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"The feeling of being alone, I've found, is the poison that has no taste. It seeps in slowly and easily; it never seems unusual. Isolation presents as an undesired state but nothing serious, nothing permanent, until the lonely nights become lonely months. Community goes from being a distant goal to a forgotten idea."

#NYWD22 @monalyisha

monalyisha Oof. Especially powerful & painful right now. 12h
TheKidUpstairs @monalyisha I feel like this quote fully sums up 2021 for me. I'm a total introvert, so the start of the pandemic was very "I got this! Been training my whole life!" But we all have our limits, forced isolation and loneliness is a whole different beast. 10h
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Book 3 of #NYWD22 - I sort of dragged my feet picking this one up due to all of the hype, but I‘m so freaking happy it was on @Patchshank ‘s list. I love this book so much. I love the story and the characters. I stayed up to the wee hours of the night to finish this one, because I was so entranced by this book. Also, I see revisiting Marsyas Island again. #Booked2022 #hopepunk

monalyisha Glad it lived up to all the love for you! I think I read (& fell for it) it before knowing *quite* how beloved it was…but it seems like I probably wouldn‘t have needed that point in my favor, anyway. 😊💙 (edited) 1d
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Book 2 for #NYWD22 - This has been on my TBR since it‘s release and @Patchshank ‘s list gave me the final push to pick this up. Rubenhold does an amazing job revealing the lives of Polly, Annie, Elizabeth, Catherine and Mary-Jane and gives us an accurate description of poverty in Victorian England. I listened to this in bursts, because the realties of these women were grim.

Tamra Grim is the right adjective. 😑 1d
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Passing | Nella Larsen
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This slim novella packs quite a punch! Clare is passing for white while married to a racist husband. She recognizes former classmate Irene, who is able to pass but has married a Black man. Clare regrets her choice and insinuates herself deeper into Irene‘s life. While the subject isn‘t modern, the writing style and suspense is ahead of its time. Excellent!

Another great #NYWD22 choice from @vivastory ! Epic match for sure @monalyisha !

squirrelbrain I loved this book. I recently watched the film (which I never do!); didn‘t love it as much, but still good. 1d
vivastory Boy, Clare's husband 🙄🙄🙄 1d
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vivastory I loved this book & still think about it often. I'm glad to hear that it worked so well for you! I'm curious about the movie adaptation. I've heard good things but have been worried how the ending is handled. Will watch with expectations in check. @Megabooks @squirrelbrain 1d
BarbaraTheBibliophage I keep forgetting I want to watch the adaptation of this stellar book! Thanks for the reminder. 1d
monalyisha Thank you! I know it‘s shallow to point out when there‘s so much meat to your post but…the cover art matches your rug nicely! 1d
Tamra Such a moving book! The film is definitely worth watching. 1d
Cinfhen Cool photo 😍and fabulous review. 23h
Cathythoughts Great review 👍💫 22h
batsy Such an excellent book. And that's a cool edition! 19h
Megabooks @squirrelbrain I‘ve also read the film isn‘t as good. I‘m going to make a post about it though. 14h
Megabooks @vivastory truth re: Clare‘s husband. Do you watch finding your roots on Pbs? I watched one with the director of the movie, and it was fascinating. The movie director was presumably white but had heard there were Black people in her maternal line, and there were. Not only that really remarkable Black folks. Like in circles with Frederick Douglass. It was truly a fascinating episode!! 14h
Megabooks @BarbaraTheBibliophage I‘m not big on movie adaptations, but I‘m interested after watching the above episode. ⬆️ 14h
Megabooks @Tamra it really is! See note about film. ⬆️ It makes me really interested after finding out the director‘s history. 14h
Megabooks @batsy thanks! I found it down a rabbit hole on Amazon. (edited) 14h
Tamra @Megabooks wow, so interesting! 14h
BarbaraTheBibliophage Ooh I will look for that episode also! Thanks 10h
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Book 3 from my #NYWD22 #newyearwhodis reading list. I maybe should have waited a bit to tackle this one. It takes place over 3 days in a maternity ward at a Dublin hospital during the 1918 influenza pandemic. Given that I‘ve been working in a hospital for the past 2 years of this current pandemic, I‘m feeling some PTSD with this read. And that first chapter of 98 straight pages without a break? OOF. But still a pick. Glad I read it. I think.

