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teresareads

Joined September 2016

Blogging at shelflove.wordpress.com. Contributor at Book Riot.
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Final Payments | Mary Gordon
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Isobel Moore is on her own for the first time at age 30, after her father's death, and after spending her life pleasing and serving him, she's finally able to please herself. But this turns out to be more difficult than she expected. I really liked the turn this took toward the end, where Isobel has to question her own motives again and again. And Gordon's attitude toward Catholicism is complex in a way that I appreciated.

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Final Payments | Mary Gordon
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"How did I become, at thirteen, such a monster of certainty? My sureness was imperial; at thirteen I could have led armies."

Love that image of a certain kind of youthful certainty.

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Lost Children Archive | Valeria Luiselli
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I loved the idea of this book, and there were brilliant moments throughout, but, on the whole, it didn't work for me. There was just too much going on, from the book within the book to the lengthy one-sentence passage supposedly from the mind of a 10-year-old. This kind of formal experimentation can be emotionally distancing, and that was the case here for me. The form overwhelmed the often compelling story.

BkClubCare I haven‘t made any progress on this. 3mo
BkClubCare Are you following #tobsummercamp2019 ? (Probably not the right hashtag) 3mo
teresareads @BkClubCare No. I was planning to, so I put most of the books on my library list. But I haven't ended up paying much attention to it. Maybe I'll catch up over the holiday weekend. 3mo
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Lost Children Archive | Valeria Luiselli
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Unhappiness grows slowly. It lingers inside you, silently, surreptitiously. You nourish it, feeding it scraps of yourself every day -- it is the dog kept locked away in the back patio that will bite if you let it.

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Lost Children Archive | Valeria Luiselli
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We feel time differently. No one has been quite able to capture what is happening or say why. Perhaps it's just that we sense an absense of future, because the present has become too overwhelming, so the future becomes unimaginable. And without future, time feels like only an accumulation.

ImperfectCJ This sounds similar to an idea in the book I'm reading today (The Road to Unfreedom by Timothy Snyder). He talks about a "politics of eternity" in which a society exists outside of a sense of history, of "drowning the future in the present." I love seeing an idea weave through different genres in different contexts. 3mo
batsy This feels so spot-on. 3mo
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Vanity Dies Hard | Ruth Rendell
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I always enjoy a Ruth Rendell novel, even when it's not a top tier one. This early novel about a woman searching for a missing friend is more of a traditional mystery than her later books. Some elements of the story probably worked better in 1966 than they do now, but it was still fun to follow the clues and makes guesses along the way.

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Circe | Madeline Miller
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An enjoyable retelling of the story of Circe. I especially appreciated the characters and how Miller wove in characters not usually associated with Circe, often in ways that illuminate different ideas of womanhood.

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Lolly Willowes | Sylvia Townsend Warner
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Starts out as a typical tale of a spinster striking out on her own, and then takes a turn into a wholly unexpected but wonderfully subversive direction. But I won't say more than that as part of the fun was the surprise. I suggest avoiding commentary before reading even if, like me, you generally don't mind spoilers.

batsy This book! 🧡 3mo
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Lolly Willowes | Sylvia Townsend Warner
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"Nothing is impracticable for a single, middle-aged woman with an income of her own."

Possible new life motto?

Theaelizabet Just got this one from NYRB! 3mo
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I really enjoyed this version of the Trojan War, as experienced by Briseis, enslaved as a war prize by Achilles. The book draws attention to the many on the sidelines whose feelings are left out of the great stories. The emotions throughout are deeply felt and complicated, and Briseis is allowed to have difficult and sometimes contradictory feelings.

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Beside the Sea | Veronique Olmi
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Devastating novella about motherhood, mental illness, and one last grasp at joy. I knew where it was most likely going from the beginning but kept hoping it was not going there. Any number of sad endings would have been easier to take.

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The Pisces: A Novel | Melissa Broder
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This story is wild, but ended up being quite moving in the end. I was watching Fleabag at the same time that I read this and found some common threads between the characters and their approaches to love and sex.

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King Hereafter | Dorothy Dunnett
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My favorite book by one of my favorite authors. Read it for the third time while in Scotland. Every time I read it, I find something new, but it's always emotionally devastating.

Ms.Story This looks fantastic! 3mo
teresareads @Ms.Story It is so amazing. Takes a while to get into because there are so many characters, but it's totally worth it! 3mo
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Rachel Held Evans' death last week moved this to the top of my TBR. Feels like good reading for Eastertide.

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Praise Song for the Butterflies | Bernice L. McFadden
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Mehso-so

Started out well, but the last half had some pacing issues that made it feel like the book was glossing over some of the serious challenges of recovering from trauma.

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There is no such thing as not voting: you either vote by voting, or you vote by staying home and tacitly doubling the value of some Diehard's vote.

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Lincoln in the Bardo | George Saunders
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Book number 3 from my #manbooker longlist reading. I was skeptical about the premise, but at 88 pages in, I'm liking it a lot.

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Exit West: A Novel | Mohsin Hamid
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My second read from the #manbooker long list. Lovely writing and a good story about lives and worlds colliding.

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The only #manbooker nominee I read before the longlist. I didn't love it as much as many seem to, but it's still very, very good.

