Home Feed
Add Review, Blurb, Quote


Joined April 2016

reading now icon
Bad Blood by John Carreyrou
reading now icon
Celestial Bodies by Johka Alharthi
reading now icon
Circe by Madeline Miller
reading now icon
Milkman by Anna Burns
reading now icon
The Tale of Genji by Murasaki Shikibu
Charlotte Gray | Sebastian Faulks
post image

Charlotte Gray‘s lover is #lostinFrance during the occupation. Can she take advantage of being parachuted into a small French village, to take part in undercover work, to trace him?

I remember loving both the book and the film back along, but very little else about them!


Cathythoughts I have this one ... must read 👍🏻 21h
BarbaraBB Yes I thought of Faulks too. Many of his war novels are situated in France! 19h
Cinfhen How was your birthday??? 16h
Centique @Cathythoughts I loved this book Cathy - I reckon it will be a good one for you! 😍 7h
65 likes4 comments
post image

Are any UK-based folks interested in joining @jhod @jenniferw88 and me, nabbing the last spot in this round of Litsy MarkUp Postal BookClub?

Read a book, mark it up with your thoughts, post it on. Each round lasts 4 books (1 book a month) so not a major long term commitment. It‘s fun! And you‘re bound to read something you wouldn‘t have otherwise...

Sign up on @suvata ‘s page (scroll back a few posts!)

Cathythoughts I think I just signed up. I hope the spot is still left 🤞🏻 1d
36 likes2 comments
Bad Blood | John Carreyrou
post image

Sunday morning reading (thanks @Oryx )

I‘m ? already. So many concerns, and she just keeps bulldozering through, apparently through sheer force of personality.

I think there‘s an ‘unlikeable person‘ category in #nonfiction2019 - chances are I‘ll use this book for the prompt. Not sure which person I‘ll be referring to though... So far, Elizabeth appears determined, naïve, just plain wrong and possibly delusional- but Fuisz... WHAT??

squirrelbrain Sounds great - I‘ve read a lot in the press about this... stacked! 2d
Cathythoughts I think it sounds great too ! Stacking 2d
Hooked_on_books I loved this book. I really want to see someone do a novelization of the story and try to get in her head. Did she know she was scamming everyone, or did she delude herself as well? I just don‘t know. 2d
See All 13 Comments
Oryx It's incredible, isn't it? So many moments of, "But how? Why? Wtf???". So much arrogance too to think she could just make a scientific idea work, without even bothering to learn any science (as in finish her degree, nevermind a PhD). And then a Harvard prof tells her straight off, this can't work because x y z... she ignores her. 2d
HeatherBookNerd Totally fascinating story. Shows you just how far privilege and wealth can take you even when you‘re completely delusional. 2d
Bookwormjillk I just got this from the library. Can‘t wait to read it. 2d
RachelO @squirrelbrain @Cathythoughts 👍 Think it‘s going to be a great rant read! 2d
RachelO @Hooked_on_books Exactly! I‘m only at the beginning, and I don‘t feel like she‘s being malicious. Just out-of-her-depth and genuinely believing it‘ll work if you hit it hard enough, plus spectacularly unaware of any other human beings in the room. Although she did know how to charm/manipulate top bods, so maybe I‘m wrong on the lack of people skills... 2d
RachelO @Oryx I worked in Patents Information for a brief while (a job I LOVED!). We were told at the beginning we‘d be bound to see perpetual motion machines, and sure enough, day 1... IT CANNOT WORK! But me and my GCSE physics weren‘t there to give technical advice, and they fully believed it worked... They really just didn‘t hear it... 2d
RachelO @HeatherBookNerd It‘s just amazing. 2d
RachelO @Bookwormjillk Hope you find it interesting- it‘s a good one! 2d
Cathythoughts Unstacked , as I just got it on kindle 👍🏻👍🏻 😁 2d
RachelO @Cathythoughts 👍 Thanks for the reminder! I need to unstack All The Things 😁 2d
73 likes5 stack adds13 comments
post image

2/2 The rest of my birthday bookmail - 💕💕💕

@kathedron 🌿🌱Thank you -this sounds amazing ! Hoping to find more woodland walks this year myself as well. I‘m sure I know of Sara Maitland from something else... Going to enjoy investigating 🌳

@Cathythoughts 💝 No, I hadn‘t got my hands on this yet. I loved Wolf Border, and there‘s been a serious lack of short stories in my life recently- Thank you 😊

tpixie Lovely! And Happy Birthday!! 3d
RachelO @TrishB This made me laugh so much! Yes, this was the One End Street book I never read - thank you - I‘ll enjoy it loads 😊. And I‘ve bought the Salt Path for more than one person, cos it sounds so good, but never actually got as far as reading it myself. Thank you so much 😘😘😘

And did I mention I may have a new favourite greetings card artist?
RachelO The last book is from my brother, who only really reads music/food-related but heard I‘d read a graphic novel this year (Shock! Horror!) and went off to investigate what was out there. How cool is that??! 3d
See All 18 Comments
Oryx The Arrival is beautiful. Shaun Tan is an incredible artist 3d
TrishB Great birthday haul 💕 enjoy the rest of your day 🎉🎉🥂 3d
TrishB Those cards are awesome aren‘t they 👍🏻 3d
Cathythoughts Everything looks fab ... Have a great Saturday birthday 🎂😍 3d
youneverarrived How lovely ♥️♥️ Shaun Tan is a brilliant artist. 3d
kathedron Happy birthday, Rachel! Hope you are having a fabulous day 🎂 3d
squirrelbrain What wonderful gifts! I nearly bought The Salt Path the other day.... 3d
Redwritinghood Happy birthday! 🎂🎂 2d
RachelO @tpixie Thanks Teri 😘 2d
RachelO @Oryx @youneverarrived It‘s beautiful! I‘ve seen it on here, but not in real life before. I‘ve also been advised on appropriate music to play while reading it 😂😂 2d
RachelO @TrishB ✨Thanks Trish - feeling v grateful! And yes, the cards are lovely- so atmospheric. 📚🌊 2d
RachelO @kathedron Thanks Kate! Had a very lovely day 😘 2d
RachelO @squirrelbrain😂😂Next time! I‘ve nearly bought it several times ... 2d
RachelO @Redwritinghood Thank you 😊🍷🍰 2d
61 likes1 stack add18 comments
post image

1/2 Hugs and thank yous for the tower of birthday bookmail I had waiting for me this morning.

