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ephemeralwaltz

Joined September 2016

"They slipped briskly into an intimacy from which they never recovered." --> IG: @ephemeralwaltz - Currently reading...
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The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham
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Practicalities by Marguerite Duras
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Columbine by Dave Cullen
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The Secret History by Donna Tartt
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The Only Story: A novel by Julian Barnes
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Humanitats en acció by Marina Garcés
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Jazz by Toni Morrison
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Hooray! Mini Tuesday #bookhaul. I have the afternoon off work so I can gloriously spend it reading.

Btw, @Weaponxgirl, I got it!

Emilymdxn I adored both of these books! Really hope you like them 20h
ephemeralwaltz @Emilymdxn glad to hear that! I'm sure I will :) 20h
Weaponxgirl Woo hoo! I‘m excited to get going! 1h
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Hanna's Daughters: A Novel | Marianne Fredriksson
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Woo-hoo!! I couldn't resist going on a little second-hand splurge yesterday! I feel like I deserve it after such long workdays.
Has anyone read the tagged book?
Happy Sunday!

Crazeedi I havent ,but it sounds very good! 1w
ephemeralwaltz @Crazeedi it does! @Andrew65 you might be interested ? 1w
Andrew65 @ephemeralwaltz Thanks for the tag 👍, will have to do some research. This is a book I don‘t know. 1w
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Fruit of Knowledge | Liv Strömquist
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5 stars!! This was amazing. I finished it yesterday in two sittings although I would've read it in one if I'd had the time. The author exhibits tremendous journalism skills in this illustrated cultural history of the taboo surrounding women's bodies, specifically the vulva (or fear of!) and menstruation, and female sexuality, clearly shedding light on how far we have NOT come. Feminist, unapologetic and funny as f***!

Kalalalatja Sounds UH-mazing! (edited) 2w
ephemeralwaltz @Kalalalatja it is! You'll LOVE it 2w
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Notes on Camp | Susan Sontag
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In honor of #MetGala2019 I wanted to take the chance to post about this short essay again and encourage you to pick it up! Everyday is #Recommendsday, right?!

DivineDiana Must read! 💗 2w
CouronneDhiver I dont know anything about the gala, but the outfits were grand! 2w
teainthelibrary Yaaasss, i need to find this copy ASAP! 2w
batsy Oh, nice on trend recommendation! 😆 They should have mailed this to everyone attending. 2w
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Fruit of Knowledge | Liv Strömquist
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I started reading this graphic cultural history of the vulva vs. the patriarchy about 2 hours ago and I can't put it down! Informative and laugh-out-loud funny. Remember ladies, listen to John Kellogg and don't "self-pollute"!!

AlaMich 😆🙄 2w
charl08 Such a great read! 2w
ephemeralwaltz @charl08 it is! I'm having so much fun! 2w
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Hunted | Darcy Coates
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Rainy afternoon means staying in and (finally) finishing this for #ScreamsByMail. I didn't find it as climactic as I was expecting but that's probably due to the fact that I haven't been able to keep up a steady reading pace these days. This would've been a more intense read had I finished it in a couple or three of sittings (preferably at night). Take note, @scripturient 😘 I'll send this out to you this week.
Thanks @danibolahood for the pick!

GatheringBooks awesome! i haven‘t started on your pick yet, clara. soon, i hope. once the madness of coordinating teaching practicum is over. 🧚🏼‍♀️📚💕 2w
danibolahood Aww I'm sorry you didn't love it! You're next package is on the way - should see it in a couple of weeks. I know I said I'd send it awhile ago but one of the journals got packed up accidentally and it took me forever to find the box it was in 😳 2w
ephemeralwaltz @danibolahood don't worry at all!!!😍😍 can't wait! I'll keep you updated. 2w
ephemeralwaltz @scripturient it should be on its way to you!:) 2d
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Shelves, Cabinets & Bookcases | Matthew Teague, Helen Albert
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Kalalalatja 😍😍😍 2w
Weaponxgirl Oohhh! 2w
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The Member of the Wedding | Carson McCullers
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Thank you so much to @Weaponxgirl for reading this with me although I've proven to be the worst buddy in the history of buddy-reads! (I just need more time to read these days, bear with me)
McCullers has yet to disappoint me. She writes about the margins of society with a grace and sensibility unlike others. A pick for me! Especially enjoyable in long sittings.

