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Demon Copperhead: A Novel by Barbara Kingsolver
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Suite as Sugar: and Other Stories by Camille Hernndez-Ramdwar
Miss Buncles Book | D.E. Stevenson
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One of my #GuiltyPleasures is watching Miranda Mills's 'cosy' reading vlogs. (If you know you know. If you don't, be glad. ?)
So for this month's #TitleandTunes, I'll be reading one of Miranda's recommended cosy reads.
As for a song, no guilt at all. I just straight up love TikTok by Ke$ha "cuz the party don't start till I walk in." ?
@cinfhen @BarbaraBB

Cinfhen Hahaha 🤣 perfect 🙌🏻🎶 8h
Cinfhen And I DON‘T know 😁 8h
merelybookish @Cinfhen I wish I didn't know, because now I cannot look away! 🙈 8h
Cinfhen 😂😂😂 8h
LeahBergen Ah, I‘ve been following her for years! She‘s great. And Miss Buncle‘s Book is so good. 2h
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Amy Key uses Joni Mitchell's Blue, the album that taught her about romantic love, to examine living a life without it. She explores what home life, travel, soul connection mean in the absence of a partner. There's valuable feminist question at this book's core & it did get tiresome at times. Some essays worked better than others, in particular, the one about her complicated relationship with poet Roddy Lumsden. Overall, a soft pick. #netgalley.

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Demon Copperhead: A Novel | Barbara Kingsolver
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Spotted some lupins this morning. Soon they will be everywhere! 💜
Undecided about tagged book. This is my second attempt at reading it. It has its charms but is also feels very close to trauma porn.

Hooked_on_books This book was uneven for me. Some parts were great while others felt belabored. I‘ve never read David Copperfield, so I wonder how much of that is due to the source material. 6d
merelybookish @Hooked_on_books I read David Copperfield eons ago and assume a certain level of bleak sentimentality with Dickens. And maybe I would struggle with it now, too. 5d
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Saint John Free Public Library, East Branch | Saint John, NB, Canada (Library)
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My new book bag in support of local library. (I almost love book bags as much as I love books!)

bnp This one is beautiful! 1w
LeahBergen Awesome! 1w
sarahbarnes Oh so fun!! 1w
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merelybookish @bnp Agreed! 6d
merelybookish @LeahBergen I do what I can to support local. 😅 6d
merelybookish @sarahbarnes I miss the DPL terribly but try to appreciate what's here. 6d
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Romantic Comedy | Curtis Sittenfeld
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This is a solid novel version of a reliable B+ rom-com movie that imagines Liz Lemon falling in with a pop star. It is, at best, easy, undemanding, kinda forgettable & a bit cringy
It is also not very fresh? Or innovative? And maybe that's okay? Or maybe, to quote Liz Lemon, blergh!

On my Sittenfeld scale, not as dull as Sisterland but less engaging than American Wife. Very middling.
But maybe I'm grouchy! How will it fare at #camplitsy23?!

bnp Lovely green & pink! 2w
merelybookish The main character is from Kansas City so I did enjoy the local references, having lived there for 10+ years. Also points for all the Indigo Girls love! Sometimes with Sittenfeld, I feel she writes my demographic (age/gender/race/politics/pop culture, etc. Etc) SO well that it almost makes me resentful. Like I want us to be better! 2w
Ruthiella Love the “Sittenfeld Scale”! 😂 2w
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merelybookish @bnp Yes, that time of year when all the colours are exploding! 🌸 2w
merelybookish @Ruthiella Thanks! I should really read Rodham and then my scale could be complete. 😉 2w
BarbaraBB I am saving it for August but am very curious what I‘ll think. I absolutely loved the tagged book and all other Sittenfelds I read couldn‘t compare to that one 😀 2w
merelybookish @BarbaraBB Oh I've read a few of her short stories and I enjoyed them! But haven't read the whole collection. And will be interested in your thoughts on RC! 2w
jlhammar 😆 Awesome review! I‘m keeping my expectations low with this one. I didn‘t really like Rodham all that much. I do love me some Indigo Girls though so looking forward to that. 2w
LeahBergen Oh, how I love Bleeding Hearts! They make me all nostalgic for my childhood. 🥰 2w
Dragon Gorgeous bleeding hearts 🌺 💚🐉 2w
sarahbarnes This will be my first Sittenfeld and I'm very intrigued by the hype! It's got a lot of fans at the library! 2w
rockpools I‘m nervous about this one. I LOVED American Wife (roughly a lifetime ago)… and haven‘t read anything else by her since, so think I might need to work on ‘expectations‘ 🫤 2w
merelybookish @jlhammar Maybe it will exceed your expectations! It's perfectly fine but also, maybe I'd just rather watch a romantic comedy? 🤷 2w
merelybookish @LeahBergen @dragon I love them! They are so perfectly named! 2w
merelybookish @sarahbarnes I think it's a Reese Witherspoon book club pic which might explain some of the demand. But I will be interested to hear what you think! I do think some of her other work is better. 2w
merelybookish @rockpools That is by far her best novel imo, although I also like Prep a lot! And maybe you will like this one too! It is, as it says, a romantic comedy. So take it at face value. (Maybe I was hoping for something a bit more.) 2w
Dragon Agreed 🩷💚🐉 2w
Vansa I found this book quite terrible.SO MUCH about the background of SNL-if i wanted such an in depth look at how SNL works,I would just read nonfiction about it-theres so much available.Also I found it extremely irritating that a woman in her mid30s lacks confidence to such a dramatic extent about her looks-the guy is saintly,and the protagonist is an idiot.It also completely lacks humour!(1/2) 2w
Vansa (2/2)And her attempts at mimicking "Gen Z speak" are ridiculous-"and they lived heteronormatively ever after"? Unbearable.As a fan of romance novels,it really annoys me that this book is getting gushed about,just because Sittenfeld has written some good books earlier-judge the book by what it is.Its not more intelligent or literary.There are actual Mills&Boon novels I've read that are better!I shall step off my soapbox now? 2w
Vansa I read everything Sittenfeld writes and I find that her books have considerably worsened over the last decade. 2w
batsy Ahahaha! The Liz Lemon bits made me laugh. Great review; I'll adjust my expectations accordingly. 1w
merelybookish @Vansa Oh, thank you! I'm so glad you got on your soapbox! 👏 😁 I also thought setting it at SNL was tired. Like portraying the life of a writer at a sketch comedy show has been done. (30 Rock was great & it's over a decade old now.) And yes, Noah is perfect and she's such a flake. As the for the Gen X thing, her liberal politics often feel outdated & performative. (like one best friend is Black and the other is gay. ☑️☑️) 🙄 1w
merelybookish @Vansa I am not a romance reader but do enjoy rom com movies. This felt derivative. Like what was the point. It's been done before and it's been done better. 1w
merelybookish @batsy Yeah...I think the best part of the book was @vansa comments on this thread! 😆 1w
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Lost Garden | Helen Humphreys
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Well that just broke my heart into pieces! 😭 At first I thought the prose might teeter into cloying, but it won me over. Exquisite!

