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vivastory

Joined November 2016

Literature...drawing you so fully into another life that you temporarily forget you have one of your own.-Barbara Kingsolver
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Don Quixote | Miguel de Cervantes
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Four of my favorite novels where the narrator has a tenuous connection to reality. All four are highly recommended & unique approaches to reality. #WhereIsMyMind #MayMovieMagic
@rohit-sawant @Cinfhen

marleed One of these days I‘m going to read Don Quixote- while Man of La Mancha plays in the background. 23h
lkurgs The Bird‘s Nest is one of my favorites! 23h
rohit-sawant Excellent picks! Except for The Bell Jar all three are on my TBR. Especially looking forward to The Bird's Nest. 23h
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Cinfhen Excellent!!!!well done 🙌🏻 23h
Sapphire The Lathe of Heaven was amazing. 21h
rretzler Loved The Bell Jar. Very haunting. I need to read Don Quixote 15h
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A daily collection of literary events of great importance, amusing anecdotes & incidents that occurred on the page; Nissley's lively collection is the perfect choice for #TomorrowNeverKnows
#MayMovieMagic
@rohit-sawant @Cinfhen

rohit-sawant Oo, this is so fascinating! 23h
Cinfhen Fun book! 23h
ruskigurl16 I love trivia like this. Thank you for recommending such a cool book. ❤️ 19h
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After Claude | Iris Owens
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My rather restrained book haul. The tagged book is for #NYRBBookClub & I was unaware of the Hughes until last month. I loved her book In A Lonely Place, so I'm really looking forward to reading this one. Unfortunately I have to return it to Amazon for another copy due to a bent & torn cover, probably due to it being forced into my mailbox.

saresmoore Please disregard the comment on my previous post. 😅 Such a bummer that it was damaged! 2d
LeahBergen Oh, you ordered the other Hughes! 👏🏻👏🏻 I hope someone picks it soon. 😆 2d
BarbaraBB I thought you said you ordered only one this time 😉?! But that is damaged is a shame, I hope they‘ll send you a new one! 1d
vivastory @BarbaraBB I thought about ordering only one, then I regained my sanity 😄 They are going to send me a new one, but their packaging has really declined. 1d
BarbaraBB I never order from Amazon anymore because of their shipping costs. I only order from BookDepository now. They are way cheaper, it only takes longer for your books to arrive. And their customer service is great. Also, “regained my sanity” 😂😂 23h
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LeahBergen Oh God! 😆😆 3d
Leftcoastzen Love it!❤️ 3d
Suet624 I wish I had been a fly on the wall. 2d
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Drowned World | J G Ballard
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One of my favorite Ballard novels, the tagged book takes place in a tropical London that is mostly underwater due to rising sea levels. I read this & Hello America, a companion novel, back to back. I liked Drowned World more but I definitely recommend both. Great prototypes of what is now called cli-fi. Since it is #MayMovieMagic I'd be remiss if I didn't also mention Ben Wheatley's perfect adaptation of another favorite Ballard, High Rise.

rohit-sawant I wasn't aware of Ballard! This sounds really interesting! 3d
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LeahBergen Cool! 😍 3d
saresmoore That‘s fantastic! 3d
Suet624 Haha. That‘s great. And racy trash! 👍🏼 2d
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batsy This sounds fascinating. I wasn't aware of this aspect of his life. Are you liking it? 4d
vivastory @batsy I wasn't aware of it either. It's a really interesting read, I definitely recommend. 4d
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After Claude | Iris Owens
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I had to triple check the votes, but After Claude is the #NYRBBookClub selection! What a lively voting process & a narrow win! In the Café of Lost Youth & A Meaningful Life tied at 5, After Claude squeaked ahead with 7. Great job nominating 3 fascinating selections @emilyhaldi !