Weaponxgirl No worries at all. I‘ve deliberately slowed down my reading this year to take pressure of myself. We can take any future buddy reads at whatever pace we want as sometimes I‘m slower than others. 😊 3w
Weaponxgirl Let‘s do a tbr shelf share sometime, we can pick books from each other‘s lists to go through as we have quite similar taste in fiction and it‘s great to read it with someone. 3w
ephemeralwaltz @Weaponxgirl that's a great idea!! We do have similar tastes - I'm so glad we've been sharing our tastes with eachother! 2w
Weaponxgirl @ephemeralwaltz me too! I‘m actually also quite glad you aren‘t as much of a speed reader others are as sometimes I‘m faster than others and then I need to slow down for a little while and kind of savour my books and then I feel bad if I‘m not on track. I have so many books I know I‘ll enjoy but need a kick up the butt to read. 2w
Weaponxgirl @ephemeralwaltz I also dont know that many people in the real world who have tastes as similar to mine at all. I‘m normally the person known for reading something a bit different or odd and sometimes it pays off and someone will pick it up but often I‘m just sat there on my own unable to discuss something since I don‘t want to spoil it for others just in case. 2w
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Frog and Toad | Arnold Lobel
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Happy May 1st!

Weaponxgirl Well this bring back school memories of this series 3w
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The Member of the Wedding | Carson McCullers
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F. Jasmine (Frankie) Addams

Weaponxgirl I wanna say I loved this part but if I‘m honest I loved all of this book. 1mo
mom2bugnbee As an anatomy & physiology professor, every semester I blow my students' minds when I explain this. Such a hard concept to wrap our finite minds around! 1mo
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The Secret History | Donna Tartt
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About 3/4 way into this. It's taking me a while to finish any books this week but I just need more time to sit down and read in long sittings. This one is fantastic!

swishandflick Such a great book!! 1mo
Kalalalatja Love this! 1mo
sisilia One of my favorites 1mo
Cathythoughts Loved this one 👍🏻 1mo
batsy It is! 1mo
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Woohooo second-hand bookstore finds! 😍 This is a Murakami I've been wanting to read for ages.

ReadosaurusText It is one of my favorite books! 1mo
Billypar I love the cover- never saw this edition before. 1mo
readordierachel Score! 1mo
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Weaponxgirl That cover is amazing 1mo
ephemeralwaltz @ReadosaurusText that's great to hear 😍 1mo
ephemeralwaltz @Billypar it really is lovely! It's the Catalan edition 😊 1mo
Rhelia I love this book so much! 😊 1mo
Pruzy I always cross my fingers hoping to find some Murakami every time I go to a used bookstore 🤞 4w
Severnmeadows One of the effects of Litsy is joy in so many extraordinary book covers! This one‘s striking. (edited) 3w
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The Member of the Wedding | Carson McCullers
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I'm underlying so many passages in this 💜 (yes, I'm dog-earing and writing in my book - it allows me engage with it on a completely different level) #McCullersbuddyread @Weaponxgirl

ephemeralwaltz @Weaponxgirl Maybe we could discuss part 2 and 3 next Sunday?? 🤞🤞 I could use this week to catch up on part 2 😝 1mo
Weaponxgirl @ephemeralwaltz lol, go for it. I did manage to read part 2 but I came off 3 night shifts today, had brunch with friends and then had a “nap” would be better to talk about when I‘m not completely out of sync with the world with a weird sleep pattern 1mo
ephemeralwaltz @Weaponxgirl haha sounds good. Take care!! 1mo
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Hunted | Darcy Coates
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I'm feeling photo filters today. Finally about halfway through my #screamsbymail read of the month!

Drocchio03 Beautiful picture / nice use of filter! 🙂 1mo
Kalalalatja Lovely photo! 1mo
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The Member of the Wedding | Carson McCullers
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Spent my morning with the best company! @Weaponxgirl This prose is glorious read in long sittings.