@youneverarrived The title sums up today 😂😂. I remember wanting to read this, but nothing else, - glancing at the reviews, that‘s totally the way to go in. Excited to see what happens - 😊. And I may have a new favourite greetings card artist 🥰

@Oryx I‘ve SO wanted to read this! Sounds crazy-scary-unbelievable- perfect nf! Thank you 😘

@squirrelbrain Thank you so much! What a gorgeous parcel - That Behold the Dreamers cover 🥰. And I STILL haven‘t read Angie Thomas, so time to fix that! And the bookmark might reappear in future posts 😘
scripturient Happy birthday!!!!! 3d
TrishB Lovely 💕💕 3d
See All 12 Comments
tpixie What great book friends!! ♥️📚🥳🥰 3d
Oryx Happy birthday! What a lovely selection 3d
Cathythoughts Happy Birthday!! I read Behold the Dreamers recently.... soooo good ♥️👍🏻. All such lovely gifts 3d
youneverarrived 😂 I‘m glad you like the card 💕 I read the book not knowing much about it and it‘s definitely the way to go. It was unexpected but in a good way. Happy Birthday 🥂 3d
squirrelbrain Glad you like it! And definitely don‘t look up that book beforehand...! 😲 3d
RachelO @scripturient Thank you 😘 2d
RachelO @tpixie They are awesome!! 2d
RachelO @Oryx @Cathythoughts Thank you 😘. Feeling very grateful! 2d
RachelO @youneverarrived @squirrelbrain Thank you both! Think I‘m going to have to bump this to the top of the list, so I don‘t accidentally scupper myself 😉 2d
61 likes12 comments
Becoming | Michelle Obama
post image

#bfc #bookfitnesschallenge Week 5 checkin.

Finished 3 books, all of which were excellent. 8/6 One day I really will write some reviews 😬
70300 steps/60000 goal - think I‘m managing to get more steps in as a matter of course.

And signed up for #bfc2 😁

TheSpineView Great job! 4d
julesG 👏👏👏👏 4d
wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 Gorgeous Photo! And so happy you‘re continuing on to R2! 4d
See All 12 Comments
squirrelbrain 👍😁 Well done! 4d
LeePeckover Bless Harry Leslie Smith. He was one incredible human being. 4d
BookwormAHN Nice job, great photo 👏🏻 4d
CoverToCoverGirl Well done! 👏 3d
batsy Happy birthday and here's to a fabulous, uplifting year ❤️🎂🎉 3d
LeahBergen Happy, happy birthday!! 😘😘📚📚📚 3d
RachelO @batsy 🥰 Thank you! I‘m making PLANS for this year (no idea what yet, but PLANS!) 3d
RachelO @LeahBergen 😘😘😘 Thanks Leah! It may be the 📚📚📚-iest birthday in hundreds of years. 😁 3d
RachelO @LeePeckover He was. I wasn‘t aware of him while he was with us - but he spoke such sense! It‘s a good, thought-provoking read, which had me tearing-up on the train. He has an unnerving amount to say about current Tory leadership candidates as well 😕 3d
59 likes12 comments
Thank You, Octopus | Darren Farrell
post image

@youneverarrived @Cathythoughts @kaysworld1

Thank you Katie, Cathy and Kay for your birthday goodies which arrived this morning 💝💝💝. You‘re very kind and extremely organised- I need to up my game!

kaysworld1 I hope you enjoy your birthday 🌼🤗 4d
Cathythoughts 👍🏻thanks , it‘s always good to know they get there. 4d
Cinfhen Early birthday love 💕💕💕💕 4d
See All 8 Comments
youneverarrived That was quick I only posted it yesterday 😀 4d
RachelO @kaysworld1 Thanks Kay! 🌸 4d
RachelO @Cathythoughts 😊 I‘m always surprised when they actually arrive! 4d
RachelO @youneverarrived Yay! Love when that happens- thank you so much 😘 4d
49 likes8 comments
post image

In his 40s, university professor Bert Ashe decides it‘s time to realise his lifelong plan to grow dreadlocks, time for his outer appearance to come into line with his inner perception of himself. How does that work out? And how does the world around him react to his new hair? This is his exploration of dreadlocks and identity.

#DreadlockHoliday #wanderingjune

squirrelbrain Good choice! 😁👍 5d
TrishB Cool choice 👍🏻 5d
Cinfhen Sounds super fascinating #stacked 5d
BarbaraBB This sounds really cool! 5d
63 likes2 stack adds4 comments
post image
TheSpineView 😍😍 5d
47 likes1 comment
post image

I forgot to post my #bfc #bookfitnesschallenge check-in last week, so very belatedly, here it is!

1. Step goal 74000/60000 (crazy chuffed with this!)
2. Book goal. Finished Courtney Milan‘s the Governess Affair. 5/6.
... but I still haven‘t caught up with my reviews backlog...

In other news, my 1-year scan came back with ‘No worrying features‘ 🎉💃🏻🎉. To everyone that‘s sent support this year. 😘😘😘- thank you!

A good week!

marleed Oh congrats on the scan! And the #BFC! 1w
RachelO @marleed Thank you 😊 1w
Clwojick 🥳🥳🥳🥳🥳🥳 1w
See All 22 Comments
bewareofwords Congrats on the awesome work, and especially on the scan! 👏🏽 1w
sudi Congrats on the scan and the challenge 👏👏👏 1w
Erin7 Congrats on the scan! That's wonderful news 😊. And great job on your goals too. That's a heck of a step count.
youneverarrived Great news 💕 1w
TheSpineView Congrats on the good news and your fitness challenge goals! 👏👏 1w
RachelO @Clwojick You may be responsible for 1 or 2 (or 14000) of those extra steps - trying to look like I‘m ahead before you & CJ wake up. It rarely actually works! 1w
RachelO @bewareofwords Thank you 😊 1w
RachelO @sudi Thank you! 🌼 1w
RachelO @Erin7 Thank you! I‘m having a couple of slow days now - not sure I‘m going to match that step count this week! 1w
RachelO @youneverarrived Thanks Katie 😘 1w
RachelO @TheSpineView 😊 Thank you! 1w
Clwojick 😂😂😂 You‘re still killing it! Way to go! 1w
wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 A great week. And so happy your scans came back good. 💚 1w
eraderneely 🎉🎉🎉 1w
CoverToCoverGirl Great news! 👏👏🎉🎉 1w
batsy That's fantastic news ❤️ 1w
Reggie Yayyy!!!! That‘s great to read!! 7d
4thhouseontheleft Congrats, that‘s great news! 7d
Oryx Brilliant news on the scan! 7d
45 likes22 comments
post image

How about this for the Best Postal Delivery Ever??!