monalyisha If you could‘ve heard the noise I just made (!) — an involuntary, empathetic exhale. My heart goes out. 2d
Singout Wow, maybe I should have put a warning on that one! I honestly never thought of that. Yes, the parallels between the Spanish Flu and Covid are pretty real, especially for a heath worker. (Hopefully you're not supervised by crabby nuns!) I liked the info about the epidemic (maybe too much gory detail) and the resilience of the women--apparently Dr. Lynn was a real person, and a member of the Sinn Fein. 2d
Amiable @Singout @monalysha I‘ve been super interested in the 1918 epidemic for most of my life—my great-grandmother, who died when I was 14, lived through it and told us stories about how horrible it was. So I‘m usually always up for a book about the topic. I thought I was ready for this even though we‘re still dealing with this pandemic. Clearly I was wrong. Clearly I‘m an idiot. 🙄😀 (edited) 2d
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Not a bad reading week - cleared 2 books from my NetGalley queue, read the first of my #NYWD22 books, and checked off a couple more challenge boxes. I don‘t know if I‘ll finish any of my new reads today. The odds are not in my favor as I started a 30 day food elimination/dietary reset protocol on Wednesday. The detox from sugar and processed foods is no joke. 🤢😴😡😭

Cinfhen I hear ya!! I did a 30 day program and I lasted nearly 100 days!!! The first few weeks were SO HARD but then I started to feel SO GOOD!!! I should try again. Good luck 🍀 it should help with your migraines 2d
DGRachel @Cinfhen Yeah, I‘m really struggling. Between the lethargy, sadness, constant dull headache, and craving for a snack (this only allows for 3 meals, no snacking), I‘m ready to throw in the towel. I know part of the goal is to separate emotions from eating and look at food as fuel, but then I think we‘re still in a pandemic, I should be able to mindlessly eat buttered popcorn while binge watching Netflix. 🤣😭😭😭 2d
Cinfhen Agreed, popcorn 🍿 is a necessity during a pandemic xx 2d
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Book Report Beagle | Pamela A Klawitter
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Several really fantastic books this week, including my first 5⭐️ of the year, Voices From Chernobyl. Lucky sucked, but sometimes writing the bad reviews is oh-so fun! I don‘t think now is the right time for a Martian Chronicles reread, but I plan to get to it later in the year for #NYWD22.

Looking forward to my sleep-ordered To Paradise arriving today. I have a feeling it will dominate the weekend. #BookReport @Cinfhen

Cinfhen Excellent week!!!! Can‘t wait to hear your thoughts on To Paradise xx 3d
vivastory I find that I have to be in a certain mood for Bradbury. I almost bought the Yanagihara yesterday & now wish I had 3d
Megabooks @Cinfhen thanks! I can‘t wait for the darn mail to get here! 😂 2d
Megabooks @vivastory definitely true re: Bradbury. I just finished Passing. A great novella! I‘ll review it sometime this weekend. I hope you are enjoying Nightbitch. Very excited for To Paradise to arrive! 2d
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Rebecca | Daphne D Maurier

What a WEEK! I thought I might have Covid so trekked 2 hours for a pcr test...turns out I do not have Covid but the whole shebang has left me v v tired😂 Anywho this weekend I shall be getting to page 200 of Rebecca, watch this space

#WinterCosy #NYWD22

sprainedbrain Ugh. Glad you didn‘t have it, sorry you had an ordeal. 😩 3d
Moll @sprainedbrain haha thank you! What a palaver hey 2d
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I agree with @vivastory that there are some quotes from this oral history of the Chernobyl disaster and its aftermath that I will never forget. I connected much more with her interviewees than I did with Midnight in Chernobyl. Aleksievich spoke to families who fled or were resettled, soldiers that were deployed there and their wives, and even the children being raised in its wake. Deeply moving. Thank you, Scott. 5⭐️ #NYWD22

