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roneea

roneea

Joined October 2016

melbourne litnerd/law student
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Normal People | Sally Rooney
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Subtle work that continues to work on you the more you the more time you give it. I usually fly through novels of this size but I took my time with this one to savour the slow burn. Definitely pushing its way into my top picks of 2018.

P.S. I cannot belive Sally Rooney is 27. What have I been doing with my life....

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Lincoln in the Bardo | George Saunders
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Had a productive study day at the library so I rewarded myself with a mini book haul 😉

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Little Virtues | Natalia Ginzburg
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Despite having an extra ordinary life - living in fascist Italy and having her husband tortured to death in prison for his political beliefs - Ginzburgs essays look at the every day with an artful and critical eye, and with sharp, sparse prose that demands your attention.

Her story "He and I" is the best thing I have read in my post break up period. It forced me to confront my relationship in a way I had not been brave enough to do before.

Severnmeadows I‘m looking forward to reading this! 5mo
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Excited to start!

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The Seas: A Novel | Samantha Hunt
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I lost a lot of sleep last night reading the Seas, but this guy just slept right through it.

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King Kong Theory | Virginie Despentes
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This is off to an amazing start. Respect.

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The Little Virtues | Natalia Ginzburg, Dick Davis
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This weeks bookmail!

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The Mars Room: A Novel | Rachel Kushner
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Book mail making the week slightly better (well, a lot better actually) 📚📚📚📚📚

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Eggshell Skull | Bri Lee
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Sundays are for books and dogs

Reviewsbylola What a sleepy baby. ❤️ 1y
JennyM Is this one good? I was just reading the blurb about it last night 1y
roneea @JennyM its quite good so far! But hugely disturbing and distressing. You have to be prepared to read a lot of content on child sex abuse in order to make it through this one... 1y
roneea @Reviewsbylola I just adopted him and all he wants to do is lie in bed with me! He is very unhappy when I have to go to work! 1y
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Life changing

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Accidental trio of film/tv covers.

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Miss Ex-Yugoslavia: A Memoir | Sofija Stefanovic
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A very good account of growing up as a migrant in Australia, set against the backdrop of the Yugoslav Wars.

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Maurice | E M Forster
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Im loving this. Such an important contribution to gay fiction.

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This is Lale and Gita the way I like to remember them. An important story and a love story to rival all the greatest ever told.

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Yasssssssssssssss I'm so excited! Best ending to a long week

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Christopher Knight is such a fascinating human, and a life worth immortalised in writing. However, i couldn't help but feel that Finkels approach was at times insensitive and a bit voyeuristic. I was quite put off by the end and felt like an intruder. Any thoughts?

iTones I felt the same way. When Chris Knight says to him please leave me alone I wanted to scream just leave him alone! 1y
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Book mail! Finished Freshwater last night and was wondering what to start next. Looking forward to digging in ;)

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The Queue | Basma Abdel Aziz

https://www.theguardian.com/books/booksblog/2018/mar/01/translators-vanguard-lit... A great article about the worth of books in translation with some recommendations. Happy Friday!

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Djinn City | Saad Z Hossain
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I started a new job this week and my new @thereadingwomen bag is giving me all the luck I need!

thereadingwomen Congrats! And good luck. 🤞 2y
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Rabbit Cake | Annie Hartnett
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Before we get too far into February, my top pick of January: Rabbit Cake! No blurb can do justice to the feelings this book will give you.

Special mention for top Jan reads:
Little Fires Everywhere
Human Acts
Tin Man

anniehartnett 🐰 So glad you liked RC! 2y
roneea @anniehartnett thank you for creating it! Elvis (and Boomer) will stay with me forever 2y
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Bought myself some exciting reads to make it through what I already know is going to be a crappy week at work. Thinks are looking pretty good now 😉

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The Ninth Hour | Alice McDermott
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My best books of 2017! All of these left a lasting impact & thoroughly unputdownable! My literary firsts this year include Margaret Atwood (late to the party, I know), Douglas Adams and Ann Radcliffe, as well as reading in South Africa, Rwanda and Italy! In 2018 I hope to finally finish Harry Potter (I really am late to a lot of parties , hey?), read more Australian lit & be patient while waiting for the new Alexander Chee.

Happy New Book Year!

Cinfhen 😍🙌🏻🎉 2y
Reviewsbylola I want to read The Ninth Hour. I love Pachinko and thought Priestdaddy was good too. 2y
Kimzey What Rwanda 🇷🇼 reading did you do? It‘s country I hope to visit in the next year or so. 2y
roneea @Kimzey Sadly it was hard (if not impossible) to find any books written by Rwandans translated into English! But some remarkable books on the genoicde are Phillip Gourevitch's "we wish to inform you that tomorrow we will be killed with our families" and Jean Hatzfields "Machete Season". Both give a very emotional and human account of the genocide. For a more political accoutn, Romro Dallaires memoir is harrowing 2y
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The Good People | Hannah Kent
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I loved the Good People so much that I bought it in Greek!

