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Naj

Joined June 2018

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Heavy Vinyl | Carly Usdin
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#7days7covers #covercrush Day 7

This was such a great tag! Thanks again @ShelfRighteous for tagging me ❤

Anyone who wants to do this and hasn't been tagged yet, feel free to join. Post seven of your favorite book covers, one each for seven days. No explanations required. Tag someone new each day.

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My Cat Yugoslavia: A Novel | Pajtim Statovci
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#7days7covers #covercrush Day 6

@NeedsMoreBooks want to join? Post seven book covers you love each day for seven days, no explanations needed, and invite someone new each day.

NeedsMoreBooks Thank you for the tag @Naj ❤️ (edited) 1mo
Naj @NeedsMoreBooks 💜💜 1mo
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#7days7covers #covercrush Day 5

@OnlyYoo want to join? Post seven covers you love, one each for seven days. No need for any explanations. Tag a new litten everyday.

OnlyYoo Thank you for the tag! 1mo
Naj @OnlyYoo 😊😊 1mo
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Wilder Girls | Rory Power
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#7days7covers #covercrush Day 4

@cjk would you like to play? Post a book cover you love each day for seven days, no explanations needed, and tag a new litten everyday.

GatheringBooks i agree that this one is gorgeous! i was very tempted to get this while i was in nashville mainly bec of the cover 1mo
cjk Absolutely! Thanks for the tag! 😊 1mo
Naj @GatheringBooks yes! I want to read this only because of the cover. 1mo
Naj @cjk you're welcome 😊 1mo
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We Are Okay | Nina LaCour
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Marilyncjackson How do you do it? 1mo
Soozee @Marilyncjackson 7 days, 7 covers you love, no explanation. And try to tag a litten every day. 1mo
Marilyncjackson @Soozee ok thank you guys I will see about playing 😊 1mo
Naj @Soozee thanks for the explanation! I forgot to include that in my post. 1mo
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Goat Days | Benyamin
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#7days7covers
#covercrush Day 2 : I'm tagging another book by the same author which also has a great cover.

@mreads care to join? Post seven book covers you love over seven days and tag a new person every day.

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The Mothers: A Novel | Brit Bennett
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#7days7covers #covercrush Day 1

Thanks for tagging me @ShelfRighteous

If you wish to play along, post a favorite book cover each day for seven days, and tag a new person every day.
I tag @Erofan , do join in if you can ❤

Erofan Thanks 😘💕 1mo
Naj @Erofan 😘😘 1mo
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The Gypsy Goddess | Meena Kandasamy

"Just because this is a novel set in rural India, do not expect a herd of buffalo to walk across every page for the sake of authenticity. Eager mothers who hold salt and dried red chillies and circle their hands over your head before asking you to spit into their palms three times to trick spirits of the evil eye into abandoning you have been held back at my behest because I do not want to lose you to nostalgia or exotica."

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Stay With Me | Ayobami Adebayo
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There wasn't one dull moment in this breathtaking novel of love, grief, grace, and one amazing woman who'll stay in my heart probably forever. Everything from the writing to the story, setting, characters was brilliant. This book has become an all-time favorite and I can't wait to re-read it. Can't recommend enough.
5/5 🌟

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Shame: A Novel | Salman Rushdie
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1. Shame by Salman Rushdie
2. Time travel
3. Capricorn
4. I injured my arm yesterday so I'll just be reading in bed.

#FriyayIntro @howjessreads

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Undead Girl Gang | Lily Anderson
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This is the best worst book I've ever read. A zombie murder mystery with witches and a good first half, but then things start progressing from absurd to downright hilarious. I actually laughed out loud during the last seven-ish chapters which were so comical I thought I was reading a parody. I'm not even pissed for wasting my time on this because it was comedy gold, though none of the author's intentional attempts at humor worked.

1/5 🌟

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Notes from the Underground | Fyodor Dostoyevsky
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What a weird little book. It packs quite a bit of philosophical musings for its size. Had a great time reading all the stories except for White Nights which I found to be trite. Adored The Dream of a Ridiculous Man! The only other thing of Dostoevsky I've read is Brothers Karamazov, which was years ago. Anyone have any other favourites by him?