batsy Yes! It's beautiful ❤️ 2w
Cinfhen Sounds wonderful 2w
squirrelbrain Sounds wonderful - stacked. 2w
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TheBookHippie Stacked!!! ♥️ 2w
TrishB You‘ll love all her others too now ❤️ 2w
LeahBergen Yay! I‘m so glad you loved it, too! 👏 2w
Tamra I ended up on the cloying side. 😏 But I am definitely in the minority! 2w
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Lost Garden | Helen Humphreys
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My #doublespin for May. Good so far! Also, I've been reading a lot of longer books lately. Nice to read something fairly short.

TrishB Love her writing. 2w
TheLudicReader I LOVE this book, and it is the reason I visited the Lost Garden of Heligan in the UK. 2w
Cathythoughts I loved this book ♥️ and what a beautiful cover. 2w
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merelybookish @TrishB This is the first book I've read by her but want to read more now! 2w
merelybookish @TheLudicReader I'm going to Google it! I imagine it was amazing. 2w
merelybookish @Cathythoughts Agree about the book and the cover! 2w
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Took me a while but I thoroughly enjoyed this biography of Flaubert. Divided into three parts -- Romanticism, The Purge, Realism -- it charts Flaubert's development from an eccentric romantic youth to a serious artist exploiting bourgeois style to skewer the bourgeoisie. It helps that Flaubert is a truly entertaining (and inconsistent) character. Bios are not my usual cuppa but this one read like a good novel. Now to revisit Madame Bovary!

batsy Sounds great! I've been having the itch to revisit Madam Bovary again too but want to get a fancy edition of a different translation 🙂 2w
merelybookish @batsy Oooh what translation? (Not that I need to purchase a fancy new edition 💸) 2w
batsy I'm torn between the Adam Thorpe and Lydia Davis translations! Which translation have you read? I have the Penguin Popular Classics edition that I bought when I was a teen and haven't read a different one since. 2w
merelybookish @batsy I would have read something in university. Penguin Classics edition probably. I don't usually pay too much to translator as it can become another rabbit hole I can get lost in. (Even tho I can appreciate how important the translator is.) That said, Lydia Davis did the first volume of Proust, and so it would be tempting to read her version of Flaubert 2w
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Romantic Comedy | Curtis Sittenfeld
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Will I adore like I did Prep and American Wife?
Or find it sludge like Sisterland?
Or absolutely loathe it like Eligible?
Stayed tuned! 😜

Ruthiella Yup. I‘m with in your estimations, ‘cept I didn‘t read Eligible. 3w
kspenmoll Can‘t wait to hear your verdict! 3w
BarbaraBB Ooh, exciting!! So curious what you‘ll think! 3w
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batsy Looking forward to your verdict. I liked Prep! The other one I read was Eligible and I loathed it, too (glad I'm not alone!) 2w
merelybookish @Ruthiella A good one to avoid!! 2w
merelybookish @kspenmoll @BarbaraBB So far, so good. 👍 2w
merelybookish @batsy It was terrible! I think a lot of those Austen rewrites were disasters but I found it offensive. 2w
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Sorrow and Bliss | Meg Mason
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Finished tagged book while blubbering and prepping a rhubarb dessert for mother's day. (My campaign to get my family to like rhubarb continues!)
Loved this book so much! Another 2023 5 ⭐read. Also, why can't I be as funny as Ingrid? Or have a sister that funny.

LeahBergen I love rhubarb (and mine is almost ready to pick)! 3w
merelybookish @LeahBergen I'm trying to love rhubarb since inheriting my parents' patch. 😅 Any favourite recipes? 3w
Aimeesue I love rhubarb - it‘s great stewed and slightly sweetened with pork loin. Mmmmmm 3w
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JenniferP It makes the best desserts! Just had a piece of rhubarb pie! Also love it in cakes, muffins, and as a crumble. 3w
TheLudicReader I also loved this book. 3w
LeahBergen I usually do a rhubarb crisp but I have this recipe bookmarked to try: https://chatelaine.com/recipe/desserts/rhubarb-buttermilk-tea-cake/ 3w
SamAnne I‘m obsessed with rhubarb. 3w
jlhammar I loved this book and I love rhubarb! This is one of our go-to recipes. Also great with raspberries instead of strawberries.
merelybookish @LeahBergen Thank you! Both of those look good, especially the cake. Need to get some buttermilk! 3w
merelybookish @Aimeesue I have never heard of it with pork! My parents stew it and eat it with ice cream. 3w
merelybookish @JenniferP It is very versatile!! And the first taste of spring. 3w
merelybookish @TheLudicReader I had no idea when I started how much I would love it! 3w
merelybookish @SamAnne Do you have a favourite recipe? 3w
merelybookish @jlhammar Oh, thanks for the recipe! I might have some frozen raspberries I could use! 3w
Aimeesue @merelybookish It usually gets put into sweet things, which IS delicious, but because it‘s tart, it pairs well with fatty meats. Like a tarty apple! 😁 3w
BiblioLitten Ah it says for fans of Sally Rooney, I can see why you liked it. 😊 2w
merelybookish @BiblioLitten Yes! Lots of observant small dialogue-driven scenes like Rooney! 2w
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Daddy's Gone A-hunting | Penelope Mortimer, Valerie Grove
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Look at this pretty! Even though it's not a Persephone edition, excited to join the #persephoneclub to read it in June. My first Penelope Mortimer.