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Riveted_Reader_Melissa I‘ve had this one sitting on my shelf for awhile, looks like a good time to read it. 3d
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Hooked_on_books I‘ve read three of hers, including this one, and am blown away every time. She‘s so good. 3d
Cinfhen I was gonna use Midnight but maybe I‘ll switch to this book if I can #BorrowNotBuy - great review 🧡 3d
Megabooks @Cinfhen midnight is good to but this one has 💜💜💜 big time! 3d
Megabooks @Hooked_on_books what other(s) would you recommend? Thanks 👍🏻 3d
Cinfhen I prefer 💜💜💜xx will look for it 😘 3d
Hooked_on_books The two others I‘ve read are Secondhand Time and The Unwomanly Face of War. Both are terrific, but if I had to suggest only one, it would be the latter. 3d
BarbaraBB This book broke my heart 3d
Megabooks @Hooked_on_books thank you! Apparently I‘ve already stacked it, but I should get to it. (edited) 3d
Megabooks @BarbaraBB me too!! 3d
Megabooks @BarbaraBB I thought about you several times today. 💜💜 sending love to you all. 3d
vivastory Great review! I'm so glad that it had such an impact on you. I was looking for more works by her while book shopping today but no luck. 3d
Megabooks @vivastory I had to order this from Book Depository, so I may have to try there again for her other books. Thank you so much for the rec! 3d
vivastory I'm definitely going to look for the one that @Hooked_on_books also recommended. Will probably order on bookshop.org 3d
BarbaraBB Thanks. It was a tough day. Kids went to see grandma and say goodbye. They were very close to her and extreme sad. And we had to think about the funeral, music etc. Sad. Thank you so much for thinking of us 🙏🤍 3d
Daisey I‘ve read Midnight in Chernobyl and I‘ve read other books by this author, although this one is still on the TBR. I can imagine it is definitely more personal and impactful. 3d
Megabooks @Daisey yes, it really was. Midnight was good but very dry in comparison. I‘m excited to read more by this author! 2d
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Glyph | Percival Everett
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And in books I bought purposely while awake…

I‘m trying to read more backlist titles, so I picked Passing from @vivastory ‘s #NYWD22 list and one from Everett‘s - very excited to try some more from him!

vivastory I've never seen that edition of Passing. I hope you like it! I also want to read more Everett. I thoroughly enjoyed Telephone. 3d
sarahbarnes I want to read more Everett, too. 3d
Megabooks @vivastory it was down a rabbit hole on Amazon! I still think of Telephone often a year later. Definitely check out The Trees by Everett. It would‘ve been on my nywd list if she had asked two weeks later. (edited) 3d
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Megabooks @sarahbarnes I‘ve only read the two that made the last two tob shortlists, and I want to read several more. He has immense creativity! 3d
Cinfhen I have passing on my #NYWD list too!! I plan on reading it this week 💕💕 3d
Megabooks @Cinfhen can‘t wait to discuss it with you!! 3d
Cinfhen When should we read it???? 3d
Megabooks @Cinfhen I‘m going to read it around to paradise so I‘m not sure exactly the day. I want to discuss it but I‘m not ready to commit a true buddy read 💜💜 3d
Cinfhen Fair enough!! My copy is less than 60 pages so I also may pick it up today. I‘m listening to SunDown Motel also from @MallenNC list and while I like it, it‘s really outside my normal genres. I don‘t take to paranormal naturally but the audio is fun 🤩 3d
Megabooks @Cinfhen I I enjoyed SDM. I think it was my favorite fiction of February 2019. I was surprised because it‘s not my genre either but I thought it was very well done. 3d
Megabooks @Cinfhen having a weird time since Nashville. I tried the new plant based protein chorizo at chipotle and had a Cheerwine and I think the combination overwhelmed me. I‘m not gi sick (no meat/no gluten) but I think it‘s behind my weird dreams, book buying, and dizziness. I‘ve always been sensitive to new things, but I am so bored with foods right now!! 😞🤪 it‘s going to be a long night. Will email when I feel normal!! 😘😘 3d
Cinfhen Oh no!! Hope you get some restful sleep 😴 so weird, my day is beginning and you‘re just heading to bed. 3d
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