Home Feed
Home
Search
Search
Add Review, Blurb, Quote
Add
Activity
Activity
Profile
Profile
RachelO

RachelO

Joined April 2016

reading now icon
Heaven, My Home by Attica Locke
reading now icon
Treasure Island!!! by Sara Levine
reading now icon
Drifting House by Krys Lee
reading now icon
Bad Blood by John Carreyrou
review
RachelO
Pocket Heroes: 1: Short John Silver | Dave Woods, Chris Inns
post image
Mehso-so

#BeyondDickAndJane #ReadersChoice #BBRC

Before Long John Silver was long, he was Short John Silver. Here‘s one of his adventures. Fast-moving and full of silly puns and bad jokes. Loved the seven seas he had to sail across (the Sea of Stories and the Sea of Colours in particular were fab). Marks knocked off for the peg leg nicknames (I know it‘s a pirate book, but still - perfectly funny without them.)

@LibrarianRyan @BookwormAHN

BookwormAHN That looks like a fun read 😸 13h
LibrarianRyan 😁👍🏻❤️ 10h
30 likes2 comments
blurb
RachelO
Letters of Wallace Stevens | Wallace Stevens
post image


The house was quiet and the world was calm.
The reader became the book; and summer night

Was like the conscious being of the book.
The house was quiet and the world was calm.

Full poem: https://m.poemhunter.com/poem/the-house-was-quiet-and-the-world-was-calm/

#poetrymatters #calm

Cathythoughts Lovely ♥️ 22h
44 likes1 comment
review
RachelO
Circe | Madeline Miller
post image
Pickpick

I‘ve been dipping in and out of this on audio for MONTHS, treating it more like an ongoing soap opera (just dropping in occasionally to see what the gods are up to) rather than a story that needed finishing. But I loved it. Miller‘s writing is quite stunning and the world she creates feels very real. I‘ll miss spending time on Circe‘s island. And I loved the ending!

rachelm This audiobook is amazing 1d
60 likes1 stack add1 comment
review
RachelO
post image
Pickpick

#MiddleGradeMadeEasy #ReadersChoice #BBRC .

An autobiography, covering the author‘s childhood, growing up between wartime Britain, & India, through independence & partition. I found this a really good read! She never talks down to her readers, whether explaining Indian politics, describing the shock of wartime England, or telling of the loss of her baby brother. I imagine it‘d be quite challenging for young readers, but fascinating nonetheless.

BookwormAHN Sounds interesting 1d
LibrarianRyan 😁👍🏻❤️ 1d
48 likes2 comments
blurb
RachelO
post image

According to the blurb, Soji Shimada is referred to as ‘The God of Mystery‘ in Japan, having published over 100 mystery books. Needless to say, still on the TBR!
#mysterious #fallisbooked

Cathythoughts Sounds so good ! Stacked 1d
OriginalCyn620 👌🏻📚😊 1d
LeahBergen This sounds good! 👍🏻 1d
batsy On my TBR as well! I've been lucky to read a few of the Pushkin Vertigos as ARCs and I've enjoyed them all. 22h
43 likes3 stack adds4 comments
blurb
RachelO
The Art of Travel | Alain de Botton
post image

Having explored various aspects of travel, de Botton ends by discovering his #Homeland thro the mindset of a traveller. Following 18th century explorer Xavier de Maistre, he starts with his bedroom, before moving to his wider neighbourhood.

“Of the 4000 things there might be to see and reflect on in the street, we end up actively aware of only a few: the number of humans in our path, the amount of traffic & the likelihood of rain”

#soaringscores

CrowCAH An interesting list of three things. 1d
Cinfhen Cool concept 12h
42 likes2 comments
blurb
RachelO
Heaven, My Home | Attica Locke
post image

My book needs a playlist...

blurb
RachelO
post image

49500/50000 steps - I‘ll just squeak through before I crash for the night. ✅
Cut out the afternoon biscuits ❎ Gotta leave something for next week!
2 workouts a week ✅ Pic from my run on Thursday- good to get back to it after.a few weeks.
1 x swim and 1 x Parkrun over the 6 weeks ➡️ Not yet.
4 books ➡️ Hmph. BUT I have finished 2 books that I‘ve been reading for ages today 👍

Definitely a bit more active this week 😁
#BFCr4 Week 1 check-in

Bookwormjillk Nicely done 👍 2d
wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌 A fantastic first week! 1d
41 likes2 comments
blurb
RachelO
post image

#poetrymatters #king @TheSpineView

Yes, of course I knew this was by Tolkien 😳

All that is gold does not glitter
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.
From the ashes, a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring;
Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
The crownless again shall be king.

