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batsy

Joined September 2016

Ghost in the bookshelf 👻 Malaysia | http://www.goodreads.com/subabat
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The Tempest by William Shakespeare
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One of Ours by Willa Cather
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#7days7covers #covercrush Day 7

I'm tagging anyone who wants to join in sharing favourite covers 💛

Severnmeadows Magical picture! 1d
BiblioLitten Very cool! 1d
Kalalalatja So cool! 1d
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batsy @Severnmeadows @BiblioLitten @Kalalalatja I love that this challenge has made me "discover" the books that I have ? 1d
Leftcoastzen I have this book and love the cover! Avon books did a great job in that era. 1d
batsy @Leftcoastzen I'm not so familiar with Avon covers from that particular era but I'm going to look it up 😍 1d
Cathythoughts 👍🏻♥️ 1d
arubabookwoman That was my intro to Latin American literature back in the late 70s/early 80s. I've also read several others by Amado that I liked a lot. 1d
batsy @arubabookwoman Oh, that's good to hear! I'm embarrassed that I've had this for awhile and still haven't read it 😆 16h
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The Game: A Novel | A. S. Byatt
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CarolynM I love it!😍 2d
LauraBeth This cover is beautiful! 2d
Amiable Gorgeous one! Even though I have a snake phobia so it also kind of makes my skin crawl a bit. 😬😀 (edited) 2d
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erzascarletbookgasm Lovely cover! 2d
batsy @Amiable I totally get that 😅 2d
Simona Wow❣️BEAUTIFUL❣️ 2d
Simona ... and of course - I want it. 2d
batsy @Simona The detail in this gives me great pleasure ❤️ 2d
sudi Lovely 😍 2d
GatheringBooks i didn‘t even know this book by byatt existed! gorge cover indeed 2d
Nute Amazing! 2d
Ruthiella Lovely! I have a Byatt cover coming up too!😀 2d
LeahBergen So pretty! 2d
batsy @GatheringBooks I think it can be a polarising book for its depiction of vicious human characters, so as usual when it comes to books like that I loved it 😂 2d
batsy @Ruthiella Ooh, yay! 2d
Centique Would you look at that! 😍😍😍 9h
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Margaret the First: A Novel | Danielle Dutton
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#7days7covers #covercrush Day 5

@twohectobooks please join us in posting favourite covers if you're up for it :)

Lcsmcat Ooh, I like what they did with this one. 3d
batsy @Lcsmcat Yes ❤️ 3d
vivastory I feel like a publisher could easily scroll through this hashtag & compile a book of the greatest book designs with our selections. I know I'd buy a copy! Great choice! 3d
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Cathythoughts ♥️♥️nice 3d
Leftcoastzen Wonderful cover! 3d
Moray_Reads Such a beautiful cover 3d
LauraAndTaraAndBooks Love this cover...I had been planning on doing it tomorrow! 3d
erzascarletbookgasm Gorgeous cover 3d
Megabooks Great cover! 3d
batsy @vivastory Right? I'm having such a great time seeing everyone's selections! 3d
batsy @Cathythoughts @Leftcoastzen @Moray_Reads @LauraAndTaraAndBooks @erzascarletbookgasm @Megabooks The delicate detail of the title as a necklace is so perfect 😍 3d
Nute Yes! So beautiful! I wish that I had remembered this one!😊Perfect choice, Ms. Subashini! 3d
Tanisha_A I loveeeee that blue feather! 3d
LeahBergen 😍😍😍 3d
readordierachel Oh, yes 😍😍 3d
batsy @Nute Thank you, Kimberley! 🙂 3d
batsy @Tanisha_A Perfect detail, isn't it 😍 3d
batsy @LeahBergen @readordierachel I've been coveting this book for so long I was so happy to find it at the discount store 😁 3d
CarolynM 😍😍😍 3d
twohectobooks Thanks for thinking of me! Saw this when you posted and have been racking my brain for potential covers. Should have something to post soon. 19h
batsy @twohectobooks No worries! It should be fun and stress free so I hope I didn't impose :) 16h
GatheringBooks deceptively simple but truly effective. 14h
Centique I have this on my TBR - it looks sooooo good! 9h
twohectobooks @batsy not at all! 5h
batsy @Centique Right? At some point I should read it 😆 4h
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Ethan Frome | Edith Wharton
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#7days7covers #covercrush Day 4

If anyone wants to play, consider yourself tagged 🙂

Lcsmcat That‘s a unique cover for this one. 😀 4d
Tex2Flo Totally drawn to illustrations that look like woodcuts. 4d
Leftcoastzen Coolness! 4d
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LeahBergen I‘m thinking that cover is a bit spoiler-y. 😆😆😆 4d
batsy @Lcsmcat @Tex2Flo @Leftcoastzen It's very intriguing and weird 😆 I love the look of the illustrations, too! 4d
batsy @LeahBergen Yes and whenever I look at it I hear the Bee Gees singing, "It's tragedy!" in my head ? 4d
readordierachel I have this edition, too! Now to get around to reading it...🙃 4d
LeahBergen 😂😂😂 🕺🏻🕺🏻🕺🏻 4d
batsy @readordierachel The eternal struggle! 😉 4d
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The Blaft Anthology of Tamil Pulp Fiction | Pritham K. Chakravarthy, Rakesh Khanna
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#7days7covers #covercrush Day 3

@AnneCecilie Please join in if you'd like 🙂

Leftcoastzen Wow! Super cool! 5d
batsy @Leftcoastzen I love the energy and the badassery of this cover 😆 5d
ShelfRighteous I just love this🤩😆 5d
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BiblioLitten Whoa! Awesome 😃 There‘s something about pulp fiction covers 5d
erzascarletbookgasm Great cover! Sounds like entertaining stories! 5d
vivastory This cover has badassery to spare! 5d
Tanisha_A This is 🔥! Love it. 5d
batsy @ShelfRighteous @BiblioLitten @erzascarletbookgasm @Tanisha_A The stories inside live up to the cover, which is great ❤️ 5d
batsy @vivastory Haha, truly! 5d
LeahBergen This is awesome! 😮 5d
readordierachel Love it!! 5d
sudi Love this cover 5d
batsy @sudi ♥️ 4d
UwannaPublishme Gotta love it! 😆 4d
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Clear My Name | Paula Daly
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This book didn't quite grab me at the start & I thought I might bail. But I remembered @Lel2403 's review & told myself to hang on for a bit. All of a sudden it changed in scope; the characters up-ended my expectations & the legal & research aspects of the book's Innocence Project UK became compelling. Complex & well-drawn female characters plus a big bonus: it was refreshingly serious & not ludicrous in the manner of certain thrillers. #netgalley

Lel2403 Thank you so much 😊...... 5d
batsy @Lel2403 Thank you! Your review made me want to stay with it and I'm glad I did 🙂 5d
Cathythoughts Stacked 👍🏻♥️ 5d
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batsy @Cathythoughts 👍🏽🙂 5d
Ruthiella I liked it when a book rewards a reader‘s perseverance! 😃 5d
batsy @Ruthiella Yes! 😊 5d
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Crime and Punishment | Fyodor Dostoyevsky
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#7days7covers #covercrush Day 2

Love your eye for art @RowReads1 so please give it a go if you're up for it 🙂

erzascarletbookgasm Ah, wish I have this edition! 👍 6d
Caroline2 Wowwww! Now that‘s a cover!!!! Love it! 😍 6d
Cathythoughts Wow !!! What a cover 😱👍🏻♥️ 6d
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saresmoore Great photo; I love the shadow! 6d
emilyhaldi Great choice 👌🏻 6d
batsy @erzascarletbookgasm @Caroline2 @Cathythoughts @emilyhaldi The Penguin Deluxe editions never disappoint ❤️ 6d
batsy @saresmoore Thank you! 😘 6d
youneverarrived I love this! 6d
BarbaraBB This one is sooo good! Great choice! 6d
LeahBergen Such a great cover! 6d
Tanisha_A Beauty! 😍 6d
gradcat This is a fantastic cover, and completely unexpected for me. ♥️ 6d
Hooked_on_books Yeah, this is a really good one. So striking. 6d
Leftcoastzen I really want this translation and this cover! 6d
RaimeyGallant That cover! 6d
batsy @Leftcoastzen I really loved the translation! 5d
gradcat @batsy I agree with you 100 % —it‘s just perfect! 5d
britt_brooke Cool cover! 3d
batsy @britt_brooke Penguin Deluxe editions 😍 3d
britt_brooke @batsy I‘ve never read this, but I definitely need to add this edition to my little collection. I‘m a sucker for French flaps and deckled edges! 3d
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Sleepless Nights | Elizabeth Hardwick
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#7days7covers #covercrush Day 1

Thank you for the tag @ShelfRighteous 💜


@Leftcoastzen if you're up for it—post a fave cover each day for 7 days, no explanation necessary 🙂

saresmoore Ooooooh! 1w
saresmoore P.S. You just reminded me that I ought to start reading this. 🙃 1w
batsy @saresmoore Love that 70s aesthetic ❤️ I just reminded myself to read it too 😂 (And I'm tagging you as well if you want to play 😘) 1w
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saresmoore Yasss 1w
Leftcoastzen I need to get on it as well!I am honored to play!This Book was also published as a green Virago! 1w
ShelfRighteous This is interesting! Need to check it out. Thanks for playing 🙂🙂 1w
batsy @Leftcoastzen I've just had a look at the green Virago cover 😍 1w
Leftcoastzen Right?!? 💚 1w
BarbaraBB This one is so retro! Love it! 7d
batsy @BarbaraBB Me too, love the retro vibes. 7d
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One of Ours | Willa Cather
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This book published in 1922 has some of the most relevant lines I've read in 2019.

