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The Novel Cure
The Novel Cure: An A to Z of Literary Remedies | Ella Berthoud, Susan Elderkin
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'Witty, engaging and informative. The sort of book you choose for a friend and end up wanting to keep' RACHEL JOYCE 'Ideal for anyone who has ever wondered what on earth to read next' S J WATSON 'Brilliant . . . a perfect gift' Vogue This is a medical handbook, with a difference. Whether you have a stubbed toe or a severe case of the blues, within these pages you'll find a cure in the form of a novel to help ease your pain. You'll also find advice on how to tackle common reading ailments - such as what to do when you feel overwhelmed by the number of books in the world, or you have a tendency to give up halfway through. When read at the right moment, a novel can change your life, and The Novel Cure is an enchanting reminder of that power.
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vivastory
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Are you broke or heartbroken? Feeling restless or filled with road rage? There's a novel for that. Editors Susan Elderkin & Ella Berthoud compiled a delightful book of novel recommendations, sure to #remedy whatever ails you.
#RedRoseSeptember
@arlenefinnigan @Cinfhen

arlenefinnigan Oh that sounds lovely #stacked 2mo
DrexEdit That's a much better cover than was on the edition I read! 😍 2mo
Ruthiella Perfect ! 😍 2mo
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vivastory @DrexEdit Same here! I might have to buy this edition 2mo
Cinfhen This book looks amazing!!! 2mo
OnlyYoo That sounds so cute and useful! 2mo
ephemeralwaltz I love this book! 2mo
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kimba7
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I can't remember how I found this one, it might have been on one of my meandering exploring of Goodreads, not sure. So far, I adore this book. I read one book and started another that it recommended, and so far they are both gems. I just wish that it had an index of ailments, not just of authors and titles. This is definitely a work of love.

Hestapleton This my “book slump” book! Even if I‘m not feeling anything it recommends, I‘m reinvigorated flipping through it‘s pages. 2mo
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JennyM
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Kalalalatja So pretty! 2mo
erzascarletbookgasm The book sounds interesting! Love the title too! 2mo
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TrishB Lovely 💕 2mo
sudi Pretty cover ❤ 2mo
Cathythoughts Beautiful pic 2mo
Tanisha_A #titlecrush #covercrush Everything! 😍 2mo
LeeRHarry That‘s so cute! 😊 2mo
JennyM @RaimeyGallant @Kalalalatja @erzascarletbookgasm @TrishB @sudi @Cathythoughts @Tanisha_A @LeeRHarry - it‘s a gorgeous book, and one you can dip in and out of. @karenuk gifted it to me and, as we know, she always has impeccable taste! It‘s gorgeous 2mo
KarenUK Awwwww @jennym ! I‘m blushing! ☺️🥰 2mo
BiblioLitten Pretty! And am curious about the book too. 😍 2mo
JennyM @BiblioLitten it‘s a great book to dip in and out of x 2mo
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saresmoore
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Ooh, such a sweet & lovely parcel arrived in my mailbox today! Thank you so much, dear Sarah! Your generosity warms my heart and I‘m so looking forward to reading both of the books. ♥️♥️♥️

Sarah83 So happy it arrived safely. 🤩 Hope you enjoy it. 😘 4mo
batsy How lovely! I'd love to know your thoughts on The Novel Cure. 4mo
JennyM How are you lovely Sara? Hope you are doing ok and things have started to settle. Miss seeing you on here x 4mo
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saresmoore @JennyM Oh, you are so sweet to check in! Nothing is settled, but I am leaning into the uncertainty & suffering, making hard choices, and moving forward. I‘m hopeful that I‘ll be able to get back to reading and Litsy soon! ♥️♥️♥️ 4mo
Cinfhen Just checking in♥️Hope you and the girls are doing well xx 4mo
Christine Joining the chorus of those thinking about and missing you here! Continued good wishes heading your way! ❤️ 4mo
TrishB Sending hugs ❤️ and anything else that may help! 4mo
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JennyM
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Unexpected bookmail from the lovely Karen. You are so thoughtful, and the book is perfect (and pretty). Thankyou my friend. ♥️😘📚

Kalalalatja What a pretty edition! 👌 6mo
TrishB Lovely 💕 6mo
Cathythoughts Gorgeous 👍🏻♥️ 6mo
KarenUK Oh I‘m so glad it arrived! 👍💕 6mo
JennyM @KarenUK it was such a lovely surprise. You shouldn‘t have, but it is much appreciated ♥️♥️♥️ 6mo
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KarenUK
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This book embraces fiction as a prescription, to soothe our souls, solve our problems, lift our spirits, encourage us to wallow, or remind us of how good we have it.
I love this whimsical dictionary of ailments, and the book suggestions will make your TBR explode! From abandonment to zestlessness, there is ‘Novel‘ suggestion for almost everything!