TheSpineView I didn't think of that one! Excellent! 🧡🧡🧡 4d
42 likes1 comment
quote
RachelO
Treasure Island!!! | Sara Levine
post image

So... #ANationOfThieves is from a TV series inspired by Treasure Island (thanks @EadieB !) The tagged is a quite daft (so far) book about a woman who also becomes inspired (obsessed may be more accurate) by Treasure Island, after her sister accidentally leaves her library books on her sofa.

Favourite quote so far:
“Treasure Island,” Lars mused. “Ever worry that if you only read one book, you‘ll get scurvy of the brain?”

#soaringscores

EadieB @RachelO This is the classic book that the show Black Sails is a prequel to (edited) 3d
RachelO @EadieB Thank you! I hadn‘t heard of Black Sails before. (edited) 3d
EadieB @RachelO You‘re welcome! My husband is watching it right now! 3d
CrowCAH Lol are matey tis quite the pirate 🏴‍☠️ tale you speak of! 3d
47 likes4 comments
blurb
RachelO
post image

#fallisbooked #leaves @OriginalCyn620 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

And yes, that might actually be a Snoopy colouring book underneath!

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🧡🍁🍂😊 4d
OriginalCyn620 👌🏻📚🍁🍂 3d
50 likes2 comments
blurb
RachelO
post image

I‘m not a book collector. I‘ve never truly appreciated just how annoying this is. Think I‘ve got it now though...

**WHAT am I supposed to do with this???! 😑

DuckOfDoom And WHY do publishers keep on doing this!!!? 4d
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego That is very annoying. 4d
RachelO @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego @duckofdoom It‘d be fine, if only they weren‘t numbered! The tall one‘s poetry, so I kind-of get why it‘s a different shape. But... 🤷🏻‍♀️ 4d
Ruthiella Why publishers? Why?😖 4d
RachelO @Ruthiella Surely they must realise?! I‘m going to have to split them up. Just too annoying on the shelf together! 4d
52 likes5 comments
blurb
RachelO
post image

Today‘s #bookmail - the final bit of my Tilted Axis Press book subscription for the year.

Blurbs not yet on Litsy, so here‘s the link: https://www.tiltedaxispress.com/books

batsy Oh! Covers 😍😍 4d
RachelO @batsy 😊 Yup! 4d
48 likes2 comments
blurb
RachelO
Go, Went, Gone | Jenny Erpenbeck
post image

Starting this for #readaroundtheworld #Germany

Richard is reluctantly retiring from academic life in Berlin, to an empty house following the death of his wife, with no plans or projects for the future. His interest is sparked by a news report about refugees, a protest he walked straight past without seeing.

The start is very slow, thoughts, memories, daily life - but I think I‘m going to enjoy this.

review
RachelO
Butcher's Hook | Janet Ellis
post image
Pickpick

Finally on its way to you @Cathythoughts . I really enjoyed this - v dark and unusual. And I‘ve finally got over it being written by Janet Ellis! Great pick @jenniferw88

And thanks for sending on the next #lmpbc book @jhod - looking forward to it!

RachelO *still completely obsessed with these endpapers though! 6d
jhod Sotry it didnt even come with a note, i only realised when i sent it - not thinking straight! 6d
RachelO @jhod 🤣🤣 With moving & all, I was majorly impressed you‘d read it, managed to find it at the other end AND found my address! 6d
Cathythoughts Thanks Rachel ♥️looking forward to it 👍🏻 6d
jhod 😂 Yes i guess you're right! Next time! X 5d
44 likes5 comments
blurb
RachelO
post image

Any UK littens feel like doing a round of #lmpbc? Sign ups are open for the next one, and there are still spaces...

I confess I‘m sitting this one out (cos I‘m barely getting through a book a month at the moment, and it‘s not fair on the next person in the queue. Sorry @Cathythoughts 😬), but I‘ve loved doing these.
You get to read things you really wouldn‘t, to know your fellow littens better,to receive bookmail...