AlaMich This sounds so good! I‘m a #nyrb fan but I hadn‘t seen this one before. Stacked! 6d
mklong I would say “time to go shopping,” but I might have already bought all three last night 🙈 6d
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Cathythoughts Great !! I‘ll get After Claude sorted & in my possession in the next few days ! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 6d
saresmoore Woohoo! (I would‘ve been happy with any of the three.) 6d
youneverarrived This sounds brill! Off to order it now 😁 6d
vivastory @mklong Ha! I was tempted to do likewise, but I managed to show some restraint & just now ordered 2. 6d
vivastory @Cathythoughts Great! I hadn't heard of it before it was nominated, so I'm pretty curious about it 6d
vivastory @saresmoore Same here! I'm hard pressed to think of another publisher as consistently reliable in terms of quality 6d
vivastory @youneverarrived I just ordered mine & I had to order a second NYRB, to keep it company while it was in the mail 😄 6d
vivastory @AlaMich It was new to me as well! 6d
BarbaraBB @mklong 😂😂😂. Love it! Love this #nyrbbookclub. We‘re obsessed! 6d
BarbaraBB @vivastory I ordered mine too and to keep it company I bought 😱 6d
merelybookish Neither library has this book so I was forced to buy it. 😏 But I did check the library first. Both of them! 6d
youneverarrived 😂 I did the same. Would have been rude not to 😉 6d
LeahBergen @BarbaraBB I have The Other already and (if the voting order still hands) hope to put it up for the October selection. 😄 6d
LeahBergen I‘m feeling all smug that I managed to order only this one, solitary NYRB. 😏 (okay, I confess to ordering four #PersephoneBooks , too 😆😆😆). 6d
BarbaraBB @LeahBergen That would be great! And I bought two Persephones too... 6d
Theaelizabet Looking forward to another round! @LeahBergen @BarbaraBB I have a couple of Persephones on my radar. 6d
BarbaraBB @merelybookish So sorry for you 😉😀 6d
LeahBergen Who needs that silly, old Book of the Month Club monthly choice when we have an even BETTER club with a monthly choice??? Right?? #BESTCLUBEVER 6d
LeahBergen @Theaelizabet This is getting dangerous. 😆 6d
LeahBergen @BarbaraBB Correction: Make that THREE 😆😆 6d
BarbaraBB @LeahBergen This IS getting dangerous 🤣 6d
Rachel_nyc This book club is the best! My tbr exploded with NYRB books since @vivastory started it and since I‘m having brunch dangerously close to the Strand bookstore this weekend, I have a feeling I‘m going to be bringing a few home. 6d
saresmoore @LeahBergen @BarbaraBB Can you believe I managed to only buy the tagged book? Well, I had already ordered three Persephones and four other NYRBs...the same day... 🙊 6d
MicheleinPhilly Feeling smug because both selections are ones I already owned. 😉 6d
Suet624 @MicheleinPhilly nice work on your part! 6d
vivastory @BarbaraBB I can't wait to hear your thoughts on 6d
vivastory @merelybookish That's impressive responsibility on your part! I didn't even bother checking 😂 6d
vivastory @LeahBergen I don't own a single Persephone. I think I'm overdue! 6d
vivastory @LeahBergen Also, I 💯 agree that our picks are so much better than BOTM. I am probably going to cancel my BOTM subscription. The money I save will pay for another NYRB 😄 6d
vivastory @Rachel_nyc Brunch & The Strand? Isn't that what the cool kids call, "living your best life"?! Enjoy!! 6d
vivastory @saresmoore I expect a picture of that haul! 😄 6d
vivastory @MicheleinPhilly Ha! I mean, statistically speaking there will probably be a month where I will already own the selection..but I know I'd probably still get one. You know, restore my equilibrium & what not 😂 6d
sisilia I‘m so glad to be in this #nyrbbookclub 😘 I‘m looking forward to my upcoming NYC trip, and am going to hunt for obscure NYRB titles. Fingers crossed I won‘t exceed my luggage limit 🤣 6d
saresmoore @sisilia Media mail the excess! 😄 6d
batsy Yay! I was excited about the results because this seemed like a close race 😁 All the titles sound amazing. I only ordered the one because I think I'm trying to be on a book-buying ban 😂😂 #onlyNYRBsallowed #itsnotworking 6d
Rachel_nyc @vivastory 🤣🤣Definitely. 6d
LeahBergen @saresmoore You were very restrained. 😂 6d
LeahBergen @MicheleinPhilly Let‘s see how long we can keep your streak going. 😆 6d
LeahBergen @vivastory Yep. You may need to try one. I‘ll have to ponder on which one might suit you ... 🤔 6d
emilyhaldi The #NYRBfever is real!!! 🤪 I love it! I would love to see the spikes in NYRB website orders on the 16th of every month... 6d
emilyhaldi @Rachel_nyc have you been to Alabaster Bookshop before?! Right around the corner from the strand... the cutest little used book shop and last time I went they had tons of NYRBs!!! Check it out if you get the chance 😉 6d
emilyhaldi @MicheleinPhilly yay!! Finally someone else who owns this one 😁 I was almost beginning to feel guilty that I've enabled so much book spending around here 😆 6d
sisilia Ooohh I‘ve been to Alabaster @emilyhaldi Will pop in to see their collections 6d
emilyhaldi Such a hidden gem!! @sisilia 6d
Rachel_nyc @emilyhaldi I haven‘t but I‘m excited to check it out. Thanks! 6d
rubyslippersreads I‘ll try to join in on this one; it sounds interesting. 3d
vivastory @rubyslippersreads You should definitely join! 👏 2d
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Tyrion Tries To Negotiate With Monty Python is the mashup I didn't know I needed. 😂😂😂

lesliemarie It is hilarious! 1w
LauraJ Thanks for making me search for that 😹😹😹😹 1w
Leftcoastzen That was everything I needed right now.😂 1w
Velvetfur Oh gosh I saw that yesterday, loved it! 😂 1w
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Game of Thrones | George R R Martin
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😂😂

AnansiGirl Now that‘s a plot twist I‘d like to see for the goodest boy of Westeros. 😂 #teamghost #ghostforthethrone (edited) 1w
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Game of Thrones | George R R Martin
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😂😂

readordierachel 😆😆 1w
Reggie Lol 1w
Leftcoastzen So much love for this book. it sorta snuck up on me how much I enjoyed it. 1w
Suet624 @Leftcoastzen Ditto. Great book. 1w
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(2/2)

rwmg wishlisted 1w
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I just started this one, but I'm loving it so far. I love the scene where Henry meets his new roommate (1/2)

shortsarahrose I loved this one! 1w
BarbaraBB Me too! 1w
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Cassandra at the Wedding | Dorothy Baker
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"If this is God's plan, let's for God's sake get with it. So mought it be. Mote it? So be it. But give the children a worm before the tree splits up."
Cassandra Edwards returns home for her twin sister, Judith's wedding. Cassandra & Judith were inseparable growing up in their unconventional family, comprised of a beloved yet pedantic father, a mother who died when Cassandra & Judith were younger & their grandmother who raised them. Cassandra is ?