#booked2019
#remindsyouofyourhappyplace
(Bought on a trip to Daunts in London, with my best friend)

Cinfhen Awwww!!!! Sooo perfect for the prompt 🥰 10mo
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SW-T
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Rita Collins opened a traveling bookstore and textual apothecary and drives across the country sharing books with others. How cool is that? 📚📚

Article:
https://www.bookbub.com/blog/2018/10/12/saint-ritas-traveling-bookstore-brings-b...

Bookstore link:
http://saintritasbooks.com/

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KarenUK
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My little #bookhaul from my trip to Daunts in London today.... I‘m obsessed by the UK cover of ‘Crudo‘ and couldn‘t wait until the January 2019 US release of ‘The Water Cure‘....

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Lizabella28
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Love this book!!!!! 📖

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Normally I review books on my blog, www.TheBibliophage.com Today I posted my first product review! This is a small, woman-owned company. The quality of her products is terrific, and the selection of designs, colors and styles is huge. Plus, she‘s offering a DISCOUNT for my blog readers! I hope you‘ll check it out for all the #LitsySwaps happening right now.

p.s. I‘m not an affiliate, nor do I receive free product or any compensation if you buy.

MicheleinPhilly You look marvelous! 1y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @MicheleinPhilly Thanks! I clean up pretty well. 😍 1y
Quirkybookworm Love the bags! 1y
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BarbaraTheBibliophage @Quirkybookworm I do too. They‘re much harder than just plain canvas. And a little bit larger than some of mine. 👍🏻👍🏻 1y
JanuarieTimewalker13 Nice!!! I‘m on spending freeze, but maybe one day. Although the spending freeze is making me want to get rid of everything and become a minimalist. Lol...I‘m starting to realize too much stuff is stifling for me. 1y
wlivengood I am really new to this site and I love it but I‘m not really sure how to communicate with people so I‘m doing this I hope you don‘t mind. The Help is a very very good book I hope you enjoy it 1y
Velvetfur I read this earlier via the link on your email newsletter 😀 Really enjoyed it! 1y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @JanuarieTimewalker13 I hear you. Sometimes I feel the same way. 1y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @wlivengood It‘s all good. One of the users, @RaimeyGallant put some “tips” together. Give her a follow and check these out. There‘s lots of good newbie info. https://raimeygallant.com/2017/10/31/litsytips/ 1y
RaimeyGallant Great pic of you. :) 1y
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Librarybelle
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#OneOfUs suffering from queasiness? There‘s a novel for that. How about loss of innocence? There‘s a novel for that too. Think of an ailment or a circumstance, and the authors found a novel that complements it. Can‘t wait to read this! #ABBAinAugust

thegreensofa Oooooh I want this!!!!! 🤭📚💖💖💖 1y
Mdargusch Fascinating! 👍🏼 1y
Reviewsbylola This sounds really cool! 1y
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emilyhaldi I need this!! And a couple extras to gift to people 🤗🤗🤗 1y
Cinfhen What a wonderful gift this would make 😍 1y
Meredith3 This is awesome, great idea ! 1y
ferskner YES PLEASE 1y
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Moray_Reads
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Sunny Sunday afternoons are the worst for impulse buying 😳

saresmoore Worst/best! 1y
GatheringBooks i have the older version of the novel cure. i am hankering to purchase the new edition. 1y
minkyb Oops! 1y
vivastory I love this book. I should really get this edition. My paperback is beat up. 1y
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EvieBee
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This book is so amazing! I‘ve got a ton of books to read/buy based on the recommendations for certain ailments. My only quibble is that there were definitely spoilers for some books. If you‘re aware of that going in, you‘ll fare better. I‘m just grateful for my awful memory. By the time I get to some of the recs, I‘m sure I‘ll have forgotten the spoilers! 👩🏻‍⚕️👩🏻‍⚕️👩🏻‍⚕️👩🏻‍⚕️👩🏻‍⚕️