Tagging a few peeps ICMY

jhod Oh no, I'm so sorry about that - you are an excellent member! Very happy to have the challenge of getting you out of your slump! 1w
RachelO @jhod Next time, hopefully! I love doing them - just too much of a slowcoach atm. How‘s your new home? Are you settling in? 1w
jhod We could do novellas? Its lovely, thank you! - great area and I love it - but it is stressing my partner out as the downstairs neighbours are really noisy. We are doing a lot of googling of sound proofing!! 1w
See All 12 Comments
Cathythoughts @RachelO there‘s no worry about the next book .... I‘ll be the last reader of it in the group .... and I‘m a little snowed under myself at the mo - and unsure about next round too. 1w
RachelO @jhod Ah no, neighbours! It‘s the one thing you really can‘t check on, isn‘t it? Acoustic hardboard and shag-pile carpet??! Good luck! And thank you for the novellas suggestion 😊 (v neat idea!) but I really need time out to catch up with myself this round. Sorry 😞 1w
RachelO @Cathythoughts Thanks Cathy! 😘😘 1w
jhod No need to apologise! I loved the tagged one, peaches, lullaby and Adele and on chesil beach - good luck!! 1w
jhod And thanks for the tips. Currently playing the radio very loudly to drown them out. We overheard them on the phone yesterday announcing they were pregnant too 😭😭😭 !! 1w
RachelO @jhod Oh ‘eck! Not good if you can hear actual conversations, never mind 👶... Thanks for the novella suggestions. Tagged is already on the tbr - I‘ve never read Shriver, so will look it out. It‘s not so much a slump - I‘m enjoying what I am reading- just getting through so little of it, and not much feeling like pushing it 🤷🏻‍♀️ I do have a friendly hurdy-gurdy player in the family (they‘re LOUD!) - do you want me to send him round? 1w
jhod That would be great! 😂 1w
Cathythoughts @jhod @jenniferw88 & Rachel - I‘m going to sit this one out too. Really loved the contact & the books .... and will join in again at another time. Life is busy just now 😘😘😘 1w
Cathythoughts @jhod oh man ! Neighbors! We had an old man , god love him - he was a pet. He was a bit deaf & stayed up ( or maybe fell asleep ) with the telly up REALLY loud most of the night .... the joys of it. Sounds like a lovely new place you have ... exciting 👍🏻♥️ 1w
41 likes12 comments
blurb
RachelO
Untitled | Unknown
post image

I‘ve signed up! See @wanderinglynn ‘s page for details/link.

I skipped round 3, and my goals this time are (I hope) a tad more sustainable. But better than I‘ve been doing for the last few weeks...

50000 steps/week
Cut out the afternoon biscuits
2 workouts a week
1 x swim and 1 x Parkrun over the 6 weeks (to get me started, cos they‘re both things I really should give a go, but I need a push)
4 books

Thanks for running this again Lynn 😊

Bookwormjillk Great goals! 1w
wanderinglynn Great goals! 🙌🏻 And thanks for sharing! 1w
38 likes2 comments
blurb
RachelO
post image
TheSpineView 🤩🤩🤩 2w
Maike Aw 😍 2w
48 likes2 comments
blurb
RachelO
Animal Dreams | Barbara Kingsolver
post image
OriginalCyn620 👌🏻📚🧡 2w
53 likes1 comment
blurb
RachelO
Go, Went, Gone | Jenny Erpenbeck
post image

Despite being more than halfway through 3 of these, this is still a ridiculously ambitious #OctoberTBR . But the plan this month is to just finish *something*!

#FallisBooked

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Woohoo!! 🙌🏻📚🧡 2w
OriginalCyn620 👌🏻😊📚❤️ 2w
Kammbia1 Go, Went, Gone is one of my favorite reads of 2019. A touching and thought-provoking novel. 2w
46 likes3 comments
blurb
RachelO
post image

A big ol‘ archaeology book which I may or may not get round to reading one day, with the ring of a very pretty Natufian necklace from Israel on the cover. #TheRingGoesSouth #SoaringScores

Cinfhen Oh wow!! Is that in a museum in Israel?? Would love to see it 😊 2w
RachelO @Cinfhen isn‘t it pretty? It‘s from HaNahal cave and the copyright statement says The Israel Museum, Jerusalem. So maybe...? (The book index isn‘t great so I can‘t find more info 😕) Let me know if you track it down! 2w
CrowCAH That is a very pretty necklace! 😍 2w
Cinfhen I haven‘t been to The Israel Museum in a few years - maybe I‘ll go with my parents when they visit in a few weeks!! Thanks for letting me know 😁 2w
42 likes4 comments
quote
RachelO
Fuel: Poems | Naomi Shihab Nye
post image

The Rider - Naomi Shihab Nye

A boy told me
if he roller-skated fast enough
his loneliness couldn‘t catch up to him,
the best reason I ever heard
for trying to be a #champion.

Full poem at: https://poets.org/poem/rider

#poetrymatters

Cathythoughts Great quote 2w
TheSpineView 🤩🤩🤩 2w
40 likes2 comments
review
RachelO
No Place of Refuge | Ausma Zehanat Khan
post image
Pickpick

When a Canadian NGO worker goes missing, suspected of murder, from a refugee camp on Lesvos, Community Policing detectives Esa Khattak and Rachel Getty are sent to investigate, and avert a diplomatic incident.