batsy Lovely edition! 3w
quietjenn That's the one I'll be reading as well 👍 3w
Tamra I saw that edition and admired it too! 😍 3w
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TheKidUpstairs Love that edition! 3w
sarahbarnes Ooooh! 😍😍 3w
jlhammar Oooh, cool edition! Glad you‘re reading with us next month. Can‘t wait! 3w
LeahBergen Yay! I‘m so glad you‘re joining in. 👏👏 3w
merelybookish @batsy @quietjenn @TheKidUpstairs @sarahbarnes @tamra It is pretty! Part of a gorgeous new series of "rediscovered" books. ? 3w
merelybookish @jlhammar @LeahBergen Excited to join you!! 3w
sisilia This edition is so pretty!!! 1w
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Sorrow and Bliss | Meg Mason
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Loving my #currentlisten.

sarahbarnes Loved this one! ♥️ 3w
Cathythoughts I really enjoyed this one 👍🏻❤️ 3w
merelybookish @Cathythoughts The writing is so crisp. And heartbreaking. 3w
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I'm so excited my Literary Tarot deck finally arrived! I pledged support on Kickstarter nearly 3 years ago. I stopped thinking it would ever get made.
The cards are gorgeous! (Some literary references were easy to identify, others not so much.)
All proceeds go to the Brink Literacy Project.

BarbaraBB That looks gorgeous 🤩 4w
youneverarrived 😍😍 4w
Larkken Omg ! I‘m already salivating over the set Erin morgenstern designed. My wallet will never recover from book themed things. 4w
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ozma.of.oz I supported this too! I can‘t wait to get my copy. ❤️ 3w
merelybookish @BarbaraBB @youneverarrived It's pretty delightful! 3w
merelybookish @Larkken Tarot decks are just as much fun to buy as books! 3w
merelybookish @ozma.of.oz Well, it's been a bit of a wait! I hope yours arrives soon! 🧙 3w
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Finished the second volume of In Search of Lost Time. It marks the end of his first love with Gilberte and the introduction to his new love Albertine. (And much, much more of course! Such a crude summary fails to capture Proustian expansiveness.) I'm still into, still entranced, although some of his descriptions of young women did make me 🙄🤢🙄🤢🙄🤢
Onward to Volume 3! #morningswithmarcel

BarbaraBB You‘re doing so well! I loved the third book! 4w
merelybookish @BarbaraBB Thanks! And that's good to hear! 3w
Centique You‘re a legend! I will get to volume 2 one day 🤷🏻‍♀️ 2w
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Breda's Island | Jessie Ann Foley
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A sweet, unflashy middle grade novel about a girl connecting with her roots. The plot was simple but I liked the way Irish history and folklore were woven into the story. An easy, enjoyable listen as I did yard work and garden prep.
Glad #IslandVibes gave me a reason to read it. 👍😄
#titlesandtunes @Cinfhen @BarbaraBB

Cinfhen Great!!! Hope you have your #GuiltyPleasure lined up for June 😘 4w
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Perfect example of #moodreading. Not sure why (after years of owning it), I decided I wanted to read this literary bio of Flaubert and his most famous character. And yet, here I am. (Perhaps I'm still in the mood for all things 🇫🇷.)
Considered one of the best examples of literary biography, it is proving an entertaining read so far. Plus, there is something to reading about a different time and realizing many of today's problems are not new.

Leftcoastzen It‘s weird how they call your name sometimes when they have been sitting on the shelves for years. 4w
merelybookish @Leftcoastzen Yes! It's why it's so hard to get rid of a book, even if it's been unread for years. 4w
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Forbidden Notebook | Alba de Cspedes
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This book is a gut punch. One Sunday, 43 year-old Valeria, wife, mother, office worker, buys a black notebook that she keeps hidden & writes in on the sly. Her clandestine entries make up the novel. They offer a story of self-discovery as well as the struggle of what to do with that knowledge. First published in Italy in 1952. A tale of the impossibility of women's lives & the danger of finding your writing voice. Sure to be a best of the year!

JamieArc Sounds intriguing! 1mo
BarbaraBB I had this stacked already after @batsy review and now I am sure I need to read it! 1mo
jlhammar I just bought this one. Can't wait! 1mo
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merelybookish @JamieArc It's really good. She lives a very mundane life and yet her story is riveting! 1mo
merelybookish @BarbaraBB I feel confident saying I think you'd like this one too! @batsy called it part of the feminist canon and that feels accurate! 1mo
merelybookish @jlhammar I look forward to your thoughts! I hope you enjoy it too!! 1mo
BarbaraBB Thanks Margot! You have convinced me 🩵 1mo
TrishB Stacked 👍🏻 1mo
batsy Happy that it was a pick for you, too! It's a great addition to feminist literature and so glad to be able to read this via a new English translation. 1mo
Cathythoughts Sounds good ! Thankyou 1mo
sarahbarnes Wow, I‘m going to need to read this. 1mo
squirrelbrain Sounds wonderful - stacked! 1mo
LeahBergen I‘ve been eyeing this one! 1mo
merelybookish @BarbaraBB I look forward to your review! 4w
merelybookish @TrishB I hope you enjoy it too! 4w
merelybookish @batsy Yes, long overdue apparently! I appreciated Lahiri's introduction that established the book's influence in Italian feminist literature. 4w
merelybookish @Cathythoughts Hi Cathy! I think you'd dig it. 4w
merelybookish @sarahbarnes Yes, you do! 😄 4w
merelybookish @squirrelbrain Look forward to your take on it! 4w
merelybookish @LeahBergen I think any fan of Margaret Laurence would like it. 😀 4w
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Miss Mole | E. H. Young
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My #bookspin stack for May. Mostly recent purchases that have been cluttering my nightstand. (Rodham has replaced The Sea, The Sea as the book that will not go away.😆) There are 15 here. The remaining five will be #netgalley titles. @TheAromaofBooks