#bookandlunch #readingmyshelves

tammysue Looks delicious! 2y
catebutler I just had this book show up a few weeks ago, I‘ve flipped through, but need to sit down and read it. I love the premise of the book, it sounds perfect for reading slumps. 2y
EvieBee @whatshesreadingnow It was so good! Nothing like hot 🍲 on a simmering day lol! But worth it. 2y
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EvieBee @catebutler It took me two months to get through! But I‘d read tiny chunks at a time and I think that‘s why I enjoyed it so much. Hope you enjoy it, too! 2y
kspenmoll Such a fun book! 2y
vivastory I love this book. They periodically tweet new "cures" 2y
Buddys_Momma That soup look so amazing!! 🍜💜 2y
ephemeralwaltz Yuuum!!! Such a great project behind this book💕 2y
Purrfectpages That soup looks delicious! 1y
Monique That soup is so distractingly sexy I almost missed the review 😆 1y
EvieBee @kspenmoll Yes! One I‘ll definitely come back to for suggestions. 1y
EvieBee @vivastory Really?! That‘s awesome. I may have to breakdown and get on Twitter. 1y
EvieBee @Buddys_Momma @ephemeralwaltz @Purrfectpages Thank you! It was so good. Haven‘t had “good” Pho in a long time. 1y
EvieBee @Monique Hahaha! Thank you! 1y
MellieAntoinette I‘m sold! 1y
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Jen2
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Of course it was amazing!

umbrellagirl This cover is fantastic! 2y
jillrhudy I must have! Books about books is a big Librarything hashtag of mine! 2y
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This made me laugh so hard! I‘ve never heard of “man flu.”

“Man flu is a miserable illness not just for the victim but for all concerned. Bed rest is essential, and the patient—indeed, ‘victim‘ is probably more apt—will require a great deal of sympathy. The victim should be propped up on soft pillows and provided with mugs of tea, heating pads, meals on trays, the remote control, and messages of support and commiseration regularly.”

JacqMac It‘s the worst! 😂 2y
TheWordJar I‘ve personally taken care of a victim of man flu. It is a true miracle he survived! 😂 2y
BiblioLitten @TheWordJar same. 😂 There are hilarious jokes on the man flu too. Of course, the victim never admit to it.😀 2y
EvieBee @JacqMac @TheWordJar @BiblioLitten Haha! The novel cure for man flu is the huge volume of Les Mis which if not completed can be administered again when another bout of man flu hits your home. 🤣😂😂 2y
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EvieBee
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Finally at the Fs in this reference work! Enjoying a couple of chapters on a boat ride on the river Shannon!

#CurrentlyReading #Ireland #ReadingMyShelves

Cathythoughts Oh how lovely! Enjoy 😊 2y
ReadingSusan Gorgeous photo! 2y
readordierachel What a view! 2y
DivineDiana Perfect! Enjoying the ride vicariously! ❤️ 2y
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EvieBee
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Don‘t you just love a good cult read?! The reading cure doctors prescribed AMITY AND SORROW and AMERICAN PASTORAL to cure what ails you if you‘ve accidentally been welcomed into a cult.

#CurrentlyReading #Cults #ReadingMyShelves

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peacegypsy
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Because, you know, I soooo desperately need more to add to my TBR list—what‘s 751 more suggestions? 😂😂😂❤️📚❤️📚❤️📚😳

vivastory This is a really fun book 2y
Reviewsbylola 🤣🤣🤣 2y
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Melissa_J
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Do you suffer from the #sniffles ? Perhaps you will find there is a literary remedy for you 😊 #150PnPCoverParty

CrowCAH This book looks adorable! I bet theirs a book for any ailment! 2y
ValerieAndBooks Looks good— stacking!! 2y
LeahBergen Nicely done! 👏🏻👏🏻 2y
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writerlibrarian
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Bye week started last night... Dallas is off for 5 days, Pens are on break after tonight's game and Leafs are off after their game on Wednesday. All of my teams will be off. 🙁 #readingandlisteningtohockey