vivastory bent on sabotaging Jude's wedding, feeling betrayed by her sister's efforts at a life separate from their relationship. As critics have noted, Baker is a master stylist. She effortlessly moves between moments that are humorous, confrontational, tender & confessional. Her device of letting Cassandra & Judith narrate different sections is effective in her exploration of identity. An immensely quotable novel. Despite everything Cassandra completely👇 1w
vivastory charms the reader & I simply couldn't help but root for her. I can't say enough great things about this book. An excellent inclusion in the NYRB catalog & a big thanks to @BarbaraBB for nominating it for the inaugural month of #NYRBBookClub. 1w
Leftcoastzen Your review is a joy as was reading this book! 1w
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vivastory @Leftcoastzen Thank you You're too kind! I can't wait to discuss this at the end of the month! 1w
merelybookish Great review!! 1w
Suet624 Jeesh, I‘ve been trying to think of how to write a review of this book and you‘ve pretty much done it for me. Not much more to add. 😀 1w
BarbaraBB Excellent review. A lot of us feel for Cassandra I think, even though she‘s impossible to live with. That‘s well done by Baker I think! 1w
BarbaraBB I‘ll email you soon about the discussion of this book! 💕 1w
saresmoore Yes! Great review! 1w
vivastory @merelybookish Thanks! I noticed on Goodreads you rated it 5 stars. Definitely a 5 star book for me. I'm really tempted to order 1w
vivastory @Suet624 😄 As a parent of twins I'm looking forward to your thoughts during the discussion. 1w
vivastory @BarbaraBB Thanks! Sounds good. I look forward to hearing from you! 1w
vivastory @saresmoore I hope you love it as much as everyone else has! 1w
merelybookish @vivastory Yes, a definite five star. Great characters, great writing, satisfying ending. What more could I ask for? And that other novel looks interesting. It would be interesting to see how she captures jazz! 1w
vivastory @merelybookish Absolutely. I'm also intrigued that some say it is even better than Cassandra etc. A tall order!! 1w
merelybookish @vivastory Wow! I'm curious but skeptical. 🤔 1w
CarolynM Great review! 1w
BarbaraBB I‘m tempted too to buy her other book! I‘m not that interested in jazz though... 1w
erzascarletbookgasm Fantastic review 1w
batsy Beautifully put ❤️ She is a master stylist indeed. 1w
Suet624 I'm curious if next month's book has been selected yet. I'll probably have to order whatever it is. 1w
youneverarrived Excellent review 🙌🙌 1w
vivastory @CarolynM Thanks! 1w
vivastory @Suet624 Not yet. @emilyhaldi will be posting her 3 nominations for a vote. 1w
emilyhaldi I will do my best to post my 3 choices tomorrow!!! @vivastory @Suet624 🤗 1w
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The Count of Monte Cristo | Alexander Dumas
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A significant amount of my favorite books, & memorable reading experiences, have involved long books. Above are four that I plan on reading this year. As Jane Smiley wrote, "In a novel, length is always a promise, never a threat."
#WeveOnlyJustBegun #MayMovieMagic
@rohit-sawant @Cinfhen

Cinfhen Unless you have severe #PageCountPhobia 😜😜😜im always scared by a #Chunky but truthfully they make the best stories... 3w
rohit-sawant Great list! 🖤🖤 3w
Cathythoughts Nice quote from Jane Smiley ♥️👍🏻 3w
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LeahBergen What @Cathythoughts said! What a marvellously truthful quote. 3w
LeahBergen I‘ve read the top two and enjoyed the Dumas a little bit more than the Tolstoy. 3w
Kalalalatja Loved, loved, loved The Count of Monte Cristo 🙌 3w
gradcat I‘ve read all but the tagged one. I really do not like “Moby Dick.” “War and Peace” is just okay, but I think everyone should read “The Count of Monte Christo.” Just my humble opinion, for what it‘s worth. 3w
Theaelizabet Moby Dick was a great reading experience. Love that Smiley quote. 3w
Liz_M Love the C. B-S. cover design on The Count! Looks like you have some wonderful trading ahead. 3w
Liz_M Reading. Stupid phone. 3w
vivastory @Liz_M I think that's one of my favorite designs for the Penguin Hardcover. I really do. I'm looking forward to it! 3w
vivastory @Theaelizabet I have been meaning to read it for years now, I am definitely making it a priority this year. The Smiley quote is from one of my favorite books about fiction 3w
vivastory @gradcat I've heard mixed things about all 4 except Count of MC, I'm going to try to go in with an open mind 3w
vivastory @Kalalalatja You @Moray_Reads enthusiasm for it made it a priority for me 3w
vivastory @LeahBergen Have you read Anna Karenina? I want to read both W&P and AK, I suspect I might end up liking AK a bit more. 3w
vivastory @Cathythoughts I have tried to make it my motto since I first came across it. 3w
vivastory @rohit-sawant Thanks! 3w
vivastory @Cinfhen They really do allow you to become familiar with a world & characters in a way that shorter novels simply can't 3w
LeahBergen Yes, I‘ve read Anna Karenina and I liked it way more than War and Peace. 🤫 3w
Moray_Reads Adore War and Peace and the Count of Monte Cristo but the other two just don't really appeal... 3w
Suet624 After reading a very long book I feel like I‘m tripping and stumbling out of another world back into this one. Feelings of separation, some mourning, and some delicious feelings of having left myself for a good long while. Have a wonderful time. (Not so sure about Moby Dick, but good luck!) 3w
vivastory @Suet624 That's the perfect way to describe the reading experience of a long book! I love that. 2w
Suet624 💕💕 2w
gradcat Have fun with this! And @Suet624 Nice atmospherics! 😂 2w
shortsarahrose It looks like I‘m in the minority, but I absolutely love Moby Dick. Favorite novel of all time. Haven‘t read any of the others, but I do enjoy a long book. 2w
fleeting Lovely quote! 2w
saresmoore I would love, love to do a buddy read for Moby-Dick. Did we already plan this a long time ago? 🤔 I would also like to read W&P and The Count, but life may prohibit these ambitions... 2w
BarbaraBB I‘m reading The Count right now. It‘s adventure and storytelling at its best! 2w
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Cassandra at the Wedding | Dorothy Baker
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Final Cassandra post of the evening. I simply couldn't pass up posting this blurb by my beloved Carson.
#NYRBBookClub

