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Checkout 19: A Novel | Claire-Louise Bennett
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"I began reading more and more books by women and that didn't leave me much time anymore to read any books by men."
This ? Happened to me too.

Ruthiella Based on stats I‘ve been keeping for the past few years, I‘m at a pretty even split between author genders. now
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The Five Red Herrings | Dorothy L. Sayers
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Anyone else seen the Literature Clock? It tells the time using passages from books. 🙂
literature-clock.jenevoldsen.com

BkClubCare Yes! Very cool 2d
AlaMich No, but I will have to check it out now! 2d
megnews Really cool! 2d
batsy I just tried it and it is indeed very cool! 2d
merelybookish @BkClubCare @AlaMich @megnews @batsy It's fun! I have it open on my laptop and enjoy checking the time. 🙂 1d
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And Still I Rise | Maya Angelou
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TheSpineView Love! ❤❤❤ 2d
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Kicking off #CloakandDaggerChristmas with Flavia and Book 3 of the series. 🕵️‍♀️

Ruthiella Woohoo! 🕵🏼‍♂️🎄👍 3d
Suzze I love this series sooooo much. Hasn‘t been one in a couple of years. 😕 3d
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merelybookish @Suzze I looked it up and he was 80 when the last one came out. 😯 3d
Ruthiella @Suzze @merelybookish I think the series is complete at 10 books now and Bradley won‘t write any more Flavia books. While I‘ve enjoyed them all. I think it‘s better to quit when ahead with series. 3d
Suzze @merelybookish @Ruthiella Well, darn. I guess at 80 he deserves a rest. ❤️❤️ 3d
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Wow, wow, wow, this was so gripping! From the first story onward, O'Farrell describes in such compelling detail, the various times she has brushed/faced/confronted death. Inevitably I started thinking about how death has shown up in my own life. It is simultaneously thought-provoking, poignant, and entertaining. The only other book I've read by O'Farrell is Hamnet and reading this gives me new perspective on that as well. Just a fabulous read!

HeatherBookNerd Terrific book! 3d
sarahbarnes Oohhh, sounds intriguing! I loved Hamnet. 3d
Cathythoughts Great review! Reading this just now for Bookclub.. I loved Hamnet 👍🏻💔 3d
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merelybookish @HeatherBookNerd Yes! On so many levels! 3d
merelybookish @sarahbarnes I was going to recommend it to you! I think you'd enjoy it! 3d
merelybookish @Cathythoughts A fun book for boo club! I hope you enjoy it. I liked it better than Hamnet! 3d
Flaneurette I loved this one too! it was really good in audio and i don't even like audiobooks! 3d
BiblioLitten I loved Hamnet. Stacked! 3d
merelybookish @Flaneurette Yes I enjoyed it on audio...made some of her experiences so vivid 3d
merelybookish @BiblioLitten Reading this made me understand/appreciate her interest in a story about a parent losing a child. 3d
Megabooks I‘ve read this at least six times. It is fantastic!! 3d
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"By the Stream" by Paul Lawrence Dunbar
#knight #poetrymatters @TheSpineView

TheSpineView Love this one! Dunbar's poems are expressive! ❤ 5d
Graywacke Wonderful 5d
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Checkout 19: A Novel | Claire-Louise Bennett
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I got bit by a dog yesterday on my morning walk (had to go to the hospital and get a tetanus shot) so my sister dropped off this cute mini poinsettia to cheer me up. Paired it with my current read. I loved Bennett's Pond and this has a similar stream-of-consciousness style, although written from a young girl's perspective. I'm into it!

Sharpeipup Sorry to hear about the bite…hope all is well! 6d
vivastory Sorry about the bite! 6d
Jas16 Oh no! I am sorry to hear about the bite and the shot! 6d
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JamieArc I didn‘t realize you could get tetanus from a dog! Yikes! Hope the healing goes well. 6d
merelybookish @Sharpeipup @vivastory @Jas16 Thanks! It was upsetting and I have an ugly gash on my calf but I'll live. 6d
merelybookish @JamieArc It's for rabies. Just in case. 6d
ShelleyBooksie Sending speedy healing vibes! 6d
MaureenMc Hope you‘re feeling better soon! 6d
Julsmarshall I‘m so sorry! I hope you mend quickly! 6d
Lindy Heal soon. What a lovely poinsettia. I don‘t remember ever seeing one that looks this shade of orange. 6d
Kimzey How scary! Hope you feel better soon! 5d
LeahBergen Oh no!! That‘s awful! Sending love your way. 😘😘😘 5d
EvieBee I‘m sorry that happened to you! 🤗🤗 5d
batsy Oh no, I'm sorry to hear that 😥 Sending ❤️ Looking forward to your thoughts on this one! 5d
merelybookish @Lindy Thank you. The poinsettia is pink, but the light in that room is very yellow. 5d
merelybookish @Kimzey @LeahBergen @EvieBee @batsy Thanks friends! I appreciate all the love. 🥰 5d
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Pericles | William Shakespeare
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Act II #shakespearereadalong and my head is spinning! A shipwreck! And only Pericles survives. Some fishermen salvage his armour. A tournament! Pericles parades with other knights. He looks rough but wins! A banquet! The king and his daughter speculate about the moody stranger. An update! Antiochus is dead (smote!) and the search for Pericles is on. A marriage! Thaisa wants to marry Pericles, Simonides says ok, and Pericles seems to agree? 🤔🥴

