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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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Empty Words | Mario Levrero
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I realized that this weekend is a perfect time for me to participate in #24b4monday. No big plans and loads of books to choose from! And it's always fun to put together a #readathon stack. 🙂
I am also listening to The Count of Monte Cristo. I could listen to it for the entire 24 hours and STILL not be done. 😯 @TheReadingMermaid @Andrew65

TheReadingMermaid Perfect timing! We are just getting started! 👍😃👍 32m
Andrew65 Great to have you taking part. Good luck. 😊👍 21m
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Friyay!: Blank Line Journal | Hunter Leilani Elliott
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1. I saw Hannah Gadsby live and she was fantastic!
2. No big plans. Next weekend is very busy so hoping to keep this one relatively chill.
#friyayintro @howjessreads

MrsMalaprop Hannah is awesome. Saw her live a couple of years ago. 5h
merelybookish @MrsMalaprop I didn't know about her before her Netflix special. She was even better live! 5h
readordierachel Oh, love her! 5h
merelybookish @readordierachel She's so good!! Funny and SO smart! 2h
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I liked this little discourse on her diary and how it's where Woolf "writes out her fidgets." ✍️

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Rabbits for Food | Binnie Kirshenbaum
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📌Midway: What kind of ending can this book have?
📌3/4 mark: Ending this book is going to be hard.
📌20 pages left: Maybe she can pull off an ending?
📌5 pages left: How is she going to end this?!!
📌Last page:
This book is really good. It's a fearless, raw account of what it's like to suffer from depression and be institutionalized. It's also hilarious. But how do you conclude that kind of story? Maybe by not writing one at all?

britt_brooke Your review has me completely intrigued. #stacked 3d
merelybookish @britt_brooke Oh good! Yes, read it! (As long as you're okay with black humour.) But would love to get your take! 3d
britt_brooke @merelybookish I‘m very good with black humor. 🖤 When I read it, I‘ll be sure to tag you. 3d
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Zelma I liked an earlier book of hers so your review convinced e to stack this one too. 3d
Reggie Lol, nice review!! 3d
merelybookish @Zelma What book did you read by her? I really enjoyed her writing. Funny, sharp, vivid. 17h
merelybookish @Reggie Thanks! Conclusions are so hard!! 17h
Zelma @merelybookish agreed, she is a great writer. 7h
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The Wintering | Joan Williams
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It's an absolute Winter Wonderland in my neighborhood today. Pretty...but not exactly what you want in May. 😒

kamoorephoto That‘s crazy.... 3d
saresmoore Insanity! 3d
Tamra 🙄 So needs to be over! 3d
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hilded Aj, that‘s rough! 🤣 Hope you have some lovely spring days coming up soon 🙌🏻 3d
Cathythoughts Crazy 🤷🏻‍♀️😳 3d
erzascarletbookgasm Wow! That‘s bonkers 😯 3d
LeahBergen Poor trees! 3d
TheSpineView Burr...🥶 3d
marleed Oh my goodness. It almost seemed wrong to hit the like button! 3d
vivastory Gross. I remember it snowed the week before memorial day when I moved back to KC from Minneapolis. 3d
merelybookish @LeahBergen Yes! Heavy wet snow. Lots of branches down. 3d
jewright I‘m so sorry! We are just getting lots and lots of rain. Everything is flooding. Roads are closed everywhere. 3d
mrozzz 😳 😳 😳 3d
merelybookish @hilded Thanks! We've already had some beautiful spring days. Hopefully they'll return soon! 3d
merelybookish @marleed It was really pretty but it felt so wrong! 3d
merelybookish @vivastory We've lived here three years and each year the last snow gets later and later. (Assuming today's was the last snow! 🤞) 3d
merelybookish @jewright Are you in the Midwest? 3d
kspenmoll It is so pretty- all that snow on the trees. Hope it leaves before June!!‘ 3d
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The Count of Monte Cristo | Alexander Dumas
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I have no idea if I'll manage to finish this audiobook, but I do like a challenge.
Also, French literature has taught me the best way to escape from prison is to switch places with a dead body. 💀⚰️

LeahBergen It‘s a very important lesson to learn. 😆 4d
AlaMich I will definitely make a mental note for the next time! 😆 4d
merelybookish @LeahBergen Those French novelists! So practical! 4d
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merelybookish @AlaMich You never know when it might come in handy! 😃 4d
Julsmarshall Pro tip! 4d
BarbaraBB I just finished this one! I combined audio with @SerialReader AND a hardcopy. That turned out doable for me 😀 4d
readordierachel 😆😆 The ultimate life hack 4d
merelybookish @BarbaraBB Good to know! Did you end up enjoying it? 4d
BarbaraBB Definitely! 4d
saresmoore Bahaha! 3d
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Rabbits for Food | Binnie Kirshenbaum
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Oh Bunny! She is a total curmudgeon. And her mental anguish is vivid and raw. Her depression is painful to witnesss. And yet, this book is hilarious!

Cathythoughts I‘m stacking 👍🏻♥️ 4d
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Midsummer Night's Dream | William Shakespeare
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Act II discussion time! We have landed in Fairyland but all is not well between king and queen. The Athenian youths are lost in various stages of love, lust and desperation.
Is this a delightful romp or is Shakespeare exploring darker, deeper themes? Is Fairyland a mirror to Athens or a contrast? Do you like Puck? Did you miss the Rude Mechanicals? Are Demetrius and Lysander pretty much the same guy? And will Helena ever find some self-worth?