Tanisha_A Nice picture! 🙂 1mo
Weaponxgirl That‘s what I found last week, I found it so hard to put the book down. I really am a huge fan of this author and this kind of writing. It just makes me remember why I love fiction 1mo
ephemeralwaltz @Weaponxgirl yes! She is becoming one of my favorites. Looking forward to discussing part 2. F. Jasmine thinks we should buddy-read another one of her books (that you haven't gotten to yet!). Any suggestions? 1mo
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Weaponxgirl @ephemeralwaltz for some reason she also makes me want to read more Shirley Jackson and southern gothic fiction (or just plain good gothic fiction) in general. I‘m sorry I‘m gonna spam you now with books that have caught my eye that I want to read... 1mo
Weaponxgirl I‘ve only read the haunting of hill house and we have always lived in the castle by her and have a few of her short stories kicking about and for some reason these two feel like sisters to me so any buddy read for her would be amazing. 1mo
Weaponxgirl I‘ve never read any flannery O‘Connor 😳 and I recently got my grubby paws on this classic 1mo
Weaponxgirl How awesome does this book look?! 1mo
Weaponxgirl The only other Carson‘s I own are this 1mo
Weaponxgirl And this one and I would love to do a buddy read of these 1mo
ephemeralwaltz @weaponxgirl !!! a shirley jackson buddy read sounds great as well. I LOVE her and haven't read much of her short fiction! AND YES TO FLANNERY O'CONNOR. I've never read her and A Good Man is Hard to Find sounds incredible. Let's schedule it!
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ephemeralwaltz @weaponxgirl I've already read Reflections in a Golden Eye (it was my first McCullers!) and I highly recommend that you just binge it. It's out of this world. You'll love it! (sorry for replying so late!) 3w
Weaponxgirl @ephemeralwaltz what would you like to read first? I knew you‘d be a Shirley Jackson fan too! I can start something in may if you want? Thankyou for getting me back into fiction again. 3w
ephemeralwaltz @weaponxgirl what about this one? I'd have to get my hands on a copy of it. I'll check the bookstore I work at to see if we have it in stock!
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Weaponxgirl I‘ve got that one and just had a little look at it. It has 17 stories inside and I was wondering how you would feel about doing it at a slower pace. Say 2 stories a week with breaks if needed? That way we could really savour the stories although obviously it will take longer to read them but then we could get in a novel at the same time plus other reading we are doing? 3w
Weaponxgirl Also we could easily make that a thing and pick another short story collection for afterwards, either by her or other writers we like. I have so many collections I want to get to including daphne du maurier, Jean Rhys, Clarice lispector and the Russian author who‘s name I can‘t spell who wrote this. (Without her name in front of me I‘m lost) 3w
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The Member of the Wedding | Carson McCullers
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Finally got a chance to sit down and read Part 1 of this for our #McCullersBuddyRead! @Weaponxgirl How did you find it? What did you think of how our protagonist was presented?

ephemeralwaltz I wanted to comment on the circularity of how part 1 starts and ends. The first thing we get to know about Frankie is that for a long time, she hasn't felt like a "member" of anything, anywhere. And at the end of part 1 she affirms that she is a member of her brother's wedding and fantasizes about being a part of his relationship forevermore. 1mo
ephemeralwaltz So a lot of her coming to terms with her ambition to be a part of something larger is based on her own fantasies she fabricates in her mind and the conversations she has with the maid, Berenice, who doesn't really take Frankie seriously, seeing her as a silly child. I have a feeling I'm really going to enjoy the rest of this read because there's nothing I enjoy more than a good character study! 1mo
ephemeralwaltz One of my favorite quotes was: "It was the year when Frankie thought about the world. And she did not see it as a round school globe, with the countries neat and different-coloured. She thought of the world has huge and cracked and loose and turning a thousand miles an hour." (P. 30 in my edition) Frankie feels small and insignificant and excluded from everything happening around her. 1mo
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ephemeralwaltz She feels too old to sleep in the same bed as her father anymore, she doesn't have the patience she used to have with her 6 year-old cousin, and to top it all off, her brother decided to marry a girl without her! 1mo
Weaponxgirl @ephemeralwaltz I devoured this when I read it! The atmosphere was so menacing to me in that way it can feel when life is moving forward fast and there‘s nothing you can do about it. And I completely agree it‘s a full blown character study rather than a plot book but some phrases just made me stop and go wow. I think one part had about her having sadness like jazz and the imagery in those two words just made me go wow 1mo
Weaponxgirl @ephemeralwaltz I felt like her latching onto her brothers wedding was her trying to find a port of safety with all these changes she is going through and doesn‘t want to. It‘s hinted that she was sexually abused and I felt like this horrified her character and added to her wanting to not grow up without any direction. 1mo
Weaponxgirl @ephemeralwaltz her cousins character John Henry was perfect too, at first I thought he seemed a bit precocious for a 6 year old and then as the chapter went on he read as the little kid who hangs out with older kids and is acting older to fit in. The part with him on the porch and when he was given the doll or when he wanted to go outside and play were just perfect to me. (edited) 1mo
ephemeralwaltz @Weaponxgirl yes! I felt the same way about his character!! Each character is so well written that they contrast sharply with one another. 1mo
ephemeralwaltz @Weaponxgirl I'm loving how, in part 2, the author (through Frankie's thoughts) keeps making reference back to feelings and exact expressions Frankie used to explain her thoughts in order to emphasize the reflections and changes our protagonist is undergoing. 1mo
Weaponxgirl @ephemeralwaltz I‘ve only just started part 2 about halfway through and I‘m loving how her character is doing this and it just makes her seem more childlike and vulnerable. There is so much depth to everyone that is unseen. Like with her father and his drinking and a dead mother/wife. She is someone who really doesn‘t tell you much outright but it conveys multitudes 1mo
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Columbine | Dave Cullen
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Started this one yesterday. It really is as good as everybody says 😱