merelybookish Maybe it is that so many different kingdoms are involved but this play feels like a lot is happening very quickly. Also, Pericles gets into dire circumstances but seems to move on pretty easily. And I don't feel like I know Pericles very much. Or understand him. And the ending scene was strange. Did he want to marry Thaisa? Looking forward to the shift in writing that comes on Act III 6d
Graywacke Smote indeed. I find the different writing styles interesting. If I compare 2.1 (which signet claims passes the Shakespeare author test) to the rest, one big difference is the cleverness and speed of the humor, and another is the acknowledgment of things like silly clever fishermen. Anyway, I Iiked this act better. And not sure how P thought about his marriage. - also I was confused by the -she needs a year, go wed and bed together now- bit. 6d
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Lcsmcat I agree! I really don‘t have a handle on Pericles. But I actually enjoy the archaic language Gower uses. 6d
Lcsmcat @Graywacke I thought the “she needs a year” bit was to get rid of the acknowledged princes so T. could have her way and marry P. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 6d
vlwelser I liked the fishermen. They seem on brand for Shakespeare. Or at least what we think is Shakespeare. Otherwise it seemed to me like half the dialogue is missing. But maybe I'm just lost. It just felt really abrupt. 6d
batsy @vlwelser I agree, the fishermen did feel on brand for Shakespeare. But otherwise I agree, this act felt abrupt and perfunctory and the language itself seemed kinda tediously efficient, for moving the plot along more than anything else. 6d
Liz_M All plot, no poetry 6d
Liz_M Also what was with the juvenile mind game at the end - I join your hands, get married, I sunder your hands, are you upset, I join your hands again 6d
batsy @Liz_M Nicely summed up re: plot and poetry! 6d
batsy I too found the mind games at the end utterly bizarre & bereft of any levity or irony. We know that Shakespeare loves to be ridiculous, but the language is as awkward as the content; so the theory of another author seems to check out. The highlight for me here were the fishermen; there was something refreshingly rational about their assessment of the world vs whatever it is the aristocracy is up to at any given point. 6d
Lcsmcat @vlwelser @batsy The fishermen were my favorites. I‘d like to see this performed just for them. We‘ll also for the “dumb show” that is mentioned and might make this make more sense. 6d
merelybookish @Graywacke @vlwelser @batsy @Lcsmcat Agree that the fishermen were the highlight! There was a playfulness to their language that has been mostly absent in the play thus far! 6d
merelybookish @Liz_M Spot on description. All plot! (And too much plot at that!) 6d
merelybookish @vlwelser @Liz_M @Lcsmcat I read something online that contrasted how Pericles responded to the first princess in Act (he notes her beauty, etc.) and the absence of much response to Thaisa. It doesn't seem like he's all that smitten. But maybe after Simonedes's toying he didn't feel like he had much choice. 6d
Graywacke He did seem very interested when the fishermen said Simonides. Maybe he‘s more interested on the king than the princess. 6d
jewright I too liked the fishermen. The joking around feels very Shakespeare like to me. He often has servants making puns and jokes between serious parts. I‘m also reminded of other plays with shipwrecks. This also felt rather like a fairytale to me. The prince who looks like a loser wins the fight and the Princess. I‘m really enjoying this one so far. 6d
GingerAntics This play is oddly painful and a hot mess. I totally understand why someone else (George Wilkins) wrote the first half of the play. It‘s just not up to snuff with other Shakes plays. Can‘t wait to get into the bit he actually wrote. 6d
Lcsmcat @Graywacke re P‘s interest in Simonides: he compares him to his father, and does seem to be looking for a father-figure as much as a bride. 6d
erzascarletbookgasm P seems to have quite an adventure in just the first two acts! 6d
MoonWitch94 @GingerAntics That is a perfect description! I totally agree! 4d
GingerAntics @MoonWitch94 other plays that have been suspected of being collaborations I haven‘t understood because the other potential author was also a good writer. This time, not so much. You can just kind of feel it. It just doesn‘t feel right… or good. No wonder modern readers still no Kyd and Johnson, but not really Wilkins. 🥃 4d
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House with Chicken Legs | Sophie Anderson
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Another two book day! Coincidentally, both published in 2018!
The House with Chicken Legs - Cute story about Marinka who wants to be a normal girl and not a Yaga destined to guide the dead. ⭐⭐⭐
Listen to the Marriage - a novel consisting of weekly marriage counseling sessions for Steve and Gretchen. I enjoyed the up-close intimacy and focus on the therapeutic process but found the therapist Sandy pretty implausible. ⭐⭐⭐

Reggie So the listen to the marriage book…. There were some concessions made that I don‘t think I would feel comfortable with. Like if I‘m in couples counseling why is the other person allowed to date? But I liked the book overall. 6d
merelybookish @Reggie Yes, I can see that, although I got the argument that they could only get back together if they both chose it and neither one was controlling the other. But the therapist was SUPER directive and some of the things she said were 🚩🚩🚩🚩 like telling him to give her all the 💰in the first session. 6d
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I feel a bit ashamed, but I did not love this. 😣I didn't mind a haughty, clipped, vain Mary Poppins. I enjoyed that! But I find episodic children's books a bit annoying (a trip to the store, a trip to the zoo, and so on). And the talking animals were annoying, too. This is one of those rare times where I much prefer the movie to the book.

mandarchy I accidently downloaded the series to my kindle instead of the one book. She's creepy. 1w
mandarchy Oops. I didn't mean to send yet. Being stubborn I read it all and cannot see why the book was ever appealing. It gets creepy and dark, but not enough. It too much if you are expecting Disney. 1w
mom2bugnbee Agreed. One can see why P.L. Travers was not thrilled with the movie, because it's very unlike the book. Apologies to Ms. Travers, but the movie is FAR superior. 1w
merelybookish @mandarchy You read the whole series? I'm impressed! Interesting they it gets creepy. Do they all have the same episodic as the first? 1w
merelybookish @mom2bugnbee I don't often like Disneyfied retellings but I do in this case! 1w
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Humble: Poems | William Palmer
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🥣🥣🥣🥣🥣
In the #kitchen of the heart ❤️
#poetrymatters @TheSpineView

TheSpineView Love!❤❤❤ 1w
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House with Chicken Legs | Sophie Anderson
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I stacked this middle grade novel about Baba Yaga back in 2018. And I'm finally reading it in 2021. 😄

marleed I feel that cover should live next door to 1w
Ruthiella So soon? 🤣 (edited) 1w
BarbaraBB @marleed I thought it was by the same author too, based on its cover! 1w
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erzascarletbookgasm 👏only about 3 years 💁‍♀️ 1w
merelybookish @marleed @BarbaraBB Yes I see the resemblance! Is The House in the Cerulean Sea for kids? I assumed it was based on the cover. 1w
merelybookish @Ruthiella @erzascarletbookgasm Exactly! 😄 Three years isn't so bad in the grand scheme. I have stacked books I probably will never get to. 1w
marleed @merelybookish No, Cerulean Sea is a feel good book for adults. However, if one‘s mind is open to love is love it‘s a beautiful book to share with a child. In fact I recommended it to my friend, a 4th grade teacher. I told her the rec was for her but truly wished it could be for her classroom - I‘m sure there would be some parents who disagree with me. 1w
BarbaraBB I have no idea! 1w
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Writers & Lovers | Lily King
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It's been a miserable cold rainy day here today. But perfect weather for reading. I finished 2 books.
Apples Never Fall ⭐⭐⭐ Definitely TOO long (as others have said) but I was engrossed. Moriarty excells at unpacking the sheen on upper-middle class white womanhood & family life
Writers & Lovers ⭐⭐⭐⭐ Story of a beleaguered would-be novelist trying to stay true to her art and heart while keeping her head above water. Grounded in the details.