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Rachbb3 One thing is for sure, mortals lives are screwy enough as it is without the immortals coming in and messing with them. 😆 Yet I guess that is what makes this one a crazy romp. I'm interested to see how/if things get worked out. Leander and Demetrius seem very similar and I have high hopes for Helena. 5d
Rachbb3 **Lysander 👆😩 5d
Riveted_Reader_Melissa I always remember being very mad at Oberon, not just for the meddling and drugging.....but the whole thing is because he wants a child the Queen is guarding! I felt the same way again this time! 5d
GingerAntics I think Fairyland and Athens are mirror images of each other, but not perfect images. Obviously the men in both want to dominate the women around them. I think women have greater agency and autonomy in Fairyland. Fairyland obviously also has the bonus of magic. Puck has been a favourite character for a while. I like his mischievous and laid back manner. 5d
Lcsmcat @Riveted_Reader_Melissa yeah, Oberon is not a favorite. But neither are the upper class mortal men. Pan and his incompetence amuse me, but I miss the players. 5d
merelybookish @Rachbb3 Leander/Lysander, tomato, tomahto. Your slip almost answers the question! 😆(You know you've read a lot of Shakespeare when...) 5d
merelybookish @Riveted_Reader_Melissa Yeah Oberon is doing the king tyrant thing. Although I guess he means well when he suggests drugging Demetrius. Even he can't stand Helena's grovelling! 5d
merelybookish @GingerAntics Yes Titania does seem to have her own power. Although she still has to deal with a jerk husband. 5d
merelybookish @Lcsmcat I missed the players too. I was thinking about the layers of society that will be mixing once they get into the woods. The upper classes, the working classes, and the fairy class. 😀 5d
TheBookHippie @Rachbb3 🤣🤣🤷🏽‍♀️ I walked into the kitchen looked at the purple flower and laughed. I swear this reads like a Grimms fairytale !!! I agree with @GingerAntics Fairyland seems a bit better for the women. Oberon seems a bit of an _____ and is a favorite beer type around my town which considering the men that drink it 🤣🤢..this proves to be a fun read as I enjoy all the plotting 😜. 5d
GingerAntics @merelybookish I get the impression her jerk husband is going to pay for messing with the queen. I‘m hoping that Shakespeare is going to play to his queen (Elizabeth I) and how she doesn‘t let men mess with her. 🤞🏻 5d
GingerAntics @TheBookHippie I agree on Oberon. I want to slug him. I‘m kind of hoping that his plan back fires and she sleeps until it wears off. 5d
batsy I miss the players as well. I'm also #TeamLetsBeatUpOberonAndTheUpperClassMen I find Helena intriguing; she has a major blind spot re: Demetrius but seems so witty and aware when Lysander starts swooning over her. I also found Hermia's serpent dream quite foreboding and dark; definitely sets a different tone to the "whimsical fairy magic and frolicking in the woods" atmosphere. 5d
Graywacke For me this was the lovers spat act. Helena telling Demetrius he‘s be her spaniel has got to be funny on stage. She‘s having a very bad day. Titania and Oberon‘s back-and-forth was great fun. But it‘s a tough act to stop at...since the energy is rolling along. (edited) 5d
Graywacke @GingerAntics So my notes do reference Elizabeth. There‘s a line where Cupid misses his mark and the maiden stays pure (i quoted it in a post today). That‘s a reference to Elizabeth. 5d
Graywacke While looking up that quote (mentioned immediately above), I found a lot homoerotic performance images of Oberon and Puck. When Titatian exits, Oberon asks Puck to step close. And, as we know, Oberon wants the boy (and we know why, even if it‘s not in the play). That‘s a window for the interpretation. I thought it was interesting. I‘m not fan of Oberon and his selfishness either. All the men in this play are shits. 🤣 🤣 (edited) 5d
erzascarletbookgasm I think Fairyland is a mirror to the human world. Hermia refusing to obey her father..and in Fairyland, Titania not giving in to Oberon. In both worlds, the women refuse the rights of the men! 5d
merelybookish @TheBookHippie I think beer probably beats the man! 5d
merelybookish @batsy Yes and lots of sexual references in the couples' conversations. You have Hermia trying to protect her virtue and Helena offering hers up. And I do hope Helena rises above! 5d
merelybookish @Graywacke It's always interesting to consider the homoeroticism of Shakespeare's plays when you imagine all characters were played by men. But I have to admit I didn't go there with why Oberon wanted the Indian boy. 😯 But I see it now. 5d
teainthelibrary @Graywacke I totally didn‘t even catch all of these homoerotic implications - went right over my head lol! I can‘t tell if they are included because it‘s Shakespeare or if it‘s because it‘s taking place in Athenian Greece where those types of relationships are normal? 5d
teainthelibrary To me, Helena was the most relatable character in all of this. Her self-awareness when Lysander wakes up is almost tragic and it definitely resonated with me. I found all of the women interesting in this act - someone above mentioned all of the references to Elizabeth, so I wonder if including all of these strong women was intentional! 5d
teainthelibrary @merelybookish @batsy I loved how Lysander and Hermia slept far apart in order to remain virtuous - they could‘ve avoided all the trouble if they had just remained together 😂 5d
Graywacke @teainthelibrary @merelybookish @batsy the dangers of pre-marital chastity. 4d
batsy @teainthelibrary So true 😂 I find his female characters in the comedies so interesting! Maybe it's because the comedies afford more playfulness in language, so their wit is a particular standout. 4d
teainthelibrary @batsy have you read a lot of Shakespeare? I think I‘ve read 3 or 4 so I don‘t have a lot to compare to in terms of knowledge of other characters! 4d
batsy @teainthelibrary I studied some plays in college and joined the #ShakespeareReadAlong here; we've read quite a few thus far and it's been immensely fun 🙂 4d
teainthelibrary @batsy this is my first for the readalong - I‘m excited for the others! 3d
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Rabbits for Food | Binnie Kirshenbaum
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"Even at my mental-health best, I'm not one for Activities." ?
Just a few pages into this book about a woman's mental breakdown, and I've already laughed a few times.
Also, this is the second book I've read this month blurbed by Deborah Eisenberg, a writer who I'd never heard of but apparently should read. ?

LeahBergen I didn‘t know who she was either! 1w
merelybookish @LeahBergen I guess she writes really good short stories. She also has good taste in books! 🙂 1w
batsy I love that quote! #CurmudgeonsAgainstActivities 1w
saresmoore I, too, resonate deeply with this quote. @batsy #ActivitiesAreForDoers 1w
merelybookish The main character is SUCH a curmudgeon! I don't hold a candle to her, in spite of my dislike of Activities! @batsy @saresmoore 7d
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Midsummer Night's Dream | William Shakespeare
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I loved all the fairy songs and lush descriptions of Fairyland in Act II. Here's an illustration of the lullaby for Titania. 🧚‍♂️🧚‍♀️
#shakespearereadalong
@readinginthedark @GingerAntics @Lcsmcat @batsy @Rachbb3 @jewright @readordierachel @erzascarletbookgasm @teainthelibrary

merelybookish Helena also made me think of the early 90s Bonnie Raitt ballad "I Can't Make You Love Me" ? 1w
merelybookish Also, I tagged the people who have been participating in the challenge so far. Still time to play catch up. Post something for each act, a pic, a quote, a quibble. 🙂 And be sure to tag me! 1w
GingerAntics I haven‘t read anything since Monday. It‘s been a strange, long week. Must catch up tomorrow...or Saturday. 😏 1w
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merelybookish @GingerAntics Loads of time still! And it's a delight! 1w
GingerAntics I really enjoyed the first act, despite the male chauvinism. I‘m kind of glad we started this book when we did. I don‘t think I could take Act I after the week we‘ve had with men. 🙄 1w
BooknerdsLife 😍😍 1w
batsy That's so adorable 😆 I haven't gotten to this scene yet; life keeps getting in the way. But I love the flow of the play—it's so easy to get pulled in! 1w
teainthelibrary Your illustration reminds me of all the Munchkin singing groups in The Wizard of Oz! 😍 I love how mystical and magical this act was. The poetry was astounding and I love how everyone got to have a little beautiful piece to say. 5d
merelybookish @teainthelibrary What great way summary of this act! These fairies do like munchkins! (Which is funny because the munchkins kind of creep me out..🤔🙂) 5d
merelybookish @batsy Learning to read an act/week has taken me a while to master. 😛 5d
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Over Sea, Under Stone | Susan Cooper
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Well, I loved this! It was iffy at first (all that talk of the natives) but then Simon, Jane & Barney found a map and their real quest (to find the grail) began. I loved the writing esp. the description of the Cornwall landscape. I loved how fully each kid was characterized. I loved the range of adults. I loved that it felt truly menacing at times. I loved how Arthurian myth was woven into the everyday. So fun! Now to wait for Book 2!

batsy Ooh, yay! So glad you enjoyed. ❤️ 1w
LeahBergen I‘ve meant to read this series for years! 1w
Larkken this series is 🌟 🌟 🌟 preach!
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merelybookish @batsy I really did! The writing was beautiful and I was genuinely scared a few times. The situations felt real even with the fantastical elements. 1w
merelybookish @LeahBergen I had never heard of it till I went searching for a book published in 1965 for a challenge. But I'm so glad I discovered it. It's middle grade British fantasy at its best, I'd say. You should give it a go! 1w
LeahBergen I definitely will! And I love this Puffin cover. 😍 1w
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The Summer #TOB reading schedule has been posted . . . And I find the choices uninspired. (Both books I was hoping wouldn't make it did. 😒)
So am I the only pooper? What one are you psyched to read?
@BarbaraBB @batsy @BkClubCare @thebluestocking @Megabooks @Rachel_nyc @Zelma @Redwritinghood @Suet624 @saresmoore

