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Vansa

Joined September 2016

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I May Be Some Time | Francis Spufford
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#sundayfunday @ozma.of.oz
Sorry it's late!
1.I love the tagged book,about the effect of polar exploration on the British populace.
2.I live in the tropics and have seen snow just once,so I don't know!! 🤷🏾‍♀️
3.Snowpiercer! Haven't read the graphic novel,loved the movie

ozma.of.oz I didn‘t know there was a graphic novel for Snowpiercer! I‘ll have to look that up! Thanks for sharing! 10m
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#DecemberChill @BarbaraBB @Cinfhen
That's me on my couch in my favourite reading position!The other photos are of #chill times pre-Covid:the best bookshop(arguably)still functioning in India,the excellent museum in Bombay,a retrospective of SH Raza's works,birthday dinner at a blues cafe,a concert at NCPA.India is still not safe enough,covid-wise,to resume any of these for the near future,apart from ultimately my favorite thing-read on my couch!

BarbaraBB Lovely pictures. I hope you will be back to doing those things soon. Until then that couch is a wonderful place to be and read 🥰🥰 2d
Cinfhen Lovely photos 😍I hope life will return to “normal l” as quickly also possible / it‘s hard to look back and think about all the simple things we took for granted. 2d
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This is one of the most evocative descriptions of a storm. I can practically hear the thunder and rain. In all the chatter about Bond and who's going to be the next one, people seem to forget Fleming's skill with words.

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Such a lovely description.

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#FirstLineFridays @ShyBookOwl
Bit late for this prompt but this is such a beautiful opening paragraph.

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Untitled | Unknown
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#DecemberChill my latest playlist! @Cinfhen @BarbaraBB
I love the music on BBC radio, specially OJ Borg's nightshift. I also love their Sounds of the 60s,70s,80s radio programmes. I like the unpredictability of the radio, I really don't use other apps much, and don't even have Spotify.

Chrissyreadit I love Enola Gay so much 👏🙌 4d
Chrissyreadit I love Lenny Kravitz so much too 😁 4d
Vansa @Chrissyreadit same here!! 😀😀 4d
Cinfhen I agree, the unpredictability of the radio is so satisfying 🥰🎵🎉 4d
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Thunderball | Ian Fleming
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Blofeld is a very smart man! As was Fleming. Quite prescient.

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Thunderball | Ian Fleming
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Such excellent turn of phrase

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#sundayfunday a bit late but I loved the prompts! @ozma.of.oz
1.Gabriel Oak from the tagged book.My favourite fictional hero-caring,loyal,competent,loves to read!
2.Cut yourself some slack but also recognise your privilege!
3.Julie James,Mills and boons,His Dark Materials

ozma.of.oz Fun picks for 3! Thank you for sharing! 🧡 1w
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Absolutely fascinating. I cannot recommend this book enough. A lovely perspective on Georgian life, from the perspective of eminent Georgians, and not the usual suspects.

Texreader That is fascinating! 2w
Vansa @Texreader I found that a really interesting connection, too! Building the future , led to revealing the past 2w
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Happy Thanksgiving!I hope it's a lovely holiday with good weather, great food and family!
1.Cheating a bit and naming 4-Pratchett,Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie,Jane Austen, Nick Hornby
2.I love Serafina Pekkala!And Stelmaria,from His Dark Materials.
3.Will Smith's memoir sounds interesting!
@Eggs

Eggs Thanks for playing 📚👍🏼🥰 2w
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@MoonWitch94 nice prompts!!
1. I like them if they're well written, Gone Girl was great, Fates and Furies was excellent.
2. Bookmarks! I like picking the appropriate bookmark for the book I'm reading 😀
3. I absolutely love Frank Tallis' Liebermann-Rheinhardt series, set in fin de siecle Vienna. Also Alexander McCall Smith's Precious Ramotswe books!

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@TheSpineView #Two4Tuesday
Unfortunately in time for this Tuesday!!
1. I've improved my Netgalley percentage of books reviewed to 60%,not great but better than I expected!!
2.I wanted to read the tagged book before i watched Last night in Soho. Both book and movie cannot be recommended enough. Full review here
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4340271461

TheSpineView Thanks for playing! 👍📙 2w
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Quite a difference from the usual descriptions of... underwhelmed-ness most people talk of when they see La Gioconda. I haven't seen it, so I wouldn't know. What about my Litsy friends who have seen the Mona Lisa, agree with this description? Or have any other views on it?!

Nutmegnc Pretty true. 3w
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Such spectacular, beautiful writing. And an epigraph from one of the greatest movies ever. Shawn Levy's a genius. Really worried now that Last night in Soho won't be able to capture the Zeitgeist half as well as this brilliant, evocative book.

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What stunning writing. Even Shawn Levy's introductory chapters are better than entire books written by some people

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Excellent. Exactly what's happening in the world right now.

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Sounds about right. Exactly like my school.

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Oh MAN. Schools in India have absorbed the worst of these behaviours. I remember never telling my schoolfriends about crushes to avoid ridicule. Such unhealthy behaviour.

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Moving and poignant, lovely read. Full review here
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4334129245

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Interesting conceit, could be better.

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4314702455

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Absolutely lovely interrogation of the ways we view the past, and how media plays a role in that.
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4314702455

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Fascinating historical fiction, but the characters could be better. Definitely worth a read though! Full review here: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4333831643

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#ThoughtfulThursday @MoonWitch94
📖The tagged book,loving it so far!
📚I absolutely hate books where violence against women is a catalyst for men's lives, or is just thrown in for shock value.
🍁Tagged book has some absolutely hilarious lines that make me laugh out loud and cringe.