Two parcels from lovely #jbuk littens - thank you so much @squirrelbrain & mystery person (I suspect @TrishB 😉). They‘re safely stashed away for weekend - Thank you 🥰

And a non-Litsy parcel (no return address) that I opened because it felt like tupperware. Chocolate brownies! Yum! (I did check whether the person I guessed sent them actually did before I ate too many 🤣😂)

Feeling v spoilt!

TrishB Great mail 😁 it is indeed me! It‘s that scruffy writing.... 1w
RachelO @TrishB I had the Addams family postcard lined up alongside it for handwriting analysis - not scruffy at all! Thank you so much Trish 😁 1w
TrishB Welcome 😘 1w
See All 7 Comments
squirrelbrain Mmm I think #chocolatebrowniemail may even be better than #bookmail 😋😲 😁 Also laughing that you were doing handwriting analysis! 1w
RachelO @squirrelbrain Ha! The handwriting analysis on the brownies was a little higher stakes 🤣🤣🤣. Who sends brownies though the post with no note/return address??! 1w
RachelO @squirrelbrain Not that I don‘t appreciate them, you understand!!! 1w
squirrelbrain That‘d be a different birthday... on bail for dodgy dealing in special brownies! 😘 1w
47 likes7 comments
The Joy of Waterboiling: 100 Delicious Recipes for the Water Boiler | Thomas Gotz von Aust, Christina Scheffenacker
post image

Thanks for the tag @4thhouseontheleft 🌸

1. Not really. Some uni friends still call me by my initials- we were a courseful of Rachels.
2. The Joy of Waterboiling. I do like seeing what‘s on the Diagram Prize list each year 🙃
3. Rarely- I often wait til the hype‘s died down. Spoilers, though 😡
4. Are they getting more important? Some are such works of art now, & ‘stock images I‘ve seen elsewhere‘ are v off-putting.
5. 🏷


4thhouseontheleft Oops, I first misread that title as the Joy of WaterBOARDING. 😮My brain's not working properly yet this morning. 😂 2w
RachelO @4thhouseontheleft 😱😂😂 2w
julesG @4thhouseontheleft 😂😂😂 I used to think waterboarding was some sort of surfing 🙈🙈🙈 2w
See All 8 Comments
RachelO @julesG It‘d make a lot more sense! 2w
Eggs Thanks for joining in-great answers 🤗💗👏🏻 2w
Oryx If you get a little package from Amazon tomorrow, you might want to save it for your bday 😉 1w
RachelO @Oryx Aww - thank you! 😘 1w
RachelO @Oryx Found a book-shaped Amazon package outside the door just now - it might be from you! Thank you 😊 1w
50 likes8 comments
post image

Winesburg, Ohio: A Group of tales of Ohio small-town life.

“I wanted to run away from everything but I wanted to run towards something too.”

The quote comes from Elizabeth, the mother of #smalltownboy George Willard. #wanderingjune

And how come Jimmy Somerville hasn‘t had an autobiography out? Everyone else has!

BarbaraBB Great quote ❤️ 2w
gradcat I loved this book!! ♥️ 2w
rohit-sawant @gradcat It's one of my faves too! 2w
gradcat @rohit-sawant I think these stories still hold up. They are rather classic, I think ... 🤔 2w
Cinfhen Our synagogue used to have a bookclub and this was the first book we read. I stopped going after the second meetup as most of the readers were all pensioners 🙄 2w
63 likes2 stack adds5 comments
post image

Fragrant leaves, delicate buds.
Admired by poets, loved by monks.
Crushed with white jade, filtered through red gauze.
Cauldron brewed to the color of gold, served in cups aswirl in bubbles.
Inviting the moon at night for company, facing alone the twilight before the sunrise.
Feeling energized in past or present, praise fully rinsing away drunkenness.

#poetrymatters #tea

RachelO Pagoda Poem: Tea by Yuan Zhen
Translated by Teasenz
(edited) 2w
Cathythoughts This is beautiful ♥️✨✨✨ 2w
Severnmeadows Breathtaking calligraphy picture - lovely poem! 2w
TheSpineView 😍😍😍 2w
58 likes1 stack add4 comments
post image

Just signed up for @LibrarianRyan ‘s #BBRC reading challenge, which looks so fun! A chance/excuse to explore books in different age categories- I‘m using it as preparation for impending auntie-hood, as I‘m totally out of touch with younger childrens‘ books.

Thanks for running this Ryan - it looks great!

Katherine | Anya Seton
post image

Couldn‘t decide between two for #castleonthehill , so here they both are. And wildly different!

Seton‘s Katherine is epic historical fiction, set in the 14th century, a love story between Katherine Swynford & John of Gaunt. I‘m remembering castles!

The Time of the Goats is set in 1940s Skopje, Yugoslavia now North Macedonia, where the Kale (Fortress) is a presence across the town. And ends up as a home for a fair number of goats.


BarbaraBB That one sounds really great! 2w
58 likes2 comments
Crazy Mayonnaisy Mum | Julia Donaldson
post image
TheSpineView 💜💜 2w
CoverToCoverGirl Exactly... spot on! ♥️♥️ 2w
saresmoore I love this! 2w
45 likes3 comments
Governess Affair | Courtney Milan
post image

It‘s 1-year-scan day, so I‘m hiding out in the cancer centre with a cup of tea and a mountain of choc bics before I head up there. Courtney Milan‘s keeping me company.

Ikea happened this morning, so I‘ve already got my steps in for the day.