Suet624 Hmmm, I might have to read Young Man With A Horn! 3w
vivastory @Suet624 I was thinking the same thing! 2w
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Cassandra at the Wedding | Dorothy Baker
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BarbaraBB I‘m happy you‘re enjoying it too! 3w
vivastory @BarbaraBB Baker manages to effortlessly move between light hearted dialogue & heart breaking confrontation, all in the same scene. It's really special. 3w
merelybookish This made me chuckle too! 3w
Rachel_nyc I‘m so glad everyone seems to be enjoying this as much as I am! Loved the Existentialist-Zen-Marxist, Freudian branch line as well. This book is so quotable! 3w
vivastory @Rachel_nyc It is really quotable, in a great way 2w
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BarbaraBB Judith seems to be able to deal with Cassandra - at first. I am now starting part 2, her point of view. I can‘t wait to find out what she really thinks and feels! 3w
vivastory @BarbaraBB I love books with dual perspectives, so I'm really looking forward to seeing Judith's. 3w
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Cassandra at the Wedding | Dorothy Baker
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What a first chapter! The final paragraph is basically flawless, imo.
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readordierachel Love that! 3w
BarbaraBB Perfect dialogue and atmosphere. I felt myself standing right next to her in that telephone booth in the desert! 3w
vivastory @BarbaraBB The dialogue & atmosphere really are perfect. Baker immediately drew me in with Cassandra's voice. 3w
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vivastory @readordierachel I am loving it so far! 3w
Suet624 I had three books come in from the library that I‘ve been waiting on a long list for. Speed reading them so I can start Cassandra! 3w
vivastory @Suet624 I think you will love it! 2w
Suet624 I can‘t wait. It keeps winking at me from the dining room table. 😂😂 2w
saresmoore I agree. I'm totally enthralled with the writing. So much incredible, unconventional imagery. 2w
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Emily Dickinson reminds us that none of us can escape the eventual carriage ride of death. Her poem does what all great poetry does: provides a measure of calmness while contemplating the inevitable.
#BehindTheWheel #MayMovieMagic
@rohit-sawant @Cinfhen

Cinfhen 🙌🏻 3w
rohit-sawant 🖤🖤 3w
Centique My favourite poem of hers ❤️🖤 3w
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gradcat Nice collage! 3w
QueenPenguin I love that poem. It always makes me stop and think. 2w
Cartoom Emily Dickinson‘s life is part of the story Maria Popova tells in Figuring, covering several women of genius... for those interested in the person behind the poetry. 2w
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The Devil's Dictionary | Ambrose Bierce
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Bierce's Devil's Dictionary is a collection of frequently satirical epigrammatic definitions. Recognition of Bierce's idiosyncratic accomplishments is overdue. He is Twain's sarcastic spiritual cousin.
#HighwayToHell #MayMovieMagic
@rohit-sawant @Cinfhen

JazzFeathers 😂👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻I read a few of Bierce short stories a long time ago and l found him fascinating. But yes, it isn't easy to come by his stuff. I read it in a series by a publisher who in the early 1990s published a lot of Weird Tales stories, l suppose because they are in the public domain. But years ago they has some copyright troubles and they're not doing this anymore. 3w
rohit-sawant Awesome post! I've been meaning to read this! 3w
gradcat I love Ambrose Bierce! All these posts remind me of loads of things I‘ve read & forgotten...I love it! 🥰 3w
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Interpol | Jean F. Blashfield
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At my favorite live music venue for two bands I've seen live, both of which put on great performances: The Foals & Interpol.

Lcsmcat That chandelier! 3w
vivastory @Lcsmcat The venue is really spectacular as far as design goes. Nearly every single show I've attended, the performer has commented on it. 3w
BestDogDad That‘s‘ cool. I saw Interpol earlier this year in St. Paul. Great show. 3w
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readordierachel Rad! Have an amazing time! 3w
BarbaraBB Great bands. What is the name of the venue? 3w
vivastory @BarbaraBB Midland Theatre. It's in one of my favorite areas, within walking distance of the library with the enormous book spines on the parking garage & right down the street from a great movie theater. 3w
BarbaraBB That library is there too? How cool! 😍 3w
CaliforniaCay I looooove the Foals!! 😍 3w
batsy That's a gorgeous venue. And two great bands. 3w
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Lolly Willowes | Sylvia Townsend Warner
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May 1st. Our #NYRBBookClub is officially underway! I thought it'd be fun to share personal favorites from NYRB that we have read. Above are my favorites of the ones I own that I have actually read. What are yours?

sisilia I have Lolly Willowes, and I couldn‘t relate to Morel 🙈 My favorite so far is Grand Hotel, All for Nothing, and The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne 🌷 3w
GatheringBooks wow! they all look great - and i haven‘t read them all!! 😭😭 will do a separate post of my faves and tag you. 🧚🏼‍♀️💕📚 3w
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Reviewsbylola I read Morel but don‘t remember it. I HATED Lolly!! As for my own favorites, I don‘t even know if I have any but admittedly I haven‘t read many NYRB (yet!) 3w
emilyhaldi Oooohhhh love this question!!! I am out of town until the weekend but can't wait to pull out my favorites when I get home!!! Ps. I have The Other and can't wait to read it 🤗 3w
batsy Lolly Willowes 🥰 Will have to do a search through my highly disorganised shelves to see what I have and what I've read 😆 3w
gradcat Ditto a couple of other Littens: I need to do a thorough check through my books to see what I have. Is this a reading club? Or just a sort of hashtag group? Sorry if I‘m being obtuse, but sometimes I can be a bit dense! 😂 3w
LeahBergen @emilyhaldi I have The Other, too. I think I have the October pick and was hoping to put it up for the vote. 👍🏻 3w
LeahBergen I‘m trying to think what I liked without looking at my shelves... 🤔... I really enjoyed 3w
sprainedbrain I loved Lolly Willowes! So far, I‘ve only read one other, and I loved it: 3w
emilyhaldi Oooohh great plan!! @LeahBergen perfect pick for October 🖤 3w
MicheleinPhilly @LeahBergen @emilyhaldi The Other genuinely scared the living 💩 out of me. It is truly one of scariest things I‘ve ever read. 3w
Theaelizabet I‘ll post a pic of favorites later today, but just wanted to note your choice of Lolly Willowes. I‘ve yet to read it, but recently read Warner‘s The Corner That Held Them and loved it. Will try Lolly Willowes soon. 3w
LeahBergen @MicheleinPhilly Ooooh! Now I‘m even more excited to read it! 😬 3w
emilyhaldi Me too!!!! @MicheleinPhilly 😱😱😱 3w
erzascarletbookgasm I don‘t own any! 😢 3w
BarbaraBB I just bought The Other because of your and @MicheleinPhilly ‘s posts about it! 3w
vivastory @BarbaraBB You're in for a real treat. I don't reread books very often, but that is one that I definitely would. 3w
BarbaraBB I‘m loving Cassandra by the way 💜💜. 3w
vivastory @BarbaraBB The general consensus so far seems to be that it's a really special book. I'm starting it tonight. I can't wait! 3w
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#AllMyLove to Penguin! I stumbled across the annotated listing last night & was delighted to discover it is free on Kindle.
Also, #AllMyLove to the Dargusch clan & Cindy, for another great monthly photo challenge!
#AnglophileApril
@Mdargusch @Reviewsbylola @emilyhaldi @Cinfhen