sarahbarnes Nice! I was a fan of Writers and Lovers too! 2w
Ruthiella Glad to hear the Moriarty title was a pick for you after all! 2w
BarbaraBB I enjoyed Writers & Lovers a lot too. 2w
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Cathythoughts Nice reviews ! Stacking tagged one 2w
batsy I always enjoy your reviews! I've read one Moriarty (Big Little Lies) and also appreciate the way she can craft a compelling story that delves into psychology. 2w
merelybookish @Ruthiella Yes I did like it. There was suspense and humour and I came to love the main character at the center. BUT it was too long and reads like a book ready to be adapted to a tv miniseries. 😉 2w
merelybookish @sarahbarnes @BarbaraBB I enjoyed it! Lots of small, true human moments. I liked her previous book too. 2w
merelybookish @Cathythoughts Thanks Cathy! I think you'd enjoy it! 2w
merelybookish @batsy Thank you. That means a lot! 2w
sarahbarnes I liked Euphoria, too - I think even better than this one. 2w
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Here are my picks for #CloakandDaggerChristmas readathon. It's a mixture of classic, Canadian, and series I have started. We'll see. 🤷‍♀️
🗡️Insp. Bucket (Victorian mystery): The Inspector & Mrs. Jefferies
🗡️Insp. Gamache (small town): The Suspect 🇨🇦
🗡️Tommy & Tuppence (duo): The Unquiet Dead 🇨🇦
🗡️Agatha Raisin (amateur sleuth): Jane & The Twelve Days of Christmas

Hercule Poirot (golden age): Daughter of Time
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merelybookish 🗡️ Det. Galileo (translated: Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead 🗡️ Kinsey Malone (P.I.): A is for Alibi 🗡️ Flavia de Luce (children): The Red Herring Without Mustard 🗡️ Columbo (tv): TBD 2w
quietjenn Ah, these look fun. Tempted to jump in on this challenge. Mysteries are my favorite and I feel like I haven't been reading them much lately. We'll see! 2w
merelybookish @quietjenn Ah well, please do! I don't expect I'll read all of these but it's been fun coming up with picks for each prompt! Maybe mysteries at Xmas will become my things 2w
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Ruthiella Great list! I loved the Flavia de Luce series. The mysteries themselves are not exceptional but I love the characters and setting. I also enjoyed the Grafton books. And they are pretty short page turners. The Daughter of Time is great. My favorite Tey mystery. 2w
merelybookish @Ruthiella Thanks! I figured it was safe to try Grafton. She seems to have endured. 🙂 And I have read the first 2 Flavias and agree that the characters are fun! 2w
Ruthiella @merelybookish One of the cool things about that Alphabet mysteries is that Grafton kept it all set in the ‘80s throughout the whole series. I really like that consistency and it keeps things logical re: lack of cell phone or internet, etc. 2w
batsy Fun! And yes, nodding along to what @Ruthiella said about the Tey and the Flavia series. I enjoy the Jane Austen mysteries too, but felt the early books were better. I'm trying to plan my books for the challenge; might be having too much fun doing "research"... 2w
merelybookish @batsy Oh I spent hours and eventually had to make myself stop. So many possibilities! And thanks for the heads up on the Jane Austen mystery. I haven't read any but was drawn to the Xmasy title. Maybe I'll go back to one of the earlier ones. Please tag me if/when you share your picks. 🙂 2w
rubyslippersreads @quietjenn I‘m tempted too. 😊 1w
rubyslippersreads @batsy Even though it‘s not “Christmassy,” I‘m tempted to read 1w
rubyslippersreads @merelybookish @Ruthiella ❤️❤️❤️ Sue Grafton. My BFF and I were in a coffee shop when we heard she‘d died, and we both started crying. 😢 1w
merelybookish @rubyslippersreads Yes, do join! It's fun to make the list. And does that mean you've read all the alphabet murders? 1w
Ruthiella @rubyslippersreads I was sad to hear she died too, and one book short of completing the alphabet. I also love that her inspiration to write the series was her idly thinking of ways to kill her ex-husband. 😂 1w
merelybookish @Ruthiella That's hilarious! 😂 1w
quietjenn @Ruthiella 😆 if I knew that, is forgotten it! I haven't read these since I got really into them in high school and think I stopped wherever the series was at that time. Worth asking to the proverbial list. 1w
batsy @rubyslippersreads I haven't read that one yet and it's a nice thematic crossover with our most recent &#furrowedmiddlebrowclub read! 🙂 1w
rubyslippersreads @merelybookish Believe it or not, I‘m only up to Q. 😄 1w
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Pericles | William Shakespeare
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"We hate the Prince of Tyre, and thou must kill him" (I.i.155-6) Well then! No mixed message there. ?
Act I of Pericles and...it's not what one would call subtle. ? Pericles guesses the riddle and realizes Antiochus has an incestuous relationship with his daughter. An assassin is sent to kill Pericles who flees to the poor country of Tharsus. A solid plot is launched. But it feels a bit wooden? Am I missing something? #shakespearereadalong