Emilymdxn I found Crime and punishment really enjoyable! I‘ve only read a couple things by him but that‘s my favourite so far 2mo
Naj @Emilymdxn Thank you. I'll read it next 😊 2mo
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There was no Hastings and that's always a good start for me. The mystery itself was engaging with a plot twist at the end which I'm guessing would've been picked by seasoned mystery readers. More than anything else, I loved all the characters and how real they felt, without the focus being on just the murder. Loved Katherine and Lenox, and their friendship with Poirot. The little touch of romance was also well done. Overall, a fun read.
4/5 🌟

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Mehso-so

I appreciate how radical and groundbreaking this book was when it was published, and I enjoyed it for the most part, but it dragged on and on. Things got predictable pretty soon with no end in sight. I skimmed through the last five chapters. Having said that, Helen Hutingdon is one of my new favorite literary heroines.

PickwickPlockPlock I felt the same. 3mo
Naj @PickwickPlockPlock glad to find someone who thinks the same. It's a very well loved book otherwise. 3mo
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The Satapur Moonstone | Sujata Massey
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Meh. What a disappointment after the brilliant first book which is one of the best books I've read this year. Predictable, boring, long winded. And all of this despite the plot involving two murders and a royal scandal. I'll read the next one only because I love Perveen's character.
2/5 🌟

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Hi, Littens! Need recommendations for books where trans characters fall in love. Can be corny as well. Any genre. Thanks 🤗💜

Bertha_Mason If non-binary counts, there's Yabo by Alexis De Veaux. I'll look through my notebooks and see if I can find more. 3mo
Naj @TrishB Thank you. That sounds good. 3mo
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Naj @Bertha_Mason Thanks. This one has great reviews on goodreads. Will check it out. 3mo
Bertha_Mason @Naj I hope you enjoy it :) I looked in my logs and there's also Otros Valles by Jamie Berrout, A+E 4ever by I. Merey, and Nearly Roadkill by Kate Bornstein and Caitlin Sullivan. 3mo
Bertha_Mason Also I've Got a Time Bomb by Sybil Lamb. 3mo
Naj @Bertha_Mason Thanks so much!! 💙💙🤗 3mo
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Oh Well!. | Dick King
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Vacation #bookhaul !!! 🙈

I may have gone a bit overboard 😂. Please tell me this is not an insane amount of books to buy while traveling (in my defense I was on the road for over a month). Also suggest which one of these should I read first. 💙💙

P. S. @gradcat I'm so sorry for not being able to do your tag. Hopefully this makes up for the lack of posts.

TrishB Nine in a month 👍🏻 absolutely fine! 4mo
Bertha_Mason I loved Women Without Men, and I hope you enjoy it too :) 4mo
Naj @TrishB Thanks! I usually buy used books or use the library so this seemed excessive. 4mo
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Naj @Bertha_Mason you have impeccable taste so I'm all excited now. 4mo
DGRachel My last vacation, I think I brought home between 30-40 books and I was only gone a week, so I‘d say you showed great restraint. 😆 4mo
Naj @DGRachel 😂😂 I'll splurge some more next time! 4mo
gradcat Not to worry, dear...glad you had fun (and got loads of books)! I hope you have as much fun reading them! 😂 I want to read your opinion on Short Stories from Pakistan...I would be interested in reading that if it‘s good. ♥️ (edited) 4mo
Naj @gradcat Moving it up my tbr. 💕 4mo
gradcat Oh, yay! 😁 4mo
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Mehso-so

To say this book is sexist would be an understatement and there are some really disturbing thoughts on rape from some of the characters, even for 1975. Coming to the mystery itself, it was good, even if the writing was shoddy in some places. I've read one more book in the series, so I know that the writing gets better. Will read the next one and I hope that Morse stops objectifying every living and dead woman he looks at.

3/5 🌟

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Last Bus to Woodstock | Colin Dexter
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What the actual hell did I just read?!

Amiable 😳😫🤬 4mo
readingjedi That's just vile. 4mo
Naj @readingjedi @Amiable There's casual sexism throughout the book but this is just...wow. Got published in the '70s 4mo
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Shadow Princess: A Novel | Indu Sundaresan
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Awful novel. This was the third and final book in the series and everything from the writing to the plot was a snoozefest. The most I've rolled my eyes while reading a book after Da Vinci Code. The first book is interesting enough to keep going, second is amazing, but this one is the worst ending a series can get. Anyway, I'm back into reading again so that's something good. On to the next one.