SharonGoforth I just got it - thanks for the heads-up! 3w
vivastory @SharonGoforth Enjoy! I am sure it will make my TBR explode! 3w
Cinfhen Thanks, Scott!!! Loved seeing your posts 😍😍😍and yes, thanks for that heads up!!! Going to look for it right now 3w
Mdargusch Thanks! I loved all of your posts! 3w
emilyhaldi Thank you for joining!!!! Your posts are some of my favs ❤️ looking forward to more fun with #nyrb!!!!🙌🏻 3w
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Another Country | James A Baldwin
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"She was not a singer yet... What she lacked in skill, she compensated for by a quality so mysteriously and implacably egocentric that no one has ever been able to name it. This quality involves a sense of the self so profound and so powerful that it does not so much leap barriers as reduce them to atoms---while still leaving them standing, mightily, where they were; and this awful sense is private, unknowable, not to be articulated, having,?

vivastory literally, to do with something else; it transforms and lays waste and gives life, and kills." I am really hard pressed to think of another novelist who has written more memorably & elegantly about music than Baldwin. 3w
readordierachel I really need to read this 3w
vivastory @readordierachel Do you have a favorite Baldwin? 3w
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readordierachel I've only read one of his novels (Beale Street) but I loved it. I reread The Fire Next Time a year or so ago. And some of his nonfiction in college from 3w
readordierachel Do you have a favorite? 3w
vivastory @readordierachel this was the first novel I've read. I've read The Fire Next Time & Sonny's Blues is one of my favorite short stories of all time. I really want to read Beale Street next. He's definitely an author I plan on eventually reading everything that he's published. 3w
readordierachel Same! I have a copy of Giovanni's Room I need to get to soon. 3w
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The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter | Carson McCullers
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I know this has already been used several times, but this was a given, as anyone who has followed my posts knows. McCullers' debut, published when she was only twenty-three years old (!!!) is a masterpiece of the human desire, & failure, to communicate & connect meaningfully. McCullers' breezy, yet self-assured, prose conveys loneliness like few others have ever managed. #OwnerOfALonelyHeart #AnglophileApril @Mdargusch @Reviewsbylola @emilyhaldi

merelybookish This book is pretty amazing! And one of the first books I posted about on Litsy. 😛 3w
vivastory @merelybookish I think it was one of the first I mentioned, too. I read it a few months before joining in fall 2016. I think you joined around the same time as me? 3w
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merelybookish @vivastory Yes. I joined in October. Back in the good ol days when Obama was president. 3w
vivastory @merelybookish It feels like a decade ago, not just 3 years 😭 3w
merelybookish @vivastory I know! 😩 3w
Cinfhen Another book on my #Need2Read pile 😜 3w
Mdargusch Yes it is perfect for this prompt! 👍🏼 3w
emilyhaldi Well I would have stacked but I already have at some point!! 😉 3w
Reviewsbylola Amazing that she was only 23! 3w
GatheringBooks i own a copy of this book and really looking forward to reading it at one point! :) 3w
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Game of Thrones | George R R Martin
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Battle of Winterfell. This is what they mean by "All the feels" right? Seriously, though. Goddamn, what an emotional rollercoaster. Easily among the greatest 90 minutes of TV. Ever.
#TheNorthRemembers

Traci1 Lol. I had a couple of those fists in the air "YES!" moments. The rest of the time I spent holding my breath. I had thought last week's episode was their best one so far, but this one was just so beyond anything I expected. I'm not sure even the book (if it ever comes out) can live up to it. 3w
Ingerella I one hundred percent agree!! I was exhausted at the end!! 3w
emilyhaldi I agree for the most part BUT my husband and I were so frustrated by the dark, snowy battle scenes!!! It was so hard to see what was going on half the time 😫 but that ending... 🙌🏻 3w
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saresmoore This is fantastic. 😅 3w
JacqMac This was me too. 😂 It was so intense. 3w
BarbaraBB Oh man, I‘ve never watched GoT. I now feel I should. 3w
Reggie Awesome. 3w
Chelsea.Poole Same! 3w
readordierachel I am watching it tonight. Now I can hardly wait! 3w
sprainedbrain Agree. 3w
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A missing wife, an unrequited love, a forbidden romance, & youthful infatuation with doomed neighbors. All four are fantastic reads & all four have #InvisibleTouch #AnglophileApril
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Cinfhen Ha!!! I couldn‘t think of one and you thought of 4 😛🙌🏻 3w
Mdargusch Nice! 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 3w
emilyhaldi I just finished reading this tagged book today and Patti Smith spends a chapter praising Murakami and specifically the book you tagged!!! I have never read any of his books but tbh Wind Up Bird sounds a little too magical for my taste 🤔✨ 3w
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vivastory @emilyhaldi I've been meaning to read Smith's book forever, I'm even more intrigued knowing that she talks about Murakami. I loved Wind-up etc., but I think I might like Kafka on the Shore a bit more. They're both big time commitments, so I'd recommend sampling a few pieces from the following short story collection. They're a good representation of his novels 3w
emilyhaldi Thanks for the tip!!! I will start there 😁 3w
Reviewsbylola TVS is one of my favorite movies. I loved the book too! 3w
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Another Country | James A Baldwin
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I started this powerful novel a few hours ago. I've read about 20% and I think it's safe to say that several of the characters are driven by their obsessions, hatreds and addictions.
#NeverGoingToGiveYouUp #AnglophileApril
@Mdargusch @Reviewsbylola @emilyhaldi @Cinfhen

