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truthinfiction

Joined May 2020

A man who is warm can't understand a man who is freezing. https://app.thestorygraph.com/profile/bingereading
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Lords and Ladies | Terry Pratchett
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You can‘t say ‘if this didn‘t happen then that would have happened‘ because you don‘t know everything that might have happened. You might think something‘d be good, but for all you know it could have turned out horrible. You can‘t say ‘If only I‘d…‘ because you could be wishing for anything. The point is, you‘ll never know. You‘ve gone past. So there‘s no use thinking about it. So I don‘t.

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“Listen, happy endings is fine if they turn out happy,” said Granny, glaring at the sky. “But you can‘t make ‘em for other people. Like the only way you could make a happy marriage is by cuttin‘ their heads off as soon as they say ‘I do‘, yes? You can‘t make happiness…”

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Readathon: Occasional List : Geleentheidslys | Gauteng (South Africa). Education Media Service
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This is my first time participating and it's shaping up to be a Discworld readathon. I have managed to finish Mort, Wyrd Sisters, and Reaper man. I hope to diversify my reading in the coming days. Thank you @Andrew65 for hosting!

Andrew65 Great to have you with us, well done.👏👏👏 1mo
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Mort | Terry Pratchett
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Poets have tried to describe Ankh-Morpork. They have failed. Perhaps it‘s the sheer zestful vitality of the place, or maybe it‘s just that a city with a million inhabitants and no sewers is rather robust for poets, who prefer daffodils and no wonder. 👇

truthinfiction So let‘s just say that Ankh-Morpork is as full of life as an old cheese on a hot day, as loud as a curse in a cathedral, as bright as an oil slick, as colorful as a bruise and as full of activity, industry, bustle and sheer exuberant busyness as a dead dog on a termite mound. 2mo
julesG 😍 The only quote I remember from this book: I could murder a curry. 2mo
truthinfiction @julesG Yessss!! 2mo
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Strange Weather in Tokyo | Hiromi Kawakami
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In loneliness I have drifted this long way, alone. My torn and shabby robe could not keep out the cold. And tonight the sky was so clear it made my heart ache all the more.

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Strange Weather in Tokyo | Hiromi Kawakami
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I, on the other hand, still might not be considered a proper grown-up. I had been very much the adult when I was in elementary school. But as I continued on through junior high and high school, on the contrary, I became less grown-up. And then as the years passed, I turned into quite a childlike person. I suppose I just wasn‘t able to ally myself with time.

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Loss | Siddharth Dhanvant Shanghvi
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Give love. Receive love too. It is the only thing you take with you when you die, and because it is eternal, so are you.

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Loss | Siddharth Dhanvant Shanghvi
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Reading it is like unclogging a deep emotional sink that you hadn't realised you had deliberately plugged to not feel. The result is cathartic. Random bursts of tears keep spilling out. I am finally able to breathe.

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Mrs. Dalloway | Virginia Woolf
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I am finished with the main text. Now, on to, reading the critical analysis, and literary and historical background to understand it better.

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Wuthering Heights | Emily Bront
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"The entire world is a dreadful collection of memoranda that she did exist, and that I have lost her!"

I finished this book last night and as soon as I turned the last page, the lights went out and a storm came on with rain. It isn't supposed to rain in March. But, I would like to think that the elements were paying their tribute to the genius of Emily and her love for nature.
I have read this book in @sharread 's honour for the #SharReadathon.?

truthinfiction It is a re- read and I couldn't really comprehend the book the first time I read it five years ago. But, I felt like a child again sitting by my window getting lost between the pages of a tempestuous tale fancying myself and the characters the chief occupants of the world. I fell in love with reading all over again. I felt closer to Emily as well. How her own private thoughts and feelings must have informed that of her characters'. 👇 4mo
truthinfiction I found myself lamenting her loss at a tender age and felt eternally grateful for the volume between my fingers. 4mo
LindaLappin a magnificent read. I like to reread it in stormy weather too. “I am Heathcliff“ are probably among the most powerful words in the history of English literature. I also love the way it starts out with Lockwood stumbling into the great kitchen and misunderstanding everything about the place & people. I love how it dramatizes inner conflicts, passions, and unconscious forces, not only thru the characters but also thru the imagery & setting 4mo
truthinfiction @LindaLappin thank you for your insight. Lockwood certainly deceived me the first time around with his hastily drawn and self- absorbed conclusions but this time around I was able to appreciate how that's actually more realistic since Lockwood seems to be a character entirely wrapped in himself and only able to care about others after establishing some imagined resemblance between himself and others. 4mo
LindaLappin @truthinfiction so true, He resembles his name.
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Wuthering Heights | Emily Brontë
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I have been thoroughly absorbed for the past three days or so in this absolute whirlwind of a book trying to finish it in time for #SharReadathon. Although, I still have a number of pages to go, the experience of reading it has been intense and rewarding. I am determined to finish it in the coming days. All the love and prayers for Sharon! May she rest in peace! 🌺