MoonWitch94 Thanks for playing 🍂📖✨ 4w
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JUST like my school. So well put

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What a beautiful sentence

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Sounds familiar for me

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#Wondrouswednesday @Eggs thank you for the tag!!
1.lovely question!Jordan,Izmir,Shanghai,Hong Kong, Berlin,Hydra,Giverny,inspired by these books!https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4308967843
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4187663081
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4156133189
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4307110357
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3863993851
2.My boss let me work from home a few more weeks!

Eggs Great choices👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻Thanks for playing 🥳🥳 4w
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#Two4Tuesday @TheSpineView lovely prompts!
1.So many!Shakespeare and Co,John Sandoe Books,Politics and Prose,Citylights,Book Book in Greenwich Village!My dad's been to all of these so I have books from there,but would love to visit in person!
2.i have a huge list I keep adding to,as you can see from the photo!Even if I don't find these I always find something I want though.

TheSpineView Thanks for playing! 📖📚💙📘 4w
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#WondrousWednesday @Eggs lovely prompts so doing this late,than never!
1.Tagged series.Instant literary Madeleine.Anything by Enid Blyton,really.Also the Babysitters club!
3.Last Wednesday I was grateful at the prospect of a long weekend!

Eggs So glad you were able to play! ❤️❤️ 1mo
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So late,but such nice prompts!#Two4Tuesday
1.Loss,and the remembrance of things past.
2.Sinopticon, a collection of Chinese short stories. Sounds fascinating!
@TheSpineView

TheSpineView Never too late to play! Happy reading! 💙📖 1mo
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1. The tagged book! Quite interesting so far
2.Goodreads, I used to maintain an excel tracker based on the one posted by Bookriot,but I haven't updated that in months now,since I got more regular on Goodreads.
3. Motherwit, recommended on Shawn Mooney's YouTube channel! Ordered it as well!
I hope it was a good weekend!
@rachelsbrittain

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Faisal I of Iraq | Ali A. Allawi
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The mind boggles. How did this man handle so many complications. Incredible

BarbaraBB Kudos for keeping reading that! 🤓 1mo
Vansa @BarbaraBB in all fairness, I stop and start!!! It gets a bit too intense for post workday reading! 1mo
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Fascinating thesis.

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Proust on time. Who better.

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Does this movie's plot sound familiar?!!! I can't find anything where Woody Allen has said he was inspired by this, but clearly he's seen this!

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What an absolutely erudite way of phrasing it.

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What a beautiful sentence.

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The Party Crasher | Sophie Kinsella
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I'm a huge Sophie Kinsella fan,but have felt very let down by her last few books, particularly the quite execrable 'Love your life'.This book is a triumphant return to form.Charming,moving,funny and nuanced characters,the treatment of one in particular being absolutely stellar.5/5 stars,and even more.Read this immediately!!

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#WondrousWednesday @Eggs
1. Just finished the lyrical,moving tagged book.Full review here https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4308967843
2.House cleaning, unfortunately!And looking forward to chatting with @shawnmooney for his YouTube channel!
3.I got some work done that had been pending for a couple of weeks!
Have a good run up to Halloween!

shawnmooney Looking forward to it! 1mo
Eggs 🙌🏻🎃🧡 1mo
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If If you're a fan of Indiana Jones, definitely read this book,it's as good!If you're not, still definitely read this book, it captures a time and attitudes that have ripple effects to this day, very evocatively.Full review here
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4307110357

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#WeekendReads @rachelsbrittain
1.The beautiful, moving tagged book, that traces the author's family experiences in Shanghai
2.Halloween isn't a big deal where I am at all,so my favourite horror movie is Suspiria,the Dario Argento version! Love that soundtrack.
3.I want to read the Secret Lives of church ladies from all the good reviews I've seen on here!

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#Two4Tuesday @TheSpineView
Very late! But here goes
1. Both are fine!!
2. Tagged book, absolutely loved it. It's....witchy but not in the way you think! My review here https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3522711778

TheSpineView Sounds like a good book. Thanks for playing! 1mo
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#sundayfunday @ozma.of.oz
1. Tagged book has a spectacular short story about nightmares with an excellent twist ending.Full review here https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4195963473
2. That I'm not married to my husband!! 😂😂😱😱
3. The absolute WORST. Hate it. Except for the Wizard of Oz movie, where it was charming!
Have a good week!

ozma.of.oz Oh interesting about Wizard of Oz! Thanks for sharing! 1mo
BiblioLitten 3. Can‘t stand that trope. Ugh! 1mo
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Farewell my concubine is one of my favourite movies. This is an excellent chapter on Beijing opera.

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Please read this incredibly evocative book, about an absolutely fascinating city

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We are not alone. We are not alone on the planet. We are not alone in the countryside. We are not alone in cities. We are not alone in our homes. We are humans and we love the idea of our uniqueness.
The heresy of human uniqueness has led us across the millennia along the path of destruction.

Cannot recommend this book enough. Profound and fascinating.

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RF Owen led such an interesting life, this could have been a much better memoir. Both too long, and not long enough! Full review here
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4302494314

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Absolutely loved this thought provoking ,deeply evocative book. Can't recommend it enough. Full review here. https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4302473756