Cinfhen STILL need to read Baldwin #SoManyBooksSoLittleTime 4w
Mdargusch It sounds intense! 4w
emilyhaldi I agree with all of the above! 4w
Reviewsbylola This sounds amazing. 3w
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When I think of journeys & home, my mind immediately goes to several books, one being The Lord of the Rings. "Short cuts make long delays."
#TakeTheLongWayHome #AnglophileApril
@Mdargusch @emilyhaldi @Reviewsbylola @Cinfhen

Leftcoastzen Lovely map! 4w
Cinfhen That‘s a great quote!!!!! 4w
Mdargusch Lovely! 4w
Reviewsbylola Definitely the perfect pick for this prompt! 3w
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Lorca - a Dream of Life | Leslie Stainton
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Four books that made me tear up & that still tear at my heart. Kerouac's Big Sur is the polar opposite of the youthful exuberance & naieveté of On the Road. The protagonist is an alcoholic disillusioned with fame. It's one of the most emotionally devastating novels I've ever read & I always recommend it to people who were annoyed by OTR. The two biographies are of two influential writers, both of them murdered by fascist governments. As someone👇

vivastory who lost their mom when I was only 24, Ness novel really resonated. #DontGoBreakingMyHeart #AnglophileApril @Mdargusch @Reviewsbylola @emilyhaldi @Cinfhen 4w
Leftcoastzen Wonderful post . I love Big Sur. 4w
Cinfhen A monster calls was heartbreaking. Losing a parent at any age is devastating~ sorry for your loss 😪 4w
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emilyhaldi You‘re recommending a lot of great books this month!!! Another 4 I haven‘t read but now adding to my tbr 😁 4w
Mdargusch Wow! You were so young when your mother died. 😢 4w
Reviewsbylola I‘ll have to check out Big Sur. I HATED OTR!!!! 4w
Suet624 I‘m so sorry for your loss. (edited) 4w
JanuarieTimewalker13 I‘m sorry for your loss too. I totally understand it also, I lost mine at 21. Thank God I had a wonderful aunt, but still, no one is like your mom❤️ I felt guidance-less. In fact, that never has passed, and the hole in your heart never fully closes. I want to check out Big Sur🌊 2w
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Christine 😂❤️ 4w
readordierachel OMG 😂 4w
julesG 😍😁😁 4w
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Carey's energetic prose, lacking a single comma, is perfectly suited to the purported outlaw autobiography of the most famous bushranger. #IFoughtTheLaw indeed. The first feature length film in the world was The Story of the Kelly Gang, which used one of the original armour suits, & was released while Ned's mother & younger brother were still alive. #AnglophileApril
@Mdargusch @emilyhaldi @Reviewsbylola @Cinfhen

BarbaraBB I tried this one a few times, but couldn‘t get into it. 1mo
Cinfhen Hmmm, I was gonna stack but if @BarbaraBB couldn‘t get into it, I‘m pretty sure I‘d have trouble too!! 1mo
Mdargusch I was going to stack until I read a Litsy review @Cinfhen @BarbaraBB - but I definitely now need to google the Kelly gang and go down another super massive black hole. 😁 1mo
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Cinfhen Yup....the Google time warp!!! Sucks me in EVERY TIME @Mdargusch 1mo
Reviewsbylola This sounds so interesting! 1mo
vivastory @Cinfhen @Mdargusch I think it's worth giving 20 pages & seeing if you like it. It's one of my favorite books of the year so far. But, yes the Kelly Gang is a definite rabbit hole. There have been several movies made about them, including a forthcoming one starring Russell Crowe, among others, based on Carey's book. 1mo
vivastory @Reviewsbylola I highly recommend. It's one of my favorites of the year. 1mo
Mdargusch Good to know. Stacking! 1mo
Cinfhen I‘ll leave it to the Dargusch Girls and see what they say 😉 1mo
readordierachel This is so high on my tbr. I loved Oscar and Lucinda. 1mo
vivastory @readordierachel Honestly I loved it as much as Oscar & Lucinda 1mo
emilyhaldi I will definitely give this one a try!! 4w
vivastory @emilyhaldi Oh, good! I hope you love it. I thought it was amazing! 4w
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Odyssey | Homer
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The opening lines of #SuperMassiveBlackHole called to mind Odysseus & Calypso. After the Trojan War it took Odysseus ten years to return to Ithaca, seven of which he spent with Calypso on Ogygia. It was only following Athena's plea to Zeus that Calypso agreed to provide Odysseus with the materials he'd need to leave. For me their story is one of the more memorable in The Odyssey.
#AnglophileApril
@Mdargusch @Reviewsbylola @emilyhaldi @Cinfhen

Mdargusch Nice! I haven‘t read this since high school so I‘m a little foggy on the details. 😂 1mo
Reviewsbylola Great connection! 1mo
gradcat Great thinking on this one! 1mo
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vivastory @gradcat Thanks, for some reason it popped into my head right away. 1mo
emilyhaldi I wish I remembered reading this in high school 🙇🏻‍♀️ 4w
vivastory @emilyhaldi The Armitage version is fun. He adapted it for BBC as a radio play. 4w
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Cassandra at the Wedding | Dorothy Baker
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I'm so excited to receive these in the mail today. Cassandra at the Wedding, the inaugural selection for the #NYRBBookClub & Chocky. Although Chocky didn't win I will be reading it in May as well. Thanks again to @BarbaraBB for great choices!