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Mrs. Dalloway | Virginia Woolf
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The supreme secret must be told to the Cabinet; first, that trees are alive; next, there is no crime; next, love, universal love, he muttered, gasping, trembling, painfully drawing out these profound truths which needed, so deep were they, so difficult, an immense effort to speak out, but the world was entirely changed by them for ever.

Leftcoastzen Love this one. 4mo
truthinfiction @Leftcoastzen It really brightens up my mornings. 4mo
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Wuthering Heights | Emily Brontë
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Hoping to do some bedtime reading for #Sharreadathon in the loving memory of Sharon! ❤️

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️ 🕯 4mo
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Mrs. Dalloway | Virginia Woolf
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Early mornings with Mrs. Dalloway continue as I read for #SharReadathon. I came across Sharon's comment on one of my posts welcoming me to litsy and I have been feeling emotional since at having lost out on the opportunity to get to know her better. I am shy so I find it difficult to be talkative. But, if you are reading this, please come say hi, or tell me a bookish or non- bookish fact about yourself. 💗
I'll go first in the comment section.

truthinfiction I find it difficult and distracting to read physical books because I am scared of smudging them or otherwise damaging them in any way. I am trying to be more comfortable with reading paperbacks and so my copy of Mrs Dalloway is filled with pencil underlines. 4mo
Bookworm54 I love physical books! There is something comforting about having them all out to look at. But I do get sad every time I break a spine 🤣 4mo
truthinfiction I feel you. 😛 @bookworm54 4mo
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bthegood Physical books are a comfort to me, and I believe a well worn book is a sign of love🥰 4mo
LindaLappin @truthinfiction I love reading used books underlined by readers before me. sort of like a treasure map 4mo
BooksNBowls Hi there darling! Pretty picture! ❤️ 4mo
sprainedbrain Hi! I love reading in all forms (print, digital, and audio) but I find myself preferring kindle to paper books lately, even checking out library kindle versions of books I own hardcovers for… mainly due to the compactness and backlighting. 😊 4mo
truthinfiction @bthegood That's such a beautiful way to look at it. I, somewhere, read about Virginia Woolf's copy of a book that had seen a lot of wear and tear thus showing how she had read it everywhere. 😄 4mo
truthinfiction @LindaLappin I once found a beautiful postcard in a used book. It made my day. 😃 4mo
truthinfiction @BooksNBowls thank you 🥺❤️ 4mo
truthinfiction @sprainedbrain Ahh.. I see. I listen to audiobooks to be able to fall asleep when unable to do so. 😄 4mo
truthinfiction @sprainedbrain I really love your username, though. 4mo
SRWCF Hello! I buy 99% of my books at thrift shops. I love walking into those stores never knowing what random book treasures I'm going to find. It gives me such a thrill! 4mo
truthinfiction @SRWCF Hey Shelley! That does sound thrilling. 😃 4mo
SRWCF @truthinfiction Some women buy clothes and shoes then have to sneak them into the house so that their husbands don't find out. I do that with books! 🤣🤣🤣 4mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Hello Sam ❤️ I‘m Misty. Thank you for participating in our tribute to Sharon. ❤️ if you are interested in joint our pen pal group you are more than welcome! We are very low key and have a great community of book loving friends. If interested you can email me at loverofbooks75@gmail.com 💞 4mo
truthinfiction @SRWCF Oh gosh! I am the same. I used to do complicated acrobatics simply to sneak past my book packages from my mother. I felt like I was some sort of high end criminal burying leads employing my brother and father's help. Now, I just chalk it up to academic reading and she's alright with that. 😛 4mo
truthinfiction @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Hey, Misty!! 😃 Thank you for holding this wonderful tribute. It's quite moving to read, mindfully, if not abundantly in Sharon's honour. ❤️ I would love to join your pen pal group. Keep an eye out for my e- mail and thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to become a part of it. ❤️ 4mo
SRWCF @truthinfiction I love that you had help smuggling your books into the house! 🤣 4mo
SRWCF @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Hi, Misty! Can I join your pen pal group, too? 🙂 4mo
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The Adivasi Will Not Dance: Stories | Hansda Sowvendra Shekhar
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This turned out to be my first short story collection of the year. Shekhar, with his incisive strokes, manages to reveal a world that's brutal yet full of laughter and humanity. A world that's often ignored by politicians and general public alike and is forced to subside on the margins. He brings this world and its inhabitants into sharp focus and claims that "The Adivasi will not dance". He tells the stories of aboriginals and their plights.