#catherbuddyread @Graywacke

Ruthiella That‘s one of the things I love about reading Classics! They show us that sometimes our ideas aren‘t as “modern”as we think! 1w
batsy @Ruthiella Absolutely! 1w
Graywacke Wonderful. I kept highlighting and highlighting. 1w
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Louise I‘m on a bit of a Willa Cather kick these days, ever since picking up a book of her letters and essays on the writing process. Her work definitely still speaks to us today! (edited) 1w
batsy @Graywacke Yes! I can't seem to stop underlining. 1w
batsy @Louise I'm on that kick too, thanks to the group reads 🙂 Thanks for the rec, this looks good! 1w
Louise Have there been “group reads” on Litsy for Cather‘s novels? Sounds good! I just finished Death Comes for the Archbishop and was amazed by it. So exquisitely written! 1w
CarolynM Love those quotes. I'm enjoying this one as much as the others.🙂 1w
batsy @Louise Yes! I joined a bit late so not sure if I've missed any books, but so far we've covered the Great Plains trilogy and have moved on to this. Our host is @Graywacke :) 1w
batsy @CarolynM Me too 💜 1w
Lcsmcat I highlighted those same quotes. Cather was very perceptive. 1w
Graywacke @batsy i don‘t think you missed any. First was O Pioneers! @Louise see #catherbuddyread if interested and thanks for that note in her letters and essays. 1w
Louise @Graywacke Thanks for the info. I‘ll check out that Cather convo thread! 1w
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Isolde | Irina Odoevt?s?eva
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The Litsy blurb gives a good summary of this 1929 Russian novel, newly translated into English (by Bryan Karetnyk & Irina Steinberg). A grim portrayal of the waywardness, excess, & decadence of the Russian white émigrés in Europe. Parental neglect, sexuality, & rootlessness make for an interesting book, but while I typically love gloom & doom, I found the writing (or translation, or both) wanting. It lacks psychological depth & acuity. #netgalley

LeahBergen Too bad. I like the cover. 😆 2w
batsy @LeahBergen Me too! 😁 2w
Moray_Reads That's a shame, Pushkin Press titles are always so pretty too! 1w
batsy @Moray_Reads I know! Wanted to love it as much as I do the cover but somehow it just didn't quite work for me. 7d
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Problems | Jade Sharma
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When I read this book I compared it to The Bell Jar, also Notes from Underground. I saw myself a bit in the anger & the dysfunctionality. Now I just saw on Twitter that the author, who was only 39 (my age) has died. It's so sad. I don't know her obviously but her book was so raw & close to the bone about the pain of living 😔

https://catapult.co/community/stories/remembering-catapult-instructor-jade-sharm...

Kalalalatja That is so sad 😢 2w
CarolynM Oh! So sad! I feel emotionally attached to the authors of the books I love and it sounds like you do to. It's a loss and I'm sorry.😢 2w
batsy @Kalalalatja @CarolynM People are suffering so much in life. Its devastating. I hope she's found peace 💔 2w
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marleed Wow, what a sad story. She sounds incredibly interesting. 2w
Ms_T The Bell Jar is still fresh in my mind and had real impact while I was reading it. This is very sad news and unfortunately similar to Plath‘s plight. (edited) 2w
LeahBergen How sad. 😥 2w
Cathythoughts This is so sad , and that you were so touched by her book is beautiful 2w
TrishB I brought this book originally because of your review and still haven‘t read (now I feel bad for that!) but that‘s how much your appreciation came through. I shall be reading soon. RIP. 2w
decembersveryown I‘ve been meaning to read her book and to take a Catapult class of hers after hearing so many good things and quite saddened when I heard the news as well. I hope her friends, family, and former students find comfort as they stand in solidarity for a cherished member of the literary community and that she finds peace too 🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽 2w
batsy @marleed @decembersveryown Yes! Was waiting for her next book 💔 2w
batsy @Ms_T Yes, I was thinking the same. The artists who make art about pain that resonates with people... It's sad 😔 2w
batsy @TrishB It can be a hard book I think, because it's so raw and people will respond differently. But it's a very human book. I hope it finds more readers ❤️❤️ 2w
Suet624 People are suffering so much these days. I‘m so very sorry to hear of this. 2w
Suet624 Also, a line Jade wrote from the link you sent, “Age is meaner than death”. That hit me because I spent a lot of time in bed this morning thinking of just that. 2w
mcipher My age, too. I feel like there is so much stuff I still want to do... it‘s so sad to read about something like this, and when it‘s an author/artist/whatever who spoke to you it‘s like losing someone you know. The story you linked to is such a sweet and sad memorial. 2w
batsy @Suet624 It's such a brilliant line, isn't it. Cuts to the core. 2w
batsy @mcipher I hear you ❤️ And I found it a very moving tribute, as well. Jade was clearly very much her own person. 2w
Freespirit That‘s so sad☹️ 2w
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Thanks for the tag @Cathythoughts @tournevis 😘

1. So many! I'll go with Alan Garner's The Owl Service today :)
2. I usually read the doom & gloom books but two that really made me LOL: A Confederacy of Dunces & After Claude
3. So many! But to pick one: Wilkie Collins' The Woman in White
4. Because I rarely have it: bacon, eggs scrambled or sunny side up, & toast
5. @Tanisha_A @gradcat if you're up for it :)

#wondrouswednesday @Eggs

tournevis 😘😘😘 2w
Eggs Thanks for the recommendation 2w
Cathythoughts Still must read Woman In White ... & @Tanisha_A 😘 I hope you join in too 👍🏻♥️ 2w
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gradcat Thanks for the tag...going to get on it here in a minute! ♥️ 2w
batsy @Eggs @Cathythoughts It's incredibly fun and twisty 🙂 2w
Moray_Reads Love The Owl Service. Have you read 2w
Suet624 After Claude still sits by my bed with sticky notes sticking out. When I want to laugh I read the first few pages. LOL. 2w
batsy @Moray_Reads Nope! It's on my wishlist because of you 😁 2w
batsy @Suet624 That first section was just brilliant in tone. So many wonderful lines! 2w
Freespirit I picked the Moonstone...love Women in White too...❤️❤️ 2w
batsy @Freespirit I love The Moonstone! 💜 2w
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Moominsummer Madness | Tove Jansson
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Wanted to fit in one more book for #WITmonth as well as being seasonally in-tune with the Northern Hemisphere (it's eternal summer in Malaysia, anyway :) Set in June, but it's a perfect end-of-August read. In this one, we have a summer of escapist absurdism via volatile nature & an abandoned theater. Playful, philosophical & thoughtful, the Moomin books are about how to be a person & to live with others while honouring individuality & character 🥰

monalyisha I‘ve never read one but I often call my pet bun “Moomin”! 😊 (One of her nicknames is “Moo” & it just kind-of morphed. 😅) I should definitely pick one up. 2w
readordierachel Lovely picture 😊 2w
batsy @monalyisha Ha, that's cute 😁 Yes, definitely try one of the books ... I don't think you'll regret it! 2w
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batsy @readordierachel Thank you 😘 2w
Cathythoughts Yes ! ♥️✨✨beautiful pic. I‘ve never read a Moomin.... must have a look 2w
Centique I figure those moomintrolls will have been healing you 😍 after that nightmarish book that got longer as you read it! 2w
LeahBergen This was my first Moomin read as a kid! ❤️ 2w
batsy @Cathythoughts Thank you ❤️ 2w
batsy @Centique Haha, yes! An excellent balm to the soul after that thriller that went nowhere. 2w
batsy @LeahBergen This was one of the Moomins I hadn't read yet but now I'm tempted to reread them all every so often 💕 2w
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Moominsummer Madness | Tove Jansson
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It's been some kind of week for Moomintroll, his family, and friends.

Tanisha_A Oh no! 😥 2w
batsy @Tanisha_A it all works out in the end 😁 2w
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Panic Room | Robert Goddard
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This is about 370 pages, but felt like the longest book ever. I started it on a short weekend trip last weekend & throughout this week as I kept reading I felt the book getting longer. WHY WERE THERE ALWAYS MORE PAGES TO READ OMG. When I finally got to the end I couldn't believe the end was the end! Like, wtf? About 70 pages of action & 300 pages of build-up for a far-fetched concept of an ecotech thriller.

On the bright side: it's over 🎉🥂

batsy Also: the Litsy description for this book is absolutely not about this book. Another thing: witchcraft comes up in this book but it was just a misogynist, stale view of witches and honestly an actual witch should have taken over the writing of this book so that we could have all enjoyed ourselves. 3w
Bookishthoughts Oh my goodness!😆🤦 Love your passion! 3w
batsy @Bookishthoughts 😆 I don't usually pan books because I usually have an idea of what I'd like, but when a book is just nonsense sometimes there's sweet relief in a rant 🤣 3w
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Bookishthoughts @batsy exactly! I feel you👏 I love it, not every read is rainbows and sunshine. 3w
Tanisha_A Love this rant! 🥰 3w
batsy @Tanisha_A 😁😘 3w
rabbitprincess Haha I've had that experience too, of books that seem to keep generating more pages as you read them 😂 3w
readordierachel 😂😂😂 Will be skipping this for sure 3w
batsy @rabbitprincess Hahaha! Truly a book of horrors when it's a book you just want to be over 😂 3w
batsy @readordierachel You're not missing a thing I assure you 😆 3w
Reggie Have you read Bunny yet? Where they‘re critiquing each other‘s work and the MC thinks ‘You owe the trees an apology. You are a tree murderer.” Lolol this reminded me of it. (edited) 3w
batsy @Reggie Bahaha! Nope not yet but I love it. This guy definitely needs to apologise to some trees! 2w
BarbaraBB Great review nevertheless. It reads like an interesting premise for a story: a book getting longer and longer 😂 2w
Ms_T Best. Review. Ever. ❤️😂 2w
batsy @BarbaraBB @Ms_T Thank you! 😆❤️ 2w
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A gorgeous portrait of Frida Kahlo, in the form of a nonfiction picture book for children. I found the art so stunning to look at even while reading a digital galley: vivid jewel-tones and expressive imagery that does its best to capture Friday's spirit. At the end, there's a list of her most famous paintings and a brief mention of the circumstances of the creation of each. Would make a great gift for the Frida fan of any age. #netgalley

Leftcoastzen Very cool! 3w
Cathythoughts How beautiful, I‘ll try and get this for my granddaughter 👍🏻♥️ 3w
Tanisha_A This sounds soooo good. Want to run to the bookstore and get it now. 💓 3w
batsy @Leftcoastzen @Cathythoughts It'll make a beautiful gift! I have another galley that I requested about Van Gogh so perhaps there's a bunch in this series 😍 3w
batsy @Tanisha_A Yes, I think you will adore this ❤️ 3w
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Black Wings Has My Angel | Elliott Chaze
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Feels odd to say this, but this was super enjoyable crime noir, utterly bleak and dark with glinting black humour. You can see the disaster coming but you're in for the ride because of the vivid immediacy of the writing and the finely-drawn characters. I was rooting for these misfits from the bottom of my cold, dead heart 😆🖤

4 stars (shining out from within the depths of the deep, dark void)

