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Blue Self-Portrait | Noemi Lefevre
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Thank you Margot @merelybookish for these lovely gifts! I've always wanted to read The Deptford Trilogy so I'm delighted to have the first book, and Blue Self-Portrait has been in my TBR for ever so long. The bookmark and card are so pretty and I look forward to trying the tea ❤️❤️ Thank you, friend 😘

Dragon A great book 👍🐉 1d
rohit-sawant How lovely! 💕 24h
merelybookish Oh wow! It arrived! That was pretty fast...well, except that I have been meaning to send it since Xmas. 😄 24h
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Cinfhen So nice ❤️ 23h
Tanisha_A 😍 Goooooodies! 23h
readordierachel Wonderful!! 23h
TrishB Lovely 💕 23h
Cathythoughts Beautiful gifts 👍🏻💕💕 21h
erzascarletbookgasm ❤️👏 21h
LeahBergen How nice! ❤️❤️ 21h
batsy @Dragon That's good to know! 🙂 20h
batsy @merelybookish I know what you mean about meaning to for a long time; I'm the same with my intentions 😂 This was unexpected and a wonderful mail day; thank you ❤️ 20h
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In the darndest places, according to Freud 😳

#MayMovieMagic @rohit-sawant @Cinfhen

mabell So great! 😂😂 2d
Cathythoughts 👍🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2d
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rohit-sawant Great pick! 🤣🤣 2d
gradcat Yaaasss! Bravo! 👏🏻 ♥️👍 2d
batsy @rohit-sawant @gradcat 😁❤️ 2d
LeahBergen 😆😆 2d
Leftcoastzen 👏👏👏👏 1d
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On his first night at Green Knowe, Tolly is rowed through the flooded gardens by lamplight after having travelled through a flooded England, drenched by rain. I love that this English landscape hinges between reality and fantasy; there's no solid division between the real and imagination, which is to me is a crucial element of the best children's books 💚

#WhenTheLeveeBreaks #MayMovieMagic @rohit-sawant @Cinfhen

saresmoore Mmm, great point about children‘s lit! If the book was good enough, just reading it would blur my sense of reality in everyday life for a while. I miss that. 4d
Chrissyreadit I love this book! I listened to it several times with my children on long car rides (many years ago) and it remains a favorite ❤️❤️❤️❤️ 4d
rohit-sawant So wonderfully described! Love your point about the blend of the real and imaginary. 4d
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batsy @saresmoore I know, right? I miss that kind of immersion reading that totally transports me until I forget who I am. 4d
batsy @Chrissyreadit That's lovely! I only read it recently because of a readalong hosted by @TheBookHippie and I regret not having read it as a kid! But better late than never 😁 4d
batsy @rohit-sawant ❤️❤️ 4d
TheBookHippie @batsy ❤️💚 This was simply wonderful. 4d
LeahBergen I need to pull this off my shelf for a read soon. 👍🏻 3d
saresmoore I mean, I did recapture a bit of that when I binge watched the entire series of Gossip Girl a few years ago. 😅 3d
batsy @LeahBergen It's so lovely ❤️ 3d
batsy @saresmoore Well, just between us, I also recaptured that feeling while watching Pretty Little Liars 😂😭 3d
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A Midsummer Night's Dream | William Shakespeare
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"I am your spaniel; and, Demetrius
The more you beat me, I will fawn on you."

Helena is #hookedonafeeling indeed, but her subservient love for Demetrius has me screaming, NOOOO, GIRL!!! Here's hoping fairy enchantment can set things right ??‍♀️

Image is of Helena following Demetrius into the woods, but I couldn't find the source or credits.

#MayMovieMagic @rohit-sawant @Cinfhen #ShakespeareReadAlong @merelybookish

Cathythoughts Lovely post ✨ 6d
saresmoore Perfect! 👌 6d
rohit-sawant Such a fitting choice for the prompt!🏆 6d
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batsy @Cathythoughts @saresmoore @rohit-sawant It's a lovely play but I'm stressing about young Helena and her choices 👵🏾💜 6d
gradcat Really pretty post! 5d
readordierachel Hellll no! The juxtaposition of Hermia and Helena is really interesting. Good one! 5d
merelybookish Wow! That image really captures her grovelling. 😣 It's hard to read these sections. You just want her to STOP! (Side note @ReadOrDie in my search for an article about all the H-named heroines in AMND, I found one that discussed how Hermia and Helena have similar names, different personalities while Lysander and Demetrius have distinct names, same personalities.) 5d
merelybookish @readordierachel I meant to tag your in the above post but made a mistake and since I have an Android, I cant edit a comment 🙄and I don't want to retype. So 👆🙂 5d
batsy @gradcat Thanks :) 5d
batsy @readordierachel Yes, it's an element of the play I find quire fascinating too. I'm rooting for Helena but she's made me go "Nooooo" almost all of the time! 5d
batsy @merelybookish So true, it's hard to read those bits! I only feel better if I can scribble in the margins stuff like "patriarchy must die" and etc. ? 5d
readordierachel It would be hilarious to pick up a used copy of this and see "patriarchy must die" in the margins! ? @merelybookish I agree, it's so hard to read Helena. She's like that friend who keeps going back to her asshole "boyfriend" and you just want to very gently shake her and make her see she deserves better. Girl. 5d
Gezemice @readordierachel @batsy oh yes, that‘s exactly what I was thinking. The asshole boyfriend and the co-dependent girl. I was like, girl, get some self-respect, brrrr 4d
batsy @Gezemice Absolutely! It's hard not to growl. 4d
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A Sky Painted Gold | Laura Wood
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The Greengage Summer and I Capture the Castle capture the heady days of youth and love and A Sky Painted Gold has been compared to the latter, so I'm really keen to read it.

#LeTempsDeLamour #MayMovieMagic @rohit-sawant @Cinfhen

readingjedi The Greengage Summer! I have been trying to remember that title for an age! Thanks for the reminder, I loved that book. 7d
batsy @readingjedi Isn't it a good one ❤️ One of my favourites. 7d
rohit-sawant Wonderful post! Rumer Godden is one of my most anticipated authors. 7d
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Cinfhen Thanks for sharing some new to me books!!!! 🤩 7d
LRSmith I love Godden, and the first sentences of I Capture have to be some of the most ingenious ever. Love that book! (edited) 7d
batsy @rohit-sawant @Cinfhen ❤️❤️ 6d
batsy @LRSmith Yes! That opening sets the tone. I love those two books so much! 💜 6d
LeahBergen Ooooh, that new one sounds good. I‘ve had the Godden waiting on my shelf for way too long! 😬 6d
batsy @LeahBergen You must read it! 😁 6d
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The Song of the Lark | Willa Cather
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Thea is almost 13 and there's something about this paasage, as Thea discovers certain intangible truths about her artistic nature, that gives me strong Emily vibes (of L.M. Montgomery's Emily of New Moon series). I love it 💜

#catherbuddyread @Graywacke

Tanisha_A Ah! Gorgeous prose like always, by Cather. I am excited to embark on this one. 1w
Cathythoughts Beautiful piece ♥️ 1w
LeahBergen This sounds lovely! 1w
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Graywacke The passage has kept me wondering. It caught my attention too, but I‘m not sure exactly what Cather is getting at. Could be very religious, for example, or gently so. And I‘m still wondering what it is about Thea. Is she actually special in a physical way (like brain structure physical), is it determination, attitude, her complete lack of anxiety? ... Sorry, too wordy. It‘s also quite beautifully put. 1w
Reggie This is lovely. 1w
Lcsmcat @Graywacke It‘s interesting that you went to religion rather than art. Do you think that because her father‘s a minister? 1w
Graywacke @Lcsmcat come now, it‘s not art, it‘s Kunst! In der Brust! 😂 No, seriously, it could be art or something ineffable inside her personal spirit or whatnot. It‘s just that I read Death Comes for the Archbishop first and now I‘m hyper-alert for religion in her writing. It‘s ambivalent. She doesn‘t front it, and she doesn‘t show her hand, but it‘s always in there. In O Pioneers Emil had quite a religious experience towards the end. 1w
Lcsmcat @Graywacke I agree that there‘s “hidden” (or not so hidden) religion in her work. But I see Thea as that part of Cather that was outside the community, different from her neighbors, because of her artistic nature. As much as Cather loved the west, she didn‘t stay. She moved to NY in her 30s. Thea seems closest to those who are “other.” Spanish Johnny, the doctor (respected but not loved) and her alcoholic teacher. A clue to her otherness? 1w
Graywacke @Lcsmcat I‘m with you on the “other”, although I‘m on some kind of multidimensional fence as to what the nature of it is. Is she artistic because that‘s her nature or is she artistic because she‘s able to be because of her steady resilient nature? Is her openness to others because she‘s artistic, or is she artistic because of the way she‘s open to others? Hmm. I need to rethink these questions because they confuse me when I reread...but...👇 1w
Graywacke @Lcsmcat but these lines that @batsy highlights on her “friendly spirit” that always seems to be there, imply something spiritual. Doesn‘t need to be biblical and it can be viewed outside that, non-spiritually...but an inner spirit/will/something of some sort. I think Cather might hint at her feelings but give us plenty room to maneuver. Well, maybe we‘ll see. 1w
Graywacke @Lcsmcat good conversation 🙂 1w
Lcsmcat @Graywacke You know how really good authors say that writing isn‘t a choice, that they _have_ to write? Music can be like that, and I see that as the “friendly spirit” referred to. And, no spoilers, but have you read chapter XVII yet? 😀 And I concur, this is a good discussion! 1w
Graywacke @Lcsmcat I‘m on chapter XVI... 1w
batsy @Tanisha_A @Cathythoughts @LeahBergen @Reggie It is lovely, her writing is something to savour ❤️ 1w
batsy @Graywacke @Lcsmcat Interesting discussion; I really enjoyed this convo :) I took it as an artistic calling, which is why I made the comparison to the Emily books (that inner drive to be a writer, in those books). With Thea I didn't see it as religious but I'm intrigued by the possibility; not familiar enough with Cather's work, but perhaps the spiritual and artistic impulse overlap for her. There is something spiritual/mystical in her writing. 7d
RaimeyGallant Lovely. 7d
Graywacke @Lcsmcat @batsy ok, I finished part I and it didn‘t enlighten me more - except that her dad is a complete dork. Her conversation with Dr. Archie was fun and Ray‘s brief interaction with Mr. Kronborg was awesome. Lots of play on belief and meaning. But, really, I should stick to art in my head since that‘s at least clearly meant on some level. (@batsy - i‘m l m Montgomery deficient. 🙁 ) 6d
batsy @Graywacke The Emily series by Montgomery is so beautiful and pure, for lack of a better word. It's kind of young adult, I guess (though I dislike how that term limits its reach and power) and Cather and Montgomery are vastly different writers, but I just found some interesting parallels between Thea and Emily :) 6d
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Convenience Store Woman | Sayaka Murata
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Aren't these covers/colours irresistible? It's the Granta edition 😍

teainthelibrary Umm, I actually really love these! I love those little soy packets :) 1w
batsy @teainthelibrary I know right, it's perfect! 1w
Smarkies I saw these the other day and was very nearly tempted by those beautiful covers 🤣🤣🤣 1w
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erzascarletbookgasm These are prettier than my edition! 😜 1w
Tanisha_A Yess, I love the blue one the most. 1w
saresmoore They look like they are on trend for the latest high fashion fad of matching your book to your outfit (according to NPR). 👠💄📕 Or, like, if Cher & Dionne hosted a book club. ✋ 1w
batsy @Smarkies Me too! I'm amazed I didn't buy at least two 😅 1w
batsy @erzascarletbookgasm Publishers need to give us advance warning of future pretty editions! 1w
batsy @Tanisha_A The blue and pink ❤️💙 1w
batsy @saresmoore *crawling out from under a rock* I had no idea that was a thing! 😂 Also, why isn't there a sequel where Cher and Dionne start a book club? I need that movie. 1w
RealLifeReading Haven‘t seen this cover before. How cute 7d
readordierachel 😍😍 6d
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What I thought this was going to be: a full-on nerdy, obsessive book ABOUT books. What this is: a chatty memoir of the author as reader, or #FirstWorldProblemsWithBooks. I liked it well enough, though I found large parts skimmable. I enjoyed Paul best as a narrator when her second marriage & kids entered the picture. Memoirs are personal & subjective & readers respond differently. It was mostly an OK read, but I was left craving more book talk.