writerlibrarian Pens are up 2-1 on Boston. Tanger scored. It's 3-1 Pens. 2nd period is on. Marchand scores it's 3-2. And it is tied 3-3. 4-3 Boston. Now that's a turn over. 5-3 Boston. Not a good 2nd period. Pens score, Malkin, on PP. 5-4. Pens open the 3rd with a goal and tie it 5 all. Marchand got a penalty shot and Murray stopped it. We are in OT. Geno for the win. Man... that was exciting. In OT Pens 6-5 (edited) 2y
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writerlibrarian
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When I need a book to rest and breathe I go to dictionary type of books. You can read one entry, two, three... breathe... get yourself a cup of ☕️, a glass of 💧 and suddenly, breathing is easier, calm is not far away... These two: one new, a bibliotherapy dictionary, one old an art history dictionary. #startinganewjanuary

writerlibrarian This is the original edition of the bibliotherapy book 2y
mrp27 That's been on my tbr for a very long time! 2y
GlassAsDiamonds Such a good idea. I‘m adopting it, thanks!!! 😊😊😊 2y
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My boyfriend is such a wonderful partner: sweet, sensible and supportive. He always picks great books for me and he gave me this to find great novels to help me through different situations and moods.

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jhod
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#joinin My parents' shelves always deliver something new. This year I found The Novel Cure - an A-Z of literary remedies which is brilliant. The 3 recommended cures for loneliness are Philip Pullman, I, Claudius and the Tales of the City books which are pretty great choices! Happy to give any other remedies for people with a particular symptom!
Shout out to @4thhouseontheleft for making sure Litsy has a #joinin presence this Christmas too!

julesG Interesting book. Any symptom? Insomnia, fatigue, constipation, common cold, Alzheimer's? 2y
4thhouseontheleft Thanks for sharing! I would also be curious what the book suggests for insomnia! 😴😴 2y
jhod @julesG ok I'll work my way through! 2y
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jhod Ok so for insomnia it says this one should not be read at night unless you're prepared to stay awake - instead pick it up during the day ready for a thorough analysis of why you can't get to sleep through loosely connected characters who all have different sleep issues @julesG @4thhouseontheleft 2y
jhod For nights and restless hours this which will allow you to reside in that heavy pre sleep state which you need to inhabit before gaining entry to full slumber @julesG @4thhouseontheleft 2y
jhod Common colds there are ten - comforting, restorative reads. Also journey to the river sea, the secret lives of bees, Jamaica inn, the lost art of keeping secrets, the age of innocence 2y
jhod Stress @julesG apparently so slim and undaunting in appearance of won't add to your stress, it will have your soul slipping into a state of serenity. It's more or less impossible not to feel peaceful reading it... 2y
julesG Thanks! 😘😘😘😘 2y
jhod @julesG no worries at all! It's fun looking up what they recommend :-) 😘 2y
hermyknee That‘s awesome! 2y
Lmstraubie This is a wonderful idea @4thhouseontheleft 😊 2y
Godmotherx5 I bought this year. I think it‘s time to move it up my TBR. 2y
4thhouseontheleft @Lmstraubie Thank you! 😊😊 2y
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Vansa
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Contribution 6 to @bookriot #riotgrams October Challenge-someone else's books!

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RealLifeReading
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#fallintobooks day 20: #booknerdconfessions
📚 Sometimes I just sit in my library and look at my books
📚 too often I ignore those very books and read a library ebook instead
📚I spend too much time browsing the library's ebook catalogue, adding books to my wishlist
📚my 1st grader was bugging me to buy stuff at the school's book fair but I had already bought lots of kids books at the last Book Outlet sale I just gave him one of those instead

Theresa 😍 2y
Redwritinghood These all sound really familiar to me. 😊 2y
Bookbeez Sounds about right. 2y
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ferskner That picture is so comforting! 2y
CocoReads 🙋I'm in that club 2y
emilyhaldi 😍 2y
leslieseidel I love to sit and study my bookshelves as well. Some books give me good memories and other ones stress me out because they have been sitting unread for so long!!😬 2y
Kalalalatja Same to #1 - I spend way too much time just staring at my books 🙋 great picture! 2y
Pamwurtzler I'm with young n the library- I have 10 books on hold & another 9 checked out. And probably another 10 already hoarded on my kindle! 2y
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Andrea4
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This book was great! Witty, punny, well-rounded, and useful!!! It has definitely inflated my TBR by at least 10 books (for now, future ailments will require future cures) and, best of all, it introduced me to books/authors/genres that I probably would never have heard of or considered otherwise!
This book was loaned from the library and immediately went on my Wish-List.

