitch @AmyG it‘s a good one! 1mo
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Having a slow start today - lots of pup cuddles and a strangely addictive book!

Karons1 Snap same here 😆some days just go like that don‘t they ? 1mo
Mitch @Karons1 yeah - it was a low key day 🤨 1mo
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Spent the morning discovering a town near to our new home - it‘s the home of a British HorseRacing. It houses 3 but equine hospitals, the National Stud, 100s of horse farms, trainers and racing horses. There is even a dedicated sidewalk for horses to get around the town. The little second hand bookshop only sells horse related books!

Suet624 Sounds like my idea of heaven 1mo
AmyG That sounds lovely! Especially if you like horses. 1mo
Cathythoughts I love the name Red Rum. I‘m sure I remember my father backing him at the bookies. 1mo
Mitch @Cathythoughts It‘s about the only horse I know the name of! 1mo
UwannaPublishme What fun! 🐎 1mo
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Salt Lick | Lulu Allison
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As I finish one book I‘m usually so certain what I‘m in the mood for next… but feeling indecisive tonight ! Do I go for fictionalised historical fiction, longlisted Womens Prize title, obscure history with a feminist twist, a book with a stunning cover and lots of promise or a Book Riot True Crime recommended title! Arrgghhh…… I too much good stuff!

Caroline2 Hmm, these all look really good. 🤔 1mo
Mitch @Caroline2 I know, right! 🤣 1mo
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The author skilfully layers history and politics into his account of the use of poetry to garner thoughts and attack potential dissent in the GDR. The degree of control and manipulation the Stasi engaged in continues to both surprise and scare me. But what stands out for me with this book is how close we are to loosing the ability to talk, in person, with this generation - history that seems so distant and yet to near.

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Book and bookmark matched - now to squeeze in chapter 1 whilst the house is quiet! 🤞🏼

elkeOriginal Matching is always key. 1mo
Mitch @elkeOriginal absolutely! Sets the tone! 🤣 1mo
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Unpacked this months reading subscription book. Love the sound of this one and might just dive straight in!

Nute What‘s this? The discovery of a treat! STACKING!!! And checking out the subscription box offer.🤗 1mo
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So pleased that Katja Pantzar has written an essay for our photography collectives new book! Nervous to share this with the world - especially with our cover ( knowing how opinionated I can be on book covers - creating your own is super hard!!). Let me know what you think …https://www.map6.co.uk/shop/finland-the-happiness-project-book-and-archival-print

Oryx Looks beautiful! 1mo
Mitch @Oryx this is the zillionth cover choice! 1mo
Oryx We're off to Finland this year - I'm so looking forward to it (Svalbard booked for 2023...). Let me of any tips (e.g. food to try) 1mo
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Mitch @Oryx wow - love Finland. The landscape is amazing. 1mo
Oryx @Mitch I'm very excited - plan is a few days in Helsinki and then train up to kajaani - then staying about an hour away from kajaani, where hopefully we'll see (with a guide) wolverines/bears. 1mo
Nute Trees make me happy! And seeing the color green. It‘s a very nice cover. Congratulations on the final outcome of the project!🤗 The included print image for the preorders is lovely. 1mo
Mitch @Nute that feedback means so much. Thank you 🙏. The print was one of the most popular when we had our gallery show - I think the time is ripe for serenity! 1mo
Butterfinger I think it is absolutely gorgeous!!!! 1mo
Oryx Oh I just saw your print through the link - it's gorgeous. So peaceful. So serene. 1mo
DrexEdit Love this cover. Looks like Finland to me. 😊💜 1mo
squirrelbrain Beautiful! Both the cover and your print…. 💚 1mo
Mitch @Butterfinger @oryx @DrexEdit @squirrelbrain - thank you so much. It‘s a labour of love - but we have a fantastic essay in the book written by a real author who knows Finland so well. So I‘m hoping that helps place the photographs in context! 🤞🏼 1mo
julesG The cover is perfect. When I think Finland green and trees are some of the first things that come to mind. (the language, my friend from university and salted licorice filled chocolate named Plopp are some of the other things) The photo is one I'd love to have on a large canvas, it 'shouts' serenity. 😉 1mo
Mitch @julesG thank you 🙏. Flavoured liquorice is one of the main reasons I think Finland has been voted the happiest place of earth so many years running! 🤣 1mo
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A Treacherous Curse | Deanna Raybourn
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Another fun outing with Veronica and Stoker. This series really demands you walk around the house with your nose in a book until it‘s finished! Fun, smart and an original series - with a cast of characters, main and side, that delight. My only quibble with this one - it would have been good to have toned down the empire activity ( and if not - rework that narrative). But this is a fab series to get your reading game back in gear.

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A Treacherous Curse | Deanna Raybourn
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Starting something fun tonight. I‘m always a stickler for reading a series in order and I recently found out I‘ve miss out this book in the series! Once I got over the horror I tried to delight in the joy of another unread book in this series waiting for me!

