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Sapphire

Sapphire

Joined September 2016

My passions are books, travel, my dogs, theatre and fine dining.
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What a great #recipeswap ! So glad @BennettBookworm paired me with @Pigpen_Reads These recipes are Texas gold! Can‘t wait to try both the white Chili and the most approachable peach dessert recipe yet. Plus getting me moving forward on my TOB reading list. Thank you so much. Stickers are already in my daily planner with smiles! This was def a fun and successful swap and a mid May pick me up!

BennettBookworm Hooray! 3d
Pigpen_Reads So glad you like them! 😊 3d
LeahBergen I‘m so enjoying seeing what recipes everyone chose to send! 3d
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Good Behaviour | Molly Keane

I know it‘s not first line Friday, but what a great one this is! Plus, it kind of feels like my life since my mom@moved in with us on May 1 (not to be too dramatic or anything): “Rose smelt the air, considering what she smelt; a miasma of unspoken criticism and disparagement fogged the distance between us.”

vivastory 😬That's a stellar first line! This is the June #NYRBBookClub selection. Please feel free to join the discussion! 4d
Sapphire That‘s why I am reading it! I really enjoy the #nyrbbookclub selections and discussions! 4d
Texreader Oh dear! 4d
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More thought provoking and inspiring than I expected. I bought this thinking I would be able to hear more about how designated survivor overlapped or was inspired by his real life White House experiences. But it was good and helped with some of my career fed in rough times dilemmas.

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Midnight Library | Matt Haig
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I saw this title on so many lists, and picked it up so many times in stores. Always first intrigued and then some blurb made me think eh probably not my thing. I don‘t know what made me use an audible credit it omit. Likely a litsy post that finally described it more accurately than the blurbs. So glad. I loved every minute of it! I even did laundry to create more time to listen!

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Mexican Gothic | Silvia Moreno-Garcia
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Picked this up this morning instead of my scheduled May TBR books. Can‘t put it down. Already SO GOOD. Thanks needed a slower morning today to try and reset/heal. Falling head first into another time/place/family is wonderful.

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I am a tiny bit lay for April‘s #foodandlit #cuba but we enjoyed this Cuban dish. You all read some interesting titles! This was a good pick for me off my ancient TBR. https://www.thecandidappetite.com/cuban-potato-balls-papas-rellenas/ was easier than I thought. Now on to Afghanistan! #foodandlit2022

Catsandbooks Yum! Looks so good! 2w
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The Art of the Swap | Jen Malone, Kristine Asselin
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Excited to get this swap in the Mail tomorrow. It has been a fun one! #recipeswap

BennettBookworm Amazing! 2w
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Intimacies | Katie Kitamura
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Understated and direct are the words that first come to mind. That may be an affect of the narrator. This is a tournament of books title that I likely would not have otherwise discovered and I really enjoyed. It‘s an odd tone. A very simple approach to describing the complexity of life in all its darkness and intermittent light.

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I enjoyed this a lot more than I thought I would. I listened on audible. I had purchased it some years ago, probably to explore Graham Greene. The kitsch music interludes were funny but they did make me dance in place. I laughed a lot. I thought about my government job a lot. I would compare it to the more modern Cohen brothers film, burn after reading. A picture of pre-castro #Cuba. #foodandlit #foodandlit2022

Texreader Glad you liked it. Graham Green sort of scares me. 1mo
Sapphire This title was approachable. I don‘t know about his other stuff. I found this quite funny, but then again, government worker here 1mo
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The Trees: A Novel | Percival Everett
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I am reading the #tob22 books but not in time to vote. More interested in being exposed to new great literature than voting. But this book. Wow. It‘s why I read. It‘s funny and fast paced. It feels like pulp fiction but it‘s an important book with meaningful message. And just when you think it‘s turned serious there are zombies and ends with mystic stuff. It‘s the kind of book you love, but how do you say you like a topic like this?

vivastory Stellar review 👏👏I agree that the outcome of the real TOB the past couple of years has been disappointing, but it has been great for reading unforgettable books & there have been a lot of wonderful discussions surrounding it on Litsy 1mo
TrishB I felt the same about this book 👍🏻 1mo
BarbaraBB Fab review of a wonderful book! 1mo
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“What makes us like a place, or not like a place?” What do you think? Love the quote but would also love to hear what you think makes a place, really visited or literary experience- affects you deeply

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I do celebrate Easter: in Faith by participating in Church - with Family by a big meal. This year was a visit with my first grandbaby and because we are in Texas this year is Brisket. Great reading month! Thankful everyone in my family is currently healthy. #wondrouswednesday

Eggs Lovely post-thanks for playing! 1mo
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Wide Sargasso Sea | Jean Rhys
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Sunday evening flight home and starting a new title. Miss my girls already. Glad for returning to the warmth of home.