Thanks to NetGalley for the ARC - I‘d been looking forward to reading these books, and will be going back to read the others in the series. 👇

RachelO The murder mystery is really secondary to the plight of the refugees - we learn of the horrors they were facing in Syria, and the organised crime taking advantage of the most vulnerable as they try to flee. Khan is a former human rights lawyer, and her research cuts through the story without ever feeling forced. 2w
RachelO Where the book falls down for me is in the personal relationships between the Canadian characters, which I didn‘t always believe, either logistically or emotionally, and found a little off-putting. I have come in at the 4th in the series, which no doubt contributed to the problem. 2w
TrishB I‘ve just finished number 2 and am really enjoying the series!! I couldn‘t start at number 4 😱 2w
RachelO @TrishB 🤣🤣🤣 Yes but I‘m so slow, I‘d never get anywhere if I started at the beginning! The story was fine as a standalone, but I do wonder if I‘d have found the relationships less eye-roll-y if I‘d started at number 1. Were any eyes rolled during books 1&2 for you? 2w
TrishB I think the Esa/Rachel relationship may be worthy of the occasional eye roll! 2w
44 likes1 stack add5 comments
blurb
RachelO
post image

A very belated #7covers7days #covercrush Day 7.

Thanks for the tag @sudi - it‘s been really fun!

quote
RachelO
Drifting House | Krys Lee
post image

Prologue.

Flaneurette This sounds great! Stacked 3w
RachelO @Flaneurette 👍 I‘m really liking it! 2w
44 likes1 stack add2 comments
blurb
RachelO
Drifting House | Krys Lee
post image

Felt a lack of short stories in my diet. These are (possibly interlinked) stories set between South Korea and the USA. Beautifully written, and so far the Goose Father is the standout - a man gets a lodger, after his wife and children move to the States to get away from the pressure of the Korean school system. The young man turns up with his goose and just sparkles.

57 likes1 stack add
blurb
RachelO
post image

Seeing all the #Booked2019 posts has made me realise how little I‘ve read this summer - I can‘t shoehorn ANY of the books I‘ve read into any category (and I‘m pretty good with a shoehorn!)

Among the random things I‘ve been doing instead is learning (very basic) German. Apps, podcasts, you name it... DuoLingo keeps taunting me with horrors like this though!

Roll on October, definitely time to hit the books again 🍁🍂🍁

julesG It's a cruel reality though. Lots of schools no longer have a library. And the few that do are lacking staff to run it. 😬 3w
mrsmarch I wish I could stick with duolingo. It‘s hard for me to make it a daily habit. 3w
BookwormM I am learning Spanish via Duolingo 3w
See All 14 Comments
batsy Like @BookwormM I'm learning Spanish on Duolingo... And now added the Latin module they've rolled out! I'm walking around the house saying some Latin words and feeling very clever 😂 3w
BookwormM @batsy I want to start the Latin what is your name on Duolingo wanna be friends? 3w
batsy @BookwormM Sure! I'm Subashini_N and I have no other friends on there 😂 I have not made the most of the website beyond the lessons. 3w
BookwormM @batsy you will be my 1st friend 🤣🤣 (edited) 3w
RachelO @julesG It‘s SO sad. And so short-sighted. 3w
RachelO @mrsmarch What language are you learning Rachel? I‘m enjoying combining it with podcasts so I hear real people talking this time. We‘ll see how long it lasts though 😉. My username is racheloakes5 if you want to add a friend (not too sure how that helps but 🤷🏻‍♀️) 3w
RachelO @BookwormM @batsy 👏👏👏 Latin? I‘m impressed! I was messing with Spanish last year, but didn‘t get too far. It‘s on my ‘One Day‘ list. racheloakes5 if you want another friend - I‘m friends with 1 person who was obviously pressing random buttons a couple of weeks back 😂😂 3w
batsy @BookwormM @RachelO Yay! I have two friends now 😂💜 3w
RachelO @batsy Yay! 3w
BookwormM We are friends BTW I am M on Duolingo 3w
RachelO @BookwormM Yay! I guessed that must be you 😊 2w
47 likes14 comments
blurb
RachelO
Heaven and Hell | Jn Kalman Stefnsson
post image

TBR, but at least one of the #SevenSeas are involved.

#redroseseptember @Cinfhen @arlenefinnigan

arlenefinnigan Cool cover! 3w
Cinfhen Ha! 3w
51 likes2 comments
blurb
RachelO
The Big Six | Arthur Ransome
post image

#7covers7days #covercrush Day 6

Something completely different 🙃

Anyone who fancies a(nother) round, you‘re tagged - 7 covers, 7 days, no explanations. GO!

batsy Oh! 😍 3w
RachelO @batsy I was debating getting rid of my Swallows and Amazons collection at the start of the year. But I think they might stick around a bit longer... 3w
batsy @RachelO I don't mean to be so bold as to tell you want to do, but ... NOOOOOO DON'T 3w
50 likes3 comments
blurb
RachelO
Ueno Station | Yu Miri
post image

#7covers#7days #covercrush Day 5

Have you already done this @Hestapleton ? 7 covers, 7 days, no explanations, try and tag someone new each day...

