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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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#MotivationalMonday @Cupcake12
1.To continue obsessively watching a TUrkish show on Youtube called Ada Masali!
2.I just saw Dana Fuchs live and am now obsessed by 'Blue Mist Road'
3.Duran Duran,Depeche Mode, Simple Minds,Madonna,Tracy Chapman,The Who,Paul McCartney,Coldplay,Michael Jackson,Paco de Lucia

Cupcake12 No. 3 is a great list! Thanks for taking part x 2d
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Bitter Medicine | Sara Paretsky
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#TLT #ThreeListThursday @dabbe
1. VI Warshawski !Love her spunk, her gumption, her constant bad choices in men!
2. Brother Cadfael from ELlis Peters' books.Always compassionate,insightful and forgiving, in a harsh world.Anyone who hasn't,I cannot recommend the TV series enough,available on youtube.
3.Miss Marple,of course!For her unwavering faith in,and cynicism of human nature.
Honorable mentions-all of ENid BLyton's intrepid child detectives

dabbe I‘ve never heard of #s 1 or 2–on the TBR! Thanks for playing! ❤️💜🩷 (edited) 2w
Bookwormjillk I still say I want to be VI when I grow up 2w
Vansa @Bookwormjillk she's so great, isn;t she.And I really want a Lotty!! 2w
Bookwormjillk @Vansa yes a Lotty would be very welcome 🤣 2w
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#WondrousWednesday @Eggs
1.Definitely 'Dance Hall days' by Wang Chung. I could not LOVE that song more!
2.I stayed in a perfect Airbnb in Chelsea in London once,that would be my dream home!
3.A nice walk with my husband in good weather to get an expansive sweet breakfast accompanied by good coffee!
Tagged book is a great read on music!

Eggs Excellent ideas 💡 👏🏻👏🏻 2w
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#Two4Tuesday @thespineview
1. 😀Prefer not getting anything! I don't give anything for it either !
2.Tagged book, while it's a joint biography of Kiki and Man Ray, a part I found fascinating was its description of the help extended to,and received from,the women of Montparnasse.Lovely real life examples of platonic love.Full review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/5407690537

TheSpineView Thanks for playing! 2w
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I love these, will definitely manage all 4! Thanks for this interesting ( and really useful to #readyourkindle) reading challenge, @CBee!!

CBee You‘re totally welcome! 2w
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#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain
Finished 3 of these this weekend! Thank you for the recommendation of Don't kiss the bride, it was quite a good book,though that cover is nightmare inducing!

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Chosen my 20!So difficult to pick just 20 from more than 150 unread and probably just as excellent books! #readyourkindle #readyourebook @CBee

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My Phantoms | Gwendoline Riley
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#WONDROUSWEDNESDAY @eggs
1.No,my name was picked because my parents wanted an unusual name!Which means it's constantly mispronounced,I don't mind that though.
2.No siblings
3.These 2 amazing books by very underrated writers and tagged book, who should be as famous as John Updike and Philip ROth but aren't.

Karons1 Two excellent 👌 books just finished the camomile lawn and loved 🥰 it . Enjoy ☺️ 3w
Eggs It‘s a beautiful name🩷 Thanks for playing🥳 3w
Vansa @Karons1 it's really good, right? And I hadn't even heard of it. It should be more famous, specially now, when everyone thinks polyamory has just been discovered-people were trying out alternative lifestyles and partner choices since human beings probably invented marriage! 3w
Karons1 So true 😆but it does seem at one point everyone is jumping into bed 🛌 together , maybe we all did when we were young 😆 anyway in times of war it was well noted - read to bed with grand music a fantastic Persephone book 📖 😀 3w
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The Long View: Picador Classic | Elizabeth Jane Howard
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#MOtivational Monday
1. TO get back to my reading and exercise routine after a week of battling fatigue and the flu!
2.Tagged book.THoughtful,sad and should be as celebrated,if not more,than Revolutionary Road.
3.Curious,self-contained
@cupcake12

Cupcake12 Hope you feel better soon. Thanks for joining in x 3w
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Women in Love | DH Lawrence
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I absolutely love wearing rings, and anklets, and this sentence described my love for them like nothing else has. Tiny fragments of loveliness indeed.

BarbaraBB Well said 🥰 1mo
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The Dud Avocado | Elaine Dundy
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WOW. THIs book is just one zinger after another

Ruthiella I liked this book a lot! It was witty. 2mo
Vansa @Ruthiella I love it so far! It's so darkly funny 2mo
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When one is in Scottsdale, do as any Scottsdale-ite would do and shop at Poisoned Pen Bookstore! #PoisonedPen

Ruthiella Naturally! What‘d you buy? 4mo
Vansa Tagged book, and The Scottish enlightenment: how the Scots invented the modern world! 4mo
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Frankie & Stankie | Barbara Trapido
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Barbara Trapido 's absolutely perfect sentences make you want to...live in her head!

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Still the lines used by dictators. Service to the people.

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Proust giving you an account of the stirrings of the 1917 Russian revolution!