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truthinfiction .. without dehumanizing them. Nor does he ask for your pity. But, his prose succeeds in bringing you closer to the essence of the suffering of your fellow human beings. That is, perhaps, the greatest achievement for a storyteller. 4mo
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Home Fire | Kamila Shamsie
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This book is such a brilliant and incisive meditation on religion, immigration, love, terrorism, and family. The ending was like a jolt of shock. It reads like a contemporary fiction, which is what it, in fact, is. The characters are so real, you could almost imagine what it would be like to sit across a table and have a cup of coffee with them. What it would be like to be them. To be with them. Yet, there is a magical aura...

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truthinfiction A heady stubbornness that reminds you of centuries old Arabic tales. That end is so befitting, so enchanting. This is a solid 5 star book. 4mo
BarbaraBB I loved this one too! 4mo
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So grateful to be part of this wonderful community. What better way to honor a bibliophile than to read! I choose this windy, stormy book that @sharread has deemed as a pick. My respects!!
#sharreadreadathon

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Mrs. Dalloway | Virginia Woolf
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I was thoroughly confused by the cover at first. But, ever since Clarissa has mentioned Sally, it just makes more sense. I am 30 pages in and so far Clarissa remembering Sally is the most readable part of the book, that is to say, I didn't have to go back and reread the same lines twice for it to make sense. It reads like revelation of one's mind to the reader. I look forward to the few minutes I get to spend in Mrs. Woolf's company each morning.

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Anne of Avonlea | L.M. Montgomery

Marjory White, aged ten, wanted to be a widow . Questioned why, she gravely said that if you weren‘t married people called you an old maid, and if you were your husband bossed you; but if you were a widow there‘d be no danger of either.

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The Loneliness of Hira Barua | Arupa Patangia Kalita
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One of my new year's resolutions is to read a short story a day. So, I compiled all my short story collections together and was surprised to see that only two out of ten were written by English speaking authors and all the rest were either Indian authors writing in English or their works translated in English. I decided to begin with "the loneliness of hira barua". The cover is absolutely stunning and it got a lot of buzz last year.

truthinfiction 1) It won the Sahitya Akademi Award. The first story that I read was "the call girls in the shelter home". And, it was definitely good. You can't just move over to the next page after reading it. It forces you to sit still and digest what just happened. Short story writing is tricky. Sometimes, short story writers become more concerned with world building and I think that's the easiest way to f**k up a short story. 6mo
truthinfiction 2) Instead, Arupa Patangia Kalita makes the story sparse and impactful. So much so that you forget to question the setting. It makes you think about the barbarity and monstrosity of soldiers on a rampage but also how a certain sect I.e. call girls is treated less than by the society. I am really excited to get to the rest of short stories. But, going by the first story, I already recommend you to read it. 6mo
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The Mill on the Floss | George Eliot
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I read most of this book on my commute but I was glad that I read the ending in the comfort of my bed so I could stare sadly out of my window at the rainy sky. I think, one of the strongest character of the book was Mr. Tulliver, not only did he carry the story along with his firm, decided views, but also provided as a strong connection between pretty much all the characters. His headstrong nature was, at once, plot- propelling and believable.👇🏽