I‘m enjoying doing this @sudi ! But I feel like I‘ve already raved about my favourite book covers, so there aren‘t many surprises here...

Hestapleton I need to start! You‘re the second person to tag me! 3w
RachelO @Hestapleton No pressure! It‘s fun though 😊 3w
batsy I was actually waiting for you to post this cover 😁 I love it! 3w
sudi I love this cover 😍 and i'm glad you're enjoying the challenge 😊 3w
RachelO @batsy I AM SO PREDICTABLE! 🤣🤣🤣 But I stand by my choice here! 3w
51 likes5 comments
blurb
RachelO
The Dutch House | Ann Patchett
post image

#HeAintHeavyHesMyBrother #redroseseptember

The story of a close brother-sister relationship, the family home they grew up in, and the family (and home) they lost. This was the first novel of Patchett‘s I‘d read - I loved it!

arlenefinnigan Sounds interesting (and really sad!) 3w
Cinfhen So jealous!!!! I‘m waiting very eagerly for this book!!!!!! 3w
TrishB @Cinfhen me too!! 3w
See All 6 Comments
RachelO @TrishB @Cinfhen For some bizarre unknown reason, NetGalley invited me to review the ARC. Given my NG stats are, well, pretty poor, it seemed rude not to! 3w
RachelO @arlenefinnigan Tears were shed! 3w
Cinfhen Ahhhhh!!!! They flat out rejected my request 😝☹️😞 3w
64 likes1 stack add6 comments
blurb
RachelO
A Few Right Thinking Men | Sulari Gentill
post image

#7covers7days #covercrush

If you haven‘t already (or even if you have) do you fancy a round @CocoReads @Jennifer3 ? 7 covers, 7 days, no explanations, try & tag someone new every day.

Jennifer3 Definitely! I would love to do it! 3w
sudi 😍 3w
RachelO @Jennifer3 Hooray! 3w
See All 6 Comments
RachelO @sudi 😊 3w
RachelO Day 4! 3w
Lizpixie This whole series was on my list too!👍 3w
65 likes6 comments
blurb
RachelO
1Q84 | Haruki Murakami
post image

#7covers7days #CoverCrush Day 3

Sorry @sudi ! Haven‘t quite managed the ‘every day‘ side of it, but still going!

Would you like to join in @violettemeier ? A cover a day (well, sort of!) for 7 days, no explanation, tag someone new each day.

zezeki 😍😍 3w
Cathythoughts Very nice ♥️ 3w
sudi Love these 😍 and don't worry about the days, it's just for fun 😄 3w
65 likes3 comments
blurb
RachelO
No Place of Refuge | Ausma Zehanat Khan
post image

Still working my way (very slowly) through this ARC. So far it‘s taken us #AllAroundTheWorld from Canada, to Greece, Turkey, France & the Netherlands in the search for Audrey, a missing Canadian charity worker based on the Greek islands. Meanwhile Syrian refugee Ali is still looking for his ‘baby‘, girlfriend Israa, who was separated from him in the chaos of the journey to Greece.

#redroseseptember

arlenefinnigan This sounds excellent, and heartbreaking. 3w
RachelO @arlenefinnigan The storyline‘s excellent, and the details just keep kicking you. I think the author has a background in human rights/immigration law. But the relationships... 🙄! Not sure if I‘d be more convinced if I‘d started with book 1 in the series... 3w
Cinfhen Oh, this is part of a series???? It sounds really good 3w
RachelO @Cinfhen Yes, I think I‘ll read the others one day. In order! (Beware US/UK title changes though.) Think this is the first : 3w
Cinfhen I‘ve actually heard REALLY WONDERFUL things about this series 😊 3w
50 likes2 stack adds5 comments
blurb
RachelO
Behold the Dreamers | Imbolo Mbue
post image

#7covers7days #covercrush #Day 2

Would you like to play @Christine11 ? A cover a day for 7 days, no explanation needed. Tag someone each day 😊

@sudi

sudi Great pick 💙 4w
Cathythoughts Loved this book 👍🏻♥️ 4w
72 likes1 stack add2 comments
blurb
RachelO
post image

Yippee-ippee-ey-ey-aye-yay-yay!

Thanks for the earworm @arlenefinnigan ! Not quite sure ‘Cowboy‘was the vibe he was going for, but still.

#kinkyafro #redroseseptember @Cinfhen

arlenefinnigan Excellent pick! Nice work 😉 4w
Cinfhen Hahahahaha 4w
52 likes2 comments
blurb
RachelO
Gospel of Loki | Joanne Harris
post image

Thank you for the tag @sudi 😘. Lets see if I can make a whole 7 days!