Cinfhen Sending you loads of hugs and best wishes for a good scan 🙏🏻❣️😘 2w
erzascarletbookgasm Best wishes for a good scan result. ❣️ 2w
RachelO @erzascarletbookgasm @cinfhen Thank you both 😘. All done - results in the post in 10 days... Next stop, Waterstones! 2w
See All 24 Comments
Cathythoughts ♥️♥️♥️ 2w
Cathythoughts Go for it in Waterstones 👍🏻 2w
marleed Good luck and positive energy sent your way! 2w
batsy 🌻💜💜 2w
OrangeMooseReads ❤️🤞🏼 2w
MayJasper Hoping for good news for you 2w
BookwormM Good luck 2w
RachelO @Cathythoughts 😂😂 Thank you. I did! 2w
RachelO @marleed Thank you 😊 2w
RachelO @batsy 😘 2w
RachelO @OrangeMooseReads Thanks! Now we wait... 2w
RachelO @MayJasper Thank you 😊 2w
Theaelizabet Thinking of you... 2w
JennyM Sending good wishes and hugs ♥️ 2w
Jas16 Sending ❤️ 2w
eraderneely 🤞🏽💗 2w
CarolynM 💐💕 2w
CouronneDhiver How‘d it go? 2w
youneverarrived 🧡🧡🧡 2w
RachelO @CouronneDhiver Waiting 10 days or so for results or call-back for more tests now. Thank you for asking! 2w
63 likes24 comments
The Town Not Yet Awake | Dorothy Cowles Pinkney
post image

I really like this! (not necessarily from the book listed).

Windward of #Voice and Feeling
by Dorothy Cowles Pinkney
Found at:


Cathythoughts I really like this too ♥️👍🏻 2w
TheSpineView Good one!💜💜 2w
37 likes2 comments
post image

This morning‘s revelation is that I need to read more Chinese fiction! Looking forward to seeing what people recommend.

In the meantime, I enjoyed this story of Li-yan, a girl from the Akha hill tribe, her daughter, and tea, set in China and America. Focused on the women in her family, it‘s quite research-heavy- I felt the author wanted to tell us Everything she‘s learned- but still a fascinating read!

#wanderingjune #chinagirl

Tanisha_A Same revelation for me. I have read just one, The Joy Luck Club by Tan. That's it. 2w
JennyM Me, three 💁‍♀️ (edited) 2w
SoManyBooksNotEnoughTime Have you read Lisa See's other book The Island of Sea Women? it's so good 💙 2w
See All 14 Comments
Cinfhen Lisa See is a great author but her books start to all feel too similar 2w
RachelO @SoManyBooksNotEnoughTime I haven‘t, but I‘m sure I will at some point! 2w
RachelO @Cinfhen This is the first I‘ve read so far, but I can imagine needing quite a break between them. 2w
iread2much I have to point out that Lisa See is an American of Chinese descent, and Amy Tan is Chinese American. They are both wonderful, and I highly recommend them. If you‘d like to read more Chinese authors there are many excellent books, such as Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress (edited) 2w
RachelO @iread2much Thanks! I know my library has that on Overdrive, so I‘ll check it out. I do try and read books in translation, but this has flagged up a serious gap in my reading! 2w
iread2much @RachelO it can be difficult to find books that have been well translated, but it‘s a joy when they are 😄 2w
Severnmeadows The Story of the Stone (penguin classics) otherwise known as the Dream of the Red Chamber. Immensely long, marvellous. 2w
RachelO @Severnmeadows Wow! Just the 5 volumes... Thank you - sounds great! When/if I eventually finish Genji, I‘ll give (at least Vol 1) a go - I‘m trying to get over my fear of long books, but this‘ll be quite a challenge. 2w
BarbaraBB Way too late but I would definitely recommend 3d
RachelO @BarbaraBB With my reading backlog, it‘s never too late! I‘ve been meaning to read that forever. Stacked! 3d
BarbaraBB It is a great read, and afterwards you‘ll know so much more about growing up in communist China. I still often think of it. I hope you‘ll get to it one day. But for now, celebrate your birthday 😘🎈 3d
50 likes1 stack add14 comments
The Flumps and the Moon Shot | Julie Holder, Alan Rogers
post image

Yesterday‘s fog cleared in time for a Red Arrows display in the next town along (you can just see the plane trails beyond the harbour). Today‘s display was cut to a fly-past, because of the low cloud, which even managed to make the beach huts look moody!

I should meet my #bfc #bookfitnesschallenge step goals both days this weekend 🎉. Still reading Michelle Obama‘s Becoming - just moving into the White House - & more in awe of her by the minute.

Cathythoughts Loving the beach huts ♥️ 2w
4thhouseontheleft Love her book so much. 💙 2w
BookwormAHN Nice 👏🏻 2w
wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 2w
57 likes4 comments
post image

One of queer Indonesian poet Norman Erikson Pasaribu‘s #imaginaryplaces, somewhere to escape to. #wanderingjune

The full poem is in PDF form at https://europalia.eu/files/pdf/Norman-Erikson-Pasaribu-EN.pdf

BarbaraBB Niice! 2w
Cinfhen Lovely 2w
47 likes2 comments
1914: Poetry Remembers | Carol Ann Duffy
post image

An Unseen by Carol Anne Duffy, a response to Wilfred Owen‘s The Send-Off.

Both poems in full at

#poetrymatters #unseen

Libby1 I love Carol Ann Duffy. 2w
Itchyfeetreader This is beautiful 2w
Cathythoughts ♥️💔 2w
See All 6 Comments
TheSpineView Love it! 💜💜💜 2w
TrishB Lovely 💕 2w
TrishB @Libby1 me too ❤️ 2w
59 likes6 comments
Strange Weather in Tokyo | Hiromi Kawakami
post image

Not sure about #BigInJapan , but quirky-sad Japanese novellas are definitely big in Devon this year! I loved both of these. Also, a teensy bit obsessed by their cover designs 💕💕💕.