LeahBergen Well, that‘s annoying. It‘s waiting on my shelves. 😠 1w
batsy @LeahBergen Plenty of good reviews, Leah, so don't let me put you off! It just wasn't for me 😬 1w
Pruzy @batsy But wasn't the part where she almost gets kidnapped reading a book at a restaurant horrifying! 1w
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batsy @Pruzy Definitely! She's had some experiences. But maybe the way she conveyed it—that jokey flippant tone—didn't quite hit the mark with me. 1w
Pruzy @batsy That's fair! I guess her point is that she's come through life relatively unscathed. Do you listen to The NYTimes Book Review podcast? She's the host, such a great voice 1w
batsy No I haven't! I should give it a listen. I've read some of her bookish essays and enjoyed those. 1w
batsy Sorry @Pruzy forgot to tag 👆🏽 1w
Pruzy @batsy It's a great weekly podcast that has actually interesting and well done author interviews from the week's new book releases and also a panel with NYTimes reviewers about what they've been recently reading 1w
batsy @Pruzy That sounds pretty amazing. And definitely something the old TBR is in need of 😂 1w
Centique I enjoyed it but - like you - I was expecting a good old nerdy brain dump of bookishness and didn‘t get it. The closest I‘ve found to that is this tagged book, a collection of 10yrs of newspaper columns by Hornby, who‘s a ravid reader, (author too of course) it‘s got TONS of books in it 1w
batsy @Centique Thank you for that! I used to love reading his Believer columns when I had access to the mag as a student in Winnipeg 😍 1w
Pruzy @batsy You studied in Winnipeg? How did you like it? Were you at the U of M or U of Winnipeg?? 1w
batsy @Pruzy Yes, at the U of W. My university experience was pretty great. So many lovely professors. Winnipeg itself was both fascinating and challenging (brutal winters; the international student residence was located downtown and I began to learn about what the urban indigenous population goes through...) 1w
Pruzy @batsy What did you study and where did you end up after that? 1w
batsy @Pruzy I was an English major and ended up back in Malaysia after that :) Doing freelance writing and editing now. 1w
Pruzy @batsy That‘s an amazing life path! You‘re pretty much an honorary Canadian after living in/surviving a winter in Manitoba! 1w
batsy @Pruzy Thank you! 😆 Sorry if I missed this, but are you Canadian? From Manitoba? 1w
Pruzy @batsy I am! Originally from Saskatchewan, but not there anymore. I‘ve been to Manitoba/Winnipeg a few times before 1w
batsy @Pruzy Oh, that's awesome! I've only been to Regina but only to a friend's place. I regret so much not travelling around as much as I could when I was there; I was broke most of the time 😅 1w
Pruzy @batsy Yeah, I understand. The tough life of a student (of which I still am). Did you ever get to make it to McNally Robinson while in Winnipeg? I am in love with the Saskatoon store 7d
batsy @Pruzy Yes! There used to be a branch on Portage Place that was my second home but I think there's only one branch now at Grant Park and I remember it as being really lovely and well-stocked. 7d
Pruzy @batsy Great! Well I'm at least happy that you managed to enjoy the greatness! I'm always impressed by how well stocked even the remaindered section was. 7d
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The Complete X-Files: Behind the Series, The Myths, and The Movies | Chris Carter, Matt Hurwitz, Chris Knowles
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I was a dedicated X-Phile in the 90s and I can't think about space oddities without thinking about this show ? The episode "Jose Chung's From Outer Space" was one of the most absurd and memorable things I'd seen on TV at that point.

#spaceoddity #MayMovieMagic @rohit-sawant @Cinfhen

Amiable I loved “X-Files” back in the day. I had a crush on Mulder, too. 😀 1w
batsy @Amiable Me too! Huge crush 😆 1w
Cathythoughts I never really saw X files. But I love the expression on this woman‘s face 👍🏻 1w
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readingjedi One of my favourite episodes! 1w
batsy @Cathythoughts That's Scully, one half of the dynamite FBI duo in The X-Files, played by Gillian Anderson. She was so good 😍 1w
batsy @readingjedi Isn't it just great 🙌🏽 1w
Cinfhen Never watched but it was such an iconic show 👽 1w
batsy @Cinfhen It really was 👽💚 1w
saresmoore I just wanted to grow up to be Scully, ya know? ...I had that thought, then looked in the mirror and realized that I have a Scully hairstyle right now. #winning 1w
tournevis Oh, the Rashomon episode! So good! A classic! My favourite point of view was Mulder's: fragile masculinity is fragile. 1w
rohit-sawant Perfect pick! 🙌🏼 I still haven't seen all the episodes yet. *sigh* 1w
batsy @saresmoore Scully's hair was like 75% of her badassery, so yeah, definitely winning 😁 1w
batsy @tournevis I know, right? 😂 1w
batsy @rohit-sawant I'm not sure I watched all of them towards the end, myself! Feeling the urge to watch right from the beginning 👽 1w
tournevis @batsy @rohit-sawant The last couple seasons were... yeah, they were. 1w
batsy @tournevis @rohit-sawant Exactly 😆 1w
twohectobooks I was too scared to watch it while it was airing, although I did see a few episodes that scarred me for life. I did a whole series rewatch several years ago and loved it so much. 1w
batsy @twohectobooks I know! There were some that really got under my skin. The episode "Home" is one that I still can't bring myself to rewatch. 1w
readordierachel Yesssss! 👽❤ 1w
Amiable @batsy Is “Home” the episode about the incestuous relationship between the brothers and their mom whom they kept under the bed? That one TOTALLY freaked me out. 😬 1w
batsy @readordierachel *alien fist bump* 👽👾🦠 1w
batsy @Amiable Yes, that's the one 😱 Not only the subject matter & the visuals, but the whole mood & atmosphere of that one still creeps me out. 1w
Centique @Amiable @batsy OMG I remember that episode so vividly. And nobody I know seems to remember it, so I almost wondered if I hallucinated that! 1w
batsy @Centique It was so surreal and grotesque and definitely had a nightmarish quality! 1w
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The last time I mentioned this book was two years ago, also for a @Cinfhen photo challenge, in May 🙂

A brilliant book that touched me deeply. I read it when I took a summer course in college on British lit with a professor I respected a lot and didn't regret it; his reading list was 🔥 #ImmigrantSong #MayMovieMagic @rohit-sawant

Cinfhen and I probably stacked it 2 years ago 😂😊😘 2w
batsy @Cinfhen 😆 2w
Cinfhen Thanks for putting it back on my radar 😂😂 2w
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Cathythoughts Sounds really good 👍🏻♥️ 2w
FashionableObserver I adored that book!! 2w
Tamra Stacked! 2w
JazzFeathers It's been on my TBR forever. Really need to come to it. 2w
batsy @Cathythoughts @Tamra @JazzFeathers It's really good ❤️ 1w
batsy @FashionableObserver It's really something 💕 1w
Centique Wow, can you believe I‘d never heard of this one! Very glad to be stacking this. 😍 1w
batsy @Centique I'd love to know what you think whenever you get to it ❤️ 1w
rohit-sawant @Centique Same, only hearing about it now! Bumping this up my @batsy stack 😄 I literally need a separate shelf for your reccs! 📚 1w
batsy @rohit-sawant Pleased to be at your service 😂 I'd love to know what you think of it if you ever get to it! 1w
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Normal People | Sally Rooney
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You know me, I'm all about the bleak and depressing #spinsterlit 💀 But this is one contemporary novel about #modernlove that I found deeply thoughtful and affecting.

#MayMovieMagic @rohit-sawant @Cinfhen

Cathythoughts Excellent choice 👍🏻♥️ 2w
batsy @Cathythoughts ❤️❤️ 2w
MicheleinPhilly Spinster lit. 😂😂😂😂 2w
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Centique 🙋🏻‍♀️ here for the spinster lit 😍😂😂😂 2w
rohit-sawant What @Centique said! 🤣 🙌🏼 2w
batsy @MicheleinPhilly @Centique @rohit-sawant The best kind of lit is spinster 😎😆 2w
merelybookish Haha!! I get it! I'm usually such a black-hearted curmudgeon and then a book like this exposes the little romantic hiding underneath! 2w
batsy @merelybookish Yes, you've described me in a nutshell! 😆 #curmudgeonsunite 2w
merelybookish @batsy 🖤🖤♥️🖤 2w
LeahBergen But spinster lit still rules. 😆 2w
batsy @LeahBergen Absolutely! 💁🏽‍♀️ 2w
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Diary of Samuel Pepys | Samuel Pepys
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"However, music and women I cannot but give way to, whatever my business is."

Samuel Pepys is famously known for his #lustforlife & the detailed diary he kept that chronicled every aspect of his 17th-century life, even his bouts of indigestion & colds. I've long been meaning to get a copy. There's a Twitter account that tweets his entries in real time. He sounds like quite the character!

#MayMovieMagic @rohit-sawant @Cinfhen

JamieArc This has been on my TBR for quite a while now too. Thanks for the reminder! 2w
Bertha_Mason The great cold quote is such a mood. Every time either my girlfriend or I get one, we spend all winter passing it back and forth. x_x 2w
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batsy @JamieArc You're welcome! Here at Litsy we enable and remind each other 😂❤️ 2w
batsy @Bertha_Mason Haha, right? And endless back and forth about how we fell ill and who got it first and passed it to the rest 😷 2w
Cinfhen I love that this dude has a twitter account!! Hilarious 😂😂 2w
Cinfhen And of course I‘m tagging @LeahBergen who probably already follows good ole Sam 😉 2w
LeahBergen @Cinfhen I‘ve always wanted to do a read along of these diaries (I have some nice editions waiting on my shelves 😆). I HAVE read a bunch of it but not sequentially. 2w
Cathythoughts Butter-ale 😳.. not sure I‘d try it even if I did have a great cold 2w
Theaelizabet I‘ve long wanted to read Pepys. Someday I should just do it! 2w
batsy @Cinfhen 😆 2w
batsy @Cathythoughts Haha, I had to look it up! Sounds decadent. 2w
batsy @LeahBergen @Theaelizabet Me too. I just have no idea when I'll get to it. 😁 2w
Centique @LeahBergen okay that‘s a read along I would join in with! 2w
Centique @batsy @Cathythoughts I liked the sound of the butter ale 😂😂 I had Butter Beer at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and gave it 8/10 would definitely butter the beer again 😋😛 2w
rohit-sawant This is the first I've heard of him! Definitely quite the character! 2w
batsy @Centique I forgot about the HP butter beer 😁 Bucket list for sure! 2w
batsy @rohit-sawant He sure is! 2w
readordierachel Interesting! 2w
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The Murder of Roger Ackroyd | Agatha Christie
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#YouNeverCanTell where the Queen of Crime is going to take you 👑🙌🏽

#MayMovieMagic @rohit-sawant @Cinfhen

Cathythoughts Nice one 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2w
batsy @Cathythoughts Thanks 😘😘 2w
erzascarletbookgasm Yay! You featured some of my favourites 👆👌 2w
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JazzFeathers Oh, l love that 1920s cover of Roger Ackroyd 2w
batsy @erzascarletbookgasm Mine too 🙌🏽 2w
batsy @JazzFeathers Isn't it great 😍 2w
rohit-sawant Yess! 🙌🏼 2w
Centique I love this one so much! Perfect choice 😀 2w
batsy @rohit-sawant @Centique 💜💜 I feel the need to read a Christie soon! 😊 2w
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1. Something that shows me how to look at life differently, even while making me feel like I'm not alone.
2. Do notebooks and pens count? Coz... Pretty sure I could open a stationery shop over here.
3. The tagged book, not so much for the recipes but for the way that Nigella writes. Pure aesthetic and sensory pleasure in food.
4. Emily Dickinson, Sylvia Plath, Fernando Pessoa
5. @gradcat

Thanks for the tag @diovival ❤️ #wondrouswednesday @Eggs

BiblioLitten ❤️❤️ all your answers!! 2w
diovival I feel like notebooks and pens should definitely count! Stationary 😍 2w
batsy @BiblioLitten 😘😘 2w
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batsy @diovival Where I keep buying new pens so I don't have to use the "nice ones" ? 2w
BiblioLitten @batsy I hear you! 😄 (edited) 2w
Eggs Love #1 and #2 responses 🤗🤗 2w
gradcat @batsy Thanks for the tag! I‘m so behind on my posts & responses...ugh! I‘m trying to catch up, though...miss you guys! ♥️🥰 2w
batsy @Eggs Thanks for the fun questions! 🙂 2w
batsy @gradcat You're welcome! And no problem, take your time, no pressure. Only if you feel like it ❤️ 2w
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A Midsummer Night's Dream | William Shakespeare
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This is another quote that made LOL. In light of the ridiculous conversation between the Mechanicals, and Nick Bottom volunteering to play every part, and Snug earnestly wanting to learn his lines because "I'm slow of study" and being told "it is nothing but roaring"—I snorted.