BarbaraBB They look great together. I ordered both of them as well 🤦🏻‍♀️😉 1mo
Cathythoughts I have Cassandra 👍🏻👍🏻🎧 1mo
Suet624 My Cassandra has arrived and I can‘t wait to start. 😀 1mo
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vivastory @Cathythoughts It sounds like a great read 1mo
vivastory @Suet624 I'm glad you joined us! I'm really looking forward to it! 1mo
Cathythoughts May I also join this buddy read ? 1mo
vivastory @Cathythoughts Definitely! 1mo
vivastory @Cathythoughts #NYRBBookClub is open for anyone to join in with the monthly read & discussion, it is only the nomination & voting that is restricted to group members. Once we go through the group once it will be opened again for new members. 1mo
Cathythoughts Thanks that‘s perfect , I started the book earlier 👍🏻♥️ 1mo
BarbaraBB Mine arrived too! Much earlier than expected! 👍🏼 4w
vivastory @BarbaraBB That's really quick for book depository! 4w
Mdargusch Looks like a good one! 3w
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All She Wanted | Aphrodite Jones
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The 1999 movie #BoysDontCry was the first mainstream film to discuss violence against transgender people. Based on the '93 Brandon Teena murder, & released a year after the murder of Matthew Shepard, it progressed the national consciousness about the undeniable reality of hate crimes. Hilary Swank & Chloë Sevigny both gave masterful performances & made their characters feel relatable #AnglophileApril
@Mdargusch @Reviewsbylola @emilyhaldi @Cinfhen

Cinfhen Here you go @gradcat ❣️ Well played, Scott!!! 🙌🏻 1mo
Mdargusch I had no idea that‘s what that movie was about. Sounds very powerful. 1mo
Reviewsbylola I‘ve never seen this. 😱 1mo
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gradcat Yup! I couldn‘t help but think of this one, too @Cinfhen ... nice post!! 👍♥️ 1mo
emilyhaldi Another classic I have yet to see!!! 😬 4w
vivastory @emilyhaldi I haven't watched it in awhile, but I remember it holds up really well. 4w
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The Great Gatsby | Francis Scott Fitzgerald
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😂😂

TrishB I still say Happy Christmas too... 1mo
vivastory @TrishB Same here 1mo
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Hooray for us! 🐰 1mo
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JacqMac Cheers! 🥂 1mo
saresmoore 😂 1mo
Leftcoastzen 😂👍 1mo
LauraJ Happy Easter 🐣 1mo
Crystalblu Guilty 😜💜 1mo
BestDogDad Looking forward to tomorrow. 1mo
BarbaraBB So true 😉😀 1mo
rohit-sawant 🤣🤣 1mo
Tanisha_A 😂 1mo
readordierachel Ha! Yep. 1mo
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A few of my favorite mystery authors. Although in contemporary mysteries the method of murder is often more memorable than the actual culprit, in the case of Dame Agatha it is all about fiendishly clever twists. The tagged book is one of my favorites & is unique largely for the killer's method of selecting victims.
#AnotherOneBitesTheDust #AnglophileApril
@Mdargusch @emilyhaldi @Reviewsbylola @Cinfhen

Cinfhen Well played 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 1mo
BiblioLitten 😍 1mo
Freespirit I think I read that ABC murders was Agatha‘s favourite book. 1mo
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Mdargusch I love thrillers but I read mostly contemporary ones. I really need to revisit Agatha‘s books! 1mo
erzascarletbookgasm We share the same love ☝️😍 1mo
Reviewsbylola Love Tana French!! I‘ve read one or two Christie‘s and didn‘t love them. I‘ve never read Sherlock Holmes. 🙈 1mo
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A Feast for Crows | George R. R. Martin
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I have had very little reading time lately because of work. I'm FINALLY finishing the tagged book. I went to B&N after eating lunch at Jimmy John's for book 5 & Umbrella Academy volumes 1 & 2. I saw the above poster behind the counter & asked the clerk how to get one. They are free with two GOT purchases. So I purchased a commemorative magazine & left a very happy individual.

Leftcoastzen Cool! 1mo
rretzler I love it! 1mo
saresmoore So awesome! Also, Jimmy John‘s is omnomnom delicious. I hope work chills out for you soon. 1mo
readordierachel Very cool! 1mo
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Catcher in the Rye. | J D Salinger
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What ties together John Lennon, Ronald Reagan, David Bowie, Jodie Foster & Jimmy Carter? Two stalkers, & murderers, who claimed to be following Salinger's message, but they were really obsessed with fame. Mark Chapman & John Hinckley Jr., Holden Caulfield thinks you're a phony.
#EveryBreathYouTake #AnglophileApril
@Mdargusch @Reviewsbylola @emilyhaldi @Cinfhen

Kimberlone There‘s a really good podcast about this! First season of The Thread. 1mo
vivastory @Kimberlone I'll have to check that out. I knew a little bit about their stories, but the more I read, the crazier it became. 1mo
Kimberlone @vivastory highly recommend! 1mo
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Mdargusch Interesting how so many people have been obsessed with Catcher in the Rye! 1mo
emilyhaldi I had no idea!! 1mo
Reviewsbylola Love this! 1mo
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A History of Reading | Alberto Manguel
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Manguel's informative & lively book is filled with paintings & illustrations, including a pull out entitled The Reader's Timeline. Penguin well earned a place as one of the definitive moments in the history of reading. Pioneering affordable & portable editions of quality literature, they made it so the common reader would #neverever have to leave the house without a good book.
#AnglophileApril
@Mdargusch @Reviewsbylola @emilyhaldi @Cinfhen

LeahBergen Yesss! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 1mo
emilyhaldi Love penguin 🖤 1mo
Mdargusch Nice tie in! 1mo
Melissa_J Love this! 1mo
Reviewsbylola Love it! 1mo
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A close-up of two of the bookish items in my #sffs package. I've wanted leather bookmarks for awhile now. These are great!
@Geeklet @Avanders

Tamra Ohhhh, envious! 1mo
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Children of Time | Adrian Tchaikovsky
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@Geeklet The #sffs package you sent is like an interstellar Mary Poppins satchel, just when I thought I had removed all of the delightful books, delicious snacks & thoughtful bookish paraphernalia... another surprise was awaiting! I have been wanting to read all 3 books for awhile, & Red Vines Harry Potter gummies & Heath! I'm now set for snacks this weekend. And books! Thanks @Avanders for setting up a unique swap, hope to see it again!