Cinfhen I agree!!! Those covers are fabulous and I‘ve seen both these titles on numerous lists!! I‘m intrigued by both 🥰 2w
erzascarletbookgasm Love these covers! 2w
TrishB Love those ❤️ 2w
See All 10 Comments
BarbaraBB I loved the left one but haven‘t read the right one. I should, I think? 2w
batsy That Kawakami book ❤️ 2w
LeahBergen I love the covers, too! 😮 2w
Reggie Strange Weather in Tokyo was the first book I read this year and still my favorite. 2w
RachelO @BarbaraBB It‘s unusual but I really enjoyed it - I‘d definitely recommend! 2w
RachelO @Reggie Wasn‘t it lovely? I read it in a day, which is v unusual for me. Think I need to reread it more slowly! 2w
BarbaraBB That sounds good! 2w
71 likes2 stack adds10 comments
Poems Before and After | Miroslav Holub
post image

Finally going to make an attempt at #poetrymatters this month. I found this through the story of a poet in Shropshire who was about to #open a Poetry Pharmacy. This is her prescription for ‘too much Internet!‘

Full story: https://www.theguardian.com/books/2019/jan/25/poetry-pharmacy-set-to-open-in-shr...

Full poem: https://www.scottishpoetrylibrary.org.uk/poem/door/

Cathythoughts Lovely... open the door ♥️ 2w
Itchyfeetreader Love the words and also the idea! 2w
SharonGoforth Love this!!💕❤️ 2w
mhillis Great choice!! 2w
Severnmeadows Brilliant! 2w
53 likes5 comments
post image

‘There was no beginning, no end, only a train passing through an endless expanse. No artificial lights shone now – the world beyond was lit generously by the moon, its beams crystallised in pools of water in the fields, the light magnified a million times by the reflections.‘

Tilted Axis just released the cover for The Yogini, from the author of Panty. As it‘s about Fate (perhaps), I was obviously meant to post it!

#TheMoonSong #MayMovieMagic

47 likes3 comments
I Sing No Victim's Songs | Sara Pintilie
post image

Thank you for the letter @goodthinkrebel - and huge congratulations on the book 😘

goodthinkrebel Thank you!! 3w
41 likes1 comment
Becoming | Michelle Obama
post image

Took Michelle Obama on a long walk along the seawall today. Can I adopt her as a big sister?

My weekly #bfc #bookfitnesschallenge checkin:
1. Weekly Steps: 61226/60000 🎉
2. Books: Finished ‘Past the Shallows‘ 💔 Total 4/6(I think)
3. Unexpected stuff: I‘ve broken out the YouTube workouts & have done *something* every day this week - and enjoyed it too!
4. Expected stuff: I still haven‘t caught up with reviews😕. And daily step goals? No chance!!

julesG 👏👏👏 Forget about the daily step goals. 😉 I'm behind with reviews, too. 3w
RachelO @julesG They‘re forgotten! (Though I do like getting little green smiley faces). I‘m expecting to see you go shooting past me tomorrow 😉 3w
julesG Ha ha ha! I don't think that'll happen. 3w
See All 9 Comments
CoverToCoverGirl Well done! I could walk forever along that beach! 🤩 3w
RachelO @CoverToCoverGirl *peeks at your stepcount for the week* I believe you!!! 3w
BookwormAHN Nice job 👏🏻 3w
CoverToCoverGirl 🤣😂🤣 but seriously you are very lucky to have access to such a beautiful location! 3w
wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 A great week 3! 3w
OrangeMooseReads Good work! 3w
60 likes9 comments
Winter Holiday | Arthur Ransome
post image

The Lake‘s frozen over, everyone‘s in quarantine with the mumps - what better time to break out the dancing stick-men and learn semaphore?

My second-favourite (these things are important!) Swallows and Amazons book, looking like it might have been read more than once. I loved this series! Sadly my morse code and semaphore skills are irretrievably rusty...

#IceDance #MayMovieMagic

Theaelizabet This may be the best review ever! At the very least, the most interesting! (edited) 3w
RachelO @Theaelizabet 😂😂😂 Why, thank you! 3w
LeahBergen Love! 😍 3w
rohit-sawant Lovely edition! 💙 3w
batsy Love this copy 💙❤️ 3w
63 likes5 comments
post image

💖💝💖 Look what a joyous parcel dropped through my letterbox earlier! Thank you so much @wanderinglynn - I love it all! And thank you for being such a fantastic host for the #bfc #bookfitnesschallenge - it‘s been such perfect timing for me, you have no idea! Good luck with your training 😘

wanderinglynn Wow! That got there a lot faster than I expected! So happy it arrived. ☺️ 3w
BookwormAHN Congratulations 💚 3w
See All 7 Comments
squirrelbrain What a lovely gift @wanderinglynn ❤️ 3w
RachelO @wanderinglynn It was super-fast! And I don‘t have a dot-journal- I‘ll have loads of fun with this 📝📝📝 3w
RachelO @BookwormAHN Thank you 😊 3w
54 likes7 comments
post image

I remember loving these books about a big, chaotic 1930s working-class family. Of course, I only read #theEnd 2 books in the series - never did track down the first one.


Cinfhen Maybe @CarolynM or @TrishB are familiar 3w
TrishB Oh I remember these! Hadn‘t thought about them since forever!! @Cinfhen (edited) 3w
CarolynM Sorry @Cinfhen I don't know this one at all.🙁 3w
70 likes3 comments
Gone with the Wind | Margareth Mitchell
post image

How do you review this?

I want to go straight back to the beginning and start reading it again! Even though Scarlett is a piece of work, I loved her determination, her relationships, the conversations, & experiencing the oh-so-rapidly-changing world through her eyes. And it‘s made me want to read contemporary writing from the Reconstruction era, through other eyes (suggestions pls?)

RachelO I‘d expected racism, of course - but hadn‘t realised the scale of it, or the impact of hearing it from the narrator, rather than the characters.