Couldn't find the artist for the image above of Snug as Lion.

#ShakespeareReadAlong #Act1 @merelybookish

GingerAntics He looks oddly like the cowardly lion. lol 2w
merelybookish Yes! That made me laugh too. And then Nick Bottom offering to do the roaring. Overall, I really enjoyed Act I 2w
merelybookish @GingerAntics Yes! In business attire. 🙂 2w
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Tanisha_A 😂 2w
batsy @GingerAntics Yes 😆 2w
batsy @merelybookish And Quince worrying that his roaring will get them all hanged 😭 2w
rohit-sawant 🤣🤣 2w
saresmoore 😁 2w
batsy @Tanisha_A @rohit-sawant @saresmoore Shakespeare's bad jokes are always my favourite 😂 2w
erzascarletbookgasm Hahaha! I‘ve just finished this part. Bottom is funny! 2w
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Cassandra at the Wedding | Dorothy Baker
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This is a brilliant book, & immensely moving, although I can't quite describe the whys & the hows. I feel bad for the conventional though more well-adjusted Judith because a twin sister like Cassandra is so much to handle. The latter is fiery, whipsmart, hilarious, & tragic. A real force. Baker's writing is so precise and sharp: detailed descriptions of everyday life & astute psychological sketches of characters with no word out of place. ⬇️

batsy There is something mythic, comic, & timeless about this story of familial love & tragedy, & most crucially, about the struggle for selfhood. This is appropriate considering that the Edwards are fashioned like an ancient Greek symposium, with Cassandra's retired philosophy professor father at the head of it. Deborah Eisenberg's afterword is on point 👌🏽Thanks for nominating this @BarbaraBB I loved it ❤️ #NYRBbookclub @vivastory 2w
Libby1 Wonderful review. What does NYRB stand for? 2w
batsy @Libby1 Thank you! It's the New York Review of Books; they have a pretty extensive and swoonworthy catalogue of books 😊 2w
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Libby1 Hi, @batsy ! Thanks. 😊 2w
Billypar You sold me- excellent review! 2w
TrishB Great review 👍🏻 2w
Tanisha_A Review! ❤️ 2w
MicheleinPhilly Well now I have to start this today. Great review! 2w
batsy @Billypar Thank you! I think this one might be up your street 🙂 2w
batsy @TrishB @Tanisha_A Thank you ❤️❤️ 2w
batsy @MicheleinPhilly Thank you! I look forward to your thoughts! 2w
merelybookish Beautifully said! And I'm still thinking about your comparison to Year of Rest and Relaxation! 2w
erzascarletbookgasm Lovely review! 👍💫 2w
Suet624 I‘m on page 6 and have tagged three quotes that knocked me for a loop. 2w
Theaelizabet Great review! 2w
youneverarrived Excellent review 👌 I‘m just about to start Judith‘s part. 2w
batsy @merelybookish Thank you! I'm still thinking about that comparison, too.. There are certain echoes and resonances. 2w
batsy @erzascarletbookgasm @Theaelizabet @youneverarrived Thank you ❤️ I'm totally captivated by her style. 2w
batsy @Suet624 I felt like I was highlighting every other sentence! 2w
merelybookish @batsy Makes me wonder if Moshfegh has read it. I was reminded of MYORAR at the beginning of Part III where Cassandra describes her drugged state. 2w
LeahBergen I‘m avoiding reading your review and comments until I‘m done. 😆 2w
BarbaraBB As usual you nailed it. Perfect review of an (in my eyes) perfect book ❤️ 2w
BarbaraBB @Suet624 Yes so many gorgeous sentences! 2w
batsy @merelybookish And it made me wonder if the Cassandra of our present moment would sound like Moshfegh's narrator! 2w
batsy @LeahBergen Ha yes, I totally get that. Once I got going I found it hard to put down and had to finish. 2w
batsy @BarbaraBB Thank you 💜 2w
kspenmoll How can I not read this after this conversation?!❤️ 2w
BarbaraBB @kspenmoll You must indeed! 😃 2w
batsy @BarbaraBB @kspenmoll I concur! ❤️ 2w
vivastory What a wonderful, insightful review! Baker had so much to say, & it really is a tightly structured book full of allusions, but she makes it seem utterly contemporary & it's not dense & obscure. It''s almost effortless. 1w
batsy Thanks @vivastory and you've nailed it. I'm so impressed with how she pulled it off. 1w
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Milkman | Anna Burns
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Was at the bookstore "just to browse" and my devious #redrighthand picked up some books ?? Sorry for the terrible interpretation of the prompt! In my defence, Midsummer is for the #ShakespeareReadAlong @merelybookish and My Antonia is in anticipation of a future #catherbuddyread ? @Graywacke Unfortunately the store didn't have The Song of the Lark so hope my Book Depo order arrives soon.

#MayMovieMagic @rohit-sawant @Cinfhen

batsy @GatheringBooks I guess this is how my book buying ban came to a close 🙈😂 2w
GatheringBooks @batsy these are fab titles! well done! 🧚🏼‍♀️💕📚 books are the only things you buy that make you richer. 📚📚📚🧚🏼‍♀️ 2w
batsy @GatheringBooks Thank you! Books certainly do ❤️❤️ 2w
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Moray_Reads Loved Milkman, it's brilliant 2w
batsy @Moray_Reads I'm happy to hear that! I've heard only good things. BTW it's lovely to see you back and I hope you've been well ❤️ 2w
Tanisha_A Aha! Niceeee. I have got to buy Song of Lark, and My Antonia as well. 2w
Cathythoughts I loved My Antonia ♥️& Milkman.. I don‘t know about that Shakespeare guy 😂 (edited) 2w
batsy @Tanisha_A Cather spree! 😍 2w
batsy @Cathythoughts 2/3 Cathy approved... A good book haul day indeed 😁💜 2w
batsy @Cathythoughts He's been known to get an occasional thumbs down 😂 2w
Graywacke I enjoyed Milkman! Song of the Lark should be on Project Gutenberg. Also it‘s $1 on Amazon (in case book depository doesn‘t make it) 2w
saresmoore Bahaha! I love it! 2w
batsy @Graywacke Milkman seems to be getting a lot of praise on Litsy :) Thanks, yes; I'm going to be reading the Gutenberg ebook while I wait for my copy to arrive (I'd like to have the physical copies for my collection; Cather's prose is lovely!) 2w
rohit-sawant Love this use of the prompt! 🤣 Fitting and relatable. I'd stacked this one a while back. #SoManyBooks... 2w
Theaelizabet I also have to chime in on Milkman! Likely to be my favorite book of the year. 2w
batsy @rohit-sawant I hear ya! 😭 #solittletime 2w
batsy @Theaelizabet High praise indeed! 🙌🏽 2w
LeahBergen 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2w
Suet624 I'm glad to see people like Milkman. I own it but have been putting off reading it because I was reading disparaging remarks somewhere - can't remember where! And you can't go wrong with Cather. 2w
Reggie @Suet624 I think you‘d like Milkman, Sue. The writing took a good minute to get used to but once past that it really flows. (edited) 2w
Suet624 @Reggie Thanks Reggie. I‘ll move it up the pile. 2w
readordierachel I see nothing wrong with what happened here 😁 Good work! 2w
batsy @Suet624 Outside of Litsy I've seen some of those! I'm mostly nervous about the style of it. I hope I like it but it also feels like a book I shouldn't read in fits and starts so I want to make some time for it :) 2w
Suet624 @batsy I hear you. I‘m fairly monogamous as far as reading books goes. I think you‘re right that reading Milkman amidst other books might be tricky. 2w
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? "Don't stop me now, I'm having such a good time, I'm having a ball, don't stop me now" ? Don't stop this narrator from her sleep fest; it's how she has a good time ?

#dontstopmenow #MayMovieMagic @rohit-sawant @Cinfhen

Tanisha_A Hahahahahahahahahahahaha. Love it 2w
Cinfhen My copy arrived today!!! I‘m excited to read this one 😊 2w
Centique I love sleep so much that I‘m hoping I‘ll like this book too 😋 2w
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JoScho 🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼 2w
batsy @Tanisha_A @JoScho ❤️❤️ 2w
batsy @Cinfhen Ooh, nice! 2w
batsy @Centique I'm pretty sure that's one of the reasons I loved it 😂 2w
saresmoore Hahaha! Way to spin it! 2w
Cathythoughts That‘s brilliant Suba 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2w
erzascarletbookgasm Hahaha! Love this! 2w
batsy @Cathythoughts Thanks Cathy 😁 2w
youneverarrived 😂😂 I need to read this one. 2w
rohit-sawant 🤣🤣 Best use of the prompt! 🙌🏼🏆 2w
batsy @youneverarrived @rohit-sawant Thank you for indulging my silliness 😆❤️ The book itself–smart and compelling and not silly! 2w
readordierachel Clever 😉😆 2w
Suet624 When my four kids were growing up, naps were a way for me to escape the noise and tumult. It was a true pleasure. :)
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The Song of Achilles | Madeline Miller
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To each other they remain eternally #youngandbeautiful 💔

Painting on vase of Achilles tending to an injured Patroclus ca. 500 BC.

#MayMovieMagic @rohit-sawant @Cinfhen

LeahBergen I still need to read this one! 3w
BarbaraBB Great choice! 3w
Cinfhen Loved this book 3w
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Centique Gods this one made me weep 😭 3w
rwmg @Centique I was expecting it to and was most disconcerted when it didn't 3w
readordierachel 💙💙 3w
batsy @LeahBergen @BarbaraBB @Cinfhen @Centique @readordierachel I wasn't as taken with the book as I expected to be, but the depiction of their relationship really got to me 💔 3w
rohit-sawant Really need to get to this one soon. 3w
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Some NYRB books I've read and loved. Three of them compelling and unforgettable translated fiction: Zama (Spanish), Crocodile (Chinese), Murderess (Greek). And one gem of a book of literary essays, mainly on women writers, by Elizabeth Hardwick.

