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Vansa

Vansa

Joined September 2016

To paraphrase that ABBA classic, “Mother said I would read long before I could talk!“
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This book is deeply insightful apart from being a spectacular history that sweeps through centuries

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Little House in the Big Woods | Laura Ingalls Wilder
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#WondrousWednesday @Eggs
❄️There's a read along on Litsy of the tagged book that I'm hugely looking forward to!
❄️ I used to like decorating the Christmas tree in my house,and once we did it with my much younger cousins,which was super fun.And my cousin claimed he saw Santa Claus in the middle of the night😀

Eggs Sweet memories ❤️🎄💚 3d
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I HATE,HATE it when non-white,non-American writers write this about elder care.You want to know what supposedly caring cultures do?They put the burden of elder care on the women of the house.Who,if they can afford it,underpay already poor people,to undertake work that they don't want to do.Caregiving in western cultures is actually a lot more advanced than it is in others.This one sentence reduces my rating of this book to 1 star

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Such an excellent, excellent article on writing, I thought it might be of interest to all my Litsy friends!

Readergrrl Where did you read this article? I‘d love to use it in one of my classes. 1w
Vansa @Readergrrl this is from an issue of The Economist, July 2nd-8th 2022,with a chessboard on the cover titled 'How to win the long war'. It's from a regular column called "Johnson".Glad you liked it!I thought it was beautifully written,and so informative.Really want to read the book! 1w
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In the Land of Cockaigne | Heinrich Mann
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#WondrousWednesday @Eggs thanks for the tag!
❄️BbC dramatisation of tagged book,I'm now a Heinrich Mann fan!Biting,sharp and cynical.
❄️No,but i think NYRB would be great!Shipping costs make it too expensive for me.
❄️The lion,the witch and the wardrobe, ALWAYS.Also Piranesi- it feels ..wintry?!And the Snow Queen.

Eggs Love the Snow Queen💙❄️💙 1w
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What a beautiful paragraph

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What a stunningly well written paragraph.

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Surprisingly lovely quote in an otherwise quite silly, badly written book

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The time period here is 2001. Memes weren't a thing in 2001. Did nobody edit this book?

Vansa @CBee nobody was sharing graphics with funny comments on them, this widely ,in 2001. 2d
CBee @Vansa but how widely? I don‘t think the passage makes that very clear. It was a meme from one game so it couldn‘t have been spread everywhere. Sorry - I‘m defending the book because I absolutely loved it 🤷‍♀️ She does explain at the end that she took liberty with a few things and dates, and I just thought it was wonderfully done. One of my favorites this year actually. 2d
Vansa @CBee 😀😀fair enough. I shall say no more, I get that way about books I love too! 2d
CBee @Vansa 😊😊 2d
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Are you for real, lady?? Your best friend literally had an amputation and you treat it like it's a tooth extraction??

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This character is so irritating. She chose to continue an affair, and now wants to Blane someone else for it. And the age old trope of characters who are very close to each other, absolutely not communicating to each other is irritating too.

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Wow, she just came up with...the superhero genre. That's her big idea??

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Character development seems to be something writers have forgotten about.Literally nothing in this book to this point has suggested that this character would be so good at working a crowd,you're constantly reminded of how shy and retiring and friendless he is.You can't suddenly turn this confident overnight, specially when another character in the book is that confident.

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😂😂Her writing is so clunky. You don't need to explain everything.People will Google and find out.

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Both these movies got English releases in the USA only in 1997.Does Zevin assume that because Sam's Korean he can understand Japanese as well? That's not the case.I hope this isn't going to turn out to be another of those much hyped books that's faintly ridiculous.If you're going to bang on about "appropriation",maybe get some details right in your own book?

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Does Gabrielle Zevin....not know about the history between Korea and Japan? Is she seriously writing this?It's highly unlikely a Korean woman would have even been recruited at Tokyo University in the 90s,and she doesn't bother to mention the fraught history,instead vaguely mentioning general xenophobia?

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I find this...homogenisation of "Asia" in American pop culture extremely irritating.Asia stretches from Turkey to Japan.I can guarantee you,this "shiny bowl haircut" makes no sense to me,an Asian from the Indian subcontinent.There is no uniform child haircut.There are multiple distinct regional identities within countries in Asia.Asia is not a country,consisting only of East Asia?

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Omer Pasha Latas | Ivo Andrc
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It's the yearly NYRB book sale!I need your help,intelligent folks of #NYRBbookclub,what books would you recommend I get?I usually never buy anything because shipping is too expensive,but will have some relatives visiting in a few months who can carry...up to 4 books,I'm hoping?Please give me your recommendations!

