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merelybookish

Joined September 2016

Recovering academic. Wannabe writer. Excellent napper. 2019, my year of reading Woolf. Occasional #shakespearereadalong host.
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Tempest | William Shakespeare
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Act V! The play ends with Prospero, again showing he's the man in charge! He gives up magic but not before dazzling his captives and audience one last time. LOTS of beautiful speeches! I do love this play!
But what say you #shakespearereadalong friends? A satisfying ending? What's to become of Caliban? And Ariel? Does Prospero get what he wants? Who will he be without his magic? Does his brother get what he deserves? And why the epilogue?

merelybookish Thanks again to all of you who read and participated! As always, your comments bring so much to the experience. (And my apologies for being a somewhat absent host. This past month has been busy!) Our next read is the great tragedy King Lear, perfect for darkening days and rainy weather! @GingerAntics will be hosting! 2d
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merelybookish @sace Sorry for the late tag. Just learned your new Litsy handle! 😀 2d
Sace No worries! I'm just grateful y'all let me lurk 🤣 2d
Graywacke Bewildered. First he, Prospero, let‘s it all go after everything goes right, then the Epilogue!, then Harold Bloom‘s afterword tells me “Prospero” in Italian = Faustus in Latin (means “favored one”), and Bloom forces me to reconsider Caliban all over again. Now my wires are crossed. (“And my ending is despair unless I be relieved by prayer which...frees all faults. ?? !!) 2d
Gezemice It is a nice tying up of everything in a little bow. Prospero shows everyone who is boss then forgives everyone magnanimously. It is all about theatrics. This was my second read and I liked it better this time. Maybe I understood it better. The language is certainly one of his best. 2d
Gezemice Maybe that‘s why it is considered as Shakespeare‘s self-expression: going out with a bang but not with a vengeance. Leave a legacy behind and hang up the magician‘s robe. 2d
IndoorDame I‘m wondering if you mailed the last #lmpbc r6 book? I‘m not in a rush. I just don‘t want it to get lost so if I should be looking for it let me know? 1d
TheBookHippie @Graywacke I am so with you. I now need to give it another read through! Language wise this is one of my absolute favorites! (edited) 1d
TheBookHippie @merelybookish thanks for hosting like I live!!! It works well for all of us I think. The language in this one just stellar! You could fill a book with quotes! I have to say the ending was like a what in the world oh forevermore toss hands up moment!!! 🤣🤣🤣 still not a fan of Prospero 🙄😬🤷🏽‍♀️ haughty haughty.. 1d
GingerAntics I think I have the rather unpopular opinion that it was just eh. I found Prospero to be annoying. I wanted to slap him most of the time. Not sure if Shakespeare was inventing the anti-hero here and I just didn‘t catch on or what. 1d
Lcsmcat I agree with @Graywacke that it‘s confusing to analyze. The language is beautiful but Prospero? He wreaks all this vengeance and then at the merest request from Alonso, he kind of shrugs and says “yeah, OK.” And the Epilogue implies the Prospero knows he‘s the one who needs forgiveness, but he‘s asking the audience? Not those he wronged? 1d
MoonWitch94 @GingerAntics I agree! I found Prospero to be incredibly annoying, but I know most do not agree with us. I had a professor refer to him once as “full of whimsy & sass”. Nope, not me. @merelybookish thank you for hosting this read, it was great! I enjoyed reading it again with fresh eyes. I agree with @TheBookHippie that the language is beautiful & stellar. 1d
Graywacke @TheBookHippie this immediately becomes one of my favorites too (don‘t tell @GingerAntics ☺️) 1d
Graywacke @Lcsmcat my thought process changes the more I think about it. Maybe he figured out he was wrong the whole time. Maybe he got what he wanted (a royal and upward marriage for his daughter) and so mission accomplished - or mission required peace to really be accomplished. Maybe Caliban taught him the futility of trying to control everything? ????? (edited) 1d
Gezemice @GingerAntics @MoonWitch94 It is not my favorite, either. This is my second time and I liked it better than the first time, though. I think the story is really convoluted, but the language is definitely one of his best. It probably improves if you already knows the story. 1d
merelybookish @Sace Lurk away! 😁 1d
merelybookish @Graywacke Ignore whatever Harold Bloom has to say, that was my motto in grad school. 😉 But I am curious why it has you rethinking Caliban? 1d
merelybookish @Gezemice Yes everything is resolved quite quickly! 1d
merelybookish @TheBookHippie I found myself like Prospero more in this final act probably because of the language. And because he wasn't necessarily being a jerk to anyone..but still I get it! He's only being nice because he got what he wanted. 1d
merelybookish @GingerAntics is is possible we never agree on these plays? 🤔😛 1d
merelybookish @Lcsmcat Very good point! I did expect a more forceful takedown of his brother! It's also hard.to.imagine Prospero returning to be Duke of Milan. Still in power but without any magic to aid him. Are we supposed to feel he is.weary of the burden? 1d
GingerAntics @Graywacke lol to each their own. I‘m sure I have some favourites the baffle others. I‘m glad you enjoyed it. 1d
merelybookish @MoonWitch94 Glad you could join us! To be clear, I liked the play which is not the same as liking Prospero. I get that he is a controlling ass. Still, he's fascinating. And can put together a pretty speech! 😀 1d
Graywacke @merelybookish 😂 I haven‘t read Bloom but it was a good essay. He discards Caliban‘s colonial aspects (which is weird) and focuses in on other aspects. Is Caliban human? Is he Prospero‘s failure since he could be trained in language but not in morality? Is the attempted rape, underplayed by critics, the key aspect of Prospero‘s failure with Caliban? That kind of thing. And he digs into choice parts of the text regarding him. And...👇 1d
GingerAntics @Gezemice maybe. The language was nice. I guess I was so annoyed by Prospero, any time he speaks is like the teacher on Charlie Brown so I totally lose Shakespeare‘s wonderful writing. 🤷🏼‍♀️ 1d
Graywacke @merelybookish and Bloom notes that Caliban is one of the bards most distinct creations, along the lines of Falstaff. 1d
GingerAntics @merelybookish lol could be. I think we‘ve agreed on a few at some point. I think we all end up liking something slightly different about Shakespeare, so in the end we agree sometimes and disagree other times. 1d
Graywacke @merelybookish i‘m remembering more. As Ariel is wind and fire, Caliban is water and earth. And the earth part is in a quote...👇 1d
Graywacke @merelybookish PROSPERO
Shake it off. Come on;
We'll visit Caliban my slave, who never
Yields us kind answer.
MIRANDA
'Tis a villain, sir,
I do not love to look on.
PROSPERO
But, as 'tis,
We cannot miss him: he does make our fire,
Fetch in our wood and serves in offices
That profit us. What, ho! slave! Caliban!
Thou earth, thou! speak.
CALIBAN
[Within] There's wood enough within.
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merelybookish @Graywacke Oh man, OF COURSE Bloom discards the colonial angle! 🙄 Now I remember why we ignored him in grad school. He represented the kind of literary critic who doesn't want to sully art by involving things like politics. It is interesting to see Caliban as one of Shakespeare's most original creations. But I think that's in part because he is writing an other (a colonial subject) and still imbuing him with some complex humanity. 1d
Graywacke @merelybookish hmm Too much posting by me. Sorry. There‘s the curses. Caliban as powerless except for uttering toothless curses. “You taught me language, and my profit on‘t
Is, I know how to curse. ”
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Graywacke @merelybookish 👍 That fits on this Bloom essay and, of course, on Caliban‘s originality (edited) 1d
TheBookHippie @Graywacke right?!?! 🤣 I need to reread with new eyes yet again. 1d
merelybookish @Graywacke Hmmm. I do think the attempted rape is important. And I don't know if it's intended to justify how Caliban is treated or to be seen as proof of his savagery. Still it's hard for me.not to read Caliban as a victim too. 1d
TheBookHippie @merelybookish I did not like him at all 🙄😭🤷🏽‍♀️😜 he is what we call an asshat. Probably why people don‘t like the play he can really grate on one. @GingerAntics 1d
merelybookish @Graywacke Never too much posting! I appreciate it. And find Caliban the Crux of this play in many ways. Plus I'm fascinated by how much my own reading of him has changed..I think as an undergraduate, I would have accepted Bloom's interpretation. But now the issue of colonialism is too glaring. Also,.I'm still unclear on Caliban's fate in the end. Does.he get to stay on the island? 1d
merelybookish @GingerAntics Agreed! Shows there's something for everyone with the old Bard! 😄 1d
TheBookHippie @GingerAntics Prospero reminds me of trump 🤮 1d
Graywacke @merelybookish i can‘t overlook the colonial aspect too. It‘s so there. But it‘s hard to see that and other issues too. And for the moment I see Caliban as a victim first, Prospero is the real failure, if you like. And - the bard doesn‘t tell us Caliban‘s fate. 😕☹️ (edited) 1d
GingerAntics @TheBookHippie that is a GREAT way to put it. That‘s that best comparison. 1d
GingerAntics @merelybookish exactly! That‘s why he‘s so awesome! 1d
batsy Thank you for hosting! It's been a great readalong with everyone's comments and the discussion. That we don't know what happens to Caliban kind of frustrates me, as well. I don't know if Prospero gets redemption, as such, which makes the ending a bit darker than I expected. 23h
batsy I'm still mulling over the depiction of Caliban & the rape issue, as well. Rape at the time being less about the violation of women & more about the "theft" of the property of another man. The action is vile, but I'm not sure if Shakespeare meant for it to be read as a particular quality of the "native savage", or as a sign of just how disobedient Caliban is to attempt to rape the daughter of his (self-declared) master. Ugh on all counts, tho ? 22h
erzascarletbookgasm I love reading everyone‘s comments. Interesting and insightful. On the surface this seems a ‘happy‘ ending? Prospero got back his duke title (or rather demands it) and forgives all his betrayers; Alonso reunited with Ferdinand who will be marrying Miranda.. but we don‘t know the fate of Caliban? I assume he‘ll be free once Prospero returns to Milan. Vague ending. 15h
erzascarletbookgasm One thing that I find ‘weird‘ or caught my attention..why the heck were Miranda and Ferdinand playing chess ♟ of all things?! 15h
merelybookish @erzascarletbookgasm Yes! Agreed! When I went looking for artwork for this act, most of the pictures were of them playing chess. 🤷 Is it some reference to them developing the necessary skills as future politicians? 14h
Gezemice @erzascarletbookgasm Yeah, I thought that was a bit odd, too. I think he was meant to show they were together and playing an innocent passtime - being in love but also obediently virtuous. Chess must have been well known at the time. 8h
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There's a 1930club reading challenge going on among some book blogs. Point is to read a book published in 1930. It's inspired me to finally read this classic that @erzascarletbookgasm sent me a while ago.