Kalalalatja I want to say enjoy, but that‘s not really the right word for it 2mo
ephemeralwaltz @Kalalalatja I know... I barely know anything about the massacre because I was so young when it happened so I'm not aware of all the myths this book is dismantling but the journalistic depth to it is amazing me. 2mo
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Oops! Forgot to post my review of this. I've been reading MG grade recently for work-related reasons and even though it's not my favorite I can definitely say I'm enjoying myself. This is a tender story about an unconventional friendship and mixes realism and fantasy. Levi Pinfold's illustrations really bring the story to life while maintaining the dark, mysterious tone that AF Harrold uses.

ephemeralwaltz It's beautifully written while dealing with topics such as bullying, feeling like an outcast, and parenting. 2mo
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The Secret History | Donna Tartt
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Woke up with a terrible cold yesterday so I'll be spending my time between hot tea and books this afternoon 💜😵

cobwebmoth Feel better soon! 2mo
AmyG Feel better! 2mo
erzascarletbookgasm Get well soon! Love this book! 2mo
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wanderinglynn Hope you feel better soon! ☕️ 2mo
Weaponxgirl Get better soon! You are reading another book I should get to in the future there! 2mo
ephemeralwaltz @Weaponxgirl thanks!! Too many books on the TBR. I can't help read more than one at a time! 2mo
ephemeralwaltz @cobwebmoth @AmyG @erzascarletbookgasm @wanderinglynn thanks so much! Some quiet time at home and I'm feeling better already. 2mo
Weaponxgirl @ephemeralwaltz I‘m exactly the same! 2mo
Jas16 Hope you feel better soon 2mo
ephemeralwaltz @Jas16 thank you!😍 2mo
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The Secret History | Donna Tartt
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Cloudy weather today so I'm enjoying my Sunday with this read, which i know is a favorite for so many of you! I'm excited I finally decided to jump on the bandwagon.

Ashley_Nicoletto I loveddd this one. 2mo
Cathythoughts Love it 😍 reread is coming up one of these days 2mo
Blaire I loved this one as well...tho I read it over a dozen years ago. Definite page-turner. 2mo
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BekaReid This book is so good. I loved it!! 2mo
Kalalalatja Enjoy! 2mo
Pruzy And??? Did you like it or abandon it? 1mo
ephemeralwaltz @Pruzy I haven't abandoned it!! I just haven't finished it yet. I have too many reads going on at the same time 😅 it's fantastic!! Will update in due time :)! 1w
Pruzy @ephemeralwaltz Good! This makes me happy 😊 1w
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The Idiot | Elif Batuman
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Oops, just realized I forgot to post my review of this this week!
There is so much to unpack here, even if it seems that nothing happens in Selin's day-to-day life at Harvard. There's something about the writing that keeps you going, moving through snapshots of the protagonist's experiences. A novel about the obstacles we face as humans in order to communicate effectively, whether they be language, culture, one's personality or channel/media.

Kalalalatja Yes! Great review 🙌 glad you liked it! 2mo
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The Member of the Wedding | Carson McCullers
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I finally have my copy ready! Me and @Weaponxgirl are reading The Member of the Wedding together starting this next Monday - 3 parts in the book means 3 weekly discussions, one for each part. If anyone feels like joining, please feel free to do so! We'd love to include other Littens in our discussions. Discussions could be on Sundays, if that works well for you as well :) I'll post a small schedule soon. We can discuss part 1 on Sunday the 7th!

Weaponxgirl I can‘t wait to get started on this! 2mo
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Human Acts | Han Kang
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Hearing Han Kang read in Korean was the highlight of my weekend! Check out my previous post 😋😋

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Human Acts | Han Kang
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Guess who asked Han Kang to please sign her books in Korean? Me! 😍
I had the incredible opportunity to hear her talk this evening and she read passages in Korean from Human Acts and she talked about her perspective when writing and everything about her is lovely and I am fangirling

britt_brooke 😍😍😍 2mo
Kalalalatja How cool! 2mo
Abailliekaras Sounds fabulous! 🙌🏼 2mo
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Reggie Sounds awesome!!! 2mo
BiblioLitten I really want to read Human Acts. The first book was amazing! And how cool with Korean signature!!😍 2mo
ephemeralwaltz @BiblioLitten Human Acts completely topped my expectations regarding fiction writing in general - it is brutal in every way! 2mo
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The Idiot | Elif Batuman
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1. Tagged + The Only Story by Julian Barnes + a few others 😝
2. Lean On Pete
3. Hot peppermint tea

ssravp 1. Star Wars: Queen‘s Shadow
2. Captain Marvel
3. Coffee
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What a pleasure it was to hear Nuccio Ordine speak this morning at a literature festival that Barcelona is hosting this weekend.
Ordine's talk was intense, empowering and delightful. His life-long work is based around advocating for the humanities and liberal arts as a necessity for individual development in a society in a world that measures its worth based on capital growth.
I highly recommend checking him out.
I also got my book signed 😍