#NYRBbookclub @vivastory

LeahBergen And I don‘t have ANY of these. Oh oh. 😆 3w
readordierachel 😍😍 I have Seduction and Betrayal sitting on my shelf waiting to be read, glad to hear it's a gem. 3w
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batsy @readordierachel Lucid and very intelligent; not everything I agree with, but such a pleasure to read and think with her ❤️ 3w
vivastory I have Notes on a Crocodile & I think I also have Zama. Haven't read either one, but will be moving them up after your high praise for them. Honestly, all 4 of these sound terrific! 3w
batsy @vivastory They're all books I still think about. Inventive and strange and the kind to get under your skin. Hope you enjoy when you get to them! 3w
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Pet Sematary | Stephen King
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I haven't read the book or watched the first adaptation, but I did watch the movie that came out this year. The Creeds relocate to rural Maine thinking #weveonlyjustbegun but there are, um, others thinking the same thing 💀💀💀

I'm usually 🐔💩 but surprisingly enough I didn't find this scary. I've heard that it's different from the book, which seems to have seriously creeped people out, so I need to read it at some point 😥 #MayMovieMagic

Cathythoughts I havnt read either. I saw posters up for the movie ... I think I might pass 😬.. 👍🏻👍🏻 3w
rretzler I haven‘t seen the movie, but read the book when it first came out - I was 19 and I found it really creepy. 3w
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Billypar I saw the first adaptation as a kid, and it was probably one of the scariest things I'd seen up to that point. Haven't seen the new one, but I don't usually find modern CGI effects as scary. 3w
BilboBookends The book is faaaaantastic 👌🏻 3w
JazzFeathers The book is one of my favourite by King, thought l'll admit l read it so long ago. It was seriously creepy. I also saw the film where it came out and found it quite emberassing. But then, l've noticed that films from King's books are rately any good. 3w
batsy @Cathythoughts Too scary? My sister found it too gory and was yelling at me for taking her to watch it 😁 3w
batsy @rretzler @BilboBookends @JazzFeathers You're all doing a good job of making me want to read it! I'm going to have steel myself first 😆 3w
batsy @Billypar I've heard that about the first adaptation! I remember some of my elder siblings watching it and being totally terrified... I stayed away 😅 3w
rohit-sawant Excellent pick! This is the only King book which I found genuinely disturbing on many levels. And I loved both adaptations for different reasons! 3w
batsy @rohit-sawant I'm happy to hear that! 3w
Centique I saw the original movie as a kid too @Billypar it totally freaked me out. This and Poltergeist remain the only horror movies I‘ve watched! 🐔💩 3w
Billypar @Centique That's funny because the one other movie I saw as a kid that I remember being as scary was Poltergeist (and the sequel). As an adult I'm cursed with not being scared enough: I'm always grateful when I find a horror movie that scares me. 3w
batsy @Centique @Billypar Haha, I love this! I watched Poltergeist as a kid and it totally freaked me out, as well. For a long time! Along with Omen and Exorcist. As an adult I've had a very hard time with horror, but lately a cousin who's a fan has been trying to ease me into horror movies ... I'm beginning to "enjoy" them ? 3w
Centique @Billypar I fluked watching the scariest ones ha! 😂 That‘s typical of me. 3w
Billypar @Centique Though it is good that you stopped before The Omen or The Exorcist because I think those are even scarier. @batsy Luckily I didn't see those until middle or high school 😨🙈 3w
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I liked this just fine & was invested enough to read till the end, but I felt that it could have been better. I appreciated the depiction of a dysfunctional Chinese-American family & their restaurant business, but it did feel aggressively overwritten & workshopped to death, as others have mentioned. I felt the author's presence more strongly than I did the characters. A compelling look at family dynamics & the American Dream, but frustrating.

batsy I was reading this as part of the longlist for #womensprize2019 & am of course behind times 😅 … But I can understand why this didn't make the shortlist. 3w
JennyM I always love your reviews! Always spot on. And your coffee looks good ☕️😊 3w
ElishaLovesBooks Great review-I bought this one at a sale. So glad to prepare my expectations 😁 3w
batsy @JennyM Thank you! ❤️ And that's what's known locally as "white coffee", with Chinese origins... Felt fitting for the book ? 3w
batsy @ElishaLovesBooks Thank you ☺️ I'd love to know what you make of it. 3w
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The Wind in the Willows | Kenneth Grahame
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Let's just say that when Mr. Toad gets #behindthewheel, all hell breaks loose 🐸🙈

#MayMovieMagic @rohit-sawant @Cinfhen

Cathythoughts Brilliant 😆 3w
TrishB Awww that‘s great 👍🏻 childhood favourite. 3w
rohit-sawant Love this! 🤣 💚 3w
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erzascarletbookgasm 😆 🐸 Great adventure! 3w
Cinfhen Love it ❣️❣️❣️❣️❣️ 3w
batsy @TrishB Mine too ❤️ 3w
RachelO Parp parp!!! 3w
batsy @RachelO 😆 3w
taraWritesSci 😄💛 loved this as a kid! 3w
Lindy Great pick for this prompt. Daniel Heath Justice opened my eyes to a whole other aspect to The Wind in the Willows in 3w
batsy @taraWritesSci So good! 💚 3w
batsy @Lindy Thanks, that sounds interesting! 👍🏽 3w
gradcat Awww...Mr. Toad! How can we not love Mr. Toad?! ❤️ 3w
batsy @gradcat He was my fave even when I was young 😁 3w
merelybookish Excellent choice! Mr Toad's Wild Ride was my fave ride at Disney World when I was a kid. And now it's gone! 😔 It was years later before I read the book and made the connection! 3w
batsy @merelybookish I didn't know there was a Toad ride at Disney World! How fun is that 😁 3w
gradcat @batsy @merelybookish Too sad that the ride is gone...it would be great for kids! 3w
readordierachel Great choice 💚 That was my favorite ride too @merelybookish I didn't realize it was gone 😢 3w
LeahBergen It certainly does! 😆😆 3w
Centique Best post yet!! 🐸🐸🐸💕 3w
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Hell and Earth | Elizabeth Bear
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The last time I mentioned an Elizabeth Bear book in the Promethean series was for a @Cinfhen challenge, also in May 😁 (Will tag the book below.) This one comes after Ink and Steel. Christopher Marlowe & Shakespeare; the real world vs faerie; the deep dark magic of theatre, writing, & the arts; & long conversations between Marlowe & Lucifer on faith, love, & more. Marlowe's #HighwaytoHell makes for a great trip👌🏽#MayMovieMagic @rohit-sawant

batsy Can't tag a book on Android without a comment, so this is the book mentioned above 😂 3w
Cinfhen Thanks for posting & sharing 3w
JazzFeathers Wow! And an awesome cover too! 3w
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Mdargusch What a cover! 3w
rohit-sawant Wow this sounds awesome! Also that cover 💚 3w
batsy @JazzFeathers @Mdargusch @rohit-sawant It's quite an arresting cover ❤️ And a really fascinating novel/series. 3w
gradcat Beautiful cover...and the characters are great, too! 3w
batsy @gradcat Yes! Have you read it? 3w
gradcat I haven‘t. It‘s not really in my wheelhouse, but maybe I should? 🤷🏽‍♀️ 3w
batsy @gradcat Oh sorry, I misunderstood and thought you enjoyed the characters 😁 This isn't in my wheelhouse either but I found it so compelling and remember racing through it to finish. 3w
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1) Middlemarch by George Eliot
2) The Secret History by Donna Tartt
3) In recent times, Goodreads and a notebook
4) Pic is of weekend breakfast: sweetened coconut milk appam (aka "hoppers" ?) dusted with brown sugar; the brown sugar caramelises while the milk is piping hot and it is DIVINE. It's a South Indian dish.
5) @fleeting @julesG @Centique if you're up for it ?

Thanks for the tag @tournevis ?
#wondrouswednesday @eggs

tournevis 😘😘😘 3w
Lindy Your breakfast looks yummy. Last time I had hoppers was in 1979 in Sri Lanka. 3w
Centique Oh wow I want to eat that! Never had one but just looked up a recipe - YUM. And thanks for the tag 😘 3w
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Tanisha_A That looks yum! 3w
Tanisha_A I like appams! 3w
Eggs Want 😋🤤 3w
batsy @Lindy Oh ... I hope you get a chance to eat it again soon ❤️ 3w
batsy @Centique You're welcome ❤️ 3w
batsy @Tanisha_A I'm quite particular; only like the sweetened milk appams 😁 3w
batsy @Eggs 😁 3w
rubyslippersreads I haven‘t even read Middlemarch once. I need to catch up. 3w
Lindy Okay, so I‘ve looked up a recipe and they don‘t look hard to make. I will let you know when I try making them. 👩‍🍳 3w
julesG Good Morning, thanks for the tag. Wish I could have some appam now. 😉 3w
batsy @rubyslippersreads Haha! I should have typed books like Sweet Valley and Enid Blyton but I was trying to sound smart 🤣 3w
batsy @Lindy Ooh, can't wait. I'm sure you'll do a stellar job. Tried making them once with my mother but we were both unhappy with the texture of the milk filling we made 😁 3w
Kalalalatja @Lindy post a lot of pictures when you try it! 🤞 3w
batsy @julesG Good morning, hope you're having a nice start to the day! If only I could courier some appam your way 😁 3w
julesG I'll have to learn to make some. Just like naan, poppadoms and several other dishes I like but can't get easily. 3w
readordierachel That looks delish! 3w
batsy @readordierachel It really is 😊 3w
BiblioLitten Coconut milk appam and filter coffee is breakfast nirvana 😍 3w
batsy @BiblioLitten Absolutely 💖 3w
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The Castle of Otranto | Horace Walpole
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I've heard so much about this—"the first gothic novel"—that I finally had to read it. Like the best kind of soap opera, it's absolutely ridiculous & I enjoyed it. There's nothing remotely scary; it's fantastic, & written in the tradition of a medieval romance slash supernatural tale. What's gruesome is the patriarchal power at play here. Manfred has some Trump in him. The giant hand in armour, though, made me think of Thanos. Lmao. #serialreader

REPollock I had fun with this one too! The melodrama! I imagined teenage Mary Shelley reading it and thinking it was the bEsT bOoK EV4R!!1! Or whatever they said then 3w
batsy @REPollock 😂 Yes, totes!! 3w
erzascarletbookgasm I‘ve been meaning to get to this! 3w
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ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Ive been meaning to get to this too! So much so that I think I added to my Serial Reader to-read list twice. 3w
Suet624 A great review. Made me chuckle knowing how much fun you had with it. 3w
LRSmith Check out Matthew Lewis‘ The Monk. It‘s a gothic riot. Seductive demons, incest and matricide. The fact that Lewis was an MP when it was published meant that it was quite a scandalous little book. Can‘t quite figure out why it hasn‘t been made into a movie.... 3w
batsy @erzascarletbookgasm @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled It's great fun as long as you don't expect anything to make sense 😂💜 3w
batsy @Suet624 Haha, thanks Sue! Just the kind of bananapants read that I need from time to time. 3w
batsy @LRSmith Yes, thank you, it's on my list too! That one sounds jam-packed with scandalous themes 😅 3w
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Rebecca (Special) | Daphne Du Maurier
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1) My sister's Twentieth Century Classics edition of Rebecca. The cover has lost its gleam, the spine is tattered, but it's one of the first books that made me want to write and made me understand what reading can do and whenever I look at the yellowed pages I'm transported back to the time when I read it for the first time.
2) Scarlett, the sequel to Gone with the Wind 😬
3) S'mores!

#whatwouldyoudo @DannyHattan Thanks for the tag @fleeting 🖤

batsy Tagging anyone who would like to play :) 3w
saresmoore I love this! ♥️ 3w
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readordierachel Great answers! 3w
batsy @readordierachel Thanks ❤️ 3w
rubyslippersreads I would actually throw Scarlett into the fire. 😂 3w
batsy @rubyslippersreads You read my mind 😂😂 3w
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Freshwater | Akwaeke Emezi
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I'm not sure how to talk about this & it strikes me that it's so out of what I've been taught to be conventional wisdom. I feel compelled to use a list of adjectives: terrifying, exhilarating, devastating, gut-wrenching, & still, at the end, hopeful. Reading interviews with the author helped me to not to read this as a metaphor for anything. Instead, I tried to see the world through the lens of Igbo ontology. It blew my mind open. #womensprize2019