BarbaraBB Sounds like a great reading challenge 2d
Susannah I have this book on my to-be-read list too. I look forward to knowing what you think of it. 2d
Ruthiella I‘m doing this too! I am currently reading As I Lay Dying. It‘s more like homework than pleasure though. I‘ve only read the first Provincial Lady book and found it delightful!😀 1d
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merelybookish @BarbaraBB Yes! Fun to research what was published in that year. This was already on my shelf so was an easy pick. 🙂 1d
merelybookish @Susannah Will do! It's described on the back as the original Bridget Jones! 😀 1d
merelybookish @Ruthiella haha. Yes, I read that years ago for a class. Didnt hate it but not exactly a fun read. 1d
Susannah Wow! My copy doesn‘t say that. Maybe I‘ll be picking it up sooner than planned. 😍 1d
merelybookish @Susannah it's a pretty good tag line! 1d
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Aug 9--Fog | Kathryn Scanlan
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Page one of this funny, wise little book.
Scanlon found a diary by an 86 year-old woman at an estate sale. Then she refashioned it, keeping the writer's word but cutting and rearranging her sentences. The diarist notes changes in the weather, illnesses, meals prepared, and a humdinger of a jigsaw puzzle. It is sparse and short, simple and wise. It attests to the complex beauty of life. It made me smile and tear up. Buying a copy for my nightstand

readordierachel What a clever idea! 2d
batsy Lovely review! I've been curious about this one and you've convinced me. 2d
LeahBergen This sounds great! 1d
merelybookish @readordierachel Agreed! The prologue describes her relationship with the diary and how she came to 'refashion' it after 15 years. It was intriguing! 1d
merelybookish @batsy @leahbergen Thanks! It really is a short book (you can easily read it in a 1/2 hour). But it also feels like a book you could read over and over again! 1d
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Once upon a time, Howland was peers with Joyce Carol Oates and Margaret Atwood. She was mentored by Saul Bellow and won a MacArthur grant in 1983. Then she was forgotten. This collection aims to revive her literary reputation. In her stories, she documents the changing landscape of Chicago, those affected by white flight, particularly the old and the poor. I didn't love all the stories, but 30+ years later, many of them still feel relevant.

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King Lear | William Shakespeare
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What do you do when you have no time to read? Buy more books, of course! Stopped at Goodwill today for boots for my son and instead got the next
📚#shakespearereadalong pick
📚In Cold Blood (in case @readordierachel and @batsy and I get around to reading it. 😁)
📚A pretty copy of The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

LeahBergen That IS a pretty edition of Spark! 3d
Chrissyreadit In Cold Blood is amazing! 3d
batsy I was just thinking about In Cold Blood today 😁 @readordierachel 3d
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Aimeesue Lovely Spark! Obviously la crème de la crème. (edited) 3d
readordierachel Very pretty copy! And, yes, I still want to read In Cold Blood one of these days! 😃 @batsy 3d
Reviewsbylola In Cold Blood is fantastic! 3d
merelybookish @readordierachel @batsy Want to try for nonfiction November? 2d
merelybookish @Chrissyreadit @Reviewsbylola I have only ever heard raves! Need to bump it to the top of the #TBR 2d
merelybookish @LeahBergen @Aimeesue Thanks! Creme de la.creme indeed! 😁 2d
batsy @merelybookish @readordierachel Yes! Let's do it 🙂🤞🏽 2d
merelybookish @batsy @readordierachel okay! It's on!! Let's make it loose, anytime in November! I'll make a post and see if anyone else wants to join. Of course, we may be the only people who haven't read this classic yet. 😆 1d
readordierachel @merelybookish Sounds great!👍🏼 1d
batsy Wonderful! Thank you :) 1d
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Tempest | William Shakespeare
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Act IV! Prospero gives Miranda to Ferdinand, but there is to be NO SEX before marriage. Goddesses are conjured to grant their blessings but the ceremony is cut short when Prospero remembers Caliban's vendetta. Caliban leads them to Prospero's cave but Stephano and Trinculo are fooled by Ariel's tricks.
Thoughts #shakespearereadalong folks? We get some patriarchy, some magic, some buffoonery, and the play's most famous line. What else?

merelybookish Apologies for the late post. Busy weekend! 1w
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TheBookHippie The objectifying of a woman‘s worth via her virginity 🤮. Also I was reminded while reading that Princess Diana had to prove she was a virgin to marry Charles but he was surely not one ... We see how that turned out. 1w
TheBookHippie Also haughty is a good word to describe Prospero 🤷🏽‍♀️ 1w
Lcsmcat Never mind the virginity, Prospero flat out sells her: “Then, as my gift and thine own acquisition Worthily purchased take my daughter” 1w
Graywacke I was thoroughly entertained. A lot going on. Prospero literally puts on a performance of his design and has full control over it, and the players are gods! And yet life interferes. I felt for Shakespeare there. As for all the repulsive 17th-century sexism, it‘s still “in character”, so to speak. 1w
Graywacke ( Are we such stuff as dreams are made on? ) 1w
Graywacke @TheBookHippie Haughty, yes! Seems Prospero plays every person and spirit like objects to control and design. Not sure he has any sense they have feelings. (edited) 1w
GingerAntics @Lcsmcat EXATLY!!! He sells his daughter. Ferdinand seems to genuinely love her, but I feel like he should have taken some offence at the “worthily purchased” line. 1w
GingerAntics @TheBookHippie yeah, it‘s stunning how much we still hold on to virgin worship, even today. We never address how this is damaging to women. Supposedly it‘s for their own good and “God‘s will.” I‘m sorry, but that god sounds like a total pervert. Just my opinion. 1w
TheBookHippie @GingerAntics So crazy!!! Argh. Because they want to OWN women nothing to do with anything else IMO... 🤮🤮🤮 1w
TheBookHippie @Graywacke I‘m thoroughly entertained as well as throwing the book at the treatment of women. It‘s a very well written time held issue still relevant today. This work stands the test of time. So crazy. 1w
TheBookHippie @GingerAntics women‘s bodies are not sanctification for men...best quote I saw on twitter today ... 1w
GingerAntics @TheBookHippie I totally agree. It‘s ownership and nothing else. That part really annoyed the hell out of me. That is an awesome quote. It works well for this play (along with a lot of other situations). 1w
batsy It's such a compelling play with so many layers. I enjoyed the "what dreams are made on" speech. Very valid point @Graywacke about Prospero not being able to manipulate everyone like objects. His frustration with Caliban—"a born devil on who nature nurture can never stick"—is so telling. 1w
erzascarletbookgasm Finally caught up with the play! Liked Prospero‘s profound speech where the the famous quote came from. I am loving the play with so many key topics to consider. I know Prospero is manipulative, evil, and revengeful but I see his love and protection for Miranda, albeit all the disgusting sexist remarks. 🤷‍♀️ (edited) 1w
Graywacke @batsy I‘m imagining Caliban‘s wildness as the “bug” in his program. (Not easy controlling the world. 🙂) 1w
Graywacke @erzascarletbookgasm I wonder about Prospero‘s love for Miranda. It‘s an odd kind of love. Of course she may end up happy, but who is she outside of his manipulation. (edited) 1w
Liz_M @Graywacke wrote: “Prospero literally puts on a performance of his design“ I love the meta-ness of this play -- Prospero as playwright/director. (Although the best speech for this is in As You Like It:
All the world‘s a stage,
And all the men and women merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances;
And one man in his time plays many parts,...“)
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Graywacke @Liz_M (I shouldn‘t be singing the Rush song, right? I do love that line.) It‘s such a cool aspect of this play, that meta-ness. (edited) 1w
Gezemice @TheBookHippie @Lcsmcat @GingerAntics Miranda fell for Ferdinand first and was going to marry him anyway. I think that in the context of his time Prospero rather behaved like a loving father, approving the choice of his daughter. He engineered the meeting but Miranda is marrying for love, very rare in those days. 4d
Gezemice @Liz_M @Graywacke The gods play part is my least favorite. There are so many storylines in this play, any one of which could have used more development, yet he throws in some gods. It felt like just filling time with stock-gods that were known to his audience. Maybe it was meant to emphasize Prospero‘s powers - but he barely needs it - the man is as near a god as possible already. 4d
Gezemice Caliban and the two stooges could have used more time. They were swarted rather fast. And here we have another example of how Caliban is depicted as wanting a new master and be his “foot-licker”. And being called a monster. He has a name and wants to deliver his “master” the island and he still does not call him by name... shows deep seated racial prejudice. 4d
Graywacke @Gezemice bard‘s thought process: Need to pad time and Falstaff isn‘t in the play. What do I do? Ah, random cameo of a boodle of mythological gods. Perfect! .... (I think the bard was having a little fun. 🙂 ) 4d
Gezemice @Graywacke Perhaps! They do say Prospero as a stage master is his alter ego... 4d
GingerAntics @Gezemice I‘m not debating that she married for love. That was actually more common than history textbooks would lead you to believe. In fact, most people married for love then. To say objectifying his daughter was being a good father, I‘m going to have to respectfully disagree with you. 4d
Gezemice @GingerAntics It was just how it was done back then. We don‘t like it but this was early 1600s. Just saying for the time that was supporting behavior. 4d
TheBookHippie @GingerAntics I‘m agreeing with you. Just because that‘s how it was doesn‘t make it right. Objectifying is reprehensible, especially by the person viewed as your protector ... 4d
GingerAntics @Gezemice I‘m not denying it was common practice then. As @TheBookHippie said, just because it‘s the norm doesn‘t make it right. Also, Shakes has this tendency to do his own thing and make women real people. In this case he didn‘t, and he managed to simultaneously make Prospero a real twat. 4d
Graywacke @Gezemice I‘m reading the whole play imagining Prospero as an alter ego Shakespeare - or at least as a playwright directing his own play. It gives perspective on P‘s control-freak aspects and frustration when things go wrong. In that light controlling the gods is a playwright dream taken to (outrageous) extremes. 4d
TheBookHippie @Graywacke now switching perspective while reading !!! Brilliant! 4d
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It's been a long, busy week without much reading! So tonight, it's this gentle middle grade novel and the GBBO. And an early bedtime! 😪