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Matrix | Lauren Groff
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I listened in audible. I enjoyed the first half but had to push through the second. I did not like this as much as the hype. I saw the author at the Savannah book festival and liked her more than I have enjoyed her books. But she is talented and her topics are interesting. She does good character development.

BarbaraBB I am with you! 1mo
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I picked this up because someone or some site compared it to Mr. Penumbras 24 hour bookstore which I really loved. This book started with that same sense of fun. When it got to all the mythical battles I was bored but slogged on wanting to know what happened. I did enjoy the end. But the first 100 pages or so were the best for me, then the last 20 or so.

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Enjoying this book on a lovely Saturday afternoon at home.

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“‘There is nothing more deceptive than an obvious fact,‘”

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Mehso-so

Finished on the plane ride home. It was ok in parts. An interesting profile, needed better editing.

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This title will definitely move to the top of my TBR pile after seeing the exhibit on the Aleppo codex.

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Penguin Modern Poets 3: Your Family, Your Body | Sharon Olds, Warsan Shire, Malika Booker
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Feels so appropriate, as I journey.

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Reading on a bus in Jordan on the way to Petra. Some days I cannot believe how fortunate I am in this amazing life.

Megabooks Very cool! 2mo
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And so it begins, travels with book

vivastory Travel safely! I have read only 1 Anne Fadiman book, but I loved it! 2mo
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The Sentence | Louise Erdrich
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This book wrecked me. So many places, it just grabbed me by the heart, throat, soul. It‘s my first Erdrich. My first read that encompasses the pandemic. But it‘s more than that too. This is a seminal work, and a new personal favorite.

BarbaraBB Lovely review 🤍 2mo
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The Sentence | Louise Erdrich

Walking is a feat of controlled falling.

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Mini Modern Classics | Penguin Classics
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I do read classics! Although I agree the definition of classic varies (there is more than the western cannon). I read A Tree Grows in Brooklyn every decade. I plan to read the Russian classics when I retire (eg War and Peace and Brothers K). Tagging Sheila and Jacinto to see if they want to play.

Eggs Thx for tag❤️ 2mo
SheilaChew I do read the classics! 1mo
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Turtle Diary | Russell Hoban
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I really can‘t decide if I like this book or not. It‘s not that it was so-so, it‘s not that. The dialogue is fantastic. The way the author evokes a complex feeling or approach to life is brilliant. I laughed at some of the scenes. I just never felt like I knew the characters or cared about them, or even got a feeling for their voices. Maybe that‘s the point. The turtles are clearly not the point. I liked the last 40 pages the best. #nyrbbookclub

BarbaraBB That sounds quite intriguing! Thanks for tagging me. 2mo
vivastory It's interesting how certain elements of a book work & others don't. I'm looking forward to the discussion! 2mo
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My husband and I both appreciated this reflective and poignant memoir with interesting commentary on pre-retirement terrors. The thoughts on Greece in the 40s compared to 2015 Greece during the financial and refugee crisis were interesting. The dish I made is perhaps an Americanized cheat but authentic to Midwest cafe Greek. Lemon Garlic chicken and potatoes with olives and feta; a sheet pan recipe from half baked harvest. #foodandlit #greece

Texreader That looks so yummy 2mo
Sapphire It was very good 2mo
Catsandbooks Delicious! 2mo
bnp Yum! 2mo
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Turtle Diary | Russell Hoban

I forgave Polperro, loved it for what it had been and what it now was, for its happiness and sorrow by the sea. I forgave myself for not loving it before, loved myself for loving it now. I forgave everybody everything,

For a book I wasn‘t loving, I sure am loving it in bits and pieces.

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Turtle Diary | Russell Hoban

In-between is really where I feel best. Neither here nor there.‘
‘There isn‘t any in-between,‘ I said. ‘Any place you pass through is this moment‘s here. In-between is an illusion.‘
‘Thanks very much,‘ he said. ‘You‘ve just invalidated most of my life.‘
‘Mine as well,‘ I said.

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Turtle Diary | Russell Hoban
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“Madeira. The name sounded like boats and sunlight.” Ok, now I want to go. The story and characters may not be pulling me in yet (and to be fair the action hasn‘t started yet), but the Author‘s skill at language and the frequent great “turn of phrase” is keeping me going.

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Turtle Diary | Russell Hoban
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the air was sticky with ice-cream and soft drinks,

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Turtle Diary | Russell Hoban

When I was a child grown-ups often told me to smile, which I found presumptuous of them. People still tell me that sometimes, mostly idiots at parties.