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The Member of the Wedding | Carson McCullers
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Hi everyone! Me and @Weaponxgirl had been planning a #buddyread for this book for the month of March, but since my copy arrived a bit late we've been putting it off. I'm excited that I finally received my copy in the mail! How about April 1st as official starting date? Should we take a look and organize the chapters for weekly discussion?
This is to let everyone know and encourage anyone to join! #McCullersBuddyRead
I'm ready to start reading!

ephemeralwaltz @LitsyHappenings Would appreciate it if you could share this!! Thank you!! xxxx 2mo
ephemeralwaltz @Weaponxgirl We can start reading earlier this next week if it works better for you!😘 2mo
Weaponxgirl Should we go for 1st April? I‘m so glad it‘s finally arrived! 😊 2mo
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ephemeralwaltz @Weaponxgirl Oh god, I meant April. I thought next month was May *facepalm*! Editing the post now 2mo
Weaponxgirl @ephemeralwaltz 🤣 I did wonder but didn‘t want to make a deal about it. My mind was panicking though screaming we can‘t keep the library book that long! 2mo
ephemeralwaltz @Weaponxgirl I'm so sorry my brain is NOT functioning today 🤣🤣 2mo
Weaponxgirl @ephemeralwaltz 😂😆 no worries, my brain only functions half the time too. Can I take a look at the chapters tomorrow? Wine head right now and I can‘t make any decisions in this state. But I‘m easy going with whatever we decide. 2mo
ephemeralwaltz For sure! Enjoy the wine. I won't have my book with me till Tuesday so if you don't mind taking a look on your own until then that would be great! 2mo
Weaponxgirl @ephemeralwaltz no worries. It‘s quite a short book so I‘m not sure how well it will hold up to a month long event but we can decide together when you have your copy too 😊 2mo
Weaponxgirl the book is in 3 parts. Would you like to do a part a week for 3 weeks? 2mo
Weaponxgirl The last part is quite short but gives people time to read at their own pace. Or we could do it by pages instead depending on what you like. Then the 4th week can be for catching up if necessary? 2mo
ephemeralwaltz @Weaponxgirl a part per week sounds great!! Absolutely. Let's do that and, if necessary, give us two weeks for the 3rd part+final thoughts. 2mo
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Good Night! | Claire Masurel
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Before bed in bed... 💜

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Flannery | Lisa Moore
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Sweet but surprisingly dark at times, Lisa Moore's first YA novel shares the life of Flannery Malone, a 16 y.o. girl who has to spend her senior year of highschool dealing with the eccentricities of her single artist-gone-blogger mom Miranda while she whips up a love potion for an entrepeneurship project at school with the boy she has loved since they were babies, Tyrone O'Rourke *swoon*
A quick read that hides a lot more under the surface.

merelybookish I read this! It's set in Newfoundland right? 2mo
ephemeralwaltz @merelybookish it is! Sorry for the late reply - I missed your comment! 4d
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Fruit of Knowledge | Liv Strömquist
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I haven't been in the habit of reading graphic novels before but a few have been catching my eye lately, especially Liv Strömquist's "Fruit of Knowledge: The Vulva vs. The Patriarchy”. Here's a conversation with the author, by Electric Lit, where she talks about dismantling the shame that surrounds menstruation. Added to the TBR!
Link here --> https://bit.ly/2O28zsE

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Hello, Universe | Erin Entrada Kelly
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I've been on a MG streak this week, for work-related reasons. This one surprised me! It's a sweet tale about unimaginable circumstances that bring a group of strangers together, as if destiny was meaning for them to be united. The characters were diverse without the feeling that the author was ticking any boxes. Funny and adventurous, but real and honest at the same time. Plus, the cover illustration is gorgeous! Would recommend 👍

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In the Dream House: A Memoir | Carmen Maria Machado
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WHAT. Carmen Maria Machado is releasing a memoir. This might be my most anticipated of 2019. I CANNOT. Thanks @Liberty for bringing this to my attention - out October 1st!