ferskner I'm watching GBBO too! 1w
merelybookish @ferskner I kind of like the one episode a week. Makes me look forward to to Friday night. 1w
ferskner I'm just starting this season so I have a bit to catch up on, but I agree that weekend episodes adds something. 1w
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Stay and Fight: A Novel | Madeline ffitch
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About halfway through, following an incident with a snake, I thought I'm either going to love or hate this book. But in the end, I feel mostly respect for a story unlike any I've read before.
It's about a trio of women survivalists in Applachia who are barely surviving. It's about poverty, and gas pipelines, about trying to resist the system and the systems that still oppress and what it means to build family and community in spite of it all. 👇

merelybookish Snakes feature prominently in the book and the author, who still lives in this part of the country (Appalachia Ohio), must like snakes, as evidenced by this photo. 2w
erzascarletbookgasm Gosh! I can‘t ‘unsee‘ this pic now! 😨 I‘m definitely NOT stacking this! 😱 (edited) 2w
Tamra Just, no..... 😦 2w
merelybookish @erzascarletbookgasm Sorry! Definitely don't read this book if snakes trigger you! 😰 1w
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Stay and Fight: A Novel | Madeline ffitch
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My current listen. I can't decide if it's challenging or reenforcing stereotypes about Appalachia. 🤔
Also, who the heck names a boy Perley?

GingerAntics It‘s amazing what some people will name their sons (or even their children!). I hear these names sometimes and I‘m thinking, are you sure that‘s a boy‘s name?! 2w
lele1432 I think I bailed on this one in the first 5min. I didn't even count it as a bail, just immediately returned it back to the library. It didn't seem like the book for me lol. 2w
merelybookish @GingerAntics This boy has two mothers, so maybe it's an intentional challenge to gender norms. 2w
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merelybookish @lele1432 Before starting this book, I bailed on the tagged book after 20 mins. Might have made me feel like I should stick with this one. 2w
GingerAntics Oh I suppose it could be, yeah. 2w
lele1432 I think I might have bailed on that one too. 🤔 2w
merelybookish @lele1432 It started with infants twins making sarcastic comments to each other telepathically.🙄 So it was an easy nope for me. 2w
lele1432 Lol! 🤣 2w
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Tempest | William Shakespeare
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Act III "through forthrights and meanders!" Ferdinand and Miranda declare love Romeo and Juliet style. Prospero creeps. Caliban plots revenge (kill the man but save the books!) but Ariel overhears. Then more revenge and creeping, as Ariel and Prospero screw with the beleaguered nobles. Why is Prospero such a creeper? Thoughts on Ariel? Does Caliban seem more in control? Anyone else love Gonzalez? What say you #shakespearereadalong peeps?

Graywacke What caught my attention was how Shakespeare is playing with the tales of explorers. In Act I and II, he seemed to be drinking in the myths, now he‘s made them farcical. He‘s having fun exaggerating explorer tales of magic and exaggerating Caliban‘s savagery. Also - in general, the bard is having fun. 2w
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Graywacke And I love that phrase - through forthrights and meanders. 2w
Graywacke (I hate posting first with so much to say. I should come back later.) two more things, quick. Trinculo is sounding like Discworld‘s Rincewind. And Ariel went all Raiders of the Lost Arc - the end scene (well, these are silly impressions. If actual influences, they would apply in reverse). 2w
GingerAntics @Graywacke I was kind of wondering if those influences were just me or if they were real. It does seem like Shakes has cut loose a bit with this one. 2w
Lcsmcat @Graywacke I love that phrase too! Re Caliban, I didn‘t read as him wanting to _save_ the books, just to be sure the books were out of the way or the wouldn‘t be able to kill Prospero. He recognizes that the books have power but I don‘t think he knows what it is. 2w
batsy Love that phrase! & Gonzalo ? I found it really interesting about the levels of servitude that Ferdinand & Miranda accidentally discuss, as a display of who loves who more! Juxtaposed with Caliban's situation, with Stephano going on about "servant monster", but Caliban is pretty smart to try to make that situation work in his favour. I also liked Ariel's line: "I have made you mad; & even with suchlike valor men hang & drown their proper selves". 2w
Graywacke @Lcsmcat i thought Caliban was trying to separate the books from Prospero, who is dependent on them - (which he himself says earlier in this act). 2w
batsy I'm #TeamGonzalo, I meant to say in my comment above 😁 2w
batsy Re: the books, was Caliban trying to keep Prospero apart from them because he knows/senses they're a source of Prospero's magic & power? 2w
batsy @Graywacke Yes, that's the sense I got too. 2w
Lcsmcat @Graywacke Yes, that‘s what I was trying to say. He knows Prospero needs them. 2w
Graywacke @batsy i hadn‘t picked up in the crossed servitude themes. Thanks. 👍 2w
Cathythoughts Beautiful picture ♥️ 2w
TheBookHippie @Graywacke Me too!!! I‘m putting in everyday conversation !! 🤣 2w
TheBookHippie How can you not love the wording of this play! 2w
TheBookHippie I‘m echoing above I believe Shakespeare is having a bit of fun with this one. I believe he is seeing how far he can push it! 2w
merelybookish @batsy @Lcsmcat @Graywacke So no intention of trying to access the books' powers himself? Although I'm guessing he is not literate. 2w
merelybookish @Cathythoughts There are so many beautiful illustrations for this play! 2w
merelybookish @batsy Like @Graywacke I didn't pick up on that language either. Adds a new layer to thr master & servant/slave theme 2w
batsy @merelybookish I didn't think of it that way when I read it but now that you've mentioned it, it adds another layer to Caliban that I find intriguing :) 2w
Graywacke @merelybookish @batsy - huh. Maybe I‘ve underestimated Caliban. (Seems every character may have) 2w
Graywacke @TheBookHippie The wording - it is really wonderful here. 2w
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Ducks, Newburyport | Lucy Ellmann
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Yikes! Look at this thing! It's huge! I thought I wanted to read it. Not so sure now...
Anyone read it? Is it worth the effort?

HardcoverHearts I‘m reading it and it‘s an experience. It‘s mesmerizing but I can‘t do more than about an hour a day 2w
Paperback.Propensity I would cry 2w
Redwritinghood I have a copy but haven‘t cracked it open yet. It‘s intimidating. 2w
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Cathythoughts I‘ve had a look at the first few pages .... I‘m not sure I want to invest the time 🤔🤷🏻‍♀️ 2w
Erinreadsthebooks I heard there‘s no punctuation, just lines and lines of Stream of Consciousness. In the words of Randy Jackson, “it‘s a no from me, dawg.” 2w
Suet624 @Erinreadsthebooks oh no. That‘s the worst. 2w
merelybookish @HardcoverHearts I look forward to hearing your review! 2w
merelybookish @Redwritinghood @Cathythoughts Initially I was really excited to read it but...my enthusiasm has decidedly waned 2w
merelybookish @Erinreadsthebooks That's part of the reason I wanted to read it. 😀 But the reality of a 1000+ page is scaring me now. 2w
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Yesterday was my three year Litsyversary! Thanks @Litsy for three years of friendship, book talk, and good reads! 🎉🎉 📚📚📚👭👫
Also how awesome is it that while Litsy has grown in 3 years, it remains essentially the same as it was when I joined. ♥️

MrBook WOOHOO!!! Congratulations 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻🥳🥳🥳!!! The #LitsyFamily is blessed to have you among us ☺️🤗. You shine so bright! 2w
kspenmoll Happy Litsyversary!!! You have added so much to our Litsy experience! You are so right -in all that time Litsy remains a safe bookish place for us all! ❤️❤️❤️ 2w
Daisey Happy Litsyversary! 🎉 2w
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merelybookish @MrBook Aww thanks @MrBook! 🤗 Litsy wouldn't be Litsy without you! 2w
merelybookish @kspenmoll Back atcha you! 😘 2w
merelybookish @Daisey Thank you! 2w
Jas16 Happy Litsyversary 🎉📚🙌🏽 2w
Redwritinghood 🎉🎉🎉🎉 2w
JoScho 🥳🥳🥳 2w
IamIamIam WHOO HOO!!! And a happy 3 years it's been!!! 2w
vivastory Happy Litsyversary, friend!! It's been wonderful getting to know you! 2w
Ruthiella Yay! 🤩🤩🤩 2w
sarahbarnes Yay!! So happy Litsy brought us together! 😄🎉 2w
Leftcoastzen Yay! Happy Litsyversary! 2w
LeahBergen Woohoo! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2w
batsy Happy Litsyversary! 💕📚📚 2w
Reggie Happy Litsyversary!!!!! 🎂 2w
Ddzmini Happy Litsyversery 🎊🎉🥳📖😋 2w
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AnneCecilie Happy Litsyversary 📚🎉📚🎉 2w
merelybookish @IamIamIam @AnneCecilie @Ruthiella Thanks for making Litsy so awesome! 2w
merelybookish @sarahbarnes I know! Which is funny since neither of us seem like people how make friends on the internet. 😆 But so glad we did! 💕 2w
merelybookish @vivastory Thank you Scott! So glad we've met and someday we'll get a chance to meet up in KC! 2w
merelybookish @Leftcoastzen @LeahBergen @batsy @Reggie @youneverarrived You all make Litsy such a wonderful place! So glad to know you! 2w
Ddzmini @merelybookish thank you for being my internet Litsy friend ... I love all my Litsy friends 😍😍😍📖😋 2w
Suet624 You‘re so right. It‘s the same as it‘s ever been. 😁 we joined at the same time!! Congrats on 3 years. 💕💕 2w
merelybookish @Suet624 Happy Litstyversary to you!! 😘 2w
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Tempest | William Shakespeare
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Act II of the Tempest. Focus on the shipwrecked! The nobles squabble about their new home. Some are unhappy, others less so. Gonzalez imagines a society free of hierarchy. Antonio proves again a scheming jerk. Sebastian too. Ariel intervenes. Then to the servant class. Trinculo and Stephano stumble about, encounter Caliban. They give him wine and he thinks he is free. I'm skeptical.
Thoughts? Questions? Still liking it?
#shakespearereadalong