Suet624 Well I own the Marlon James and I‘d like to read Daisy Jones. I‘ll try one more bit not sure which one yet. 1w
BarbaraBB I‘m kind of neutral. I‘m happy Lost Children‘s Archive made it and I‘ll probably not read Marlon James. The other ones I don‘t know but I‘ll probably end up reading them! Thanks for posting! 1w
batsy Thanks for sharing. Lost Children Archive, Trust Exercise and American Spy are books that I'd like to have read, so that's nice. A bit bummed that Bunny and If, Then didn't make it! I wanted to read the Marlon James when it first came out, but some comments on how violent and rapey it is have made me go hmmm. 1w
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merelybookish @Suet624 Nice to already own one! 1w
merelybookish @BarbaraBB Yes I am also happy to see the Lost Children's Archive, since I've already read it! 😉 And I think it will make for good discussion! 1w
merelybookish @batsy I could not get through James's previous book, the one that won the Booker. I could recognize that it was brilliant AND that I found it an absolute slog. So no more James for me! And violent and rapey makes it easy to stick with that! 1w
BarbaraBB I feel exactly the same about the James though I did finish 1w
Megabooks I wasn‘t impressed by Daisy Jones. Too many one-dimensional characters. I‘m excited about Trust Exercise. I coincidentally got on the library list for it earlier today. I‘m unsure if I‘m going to do this because so much of what I read depends on library availability. We‘ll see... I like seeing everyone‘s opinions, though. 1w
mhillis I thought American Spy was interesting 📚 1w
BkClubCare I keep forgetting to check James‘ audiobook hours but I likely will use an audible credit on it anyway. 1w
8little_paws Lost children archive and trust exercise were both duds. I loved American spy and so far no verdict on BLRW. Waiting for my daisy Jones hold, probably skipping bowlaway 1w
saresmoore I agree with @batsy about Bunny and If, Then. I also want to read Sea Monsters because I think it‘ll be refreshingly different. The only one in this list that actually interests me is Trust Exercise. Ain‘t it always the way with this type of list, though? I wonder if some people just voted for titles they recognized. 1w
merelybookish @saresmoore Yes! One of the best things about the TOB is how they bring unexpected and unsung books into the mix. This is the kind of lackluster list you get when you crowd source. 1w
merelybookish @8little_paws Haha! I liked Lost Children Archive and have seen such divergent views on Trust Exercise (it Sparks real love/hate) there I am curious about it. 1w
merelybookish @mhillis That's good to know! One title that I'm not familiar with! 1w
merelybookish @Megabooks Ive seen so much hype around Daisy that it's made me leery. 1w
merelybookish @BarbaraBB Yes! I'd put it in the same category as The Overstory. A book I don't enjoy but can understand its.merit. (I would also add to that list 1w
Rachel_nyc I‘m mostly looking forward to Lost Children Archive and American Spy. I‘m dreading Black Leopard because of the violence and am not sure yet if I‘ll even read it. I have heard mostly good things about Daisy but I‘m always skeptical when there is so much hype. 1w
BarbaraBB @merelybookish I know what you mean! And what to think of 1w
BarbaraBB @Rachel_nyc I‘ve read Daisy. It‘d amusing but forgettable! 1w
BarbaraBB @merelybookish All books I have but keep postponing :-) 1w
Redwritinghood Nice! I have all of these except American Spy. I‘m reading Lost Children and Trust Exercise right now, though. 1w
Rachel_nyc @BarbaraBB Good to know. The wait for the ebook is almost 6 months at my library so I was going to buy it when I saw it made the tournament but I‘ll probably just wait. 1w
Megabooks @merelybookish I loved The Orphan Master‘s Son but I think that is only because I listened to the audiobook. I may not have even stuck with it in print! I keep on going back and forth about reading The Overstory #SortOfOffTopic 😉😉 1w
merelybookish @BarbaraBB OMG I HATED The Finkler Question! So much talk about circumcision. 🙄 Have not tried the Flanagan. And don't have much desire to do so. 1w
merelybookish @Redwritinghood You're on it! I'll be interested to hear what you think of Trust Exercise! 1w
merelybookish @Megabooks Not off topic at all! Maybe i would have liked OMS better if I had listened to it. I found it looong! 1w
thebluestocking I was a tad disappointed by the list too, but I‘m feeling okay now because I like the process and discussion as much if not more than reading the books usually. I liked Daisy Jones fine. I don‘t really want to read the James, but it‘s the only one my library actually has. I‘ll probably try and find others around. 1w
Zelma Well, one way to look at it is that only one of these titles will go on to the March Tournament. 😁 5d
merelybookish @Zelma Good point! 😀 5d
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Rabbits for Food | Binnie Kirshenbaum
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I just can't resist the new release shelf at the library!

LauraJ You picked up some hot titles! 2w
readordierachel And why should you! 2w
marleed I hear you! 2w
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batsy Nice! I'm interested in Rabbits for Food as well. 2w
batsy And now I've had to add Loudermilk to the TBR :) 1w
merelybookish @LauraJ Yes. I had just added these books to my TBR so was excited to see them available! 1w
merelybookish @readordierachel @marleed Can count on Littens to understand (and enable!) 😉 1w
merelybookish @batsy I'm intrigued by both! I don't always like satire but couldn't resist one set in a creative writing Dept. 🙂 1w
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Space Dumplins | Craig Thompson
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A few #spaceoddity graphic novels I pulled off the kids' shelf. I haven't read either. ?
I tend to prefer "quiet novels about ordinary life" and few of them seem to take place in space. ?
#maymoviemagic @Cinfhen @rohit-sawant

merelybookish Another one my son loved that I couldn't find. 2w
Cinfhen Fun choices 2w
UwannaPublishme 😁😁😁 2w
rohit-sawant These seem fun! 1w
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call it sleep | henry roth
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I'm following @batsy and recycling a post from an earlier challenge nearly three years ago. Published in 1934. It does a good job of showing the gap between what a person thinks/feels in their native tongue and what they are able to express in English.
#immigrantsong #maymoviemagic @cinfhen @rohit-sawant

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Midsummer Night's Dream | William Shakespeare
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"The course of true love never did run smooth" (I.i.134).
Act I discussion time! Lots of familiar comedy elements: a tyrannical king, a defiant daughter, a honey-tongued lover, a jealous friend, a rendezvous in the woods. And yet...this play feels different to me. Is it the witchy moon imagery? Or the silliness of the Rude Mechanicals? All those women with H names? Whatever it is, I find it delightful so far! What are your thoughts?

saresmoore This one has always felt different to me, too. I‘m really enjoying this reread and even diving into some footnotes for further insight. It will certainly one of my favorites. 2w
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merelybookish Just a reminder about the #shakespearereadalong challenge! Thanks to everyone who has participated so far. I love seeing your posts. There's still time to join in. As we read, post something about each act: a quote, a pic, a complaint, a connection. You could win a gc! And it's fun seeing what our fellow readers notice! 2w
merelybookish @saresmoore I'm glad you agree! What do you think it is that feels different? Is there something in Act I? Or do you think it's that we already know where the story goes? And anything interesting from your notes? 2w
readordierachel I'm finding it delightful too! I forgot how much I enjoyed this play. I also forgot how heavy-handed Theseus was. I managed to block out that death was on the table 😯 2w
merelybookish @readordierachel Yes, both Theseus and Egeus could be lawmakers in Georgia. 😒 2w
TheBookHippie @merelybookish seriously true!!!!!! 2w
CoffeeNBooks This is one of my 2 favorite Shakespeare plays! I'm enjoying re-reading it! 2w
batsy @readordierachel Yes, me too! So caught up in the magical whimsy of the play that the law of the patriarchy almost eluded me. That bit of darkness was such a reality check. 2w
batsy I really enjoyed the First Act; technically a reread for me but it's been awhile since my first read! 2w
merelybookish Whoops! I forgot to tag @erzascarletbookgasm. Sorry!! Also illustration is by William Robinson Health circa 1914. I like his black and white ink drawings! 2w
merelybookish @batsy Seems to be a re-read for many of us, although like you, it's been a while for me! I wonder if that means it's taught a lot in school on performed often. Or both. 🙂 2w
merelybookish @CoffeeNBooks It does seem to be Shakespeare at his best! 2w
Graywacke Just finished Act I and trying to figure out my thoughts. It‘s a little tough to stop there as it‘s still building. 🙂 Does it really already feel different or is it what‘s about to happen that makes me think that? Or is the earthly happiness of the rose distilled just leaving an impression. 2w
Graywacke But Act 1 is a lot, three different stories. “Hyppolyta, I wooed the with my sword” - how romantic. Maybe Theseus is from a congress in Georgia, or Alabama or ... 2w
Lcsmcat @merelybookish @batsy I think it is performed a lot. I know I first saw it done by high school students when I was in jr. high. It wasn‘t taught in my English class, but I can see it being a good one to teach. 2w
Lcsmcat @readordierachel I had forgotten that too. But Shakespeare often used the threat of death to make characters do things the wouldn‘t otherwise do. Think Romeo & Juliet, Hermione from The Winter‘s Tale, Rosalind in As You Like It, etc. It feels more like a catalyst to me than any atmosphere-creation. 2w
GingerAntics I‘m with @Graywacke there are three different, distinct parts of this act (even with only two acts) and Theseus could easily be from a congress in Georgia or Alabama. The women must do what the men say, or die!!! 2w
readordierachel @Lcsmcat Good point! It definitely ups the stakes. 2w
merelybookish @readordierachel @Lcsmcat It seems to me both are true. Harsh treatment of women forces them to make rash, plot-developing decisions! 2w
Rachbb3 I like it so far. Is it a different feel for me? I'm not sure yet. 2w
merelybookish @Graywacke Yes, that line does dampen the wedding mood. Lucky Hippolyta! To be won by sword. (I also didn't initially appreciate she was the Queen of the Amazons!) It does seem significant we have three heroines with three very similar names! 2w
merelybookish @Graywacke I think it is the anticipation of knowing what's to come! Because it's not that different from how he sets up his other comedies. 2w
Graywacke @merelybookish yeah, what‘s with the h‘s? 🤣 2w
merelybookish @Rachbb3 Is this your first time reading it? We have so many re-readers it's good to hear first impressions! 2w
merelybookish @Lcsmcat It would be a fun one to stage. Sets and costumes would be fun. And lots of roles! I would love to see a production! 2w
Rachbb3 It is my first time! 😆 2w
merelybookish @Graywacke I don't know!! But as a name nerd, it really jumps out at me. I'm sure someone has a theory! To make them seem interchangable? To show how their fates are connected? 2w
merelybookish @Rachbb3 Awesome! You and @GingerAntics! 😊 2w
teainthelibrary A Midsummer Night‘s Dream has always been one of my favourites. It feels so mystical! But it‘s been a while since I‘ve actually read it so I really enjoyed getting back into the cadence of Shakespeare! Hermia is my absolutely favourite in this act - she‘s so fierce and basically destroys everyone! Despite the magical-ness of it, the parts about Athenian law and treating your father like a god were a bit of a downer! (edited) 2w
teainthelibrary @Graywacke I loved that line! I definitely had to reread it a few times and even say it out loud to fully comprehend, but there‘s something very poetic about it, albeit tragic. 2w
teainthelibrary @merelybookish re: the three H names, I kept having to flip back to the character list to make sure I had everything in order! 😂 I wonder if that was on purpose? 2w
merelybookish @teainthelibrary Thanks for joining in! It's fun that it's a re-read for so many of us and it's living up to our expectations/memories! I think I'm going to have to do a search on the names. I'm sure some scholar at some time came up with a theory for why Shakespeare has a Hermia, Helena and Hippolyta!! 2w
Graywacke @teainthelibrary admittedly I still don‘t fully comprehend the line...😊 But I like it. 2w
Graywacke @merelybookish curious what you find on the H‘s. 2w
jewright I just have to giggle about everyone meeting in the woods. I read this one in college, but that was...gulp... 14 years ago, so I‘m enjoying it. 2w
merelybookish @Graywacke @teainthelibrary I did some searching and I found articles on Bottom's name and Demetrius's name. I found research articles about the names in other plays. I did find this online article saying Hermia and Helena have similar names but very different characters. Https://thebillshakespeareproject.com/2010/04/similar-names-different-women-different-names-similar-men/ So good news for any would-be Shakespeare scholars! A topic! 🙂 2w
Graywacke Maybe there‘s something here? 🙂 1w
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Over Sea, Under Stone | Susan Cooper
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I'm excited to read this beloved work of British fantasy for children...but I do wish they'd stop talking about fighting the natives. 🙄