#TBRtemptation post! Get stacking 👌

sarahbarnes Yes! I can‘t wait!! 😍 2mo
Reggie That cover!!! 2mo
ephemeralwaltz @Reggie irresistible 2mo
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The Only Story: A novel | Julian Barnes
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Starting this one on the train 👌

ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled I love Julian Barnes! I haven‘t read this one, though- stacked! 3mo
catiewithac 🎾🎾🎾🎾🎾 3mo
Pruzy I read this one! Interested to know what you think! 2mo
ephemeralwaltz @Pruzy will definitely post my thoughts 🤓🤓 2mo
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Hunted | Darcy Coates
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Woo-hoo my first #ScreamsByMail book for round 2 is here! Thank you @danibolahood for the candy 😍 Disclaimer: the box was already empty when I took this picture 😂

#HorrorPost @teebe

danibolahood Lol I hate when chocolates just disappear like that! I have your next package ready to go. It'll go out sometime this week 😊 3mo
BookishTrish 😂 3mo
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ephemeralwaltz @danibolahood wow that's fast! 3mo
danibolahood @ephemeralwaltz lol I may be fast but the post hasn't been this time around. You should have lots of time before it gets to you. 3mo
ephemeralwaltz @danibolahood what a mystery the post is 3mo
scripturient Hahaha! 👍🏻 I finished your book a while ago and will send it on to @GatheringBooks in about 2.5 weeks when I‘m back from Scotland. 😊 3mo
ephemeralwaltz @scripturient enjoy your trip!! 3mo
scripturient @ephemeralwaltz Hey Clara, Have you sent this one out yet? Just wondering as I haven‘t received anything yet. There is something waiting at the post office for me though. Maybe that‘s it? 🤔 2w
ephemeralwaltz @scripturient not yet Stef!! I'm going to write in the journal this week and send it out to you asap! Sorry for taking so long!! But don't worry, I'll let you know when it's on its way. 2w
scripturient @ephemeralwaltz No worries. Take all the time you need. :) Then that letter I have to sign for at the post office will probably be a speeding ticket, I guess. 🤣 2w
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Deprived of "The Vegetarian's" voice, we follow her descent into what the patriarchy would call madness. Kang exposes the violence that humanity has inflicted on nature and how that violence is reflected in the violence we inflict upon eachother. This is a visceral, raw, unapologetic read about carnality and the psychological strive towards ferality, but also about sorority, family, and forgiveness.

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ephemeralwaltz I'm not 100% sure I connected with the story, and to be honest, the frequent sexual images (almost pornographic) disturbed me to an extent. But the more I think about it the more I realize that the point of the text is to reveal the disturbing essence of human nature. I found Human Acts to be superior but The Vegetarian should not be disregarded because of the depth it achieves, still lingering in my mind after finishing it. 3mo
LeahBergen Great review! So much of what you wrote reflects my own opinions of this novel. 3mo
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Humanitats en acció | Marina Garcés
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My day off 💕 We've been having lovely sunny weather this week in Barcelona ☀️

tpixie Loved our week there a few years ago! 3mo
ephemeralwaltz @tpixie I'm glad to hear that! I feel like I oftem take the fact of living here for granted and I need to appreciate it more 🙈 3mo
tpixie @ephemeralwaltz yes we take home for granted. My daughter and I loved to wake early for breakfast. Great bread, cheese and ham ( can't think of name, ham was sliced very thin!) We saw Messi play football. we had a blast!! 3mo
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batsy @tpixie Messi 😍 What a treat! 3mo
Slajaunie Enjoy! 📖☕️ 3mo
Booksnchill I visited Barcelona in 2012 and just fell for the people and the wonderful sense of place. I always picture it as ☀️! 3mo
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Han Kang will be in Barcelona on the 24th of March and I just got tickets to hear her speak! I'M EXCITED BEYOND WORDS ❤️❤️

Human Acts blew me away but I haven't read The Vegetarian so that's what I'll be doing this week.

Kalalalatja I heard her speak a couple of years ago, and she was so interesting! Enjoy 👏 3mo
ephemeralwaltz @Kalalalatja how awesome! Thanks 😍 3mo
erzascarletbookgasm 🤩 fantastic! Enjoy! 3mo
BarbaraBB Enjoy!! 3mo
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Normal People | Sally Rooney
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Before starting this I was really curious about why such a seemingly simple novel had been longlisted for the Booker but Rooney's work is not to be dismissed so easily. This is a novel about power, sex, social anxiety, and what we do to ourselves because of other people. It is a love story but it's deeply political. I'm in awe at Rooney's ability to switch narrative focalization from one character to another, so smoothly and seamlessly. ⬇️