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@Eggs #Wondrouswednesday
🍁I follow Chris Pavone's blog,he seems like a really nice person.Frank Tallis,so interesting.Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and her fierce intelligence.Leila Aboulela and her knowledge.Terry Pratchett,when he was alive
🍁All those
🍁Twisty,complex plot and deeply feminist.Full review:https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4719432323

Eggs Thanks for the thoughtful responses 👏🏻👏🏻 2w
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Thud! | Terry Pratchett
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#Two4Tuesday @TheSpineView fun prompts!
1.These two. First one from the tagged book,second one from 'The brief wondrous life of Oscar Wao'.
2." She likes us from a distance,so don't get too near!"

TheSpineView Thanks for playing!😊 2w
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A Christmas Carol | Charles Dickens
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Such a fun This or That ! @KateReadsYA
Some context for my answers-I live in the tropics,so this is the best time of the year with the loveliest weather,when a lot of events happen outdoors- concerts and so on Also the best weather to walk around and eat out.So maximum going out right now!

KateReadsYA Thanks for playing 💖❄️ 3w
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Love this prompt!
1.Tagged book, absolutely fascinating look at history
2.Burning Man by Frances Wilson
3.Tenderness by Alison McLeod( bit obsessed with Dh Lawrence right now)
4.Memories by Teffi
5.The story of a life konstantin paustovsky

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The Rainbow | David Herbert Lawrence
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What a good description of what it feels like when you're drunk!

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The Rainbow | David Herbert Lawrence
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The Haunting of Hill House | Shirley Jackson
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#ThoughtfulThursday @MoonWitch94
✨I like mysteries better!Though if it's a thriller by Dame Stella Rimington,I would love it!
✨I find serial killer narratives exploitative of people's pain for entertainment,really.Definitely haunted house
✨Tagged book. Shirley Jackson. Need I say more 😀

MoonWitch94 Thanks for playing 🎃 2mo
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The Rainbow | David Herbert Lawrence
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Fun #ThisorThat! Though I've cheated and selected both for so many!

tpixie Me Too! 2mo
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The Rainbow | David Herbert Lawrence
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This is writing that is modern and progressive by today's standards

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The Rainbow | David Herbert Lawrence
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The Rainbow | David Herbert Lawrence
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The absolute genius of DH Lawrence, writing about incels way back in the early 20th Century

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The Grand Anicut | Veena Muthuraman
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#Two4Tuesday @TheSpineView
1.Definitely,quite fascinating!
2.One of my favourite books,set during the Chola Empire in the 1st century AD,I cannot recommend it enough.Please read it, everyone! https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4293918126
Also Agatha Christie's Death comes as the end, spectacular mystery set nearly 4000 years ago!I also like reading about the Roman Empire,so Robert Harris and Colleen Mcullough books are great.
Lovely prompt!

TheSpineView Thanks for playing! 2mo
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Our Share of Night | Mariana Enriquez
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So far, the only good line in this book

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The Rainbow | David Herbert Lawrence
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#WeekendReading @Andrew65
AS Byatt 's Frederica Quartet- fierce, immediate,still relevant
The Moon of Gomrath -delightful and thrilling
Tagged book-incredible writing,Lawrence paints a picture with language
Our share of night-way too much woo woo magic for me

Andrew65 A true classic! 2mo
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#SundayFunday @ozma.of.oz
No question here, James Bond's flat in Chelsea!! Absolutely love Chelsea as a place,and his house sounds amazing.I won't even mind if he's in it!😉

ozma.of.oz Love it! 😆 Thank you for sharing! 2mo
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Our Share of Night | Mariana Enriquez
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#WeekendReads @rachelsbrittain
1.Tagged book.I asked for this ARC because I haven't read works of fiction set during the military junta in Argentina,in the 80s.This is way too much magical realism and way too little...realism for me.I find it quite a slog!
2.Filter coffee, made using a South Indian coffee filter!
3.There isn't really fall here in the tropics!Fun plans,yes,visiting my grandmum in her ancestral village next week!

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Fun template! Do play, everyone, would love to know your answers!