Trashcanman Yes, I'll read act two today. 3w
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Graywacke Yes - still liking it... a lot. 3w
merelybookish I will add that although the Tempest is a technically a comedy, it feels darker. I can see similarities e.g. the foray into a pastoral world, the thwarted lovers, etc. And I assume it has a happy-ish ending. Still, attempting to kill the king, controlling a world, enslaving other people all seems on a level beyond humiliating Falstaff. Or do dark themes exist in those other comedies but are more prominent here? 3w
SomedayAlmost One of my favorites. Love seeing it on stage! 3w
batsy I'm enjoying it a lot. I realise I never picked up on all the meaning and subtext with Caliban's situation the first time I read it, so I'm intrigued by what's taking place between him and the jester and drunken butler. I'm hoping Caliban keeps his wits about him. I also found Gonzalo's utopian vision somewhat compelling, minus the dodgy bits (women staying "pure" and no oil, corn, wine, metal?!) I also find it so much darker than a comedy! 3w
merelybookish @batsy Gonzalez's speech reminded me of As You Like It. And yes, Caliban IS the centre of this story now. I am worried for him. He promises Stephano all the same things he originally gave Prospero. I don't think it bodes well! 3w
batsy Ooh yes, good point about the similarity to the pastoral ideal in As You Like It 🌳 3w
Graywacke Aren‘t tragedy and comedy essentially the same thing? This has dark undertones and a comedic surface - comedy to move the plot along. Caliban is a Raleigh American Indian? (ie Raleigh‘s racist and under-informed but influential perception of alcohol abusing American natives? Maybe not even Raleigh, I‘m not an expert on him. Just - well, Roanoke is 1585) 3w
Graywacke For me there‘s something that really makes this play work, that keeps a flow, makes the humor funnier and darker at the same time, makes Caliban entertaining and tragic at the same time, makes Gonzalo ridiculous and yet inspirational - or he‘s just taking Acts too seriously. It has me freed or lifted from my usual hesitant grounding. 3w
Graywacke @batsy “meaning and subtext with Caliban‘s situation” ?? Hmm. Should I ask you about this now or wait for the play to evolve? 3w
Rachbb3 I‘m loving it. I agree with @Graywacke with the tragedy and comedy working in tandem. I‘m feeling bad for Caliban and not having read the play before hope that something goes his way. The rest of the ship crew seem a little bumbling. 3w
batsy @Graywacke Maybe subtext is the wrong word since I'm not sure of Shakespeare's intentions, but the way in which the play can be read as kind of allegory of colonialism in the power hierarchy between Prospero and Caliban. 3w
Graywacke @batsy I‘m reading our group comments on the colonial issues and my introduction touches on it too. But I‘m having trouble making sense of it. Instead of withholding judgment, like I should be for now at least, I‘m sensing Shakespeare had a different perspective on it - different from the ones (plural) that I might imagine. 3w
Trashcanman I find it so comical that Antonioquestions whether Sebastian will have a guilty conscience. Here's someone who backstabbed his own brother. 3w
GingerAntics I‘m intrigued. There is definitely a class distinction here. I was slightly amused by the drunken revelries, but the shipwreck folks are a coming off as jerks. I agree with that. This seems far darker than any of the other comedies we‘ve read so far, but then The Merchant of Venice was a bit darker than some of the others we‘ve read, too. 3w
GingerAntics @Graywacke the way it was explained to me was that in tragedies the mc dies at the end and in comedies they don‘t. 3w
TheBookHippie @Trashcanman I agree! What the what? 3w
TheBookHippie I love dark humour 🤣😳 so this is intriguing to me. I think the dark is hidden in the others a bit more than this. The layers of this I missed at 17 🤷🏽‍♀️ I‘m with @batsy I missed the deeper layers with Caliban . Happy to be reading this with intention. 3w
TheBookHippie @GingerAntics great explanation never thought of the differences that way!!! Duh ! 3w
GingerAntics @TheBookHippie neither had I. My favourite teacher to teach Shakespeare ever explained it that way when we read The Merchant of Venice and the whole class was saying it was more sad than funny. Comedy wasn‘t necessarily associated with laughter back then apparently. Tragedy means the MC dies. Comedy means the MC lives. History means the MC was a real person. It all comes down to the MC I guess. lol 3w
TheBookHippie @GingerAntics Somedays it‘s good to be the MC somedays not so much 🤣 3w
batsy @GingerAntics Yes, that seems to be how the plays are categorised. All's well that ends well and all that 😉 As long as no one dies onstage it's a comedy! Lol. Apparently a bunch of his late plays in this vein were called romances from the late 19th-century onward, owing to the mix of a fantastical or mystical elements and the tragicomic style. 3w
GingerAntics @batsy exactly. Romance just wasn‘t a genre in his day, so I‘m not personally a fan of categorising his plays in a way that he did not. 3w
merelybookish @GingerAntics @batsy I am quite partial to the Romance designation, although I understand your reasoning Meaghan. I just find it marks certain plays that are darker than the average comedy and shifts my expectations as a reader. 3w
batsy @merelybookish Agreed. I'm also partial to Romance because as a contemporary reader it makes more sense to me, but I get @GingerAntics point about keeping in mind historical context. I find the (Aristotelian?) genres as understood by an Elizabethan audience quite fascinating so I'm off to do more googling when I can 🤓 3w
Graywacke @GingerAntics @batsy @TheBookHippie @merelybookish maybe Shakespeare was intentionally defying classification. 3w
TheBookHippie @Graywacke I like that idea. I do believe he was a rebel for sure! 3w
batsy @Graywacke That's certainly possible. Since it was his late plays and he might have been experimenting with incorporating different genres and elements. 3w
Gezemice I am caught up! The graphic novel format makes it easier to follow - context is way more obvious. I have read it before but did not remember much. I think this definitely defies classification, as it has many elements of different genres. I am still having my first impression of a very convoluted plot, but I think I am paying more attention this time to the “subtexts” - especially Caliban. 3w
Gezemice @Graywacke @batsy I am finding Caliban might be inspired by a native whose land has been taken away, but Shakespeare also portrays him as subservient and wanting to be ruled. He calls him bad names. He also implies that he deserves what he got because he tried to rape Miranda - which he admits. So yeah, Prospero treats him badly but he also deserves it. Not exactly a clear statement against colonialism there that some analysts see in it. 3w
Graywacke @Gezemice ( @batsy ) I hadn‘t thought of this till I read your posts. But accusing non-Europeans of lust, rape, being “subservient”, and lesser humans (with darker religions) are all key tricks Europeans used to justify enslaving, stealing from, dominating etc. Shakespeare is using the native tropes. (edited) 3w
Gezemice @Graywacke Yeah, I know. Just saying that people who see Caliban as the one standing in for the oppressed, seem to think that Shakespeare is speaking out against colonialism, which is clearly not the case, when one looks as how he portrays Caliban - as an embodiment of all those stereotypes that qualifies him as less than human. 3w
Graywacke @Gezemice yup. He‘s pro-colonialism. 3w
Graywacke @Gezemice still, I hadn‘t thought of it in that way before. It didn‘t snap together for me, so to speak. 3w
merelybookish @Gezemice @Graywacke Yes, I think Shakespeare is employing colonial discourse of the day. It seems generous to think he is using it in a critical way. However reading it now, it's hard not to see the blatent racism. And so regardless of Shakespeare's original intentions, now the play feels (to me) critical of colonialism. 3w
merelybookish @Gezemice @Graywacke Or makes the problems of colonialism visible. 3w
Gezemice @merelybookish @Graywacke I think he may have been ahead of his time because he does give Caliban the chance to express his viewpoint - that he trusted and invited Prospero, only to have his island taken away and be enslaved. Most contemporaries probably never went that far as seeing that side. Nevertheless he still sees him as inferior and deserving what he got. This is a similar stance in The Merchant of Venice about Jews. 3w
merelybookish @Gezemice Yes good point! He does grant Caliban some selfhood. And between his treatment of Ariel and Caliban, he does make some of Prospero's treatment of his slaves seem cruel. Perhaps he's taking a more "white man's burden" critique, suggesting there is a duty to not abuse these lesser creatures even if they do require overseeing. 3w
Gezemice @merelybookish Yeah, I did not see that until you mentioned it. You should not abuse your animals is more his point than it is wrong to take humans‘ freedom and land. 3w
batsy @Gezemice @Graywacke Oh yeah, definitely. Most postcolonial takes on this play critique how Caliban is depicted. Shakespeare being English during a period of England's colonial expansion & writing plays for the ruling class, the fact that Caliban as a local is depicted as "wanting to be ruled" is perhaps the point of question for most postcolonial literary theorists. But it's true that despite that, Shakespeare complicates reductive readings. 3w
batsy @merelybookish @Gezemice This is a good point. I like these tensions within Shakespeare's plays. There's always a germ of resistance to dominant social and political ideas of the day in how "lesser" characters are depicted (even if the endings tend towards reinforcing dominant views!) 3w
Graywacke @batsy @merelybookish @Gezemice always curious to see Shakespeare trapped within, and therefore not exactly a positive reflection of, his time and place. 3w
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Fleishman Is in Trouble: A Novel | Taffy Brodesser-Akner
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Loved this! An incredibly entertaining (super white & privileged) insightful take on marriage, divorce and middle age in our current moment. It's like the flip side of Normal People, my other fave book of the year.

