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mcorneli

mcorneli

Joined June 2016

PhD candidate || Glasgow || historian || addicted to books
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Pachinko | Min Jin Lee
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This was one from @thereadingwomen 2017 shortlist. It was so incredible to begin understanding colonialism and imperialism from a non-British perspective. The research put into this book is pretty awesome. I‘d love to write like this someday. And the story is beautiful and tender and heartbreaking all at once. #ReadingWomenChallenge #RW2017shortlist

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This book made me want to write a long article about public history and memory. I mean, it was also a great murder mystery and a gripping drama. But the whole public history angle made me even more fascinated with the story! #ReadingWomenChallenge #booksetintheSouth

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Changed perspective makes all the difference. I‘ve felt sorry for Penelope ever since I read a kids version of Odysseus‘ homecoming as a child. She seemed like a statue—all goodness and no definition. Atwood‘s retelling gives Penelope all the complex contours of a developed character. Book two of the #ReadingWomenChallenge

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Middlemarch (Revised) | George Eliot
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I‘ve finally finished this great tome—first in the Reading Women Challenge! It‘s taken me ages but trudging through it was truly worth it. And yes, as a consideration to my overtaxed brain, I listened to it. Yay Audible! #ReadingWomenChallenge

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Middlemarch (Revised) | George Eliot

You must love your work, and not be always looking over the edge of it, wanting your play to begin. And the other is, you must not be ashamed of your work, and think it would be more honorable to you to be doing something else. You must have a pride in your own work and in learning to do it well, and not be always saying, There‘s this and there‘s that—if I had this or that to do, I might make something of it. #ReadingWomenChallenge

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I‘ve just finished THE LITTLE FRIEND, and I feel unsatisfied with my life. Not just because I‘ve finished my last Donna Tartt novel and must come to terms with that. But because there‘s no real answer at the end. So friends! WHODUNNIT?!?

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Finally finished listening to Harry Potter. 💃🏿🕺🎊🎉

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Really excellent overview on the history of historiography on the British Empire. I may be behind in writing, but I'm glad I took the time to read this.

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I'd heard so much about this book that I almost reluctantly read it out of peer pressure. Let me tell you, I am now on the praise wagon. It truly is stunning. Beautifully told. And worth being pressured into reading.

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Conclave | Robert Harris
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When the plans of God are truly too inscrutable for human understanding. I almost wish this novel was true...
Will humility one day likewise unite and unify our own very real church? #24in48

Curious1 Great read. Robert HARRIS is awesome. 2y
mcorneli @Curious1 I really need to read more of his! This was my first--and I shall certainly re-visit it again. So good. 2y
Curious1 Currently in France, when I return to the UK I will review his other books. The depth of his research and story telling abilities are unbelievable. 2y
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Book 5! I'll finish my summer #reread by August easily! And now back to my bed-high stack of current reading...

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Freckles | Gene Stratton-Porter
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'You just try dying and you'll get a good slap!' #theswampangel #freckles #genestrattonporter

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Love, beauty, speak over centuries, a 'psst...I'm over here. In the alley'. One tiny bird revives the dying. One brush stroke sweeps life into a broken heart.

Libby1 What a gorgeous review. 3y
mcorneli Thanks @Libby1!! I can tell you, it hardly does the book justice! Such a beautiful read. 3y
Libby1 I just found a copy last week at a charity shop for 40 pence. I was thrilled! I really look forward to reading this one. 3y
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London Lies Beneath | Stella Duffy

Based on the true story of the shipwrecked Arethusa and the Scouts who drowned in the storm. Overwhelmingly sad but strangely warm and comforting too.

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Almost done!! My goal is to re-read the entire Harry Potter series...through Audible. Such a lovely way to make my morning walk to uni even better.

TheLondonBookworm Sounds like a great plan! 🙂 3y
mcorneli @TheLondonBookworm Narrated by Stephen Fry no less. I mean, can life get any better?? 😂😍 3y
TheLondonBookworm @mcorneli better than Stephen Fry? Never!! 😜 3y
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Today in poetry lessons: creating Anglo-Saxon style poems.

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When this has been your view for six hours...😵😢 #thegradlife

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Anne of Green Gables | L. M. Montgomery

'Marilla! I'm not a bit changed--not really. I'm only just pruned and branched out. The real me . . . is just the same.'