#7covers7days Day 1

Would you like to play (if you haven‘t already) @laurenbescoby ? A cover a day for 7 days, no explanation needed, tag someone new each day.

sudi Love this one 😍 1mo
laurenbescoby Oh thank you for the tag! I just may. Been a bit lax in my litsy time and it might help me get back in the swing of things 😊 x 4w
laurenbescoby Also, love this cover, and have this book to read! Read Runemarks, and want to read Runelight before I read this and testament of Loki! X 4w
RachelO @laurenbescoby Yay! Do! I must admit, I‘m using this to get back into the swing, but my posting‘s still a tad erratic. And I think this book was a gift from you originally- it‘s beautiful 😍 4w
laurenbescoby @RachelO my goodness of course it was 🙈 my brain at the moment. Just about getting through the days atm 😂 plan to start this today 😊 x 3w
56 likes1 stack add5 comments
review
RachelO
Murphy's Law | Rhys Bowen
post image
Pickpick

Yay! I finished a book!!

1920s Ireland. Molly Murphy needs to leave in a hurry, and finds herself travelling to New York. A murder on Ellis Island leaves a friend implicated - so she sets about investigating the real killer.

Warm-hearted, an entertaining love interest, lots of historic detail, & the difficulties of life for the new (poor) migrants is never glossed over. I enjoyed this on audio - will definitely be reading more in the series.

TrishB Yay 🎉 and great review. 1mo
Cathythoughts Great review & beautiful pic 👍🏻💙 1mo
67 likes2 comments
review
RachelO
Chief's Bride | Desmond Dudwa Phiri
post image
Pickpick

A short play by DD Phiri, an author and historian from #Malawi who passed away earlier this year. Published in 1968.

This is the story of the young chief from a traditional village, who chooses a bride & is somewhat blindsided when she declares she wants a ‘democratic marriage‘. With themes of entitlement, respect, equality, democracy & listening to your young people (they have a point!) it feels disturbingly current. #readaroundtheworld

Tamra That sounds like something I want to read. 1mo
batsy This sounds really interesting. And a lovely edition! 1mo
BookwormM Sounds intriguing 1mo
56 likes2 stack adds3 comments
blurb
RachelO
Butcher's Hook | Janet Ellis
post image

@jhod Thank yoh so much for the wonderful #lmpbc parcel that just arrived! That bookmark‘s amazing 😊. And I haven‘t read any AC in ages! Good luck with the move 🤞🤞🤞 Let us know!
@jenniferw88 What a beautiful copy - not sure I want to write in this one. Really looking forward to it. Enjoy your holiday!
@Cathythoughts Your next book went in the post yesterday, so will probably reach you early next week. It‘s a good‘un 😉

Cathythoughts Perfect! Thankyou X I‘ve finished Three Daughters ( loved it 👍🏻) & will post it on to you @jenniferw88 September 10th.... when you are back from hols 👍🏻😉. Lovely gifts you received Rachael ✨ 1mo
squirrelbrain Lovely gifts! 💕 1mo
56 likes2 comments
review
RachelO
Cloud Tea Monkeys | Mal Peet, Juan Wijngaard, Elspeth Graham
post image
Pickpick

When her mum becomes too ill to work on the tea plantation, Tashi confides in the monkeys she shares her lunch with. And of course they want to help.

A sweet story beautifully illustrated- I read this for #BBRC, but can‘t make it fit!

Cathythoughts Gorgeous picture 1mo
LibrarianRyan 😁👍🏻❤️ 1mo
59 likes2 comments
quote
RachelO
Night Shift | Debi Gliori
post image

‘Night skills: the ability to survive inside my own darkness‘

Totally opposite end of the #PictureBooksAtoZ spectrum, but equally awesome. This is a beautiful adult picturebook (no, I didn‘t know that was a thing) documenting the author‘s experience of depression. There are dragons. There is darkness. There are trite unhelpful comments (‘chin up!‘) But eventually something shifts.
Brilliantly done with very few words. And gorgeous to boot. #BBRC

BookwormAHN Nice, I'll have to look for that one. 1mo
LibrarianRyan 😁👍🏻❤️ 1mo
55 likes2 comments
review
RachelO
Press Here | Herve Tullet
post image
Pickpick

Time to catch up with some #BBRC #PictureBooksAtoZ posts.

My brother and his gf are expecting v soon, so I‘m using this challenge to start a shopping list. This is at the Very Top of the list - it‘s wonderful! Fun, simple, clear, interactive and (did I mention?) fun. This is one of those books I‘d been waiting for an excuse to track down - totally need to borrow a toddler to read it with now!