Clwojick I am always overwhelmed at the number of books in the world, and how I manage to add no less than 20 to my TBR everyday. ☺️ 2y
Andrea4 @Clwojick there's a cure for that in this book!!! 😉😂 2y
Clwojick Is it to read more books? Hahahah 😂😬😂 2y
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Andrea4 @Clwojick well, you'll have to read it to find out!!! 😂😂😂😂 2y
Clwojick And now it's being added to the stack! 🙌 2y
Andrea4 @Clwojick 👍 I actually suggest reading it for specific ailments/ the top ten lists. It's the kind of book that lends itself to being picked up and put down and digested in chunks. 2y
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Andrea4
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I tend to think I don't like sci-fi/don't read it and yet, that's patently untrue, first example being I've read 3 books on this list and enjoyed them immensely.
Maybe I will start considering it more "speculative" than "science" fiction.

vivastory Which 3 have you read? 2y
Andrea4 @vivastory A Wrinkle in Time, Brave New World, and Never Let Me Go (in that order lol). 2y
vivastory I also don't really think of myself as much of a sci-fi reader, but I've read 6 of the books on the list 2y
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Andrea4 @vivastory insidious little genre 😁 2y
vivastory Never Let Me Go is one of the best books I've read this year. I'm hopefully going to read Wrinkle in Time soon. Are you excited for the movie? 2y
Andrea4 @vivastory I liked Never Let Me Go but I was expecting this giant twist and yet guessed what that twist was quite early on; I think it was too hyped up. I am excited for the movie-admittedly the last time I read that I was 12 so it's been awhile, enough to forget probably large portions. I think the movie will bring back childhood feelings 😊 2y
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Andrea4
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I do feel the need for a cure right now, just not sure on my ailment; it's been a nonstop kind of day and I have gotten some shocking news that's really made me question myself and I basically forgot to eat till 2pm and now I know I should eat dinner soon but all I want to do is curl up in a ball beside my dog. #dogsoflitsy

Sace 😢 Oh dear. I'm so sorry. 2y
Louise Sending a hug of encouragement and a peaceful breeze. 💐 2y
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Andrea4
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Tan fur= Ajax 🐶 black fur= Beatrix 🐱
Nothing like book, bed, wool, and pets for a #cozyday
#backtoreading
@Tiffy_Reads @JoeStalksBeck

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Andrea4
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Sold. Added to TBR.😄😄😄😄😄

vivastory It's a great one 2y
Andrea4 @vivastory I'm lining a bunch of horror/thriller/mystery/gothic etc up for October. Any other recommendations? 2y
llwheeler I have this if you want to borrow 2y
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Andrea4 @llwheeler Come October I will take you up on this (and omg that is so soon in reality! Yay Halloweeen and fall!!) 2y
llwheeler @Andrea4 Yes so soon! Yay but also how?? 2y
vivastory @Andrea4 For mystery I recommend the following by Joe Ide, sometimes described as a Sherlock Holmes for the projects 2y
vivastory @Andrea4 Also for mystery Tana French's first book in the Dublin Murder Squad 2y
vivastory For horror, I highly recommend Joe Hill's 2y
vivastory And for thriller you can't go wrong with 2y
vivastory & book one of Stephen King's Bill Hodges trilogy is pure suspense 2y
Andrea4 @vivastory thanks!! 2y
vivastory My pleasure! Hope you enjoy 2y
Andrea4 @vivastory hope so too and that I won't need to sleep with the lights on for all of October! 2y
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Andrea4
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#recommendationsday I cannot recommend this book more! Go! Go find it and read it!
#backtoreading
@Tiffy_Reads @JoeStalksBeck

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Andrea4
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Oh yea, Littens, I know there are some of you out there!
I must admit, while I love books (some just for looks and feel) I only buy ones that I know I'm going to love and want to keep; this does not include garage sale/thrift store cheapies.

vivastory I love this book 2y
Andrea4 @vivastory Yes! I saw one small post about it and knew I had to go find it! 2y
vivastory It made my tbr explode. 2y
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Andrea4
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BibliophileMomma 🦉💗 2y
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Andrea4
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On pg 28 and already I've been convinced to read -well, listen- to The Postman always Rings Twice and I don't even suffer from "apathy" although given I feel rather lazy but have 3 loads of laundry to do maybe it will help. This book is really going to make my TBR list grow!
And yes, that's my cat, Beatrix, stuck to a blanket! #catsoflitsy

llwheeler Bea! Also this sounds like a neat book, maybe some good book club ideas in here too 2y
Andrea4 @llwheeler yea, I've thought about it-any suggestions on what ails us? I can go from there lol. 2y
Andrea4 @llwheeler oh actually there is a list of books you should read in your 30s too 2y
llwheeler @Andrea4 Both good ideas. I think our main problem is indecisiveness lol 2y
Andrea4 @llwheeler 😁😁😁😁😂😜 i will look it up! 2y
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😂😂😂😂 that and always wear clean underwear!!!