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Turtle Diary | Russell Hoban

The night window is a mirror and the lights fixed and flashing so perfectly, each in its proper place, are not in fact where one sees them. I think about it often.

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Turtle Diary | Russell Hoban
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I am having a hard time staying interested. Hopefully it will grab me soon.

vivastory I hope it works for you! 2mo
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Twelve Months of Monastery Soups | Victor-Antoine d'Avila-Latourrette
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I love browsing cookbooks, sitting in my back patio with a cup of tea on a spring Saturday morning. But for actual cooking and meal planning, these are my go to no fail favorites.

Chrissyreadit Monastery Soups is one of my go to favorites too. 2mo
Tamra So do I! I like both Cookish & Monastery Soups. I am curious now about the Oliver book. 😁 2mo
Sapphire @Tamra it has a mustardy beef stew, and an easy fish curry that are on regular rotation at my house. Also, taught me that fresh French dressing at home is the best, especially with eggs and veggies. 2mo
Tamra @Sapphire nothing like home dressing! 2mo
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I am so looking forward to this book and recipe swap! See @BennettBookworm for details and to sign up! #recipeswap

BennettBookworm Thanks for reposting!! 😍 2mo
Sapphire Got my swap assignment. So excited. Now to choose the recipe(s). 1mo
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Turtle Diary | Russell Hoban

The sea turtles are on my mind all the time. I can feel something building up in me, feel myself becoming strange and unsafe.

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This book meanders to a conclusion that my husband I have noted on through our moves. A new home is never fully “home” until you have travelled away and return. It‘s that “glad to be home” feeling that cinches the deal. #foodandlit2022 #foodandlit #greece #dogsoflitsy

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“finga- to go for a fine walk”. Reading on my lunch hour. I like this word that the author and I both just discovered. I am going to try and slip it into my speech! “Some words are irresistible. You have to taste them right away.” Photo for cute dog tax. #dogsoflitsy

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I had gotten old and grumpy. A gnallspik, no less, to use a word that I love. A bellyacher.

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The Sentence | Louise Erdrich
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I am 90 minutes in and about half way through the second chapter. started engaging with the character when she got arrested. Now, I just met the ghost. 2020 hasn‘t happened yet. “Louise Erdrich's latest novel, The Sentence, asks what we owe to the living, the dead, to the reader and to the book. A small independent bookstore in Minneapolis is haunted from November 2019 to November 2020 by the store's most annoying customer. “

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Turtle Diary | Russell Hoban

The sign said: ‘The Green Turtle, Chelonia mydas, is the source of turtle soup . . .‘ I am the source of William G. soup if it comes to that. Everyone is the source of his or her kind of soup. In a town as big as London that‘s a lot of soup walking about.

BarbaraBB Is it good? It‘s our #NYRBBookClub‘s choice this month! 3mo
Sapphire @BarbaraBB so far there have been several times I stop and reread a phrase or passage.. One made me laugh because while it was dated and potentially offensive, it was effective in what it was trying to say. (edited) 3mo
Sapphire @BarbaraBB I just discovered your #nyrbbookclub last month and enjoyed Katalin Street and the discussion a great deal. So I am jumping in along with y‘all. I didn‘t realize this was the author of the Frances children snooks but I can see the similarities in speech patterns 3mo
BarbaraBB So good to have you joining us!! 3mo
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You guys, I just got my newest Slightly Foxed edition book in the mail today! I am obsessed. These books are the perfect size, shape, feel. So beautiful.

LeahBergen It‘s lovely! 3mo
jlhammar Really enjoyed this book. Beautiful edition! 3mo
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I really enjoyed this book. It‘s been a long time since I felt so “carried along” on the journey.

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1. Ghosting by Jennie Erdal and about to start Another Life for #foodandlit2022 #greece on March 1
2. Underground by Murakami. I love Murakami but his nonfiction is so different from his well known stuff and this was a powerful telling or the sirin gas attack of the Tokyo subway.
3. The tagged book, along with Mexican gothic purchased during an indie bookstore visit. I am desperately trying to read what I have and not add more.

vivastory I haven't read Murakami in awhile but have been meaning to revisit his work. I especially love his stories. Thanks for chiming in during the discussion today! 3mo
Sapphire @vivastory it was a good discussion! I hope it keeps going. I will check back in. I have Turtle Diary on reserve with the library. 3mo
vivastory There will be several more months in this round. I'm glad that you will be joining again. I'm really looking forward to the Hoban. I have been wanting to try him for awhile now & Turtle Diary seems like a good starting place. 3mo
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“As it says in the stone garden in Kyoto: you are here. This is now.” Reading by the fire on a Sunday afternoon is a wonderful here and now.

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Adding Wiesbaden to my Frankfurt/Heidelberg literary inspired wanderlust