batsy This is an essay by the author https://bit.ly/2E1s4wEand an interview https://bit.ly/2GIsoU0 There is also a reading list https://bit.ly/2KZTY38 Reading the author interviews & essays while reading the book helped me immensely. This isn't a plot-driven novel where you have to worry about spoilers. (I'm sorry that my review can't capture what I found so moving & destabilising & unnerving about the novel.) 4w
batsy Looks like the first link above doesn't work; here it is https://www.thecut.com/2018/01/writer-and-artist-akwaeke-emezi-gender-transition... 4w
saresmoore I think it‘s a very helpful review! Thank you for sharing the links, too. 4w
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Billypar Wow, your review and @Emilymdxn 's are really making me think I need to get to this sooner rather than later! 4w
saresmoore Aaand I just read the article from The Cut. Don‘t think I can formulate words to respond. 4w
llwheeler Well if I hadn't already stacked this, you using "ontology" in your review would have made me! Love that word/concept 4w
erzascarletbookgasm Intriguing. Thanks for the essays and interview links, will check them out. 4w
batsy @saresmoore Thank you, Sara! I felt the same after reading The Cut piece and I still do. Sadly the author mentioned that they got a lot of hate mail after that essay came out 🙁 4w
batsy @Billypar @erzascarletbookgasm It's truly so distinctive and eye-opening. I feel like all of my responses to it are so banal and doesn't measure up to what was actually put into the work. 4w
batsy @llwheeler Me too; I love it! The author described the book in those terms and I realised that they are trying to depict something outside both the Western and scientific framework. 4w
llwheeler @batsy So cool. Definitely moving this one higher up the to read list. 4w
Freespirit Great review. Thank you😊 4w
Leftcoastzen Wow, great review! 4w
readordierachel Thanks for sharing that Cut article. So moving. Will definitely read the novel. 4w
youneverarrived Brill review. I can‘t say enough about this book. Just love it 🖤 4w
JennyM Excellent review!!!! ♥️ 4w
Centique That interview is fascinating Suba. Thanks for sharing the link. Really keen to read this! 4w
batsy @Freespirit @Leftcoastzen @youneverarrived @JennyM Thank you so much! I've a feeling this book will stay with me for a long time. 4w
batsy @readordierachel @Centique My pleasure! I haven't been able to stop thinking about it since I read it. 4w
Reggie Great review for a great book! 4w
batsy @Reggie Thanks! 4w
fleeting Yay I've been wanting to buy this and read it, thanks for confirming that I should! 4w
batsy @fleeting Hope you find it a good one 💜 4w
BarbaraBB This sounds absolutely as a must-read. Thanks for the review and the articles. 4w
Lindy I love your review. I also had a hard time describing the impact of this amazing book. 3w
batsy @BarbaraBB Thank you! I'm glad for the other readers sharing the links on GR; it helped me a lot to understand where the author is coming from. 3w
batsy @Lindy Thanks, Lindy! 💜 3w
Suet624 This book blew my mind. I gave it very cautiously to friends of mine because I was afraid they might not love it as much as I did. An absolute favorite of mine. 3w
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Henry IV, Part 2 | William Shakespeare
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Look at me, a genius, panning Shakespeare 😆 My love for him stays strong but this one started off with a bit of promise, then devolved into what seemed liked utter nonsense involving Falstaff (a character I really enjoyed in Part 1). Some beautiful language particularly in Act IV, but nothing about this play ever came together for me. It was mostly a chore. And I'm not so fond of Hal, myself. Kings are rarely a favourite 🙃 #ShakespeareReadAlong

merelybookish I guess I don't have to feel bad about skipping this one. 4w
Lynnsoprano Reminds me of high school, when our English teacher took us to a performance of Henry V. We hadn‘t read it, and it made no sense. I‘ve had no desire to read any of Shakespeare‘s histories since. (edited) 4w
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Cathythoughts Nice one 🙃 Shakespeare gets a thumbs down 👎🏻 ! I love it 4w
batsy @merelybookish In my opinion, not really 😅 4w
batsy @Lynnsoprano I've always been somewhat intimidated by his history plays because of my lack of knowledge about it. But I've read some really good ones. This one, sadly, wasn't it 😆 4w
batsy @Cathythoughts I know, Cathy! 😅 Feel like I need to apologise to ol' Will 😬😇 4w
Graywacke Sorry, but like @Cathythoughts, I love that you panned Shakespeare. Haven‘t read act v yet, so withholding my own opinion. 4w
batsy @Graywacke 😆 Can't wait to see what you think. 4w
twohectobooks Not a genius, but I have no problem panning Shakespeare or anyone else lol. If it doesn‘t work for me, I don‘t feel obligated to apologize for not liking things! (Although sometimes I do have to acknowledge that the problem is just me Not Getting It.) 4w
batsy @twohectobooks I agree! Usually with classics, because of longevity, I try to meet the text halfway to see what I'm missing. But as we know they can also be rife with problematic themes and ideologies so yeah, completely agree 🙂 4w
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I read The Children at Green Knowe for #ChildrensClassicRead2019 and found it so delightful and enchanting. I can't quite figure out if it's a ghost story or fantasy or a combination, but it's quite splendid and a wonderful dreamscape. It's highly imaginative and distinctive, as the best kids books should be! My edition had the third in the series, The River at Green Knowe, and it was similarly weird and wonderful. I'd love to read more by her 💚

TheBookHippie Its so GOOOD!!! I‘m going to order the rest!!! I‘m currently reading it out loud to a 1-3rd grade classroom!!! I‘m so amazed. They absolutely love it! 1mo
readordierachel Adding it to the growing list of books to read with the kiddo 💙 1mo
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merelybookish That's fun that the sequel is good too! I liked the first one but then felt a bit overwhelmed when I saw there were more in the series! Also, do you know what the May pick is for #classicchildrensbuddyread? I've missed the last few but would like to get back in. 1mo
batsy @TheBookHippie That's great! I'm kinda sad I missed out on reading this as a kid ❤️ 1mo
batsy @readordierachel I absolutely recommend it! The first one especially is perfect for Christmas. 1mo
batsy @merelybookish Yes, this edition has the first and third instead of the second, I'm not sure why 🤔 I'm really glad I read it 🙂 May's read is The Tale of Peter Rabbit 🐰 1mo
merelybookish @batsy Cool! Thank you!! 1mo
LeahBergen I must get to this one soon. 👍🏻 1mo
rubyslippersreads Adorable cover! I need to read these. 1mo
batsy @LeahBergen @rubyslippersreads I hope you enjoy them; the first one especially seems like a book that's right up both your streets 😁❤️ 1mo
BiblioLitten Need to read this! 😍 1mo
batsy @BiblioLitten It's a treat 💕 1mo
Centique Oh this looks beautiful. I‘m feeling the pull to buy a copy.... One of the things Litsy has shown me is how good kids books can be read at any age - makes me so happy. 1mo
batsy @Centique So true! Some of the best kids books are like that. I do hope you'll read this one 😁 It's sweet and enchanting ❤️ 1mo
batsy @Centique Relatedly, this sounds interesting (and that title!) 1mo
Centique @batsy brilliant! I want that too now 😋 1mo
ValerieAndBooks I read these years ago from the library as a kid!! Have been meaning to find them again— thanks for the reminder! 1mo
batsy @ValerieAndBooks You're most welcome 😁 I wish I'd read these as a kid 💚 1mo
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The River at Green Knowe | Lucy M. Boston
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kgriffith SERIOUSLY 1mo
Cathythoughts 👍🏻♥️ 1mo
Severnmeadows I love Lucy Boston‘s books. A favourite is The Sea Egg. 1mo
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batsy @kgriffith @Cathythoughts The truth of this! 1mo
batsy @Severnmeadows My first time reading her; Children of Green Knowe and River at Green Knowe. I loved both! 💚 Will add The Sea Egg to the TBR. 1mo
Severnmeadows It has wonderfully mysterious night sea swimming 😊 1mo
readordierachel This 💙 1mo
batsy @Severnmeadows The mysterious night boat rides in Green Knowe captivated me, so this sounds perfect 😊 1mo
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The Best Asian Speculative Fiction 2018 | Rajat Chaudhuri, Zafar Anjum
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I'm reviewing this for a local daily & my suspicions of anthologies with "best" in the title are confirmed. For what's touted "best", there's a lot of mediocrity. For what's touted "speculative", there's a lot of "I've read this exact story several times before". I know that's unfair & even lazy criticism—what's life, after all, but the same stories told over & over again—but it has to be distinctive, fresh. Mostly wanted these 456 pages to end ?

TrishB Honest review 👍🏻 1mo
gradcat I agree with @TrishB ... furthermore, I‘ve never really thought about it, but now that you point it out, you‘re so right: Beware the “Best Of” books! I know I‘ve read other anthologies purporting to be “best” collections that are exactly as you describe this one. (edited) 1mo
saresmoore When it comes to spec fic, I think the anthologizers should choose the stories that give them the most inexplicable, visceral response as a reader. My experience with the “best of” collections is similar to yours & I imagine there are too many tired criteria being used in the selection process (no doubt a healthy portion of favoritism, too). 1mo
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batsy @TrishB It's rather dispiriting when a book is a chore :( 1mo
batsy @gradcat @saresmoore You're both so right. Sara, I feel like that should be the main criteria for spec fic. Something that truly shakes you up inside. I think there's so much unexpected work being done by Asian writers but they publish in smaller online venues and go unnoticed (favouritism and connections definitely play a part!) 1mo
fleeting I vote that the word "best" be forever eliminated in anthologies. 1mo
Lindy @batsy 😐What a shame. Luckily for me, I‘m currently reading a Best of with excellent writing: 1mo
batsy @fleeting I completely agree! 1mo
batsy @Lindy Oh, I'm glad to hear that! But now @fleeting and I will have to put our ban on hold 😁 1mo
gradcat @batsy @saresmoore @fleeting @Lindy We can make an exception for food. Writing. For food writing! (Anything with food, and I‘m all in!). 😂 1mo
Lindy @gradcat 😁👍 1mo
batsy @gradcat I like the way you think! 😂 1mo
Centique @Lindy I‘m keen on reading that too. Jenny spoke about it didn‘t she? It sounds so good 😍 1mo
Centique Here‘s to the next book being completely different! #nomorechores 1mo
Lindy @Centique Good memory! I heard about it on Jenny‘s @ReadingEnvy podcast. 1mo
batsy @Centique Honestly, that's what life should be about 😂❤️ #nomorechores 1mo
Cathythoughts Great work you are getting to do though ... exciting reviewing for the paper 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 1mo
Cathythoughts They are so lucky to have you ♥️👍🏻 1mo
batsy @Cathythoughts Thank you, sweet Cathy 💕 1mo
GatheringBooks i hear you. this kind of review is exactly what authors need - particularly from southeast asia - to push the narrative further and to elevate the discourse somewhat to more than just pandering and relentlessly affirming, without being constructive. 1mo
batsy @GatheringBooks Thank you, I felt like I was being too harsh so it helps to hear this. I never want to just pander, especially not when it's SE Asian writers and I know they can be and should be held to higher standards. 1mo
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The structure of this book won me over. It's a narrative sustained through episodic vignettes. Set in communist Romania, the atmosphere is oppressive, dark, & absurd. I was wary of the magical realism, but it's woven in so deftly & naturally. The structure, themes, & writing are very clever. The police state haunts every page; but interpersonal relationships, like between spouses or mothers & daughters, broke my heart. Distinctive & memorable.

batsy I did have occasional issues with it, mainly ideology. A communist police state & its ghoulish instruments of torture is something that needs to be told for what it is, but the narrator having come from Romanian nobility who were landowners colours the perception. So sometimes when Alina talks about the poor peasants (including the one she married), I get a whiff of something unpleasant, like disgust for the poor. #womensprize #womensprize2019 1mo
Cathythoughts Excellent review! Stacked 1mo
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Oh wow - great review! Stacked! 1mo
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batsy @Cathythoughts @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Thank you 💜 It's a unique, unexpectedly poignant read that wouldn't have been on my radar if not for the prize longlist. 1mo
Ms_T Lovely review! 1mo
Chrissyreadit That is a great review! 1mo
TrishB Wonderful review 👍🏻 1mo
Tanisha_A Super review! 👏 Stacked! 1mo
rohit-sawant Stunning review! 1mo
Redwritinghood Great review! I really liked this one too. 1mo
batsy @rohit-sawant @Redwritinghood Thank you! 🙂 1mo
Izai.Amorim Great review. Extra kudos for the 'episodic vignettes.' 👍 1mo
batsy @Izai.Amorim 😁 Thank you! 1mo
GatheringBooks this has been on my book depository wishlist for the longest time - your review convinced me that i should get it for #WomenReadWomen2019 - Romania/Russia/Germany. 🧚🏼‍♀️📚💕 1mo
batsy @GatheringBooks I hope you give it a try! Would love to know what you think. 1mo
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The Parisian | Isabella Hammad
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I was totally immersed in this book, savouring it slowly. The sort of book that encourages the reader to take it slow. It's really gorgeously-written, very intricate, historical, smart, rich, philosophical ... And then my ARC expired 😭