truthinfiction I sorely missed him towards the end of the book where Maggie and Stephen Guest were carrying on their back and forth about the moral question that forms the crux of the novel. While the moral question remains immensely relevant even today, although perhaps it has lost its vigour that it holds in Maggie's mind, I found this turn of events a little disappointing. My expectations from the bold eyed, clever Maggie were vastly different from👇🏽 11mo
truthinfiction vastly different from the simple dilemma of love that the problem actually turned out to be. But, this dilemma is actually more reasonable and realistic than any extravagant ideas I may have held. A difficult read but one that's worth reading and rereading because of George Eliot's shrewd insights into human nature and society at large. 11mo
Nute Excellent review! Maybe the simple dilemma of love is the crux of all other more complicated concerns. 9mo
truthinfiction @Nute Why, thank you, Kimberley! I suppose, you are right there. 6mo
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Great Expectations | Charles Dickens
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Talk about reading with a view!

sharread Welcome to Litsy! ❤ 11mo
truthinfiction Thanks! 😃 @sharread 11mo
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Unknown Book 7535597 | Unknown Unknown
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1. Saddam Hussein's hanging and Iraq invasion and Barack Obama being the first black president of the USA

2. Bookstore

3. As a young adult, Khaled Hosseinei's The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns and Matthew Quick's Silver linings Playbook really made me realise the power a book holds.

Thanks @RamsFan1963 for the tag!!
@Eggs for creating this.
Wanna play? @batsy @Nute @LiteraryinLawrence @BookDragonNotWorm #wonderouswednesday

BookDragonNotWorm Thanks for the tag! 😊 11mo
Eggs Love love love 💕 11mo
truthinfiction I see @mandarchy has not posted this yet, so I'd like to tag you. 11mo
mandarchy @truthinfiction I was just getting ready! Thanks for the tag 😘 11mo
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Ever since I first read Dickens's "A tale of two cities" two years ago, I have regarded him as the guy who puts me to sleep. But, since I have begun reading "Great Expectations", I have realised how funny he is. Dickens also uses this dramatic imagery alluding supernatural forces at work. It's quite exciting and I am looking forward to how it all turns out.

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Eve Out of Her Ruins | Ananda Devi
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TW: Sexual violence
I started this book on a bus ride and I was quickly drawn in this unfamiliar, foreign world with an intensity that made me oblivious to the bustling chaos around me. Although, it is written from a young adult's perspective, the writing is deep enough to make you forget that. The characters are overwrought with struggle of staying afloat in a leaden world. Dichotomies are littered throughout the pages. 👇🏽

truthinfiction Eve is strong yet submits to the tyrannies of boys and grown men to fulfill the dream of escape that only she is capable of seeing. Saad is the sensitive borrower of words who would still go to the nocturnal rides with hooligans to fit in. Savita is the perfect daughter of conservative parents but she is a rebel at heart waiting to break free of the invisible shackles her parents' affection bind her in. Finally, Clélio is the person who 👇🏽 13mo
truthinfiction who metamorphoses. He, who has been teetering on the edge between destruction and life and seems ready to fall over finds a surprising grasp on life once everything seems to be over for him. Ananda Devi explores the oppression, suffocation, hopelessness that these refugee lives face in a place that never ceases to be foreign regardless of the generations they have spent there. She has this uncanny ability to garb despair with the sensuality 👇🏽 13mo
truthinfiction sensuality of hope so that you stay staring horrified and immersed. It's only in the last 50 or so pages when you realise with a jolt of shock that these are just kids. Despite the ferocity of their struggle for survival, they are helpless and hurting.
"I look at the damage wreaked upon her body. She is sculpted like volcanic rock. I don't understand at all: it is there, everywhere. A poison floating in the air."
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Happy Litsyversary! | Special Events
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Today is my 1 year Litsyversary and I couldn't be more excited. Litsy has proven to be an oasis in the dreary realm of social media and I immensely enjoy the reading updates and life updates of all the people I follow on here. It feels like a kind, warm literary family and I am here for it. Hoping to be more active on here rather than a silent lurker. ❤️✨
#Litsyversary