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Okay, so I haven't read a word in almost a month, my mental health has been the worst in two years (I'm better now), and I currently have the attention span of a gnat. Please, please recommend me SHORT, engaging books I can get lost in. Any genre will do except for YA. Thanks! 😊

Shamzi Born a crime by Trevor Noah, The Book Thief, The Orphan masters son, I am Mala or any book by Khaled Hoessini. I found these very soothing in stressful times. Hope you are getting better each day!!! 5mo
NeedsMoreBooks Can‘t find anything to recommend but hugs 🤗 🤗 5mo
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Naj @mreads Thank you! That sounds exactly what I need right now. 5mo
Naj @shammi.dc10 I've been wanting to reread The Book Thief and I might check out a Khaled Hosseini book. Thanks a lot. 5mo
Naj @NeedsMoreBooks 🤗🤗💜 5mo
DivineDiana I‘m thinking something funny and fast paced. 🤔 5mo
Naj @DivineDiana I hadn't heard of this and it honestly looks fun. Will check it out soon. Thanks 🤗 5mo
tpixie Hugs. If you like slapstick comedy and wacky characters 5mo
Naj @tpixie Thank you 🤗💕. That looks like something I might need right now. 5mo
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Not book related but just saw this on twitter and couldn't help sharing. 😂😂😂😂👏🏾👏🏾🙌🏾

Emilymdxn LOVE IT 6mo
Naj @Emilymdxn Things like this make me love twitter. 6mo
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Spring | Ali Smith
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4.5/5 🌟
Queen Ali Smith has done it again! Spoken the truth loud and clear. Gone are the metaphors of 'Autumn' and the politeness of 'Winter'. This book is ringing with the truth the world needs to hear in these fucked up times. I felt Smith was more optimistic here than in the other books in the quartet, until the very end which was a punch to the gut. 👇

Naj This is not a novel, it's a conversation with the author about the state of humanity post Brexit, with characters who stay with you long after turning the last page.
Genuinely can't decide which of the books in this quartet I love more. They're all aspects of the same story of systemic injustice, the importance of empathy, and the cruelties that humans are capable of inflicting upon each other.
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CarolynM Great review. I have loved all three and you are right, they are all showing us different aspects of the same underlying issues. 5mo
Naj @CarolynM Thank you! This is truly a great series and something I see becoming a classic in future. It also made me want to read more of Ali Smith because I loved her unique yet accessible writing style. 5mo
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The Friend | Sigrid Nunez
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1. Literary fiction, magical realism, gothic/horror.
2. Science fiction and fantasy. Both genres that I used to read a lot of when I was a teenager.
3. Romance.
4. Historical fiction or *good* horror movies.
5. The Star Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi (YA fantasy)
6. Tagged. This book was insufferable.
7. Some new followers 😘 @NeamhainHughes @looking_for_mikaela @CaliforniaCay

#bookishquestions. @Clwojick
Thanks for the tag @gradcat 💕

gradcat @Naj 👋 6mo
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Dark Matter | Blake Crouch
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It was fun, reasonably complex in the plot, fast-paced and compelling. Just needs a few hours of your time and the pages keep turning themselves, largely due to Crouch's writing style of using short paragraphs and chapters. I couldn't read the last couple of chapters fast enough! The ending left me wondering about a possible sequel. Is there one? Overall a fun, entertaining read which I can see being turned into a movie I'd watch.

SitsWithaBook I recall this as a fun read! 6mo
Naj @SitsWithaBook Yeah, one of those books you can't stop reading. Simple but fun. I really want a sequel. 6mo
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@Eggs has this fun challenged planned for May. Please join and share this post. 💜🙏

Beatlefan129 I‘ll definitely have to get in on this one! 6mo
Naj @Beatlefan129 You must! I don't think you have much of a choice 😆 6mo
Eggs Thanks ❣️❣️ @Naj @Beatlefan129 6mo
Naj @Eggs 💕💕 6mo
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In an Absent Dream | Seanan McGuire
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Mehso-so

2.5/5 ?
Started well, ending was heartbreaking but nothing much happened in the middle, apart from sermonising on "fair value". The whole thing was half-assed and the ending, though impactful, didn't really make up for the dullness of the rest of the book.
I'm starting to think that probably nothing will top the first two books in the series.