FantasyChick Oh I love this series so much! I'm due for a reread soon I think. Enjoy 😉 1mo
Mitch @FantasyChick I agree - it‘s fab! 1mo
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I‘ve not tried gardening by the moon - has anyone here? So much to think about and try to be in tune with. Might give it a go for April

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego That sounds very witchy, and I'm into it. 🌑🌒🌓🌔🌕🌖🌘🌘🌑 2mo
Deifio My parents are doing that for the past 20 years. They say it works. No experience myself 2mo
Mitch @Deifio cool. This is one of those times when I wish I could have a conversation with my grandad. 😘 2mo
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Weather Almanac 2022 | Storm Dunlop
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Seems I have a month of sea fog to look forward to - as the fog gathers over the cold North Sea and then daytime breezes move it inland! So no T shirts and shorts just yet!

Emilymdxn That illustration is gorgeous! 2mo
squirrelbrain Can‘t believe this weather after such a glorious weekend! 2mo
Mitch @Emilymdxn I really look forward to reading a little chapter at the start of every month! A new reading ritual for me! 2mo
Mitch @squirrelbrain I know! It‘s crazy! 2mo
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The Mad Women's Ball | Victoria Mas
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I‘ve just finished the book and it‘s howling a snowstorm outside - so think a sneaky day time movie might be the order of the day!

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The Mad Women's Ball | Victoria Mas
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The history of the treatment and abuse of women who society would rather not deal with in this novel based in the real setting of the Parisian Salpêtrière asylum is a stark reminder of what happens in a patriarch society when agency is lost. This story feels a little tame though. The anger and suffering seem muted and gentle. But a good read to re remember how delicate our freedoms are.

TrishB Great review 👍🏻 2mo
Mitch @TrishB 🙏 2mo
JaneyWaneyB Ooh I added that to my TBR list a while ago...I'll give it a read. And do I spy the gorgeous reading chair in the background 1mo
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The Mad Women's Ball | Victoria Mas
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Such a shiny cover - very bling!

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful 💛❤️ 2mo
Erinreadsthebooks Interested to hear if you like this one! 2mo
Cathythoughts That‘s some nice bling 👍💫 2mo
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Jess I really liked this one. I hope you enjoy it! 2mo
Cupcake12 Lovely cover x 2mo
Mitch @Cathythoughts Gotta love a shiny cover! 2mo
Mitch @Jess it was a good read - lighter & gentler than I thought it would be though. Have you seen the movie? Wondered if it was good?? 2mo
Mitch @Erinreadsthebooks it was a mild pick for me! Good but not earth shattering! Have you read it? 2mo
Erinreadsthebooks @Mitch I haven‘t read it, but it was on my radar after hearing about it on a podcast. If I remember correctly, the hosts felt the same way you do about the book. 1mo
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The Mad Women's Ball | Victoria Mas
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Choosing the perfect bookmark pairing is one of my rituals when starting a new book. Today I‘ve chosen a bookmark I picked up in Shakespeare & Co in Paris - seems fitting for this nineteenth century Parisian novel! 👍🏼

AmyG Nice match! 2mo
LeahBergen Lovely! 2mo
EvieBee Nice! I do the same thing. I can‘t start until that is squared away. 2mo
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Mitch @EvieBee me too! It sets the tone for page 1! 2mo
Ednica It pairs nicely!!! How is the book? 1mo
Mitch @Ednica it was a good read - slim and tame - but good! 1mo
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Dune | Frank Herbert
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Fascinating world building from majestically shifting sands, to ecosystems underground. This book is the precursor to every modern sci-fi cult - waring houses, planets & actions at war over resources, humans with extra powers, double crossing, treachery & murder in the bucket load! There's alot to admire in this book - but lots of problems too! The emphasis on environmental collapse & small states breaking free from Imperial powers is compelling.

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Less so is the inappropriately cultural adoption of language, the focus on the white man as saviour and the amount of housekeeping his female characters do! But it's a complicated novel, dealing with complicated ideas - and I profess to have only understood a fraction I am sure! Next stop - the movie!
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The_Book_Ninja Hi. I see this white saviour critique a lot. If I may make a comment: I think that‘s a misconception *sometimes* done by people who haven‘t read Dune. Assuming the Atreides‘ are white, based on whites‘ previous atrocities , I always felt Herbert is critiquing the machinations of those who colonise a land and religiously “educate” it‘s people to reinforce the saviour “role”. That‘s my take but I fully appreciate your review 2mo
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Dune | Frank Herbert
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One of this years slimmed down reading goals is to read a few classics - starting out in this one today. 👍🏼