ephemeralwaltz Both content and form weave together a story about individuality and the struggles to be at peace with that individuality. Rooney portrays what we do to love and be loved in an attempt to just be normal people. It's raw and left me with a bittersweet feeling, if not sad. The more I think about it, the better it gets... 3mo
ephemeralwaltz (please ignore my phone's shadow ruining the shot 😂) 3mo
Nute This is a fantastic informative review, because I, too, was wondering about the long-listing for the Booker. It sounds well-deserved and I can‘t wait to read this now. (edited) 3mo
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CarolynM Great review! 3mo
ephemeralwaltz @Nute thank you! I'm so so glad to hear I helped you make up your mind. 3mo
ephemeralwaltz @CarolynM thank you! I wish it could've been longer. It's challenging to meet the character count on these posts and more often then not I feel like I just hit post after jumbling a few disconnected sentences together 😂 3mo
Samplergal I adored it. 3mo
Tanisha_A Reading it right now and loving every bit of it. 3mo
Kalalalatja Aaaahhhh!! I can‘t wait till I get this from the library, but the holds list is so loooong! 😩 3mo
Cathythoughts Really loved it too ... a page turner 👍🏻♥️ 3mo
youneverarrived Brill review 👌 I loved it too. 3mo
Reggie Great review, Clara. I loved her first book and look forward to this one. 3mo
ephemeralwaltz @youneverarrived @Reggie thank you!😍 I still have to read Conversations with Friends... 3mo
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The Haunting of Hill House | Shirley Jackson
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I'm a bit late sharing this but I'm currently listening to the Halloween episode that @thereadingwomen recorded with the Deviant Women podcast all about the queen, Shirley Jackson!👻 I thought my #ScreamsByMail group might be interested - they talk about all things her life, marriage, writing, and critical reception.

Here's the Spotify link --> https://open.spotify.com/episode/1UugR2L2r0okomqvNRxE5P?si=UOseuhatSj-r02fVjrLgO...

scripturient Thank you! Will check it out. 😘 3mo
Reggie Sounds good!!! Thanks for the link!! 3mo
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• What It Means when a Man Falls from the Sky (2017 by Lesley Nneka Arimah

What a powerful debut collection! I'm not one for stories but collections like this make me yearn for more. Arimah explores, halfway between America and Nigeria, the lives of vivid characters, mostly women, trying to make sense of the challenging world around them and, more importantly, make way. She even throws in a fable style story and some dystopia for good measure.

ephemeralwaltz (Photo taken from NPR website) 3mo
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Eyelit Yes! I‘m halfway through (got sidetracked by some graphic novels due back at the library 😂) and loving it so far! 3mo
Weaponxgirl This sounds awesome 👏 3mo
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Normal People | Sally Rooney
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How I spent my weekend ⬆️
(Just kidding, you all know I was posing 😂)

Unfortunately I haven't done almost any reading - excited to get back to my current read, Normal People!

Coleen Love the posing! 🤣 (edited) 3mo
Johanna414 Lol we‘ve all been there - “Honey, take a picture of me reading this book!” 3mo
Cathythoughts Gorgeous photo !! Loved Normal People too ♥️👍🏻 3mo
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I don't mean to undermine Didion's experience (obviously) but I didn't fully connect to her writing in this visceral and heart-wrenching memoir, regardless. This is a powerful book about the year that follows Didion's husband's death, the year she spent wishing him back, her year of magical thinking. Maybe I spaced out this read too far these past weeks, or maybe it just wasn't the time for me to be reading it...

ephemeralwaltz I might be a more suitable audience for her fiction than her autobiography/journalism as I mainly read fiction. Oh boy can she write! I've taken to marking up my reads (in pencil) so I actively engaged with many of the passages in this. 3⭐ but this is a sure case of "it's not you, it's me." 3mo
Cathythoughts I did really love this book. And the whole idea of that year of magical thinking made such sense to me .... strangely I‘m not rushing to read her other books ... but I did love this one 3mo
ephemeralwaltz @Cathythoughts that's wonderful! It was an interesting concept to think about in the whole framework of grief... 3mo
CuriousG I have to agree with you - I wanted to love it and was drawn to the concept of it, but somehow fell short of connecting with it the way so many people do. I read it a few years after my husband almost died, and not long after my brother died, so I was hoping I could really feel something more. It was so disappointing I've not been able to read Blue Nights, and ut has been sitting on my nightstand for over 3 years 😔 3mo
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Normal People | Sally Rooney
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Treated myself after work yesterday! Consider it my Valentine's gift from me to me ⚡
I'm beyond excited to start this one, and curious to see why it was nominated for the Booker. I haven't read Conversations with Friends but I will if I enjoy this one.