Ruthiella Making me want to drop everything else and get a copy! #thestruggleisreal!😅 3w
Cathythoughts Great review ! & I‘m ready for something new & different .... I‘m getting it 👍🏻 @Ruthiella just what you said , only my struggle was brief - I have now on kindle 😁 (edited) 3w
batsy Well, you and @Lindy both giving good reviews to this so I'm sold! 3w
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Hoopiefoot I loved it too! I didn‘t make the connection between it and Normal People but that totally makes sense 3w
AmyG I also enjoyed this. And YES.....very white & privileged- ha! But very “today” from the kids to the adults. (edited) 3w
merelybookish @Ruthiella Go for it! 😄 Those other books will wait! 3w
merelybookish @Cathythoughts Oh good! I am eager to hear what you think!! 3w
merelybookish @batsy It definitely re-confirms the glories of spinsterhood! 😉 3w
merelybookish @Hoopiefoot They are both great books about relationships but at very different stages of life! 3w
merelybookish @AmyG Yeah they all inhabit a pretty rarified world! Nevertheless many of the issues still resonated! 3w
cathipink I loved this book - glad it's on the NBA long list 🙂 lots of well-observed moments. 3w
merelybookish @cathipink Yes, indeed! And the way it is structured is so smart and sky! 3w
Suet624 The flip side of Normal People? Interesting! That was one of my favorite books this year as well. My daughter is sending me her copy of this one and I can‘t wait to start. 2w
merelybookish @Suet624 Maybe Normal People: The Later Years would be more accurate. But very relationship focused! I think you'll like it! 2w
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Sleepless Nights | Elizabeth Hardwick
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Reminiscences of people and places, a plotless novel about the past's presence. Reminded me a bit of Rachel Cusk's Outline trilogy: how a woman writes her life by writing about everything except herself.
Which is to say I liked it. 😏 And I look forward to discussing (defending?) it soon!
#NYRBbookclub @vivastory @youneverarrived

LeahBergen Oh oh! 😆 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 3w
merelybookish @LeahBergen That's right bailer! 😜 3w
batsy Nice! 3w
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youneverarrived 😂 this is going to be an interesting discussion. You‘ve made it sound right up my street. After seeing people bail I was a bit apprehensive. I‘m only just starting it now. 3w
Suet624 Good review considering what we have to work with this month! 😂😂 3w
merelybookish @batsy Have you started it yet? Curious what you think! 3w
merelybookish @youneverarrived I understand! I have a thing for plotless novels and experimental writing by women so kind of fits my wheelhouse. 3w
merelybookish @Suet624 Thanks! 🙂 I take it you didn't love it? 3w
batsy I hope to start tonight or tomorrow! I loved her book of essays, Seduction and Betrayal, so I have high hopes for this one! 3w
merelybookish @batsy It makes sense she is an essayist. In many ways this feels more memoir than novel. 3w
vivastory Great review. I only read the first book of Cusk's trilogy, but I really enjoyed it. Looking forward to driving in & discussing. 3w
LeahBergen I have #BailersGuilt 😂😂 3w
Dragon 😻 3w
merelybookish @vivastory Thanks! This discussion should be fun! 3w
merelybookish @LeahBergen I'm sorry! You shouldn't! And I shouldn't have shamed you. Especially since there's a good chance I will bail on 3w
LeahBergen @merelybookish Oh, there was no shaming at all! I‘m heartily enjoying the different takes on this book as most of our group‘s previous selections were all universally liked. And who knows? I may hate my own pick next month. 😆😆 3w
Leftcoastzen Kitty!😻 3w
Suet624 I actually do like it but it‘s an odd one, for sure. 3w
BarbaraBB Looking forward to our discussion! 3w
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Sleepless Nights | Elizabeth Hardwick
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A little food for thought for #shakespearereadalong folks in the #nyrbbookclub selection.

vivastory What are your thoughts on this so far? 4w
merelybookish @vivastory I'm not far in at all. So far it's like reading a series of disjointed diary entries. But the writing has already delivered a few gut punches...so I think I'll like it. 4w
merelybookish @vivastory Have you read it yet? 4w
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vivastory I was hoping to start it but there was a problem with my order. I should get it in the mail tomorrow & I'm hoping to read it this weekend. 4w
merelybookish @vivastory Seems doable. It's only 150 pages or so. 4w
vivastory Yeah, I don't have any plans so it shouldn't be a problem. Looking forward to it. 4w
batsy I kind of love this. And now I'm going to brazenly scrawl even more notes in the margins of my Shakespeare books 😂 4w
merelybookish @batsy Go for it Shakespeare! ✍️😁 4w
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#7covers7days #coverlove Day 7
Such a fun meme! Loved posting! Love seeing others' posts. Thanks @mklong
Want to play @MoonWitch94 Post a different cover you love for 7 days. No explanation required!

Cathythoughts Lovely title & cover 4w
youneverarrived I love the simplicity of this. Matches the title perfectly. 4w
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The World Is Round | Gertrude Stein, Clement Hurd, Thacher Hurd
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#7covers7days #coverlove Day 6.
(Sadly the dust jacket on my copy is in bad shape. 🙁)
Do you want to play @Joyfulmimi ? Post a different cover you love for 7 days. No explanation required!

Cathythoughts It‘s a great jacket 👍🏻♥️ 4w
RowReads1 😍 4w
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GingerAntics It‘s really sad we need to bring this book back to major popularity. The flat earth movement is somehow picking up steam again. 4w
Leftcoastzen Yay! 4w
Ruthiella THE GERTRUDE STEIN? Or someone with the same name? (edited) 4w
merelybookish @Ruthiella The one and only! Her only children's book, I believe 4w
merelybookish @Cathythoughts Yes, love it. But needs some TLC! 4w
merelybookish @GingerAntics Sadly I don't think Gertrude Stein would convince them! 4w
merelybookish @Leftcoastzen Are you a Stein fan? I've never read her. 😬 4w
sarahbarnes This is so cool! I didn‘t know she had written a children‘s book. And illustrated by Clement Hurd of Goodnight Moon! 4w
GingerAntics Really? Wow. 4w
merelybookish @sarahbarnes I know! I should read it some time! 😜 4w
readordierachel Love this! 😍 3d
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Mirror of Flowers | Dorothea Eastwood
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#7days7covers #coverlove
Day 5
@sarahbarnes want to play? Post a cover you love for 7 days. No explanation needed. 🙂

LeahBergen 😍😍😍 4w
batsy This is lovely. And with all of your gorgeous books I want an explanation because the Litsy blurbs are failing 😆 4w
merelybookish @batsy Ha! Yes, literally NO explanation for this one. It's a book about flowers for "botaphils." People who love flowers but don't care about the science (not botanists.) It's kind of old-fashioned and describes the stories behind flowers names, etc Found it at Goodwill and couldn't resist. 4w
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sarahbarnes Ooh, fun! I‘m in! 😁 4w
batsy Oh, it sounds lovely! I would not have been able to resist this either. Great find. 4w
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Accidental Tourist | Anne Tyler
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#7days7covers #coverlove
Day 4
Post a cover you love for 7 days, no explanation. Wanna play @GingerAntics ?

Leftcoastzen Geez , I always liked this cover, I read it in September (wait for it) of 1987!?!?! 1mo
Ruthiella @Leftcoastzen 😂😂I remember the movie (Geena Davis!) 1mo
merelybookish @Leftcoastzen 80s covers have a vintage charm now. 😬 1mo
merelybookish @Ruthiella @Leftcoastzen I've still not read it or watched the movie. 1mo
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The Tempest | William Shakespeare
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Act I of the Tempest aka The Prospero Show! He causes a shipwreck. He tells Miranda their history. He orders Ariel around and dangles freedom. He abuses Caliban. He manipulates Miranda to fall in love with Ferdinand. Is there anything this guy can't do?! Or am I being unfair? What say you #shakespearereadalong folks? Caliban is a notoriously complicated character. Is this text racist? Imperialist? Will it all go according to Prospero's plan?