#NYRBbookclub @mklong @vivastory

Cathythoughts Brilliant 😂review... you have a way with the words 👍🏻👍🏻. Looking forward to it now 3w
Leftcoastzen 😂👍Lovely review! 3w
mklong Love this review! 3w
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vivastory Brilliant review! Misfits unite! 3w
TrishB Great review 👍🏻😁 3w
emilyhaldi LOL my cold, dead heart tends to enjoy the same 🖤 (edited) 3w
erzascarletbookgasm Haha! Nice review! 👏😁 I hope to read this soon, on my tbr. 3w
LeahBergen 😆😆 I was rooting for them, too! 3w
batsy @vivastory @emilyhaldi @LeahBergen I'm so glad I'm not alone 😆🖤 3w
batsy @mklong I'm sorry I won't be able to join in on the discussion as it'll be 2am here and I have to head out of town early in the morning. But hope to check in and read the comments when I can 🙂 3w
Leftcoastzen Safe travels! 3w
saresmoore I love your review! 3w
Rachel_nyc Great review! 3w
BarbaraBB Love your review 💜💜 (edited) 3w
britt_brooke 🖤🖤🖤 3w
batsy @Leftcoastzen Thank you! Just going for an overnight trip to the highlands but we picked the wettest day 😂 3w
Hamlet When I see supportive reviews of a book I might like, I find myself hoping you‘ll review it too because you write them so well, expressing candid, witty, & succinct insights. Thanks for all the great writing! 3w
batsy @Hamlet Thank you so much for the kind words ❤️ Thanks for reading; it's wonderful to be able to share thoughts on books here and chat with people who are generous readers and thoughtful writers :) 3w
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While I found this to be a relatively light read, much of best humour came from Mistress Page, Ford, & Quickly. Anne Page gets some good lines, too. But otherwise this was a depleted & rather slow-brained Falstaff, & a lot of the hijinks felt forced. Some good lines but otherwise pretty meh, sadly. The spot of misogyny of a man hitting an old woman (though that woman was Falstaff in disguise) was a major yikes. #ShakespeareReadAlong @GingerAntics

GingerAntics You‘re done already? Yikes. 4w
Hamlet Yes, it‘s a weak play. The word among Shakespeare scholars is that the Bard whipped this off because there was a clamor for more Falstaff after he‘d run his course in the history plays. 3w
batsy @Hamlet Yup, that's what it reads like! Also I believe the intro to this edition mentions that it was because Queen Elizabeth wanted to see Falstaff in action; the play has its moments but largely feels like a writing exercise 😆 3w
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Want!!! Robert Macfarlane tweeted about these stunning new Puffin editions of Susan Cooper's The Dark Is Rising Sequence for which he wrote the introduction. Supposed to be out in November https://twitter.com/RobGMacfarlane/status/1163125363314167808?s=19

They're so lovely 😍 The covers on the ones I own are pretty dull.

Kalalalatja I have never heard of the series, but the covers make me want to preorder them immediately! 😍 1mo
batsy @Kalalalatja It's a brilliant series; mythic, atmospheric and dark ❤️ 1mo
saresmoore So pretty! 1mo
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DGRachel Those are stunning covers! 1mo
llwheeler Omg! I might need these. 😍 love this series 1mo
twohectobooks I have never heard of this before but these covers have my attention for sure! 1mo
batsy @saresmoore @DGRachel @twohectobooks lovely to look at aren't they 😍 1mo
batsy @llwheeler Me too! I think I'm going to be bad 😆 1mo
llwheeler @batsy 😆👍 1mo
JazzFeathers Such stunning covers! 1mo
batsy @JazzFeathers Aren't they just! 1mo
BiblioLitten They are gorgeous 😍 4w
UrsulaMonarch Neat!!! I was just talking about these books with a friend today - after not having thought of them for years! 😁 4w
Moray_Reads Oh! Must. Have! 4w
batsy @BiblioLitten @Moray_Reads Feel like a kid in a candy store the more I look at them! 4w
batsy @UrsulaMonarch Cool! Book serendipity :) 4w
Tonton Love this series💝 3w
batsy @Tonton Me toooo 💕 3w
readordierachel So so lovely! 3w
Beholderess There is a song by Julie Ecklar that I love, and I‘ve only just realized that it is based on this book series 2w
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Thank you @cathythoughts for getting the group read going & I can't add much to the lovely reviews by the rest of you. I have to borrow from Zadie Smith's intro to capture the magic & essence of this novel: "It is about the discovery of self in and through another". I love that Smith points out that Janie's ancestors include Elizabeth Bennet, Dorothea Brooke, & Jane Eyre. It's about Janie's quest for autonomy & self-fulfillment outside of ⬇️

batsy the strictures of race, class, & gender. Janie rises the ranks as a mayor's wife but has to come down to earth to know herself better; that Hurston plays with conceived notions of black womanhood is beautiful to see. The manner in which Janie is granted freedom is life-affirming. This book is so perfectly-constructed it's almost scary: no word out of place; the syntax & diction of the dialogue & the rich, distinctive voice of the narrative. 5 ⭐ 1mo
Cathythoughts Brilliant review!! I love your thoughts on this. And about having to come down to earth to find herself ... puts me in mind of King Lear - the whole nature of the weather- the books weather mirrors Janie‘s 1mo
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erzascarletbookgasm Love your description of Janie! Great review and I wish I can read Zadie Smith‘s introduction! 1mo
andrew61 Great review ☺ 1mo
TrishB You definitely added a lot with your review ❤️ I couldn‘t believe how perfect this story felt either. 1mo
Tanisha_A Great great review! Have to read it. ✨🌠 1mo
batsy @Cathythoughts Thank you! And that's a great point about the weather and Janie's condition... So interesting to think about. 1mo
batsy @erzascarletbookgasm Thank you! The Zadie Smith intro is lovely in terms of seeing Hurston beyond the usual categories 👌🏽 1mo
batsy @andrew61 @TrishB @Tanisha_A Thank you, so happy to have read it 💜 1mo
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Like other classics, this book has achieved a certain reputation to the point where I had a vague idea of what the book is about, but no idea what to expect. Sly, playful, and deeply rich in language, allusions, and the ideas percolating in the background—it is hardly at all what I expected, even though I didn't know what to expect.

If that makes sense 🙃

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batsy Also that "familiar strangeness" refers to a lot of things, not least race, but I also had a strange Annihilation (Jeff VanderMeer) moment in that 'gator who may or may not be one's sister. ? 1mo
TrishB Interesting point! Lovely thoughts so far. On finishing, I thought this book was so insightful on feminism and racism, she really makes you think. 1mo
Cathythoughts I‘m looking forward to getting into it. I‘ve literally only started... the language is beautiful & rich ... I hope I get some time later ... it‘s going to be a big book I think 1mo
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batsy @TrishB Yes, she really does! And it's done so gently (for lack of a better word) while spinning a story with dialogue as rich as poetry. 1mo
batsy @Cathythoughts I know what you mean, not a book that works in short bursts. Needs a spell of time for one to really savour it. 1mo
saresmoore That definitely makes sense! I had a similar experience with it. 1mo
danireads I had to read it back in Junior High, but like most books I had to read for school, I‘ve forgotten it. Still have it on my bookshelf and hope to reread it one day, especially now that I can absorb everything you pointed out with from a mature perspective. 1mo
mcipher I love your reviews. ♥️♥️ 1mo
batsy @saresmoore I'm so glad to hear it! I wasn't quite sure how to say what I wanted to say 😆 1mo
batsy @danireads It's my first time but it seems like a book that would yield different insights at different points in one's life 🙂 1mo
batsy @mcipher Thank you ❤️ 1mo
Ruthiella I really enjoyed this book. Janie was such a strong character. The dialect was understandable too I thought because it was consistent.😀 1mo
batsy @Ruthiella Yes, I was reading slowly at the beginning to get into the rhythm of the dialect but it came so naturally after awhile. It's a beautifully-constructed book! 1mo
youneverarrived I know exactly what you mean! 1mo
Suet624 I read this years ago and remember underlining passages similar to this one. I should probably check in with it again. 3w
batsy @Suet624 Some seriously stunning insights that creep up on you because it's subtly woven into the lyrical writing 3w
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Another wonderful read for #WITMonth thanks to #netgalley. The Scent of Buenos Aires is blurbed as "the first book-length English translation of Uhart's work" & I'm glad to have discovered a female Argentinian voice. This is a rather massive book with 25 short stories. As story anthologies go, some stories are better than others but I love Uhart's offbeat, irreverent sensibility. My fave stories feature idiosyncratic, oddball narrators. A treat.

Cathythoughts Interesting!!! Lovely cover too 1mo
Billypar I do enjoy a good idiosyncratic, oddball narrator- great review! 1mo
batsy @Cathythoughts It is very pretty 😍 1mo
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batsy @Billypar Thank you! I think this is the kind of collection that would benefit from slow reading, the kind you dip in and out of. 1mo
Liz_M Is that an Archipelago book? They are lovely. 1mo
batsy @Liz_M Yes it is! 1mo
RealLifeReading Sounds great! 1mo
mommyincolor I havent read a short story collection in some time. Think I'll request this one! 1mo
batsy @RealLifeReading 👍🏽👍🏽 1mo
batsy @mommyincolor Unfortunately the ARC expires on Aug 15 but I hope you're still able to request! 1mo
batsy @mommyincolor Sorry, Aug 25! So it's still there 🙂 1mo
mommyincolor Yes, i have requested it! 1mo
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GingerAntics 🤣😂🤣 1mo
Centique 😂😂😂 I‘ll keep my eye out for a salt-butter rogue for you to practise on some more! 1mo
Rishi123 Hii 1mo
Rishi123 How r u ? 1mo
readordierachel Hahaha! Love it. Salt-butter rogue just rolls off the tongue. 1mo
batsy @readordierachel It's so perfect, isn't it 😁 @Centique Why, thank you 😂 1mo
Suet624 I imagine that would appeal to someone! 😁 1mo
batsy @Suet624 😆 1mo
saresmoore Bahahahaha! 1mo
BiblioLitten 🤣🤣 4w
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SCARHAVEN KEEP | J. S. Fletcher
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The majority of Goodreads reviews give this 3 or 4 stars, so I'm wondering what I'm missing 🕵🏽‍♀️ A Golden Age mystery that I thought would have some creepy Gothic vibes or at the very least, an interesting mystery, but it was rather meh. I honestly found the early chapters with all the build-up to be more interesting than the later chapters with all the action. Nothing about this was particularly memorable or entertaining, sadly. #serialreader

rabbitprincess Fair. I have this one in my Read Later queue on Serial Reader, so I'll see what it's like! 1mo
batsy @rabbitprincess Others seem to have enjoyed it quite a bit more than me, so I hope it's the same for you! 1mo
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A Nail, a Rose | MADELEINE. BOURDOUXHE
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A collection of stories by Belgian writer Bourdouxhe, translated from the French by Faith Evans. I'm not sure how to review this book; it's a series of small, crystalline gems with a razor sharp yet compassionate lens on the interior lives of working-class women. Bourdouxhe studied philosophy & wrote this after the Nazis came to power & accordingly these stories are heavy in thought & mood, less on plot. Reminds me of Clarice Lispector. #WITmonth