AlaMich That‘s an awesome way to celebrate Valentine‘s Day! In fact, I think I may borrow the “gift yourself” idea! ❤️ 3mo
Samplergal It‘s great. Totally understated and brilliant. 3mo
Kalalalatja Yay to #treatyoself! 🙌 3mo
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ephemeralwaltz @AlaMich well done! 😘😘😘 3mo
ephemeralwaltz @Kalalalatja right? 👏👏 3mo
ephemeralwaltz @Samplergal I'm really looking forward to it! 3mo
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Convenience Store Woman | Sayaka Murata
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The only issue I had with this was that it was a bit too short. Once I had the feeling I was starting to understand our main character, it was over. This is a short commentary on expectations for women in Japanese culture, on capitalism, and on the general public's reaction to a social outsider that doesn't fit their mould. Easily read in a sitting or two. It was funny but also sad, which made me question my own fixed ideas about society.

⭐⭐⭐

gradcat Nice review 👍 3mo
ephemeralwaltz @gradcat thanks! It's hard to fit the character limit here on Litsy 😂 3mo
gradcat I have that problem all the time...I‘m constantly finishing them up in the comments section 😂 3mo
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More and more books | Random House (Firm), Catherine Stern, Toni S. Gould, Margaret B. Stern
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Good luck everyone! 😂

TheSpineView 😊 3mo
DaveNeufeld 📚🍫🍮📚 Looks like I‘ll be making book smores... 3mo
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• My Year of Rest and Relaxation (2018) by Ottessa Moshfegh

Finished this one last night! Can we talk about that ending? It felt bittersweet, sad, but hopeful. I read an interview with Moshfegh after and I'm really looking forward to reading her other work - I feel like she can become a new favorite author. This isn't for the faint of heart - it's a daring, bold, graphic read set in pre-9/11 NY and I enjoyed every second of the ride ⚡

⭐⭐⭐⭐

AmyG I felt hopeful for her at the end. 3mo
Cathythoughts I loved this too & loved the ending ♥️♥️♥️ 3mo
Blaire I agree with @amyg @cathythoughts i think this would make a great book club pick. 3mo
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I just finished reading the article. Sharing in case someone else missed this bombshell of a story! 😱😱😱😱😱😱😱
Holy f***, the things some people get away with...

Link here --> https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2019/02/11/a-suspense-novelists-trail-of-dece...

AmyG It‘s a crazy story. 3mo
readingjedi 😱😱😱😱 As someone who has lost both parents to cancer, the idea that someone would lie about such things is highly distasteful. 3mo
Crazeedi Ugghhh, what a strange man. I havent read this book and dont know if I really want to now!🙄 3mo
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ephemeralwaltz @readingjedi it's revolting, really 3mo
ephemeralwaltz @Crazeedi Same, I'll pass. No need to feed a publishing industry that privileges these kinds of men. 3mo
jessinikkip This whole story seems crazy. But I did notice it said he is Bipolar. And if I remember my college Psych classes, one symptom of bipolar can be pathological lying 3mo
Clare-Dragonfly I read this article earlier today! I wasn‘t interested in reading this book before, but I‘m definitely not now. @jessinikkip Did you read the whole article? It explains how unlikely it is for this type of lying to be a bipolar symptom. 3mo
diovival WHOA 3mo
JacqMac I just read it today. It‘s crazy. The whole thing made me feel really horrible for supporting him by buying the book. He got away with so much, for so long. 3mo
Tanisha_A Disgusting! 3mo
Tanisha_A He was here at a Lit Fest sometime back, and now i am glad i didn't listen to his session. Saw it from far, and there weren't many people in that arena, that almost makes me happy. 3mo
teebe Oh my god. That is wild. Also, excellent journalism 👌🏼 3mo
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Next up!

Gezemice I liked this a lot. And The cover is brilliant. 4mo
Cathythoughts This is a good one .... weird & wonderful I think 4mo
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• I am, I am, I am (2017) by Maggie O'Farrell

I actually read this in 24h - hadn't done that in a long time! I was hooked on this memoir. O'Farrell gives the reader little snippets of near-death experiences she has had (not necessarily her own), and since they aren't chronological the reader slowly puts together all these isolated moments of her life. Her writing is, as always, outstanding, visceral, and personal. I loved learning more about her.

ephemeralwaltz ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 4mo
ephemeralwaltz She'll be speaking in Barcelona next month but I won't be able to attend because of work schedules 😭 4mo
Tanisha_A I have this gifted by sweet @Cathythoughts. I better get to it soon. Nice review! 4mo
ephemeralwaltz @Tanisha_A @Cathythoughts what a lovely gift! Hope you enjoy :) 4mo
Cathythoughts @Tanisha_A 👍🏻😘 4mo
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Milestones | Cynthia Almaraz
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Oooh I woke up to a very round Litfluence number! That never happens! 😍🎉👏
I know I've been a bit less active these past few months but I'm trying to post more often again. Thanks for sticking with me!

BiblioLitten That‘s awesome!! Congratulations 💕🎉🎊🎉 4mo
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