Yuki_Onna Happy Litsyversary, dear! ✨ 13mo
KCofKaysville @truthinfiction I've only been on since Feb. but I like it quite a bit. 😊 13mo
truthinfiction @Yuki_Onna Thank you so much! ❤️ 13mo
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truthinfiction @KCofKaysville I am glad to hear that. 😄 13mo
Reggie Happy Litsyversary! 13mo
truthinfiction @Reggie Thank you!! ❤️ 13mo
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To the Lighthouse | Virginia Woolf
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Soul You reading the book.... woowwww.....I am craving to read any Virginia Woolf work... please do tell after reading, how it was?! 1y
truthinfiction @Soul Certainly. It's slow work, though. 1y
Libby1 I loved Between the Acts. 14mo
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As I finished reading the acknowledgement of the author at the end of the book, I took his advice and stared at the cover of the book for a minute. It is, indeed, art. As is every page of this whimsical adventure. What sets apart this book is the sense of hope it ends up giving the reader. The lesson of how to stay kind in a world that's anything but. And, how to still keep your heart open to the goodness imbued in other people. 👇🏾

truthinfiction There were places where I felt like the characters and the author were speaking to me and other times when I wanted to thread my arm through a loved one's and read while leaning on their shoulder. There were also times when I felt slightly exasperated, especially at the romance between Arthur and Linus, given how reticent Arthur already is and how Linus isn't very perceptive when it comes to him, their romantic moments sometimes knocked 👇🏾 1y
truthinfiction the breath out of me, in a good way, or left me incredulous. That might just be me, though. It's an important book and a lovely one as well. Books are a means of transport and this book transported me from a desert to a beach. 1y
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"It's not fair."
"No. It's not. Life rarely is. But we deal with it the best we can. And we allow ourselves to hope for the best. Because a life without hope isn't a life lived at all."

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This delightfully absorbing magical book and delicious potato pudding! This book gives me life. It makes the world and my own head a little more bearable. Loving it so much. 💓

Soul What is it exactly about? 1y
truthinfiction @Soul It's about children capable of magic and how the world is afraid of and hurts people it doesn't understand or people who are different. The author himself identifies as queer and one of his aims in writing this story was to provide more queer positive narratives. Not only is the world building fantastic, the characters are relatable and wonderful people that you grow to love. It makes me sad and happy and teary eyed all at the same time. 1y
Soul @truthinfiction then I'm surely gonna read.....thank you for sharing this! 1y
truthinfiction @Soul You are very welcome! I hope you find it fun and meaningful as much as I am. 💓 1y
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But, as so often happens with people who might be described as spineless, he felt such a strong urge for one more shot at the old debauchery that he decided to go. And it suddenly occured to him that his promise wasn't valid anyway because he had already promised Anatole that he would go before promising Andrey that he wouldn't. Then he began to think all promises like that were relative, they had no definite meaning, especially if you imagined 👇

truthinfiction that tomorrow you might be dead or something so strange might happen that there would be no difference between honesty and dishonesty. Pierre was very prone to this kind of speculation which destroyed all his resolutions and intentions. He went to Kuragin's. 1y
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I don't read short story collections by Agatha Christie as a rule. I ended up reading this one almost unwittingly. Likemost short story collections, it was a mixed bag. Tommy and Tuppence open up a detective agency and taking inspiration from various classic fictional detectives proceed to solve miscellaneous cases. I didn't know most of the fictional characters but the playful banter between Tommy and Tuppence was fun, nonetheless.

tpixie I skipped this Tommy and Tuppence... 1y
truthinfiction @tpixie Lucky you! I haven't been able to read a Christie since. 1y
tpixie @truthinfiction lol oh no!!! ! Think I am done with reading her for a while also. Thank goodness I have plenty more on my TBR list ! 1y
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If one were to ask if Linus Baker was lonely, he would have scrunched up his face in surprise. The thought would be foreign, almost shocking. And though the smallest of lies hurt his head and made his stomach twist, there was a chance he would still say no, even though he was, and almost desperately so.
And maybe part of him would believe it. He'd accepted long ago that some people, no matter how good their heart was or how much love they had to

truthinfiction give, would always be alone. 1y
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Mansfield Park | Jane Austen
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Where's the lie? 😂

TheBookHippie 🤷🏽‍♀️🤣🤣🤣🤣😅 1y
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The magic is gone! The Sherlock Holmes stories that kept me up at night reading five years ago now put me to an anxious sleep.
Eh bien, still better than struggling with insomnia!