This was a holiday read for me, which is obviously the way to go with chunksters. It‘s made me want to dive into some mord of the books I‘ve been putting off because of their size.
Caroline2 I love this book too. 💗 3w
RachelO @Caroline2 😊 Liked it a lot more than I expected to! 3w
See All 18 Comments
Mdargusch One of my all time favorite books! Rereading this recently the racism really made me cringe. 3w
Cathythoughts Well done !!!! I saw the movie many many years ago... it‘s long 👍🏻 3w
Cinfhen I liked this one (sort of) but getting through it, was a bit of a struggle and some parts really did make me squirm. The racism was very uncomfortable. I‘m not sure I could sit through the film or ever reread this. 3w
BookwormM I hated Scarlet right up to the point where I loved her 🤣🤣 3w
BarbaraTheBibliophage Great review. I liked this book much more than expected. Then tried to watch the movie and couldn‘t finish it. 3w
CoverToCoverGirl Not a fan of the movie but I‘ve read the book three times. I liked Scarlet because she‘s a take no prisoners kinda gal in a time when that wasn‘t even a thing but her fixation on Ashley got on my nerves every time! 🤣😂 3w
RachelO @Mdargusch 😊 I‘m going to have to tackle Lonesome Dove at some point now! - 3w
RachelO @BookwormM 😂😂😂 This. Exactly! 3w
RachelO @Cinfhen It was very uncomfortable in places - I‘m glad I‘ve finally read it. From the comments here, maybe we don‘t need to sit through the film though. 3w
Cinfhen Yeah, I think you‘re right 😘 3w
RachelO @Cathythoughts @BarbaraTheBibliophage @covertocover Thanks! I‘m even worse with long films than long books, so I think you‘ve all just given me permission to skip that! And CJ, yes! Every time Ashley appears, he just goes down in my estimation - what WAS she thinking?! 3w
RachelO @Velvetfur Just remembered! This was a pre-2019 birthday present, so number 3 in my #readinggifts2019 (even if I ended up reading most of it on holiday on Kindle 🤔) 3w
Mdargusch Yes! Glad you will try LD now! But I loved, loved, loved this movie! Try it! The costumes, the actors, and seeing it playing out is worth it. You just have to keep in mind how old it is. 3w
Velvetfur @RachelO That's so cool! I haven't read it or seen the film but I know it's a classic; it's good to hear you loved it so much! 3w
76 likes18 comments
post image

Because the good folks at OS know how much map geeks like to pore over a map, they‘ve come up with a ‘puzzle‘ book. Only the puzzles aren‘t really puzzles, more like excuses to stare at more maps for more hours. And of course every page has an #easy question. #MayMovieMagic


Cinfhen Ha!!! That‘s fabulous!!!! 🔍❤️ 3w
RachelO @Cinfhen ‘Easy‘ was surprisingly tough! 3w
Cathythoughts 🤦🏻‍♀️ oh no ! Reminds me of these OS maps & my geography teacher ... & long ago exams ... 😂🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️ 3w
55 likes2 stack adds3 comments
NOS4A2 | Joe Hill
post image

OK, I admit it. I‘m enjoying this @Reggie !

Think I might use it for #booked2019 #genrebusting as I‘m busting into a genre I don‘t usually read AND busting through #chunksterphobia to read it.

TrishB This is a fab read 👍🏻 3w
Reggie Yayyy!!!! I‘m so happy!!!😁 3w
76 likes1 stack add2 comments
post image

Time to catch up on my holiday reviews.

I‘d been looking forward to reading this for ages (slightly nonsensical time travelling historians - yes please!), but honestly was a little disappointed. Yes, there were 🦕 🦖 & war zones & the library of Alexandria, but there was so much else going on, you barely got to spend any time in the past. Chaotic fun, but not quite what I was expecting- I may try another in the series, one day! (Old grouch!)

post image

It‘s officially summer. The best coffee shop in town is now open (yes, it‘s a beach hut in a car park. And?). There‘s much talk of jellyfish.

And I started this beautiful book this morning (thank you @TrishB ), 3 brothers growing up on the Tasmanian coast. Harry‘s breaking my heart already.

TrishB This post is so perfect ❤️ enjoy. I loved this book, but yes 💔 4w
Cathythoughts Jellyfish talk 🤔... always a sign of a good summer 🤞🏻🤞🏻🤞🏻 4w
Soubhiville I got stung by a jellyfish once when I was little. It was excruciating. The book sounds good! Stacked 😊 4w
See All 7 Comments
RachelO @Cathythoughts Apparently we‘re being ‘invaded‘ by ‘monster‘ jellyfish. 🙄 Don‘t you just love local papers? I reckon they‘re heading for the funfair on the green. 🎡🎠🦑 4w
RachelO @Soubhiville Ouch, how horrible! And scary too! But yes, the book‘s great so far, and so beautifully written. 4w
CarolynM Such a sad, beautiful book💕 3w
84 likes3 stack adds7 comments
post image

#bfc #bookfitnesschallenge Week 2 Check-in

1. Step goal 56300/60000 So close! I might actually have made it if I remembered to check the fitbit was on before I left the house! Still, not bad. Aim for next week - to actually make the numbers!
2. Finished ‘The Girl with Seven Names‘ - that‘s 3/6 total. Aim for next week - write reviews.

Thanks for doing this @wanderinglynn - I might just form some good habits before the 6 weeks is up!

Freespirit It looks like a fabulous place to walk😍 4w
wanderinglynn That‘s a great week! 🙌🏻 4w
See All 8 Comments
BookwormAHN Way to go 👏🏻 4w
Chrissyreadit Great!!!! 4w
baes Nice job! 4w
Clwojick Awesome job! 4w
TheEllieMo That‘s what I‘m finding great about this challenge - I‘m developing good habits! Well done on your goals, all progress is good progress, and you can smash those targets next week! 4w
65 likes8 comments
post image

Debated going daft for the motivation bit of the #bfc #bookfitnesschallenge, but...

It‘s a year and a week since I was diagnosed with breast cancer. Once I‘d done the essentials (surgery, radiotherapy) I decided to tackle the other stuff. I wanted to get to within the NHS ‘healthy weight‘ guidelines before my 1 year scan in case I needed more surgery. I‘ve lost a stone (almost there) & my diet & exercise levels have both improved loads 👇

RachelO even tho there‘s loads further to go.