Leftcoastzen Black Virago! 1mo
batsy That's an interesting stack! I loved Humphreys' The Lost Garden 💚 1mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 1mo
merelybookish @Leftcoastzen Yes, I have a few. 1mo
merelybookish @batsy Good to hear! It's my #doublespin. 🙂 1mo
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I was excited to read about a woman "approaching the watershed of her fiftieth birthday" until I realized it was about how she'd lost her beauty and was no longer desirable to any of her suitors. The wrinkles, crevices, haggardness. ? What will become of her? (Spoiler, she ends up with a blind man who, thankfully, never has to look upon her ravaged visage. ?) Throw in some racism and antisemitism, and well, it sucked. Such a disappointment!

merelybookish I've loved other books by von Arnim and this could have been a book of liberation. Instead it's ageism at it's worst. #192025 @Librarybelle 1mo
Bookwomble I found the one book of hers I tried to read hideously classist, and reading about her nazi-supporting husband's use of Polish slave labour, the anti-Semitism is sadly no surprise 🫤 1mo
Librarybelle Yikes! That does sound like a disappointment! 1mo
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merelybookish @Bookwomble Oh, did not know about her husband. The anti-Semitism is the least egregious of the offences here, although that's relative. Jews like to make money (of course 🙄 But there's some acknowledgement of how poorly they are being treated by Nazis. Meanwhile there's no attempt at humanizing Black people. 😒 1mo
merelybookish @Librarybelle It just kept getting worse and worse. 1mo
Leftcoastzen Yikes 1mo
Suet624 Good lord!!! 1mo
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Breda's Island | Jessie Ann Foley
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#islandvibes #titlesandtunes @Cinfhen @BarbaraBB
This month's theme is good excuse to read this stacked middle-grade novel about a troubled girl who gets sent to Ireland to live with her grandfather for a summer. Paired it with The Blower's Daughter from Irish singer-songwriter Damien Rice's 2006 incredible album O. https://open.spotify.com/track/4B2lJinAkeNLSJjcq3dg8Q?si=UlCnaWiiSaWOKDG73rDWHw

Cinfhen I‘m loving the contrast of hot and sultry to cool and chilly 1mo
Meshell1313 I absolutely love Damien Rice!! ❤️ 1mo
Cuilin Love the song choice 1mo
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merelybookish @Cinfhen Yes, Im probably in the minority but prefer rocky, foggy beaches to sandy, sunny ones. 🌫️ 1mo
merelybookish @Meshell1313 Me too! I wish he'd make new music. 1mo
merelybookish @Cuilin It is achingly beautiful ❤️ 1mo
youneverarrived Love that album! 1mo
merelybookish @youneverarrived Me too! I've been listening to it this morning for the first time in ages. 1mo
BarbaraBB Wonderful album indeed! Thanks for adding it 🩵 1mo
sarahbarnes I really love that album - I haven‘t listened to it in forever. 1mo
batsy Love that album too and like @sarahbarnes I haven't listened to it in so long. 1mo
merelybookish @BarbaraBB My pleasure! It will be an eclectic mix! 1mo
merelybookish @sarahbarnes @batsy Of course you guys love it too!😊 It's worth a revisit!! 1mo
BarbaraBB How come we all like the same books and the same music?! 1mo
merelybookish @BarbaraBB I know! We just have good taste, I guess.😉 1mo
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The Postcard | Anne Berest
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Potentially #unpopularopinion but I had to bail on this one. Maybe there's a great story here, but I knew I couldn't manage 400+ pages of such clunky, didactic prose. (e.g. referring to Pesach as "Jewish Easter"?). I feel @shawnmooney would approve. ?
Thanks to #netgalley for the #arc.

shawnmooney Well done! 👏👏😜😜🕺🏼🕺🏼 1mo
merelybookish @shawnmooney 🥰 thank you! Life is too short, as they say!! 1mo
Cinfhen Ugh 😩 that would drive me MAD! Literally and figuratively xx 1mo
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merelybookish @Cinfhen yeah ... It seemed to assume the reader doesn't know much about Jewish customs and it got annoying. 1mo
TheKidUpstairs ugh, I don't blame you. That is one of my bookish pet peeves, when writers feel the need to over-explain every term. It always makes it feel like I'm being lectured-to, rather than getting immersed in a story. Especially in this day and age where readers who are unfamiliar can do a quick and easy google search! 1mo
jlhammar Darn, I was really looking forward to this one! 1mo
merelybookish @TheKidUpstairs Lectured to, exactly! No thank you! 1mo
merelybookish @jlhammar Don't let me dissuade you! It has lots of good reviews on GR and the story seems interesting. I seem to be in the minority. 1mo
willaful Jewish Easter? What the what? 1mo
merelybookish @willaful so wrong. 😒 1mo
Suet624 Glad to hear your opinion. I was waffling on this one. 1mo
merelybookish @Suet624 Glad to be of service. 😉 1mo
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Reader, interrupted. 🐱

RebelReader Steven does the same thing to me. In the end we know it‘s all about them! 🤣😹 1mo
RaeLovesToRead Aww, another adorable #kittensagainstliterature 😘 1mo
mabell What a good helper! 1mo
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IndoorDame So cute though!!!! 1mo
jlhammar What a nice interruption. So sweet. 1mo
ravenlee Lady, you‘re done with that. 1mo
batsy Sweet, fluffy interruption! 1mo
merelybookish @RebelReader Always! 🐱 1mo
merelybookish @RaeLovesToRead @IndoorDame He absolutely coasts on his good looks. 😀 1mo
merelybookish @mabell Not really!! 😹 1mo
merelybookish @jlhammar I complain but I really love it. ❤️ 1mo
merelybookish @ravenlee Well said!! 😹 1mo
merelybookish @batsy The best!! 1mo
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I tend to complain that no one every gifts me a book, but then today my husband gave me this out of the blue. So that was a fun surprise!

Shell Seekers | Rosamunde Pilcher
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Took me nearly a month but finally finished this beloved novel. I liked its gentleness, & how it always landed on the side of good. Reading this book overlapped with Moon Tiger Stylistically, very! different & yet, the similarities are striking. Both published in 1987 and they feature older women protagonists, strained relationships with adult children, memories of a wartime romance & a reckoning with the past. Both excellent in their own way.