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Jane Slayre | Charlotte Bront, Sherri Browning Erwin
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Um, so this exists?! Not a very encouraging response on Litsy but I HAVE to find out wtf is this. Hope it's fun even if it's not very good.

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2/5 🌟
I flew through the first half but then things got boring, repetitive and I started getting annoyed by the author's various disguises. It started following a predictable pattern of disguise - restaurant experience - self discovery, repeated ad nauseam to the point where I had to force myself to read more. The only silver lining was the food. I wish there was more food, less backstory of the disguises, and a shorter book.

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The Feast of Roses: A Novel | Indu Sundaresan
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Such an engrossing read! Everything I loved about The Twentieth Wife was amped up and every complaint was done away with. A rich, vivid, fictionalized account of medieval India; full of political intrigue, power games, betrayals, breaking of gender norms, relentless pursuit of the throne, and a bittersweet ending. A perfect book if you're in the mood for something fun and entertaining, but still with enough substance.
🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟

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A murder mystery with amazing female characters and great writing. Immensely entertaining and unputdownable. It's the first book in a series, the second one will come out this year.

#bookvolley
@ShyBookOwl

ShyBookOwl Intriguing! Thanks for playing 😊 6mo
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Black Movie | Danez Smith
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In love with this poet! A #blameitonlitsy read thanks to @Bertha_Mason 💜
A must read. I think most poems are also available online. Here's the link to my favorite poem (https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poetrymagazine/poems/57585/dinosaurs-in-the-hoo...)

Bertha_Mason I'm so glad you enjoyed it! 6mo
Naj @Bertha_Mason There are so many books I've stacked from your posts lol. I'm sure they'll be just as good. 6mo
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Black Movie | Danez Smith

Be Prepared
for the hands, wild in your wildless hair
for the darkest toll, your double down to get half
to spread your legs while they search for drugs there
for the drug there, for their mouths to ask that big question
for the man, ecstatic with triggers
for the stampede of tiny lead beasts
for the jury not to flinch.

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This was so good! I had forgotten half the things except the essentials of the plot and was surprised to find so many new details. There were so many layers to the plot, characters, just so much going on; the movie was terrible compared to the source material. Had a blast reading this. Definitely my favourite in the series, so far.
#HPBuddyRead

Liatrek I agree the movie just didn‘t do this book justice. I forgot so many of the amazing details. I‘m really loving rereading 😊 6mo
Naj @Liatrek Yes! The series is definitely picking up now. Can't wait to read the next one in May. 6mo
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3/5
On the fence about this one but going for a 'pick' because it is well written and thought provoking. Mary here is bitter and sceptic, detached from her son, grieving his death, and not ready to believe that he is the son of God. So look away if you're not comfortable reading that because there really isn't much else in this novella. I liked the idea and the writing in certain parts is vivid and rousing. 👇

Naj My only complaint is that it's just a one-note account of a grieving mother without much depth or nuance, except at the very end. Mary's personality apart from her scepticism is non-existent. I wanted a longer book and some more drama. 6mo
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😂😂😂 this made me choke on my tea. The author's having dinner with a pretentious lawyer.

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5/5🌟
Absolutely brilliant. High up among the best books I've ever read. We meet the MC, Firdaus, in an Egyptian prison, hours before she is to be hanged for murder. She then begins telling the story of her life, her journey to the prison cell. It's not an easy story, there's too much pain, too many betrayals, but she manages to remain compassionate and dignified in everything she does – even murder. This one will stay with me for a long time.

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" I was not destined to achieve what I had hoped for. For no matter how hard I tried, or what sacrifices I made like some dreamer sold to a cause, I still remained a poor insignificant employee. My virtue, like the virtue of all those who are poor, could never be considered a quality, or an asset, but rather was looked upon as a kind of stupidity, or simple-mindedness, to be despised even more than depravity or vice. "

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Marina | Carlos Ruiz Zafon
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What a ride! I hated having to put this down and get back to real life. There were some real scary parts that I wouldn't recommend reading at night and perfect, atmospheric writing. Two minor complaints: the ending dragged out for a couple of extra chapters after the main action was over. The narrator — a 15yo boy —was pretty annoying at times, but I guess that was to be expected. Highly recommend, especially if you like Gothic fiction.