The usual trick for when I'm catching up on an ARC that's about to expire—turning off WiFi on my device until I read it, and leaving it in airplane mode—didn't work this time. *sad violin*

TrishB Oh no!! 1mo
Darklunarose That really isn‘t good ☹️ 1mo
rretzler 😢 1mo
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saresmoore !!! They have evil ways beyond the Internet... 1mo
RachelO Oh no! I have it as an ARC, but haven‘t read it yet. Will have to hurry up! 1mo
julesG That has never happened to me yet. 1mo
Redwritinghood 😕😕 That stinks. I have it available digitally through my library, but it‘s long so I wasn‘t sure about picking it up. Sounds like it may be worth the read, though. I hope you can find another copy soon. 1mo
CouronneDhiver Gah! That‘s a bummer. Maybe they‘ve caught on to our tricks somehow... 1mo
batsy @TrishB @Darklunarose @rretzler It's a bummer 🙁And of course I deserve it for requesting more books than I can handle 😂🙈 1mo
batsy @saresmoore @CouronneDhiver They seem to be on to us 👿🕵🏽‍♀️ 1mo
batsy @RachelO I hope yours holds out 🤞🏽😊 1mo
batsy @julesG I know! I'm quite offended that it happened 😅 1mo
rretzler I did that last year and learned my lesson. But I don‘t recall any of my ARCs having an expiration - where do you get yours from? I don‘t believe the ARCs from NetGalley or Edelweiss expire, at least not the Kindle/.mobi version. The Adobe versions may? 1mo
batsy @Redwritinghood Yes, I think this might be better as a print copy. Something about big books and a slower pace—works better in print, for me. I hope you enjoy it if you check it out! 1mo
batsy @rretzler From NetGalley, and yes the Kindle versions don't expire. But sometimes the formatting is iffy for the Kindle; then I download the "protected PDF" version, which I read on Adobe Digital Editions (which is so clunky and not user-friendly at all). Those PDF versions expire on the "archive date" stated, sadly. 1mo
rretzler Ah, yes. I don‘t like Adobe Digital Editions either. Now I do recall that I had a couple of ARCs that expired when I went back to read them later. There is somewhere else that also gives Adobe copies and I changed my Adobe ID and now cannot access my books that don‘t expire! ☹️ 1mo
batsy @rretzler I feel your pain. I have never been able to set up a working Adobe ID for reasons I can't even begin to understand 😂😭 1mo
julesG Try downloading the ARC PDF again. I often forget to open the book on the day that I downloaded it and then have to download it again. It's worth a try. 1mo
batsy Thanks @julesG that usually works but this one has already been archived. And I was able to read it past the archival date with my device on airplane mode and with WiFi off. Then today Adobe didn't let me access the file anymore. Odd. 1mo
julesG 😔 1mo
readordierachel Oh no!! 1mo
RealLifeReading That sucks!! 1mo
rubyslippersreads How frustrating! 😠 1mo
batsy @readordierachel @RealLifeReading @rubyslippersreads It never happens for the ARCs I'm trying to bail on 😅 1mo
Suet624 Awww, that stinks. 1mo
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Normal People | Sally Rooney
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I will be thinking & feeling with this book for some time. I'm deeply moved by this story about an on-again, off-again relationship; a premise in litfic that seems calculated & bland, but in effect was touching & poignant. Rooney is so smart about social capital & gender, especially across time & through different periods in one's life. She writes droll, cool sentences, but doesn't use irony as a facade. There is so much heart here. I loved it.

batsy And yet another one from the #womensprize list :) 1mo
mklong Perfect review. Gosh, I loved this one! 1mo
Kalalalatja Great review! 👌 1mo
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batsy @mklong @Kalalalatja Thank you! I feel so much about this book but can't quite put it into words ❤️ 1mo
JennyM Beautiful review - perfect ♥️ 1mo
batsy @JennyM Thank you 😘 1mo
Kalalalatja I know the feeling! My mind keeps returning to it. It really is a little masterpeice 👌 1mo
CarolynM Great review. I agree with you, but some of my IRL book group friends were really frustrated with the characters and couldn't understand why they were unable to share their feelings with one another, even in their intimate moments. @Kalalalatja 1mo
batsy @CarolynM Thank you! And that's an interesting point. How did you feel about it? To me, it was both frustrating and true. There's that romantic side of me that's just, "Tell each other your true feelings gaahhhh!!“ but then, people are just so messy and complicated. Also, maybe youth is a factor. Having feelings and being not quite sure what those feelings are. (It's still like that for me ?) 1mo
mabell Great collage! 1mo
Tanisha_A WhatAReview! 👏 1mo
Tanisha_A @batsy @CarolynM I think there is also an element of whether the person you are telling your feelings to will understand or not. As highlighted in this book, the "normal" is so defined in a way, that everything else is probably abnormal and you are afraid to be true to others or confide in them. 1mo
LeahBergen I just won a copy of this from Goodreads 👍🏻 1mo
batsy @mabell Thanks 😁 1mo
batsy @Tanisha_A Well said ❤️ 1mo
batsy @LeahBergen Yay!! 1mo
rohit-sawant Awesome review! 1mo
Leftcoastzen Wow what a lovely review! Makes me want it now. 1mo
CarolynM I was so frustrated in Conversations With Friends that Frances didn't seem to be able to tell anyone anything at all that I thought Connor and Marianne were quite open 😂 Seriously, though, it made more sense to me here that they were reluctant to talk about their feelings and unsure how those feelings would be received. I think that's one of Sally Rooney's themes and it's a theme worth exploring. @Tanisha_A (edited) 1mo
erzascarletbookgasm Lovely review. Guess I have to read the book to understand the pic above 🙂 1mo
batsy @rohit-sawant @Leftcoastzen Thank you; she's such an interesting writer! 1mo
batsy @CarolynM @Tanisha_A Yes, it does seem like it's one of the themes of this book for sure. And I'm really looking forward to reading Conversations 🙂 1mo
batsy @erzascarletbookgasm Thanks, J! No hidden meaning in the pic, was just playing along with the cover illustration 😁 1mo
erzascarletbookgasm Ah, ok 😄. Nicely done! 1mo
CarolynM Sorry, I didn't realise you haven't read Conversations, I don't think I've given away anything vital😬 1mo
Tanisha_A @CarolynM @batsy I am looking forward to read Conversations! 😀 1mo
Reggie Nice review!! 1mo
batsy @CarolynM Oh no, not at all 😁 1mo
batsy @Reggie Thank you! 1mo
Izai.Amorim Great review, as always. 1mo
readordierachel Fantastic review 💚 1mo
batsy @Izai.Amorim @readordierachel Thank you, friends 💕 1mo
Cathythoughts Great review! I loved this one too ♥️👍🏻 1mo
batsy @Cathythoughts Thanks, Cathy ❤️ An exciting new writer to watch 🤩 1mo
Tanisha_A Interesting piece! @CarolynM @Cathythoughts Me, Myself, and You: Sally Rooney‘s ‘Normal People‘ https://themillions.com/2019/04/me-myself-and-you-sally-rooneys-normal-people.ht... 1mo
batsy @Tanisha_A Thank you for this, will check it out 😘 1mo
CarolynM Very interesting indeed! Thanks @Tanisha_A 1mo
britt_brooke Nice review!! I just won this on IG and can‘t wait to read it! 1mo
batsy @Tanisha_A Nice piece. I really like the point about what Marianne was able to do for Connell when the tables were turned in uni and she had more social cachet and power than him. She did for him what he couldn't do for her in high school. 1mo
batsy @britt_brooke Thank you! I hope you enjoy it! 1mo
Suet624 Just nabbed this one from the library. Now I can‘t wait to get started on it! 1mo
batsy @Suet624 Look forward to your thoughts on it 🙂 1mo
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Normal People | Sally Rooney
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"He has managed to nurture a fine artistic sensitivity without ever developing any real sense of right or wrong." Ooof. This was one of the lessons I had to learn when I went to university to major in English with all sort of idealistic, naive notions.

So many beautiful and intelligent observations in this intensely private, quiet novel.

GatheringBooks this is on my nightstand, waiting for me to finish reading all the other books right beside it. 😭🧚🏼‍♀️📚 1mo
erzascarletbookgasm Look forward to your review. I‘m eager to read this, just preordered a paperback copy! #blameitonlitsy 1mo
Tanisha_A Oh yay, I was waiting for you to read this. ❤️ 1mo
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batsy @GatheringBooks @erzascarletbookgasm I'm really loving it! I hope you two enjoy it when you get to it 🙂 1mo
batsy @Tanisha_A It's working its quiet magic on me 💜 1mo
Kalalalatja 🙌🙌🙌 1mo
ephemeralwaltz So good! 1mo
rohit-sawant Bumping this up my TBR stack! 1mo
Suet624 Oohhh, so good. 1mo
Centique OMG yes. 😱 I had to learn this lesson too. Took me years to figure out a couple of incredibly clever artistic people were morally moronic. 1mo
readordierachel What a fabulous quote. Can't wait to read it! 1mo
batsy @rohit-sawant @readordierachel It's a plotless, introspective read and I highly recommend 💜 1mo
batsy @Centique So true! One of those lessons I really needed to learn at the time. 1mo
Trashcanman I think you're an incredible writer. 4w
batsy @Trashcanman Thank you! I think you're incredibly kind 🌻 4w
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I would've devoured this book had this not been the week from hell. Short & snappy, it's a dark look & family, sisterhood, & gender relations. There's a lot percolating under the funny, pulpy surface. What I love is that instead of a typical psychological thriller where a woman becomes "bad" for no reason, here we get an idea of the part society plays in gender violence. Korede & Ayoola are memorable & I loved learning about middle-class Lagos.

batsy And I think this is my attempt to read through the #womensprize longlist ... Two down, about a billion more to go 😂 2mo
JennyM Great review...and it‘s nearly Friday...hang in there lovely 😘😘😘 2mo
batsy @JennyM Thank you 😘❤️ 2mo
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Cinfhen Sorry, for the rough week but this book is “ killer” 😉great way to escape 2mo
saresmoore Thinking of you, friend! ♥️♥️♥️ 2mo
batsy @Cinfhen Haha, so true! I'm not sure what it says about me that it improved my mood 😂❤️ 2mo
batsy @saresmoore Thank you, Sara ❤️❤️❤️ it's just the usual adulting crap; a good book and a cup of coffee always help 🙂 2mo
Cinfhen Hahaha 😂☺️🤣 2mo
saresmoore Ah, yes. I am enjoying those very same comforts, as we speak. ☕️📖 2mo
Tanisha_A Super review! 💚 Now I have to get my hands on this real soon. Also, you shall emerge a warrior from the week(s) from hell.🦸‍♀️ 2mo
batsy @saresmoore Perfect 🥰 2mo
batsy @Tanisha_A Thank you, friend! ❤️❤️ 2mo
Lindy Great review! Hope next week is better for you. 🌻 2mo
Kalalalatja Great review! 2mo
batsy @Lindy @Kalalalatja Thank you both 😘😘 2mo
BarbaraBB Great review. I hope the book was a bit of a positive vibe in hard times! 2mo
rohit-sawant Excellent review! 2mo
Suet624 I assume you heard this book won the Tournament of Books. I hope your week gets better. 2mo
batsy @BarbaraBB Thanks 😘 And it strangely worked as mood uplifting read! 😁 2mo
batsy @rohit-sawant Thank you! 2mo
batsy @Suet624 Thanks Sue, and yes I did. An intriguing choice, for sure 🙌🏽 2mo
Reggie I love how how Korede is all worry and Ayoola is dancing to Whitney Houston. How she‘s let‘s be low key and Ayoola is let‘s play Clue at my party!!! Lol, loved this book. Great review! 2mo
Reggie Also, in the midst of all this the author is posting poetry online from the dead bf. 2mo
batsy @Reggie Hahaha, yes! Ayoola is pretty amazing. These two dysfunctional sisters really won me over! 2mo
readordierachel Very much looking forward to this one, especially after your review! Sorry your week has been a beast. Hope the weekend is full of books and leisure! 💚 2mo
Centique Hope your week is getting better! Great review 😍 2mo
batsy @readordierachel @Centique Thank you 😘😘 I believe today involves some scones and tea, then books and football at night 🥰 2mo
Centique @batsy sounds perfect! There needs to be crisps with the football too 😉 #selfcare 2mo
batsy @Centique Absolutely! 😁 2mo
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The 90s were all about music for me. I lived in some headphone bubble with the songs that helped get me through life. I tried to make this playlist as exhaustive as possible but I've already left out a few ... like Bobby Brown 😂 I was so into alternative music & female singers & dreaming about attending Lilith Fair 😍 But not forgetting hip-hop & RnB. Had to make a playlist 🤓 https://spoti.fi/2Yzi1IS #90sSpringFling @Cinfhen @BarbaraBB