CarolynM I have such fond memories of this book. I love your comparisons with Moon Tiger ❤️ 2mo
LeahBergen Great review! Great big family sagas have gone a bit out of vogue since then, haven‘t they? 🤔 2mo
Tamra This is a distant memory, but a fond one. 2mo
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batsy It's such a warm story. 2mo
merelybookish @CarolynM Having Penelope and Claudia as companions was an enriching experience! They are forever linked now. 🙂 2mo
merelybookish @LeahBergen Thank you! And I think you're right. 🤔 Family sagas now tend to be intergenerational instead of following the members of one family. 2mo
merelybookish @Tamra It is well-loved. I decided to read it after hearing many women in my book club praise it. 2mo
merelybookish @batsy Yes! Warm, patient, gentle. All seem to apply! 2mo
MaureenMc One of my favorites 🥰 2mo
Suet624 I read this years ago but now that I‘m an older woman with adult children I feel like a reread might be in order. 1mo
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Love a hotel bookshelf. Oddly enough, this one has 2 copies of Phil Collins's memoir. Is he popular with the French? 🤔
Fly home tomorrow.

BarbaraBB I hope you had a fab time. Safe travels 🤍 2mo
BarbaraBB Oh and I can‘t imagine Phil Colllins being more popular in France than elsewhere 😉 2mo
Ruthiella First Jerry Lewis and now Phil Collins? Pourquoi pas? (edited) 2mo
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sarahbarnes Safe travels! Hope it was amazing! 2mo
rabbitprincess Ooh I would have nabbed that novel by Magdalen Nabb, just because it‘s a Soho Crime edition 😂 2mo
batsy Safe travels! I am much intrigued by the Phil Collins thing 😆 2mo
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I just read two memoirs back to back. One was flat (Stash), one was brilliant. 👆 What was the difference? Smith writes about the pain of her marriage's end, her journey to heal, her new sense of self. She's a poet, so that helps & she's aware of (and constantly questioning) HOW she tells this story. How it develops a plot, symbols, foreshadowing. And she plays with that while never sacrificing the emotional quality of her pain or growth. 👇

merelybookish She is also upfront about what she's not including. And she anticipates the questions a reader might ask. (She also has no qualms throwing full shade on her ex-husband 😂) Anyway, I loved it and while it's not as stylistically daring, it did remind me of 2mo
youneverarrived Ohh this sounds good! 2mo
Reggie Had me at reminds of In the Dream House. Stacked. 2mo
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Feminine Gospels | Carol Ann Duffy
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Mini birthday #bookhaul from Shakespeare & Company. Thanks for all bday wishes everyone!! 🥰

quietjenn Happy birthday! Seems like you're spending it the right way! 🎉🍰📘 2mo
robinb Hope you‘ve had a wonderful day, sweet friend! 💙 2mo
LeahBergen I‘ve been meaning to buy that DeWitt book. 👍 2mo
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batsy What @LeahBergen said! Lovely haul. 2mo
merelybookish @quietjenn Thank you! It's been pretty awesome! 🤗 2mo
merelybookish @robinb Thank you!! 😘 2mo
merelybookish @LeahBergen @batsy The coverage is gorgeous! I bought it because I joined the DeWitt buddy read @HardcoverHearts is hosting in the fall. 2mo
HardcoverHearts I‘m so glad you will be joining!! And Happy Birthday 🎉 (edited) 2mo
merelybookish @HardcoverHearts I'm excited! And thank you! 🥰 2mo
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Abbey Bookshop | Paris, France (Bookstore)
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While my husband was resting I explored this English-language used bookstore in the Latin Quarter. Owned by a 🇨🇦 guy. NOT for the claustrophobic.

JamieArc Yay! Have a great time in Paris! 2mo
youneverarrived Ahh Paris 💕 enjoy! 2mo
batsy Ah! 😍 2mo
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Ruthiella How did you know the owner was Canadian? Did your spider sense start tingling? Or was it his maple leaf jersey? 2mo
LeahBergen Ooo! I‘d risk the claustrophobia. 😆 2mo
LeahBergen And HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! ❤️📚❤️📚❤️ 2mo
batsy Happy birthday! I hope you're having a fabulous one ❤️📚🥐🧁 2mo
sarahbarnes So fun!! Happy Birthday!! 🍷 🥖 🍫 2mo
merelybookish @batsy There's so many bookstores here! 2mo
merelybookish @Ruthiella There were a few clues but then I heard him tell another patron that he was from Toronto originally. Also 'Librarie Canadienne' on their bookmarks. 😀 2mo
merelybookish @LeahBergen Haha. It was worth it! 2mo
merelybookish @LeahBergen @sarahbarnes @batsy And thank you for the birthday wishes! Here's to a new decade. 😬😅 2mo
JamieArc Bon Anniversaire 🎊 What a great way to spend your birthday! I‘m headed to Paris in one year for my friend‘s 40th. 2mo
merelybookish @JamieArc It's a wonderful way to celebrate a birthday! Or help someone else celebrate!! 2mo
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Stash: My Life in Hiding | Laura Cathcart Robbins
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The peak of Robbins's addiction to Ambien coincides with the dissolution of her marriage. Getting sober becomes a priority as she faces a potentially ugly divorce and custody battle. She gives a detailed account of her history with drugs, her stint in rehab, and the fallout. I found it kinda boring & lacking in insight. Might have worked better as an essay (maybe not every story of addiction merits a memoir). And maybe it was written too soon 👇

merelybookish Not because I question her sobriety but there were aspects of her story which felt unexplored and lacking in perspective especially in relation to one particular person. There aren't many memoirs about addiction written by Black women and I wanted to be more enthusiastic about this one. So-so feels accurate. 2mo
Megabooks I bailed on this, and I appreciate your insightful review that gets to the 💜 of a lot of reasons I didn‘t enjoy it. 2mo
merelybookish @Megabooks Thank you! I saw that you had bailed and hoped I would like it better. But I think you made the right decision! 😉 2mo
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Moon Tiger | Penelope Lively
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Oh Claudia, you had me gripped from the start with your history of the world which was also a history of "a myriad of Claudias." Such breadth and depth all rendered in a tight little masterpiece.
Finished in the Toronto airport. Paris in the morning!
#192025 @Librarybelle