TobeyTheScavengerMonk The rest of the series is exponentially better! 2w
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Harold and Maude | Colin Higgins
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We could all learn from Maude and her #lustforlife.
Love this movie! 💙💛💚
@Cinfhen @rohit-sawant #maymoviemagic

suvata One of my favorites 2w
Suet624 I loved the movie. Should probably check out the book. 2w
Cinfhen Such great graphics ☮️ 2w
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readordierachel So good. I'm ashamed to say I didn't know it was a book 🙈 2w
merelybookish @Suet624 @readordierachel I think the book is a play version of the movie. He wrote it originally as a screenplay. So the movie came first. 🙂 2w
merelybookish @suvata Never fails to delight! 2w
Cathythoughts This brings me back 👍🏻💕💕💕 2w
TheLudicReader I loved this movie, too. 2w
rohit-sawant Such a great film! 2w
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I found this book through James Mustich's 1001 Books list. Available on the recorded books app, so I thought, why not?
It's a history of sorts told through the correspondence of Louise d'Epinay and Ferdinando Gailiani, two 18th-century writers, friends of Diderot. She was French, he was Nepalese. They met in Paris and corresponded for 12 years after he went back to Italy. And I quite enjoyed it! I might just like reading other people's letters.

merelybookish The biographer Steegmuller also has a bio of Flaubert that is supposed to be very good. 2w
Cathythoughts There is something intriguing about others peoples letters ♥️👍🏻 2w
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Fingersmith | Sarah Waters
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Sarah Waters writes historical novels where #younevercantell what is going to happen or how things will turn out. (Or who someone is.) I don't usually like super plotty novels, but hers are an exception. Maybe because her books are so slippery! 😀
#maymoviemagic @cinfhen @rohit-sawant

BiblioLitten I love her books. I hadn‘t expected to like them when I picked them up. I still have to read 2w
merelybookish @BiblioLitten I'm iffy on historical fiction and iffy on plot, but for some reason I like her books! 2w
Cinfhen Sarah Waters has so much #LitsyLove but for some reason I haven‘t connected with any of her books. I‘ve tried a few but bailed early on with each one 🤷‍♀️ 2w
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rohit-sawant I have yet to read any of her books. Hoping to start with Fingersmith! 2w
LeahBergen I love her! @Cinfhen @rohit-sawant Yes! Start with Fingersmith. Did you try that one, Cindy? 2w
BarbaraBB I loved The Night Watch but wasn‘t impressed by Tipping the Velvet. Maybe I should try Fingersmith too! 2w
merelybookish @Cinfhen We all have those authors! 🤷But I agree with @LeahBergen, Fingersmith is the most compelling! 2w
Centique @BarbaraBB I loved The Night Watch too! I have Fingersmith to read this year @LeahBergen 2w
merelybookish @rohit-sawant Excellent place to start! 2w
merelybookish @BarbaraBB @Centique The Night Watch is the one I liked best, with Fingersmith a close second! I haven't read Tipping the Velvet. 2w
batsy @BiblioLitten I loved that one a lot though it seems to get some muted praise. But the atmosphere and build up is very good! 2w
BiblioLitten Even though the popular one is Fingersmith, my favourite is The Night Watch. 2w
Cinfhen I think I did try FingerSmith and The Paying Guests @LeahBergen @merelybookish But I‘m willing to try again or maybe try 2w
nycnorma Fingersmith is my favorite Sarah Waters book (so far), but Affinity broke me. I was devastated at the end! Slippery is a good description! 2w
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Huckleberry Finn | Mark Twain
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#Gimmeshelter made me think of Huck and Jim, travelling down the river. Then it made me think the point of their journey is to get away from shelter. Then I wondered if what they knew could be called shelter. Then I thought I should re-read Huck Finn since now I'm not sure if I've ever read it. So many thoughts! 🤔
Sorry to make you read them @Cinfhen @rohit-sawant 😆
@maymoviemagic

rohit-sawant Gosh, this has been on my TBR for over a decade now! 2w
Cinfhen Glad to share those moments with you 😁😘 2w
britt_brooke It‘s so good. 💚 2w
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In the Night of Memory: A Novel | Linda Legarde Grover
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This dedication. 😔

Suet624 😭😭 2w
merelybookish @Suet624 It's tragic, the number of Native women who have gone missing! I'm expecting a sad read. 2w
Suet624 It‘s so sad. 2w
BiblioLitten Oh! ☹️ 2w
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I had my interview with K.M[ansfield] on Friday. A steady discomposing formality and coldness at first. No pleasure or excitement of seeing me. It struck me that she is of the cat kind: alien, composed, always solitary & observant. And then we talked about solitude, & I found her expressing my feelings, as I never heard them expressed.
Virginia Woolf's diary, 31 May 1920.
#myyearofreadingWoolf

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LeahBergen Oh, yes. 💕 2w
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Theaelizabet Fascinating. 2w
merelybookish @sarahbarnes @kspenmoll @LeahBergen @kathedron @Theaelizabet They had an interesting friendship! Awkward and some envy (or Woolf had some) but they also understood each other as artists. 2w
readordierachel Wow 💕 2w
Liz_M I love the description of "the cat kind". I resemble that remark. ? 2w
merelybookish @Liz_M I liked it too, and could also identify. 🐱 2w
merelybookish @readordierachel Have you read Mansfield? I have not yet but feel I need to! 2w
readordierachel I haven't but I've been meaning to! 2w
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A Midsummer-night's Dream | William Shakespeare
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Announcing the #Shakespearereadalong A Midsummer's Challenge
Each week, post a quotation, question, image, or association that struck you or came to mind as you were reading. Do one for each act (so 5 in total), and you'll be entered to win a $25 gc to the online book retailer of your choice. All posts should be completed by our final discussion day.
If it sounds fun, please join in. If not, no worries. 🙂
I'm loving the 🌕 imagery in Act I!