merelybookish According to my introduction, Acts I & II are very different from the rest of the play. Also, this play was very popular in Shakespeare's time. I'm excited to see how it changes. And I do like a romance. 2w
vlwelser Wooden is a great description so far. I'm also excited to see where this goes. It's strange (based only on Act I) that this was popular. 2w
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Graywacke Wooden - it‘s a good word for this. I couldn‘t decide, while reading, if the language was clever or needlessly confusing. But the plot is straightforward. 2w
merelybookish @vlwelser According to my intro, the story of Pericles was well-known and circulated widely in older texts (which this play is based on.). But it's now considered one of his lesser plays. Will be interesting to learn why. 2w
merelybookish @Graywacke Thanks. I found the language quite stilted, just lacking in finesse. Some places it was so bald (as in my quote above) and then other speeches felt needlessly tedious. 2w
Lcsmcat There‘s an interesting introduction on the Folger site that states “The play‘s structure, then, is like a narrative that periodically breaks into dramatic life.” WWhich kind of explains the woodenness. Here‘s a link to it: https://shakespeare.folger.edu/shakespeares-works/pericles/about-shakespeares-pe... 2w
jewright Well, just come straight out with the incest on the first page. I know nothing about this one, so I‘m excited to read it. 2w
jewright Oh, and the riddle reminds me of Oedipus which is also full of incest. 2w
jewright Romeo and Juliet also compares his face to a book. This one is shorter but “Her face the book of praises where is read / Nothing but curious pleasures” Act I, scene i). 2w
Riveted_Reader_Melissa I read somewhere, that they think the beginning of this play was written by a different author, and then Shakespeare took over the later part….maybe that‘s why it feels so wooden and abrupt? I wish I could find that article again to share it. 2w
batsy I agree, wooden is a good description and I agree! I also haven't done enough research yet on the play but I'm assuming it's universally agreed that the first two acts were likely to have been written by someone else? The Signet intro pretty much goes with that. Thanks for the article @Riveted_Reader_Melissa gonna have a look! 2w
TheBookHippie @Riveted_Reader_Melissa that makes so much more sense to me now! 2w
TheBookHippie @batsy I too have notes and have plans to do a bit more research. 2w
TheBookHippie Wooden is the best descriptor. I have never read or researched this play at all, plans for the short week I‘m entering is to look things up! However the plot is set right in our faces so to speak and here we go! 2w
TheBookHippie @jewright I thought the same thing. Let‘s just put everything right out there first. 2w
TheBookHippie @Lcsmcat oh thanks for the link! 2w
TheBookHippie @vlwelser why is THIS popular 😳 2w
batsy @Lcsmcat Thanks for sharing; the Signet intro for this play is somewhat underwhelming. 2w
mollyrotondo @Riveted_Reader_Melissa @batsy my Arden Shakespeare is really pushing the different author theory. There are a lot of phrases and words that Shakespeare would not have used compared to his other works. George Wilkins seems to be the favorite to have written Acts 1 and 2. This Act definitely does not feel like Shakespeare to me. But I am fascinated by this story so far. Pericles‘s reaction to the riddle is really priceless 😂 2w
batsy @mollyrotondo Yes, his reaction was one of the few things that made sense! Lol 2w
erzascarletbookgasm Interesting about the earlier part not written by Shakespeare. Thanks for the article link @Riveted_Reader_Melissa 2w
merelybookish @Lcsmcat That was an insightful article. Thank Linda! I like how it places Pericles in relation to other Shakespearean plays. 2w
merelybookish @jewright Yes, good point about how it compares with other Greek drama. Also Hamlet, although the incest is more suggestive. Here innuendo here! 2w
merelybookish @batsy @Riveted_Reader_Melissa I'm using my Cambridge edition from my university days in the 90s. They dance around the idea of another author but don't come out and say it. 2w
merelybookish @TheBookHippie It isn't popular now I don't think. But was popular back in the day because the story of Pericles was well-known. (According to my intro.) I don't know when it fell out of favour. 2w
merelybookish @mollyrotondo Oh interesting! What are some of the words he doesn't use? I also didn't think it *felt* like Shakespeare. It just lacked a certain grace. 2w
TheBookHippie @merelybookish I imagine that‘s true, I took a library book out on him now 😂 2w
mollyrotondo @merelybookish so there are a lot of words and phrases that are not something Shakespeare would have written according to this Arden editing. One phrase is in Scene 4 line 42 when Cleon says “nuzzle up”. The phrase never appears in Shakespeare‘s works but appears several times in other works by Wilkins. The use of “wind” in Scene 2 also doesn‘t fit Shakespeare‘s writing because he would have used the word “blast”. I‘ll point out more as I go. 2w
Lcsmcat @merelybookish This feels like a play that will need more outside-the-text help than some others we‘ve read! 2w
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Apples Never Fall | Liane Moriarty
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From today's walk...a nearly leafless tree laden with bright shiny apples.
Seemed to fit with my current read. 😏

DivineDiana It certainly does! 🍎 2w
Suet624 😄😄😄 2w
tpixie Amazing 😻 2w
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TheLudicReader It was a stellar day, wasn‘t it? 2w
Cathythoughts Beautiful 😍 2w
merelybookish @TheLudicReader Just gorgeous! I feel like the mouse Frederick from the tagged picture book who is trying to collect colours to get him through the winter. 2w
merelybookish @DivineDiana @Suet624 Thanks for indulging me. 😄 2w
merelybookish @tpixie @Cathythoughts those red apples are so pretty! 2w
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Apples Never Fall | Liane Moriarty
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I am excited because I have joined a book club in my new town. 👏🥰
(I'm just not super excited that our first book is a Liane Moriarty. 🤫🙊)

AmyG I so get that. I joined my neighborhood club and then bailed. They pick the worst books. 🤣 2w
merelybookish @AmyG Well I helped start this one so can't really bail. But I let someone else pick the first book so I didn't seem too bossy. 😂 And I don't hate Liane Moriarty. She just wouldnt be my first choice. 2w
AmyG Hoping you actually enjoy it! 2w
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erzascarletbookgasm Her novels are a hit or miss for me. I hope this is good. 2w
Cathythoughts I enjoyed this as I needed some light relief … it‘s good & easy 👍🏻 2w
Ruthiella My experience with Moriarty has also been hit or miss. But this one seems to be along the lines of one that was a hit for me 2w
sarahbarnes 😂 Yay for a book club though! 2w
merelybookish @AmyG @erzascarletbookgasm Thanks! I hope so too. 🤞 2w
merelybookish @Cathythoughts Good to hear! I'm also due a light read. 2w
merelybookish @Ruthiella That's the only other one of hers I've read. Also for a book club. 😄 2w
merelybookish @sarahbarnes Yes!! Exactly! 2w
TheLudicReader Yeah, I wouldn‘t be excited about that either. 2w
SilversReviews That‘s why I left one I joined. Mine chose boring, tedious books. 2w
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The Diviners | Margaret Laurence
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This book meant a lot to me when I first read it and now it means more & means differently. In my 20s, it was Morag's development as a writer that stirred me. Now it's her search for ancestors.
Like @vivastory, my thoughts are all over the place, but I do feel like Christie Logan, diviner of the Nuisance Grounds, might be one of the most memorable characters in Canadian fiction!
Thank you #manawakans! I've loved re-reading Laurence with you!