Librarybelle Hooray!! 2mo
CarolynM Such a good book! 2mo
Ruthiella I loved this book. 👍 2mo
batsy I need to read this. And yay Paris! 2mo
BarbaraBB So good! 2mo
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Moon Tiger | Penelope Lively
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It's a two-kitty, stay in bed, and read a fabulous book kind of day.

sarahbarnes Enjoy!! 📖🐱 2mo
LeahBergen Perfect! 🥰 2mo
CarolynM It is a fabulous book🙂 Enjoy! 2mo
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merelybookish @LeahBergen It's a rainy cold day here so was nice to by lazy! 2mo
merelybookish @CarolynM It's brilliant!! 2mo
Centique Such a fab book 🙌 2mo
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'Fester' -- that word is used more than once in these stories, & it captures an important theme of this collection. (See also 'feral'). We are all walking wounded (from grief, loneliness, rejection) and those wounds fester. Healing (through connection, escape, resilience, love) is often flawed, sometimes transitory, occasionally transcendent. The writing is beautiful as one would expect from a poet but Slaughter knows how to spin a story too. 👇

merelybookish I enjoyed most of the stories and rarely knew where they were taking me, but stylistically, the title story is a standout. #netgalley. 2mo
jlhammar Great cover! 2mo
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Shell Seekers | Rosamunde Pilcher
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Funny where mood reading can take you.

Desha I just purchased this book…I‘ve read some of her other books but not this one! 📚 2mo
CarolynM ❤️ An old favourite ❤️ 2mo
batsy I enjoyed this! 2mo
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Aimeesue I liked this one. Enjoyed it more than I thought I would, tbh. 2mo
LeahBergen 🥰🥰🥰 2mo
merelybookish @Desha This is my first one by her! 2mo
merelybookish @CarolynM @batsy @LeahBergen I was inspired to read it after hearing some women in my book club say it was their all-time favourite. One woman said she envied me, that I still could read it for the first time. 2mo
merelybookish @Aimeesue Good to know! Probably in the past I would have been a bit snobby about Pilcher. 2mo
robinb One of my very favorites! And the first “chunkster” that I remember reading. 🤣 I recommend all of her books! 2mo
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It's Pokemon tournament day and so am stuck reading some Alice Munro at the gaming store. I can't stand Pokemon 😑 but I really do love Munro.

jlhammar Love Munro, but I haven‘t read this one yet. 2mo
merelybookish @jlhammar I think this collection is published as The Beggar Maid outside of Canada. My first time reading it. The stories are linked. I'm very much enjoying! 2mo
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The Prodigal Women | Nancy Hale
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A 1942 bestseller that's being republished in May. An ambitious saga about three young women and their search for love, acceptance, and success. At 800+ pages, it's ridiculously long, and yet, it kept my attention. I grew to respect Hale for believing the experiences of women deserve such serious treatment. Set in the 1920s & 30s, but not much has changed. Men can be brutes, women's sexuality is punished, and every choice comes at a cost.👇

merelybookish All the women are complicated and whether any of them get a happy ending is up for debate. I especially enjoyed some of the NYC scenes where one character goes to work. A pick (in spite of the length.) #netgalley 2mo
Lcsmcat This sounds really good! 2mo
Verity Ooooh. This sounds really interesting 2mo
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merelybookish @Lcsmcat @Verity I hope you will check it out! It would be a good one to discuss! 2mo
batsy Oh, glad to see it ended up a pick! Definitely going to stack this one 🙂 2mo
LeahBergen I‘m intrigued! 2mo
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Unknown Book 7862140 | Unknown Unknown
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This is nothing but a shameless me, me, me post but today I received in the mail a copy of the book I co-wrote! It's a very niche, kind of academic-y book about a children's publisher in my little part of the world, but I'm really proud of it!
And I'm so happy to finally have a hard copy!
Shockingly, it's not in the Litsy database. 😉

julieclair How exciting! Congrats!! 3mo
Lindy Congratulations! 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Congratulations 🎉🎈🎊 3mo
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Librarybelle Congratulations! 3mo
vivastory Incredible! Congratulations 👏🎉📚 3mo
jlhammar Wow, congrats! 3mo
MaureenMc Congratulations! 3mo
DivineDiana Fantastic!!! 👏🏻 📚 👏🏻 3mo
Billypar Awesome news - congratulations!! 🍾🎉 3mo
sarahbarnes So cool! Congrats!! 🍾🎉🤩 3mo
BiblioLitten That‘s amazing!! Congratulations 👏🏼 🤩 3mo
Reggie Congrats!!! 3mo
CarolynM How marvellous! Congratulations 🎉 3mo
mrp27 Congratulations! 🎉 3mo
BarbaraBB That‘s terrific! Congratulations 🎊 3mo
batsy That's fantastic! Congrats, Margot! 🙌🏾📝 3mo
Meshell1313 Wowza! 😍😍🙌🙌🎉🎉 3mo
TracyReadsBooks Congratulations!!! That‘s very cool! 3mo
TheLudicReader This is cool. 3mo
Centique That is FANTASTIC! I‘m so impressed! Well done you 🙌 2mo
robinb Oh my goodness! How awesome!!! Congratulations! 💥💥💥 2mo
Suet624 👏🏻👏🏻❤️❤️ 1mo
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Welp, this book was not for me. It aims to re-imagine the year Jackie O (then Jacqueline Bouvier) spent as a student in post-war Paris. There is a lot of re-imagining and very little Jackie O. There are Communists and Facists and spy rings, oh my! There's also a lot of lip biting and eyelash batting. I read it for a book club and hoped the Paris setting would sustain me. It helped but couldn't salvage painfully overwrought prose or a dumb plot.