Added motivation: books by women that have gone on being awesome after having BC.
Birdsong28 So sorry to hear your news. Glad that you have been talking positive steps. Sending lots of love and hugs 😘📚📖 4w
RachelO @Birdsong28 Thanks Victoria! And thanks for being so understanding about that mess with the parcel - I‘m going to be weighing and measuring everything before I go to the PO in future, so I can query anything that sounds odd! 4w
See All 24 Comments
mrozzz Keep it up. You're doing great. 💗 4w
RachelO @mrozzz Thank you 😊 4w
TrishB Doing brilliant ❤️ 4w
Caterina Thanks for sharing your motivation! Sounds like you're doing a great job taking care of yourself. You got this! ❤ 🙌 4w
BookwormM Well done you 4w
LeahBergen ❤️❤️❤️ 4w
JennyM ♥️♥️♥️ 4w
TheEllieMo Love this post! 4w
4thhouseontheleft So many people don't approach their health post-diagnosis this way. You rock! 4w
wanderinglynn Thanks for sharing! I‘m so sorry about your diagnosis, but I think you have a great attitude about it. 💜 4w
bewareofwords You‘re amazing! Stay strong! ❤️ 4w
DivineDiana You are fierce! 👏🏻💪🏻👍🏻 4w
CoverToCoverGirl YOU are amazing! ❤️💪🏻👊👟 4w
Chrissyreadit You are an inspiration!!!! 4w
batsy ❤️❤️❤️ 4w
Dragon Congratulations on your weight loss and your healthier lifestyle! Best of luck on your one year scan. Positive energy heading your way 🤗 4w
Libby1 💕 4w
Kaye 💗💗💗💗💗. You are tough. Keep up the good work. 4w
youneverarrived ♥️♥️ 3w
Megabooks 💙💙💙 3w
68 likes24 comments
post image

Hyeonseo grew up in North Korea, #soclose to the Chinese border that her brother would play in the river with boys from the other side. Her decision to cross the river was almost accidental, little more than a teenage prank, a young person quite literally pushing at boundaries and wanting to explore their world. But it had a lifetime of consequences for her and her family.


Cinfhen Sounds harrowing 4w
RachelO @Cinfhen Surprisingly, I think she had a fair bit of luck on her side. Almost every decision she made could have turned out a whole lot worse. Her poor mother, though! 4w
Cinfhen I‘ve already stacked but interested to read her journey 4w
60 likes6 stack adds3 comments
Becoming | Michelle Obama
post image

My audiobook came in! I‘ve been on the wait list for this for MONTHS, so dropping everything & ramping it up to double speed to get through it.

AND photographic evidence that I actually left the house today. Got a 45 min walk in for #bookfitnesschallenge #bfc but managed to leave the Fitbit at home, so it isn‘t going to show in my stepcount. Predictable, eh @julesG ?

Also, the beach huts are back! (They seem to migrate in the autumn 🤷🏻‍♀️)

TrishB Gorgeous 💕 4w
RachelO @TrishB There are battenburg coloured beach huts this year (possibly new paint?) - just like 4w
4thhouseontheleft I get so frustrated when I forget my Fitbit, or, as happens more often, it needs to be charged, and I don't realize it until the end of the day. 4w
See All 15 Comments
RachelO @4thhouseontheleft it‘s so annoying! And so frequent!!! I tend to get eczema on my wrists, so usually carry my fitbit in a jeans pocket rather than wearing it - which means as soon as I get changed... 4w
TrishB Sounds lovely. Sadly we‘re probably not going to make it down this year! Too many other financial commitments. I‘m living it through your pics. 4w
julesG Migratory Beach huts? Do they fly to warmer climates? I tend to forget my fitbit in the charger, on the nightstand, or in the wrong pair of trousers. 😉 4w
Clwojick I always put the charging FitBit half in my purse or with my keys so i can't forget it. I've done it wayyy too many times. 4w
wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 4w
BookwormAHN Nice job 👏🏻 4w
CoverToCoverGirl It‘s a win, win situation! 4w
Reggie Hmm that‘s funny, I don‘t see Joe Hill anywhere. 👓 Lol Nice pic! 4w
RachelO @Reggie Joe Hill and his entourage are currently locked in my local library, no doubt wreaking mayhem amongst the stacks, and having a right old time! 😜 I had a ‘your reservation has arrived‘ email this morning... but the library‘s closed on Thursdays. Sure they do it deliberately to build the anticipation! 4w
RachelO @TrishB That‘s a shame - but I‘m sure exciting things are happening. Hope the exams are going well. 😘 4w
RachelO @julesG I reckon they do! Or at least drier climates, where a winter storm‘s less-likely to turn them to driftwood. Would love to know where they go! Glad I‘m not the only one this is a problem for 🙃 4w
RachelO @Clwojick Hmmm! I‘m going to have to come up with some sort of plan like that! 4w
66 likes15 comments
post image

A good #bfc #bookfitnesschallenge day today - walked to a circuits class in glorious sunshine (AND remembered to put my Fitbit on before I went?👍), then a quick dash to the shops in what looked like a bit of a shower, and swiftly turned into a downpour! 💦💧💦

And started tagged book on audio. Not my usual, but I was craving non-fiction, and this has a lots of Litsy positivity. I know very little about FLDS, so I‘m finding it shocking already.

squirrelbrain Go you! Book sounds really interesting too... 1mo
julesG Damn! Why did you have to remember that fitbit. I'll never catch up with you. 😉 1mo
Itchyfeetreader Go you what a lovely day 1mo
See All 10 Comments
BookwormAHN Great job 👏🏻 1mo
bewareofwords That sounds like a successful day! 🤗 1mo
saguarosally It‘s an interesting book! 1mo
britt_brooke Great work! This is a great read. Her dad wrote a rebuttal, but I can‘t remember what it‘s called. It was a crock of 💩, though. 1mo
Bookwormjillk Great job! 1mo
Caterina Great job!! At least you got your steps in, even though the rain got you! 4w
CoverToCoverGirl Well done! 4w
58 likes10 comments
post image

Hi Jenny! Thank you so much for the card 🌝. Sorry for the delayed reply - I was away when it arrived and am still catching up with myself! Hope things are good with you, and you‘ve had a fabulous weekend. x

NOS4A2 | Joe Hill
post image

OK @Reggie , this is happening!

(Possibly 😬)

Reggie I‘m so excited!!!! You‘ll love it. 1mo
45 likes1 comment
post image

Back in Devon, dreaming of Greece!