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I don't know how clear this is, but these are two absolutely delightful pages of writing.Tolkien manages a perfect tone throughout,which must be so hard. Great writing.
#LotrChapterADay #FellowshipOfTolkien

JazzFeathers What chapter is it. I can't make out anything 😞 Besides, Tolkien's prose is always delightful 😏 5mo
Vansa @JazzFeathers The end of the Road to Isengard chapter! I loved how he managed the change in tone,from the battle, to the journey and now the meeting of old friends (edited) 5mo
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Atomic Spy: The Dark Lives of Klaus Fuchs | Nancy Thorndike Greenspan
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#WondrousWednesday @Eggs
🍎.Its when I take my annual vacation!
🍏Right now, extremely frazzled,stuck in a terrible traffic jam,and frightfully late to work!
🍏The tagged book, inspired by watching Oppenheimer. I can't recommend it enough.

Eggs I‘ve been on a bit of an Oppenheimer tangent as well… 5mo
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#Two4Tuesday @thespineview
1.Breakfast! I love a lavish breakfast spread,with baked goods and eggs and there has to be filter coffee!
2.I had never heard of the tagged book, or author,and absolutely loved it. Her descriptions of her meals are deeply evocative

TheSpineView Thanks for playing!❤️🍽☕️ 5mo
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#TLT @dabbe
Movies:This is Spinal Tap,Withnail and I,Girls trip
Tv: Yes Minister,Fresh prince of Bel-Air, Blackadder
Books: Tagged books,Leave it to Psmith, Cold comfort farm

dabbe I have a lot to look into with this list! The only show I've seen is FRESH PRINCE OF BEL-AIR! 🤩
Thanks for playing! 🧡💜💛
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More late posts! #WondrousWednesday @eggs
1.Elizabeth Jane Howard, Elizabeth Jenkins,Stella Gibbons, Nancy Mitford (though she would probably hate me!),Arundhati Roy,Mahasweta Devi
2. The swinging 60s in Chelsea!!
3.I keep museum tickets, gig tickets and use them as bookmarks!

Eggs Wonderful! Thanks for playing 🥳 5mo
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#LotrChapterADay #FellowshipOfTolkien I read this entire chapter completely teary eyed, and was in floods of tears by the time this came about

JazzFeathers After reading so much about WWI, l imagine Tolkien knew exactly what he was talking about. 5mo
Vansa @JazzFeathers oooh that's true, that never struck me! 5mo
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#LotrChapterADay #FellowshipOfTolkien This was always my favourite chapter,and nothing has changed over the years.Its even more poignant to read it now,when the depredations visited on earth are even more devastating.

JazzFeathers I lived Treebeard chapter more than l usually do, this time round. 5mo
Vansa @JazzFeathers it definitely made me cry a lot more this time round! Even more today when I saw the photos of the felled sycamore tree at Hadrians Wall 5mo
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Such unbelievably beautiful descriptions #LotrChapterADay #FellowshipOfTolkien

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Late prompts! #Two4Tuesday @thespineview
1.Cant play to save my life,some of my worst childhood memories are associated with forced sporting activities at school😱😱I absolutely love watching,reading and talking about sports though!
2.The tagged book is one of the best I've read,as all good sports writing does,combines sports, history, sociology and humanity

TheSpineView Thanks for playing!🌞🤩😊 5mo
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Deadlock | Sara Paretsky
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@goodwilllibrarian VI Warshawski is a detective,former attorney, and the other characters are involved with the shipping industry, none of which are jobs I would like though I like reading about them!

Ruthiella I read all the VI Warsharski books back in the‘90s and loved them. I‘ve long meant to go back, reread and then finish off the series… 5mo
Vansa @Ruthiella I heard of them just last year and love them! BBC has fine radio adaptations of quite a few of them that are available on YouTube if you want to listen to them instead! They're very good! 5mo
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The Pursuit of Love | Nancy Mitford
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So funny..and so true.
So all my well read Littens, what are your opinions on the surprisingly dark ending she gives to this book?She doesn't end her other Radlett-Montdore books on a note of such sadness, why do you think she chose this ending for this one?

Ruthiella Maybe because Linda was based on her sister Diana and it was a more palatable fictional outcome than in real life Diana‘s marrying the leader and founder of the British Union of Fascists? 5mo
Vansa @Ruthiella bit of a composite of all the sisters, the Communism was very Jessica and Nancy herself, though the leaving a family was Diana! Possibly, though.Just seems like a very sudden dark turn, maybe because of her own miscarriages? 5mo
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The Pursuit of Love | Nancy Mitford
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Nancy Mitford is so insightful

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Frankie & Stankie | Barbara Trapido
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Frankie & Stankie | Barbara Trapido
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Barbara Trapido is a genius. When she writes well she writes So SO well. So insightful

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#FellowshipOfTolkien #LotrChapterAday onwards!Have been waiting to start with this, and what a banger of a starting chapter

JazzFeathers True, eh? The first chapter sure delivers 😜 l'm so behind. Life keeps interfering. 5mo
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#Sundayfunday no, the setting is Yorkshire during the late 70s and early 80s, when the Yorkshire Ripper was active! The book was a huge disappointment, sadly.