AlaMich Eyelash batting? That would be a hard pass for me too! 3mo
Ruthiella Did anyone “release a breath they didn‘t know they were holding”? 😬 3mo
vivastory This review 🤣 3mo
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merelybookish @AlaMich She often dropped her gaze and then looked up through her lashes. 🙄 3mo
merelybookish @Ruthiella No, but someone did pause to crush out a cigarette with their heel.before finishing the conversation. 3mo
merelybookish @vivastory Thanks. Writing is was the most fun I had with this book. 🙃 3mo
AlaMich I once read a mystery where the author‘s favorite idiotic repetition involved people “blinking slowly.” Sooo many people were blinking slowly in that book! 😴 3mo
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The Prodigal Women | Nancy Hale
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Currently reading reading this 1942 novel set to be republished this spring. It's 842 pages long.
It's pretty good, but not sure it's 842-pages-long good. 🤨
Has anyone read it? Apparently it was a big hit back in the day.

batsy This is the first I've heard of it and I'm interested! However the older I get the sadder I feel when I see a page count like that 😂 3mo
sarahbarnes I‘ve never heard of it! But that is quite long for a book that‘s just pretty good. 😬 3mo
merelybookish @batsy No kidding. I could read 3 or 4 books in the time it takes to read this one. 3mo
merelybookish @sarahbarnes I haven't resorted to skimming yet so I guess it's keeping my interest. 3mo
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Miss Mole | E. H. Young
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In Portland, Maine for an overnight and just happened to find a used bookstore around the corner from the hotel. The lighting was terrible but still managed to find a few things. 😅

Leftcoastzen The elusive Black Virago!👏👍 3mo
Centique They are beauties! 3mo
LeahBergen I loved Miss Mole! It‘s a slow start (for me anyway) so give it a little time. 3mo
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On to volume 2...

Vansa I'm still on Volume 1! How did you find it? 3mo
sarahbarnes You‘re making great progress! Wow! 3mo
merelybookish @Vansa I loved it even tho I found some of the stuff about Swann's obsession kind of looonnng 3mo
merelybookish @sarahbarnes Thanks! I just read a bit each day. Some days a bit more than others but not trying to rush. 3mo
sarahbarnes I love it. 💛 3mo
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"The places we have known do not belong solely to the world of space in which we situate them for our greater convenience . . . The memory of a certain image is only regret for a certain moment; and houses, roads, avenues are as fleeting, alas, as the years."
Thus ends Volume 1. I am in love. ?

Cathythoughts Beautiful 3mo
LeahBergen That‘s a great cover! 3mo
BarbaraBB Volume I is so good. Will you continue right away? 3mo
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merelybookish @BarbaraBB That's the plan. I read a bit in the morning with my coffee. It's a nice little routine. 3mo
merelybookish @LeahBergen @Cathythoughts All the volumes in the series have great covers! 3mo
BarbaraBB Sounds perfect! 3mo
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Spent my Saturday puttering away at a puzzle and house hold chores while listening to this beautiful honest heartbreaking book about friends facing (or not facing) death and dying. It's short but packs a wallop. A reminder to hug your friends, even when they're pissing you off.

vivastory The older I get the more relatable I find the word “puttering.“ The book sounds great. I know Garner has been mentioned a few times on Backlisted. 3mo
merelybookish @vivastory I heard about her on another podcast. Apparently her journals are good. 3mo
CarolynM Garner is an amazing writer. Her fiction is mostly closely based on events in her life (including this book) and it‘s fabulous. She‘s also written nonfiction in the form of journal articles and a couple of true crime books as well as a very controversial book about a sexual harassment case. Her journals are her most recent publication. She‘s such a good writer, she really is worth seeking out. @vivastory 3mo
BarbaraBB Your review and the comments make me stack ❤️ 3mo
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Sea of Tranquility: A Novel | Emily St. John Mandel
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Finished my 10th (and probably final) #tob23 book. I went in with low expectations (not sure why since I loved Station Eleven) & was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked it. A time travel book about a pandemic. Clearly Mandel had some fun with this. I enjoyed how all the pieces came together even if I'm unclear on the meaning. But there's no question that Mandel can write. There's a confidence to her prose that's reassuring. Pic of Obie who 👇

merelybookish who might be one of the featured TOB pets. (A new fundraising they are running. Each day of the tournament a reading companion is going to be profiled.) I'll be so proud! 😸 3mo
LeahBergen Go, Obie!! 3mo
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Ruthiella How exciting that you have entered Obie as a contender! 😸 I like your review. I really enjoyed reading the book, even if I‘m not sure what it all meant. 3mo
sarahbarnes Yes I saw that! Rooting for Obie! And glad you liked the book - I did too. 3mo
Leftcoastzen Cool Obie! 3mo
Hooked_on_books I liked this one, too. And go Obie! 3mo
jlhammar I‘d love to see sweet Obie featured! I really liked this one as well. 3mo
Suet624 Yippee for Obie!! 3mo
Aimeesue I loved this one, and I love how Mandel has recurring characters in many of her books. I read this one and The Glass Hôtel back to back, which was neat. 3mo
BkClubCare @merelybookish - how fun!! (Do you have to come up with the cute commentary description of your pet?) 3mo
Megabooks Good luck Obie!! 🤩 3mo
BarbaraBB I‘d be definitely rooting for Obie! I was surprised I enjoyed this book as much as I did too! 3mo
batsy Rooting for Obie! 😸 I need to read Station Eleven! 3mo
Cinfhen Awww, Obie is too cute!!! This was a good book but my expectations were a bit too high. Agreed, Mandel is a clever gifted storyteller- I‘ll read whatever she writes!! 3mo
merelybookish @LeahBergen @Megabooks @Suet624 @Leftcoastzen Thanks! I will definitely share if he makes the cut! 😺 3mo
merelybookish @Ruthiella Thanks! If there was an overall message it eluded me but still enjoyed it! 🤷😅 3mo
merelybookish @sarahbarnes @Hooked_on_books @BarbaraBB Interesting that so many of us like it and yet my perception was (is?) no one is very excited about it being in the #tob. 3mo
merelybookish @Aimeesue I haven't read The Glass Hotel but am more curious about it now. Fun that she has repeating characters! 3mo
merelybookish @BkClubCare I do! My kids have been helping me. My son is convinced Obie's favourite book is Moby Dick. 😁 3mo
merelybookish @batsy I really loved it when I read but have always worried it wouldn't stand up to scrutiny which may be why I have avoided her books since then. But I feel more confident now that she is the real deal. 3mo
merelybookish @Cinfhen Well said! You can trust she knows what she's doing! 3mo
BkClubCare @merelybookish - fun! I look forward to the spotlight on Obie. 3mo
BarbaraBB @merelybookish I really liked it a lot but I read it right after it was published so that is probably why I‘m not that excited to see it in the ToB but that‘s not the book‘s fault 😉 3mo
BkClubCare OBIE!!! 3mo
merelybookish @BkClubCare ❤️❤️❤️❤️ 3mo
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#Bookmail. (A blame it on @JenniferP purchase. 😉)