My weekly #bfc check-in:
✅ Fitness goal: Over 60000 steps (85000ish) across Greece, Turkey & the UK.
✅Book goal: Read ‘Just one Damn Thing After Another‘ & ‘Strange Weather in Tokyo‘ (AND finished Gone with the Wind - started way before #bfc, but it needs celebrating!) 2/6
😬 Will be able to do more cheering this week, now I‘m on actual wifi! But steps and books will both be competing with work, so more tricky..

wanderinglynn Way to go! Excellent first week. 🙌🏻 1mo
BookwormAHN Great job 👏🏻 1mo
See All 12 Comments
wanderinglynn Also, the tagged sounds like an interesting book. Stacked! 👍🏻 1mo
TrishB And I‘m dreaming of Devon!! 1mo
britt_brooke 🙌🏻🙌🏻 1mo
LauraBeth Way to go! 1mo
nu-bibliophile Pretty! 1mo
squirrelbrain That‘s a LOT of steps! Glad you had a fab time.... 1mo
kspenmoll Great work!!! 1mo
Bookwormjillk Great job 👏I‘ve been wanting to read 1mo
CoverToCoverGirl Well done! 👏 1mo
73 likes1 stack add12 comments
post image

Starting tagged book on my train journey home from the hols. Only a few pages in so far, but I feel I‘m in safe hands - she‘s a good storyteller! And I‘ve brought the weather back with me 🌞

ShyBookOwl I read this book a couple years back and still think of it often. I learned so much and yet it also read like a thriller. I was on the edge of my seat and even when I'd put it down, it would be constantly running through my head. I hope you enjoy it! 1mo
RachelO @ShyBookOwl So good to hear! I‘ve been wanting to read this for years, but never quite got to it. Was flicking through my kindle on the journey today and nothing was ‘sticking‘ til I got to this. Like her writing style so far! 1mo
Itchyfeetreader Hope it‘s been a lovely break 1mo
See All 6 Comments
RachelO @Itchyfeetreader It‘s been great thanks Jo! Lots of sunshine and blue skies and way too much eating 😉. Be glad to get back now though x (edited) 1mo
Cathythoughts I‘m only home today too. I hope you had a great break. 👍🏻♥️ 1mo
RachelO @Cathythoughts It was lovely thanks Cathy! Hope you had a fab time in Spain too. Wifi‘s been a little patchy, so I‘ll catch up with everyone‘s posts tomorrow 😀 1mo
61 likes6 comments
Gone with the Wind | Margareth Mitchell
post image

I‘ve found a new way of being rubbish at readalongs! I started this as part of the #readingenvyreadalong , but now I‘m on my hols I‘m rattling through it - so in the interest of actually finishing a chunkster, I‘m just going to keep reading.

I hadn‘t expected so much humour - the Rhett and Scarlett conversations are just wonderful!

AlaMich Yes, Scarlett could be a hoot when she wasn‘t being a giant selfish baby! (And even when she was!!) 😆 1mo
Oryx We have the same approach to readalongs I think . I do enjoy Scarlett, she's very entertaining. Her exclamations are great - "God's nightgown!" and "you can go to Halifax!" have become my two favourite phrases. Have a lovely holiday ? 1mo
squirrelbrain @RachelO @Oryx same here... I can‘t read in chunks, I have to just keep wading on.... 🤣 Hope you‘re having a fab time! 1mo
Blaire Looks like a great reading spot! 1mo
Cathythoughts Have a lovely holiday 👍🏻♥️ 1mo
70 likes5 comments
Poems of Nazim Hikmet | Nâzım Hikmet, Randy Blasing
post image

“To live like a tree in solitude and
free and like a forest in solidarity”

I‘ve spent day 1 of #bookfitnesschallenge in Marmaris, Turkey. Meeting my 60000 weekly steps will be much more challenging when I‘m back at my desk in Week2!

I‘m reading Gone With The Wind (taking chunksters on holiday is obviously the way to go!) but this statue with a quote from a Turkish poet caught my eye while we were walking along the waterfront.

Eyelit Lovely! 1mo
TrishB Enjoy ❤️ 1mo
Wife 🌹 1mo
See All 14 Comments
Velvetfur Gorgeous statue! And I'd love to go to Turkey so I'm jealous, haha! Have a great hol 😊 1mo
wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 1mo
BookwormAHN Fantastic 💚 1mo
Bookwormjillk Beautiful! I totally agree about chunksters on holiday. 1mo
4thhouseontheleft Beautiful picture! Enjoy your trip! 1mo
Kaye 💖 1mo
Chrissyreadit Wow! Enjoy!!!!! 1mo
Clwojick This is simply stunning! Enjoy your trip, and safe travels. 1mo
Cathythoughts Beautiful quote 1mo
BarbaraJean Love it! Traveling is fantastic for getting that step count up, right?! 1mo
Caterina Wonderful! I always get a ton of steps in while traveling too. 👍 1mo
63 likes14 comments
The Wednesdays | Julie Bourbeau
post image

Hi @squirrelbrain , thanks for the tag!

1. That bit of magic! Characters, story, place, a connection or maybe just the feel of it... good question!
2. Does half-finished craft projects count? I have more than strictly necessary of them!
3. My most recent & cuuent fave is Thug Kitchen.
4. I feel like I haven‘t read enough to have a fave yet.
5. Tagging my newest followers in case you‘d like to answer: @mamajama @JainLaine @Krishnandu

post image

I‘ve just signed up for @wanderinglynn ‘s #bookfitnesschallenge - sounds like lots of fun - see @wanderinglynn ‘s page for the sign-up doc.

I‘m keeping it simple - my goals are
6 books
60000 steps a week
(my step count has fallen through the floor since I‘ve been working more - and the fact O keep forgetting to put on my fitbit doesn‘t help 🤦🏻‍♀️)

I‘m away with dodgy wifi until 16th May, so might be a bit quiet the first week.

wanderinglynn Yay! 🙌🏻 So excites you‘re joining! 2mo
julesG 👏👏👏 2mo
squirrelbrain Well done! 👍 2mo
Kaye 💕 2mo
Kaye 💚 1mo
44 likes5 comments
post image

“The motor-car has restored the romance of travel.

Freeing us all from the compulsion and contacts of the railway, the bondage to fixed hours and the beaten track, the approach to each town through the area of ugliness and desolation created by the railway itself, it has given us back the wonder, the adventure and the novelty which enlivened the way of our posting grandparents.”
~Edith Wharton, 1908

#behindthewheel #maymoviemagic

batsy Ooh, a Wharton I hadn't heard of! 🤩 2mo
RachelO @batsy I had no idea she‘d written travel books as well! 2mo
AlaMich I love the quote, and I love the idea of a travel classics series too. Stacked! 2mo
gradcat @batsy New to me as well, and interesting. 🤔 2mo
rohit-sawant Nice! 💜💜 2mo
66 likes2 stack adds5 comments