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I'm in Greece and I'm sick :(
My partner has been bringing me tsoureki (sweet bread) with nutella and medication while I binge read/watch. Here's hoping nutella cures me!

Simona Nutella is cure for everything 🤞👍 Take care 😘 2y
Redwritinghood Hope you recover quickly! 2y
roneea @Simona nutella worked (plus a dose of antibiotics)! 2y
roneea @Redwritinghood I'm cured, thank you! I've made a record recovery and didn't mind two days in bed reading 😉 2y
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Rome is book heaven! This is a row of stalls near the main station that sells books all night long, heavenllyyyyyyyyyyy
#bookishholiday

I'm reading the Secret Radial and loving this refreshing take in Austen. Its very in line with the way I studied Austen at uni as a Romantic.

BrainyHeroine I love Rome, they have so many great bookshops and stationary stores 2y
roneea @BrainyHeroine so awesome! In Australia bookshops are slowly becoming extinct so it was so fun to accidentally stumble into bookshops in almost every street! 2y
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Bookish Holiday Alert! I just visited the Keats-Shelley House in Rome, dragging my travel companions along with me. This is the room in which Keats died, just 25. Because Keats had tuberculosis, it was ordered that all materials in the room be burnt. This painting shows what the room would have looked like.

It was emotional to see this room and read original handwritten letters of some of my fave poets. It was my own bookish pilgrimage

RebelReader I was there in November of 2000! My Mom was kind enough to indulge my book pilgrimage on our trip. One of my favorite trips of all time! 2y
roneea @RebelReader it was definitely a highlight! Its nice when our non-bookish friends/family indulge us 😉 2y
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The Italian | Ann Radcliffe
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I'm in Florence! And everything is so very Ann Radcliffe!

I'd love some Italian reading recommendations while I'm here from my Litsyians

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Edinburgh: A Novel | Alexander Chee
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Alexander Chee writes a gut wrenching essay about Kevin Spacey. https://www.them.us/story/what-do-we-owe-kevin-spacey

When asked by a friend of Chee's whether he was gay, Spacey replied "Just because you scuba dive, doesn‘t make you a scuba diver.” Chee responds to this idea in this memorable and powerful essay.

jpmcwisemorgan It‘s an excellent essay! 2y
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I'm in a reading slump thanks to law exams 😠😠 But today I ate pancakes and read some short stories and felt ever so slightly better

Cinfhen Good luck with your exams💚pancakes sounds like a good medicine 2y
roneea The sugar is the only thing keeping me going right now! 2y
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Stay With Me | Ayobami Adebayo
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Adebayo is an artist and Stay With Me is a masterpiece.

Highly recommended. Adebayo treats humam relationships in a breathtakingly honest and human way. The story centre's on a couples struggles to conceive and the complexity of the emotions that follow. The plot is also incredibly well written and takes you places you cant possibly expect!

JennyM Great review. I completely agree. Wonderful book! 2y
bookloo This is a lovely review! ☺️💞 2y
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Priestdaddy: A Memoir | Patricia Lockwood
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Pictured here is my very own priest(gran)daddy. Having a grandfather who is a priest means no one ever understands my family...until now! This book has made me laugh out loud maniacally most nights and my partner has taken to reading it out loud so he can join in the fun. 1000 points to Patricia Lockwood, you go girl.

P.S He is a Greek Orthodox priest so he's allowed to marry and have kids

Mommamanzi My dads not a priest but he is a pastor. Retired but still teaches Bible at a small school he and my mom run... that I went to forever ago and that my son went to for the first 3 years of his education. I'm sure you can imagine some of the crazy people we encountered. 2y
roneea @Mommamanzi You have to read this! It sums up all those crazy experiences so well. My grandfather will come home with like a 1kg of fish or a lifetime supply of jam. Parishioners are odd..... 2y
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Pachinko | Min Jin Lee
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I met Min Jin Lee today! #fangirl

Reviewsbylola Nice!! 2y
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I haven't been posting because life has been bonkers busy in Rwanda and South Africa, but recent reads have been:

The Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole
Fighting Hislam by Susan Carland
The Lake by Banana Yoshimoto
Fever Dream by Samanta Schweblin
A Mouthful of Glass by Henk van Woerden
...and... Bitch Planet!