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"I asked the dervish sitting on the pavement. How far is the world from here?"
Had to read this one chapter a day because it was too painful, but this gem of a memoir is meant to be read with the same breathtaking intensity with which it was written. Peer has poured his heart into this book, capturing the reality of the most militarized zone in the world. A phenomenal work and a must read for anyone who wants to understand the Kashmir conflict.

Shamzi This is in my to be read list and I'll definitely read it soon after this review!! 7mo
Naj @shammi.dc10 Hope you take away something good from it. I really liked the writing style as well, keeps you turning the pages. 7mo
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1. Tagged
2. Blue Horses by Mary Oliver
3. Spring by Ali Smith

#weekendreads
@rachelsbrittain

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Speedboat | Renata Adler
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The longest 192 pages I have ever read. There's no story at all. Just a series of disjointed anecdotes about life in New York. There would be a paragraph on some journalistic assignment, then the next would talk about a party, abruptly cutting to something about an uncle who said something that one time in a restaurant and on and on Adler would drone. Maybe I'm too dumb to get it, but this was completely meaningless to me. A bit too experimental.

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Today is a day like any other: twenty-four hours, a
little sunshine, a little rain.
Listen, says ambition, nervously shifting her weight from
one boot to another—why don't you get going?
For there I am, in the mossy shadows, under the trees.
And to tell the truth I don't want to let go of the wrists
of idleness, I don't want to sell my life for money,
I don't even want to come in out of the rain.

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Speedboat | Renata Adler
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Not book related but it's a glorious spring morning today and I spotted this beauty while walking. Google tells me it's called the common Hoopoe. We call it Satut in kashmiri.

Bertha_Mason Pretty! 7mo
Simona 😍😍😍 Real beauty! 7mo
Naj @Simona Yes, I'm quite enjoying my spring break before having to go back to hectic city life. 7mo
Simona I wish you a nice and smooth transition 😘 7mo
Naj @Simona 🤗😘 7mo
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Speedboat | Renata Adler
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This was published in 1976 and it shows. She also referred to a gay man as "the homosexual" in an earlier passage.

Bertha_Mason Ugh, the seventies 😧 7mo
vumblereads I‘m Asian and I don‘t mind being called Asian. But I‘ve noticed some people have called me oriental. It makes me feel like someone is trying too hard to be polite 😅 I‘ve also heard one person correcting someone else for saying the word “Asian” and that the politically correct term is “oriental”. Oh geez. Asian is fine. 6mo
Naj @vumblereads Oh, that's interesting. I thought Asian was actually the politically correct term. I've never heard of anyone thinking Asian was wrong. It's "oriental" people take issue with because it's outdated and used mainly for things, not people. I think it's better to just ask the person what they're comfortable with. But yeah, I think Asian is fine. 6mo
vumblereads That‘s true! Like an oriental rug. 😂 I never thought of it that way. 6mo
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Blue Horses: Poems | Mary Oliver
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💖💖💖💖💖
70 pages of pure beauty! My first ever Mary Oliver and I can't wait to read more of her poetry, hopefully outdoors.
In pic: almond blossoms in my ancestral village, where I'm spending spring break.

Lcsmcat Beautiful! 7mo
Amiable So pretty! 7mo
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Blue Horses: Poems | Mary Oliver

When the wind blows
the grass
whistles and whispers
in myths and riddles
and not in our language
but one far older.
The sea is the sea is
always the sea.
These things
you can count on
as you walk about the world
happy or sad,
talky or silent, making
weapons, love, poems.
The briefest of fires.

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Blue Horses: Poems | Mary Oliver

But perhaps you‘re still sleeping. I
could wake you with a touch or a kiss.
But so could I shake the petals from
the wild rose which blossoms so silently
and perfectly, and I do not.

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I have to pick two. The tagged book and Winter by Ali Smith.

#BestBookSoFar2019
@megnews

megnews Wow, this sounds great. Thanks for sharing. I‘m getting some good recommendations! 7mo
Naj @megnews Thanks for creating this tag! I'm using this to get recommendations as well. 7mo
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A short, effective tale of love, motherhood, resilience, and tolerance. I fell in love with the protagonist – a scrawny hen who dreams of freedom and hatching an egg. Also, the last chapter left me teary-eyed which is not what I expected from a book about ducks,hens and weasels. A great read if you're looking for something simple yet powerful.

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