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GatheringBooks
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Our upcoming reading theme at GatheringBooks for September-October! @Cinfhen here it is! We welcome suggestions and book recommendations from our Litsy family!

TobeyTheScavengerMonk Gotta have the Thursday Next books by Jasper Fforde that take place in an alternate reality where everyone loves literature and kids collect trading cards of Charles Dickens characters. 2y
GatheringBooks @TobeyTheScavengerMonk i have the series in my shelves. but i have a feeling i'd need to reread jane eyre to fully appreciate the novel, am i correct? 2y
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Caryl
The Novel Cure: An A to Z of Literary Remedies | Ella Berthoud, Susan Elderkin
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cinemo.books
The Novel Cure: An A to Z of Literary Remedies | Ella Berthoud, Susan Elderkin
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I need to catch up on my Goodreads challenge, so I desperately need easy reads for this month! Help a girl out!! 🙈🤗

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I have previously posted about my love for books about books, & a category of such books are book recommendations. "The Novel Cure" is my most recent favorite in this category. Among the alphabetical ailments & the prescribed novel cures, are sidebars featuring reading illnesses.

Kalalalatja This is my life 😳😂 2y
vivastory @Kalalalatja Your partner isn't much for reading? 2y
Kalalalatja He reads 1-2 books each year when we go on vacation, other than that it is mostly tv and soccer that fills his mind 😊 2y
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vivastory @Kalalalatja Hopefully he respects your reading time. 2y
Kalalalatja Most of the time. We have some differences in our study/work schedule, so I can fit a lot of my reading into times were he is not at home. 2y
Sarah83 @Kalalalatja I know what you mean. 😂 2y
Leniverse I'm curious how dessert helps with this problem. Is the dessert a bribe to get the non-reader to keep the volume on the tv down and leave you alone? 😂 2y
Leniverse Oh, nvm. I might need reading glasses or a bigger phone screen. It was desert, not dessert. 😂 😂 2y
christineandbooks I have a non-reading hubby... used to be a huge reader but now mostly is into computer games for relaxation or reads articles and things online. Makes me a little sad. He doesn't get in the way of my reading, though. Might need to look into this book...sounds good! 2y
vivastory @Leniverse Distracting someone with a dessert would be one method for getting some reading time 😂 2y
vivastory @christineandbooks There are quite a few book recommendations i was unfamiliar with. I definitely recommend it. 2y
Jess_Read_This What a neat book! I'm going to have to get myself a copy of this one. 2y
vivastory @Jess_Read_This I hope you enjoy. I really like it! 2y
saresmoore Ha! This is great! Thanks for sharing. 2y
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BookishJess
The Novel Cure: An A to Z of Literary Remedies | Ella Berthoud, Susan Elderkin
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Excerpt from an interview on NPR in which they talk to one of the authors of the tagged book. This stood out to me because she put into words exactly why I love long reads!

Link to the article: http://www.npr.org/2015/09/04/437597031/to-cure-what-ails-you-bibliotherapists-p...

minkyb I enjoyed reading the article. Thanks for sharing. 3y
BookishJess @minkyb You're welcome! 3y
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The Novel Cure: An A to Z of Literary Remedies | Ella Berthoud, Susan Elderkin
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From a 2015 New Yorker article by Ceridven Dovey on the therapeutic benefits of reading. The main book discussed is the A-Z guide to what novel to read organized by ailment and written by two bibliotherapists. #newcareergoal #recommendsday

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BookishJess
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I'm really not much of a rereader and I'm not sure what books I would even want to start with. 🤔

What books have you reread the most and why?