Susannah I went to Lilith Fair in 1998! Sarah McLachlan sounded better live than on her albums. 🥰 I love your playlist, though I liked “Creep” by Radiohead better than TLC‘s song of the same name. 😉 So many memories in these songs. (edited) 2mo
batsy @Susannah Oh yes, I love Radiohead! How did I forget them! 😆 So cool that you went to Lilith!! 😍 2mo
Susannah I was very lucky to go. Good heavens, I can‘t believe it‘s been 21 years. 👵🏼 2mo
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TrishB I was about to say that about Creep! Great list. No Suede! I‘m so worried about missing someone out I can‘t finish mine. 2mo
batsy Eeep @TrishB how could I have left Suede out!! I need a do-over 😂😂 2mo
batsy @Susannah This photo challenge has given me quite the shock in realising how many years have passed 😅 2mo
CarolynM Quite a few votes for Losing My Religion, I notice. Interesting🤔 2mo
britt_brooke Fiona Apple 💚 - Great list! 2mo
BarbaraBB Wow! I love your playlist and why didn‘t I think of Kula Shaker?! 2mo
saresmoore Best. I just had a MOMENT thinking about Billy Corgan. 2mo
GripLitGrl Sweet playlists 😍🎤🎸 2mo
merelybookish Excellent playlist! I dreamed of seeing Lilith Fair too! 2mo
erzascarletbookgasm Tori Amos, Sade! 💜 What a great list! 2mo
LauraJ Good job on the Kula Shaker! 2mo
Cinfhen I miss record stores!!!!! OMG that‘s nostalgic ~ great playlist 2mo
batsy @CarolynM It seems like a song that defined an era. 2mo
batsy @britt_brooke I *love* her 💕 2mo
batsy @BarbaraBB @LauraJ I used to blast the song everytime it came on ... Drove my mum crazy 😂❤️ 2mo
batsy @saresmoore It's been so long since I've listened to the Pumpkins ❤️ 2mo
batsy @Cinfhen Me too! Looking at these playlists reminded me of the hours I spent browsing record stores 💕 2mo
LeahBergen 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2mo
Megabooks I think yours is my favorite so far!! 🤩🤩 2mo
Suet624 A fantastic collection. 2mo
readordierachel Yes to all of this!! 2mo
Reggie So I creep yeayuh cause they don‘t know what I know.... lol great list. 2mo
batsy @LeahBergen @Megabooks @Suet624 @readordierachel Thank you all for indulging my music nostalgia 🤘🏽💕 2mo
batsy @Reggie And no attention goes to shooowww... Lol. Thanks Reggie! 2mo
Centique What a great playlist! How could I forget REM? There was So Much REM in my life! And man I love both versions of Creep. And what about Lump? Whenever I sing Creep, I feel I have to sing Lump next 😝 2mo
Cathythoughts Losing My Religion ♥️♥️♥️ 2mo
batsy @Centique @Cathythoughts I know, I'd forgotten about my love for REM until making this playlist (shocker!), and now I'm listening to them nearly every day ❤️❤️ 2mo
kspenmoll Forgot about Lilith Fair! ❤️ 2mo
Tonton Kuka Shaker! 1mo
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It's a testament to how much I love you lot that I'm sharing this 🙈 This must have been 1995; I was 15. School uniform during the day & my idea of style outside it: oversized t-shirts & acid washed jeans (a relic from the 80s?!). MJ was a fave well into late teens & I attended Malaysia's one & only MJ concert a couple years later. Memories! Not to forget a crucial element of my getup: my black Swatch 😎😂 #90sSpringFling @Cinfhen @BarbaraBB

TrishB Awww lovely 💕💕 you look fab! Young and happy 😘 2mo
cobwebmoth Love it! I wore a lot of oversized t-shirts too.😊 2mo
CBee I loooove this!! Totally my style too back then 😂😂 2mo
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BarbaraBB I love the tagged book 😂😂 but you‘re actually quite lovely and didn‘t we all dress oversized in the 90s 😉?! 2mo
LeahBergen Aww, you‘re the cutest! And I, too, had a black Swatch but mine was from the ‘80s. 😂😆 2mo
Reggie You look great!!! 2mo
Cinfhen I had a red swatch and I thought I was SO COOL!!! Love that you‘re representing MJ ❤️❤️❤️❤️🕺🏻he‘ll forever be THE KING OF POP 2mo
Cinfhen Thanks for sharing!!! Made me smile 😁 2mo
Tanisha_A I love teenage batsy's look! 🙂 2mo
GripLitGrl ❤Swatch watches & baggy clothes were all the 90s style😎great photo❣ 2mo
britt_brooke Love it! 2mo
Megabooks I was a Swatch girl too!! 👍🏻👍🏻😁 2mo
readordierachel Love it ❤ 2mo
Kalalalatja You are rocking that look 🙌 2mo
saresmoore You were so much cooler than I was! 2mo
readinginthedark 🤣💗 2mo
CouronneDhiver 🤘😆 2mo
Centique Oh you were so cool. I wanted a swatch BADLY. It was a symbol of everything US here, didn‘t have them in shops here for years. 2mo
batsy @Centique I know, right? It was such a symbol and I was obsessed throughout my high school years, wearing whatever was gifted to me until the straps went wonky 😆💜 2mo
merelybookish How cute are you?! 2mo
batsy @merelybookish You're too kind 😆❤️ 2mo
Lindy Sweet! And thanks for reminding me about Swatches. 😊 2mo
erzascarletbookgasm I attended that concert too! It was awesome! Maybe we sat next to each other😂. You‘re a cutie! And I had tons of oversized Ts. 2mo
RealLifeReading Aww love this!! I attended the MJ concert in Singapore in 1993! He postponed it at the very last minute and we had to go back again another night! 2mo
batsy @Lindy 😁 2mo
batsy @erzascarletbookgasm Thank you, friend! Yay for the oversized shirts and being at the same concert 😍 2mo
batsy @RealLifeReading ❤️ So cool! We finally got to see him in '96 ☺️ 2mo
CarolynM Love it😍 2mo
Cathythoughts Love this ... you look brilliant, love your beautiful hair 😍 2mo
batsy @CarolynM ❤️ 2mo
batsy @Cathythoughts Thank you lovely, you're too sweet 💕 2mo
BiblioLitten I love it!! 😍 Rockin‘ the 90s. And ohhhh MJ... huge fan!🙋🏻‍♀️ 2mo
Suet624 Awww, you‘re beautiful. 2mo
batsy @BiblioLitten @Suet624 Thank you, lovelies 💖 2mo
rubyslippersreads Look how adorable you are! 😊 2mo
batsy @rubyslippersreads ☺️❤️ 2mo
GatheringBooks iloooooveit!! 💕🧚🏼‍♀️😘 1mo
batsy @GatheringBooks ❤️😘 1mo
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Feminism for the 99% | Nancy Fraser, Tithi Bhattacharya, Cinzia Arruzza
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A fiery, necessary read about feminism needing to start from the bottom. A lot of this jibes with my own beliefs & politics so it's preaching to the converted, but I love the righteously angry, take-no-prisoners style of this manifesto. It's easy to say that one is anti-racist, anti-capitalist, anti-imperialist, & a feminist, but to put it into practice when we're all hemmed in by circumstances & trying to survive is something else. Essential ✊🏽

erzascarletbookgasm Truth! Great review. 2mo
Cathythoughts Yes !! Great review 👍🏻♥️ 2mo
saresmoore I‘m here for it. 2mo
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batsy @saresmoore I really needed to read this at this point in time. 2mo
readordierachel Great review. Sounds like required reading! 2mo
batsy @readordierachel Thank you! I think you'll appreciate it 🙂 2mo
Weaponxgirl This sounds awesome and just my bag. Thanks for the review 2mo
batsy @Weaponxgirl My pleasure! I hope you find it a worthwhile read 💜 2mo
Suet624 Okay, I‘ll have to grab this and give copies to all of my children. 2mo
batsy @Suet624 ❤️❤️ 2mo
charl08 Sold! 2mo
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Feminism for the 99% | Nancy Fraser, Tithi Bhattacharya, Cinzia Arruzza
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Leftcoastzen Well said. 2mo
readordierachel Yes 🙌🏽 2mo
batsy @Leftcoastzen @readordierachel It's a pithy, clearly-written manifesto and pretty great ✊🏽 2mo
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I had to decompress from "the first rule of Fight Club is: you do not talk about Fight Club" with the rosy-cheeked, bright-eyed, shiny-haired Bob-Whites, amateur sleuths whose first rule is to be as nosy af. Trixie helps to clean out an attic, finds a mysterious letter, goes on the trail of mysterious emeralds, & almost passes out in a mysterious stairwell! The mystery is solved & they celebrate with cheeseburgers & chocolate malts. Good times ?

BookishMarginalia I loved these as a kid! 2mo
batsy @BookishMarginalia The perfect comfort read 💚 2mo
TrishB 😂😂 good move! 2mo
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mabell Fun!! And great review! 😂😂 I keep thinking about it, but I‘m nervous to reread them 😳 2mo
Tanisha_A What fun this book sounds! Awesome review! 🥳 2mo
Cathythoughts Good times indeed 💕💕👏🏻 2mo
batsy @TrishB 😁 2mo
batsy @mabell @Tanisha_A Thank you ❤️ 2mo
batsy @mabell I understand being nervous that it won't live up to nostalgia. They're pretty predictable & formulaic, so it helps to read them when in the right mood 😂 2mo
batsy @Cathythoughts 😁👍🏽 2mo
daniwithtea I love Trixie Belden! I picked up a couple from the library last year, and they really are a great light read, even all these years later. 2mo
mabell @batsy When the mood strikes, I‘ll have to just dive in! 2mo
batsy @daniwithtea Yes! ❤️ 2mo
LeahBergen My kind of celebration. 😆 2mo
batsy @LeahBergen Mine too 😂 2mo
readinginthedark Definitely an opposite read! 😆 2mo
Suet624 The need to relax the brain is 👍 2mo
batsy @Suet624 So essential! I see my comfort reads piling up this year if it continues this way 😬 2mo
Suet624 I know. It‘s been a challenging reading year for me. Tough reads that have made me question whether good/love can win. 😞 I swing between depression and outrage. ☺️😘 2mo
batsy @Suet624 So much same ❤️❤️ 2mo
Suet624 I just finished a delightful book that I‘ll post about shortly. Of course Vermont and the specific area I live in is a major character in the story. It was a breath of fresh air. I can send it along if you want to give me your address. suet624 at gmail. 2mo
batsy @Suet624 You're so sweet to offer Sue but please don't worry about it! International postage is nuts and perhaps it's a book you might want to revisit? ❤️ 2mo
Suet624 Okey-doke. 2mo
batsy @Suet624 Thanks for the offer 😘 2mo
Tamra 😵 Takes me way back! I graduated from the Little House series to Trixie Beldon series thanks to my grandmother for both. They were such fun, I recall being completely absorbed. I‘m afraid what I‘d think if I read them now - don‘t want to ruin the memories. 😆 2mo
batsy @Tamra I know what you mean, it can be hit or miss with childhood faves! I tried to reread the Nancy Drew books sometime back and got annoyed; I tried again recently and the formulaic silliness was just what I needed 😁 1mo
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Fight Club | Chuck Palahniuk
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Masculine rage & nihilism in response to the absurd, cruel world we've made for ourselves was better addressed by Brett Easton Ellis &, if we go further back, Dostoyevsky ? But I found the rotten heart of the story compelling & true because of the struggle for power, autonomy, & "meaning" in the face of total alienation. Bonkers & satirical, but chillingly prophetic. Palahniuk's staccato prose style isn't really my jam, though. #90sSpringFling