BookwormAHN I may need to get my niece this one. 1mo
LapReader Every kid I‘ve ever read it to loves it. 1mo
RachelO @BookwormAHN 😊 How old is she? Sorry I‘ve been AWOL all summer - back on it now! 1mo
See All 14 Comments
RachelO @LapReader It‘s great! 💛❤️💙💛 1mo
tournevis Hervé👏Tullet👏Hervé👏Tullet👏Hervé👏Tullet👏 1mo
LibrarianRyan I LOVE this book. If you like this concept try out 1mo
Blaire This book is the best!! 1mo
BookwormAHN She's three and she loves pressing buttons on tablets and phones. 1mo
RachelO @BookwormAHN 😊 That sounds perfect! You might want to check out the one @LibrarianRyan mentioned as well ☝️ 1mo
RachelO @LibrarianRyan OK, I‘m starting my list now! 1mo
RachelO @tournevis @Blaire That‘s it, I‘m ordering all of them!! 😁 1mo
tournevis @RachelO My favourites of his are the puntastical Trulututu books, which I think were never translated. If they were, run, don't walk! 1mo
RachelO @tournevis 🏃🏻‍♀️🏃🏻‍♀️🏃🏻‍♀️ Looks like you can probably get them in Polish, which might not help. 😕 1mo
tournevis @RachelO I just saw that 10 fois 10 was translated (10 times 10) and my son loved that one too. 1mo
54 likes1 stack add14 comments
blurb
RachelO
Murphy's Law | Rhys Bowen
post image

Hello, Litsy, it‘s been an age (work, work, work 🥺😴🤓) Hope you‘re all doing great.

I actually found a library audiobook I wanted to read last night- really enjoying it so far. And who knew that Rhys Bowen is actually a woman called Janet Quin-Harkin?

Did I miss anything?

squirrelbrain Hey! Good to see you back... Love the cover of that book ❤️ 1mo
Megabooks Hey! I hope you‘re doing well! 1mo
RachelO @squirrelbrain 👋 Isn‘t it great? Don‘t know why I haven‘t noticed these before. Glad to be back - I‘ve missed you all! And really sorry to miss Yorkshire August 🙁 1mo
See All 9 Comments
RachelO @Megabooks Hi Meg! How are things going? Sorry to bail on you all at the end of bfc last round - hit overwhelm. Again! Doing good thanks 😊. Not much reading going on, though... 1mo
Megabooks @RachelO I‘m not doing my job in the bfc this round, tbh. I‘m reading well, but my fitness goals are in the toilet. Always glad to have you here, whether you have time to read or not. 💜 1mo
CarolynM Nice to see you back. I have a copy of this one but I've never got around to reading it😬 1mo
RachelO @CarolynM Hi Carolyn! I‘m only an hour in, but I think it‘s got a lot going for it. Will report back! 1mo
TrishB Hi 👋 good to see you again. 1mo
RachelO @TrishB Hi Trish, Happy September! How did it get this late in the year??! 1mo
61 likes9 comments
blurb
RachelO
Untitled | Anonymous
post image

So sorry @Cathythoughts @jenniferw88 @jhod - having a bit of an #lmpbc disaster this month. My book is **finally** on its way to you, Cathy (should be there in the next couple of days), and the next one will be more-or-less on time. Really sorry for holding everything up - not a great start to the round - visitors and work all kicked off at the same time, and reading just hasn‘t happened.

RachelO Hope you‘ve all been having a lovely August, and apologies again for fluffing this one. 😘 2mo
Cathythoughts @RachelO no worries at all. I should get it this week & I have no other reading commitments, so I‘ll start it straight away. .... we will still be on target 👍🏻😘 All good X 2mo
RachelO @Cathythoughts Thanks Cathy - much appreciated. I just slowed to 🐌-pace this month 😬. Take care x 2mo
See All 9 Comments
jenniferw88 That's ok @RachelO . @Cathythoughts I'm on holiday 3rd-10th September so won't be able to collect any parcels. 2mo
Cathythoughts @jenniferw88 👍🏻have a lovely holiday... 2mo
RachelO @jenniferw88 Thanks Jenny. Have a fantastic trip! 😎 2mo
jhod No problem from me! I still need to read August's book too... 2mo
jhod Hope things are calmer now! 2mo
Cathythoughts Rachel your books arrived. Thankyou! Look forward to reading your book of choice, & I loved Thirteen so I‘m thrilled with Twisted. Thanks too , for your lovely card .. must keep an eye out for your musician brother , my husband‘s a musician too, our paths may cross someday 👍🏻♥️ 2mo
41 likes9 comments
blurb
RachelO
Fountainville | Tishani Doshi
post image

A very strange little book, set on some sort of baby farm, and based on a story from the Mabinogion. This was one of the first books I reviewed on Litsy.
#babies #AyUpAugust