merelybookish This image is called "Athens & the Moon" by Olivia Lomenach Gill. oliviagill.com 2w
GingerAntics Oh I like that image. I need to start this play. I got caught up on the book I just finished, but I think I need to start this play tonight or tomorrow morning. ... Oh she‘s got a whole series of work based on this play. 💙💙💙 (edited) 2w
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wanderinglynn So much fun! I‘m in! 😀 2w
merelybookish @GingerAntics Yes! They're cool aren't they? I think you'll enjoy the play! And I was able to read Act 1 pretty quickly. 2w
GingerAntics Her art is inspiring me. I think I need to sketch things based on this play, just to see what comes out. lol 2w
Daisey I'm not participating in the readalong, but this sounds like a great challenge to encourage greater discussion of the play. I look forward to following the posts. 2w
merelybookish @Daisey Oh thanks! That's indeed my hope, to stir up some more discussion along the way! 2w
TheBookHippie Yay!!!! I‘m excited!!! 2w
Bookwomble Melvin Bragg's radio show, In Our Time, recently discussed A Midsummer Night's Dream - interesting as ever: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m00046rp 2w
merelybookish @Bookwomble Thanks for this! Looking forward to a listen. 2w
merelybookish @GingerAntics Well if you do sketch something, you should share it! 🙂 2w
Lcsmcat Sounds like fun ! I‘m in. 2w
GingerAntics That could be frightening. I‘m out of practice, but maybe. 2w
readordierachel 👍🏼👍🏼 2w
batsy I love that image... 2w
merelybookish @batsy I thought it was really striking! And I love all the moons! 2w
Gezemice Great image! 2w
merelybookish @Gezemice Are you reading the play this round? 2w
Gezemice @merelybookish I just got my copy from the library, so a bit behind, but yes! This is a fun one. 2w
merelybookish @Gezemice Glad your along! And yes, it is a fun! 2w
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Cassandra at the Wedding | Dorothy Baker
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"Ah religion . . . the great anonymous writer of threatening letters" ??? Cassandra is the best!
That's it! My last quotation from this highly quotable book!
Maybe I've watched too many rom-coms where someone is trying to stop a wedding, but this book felt very cinematic. But with added depth and wit. I loved it!
#nyrbbookclub @vivastory @BarbaraBB

batsy I had to highlight that, too. So good 😂 3w
Cathythoughts Great quote. I‘m listening to this one. Great narrator... but I‘m probably missing bits .. may have to get book .. do good 👍🏻♥️ 3w
saresmoore There is certainly something dreamy and almost screenplay-like about the descriptions and dialogue. I think the cinematic quality is enhanced by the California setting, too. 2w
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merelybookish @batsy That line made me legit LOL! 2w
merelybookish @Cathythoughts Sometimes I find I catch more when I listen to a book. But then other times, I wish I could re-read passages! 2w
merelybookish @saresmoore Yes! Good point about the CA setting! I don't often read a book and 'see' it unfolding on the screen, but I did with this one! 2w
vivastory I 💯 agree with you & @saresmoore about the cinematic feeling of it. Such a strong sense of place. I swear there were times I could feel the California heat. 2w
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Cassandra at the Wedding | Dorothy Baker
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"as needed to encourage the minimum of tolerance for the brute stupidities of the world." ?
Pre-Prosac black humour from Cassandra.
#nyrbbookclub @vivastory @BarbaraBB

batsy So good. I haven't reached this bit yet, but this passage is giving me intense My Year of Rest and Relaxation vibes. 3w
merelybookish @batsy Oh good one! I didn't make that connection but now I can see other similarities with that book. 3w
BarbaraBB @merelybookish @batsy That‘s a good comparison indeed! 3w
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Leftcoastzen You liked the same quote I liked ! 2w
merelybookish @Leftcoastzen It's a pretty awesome quote! 2w
vivastory I nearly posted this same quote. So many great lines in it ❤ 2w
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LeahBergen ENDLESSLY fascinating! 😍😍 3w
Cinfhen Nice @LeahBergen @merelybookish 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 3w
merelybookish @LeahBergen Indeed! Do you have a favorite Mitford girl? 3w
rohit-sawant Oo, sounds interesting! 3w
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A Midsummer-night's Dream | William Shakespeare
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How appropriate! (And inaccurate! 😆) Just a reminder the #shakespearereadalong of A Midsummer's Night Dream starts next week. Challenge announcement coming soon!
And if you want to see what Shakespeare character you are, the quiz is at
https://www.wqxr.org/story/quiz-which-shakespeare-character-are-you

@GingerAntics @readinginthedark

Lcsmcat I got Juliet. My husband said “Don‘t you go dying on me.” 🤣 3w
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merelybookish @Lcsmcat Or go faking your death! 😀 3w
Liz_M Thanks for that. 3w
Rachbb3 I got Romeo! 😂😂😂 3w
Lcsmcat @Rachbb3 Don‘t tell my husband. 🤣 3w
merelybookish @Liz_M No problem! Did you take it? 3w
wanderinglynn I got Lorenzo from Merchant of Venice. 3w
Rachbb3 @Lcsmcat 😂😂 3w
batsy Fun! I got the same @wanderinglynn 😁 3w
merelybookish @wanderinglynn @batsy That is fun! And thanks for posting the description because I was curious what it means to be Lorenzo! (Been a while since I've read a Merchant in Venice.) 3w
kathedron Apparently I'm Prospero from The Tempest. (It's the books, right?) My poor daughter, is all I can say! 3w
Graywacke @wanderinglynn @batsy - me too...except I don‘t know who Lorenzo is. 3w
RestlessFickleBookHoarder I got Prospero! 3w
batsy @Graywacke 😂 I remembered a Lorenzo but absolutely nothing about him! 3w
merelybookish @batsy @wanderinglynn @Graywacke Maybe we should read Merchant of Venice next so you can understand who you are! 😀 3w
merelybookish @kathedron Interesting! Doesn't he come around in the end? 3w
wanderinglynn @batsy 🙌🏻 3w
wanderinglynn @merelybookish I like reading the descriptions too. 3w
batsy @merelybookish Thank you for trying to help us through our existential crisis 😆 (I'm game for reading it :) @wanderinglynn @Graywacke 3w
Graywacke @batsy 😂 😂 3w
BiblioLitten Prospero for me. It‘s been a while since I read Tempest. 3w
GingerAntics 🤞🏻I really want Puck!!! Or Hamlet!!! Probably Hamlet. Wait, I want multiple quotes. Perhaps I have multiple Shakespeare character disorder!!! (edited) 3w
GingerAntics I got Puck, too. I did it again to try for hamlet since I was tied for almost all the questions. After doing this multiple times, I a, convinced Hamlet isn‘t an option. Puck it is. 3w
merelybookish @GingerAntics Maybe they didn't include tragic figures...although they did include Romeo and Juliet. 3w
merelybookish @BiblioLitten The Tempest is one we've discussed doing soon. I'd like to read it again! 3w
GingerAntics @merelybookish maybe because that one is so widely known? 🤷🏼‍♀️ Hamlet is supposed to be his most popular play ever, though, so who knows. 3w
readordierachel This is great! Another confused Lorenzo here 😆 3w
merelybookish @readordierachel Maybe you guys could start a support group. 😆 3w
batsy @merelybookish @readordierachel Yup 😂 Are You There God? It's Us, the Lorenzos 3w
merelybookish @batsy @readordierachel Thank the goddess for the wisdom and insight of internet quizzes. 🤣 3w
Gezemice @batsy @wanderinglynn @Graywacke @readordierachel Another Lorenzo here... just as confused. I read The Merchant of Venice last year but I do not recall Lorenzo... where is this support group? 2w
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Cassandra at the Wedding | Dorothy Baker
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"She's all the eastern religions." So good! (And how no one will describe me ever. ?)
Ugly cover be damned, the writing in this book is fantastic.
#nyrbbookclub @vivastory @barbarabb