TrishB Great review 👍🏻 1mo
bromeliad Oh good, Belgium! I hadn't yet found an author from there to put on my TBR. Thanks! 😁 1mo
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Cathythoughts Brilliant review! Sounds like a stack for learning 👍🏻♥️ 1mo
Tanisha_A Had to stack. Your review! 👏❤️ 1mo
batsy @TrishB @Cathythoughts @Tanisha_A Thanks, friends! ❤️ She's quite the discovery and I'd love to read her novels. 1mo
batsy @bromeliad My pleasure! 😁 I'm happy to have discovered her as well. 1mo
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I admitted I let out a yelp of delight when I opened this. Thank you @erzascarletbookgasm it is so kind of you to get me this! ❤️❤️ Your kindness and thoughtfulness is always appreciated, thank you Jessie 😘🤗 It was a lovely start to my day, friend.

erzascarletbookgasm Now you know I‘m such a ‘stalker‘! 👀 😆Happy birthday! 💕😘 🎂🎉🎈🎁 Hope your day is wonderful! You‘re welcome and enjoy! 1mo
Avanders Happy birthday! 🎉♥️ 1mo
CarolynM Happy birthday 🎂🎈🎉 Hope you have a great day. 1mo
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Tanisha_A Happy happy happy birthday my lovely! Wish you a lifetime supply of books. ❤️ 1mo
TrishB Have a wonderful birthday 🎉🎉 1mo
Reggie Happy Birthday, Suba!!!! 1mo
AnneCecilie Happy birthday 🎈🎉🎁🎂 1mo
batsy @erzascarletbookgasm You have amazing investigave skills and are super sweet!! Thank you so much ❤️ 1mo
batsy @Avanders @CarolynM @Tanisha_A @TrishB @Reggie @AnneCecilie Thank you all for your lovely wishes, you've brightened my day 😍😘 1mo
Cathythoughts Oh my goodness today is your birthday! 🥳🥳🥳Happy Birthday Suba X 1mo
batsy @Cathythoughts Thank you, Cathy 😘 1mo
saresmoore Happy birthday, dear one! You are bright beacon of hope and thoughtfulness in a dim world. I appreciate you very much! ♥️♥️♥️ 1mo
batsy @saresmoore Thank you so much, lovely, and right back at you ❤️❤️❤️ I'm so glad to know you! 1mo
kspenmoll Happy birthday on your day!!! 🎉🎉 1mo
batsy @kspenmoll Thank you! 🙂 1mo
ValerieAndBooks Ooh! Happy birthday 🎂 📚📚!! 1mo
batsy @ValerieAndBooks Thanks 🙂 1mo
Centique Happy belated birthday! You are a light in this place, shine on Suba! 💕 1mo
Suet624 Happy birthday a few days late! I thought of you on your birthday and sent you 💕💕💕 if that counts. Vacation with the family got in the way of actually writing. 1mo
batsy @Centique Thank you for your lovely message and friendship, Paula ❤️❤️ 1mo
batsy @Suet624 Thank you so much, Sue! ♥️ 1mo
rubyslippersreads Happy belated 🎂🎂🎂! 😘😘😘 1mo
batsy @rubyslippersreads Thank you! 😘❤️ 1mo
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The Wind in the Willows | Kenneth Grahame
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This is a book that I've loved since a child, but didn't revisit for years until now. An animal fantasy & pastoral, it's also deeply philosophical & addresses the nature of time, friendship, society. I love how it deals with the way in which ideas & moods can get hold of a person, for better or for worse, & friends/family are what get you through. It blurs the line between fantasy & reality in a way kids instinctively do. #ChildrensClassicRead2019

batsy Also, the writing is just wonderful. A treat unto itself. The intro of the scruffy paperback edition I still love to read from describes Grahame as a "shy Scot" and I love that, too. @TheBookHippie 2mo
Cathythoughts 👍🏻♥️♥️♥️ 2mo
erzascarletbookgasm These are great editions. ❤️👏 2mo
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TheBookHippie @batsy ❤️❤️❤️ 2mo
Suet624 Aww, that‘s a lovely review. 2mo
Blaire Those are beautiful editions! I also loved this book as a child but have not reread. Will try to do that in the coming year. I think my son is at the right age to enjoy it. He‘s 7. 2mo
batsy @erzascarletbookgasm Thank you! I do want to collect more but stop myself 😳🤪😁 2mo
batsy @Suet624 Thank you! It was just the kind of read I needed at this point in time. 2mo
batsy @Blaire Thanks! And I'm excited for your son to discover it! I was surprised by how much more sophisticated the language was than what I remembered, but like the best kind of children's books it has a magic that works for both kids and adults, I think 🙂 2mo
DGRachel I‘ve never read this, but I loved Mr Toad in the Disney shorts. I really should buy a copy... 2mo
batsy @DGRachel It's such a fun read! 2mo
Hamlet You really captured some of the wonder of this book in your review. Well done! 1mo
batsy @Hamlet Thank you! This book is pretty amazing in how it recreates that wonder. 1mo
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"He had the world all to himself, that early summer morning."

Revisiting an old favourite after many, many years and discovering it's just a masterpiece. Also, these illustrations by Harry Hargreaves are giving me life ? #ChildrensClassicRead2019 @TheBookHippie

TheBookHippie It‘s so wonderful !!!! 2mo
batsy @TheBookHippie It is! 🥰 2mo
Centique What a brilliant idea to read children‘s classics! I have quite a few on the shelves and they could do with some attention so I might join you two in a couple of months 😊 @TheBookHippie 2mo
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batsy @Centique Yes, great idea by @TheBookHippie she put up a schedule at the start of the year for a monthly readalong of a different classic. I join in if I have the book or an inclination to read a particular one 🙂 2mo
Centique @batsy yes I just found the schedule and I‘m keen to read Peter and Wendy and Raggedy Ann. 😍 2mo
TheBookHippie @Centique ❤️❤️❤️❤️it‘s a wonderful zen !!! 2mo
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Chess Story | Stefan Zweig
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A taut, gripping psychological thriller that tackles big themes with brevity. There's an almost Victorian gothic vibe in the story-within-a-story trope. I finished the book feeling a tremendous unease. There's the critique of fascism & its instruments of torture & power, but also the underlying despair about what the mind can do in a two-fold manner: save us & imprison us. An unsettling story that left me questioning so much. #nyrbbookclub

Tanisha_A That coffee looks yum! Awesome review. ❤️ 2mo
Suet624 Great review. 2mo
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sprainedbrain Excellent review! 2mo
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Oh wow - sounds perfect for me - stacked!! 2mo
Blaire Great review!! #stacked 2mo
Mdargusch Wow! Very intriguing and sounds just like a NyRB book. 2mo
JazzFeathers Waiting for it in the mail 2mo
mklong Oh yes, the narration definitely reminded me of Frankenstein. Glad I'm not the only one who picked up that vibe. 2mo
batsy @Tanisha_A Thank you! And yes, I enjoyed that ☕❤️ 2mo
batsy @Suet624 @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled @Blaire @Mdargusch Thank you! An intriguing read; so much conveyed in a compact novella. 2mo
batsy @sprainedbrain Thanks for including it in your selection! 🙂 I've had such a great time reading all of the picks so far. 2mo
batsy @mklong I'm happy to hear that! That's really cool because Frankenstein came to mind for me, as well. 2mo
andrew61 Great review, i read it in a day last year but feel that I now need to read it again. 2mo
Leftcoastzen Nice review! 2mo
vivastory What a wonderful review! This is definitely one I will be rereading. There's a lot to unpack. 2mo
Cathythoughts Brilliant review... I agree , the power of the mind. At once inspiring & can be terrifying. Love this review 👍🏻♥️ 2mo
batsy @andrew61 @Leftcoastzen @vivastory @Cathythoughts Thank you ❤️ It's a book I'm interested in reading straight through once again. 2mo
GatheringBooks too bad i missed this one, and will miss the discussion. looking forward to reading this one next year. 2mo
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After reading at a cafe I tenderly and very carefully, with a parting fond glance at the cover, placed my book into my book sleeve (thanks @erzascarletbookgasm 😘) in the manner in which one might swaddle a baby, and then looked up and saw someone at the opposite table staring at me in utter bafflement 🤣🤣 #caringforbooks #itreallybelikethat #onlyLittensunderstand