Cinfhen Sounds fascinating 2mo
squirrelbrain Good one! 😁👍 2mo
TrishB Hope all is good Rachel 😘 2mo
See All 6 Comments
RachelO @TrishB Hi Trish! All good - just a bit frazzled, thanks for asking. 3 weeks of visitors followed by a 🌋 of work - July‘s projects arrived in August, just after I‘d overcommitted because I wanted to work for some better-paying companies... Hoping to be back in September. How‘s things? Hope your daughter got what she wanted this week, and all‘s chilled and fantastic with you. xx 2mo
TrishB 👍🏻 good to hear. She did really well and got what she needed for her first choice (Nottingham in the end!). Such a relief 😁 2mo
RachelO @TrishB I‘m so pleased! Send her my congrats. Speak soon 😘 2mo
44 likes6 comments
blurb
RachelO
Wind in the Willows | Kenneth Grahame
post image

Very little crying, but lots and lots of river in this one. And a distinct lack of spring cleaning.

#CryMeARiver #AyUpAugust @Cinfhen @squirrelbrain

squirrelbrain 🤣 A lack of spring cleaning - love that! 🤣 2mo
Cinfhen I‘m loving the emojis ‼️👍🏻 2mo
gradcat The emojis are so cute...how do you do that? ♥️ 2mo
See All 7 Comments
RachelO @gradcat When you‘re adding a photo in Litsy, click on the text button. You can type as you would normally, including 🐸🦆🐸, then move the text box to wherever you want it in the image. 2mo
gradcat Oh, now I feel kind of stupid ! Thanks for explaining it...I think perhaps some of us (me?) might steal your idea! 😂♥️ 2mo
RachelO @gradcat Please don‘t feel stupid! Fairly sure I nicked it from someone else 😉And can you ever have too many emojis? 🤣🙃😂 2mo
gradcat @RachelO Never! 😂🤣😂 2mo
56 likes7 comments
blurb
RachelO
Untitled | Unknown
post image

Another hot day here. Took a walk through the park.

My #bfc #bfcr2 check-in - bit of a chaotic week with people staying, but still doing so much more exercise than I was.

60500/63000 steps
3/2 other workouts (inc weights, C25K run & a swim)
0x Sugar-free Wednesdays
0/1x 14:10 overnight fast. Not practical atm
Parkrun - not yet - this might move to round 3.
1 book finished (total 2.5/4)

britt_brooke Nice work! 3mo
KathyWheeler You are doing a great job! It looks so beautiful where you live. 3mo
Megabooks Gorgeous pictures!! You‘re making good progress! 3mo
See All 8 Comments
cewilf Awesome progress and beautiful pics!! 3mo
cobwebmoth Nice job! 3mo
wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 You‘re making great progress! 🎉 And beautiful photos. 3mo
TheEllieMo Great week, and lovely photos! 3mo
Emilymdxn Amazing! That scenery is beautiful and you‘re doing so well! 3mo
49 likes8 comments
blurb
RachelO
No Place of Refuge | Ausma Zehanat Khan
post image

My next #NetGalley read, probably called A Dangerous Crossing in some/the rest of the world.

Dear publishers,
Now that word-of-mouth is international, do title changes really still make sense?

Dear @Litsy
Thank you for your trick of merging international titles. It makes SUCH a difference (I can be annoyed rather than out-of-pocket now!) - of all the improvements you‘ve made over the last year, this one gets 🎉🎉🎉 every time I hit it.

Centique Yes it‘s so helpful when Litsy merges them! 3mo
60 likes1 comment
review
RachelO
The Dutch House | Ann Patchett
post image
Pickpick

I was invited to read this by the publisher via #NetGalley- having never read Ann Patchett before, I went in knowing nothing about it.

I really enjoyed it! It‘s the story of a brother and sister‘s relationship into adulthood, the house they grew up in (it has a leading role), the memories they shared - or didn‘t- & the ‘family‘ that brought them up. It‘s also about nostalgia, letting go and moving on.

Sad, hopeful, beautifully told... 👇

RachelO with some cracking lines. I‘ll be searching out all the Ann Patchetts in future! 3mo
MrsMalaprop My favourite is 3mo
RachelO @MrsMalaprop Stacked - thank you. I‘m not sure why I‘ve never read her before. 3mo
See All 10 Comments
TrishB Sounds great 👍🏻 I‘ve liked most of her stuff so far. 3mo
RachelO @TrishB That‘s good to know! I really haven‘t been drawn to her books til now - but as I‘m having quite a hard time explaining why I loved this, maybe that‘s just how it goes. 3mo
rmaclean4 @RachelO she is one of my favorite authors!! Can't wait till this is published. 3mo
RachelO @Megabooks Just remembered to tag you! Happy Friday 😊 3mo
RachelO @rmaclean4 👍 So what would you recommend I read next of hers? 3mo
Megabooks Glad you liked it! 3mo
Megabooks @RachelO Thanks for the tag and happy Friday to you!! 3mo
47 likes1 stack add10 comments