TrishB Just started this morning. Great review 👍🏻 2mo
Tanisha_A Great review! It makes me want to read it, but not now. I'll keep it for some other time. 🙃 2mo
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BarbaraBB Great review, thanks! 2mo
Cinfhen Fantastic review!! I guess I‘m just not that attuned to my inner male rage. 😆 2mo
batsy @TrishB Thank you! Look forward to your thoughts 🙂 2mo
batsy @Tanisha_A Thank you, T and it's a challenging book to recommend; based on reviews as you can see it's hard to tell if it'll be a hit or miss 😁 2mo
batsy @BarbaraBB Thanks! 2mo
batsy @Cinfhen Bahahaha I'm going to have to "detox" with some Trixie Belden tonight ? 2mo
BibliOphelia Great review that really sums up my conflicted feeling re: this book. Also, Trixie Belden forever!! 🤘 2mo
AlaMich Kudos to you for being able to read about male rage when it feels like we are currently drowning in it in IRL. 2mo
batsy @BibliOphelia Thank you! And yes, #Trixie4Life ❤️ 2mo
batsy @AlaMich Yes! That's the chillingly prophetic part about this book. But I also wonder how much of an influence it had (especially the movie, which I now need to watch) as a cultural moment, even if its meant to be read as satire. 2mo
youneverarrived Brilliant review! I‘m starting it later on today. 2mo
batsy @youneverarrived Thank you! Can't wait to hear what you think about it. 2mo
Susannah I‘ve never wanted to read this book (I try to stay away from books that are going to exacerbate my [unfortunately] natural “ugh, men” attitude), but I could read all day about Palahniuk‘s literary lineage. Awesome review! (edited) 2mo
batsy @Susannah Thank you! And I know exactly what you mean. "Ugh, men" is kind of my default state these days ? 2mo
erzascarletbookgasm Brilliantly reviewed! You‘re right about his writing style..annoying! 2mo
batsy @erzascarletbookgasm Thank you! Yeah, if the book was any longer I wouldn't be so forgiving about the style 😆 2mo
merelybookish Excellent review! I just CAN NOT with this author. He's on a list of men I'll never read. Maybe my loss I'm okay with that. 🤓 2mo
batsy @merelybookish Thank you! And yes, I'm at peace with probably never reading another book by Palahniuk again 😆 I don't regret reading this one, but his style is not quite my jam. (I have a list of men, too, and Franzen is on it 😅) 2mo
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A bleak & biting social critique that the Russians always elevate into art. Translated by Marian Schwartz, this is the story of the wife & daughter of a paralysed vet, the man who couldn't die. Surviving on his pension, they try to prolong his life in a temporal suspended reality where the USSR still exists. In doing so, the author spins a stark tale of ennui, corruption & the failed promises of democratic capitalism with black humour. #netgalley

PickwickPlockPlock The plot sounds a lot like that of the German movie Goodbye, Lenin. 2mo
batsy @PickwickPlockPlock Yes, there's a definite parallel to that! I really enjoyed the movie, but the novel differs in tone (less sentimental and bittersweet, more uncompromising) and resolution. 2mo
BiblioLitten I think I‘m going to like this one. 😊 2mo
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batsy @BiblioLitten I hope you do! It is bleak, and odd, and so very Russian 🙂 2mo
BiblioLitten @batsy My kind 💕 2mo
batsy @BiblioLitten Mine too ❤️ 2mo
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Great piece on the allure of crime fiction & mysteries: https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.ft.com/content/2aa5138e-466c-11e9-b83b-0c525dad...

Nancy Drew, Three Investigators, Sherlock Holmes, Trixie Belden, & Agatha Christie were all available when I was growing up so these became my comfort reads from a young age when I needed to escape from life. (Not forgetting Murder, She Wrote!) When life gets me down nothing but mysteries will do 🕵🏾‍♀️🖤

Cathythoughts 🕵️‍♀️🕵️‍♀️🕵️‍♀️ thank god for the mystery.... ♥️👍🏻 2mo
TrishB My comfort read too. 2mo
EadieB Thanks for your article! I enjoyed it! 2mo
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erzascarletbookgasm 🙌 Yes to all you mentioned ☝️! My comfort read too! ❤️ Mystery books..my first love 2mo
Susannah I love Murder, She Wrote. I don‘t read mysteries for comfort, but I sure find comfort in that show. 😊 2mo
Ncostell Thanks for sharing! I grew up on Nancy Drew, Trixie Belden and Agatha Christie too and still can‘t resist a good mystery today. 2mo
AlaMich I loved all of those, except I‘ve never heard of Three Investigators. That‘s a new one on me. And I wasn‘t a huge Trixie fan, can‘t remember why though. 2mo
Suet624 I don‘t read many mysteries but I enjoy them when I do. Thank you for sharing your thoughts. 2mo
Leftcoastzen Love this article! Yes , I read arty, literary,postmodern,la la la Lit,but mysteries are like my snuggly security blanket!Thanks for posting it! 2mo
batsy @Cathythoughts @TrishB @erzascarletbookgasm I love the point she makes about mystery writers being so prolific, as well. We'll never run out ❤️ 2mo
batsy @EadieB @Leftcoastzen My pleasure! Yes, snuggly security blanket... Might sound odd to others but it's so true 😁 2mo
batsy @Susannah It's so good! All is right in the world when Jessica Fletcher is around (well, and murders start to accumulate, but you know what I mean! 😆) 2mo
batsy @Ncostell You're welcome! Those are still my go-to comfort reads. 2mo
batsy @Suet624 ❤️❤️ 2mo
batsy @AlaMich The Three Investigators series was good fun but sadly the books are so hard to find now. 2mo
mklong 👋🏼 I‘m so glad we connected on Goodreads! I seem to be spending more time there these days. 2mo
batsy @mklong Hello! I'm glad we connected over there, too 😁 2mo
Centique That‘s awesome! And I totally agree about mysteries. I can‘t quite go to the headier levels of thriller/crime, I take my peril at half strength with two sugars and a dash of cream thank you 😂😂 2mo
batsy @Centique Ahahaha! Love that 😂 2mo
rubyslippersreads I don't know why, but murder is so comforting. 😄 (Or at least solving it.) (edited) 2mo
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Ever since @Cathythoughts talked about M&S Cheese Tasters I haven't stopped thinking about it 😂 Super thrilled that our local M&S has these! Thank you Cathy from the bottom of my clogged, orange-stained heart 🧡🧀 #blameitonCathy #whatislifewithoutsnacks

Cathythoughts Are they delicious 😋 or what ?!!!!! Totally divine 🧡🧡🧡🧡🧡enjoy... I had some yesterday 2mo
batsy @Cathythoughts Super yum and the goal is to get more and hide 'em 😂🧡 2mo
BiblioLitten Now I feel like getting some! 🙈🤤 2mo
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Tanisha_A Here M&S sells only clothes and accessories! :( 2mo
batsy @BiblioLitten Ooh you should 😁😈 2mo
batsy @Tanisha_A Aww, boo :( 2mo
Centique Aw we don‘t have M&S. (Although there is always some form of cheesy twisty snacks I can get to! 😂) 2mo
Centique Your Betty Boop mug! 😍 2mo
batsy @Centique Heck yes, as long as there are cheesy snacks available! 😂 #alltheorangeycheesygoodness And I'm so fond of this mug 😁❤️ 2mo
Reggie Lol 2mo
GatheringBooks now to check whether we have these too in singapore! 🥰🧚🏼‍♀️ 2mo
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Henry IV, Part 1 | William Shakespeare
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I learned from this play that rebellion, like time, is a flat circle (philosophy by way of True Detective & Shakespeare 😅). While court intrigue is a key aspect, the part that interested me more is how Prince Hal goes from rebellion to kingship. Falstaff is a brilliant character, a satirical standpoint from which to observe the hypocricies of the monarchy. Lady Kate is saucy af. The language in this play is its own gift. #ShakespeareReadAlong

merelybookish 👏👏 2mo
GingerAntics Totally agree on Kate. Love her. 2mo
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Centique Great review and I love the photo! I‘m reading Julius Caesar at the moment but I must get to this one soon 👏👏👏 2mo
batsy @merelybookish *curtsies* 😁 2mo
batsy @GingerAntics So memorable despite a brief glimpse! 2mo
batsy @Centique Thank you ❤️ Julius Caesar is one I read a long time ago for class and I hope to revisit it with the group at some point :) Are you liking it? 2mo
Centique @batsy I am! And it‘s my first time. So many well known quotes I‘m recognising 🧐🧐😆 2mo
batsy @Centique Ha, yes! It kind of blows my mind every time I across a famous Shakespearean quote in the context of the play; so different from how we come to use it (as motivational quotes, especially 😆) 2mo
Haroon_Ishaq 💕 yet to read 2mo
batsy @Haroon_Ishaq Hope you enjoy when you get to it! 2mo
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I wanted to enjoy this YA fantasy steeped in Chinese culture, history, & lore. Yet while I liked those aspects, the writing left a lot to be desired. It's a debut novel so I feel bad, but it reads like a writer wanting to be taken very seriously: quite a bit of ponderous, sober, dour pontificating about duty, rule, & the nature of power. The characters, alas, are interchangeable & unmemorable. Needed some wit, humour, or *something*. #netgalley

merelybookish The cover is pretty! 2mo
rubyslippersreads Too bad, because the cover is gorgeous. 2mo
batsy @merelybookish @rubyslippersreads Such a pretty cover 😍 The details and the worldbuilding are nice, but not enough to sustain a memorable story, imo. 2mo
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TrishB Great review 👍🏻 2mo
Kalalalatja Good to know! I could have been fooled by the cover 2mo
rwmg That's a pity. I was considering it based on the cover in your last post 2mo
batsy @TrishB Thank you 😘 2mo
batsy @Kalalalatja @rwmg Don't want to put anyone off it; quite a number of good reviews on Goodreads :) But personally for me the book didn't live up to the cover/premise. 2mo
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The Temp | Michelle Frances
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I had a book hangover after Shirley & Genji. A part of me was still in ancient Japan, enjoying the moon under the cherry blossom trees, while another part was with Caroline & Shirley, eating bread & milk in a darkened dining room. So I turned to a psychological thriller from #netgalley to pull me back into the present. This was a treat. No ludicrous twists & a sharp take on the creative & entertainment industries. I also liked the gender politics.

whatshesreadingnow Enjoyed it! 2mo
batsy @whatshesreadingnow Your review is perfect; I agree with all of your points 🙂 2mo
saresmoore I think I‘ve been nursing a book hangover, too, and nothing seems to be able to serve as the hair of the dog. 2mo
Suet624 Oooh, sounds good. 2mo
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Wacky Wednesday | Dr. Seuss, Theo LeSieg, George Booth
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? Buddy reads and swaps when I can

? Today, when I had another look at my bank balance ??

? "Wilt thou rob this leathern-jerkin, crystal-button, knot-pated, agate-ring, puke-stocking, caddis-garter, smooth-tongue, Spanish pouch?"

? Anyone who still has that Wednesday feeling ?

Thanks for the tag, @CouronneDhiver ! #wondrousWednesday @Eggs

Eggs 💗🤗💗 3mo
merelybookish Shakespeare, I presume? I finally started Henry IV last night. The language is feels even richer than regular Shakespeare! 3mo
Tanisha_A Oh man 2nd one! 😂 I just took a trip to the bookstore, looked closely at the bank balance, but couldn't control and ended up buying a few books. 😭 3mo
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Tanisha_A Puke-stocking. 😂 3mo
batsy @merelybookish Yes! I think you'll come up against this one soon 🙂 And you're right about the language. Sort of like a decadent pudding, if elaborate insults are a sweet treat 😂 3mo
batsy @Tanisha_A Oh, I hear ya! Loud and clear. #thestruggleisreal I got a kick out of puke-stocking, too 😂 3mo
readordierachel That sentence 😆😆 2mo
batsy @readordierachel Isn't it fab 😂 2mo
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