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Persuasion | Jane Austen
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"You pierce my soul. I am half agony, half hope."

Persuasion is akin to a healing salve to an aching heart.

Cathythoughts Lovely post 💫 1y
truthinfiction @Cathythoughts Thank you! 🌺 1y
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@Andrea313 Thanks for the tag! 💓
1. I am planning to start war and peace this week and I an excited and nervous.
2. I used to have a pet goat. At the moment, none.
3. That's HARD. Probably War and Peace. I trust Tolstoy to tide me over hard times after having read his Anna Karenina!
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@Nute @batsy @vivastory Wanna play?

Nute Thank you for thinking of me!💕 1y
Cupcake12 Thanks for playing x 1y
batsy Thanks for the tag! W&P is on the cards for me, someday 😁 (I loved Anna K) 1y
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truthinfiction @Nute Always! 💜 1y
truthinfiction @batsy I look forward to reading your thoughts on it.🌺 1y
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"They don't see the children. Not for who they are, only for what they are capable of."

Keeping myself hydrated and well read!!!

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The Secret Adversary | Agatha Christie
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Over the course of Monsieur Poirot and Miss Marple series, I have come to expect and appreciate a tight knit family mystery involving conversation, very personal motives, jealousy, and money, of course! Unlike them, Tommy and Tuppence's debut is fraught with (mis)adventures! It did have a puzzling premise regarding the identity of "The Secret Adversary" and the red herring was done very well, indeed! But I was apalled at Tommy and Tuppence's ?

truthinfiction readiness to believe anyone who came along after just having read Miss Marple's emphatic assertion that she believes nobody. Although, if you like the kind of story that keeps you wondering what might happen next, you will enjoy this. It bears Christie's signature stamp of mystery wherein observing actions rather than going by impressions and words unlocks the personality and thereby the mystery alongwith a dash of adventure and youth! 1y
LiteraryinLawrence As many times as I‘ve reread the Poirot and Marple books, I‘ve only read the T&T books once. They just don‘t do it for me in the same way. 1y
truthinfiction @LiteraryinLititz Yes, I feel you. It's hard to say why but this duo didn't work for me as miss marple and poirot do. Would you say that the other books in the series are worth reading once at least? 1y
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LiteraryinLawrence Yes, I‘d say so. It‘s still clever plotting and the duo does have a cute dynamic. And who knows? Maybe one of the later ones will become a favorite! 1y
truthinfiction @LiteraryinLititz Ahh.. thank you!!! I'll keep at it, then! Which are some of your favourite Christies? 1y
tpixie NorM was better. Written possibly because AChristie wanted to be more involved w. the war effort.She got in trouble by the Gov. b/c one character‘s name was Bletchley.Gov was concerned she knew about the secret coding section of the military(which is in the new bookThe Rose Code).Learned about this listening to Marie Benedict talk about The Mystery of Mrs. Christie. She suggests reading Murder Of Roger Ackroyd- written around AC‘s disappearance 1y
tpixie @truthinfiction @LiteraryinLititz 👆 I‘ve read these in preparation of reading for irl book club #friendswithbooks 1y
truthinfiction @tpixie That's really cool. I remember reading about the Bletchley incident. Christie said she did so 'cause she got annoyed stuck in traffic in that area once. How did you like The mystery of mrs. Christie? I have heard about it. Is ot worth reading? 1y
tpixie @truthinfiction that‘s fun Christie trivia about Bletchley. I did enjoy The Mystery of Mrs Christie, eso as / how it unfolded. I also listened to a lot of YouTube lectures the author gave which gave me more insight as well 1y
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“All life is difficult sometimes”

Dame Christie gets it!

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"That deep depression of despair, that dark desperate grief."
Such haunting beauty in these few words.

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“Being as old as I am now,” said Miss Marple, “I suppose I can‘t help feeling that early death means missing things.”
One conviction that recurs in her fiction is how sacred life is, all life.
In the words of Monsieur Poirot, "I do not approve of murder."

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"A very nice woman. The kind that would so easily marry a bad lot. In fact, the sort of woman that would marry a murderer if she were ever given half a chance."
Dame Christie has a penchant for dropping hilarious truth bombs! ?