Megabooks 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻 2mo
taraWritesSci 🤭 silly book nerds and their bookish behaviors. 2mo
Tanisha_A Hahahaha! So cuteeeeeeeeeee 2mo
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Aimeesue 😂😂😂 2mo
Cathythoughts Nice one Suba 👍🏻♥️😍 2mo
Kalalalatja 😂😂😂 2mo
batsy @taraWritesSci @Tanisha_A @Aimeesue @Kalalalatja The book sleeve had them gobsmacked I think 😂😂 2mo
AlaMich That‘s hilarious! 2mo
Bookzombie 😂😂💕 2mo
saresmoore Been there. Meanwhile, actual babies I just leave to roll in mud and sample unidentifiable floor crumbs. 🤷‍♀️ 2mo
erzascarletbookgasm Non-booknerds will not get it. 😄 2mo
batsy @saresmoore I mean, that helps them in the long run, right? Makes them tough and hardy and all that 😂 2mo
RaimeyGallant lol, like I literally laughed out loud. 2mo
hilded 🤣😂 2mo
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My ntonia | Willa Cather
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Bad Buddy Reader strikes again 😆 I apologise to @graywacke & fellow readers, but once I got going with this I couldn't stop. My initial impression of this was one of frustation; I felt the narrative form of episodic events kept me at a distance. But by the time I got to the end, I could see that Cather was attempting to build a character (the narrator) through a series of formative impressions of both people & a sense of place. #catherbuddyread

batsy Antonia herself seemed both real & symbolic; an homage to the kind of people that made a life for themselves in the Great Plains as well as a symbol of a nation & of the promise & potential of youth & newness. Cather's writing is always gorgeous, but I missed some of the more indulgent, lyrical passages that made me absolutely adore O, Pioneers & The Song of the Lark. An important novel regardless about immigration, gender, & the American dream. 2mo
erzascarletbookgasm Lovely review, Suba! I found a used copy of this last week, but I think it‘s too late to join the buddy read. I‘ll just place this somewhere on the top part of my TBR mountain. 2mo
Lcsmcat It‘s never too late to join. Just add your comments to each section as you get to it. 2mo
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Tanisha_A I am a bad buddy reader too, but in just the opposite way. Have just started reading it, and at this point not liking it as much as the other two, but I would be ultrapatient for Cather. 🥰 2mo
batsy @erzascarletbookgasm Thank you ❤️ It's never too late to join; it's still early stages 🙂 but her prose just carries one off and I found it hard to stop! 2mo
batsy @Tanisha_A A truly unique writer and I'm so glad to have started to read her work 💕 2mo
Graywacke @batsy congrats on finishing. Always enjoy your commentary and appreciate your perspective. She had touches of embracing the landscape in the opening sections, but I guess Jim and Antonia won‘t get to Arizona. !! 🙂 2mo
Graywacke @erzascarletbookgasm ( @Lcsmcat @Tanisha_A @batsy ) You‘re definitely not too late. Our pace is slow and you can catch us if you like. Also the pace is just a discussion pace. You can read as you like and comment at any time. 2mo
emilyhaldi Great review, as always 🤗 2mo
batsy @Graywacke Thank you for hosting! All of your comments made it a richer read and I look forward to the upcoming discussions :) 2mo
batsy @emilyhaldi Thank you ❤️ 2mo
erzascarletbookgasm @Graywacke alright, will see how things go. Thanks. 2mo
Tanisha_A @Graywacke Okey dokey! 🙂 2mo
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A+ cover design and blurb placement 🙂 But it sadly didn't come home with me because it's pretty expensive and I've gotta rein in my book spending 😭💸

mrozzz I got this (different cover) a couple months ago though I‘m also trying to be better. I couldn‘t help myself. 🙂🙃🙂 2mo
AbhisekBasu Check out the scariest book you'll read this year. Link in bio! ☠️ 2mo
batsy @mrozzz I know, I'm amazed at my own restraint! 😂 I do want to read it, it's been on my radar for awhile. 2mo
Reggie Ooooh, blurbed by Michelle Tea!!! Stacked. 2mo
batsy @Reggie Another author I need to read! 2mo
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Necropolis | Vladislav Khodasevich
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My obsession with Russian lit led me to request this on #netgalley. There are nine micro-biographies here of the writers of Russia's literary Silver Age during the 1920s & 30s, & these figures include Blok, Gorky, & Bely. Although I know little about this period, this literary memoir is written with intelligence & tenderness; there is much compassion for its subjects in the attempts to understand them. I felt immersed in a different time & place.

batsy The publisher's blurb sums it up best: "[Khodasevich] testifies to the seductive & often devastating power of the Symbolist attempt to turn one‘s life into a work of art &, ultimately, how one man was left with the task of memorializing his fellow artists after their deaths. [His] portraits deal with revolution, disillusionment, emigration, suicide, the vocation of the poet, & the place of the artist in society." Great translation by Sarah Vitali. 2mo
Cathythoughts Wonderful review... you are seeking out extraordinary books ... 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2mo
Billypar I really like the multiple microbiography approach- it's a great way to quickly become familiar with historical figures with a common thread. My current read does that with a variety of artists that all dealt with loneliness in their work and life in one form or another. 2mo
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Lindy @Billypar A recent read that reminded me of The Lonely City is 2mo
Lindy @batsy This sounds really interesting, even though I don‘t have a particular interest in Russian literature. 👍 2mo
Billypar @Lindy Funny you should mention it- I just placed a hold on the Figuring audiobook the other day 😀 Sounds really good! 2mo
BarbaraBB Sounds good! 2mo
batsy @Cathythoughts Thanks, Cathy! It's amazing to have access to these books via Net Galley; I'd probably never be able to access these via local bookshops. 2mo
batsy @Billypar That's the kind of literary biography/memoir I enjoy best, too. The Lonely City has long been in my TBR! As well as Figuring, recently added :) @Lindy 2mo
batsy @BarbaraBB A very intriguing read and different from the kind of books I've been reading lately! 2mo
QuintusMarcus This looks incredible! What is netgalley? 2mo
batsy @QuintusMarcus It's a website where readers and reviewers can sign up and request for e-galleys and digital proofs https://www.netgalley.com/ 2mo
QuintusMarcus Wow thanks! 2mo
batsy @QuintusMarcus No problem! The more you review books and give feedback the more you will be approved for future books, and I'm terrible at that, but some publishers are very kind regardless and I've discovered some great new books :) 2mo
Sunraven What type of Netgalley member are you? I keep eyeing Netgalley but I feel like I don‘t have enough current reviewer/reader cred to be approved, alas... 2mo
batsy @Sunraven I used to review books for some places when I joined, and still do so for a local paper sometimes 2mo
Sunraven Nice, that sounds perfect for everyone! ☺️👍 2mo
GatheringBooks if i am unfamiliar with most of the authors discussed, will it diminish my enjoyment of the narrative, you think? 🧐 2mo
batsy @GatheringBooks I'm not familiar with these authors either but I think if you enjoy reading about writers and the milieu in which they work, this might be of interest. 2mo
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Thought this quote from Troilus & Cressida was apt for this book about desire & drives. #bookserendipity While I'm always drawn to psychoanalytic theory, the limits of thinkers like Freud & Lacan with regards to gender is something that I have trouble with. Always, the ever-present Father & the inescapable fact of patriarchy even in its "weakened" state. Where love & lust come up, one is bound to land in Freudian hot water. Lol. Lots to mull over.

batsy I found the tone of the first essay flippant in a Dad Joke kind of way & wondered how eye-rolly the rest would be, but the 2nd & 3rd essays were much better when he delved into Foucalt & social history. He looked at changes in the concept of individuality & "sexuality" (the latter a recent coinage) as well as changing ideas of what's moral & ethical from ancient Greece to modern Western society under Christianity. Stuff like that is fascinating. 2mo
Centique Wow! The breadth and depth of your reading is remarkable 👏👏👏 2mo
batsy @Centique Thanks, friend. Every once in awhile I still regret not going to grad school and so dig out some obscure theory book to read 😂 2mo
Suet624 Brilliant as always. 2mo
batsy @Suet624 Thanks ❤️ 2mo
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Also I just have to share the beautiful paper it was wrapped in 😍 So pretty! And I'm thrilled to have a Cork shopping bag. Thank you @Cathythoughts you're too kind 😘😘

Cathythoughts So welcome 😘. That‘s our big market in Cork. Amazing food there. Happy Early Birthday Suba 🎁♥️ 2mo
batsy @Cathythoughts Lovely! I can just imagine. Someday I'll make it there 🤞🏽😁💕 2mo
Jerdencon I was just there on Wednesday afternoon! Cool building! 😀 2mo
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Cathythoughts @Jerdencon we would shop for our dinner there most days. It‘s a fab market. Let me know next time 👍🏻 coffee ☕️ perhaps 2mo
erzascarletbookgasm 👏 love the tote! 😍 2mo
Tanisha_A Such sweet sweet gifts. 😍 2mo
batsy @Jerdencon Oh, that's cool! I'm gonna have to look up pics online :) 2mo
sisilia 😍😍😍 2mo
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Collected Poems | Patrick Kavanagh
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Thank you for your lovely parcel of presents @Cathythoughts ! My birthday isn't until next month so it was a delightful early surprise 😍 I'm so glad to have Patrick Kavanagh to read, what a lovely edition. And the O'Connor book is new to me completely. I look forward to that gorgeous box of chocolates later tonight. Thank you so much for your thoughtful presents and beautiful card, friend. I appreciate them very much ❤️❤️

Cathythoughts Your so welcome ♥️I know your birthday is early August, I didn‘t want to be late ... we‘ve had late parcels between us before. The Joseph O‘Connor ( Sinead O‘Conner‘s brother) book should be excellent- I have a copy myself. I read his book Star of The Sea years ago & loved it. This one is only out & getting great reviews. I thought it would be your style. Happy Early Birthday my lovely friend. X 2mo
TrishB Lovely gifts ❤️ 2mo
batsy @Cathythoughts Yes, the postal struggle between us was real 😁 Thank you so much Cathy, I love what you picked out and look forward to it ❤️ 2mo
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batsy @TrishB 😍 2mo
Cathythoughts I think the trick is not to use registered post ! The registered post seems to go through some long delayed process .... and there‘s no real guarantee with it anyway 🤷🏻‍♀️😊 2mo
Crazeedi Friends are the best !!😍 2mo
erzascarletbookgasm Ooo 😍 💗 Curious about the O‘Connor. 2mo
batsy @Cathythoughts I think you're right 😁 2mo
batsy @Crazeedi They are 💕 2mo
batsy @erzascarletbookgasm It sounds very intriguing! 😍 2mo
saresmoore ♥️♥️♥️ 2mo
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Troilus and Cressida | William Shakespeare
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I'm not quite sure how this went from a "It's going to be a slog!!" to a "I understand nothing but I love it!!" kind of play, even though I don't exactly love it, because there's lots to hate about how Cressida is used & misused & how these great men pontificate about utter rubbish like honour being more important than life. The play definitely belongs to Thersites, who is foul of mouth & steady of mind; to wit: "war & lechery confound all"! ⬇️

batsy Not a play I *liked*, but it was a play that held me in its strange spell. I was not bored & though much went over my head, I wanted to keep reading. Whatever I have to say about it barely scratches the surface of the way this play shifts & takes a turn into odd, dark corners. Thersites' cynicism & his attunement to the debased, absurd nature of humanity felt very modern to me, in a way. Very of the moment. #shakespearereadalong @merelybookish 2mo
erzascarletbookgasm Awesome! 👏 2mo
Chrissyreadit I have not read it but completely appreciate your review! 2mo
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merelybookish Excellent! I also find it compelling. I have read ahead, in part because I am genuinely intrigued by what is going to happen. I'm also fascinated the tone, which feels like nothing I've ever read by Shakespeare before. It is the ugliness of humanity without the redeeming qualities. 2mo
batsy @erzascarletbookgasm @Chrissyreadit Thank you! Lots to mull over in this one. 2mo
batsy @merelybookish Thank you! And you're right about the tone and I also felt it's unlike anything else he's written. Except maybe Titus Andronicus, if I'm remembering it correctly...another dark play that I'm now keen to revisit 😅 2mo
Graywacke Great review. And, it‘s encouraging! (I haven‘t started act iv yet) 2mo
Amiable “Foul of mouth and steady of mind” — I know a few people who that would describe! 😀 2mo
batsy @Graywacke Thank you! Interested in how you feel about it once it's over 🙂 2mo
batsy @Amiable Ha, yes! Better than the other way around, I reckon 😆 2mo
Centique Brilliant review Suba 😍👏👏👏 2mo
batsy @Centique Thank so much, Paula! ❤️ 2mo
batsy @Centique That should be thanks 😂 2mo
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Got this from #netgalley without having read the first 3 volumes & now I can't wait to read them! This is described as an "otherworldly gourmet fantasy": a Japanese bar that pops up in a medieval German city & transports its customers with delicious food. The stories are episodic; perhaps the characters are recurring, but reading it out of sequence is no issue. These are love stories about food & its transformative powers. Fun & enchanting ???