Geeklet I‘m glad you like it! Happy reading and snacking! ❤️ 1mo
vivastory @Geeklet I don't know if you already follow him, but @TobeyTheScavengerMonk is a HUGE Adrian Tchaikovsky fan 1mo
RadicalReader Nothing more perfect than snacks and books 1mo
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TobeyTheScavengerMonk Get ready for your face to be rocked off by Children of Time! (edited) 1mo
Shemac77 GinGins!!!! My favorite! 1mo
AlaMich Red Vines>Twizzlers!!! 1mo
readordierachel Score! 1mo
Avanders 🧬🦄♥️♥️👏🏽 1mo
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Song of Solomon | Toni Morrison
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In Hagar's daydreams, Milkman Dead is singing #letyouloveme Song of Solomon was easily one of the greatest books I read last year. It's past time for me to read more Toni Morrison.
#AnglophileApril @Mdargusch @emilyhaldi @Reviewsbylola @Cinfhen

emilyhaldi I have yet to read any Morrison 🤭 1mo
Cinfhen Same @EmilyHarris 😞 1mo
rachelk One of my favorite books! I‘d like to read it again one day. (edited) 1mo
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Cathythoughts I have this one waiting for awhile... such a powerful writer ♥️👍🏻 1mo
KimHM One of my absolute all-time faves. 1mo
Reviewsbylola I love Morrison but this wasn‘t one of my favorites. 1mo
Mdargusch I need to check this out. I love coming of age stories. 1mo
vivastory @Mdargusch I hope you love it. It's one of the greatest coming of age stories imo 1mo
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Circe | Madeline Miller
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I just checked the events calendar of my local independent & found this! The event isn't until September, but I'm still thrilled. In the meantime there are several other great upcoming events (Ta-Nehisi Coates, Kirk Wallace Johnson, Esi Edugyan, Celeste Ng)

AlaMich This was such a great book!! 1mo
sprainedbrain Jealous! 1mo
sarahbarnes Wow, what a lineup! 🤩 1mo
readordierachel Awesome! 1mo
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Game of Thrones | George R R Martin
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My feelings about the characters in ASoIaF fit into the following categories:
-Love them
-Hate them
-Hate them & then love them
-Love them, hate them, love them again
-Ambivalent about them
Varys, the Master of Whisperers, firmly falls into the final category. Frequently accused of selfish interests by various characters, who find themselves in trouble due to a #carelesswhisper Varys reminds them that his loyalty is only to the seven kingdoms.

emilyhaldi So good!! 🙌🏻 1mo
Kalalalatja When he is bantering with Tyrion, I can‘t get enough of him! 😄 1mo
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Mdargusch Nice! 👍🏼 1mo
Reviewsbylola I‘ve never watched or read Game of Thrones. 🙈 1mo
sprainedbrain I‘m with @Kalalalatja ... those two and their back and forth are hilarious! 😂 1mo
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Beer shopping is the best 😂😂

Leftcoastzen Yay , Stone Brewing!🍺 1mo
Liz_M I mostly buy beer based on name 😁 I love Genesis Bold by He Brew 1mo
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The bibliophile passion can drive people to criminal extremes, running the gamut from the five finger discount to stabbing a colleague for spoiling the plot of a book. Thankfully most of us are blessed with a gentle madness & the extent of our unruliness is piles of unread books. Despite what our non-reading loved ones may say there's really no need for #rehab
#AnglophileApril
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emilyhaldi Ha!! Love this. My husband would definitely insist that some rehab might be needed for my addiction, but I will continue to ignore him ☺️ 1mo
vivastory @emilyhaldi That's a solid plan! 👏 There's much worse addictions. 1mo
Cinfhen Totally agreeing with @emilyhaldi my daughter already told me I have a “book problem and should probably seek help” 😂😂I told her, she may be right😊 1mo
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batsy @Cinfhen Tell her that's what Litsy is for... A support group 😂😂❤️ 1mo
Cinfhen That‘s brilliant @batsy 😂😂😂but I‘m pretty sure Niki thinks EVERYONE on Litsy is part of my problem, not the solution 😉 1mo
Kalalalatja I think my bf would be great friends with Niki and @emilyhaldi ‘s husband 😂😂😂 @Cinfhen he still can‘t get over the fact that people who have never met send books to each other across the world 1mo
Palimpsest Ah, the book fool on the front of this book is such a great image. 1mo
Cinfhen Exactly @Kalalalatja Niki has a hard time processing that concept as well 😆 1mo
Mdargusch Ah yes, not many people get my reading and my Litsy friends. 1mo
Reviewsbylola This is so true. 😆 1mo
emilyhaldi LOL @Kalalalatja are the boyfriends of the world wrong? Or are WE actually nuts?! Who's to say 😆😜 1mo
Kalalalatja Definitely the boyfriends‘ who‘ve got it all wrong @emilyhaldi 😂 Maybe they just need to discover the joy of #LitsyMail 😜 1mo
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Fiction is filled with people (nearly always representing a so-called greater interest ie community, social harmony, scientific progress) who would be more than happy to #FixYou
#AnglophileApril @Mdargusch @emilyhaldi @Reviewsbylola @Cinfhen

Cinfhen Great post!! Have not read the tagged book but did read the other two!! Excellent picks 1mo
Cinfhen Maybe I‘ll try it for #Booked2019 #PublicDomain 1mo
vivastory @Cinfhen Thanks! A couple of years ago I was a bit obsessed with Victorian genre novels & Wells was easily one of my favorite authors. The tagged book was a favorite & has stuck with me. 1mo
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emilyhaldi Great choices 💊💊💊 1mo
Mdargusch I loved our Stepford Wives read along. Good choices! 1mo
Reviewsbylola Great choices! Stepford Wives is perfect! 1mo
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