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"I have made a point of being always ready to disbelieve as well as believe anything that is told to me."
When I was reading Poirot, I couldn't imagine liking any of the other character that Dame Christie had created, and certainly not an elderly, gentle, fluffy spinster. Boy! Was I in for a pleasurable surprise?! Miss Marple books make me laugh while dispensing valuable world wisdom at the same time. These books are better able to express the ?

truthinfiction Nostalgia and dissatisfaction that the old feels with change and the youth and their unscrupulous amd uncaring ways. You'd be able to enjoy this book better if you read "A Carribean Mystery" first. Only one more Miss Marple novel left before it all comes to an end. I will begin the next book with a very heavy heart, indeed. 1y
truthinfiction "I‘ve come to an age now when I know that one must accept one‘s fellow human beings as being the kind of people and having the kind of, shall we say in modern terms, genetic makeup which gives them the characters they have. People do not change." 1y
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Halloween Party | Agatha Christie
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"To keep something wild is far more difficult than to preserve it."
Although, it sounds very american and modern from its title, it's really the most wonderous mix of Shakespeare and Greek myths. Although, I haven't read "A midsummer night's dream" yet, I suppose the gist is very well captured here. It has, in some part, the dream-like quality. It possesses raving madness and mad beauty. One of the things that distinguishes Christie from other ?

truthinfiction mystery writers, apart from her shrewd knowledge of human nature and the absolutely maddening and mind-bending twists, is her skillful use of literary references and rhymes. "Ding dong dell, pussy's in the well." I also love Mrs. Ariadne Oliver as his side-kick of sorts. She seems to be an extension of Dame Christie herself. 1y
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Unknown Book 7535597 | Unknown Unknown
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@Come-read-with-me is hosting a sweet giveaway to celebrate her friendship and litsy!
I first heard of litsy in a facebook group called Book Deals for Broke Bibliophiles. I am here and it's a warm place that has already inspired me to pick up some books that I otherwise wouldn't have. Its authenticity and warmth is certainly its USP.

Here's to friendships and reading! 🥰📚

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On my quest to read all Poirot novels, this one stood out because of the brutality and violence done against innocence. Lady Stubbs is a simple- minded person and suggestible. I found myself uncharacteristically devoid of suspects here, as did Poirot, but when the truth came out, it wasn't so much thrill that I felt but an urge to cry for the loss. Dame Christie is truly a masterful author.

Nute Welcome back to Litsy! I have missed you and the posts of your literary journey with Agatha Christie‘s books. I‘m in the middle of writing a letter right now (came on Litsy to check the author of a particular book). I hope that we can catch up soon!😀 1y
truthinfiction @Nute I have missed you too, Kimberley! I always look you up whenever I come to litsy. Always excited to know more of your thoughts about books. I have been reading Poirot mysteries for the past month. It has been quite intriguing. 1y
Nute Please allow me to be on a first name basis with you as well, Friend! I would like to greet you in that way!👋🏽😊 1y
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truthinfiction @Nute I am Sam, Kimberley. Very nice to finally be on a first name basis with each other. Thank you for all your thohghtful comments and insights. It made my day! 💓 1y
Nute Hi Sam!💕 1y
truthinfiction @Nute Hope you have a great day ahead, Kimberley! 💓 1y
Nute Hi Sam! We haven‘t ‘talked‘ in a little bit. How are you? 4mo
truthinfiction Hey Kimberley! I am holding up. It has been a while. I have missed you. How are you holding up? 4mo
Nute Life keeps on keeping on in these very interesting and chaotic times. Just always trying to keep my head up. 4mo
Nute I am reading Agatha Christie again. This time it is for the readathon in honor of Sharon‘s memory. I read your sweet post about her. I understand wanting to make sure that opportunities to get to know folks are not missed. I wondered if you would like to exchange pen pal letters? I am really enjoying Cat Among Pigeons. Have you read it? 4mo
Nute If ‘yes‘ to pen-paling, I will email you. 4mo
truthinfiction @Nute Oh, yes, I read Cat among pigeons last year in January. It was intriguing, of course. I liked "The Hollow" a lot more. Somehow, I like it when Christie delves particularly in the psychology of victim. Another example of that would be "Appointment with Death". I enjoyed that immensely. This year, I reread Hercule Poirot's Christmas and enjoyed it even better than when I first read it. I hope, we can read a Christie book together soon. 4mo
truthinfiction @Nute I would love to be a part of litsy pen paling community but unable to send and receive paper mails at present. Nonetheless, I would appreciate it a great deal if we could establish an email correspondence, Kimberley, if you are open to that. 4mo
Nute Good Morning, Sam! I am so happy to hear back from you. We could try an email correspondence. I don‘t feel that I will be very successful with it. I am constantly answering emails at work which has resulted in ignoring my personal email inbox. On top of that, my personal email is inundated with loads of spam mail and junk mail no matter how tightly I make the allowance restrictions.👇🏽 4mo
Nute However, we could give it a go, because I welcome your friendship.🙂 I hope not to disappoint with failed diligence at keeping up with emails.🥴 4mo
Nute Reading an Agatha Christie book together sounds delightful! 4mo
truthinfiction @Nute Hey, Kimberley! I apologise for having taken so long to respond. But, in my defense, I was swamped with mind- numbing exams. I understand. It can be a little daunting to respond to emails at times. For me, I always worry that my mail won't be thoughtful enough and this urge for perfectionism delays me endlessly. But, still, I hope, we can talk. Let me know how to reach you via email. 3mo
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Wives madly devoted to unsatisfactory and often what appeared quite unprepossessing husbands, wives contemptuous of, and bored by, apparently attractive and impeccable husbands. What any woman saw in some particular man was beyond the comprehension of the average intelligent male. It just was so. A woman who could be intelligent about everything else in the world could be a complete fool when it came to some particular man.