merelybookish To be fair, the guys on the ship were jerks too. 😛 And painting by Edmund Dulac 1mo
Trashcanman Are we starting today! Wooot 1mo
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IamIamIam 😍😍 I got a notification on my phone to start today! 😍😍 1mo
Graywacke Propspero is a magnificent devil. Quickly cruel, quick to balance it, he controls everything...and does it in powerful language. Loved this act. Leaves me wondering (1) how did he end up stuck on this island and (2) what happens if he loses control. (I don‘t know how the play evolves. Never read it before) (edited) 1mo
merelybookish @Trashcanman @IamIamIam Yes, today is our official start! This is the Act 1 post. Feel free to comment whenever! Next Sunday I'll do an Act II and so on! 1mo
merelybookish @Graywacke Magnificent devil! Nicely put. I have read it and I don't remember so will be a surprise for both of us. I think it's been argued that Prospero is a version of Shakespeare (or the artist in general). Making people do as he pleases! 1mo
Graywacke @merelybookish that‘s what my introduction implied - a life an retrospect, playwright as magician controlling his world. 🙂 (the editor was more cautious in his wording) 1mo
Palimpsest My favorite of the Shakespeare plays that I have read. 1mo
Graywacke @Trashcanman @IamIamIam - if you have an hour or two today, you can probably read Act I. It is a bit long and if you spend a lot of time with the annotation or introduction it will of course take a lot longer. But no rush because we‘ll read your comments later in the week too! 1mo
CoffeeNBooks There was so much going on already in this act, and so many different layers to the story! 1mo
batsy I'm nodding along with @Graywacke ; a great way to put it. I read it long ago I've mostly forgotten but Prospero is fascinating & Machiavellian in his scheming, which does raise some interesting questions as he's the hero figure (of sorts?) in the play. I think the colonial implications are strong. I'd like to read Aime Cesaire's version of the play after this. The language is gorgeous; stuff like "his complexion is perfect gallows" is so good?? 1mo
batsy And I love this painting! 1mo
Gezemice I have read it but I don‘t recall it act by act. I do recall it finding too convoluted. I read it so I would understand Hag-seed by Margaret Atwood, which is a retelling. Any case someone wans to read it after 1mo
IamIamIam @Graywacke Thanks!!! I forgot how short it was and I just flipped through my book and said, "Oh, that's all?!" Lol, I was looking to see if I kept a character analysis I did in my first year of college. I had so many ideas but I think I chose Prospero and how he was a maniacal yet protective father. 22 years later, the ideas are still clinging, albeit very fuzzy!!! 1mo
TheBookHippie Love the painting!!! I‘m reading this differently than in high school for sure. Like how were these issues not brought up?! I now want to read the cheat summary notes 🤣. The language is just amazing! Prospero is written well, I‘ve also heard he is a version of Shakespeare as it‘s been 30 plus years it‘s new to me as well. Thinking I‘m going to love it!! Control seems to be a theme. 1mo
GingerAntics It does seem that Prospero isn‘t the nicest guy. He seems like a jerk, but then so do most of the people on the ship. 🤷🏼‍♀️ 1mo
NeedsMoreBooks Prosperous isn‘t the nice person although he dies everything to take care of Miranda. However, this text is racist in its portrayal of Caliban. Also many critics see Prospero as a colonizer/imperialist and Caliban, the original inhabitant/owner/legal heir of the island as the colonized. 1mo
Lcsmcat I can‘t help but think that Prospero deserved to lose his dukedom. He wasn‘t doing the work that went with the honor, because he was spending his time studying magic. And now he‘s not exactly showing us that he would be a good ruler. 1mo
Rachbb3 I love the play already! Prospero, although he's scheming and controlling I love the character and want to know more. He's going to keep it interesting. 1mo
merelybookish @Palimpsest You're welcome to join us for a re-read, if you're in the mood! 1mo
merelybookish @CoffeeNBooks Agreed! We get a lot of backstories! 1mo
merelybookish @batsy Oh I didn't know about the Aime Cesaire version. Maybe we can schedule a readalong add-on. I love Jane Eyre but found Wide Sargasso Sea so powerful! 1mo
merelybookish @Gezemice Did you like Hag-seed? @Riveted_Reader_Melissa has read both and preferred the Atwood. Is it about or from Caliban's perspective? 1mo
merelybookish @IamIamIam Yes, an Act doesn't take too long to read unless it's from Troilus & Cressida (as we discovered 🙂.) And good point about his love for Miranda! 1mo
Gezemice @merelybookish No, it is a retelling where the Tempest is staged in a prison by a director who is much like Prospero and much of the story is the same as the Tempest. I liked the writing but I found the forcing of the story annoying because I don‘t think the Tempest‘s story is that great. But anyone who likes the Tempest would probably love it. 1mo
merelybookish @TheBookHippie Issues like racism and colonialism? I know! I remember when I read it in college back in the 90s, those were fringey assertions. Reading it today, they seem glaringly obvious! 1mo
merelybookish @GingerAntics Once again, the powerful white dudes are not...awesome. 1mo
merelybookish @NeedsMoreBooks Yes, reading Caliban's history is heartbreaking, especially how he trusted Prospero initially. I think *maybe* his attempted rape of Miranda is supposed to dampen and/ or complicate our sympathy for him. 1mo
merelybookish @Lcsmcat I had that thought too when he was describing how he spent his time as duke sequestered with his books! Maybe he didn't deserve to be banished but his brother was doing all the work! 1mo
merelybookish @Rachbb3 Yes, definitely a compelling character! 1mo
merelybookish @Gezemice Ok, good to know! I've only read one of those modern adaptations and I didn't find it very successful. But the prison setting is interesting! 1mo
TheBookHippie @merelybookish EXACTLY and how do they not talk about it now??? It‘s so right in our face. So glad we picked this, great learning experience here, I may use this in the future . 1mo
merelybookish @batsy @TheBookHippie And btw, that print is for sale on abebooks for $40,000. 😉 1mo
GingerAntics @merelybookish I‘ll just nip in and buy that for when we move, then. Totally reasonable. 😆 1mo
GingerAntics @merelybookish right? I don‘t know why I had this idea that Prospero was this greatly loved character, but he‘s a bit of a “powerful white dude in Shakespeare.” 🤣😂🤣 1mo
batsy @merelybookish Me too, much like Jane Eyre, I found Wide Sargasso Sea unforgettable. I've placed an order for Aimé Césaire's A Tempest already because I was keen to read it, so I'm game for a readalong :) 1mo
Sace Well... I haven't read a word yet, but I did seek out a summary. I found this video from Overly Sarcastic Productions rather entertaining https://youtu.be/lq2YEqSZo54 4w
erzascarletbookgasm I am liking the play! Never read it before. Prospero seems very powerful with his magic and ought to be fearful of. Very controlling and his treatment of Caliban is most unkind. 4w
MoonWitch94 I haven't touched this play since college and it's so much better than I remember. 4w
merelybookish @erzascarletbookgasm I'm curious how Prospero's controlling ways are going to pan out...and yeah, Caliban's treatment is awful! 4w
merelybookish @RestlessFickleBookHoarder Thanks for the link! I will check it out. 😀 4w
merelybookish @MoonWitch94 Yes, funny how our perceptions change! 4w
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Nettlewood | Mary Melwood
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#7days7covers #coverlove
Day 3
Tagging @Billypar if you want to play. Post a cover you love for 7 days, no explanation.
@mklong

mklong Beautiful. I knew you would pick good ones! 1mo
LeahBergen What is THIS glorious book?? 1mo
batsy This is so pretty! 1mo
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merelybookish @LeahBergen Some obscure British children's novel from the 1970s that I came across somewhere and l have yet to read. 🤷 1mo
merelybookish @mklong @batsy Glad you think it's pretty too! There's just something about an old manor house! 🙂 1mo
Leftcoastzen Lovely 1mo
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Fleishman Is in Trouble: A Novel | Taffy Brodesser-Akner
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I'm not far but it's already made me chuckle and wince in recognition!

Ruthiella This is on my list. Every time I read a good review I want to drop all my other books and find a copy! Patience!😀 1mo
merelybookish @Ruthiella It's pretty great so far! A very astute critique of current culture! 1mo
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#7days7covers #coverlove
Day 2
@Blaire want to play?

Blaire Yes! Would love to join in the fun. Thanks for the tag. Off to scour my shelves. 1mo
youneverarrived 😍😍 1mo
LeahBergen Oooo, pretty! 1mo
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The Little Bookroom | Eleanor Farjeon
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#7days7covers #coverlove
Day 1
Thanks @mklong Wanna play @youneverarrived ? Seven days, one cover, no explanation. Tag someone new each day.

erzascarletbookgasm Great pick! And I love Eleanor Farjeon 👍 1mo
erzascarletbookgasm Ardizzone‘s illustrations are lovely too! 1mo
LeahBergen Ohhh, I‘ve always loved this cover! 1mo
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batsy Yes, this is beautiful! 1mo
Cathythoughts Adorable 1mo
mklong So sweet ❤️ 1mo
Leftcoastzen Wonderful cover! 1mo
merelybookish @erzascarletbookgasm I only discovered Farjeon as an adult but I love her stories! And love EA's illustrations!! 1mo
merelybookish @LeahBergen Me too! The perfect book room! 1mo
youneverarrived Aw I love this! And thanks so much for the tag I‘ll join in 💕 1mo
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It's a good thing I recently loaded up on tissues at Costco! 😭😭 I enjoyed it but wow, what a tear-jerker!
Having read 3/4 of our #LMPBC picks, it's interesting how certain themes and connections between the books are emerging: travel; loss; flawed dads; boys named Salvador 😛
Middle grade fiction is no joke!
@Johanna414 @indoordame @LibrarianRyan

LibrarianRyan 🤓 1mo
Johanna414 I‘m glad you liked it, but it was definitely a tear jerker! I got your book in the mail yesterday so I‘m hoping to start it tonight 😁 1mo
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Tempest | William Shakespeare
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Just a reminder, we begin our #shakespearereadalong of The Tempest next week. The schedule is as follows:
Act I - Sept 15
Act II - Sept 22
Act III - Sept 29
Act IV - Oct 6
Act V - Oct 13
Feel free to share book covers, reactions, and favourite quotations along the way. And tag me if you do.
The Tempest is sometimes called a romance which is my fave Shakespearean genre. Lots of plot elements mixed together!
I'm excited! I hope you are too!

MoonWitch94 Ohhhhh fun! I‘d like to join you :-) 1mo
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merelybookish @MoonWitch94 Great! I will add you to the group! 😀 1mo
Trashcanman 😊 1mo
IamIamIam I pulled my Complete Works out of the basement last week!! 👍👍 Thanks for the update! 1mo
catebutler Looking forward to this one. 👍🏼 1mo
jewright I‘m looking forward to it. It‘s one of my favorites. 1mo
batsy I'm excited, as well! I've read it only once years ago for a class so I'm interested to see how it holds up. 1mo
NeedsMoreBooks Excited to re-read this 🌊💨 1mo
Sunraven I‘ve never read this one, yay! New reads! 1mo
Gezemice I have read it a couple years ago so I could read 1mo
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Kitty Kelly's Amazing Belly | Carole King, E Gregory King
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There's been some napping going on at my house. #caturday #catsoflitsy

Leftcoastzen So adorable! Kitty belly!😻 1mo
Ruthiella Seriously any surface they claim for themselves! 🐱❤️🤣 1mo
CoffeeNBooks Adorable kitty! 😺 1mo
Dragon 😻 1mo
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Sleepless Nights | Elizabeth Hardwick
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Picked up the next #NYRBbookclub pick today. Looks like it's been kicking around Denver Public Library since 1979.
Excited to read this one!
@vivastory @youneverarrived

BarbaraBB Haha, kicking around since 1979 😂. I picked this one up as well today for our book club. 1mo
youneverarrived Looking forward to seeing what you think of it 👍 1mo
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A Little Life: A Novel | Hanya Yanagihara
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1) Unpopular opinion but it made me SO mad!
2) Community, Parks & Rec
3) Cereal (I saw a naturopath recently and she gave me a recipe to boost energy)
4) 🗻
5) White Coyote
#friyayintro @jesshowreads

vivastory #1 I haven't read it & I don't know if I will...it just seems like tragedy porn. I'm reminded of an interview where Stephen King said he was finished with reading Hardy's novels after Jude the Obscure. He said something to the effect of, "How much bad stuff can happen to one person?" I did read People in the Trees & there's no doubt she's a talented writer, but this one... 1mo
merelybookish @vivastory Yes, it definitely qualifies as tragedy porn, imo. I cry really easily but I can start to feel emotionally manipulated. That's what happened with this book. After a while I was like COME ON! 1mo
Cathythoughts There are parts I‘m sorry I read in this book. I have them pretty much forgotten now - thank god. I enjoyed the big picture of the story at the time. But looking back ... yes , emotional manipulation 1mo
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Reggie There are times when I get taken out of a book and I look across an imaginary table where the author is looking at me read their book. I felt that way when I read the part called The Happy Years. What a cruel fcking joke that whole section was. And when I looked up through tear stained eyes, Hanya was laughing. Lololol Even after all that, I still liked it. 1mo
merelybookish @Cathythoughts Yes thankfully I have forgotten a lot of parts too! @Reggie I'm impressed you can remember the name of the section! Also, love the image of HY smirking while you sobbed! I think she might have gotten off on making her readers suffer!! 1mo
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled @merelybookish THANK YOU! This is the exact book that came to my mind for the prompt. It was so over-the-top ridiculous. I was hoping all the characters would just die already (am I a horrible person? 😬). It was so obvious to me that the author was like, “Cry, you pathetic reader! Cry!” that I was just 🙄 I hate this book. I hate the hype. I hate the blatant transparency of the author‘s intentions. (Rant over now!) 1mo
merelybookish @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Don't stop ranting on my account! 😀 It's a relief to know I'm not the only person who resented this book. 1mo
mklong Haha! Loving all this A Little Life hate! I HATED that book so much. I actually can‘t believe I finished it. 1mo
merelybookish @mklong Excellent! I have thought before that we seem to have similar reactions to books. This confirms it! 1mo
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Since moving to Colorado, hiking has become more of a #hobby. My hope is to eventually hike a 14er. (This photo is from yesterday. Mount Evans is the only 14er you can summit by car, so it doesn't really count. Although the road up is pretty nerve-wracking 😯)
#selfcareseptember @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @OriginalCyn620