BookmarkTavern That‘s disappointing! Hope your next read is better! 5mo
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I love this prompt!! It reminded me of my beloved Ladybird books that introduced me to reading.I used to have all of these!
#SundayFunday

LeahBergen I love 🐞!! I still own many of these. 5mo
Cuilin I absolutely love and remember these exact covers. 💕 🐞 5mo
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https://www.instagram.com/reel/Cw7diUZoH7T/?igshid=YTUzYTFiZDMwYg==
Since a lot of readers are finishing up the section in Mória now, this might be an interesting video, if you haven't seen it already!
#FellowshipOfTolkien #LotrChapterADay

JazzFeathers It's beautiful, isn't it? 🤩 5mo
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#FirstLineFridays @shybookowl
It's Proust, so it's a very very long first line!

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#FellowshipofTolkien #LotrChapterADay
What unbelievably vivid writing. I feel like I'm seeing all of these myself

JazzFeathers Tolkien's writing is among the most vivid l've ever read. When he describes plac s, sure. But not only. 5mo
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So moving. I'm practically in tears at the elegiac tone of this.
#FellowshipOfTolkien #LotrChapterADay

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This is very very true of many countries right now. Including mine.

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#Booknotes @alwaysbeenaloverodbooks
Right now I have the absolute perfect song to go with this line, from Enya's glorious album in the 90s, Shepherd Moons
https://youtu.be/u6aHtdoXPiw?si=pVIJk94Yomej3pmE

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 👏🏻🎶📚🎵 6mo
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Return to Paris | Colette Rossant
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#WondrousWednesday @eggs
1.Going to the movies is such a song and dance,but some really deserve the large screen-Barbie and Oppenheimer,for instance.
2.None at all!Super lazy person here😀
3.Since June and till October,eating at home to save money for a big splash out during my 2 week holiday in October!

Eggs How fun 🤩 6mo
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@alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
Some of my favourite memoirs.Absolutely lovely, moving books. Full review of tagged book about the artist's adolescence in Turkey here
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/5170687206

Q84 Absolutely loved Persepolis! I'll have to check out the others sometime 6mo
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#Two4Tuesday @thespineview
1.I have never heard of Colette Rossant,and this memoir was a lovely introduction to a really interesting woman,who was coming up with “fusion“ cooking before hipster places!
2. I loved her very unique perspective as a child growing up in a Jewish family in Egypt - you don't get such interesting voices usually.

LeahBergen I loved this book! 6mo
TheSpineView Thanks for playing!🤩📖📚 6mo
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#LotrChapterADay #FellowshipOfTolkien
I remember this section in Moria so vividly, and it's still edge of the seat riveting ,reading it now. I am turning pages as fast as I can because it's so gripping!?

JazzFeathers I know, right? And then, these are among the best chapters in the book, in my opinion 😜 6mo
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Daniel Deronda | George Eliot
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THis could be said by a character in a book written yesterday, and would ring as true

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Daniel Deronda | George Eliot
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Incredibly modern writing

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Daniel Deronda | George Eliot
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It is incredible to me that George ELiot, literally centuries back,wrote sympathetically about an ambitious woman, who was allowed to be successful, and not a monster.

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#SUNDAYFUNDAY @ozma.of.oz #LotRChapterADay #FellowshipOfTolkien
I love this description of Bilbo's perfect house!I can empathise a lot with the way Frodo feels in the beginning of the book,that there's a gathering storm and he wishes it didn't happen in his time,and he could shut it out.

BookmarkTavern Yeah! I totally get that too. Thank you for sharing! 6mo
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Oh,poor Bilbo Baggins. And the considerable strength of character you have shown all those years you owned the ring, and didn't let it corrode your soul of steel.

Cinfhen Your.nails are FABULOUS 6mo
Vansa @Cinfhen thank you so much!! I saw it on an Instagram post and tried it out!! 😀😀😀 6mo
dabbe Nails = 🤩🤩🤩 6mo
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RobES These nauls are gorgeous 😍 6mo
Vansa @dabbe thank you so much!! 6mo
Vansa @RobES thanks a lot! It was worth the time I took trying to get it right 😀 6mo
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The Turquoise Ledge: A Memoir | Leslie Marmon Silko
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This is so so important. There are several countries in the world, like included,that have a variety of different languages, but governments that insist on the primacy of just one language, which is ridiculous. A diversity of language is to be celebrated.

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This Is Shakespeare | Emma Smith
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#Netgalleybingo
Got around to reading some more ARCs! And more importantly,reviewing. I cannot recommend This is Shakespeare enough.To paraphrase the tagline of Barbie: If you can't get enough of Shakespeare, this book is for you.If you've had a surfeit of Shakespeare,this book is for you.
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/5781346962

rachelsbrittain Well I'm convinced! 6mo
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Extraordinary. Proust can go on a bit. But some of his writing on how we perceive art, how the mind works are just extraordinary and you realise why he's considered such an influence. This set of pages is just.. incredible.