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The Hate U Give | Angie Thomas
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This is the Johannesburg night sky. I'm reading the Hate u Give while im currently in JoBurg and it's making me do a Iot of thinking about race. This book has definitely lived up to the hype.

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Best party of birthdays: flowers and books! My sister spoiled me with all of these and a chocolate tart!

DGRachel Happy Birthday! 2y
Redwritinghood 🎉🎉🎂🎂 2y
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Behold the Dreamers | Imbolo Mbue
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I have had a quite May/June on Litsy thanks to exams. But Leia and I still devoured: Salt Houses, Story of a Brief Marriage, Behold the Dreamers and Caraval.

Here is Leia swooning over Caraval.

Robothugs Good catch! Kitty is adorable! 😻 2y
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Just finished this and loved it! Usually not a fan of fictionalized biographies of authors lives but this moved me and made me cry. As a lit nerd, I loved reading about the Shelley's literary friends: Byron, Polidori, Coleridge and so many more. Loooooveeed

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Mathilda | Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
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Matilda is a novella filled with Gothic horror, incest, desire, despair. As with most Gothic romance, it's not for the faint hearted! But Shelley adds to the great line of Romantic Matildas: transgressive female characters subverting gender roles. The origins of the name (above) explains it all #girlpower

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See What I Have Done | Sarah Schmidt
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Another #bookhaul. More like #problems.

Cinfhen Great choices and I'm bursting to read 2y
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Vathek | William Beckford
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Hands down one of the weirdest books I've read. . It's the retelling of the Faust legend through Orientalism (make of that what you will). It is flamboyant, excessive and heavy. There are some genuinely distressing scenes in this book which I wish i had been warned about, so: WARNING!

This is wrongly labelled as "Gothic", so do not expect any Gothic tropes. Its 100% Orientalism (which I am not at all a fan of).

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Shot-Blue | Jesse Ruddock
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BOOK HAUL 📚📚📚📚

My chronic fatigue has been super bad this week so I decided to cheer myself up today with a shopping spree.

BooksForYears TEETH! 😁💗 2y
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The Monk: A Romance | Matthew Gregory Lewis
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Hands down the best gothic novel I have read. So much romance, melodrama, blood and guts! Highly recommend for fans of the dark and gothic 🔪🔪🔪

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Pachinko | Min Jin Lee
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I'm just so in love with Pachinko and Min Jin Lee. Here's Min Jin Lee explaining explaining the beautiful narrative voice.

This book is 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟.

Can't remember the last time I cried this much in a novel!

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Pachinko | Min Jin Lee
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I'm glad at least one of us is asleep, because im losing a lot of sleep over Pachinko. Its refreshing to read a novel so driven by narrative after a satire. And the imagery is beautiful! Almost as beautiful as my sleping Leia.... ;)

Reviewsbylola Phenomenal book. Cute kitty! 2y
RadicalReader @roneea what a gorgeous photo cats always pose so perfect 2y
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The Sellout: A Novel | Paul Beatty
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Took me at least the first 150 pages to get into the rhythym of the satire and for me the prose is just too heavy and almost suffocating. I can't help but feeling this choice for the Man Booker was political and timely, rather than for the quality of the prose or narrative.

Regarless, the insight and critique into race relations in the Black Lives Matter and pre-Trump US is memorable.

Reviewsbylola Satire is hit or miss for me so we'll see what I think. Once I finally read it that is! 2y
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Long Division | Kiese Laymon
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This.

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Norse Mythology | Neil Gaiman
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I'm absolutely devouring this, bought it only hours ago and can't put it down! Neil Gaiman has so faithfully collected and retold these myths, its a pleasure to read. As with all my Neil Gaiman experiences, the prose could be (a lot) better and the imagery could be stronger, but the subject matter is beautifully handled and always memorable.

RadicalReader @roneea what an awesome photo to represent Norse mythology 2y
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Before the Feast | Sasa Stanisic
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This is easily one of the greatest covers I own.

MrBook Wow!!! 3y
DGRachel I totally bought this just for the cover. 3y
Kalalalatja It is amazing 😍 3y
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Zofloya | Charlotte Dacre
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The best part of being a uni student: books! This semester im beginning a subject on gothic literature. Dark, brooding mysterious heroes, here I come.

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It has taken way too many years of sci fi fandom to finally get to the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy but man was it worth the wait. This is easily the most fun I have ever had reading a book.

Anton This is the cover I had when I first read it! 3y
roneea I bought it from a second hand bookshop that had the most impressive sci fi collection I have ever seen! 3y
RadicalReader @roneea every time I see the titles with galaxy in the cover I instantly think guardians of the galaxy 2y
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