batsy The anime series is available on YouTube with English subtitles and the first episode has already cheered me up immensely 🙂 2mo
Tanisha_A This sounds cosy! I think I'll watch this one. Thank you for posting about it. ♥️ 2mo
Lindy Sounds wonderful. Stacked. 2mo
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batsy @Tanisha_A My pleasure, I hope you enjoy it! I'm hoping to watch an episode a day, sort of like comfort food 😆 2mo
batsy @Lindy It was a fun read and I think you'll enjoy the detailed descriptions of the dishes 🙂 2mo
Bookwomble If you have Netflix, you might enjoy "Samurai Gourmet" and "Midnight Diner". Both Japanese dramas using restaurants and food as a way of telling stories about people. 2mo
Sunraven Have you read Delicious in Dungeon? Your description of this makes me think of that!

@Bookwomble: Those were both super cute! Also Kantaro: The Sweet Tooth Salaryman is ridiculous in a good way.
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batsy @Bookwomble @Sunraven Thanks for the recs! I haven't watched or read any of those so I look forward to giving them a try 🙂 2mo
Sunraven 💖😁👍 2mo
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The Tea Dragon Festival | Katie O'Neill
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I haven't read The Tea Dragon Society, but when this popped up in #netgalley I had to request it because it looks so adorable. And it was just the kind of sweet, comforting read I needed in between some heavy group reads & one of Shakespeare's problem plays. I loved the inclusive characters, the lush, richly-coloured panels, and this gently enchanted world of floofy tea dragons and humanoid dragons. Now I want my own Mountain Chamomile Dragon! 😆

Centique How gorgeous this looks! 😍 2mo
batsy @Centique It is so lovely to look at ❤️ 2mo
rubyslippersreads Gorgeous! 🍵🐉😍 2mo
BiblioLitten Books and tea💕. Book about tea♥️♥️ 2mo
batsy @rubyslippersreads @BiblioLitten It is very pretty! Not so much about tea; maybe the first one was? But the concept of tea dragons is way too cute 😁 2mo
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Troilus and Cressida | William Shakespeare
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Can't deny that I love Cressida.

Also, Cressida is me to the cute barista I've been crushing on for months without ever smiling or attempting a conversation beyond, "Thank you" and then slithering away like some swamp thing ????????‍♀️

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Severnmeadows 😊 brilliant! 2mo
Cathythoughts You‘ll hVe to take the plunge & say hi to this cute barista 😬it‘s the only way 😍 2mo
erzascarletbookgasm This makes me smile! 2mo
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batsy @Cathythoughts Oh Cathy, I'll just hide behind my book 🙈📚 2mo
Ms_T 😍 2mo
Tanisha_A Yes, you have to say beyond thank you! I agree with @Cathythoughts! ☺️ 2mo
batsy @Ms_T 🥰 2mo
batsy @Tanisha_A 😅😅 2mo
kspenmoll This makes me smile! 2mo
batsy @kspenmoll 😁 2mo
readordierachel Ha! Love this post. 2mo
Centique I love this 😂 Especially slithering away like a swamp thing. I‘d probably totter away like a metal droid! We‘re all #monsters and #aliens when it comes to talking to cute boys. 😂 2mo
batsy @readordierachel 😁❤️ 2mo
batsy @Centique It's ridiculous, and as a grown ass adult I am thoroughly embarrassed 😂 I can have a perfectly decent conversation with all of the other staff and when he's in the vicinity I'm extraterrestrial 👾 2mo
merelybookish Yes to Cressida! ❤️ Yes YES to chatting up the barrista! 💪 2mo
batsy @merelybookish I love her so far and we know she's being set up for a fall 😡 2mo
rohit-sawant @batsy Love this! I can so relate to being an extraterrestrial in that situation 👽 I think the vibe I broadcast is Mr. Darcy if you ran over his dog. It's weird, when you have a crush on someone in school/college, pretty much everyone has an inkling, but as an adult, it's so insulated, if that makes sense, which isn't all bad considering you don't have to deal with that *one* friend who makes it his or her mission to embarrass you. 2mo
merelybookish @batsy oh I know! You know she is screwed. Unlike you, she would be much better NOT talking to Troilus. 😉 2mo
batsy @rohit-sawant The Mr Darcy dog sentence made me snort 😂😂 I understand about what you mean! It is an insulated experience as an adult; we're really in our own bubble unlike school/college. For an introvert I feel like it's both a blessing and a curse 😆 2mo
batsy @merelybookish Hahaha! Nicely played. For Cressida's sake at the very least I must utter a few intelligible words to the hot barista. 2mo
Reggie Oh, my swamp thing, lol. It was Buddha right(?) that said-There is no lotus flower without the mud. 2mo
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East of Eden | John Steinbeck
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I couldn't help finishing this ahead of the #EoE buddy read schedule—the narrative force of the book is so propulsive. I've long been somewhat afraid to tackle this chunkster but there's no need to be intimidated; it's incredibly engaging & "readable", & at turns philosophical, ruminative, or action-packed & thrilling (a particular birthing scene comes to mind). I found myself utterly rapt when I read it & deeply invested in Cal & Lee. ⬇️

batsy Cathy's overt badness seems heavy-handed & some passages get a bit sermon-y in a kind of grand, "I AM WRITING A GREAT AMERICAN NOVEL" kind of way, but it wasn't so bad to deter me from enjoying the novel as a whole. Thanks @Cinfhen for organising the buddy read or I would have never gotten to this! I appreciate the ongoing discussions; it certainly adds richness to the reading. 3mo
Freespirit Great review! I must read it 3mo
Ms_T Great review! I loved this book 😂 3mo
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Tanisha_A Awesome review. Must get to this Steinbeck. 😅 3mo
Cinfhen Great review!! I agree, Steinbeck seems to take himself a bit too seriously but it‘s been an engaging read. I love the discussions - can‘t wait to discuss part 3 3mo
erzascarletbookgasm Ha! I just posted I finished reading this too! Agree with what you said. Super review, friend! 👍😘 3mo
paulfrankspencer I wonder if the modern audience has so little stomach for irredeemably evil characters because of the overplayed trope of the anti-hero. I also wonder if I take great writers at their word and found it easy to believe Cathy's overt badness. Either way, when people ask, as they inevitably do when they find out I'm a reader, I tell them East of Eden is my favorite book. It bested Dracula, which had topped the list for years. 3mo
rohit-sawant Awesome review, as always! 🙌🏼 It took me a while to get into this when I read it but it gradually sucked me in entirely. 2mo
batsy @paulfrankspencer I would have felt better about Cathy had there been a sense of origin about her evil ways. It's hard for me to believe that some people are just born bad, so that will always be a struggle for me, regardless of the metaphorical meaning or the symbolism of her character. Also would have loved more fully developed female characters in opposition to her; I needed more of Liza and Abra. But a truly compelling book, nevertheless. 2mo
batsy @rohit-sawant Thank you! ❤️ Steinbeck makes telling a 600-page story seem effortless, so on the level of the writing I just want to dive into this book and analyse its construction 🙂 2mo
Kalalalatja Nice review! 2mo
readordierachel Great review, as always! Sounds like a rewarding read. 2mo
Palimpsest Great review! 2mo
keepingupwiththepenguins Oh, I love this! I've only recently discovered Steinbeck and I love his writing, I can't wait to read this one 😍 2mo
UwannaPublishme Great review! My willpower to not read any further is hanging on by a thread. 😬 I can‘t wait for our discussion. 2 more days! 2mo
batsy @keepingupwiththepenguins I hope you enjoy it when you do! I only read The Pearl in college and for some reason didn't like it then; now I look forward to discovering more of his work :) 2mo
batsy @UwannaPublishme Thank you! I have zero willpower 😂 2mo
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The Tale of Genji | Murasaki Shikibu
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Great idea @Cinfhen here's my #top6reads so far that's bound to change in a minute! 😆 Thanks to Litsy and lots of book chats and group reads I've read so many amazing books, to the point where I've had to leave ol Will Shakespeare out 😅