TheHeartlandBookFairy It is such a beautiful spot, such breathtaking views! 1mo
Caterina Very cool!! Someday I would love to hike in Colorado! 1mo
Cathythoughts Oh that view ♥️and sky 💙 1mo
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Ruthiella I hope they never change the design on those signs. They are classic! 😀 1mo
OriginalCyn620 Pretty view! 😊 1mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful ❤️❤️ 1mo
Aimeesue I lived in the Springs for a while; all those crazy mountain roads made me want to close my eyes while travelling on them. Mesa Verde about killed me. 😱😱😱 1mo
Hamlet Try the cog railway up Pikes Peak from Manitou Springs, another lovely way to see a 14er if you‘re not ready to hike one! 1mo
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September's #readinggoals.
Books for Litsy buddy reads & book clubs: Tempest, Coyote Sunrise, and Sleepless Nights
Books I've started and want to finish: Night & Day, Clear and Prosperous Voyage.
Hopefully some time and space for a few unplanned reads
#shakespearereadalong #nyrbbookclub #lmpbc
#selfimprovementsept @OriginalCyn620 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🎊🙌🏻📚 1mo
OriginalCyn620 Awesome! 👍🏻 1mo
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Merry Wives of Windsor | William Shakespeare
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This play ends like a sad version of A Midsummer's Night Dream minus the magic and charm. We get a million characters, a complete cipher of a heroine (who are you Anne Page?!), and Falstaff playing a poor man's Bottom. A few funny lines and the plotting wives aren't enough to save the story. I'm reminded again how much I don't really like reading Shakespeare's comedies. 🤷 #shakespearereadalong

erzascarletbookgasm A million characters? 😂 1mo
batsy Poor man's Bottom! Teehee 1mo
merelybookish @erzascarletbookgasm Give or take a few. 😏 1mo
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Graywacke Actually, now that you mention it, the comedies are tough to read. The humor is mostly in the performance (potentially). And we did lose Anne... 1mo
merelybookish @Graywacke There are some exceptions but so many of the comedies are dependent upon physical humour and how the lines are delivered. 1mo
Graywacke @merelybookish Yes, exactly. I like to imagine I can read through that and imagine the performance in my head, but it's not always so easy. 1mo
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An unnamed narrator in her 30s, a writer, reflects on her teen years working at a factory in Seoul while attending high school in the evenings. It's a painful period in her life, full of poverty, broken relationships, isolation, fear, and political turmoil. It's the dream of becoming a writer that helps her survive. Now, after years of suppressing this traumatic time in her life, she decides to write about it, but the process is painful. 👇

merelybookish The novel flips back and forth, between the writing of the book and the past she is re-creating. It was powerful to see what she endured and how it shaped her. Also the difficulty and perhaps catharsis in making it public. This is my first novel by a South Korean. There was so much I didn't know about the politics. It was a good story and I feel I learned a lot about another country, which is why reading books in translation is so worthwhile! 1mo
merelybookish Picture from the NY Times. I don't know if this is an autobiographical novel but the writer Kyung-Sook Shin did work at a factory and attended a high school for industrial workers for a while. 1mo
mhillis Great review! I didn‘t know much about the Gwangju Uprising so I found myself looking that up towards the end of the book. I‘m glad I read this too. 1mo
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Gone with the Wind | Margareth Mitchell
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Friday Night fun. Watching Gone With the Wind for the first time.

Cathythoughts Oh brilliant! Scarlet looks so young ♥️ 1mo
Leftcoastzen Wow,wish I could see it for the first time,again.😂 1mo
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merelybookish @Cathythoughts Vivien Leigh was so beautiful! And Olivia de Havilland too. And she's still alive at 103! 😯 1mo
merelybookish @Leftcoastzen We have an hour left to watch but am enjoying it! Like books, I have a lot of movies I've been meaning to watch for eons! 1mo
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The Remainder | Alia Trabucco Zern
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Trying to squeeze in one last book in August and for the Women in Translation Readathon. #witreadathon

readordierachel Interesting cover! 1mo
merelybookish @readordierachel @graywacke Interesting book so far! Chilean. About the aftermath of living in a dictatorship. 1mo
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Taking a break from #witreadathon to finish my August #LMPBC book. And whoa! Things just took an unexpected turn! 😯
(Cool Batmark courtesy of @LibrarianRyan)
@Johanna414 @IndoorDame

Johanna414 I can‘t wait for this one! 2mo
Trashcanman That's a cool bookmark 2mo
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merelybookish @Trashcanman I know! My son is coveting it! 2mo
LibrarianRyan @Trashcanman I‘ll send you some. I cut out like 60 and then they didn‘t fit in my envelopes so I was saving them for Xmas. I didn‘t do the art. It‘s Pinterest. 2mo
LibrarianRyan @merelybookish I‘ll send some more in the sept mail so you each can have done. I already mailed August. 2mo
merelybookish @LibrarianRyan Oh thank you! I'm happy to pay. It's a great bookmark! 2mo
LibrarianRyan @merelybookish no need. I just printed and cut them out. Super easy. 2mo
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Another book to meet a Women in Translation Readathon prompt. This one is from South Korea. Took me a bit to adjust to the style but I'm into it now. About a teenage industrial worker who dreams of becoming a writer.
#witreadathon #hoopla

Cathythoughts Brilliant & beautiful title ... look forward to your review 2mo
mhillis I‘m going to start this today! 2mo
merelybookish @Cathythoughts Agreed, it is a great title! 2mo
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merelybookish @mhillis Oh good. We can discuss! 2mo
mhillis @merelybookish Yes let‘s do that!! 😌 2mo
merelybookish @mhillis Are you reading or listening to it? 2mo
mhillis @merelybookish Reading! The library didn‘t have it at all so I bought the ebook 2mo
merelybookish @mhillis I'm finding the audio a bit confusing, some leaps in time, that I expect would be easier to follow in print. 2mo
mhillis “At last, my sentences begin to take shape. Short, very simple. The past in present tense; the present in past tense. Clear like a photograph.” @merelybookish 2mo
mhillis I‘m about a quarter of the way into the book and so far it‘s really interesting. I should be able to make some more progress today! Looking forward to hearing your thoughts! 2mo
merelybookish @mhillis I'm almost done! I have about 30 mins left in the audiobook. 1mo
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King Lear (Revised) | William Shakespeare
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Announcing the next two #shakespearereadalong plays:
🎭Sept 15-Oct 13 -- The Tempest
🎭Oct 27-Nov 24 -- King Lear
We'll take a break in December and resume in the new year. We're ending 2019 strong, with a few of the Bard's best!
Also, our original host and founder, the lovely @readinginthedark has stepped down. We would love to add another host to our rotation! If you're interested or have questions, please send an email to mtillstaff at gmail.

catebutler Looking forward to both. 2mo
Rachbb3 These sound great! 2mo
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CoffeeNBooks Looking forward to reading both of these!! 2mo
Lcsmcat Great choices! 2mo
merelybookish @catebutler @rachbb3 @CoffeeNBooks @Lcsmcat Oh good! I'm glad you guys approve! We decided to make a few executive decisions but will go back to more democratic methods of picking plays in 2020. 😛 2mo
merelybookish @LitsyHappenings Can you share when you get a chance? Thanks! 2mo
TheBookHippie Ohhhh yes!!!! Wonderful !! 2mo
Graywacke @merelybookish the executive team rocks. 🙂 2mo
Trashcanman I'd like to do this. But I don't know if I can. 2mo
IamIamIam I loved The Tempest!!! I'll try and keep up!!! Do it, GL! @Trashcanman 2mo
merelybookish @Trashcanman No major commitment! Feel free to do what you want! Do a play, do an act, whatever! 2mo
Trashcanman @merelybookish I can read it, I just have nothing to add. 2mo
merelybookish @IamIamIam Great! We'll add you to our group tag! 2mo
merelybookish @Trashcanman That's okay! There's no pressure to comment. I always assume we have some readers who are following along but not actively participating in the conversation. Whatever is best for you. But you're always welcome! I can tag you, and then you can ignore it, if you want. 😛 2mo
jewright I love both plays, and it‘s been a bit for me on both. 2mo
Trashcanman @merelybookish Thank you and it's a deal. 2mo
ladyneverwhere Can't wait to read both of these! 2mo
Graywacke @Trashcanman it‘s a fun thing. You‘ll enjoy and get some Shakespeare. 2mo
batsy Excellent choices! Very excited 🎉 2mo
TheBookHippie @Trashcanman yay!!! It‘s fun to follow along! 2mo
merelybookish @jewright Same! I remember loving them but it's been YEARS since I read them. I'm excited to revisit! 2mo
merelybookish @ladyneverwhere @batsy Glad you guys are excited. Im excited. 😀 2mo
erzascarletbookgasm Fantastic! I can join and I will join! 💃 2mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa I‘ll be interested to see what everyone makes of The Tempest, I read it last year when I read Atwood‘s Hagseed. 2mo
Sunraven Yay, I‘m in for both! 2mo
merelybookish @erzascarletbookgasm Yay!! I thought choosing plays ahead of time might make it easier for some people. 2mo
merelybookish @Riveted_Reader_Melissa What did you think of the Atwood adaptation? 2mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @merelybookish I actually really liked her take on it‘s retelling version. Not my favorite play, but she did a good job with it. 2mo
NeedsMoreBooks Interested. How do I participate? 2mo
merelybookish @NeedsMoreBooks Hey! Welcome! Nothing, really. I will add your name to the group tag and so you'll be notified when a #shakespearereadalong post goes up. We usually read an act a week and discussion is on Sundays. So we will be discussing Act I of the Tempest on Sept 15. 2mo
NeedsMoreBooks @merelybookish thank you! Had read it in high school. Looking forward to the conversation 😊 (edited) 2mo
Sace Thanks so much for keeping me tagged! Merry wives didn't happen for me, but 🤞I can manage The Tempest. 1mo
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In Other Words | Jhumpa Lahiri
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I had no interest in reading this book when it came out, and only picked it up this time to fulfill a prompt for the Women in Translation Readathon. I'm so glad I did! What a beautifully written exploration of language, creativity and selfhood. Lahiri's brilliance and insight is stunning.
It was great on audio but now I want a hard copy to review some passages!
#witreadathon