vivastory This book is amazing. I love it. Funny, honest, tender, & heartbreaking. Often in the same scene. 3w
merelybookish @vivastory Nicely said! I agree. I'm really enjoying it! Cassandra is kind of breaking my heart. 3w
Cathythoughts ♥️👍🏻 3w
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batsy Yes, I'm loving the writing! 3w
LeahBergen Oh, no one will EVER describe me that way either! I can‘t wait to get a start on this one (hopefully next week). 3w
BarbaraBB Echoing all of you. This book is amazing. I am now in the second part, wow... 3w
Theaelizabet Finished last night. Super pick. 3w
Leftcoastzen Argh,I haven‘t picked up my copy yet.😟 3w
mklong Yep, I‘m more the type who can be tense for two also! Can‘t wait to start this one, but I have a couple others that I have to get to first. 3w
merelybookish @Cathythoughts @batsy @BarbaraBB @Theaelizabet It's a Cassandra at the Wedding lovefest! 😊 3w
merelybookish @LeahBergen @mklong Who would want to be ALL the eastern religions?! That's just serenity overkill. 😛 3w
merelybookish @Leftcoastzen I bet you'll love it when you do! 3w
youneverarrived 😂 the writing is amazing. I‘m loving it. 3w
monalyisha Hi! We landed in Denver today! I‘d love some of those used bookstore recs, if you‘ve got a minute. 🤓 3w
merelybookish @monalyisha Welcome on this gorgeous day to Denver! 🌞 West Side Books on 32nd (Sloane's Lake area) and Capital Hill Books (Capital Hill district), both satisfying used bookstores with overflowing shelves and lots of nooks and crannies. Hermitage Books (Cherry Creek area) is fun too. Neater, more collectibles, they wrap your purchases in brown paper. 🙂 There's also some good stores in the antique district on South Broadway. Have a great visit! 3w
monalyisha @merelybookish It‘s totally gorgeous outside! Thanks for the help! 🙏🏻 3w
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This is cool! There's a Kickstarter campaign to open a poetry pharmacy. If you donate a certain amount, they'll give you a prescription. 🙂
www.kickstarter.com/projects/1245541163/the-worlds-first-poetry-pharmacy

readordierachel What a fantastic idea! 3w
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Mrs Dalloway | Virginia Woolf
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Thanks to Bluetooth, I can be #behindthewheel while Virginia keeps me company.
#maymoviemagic @cinfhen @rohit-sawant

Cinfhen 🙌🏻❣️ 3w
LeahBergen Nice! 👏🏻👏🏻 3w
rohit-sawant 💜💜 3w
gradcat Great post for the prompt! Perfect mix of real life & fiction, ha ha! 😂 3w
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The Dud Avocado | Elaine Dundy
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I own two books from NYRB. I've read and loved them both!
#nyrbbookclub @vivastory

Cathythoughts Stacked! I did try The Door. But DNF , I liked it , but couldn‘t keep reading. Maybe go back to it some day (edited) 3w
merelybookish @Cathythoughts Dud Avocado is fun! A boozier, Parisian version of Breakfast at Tiffany's. 3w
vivastory Dud Avocado is very high on my TBR 🙌 3w
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Cassandra at the Wedding | Dorothy Baker
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Loving this book. Not loving this cover. 😝 (There's another cover which is much nicer!) #NYRBbookclub
@vivastory @BarbaraBB

sarahbarnes Bonus afterword by Deborah Eisenberg, though! One of my absolute favorite short story writers! 3w
merelybookish @sarahbarnes Ive never read her! There's a new book club on Litsy to read NYRB. This is the selection for May, if you're interested in joining. It's really good so far! 3w
sarahbarnes Ooh, that is tempting! It‘s definitely a book I‘ve wanted to read! 3w
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LeahBergen I have the other cover (I say with a smirk). 😆😆 3w
Cathythoughts 👍🏻♥️ 3w
MicheleinPhilly I once tried to start this book on the subway and very quickly changed my mind. So many creeper looks! 3w
merelybookish @LeahBergen Oh sure, rub it in! 😛 3w
merelybookish @Cathythoughts I assume that's for the book, not the cover. 😉 3w
merelybookish @MicheleinPhilly Yeah my kids don't usually notice what I'm reading but they noticed this one. 😆 3w
Cathythoughts Oh yes ! Loving the book 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 3w
Cathythoughts I feel like I know her .. authentic voice 3w
merelybookish @Cathythoughts Agreed! She never states directly what she is feeling but you understand from what she does say. 3w
Cathythoughts Yes ! That‘s it . I would wish for her to get closer to her own truth ...meanwhile I really like her ♥️💔 3w
Cathythoughts @LeahBergen 😂you are a scream ! 3w
vivastory I've heard great things about Deborah Eisenberg, but haven't read her. NYRB always chooses interesting writers for their forewords/afterwords 3w
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The Road | Cormac McCarthy
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Less #highwaytohell and more destroyed highway IN hell. Not my usual cuppa, but I was entranced by this sparse dystopian tale of a man and boy trying to get . . . somewhere.
#maymoviemagic @cinfhen @rohit-sawant

Itchyfeetreader This was my first thought! 3w
rohit-sawant Been meaning to read this! 3w
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merelybookish @Itchyfeetreader Mine too! I was surprised no one did it before me! 3w
merelybookish @Cinfhen Always! Although I would have thought you'd have read this one. Just because it was so popular for a stretch! 3w
merelybookish @rohit-sawant I think you'd like it! It's really well done! 3w
gradcat I feel so bad...and here it comes—my guilty admission—I don‘t like Cormac McCarthy‘s books. Don‘t kill me! I don‘t know why, but I just can‘t get into him. 😨 3w
merelybookish @gradcat No need to feel bad on my account! This is the only one of his I have read. I liked it but have no desire to read more. His aesthetic seems decidedly Western white male, which doesn't speak to me at all. 3w
gradcat Thanks for that...that kind of sums it up. It seems like there‘s always one very famous writer in a generation that I don‘t really like, but everyone else seems to love. My other guilty admission? I‘m not really into John Steinbeck, either...but I did not hate 3w
merelybookish @gradcat Yeah I have a whole group of male writers I have no intention of ever reading. Perhaps to my own loss but 🤷 Roth, Wolfe, Delillo, etc. Zero interest!! 3w
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Anyone else like to read on the stairs? It's one of my favourite places. I've done it since I was a kid, not sure why. 🤷
This middle grade novel was written by Denver writer who was quite successful in her day. (She wrote the play Harvey and won a Pulitzer.) But she's never mentioned in discussions of local literary history. I guess she's no Jack Kerouac or Hunter S. Thompson. 🙄

batsy Yup, me too! 3w
batsy Also, this book sounds great. 3w
merelybookish @batsy You and @lindy! I'm in good company! 🤗 3w
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LeahBergen Ohhh! I haven‘t seen this cover before! 3w
merelybookish @LeahBergen I saw that you posted about this book just a few weeks ago. Funny! This edition is from 2005. 3w
Leftcoastzen The description sounds awesome! 3w
merelybookish @batsy @Leftcoastzen I finished it this morning and it was great! I think it's interesting how fantasy is often dangerous/malevolent in American children's lit. Unlike in British books where the fantasy world is usually better. 3w
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Normal People | Sally Rooney
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When your apple tree is about to blossom and then it snows. Oh Colorado weather! 🙁
I managed 7 books in April. Some of them were amazing!
💛Normal People by Sally Rooney
💛Women Talking by Miriam Toews
💛Native Country of the Heart by Cherrie Moraga
💛To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf

NamasteReading lol same here, ND. WHERE IS SPRING??? 3w
AmyG I feel your pain. Iam just happy we didn‘t get even more snow. The mountains, though, look pretty. 3w
LaraReads 😱🥶😱 I just can‘t believe all this crazy weather all over! 3w
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A Midsummer Night's Dream | William Shakespeare
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Put on your daisy chain crown because our next #shakespearereadalong play is A Midsummer Night's Dream. 🌳🐦🌷🧚
We start in two weeks. I'll be hosting so please be sure to tag me in your posts. I'm thinking of doing a challenge. Anyone game?
If you'd like to join us, comment and I'll add your name. Likewise let me know if you want to be removed from the list.
See you back here in a few weeks! Huzzah!
@readinginthedark @GingerAntics