AllenTStClair Sh*t My Dad Says by Justin Halpern, The Stand by Stephen King, Harry Potter Series, The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck, The Prophet by Kalil Gibran, The Alchemyst by Paulo Coelho, The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky, and The Traveling Vampire Show by Richard Laymon. All of them because I connected with them on an emotional level. (edited) 3y
Bostonmomx2 I pretty much never reread. Ever. I don't keep my books which is why I have a hard spending money on paper books. I did reread the first 4 Harry Potter books and didn't like them the second time either 😂😂 3y
BarbaraJean Mary Doria Russell's The Sparrow is high on my list of re-reads. It always speaks to me deeply. Also Anne Lamont. I re-read my "comfort books" often as well... the Casson family series by Hilary McKay, L.M. Montgomery (The Blue Castle and the Anne books), Madeleine L'Engle's children's/YA books, and Harry Potter. 3y
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Bookzombie I'm not much of a rereader either. There are just so many books. I'm doing the Retro Rereads challenge that was posted on Book Riot and there is a Goodreads group too. Basically it's one reread a month. I'm behind but so far I have reread Relic, Misery, The Handmaid's Tale, and I'm currently listening to Jurassic Park. 3y
xicanti I read mostly for character, so I use rereads to visit fictional people I love. Back in the day, I reread whatever my current favourite series was every single April, but that ritual fell apart when I ran into some concentration issues one year and couldn't seem to enjoy anything I picked up. Now I reread basically whenever the mood strikes me. I never revisit a prose book more than once a year, but other than that I'm flexible. 3y
alanacristin I reread favorite fiction, especially in different editions or as audiobooks. Harry Potter is a fairly regular series reread for me. And i enjoyed rereading the Hunger Games series as audiobooks. Old Chabon (Wonderboys, Mysteries of Pittsburg) and anything Gaiman as the audiobooks are usually fabulous! 3y
alanacristin @Bookzombie oh that challenge sounds fun! 3y
minkyb So strange to see this post. I usually don't re-read but am doing one now for a book club and I am having the hardest time motivating myself. 3y
Lmstraubie I've reread the Harry Potter series, To Kill a Mockingbird & The Outsiders. I'm always torn about rereading a book when there are so many new ones I want to read. 3y
BookishJess @AllenStClair That is a great list! I have only reread some of the Harry Potter books. I recently tried rereading the Alchemist but couldn't get into it. I think emotion plays a big part in rereading. 3y
BookishJess @Bostonmomx2 😂 I love Harry Potter but I know it's not for everyone. I think so many love it because they grew up reading them. 3y
BookishJess @BarbaraJean The Sparrow is high on my TBR list! Harry Potter seems to be a popular reread - I don't reread much but I have read some of the Harry Potter books more than once. 3y
BookishJess @Bookzombie Interesting challenge! I'll have to check that out. Every time I try to reread I just think of all the other books I have that I haven't read at all yet! 3y
BookishJess @xicanti I feel that way when rereading Harry Potter. Like visiting with favorite fictional people. 3y
BookishJess @mrsmarch I just read Little Women for the first time last year. I loved it I can see why so many people return to it often. 3y
BookishJess @alanacristin Yes Harry Potter is definitely a comfort read. I'd liked to reread Neverwhere by Gaiman sometime... For some reason I can barely remember the story. 3y
BookishJess @minkyb I find it hard to focus on a reread too with all the books I have that are TBR. This little section of the book on rereading intrigued me since it's something I don't do often. 3y
mrsmarch @BookishJess Almost as good as rereading Little Women is reading the sequel, Little Men. 3y
BookishJess @Lmstraubie I feel the same way. I've also reread Harry Potter and The Outsiders. I'd like to reread To Kill a Mockingbird soon too. 3y
BookishJess @mrsmarch Yes I was so glad to see there were sequels. Will have to read it sometime. 😊 3y
Bookzombie @BookishJess I think the same so the challenge is "making" me reread. ? 3y
Bostonmomx2 @BookishJess entirely possible. I was in my 30s when I started and even less into "fantasy" than I am now. I still want to finish the series just to check it off the list. Funny tho, my husband, who reads practically nothing, absolutely loved HP and read 1-6 in less than a few months and then when 7 came out in like a week. Big deal for him! I haven't found anything since to keep his interest lol 3y
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BookishJess
The Novel Cure: An A to Z of Literary Remedies | Ella Berthoud, Susan Elderkin
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My TBR has now grown exponentially 🙄

Glancing through this one today and it looks like the ultimate book of book recommendations!