merelybookish Photo is of my library copy. Someone wrote out the last paragraph and taped it in the back. 🤔 2w
vivastory Wonderful review! I hope to post mine in the next few days. I couldn't agree more re: Christie. He's the Canadian Falstaff. As memorable & as tragic. And Laurence gives him some of the best lines. 2w
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merelybookish @vivastory Not sure this so much a review as a gush-gush. 2w
Cathythoughts Great review… I find too books seem to bring different meanings at different times in life .. 👍🏻 2w
batsy Lovely review. This book kinda blew my mind when I read it as a wannabe writer undergrad in Winnipeg! I'm still halfway through now but like you mentioned there are deeper aspects that resonate this time. 2w
BarbaraBB Lovely review. I haven‘t started this one yet. But I will. The #manawakans definitely made me very happy to discover Laurence 🤍 2w
LeahBergen Great review! I‘m almost at the halfway point and loving the journey. 😊 2w
merelybookish @Cathythoughts Thanks Cathy! Yes, the main character is my age and so her feelings hit very differently now! 2w
merelybookish @batsy So many things made this book feel poignant ina new way. I also live beside a river now and watch it all the time like Morag. 2w
merelybookish @BarbaraBB When you get to it, we will all be happy to discuss it some more with you. 💚 2w
merelybookish @LeahBergen Yes! I found I read this one slower. And that was okay! 2w
BarbaraBB Thank you Margot 🤍🤍 2w
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"Invisible Work" by Alison Luterman. Not a #kilt to be seen but too beautiful not to share.
Full poem here
https://www.ayearofbeinghere.com/2015/05/alison-luterman-invisible-work.html?m=1
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TheSpineView Yes, it is beautiful! Thanks for sharing! 2w
Cathythoughts Beautiful 💫 2w
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Christmas Mysteries | David Dell
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I don't read mysteries and I am not very good at reading challenges with specific prompts....so naturally I spent my evening planning what to read for #cloakanddaggerchristmas. 🥴🤷😆
Anyone want to join me reading mysteries in December?
Here's an IG post with more info: https://www.instagram.com/p/CWTbYSFrp2B/?utm_medium=copy_link

rabbitprincess Ooh, I like this challenge! 3w
sarahbarnes 😂😂 fun! 3w
TiredLibrarian I like this one! 🔍😎 3w
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Ruthiella I LOVE mysteries! I‘m gonna try to work at least one in in December. 😃 3w
batsy Yes!! I want to do this as well 🎄🗡️ 3w
merelybookish @rabbitprincess @TiredLibrarian @batsy Yay! I'd love if you joined me. We could use the #cloakanddaggerchristmas hashtag. I don't imagine I'll manage more than 3 or 4, although I'm planning like I will do all the categories. 🙃 3w
merelybookish @Ruthiella Nice! Any favourites to recommend? 3w
batsy @merelybookish Yep, same ? The planning is the best part! Also I've already got one prompt covered (Columbo); for some reason, I find that watching a "cosy" mystery show is very comforting, especially before bed ??? 3w
Ruthiella I personally love Agatha Christie and might pick one of hers because they are also quite quick usually. OTOH, I still need to read Tana French‘s latest, The Searcher. And lest I forget, this one by Laura Lippmann is one the TOB 2022 longlist 3w
merelybookish @batsy Haha. Nothing like a mystery before bed! 😁 2w
merelybookish @Ruthiella Thanks! I've read a few Agatha Christie's but not many so that is an easy pick. 2w
batsy @merelybookish @Ruthiella crimereads.com might be a good place to look for recommendations; my TBR explodes everytime I read one of the articles! 2w
merelybookish @batsy Great! I need more options. 😅 2w
vivastory I just saw your post & I love this idea! I already planned on reading the following 1w
merelybookish @vivastory Murder & Xmas is just a perfect combo! Do join! 1w
DrexEdit I love this idea! I have so many mysteries on my #TBR. I‘m going to try and fit at least one in! 1w
merelybookish @DrexEdit Yay! So glad you might join too! 1w
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Pericles | William Shakespeare
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Just a #shakespearereadalong reminder that we kick off our discussion of Pericles this Sunday. Our schedule:
Act 1 - Nov 21
Act II - Nov 28
Act III - Dec 5
Act IV - Dec 12
Act V - Dec 19
We realize we are getting into holiday season and understand if that impedes your reading. Come as you can! Also if you want to be added or removed from the list, let me know. ⛵
@Graywacke @GingerAntics

Lcsmcat Looking forward to it! 3w
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Graywacke My copy is sitting here, hopefully waiting patiently. I‘m be quiet week 1, traveling. 3w
merelybookish @Lcsmcat Excellent! 3w
merelybookish @Graywacke Gotcha! Safe travels! 3w
TheBookHippie Just pulled it out!!! Here we go! 3w
GingerAntics I‘m ready!!! 3w
Graywacke @merelybookish *I‘ll … 3w
batsy So ready! ⛵ 3w
vlwelser I also have this ready to go but thank you for the reminder because I nearly forgot. 3w
erzascarletbookgasm Thanks for the reminder! 🤦‍♀️ I‘ll be reading the pdf version. 2w
merelybookish @vlwelser Excited for you to join us! 2w
merelybookish @erzascarletbookgasm I wish it were easy to pop a copy in the mail to you...Or I could give you my log-in info for Hoopla if you'd like the audio. 2w
MoonWitch94 Wahoo! 2w
erzascarletbookgasm Thanks, Margot. But I can‘t do Shakespeare on audio 😬 2w
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This is not October but this poem still crackles in November.
#kid #poetrymatters @TheSpineView

TheSpineView Works good for November too!🤩👍 3w
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We, Jane | Aimee Wall
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The great Canadian abortion novel. After her own abortion, Marthe wants to be in community with and "be obliged" to other women. She meets "Jane" and together they return to rural Newfoundland to carry on an underground tradition. But Marthe's desire to be obliged is challenged by what that means in reality. An excellent little novel.

Prairiegirl_reading This sounds fantastic! 3w
merelybookish @Prairiegirl_reading I loved it. Part quiet character study/part subtle social issue novel. 3w
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The Diviners | Margaret Laurence
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And even a reference to Hagar's son John! Remember he trades a family heirloom for cigarettes?
#manawakans @LeahBergen @BarbaraBB @vivastory @batsy

LeahBergen Ohhhh! 😮 3w
batsy I need to get to Stone Angel (next)! 3w
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More David Whyte. ? From "Everything is Waiting for You." Well worth reading the whole poem! https://onbeing.org/poetry/everything-is-waiting-for-you/
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TheSpineView Love this poem! 💚💚💚 3w
kathedron That line about the cooking pots gets me every time I read it. ❤️ 3w
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The Diviners | Margaret Laurence
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Starting the final book in the Manawaka series. #manawakans