Thanks for the tag @Leftcoastzen @Ruthiella @readordierachel and I'd love to see yours if you want to share @merelybookish @Lindy @BiblioLitten @erzascarletbookgasm @Reggie @Graywacke

merelybookish Thanks for the tag! I just did mine and also included Shirley and Cassandra. And no Will! (These days he seems to be the only male author I even read. 🤔) 3mo
batsy @merelybookish Ha, yes. I didn't even realise my list were all women authors and I notice yours is, too! 3mo
Leftcoastzen @batsy I need to get to Genji, need a break from #chunksters for a while , Ghost Wall sounds interesting,on my TBR a good long time. 3mo
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batsy @Leftcoastzen Wouldn't have made it through Genji without @Lindy and fellow buddy readers 😁 But utterly memorable and a reading experience that transported me out of my current world! 3mo
readordierachel Great list! I want to read all of these! Especially Freshwater. Genji kinda terrifies me though 😆 3mo
erzascarletbookgasm Thanks for the tag! I‘m awaiting my copy of Ghost Wall and Freshwater from the recent BD sale. I‘m eager to read Cassandra, so much Litsy love, and it‘s still a bummer I missed the Genji readalong. I loved Shirley too! 3mo
erzascarletbookgasm Maybe you need another top 6 just for ol‘ Will 😄😉 3mo
vivastory Okay, this is the third or fourth post including Ghost Wall as a best of, so I'm taking that as a sign from the book goddesses that I need to not only add it to my TBR, but move it up 3mo
Cinfhen Yay!!!! Was waiting for your list!!!!! I bailed on Fresh Water....maybe I need to try again 😬🙈 3mo
Ruthiella Fabulous list! I need to read something (anything) by Sarah Moss! 3mo
TrishB Great list 👍🏻 I have Cassandra now thanks to recent swap goodies from @squirrelbrain so will be getting to soon! 3mo
Cathythoughts Yes great list ! I see The Genji is quite long 😳.. would be an investment though I‘d say. And I must read Shirley some day ♥️👍🏻 3mo
Tanisha_A All of them are on TBR! 🥰 3mo
batsy @readordierachel @erzascarletbookgasm @Cathythoughts Genji is quite the Big Book but a worthwhile time investment for sure 😊 3mo
batsy @vivastory @Ruthiella It's a brilliant short read and it's definitely made me want to read more by Moss! 3mo
batsy @Cinfhen I can understand why, it's the kind of book that depends a lot on mood and timing I think. 3mo
batsy @TrishB Ooh, I hope you enjoy!! 3mo
batsy @Tanisha_A Cheers to the TBR 😆🥂 3mo
BarbaraBB Great choices. Happy to see Cassandra and I have Sarah Moss to be read soon! 3mo
youneverarrived Freshwater was one of my most favourite books last year. Great picks 🧡 (edited) 3mo
batsy @BarbaraBB Cassandra seems to be a firm favourite! ❤️ 2mo
batsy @youneverarrived It's so unlike anything I've read before. Really powerful and one I still think about often 💜 2mo
batsy @rohit-sawant Forgot to tag you earlier but I'd love to see yours if you want to share! 2mo
sisilia Tale of Genji! The thickness is intimidating 😅 2mo
batsy @sisilia It was for me, as well! I found the buddy read structure very helpful 🙂 2mo
rmaclean4 Ghost Wall is one of the best books I have read this year also!!! Have you read Lanny by Max Porter? 2mo
batsy @rmaclean4 It's so good! And no, have yet to read Max Porter. I definitely want to read both of his books, just haven't gotten round to it 🙂 2mo
rmaclean4 @batsy Lanny, Ghost Wall and Spring by Ali Smith are my top three reads so far this year. I read Lanny in one sitting... highly recommend!! 2mo
batsy @rmaclean4 That's great! I've only read Ghost Wall from that list and plan to read the Ali Smith seasons books in the order it was published. So many books, so little time... 😅 2mo
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After Claude | Iris Owens
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1st half: a brutally & savagely hilarious character study of a woman at the end of her romantic tether. As @Leftcoastzen put it, Harriet has no filter: she's like the subconscious as stand-up comedy. Bitchy & dark & endearing & repulsive. Then comes the 2nd half, which puts Harriet in contact with other (odd & nefarious) people. How much of it is in her mind? This filled me with sadness & unease; Harriet displays a number of complexes & issues. ⬇️

batsy Despite her brash bravado & conviction that everyone else is dumb, Harriet seems to be a hypochondriac with social anxiety manifesting in a number of ways, most obviously in her worldview & her relationships. Also disturbing are her whipsmart observations about her ex, the "French rat" Claude, that's clouded by her lack of judgment. Her existence is predicated on how men desire her, & sadly that makes her very vulnerable, as the ending hints. 3mo
batsy A most discomfiting read; quite terrible & brilliant & funny & exhausting all at once. I'm so glad I read it & I'm tempted (once I've recovered) to look up Owens' one other "normal" novel (as opposed to her porn novels, which might also have something interesting to say!) #NYRBbookclub @emilyhaldi @vivastory [Illustration above from https://nyrbclassics.tumblr.com/post/66816098398/did-iris-owens-inspire-a-woody-... 3mo
Tanisha_A Will you take me as your student and teach me how to write brilliant book reviews? *puppy face* ❤️ Haven't read any NYRB, should get started with something. 😅 3mo
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Leftcoastzen Great review!A character to remember, you get to the complexity of her behind the facade. 3mo
Billypar She sounds like a character I'd like to meet! 3mo
sisilia @Tanisha_A I will definitely sign up, too! 😚 @batsy writes the best review 3mo
batsy @Tanisha_A @sisilia Thank you, friends ☺️ You are too kind ❤️❤️ 3mo
batsy @Leftcoastzen Thank you! She's pretty unforgettable! 3mo
batsy @Billypar Yes, I'd love to know what you think when you do meet her 😆 3mo
Cathythoughts Yes ! @sisilia @Tanisha_A yes ! @batsy is so good at reviews , always finding the words for an interesting review... very studied & insightful... 🙏🏻 3mo
batsy @Cathythoughts Thank you, Cathy 😘😘 This was such a rich book, stirred up a lot of complex feelings... 3mo
vivastory Insightful review, as always! I agree that Harriet's blunt honesty is hiding something. It's hard to say exactly what. I see your point about her most likely being a hypochondriac. I think she is also suffering from some type of insecurity, overcompensating for it with her attitude. 3mo
youneverarrived Brilliant review, as always 🖤 3mo
batsy @vivastory Thank you! Yes, you've hit the nail on the head with insecurity, I think. Underneath the wit and bluster she is very afraid 💔 3mo
batsy @youneverarrived Thank you! ❤️ 3mo
merelybookish Brilliant as always! I want to know what happened to Harriet in France!! 3mo
readordierachel Wonderful review. I'm intrigued! 3mo
Centique Just beautifully said 😍💕 3mo
batsy @merelybookish Thank you! I'm wondering what happened there, too! She keeps referring to "her true love, MacDonald" ? 3mo
batsy @readordierachel @Centique Thank you! If you're ready for an unlikeable but hilarious female protagonist saying nothing but the wrong (often hilarious, sometimes true) things all the time, this is the book 😆 3mo
emilyhaldi So insightful!! Such a complex book and character.... I would love to know more about Harriet's childhood and how much of her insecurities / delusion / anxiety / etc stem from her strange relationship (or lack thereof) with her mother. Interesting how she sometimes refers to her parents as deceased and other times alive. Seems to be a lot to unpack there and the book only skims the surface!! 3mo
batsy @emilyhaldi Yes, I agree that there's more I'd like to know! There should have been a follow up like I Killed Claude for both Harriet and us to get some closure 😆 But you're right, the way she talked about her parents suggests so much untapped potential (for a book!) 3mo
rohit-sawant *Standing ovation gif* 🙌🏼 💕 3mo
batsy @rohit-sawant Thank you 😁💜 3mo
TrishB Awesome review as always 😘 3mo
batsy Thank you @TrishB ❤️ 2mo
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After Claude | Iris Owens
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Oh, Harriet. It's the "I confessed" that kills me ? For someone so deliciously bitchy and smart and funny, it's both hilarious and sad how she lacks self-awareness. I think @Reviewsbylola comparing Harriet to Ignatius Reilly is spot on.

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GatheringBooks that part of the book was just heartbreakingly sad 3mo
batsy @GatheringBooks I just finished and underneath the brilliant black humour is so much sadness. 3mo
saresmoore I am struggling very much to make it through the last 30 pages. Harriet‘s utter lack of empathy, the narcissism that belies intense self-loathing, and her myriad addictions are a bit too close to home. That being said, I don‘t think I‘ve ever read such a depressingly hilarious, spot on psychological profile in any other work of fiction. 3mo
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merelybookish @saresmoore @batsy I also found the book sad. There was a cynicism or darkness that ran through it that disturbed me. 3mo
Reviewsbylola I would love to see Harriett and Ignatius on a date. Can you only imagine?! 🤣 3mo
batsy @saresmoore @merelybookish I feel that, too. Harriet certainly has a lot of neuroses and complexes that make her a tragic figure, despite her being completely insufferable at times. There's a lot going on under the wisecrack-a-minute routine. 3mo
batsy @Reviewsbylola Nothing will prepare me for that book, though I do want to read it 😆🤯 3mo
BarbaraBB @saresmoore The weird thing is I thought that about Cassandra too (the spot on psychological profile). (edited) 3mo
BarbaraBB This quote is great. Harriet is actually touching here. Then again, I struggled with those last pages too. 3mo
saresmoore @BarbaraBB So did I! But I think it may be that they‘re both representing similar traits, like cognitive dissonance and passive aggression. The first-person perspective is so in-your-face in both books, but I find Cassandra‘s thoughts to be more relatable, if equally loathsome at times. Harriet reads more like a bizarre case study. 3mo
BarbaraBB @saresmoore To me Harriet feels more like a caricature than a real person. 3mo
emilyhaldi I was about 60 pages into the book before I had my own Ignatius recognition with Harriet! 💡 From that point forward I couldn't stop picturing him saying the words coming out of Harriets mouth 😂 3mo
batsy @emilyhaldi Right? It added another layer of bamboozled hilarity on my part, for sure 😂 3mo
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Joseph Roth was an Austrian Jewish writer best known for his novel, Radetzky March. This is a collection of short essays written during the time of the Third Reich. Roth himself escaped to Paris on the day Hitler came to power in Germany. Each one of these pieces is short, but Roth's despair at the savagery & barbarism of what was unfolding is very raw & brutal. It's pretty chilling to read his warnings in the time of Brexit & Trump. #netgalley

batsy I was interested to learn that he was friends with Stefan Zweig, since Zweig is the July author for #NYRBbookclub. Roth's time in France was a financially-strained one & Zweig was the one to bail him out with loans when he needed it. I felt some anxiety reading these essays because of Roth's evident helplessness in the face of what he called a "dark age" is compounded by being a leftist writer who was struggling to make ends meet. History repeats. 3mo
Theaelizabet A very, very interesting, but hard read. Thanks for pointing out the Zweig connection. I‘m going to try and get to this one. 3mo
saresmoore Wow, great review, friend! 3mo
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GingerAntics This sounds interesting. Probably something we should all read. 3mo
Graywacke Feel sad just reading your review. Haven‘t read Roth or Zweig. I only know a little about them and a little about how much they both foresaw. 3mo
erzascarletbookgasm I don‘t know this author, interesting connection he had with Zweig. Sounds like 💔 difficult read. Nice review Suba! 3mo
batsy @Theaelizabet @GingerAntics @Graywacke Yes, an important read, and I felt overwhelming sadness at Roth's helpless anger and despair. 3mo
batsy @saresmoore @erzascarletbookgasm Thank you, lovelies ❤️❤️ 3mo
GingerAntics That seems really logical. 3mo
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I loved In a Forest, a Deer, a collection of stories by Ambai published in India. This collection of 20 stories by Archipelago contains 8 stories that appeared in Forest. These stories about the life of Tamil women cast a spell on me. They are quiet; like the ebb & flow of a calm river in a serene forest, but contain so much intelligence & heart, with unusual female characters. I love her writing & its references to Hindu myth & Tamil classics. ⬇️