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For #24in48: Some of my favorite book swag is related to The Dark Tower series. Stephen King at his best!

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The Wine-dark Sea | Patrick O'Brian
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Taking a while to get into a reading mood on #24in48 day 2, but finally ready to settle in with my old friends Aubrey and Maturin.

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Black Hole | Charles Burns
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First book on Sunday morning of #24in48 is a no-go. Picked it up at random from a library display because the premise was intriguing and I vaguely remembered seeing positive buzz. But there's a lot of body horror in this. I have a weak stomach for that kind of thing, especially when it's visual. That and the non-linear format is leading me to bail.

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Next up for #24in48

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Between the World and Me | Ta-Nehisi Coates
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As brilliant and wrenching as everyone says.

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Between the World and Me | Ta-Nehisi Coates
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Finally starting my #24in48 reading with a book I've gotten from the library at least twice but haven't made time for.

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Fly Trap | Frances Hardinge
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"Nothing is writ across the sky to say the world to say the world must be this way."
This is why I love Mosca Mye

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Hag-Seed | Margaret Atwood
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Just getting started all this. The theatre nerd in me has been chortling with glee at the first few chapters.

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The Book of Joan: A Novel | Lidia Yuknavitch
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Mehso-so

This is a book I think a lot of people will love. The writing is superb, and there are some great ideas in it. But I had a hard time wrapping my mind around it. Not sure how much of that is me and how much is the book, so I'll be curious to see other people's reactions.

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The Book of Joan: A Novel | Lidia Yuknavitch
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Stories save lives. They give shape to action.

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The Mouse and His Child | Russell Hoban
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A very sweet and sometimes sad story.

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The Mouse and His Child | Russell Hoban
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Decided to read this children's book recc'd by my coblogger, but Anya is not making it easy.

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Homegoing: A novel | Yaa Gyasi
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I know The Underground Railroad is likely to win #tob17 today, but Homegoing is the winner in my heart. I loved almost everything about this book.

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A High Wind in Jamaica | Richard Hughes
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So I'm reading along in this (so far) slightly dark pirate kidnapping adventure book, and a kid just up and dies! (Still pretty good so far though)

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Human Acts | Han Kang
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Sick day reading

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Published 10 years ago. So I guess this is the "later" he's referring to. But now the dangerous dimwit wears a red ball cap instead of cowboy boots.

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I'm calling this a pick because I really enjoyed it, but I'd only recommend it for people who watched the show a lot. The oral history format means there aren't many explanations of what's happening.

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My current lunchtime book. Trying to read books at lunch instead of the internet.

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Infuriating, but essential. Anderson clearly explains how white systems of power have kept black Americans from achieving equality. Can't recommend it highly enough.

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The whittling down of racism to sheet-wearing goons allowed a cloud of racial innocence to cover many whites who, although "resentful of black progress" and determined to ensure that racial inequality remained untouched, could see and project themselves as the kind of "upstanding white citizen[s]" who were "positively outraged at the tactics of the Ku Klux Klan."

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Just learned the Neo-Nazis have set up shop in my neighborhood. Seems like the right time to read this.

AudreyMorris Set up shop?! Frightening. 3y
teresareads Yeah, there was an article in The Atlantic about it recently, and I just learned the address. A few blocks from my office. Meant to be a sort of private gathering space, I think. 3y
florinda3rs Definitely sounds like the right time for this one! 3y
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Moonglow | Michael Chabon
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Book number 7 for #tob17. Took a little while to get going, but very good once it does. Manages to be sweet, dark, and funny.

Gleefulreader Oh - I'm so glad this one is good. I have it on my shelf waiting for me! 3y
lovelybookshelf I just set this one aside because I was having trouble getting into it. About when did it pick up for you? 3y
teresareads @lovelybookshelf I think it was around 50 pages in. The story settles down and jump around less. (It still shifts in time, but less frequently.) 3y
lovelybookshelf Oh that's right about where I gave up. Maybe in a few days I'll try to read a bit more. Thanks! 3y
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Moonglow | Michael Chabon
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Whoa! Right in my neighborhood!

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Moonglow | Michael Chabon
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Giving this a try finally, thanks to #tob17. Will it get past my recent cranky reader tenencies?

Reviewsbylola I bought this one a few weeks ago. Excited for it! 3y
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Sudden Death: A Novel | lvaro Enrigue
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Bleh. Not in the mood for postmodern narrative hijinks.

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All the Birds in the Sky | Charlie Jane Anders
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Would have been better as two books. Great ideas but needed room to breathe.

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All the Birds in the Sky | Charlie Jane Anders
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Someone has been making it hard for me to read.

Tanzy13 🐱 3y
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I've checked this out of the library at least twice before. Now I'm finally going to read it!

BethFishReads Third time's a charm 3y
Reviewsbylola Great book!! 3y
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Phineas Redux | Anthony Trollope

At any rate a man cannot have his head broken for asking a lady to marry him,— unless he is very awkward in the doing of it.

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Pride and Prejudice | Jane Austen
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Couldn't resist this tea towel at #jasna2016agm. The Janeite version of a nasty woman?

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Emma | Jane Austen, James Kinsley, Adela Pinch
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Getting lots of new insights into Emma at the #jasna2016agm and trying on a ball gown in between sessions