vivastory I haven't seen this cover. I haven't started yet, I I hope to start it tomorrow night. 3w
merelybookish @vivastory It's a library book, so probably old. 🙂 3w
LeahBergen That looks like the Canadian first edition. 😊 3w
batsy @LeahBergen @merelybookish Was gonna say that's a very cool edition! 3w
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More Was Lost: A Memoir | Eleanor Perenyi
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vivastory Great choices! I think that the group has read only one nf previously. My vote is In the Freud Archive 4w
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batsy This is a fascinating selection! I'm voting for 4w
BarbaraBB I'd love to read 4w
quietjenn They all sound super interesting! I vote for 4w
mklong Ooh good idea! I vote 4w
LeahBergen Nonfiction sounds like a fab idea! Let‘s see… I‘ll vote for 4w
Leftcoastzen They all look great again! 4w
Billypar Agreed with the group - these all sound good! I'm going with 4w
arubabookwoman I'm going with In the Freud Archives. 4w
GatheringBooks Great choices! Thank you for having this early. I vote for 4w
Reviewsbylola If voting is still open, I‘m going with 3w
sarahbarnes Fun! I‘ll vote for Visit to Don Otavio! 3w
emilyhaldi I‘m always in the mood for a little nonfiction 🤓 my vote goes to 3w
saresmoore Oh! So sorry, I‘ve been off Litsy! If it‘s not too late, I‘ll vote for 3w
daena My apologies. I‘ve been out of the loop. Here‘s my vote. (edited) 3w
youneverarrived So sorry, I did read this and then forgot to comment 🤦‍♀️ all great choices!! I‘ll go for 3w
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All Change | Elizabeth Jane Howard
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Sniff. Last of the Cazalets. This volume is kind of a mess. Kids are now adults with kids of their own. Some characters disappear or are replaced by a new iteration. Some characters return. (Teddy, Simon). Some things are resolved. Some things aren't. Some characters die. A few storylines are ridiculous (Neville 🙄). The ending is decidedly bittersweet. Life is change, change is life. A wonderful series! Definitely own to revisit!

Cathythoughts Brilliant! You finished the series & it sounds wonderful… I need to move onto book 2 some day 😄 4w
batsy Well done! 🙌🏾 4w
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Phantom Tollbooth | Norton Juster
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Zipped through this fun how-have-I-not-read-this-before? book this weekend! So much clever wordplay!
In other unrelated news, I have accepted that I will not be making my Goodreads challenge this year. Unless I drop everything and read novellas between now and New Year's. Oh well.

MrsMalaprop A great book, read many years ago for book club. 4w
vivastory I read this a couple of years ago & really enjoyed it. I had to lower my GR challenge a couple of years ago to meet it. Not going to lie, I was bummed about it. 🤣 Life happens though 4w
MatchlessMarie I still haven‘t read this, but I remember seeing a production of it when I was in middle school 4w
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Bookwomble One of my childhood favourites, and made more special by sharing it with my kids when they were little 🙂 4w
Reggie You and me both. Last year at this time I was over 100 books. Now I‘m lucky if I‘m even gonna make that 100. You have company. 4w
batsy I love this book and only read it as an adult! My kid self felt cheated 🙂 I ditched the GR challenge last year and never looked back 😁 4w
merelybookish @MrsMalaprop Yes, fun for adults too! 4w
merelybookish @vivastory Thanks Scott! I'm trying to remind myself I have done a lot this year. Inevitable that my reading would suffer. Still I kept thinking I might be able to catch up. 4w
merelybookish @MatchlessMarie I expect it makes a fun play! But definitely worth a read some time! 4w
merelybookish @Bookwomble My son had read it as a kid and he loved it. Somehow I missed out reading it with him. 4w
merelybookish @Reggie Thanks Reggie! My goal is 100 which I usually surpass by a bit. But I'll do well if I make 80 this year. Oh well. 🤷 4w
merelybookish @batsy Wow, no GR challenge at all! 🤯 4w
Bookwomble @merelybookish I use the GR challenge to simply keep track of what I've read that year - can't deny a nice feeling of achievement when I hit my target, but that's a secondary thing for me. Not that you need feel how I do, but I'd be inclined to revise down my target if life threw out some challenges more significant than a GR one 💗 4w
robinb My kids also read this in school. I‘m sure I‘ve got a copy (or two) around somewhere. I need to read it. 😊 3w
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Love's Labour's Lost | Wiliam Shakespeare
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A little ditty from Shakespeare. To-whit, to-whoo. 🦉
#keel #poetrymatters @TheSpineView

TheSpineView Shakespeare! ❤ 1mo
readingjedi This is so evocative of my childhood ❤ 1mo
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Goodness, this book is making me anxious. Normally I would flip to the back and read the last few pages (just to see that Roseleen is okay!) But I can't do that with an audiobook, so I'm suffering through.

robinb I enjoyed this one for its strong women, but it‘s not a light-hearted read. (edited) 3w
merelybookish @robinb I ended up enjoying it too, but those scenes in the connvent were so upsetting. 3w
robinb @merelybookish Yes, I had my tissues nearby for this one. 😔 3w
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There's never a bad time for a David Whyte poem. 💙
#kayak #poetrymatters @TheSpineView

JamieArc Love David Whyte ❤️ 1mo
Suet624 I love listening to him. 1mo
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Book Swap | Cumming, GA (Bookstore)
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I love this swap. So fun, so festive, so easy! Thank you, thank you @MaleficentBookDragon

LeahBergen I love it, too! 1mo
vivastory I signed up too! It's been a bit since I've participated in a swap 1mo
BarbaraBB It‘s the only swap I participate in! 1mo
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batsy Yes! Low-key, manageable and a lovely way to celebrate 🎄 1mo
Cathythoughts Oh great !! I love this swap Christmas 🎄.. 👍🏻 1mo
Cathythoughts Just signed up now 👍🏻🎉🎄 1mo
merelybookish @Cathythoughts @batsy @vivastory @BarbaraBB @LeahBergen Yay 🎄! It's the only swap I do as well. @MaleficentBookDragon does such a great job! 1mo
merelybookish @vivastory @LeahBergen @batsy @BarbaraBB And #manawakans, while you're here, are we still on for Laurence's last novel this month? 1mo
vivastory Definitely! I should be receiving my copy today. Does Monday work for everyone? @batsy @BarbaraBB @LeahBergen 1mo
BarbaraBB I‘m in. Monday is fine for me! @vivastory @batsy @LeahBergen 1mo
LeahBergen @vivastory @merelybookish @BarbaraBB @batsy I‘m ready to go on Monday, too! 1mo
merelybookish Monday it is! This has become one of my reading highlights of 2021! @vivastory @batsy @BarbaraBB @LeahBergen 1mo
vivastory @merelybookish @batsy @leahbergen @barbarabb Same here. I'm both happy to be reading The Diviners as it's reportedly her best book & a little sad as it's the end of her Manawaka books! 1mo
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Treacle Walker | ALAN. GARNER
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1. Capricious
2. Hmmm. Not really? But I'm intrigued by the new book by Alan Garner that just came out in the UK.
Thanks for the tag @TheLudicReader I'll tag my #shakespearereadalong pals @GingerAntics @Graywacke

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How serendipitous! Today's poem from The Writer's Almanac includes #kaleidoscope. It's a good poem too.
#poetrymatters @TheSpineView

BiblioLitten I love it! 1mo
TheSpineView How fortuitous. Is it a great poem.🤩 1mo
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All Change | Elizabeth Jane Howard
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This is it! The final volume of Cazalet Chronicles!