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Love In The Afternoon | Lisa Kleypas
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#ThoughtfulThursday @MoonWitch94
🌻Romance novels are my absolute comfort genre.I read one of them every other week!
🌻I LOVE the tagged book,one of my favourite books by Kleypas.Also Sylvester by Georgette Heyer.The Harry Potter books are also go-to comfort reads.
🌻Just discovered this book which has become my comfort read,full review here:https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4646622926

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Those Days: A Novel | Sunil Gangopadhyay
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#WeekendReading @Andrew65
Just finished the tagged book, one of the best works of historical fiction I've read. Full review here:
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4965191235

Andrew65 Hope you had a good weekend. 2mo
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The Diamond Age | Neal Stephenson
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#currentlyreading #littenswanttoknow
Tagged book,it's very Stephenson,so the answer to am i enjoying it is yes and no.As always,there are entire chapters that could be done away with that drag on the story-for instance,does every interaction Nell has with the Primer have to be documented in such detail?(1/2)

Vansa The world building is strange,living in Victorian times wasn't as romanticised as it is in this book.Also reading the excellent Tsarinas lost treasure,about Catherine the Great,The Dutch Golden age and also art collecting. 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 📚🙌🏻 3mo
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Hatchards | London, United Kingdom (Bookstore)
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#Littenswanttoknow
I love bookmarks and tote bags!

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Scandalous Alchemy | Katy Moran
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#Two4Tuesday @TheSpineView
1.I enjoy both, but maybe a very very slight preference for post apocalyptic books!
2.Cant go wrong with Octavia Butler's Parable duology,Margaret Atwood's absolutely excellent Maddaddam trilogy.Also for alternate history,love the tagged book,full review here:
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4049290037

TheSpineView Thanks for playing! 3mo
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The Tsarina's Lost Treasure | Mara Vorhees, Gerald Easter
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The Diamond Age | Neal Stephenson
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Neal Stephenson. Always interesting. This is SO on the nose it might be my favourite description of India ever

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Ravan and Eddie | Kiran Nagarkar
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#Littenswanttoknow This is such an excellent question that I want to keep adding to it!Kiran Nagarkar is one of my FAVOURITE writers,and deserves to be as famous as Rushdie.His duology,Ravan and Eddie, and The Extras is an excellent work that traces Bombay itself,through the eponymous, deeply memorable characters.Its just begging for a great screen adaptation.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🙌🏻📚❤️ 3mo
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Good Behaviour | Molly Keane
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✨This ferocious book.Absolutely stellar. https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4725361918
✨We don't really autumn where I live in India😀 Definitely ready for the ghastly monsoons to end though!
✨Took this pic at the spectacular Colachel Beach when I went there for a wedding!

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The Tsarina's Lost Treasure | Mara Vorhees, Gerald Easter
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@Eggs #WondrousWednesday
👸🧐💰Best I could do!
🦋 Georgette Heyer tends to end her books very abruptly.I would LOVE sequels to all her books, specifically Sylvester.Also North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell-how did they navigate the rest of the Industrial revolution?
❤️5 stars! Full review here of Zola's Ladies Delight https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4785185329

Eggs Thanks for playing 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 3mo
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Thunderball | Ian Fleming
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#Two4Tuesday @TheSpineView
1.Jamaica, because I'm a huge Ian Fleming fan! Would love to visit Goldeneye
2.I would take the tagged book!

TheSpineView 👍📖📘📚🏖 3mo
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Starter for Ten | David Nicholls
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#Littenswanttoknow @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
My husband and I are avid quizzers,that's how we met!We go for a quiz once a week,where we meet our friends and have a nice time!apart from that,watching movies, TV shows.

Ruthiella I used to be a regular part of a pub quiz team and it was great fun! 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks That‘s awesome!!! 3mo
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Sorrow and Bliss | Meg Mason
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#Littenswanttoknow @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
Till last year,I absolutely never let a book go unfinished and forced myself to finish it.After a couple of terrible reads, however,in the last 6 months,where I could tell I hated the book but continued and the books didn't improve,I've started stopping because I'm growing older and have no more time to waste!

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The Truth | Terry Pratchett
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#Littenswanttoknow @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
I read my comfort reads over and over again! Usually Sylvester by Georgette Heyer, Val Mcdermid's retelling of Northanger Abbey and the original,some of Tessa Bailey's books and The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory.Also Guards!Guards! And The truth by Pratchett.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Perfect 😍 3mo
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#Littenswanttoknow @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
In Fun Home,Bechdel writes that middle age is when you realise you'll never read In Search of Lost Time.Ive always wanted to read this,never got around to it.Another is Crime and Punishment-Devils is one of my favourite books,I've always wanted to read Dostoevsky's Magnum opus.Should I try these books?!

Ruthiella I‘ve read Crime and Punishment and can recommend it! But I think most readers have some (or many) books like that on their list. 3mo
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