Joyfulmimi I loved this one too 2mo
Ruthiella I‘ve loved her fiction (particularly her two short story collections and I normally am meh about short stories). I‘m excited to get to this. 😀 2mo
saresmoore I just started it, but I‘m really enjoying the audio as well. It‘s inspiring and insightful. 2mo
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merelybookish @Joyfulmimi I'm not surprised! Our tastes are similar! 😊 2mo
merelybookish @Ruthiella It's made me want to read some of her fiction. Ive only read The Lowland, which was okay but didn't blow me away. 2mo
merelybookish @saresmoore I'm sure you'll enjoy it! It's also shorter than I was expecting. About halfway she switches to Italian. 2mo
Joyfulmimi I LOVED “ (edited) 2mo
BarbaraBB Great review. I wasn‘t that impressed by The Namesake but am planning to read The Lowland later this year. 2mo
merelybookish @Joyfulmimi Then I'll probably love it too! 😀 2mo
merelybookish @BarbaraBB Thanks! I read Lowland for TOB years ago. I didn't love it at the time BUT I still remember things about it which says something! 2mo
Joyfulmimi I struggle with feeling different than most others so I really relate to women, especially authors who are “different”, like ...Who wants to write a book in a another language? 🤪 2mo
AlaMich I loved this book because moving to another country to master the language would be a dream of mine. 2mo
merelybookish @Joyfulmimi Interesting! I thought it sounded dull or pretentious. But I was wrong! 2mo
merelybookish @AlaMich It would be one thing to learn a new language, another to write a book in it! 😯 Do you have a language you'd want to learn? 2mo
AlaMich @merelybookish I‘ve been studying Spanish for about a hundred years now. 😊 I was lucky to study in Mexico for two months, but I‘ve gotten rusty. 2mo
merelybookish @AlaMich I spent a month in France with a family when I was 14. That was probably the most bilingual I've ever been/will be. 2mo
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River | Esther Kinsky
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More like an extended essay than novel with no plot as such beyond the passing of time. An unnamed German narrator wanders around the River Lea on the outskirts of London She describes forgotten, unseen spaces and inhabitants where urban, industrial and rural overlap. The image of the river is powerful, conjuring boundary, memory, movement, and loss. Beautiful meloncholic prose that was at times dull, at times mesmerizing.
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Forty Plus and Fancy Free | Emily Kimbrough
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Goodwill find! The dust jacket has a bit of water damage but the title the blurb, the artwork was just too delightful to resist!

Lcsmcat That blurb! 2mo
merelybookish @Lcsmcat I know! I still have an 8 year-old and I'm 46. No chance I'll get to be a youthful grandmother! 2mo
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merelybookish @JamieArc Me too. Apparently the writer wrote a series of travel books. 2mo
erzascarletbookgasm Lovely find! 👍 2mo
LeahBergen Great find! 2mo
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La Sagouine | Antonine Maillet
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My picks for the Women in Translation readathon.
?️River, almost done this meditative German "novel"
?️La Sagouine, an Acadian classic and my Mum's favourite book
?️The Remainder, a Chilean novel
?️In Other Words by Jhumpa Lahiri on audio

Readathon runs from Aug 25-31st, if anyone want to join. You still in @saresmoore ?
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LeahBergen I‘ve never heard of the tagged book. It sounds good! 2mo
merelybookish @LeahBergen Interesting! I wonder if it's better known in French Canada. There's even a Pays de la Sagouine attraction in northern NB (which I've not visited.) 2mo
saresmoore Ooh, great choices! I am definitely still in. 2mo
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mhillis Yes I‘m participating too! 2mo
merelybookish @mhillis Yay! That makes 3 of us on Litsy that I know of! @kdwinchester isn't active on here anymore , unfortunately. 2mo
mhillis @merelybookish Yay! The prompts are interesting! And I‘m interested in Korean lit so I want to read the recommended book 2mo
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In Other Words | Jhumpa Lahiri
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Here's another readathon! This one to celebrate Women in Translation month. It's hosted by @kdwinchester of @thereadingwomen and booktuber Matthew Sciarappa. The goal is to read works by women in translation but they gave a few prompts. I have the Lahiri ready to go!
Tag #WITreadathon if you decide to participate!
For more info https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m11uD1rZruc&feature=youtu.be
@Andrew65 @TheReadingMermaid @Clwojick

Andrew65 Thanks for this information, I will have a look at it. 😊👍 2mo
sisilia I loved the tagged book 😍 2mo
saresmoore Now THIS I can get excited about! I‘m in! 2mo
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merelybookish @sisilia Good to hear! 2mo
merelybookish @saresmoore Yes! Join me!! I am going to finish a book I have in progress (which fits the 5 year gap), listen to the Lahiri, and try for at least one more. The first prompt is hard to find! 2mo
saresmoore Does the back cover count? 😅 2mo
merelybookish @saresmoore Works for me! 😛 2mo
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In today's edition of the book I didn't buy... couldn't justify spending $75 on this pretty.

TheBookHippie Ohhh pretty!!!! I agree. Too pricey ! 2mo
LeahBergen Oh, that cover! 😍😍😍 2mo
writerlibrarian Pretty but too rich for my blood. Still, very pretty. 2mo
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merelybookish @TheBookHippie @LeahBergen @writerlibrarian Definitely outside my budget, but oh-so-pretty! 2mo
RealBooks4ever Ouch! 💰💰💰 2mo
Tamra Admiring from afar. 😍 2mo
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The Remainder | Alia Trabucco Zern
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The last installment of my Coffee House Press subscription arrived yesterday with a bonus book tote! 😀

Bianca I love that tote. 2mo
merelybookish @Bianca Thanks! I'm loving it. As is my cat who likes sleeping on it. 😺 1mo
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River | Esther Kinsky
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Started tagged book for women in translation month. I *think* it's a novel but so far it's hard to tell. Lots of descriptions of rivers. It's a very UN-novely novel.
Picture from my morning hike, with nary a river in sight.

BarbaraBB Gorgeous surroundings! 😍 2mo
LauraBeth Wow! Beautiful scenery! 2mo
Tamra Love the pic! 👏🏾 2mo
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merelybookish @BarbaraBB @LauraBeth @Tamra It was a beautiful hike in spite of the heat! I plan to go back again when it's cooler! 2mo
Reggie You got me with the Un-novely novel. 2mo
Cathythoughts So beautiful 😍, lovely place to be hiking 2mo
merelybookish @Reggie How do you feel about lots of nature description and no plot? 😄 But I'd be happy to send it on to you when I'm done. 2mo
merelybookish @Cathythoughts Colorado does have good hiking! 2mo
Centique Wow. I‘ve never been to Colorado - it looks beautiful. So different to where I am in Auckland where everything is wet and green and slippery right now! I love walking in different landscapes - have to get over that way again 😍 2mo
merelybookish @Centique Its a very rugged kind of beauty! I grew up in a green wet place so it still surprises me to see cacti growing in the grass. This is in the foothills near Denver. It's even more beautiful when you drive deeper into the mountains! So yes, come to Colorado! 2mo
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Next up! A fictional account of the radical feminist and cultural icon Valerie Solanas. (Never heard of her but am intrigued! Apparently she had a beef with Andy Warhol.)
Also fits for #womenintranslation month.

readordierachel I'm intrigued! 2mo
vivastory I think she shot, or tried to shoot, Warhol. I recall watching a movie about her 2mo
Reggie @vivastory it‘s with that girl from Mystic Pizza and the mother of the family from The Conjuring. Omg what‘s her name. I thought she shot him too. I think that actress also gets nominated for an academy award also. 2mo
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merelybookish Thanks @vivastory @Reggie The movie is actually called I Shot Andy Warhol. 😄 (I did some searching!) The actress was Lili Taylor who was also the friend in Say Anything. 2mo
vivastory @Reggie I forgot she was in The Conjuring! I really like her as an actress. Now I feel like rewatching both movies. 2mo
vivastory And Say Anything! 😂 I'm looking forward to your thoughts on this one. It sounds interesting 2mo
merelybookish @vivastory @readordierachel The style is pretty experimental which I guess makes sense for a book about such a radical figure. 2mo
readordierachel I love this comment thread 😆 Gonna go put on Say Anything now. 2mo
vivastory @readordierachel Such a classic! 👍 2mo
merelybookish @readordierachel @vivastory Definitely one of my comfort movies! (And it's aged well, imo.) 2mo
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Disappearing Earth | Julia Phillips
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My current listen seems to have lots of Litsy love.

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Twelfe Night: Or, What You Will | William Shakespeare
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Saw a wonderful performance of Twelfth Night this evening at the Colorado Shakespeare Festival in Boulder with @sarahbarnes
I was worried when I learned the show was 160 mins long but I thoroughly enjoyed it. And it confirmed my suspicion that the comedies are better on stage than on the page.
#shakespearereadalong

Cathythoughts Sounds really brilliant! Great pic 2mo
Ruthiella Totally agree that Shakespeare‘s plays are best when performed! I understand so much more in context that way! 2mo
jewright I made costumes for this show in college, so I watched it many times. It‘s one of my favorites. 2mo
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sarahbarnes It was so wonderful! A great performance! 😃 2mo
merelybookish @Cathythoughts Thanks Cathy! It was a beautiful night and a great show! 2mo
merelybookish @Ruthiella Yes, especially the comedies I feel. There's so much verbal sparring and innuendo that it helps to hear it and see it! 2mo
merelybookish @jewright It is a good story, although I do always feel bad for Malvolio! 2mo
merelybookish @sarahbarnes Indeed! 🎭👏♥️ 2mo
readinginthedark 💗 I love Twelfth Night in performance! 2mo
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