batsy That looks gorgeous! Now I'm convinced that when I embark on Proust I'll need this... 3mo
sarahbarnes So cool! 3mo
merelybookish @batsy It's turning into an expensive reading project...next up, I'll need a bio of Proust. 😆 3mo
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merelybookish @sarahbarnes It's a gorgeous book and he does refer to a lot of paintings! 3mo
JenniferP Yay!! I hope it complements your reading of Proust! Happy to enable all book buying. 😁 3mo
BarbaraBB Fantastic! I wish I had had this book when I read Proust! 3mo
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A compelling mother/daughter story. Yevgenia is a sexy, brash, tough-as-nails Russian immigrant. Lara is her Black teenage daughter who lives in her mother's shadow. Together they have a unstable, transient life, moving whenever Yevgenia's restlessness sets in. The book begins as they land in a trailer park in a CA desert town. Old family patterns are hard to break but Lara begins to build relationships with people in the trailer park & beyond👇

merelybookish Lara starts to discover more about herself and realize that while while she can't change her mother, she can change how she sees herself. I appreciated the nuanced depiction of a complicated mother/daughter dynamic that is impacted by violence, cultural difference, poverty, and racism. I also liked how Lara's growth was depicted. And the ending felt right. #netgalley. 3mo
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Friday Night reads.

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Had to wait until after work to open my #muglove23 parcel. But it was worth the wait!
Thank you Renee for the heartwarming gifts. I absolutely love that you personalized my mug. ❤️ And the book looks like the perfect cozy read. ☕ @StayCurious
Thanks for a great swap @Cinfhen @TheKidUpstairs

Cinfhen Oh ….this package captures my heart ❤️ Fantastic 4mo
StayCurious So glad you like it! 4mo
LeahBergen Cute mug! I loved this book. ❤️ 4mo
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Chelsea.Poole Lovely mug! 💐 4mo
TheKidUpstairs All the cool kids ARE reading! So true :) Love the personalized touch! 4mo
ShelleyBooksie Awesome mug!! 4mo
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Reading up on "archive moles" and the recent flurry of publishing projects dedicated to bringing forgotten and/or neglected books back into print. Tagged book is mentioned.

The paper dolls LM Montgomery mug is from the last #muglove swap. Excited to open my #muglove23 parcel tomorrow!

batsy That's a super cute mug 😍 4mo
LeahBergen Archive Moles! Perfect name. 👏👏 4mo
merelybookish @batsy Thanks! It's a favourite. 4mo
merelybookish @LeahBergen Agreed! I'd love to be one too. 🙂 4mo
Centique Omg that mug is so gorgeous! 3mo
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I bought this book on a whim. I was curious about the audiobook platform Spiracle & an upcoming trip to Paris has me into French lit.
Then I saw it was psychological thriller/crime/horror & it's 14 hours long. I thought, oh shit.
But it's fantastic.
Marion is turning 40. Her farmer husband Patrice & daughter Ida have planned a party. Neighbor Christine is baking a cake. And then some unexpected visitors show up to their isolated rural home. 👇

merelybookish The writing is deft and careful. Nothing is rushed. The perspectives are constantly shifting, and while you hear what characters have to say, you also hear what they are thinking & what they perceive. It is a thriller, crimes are committed, & there are some horrible moments but it's the psychological insight that makes it riveting. A very slow burn. Spiracle is a clunky platform but the audio narration by actress Lydia Leonard is excellent. 4mo
vivastory Your upcoming trip sounds exciting! 4mo
merelybookish @vivastory Yes, in April! 🇫🇷🥖🍷🧀 4mo
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Tamra Oh, you‘ve piqued my curiosity! 4mo
tpixie Great review! I‘ll get the audio! I went to Paris in September and read French - related books leading up to it, using #Paris Have a wonderful trip! You can‘t go wrong! 4mo
tpixie Hmm it‘s not on Audible I‘ll have to get the book on Kindle 💘 (edited) 4mo
BarbaraBB You make me curious. I have looked up the author and much of her works have been translated in Dutch. I‘ll check the library! How nice that you‘re going to Paris! 4mo
batsy Nice review! It sounds like my kind of jam. Also yay upcoming trip to Paris!! 🥐🥖 4mo
merelybookish @Tamra It was quite riveting! 4mo
merelybookish @tpixie Thanks for the tip! This book is exclusively on Spiracle, a platform for UK indie publishers. NOT as easy as Audiblle. 4mo
Tamra @merelybookish you are making it hard to resist ordering it! 4mo
merelybookish @BarbaraBB I guess his other books are connected to historical tragedies. And I also thought Laurent was a woman's name. 🙂 4mo
merelybookish @batsy Thanks! And yes, I'm excited. 4mo
BarbaraBB @merelybookish It‘s a he ☺️😀 4mo
sarahbarnes This is next up on my stack and I‘m very excited to see that you liked it so much!! 3h
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Swann's Way | Marcel Proust
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Zipporah, Jethro's's daughter -- a small detail from Botticelli's "The Trials of Moses."
I looked up this painting (like many Proust readers before me) because Swann believes Odette resembles this portrait, which helps him fall in love with her.
(It would seem that is not a great reason to fall in love with someone, or might not lead to lasting happiness.)
I'm about halfway through Volume 1. Still enjoying my #morningswithMarcel

JenniferP There‘s a fabulous book with glossy photos of all the paintings mentioned in Proust. It was a great companion book when I read Proust a few years ago. 4mo
merelybookish @JenniferP Thanks for the tip! Didn't realize reading Proust would be such an investment. 💸🙃 4mo
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