Itchyfeetreader Enjoy! 2mo
Emilymdxn Good luck! I have that dune edition it‘s so pretty 2mo
Mitch @Emilymdxn thanks! I did think it was a stand alone - didn‘t realise it was the start of a series so I‘m hoping for a satisfying ending! 2mo
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Mitch @Itchyfeetreader so lovely to hear from you - hope al is well 😍 2mo
Oryx I've just finished this one! Really enjoyed it. 2mo
Mitch @Oryx im enjoying it so far! Just trying to keep track of who is on who‘s side! 2mo
Oryx My recommendation is to watch the film first- sounds odd, but it's really good film, really close to book, and I found it much easier to track everything after that. I had previously bailed on the book. 2mo
Mitch @Oryx ooops! Scheduled to watch movie after the book! 2mo
TLC49steps What an enticing cover!! 👏🏼The movie 🎥 is supreme…that‘s coming from a Sci-Fi fan! 👌 2mo
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Looking what arrived today! Yipee….. counting down the days 😘 #speculativespringswap

wanderinglynn Yay! So happy it arrived! 2mo
Avanders 🧬🦠🌳🌺♥️ 2mo
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🐰The Easter Bunny has started hopping across the globe 🐰

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You know you‘ve made@great friendships when even the stamps are the PERFECT choice! ❤️ @Soubhiville

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️❤️❤️ 2mo
robinb I have a book of these…❤️ 2mo
Soubhiville I asked the postal worker what stamps they had, and he suggested the “Texas Pride” stamps. Glad they made you smile 💕 2mo
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Recently watched a surprising engaging programme all about the Bayeux Tapestry- which I hadn‘t thought of since school! So of course - it‘s sent me down a rabbit hole with The Normans! Who said TV hurts reading! 🤣

LeahBergen I‘ve always been fascinated by The Bayeux Tapestry (so much so that I went to see it 😆). 2mo
Mitch @LeahBergen 👍🏼♥️👍🏼 2mo
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I‘ve been searching for a reasonably priced hardback version of this for a while and it‘s arrived and I‘m not disappointed! The illustrations are beautifully rendered and I can‘t wait to get stuck in and learn about these 12 game changing manuscripts! 👍🏼

MicrobeMom Beautiful Mitch! 2mo
LeahBergen I received this as a Christmas gift! Isn‘t it gorgeous? 2mo
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LeahBergen I haven‘t but it‘s on my “to buy” list (in hardcover, of course 😉). 2mo
stevesbookstuf1 This looks really good. I read Mary Wellesley's The Gilded Page last year and loved how she grounded the manuscripts she discussed in the history of the times they were produced. 2mo
Mitch @stevesbookstuf1 I‘ve not read that - that‘s for the heads up, it looks fab! 2mo
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An expansive survey which has helped me link knowledge and fill in gaps! I‘m in awe of Bormann‘s vast knowledge and her ability to pull out the salient and at the same time engaging parts of each monarchs complex social, familial and political context. It‘s done a great job at directing where I‘d like to go next in terms of digging deeper around specific times / issues.

julesG If only I'd seen your review 10 minutes earlier. I was just contemplating ordering this. Well, next time. 2mo
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I‘ve learnt so much about these amazingly intelligent creatures & about a different way of looking at every species. The authors level of curiosity & wonder is infectious. It‘s a problematic book though - because her love for the creatures jars with her acceptance of their use & living conditions. I felt incredibly sad for these intelligent, creative & inquisitive creatures living in confined tanks & being sought in the wild for tourist pleasure.

LapReader Have you watch My Octopus Teacher? 2mo
Mitch @LapReader I haven‘t … i‘m Googling it now! 2mo
TheAromaofBooks I love this cover!!! 2mo
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Mitch @TheAromaofBooks agreed! It‘s very beautiful and the paper stock is lovely too! 2mo
iread2much They are amazing creatures! Ever since I‘ve been made aware of his intelligent they are, I‘ve had to stop eating them. 😅 2mo
Mitch @iread2much Agreed! 👍🏼 2mo
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Ulysses | James Joyce
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Joyce made these notes when writing chapter 14. Each time Joyce used an idea he crossed it out in red or blue pencil. I love the Treasures Gallery at the British Library - there‘s something so special about being near the page that an author has touched!

ErinSueMreads Holy moly. His brain astounds me 2mo
AmyG Genius. I can‘t read his books without cliffnotes. (Same with Faulkner). 2mo
Mitch @ErinSueMreads agreed! It‘s so great to be able to peer inside his brain! 2mo
Mitch @AmyG 👍🏼🤣👍🏼 2mo
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Small Island: A Novel | Andrea Levy
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One of the newest acquisitions of the British Library is the first draft of the tagged. The whole book is hand written with so many notes, annotations that it‘s an amazing insight into her thought process. Amazing!

MaureenMc I love this! ❤️ 2mo
Oryx Wow 2mo
Mitch @MaureenMc she wrote the whole book on A4 paper tied together with string. It‘s a beautiful object in itself! 2mo
Mitch @Oryx I know, right! 2mo
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Slime: A Natural History | Susanne Wedlich
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I‘m reading about octopuses at the moment - so this drew me at the bookstore. There‘s a lot of discussion in my current read about octopus slime and here‘s a whole book on the subject! Another #covercrush

AmyG I like the cover more than the topic. 😂 2mo
Mitch @AmyG agreed! 2mo
Oryx Are you reading Soul of an Octopus? I loved that one (and haven't eaten octopus or squid since reading it). 2mo
Mitch @Oryx yes! 2mo
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