Rachbb3 I've been wanting to get back into these. I had so much going on and other challenges to catch up on, I'm really going to try to do this! 😀 4w
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CoffeeNBooks Yay! One of my favorites! I'm looking forward to reading this again! 4w
GingerAntics 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 I‘ve only read or seen bits and pieces of this one. I‘m so excited to get to read the whole thing. Looking forward to some summertime mischief. 4w
Graywacke Will we combine with Dead Poets Society? This was the first Shakespeare I read on my own and I was completely enraptured. (Surely it won‘t be like that again...??) As for the challenge - I‘m usually allergic to them, but I‘m curious too. Put me on the fence. 4w
wanderinglynn This is one of my faves! 💜 I‘m in! 4w
merelybookish @Rachbb3 Great! I think this is a good play to ease back in with! 4w
merelybookish @GingerAntics yes, should be fun! 🙂 4w
merelybookish @Graywacke That would be great! I haven't watched that movie since I was a teenager. I LOVED it. And yes, will be interesting to see how AMND stands up to a re-read. And thanks for the challenge feedback. I'm thinking of something pretty low-stakes to further our conversation. 4w
Riveted_Reader_Melissa Sounds great!! 4w
Lcsmcat I‘m in. It‘s a reread for me, and the first Shakespeare I saw live, albeit a high school production. 4w
GingerAntics @merelybookish @Graywacke Dead Poets Society is on my VUDU wish list. How is it related to this play? 4w
merelybookish @Riveted_Reader_Melissa A change from Henry. 😉 4w
merelybookish @Lcsmcat Glad you're along! have you seen any productions of it since? 4w
merelybookish @GingerAntics One of the characters in the movie is in a production of A Midsummer's Night Dream. He plays Puck I think. 4w
TheBookHippie Yay !!!! Still in!!!! Can‘t wait! 4w
readordierachel Awesome! 4w
batsy Thanks! So excited! I remember loving it when I first read it and will be interested to see how I feel about it now. 4w
erzascarletbookgasm Ooo, I‘ll like to! Look forward to revisit this since high school! 4w
BiblioLitten One of my favourites! 4w
RestlessFickleBookHoarder I might try to mange this one...it's just in time for summer vacation! 4w
DGRachel I have very bad memories associated with this play, so I'm going to sit this one out, but please tag me when the next play starts! 4w
merelybookish @DGRachel Oh dear! I'm sorry to hear. But I'll remove you till our next one! 4w
merelybookish @readordierachel I hope you can join!! 4w
merelybookish @batsy I know! I have become so iffy on his comedies but feel like this one is different! 4w
merelybookish @erzascarletbookgasm Awesome! I'll add you to the list! 4w
RadicalReader @merelybookish I completely understand the bio of being an excellent mapper one seems to excel at this when they‘re no longer a child who refuses naps 3w
Daisey @jewright Thought you might be interested in following this! 3w
jewright @merelybookish I‘d like to join! 3w
merelybookish @jewright Welcome aboard!! 3w
teainthelibrary Is it too late to join?! 2w
merelybookish @teainthelibrary Never too late! We will be discussing Act 1 on Sunday. 2w
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Reading at the hair salon while my daughter's getting her pixie fixed up.
Enjoying this book! Lots of good tips for a therapist-to-be. 🙂

JennyM I‘m soooo looking forward to reading this. Glad you‘re enjoying 😊 4w
GingerAntics Are you are @readinginthedark doing the next Shakespeare play? 4w
merelybookish @GingerAntics I thought it was Hannah but I can do it. 4w
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GingerAntics You may have to. I haven‘t heard from Hannah and she hasn‘t been on here in a month. She‘s probably busy with the baby and everything. 4w
merelybookish @GingerAntics okay. How many weeks are left in Henry IV part 2? 4w
GingerAntics This Sunday is the end. We‘ll have to do a week in between to let people get whichever play. Did you suggest Midsummer? 4w
merelybookish I did because I thought it was seasonally appropriate, although we would finish reading before actual Midsummer Night. Still it's spring and different from the other comedies. I should be okay. 🤣 4w
merelybookish @GingerAntics let's wait and see if Hannah responds to your tag. If not, I'll go ahead and put out an announcement and schedule tomorrow. 4w
GingerAntics Yeah. I don‘t want her to think we just took over. I tagged both of you in a message a few days ago when someone asked what the next play was. I checked her Litsy account and she hasn‘t posted anything in about a month. So I‘m guessing she‘s just really busy. We‘ll just see what happens. 4w
GingerAntics If nothing else, Midsummer could be the next play after this next one if Hannah jumps in with the next play. 4w
merelybookish @GingerAntics okay. I'm sure she won't mind. And let's do Midsummer Night Dream. That seems fun even if it's early! 4w
GingerAntics Seems a good plan. I‘m sure she won‘t, either. She‘ll see this conversation eventually. 😂 4w
merelybookish @GingerAntics okay. I'll get a schedule ready and post something tomorrow. 4w
GingerAntics 👍🏻 4w
merelybookish @JennyM Yes! If you find therapy interesting, it's great! 4w
merelybookish @GingerAntics Discussions are on Sundays right? 4w
GingerAntics That‘s what we‘ve been doing, yeah. You could probably move it if need be. 🤷🏼‍♀️ 4w
merelybookish @GingerAntics I'm fine with Sundays. Just wanted to be consistent. 4w
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The Old Drift | Namwali Serpell
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Mehso-so

This book tackles the history of an African country from the onset of colonialism till the present. Its title comes from a once sacred spot on the Zambezi river near Victoria Falls, now the location of a resort hotel. It follows three interrelated families from grandmother to mother to grandchild. It tackles empire, AIDS, capitalism, politics. It is overly ambitious, weighted down with purpose. It's too long. I learned a lot but also felt bored.

Cathythoughts Well done for finishing... great that you learned a lot. I admire your staying power. 👍🏻♥️ 1mo
merelybookish @Cathythoughts Thanks Cathy! 😘 It's not a terrible book by any means. Long historical sagas aren't my faves to begin with. 1mo
SamAnne I‘m enjoying it—about 75 percent done. But agree it tackles to much. 3w
merelybookish @SamAnne I don't want to take away from what she has done. It is impressive! But I don't love multigenerational historical novels that much. And this one is long! 3w
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The Old Drift | Namwali Serpell
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Started a puzzle to work on (no help from the cat again 🐱)while listening to the tagged book, but I'm but losing interest. I just upped the audio speed which is never a good sign.
It reminds me a bit of Pachinko. It's solid and informative (learning loads about Zambia) but it's just too much and it's starting to bore me. Maybe multigenerational novels just aren't my thing.

wanderinglynn Your cat approves of the puzzle box. ❤️🐱📦 My cat is also a box tester. 😂 1mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa I‘m so jealous, my cat does not let me puzzle anymore! If she‘d just sleep in box I‘d be so happy. 1mo
Jinster Typical #catinabox love a good puzzle! 1mo
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Eyelit I love everything about this photo! 1mo
TheBee Oooo I wanna join!! 1mo
ravenlee Feline help would probably be less than helpful. 1mo
HardcoverHearts If it bothers you in the beginning- dump it because it will get more confusing as it goes on. It‘s an ambitious book, but I don‘t think it was entirely successful. And it sucks because I was pulling for it. 1mo
CouronneDhiver Kitties are so silly 🙃 1mo
merelybookish @wanderinglynn What cat can resist a box? 🐱 1mo
merelybookish @Riveted_Reader_Melissa He does occasionally pad around but for the most part he sticks with the box. I can see how it could ruin puzzling. 1mo
merelybookish @Jinster I love starting and ending a puzzle. But sometimes in the middle, I wonder what I'm doing. 🙂 1mo
merelybookish @Eyelit 😺😺😺 1mo
merelybookish @TheBee Please! I could use the help. 🙂 1mo
merelybookish @ravenlee This is true. And I'm pretty sure he's going to end up breaking the box. 1mo
merelybookish @HardcoverHearts Too late! I'm almost done. But if I were reading a print copy, I'd have started skimming a while ago. I agree with over-ambitious. I also feel like it's "good for me" in some educational way, like it has a purpsoe and is driving it home, which is not really what I want from a novel. 1mo
merelybookish @CouronneDhiver And cute!! 😻 1mo
valeriegeary Silly Kitty!! If it fits...I sits....😹 1mo
wanderinglynn @Riveted_Reader_Melissa I had to get a puzzle board & table. It‘s felt lined with a lip (so the pieces can‘t slide off) and it comes with a cover. The table is like a drafting table that angles. Otherwise, my cat would bat the pieces off the table & chew on them. 1mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @wanderinglynn I have one who loves to bat them off and carry them away (she also steals pens) and another that would flop his furriness right in the middle of wherever I was working and roll around with the ‘why look at this when you could pet ME‘ look...and sadly the pieces stick in his fur. 🤷‍♀️😂 1mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @wanderinglynn I will have to look for the felted table though, I have the felted roll up mat, but that didn‘t seem to help my issues very much. 1mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @merelybookish He‘s a very good boy, spending time with you, but also in a nice box! 1mo
krismlars I love this picture! I met the author last week and am planning to start the book this weekend. Sorry to hear that you're not enjoying it. 1mo
wanderinglynn @Riveted_Reader_Melissa This is what I got: https://m.jigthings.com/jigboard-1000/ They sell them on Amazon too. Just search “jigthings”. 1mo
Dragon 😻 1mo
Tamra Ever helpful they are..... 1mo
Purrfectpages Love the napping location for the 🐱! 😆 1mo
RadicalReader Absolutely sweet kitty they find the sweetest places for cat naps 3w
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Raptors | Traer Scott
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Went for a little hike today and came upon this sign. I thought maybe they were talking about dinosaurs but apparently not...😛 #litsywalkers