Ruthiella Ta da! 😃 1mo
MaureenMc 🙌😁🙌 1mo
Cathythoughts Well done .. 👍🏻❤️ 1mo
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LeahBergen Woot! 👏🏻👏🏻 1mo
merelybookish @Ruthiella @Cathythoughts @LeahBergen Thanks friends! It such been so enjoyable, Im almost sad it will be over soon! 1mo
merelybookish @MaureenMc I meant to tag you! 😁 1mo
MaureenMc @merelybookish 😄 I‘m planning on starting no. 4 this weekend! 1mo
merelybookish @MaureenMc Excellent! I really enjoyed volume 4. 1mo
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The Vet's Daughter | Kathryn Davis, Barbara Comyns
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Sucks to be a woman. 😑I haven't read Comyns before but I know a darkness runs through her novels. And it's definitely here. Women are at the mercy of men, and in the case of Alice, that means her cruel, drunken vet dad. Even to escape she's dependent upon a hero, one she finds kind but repugnant. Aspects of this novel I didn't get but the descriptions of characters and scene-setting are fabulous. A good book to discuss! #nyrbbookclub

vivastory Great review. I think it'll make for a great discussion! 1mo
LeahBergen I shall read this when I‘m done! 😆 1mo
merelybookish @vivastory Thanks Scott! 1mo
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Pericles | William Shakespeare
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Up next #Shakespearereadalong. We set sail November 21st. ⛵
(To be followed by Two Gentlemen of Verona & Coriolanus, for those who like to plan ahead. 😉)
@Graywacke @GingerAntics

GingerAntics I‘ve read this one before, but this is one of the ones I don‘t remember. 1mo
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merelybookish @GingerAntics New to me! I am assuming there's a ship based on the poster. 🤣 1mo
TheBookHippie Yay!!! 1mo
merelybookish @TheBookHippie We have almost read all the plays! 1mo
TheBookHippie @merelybookish Are we are in year 4 or 5 ? And 😫😫😫 I don‘t want to be done … 1mo
merelybookish @TheBookHippie It would take some digging to find out but year 4 at least, for sure. And no reason we couldn't cycle through them again. 1mo
vlwelser This one looks interesting. Can anyone join? I don't have to submit a dna sample or take an iq test or anything, right? 1mo
Graywacke Yay! I was wondering if that was a book cover. It‘s a really cool image. I see above it‘s a poster…?? 1mo
Graywacke @vlwelser we‘ll get you on the list. (dna test? 🙂) And you can follow the readalong tag: #shakespearereadalong 1mo
GingerAntics @merelybookish yes there are several as I recall. Most of what I remember is that this may not have been written by Shakes at all… but it could also be a collaboration (so he might have written parts of it). 1mo
TheBookHippie @merelybookish yay! I vote that! 😂👏🏼 1mo
merelybookish @vlwelser All welcome! And I hope there's no IQ test or I'm in trouble. 👀 😆 1mo
merelybookish @Graywacke Oh it is a book cover. It's Penguin. I just posters and it came up...didn't mean to mislead. 🙃 1mo
merelybookish @GingerAntics Oh Shakes! What did he write?! 😁 1mo
GingerAntics @merelybookish I remember having the discussion of who wrote this play in class. Most of us noticed that some of the acts didn‘t see quite up to snuff. Originally we thought he called some parts in, but then it was brought to our attention that those parts were very likely written my someone else, and the whole play may have been. 1mo
batsy I do like that image! And I have not read Pericles or the next two coming up. I'm looking forward! 🙂 1mo
merelybookish @batsy All new to me as well! 1mo
LibrarianRyan Hello, this is going to sound odd, but I was cleaning up old LMPBC records and they say that in round 6 you sent to me in our middle grade group. I never got Tristan strong back. I was wondering if there was an odd chance you still had it. If you don‘t that is okay, like I said I‘m cleaning records. 1mo
merelybookish @LibrarianRyan I don't! I think you mailed to me. I remember because you sent me back my book without reading it because you felt bad about holding on to it. Also, you had great packaging! Sorry. 1mo
LibrarianRyan @merelybookish humm. Okay. I can‘t remember. That was just how I had it in notes. Thanks for looking. 1mo
merelybookish @LibrarianRyan I just checked a post for tagged book. I mailed to @IndoorDame and the other member was @Johanna414 1mo
LibrarianRyan @merelybookish thanks. I appreciate it. 1mo
Johanna414 @LibrarianRyan wasnt that the round where you had to switch books at the last minute? I want to say you had a ARC and the new puppy chewed it or something, because we didnt read Tristan Strong. I think maybe you switched to Sal and Gabi? 1mo
LibrarianRyan @Johanna414 yes!! You are right. It must have been the next round. I thought that was a weird name and not what I had in my memory for who didn‘t return the book. I could have sworn it was round 7 for which I had really bad notes. You are so right. THANK YOU. i do still have my dog chewed copy. 😃 1mo
Johanna414 @LibrarianRyan haha glad we got it sorted! 1mo
merelybookish @Johanna414 @LibrarianRyan Good memory!! And mystery solved! 1mo
MoonWitch94 This is one I have not read. Can‘t wait! 1mo
merelybookish @MoonWitch94 Yay! I think it's a new one for many of us! 1mo
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Wayward | Dana Spiotta
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I LOVED it! Does it help that I'm a well-meaning, White, middle-aged, middle class menopausal woman who never sleeps through the night anymore like the protagonist? Sure. Does it help that I also have an aged mother and teen daughter? Yes. Did it make me want to pack up and move into my own cozy fixer-upper? Maybe. Basically I COULD RELATE! BUT I also think it's a layered novel about aging and grief and how to be a good person. All the ⭐s

Megabooks Great review! 1mo
Ruthiella Looking forward to reading this one. She‘s an interesting writer. Maybe it will be on the 2022 TOB long/short list which will help me get to it. 1mo
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Flaneurette I loved this one too! I felt both seen and called out, as a white middle class menopausal woman.. 1mo
merelybookish @Ruthiella I hope it makes TOB! I like to have a book to root for and I haven't read many new titles this year! 1mo
merelybookish @Flaneurette Absolutely! Realizing that maybe there's something wrong with putting all your energy into your own kid(s) was powerful. 😳 1mo
batsy Nice review 💜 1mo
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Wayward | Dana Spiotta
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I started this yesterday and am LOVING it so far. It's giving me Fleischman is in Trouble vibes. (Which is high praise!)