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The Princess Game | Soman Chainani
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"It isn‘t about the “Princesses” in the slightest. It‘s the Princes who are playing games. It‘s always been about them."

Soman Chainani has penned a beautifully intricate and hard-hitting tale that leaves you ruminating long after it's finished. The Disney princes are the only characters retaining their fairy-tale names and the girls, the so-called princesses, possess random names, the only distinction afforded to them is based on their hotness?

truthinfiction It's essentially a story of how boys and men are sucked into the cycle of toxic masculinity and how they keep each other trapped in it. Divorcing yourself from emotions is enforced if you want to become and stay a part of the elite. This elite that lures you in with the promise of power and desirability, establishing that women are trophies, and can be dispensed with if your fragile ego requires so. It's a despairing tale with no happy endings. 2y
truthinfiction Because "Princes save each other." 2y
Nute Your last two reviews have been amazing! While Ken Liu was a known author to me whose books I have read (The Grace of Kings and The Wall of Storms), this author is known but unread. I might now skip The School for Good and Evil and start here with this book instead...just to see if any princes are saved or worth saving! 1y
truthinfiction @Nute Thank you for your kind words! This short story kept me thinking long after it was finished. The takeaway from the book was how easy it is to fall into these patterns and it just blew my mind. I hope you won't be disappointed. 1y
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The Cleaners | Ken Liu
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Ken Liu is one of my favourite authors. His writing elucidates the fabric of humanity and the essence of being a human, having feelings, memories, joys, sorrows. He makes the abstracted tangible and then turns it over in his palm to reveal various facets of it, its texture, and how the sunlight is absorbed and sometimes reflected by its surface. Available for free with prime reading and kindle unlimited. 27 pages long. Continued below. 👇

truthinfiction Another thing that I loved is how Liu shows us the difference between how we see people and how far off the mark we often are. How narrow, shallow, and limited our perceptions are compared to the depths, breadths, and poignant inner lives of other people. 2y
Nute Excellent review! All of that gain from a novel of 27 pages. I‘m intrigued about any insight on perception and misconceptions especially as we are quick to reach a conclusion (a judgement) prior to a deeper informative gathering of knowledge or as you so eloquently put it...finding out about “the depth, breadths, and poignant inner lives of other people.” A truth that puts us at a loss for the experiences of many impactful relationships! 1y
truthinfiction @Nute Indeed! I have read a story from multiple PoVs before but this particular realisation of how different people might be from how they present themselves to the world was brought home by Liu's masterful writing. 1y
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