Izai.Amorim You can never know for sure... 😂 1mo
Swe_Eva Well, a sharpie may help make it a veloci-raptor area... 😈🤣 4w
RadicalReader Look for Star Lord around then you‘ll have all the answers you seek 3w
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I finished this last night and then spent today thinking about the experience. It feels so personal, something I can't easily describe
I read this in college years ago, and I know I liked it, or I liked that I could understand a 'difficult' novel. But reading it now, I felt it. On nearly every page, something spoke, or jangled, or stirred me. It feels like mine now, a book I'll return to again and again.
Thanks for reading with me @sarahbarnes

Leftcoastzen Oh yes! I haven‘t read this in a long time , I remember having similar feelings. 1mo
batsy Perfectly put! I read it the first time for a Modernism class in college and appreciated it, but when I read it straight through the second time some time after I felt that stirring, that jangling ... an intense connection. 1mo
BarbaraBB So I should probably give it a second go too... great review! 1mo
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TrishB Now feeling the need to read! 1mo
LeahBergen Nice review! 1mo
rretzler I tried years ago but just couldn‘t get into it. I recently purchased the audiobook on sale thinking that I needed to try it again. 1mo
merelybookish @Leftcoastzen It truly is a masterpiece! 1mo
merelybookish @batsy Thanks for that! I appreciate that you understand. It almost felt spiritual, which sounds a bit weird when talking about reading a novel. 🙂 1mo
merelybookish @BarbaraBB Thanks! Yes I think it's worth trying again! This time I appreciated what she managed.to do stylistically and what she was trying to convey! 1mo
merelybookish @TrishB @rretzler It really is beautiful! So I say yes, give it a go! 1mo
merelybookish @LeahBergen Thank you! 😘 1mo
readordierachel Sounds like a lovely experience 💕 1mo
sarahbarnes So well-said!! I‘m nearly finished with it and am sad to see it end. Re-reading it now has been such a poignant experience for me in many ways. 1mo
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Here Comes the Easter Cat | Deborah Underwood
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Easter Kitty is (not) helping me get the baskets ready. #catsoflitsy

Avanders 😻😸 1mo
Leftcoastzen So funny!😻 1mo
Cathythoughts Very cute 1mo
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Palimpsest Too cute! 1mo
vivastory 😂😹 1mo
LeahBergen 😆😆😆 1mo
SassyBookworm Well the basket is full...😹😹😻 1mo
batsy That's way too adorable 😍 1mo
ju.ca.no Ohh what a cute easter bunny😁😍😍 1mo
JazzFeathers Happy Easter ☺ And l think you're mistaken. The kitty is doing all the work, from what l see 😂 1mo
Dragon 😻🐣 1mo
TheLibrarian Aww how cute!! 😻 1mo
BiblioLitten What an adorable fur ball 😍😍 Happy Easter 🐣 1mo
GingerAntics 🤣😂🤣 1mo
AllieLovesBooks Your kitty is adorable!! 😻 1mo
CouronneDhiver 🖤🖤🖤 1mo
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Yesterday at the behest of my 17 year-old son ("I like your detailed opinions") I started reading the webcomic Homestuck. Both my teens are kind of obsessed with it.
Pretty sure I'm not its target audience. And it's long... My son figures it will take me at least a month to read it! ? But how could I say no?
Wish me luck Littens! Anyone else familiar with this?

Cathythoughts Good luck 👍🏻 1mo
readordierachel Godspeed! 1mo
rretzler I too have a 17 yo son , but he‘s usually suggesting I play some video game or other!🤣 1mo
merelybookish @rretzler yes, he mentioned video games too, but I said that would never happen. 😆 1mo
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My daughter and I went to hear Austin Kleon at the Tattered Cover tonight. He writes books about the creative process. His most recent one is about how to keep going even when you aren't sure what you're doing. He was entertaining, inspiring, and funny. He has a weekly newsletter that I really enjoy, lots of good links, and book, movie, music recommendations.

vivastory Sounds like an interesting event. I'll have to check out his newsletter. 1mo
merelybookish @vivastory He has a website. You can probably subscribe there. It comes each Friday and I look forward to it. 1mo
Louise Thanks for mentioning his newsletter! Just subscribed! 1mo
merelybookish @Louise I hope you enjoy! 🙂 1mo
readordierachel Cool! I'm gonna check him out. 1mo
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Memories of the Future | Siri Hustvedt
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I have always liked the idea of promiscuous reading. 🙂

vivastory I love this! 1mo
merelybookish @vivastory I think you'd like this book! 1mo
vivastory I sense a trip to the bookstore tomorrow. 1mo
merelybookish @vivastory Nice! I'll be excited to hear your thoughts! 1mo
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Old Drift | Namwali Serpell
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My new audiobook. It's long (25+ hours) but good so far!

Megabooks I love reading chunksters on audio! 1mo
merelybookish @Megabooks It's making me want a puzzle! But then I'd be sucked into both and absolutely useless in all other areas of my life. 😆 1mo
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Memories of the Future | Siri Hustvedt
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I finished this on audio but got a copy so I can reread some sections.
A highly meta portrait of the artist as a young woman. S.H moves to NYC to be a novelist in 1978. In her 60s, S.H. finds a journal from that year which adds to and challenges what she recalls.
There's a plot of sorts involving a disturbed neighbor and a novel-within-a-novel, but Hustvedt's writing on memory, literature, and women artists lost to time is what I enjoyed most.

merelybookish The book also introduced me to the poet Baroness Elsa von Freytag who Husveldt claims is the artist rresponsible for the famous urinal statue. 1mo
vivastory I've been meaning to read more Hustvedt since I was floored by Blazing World. This sounds fantastic. 1mo
Billypar This sounds so good: I've been torn between whether I want to read The Blindfold or The Summer Without Men next- I didn't even know she had a new one. Makes my decision tougher! 1mo
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merelybookish @vivastory I remember you recommending her which is why I gave this one a go! She's whipsmart! And I loved the meta qualities and all the allusions. 1mo
merelybookish @Billypar I want to read her other books too! I'll be interested to see what you pick. This one is a very NYC book, if that appeals. 🙂 1mo
Leftcoastzen Wow ,I love her ,this book was so good. 1mo
Liz_M Tempting.... I've enjoyed some of her books, been less impressed with a re-read and horror-fascinated by another. But I do love an NYC book. 1mo
Trashcanman Tables they turn sometimes 4w
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This never happens! I'm getting books for my birthday that I didn't buy for myself.🤩 😀🤸‍♀️🎉🎉
Love all my friends so much, near, far, and virtual. Having a great day. Thank you for all the birthday wishes!! 😘

DivineDiana That‘s great! Happy Birthday to you! 👏🏻📚👏🏻 1mo
vivastory Happy Birthday! 🎂🎉👏📚 1mo
batsy That's wonderful! Happy birthday! 🎉🎂❤️📚📚 1mo
mklong Happy Birthday!! What a nice gift! 1mo
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We're having a blizzard 🌨️today in the Denver area that's supposed to continue on into the night. 🤤
I enjoyed this sly take on the weather by a local used bookstore.

Melissa_J Perfect excuse to spend the evening reading 📖 1mo
Leftcoastzen Wow a friend of mine has a trip there that has been planed for months ,he was raised there so I think he can deal.... 1mo
LeahBergen Happy Birthday, my friend!! 📚📚📚📚 1mo
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Redwritinghood Happy birthday! 🎂🎂 1mo
readordierachel Happy birthday! 🎉🎊🎈 1mo
merelybookish @Melissa_J This is true! No better permission 1mo
merelybookish @Leftcoastzen I'm sure he is fine. Coloradans are perhaps a wee bit smug about their ability to deal with weather. 😏 1mo
merelybookish @LeahBergen @Redwritinghood @readordierachel Thank you friends! I've already scored a few books so a good bday so far! 😎 1mo
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