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Anne of Green Gables | L. M. Montgomery

'There's such a lot of Annes in me. I sometimes think that's why I'm such a troublesome person. If I was just the one Anne it would be ever so much more comfortable, but then it wouldn't be half so interesting.'

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Swallowdale | Arthur Ransome
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Childhood is magic. There was nothing I wanted more as a child than to sleep under the stars and build fires at my little camp. I love reading Ransome because he reminds me of the two childhoods I had: the real one of adventures and exploration and the imagined one in which I went beyond the confines of my 13 mi^2 island. Both were magical.

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Very Good, Jeeves! | P G Wodehouse
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It's a grey day in Suffolk. Nearly finished with Wodehouse for some quality reading. 👌🏻

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Very Good, Jeeves! | P G Wodehouse
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Pronging a little bedtime reading. With Wodehouse, it's a romp before you even turn the page. #brilliance

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In reading this book, I'm reminded of all the friends I knew and lost. Growing up is, in retrospect, one of the hardest endeavours in life. Especially when your path becomes miles apart from your friends'.

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The Essex Serpent | Sarah Perry
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Fantastic late night reading. 👌🏻👌🏻 courtesy of @kdwinchester (❤❤❤)

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Because binge watching The Series of Unfortunate Events will require much food. Including the famous puttanesca. http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2017/01/13/509495544/ring-in-lemony-snicket-...

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The Night Circus | Erin Morgenstern
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'We are such stuff/ As dreams are made on'

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On a dreich, rainy day, finishing this book seemed appropriate.

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Elmer Gantry | Sinclair Lewis
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A cautionary tale every aspiring preacher should read. Elmer, full of himself and his great importance, connives his way to greatness and glory while privately disdainful of all he pretends to hold dear. His self deception throughout is macabrely fascinating.

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'The entropy of a closed system never decreases'. Poetic way to describe the failure of the nazis? Or of the world?

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Berry's narrative of the Atlantic crossing covers the wide experiences of travellers, slave and free, rich and poor. He specialises in the role of the clergy in these journeys, particularly the experiences of Oglethorpe's company--including Charles Wesley--heading toward Georgia. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️#bookstagram #books #reading #phdresearch #uofg #uofglibrary #atlantichistory #thegradlife

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'Passing their toddlers in a hall, mothers would tousle their hair or even sweep them up in their arms and kiss them hard along their chins and necks until the children squealed with glee. Where else in life, Mabel wondered, could a woman love so openly and with such abandon?' ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ #thesnowchild #eowynivey #thegradlife

MrBook Loved this book on audio ☺️👍🏻! 3y
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'The campaign for the abolition of the slave trade demonstrated and proved that civilised people's, like the British, could achieve moral progress. British primacy in the war against barbarism reaffirmed the nation's place at the apex of refinement and virtue.' -Moral Capital, Christopher Leslie Brown. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ #bookstagram #mybookshelf #history #slavery #abolition #dissertationresearch #phd #thegradlife

MrBook Nice! 3y
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Being old must be incredibly frustrating. But to do it with as much joie de vivre as these residents do might makes it seem less frightening. This novel tenderly explores life and death with more than a few laughs. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ #bookstagram #mybookshelf #books #readingwomen #growingold #thegradlife

Victorialeanna Very cool 👌🏽 3y
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The Secret History | Donna Tartt
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A modern Greek tragedy, TSH explores the themes of mortality, hubris, and the transience of youth. A compelling thriller, to be sure, but it's terrifying calmness and descent into chaos are the beautiful parallels to a Grecian tragedy, complete with its own terrifyingly calm tragic hero. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️#thesecrethistory #tsh #donnatartt #books #reading #readingwomen #thegradlife

TheLondonBookworm Eek I can't wait to read this! 3y
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The Remains of the Day | Kazuo Ishiguro
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Some are born great, some achieve greatness, some have greatness thrust upon them, and some look for greatness their entire lives.

kdwinchester Is this the novel Reba just read? 4y
mcorneli I do remember it from her goodreads. Not sure how recent though. 4y
kdwinchester @mcorneli I need to go find this at some point. 😆 4y
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Silence | Shusaku Endo
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The heartbreaking story of God's silence in the face of suffering, betrayal, and unfailing love. Silence: Shusaku Endo

kdwinchester Oh, wow! I haven't heard of this one. I'll def have to check it out. 4y
mcorneli It's incredible. I'm still digesting the ending though. 😐 4y
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