squirrelbrain That *is* high praise - stacked! 1mo
merelybookish @squirrelbrain The story is different but there is an astute understanding of contemporary White, middle-aged, middle class womanhood that reminded me of Fleishman 1mo
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A Bird in the House: Stories | Margaret Laurence
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This is my least favorite of Laurence's Manawaka series, but still worth reading! My issue, I think, is I still didn't feel like I KNEW Vanessa by the end. And since Vanessa is an adolescent for most of the book, I think that was intentional. She probably didn't really know herself. Instead we get to know other people through Vanessa's eyes. The stories are well done, just less engaging somehow. Also, poor Nanuk! ☹️🐶
#manakwakans

BarbaraBB Excellent review. I think you‘re right about Laurence‘s intentions but it didn‘t have as much effect on me either. 1mo
vivastory That's very interesting about her not knowing herself. I think that was definitely my issue, it felt like all of the other characters were more real. And, I completely agree about Nanuk. That section broke my heart. 1mo
merelybookish @vivastory @BarbaraBB I think it speaks to Laurence's craft that she is able to write Vanessa in this way. She never felt unreal to me, but just elusive. But not like she was intentionally hiding anything. Just that was un-developed in a way. It comes through often how much she doesn't understand what she is witnessing. 1mo
batsy The Nanuk bit was just quietly devastating 💔 1mo
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Apologies for the small print but an Ada Limon poem is worth the eye strain. 🙌
#joke #poetrymatters @TheSpineView

TheSpineView Definitely worth a little strain! 1mo
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My Friend Natalia | Laura Lindstedt
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I started this on audio today and it veered quickly into so-bad-it's-good territory. The patient is a nymphomaniac (of course! Such a common psychological problem🙄) and the therapist is ridiculous. It's lacks any subtlety and it's not going anywhere good. But now I can't look away.
Thankfully it's pretty short.
Also, I have to believe it's better in the original Finnish.

BarbaraBB Most books I read translated from Finnish are horrible to read. I think it‘s a difficult language to translate 🤷🏻‍♀️ (edited) 1mo
merelybookish @BarbaraBB Oh I think the other Finnish book I read was also terrible! This was written by a woman and translated by a man, so I have been blaming it on that too. I feel like descriptions of sex that might have been intended to be provocative have been reduced to salacious. 1mo
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TheSpineView Lovely poem! ❤❤❤ 2mo
mrsmarch Didn‘t he also write about “good fences make good neighbors”? 😂 2mo
merelybookish @mrsmarch He did! Maybe he didn't make friends with neighbors. 😁 2mo
Suet624 This made me happy this morning. Thank you for posting it. 1mo
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Luminaries | Eleanor Catton
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Has anyone watched this miniseries? We started tonight. Lots of building in the first episode. Feels a bit different from the book. Although I don't remember much of the book except there are a lot of characters and it's long. 🤣 Plan to keep watching but curious what others thought of it.

Ruthiella I loved this book... I‘ll have to check out the miniseries one of these days. 2mo
BarbaraBB What @Ruthiella says! 2mo
batsy I didn't know this was adapted. I've been meaning to read the book for ever so long. Books are being turned into TV shows faster than I can read them 😂 2mo
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merelybookish @Ruthiella @BarbaraBB I loved the book too when I read it but have forgotten a lot. 🙈 2mo
merelybookish @batsy No kidding! Although sometimes I think it's better to not have read the book. The series is often more enjoyable that way. But the book is very good! 2mo
AlaMich @batsy This is SO TRUE! And I am such a slow reader that I really have to make some tough choices about what I will realistically be able to read before the adaptation comes out. 2mo
sarahbarnes I loved this book! Haven‘t watched the series but I may have to check it out. 2mo
Cathythoughts I bailed on the book … but I wouldn‘t mind having a look at this series 👍🏻❤️ 2mo
merelybookish @sarahbarnes I'm liking it more and more! 2mo
merelybookish @Cathythoughts It's remind me a bit of Deadwood. Which is a good thing. 🙂 2mo
Suet624 Which of the many varieties of ways are you watching it? Netflix? Hulu? Amazon? Apple? Regular tv? 1mo
merelybookish @Suet624 We watched on Amazon. I liked that they changed how the story is told (while still sticking to the plot) but found some of it clunky. So B-? 1mo
Suet624 Oh bummer. I don‘t give my money to Amazon. I was hoping it was on another venue. I loved Deadwood and saw it reminded you of that show. I was going to jump right on it. 😀 1mo
merelybookish @Suet624 I applaud the no-Amazon rule. I don't buy books there but am guilty of other stuff. It had similar setting as Deadwood but not nearly as good. 🙂 1mo
Suet624 Yeah, no judgment about anyone else using Amazon. I just see Bezos as greed personified and avoid giving him money. I think I‘m missing some good tv shows though. 🙂 1mo
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A Bird in the House: Stories | Margaret Laurence
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I love fall! Look at those colours! 😍
From my morning walk. I also started tagged book today. #manawakans

TiredLibrarian Beautiful! 🍂🍁 2mo
LeahBergen Gorgeous! 2mo
Hooked_on_books I haven‘t lived in a place with fall color for a while now, so thank you for posting this beautiful view! 😍 2mo
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BarbaraBB Gorgeous 😍. I‘ll start it later today! 2mo
merelybookish @Hooked_on_books My pleasure. I'm back here for the first time in many years and am kind of in awe of the beauty! 2mo
Cathythoughts I love the colours too .. it‘s such a beautiful time in the year 💫 2mo
vivastory That's incredible! With temps being out of control because of global warming I've noticed a lack of changing leaves in kc the past few years 2mo
Centique Wow! That‘s gorgeous 😍 1mo
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Spent most of Canadian Thanksgiving finishing this and it was WORTH IT!
Love the Cazalets! This one made me cry.
Book 5 (the final volume 😢) has been ordered!

sarahbarnes Hope it was a great Thanksgiving! 2mo
merelybookish @sarahbarnes Thanks! Weird COVID rules kind of changed things but we still had a celebration. 2mo
Cathythoughts Very good 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2mo
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batsy I can't wait to read this series! 😍 2mo
merelybookish @Cathythoughts I couldn't put it down! 2mo
merelybookish @batsy I think you'd enjoy it! And just order the whole series if/when you buy it! I have been buying them one at a time and it was dumb. 😂 2mo
MaureenMc My goal is to finish the series by the end of the year. 🤞 2mo
merelybookish @MaureenMc Me too! Where you are in the series? 2mo
MaureenMc @merelybookish I‘ve got nos. 4 & 5 to get through. Shouldn‘t be a problem, but one of my book groups just picked Dune for our next read, so now I‘m a bit 😬. 😆 2mo
merelybookish @MaureenMc I whipped through this one! 2mo
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