batsy After reading Jenny Odell's How to Do Nothing, I've become a bit more attentive to how writers write their (human) characters & how they see the world. Ambai's melancholy, poignant, yet life-affirming stories are very attuned to their landscape & to nature. Thoughtful women in her stories are always seeing things differently from everyone else, feeling differently, & attempting a life on their own terms. Beautiful writing. #netgalley
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Cathythoughts Beautiful description of this book ✨✨✨✨✨✨ 3mo
TrishB Beautiful review 💜 3mo
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batsy @Cathythoughts @TrishB Thanks, friends 😘😘 I'm happy that so much translated fiction is available to us now ❤️ 3mo
saresmoore What an insightful review! This sounds wonderful. 3mo
erzascarletbookgasm This review is gorgeous! 👏✨ 3mo
batsy @saresmoore @erzascarletbookgasm Thanks 😘😘 I love the feeling I get when I read her 🥰 3mo
Tanisha_A Brilliant review! Need to read more of translated literature. ❤️ 3mo
Centique Yay - I have her other book to read too thanks to your recc! BTW I was chatting to a mum at kids basketball - I‘ve spent summer chatting to her at cricket too - started talking books and then life - turns out she is Tamil and spent some of her childhood in Sri Lanka and experienced civil war 😬 She‘s going to lend me some books about it which is such a great entry into this topic for me 🙌 (I had Sri Lanka as a TBR topic last year) 3mo
batsy @Tanisha_A Thank you, lovely 💜 I finally took Tamil classes to be able to read it after years of neglect (for shame!) but my comprehension level is nowhere near reading a whole novel, sadly. But maybe I could start with short stories 😁 3mo
batsy @Centique Oh, that's really interesting! I'd love to know which books you'll read. Our grandparents left ahead of the civil war. It's left a massive mark on the country and the people 😞 One of the books I should read but is still tbr is this 3mo
Centique @batsy thanks for those reccs. I never put it together that your family came from there. Gosh, my heart goes out to them. 💕I‘m amazed at how little I know about it given that it is so recent. I‘ll post any books that Kavitha lends me - her dad is a professor and she says he has lots of books he can lend me too. Best kind of a TBR explosion going on ☺️ 3mo
batsy @Centique Yes indeed 🙂 3mo
BiblioLitten I love Ambai‘s writing too. 💕 3mo
batsy @BiblioLitten It's really special ❤️ 3mo
rohit-sawant This sounds so wonderful. Lovely review! 3mo
batsy @rohit-sawant Thank you, Rohit! She's a wonderful writer and my Tamil comprehension being pretty basic, I'm so glad to be able to read her in translation (though I hope to read her in the original someday 🙌🏽) 3mo
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How to Do Nothing | Jenny Odell
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Not a how-to at all, but a multidisciplinary work on engaging with the world outside of the corporate-controlled attention economy. It's dense & philosophical, incorporating theory, art criticism, tech, & nature writing. It made me see differently & want to exist differently. I love books that do that. We need more books to remind humans of our place in the vast planet—we're not superior. Similarly, we should resist low-key dehumanisation ⬇️

batsy by corporations. We should not have to resist having our lives instrumentalised & reduced to the value of "eyeballs" on a website so that a small coterie of people can profit off of it, & yet here we are. It takes a whole book to explain how "doing nothing" is another way of doing a whole lot of something that is outside the logic of capitalism. We are all more than our value to capital. I appreciate a lot of the points that Odell makes. 3mo
BarbaraBB You just sold me another book 💕 3mo
Trashcanman I swear you need to start your own book review blog. You have a way with words. I know I've said it before but I truly am reminded of it with each book review you do. Sold on ready it. If you worked for a publisher book sales would go way up. 😊 3mo
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batsy Thank you @BarbaraBB @Trashcanman ❤️❤️ It's one of those books that can't be boxed into any particular category but I'm glad I read it 🙂 3mo
Leftcoastzen Nice review!As I try to explain to people all of this “free content “is not really “free “.I need to read this book to help inform a coherent argument.Stacked! 3mo
BarbaraBB @Trashcanman is right you know, your reviews are really of a complete other level 🙌 3mo
erzascarletbookgasm Sounds interesting! And fantastic review as always 😘 3mo
readordierachel Sold, sold, sold 👍🏼 3mo
squirrelbrain Sounds fascinating - stacked! 3mo
youneverarrived Excellent review 🖤 stacking. 3mo
batsy @BarbaraBB @Trashcanman You are too kind 😘😘 3mo
batsy @erzascarletbookgasm @youneverarrived Thanks, friends 💜💜 3mo
batsy @readordierachel @squirrelbrain I hope you find it a worthwhile read if you try it 😊 3mo
Cathythoughts Brilliant review... ✨ 3mo
mhslibrarylady Adding this to my TBR list! 3mo
batsy @Cathythoughts Thank you 😘 3mo
batsy @mhslibrarylady Hope you like it 🙂 3mo
RaimeyGallant Reading your reviews is dangerous for my tbr. 3mo
rohit-sawant Stunning review! 🙌🏼 3mo
batsy Thanks @rohit-sawant 🖤 3mo
Centique I love your explanation - id like to see a book from you on this! 😍🙌 3mo
Suet624 It‘s funny..I‘ve been sitting on my front porch listening to songbirds, watching hummingbirds, looking at my garden and handwriting a letter to a friend. It‘s been a delightful afternoon of doing very little. And I‘m very content. (edited) 3mo
batsy @Centique You're too sweet ❤️ This is the kind of book I wish I had the intelligence to write 😆 3mo
batsy @Suet624 Perfect. And so apt. Whenever I think back on moments in life I utterly cherish, it has rarely (never) involved being "productive" in the sense of how corporations want us to be productive. 3mo
sisilia That‘s what I love doing! Nothing 😆 I loved it when I parked myself in a cafe at 7am in Tokyo... not committed to anything, just people-watching, and occassionally flipping my book 😅 3mo
batsy @sisilia You speak my language! 😁 That's my ideal scenario 😍 3mo
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East of Eden | John Steinbeck
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I've always wanted to read this and I'm glad there's a Litsy group read to motivate me 🙂 Hoping to make quite a bit of time for this today. #EoE @Cinfhen

Reviewsbylola This was a five star read for me when I read it over a decade ago. Starting it tonight too! 🙌🏻 3mo
emilyhaldi Yay!!! I started last week and it‘s already phenomenal 3mo
erzascarletbookgasm I have this on my shelves for a while too, so glad there‘s a read along to push me to read it. Hoping to start this weekend. 3mo
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Cinfhen So glad to see so much excitement and positive reviews for this book!! I‘m trying really hard NOT to read ahead @erzascarletbookgasm @emilyhaldi @Reviewsbylola I think you‘re going to fly through the pages @batsy 3mo
batsy @Reviewsbylola @emilyhaldi I'm happy to hear that! 🙂 3mo
batsy @erzascarletbookgasm Litsy buddy reads have got me off my bookish ass so many times 😆 Gotta love it. 3mo
Cathythoughts Good luck ! 😊 enjoy 3mo
batsy @Cathythoughts Thank you ❤️ I love the sound of the first couple of pages already... 3mo
twohectobooks Ooh, enjoy! My book club read this one and it‘s so good! 3mo
batsy @twohectobooks Thanks! Early days yet but I'm startled by his writing; it's so fluid, and yet conveys so much. Also a total disregard for the "show don't tell" dictum, and I like that he does that :) 3mo
Theaelizabet I loved this book. I‘ll look forward to reading your responses to it. 3mo
batsy @Theaelizabet There's so much to underline and note down on every page! 3mo
Izai.Amorim "Show don't tell" is one of those falacies in literature. It requires that both sender and receiver share the same code otherwise the message gets completely lost, especially when it goes into another cultural space. People see things through their biased brains. Showing is an adventurous thing... Sometimes telling how it is is much better and effective. 3mo
Suet624 @Izai.Amorim love your thoughts on show-don‘t-tell. 3mo
batsy @Izai.Amorim Well put! I agree. Reading translated fiction has made me understand how it's a cultural code and imposition, as well. On another level, each work has to be written how it has to be written, and I feel writing rules can often just work as biased restrictions. There are so many kinds of writers and readers in this world :) 3mo
Izai.Amorim @batsy @Suet624 When I write I always ask myself, "does it travel well?" Will they understand me in China or Canada? As I child I could only read translated literature and always got bugged by descriptions of things I couldn't understand. Character description, another "required" point, was a major irritant. I never understood what "man with square chin" is supposed to mean... 3mo
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Dolly Parton | Isabel Sanchez Vegara, Daria Solak
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These books will never not be cute af 😆 Delightful art, as always. Would have loved a little bit more on young Dolly, though. #NetGalley

tjwill I ❤️ Dolly! 3mo
Amiable How adorable! 3mo
batsy @tjwill Me too ❤️ 3mo
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batsy @Amiable This series of picture books is very sweet 🥰 3mo
Amiable @batsy I never would have thought of Dolly Parton as being the character in a children‘s picture book ... but why not? 😀 3mo
readordierachel Love the illustrations 💕 3mo
rubyslippersreads ❤️ this! And especially appropriate because Dolly gives books to children. 😊 3mo
LeahBergen How cute!! 3mo
batsy @readordierachel @LeahBergen Just looking at the artwork made my day 😊 3mo
UwannaPublishme How cool! 😍 3mo
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What Makes Girls Sick and Tired | Lucile de Peslouan
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A short, succinct feminist manifesto for teens and young girls. The aesthetic is that of a zine; lots of vivid graphics and minimal text. While the information is pretty basic for older feminists, this is perhaps more of a consciousness-raising text. Maybe young girls who have felt and experienced these things but who don't have the conceptual frameworks or words to articulate their experiences will find this a useful starting point. #netgalley

GatheringBooks interesting! seems perfect for our #womenreadwomen2019 theme! 3mo
batsy @GatheringBooks Good for the theme but it's a very quick read; it'll be over in minutes if you read it straight through! 3mo
chapter_fifty2017 Thanks for this ! 3mo
batsy @chapter_fifty2017 You're welcome! 3mo
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